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Late 17th-cent. massacre letter up for sale in NY
SCHENECTADY (AP) -- A letter written by survivors of a Colonial-era massacre in upstate New York is being put up for auction next month in Manhattan.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the unsigned manuscript is an urgent request for help in the aftermath of what became known as the Schenectady Massacre.
In February 1690, a force of Canadian and French soldiers and their American Indian allies attacked the settlement at Schenectady, burning it to the ground and killing about 60 people. More than two dozen other settlers were taken to Canada as captives.
Survivors of the massacre wrote a letter in English and Dutch to British Colonial authorities seeking their protection from more attacks.
The letter, owned by a private collector, will be sold Oct. 10 by Swann Auction Galleries.
Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.dailygazette.com/