Letter from Thomas Stanton and Thomas Minor

Honored Gentlemen,

Yours dated January the 3rd by the Indian we have received and your advice therein we have with great circumspection and diligence have attended.  Looking at the case,  a thing of great concernment, being a matter of life and death, we had two meetings this week with the Indians, the one at their wigwams,  the other at Mr. Richardson’s house.  At the both places were diverse English Mr. Minor, Captain Denison, Samuel Chesebrough, John Gallup, Nehemiah Palmer and diverse others.  We had many whispering reports concerning Otongquenimen, whom Moweem doth accuse of murdering the girl, and we traversed them all and can find nothing to fasten upon him.  Yet, it is possible he may be guilty notwithstanding, which if he be, the good Lord discover it to you all that which is for the present hid from us.  For which end we deem it best to send him to you, there to purge himself, with the father of the murdered child and Cassasinamon who hath been very helpful to us in the inquiry after this matter and is very able to inform the honored Court of the whole business with Tomsquash, Harman Garratt’s Counselor and Nesomet, deputed by Mamoho to prosecute this matter.   Mamoho’s wife and three children1 are near death and Harman Garrett’s son near death so they cannot come in their own persons. This is the third murder which hath been committed in the Pequot Country of late years.  The Lord cleanse the land from blood-guiltiness.  A report of a sow that was found that day the child’ bones were found and reported was Otongquenimen’s sow.  When Otongquenimen in his answer sent to you before said he had no such hog which was worth ten fathom of peage and diverse of the Indians affirmed to us the like that he had none but shoats under a year old but we found that it was not his sow but another Indian owned it.  James, the kinsman to Moweem, seemed to hint many things against them that did accuse Moweem but in since could prove nothing, only, as I am informed, Otongquenimen was with the Pequots when they did the massacre in Wethersfield Meadow where they took three English maidens, two they carried with them, the other was left by the river side and Otongquenimen demanded of his fellows where the other maid was.  They answered him, “We have left her the other side the river.”  Said he, “I will go over and kill her.”  So he did, as is reported. I bring this passage to show you how they delight in blood and cruelty and though his fellows had spared the maid yet he would not.  So, having not further to add concerning this matter, we take leave and subscribe ourselves, your obliged and obedient servants in all things according to God. 

Stonington this 19th of January, 1671/2

Thomas Stanton

Thomas Minor

Post script:      Postscript:  We deem it meet to send this warrant up to you for satisfaction to Cassasinamon and fearing least the Indian concerned should not appear before you, what so ever he sayeth to me as on the back side of this warrant, yet Cassasinamon sayeth he said otherwise to him which caused him to desire this warrant, and now turns his tail being loath to come before your worships. 

Cataloguing:  53, 58

  • 1. Momoho's wife, also referred to as sunksquaw, becomes, decades later, after her husband's death, a leader of the tribe.  Of the three children mentioned, two might have been Wootagonkquam and Oskoosooduck.  The third child was likely not Cutchamaquin as he was described in 1694, over two decades later,  as a "young prince" and not yet being of age to become sachem.