Letter from the gov. and council of Massachusetts to gov. Colve

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Haveing Intellegence that you have lately seized severall vessels belonging to the Vnited Colonyes of New England in their Sayling from Port to port uppon these Coasts & that you doe Contrary to ye practise of both Nations in this warre deteyne ye men prisoners with depredation uppon us & our people you have made before wee have given you any provokation or offerd you or yours any Injury or Cômissioned any of ours to seize any thing of yours; Wee doe hereby demand the Dilivery & release of our vessels men & goods forthwith otherwise according to the former Resolution of the Vnited Colonijes Wee doe declare our Selves bound & Resolved by ye help and assistance of god to Endeavour a full Reparation by force of Armes, Expecting your present & possitive answer by these our Messengers Mr Nathaniel Davenport & Mr Arthur Mason whom wee have sent unto you for that End;

Boston 25th November 1673. 
In the Name & by order of ye gouvernor & Counsel 
of his Maijties Colony of ye Massachusets in N. England. 
(: Signed:) 
( The Superscription was:) 
ffor the Honorable Monsir Anthony Colve 
Commandor in Chiefe of all the 
dutch forces in the ffort William 


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.