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 New Hampshire State Papers

 

 

Town Papers.

 

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DOCUMENTS

 

RELATING TO

 

TOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE,

 

"A" TO "F" INCLUSIVE,

 

WITH AN

 

APPENDIX,

 

EMBRACING COPIES, IN FAC SIMILE, OF THE FIRST CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE AS ADOPTED JANUARY 5, 1776, THE PROCLAMATION SENT OUT TO THE PEOPLE DECLARING THE SAID CONSTITUTION TO BE IN FORCE; AND A CONSTITUTION FRAMED IN JUNE, 1779, WHICH WAS REJECTED BY THE PEOPLE. ALSO, OTHER INTERESTING AND VALUABLE DOCUMENTS.

 

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PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 

VOLUME XI.

 

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COMPILED AND EDITED BY

 

ISAAC W. HAMMOND.

 

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CONCORD, N. H.:

PARSONS B. COGSWELL, STATE PRINTER.

1882

 

 

 

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

 

 

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In 1878 and 1879 the editor of this volume, then deputy secretary of state, assorted a large mass of ancient manuscripts which he found in the various vaults and in the loft of the state­house, selected such as were of value, historical and otherwise, and placed them in volumes in the secretary's office. They attracted the attention of citizens who were interested in the history of the state, and in the preservation of everything appertaining to it, many of whom expressed a desire to have them published as a continuation of those edited by the late Nathaniel Bouton, D. D.

In June, 1881, Gov. Charles H. Bell, deeply interested in the history of New Hampshire, called the attention of the legislature to these papers in his message to that body, and advised their publication. The result was the passage of the following resolution:

 

JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers 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 in the state as the governor may designate, fifty 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 by other states.

Approved August 4, 1881.

 

 

 

 

iv                                  EDITOR'S PREFACE.

 

In accordance with the foregoing resolution, the governor, with advice of the council, on the 12th day of October, 1881, appointed and commissioned Isaac W. Hammond as "Editor and Compiler of State Papers;" and this volume is the result of his labor as such.

It is similar, in the character of its contents, to Vol. IX, and contains documents of great value concerning the early history of the towns herein represented. These documents have been carefully copied from the original manuscripts, scrupulously pre­serving the orthography, punctuation, capitalization, etc. Much of it will be found of interest even to the general reader. It contains a large number of names of early residents, which are being much inquired after of late, some papers having been published mainly for the purpose of giving the names signed to them. All these names have been carefully indexed, in every place in which they occur, involving much time and great labor. They are thus placed where the historian and genealogist can readily refer to them. The editor has compiled an introduction to each town, containing in brief many facts relative to its grant, settlement, incorporation, origin of name, etc., the authority for most of them being obtained from original records. Great care has been taken to verify them where they conflict with other writers. Notes have also been appended to most of the petitions, giving legislative action, and, when practicable, their final disposition. They have required considerable research, but the editor believes they will add materially to the value of the work, and be of much use to town historians. The editorial notes, with the exception of the introductions, have been inserted in brackets, to prevent any possible misunderstanding. In copying names from original petitions, great care has been exercised, many of them being badly written, some almost illegible, and others incorrectly spelled; but the editor has spared no pains to obtain a correct solution, and believes that most of them are printed as they were written. He submits this volume to the public, trusting its decision will be that he has done something to rescue from oblivion some valuable material pertaining to the early history of the towns of New Hampshire.

I. W. H.

CONCORD, October 27, 1882.

 

 

 

                          GENERAL CONTENTS.

 

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                                           ACWORTH.

 

Introduction,                                                                                    1

Reasons for not wanting to be classed for representative,

                   and vote of the town, 1776,                                            2

Certificate of non-receipt of precept, 1781,                                        2

Petition of John Duncan, about taxes, 1783,                                      3

Petition for authority to tax non-residents,                                        4

Petition of selectmen relative to beef tax, 1786,                                 5

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1787,                               5

Petition of Matthew Wallace, poor debtor, 1792,                                 6

 

                                             ALBANY.

 

Introduction,                                                                                    7

Petition to have a meeting called for the choice of offi‑

                   cers, 1785,                                                                    7

Petition of selectmen about taxes, 1788,                                            8

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1789,                            8

Petition to be severed from Grafton and annexed to

                   Strafford county, 1800,                                                  8

 

                                         ALEXANDRIA.

 

Introduction,                                                                                    9

Jeremiah Page's statement about Alexandria Addition,

                   1773,                                                                           10

Petition of inhabitants about taxes,                                                 10

Petition of inhabitants about representative, 1775,                          11

Request for guns and ammunition, 1776,                                         12

Inventory of town, 1777,                                                                  12

Inventory of Addition,                                                                      13

Daniel McMurphy's petition, soldier, 1781,                                       13

Remonstrance of the inhabitants about building a road,

                   1782,                                                                           14

Petition relative to road from Boscawen to Dartmouth

                   College, 1786,                                                              15

Petition of selectmen relative to taxes, 1787,                                   16

 

 

 

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Petition of Alexandria and New Chester for a new

                   town, 1787,                                                                 17

Petition for authority to tax land for repair of roads,

                   1790,                                                                           18

Petition for a division of the town, 1794,                                          19

Votes of town relative to a division of the town, 1795,                      20

Petition for the appointment of a committee to run lines

                   between Alexandria and New Chester, 1795,                21

 

                                            ALSTEAD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                   21

Petition for a grant of the township, 1750,                                       22

Statement of grievances, 1777,                                                       23

Petition of Prudence Baxter, 1778,                                                  24

Confession of William Baxter, 1779,                                                26

Deposition of Lemuel Holmes, 1778,                                                28

Return of representative, 1781,                                                       29

Bounty paid David Abraham, 1783,                                                  30

Petition about taxes, 1783,                                                              30

Petition of Nathaniel Shepard, deer-reeve, 1783,                             31

Petition of selectmen relative to taxes, 1783,                                   32

Certificate of selectmen relative to taxes, 1786,                              33

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1790,                             34

Remonstrance of inhabitants against setting off a parish,

                   1793,                                                                           34

Remonstrance of selectmen concerning the same, 1793,                 35

Petition for the incorporation of a religious society,

                   1793                                                                            36

Vote of town in favor of the same, 1793,                                          37

Petition of Elisha Kingsbury for a loan, 1794,                                   38

 

                                         ALLENSTOWN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                   39

Certificate of abatement of soldiers' taxes, 1775,                             39

Return of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                          39

Petition for abatement of tax, 1786,                                                 40

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1787,                          40

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1789,                             41

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1790,                          42

Petition relative to bridges over Suncook river,                                 43

 

                                              ALTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                   44

Jacob Chamberlin relative to election of representative,

                   1778,                                                                           44

 

 

 

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Petition of inhabitants relative to the same, 1779,                           45

Petition of inhabitants relative to roads through the

                   Gore, 1780,                                                                 46

Relative to procuring men for the army, 1781,                                 47

Relative to inability to furnish men for the army, 1782,                    48

Certificate of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                     49

Petition to have proceedings of town-meeting legalized,

                   1784,                                                                           49

Resolve of legislature respecting the same, 1784,                            50

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1788,                                        50

Petition for the incorporation of New Durham Gore,

                   1794,                                                                           52

Petition of Joseph Peirce relative to the same, 1794,                        54

Petition relative to same, 1794,                                                       55

Petition relative to same, 1796,                                                       56

 

                                            AMHERST.

