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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1671-1681
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306 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1678-1679.
Lib. R. June the 1: 1680.
Maryland ss.
The Accot of Thomas Richardson and others concerning
the late rencounter wth the Indians on the 19th May 1680: at
the head of Gunpowder River (viz.)
p. '34 The said Thomas Richardson was satt in his house and his
Brother Lawrence was within the Doore, and an Indian
entred the house & endeavred to pull his brother downe by
the head, the said Thomas beholding wishly perceived it to be
an Indian painted, at wch he tooke downe his Gunn and seeing
more entring the house fired at the second, but his gunn not
goeing of readily, the Indian spoke earnestly and runn in, and
the third Indian approached the Doore as the gunn fired and
was wounded and fell, the fourth came up, the first slipp'd his
hold of Lawrence Richardson and with the fourth carried off
the third, The second had Thomas Richardson by the haire
and drew him to the Doore before he could gett cleare of him,
when the Indians hold slipp'd he runn but had lett fall his
gunn in the scuffle, wch the said Richardson tooke up and
fired after him as he runn, his Brother Lawrence fired at the
said Indian also, but could not pceive that he was wounded.
John Bird who lived two miles off come heareing the gunns
& carried a note towards Capt Watertons, in the meane time
as is supposed the Indians came neare to John Birds and
shott a Dogg in the legg with an arrow; the next Day being
the 20th May Capt. Waterton with those men he had raised
marched from James Dentons to John Birds and soe towards
Thomas Richardsons, and meeteing Thomas Richardson and
others in the woods lookeing after the Indians informed the
said Capt that their neighbours Cattle were disturbed that
morning whereupon they directed their march towards the
ffrontire plantations neere wch they saw two Indians takeing
up their packs, but when discovered fled and left their Packs,
in wch was found tobaccos that was that Day taken out of a
hhd at Thomas Richardsons, and the parts of a hogg killed
the same Day; the next Day the 21th the Capt went with his
men to the ffrontire Plantations, and finding all things well
returned leaveing the people at their plantations where they
have remained ever since without any molestations,
examined p me George Wells.

By vertue of an ordr to Coll Wells to summon me before
him, I appeared at his summons, he requireing an Accot of
my raiseing men to goe after the Indians, I Doe declare that
it was by vertue of an ordr made formerly by a Councill of
Officers wherein the sd Coll was present that upon any Alarm
we should raise men and goe to their Assistance wch the said

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