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MOLYNEUX, Richard, clergyman, born in London, England, 26 March, 1696 ; died in Bonham, England, 18 May, 1766. He was sent to Maryland as superior of the , Jesuits in 1736, and was reappointed in 1743. The Pennsylvania authorities availed themselves of his influence with the Indians on their western frontier, when the savages, under French influence, threatened the exposed settlements. He was with the Indians at Lancaster just before the treaty that was made there in June and July, 1744. As the purpose of his visit was kept secret by the Pennsylvanian government, it was suspected in Maryland "that his business was no other than to dissuade ye Indians from making peace." lie returned to England in 1749.
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