Warning Letter from Samuel Partridge
This one-page letter was written by Colonel Samuel Partridge to Connecticut Governor John Winthrop on August 10, 1703. Partridge's letter warned of a possible attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts. As the military commander of the frontier militia, Partridge sought an additional fifty or sixty men to protect Connecticut River Valley settlements. He had received reports, including one from three Kanienkehaka (Mohawks), of a hostile body of French and Indians advancing on New England from Quebec. Partridge predicted the raid on Deerfield six months before it occurred on February 29, 1704.