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DOCUMENTARY 

HISTOEY or THE STATE OF MAINE 

VOL. XXII 



CONTAINING 



THE BAXTER JVIANUSCRIPTS 



EDITED 



By JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, A. M., Litt. D. 



PUBLISHED BY THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, AIDED BY 
APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE STATE 



P O RT L AN D 

FRED. L. TOWER COMPANY 

1916 



Copyright 1916 
By the Maine Historical Society 



Press of 
Fred. L. Tower Company, Portland 



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PREFACE 



THIS volume, the twenty-second of the Documentary 
series of the Society, will be followed by a collection 
of interesting documents relating to the Indians of Maine, 
transcribed for me by Rev. Henry O. Thayer with pains- 
taking accuracy, like all of Mr. Thayer's excellent work. 
They would have appeared some time ago had I not been 
averse to interrupting the history of Maine's activities in the 
war of the Revolution before reaching a point far enough 
beyond its close to give students knowledge of the difficulties 
with which the people of Maine had to struggle to enable 
them to establish within its borders a somewhat orderly con- 
dition of affairs. I hope that from the point where this 
volume ends the work may be continued to the separation of 
Maine from Massachusetts. 

JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER. 
61 Deering Street, 
Portland, Maine. 
March 23, 1916. 



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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF CONTENTS 



1788 



Mar. 26 
Mar. 27 



May 



May 20 
May 22 



June 



June 


11 


June 


16 


June 


18 


July 


4 


Sept. 


20 


Oct. 




Oct. 


3 



Oct. 



Oct. 


9 


Oct. 


15 


Oct. 


18 


Oct. 


20 


Oct. 


25 


Oct. 


27 


Oct. 


30 



Report on York Petition, 

Resolve on the Petition of Raymondston, 

Tax Act, 

Re. Separation Maine, .... 
Petition of Gen. Thompson & Others, . 
Resolve on Norridgewock Petition, 
Votes in Accordance with an address "Re 

Three Eastern Counties", . 
Petition of Joseph Tucker, 
Proceedings of Delegates of Plantations 

Easter'^ of Goldsborough Co. Lincoln, 
Petition of Inhabitants of Shapleigh, . 
Petition of William Sanders, 
Govr's Message Respecting a Conference 

with the Penobscot Indians, 
Re-Adjustment of Dispute with the Ply 

mouth Company, .... 

Memorial of John Stinson & Action thereon 
Petition of Brunswick reg. fishing. 
Petition of Selectmen of Georgetown, 
Petition of Inhabts. Orphan Island, 
Petition of Selectmen of Sanford, 
David Gilmour's Petition, 
John Shaw's Petition, .... 
Petition of Collectors of Taxes, 
Report of the Committee to examine the 

Files 

Petition of Residents of Thomaston, 
Petition of Anna Card and Action thereon, 

with various documents relating to the 

matter, including Memorial of Job Lyman, 
Petition of the Inhabts. of Buckton for relief, 
Petition of the Town of Gray, 
Petition of Amos Whitney et als, 
Petition of the Town of Greene, . 
Petition of Joseph Tucker, 
Petition of Township No. 5, 
Petition of Falmouth that 2^ Parish be set 

off, & Action thereon 



PAGE 

1 

2 

2 

11 

12 

13 

14 
26 

27 
28 
29 

30 

31 
33 
36 
37 
38 
40 
42 
43 
45 

46 
46 



48 
69 
61 
63 
65 
66 
67 

69 



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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 



1788 Petition of Committee of Falmouth that said 

Parish not be set off 

Petition of Proprietors of Kennebec Pur- 
chase, ........ 

Proposition of the Plymouth Company to the 

General Court 

Report of Committee on Sale of Lands with 
Accompanying Documents, 
Nov. 4 Petition of Inhabts. of Town of Portland, 

Petitions of Abijah Buck and Action thereon, 

Nov. 5 Petition of the Associated Congregational 

Ministers in Cumberland County, and Ac 

tion thereon, 

Petition of Jos. Chadbourn, Agt. for Little 
Falls Plantation & Action thereon, . 
Nov. 7 Statement of John Brewer Agt., . 

Petition & Memorial of the Subscribers in 

the vicinity of Penobscot River, 
Petition of Selectmen of Portland, 
Sam'l Freeman Petition in re Townships Nos 
1, 4, 5, 6 & Resolve on same, 
Nov. 20 Petition of Gabriel Johonnot, 

Petition of the Justices, ... 
Petition of Inhabitants of Moose Island & 

Action thereon, 

Answer to Petition of Town of Portland, and 

Orders thereon, 

6 Re. Penobscot Taxes 

12 Petition of the Selectmen of Dartmouth, 
Petition of Addison Richardson, . 
Petition of town of Waldoboro with the Pe 
tition of Nathaniel Palmer, Agt. accom 

panying, 

17S9 Jan. Petition of Thomas Sargent, 

Jan. 8 Bakerstown Petition for relief from taxes. 
Petition of Selectmen of Gray in re Mary 
Rian with an account against the Com- 
monwealth & Petition of Inhabitants of 

Gray and Action thereon 

Petition of Town of Pownalborough, in be- 
half of Henry Rundlet and Resolve on 

same, 

Jan. 19 Representation of Committee for Sale of 

Eastern Lands, 

Petition of Inhabitants of the County of Lin- 
coln, 

Jan. 21 Petition re Lands in the County of Lincoln, 



Dec. 
Dec. 



PAGE 

72 

74 

90 

93 
100 
101 

105 

107 
109 

110 
112 

113 
115 
116 

118 

121 
123 
125 
126 



127 
131 
132 



135 

138 

140 

189 
142 



OF CONTENTS 



IX 



1789 



Feb. 


2 


Feb. 


4 


Feb. 


5 


Mar. 




Mar. 


27 


Apr. 


12 


May 




May 


27 


May 


30 


June 


1 



June 3 

June 5 

June 9 

June 10 



June 15 
June 19 



June 



Aug. 17 
Oct. 10 

Nov. 28 



1790 



PAGE 

Re Town Fines 143 

Resolve on petition in behalf of Bakerstown, 144 
Report of Committee in Re. Portland Peti- 
tion 144 

Phillips Claim 144 

Petition of Ezra Cottle 154 

Capt. Isaac Lane's Petition, .... 155 
Petition of town of Warren, .... 158 
Capt. Micah Walker's Memorial, . . . 159 
Report on Votes for Senators, . . . 162 
Petition of Raymondstown for an Abate- 
ment of taxes, 162 

Petition of Enoch Graffam 163 

Petition of John Laiton, .... 167 

Additional Petition of William Sanders, . 168 
Petition of Inhabitants of Cobeseconte Stream 

and Town of Bowdoin, .... 168 
Petition of Inhabitants living in Plantation 

of Smithfield, 170 

Petition of Selectmen of Warren, . . 171 
Petition of Abraham Stevens, . . . 172 
Petition of Thos. Child, .... 178 
Re - Orphan Island, ..... 180 
Petition of Ebenezer Thorndike & Others, 182 
Petition of Inhabts. of Moose Island, . . 185 
Samuel Freeman's Petition re 2 Consoli- 
dated Notes of Commonwealth, . . 186 
Report on Petition of Inhabts of Cobbese- 

conte River and Bowdoin, . . . 187 

Petition of Thomas Wait, .... 188 

Petition of Belfast Maine and Action thereon, 193 
Petitions of Samuel Freeman In behalf of 

certain plantations & Action thereon, . 195 
Petition of Samuel Freeman, Admr. on Es- 
tate of Enoch Freeman 206 

Petition of David Harding Jr. & Joshua 

Dyer 208 

Re Annexation of Meduncook to Town of 

Waldoborough and Action thereon, . . 213 
Petition of Selectmen of Waldoborough ap- 
pointed re Drawing a Remonstrance, . 216 
Letter of address from George Washington, 219 
Petition of Plantation No. 22, . . . 220 
Re Land in County of Lincoln, . , . 221 
Petition of Frankfort Plantation, . . 222 
Act for Building a Bridge over Eastern 

River, . . 224 



CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 



PAGE 

1790 An Act to Provide for Collection of Duties 

on Goods &c. and on tonnage of Ships or 

Vessels, 227 

Jan. 2 Petition of the town of Newcastle, . . 298 

Petition of the town of Nobleborough, . 299 

Petition of the town of Gouldsborough, . 300 

Jan. 4 Petition of the town of Bristol, . . . 301 
Petition of the town of Wells, . . .302 
Petition of the town of Sanford, . . .303 
Petition of the town of Coxhall, . . .304 

Jan. 12 Vote Inhabitants of Bath for Lottery, . . 305 
Report on Petition town of Pownalboro and 

other towns, 306 

Jan. 13 Petition of John Vinal, Agent for town of 

Vinalhaven 306 

Petition of Selectmen of Machias and Re- 
port on same, ...... 307 

Jan. 15 Petition of Bath for Lottery to build Bridge 

over Whisgig River, 309 

Taxes Abated in the Several Counties, . 310 
Jan. 16 Petition from Town of Shapleigh with an ac- 
companying petition 311 

Jan. 22 Petition of Timothy Parsons of Pownalboro 

and action thereon 312 

Petition of town of Pownalborough in re 

Courts of General Sessions, . . . 315 

Jan. 26 Petition of Joseph Holt, .... 318 
Jan. 27 Petition of William Jones, . . . .319 

Petition of Stephen Smith 320 

Petition of Samuel Freeman, . . . 322 

Petition of Col. Cargill, . . ... 323 

Petition from Bowdoin, .... 324 

Taxes paid by each County, .... 327 
Petition of William Scales for town of 

Bowdoin, 328 

Petition of town of Bath and action thereon, 330 
Petition of town of Portland for a Lottery, 332 
List of Accounts from the Commissary Gen- 
eral, 333 

Feb. 24 Petition of town of Portland re House for 

reception of poor 333 

Additional Bill for Regulating the Fishery in 

Saco River, 334 

The Memorial of Gustavus Fellows & other 

proprietors of Plantation No. 22, . . 338 
Re — Canal from New Meadow River to Mer- 
ry Meeting Bay 339 



OF CONTENTS 



XI 



Mar. 


5 


Mar. 


8 


Mar. 


10 


May- 


15 


May 


22 


May 


24 



PAGE 
1790 Mar. 3 Memorial of Daniel Cony, . . . .341 

Petition of the Sufferers at the Burning of 
Falmouth & action thereon, . . . 342 

Petition from Inhabitants of Town of Fal- 
mouth for Relief, & Action thereon, . 346 

Report on Memorial of Hon. Daniel Coney, 352 

Order on the petition of a number of towns 
in Lincoln County, 352 

Petition of Inhabitants of Plantation No. 22, 353 

List of Senatorial Candidates, . . . 354 

Petition of Gowen Willson, .... 355 

Petition of Settlers on Penobscot River, . 356 

Memorial of Samuel Thom of Falmouth with 
accompanying recpts., .... 358 

May 28 The petition of Samuel Davis, and Resolve 

on same, 360 

Petition of John Piemont, .... 361 

Petition of John Simonton and others, . 362 
June 1 Governor's Message respecting Civil appoint- 
ments 364 

Petition of Richard F. Cutts in behalf of 
Berwick, . . . ' . . . . 366 

Memorial & Petition of Inhabitants of Co. of 

York, 367 

Petition of County of Cumberland, . . 368 

Re-Preparation of Petition of town of Port- 
land 370 

Petition of the Freeholders etc. of the Coun- 
ty of Lincoln, 370 

Petition of Edmund Bridge Esq. High Sheriff 

of Lincoln & Action thereon, . . . 374 
June 9 Commissary General's Report on Light 

Houses 376 

Petition of Enoch Perley & others, . . 377 
June 14 Petition of Jonathan Hanson, . . . 378 

Petition of Ebenezer Horsom, . . . 379 
June 16 Re-Allottment of Land in County of Lincoln 

to Harvard College 380 

Resignation of Charles Chauncy Esq. as Col- 
lector of Excise for the County of York, 381 

Order of Council in re James Minot, with 
statement of facts respectinghis certificate, 383 

Petition of James Minot and Report on 
same 386 

Petition of Nathaniel Leeman, . . . 388 
June 21 Wm. Scales Petition and Petition from town 

of Bowdoin, 391 



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CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 



1790 Aug. 23 Re-Light-house on Portland Head, 

Sept. 17 Governor's Message, .... 

Fryeburg Baptists Petition, . 
Nov. 23 Petition of Inhabitants of Penobscot River 

Dec. 2 Re Town of Winthrop 

Dec. 24 Extract from a Letter from Stephen Jones 

and James Avery 

Petition of Robert Hallowell with accom 
panying depositions, and report of Com 

mittee 

Petition of Justices of Sessions in Hancock 

Co 

Petition and Resolve in favor of the Co. of 

Washington 

Benjamin Libby's Memorial, 
Petition of Dan'l Hubbard & Papers Ac 
companying, ..... 

22 Col" Moulton's Executor's Petition, 
27 Petition of Settlers in the Town of Greene 

& Action thereon 

Jan. 28 Governor's Message, .... 
Jan. 29 A Letter from Attorney General, 

Precept to York, 

Petition of Hezekiah Lane & Others of 

Deer Isle 

Petition of Inhabts of Co. of Cumberland & 

Action on same 

Petition of Joshua Bracket of Shapleigh, 

Petition of Inhabts. of No. Yarmouth, . 

Feb. 11 Bill Altering Holding Court in County of 

Cumberland, 



1791 Jan. 



Jan. 
Jan. 



PAGE 
394 
395 
396 
398 
403 

405 



407 

411 

415 
417 

418 
430 

432 
434 
435 
436 

438 

439 
444 
446 

447 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



OF THE 



STATE OF MAINE 



Report on York Petition. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives March 26**' 1788 
On the Petition of Samuel Nason and others representa- 
tives of the Towns in the County of York in behalf of the 
Towns in said County praying that they may have a longer 
time (than is by Law allowed) to collect and pay into the 
Treasury of this Commonwealth the Back Taxes for reasons 
set forth in said Petition. 

Resolved that the Executions against the several collectors 
of Taxes which were granted prior to the year 1784 in 
the County of York which are expired and are not returned 
be and hereby are revived and shall remain in full force until 
the first day of June next, and all officers concerned are di- 
rected to govern themselves accordingly, and it is further re- 
solved that the executions which have been issued for said 
Taxes against any Towns in said County which are not yet 
returnable (if any such there be) be and hereby are continued 
in full force until the said first Day of June and not return- 
able til that Day any Law or resolve to the Contrary not- 
withstanding. 



2 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Resolve on the Petition of Raymondston. 

Commonwealth of Massacliusetts 

in the house of Representatives March 27'^ 1788 
on the petition of the plantation of Raymondstown in the 
County of Cumberland praying for an abatement on the tax 

Resolved that the pray"" of the petition 

Be so far Granted that the Sum of forty nine pounds be 

abated to the plantation aforesaid, and that the treasurer Be 

Directed to Credit the sum of forty nine pounds on the tax 

K° 5 in the same preportion as it is assessed on other towns 

in the Commonwealth 

Sent up for concurrence 

I Warren Spk"" 



Tax Act 1788. 

Tax N° Six. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

In the Year our Lord, One Thousand seven Hundred and 
Eighty-Eight. 

An Act, 

For apportioning and assessing a Tax of sixty-five Thou- 
sand Pounds four Shillings, to answer the exigences of Gov- 
ernment ; and also thirteen Thousand two Hundred and 
sixty-two Pounds, and one Shilling, to replace the same Sum, 
drawTi out of the Treasury, to pay the Members of the 
House of Representatives, for their Attendance the seven 
last Sessions of the General Court; also a further Sum of 
thirty Pounds, set to the Towai of Bowdoin, and the Sum of 
ninety-four Pounds, fifteen Shillings and ten Pence, set on 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 6 

the Lands of the Heirs and Assigns of the late Brigadier 
Waldo. 

Whereas it is become necessary, in order to answer the 
exigences of Government, that the Treasury of this Common- 
wealth, should be supplied with the Sum of sixty-five Thou- 
sand Pounds, four Shillings: 

Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority 
of the same, That each Town, District, Plantation, and other 
Place within this Commonwealth, shall be assessed and pay 
the several Sums with which they stand respectively charged 
in the following Schedule, viz. 

County of York. 



Representatives 


Proportion 










pay. 




of £65,000. 


Total 






£ 


S 


d 


£ 


S 


d 


£ 


S 


d 


York, 


78 


15 





403 








481 


15 





Kittery, 


63 


14 





419 


10 


5 


483 


4 


5 


Wells, 


55 


6 





359 


2 


6 


414 


8 


6 


Berwick, 


63 








566 


6 


3 


629 


6 


3 


Arundel, 


13 


6 





182 








195 


6 





Biddeford, 


46 


11 





159 


5 





205 


16 





Pepperellborough , 


30 


16 





146 


5 





177 


1 





Lebanon, 


48 


13 





99 


18 


9 


148 


11 


9 


Sanford, 


60 


4 





99 


18 


9 


160 


2 


9 


Buxton, 


12 


12 





126 


15 





139 


7 





Fryeburgh, 


33 


5 





61 


15 





95 








Coxhall, 








65 








65 








Limerick, 








29 


5 





29 


5 





Brownfield, 








19 


10 





19 


10 





Little-Falls, 








39 








39 








Waterborough, 








48 


15 





48 


15 





Shapleigh, 








71 


15 


5 


71 


15 


5 



DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 



Pearsonfield 




68 


7 


8 


68 


7 


8 


Little Ossipee, 




42 


15 


10 


42 


15 


10 


Washington 




22 


19 


1 


22 


19 


1 


Francisborough 


Rep. pay 


22 


17 


9 


22 


17 


9 


Total 


506 2 


3054 


2 


5 


3560 


4 


5 




County of Cumberland 












Rep. 


Prop. 




Total 






£ S d 


£ 


S 


d 


£ 


S 


d 


Portland 


50 19 


218 


19 


5 


269 


18 


5 


Falmouth 


60 


273 


16 


3 


333 


16 


3 


Xorth Yarmouth 


58 18 


331 


10 





385 


8 





Yarmouth 


58 18 


331 


10 





385 


8 





Scarborough 


39 4 


299 


5 


5 


338 


9 


5 


Brunswick 


12 19 


138 


2 


6 


151 


1 


6 


Harpswell 


10 17 


117 








127 


17 





Cape Elizabeth 




151 


2 


6 


151 


2 


6 


Gorham 




214 


10 





214 


10 





Windham 




108 


17 


6 


108 


17 


6 


Xew Gloucester 


35 7 


126 


17 


8 


162 


4 


8 


Gray 




47 


9 


3 


47 


9 


3 


Standish 




63 


7 


6 


63 


7 


6 


Royalsborough, 




45 


10 





45 


10 





Raymondstown 




21 


2 


6 


21 


2 


6 


Bakersto\vn 




34 


16 


1 


34 


16 


1 


Bridgetown 




27 


11 


2 


27 


11 


2 


Turner 




32 


8 


8 


32 


8 


8 


Shepardstown 




26 


16 


3 


26 


16 


3 


Otisfield Plantation 


19 


10 





19 


10 





Total 


263 4 


2298 


12 


8 


2561 


16 


8 




County of Lincoln 












Pownalborough 


84 


193 


15 


7 


277 


15 


7 


Georgetown 


30 9 


176 


17 


1 


207 


6 


1 



OF THE STATE OF MAIXE 5 

Newcastle 21 93 4 8 114 4 8 

Woolwich 30 16 101 3 2 131 19 2 

Waldoborough 1717 93 3 4 111 4 

Topsham 26 12 80 14 2 107 6 2 

Hallowell 49 14 102 10 2 152 4 2 

Bowdoinham 24 17 65 2 8 89 19 8 

Boothbay 22 15 90 10 6 113 5 6 

Bristol 70 154 18 4 224 18 4 

Vassalboroiigh 2100 9603 11703 

Edgecomb 16 2 75 3 2 91 5 2 

Winslow 23 9 43 4 66 13 

St Georges 66 16 2 56 16 2 

Warren 6 6 48 6 10 54 12 10 

Thomaston 44 5 8 44 5 8 

Bath 30 16 107 18 6 138 14 6 

Winthrop 17 17 70 16 6 88 13 6 

Lewiston 37 12 11 37 12 11 

Ballstown 36 19 4 36 19 4 

Walpole 42 7 9 42 7 9 

Wales 20 17 1 20 17 1 

Canaan 37 8 37 8 

Pittston 15 15 61 17 9 77 12 9 

Meduncook 382 5 382 5 

Norridgewalk 2539 2539 

Union 14 1 8 14 1 8 

Belfast ^ 16 17 2 16 17 2 

Machias 20 6 65 10 10 85 16 10 

Cambden 21 5 2 21 5 2 

Hancock 34 10 8 34 10 8 

Penobscot, late N" 3, 74 2 10 74 2 10 

Mount Desert, 49 11 3 49 11 3 

Deer Island 71 18 1 71 18 1 

Fox-Island 41 11 6 41 11 6 

Penobscot, Long Island, 25 10 6 25 10 6 



b DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Plantation No 1 east 
side Penobscot River, 
No. 2 
No 4 
No 5 
No 6 

Plantation No 1 east 
side of Union River 
No 2. 
No 3. 
No 4. 
No 5. 
No 6. 

Plantation No 22 

Plantation, west side of 
Penobscot River, to in- 
clude Wheelers Mills 

Plantation west side of 
Penobscot River, above 
Wheeler's Mills 28 18 3 28 18 3 



21 


18 


9 


21 


18 


9 


22 


17 


8 


22 


17 


8 


39 


2 


9 


39 


2 


9 


33 


15 


9 


33 


15 


9 


33 


15 


9 


33 


15 


9 


40 


5 


9 


40 


5 


9 


36 


15 


4 


36 


15 


4 


26 


6 


9 


26 


6 


9 


15 


14 


2 


15 


14 


2 


32 


19 


6 


32 


19 


6 


25 


11 


10 


25 


11 


10 


13 


5 


5 


13 


5 


5 


34 


7 


11 


34 


7 


11 



Total 529 11 2815 7 8 3344 18 8 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That 
the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, do forthwith send his 
warrants directed to the Selectmen or Assessors of each to^vn, 
district, plantation or other place, within this Common- 
wealth, that are taxed, requiring them respectively, to assess 
the sum hereby set upon such town or other place, in the 
manner following, that is to say, — To assess all the male polls 
above the age of sixteen years, within their respective towns 
or other places next adjoining to them, belonging to no other 
town or place, including Negroes and Mulattoes, and such of 
them as are under the government of a master or mistress, to 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 7 

be taxed to such master or mistress respectively, in the same 
manner as minors and apprentices are taxed, at five shillings 
and five pence each ; and the remainder of such sum to set to 
each to^vn or other place respectively as aforesaid, after de- 
ducting the sums assessed on the polls as aforesaid, on the 
inhabitants of such towoi or other place as aforesaid, accord- 
ing to the just value of the whole real estate by each inhabi- 
tant of such town or other place respectively possessed on 
the first day of May next, in his own right or the right of 
others, lying within the said town or place, improved or not 
improved, and on the non-resident possessors of real estate 
lying within the said town or place, in their own right or the 
right of others, improved or not improved, and on the non- 
resident possessors of real estate, lying within the said town 
or place, in their own right or the right of others, improved 
or unimproved, saving all agreements between landlords and 
tenants, and where no agreement is, the landlord to re-im- 
burse one-half the tax; and also on the inhabitants of such 
town or place, and other persons possessing estate within the 
same, according to the proportion of the amount of the just 
value of their personal estate, including monies at interest, 
more than they pay interest for, although the same be se- 
cured by an absolute conveyance of real estate, if a bond of 
defeasance or promise of re-conveyance has been given (ex- 
cepting only such money as is lent to government, and by an 
act of government expressly exempted from taxation) monies 
of all kinds on hand, and also the just amount of the value 
of all goods, wares and merchandize, stock in trade, vessels 
of all sorts at home or abroad, with their stores, appurten- 
ances and appendages, plate, horses, oxen and cattle of all 
kinds and ages, swine, and grain of all sorts, and all kinds 
of the produce of the land, and all other property of what 
kind soever (excepting sheep, household furniture, wearing 
apparel, farming utensils, and tools of mechanicks) on the 



8 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOET 

first day of May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven 
hundred and eighty eight. And the Assessors of the re- 
spective towns and other places, shall estimate all the before- 
enumerated articles, at six per cent, upon the real value of 
the same, in the places where they are (excepting unim- 
proved lands, which shall be estimated at two per cent.) and 
on the amount of their incomes from any profession, faculty, 
handicraft, trade or emplojTnent ; and also on the amount of 
their incomes and profits, gained by trading by land or sea. 
And the Treasurer in his said warrant, shall likewise require 
the Assessors to make a fair list of the said assessment, setting 
forth in distinct columns against each person's name, how 
much he or she is assessed at for polls; how much for real 
estate; how much for personal estate, and how much for 
faculty, and income by trade as aforesaid ; and if as guardian, 
or for any estate in his or her improvement in trust, to be 
distinctly expressed; and also insert on their rate-bills, the 
number of acres of unimproved land, which they have taxed 
to non-resident proprietors of lands within their respective 
towns or places, and also the real value at which they have 
estimated the same: And the list or lists so compleated and 
signed by them in manner as aforesaid, or by the major part 
of them, to commit to the Collector or Collectors, Constable 
or Constables of such town or place respectively, with a war- 
rant or warrants in due form of law for collecting and pay- 
ing the same to the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, on or 
before the first day of ISTovember next; and to return a cer- 
tificate of the name or names of such Collector or Collectors, 
Constable or Constables, with the sum total to them com- 
mitted to collect, to the said Treasurer, some time before the 
first day of July next, and make and subscribe a certificate 
of the same, in due form of law. 

Provided nevertheless, That the following persons, viz. The 
President, Professors, Tutors, Librarian, and the Students 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 9 

of Harvard-College, who have their usual residence there, and 
who enjoy no other pecuniary office or employment, and 
settled Ministers of the Gospel, and Grammar School-Mas- 
ters, are not to be assessed for their polls or estates, unless 
their estates be not under their actual management or im- 
provement, or not in the parishes where they are settled ; and 
also all persons who have the management or improvement of 
the estate of Harvard-College, are not to be assessed for the 
same, nor Indians for their polls or estates; and if there be 
any others who by reason of age, infirmity or poverty, are 
unable to pay as others, towards the public charges, or any 
widows or orphans, who depending on the interest of their 
money, for their subsistance, or who by receiving paper- 
money, in the course of the late war, have been so reduced, 
as that, in the judgment of the Assessors, they ought to be 
relieved in their taxes ; in any such case the Assessors may 
exempt their polls or estates, or abate any part of what they 
are set at, as they on their oaths, shall think just and equitable. 
And the Justices in their sessions in the respective counties 
assembled, in apportioning a county tax or assessment, are 
hereby ordered and directed, to apportion the same on the 
several towns or other places in such county, in proportion 
to this tax : And the Assessors in each town, parish or other 
place, in this Commonwealth, are also directed, in making 
town or parish taxes, to govern themselves by the same rule, 
having regard to all such alterations of polls or of property, 
as may happen within the same, subsequent to their assessing 
this tax as aforesaid. And the Assessors of the several towns, 
which are charged with the pay of Representatives, are di- 
rected in apportioning the same, to assess an additional sum 
on the polls and estates, in proportion to the sum they are 
respectively set at in the said sixty five thousand pounds four 
shillings. 



10 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

And whereas there are many persons who dwell or reside 
in some towns, within this Commonwealth, who are engaged 
in trade and negotiate their business almost entirely in other 
towns, and there hire shops, stores or wharves ; and it is ap- 
parent that the Assessors of the towns where such persons re- 
side or dwell, cannot be so well acquainted with the business 
transacted by them, as the Assessors of the town where the 
same is done: 

Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid. That 
all persons within the description aforesaid, shall be assessed 
and pay taxes for such of their goods, wares and merchandize, 
stock in trade, ships and vessels, as are sold, used or improved 
in the towns where they hire stores, shops, or wharves, or 
transact the principal part of their business, and for their 
faculties exercised, and not in the towns where they live, and 
shall accordingly give in, on oath, if required, a list of their 
whole estate, to the Assessors of their respective to^vns, dis- 
tinguishing what part thereof is rateable in each town, and 
in default thereof, shall be doomed by the Assessors re- 
spectively : 

Provided, That this clause be not in any case so construed 
as to enable any town to tax any inhabitant of any other to^v^l 
for any estate for which such town hath been charged in the 
las^- valuation. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid. That 
the sum of thirty pounds, be assessed upon the town of Bow- 
doin in the county of Lincoln, and the same proceedings shall 
be had as for the recovery of the taxes assessed upon other 
towns. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That 
the further sum of ninety four pounds fifteen shillings and 
ten pence, be assessed upon the lands comprehended within 
the claims of the heirs and assigns of the late Brigadier 
Waldo, which are not liable to be taxed by virtue of any pre- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



11 



ceeding clause in this act; and the Treasurer of this Com- 
monwealth, shall send his warrant to the Sheriff of the coun- 
ty of Lincoln, requiring him to collect the same, in the same 
manner as Constables or Collectors are authorized and di- 
rected to proceed in collecting taxes laid on non-resident pro- 
prietors of unimproved lands, and to pay the same into the 
public Treasury, on or before the said first day of jSTovember. 

And it is further enacted by the authority aforesaid. That 
no order shall be drawn by the Treasurer of this Common- 
wealth, on any Constables or Collectors of this tax, for any 
part of the same. 
In the House of Representatives, March 25, 1788. 

This Bill having had three several readings, passed to be 

enacted. 

James Warren Speaker. 
In Senate, March 27, 1788. 

This Bill having had two several readings, passed to be 

enacted. 

Samuel Adams, President. 

John Hancock. 



Approved. 
True copy. 



Attest John Avery jun. Secretary. 



Re. Separation Maine. 

At a Convention of Delegates from a number of Towns & 
Plantations in the Countys of York Cumberland & Lincoln 
held at Portland the "^V^ of January 1787 by adjournment 
from the 6'^ of Sept' 1786 — 

Voted — That this convention forward a Petition to the 
general Court for a separation at this Time — 

Voted — That the President sign s** Petition in the Name 
& behalf of the Convention — 



12 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Voted — That Jacob Bradbury Esq' M"" Moses Ames,, 
Joshua Fabvan, John Frothingham & Samuel Thompson 
Esq' & D"" Daniel Cony be a Committee to prefer s"^ Petition 
if they see fit — 

A True Copy from the Minits — 

Att" Stephen Longfellow Jun"" Clerk 

In the H" of Kep" March 28, 1788 

Ordered that M' Hammond be on the Committee on the 

petition from the Convention at Portland in the room of M' 

Grout excused 

Att* Geo. K. Minor Cler. 



Petition of Gen Thompson & Others. 

To the honorable the Senate & House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in general Court 
assembled 

The Petition of the Subscribers humbly sheweth, that a 
number of Individuals at Biddeford, or Pepper ellboro', or 
both have of their own mere motion, & for their own personal 
Emoliunent imposed an enormous Toll on Saco bridge, so 
called; to the great detriment & oppression of all travellers 
from the western into the eastern Country ; and of all travell- 
ers from the eastern into the western Country ; (for they are 
all obliged to pass s** Bridge) The toll-Receiver demands of 
Travellers passing s'' Bridge on horse-back eight pence each ; 
tho' 8*^ Bridge is small compared with Charlestown Bridge, 
where only one third of s^ sum is demanded : He demands of 
others passing s^ Bridge, whether on foot, or with Waggons, 
or in Carriages, in such proportion as his masters, or imploy- 
ers, have in their wisdom seen fit to order him. 

Your Petitioner's therefore humbly pray the Honorable 
Court to take the Premises into their wise consideration, & to 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 13 

pass such Order thereon, and to grant such Relief to Travel- 
lers as in their great wisdom may seem meet ; And as in duty 
bound will ever pray 
Boston March 1788. 

Stephen Hall, Jacob Bradbury, 

Jn° Fox, Sam' Nason, 

John Read, D. Cony, 

Joseph ISToyes, Moses Ames, 

Joshua Bean, William Widgery, 

Esaias Prebble, W" Thompson 

Joseph Hubbard, 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Committee of both Houses to whom was refered the 

Petition of William Gorham, who signing himself President 

of a Convention, said in the Petition to be a Convention of 

Delegates from the To\^^ls & Plantations in the Counties of 

York, Cumberland & Lincoln — Ask leave to report that the 

said Petition be refered to the next sitting of the General 

Court. 

Thomas Durfee Per Order 
In Senate March 29, 1788. 

Read & accepted & refer'd accordingly — 

Sent down for concurrence 

S. Adams Presid* 

In the House of Representatives March 29, 1788. 

Read and concurred I Warren, Spk' 

Resolve on Norridgewock petition. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives March 27'" 1788. 
On the petitions from the Plantations of Noregiwalk, 
Canaan, and Lewiston, praying for an abatement of their 



14 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Taxes, for the reasons set forth in the said petitions. 

Resolved, that the prayer of said petitions be so far granted, 
as that the said Plantations be and hereby are discharged 
from all the Taxes heretofore assessed on them respectively 
previous to the Tax Granted in March one thousand seven 
hundred & eighty six and that the Treasurer be, and here- 
by is directed to recall all the warrants and Executions by 
him issued against the x\ssessors and Collectors of the same, 
provided always, that they shall discharge all the costs that 
have accrued in consiquence thereof. 



Votes in accordance with an address "Re: Three Eastern 

Counties" 
Yea. 

John York, Jesse Duston, Isaac York, Silas Powers, 
Jonathan Bean jun"", Jona' Bartlett, Tad^ Bartlett, Amos 
Powers, Moses Bartlett, Gideon Powers, Nathaniel Segar, 
Sam" Ingalls, John Meserve, Jacob Russell, Enoch Bartlett, 
Amos Hastings, Joseph Killgore, John Ra>Tnond, Benj'' Rus- 
sell, Benj* Russell jun"", Joseph Jackson, James Swan, John 
Grover, Abraham Russell, James Swan jun^ Jesse Barker, 
Elea"" Twitch ell, John Holt. 

The Yeas of Littlesborough and New Sandivich. 
Addame Royall, Daniel Lane, Benjamin Allen, Tirah Fish, 
Thomas Stenchfield, Rogers Stenchfield, IMarshfield Paul, 
Cornelius Atkins, Tho^ Francis, David Towle, Joshua Tim- 
mans, Giddins Lane, Simeon Swift, Keziah Samson, Solo- 
mon Millett, James Samson, William Gilbert, Edward Jones. 
The people of Littlesborough. 

Yeas. Job Fuller, Eben Besse, Xathan Norris, Woodin 
Norris, Jabeth Besse 2^, Reuben Besse, Isaac Doten, Richard 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 15 

Handy, Jonathan How, Thomas Wing, Josiah Norris, Na- 
thaniel Billington, Samuel ISTorris, Turner Swift, Reuben 
Wing, Isaac Billington, Ichabod Billington, Thomas Law- 
rence, Jabesh Besse, Solomon Besse, Thomas Blackwell, 
Charles Renuff, John Doten, Benjamin Handy — The people 
of New Sandwich. 

County of York. Brownfield, Ocf 17'*^ 1787. Yea. 

James Hayward, Samuel Hayward, David Emerson, Wil- 
son Howan, H^ Brown, Moses Hutchins, Josh B. Osgood, 
John Bell Miller, John Haley, Joseph Walker, Samuel Colby, 
Sam' Walker, William House, Samuel Howard, jun., James 
Ha^'wood Jun"", John Miller, Thomas Wellman, John Stick- 
ney, Amos Poor, Joseph Howard, Lemuel Hay^vood, Samuel 

his 

Long, JSTath' X Merril, Joseph Ayer. 

mark 

Winthrop Yeas. 

Christopher Turner, John Chandler, Jabez Clough, John 
Freeman, Daniel Evens, John Clough, John Shed, Samuel 
Boyd, Jonathan Knowles, Calvin Boyd, Robert Eans, Ichabod 
Simmons, James Prescott, Jos Williams, jSTath' Fairbanks, 
Moses Chandler, Zebe Delano, William Wheeler, Joseph 
Fairbanks, Sam' Ring, William Pullen, Amos Stearns, John 
Chandler jun"", Stephen Dudley, Joseph Greely junr., 
Stephen Pullen, Timothy Brainerd, Samuel Foster, Elijah 
Fairbanks, Joseph Johnson, John Pullen, John Coal, Otis 
Robinson, ISTath' Stanley, Joshua Bean, Josiah French, Timo- 
thy Foster, Josiah Crosman, Woodard Hellins, Moses Jay, 
John Grey, Peter Norton, Ichabod Howe, Josiah Mitchel, 
Paul Wing, Constant Noilon, Mathias Smith jun"", Stephen 
Norton, Cyrill Smith, Elisha Bean, Samuel Stevens, John 
Hankerson, Henry Chandler, Seth Pitts, Nathaniel Thomas, 
Simon Knowles, Dudley Hains, Jon^ Clark, Thomas Whitten, 



16 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Sam' Wood, Samuel Prescot, Jesse Prescott, Samuel Judkins, 
Joseph Hutchson, John Streeter, Philip Allen, Gideon Lam- 
bert, Jedediah Prescott jr., Ebenezer Wallcott, Solomon 
Stanley, Michael Walcott, Joseph Rise, Oliver Whitaker, 
Ebenezer Foster, Jacob Judkins, Livj Morton, Benjamin 
Brainerd, Squier Bishop, John Fuller, Abijah Crane, "Wil- 
liam Richards, !N^athaniel Bishop, William Pond, Jeremiah 
Richards, Eben Morton, Jonathan Whiting j"", John Comings, 
William Hankerson, Francis Hubbard, Asa Robbins, Joel 
Chandler, Joseph Chandler, James Work. 

Harrasekett yeas — Abraham Mitchell, Joseph Stockbridge, 
John Soule, Reuben Carver, Seth Carver, Elyshaz Phillips, 
Benjamin Porter, George Bartoll, William Low. 

Bridgeton Yeas & Nays. 
This may certify that the inhabitants of the Plantation of 
Bridgeton being assembled together on this 29*'' of Ocf 1787 
for the purpose of manifesting their desire with Respect 
the three Eastern Counties being form^ into a Seperate State, 
did subscribe their names as above when three Xeuters onely 
remained in s** Plantation. 

Enoch Perley ■{ By desire of s** inhabitants. 

Yeas — Jacob Stevens, Isaiah Ingals, Phineas Ingals, Asa 
Ingals, Enoch Perley, Moses How, William Oliver, William 
Emerson, James Flint, David Porter, Jacob Stevens jun"". 
Samuel Kimball, Richard Kimball, John Davenport, Enoch 
Stiles, Noah Stiles, Benj" Kimball, Timothy Gates, Stephen 
Gates, Simeon Burnam, Jeremiah Burnam, David Hale, 
George Mead, Theodoer Emerson, Jesse Knap, James 
Stevens, Noah Beeman, Samuel Beeman, Aaron Beeman, 
Ephraim Davenport, David Clarke, Stephen Johnson, Francis 
Symonds, Thomas Symonds, Nathaniel Hale. — Nays — 
Benj* Kimball jun"", Asa Kimball. 



or THE STATE OF MAINE lY 

Sylvester Yeas & Nays — 

Yeas — John Keen, Simeon Capwell, Elisha Keen, Ben- 
jamin True, Ezra Tubbs, D. Child, Abner Phillips, John 
Allen, Jno Strickland, Joseph Leavitt, Jacob I^eavitt, Seth 
Sampson, Samuel Gorham, Jasiel Smith, Stephen Bryant, 
Wiir Bradford, Isaac Collier Thomas Additon, Daniel 
Briggs, William Hayford, Hezekiah Bryant, Levi Merritt, 
James Phillips, Elisha Sylvester, Israel Haskell, Gershom 
Holmes, Israel Haskell, Jun"", Elijah Fisher, Jotham Briggs, 
Eufus Briggs, Benjamin Pettengill, Elijah Briggs, Daniel 
Briggs jun"", Eichard Phillips, Isaac Phillips, Josiah Staples, 
John Pilly, Henry Jones, Cornelius Jones, Jabez INIerrill, 
Richard Phillips J'', Jesse Bradford, Ezekiel Bradford — 
ISTays — ISTathan Niles, Isaiah Bonney, Daniel French, Boniah 
Niles, Ichabod Bonney, Ichabod Bonney jm/, Mark Andrews. 

From the Plantation of a place called Bucktown In the 
County of Cumberland To Stephen Hall Esq"" — 

Honor"^ Sir — 

This is just to enform your Honor that we had no paper 
sent to us for subscriptions only what we learnt out of the 
ISTewspapers. We hope that our names will be Excepted for 
we are very solicitous for a seperate Government 

Jonathan Tyler 
October the 18^1787 — (Proprietor Clark.) 

P. S. If your Honor think that it be Worth while to 
transcribe our names into any paper under Yea your Honor 
may do it J B. 

Yea — Benjamin Spaulding, Jonathan Tyler, Thomas 
Allen, William Berry, John Brown, John Warren, David 
Warren, John Thurlo, Dominions Record, Thomas Coburn, 
Daniel Packard, Job Young, Pete White, Job Packard, Jonas 
Coburn. 

Superscribed To Stephen Hall Esq"" in Portland. 



18 DOCUMEXTARY HISTOEY 

StandisL, Yeas &, ISTajs — 

Naj Theodore Miissej, Sam' Brown, Isaac S Thompson. 

Yeas Simeon, Sanborn, Sargant Shaw, John Mann, Peter 
Moulton, Gideon Philbrick, Mich. Plbrick, David Morton, 
Seth Spring, Luther Topping, William Freeman, ]^ath^' 
Cummings, Sam' Eaton. 

Superscribed To be communicated to the Inhabitants of 
Standish 

Gloverhoro Yeas. 

The Eastern Counties now petition a faint resemblenee of 
sedition in which they undertake Tho 'bord' ring hard upon 
high treason. 

Yea John Glover, Samuel Jordan, Tar* Putnam, Moses 
Hodgdon, Ezekiel Martin, Josiah Stenchfield, John Woster, 
Benjamin Varnum, Ebnezer Parsons, Eliphar Ring, Samuel 
Ring, Thomas Cushman, Epheraim Briggs, Barnibus Briggs, 
Daniel Jackson, Semion Holmes, Garthom Holmes, Richard 
Thurlo, Davis Thurlo, Jeams Thurlow, Asa Thurlo, ]^athan 
Merrill, James Merrill, Samuel Pote, William Procter, 
Ebenezer Lane, Jun"", Jobe Laine, Richard Varrill, Richard 
Varrill Jun"", William AUin, Edmond Morrill, Joseph Tjiler. 

Adjacent to Winthrop Yeas. 
Daniel Dudley, Jesse Eaton, iSTathaniel Gilman, Timothy 
Cram, David French, John Dudley, Benjamin Folsom, 
Tristram Folsom, Peter Folsom, Nathaniel Philbrick, Xa- 
thaniel Folsom, John Folsom, N^athaniel Folsom jun"". Topes 
Lad, Jonathan Pauslatt, Reuben Rand, Ebenezer Stevens, 
Benjamin Ladd, Benjamin Eastman, Benj'"^ Philbrick, David 
Ingham, Daniel Coye, Benj^ Lock, Seth Higgins, ISTicholas 
Wiggen, Joshiia Wells, Joseph Hills, Joel Judkins, William 
Hilton, Stephen Scribner, John Robinson, Timothy Bartlett, 
Jeremiah Glidden, Samuel Cram Jr, Daniel Gorden, Daniel 
Smith, Samuel Smith, Asa Wright, Chase Page, Abraham 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 19 

Page, Philip Snow, Daniel Waters, 'Nosih Adams, Josiah 
Hall, N'athan Hall. 

Winslow Yeas. 
Timoi Hejwood, Joseph Cragin, William Richardson, 
Thomas Lewis, Eph" Town, Sherebiah Town, Ephraim 
Willson, Luke Barton, Joseph Carter, Seth Richardson, 
David Standle, George Duncan, Nathan Dexter, Hezekiah 
Stratton, Benj'' Simson, Josiah Farwell J"", Samuel Stack- 
pole, Benj'' Runnels, Jeremiah White, Peter Kinney, Asa 
Phillips, Jonathan Soule, William Bradford, ISTathanael 

Eleazer 

Apteb, George Bradford, his X mark, Asa Emerson, 

Parker 

David Pattee, Daniel Pattee, Jeremiah Rose, John Hume, 

John 

His X mark, IsTathan Heywood, Isaac Temple, Robbart 

Coal 

Rankins, Asher Hinds, James Fly, Thomas Fowler, Thomas 
Hejwood. 

Bakers Town Yeas. 
David Andrews, James Parker, Solomon Woolcott, Joshua 
Dunn, Moses Davis, William Davis, Josiah Dunn, Stephen 
Rollins, John Stevens, Edmund Bayley, John Leech, John 
Herrick, Michael Wellcomo, Moses Emery, James Hodgskins 
jun"". Job Tucker, Edward Juniper, ISTathan^ Sawtell, Levi 
Shaw, Henry W™ Sawtell, Thomas Bayley, Stephen Safford, 
Samuel Shaw, Stephen Yetter jun"", Samuel Varriell Jun"", 
Davis Varriell, Ephraim Chubb. 

Belfast Yeas. 
Agreable to the Request of the Honourable Convention we 
have Call*^ a Meeting for the Purpose above mentioned and 
it is the minds of we the Subscribers that the same be for- 
warded to Court. 
Belfast Oct^ 30^*^ 1787. 



20 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Yeas — Samuel Houston, Samuel M^Keen, Solon Stephen- 
son, John Cochran, John Robeson, James Patterson, John 
Durham, Tolford Durham, Henry True, John Brown, John 
Tufft. 

Plantation of Hancock Yeas. 

Joseph Town, John Burnell Jun"", Morderica More, John 
ISToble, Benj'' iS^oble, Joseph Doe, David Emery, David Pear- 
son, James Emery, Solomon Spencer, Jacob Kimball, Wil- 
liam Kendall, Michael Maelly, Daniel Wyman, Jonathan 
Emery, David Kimball, Briggs Emery, George Fitzgerald, 
Joshua White, Eligah Preast, Jon^ Philbrook, John Burrell, 
Liba Burrell, Bela Burrell, Sam' Tobey, John Tozer, Josiah 
Burges, Heman Atwood, Philip Wing, Joseph Speaven, John 
Speaven, John Speaven J'", William Speaven, Eradarik 
Tapkins, Thomas Blackwell, John Gulleper, George Mackie, 
Lawrence Costigan, Ezekiel Brown, Timothy Hudson, John 
Emmery, Sam" Philbrook, Eben"" Heald, James Bigelow, 

his 

Bartholomew Fowler, James Bro^^^l, John X Birg"win, John 

mark 

Gray, Abraham Roundey, Job Koundey, Lacey Roundey, 
Micel Roundey, Silas Barron, Isaac Spencer, David Spencer, 
Cheleab Palmer, Andrew Richardson, Charles Brown, Asa 
Brown. 

Plantation of Canaan. 

Yeas — George Sawyer, Edward Hartwell, Jonathan Davis, 
John Emery, Joseph Emery, Sam' Weston, William AVeston, 
Zebulon Gilman, John White, Sol" Clark, Phin^ Steward, 
Parley Rogers, Joshua Goodridge, Levi Powers, Sam' Steward, 
Sol* Stenyard Jun', Sam' Whitman, John Weston, William 
Steward, Solomon Oaks, David Pancoast, Isaac Smith, 
Abiather Kendall, Micah Pratt, Jonathan Robins. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 21 

Plantation of ISTerrigawalk and Seven mild Brook and 
Sandj Part of River. 

Yea John Moor, James Waugh, Josiah Warren, Zeph. 
Keith, Zach''^ Longiey, Samuel Parker, Jonathan Keith, 
Obadiah Witherell, j\Iones Fling, James Bumis, Lovel Fair- 
brother, James Jones, Amos Sheperdson, Lem' Williams, 
Ebenezer Hilton, George Gray, Charles Savage, Jndah 
Piper, James Savage, Jacob Savage, Sjlvanus Sawyer, Moses 
Bickford, Benjamin Hilton, Sam" Richards, George Gray, 
Oliver Willson, Charles Fay, Nathan Wood, Joseph Green, 
Robert Crosby, John Dntten, Thomas Waugh, Peter Hol- 
brook, Reuben Gray, Nahum Baldwin, Elijah Dutton, George 
I^ickels, Sylvanus Sawyer Jun'", Thomas Houghton, Benja- 
min Ellis, Caleb Piper, John Warker, Bengmon Wessen, 
Hanery Mackiney, Staphen Waker, James Loud, Nathan 
Hollan, Jonathan Stevens, Zephimah Williams, Jn" Fargus- 
son, John Moor jun"", Joseph Hillton, William Blackden, 
Joseph Tarbell, Daniel Steward, MagTinas Becky, Asa Par- 
ker, Goffe Moor, Levi Procter, Seth Spaulding, Benjamin 
Hinds, Charles Witherell, Josiah Spaulding, David Mactih- 
ner, Eleazer Spaulding, Benjamin Kittredge, Jonathan 
Spaulding, Eleazer Spaulding, Robard Richards, Jonas 
Parlin, Xathan Parlin, Silas Parlin, John Heale, Thomas 
Heald, Oliver Wood, John Clarke, John Laughton, Jason 
Russell, Benj'' Moor, James Malbone, Eb"" Richardson. 

Lewistown Yeas. 

Caleb Barker, Benj^ Merrill, John Daggett, Will" Sprague, 
John Larrabee, Lemuel Comins, Lebbeus Bailey, John Her- 
rick, Gideon Hinckley, Benj Merrill jun"", Jacob Barker, Job 
Cole, Josiah Mitchell, Abner Harris, James Sprague, Joel 
Thompson, Tho^ Rose, Xathan Cutler, Tobias Ham, John 
Teele, William Blasdell, David Wilkins, Benj a Quimly, 
Joseph Herrick, Paul Hildreth. 



22 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Fryeburg Yeas. 
Moses Ames, Philip Page, Sam' Osgood, Daniel Farriiig- 
ton, Richard Eastman, Ezra Carter, John Charles, Joseph 
Walker, Jonathan Dresser, Ezekiel Wallcer, Samuel Walker, 
Joh Eastman, Isaac Walker, John Farington, John Walker, 
Nathaniel Frye, William Wiley, Xath' Merrill, Ebeuezer 
Day, Xathaniel Day, Thaddeus Bemis, Stephen Knight, 
Abraham Bradley, James Parker, John Gordon, William 
Eatton, Simeon Abbott, ISTath' Hutchins, Isaac Abbot, Joseph 
Frye Jun"", Paul Langdon, John Stevens J"", William Kim- 
ball, Hugh Gordon, John Stevens, Isaac Abbot J"^ 

Portland Yeas & Nays. 
]^ay — Benj Titwood, Beniah Low, Hugh McLellan, John 
March, Yea — Stephen Hall, W" Haggett, Asa Stevens, 
Stephen Woodman, David Stirrat, John ISTicholls, Enoch 
Wiswell, Shadrach Ham, James Smith, Eliph' Dean, David 
Stoddard, Abner Lowell, Abijah Poole, Joshua Brackett, 

Attest 

X his mark, Peter Fabre, Job Lunt, William Darrel, Michael 

Job Lunt 

Lunt, John Goodwin, Peleg Wadsworth, Thomas B. Wait. 

Pownalborough's Yeas. 
Moses Gray, William Gray, Samuel Gray, Thomas Hoyt, 
Oliver Boynton, John Boynton, Samuel Flicher, David 
Plumer, Peter Laberee, John Plumer, Hicariah Bay, Chris- 
topher Ersk[torn] Richard Baley, John Boynton, James 
Chaney, Jacob Nelson, Moses Carleton, Benjamin Carr, 
Joseph Carleton, James Ayer, George Erskin, Joseph Hilton, 
James Cole, Ephraim Carrico, William Howall, China Smith, 
Stuart Hunt, William Clark, Job Averell, Ignatius Ilaraden, 
James Hodge, Asa Andrews Ju°, Ichabod Frost, Sam' 
Averell, Samuel Averell Jun', Elijah Tilton, Beniah Booker, 
Moses Andrews, Neb. McLaren, James Clark, William Clark, 
Abraham Lord, John AvereU. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 23 

Bath Yeas. 
Will"' Dorr, James ShurtlefF, James McLonane, Davis 
Sumner, Stephen Morss, John Bryan, Francis Hodgkius, 
Daniel Philbrook, Thomas Spragiie, Isaiah Crooker, Joseph 
Lunt, John ]\PFarland, Jerom Loring, Jacob Low, Alex"" 
Robinson, John Robinson, George Andras, Theodore Savre, 
Benj* Donnell, John Lowell jiin'", Henry Sewall, Josiah 
Mitchell, Adam Lamont, Lemuel Standish, Thomas Wade, 
Joshua Shaw, Samuel Welch, Pat Welch, Nathel Donell, 
Joseph Goold, Jona Osgood, IS^aler, Marriner, Elijah Drum- 
mond, James Brackett, Phillip Higgens June"", Thomas Lam- 
bard, Joseph Lambard, Samuel Moody, Dum"" Sewall, W" 
C. Baker, Joshua Philbrook, Josh^ Raynes, Jn° Wood, Samuel 
Emerson, W" Swanton Jun"", Edward Hall Page, Joseph 
White, Step" Foster, Ephraim Fitts, David Clifford, Joseph 
Smith, John Crawford, Isaiah Crooker Jm/, Elijah White, 
David Ring, Benjamin Clifford, Stephen Combes, William 
Hodgkins, James Berry, James M. Mitchell, Jonathan 
Mitchell, John Lamont, John Whitmore, Eliphalet Brown, 
Edward Welch, Thomas Crawford, Luke Lambard, Benj* 
Ham, John Foot, William Woodard, George Todd, Elisha 
Shaw, Philip Higgins, John Ham. 

Topsham. 
Nay — Willard Sears, Yeas — James Purinton, Gideon 
Owen, William Bourk, Joseph Berrey, James Hunter, Ben- 
jamin Eaton, Jonathan Whitney, Francis Dugliss, Moses 
Owen, James Henry, David Reed, James Fulton, Tho° 
Patten, John Fulton, Jacob Stockman, Samuel Stockman, 
Ebenezer Farrin, Huey Willsone, Jonathan Whitney jun'", 
Theophilus Hinkley, Wilam Mott, Stphen Hinkley, Elisha 
Allen, Nathaniel Willson, Alexander Gray, Aleck Thomp- 
son, James Huey, jun"", Joseph Haly, James Huey, Huey 
Wilson, Wilam Wilson, John Wilson, Samuel Wilson, John 



24 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Paul, Eletlion Hiiikly, Samuel Thompson, James Wilson, 
Robert Niles, Ezek. Thompson, Stephen Purinton, Benj* 
Thompson, Joseph Haly, Phonihas Jones, Joseph Haley, 
John Merrill, John Whitten, Pelatiah Haly, Stephen 
Doughty, Thomas Alexander, W" Malcom, Elnathan Hink- 
ley. Steal Foster, Jonathan Perrey, Alexander Thompson, 
Philip Hoyt, William Allen, Jonathan Stockman, John 
Winchell, Alexander Rogers, Rob* Hunter, Arthur Hunter, 
Joseph Foster. 

8heppardsfield Yeas. 

John Bridgham, John Coy, AVillard Bridgham, Alden 
Bridgham, John Bridgham J"", Charles Phillips, Amos 
Dwinel, Amos Dwinel jun"", William^ Chessman, Aaron 
Dwinel, Samuel Lane, Jacob Dwinel, Edward Hawkes, 
Daniel Bucknam, Joseph Waterman Elisha Haben, Samuel 
Bridgham, James Soule, Joseph Bridgham, Chandled Free- 
man, Amos Harris Edmond Saunders, James Manwell, James 
Harsey, Reuben Harsey, Pebody Bradford, Joseph Freeman, 
James Shaw Moses Bradbury jun'', Jacob Bradbury, Lemuel 
Raymond, Jonathan Bradford, David Dinsmore, Zebulon 
Davis, *Begamon Claford, *William Picket, this name is 
William Picket, Moses Bradbury, Isaac Allen, Samuel Brad- 
ford, Noah Harsey, Levy Harsey, Thomas Gurney, Bealey 
Xoyse, Samuel Poole, Jonathan Nash, Nehemiah Parker. 

Certificate. 

This certifies that at a Convention of Delegates from sev- 
eral ToAvns & plantations in the Countys of York Cumber- 
land and Lincoln held at Portland by adjourmnent Jan'' 31, 
1787, it was Voted Bradbury Esq of Buxton wi. Moses Ames 
of Fryburg, Joshua Fabyan Esq of Scarboro and Jn° Froth- 

• Very distinct. 

* This name ia written very poorly, bence tbeir identification. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 25 

ingliam Esq. of Portland, Sam' Thompson Esq. of Topsham 
& D Daniel Coney of Hallowell be a Committee to prefer a 
Petition to the Gen' Court from said Convention. 

Attest Wm Gorham Pres* 

New Gloucester. 

The Subscribers are all free men of 21 years of age and 
upwards. 

N'ay — Isaac Parsons — Yeas — William Bradbury, Ben- 
jamin Lane, Andrew Campbell, Arthur Bradman, Ebenez'" 
Davis, Edward Parsons, Eliphalet Haskell, Lemuel Tucker, 
Benj'' Haskell, Viles Cobb, Jabez Bradbury, John Haskell, 
Gideon Haskell, Benjamin Witham, jSTathaniel Stevens, John 
Megquier, Jonathan Kow, jSTath'' Eveleth jun'. Jacob Haskell, 
John Tyler, Asa Loring, Joseph Allen jun"", John Prince, 
Simon I^oyes, William True, Jabez True, John Johnston, 
William Parsons Jun', Francis Bennet, Nehemiah Allen, 
Simeon Wells, Samuel Bennet, Peleg Chandler, Bildad Ar- 
nold, Jacob Haskell, Thomas Ayer, William Widgery, Barna- 
bas Wiuslow, W" Bridgham, ISTathanel Bennett, Ezekiel 
Merrill, Ebenezer Lane, Joel Haskell, Kobert Bayley, Moses 
Merrill, Jonathan Haskell, Samuel Merrill, Benj. Bradbury, 
Ebenez"" Cleaves, Isaac Eveleth, Thomas Powers, Samuel 
Fogg, Solomon Atwood Esq', Nicholas Low, William 
Hutcheson, Nathan Haskell, James Stinchfield, RoV Fobes, 
Eben"" Mason, John Megquier, Robert Hanaford, John War- 
ren, Edward Peacock, Elias Merrill, Josiah Smith, David 
Woodman, Nehemiah Allen J', William Blay West, Nath'' 
Ingersoll, James Bishop, Abraham Jaquith, Samuel Merrill, 
John Merrill, James Rider. 

[Note— See Vol. XXI, p. 376.] 

Fairfield to begin at Kenebeck river at the S, E, Corner 
of the Proprietors mile lott marked b, h, in the northerly line 
of Winslow thence runing W. N. W the Course of the N. 



26 DOCUMENTARY IIISTOEY 

line of said Winslow 6 miles, tlience N. 81/0° W. about 6I/2 
miles untill a line runing on E Course Shall Strike the S. E. 
Corner of Lot IST" 35 in Canaan on Kenebeck river, thence 
down s'' river to the first mentioned bound, 

Canaan — begins at the South East Corner of lot 'N° 35 in 
Canaan on Kenebeck river, at the N^ortheasterly Corner of 
Fairfield thence runing west 4 miles & 206 poles then ]S[ 
about 3I/2 miles to Kenebeck river then down s*^ river to the 
head of Scowhegan falls (so called) thence N about one mile 
and 196 poles to Norragewalk north line on a line runing 
East of Xorragewalk point, thence 9 nine miles and forty 
pole, thence South about 6^ miles untill a West Course shall 
cross Kenebeck river to the first mentioned bound, 

iSTorredgewolk begining at the head of Scowhegan falls on 
Kenebeck river, thence runing N. about one mile & 196 poles 
on the ]Sr. W. part of Canaan to ISTorridgewolk I^orth line, 
thence W. about 6^ miles to Kenebeck river at jSTorridge- 
wolk point thence south about six miles & 120 poles untill a 
line runing E about five miles shall strike the S. W. corner 
of Canaan, thence IST. about 3% mile on the Westerly bound, 
of Canaan a Cross Genebeck river, thence down said river 
to the head of Scowhegan falls afore mentioned. 



Petition of Joseph Tucker. 

Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honourable the Senate, the Honourable the House of 
Representatives in General Court Assembled 
The petition of Joseph Tucker of York Humbly Sheweth — 
That your petitioner in the Year 1784 when Agent to Col" 

Brooks Y"' Massachusetts Regiment was presented with two 

orders, by one Benjamin Darling, one of which orders. Signed 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 27 

Elijah Bliss Sergeant, and the other Jesse At wood a Soldier 
in said reg* for there pay &c which your petitioner paid to 
said Darling — the Orders proved afterwards to be Counter- 
feit — and your petitioner paid the Original Owners, for 
the Certificates which after he reduced to silver at the rates 
they then sold for Amounted to iSTinety Dollars — Your peti- 
tioner pursued Darling had him taken & committed and has 
taken two Journeys from York to Boston in order to have him 
brought to Justice, and your petitioner has not rec'd one 
peimy compensation Said Darling was let out on Bail and 
has not since returned or been brought to Tryal and his Bonds 
are forfeited to the Conmion Wealth. Your petitioner has 
been at very great expence to Endeavour to obtain his money 
therefore prays your Honors that the bonds of the said 
Darling may be Assigii'd your petitioner as the Common 
Wealth has been no sufferer but your petitioner a Very great 
one and he as in Duty bound shall ever pray 

Joseph Tucker 
May, 1788 



Proceedings of Delegates of Plantations Easter^ of Golds- 
borough Co. Lincoln. 

At a meeting of the Delegates of the Towns & all the 
Plantations Eastward of Gouldsboro' in the County of Lin- 
coln, Assembled at Pleasant River on Thursday the 15**^ day 
of May A.° D." 1788. Present — Alexander Campbell Esq' 
Delegate from 'N" 4, Cap* Joseph Wallis Jun"" from l^arrow- 
guagus, Cap* Joseph Willson — from Epping, M' Daniel 
Merritt — from Pleasant River Cap* Joel Whitney, from 
Chandler River, James Avery Esq' from Machias [ Delegates. 

Made Choice of M'' Daniel Merritt Chairman &c James 
Avery Esq' Clerk. 



28 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Voted, that it is the opinion of this Convention that it 
wou'd be against the Interest of the Eastern Country for the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be divided into two 
Seperate States, and we do give our Dessent against it, and 
Request James Avery Esq' Representative of the Town of 
Machias to Represent the same to the Gen' Court & use liis 
Influence against it — 

Daniel Merrill, Joseph Wallis Jun"" 

Alexander Campbell, James Avery 

Joel Whitney, 



True Copy Attest 



Ja^ Avery Clerk 



Petition of Inhahitants of Shapleigh. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled 
Humbly Sheweth us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town 
of Shapleigh that some years past we Setteld and Cleard up a 
Tract or Perciel of Land as we was then informd was States 
Land Sometime after it was Clamed by a Cirtain Xumber of 
Persons Called the Shapleigh Proprietors and they Recoverd 
the Land from us and we then Bought the Same to the Line 
of Said Shapleigh having understood that they had Setteled 
with the Commonwealth. Sence which their has been .a 
Survay By order of Court and has Run acrost our Land and 
Cut of thirty two Roods of ours the Whole weadth of our 
Lots whereon was most of our improvements and Learbours 
and if Continued where Last run will allmost spoil our farms 
we Cannot but think that their must be some Mistake in the 
Last Tuning as said Land has been often Run and Came to 
the old line, we therefore Humbly Pray that your Honors 



OF THE STATE OF MAIIS'E 29 

would be pleased to order that the old Reputed Hue may be 
Continued or Releave us some other way as your Honors in 
your great Wisdom Shall think Best as we in duty bound 
Shall Ever Pray 
Shapleigh May 20, 1788. 

Abraham Pugsley William Murry, 

Abraham Pugsley jr David Go wen 

Andrew Walker Pugsley, Jonathan Horn, 



Petition of TF"' Sanders. 

To the honourable, the Senate, & house of representatives, of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — 
the petition of William Sanders humbly Sheweth. — That 
you petitioner, during the late Cruel War waged by Great 
Britain against America, was by the Refugees driven from 
the lawful j)ossession of Six hundred Acres of land. Sixty of 
which was under improvement with a wife & thirteen Chil- 
dren, (said land lay in the To-wn of Spry Hampton, in Saint 
Johns ^^ow called iSTew Brunswick) for No Other reason than 
his Attachment to the American cause — which has reduced 
your petitioner to a State of extreem poverty and is the only 
reason of his humbly begging your honours, to grant him 
such a tract of wild land, as your honours in your Wisdom & 
goodness shall think fit — that your petitioner may make 
another Trial of supporting himself & family by cultivating 
the wields of America, & your petitioner as in duty bound 
shall ever pray — 

W" Sanders 
Rowley, May 22"^ 1788 



30 DOCUMEJs'TAEY HISTOEY 

In the House of Representatives June 17, 1788 

Read & committed to the Committee on the sale of Eastern 

Lands 

Sent up for Concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 
In Senate June 17^'^, 1788 

Read and Concurred 

Sam^ Phillips j"" Presid* 



Govt's Message Respecting a Conference with the Penobscot 

Indians. 

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of 
Representatives 
The period is arrived when it is absolutely necessary, that 
your resolve of 28"^ March last with respect to a conferrence 
with the Penobscot Indians should be carried into execution, 
and with the advice of Council I have appointed the Reverend 
]\r Little to execute the business, who has been long con- 
versant with those Indians, and there is every flattering 
prospect that he will answer the expectations of the General 
Court; he is now ready to proceed, but after every effort of 
mine I fiil in the procurement of Money, which reduces me 
to the necessity of making my application to you. Gentle- 
men, to put it in my power to enable the person to proceed 

upon the business. — 

John Hancock 
Council Chamber 29"^ May 1788 

In the House of Representatives May 20, 1788 
Read & committed to M"" Brech, M"" Russell & M"" IMason 
with such as the Hon Senate may join to consider & report 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 31 

In Senate May 29, 1788 

Read and concurred and Eben Bridge & Cotton Tufts 
Esq" are joined. 

Sam^ Phillips jun' Presid*^ 



Re-Adjustment of Dispute ivith the Plymouth Company 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Whereas a dispute hath long subsisted between this Com- 
monwealth and the Plymouth company (so called) respect- 
ing the boundaries of the said companys claim, & it is ex- 
pedient that the same should be ascertained & settled as soon 
as may be — 

Resolved that altho the utmost limits of the claim of the 
Plymouth company in the County of Lincoln where this 
Commonwealth is concerned, appear to be from the lower or 
southern bend of the river Cobbeseconte, toward's the western 
ocean, below where the north branch comes into said river, 
which adjoins to the river Kennebec, extending fifteen miles, 
on each side of said river Kennebec into the woods, on a 
line drawn at right angles, with the General course of said 
river up to the mouth of Wesserunsett, at a line also dra-wn 
at right angles with the general course of the river Kenne- 
bec ; yet with a view to a final settlement of all disputes with 
the said company, the Commonwealth quits to them & their 
heirs, & assigns forever, a certain tract of territory above the 
mouth of Wesserunsett, not exceeding three miles north of 
the last mentioned line, which is to be laid out by an exact 
survey, so that the Commonwealth may be secured, & the 
said company have the intended gTant of three miles, made 
good to them. — 

Provided, that said company shall agree to quiet all the 
settlers on the said released lands, granting one hundred 



32 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

acres, to each settler, that settled hefore the year 1775, & to 
those that set down upon said lands since, the same number 
of acres, to be estimated & paid for by them as tho' said lands 
were in a state of nature; and that the aforesaid company 
give due notice of their compliance with this resolve into the 
Secretary's Office of this Commonwealth within two months 
from the passing of this Resolve — 

Provided also that nothing in this resolve, shall be con- 
strued to exclude any claimants from the benefit of Law in 
asserting their claims to any of the lands aforesaid. — 

And it is further Resolved, that nothing in this resolve shall 
be construed as to effect the said Plymouth companys claim 
to the lands by them purchased of the Pejepscut company, — 
of the proprietors holding under Lake & Clarke, & of the 
Wiscasset company, between the said southern boundary as 
before described, and the sea — 

And it is further Resolved, that in case the said Plymouth 
company, shall not within the aforesaid term of two months 
have signified their acceeding to the terms, before particu- 
larly mentioned and with each of them ; that then the Com- 
mittee of the general Court appointed by a resolve of the 
28th of October 1783 on the subject of unappropriated lands 
in the County of Lincoln be, & they are hereby empowered & 
directed by the Commonwealth aforesaid to lay out, survey, 
& sell all the lands lying & being to the northward of the 
mouth of the aforesaid river Wesserunsett, on the best terms 
they can for any of the notes of this Commonwealth, '^ or ' 
liquidated debts of the United States. ^ 
In Senate June 5, 1788. 

Read & accepted with an amendment at A, & Resolved ac- 
cordingly 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j^ Presid' 
A. dele from A to B. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 33 

Commonwealtli of Massachusetts 

The committee of both houses on the memorial of Leonard 
Jarvis esq"" & in behalf of the committee for the sale of lands 
in the Counties of Cumberland & Lincoln also the papers re- 
lating to the Plymouth Patent have attended the service as- 
signed them & ask leave to report the following resolve which 

is submitted 

Joseph Hosmer p*" Order 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Committee of both Houses to whom the Petition "of 
the Committee of the Kennebeck Company socalled in be- 
half of themselves and the other Proprietors of such Com- 
pany, who are also known & sometimes called by the name of 
the Phanouth Company," was refered ; have attended that 
service, and take leave to report the following Resolve, to wit 

Joseph Hosmer p"" order 
Eesolved that the said Kenebeck Company be, and they 
are hereby allowed to institute a suit against this Common- 
wealth, before the Supreme Judicial Court, in either of the 
Counties of Worcester, Middlesex or York, whose determina- 
tion shall be final respecting all matters in dispute between 
this Commonwealth and the said Company. 
In Senate Feb^ 28, 1787 
Read & not accepted 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 

To the Honourable Senate & Honourable House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court assembled — 

The memorial of John Stinson in behalf of the To^vn of 
George Town in the County of Lincoln — humbly shews — 

That in June 1780 Samuel M'^Cobb Esq'" was appointed 
by the General Court Agent for receiving Beef in the County 



34 DOCUMEIv^TAEY HISTOEY 

of Lincoln ; That in Compliance with the several recquisitions 
of Government The Town of George Town delivered to the 
said Agent a quantity of Beef, & receiv'd his receipts there- 
for, the amount of which receipts The Treasurer does not 
think himself Authorised to pass to the Credit of said Town, 
Alledging that the Agent aforesaid has not Accounted with 
him for said Beef — Your memorialist therefore prays jour 
Honours to take this Subject into your Consideration, & to 
Grant such relief to the said Town as in your wisdom may 
seem meet — And as in duty bound shall ever pray — 

John Stinton 
Boston June 11, 1788 



Col' Samuel ]M'"Cobb Agent for the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts D^- 1780 & 1781 To 3904 '" of Beef @ 4'' p '*' 
rec'd of Seth Tarr £65 .. 1 .. 4 

to 1051i/o of Beef @ 4^^ p '" rec'd of John White — 
17.. 10.. 6 

to 2615 of Beef @ 4*^ p '" rec'd of Joseph Baker — 
43.. 11.. 8 

to 272 of Beef @ 4'' p '" rec'd of Xath' Wyman 4 .. 10 .. 8 
Total £130.. 14.. 2 

Errors Excepted — 
Boston June 14''^ 1788 



John Stinson in hcJialf of Toions of Georgetown. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Tn the House of Representatives June 16, 1788 
On the Memorial of John Stinson in behalf of the Town 
of George Town in the County of Lincoln, Stating that a 
quantity of Beef had been delivered by the Town aforesaid, 



OF THE STATE OF MAI^^E 35 

to Samuel M'^Cobb Esq"" Agent for this Commonwealth, & 
praying that the same might be passed to their credit. 

Resolved That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be 
and he is hereby Authorized & directed to pass to the Credit 
of the To^\Ti of George To^\^l One hundred & thirty pounds 
14/3 on Acco° of Beef Taxes assessed in years 1781 & 1782. 
The Amount thereof having been paid in Beef, estimated ac- 
cording to Law at 4"^ p"" ^^, to Samuel M'^Cobb Esquire i\.gent 
as aforesaid — 

And whereas it appears that the said Agent has neglected 
to settle or Account with the Treasurer for said Beef 

Therefore Resolved, That the Treasurer be, & he is hereby 
directed to call on the said Agent for an immediate settle- 
ment of his Accounts, & for the payment of balance thereon 
due and if he should neglect the same to prosecute him there- 
for, 

Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 
In Senate June 18, 1788 

Read and Xonconcurred 

Sam' Phillips jun'' Presid'' 



Suffolk ss. This Certifies that Samuel M°Cobb Esq"" of 
Georgetown in the County of Lincoln, being appointed Agent 
for receiving Beef in said County of Lincoln this day ap- 
peared and w^as sworn to the faithful discharge of his Trust 
in said Office agreeable to the Resolve of the General Court 
of June 22^ 1780 before me 

Thomas Crane Jus Peace 
Boston Xov'" f V 1781 

True Copy from the original on file in the Secretary's 

Office 

Attest John x^very jun'" Secretary 



36 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Beef Required of Georgetown & Bath Viz* 
1^' Requisition 5054 '" 
4*'' Dec"* 1780 2^ Requisition 16,803 
22*^ June 1781. 3'"'' Requisition 6933 
Total 28,790 '" @ 4'^ p '" £479 .. 16 .. 8 



Petition of the Community of Brunsivick reg. fishing. 

