New Hampshire State Papers

 

Provincial Papers.

 

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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS

 

RELATING TO THE

 

PROVINCE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE,

 

FROM 1749 TO 1763:

 

Containing very valuable and interesting Records and Papers relating to the Crown Point Expedition, and the "Seven Years French and Indian Wars," 1755-1762.

 

 

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 

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VOLUME VI.

 

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COMPILED AND EDITED BY

 

NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.,

 

Corresponding Secretary of the New Hampshire-Historical Society.

 

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MANCHESTER:

JAMES M. CAMPBELL, STATE PRINTER.

1872.

 

NOTICE.

 

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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 compensaュtion, 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 Govュernor 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-Hampュshire 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.

 

 

 

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

 

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Most of the contents of this volume will be found of great historic interest and value. The controversy between the House of Representatives and his Excellency Benning Wentworth, on his right to negative their choice of a Speaker and to determine what towns were entitled to Representation; the conspiracy for his removal from office; the official proceedings of the Government and the part the Inhabitants of the Provュince took in the expedition against Crown Point, and in the long, expenュsive and bloody French and Indian wars; the extension and growth of settlements in the northern and western sections of the Province; the action of the government in favor of Rev. Eleazer Wheelock's plan for instructing the Indian tribes; and the very important and copious public documents interspersed through the volume all these give it a special value, and entitle it to a careful perusal and to frequent reference, by all who wish to become well versed in our Provincial history.

Readers of this will please turn to page 320 and read the "Note by the Editor," explanatory of a change or modification of the plan heretofore pursued. But, all may be assured, that the portions of the Journal of the House which appear, were copied entire and exact. The "Records of the Council" are also complete; and the numerous letters, documents, &c., which are interspersed are meant to be a literal transcript of the original.

The VIIth and last volume of Provincial Papers will be one of more than ordinary interest and value, as it will embrace all records, papers and documents, to be found, relating to the ante-revolutionary period, with the administration of the last of the Royal Governors of the Province His Excellency JOHN WENTWORTH, Esq.

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

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VOLUME VI.

 

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PAGES.

ADMINISTRATION OF GOV. BENNING WENTWORTH continued, 1749-1763

 

RECORDS OF HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL, 1750-1757 1-38

Order by the Governor, relating to Iron forge, &c. 8

Order of Court relating to an Indian 9

 

CORRESPONDENCE A conspiracy for the removal of Governor

Wentworth from office 39-68

Notice of Hon. Richard Waldron, Secy 39

Notice of Col. Isaac Royall 41

 

1749. JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, continued

from Vol. V., p. 590 69-126

Richard Waldron chosen Speaker 71

Disallowed by the Governor 71

Controversy between the Governor and House, relating to

the Speaker and the right of certain Towns to be repre‑

sented 71-126

Governor's Messages (1) 71, 72, 83, 86, 88, 101, 112

Answers of the House to Governor's Messages, 71, 78, 74

79, 85, 102, 104, 105, 106, 110, 113.

Additional Instruction to the Governor by the Lords Jus‑

tices 82

Address to his Majesty by the Assembly 89

Address to his Majesty 93

Draft of another address to his Majesty 99

 

1750-1. Governors Messages 115, 116, 117, 119, 122, 124, 125

Answers of the House thereto, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120

Coroner's inquest 125

Assembly dissolved 125

 

1752. A NEW ASSEMBLY CALLED,

"Journal of the House," resumed 127-295

"New Style " introduced in New Hampshire, 1752 127

Names of members of the House 127

Governor's Messages 130, 137, 160

 

(1) The messages of the Governor and answers thereto each year, are noted by pages, in the order in which they were presented. ED.

