Letter from Deputy Governor Goodyear of New Haven to Stuyvesant

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This followeing was sent by Mr. Goodyeare, Deputy Gouemor of Newhauen, & directed to the Right Wor. P. Styvesant Esq:, Gouemor for the West Indie Company. ] these present att Manhattans.


Yours of the 16th present is come to hand, wherein yow take notice of fauour to yow in taking the thre fugitiues, & promise as opportunitie shall present, to doe the like for vs, but I suppose yow would better consider it, then to send vs any person of ours (with yow) wee claiming him or them, as from our owne Jurisdiction, byt I haue what may bee spoken in that poynt to further information from our Gouemor.]

I further perceiue yow are informed of our discontent in taking awaye the ship oute of our harbour, your Capt. knowes wee carried it with loue & respect to him, & without any appearance of discontent, when hee shewed your commission; and Sir, if wee had bynne greived or offended, we had a full opportunitie to haue righted ourselues, yea, ] if we would haue giuen [libertie, & ourselues not haue acted, yow had failed of your purpose.

But] that which moved vs, (and doth offend vs att this present,) is that yow, in a letter to Mr. William ] the merchant, write that he was in your harbour, the whole towne taking notice of that claime did forthwith ] resolue to stay the ship, and accordinglie attempted it, but to late, for allthough neighbourlie correspond ]encye is desired and will euer be indeauored, yett the English in these partes will not easilie be brought ] vnder any forraigne nation, nor loose theyre lawfull rights, and priuilidges not only purchased of the true proprietours, the Indians, but allsoe by pattent from the King of England many yeares since, ] yea, allsoe our Gouemor, Mr. Eaton, is allsoe a pattentee of that graunte to the Bay of Boston; & will ] knowne to most that our friendship with the state of England, & theyre favour to vs, is as free & as full ] any in New England, & we came with theyre full consent & approbation, & more then ordinary incouragement; wee ] purpose, neither haue we any thing in our hearts but loue & neighbourlie correspondencie with yow; & in ] nothing are, nor I hope shall bee iniurious to yow, or any of yours, but if we shall be requited with the ] contrary, I doubt but through Gods asistance, yow will finde vs able to maintain our iust rights, and not in the least to feare the sword or threats of any adversarie, but if yow still desire any neighbourlie ] correspondence, (as you desired it when I was with yow,) yow shall finde us ready to our vtmost. I am in haste, your seruant calling for my letter; only one word to desire yow to send me 50 or 100 skipples of salte, ] and to fetch your beefe and porke; I doubt I must presentlie kill the beefe, for it will fall dayly. ] I cannot yett gett or procure men to thresh come, but I shall further it soe farre as I may; ] your fiskall hath only receiued 25 gilders. I profferred him what euer hee desired, but it was what ] hee would accept for his present occasion, soe in greate haste desiring yow to excuse my scribling, I rest,

Yours in what I may,

Stephen Goodyeare

Not dated, but it came with the fiskall with the other two of Mr. Eaton.


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