To the Honorable Seanate and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the general Cort 
assembled in Boston June 14 1788 
the Pettion of the Commity of the Town of Brunswick in 
the County of Cumberland Humbely Sheweth in behalf and 
by order of Said Town in Towti Meeting Leagely assembled 
that they have with Concern seen maney people Seaning and 
Joining Driveing i!^ets togather for the same and makeing 
wares or Machines and diping out of season for Salmon 
which in our opinion is Destructive and if not Speadely 
Stoped Will End in final ruin of the fish in IMerrey Meeting 
Bay and rivers runing into the same from which the poor 
gets Supplys otherwise would suffer therefore Your Humbl 
Pettionerj prays this Honorable Cort that they would 
Lengthen the time for the Act now in force for fishing till 
the tenth of June when the fish at tliat time get up whare 
they Cast their Spawn and in stead of the 10"' of June may- 
be the lO"' of November or the whole year and that the people 
may have the time Lengthened to fish from monday sunrising 
untill Saterday Sunriseing in Every week onely Debar them 
from Seaning and building wares and from Diping Salmon 
which this town is much against with maney thinking 
Judicious men in our Neighbouring Towns, the Law as it 
now stands gives one part of the Comunity a privelidg over 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 37 

the rest, and the fine now so Small that the Law is not Re- 
garded we therefore pray that the Fine be not Less than ten 
pounds for aney one to pay that brakes the Law after it is 
amended and past, the Reason against it conting is that at 
certain places whare the fish play and resort to Cast their 
Spawn and the Scans hawl the spawn out of the mursels and 
other fish eat them and allso breaks the scools of fish onely a 
few able men receve the profits whilest the poor man is 
wronged who fishes with a small Driveing Net we Humbley 
pray your Honours to take the whole matter in to your wise 
Consideration and make the Law, so as to answre the good 
purpose of Saveing and preserveing the fish Called Salmon 
Shad and Alewives in the County afore Said and that no 
wares be built on aney part of the River Kenebeck from the 
Sea to the head of the tide on said River to take fish and your 
Pettioner as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray 

John Peterson, Tho* Thompson \ Commity 
Brunswick June y" 16'*^ 1788. 



Petition of Select Men of Georgetown. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon'ble Senate and house of Representatives of said 
Commonwealth in General Court assembled 

The Petition of the subscribers Select Men of Georgetown 
in the County of Lincoln humbly sheweth 

That an order has lately issued from the Court of General 
sessions of the peace for said County directed to the Select 
Men of said Town, requiring them to assess upon the In- 
habitants of the same Town the sum of £633 .. 12 .. pur- 
suance to a Complaint made by the Treasurer of the Com- 
monwealth against the said Town for a supposed neglect on 



38 docu:mextaey history 

their part in not assessing the aforesaid snm being for the 
new Emission Tax so called ; we therefore beg leave to repre- 
sent in behalf of the said Town that their omitting to make 
the assessment aforesaid was not owing to any neglect in 
them ; for it is a fact that the Tax Act upon which the said 
sum was granted never was received in this Town, so that it 
was never in the power of the assessors of said Town for the 
time being to proceed in assessing the said sum; and by that 
means the To^vn have been deprived of the advantage of pay- 
ing the said Tax in paper money, and besides this it appears 
as we are told from the Treasurers books that no more of the 
said Tax is due from the Town than £463 .. 7 . 9^4 we there- 
fore humbly pray 3'our honors to grant the said To^\m such 
relief as you in your wisdom may think proper 
John White, ) 

Francis Wyman, / Selectmen 
Edmond Hinkley 



Petition of Inhabitants of Orphan Island. 

To the Honorable Senate & the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentati /es of the Common-Wealth of Massachusetts Bay 
In General Court Assembled At Boston 
the Petition of us the Subscribers Setlers on an Island in 
Penobscot River Called orphan Island in the County of Lin- 
coln Humbly sheweth that your Humble Petitioners Settled 
on Said orphan Island from y^ year A. D. 1775 to y® year 
A. D. 1784 & first Part y' Year A D 1785 with an Expecta- 
tion to Purchis our Lots as State Land »&: to be Dealt with as 
the Poor Inhabitants of this Coald Wildirnes are Dealt in 
other Parts of this County as we ware Informed that the 
former Propriators had forfitted thare title to said Island By 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 39 

Being Enemies to tbare Country & we have Made Consider- 
able improvement on onr Lots without Being Disturbed un- 
till y'' 12"^ day of July Last at which time we ware forbid 
making any further improvements or Cutting aney wood on 
said Island By the Heirs of the former Propriators & we 
have Likewise Been Informed since that joiw Honners Had 
Established the title of this Island to the Heirs of y^ former 
Propriators togeather with other Part of thare Pattent uppon 
Conditions & v/ith a Proviso that Said Propriator should 
Quiat the setlers in thare Possessions which Resolve of your 
Honers we sliall Ever Look uppon as a gratious Humane Act 
for your Honners ]\Iust Be sensable that that setlers that 
Come into this wilderness as Poor as y" settlers ware that 
Came to this Island Must suifer with Hunger and Coald & 
go throu Allmoast Every Opperation But Death in order to 
Clear up Land to try to Raise something to Suppoart them 
selves & families & when we & our families have Sufred so 
much then to have y® Propriators Make Our Xecessities 
thare Oppertunities Because thay think we are Louth to 
Leave what we have Labored so hard & sufred so much for to 
think we must give 3 times y^ Vallu of the Land or be turned 
of Bcomes A Matter Yerrey Serious and of the gratist Con- 
sern to us of an}i:hing Earthley & we have I^o Other Relief 
under Heaven But what your Honners in your grate wisdome 
& Mercy Can give us we Appeal to the world for y'' Justifica- 
tion of our Industry & good Conduct since we Came on to 
this Island and we Humbly Aply to your Honners to Obblieg 
the Propriators to Quiat us in our Possessions or Improve- 
ments According to Your Gratious Resolve in July A D 1785 
Either By selling us the Land at a Reasonable Price & giving 
a Reasonable time of Pay Provided we give them Land or 
other good Securities or some Other way as your Honners in 
your Wisdome & Mercy shall think just & Reasonable & Best 
for the Propriators & us for if we are turned of House we 



40 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Must unavoidably suffer without Relief from the state as 
thare is About 20 families on this Island and all Verry Poor 
— and if we Can Injoy our Possessions Peasably all tho y® 
Land will Xot Bare Corn & y® winters Are Verry Long ye^ 
we Expect By y^ Help of the fishshery & our one Industry 
with the Blessing of heaven to Be able in a few years to Pay 
for the Land if it is Xot Sot two high tharefore we Humbly 
Pray your Honners to take the Matter into your serious Con- 
sideration k Quat us in our Possessions as far as is Con- 
sistant with justice & Humanity for we are discoridged in 
our Improvements untill your Honers will Be Pleased to Let 
us Know uppon What terms We may Ventor to Improve 
farther tharefore we Interceed with your Honers to Let us 
Know how we can have the Land or what shall Be done 
with us In Respict to it as soon as may Be Conveniant As in 
duty Bound hall Ever Pray peter Abbet 

In behalf of the Inhabitants of Offin Island 
Orphan Island Penobscot River June IS'"^ A. D. 1788 — 

In Senate Jan^ 5, 1789 — 

Read and committed to the Committee of both Houses, on 
the Petition from Waldoborough 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam* Phillips jun"" Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 5 1789 

Read and concurred 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 



Petition of Selectmen of Sand ford for Relief. 

To the Hon*" Senate and House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court Assembled Humbly Sheweth 
The Selectmen of the Towti of Sanford for and in Behalf 
of Said Town that they heretofore have been as Puncktal in 
Paying their Taxes as any Town in the Commonwealth ac- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 41 

cording to their abbilities and are willing to Support Govern- 
ment but by reason of untimely Frosts their Crops for three 
Year past have been Very much cut short and allmost all 
that they could get was Obliged to be Spent for Bread and 
they have been very much Distresst for want of the Preached 
Gospel among them and have lately Viz' Last Year been at 
greate Expence in Setteling a Minister and Building a Meet- 
ing house and Even now Cannot be Accomodated without 
another Meeting house and Setteling another ]\Iinister which 
they are at present Attempting these and many more Diii- 
cultys have much reducd the Town to Very low Circum- 
stances Add to all the rest Part of Tax X° 4 & was Commited 
to one Epharam Parsons Constable at that time, & he Col- 
lected the Greater part of the Same and not Settel with the 
Treasurer only in part and is Sence dead and Left a Widow 
& Eight small Children to be Supported now if Execution 
Comes out against the Town & they should distress the 
Widow then undoubtedly the town must take care of the 
Children or Pay the money over again we therefor pray 
your honours to take our Distressed Case into your wise Con- 
sideration and grant us Such Relief as you in your Wisdom 
Shall think best we Cannot but Remind your honours that 
we have paid heavy Sums for Soldiers and other Expences of 
Government and when other To\\tis have had Large Sums 
remited we have not even asked and Should not at this time 
had it not been for our Distressed Circumstances as in Duty 
Bound Shall Ever Pray 

Sam' N^asson, Eleazar Chadbourn, Henry Smith [ 

Selectmen of Sanford. 
In Senate June 18, 1788 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on applica- 
tions for abatement of Taxes — 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid* 



42 DOCUMEKTARY HISTORY 

In the House of Representatives June 16, 1788 

Read and concurred. 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

Commonwealth of ]\Iassachusetts J- 

In the House of Representatives March 29 1788 

On the Petition of the Select men of the Town of Sanford 
Seting Forth that Parte of Tax X° 4 was yet Due from Said 
Town & Praying that the Same might be Abaited to Said 
Town — 

Resolved For Reasons Set Forth in said Petition that the 

Prayer there of be so Far Granted that the Town of Sanford 

be allowed to Pay in Said Tax at any time until the First 

Day of September Xext & the Execution be staid In the 

mene Time Sz the Treasurer of this Commonwealth is directed 

to Govern himself accordingly 

Sent up for concurrence 

I Warren Spk"" 

The Committee of Both Houses appointed to Consider 
Petitions for abatement of Taxes, Ask leave to Report as 
their opinion that the petitioners in behalf of the Town of 
Sanford for the abatement of their Taxes: have leave to 
withdraw their Petition — Which is Submitted. 

Stephen Choate p"" order 
In Senate June 20, 1788 

Read & accepted & ordered accordingly — 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam> Phillips j"" Presid' 

Mr. Gilmours Petition. 

To the Honourable the Senate & House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled 
The Petition of David Gilmore of Woolwich in the County 
of Lincoln humbly Sheweth that he is treasurer of said townj 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 43 

that the said town is indebted to the treasury of this Com- 
monwealth in the sum of One hundred & eight pounds on the 
beef tax, that the said sum was collected, the one half in con- 
tinental Indents, the other half in consolidated Notes of this 
Commonwealth & order on the X° 1, ^V 2 & N° 3 Tax, 
previous to the resolve of the General Court passed in their 
last session forbidding the State Treasurer to receive any 
more Indents on the back Taxes, and paid into me as treas- 
urer of said town for the purpose of Discharging said Tax, 
— T^Tow the Said Gilmore humbly prays that the Treasurer 
of the Comm.ouv/ealth, in discharge of said Tax, may be 
directed to receive the securities abovementioned, & as in duty 
bound shall ever pray &c 

David Gihnor 
Woolwich July 4'*^ 1788 



John Shaio's Petition. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts \ 

To the Hon'''^ Senate & House of Kepresentatives of said 
Commonwealth in General Court assembled 

The Petition of John Shaw of Hallowell in the County of 
Lincoln 

Humbly sheweth, 

That your Petitioner served as a Serjeant in the late 
American Army for the term of three Years, in the first 
Company, and 6"" Regiment, of the Massachusetts Line, com- 
manded by Colonel Thomas jSFickson, & at the close of the 
above mentioned period, there was a considerable sum of 
Money due to your Petitioner for his service aforesaid — 
That after your Petitioner had obtained a regular discharge 



44 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

from the Army, he engaged in the Sea service, without having 
been paid what was justly due to him as aforesaid, and was 
unfortunately captured by a British Cruizer in the West 
Indies, where he was detained a Prisoner near three Years 
— that on his return home, helpless and destitute of property, 
he made application for his wages ; but to his great sorrow and 
distress, he was told that some person in his absence, had 
assumed his Name, and drawn the whole: Your Petitioner, 
who is a very poor Man, and has a helpless family to main- 
tain, therefore humbly implores your Honours protection, 
and ardently prays, that your Honours would take his Case 
into your serious consideration, and grant him such relief as 
many other poor, but faithful Soldiers have experienced, in 
similar circumstances, from the justice of their Country; 
and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray 

Hallowell 20'^^ Septemb' 1788 

John Shaw J"" 

I stuteley Springer Testify & Declare that I Sailed with 
John Shaw of Hallowell above mentioned in the Ship ad- 
ventuer from Salon, in Nov' A. D. 1780 Said ship was 
taken by a British Ship in June A D. 1781 & we remained 
Prisners fourteen months & fourth says not 

Stutley Springer 

Lincoln Ss. September 22'' A. D. 1788 

then the above Named Stutley Springer appeared & made 
Solom Oath to the Truth of the above Declaration Before me 

Joseph North Jus Peace. 

Hallowell September 26''' 1788 

This may certify that John Shaw jun"" the within petitioner 
is now and has been ever since the late war an Inhabitant of 
the Town of Hallowell 

Eph™ Ballard, James Carr, James Page \ 

Selectmen of Hallowell 



OF THE STATE OF IMAINE 45 

Collectors of Taxes. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts \ 

To the Honourable Senate and House of Eepresentatives of 
said Commonwealth, in General Court assembled, Oc- 
tober 1788 — 

The Memorial & Petition of the Subscribers, late Con- 
stables & Collectors of Taxes of several Towns in the County 
of Lincoln, 

Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Memorialists preferred a Petition to the Honour- 
able General Court of said Commonwealth in February last, 
for the Reasons therein particularized, praying that an Act 
might be made to disenable any Person or Persons from 
bringing any Action or Actions against any Constables or 
Collectors for selling the Lands of JSTon-resident Proprietors 
for Non-payment of Taxes of any Purcheser after the Ex- 
piration of three Years by Law prescribed — 

In addition to which your Memorialists beg Leave to repre- 
sent to your Honours, that the office of Constable, which 
many of them, by Reason of their Inability to raise the 
Money to pay their Taxes, are compelled to execute, is very 
burthensome, That many of them are unskilled in the Law, 
That Papers in a long Course of Time are liable to be mis- 
laid or totally lost, and that their Estates are always liable 
to be taken and sacrifised for want of proper Vouchers, when 
they in their Conduct (according to their best Judgment) 
have strictly adhered to the Laws 

Your Petitioners do therefore intreat Your Honours to 
take their Case into your wise and serious Consideration, 
and to grant them such Relief as in your great Wisdom you 
shall think proper — And Your Memorialists & Petitioners 
as in Duty bound Shall ever pray &c 

Moses Hastings Benjamin Dyer, 



46 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

SoF Parker, Joliii Vriird, 

Asa Phillips, Isaac Savage S"" 

Asa Emerson, John Taylor, 

N'ath^ Low, Xath' Carter, 

Joshua Davies, Eph"* Ballard. 
John Bragg Jun"", 



Report of the Committee to examine the Files. 

The Committee appointed to examine the files of the last 
sitting of the Gen" Court & report such business as may be 
necessary to be taken up — 

Report as follows (viz) 

the report of the Com'^® of Finance. 

the report of the Com*®^ respecting the suport of y® Liu* 
Gov' — with the Gov""^ messague of y' 14^'^ of IS^v""" 1788. 

a bill of Additional Salary to the justices of the Supream 
Judicial Court. 

A bill incorporating dear Island & five others, 

A Bill for incorporating Plantation N" 4 

A Bill for incorporating Plantation N" 5 or blue hill. 

Report of the revising Com*®® respecting a system for the 
Administration of Justice with six Bills on that subject. 

W. Spooner by order 



Petition of Residents of Thomaston. 

To the Honorable Sanate and House of Representatives in 
General Court Asembled 

We your Petetioners Humbly Shew — 

That whereas the Difucalty of the Late Revelution 
rendered our Circumstances in Life varcy hard and Distress- 
ing in our Sevaral Caulings we ware obliged to take to our 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 47 

axes and hoes for to geet bread for our selves and famolyes 
and improve them in a new and uncultivated Cunteray ^^^th 
maney hardships by the Distress of "War and other Difacul- 
tyes atending our Situation of Life our lot was Cast in that 
part of the County of Lincoln that your Honours have since 
Released to the Hairs of the late Brigedear "Waldo by a Ee- 
solve bareing Date July y" 4"' 1785 but finding in said Ee- 
solve a proviso that your Honours have made that favours 
our Cause relative to the then possessors of aney part of 
those Lands we humbley take incorigement to pray your 
Honours to take into your wise Concideration and Determin 
upon that part of the Eesolve in what manner we shall be 
quieted hopeing itt Will fare no harder with us then itt has 
with our Xeighbours who have seateld upon other States 
Land near us as vre conceive our Soil is no beter and was in 
a State of Xature as v/ell as theirs Avhen we began to improve 
itt But as our Tov^-n was Early incorporated our burden of 
Publick Expences v^as varey havey for our situation and we 
have been paying Taxes for our Lands a Long time while 
other Lands have been lying waist as to advantage Either to 
Publick or private we hope your Honours in your W^isdom 
we concider our Difucaltyes and remove our fears of Greater 
ill conveanences that may befall us upon the Tearms above 
mentioned or sumthing Simaler to itt or If your Honours 
think not fitt to comply with our request as before mentioned 
we pray that the matter may be put by til som futer session 
of the General Court for our Eastern part of the Countey is 
varey weak as to Eepresentation att this time and itt cannot 
be Helpt att preasent and we your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever pray 

Sam' Browm, Oliver Smith, David Craighton 
Thomastou Octobar y^ ^"^ 1788 
Daniel Palmer, Anthony ]\Iathews, 

Oliver Eobins Ju° Phinehas Butler, 



48 



DOCUME^^TAET HISTORY 



James Killsa, 
N^ehemiah Stevens, 
Benjamin Blackintun, 
Isaac Spear, 
Zadok Brewster, 
Thomas Hill, 
Hugh Killsa, 
John West, 
Benj^ Cooper, 
William Chapman, 
James Kendell, 
Widow Jane Kendell, 
Job Penney, 
George Killsa, 
Benjamin Lowell, 
Xathan Sherman, 
John Lindsey, 
John Gooding, 
Joseph Ingraham, 
Joseph peney sener, 
Xathan Pillsberry, 
Jacob Keen, 
Job Ingraham, 
Josiah Ingraham, 
Richard Drought, 
Joseph peney jun"". 



Timothy Spaulding, 
John Simonton, 
John Hill Xikoles, 
Simon ]\PCleman, 
James Weed, 
George Sa\'^vord, 
Thomas M'^Lellan, 
William Green, 
Matthew Kellock, 
Moses Kellock, 
Matthew Kellock Jun"" 
Benjamin Small, 
Stephen Peabodey, 
James Orbeton 
Jonathen Orbeton, 
William Rowel, 
James Bro%vn, 
Isaac Green, 
David Jenks, 
Samuel Fales, 
John Fales, 
Nathaniel Pales Jun*", 
Thomas Stevens, 
ISTathaniel Stevens 
[ ] Smith 



Petition of Anna Card of York. 

To the Honorable the senate & House of Representatives to 

be Convened in Boston for the Common Wealth of 

Massachusetts on the last Wednesday of October 17SS 

Humbly shews Anna Card of York in the County of York 

widow That Job L^Tnan of York afors^ Esq"" at the Court of 

Common pleas holden at Biddeford within & for said County 

on the second Tuesday of October 1787 recovered Judgment 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 49 

against your Petitioner for fifty Six pounds eleven shillings 
& eight pence Damage and five pounds ten shillings & ten 
pence Cost of Said Upon an inequitable Demand and paid 
out his Execution thereon the IS"" Day of the same month 
and on the 25'^ Caused the same to be Levyed on all her Real 
& personal Estate which by the address & management of 
said Lyman was appraised & set oft" at Less than one Quarter 
part of the value namely for the sum of Thirty pounds and 
caused her to be committed for the residue to the Common 
prison in York where she now remains strip'' of all her prop- 
erty & Dependent on the hand of Charity alone for her future 
support & painful and distressing as her sale now is she 
would feel it less if she was conscious of her having been 
justly indebted to the said Lyman & that her property was 
taken from her fairly and justly to satisfy an honest Creditor 
But this is so far from being the case that the same artful 
Influence which obtained so unrighteous a Judgment against 
her pursued her in the Choice of Appraizers and ushered in 
among them one of her own Eelations to Seal her fate — 
Your honors will see by the enclosed papers the mode of pro- 
ceeding in this aft"air with a Certificate of a Number of 
Respectable Characters in York perfectly acquainted with 
the value of the property taken Estimating it at nearly four 
times the value at which it was appraized & among Them M"" 
John Savage a reputable Merchant and one of the appraizers 
who refused signing The appraizement being convinced of its 
Injustice — Your petitioner has now no remedy but in the 
Justice and humanity of Your honors she feels herself in the 
short space of one month Thrown from Easy though not 
affluent Circumstances into a Disagreeable prison & Robbed 
of everything which she could depend on for supporting life 
and although cruelly and unjustly treated she can have no 
remedy at the Common Law. There is no Court of Chancery 
to which she can apply for relief and no Judicial Court can 



50 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

afford her that redress which their o\\ti feelings & Love of 

Equity would prompt them to : it is Therefore to the 

power so wisely Lodged iu jour august body that she looks up 

begging for an enquiry into the Justice of her Complaint & 

himibly hoping that upon her being heard on the matter she 

will be able to convince your honors that Those unrighteous 

proceedings which have reduced her to her present unhappy 

state may be done away 

Jn" Sullivan for the petitioner 
York, October 4"^ 1788 



Resolve on Petition of Anne Card. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts \ 

In the House of Representatives Feb'' 3, 1789 
On the petition of Jn° Sullivan aW to Anne Card praying 
that the extention and service of a certain Execution issued 
from the Supreme Judicial Court of this Common Wealth in 
favour of Job Lyman Esq"" on the Estate & Body of the said 
Anne may be declared null & void for reasons set forth in s'' 
Petition. Resolved that the service & extention aforesaid 
and all the doings of the sheriff of the County of York or his 
Deputy be and hereby are declared null and void to all in- 
tents & "purposes and the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial 
Court is hereby directed to issue an alias Execution directed 
to the Sheriff of s'' County of York or his Deputy in tho 
same manner as if the original Execution had been returned 
in no part satisfied & s"^ Sheriff or his Deputy shall proceed 
to execute the same as tho' no execution had been leved on s'' 
Judgment and all attachment made on the original which 
shall be held good & valid until thirty days after issuing the 
Execution — 

Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 51 

Petition of Anna Card and Action thereon, with various 

documents relating to the subject. 
York ss Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
To the Sheriff of our County of York or his Deputy Greet- 
ing— 
[A Seal] 

Whereas Job L^^nan of York in our County of York Esq"" 
by the Consideration of our Justices of our Court of Com- 
mon Pleas holden at Bideford for and within our County 
of York aforesaid on the second Tuesday of October Instant 
— Recovered Judgment against Anna Card of said York 
Widow for the sum of Fifty Six Pounds Eleven Shillings & 
Eight Pence Lawful Money Debt or Damage and five pound 
Ten Shillings and Ten Pence Cost of Suit as to us appears 
of Record whereof Execution Remains to be Done We com- 
mand you therefore that of the goods, chatties or Lands of 
the said Anna within Your Precinct you cause to be paid and 
satisfied unto the said Job at the Value thereof in money the 
aforesaid Sums — being Sixty two Pounds two shillings and 
sixpence in the v/hole with two Shillings & Eight more for 
this writ and Duties and thereof also to testify Your self for 
your owm Fees & for want of goods Chatties or Lands of the 
said Anna to be by her shewn unto you or found within Your 
Precinct to the Acceptance of the said Job to satisfy the sum 
aforesaid — We command you to take the Body of the said 
Anna and her commit unto our Goal in York in our County 
of York aforesaid and detain in your Custody within our 
said goal — untill she pay the full Sums above mentioned 
with your Fees or that she be discharged by the said Job the 
the Creditor or otherwise by order of law hereof fail not and 
make Return of this Writ with your Doings tlierein into the 
Clerk's office of our said Court of Common Pleas at the end 
of three Months from the Date hereof Witness 

Rishworth Jordan Esq"" 



52 DOCUMEISTTAKY HISTORY 

at York the thirteenth Day of October in the year of our 
Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Seven 

Daniel Sewall Clerk Pro: tern — 

N. B, The Debtor has a Right to Tender her Property 
as the lav/ directs to Discharge this Execution 

York ss. October 25*'» 1787 

Then Cap' Joseph Bragdon ]\P John Savage & Elijah 
Blaisdel being freeholders in said County personally ap- 
peared before me the Subscriber and made Solemn Oath that 
in appraiseing and setting off such of the Estate Real or per- 
sonal shewn them by the Debtor as the property of the with- 
in named Anna Card for satisf3'ing the within Execution 
and the charges thereon they would act therein faithfully 
and Impartially according to their best skill & Judgment Be- 
fore me — 

W" Frost Justice Peace — 

York ss. October 25 — 1787 

We the Subscribers Freeholders in the County of York 
being chosen &; sworn as the Law Directs faithfully & Imar- 
tially to Appraise and set off such of the Estate of the within 
named Anna Card as should be shewn us by the said xVnna 
in Order to Satisfy this — Execution and Charges of levying 
the same and which Joshua Luut Deputy Sheriff for the 
said County has levyed said Execution Viz' on one third part 
of a grist Mill with the Priviledges thereto belonging which 
the said Anna Owned in Partnerships with Job L}Tnan Esq"" 
which we appraise & value the afores** third part at Twenty 
pounds, also the one half of the Dwelling House & Priviledge 
where the said Anna Card now liveth under the Incumber- 
ance of the Widow's thirds with a Garden spot of land thereto 
belonging as by Deed from David Parsons to s** Anna Re- 
corded in York Records Dated the o^ Day of June 1785 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 53 

Lib" 48 FoF 176 with a Priviledge in the Well which we also 
appraise at Nine pounds ; also Ten acres of land in York 
Woods Joining on land belonging to Samuel Preble upon 
one Side and land belonging to Job Lyman Esq"" which we 
appraise at three pounds Ten Shillings making in the whole 
thirty two pounds ten shillings in part Satisfaction of this 
Execution and charges of levying the same 

Joseph Bragdon, Elijah Blaisdell 



York ^'' October 2 5*^^ 1787 

Receiv*^ of Joshua Lunt Deputy Sheriff of the County of 

York seizen & possession of the above mentioned Premises 

w^hich I accept in Part Satisfaction of the within Execution 

& Charges of Levying the same 

Job Lyman 

York ss October 25''' 1787 

Pursuant to this Execution I have levyed it on one third 
part of a Grist JMill & on half the Dwelling House where the 
afores*^ Anna Card liveth together wdth the Garden spot there- 
to belonging with the Priviledge in the well and on Ten 
acres of land in the Woods which was at the option of and 
shewn me by Anna Card the Debtor within named as by 
awriteing under her hand hereunto Annexed appears & have 
caused three Indifferent Men Freeholders in said Country to 
be Chosen & sworn According to law to Appraise & set off the 
same namely Joseph Bragdon Chosen by the Creditor John 
Savage chosen by the Debtor and Elijah Blaisdel chosen by 
myself who have apprised & set off the aforesaid Premises as 
set forth in the aforesaid — Return made by said Appraisers 
who have apprised the same at thirty two pounds ten shillings 
& after Deducting the charges of levying Remains thirty 
Pounds to Satisfy this Execution in Part and have Delivered 



54 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

seizen aud Possession of the aforesaid Premises to Job Lyman 
Esq"" in part Satisfaction of this Execution and Charges of 
levying the same 

Attest Joshua Lunt Deputy Sheriff 

An Inventory of What Property I Possess Except House 
hold goods furniture and wearing apparrell Necessary for 
Upholding Life ; One Moiety or half part of the House were 
now live under the Incumbrance of the Widows thirds to- 
gether with a Garden Spot being the same I purchased of 
my Brother David 10 acres of wood land And beyond Chase's 
Mills one third part of the Grist Mill in Partner Ships with 
Job Lyman. — Eight Bushels of Potatoes Cabbage Carrots 
&c 3 feet of wood at the Door which is all the Property I 
possess or am the owner of which I am Keady to declare on 

Oath — 

Anna Card 

York ss. October IS''' 1787 

then the above named Anna Card Personally appeared 

& made Solemn Oath to the truth of the above Inventory by 

her signed, Before me, 

W™ Frost Justice Peace 

York ss January 8*^ 1788 

Pursuant to this Execution to me Directed I have taken 
the Body of the aforesaid Anna Card and have committed 
her to goal for the Residue unpaid 

Attest Joshua Lunt Deputy sheriff 

Recorded according to the Original Receiv*^ January 12''' 

1788 

Att W" Frost Reg' W 2G3 

True Copy of Record Lib" 50 foP* 148 :149 

Att W" Frost Regn 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 55 

We the Subscribers think that the property that Doctor 
Job Lyman of York in the County of York took by Execution 
from the Widow Anna Card of York aforesaid on the 25th 
day of October 1787 Consisting of the half part of a dwell- 
ing House two Stories high 36 feet Long & 20 feet wide 
with a good Seller & well and one quarter of an Acre of Land 
thereto belonging, Situate in s'' York about three quarters 
of a mile from the Court house, and on the road leading 
from York Court House to Berwick ; Also one third part of 
a grist mill Situate on a Creek of York River about one mile 
from York Court house ; Also Ten Acres of wood land Situ- 
ate about four miles from York Court House, is worth Con- 
siderable more than it was apprised at, in Satisfying the 
Execution aforesaid, According to the best of our judgment, 
the House & Land, & Mill & Wood Land were appraised at 
£32:10:0 I the subscriber think the above property Men- 
shond is Worth One hundred & Twenty pounds at Least 
Witness my hand — 

John Savage 

I the Subscriber think the above mentioned property is 

worth three times as much as it v/as apprised at the least as 

witness my hand — 

John i^owell Jun' 

I the subscriber think the above mentioned property is 

worth four times as much as it was appraised at in Satisfy 

the Execution aforesaid at the least. — 

Sam' Jankns. 

I the Subscriber think the above mentioned property is 

worth four times as much as it was appraised at in satisfying 

the aforesaid Exc*° at last 

John Carlile 



56 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

I the Subscriber think the above mentioned property is 
worth more than it was appraised at in Satisfying the Exe- 
cution aforesaid — 

Nicholas Sewall 

I the Subscriber think the above mentioned property is 
worth three times as much more as it was apprized at in 
Satisfying the Execution aforesaid at the least 

!N'ath' Simpson 

I the subscriber think the above mentioned property is 

vrorth three times as much at it was apprised at in satisfying 

the Execution aforesaid at least 

Thomas Abbot 

I the subscriber think the above mentioned property is 
worth three times as much as it was appraised at in satisfy- 
ing the Execution aforesaid at the least 

Daniel Carlile 

I the Subscriber think that if the above mentioned property 

was appraised at no more than £32 . . 10 ; that it was not 

appraised at half the Valine Witness 

Nehemiah Bean 

I the subscriber think that the above mentioned property 

was not apprised at half the Vallue of it in Satisfying the 

Execution aforesaid Witness 

Samuel Lunt 

I the subscriber think the above mentioned property is 
wortli four times as much as it was apprized at in Satisfying 
the Executon aforesaid at least 

I John Savage of La^vfull age do Testify c^' Declair that 
I was one of the Apprisors With M' Elijah Blasdell k Joseph 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 57 

Bragdon to Appraise the Widdow Anna Card Estate to 
Satterfia an Execution of Doctor Job Lyman & I was Re- 
fused by Joshua Lunt Debt^ Shiref to make my Apprisement 
which Amount to 125 in the hole half the house Seller Well 
and a good Garden £45 1/3 Mill & Priveleges £60 Ten 

Acors of Land £20 

John Savage 

York ss 1^ Commonwealth Mass York Dec" 30 1788 

Then Personalely Appear"^ the above John Savage and 

]\'[ade Solomn Oath to the thruth of the above Deposision by 

him subscribed before me 

Sam' JSTason Jus P 



Memorial of Job Ly^nan re Anna Card. 

To the honourable the Senate of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts 

The ]\lemorial of Job Lyman of York in the County of 
York, respectfully sheweth ; 

That understanding a Petition under the Signature of 
John Sullivan Esq"^ for Anna Card, had been presented to 
the Legislature, which related to your memorialist: he pro- 
cured a Copy thereof, with the proceedings of the Hon*''® 
House of Representatives thereon, of the 3*^ Day of Feb^ 
1789. 

And he conceives it his duty to suggest a few matters for 
your Honors Consideration. That your memorialist is a 
free Citizen of this State, and as he contributes toward the 
support of the Government ; he conceives his Person and 
Property are intitled to its protection. 

That an en parte decision in a Judicial Court, that has 
Cognisance of a Cause (unless by an express agreement of 
the parties he has been led to suppose, was dissonant to the 
first Principals of natural Justice. 



58 DOCUIIENTAKY HISTOEY 

How far the Revolution of the Hou"^ House is consistaut 
with the first CL^use of the lO'*" Article of the Declaration of 
Rights, and also with the 12^*', Yours Honours are best able 
to determine. That by the SO'*" Article it is declared that 
the Legislative department shall never exercise the Executive 
and Judicial Powers, or either of them. Your ]\Iemorialist 
is quite at a loss to determine in what manner, the legislative 
can reverse the Judgment of a Court of Law, or set aside the 
proceedings in consequence of a Judgment without exer- 
cising the Judicial Power. 

Your memorialist apprehends some part of the s** Anna's 
Allegations, carry their owii Reputation, For if the Lands &c 
were really appraised at one fourth of their value, it was 
easy for her to have disposed of them, within the Time pro- 
vided for redeeming real Estate extended upon by Execution ; 
and paid the debt and had two hundred Dollars remaining, 
but that was so far from being the Case that she could not 
sell it for so much as it was appraised at. 

That any undue or unfair management (on his part) in the 
appointment of the Appraisers, or any attempt to swerve them 
from the due discharge of their duty, either before, or after 
they were under the Solemn Obligation of an Oath, is a Sug- 
gestion as totally void of Truth, as it is injurious, and 
malicious, that two of them were Husbandman, by Pro- 
fession and disinterested, discreet. Freeholders within the 
County, True it is that one of them did intermarry with a 
Cousin of the memorialist, and to that Person the s^ Anna 
expresly Assented prior to their entering on the Apprais- 
ment ; as may be made fully to appear. That your memo- 
rialist can abundantly manifest the equity of his Demand, 
and the Judg-ment of the S'' Court of Law in his favour, not- 
withstanding the round Assertions in the S'' Anna's Petition 
to the Contrary, did he suppose it necessary or expedient, and 
also the many evasive and fraudulent Transactions of the s*^ 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 59 

Anna & her Agents respecting this very Demand And your 
memorialist humbly conceives the Hon'''^ Councellor for the 
s"^ Anna when drafting the s'' Petition, did not advert to the 
Principals of the Constitution, included in the before men- 
tioned Articles; nor that the Legislature cannot constitvition- 
ally erect or constitute itself a Court of Chancery. For the 
foregoing and many other Reasons which your memorialist 
is able to offer, he humbly Conceives the Resolution of the 
House of Representatives of the 3*^ of Feb^ will never be 

concured by the Hon'''^ Senate. 

Job Lyman 
York January 2^ 1790 



Petition of the Inhabitants of Buchton for relief. 

To the Honorable Senate and Gentlemen of the House of 
Representatives in General Court Assembled 

the petetion of the Settlers of a place Called Buckton 
Humbly Sheweth that Whereas their is a Report prevails 
among -them that the general Court Hath Required of Each 
Settler holding a Hundred acres of Land which was took up 
His Lot previous to January 1784 to pay five Dollars Tn 
Hard Money by the first day of January 1789 and Whereas 
the Settlers until of Late Received the Matter that they 
were to Hold a Hundred acres Each Doing Customary Duties 
to Roads and other Court Requisitions and Would pray to 
Know Whether their ever Was any Act of the General Court 
for their paying the five Dollars on Each Hundred acres and 
to Whome It is payable and If any such act Hath passed 
they Would further pray that the time might Be Prolonged 
for the payment thereof as they are In a poor Capacity to pay 



60 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

the Money so soon as a great part of us are under ISTecesa- 
tious Circumstances In so Xew a Settlement and Whereas 
there Was a JSTumber of Late taken up and Cultivation made 
upon them for the year 1785 & 1786 Being IgTiorant of the 
Resolve of the General Court Respecting the Lands Belong- 
ing to the State and Would Humbly pray your Honours that 
something might be done to quiet us in our possessions and 
that Reservation might Be made If the town is expected to 
Any Number of proprietor that Wee Might Have an oper- 
tunty to purchase the Land of the state at as Low a price as 
the general Court shall set the Land at and Xot to purchase 
the Land of the proprietor at any price that they may please 
to set upon the same or Quiet our possessions and Loose our 
Labour and that Your Honours Would take into Considera- 
tion the above petition and Resolve thereon as we are In 
Duty Bound to Ever pray 
Buckton October 9'^ 1788 

[Signed] Jotham Shaws Lot taken up 1783 Jotham 
Roberds 1781 Joseph Roberds Jn"" 1781, Enoch Hall 1781 
John Huszey 1781 Caleb Young 1781 James Jordan 1782 
Joseph Chase 1781 Amos Brown 1781 Nathaniel Chase 1781 
William Irish 1781 Nathaniel Smith j"" 1785 Lemuel Crocker 
1780 Jacob Whitman 1782 Thomas Lowell 1780 Joshua 
Wescot 1783 John Thurlo 

In the House of Representatives Nov'^ 13 1788 

Read and committed to the Committee on the sale of East- 
ern Lands, to consider & report. 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgvdck Spk"" 

In Senate Jan^ 6, 1789. 

Read and Nonconcurred. 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 61 

Petition of the Town of Gray. 

To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Conven'd, October, 1788. 

May it please your Honors, the Petition of the Town of 
Gray in the County of Cumberland within said Common- 
v/ealth Humbly Sheweth 

That the said Town hath been exceedingly Burden'd with 
Taxes, (Considering its Ability) from it's first Incorpora- 
tion to The present Moment. That the said Town hath been 
Taxed almost twenty Two Thousand Pounds Lawfull Money 
That Notwithstanding, it's extream Poverty, upwards of 
Twenty Thousand Pounds of said Sum hath been paid. That 
the Collectors are Still Selling the Cattle, to pay the Taxes, 
and carrying Some of the Inhabitants to Jail. 

That although, we received considerable Relief from the 
Supream Legislature of this Commonwealth, in the Course 
of the Last Year, yet it was by no Means Equal to our 
Distress. 

That the greater part of the Lands in Said Town are ex- 
ceedingly poor, and Will not sell for more than Six Pence, 
or Seven Pence p*" Acre. 

That although, said Town hath been Setled more than 
Twenty Years ; yet There are not ten Tenantable Houses In 
said Town. 

That a great Part of the Town, the greater Part of the 
Year, live like Hermits, Being painfully destitute both of 
Food and Clothing. 

Your Honors will please further to observe, that the said 
Town have now Upon their Hands in Paper Money, Two 
Thousand and forty five Pounds and tvro Shillings, collected 
in the Year 1780. That for want of a Warrant From the 



62 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY. 

Honorable Treasurer Gardner, the Assessment was not Com- 
pleated, and therefore the Money Was not paid to him. 

That we have now sent the said Money By our Representa- 
tive to your Honorable Court. 

Your Honors will please further to observe That said Sum 
hat been again Assessed upon said Town, and is now Pain- 
fully collecting. As distressed and Dutifull Children we look 
up to your Honors, as our Fathers, and pray for Relief in 
the Premises as your Wisdom and Clemency may direct. 
And as in Duty bound will pray &c &c 

Jabez Mathews, Jedediah Cobb, William Webster ]■ 
Committee p"" Odor & In behalf of said Town. 
Gray, Octob"- IS*"^ 1788. 

In the House of Representatives Ocf 30"^ 1788. 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on the 
subject of abatement of taxes. 

Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk'' 
In Senate 30 October 1788 

Read & Concurred 

Sam' Phillips jun'" Presid^ 

To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or, to any whom it 
May concern 
We the Subscribers some of the principal Inhabitants of 
the Town of Gray Within said Commonwealth, certify that 
We have seen & examin'd a Petition Signi'd by a Committee 
belongirg to Gray afores**, to be preferr'd to the Present Ses- 
sion of the General Court. And declare that said Petition 
contains Nothing But Strict Truth. This Declaration We 
have ready to make upon Solemn Oath, Whenever the same 
may be Requir'd. 

Jabez Mathews, Stephen Blasdell, 

Jonas Stevens, William Grela, 



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63 



William Webster, 
Daniel Heaney, 
N'ath' Young, 
John Sprague, 
Samuel Stowell, 
John Morse, 
Jeams humphrj, 
Zachariah Fletcher, 
Isaac Xasen, 



Jethro Starbird, 
Daniel Libby, 
George Doughty, 
Joseph Cummiugs, 
James Colley, 
Eliab Lathrop, 
Jacob Knight 
Daniel Cummings 
John Mors 



Petition of Amos Whitney & others. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon''^^ Senate, and Hon''' House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled — 
The Petition of the subscribers Humbly Sheweth — that 
they with many others were employ*^ in the Reduction of 
Cape Breton in the year 1745 And as the General Court 
has, in years past, Seen fit to make Grants of Lands to Some 
of those Soldiers who were in the Same expedition with our- 
selves, and none has been made to us your Petitioners, we 
therefore take encouragement from the former Clemency 
of the House, to Supplicate your Honours for a Grant of 
some of the Unappropriated Lands lying to the Eastward of 
Piscaf* River, either in the County of York, Cumberland or 
Lincoln, enough for a Township of Six miles Square, Under 
such Restriction & Limitations as the Court in their wisdom 
shall see fit, — And your Petitioners, as in duty bound Shall 
ever Pray — 
Gorham, in the County of Cumberland, Oct' IS'"^ 1788 |^ 



64 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Amos Whittnay, James Gilkey, John Irish, John Eldor, 
Michael Woodsiim, John Lane in behalf Cap'' John Lane De- 
ceas*^, Amoner Andrews in behalf of Solomon Andrews De- 
cesed Isiah Brooks in behalf of Peter Brooks Ltt. Samuel 
Hovey jun"" in behalf of Samuel Hovey decesed Samuel 
Andrews in behalf of John Brown y^ fourth, Samuel Harding- 
Behalf of Samuel Harding Desesed, Robert McDonald in 
behalf of John M^'Donald Cap' Bendamen Donel In behalf 
of John Trevett & my self John Perkins ]■ Solomon Lom- 
bard in Behalf of Peter Grant, Philip Gammon in behalf of 
William Gammon Dec'' Sam' Jones, Amos Whitney, Xath 
Whitney, Joshua Adams, Thomas Brackett, Joseph Whitney, 
Theodore Rounds in behalf of Samuel Rounds deceased, 
James M^'Lellan in behalf of Samuel McLellan, Deceased 
Jonathan Simpson in behalf of Jeremiah Simpson deceased, 
Briant Morton, Paul Cammet, Prince Davis, Talor Gray, 
iS^athaniel Seamour, Col' James Samor in of Nathaniel 
Seamor decesed, Benjamin dureel in be Half of Moses Durel 
deceased, Benjamin Cairl in behalf of Timothy Cairl de- 
cesed [ ] Asten in behalf of Icabod Asten decesed, 
W"' Ijoynton in behalf of John M'^Cluras Deceased, Ephraim 
Johnson in behalf of Robert Johnson Deceased Stephen Saw- 
yer, John Edgely, Thomas pennel in behalf of Thomas Pen- 
nel Decesed, Joseph Rankins in behalf of Joseph Rankins 
Deceased, Abram Townson in behalf of Thomas Edgecomb 
Deceased, Benjamin Elwell in behalf of John Elwell De- 
ceased, Seth Harding in behalf of Barnabas Harding & W"' 
Wilcat k himself, John harding in behalf of John harding 
Deceased Uriel Wliitney in behalf of John Whitney, John 
Rolfe in behalf of John ^farch decs., David Barker, Xa- 
thaniel Smith, Samuel Rouns in behalf of daniel young dec'd, 
Benjamin Hatch John Chardford, Jemierch dannem, Joshua 
Adams Jun*" in behalf of Nathan Adams dec^, Jonathan 
Adams, Euock davies, Jeams Littelfield, Jeams Jepsen, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 65 

Jeames Read, William Robson, Matthew Robson, Joseph 
Gammon in behalf of John Robinson 



Petition of Town of Greene. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — 

The petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Greene in 
the County of Lincoln in behalf of the said To\vn of Greene 
and the Inhabitants of the other part of the Plantation late 
called Lewiston — Humbly Sheweth 

That the Honorable Legislature passed a Resolve on the 
17"" of June last that the taxes N"" 4 & 5 ordered on the In- 
habitants of the plantation of Lewiston be by them Collected 
and applied to the making and repairing roads and bridges in 
the said plantation on Conditions Specified in said Resolve — 
to be performed before the first of December next — That the 
Inhabitants did fulfil the conditions of said Resolve within 
the time limited as may appear by the Certificate in the 
Treasurers office — That notwithstanding the attention given 
by said Inhabitants to the favour of the Legislature, the exe- 
cutions v/ere Issued by the Treasurer against the plantation, 
and the Collectors were Compel'd to satisfy and pay the whole 
as may also appear at the Treasurers office — The said taxes 
have not been Collected of the Inhabitants indeed but pro- 
cured on loans. 

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Inhabitants may 
yet enjoy the benefit of the Resolve of the Legislature and 
that the same may be transferred from taxes N° 4 tSi 5 to tax 
N" 3 and such other taxes as you in your wisdom shall think 



66 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

fit — and your petitioners as iu duty bound shall ever pray 
Greene October 20 1788 

Benj* Merrill, J 

Lemuel Comins, ( Selectmen 

John Daggett, \ 

John Larrabee / 



Petition of Joseph Tucker. 

Common"\^'ealtll of Massachusetts 

To the Honoroable the Senate, the Honorable the house of 
Eepresentatives in Geujral Court Assembled — 
The petition of Joseph T acker of York Humbly Sheweth 
That your petitioner, in che year of 1784 while Agent to 
Colonel Brooks 7'*" Massachusetts Eegiment, was presented 
with two orders, by one Benjamin Darling — One of which 
was Sign'd Elijah Bliss, the other Jesse Atwood, both of said 
regiment for there pay &c — which your petitioner paid to 
Said Darling — the orders proved afterwards to be Counter- 
feit and Your petitioner paid the Original 0^\Tiers for the 
Certificates tlie Same after being reduced to the prices they 
sold for Amounted to Ninety Silver dollars — Your peti- 
tioner pursued Darling, had liim taken and Committed, took 
two Journeys from York to Boston in order to have him 
brought to Justice, for which he has not received one penny 
— Said Darling was let out on Bail, and not brought to 
Tryal as he has not returned his bonds forfeited to the Com- 
mon Wealth, therefore your petitioner prays that he may 
have the money he has paid and the Expences he has been 
at, as he has taken every legal ]\Iethod in his power, to have 
the said Darling brought to Justice — If the bonds that were 
taken were not Sufficient, Your petitioner would inform Your 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 67 

honors, that he was not Consulted nor know anything of the 

matter of his heing Baild, till he arrived in Boston in order 

to have Said Darling brought to tryal; Your petitioner has 

been at very great expence — therefore prays Your Honors 

to take the Affair into consideration and Grant him Justice, 

and he as in Duty bound Shall ever pray — 

Joseph Tucker 
October 25'^ 1788 



Petition of Township No 5. 

To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of 
The Commonwealth of the Massachusetts In Generall 
Court Assembled, 
The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town- 
ship ]Sro : 5 Lying Betw^een Penobscot River and Union River 
Humbly Sheweth that as it appeareth by a report from his 
Excellency James Bowdoin Esq"" the Honourable Senate and 
house of Representatives ISTovember 16*^ 1786 that it was 
Proposed to forme the County of Lincoln into three Distinct 
Counties the first County to be Bounded on the one Side by 
the County of Cumberland and the Dividing Line Between 
the said first and Second County to Begin on the Atlantick 
ocean at the west Bounds of the Towm of Thomaston the 
Dividing Line Between the Second or middle County and 
the third to Begin on the Atlantick ocean and Extend ISTorth- 
erly with the western Bounds of Golds Bouroagh, But we 
understand it is Since thought Expedient that Goldsborough 
should Belong to the Middle County and the third or East- 
ward County to Comprehend all the Lands Within this Com- 
monwealth to the Eastward of the Line Last Described ; and 
that the Shire Towns of the said Counties when Incorporated 



68 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOBT 

agreable to the Above Division be as follows viz the shire 
Town of the first County to be at Pownalborough the Shire 
Town of the Second or middle County to be at ISTo: 3 on 
Penobscot River and the shire To^vn of the Eastern County 
to be at Machias; ordered Likewise in the aforesaid Report 
that the Secretary transmit to the Several To^\'ns and Planta- 
tions in the County of Lincoln a Coppy of such Part of said 
report as Respects a Division of said County : that they may 
Shew Cause if any they have why the County of Lincoln 
Should not be Divided into three Separate Counties in the 
manner therein Proposed, w^e Your Humble Petitioners have 
no objections to the aforesaid Proposals Excepting making 
of Xo 3 on Pernobscot River the Shire Town for the middle 
County which will Be attended with great Difficulty as will 
undoubtedly appear to your Honours upon a full Examina- 
tion of the matter in the first Place we do not take it to be 
so Near the Center of the Proposed middle County as N° 5 
Secondly all the Inhabitants to the Eastward of Xo: 5 will 
be obliged to go 40 miles round after they Come to Said ]S[° 
5 or go 4 or 5 miles by Land to the Southern Branch of 
Majebeguiduce River then Seek Shiping to go Down Said 
River 8 or 9 miles or go round the Northern Bay by Land 
which is Near 20 miles this Appears to Be very Inconveniant 
In a Perticular manner for the female Sex who are obliged 
to attend Court on Some Perticular occasions upon the whole 
Nature has so Compleatly formed No 5 for the Shire to\vn 
of the Said middle County Situate on a Neck of Land 
abought 4 or 4 miles wide Nearly the Centure of the said 
Proposed County and Very Conveniant for all Parties to 
Come to as will appear by the map that Your Honours being 
willing to Accommodate matters in the Best manner will 
agreeable to the wishes of Your Honours Humble Petitioners 
Establish the Shiere Town of the Said middle County at N" 
5 or Bluehill is the Prayer of Your Humble Petitioners or 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



69 



otherwise as your Honours in Your Great wisdom and Re- 
gard to justice Shall see fitt as in Duty Bound will Ever 
Pray 

October 27''' 1788 
Jon'* Darling, 



John Peters, 
Joseph Wood Jun. 
Joseph Parker, 
Nathaniel Gushing, 
John Peters Jun"", 
Daniel Osgood, 
ISTathan Osgood, 
Ezekiel Osgood Jun'', 
Phinehas Osgood, 
Nicholas Heth jun"" 
Christopher Osgood, 
Jonathan Day, 
Obed Johnson, 
John Hynes, 
Joshua Horton Jun"", 
Robert Wood, 
Samuel Coggin, 



Ebenezer Hinkly, 
Nehemiah Hinkley 
Isaiah Hinkley, 
Jedidiah Holt, 
Peter Parker Jun"" 
Joseph Wood, 
Nicholas Holt, 
Ezekiel Osgood, 
Nathan Parker, 
Robert Parker, 
Phinehas Pilsbery, 
John Osgood, 
Israel Wood, 
Thomas Coggin, 
Asa Clough, 
Abner Dodge 
J OS i ah Coggin 
Benjamin Clough 



Petition Falmouth That 2'^ Parish Be Set Off. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled 

The subscribers a Conunittee Chosen by the Inhabitants 
of the second parish in Falmouth in the County Cumberland 
to petition the General Court that said Parish may be Erected 
into a seperate Town in a full meeting call'd for that purpose ; 

Humbly shew that the extent of the Town of Falmoutli 
from East to West is more than twelve Miles and that there 
are two parishes in said Town and the Meeting houses in 



70 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

said parishes more than Six miles apart, which makes it very 
iucouvenient for the To\^ti to meet at either of said meeting 
houses. The Center of said Town is very thinly inhabited, 
and always will be so ; by the large tracts of Barron lands 
in the center thereof. For these and many more reasons not 
mentioned We therefore pray Your honours in behalf of the 
Inhabitants of said Second parish, that they may be incor- 
porated into a separate town by the following bounds; Viz. 
to begin at the Creek which runs out of the fore river into 
the Round marsh adjoining the Town of Portland, thence 
!Morth East to back-cove Creek, thence down that creek to 
back-cove, thence across said cove to sandy point, thence 
Xorth Easterly to Presumscut River — thence up that river 
untill it comes to the bounds between the farms of Josiah 
Bakers and Job Winslow's thence north Westerly Between 
Said Farms to the head of the same, thence North West to 
the line of the Town of Windham — thence South Westerly 
adjoining said Windham and the Town of Gorham to the 
to\\Ti of Scarborough, thence South Easterly adjoining said 
Scarborough to the Westerly corner of the To\vti of Cape 
Elisabeth — thence Easterly adjoining said Cape Elisabeth 
to the fore River — thence do-^Ti said River untill the first 
bounds shall bear ISTorth East — thence JSTorth East to the 
first bounds mentioned ; taking our proportion of Bridges on 
Presumscut River. 

and as in Duty bound will ever pray 

John Quinby Jesse Partridge 

Jer^ Barker, John Johnson, 

Archelaus Lewis James Frost 

John H Smith, Benj* Bailey 

Solomon Haskell 

Committee in behalf of the second Parish 

in the Town Falmouth — 
Fahnouth Ocf 30'" 1788 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 71 

In Senate Jan^ 19'^ 1789. 

Read and committed to David Sexton Esq*" with such as 
the Hon*"'^ House may join to hear the Parties, and report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jm/ Presid* 



In the House of Representatives Jan^ 20, 1789 

Read and concurred and Dr Cony and M"" Vans are joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk'" 



Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

In the house of Representatives November 14'^^ 1788 

On the Petition of John Quinbj & others a Committee of 
the second Parish in Falmouth in the County of Cumberland 
praying that said Parish may be Incorporated into a Separate 
Town. 

Ordered that the Petitioners notify the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Falmouth that they may appear on the third 
Wednesday of the next setting of the General Court & shew 
cause if any they have why the prayer of said Petition should 
not be granted by leaving a copy of said Petition & this Order 
with the clerk of said Town twenty days at least before the 
third Wednesday of the next setting of the General Court. 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 



In Senate Nov' 17 1788 
Read & concurred 



Sam' Phillips jun'' Presid' 



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Falmouth 8 Dec' 1Y88. 
At a To-wTi Meeting &c 

Art. 2. The Question was put whether the Town consent 
to a Separation of the second Parish agi-eable to the petition 
of John Quinby & others, & passed in the Negative. 
True Copy from the Records 

Attest Daniel Epes Town Clerk 

Falmouth 27 Dec"- 1788 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court Assembled — 
The Petition of the Subscribers, A Committee chosen by 
the Town of Falmouth to shew cause why the prayer of A 
petition of John Quinby and others (praying that the second 
parish in said Town may be sett of into A seperate Town) 
Should not be Granted Humbly Shew, That the said Quinby 
& other petitioners have Represented to your Honors (As 
their first Reason) that the Town of Falmouth is twelve 
Miles in length & consists of two Meeting-houses, Situate at 
six miles distance from each other, which we acknowledge to 
be true; But at the same time would Informe your Honors 
that there is Likewise A Society or parrish In the Center 
of the Town of people Called Quakers who have a very large 
and Convenient meeting-house, which they have very chear- 
fully given for the use of the Town, ever Since the Town of 
Portland have been sett of from the same, And all the Neces- 
sary business of the Town has been Done in the said house 
accordingly, Eaqually as if it belong'd to the Town, And the 
said Society are willing it should Continue so to be as long 
as the Town agrees to meet there; And said House being as 
well Situated and accomodated as one could be, was the To\\ti 
to build one on purpose there being but Very few Inhabitants 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 73 

that have more than five miles to Travil to it from any part 
of the Town. Under the above circumstances we think your 
Honours will Look upon their first Reason to be without 
Foundation — 

Their second & last reason is that the Center of the Town 
is Barren Land and will be always thin of Inhabitants ; We 
acknowledge about one & A half miles Square to be Poor 
Land, And at the same time would informe your Honours, 
that the strip of land which the said petitioners would Leave 
for the first Parrish, or Town of Falmouth ; is but about two 
miles & half in front at the Bay side, and continues about the 
same wedth as much as three miles Back, and one half of 
that Front & A long way back the Land is as poor as can be, 
it being a barren pich pine Plane & Rocks, which of conse- 
quence makes the people that are Settled upon it very Poor 

— We Humbly Pray your Honours would take into your 
Consideration the Situatiation That the Town of Falmouth 
would be in if the Town petitioned for is sett of from it, As 
it will be very inconvenient by being so long and Narrow and 
likewise it is very thin of Inhabitants, there being no more 
than two hundred & twenty-nine Rateable Polls in it, and 
those in General very Poor — We would further informe 
your honours that it is the Oppinion of a Very large Majority 
of the Town that it is Best for the Town to Remain as it is — 
which was made known by A Vote of the Town Called for 
the purpose the Eighth Ins' in A Very full Town Meeting; 
Said Petitioners have just Mentioned that they are willing to 
take their Proportion of the Bridges across Presumscut River 

— And we would Informe your Honors that there is two 
other Large Rivers Called Pescataqua Rivers that have now 
Six Large Bridges Accross them, all in the first parrish, and 
Said Bridges are Oblidged to be Built as much as One Hun- 
dred & fifteen feet in Length on an Average & Very High by 
Reason of frequent Freshetts — of which Bridges said Second 



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Parrisli ought to take their Proportion was it Sett of, As their 
is A number of other Bridges in the first parrish, Eaqually 
expensive with all that are in the Second Parrish (Presum- 
cot Main River Excepted) For the above Reasons and many 
more that might be mentioned. We Do in Behalf of the 
Town of Falmouth Begg that the said Parrish may not be 
Sett of as A Town, and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound 
will ever Pray 

Nathaniel Carl William Cobb Daniel Merrill 
Falmouth 18'^ Dec"" 1788 



Petition of Proprietors of Eenneheck Purchase. 

Com m on wealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable the Senate, and House of Representatives 
of the said Commonwealth 

The Petition of the Committee of the Kennebeck Com- 
pany, so called, in behalf of themselves and the other Pro- 
prietors of such Company, who are also known and some- 
times called by the ISTame of the Pljmiouth Company — 

Humbly sheweth 

That by a Resolve of the General Court, made upon the 
Twenty eighth Day of October, In the Year of our Lord One 
Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty three, (among other 
things) a Committee was Appointed on the Subject of Un- 
appropriated Lands in the County of Lincoln, and to ascer- 
tain the Extent and Authenticity of private Claims to Lands 
in that County. 

That by the same Resolve, all Persons interested in Lands 
lying in the same County were required to exliibit their 
Claims before the honorable Samuel Phillips jun"" Nathaniel 
Wells and ]N^athan Dane Esquires who were thereby ap- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 75 

pointed to enquire into, and Adjust Such Claims ; As by the 
said Resolve, Relation being thereunto had, and to which 
your Petitioners for greater Certainty humbly crave leave to 
refer, will more fully Appear. 

That your Petitioners, Agreeable to the said Resolve laid 
their Claims, with the Evidence thereof, before the said 
Committee, where the same underwent the strictest Examina- 
tion and the most Critical Discussion. 

That after many Propositions of Adjustment and Com- 
promise, the said Committee finally Agreed to meet your 
Petitioners on the Terms and Principles set forth in the Re- 
port of the said Committee, which bears Date on the fifteenth 
Day of June Seventeen hundred and Eighty five; on which 
Day the same was Read in the Senate and Committed to 
Cotton Tufts Esq"" with such as the Honorable House should 
join.— 

That on the same Day the same was read and concurred 
with by the House of Representatives, who joined IP Stearns 
and M' Crafts. 

That at the Subsequent Session the Senate on the Seventh 
Day of I^ovember last, again committed the same to Samuel 
Baker and John Sprague Esq'"^ with such as the honorable 
House should join with them, on which Day the House of 
Representatives concurred and joined M" Thomas M"" Wales, 
and M"" Lee. — 

That the Committee so appointed on the Seventh Day of 
JSTovember last to consider the said Report of the said Com- 
mittee of the twenty eight Day of October Seventeen hun- 
dred & Eighty three, on the Subject of Unappropriated Lands 
in the County of Lincoln reported to the Senate "that they 
had Attended to such report and the Facts and reasonings 
therein contained, — and were of Opinion that it would be 
for the Interest of the Commonwealth that the same should 
be accepted; and that immediate Measures should be taken 



76 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

to carry the same into Effect; for which purpose they pre- 
sented and siihmitted their Report to the Senate." and on 
the twenty fifth Day of N'ovember last past, the same Re- 
port (to which your Petitioners humbly crave leave to refer) 
was read in, and Accepted by the Senate. 

That the Love of Peace and an Anxious Desire of Avoid- 
ing all future Contention and Dispute with the Common- 
wealth about their Boundaries generally, as well as principal- 
ly to quiet the numerous Settlers under them (to whom your 
Petitioners have Actually first and last given away above 
One hundred & fifty thousand Acres of their Land, and have 
laid out and established three Townships at, and above, the 
Mouth of Wesserrunsett, on which, there are above three 
hundred Families now Actually Settled besides settling the 
Towns of Winslov/, Vassalborough, Winthrop, Hallowell, 
Pittston, Pownalborough & Bowdoinham, and procuring them 
to be incorporated, by which means from a Wilderness they 
are become well settled To^vns, and pay large Taxes to the 
Commonwealth have prevailed with your Petitioners to make 
a large Sacrifice of their Lands to the Commonwealth and 
to Agree to Quit-claim to the Commonwealth All their Right, 
Title & Interest in and to, all the Lands above Six Miles 
from such the said Mouth of Wesserrunsett ; whereby in fact, 
your Petitioners Agreed with the Committee appointed on 
the tvv^enty eighth Day of October Seventeen hundred and 
Eighty three to cede to the Commonwealth a Tract of Coun- 
try no less than twenty one Miles by thirty, to which your 
Petitioners, as they were Advised and verily believe, had a 
good Legal Title. 

That, on the Sixteenth Day of March last, the House of 
Representatives nonconcurred with the Senate in such the 
Acceptance of the said Report of the said Committee, And 
Afterwards that House came into Resolves relative to the 
Boundaries of the said Pl}Tnouth Company; whereby (among 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 77 

other things) they intended to Contract and restrict the 
I^orthern Boundary Line of your Petitioners to three Miles 
(only) above the Mouth of Wesserrunsett ; and the other 
Boundary Lines of your Petitioners Lands are therein and 
thereby so inaccurately expressed as to Appear to be wholly 
uncertain ; which, as your Petitioners humbly conceive, must 
have been owing to the great hurry in which the same was 
drawn up and Passed on the last Day of the Session, and 
during the transacting of a Multiplicity of other Publick 
Business. 

That your Petitioners having Agreed with the said Com- 
mittee of the twenty eight Day of October Seventeen hun- 
dred and Eighty three to such ]Srorthern boundary. Six Miles 
from the said jMouth of Wesserrunsett and to release or quit- 
claim to the Commonwealth all their Right in the Lands 
above such Six Miles, consider themselves as bound in honor 
still to abide by such their Agreement, provided that the 
Terms as agreed to by the said Committee on the part of 
the Commonwealth are in General Court Adhered to. 

That your Petitioners are now most anxiously desirous to 
have their boundary Lines adjusted and finally Settled, as 
well for the Peace and quiet of themselves and of the very 
numerous Settlers in that part of the Country in particular, 
as for the Interest of the Commonwealth in general: which, 
as soon as such boundary Lines are finally and clearly estab- 
lished, from a continual Accession of Settlers in that part of 
the Country, will find a continual growing Strength Suffi- 
cient, in a few Years, to secure, in perfect safety the Eastern 
Frontier of this State against any Attempt of the British, 
or any other Enemy. 

That anxious however, as your Petitioners may be, for 
Peace & Quiet, and for finally fixing their boundary Lines, 
as well as warmly aft'ected to the Interest of this their ISTative 
Country, they cannot agree to Terms so unjust as to acquiesce 



tS DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

in such part of the said Resolves last mentioned, and which 
bears Date upon the twenty fourth Dav of March last and 
which attempts forcibly to take away from your Petitioners, 
parts of their divided and appropriated Lands, and gives the 
same (some of which are parts of settled Farms) to persons 
who have unlawfully and without the least pretence of Title 
thereto. Sat do^\m & Committed great Strip and waste upon 
the same ; I^Tor can your Petitioners conceive that the Legisla- 
ture of Massachusetts upon cool Deliberation and Serious Re- 
flection, will be found to Approve of much less to give 
Sanction to, so unprecedented a Procedure; more especially 
when it is remembered that the Purchase money paid by 
your Petitioners for the Lands within their Claims, if cal- 
culated with Compound Interest, would now amount to the 
enormous sum of Four hundred and fifty thousand pounds 
Sterling, and that your Petitioners have expended, since the 
Year Seventeen hundred and fifty two, full Twenty thousand 
pounds in building Forts, a Goal, and Court Houses &c &c, 
besides giving away such One hundred & fifty thousand Acres 
of Land to Settlers ; and Settling the Towns aforesaid. 

That to give to your Honors the most unequivocal Proof 
of the Sincerity of your Petitioners to settle all matters most 
amicably, your Petitioners have finally determined not only 
now to renew the Terms they acceded to with the said Com- 
mittee of the twenty eighth Day of October Seventeen hun- 
dred and Eighty three, but will now further give up their 
Right of Preemption to the five Miles above their proposed 
Northern boundary Line, Six miles from and to the North 
of the mouth of Wesserrunsett, and will also quit claim or re- 
lease to the Commonwealth all their Right in any Lands be- 
tween the South line of Bowdoinham and the Sea on the West 
side of Kennebeck River, and from the Xorth line of Wool- 
wicli to the Sea on the Eastern side of said Kennebeck River: 
Saving nevertheless to all Individuals their respective Rights, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 79 

and to all the Settlers or Grantees holding under your Peti- 
tioners by any Deed or Deeds, Grant or Grants, duly exe- 
cuted before the Seventeenth Day of March Seventeen hun- 
dred and Seventy five, all the Lauds passed or conveyed by 
any such Grants or Deeds to such Grantees or Settlers : and 
provided such Settlers or Grantees shall be severally quieted 
in their Several Possessions and have their respective Rights 
therein and thereto Severally confirmed or otherwise secured 
to them: And that, as fully as if no such Release or quit 
claim were made by your Petitioners; And that, upon your 
Petitioners so releasing and quitclaiming to the Common- 
wealth (as they are now ready to) all their Right, Title, 
Claim and Interest in, or to, any Lands above such upper 
Line, Six Miles from and above the Mouth of Wesserrunsett, 
and all their Right, Title Claim and Interest in the Lands 
between the Southern or lower line of Bowdoinham and the 
Sea, and the IsTorth line of Woolwich and the Sea, (save and 
except and subject to the Provisoe last mentioned as to such 
Settlers or Grantees) the Commonwealth may release to your 
Petitioners all Claims that the Commonwealth may have to 
any Lands between such upper or northern line, Six miles 
from and above the mouth of Wesserrunsett, as proposed by 
the said Committee, and such your Petitioners' Southern 
boundary as now proposed ; And that the Boundary Lines of 
your Petitioners Lands may be now so settled by Consent, 
and so fixed as to prevent all Dispute in future Viz*^ by the 
South line of Bowdoinham, on the West side of Kennebeck 
River, and the N'orth line of Woolwich, on the Eastern side 
of that River, and from thence, following the Course of the 
said River Kennebeck, and extending into the Woods fifteen 
Miles on each side said River, Up to such Six miles from and 
above such the mouth of Wesserrunsett, which shall be their 
future known and established l^orthern boundary line, as 
particularly described by the said Committee in their Report ; 



80 DOCUMEKTAEY niSTOET 

And that an Act of the Legish\ture may pass for effecting 
those Purposes ; But should your Honors apprehend that the 
Terms and Propositions heretofore so accepted and Agreed to 
by such the said Committee of the Twenty eighth Day of 
October Seventeen hundred and Eighty three, and which 
have also been favourably reported by such several Subsiquent 
Committees and accepted by the Senate are not such as ought 
now to be accepted and acquiesced in on the part of the .Com- 
monwealth ; And should Your Honors further refuse to ac- 
cept the Proposals and close with the Terms now finally 
offered by your Petitioners, which they flatter themselves 
are, on their part, so fair and liberal as allmost to insure 
Acceptance ; Then, and in such case, as it is contrary to every 
principle of Law, Reason & Equity that the same Persons 
should at the same time be a Party and the Judge, and as 
the last Article of the Bill of Rights declares, that the legis- 
lative department shall never execute the Judicial Powers, 
Your Petitioners are induced to hope the matters in Dispute 
between the Commonwealth and your Petitioners, relative 
to your Petitioners Claims, may be Submitted to the final 
Judgment and Determination of the Honorable the Congress 
of the United States of America, or that disinterested and 
respectable Commissioners from some of the other States, not 
affected in Interest, may be jointly elected and appointed by 
your Honors, on the part of the Conmion wealth, and by your 
Petitioners on their part, speedily and finally to Determine 
all matters in Controversy between the Commonwealth and 
your Petitioners whose Arbitrament Award and Judgment 
shall be conclusive and binding to all intents Constructions 
and Purposes whatsoever: which your Honors agreeing to, 
and passing a Bill for, — 

Your Petitioners shall ever pray &rc 

By Order of the Com"'" of the Proprietors of the Kcnne- 
beck Purchase &c Henry Alline Prop"" Clerk 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 81 

In Senate June 7 1786 

Read and committed to Joseph Hosmer & Josiah Thatcher 
Esq' with such as the Honb'^ House may join 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 



In the House of Eepresentatives June 9^^ 1786. 

Read and concurred & M"- Thorndike, W Clarke & M' 

Breck are joined 

Artemas Ward, Speaker 



Preposls 

We hereby prepose to secure to the settlers below the 
mouth of the River Cobesecontee where it may be finely De- 
termined the grant to the plymoth Company Extended on 
both sides of the River Kenebeck to the sea where they hold 
land in there own Right of possession, two hundred acres, 
where they ware settled and in possession of the same, before 
the 19'" of April A D. 1775 and likewise where Legual pur- 
cheses has been made of any other possession leguly bought 
from other possessors who ware in possession before that 
time, and those who have settled since said 19'" of April 1775 
to have one hundred accers on such Terms as the General 
Cort shall hereafter order — and further we propose that 
those settlers who have settled on the Land above the mouth 
of the stream called Wesserunsett shall be quiated in there 
possessions in the same manners as those below Cobesecontte, 
and whereas Dought has arisen whether the Plymoth Com- 
pany may not hold the Land from Cobessecotte to Wesserunett, 
we therefore propose if said Land should fall to said Com- 
pany, not to be under obligations to quiet the Settlers, but if 
otherwise that they shall be Quiated as is above preposed to 
settlers above Wesserunsett and we prepose to Defend the 



82 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Land above six miles north of said Wessemnset unto the 
Commonwealth against all Clames of the said PljTaoth Com- 
pany and further we propose to pay into the Treasury of said 
Commonwealth five Thousand pounds in publick suretys in 
the following manner Viz the one half of s^ sum within 
twalve months after the Relece or grant pray'd for in our 
petition is made, and the other half wathin twenty four 
mounths after the s** Relece, and if any part of said Sum 
Should Remane unpaid after the times proposed then to 
pay Intrest untill paid 

Provided, also, That all the land on the East side of Ken- 
neheck river not heretofore granted by the said Plym° Com- 
pany lying to the Southward of a line running upon the 
ISTorthern Boundary Line of the To^^1l of Woolwich & con- 
tinued on the same course fifteen Miles on the East side of 
s^ River, shall be released & granted within six months to 
the Commonvrealth by the Company aforesaid, excepting & 
reserving all such Lands as hath been granted by the s^ Com- 
pany to any other Company or Companies to any Person 
or Persons whatsoever. 

And That All the Lands on the "West side of said River h'- 
ing to the Southward of the Southerly line of Bowdoinham 
continued & extending on the same course to fifteen ]\Iiles 
from s^ Kennebeck river on the West side thereof shall with- 
in six months b? also released by the s^ Company to the 
Commonwealth, excepting & reserving all such Land as hath 
been granted by the s*^ Plymouth Company as aforesaid. 

And Provided also, That the said Company shall release 
& grant to all Settlers, wlio for twenty five years have actually 
lived on land not already granted by s** Company & being 
within the Lands now released & granted by this Common- 
wealth, Such Settlements & Improvements as said settlers 
have lived upon for the Term aforesaid, not exceeding one 
hundred acres to each of such Settlers. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 83 

Provided also, that this agreement shall not be construed 
to exclude any Claimants from the Benefit of Law in assert- 
ing their Claims to any of the land aforesaid. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives June 19 A. D. 1Y88 

Whereas a dispute hath long subsisted between this Com- 
monwealth, and the Plymouth Company (so called) respect- 
ing the boundaries of the said company's Claim, & it is 
expedient that the same should be ascertained as soon as may 
be — 

Resolved that this commonwealth doth hereby, release and 
grant unto the said PljTnouth Company or Proprietors of 
the Kennebeck purchase, afors"^ their Heirs and Assigns for- 
ever, all the right title and interest which this Common- 
wealth hath in or to all that Tract or Parcel of Land in the 
County of Lincoln and commonwealth of Massachusetts, ly- 
ing on Each side of Kennebeck River and extending on each 
side said River fifteen miles, and bounded ITorth by a Line 
runing due East and West at the distance of three miles due 
ISTorth of the mouth of the River Wesserunsett ; the said line 
extending fifteen miles East and fifteen miles West of the 
mouth of said Wesserunsett River, and from said ISTorth line 
the said Tract to extend southward Down said Kennebeck 
River to the Utmost limits of Cobbiseconte which adjoineth to 
the River Kennebeck towards the Western Ocean, being all 
the Lands between the said IsTorthern and Southern boundary 
lines, and within fifteen miles of the said Kennebeck River 
on each side thereof, the southern boundary line to run a 
Cross the said Kennebeck River on a Course due West ISTorth 
West and East South East — 

Provided that ISTothing herein Contained shall be construed 
to exclude any Claimants from the benefit of Law in Aser- 
taining their Claims to any such Lands aforesaid — 



84 DOCUMEXTAEY HISTORY 

Provided also that the said company do Quiet all the 
settlers on the Lands aforesaid by Granting One Hundred 
Acres to each settler that settled thereon before the Year A 
D 1775. And to all those Settlers who have since settled on 
that Tract or parcel of Land Lying and Extending ISTorth of 
the place called the falls at neguamkike, about fifteen miles 
above Cobbiseconte, One Hundred Acres, the same to be laid 
out so as to Include their improvements, and to be Estimated 
by three disinterested, Men, Mutually Chosen by the parties, 
One by the Company one by the Settler and the third by the 
two Apprisers, who shall be sworn to the faithfull discharge 
of the trust reposed in them, said Land to be Estemated as in 
a State of JN'ature. 