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Answers of the House thereto 136

Rules of the House 133

Instruction from Lords of Trade and Plantations 138, 139

Letter to John Thomlinson, Esq., agent 144

Report of Attorney and Solicitor General to Lords Com‑

missioners of the Treasury, in relation to reimbursing

fund, &c. 144-146

Letter to Richard Waldron from Richard Partridge 146

Memorial for settlement of the Coos country 153-166

Governor's message relating thereto 160

Letter from Theodore Atkinson respecting the same 161

Letter to Capt. Phineas Stephens about Coos 163

 

1753. Governor's messages 181, 197, 200, 217, 218, 231

Answers of the House thereto 173

A Provincial House recommended 197

Report of Committee on Cutting Roads to and from Coos 198

Letter from Capt. Israel Williams relating to Coos 199

A plan of the Province by Geo. Mitchell, &c. 200

Address to his Majesty on the subject of currency 223

Letter from John Thomlinson, Agent 226

Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General relating to

certain Townships and Tracts of Land, west of Con‑

necticut river 228

Letters from Earl of Holdernesse 233

from Lords of Trade, &c. 235

Letter from Col. Ebenr Hinsdale, relating to Indians 236

 

1754. Names of members of the House, 1752 238

Governor's messages, 231, 258, 262, 277, 290, 292, 296, 300

321, 325, 329, 335

Answers of the House thereto, 248, 275, 287, 324, 332, 336, 337

The Province Goal, broken open by a mob 262

Correspondence relating thereto murder of Sabatis and

Plausaway, Indians 262-265

Letters from Gov. Shirley of Massachusetts 277-279

Letter from Gov. Shirley relating to Union of the Colonies 279

Report of Committee relating to the purchase of a house

for the Governor 280, 289

Commissioners to treat with the Six Nations of Indians, &c. 283

Letter from Lt. Govr DeLancey of New York 283

Resolution of Assembly of New York 284

Building a Fort in the Coos country 283-287

Letter from Govr Shirley to Govr Wentworth 291

Governor's Message relating to the General Congress at

Albany, &c. 292

Treaty of Peace with the Penobscot Indians 292, 293

 

SPECIAL CONVENTIONS, called August, 1754 295-301

Names of members in the first Special Convention 296

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Message of Govr Wentworth, to first Convention 297

Letter from the Governor, and proceedings of Convention 297, 298

Message of Govr Wentworth to Second Convention 300

 

INDIAN TROUBLES AT STEVENS-TOWN AND VICINITY 301-309

Depositions. Of James Lindsey 301

William Stark 302

Lieut. William Miles 302

William Emery 303

Elizabeth Miles 303

Amos Eastman 305

Nathaniel Maloon 306

Ann Lindsey 306

John Flanders 307

Memorial of John Stinson 308

Memorial of William Stark, Amos Eastman and John

Stark 309

 

FURTHER INDIAN HOSTILITIES 310-319

Letter from Elisha Chapin to Col. Israel Williams 310

Letter from Col. Williams to Hon. Josiah Willard 310

Letter from Col. Blanchard to Govr Wentworth 311

Letter from Capt. Phineas Stevens to Col. Hinsdale 312

Letter from Major Bellows to Col. Blanchard 312

Letter from Col. Blanchard to Govr Wentworth 313

Letter from Lt. Col. Willard to Col. Blanchard 313

Letter from Lt. Col. Willard to Govr Wentworth 314

Letter from Ebenezer Hinsdale to Col. Williams 315

Letter from Capt. John Goffe to Col. Blanchard 315

Letter from Col. Blanchard to Govr Wentworth 317

Names of men in service on Merrimack River 318

Names of men on Connecticut River, under Major Bellows 318

Names of men near Keene and Fort Dummer, under Col.

