DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
RELATING TO THE
PROVINCE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE,
FROM 1722 TO 1737:
Containing important Records and Papers, pertaining to the Settlement of the Boundary Lines between New-Hampshire and Massachusetts.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE.
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.
Corresponding Secretary of the New-Hampshire Historical Society,
JOHN B. CLARKE, STATE PRINTER.
JOINT RESOLUTION, passed by the Legislature of New‑Hampshire.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court convened, That his Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to collect, arrange, transcribe and superintend the publication of such portions of the early State and Provincial Records, and other State Papers of New-Hampshire, as the Governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed by the State Printer and distributed as follows: namely, one copy to each City and Town in the State, one copy to such of the Public Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two hundred copies to the New-Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications issued by other States.
Approved July 6, 1866.
This fourth volume of Provincial Papers embraces the latter part of the Administration of his Honor JOHN WENTWORTH, Lt. Governor and Commander-in-Chief, in the absence of Governor SAMUEL SHUTE; the brief period of Governor WILLIAM BURNET'S administration, 1729, and that of Governor JONATHAN BELCHER, from 1730 to October 1737. The volume is of special and permanent value as containing all the proceedings of the Governor, Council and General Assembly of the Province, and all official documents and papers found in the Secretary's office, relating to the long controversy between New-Hampshire and Massachusetts, in respect of the boundary lines between the two Provinces. The correspondence, also, between Governor Belcher and Secretary Richard Waldron and others, and also that between John Thomlinson, Esq., agent for the Province, in England, and Theodore Atkinson, Esq., and others, of New-Hampshire, will be found to be of great interest and value.
In copying and preparing these Papers for the press, the editor has adhered to the rules at first adopted: viz., to preserve the exact words and orthography, capitals and abbreviations of the papers transcribed; even the punctuation has for the most part been left untouched. Where names of persons in office very often occur, it is denoted by passim, and not always noted in the Index.
iv EDITOR'S PREFACE.
The fifth volume of Provincial Papers will complete the record of Governor Belcher's administration and the correspondence relating to the boundary lines, between John Thomlinson, Esq., and Mr. Secretary Atkinson. Also, additional letters from Gov. Belcher to Secretary Richard Waldron; but the greater interest and value of the volume will consist in the full record it will contain of the part that New-Hampshire took in the expedition against Louisbourg, 1745, under the administration of Gov. BENNING WENTWORTH.
Concord, December, 1870.
Lt. Governor JOHN WENTWORTH. PAGES.
RECORDS OF COUNCIL, 1—22
Notice of Archibald McPhædris, Esq., 1, 2
" " Hon. John Frost 4
" " " Thomas Packer, 5
" " " Jotham Odiorne, 8
" " " Samuel Penhallow, 18
Form of Oaths, 19, 20
JOURNAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 23-308
Letter to Henry Newman, Esq., 30
Speeches of Lt. Gov. Wentworth, 46, 54, 60, 80, 87, 106
127, 148, 163, 187, 205, 240, 261, 286, 295
Answer to the Lt. Govrs Speeches, 49, 62, 82, 90, 129, 156
173, 197, 213, 264, 290, 296
Block-house at Winnipishoky Pond, 56, 58
Address to his Majesty, 85
Henry Newman's Letter to Committee, 146
Rev. Hugh Adams, of Durham, 171, 412
Submission of Eastern Indians, &c., 1725, 188-190
Notice of Hon. Peter Coffin's death, 209
Henry Newman's Letter to Lt. Gov. Wentworth, 225
Treaty with the Indians at Casco, 1727, 254-258
vi GENERAL CONTENTS.
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 308-502
Names of Representatives, 326, 484
Letter from Govr SAMUEL SHUTE, 322
Bridge over Lamprey river, 374
Stores belonging to Fort Wm. and Mary, 448
Speech of Lt. Govr Wentworth, 458, 464
Triennial Assembly, 469
Complaint against the Court of Chancery, 479
Choice of Speaker, refused, 486
Proportion, for Town taxes, 499
List of Tax-payers in New-Castle, 1728, 503
Administration of Govr WILLIAM BURNET, 1729, 504
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE — continued, 504-533
Salary of Govr Burnet, 513
Death of Govr Burnet, 528, 555
Answers to Queries sent by Lords of Trade, &c., 532, 533
JOURNAL OF THE COUNCIL AND ASSEMBLY, 1729, under
Govr Burnet's administration. 534-558
Speech by the Governor, 534
Instruction 30th to the Governor, 535
Madam Vaughan's Letter to Govr and Council, 538
Message from the Governor, 539
Instruction 24th to the Governor, 541
Administration of Govr JONATHAN BELCHER, 1730, 559-832
Notice of Govr Belcher, 561
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE, 1730-1737, 560-756
Governor's Speeches and Messages, 562, 566, 573, 579, 589
601, 607, 615, 623, 630, 644, 647, 662, 666
673, 679, 685, 697, 711, 716, 734, 743, 762
Answers to Govrs Speeches, 564, 576, 591, 602, 617, 632, 652
664, 684, 688, 707, 717, 735, 742
Instruction 32d to the Governor, 564, 567
Instruction 77th to the Governor, 568
Names of Members of the House, 572, 628, 646, 671
Boundary lines between Mass. and N. Hamp., 573-756
Address to his Majesty, 1730, 584, 613
GENERAL CONTENTS. vii
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE — continued.
An Act appointing Commissioners to settle Boundaries, 585
Death of Hon. Richard Waldron, Sen., 587
Death of Lt. Govr John Wentworth, 587
Objections to the Massa. Act about the lines, 590
Quakers, Act exempting, &c., 597
Notice of David Dunbar, Esq., Commission of Lt.
Governor, 599, 560, 730
Address to his Grace, the Duke of New Castle, 610
Capt. John Rindge — notice of, 612
Governor's order about £15,000 loan, 624
Remarks on representation of Lords of Trade, &c., 624-628
Capt. Joshua Pierce's letter to Govr Belcher, 629
Govr Belcher's Answer to sd letter, 629
Addresses of the House to the Governor, 636, 641
Message from the Council to the House, 643
Queries of Lt. Gov. Dunbar to the Council, 645
Letter of Govr Belcher about boundaries, 648
Queen's Chapel, Portsmouth, 1784, 650
Communication of Gov. Belcher to the Council, 665
Letter from Hon. John Sharpe to Govr Belcher, 669
Letter of Govr Belcher to Lt. Govr Dunbar, 670
John Thomlinson, Esq., Agent for the Province, 677
Riot at Exeter, 678
Return of members disallowed by Governor, 683
Act for Supply of the Treasury, 693, 722
Letter from Wm. Packer, jun., to Secy Waldron, 698
Burning of Secy Waldron's house, 1736, 713
Chester Petition, 727
Lt. Gov. Dunbar and Govr Belcher, 730
Plan or Draught of Merrimack river, 738
Benjamin Rolfe, Esq., notice of, 742
Determination of Commissioners on the boundary
lines, objections to, 745
JOURNAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 1730-1737, 757-832
Notice of Secretary Waldron, Jun., 767
viii GENERAL CONTENTS.
JOURNAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY — continued.
Col. John Plaisted — notice of, 775
Benning Wentworth and Theodore Atkinson decline
admission to the Council, 794, 802
Order in relation to marriages, 832
THOMLINSON CORRESPONDENCE, 833-865
BELCHER CORRESPONDENCE, 866-880
[See Index at the end.]
Erratum. On page 387, in a note by the Editor, "November 17th, 1788," should be October 20, 1737; and "1724-1748," should be 1724-43.