Colonial Connecticut

John Winthrop, a 1708 Colonial Summons to Appear in New London, CT Court, Signed by Daniel Wetherell

John Winthrop, a 1708 Colonial Summons to Appear in New London, CT Court, Signed by Daniel Wetherell


Single page autographed document signed, on laid paper, 7.5" x 12." Dated "June 26, 1708" and signed by Daniel Wetherell as "Daniel Wetherell Assistant." Expected folds and toning, near fine with strong vibrant ink. Docketed to verso. Ex. Norman Boas, Seaport Autographs, Ex Christies 2017.


A 1708 summons to be served by the New London Marshall or Sheriff, to Major General Wait Still Winthrop to appear in Probate Court in New London to answer as to whether he would serve as executor of the estate of his brother, Governor John Winthrop of Connecticut.


Wetherell, Daniel (1630-1719). Wetherell was a prominent New London, Connecticut leader. Born in Maidstone, Kent, England, he was the son of William Wetherell. As a young man he came to America and on August 4, 1659 he married Grace, the daughter of Jonathan Brewster of Poquonock (Groton), Connecticut and granddaughter of William Brewster, settler of the Plymouth Colony. From 1680 to 1710 Wetherell was more prominent in public life than any other inhabitant in town. He was Town Clerk, Moderator, Judge of the County Court, the Probate Court, a Commissioner, Recorder, and an Assistant. He was an active magistrate during the battle led by Captain John Mason against the Pequot Indians, acting as Commissary in New London at this time. In addition he was a Custom Master for the Port of New London and was appointed by the Crowm as Deputy Collector and Searcher, serving from 1685 to the early 1700s. In 1703, among others, he received land in New London by a grant from the Crown which had formerly belonged to the Mohegan Indians.


"In your Majesties name you are Required to summons and give notice unto Major General Wait Winthrop, Esq. of Boston [Wait Still Winthrop (1643-1717) was a jurist and major general of Provincial forces in Massachusetts and for 30 years on the Massachusetts Executive Council if he may be so found in you presents that he appears at the Court of Probate to be holden on Tuesday next... at the house of Mrs. Mary Shaply about tenn of the clock in the morning then and there to declare an informe the aforesaid Court wheter you Doe Acept or Refuse to be an Executor to the Last Will and Testament of the Honorable John Winthrip Esq late of New London Deceased [John "Fitz-John" Withrop (1639-1707) was the grandson of Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts and brother of Major General Wait Winthrop. He served as Major General in the expedition against Canada in 1690 and as Governor of Connecticut from 1698 to 1707 are also hereby farther required to signifie unto the Sd Maj. General Wayt Winthrop Esq. that he may not fail in the premises as he will Answer the Contempt at the perill of the law in that case made and provided... Daniel Wetherell, Assistant. "


Item: 64149

Price: $750.00
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