THE MURDER OF JOHN OLDHAM
IT was six years after we had come to live in Boston,
that A most terrible crime was committed by the savages
of the Narragansett tribe, for then
they billed Captain
John Oldham, and
three other men,
who were sailing
on Long Island
Sound. The vessel
 was taken by the Indians, after they had murdered all
on board, and we in Boston were moved to great fear,
believing the brown men around us were making ready
to murder the white people.
Sir Harry Vane, the Governor, sent five of our chief
men to the head savage of the Narragansett tribe, to
inquire into the matter, and these messengers were told
that none save the Indians living on Block Island
had any hand in the matter.
Then it was that Governor Vane commanded Master
Endicott of Salem, to take a large number of fighting
men in three vessels, and punish the murderers as they
Taster Endicott did according to the command;
but when he was come to Block Island, the brown
people had run away; therefore all he could do
was to burn the huts, destroy the canoes, and shoot
the dogs that were prowling around the deserted village.
This Taster Endicott did not believe was
punishment enough for what had been done, therefore he
crossed over to the mainland where the Indians who
call themselves Pequots live, and there he killed more
than twenty of these people, besides seizing their corn.
He also burned, or destroyed in some other way, all
the goods belonging to the savages that he could find,
and then came back to Boston, where the people of the
town turned out to give him a noble welcome.
 We had a thanksgiving day because of what had been
done, and believed, or, at least, Susan and I did, that
we need fear nothing more from the savages, for surely
the brown people would not dare molest any white
man again after being so severely punished.