And it is further Resolved that in case the said Plymouth 
company shall not within two Months signify by Vote their 
Acceding to the terms of the foregoing Resolve and shall lodge 
in the Secretary's OSice, Authenticated by their Clerk) a 
Copy of Such Vote, within the Time aforesaid. That then 
Samuel Phillips jun"" Xath' Wells Leonard Jarvis, John Read 
and Daniel Cony Esquires, Appointed a Committee by the 
General Court for making sale of the Unappropriated Lands 
belonging to this Common Wealth laying in the Counties of 
York, Cumberland and Lincoln be, and they are hereby im- 
powered and directed to lay out, survey, and sell all the Lands 
lying and being to the Northward of the mouth of the afore- 
said River Wesserunsett, by a Line dra^\Ti due East and 
West at the mouth of said Wesserunsett: on the best terms 
they can for any of the iSTotes of this Common Wealth 

That it will not l)e for the honor of the Commonwealth to 
agree to either of the Proposals made Either by the Ply- 
mouth Company, or other Persons who have preferred Pro- 
posals to the General Court. 

That the Proprietors of the Kennebeck purchase ought to 
have what ever lands are included within the Limits of their 



OP THE STATE OF MAINE 85 

Purchases as well from Indians as from Proprietors and the 
late Colony of Plymouth. 

That the Title under the late Colony of Plymouth includes 
all the land, from the utmost Limits of Cobbisecontee, ad- 
joining the River Keiniebeck towards the Western Ocean to 
a Fall of Water on the said River Kennebeck called Neguam- 
kike Falls. 

That although it is doubtful whether the words utmost 
limits of Cobbisecontee which is adjoining the River Kenne- 
beck, towards the Western Ocean will extend below the mouth 
of that Stream called Cobbisecontee yet as the Waters of that 
Name extend about Nine Miles further South so that a line 
drawn from thence at right Angles across One Representing 
the General Course of said River Kennebec, will extend as 
far as the North Line of Woolwich, & the Proprietors of the 
Kennebeck purchase have made grants formerly as far South 
as that Line ; that their Southern boundaries be construed to 
come down to that line, & to have the Breadth of fifteen 
Miles on each side the said River Kennebec & that it be 
agreed also that the said Purchase under the late Colony of 
Plymouth shall extend up the said River to Neguamkike 
falls aforesaid, and to hold the breadth of fifteen miles on 
each side the River. 

That the Purchase of said Proprietors of the Natives ex- 
tending on each side the said River from Cobbisecontee to 
Wesserunsett having no Extent on Each side the said River 
expressed in the Conveyances it is very uncertain how far 
East & West of the said River they ought to extend — 

But — That they be construed to Extend fifteen Miles on 
Each side the River provided the said Proprietors comply 
with the Conditions herein hereafter mentioned 

And as the said Proprietors aver that the boundary called 
Wesserunsett in the deeds they claim under, is a Place or 
Territory & not a River, and therefore claim lands above the 



8Q DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

Mouth of a River of that Name, & it being for the Interest 
of the Conunonwealth to have the limits of said Chiim de- 
scribed & know, — that the Expression in the deed of Baga- 
dusset Namely the Upper Side of Wesserunsett, be construed 
to extend Six Miles above the mouth of the River of that 
name, & that the said Proprietors shall hold fifteen miles 
wide on each side of said River Kennebeck up to a line drawn 
across the River Kennebeck, at Right Angles of a line repre- 
senting the General Course thereof & six Miles above the 
Mouth of said Stream called ^Yesserunsett. 

That the State confirm to the said Proprietors all Pur- 
chases by them made of Lands from the Pejupscut, the Law- 
son & Wiscasset proprietors between said Line & the Sea. — 

That all Grants made by the said Proprietors of the Ken- 
aebec Purchase, to any Individuals of Lands in the County 
of Lincoln, & which have been in the possession of the 
Grantees be confirmed to the Persons to whom the same were 
granted. — 

Provided the said Proprietors shall within 
Months by a Lawful Vote signify their Content with their 
limits as herein described & lodge an Authenticated Copy of 
such Vote in the Secretary's OflSce. — 

And provided that Nothing in this Resolve shall be con- 
strued to bar any Citizen from contesting the Right of the 
said Proprietors to any Lands within described as appertain- 
ing to them with any Right or Title that such Individual may 
have thereto — 

That if the said Proprietors signify their content as afore- 
said that the Commissioners for the managing & disposing 
of Lands in the County of Lincoln, enter upon & dispose of 
all Lands to the Northward of the said Upper Line. 

That if the said Proprietors do not signify their Content 
as aforesaid, that the said Commissioners enter upon & dis- 
pose of all lands to the Northward of a line drawn across 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 87 

the River Kennebeck at the mouth of Wesserunsett, at Right 
Angles with a line representing the General Course of the 
River Kennebec & that the Commonwealth will defend the 
Same to the persons who shall purchase the same of said 
Commissioners. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Senate 28 February 1787 

A¥hereas on the twenty-fourth day of March 17SG the two 
branches of the Legislature, passed a resolve in the following 
words viz' 

Whereas a dispute hath long subsisted between this Com- 
mon w^ealth, & the Plymouth company (so called) respecting 
the boundaries of the said company's claim, & it is expedient 
that the same should be ascertained & settled as soon as may 
be — 

Resolved that altho' the utmost limits of the claim of the 
Plymouth company in the County of Lincoln where this 
Commonwealth is concerned appear to be from the lower or 
southern bend of the river Cobbeseconte towards the western 
ocean, below where the North branch comes into said river, 
which adjoins to the river Kennebec, extending fifteen miles 
on each side of said River Kennebec into the woods on a line 
drawn at right angles into the General course of said river, 
up to the mouth of Wesserunsett, at a line also drawn at right 
angles with the general course of the river Kennebec; yet 
with a view to a final settlement of all disputes with the said 
comf)any, the Commonwealth quits to them & their heirs & 
assigTis forever a certain tract of territory above the mouth 
of Wesserunsett not exceeding three miles north of the last 
mentioned line, which is to be laid out by an exact survey, 
so that the Commonwealth may be secured, & the said com- 
pany have the intended grant of three miles made good to 
them. — Provided, that said company shall agree to quiet all 



88 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

the settlers on the said released lands, granting One hundred 
acres to each settler that settled before the year 1775, & to 
those that set down upon said lands since, the same number 
of acres to be estimated & paid for by them as tho' said lands 
were in a state of nature ; & that the aforesaid company give 
due notice of their compliance with this resolve into the 
Secretary's Office of this Commonwealth within two months, 
from the passing of this resolve. Provided also, that nothing 
in this resolve shall be construed to exclude any claimants 
from the benefit of Law in asserting their claims to any of 
the lands aforesaid. — 

And it is further — Resolved that nothing in this resolve 
shall be so construed as to effect the said Plymouth com- 
pany's claim to the lands by them purchased of the Pejepscut 
company — of the proprietors holding under Lake & Clarke 
& of the Wiscasset company between the said southern bound- 
ary as before described and the Sea — 

And it is further Resolved, that in case the said Plymouth 
company shall not within the aforesaid term of two months 
have signified their acceding to the terms before particularly 
mentioned, & with each of them, that when the Committee of 
the General Court appointed by a resolve of the 28'^ of Oc- 
tober 1783 on the subject of unappropriated lands in the 
County of Lincoln be, & they are hereby empowered, and di- 
rected by the Commonwealth aforesaid ; to lay out, survey, & 
sell all the lands, lying and being, to the northward of the 
mouth of the aforesaid river Wesserunsett, on the best terms 
they can, for any of the notes of this Commonwealth, or 
liquidated debts of the United States. 

And Whereas it is expedient that a further time should be 
allowed to the said Plymouth company, otherwise called the 
Kennebec company in order that they may have sufficient op- 
portunity for complying witli the conditions of said resolve, & 
be entitled to the benefits thereof 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 89 

Resolved that if the said Plymouth company shall at any 
time before the first day of June next comply with the terms 
of said resolve in the manner therein mentioned they shall be 
entitled to all the benefits of the same resolve as fully & amply 
as they would have been entitled to such benefits if they had 
complyed with the terms of said resolve within the time there- 
in limited. — • 

And it is further Resolved that if the said Plymouth com- 
pany shall not before the said first day of June next signify 
their acceeding to the terms mentioned in said resolve and 
lodge the same in the Secretary's Office, then the Committee 
of the General Court appointed by resolve of the 28'^ of Oc- 
tober 1783 on the subject of unappropriated lands in the 
County of Lincoln or the major part of them be, & they here- 
by are, directed without delay to survey or cause to be sur- 
veyed all or any part of the lands laying to the northward of 
the mouth of the river Wesserunsett & the said Committee 
or the major part of them are hereby fully empowered in the 
name & behalf of the Commonwealth to sell & dispose of all 
the lands last mentioned or any part thereof with warranty 
for notes of this Commonwealth, or liquidated debts of the 
United States, & to make & execute according to Law a good & 
sufiicient deed or deeds for the purpose of disposing of the 
lands last mentioned. — 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"^ Presid' 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honble Senate & House of Representatives in general 
Court Assembled — 
The petition of us the Subscribers humbly seweth, — That 
whereas there has been along dispute between this Common 
Wealth and the Plymouth Company so called, respecting the 
Claims of said Company to Lands in the County of Lincoln, 



90 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOHY 

and whereas the Committee of this Court appointed on un- 
located Lands in s^ County have come to an Agreement with 
said Company greatly to the injury of this Commonwealth 
(as we conceive), by which agreement they relinquish a large 
Tract of Land, which of Right belongs to this Common- 
Wealth, and your petitioners willing to prevent any further 
dispute betv/een said Company and Common Wealth, humbly 
pray this honble Court to grant to us the Subscribers all the 
right of this Common Wealth to the said Lands within said 
Company's agreement and your petitioners will pay into the 
Publick Treasury of this CommonWealth Five Thousand 
pounds in publick Securities, and your petitioners further 
engage to quiet all the Settlers on said Land, and also to de- 
fend this Commonwealth from any further Cost respecting 
the Bounds between the Common Wealth and Said Company 
and your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray 
Boston March 3*^ 1786 

Samuel Thompson, Jacob Ludwig, 

W" M'=Cobb David Silvester, 

William Jones, Sam' Merrill 

John Farley Benjamin Duning 

Ebenezer Gove, 



Proposition of the Plymouth Company to the General Court. 

The Agents of the Pl^Tuouth company propose and agree, 
that if the Commonwealth will quit & release unto the said 
company, all the lands, three miles above the mouth of 
Wesserunset, where it empties into the river Kennebec, at 
a due east & west line, extending fifteen miles into the woods, 
on each side of said river, holding the same breadth to the 
utmost limits of Cobbeseconte, which adjoineth to Kennebec 



OF THE STATE OP MAINE 91 

river, towards the western ocean, at a line drawn at right 
angles, with the general course of said river Kennebec 

That the said company on their part, will Quit & release 
unto the Commonwealth, all their claims or pretentions of 
claims, north east & west of the aforesaid bounds, & will 
obligate themselves, to quiet the settlers, on the lands above 
the mouth of Wesserunset, to their northern bounds, by 
granting one hundred acres to each settler, that settled before 
the year 1775, and to those who set down on said lands since 
that time, one hundred acres, to be estimated & paid for by 
them, as tho' said lands were in a state of nature, & that 
such release from the Commonwealth to the company, shall 
not be construed to exclude any private claimants, from the 
benefit of Law, in asserting their claims to any of the lands 
aforesaid — 

The Committee of both Houses, pursuant to their Ap- 
pointment have taken into Consideration the Claims of the 
Plymouth Company, to lands in the County of Lincoln in 
this Commonwealth, have conferred with the Agent of the 
said Company thereon, and do report an Adjustment of said 
Claims, which has by the said Agent been Agreed to in behalf 
of said Company, and which is confirmed by the General 
Court would put an end to a Controversy, that has operated 
very much to the detriment of the Commonwealth. 

The Committee beg leave for that purpose to report the 
following Resolve for the Consideration of the General 
Court: but in Case the honourable Court should not think 
proper to pass the said Resolve, they beg leave to propose, 
that all matters in dispute between this Commonwealth and 
the said Company should be Settled and Adjusted by Com- 
missioners to be Mutually chosen under the Authority of the 
General Court on the one part, and by the said Company on 
the other part; and that the determination of such Com- 
missioners should be final ; All which is humbly Submitted. 



92 DOCUMENTAEY IIISTOEY 

Proposition of the Pl;)Tnouth Company in the form of a 
Resolve drawn hj their Clerk 

Whereas a dispute hath long subsisted between the Com- 
monwealth and the Plymouth Company, otherwise called the 
Proprietors of the Keunebeck Purchase from the late Colony 
of Xew Phmouth, respecting the Boundaries of the said 
Company's Claim, and it is expedient, that the same should 
be ascertained and Settled as soon as may be. ''^ Resolved ^ 
that this Commonwealth doth hereby release and grant unto 
the said Plymouth Company or Proprietors of the Kennebeck 
Purchase aforesaid their heirs and Assigns forever, All the 
right, title and interest w^hich this Commonwealth hath in 
or to all that Tract or Parcel of land in the County of Lincoln 
and Comraonvv-ealth of Massachusetts, lying on each side of 
Kennebeck River, and extending on each side fifteen Miles 
therefrom, and bounded Xorth by a line running across the 
said Kennebeck river due East and West by the Compass, 
at the perpendicular distance of three ^ miles above or to the 
North of the Mouth of Wesserunsett river (the said line ex- 
tending fifteen Miles into the Woods on each side of the said 
Kennebeck river) and from the said North line the said 
Tract to extend Southwardly down said Kennebeck river "to 
the utmost limits of Cobbiseconte w^hich Adjoineth to the 
River of Kennebeck towards the Western Ocean being all 
the lands between the said Northern and Southern Boundary 
lines, and within fifteen Miles of the said Kennebeck River 
on each side thereof: the said Southern Boundary line to 
nm across said Kennebeck river on a course West North 
West and East South East. 

And the said Commonwealth ° doth hereby Confirm to the 
said Company their heirs & Assigns all legal Purchases, 
wliich they have made between the said lines, and also to the 
Southward of the said Southern Boundary line; and doth 
also confirm all Grants of land, which the said Company 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 93 

have made to the Southward of the said Northern Boundary 
line. 

Provided that ISTothing herein Contained shall be construed 
to exclude any Claimants from the benefit of Law in Assert- 
ing their Claims to any of the lands aforesaid. 

Provided also that the said Company do quiet the Settlers 
on the land lying above the Mouth of said Wesserunsett River 
as far as their northern bounds aforesaid, by granting one 
hundred Acres to each Settler, that Settled thereon before 
the Year 1775 ; and to those who have since Settled thereon 
One hundred Acres to be estimated and paid for by them, 
Considering such land as in a State of nature. 

And provided also that the said Company shall within 
three Months Sig-nify by Vote their Acquiescence with, and 
their acceding to, the Terms of the foregoing Resolve, and 
shall lodge in the Secretary's Office (authenticated by their 
Clerk) a Copy of such Vote within the time aforesaid. 

At A dele from A to B & insert the Agents for said Com- 
pany proposed at Dele hereby & insert should At C dele 
three and insert Six 

D dele doth hereby 



Report of Committee on Sale of Lands with Accompanying 

Documents. 

To the Honorable the Senate & the Honorable the House of 
Representatives in General Court assembled 

Leonard Jarvis, in behalf of the Committee for the Sale of 
Land in the Counties of Cumberland & Lincoln, respectfully 
represents 

That near twelve Months since the Committee made a Re- 
port to the General Court, to which he begs leave to refer — 
that, among other things they represented that until the 



94 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Boundaries of the Pl^Tnoutli Company were ascertained but 
little could be expected from tbe Sale of Land — that many 
Applications had been made for Land, which though in the 
Opinion of the Committee were clearly without the claim of 
that Company, yet, while a Doubt remained in the Mind of 
others, the price would be proportionate to that Doubt & the 
best Settlers be prevented from purchasing as they would 
not care to involve themselves or their Heirs in law suits — 

Your Memorialist begs leave also to represent that there is 
a large tract of Country claimed by that Company which 
until the Boundaries are ascertained will be constantly fill- 
ing up by those Setlers, who are regardless to whom belongs 
the right of soil, provided they obtain possession — the Con- 
sequence of which will not only be disagreable to those who 
may eventually be determined to be the rightful Owners of 
the Soil, but will render of less value every Acre that is the 
property of non residents — 

The Committee also represented the last Sessions of the 

General Court — that Application had been made to them 

for several Townships in the County of York, but as they 

were not authorized to dispose of Land in that County, they 

suggested the necessity of appointing a Committee for the 

purpose — 

All which is most humbly submitted by 

Leo Jarvis 

in behalf of the Committee on the Sale of Lands in 

the Counties of Cumberland & Lincoln — 

In Senate May 30*'' 1788 

Bead & committed to Joseph Hosmer and Jonathan Grout 

Esq"" with such as the Hon*"'® House may join, to consider & 

report 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 95 

In the House of Representatives May 31°' 17S8 

Read and concurred and M' L. Thorndike M"" Fuller and 

M"" Heath are joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

The Committee of Senate appointed on the Resolution of 
the Honorable House respecting Eastern Lands, ask leave to 
report that it is in their opinion, proper & necessary to take 
into immediate consideration the Memorial of Leonard 
Jarvis in behalf of the Committee for the Sale of Lands in 
the Counties of Cumberland & Lincoln setting forth the diffi- 
culties that will attend the Sale of Lands there until the 
bounds of the Land belonging to the Plymouth Company be 

ascertained 

S Dalton p Order 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives, March 10, 1786 

Whereas a Dispute hath long subsisted between this Com- 
monwealth & the Plimouth Company (so call'd) respecting 
the Boundaries of the said Companies Claim & it is ex- 
pedient that the same shou'd be ascertain'd & settled as soon 
as may be. 

Resolved, That altho the utmost Limits of the Claim of the 
Plimouth Company in the County of Lincoln where this Com- 
monwealth is concerned, appear to be from the lower or 
southern bend of the River Cobbeseconte towards the West- 
ern Ocean, below where the Xorth branch comes into said 
River, which adjoins to the River Kennebec, extending Fif- 
teen Miles on each side of said River Kennebec into y" Woods, 
on a line drawn at right Angles with the general course of 
said River, up to the mouth of Wesserunsett, at a line also 
drawn at right Angles with y^ general course of the River 
Kennebec ; yet with a view to a final settlement of all Disputes 



96 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

with y® said Company, the Commonwealth quits to them, &: 
their Heirs & assigns for ever, a certain tract of Territory, 
above the mouth of Wesserunsett, not exceeding Three Miles 
Xorth of the last mentioned Line, which is to be laid out by 
an exact survey so that the Commonwealth may be secured, 
and the said Company have the intended Grant of Three 
miles made good to them. — Provided, that said Company 
shall agree to quiet all the Settlers on the said released Lands, 
granting One Hundred Acres to each Settler that settled be- 
fore the year 1775, and to those that set do^\^l upon said 
Lands since, the same number of Acres ( to be estimated and 
paid for by them as tho' said Lands were in a State of 
nature; and that the afores*^ Company give Due ISTotice of 
their compliance with this Resolve into the Secretaries office 
of this Commonwealth within two Months from the passing 
of this Resolve. — Provided also That nothing in this Resolve 
shall be construed to exclude any Claimants from the benefit 
of Law in asserting their Claims to any of the Lands afore- 
said. 

A x\nd it is further Resolved, That in case the said Pli- 
mouth Company shall not within the afores*^ term of two 
Months have sigiiified their acceeding to the Terms before 
particularly mentioned, and with each of them, that then the 
Committee of the General Court appointed by a Resolve of 
the 28*'' of October 1783, on the subject of unappropriated 
Lands in the County of Lincoln, be and they are hereby em- 
powered and directed by the Commonwealth afores^ to lay 
out, survey, and sell, all the Lands lying and being to the 
iS'orthward of the mouth of the aforesaid River Wesserunsett, 
on the best Terms they can for any of the Xotes of this Com- 
monwealth, or liquidated Debts of the United States. — 
Sent up for concurrence 

A. Ward Speaker 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 97 

In Senate March 23'^ 1786 

Read & concurred as taken into a new draft 
Sent do\\Ti for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jim"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives March 24, 1786 

Read and ISTonconcurred and the House adhere to their own 

vote 

A Ward Speaker 

In Senate March 24**^ 1786 — 

Read again & reconsidered, and the Senate concur with the 
Hon''''' House with an amendment at A 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 

A insert And it is further Resolved, that nothing in this 

Resolve shall be so construed, as to Effect the said Plymouth 

Company's claim to the lands by them purchased of the 

Pejepscut Company, — of the proprietors holding under Lake 

& Clarke and of the Wiscasset Company, between the said 

Southern boundary as before described & the Sea 

In the House of Representatives March 24, 1786 

Read & concurred 

A Ward Speaker 

In Senate March 21^ 1788 — 

Read, & with the papers accompanying, committed to 

Joseph B Varnum & Josiah Thacher Esq"^ with such as the 

Hon""" House may join, to consider at large — and report 

Sent dowm for concurrence 

S. Adams Presid' 

In the House of Representatives March 22"^ 1788. 

Read and concurred and M'' Thomas, M' ISTason and M' 

Lyman of Springfield are joined 

J Warren Spk' 



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Commonwealtli of Massachusetts 

In Senate 3'^ June 1788 
Ordered that the papers rehating to the Plymouth Patent 
be committed to the Committee on the memorial of Leonard 
Jarvis esq'' in behalf of the Committee for the sale of Eastern 
lands 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam^ Phillips j'' Presid' 

In the House of Representatives June 3*^ 1788 

Read and concurred 

Theodore Sedg^vick Spk' 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives Ocf 29, 1787 
Ordered that Doctor Holten General Putnam & M' Sedg- 
wick with such as the Hon''^® the Senate may join be a Com- 
mittee to take into consideration the claims of the Plimouth 
Company to lands in the County of Lincoln in this Common- 
wealth, to confer with the agents of the said company thereon, 
and to report an adjustment of the said claims for the con- 
sideration of the General Court if they can agree with the 
said company, or to report what methods will be best cal- 
culated in their opinion to adjust the said claims to the satis- 
faction of all parties — 

Sent up for Concurrence 

I Warren Spk' 
In Senate Oct^ 29'*' 1787 

Read & concurred and Abel Wilder & Sam' Thompson 
Esq' are joined 

S Adams Presid' 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts ]■ The Committee of both 
Houses 
Appointed to take into consideration the claims of the 
Plymouth Company to lands in the County of Lincoln, within 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 99 

this Commonwealtli, to Confer with the agents of the said 
company thereon, & to report an adjustment of said chiims 
for the Consideration of the General Court, if they Could 
agree with said Company ; have attended that service & ask 
leave to make the following report. 

Abel Wilder P' Order 

the agents of the Pljanouth Company propose & Agree, 
that if the Commonwealth will acquit & Release unto the 
said Company, all the lands three miles above the mouth of 
Wesserunsett where it Emtys in the River Kennebec, at a 
Due East & v^est line, Extending fifteen miles into the woods 
on each side of said river, holding the same bredth to the ut- 
most limits of Cobbeseconte which adjoineth to Kennebec 
towards the Western Ocion at a line DravvTi at right angles 
with the General Course of said river Kennebec. 

that the said Company on their part will Acquit & Re- 
lease unto the Commonwealth all their claims or Pretention 
of claims Xorth, East, & west of the afor said bounds & will 
obligate themselves to quiet the settlers on the lands above 
the mouth of Wesserunsett to their I^orthern bounds by 
granting one hundred acres to each settler that settled before 
the year 1775 & to those Who set Down on said lands since 
that time one hundred acres to be estimated & paid for by 
them as the said lands were in a State of nature, & that such 
Release from the Commonwealth to the Company, shall not be 
construed to exclude any Privet claimants from the benefit 
of law in assorting their claims to any of the lands af orsaid — 



[The subject of the Plymouth or Kennebec Company'.'; lands is of so 
much importance that although I have printed the original petition in- 
troduced in the House, I have thought best to print its varying fortunes 
in its passage through the Senate at the risk of a few repetitions, as a 
student of the subject, unless I did so, would be sure to feel it neces- 
sary to go back to its introduction in the House, which if not here 
produced, might cause him much inconvenience. — J. P. B.] 



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Petition Inhah. of Town of Portland. 

To the Hon'ble the Senate and Honse of Representatives in 
General Court assembled. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Portland 
in the County of Cumberland, humbly sheweth — 

That at a meeting of the Inhabitants of said Town on the 
second Day of June last, a Vote was passed, that a Petition 
should be prefered to your honors, praying that a law might 
be enacted whereby your Petitioners might be indulged with 
the privalidges that other sea port To^^^ls enjoy of Attending 
the public worship of God at any of the religious Societies in 
said Town, and of Contributing to the support of that Teach- 
er, upon whose Instructions they Attend ; — many suppose, 
that the constitution gives this privalidge — but we wish to 
prevent the possability of a dispute. Therefore pray the 
matter may be decided with regard to us. 

We have three religious societies in this place and we wish 
them to be under no embarrasments should this our request 
be gTanted — it would, as we humbly conceive, encourage 
settlers to come among us, and at the same time, promote 
peace harmony & christion love in the town. — 

For these reasons your petitioners pray, that your honors 
would pass and enact a Law, granting to them the privilidges 
which are mentioned in said Vote, Avhich vote is hereto an- 
nexed, and as in Duty bound will ever pray — 

Joseph ]\PLellan 
\ Chairman of the Committee 

of the To\\Ti for this purpose. 
Portland l^ov^ 4, 1788. 

*At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Towti of 
Portland June 2" 1788 — Voted That the Town will petition 
the General Court that they may have the priviledges, that 
other Seaport Towns enjoy, of whorpishing where they think 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 101 

proper, and paying where they worship — Voted — That a 
Committee be appointed for that purpose ; and that it consist 
of three — Voted That Capt Joseph McLellan, Daniel Davis 
Esq"" and M"" John Fox be a Committee for that purpose 

Voted That the petition be preferred to the General Court 
without being laid before the To\\m — 

A true Copy from Portland book of records 

Att John Frothingham Town Clerk, 

■"We the Subscribers, Inhabitants of Portland being De- 
sirous of Joining the New Society lately Incorporated by the 
name of second Society in Portland do agree to pay To said 
society a proportional part of the Support of a Teacher pro- 
vided The Rev'' Elijah Kellogg is settled over said Society as 
Their Minister 

Step" M'^Lellan, Dan^ Bragdon, 

Thomas *Berry( ?), John Seymoure, 

William Tukey, Joshua Berry, 

Josiah Shaw Thomas Fitzgerald, 

Joseph Goold, Sam' Tobey, 

Caleb Graffam, James Jones, 

William Ingraham, John Jones, 

Enoch Lowell, John Sejonour jun"", 

John Jones, Joseph H Seymour, 

Eben"" Mayo, Benj^ Avery 

May IS''^ 1788 



Petition of Abijali Buck of Buckstown. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled, 
the petition of the Subscribers humbly Shews that in the 
year 1785, Your Petitioner Purchased a Tract of Land called 



102 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Bucks To^\Ti in the County of Cumberland containing 22,323 
Acres of Land since which purchase the proprietors of But- 
tersfield in Runing out their town Ship have taken off between 
two & three thousand Acres of the best Lands in said Tract 
by which your petitioners Consider them Selves much In- 
jured in the price of the remaining Land, as none of the 
Bad Lands are Cut off v/ith the above menchened good 
Lands, and the Committy Senciable of the Lands being cut 
off as aforesaid to the Injury of your Petitioners yet Say it 
is out of their Power to Compensate your petitioners with 
out Leave from the General Court — your Petitioners there 
fore pray your Honours to take the matter in to your wise 
Consideration and make such abatements as you in your 
Wisdom may see fit and your Petitioners as in duty bound 
Shall Ever pray 

Abijah Buck, Benjamin Spaulding 
Boston l^ovember 4''^ 1788 



Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives ISTovember 10''" 1788 
On the Petition of Abijah Buck & Benjamin Spaulden Re- 
solved for reasons Set forth in said petition that the Com- 
mitty on the Sales of Eastern Lands be and they hereby are 
Directed to take unto Consideration the said Petition and 
make such allowance as to them Shall appear Just 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 



In Senate Nov"" 12, 1788 

Read and Nonconcurred 

Sam' Phillips j' Presid' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 103 

Resolve on Petition of Ahijah Buck. 

Commonwealth Massacliusetts 

In House of Eepresentatives March 17*^ 1788 

On the Petition of Abijah Buck of ]S[° five or Buckstown 
so called in the County of Cumberland setting forth that 
himself with some other Persons purchased some time in the 
year 1786 of the Committee for the Sale of Eastern Lands a 
Certain tract or Township Kno\\ai and designated by the 
name of N° 5 or Bucktov.m lying and being situate in the 
County of Cumberland aforesaid purported by the said pur- 
chase to contain Twenty two thousand three hundred and 
twenty three Acres and that afterwards by a Mistake in 
measuring the Lines between Buckstown aforesaid and But- 
terfield, the proprietors of Buckstown aforesaid had been de- 
prived of about two thousand acres of their original pur- 
chase — 

Resolved for Reasons set forth in the said Petition that 
the Committee for the Sale of Eastern Lands as aforesaid 
be and they hereby are directed to rectify the Mistake as 
aforesaid and full fill their Contract to the Proprietors of 
Buckstown aforesaid making all reasonable and just pro- 
vision and Allowance to all persons settlers on any part of 
the said Land if any such there be for any Improvements 
made thereon 

Sent up for concurrence 

I Warren Spk' 

To the Hon^' Senate and House of Eepresentatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled. — 
The Petticion of Abijah Buck of Bucktown or IST" 5 in 
the County of Cumberland Humbly Sheweth — 

That whereas your Petticioner and others Purchased of 
the Committee on Lands or townships of Land in the County 



104 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

of Cumberland Commonly Called Bucktown in the year 
1786 Containing twenty two thousand three Hundred and 
23 Aqures and wareas by Reason of a Mistake of the Sur- 
vaour in Bringing the Line between us and the Plantation 
of Butterfield the said Butterfield has the Advantage of 
About two thousand Aqures Southerly Out of the Quantitie 
Sold us by the Said Connnittee on Lands for this Common- 
wealth. — and the said Butterfield has Accordingly Avaled 
them Selves of the Said Mistake Greatly to Our Damage for 
Several important Reasons and inasmuch as the Lands of 
the Commonwealth Extend Northerly So as to fully Sattisfy 
the Propryitors of Butterfield. He humbly Prays in behalf 
of himself and others, that your Honours would Take into 
your Wise Consideration the Disadvantages your Petticioner 
is under in the Primesis and Grant him Releaf by Ordering 
the Said Proprietors of Butterfield to with Draw to the 
Xorthward So far as to Leave us the Complyment We Justly 
Purchesed, and your Petticioner as in Duty bound shall 
Ever Pray 

Dated at Said Bucktown the 2"^ Day of FeV Anno. D : 1788 

Abijah Buck 



Resolve on the petition of Abijah Buck. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the house of Representatives March 17, 1788. 
on the Petition of Abijah Buck of N° 5 or Bucktown (so 
called, in the County of Cumberland, setting forth that him- 
self & others his associates, in the year 1786 purchased of 
the Committee for the Sale of Eastern Land, A Certain Tract 
or township of Land, known by the Name of N° 5, or Bucks- 
towTi ; Scituate in the Said County of Cumberland, that the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 105 

Contract being made with the Committee aforesaid, for the 
quantity of twenty two thousand three hundred and twenty 
three acres — And that the Surveyor in laying out the same 
land, by some mistake surveyed and laid out, but the quantity 
of twenty thousand nine hundred and thirty three acres, as 
delineated by a plan made and subscribed by John Jordine 
who surveyed the same, whereby the purchasers are deprive 
of their original purpose the quantity of one thousand three 
hundred and Eighty nine acres 

therefore Resolved that the Committee for the Sale of the 
Eastern Land, be and they hereby are directed to rectify any 
mistake that may have been made in the Premises, Either by 
assigning to the purchasers their full compliment of land, or 
by abateing So much of the pay as may be just & reasonable. 



To the Honourable the Senate, and the Honourable the 
House of Representatives in General Court assembled, 

the petition of the associated congregational ministers in 
y^ County of Cumberland humbly sheweth. 

That your petitioners, being mostly sons of Harvard, feel 
the prepossession which is natural to the seminary of learn- 
ing whence they proceeded, and are far from wishing any 
needless multiplication of colleges. But having long felt and 
lamented the great inconveniences the people of the eastern 
part of the Commonwealth are subjected to, by reason of 
their remoteness from the university at Cambridge: and 
having considered the great additional expence that is neces- 
sary on this account, to educate their sons at that seat of 
learning: by means of which they are mostly shut out from 
the possibility of obtaining a liberal education. 

We therefore humbly and earnestly request, that your 
honours would take this matter into consideration: and, if 



106 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

to your wisdom it shall appear reasonable to afford to botli 
parts of the state equal advantage of erudition, that you 
would grant a Charter for a College in this County, to a cor- 
poration of fit persons to promote the interests of learning: 
and that said College may he endowed with some considerable 
portions of the unlocated lands of the Commonwealth. — And 
your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. — 

Tho' Browne Mod"" Samuel Deane Clerk 
in the name and by the desire of the association 
Fahnouth Nov' 5, 1788. 

In Senate 22 l^oV 1788. 

Read & committed to Ebenezer Bridge & John Hastings 
esq""^ with such as the honorable House may join to consider 
& report — 

Sent do^vn for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives Nov"" 22'* 1788 

Read & concurred & M"" l^oyes M' Carnes & M' Glover are 

joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

In Senate June 12 1789 

Read & committed, with the Petition accompanying, to 
Joseph B Varnum & Jon* Jackson Esq"" with such as the 
Hon*''^ House may join to consider & report. 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 13, 1789 

Read & concurred & M' Bro\\Ti M"" Carnes & W Bacon 

are joined 

David Cobb Spk' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 107 

Report on Petition of Justices of Cumberland Co. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Committee of both Houses appointed on the Petition 
of the Justices of the General Sessions of the Peace for the 
County of Cumberland, and the Petition of the Association 
of the Ministers of the Gospel in the said County, praying 
that a Corporation may be formed for erecting a Colledge 
in the said County, and for a Grant of Wild Lands for the 
Benefit of the same, are unanimously of opinion that the 
prayer of the said Petition be Granted, and that the Peti- 
tioners have leave to bring in a bill for that Purpose 

Which is Submitted 

Y Barnum Per Order 

In Senate YeV 17, 1790 

Kead & accepted & ordered accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Presid^ Pro. Tern. 

In the House of Kepresentatives Feb'' W 1790 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 



Petition of Jos. Chadbourn, Agent for Little Falls 
Plantation. 

To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of 

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 

Assembled 

Joseph Chadbourn as Agent for the Plantation of Little 

falls in the County of York Hmnbly Sheweth that in the 

year 1786 Collectors were according to Law Chosen in said 

Little falls and the one who was Chosen to Collect the Tax 



108 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

in the Xorth part of said Plantation giving Incoiiragement 
from time to time of his Exceptance and after the Annel 
Meeting was disolved although adjonrnd several times on his 
Account yet after all he Eefused and deceived the Plantation 
— by Endulgeing him so long that the General Sessions of the 
Peace were past so that the Plantation Could not get any 
hold of him by Law 

Your Petitioner also Sheweth the year 1786 about the 20*'' 
of March the Honourable General Court Abated part of the 
Taxes Lay** on said Plantation for several year back and 
since the Abatement the Plantation hath several times Peti- 
tioned to the General Sessions of the Peace to have the County 
taxes Abated in Like Proportion but the justices in there 
Sessions have Refused to abate said Taxes by Reason of 
there Powers not being sufficient without being Impowered 
by the General Court for that purpose. 

Your Petitioner Humbly Prays this Honourable Court to 
Impower said Plantation to Call a Meeting for the Purpose 
of Chuseing a Collector to Collect the aforesaid tax and Also 
to Ordor the Treasurer to stay his Execution against said 
Plantation. 

and Also to Impower the Justices of the General Sessions 
of the Peace of the aforesaid County to Abate the County 
tax in like Proportion as the General Court hath abated the 
Other taxes on the Treasurers Book will appear and as in 
duty bound your Petitioner will Ever Pray 

Joseph Chadbourn Agent 
Plantation of Little falls November 5'^ 1788 

In Senate '^ov 12, 1788 

Read and committed to Dummer Sewell Esq with such as 
the Hon''''' House may join to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun" Presid* 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 109 

In the House of Eepresentatives I^Tov' 13, 1Y88 

Head & concurred & Mr Bradbury & M*^ Coombs are joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 

May 5''' 1788 

at a Legal Meeting the within named Joseph Chadbourn 
was Lawfully Chosen agent for the Plantation of Little falls 
to Petition to the General Court for the within favors 
Attest Joseph Chadbourn 

Plantation Clark. 

The Committee of both Houses on the Petition of Little 

falls beg leave to report a Kesolve 

D. Sewall By order 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Senate Jan^ 1789 

On the Petition of the Plantation Little falls 
Resolve that the Justices of the Court of Sessions in and 
for the County of York, be & hereby are fully authorised 
and impowered to Abate the County tax assessed on the 
Plantation Little falls in the same proportion that the Gen- 
eral Court abated their tax to the Commonwealth. 



To the Honorable Committee of Both Howses 

Chosen to take up the matter at Large Respecting the taxes 
on the iSTew to^vns and Plantations in the County of Lincoln 
and as I am Chosen Agent for the towm of Orrington Beg 
Leave to make a short statement of the Matter therefore 
would Informe your Honners that the hold Lands of Said 
township was Purchased of Government by a dumber of 
Propriators Excepting onely five thousand Acres For the 
futer Disposion of Government when at the same time There 
was forty five Famielys on the front of said Lands and The 



110 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Propiators finding it so Extremely Dificolt to make aney 
Division with the Settlers on the front so that thay Could 
Hold aney Part thereof — it was agreed upon that the Pro- 
piators Relinquish all the front Lots on Conditions that said 
Settlers would Purchase the Same of Government and in 
Consideration of which said Settlers v^'are obliged to Give the 
sum of one thousand Pounds Lawful money for a Little more 
than teen thousand Acres of Land when at the same time 
there was 45 famieleys on said Lands and the Settlers in the 
other Towns and Plantations are onely to give thirty shillings 
for Each hundred Acres whareon they are settled or what 
thay have Bought of any other original settler and the s^ 
settlers of Orrington think it a Verey Singdler Case from 
aney others That thay have to Give So Large a Sum of money : 
I Do tharefore In Behalf of said Settlers Pray your Honners 
to take Thare Case into your wise Consideration and Re- 
leave them by leassing of thare taxes for a seartain Number 
of years or Point out Sum way that thay may be Relieved 
from A Part of there Payment of said Land to Government 

John Brewer [ for said town 
Boston November T^ 1Y88 



The Honourable the Senate & House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled 

The Petition & Memorial of the Subscribers living upon 
and in the Vicinity of Penobscot-River 

Humbly Sheweth, That they Labour under many & great 
hardships by reason of being obliged to Travel upon all 
occasions to the Western extremity of the County of Lincoln, 
a distance of more than one hundred miles to do all their 
Business at the Courts of Conmion pleas & the Courts of 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 111 

Sessions. That the great & SingiTlar hardships & disad- 
vantages that they suffer for want of a Court of Sessions for 
to Order & superintend the Making of necessary Eoads, is 
such as no Citizens in the Commonwealth (themselves ex- 
cepted) ever laboured under, w^hich not only prevents the 
present Settlers reaping the full Advantage of their Industry, 
but greatly retards the growth of the Several Settlements 
within the District proposed for a middle County. That the 
badness of the Eoads, the length of Ferrys that they are 
obliged to cross is attended with an unsupportable expence, 
that the difficulty or almost impossibility of Traveling at 
all in the Winter Season, is such, that some Executive Offi- 
cers have been induced to evade doing their Duty, by giving 
their Prisoners an opportunity of making their Escape, by 
which means several who have been Guilty of Fellony have 
avoided punishment 

Therefore We pray that your Honours would take the very 
great Hardships we Labour under into your wise Considera- 
tions and Relieve us by Incorporating that part of the County 
of Lincoln proposed for a middle County, into a County by 
the name of Penobscot and that the Shire Town for said 
County be Number Three (now Penobscot) agr cable to the 
Report of the Committee of the General Court, bearing date 
^November 16, 1786 upon that Subject. 

Your Petitioners as in Duty bound Will ever Pray. — 
Rich*^ Hunewell, 'Nsith. Gould, 

John Lee, John Crosby, 

Jesse Holbrook, Benjamin Wheeler, 

Tho^ Field, Daniel Campbell, 

William Stover, James Duning, 

Jeremiah Wardwell, Peter Purges, 

Allen Calif, Simon Crosby, 

Rogers Lawrence, Joseph Mansell, 

William Turner, Abraham Allen, 



112 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Mighill Parker, Joseph Inman, 

John Snowman, Mikel Thornton, 

Peltiah Taplej, Archibald M'^Phetres 

James Scott, Samuel Knap 

John Brewer, Daniel Spencer, 

James Gunn, James Bridge, 

Simeon Fowler, Solomon Harsthorn 

Robert ]\PCordey, John Calderwood 
Solomon Swett, 

In the House of Representatives ISTov' 14, 1Y88 

Read and committed to ]\P Deane M' Thatcher and M' 

May with such as the Hon Senate may join to consider and 

report 

Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 

In Senate Jan^ 2^ 1T89 

Read and Concurred & Joseph B Varnum and Thomas 
Dawes Esq"^ are joined — 

Sam' Phillips jun'" Presid' 



Petition of Selectmen of Portland. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Hon*"'® House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled 

The Petition of the Subscribers — Selectmen of the Town 
of Portland in said Commonwealth — 

humbly shews — 

That, by the Act for setting off said To%vn, from the Town 
of Falmouth the Inhabitants of the Town first mentioned 
were required from time to time to amend and repair Prides 
Bridge on Pesumpscott River and the Great Bridge on Fore 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 113 

River although the same be not included within the Limits 
of said Portland — That they have according been at great 
Expence in widening as well as mending and repairing a 
very considerable part of the Bridge last mentioned — and 
are about compleating the same in such a manner as to render 
it convenient and commodious to the Public — That their 
endeavours to this End will however be ineffectual — unless 
some measures be taken to prevent Vessell from being fast- 
ened to it & to prevent its being incumber'd (as it almost 
constantly is) with Lumber — For this purpose, your Peti- 
tioners conceive there is no Law which makes adequate pro- 
vision — They therefore humbly pray that your Honors 
would take the matter into consideration and pass some Act 
whereby the inconveniences complained of — may be remedied 
and the Injuries apprehended may be prevented and as in 
Duty bound will pray 

Sam^ Freeman Peleg Wadsworth 

Sa7n^ Freeman Petition. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled 

Humbly shews 

Samuel Freeman Agent for the Townships IST" One Four 
Five and Six lying in the County of Lincoln at the East- 
ward of Union River — That in March last The Proprietors 
of said Townships by their Committee petitioned the General 
Court to release them from pajanent of the Sum of £1250 
required by a Resolve of the 21 June 1785 a condition for 
confirming the original Grant of said ToAvnships 

That on account of a Grant made the 6 July 1787 to 
Monsieur & Madam Gregoire which includes the said To'svn- 
ship N° One as your Petitioner was informed — the Prayer 

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114 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

of tlieir Petition was not granted as it respected any of said 
TowTis — 

That as the said Proprietors have been at a great Expence 
in I'unning out & settling said Townships — & considerable 
sums are yet due to Inviduals for divers Services respecting 
them — as the TowTiships west of Union River have been 
released from the pa^'nlent of a similar Requisition — as the 
Proprietors — being unable to pay the same must lose all 
they have expended — if the said Townships are not con- 
firmed to them — and the difficulties which have already 
arisen respecting the Debts due to Individuals be greatly in- 
creased — Your Petitioner in behalf of the Proprietors of the 
said To^^^aship IST" 4 5 and 6 — humbly pray that the afore- 
said Petition may be received and the Prayer of it granted 
as it respects these three Towns — or that they may be made 
subject to the Payment of the Sum expended as aforesaid — 
an estimate whereof has been laid before the General Court 

— or if your Honors do not see fit to grant their Request in 
either of those particulars fully, that a part of said Sum may 
be released — and a further time given for payment thereof 

— And that the case of the Proprietors of the said Town- 
ship ]Sr° One may be also taken into particular consideration 
and such measures adopted to relieve them as your Honors 
in your great Wisdom shall Judge right — And as in Duty 

bound will pray — - 

Sam Freeman 



Resolve — Township to Eashvard of Union River. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives Nov. IS, 1788 
On the Petition of Samuel Freeman Agent of the Pro- 
prietors of the Townships N° one — four — five and Six lying 
in tlie County of Lincoln — at the Eastward of Union River — 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 115 

Eesolved That a further time of two Years be & hereby is 
allowed to the Proprietors of each of said Townships for pay- 
ment of the Sum of £5000 required of them by a Resolve of 
21 June 1785 as a condition for confirming the Grant of 
Said Township and that the Grant of said four Townships 
be & hereby is confirmed upon this Condition of payment of 
said Sum and of Complying with the other Conditions men- 
tioned in said Grant. 



To the Honourable the Senate & the Honorable House of 
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts in General Court assembled. — 
Humbly sheweth Gabriel Johonnot of Penobscot in the 
County of Lincoln Esq"" that Jesse Holbrook Mariner being 
indebted to him in the sum of £172 the said Gabriel com- 
menced & prosecuted an action against him, therefore at the 
Court of Common Pleas for that County, pending which 
Action, the said Holbrook tendered to your Petitioner certain 
Mills in satisfaction of the debt : Whereupon your Petitioner 
bound himself to the said Holbrook to receive the said Mills 
at an appraisement ; if the value of the same Mills, exceeded 
the amount of the debt, your Petitioner obligated himself to 
pay the surplus to the said Holbrook. Your Petitioner at 
that time altogether ignorant of the value of the Premises, 
accepted them at an appraisement of two hundred & ten 
pounds, but the Income thereof being by no means answer- 
able to such an appraisement your Petitioner became unable 
to refund the surplus value, without disposing of that Prop- 
erty on terms extremely injurious & ruinous to him. Under 
these circumstances a Suit is commenced against your Peti- 
tioner for the balance which greatly distresses him. And 
as he is induced to believe that the appraisement was founded 



116 DOCUMENTABY HISTORY 

upon erroneous information your Petitioner humbly requests 
that a new appraisement of the Premises may take place & 
the proceedings against him in the above action stayed till 
such appraisement shall take place. — and your Petitioner 

as in duty bound will ever Pray. 

Gabriel Johonnot 
Boston November 20'*^ 1788 



Petition of the Justices. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled — 

The Petition of the Justices of the Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace for the County of Cumberland humbly 
sheweth 

That your Petitioners find it declared in the Constitution 
of this Commonwealth, ''That the encouragement of Arts and 
Sciences and all good Literature tend to the Honor of GOD 
the Advantages of the Christian Religion and the great Bene- 
fit of this and the other United States of America — That 
Wisdom and Knowledge as well as Virtue diffused generally 
among the People is necessary for the preservation of their 
Rights and Liberties — That these depend on spreading the 
Opportunities and Advantages of Education in the various 
parts of the Country and among the different Orders of the 
People — And that it shall be the Duty of the Legislators and 
Magistrates in all future Periods of this Commonwealth, to 
cherish the Interest of Literature, and the Sciences." — Could 
your Petitioners conceive it possible to express their own 
Sentiments in stronger Terms on the Subject of Education 
— the importance of Wisdom Knowledge and Virtue — they 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 117 

would make the Attempt — Tliej only beg leave to express 
their Wishes, that the Intentions of the People as declared 
in the Constitution may be so far answered as to extend the 
Opportunities and Advantages of Education to this part of 
the Commonwealth. 

They therefore pray that a Corporation for a College may 
be formed to be erected in some convenient Place in this 
County — and that the same may be endowed with unlocated 
Lands belonging to this Commonwealth or otherwise as the 
Legislature in their Wisdom shall judge most agreeable to 
the Principles of the Constitution and most conducive to the 
Public Good — 

And your Petitioners shall pray — 

By Order of the Justices of the Court afores** — 

Sam' Freeman Clerk. 



In Senate Nov 22'^ 1788 

Read & committed to John Hastings & Joseph M Varnum 

Esq''^ with such as the Hon'''^ House may join to consider & 

report 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips juu' Presid' 

In the House of Representatives N'ov"' 22*^ 1788 

Read & concurred & M' JSToyes M"" Carnes & M"" Glover are 

joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

In Senate Jan^ 6, 1789 

Ordered that Solomon Freeman Esq"" be appointed on this 
Petition, in the room of John Hastings Esq*" 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid^ 



118 DOCUMEXTARY HISTORY 

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 6 1789 

Eead & concurred that M' Paine be appointed on the said 
petition in the room of M' ISTojes, absent. 
Sent lip for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

In Senate Feb'^ 2** 1790 — 

Read and with the Petition accompanying committed to 

Joseph B Varnum & Elijah D wight Esq'"'' with such as the 

Hon'''® House may join, to consider and report. 

Sent do^vn for concurrence 

Mr Dawes Presid' Pro Tern. 

In the House of Representatives Feb^ 4, 1790. 

Read and concurred and M"" Nason M"" Washburn M"" 

Mason of Swanzey are joined 

David Cobb Spk^ 



Petition of Inhahitarits of Moose Island. 

To the Honorable the Senate and the House of Representa- 
tives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — 

The Petition of a Number of the old Inhabitants of jMoose 
Island in the Bay of Passamaquody & County of Lincoln 

Humbly Sheweth 

Your Petitioners Humbly beg Leave to Lay before your 
Honours their Greviences and present unhappy Setuation, 
having been Settled on Moose Island Several Years before 
the Late revolution and having suffer'' many hardships dur- 
ing the war, more Perticularly Inconveniencys since peace, 
owing to the claim of the British which remains undecided, 
numl)ers of their Subjects crowding in Amoung us, sum- 
monsed to attend their Courts as Ferry men & otherwise, 
and in Consiquence Subjected to be draged before their 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 119 

Magistraite, upon every Judicial Processes of them which 
is Exclusive of the Judicial Authority exercised amoung us 
as Citizens of the Commonwealth which we ever willingly 
submited to All which renders it absolutely necessary we 
should have a title to the Soil to Give us previledge to Con- 
tend for our rights against every Encroachment. 

Therefore your Petitioners Humbly request that they may 
obtain a Grant of Said Island being desirous to purchais if 
requested the overplus Land that may be on the Island Ex- 
clusive of our rights of One Hundred Acres each as allowed 
by a resolve of the General Court as settlers Prior to Jan- 
uary 1784. The Island being Estimated in the Survey at 
Twenty one Hundred and Fourteen Hundred of which being 
settled agreeable to the aforesaid Resolve 

and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 
Moose Island Septemb'' 22"^ 1788. 

1. James Cochran. W" Clerck 2. Joseph Clark, 
3 -f-Eph™ Fenno by Purchase of W" Crow. 4. John 
Shackford. 5 Will" Kicker 6. Ruben Richer by Pur- 
chase of Newtown 7. Paul Johnson by purchais Stephen 
Fountain 8. + John McGuire by Purches of Xathan 
Preston 9 Caleb Boynton jun"" 10. Joseph Bridges 
11. William Godey 12 + Ephm Femio by Purches of 
Caleb Boyinton Jun"" 13. William Hammond 14. Henry 
Bowen. 

In the House of Representatives Nov'" 10 1788. 

Read and committed to the Committee on the sale of East- 
ern Lands, to consider & report — 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk" 

In Senate Nov"" 12, 1788. 

Read and Concurred 

Sam^ Phillips j'" Presid* 



120 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

The Committee for the sale of Eastern Lands have at- 
tended the Services assigned them as above and ask leave to 
report the Resolve herewith presented. 



Certificate. 

District of Passamaquody Septem'' 29'^ 1788. 

This may Certify that the subscriber has been acquainted 
at Passamaquody for Eleven Years Back where he has resided 
most of the time part of which was on Moose Island Imme- 
diately after Peace, is fully Acquainted with the setuation 
and Cercumstances of the Inhabitants of said Island that 
those that have signed the Petition were setlers before the 
Late Revolution that the difficulties they Complain are real 

& subsisting — 

Lew^ Fred*^ De Lesderniers 

jSTav^ Officer and Dep* Sheref for the distrat of 

Passamaquody 



Resolve on the Petition of Inliabitants of Moose Island. 

Commonwealth of 1! [assachusetts 

In Senate 22 ]^ovember 1788 
On the Petition of James Cochran and others Resolved 
that there be & hereby is granted and confirmed to tlie said 
James and other Petitioners Viz Joseph Clark Ephraim 
Fenno John Shuckford William Ricker Paul Johnson Reu- 
ben Richer Stephen Fountain John M'^Guire Caleb Boynton 
Sen' Joseph Bridges William Goodey William Hammond 
Henry Bowen & William Clark their Heirs & Assigns a cer- 
tain Island mentioned in said Petition called Moose Island 
laviniT in the Countv of Lincohi containimr Two Thousand 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 121 

and Sixteen Acres as surveyed by Rufus Putnam Esq'' be 
the same more or less, excepting and reserving for the future 
disposition of Government one Hundred Acres for each 
Settler other than the above named his heirs or assigns who 
settled on said Island before the first day of January 1784 
and made a seperate Improvement thereon to be so laid out 
as will best include his Improvements on Condition that the 
Petitioner, before named shall within the space of one year 
from the time of passing this Resolve pay to the Committee 
for the Sale of Eastern Lands for the use of this Common- 
vv^ealth the sum of One Hundred & Eighty-four pounds in 
the consolidated notes of this Conmiou wealth — 
Sent dovv'U for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



Ansiver to Petition from Toivn of Portlmid. 

To the Honourable Senate and the Honorable House of 
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
in General Court Assembled 
We the Inhabitants of the first Parish of the Town of 
Portland in said Commonwealth, having had notice of a 
Petition of the Inhabitants of the said Town of Portland, 
praying that the Court would pass and enact a Law granting 
to them the Privilege other Sea Port Towns enjoy of attend- 
ing the Public Worship of God at any of the Religious So- 
cieties in said Tovm, and of contributing to the support of 
that Teacher upon whose Instructions they attend humbly 
beg leave to say — That although we are not disposed to 
make any objection to the passing a Law for carrying into 
effect the Provision made by the Constitution that everyone 
may have the Priviledge of attending the public Worship of 



122 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

God under the Instructions of such Teacher as he should 
prefer, yet we think it proper to request that if your Honors 
should see fit to pass an Act in comj^liance with the Petition 
of the To^ai it might be made under the following Restric- 
tions — viz — 

1 — That it should not extend to affect any Contract of 
either of the Parishes in said Town, or that part of the Act 
passed the 17"" day of March last, which requires the second 
society in Portland to pay to the Rev^ Thomas Smith one 
quarter of the sum that the first Parish shall Vote Annually 
for his support 

2 That it should not be construed to prevent this first 
Parish from Taxing all the Pews in our Meeting-House 
agreably to an Act passed June 27''' 1786 altho' some of them 
may belong to Individuals of other societies — 

3"^ That some provision be made to determine to which 
of the societies the Inhabitants of the Town respectively 
belong — 

By Order of the Parish — 

Woodbury Storer, Clerk Pro T. 



Order for Joseph McLellan to Notify toivn of Portland. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Committee of both 
Houses — 
On the petition of the Town of Portland praying that a 
Law might be passed whereby they may enjoy the same 
privileges that other Seaport to\vns do, of attending the public 
worship of God at any of the religious societies in said to^vn, 
& of paying where they attend, — ask leave to report the fol- 
lowing order — 

Isaac Stearns p"" Order 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 123 

Order*^ that Joseph M'^Lellan signer of this petition cause 
an attested copy hereof & of this order to be posted up at the 
places of public worship in each parish in said town thirty 
days before the third Wednesday of the next sitting of the 
Gen' Court, that any person or persons in opposition to said 
petition may appear on the said third Wednesday, to shew 
cause if any they have why the prayer of the said petition 
should not be granted 

In Senate ^^oV 22, 1788. 

Read and accepted and Ordered accordingly 
Sent downi for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid*^ 

In the House of Representatives Xov"" 22, 1788 

Read and concurred 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk'" 



Re Penobscot Taxes. 

To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable the House of 
Representatives of the Conunonwealth of Massachusetts 
in General Court Assembled 

Humbly Sheweth 

The Selectmen and Assessors of the To^via of Penobscot, 
in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Town that whereas there 
are sundry Bills sent by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth 
and by the County Treasurer, to be Assessed on the Inhabi- 
tants as their Proportion of the Tax of the Commonwealth 
and of the county Tax your Petitioners would beg leave to 
observe, that the distresses of the late Warr, from the resi- 
dence of the British Troops in this Town, and the Em- 
barrasments of Trade since the Peace, — together with the 
General Povertv of the Inhabitants who settle in this country. 



124 docume:n'tary history 

are circumstances — wliicli operate on the Minds of your 
Petitioners and fully convince them that it will be impossible 
to collect these taxes, without reducing many families to 
great distress, and many others to absolute ruin, they there- 
fore Humbly Entreat the Honorable General Court to take 
into their consideration, the foregoing Circumstances and to 
Afford relief to the Inhabitants by abating the whole of the 
said Taxes, as an Encouragement to the Settlement, and a 
future Benefit to the Commonwealth, or to Afford such 
relief in the Premises, as to their Wisdom shall seem meet 
and as in Duty Bound will ever Pray 

Oliver Parker, 

Matthew Ritchie, 

W Webber, 

John Wasson 

Selectmen & Assessors 
Penobscot Dec' Q'"" 1788. 

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 19'^'' 1789. 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on the 
subject of the abatement of taxes 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 



In Senate Jan'' 19, 1789 
Read and Concurred 



Sam' Phillips jun' Presid' 



In Senate June 17, 1789. 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on the sub- 
ject of the abatement of taxes, to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j' Presid' 

In the House of Representatives June 22^ 1789 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk^ 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 125 

Treasury Office June 24'^ 1789 

These Certify that the following sums are all that appear 
by the Tax i\.cts to be laid on Plantation 'N" 3 now Penobscot. 
Viz' on ^^° 5 Tax 342 .. 3 .. 9 :J^° 6 Tax 74. .2. .10 W 7 
Tax 35 .. 8 .. 9 Amounting in the whole to Four hundred 
& fifty one pounds fifteen shillings & 4"^ 

Attest Alex' Hodgdon Treas"" 



Petition of the Selectmen of Dartmouth. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the HonV^ Senate and house of Eepresentatives in Gen- 
eral Court Assembled 

The petition of The Selectmen of the Town of Dartmouth 
in behalf of s*^ Town 

Humbly Sheweth 

That in an Act passed the General Court July 2^ 1787 
incorporating the West war dly part of the Town of Dart- 
mouth into a TowTiship by the ISTame of Westport ; the Second 
enacting Clause in said Act tis enacted that the said Town of 
Westport Shall pay all the Arrears of Taxes Assessed upon 
them and further provision is made in s*^ Clause that they 
Shall Support their Own poor: Which Clause we Conceive 
is Ambiguous and of a DoubtfuU meaning and has put the 
To^\m of Dartmouth to Considerable expence and created 
Contentions in the Afore Said To\ms : Therefore We humbly 
pray the HonV Court to take our Situation into Your wise 
Consideration and repeal s^ Incorporating Act or the afore 
Said enacting Clause thereof : And substitute iinother Act or 
Such another enacting Clause as Will Cause the Inhabitants 
of Westport to pay their Equal proportion of all the Arrears 
of Taxes that was Assessed on the To^\m of Dartmouth 



126 DOCUMEXTAKY HISTOEY 

previous to the Incorporating of Said Town that Cannot be 
collected and that they Support their proportionable part of 
the paupers that they was holden to support (previous to the 
Incorporating Act) had not the To\\ti been Divided 
And Your Petitioners in Duty bound will ever pray — 
Henry Smith, John Smith \- 

Selectmen of Dartmouth 
Dartm" Decem'" 12^'^ 1788 



Petition of Addison Richardson. 

To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled. 
The petition of the Subscriber humbly sheweth, that he 
was a Captain in the 29*'' Regiment of the Massachusetts line 
of the Army in the year 1776, and was one of the unfortu- 
nate persons captured by the enemy at Fort Washington in 
November in that year, and through the extream inhumanity 
of the British troops on that occasion, and in open violation 
of every principle of Justice ; your petitioner was striped and 
plundered of every thing he had, except the apparel he then 
had on his back, by which means he lost many articles of 
Clothing &:c to a considerable amount, the particulars of 
which accompany this petition. And as your petitioner 
thinks it but just & reasonable that some compensation should 
be made to him for his loss as aforesaid while suffering in 
the common cause of his Country, he humbly prays your 
Honors to tcike his case into your wise consideration and 
grant such relief as may seem right and proper, and your 
petitioner would beg leave to acquaint your Honors, that lie 
has had a simular petition some where in the files of the 
General Court since 1782 and has made many applications 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 127 

to several members of Court from time to time to have the 
subject taken up and considered, but has never been able to 
effect it, and now the petition alluded to is not to be found, 
he therefore brings it anew before your wise consideration — 
and as in duty bound will ever pray 

Addison Richardson 



Petitio7i of Town of Waldohoro. 

To the Honb^® Senate and HonV'' house of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The petition of the Inhabitants of the To^vn of Waldo- 
borough humbly sheweth 

That in the Years 1751:1752: and 1753 Brigad'" Gener' 
Waldo issued his proclamation in Germany, promising One 
hundred acres of land in Broad Bay upon the river Miscon- 
gus, to each settler twenty one years of age, with the privi- 
ledge of 200 Acres for a Ministerial Lot 200 Acres for a 
School Lot and 200 Acres for the first settled Minister to 
each 120 families — By Virtue of which, Your Petitioners 
to the Number of 200 heads of families and Upwards of 
twenty one Years of age, left their Native Land, and came 
to Broad Bay, where many of them to the Number of 94 were 
Settled upon the west side of Miscongus River, Which Land 
we were Oblig'' to purchase of Thomas Drown, or be turn"^ out 
of Our possessions, for which we receiv^ warranted deeds. 
We have never Rec'^ any Consideration for the hund'' Acres of 
Land promis** us, nor the 600 Acres to every 120 families of 
publick lots. And Many Other priviledges promis** us by 
Brigad'" Waldo he has fallen far short of fullfilling — We re- 
fer Your honours to the proclamation of Brigad"^ Waldo which 



128 DOCUMEXTARY HISTORY 

accompanies this petition, witli tlae Xames of Settlers there- 
unto Annexed, All which Your petitioners pray your honours 
to take into Your wise Consideration, and grant to each 
Settler who was Settled here before the Last French war, 
Such Quantity of land within this To\\ai as Your Hon""^ think 
will he a Compensation for their Money fatigues and hazzards 
thro two wars. Many of which lost their lives by Indians and 
refugees, Many of your petitioners also have settled since the 
French War, which we pray Your Hon""^ would Confirm in 
the Lands which they are settled upon, as their lots in general 
Contain but 100 Acres, Which they Defended at the risque 
of their lives, Many of whom fell in the glorious Contest 
of freedom, Whose Widows and Orphans Your petitioners 
cannot have an idea Your Hon""^ will throw at the Mercy of 
any Sett of men, who have attempted to enslave us, If Your 
Hon''® think it not fit to grant our request. Your Petitioners 
pray that the Waldo Claim may not be confirm*^ but leave us 
to defend Our rights by Law, and the Justice of our Country — 

The foregoing representation was made to the Gener' Court 
by y' petitioners 

In the Year 1785 who are happy in recei\'ing the protec- 
tion from that Honb'^ Court of having their property Under 
Your Honours protection — Referring to a Resolve of the 
Gener^ Court of July 1785 wherein provision is made for all 
Settlers on the Lands of the late Brigad' Waldo by Virtue 
of Beaucamp and Leverett's grant from the Councill of Ply- 
mouth, in 1629, Which grant if not Confirmed by a former 
General Court, would not liave Interfered with the Lands of 
Your petitioners Who are now Oblig^ again to trouble Your 
Hon" in Consequence of being warned by the Honb'^ H: 
Knox, Sam* Winslow, and Isaac Wiuslow to pay them for 
all the lands on the East Side of ]Medunmiock River, not 
having a written promise from Brigad' Waldo, from three 
to Six Shillings, to Avarage four Shillings p"" Acre, Which 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 129 

Lands prior to the War, the heirs of Brigad' Waldo Sold for 
seven pence p'' Acre Iveing in the Vicinity of Your petitioners 
they settled with the Inhabitants of Thomaston on those Con- 
ditions, which accompany this petition Which Lands are full 
of Lime Stone, Meadows, and Surrounded with the Sea and 
River of S' Georges, And the lands, under the Mountain 
Madambutocks,' a rich fertile Soil, the most so, of any in the 
County of Lincoln, On those terms, if no Other, your peti- 
tioners must Suppose Very unequal and unjust. So far 
from Justice, that your petitioners trust themselves and 
little Of spring Under Your Hon""® protection, which if 
hove off. We have nothing to hope for, but to be slaves 
to a Sett of men (the HonV^ H Knox Excepted) which 
have attempted to bring us into Bondage — The last War 
Your petition""^ Supported at the risque of their lives. 
And after fighting thro, the whole thereof, surrounded 
with Brittish troops, and refugees, have Obtain^ Our free- 
dom. And Xow to be brought into Bondage is more than Your 
petition""^ think your honours will permit, or even suffer The 
reason Your petitioners say Bondage, is, that if Your peti- 
tion""^ Are Oblig'^ to pay four Shillings for each Acre of Our 
Land, being Twenty pound for 100 Acres, We have no Lum- 
ber but Cord wood which (to get One Cord to Market) will 
take one man and four Oxen two days. And then fetch but 
three Shillings, which Your petitioners Want to purchase 
Clothing for their Children, or pay their taxes Which is really 
more than they are able to pay, that with an addition of 
Twenty pounds, will involve many families in distress and 
misery as they have no Other resource, Many having but one 
Cow, and some I^ot much as a Cow and large families of 
small Children — Your petitioners have had many hardships 
to Surmount in the Wilderness thro, the war, in furnishing 
our men for the same, which Saddled a heavy tax, that we 
paid with pleasure, but cannot say that it is now a pleasure 

10 



130 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

to pay taxes for Strangers, the Consequence of which, has 
brought on us the vahie of Clearing their Lands in a Wilder- 
ness, when in a State of Nature was worth seven pense, in 
Consequence of Our Settling, Clearing, and paying the 
Taxes, is now by the proprietors estimated at four Shillings 
p' acre These and many other reasons may be given too 
Numerous to take up Your Hon""^ time, All which we refer to 
Waterman Thomas Esq"" the bearer of this petition, Whom 
we Constitute our Agent, thro' him to be Communicated to 
Your Hon" Trusting that he'll be Able to Convince You, 
that the proposals made by us to the Hon*"^ Henry Knox and 
Mess" Winslows were generous, but as we are Now drove to 
the necessity of Applying to Your hon" rest Ourselves And 
Our all, with Your Hon" Mercy — And Your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound Shall ever pray — 

Waterman Thomas 

Andrew Schenck, 
■ii ..Peter Cummings 

Jacob Ludwig, I Committee in behalf 

John Fitz Gerald, / of the Town 

Joshua Gottlieb 



Nath" Pitcher 

In the Senate Jan^ 2^ 1789 

Read & with the Petition of Nath. Palmer accompanying 
committed to Joseph Hosmer and Benj* Goodhue Esq' with 
such as the Hon'''® House may join, to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun' Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Janr^ 2^ 1789. 

Read and concurred and ^L"" Thompson of Topsham, M' 
Bartlett & M"" Goold are joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 131 

To the Honorabel general Court the Honourabel Senate and 
house of Representatives 
I your Pertitioner Being an agent apoinf^ and Chosen By 
a Number of Inhabitants Settled at a Place Called Megun- 
tercook Sum — in the year 1762 and others many years Be- 
fore that time — Relying and depending Entirely on the 
Resolves of the honorabel Court Passed the lO''' of April in 
the year 1785 which act Plainly Spasifying that all the 
Settelers to Be quiated in there Posseations Being Setteled 
Before that date agreeabel to the after Resolves of the Court 
as was Reseved By all the Eastern members and Settelers of 
Said Land — and as an agent humbly Pray your honours to 
Confirm those Settelers in there Possestions agreeabel to said 
Resolve and I your humbel Pettitioner Shall as in duty Ever 

Pray 

N^athaniel Palmer 



Petition of Thomas Sargent. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts [ 

To the Hon''''' Senate, & the Hon'''® house of Representatives 

for y® s'' commonwealth in General Court assembled 

the day of 

The petition of Thomas Sargent Humbly Sheweth your 
Petitioner was Surgen of the Ship Monmouth commanded by 
Alix"" Ross, at the Seige of Penobscot, in the late war, where 
he served during the Seige, after which being obliged to 
Escape and flee with the said comander & the ships crew, 
leaving behind his cloathing. Bed & beding Books & other 
tilings of the value of fifteen Pounds, which was the property 
of your Petitioner, and in this destitute condition your peti- 
tioner was obliged to Travel three days through a Dreary 



132 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Wilderness, (destitute of food, most of the time) — and to 
proceed on a Journey of Two hundred & fifty miles home on 
foot for which Service & Loss & suffering your petitioner hath 
never received any compensation, but has, ever since the s'' 
Seige Suffered (having a Large Family to Support) the 
want of his pay, which has been greatly prejudicial to him & 
his s^ Family, but your petitioner cant but flatter himself 
with hope that your Honours will consider his case »& redress 
his Grievance. Wherefore your Petitioner Prays your 
Honour to take his case into your wise & Judicious considera- 
tion and grant him such compensatory Satisfaction as to you 
in your clemency Shall appear adiquate to his Severe Loss & 
Suffering and your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever 
pray — 

Thomas Sargent, 
Glocester, Jan^, 1789 



Bakerstown Petition for relief from Taxes. 

To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
assembled. 

The Petition in Behalf of the Inhabitants of Bakerstowm 
so called in the County of Cumberland humbly sheweth ; 

That about the year 1765, A Grant was made by the then 
Honorable General Court of this Commonwealth of a certain 
Tract of Land which is commonly called and knowm by the 
Name of Bakerstown in the County of Cumberland, to a 
number of Gentlemen (who from that Time have born the 
name of the grantees or Proprietors of said Bakerstown) with 
this proviso Viz' that the Grantees within Six years then 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 133 

next coming Settle thirty Familys in said Town [or Planta- 
tion] Build a House for public Worship, and Settle a learned 
protestant Minister, and lay out one Sixty fourth part of said 
Tract for the use of the first Minister, and one Sixty fourth 
part for a Grannnar-school, and one Sixty fourth part 
for the use of Harvard College &c. &c. Which Condi- 
tions have never yet been complied with nor in any one In- 
stance performed by the said Grantees, excepting only in re- 
gard to the Setling of a Number of Families, Some of whom 
after having with great Labor and Fatigue made consider- 
able Improvements have been turned off the same by some of 
said Proprietors (so called) and others put onto the Same, 
without any kind of Recompence; jSTotwithstanding, after 
having been called upon by the said General Court sometime 
in the year 1779 to fulfill the Conditions aforesaid, they the 
said Grantees then had three years more allowed, for the ful- 
filment thereof. And your Petitioners further say that not- 
withstanding the great Disadvantages the Inhabitants of said 
Bakerstown had labored under on account of the nonperform- 
ance of said Conditions, as well as on account of many other 
Difiiculties attending the Setling of Xew & unimproved 
Lands, sometime in the year 1784 they were called upon for 
their proportionable parts of public Taxes, and thereupon 
preferred their Petition to the then Honorable General Court 
of this Commonwealth praying to be relieved from Taxes &c 
whereupon a Committee was appointed to repair to said 
Bakersto\\Ti and view, enquire and Examine in Regard to 
the Circumstances of said Inhabitants, which said Committee 
having examined &c Reported to the Honorable General Court 
aforesaid among other things that the said Inhabitants were 
not of sufiicient ability to pay Taxes, and ought therefore to 
be excused therefrom, or to the like purport, which said Re- 
port passed to be accepted in the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives, but for ought your Petitioner knows, has never 



134 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

yet been acted upon by the Honorable Senate. In the mean- 
while they have still been called upon and have in fact paid 
considerable Taxes ; But in Case they must be burthened with 
all their Taxes that have arisen since they were first called 
upon therefor as afores"^ their Circumstances being much the 
same as when the said Committee Reported as aforesaid, or 
at most but very little better, they must be entirely ruined, 
for their whole Interest will be but little, if anything, more 
than sufficient to discharge the same. And your Petitioners 
further beg Leave to acquaint Your Honors that so long as 
they continue in their present State, laboring under various 
Disadvantages, under no Regulations, Having neither Order 
nor Discipline, Civil, nor Religious, and but very few of 
them any real Title to their Improvements, and liable to be 
dispossessed whenever the rightousness of the Soil shall please, 
they esteem it a great Hardship to be burthened with any 
Taxes at all. Tho' in case they may be quieted in the Pos- 
session of their Improvements and put under proper Regu- 
lations they hope for the future to be able, and if so, shall 
be fond of contributing their share of public Taxes. 

