Many unpublished photostatic copies of letters and documents from the War Department at Washington relating to Michigan, General Hull, the War of 1812, General Harrison and other subjects have recently been added.

With this mine of historical wealth Detroit owes a duty to itself to do something to make known some portion of its richness to historical students. While the Library was owned by Mr. Burton he made it free to all historical investigators and now that it has become a part of the Public Library of Detroit the same policy is pursued, and the project of Mr. Burton to draw the attention of the interested public by printing some of the Library's unused and unknown documents seems highly desirable.

Member Michigan Historical Commission.

Vol 450 p 88


I have made a purchase of the Bearer Mr. Lodowick Castlemans land, at Stoneraby Cont. of 280 acres or thereabouts for £200, and now I hear there is a Mortgage upon it for £70 wh I would desire the favour of you to enquire Strictly into. I hear it is to Robt. Roseboom in Albany—if so you can easily know it. I doubt I cant go down soon wherfore would desire the favour of you to get a good firm Deed drawn for Sd. Land, and send it up to me p first Safe hand. You will see his Writeings, which he has along with him, and he will tell you the Names of the Lotts I have the Mill with all belonging thereto in the Bargain Also whatever Moveables he does not take along with him as you will see by the inclosed kind of a memorandum wh. I had him to sign, and paid him in part 70 pounds. You'l please to send me p bearer the amount of that Sum wh. he was arrested for, together with all the charges thereto belonging that I may settle with him er'e he goes. if you have any News shall be obliged to you for it I wish you would send me the last Acts of Assembly, or at least that relating to the Duty of Showds and Rum wh, was altered last Session. Yr. kind Compliance together with all former favours will vastly oblidge Sr. yr. Unfeigned friend & Humble Servt.

Wm. Johnson* My kind respects to Mrs. Collins. Feby. the 27th 1754-5. To Edward Collins Esqr.

at Albany.


Crown Point July ye 16 1762 onered sir. I take this opertonety to wright to you hopeing these few Loynes will find you all in as good helth as they Leave me at this time Blessed b god for the Same i would enform you that Daniel is not hear he is at work at Putmons Point à Cuting timber for the fort i have receved a Leter from him this Day and he is in good helth But did not know that he Could Send a Leter home by this man and i thought it proper to send a line to you and i hop you will not take it a mis i would enform you that all the Bradford men ar in good helth at this time and it is as helthy a time as ever was nown Mr Elliott is in Good helth and Remembers his love to you all Daniel Mulken* is in good helth and Desires to be Remembered to his mother and all that ask after him Remember my Love to uncel Sameuel Parker and his wife and to Eliplielet hardy and wife and all that ask after me So no more at Present Bout i remeing I hope you will send a Letor

*Sir William Johnson, born in Ireland in 1715, came to America to manage an estate of his uncle, Sir Peter Warren in the valley of the Mohawk, New York. in 1738. In 1746 he was made commissary of New York for Indian affairs and in 1755 superintendent of the Six nations. Upon first coming to America he married a German girl who soon died leaving him a son John, knighted in 1765 and two daughters. His second wife was a daughter of an Indian chief. After her death he married Molly Brant, sister of the famous chief Joseph Brant, Johnson died at Johnstown, N. Y., July 11, 1774.

Your humble Servant by this men to Daniel for I think


to Capt Eliplielet hardy

Liven in Bradford with Care and Sped


Crown Point Daniel Hardy my Son these few loines com to you to let you know how it is with us at hom we are in trouble we have bured two of our Children with the canker Rebeckah and Phines and Ednar is not wel but the rest of us are wel at present and we desire to Bles god for it and we hop these few Lins will find you in good helth we would have you send us word hou you do as ofen as you can we have received two leters from you we have sent three leters to you i desire to be Remembred to all that ask after me and i would in form you that the season of the year hes ben very dry which hath cut short the crops both for man and beast so no more at present but we remain your tender parents until death daniel Hardy Bradford Agust the 18 day in the year_1762

*Daniel Mulken (Mullicken, Mulliken) was a private in Capt. Nath. Gage's minute men. He fought at the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775 and also at Bunker Hill.

ELIPHELET HARDY* To Daniel Hardy Att Crown Point or Putmons Point under Capt Huchens


Dunstable August 13—1762 To Semeon Cumings: My love to you and Richard Whiney and to all inquiring friends a Round you I would in forme you that we are well and that it is in general time of helth in this Naborehood Blessed Be god for it hoping these Lines will find you so I all so would in forme you that yester Day I was at Brother Nathanel Cumings to se him and he Remains in a very week and lo Condisone and not much hope of his Recovery-if you or any of our Nabours with you should Be in week corcomstance a Bout Coming hom are desired to Rite to me or some of our frinds and we will a ford you some help if possible—I would in forme you that we Received Some Letters from you and the Last Dat was in July-ye--19 time is short and paper is Scarse I rite no more at presentSo I remain your Loving Brother




Dunstable the 13 Aug 1762 Simeon, Sr After my kind Love to you and all Dunstable Boys I took this opertunity to Write these few Lines to you hopeing they may

fine you all in a Good State of Health as I am at this present Writeing it is a General time of health amongst us tho it is a Very Dry time here and things are almost Dryed up Be Pleased to Remember me to Richard & Jonathan & Woodward Samuel Comings Jonas Butterfield & Peltiah Whittsmore & to all with whom I am aquanted and all that aske after me I should be very Glad to see you all & I pray God to Prosper you all and keep you all & Return you all home Safe.

*The Hardy family was a prominent early family at Bradford, Mass.

Jeremiah and Simeon Cummings, brothers and members of a prominent old Dunstable family. Simeon became a lieutenant. He died March 23, 1817, aged 73 yrs. and was buried in Central Cemetery, Dunstable, Mass. Jeremiah died Oct. 10, 1773, aged 45 yrs. and was buried in the same cemetery.

This is the Wish & desire of Yor Loving Freind

STEPHEN NORWOOD Simon Desire of those who have sweethearts here not to forget them But chear them up with Letters Since they cannot have their Company for they Begin to Look very Dull Paper is scarce no Dowt with you So we have sent you half a sheet

Your Friend

Stephen Norwood To Mr Simeon Cumings In his Maj Sarvis at Crown Point in the Company of Capt Edwards & Coll Ingersol Regment These with care & sped Crown Point 17th October y 1762 Loving Brother and Sister I tak this opertunity to Rit to you hoping the Same Will find you in good helth as throw the goodness of god that left me all Dunstable men is well but Jonathan Bloget and John Rolens that are both Six Both not Dangerous I hop this is the :2: Letter that I hav Sent you and had one from you i would in form You that if I am well I do not expect to be at hum in a-bout a month no more at present But I Reman

Your Loving Brother

SEMEON CUMINGS paper is scars pen


por so mi desire to be excused Mr Jermiah Cumings in Dunstable in New England this with care & Sped

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