MySource:MySourceQuolla6/:Brodhead, 1874:366-367

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September, 1643:

"...the Weckquaesgeeks dug up the hatchet which they had buried, eighteen months before, on the shores of the Bronx River. Approaching “in way of friendly neighborhood, as they had been accustomed," the widowed Anne Hutchinson's blameless retreat at "Annie's Hoeck," they watched their opportunity, and murdered that extraordinary woman, her daughter, and Collins, her son-in-law, and all her family, save one grand-daughter, eight years old, whom they carried off into captivity. The houses and cattle were ruthlessly destroyed. From Annie's Hoeck the devastating party proceeded downward to “Vredeland," and attacked Throgmorton's peaceful settlement. Such of Throgmorton's and Cornell's families as were at home were killed, and the cattle, and barns, and houses were all burned up. A happy accident bringing a boat there at the very moment of the tragedy, some women and children fled on board; anil thus the settlement was saved from utter extermination. Nevertheless, eighteen victims of the red man's indiscriminating fury lost their lives in West Chester.

The vengeance which desolated West Chester did not spare Long Island. Lady Deborah Moody, who had been “dealt with" by the Church at Salem for “the error of denying baptism to infants," having fled for refuge, with many others “infected with Anabaptism," into New Netherland, had established herself, by Kieft's special permission, at Gravensande, or Gravesend, on Long Island. But she had, scarcely become settled in her retreat before her plantation was "attacked by the savages. A brave defense was, nevertheless, made by forty resolute colonists; the fierce besiegers were repulsed; and Gravesend escaped the fate which overwhelmed all the neighboring settlements on Long Island.

Doughty's settlement at Mespath, or Newtown, did not so well. During the first year, he had re-enforced at Mespath himself with several new families of colonists. More than eighty persons were soon settled in Mespath, and an air of prosperity prevailed. Doughty himself, who had “scarcely means enough of his own to build even a hovel, let alone to people a colony at his own expense," was cmployed as minister; and his associates prepared for him a farm, upon the profits of which he lived, while he discharged, in return, the clerical duties of his station. But the savages attacking the settlement; the colonists were driven from their lands, “with the loss of some men and many cattle, besides almost all their houses, and what other property they had." They afterward returned, and remained awhile; but finding that they consumed more than they could raise, they fled for refuge to Manhattan.