Whereupon Your Petitioners humbly pray Your Honors 
to take these Matters under your wise and Judicious Con- 
sideration, and inasmuch as the said Grantees have forfeited 
their Claims to the Lands contained in said Conditional 
Grant, make provision for said Inhabitants being Intitled to 
the Right of Soil, or in Case said Grantees Shall not be ad- 
judged to have forfieted said Grant oblige them forthwith or 
as soon as may be to fulfil the Conditions aforesaid that your 
Petitioners may be in a Condition to be of Use to the Com- 
munity of which they are a part by contributing their pro- 
portionable parts of the public Tax for the Support of Gov- 
ernment. Meanwhile your Petitioners further humbly pray 
to be relieved from all past Taxes, Or that your Honors will 
otherwise provide for their Relief as your Honors in Your 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 135 

superior Wisdom sliall think proper and Your Petitioners 

as in Duty bound will ever pray 

Dated the S'"" day of January A. D. 1789. 

Moses Emery, Israel Bray, 

Samuel Sevill jun"", Jobe Tucker, 

Edward Jumper, Benj Lane 
Solomon Wilcut, 



To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts conven'd in the 
State House In Boston January 1789 — 
May it please your Honors; 

This may certify you, that Mary Rian otherwise Orne ac- 
cording to her own Account, and according to the best Intelli- 
gence we ever could obtain, was Born in the Brittish Army. 
That she has for A ^Number of Years resided in this Town. 
That She is non Compos Mentis, and Thereby utterly unable 
to take Care of herself. That it was with Difficulty this 
Town could at their Annual Meeting, get Any Person to take 
her for Seventy Dollars Per Annum. That we have seen 
the Certificate from our Selectmen, which Accompanies this 
Paper, and know that It contains nothing but Truth. These 
Declarations we affirm, as upon Solemn Oath ; as Witness our 
Hands 

Cumberland ss 
Gray December 27''' 1788. 

William Webster, Gideon Ramsdell, 

Joseph Cu Turnings John Nash, 

Rich*^ Sweetler, Jethro Starbird, 

Jabez Mathews, Thomas White, 



136 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Eliah Latham, John l^ason, 

Joseph Weeks, Abel Merrill, 

John Sprague, Leamj Frank, 

Jedediah Cobb, Isaac Small, 

Xath^' Young, John Merrill, 

George Doughty, Joseph Lennell, 

Sam' Tompson, Clement Penell, 
Sam* Ward, 

To the Honorable Senate; and House of Representatives of 

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 

assembled January — 1789 — 

Your Honors will please to observe That Mary Eian or 

Orne hath resided In the Town of Gray in the County of 

Cumberland and Commonwealth afores^ several years as Will 

appear By an Accoumpt herewith exhibited — That she is 

not an Inhabitant of said Town. That she has no Property 

in Gray aforesaid nor any where in This Conmionwealth that 

we know of — May it please your Honors These things are 

certified by your Most Obedient & very Humble Serv*^ 

Sam' Nash David Hunt Robart York [ 

Selectmen of Gray 
Gray December 27, 1788. 



Town of Gray against the Commonwealth for support of 

Mary Rian. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts D"" To the Town of 
Gray. 
For keeping Mary Rian or otherwise Mary Orn from Au- 
gust 24'" 1783 to August y' 24'*' 1784 — £21 .. .. For 
Cloathing — 3 .. 4 .. 8 For keeping s** Mary from August y^ 
24'*' 1784 to August 24''' 1785 21..0..0 For Cloathing 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 137 

3.. 2.. 8 For keeping s" Mary from August 24^'' 1785 to 
August f 24'^ 1786 21 .. .. For Cloathing 4 .. .. 6 For 
keeping s'^ Mary from August 24'^ 1786 to August 24* 1787 
21.. 0..0 For Cloathing 3 .. 2 .. 4 For keeping s"* Mary 
from AugTist 24"^ 1787 to December y" 27'^^ 1788 — 28 .. .. 
For Cloathing 4 .. 5 .. 3 Total 129 .. 15 .. 3 
Gray December y" 27'*^ 1788 
The Above is a true Accompt. 

Sam' N"ash David Hunt Eobart York |^ 

Selectmen of Gray 



Petition of inhabitants of Gray. 

To the Honorable Senate, and to The Honorable House of 
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Assembled January 1789. 
Petition of Samuel Perley of Gray in the County of Cum- 
berland and Commonwealth aforesaid on behalf of said Town, 
Humbly sheweth ; That Mary Rian, alias Orne, hath Resided 
in the To^vn of Gray afores'^, Some time before, and Since the 
Incorporation of the said Gray. That she hath, and still does 
Say, That She was born in the British Army. That the 
Person is now Suppos** to be near Seventy Years of Age. 
That said Person is non Compos Mentis, & utterly unable 
to take any proper Care of herself. That she hath no In- 
terest in Gray Nor anywhere in the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, that your Petitioner Knows of. That she hath been 
a Public Charge to said Gray, as an Account herewith ex- 
hibited from the Selectmen of said Gray, and also a Certifi- 
cate from the Principal Inhabitants of said ToAvn, will fully 
shew, for a Number of Years past. That your Petitioner on 
behalf of said Town, Humbly prayeth, that the said Person 
may be consider'd as one of the States Poor, and that the 



138 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

account Herewith exhibited from the Selectmen of Gray 
aforesaid, may be allow'd to Said Gray, or so much of it, as 
your Honors, in your Wisdom & Clemency May see fit. And 
as in Duty bound Will pray &c 

Samuel Perley ]■ on behalf of s^ Gray 
Boston, Jan^ 8'M789. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 19, 1789 

On the Petition Samuel Perley in behalf of the Town of 
Gray praying that the Charge of Supporting Mary Rian may 
be paid by the Common Wealth and that she may be consid- 
ered as one of the Poor of the Common Wealth and that the 
said Inhabitants may be allowed for supporting her from the 
24^^ August 1783 to the 2T'' December 1788 

resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be so far granted 
that the Sum of Eighty Pounds be paid to the Inhabitants 
of the Towm of Gray out of the Treasury of the Common 
Wealth for the Support of the said Mary for the Term afore- 
said and that she be considered as one of the poor of this 
State, any law to the contrary notwithstanding 
Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 
In Senate Feby 16'^ 1789 

Read and Non-concurred 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



Petition of Town of Pownalhorough. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled Jan'' 1789 
The Petition of the Selectmen of Po\vnalborougli in behalf 
of one Henry Rundlet Humbly Sheweth that the said Henry 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 139 

was Taken with an Execution and confined in Goal for a debt 
due to the Commonwealth in June last and continues there at 
this Time without any Hope of Eelief — that the said 
Rundlet has Neither Real nor Personal Estate to Pay either 
the debt or Costs — that the cost of Goal Fees and other Ex- 
pences ammounts to near thirty Pound, and is still In- 
creasing — That his Family is one of the most distressed 
Families Perhaps Ever Seen and is and must be a town 
Charge Except your Honors will Release him. 

We therefore in behalf of the said Rundlet and the Town 
of Pownalborough Humbly Pray your Honors that the said 
Rundlet may be discharged from Goal that he may Provide 
for his Familly and the Town & County discharged from 
further Expence — and as in duty bound will ever Pray 
David Silverton John Huse ]■ Selectmen 



Resolve on the Petition of Selectmen of Poivnalborough in 
behalf Henry Randlet. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 9, 1789 

On the Petition of the Selectmen of Pownalborough in be- 
half of one Henry Rundlet commited to the Common Goal 
of the County of Lincoln by virtue of an Execution issued 
on Judgment recovered by this Commonwealth against the 
said Henry by the Consideration of the Court of Common 
pleas for the County of Lincoln in June term A. D. 1788 
praying that the said Henry may be released from s^ im- 
prisonment and discharged from said Judgment for reasons 
therein set forth. 

Resolved That the prayer of said petition be so far granted 
that the said Henry be released from his said confinement 



140 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

and discharged from said Judgment he paying the whole of 
the cost which has arisen thereon and the keeper of the Goal 
in the County of Lincoln is directed to govern himself ac- 
cordingly 

Sent up for concurrence 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 



He presentation of Committee for Sale of Eastern Lands. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

January 19, 1789. 
The Committee for the Sale of Eastern Lands request 
leave to inform the hon'^ the Legislature, that since the last 
session of the General Court, the heirs of Brig'" Waldo have 
thought proper to warn the said Committee not to sell any 
of the Lands laid out by the late Brig' Waldo to the ten pro- 
prietors, so called, as will appear by their protest herewith 
presented, upon which they ask the directions of the General 
Court. The Committee beg leave to mention, that, when they 
had under their consideration the extent of the Patent to 
Beauchamp and Leverett, they examined the records of the 
General Court as far back as the year 1740 — that they found 
the General Court, in the year 1763, had proposed to grant 
to the proprietors of the Patent six miles at the head of the 
same, on condition that the said proprietors should release 
their right to all the Lands to the eastward of Penobscot 
River; and that Deeds of release, sealed, were actually pre- 
pared for that purpose, but without the proper signatures: 
from whence the Committee with the present proprietors 
concluded that the business was not compleated, but it is 
since found, that Deeds of a similar Import were signed, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 141 

sealed & delivered by the Parties, and that nothing, then, re- 
mained further to be done, in order to render the exchange 
valid to every intent, but the obtainment of the consent of the 
King of Great Britain, which was then necessary for that 
purpose. 

The Committee beg leave further to observe that when the 
report respecting the patent was made they had not the most 
distant expectation that the proposed western boundary would 
interfere with the Plymouth Company's Claim. 

All which is most respectfully submitted 

Sam' Phillips jun"" per Order 

In Senate Jan^ 22^ 1789. 

Read, & with the papers accompanying, committed to Cot- 
ton Tufts & Phanuel Bishop Esq' with such as the Hon'''® 
House may join, to consider and report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"^ Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 24, 1789 

Read and concurred and M"^ Tomson of Topsham M'" Peck- 
man and AP L. Thorndike are joined 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk"" 

In Senate June 9, 1789 

Read and with the paper accompanying, committed to 
Phanuel Bishop & Bailey Bartlett Esq'"^ with such as the 
Hon'''® House may join to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun' Presid'' 

In the House of Representatives June 9"" 1789 

Read k concurred and M"" Hutchinson M' Jones & M"" 

Winthrop are joined 

David Cobb Spk' 



142 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Petition re Lands in the County of Lincoln. 

To the Hon'''^ the Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
general Court assembled — 
the Petition of the Subscribers humbly sheweth — That 
your Petitioners in the time of the late war sat down on cer- 
tain Lands in the County of Lincoln supposed to be State 
Lands encouraged so to do by a report then circulated and 
generally supposed to be true that Government wished to 
have those Lands settled and would quiet if not reward the 
settler — Your Petitioner, went on those Lands when they 
were only bare Creation by their industry they have brought 
them into a Cultivated State, and feasted themselves with 
the hope that they were serving the State and laying up an 
Inheritance for their little ones — But alas ! they have learnt 
that these Lands do not belong to the State, but are private 
property — and so have lost the labour of many years and 
are necessitated again to enter the wilderness and begin anew, 
they have now fixed on Lands most certainly belonging to this 
State — these Lands are situated on the North East side of 
Androscoggin River near to Lands granted to S Livermore & 
others — Your Petitioners humbly pray your Honors to take 
their distressed Case into your wise consideration, and to 
make them a grant of said Land, six miles square or other^vise 
to afford them relief, as to you in your great wisdom shall 
seem fit, and your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray 
Bowdoin Jan^ 21, 1Y89. 

Ebenzer Temple, Abraham Whitmore, 

James Sampson, Henry Sampson, 

Simon Wheeler, Rufus Sampson, 

James Rogers, David Reed Jun"", 

Jonathan Brown, Enoch Sampson, 

James Mustord, Joseph Wheeler Jun*", 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 143 

l^athaniel Smith, William Campbell Jim"" 

William Campbell, Daniel Campbell, 

John Starbord, Samuel Willson, 

Benjamin Tibbets, Samuel Tibets, 

John Alexander, John Campbell, 

Andrew Growvere, John Clarke, 

George Lewis, William Alexander, 

Daniel Allen John Alexander, 

Ichabod Temple, Robert Alexander, 

Christopher Bubire, David Campbell 

Andrew Tibbis, Jacob Whitmore, 

John Temple, David Read, 

jSTathaniel Jellison, Alexander Rogers, 

Isaac Jones, Thomas Adams. 

Re Fines. 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts \ 

In House of Representatives Feb^ 2, 1789. 

The Committee appointed to consider what Fines are 
proper to be laid on such Towms as have neglected the present 
year choose and return members to the house Representatives 
have attended the business assigned them and ask leave to 
make the following Report, viz — 

County of York 

Arundell 25 .. Biddeford 34 .. Lebanon 19 .. *Cox Hall 
X County of Cumberland — Brunswick 25 .. Harpswell 
23 .. County of Lincoln Vassalborough 19 .. Bristol 19 .. 
Booth Bay 19 .. Woolwich 19 .. *Bowdoinham 

Total amount which was due from all counties £1102 .. .. 

and the several towns above named may at any time within 
the time of twelve months discharge the fine set on them 
respectively by paying the amount in the consolidated securi- 
ties of this Government, which the treasurer shall receive 
accordingly. 



144: DOCUMENTAEY HISTOKY 

Moses Emery in behalf of Bakerstown. 

Commonwealth of Massacliusetts \ 

In the House of Representatives FeV 4, 1789 

on the petition of Moses Emerv and others of Bakerstown 
Praying to have their taxes abated, 

Eesolved that their petition Lay over to the first *sessions 
of the jSText Sitting of the General Court & the Treasurer Be 
Directed to stay his Execution till the first of July next 



Re. Portland Petition. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Senate February 5, 1789 
The committee of both houses, appointed on the Petition of 
the Town of Portland and the answer thereto, to hear the 
Parties on the Premises, and report, have attended that serv- 
ice, and ask leave to report that the Petitioners have leave 
to bring in Bill for the purposes mentioned in their Petition 



Phillips Claim. 

The Committee appointed to Ascertain the unappropriated 
lands of the Commonwealth in the Countys of York and 
Cumberland have had various interviews with the Pro- 
prietors claiming lands in York County under William 
Philips & Bridget Philips and from the Papers laid before 
them by CoF Josiah Waters their Agent Report as follows 
Viz' 

1639 

King Charles the first by Letters Patent under the great 
Seal of England on the 3'''* of April in the 15*^^ year of his 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 145 

Eeign granted to Sir Ferdinando Gorges the Territory, since 
usually called the Province of Mayne by the following de- 
scription, ''Beginning at the Entrance of Piscataqua harbour, 
and so to pass up the same into the Eiver ISTewitchwanick and 
thro' the same unto the furthest head thereof, and from thence 
Northwestward till one hundred and twenty miles be fin- 
ished ; and from Piscataqua harbour mouth aforesaid, ITorth 
Eastward, along the Sea Coast to Sagadahock, and up the 
Kiver thereof to Kenebequy River, and thro' the same unto 
the head thereof and into the land JSTorthwestward, until one 
hundred & twenty miles be ended, being accounted from the 
mouth of Sagadahock. And from the period of 120 Miles 
aforesaid to cross over land to the 120 miles formerly re- 
ceived up into the land from Piscataqua Harbour, thro 
"]S[ewitchwonick River," with powers of Government 

1660 Aug* 12"^ 

William Philips of Boston purchases of Hombinsit, alias 
John Rogamock all his land lying on the West side of Saco 
River from the Salmon falls to Cap' Sunday's Rocks, and so 
upwards into the Country to his furthest extent, and on the 
7'*" of Septem"" 1660 livery and Seizin by turf & twig was 
taken by Lieut Jn° Pike in behalf of the Grantee Philips, in 
the presence of Witnesses. 

1661 March 30*'^ William Philips purchases of Fluellin, 
all his land from Saco Patent bounds Southward, beyond 
Cape Porpoise River for breadth, and from the head of Wells 
and Cape Porpoise Townships heads up into the Country to 
his furthest extent, excepting four mile square Sold to Bush, 
Saunders & Turbett, The furthest extent as explained in 
Writing on the Deed, about the time it was executed, by the 
Person who wrote & Subscribed his Name as a Witness to it. 
Was intended to Cap* Sunday's rocks as is inserted in Roga- 
mock deed 

1664 May 31^* 

11 



146 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

William Philips of Saco purchases of Mogghegon a Tract 
of land bounding with Saco River on the ]^. E. side. Kene- 
bunk River on the S. W. side in breadth from the one River 
to the other, and in length, beginning at the Sea Side, and 
runing up each River unto Salmon falls in Saco river and 
as far up Kenebunk River, until it be opposite with the said 
Salmon Falls, Which Salmon Falls is to be understood 15 
miles from the Saco Mills at Saco Falls 

1664 June 2^ 

Major William Philips of Saco purchases of Meeksombe, 
alias Cap' Sunday three hills of Rocks, with Woods, meadows 
& all appurtenances thereunto belonging lying and being sit- 
uated above Saco Falls about 35 or 40 miles more or less into 
the Country 

1670 May 6"^ 

Ferdinando Gorge (the grandson of Sir Ferdinando Gorge, 
AMio obtained the Charter of the Province of Majme) By 
Deed of Indenture, acknow'' before the Court of Chancery, & 
Enrolled, with N'athaniel Philips Son and Heir Apparent of 
William Philips, Reciting that the said William Philips did 
heretofore for good and valuable Consideration purchase to 
him and his heirs forever, of Mogg Higgin, Squando Fluellin 
John Rogamock, Cap' Sunday & other Indians several pieces 
parcels & Tracts of Land, lying and being upon the South 
West Side of Saco River in the Province of Mayne in ISTew 
England, and now in the Tenure or Occupation of the said 
William Philips, as in and by the several Deeds of purchase 
it doth and may appear, did grant ratify and Confirm unto 
the said ]!^athaniel Philips all and singular the said Several 
and respective Tracts, pieces or parcels of land therein be- 
fore mentioned to him, his Heirs and assigns forever. 

1677 March 13'^^ 

Ferdinando Gorge (the Grandson of Sir Ferdinando 
Gorges) for £1250 — Sterling Conveys to John Usher of 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 14Y 

Boston ill iSTew England Merchant the Territory called the 
Province of Majne, that was granted to his Grandfather by 
Charles the First, and also all the powers of Government 
and other Priviledges therein mentioned, Excepting one In- 
denture of Grant and Confirmation made bv the same Fer- 
dinando George unto one ISTathaniel Philips, of parcel of the 
premises bearing date the 6"" day of May in the 22"^ year of 
the Eeign of Charles the 2''— (1670) 

John Usher conveys the Province of Mayne to the Gover- 
nor & Company of Massachusetts Bay. 

The Questions arising on this Claim, between the Govern- 
ment's Committee and the Heirs and assigns of William 
Philips, are two 

1. How came the Deed of Indenture to be made to 
I^athaniel Philips the Son. 

To this it is said that ]^athaniel the Son might be sent 
over by his Father for the express purpose of obtaining a 
confirmation for it seems he was with his Father at Saco in 
1664, as he is a Witness to the Deed of Cap* Sunday's to 
W" Philips of that date. — and he might afterwards convey 
to his Father: Whether he did or did not is now quite im- 
material, as he died without Issue and Intestate. The Gov- 
ernment, who claim under Gorges by an after Deed, and by 
Which Deed the Lands in question are expressly excepted, 
have no right to make a Question about it. 

The 2^ Question and the only one made by the Committee, 
is the extent of the lands these several Indian Deeds Com- 
prehend. 

To this the Heirs and assigns of William Philips say that 
these several Deeds Collectively (for it seems that some of 
them lap upon each other) extend from the Sea, up Saco 
River to Cap' Sunday's Rocks, that these Rocks are about 
35 or 40 Miles above Saco Falls, & about 4 or 5 miles North 
Westerly of the great Ossapy River — That these Rocks or 



148 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Hills Were anciently ISToted, and are mentioned in three of 
the Deeds — That this was the understanding of said Philips 
and others in the time of it; as he in his life Time made 
various Grants out of them, particularly 19,000 Acres to 19 
Persons by Deed about the year 1670, being part of the To^vn- 
ship of 8 miles Square laid out and called Philipstown, since 
Incorporated by the name of Sanford. — 

one mile Square on Saco River to Edward Tyng 

Two miles D" Ditto to Richard Russell 

Three Miles Ditto D° to Leveret Since knowTi by the ISTame 
of Cooks Lott. 

a Tract above this to one Patterhal 

That the said Philips between the year 1661 & 1664 actual- 
ly removed from Boston to Saco and there resided building 
Houses Mills and making other Improvements until King 
Philips War in 1675, When his Mills Dwelling Houses and out 
Houses were burned by the Indians — By these Transactions 
they say he had the actual Siezin and Possession of the Land, 
as much as the nature of the Things permitted. 

The Evidence, respecting the situation of Sundays Rocks 
or Hills in addition to the description given of them in Cap* 
Sundays Deed that has been laid before the Committee, is 
contained in the Depositions of Benjamin Hooper, John 
Stagpole, George Whaley, and Jonathan Doore. 

From these Depositions it appears, that there are Hills of 
Rocks near Saco River on the West side thereof, two or three 
Miles North West of great Ossapy River, that have for a 
Series of years gone by that Appellation. Jonathan Door in 
his Deposition says he was a Prisoner 15 years with the In- 
dians, & French after the year 1745 ; and during that period 
knew them by that Xame and hunted Deer upon them. And 
the Committee have not been able after much enquiry to find 
any otlier Hills or Rocks, that now are, or heretofore have 
been called Sundays Rocks. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 149 

That in case a boundary line with the Claimants under 
Philips should be run from Saco Eiver at or near Sundays 
Rocks, as before described, to any Part of great Ossapy River, 
There Will be Lands belonging to the Commonwealth on the 
S. West of Saco River between such line and the Town of 
Friberg Something more than Sufficient for a Township of 
Eight Mile Square, unclaimed by any Person Whatever — 

There is another Claim to the land, between the two Os- 
sapee Rivers made by the Heirs and Assigns of Francis 
Small By virtue of a Deed from Cap* Sandy bearing date 
JSTovember 28'^'' 1668 the lands described in this Instrument 
are ''All that my tract of land at Ossapee, containing Twenty 
Mile square lying betv/een the two Rivers of great and little 
Ossapee, so called, and being the same where the said Francis 
Small's trading House now stands, and from the River Neche- 
wanack near Humphry Chadbourns logging Camp, and to 
extend ]!^ortherly and Easterly to Saco River." This Deed 
appears to have been executed before two Witnesses and Re- 
corded in York County Records August the 28 1773. 

There are sundry Depositions to prove that Francis Small 
had a House between the great and little Ossapee Rivers at 
the time the Deed from Sandy bears date; and from the 
Depositions of John Keays Ichabod Goodwine & Jonathan 
Bane, there were in the year 1722 such Appearances of a 
Cellar, Well, Corn Hills &c. as to render it highly probable. 
Since the year 1773 the Claimants under Francis Small have 
entred upon, and laid out Considerable Tracts and parcels of 
the Lands between the Rivers of great and little Ossapee ; and 
placed some Settlers thereon. 

The Evidence of the several Claims under William and 
Bridged Philips and Francis Small Occasioned the Com- 
mittee on a former Report, to say they Were of Opinion that 
the Land between the Ossapee Rivers ought to be Considered 
as private Property; and upon Reexamination thereof, they 



150 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

have not seen Occasion to alter their Sentiments in that Re- 
spect, all which is humbly submitted 

Jona^*^ Greenleaf p"" Order 
March the 20'^' 1786 

N. B. Copies of the Depositions respecting Sunday's 
Eocks or Hills referred to in the foregoing Report are here- 
with exhibited. 

to be returned N° 7 

In Senate 

I John Stockpole of lawful age testify & say, that, 

In the year 1758 I went a soldiering up Saco River with 
Cap* Charles Gerrish that near about oposite or back of the 
great falls (so called) on the west side of the River there was 
a large ridge of rocks cheifly white but mixt with Izing Glass, 
they are about two or three miles above great Ossipee River 
(so called) I thought within myself that they were Sunday's 
Rocks as I had heard much tell of them, &; I never say any 
others so remarkable anywhere on or near Saco River, & I 
have been up & down the River several times & am very well 
acquainted with the Country, especially on the West side of 
the River below said great Ossipee & I never saw any other 
place that I could have thought to be Sundays Rocks or that 
look'd so probable to me or any ways like probable — 

I remember I then took a particular view of said rocks as 
they appeared to me to be very remarkable 

John Stackpole 

York ss. 

Biddeford February S'** 1785 

Then the abovenamed John Stackpole personally appeared 

& made solemn oath to the truth of the above declaration by 

him subscribed — 

Coram Jere Hill Jus Pacis 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 151 

Boston February 23*^ 1786 

M"" Waters 
Sir 

Agreable to your request I hereby inform you in the best 
manner I can of the hills called Sunday's Rocks up Saco 
River which hills by common report are those hills north- 
west of the River called Great Ossipee which River is about 
thirty three or four miles from Saco falls — I have enquired 
of some of the old men in Biddeford & they say the above- 
mentioned hills are those commonly called Sundays Rocks — 
I have kno\vn them called so for near forty Years past but 
there is no certainty by any writings that I ever saw that 
those are the identical hills — 

Yours &c 

Benj* Hooper 

M"" Theop' Smith the 2" or 3" child born in the town of 
Biddeford since it was resettled & now about seventy years 
old, & ir Jn° Smith — 

I Benjamin Hooper of Saco of lawful age testify & swear 

to the truth of the above written subscribed by myself at 

Boston this 23"^ day of February 1785 

Benj"" Hooper 
Boston Ss February 23'^ 1785 

then the within named Benjamin Hooper personally ap- 
peared & made solemn oath to the truth of the within written 
by him subscribed taken in perpetuam rei. — 

Before 

Walter Spooner, John Avery [■ 

One of the Quorum 

I Jonathan Dore of lawful age, testify and say, that about 
the year 1745 I was taken a prisoner by the Indians and was 
with them and the French about fifteen years chiefly with 
the Indians, during this time I very often hunted with said 
indians on Saco River Great Ossipee & Little Ossipee Rivers 



152 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

and near about two miles from the great Falls so call'd on 
Saco Eiver on the westward side of said River, & about three 
miles on the northward side of said great Ossipee River, 
there is a ridge of Rocks which the Indians always called 
Sundays Hills or Sundays Rocks I was very often with them 
there and have hunted often on the Top of those Rocks with 
said Indians after Deer and have repeatedly heard them call 
those Rocks by those Xames : there is on the east side of those 
rocks & close to those rocks a small meadow where we used to 
hunt Bever. 

his 

Jonathan X Dore 

mark 

Witness Jere. Hill 

York Ss Septem-- 24 1785 

then the abovenamed Jonathan Dore personally appeared 

&: after being carefully examined and cautioned to tell the 

whole truth and nothing but the truth made solemn Oath to 

the Truth of the above Declaration by him subscribed ; taken 

at the request of Josiah Waters Esq"" 

Coram Jere: Hill Jus Pacis 

Know all Men by these Presents that I Capt Sunday alias 
Meeksombe Indian of iSTewichowanick & some time of Saco 
River, for divers good Causes & valuable Considerations al- 
ready to me in hand well and truly paid by major Will"' 
Philips of Saco, for which I do acknowledge myself fully 
satisfied contented and paid, have given granted bargained 
and sold, aliened enfeoffed & confirmed, and doe by these 
Presents give grant bargain Sell Alen enfeofl' & confirm unto 
Major William Philips Three Hills of Rocks with Woods 
Meadow and all appurtenances thereunto belonging lying 
and being situated above Saco Falls, about thirty Five or 
Forty miles more or less up into the Country to have and to 
hold his heirs executors Admin"" or assigns for ever freely & 
clearly acquitted exonerated & discharged from all manner 



OF THE STATE OF MAIISTE 153 

of Deeds, Sales Conveyances, Mortgages ingagements or In- 
cumbrances whatsoever. Also I the said CajD^ Sunday do 
by these Presents for me my Heirs Executors Administrators 
& assigns doe Warrant to defend the same and keep harmless 
the said William Phillips his Heirs Ex" Admin" or assigTis 
from all manner of persons that shall lay any Claim or pre- 
tend to claim any Eight Title or Interest unto the said Rocks, 
Hills Lands, Meadows, Wood or the Appurtenances thereunto 
belonging for the performance of the Premises I have Sub- 
scribed hereunto my Hand and affixed my Seal this twentieth 
and second day of June in the Year of our Lord one thou- 
sand Six hundred & Sixty four 

his 

Meeksombe X alias Cap* Sunday 

mark 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us 

[Seal] 
N'ath' Philips 
John Spencer 

his 

Denis X Dryland 

mark 

Sarah Harmon 
Recorded according to the original 

pr Jos Harmond Reg"^ 

July 31 1717 Liber 8'^ 110 vol Copy. 

I George Whale of lawful age, testify and say, that I have 
often heard of Sunday's Rocks, and last week I was on Song's 
River about ten miles to the Southward of Ammiscoggin 
River, where I saw an Indian called Phillip : this Indian 
appeared to me to be about fifty years of age : — I asked him 
in particular where Sunday's Rocks were; he told me they 
were on the west side of Saco River & about three miles 
above great Ossipee River; — that the biggest Hill lay close 
to a small meadow on the west side of said Meadow ; — I live 



154 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

near said Rocks and perfectly knew them by this Indians 
description 

his 

George X Whale 

mark 

Witness Jere Hill 

York ss. September 24, 1785, 

Then the above named George Whale personally appear'd 

& after being carefully examined and cautioned to tell the 

whole truth and nothing but the Truth made solemn Oath to 

the Truth of the above declarationed by him Subscribed, 

taken at the request of Josiah Waters Esq' 

Coram Jere: Hill Jus Pacis 
True Copy Attest 



Petition of Ezra Cottle. 

Penobscot River, March 1Y89 
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court Convened 
The Petition of Ezra Cottle of Township N" 1 in the 
County of Lincoln, Humbly Shewith that your Petitioner in 
the year 1770 Settled on a Lot of Land in Said Town N^° 1 
Fronting on the River And in the year 1770 your Petitioner 
Supposing the Said Lands to be Publick Lands belonging to 
the King of Great Brittan took up One other Lot adjoining on 
the South Side of the first mentioned Lot and made Good 
improvements thereon as is Requested by the Resolve of this 
Commonwealth to Entitle Each Settler to hold his Emprove- 
ments as is Mentioned in article first all which Emprovements 
were made before the year 1784 and your Petitioner hath still 
Continued to Cultivate Said Lot and hath Built a house there- 
on, but in the year 1787 the above Said Town N° 1 was Laid 
out by Surveyers appointed for that purpose, and have Set of 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 155 

for the use of the Publick, the South Lot above Mentioned 
and Laid out a Rod four Rods wide between the two above 
mentioned Lots all which is Greatly to the Dammage of your 
Petitioner therefore your Petitioner Prays your Honour to 
Grant the Said South Lot to your Petitioner as it appears 
to your Petitioner that there is uncultivate Lands Enough in 
Said Town N° 1 to Accommodate the Publick, Therefore 
your Petitioner Considering all sircumstances Humbly Prays 
your Honours to grant such orders on the Premises as your 
Honours think *consistend with justice and Equaly and with 
the Deserts of yoiu* Petitioner or otherwise Direct that your 
Petitioner may obtain Said Lot or pay for the Labour don 
thereon — as your Honours in your Great Wisdom shall 
judge best And your Petitioner as in Duty Bound Shall ever 

Pray — 

Ezra Cottell. 

In the House of Representatives June 5, 1789. 

Read & committed to the Committee on the sale of Eastern 

Lands, to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb, Speak' 

In Senate June 6'M789 

Read & Concurred. 

Sam' Phillips jun"^ Presid' 



Cap* Isaac Lanes Petition. 

To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
assembled. 
The Petition of Isaac Lane of Gray in the County of Cum- 
berland and Commonwealth aforesaid Mariner, humbly 
sheweth; That among other Branches of Business for the 



156 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Support of a numerous and expensive Family your Petitioner 
someti.mes follows that of Fishing, and that upon his Return 
from the Grand Banks so called late in the Fall now last past 
he was informed that one Jesse Lawrence a British Subject 
had laid a grievous Complaint against him and others for 
Damages and misdemeanors done upon the Isle of Sable so 
called before his Excellency the Governor of this Common- 
wealth, and that the Honorable General Court of said Com- 
monwealth had taken the matter under Consideration and 
were about to make to him said Lawrence a grant of a large 
Sum of Money on that account ; whereupon Your Petitioner, 
(even at a Time when the Circumstances of his Family, and 
the scituation of his affairs and Business required his being 
at Home,) with all possible speed repaired to Boston where 
the said Honorable General Court was then sitting, and as 
well with a view to prevent the said Court & this Common- 
wealth from being imposed upon by a misrepresentation of 
Facts relative to said Isle of Sable affair, as to vindicate and 
clear his own Character, made his personal appearance be- 
fore Said Honorable Court and gave a Representation of the 
said affair so widely different from what had been before 
given by said Lawrence, that (as your Petitioner has good 
reason to suppose) the said Honorable General Court were 
thereby induced to alter their Opinions and reduce the Sum 
before proposed to have been granted so as to make a saving 
of several hundred pounds to this Commonwealth ; and Your 
Petitioner having therein discharged his Duty to the Public 
and as he supposed exculpated himself returned home to his 
Family and Business, when to his great disappointment, (as 
he then had a Vessel and Cargo almost ready to proceed on 
her voyage to the West Indies, in which he was to have gone 
Master and Super-cargo) he found himself cited to appear 
before His Excellency the Governor and the Honorable Coun- 
cil of this Commonwealth at Boston aforesaid on the 23^ day 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 15Y 

of December then Instant as a Delinquent to be examined &c 
in that very Isle of Sable affair aforesaid, in Consequence of 
which he was obliged to relinquish his Voyage aforesaid, 
leave his Family and Business and again repair directly to 
Boston, when and where upon a full Enquiry, and Examina- 
tion before His Excellency and Council aforesaid relative to 
the Matters contained in the said Lawrences Complaint, noth- 
ing appearing to be proved against Your Petitioner, he was 
frankly, and fully by said Honorable Court of Enquiry dis- 
charged and acquitted. Yet Notwithstanding Your Peti- 
tioner says that by Means of Said affair he has been put to 
great Trouble and very extraordinary Expence for Lawyers 
fees as well as for his o^\'n Support abroad from home besides 
the suffering of his Family and Business during his absence, 
and the Loss of Time occasioned thereby which was not less 
than Two months in the whole, and the Disappointment of 
said proposed Voyage which was obliged to be wholly given 
up on account thereof; All which Your Petitioner, more 
especially considering his Family are dependent upon his 
honest Industry solely for their Support, and that he pos- 
sesses nothing but what he has acquired by his own Industry 
and principally by the Sweat of his Brow thro many very 
great Hardships, and not only so ; but considering his entire 
Innocence in Regard to the matters complained of as afore- 
said, think it to be too hard a Burthen for him patiently to 
bear without seeking redress — The Damages he has sus- 
tained by means aforesaid he estimates at not less than fifty 
pounds, and therefore in Point of Duty to himself and his 
needy Family he is constrained to lay this his Singular Case 
before your Honors Humbly praying your Honors to take 
the Same under your wise and judicious Consideration, and 
that your Honors will graciously be pleased to grant to him 
the said Sum, or such other Sum of money to be paid by the 
Public Treasurer of this Commonwealth out of the Treasury 



158 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

of said Commonwealtli, or otherwise provide for the Relief 

of your humble Petitioner in unappropriated State Lands, 

or State Securities or otherwise as jour Honors in your 

Superior Wisdom and charitable Discretion shall think most 

Expedient and he as in duty bound will ever pray: 

Dated the 27^^ day of March A. D. Seventeen hundred 

Eighty nine. 

Isaac Lane 



Petition of towyi of Warren. 

To the Honourable Senate & house of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachsetts in General Court 
assembled 
The petition of the Selectmen of the town of Warren in 
behalf of Said towm humbly Sheweth, that by an order of the 
Senate & house of Representatives of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, John Fairbanks Jacob Davis & Leora Alford 
with their lands are to be set off from the town of Warren and 
annexed to the to^\Ti of Union to the Damage of the Said town 
of Warren, the Reasons in s*^ Petition being mostly Ground- 
less, the distance they Say is A number of miles from any 
Inhabitants in Warren which is not fact their land not lying 
more than one mile f .'om other inhabitants in Said warren — 
another inconveniency they Complain of is that they Can Re- 
ceive no benefit from the Several Schools of Learning in 
warren for their Children when in fact there was not A Child 
among them, & if there was, they Can in joy the same privi- 
ledge in that Respect that the Greatest part of Warren Can 
— they also Complain that there was not Roads laid out by 
the to^vn of Warren to them when at the time of petitioning 
there was not, (nor is there yet) but one of the petitioners 
living on said land & he not more than three months from 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 159 

the date of their petition, at our last march meeting the 

Selectmen were ordered to Lay out Road, to said petitioners 

to accommodate them as well as possible they can be — thus 

Circumstanced your petitioners begs your Hon""^ would take 

their Case into your wise Consideration and not Grant them 

to be Set off from the town of warren & your petitioners as 

in duty bound Shall ever pray 

Tho^ Starret, William Lermond, Hatwil Libbey [ 

Select Men of Warren 
Warren April IS*'' 1789 



Cap'^ Micah WalJcers Memorial. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court as- 
sembled ; 

The Memorial of Micah Walker of the Plantation of 
Bakerstown so called in the County of Cumberland humbly 
sheweth. 

That your Honor's memorialist at your last session pre- 
ferred his Petition to your hon""^ Setting forth the Difficulties, 
Troubles, and Disadvantages he labors under on account of his 
having settled on a tract of Land near the Division Line be- 
tween the Township of Xew Gloucester in said County and 
the said Plantation of Bakerstown, having ever since his first 
Setling on said Tract been assessed and taxed in said New 
Gloucester, Notwithstanding he has always since his being 
settled on said Tract deemed himself an Inhabitant of said 
Bakerstown, paid Taxes there as such, and on all accounts 
been treated as an Inhabitant of said Plantation, the said 
Division Line remaining unsettled as more particularly set 
forth in said Petition, which said Petition still lies before 
your Honors unacted upon — (at least by the Honorable 



160 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

Senate.) if your Memorialist is rightly informed. And your 
Memorialist since the preferring of his said Petition Still la- 
boring under the same Difficulties, Troubles and Perplexitys 
as aforesaid, there being no less than three of the said New 
Gloucester Collectors daily calling upon him for taxes and 
threatening to distrain, which Threats if put in Execution 
would undoubtedly strip him (at least) of all his live stock; 
He your Memorialist made application to the Select Men of 
Said l^ew Gloucester to run, fix, Settle, and Establish the said 
Line ; but to no purpose, the same being still neglected ; Where- 
upon your Memorialist finding no prospect of Relief, and being 
anxious to be quieted in his Possessions applyed to the Pro- 
prietors of said Xew Gloucester to insure him the sale thereof, 
or to exchange the same for other undivided Lands (he being 
vested with the Proprietorship of two thirds of a Right in said 
undivided Lands) In case the Same upon the final Settling of 
said line should fall within the Limits of said ISTew Glouces- 
ter : whereupon the Said Proprietors having called a Meeting, 
and having met accordingly. Instead of answering your ^le- 
morialist's Request, severally insisting upon it that they chose 
to run their Chance and take their respective Shares in the 
Said undivided Lands let the same fall where it would and 
setting a much higher Value on the said Tract whereon your 
memorialist has settled and made Improvements as aforesaid 
than on the other undivided Lands, passed a vote to lay out 
the same in Small Lots not exceeding ten acres each, to be 
dra-wTi for by the said Several Proprietors, which must in- 
evitably lay your Memorialist under the fatal necessity of 
being entirely ousted, or of purchasing that whereon he has 
bestowed much Labor and Expence, probably at an exorbitant 
price as well as put him to extraordinary trouble and Expence, 
and not only so but leave him liable to many after Troubles 
and Difficulties, inasmuch as after all, upon a final Settlement 
and Establishment of the Line aforesaid the whole of Said 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 161 

Tract of Land may fall within the Limits of said Bakerstown 
which your Memorialist has reason to hope and expect will be 
the Case. Whereupon your Memorialist humbly begs Leave 
to remind your Honors of his said Petition which now lies 
before your Honors, that the same may by no means be un- 
noticed ; but that your Honors will by all means proceed to the 
finishing your Acts & Resolves thereupon ; if it may be con- 
sistent with your Honors Wisdom, prudence, and Discretion 
in Regard to Dispatch of public Business ; during the present 
Session; That your Memorialist may be relieved from that 
uneasy, painful, and disagreable State of Suspence which he 
so long hath labored under, and he, as in Duty bound, will 
ever pray: Dated the 25'^ day of May A. D. 1789 — 

Micah Walker. 



* This may Certify that Micah Walker of Baker's Town 
was Captain of the Company of Militia in s*^ Bakers Town 
and Did his Duty as such all the War from the year 1778 in 
the Sixth Company of my Regiment — 

Tim° Pike CoP 



This may Certify that I the subscriber was Present as mod- 
erator in the year 1788 when the Inhabitants of Bakerstown 
met & made Choice of Micah Walker for their Captain which 
was the sixth company of the fourth Regiment in the County 
of Cumberland and that he Did faithfully Discharge the Duty 
of a captain in bakerstown so called in Raising men for the 
army and in obeying all orders Received from time to time 
from his superior officers and that he now lives in the same 
Place he did when he was first chosen to office 

Moses Merrill, Lieu* Coll. 

12 



162 DOCUMENTAET HISTORY 

Rep^ on Votes for Seymtors. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Governor and Council upon examination of the re- 
turns from the several Towns and Districts in this Common- 
wealth, find the votes for Counsellors and Senators in the 
respective Counties to be as follows Viz' — 

York — ]Sr° of Voters — 609, make a choice — 305, Can- 
didates Hon' Edward Cutts 122 John Frost 253, Nathaniel 
Wells Esq' 295 Samuel :N'ason Esq' 284 

Cumberland — i^° of Voters 717 — make a choice — 360 

Hon. Josiali Thacher Esq' 500 chosen. 

Lincoln 'K° of Voters 1337 make a choice 669 

Candidates Hon William Lithgow jun' Esq'" 266 Daniel 
Cony Esq. 470 
In Council May 11'*^ 1789 

Attest John Avery jun' Secretary — 

The Committee of Senate appointed to examine the re- 
turns from the several Towns & districts in this Common- 
wealth, & report who are chosen Senators for the several dis- 
tricts, what vacancies there are and who are Candidates — 
report the foregoing List — E. Brooks p'" order 

In Senate May 27''^ 1789 
Read and accepted 

Sent down Sam^ Phillips jun'" Presid* 



Petition of the plantation of Raymondstown for an Abate- 
ment of taxes. 

Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled 
The Petition of Joseph Dingley & Dominicus Jordan in 
behalf of the Plantation called Raymondsto\\^ in the County 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 163 

of Cumberland Humbly shews that about eighteen years since 
the first settlers moved into said Plantation & by reason of 
the Barraness of the Land & the Distance from the Market 
for Lumber which is all they have to carry to market to 
purchase the necessaries of life which they are obliged to pur- 
chase what few Inhabitants that have settled in said Plan- 
tation are so poor that they have not Bread to eat more 
than one half of the year and meet not more than one 
Quarter of the year and not cloath° to keep them comfortable 
in the Winter season add to this the Great expence in Labour 
they are obliged to be at in mending & clearing new Roads 
& other dificulties attending the settlement of a ISTew & un- 
cultivated country renders it Impossible for them to pay any 
Taxes to the Support of Government therefore pray your 
Honours to abate all the Taxes set on said Plantation or ap- 
point a Committee to View our Circumstances make report 
of what we ought to pay and as in Duty Bound will ever 
pray — Joseph Dingiay, Dominicus Jordan |- 

Committee for Raymondtown 

Eaymondtown, May 27'*" 1789 

In the House of Representatives Feb'' 8, 1790 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on abate- 
ment of taxes to consider &; report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 
In Senate Feb^ 11, 1790 

Read & Concurred 

Tho' Dawes Presid*^ Pro. Tern 



Petition of Enoch Graffam. 

To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable House of Rep- 
resentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court Assembled — 



164 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

The Petition of Enocli GrafFam of Windham in the County 
of Cumberland, humbly shews That in the Lifetime of his 
late Father Caleb Graffam Deceas'd he let his said Father 
have the Sum of Fourteen hundred Pounds in the then cur- 
rency of the State, to enable him to discharge a Debt he owed 
to M' Enoch Ilsley of Portland, and one or two other smaller 
Debts w^hich he was called upon to pay ; that in consideration 
thereof, his said Father engaged to give him a Deed of a hun- 
dred acres of wild Land in said Windham, viz. fifty acres 
of the Lot N" 128 and fifty acres more (being the other half) 
of said Lot in case it should not be redeemed, he having some- 
time before purchased it at a Vendue for payment of Taxes — 
and the time of Pedemption not being then expired — & his 
said Father further agreed — that if it should be redeemed, 
he would give your Petitioner a Deed of fifty Acres, that is 
to say one half, of the hundred acre Lot in said Windham 
N" one hundred and six — That he did accordingly execute 
a Deed to your Petitioner of the fifty acres first above men- 
tioned — and that the other part of said Lot jST" 128 was re- 
deemed about a Week before he died — but that he never 
executed to your Petitioner a Deed of the one half of said Lot 
N° 106 according to his Agreement as aforesaid — Where- 
fore your Petitioner prays that the Administratrix on the 
Estate of said Deceas'd, M" Lois Graffam — may be im- 
powered by a Resolve of this Honorable Court to make & 
execute a Deed of the same to your Petitioner, that the Agree- 
ment and Portent of said Deceas'd may take effect — and as 

in Duty bound will pray — 

Enoch Graffam 



May 1Y89 

Know all ]\Ien by these Presents, That I Louis Graffam of 
Windham, in the County of Cumberland and Commonwealth 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 165 

of Massachusetts Administratrix to the Estate of Caleb Graf- 
fam late of s*' Windham Deceased. 

In Consideration of the sum of Forty five pounds Lawfull 
Money paid by Enoch Graffam of Windham aforesaid yeo- 
man, to the said Caleb Graffam before his Decease. 

The receipt whereof I do hereby Acknowledge, do hereby 
give, grant, bargain, sell and convey unto tlie said Enoch 
Graffam his Heirs and Assigns forever. Fifty Acres and one 
half an Acre of Land in Windham aforesaid it being all that 
part of Lot Numbered one hundred and Six in the second 
Division of himdred Acre Lots in said Windham, that Lyeth 
l^orthwesterly of the County Road that goes through said 
Lot, Bounded Southeasterly on said County Road that goes 
through said Lot Bounded Southeasterly on said County 
Road ISTortheasterly on Lots Number one hundred & five and 
one hundred and Thirty two Northwesterly on Lots Number 
one hundred and twenty eight and one hundred and twenty 
nine Southwesterly on a Proprietors Road. 

To Have and to Hold the said granted and bargained 
Premises with the Privileges and Appurtenances thereof, to 
the said Enoch Graffam his Heirs and Assigns to his and 
their owm Use and Behoof forever. 

And I the said Louis Graffam in my Capacity aforesaid 
for myself my Heirs Executors and Administrators, do 
Covenant with the said Enoch Graffam his Heirs and As- 
signs, that I am lawfully seized in Fee of the Premises, that 
they are free of all Incumbrances, that I have good Right to 
sell and convey the same to the said Enoch in mamier as afore- 
said and that I will warrant and defend the same to the said 
Enoch Graffam his Heirs and Assigns forever, against the 
lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons. 



166 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

In Witness whereof I the said Louis have hereunto set 
my Hand and Seal, the Fifth day of Jan^ in the year of our 
Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Xine 

his 

Lois X Graffam 

mark 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Presence of us 

Caleb Graffam Hannah Chesley 

I Lois Graffam, abovenamed well knowing of the Agi'ee- 
ment which my late Husband made with the abovenamed 
Enoch Graffam whereby he was to convey to the said Enoch 
the abovementioned half of the Lot jS[° 106 in the Town of 
Windham executed the foregoing Deed to him, but being in- 
formed that it will not answer the purpose for which it is 
designed as not being a legal conveyance of the same, I hereby 
signify my consent to the passing or enacting any Residue of 
the General Court to authorize me to execute a Deed that 
will be sufficient to vest the Fee of said Land in the said 
Enoch 

his 

Lois X Graffam 

mark 

Windham May 29, 1789 

Witness Paul Little Caleb Graffam 

We the subscribers declare that we also well know that the 
abovenamed Caleb Graffam agreed to give his said Son Enoch 
Graffam one hundred acres of Land for certain State Notes 
which he had of his said Son. 

his 

Paul Little Zerubbabel X Honywell 

mark 

Cimiberland ss June 5^^ 1789. 

The above named Paul Little and Zerubbabel Honywell 
made solemn Oath to the truth of the foregoing Declaration 
by them signed and the said Honywell further saith that he 
heard said Caleb Graffam say before his Death — that he 



OF THE STATE OP MAINE 167 

bad let his Son Enoch have fifty Acres of Land & was to let 
him have another fifty, & that the fifty acres which he in- 
tended for him was one half of a hundred acre Lot which he 
had sometime before purchased at Vendue — 

Before me — 

Sam' Freeman Jus* Peace 



Petition of John Laiton. 

To the Hon"^ the Senate & House of Representatives for the 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts now assembled at 

Boston in s** Commonwealth 

Humbly Shews John Laiton of Pownalboro in the County 

of Lincoln Labourer, That he served as a Soldier in Coll 

Henry Jacksons Eeg* a number of Years & in part pay for s^ 

Service, on the 14*'' Day of March A. D. 1782, he received 

out of the Treasury of s'' Commonwealth three certain Notes 

for the payment of the Sum of fourteen Pounds, fourteen 

shillings & ten pence each with interest One of which Notes 

Numbered 

together with another certain Note given by the Treasurer 
of s'' Commonwealth to one James Prince for the sum of 
seventeen pounds with interest, & numbered 
and by s'' Prince made over to your petitioner, your petitioner 
in May A. D. 1788 delivered to Joseph McNear to carry to 
the Treasurer of s'' Commonwealth and draw the contents : 
But y® said Joseph on his passage to Boston, was cast away & 
utterly lost the two last mentioned Notes. Wherefore your 
petitioner prays that the premises may be taken under con- 
sideration, and that the said Treasurer may be directed to pay 
your petitioner the contents of the two last mentioned Notes, 
or make two others of the same date & tenor to your petitioner. 
And as in duty bound shall ever pray — 
Pownalboro' May f W^ 1789 John Laiten 



168 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Additional Petition of William Sanders. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts [ 

To the Honourahle the Senate, & the honourable house of 
Kepresentatives in General Court Assembled at Boston 
June 1789.— 

The petition of Will" Sanders late of Spry-Hamton in the 
County of Saint Johns — Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioner Was settled at the beginning of the 
war in s*^ Town & County Aforesaid — & had made very con- 
siderable Improvements upon a large tract of land, but in 
consequence of his Attachment to the American cause & his 
Entertaining Col, Edy & his party at the depot at Cumber- 
lain — his land was taken from him & given to the Refugees 
& he, & a family of 14 Children, many of them Small, was 
driven from the labours of 12 years without the least thing 
to support them. 

Therefore your petitioner humbly prays, that your honours 
would in your great wisdom & Benevolence Grant him A 
tract of New land in some part of the Eastern Country, that 
your petitioner, may again by Cultivating the wilds of Amer- 
ica, gain a subsistence for him and his Numerous family & 
your petitioner shall ever pray, as in Duty bound — 
Rowley, June 1'' 1789 William Sanders. 



Common Wealth of Massachusetts ]■ To the whole Court. 

The petition of a Number of the Inhabitants of a Planta- 
tion scituated upon the westerly side of Cobeseconte Stream 
and upon the Northerly side of the Town of Bowdoin in the 
county of Lincoln 

Humbly Sheweth 

That moveing on said Lands in time of War and having 
at length increased to upwards of fifty Families, find it ex- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 169 

tremely difficult with respect to order and regularity that 
emigrating from different parts and being possessed of dif- 
ferent Sentements we cannot join in matters which concern 
us as a Society in perticular we cannot join in providing 
for the education of our Children and Laying out Roads by 
v/hich means we suffer the greatest inconveniences, that tho 
the Rules of Government are calculated to remedy these evils, 
yet for want of authority these Rules are not adhered to, 
therefore, we humbly pray that the Plantation in which we 
are Settled may be Incorporated that order both civil and 
religious may take place which we humbly conceive is not 
only essential to our own happiness but will put us in a way 
sooner to arrive to that State in which we may be Servicable 
to the Common Weltli And whereas the Town of Bowdoin 
lately Incorporated have taken in two Miles of that which 
was always understood as belonging to the Plantation of 
Smithfield by which means some of the first Settlers fall 
upon the very outside of Ours, and but just within their 
limits causing great uneasiness and dissatisfaction There- 
fore as those Individuals settled upon said two Miles have 
express'd their earnest desire to be sett oft'. We humbly pray 
that the two Miles upon the Northerly side of their Town- 
ship may be sett off and annexed to us That for several rea- 
sons we wish not to have our limits more extensive than six 
miles by five that beginning at the Northeast corner of the 
To^vn of Bowdoin we run Six Miles N 22" 30' E then five 
Miles N 67° 30' W then S. 22° 30' W (the same Courses with 
the Town of Bowdoin) till it intersect the Line Separating 
between us and them As this will divide the Lands laying 
between Topsome and Winthrop neerly into equal parts as 
may be seen by the Plan, We therefore pray that we may be 
Incorporated into a Town by the Name of Smithfield accord- 
ing to the described limits if — it shall be thought most con- 
venient for the accommodation of the whole otherwise we 



170 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

desire to submit and huinbly pray that this Honourable Court 
(after having consider'd the circumstances) would circum- 
scribe our limits as in their Wisdom they shall think most 
proper 

And your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

James Shurtleff, 

Thomas Smith, 

Abijah Richardson 

Committee. 

In Senate June 15, 1789 

Read and with the Petition accompanying, committed to 
the standing Committee on application for the Incorpora- 
tion of To^\Tis & to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 15, 1789 
Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 

Common Wealth of Massachusets |^ To the whole Court. 

The Petition of the Persons Settled upon the two Miles, 
upon the Xorthernmost side of the Town of Bowdoin 

Humbly Sheweth — 

That living in the Plantation of Smithfield, we were un- 
expectedly and without our Consent taken into the Town of 
Bowdoin, by which means we suffer great inconveniences 
upon account of traviling; their Limits being so exceeding 
large and the Roads bad therefore pray that we may be Sett 
off from the Town of Bowdoin and annexed to Smithfield, 
whenever they shall be Incorporated 

And 3^our Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 
Jime Z" 1789 

John Alexander, Andrew Jack, 

Nathaniel Jeleson Noah Towne, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 171 

Smith Baker, Israel Towne, 

Barnabas Baker, W" Stinson, 

Job Gallaway Sen"" Joel Card, 

Job Gallaway J"" Hugh White, 

Benaiah Booker, Wm. Eobertson, 

Judah Baker, Joseph Jack, 

Sam' Tebbets, William Lunt, 

Isaac Jones, William Alexander. 
John Temple, 



Petition of Selectmen of Warren. 

To the Hon*"'® Senate & house of Representatives of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled 
The Petition of the Selectmen of the town of Warren in 
the County of Lincoln in behalf of Said town humbly sheweth 
that whereas there is an Execution in the high Sherrifs hands 
against the Collector of the s^ town of Warren for the tax 
N" Six Issued by the Treasurer of this Commonwealth there 
being but little of it Collected by Reason of Money being very 
scarce & our Mills & dams being Carryed away by the ex- 
traordinary freshets this Spring, which was our Chief de- 
pendance for paying our taxes & Supporting our families, & 
it appears to us that if the execution is served it will be A 
great dammage to the said town of Warren as our Exporta- 
tions are thus Cut off 

Thus Circumstanced your Petitioners pray Your Hon'"^ 
to take their Case into your wise Consideration & Grant that 
the Executions may be Stayed for A short time if it Can be 
done in Safety to the commonwealth, & your petitioners as in 
duty bound Shall ever Pray 

Tho' Starret, 

Wiir Lermond, Selectmen of Warren 

Hatwil Libbey 
Warren June 5, 1789. 



172 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

Petition of Abraham Stevens. 

To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable House of Eepre- 
sentatives, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled. 

The Petition of Abraham Stevens of Portland in the 
County of Cumberland, Innholder, humbly shews, 

That in a process of Confession commenced against him 
by Elisabeth Eoss of Gorham in said County, he was sum- 
moned to appear before Daniel Davis Esq'' one of the Justices 
of the Peace for said County on the sixteenth day of May 
last at ten ° Clock in the forenoon, to answer to the said 
Elisabeth as p'" the Writ, a Copy whereof accompanies this 
Petition is set forth — that being then very sick, your Peti- 
tioner employed M"" George Warren to appear before the said 
Justice in his behalf, That said Warren appeared accord- 
ingly and informed the said Justice that he came in behalf 
of said Stevens to answer to the said Process, and was in- 
structed to dispute the demand, but to consent to a Refer- 
ence thereof if the Plaintiff was willing to refer to — That he 
was told by said Justice that the Writ was not return'd and 
that therefore the Action must of course die — Whereupon 
after tarrying at the Office of the said Justice until one 
quarter of an hour after eleven, he went home — That after- 
wards on the same day in the afternoon, as your Petitioner 
was informd, the said Action was taken up before the said 
Justice — and your Petitioner was called out & thereupon 
Judgment on Default has been made up against him — for 
upwards of fifty Pounds — although if a just Settlement 
could be made he is certain he owes the Plaintiff nothing — 
He wishes not to reflect upon the conduct of the Justice, he 
acknowledges that previous to his being defaulted, the Jus- 
tice agreeably to his promise sent word to your Petitioners 
Attorney that he had got the Writ, and his Attorney inform*^ 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 1Y3 

him of it — but as your Petitioner could not attend himself 
— as his Attorney professed himself to be unacquainted with 
the forms of Law — and wished not to be further concerned 
in the matter — and as he hoped that in consequence of an 
Action he had commenced against M" Eoss — all the disputes 
subsisting between them would have been referrd to indiffer- 
ent Men — he did not request the further attendance of his 
said Attorney, but relied upon what his Attorney informed 
him that no advantage would be taken of his coming from the 
office — 

Your Petitioner only requests a just settlement of the con- 
tested demands, between him and M" Boss, and to this end 
that he may have a fair and impartial hearing before a 
judicial Court or Referees mutually chosen to adjust the 
same — 

He therefore humbly prays that your Honors would order 
the Default aforesaid to be taken off the Judgment thereon 
suspended, — and that the Cause may be put in a proper state 
for Trial, as tho' such Default had not taken place or such 
other Order hereon as your Honors shall judge proper for 
the purposes aforesaid. And as in Duty bound will pray — 

Abraham Stevens 
Portland June 9 1789. 



In Senate June 23'^ 1789 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on Appli- 
cations for ISTew Trials, to consider and report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 



In the House of Representatives, June 23*^ 1789 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 



1^74 DOCUMENTARY HISTOKT 

I the subscriber of Lawful Age do Testify that on the 16*^ 
day of May Current M"" Abraham Stephens of this Town Re- 
quested me to answer for him before Daniel Davis Esq'" in a 
Process of Confession Commenced against him by Elisabeth 
Ross of Gorham and that I should Despute the Demand of 
the said Elisabeth & agree with the s^ Elisabeth to refer the 
Dispute if she was so minded and said Stephens named Sev- 
eral men any three of whom would be agreeable to him to 
Determine the action S*^ Stephen being unwell said he was 
not able to attend himself — I went to the office of the s*^ 
Daniel Davis Esq"" as near as I could Judge a little past ten 
of the clock in the forenoon, and informed him that I was 
come to answer the above mentioned Process, in behalf of the 
said Stephens — the s*^ Daniel declared that the writ was not 
returned. I waited till by a watch which was on the Desk 
in said office it appeared to be more than one Quarter of an 
hour past Eleven of the Clock, and asked Justice Davis what 
is the consequence of the writ not being returned ? he made 
no immediate reply. I asked again if the Action did not die 
of course he answered in the Affirmative and afterwards as 
I was coming from the office, he said that if the writ should be 
returned in the course of the Day : he would send M"" Stephens 
word, and no advantage be taken — 

Portland May 28^' 1789. 

G Warren — 
Cumberland ss May 28* A. D. 1789 

personally appeared George Warren and made Solemn 
oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him Subscribed 

before me 

Josiah Parker Justice Pacis 

M"" Abraham Stevens to Elisabeth Ross Dr. 

1785 Jany 22"^ To amount of his note at hand — 22 : 10 : 
To rent of a house in Portland from the 1st of June 1785 

to 1st Feby 1789 is 3 years 28 mouths at £15 p' annum 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 175 

55 — — 1785 Supra July 12 — By au endorsement on 
your note £9 

Dec'' — By cash in part of rent £3 

1786 Feby 15 By 6 '"^ chocolate 9/6 '" coffee 3/1 " tea 
3/6—1 — 1 — 6 

March — By an order in favor of W" Partridge — 
2 — 9 — 91/2 

April 14th By 1 loaf sug-- 11 1/0 '" — 11 — 6 

May 19 By an Order in favor of Sally Weston 7s — June 
8 By W" Tyng David Is^oyes £4 — 7 — 

By order f av"" Moses Plummer — 2 — — 

By 1/2 oz Indigo 8/1 pd tea 3/6 11 s 6 d 

Oct — By 3000 bricks for Mountford @ 24/— £3 — 12 
Total 27 — — 91/2 

Ballance Due Eliza Boss 50—3—21/2 Total £77-10-0 

A true Copy 

Attest Danl Davis J Peace 

The standing Committee of both houses appointed to con- 
sider applications for ISTew Trials ask permission to report on 
the petition of Abraham Stephens that the petitioner have 

leave to withdraw his petition 

Eben. Bridge per Order 
June 24, 1789 

Cumberland SS. To the Sheriff of the said County of Cum- 
berland or either of his Deputies, or the Constables of 
the Town of within the same County, 

Greeting. 
In the ]Srame of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are required to attach the Goods or Estate of Abraham 
Stevens of Portland in the County aforesaid Innholder to 
the Value of Sixty pounds and for want thereof to take the 
Body of the said Stevens (if he may be found in your Pre- 
cinct ( and him safely keep, so that he may be had before me 



1V6 docume:ntary histoey 

Daniel Davis Esq*" one of the Justices of the Peace for the 
County aforesaid, at my Dv/elling house in Portland in said 
County on Saturday the 16th Day of May next at ten of the 
Clock in the forenoon ; then and there to answer to Elisabeth 
Ross of Gorham in the County aforesaid Widow / and con- 
fession make if proper cause of the demand here following 
in a plea of Writ, for that said Stevens at said Portland on 
the Twenty second day of June 1785 by his Note of that date 
by him subscribed for value reed promised the Ptt to pay to 
his or her order the smn of twenty two pounds ten shillings, 
the same being for eighteen months rent for the house which 
the said Stevens then dwelt in — And that afterwards, viz* 
on the first day of February now last past at said Portland 
the said Stevens in consideration that the Ptt at the request 
of the said Stevens had permitted the said Stevens to occupy 
use and improve a dwelling house standing in fen street in 
said Portland, together with the out houses gardens and 
appurtenances to the same belonging from the first day of 
June Anno Domini 1785 to the first day of February afore- 
said, the said Stevens then & there permitted the Ptt to pay 
her therefor at the rate of fifteen pounds p'' year for the use 
and occupation of the house outhouses gardens and appur- 
tenances aforesaid, amounting for the time aforesaid viz. 
from the said first day of June to the first day of February 
aforesaid being three years and eight months to the sum of 
fifty five pounds — of which said Stevens has had due notice 
— And for that said Stevens afterwards viz. on the same first 
day of February aforesaid at Portland aforesaid in considera- 
tion that the Ptt at the special instance & request of the said 
Stevens, had permitted him the said Stevens to use occupy 
and improve one other dwelling house standing in fen street 
in said Portland together with the out houses garden & ap- 
purtenances thereof from the first day of June aforesaid to 
the first day of February aforesaid the said Stevens then & 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 177 

there j)romised the Ptt to paj her as much money for the use 
& occupation of the said house, out houses and Gardens for 
the time aforesaid as she reasonably desired to have for the 
same on demand and the Ptt declares that she reasonably de- 
serves to have for the same the smn of fifty five pounds of 
which said also had Xotice — And for that said Stevens at 
said Portland on the day of the purchase of this Writ was 
Indebted to the Ptt in the sum of fifty pounds to balance the 
account hereto annexed, and being so Indebted the said 
Stevens then & there promised the Ptt to pay her the same 
sum on demand yet the said Stevens tho requested has never 
paid either of the aforesaid sums but neglect to do it — 

To the Damage of the said Ptt as she saith the Sum of 
sixty pounds as shall then and there appear, with other due 
Damages. 

Hereof fail not; and make Return of this Writ, and of 
your Doings therein, unto myself, at or before the said 16th 
day of May 

Dated at Portland aforesaid, the 28th Day of April in the 
Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and 
Eighty nine 

Daniel Davis Just Peace 

A true Copy 

Attest Dan'l Davis J Peace 

Cumberland Ss. 

At a Court holden before me Danl Davis Esq'" at my 
Dwelling house in Portland in said County on Saturday ye 
16th Day of May 1789 Elisabeth Ross Ptt vs Abraham 
Stevens Dft. in a process of Confession and plea of the Case 
as p'" Writ on file, the ptt appears and enters her action, the 
said Abraham tho' com°monly called does not appear but 
makes default, it is therefore considered by me the said 
justice that said Elisabeth Recover of the said Stephens the 

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178 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

sum of fifty pounds nine shillings ^ Damages & Costs taxed 

at eighteen shillings 

D Davis 
A true Copy of Record 

Attest Dan^ Davis J. Peace 

Cumberland SS. May 1^' 1789 

By virtue of this Writ I have attached a chair belonging 

to the within named Abrahams Stevens value ten shillings 

and gave him a summons at the same time in due form of 

law — fees 1/6 

John Wait Sheriff — 



A true Copy 



Attest Danl Davis J Peace 



Petition of Thos. Child. 

To the Hon^^^ Senate and House of representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court as- 
sembled 

The petition of Tho^ Child of Bristol in the County of Lin- 
coln humbly shews 

That he arrived at the port of Bristol aforesaid in May last 
from the West Indias having on board his vessell the sloop 
Betsey sixteen hundred w*^ of Brown sugar, which he duely 
entered and secured the duties on in said County of Lincoln 
to the proper officers — That soon after having occasion to re- 
move said sugar to Boston for sale he reshiped the same on 
board the sloop Endeavour W" Nichols master, without clear- 
ing the same from the ISTaval office in the County of Lincoln, 
which it was impossible for him to do at the time said sloop 
Endeavour sailed from Boston, by reason of the rivers be- 
tween your petitioners place of residence and the Naval office 
being wholly unpassable — and your pettioner convinced that 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 1Y9 

the duty being once paid would exempt him from further de- 
mands supposed that the clearance from said County of Lin- 
coln would be unnecessary — But on his arrival in Boston said 
sugars were seized and your petitioner is informed that they 
are legally forfeited solely from the circumstance of their not 
being cleared as aforesaid — The facts herein set forth your 
petitioner is ready to verify, from which your honors will see 
that your petitioner could have no interest to induce him not 
to comply with the requisite forms of law having complied 
with all the substantial parts — He therefore prays the gen- 
eral court to enquire into the circumstances of his case and 
grant him such relief as their wisdom shall point out 

Boston June 10'^ 1789 — 

Thomas Child 

*Manifest, N'o. 
Impost Certificate, Xo 
Port of Wiscasset* June Q^^ 1789 

This certifies, That Thomas Child has Paid the Impost 
Duty, amounting to one Pound, two shillings On One thou- 
sand six hundred Bro\\Ti Sugar *Gaudelope and entred with 
me May 4, 1789, which he imported in the Sloop Betsey. 

David Silvester 
Collector of Impost for Lincoln County 
Western District 

To the ISTaval-Officer for the Port of Boston. 

* Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

Port of Boothbay 

This may Certify that Thomas Child Master of the Sloop 

Betsey, on the fourth Day of May A. D. 1789 Entred from 

Gaudeloupe, Sixteen hundred w* Sugar which he says he has 

Since Reshiped & Carried to Boston — on Board the Sloop 

Endeavour William iSTichols Master — 

:N"aval Office Port of Boothbay June Q'"" 1789 

Moses Davis D^ Na^ Officer. 



180 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Re — Orphan Island. 

To the hon the Senate, & the hon, house of Representatives 
in General Court assembled. 

The memorial of W" Wetmore & Lucy Waldo, in answer 
to y® petition of Ephraim Stinson, who subscribes himself 
an Attorney to certain persons residing upon Orphan island 
in Penobscot river. Humbly Shevv^eth, That true it is, the said 
island is within & a part of the tract of thirty miles, con- 
firmed to the heirs & assigns of Brigadier General Waldo 
dec"^ and was ever so reputed to be, — and in y® year 1765 
was assigned to Samuel Waldo one of the heirs of the s'' 
Brigadier Waldo, & he was then in actual possession thereof 
& so continued till his death in 1770, when the s*^ island de- 
scended & came to his Orphan children, from which circum- 
stance it acquired its name. Upon his Death his Adminis- 
tratrix, entered thereinto & continued the actual possession 
thereof, & to lease the same from year to year, as admin'^ & 
guardian to the s*^ children till they came of age & employed 
Agents at considerable expence, to take y*^ care & management 
thereof, to caution all persons from entering & trespassing 
upon the same, and to inform them of her s^ children's title 
thereto the s"* island being now all that remains to them of 
their Ancestors estate & interest in the s^ thirty miles. 

Your memorialists f^.rther represent to your Honours that 
Joseph York, did not enter upon the s^ island by his own 
account to them untill y® last of the year 1775 & so is not 
within y® resolve which confirms the same to your memorial- 
ists, yet they have since consented to his continuance on y® 
island, & have never objected to the doing what should be 
deemed reasonable, — No difficulty has taken place between 
him & them in this respect and they do not suppose that the 
s^ Stimson has any authority to represent him in this behalf. 

As to the other petitioners, Only one of them entered prior 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 181 

to the year 1785 which was M"" Abbot & he did not enter be- 
fore j' year 1783 ; Mess""" Walker, Blasedell, Mace & Stimson 
not before y^ year 1785 ; Mess""^ Webber, Cunningham, Blaze- 
dell jun', & Bassick, not before y^ year 1786, Mess" Garlin 
& Crocker not before ye year 1787, and the others have all 
entered within this year past prior to their said entry no im- 
provements of any value or use has been made upon the lands 
taken up by them respectively ; & since their entry little hath 
been made on some of the lots, & not any on the most of them ; 
and whatever improvements have been made, we so made 
after they were cautioned not to enter upon the land, unless 
they meant to lose their labour & be prosecuted as trespassers ; 
From & after y® year 1770 to this time, the s"' island hath 
been duly leased by the s*^ administratrix; she hath been in 
y^ actual possession, untill deprived of Sundry lots at the 
periods afores*^ by the s*^ petitioners respectively, and her 
Agents & Attornies then gave notice to & cautioned them 
against entering and since the s*^ Orphan children arrived at 
full age & at y® time when y® s^ petitioners were about to enter 
or had just entered they gave them seasonable notice of their 
title to prevent their proceedings and they have since fre- 
quntly called upon the s"^ petitioners to settle with the s"* 
Memorialists for the s** lands in an equitable manner, w"'' 
alone they have desired, & therefore have never yet brought 
any suit to recover their right — but this has never been com- 
plied with, tho' all the other setlers on the s'' island have made 
a compromise with your memorialists. — 

These are the facts which your Memorialists pray leave to 
submit to your Honours, and which they are ready abundant- 
ly to prove from them it will appear whether the Petitioners 
could suppose the said island was not claimed by any pro- 
prietors or was waste land of the Commonwealth — or that 
any of them had a habitation there twenty years ago — or 
that any allowance could or ought to be made to them for 



182 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

supposed improvement — or that they have spent the prime of 
their lives in clearing the s^ island or any land upon it, — or 
that your memorialists have dealt unreasonably with them, all 
which they have asserted — 

The truth is, that your Memorialists, have ever supposed 
that they had an inheritance in the laws of their country & 
that these laws had secured to them their properties &, pos- 
sessions, they have never forfeited their right to them, — 
and upon this security, they have expended & are daily ex- 
pending large sums of money in improving the said island, 
and such is their confidence in the wisdom of Justice of your 
Honours that nothing shall take place in this behalf but what 
is lawful, right & Constitutional, that, they pray your honours 
to take the premises into consideration & do therein as shall 
seem just & right — and as in duty bound shall ever pray — 

W" Wetmore 
Lucy "Waldo 

In the House of Representatives June 10, 1789 

Read and committed to the Committee for the sale of 
Eastern Lands 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 
In Senate June 11, 1Y89. 

Read and Non concurred 

Sam' Phillips j' Presid* 

The Petitioyi of Ehenezer ThomdiJce & others. 