 

Introduction,                                                                                   57

Petition of inhabitants for an incorporation, 1753,                            58

Petition of Lieut. Ebenezer Lyon, soldier, abstract,                           59

Petition relating to a division of Monson, 1763,                                60

Memorial of Rev. Daniel Wilkins, 1763,                                            62

Petition of several towns relative to an escape from jail,

                   1773,                                                                           63

Certificate relative to Esquire Shepard, 1775,                                  65

Petition of Peter Robertson, Bunker Hill soldier, 1776,                     66

Petition of Susanna Munroe, 1779,                                                  66

Joseph Wilson's receipt, soldier, 1779,                                             67

Petition of William Hastings, Jr., soldier, 1779,                                67

Relative to raising men for the army, 1779,                                     67

Selectmen relative to the same, 1779,                                             69

Petition of Capt. Archelaus Towne, 1779,                                         69

Petition of north-west parish, 1780,                                                 69

Petition of William Bradford, Jr., soldier, 1780,                                70

Town bills for supplies furnished soldiers' families, 1780,           70, 71

Petition to have the north-west parish set off, 1780,                        71

Petition for a new parish, 1781,                                                       73

Remonstrance against the ordination of Rev. Mr. Barn‑

                   ard. 1780,                                                                    74

Remonstrance relative to the same matter, 1781,                            77

Petition of several inhabitants about parish matters,

                   1781,                                                                           79

Petition to have the new parish set off as a town, 1783,                   80

Petition of inhabitants of the south-west part, 1782,                        82

Petition of south-west part to be set off as a parish,

                   1782,                                                                           83

 

 

 

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Remonstrance against reestablishing the town of Mon‑

                   son, 1782,                                                                   85

Deposition of Thomas Wakefield, 1782,                                            87

Remonstrance against reëstablishing Monson, 1782,                       88

Jonathan Smith relative to land given Benjamin Whit-

                   ing, 1782,                                                                    89

Return of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                          90

Vote of the town on the adoption of the eighth article of

                   confederation,                                                             90

Memorial in favor of making goods legal tender, 1783,                      91

Memorial against M. Thornton's having the exclusive

                   right to ferry people over Merrimack river, 1784,           93

Soldiers, orders for wages,                                                        94, 95

Petition to have the north-west parish set off by "metes

                   and bounds," 1788,                                                      95

Protest against being set off with the north-west parish,

                   1790,                                                                           96

Petition of Jonathan Wilkins, marine, 1790,                                    97

Petition of Robert B. Wilkins, Blinker Hill soldier,

                   1791,                                                                           98

Petition of Isaac Baldwin, wounded militia man, 1790,                     98

Letter, Daniel Warner to Gov. Bartlett, 1791,                                  98

Report of committee on south-west parish, 1791,                             99

Description on plan,                                                                      100

Resignation of Hon. Samuel Dana, 1792,                                       100

Revolutionary soldiers' petition for remuneration, 1795,                 101

Petition of inhabitants of Amherst and Lyndeborough

                   for a new town (Mont Vernon), 1803,                          102

Biographical notes,                                                                104, 105

 

                                             ANTRIM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 105

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1776,                                       105

Consent of certain persons to the same, 1777,                               106

Memorial relative to the same, 1776,                                             107

Town committee's reasons why it should be incorpo‑

                   rated,                                                                        108

James Aiken's certificate, soldier,                                                 108

Soldiers' orders for wages,                                                             109

Men's names who were in the army in 1775,                                 109

Record of town-meeting, 1779,                                                      110

Petition for authority to tax non-residents,                                    110

Memorial of non-residents about taxes, 1779,                                111

Remonstrance to said memorial, 1780,                                          112

Deposition relative to bridges, 1780,                                              113

Petition for authority to assess a special tax to build a

                   meeting-house, 1783,                                                114

 

 

 

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Consent of non-residents to same,                                                114

Petition for authority to assess a tax for road purposes,

                   1792,                                                                         115

 

                                            ANDOVER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 116

Order of selectmen for ammunition, 1776,                                     117

Petition for appointment of a magistrate, 1779,                              117

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1779,                                       117

Oaths of allegiance of several citizens, 1782,                                 118

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1794,                           119

 

                                           ATKINSON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 120

Warrant for assessing a county tax, 1774,                                      120

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1776,                        121

Certificate of the number of ratable polls, 1783,                             122

Action of town concerning issuing paper money, 1786,                   122

Committee of legislature appointed relative to paper

                   money,                                                                      127

Report of said committee, 1786,                                                     127

Editorial note relative to the matter,                                             130

Recommendation of Joseph Cogswell, 1786,                                   130

Consent of sundry inhabitants to be classed for repre‑

                   sentatives,                                                                 131

Action of town-meeting relative to representative, 1786,                132

Petition for incorporation of Atkinson academy, 1791,                     133

Petition to have the boundary line established, 1794,                     134

Memorial of Peter Clement, relative to same, 1794,                       135

 

                                          BARNSTEAD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 136

Petition concerning boundaries, 1764,                                           137

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1777,                        138

Certificate of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                   138

Petition of Jonathan Bunker, concerning a soldier,

                   1782,                                                                         139

Bounties paid to soldiers,                                                              139

Remonstrance to appointment of John Tasker, 1784,                      140

Statement relative to foregoing, 1784,                                           141

Another remonstrance to same, 1784,                                           141

Petition in favor of appointment of Charles Hodgdon,

                   1788,                                                                         142

Petition in favor of appointment of Jonathan Chesley,

                   1788,                                                                         143

 

 

 

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Petition relative to Jonathan Chesley and Charles Hodg‑

                   don, 1789,                                                                 144

Relative to bridge over Suncook river, 1792,                            144, 145

 

                                         BARRINGTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 146

Petition for the abatement of taxes, 1744,                                      146

Deposition of Ephraim Locke, soldier in 1749,                                147

Petition of Thomas Johnson, concerning a soldier, 1761,                148

Petition of Henry Hill concerning a soldier, 1761,                           149

Moses Caverly, Jr., soldier, 1761,                                                  149

List of Capt. William Cate's men, Quakers,                                    150

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1773,                        150

Petition relative to election of representative, 1774,                       152

Petition for the appointment of John Garland, 1776,                       153

Petition of Anne Runnals, soldier's widow, 1778,                            154

Petition for authority to dispose of the parsonage lot,

                   1779,                                                                         155

Petition of Nathaniel Church, soldier, 1779,                                   155

John Garland's statement,                                                            156

Petition of non-resident proprietors concerning taxes, 1781,           156

Papers relating to Thomas How, soldier, 1781,                        157, 158

Certificate of number of ratable polls,                                            159

 

                                            BARTLETT.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 159

Soldier's order, 1792,                                                                    160

Petition for an addition to the town, 1793,                                     160

Action of legislature — plan, 1793,                                                161

