New Hampshire State Papers

 

 

Town Papers.

 

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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS

 

RELATING TO

 

 

TOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE;

 

 

WITH AN APPENDIX

 

 

EMBRACING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS OF 1778-1779; AND OF 1781-1783; AND THE STATE CONSTITUTION OF 1784.

 

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PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 

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VOLUME IX.

 

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COMPILED AND EDITED BY

NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.,

Corresponding Secretary of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

 

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CONCORD, N. H. :

CHARLES C. PEARSON, STATE PRINTER.

1875.

 

 

 

 

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

 

The special value of this volume consists in the information which it contains and communicates, relating to TOWNS in New Hampshire. It will be found indispensable in every Town History. We are little aware, at this period, of the sacュrifices, trials, dangers and absolute sufferings which many of the early settlers endured in planting Towns in the interior of the State; where, literally, they often suffered "from savage beasts and more savage men." The border Towns were, for years, open to the incursions of Indians from Canada. Their earnest petitions to the Governor or to the General Assembly for help, clearly reveal to us their dangers and distresses. Beュsides this source of trial, others arose from disputes about boundary lines, the location of meeting-houses, the settling of ministers, irregularities in town meetings, &c. The volume is of great value, as giving the NAMES of many, and in some cases, all the male inhabitants of the Towns, from which peュtitions were sent. These will enable descendants to trace their connexion with the early settlers.

The volume, also, has an important value, in that, in the APPENDIX, it gives in full, all known facts relating to the Constitutional Conventions in 1778-1783, which resulted in the establishment of the first Constitution after the Revolution, 1784. The Editor is not aware that the facts herein have ever before been published, in connexion. He asks attention to the Note subjoined to the first and second articles of the Bill of Rights, on pages 896-898.

In examining these "Town Papers," readers will often do well to refer to the Provincial and State Papers in preceding volumes, of corresponding date, from which, in some cases, additional information will be obtained.

 

 

 

NOTICE.

 

JOINT RESOLUTION, passed by the Legislature a New Hampshire. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court convened, That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorュized 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 Paュpers 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 Pubュlic Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two hundred copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the reュmainder 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.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

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NOTE BY THE EDITOR.

 

The contents of the several MS. Volumes from which the following printed pages are transcribed, are noted and kept distinct herein as in the original. Thus:

 

VOLUME I.

 

 

ACWORTH TO CHICHESTER, pp. 1-127.

 

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ACWORTH.

 

 

PAGES.

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard and Jona. Blanchard 1-2

Petition of Jona. Blanchard for extension of the charter

of Acworth, 1772 2

Gov. Wentworth's warrant to inspect the settlement in

Acworth, May, 1772 3

List of families and settlers in Acworth, according to

report of inspectors 4

 

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ALSTEAD.

 

A true list of the inhabitants settled in Alstead, 1771 names 5

Petition in relation to an extension of the charter 5-6

 

 

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AMHERST.

 

Request of the inhabitants of Souhegan West for a

guard to defend them from the French and Indians,

1744 6

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Memorial of Rev. Daniel Wilkins for like aid, 1744 7

Petition for protection against the Indians, 1747 sign‑

ers' names (1) 8

Petition for aid from inhabitants of Monson (after‑

wards incorporated, in part, with Amherst)

names, 1747 9

Petition of Monson for annexation of a tract of land to

them names, 1754 10

Petition of Monson to be exempt from taxes, 1753 11

Petition of certain persons for annexation to Monson

names 12

Petition of selectmen of Amherst for extension of its

charter, 1761

Petition for pay for taking inventory of Lyndeborough,

1762 13

Proposals of accommodation between Monson and Am‑

herst, 1763 14

Letter of Rev. Daniel Wilkins, relating to Amherst

for a shire-town, 1767 14, 15

Vote of Monson for a division and annexation to Am‑

herst and to Hollis, and Petition for the aforesaid

division 16

Petition to be disannexed from Amherst, 1771 names 17

Petition against division of the town, 1771 names 17-19

Vote of Amherst in favor of annexing Monson, 1766 20

Petition of John Shepard, jun., town clerk, in behalf

of Amherst, 1771 20

Petition for a road from Charlestown to Amherst, 1773 21

Petition of inhabitants of Hillsborough county in rela‑

tion to John Holland, 1774 21-24

Petition of Monson to be restored to its original char‑

ter names, 1782 24-26

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ATKINSON AND PLAISTOW (1).

 

PAGES.

Petition from Plaistow, relating to difficulty of attending

public worship, 1766 names 26, 27

Petition relating to a site for a meeting-house names,

1764 28

Petition to be set off as a parish names, 1766 29

Reasons of Daniel Hadley and Joshua Emery against

a division 30

Memorial of inhabitants of Haverhill to the people of

Plastow, 1767 names 31

Information from Plaistow, to the Governor, &c., 1766

names 32

Joseph Page, Ebenr Eaton and Joseph Parker, against

a division, 1767 32, 33

Petition of inhabitants of Plaistow, with reasons for be‑

ing set off in a distinct parish names 33-35

Petition of sundry persons to be polled off from Atkin‑

son to Plaistow names 36

Memorial of inhabitants of Plaistow against a new town,

&c. names 37

Report of a committee of Plaistow, about the meeting-

house, 1766 38

Persons in Plaistow who desire to have the town remain

undivided 38, 39

Asa Haseltine against a division of the town 39

Number of people in Atkinson and in Plaistow 39

James White; reasons for wishing to remain in Plaistow 40

List of Baptists in Plaistow names 41

 

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BARRINGTON.

 

List of the original proprietors of Barrington 41-45

Petition for power to raise money 45, 46

of Thomas Shepard 46

of John McMath and Thos. Shepard 47

of selectmen of Barrington, for a representative 48

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PAGES.

Petition of Garland and Brewster for a Congregational

Parish 48, 49

 

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BEDFORD.

 

Petition of people in Souhegan-East for protection

names of families, 1744 50

Petition of Presbyterians in Bedford, 1750 names 51, 52

Petition of people in Bedford, for a Proprietors' meet‑

ing 52

Petition for a tax on their land, for a meeting-house, &c. 53

Petition of James Caldwell, for a town meeting, &c. 54

Petition of Selectmen and Committee of Safety, against

John Houston's taking an oath, 1778 55, 56

 

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BENNINGTON.

