John Ware – Pennsylvania

I came across this interesting letter from John Ware of Pennsylvania to his friend John Okely.  I am not sure on which branch of the Ware Tree, John resides.

“… August 30th 1770

Friend John Okely,

We have been sadly alarmed here last first day by a parcel of Pennamites who took me and my wife prisoners at the next House for only entertaining the New England people but on my giving security they let us go but not contented with that they came here afterwards the same day and forcibly entered the House and abused both me and my wife in a very gross manner took me again prisoner and dragged me out of the House out the did not detain me long they stole seven Deer skins, six of which was found by chance next morning hid out in the woods they stole a collar and Bell from here some time before that of which they bragg’d after they got down among the inhabitants.  You would oblige me very much if you would acquaint friend Drinker with this affair as soon as possible for we are in continual dread and fear of those outrageous fellows no more at present.

From your friend,

John Ware”

Source: Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 18, by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, April 1891, page 263

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