(Delaware/Pennsylvania) "From Harrington, April 18th, 1687".
Dateline on folded letter in Old English from Jonathan Farmer in Harrington, Delaware (then part of Pennsylvania) to "Joseph Dudley, Esq., near Boston in New England -- Post",
age spotting, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare early Colonial letter, information on the addressee is found at www.state.nh.us/nhdhr/glikeness/dudljose.html: "Dudley was a member of the Massachusetts General Court (1673 - 1676), and he fought the Naragansett Indians during King Philip's War (1675). Dudley was a member of the Upper House in the Massachusetts Bay legislature (1676 - 1683, 1684), and was Commander of the United Colonies of New England (1677 - 1681), until King James II replaced him. Dudley served his replacement, Governor Andros, as a member of the governor's Council, and then as President of the Council (1684). Dudley was also in charge of press censorship for Governor Andros, and he served as Chief Justice of Colonial Superior Court (1687 - 1689)." After the Dutch Protestant William of Orange and his wife Mary came to the English throne, replacing the English Catholic King James II in The Glorious Revolution of 1688, Dudley was appointed chief of the Council of New York (served 1690 -1692). He then became deputy governor for The Isle of Wight. Dudley concluded his administrative career as Royal Governor for Massachusetts under Queen Anne (1702 - 1715).
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