1699, John Morse, letter to Rev. John Sparhawk, Bristol, Rhode Island, signed For Sale
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1699, John Morse, letter to Rev. John Sparhawk, Bristol, Rhode Island, signed:
This is a wonderful, original letter, dated 1699, written at N.Town, where John Morse has written to Reverend John Sparhawk, minister of the Gospel at Bristol.....in the letter Morse
refers to an allegation in a previous letter about a discourse of a Mr. Hazard about a Waldron and Burt who were pressing for information....but neither Mr. Hazard or anyone in his family or anyone on your (Sparhawk) family....besides, Waldron and Burt state that the child was begotten not at N. Town but at Elizabethtown Point in East Jersey...if it were so the Bristol gentlemen have it above other men, as there have been no girls or maidens there for some time,,,as for Mr. Hazard he is not capable of making up such a fable....I can't offer any more service but wish you, Mr. Paine and his wife best wishes.....John Morse. Notated at left December 22,1699, written at N.Town....addressed on outer leaf Reverend John Sparhawk, minister of the Gospel at Bristol. Letter is 8x13, folds, edge toned, paper loss, else in overall fair condition.
Further research is needed on who John Morse may be or where N.Town may be....
Mr. JohnSparhawkwas the youngest son of Nathaniel and PrudenceSparhawk,and was born in Cambridge about 1672. He graduated at Harvard College in 1689, and settled atBristol, R.I. Mr. Alden gives his epitaph thus: "Here lyeth interred the body of theRev.Mr.John Sparhawk,a minister of this place 23 years last past, and died the 29 of April, 1718, in the 46 year of his age."
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