To the Hon"'^ Senate and the Hon"^^ House of Representa- 
tives of the Common Wealth of Massachusetts in Gen- 
eral Court Assembled Feb'"'' 1787 
The Subscribers who are proprietors respectively of the 
Townships W One : Four, Five & Six lying to the Eastward 
of Union River humbly shew, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 183 

That at a late Meeting of said Proprietors, thej have 
Voted to relinquish their Eight to said Towns & the Govern- 
ment or anv Person who would pay the charges they have 
been at respecting them — Your Petitioners beg leave to 
signify their disapprobation of said Vote. It is true the 
Proprietors labour under difficulties on Account of the De- 
mands of Individuals who have been at an Expence in run- 
ning out & promoting the Settlement of said Townships which 
we are sensible ought to be paid, but we should think it hard 
to lose the labour we have more particularly been at in this 
respect which cannot be brought to a proper demand against 
the proprietors, some of us have spent great pains & cost in 
settling our own Eights and with all due deference to your 
Honors Judgment we think that such a step would be incom- 
patible with the Eules of Law, as well as Justice — But a 
small part of the Proprietors attended the Meeting when the 
above Votes were passed — and we cannot suppose they 
have a Eight to Vote away the Interest of other Persons — 
We rather hope, and it is our humble request to Your Honors, 
that the Townships may be conlirmed & a further time al- 
lowed for the compleat settlement of them — The Proprietors 
are mostly in low circumstances & wish to settle themselves 
& sons in these Towns, but are unwilling to settle in them, 
under their present uncertain situation — Your Honors have 
been pleased to pass a Eesolve to confirm them upon paying 
£1200 for each Town but it is not in the Power of any of 
the Proprietors to pay his proportion of the said sum — and 
we humbly think that a free confirmation of them without 
an Incumbrance of this kind would by an advancement of 
the settlement, be more beneficial to Government than an 
adherence to that Condition because it must necessarily pre- 
vent the improvements which might otherwise be made — We 
are willing every reasonable Allowance should be made to the 
settlers, and doubt not but the Proprietors will fully quiet 



184 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



them in their Possessions & we beg Leave to make this further 
Observation, that the said Townships are now Taxed by 
Government and the Assessing and Collecting said Tax will 
be exceeding difficult if not impracticable unless the Town- 
ships should be confirmed — We therefore humbly pray that 
Your Honors would not waive back the said Townships, but 
confirm the same to the Proprietors upon their fulfilling the 
Conditions of Settling the same as mentioned in the Original 
Grant — and as in Duty bound will pray — 



Eben"" Thorndike, 
David Strout, 
Cary McLellan, 
William Dyer, 
Benjamin Thorndike, 
Anthony Dyer, 
Peter Woodbery, 
Andrew Simonton, 
Jonathan Loveitt, 
Ebenezer Simonton, 



John Armstrong 
Jonathan Loveitt Jun. 
Jonathan Simonton, 
Ephraim Dj^er, 
Ephraim Crockett, 
Loring Gushing, 
Joshua Mayo, 
Wiir Strout, 
Benjamin Robins 



In Senate Feb'^ 20*^ 1787. 

Read & committed to the Committee of both Houses, ap- 
pointed on the Petition of Sam' Freeman — Agent to the 
proprietors of the to^\^lships N° one, Four, Five & Six, in the 
County of Lincoln. — 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 

Li the House of Representatives Feb'^ 20''* 1787 — 

Read and concurred 

Artemas Ward Speaker 

In Senate June 27, 1787 — 

Read and with the Petition of Sam' Freeman & papers 
accompanying, committed to Josiah Thacher & Holder Slocum 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 185 

Esq"" with such as the Hon^'® House may join to consider and 

report — 

sent dowTi for concurrence 

S. Adams Presid^ 

In the House of Representatives July 2^ 1787 

Read and concurred & M"" Stebbins of Wilbraham, M"" 

Wedgery & M"" Tomson are joined. 

I Warren Spk"" 
In Senate June 4, 1789. 

Read & with the papers accompanying, committed to M*" 
Lyman Esq"" with such as the Hon^'® House may join to con- 
sider and report — 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 13^^ 1789. 

Read & concurred and M*" Smith of Pembroke & M'" Tyler 
of Uxbridge are joined 

David Cobb Spk'' 



Petition of Inhabitants of Moose Island. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable the senators, and House of Representatives 
in General Court Assembled — 

The Pettition of the Inhabitants of Lincoln — 

Humbly sheweth 

That the subscribers in Behalf themselves and of Joseph 
Clark — William Clark, John M'^Guire Henry Bowen Joseph 
Bridges, William Goudy Ephram Fenno, William Riker, 
Ruben Riker, William Rumney, Paul Johnson and others, — 
whose ISTames are subscribed to a former Pettition, which we 



186 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Presume has been Lay'' before your Honours. But being 
Unacquainted and uncertain how far the Prayer of said peti- 
tion is answer'd and the Evils therein Complaind of !N^ot 
only Existing but dayly increasing in Agreaveted Circum- 
stances — We therefore earnestly Implore the Assistance of 
Your Honour as in Your "Wisdom shall be thot Consistant 
to Quiet us in our Possessions and raise that spirit of Inde- 
pendence Xecessary to Oppose Foreign Incroachments — 

And as in Duty bound we shall ever pray — 

James Cochran, John Shackford, Caleb Boynton 
In the House of Representatives June 13^^ 1789 

Read & committed to M"" Davis of Portland & M"" Read of 
Roxbury with such as the Hon Senate may join, to con- 
sider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 

In Senate June 23'' 1789 

Read and concurred and Jon^ Jackson Esq"" is joined 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid* 



Samuel Freeman's Petition. 

To the Honorable Senp.te and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 
General Court assembled — 

The Petition of Samuel Freeman of Portland, in the Coun- 
ty of Cumberland — humbly shews — 

That he is the original Owner and Possesor of Two con- 
solidated Xotes of this Cormnonwealth, one of which was 
signed by the late Henry Gardner, dated March 1^' 1782 for 
the Sum of £202 . . 17 — the other signed Thomas Ivers dated 
Sept 1 — 1783 for £14 — 19 — 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 187 

That the first was for other Xotes issued from the Treas- 
urer's Office, the greatest part of which he received instead of 
Money that was due to him, & some for money that was paid 
to him, for his services as Clerk to the Honorable House of 
Representatives for several Years previous to the establish- 
ment of the present Constitution of Government — That he 
has ever since been the sole Owner & Possessor of said Notes, 
and now wishes to exchange them for other property, that will 
answer to discharge the Debts which are incumbent on him, 
to pay which are continually increasing by the Interest there- 
on, and which from his suffering in the late War, and other 
causes, he has not been able to satisfy — He therefore prays 
that your Honors would order pajTuent of said l^otes with the 
Interest due upon the same out of some of the Confiscated 
Estates in this County — which now lay unimproved and of 
no use or advantage to the Government and that if your 
Honors should see fit to grant his Request -that you would 
appoint some Committee or Agent to assign to him so much of 
said Estates as will be equivalent to the amount of said Notes 
— in such manner as your Honors shall please to direct, and 
as in duty bound will pray Sam' Freeman 

In the House of Representatives June 15, 1789 

Read & committed to the Committee of Finance to consider 
& report 

Sent up for concurrence David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate June 15, 1789 

Read & Concurred Sam' Phillips j"" Presid'^ 



Rep't on Petition of Inhabitants of Cohheseconte River and 

Bowdoin. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider the 
petition of James Shurtliff and others Inhabitants of a plan- 



188 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

tation scituated upon the Westerly side of Cobeseconta Stream 

&c have attended that Service and report as their opinion that 

the said petition Ij upon the files for further Evidence 

Tho^ Dawes p' Order 
June 15, 1789 

In Senate June 15, 1789. 

Read & accepted and Ordered accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j' Presid' 

In the House of Representatives June 22^ 1789 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 



Petition of Thomas Wait. 

To the Hon' the Senate and the Hon' the House of Represen- 
tatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — 

The Petition of Thomas Baker Wait of Portland, in the 
Commonwealth aforesaid, Printer — 

Humbly sheweth — 

That there is now due to your Petitioner for printing done 
for the Commonwealth, upwards of one hundred pounds, as 
will appear by the Rolls of the Committee on Accounts — 

On the idea, that the above sum would have been paid 
when it became due, your Petitioner has contracted Debts for 
paper, and other articles necessary to the prosecuting his busi- 
ness. — 

Your Petitioner, however, has been, and still is, unable to 
obtain the payment of said sum except in Orders on Tax X" 5, 
which will not be received of him at more than ten shillings on 
the pound — to the great embarrasment of your Petitioner, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 189 

whose Creditors have pressed hard, and are now determined, 
to wait no longer for their dues : — 

Your Petitioner, therefore, hopes, that the Honourable 
Court will take the premises into their wise consideration, and 
grant him such relief as shall appear just and right, and such 
as hath been granted to other Printers of the General Court 
for similar services. 

And your Petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray — 

Thomas B Waite 
* Treasury Office Boston 19 June 1789. 

These Certify that there appears due to M'" Thomas B Wait 
on Poll ^° 11. Thirty three Pounds 12/8 — on Roll N° 13 
Thirty pounds 12/6. 

Att' Alex"" Hodgdon Treas"" 
'Nov' 1788. li" 13 — 1788 — N° 11 



Petition of Inhabitants of County of Lincoln. 

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
of Massachusetts in General Court assembled 

The Petition of the undersigned Freeholders and Inhabi- 
tants of the County of Lincoln 

Humbly Sheweth 

That at Wiscasset Point which lyeth on Sheepsgut River 
and is the Eastern part of the to\vn of Pownalborough, in 
the said County of Lincoln, there is one of the most capacious 
and safe Harbours in this State, which is always open even 
in the most severe Winters; that a great and flourishing 
Trade with Europe and the West Indies is there carrying- 
on, with the fairest Prospect of increasing advantages to the 
growing Inhabitants of that valuable Port to the said County 
of Lincoln, and to this State. 



190 DOCUME]S"TAEY HISTORY 

That great Difficulties, at present, experienced by the In- 
habitants of said Port, as well as by all the Inhabitants of the 
said County of Lincoln passing to and from Wiscasset Point 
aforesaid, hj Land, to the Northward and Westward of that 
Port for want of a good Road and a Bridge over the Eastern 
River so called. 

That the Town of Pownalborough, in their present situa- 
tion, cannot afford to purchase the Land for a new Road and 
to build a Bridge over the Eastern River at their own 
Expence. 

That the Distance from Wiscasset Point aforesaid to 
Major Reuben Colburn's Tavern, in Pittston, on the great 
River Kennebeck, in the said County of Lincoln, by the 
present bad Road, is twenty one Miles or thereabouts. 

That a new Road might be cut through the Lands of John 
Gardiner Esqr and through the land of Edmund Bridge Esq"", 
and a Bridge built at the ISTarrows of said Eastern River, 
where said River bounds said Gardiner on the East and said 
Bridge on the West, for a Sum not exceeding Three hundred 
Pounds, whereby the Distance aforesaid would be shortened 
seven Miles, or reduced from Twenty one to Fourteen Miles 
a good Winter Harbour afforded to the Inhabitants of said 
County of Lincoln lying West and !N"orth from Wiscasset 
aforesaid, who then might have a free Communication and an 
easy Carriage for their Goods and Provisions, all the Winter, 
from their own Home to any Seaport in this State. 

That the said John Gardiner and Edmund Bridge are 
willing to make a free Gift to the Publick of the Landing 
Places, on east Side of the Eastern River for such Bridge, 
and also to give the Land through their several Farms afore- 
said for the Road, Four Rods wide, provided a good sub- 
stantial Log, or other good. Fence be made, on each side of 
such Road running through said Gardiner's Land. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



191 



That a Sum not exceeding Three hundred Pounds as 
aforesaid will be sufficient for all the Purposes aforesaid and 
could easily be raised by a Lottery of five thousand Ticketts, 
at one Dollar each, deducting Twenty per cent from the 
Prizes in such Lottery for the Purposes aforesaid, as many 
Gentlemen in Pownalborough and its Neighbourhood, may 
be found, who would chearfully execute the ofiice of com- 
missioners of such Lottery without Fee or Reward. 

May it Please jour Honors therefore the Premises con- 
sidered to give Leave to bring in a Bill and enact the same 
into a Law for the Purposes aforesaid and your Petitioners 
as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 
Hallowell in the County of Lincoln 

We do severally agree to give the Lands mentioned in the 

above Petition for the uses therein mentioned — 

I Gardiner, Edm*^ Bridge. 
January 19*'' 1789 

W" Lithgow, 
ISTath' Thwing, 
Joseph jSTorth, 
Jon. Bo\vman, 
Arthur Lithgow, 
Jedediah Jewitt, 
Ebenezer Farwell, 
W" Lithgow Jun"^ 
Brown Emerson, 
Ja^ Davidson, 
I Gardiner 
W" Langdon, 
Sam' Colman, 
Jason Livermore 
Silas Lee 
Laz^ Goodwin, 
N'athan Wesson, 



Willm Allen, 
Elijah Drummond, 
William Oliver, 
Francis Wyman, 
Benj° Potter, 
David Oliver, 
Ezekiel Gushing, 
Joseph Marsh, 
Parker Oliver, 
Tlieophilus Batchelder, 
W" M-^Cobb, 
Henry Dearborn, 
Jon*" Davis, 
Tho' Moore 
Tho° Rice 
Abiel Wood 
Hen^ Hodge 



192 



DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 



James Tupper, 
James Page, 
Cha^ Vaughan, 
Abijah Davis, 
Samuel Howard, 
"William Howard, 
W™ Brooks, 
Edm*^ Bridge, 
Samuel Goodwin, 
Benj Tupper, 
Lee Mercier, 
John Johnson, 
Samuel Goodwin J"", 
Benj^ Shaw, 
William Butler, 
John Stinson, 
Gordon Parker, 
Sam' I^ickels, 
John Barker, 
Sam' M-^Cobb, 
Rev. Ezekiel Emerson, 
W" Lee Jun' 



David Silvester 
Ebenezer Whittier, 
Arth' Noble 
Wiir Barker, 
V/" Foster, 
James Clark, 
Josiah Parsons, 
Seth Tinkham, 
Joshua Oakes, 
Rollans Blagdon, 
John Williams, 
Jn° Bridge, 
Samuel Carter, 
Abraham ISTason, 
William Foj, 
John Foje, 
Jacob Pressj Jun', 
Wm. Smith, 
Andrew Warford 
William Levey 
James Moffit, 
Samuel Woodward. 



In Senate Jan^ 28, 1790 — 

Read with the papers accompan^ committed to the Com- 
mittee of both Houses, on the Petition from Marblehead & 
other towns, respecting Lotteries — 
Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Pres* Pro Tem 



In the House of Representatives Jan'' 30, 1790. 
Read and concurred 



David Cobb Spk^ 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 193 

In the House of Representatives Feb'' 5, 1791 

Eead & committed with the papers accompanying to Mr 

Bowdoin, W Thomas of Bridgewater & M"" Gunn with such 

as the Hon Senate may join to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk-- 

In Senate 5 February 1791. 

Read & Concurred & Joseph B Varnum & Abel Wilder 

esq" are joined 

Sam^ Phillips Presid*- 



Petition of Belfast Me. & Action thereon. 

The Petition of the inhabitance of the Town of Belfast to 
the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Humbly Sheweth — 

That we Your Humble Petitioners beg leave to Adress 
this Honourable Body and Inform them that by reason of 
our Inability have been Deprived of the Preaching of the 
Gospel in this Town ever since the first Settlement and your 
Honours are Sensible that it is our Bounden Duty (as a 
Cristian People) to promote the Preaching of the Gospel and 
to Educate our Children in the Cristian Religion and that 
by reason of the late unhappy war were oblid^ to fly for 
Refuge or be Subjected to a Persidious Enemy: And that 
now the greater part are return** to our places are still 
Destute of Social Worship And Your Honours are Sensible 
that in a Town Destitute of Public Worship People (Es- 
pecially the Younger sort) are too apt to wander from Place 
to Place and Imbibe bad habits and that we feel vsdth Con- 
cern for the Rising Generation that they Should be In- 
structed in the way of their Duty : And that a great part of 

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194 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

the Proprietors of this Town are i^on residents. And that 
bj our labour and Industry are greatly increasing the Valine 
of their Lands. Two Bridges will be large for want of which 
we have no passing from one part of the Town to the other 
but by water or going a great Distance through the woods. 
And that wee have nothing to Sell but board wood or a trifle 
of Lumber and that will fetch no money for we own no 
Vessels in the Town and are Dependant on those that fall in 
Transiently for a Market. Wee therefore Pray Your 
Honours to take these our Circumstances under Your wise 
Consideration and Grant us Power to lay a Tax of two pence 
P"" Acre a Year on all the Lands in this Town for so many 
Years as Your Honours shall think Proper for the Purposes 
following (Viz) To Build a House for Public Worship 
Settleing a Minister, Clearing Rodes & building Bridges 
which will be attended with a great Charge: And that we 
being but a few in Number are unable to Sapport it ; And 
this Honourable Court granting a Gracious liearing to this 
our Humble Petition will relieve Your Petitioners of some 
of those greavances which they Labour under and Your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray — 



John Tufft, John Gilmore, 

James Miller, Jonathan Wilson, 

Samuel Houston Robert Houston, 

John Cochran, Jam' Millar jun' 

James Patterson, Benj. Nesmith 

Tolford Durham, William Crooks, 

John Cochran jun. John Robertson, 

John Browni, John Alexander, 

Robert Patterson, Joseph Tufts, 

Henery True, Jeremiah Crooks. 



Alex'" Clark, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 195 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the house of Representatives June 20^** 1Y89 

On the petition of John Tuffts and others, Inhabitants of 
the Town of Belfast, in the County of Lincoln, praying that 
they may be Impowred to assess a tax to be appropriated for 
the purpose of building a meeting house, for public Worship, 
settleing a Public Teacher of piety and Religion and for 
reparing the roads and building of Bridges in the said Town 
of Belfast — 

Resolved, for reasons set forth in the said petition, that 
the prayer thereof be Granted, and the assessors of the said 
To^vn of Belfast be, and they are hereby Impowred, & di- 
rected, to assess a tax, not Exceeding two pence on Each acre 
of Land Lying within the Limits of the said Town of Belfast 
three years Successively any Act or Resolve to the Contrary 
JSTotwithstanding 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk^ 

In Senate Jan^ 23'^ 1790 

Read & Nonconcurred 

Sam' Phillips juu"" Presid*^ 

Sam^ Freeman, in behalf of certain plantations. 

To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable House of Rep- 
resentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 
General Court assembled — 
Samuel Freeman Agent for the Proprietors of the Town- 
ships N"" 1, 4, 5 and 6 situated in the County of Lincoln, at 
the Eastward of Union River, again begs leave to solicit the 
attention of the Honorable Court to the circumstances of said 
Proprietors, and the present situation of said Townships 

After the General Court pass'd their Resolve of the 21 
June 1785 confirming the original Grant of said Townships 



196 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

— on condition that the Proprietors should pay to Govern- 
ment the Sum of £1200 in consolidated ISTotes for each Town- 
ship — the Proprietors advertised a Vendue for the Sale of 
them in order to see what could be raised toward the payment 
of the demand — & finding no probability of obtaining any 
thing more than the Charges which had before accrued in 
bringing forward the settlement of them, they requested the 
Honorable Court to receive them back again and order pay- 
ment of these Charges to be made to the Creditors of said 
Proprietors out of said Townships — or by an absolute Grant 
of other Land or release them from the condition aforesaid — ■ 
as it was impossible for them to comply therewith, but the 
Court did not see fit to grant either of these Eequests — Since 
which they have again attempted to raise the sum required as 
aforesaid but altho the price of those Securities are low they 
cannot obtain purchasers for their Rights under this incum- 
brance — and they are not only hereby discouraged from 
making settlements — but their Lands lay dormant (except 
such as are taken up by Intruders who are less dissposed to 
pay a due attention to the Orders of Government in this re- 
spect,) and their Creditors cannot obtain their just demands. 
Your Petitioner begs leave to offer the following Eeasons 
in addition to those already mentioned upon which in behalf 
of the &^ Proprietors he grounds his present Petition — "\az — 

1 — That the Court have released the Proprietors of cer- 
tain Townships, westward of Union River of a similar condi- 
tion which was laid upon them when their To^\aiships were 
confirmed 

2 — That they have given 3400 Acres of Land in the Town- 
ship N° 5 and 4300 in j^" 4 to those Persons, who have 
settled on Lands there, to quiet them in their Possessions — 
and are ready to quiet the Settlers in the other To\\aiships on 
reasonable Terms. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 197 

3 — That said Townships are now taxed for the support 
of Government to which if the Sum required as aforesaid be 
added, no Proprietor as such will settle on his Rights, and 
only those will possess the Land who go on without Right, to 
the exclusion of the Proprietors the encouragement of wrong 
doers — and prevention of that Justice which the Proprietors 
Creditors might otherv»dse obtain 

The Land in general, is but of an ordinary quality — the 
Proprietors are mostly in low circumstances, and they have 
hitherto been discouraged by the Courts declining to confirm 
their Grants, from taking any effectual steps, to advance the 
settlement of said Townships — altho' the Proprietors of 
other Townships, have without such confirmation enjoyed the 
Benefit of an absolute Grant — but we wish to have a public 
act of Government as well to justify our conduct, as to en- 
courage us in our attempts to promote the settlement of said 
Tov^Tiships, and if it be not the design of our Fathers in the 
Legislature to dispose of them to other Persons (which, un- 
less they order pajTuent of the Expences we have been at and 
satisfy the just demand of the Creditors, we cannot think 
they would incline to do) — we humbly apprehend it would be 
for the Interest of the State to confirm them to us without 
requiring that condition — which in their present circum- 
stances they are unable to comply with — 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honors 
would release the said Proprietors from pajTuent of the sum 
aforesaid — and grant them some further time to fullfil the 
other conditions of said Grant or otherwise relieve them — 
as in your Wisdom you shall judge meet & as in duty bound 
will pray 

Sam' Freeman 



198 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

In Senate June 11, 1789. 

Read & committed to the Committee of both Houses, on the 
Petition of Eben' Thorndike & others, to consider & report 
Sent dowa for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 11, 1789 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk'" 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Townships N" One 
Four Five and Six situated in the County of Lincoln — at 
the Eastward of Union River holden at the House of Cary 
M'^Lellan Innholder in Cape Elisabeth in the County of Cum- 
berland on the eighth day of June A. D. 1786 

Voted — respectively. That the following is as just an 
Estimate as can at present be made of the Charges they have 
been at on Account of said Townships — including what is yet 
due from the Proprietors — viz — N" 1 — Total £209 — 17 — 9 
I^To 4_£i82— 9— 9 N° 5 £130—9—9 N° 6 £130—9—9 

2 — Voted That as the Proprietors cannot comply with the 
Conditions proposed by the General Court by their Resolve 
of the 21 -June 1785 for confirming the Grants of said 
Townships: they will relinquish to Government or to any 
Person or Persons all their Right to the said Townships — 
upon their paying the amount of the estimates of the Charges 
they have been at as this day made & accepted by said Pro- 
prietors — 

3. — Voted — That Application be made to the General 
Court for a reconsideration of the Resolve aforesaid, and 
requesting the Court to confirm such a part only of said 
Townships as they shall judge to be adequate to the Charges 
the Proprietors have been at — 

4 — Voted. That Samuel Freeman Esq"" Agent of the 
Said Proprietors make the Application referred to in the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 199 

last Vote — and also communicate to said Court the Vote 
pass'd by said Proprietors in which they offer to relinquish 
to Government their Eight to said Towns upon their payment 
of the Charge they have been at agreeably to the above Esti- 
mates — and if the said Court should not see fit to comply 
with either of these Proposals to request that they would 
make some Provision by which the said Proprietors may be 
enabled to pay the Sums in which they are now indebted — 
Att Sam' Freeman Clerk of each of said Townships 
The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider the 
Petition of Sam' Freeman Esq"" & others and Eben*" Thorn- 
dike & others Proprietors of Townships N° 1, 4, 5 & 6 East- 
ward of Union River in the County of Lincoln, have attended 
that service and have also considered the Representations of 
the Inhabitants of & Settlers in the Township N° 2 Eastward 
of said Union River and ask Leave to report the following 

Resolves — 

Cotton Tufts pr Ordr. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

On the petition of Samuel Freeman Esq' Agent for the 
Townships N° 1, 4, 5 and 6, in the County of Lincoln east- 
ward of Union River, and of several persons Proprietors of 
the same townships, praying that a Resolve Passed by the 
General Court on the 21®' of June 1785 On the Petition of 
Sam' Freeman Agent for y*^ s'' Proprietors might be declared 
void, and that said Townships might be confirmed to the 
original Grantees & on the Representations of Inhabitants of 
the Township N° 2 East of said Union River 

Resolved, that the aforesaid Resolve of June 21^' 1786 be 
and the same hereby is declared null and void. 

Resolved That the Township 'N" 1 granted conditionally 
to Paul Thorndike & others N° 2 granted to David Bane & 
others, N" 4 granted to Edward Small and others N" 5 



200 DOCTTMENTAEY HISTOEY 

granted to Josiah Sawyer and others, and IST" 6 granted to 
l^Tathaniel Parker and others lying to the East of Union 
River, and they are severally hereby confirmed on the condi- 
tions contained in the following articles 

1^' That, The Proprietors heretofore known as Proprietors 
of the said Townships or as holding under said Thorndike & 
others, David Bane & others, Edward Small & others, Josiah 
Sawyer & others and Xathaniel Parker & others, do allot and 
meet ont one Hundred Acres of Land unto each Settler in 
any of the said Townships who before the First Day of Jan- 
uary 1784 settled thereon and made seperate Improvement; 
the same to be laid out in one Lot in such manner as to in- 
clude his Improvements 

2'^' that in like manner there be allotted and meeted out 
unto Each proprietor, his heirs or Assigns Who before the 
first day of January 1784 Settled thereon, and made a seper- 
ate improvement, one Hundred Acres of Land as a Settler 
and one Hundred acres more in Addition thereto the same 
to be Laid out in such manner as to include his improvements. 

3'^ that in Each Township there be allotted, Resolved and 
Appropriated four lots of Land of three Hundred acres Each 
in Scituation and Quality Equal in General to the lotes in 
the Division. — 

for the following Purposes, Viz. one Lote for the first 
settled Minister, his heirs and Assigns, one for the use of the 
Ministrey, one to and for the future Appropriation of Govern- 
ment and one for the use of school forever — 

4'^' that in Each To\\Tiship, after the Allotments to the 
settld Resident proprietors, and for Publick uses are made 
as afforementioned, the Residue and Remainder of the said 
Lands, shall be Divided to and Amongst the Proprietors here- 
tofore known as the Proprietors of such Townships or as 
holding under the Original Grantees or any of them, to 
Whom the said To\vnships Were Conditionally Granted their 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 201 

heirs or Assigns in Proportion to the Respective shares or 
Rights held in the Original division of such Town — 

5'^ that Each settlers Mentioned in Article first pay Within 
six months, to the Treasurer of the propriaty to Which he 
belongs thirty shillings to be Appropriated to defrey the Ex- 
pence of Surveying and Dividing the said Township and lay- 
ing out, Clearing and Repairing of Roads 

G'^ that the Division and Allotments in Each of the said 
Townships be made Conformably to the foregoing Articles 
Within the space of Eight months from the passing of this 
Resolve, and a Return thereof be made on or before the Ex- 
piration of the said Term of Time to the Committee on the 
subject of unappropriated lands in the County of Lincoln 
specifying and Describing therein the total ISTumber of Each, 
persons to whom alloted and those for Publick uses under 
their perticular head 

7'^ if ISTo Return be made to the said Committee as Re- 
quired in the Preceding Article, the said Committee shall 
appoint And they are hereby Directed and empowered to 
Appoint three disinterested persons as Commissioners to Re- 
pairs to such Townships, As shall have Neglected to make 
the Division and Return Required and Allot and Divide the 
same Conformably to the Articles one, two & three, and Make 
Return thereof to the said Committee Conformably to the 
sixth Article ; and the Said Commissioners Shall six Weeks at 
Least before they proceed to the said Business give publick 
N^otice in Adams & IsTourses independent Chronicle, the Port- 
land Newspaper, and by a Written Xottification posted up 
in some Convenient place in Each of the Delinquent Town- 
ships, of their Appointment, and of the Time When they 
Shall proceed on the said Business, that All persons intrested 
therein may be apprised thereof ; and the lotes the said Com- 
missioners shall Lay out to the Resident proprietors and 
Settlers as provided for in Article 1 & 2 shall be Confirmed 



202 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

iTuto them, and the Remaining lotes shall be subject to the 
order and disposal of the General Court, And the Expence 
Arrising from the said Appointment of Commissioners shall 
be defrayed, by the Resident proprietors and setlters of the 
delinquent Townships, provided they have prevented or ob- 
structed the Divission as Provided for in Article 2^ 3*^ & 
4*** Otherwise so much of the Remainder of the lands after 
Allotments and divissions made to the Resident proprietors. 
Settlers and for Publick uses as afforesaid, shall be sold By 
the said Committee, as shall be sufficient to Defray the said 
Expence 

8'^ that j^otwithstanding the Conditions and Regulations 
Contained in the afForegoing Articles if the proprietors and 
settlers of any of the said Townships shall Agree Among 
themselves and settle all ^Matters in dispute Relating to the 
Quantities of Land Respectively to be held and Retained by 
them and such other ]\latters and things as imeadiatly Re- 
spect the settlement of the said land, and make Report of 
the same to the said Committee Within Six months from the 
passing this Resolve With the ISTames of the settlers and pro- 
prietors Resident and i!^on Resident the Quantity of Land 
Alloted to Each, and the Rights Reserved for publick uses 
Conformably to Article 3. in such Case the said Committee 
shall have full Authority to Confirm such Townships — but 
in Case no Report shall be made as Afforesaid to the said 
Committee Nor Return As in the sixth Article is Required, 
the said Committee shall Appoint Commissioners as pro- 
vided for in the Said Seventh Article — Eight Months having 
been Expired As therein Mentioned; Who shall proceed to 
their Business as pointed out in the said last Mentioned 
Article. 

9'^ it shall be understood Xotwithstanding anything Con- 
tained in the afforegoing Articles that the Final Confirmation 
of any of the said Townships Shall not be made untill there 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 203 

be ill Each Towaiship, sixty dwelling houses Not less than 
eighteen feet square and seven feet stud, sixty protistant 
Famillys and also five Acres of land Cleared on Each share 
fit for Mowing and Tillage. Also a meeting house for the 
public Worship of God, and untill Each of the said Town- 
ships shall have settled a Learned and protestant Minister, 
for Which Purpose five years shall be Allowed from the pass- 
ing of this Resolve 

10'^ Nothing in the foregoing Resolves shall be construed 
to set aside any Agreements already entered into and finally 
settled between any of the Proprietors of the said Townships 
or their Agents and the settlers thereon, respecting the Quan- 
tities of Land to be held & services to be performed by the 
said Settlers respectively; and in all other Respects the said 
Proprietors shall be held to conform to the afores*^ Resolves — ■ 
In Senate March 10'^ 1787 
Read and accepted 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled Feb^ 1787 

The Petition of Samuel Freeman, Agent of the Proprietors 
of the Townships N° One, Four Five and Six situated in the 
County of Lincoln — at the Eastward of Union River 

humbly sheweth — 

That the said Proprietors are unable to pay the Sums re- 
quired by your Honors Resolve of the 21^' June 1785 as a 
Condition for confirming the Grant of said Townships — 
That they assessed the same on the several Rights together 
with the Sums due from said Proprietors to Individual Per- 



204 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

sons amounting in the whole as near as could be estimated at 
£15 — upon each Right and advertised the same in two of 
the Boston ISTews Papers, as the Law directs — and have in- 
dividually offer'd to sell their rights at the Rate of one shil- 
ling pr Acre — but no Person has appeared to purchase — 
That considering their inability to pay the Sums required 
as aforesaid they are willing to relinquish all their Right to 
the said To^vnships, if they can be repaid the Charges which 
have incurred upon the same — agreeably to the Estimates 
herewith presented to your Honors — Your Petitioner there- 
fore in behalf of said Proprietors humbly prays that your 
Honors would reconsider the Resolve aforesaid and confirm 
the said Townships without the Condition above mentioned 
or impower them to make Sale of said Townships or a part 
thereof for a Reimbursement of said Charges — or grant them 
such a part thereof free of incumbrance as shall be adequate 
thereto — or otherwise made such Provision to enable them 
to make Payment of the Sums in which they are indebted — 
as in your Wisdom your Honors shall judge best 

iVnd as in duty bound will pray 

Sam' Freeman 

In the House of Representatives Febr'' 6, 1787 

Read and committed to M"" Frothingham, JVP Williams of 

Waltham k M"" Kilham with such as the Hon Senate may 

join 

Sent up for concurrence 

Artemas Ward Speaker 

In Senate Feb'' 20''' 1787 — 

Read & concurred, and Cotton Tufts & Josiah Thacher 

Esq" are joined — 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 

Capt M^^Lellan 

In behalf of the Townships IST" 1, 4, 5 - G at the Eastward 

of Mount Desert or Union River — I have to request that 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 205 

as you are going to Boston — you would take a little Pains 
to get tlie Report upon my Petition respecting them — ac- 
cepted by the Court — Some of the Reasons in favour of it 
are these viz — 

1. They could not be settled while the War lasted — 
Before the War, we waited for the King's Approbation — 
and since for the confirmation of the Court — not expecting 
that the want of obtaining the King's Approbation would be 
any objection with the Court, as all the Right of this Govern- 
ment was granted — & his Right is taken away by our suc- 
cesful struggles for Independence — 

2 That the Proprietors not being able to pay the sum 
required by the Court (viz £1200) for each Township as a 
condition for confirming the Grants, since the Peace; offerd 
to relinquish their Right to Government, if they could be 
paid the Sums they have been at, in surveying, and endeavor- 
ing to bring forward the settlement of said Townships — but 
the Court did not see fit to comply with their offer — 

3. That Justice requires that those to whom Money is 
due for such Charges, should be paid. I have been much in 
advance myself — & before the War had an Execution levied 
upon me by another Creditor who sued the Proprietors for 
his Demand — 

4. That the Settlement of said To^\^lships which would 
be a great advantage to Government • — is impeded for want 
of a confirmation ; as the Proprietors do not choose to settle 
them, without the countenance of Government, they rather 
wish that they may have its support, and have their Affairs 
managed with regTilarity — 

5. The Townships are now Taxed by Government and if 
they are not confirmed, the rights of the Proprietors will be 
sold for Taxes — and thereby Government will lose them — 



206 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

as well as the Proprietors — and the Creditors of the Pro- 
prietors lose their just demands or go to Law against each 
other — 

6 — The Court took off the £1000 required of the six 
Townships Westward of Union River — why then should 
thej not take off the £1200 required of the Townships East- 
ward of y^ same River — viz the To^^^lship JST" 1, 4, 5, & 6 — 

Whereas if they were confirmed they would be settled and 
a consequent income arise to Government 

These short observations will I think help to produce Ideas 
that will afford sufficient xYrguments to support of my Peti- 
tion as Agent to s'' Towti 



Petition of Samuel Freeman. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled — 

The Petition of Samuel Freeman administrator on the 
Estate of Enoch Freeman late of Portland in the County of 
Cumberland Esq"" Deceas'' — humbly shews — 

That on the 29*'' September A. D. 1787, said Deceas'd made 
an Agreement with M"" William Conant of Falmouth in said 
County upon a Settlement of certain Xotes — Accounts & 
Concerns then subsisting between them by which the said 
Conant was to give him security for the payment of Eighty 
Pounds — and the said Deceas-d was to give said Conant a 
warrantee Deed of three quarters of a Saw Mill standing 
upon the north easterly part of the Falls at Scarappa in said 
Falmouth together with three quarters of the Mill Privilege 
belonging to the same — and also a quit claim Deed of tlie 
other quarter of said Mill & Privilege — That in November 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



207 



following such Deeds were accordingly prepared, to be 
sigTi'd, when said Conant gave the Security above mentioned, 
but he neglected to do it in the Life Time of the said Enoch, 
and he the s'' Enoch died without having sigTied the said 
Deeds — That the said Conant is now ready & willing to 
comply with his part of the Agreement aforesaid, by com- 
pleating the payment or giving security to compleat the pay- 
ment of the Sum aforesaid (having paid a part thereof in 
the Life Time of said Dec^) when he can have the Deeds of 
said Mill as aforesaid — 

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that your Honors 
would impower him to sign said Deed or give others instead 
thereof — so that the Agreement aforesaid may reciprocally 
be complied with. And as in duty bound will pray 

Sam^ Freeman 
June 1789 

I hereby certify that I was knowing and assisting to the 
Agreement mentioned in the within Petition — & made a 
minute thereof on the outside of a Quire of Paper then on 
the Table — which said Conant signed — & which I myself 
signed in my Fathers behalf — that I wrote the Deed re- 
f errd to at the time therein mentioned - — which were through 
neglect on the part of said Conant chiefly & for no other 
cause that I know of, they being agreeable to intentions of 
said Deceas'd, kept in his hand unsigned, 

Sam' Freeman 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Senate June 1789 

The Committee of Senate on the Petition of Sam' Free- 
man Esq"" ask leave to report the following Resolve 

Josiah Thacher Pr order. 

On the Petition of Sam' Freeman Esq"" 

Resolved for Reasons set forth in s'' Petition that Sam' 
Freeman Esq"" Administrator on the Estate of Enoch Free- 



208 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

man late of Portland in the County of Cumberland Esq"" De- 
ceasd be and he is hereby authorized and empowered to make 
and execute a good and Lawful Warrantee Deed to William 
Conant of Falmouth in s^ County of three Quarters of a Saw 
mill standing upon the northeasterly part of the Falls at 
Sacarappa in s^ Falmouth together with three quarters of the 
Mill Priviledge belonging to the same — and also a Quit 
claim Deed of the other Quarter of s"^ Mill and Priviledge — 
According to the agreement of the s*^ Enoch made with said 
W" in the Life time of the s'' Enoch — He the s*^ Sam' giving 
sufficient Bond with one or more Sureties to the Court of 
Probate in the County of Cumberland that the proceeds of 
said Sales be disposed of as the Law directs 



Petition of David Harding Jr & Joshua Dyer. 

To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 
General Court assembled — 

The Petition of David Harding Jun"" of Gorham in the 
County of Cumberland, and Joshua Dyer of Cape Elizabeth 
in said County, humbly shews. That he the said David 
being Master of the Schooner Mercy, arrived at Portland in 
said County in said Schooner from the West Indies on the 
seventeenth day of December last — 

That he was from the circumstances hereafter mentioned 
prevented from entering his Vessel at the Naval Office until 
after the expiration of forty eight hours from the time of his 
arrival. That to avoid a Seizure of said Vessel, which the 
Naval Officer was about to make your Petitioners with Daniel 
Murphy of said Portland on the twentieth day of the same 
month, executed a Bond to Nathaniel Fadre Fosdick Esq"" the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 209 

l^aval Officer, for papnent of the Sum of One hundred 
Pounds, as a forfeiture for such I^eglect which Bond said 
Fosdick has put in suit. 

That this neglect was not occasioned by any illicit Designs, 
but by the following circumstances — viz — 

Upon the Arrival of said Vessel, the said Harding was 
informed that his Wife who was then in the Country, about 
fourteen Miles off, was sick, and he immediately set off to go 
and see her, that the Days at that season being at the short- 
est, he could not return to Portland until the next day, and 
when he got on board his Vessel, the Mate who had tarried 
on board during his absence wished to go home to his Family 
at Cape Elisabeth, and it being now late in the afternoon, 
and the Wind blowing hard at the ISTorthward, he judged 
it proper to stay on board, till the next morning, and permit 
the mate to go on shore at Cape Elisabeth which was the 
nearest shore & at leeward of the Vessel, not foreseeing the 
event which alone prevented his going to the Office the next 
morning, as he intended — but the intervening night was so 
exceeding cold, that in the Morning the Harbour was full of 
Ice — and it was impossible to get on shore till after the 
expiration of forty eight hours, from the time of his arrival, 
the same being elapsed about two hours — 

This being the cause of his delay, your Petitioners humbly 
hope that your Honors will take their case into consideration, 
and release them from the forfeiture aforesaid. 

And as in duty bound will pray 

David Harding Jr., Joshua Dyer 
June 1789 

In support of the foregoing Petition the Petitioners beg 
leave to refer your Honors to the Depositions accompany- 
ing it. 

I David Smith of Portland Merchant testify and say that 
a day or two after the arrival of the Schooner Mercy David 

16 



210 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Harding Jun"" Master, at s*^ Portland from the West Indies. 

I went with Cap' JSTatli. Deering & Capt Jos McLellan on 

board said Schooner at the desire of Capt Harding to view 

her as to the situation of her Cargo & it appeared to me that 

it was in the same State as when it was put on board or as 

when the Vessel sail'd from the West Indies, the Stud not 

being taken away — and It is my opinion that Capt Harding 

had not then as the phrase is, broken Bulk. 

I do not recollect the very day we went on board — but it 

was an hour or two after Capt Harding told me the ISTaval 

Officer refused to enter said Schooner — 

David Smith 

Cumberland Ss. May 30, 1789 — 

The abovenamed David Smith personally appeared and 
made Oath to the truth of the above written Deposition by 
him sign'd 

Before me 

Saml Freeman Just Peace. 

I JsTathaniel Deering of Portland Merchant testify and 
say that I was with Capt David Smith when he viewed the 
Schooner Mercy as mentioned in his Deposition abovewritten 
and am knowing to the Facts therein testified — 

i^aty Deering 
Cumberland ss. May 30^'' 1789 — 

The abovenamed Nathaniel Deering, personally appeared, 

and made Oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him 

sign^ 

Before me 

Sam' Freeman Just Peace. 

I Eeubcn Sawyer testify and say that the Schooner ]\rercy 
David Harding Jim"" Master and myself Mate arrived in the 
Harbour of Portland from the West Indies on the seventeenth 
day of December last and that we came to anchor about twelve 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 211 

oClock as near as I could tlieu tell — at which time a Boat 
came on board, the Person in which informed the Captain 
that his Wife then living at Gorham about fourteen miles 
from Portland was sick — upon which he went immediately 
on shore — I tarried on board about 28 hours or until near 
sunset near the expiration of which time the Captain re- 
turned from Gorham — & I went home to my Family & the 
Captain tarried on board but being late, and the Wind blow- 
ing hard at the Northward he did not think it proper to 
go to the Office, Supposing, as he said, it would do as well 
the next morning — but there was then so much Ice in the 
Harbour, it being very cold the preceeding night that he 
could not go on shore nor could I return to the Vessel till 
near eleven "(ylock, and then with much difficulty — but there 
being more Ice on Portland Side of the Harbour, and our 
Vessel lying nearer the other Side — he could not get on shore 

till about an hour after — 

Reuben Sawyer 

Cumberland Ss May 30^'' 1Y89 — 

Then the above named Reuben Sawyer personally appeared 

and made Oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him 

sign'd — 

Before me — 

Sam^ Freeman Jus' Peace 

I Cary M'^Lellan of Cape Elizabeth testify and say, that 
on the 19**^ day of December last about Sunrise IP Joshua 
Dyer came to my House and said to me that he must get 
over the Ferry — I answered that I believed that it was im- 
possible, as there was so much Ice in the River but however 
we w^ould make a Trial and M"" Dyer and two other Men be- 
sides myself got in the Boat and broke the Ice with our Oars 
near half a Mile, as the Ferry is one mile wide, and I judge 
it when we got over to be about ten o Clock — 

Cary M°Lellan 



212 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Cumberland Ss. May 30^^ 1789 — 

Tlie abovenamed Carj M'^Lellan personally appeared and 
made Oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him sign"^ 

Before me 

Sam' Freeman Just Peace 

I Jonathan Sawyer, testify & say that being Ferryman of 
the Ferry between Portland and Cape Elizabeth last Decem- 
ber, M"" Joshua Dyer one of the o\Aaiers of the Schooner Mercy 
which t\vo days before, arrived from the West Indies came 
to me to carry him from said Cape Elizabeth to put him on 
board said Schooner, a little after Sunrise. — but there was 
so much Ice in the Harbour that we could not go directly on 
board, but went up the River till we got nearly across & then 
went down to the Ferryway on Portland side, about ten 
o Clock, then, as fast as we could get away the Ice, we made 
the best of our way, on board the Schooner — On our arrival 
there. Cap* Harding, the master of said Schooner supposing 
(as he told me) that he saw M'" Dyer on shore at Cape Eliza- 
beth, sent his Boat to bring him on board — while the Boat 
was beating through the Ice said Dyer came on board from 
Portland Side — The Boat was immediately hailed & orderd 
on board and M"" Dyer told me if the Boat could not speedily 
return, that I must put him on shore, that he might go and 
enter the Vessel — but I refused to put him on shore 
then, as I had Passengers from Portland to carry to Cape 

Elizabeth — 

Jonathan Sawyer 

Cumberland SS May 30*^ 1Y89 — 

The above named Jonathan Sawyer personally appeared 
and made Oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him 



sign'" 



Before me 

Sam' Freeman Just Peace 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 213 

Re Annexation of Meduncooh to Town of Waldoborough. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable, the Senate and the Honorable House of 
Representatives. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Plantation of 
Meduncook in the County of Lincoln — Humbly Sheweth 

That said Plantation, by the Incorporation of Waldo- 
borough & Cushing is reduced to a very inconsiderable Ex- 
tent of Land, Consisting only of about Forty Lots (of One 
hundred Acres each). that lie in a single Range upon a 
I^eck of Land between Broadbay & Meduncook Rivers with 
about thirty Families on the same That said Plantation is 
destitute of many natural Advantages which their ISTeighbours 
enjoy particularly that of Lumber, & that the Cord Wood 
(which in times past has been a great Mean of subsistence to 
the Inhabitants) is now nearly exhausted — That such is the 
Poverty & Barrenness of the Soil that the most industrious 
Cultivation can never supply the Inhabitants with Bread. — 
That many Families are necessitated to live several Months 
in the Year without that Article reckoned so essential to the 
Subsistence & Comfort of human Life — That, the Inhabi- 
tants in General are very miserably Housed, Lodged & 
Cloathed — That, their Circumstances are now peculiarly de- 
pressed & distressing — That Either through some Mistake or 
Misrepresentation they have been Oppressed by an unequal 
Proportion of State Taxes for a number of years past — 
That, by the late Incorporation of Cushing nearly One fourth 
part of the rateable property of the Plantation has been de- 
tached from the same — That, from the Fewness of their 
Numbers & their Poverty it is inconvenient for them to re- 
main a separate Plantation any Longer & that from its Situ- 
ation it would be most convenient for said Plantation to be 
annexed to the Town of Waldoborough 



214 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray your Honours to 
take their present difficult Situation into your wise & good 
Consideration and to pass an Act to annex the said Planta- 
tion of Meduncook to the Town of Waldoborough — and also 
to remit such a proportion of Commonwealth Tax N" 7 as 
your Honors shall think proper on account of the diminished 
& impoverished State of said Plantation 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall Ever pray &c 
Meduncook June 2, 1789 

Cornelius Davis, Paul Jameson, 

Carpenter Bradford, - Alex"" Jameson, 
Wellington Gay, Jesse Thomas, 

Jonah Gay Elijah Cook, 

Eb'" Morton Jun"" Cornelius Bradford 

Robert Jameson James Cook 

In Senate Jan^ 30, 1790. 

Read & committed to Joshua Thomas with such as the 
Hon**^® House may join, to hear the Parties & report — 
Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Presid' Pro Tem. 

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 30, 1790 

Read & concurred & M"" Ives and M"" Cargill joined 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate Feb'' 7, 1791 

Read & Conmiitted to the stand^ Committee on Applica- 
tions for Incorporations to consider k report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

In the House of Representatives FeV 1791 
Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 215 

Waldoborough June 8, 1789. 

We the Subscribers having been conversant with the people 
of Meduncook & acquainted with their Situation & Circum- 
stances for a ISTumber of Years past Certify that the within 
Memorial contains a part Account of Facts & is signed by all 
the principal Inhabitants — 
Thurston Whiting, Henrey Ewill 

Charles Samson, Zebeda Simmons 

The Committee of Both Houses on the subject of Incor- 
porations have attended to the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
a plantation called Meduncook praying to be Annexed to the 
Town of Waldoborough and Report that the same be Referred 

to the Next General Court 

E Brooks p*" order 

In Senate Feb'' 14, 1791 

Read & accepted and refer'd accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Feb""^ 14, 1791 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spkr 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts [ 

In the House of Representatives June 20''' 1789. 
On the Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of the 
Plantation of Meduncook praying that Said Plantation may 
be Annexed to the Town of Waldoborough for reasons set 
forth in Said Petition — Ordred that the Petitioners Serve 
the Town of Waldoborough with an attested Copy of said 
Petition & of this order there on thirty days at Least before 
the Second Wednesday of the Next Session of the General 
Court that they may appear on that day and shew cose if 



216 DOCUMENTAEY IIISTOKY 

any thev have wliie the prayer of said Petition shoold not he 
Granted — 

Sent up for concm-rence 

David Cobh Spk^ 

In Senate June 26*'' 1789 

Read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid' 

The Committee of both Houses, on the Petition of sundry 
Inhabitants of the Plantation of Meduncook, ask leave to re- 
port the following order, 

J Thomas per Order 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
In Senate Feb'^ 2, 1790. 

On the Petition from the Inhabitants of Meduncook 
Ordered, that the Petitioners serve the To^vn of Waldo- 
borough, with an attested Copy of said Petition, & this order 
thereon, thirty days at least before the second Wednesday of 
the first Sessions of the next Gen' Court, then to appear & 
shew cause, if any there be, why the Prayer of said Petition 
should not be granted. 

Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Presid' Pro Tem 

In the House of Representatives Feb^ 8, 1790 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 

To the Honourable the Senate and the Honourable the 
House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts in General Court Assembled 
the Selectmen of the town of Waldoborough Appointed At 

A Legal Meeting by said town A Committee for the Purpose 

of Drawing a Remonstrance in Answer to the Petition of the 

]>lantatioii of Modomcook — 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 21Y 

Humbly Sheweth 

That the town of Waldoborough is Already so large xis to 
make it Verry iuconveuiant for its lubabitance to Attend 
Publick Business which is A Verry Great damage to our 
To^\^i Affairs It being at present Seventeen Miles long and 
four and one half miles Wide and by the Addition of Modom- 
cook would Make the town at least Twenty six miles Long 
which would Make it Morraly Imposible to Attend town 
Busness with Any Properiety As Everey third town meeting- 
would be held in the Xow Plantation of Modomcook which 
is settled on the Sea Coast of a I^eck of land at A Consider- 
able distance from the Most Nearest Inhabitance of this to^vn 
to it — That our town was at first settled by M"" Waldo with 
Germans He then wishing to have it an entire German 
Settlement And for that Purpose he Removed Several Irish 
families then settled here to St Georges River Giving them 
there Two Hundred Acres of Land for every One hundred 
they Posessed Here and so it has Remained except a few 
English families Who Purchased of some of our Germans 
that Sold and Removed To Carolina but we Pray that this 
Instance may not Operate Against Us As we Wish to Re- 
magn in our Present Situation 

We have Ever / since our settling here / been A hard 
Labouring People living Neither in Affluence ISTor Poverty 
so much so That there Never has been Any of our Inhabetance 
became Chargeable to the town and we Cannot help Express- 
ing to your Honours our fears that in that Respect the Case 
would be Verry Much Altred if Modomcook was Added to 
this town as your Honour will Plainly see from the Verry 
Reason Set forth In their Petition — 

That were your Honours As Will Acquainted with the 
Situation of this Country As your Respondant you would 
Imediatly See that it would be much more Conveneant to 
Annex Modomcook Plantation to the towTi of Gushing As 



218 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

jSTothing divides the Inhabitance of the one from the other 
but A Verry Narrow Creek Whereas the Inhabitance of 
this Town is At least five Miles Distance from theirs and 
that through a Wilderness of Unimproved Land that never 
Can Admit of A Good Road — Your Eespondants would In- 
form your honours that we were Not Cited Agreeable to the 
Resolve of the Hon' Court to Verrefy Which we send your 
Honours herewith the Citation with which We were served 
by the date of Which w^e Imagine your Honours Will be 
Convinced that Modomcook took An Unlegal Advantage of 
us by not Giving us Lawf ull iSTotice — 

Your Respondants Cannot help expressing their fears That 
their Case has not had a Right Representation to your 
Honours As the Town of Waldoborough had no Representa- 
tive at the General Court the Last year — and Are now sorry 
to say That Sine the Choice of our Representative this year 
we Are Informed by Several Gentlemen Members of the Last 
General Court that the Verry Gentleman we Chose to Repre- 
sent us This year was An Industrous Agent for the Plantation 
of Modomcook at the Hon' Court last year which though We 
Cannot help Expressing our fears we hope may not Operate 
Against us. 

We therefore Pray your Honours to take our Present Em- 
barrassed Case into your Wise Consideration and pray That 
the plantation of Modomcook may not be Added to this Town 
or At least from our Aforesaid Dificult Situation that your 
Honours will Postpone the Matter unto Another Period That 
we may be Able to prove to your Honours A true state of 
facts — and your Respondants as in Duty bound Will Ever 
pray &c 

George Demuth Tho' M'^Guyer 

Cornelius Turner, Joseph Ludwig 

Jacob Ludwig 

Selectmen of and appointed a Committee By the 
town of Waldoborough for the Above Purpose 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 219 

Common wealtli of Massachusetts — 

In Senate Feb^ 2*^ 1790 — 
On the Petition from the Inhabitants of Madumcook Or- 
der'd, that the petitioners serve the town of Waldobor" with 
an Attested Copy of said Petition & this Order thereon, thirty 
days at least before the second Wednesday of the first session 
of the next General Court, then to appear & shew cause, if 
any there be, why the prayer of said petition should not be 
granted 

Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Presid' Pro Tem. 

In the House of Representatives FeV 8, 1790 

read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk^ 
True Copy 

Att Sam^ Cooper Clerk Senate 
A true Copy 

Att.— 

Wellington Gay, James Cook W" Motte [ 

Committee for Madumcook 
Madumcook May 8'^^ 1790 

To the Select Men of Waldoborough. 



Letter of address from Geo Washington. 

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of 

Massachusetts 
Gentlemen 

Your Address, with which I have been honored, has made 
a most sensible impression upon me. — That my acceptance of 
the Presidency of these United States should have given joy 
to the people of Massachusetts — and that my conduct through 
our late arduous struggle for Liberty and Independence hath 
met the approbation of the Citizens of that Commonwealth 



220 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

will be considered by me, as among the most pleasing cir- 
cumstances of my life. 

In executing the duties of my present important station I 
can promise nothing but purity of intentions — and in carry- 
ing these into effect, fidelity and diligence; if these, under 
the guidance of a superintending Providence, shall continue 
to me the approbation and affection of my fellow-citizens of 
the Union it will be the highest gratification and the most 
ample reward that my mind can form any conception of in 
this life. 

The adoption of the present Government by so large a 
majority of the States, and their Citizens — and the growing- 
dispositions which are discoverable among all descriptions of 
men to give support and energy to it, are indications of its 
merit — auspicious of the future greatness and welfare of the 
Empire which will grow under it — and is the foundation on 
which I build my hopes of public felicity; — the best efforts 
of mine towards the accomplishment of these great and 
glorious objects can only be secondary. 

For the Benedictions which you have been pleased to im- 
plore the Parent of the Universe on my person and family 
I have a gTateful heart — and the most ardent wish that we 
may all, by rectitude of conduct and a perfect reliance on 
his beneficence, draw the smiles of Heaven on ourselves and 
posterity to the latest generation. 
New York July 9*^ 1789. *G° Washington 



Petition of Plantation iV" 22. 

To the Honourable The Senate and the Honourable House 
of Representatives of the Coinmonwealth of Massachu- 
setts in General Court Assembled — 
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Plantation JST" 22 in the 

County of Lincoln Humbly Sheweth 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 221 

That your Petitioners always have looked upon Buck Har- 
bour JSTeck so called, to be a part of said plantation, and the 
Inhabitants settled on said Xeck considered them selves in the 
same light untill called upon by the town of Machias to pay 
Taxes with them, and this Plantation being called upon to 
pay a Tax to the County of Lincoln, have Taxed the In- 
habitants of said Xeck Accordingly. 

Therefore Your Petitioner prays your Honours to take the 
matter into your Wise Consideration and Direct to which of 
said places the Inhabitants of Buckharbour neck shall pay 
Taxes. And as in Duty Bound will ever Pray 

Joseph Pierpont, William Tupper, Joel Whitney [ 
Committee for and in behalf of the Inhabitants 
of Plantation W 22. 
Plantation W 22, August ll'"" 1789. 



Re Land in County of Lincoln. 

County of Lincoln 

In obedience to an order of the honorable the Senate and 
House of Representatives bearing Date the 26"" Day of 
June last past, commanding us (the undersigned) to view 
the Situation of the proposed Road, and also the Width and 
Depth of the River, and consider such other circumstances as 
may respect the same, the Expediency of building the Bridge 
(mentioned in the Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants 
of the County of Lincoln, to the Honorable Houses, praying 
for Leave to raise by Lottery the sum of Three hundred 
Pounds, for the purpose of building a Bridge over Eastern 
River (so called) in said County of Lincoln) and the probable 
Expences thereof, and to make Report at the next Sitting of 
the General Court ; Beg Leave to report, That we have duly 



222 DOCUMEXTARY HISTORY 

attended that Service; — and are of opinion that the Bridge 
and Eoad, proposed by the Petitioners, will be of very gi-eat 
public Utility to all the Citizens of this Commonwealth 
travelling through those Eastern parts of the State, in general, 
as well as to the Inhabitants of the County of Lincoln in 
particular; That we have surveyed that part of the Eastern 
River where such Bridge is proposed to be built, and find the 
Width thereof Twenty eight Rods, and the Depth of the 
Channel thereof, at low Water, eight feet ; and That we 
humbly conceive, that the Expence of building the Bridge 
proposed will not necessarily exceed the Sum of Three Hun- 
dred Pounds. And we further beg Leave to report, that we 
have viewed the Situation of the Land for the proposed Road 
and are also of opinion that the further sum of Four Hun- 
dred Pounds will be sufficient for opening such Road, from 
]\fajor Reuben Colburns, in Pittston, to Wiscasset, four Rods 
wide, clearing out the same, and bridging or causewaying the 
same where necessary, and defraying all the other Expences, 
which may attend the same. All which is humbly submitted 
to the General Court by their Committee 

Dum"" Sewall, Jon^ Bownnan, I Gardiner 
Pownalborough, in the County of Lincoln 10'^ of October 
1Y89. 



Petition of Frankfort plantation. 

The Honourable the Senate, & House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled. 

The Petition, and Memorial, of the Subscribers, In- 
habitants of the Plantation of Frankfort in the County of 
Ilandcock, 

Humbly sheweth 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 228 

That whereas, the Honourable General Conrt, did by an 
act passed y^ 25"' of June 1789 incorporate two Plantations 
on the west side of Penobscot River viz ; from Belfast to 
Wheeler's Mills ; into a town, by the name of Frankfort ; 
which for want of a true representation of our boundaries 
being seasonably exhibited we presume that an undesigned 
mistake has been made; as the two plantations are about 
sixteen miles in length, and very inconvenient for one town — 
There are now upwards of sixty families in this Plantation. 

We therefore, humbly pray your Honours, to take into 
your wise consideration, our Present difficult situation ; and 
incorporate us, together with the adjacent Island, called 
Brigadiers Island, (separate from the other Plantation) ac- 
cording to the following boundaries and plan annexed — viz; 
beginning at the southeast corner of Belfast, running up the 
brook, to y® northeast corner of s^ Belfast, thence north, to 
goose pond, thence along the shore of s*^ pond, to a large 
spruce tree, on the east side of goose pond, marked with a 
marking Iron W. P. B. F. ; thence eastwardly to marsh river ; 
thence down s*^ marsh river, to Penobscot River, thence down 
Penobscot, River to Fort Point ; thence bounding on the bay 
of Penobscot, to the bounds first mentioned, into a town by 
the name of Knoxburgh 

Your Petitioners as in duty bound, will pray — 
Frankfort Plantation N'ov 28'*' 1789 
In the House of Representatives Jan^ 30, 1790 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on applica- 
tions for Incorporation of Towns to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence. 

David Cobb Spk' 
In Senate Feb^ 1, 1790 

Read & Concurred 

Tho^ Dawes Presid' Pro Tem 

Daniel Lancaster, Benjamin Shute Jun"^ 



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DOCUMENTAIIY HISTOKY 



John Sweetser, 
Daniel Goodell ju° 
John Adam Ju° 
Henry Bh^ck, 
Henry Black Jim, 
Josiah Ames, 
Jacob Eustis, 
Abraham Mudgett, 
John Deford, 
John Dwelly, 
Jacob Deford, 
Josh* Treat, 
John Adam, 
John Sweetser J\ 
Samuel Young, 
Alex"" Young, 
Peleg Pendleton, 
William Dickey, 
David Partridge, 
Nath' Tibbits, 
W"" Pendleton, 
Nathaniel Deford, 
Isaac Chesley 
Benjamin Shute 
William Hitchborn, 



Joseph Boyd, 
Joseph G Martin, 
Nathan French 
James Grant 
Samuel Grant 
Joseph ]\P]\ran 
AVilliam Farle^^ , 
Samuel Griffin, 
Ebenezer Griffin, 
John Park, 

Longworthy Landpher 
James Scott, 
James Xichols, 
David iSTichols, 
James ISTichols 2^ 
Henry Lord, 
John Peirce, 
John Staples, 
Thomas M'^Mann 
Miles Staples, 
William Staples, 
W" M'=Laughlin, 
Clark Partridge, 
Daniel Goodwell 



Act for Building a Bridge over Eastern River. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
ninety 
An Act for raising the sum of seven hundred Pounds by a 
Lottery for building a Bridge over the Eastern River, now 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 225 

SO called, iu the County of Lincoln and for the other Purposes 
therein mentioned. 

Whereas a considerable !N"umber of the Inhabitants of the 
County of Lincoln, by their Petition to the Legislature have 
set forth the N'ecessity of laying out a new Eoad in the said 
County, from Major Reuben Colburn's Tavern, in Pittston, 
to Wiscasset, and building a Bridge over the Eastern River, 
now so called, in the said County, and have prayed the Leg- 
islature to enable them to raise a Sum for those Purposes, 
and the other Purposes in the same Petition specified by a 
Lottery. And Whereas the two Houses of the Legislature 
on the twenty sixth Day of June last passed ordered a Com- 
mittee of three Gentlemen of that County to view the Situa- 
tion of the Land for such proposed Road, as also the Width 
and Depth of the River, and consider such other Circum- 
stances as might respect the same, the Expediency of building 
said Bridge, and the probable Expences thereof and make 
report at the next sitting of the General Court ; which Com- 
mittee, in and hj their Report, bearing Date on the tenth Day 
of October last, have set forth "That they have duly attended 
that Service, and are of opinion that such Bridge and Road 
will be of very great public Utility; that the Expence of 
building such Bridge will not necessarily exceed the Sum of 
Three hundred Pounds; and that the further Sum of Four 
Hundred Pounds will be sufficient for opening such Road, 
clearing out, and bridging or causewaying, the same where 
necessary, and defraying all the other Expences which may 
attend the same." 

Therefore, in order the better to accommodate as well all 
the good Citizens of this Commonwealth travelling into those 
Parts in general, as the Inhabitants of the said County of 
Lincoln in particular. Be it enacted by the Senate and 
House of Representatives in general Court assembled, and by 
the authority of the same, that the Sum of Seven hundred 

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226 DOCUMENTARY HISTOKY 

Pounds shall and may, be raised by a Lottery, to consist of 
two Classes, of Five thousand eight hundred and thirty four 
Ticketts each Class, at one Dollar each Ticket, and that from 
the Prizes to be drawn in each of such Classes of such Lot- 
tery there shall be a deduction of twenty p"" cent made for 
the Purposes in this Act mentioned. 

ii And the Honorable Jonathan Bownnan John Gardiner, 
Edmund Bridge, Henry Hodge, Abiel Wood, and David 
Silvester Esquires, with Moses Carlton Merchant, and Cheney 
Smith Gentleman, all of Pownalborough in the said County 
of Lincoln are hereby constituted and appointed Com- 
missioners for managing such Lottery, building such Bridge, 
clearing out, finishing and compleating such Poad, and 
making the Fence mentioned in the said Petition, any five 
of whom shall be a Quorum for all the Purposes aforesaid, 
each of whom previous to his acting as such Commissioner 
however shall enter into and execute a Bond with tw^o suffi- 
cient sureties to the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, faith- 
fully in all things to execute such his Ofiice of Commissioner 
aforesaid; And shall, also, first take and subscribe an Oath, 
before some Justice of the Peace within and for the said 
County of Lincoln, will truly and impartially, according to 
the best of his skill, abilities, and understanding, execute and 
perform all the Duties and Powers vested in him by this Act, 
which Oath, when so taken and subscribed, shall be filed 
among the Records of the Court of Sessions of the Peace 
within the said County of Lincoln. And such Commissioners 
shall advertize in the public iSTews Papers of this State, or in 
such of them as they shall think proper, or by printed Hand 
Bills, both or either, for all Persons inclining to furnish ma- 
terials for, and to build such Bridge, and for all Persons 
inclining to open, clear out, and bridge or causeway, where 
necessary, such Road, to send in tlunr Proposals to the said 
Commissioners in writing, and in manner as the said Com- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 227 

missioners or the majority of them shall direct. And such 
Commissioners shall employ for such Purposes, the Person 
or Persons who shall, or will, undertake to do the same 
severally, at, or for, the lowest Rates or Prices, giving good 
security satisfactory to the said Commissioners or the ma- 
jority of them for the faithful Performance of their Agree- 
ments touching the same, and the Person or Persons who may 
be so employed to build such Bridge shall not only give the 
like Security for the faithful Performance of his or their 
Contract therein, but also for the standing of such Bridge for 
Twenty Years to come 

i i i. And whereas the present name of the River now 
called the Eastern River is unmeaning and undiscriptive, 
there being very many Rivers in this State to the Eastward 
of the same River, and one other River of the same ISTame to 
the Eastward thereof in the County of Hancock 

And whereas the perpetuating the ISTames of great and 
good Men who have been Friends to the Liberties of Man- 
kind is truly lawable. And whereas few have merited more 
from Men of Republican Principles than the illustrious Al- 
gernon Sidney 

Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, that 
such River now so called the Eastern River, in all future 
time, from and after the passing of this Act, shall be called 
and known by the name of, The Sidney, or the River Sidney, 
and that such Bridge, when built, shall be called Sidney 
Bridge, and be deemed a County Bridge, and that such Lot- 
tery shall be called Sidney Bridge Lottery 

An Act to Provide for Collection of Duties on Goods &c and 
on tonnage of Ships or Vessels. 

Congress of the United States : 
at the second session, 



228 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

Begun and held at the City of ISTew York, on Monday, the 
Fourth of January, one thousand seven hundred and 
ninety. 

An Act to provide more effectually for the Collection of 
the Duties imposed by Law on Goods, Wares and Merchan- 
dize imported into the United States, and on the Tonnage of 
Ships or Vessels. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 
of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That 
for the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares 
and merchandize imported into the United States, and on the 
tonnage of ships or vessels, there shall be established and ap- 
pointed, districts, ports and officers in manner following, to 
wit: 

The state of I^ew Hampshire shall be one district, to be 
called the district of Portsmouth, of which the town of Ports- 
mouth shall be the sole port of entry ; and the to^vns of ISTew- 
castle, Dover and Exeter ports of delivery only : but all ships 
or vessels bound to or from either of the said ports of de- 
livery shall first come to, enter and clear at Portsmouth ; and 
a collector, naval officer and surveyor for the said district 
shall be appointed to reside at Portsmouth. 

In the state of Massachusetts shall be twenty districts and 
ports of entry, to wit : Newbury-Port, Gloucester, Salem and 
Beverly, as one; Marblehead, Boston, and Charlestown, as 
one; Pl^onouth, Barnstable, iSTantucket, Edgartown, New- 
Bedford, Dighton, York, Biddeford and Pepperelborough, as 
one ; Portland and Falmouth as one ; Bath, Wiscassett, Penob- 
scot, Frenchman's Bay, Machias and Passamaquody. To 
the district of Newbury-Port shall be annexed the several 
tOAvns or landing places of Almsbury, Salisbury and Haver- 
hill, which shall be ports of delivery only; and a collector, 
naval-officer, and surveyor for the district shall be appointed 
to reside at Xewbury-Port. To the district of Gloucester 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 229 

shall be annexed the town of Manchester, as a port of delivery 
only; and a collector and surveyor shall be appointed, to re- 
side at Gloucester. To the district of Salem and Beverly 
shall be annexed the to^vns or landing places of Danvers and 
Ipswich, as ports of delivery only; and a collector, naval- 
officer and surveyor for the district shall be appointed, to re- 
side at Salem, and a surveyor to reside at each of the towns 
of Beverly and Ipswich. To the district of Marblehead shall 
be annexed the town of Lynn, as a port of delivery only ; and 
a collector for the district shall be appointed to reside at 
Marblehead. To the district of Boston and Charlestown shall 
be annexed the towns or landing places of Medford, Cohasset 
and Hingham, as ports of delivery only; and a collector, 
naval officer and surveyor shall be appointed to reside 
at Boston. To the district of Plymouth shall be annexed 
the several towns or landing places of Scituate, Duxbury and 
Kingston, as ports of delivery only; and a collector for the 
district shall be appointed, to reside at Plymouth. To the 
district of Barnstable shall be annexed the several towns or 
landing places of Sandwich, Falmouth, Harwich, Welfleet, 
Provincetown and Chatham, as ports of delivery only; and 
a collector for the district shall be appointed, to reside at 
Barnstable. To the district of Nantucket the port of Sher- 
burne shall be the sole port of entry and delivery within the 
same, and a collector shall be appointed to reside at Sher- 
burne. In the district of Edgartown a collector shall be ap- 
pointed to reside at Edgartown. To the district of I^^ew- 
Bedford shall be annexed West-Port, Eochester and Ware- 
ham, as ports of delivery only ; and a collector for the district 
shall be appointed to reside at New-Bedford. To the dis- 
trict of Dighton shall be annexed Swansey and Freetown, 
as ports of delivery only ; and a collector for the district shall 
be appointed, to reside at Dighton. To the district of York 
shall be annexed Kittery and Berwick, as ports of delivery 



230 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

only; and a collector for the district shall be appointed to 
reside at York. To the district of Biddeford and Pepperel- 
borough shall be annexed Scarborough, Wells, Kennebunk and 
Cape Porpoise, as ports of delivery only; and a collector for 
the district shall be appointed to reside at Biddeford. To 
the district of Portland and Falmouth shall be annexed ISTorth 
Yarmouth and Brunswick, as ports of delivery only; and a 
collector and surveyor shall be appointed for the district, to 
reside at Portland. To the district of Bath shall be annexed 
Hallo well, Pittstown and Topsham, as ports of delivery only ; 
and a collector for the district shall be appointed, to reside at 
Bath. To the district of Wiscassett shall be annexed Bristol, 
Boothbay, Warren, Thomaston, and Waldoborough, as ports 
of delivery ; and a collector for the district shall be appointed, 
to reside at Wiscasset. To the district of Penobscot shall be 
annexed Frankfort, Sedgwick Point and Deer Island, as ports 
of delivery; and a collector for the district shall be ap- 
pointed, to reside at Penobscot. To the district of French- 
man's Bay shall be annexed Union-River, as a port of de- 
livery only ; and a collector for the district shall be appointed 
to reside at Frenchman's Bay. For each of the districts of 
Machias and Passamaquody shall be appointed a collector 
to reside at the said ports of Machias and Passamaquody, 
respectively. The district of jSTewburyport shall include all 
the waters and shores from the ..tate of New-Hampshire, to 
the north line of Ipswich. The district of Gloucester shall 
include all the w^aters and shores in the towTis of Gloucester 
and Manchester. The district of Salem and Beverly shall 
include all the shores and waters within the towns of Ipswich, 
Beverly, Salem and Danvers. The district of Marblehead 
shall include all the waters and shores within the to^ATis of 
Marblehead and LjTin. The district of Boston and Charles- 
to\vn shall include all the waters and shores within the coun- 
ties of Middlesex and Suffolk. The district of Pl^Tuouth 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 231 

shall include all the waters and shores within the county of 
Plymouth, excepting the towns of Wareham and Rochester. 
The district of Barnstable shall include all the shores and 
waters within the county of Barnstable. The district of 
Nantucket shall include the island of Nantucket. The dis- 
trict of EdgartowTi shall include all the waters and shores 
within the county of Duke's County. The district of New- 
Bedford, shall include all the waters and shores within the 
towns of Xew-Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Rochester and 
Wareham, together with all the islands within the county of 
Bristol. The district of Dighton shall include all the waters 
and shores on Taunton River, and in the town of Rehoboth ; 
and the collectors of the several districts within that part of 
the state of Massachusetts eastward of New-Hampshire, shall 
agree, as soon as may be, upon a divisional line between their 
respective districts, and transmit the same to the Comptroller 
of the Treasury ; and such districts so agreed upon, shall in- 
clude all the shores, waters and islands within the same. 
And in case of disagreement between any of the said col- 
lectors, concerning such divisional line, the Secretary of the 
Treasury shall determine the same. 

In the state of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, 
there shall be two districts, to wit: the district of Newport, 
and the district of Providence. The district of Newport 
shall comprehend all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks 
and inlets, from the west line of the said state all along the 
sea coast, and northward up the Narraganset bay, as far as 
the most easterly part of Kinnimicut point at high water 
mark ; and shall include the several towns, harbors, and land- 
ing places at Westerly, Charleston, South-Kingstown, North- 
KingstowTi, East-Greenwich, and all that part of Warwick 
southward of the latitude of said Kinnimicut point ; and also 
the towns, harbors and landing places of Barrington, Warren, 
Bristol, Tiverton, Little-Compton, and all the towns, harbors 



232 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

and landing places of the island of Rhode-Island, James 
Town, Prudence, I^ew-Shoreham, and every other island and 
place within the said State southward of the latitude of the 
said Kinnimicut point. The district of Providence shall 
comprehend all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks and 
inlets within the said State, northward of the latitude of 
Kinnimicut point. The town of jSTewport shall be the sole 
port of entry in the said district of Newport ; and a collector, 
naval officer and surveyor shall be appointed to reside at the 
said towTi of Newport; and North-Kingstown East Green- 
wich, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, and Pawcatuck river in 
Westerly shall be ports of delivery only ; and a surveyor shall 
be appointed to reside at each of the ports of North-Kings- 
town, East-Greenwich, Warren, Bristol and Pawcatuck river, 
and the surveyor to reside at Warren shall be surveyor for 
the port of Barrington. The town of Providence shall be 
the sole port of entry in the said district of Providence, and 
Patuxet in the same district shall be a port of delivery only ; 
and a collector, naval-officer and surveyor shall be appointed 
to reside at Providence, and a surveyor shall be appointed to 
reside at Patuxet. 

