Western New England Volume 1

Western New England Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...corn supply for a section covering many miles and it is an interesting coincidence that the celebration of the 275th anniversary of Springfield should recall this in the year that is to see the first corn show of the Massachusetts association in this same city. Incidentally, many historians have charged Pynchon with being the first successful monopolist of the food supplies in this country. The supply undoubtedly was corncred, but it was the Indians who were shrewd enough to see the dire necessity of the colonists, and to hold out for a higher price which they got. The Connecticut assembly had decided that it would be better to have some one man, like Pynchon, to do all the bargaining with the Indians, on the supposition that he would be able to get the corn at a lower price than if a number of buyers went up from Hartford and bid against each other. The price that the assembly thought should be paid was fixed, and Pynchon given the contract. He made his deal with the Indians accordingly, but the red men failed to keep their part and deliver the corn at the date settled upon. They gave all manner of excuses but the real crux of the situation was that they were too well informed of the position in which the white settlers were caught. Pynchon had been given some leeway as to the price he should pay, but the terms of his contract were such that he personally would not gain anything by giving the Indians a bigger quotation. Captain Mason was sent up from Hartford to investigate, and after a heated interview in which the ideals and methods of the soldier clashed severely with those of the colonist and lawyer, he went back to bring a serious charge against Pynchon whom he said was keeping the Indians in such state of fear that they did not...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924495
  • 9781236924490