Captain Underhill seeks Shelter in Dover in New Hampshire: Is chosen Gover|nour by the Settlers: Driven by the pious Zeal of his persecutors to seek Shelter in Albany: Reception among the Dutch: Exploits in the Indian Wars: Grant of a valuable Tract of Land: The Author anticipates his encountering certain Land Speculators in Hartford: A Taste of the Sentiments of those Gentlemen: Far|ther account of his Ancestors.
WHEN the sentence of ban|ishment passed on Captain Underhill, he returned to Dover in New Hampshire, Page 46 and was elected governour of the Euro|pean settlers there; but, notwithstanding his great service to the people of Massa|chusetts, in the Pequod wars, his perse|cutors in Boston would not allow him to die in peace. First, by writing injurious letters to those he governed; by threats of their power; and lastly, by determin|ing that Dover was within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, they forced him to flee to Albany, then possessed by the Dutch, under the name of Amboyna.
The Dutch were highly pleased with the Captain, and after Dutchifying his name into Captain Hans Van Vanderhill, they gave him a command of one hundred and twenty men, in their wars with the natives. It is said that he killed one hundred and fifty Indians on Long Island, and upwards of three hundred on the Main. The laurels of the famous Colonel Church wither in comparison. The Dutch granted him fifty thousand a|cres Page 47 of land, then in their possession. Al|though the English, when they took posses|sion of that country for the Duke of York, afterwards James the second, had promis|ed to quiet the claims of the settlers; yet Captain Underhill, or his posterity, have never availed themselves of the grant.—Mentioning this circumstance, sometime since in Hartford, some gentlemen imme|diately offered to raise a company and purchase my right. I candidly con|fessed that I was not possessed of the title, and knew not the particular spot where the land lay, and consequently was unwil|ling to sell land without title or bounda|ries. To my surprise they laughed at my scruples, and observed that they wanted the land to speculate upon, to sell, and not to settle. Titles and boundaries, in such cases, I understood, were indifferent matters mere trifles.
My brave ancestor at an advanced age, died in Albany, leaving two sons; the Page 48 youngest of whom removed to the mouth of Hudson, where some of his posterity flourish respectably to this day. The eldest son, Benoni, from whom I am descended, some years after his father's decease, after being the subject of various misfortunes, returned in impoverished cir|cumstances to New Hampshire, where the family have continued ever since.