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Letter from Thomas Hardy to Captain John Hill, Fort Mary, Saco, Maine, 1696.
1695. Single sheet, folded to 16 x 20 cm., with integral address. This letter is addressed, "For my honorable friend Captain John Hill, Captain of Fort Mary in Saco." Thomas Hardy Jr., in Bradford, Massachusetts, near Haverhill, writes to Captain John Hill at Fort Mary. in Saco, Maine, overlooking Biddeford Pool. As I read it, the letter concerns Hardy's son, also named Thomas, who had served at Fort Mary, but who had died the year before, in 1695. The father seeks information about his son's career and inquires about back pay or money otherwise owed(?) of 12 pounds. Captain John Hill, to whom this letter is addressed, was born in 1666 in Saco, Maine. In 1689, when King William's War broke out, he was commissioned as ensign. In 1692 he was promoted to Lieutenant and, in that same year, married the daughter of his commanding officer. In 1693 he received his Captain's commission from the Counsel in Boston, and remained stationed at Fort Mary (named after his wife) in Biddeford Pool until 1700. This letter has important historical content regarding known figures in Maine history. A few pinholes at folds, otherwise the letter is in very good condition. (Alternate translations are welcome.)
Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co. [United States]
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