 

Mr. Samuel Robinson's petition for a tax, 1763 56, 57

 

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BOSCAWEN.

 

Petition of Contoocook, Penacook and Canterbury for

protection against the Indians, 1747 57

Contoocook petition for aid, 1744 names 58, 59

Petition for appointment of military officers names 59

for a land tax for support of a minister, 1747 60

for authority to collect taxes 60, 61

for a Justice of the Peace, 1766 names 62

 

 

 

BOW (I).

 

Bow remonstrance against against Rumford petition for

incorporation, 1749-50 62

Perambulation of Bow town lines 63

Petition of Selectmen of Bow, 1753 63, 64

Warrants relating to taxes, &c., 1753 65, 66

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PAGES.

Petition of agents of Bow for a loan of money, 1754 67

Vote for a loan to Proprietors of Bow 68

An act relating to Bow, taxes, &c., 1755 68-70

Petition for a new survey of lots 71, 72

Inventory of Bow and Canterbury, 1761 73, 74

Petition of Edward Russel and others, 1764 74, 75

Petition of Joseph Baker and Philip Eastman, 1764 75

Petition of Selectmen of Bow, not to be rated with Con‑

cord, 1767 76

 

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BRENTWOOD.

 

Names of persons in Brentwood desiring a Parish, 1743 76, 77

Petition of inhabitants in the North part of Brentwood

about a meeting-house, 1743 names 77-79

Petition of Elisha Sanborn, in relation to Brentwood,

1745 80

Remonstrance against Keeneborough patent 80-83,

Charter of Keeneborough 83, 86

Petition of Selectmen of Keeneborough, 1748 84, 85

Petition of inhabitants of Brentwood, to be set off as a

Parish, 1764 names 85, 86

 

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CANTERBURY.

 

Vote of town meeting, 1738 86

Petition of proprietors of Canterbury, about a road, 1741 87

of proprietors of Canterbury for a bridge, 1743 88, 89

of Canterbury men for wages, 1754 90

of Canterbury for remission of tax, 1754 91

of Selectmen for remission of taxes, 1756 92

relating to the original charter 92, 93

Petition of Archelaus Moor and others to be set off to

Canterbury, 1764 94

Petition of Abiel Foster about Town Records, 1774 95

 

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CHARLESTOWN, No. 4.

 

Letter to Cols. Willard and Hinsdale, 1743 names 96, 97

Petition of John Spafford, &c., for aid, 1744 97

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Petition of Selectmen for a road, 1768 98

of Timothy Lovell about an island, 1770 99

of Benjamin Page for a Ferry, 1771

Petition of John Nott, and of Simeon Alcott for a

Ferry, 1771 100, 101

 

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CHESTER.

 

Petition in behalf, of the Proprietors of Chester, 1726,

with Minutes of Council thereon 101, 102

Petition of Selectmen, relating to town bounds, 1726 103

Report on petition for a road, &c., 1743 103, 104

Petition of Chester in relation to salary of ministers,

&c., 1740 105

Petition for aid of soldiers 106

Petition of John Talford and Thos Wells, for protec-

tion, 1748 107

Minutes of Chester Town meeting, 1753 107

Petition of Andrew Craige, in relation to taxes,

1757 108

Advertisement of town meeting, &c., 1763 109

Petition of North Parish, to be set off, &c., 1763

names 110

Petition for a new Parish, 1763 names 111, 112

Petition to confirm bounds of Long Meadow Par‑

ish, 1771 113

Meeting of freeholders and inhabitants names 114

Memorandum of agreement, 1772 115

Answer to a petition for a Parish being set off, 1772 116

Bounds of Long Meadow Parish, 1772 117

Further petitions, relating to the same, 1773 names 117-120

Petition of Daniel Foster for a Ferry 120

 

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CHESTERFIELD.

 

Memorial relating to the estate of John Wheelwright,

of Boston 120, 121

Petition of Josiah Willard about the same 122

 

 

 

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CHESWICK, NOW LITTLETON.

 

PAGES.

Petition of Moses Little and associates for extension

of charter 123

 

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CHICHESTER.

 

Charter of Chichester 123

Petition for extension thereof names 125

confirmation of charter 126

liberty to assess taxes 126, 127

Note by the Editor, "Coulerain" 127

 

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VOLUME II.

 

CONCORD TO EXETER, pp. 128-274.

 

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CONCORD.

 

Petition from Ebenezer Eastman for protection from

the Indians, 1746 128

Copy of Rumford petition for defence, &c., 1744 129

Petition for aid by Benj. Rolfe, Esq., 1745 130, 131

Petition of inhabitants for like purpose, 1747 names 131

Petition of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman for same 133

Petition of Joseph Pudney, for service 133

Letter of Rev. Timothy Walker to Archibald Stark 134

Petition of Ezra Carter in behalf of Rumford 134, 135

Letter of Jere. Stickney, Esq., relating to Bow 135, 136

Petition of Rev. Timo Walker in behalf of Rumford 136, 137

of Selectmen, relating to taxation, &c. 138

to be annexed to Hillsborough county 139

 

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CONWAY.

 

List of original Proprietors of Conway names, &c. 141, 143

List of settlers that have families, &c. 144

Memorial from Fryburg, Brownfield and Conway,

1776 144, 145

 

 

 

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CORNISH.

 

PAGES.

Petition of Jona Chase for a grant of Hart Island,

1772 145, 146

 

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DEERFIELD.

 

Petition of inhabitants in relation to a tax names 147

for a tax, with reasons therefor, 1773 147, 148

Petition for appointment of a Justice of the Peace,

1774 names 149

Petition of southerly part of Deerfield for a Parish,

1774 names 150

 

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DERRYFIELD.

 

Note 151

Petition of inhabitants relating to town meeting,

1766 names 152, 153

 

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DOVER.

 

Extracts from the Records of Dover, 1643 153, 154

Petition for bridging Cochecho and Lamprey rivers 154

Letter to the selectmen of Dover and Exeter about a

bridge; Accts. of pretenders to land at Cochecho

Point 155

Petition about a Grammar School at Dover (1) 155, 156

of Selectmen, relating to a bridge, 1723 156

Petition and complaint against Richard Waldron,

Esq. 157, 158

Petition of inhabitants of the N. E. part of Dover for

a Parish, 1729 names 159, 160

Petition of Eleazer Weare in behalf of inhabitants in

N. E. part of Dover, 1729 160

Petition of Paul Gerrish and others relating to frauds

and forgeries, 1729 names 161, 162

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PAGES.

