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Friday, December 28, 2007

February 1, 1689 Order by Lieutenant Governor Jacob Leisler and His Council Directing Inventory of John Pell's Gunpowder

On February 1, 1689, Lieutenant Governor Jacob Leisler and his Council issued an order directing an inventory of a rumored store of gunpowder on the property of John Pell of Pelham in Westchester County. This was about eight months before John and Rachel Pell sold a large part of the Manor of Pelham to Leisler for the benefit of Huguenot settlers who subsequently established New Rochelle. The text of the brief order appears below, followed by a citation to its source.


Whereas I am enformed that there is Severall Barrrells of gun powder in ye Custody of Mr John Pell of Pelham within Westchester County

These are to will & require you to make diligent Search and Enquiry for the same & what quantity you fin to make a report unto mee forthwith. Given &c february 1st 1689.


Source: O'Callaghan, E.B., ed., Documentary History of the State of New-York. Arranged Under Direction of the Hon. Christopher Morgan, Secretary of State, Vol. II, p. 39 (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., Public Printers 1850).

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