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The Reverend Cotton Mather (1662-1727) of Boston collected and published three captivity stories in 1706 under the title, "Good Fetch'd Out of Evil." Among these was a letter by the Reverend John Williams (1664-1729). French and Indian attackers took Williams to Canada, along with over one hundred other Deerfield residents following a raid on the town in 1704. Williams wrote this letter to a group of freed captives returning to New England. Williams instructed his church members to use their experience to strengthen their faith.