GORGES, FERDINANDO. c.1566-1647. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Fnnd. Gorges"), 1 p, oblong 4to (191 x 206 mm), October 5, 1597, being an affidavit regarding the examination of a John Thinson,

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GORGES, FERDINANDO. c.1566-1647.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Fnnd. Gorges"), 1 p, oblong 4to (191 x 206 mm), October 5, 1597, being an affidavit regarding the examination of a John Thinson,

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GORGES, FERDINANDO. c.1566-1647.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Fnnd. Gorges"), 1 p, oblong 4to (191 x 206 mm), October 5, 1597, being an affidavit regarding the examination of a John Thinson, chips to right margin, a few creases and stains.

Ferdinando Gorges was a military leader during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and her successor, King James. Being wounded at the siege of Paris in 1589, he was knighted and given the post of Governor of the Fort at Plymouth. During the approach of the 3rd Spanish Armada, a few weeks after the date of this manuscript, he placed the fort and the surrounding area on alert, and relayed communications about sightings of Spanish ships back to London. In later years he was a shareholder in the Plymouth Company, and received a patent for the Province of Maine, between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers. Although he never set foot in North America, he established the earliest colonial government in Maine, and his son Robert became Governor-General of New England. The present affidavit appears to be related to a criminal investigation, as it records the testimony of John Thinson regarding his whereabouts over three days.
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