In the state of Connecticut shall be three districts, to wit. 
New London, New-Haven, and Fairfield. The district of 
New-London shall extend from the east line of the said state 
of Connecticut, to the west line of the town of Killingsworth, 
and north to the south line of the state of Massachusetts ; and 
shall also include the several towns or landing places of Nor- 
wich, Stonington, Groton, Lyme, Saybrook, Iladdam, East- 
Haddam, MiddletowTi, Chatham, Weathersfield, Glastenbury, 
Hartford, East-Hartford, Windsor, East-Windsor, and Kill- 
ingsworth, as ports of delivery only; New London to be the 
sole port of entry; and a collector and surveyor for the dis- 
trict shall be appointed, to reside at New London; and a 
surveyor to reside at each of the ports of Stonington and 



OF THE STATE OF MAIJS^E 233 

Middleto^\ii. The district of New-Haven shall extend from 
the west line of the district of IsTew-London westerly to 
Ousatnmnick river ; to which shall be annexed the several 
towns or landing places of Guilford, Branford, Milford and 
Derby, as ports of delivery only; ISTew-Haven to be the sole 
port of entry; and a collector and surveyor for the district 
shall be appointed, to reside at ]^ew-Haven. The district 
of Fairfield shall include all the ports and places in the said 
state of Connecticut west of the district of New-Haven ; to 
which shall be annexed the several towns or landing places 
of Norfolk, Stratford, Stamford and Greenwich, as ports of 
delivery only; Fairfield to be the sole port of entry; and a 
collector for the district shall be appointed, to reside at Fair- 
field. And New-London, New-Haven, and Fairfield, shall 
severally be ports of entry. 

In the state of New- York shall be two districts, to wit, 
Sagg-Harbor on Nassau or Long-Island, and the city of New- 
York, each of which shall be a port of entry. The district 
of Sagg-Harbor shall include all bays, harbors, rivers and 
shores within the two points of land which are called Oyster 
Pond Point, and Montauk Point ; and a collector for the dis- 
trict shall be appointed to reside at Sagg-Harbor, which shall 
be the only place of delivery in the said district. The dis- 
trict of the city of New- York shall include such part of the 
coasts, rivers, bays and harbors of the said State, not included 
in the district of Sagg-Harbor; and moreover the several 
towns or landing places of New- Windsor, Newburgh, Pough- 
keepsie, Esopus, city of Hudson, Kinderhook, and Albany, 
as ports of delivery only; and a naval-ofiicer, collector and 
surveyor for the district shall be appointed, to reside at the 
city of New- York; also two surveyors, one to reside at the 
city of Albany, and the other at the city of Hudson ; and all 
ships or vessels bound to or from any port of delivery within 



234 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

the last named district, shall he ohliged to come to, and enter 
or clear out at the citj of I^ew-York. 

In the state of New Jersey shall be four districts, to wit, 
Perth-Amboj, Burlington, Bridgeto\vn, and Great Egg-Har- 
bor, which shall severally be ports of entry. The district of 
Perth-Amboy shall comprehend all that part of the state of 
New-Jersey, known by the name of East ISTew-Jersey (that 
part excepted which is hereafter included in the district of 
Burlington) together with all the waters thereof heretofore 
within the jurisdiction of the said State; in which district 
the to^\Tis or landing places of jSTew-Brunswick, Middletown- 
Point, Elizabeth-Town, and Newark, shall be ports of de- 
livery only ; and a collector for the district shall be appointed, 
to reside at Perth-Ambo}'. The district of Burlington shall 
comprehend that part of the said State known by the name of 
West New-Jersey, which lies to the eastward and northward 
of the county of Gloucester, with all the waters thereof here- 
tofore within the jurisdiction of the said State, including the 
river and inlet of Little Egg Harbor, with the waters empty- 
ing into the same, and the sea-coast, sounds, inlets and harbors 
thereof, from Barnegat inlet to Brigantine inlets, in which 
district the landing places of Lamberton and Little Egg- 
Harbor shall be ports of delivery only; and a collector shall 
be appointed for the district, to reside at Burlington, and a 
surveyor at Little Egg-Harbor. The district of Bridgetown 
shall comprehend the counties of Gloucester, Salem, Cumber- 
land, and Cape May (such part of the counties of Gloucester 
and Cape May as shall be herein after included in the dis- 
trict of Great Egg-Harbor, excepted) and all the waters there- 
of heretofore within the jurisdiction of the said State; and 
the town of Salem and Port Elizabeth, on Maurice river, 
shall be ports of delivery only; and a collector shall be ap- 
pointed to reside at Bridgetown. The district of Great Egg- 
Harbor shall comprehend the river of Great Egg-Harbor, to- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 235 

gether with all the inlets, bays, sounds, rivers and creeks, 
along the sea coast from Brigantine Inlet to Cape-May; and 
a collector shall be appointed, to reside at Somer's Point, on 
the said river of Great Egg-Harbor. 

The state of Pennsylvania shall be one district, and Phila- 
delphia shall be the sole port of entry and delivery for the 
same; and a collector, naval officer and surveyor for the 
district shall be appointed, to reside at the said port of 
Philadelphia. 

The state of Delaware shall be one district, and the borough 
of Wilmington shall be the port of entry, to which shall be 
annexed ISTewcastle and Port Penn, as ports of delivery only ; 
and a collector for the district shall be appointed, to reside at 
the said port of Wihnington. 

In the state of Maryland shall be nine districts, to wit: 
Baltimore, Chester, Oxford, Vienna, Snowhill, Annapolis, 
jSTottingham, Cedar-Point, and George-Town. The district 
of Baltimore shall include Patapsco, Susquehannah, and Elk- 
rivers, and all the waters and shores on the west side of 
Chesapeake-Bay, from the mouth of Magetty-river to the 
south side of Elk river, inclusive, in which Havre de Grace 
and Elkton shall be ports of delivery only; and a collector, 
naval officer and surveyor shall be appointed for the said dis- 
trict, to reside at the town of Baltimore, which shall be the 
sole port of entry. The district of Chester shall include 
Chester river, and all the waters and shores on the eastern side 
of Chesapeake Bay from the south side of Elk-river to the 
north side of the Eastern-Bay, and Wye river inclusive; in 
which Georgetown on Sassafras river, shall be a port of de- 
livery only ; and a collector for the district shall be appointed 
to reside at Chester, which shall be the sole port of entry. 
The district of Oxford shall include all the waters and shores 
on the eastern side of Chesapeake-Bay, from the north side 
of Wye river and the Eastern Bay, to the south side of Great 



236 DOCUMENTARY HISTOET 

Choptank river inclusive; and Cambridge shall be a port of 
delivery only; and a collector for tlie district shall be ap- 
pointed to reside at Oxford, which shall be the sole port of 
entry. The district of Vienna shall include all the waters 
and shores on the eastern side of Chesapeake-Bay, from the 
south side of Great Choptank-river, to the south side of 
Hooper's Streight, Haynes's Point and Wicomico river in- 
clusive; and Salisbury shall be the port of delivery only; 
and a collector for the district shall be appointed to reside 
at Vienna, which shall be the sole port of entry. The district 
of Snowhill shall include all the waters and shores on the sea- 
coast, from the north line of Virginia, to the south line of 
Delaware, together with all the waters and shores on the 
eastern side of Chesapeake-Bay, from the south side of Wi- 
comico river, to the south side of Pocomoke river, inclusive, 
so far as the jurisdiction of the said state of Maryland ex- 
tends ; to which Sinnipuxent shall be a port of delivery for 
West-Indies produce only; and a collector for the district 
shall be appointed, to reside at Snowhill, which shall be the 
sole port of entry. The district of Annapolis shall include 
Magetty river, and all the waters and shores from thence to 
Drum-Point, on Patuxent river; and a collector for the dis- 
trict shall be appointed, to reside at Annapolis, which shall 
be the sole port of of entry and delivery for the same. The 
district of Nottingham shall include all the waters and shores 
on the west side of Chesapeake-Bay, to Drum-Point, on the 
river Patuxent, together with the said river, and all the 
navigable waters emptying into the same, to which Benedict, 
Lower Marlborough, Towai Creek, and Sylvey's Landing, 
shall be annexed as ports of delivery only ; a collector for the 
district shall be appoinied, to reside at Xottingham, and a 
surveyor at Town Creek; and Nottingham shall be the sole 
port of entry. The district of Cedar-Point shall include all 
the waters of Potowmack within the jurisdiction of the state 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 237 

of Maryland, from Point-look-out to Pomonky creek, inclu- 
sive; to which ISTanjemoj, Saint Mary's and Lewellensburg, 
shall be annexed as a port of delivery only; and a collector 
for the district shall be appointed, to reside at Cedar-Point; 
also a surveyor to reside at each of the ports of Saint Mary's 
and Lewellensburg ; and Cedar-Point shall be the sole port 
of entry. The district of Georgeto^vn shall include all the 
waters and shores from Pomonky creek, on the north side of 
Poto'wmack river, to the head of the navigable waters of the 
said river within the jurisdiction of the state of Maryland; 
to which Digges's landing and Carrolsburg shall be annexed 
as ports of delivery only ; and a collector for the district shall 
be appointed to reside at Georgetown, which shall be the 
sole port of entry. 

In the State of Virginia shall be twelve districts, to wit : 
Hampton as one port : ISTorfolk and Portsmouth as one port ; 
Bermuda Hundred and City Point as one port; Yorktown, 
Tappahannock, Yeocomico river, including Kinsale, Dum- 
fries, including ISTewport, Alexandria, Foley-Landing, Cherry- 
stone, South Quay and Louisville. The authority of the 
officers at Hampton shall extend over all the waters, shores, 
bays, harbors and inlets, between the south side of the mouth 
of York river, along the west shore of Chesapeake-bay to 
Hampton, and thence uj) James river to the west side of 
Chickahominy river; and a collector shall be appointed to 
reside at Hampton, which shall be the sole port of entry. 
To the district of jSTorfolk and Portsmouth shall be annexed 
Suffolk and Smithfield as ports of delivery only ; and the 
authority of the officers of the said district shall extend over 
all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, and inlets comprehended 
within a line drawn from Cape Henry to the mouth of James 
river, and thence up James river to Jordan's point, and up 
Elizabeth river to the highest tide water thereof: and Nor- 
folk and Portsmouth shall be the sole port of entry; and a 



238 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

collector, naval officer and surveyor for the district sliall be 
appointed to reside at ISTorfolk; also a surveyor to reside at 
each of the ports of Suifolk and Smithfield. To the district 
of Bermuda Hundred or City Point, shall be annexed Eich- 
mond, Peterburg, and Manchester, as ports of delivery only ; 
and a collector and surveyor shall be appointed to reside at 
Bermuda Hundred or City Point, which shall be the sole 
port of entry ; also a surveyor for Petersburg to reside there- 
at, and a surveyor for Eichmond and ]\Ianchester to reside 
at Eichmond; and the authority of the officers of the said 
district shall extend over all the waters, shores, bays harbors 
and inlets, comprehended between Jordan's point and the 
highest tide water on James and Appamattox rivers. To 
the district of Yorktown shall be annexed West-point and 
Cumberland as ports of delivery only ; and a collector for the 
district shall be appointed to reside at Yorktown, which shall 
be the sole port of entry; also a surveyor for the two ports 
of delivery, to reside at West-point ; and the authority of the 
officers of the said district shall extend over all the waters, 
shores, bays, harbors and inlets, comprehended between the 
point forming the south shore of the mouth of Eappahannock 
river, and the point forming the south shore of the mouth of 
York river, and thence up the said river to West-point, and 
thence up Pamunkey and Mattapony rivers to the highest 
navigable waters thereof. To "^he district of Tappahannock 
shall be annexed Urbanna, Port-Eoyal, and Fredericksburg 
(including Falmouth) as ports of delivery only; and a col- 
lector for the district shall be appointed to reside at Tappa- 
hannock, which shall be the sole port of entry ; also a surveyor 
for each of the ports of Urbanna, Port-Eoyal, and Fredericks- 
burg; and the authority of the officers of the said district 
shall extend over all the waters, shores, bays, harbors and 
inlets, comprehended between Smith's point, at the mouth of 
Potowmack river, and the point forming the south shore of 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 239 

tlie mouth of Rappahannock river, and thence up the last 
mentioned river to the highest tide water thereof. The dis- 
trict of Yeocomico river inckiding Kinsale, shall extend from 
Smith's point on the south side of Poto^vmack river, to Boyd's 
hole on the same river, including all the waters, shores, bays, 
rivers, creeks, harbors and inlets along the south shore of 
PotovTuack river to Boyd's hole aforesaid; and Yeocomico 
including Kinsale shall be the sole port of entry; and a col- 
lector shall be appointed to reside on Yeocomico river. The 
district of Dumfries including I^Tewport, shall extend from 
Boyd's hole to Cockpit-point on the south side of Poto^vmack 
river, and a collector shall be appointed to reside at Dumfries, 
which shall be the sole port of entry ; and the authority of the 
ofiicers of this district shall extend over all the waters, shores, 
bays, harbors and inlets comprehended between Boyd's hole 
and Cockpit-point aforesaid. For the district of Alexandria 
shall be appointed a collector and surveyor, to reside at Alex- 
andria, which shall be the sole port of entry ; and the author- 
ity of the officers of the said district shall extend over all the 
waters, shores, bays, harbors and inlets on the south side of 
the river Potowmack, from the last mentioned Cockpit-point 
to the highest tide water of the said river. For the district 
of Foley landing shall be appointed a collector, who shall re- 
side at Accomack court house, and whose authority shall ex- 
tend over all the waters, shores, bays, harbors and inlets of 
the county of Accomack. For the district of Cherrystone 
shall be appointed a collector to reside at Cherrystone, whose 
authority shall extend over all the waters, shores, bays, har- 
bors and inlets comprehended within ISTorthampton county. 
For the district of South Quay a collector shall be appointed 
to reside thereat, whose authority shall extend over all the 
waters, shores, bays, harbors and inlets in that part of Vir- 
ginia, comprehended within the limits of the said State, 
For the district of Louisville a collector shall be appointed 



240 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

to reside thereat, whose autlioritj shall extend over all the 
waters, shores and inlets included betv/een the rapids and the 
mouth of the Ohio river on the south side thereof. 

In the State of Xorth Carolina shall he five districts; one 
to be called the district of Wilmington, and to comprehend 
all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks and inlets, from 
Little River Inlet inclusive, to Kew River Inlet inclusive: 
Another to be called the district of IN'ewburn, and to com- 
prehend all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks and in- 
lets, from ISTew River Inlet exclusive, to Ocracoke inlet in- 
clusive, together with that part of Pampticoe found, which 
lies southward and westward of the shoal projecting from 
the mouth of Pampticoe river towards the Royal Shoal, and 
southward of the said Royal Shoal. Another to be called the 
district of Washington, and to comprehend all that part of 
Pampticoe found not included in the district of ^ewbern, 
as far north as the marshes. Another to be called the dis- 
trict of Edenton and to comprehend all the waters, bays, har- 
bors, creeks, and inlets from the marshes inclusive, north- 
ward and westward, except those included in the district of 
Cambden. The other to be called the district of Cambden, 
and to comprehend North river, Pasquotank, and little rivers, 
and all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks and inlets, 
from the junction of Currituck and Albemarle sounds to the 
north extremity of Back-Bay. That in the district of Wil- 
mington, the town of Wilming-ton shall be a port of entry 
and delivery, and there sliall be a collector, naval officer and 
surveyor, to reside at the said town of Wilmington. That in 
the district of Newborn, the town of Newbern shall be a port 
of entry and delivery and the towns of Beaufort and Swans- 
borough shall be ports of delivery only, and there shall be a 
collector to reside at Newborn, and a surveyor to reside at 
Beaufort, and one at Swansborough. That in the district of 
Washington, the town of Washington shall be the sole port 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 241 

of entry and delivery, and there shall be a collector to reside 
within the same. That in the district of Edenton, the to^^^l 
of Edenton shall be a port of entry and delivery, and Hert- 
ford, Mnrfreesborough, Princeton, Winton, Bennet's creek, 
Pljanouth, Windsor, and Skewarkey, ports of delivery; and 
there shall be a collector to reside at the town of Edenton, and 
a snrveyor at each of the ports of Hertford, Winton, Bennet's 
creek, Pl^^Tiiouth, Windsor, and Skewarkey ; and one at Mur- 
freesborongh, for said port and for Princeton. That all ships 
or vessels intending to proceed to Plymouth, Windsor, Skewar- 
key, Winton, Bennet's creek bridge, Mnrfreesborough, or 
Princeton, shall first come to, and enter at the port of Eden- 
ton. That in the district of Cambden, Plankbridge, on Saw- 
yer's creek, shall be the port of entry and delivery, and 
Nixonton, Indian-town, Newbiggin-creek, Currituck inlet, 
Pasquotank river bridge, ports of delivery; and there shall 
be a collector at Plankbridge, on Sawyer's creek, and a sur- 
veyor at each of the ports of Nixonton, Indian-town, Curri- 
tuck inlet, Pasquotank river bridge, and N'ewbiggin creek: 
and that the authority of the officers of each district shall 
extend over all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, creeks, and 
inlets comprehended within such district. Provided, That 
any vessels coming in at Ocracoke inlet that may be under 
the necessity of employing lighters before they pass the Royal 
Shoal, may be at liberty to enter at any port of entry con- 
nected with the waters of said inlet, to which such vessels 
are bound. And that any vessel coming in at the said inlet 
in ballast, with the purpose of loading without the Royal 
Shoal shall be at liberty to enter at any port of entry con- 
nected with the waters of the said inlet. 

In the state of South-Carolina, shall be three districts, to 
Avit: George-town, Charleston, and Beaufort, each of which 
shall be a port of entry. The district of George-town shall 
include the shores, inlets and rivers, from the boundary of 

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242 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

]!iorth-Carolina to the point of Cape Romain. The district 
of Charleston shall include all the shores, inlets and rivers, 
from Cape Romain to Combahee river inclusive: and the 
district of Beaufort shall include the shores, inlets and rivers, 
from Combahee river to Back river in Georgia, comprehend- 
ing also the shores, inlets and harbors formed by the different 
bars and sea islands lying within each district respectively. 
At the port of Charleston shall be a collector, naval-officer 
and surveyor; and a collector at each of the other ports. 

In the state of Georgia shall be four districts, to wit, 
Savannah, Sunbury, Brunswick, and Saint Mary's, each of 
which shall be a port of entry. The district of Savannah 
shall include Savannah river, and all the waters shores, har- 
bors, rivers, creeks, bays and inlets, from the said river to 
the north point of Offabaw island, and Great Ogeeche rivers, 
inclusive, and a naval-officer, collector and surveyor shall be 
appointed for the said district, to reside at Savannah. The 
district of Sunbury shall comprehend all the waters, shores, 
harbors, rivers, creeks, bays and inlets, south of the north 
point of Offabaw island and Great Ogeeche river, inclusive; 
and north of the South point of Sapelo island inclusive, and 
a collector for the said district shall be appointed to reside 
at Sunbury. The district of Brunswick shall comprehend all 
the waters, shores, harbors, rivers, creeks, bays and inlets, 
from the South point of Sapelo island, exclusive, to the 
south point of Jekyl island, inclusive: Frederica shall be a 
port of delivery only ; and a collector for the district shall be 
appointed to reside at Brunswick. The district of Saint 
Mary's shall comprehend all the waters, shores, harbors, 
rivers, creeks, bays and inlets, from the South point of Jekyl 
island, exclusive, to Saint ]\Iary's river, inclusive ; and a col- 
lector for the said district shall be appointed to reside at 
Saint Mary's: and in each of the said districts it shall be 
lawful for the collector to grant a j^ermit to *unlade at any 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 243 

port or place within the district, and to appoint or put on 
board any ship or vessel for which a permit is granted, one 
or more searches or inspectors as may be necessary for the 
security of the revenue. 

And be it further enacted. That it shall not be lawful to 
make entry of any ship or vessel which shall arrive from any 
foreign port or place within the United States, or of the cargo 
on board such ship or vessel elsewhere than at one of the ports 
of entry herein before established, nor to unlade the said 
cargo, or any part thereof, elsewhere than at one of the ports 
of delivery herein established. Provided always, that every 
port of entry, shall be also a port of delivery. And provided 
further, that none but ships or vessels of the United States 
shall be admitted to unlade at any other than the ports fol- 
lowing, to wit: Portsmouth in the state of ISTew-Hampshire, 
Portland and Falmouth, N'ew-Bedford, Dighton, Salem and 
Beverly, Gloucester, Xewbury-port, Marblehead, Sherburne, 
Boston and Charlestown, Pljonouth, Bath, Frenchman's Bay, 
Wiscasset, Machias, and Penobscot, in the state of Massa- 
chusetts; ISTewport and Providence, in the state of Ehode- 
Island and Providence Plantations; New-London and New- 
Haven, in the state of Connecticut ; New York in the state of 
New York; Perth- Amboy, and Burlington, in the state of 
New-Jersey; Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania; 
Wilmington, Newcastle and Port-Penn, in the state of Dela- 
ware; Baltimore, Annapolis, Vienna, Oxford, George-town 
on Potowmack; Chester-town, Town-creek, Nottingham, 
Cedar-point, Digges's Landing, Snowhill, and Carrolsborough, 
in the state of Maryland; Alexandria, Kinsale, Newport, 
Tappahannock, Port-Koyal, Fredericksburg, Urbanna, York- 
town, West-point, Hampton, Bermuda Hundred, City Point, 
Pocket's Landing, Norfolk, and Portsmouth, in the state of 
Virginia ; Wilmington, Newbern, Washington, Edenton, and 



244 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

Plank-bridge, in the state of North-Carolina; Charleston, 
George-town, and Beaufort, in the state of South Carolina; 
and in either of the districts of Savannah, Sun bury, Brunswick, 
Frederica, and Saint Mary's, in the state of Georgia ; or to 
make entry in any other district than in one in which they shall 
be so admitted to unlade : And provided lastly, That no ship or 
vessel arriving from the Cape of Good-Hope, or from any 
place beyond the same, shall be admitted to make entry at 
any other than the ports following, to wit : Portsmouth, in 
the state of N^ew-Hampshire ; Boston and CharlestowTi, ]!^ew- 
bury-port, Salem and Beverly, Gloucester, Portland and Fal- 
mouth, in the state of Massachusetts; I^ewport, and Provi- 
dence, in the state of Rhode Island, and Providence Planta- 
tion ; Xew-London, and Xew-Haven, in the state of Connecti- 
cut ; I^ew- York, in the state of ISTew-York ; Perth- Amboy, in 
the state of j^ew Jersey; Philadelphia, in the state of Penn- 
sylvania ; Wilming-ton, in the state of Delaware ; Baltimore, 
Annapolis, and George-town, in the state of Maryland ; Alex- 
andria, Xorfolk, and Portsmouth, in the state of Virginia ; 
AVilmington, Newbern, Washington, and Edenton, in the 
state of Xorth-Carolina ; Charleston, Georgeto^vn, and Beau- 
fort, in the state of South-Carolina; and Sunbury, and 
Savannah, in the state of Georgia: Provided, That nothing 
herein contained shall prevent the master or commander of 
any ship or vessel, from making entry wdth the collector of 
any district in which such ship or vessel may be owned, or 
from which she may have sailed on the voyage from which 
she shall then have returned. 

And be it further enacted. That the master or commander 
of every ship or Vessel bound to a port of delivery only, in 
any of the following districts, to w'it : Portland and Falmoutli, 
Bath, Xewbury-Port, Xew-London, (except the port of Ston- 
ington, in the said district) Norfolk, and Portsmouth, Ber- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 245 

muda Hundred, and City-point, York-town, or Tappahannock, 
(except the port of Urbanna, in the said district) and Eden- 
ton, shall first come to at the port of entry of such district, 
with his ship or vessel, and there make report or entry, and 
pay, or secure to be paid, all legal duties, port fees and 
charges in manner by this act provided, before such ship or 
vessel shall proceed to her port of delivery ; and that any ship 
or vessel bound to a port of delivery in any district other than 
those above-mentioned, or to either of the ports of Stonington, 
or Urbanna, may first proceed to her port of delivery, and 
afterwards make report or entry within the time by this act 
limited. 

And be it further enacted, That the master or commander 
of every ship or vessel, if bound to the district of Nottingham, 
shall, before he pass by the port of Town-Creek, and imme- 
diately after his arrival, deposit with the surveyor of the said 
port, a true manifest of the cargo on board such ship or vessel ; 
if bound to the district of Tappahannock, shall, before he pass 
by the port of Urbanna, and immediately after his arrival, 
deposit with the surveyor of that port, a like manifest; (if 
bound to the district of Bermuda Hundred or City-Point, 
shall, before he pass by Elizabeth-river, and immediately after 
his arrival, deposit with the collector of the port of Norfolk 
and Portsmouth, or with the collector of the port of Hamp- 
ton, a like manifest; and if bound to the district of South- 
Quay, shall before he pass by the port of Edenton, and im- 
mediately after his arrival, deposit with the collector of the 
port of Edenton, a like manifest ; and the said surveyors and 
collectors respectively, shall, after registering the manifest, 
transmit the same, duly certified to have been so deposited, to 
the officer with whom the entries are to be made. And if 
the master or commander of any ship or vessel shall neglect or 
omit to deposit a manifest in manner aforesaid, and as the 



246 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

case shall require, he shall forfeit and pay five hundred dol- 
lars, to be recovered with costs of suit, one half to the use of 
the officer Avith whom such manifest ought to have been de- 
posited, and the other half to the use of the collector of the 
district to which the said ship or vessel may be bound. Pro- 
vided, That if manifests shall have been : in either of the said 
cases previoulsy delivered to any officer of the customs, pur- 
suant to the provision hereinafter to be made in that behalf, 
the depositing of a manifest as aforesaid shall not be neces- 
sary ; And provided also. That no master of any ship or vessel 
which was absent from the United States on the first day of 
May last, and which hath not since returned within the same, 
or of any ship or vessel not o\ATied wholly or in part by a 
citizen or inhabitant of the United States, shall incur the 
said penalty, if he shall make oath or affirmation that he had 
no knowledge of or information concerning the regailatiou 
herein contained, unless it can be otherwise proved that he 
had such knowledge or information. 

And be it further enacted. That all officers and persons to 
be appointed pursuant to this act, before they enter upon the 
duties of their respective officers, shall severally take an oath 
diligently and faithfully to execute the duties of their said 
officers respectively, and to use their best endeavors to pre- 
vent and detect frauds in relatior to the duties imposed by 
the laws of the United States ; which oath, if taken by a col- 
lector, may be taken before any magistrate, authorized to 
administer oaths within the district to which he belongs, but 
if taken by another, shall be taken before the collector of his 
district, and being certified under the hand and seal of the 
person by whom the same shall have been administered, shall, 
within three months thereafter be transmitted to the comp- 
troller of the treasury in default of taking which oath, the 
party failing shall forfeit and pay two hundred dollars, to 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 247 

be recovered with costs of suit, in any court of competent 
jurisdiction, to the use of the United States. 

And be it further enacted, That the several officers of the 
customs shall respectively perform the duties following, to 
wit : At such of the ports to which there shall be appointed a 
collector, naval-ofScer, and surveyor ; the collector shall re- 
ceive all reports, manifests, and documents, to be made or 
exliibited on the entry of any ship or vessel, according to the 
regulations of this act ; shall record in books to be kept for 
that purpose, all such manifests; shall receive the entries of 
all ships and vessels, and of the goods, wares and merchan- 
dize imported in them ; shall, together with the naval-officer 
where there is one, or alone where there is none, estimate 
the amount of the duties payable thereupon, endorsing the 
said amount upon the respective entries; shall receive all 
monies paid for duties, and take all bonds for securing the 
payment thereof ; shall grant all permits for the unlading and 
delivery of goods; shall employ proper persons as weighers, 
guagers, measurers and inspectors at the several ports within 
his district ; and shall provide at the public expence, and with 
the approbation of the principal officer of the treasury depart- 
ment, store-houses for the safe keeping of goods, and such 
scales, weights and measures as may be necessary. The 
naval-officers shall receive copies of all manifests ; shall, to- 
gether with the collector, estimate the duties on all goods, 
wares and merchandize subject to duty, keeping a separate 
record thereof; and shall countersign all permits, clearances, 
certificates and debentures to be granted by the collector. 
The surveyor shall superintend and direct all inspectors, 
weighers, measurers and giiagers within his district; shall 
visit and inspect the ships or vessels which arrive within his 
district, and shall have power to put on board each of them 
one or more inspectors ; shall ascertain the proofs of distilled 



248 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

spirits, rating those which shall be of the proof of twenty- 
four degrees as of Jamaica proof ; and shall examine whether 
the goods imported in any ship or vessel, and the deliveries 
thereof, are conformable to the entries of such goods and the 
permits for landing the same ; and the said surveyor shall in 
all cases be subject to the controul of the collector. And at 
such ports to which a collector and surveyor only are assigned, 
the said collector shall solely execute all the duties in which 
the co-operation of the naval-officer is requisite at the ports 
where a naval-officer shall be appointed, which he shall also 
do in case of the disability or death of the naval-officer. And 
at the ports to which a collector only is assigned, such col- 
lector shall solely execute all the duties in which the co- 
operation of the naval-officer is requisite as aforesaid ; and 
shall also, as far as may be, perform all the duties prescribed 
to surveyors at the ports where such officers are established. 
And at ports to which surveyors only are assigned, every 
such surveyor shall perform all the duties herein before en- 
joined upon surveyors ; and shall also receive and record the 
copies of all manifests which shall be transmitted to him by 
the collector; shall record all permits granted by such col- 
lector, distinguishing the guage, weights, measure and qual- 
ity of the goods specified therein ; and shall take care that no 
goods be unladen or delivered from any ship or vessel without 
a proper permit for that purpose. And at such ports of de- 
livery only to which no surveyor is assigned, it shall be law- 
ful for the collector of the district occasionally and from 
time to time to employ a proper person or persons to do the 
duties of a surveyor, who shall be entitled to the like com- 
pensation with inpsectors during the time they shall be em- 
ployed. And the said collectors, naval-officers and surveyors 
shall respectively attend in person at the ports to which they 
are respectively assigned; and shall keep fair and true ac- 
counts and records of all their transactions as officers of the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 249 

customs, in such manner and form as may be directed by the 
proper department, or officer having the superintendance of 
the collection of the revenue of the United States ; and shall 
at all times submit their books, papers and accounts to the 
inspection of such persons as may be appointed for that pur- 
pose : And the said collectors shall at all times pay to the 
order of the officer vi^ho shall be authorized to direct the pay- 
ment thereof, the whole of the monies which they may re- 
spectively receive by virtue of this act (such monies as they 
are otherwise by this act directed to pay, only excepted) ; 
and shall also once in every three months, or oftener if they 
shall be required, transmit their accounts for settlement to 
the officer or officers whose duty it shall be to make such 
settlement. 

And be it further enacted, That every collector, naval- 
officer and surveyor, in cases of occasional and necessary ab- 
sence, or of sickness, and not otherwise, may respectively 
exercise and perform their several powers, functions and 
duties, by deputy duly constituted under their hands and 
seals respectively, for whom in the execution of the trust, 
they shall respectively be answerable. 

And be it further enacted, That in case of the disability or 
death of a collector, the duties and authorities vested in him 
shall devolve on his deputy, if any there be at the time of 
such disability or death (for whose conduct the estate of such 
disabled or deceased collector shall be liable) : And in de- 
fect of a deputy, the said authorities and duties shall devolve 
upon the naval-officer of the same district, if any there be ; 
and if there be no naval-officer, upon the surveyor of the port 
appointed for the residence of such disabled or deceased col- 
lector, if any there be ; and if none, upon the surveyor of the 
port nearest thereto, and within the same district. And in 
every case of the death or disability of a surveyor; it shall 



250 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

be lawful for the collector of the district to nominate some 
fit person to perform his duties and exercise his authorities. 
And the authorities of the persons hereby empowered to act in 
the stead of those who may be disabled or dead, shall continue 
until successors shall be duly appointed, and ready to enter 
upon the execution of their respective offices. 

And be it further enacted, That from and after the first 
day of October next, no goods, wares or merchandize shall be 
brought into the United States from any foreign port or 
place, in any ship or vessel belonging in the whole or in part 
to a citizen or citizens, inhabitant or inhabitants of the United 
States, unless the master or person having the charge or 
command of such ship or vessel shall have on board a mani- 
fest or manifests in writing, signed by such master or other 
person, containing the name or names of the port or ports, 
place or places where the goods in such manifest or manifests 
mentioned, shall have been respectively taken on board, and 
the port or ports, place or places within the United States for 
which the same are respectively consigned or destined, and 
the name and *built of such ship or vessel, and the true ad- 
measurement or tonnage thereof according to the register of 
the same, together with the name of the master or other person 
having the command or charge of such ship or vessel, and the 
port or place to which such ship or vessel truly belongs, and 
a just and particular account of all the cargo so laden or taken 
on board, whether in packages or stowed loose, together with 
the marks and numbers in words at length of the said pack- 
ages respectively, with a description of each, as whether 
leag-uer, pipe, butt, puncheon, hogshead, barrel, case, bale, 
pack, truss, chest, box, bundle, or other cask or package, de- 
scribing the same by its usual name or denomination. 

And be it further enacted. That if any goods, wares or 
merchandize shall, after the said first day of October next, 
be imported or brought into the United States, in any ship or 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 251 

vessel whatever, belonging in the whole or in part to a citizen 
or citizens, inhabitant or inhabitants of the United States, 
from any foreign port or place, without such manifest or 
manifests in writing, or shall not be included and described 
therein, or shall not agree therewith ; in every such case the 
master or other person having the command or charge of 
such ship or vessel, shall forfeit a sum of money equal to the 
value of such goods, not included in such manifest or mani- 
fests ; Provided always, That if it shall be made appear to 
the satisfaction of the collector, naval-officer and surveyor, or 
the major part of them, where those offices are established, 
at any port, or to the satisfaction of the collector alone, where 
either of the other of the said offices is not established, or to 
the satisfaction of the court in which a trial shall be had con- 
cerning such forfeiture, that no part of the cargo of such 
ship or vessel had been unshipped, after it was taken on 
board, except such as shall have been specified and accounted 
for in the report of the master or other person having the 
charge or command of such ship or vessel, and that the mani- 
fest or manifests had been lost or mislaid, without fraud or 
collusion, or that the same was or were defaced by accident, 
or incorrect by mistake, in every such case the forfeiture 
aforesaid shall not be incurred. 

And be it further enacted. That every master or other per- 
son having the charge or command of any ship or vessel be- 
longing in the whole or in part to a citizen or citizens, 
inhabitant or inhabitants of the United States, laden with 
goods as aforesaid, and bound to any port or place in the 
United States, shall on his arrival within four leagues of the 
coast thereof, or within any of the bays, harbors, ports, rivers, 
creeks, or inlets thereof, upon demand, produce such mani- 
fest or manifests in writing, which such master or other per- 
son is herein before required to have on board his said ship 



252 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

or vessel, to such officer or officers of the customs, as shall first 
come on board his said ship or vessel, for his or their in- 
spection, and shall deliver to such officer or officers a true 
copy or copies thereof (which copy or copies shall be pro- 
vided and subscribed by the said master or other person 
having the command or charge of such ship or vessel) ; and 
that the officer or officers to whom the original manifest or 
manifests shall have been so produced, shall respectively 
certify upon the back thereof, that the same was or w'ere pro- 
duced, and the day and year on which the same was or were 
so produced, and that such copy or copies as aforesaid, was 
or were to him or them delivered, and shall likewise certify 
upon the back of such copy or copies, the day and year on 
which the same was or were delivered, and shall forthwith 
transmit such copy or copies to the respective collectors of 
the several districts to which the goods by such manifest or 
manifests shall appear respectively to be consigned ; and that 
the said master or other person so having the charge or com- 
mand of any such ship or vessel, shall in like manner produce 
to the officer or officers of the customs who shall first come on 
board such ship or vessel upon her arrival within the limits of 
any district of the United States, in which the cargo or any 
part thereof is intended to be discharged or landed, for his or 
their inspection, such manifest or manifests as aforesaid, and 
shall also deliver to him or them a txue copy or copies thereof 
(such copy or copies also to be provided and subscribed by the 
said master or other person having the charge or command of 
such ship or vessel) the production of which said manifest or 
manifests, and the delivery of which said copy or copies 
thereof shall also be certified by the said officer or officers of 
the customs who shall so first come on board the said ship or 
vessel on her arrival within the limits of any such district, up- 
on the back of the said original manifest or manifests, with the 
particular day year when such manifest or manifests was or 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 253 

were produced to such officer or officers, and when he or they 
so received the said copy or copies thereof ; and such officers 
officer or officers is and are hereby required forthwith to trans- 
mit or cause to be transmitted, the said copy or copies of the 
said manifest or manifests to the collector of that district, 
and the said master or person having the charge or command 
of the said ship or vessel, shall afterwards produce and de- 
liver the said original manifest or manifests to the said col- 
lector. Provided always. That nothing herein contained 
shall be construed to require of such master or other person 
having the charge or command of such ship or vessel, the 
delivery of more than one copy of each manifest to the officer 
or officers aforesaid who shall first come on board of such ship 
or vessel, within four leagues of the coast of the United States 
aforesaid, and one other copy to such officer or officers as shall 
first come on board, within the limits of any district for 
which the cargo of such ship or vessel or some part thereof 
shall be consigned or destined; or shall be construed to re- 
quire the delivery of any such copy to any other officer ; but 
it shall be sufficient in respect to any such other officer, to 
produce and shew to him the said original manifest or mani- 
fests, and the certificate or certificates thereupon. 

And be it further enacted. That if the master or other 
person having the charge or conuuand of any ship or vessel 
laden as aforesaid, and bound to any port or place in the 
United States, shall not upon his arrival within four leagues 
of the coast thereof, or within the limits of any district there- 
of, where the cargo of such ship or vessel or any part thereof 
is intended to be discharged, produce such manifest or mani- 
fests in writing, to the proper officer or officers, upon demand 
thereof, and also deliver such copy or copies thereof as afore- 
said according to the directions of this act in each case, or 
shall not give an account of the destination of such ship or 



254 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

vessel, which he is hereby required to do, upon request of such 
officer or officers, or shall give a false account of the said 
destination, in order to evade the production of the said mani- 
fest or manifests ; the said master or other person having the 
charge or command of such ship or vessel, shall forfeit for 
every such refusal, neglect or offence, a sum not exceeding 
five hundred dollars. And if such officer or officers first 
coming on hoard, in each case within the distance or limits 
aforesaid, shall neglect or refuse to certify on the back of 
such manifest or manifests, the production thereof, and the 
delivery of such copy or copies respectively, as are herein 
before directed to be delivered to such officer or officers ; every 
such officer, so neglecting or refusing, shall forfeit and pay 
the sum of five hundred dollars. 

And be it further enacted, That if after the arrival of any 
ship or vessel so laden with goods as aforesaid, and bound 
to the United States, within the limits of any of the districts 
of the United States, or within four leagues of the coast 
thereof, any part of the cargo of such ship or vessel shall be 
Linladen for any purpose whatever, from out of such ship or 
vessel as aforesaid, within the limits or distance aforesaid, 
before such ship or vessel shall come to the proper place for 
the discharge of her cargo or some part thereof, and shall be 
there duly authorized by the proper officer or officers of the 
customs to unlade the same, the master or other person having 
the other charge or command of such ship or vessel, and the 
mate or other person next in command, shall respectively 
forfeit and pay the sum of one thousand dollars ; and the 
goods, wares and merchandize so unladen and unshipped, 
shall be forfeited and lost, except in the case of some un- 
avoidable accident, necessity or distress of weather; of which 
unavoidable accident, necessity or distress, the master or other 
person having the charge or conmiand of such ship or vessel, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 255 

shall give notice to, and together with two or more of the 
mariners on board such ship or vessel, shall make proof upon 
oath before the collector or other chief officer of the customs 
of the district, within the limits of which such accident, 
necessity or distress shall happen, or before the collector or 
other chief officer of the first district of the United States 
within the limits of which such ship or vessel shall after- 
wards arrive, if the said accident, necessity or distress shall 
have happened not within the limits of any district, but with- 
in four leagues of the coast of the United States (which oath 
the said collector or other chief officer is hereby authorized 
and required to administer). 

And be it further enacted. That if any goods, wares or 
merchandize so unladen from on board of any such ship or 
vessel, shall be put or received into any other ship, vessel or 
boat, except in the case of such accident, necessity or distress 
as aforesaid, to be notified and proved as aforesaid, the said 
master or other person having the charge or command of the 
ship, vessel or boat into which the said goods shall be so put 
and received, and every other person aiding and assisting 
therein, shall forfeit treble the value of the said goods ; and 
the said ship, boat or vessel shall also be forfeited and lost. 

And be it further enacted. That if any ship or vessel which 
shall have arrived within the limits of any district of the 
United States from any foreign port or place, shall depart or 
attempt to depart from the same, unless to proceed on her 
way to some more interior district to which she may be 
bound, before report or entry shall have been made by the 
master or other person having the charge or command of 
such ship or vessel, with the collector of some district of the 
United States, the said master or other person having such 
charge or command shall forfeit and pay the sum of four 



256 DOCUMENTARY IIISTOKY 

hundred dollars. And it shall be lawful for any collector, 
naval-officer, surveyor, or commander of any of the cutters 
herein after mentioned, to arrest and bring back, or cause to 
be arrested and brought back, such ship or vessel, to such port 
of the United States to which it may be most conveniently 
done. Provided, That if it shall be made to appear by the 
oath of the said master or other person having the charge or 
command of such ship or vessel, and of the person next in 
command, or other sufficient proof to the satisfaction of the 
collector of the district within which such ship or vessel shall 
afterwards come, or to the satisfaction of the court in which 
the prosecution for such penalty may be had, that the said 
departure, or attempt to depart, was occasioned by distress 
of weather, pursuit or duress of enemies, or other necessity, 
the said penalty shall not be incurred. 

And be it further enacted, That within twenty-four hours 
after the arrival of any ship or vessel from any foreign fort 
or place, at any port of the United States established by law, 
at which an officer of the customs resides, or within any 
harbor, inlet or creek thereof, if the hours of business at the 
office of the chief officer of the customs at such port will per- 
mit, or as soon thereafter as the said hours will permit, the 
master or other person having the charge or command of such 
ship or vessel, shall repair to the said office, and shall make 
report to the said chief officer of the arrival of the said ship 
or vessel ; and within forty-eight hours after such arrival, 
shall make a further report to the collector of the district in 
which such port may be, of the name, burthen and lading of 
such sliip or vessel, whether in packages or stowed loose, and 
of the particular marks, numbers and contents of each pack- 
age, and the place or places, person or persons to or for which 
or for whom they are respectively consigned or destined, also 
of the place or places where she took in her lading, of what 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 257 

country built, from what foreign port or place she last sailed, 
who was master or commander of her during the voyage, 
who is at the time of such report master or commander of 
her, and (if a vessel of the United States) who are o^vners 
of her ; unless the whole of such information required on the 
second report as aforesaid, shall have been given at the time 
of making the first report, in which case it shall not be neces- 
sary to make a further report. And in the cases in which 
the master or person having the charge or command of any 
ship or vessel herein before required to have on board at 
the time of her departure from such foreign port or place 
for the United States, a manifest or manifests of the hiding 
of such ship or vessel, or of any part thereof, the said master 
or person having the said charge or command, shall, at the 
time of making the said report, deliver the said manifest or 
manifests to the collector to whom the said report shall be 
made, and shall declare to the truth of such manifest or 
manifests, as the same ought to be, in conformity to the 
directions of this act. And the said master or person having 
the charge or command of any such ship or vessel, shall in 
each case declare that no part of her lading, since her de- 
parture from the said foreign port or place from which she 
shall be so reported to have last sailed, has been landed or 
unladed, or otherwise removed from on board of her except 
as he shall then specify, together with the cause, time, place 
and manner ; and shall further declare, that in case he shall 
afterwards discover or know of any goods, wares or mer- 
chandize, other than those by him then reported, he will 
forthwith thereafter make report thereof to the said collector ; 
which report and declarations respectively shall be in writing, 
signed by the party making the same, and shall be attested 
by his oath, to the best of his knowledge and belief ; and the 
said collector is hereby authorized and required to admin- 
ister the same. And if the said master or person having the 

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258 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

charge or command of any such ship or vessel shall neglect 
or omit to make the said reports, or either of them, and 
declaration or declarations, or to deliver the said manifest or 
manifests, or to take the said oath, as the case may require, 
he shall for every such offence forfeit and pay the sum of 
one thousand dollars. 

Provided always, and be it further enacted, That it shall 
not be necessary for the master or person having the charge 
or command of any ship or vessel of war, or of any ship or 
vessel employed by any prince or state, as a public packet for 
the conveyance of letters and dispatches, and not permitted by 
the laws of such prince or state to be employed in the trans- 
portation of goods, wares or merchandize in the way of 
trade, to make such report and entry as aforesaid. 

And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the 
said ship or vessel to proceed with any goods, wares or mer- 
chandize brought in her, which shall be reported by the said 
master or other person having the charge or command of the 
said ship or vessel, to be destined for any foreign port or 
place from the district within which such ship or vessel shall 
first arrive, to such foreign port or place, without paying or 
securing the pa;)Tnent of any duties upon such of the said 
goods, wares or merchandize, as shall be actually re-exported 
in the said ship or vessel accordingly ; any thing herein con- 
tained to the contrary notwithstanding. Provided always, 
That the said master or person having the charge or command 
of the said ship or vessel shall first give bond with one or 
more sureties, in a sum equal to tlie amount of the duties 
upon the said goods, wares and merchandize, as the same 
shall be estimated by the collector to whom the said report 
shall be made, to the satisfaction of the said collector, with 
condition that the said goods, wares or merchandize, or any 
part thereof, shall not be landed within the United States, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 259 

unless due entry thereof shall have been first made, and the 
duties thereupon paid or secured according to law, which bond 
shall be cancelled in like manner as bonds herein after di- 
rected to be given for obtaining drawbacks of duties. Pro- 
vided nevertheless. That such bond shall not be required in 
respect to the goods on board of any ship or vessel which 
shall have put into the United States from necessity, to be 
made appear in manner herein after prescribed. 

And be it further enacted. That it shall be lawful for any 
ship or vessel in which any goods, wares or merchandize shall 
be brought into the United States from any foreign port or 
place, to proceed with the same from district to district within 
the United States, in order to the landing or delivery there- 
of, and the duties on such of the said goods only as shall be 
landed in any district, shall be paid or secured to be paid 
within such district. 

And be it further enacted. That before any ship or vessel 
shall depart from the district in which she shall first arrive, 
for another district, with goods, wares or merchandize brought 
in such ship or vessel from a foreign port or place, the duties 
whereof shall not have been paid or secured, the master or 
person having the charge or command of such ship or vessel 
shall obtain from the collector of the district from which she 
shall be about to depart (who is hereby required to grant the 
same) a copy of the report made by such master or person 
having the charge or command of such ship or vessel, certified 
by the said collector, together with a certificate of the quan- 
tity, and particulars of the goods which shall appear to him 
to have been landed within his district. And within twenty- 
four hours after the arrival of such ship or vessel within any 
other district, the said master or person having the charge or 
command of such ship or vessel shall make report or entry 



260 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

to or with the collector of such other district, producing and 
shewing the said certified copy of his said first report, to- 
gether with a certificate from each collector of any other 
district \vitliin which any of the goods, wares or merchandize 
brought in such ship or vessel shall have been before landed, 
of the quantity and particulars of such of the said goods, 
wares and merchandize as shall have been so landed in each 
district respectively; except in the state of Georgia, where 
such report shall be made within forty-eight hours: Provided 
always, That the master or person having the charge or com- 
mand of the said ship or vessel shall first give bond with one 
or more sureties to the satisfaction of the collector of the 
district within which the said ship or vessel shall first arrive, 
in a sum equal to the amount of the duties on the residue 
of the said goods, according to such estimate as the said col- 
lector shall form thereof, with condition that the said residue 
of the said goods shall be duly entered and delivered in such 
other district or districts of the United States, for which the 
same shall have been reported to be destined. And the said 
bond shall be cancelled or discharged by the production of 
a certificate or certificates from the collector or collectors of 
the district or districts for which the said goods shall have 
been reported, testifying the due entry and delivery of the 
said goods in such district or districts, or upon due proof to 
the satisfaction of the collector by whom the said bond shall 
have been taken, that such entry and delivery were prevented 
l)y some unavoidable accident or casualty, and that if the 
whole or any part of the said goods shall not have been lost, 
that the same has been duly entered and delivered within the 
United States. And if the master or person having charge 
or command of any such ship or vessel, shall fail by his neglect 
or fault to obtain the said copy of his said report from the 
collector of the district from which he shall be so about to 
depart, or of any certificate which he ought to obtain as afore- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 261 

said, or shall neglect to produce and shew the same to the 
collector of any other district to which the said ship or vessel 
shall afterwards proceed, within the time for that purpose 
herein hefore specified, he shall forfeit and pay for every 
such neglect or omission five hundred dollars. 

And be it further enacted, That the o^vner or owners, con- 
signee or consignees of any goods, wares or merchandize on 
board of any such ship or vessel, or in case of his, her or their 
absence or sickness, his, her or their known factor or agent, 
in his, her or their names, within fifteen days after report 
of the master or person having the charge or command of 
such ship or vessel to the collector of the district for which 
such goods, wares or merchandize shall be destined, shall 
make entry thereof with the said collector, and shall specify 
in such entry the particular marks, numbers and contents of 
each package or parcel whereof they shall consist, or if in 
bulk, the quantity and quality, together with the nett prime 
cost thereof; and shall also produce to the said collector, if 
any such there be, the original invoice or invoices, or other 
documents in lieu thereof, and bill or bills of lading; all 
which shall be done upon the oath of the person by whom 
such entry shall be made, according to the best of his or lier 
knowledge and belief; who shall thereby also declare that if 
he or she shall afterwards discover or know of any other 
goods, wares or merchandize imported in such ship or vessel, 
belonging or consigned to the person or persons by whom, or 
on whose behalf such entry shall have been made, he or she 
will forthwith make known the same, in order to the due 
entry thereof, and the pajanent or securing the payment of 
the duties thereupon : Provided always, That where the par- 
ticulars of any such goods, wares or merchandize shall be 
unknown, in lieu of the entry herein before directed to be 
made, an entry thereof shall be made and received according 



262 DOCUMENTARY HISTOET 

to the circumstances of the case, the party making the same, 
declaring upon oath all that he or she knows or believes con- 
cerning the quantity and particulars of the said goods, and 
that he or she has no other knowledge or information con- 
cerning the same; which entry, as well the first as the last, 
shall be made in writing, and shall be subscribed by the party 
making the same. 

And in order to ascertain what articles ought to be exempted 
from duty, as the sea stores of a ship or vessel, 

Be it further enacted. That the master or person having 
the charge or command of such ship or vessel, shall particu- 
larly specify the said articles in the report to be by him made 
as aforesaid, designating them as the sea stores of the said 
ship or vessel ; and in the said oath to be taken by such master 
or other person, he shall declare that the articles so specified 
as sea stores are truly such, and were bona fide put on board 
the said ship or vessel for the use of the oSicers, crew and 
passengers thereof, and were not brought and are not in- 
tended by way of merchandize or for sale; whereupon the 
said articles shall be free from duty : Provided always. That 
if it shall appear to the collector to whom such report shall 
be made, together with the naval-officer, where there is one, 
or alone where there is none, that the quantities of the said 
articles so reported as sea stores are excessive, it shall be law- 
ful for the said collector jointly with the said naval-officer, 
or alone as the case may be, in his or their discretion, to esti- 
mate the amount of the duty on such excess; which shall be 
forthwith paid by the said master or person having the com- 
mand or charge of the said ship or vessel to the said col- 
lector, on pain of forfeiting the value of such excess. And 
if any of the said articles shall be landed for the purpose of 
being sold, or to be otherwise used than as the sea stores of 
the ship or vessel in which they were brought, all such as shall 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 263 

be SO lauded shall be forfeited ; and the master or commander 
of such ship or vessel being privy thereto, shall moreover 
forfeit and pay treble the value of the articles so landed. 

And also to ascertain what articles ought to be exempted 
from duty, as the cloaths, books, household furniture, tools 
or implements of the trade or profession of persons arriving 
within the United States: 



Be it further enacted, That due entry thereof, as of other 
goods, wares and merchandize, but separate and distinct from 
that of any other goods, wares or merchandize imported from 
a foreign port or place, shall be made with the collector of the 
district in which the said articles are intended to be landed 
by the owner thereof, his or her agent, who shall make oath 
before the said collector, according to the best of his or her 
knowledge or belief, touching the person to whom said articles 
shall belong, and his calling or occupation, the arrival or 
expected arrival of the said person within the United States, 
and that the said articles are truly intended for the use of 
the said owner solely or jointly with his or her family as the 
case may be, and are not directly or indirectly imported or in- 
tended for sale; which oath shall be in writing, endorsed 
upon the said entry, and subscribed by the party making the 
same. And in case the said party shall be other than the 
owner of the said articles, he or she shall give bond with one 
or more sureties to the satisfaction of the said collector, in 
a sum equal to what would be the amount of the duties on 
the said articles if imported subject to duty, with condition 
that in a certain time therein to be specified not exceeding one 
year, a like oath as above directed shall be made by the said 
owner, and if not made before the said collector, shall be 
produced to him duly authenticated; whereupon a permit 
shall and may be granted for landing the said articles. And 



264 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

a copy of every such entry, and of the oath endorsed there- 
upon, shall be transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury 
for his information. 

And whereas by the letter of the act, intituled, "An act for 
laying a duty on goods, wares and merchandizes imported 
into the United States," articles of the growth or manufacture 
of the United States exported to foreigii countries and brought 
back to the United States, are subject to duty on their im- 
portation into the said States. And whereas it was not the 
intention of Congress that they should be so subject to duty : 

Be it therefore further enacted, That in every case in 
which a duty may have been heretofore paid on goods, wares 
or merchandizes of the grovrth or manufacture of the United 
States, exported to a foreign country and brought back to the 
said states, the amount thereof shall be repaid to the person or 
persons by whom the same shall have been paid, or to his, 
her or their representatives, and that in every case in which 
such duty may have accrued, but may not have been paid, 
the same be remitted, and that no such duty shall hereafter 
be demanded, provided that the regulations herein after pre- 
scribed for ascertaining the identity of such goods, wares or 
merchandize be observed and complied with, and that as well 
in respect to those heretofore imported, as far as may be prac- 
ticable, as to those hereafter to be imported. 

And also to ascertain the identity of articles of the gTowth, 
product or manufacture of the United States, which having 
been exported to any foreign port or place, shall be brought 
back to the said States : 

Be it further enacted, That report and entry thereof shall 
be made as in other cases of goods, wares and merchandize, 
imported from a foreign port or place, and proof by oath of 
the person or persons having knowledge of the facts, shall be 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 265 

made to the satisfaction of the collector of the district, with 
whom such entry shall be jointly with the naval-officer, if 
there be a naval-officer, or alone if there be no naval-officer, 
that the said articles had been exported from the United 
States, as of their growth, product or manufacture, and of 
the time when, by whom, in what ship or vessel, and for 
v/hat port or place they were so exported; and if the said 
collector shall be other than the collector of the district from 
which the said articles shall have been exported, a certificate 
of the latter shall be produced to the former, testifying the 
exportation thereof in conformity to the proof aforesaid; 
v/hereupon a permit shall and may be granted for landing 
the same: Provided, that if the said certificate cannot be 
immediately produced, and if the proof otherwise required 
shall be made, and if bond shall be given, with one or more 
sureties, to the satisfaction of the collector of the district 
within which the said articles are intended to be landed, in 
a sum equal to what the duties would be on the said articles, 
if they were not of the growth, product, or manufacture of 
the United States ; with condition that the said certificate 
shall be produced within the term of four months, it shall 
be lawful for the said collector to grant a permit for the land- 
ing of the said articles, in like manner as if the said certifi- 
cate had been produced. 



And be it further enacted, That the oaths to be taken upon 
making of any of the reports or entries aforesaid, whether by 
the master or other person having the charge or command of 
any ship or vessel, or the owner or consignee of any goods, 
wares or merchandize, his or her factor or agent, shall be 
administered by the collector or officer to whom report or 
entry shall be made, and where there shall be a naval-officer, 
in the presence of such naval-officer, who shall attend for that 



266 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

purpose, aud shall be reduced to writing, and shall be sub- 
scribed by the person administering the same, and by the 
said naval-officer, if any shall be present : And the said col- 
lector, jointly with the said naval-officer, where there is a 
naval-officer, or alone where there is none, shall according 
to the best of his or their judgment or information, make a 
gross estimate of the amount of the duties on the goods, 
wares or merchandize to which the entry of any owner or 
consignee, his or her factor or agent shall relate, which esti- 
mate shall be endorsed upon such entry, and signed by the 
officer or officers making the same. And the amount of tlie 
said duties according to the said estimate, having been first 
paid or secured, pursuant to the provisions of this act, the 
said collector shall grant a permit to land the goods, wares or 
merchandize, whereof such entry shall have been made, and 
then and not otherwise, it shall be lawful to land the said 
goods. 

And be it further enacted. That no goods, wares or mer- 
chandize brought in any ship or vessel from any foreign port 
or place, shall be unladen or delivered from such ship or vessel, 
within the United States, but in open day, that is to say, be- 
tween the rising and setting of the sun, except by special license 
from the chief officer of the port for that purpose; nor at 
any time without a permit from che collector for such un- 
lading or delivery ; and if any goods, wares, or merchandize 
shall be unladen or delivered from any such ship or vessel 
contrary to the directions aforesaid, or any of them, the mas- 
ter or person having the command or charge of such ship or 
vessel, and every other person who shall knowingly be con- 
cerned or aiding therein, or in removing, storing, or other- 
wise securing the said goods, wares or merchandize, shall 
forfeit and pay the sum of four hundred dollars for each 
offence ; and shall be disabled from holding any office of trust 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 267 

or profit under the United States, for a term not exceeding 
seven years; and it shall be the duty of the collector of the 
district, to advertise the names of all such persons in a news- 
paper, printed in the state in which he resides, within twenty 
days after each respective conviction. And all goods, wares 
or merchandize, so unladen or delivered, shall become for- 
feited, and may be seized by any of the officers of the cus- 
toms; and where the value thereof, according to the highest 
market price of the same, shall amount to four hundred 
dollars, the vessel, tackle, apparel and furniture, shall be 
subject to like seizure and forfeiture. 

And be it further enacted, That no goods, wares or mer- 
chandize brought in any ship or vessel from any foreign port 
or place, requiring to be weighed or guaged in order to ascer- 
tain the duties thereupon, shall be removed from any wharf 
or place upon which the same may be landed, or put before 
the same shall have been weighed or guaged, by or under the 
direction of a proper officer for that purpose ; and if any such 
goods, wares or merchandize, shall be removed from such 
wharf or place, unless with consent of the proper officer, be- 
fore the same shall have been so weighed or guaged, the same 
shall be forfeited, and may be seized by any officer of the 
customs. 

And be it further enacted. That all goods, wares or mer- 
chandize of which entry shall have been made, without specifi- 
cation of particulars, shall be conveyed to some ware-house 
or store-house, to be designated by the collector in the parcels 
or packages containing the same, under the care of some 
proper officer, until the particulars thereof shall be examined 
and ascertained ; agreeably to which the duties thereupon 
shall be finally adjusted and satisfied. And in every case, if 
the amount of the duties estimated, or secured to be paid, 



268 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

shall exceed or fall sliort of the true amount of the duties on 
the goods, wares or merchandize imported, as the same shall 
be finally ascertained, the difference shall be made good or 
allowed where there shall be an excess by return of the money, 
if paid, or credit on the bond which shall have been given for 
the same, if not paid; and where shall be a deficiency, by 
payment of such deficiency to the said collector. 

And be it further enacted. That it shall be lawful for the 
collector of any district at which any ship or vessel may ar- 
rive, and for the surveyor of any port where any such ship 
or vessel may be, to put and keep on board such ship or vessel, 
while remaining within such district, or in going from one 
district to another, one or more inspectors to examine the 
cargo or contents of such ship or vessel, and to superintend 
the delivery thereof, or of so much thereof as shall be de- 
livered within the United States ; and to perform such other 
duties according to law, as they shall be directed by the said 
collector or surveyor to perform for the better securing the 
collection of the duties : Provided, That collectors only shall 
have power to put on board ships or vessels, inspetcors to go 
from one district to another. And the said inspector or in- 
spectors shall make known to the person having the charge or 
command of such ship or vessel the duties he or they is or are 
so to perform ; and shall suffer v o goods, wares or merchan- 
dize to be landed or unladen from such ship or vessel without 
a proper permit for that purpose, and shall enter in a book 
to be by him or each of them kept, the name or names of the 
person or persons in whose behalf such permit was granted; 
together with the particulars therein specified, and the marks, 
numbers, kinds and descriptions of the respective packages 
which shall be unladed pursuant thereto. And the wages 
or compensation of such inspector or inspectors in going from 
one district to another, shall be defrayed by the master or 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 269 

person baviug the charge of the vessel in which thej re- 
spectively go. 



And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for all 
collectors, naval-officers, surveyors, inspectors, and the officers 
of the revenue cutters herein after mentioned, to go on board 
of ships or vessels in any part of the United States, or 
within four leagues of the coast thereof, if bound to the 
United States, whether in or out of their respective dis- 
tricts, for the purpose of demanding the manifests afore- 
said, and of examining and searching the said ships or vessels ; 
and the said officers respectively shall have free access to the 
cabin, and every other part of a ship or vessel: And if any 
box, trunk, chest, cask or other package, shall be found in the 
cabin, steerage, or forecastle of such ship or vessel, or in any 
other place separate from the residue of the cargo, it shall be 
the duty of the said officer to take a particular account of 
every such box, trunk, cask, or package, and the marks, if 
any there be, and a description thereof; and if he shall judge 
proper to put a seal or seals on every such box, chest, trunk, 
cask or package ; and such account and description shall be 
by him forwarded to the collector of the district to which 
such ship or vessel is bound : And if upon her arrival at 
the port of her entry, the boxes, trunks, chests, casks, or pack- 
ages so described, or any of them, shall be missing, or if the 
seals put thereon be broken, the master or commander of such 
ship or vessel shall forfeit and pay for every such box, trunk, 
chest, cask or package so missing, or of which the seals shall 
be broken, two hundred dollars : And it shall also be lawful 
for the inspectors who may be put on board of any ship or 
vessel, to secure after sunset in each evening, the hatches and 
other communications with the hold of such ship or vessel, 
with locks or other proper fastenings which fastenings shall 



270 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

not be opened, broken or removed, until the morning follow- 
ing, or after the rising of the sun, and in presence of the in- 
spector or inspectors by whom the same shall have been 
affixed, except by special license from the chief officer of the 
port. And if the said locks or other fastenings, or any of 
them, shall be broken or removed during the night, or before 
the said rising of the sun, or without the presence of the said 
inspector or inspectors, the master or person having the charge 
or command of such ship or vessel, shall forfeit and pay the 
sum of two hundred dollars. 

And be it further enacted, That when the delivery of 
goods, wares or merchandize from on board of any such ship 
or vessel at any port shall have been completed, the accounts 
or entries which shall have been kept or made thereof by the 
officer or officers who shall have been charged with superin- 
tending the said deliveries, shall be reported to the collector 
of the district, who, together with the naval-officer, where 
there is one, or alone where *their is none, shall compare the 
said accounts and entries with the entry or entries which 
shall have been made by the owner or owners, consignee or 
consignees, his, her or their factor or agent. And if any 
difference shall appear, the same shall be noted by endorse- 
ment on such entry or entries, specifying the particulars 
thereof; and if no difference shall appear, it shall be noted 
by like endorsement, that the deliveries have corresponded 
with the entry ; which endorsement or memorandum shall in 
each case be subscribed by the officer or officers by whom such 
comparison shall have been made, and by the officer or officers 
under whose inspection the said deliveries shall have been 
executed. 

And be it further enacted, That if at the expiration of 
fifteen working days after the time within which the report 
of the master or person having the charge or command of 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 2Yl 

any ship or vessel, is required to be made to the collector of 
a district as aforesaid, there shall be found on board any 
goods, wares or merchandize, other than shall have been re- 
ported for some other district or a foreign port or place, the 
said inspector or inspectors shall take possession thereof, and 
deliver the same to the order of the collector of the district, 
taking his receij)t therefor, and giving a certificate thereof 
to the master or person having such charge or conunand of 
such ship or vessel, describing the packages and their marks 
and numbers. And the said goods shall be kept with due 
and reasonable care at the charge and risk of the owner or 
o^vners for a term of nine months ; and if within that time 
no claim be made for the same, the said collector shall pro- 
cure an appraisement thereof b}' two or more reputable mer- 
chants to be certified under their hands and to remain with 
him, and shall afterwards cause the said goods to be sold at 
public auction, and retaining the duties and charges thereon, 
shall pay the overplus if any there be, into the treasury of 
the United States, there to remain for the use of the o'wmer 
or owners, who shall upon due proof of his, her or their 
property, be entitled to receive the same ; and the receipt or 
certificate of the collector shall exonerate the master or com- 
mander from all claim of the owner. Provided, That where 
any entry shall have been duly made of such goods, the same 
shall not be appraised; and that where such goods are of a 
perishable nature, they shall be sold forthwith. Provided 
further. That the said limitation of fifteen days shall not 
extend to ships or vessels laden with salt or coal ; but if the 
said master or owner of any such ship or vessel requires 
longer time to discharge her cargo, the wages or compensa- 
tion of the inspector for every day's attendance exceeding the 
said fifteen days, shall be paid by the said master or owner. 
And if by reason of the delivery of a cargo in different dis- 
tricts, more than the said term of fifteen working days shall 



272 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

in the whole be spent therein, the wages or compensation of 
the inspector or inspectors who may be employed on board 
of any ship or vessel, in respect to which the said term may 
be so exceeded, shall for every day of such excess be paid 
by the said master or owner. 

And be it further enacted, That if any package whatever, 
which shall have been reported as aforesaid, shall be wanting 
and not found on board such ship or vessel, or if the goods 
on board the said ship or vessel shall otherwise not agree with 
the report of the master or other person having the charge or 
command of any such ship or vessel ; in every such case he 
shall forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred dollars : Pro- 
vided nevertheless. That if it shall be made to appear to the 
satisfaction of the collector, naval-officer and surveyor, or the 
major part of them, where those officers are established at 
any port, or to the satisfaction of the collector alone where 
either of the said other ofiicers is not established, or in case 
of trial for the said penalty, to the satisfaction of the court, 
that no part of the cargo of such ship or vessel has been un- 
shipped since it was taken on board, except as shall have 
been specified in the said report, or that the said disagree- 
ment is by accident or mistake ; in such case the penalty afore- 
said shall not be inflicted. 

And be it further enacted. That the following allowances 
shall be made for the drafts and tare of the articles subject 
to duty by weight, that is to say : For draught on any quan- 
tity of one hundred weight, or one hundred and twelve pounds, 
and under, one pound ; on any quantity abov^e one, and not 
exceeding two hundred weight, two pounds ; on any quantity 
above two, and not exceeding three hundred weight, three 
pounds; on any quantity above three, and not exceeding ten 
hundred weight, four pounds; on any quantity above ten, and 
not exceeding eighteen hundred weight, seven pounds ; on 



OF THE STATE OF MAIXE 273 

any quantity above eighteen hundred weight, nine pounds: 
For tare, on every whole chest of bohea tea, seventy pounds ; 
on every half chest, thirty-six pounds ; on every quarter chest, 
twenty pounds ; on every chest of hyson or other green tea, 
the gross weight of which shall be seventy pounds or upwards, 
twenty pounds ; on every box of other tea, not less than fifty 
or more than seventy pounds gross, eighteen pounds ; on all 
other boxes of tea, according to the invoice thereof ; on coffee 
in bags, two per cent, in bales, three per cent, in casks, twelve 
per cent. ; on i:>ej)per in bales, five per cent, in casks, twelve 
per cent. ; on sugars, other than loaf sugar, in casks, twelve 
per cent, in boxes, fifteen per cent ; on all other goods, accord- 
ing to the invoice thereof. Provided always, That where 
the original invoices of any of the said articles are produced, 
and the tare or tares appear therein, it shall be lawful, with 
the consent of the imj^orter or importers, consignee or con- 
signees, to estimate the said tare or tares, according to such 
invoice. 

And be it further enacted, That there shall be an allowance 
for leakage of two per cent, on the quantity which shall ap- 
pear by the gauge to be contained in any cask of liquors sub- 
ject to duty by the gallon. 

And be it further enacted, That if any goods, wares or 
merchandize, on which duties are payable, shall receive dam- 
age during the voyage, or shall not be accompanied with the 
original invoice of their cost, it shall be lawful for the col- 
lector (and upon the request of the party he is required) to 
appoint one merchant, and the owner or consignee to appoint 
another, who being sworn or afiirmed by the collector, well 
and truly to aj^praise such goods, shall appraise or value 
them accordingly, and the duties on such goods shall be esti- 
mated agreeably to such appraisement or valuation : And in 
respect to such damaged articles as are charged with a specific 

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274 DOCUMENTARY HISTOET 

duty, by number, weight or measure, the said appraisers shall 
certify what in their judgment would have been their value, 
in case they had not been so damaged, and there shall be an 
abatement in the duty in proportion to the difference in value. 
Provided, That if the o^Tier or owners, consignee or con- 
sig-nees of such goods not accompanied with an original in- 
voice, shall *chuse to wait the receipt thereof, in such case 
the said collector shall take into his custody the said goods, 
and shall keep or cause the same to be kept with due and 
reasonable care, at the expense and risk of the party or parties, 
until the said invoice shall arrive, or until the said party or 
parties shall consent to the valuation thereof. 

And be it further enacted, That if any ship or vessel from 
any foreign port or place, compelled by distress of weather 
or other necessity, shall put into any port or place of the 
United States, not being destined for the same ; and if the 
master or person having charge or command of such ship or 
vessel, together with the mate or person next in command, 
shall within twenty four hours after her arrival, make pro- 
test in the usual form upon oath before a notary public, or 
other person duly authorized, or before the collector of the 
district where the said ship or vessel shall so arrive, who is 
hereby empowered to administer the same, setting forth the 
cause and circumstances of such distress or necessity, and 
shall within forty-eight hours after such arrival, make report 
to the said collector, of the said ship or vessel and her cargo 
as in other cases. And if it shall be made to appear to the 
said collector, by the certificate of the wardens of the port, 
or other officers usually charged with, and accustomed to 
ascertaining the condition of ships and vessels arriving in 
distress, if any such tliere be, or by the certificate of any two 
reputable merchants, to be named for that purpose by the 
said collector, if no such wardens or other officers there be, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 275 

that there is a necessity for unlading the said ship or vessel, 
the said collector shall grant a permit for that purpose, and 
shall appoint an inspector or inspectors to oversee such un- 
lading. And all goods so unladen shall be stored under the 
direction of the said collector ; who upon request of the master 
or other person having charge or command of such ship or 
vessel, or of the owner thereof, shall grant a licence to dispose 
of such part of the said cargo as may be of a perishable nature 
(if any there be,) or as may be necessary to defray the ex- 
penses attending such ship or vessel, and her cargo : Pro- 
vided, That the duties thereupon be first paid. And the 
said goods, or the remainder thereof, may afterwards be re- 
laden on board the said ship or vessel, and the said ship or 
vessel may proceed with the same to the place of her destina- 
tion, free from any other charge than for the storing and 
safe keeping of the said goods. 

And be it further enacted. That the ad valorem rates of 
duty upon goods, wares and merchandize at the place of im- 
portation, shall be estimated by adding twenty per cent, to 
the actual cost thereof, if imported from the cape of Good 
Hope, or from any place beyond the same ; and ten per cent, 
on the actual cost thereof if imported from any other place or 
country, exclusive of charges. 

And be it further enacted, That all foreign coins and cur- 
rencies shall be estimated according to the following rates : 
Each pound sterling of Great-Britain, at four dollars and 
forty four cents ; each livre tournois of France, at eighteen 
cents and an half; each florin or guilder of the United 
jSTetherlands, at thirty-nine cents ; each mark banco of Ham- 
burg, at thirty three cents and one third; each rix dollar of 
Denmark, at one hundred cents: each rial of plate of Spain, 
at ten cents ; each milree of Portugal, at one dollar and 
twenty-four cents; each pound sterling of Ireland, at four 



276 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

dollars ten cents ; eacli tale of China, at one dollar forty-eight 
cents ; each pagoda of India, at one dollar ninety-four cents ; 
each rupee of Bengal, at fifty-five cents and an half; and all 
other denominations of money in value as near as may be to 
the said rates. 

And be it further enacted. That all duties on goods, wares 
and merchandize imported, shall be paid or secured to be 
paid, before a permit shall be granted for landing the same. 
And where the amount thereof on goods imported in any ship 
or vessel, on account of one person only, or of several persons 
jointly interested, shall not exceed fifty dollars, the same 
shall be immediately paid ; but where the said amount shall 
exceed fifty dollars, the same may, at the option of the pro- 
prietor or proprietors, consignee or consignees, be either 
immediately paid or secured by bond, with condition for the 
pajanent thereof if accrueing upon articles of the produce of 
the West-Indies, in four months ; if accrueing on Madeira 
wines, in twelve months ; if accrueing upon any other goods, 
wares or merchandize, other than teas imported from China, 
in six months ; which bond at the like option of the said pro- 
prietor or proprietors, consignee or consignees, shall either 
include one or more sureties, to the satisfaction of the col- 
lector of the district where the said duties shall accrue, or 
shall be accompanied with a deposit, in the custody of the 
said collector, of so much of the said goods, as shall in his 
judgment be a sufficient security for the amount of the duties 
for which such bond shall have been given, and the charge of 
the safe keeping and sale of the goods so deposited; which 
deposit shall and may be accepted in lieu of the said surety 
or sureties, and shall be kept by the said collector, with due 
and reasonable care, at the expense and risk of the parties on 
whose account the same shall have been made, until the sum 
specified in such bond shall have become due, at which time 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 277 

if such simi shall not be paid, so much of the said deposited 
goods as may be necessary, shall be sold at public sale, and 
the proceeds thereof, after deducting the charges of keeping 
the sale, shall be applied to the pajonent of such sum, render- 
ing the overplus and the residue of the said goods, if any 
there be, to the person or persons by whom such deposit shall 
have been made, or to his, her or their representatives. Pro- 
vided, That no person \vhose bond for the pa}anent of duties 
is due and unsatisfied, shall be allowed a future credit for 
duties, until such bond shall be fully paid or discharged. 

