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f the French authorities on the f■rontier of New England was th●e opposite of their policy on the fr■ontier of New York. They left the latt●er undisturbed, lest by attacking the Dut●ch and English settlers they sho■uld sti

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r up the Five Nations to attac●k Canada; while, on the other hand, they ●constantly spurred the Abenakis against New Eng■land, in order to avert the dreaded eve●nt of their making peace with her. The● attack on Wells, Casco, and the ●intervening settlements was followed by murders■ and depredations that lasted through the aut■umn and extended along two hundred miles ●of frontier. Thirty Indians attacked t●he village of Hampton, killed the Widow● Mussey, a famous Quakeress, and■ then fled to escape

pursuit■. At Black Point nineteen me■n goi

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ng to their work in the meadows■ were ambushed by two hundred Indians, and a●ll but one were shot or captured. The for■t was next attacked. It was garrisoned b■y eight men under Lieutenant Wy●att, who stood their ground fo?/p>

駌 some time, and then escaped by■ means of a sloop in the harbor. At Yo●rk the wife and children of Arthur Brand■on were killed, and the Widow Parsons● and her daughter carried off. At Berwi■ck the Indians attacked the fortified house of■ Andrew Neal, but were repulsed with the ■loss of nine killed and many● wounded, for which they reven●ged themselves by burning alive Joseph Ring,● a prisoner whom they had taken. Early in● February a small party of them hovere●d about the fortified house of[Pg 49] Josep■h Bradley at Haverhill, till, seei■ng the gate open and nobody on the watch, they■ rushed in. The woman of the house was b■oiling soap, and in he

r desperation she snatch●ed up the kettle and threw the conten●ts over them with such effect that one of ■them, it is said, was scalded to death. The m■an who should have been on the watch was kil■led, and several persons were captur●ed, including the woman. It was the second● time that she had been a prisoner in Indian● hands. Half starved and bearing a heav●y load, she followed her captors in their hasty

●retreat towards Canada. After a ■time sh

e was safely delivered of ■an infant in the midst of the wint●er forest; but the child pined for wan

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t o●f sustenance, and the Indians ●hastened its death by throwing hot coals● into its mouth when it cried.■ The astonishing vitality of the woman carrie■d her to the end of the frightful jou■rney. A Frenchman bought her from the ■Indians, and she was finally ransomed by h■er husband. By far the mos●t dangerous and harassing att■acks were

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those of small parties skulking ●under the edge of the forest, or ly

ing hidde■n for days together, watching the●ir oppor

tunity to murder unawares, ●and vanishi

ng when they had done so. Agai

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