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1793,                           162

Petition for an addition to the town, 1794,                                     162

Petition to be severed from Grafton, and annexed to

                   Strafford Co., 1793,                                                    163

 

                                               BATH.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 164

Report relative to William Grimshaw, soldier, 1786,                       164

Petition of Jacob Bayley for a grant of land, 1786,                          165

Memorandum of the families in Bath, 1786,                                   165

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1777,                                               166

Selectmen's statement about taxes, 1779,                                     167

Ratable estate, 1779,                                                                    167

Remonstrance concerning doomage, 1783,                                     168

Vote concerning paper money, 1786,                                              168

 

 

 

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Report of committee on allowance for soldiers, 1786,                     168

Memorial against taxing non-resident lands,                                 169

Memorial relative to legalizing the sale of lots for

                   taxes, 1789,                                                               171

Memorial of Daniel Bayley relative to selling land for

                   taxes, 1791,                                                               173

Report of committee on Bayley's petition, .                                     174

Petition for assistance to build an iron manufactory,

                   1797,                                                                         175

 

                                            BEDFORD,

 

Introduction,                                                                                 176

Roll of Col. Goff's scouts, 1746,                                                      177

Petition of John Moor, soldier, 1757,                                              178

Statement relative to counties, 1769,                                            179

Soldier's certificate, 1776,                                                             180

Petition of John Goffe, soldier, 1778,                                             180

Petition of Robert Morrill, soldier, 1779,                                         180

Petition of Goffe & Martin, corn. of safety,                                      180

Petition of John Goffe relative to an attempt to prevent

                   cattle being sent to the enemy, 1779,                         181

Another concerning the same matter, 1781,                                  182

Petition of Lieut. John Orr, wounded soldier, 1779,                        183

Petition of James Bell, soldier, 1782,                                             183

Vote of town relative to law-suits, 1782,                                        184

Vote of town on 8th article of confederation, 1783,                         185

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        185

Petition of Samuel Fugard, soldier, 1784,                                       185

Statement of his widow, 1791,                                                       186

Petition relative to soldiers sent to Coös, 1785,                              186

Petition of Barnard McKeen, soldier, 1787,                                    187

Petition of Samuel Remick, soldier, 1788,                                      187

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1786,                                               187

Certificate of nails made, 1791,                                                     188

Petition of James Houston, soldier, 1790,                                      188

Memorial relative to fish-wardens, 1797,                                       188

 

                                          BETHLEHEM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 190

Petition for a grant of land, 1798,                                                  190

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1798,                                       191

 

                                             BENTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 192

Petition for allowance for soldiers, 1786,                                        192

 

 

 

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Soldiers, certificates,                                                                    193

Petition for appointment of a magistrate,                                       193

 

                                          BOSCAWEN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 193

Petition for a guard, 1755,                                                             194

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1757,                                       195

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1758,                                       197

Petition of Moses Call, soldier, 1776,                                             197

Petition of John Hale relative to a soldier, 1778,                            198

Petition of John Hale relative to a soldier, 1780,                            199

Petition of Joshua Danford, bills for supplies, 1781,                        200

Soldiers' depositions relative to their discharges, 1781,                  201

Petition of Benjamin Sweat, 1782,                                                 201

Petition for grant of a lottery, 1783,                                               202

Petition of Samuel Fowler about firearms, 1783,                            203

Certificate relative to Clement's ferry, 1780,                                  203

Certificate of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                   204

Petition of Henry Gerrish for a ferry, 1785,                                    205

Soldiers' orders for pay, 1785,                                                        206

Petition of Reuben Middleton, soldier, 1786,                                  206

Petition of Peter R. Stevens, soldier, 1786,                                     207

Petition for a new county, 1788,                                                    207

Petition for the incorporation of a new town,                                  208

 

                                                BOW.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 209

Petition of James Cochran relative to land sold for

                   taxes, 1759,                                                               210

Petition of sundry citizens about taxes, 1766,                                 212

Remonstrance to petition of John Noyes, 1758,                              212

Proceedings of a town-meeting, 1767,                                            213

Objection to E. Russell as a magistrate, 1776,                               215

Petition for changing the date of town-meeting, 1780,                    215

Petition of inhabitants concerning a ferry, 1782,                            216

Certificate of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                   217

Petition of several soldiers, 1785,                                                  217

Documents relative to Benjamin Jenness, soldier,                         217

Petition of Benjamin Noyes concerning a ferry, 1791,                     218

 

                                          BRADFORD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 219

Soldier's order for wages, 1874,                                                     219

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1787,                                       219

 

 

 

                                   GENERAL CONTENTS.                           xiii

 

Town line defined, 1788,                                                               221

Petition for authority to tax land for road purposes,

                   1788,                                                                         221

Record of annual meeting, 1789,                                                   222

Petition for the appointment of a magistrate, 1789,                        222

 

                                         BRENTWOOD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 223

List of rates, 1743,                                                                        223

Report of committee relative to parish affairs, 1743,                       224

Petition of John W. Smith, soldier, 1757,                                       224

Petition of Jonathan Pulcifer, soldier, 1758,                                   225

Petition of Josiah Bean, soldier, 1758,                                           225

List of Quakers, 1759,                                                                   226

Certificate of service done by Quakers, 1761,                                 227

Petition of Daniel Moody, soldier, 1760,                                         227

Petition of Bridget Clifford, soldier's mother, 1762,                         228

Petition of Job Kenniston, Quaker, 1762,                                       228

Petition of selectmen concerning small-pox, 1762,                         228

Bill for supplies furnished patient sick with small-pox,

                   1762,                                                                         230

Petition of Quakers concerning rates, 1769,                                   230

Certificates of soldier hired by Quakers, 1769,                       231, 232

Action of the legislature on the foregoing,                                      232

Petition of Quakers concerning rates, 1769,                                   232

Action of the legislature on the foregoing,                                      233

Petition of selectmen about small-pox, 1776,                                  234

Soldiers' receipts, 1782,                                                                234

Petition of James Bean, Quaker, 1779,                                          234

Petition of selectmen concerning soldiers, 1779,                            235

Certificate of number of ratable polls, 1783,                                   236

Soldier's order for pay, 1784,                                                         236

Proceedings of town concerning paper money,                                237

Certificate of nails made, 1791,                                                     237

 

                                        BRIDGEWATER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 238

Petition of selectmen concerning representative, 1798,                  239

Petition of inhabitants relative to same, 1798,                               239

Petition of Daniel Burley for a ferry, 1799,                                     239

Certificate of proprietors of a bridge, 1799,                                     240

 

                                          BROOKLINE.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 240

Certificate of men enlisted, 1776,                                                  241

 

 

 

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Memorial to Massachusetts legislature about soldiers,

                   1778,                                                                         241

Memorial concerning soldiers, 1778,                                              242

Memorial concerning taxes, 1783,                                                 243

Petition of Wm. Spalding, wounded at Bunker Hill,                         244

Petition concerning annexation of part of Hollis to Raby,                244

Petition concerning annexation of part of Hollis to Raby,                245

Description of plan, 1786,                                                              246

Relative to locating a meeting-house, 1788,                                   246

