Edward Randolph’s report of King Philip’s War in New England, 1675
are the reports and conjectures of the causes of the present Indian warre
[sic]. Some impute it to an imprudent zeal in the magistrates of Boston to christianize those heathen before they were civilized and enjoining them the
strict observation of their laws. . . . [T]he people, on the other side, for
lucre and gain, entice and provoke the Indians to the breach thereof,
especially to drunkenness, to which those people are so generally addicted that
they will strip themselves to their skin to have their fill of rum and brandy.
. . .
believe there have been vagrant and jesuitical priests, who have made it their
business, for some years past, to go from Sachem to Sachem, to exasperate the
Indians against the English and to bring them into a confederacy, and that they
were promised supplies from France and other parts to extirpate the English
nation out of the continent of America. . . .
But the government of the Massachusetts . . .
[has] contributed much to their misfortunes, for they first taught the Indians
the use of arms, and admitted them to be present at all their musters and
trainings, and shewed [sic] them how to handle, mend and fix their muskets, and
have been furnished with all sorts of arms by permission of the government.