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LECHFORD, Thomas, author, born in London about 1590; died there, probably, in 1644. He emigrated to Boston in 1638, and was the first to practise law in New England, but returned to England in 1641, much dissatisfied with his experience. He published "Plaine Dealing, or Newes from New England" (London, 1642), and "New England's Advice to Old England" (1644). A new edition of "Plaine Dealing," with notes by J. Hammond Trumbull, has been published (New York, 1867). Although written in a spirit of hostility to New England, it contains much valuable information.
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