Action of General Assembly, and Report of Com‑

mittee thereon, 1729 162, 163

Report about frauds in Dover Town book, 1731 163-167

Petition of Proprietors of Hilton's Point, 1731

names 167, 168

Petition of people in Dover and other towns for a

Township, 1733 names 168-171

Petition for a grant of land, 1754 names 171, 172

List of the training men under Capt. Thos Millet,

1740 173, 174

List a the second foot company of Dover, 1740 174, 175

List of the troopers under Capt. Tristram Coffin, in

Dover, 1740 176

Petition against a new Parish, 1744 names 176, 177

for leave to have a Lottery, for a bridge, 1760 177
Petition for a bridge to cross Bellamy's Bank, 1756

names 178, 179

Petition in relation to being set off in a separate

county, 1768 180

Petition relating to a bridge, 1770 names 181, 183

Petition relating to bridges, 1773 names 184, 185

Petition relating to rocks in Salmon-falls river, 1779,

names 185-187

 

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DORCHESTER.

 

Petition of John House for extension of time to make

their settlement, 1771 187

Petition for a new charter, 1772 188

 

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DUBLIN.

 

Petition to be incorporated into a township, 1771 188

 

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DUNBARTON

 

Petition of Capt. Caleb Page, of Starkstown, 1763 189

Petition in relation to a school lot, 1774, with resolve

of General Assembly 190, 191

Petition of Caleb Page relating thereunto, 1774 191-193

 

 

 

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DUNSTABLE.

 

PAGES.

Petition of Inhabitants of Pine Hill, 1763 193

Votes at a town meeting in Dunstable, 1763 194

Petition of inhabitants of West Parish of Dunstable

for a garrison and men, 1744 names 194

Petition for protection against the Indians, 1744 195

in relation to a certain tract of land 196

Copy of an Indian Deed, 1671 196, 197

Petition relating to conflicting town meetings, 1748 198-200

Petition for dividing the Province into Counties, 1754

names 201

Warning for a town meeting, proceedings, &c.,

1760 202

Samuel Hobart, attorney for Dunstable, 1763 203

Answer to a petition of inhabitants of Dunstable to

be set off to Hollis, 1763 204-206

Petition of Zacheus Lovewell and Joseph Blanch-

ard, 1758 (1) 206

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Petition of Joseph Blanchard, 1762 207

Wm. Brown's letter and power of attorney, 1760 208

Proceedings at Town meetings 208-210

Letter to Hon. Henry Sherburne 210

Papers relating to the settlement of Rev. SAMUEL

BIRD 215

List of qualified voters in Dunstable 211

Names of persons who voted for Rev. Mr. Bird 213

Names of those who voted against him, &c. 213-214

Votes at Town meetings, &c. 215

Petition relating to an illegal Town meeting 216

Sundry names, in Dunstable 219

Minutes of Town meeting 219-225

Assent to Jos. Blanchard's petition, and Remon‑

strance against it 221-222

Petition of Jona Lovewell, in answer to Jos. Blanch‑

ard's 222

Petition to send a Representative 224

Petition of people in the west part of Dunstable to

be annexed to Hollis 226, 227

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Petition relating to another hearing 228

Petition against annexation to Hollis 229-231

Proceedings at town meetings 231-234

 

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DURHAM.

 

Petition for incorporation as a town 234

Ecclesiastical document, 1723 235

Petition of aggrieved inhabitants of Oyster River 237

Petition of Francis Mathes and others for a new

Parish 238

Names of soldiers in Durham under Capt. John

Smith 240

Petition of Daniel Meader, 1745 241

Petition of Joseph Thomas and others, about a fraud‑

ulent election 242

Petition for a highway 243

 

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EPPING.

 

Petition of inhabitants for protection 245, 246

 

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EPSOM.

 

An Act to invest Proprietors of Epsom with town

rights 246

Petition of John Weeks 247

Petition for abating the Province tax 248

Proceedings at town meetings 249-250

 

 

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EXETER.*

 

Combination at Exeter, 1639 250

Elders' or Rulers' Oath 251

Oath of the people 252

Request for a town meeting and a new Parish 252

Petition for a Parish names 253-257

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PAGES.

Counter petition names 257

Petition for Parish privileges names 258

Remonstrance against 260

Warrant for town meeting other remonstrances 261-265

Report on location of a meeting-house 265

Brentwood petition about Parish lines 266

Petition of Andrew Gilman and others names 267

Brentwood to pay Province tax to Exeter 268

Report of a Committee about Brentwood meeting‑

house 269

Joint petitions, &c., (relating to Brentwood) 270-272

Remonstrance names 273

Agreement of parties (in Brentwood) 280

Survey of a Parish in Brentwood 290

 

 

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VOLUME III.

 

EXETER TO JEFFERSON, pp. 275-430.

 

 

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EXETER CONTINUED.

 

Petition of Andrew Gilman and others about a meet‑

ing-house, 1743 names 275

Petition of sundry persons in Exeter for support of a

minister among themselves 277

Petition to be exempted from support of a minister

not of their choice names 278

Petition in answer to that, praying for exemp‑

tion, &c. 280

Replication to the foregoing 284

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Exeter, to be incor‑

porated into a new Parish names 291

Answer of the Town Committee of Exeter to the

foregoing 293

Result and advice of an Ecclesiastical Council in

Exeter, 1755 295

Acceptance of the foregoing Result and Advice 297

 

 

 

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PAGES.

Petition of John Odlin and others for power to call

Parish meetings 297

 

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FRANCESTOWN.

 

Petition for a land tax to build a meeting-house‑

names 299

 

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FRANCONIA.

 

Petition of John Wendell, agent for the town of Franconia 300

Petition of Alexander Phelps and others relating

to forfeiture and re-grant of Franconia and Lin‑

coln 301

 

 

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GILMANTON.

 

Petition for power to levy a tax, &c. 302

 

 

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GILSUM.

