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He was especially angered against our townsman, Winslow, then governor of the Colony, for the seizure of his brother Alexander, so much so that during the war the governor and commander-in-chief felt it wise to "send his wife and children away from their home in Marshfield to Salem, and to put his house in a complete state of defense."
Gov. Winslow had a large territory to cover in the war with King Philip, extending to Mount Hope (now Bristol, R. I.), to Swansey, Brookfield, and even to Maine. King Philip had succeeded in interesting many other tribes in his attempt to exterminate the whites. I will give here an instance of the dogged determination of King Philip and his followers with which our townsman had to deal:
"In Brookfield," says Baylies, "the English were about to treat with the Indians for peace, and they appointed a place of meeting. Captains Wheeler and Hutchinson both proceeded to the appointed place, accompanied by the horse and some of the principal inhabitants of Brookfield. Finding no Indians at the appointed place, they determined to proceed to their town. So unsuspicious were the inhabitants of any danger, that they went without their arms. Having marched four or five miles farther, they came to a place called Momimimissit, where, on one side, a high hill rose almost perpendicularly from the road; the other was skirted by an impassable swamp. In this narrow pass they were assailed by three hundred Indians, who lay in ambush; the savages rose from their lurking places, and poured upon the devoted English a destructive fire. Eight were killed instantly, and three mortally wounded, amongst whom was Captain Hutchison. Captain Wheeler's horse was killed under him, and he received a shot through his body, but his life was saved by the desperate courage of his son, who, seeing his perilous situation, notwithstanding his own arm had been broken by a bullet, dismounted from his horse, upon which, disabled as he was, he contrived to place his
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