Petition of John Winthrop, Jr. to the Commissioner of the United Colonies

To the Honored Commissioners at Boston,

The honored commissioners may be pleased to consider whether it will not tend to the discovery of any particular injuries to the persons, cattle or other goods of the English, especially the small plantation at Pequot, and to the discovery of any treacherous plots or whatever dangerous designs or prejudicial in any kind to the English either from Narragansett or Mohegans or other Indians.  If they shall be pleased so to  dispose of those few Pequots which did lately live near the English plantation, that they might not have such dependence either upon the Mohegans or Narragansetts, which should make them afraid to comply cordially and solely with the English either in discovery of any matters as above, or affording their labors and help for hire, or principally in attending to any dispensations of such light of the Glorious Gospel, which it may please the Lord in his good time to send amongst them.  That if the honored commissioners please to think fit, for their abode they  the said Indians might be set down in some place not prejudicial to the English plantation and that whereas Uncas hath the sole militia of all the other Pequots which are with him being many hundreds, and the Niantics also, that he might not have the militia of these few without the consent of the English or of them whom the honored commissioners please to appoint.  And that they may live under the shadow of the English justice free from tyranny and oppression.

Your humble servant,

John Winthrop

            Notation:         Mr. Winthrop’s declaration / 1649

Cataloguing:  13