 

Vote of Westmoreland to set off a part of the inhab-

itants to Gilsum; vote of Gilsum to set off the

west end of the town; assent of inhabitants of

Gilsum to be set off 303

Petition for a new town names 304

 

 

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GOFFSTOWN.

 

Petition of Archibald Stark for soldiers to guard the

garrison at Amoskeag 306

Votes at town meetings in Goffstown 307

Petition for a Presbyterian Society names 307, 308

Petition of inhabitants, 1772, relating to town dis-

putes names 308

A town meeting called, Proceedings, &c. 310, 311

Petition for an emission of paper money 311

A Bank of paper currency 313

 

 

 

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GOSPORT.

 

PAGES.

Petition to be exempt from paying taxes 313

Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes 314

Petition for a Lottery, for protecting the harbour

names 316

 

 

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GRANTHAM.*

 

Petition of John Sargents for a new charter 318

of Abel Stevens, for same 319

 

 

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GREENLAND.

 

Petition of inhabitants for privileges 320

Petition of sundry persons to be joined to Greenland

parish 321

Petition for a grant of certain powers 321, 322

for a township 322

Portsmouth votes relating to Greenland 323

Petition of inhabitants of Breakfast Hill 324

for extension of boundary lines 325

relating to tax warrant 326

for representation in the General Assembly 327

 

 

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GROTON, FORMERLY COCKERMOUTH.

 

Petition of John Hale and Samuel Hobart for a re-

grant 328

Memorial of James Gould and others 329

 

 

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HAMPSTEAD.

 

Petition for a Parish 331

Vote of Kingston against setting off a Parish 332

Petition of Richard Haazen about support of Rev.

James Cushing 333

Petition of Edward Flint and others to be annexed, &c., 334

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HAMPTON & HAMPTON-FALLS.

 

PAGES.

Petition of Selectmen about taxes 335

Petition of Abraham Drake and others about a tract

of land, &c 336

Certificate of Nathaniel Weare of Jabez Smith 337

Petition for leave to make a separate tax 338

Request relating to highways 339

Petition relating to a Parish 340

Petition of inhabitants of Hampton-falls for a tavern 341

Petition for a new Parish 343

Concurrence therein objections thereto 345

Petition of Hampton-falls for a Fair grant thereof 345-346

Agreement relating to Rev. Ward Cotton

Petition adverse to setting off a new Parish 347

Reasons against the same 348

Names of persons in different towns who petitioned

to be annexed to Massachusetts, 1739, viz., in

Hampton, Kingston, Hampton-falls, Chester,

Stratham, Exeter, Kensington, and Greenland* 349-356

Reasons offered against a new district, and Remon‑

strance against the same 356, 357

Petition of persons formerly of Massachusetts to be

annexed to Hampton-falls 358

Petition of inhabitants of N. E. part of Hampton to

be exempted from minister's tax 359

Petition of sundry persons to be annexed to Hamp‑

ton-falls 360

Petition of persons in Haverhill not to be joined

with Kingston 361

Notification of a Parish meeting to set off those who

call themselves Presbyterians 362

Petition for a Presbyterian Society 363

Petition in answer to the foregoing petition 366

Petition for a Presbyterian Society renewed 370

An Act dividing Hampton-falls into two Parishes 372

Report of a Committee to fix the line between the

two 373

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PAGES.

Petition of the Parish of Hampton-falls in relation

to delinquent tax-payers 374

Petition of Selectmen of Hampton-falls, to make a

rate 376

 

 

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HANOVER.

 

Petition of John House about Islands in Connecticut river 378

 

 

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HILLSBOROUGH.

 

Petition in relation to roads in Society-land 379

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 380

Petition of John Hill for protection from the Indians 381

 

 

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HINSDALE.

 

Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale in behalf of North‑

field 382

Petition of Proprietors and claimers of land in North‑

field south of the Province line 383

Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale for protection against

the Indians 385

Petition of Daniel Jones for remission of taxes 386

Province rate for the town of Hinsdale, 1764 388, 389

Names of inhabitants of Hinsdale, classed according

to location, with amount of tax, on the West side

of Connecticut river, and on the East side of

Connecticut river, those of the East side, who

live, in other towns 390-392

Petition for a new County [Important] 393

Petition of Doct. Josiah Pomroy, for permission to

inoculate in Hinsdale for small-pox 394

 

 

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HOLDERNESS.

 

Petition of Samuel Livermore for two rights of land;

deposition of Samuel Eaton ; deposition of

Thomas Vokes 394, 395

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxi

 

PAGES.

Petition of Proprietors for extension of their grant;

to send a Representative 396

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

HOLLIS.

 

Petition for a Committee to locate the meeting-house 397

Petition of Samuel Cummings for protection against

the Indians 399

Petition for a tax on non-residents' land 400

for dividing the Province into two counties 401

of people at Pine Hill to be set off from Hollis 402

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

HOPKINTON.

 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 404

Petition for power to lay a Tax on 4-5th of the land,

&c. 405

Petition relative to Province tax 406

for power to sell common land 409

of sundry persons for an Act of Incorporation 410

for Incorporation reasons for 411-412

for a Tax on non-residents 414

 

 

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HUDSON, FORMERLY NOTTINGHAM WEST

 

Petition for a new Parish 416

for town privileges 417

for a Parish 418

of Selectmen for a hearing names 420

Vote on the question of incorporation 422

Petition of John Marsh for a land-tax, &c. 423

Petition for Nottingham W. to be included in the west

division of counties names 424

Petition relating to fish in the Merrimack river 425

Another petition relating to the same 427

Depositions of Thomas Pollard; Benj. Marshall 428

 

 

 

xxii GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

 

JAFFREY, FORMERLY MONADNOCK, No. 3.

 

PAGES.

Certificate to Mr. Josiah Willard 429

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

JEFFERSON, FORMERLY DARTMOUTH.

 

Petition to extend the time for making a settlement 430

 

 

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VOLUME IV.

 

 

KINGSTON TO NEW BOSTON, pp. 431-556.

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

KINGSTON.