Petition for a committee to locate said house, 1788,                       246

Vote to have the name of the town changed, 1798,                         247

Petition for change of the name, 1798,                                           247

 

                                            CAMPTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 248

Petition for arms and ammunition, 1776,                                       248

Petition to be annexed to Grafton county,                                      249

Soldiers' orders, 1784,                                                                   250

Petition of Joseph Homans, soldier, 1789,                                      250

Return of ratable polls, 1785,                                                        251

Petition concerning election of representative, 1785,                     251

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1791,                           251

Extract from town records,                                                            252

 

                                             CANAAN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 253

Petition for a new grant of the township, 1768,                              253

Petition for extension of town charter, 1768,                                  254

Petition for arms and ammunition, 1776,                                       255

Vote of town, and petition relative to taxes, 1779,                          255

Pay-roll of Capt. Joshua Wells's company, 1780,                             256

Certificate of supplies furnished soldiers,                                      256

Petition relative to scouts furnished, 1782,                                    257

Petition for appointment of magistrate, 1782,                                 257

Town inventory, 1783,                                                                   258

Relative to appointment of a magistrate, 1785,                               258

Relative to appointment of militia officers, 1785,                            259

Order for a soldier's bounty, 1790,                                                 260

 

                                             CANDIA.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 260

Soldier's order, 1780,                                                                    260

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        261

 

 

 

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                                         CANTERBURY.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 261

Concerning trade with the Indians, 1743,                                      262

Vote to set off a parish, 1772,                                                        263

Petition for a parish in south-east part,                                         263

Records of town-meeting, 1773,                                                     264

John Melony's power of attorney, 1773,                                          266

Records of town-meeting, 1773,                                                     268

Report of committee on line between this town and

     Chichester, 1779                                                                      268

Petition of Abner Miles, soldier, 1778,                                            269

Vote of town appointing committee on line, 1779,                           270

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        270

Petition for a division of the town, 1780,                                        270

Petition to be annexed to Hillsborough county,                               271

Soldiers, orders, 1781 to 1785,                                               272, 273

Vote of town concerning paper money, 1786,                                  273

Return of ratable polls, 1787,                                                        274

Petition for a new county, 1788,                                                    274

Biographical note: Hon. Abiel Foster,                                             275

Petition for an incorporation of library, 1797,                                 275

 

                                      CENTRE HARBOR.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 276

Petition for incorporation, 1788,                                                     276

Report of committee on same, 1789,                                              277

Petition for incorporation, 1797,                                                     278

 

                                       CHARLESTOWN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 279

Record of proprietors, meeting, 1742,                                             280

Petition of William and Joseph Willard, 1750,                                 280

Petition of Simon Sartwell, 1750,                                                   281

Petition of Benjamin Bellows, 1750,                                               281

Petition of Joseph Wood,                                                                282

Letter, Capt. Phineas Stevens to Theodore Atkinson,

                   1753,                                                                         283

List of owners of land (about 1753),                                                283

Petition for a grant from New Hampshire, 1753,                             284

Petition of John Spafford, mill destroyed,                                       285

Petition of selectmen for a hospital, 1777,                                      286

Letter, Jacoh Bayley to committee of safety, 1780,                         286

Concerning Simon Powers, soldier, 1782,                                       287

Concerning Rev. Bulkley Olcott, 1784,                                           287

Votes relative to setting off a parish, 1784, 1789,                           288

 

 

 

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Petition of the north part to be set off, 1785,                                  288

Petition relative to the west bound of town, 1787,                          290

Vote granting permission to Universalists to preach in

                   the meeting-house,                                                    290

Petition of Academy trustees for a lottery, 1791,                            291

Petition of Academy trustees for grant of land, 1792,                      292

Petition for a division of the town, 1793,                                        293

Report of committee on division, 1794,                                           294

Petition for annexation of part of the town to Langdon,                   295

Bill for ferrying soldiers, 1776,                                                      296

Petition relative to soldier, died of small-pox, 1776,                        296

Petition of Capt. Wetherbee, for allowance for sol‑

                   diers, 1778,                                                               296

Selectmen of the town to selectmen of Lempster, 1778,                 298

Petition relative to Nathan Spofford, soldier, 1779,                         298

Soldiers, receipts, 1781,                                                                298

Documents relative to soldiers, 1780,                                            299

Statement of Col. Bellows relative to same, 1780,                          300

 

                                            CHATHAM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 301

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1798,                           302

Richard Kimball concerning roads, 1798,                                       303

Obed Hall relative to land tax, 1798,                                              303

 

                                            CHESTER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 304

Record of an ecclesistical council, 1734,                                        305

Notice of ordination, 1734,                                                             306

Certificate of ordination, John Willson, 1734,                                 306

Record of an ecclesiastical council, 1735,                                      307

Record of town-meeting, 1736,                                                      308

Vote of town electing assessors, 1741,                                           308

List of tax-payers, 1741,                                                                309

Petitions for a road to Londonderry, 1742,                                      310

Record of meeting, minister's salary,                                             311

Soldiers, petitions, 1758, 1761,                                                      312

Petition of Samuel Blunt, post-rider, 1776,                                    313

Petition of the Shirleys, Bunker Hill soldiers, 1776,                       313

Petition of John Knowles, Bennington, soldier, 1778,                     314

Petition of Susanna Emerson, soldier's widow, 1779,                      314

Letter to President Weare, 1780,                                                   314

Letter, Joshua Wentworth to committee of safety, 1782,                315

Petition of selectmen relative to tax, 1782,                                    315

Petition of Haseltine and Berry, soldiers, 1783,                             317

 

 

 

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Instructions to representatives, 1783,                                            317

Articles of confederation, editorial note,                                        318

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        318

Petition for a magistrate, 1785,                                                     319

Petition relative to paper money, etc., 1786,                                   319

Soldier's order, 1784,                                                                    321

Petition of Isaac Tucker, soldier, 1786,                                          321

Petition of Jeremiah Towle, soldier, 1788,                                      321

Petition relative to town bounds, 1794,                                          322

Petition for incorporation of west parish, 1796,                               323

Petition for incorporation of library, 1797,                                      324

 

                                       CHESTERFIELD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 325

Petition for a grant of the township, 1751,                                      326

Petition of Jeremiah Wheelwright, 1771,                                       327

Election of a magistrate, 1776,                                                      328

Instructions to representative, 1776,                                             328

Thomas Gibbs's losses at the Cedars, 1776,                                   329

Petition of Richard Coughlan, assault,                                           329

Statement relative to the Governor's lot, 1777,                              330

Town committee to committee of safety, 1777,                               332

Town committee to President Weare, 1777,                                    333

Letter — N. S. Prentice to E. Baldwin, 1777,                                  334

Deposition of Snow & Johnson, 1777,                                             335

Deposition of John and Fear Sargent, 1777,                                   336

Ephraim Baldwin's acknowledgment, 1777,                                    337

Town committee to legislature, 1778,                                            337

Recommendation concerning tories, 1778,                                     338

Benjamin Kimball's receipt, 1778,                                                 339

Petition of William Lee, soldier, 1780,                                            339