Willard 318

Note by the Editor 320

 

JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE resumed 320-384

Letter of Sir Thomas Robinson to Gov. Shirley 323

Address of the Assembly to Gov Wentworth 324

Letter from Enos Bishop to Rev. Jedediah Jewett 330

Captivity of James Johnson 330

Passport of the Governor of Montreal to James Johnson 331

Letter from Govr Shirley to Govr Wentworth 334

Vote of the General Assembly of Massachusetts 335

Captives in Canada 335-337

 

1755. Muster Rolls

Relating to Justices of the Superiour Court 339

Division of the Province into Counties 342, 346

 

 

 

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Messages from the Governor, 343, 348, 349, 355, 365, 368

389, 372, 379, 386, 400, 406, 409

415, 418, 420, 427, 438, 444

Answers of the House thereto, 348, 361, 366, 371, 372, 391

403, 406, 409, 419, 442

Journal of Walter Bryant in running the line between New

Hampshire and the Province of Maine, 1741 349-351

Letter from Sir T. Robinson to Gov. Wentworth, relating

to the defence of the Colonies 353

Messages of the Governor relating to the same 355-357, 365

Message of Gov. Shirley on the same 358

Report of Committee in Mass on Gov. Shirley's message 359

Report of Committee in N. H. on Gov. Wentworth's message 361

Letter from Gov. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 363

Memorial of JoSeph Frye to Gov. Shirley 364

Letter from Gov. Shirley 365

Report of Committee on Govrs Message relating to enlist‑

ments for the Western Expedition 366

Extracts from his Majesty's Commission to Gov. Went‑

worth, &c. 370

 

CROWN POINT EXPEDITION 368-729

Expedition to Crown Point, Govrs message and answer of

the House 372

Sundry papers relating to Crown Point Expedition 373-375

Letter from Lieut. Gov. Phipps of Massa 377

Letter from Lieut. Gov. DeLancey of New York 379

Answer of N. Y. Assembly to the foregoing, and Resolu‑

tions 380

Letter from Col. William Johnson 381

Letter from Col. Wendell, relating to Crown Point 382

Order of Gov. Wentworth relative to the Crown Point

forces 384

 

A SPECIAL CONVENTION, called June, 1755 386-399

Govrs message, relating to Crown Point 386

Papers accompanying the message 387-391

Letter from Gov. Shirley 387

Gen. Johnson's letters to Gov. Shirley 388-390

Wm. Alexander to Gov. Shirley 390

Answer to Govrs message, above 391

Gov. Shirley's letter, relating to Crown Point 392

Resolves of New York Assembly 394

Report of Massachusetts Committee 395

List of Articles provided by Committee of War 396

Name of members of Convention 399

 

JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE resumed 400-530

Minutes of Council at Alexandria, Va., April 14, 1755 401

Massachusetts' act to prevent trading with the French 401

 

 

 

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Sundries for the Crown Point Expedition 403

Letter from Gov. Shirley 404

Letter from Lt. Gov. Phipps 407

Vote of Massachusetts to raise 500 men 407

Letters from Admiral Boscawen 408

Letter from Col. Ebenr Hinsdale, relating to an attack by

Indians on Hinsdale's fort 412

Letter relating to the defeat of Gen. Braddock 413, 414

Letter from Col. Blanchard, on march to Albany 415

Gov. Wentworth's order on Gen. Johnson for provisions 416

Letter from Maj. Gen. Johnson 421

Minutes of Council of War, August, 1755 422

Letters from Lt. Gov, Phipps 424-426

Letter from Gov. Fitch of Connecticut 426

Letter from Lt. Gov. DeLancey 427

Letter from Col. Blanchard 429

Letter from Gen. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 432

The Baron de Dieskau, notice of 438

Account of Crown Point Expedition, by Secy Atkinson 439

Letter from Gov. Shirley 445-446

Letter from Lt. Gov. Phipps 445

Letter from Gov. Fitch, of Connecticut 445

Report of Committee in MaSsachusetts 447

Letter from Maj. Gen. Johnson to Gov. Wentworth 449

 

1756. Governor's messages, 453, 459, 480, 484, 487, 503

505, 511, 513, 517, 521, 534, 538, 542

Answers of House thereto, 454, 483, 486, 511, 512, 515, 519

532, 540, 549

Letter from Col. Hinsdale 458

Letter from Gen. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 460

Council of War at New York, Dec., 1755 463

Proposal for an attempt against Ticonderoga and Crown

Point 467

Report of Committee on the same 469

Letter from Josiah Willard to Gov. Wentworth 471

Resolve of the Assembly of New York 474

Petition of Ezra Carter and John Chandler, of Rumford 477

Letters from Maj. Gen. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 480, 489