 

Original Grant or Charter 431

Petition for re-settling of Kingston 432

to be clear of public charges 433

to be discharged from cost of road 434

for abatement of Province tax; for a township 435

another for a township

of East Parish about division of lines 437

Remonstrance against a new Parish 439

Petition of Jedediah Philbrick for partition of real estate 441

for a further hearing on Haverhill petition 442

relating to the Basford land grant 443

Petition of westerly part of Kingston for town privi‑

leges 446

Petition for a Justice of the Peace 447

for soldiers to keep the Fort 448

to remain in the old Parish 449

for a new Parish 450

relating to boundaries 451

Report of Committee on the same 453

Petition about small-pox 454

 

 

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KENSINGTON.

 

Petition to send a representative 455

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxiii

 

 

KINGSWOOD.*

 

PAGES.

The Charter of Kingswood names of grantees, pro-

ceedings, &c. 456-463

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

LANCASTER.

 

Minutes of Council, relating to a road 463

Petition for soldiers 464

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

LANDAFF.

 

First granted to James Avery and others 464

Petition of Trustees of Dartmouth College, and

Minutes of Trustees 465

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

LEMPSTER.

 

Petition of Capt. Joseph Spencer for extension of

charter 466

 

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

LITCHFIELD.

 

Granted by Massachusetts, and known as Brenton's

farm; Petition for a township 467

Petition of inhabitants of Litchfield and Nottingham

West, for a township names 468-469

Petition relating to support of a minister 470

relating to the settlement of a minister 471

relating to the payment of a minister 472

for men and military stores names 473

of Nathan Kendall relating to boundary line 473

for a Parish on the East side of the river 474

relating to the same, as above 475

Petition to be included in the West division of Coun‑

ties. 476

Petition of Isaac Cummings to be taxed in Notting‑

ham-west 477

Petition for a grant of a ferry, by Lucy Read 479

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* Kingswood was probably never settled under that name. ED.

 

 

 

xxiv GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

 

LONDONDERRY.*

 

PAGES.

Originally called Nutfield, 1719 479

Petition of Inhabitants for a Charter 480

for Bills of credit, &c. names 481

Charter of Londonderry 483

Schedule of names of proprietors of Londonderry 484

Petition about running the lines

relating to common lands 486

Oaths to be taken

Names of persons who took the oaths 489

Petition about division of town lands 491

Differences about lands adjusted, and Petition for

redress of injustice names 492

Petition respecting aggressions, of Haverhill people 493

against Haverhill people 494

relating to minister's tax, &c. names 495

Counter petition to foregoing names 498

Answer of Selectmen of Londonderry 499

Votes relating to the places of public worship 500

Petition of 2d Congregation relating to Presbyterial

authority 501

Act for incorporating a new Parish in Londonderry 502

Petition for a new Parish bounds 504-505

of Samuel Barr 506

Petition for division of land, &c., of heirs of Rev.

Thomas Thomson 507

Petition of inhabitants of old and new Parishes 508

of Selectmen respecting Parish bounds 510

to be taxed in Nottingham-west 511

Counter petition 513

Petition relating to a military company 514

Thanks to the Legislature for an Act relating to tav‑

erns 515

Petition, 1759, for discontinuance of a highway

names 516

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* Readers will please take notice, that names in Londonderry which are of very frequent occurrence, are noted by a joining the pages in which they are found. ED.

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxv

 

 

PAGES.

Petition for a law regulating fishing 519

relating to fish in Merrimack river names 521

Petition about irregular proceedings in town meet‑

ing names 525

Petition of Londonderry West Parish 528

of inhabitants of Londonderry, 1773 532

Agreement of Committees 533

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

LYME.

 

Petition for a ferry over Connecticut river 533

for a half-shire town 534

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

LYNDEBOROUGH.

 

Petition for protection against the Indians 535

Grant of Salem-Canada 536

Schedule annexed to charter, names, lots, &c. 540

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 541

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

MADBURY.

 

Petition for a Parish names 541

Call for a town meeting in Dover 543

Bounds of the West end of Dover names 544

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

MARLOW.

 

Heads of families, single men, &c. 546

Petition for extension of charter 547

Original proprietors and proprietors by purchase 548

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

MERRIMACK.

 

Petition for a tax on non-resident lands 548

Petition for dividing the State into Counties Merri‑

mack names; Bedford names 550

Petition to be attached to Col. Goffe's regiment

names 551

 

 

 

xxvi GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

 

 

MONADNOCK, No. 7.

 

PAGES.

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 552

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEW BOSTON.

 

Petition about minister and school lots names 553

for a tax on certain lands names 555

to raise taxes to finish the meeting-house 556

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

VOLUME V.

 

NEW CASTLE TO PORTSMOUTH, pp. 557-687.

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEW CASTLE.

 

Petition relating to tax, &c. 558

against a bridge at New Castle names 559

New Castle's answer to Sandy-beach petition names 561

Petition of inhabitants of New Castle and Rye

names 562

Petition for aid in behalf of the ministry 563

of Rev. John Blunt 564

Account of persons who voted for representative

names 566

Petition relating to a Lottery to build a bridge 566

for a Lottery to build a bridge names 567

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEW DURHAM.

 

Proprietors' meeting Petition 569

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEWMARKET.

 

Papers relating to Newmarket bridge names 570

Petition of inhabitants of Nottingham names 571

of inhabitants of sundry towns names 572-574

An act for erecting and maintaining a bridge, &c. 576

Answer of Exeter to petitions 577

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxvii

 

PAGES.

Reply to Exeter's objections 580

Petition of Stratham against the bridge names

of Kensington against the bridge names 582

of Hampton Falls against the bridge names 583

of Epping against the bridge names 584

Vote of Kingston against said bridge 585

Vote and petition of East Kingston against it 586

Offer of land adjacent, by Philip Fowler and Rob‑

ert Smart 587

Petition for a Lottery to build said bridge names 588

Petition of inhabitants of sundry towns to build a

bridge at Newfields names 590

Another similar petition names not repeated in

the Index 592

Petition of inhabitants of Newmarket names not re‑

peated in the Index 596

Act to raise money by Lottery for a bridge 598

Petition of inhabitants of New Market, Stratham,

&c. names not repeated 600

Report of Committee relating to a highway in New‑

market 602

Petition of Selectmen, &c., for a highway names 603

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEW IPSWICH.

 

Votes at a town meeting in New Ipswich 604

Petition for a Committee to settle a plan for a meet‑

ing-house names 605

Account of the pay of petitioners and non-petition‑

ers 606

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NEWTOWN.

