Thomas Brattle 1722


Mr. Editor.---About one hundred years ago, Jonathan Belcher, Governor of Massachusetts, with some of his Council, met a deputation of the Cognewaga Indians on Connecticut river, some distance above the spot where stands your village, and held a conference with them. The beauty of the stream, and tempting richness of the forest were so inviting, that Col. Brattle of Cambridge, Mass. resolved to become a proprietor of what is now called Brattleboro'. On his return home, he drew up a petition to the Governor of New York for a grant of it, and readily induced his neighbors to the number of forty or more, to lend him their names as settlers. He went to New York and took out a patent of the township of land, and paid the Governor his fees. As the land on the west side of the Connecticut river was claimed by New York, and also by the Province of New Hampshire, Mr. Brattle was fearful of the validity of the New York title, and to make it yet stronger, he repaired to Portsmouth and took from Governor Wentworth a grant of the same tract of land. Between the time when he took his title from the two Governors and the close of the revolutionary war, the greater part of the signers (as settlers) were dead. About the year 1722, Major Thomas Brattle returned to Cambridge, and employed an attorney to obtain a release from the surviving signers of any interest they might have in said lands, to himself. I believe this statement is substantially correct, and I am too old to falsify for trifles. Probably some of your neighbors may be amused at learning these facts. Wishing you good health and increasing reputation, I remain your humble servant,


Cambridge, Mass.

T. L. J.


Independent Inquirer, November 23, 1833.

Dr. Timothy Lindall Jennison is the author.


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Dr. Timothy L. Jennison (1761-1845) was the Town Clerk of Cambridge, Massachusetts 1789-1797, and 1806, in Cambridge, the residence of Col. Thomas Brattle. His wife was Mary Emilia Elizabeth Belcher, daughter of Jonathan Belcher Esq., Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice of the Province of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Jennison also contributed an article about medical cases to the Independent Inquirer for February 1, 1834.


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