158C Increase Mather to Sir William Ashurst

    [February 13 1709/10]


    In my two Last I mentioned the desires of our General Assembly (which is our New England Parliament) that you would please to Concern yourselfe in an Agency on their behalfe. The Governour obstructed it. But in the Last Session (which was this Last Week) the whole Assembly not onely the Representatives, but the Council also were unanimous and importunate in their desires, so that the Governour at Last saw that it was his Interest to Concurr.1 It will be a great Condescension in you to accept of this trouble. But I know you are act[ivate]d by generous principles. And Considering that the whole province dos pray you to appear in their behalfe, the divine providence has put into your hands a singular Advantage of procuring a good Governour to succeed one whom you have a Long time known what He is. Thus with my service to my Lady Ashurst I remain, Sir

    Yours to serve

    I. Mather

    [Addressed:] To the Honorable Sir William Ashurst in London.

    [Endorsed:] Dr. Mathers Letter Feb. 13 1709/10, answered.

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