DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
RELATING TO THE
PROVINCE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE,
FROM 1738 TO 1749;
CONTAINING VERY VALUABLE AND INTERESTING RECORDS AND PAPERS
RELATING TO THE EXPEDITION AGAINST LOUISBOURG, 1745,
Published by authority of the Legislature of Now Hampshire.
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.
Corresponding Secretary of the New-Hampshire Historical Society.
ORREN C. MOORE, 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 put 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 volume is one of great interest and historical value, as containing all the official records and documents found in the Secretary's office and elsewhere, relative to the part which New Hampshire took in the expedition against Louisbourg, 1745. Although Governor Shirley, of Massachusetts, must be acknowledged as a prime mover and most efficient promoter of the enterprise, yet Governor Benning Wentworth, also, and his Majesty's Council and Assembly of New Hampshire, most heartily joined in the common cause, and furnished a full quota of brave New Hampshire men, who acquitted themselves nobly in the capture of that strong-hold of the enemy.
The attention of readers is also particularly invited to the documents contained in this volume relative to the final determination of the boundary line between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and the very able papers drawn up by John Thomlinson, Esq., in the latter part of the volume. The "Miscellaneous Papers" herein contained, and the "Agreement" for the purchase of the Masonian claims; the incidents of Indian warfare; the failure of the intended expedition against Canada, 1746 and 1747, with many other matters, will be found entertaining and instructive.
The sixth volume, already in course of preparation, will contain all known official records and documents pertaining to the part which New Hampshire took in the expedition to Crown Point, and generally, in the French and Indian wars of that period.
ADMINISTRATION OF Gov. JONATHAN BELCHER — continued 1-86
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE 1-28
Governor's Messages 2, 11, 20, 26
Answers to Governor's Messages 3, 18, 27
Address to the King's Most excellent Majesty 5
Names of Representatives 10
Thanks to John Thomlinson, Esq. 13
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS 29-53
Province Accounts 29-33
Rev. Hugh Adams, Durham 33-40
Privy Council order 40
Order for fitting out Privateers, Commissions, &c. 41-44
Value of Gold and Silver, and Bills of Credit 44
Declaration of war against Spain 45
Orders about prayers for the Royal Family 46
Expedition to New Spain, etc. 47-53
Exportation of Provisions 53
JOURNAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 54-86
Mandamus, for John Rindge, Esq., to the Council 59
Governor's Messages 67, 72, 77, 80
Answers of the House 69, 75, 76, 78
Loss on Gov. Belcher's salary 84-85
ADMINISTRATION OF Gov. BENNING WENTWORTH 87-950
RECORDS OF COUNCIL (1) 87-133
Letter from Gov. Shirley about impressing seamen 93
A French fleet on the coast — affidavits 109-110
Flag of Truce 113, 114
Danger from French and Indians 115
Expedition against Crown Point 115, 116
Sampson Sheafe, notice of 117
(1) The reader is notified that the "Records of Council" in this volume extend to a little longer period than does the "Journal of the House," or "Journal of the Assembly." It was a matter of convenience to the editor. — ED.
vi GENERAL CONTENTS.
George Jaffrey, notice of 126
Letter from Gov. Shirley about Indian treaty 127
Submission and agreement of Eastern Indians 131-133
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE 134-590
Names of Representatives 134, 162, 232, 259, 315, 322, 433
Governor's Messages, 135, 145, 148, 149, 151, 162, 164, 167, 197,
200, 203, 213, 221, 231, 241, 242, 264, 279, 281, 288, 306, 356,
371, 480, 495, 509, 515, 516, 534, 539, 558, 559, 564.
Answer to Governor's Messages, 138, 150, 169, 191, 194, 197,
286, 240, 241, 243, 268, 280, 285, 289, 305, 306, 357, 394,
424, 482, 510, 518, 523, 538, 557, 558, 559, 574.