 

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Amesbury names 607

of inhabitants of Almsbury Peek names 608

Petition of Newtown names in Almsbury district

of those in South Hampton 609-611

Report of a Committee 611

Petition of inhabitants in west part of Almsbury 612

 

 

 

xxviii GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

PAGES.

Petition of Saml French and others against a new

parish names 613-619

Petition of inhabitants of South Hampton, east end 619

of Thomas and Joseph Fowler 620

Petition of sundry persons against a new Parish

names 621

Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton against the

same 622

South Hampton, setting off 28 persons to a new

Town; and 2 more polled off 624

Petition from South Hampton for a surveyor 625

Jona. Watson and Roger Eastman, poll off 626

Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton, about high‑

ways 627

Draft of an Order in Council for polling off, &c. 628

Supplemental charter of Newtown 629

Petition from Almsbury district 630

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

NOTTINGHAM.

 

Original charter of Nottingham 630

Note by John Farmer, Esq.; Shem Drown of Boston,

petitioners request for a road names 632

Petition of Capt. Peirce and Dr. Nathl Rogers, for a

road 633

Petition for a tax on non-residents, for support of a

minister 634

Petition for protection against the Indians 635

Vote to set off a Parish, &c. 636, 637

Petition to be eased of the Province tax 637

Petition of inhabitants in the South-west of Notting‑

ham for Parish privileges 638

Petition for a separate Parish names 639

to elect an Assembly-man names 642

Statement relating to original rights names 643

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxix

 

ORFORD.

 

PAGES.

A list of inhabitants in Orford with their families

and ages names 645

Single men persons to whom Col. Moulton wrote

to settle, &c. 646

Memo of the settlement and improvement of land in

Orford names 646, 647

Names of all the men, women and children in Or‑

ford; names and ages of the children 648, 649

Petition of William Simpson and others 650

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PELHAM.

 

Petition of Henry Baldwin in behalf of the town

of Pelham 652

Petition of selectmen of Pelham, to tax non-resi‑

dents 653

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PEELING.

 

Petition of Nathaniel Cushman; and memorial of

Nathl Cushman and others for a re-grant of the

township names 655

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PEMBROKE.

 

Petition and memorial of Moses Foster 657

of Benjamin Holt, for a guard, &c. 659

Town meeting relating to Rev. Aaron Whittemore 659

Petition for a Justice of the Peace names 660

of John Bryant, agent for the Presbyterians 661

for leave to send a representative names 663

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PETERBOROUGH.

 

Petition of the town of Peterborough, for town privi‑

leges 665

Petition for a new county names 666

 

 

 

xxx GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

PAGES.

Petition relating to Peterborough Slip, for annexa‑

tion, &c. 667

Petition relating to Rev. John Morrison names 668

for a division of Peterborough names 669

against a division names 671

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON.

 

Petition of selectmen of Plaistow, about a constable 673

Vote of Haverhill district to set off Timberlain, and

a letter from Richd Waldron, &c. 674

Petition for a town or parish names 675

against being set off as a new parish names 676

Petition of inhabitants in the west part of Haverhill

district, not to be incorporated names 676

Petition not to join with Richard Hazzen's plan

names 677

Sanborn, Palmer and Weare's report of Haverhill

district 678

Petition of Haverhill district for a new Parish names 678

Petition for a Special Act (against thieves, &c.)

names 680

Memorial of Col. James White and others 681

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Plaistow 682

for release from support of Hugh Potter 683

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PIERMONT.

 

Petition of the Committee of Piermont to the Gov‑

ernor 684

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PLYMOUTH.

 

Petition for leave to send a representative names 685

for a re-survey of land, &c. 686

for a representative names 687

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

VOLUME IV

 

PORTSMOUTH TO WOLFEBOROUGH, pp. 688-824.

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PORTSMOUTH.

 

PAGES.

Original name orders relating to a school, &c. 688

Petition for a grant of land, and Request to the se‑

lectmen of Portsmouth 689

Petition in relation to a meeting-house at the Plains names 690

Petition relating to dividing the common land, [see

Note; and for "General and Hist. Reg. 1870,"

read N. E. Hist. Geneal. Reg. July, 1870, pp.

264-266] 693

Petition of the South Parish in Portsmouth 695

Remonstrance of Portsmouth selectmen 697

Answer to a petition relating to the choice of James

Clarkson as representative 698

Deed from Theodore Atkinson and others, of their

Rights in certain townships 703

Petition of Portsmouth selectmen about a Pest-house 704

Answer to a petition of Clement March, &c. 705

Petition for a Lottery to pave streets in Portsmouth 707

Petition of Portsmouth against a bridge at New

Castle 708

Memorial for a bounty on fish, wheat, hemp, &c. 709

Petition of Selectmen, &c., to hold town meetings in

the State-house 712

Another petition on the same matter 713

Portsmouth petition in regard to election returns 714

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

POWNALL, IN VERMONT.

 

Petition 715

 

覧覧覧覧覧

 

PUTNEY, IN VERMONT.

 

Petition for a Grant of land 716

 

 

 

xxxii GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

 

RAYMOND.

 

PAGES.

An act for erecting a new Parish, &c. 717

Petition in relation to a meeting-house 718

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

RINDGE (1).

 

Certificate and copy of the Grant to Rowley-Canada,

now Rindge, 1738 720

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

ROCHESTER (1).

 

Meeting of Proprietors 721

Petition of Rochester relating to the gospel ministry 722

Petition of Wm. Chamberlin and John Jenness, for

relief 723

Petition for a guard of soldiers, 1746 725

Petition for further relief and for a guard of sol‑

diers 726

Letter of thanks and petition for further aid 727

Petition of John Dam in relation to roads 728

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

RUMNEY.

 

Petition of sundry inhabitants, against Daniel Brain‑

erd 730

Petition of Daniel Brainerd and others 732

Rev. Thomas Niles 733

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

RYE.

 

Petition for a new District or Precinct, 1721 734

to be set off as a new Parish or District, 1724 735

Vote and Remonstrance of Portsmouth against, 1724 737

Petition from Little Harbour, Sandy Beach, and

Hampton, 1725 737

Another petition from the same source, 1725 739

覧覧

(1) By error, the heading, "Rindge" extends over pages 721-729; it should be Rochester. ED.

