Filled with details on the early history of Dorchester, Reverend Varnod's 1728 letter is one of many historical documents that help us to better imagine the village that stood here. Letters written by local ministers, among the most literate men of the area, are particularly useful pieces of the past.
Rev. Francis Varnod to the Secretary, April 3, 1728, Records of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, Letter Books, Series A, 1702-1737, microfilm (London: Micro Methods Ltd., 1964) (hereafter cited as SPG Letter Books), Microfilm Reel 7, Vol. 21, #1, pp. 77-87.