THE Englishmen who had settled in the colony known
as Connecticut, soon found that the Pequot savages
could do much of wickedness, even though the
Narragansetts had said they would be friends with the white
people, for within a very short time after Master Roger
Williams had sent the Indians to us in peace, did a
season of murder begin.
Because of my being a girl, who is not supposed to
understand affairs of state, and who could only cower
in fear and trembling by the side of her mother when
word was brought of the dreadful deeds done by the
Pequot savages, I shall not set down anything
what-  soever concerning that terrible winter, when we heard
nothing save stories of blood and direst suffering.
No one could say whether, despite all Master Roger
Williams might be able to do, the savages nearabout
would not fall upon us of Boston as they had upon the
white people of Connecticut, and, therefore, as soon as
the shadows of evening had begun to gather, we girls
sought the protection of our mothers.
Seated before the roaring fires, not daring to move
about the house even after the doors and shutters were
securely barred, we started in alarm at every sound,
hearing in the roaring of the wind, or the crackling of
 the fire, some token that the brown people were
skulking around striving to get inside that they might shed
It was far worse than the time of the famine, for
then we knew just what might come to us, and if death
entered the house, we would meet it in the arms of those
we loved; but from all which had been told by those
affrighted people who came to us from Connecticut,
we realized that horrors such as could not even be
imagined would be upon us with the coming of those
savages who had sworn to make an end of the white
settlers in the New World.
It is not well even that I set down in words the
distress of mind which was ours during that long
dreadful winter; but this I may say in all truth, as the parting
word, that nowhere in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
could have been found a more distressed or unhappy
girl, than this same Ruth of Boston.