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxxiii

 

PAGES.

Petition from the Parish of Rye, 1729 740

Petition from selectmen of Rye, relating to a vio‑

lent storm, 1754 742

Petition for a Lottery to build a road, 1764 743

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SALEM.

 

Petition of inhabitants of Methuen, 1741 744

for redress of grievances as to taxes 745

Letter from Theo. Atkinson to Selectmen of Lon‑

donderry and Windham, 1742 746

Petition for a Parish, 1743 746

of a part of Methuen to he a Township, 1746 748

in relation to taxes, 1746 749

for a Township, 1749 749

Letter from Daniel Peaslee to Thomas Packer, 750

Petition for redress of grievances, 1756 751

Certificate of former Constables; List of the men

that served as Constables since it was first incor‑

porated, till the year 1752 . 752

Another petition for redress, &c. 752

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SALISBURY.

 

A guard of soldiers provided for this as a frontier town 753

Petition for aid in, settling Salisbury 754

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SANBORNTON.

 

Petition to be exempted from taxation 755

for incorporation

for the appointment of a Justice of the Peace 757

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SHELBURNE.

 

Petition of Daniel Rindge 758

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SOCIETY-LAND.

 

Petition for incorporation 759

 

 

 

 

xxxiv GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

 

SOMERSWORTH.

 

PAGES.

A true List of all the train soldiers in Somersworth,

under command of Capt. Thomas Wallingford,

1746 760

Petition for Town privileges, 1743 761

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SOUTH HAMPTON.

 

Petition of sundry inhabitants to be set off, &c. 763

Petition of John Page and Benjamin Baker to be

set off 764

Answer to the foregoing petition by the selectmen

of South Hampton 765

Memorial of inhabitants of South Hampton 767

Petition in relation to a highway 773

relating to a Province tax 773

to be annexed to Newtown 774

Petition for settling the line between South Hamp‑

ton and Newtown 775

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

STRATHAM.

(Originally a part of the Squamscott or Hilton's Point Patent.)

 

Petitions for a Township 777

Petition to be set off into a Township 778

Counter petition 780

Petition of selectmen in relation to a meeting-house,

and of Jonathan Wiggin for a Ferry 781

Summons to Richard Hilton, and Petition of Strat‑

ham relating to divisions about a minister 782

Another petition relating to the same matter 784

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

SWANZEY.

(Called Lower Ashuelot.)

 

Petition of William Sims, of Winchester names 785

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

TAUNTON.

(On West side of Connecticut River.)

 

Petition relating to No. 1, or Taunton-town names 787

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxxv

 

 

WAKEFIELD.

 

PAGES.

Petition for Incorporation 788

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WARNER.

 

Petition of No. I, or Essex Almsbury, 1742 789

Bounds Meeting of Inhabitants Petition for Incor‑

poration, by Francis Davis 790

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WEARE.

 

Petition of inhabitants of Hale's town, now Weare

names 791

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WENTWORTH.

 

List of those who had original Rights names 792

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WESTMORELAND.

(Called Great Meadows.)

 

Petition of Inhabitants 793

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WILTON.

(Called No. 2.)

 

Deed from Joseph Blanchard, Esq., 1749 794

Petition for Incorporation names 797

of Nathan Hutchinson and Benj. Kenrick 797, 798

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WINCHESTER.

 

Petition for Incorporation; Note relating to Dart‑

mouth College 798

Petition for relief 799

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WINDHAM.

 

Petition of James Reid and William Parker 800

Incorporation of Windham as a Parish 802

 

 

 

xxxvi GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

PAGES.

Deposition of James Gilmore Certificate 803

Petition in relation to an irregular town meeting

names 804

Town votes; Paper relating, to an order of Court

names 806

Windham's Caveat against Methuen names 807

Warrant for a town meeting; votes, &c.

Petition for an alteration in their Charter names 809

Petition against the proceedings of said meeting

names 812

Deposition of Henry Sander Certificate names 813

Town meetings; votes, &c. 814

Petition in relation to a disturbance in the Parish

names 816

Answer of Selectmen to the foregoing petition 818

Deposition of Robert Hopkins 819

Deposition of Samuel Barr, and Petition relating to a

Meeting-house names 820

Petition of Oliver Saunders 822

Deposition of John Dinsmoor, &c.; List of men in

Salem, formerly of Windham 823

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

WOLFENBOUGH.

 

Petition for Incorporation 824

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

ADDENDA.

 

TOWNS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FOREGOING PAGES, pp. 825-830.

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

Alexandria 825

Allenstown 825

Andover 825

Antrim 825

Barnstead 825

Bath 825

Bradford 825

Bridgewater 825

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxxvii

 

PAGES.

Brookline 826

Benton 826

Campton 826

Canaan 826

Candia 826

Centre-Harbour 826

Chatham 826

Claremont 826

Colebrook 826

Coventry 826

Danbury 826

East Kingston 826

Effingham 826

Ellsworth 826

Erifield 826

Errol 826

Fitzwilliam 826

Gilford 826

Grafton 826

Greenfield 827

Hancock 827

Haverhill 827

Hawke 827

Henniker 827

Keene 827

Langdon 827

Lebanon 827

Lee 827

Lincoln 827

Loudon 827

Lyman 827

Manchester 827

Marlborough 828

Mason 828

Meredith 828

Middleton 828

Milford 828

Mont Vernon 828

Moultonborough 828

New Chester 828

New Hampton 828

Newington 828

New London 828

North Hampton 828

Northumberland 828

 

 

 

xxxviii GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

PAGES.

Northwood 828

Orange 829

Plainfield 829

Poplin 829

Richmond 829

Sandown 829

Sandwich 829

Seabrook 829

Springfield 829

Stoddard 829

Stratford 829

Surry 829

Sutton 829

Tamworth 829

Temple 829

Thornton 829

Tuftonborough 830

Unity 830

Walpole 830

Warren 830

Washington 830

Wendell 830

Whitefield 830

Wilmot 830

 

 

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APPENDIX.

 

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS, pp. 831-877.