Petition for appointment, of magistrate, 1781,                                340

Petition of Francis Crane, soldier, 1783,                                        340

Petition for new magistrates, 1783,                                               341

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        342

Nomination for magistrates, 1784,                                                 342

Petition for a lottery, 1786,                                                            343

Petition for allowance for soldiers, 1786,                                        345

Petition of William Thomas for a ferry, 1786,                                  346

Petition of E. Hale for a ferry, 1786,                                               346

Petition of E. Baldwin for an allowance, 1786,                                347

Petition for allowance for support of William Loudon,

                   1787,                                                                         348

Petition for incorporation of a school, 1789,                                    349

Petition of Josiah Hastings for a ferry, 1791,                                  351

Petition relative to bridge over Connecticut river,                           351

 

 

 

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                                         CHICHESTER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 352

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1776,                                               353

Petition for appointment of a magistrate, 1776,                              353

Remonstrance to foregoing, 1776,                                                  354

Petition concerning election of representative, 1779,                     354

Petition concerning election of representative,                               355

Selectmen requested to call a town-meeting, 1781,                       356

Proceeding of town-meeting, 1781,                                                357

Petition relative to a division of the town, 1782,                             358

Petition relative to a division of the town, 1782,                             359

Action of the legislature on the foregoing,                                      360

Request to be classed with Pittsfield, 1783,                                   360

Petition for a magistrate, 1786,                                                     361

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1791,                           362

 

                                          CLAREMONT.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 363

Rev. Ranna Cossitt collated to the church, 1773,                           364

Editorial note relative to foregoing,                                                364

Town committee of safety to the general court, 1776,                     365

Relative to appointment of magistrate, 1777,                                  366

Record of marriage, Col. Wait's widow, 1777,                                 367

Relative to David Bates as magistrate, 1777,                                 367

Relative to service done by Lieut. Taylor, 1777,                              368

Taylor's petition for an allowance, 1778,                                        368

Petition relative to town officers, taxation, etc., 1782,                    369

Petition relative to town charter, 1782,                                          371

Deposition relative to charter, 1782,                                      371, 372

List of ratable polls, 1783,                                                             372

Soldiers' receipts and orders, 1780, 1784,                                      374

Petition of Reuben Spencer, wounded, 1784,                                  374

Benjamin Sumner's statement, about soldiers, 1785,                     375

Petition of Lieut. Spencer, and roll of scouting party,                      375

Soldier's order for pay, 1785,                                                         376

Petition of Martha, widow of Col. Joseph Wait, 1786,                      376

Soldier's order for pay, 1790,                                                         377

Statement relative to inventories of 1779, 1784,                            377

Inventory of taxable property, 1784,                                               378

Petition relative to bridge over Sugar river, 1785,                           379

Petition relative to a magistrate, 1785,                                          379

Vote concerning paper money, 1786,                                              380

Councillor Kingsbury to President Sullivan, 1789,                          380

Elihu Stevens recommended for magistrate, 1789,                         381

Ambrose Cossitt recommended for magistrate, 1789,                     381

Petition for the incorporation of the Episcopal Society,                    382

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1794,                                               383

 

 

 

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Veto of act incorporating the Congregational Society,                     383

Petition for incorporation of same, 1794,                                        384

Statement of James Erskine, Universalist, 1800,                           384

 

                                         COLEBROOK.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 385

Petition for an act of incorporation, 1795,                                       386

 

                                           COLUMBIA.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 386

Petition for authority to tax non-residents,                                    387

Petition for act of incorporation, 1797,                                           387

Petition of E. De Forrest for a ferry, 1799,                                      388

Petition of Bailey and Hibbard for a ferry, 1799,                             389

Statement favoring De Forrest, 1799,                                            389

 

                                           CONCORD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 390

Petition for a guard, 1747,                                                             390

Decision of Lords Justices, relative to Bow controversy,

                   1755,                                                                         392

Petition for incorporation, 1764,                                                     396

Petition of Moses Eastman for a ferry, 1767,                                  398

Petition of John Merrill for a ferry, 1773,                                       398

Summons to Daniel and John Chase, 1777,                                   399

Petition of citizens of Canterbury to be annexed to Con‑

                   cord,                                                                          399

Petition relative to same. 1784,                                                     400

Petition to be annexed to Hillsborough county, 1785,                      400

Petition of Lemuel Tucker for a ferry, 1785,                                   401

Petition relative to representative, 1786,                                       401

Petition for a surveyor of potash, 1787,                                          402

Statement relative to settlement with Bow, 1788,                          403

Petition for charter for Concord bridge, 1795,                                 404

Petition for charter for Federal bridge, 1795,                                 405

Petition for grant of a township, 1796,                                            406

Petition of William Walker, concerning muster-roll,                       406

                   1753,                                                                         406

Solder's certificate, 1776,                                                              407

Petition of Ezekiel Carter, soldier, 1778,                                        407

Receipt, Sarah Pitts, soldier's wife, 1782,                                      408

Petition of Jonathan Elliot, soldier, 1785,                                       408

 

                                             CONWAY.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 409

Vote of town-meeting, 1773,                                                          409

Petition for a magistrate, 1769,                                                     410

 

 

 

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List of ratable polls, 1773,                                                             410

Statement relative to delinquent proprietors, 1771,                        411

Petition to be annexed to Strafford county, 1778,                           412

Concerning authority of civil officers, 1779,                                   412

Petition relative to taxes, defence of frontier, etc., 1780,                413

Petition for help to build a road to Coös,                                         414

Petition relative to defence of the frontiers, 1781,                          415

Statement relative to raising men for the army, 1781,                   415

Petition relative to refugees from the frontier, 1781,                      417

Petition relative to a bridge over East Branch, 1781,                      417

Petition of Stephen Coffin for a ferry,                                             418

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        419

Town inventories, 1779-1783,                                                 419, 420

Petition for abatement of taxes, 1784,                                            420

Deposition of Nathaniel Merrill, surveyor, 1784,                             421

Statement concerning freshet of 1785,                                          421

Estimate of losses caused by same,                                               422

Petition relative to representative, 1786,                                       422

Petition relative to forming a new county, 1791,                             423

Petition relative to class for representative, 1791,                          424

Petition relative to small-pox, 1792,                                               425

Petition for annexation of several "Locations," 1799,                       426

Petition for incorporation of the Baptist Society, 1800,                    427

Remonstrance to same,                                                                 428

Deposition concerning same,                                                         429

Action of town, and certificate of selectmen,                                  430

Petition of Nathaniel Hutchins, soldier, 1781,                                431

Roll of Lieut. Walker's scouts, 1781,                                              431

Bill for supplies to same,                                                               432

Petition of Benjamin Heath, soldier, 1784,                                     432

 

                                            CORNISH.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 433

Enlistment papers, 1780,                                                               434

Cornishmen at Saratoga, 1777,                                                     434

Statement of General Chase concerning frontier, 1781,                 435

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        436

Documents relative to Vermont Controversy, 1782,                 436-449

Warrant for town-meeting, 1782,                                                   437

Certificate of town-clerk,                                                               438

Protest against action of town-meeting,                                         438

