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    John Endecott Document Signed "Jo: Endecott Gov." One page, 5.5" x 2", April 24, 1644 [or 1649], Marblehead [Massachusetts], "to the constable of Marblehead". This five line complaint is signed by John Endecott, who had previously served as Massachusetts Bay Colony's second governor. Endecott (ca. 1588-1665) was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company. He led a group of about one hundred Puritan settlers in 1628 from England and settled north of Plymouth Colony in what would later be Salem, Massachusetts. A strict Puritan noted for his suppression of religious dissent, he served several separate terms as governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629-1630, 1644, 1649, 1651-1653, 1655-1664). In between his terms, he served in many important positions within the colony, including leadership positions in the colony's militia (he led the Massachusetts militia during the Pequot War from 1636-1637). This very early American document is matted and framed to an overall size of 10" x 6.75". Toned with some stains, it has not been examined outside of the frame. Near very good.

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