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

Notes by the Editor 833

List of Delegates to the First Convention, 1778 834-837

Constitution proposed in 1779; Declaration of Rights 837-838

Plan of Government 838-842

Constitutional Convention, 1781, with List of Dele‑

gates 842-844

An Address of the Convention 845-852

Proposed Constitution Part I. Bill of Rights 852-858

Form of Government, Part II 858-877

The General Court 859-860

Senate 860-863

 

 

 

GENERAL CONTENTS. xxxix

 

PAGES.

House of Representatives 863-866

Executive Power Governor 866-870

Council 870

Secretary, Treasurer, Commissary General, County

Treasurer 871

Judiciary Power, Clerks 871-872

Delegates to Congress 872

Encouragement of Literature 873

Oaths, Subscriptions, &c., &c. 873-877

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

Second Address of the Convention, 1782 877-882

The Bill of Rights Note by the Editor . 882

Constitution or Form of Government, Part II. 883-895

Note by the Editor 895-896

 

覧覧覧覧覧覧覧

 

CONSTITUTION, as adopted, 1784 . 896

Part I. Bill of Rights. [See Editor's Note.*] 896-903

Part II. Form of Government 903-919

 

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ERRATA.

 

Page 3, Elijah "King" should be Thing.

Pages 63-75, the head-lines should be Bow, not "Boscawen."

Page 156, Aug. 29, 1772, should be 1722.

Page 319, head-line, "Gosport." should be Grantham.

Page 510, Hugh "Milson," should be Wilson.

Page 543, Thomas "Willet," should be Willey.

Page 551, Thomas "Rickere," should be Vickere.

Page 693, Note, "General," should be "Geneal." and Hist. Reg.

Pages 722-729, head-lines should be Rochester, not "Rindge."

Page xli, Note, Hon Charles Doe. late Judge of the Supreme Judiュcial Court, not " Superior."

覧覧

* In the reference to Hon. Charles Doe, in this Note, it should read, late Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court, not " Superior." ED.

 

 

 

THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED.

 

 

THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED.

 

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NOTE BY THE EDITOR.

 

On pages 56-60, Vol. I. Prov. Papers, the "WHEELWRIGHT DEED," as it is called, is printed in full. In a Note on that Deed, p. 56, the Editor says, "That in the course of the following records particular facts will be noted, that may enable readers to form an opinion respectュing the validity of the Deed." In this Volume, the Editor deems it proper to state, in brief, the conclusion which he has himself reached on that matter; reserving his argument, in full, for publication in some other form.

The conclusion which the Editor has reached from all the facts which have come before him, is, that the said Deed is a FORGERY.

 

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This Deed bears date, May 17, 1629, and purports to be a conveyance by four Indian Sagamores, of a tract of land equal to about forty miles square between the Piscataqua and Merュrimack rivers to John Wheelwright, "late of England, of the Massachusetts Bay, and a minister of the Gospel," with four associate grantees, "all of the Massachusetts Bay."

The following are among the proofs that said deed is a forュgery

 

I. Aside from this pretended Deed, we have no evidence that the Rev. John Wheelwright was ever seen or heard of in this country till his arrival, May 26, 1636; not one of the assoュciate grantees was here before that time; and one of them, William Wentworth, was a boy only fifteen years of age then, at Alford, in England.

II. The settlement of "the Massachusetts Bay" proper was not begun till more than a year after May, 1629, i. e., not till June, 1630.

III. The deed purports to be signed and sealed in the presュence of two English witnesses, one of whom was certainly in England on the 11th of May, six days previous and the other was on shipboard on the Atlantic Ocean, and did not arrive in this country till June 29, 1629.

IV. Of the seven witnesses to the delivery of the deed, it is certain that only one, Edward Hilton, was in this country at that time; and if he signed the deed, he signed away all his right and title to the plantation on which he lived.

V. The above seven witnesses are said to be governors or stewards of plantations, called Laconia, Sawco and Squamscott or Hilton's Point; but not one of the said plantations was granted till six or nine months after May, 1629.

VI. The deed purports to have been made by the Indians "with a desire to have the English inhabit amongst them." But

 

 

 

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Passaconaway, the chief Sagamore, explicitly denies this, and declares "he did all he could to prevent their settlement, and fought against them."

VII. The date of the deed, May 17, 1629, proves to be the Sabbath, and therefore false to the principles and character of Rev. John Wheelwright.

VIII. On April 3, 1638, John Wheelwright and his associュates made an actual bona fide purchase, of Indians, at Squamscott now Exeter paid for the same and began a settlement; which is inconsistent with the pretence that he bought in 1629, paying twice for the same land.

IX. The deed of 1629 occupies three and a half octavo pages, or one hundred and forty-two lines, while all the real Indian deeds of that early period are no more than sixteen or twenty-four lines; and therefore it betrays itself as belonging to a later period.

X. One condition or proviso in the deed is that the settleュment, when begun, should be under "the government, laws and order of the Massachusetts Bay." But John Wheelwright came to Exeter, in 1638, as an exile, banished out of the terriュtory and jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Bay, and immediュately set up an independent government.

XI. The pretended deed of 1629 antedates the grant of New Hampshire to Captain John Mason, which is dated Nov. 7, 1629; and the evident intent and object of the deed was to head off a claim made by Thomas Allen, of title and possession, founded on said grant to Mason; the trial of which was beュfore the Superior Court of New Hampshire, August 12, 1707. Then, for the first time, was the pretended deed brought to light seventy-eight years after the date of it; and even then, only a "copy" of the pretended original was brought into court. This "copy," now on the files of the Superior Court, at Exeter, is the only evidence that Dr. Belknap quotes for the validity of the deed.* [See Prov. Papers of N. H., Vol. II., pp. 522-528.]

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* The first discovery and exposure of this forgery was made by the late Hon. James Savage, of Boston, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society about 1820; his views were re-affirmed, with addiュtional evidence, by the late John Farmer, Esq., Corresponding Secreュtary of the New Hampshire Historical Society, in 1831. The opinion above expressed by the Editor is the result of an original investigation of the facts that relate to the case. It is but just, however, to add, that the late Samuel G. Drake, Esq , of Boston, maintained an opposite opinion, as does also the Hon. Charles H. Bell, of Exeter [See Winthrop's History of New England, 1853, Vol. I., App. H, pp. 486-514; Farm. Belknap's History of New Hampshire, Vol. I., pp, 6-13; Drake's History of Boston, 1856, pp. 56-60, notes.] ED.