Deposition of Matthias Stone,                                                        438

Deposition of Nathaniel Curtice,                                                    439

Deposition of Wm. Pain and Eleazer Jackson,                                 440

Deposition of Wm. Ripley and Francis Smith,                                 441

Deposition of Nathaniel Stone,                                                      442

Deposition relative to proceedings of town-meeting,                       442

 

 

 

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Deposition of Chapman and Stone,                                                443

Selectmen's statement,                                                                 444

Representation of committee of inhabitants,                                  445

Petition relative to representative, 1782,                                       447

Memorial of Dudley Chase,                                                            447

Petition of selectmen, 1783,                                                          448

Petition of Moses Chase for allowance, 1784,                                 449

Deposition of Daniel Putnam relative to ferry, 1784,                       450

Memorial of General Chase,                                                          451

Petition for magistrate, 1786,                                                        452

Statement relative to Vermont Controversy, 1786,                         453

Petition for a poll parish, 1788,                                                      454

Objection to same,                                                                        455

Vote relative to ministerial rates, 1788,                                         456

Documents relative to Nathaniel Curtice, soldier,                          456

Petition of Andrew Wilkins, soldier, 1794,                                      457

Petition for a lottery to purchase a medical library,                        457

Petition of Gem Chase for charter for a canal from Con‑

                   necticut river to Merrimack river, 1794,                     458

Petition of Gen. Chase for charter for toll-bridge,                           458

Petition of Episcopal church for incorporation, 1794,                       459

Petition relative to glebe land, 1795,                                              460

Petition relative to removal of dead bodies, 1796,                           460

Petition for incorporation of library, 1797,                                      461

Petition for incorporation of Congregational church,

                   1798,                                                                         461

Roll of militia company in Cornish, 1776,                                       462

Return of soldiers, 1777,                                                               463

 

                                           CROYDON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 463

Petition for a re-grant of the town,                                                 463

Petition of Mary How, 1775,                                                           464

Petition relative to representative, 1779,                                       465

Petition relative to town-meeting, 1783,                                         466

Petition relative to inventory of 1779,                                             467

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1786,                                               468

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1788,                           468

Petition relative to election of representatives, 1793,                     469

Return of ratable polls, 1799,                                                        469

Petition relative to soldiers, 1782,                                                 470

Town claims a soldier,                                                                   471

Return of a soldier, 1777,                                                              471

Muster-roll of Croydon men at Saratoga, 1777,                               471

Soldiers, enlistment papers, 1780,                                                 472

 

 

 

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                                             DALTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 472

Petition for a division of the town, 1783,                                        473

Consent of proprietors to foregoing, 1783,                                      474

Petition of Moses Blake for a ferry, 1791,                                       474

Selectmen of Littleton recommend the same,                                474

Selectmen of Lancaster recommend the same,                              475

Walter Bloss recommends the same,                                             475

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1792,                           476

Petition of Walter Bloss for a ferry, 1799,                                       477

 

                                            DANBURY.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 477

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1796,                           478

 

                                            DANVILLE.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 479

Statement relative to inventory, 1777,                                           479

Petition of Mary Fellows, 1778,                                                      480

Petition relative to election of representative, 1779,                       480

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        481

Vote relative to annexation of Poplin people, 1782,                         481

Petition for a magistrate, 1785,                                                     482

Petition for an issue of paper money, 1786,                                    482

 

                                          DEERFIELD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 483

Vote for assessing a tax to build a meeting-house, 1770,                484

Nominations for magistrates, 1776,                                               484

Statement relative to a counterfeiter, 1775,                                  484

Lieut. Hilton enrolled for half pay, 1778,                                        485

Petition of Israel Clifford about a soldier, 1779,                              485

Petition of Dr. Edmund Chadwick, 1780,                                        486

Petition of selectmen relative to a soldier, 1779,                            486

Deposition of Amos Morrill,                                                            486

Petition of Nathan Sanborn, soldier, 1785,                                     487

Petition of Capt. Simon Marston, 1785,                                          487

Soldier's certificate,                                                                      488

Petition for an issue of paper money, 1786,                                    488

Surveyor's certificate, 1756,                                                          489

Referees, report concerning lot No. 25,                                          489

Petition for the incorporation of a school, 1799,                              490

 

                                            DEERING.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 490

Letter, Nenian Aiken to Col. Moor, 1775,                                        491

Letter of transmittal of the foregoing,                                            491

 

 

 

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Statement concerning one Mrs. Hogg, 1780,                                  491

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        492

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1783,                           492

Petition relative to laying out a road, 1783,                                    493

Petition for a committee to locate a meeting-house, 1784,              494

Report of said committee,                                                              494

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1785,                           495

Petition relative to tax on land annexed to Weare, 1787,                496

Certificate relative to same,                                                          496

Petition relative to a road, 1794,                                                    497

Petition for incorporation of library, 1797,                                      497

 

                                         DORCHESTER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 498

Names of proprietors, 1771                                                            498

Petition relative to state tax, 1779,                                                499

Inventory of 1777,                                                                         500

Petition relative to state tax, 1783,                                                501

Petition relative to state tax, 1786,                                                502

Petition for a magistrate,                                                               503

Petition for abatement of taxes,                                                     503

Petition relative to representative, 1791,                                       504

Petition for change of date of annual meeting,                               505

 

                                              DOVER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 506

Precept for the election of assemblymen, 1694,                              506

Thomas Edgerley's acknowledgment,                                             507

Return of assemblymen, 1695,                                                      507

Return of assemblymen. 1697,                                                      508

Lists of inhabitants. 1715,                                                      508, 509

Petition of Dr. Alden, concerning sick soldier, 1724,                       509

Deposition of Samuel Tebbitts,                                                       510

Remonstrance to a division of the town, 1729,                               510

Action of legislature on the foregoing,                                            511

Statement relative to boundary line between Dover and

                   Oyster river parish, 1731,                                          512

Relative to a parish in the west part, 1743,                                    513

Gov. Wentworth's order to Maj. Davis, 1744,                                   514

Petition of Salathiel Denbo, sailor, 1730,                                       514

Petition of Eleazer Young, Jr., soldier, 1744,                                  514

Warrant for town-meeting, 1745,                                                   515

Proceedings of same.                                                                     515

Summons to assemblymen, 1745,                                                  517

Statement concerning election of representatives, 1745,                517

Parish rates, 1753,                                                                 518-522

Depositions relative to Israel Peirce, soldier, 1753,                        522

 

 

 

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Description of plan,                                                                       523

Warrant for town-meeting, 1754,                                                   524

Petition of west part to be set off, 1754,                                         524

Action of legislature on foregoing,                                                  526

Request for calling a town-meeting, 1754,                                     526

Action of said meeting,                                                                  527

Petition of Capt. John Titcomb, soldier,                                          528

Petition relative to assemblymen, 1757,                                         529

Petition of Samuel Wentworth, soldier, 1759,                                 529

Petition of Joseph Hall, soldier, 1759,                                            530

Petition of Capt. Samuel Gerrish, soldier,                                      530

Petition of Ichabod Bussey, soldier, 1761,                                      531

