Letter from gov. Winthrop to gov. Colve

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Last Night I Received your letter of the first of November which I will not Call Impertinent, because it suits your owne fancy—The Expresse mentioned came no further then fayrefield which may be about halfe waij but had one Come heather with the least Schroule Vnder your hand though more Insignificant he should not have been deteined the least minute by Confinement as we heare Mr John Bankes hath beene since his arrivall there whoe (you may in answer to your querie agayne be Informed hereby) was the Messenger sent with that letter (whereof you have now Returned a Coppy:) Subscribed by our Secretary by order as there asserted, which if without passion, you shall some tymes again peruse may appeare to Importe very pertinent & Needful promonitions for the preventing a Confluence of Evill Consequences, That wax upon the usuall place of sealed letters was Impressed with a faire Coath of amies which if broken or defaced its yet vnknowne to vs heere by what abuse or accident & that it was not Cloase sealed was no other then, as we had the letter from those sea Commandrs when they were with you this is all at present from him whoo is,

Sr Yours as you repate him 
Dated in Hartford Octobre  (: Signed:)  J: Winthrop; 
31st" old stile 


Translation: O'Callaghan, E.B., trans./ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, vol. 2 (Albany: Weed, Parsons: 1858), pp. 569-730 (vol. 23, pp. 1-270 only).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.