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A Pastoral Letter of
Much Respected FRIENDS,
that are in their Voyage
Present with Care, I Pray.
Per Samuel Scammon. Q. D. C.
My Brethren, dear Friends, and Christian Neighbours,
INasmuch as I may neither be permitted to return with you ; nor be permitted to come to see you before you
return ; These come to acquaint you,
That I am truly desirous of your Prosperity, for Soul and Body. I would
bless God who is opening a door of Return for you : And if God be your
Front-Guard, and Rereward, it shall
yet go well with you ; a Mercy , I
would humbly be imploring for you.
I hope you will continue to Pray for
us that are left behind, that God would
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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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