Provided always, and be it further enacted. That all teas 
imported from China, may, at the option of the proprietor 
or consignee thereof, be deposited in the custody of the col- 
lector with whom the same shall be entered, or the duties 
thereon secured by bond, with one or more sureties, to the 
satisfaction of the collector, with condition for the payment 
of such duties within twelve months ; and in case of deposit- 
ing such teas, they shall be kept at the charge of the person or 
persons depositing the same. And the collector shall de- 
liver such teas, or part thereof, from time to time, to the 
person or persons depositing the same, or to his or their order, 
on paj^nent of the duties for such part as may be so delivered, 
and not otherwise ; and in case the whole of the duties shall 
not be paid within eighteen months from the time of the entry 
made, it shall be the duty of the said collector to sell at public 
auction so much of the said teas as shall be sufiicient to pay 
the duties when due, together with the charges of sale and 
safe keeping, and to return the overplus to the person or 
persons who shall have deposited such teas, or his, her or 
their representatives ; and for such teas as have been imported 
from China in the present year, the owner or consigTiee there- 
of shall be entitled to deposit the same, or to give bond, pay- 
able in like manner, and under like regulations, as are herein 
before directed for teas which shall hereafter be imported, 



278 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

notwithstauding the duties on such teas may have been already 
secured to be paid. 

And be it further enacted, That the duties imposed by 
law on the tonnage of any ship or vessel, shall be paid to the 
collector by the master or person having the charge or com- 
mand of such ship or vessel, within ten days after his report 
to the said collector: and before such ship or vessel shall be 
permitted to clear out; the register of which ship or vessel 
shall at the time of entry be lodged in the office of the col- 
lector, and there remain until such clearance. And if any 
ship or vessel shall leave, or attempt to leave any district of 
the United States, without paying the said duties, the master 
or person having the charge or command of the same shall 
forfeit and pay five hundred dollars. 

And be it further enacted. That to ascertain the tonnage 
if any ship or vessel be double decked, take the length thereof 
from the fore part of the main stem to the after part of the 
stern post above the upper deck; the breadth thereof at the 
broadest part above the main wales, half of which breadth 
shall be accounted the depth of such vessel, and shall then 
deduct from the length three fifths of the breadth, multiply 
the remainder by the breadth ; and the product by the depth, 
and shall divide this last product ^y ninety-five, the quotient 
whereof shall be deemed the true contents or tonnage of such 
ship or vessel. And if such ship or vessel be single decked, 
the said surveyor or other person shall take the length and 
breadth as above directed, in respect to a double decked ship 
or vessel, shall deduct from the said length three fifths of the 
breadth, and taking the depth from the under side of the deck 
plank to the *cieling in the hold, shall multiply and divide 
as aforesaid, and the quotient shall be deemed the tonnage of 
such ship or vessel. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 279 

And be it further enacted, That where any bond for the 
pajTnent of duties shall not be satisfied on the day it became 
due, the collector shall forthwith cause a prosecution to be 
commenced for the recovery of the money thereon, by action 
or suit at law, in the proper court having cognizance thereof ; 
and in all cases of insolvency, or where any estate in the hands 
of executors or administrators shall be insufiicient to pay all 
the debts due from the deceased, the debt due to the United 
States, on any such bond, shall be first satisfied. 

And be it further enacted. That if any goods, wares or mer- 
chandize, of which entry shall have been made in the ofiice of 
a collector, shall not be invoiced according to the actual cost 
thereof at the place of exportation, with desigTi to evade the 
duties thereupon or any part thereof, all such goods, wares 
or merchandize, or the value thereof, to be recovered of the 
person making entry, shall be forfeited. And in every case 
in which the said collector shall suspect that any such goods, 
wares or merchandize, are not invoiced at a sum equal to that 
for which they have usually been sold in the place or country 
from whence they were imported, it shall be the duty of such 
collector to take the said goods, wares and merchandize into 
his possession, and retain the same, with reasonable care, at 
the risk and expense of the owner or owners, consigTiee or 
consignees thereof, until their value at the time and place of 
importation shall be ascertained by two reputable merchants, 
to be chosen and appointed as in the case of damaged goods, 
or goods not accompanied with an invoice; and until the 
duties arising according to such valuation shall be first paid, 
or secured to be paid, as required by this act in other cases 
of importation. Provided, That in case of a prosecution for 
the forfeiture aforesaid, such appraisement shall not be con- 
strued to exclude other proof upon the trial, of the actual and 
real cost of the said goods at the said place of exportation. 



280 DOCUMENTAIty HISTORY 

Aud be it fiirtlier enacted, That it shall be lawful for the 
collector or other officer of the customs, after entry made of 
any goods, wares or merchandize, on suspicion of fraud, to 
open and examine in the presence of two or more reputable 
merchants, any package or packages thereof; aud if upon 
examination they shall be found to agree with the entries, the 
officer making such seizure shall cause the same to be re- 
packed, and delivered to the owner or claimant forthwith; 
and the expense of such examination shall be paid by the said 
collector or other officer, and allowed in the settlement of his 
accounts; but if any of the packages so examined shall be 
found to differ in their contents from the entry, then the 
goods, wares or merchandize contained in such package or 
packages shall be forfeited : Provided, That the said for- 
feiture shall not be incurred, if it shall be made appear to the 
satisfaction of the collector and naval-officer of the district 
where the same shall happen, if there be a naval-officer, and 
if there be no naval-officer, to the satisfaction of the said col- 
lector, or of the court in which a prosecution for the for- 
feiture shall be had, that such difference proceeded from 
accident or mistake, and not from an intention to defraud 
the revenue. 

And be it further enacted, That every collector, naval- 
officer and surveyor, or other person specially appointed by 
either of them for that purpose, shall have full power and 
authority to enter any ship or vessel in which they shall have 
reason to suspect any goods, wares or merchandize subject to 
duty shall be concealed; and therein to search for, seize and 
secure any such goods, wares or merchandize. And if they 
shall have cause to suspect a concealment thereof in any par- 
ticular dwelling-house, store, building or other place, they 
or either of them shall upon application on oath to any jus- 
tice of the peace, be entitled to a warrant to enter such house, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 281 

store or other place (iu tlie day time only) and there to search 
for such goods, and if they shall be found, to seize and secure 
the same for trial ; and all such goods, wares and merchandize, 
on which the duties shall not have been paid or secured, shall 
be forfeited. 

And be it further enacted. That all goods, wares and mer- 
chandize which shall be seized by virtue of this act, shall be 
put into and remain in the custody of the collector or such 
other person as he shall appoint for that purpose, until such 
proceedings shall be had by this act are required, to ascertain 
whether the same have been forfeited or not ; and if it shall 
be adjudged that they are not forfeited they shall be forth- 
with restored to the owner or owners, claimant or claimants 
thereof. And if any person or persons shall conceal or buy 
any goods, wares or merchandize, knowing them to be liable 
to seizure by this act, such person or persons shall, on con- 
viction thereof, forfeit and pay a sum double the value of 
the goods so concealed or purchased. 

And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the 
several ofiicers of the customs to make seizure of, and secure 
any ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandize, which shall 
be liable to seizure by virtue of this act, as well without as 
within their respective districts. 

And be it further enacted. That if any officer or other per- 
son, executing or aiding and assisting in the seizure of goods, 
shall be sued or molested for any thing done in virtue of the 
powers given by this act, or by virtue of a warrant granted 
by any judge or justice pursuant to law, such officer or other 
person may plead the general issue, and give this act and the 
special matter in evidence; and if in such suit the plaintiff 
be non-suited, or judgment pass against him, the defendant 
shall recover double cost ; and in actions, suits or information 



282 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

to be brought, where any seizure shall be made pursuant to 
this act, if the property be claimed by any person, in every 
such case the onus probandi shall be upon such claimant. 
And if any person shall forcibly resist, prevent or impede any 
officer of the customs or their deputies, or any person assist- 
ing them in the execution of their duty, such person so of- 
fending shall for every offense be fined in a sum not exceeding 
four hundred dollars. 

And be it further enacted. That every collector, naval- 
officer and surveyor shall within three months after he enters 
upon the execution of his office, give bond with one or more 
sufficient sureties, to be approved of by the comptroller of the 
treasury of the United tates, and payable to the said United 
States, with condition for the true and faithful discharge of 
the duties of his office according to law ; that is to say : The 
collector of Philadelphia, in the sum of sixty thousand dol- 
lars: The collector of ISTew-York, fifty thousand dollars: 
The collector of Boston and Charlestown, forty thousand 
dollars : The collectors of Baltimore, and Charleston, thirty 
thousand dollars, each : The collector of Norfolk and Ports- 
mouth, fifteen thousand dollars: The collectors of Ports- 
mouth in New-Hampshire, of Salem and Beverly, Wilmington 
in the state of Delaware, Annapolis, Georgetown in Mary- 
land, Bermuda-hundred and Citv-point, Alexandria, Wil- 
mington, aSTewbern and Edenton in the state of North-Caro- 
lina, Newport and Providence in the state of Ehode-Island 
and Providence Plantations, ten thousand dollars each : The 
collectors of Newbury Port, Gloucester, Marblehead, Ply- 
mouth, Nantucket, Portland and Falmouth, New I^ondon, 
New-Haven, Fairfield, Perth-Amboy, Yorktown, Dumfries, 
Washington and Cambden, Georgetown in South-Carolina, 
Beaufort and Savannah, each five thousand dollars: And 
all the other collectors in the sum of two thousand dollars 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE "283 

each. The naval-ofHcers for the ports of Boston and Charles- 
town, New- York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, 
ten thousand dollars each : and all the other naval-officers in 
the sum of two thousand dollars each. The surveyors of 
the ports of Boston and Charlestown, N'ew-York, Philadel- 
phia, Baltimore, and Charleston, five thousand dollars each; 
and all other surveyors one thousand dollars each. Which 
bonds shall be filed in the office of the said comptroller, and 
be by him severally put in suit for the benefit of the United 
States, upon any breach of the condition thereof. And as 
no provision has been heretofore specially made concerning 
the officers of the customs who may have been heretofore ap- 
pointed in and for the states of ISTorth-Carolina, and Rhode- 
Island and Providence Plantations; the said officers re- 
spectively shall, within four months after the passing of this 
act, give bond with proper surety or sureties, in conformity 
to the provision aforesaid. 

And be it further enacted. That there shall be allowed and 
paid to the collectors, naval-officers and surveyors to be ap- 
pointed pursuant to this act, the fees and per centage follow- 
ing, that is to say: To each collector for every entrance of 
any ship or vessel of one hundred tons burthen or upwards, 
two dollars and an half; for every clearance of any ship or 
vessel of one hundred tons burthen and upwards, two dollars 
and an half; for every entrance of any ship or vessel under 
the burthen of one hundred tons, one dollar and an half ; for 
every clearance of a ship or vessel under one hundred tons 
burthen, one dollar and an half; for every permit to land 
goods, twenty cents; for every bond taken officially, forty 
cents; and for every permit to load goods for exportation, 
which are entitled to a drawback, thirty cents ; for every offi- 
cial certificate, twenty cents ; for every bill of health, twenty 
cents; for every other official document (registers excepted) 



284 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

required hj the owner or master of any vessel not before 
enumerated, twenty cents; and where a naval-oiEcer is ap- 
pointed to the same port, the said fees shall be equally divided 
between the collector and the said naval-officer, the latter pay- 
ing one third of the expence of necessary stationary, and of 
the rent of an office to be provided by the collector, at the 
place assigned for his residence, and as conveniently as may 
be for the trade of the district ; and all fees shall, at the option 
of the collector, be either received by him or by the naval- 
officer, the party receiving to account monthly with the other 
for his proportion or share thereof. To each surveyor for 
the admeasurement of every ship or vessel of one hundred 
tons and under, one cent per ton ; for the admeasurement of 
every ship or vessel above one hundred tons, and not exceed- 
ing two hundred tons, one hundred and fifty cents ; for the 
admeasurement of every ship or vessel above two hundred 
tons ; two hundred cents ; for all other services by this act to 
be performed by such surveyor, on board any ship or vessel 
of one hundred tons and upwards, and having on board goods, 
wares, and merchandize subject to duty, three dollars; for the 
like services on board any ship or vessel of less than one hun- 
dred tons burthen, having on board goods, wares and mer- 
chandize subject to duty, one and an half dollar ; on all vessels 
not having on board goods, wares and merchandize subject to 
duty, two thirds of a dollar; all which fees shall be paid by 
the master or owmer of the ship or vessel in which the said 
services shall be performed, to the surveyor by whom they 
shall be performed, if performed by one only for his sole 
benefit, but if performed by more than one, to him who shall 
have the first agency, to be divided in equal parts between 
him and the other or others by whom the said services shall 
be performed. To each inspector there shall be allowed for 
every day he shall be actually employed in aid of the customs, 
a sum not exceeding one dollar and twenty-five cents, to be 



OF THE STATE OF INIAINE 285 

paid by tlie collector out of the revenue, and charged to the 
United States. To the measurers, weighers and guagers re- 
spectively, to he paid by the collector out of the revenue for 
the measurement of every one hundred bushels of grain, 
thirty cents ; for the measurement of every one hundred 
bushels of salt, forty cents ; for the measurement of every 
one hundred bushels of coal, fifty cents ; for the weighing of 
every one hundred and twelve pounds, tv/o cents ; for the 
gauging and marking of every cask (to be marked in durable 
characters with his owm name and the quantity) eight cents ; 
for computing the contents of, and (if requested by the party) 
marking cases containing distilled spirits and wines, three 
cents per case ; for counting the number of bottles of cyder, 
beer, ale or porter, one cent per dozen ; and in proportion for 
any greater or less quantity. There shall moreover be al- 
lowed to the collectors of the district of l^ew-York and Phila- 
delphia, three-fourths of one per centum on the amount of 
all monies by them respectively received on account of duties ; 
and to the collector of each of the other districts by this act 
established, one per centum on the amount of all monies by 
them respectively received on the said account of duties. 

And whereas the allowances aforesaid will not afford an 
adequate compensation to the officers herein after mentioned, 
by reason of the small proportion of business done at the 
ports to which they respectively belong, although the said 
officers are necessary to the accommodation of the inhabitants, 
the facility of commerce, and the security of the revenue. 
Therefore, 

Be it further enacted. That in addition to the fees and 
emoluments which shall accrue to the said ofiicers from the 
provisions aforesaid, they shall severally have and be en- 
titled to the respective allovv^ances following, to wit : The 
collector of the districts of Saint Mary's in the state of 



286 DOCTJMENTAEY HISTORY 

Georgia, Brunswick, Beaufort, South Quay, Cherrystone, 
Folly Landing, Annapolis, Yeocomico, Saint Mary's, Oxford, 
Sagg-IIarbour, Passamaquody, the yearly sum of one hun- 
dred dollars each. The collectors of the districts of Sunbury 
and Penobscot, in Massachusetts, the yearly sum of sixty dol- 
lars each. The collectors of the districts of Hampton, 
Snowhill, Bridgetown, Burling-ton, Frenchmans Bay, and 
EdgartoA\ai, the yearly sum of fifty dollars each. The sur- 
veyors of the ports of Fredericksburg, Smithfield, Port-Eoyal, 
Suffolk, ^Yest-Point, Richmond, Petersburg and Little Egg- 
Harbour, the yearly sum of eighty dollars each. The sur- 
veyors of the ports of Swansborough, Urbanna, Town-Creek, 
Albany, Hudson, Stonington, East Greenwich, and Gloucester, 
fifty dollars each. 

And be it further enacted. That every collector, naval- 
officer, and surveyor, shall cause to be affixed and constantly 
kept in some public and conspicuous place of his office, a fair 
table of the rates of fees and duties demandable by law, and 
shall give a receipt for the fees he shall receive, specifying 
the particulars; and in case of failure therein, shall forfeit 
and pay one hundred dollars, to be recovered with costs, in 
any court having cognizance thereof, to the use of the in- 
former ; and if any officer of the customs shall demand or re- 
ceive any greater or other fee, compensation or reward, for 
executing any duty or service required of him by law, he 
shall forfeit and pay two hundred dollars for each offence, 
recoverable in manner aforesaid for the use of the party 
grieved. 

And be it further enacted, That the duties and fees to be 
collected by virtue of this act, shall be payable in gold or 
silver coin, at the following rates, that is to say : The gold 
coins of France, England, Spain and Portugal, and all other 
gold coins of equal fineness, at eighty nine cents for every 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 287 

penny weiglit : The Mexican dollar at one hundred cents ; 
the cro^\Ti of France at one dollar and eleven cents ; the crown 
of England at one dollar and eleven cents ; all silver coin of 
equal fineness, at one dollar and eleven cents per ounce ; and 
cut silver of equal fineness, at one dollar and six cents per 
ounce. 

And be it further enacted, That all the drawbacks allowed 
bv law on the exportation of goods, wares and merchandize 
imported, shall be paid or allowed by the collector at whose 
office the said goods, wares and merchandize were originally 
entered, and not otherwise, retaining one per centum for the 
benefit of the United States. And that the allowances on 
dried and pickled fish of the fisheries of the United States, 
and on salted provisions of the United States, shall be paid 
by the collector of the district from which the same shall be 
exported, without any deduction or abatement. 

Provided always, and be it further enacted. That in order 
to entitle the exporter or exporters of any goods, wares or 
merchandize, to the benefit of the said drawbacks or allow- 
ances, he or she shall, previous to putting or lading the same 
on board of any ship or vessel for exportation, give twenty- 
four hours notice at least to the collector of the district from 
which the same are about to be exported, of his, her or their 
intention to export the same, and of the particulars thereof, 
and of the casks, cases, chests, boxes and other packages or 
parcels containing the same, or of which the same consist, 
and of their respective marks, numbers and contents, and if 
imported articles, of the ship or ships, vessel or vessels in 
which the person or persons for on by whom, and the place 
or places from which they were imported. And in respect 
to the said imported articles, proof shall be made to the sat- 
isfaction of the said collector, by the oaths of the person or 
persons (including the said exporter or exporters) through 



288 DOCUMENTAEY HITSORY 

whose hands the said articles shall have passed, according to 
the best of their knowledge and belief, respecting the due 
importation of the said articles according to law, and in con- 
formity to such notice of their identity, and of the payment 
or securing the pa\Tnent of the duties thereupon. And in 
respect to the said dried and pickled fish and salted pro- 
visions, proof shall be made to the satisfaction of the said 
collector, according to the circumstances of the case, that the 
same, if fish, are of the fisheries of the United States; if 
salted provisions, were salted within the United States. And 
the said collector shall inspect or cause to be inspected, the 
goods, wares or merchandize so notified for exportation ; and 
if they shall be found to correspond with the notice and proof 
concerning the same, the said collector shall grant a permit 
for lading the same on board the ship or vessel named in such 
notice, which lading shall be performed under the superin- 
tendance of the officer by whom the same shall have been so 
inspected. And the said exporter or exporters shall also 
make oath that the said goods so noticed for exportation, and 
laden on board the said ship or vessel, are truly intended to 
be exported to the place whereof notice shall liave been given, 
and are not intended to be relanded within the United States ; 
and shall give bond, with one or more sureties to the satisfac- 
tion of the said collector, in a sum equal to the amount of the 
drawbacks or allowances on such goods, with condition that 
the said goods, or any part thereof, shall not be relanded in 
any port or place within the limits of the United States as 
settled by the late treaty of peace. 

And provided further, That the said drawbacks or allow- 
ances shall not be paid until at least six months after the ex- 
portation of the said goods, and until the said exporter or 
exporters shall produce to the collector with whom such out- 
ward entry is made, a certificate in writing of two reputable 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 289 

merchants at the foreign port or place in which the same were 
landed, together with the oath of the master and mate of the 
vessel in which they were exported, certifying the delivery 
thereof. But in case any vessel shall be cast away or meet 
with snch unavoidable accidents as to prevent the landing such 
goods, a protest in due form of law, made by the master and 
mate, or some of the seamen, or in case no such protest can 
be had, then the oath of the exporter or exporters, or one of 
them, shall be received in lieu of the other proofs herein 
directed, unless there shall be good reason to suspect the 
truth of such oath, in which case it shall and may be lawful 
for the collector to require such farther proof as the nature 
of the case may demand. 

Provided lastly. That no goods, wares or merchandize im- 
ported, shall be entitled to a drawback of the duties paid or 
secured to be paid thereon, unless such duties shall amount 
to twenty dollars at least; nor unless they shall be exported 
in the same casks, cases, chests, boxes or other packages, and 
from the district or port into which they were originally 
imported. 

And be it further enacted, That the simis allowed to be 
paid by law on the exportation of dried or pickled fish, and 
of salted provisions, shall not be paid unless the same shall 
amount to three dollars at least upon one entry. 

And be it further enacted. That if any goods, wares or mer- 
chandize, entered for exportation, with intent to draw back 
the duties, or to obtain any allowance given by law on the 
exportation thereof, shall be landed in any port or place with- 
in the limits of the United States as aforesaid, all such goods, 
wares and merchandize, shall be subject to seizure and for- 
feiture, together with the ship or vessel from which such 
goods shall be landed, and the vessels or boats used in land- 
ing the same; and all persons concerned therein, shall on 

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290 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

indictment and conviction thereof, suffer imprisoiunent for 
a term not exceeding six months. And for discovery of 
frauds, and seizure of goods, wares and merchandize, re- 
landed contrary to law, and several officers established by this 
act, shall have the same powers, and in case of seizure the 
same proceedings shall be had, as in the case of goods, wares 
and merchandize imported* contrary to law: And for 
measuring, weighing or gauging goods for exportation, the 
same fees shall be allowed as in like cases upon the importa- 
tion thereof. 

And be it further enacted, That if any goods, the duties 
upon which shall have been secured by bond, shall be re- 
exported by the importer or importers thereof, and if the 
said bond shall become due before the expiration of the time 
herein before limited for payment of the drawback upon 
such goods, it shall be lawful for the collector of the district 
from which the said goods shall have been exported, to give 
further credit for so much of the sum due upon such bond, 
as shall be equal to the amount of the said drawback, until 
the expiration of the said time limited for payment thereof. 

And the better to secure the collection of the said duties, 

Be it further enacted, That the President of the United 
States be empowered to cause tc be built and equipped, so 
many boats or cutters, not exceeding ten, as may be necessary 
to be employed for the protection of the revenue, the expense 
whereof shall not exceed ten thousand dollars, which shall 
be paid out of the product of the duties on goods, wares and 
merchandize, imported into the United States, and on the 
tonnage of ships or vessels. 

And be it further enacted, That there shall be to each of 
the said boats or cutters, one master, and not more than three 
mates, first, second, and third, four mariners and two boys; 



OF THE STATE OF MAI^N^E 291 

and that the compensations and allowances to the said officers, 
mariners and boys respectively, shall be, to the master thirty 
dollars per month, and the subsistence of a captain in the 
army of the United States ; to a first mate twenty dollars per 
month, to a second mate sixteen dollars per month, and to 
every mate the subsistence of a lieutenant in the said army ; 
to each mariner eight dollars per month, to each boy four 
dollars per month ; and to each mariner and boy the same 
ration of provisions which is or shall be allowed to a soldier 
in the said army. The said allowances for subsistence to be 
paid in provisions or money at the contract prices, at the 
option of the Secretary of the Treasury. 

And be it further enacted, That the officers of the said 
boats or cutters, shall be appointed by the President of the 
United States, and shall respectively be deemed officers of 
the customs, and shall have power and authority to go on 
board of every ship or vessel which shall arrive within the 
United States, or within four leagues of the coast thereof, 
if bound for the United States, and to search and examine 
the same and every part thereof, and to demand, receive and 
certify the manifests herein before required to be on board 
of certain ships or vessels, and to affix and put proper fasten- 
ings on the hatches and other communications with the holds 
of ships or vessels, and to remain on board the said ships or 
vessels until they arrive at the places of their destination. 

And be it further enacted, That the collectors of the re- 
sjDCCtive districts may, with the approbation of the Secretary 
of the Treasury, provide and employ such small open row 
and sail boats, in each district, together with the requisite 
number of persons to serve in them, as shall be necessary for 
the use of the surveyors and inspectors in going on board of 
ships and vessels and otherwise, for the better detection of 



292 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

frauds; the expense of which shall be defrayed out of the 
product of duties. 

And be it further enacted, That if any officer of the cus- 
toms shall directly or indirectly take or receive any bribe, 
reward or recompense for conniving, or shall connive at any 
false entry of any ship or vessel, or of any goods, wares or 
merchandize, and shall be thereof convicted, every such of- 
ficer shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than two hundred, 
nor more than two thousand dollars for each offence. And 
in all cases where an oath is by this act required from a 
master or other person having command of a ship or vessel, 
or from an owner or consignee of goods, wares and mer- 
chandize, his or her factor or agent, if the person so swear- 
ing shall swear falsely, such person shall, on indictment and 
conviction thereof, be punished by fine or imprisonment, or 
both, in the discretion of the court before whom the convic- 
tion shall be had, so as the fine shall not exceed one thousand 
dollars, and the term of imprisonment shall not exceed twelve 
months. 

And be it further enacted, That all penalties accruing by 
any breach of this act, shall be sued for and recovered with 
costs of suit, in the name of the United States of America, 
in any court proper to try the same, and the trial of any fact 
which may be put in issue, shall be within the judicial dis- 
trict in which any such penalty shall have accrued, and the 
collector, within whose district the seizure shall be made, is 
hereby authorized and directed to cause suits for the same 
to be commenced and prosecuted to effect, and to receive, 
distribute and pay the sum or sums recovered, after first de- 
ducting all necessary costs and charges, according to law. 
And that all ships or vessels, goods, wares or merchandize, 
which shall become forfeited by virtue of this act, shall be 
seized, libelled and prosecuted as aforesaid, in the proper 



OP THE STATE OF MAINE 293 

court having cognizance thereof; which court shall cause 
fourteen days notice to be given of such seizure and libel, 
by causing the substance of such libel, with the order of the 
court thereon, setting forth the time and place appointed for 
trial, to be inserted in some newspaper, published near the 
place of seizure, and also by posting up the same in the most 
public manner for the space of fourteen days, at or near the 
place of trial, for which advertisement a sum not exceeding 
ten dollars shall be paid ; and proclamation shall be made in 
such manner as the court shall direct ; and if no person shall 
appear to claim such ship or vessel, goods, wares, or mer- 
chandize, the same shall be adjudged to be forfeited ; but if 
any person shall appear before such judgment of forfeiture, 
and claim any such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchan- 
dize, and shall give bond to defend the prosecution thereof, 
and to respond the cost in case he shall not support his claim, 
the court shall proceed to hear and determine the cause ac- 
cording to law : And upon the prayer of any claimant to the 
court, that any ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandize so 
seized and prosecuted, or any part thereof should be delivered 
to such claimant, it shall be lawful for the court to appoint 
three proper persons to appraise such ship or vessel, goods, 
wares or merchandize, who shall be sworn in open court for 
the faithful discharge of their duty ; and such appraisement 
shall be made at the expence of the party on whose prayer 
it is granted ; and on the return of such appraisement, if the 
claimant shall, with one or more sureties, to be approved of 
by the court, execute a bond in the usual form, to the United 
States, for the payment of a sum, equal to the sum at which 
the ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandize, so prayed to 
be delivered, be appraised, the court shall by rule, order such 
ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandize, to be delivered 
to the said claimant, and the said bond shall be lodged with 
the proper officer of the court, and if judgment shall pass in 



294 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

favor of the claimant, the court shall cause the said bond to 
be cancelled ; but if judgment shall pass against the claimant, 
as to the whole or any part of such ship or vessel goods, 
wares or merchandize, and the claimant shall not within 
twenty days thereafter, pay into the court the amount of the 
appraised value of such ship or vessel, goods, wares or mer- 
chandize so condemned, with the costs, the bond shall be put 
in suit. And when any prosecution shall be commenced on 
account of the seizure of any ship or vessel, goods, wares or 
merchandize, and judgTaent shall be given for the claimant 
or claimants ; if it shall appear to the court before whom such 
prosecution shall be tried, that there was a reasonable cause 
of seizure, the same court shall cause a proper certificate or 
entry to be made thereof, and in such case the claimant shall 
not be entitled to costs, nor shall the person who made the 
seizure, or the prosecutor be liable to action, suit or judg- 
ment, on account of such seizure or prosecution. Provided, 
That the ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandize, be after 
judgTuent, forthwith returned to such claimant or claimants, 
his, her or their agents: And provided. That no action or 
prosecution shall be maintained in any case under this act, 
unless the same shall have been commenced, within three 
years next after penalty of forfeiture was incurred. 

And be it further enacted. That all ships, vessels, goods, 
wares or merchandize, which shall be condemned by virtue of 
this act, shall be sold by the proper officer of the court in 
which such condemnation shall be had, to the highest bidder 
at public auction, by order of such court, and at such place 
as the court may appoint, giving at least fifteen days notice 
(except in case of perishable goods) in one or more of the 
public newspapers of the place where such sale shall be, or if 
no paper is published in such place, in one or more of the 
papers published in the nearest place thereto, for which ad- 
vertising a sum not exceeding five dollars shall be paid. 



OP THE STATE OF MAINE 295 

And be it further enacted, That all penalties, fines and 
forfeitures, recovered by virtue of this act, (and not other- 
wise appropriated) shall, after deducting all proper costs and 
charges, be disposed of as follows : One moiety shall be for 
the use of the United States, and paid into the treasury 
thereof; the other moiety shall be divided into equal parts, 
and paid to the collector and naval-officer of the district, and 
surveyor of the port wherein the same shall have been in- 
curred, or to such of the said officers as there may be in the 
said district ; and in districts where only one of the aforesaid 
officers shall have been established, the said moiety shall be 
given to such officer: Provided nevertheless. That in all 
cases where such penalties, fines and forfeitures shall be re- 
covered in pursuance of information given to such collector, 
by any person other than the naval-officer or surveyor of the 
district, the one half of such moiety shall be given to the in- 
former, and the remainder thereof shall be disposed of be- 
tween the collector, naval-officer and surveyor or surveyors, 
in manner aforesaid. 

And be it further enacted. That no goods, wares or mer- 
chandize of foreign gTowth or manufacture, subject to the 
payment of duties, shall be brought into the United States 
from any foreign port or place in any other manner than by 
sea, nor in any ship or vessel of less than thirty tons burthen, 
except within the district of Louisville, nor shall be landed 
or unladen at any other place than is by this act directed, 
under the penalty of seizure and forfeiture of all such ves- 
sels, and of the goods, wares or merchandize brought in, 
landed or unladen, in any other manner. And all goods, 
wares and merchandize brought into the United States by 
land, contrary to this act, shall be forfeited, together with 
the carriages, horses and oxen that shall be employed in con- 
veying the same; provided nothing herein shall be construed 



296 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

to extend to household furniture and cloathing, belonging to 
any person or persons actually removing into any part of the 
United States, for the purpose of becoming an inhabitant or 
inhabitants thereof. 

And be it further enacted, That all matters by this act 
directed to be done to or by the collector of a district, shall 
and may be done to and by the person who in the cases speci- 
fied in this act is or may be authorized to act in the place or 
stead of the said collector. 

And be it further enacted, That wherever an oath is re- 
quired by this act, persons conscientiously scrupulous shall 
be permitted to affirm. 

And be it further enacted, That the master or person having 
the charge or command of a ship or vessel bound to a foreign 
port or place, shall deliver to the collector of the district from 
which such ship or vessel shall be about to depart, a manifest 
of the cargo on board the same, and shall make oath or af- 
firmation to the truth thereof, whereupon the said collector 
shall grant a clearance for the said ship or vessel, and her 
cargo, but without specifying the particulars thereof, unless 
required by the said master or person having said charge or 
command. And if any ship or vessel bound to a foreign port 
or place, shall depart on her voyage to such foreign port or 
place without such clearance, the said master or person 
having the said charge or command, shall forfeit and pay the 
sum of two hundred dollars for such offence. 

And be it further enacted. That after the first day of Oc- 
tober next, the act, intituled, "An act to regulate the collection 
of the duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or ves- 
sels, and on goods, wares and merchandizes imported into 
the United States," and also all other acts or parts of acts 
coming within the purview of this act, shall be repealed, and 
thenceforth cease to operate, except as to the continuance of 



OP THE STATE OP MAINE 297 

the officers appointed in pursuance of the said act; except 
also as to the recovery and receipt of such duties on goods, 
wares and merchandize, and on the tonnage of ships or ves- 
sels, as shall have accrued, and as to the payment of draw- 
backs and allowances in lieu thereof, upon the exportation 
of goods, wares or merchandize which shall have been im- 
ported, and as to the recovery and distribution of fines, 
penalties and forfeitures v/hich shall have been incurred be- 
fore or upon the said day, subject nevertheless to the altera- 
tions contained and expressed in this present act. 

And whereas by the act, intituled, ''An act to regulate the 
collection of the duties imposed by law on the tonnage of 
ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandizes im- 
ported into the United States," it was declared that the ruble 
of Russia should be rated at one hundred cents, and by the 
act, intituled, "An act to explain and amend an act, intitled, 
"An act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the 
coasting trade, and for other purposes," that part of the said 
first mentioned act which so rated the ruble of Russia was 
repealed and made null and void. And whereas it is doubted 
whether the said repeal can operate with respect to duties in- 
curred prior thereto, as was intended by Congress. 

Therefore be it enacted and declared, That the said repeal 
shall be deemed to operate in respect to all duties which may 
have arisen or accrued prior thereto. 

Frederick Aug-ustus Muhlenberg, 
Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

John Adarns, 
Vice President of the United States, and 
( True Copy. ) Tho : Jefferson Secretary of State. 

Approved, Aug-ust the fourth, 1790. 

President of the Senate. 
George "Washington, President of the United States. 



29S DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

To the Hon,'ble Senate & House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court Assembled — 
The Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of New Castle 
in the County of Lincoln in behalf of said Town humbly 
sheweth, that in that part of Pownalborough wherein the 
Supreme Juditial Court, Courts of common pleas & General 
Sessions of the peace established by Law to be holden, and 
have hitherto been held, the houses and Settlements around 
the Court-house are so scattered that it is almost imposable 
for the Gentlemen of those Courts and other Persons neces- 
saryly attending the same to procure convenient Accommo- 
dations. That in that part of said Pownalborough called 
Wiscasset, convenient accommodations may be had to inter- 
tain any number of People who may have occasion to attend 
those Courts — That it is a place of considerable Trade and 
Business and Situated on an excellent Harbour, which com- 
municates with Kennebeck River and will be nearly a con- 
venient for those in that part of the County who usually pass 
by water as the present place of holding those Courts, and 
much more so for those who come from the Eastward and 
for the Inhabitants of the two new Counties, who by Law 
must prosecute their appeals at the supreme Court at that 
place and who are very numerous. In addition to these cir- 
cumstances, it may be observ'd that a New Goal is wanted in 
this County and which the Coimty must soon build, and that 
there now is and will be a considerable sum of money sub- 
scribed towards the building a Goal provided it should be 
ordered to be erected at Wiscasset, — wherefore your Peti- 
tioners humbly pray that the Judicial Courts before men- 
tioned may be Directed for the future to hold their Sessions 
at Wiscasset where the Parish have Voted the free use of 
their Meeting house to the County, untill they shall think 
proper to Build a Court-house & your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound will ever pray. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 299 

By order of the Town in a unanimous Vote passed in a 
Townmeetiug Legally called for that purpose on the twenty- 
second Day of December last. 

James Little, Samuel Kenneday, Ezek' Laiten [ 

Selectmen of the Town of 'New Castle 
New Castle Jan"" 2<* 1790 

Lincoln Ss New Castle December y" 22*^ 1789 

This certifies that at a Townmeetiug legally called in this 

Town this Day the Town voted as follows Viz: 2^ article — 

Voted unanimosly that the Selectmen of this Town Petition 

the General Court of this Commonwealth praying that the 

Supreme judicial Court, Court of General Sessions of the 

peace, and Court of Common Pleas formerly held on the 

west side of Pownalborough in said County may for the 

future be held on the East side of said Town at Wiscasset 

point — A true Copy of Record 

Sam' Nickels Town CF 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court Assembled 
The Petition of the Town of i^obleborough in the County 
of Lincoln, Humbly Sheweth, That the Courts of Common 
pleas and of the General Sessions of the peace which sit in the 
town of Pownalborough for the said County of Lincoln as 
well as the Supream Judicial Court, which sits there once in 
the Year have been held at a place Called Frankfort, in the 
same Town where for want of Convenient house room and 
Necessary Accommodations the Judge, the Officers of the 
Several Courts, the Suitors and the Witnesses attending the 



300 DOCUMENTARY HISTOET 

same have Experienced many and Great Inconveniences here- 
tofore, That the said Town of pownalborough in September 
last, petitioned the Courts of Common pleas and of the Gen- 
eral Sessions of the peace, then held at Waldoborough in and 
for this County, to order the Sittings of Such Courts, in 
future, to be held at Wiscasset in the East Parish of said 
Town of Pownalborough instead of Frankfort aforesaid 
which was Orderd Accordingly by said Courts. — That Wis- 
casset in Every Respect, be much More Convenient for the 
County at Large, and for this Town in particular to attend 
those Courts at, as well as For the Two New Counties of 
Hancock and Washington, to attend the Supream Judicial 
Court at, and be in, then Frankfort — Your Petitioners there- 
fore Humbly pray Your Honours that the sittings of all the 
said Courts May in future be held at Wiscasset instead of 
Frankfort, and that the same may be established by a law 
for that purpose to be made by your Honors And your peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall Ever pray &c 
By Order of the Town of N^obleborough 

Arth' JS'oble Joseph Rust Samuel Rollings \- Selectmen 



To the Hon^^** Senate and Hon''^® House of Representatives 
in General Court Assembled. 
The Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Goulds- 
borough in behalf of its Inhabitants humbly sheweth — That 
having sufferd many inconveniences from the Supreme 
Judicial Courts being held at Pownalborough within and 
for the County of Lincoln — arising from its excentrical 
situation, and from the ill accommodations found at that 
Place — We therefore pray, that it may please the Hon^'* 
Court to Order, that in future the Supreme Judicial Court 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 301 

for that County may be held at Wiscasset — being a place 
more convenient to your Petitioners, and where we humbly 
conceive that Judges, Jurors, and Suitors, may be much 
better accommodated with less expence — 

Eli Forbes Thomas Hill ]■ 
Selectmen for Gouldsborough 



To the Hon^ the Senate & House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court assembled 
The humble Petition of the Town of Bristol Sheweth that 
whereas Frankfort the place where the supreme Judicial 
Court annually meets & the Court of general Sessions in the 
]\Ionth of June is very incommodious to most of the Inhabi- 
tants of this County on account of its Situation & there being 
but few people settled there & these in low Circumstances of 
consequence, those who are oblig*^ to attend Court are at a 
loss for lodging & proper Accommodations & have an ex- 
travagant price to pay for such necessaries of life as they 
need, therefore your Petitioners humbly pray that you would 
be pleas'^ to remove the session of these Courts from Frank- 
fort to Witchcaset Point where there are plenty of Houses 
to lodge in & all necessary Accommodations & Provisions, 
where the Parish have already voted the meeting House for 
the Accommodation of the Courts & a Subscription is begun 
to raise a sum of money to provide materials & build a ISTew 
Goal Which is much needed in the County — This is the 
imanimous Voice of this Town — It has been agreed to by 
the Judges of the Court of common pleas & Justices of this 
County at their last Session at Waldoborough & we are asur*^ 
it is agreeable to the Judges of the Supreme Court therefore 
we hope your Honours will be pleas^ to pass an act at your 



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next Session for removing these Courts from Frankfort to 
Witchcaset Point & Your Petitioners shall humbly pray 

Thomas Johnston 
James Sproull, 
James Huston 
Bristol Jan'' 4'^^ 1790. Selectmen of Bristol 



Petition of the Town of Wells. 

To the Hon'''® Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled. January 1Y90. 

The petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Wells in 
the County of York, Humbly shews that the Town of Water- 
borough is Situated in the center of said County and by hold- 
ing Courts in said Town there would be a great saving of 
travel and expence to the Inhabitants of said County in gen- 
eral as a very small number would have Occation to Travel 
in order to attend the County Court more than twenty-five 
miles where as many are now obliged to Travel fifty or sixty 
miles or more, the Courts being held on the sea coast at the 
extreams of the County Viz at York and Biddeford and 
that as your Petitioners are well inform'd the business of the 
Court of common pleas and general sessions of the peace for 
said Court Cannot with convenance be accomplished at two 
Terms. They therefore pray that the general Court would 
take the case and circustances of said County into their wise 
consideration and that a Court of common pleas and General 
sissions of the peace be held at Waterborough in and for said 
County on the second Tuesday of July annually or at such 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



303 



other time as the Legislature may Judge most expediant and 
your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &c 



:N'ath"i KimbuU, 
Jesse Larrabee, 
James Osborn, 
Jacob Blasdel, 
Joel Larrabee, 
Daniel Littlefield 
Dixey Wilder, 
David Paul, 
Caleb Littlefield, 



William Jeffords, 
Eich*^ Gillpatrick 
Michael Wise, 
Moses Hubbard, 
David Watson, 
William Jellison, 
William Taylor, 
James Kimball, 
Dominicus Lord. 



Petition of tlic Inhahitants of the Toivn of Sanford. 



Joshua Gooding, 
Daniel Gooding 
Benj^ Stanton, 
Samuel Moody, 
Epha Moody, 
Eben Roberts, 
Daniel Roberts, 
Bena Stacey 
Sam twed 
John Wooly 
Tho Williams, 
Henary White, 
Willam Marshell, 
John Scribner, 
William Jewett 



8ame tenor as foregoing. 

Nathaniel York 
Samuel York 
John Been, 
Paul Stantan, 
Daniel Gile, 
Samuel Richer, 
Thos Gile, 
Simon Gile, 
Stephen Gile, 
Jabez Richer, 
Wentworth Richer, 
Joseph Richer, 
Benja Jewett 
David Barns 



304 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

In the House of Eepresentatives Jan^ 29*" 1790 

Read & committed with sundry petitions accompanying, 

on the same subject, to the Committee of both Houses on 

that part of the Governors Speech which rehites to the times 

of holding the Courts of Common Pleas & General Sessions 

of the peace, to consider & report. 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb SpF 

In Senate FeV 1, 1790 

Read & Concurred 

Thos Dawes Presid* Pro Tern. 



Petition of the Toiun of Coxhall. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled Jan'' 1790 — 
The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Coxhall in 
the County of York Humbly sheweth, that the Town of 
Waterborough is situated in Center of the said County and 
by holding Courts in said To^vn there would be a great saving 
of Travel and Expence to the Inlia^ntants of the said County 
in General as a very small N^umber Would have Occasion to 
Travel in order to attend the County Courts there more than 
Twenty five miles Whereas many are now obliged to travel 
Fifty miles or more. The Courts being held on the Seacoast 
at the Extreams of the County — Viz — at York and Bidde- 
ford and that as your Petitioners are well informed the Busi- 
ness of the Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions of 
the Peace for said County cannot with conveniance be ac- 
complish'^ at two Terms they therefore Pray that the General 
Court would take the case and Circumstances of the said 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



305 



County into their wise consideration and order that a Court 
of Comon pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace 
be held at Waterboro in and for said County on the second 
Tuesday of July Annually or at such other Time as the Leg- 
islature may Judge most Expedient and your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound will ever Pray. &c 



Issachar Dam 
Aaron Goodwin, 
Jeremiah Roberts, 
James Hamilton, 
Abel Hamilton, 
Bn Hamilton, 
Simeon Chadbourn, 
Richard Hamilton, 
Joseph Roberts. 
Phines Richer, 
William Brock, 
Benj^ Mason, 
Joseph Roberts, 
Reuben Downs, 



John Foster, 
Samuel Raymond, 
John Low, 
jSTathaniel Low, 
Gershom Downs, 
Paul Chadbour" 
John Clark, 
Sam' Roberts, 
Joseph Tiber, 
Simon Lock, 
Thomas Lowe, 
John Clark, 
William Clark, 
John Goodridg. 



Vote Inhabitants of Bath for Lottery. 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Bath 
on the fifth day of Jan'' instant. 

Voted that Dummer Sewall Esq"" be a Committee to peti- 
tion the General Court for a Lottery to raise money to build 
a Bridg over ^^^lisgig where the County Road is laid out — 
True copy from the Records — 



Dum"- Sewall T. Cler 



Bath 12"> 1790 



21 



306 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Report on Petition Town of Pownalboro and other Towns. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Senate Feb 1790. 

The Committee of Both Houses on the Petition of the 

Town of Pownalborough and several other Towns in the 

County of Lincoln ask leave to report that the Petioners have 

leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes mentioned in said 

Petitions 

Josiah Thacher p"* order. 



To the Hon'''^ Senate and the Hon'''® House of Representa- 
tives in General Court convened — 

The Petition of John Vinall Agent for the Town of Yinal- 
haven in the County of Hancock 
Humbly sheweth 

That the Inhabitants of the said Towm having experienced 
great Inconveniences from the Supreme Judicial Courts set- 
ting at Po\^malborough within and for the County of Lincoln, 
arising from the want of Accomodations at that Place; and 
from its excentrical Situation. 

The Petitioner, therefore prays your Honours to be pleased 
to order the said Supreme Judicial Court, for that County, to 
be held in future at Wiscasset, it being a Place much more 
convenient to the Inhabitants of the said Town of Vinalhaven, 
and the other Towns in the County of Hancock, and where 
your Peitioner humbly conceives that Judges, Jurors, and 
Suitors can be much better accomodated, & at less Expence. 

Your Petitioner, As in Duty bound will ever pray (Src 

John Vinall Agent 
Boston Jan'' Id'"" 1790 



OF THE STATE OE MAINE 307 

Petition of Selectmen of Machias. 

The Honorable Senate & House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
assembled — 

The Petition of the Selectmen of the town of Machias 

Humblj sheweth 

That the General Court in the jear of our Lord 1786 taxed 
the town of Machias the sum of £302 .. 10 .. towards paying 
of the debts and the support of government 

The inhabitants of this towai was always ready, & stood 
foremost in this country during the late war in defending the 
same ; & since peace have exerted themselves to the utmost in 
the support of Government & to pay their just proportion of 
all taxes for that purpose — But from their great embarras- 
meuts & late misfortunes ; they are under the necessity of 
applying to your Honors for relief & beg leave to lay before 
you a state of facts — 

This town several years before the late war had a minister 
regularly settled to whom they paid 86£ p"" aimum; when the 
war commenced & their lumber trade was intirely cut off they 
were unable to pay him yearly & when peace took place, they 
found themselves indebted for the deficiency of his salary the 
sum of £930 which they was obliged to raise & pay besides 
his yearly salary since — £200 raised for building and re- 
pairs for meeting houses — £80 a Year for school, together 
with taxes for the poor & other charges with Taxes for roads 
e^c amounting to no less a sum than £2932 . 15 which the 
town have been necessitated to raise since the peace, exclusive 
of their state & County taxes — Add to this (the last Year) 
we had the misfortune to have two double saw mills & one 
grist mill burnt by fire, with a large quantity of boards near 
them ; And this spring a high freshet carried away the boom 
acrost the river by which means 3000 logs went over the dam, 



308 DOCUMENTARY HISTOET 

& the loss by this misfortune at the lowest estimation cannot 
be less than £630 Exclusive of Mills & boards — 

We are informed that the Honorable Court have been 
pleased to abate two thirds of the tax laid the same year, of 
several plantations westward of this to^\^l, provided they lay 
out the same in support of a minister & a school which this 
town has & continues to do 

Your petitioners therefore humbly request your honors 
will be pleased to take their distressd situation into your wise 
consideration & be pleased to grant them such relief, as you in 
your wisdom may think fit, and as in duty bound will ever 
pray 

Stephen Smith Jas Avery, Peter Talbot \ Selectmen 



In the House of Representatives Jan^ 14, 1790 

Read and committed to the standing committee on petitions 

for abatement of taxes to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb, Spk^ 



In Senate Jan^ 15, 1790 — 

Read and Concurred 



G Phillips j"" Presid*" 



Machias 14"^ Dec' 1789 

The Standing Committe of Both Houses appointed to con- 
sider applications for abatement of Taxes, have Considered 
the petition of the selectmen of the Town of Machias in be- 
half of the said Towti and ask leave to Report as their opinion 
that the petitioners have Leave to withdraw their petition 

Which is Submitted 

Stephen Choate p*" order 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 309 

In Senate Feb^ 22, 1790 — 

Read & accepted & ordered accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Tho^ Dawes Presid' Pro Tern 

In the House of Representatives Feb'' 25, 1790 
Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 



Petition of Town of Bath for Lottery to Build a Bridge over 
Whisgig River. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts ]■ To the whole Court — 
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Bath humbly sheweth 

— that whereas the Court of Sessions for the County of Lin- 
coln did, (before Bath was incorporated) order a Road to be 
lay'^ out from the dividing line between the Counties of Cum- 
berland & Lincoln to Hamden's Ferry, through a corner of 
the now town of Bath, where your petitioners as a town are 
not benifited — Across said road runs an Arme of Kenebeck 
River called Whisgig, to bridge over is judged will cost one 
hundred pounds — And whereas the town is now called to 
answer to the Supreem Court for neglecting to open said road 

— By the great exertions of your petitioners in the late war 
they are become deeply Indebt & very ill able to open said 
road & build the bridges — 

Therefore pray that your Honors would grant a Lottery to 
raise Money for the purpose of building a bridge over Whis- 
gig aforesaid, in such way & manner as you in your wisdom, 
shall see fit — Your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever 
pray — 

Dum"" Sewall [ In behalf of the to^vn of Bath 
Bath Jan^ 15*^ 1790 



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DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 



In Senate Jan^ 21^' 1790 

Read and committed to the Committee of both Houses on 
Petition of a similar nature. 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 22'' 1790 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 



Taxes Abated in the Several Counties. 

Taxes Abated in the Several Counties Since the S^^ of 
October 1782 viz* 

Paid on tax N° 6 January 16'*^ 1790 



Suffolk — 


£2134 


10 





£5492 


4 


8 


Essex 


16898 


19 


6 


2531 


6 


11 


Middlesex 


4230 


8 


10 


3212 


1 


6 


Hampshire 


5628 


3 


103/4 








Plymouth 


518 





8 


2376 


3 


9 


Barnstable 


12418 


11 


51/2 


468 


15 


2 


Bristol 


13106 


17 


3 


1115 


1 





Nantucket 


25798 


12 


83/4 








Dukes County 


401 


7 


1 


191 


19 


3 


York 


4123 


18 


10 


118 


5 


2 


Worcester 


5086 


12 


11 


1976 


18 





Cumberland 


3422 





5 


1019 








Lincoln 


20033 


2 


101/4 


821 


12 


6 


Berkshire 


2517 


19 


81/2 









Total 



116319 6 13^ 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 311 

Petition from Town of Shapleigh. 

To the Honoroiible Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled 
we the Subscribers being inhabitants of the Town of Shap- 
leigh in the County of York, humbly Sheweth that in the 
year 1774 and in the first of the Late war a number of us 
was obliged by necessity to go on upon Land belonging to this 
Commonwealth in order to Clear and Cultivate the same for 
the Suport of our Selves and familes and have been to Great 
Expence to Clear and make Roads to the same and have 
suffered much and undergone Many hardships and have 
Spent our Strength in Clearing the Same Some of us have 
got thirty Some forty and Some fifty acres fit for moing and 
Paster and Since our first Improvement the Proprietors of 
Shapleigh have Purchased the Said Town of Shapleigh of 
this Commonwealth and now they are bringing Suits against 
us and are trying to turn us off of our Inheratance which we 
Dread to be turn'd out of our houses with Great familes and 
very poor and not able to buy Lands and make Kew farms 
Some have already Recovered JudgTaent a gainst the Setler 
and Some is now in the Law and others threatning to Sue to 
April next therefore necessity obliges us to Lay our Circum- 
stances before your Honours as we have no where Else to 
Complain but to your Honours therefore we Pray that our 
Distress might Move your Compassion towards us that we 
might obtain Releaf in Such a way as your honours in your 
Great wisdom Shall Direct and as in Duty bound will Ever 
Pray 
Dated Jan IG'*" 1790 

Sam" Shorey, Jonathan Abbot, 

Ephram Goodwin, David Merrow, 

Benj^ Shorey, Zachariah IS^ocks, 

Joshua Bracket, Hanson * Clerk, 



312 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Miles Thompson, Nicholas JSTocks, 

Nathan Bracket, Charles Grant. 

Jacob Nason, 



To the Honourable Senate and house of Representatives in 
General Court assembled 

we the Subscribers begs Leave to Present our humble Peti- 
tion to your Honours in behalf of your humble Petitioners 
and Subscribers in the other Petition as we know their Cir- 
cumstances and that they are willing to be under Govern- 
ment and that they have Set forth Nothing but facts and 
truths in their Petition and that if they are Disturb'd and 
turnd off of their Settlements they are undone and will be 
a Damage to the Town if not to the Commonwealth therefore 
we Pray that their Petition might be Granted and your 
humble Petitioners quieted in their Setlements and as in 
Duty bound will Ever Pray 
Dated Jan IQ'"" 1790 

Nathan Nock }■ of Rochester, Daniel Cook John Cook 
Richard Poor \- of Shapleigh, Patrick Gowen, Joseph Pray 
Lebonon, W" Hall, Benj'' Heard j', Absalom Stackpole, Silas 
Heard, Zebulon Libbey, Peter Stillings, John Bracket, Joseph 
Hardison 



Petition of Timothy Parsons of Pownalhoro. 

To the Honourable General Court of the Common Wealth of 
Massachusetts Now Setting in Boston — 
The Petition of Timothy Parsons of Pownalhoro Humbly 
Sheweth that he being in Boston on Feb'' 1789 when David 
Parsons of York an Unhappy Brother of Your Petitioner was 
taken Upon an Advertizement of the Widow Marcey Remick 



OP THE STATE OF MAINE 313 

of Kittery being Charg^ tlierein of theft and was Committed to 
Your Goal in Boston by Mittamas from Justice Craft, Your 
Petitioner being inform^ of the Unhappy state Said David 
was in and was inform** by several Gent" From York that 
the said Marcey Eemick had serv^ said David in an Action 
of Trover for the Same he was Apprehended therefor in 
Boston, and Attach'' his Estats in York ; Your Petitioner not 
having Seen Said David for More than three years before 
and was Ignorant of said David General Carector and In- 
tirely Unacquainted with the Matter he was then Committed 
for and by What information I gott from Gentleman of York 
& Kittery Surpos"* that the matter would be Settl** with M''^ 
Kemick: and haveing the fealings of A Brother in Seeing 
him in that unhappy place Became baile as Surety for him 
at the Supreeme Courts then Setting in Boston for his Apear- 
ance at the Supreeme Courts then next to be held in the 
County of York in the Sum of One hundred pounds to the 
Common Wealth and Seven Hundred pounds to Said Marcey 
Eemick: but Said David did not Apear at said Court at York 
Wherefore Your petitioner became Liable as his *suerty for 
the said hundred pounds to the Commonwealth and have 
Likewise been Oblig'* to pay the said Marcey Remick A 
Large Sum Over and Above what Said David Estate was 
Apriz** at to Satisfy the demand Said Marcey Remick had 
on him and have Mett within this Year past. — Severall 
other Large Losses by reason of which it would Efect Your 
Petitioner Very Much to be Oblig^ to pay Said Hundred 
pounds to the Common Wealth and as said David is surpos** 
to be gone Out of this Common Wealth have not the Least 
prospect of Getting One Shilling from him towards paying 
the Above — 

Therefore Your Petitioner humbly prays that You would 
Order he may be dischargd from being Oblige as Surety to 
pay the Said Sum of One hundred pounds to this Common 



314 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Wealth: which will be a relisse from one of the Many Mis- 
fortunes Your petitioner has Sufford. And as in duty Bound 

Shall Ever pray 

Timothy Parsons 
Pownalboro 22 Jan'' 1790 

In the House of Representatives FeV 5, 1790 

Read and committed to M"" Judd and M' Johonnot with 

such as the Hon Senate may join to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 

In Senate FeV 5, 1790 

Read & concurred & Tompson T Skinner Esq is joined 

Tho* Dawes Presid' Pro Tem 



Order on Petition of Timothy Parson of Pownalhorough. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives 

23"^ day of June in the Year of our Lord 1790 On the 
Petition of Timothy Parson of Pownalborough praying that 
he may be discharged from being obliged, as a Surety for 
the apperance of his Brother David Parson of York to take 
his Trial for the Supream Judicial Court held at York the 
last Year for Theft to pay the sum of One Hundred Pounds 
to this Commonwealth Due by Virtue of a Recognizance be 
duly entred into for such the apperance of his said Brother 
who is gone of and !N^ever appeard persuant to the terms of 
such Recognizance 

Ordered that the Attorney Gen' be Directed to stay all 
Proceedings on such Recognizance or if any Judgment had 
thereon, that in Case any Execution hath Isued against the 
said Pertitioner for Justification of the same then that the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 3l6 

Attorney Gen' do forthwith direct all Further Proceedings to 
stay and that the Sum Certified thereby by the Pertitioner 
be remitted to him by this Commonwealth he the Petiner 
paying Cost. 



Petition of Toiun of Pownalborough 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
To the Honorable the Senate, and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled 

The Petition of the Town of Pownalborough in the County 
of Lincoln 

Humbly Sheweth, 

That the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace, and of 
Common-Pleas for the Said County of Lincoln, have hitherto 
sat, once in the year, in said Town of Pownalborough, and 
held those Courts there at a Place called Franckfort, in an 
old House belonging to the Plymouth Company. 

That Frankfort is now become a very inconvenient Place 
for such Purposes, as well to the Greater part of the said 
Country, as to your Petitioners; there being no proper nor 
even decent Accommodations and Refreshments to be had at 
Franckfort for the Judges and oificers of those Courts, and 
for the Suitors and Witnesses necessarily attending the same 
there, where there is no market, nor even a Merchants Store, 
and where the Houses are very Strggling and distant from 
each other as well as from the old Building now used for the 
Court House. That the Supreme judicial Court hath sat 
also at Franckfort continually, from its first Setting in the 
said County, in the Year 1786, although the same Incon- 
veniences as attend Such other Courts, attend also the Sitting 
of that Court there 

That, as your Petitioners are credibly informed the in- 
dividuals of the Supreme judicial Court have Sencibly felt 



316 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

those inconveniences and are convinced of the Propriety of 
holding that Court in future at Wiscasset in the East Parish 
of this town, where the Houses are Compact where there is a 
Post known and established by Law, an Harbour allways 
open, and ISTecessaries and Accomadations of all kinds ever- 
more ready at hand then at Franckfort and where the Parrish 
have by proper Vote, appropriated their Meeting House 
(which stands in readiness for it to be used, as Occasion may 
require, for all such Courts to sit in hereafter. 

That, at the Last Term in September last your Petitioners 
Prefirred their Petitions to the Several Courts, of General 
Sessions, of the Peace, and of the Common Pleas, then held 
at Waldoborough, within and for the Said County of Lincoln, 
and therein set forth the like obligations as are herein set 
forth, and prayed those Courts respectively to alter the setting 
of those Courts, in future from Franckfort aforesaid to Wis- 
casset with the Prayers of which Petitions such Courts were 
respectively pleased to comply, and did unanimously agree 
to set in future at Wiscasset, instead of Franckfort 

That a wooden Blockhouse at Franckfort (the Property of 
the Plymouth Company, now an old rotten Building) is at 
present used for the Goal of the said County of Lincoln, and 
is now so insecure and insufficient for the confining of Crimi- 
nals and Safekeeping of Debtors therein, that Escapes there- 
from may be very easily accomplished, to the Detriment of 
the Commonwealth at Large, and to the Great Injury of the 
said County of Lincoln. 

That a subscription is allready begun in this Town for 
raising a Sum, and providing Materials for erecting a proper 
and sufficient Goal at Wiscasset, which will Greatly ease the 
said County in Point of the Expences necesarily attendant on 
building a new Goal, now become absolutely necessary for 
the said County. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 31Y 

That, as the Supreme judicial Court is, by Law, to set in 
Pownalborough for the two new Countys of Hancock and 
Washington the Church of this Town called Wiscasset will in 
every Respect be much more convenient to hold the said 
Court in, for such new Counties, than Franckfort. 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray your Honors, the 
Premises considered, to Give your Petitioners Leave to bring 
in a Bill to be enacted into a law for establishing the sitting 
of the Courts herein before Mentioned in future, from 
Franckfort aforesaid, to Wiscasset, And Your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound Shall ever pray &c 

By Order of the Town of Pownalborough. 

David Silvester, George Erskin ]■ Selectmen 

Abiel Wood Tini° Langdon \ 
The Committee for this Purpose Appointed 

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 25, 1790 

Read & committed with sundry petitions accompanying, 

on the same subject to M"" Davis of Portland, M'" Gardiner & 

M"" Cargill with such as the Hon Senate may join to consider 

& report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate Jan'' 5 1790 

Read and Concurred & Josiah Thacher & Dan^ Cony Esq"" 

are joined 

Sam^ Phillips j"" Presid* 

Pownalboro' Jan'^ 25, 1790. 
Dear Sirs 

An Opportunity to write has hapened so unexpectedly I 
have only Time to tell you, that a Hallowell Term just at 
the Close of the Sessions when all the Justices were gone 
except a few who lived at and near Hallowell, a motion was 



318 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

made to reconsider the Vote for holding the Sessions & Com- 
mon Pleas at Wiscasset passed at Waldoborough, and carried, 
so now those Courts are to be held at Frankfort a's usual. I 
give you this notice, that you may apply to the General Court 
if you think proper. We have great confidence in your 
abilities and influence. 

I am with respect your humble Serv* 

Tho^ Rice, 

John Gardiner Escf 



Joseph Holt's Petition. 

To the Honorable Senate & House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled. 
The Petition of Joseph Holt & others the Subscribers 
humbly sheweth, that they have more than twelve months 
been making application for a certain tract of land lying 
between Waterford & Sudbury Canada in the County of 
York, belonging to the Commonwealth — That the Com- 
mittee for disposing of such lands informed, that they cou'd 
not give tlie information needed until they receiv'd a returr 
of the plan which was taken of it, by W™ Titcomb their Sur- 
veyor. — This plan was not return'd so that we receiv'd no 
answer til] the last fall, and on the 2'' of Nov"" we contracted 
for a towT^iship of 25040 acres, after deducting Public Rights, 
at one Shilling & Six pence an acre in State securities, one 
half to be paid by the 2*^ day of Feb^ next, & the other half 
with Interest by the 2^ day of May next — & contracted to 
settle fifteen families on 15 distinct Settlements in three 
years from the time of contracting ; The Company took such 
measures as afforded the fairest prospect of fulfilling every 
part of the contract on their side, but in about one month 
after they had signed the agreement, were alarmed with the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 319 

news that securities had risen very suddenly & greatly, by 
means whereof many of the Company are now unable to pay 
for their divisions, and the others, if compelled to pay the 
securities at their present rate, will be obliged to give nearly 
double for the land, considering its quallity & situation to 
what they would ever have consented to have given for it, — 
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray, that your Committee 
may be authorized to receive the same value in specie, or in 
securities, which was the intention or expectation of the 
parties when agreeing, or to release them from their Contract 
and your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. 

Joseph Holt, James Holly, John Russell, 

Boston Jan^ 26'^ 1790. 



Petition of William Jones. 

To the Hounorable Senate : and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled 

The Petition of William Jones in Behalfe of the Town of 
Bristol in the County of Lincoln. Humbly Sheweth that 
said To"HTi was Doomed Large Sums as will appeare by the 
Book on file of the Court : Said Town made a Second Return 
of velowation with a petition for abatment but as then no 
abatment was maid your Humbel Petitioner prays that you 
would take into Consideration our Destresses and abeate what 
is Doomed on said Towm or Releve your petitioners in such 
way as you in wisdom may think best and your petitinors 
as in Duty Bound Shall Ever pray 

William Jones 
Janury 27^^ 1790 



320 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

In the House of Representatives Janr^ 29*'' 1790 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on applica- 
tions for abatement of taxes, to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"- 
In Senate Feb^ r' 1790 

Read & concurred 

Tho® Dawes Presid*^ Pro Tem. 

The Standing Committe of Both Houses appointed to Con- 
sider applications for abatement of Taxes, have duly attended 
to the petition of William Jones in behalf of the Town of 
Bristol, in the County of Lincoln praying for the abatement 
of their Taxes & ask leave to Report as their opinion that the 
petitioner have Leave to withdraw his petition, which is 
Submitted 

Stephen Choate p"" order 

Li the House of Representatives March 9, 1790 

Read & accepted & ordered accordingly 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk^ 
In Senate March 9'^ 1790 

Read and concurred 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid*^ 



Petition of Stephen Smith. 

To the Hon'ble the Senate & House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
The Petition of Stephen Smith Humbly Sheweth, 
That your petitioner being appointed Truck Master for 
the Passamaquodia & S' John's Indians at the Commence- 
ment of the late War received large supplys for that purpose 
— Among the rest Francis Shaw jun' Esq"" Agent for the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 321 

Indians, bro' and deliver*^ him sundry Articles to the 
Amount of Five Hundred and eighty seven pounds nineteen 
shillings and five pence half penny which he informed 
your Petitioner he received from the State — And that 
your Petitioner stood charged with the same — In the year 
1783 Your Petitioner settled his Accompts with the Com- 
mittee for methodizing the public Accompts and found said 
Shaw received to the Amount of Eight Hundred & fifty 
pounds which was charged to Your Petitioner — which he 
was obliged to allow altho he never gave said Shaw any power 
or Order to draw any Money on his Account. — Your Peti- 
tioner repeatedly applyed to said Shaw for payment but he 
refused and procured his Accounts wherein it appeared he 
had expended the ballance in his Agency for the Public use 
& promised to get it allowed to me from the public on the 
settlement of his Accounts — Since which said Shaw has 
Deceased, and his Estate is Insolvent, Therefore Your Peti- 
tioner humbly prays Your Honors will take the foregoing 
State of facts into your wise Consideration & Grant him such 
Relief as you in your Wisdom may think fit. 

Your Petitioner begs leave further to inform your Honors 
that during the time he was Naval Officer for the port of 
Machias several Vessels came to this place for Lumber — but 
not knowing they had to pay light money, did not bring any 
Cash to pay it, and as they could not obtain any in this place 
Your petitioner was under the necessity of sending them 
away without Entry or receive payment in Goods & take 
Bills on the Owners for the same — which Your Petitioner 
thought best to do — for if the Bills were not paid the public 
would not be any more Lossers than if the vessels were sent 
away without Admiting to Enter — Several such Bills still 
remain unpaid & Your petitioner is apprehensive he shall 
not be able to obtain payment and the Articles taken could 
not be turned in to Money in this place. As he Acted from 

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322 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

an Honest principle and what he supposed would be a benefit 
to Government — And as he is accountable for the whole, he 
humbly prajs the same may be discounted out of what You 
may be pleased to allow him for the money rec"* by M"" Shaw 
aforesaid. 

And Your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will ever pray. 

Stephen Smith. 



Petition of Samuel Freeman. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled — 

The Petition of Samuel Freeman Clerk of the Court of 
Common Pleas in the County of Cumberland — humbly 
shews. 

That the Fees of a Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 
as they now stand in the last Fee Bill have ever since the 
passing said Bill been consider'd by many Persons as in- 
adequate to the Services to which they are annexed — and 
although it is judging in ones own cause for those who sus- 
tain the Office to say that in their opinion ihey are far below 
what is a just compensation for those Services — your Peti- 
tioner flatters himself that as they had no voice in the estab- 
lishment of them — your Honors will not deem it indecent 
or improper to request that said Bill may be revised — and 
that they may be heard upon the subject — 

Your Petitioner by no means wishes to have them so much 
as border upon extravagance, and it is not his Interest any 
more than his Inclination to request it — For his part, (and 
he doubts not he speaks the mind of other Clerks) he only 
desires an adequate reward — but he humbly thinks that the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 323 

Fees in question are generally consider'd lower than almost 
any other in the Bill. 

He therefore prays that your Honors would appoint a 
Committee to revise said Fees & make such alterations as to 
Justice will comport — And as in duty bound will pray 

Sam^ Freeman 



CoV Cargill's Petition. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon'''" the Senate and Hon*''" House of Representa- 
tives of the Commonwealth aforesaid in General Court 
Assembled at Boston January 1790. 

The Pet° of James Cargill. 

Humbly Sheweth 

That Your Petitioner in the Year 1775, was Appointed 
CoF of the Eastern Regiment of Militia, and while he had 
that Connnand he Captured four Vessels who were supply- 
ing the Enemy; which Vessels were all Condemned in the 
Maritime Court for the Eastern District; — 

That a long time after, the Gen' Court permitted the Cap* 
& Owner of One of said Vessels to go into the Common Law, 
After the Evidences, by whom She was Condemned had All 
Left this Commonwealth ; and for the want of said Evidences 
the said Vessel was restored to her former OA^mer, ISTotwith- 
standing she had Admiral Grave's Pass on board when 
Captured. 

That afterwards Your petitioner Applied to the General 
Court for relief, who were pleased to make him some Allow- 
ance, but by no means Adequate to his Loss ; for ]^otwith- 
standing the relief Afforded him he is still a Sufferer to the 
value of more tlian One hundred Acres of Land and Salt 
Marsh, now worth £200 Lawfull money — besides Costs. — 



324 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Your Petitioner would be more particular in representing 
bis Case to tbis Hon"® Court; but as it bas been before tbe 
Court so lately, tbat many of tbe Hon''^® Members must re- 
member tbe wbole Transaction — therefore be Apprehends 
it needless to be more particular. — 

He therefore humbly prays this Hon''^^ Court would be 
pleased to take his Case into your Wise and just Considera- 
tion and be pleased to make him a Grant of some of the 
Eastern Lands, fully to Compensate him for his Losses afore- 
said ; or relieve him in such other way as Your Honors in 
Your known Wisdom and Goodness shall see meet. — 

And as in duty bound shall ever Pray &c. 

James Cargill 



Petition from Bowdoin. 

To the General Court 

Kind and honour'd Gentlemen, By our Agent William 
Scales, We desire to address your tender and honourable 
feelings in our pressing circumstances, and trust that the 
justice and necessity of our cause will commend themselves 
to virtuously disposed Rulers and move their charity and 
tender mercy to help us. 

We are in a new settled country, the whole land being a 
desolate wilderness when we first set down here, while we 
were all but in very low State, and have nothing of consider- 
able value increased our fortunes, except a few Individuals, 
therefore we judge ourselves injured, that we are, contrary 
to our choice, incorporated for taxations of every Species, 
not one whereof the thirtieth part can pay without distressing 
ourselves. 

A petition for our incorporation was presented to the Gen- 
eral Court sometime before many of us were settled in these 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 325 

parts, and was hatched up by one Cap* Jaquish Prince 
Eowes, and William Gowel, without our knowledge who by 
art, as we judge, persuaded a few others to sign the petition, 
and we hear that our names are sig-ned to it, which we testi- 
fy was not done either by our own hand or by our consent. 

This same petition we understand was presented to the 
Court by Samuel Thompson whose power over us we utterly 
deny, and declare our full disapprobation of his conduct, both 
in meddling with our matters and in geting a tax laid upon 
wild lands, which are only a bill of cost instead of a profit. 
His design in this unjust tyrannical conduct is best known 
perhaps to the Supreme Judge and himself. Besides all this 
by the reason of the newness of our Country we are not able 
to live any way comfortably, and at this time, our crops being- 
cut short, and many of them almost cut off by a late drought 
and otherwys, we are threatened with a certain famine, and 
it appears that, without an extraordinary Interposition of 
providence, we shall soon be swallowed in it. A few families 
excepted, were all their goods thrown out into the Streets 
many men would not think it worth their while to gather 
them up. A contribution to release us from our calamities 
is abundantly more necessary than taxation of our properties 
and persons, while by oppression, and other hardships our 
life is made very uncomfortable and perhaps almost un- 
desirable. 

In the midst of these calamities, we have no proper ad- 
vantages to give our youth due education, but only to leave 
it our property become a prey to artful and designing men. 
We therefore pray your Honours to mal^e our case your own, 
and kindly release us from our oppression, that we may be 
enabled to recover ourselves a little, and put ourselves in 
some way to become helps to Society, and to obtain a School 
for the Instruction of our Children, and even of ourselves. 



326 DOCTJMENTAEY HISTOEY 

Whereas we would set up a free and general School of 
great utility to ourselves and the publick, we feel ourselves 
disposed to do our utmost to accomplish it, but inasmuch as 
our circumstances are very low, we desire the aid of the 
virtuous and good, & in submission petition that, in their 
virtue & wisdom, they would kindly aid us herein in such 
ways as they judge proper. For we intend the School to be 
for industry and economy as well as for learning, and that 
it shall be so conducted that there shall be no deminishing 
the Primasies, but an increase to the latest posterity, an in- 
creasing fund for the instruction of young people as well in 
all profitable agriculture and manufacture, as in all useful 
knowledge and letters, an Asylum for all virtuous people that 
are disposed to obtain the knowledge of human prudence, and 
everything that is conducive to human happiness here or here- 
after. 

We desire not this benevolence for ourselves in our private 
calamities, which we mean to endure as well as we can, only 
petitioning the General Court to release us from taxation till 
we can recover ourselves ; but we ask it for the good of our 
Children and the Publick, as being persuaded that Substance 
laid out in the manner intended will be of great advantage 
to the Commonwealth, as well as Individuals, &, was it to 
become general would make this country a temporal Paradise 
Jesse Davies John Alexander, 

Samuel Hinkley, J^athaniel [ ] 

John Cushing, Isaac Jones, 

Sam' *Simonds, John Temple, 

Thomas Davies, Isaac Chase, 

[ ] Hinkley [ ] 

Joseph Jones, James Hicks, 

[ ] Seth Hinkley, 

John Fish, Steven Shapleigh, 

Timothy Tebbets, John Hinkley, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 327 

Samuel Tebbets Thomas Ham, 

Thomas Tebbets, Samuel Hinklej, 

Isaac Tebbets, Isaac Hiiikley, 

Eobert Hewej, Hiram Hinkley, 

Alex' Gray, Josiah Berry, 

Timothy Higgins, Hugh [ ]lloy, 

iN'athaniel [ ] Simon Wheeler, 

William Higgins, V/illiam Whiting, 

Ebenezer Temple, Joseph Wheler, 

[ ] Benjamin Ridout, 
W" Alexander, 

Samuel Simmons, Isaam Chase \ selectmen 

* Nearly all these names are scarcely readable they are so faint. 

