Historian Coffin reports that on Feb. 20, 1705, Colonial Gov. Joseph Dudley wrote to Col. Nathaniel Saltonstall, telling him to direct his “snow-shoe men” from Newbury and Andover to be ready "at a moment’s warning till the weather breaks, then we may be quiet a while.” Dudley was responsible for fortification of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire frontiers during Queen Anne's War.

— The Museum of Old Newbury

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