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Log-book of Timothy Boardman Kept On Board The Privateer Oliver Cromwell, During A Cruise From New London, Ct., to Charleston, S. C., And Return, In 1778; Also, A Biographical Sketch of The Author.   By: (1754-1838)

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LOG BOOK OF TIMOTHY BOARDMAN;

KEPT ON BOARD THE PRIVATEER OLIVER CROMWELL, DURING A CRUISE FROM NEW LONDON, CT., TO CHARLESTON, S. C., AND RETURN, IN 1778;

ALSO,

A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR.

BY THE REV. SAMUEL W. BOARDMAN, D.D.

ISSUED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE RUTLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

ALBANY, N. Y.: JOEL MUNSELL'S SONS. 1885.

PREFACE.

Under the auspices of the Rutland County Historical Society, is published the Log Book of Timothy Boardman, one of the pioneer settlers of the town of Rutland, Vermont. This journal was kept on board the privateer, Oliver Cromwell, during two cruises; the second one from New London, Conn., to Charleston, S. C.; the third from Charleston to New London, in the year 1778. It seems that the Log Book of the first cruise was either lost, never kept, or Mr. Boardman was not one of the crew to keep it. It was kept as a private diary without any view to its ever being published.

When this manuscript, on coarse, unruled paper, was brought to light, it came to the knowledge of the officers of the county historical society, who, at once, decided that it was a document of considerable value and should be published. Correspondence was accordingly opened with the Rev. Samuel W. Boardman, D.D., of Stanhope, New Jersey, a grandson of Timothy, to whom this document properly belonged, asking his permission to allow the society to publish it. The Reverend Doctor immediately gave his consent; and in his own words: "Supposed it was largely dry details. Still these may throw side lights of value, on the history of the times." At the same time he also consented to furnish a biographical sketch of his grandfather to be published with the Log Book. Accordingly the sketch was prepared, but it proves to be not only a sketch, but a valuable genealogy of that branch of the Boardman family. This sketch was collected from many sources, mostly from manuscripts.

The Boardmans in Rutland county are all known as a strictly industrious, upright, religious, scholarly race; and they are so interwoven with the early history, business and educational interests of the county, that this document must meet with general favor and interest.

JOHN M. CURRIER, Sec. of the Rutland County Historical Society.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF DEA. TIMOTHY BOARDMAN.

BY REV. SAMUEL W. BOARDMAN, D.D.

Stanhope, New Jersey.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.

There is still preserved a letter from England, written in a fine hand, with red ink, dated Obeydon? Feb. 5, 1641, and directed,

"to her very loveing sonne SAMUEL BOREMAN, Ipswich in New England give this with haste."

The letter is as follows:

"Good sonne, I have receaved your letter: whereby I understand that you are in good health, for which I give God thanks, as we are all Praised be God for the same. Whereas you desire to see your brother Christopher with you, he is not ready for so great a journey, nor do I think he dare take upon him so dangerous a voyage. Your five sisters are all alive and in good health and remember their love to you. Your father hath been dead almost this two years, and thus troubleing you no further at this time, I rest, praying to God to bless you and your wife, unto whome we all kindly remember our loves.

Your ever loving mother, "JULIAN BORMAN."

This letter exhibits many of the characteristics of the Puritans to whom the Bormans belonged. They were intensely religious; this short letter contains the name of God three times and speaks of both prayer and praise. The Puritans were an intelligent people, reading and writing; this letter is a specimen of the correspondence carried on between the earliest settlers and their kindred whom they had left in England... Continue reading book >>




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