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Re: Richard Treat and the Charter Oak
Posted by: Jim Larson Date: April 07, 2000 at 04:18:10
In Reply to: Richard Treat and the Charter Oak by Marjorie Kinkade of 591

Hello;
From what I have read about the Charter Oak Affair, (and I am writing this from memory - hope it serves me well!)it happened as a result of then Governor Robert Treat's desire to spare Connecticut from becoming part of the United Colonies under the Crown's puppet governor Andros of New York. Robert Treat, the son of Richard, (whom I believe was a signer of the Charter of the Colony of Connecticut), was said to have removed the Charter from the seat of government and hid it in an oak tree for the duration of Andros' reign as governor of the United Colonies. That was about a year and a half. After the union dissolved, (I don't know the intricacies of the politics of the day), Robert Treat retrieved the Charter from the oak tree, thus saving it, returned it to the seat of government, and regained the Governorship.
JML


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