Instructions for Committee of Massachusetts going to

Albany 490

Proportion of Ordnance, &c., for Crown Point Expedition 493

Answers to sundry Queries 498

Letter from Gov. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 499

Muster Rolls 500

Allowance for wages of five hundred men for Crown Point 504

Letter from Gov. Shirley to Gov. Wentworth 505

Grant of 」30,000 for Crown Point Expedition 506

 

 

 

 

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Instructions for agents sent to Albany 527

Letter from Gen. John Winslow to Gov. Wentworth 529

Letter from Col, Nathl Meserve to Gov. Wentworth . 530

 

SPECIAL CONVENTION, called Sept., 1756 534-538

Message of Govr Wentworth 534

Letter from the Earl of Loudoun to Gov. Wentworth 535

Names of members of the Convention 537

 

JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE, resumed 538-600

Earl of Loudoun's letter to Gov. Wentworth 539

Orders to the Agent at Albany, about provisions 539

Copy of the King's warrant on the Treasury for 」115,000 543

Letter from Messrs. Handbury & Thomlinson to Gov.

Wentworth 544

 

1757. Governor's messages, 552, 559, 565, 566, 571, 575, 576

578, 583, 591, 594, 599, 602, 611

Answers of the House thereto 564, 577, 578, 586, 601, 606, 608

Letter from Theo. Atkinson, Esq., to Gov. Wentworth 556

Earl of Loudoun's application for more forces 556

Proportion of men to each Colony 559

Earl of Loudoun's answer to sundry Queries 560

Earl of Loudoun's determination on sundry points 561

Act for raising. 500 men 569

Letter from J. West, Secy of the Lords Commissioners 571

Letter from Gen. John Winslow and Memorial 571, 572

Earl of Loudoun's letter 595

Letters from Hon. Wm. Pitt, Secy 596, 597

Letter from Gov. Wentworth to Gen. Webb 598

Petition of Maj. John Gilman 600

 

SPECIAL CONVENTION called, June, 1757 601-608

Correspondence:

Letter from Lord Loudoun to Gov. Wentworth 608

Gov. Wentworth's answer to the above 609

Letter from Secretary Pitt to Gov. Wentworth 610

Letter from Gov. Wentworth to Secy Atkinson 614

Letter from Peter Bours, R. I., to Secy Atkinson 615

 

RECORDS OF COUNCIL, 1758 1763. Continued from p. 38 619-633

Letter from Capt. Joseph Mead, asking to impress seamen 626

Letter from Secy Atkinson to Capt. Mead 626

Commission of Hon. JOHN TEMPLE, Lt. Gov. of the

Province 630

Commission of Theo. Atkinson, jun., Sec'y of the Province, 631

 

1758. JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE-resumed from p. 618 635-848

Governor's messages, 635, 640, 646, 648, 654, 655

656, 662, 666, 667, 671, 674, 678, 683, 690.

Answers of the House thereto 650, 655, 659, 667, 694

 

 

 

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Earl of Loudoun's letter relating to Rangers 636

Letter from Andrew Oliver, Boston, and answer 637

Letter from Lieut. Wm. Cook of the Royal Regiment 641

Commissioners to meet in Boston 642

Earl of Loudoun's letter about Rangers 643

Notice of Mrs. Jemima How and other captives 645

Letter from Gov. Wentworth 653

Letter from Secretary Pitt, relating to prosecuting the war, 656

Letters from Gov. Wentworth to Secy Atkinson 667, 684

His Majesty's 29th Instruction 674

Address to his Majesty, Geo. II. 684

Taverns in New Hampshire, number in towns 686

Address to his Majesty in Council 700

Messages of Gov. Wentworth, 701, 709, 711, 713, 715, 718, 721

Answers of the House thereto 710, 720

Letter from Secretary Pitt, relating to the war 703

Letter from Gen. Amherst to Gov. Wentworth 705

Letter from Secretary Pitt, on prosecuting the war 714

Division of the Province into Counties 722, 749

 