Statement relative to Madbury affairs, 1768,                                  532

Statement relative to bridges. 1772,                                              533

Warrant for town-meeting, 1770,                                                   534

Action of town-meeting relative to bridge, 1770,                             534

Warrant for town meeting, 1770,                                                   535

Action of said meeting,                                                                  536

Petition relative to said bridge, 1770,                                             537

Copy of record of the laying out of a road in 1711,                          538

Depositions relative fo same,                                                 539, 540

Petition of selectmen relative to the bridge, 1772,                          541

Joanna Chase's receipt for beef, 1778,                                           541

Receipts of several soldiers, 1779,                                                 542

Report of committee to hire soldiers, 1783,                                    542

Petition of widow of a soldier who fell in battle,                              543

Petition of Moses Ham, collector of taxes, 1782,                             543

Petition for a lottery, 1786,                                                            544

Relative to navigation and port act, 1786,                                       546

Petition of Elisha Thomas for reprieve, 1788,                                  547

Petition for reprieve of sentence of Elisha Thomas,                        548

Ladies' petition for same,                                                              549

Petition of Col. Titcomb, 1790,                                                       549

Petition of Ebenezer Tebbitts, soldier,                                            550

Petition of Levans and Chandler, soldiers, 1792,                            550

Petition for a lottery, 1791,                                                            551

Petition for incorporation of a library, 1792,                                   553

Record of a meeting of the library society, 1792,                            553

Petition for a law against billiard-playing,                                      554

 

                                             DUBLIN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 555

Bill for soldiers' pay, 1781,                                                            556

Soldiers' orders, 1778-1781,                                                          556

Petition of Abigail Bates, soldier's widow, 1778,                              557

Petition of Bartholomew Goyer, soldier, 1792,                                557

Certificate of Col. George Reid,                                                     558

 

 

 

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                                         DUMBARTON.

Introduction,                                                                                 558

Request for powder, 1776,                                                             559

Answer to same,                                                                           559

Statement relative to confiscated estates, 1778,                            559

Soldiers, receipts, 1777, 1778,                                                       560

Petition of John Hogg relative to soldiers, 1778,                             560

Soldiers, orders, 1781, 1784,                                                         561

Petition of John Hogg relative to school lot, 1779,                           562

Letter, Robert Smith to general court, 1781,                                  563

Petition relative to Stark and Stinson, 1785,                                  564

Petition for a coroner, 1787,                                                          565

Petition for change of date of annual meeting, 1791,                      565

 

                                            DURHAM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 566

Answer to Oyster river petition, 1715,                                            566

Rev. Hugh Adams's complaint,                                                       568

Rev. Hugh Adams's petition, 1740,                                                 572

Sheriff's warrant against the town, 1743,                                      573

Warrant for town-meeting, 1743,                                                   574

Action of said meeting, 1743,                                                         574

Warrant for town-meeting, 1743,                                                   574

Action of said meeting,                                                                  575

Petition of Daniel Meder, 1744,                                                     575

Petition for a grant of land, 1749,                                                  576

Petition of Dr. Samuel Adams, for an allowance for

                   treating soldiers for scarlet fever,                              577

Petition of Hercules Mooney,                                                         578

Proceedings of town-meeting, 1755,                                               579

Petition relative to line between Durham and Notting-

                   ham,                                                                         579

Petition of Jonathan Bunker, soldier, 1757,                                   580

Petition of George Barns, soldier, 1761,                                         581

Petition of Hercules Mooney, 1761,                                                581

Petition of John Layn, soldier, 1761,                                              581

Petition of Thomas Tash, soldier, 1761,                                          582

Petition of Benjamin Mooney, soldier, 1762,                                   582

Proceedings of town-meeting relative to division,                           584

Petition for division of the town, 1765,                                           586

Account of blankets furnished soldiers, 1775,                                587

Petition of David Copps, soldier, 1777,                                            588

Town account for bounties, 1778,                                                   589

Valentine Mathes's account for supplies, 1779,                              589

Other accounts for same, 1779-1782,                                            590

Soldier's certificate, 1786,                                                             590

 

 

 

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Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        591

Soldier's certificate, 1786,                                                             591

Odiorne's request to be appointed commander of the

                   fort at New Castle, 1786,                                            593

Petition of inhabitants relative to a road, 1792,                              593

Petition against a change of the road, 1792,                                   594

Petition of Sarah Adams,                                                               596

 

                                       EAST KINGSTON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 596

Soldiers in the army, 1776,                                                           597

Petition for a separate military company, 1777,                              597

Petition relative to a militia regiment, 1784,                                  598

Appointment and report of a committee on boundary

                   line, 1797, 1798,                                                        600

 

                                              EATON.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 600

Petition to have the boundary line established between

                   this town and Tamworth, 1788,                                  601

Petition relative to said line, 1789,                                                601

Petition for authority to tax non-residents,                                    602

Petition for ratification of town-meeting, 1793,                               602

Petition for annexation to the town of several grants,

                   1795,                                                                         603

 

                                          EFFINGHAM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 604

Petition for a road, 1778,                                                               605

Petition relative to a road through Wakefield, 1778,                       605

Petition relative to same, 1784,                                                     606

Vote relative to paper money, 1786,                                               607

Statement relative to taxes, 1786,                                                 608

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1789,                           609

 

                                             ENFIELD.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 610

Relative to a convention at Hanover, 1777,                                     610

Return of draft in Capt. Lasell's company, 1777,                             611

Return of men in the army, 1777,                                                  611

Petition for an incorporation, 1778,                                                611

Petition for an incorporation, 1779,                                                612

Report of committee on town lines, 1781,                                       613

Return of ratable polls, 1783                                                         613

Petition for repeal of the "Relhan charter," 1783,                           614

Petition for abatement of taxes, 1783,                                            614

Petition for repeal of the "Relhan charter," 1783,                           614

 

 

 

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Petition relative to doom age, 1784,                                               615

Statement relative to the burning of a house, 1784,                       616

Vote relative to issuing paper money, 1786,                                   616

 

                                              EPPING.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 616

Petition relative to lotting the township, 1747,                               617

Petition relative to building a meeting-house, 1747,                       618

Report of money raised for ministerial purposes, 1749,                   619

Vote relative to laying out a road, 1747,                                         620

Petition of Jonathan Folsom, soldier, 1756,                                    620

Soldiers' receipts for guns, 1775,                                                   621

Petition of Abraham Brown, soldier, 1775,                                      621

Petition of John Wadleigh, soldier, 1775,                                       621

Petition of Samuel Prescott, soldier, 1780,                                     622

Soldiers, orders, 1781,                                                           622, 623

Petition relative to raising men for the army, 1780,                        623

Petition relative to Newmarket bridge, 1780,                                  624

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        625

Petitions for appointment of William Plumer, 1785,                 625, 626

Petitions for appointment of David Lawrence,                                 627

Petitions in favor of Nathaniel Rogers for sheriff, 1791,                  628

 

                                              EPSOM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 628

Relative to John Dwyer, soldier, 1779,                                           629

Epsom men in first regiment, 1777-1780,                                       629