Thanks and Letter to John Thomlinson, Esq. 158, 180
Memorial to his Majesty about boundary lines 180
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS 183-189
Bill for taxing new Districts 183
Report of Committee to call first meeting In towns 185
Fort William and Mary 187-189
Governor's orders to inhabitants on King's lands 189
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE — resumed 190
Dispute on the choice of a Recorder, 191, 194, 195, 197, 199
200, 203, 205
James Scales, Rev. or Esq., notice of 222
Letter from Mr. Bastide, engineer 223
Gov. Wentworth, Surveyor-General 223
A Truck House 224
Fort Dummer 226
Annapolis Royal, Resolve of General Court of Massa 234
Pay of officers in expedition against Louisburg 234
Remonstrance of Committee on emission of paper money 238
Petition of inhabitants of Rumford 253
Controversy on admitting new members to the House 260-265
Gov. Shirley's communication about Louisbourg 266
Response of Committee thereto 272
Cape Breton Expedition, Plan of operations 273
Memorial in behalf of expedition against Louisbourg 286
Memorial of Capt William Vaughan, notice of 297
Letter from Gov. Wentworth to Gen. Pepperell 300
Documents relating to Fort Dummer 301-304
Letter of Andrew Wiggin, Esq., to the Assembly 308
Christo, an Indian, notice of 311
Letter from Col. Joseph Blanchard 315
Petition of inhabitants of Rumford for help 317
General Pepperell's letter 319
Port Dummer, debate and resolution on 320, 337
Rules of the House 325
Allowance of members for travel 331
Reduction of Louisbourg, Gov. Shirley's letter 360, 361
Council of War at Louisbourg, etc. 363, 364
Col. Moore's Regiment, officers, 368; soldiers 943-945
GENERAL CONTENTS. vii
Address to his Majesty 369
Memorial of field officers at Louisbourg 370
Letter from Gov. Shirley 372
Letter from Richard Waldron, Esq. 400
Convention of members of the Assembly 421-433
Message of the Governor and answer thereto 428
Allowance to volunteers against Louisbourg 450
Canada Expedition, payments for 471-475
Petition of Capt. Daniel Ladd 483
Hon. George Jaffrey — Correspondence 488, 489
Town of Monson, note 491
Crown Point Expedition, Gov. Wentworth's message 520
Gov. Shirley's letter, respecting 521
Pennycook, Indians at 523
Flag of truce — exchange of prisoners 526, 527
Letter from Gov. Shirley and Gov. Knowles, etc. 535, 537
Letter from Lords Comrs of Trade and Plantations 540
Reimbursement of expenses, Gov. Shirley's letter, etc. 565
Massachusetts bill to sink the paper currency 567
JOURNAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 591-914
Names of members of the House 591, 730, 751
Form of oaths taken 592
Gov. Wentworth's Instructions, 10th and 11th, 594; 84th and
85th, 595; 86th, 597
Hon. William Parker, notice of 618
Matthew Livermore, Esq., notice of 626
Col. John Gilman, Esq., notice of 633
Thomas Packer, Esq., Sheriff, notice of 633
Gov. Wentworth — Speeches, 651, 668, 689, 709, 711, 713, 728,
752, 797, 814, 833, 836, 844, 858, 905.
Answers of Assembly to, 656, 669, 699, 711, 763,
816, 850, 859, 860
His Majesty's Royal Orders, approving certain acts 653, 654
James Clarkson, Esq., notice of 685
Forms of mortgages for loan 687
Paragraphs of a letter from Lords Comm of Trade, etc. 691
Memorial of officers at Louisbourg 771
Letters from Col. Samuel Moore 777, 778
Capt. Jahn Goffe, notice of 783
Letter from Gov. George Clinton, of New York 789
Instructions of Commissioners for Indian affairs, etc. 789, 790
Quota of men for different Colonies in America 791
John Thomlinson's acct for gunpowder 799
Letters from Charles Apthorp 799, 800
Letter from Capt. John Goffe 800
Letter from Col. Samuel Moore, at Louisbourg 801
Letter from Gov. Shirley, relating to Convention, etc. 810
Extracts of letter from Ad. Warren and Gov. Shirley 818
Agreement between John Thomlinson, Esq., and John Tufton
Mason, relative to purchase of Mason's claim 823
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Report of Committee to treat with purchasers, etc. 826
Letter from Masonian proprietors 833
Answer to queries respecting reduction of Canada 839
Petition of Inhabitants of Stratham 847
Letters from John Thomlinson, Esq., (extracts) 851, 852
Petition of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman, of Pennycook 859
John Paul Mascareen, Gov. of Nova Scotia, notice of 859
Petition of Samuel Cumings, of Hollis 861
Order of his Excellency in relation to officers who had raised
levies for Canada expedition 867
Letter from Col. Stoddard to Gov. Shirley 869
Letter from Gov. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 870
Information by Moses Bennet relating to French fleet 877
Petition of Capt. Ebenr Eastman, of Pennycook, with names 880
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS, ETC. 915-950
Petition to the King, by members of the Council 915
Petition to the King, by residents and freeholders 919
Petition of John Thomlinson to the King 921
Thomlinson Papers 925-930
Shirley Papers 931-950
List of New Hampshire men in Col. Moore's Regiment, at
Names of members of his Majesty's Council of the Province of New Hampshire, under the Administration of Governor Benning Wentworth, 1742 to 1749.
Appointed in 1732. RICHARD WALDRON, Sec'y. (1)
1716. GEORGE JAFFREY.
1724. JOTHAM ODIORNE.
1728. HENRY SHERBURNE.
1732. JOSHUA PIERCE.
1733. JOSEPH SHERBURNE,.
1733. ELLIS HUSKE.
1734. THEODORE ATKINSON, Sec'y, (2)
1739. RICHARD WIBIRD.
1740. JOHN DOWNING.
1742. SAMUEL SMITH. (3)
1743. SAMUEL SOLLEY. (4)
1747. SAMPSON SHEAFE. (5)
(1) Suspended by the Governor, March 18, 1742.
(2) He was appointed, 1732, but did not take the oath of office till 1734; was appointed Secretary in place of Richard Waldron, March, 1742.
(3) Took his seat April 18, 1742.
(4) Took his Seat April 12, 1743.
(5) Took his seat November 11, 1747.