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M-340: John Williams Letter


A letter from Rev. John Williams, who wrote The Redeemed Captive, to his children telling them of the health of their mother.

Date: 1728

Biographical Note:

Rev. John Williams, his wife and five of his twelve children were taken captive along with 109 others during a raid by French Canadian troops and Abenaki Indians on the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts on February 29, 1704.  While in captivity his wife died, and one of his daughters was given to a Mohawk tribe.  Upon his return to Deerfield in 1706 he wrote The Redeemed Captive, a narrative of his experience.  Williams remarried and had five more children.  This letter from Williams details the deteriorating health of his second wife and the cause for the delay in their visit.

Collection Scope:

This collection consists of a one page letter written by Rev. John Williams, author of The Redeemed Captive, to his children notifying them of their mother’s deteriorating health. 

Access and Use:

A digital copy of this collection is available:

M-340: John Williams Letter

Use Restrictions: Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed, depending on condition and restrictions.

Access Restrictions: Access to portions of this collection may be restricted depending on condition.

Please direct any questions regarding this collection to the Reading Room at the St. Louis Mercantile Library by contacting 314.516.7247.

Citation: When citing material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.