Petition of Maj. Amos Morrill, 1780,                                               630

Petition of Capt. Michael McClary, 1780,                                        630

Petition of Weymouth Wallis, soldier, 1790,                                    631

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        631

Certificate of nails made, 1791,                                                     632

Petition relative to road from Concord to Durham,                          632

 

                                              ERROL.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 633

Petition for a renewal of the grant, 1789,                                       633

Joshua Heath's account for making roads, 1789,                            635

Petition for confirmation of the grant, 1791,                                   635

Action of legislature on the foregoing, 1791,                                   637

Petition relative to proprietors' clerk, 1798,                                    638

 

                                             EXETER.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 639

Soldiers quartered in town, 1693,                                                  640

Return of assemblymen, 1692, 1694,                                             640

 

 

 

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Precept for election of assemblymen, 1695,                                    641

Capt. Kinsley Hall's pay-roll, 1696,                                                642

Account of wages paid soldiers, 1696,                                            643

Petition of Richard Hilton for a ferry, 1700,                                    644

Remonstrance to a division of the town, 1701,                               645

Relative to a sloop impressed, 1710,                                              645

Billy Dudley's account, 1709,                                                         646

Petition relative to cutting timber, 1713,                                        646

Petition relative to children captured by Indians,                           647

Assessment on trades and incomes, 1731,                                     648

Warrant for seizure of lumber, 1739,                                             648

Petition of George Creighton, soldier, 1746,                                   649

Petition of Dr. Gilman, Cape Breton expedition, 1745,                    650

Petition of Capt. Ladd, soldier, 1747,                                              650

Inventory of Maj. Gilman's loss at Fort William

                   Henry, 1757,                                                              651

Petition of Dr. Lamson, taken prisoner by Indians,                         652

Statement relative to town-meeting, 1755,                                    653

Statement relative to pay of assemblyman, 1775,                           655

Petition of Peter Coffin, concerning his son, 1776,                          654

Statement relative to some salt, hoarded, 1776,                            654

Statement relative to appointment of a magistrate, 1776,               656

Petition of Adjutant Elliot, 1778,                                                    657

Petition of Richard Jordon relative to paper-mill, 1778,                  658

Petition of inhabitants concerning parish rates, 1779,                    659

Account for supplies to soldiers' families, 1782,                              660

Col. Jeremiah Gilman's petition, 1782,                                          661

Petition of Martha, widow of Gen. Poor, 1781,                                 663

Petition of Thomas Haines, 1785,                                                   663

Petition of Nicholas Nicholle, 1790,                                                664

Petition relative to Phillips Exeter Academy, 1783,                         664

Statement concerning Nicholas Gilman's donation, 1785,               666

Statement concerning Newmarket bridge, 1786,                            667

Petition relative to fire-wards, 1787,                                              668

Vote of the Society of the Cincinnati, 1793,                                   669

Petition for incorporation of a library, 1797,                                   669

 

                                         FITZWILLIAM.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 670

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard against the incorpora‑

                   tion of the town, 1768,                                               670

Petition for the incorporation of the town, 1773,                             671

Petition of Abigail, wife of Capt Clayes,                                          671

Petition of Gen James Reed, 1780,                                                672

Biographical notice of Gen. Reed,                                                  673

Soldiers, orders, etc.,                                                                    674

Physicians' certificate relative to Gen. Reed, 1786,                        675

 

 

 

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Petition of Sylvanus Reed, soldier, 1786,                                        675

Town instructions to their representative, 1783,                            675

Petition for authority to tax non-residents, 1789,                           679

Petition of Gen. James Reed,                                                        679

Petition for incorporation of library, 1797,                                      680

 

                                       FRANCESTOWN.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 680

Soldiers, orders, 1778,                                                                  681

Petition of Nathaniel Boyd, soldier, 1782,                                       681

Certificates of bounties due, 1782,                                                682

Petition for a ministerial tax, 1772,                                               682

Petition relative to militia officers, 1775,                                       683

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        684

Petition for a new town,                                                                684

 

                                          FRANCONIA.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 685

Petition of the Morristown grantees, 1793,                                     686

Petition of the Morristown grantees,                                              688

Petition relative to boundaries, etc., 1790,                                     690

Petition for help to build a road, 1790,                                           692

Receipt for taxes, 1795,                                                                 694

Town inventories, 1778 to 1782,                                                    694

Petition of Morristown grantees, 1798,                                           695

 

                                            FREMONT.

 

Introduction,                                                                                 696

James Dockham's discharge, 1780,                                               696

Soldiers, orders,                                                                           697

Election of delegates to provincial congress, 1775,                         697

Statement of Enoch Brown relative to same, 1776,                         698

Statement relative to aforenamed election, 1776,                          698

Enoch Brown chosen justice of the peace, 1776,                            699

Petition to be joined with Hawke for parochial pur‑

                   poses, 1782,                                                               700

Report of committee on the same, 1783,                                        701

Vote consenting to said annexation, 1783,                                     701

Remonstrance to foregoing,                                                           701

Consent of town to same,                                                              702

Return of ratable polls, 1783,                                                        702

Statement relative to representative, 1785,                                   703

Recommendation for magistrate, 1785,                                          703

Petition for relief from grievances stated, 1786,                             704

 

 

 

 

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                                           APPENDIX.

 

Documents relative to service done in the French war

                   by the Quakers of Dover, Durham, Madbury, Roch‑

                   ester, Barrington, and Somersworth,                          709

Letter — Col. Theodore Atkinson to Mr. Fisher, 1768,                    712

Proclamation to the insurgents in Cheshire and Grafton

                   counties, Jan. 12, 1782,                                             715

Letter — Col. Seth Warner, sent by express to alarm the

                   people of the approach of the enemy, 1777,                 719

Roll of Capt. William Barron's Co., Canada, 1776,                           720

Documents relative to charter records,                                  721, 722

Letter — Gen. Sullivan to legislature, 1788,                                  721

Letter — Gov. John Wentworth to Gen. Sullivan, 1787,                  722

Action of legislature, 1788,                                                            722

Documents relative to boundaries of several towns in

                   Grafton county, 1780-1793,                                 723-731

Petition for appointment of a committee to settle said

                   boundaries, 1780,                                                      723

Vote of convention relative to same, 1779,                                     724

Petition of proprietors of Canaan, 1781,                                         725

Convention of township agents, 1781,                                            726

Memorial of Jonathan Moulton, 1781,                                            727

Petition of proprietors, 1783,                                                          727

Petition of proprietors, 1793,                                                          728

Report of committee on the boundaries of Orford, Rum‑

                   ney, Warren, Campton, Plymouth, Wentworth, Pier‑

                   mont,                                                                 729, 730

Col. Benjamin Sumner's scheme to secure an alliance

                   with the Indians in Canada, 1800,                              731

Documents printed in fac-simile:

     First constitution of New Hampshire, 1776.

     Proclamation declaring the same to be in force.

     Amended constitution of 1779, which was rejected by

                   the people.

Index of towns, places, etc.,                                                    741-745

Index intended to contain the name of every person

                   mentioned in the volume, with reference to every

                   page on which it occurs,                                      747-812