1903 - TO ALL THE DWELLERS AT BLACK POINT, AND IN PECULIAR, MY
HUSBAND. BLACK POINT, In the Province of Maine, The Twentieth day o
f August, Anno Domini, 1642. - HER LETTERS - PHILIPPA a After my
duty and my Uncles presented to yourself these will inform you of
our present health. Hither came I this day sennight, devoid of
mishap. When we did twyne down the Massachusetts Bay and cast ing
anchor lay before Boston Town, the dear felicity of sighting land
did set open the very flood-gates of mine eyes. 18 Mistress Alice
Jocelyn sold nor traded for, never. On a hilltop moreover, theres
set up a tall gallows whereon a beacons lit for to warn the town of
danger. The people, they re a likely sort, pretty steady and
satisfied with themselves, and mighty proud of their village also.
For the space of four and twenty hours, I tarried under Mr. Edward
Tyng, his roof, being full hospitably entreated the while. This is
an amiable gentleman of substance which hath influence in them
parts. His dwelling S wondrous stout, as forsooth need is, for it
sits on the shore hurtled by storms. Here moreover, do stand his
brew and warehouses. Theres a fine sun-dial in his garden. His
pretty wife, shes a buxom lady and a mer Her Letterr to Philippa 19
ry. Mistress Tyng hath a spinet. Twas the tenth day of August when
I took ship for Black Point. We fell down to Noddles Island,
proceeding thence straightway. 66Now, thinks I, shall I behold a
fair countryside, for we was to sail coastwise but nothing saw I,
save rock and dingle, with some few scattering huts. Tis no mean
voyage neither, -scarce less than one hundred and fifty mile. The
wind being for the most part fair, we was fetched with speed and
safeness, shortof three days. Uncle Henry Jocelyn, he descried our
sail, and coming to the waters edge to receive us, had me forthwith
to his own abode, namely, the house of Captain Thomas Cammock.
Mistress Margaret, his lady, did give me welcome, kissing my cheek
lustily withal. This Point is a brave place and a sightly, but
wherefore tLey call it Black, know I not, save perchance for the
forest so thick and darkling. Touching this residence itself, Ive
seen a grander often, and a comfortabler. is situate on a jutting
promontory commonly named the Ferry Rocks. At its foot the ocean
beats constant. Thickets of wild shrub and vine do abound creeping
to the very doorstone, andmighty pretty to behold. Moreover here do
thrive divers savoury fruits and rare posies, without so much as
the pruning. On the heels of my arrivage, fell a smart storm of
rain with wind and surpassing loud thunder Her Letters to PhiI Ppa
ZI dreadful to hear. Uncle Henry he dwells under this roof alway,
and whiles he did tarry in America, Uncle John Jocelyn likewise and
now, sooth to say, here be I, also. Verily this is a hospitable -
coun-try The name of this Province aforetime was New Somersetshire,
but since two year back it hathbeen christened ened a i n e, so m e
says in honour of Queen Maria Henrietta, her French rovince called
La Mevne. The 1 J first General Court of the Province, it was
holden in June two year agone, Uncle Henry being one of the
Counsellors. w was then came the new Governor, Mr. Thomas Gorges,
Esq., nephew to Sir Ferdinando, the first to 22 Mistress AZice
Jocelyn rule over the Province. He is a stripling but full comely.
Tis hoped that he may make up in wisdom what he lacks in years. On
my coming hitherCaptain Cammock, he was off to Richmans Island but
hath now returned. That noble blood flows in his veins, tis easy
believed. There S a pretty tale abroad that his mother, the
daughter of the Earl of Warwick, on opposition to the marriage, she
did run - away with Sir Thomas Cammock, the father of Captain
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