1760. Messages of Gov. Wentworth 727, 729, 746, 756

Answers of the House thereto 732, 735

Letter from Gen. Amherst to Gov. Wentworth 730

Names of towns in the Province, to be taxed 742, 760

Petition, in relation to fish in the Merrimac river 753

 

1761. Death of his Majesty King George, the 2d 758

Messages of Gov. Wentworth 769, 777, 780, 785, 791, 796

Answers thereto 762, 778, 780, 785

Letter from Secretary Pitt to Gov. Wentworth 775

Address to his Majesty, King George, the 3d 782

Address of ministers in the Province to the same 783

Letter from Gen. Amherst to Gov. Wentworth 796

Address to his Majesty 798

 

1762. Letter from Gov. Wentworth to Secy Atkinson 801

Messages of Gov. Wentworth 802, 810, 825, 850, 854

Answers thereto 835, 858

His Majesty's 24th Instruction to Gov. Wentworth 803

Letters from the Earl of Egremont 810, 811

Letters from Gen. Amherst 812, 814

An Act for raising 」10,000 sterling 818

Abstract of Muster Rolls, 1761, in Col. Goff's Regiment 823

Letter from Gov. Wentworth 824

Petitions for and against a Play-house in Portsmo names, 831-835

Rev. Eleazer Wheelock memorial, &c. 837-840, 862

 

SPECIAL CONVENTION, held July, 1762 845-849

Governor's message 846

Letters from Sir Jeffrey Amherst 846

Report of Committee 847

 

 

 

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Letter from Andrew Clarkson, clerk, to Sr. Jeff. Amherst, 849

Letter from Sir Jeff. Amherst 851

Letters from Gov. Wentworth 853, 854

Letters from Theo. Atkinson, sen., to Mr. Thomlinson 855, 856

Letter from Hon. James Nevin, in London, to Theo. Atkin‑

son 856

 

1763. Governor's Messages 860, 872, 879

Answers thereto 875, 882

Testimonial of ministers in Connecticut to Rev. Eleazer

Wheelock 862

Answer of ministers in New Hampshire, thereto 863

Treaty of Peace, at Paris, February 10, 1763, abstract of 873

 

MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS 886

I. Correspondence between John Thomlinson, Esq., Mr.

Secretary Atkinson, Henry Sherburne, jun.. & others, 886-896

The Mason Purchase 893

Mason's title 895

II. Copy of a Representation of the Lords of Trade to

King George II., respecting New Hampshire 896-904

III. Report of Agents impowered to receive money, &c., 905-907

IV. Commissions of Gov. Benning Wentworth from his

Majesty George III., 1760 908-915

 

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Names of members of his Majesty's Council in the Province of New Hampshire, under the Administration of Governor Benning Wentworth, 1749 to 1763.

 

Appointed in 1728. HENRY SHERBURNE. Died Dec. 29, 1757.

1733. ELLIS HUSKE. Died 1755.

1734. THEODORE ATKINSON.

1739. RICHARD WIBIRD.

1740. SAMUEL SMITH. Died May 2, 1760.

1740. JOHN DOWNING.

1743. SAMUEL SOLLEY. Died in England, 1758.

1745. SAMPSON SHEAFFE.

1753. DANIEL WARNER.

1754. JOSEPH NEWMARCH.

1759. MARK HUNKING WENTWORTH.

1759. JAMES NEVIN.

1761. WILLIAM TEMPLE.

1761. JOHN NELLSON. (1)

1763. THEODORE ATKINSON, JUN.

1763. NATHANIEL BARRELL.

 

(1) Never took the oaths of once, and never sat in the Council. ED.