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Brownfield, Maine

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In May of 1775, The Committee of Brownfield sent this report by Henry Young Brown to the Massachusetts Congress concerning local Abenaki reactions to the American Revolution.

There are five or six families of Indians hunting at Androscoggin, about twenty-five miles north of my house. Several of them expressed much concern about the times; said their men could not hunt, eat, nor sleep; keep calling together every night; courting, courting, every night, all night. O, strange Englishmen kill one another. I think the world is coming to an end. Mrs. Brown asked which side they would fight. Answered, why should we fight for t'other country, for we never see t'other country; our hunting is in this country. One of them said her brother was a colonel; she wished she could see him; she would tell him not to fight for t'other country, but to fight for this country. One of the party is gone to Canada. They wanted powder but got none. Some of them were painted; and as this was the first time they came in painted, it surprised some of our women. ...

Source: Peter Force, comp., American Archives, 9 vols., Washington, 1837-1873, 4th ser. 2:621.
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