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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.


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Pastoral Letter excerpted from "Good Fetch'd Out of Evil"

publisher   Benjamin Green
author   Reverend John Williams (1664-1729)
date   1706
location   Boston, Massachusetts
height   5.75"
width   3.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Books/Booklet - Sermon
accession #   #L99.016

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Letter to John Williams

Letter to John Sheldon

Puritans Led Off in Captivity

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