Lincoln ss. February y" 14"" 1790 

There appeared Jesse Davies and John Hinkley, both in- 
habitants of Bowdoin, before me the subscriber and in the 
name and on behalf of s*^ Inhabitants gave oath that the with- 
in Petition is the voice of s'^ Inhabitants 

John Merrill Just Pacis. 



Taxes paid by each County. 

The proportion of Taxes Each County paid to in the Tax 
N" 7"^ Exclusive of the Representatives 
Intitled to Senator £815 2 11 1 4-10 for one by Tax N° 6 
Counties 



send 


Pay 














6 Suffolk 


£5014 2 


6 


W 


'6 


1-7 


6 




6 Essex 


4646 7 


7 




5 


7-10 


5 


6-10 


5 Middlesex 


3834 4 


1 




4 


7-10 


4 


7-10 


4 Hampshire 


3495 6 


9 




4 


3-10 


4 


3-10 


3 Plymouth 


2109 19 


10 




2 


5-10 


2 


6-10 



328 DOCUMENTAEY HI9TOEY 



3 Bristol 


2014 


13 


3 


2 


4-10 


2 


5-10 


1 Barnstable 


716 


9 


6 




8-9 





9-10 


1 Dukes County 

& Nantucket ) 425 


16 


3 




1-2 





5-10 


5 Worcester 


4500 


5 


3 


5 


5-10 


5 


5-10 


2 York 


1506 


2 


3 


1 


8-10 


1 


9-10 


1 Cumberland 


1134 





9 


1 


4-10 


1 


3-10 


1 Lincoln 


1369 


4 





1 


7-10 


1 


7-10 


2 Berkshire 


1839 


6 





2 
40 


1-4 


2 
40 


3-10 


40 Total 


£32605 


18 


1 





The Committee appointed to revise the proportion of Sen- 
ators, Sent by the Several Counties to the General Court; 
have attended that service and report — 

That in future, the number of Senators for the County of 
Plymouth be reduced to two, and that One be added to the 
County of Worcester, and also that the number of Senators 
for the County of Bristol be reduced to two; And that one 
be added to the Counties of Lincoln, Hancock and Washing- 
ton; And the Senators for all the other Counties, remain as 

they are Settled by the Constitution 

A Fuller p'" Order. 



Petition of Wm. Scales for toivn of Bowdoin. 

To the honorable the Senate and house of Representatives, in 
General Court assembled 

The petition of William Scales in behalf of the Town of 
Bowdoin, humbly sheweth, 

Whereas your Petitioner was charged with a petition, 
setting forth the extreme distresses of the Inliabitants afore- 
said, arising from taxes, levied upon them against their 
consent in extreme poverty, and which have been brought 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 329 

upon them, when, on account of their extreme poverty former- 
ly in those Seasons, when they fled from oppression into the 
wilderness, in consequence of a Law, which requires adjacent 
places to incorporated Towns, to be taxed, which was not de- 
signed to oppress the poor, but only to prevent men of fortune 
from riding themselves of taxes by moving out of incorporated 
Towns; and since that, by being incorporated against their 
knowledge (except a few in one corner of the Town;) that 
the said act of incorporation was procur'd by Persons not 
authorized therefor, and who either ignorantly or willingly 
misrepresented them, and sent their names to the Court by a 
certain clandestine way in which they had no voice, to make 
the Land and Inhabitants of s** Township subject to taxes and 
other expences incidental to the privilige of Incorporation; 
that the Land on which s*^ Inhabitants reside are owned but 
in a small part by themselves; that there are few and but 
ordinary improvements thereon; that their Situation is such 
that they derive no advantage from lumbering, and that their 
Land, except in a very few and small instances, are in a State 
of nature, the greater part of the Inhabitants not having 
lived thereon above five years, some not above two, and others 
not one, many whereof are as destitute of food and raiment 
as the Vagabonds of Affrica. These and other circumstances 
of distresses were stated in the petition of the Inhabitants of 
a^ Town, but by some means or other hath not come before the 
Court. 

Your Petitioner therefore himibly prays that this Petition 
may be laid before the honorable the Senate, as the matter of 
the petition is of urgent necessity that the s*^ Inhabitants may 
be released from taxation, since they are otherways involved 
in distresses, unknown to any but themselves, and are so very 
poor and destitute that their life is undesirable. And as in 
duty bound your Petitioner will ever pray. 

William Scales 



330 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 

Petition of Town of Bath. 

To the honorable the Senate and the honorable house of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled 

the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Bath, in 
the County of Lincoln humbly sheweth — That your Peti- 
tioners, impressed with an ardent desire to promote the bene- 
fit of the Public in general, and of the Town of Bath, and of 
the Towns in its vicinage in particular, ernestly wish that 
there might be more than one avenue by land to the said 
To^\m of Bath, from the Country adjacent. This desirable 
event might take place by the erection of a Bridge over the 
River known by the name of iSTew-meadows or Stevens River 
at or near the ferry, called Browns ferry — They therefore 
humbly pray your Honors to grant them permission to build 
a Bridge over said River — And they are humbly of the 
opinion, that such a Communication with the adjacent Coun- 
try would not only be greatly advantageous to your Peti- 
tioners and to the Inhabitants of Georgetown, but of great 
public utility — It would shorten much the distance of Travel 
to the center of the Town of Bath, and of its Inhabitants, and 
to all the Towns to the eastward of Kennebec River — The 
practicability of erecting a Bridge is indisputable — And the 
expence of the erection will be furnished by your Petitioners, 
and by People in the vicinity whose benefit will be more im- 
mediately promoted by it — Your Petitioners have not the 
least doubt, but that, should they obtain your Honors appro- 
bation. Monies sufficient for the business would be directly 
procured And their hopes of this are founded upon the proffer 
of money which have been already made, and the sums al- 
ready subscribed. No detriment as they conceive can accrue 
to any Person — Your Petitioners therefore pray your 
Honors, whose known Characteristic is, to embrace every op- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 331 

portunitj to advance the good & convenience of your Citizens, 
to grant your permission for the erection of a Bridge across 
said River — and to pass such an Act or Acts as shall be 
necessary for the accomplishment of so desirable an Event — 
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. 
Bath Jan^ 19, 1790, signed in the name & behalf of the In- 
habitants of Bath by 

Jon* Davis, Fra Winter, Joshua Shaw \- 

Committee of Bath 



At a Town meeting legally warned & regularly held at the 
meeting house in Bath, on the IS*'' day of Jan'' 1790, for the 
purpose of considering the expediency of petitioning the Gen- 
eral Court for liberty to build a Bridge over Stevens River 
&c — Voted nemine contradicente, 1^* to petition the General 
Court for permission to build a Bridge over said River — 
voted 2'^ that Jonathan Davis & Francis Winter, Esquires 
and M"" Joshua Shaw be a Committee in the name and behalf 
of the Town to sign said Petition and to send it to the Gen- 
eral Court — 

Bath — Attest Fra Winter, T. Clerk pro tempore, 

Joshua Shaw, Jonathan Mitchell [ Selectmen 



Re. Petition of Town of Bath. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 

In the House of Representatives Feb^ 16 1790 
The Committee appointed upon the Petition of the In- 
habitants of the Town of Bath in the County of Lincoln pray- 
ing that the Petitioners and others may have permission to 



332 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOBT 

erect a Bridge by subscription, across the I^ew Meadow's 
River so called 

Ask leave to report, 

That the Prayer of the said Petition be granted and that 
an Act be passed for the carrying into effect the object of the 
said Petition. 



Petition of the Town of Portland for a Lottery. 

At a legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Portland, qualified to vote in Town Meetings, on the 22*^ 
day of Feb^ 1790 — 

Voted That the Town will petition the General Court, for 
a Lottery for the purpose of building a house for the recep- 
tion of the poor, and for widening, straightning, and laying 
out Streets in the Town 

Voted — That a Committee of five be appointed to draft 
and forward a Petition to the Gen. Court. 

Voted — M' Freeman, M^ Hall, M^ Fox, Dea: Titcomb 
and Cap* Joseph M'^Lellan a Committee for that purpose — 

Voted — That a Committee draft the Committee draft, sign 
the petition and forward the same to M"" Davis at the Gen^ 
Court by the next Post. 

A true Copy — Attest — 

John Frothingham Town Clerk. 

Managers recommended by the Town viz Sam Freeman, 
jo: H Ingraham, Jas Fosdick, Dan^ Hsley, Lem' Weeks, 
Hugh M'^Lellan & Enoch Ilsley 

Attest Jn° Frothingham Town Clerk. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 333 

List of Accounts from the Commissary General. 

A List of Accounts Lodg'd in the Office of the Committee 
for Methodizing public Accounts by Richard Deveus Esq"" 
Commissary General — Towti of Arundell for Powder & Ball, 
Nath' Bayley for D°, CoF Josiah Brewer Truckmaster 
280:14:1 Town of Kittery for Fire Arms & Powder 
228:10:0 Town of Sanford for Fire Arms etc. 21:5:0 
Town of Wells for D" 17 : 10 : 

An account of Cannon, & Stores D° to Sundry Towns. 
Cape Elizabeth 3 Nine pound Car ridges 6 cw 2 . . Iron 3 
Nine pound Cannon 100 w Powder 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled — 

The Town of Portland in the County of Cumberland 
humbly shews 

That they labour under many Inconveniences for want of a 
House for the reception of their Poor, and of a suitable regu- 
lation in regard to the Streets in said Town — That on ac- 
count of the great espences they have been at for public 
Buildings, and the sufferings of the Town during the late 
War, which has hitherto prevented them from making those 
necessary Provisions, they are unable to raise so much money 
as is really wanted for these purposes — They therefore 
humbly pray that your Honors would grant them the Benefit 
of a Lottery for the purpose of raising a Sum of Money 
requisite for accomplishing these Designs. — And as in Duty 
bound will pray — 

Signed in behalf of the Town February 24, 1790 

Sam^ Freeman, 

Stephen Hall, f ^ ., , 

/^ ) Committee 

John Fox, 

Benj* Titcomb 



334 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Additional Bill for Regulating the Fishery in Saco River. 
Commonwealth of Massacliusetts 

In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
ninety 

An Act in addition to the Act for "reguhiting the Sahnon, 
Shad and alewife fishery in Saco River, and the branches 
thereof within this Commonwealth." (passed June 28*'' 
1786) 

Whereas by the said Act it is enacted, ''That on Complaint 
made" in Writing to any Justice of the Peace for the County 
where any offence against this Act shall be committed, against 
any Person or Persons for any breach of this Act, or upon 
View of any Justice; such Justice is hereby impow^red to 
issue his Writ of Scire facias, Commanding such offender to 
appear before him at such time and place as the Justice shall 
direct, at least seven days previous to the day of Trial, to 
shew cause (if any he or they have) Why a Warrant of dis- 
tress shall not Issue against him or them, to levy said fine 
or forfeiture, on his or their goods or chattels, with all legal 
costs, in the same manner as Writs and Executions are issued, 
and in like manner returnable." Which provision by reason 
of different construction put upon it has not answered the 
purposes for which it was intended 

Be it therefore Enacted by the Senate and House of Rep- 
resentatives in general Court assembled and by the xiuthority 
of the same that the said recited paragraph be & hereby is 
repealed. 

And be it further Enacted ; that the mode of Recovering 
the pecuniary fines and forfeiture that shall in future be in- 
curred by a breach of the said Statute, shall be by Action of 
debt, before any Justice of the Peace in the County Where 
the forfeiture shall be incurred : or by Indictment or present- 
ment of the grand jury — and When any Person shall be 
convicted upon the Presentment or Indictment of a grand 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 335 

Jury, the Whole Forfeiture of a pecuniary nature that shall 
be by the said Act Inflicted, shall be to and for the use of the 
County in which the same shall be incurred & be paid into 
the County Treasury accordingly any thing in the said Act 
expressed to the Contrary notwithstanding — 

And be it further enacted; that when a prosecution shall 
be had for a Net Pot, or other mashine used in fishing in 
violation of the said Act it shall be by libell before a Justice 
of the Peace for the same County : And the Person who 
shall take and Seize any IsTet Pot, or other fishing machine, 
on a Supposition of its being forfeited, shall within Twenty 
four Hours then next following the Seizure Libell the same, 
in which Libell He shall describe the same with as much cer- 
tainty as conveniently can be : and mention therein the 
time when the place Where and the Cause for which it was 
taken. And the Justice before W^hom the Libell shall be 
filed, shall forthwith cause a Copy thereof to be posted up in 
some public places in the Town or plantation Where the 
Seizure was made ; and at the same time in Writing thereon 
Notify the Time and place he shall appoint, for any person 
to appear and shew Cause, Wherefore the iSTet Pot, or other 
fishing machine should not be decreed forfeited; which time 
shall not be more than Twenty nor less than Seven days from 
the posting up the notifications. And if no person shall ap- 
pear to dispute the legality of the Seizure, or appearing shall 
not countervail the Evidence offered on the part of the Libal- 
lant: The Justice shall decree and determine the same for- 
feited, and thereupon Order & direct the same to be Sold at 
Vendue, and the Moneys thence arising, (after deducting the 
expence of Seizing notifying Trial and Condemnation) to 
be divided as the said Act directs. But if upon the Trial it 
shall not appear to the Justices that the Article Seized is 
liable to forfeiture by the said Act He shall decree a restora- 
tion thereof to the Claimant. And When any I^et or other 



336 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

fishing Mashine shall be decreed forfeited, the Justice him- 
self may proceed to Sell the same at Vendue Accordingly 
after giveing Twenty four Hours notice of the time and place 
of Sale and make distribution of the Money thereon arising 
according to Law : Or he may make out his precept for sell- 
ing Returnable to himself in fourteen days to some sworn 
officer, (if any such there be, in the Towoi or Plantation) 
otherways to some discreet disinterested Inhabitant (ISTaming 
him) to make Sale thereof after giveing public ISTotice of the 
Time and place of Sale Twenty four Hours before hand, and 
w^hen the Precept for Selling shall be directed to a Person 
who is not a Sworn officer — The Justice shall adminis^"" an 
Oath unto him faithfully and impartially to execute the 
same, according to the directions thereof And the Fees for 
notifying Selling and distributing the Moneys shall be at the 
rate of Fifteen p cent and no more. 

And be it further Enacted ; that any Person duly chosen 
and sworn to see the said Act carried into execution shall and 
may be admitted as a Witness, as to the Time and place of 
Seizing a Xet Pot or other impliment used in fishing, N^ot- 
withstanding some part of the same, shall in case of Con- 
demnation Excuse to his use. And the Fees for libelling 
Trial and Condemnation shall be the samp as are by Law al- 
lowed in a Civil Suit before a Justice and no more 

And be it further enacted, that when a precept for selling 
shall Issue, the form thereof shall be in Substance as follows 
Ss [Seal] To the Constable of the Town of [or to A. B. 
of B. as the case may be] Whereas upon the Libell of C. D. 
of B. [addition] against a ]^et [there describe the Article 
Seized and libelled] for being used and improved in violation 
of the law for regulating the Salmon Shad and Alewife Fish- 
ery in Saco River, and the branches thereof. It was decreed 
upon the (day of By me I. H. a 
Justice of the Peace for the County of that the same 



OF THE STATE OF ISIAHSTE 337 

was by law forfeited, and thereupon ordered to be Sold, and 
the Moneys arising upon such Sale to be distributed after de- 
ducting the charges of Seizing trial and condemnation, one 
moiety to the said C. D. the libellant, and the other moiety 
to the Overseers of the Poor of the Town [or Plantation] of 
B. as by the Record of the proceedings and Condemnation 
before me the said Justice remaining appears Which Sentence 
and decree remains to be put into Execution. These are 
therefore in the name of the Commonwealth of ]\[assachusetts 
to Will & require you to make Sale of the said N'et which is 
herewith delivered you for that purpose to the highest bidder, 
after giveing Twenty four hours public notice of the time 
and place of Sale, by posting up Advertisements thereof in 
some public places in the said Town [or plantation]. And 
the Moneys arising upon Such Sale after deducting Fifteen 
per Cent for your own Time and Trouble, you are to dis- 
tribute as follows viz* To C J), the libellant 
Shillings & pence for the Costs & Charges of 

Seizing Trial & Condemnation, as Taxed and allowed by me 
the said Justice, together with one moiety of the residue for 
his Share of the forfeiture, and the other moiety you are to 
pay to the Overseers of the Poor of the Town of [or Planta- 
tion] B for the use of the poor thereof. And you are to take 
the Rec* of the said Overseers as Well as the Rec* of the 
said C. D. hereon, for the Moneys You Shall pay them 
respectively. 

And of this Precept with your doings hereon you are to 
make returne unto myself in Fourteen days from the date — 
hereof. Hereof fail not, given under my hand & seal at B. 

in the said County of this day of Anno 

Domini A 

In the House of Representatives February 26**^ 1790 

This Bill having had three several Readings passed to be 
Engrossed. 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk'' 

23 



338 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

A provided jSTevertlieless that any defendent agreved at 
any Judgment entered up by any Justice of the peace in any 
process under this act may appeal from such Judgment to 
the Court of Common pleas next to be holden within and for 
the said County in the same way and manner as is provided 
by Law for appealing from the Judgments of Justices of the 
peace in any civil Action. 



To the Hon"'^ the Senate & the Hon*"'® House of Representa- 
tives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in Gen- 
eral Court assembled, at Boston February, 1790 

The Memorial of Gustavus Fellows, & other proprietors of 
Plantation JSTo 22, & Bucks-harbour ]^eck, so called, in the 
County of Washington, in this Commonwealth, humbly 
sheweth. 

That, in the year 1788, they purchased said lands of this 
Commonwealth, and that, by the resolves thereof, they were 
to be exempted from Taxes, either to this Commonwealth, or 
to the United States, during ten years, from i^ov"" 16, 1786. 

That your Memorialists, observing the orders of the Leg- 
islatures of the 19 ult, directing all concerned to shew cause 
why the said Plantations, amongst others, should not be in- 
corporated, would represent to your Honours that the Cir- 
cumstances of the Iiiliabitants are so wretched & distress'd 
from the great difficulties they have to encounter in settliu'^ 
in the Wilderness, that they can by no means support the 
expences attending their being incorporated, nor contribute 
towards the expences of Government, at present : 

That the Proprietors have already been at a very consid- 
erable expence for erecting a Grist-mill, & making other Pro- 
vision for the encouragement of settlers; & that they have 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 339 

also, for that purpose, voted to give to Settlers one tenth Part 
of said Lands. 

All which Particulars your Memorialists are ready to 
verify, and they, therefore, pray that your Honours would sus- 
pend the Orders of the 19th. ult. as far as respects the 
Premises ; and as in Duty bound, shall ever pray. 
Gustavus Fellowes, JSTatha' Curtis, 

John Coffin Jones, Com. Fellowes, 

:N'aty Fellowes Benj^ Cobb Jun' 

John Lucas, Samuel Cobb, 

W- Marshall, W" Dale. 



Re — Canal from Neiv Meadow river to Merry Meeting Bay. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
ninety. 

An Act for incorporating certain persons into a corporation 
for the purpose of opening a Canal from the head of ISTew 
Meadow river to Merry meeting bay — 

Whereas great advantages may arise to the towns west of 
Xew Meadow river, and to the publick in general, by open- 
ing a Canal from the head of the same river to Merry meet- 
ing Bay — 

Be it therefore Enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court Assembled, and by the authority 
of the same that Isaac Snow, Aaron Hiiikley, and Samuel 
Thompson Esquires, Phillip Higgins, ISTathaniel Larrabee, 
Benjamin Hammon, John Peterson, and Samuel Snow, so 
long as they shall continue to be proprietors in said Incor- 
poration, together with all those who are and those who shall 
become proprietors thereof, shall be a Corporation and body 
Politic for the purpose of opening and keeping open a Canal 



340 DOCUMENTAKY HISTOEY 

from the head of New Meadow river to Merry meeting Bay, 
under the name of "The Proprietors of the ISTew Meddow 
Canal" 

And by that name may sue & prosecute, & be sued & prose- 
cuted to final Judgment and Execution, and do & suffer all 
other matters and things which bodies politic, may or ought 
to do and suffer, and that the said Corporation shall & may 
have full power and authority to make have & use a Common 
Seal, and the same to break alter & renew at pleasure — 

And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, 
that if it shall so happen that any individual or body cor- 
porate shall be damaged in his or their lands or other proper- 
ty, by cutting & keeping open said Canal the damage so done 
shall be recompensed by the proprietors thereof in such sums 
or proportions as shall be ordered by the Court of General 
Sessions of the peace in the county of Cumberland ^ upon 
inquiry into the same by a Jury summoned for that purpose 
at the expence of the proprietors of the aforesaid Canal 

^ And be it further Enacted, by the authority aforesaid, 
that Isaac Snow Esq'" be & hereby is empowered & directed to 
issue his warrant to one of the proprietors aforesaid requiring 
him to notify a meeting of the proprietors in manner as the 
Law directs — And the proprietors at said meeting shall 
choose a Clerk (who shall be duly sworn to a faithful dis- 
charge of his ofiice) and also shall agree on a method for 
calling future meetings. 

And be it further Enacted that if the said proprietors shall 
refuse or neglect for the space of four years after the passing 
of this Act to open and compleat said Canal then this act 
shall be void & of none Effect 

And be it further Enacted that the said Canal shall be 
kept open — for the passage of Boats, Rafts & other water 
craft and for all persons who may wish to pass or transact 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 341 

business therein; and ^ no fee, toll, or other perquisite for 
the same shall be required 

In Senate March 1, 1T90 

This Bill having had two several readings, passed to be 
Engrossed 

Sent do^vn for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid' 

In the House of Representatives March 5, 1790. 

This Bill having had three several Readings passed a con- 
currence to be Engrossed with amendments 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"* 

At A B & C viz at A insert "or Lincoln" at B insert "if 
any Damage shall be assessed by said Jury" at C dele from 
C to D & insert "Shall be subject to such toll, fee or other 
perquisite as the General Court shall hereafter order." 
In Senate March 4**^ 1790. 



Read & Concurred 



Sam' Phillips j'' Presid* 



Memorial of Daniel Cotiy. 

To the Honorable house of Representatives of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts 
The memorial of the Subscriber respectfully shews That 
he has been informed that John Gardner Esq. a member of 
the honorable house, has publickly made insinuations touch- 
ing the conduct of your memorialist, as one of the Commit- 
tee for the sale of Eastern Lands, calculated to injure the 
reputation & character of your memorialist, who, conscious 



342 DOCUMENTAEY HISTOKY 

of the rectitude of his intentions, is solicitous that the strict- 
est scrutiny may be made into his conduct in this business, 
when it will abundantly appear, that all such suggestions are 
without foundation — 

He therefore requests that the Hon*"^" House will adopt 
such measures as they shall deem expedient to enquire into 
the truth of those suggestions, as your memorialist is per- 
suaded that his conduct so far from deserving reproach, in 
this instance, has been upright, and will, he doubts not, meet 

the approbation of the General Court — 

Dan' Cony 
Boston March S^ 1790 



Petition of the Sujferers at the Burning of Falmouth. 

To the Hon'''^ Senate and the Hon^'^ House of Representa- 
tives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

The Petition of the Subscribers who suffered by the Burn- 
ing of Falmouth, in the beginning of the late War with 
Britain. 

Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Petitioners Conceive the Sentiments of !N^ations 
Especially of those who are most Civilized, agree that the 
Losses as well as Expence Occasioned by war ought to be 
Equally sustained, as near as may be, by those who are 
Equally Interested in the Event — 

That this has been the sense of the Legislature of this 
Commonwealth, appears by their Resolves and Laws in Gen- 
eral, but Especially by their Repeated Applications to 
Congress, to induce that Body to Charge the Expence of the 
unfortunate Expedition to Penobscot to the Account of the 
United States, in which this State in Particular Suffered so 
great A Loss — 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 343 

This principal has appeared so reasonable to the General 
Court, that they still Expect, and still flatter their con- 
stituents, with the hope, that all the state will undoubtedly 
Consent to Consider the Penobscott Expedition as a Common 
Cause. 

This argument under the Authority of the Legislature, 
Appears so Reasonable and even self Evident to your Peti- 
tioners that we Cannot but yet hope, and Expect to be heard 
Vv'ith favourable attention, and that our Request, which how- 
ever it may strike the feelings of those who enjoy Ease and 
Affluence, is yet of great importance to your Petitioners will 
be Granted — 

We beg leave however to mention to our Political fathers, 
that we have experienced the Emphasis and painful Applica- 
tion of that saying of very great antiquity, that Hope de- 
fered makes the heart sick, — We have certain information 
that those from this Town who went off and joined themselves 
to the Common Enemy, of America, have not been so 
neglected, — but that A Ready attention has been given to 
their losses, either pretended or Real, by the British Court, 
and ample Provision made for a plenary Compensation, as 
soon as the iNational ability will admit, — and several of those 
who have Revisited their Native Country, and this Town 
in particular, boast of large Sums already received, and that 
the Remittances are Continually making in Money, Goods 
&c that the sums with Respect to many others, that their 
Losses are likely to prove their very great Gain. — 

Your Petitioners suppose it needless to mention, the many 
who were at once Reduced from Comfortable Conditions to 
Experience the bitterness of Poverty and every kind of dis- 
tress, or the partial sufferings of others from the burning 
and Rage of the common Enemy, — These have been Repeat- 
edly told already, we are sensible of the present embarrased 
State of Public affairs, and have not any Expectation, that 



344 



DOCUMEXTAEY HISTOEY 



the People will Consent to increase their own burthens, to 
Eeleive our Misery, Notwithstanding the justice of such A 
Measure — But as there are Resources in the State, by which 
our Losses may be Compensated, without any additional 
weight on Government, your Petitioners pray that the Honor- 
able Court, would take our Case into their wise and Com- 
passionate Consideration, and that A Grant may be made of 
the Unlocated Lands in the County of Cumberland, or Lin- 
coln, Proportioned to the Losses Severally sustained, and 
that the same may be Exempted from Public Taxes, for such 
term of time, as the Court in their Wisdom, shall Judge to 
be just and Equitable. 

And your Petitioners shall Ever Pray. 



Nath' Coffin, 
Josiah Riggs, 
John Bayley 
Tho^ Sandford, 
Joseph Holt Ingraham, 
Nath' Deering, 
Edward Watts, 
Enoch Ilsley, 
Moses Lunt, 
Lemuel Weeks, 
Stephen Waite, 
Jn Fox, 

John Stephenson, 
Mehetable Preble, 
John Waite, 
John Burnam, 
Sam' Freeman, 
David Noyes, 
Timothy Pike, 
Mary Houston, 
Moses Plummer, 



John Nicholls, 
Benj'* Titcomb, 
Gershom Rogers, 
Jacob Bradbury, 
Tho^ Bradbury, 
Sam' Bradbury, 
Dudley Cammet, 
Mraiah Pierson, 
Elizabeth Bradbury, 
Samuel Mountfort, 
Daniel Friend Riggs, 
Thomas Smith, 
Eben'' Mayo 
Joseph Weeks, 
John Thorlo, 
John Thrasher, 
Jon* Bryant, 
Ebenezer Owen, 
John Veazie, 
Joseph Sylvester, 
Stephen Woodman, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 345 

Daniel Pettingell, Ebenezer Snow, 

W"' Jenks Josiah Baker, 

David Stoddart, Jonathan Moses, 

Charles Young, Jeremiah Berry, 

Josiah Tucker, George Burns, 

Isaac Randall, David Woodman, 

Moses Shattuck, Joseph Riggs Jun"" 
Thomas Mosley, 

In Senate Nov. 10, 1788 

Read and committed to John Fessendon & Dummer Sewell 

Esq'" with such as the Hon"'^ House may join, to consider & 

report 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam^ Phillips j"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives Nov" 13, 1788 

Read and concurred & M'" Nasson M"" Scamman & M' Davis 

are joined. 

Theodore Sedgwick Spk' 

In Senate June 3*^ 1789. 

Read & Committed to John Fessenden Esq"" with such as 
the Hon^'^ House may join, to consider & report. 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 3*^ 1789 

Read & concurred & M"" Curtis & M"" Whitney of Harvard 

are joined 

David Cobb, Speak'" 

Common Wealth of Massachusetts [ 

In Senate March 1790 
The Committee of both houses on the Petition of Enoch 
Isley and others sufferers at tlie Burning of Falmouth the 



346 DOCtlMENTAKY HISTOEY 

beging of the late war with Great Brittain submit the fol- 
lowing Resolve 

on the Petition of Enoch Isley and others 

Resolved that there be granted to those Suffered by the 
Burning of Falmouth the begining of the late war with Great 
Brittain, Land in the countys of Lincoln Hancock & Washin- 
ton or either of them to the value of two thousand pounds to 
be estimated and located by the committee for the sale of 
Lands in the Eastern Counties, to be divided among them in 
proportion to their several Losses sustained, 

Provided that the said sufferers shall signify their ac- 
ceptance to within months 
from the passing this Resolve and those who shall so signify 
their acceptance shall Divide said lands among them as above 
directed. 

Falmouth loss sustained by its being burnt by the British 
£54,741. 



Petition from Inhabitants of Town of Falmouth for Belief. 

To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable House of 
Representatives, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
in General Court assembled — 

The Petition of the Subscribers, a Committee of those 
Persons who sufferd by the Destruction of the town of Fal- 
mouth, now Portland, in said Commonwealth by British 
Forces, on the IS*'' October A. D. 1775. 

humbly shews 

That having been previously notified for the purpose, the 
said sufferers met on the 21^* of April last to consider the 
Resolve of the General Court passed the ninth of the preceed- 
ing Month granting them two Townships of Land, on account 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 347 

of the Losses they sustained by the Destruction aforesaid — 
That after due consideration thereof, they were of opinion, 
that it would be exceedingly difficult, if not totally imprac- 
ticable to carry the same into effect, on account of the manner 
in which the Lands are to be distributed, as well as that those 
of the Sufferers for whom the Grant is principally designed, 
are least able to defray the Expence of laying them out and 
settling them — They therefore appointed your Petitioners 
to make application to your Honors for an alteration of said 
Resolve in the above particular, as well in those which fol- 
low, viz — 1. That your Honors would order that the said 
Lands be apportioned among them according to the amount of 
their respective Losses — 2 That your Honors would al- 
low them to take Two Townships that already, are or may be, 
laid out by the Committee for the Sale of Eastern Lands — 
3. That they may not be obliged to settle them, in so short 
a time as is mentioned in said Grant — And while your Peti- 
tioners are grateful for the attention of your Honours to their 
former Petition for a partial Compensation of their Losses, 
they beg leave further to request that your Honors would 
make them an additional Grant, on the same account — and 
this Request they humble hope your Honors will not judge 
unreasonable, when your Honors consider that they have 
never had any compensation of their sufferings, and that the 
Government have been at no Expence towards supportin-i 
the Poor of said Town, since that unhappy day excepting a 
small sum in Paper Money granted for their Relief imme- 
diately after they were brought into extreme distress by being 
turned out of their Houses and driven into different parts of 
the Country for shelter, in an inclement season of the year 
and further, that the value of those two Townships at the 
highest price, will be but a small part of the amount of their 
Losses, and when divided among them, will give to each 
individual but a small share — 



348 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

And your Petitioners as in duty bound will pray - 
Sam^ Freeman Benj* Titcomb 

Enoch Ilsley Thomas Motley 

Nath. Coffin Jos. Holt Ingraham 

Tho^ Sandford 



Draft Resolve on petition of Samuel Freeman et als. 

In the House of Representatives June 16^^ 1791 
On the Petition of Samuel Freeman & others a Committee 
of those Persons who suffered by the destruction of the town 
of Falm" now Portland appointed by said Sufferers at a 
Meeting held for that purpose — setting forth that it would 
be exceedingly difficult if not totally impracticable to carry 
into effect the Resolve of the Court passed March 2*^ 1791 
granting to the said Sufferers two Townships of Land and 
therefore praying that the mode of distributing the same may 
be altered — Therefore Resolved that so much of said Resolve 
as relates to the distributoin of the s*^ Townships be and here- 
by is repealed 

And it is further Resolved that the said Lands be divided 
among the Sufferers in proportion to their respective Losses — 
and in order to a fair and equitable division thereof it is 
Resolved that Sam' Freeman Esq"" jSTotify a Meeting of said 
Sufferers to be holden at some convenient place in Portland, 
as soon as may be ; by inserting an advertisemeiit thereof in the 
Portland ISTews Papers three weeks successively, for the pur- 
pose of choosing a Committee to make such division of said 
Townships into Lots or shares as they shall judge to be best 
for their general advantage — at which Meeting the s'' Suf- 
ferers may choose a Clerk and such other officers as they may 
judge needful, and agree upon a method for calling Meetings 



OF THE STATE OF ISIAINE 349 

in future — and in all their proceedings they shall be governed 
hj and have the benefit of the Law of this Commonwealth in- 
titled an Act for the better management of Lands, Wliarves 
and other Eeal Estate passed March 10"" 1784 and be it fur- 
ther Resolved that the term for settlement shall be five years 
from the laying out of s*^ Tov^mships and the s*^ Townships 
shall be under the same conditions of taxation as other new 
Towns (sold or granted) by Law now are — Amendments 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives March 2^ 1Y91 

On the petition of Messrs Enoch Ilsley ISTath' Deering 
Sam' Freeman and Thomas Sanford in behalf of themselves 
& the other sufferers by the destruction of the To^vn of Falm° 
(now Portland) by the British ^ in the year 1T75 — 

Resolved for reasons set forth in said petition that there 
be granted to the Petitioners ^ two Townships of Land of six 
miles square each, to be laid out under the direction of the 
Conunittee for the sales of Eastern Lands in the Counties of 
Cumberland or Lincoln ^ and the sufferers are hereby author- 
ized & impowered at their ovv'n expence to lay out said To"wn- 
ships under such direction as aforesaid And be it further 
Resolved that the Tov/nships so to be laid out shall be ap- 
portioned among the sufferers according to their present 
respective circumstances and wants ; and a plan of the same 
shall be returned into the Secretarys office — And it is fur- 
ther Resolved that ^^ the petitioners shall perform the usual 
conditions required of settlers viz to settle thirty Families in 
each of said Townships within three years from the laying- 
out of the Townships aforesaid ^ a particular rgard shall be 
had to the present situation of the sufferers, in the distribu- 
tion of the Land in the aforesaid Townships which shall be 
^ by a Committee of disinterested persons to be chosen by the 



350 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

majority of the sufferers which Committee shall be sworn to 

the faithful discharge of their Office 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk'' 

In Senate March 9, 1791 

Read & concurred with amendments annexed 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid^ 

At I Insert Forces At A Insert & others the Sufferers 
aforesaid — 

At B Insert reserving however in each Township four Lots 
of three hundred & twenty Acres each for publick Uses Viz 
one for the Ministry one for the first Settled Minister one for 
the support of Schools & one for the future disposition of the 
Gen' Court to average in goodness & Situation with the other 
Lots in said Townships 

II dele Petitioners & insert "Grantees" 

At C dele from C to D and insert and the Lands in said 
Townships shall be distributed «fe divided to & among the said 
Sufferers 

In the House of Representatives March 9, 1791 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk'' 
Approv** John Hancock. 



Eesolve on the Petition of Sufferers of Falmouth now 
Portland. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives March 2^ 1791 
On the petition of Mess" Enoch Hsley, I^Tathaniel Deering 
Sam' Freeman & Thomas Sanford in behalf of themselves & 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 351 

the other sufferers by the destructiou of the town of Falmouth 
(now Portland) by the British Forces in the year 1775 — 

Resolved for reasons set forth in said petition that there 
be granted to the petitioners & others the sufferers aforesaid, 
two townships of Land of six miles square each, to be laid 
out under the direction of the Committee for the sales of 
Eastern Lands in the Counties of Cumberland or Lincoln 
reserving however in each Township four Lots of three hun- 
dred & twenty acres each for publick uses viz* One for the 
jMinistry, one for the first settled Minister, one for the sup- 
port of Schools & one for the future disposition of the General 
Court to average in goodness & situation with the other Lots 
in said To^\^lships — And the sufferers are hereby authorized 
& impowered at their own expense to lay out said Townships 
under such direction as aforesaid — 

And be it further Resolved that the Townships so to be 
laid out shall be apportioned among the sufferers according 
to their present respective circumstances & wants, & a plan 
of the same shall be returned into the Secretary's Office — 

And it is further Resolved that the (jrantees shall perform 

the usual conditions required of the settlers, viz* to settle 

thirty Families in each of said Townships within three years 

of the laying out of the Township aforesaid — And the Lands 

in said Townships shall be distributed & divided to Si among 

the said Sufferers by a Committee of disinterested persons to 

be chosen by the Majority of the sufferers. Which Committee 

shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of their office — 

Sent up for Concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 

In Senate March G**" 1791 — 

Read & Concurred Sam' Phillips Presid* 

Approv'^ John Hancock 

True Copy 

Attest John Avery jun"" Secretary 



352 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Report on Memorial of Hon. Daniel Coney. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts [ 

In the House of Eepresentatives March 5, 1790. 
The Committee appointed on the Memorial of the Hon'*'^ 
Daniel Coney Esq"" Complaining of Insinuations touching his 
conduct as a member of the Committee for sale of Eastern 
Lands, Lately made by John Gardner Esq"" in the House of 
Representatives : ask leave unanimously to report. That 
having examined as far as possible into the grounds of those 
Insinuations, the Committee find no Evidence to support 
them, and are of opinion that the Character of the said Daniel 
Coney Esq"" ought not to be considered as in any degree im- 
peached by them. 



Order on the petitioyi of a number of Toivns in Lincoln 

County. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives, March 8, 1790 

On the petitions of a number of towns in the County of 
Lincoln praying that the Judicial Courts might in future be 
holden at Wiscasset instead of Frankfort 

Ordered, that the petitioners within one month from this 

date serve the Clerk of the court of General Sessions of the 

peace and Common pleas in said county with an attested copy 

of this order that he give notice as soon as may be to the 

Justices of s"^ Courts in said County, to shew cause (if any 

there be) on the ''^ third Wednesday of the next session of the 

General Court why the prayer of said petitions should not be 

granted 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 353 

In Senate March 9'^ 1790 

Eead & concurred with an amendment at A 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 

A — dele ''third" & insert fourth. 

In the House of Representatives March 9, 1790. 

Eead and concurred 

David Cobb Spk-" 



Petition of Inhabitants of Playitation No. 22. 

To the Honourable the Senate and the Honourable the House 
of Representatives in General Court Assembled 

The Petition of Joseph Pierpont, Joel Whitney and Josiah 
Noyes, Committee for and in behalf of the Inhabitants of 
Plantation N" 22 East of Union River Ap' lO''^ 1790 

Humbly Sheweth That we your Petitioners are ISTotified to 
shew Cause to your Honours why said plantation may not be 
incorporated into a Town. 

Your Petitioners always feal themselves Happy when they 
can by their feble exertions render the Common Wealth any 
Service, but when we reflect on Our Small scattered number, 
some fifteen mile distant from each other, our poverty in 
general, and particular families Suffering for Board & Cloath- 
ing, to fead themselves and Children and Keep them from 
the inclemancy of the weather, Our incapasity to pay a small 
Tax, When we think on these and many other inconveni- 
ancies we recoil at the Being incorperated into a To^vn which 
will Accumelate expence and make us more Miserable. 

Therefore we pray your Honours to take Our unsuitable 
condition into your wise Consideration, and untill we have 
Subdued mor of this wild uncultivated country, and Are 

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354 DOCUMENT AEY HISTOEY 

Able to Support a Minister and School master, for which we 
greatly suffer, we praj we maj not be incorporated into a 
Town, and as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray 

Jo^ Pierpont Joel Whitney Josiah l^Toyes [ 
Committee for the Inhabitants of Plantation N° 22 
East of Union River 

In the House of Representatives June 9, 1790 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on Incor- 
porations of new Towns fc*^ to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate June 9, 1790 

Read & Concurred 

S. Phillips j-- Presid* 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of plantation N° 22 on 
Monday April the 19''' 1790 

Voted & made Choice of Joseph Pierpont Esq Cap* Joal 
Whitney and M"" Josiah Noyce Be a Committee to petition 
the Honorable General Court Praying said plantation May 
not be Incorporated into a town. 

Caleb Coolidge Plant Clerk 



List of Senatorial Candidates. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In Council May lO*'' 1790. 
The Governor & Council upon examination of the returns 
from the several Towns & Districts in this Commonwealth 
for Counsellors & Senators in the respective Counties find 
them to be as follows Viz* 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 355 

York 

]Sr° of Voters 487 make a choice 244 — Hon'ble ^Nathaniel 
Wells Esq^334 & chosen 
Candidates 

Honble Edward Cutts Esq"" 121 Joshua B Osgood Esq' 220 
Cumberland 

]Sr° of Voters 512 make a choice 257 
Hon'ble Josiah Thacher Esq"" 286 & chosen 
Lincoln — N° of Voters 1218 make a choice 610 no choice 
Candidates 
Honble Dummer Sewall 388 Daniel Coney Esq'" 409 



Petition of Goiven Willson. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court 
assembled. 

The Petition of Gowin Wilson and others Setlers on Lots of 
Land within a certain Tract of Land now granted or expected 
to be granted to John Glover of ISTew Gloucester in the County 
of Cumberland Gentlemen lying in said County between 
Bakerstown and Raymond Towm so called humbly sheweth, 

That there being a Reserve in the said Grant so made or 
to be made to the said Glover of the Bonafide Setlers Lots of 
one hundred acres each, Your Petitioners beg Leave to ac- 
quaint your Honors that they and each and every of them 
are Bona fide Setlers on certain Lots of Land lying within 
the said Tract and have been at great Trouble and Expense 
in Setling the Same and have made considerable Improve- 
ments thereon, as may be made to appear to the Satisfaction 
of your Honors by your Petitioner's Agent the said M"^ Glover, 

Your Petitioners humbly pray that your Honors will be 
pleased to confirm to them and to each of them their respective 



356 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Lots of one hundred acres each whereon they have so settled 
as aforesaid, to be to them and their Respective Heirs and 
Assigns forever, they and each of them your Petitioners fully 
complying with, and fulfilling the Conditions upon which 
such Confirmation may be granted, And Your Petitioners as 
in duty bound will ever pray : 

Dated at Gloversboro the fifteenth day of May, In the 
Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety. 
Gowen Willson, Richard Thurlo, 

Edmund Merrill, elezabeth Thurlo (The Wider), 

William Allen, ephrim Briggs, 

Thomas Pote, Eliphaz Ring, 

William Procter, Samuel Ring, 

Samuel Pote, Samuel Jordan, 

Josiah Holmes, Nathan Merrill, 

Tho^ Cushman, James Merrill, 

Semion Holmes, Daves *thurel, 

Asa Thurlo, Richard Verill, 

Barnabas Briggs, Richard Verrill jun"^ 



Petition of Settlers on Penobscot Rive'^. 

Penobscot River y" 22^ of May A. D. 1790. 
The Hon*"^ the Senate and the Hon^'^ the House of Repre- 
sentitives for the Common-wealth of Massachusetts, 
in General Court assembled. 
The humble Petition of a small number of the Inhabitants 
of Penobscott River sheweth ; That your petitioners are 
Settled on a Stream call'd Sewaydabscoke Some of about 
Seven and the uppermost about Nine miles from s'' River 
and out of the bounds of any Township ; which ol^scure Sit- 
uation is attended with many difficulties, particularly in the 
winter season, our number not being sufficient to keep open a 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 357 

Road thro' the Snow drifts to Mill & Market. Nevertheless 
a Grant to our Petition will ten to brighten our prospect and 
encourage us to pursue our Enterprize till a Blessing on our 
Labours and an Addition of good neighbours will make our 
Situation more easie and our Lives more comfortable, being 
occupj'd in the improvement of Farms on our own Land. 
Wherefore we humbly Pray that your Excellency & Honours 
will be pleas'd to establish us with Titles in Fee Simple to 
the quantity of Land annexed to each of our ISTames, and 
accept of our respective Obligations on Interest, giving us a 
reasonable Time that so each Object may have liberty to re- 
deem his Oblig" as soon as he can without having any refer- 
ence to the other Petitioners. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray 
Elisha Hewes One Hundred Acres Survey'd in March 
1783, Julius Hewes One Hundred Acres Survey'd in March 
1783 and some cleard and Built on in March 1784 

William Hewes One Hundred Acres Surveyd in March 
1783 cleard in 1787 Joseph Pumroy Two Hundred Acres 
Settled in 1783 on one of them John Pumroy One Hundred 

his 

Acres taken up in 1789 John X Blagdon One Hundred 

mark 

Acres Gustavus Swan Two Hundred Acres one where of 
Settled in 1782 Robert Swan One Hundred Acres Settled 
in 1782 John Swan One Hundred Acres Settled & Built on 
in 1782. 

In the House of Representatives June 14 1790 

Read and committed to the Committee on the sale of East- 
ern Lands to consider & report — 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate June 14, 1790 

Read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips jun"" Presid' 



358 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

Memorial of Samuel Thom of Falmouth. 

To the HonourabP Senate & House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
assembled. 
The Memorial of Samuel Thoms of Falm" in the County 
of CumberP and Commonwealth afores*^ humbly sheweth 
That some time sence a petition was laid before y*" Honours 
by y"^ Memorialist requesting y'' Hon" a Grant of a year's 
Service due as Continent^ Capt° and also a Sum of money 
which he advanced to assist and forward Soldiers to Head- 
quarters, the latter being not granted by reason of Samuel 
Nason Esq. having the Vouchers in Custody ; your Memo- 
rialist prays that s^ Sum may be granted and paid as shall 
appear by the Vouchers and y' Memorialist as in duty bound 

shall forever pray, 

Samuel Thom 
Dated at Fahn" 24^*^ May 1790. 



Dudley Bradstreet's Recpt. 

Falmouth, Jan^ y" 3, 1Y78. 

this day Recvid Cap* Sam' Thoms three pounds Lawfull 
monney Which I promis to pay at Falmouth In three months 
from the above date as Witness my Hand. 

Dudly Broad Street. 



Colonel Wait RecpK 

D' Lieu* Samuel Thomes to John Waite April S*'' 1777 

To victualling M"" Pert a soldier in your Company 2 weeks 
a 10/8 — £1 .. 1 .. 4 . Received the Contents 

P John Waite 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 359 

Colonel Wait Recept. 

Cumberland ss June 4'^ 1779 

Receiv"* of Capt. Samuel Thorns Twenty four Pounds in 
full for a Fine & Charges against John Stimson who was 
Committed to goal by Justice Freeman at the instance of 
Nathan Cheeks in hard Money 1 — 18 — 

John Waite Sheriff 



David Hoits note. 

Falmouth Jan"" 6 1778 

this day Recvid of Cap' Sam' Thoms one pound Sixteen 

shillings Which I promis to pay at Falmouth In three months 

from the above date as Witness hand — 

David Hoit 



W"^ Pearl RecpK 

Falmouth Jan"" y^ S'' 1778 

This day Recvid of Capt Sam* Thoms three pounds Law- 
full monny Which I promis to Return to Falmouth In three 
months from the above Date as Witness my hand 

Wiir X Perl 

mark 

Witness present Jn° McDonald. 



Aarron Frances RecpK 

Rec^ of Cap* thoms two Guns out of Repair 

Albany October y^ 26''' 1777 

Aaron Francis Q. M. 



360 DOCUMENTABY HISTORY 

The Petitio7i of Sam^ Davis. 

To the Hon'"'® Senate and House of Representatives of the 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts In General Court 

Assembled 

The petition of Samuel Davis of Gorham in the County of 

Cumberland humbly sheweth. — That your petitioner had the 

promise of a Deed from his Father Sam^ Davis Deceased of 

twenty five acres of land in Said Gorham in his life time, 

that your Petitioner paid his Said Father the major part of 

the sum he was to give for s^ land before his Death. That 

he was suddenly seized of a Violent fever, which put an End 

to his life in a few Days, So that your petitioner N^ever had 

the Deed which was promised and Designed for him; He 

therefore Prays that your honours would Impower Ebenezer 

Davis (Administrator on the Estate of s'^ Samuel Davis De- 

ceas'^) to give him a deed of Said twenty five Acres of Land ; 

he paying the residue of the Sum he was to give for the 

Same ; And your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will Ever pray. 

Samuel Davis 
Gorham May 28"^ 1790 

Witnesses — Ebenezer Davis Prince Davis \ we being 

knowing that your petitioner had the promise o^ the above 

mentioned land 



Resolve on Petition of Sam^ Davis. 

Commonwealth Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives June 11'*' 1790 
On the petition of Samuel Davis praying that Ebenezer 
Davis, administrator of Sam' Davis Deceased, may be 
authorized to convey to him a piece of Land which was agreed 
to be conveyed to said petitioner in the lifetime of said Sam- 
uel Deceased. — 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 361 

Eesolved that the prayer of said Petition be granted, & 
that the said administrator be & he is hereby authorized and 
impowered in his said capacity to make and Execute a good 
and sufficient Deed of the twenty five acres of Land in Gor- 
ham mentioned in said petition to the said petitioner, he pay- 
ing the said administrator the residue of the sum which was 
agreed to be given for Said Land in the Life time of said 
Sam' Davis Deceased. 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk^ 

In Senate, June 14, 1790. 

Read & Nonconcurred, & Ordered that the Petitioner have 

leave to withdraw his petition — 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips j'" Presid* 



Petition of John Piemont. 

Common Wealth of Massachusetts. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable house of Repre- 
sentatives. 

The Petition of John Piemont of Boston Humbly 
Sheweth. — 

That some time past the Rev'^ L. de Rousselet presented a 
Petition to the Legislature praying for the favour of this 
commonwealth on account of his services amongst the Tribes 
of Indians in the vicinity of Penobscot. The two Branches 
of the Legislature were so far convinced of the Importance 
of those services in quieting the minds of those Savages and 
rendering them peaceable and friendly to this commonwealth 
that a grant was verry readily voted to the said Rev*^ ]\P 
Rousselett by both Houses of upwards of Twenty pounds as 
a Reward in part for his said Services. — 



362 DOCTTMENTARY HISTORY 

Soon after this Grant was so voted your petitioner not 
having the least doubt but the money would certainly be paid 
agreably to the will and order of the Gen^ Court readily be- 
came obligated in favour of the said Eev"^ M"" Rouselett to the 
Amount of seventeen pounds lawfull money but after your 
petitioner had made himself thus responsible he was informed 
to his surprise that his Excellency the Gov"" had refused to 
confirm the Grant above mentioned, by which your peti- 
tioner is involved in a loss of more than fifty Dollars — 

Your Petitioner humbly prays that the Honorable Court 
would take his case into their wise consideration and pass 
such order as they in their wisdom shall determine to be 
Just and equitable — 

-and your Petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray. — 

John Piemont 



Petition of John Simonton and others. 

To the Honorable Sanate and House of Representetives In 
General Court Asambled — 

We your Petetioners Humbly Shew that whereas we have 
Frequently represented to the General Court the Difucalty 
of our Circumstances Relative to our Lands Which are sup- 
posed the proper right of the Soil belonged to the Comon 
Welth at large but we have not obtained that satisfaction that 
we could wish for relative to the same — We tharefore beg 
leave to present your Honours with one more Petetion pray- 
ing that your Honours would take our Greavences into your 
wise Concederation and aford us releaf if itt can be Done 
consistant with Honour and Justice. 

We would remind your Honors that on the June sessions 
1785 we presented a petetion to the Genural Court Seting 
forth that we war Setleors on Lands belonging to the Comon 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 363 

Welth as we Supposed and prayed for our Lands upon Rea- 
sonable Tarmes or that we might not be Disposed of the same 
Without satisfaction for our Improvements and Taxes paid 
for the same. The Court att or soon after Released the 
same Teratorey of Lands to the Hairs of the Late Brig'' 
General Waldo with a certain Previso that we thought 
favourd our Course varey much and Give us Grate incorage- 
ment to improve and build upon the same and Likewise Gen- 
aral Knox that Represents the Majorety of the Claim De- 
clared him self well satisfyed with the Previso which was 
that all persons then in Posesion of aney of the aforesaid 
Lands and had been so from aney time before the 19"" Day of 
Apriel Should be Quieted upon such Tarmes as should be 
hearafter Determined upon by the General Court we say that 
give us grate incoragement to make improvement beleaveing 
that resonable Tarmes would be given us and remove our 
fears. We sent another Petetion on the session of October 
last praying to know what the Farmes spoken of should be 
but before our Request could be presented att Court we are 
informd that the Claimants had made Aplication for and ob- 
tained another Date to be Aded to the Resolve which Caried 
itt Ten years back which is liable to Distress a Grate number 
of Setelors not only by the Loss of their improvements for 
Ten Years but Likewise three years and more after the In- 
coregment received by the Resolve wharein we had releaf 
from war and oportunity to build and improve more rapidly 
then before 

And tharefore we pray that these Maters may be recon- 
sidered and that we may have our Lands upon Resonable 
Tarmes or the Resonable value of our improvements and 
buildings paid us before we Leave the soil and we as in Duty 
bound shall Ever Pray 

John Simonton, Teuny Rendell, 

Benjamin Blackinton, Daniel Palmer, 



364 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



David Jenks, 
John Gooding, 
Rosamans Lowel, 
Joseph Ingraham, 
Oliver Smith, 
David Craighton, 
Joseph Perey, 
Joseph Perey jun"" 
Oliver Robins Jun"" 
Nathan Sherman, 
Thomas Hix, 
Job Perry, 
William Chapman, 
Job Ingraham, 
Phinehas Butler, 
Nathanel Fales Jun"" 
Atwood Fales 
Samuel Fales 
John Fales 
James Rendell, 
Thomas Rendell, 
James Weew, 



TvTathenal Stevens, 
Finley Kelloch, 
Rich*^ Kating, 
James Orbeton, 
Joseph Coombes, 
James Killsa, 
Benjamin Small, 
James Brown, 
Mason Wheaton 
Zadok Brewster, 
Thomas M*=Lellan, 
Richard Pierson, 
John Curtis, 
Josiah Ingraham, 
John West, 
James Brown, 
Anthony Mathews, 
Jonathn Orbton 
Timothy Spalding, 
Robert Trask 
Joseph Mathews. 



Oovemors Message resp^ the civil appointments in the 
Counties of Hancock & Washington. 

Gentlemen of the Senate, and Gentlemen of the House of 
Representatives — 
In the last Session of the General Court of this Common- 
wealth, two new Counties were erected in the eastermost part 
of the State, by the time in which the Courts were appointed 
to sit, I suppose the Legislature expected that the Civil Offi- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 365 

cers in each would before this time have been appointed. I 
have been successful in receiving the needed information re- 
specting Characters suitable to fill the Offices in the County 
of Washington, they are all appointed, and I believe the ap- 
pointments are quite satisfactory to the people of the County 
— The organizing a new County I find to be a V70rk of great 
importance to the peace of the Community & have not been 
successfuU enough in gaining information from the County 
of Hancock to enable me to appoint the civil Ofiicers there. 
I am very sorry that I have been obliged to delay it ; but the 
County is remote, very few of the Gentlemen there have been 
kno\Aai in public life, and the opinions respecting them have 
been too various and indecisive to enable me to form a plan 
for perfecting the business — 

I shall as soon as possible comply with the expectations of 
the Legislature and hope finally to effect the business so as 
to render the Government there respectable & give entire sat- 
isfaction to all concerned, but I thought it my duty in the 
mean time, to give you this information, that the Legislature 
may take any measures they think to be necessary on the 

occasion — 

John Hancock 
Council Chamber 1^' Jime 1790 — 

In Senate June 1'* 1790 

Read & committed to Nath' Wells Esq"" with such as the 
Hon*"^ House may join, to consider & report. 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam^ Phillips jun'' Presid* 

In the House of Representatives June 1, 1790 

Read & concurred and M' Breck D' Eustis and M' Sewall 

are joined 

David Cobb Spk' 



366 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

The Committee of both houses appointed to consider the 

foregoing Message have attended that Service and ask leave 

to report as their opinion that it is unnecessary that any 

Measures should be adopted by the Legislature in consequence 

of it. 

N'ath' Wells p' Order 



Petition of Rich'^ F. Cutis in Behalf of Berwick. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon'''^ the Senate & House of Representatives in 
Gen' Court Assembled May 29'^ 1790 
The Petition of Richard Foxwell Cutts in behalf of the 
Town Berwick humbly sheweth that beside the good & high 
land, a great part of s*^ Town is situated low adjoining 
Swamps, Rivers, & brooks, that an early Frost the last season, 
reduced our Crops, to a small pittance, some Familys saved 
ab' 6 Bush' of their Corn their Hay so short that many of 
their Cattle have died this Spring for want of food, Dis- 
tresses uncommon, very little left to buy bread, less for the 
Collectors, who are driving the People as the Shei^iff threatens 
to confine them who are ready to suffer, if the Commonwealth 
requires it, in Goal Your Petitioner, one of the Assessors has 
computed near two hundred pounds already abated by the 
Assessors of s'' Town to the People unable to pay Tax N" 5 
hardly any money among us, l^ear Seven hundred pounds 
due to the Treasury, part of N" 6 most all N"° 7 & ab' Sixty 
pounds New Emittion of Tax 1781 which your Petitioner 
desires to pay in the Consolidated Debt of this Common- 
wealth. All these difficulties, & many that might be enumer- 
ated, your Honors, will take into your \Yise consideration and 
direct your Treasurer to remit or forbear, at least what has 
already been sunk in s*^ Town on s^ Tax N° 5, & to receive 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 367 

Consolidated ISTotes for the New Emittion due to the Treas- 
ury, or such other way as your Honors in your Wisdom shall 
point out & your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray 

Rich'' Fox Cutts 

In the House of Representatives June 3^ 1790 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on the abate- 
ment of taxes, to consider & report 

David Cobb Spk"" 
In Senate June 4, 1790 

Read & concurred 

S. Phillips jun'' Presid* 



Memorial £ Petition of Inhabts. of Co. of York. 

To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled. 
The Memorial & petition of the subscribers Inhabitants of 
y*' county of York Humbly Sheweth : that Whereas the Late 
General Court by a Resolve passed in Febr^ Last — Have 
Desired his Exelency y^ Governor to Enjoin the Sheriffs of 
the Several Countys to Enforce the Collection of taxes prior 
to ]Sr° 7 — that a Length of time Seemingly Sufficient for y^ 
Collection of Said taxes hath Already Elapsed We Do not 
Deny — But Whether from Want of Suitable Exertions of 
the Collectors or from the Inability of the Inhabitants to pay 
s^ taxes or whether in part from both s'^ Causes We Say not 
But it is a fact that there is A Considerable Deficiency in 
the Collection thereof. — That we are far from Encouraging 
Delays altho the taxes bear hard upon us in those parts : Nor 
Do we wish for an Unreasonable Time further to be Granted : 
Several unfruitful Seasons have Lately been Experienced 
which have Made the Circumstances of the people in the 



368 DOCUMEK"TAEY HISTOKY 

Eastern parts Very Dificult. But the Last Season hath made 
them peculiarly so — Abundence of Cattel have Died for 
want of food and it hath been with Great Dificulty that those 
that are alive Were Saved, people were Obliged to Give 
What Little Corn they had to them to the Great Distress of 
their f aniilys ; and those Cattle that are Alive are of but 
Little Use at present being Mere Skeletons : So that no Lum- 
ber Can be hailed for Some Considerable time, that it Eealy 
appears from all Circustances that it is Moraly Impossible 
that s*^ taxes Can be Collected by the time Assigned. We 
therefore pray your Honors to Consider our Case and Grant 
Some further Reasonable time for the Collection of said 
taxes: And as the facts Above Related are not at all 
Exaggerated, we flatter our Selves that We Shall Experience 
you favorable Interposition by Granting the prayer of your 
petitioners : And they as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray. 

Jn° Hovey Rich"^ Fox Cutts 

In the House of Representatives June 3, 1790 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on applica- 
tions for abatement of taxes to consider & report. 
Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk'' 
In Senate June 4, 1Y90 

Read & Concurred 

S Phillips jun"" Presid* 



Petition of County of Cumberland. 

To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 
General Court assembled June 1790 
The Justices of the Court of General Sessions of the Peace 

of the County of Cumberland which was begun and holden 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 369 

at Portland iu said County on the last Tuesday of May A. D. 
1790 humbly shew 

That Inconveniences frequently arise in said County on 
Account of the distance of Time between the Courts which 
are holden in said County on the last Tuesday of October 
and those which are holden on the last Tuesday of May, as 
well as on account of there being only two Terms thereof 
within the Year — 

Persons who for want of Sureties, are committed soon after 
the October Term, to answer for Offences, at the next May 
Term, must lay in Goal, the whole of this intervening Win- 
ter, which is distressing to them and expensive to the County. 
Those who Petition for Division and sale of Lands are obliged 
to wait a long time before they can have their purposes 
answered on account of the Notice which is necessary to be 
previously given to Persons interested. The same delay takes 
place in respect to applications for Public Roads, or private 
Ways — as well as other matters which require such notice to 
be given — 

For want of time, the Court of Common Pleas has been 
under the necessity of continuing Causes from Term to 
Term or adjourn the Court from Week to Week to the in- 
conveniences of the Court and Jury, and Injury of Parties, 
who by means hereof are often put at great expence for Wit- 
nesses who must wait from Day to Day till their Actions 
come in course for Tryal — 

For these, and other Reasons, Your Petitioners pray that 
this honorable Court, would establish another Term for hold- 
ing a Court of General Sessions of the Peace and Court of 
Common Pleas at Portland in said County on the last Tues- 
day of January annually, and alter the October Term from 
the last to the third Tuesday And as in Duty bound will 
pray 

By order of said Court Saml Freeman Cle"" 

25 



370 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Re-Preparation of Petitioyi of Town of Portland. 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Portland June T^ 1790 The Committee appointed to prepare 
a petition to the Genl Court, for the Repeal of the Excise Act 
reported, which being read viz 

"To the Hon' Senante & House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court assembled. The petition of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Portland in the County of Cumberland humbly 
shews That in their opinion the operation of the present Ex- 
cise Law of this Commonwealth has a tendency to injure 
its Commercial interest to such a degree as to render the re- 
peal of it absolutely necessary, That the present Revenue 
Laws of the LTnited States and of the individual States, are 
such as place this Commonwealth under every possible dis- 
advantage with respect to its Commerce, so long as the Ex- 
cise Act is suffered to continue — - That there being but one 
or two other States in the Union whose Commerce is em- 
barrassed with this tax, the operation of it, will necessarily 
be, to remove in a great measure the Trade of this, to the 
other neighbouring States — That the said Tax is in its 
operation, partial, unequal & oppressive to Trade in the 
highest degree. & in our opinion against the Constitution of 
the United States. Your Petitioners therefore prav. that the 
said Act may be repealed. And as in Duty bound will pray — 

Voted That the same be accepted, & that the Clerk make 
out a fair Copy of & sign the same in behalf of the Town. & 
deliver it to M"" Davis 

A true Copy 

Attest John Frothingham Town Clerk 



Petition of the Freeholders etc. of the County of Lincoln. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 371 

The Petition of the undersigned Freeholders, Merchants, 
and Traders, Inhabitants of the County of Lincoln Humbly 
Sheweth 

That last May Sessions your Petitioners caused an humble 
Petition to this honorable Court to be presented praying, 
among- other things, for the Reasons therein set forth, that 
a Lottery might be granted, for the Purpose of building a 
Bridge over the Eastern River, so called, in the Town of 
Pownalborough in said County, and for opening a Road from 
Wiscasset, in said Town, to Major Reuben Colburns in Pitts- 
ton ; whereby an excellent Winter Harbour would be afforded 
to a great Number of the Inhabitants of said County in gen- 
eral, who now suffer miserably, every Winter, for want of 
such Harbour ; whereby Agriculture and Trade would be 
promoted, and a freer Intercourse, for the reciprocal Ex- 
change of Commodities, for mutual Benefit, be opened be- 
tween the upper Parts of said County and the Seaports in 
other parts of the State ; and whereby many Families would 
have better opportunities of supplying themselves with those 
Winter Stores which are found to be so necessary in this 
cold Country 

That an Order passed the two Houses for appointing a 
Committee to view and examine the said River and the Land 
where such Bridge was proposed to be built and such Road 
laid out, as well as to make an Estimate of the Expence of 
the same and that such Committee should report thereon as 
the last session. 

That such Committee did as they were enjoyned and duly 
made their Report, which is now on the Files of the honor- 
able Senate; after which a Bill, for the Purposes proposed, 
Vv^as brought forward and committed to the standing Com- 
mittee for or upon Lotteries, where the same was stolen or 
now lies. 



372 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

That in very many Instances, prior to the late glorious 
Revolution, our western Brethren have been indulged by the 
Legislature with Lotteries for building Bridges, paving 
Cause-ways, making and amending Roads, and for various 
other public Purposes. 

That since the Revolution also, the Benevolence of the 
Legislature of this Commonw^ealth hath extended its paternal 
Indulgence to various Towns, Places and Persons in the 
western parts of the State, granting them Lotteries for build- 
ing and repairing Bridges, Highways, and other laudable 
public Purposes. 

That the Inhabitants of the County of Lincoln in general 
flatter themselves that by their steady attachment to the 
Cause of their Country in the late War, so peculiarly perilous 
and distressing to them, and by their constant, cheerful and 
zealous Support of the Government, they are equally entitled 
to the Countenance and Favours of that Government as their 
Fellow Citizens who may reside in any other parts of the 
Commonwealth 

That but one Lottery hath hitherto been granted for any 
Purpose whatever, within the District of Maine, although so 
very many have been so liberally granted heretofcre to our 
Fellow Citizens in the western parts of the Comonwealth 

That from the Locality of our Situation and the peculiar 
circumstances of the present times it is not probable that the 
Lottery prayed for will effect the State Lottery: as there is 
seldom or never any superfluous Money found in the said 
County to send from thence for the Purchase of any other 
things than absolute Necessaries. 

Relying upon the Impartiality, equal Love nourishing care 
and tender Regard of the Legislature of their Country, Your 
Petitioners earnestly implore your Honors as former General 
Courts have assisted their Western Brethren now also to as- 
sist them, and to grant to them such Lottery for the Purpose 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



373 



of effecting such Bridge and Road And Your Petitioners 
as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 



Tho' Rice, 
Henry Hodge, 
David Silvester, 
Jon. Bo^vman, 
L. Lee Mercier 
Obadiah Call 
Samuel Goodwin, 
Brown Emerson, 
Samuel Thompson, 
Abiel Wood, 
Ebenz'' Whittier, 
Timo. Langdon, 
Francis Cook, 
Timothy Parsons, 
John Langdon, 
Benja. Frizel, 
Edm"^ Bridge, 
Silas Lee, 
John Savage, 
Stuart Hunt, 
William Gardiner, 
Henry Lehman, 
Nymphas Stacy, 
Asa Smith, 
James Hodge, 
James Tupper, 
Roger Smith j'' 
Jobs Averell, 
Asariah Pottle, 
Joseph Lowell, 
George Erskin, 
Sam' Averell 



Cha° Vaughan, 
Laz^ Goodwin, 
William Howard, 
Sam Colman, 
W" Lithgow Jun"" 
Barzilleri Gannett, 
Joseph Carleton, 
Jas Bridge, 
Ezekiel Pattee, 
Geo Warren, 
Will" Lithgow, 
Joseph North, 
Era Winter, 
John Molloy, 
James Stackpole, 
Philip Theobald, 
Samuel Dutton, 
Obadiah Williams, 
Nath' Thwing, 
Sam' M'^Cobb, 
Nicholas Gaubert, 
Arth' Noble, 
Wiir Barker, 
D. Cony, 
Nathan Wesson, 
Isaac Parker, 
Enoch Page, 
Seth Gay, 
Stephen Jewett, 
Simeon Goodwin, 
Elijah Tilton, 
Simeon Tui'ner, 



374 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

I : Gardiner, Consider Turner, 

John Pobrejhgjk, Mark L. Hill, 

Henry Dearborn, Cornelius Turner 

Jedediah Jewett, Samuel Grant 
Ja^ Davidson, 

In the House of Representatives June 10, 1790. 

Read & committed to M' Kinsley M' Farmer & M' Upton 

with such as the Hon Senate may join to consider & report — 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk'' 

In Senate June 11, 1790. 

Read & concurred and Joseph B Varnum & Isaac Thomp- 
son Esq"" are joined 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid' 



Petitio7i of Edmund Bridge Esq^ High Sheriff of Lincoln. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled 

The Petition of Edmund Bridge Esq"" High Sheriff for the 
County of Lincoln 

Humbly sheweth. That on the Settlement of your Peti- 
tioner's accounts, the last year, the Publick fell in Debt to 
your Petitioner the Sum of one hundred and twenty nine 
pounds, nineteen shillings and eleven pence, half penny; for 
which he obtained a warrant from the Governour and Coun- 
cil, on the Treasurer, bearing Date the lO''' Day of Septem- 
ber 1789 which is unpaid to this Day, the Treasurer not 
having any unappropriated Monies in the Treasury Where- 
with to pay the same 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 375 

That your Petitioner is now lately arrived in Boston for 
the Purpose of settling his accounts and Collections with 
the Treasurer 

That above one full half of the amount of such warrant 
arose by means of your Petitioner's advancing Cost, out of 
his own Pocket to poor and very necessitous Witnesses and 
Jurymen, who attended the Supreme judicial Court, the last 
year, in the said County of Lincoln, in payment and satis- 
faction of their Bills of Costs, and in Consequence of the 
Reccommeudation of the Judges of said Court, who gave 
your Petitioner to understand that there would be no Doubt 
of his being immediately repaid by Government 

Your Petitioner therefore humbly entreats your Honors to 
direct the Treasurer to discount with him the full amount of 
such Warrant on settling his Accounts and Collections to the 
present time, the Justice and Prosperity of which Your Peti- 
tioner doubts not will fully appear to your Honors And your 
Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray &c 

Edm*^ Bridge 

In the House of Representatives June 14, 1790 

Read & committed with the papers accompanying to the 

Committee of both Houses on the state of the public Revenue, 

to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 



In Senate June 14, 1790 
Read and concurred 



Sam' Phillips j"" Presid' 



The Committee on the Subject of Revenue, to whom was 
committed the Petition of Edmund Bridge Esq. are of 
Opinion that the Payment of his Warrant ought to rest on 
the general Provision made or to be made for the Payment 



376 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

of Warrants drawn on the Treasury and therefore that it is 

inexpedient to grant the Prayer of his Petition 

Cotton Tufts p"" ord"" 
111 Senate June 16, 1790 

Read & accepted 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam^ Phillips j"" Presid' 

In the House of Representatives June 16, 1790 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk-" 
1351 
M"" Sheriff Bridges account of Fines Settled — 

2 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives June 14**" 1790 

On the Petition of Edmund Bridge Esq"" Sheriff for the 
County of Lincoln Resolved that the Treasurer of this Com- 
monwealth be, and he is hereby directed to discount with 
Edmund Bridge Esq'' Sheriff for the County of Lincoln, the 
full amount of a certain Warrant issued by his Excellency 
the Governour by and with the advice of the Council bearing 
Date on the lO*'' Day of September 1789 in favour of the said 
Edmund Bridge for the Sum of one hundred and twenty nine 
Pounds nineteen shillings and eleven pence half penny such 
Discount to be allowed the said High Sheriff on getting his 
Account of Collections now about to be paid into the 
Treasury. 

Commissary General's Report on Light Houses. 

Commissary Generals Office 

Boston June 9'^ 1790 

To the Honnorable the House of Representatives 

In Obedience to an Order rec^ last evening the following 

Au^*" & Estimates respecting the Several Lighthouses are 

humbly pressented 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 377 

Rebuilding Boston Lighthouse & the Dwelling House re- 
pairing the Wharffes &c cost £5926 

Nantuckett Lighthouse & Dwelling House £1395 

The two Small Lighthouses on Plumb Island £300 — 

For the Lighthouse now building on Portland-Head there 
has been Granted £300. 

tis Computed it will cost £400 more — £700 

As to the two Lihts on the Gurnett, as the Commissary 
had no Concern in buildin them, cannot be certain Judges 
they might Cost £1000 

The two Lighthouses on Thachers Island with the Dwell- 
ing House the Commissary Judges they might Cost £2000 
Total £11321 

the above is exclusive of the Land made use off. 

The Annual Expence for the Lighthouses including Port- 
land Lighthouse when Lighted 

32 Tons of Oyl — @ £35 p"' Ton — £1120 

For Wood Wickyarn Candles Freight &c — £200 

For 6 Keepers — £540 

For repairs — £160 — Total £2020 

All which is humbly Submited 

Rich^ Deveus Com'' Gen. 



Petition of Enoch Perley & others. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1790 

To the Hon''" Senate and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
assembled 

Your Petitioners being Inhabitants of the Counties of 
York and Cumberland Humbly Sheweth. that they Labour 



378 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

under many disadvantages for Want of Comfortable Roads 
whereby to pass from one part of the Country to an other. 
That in times past the General sessions of the Peace for s** 
Countys have by their Committees laid out Roads through 
many Plantations to Promote the Publick good, but their 
being no provision made by Law to oblige the Proprietors 
of such Plantations to make and maintain the Same, they 
have not answered the Good purposes for which they were 
laid out ; That by the neglect of the same your Petitioners are 
distresst & the Growth of the Commonwealth Greatly Re- 
tarded 

The prayer of your Petitioners therefore is that this Hon*" 
Court would pass an Act whereby the Proprietors of all 
plantations may be oblig'd to make and keep in Good Repair 
all County Roads where it shall be found Necessary to lay 
them out through any Strips or Gores of States Land 

And as in duty Bound Shall ever pray 
Jacob Stevens. John Kilborn, 

David Hale. David Clarke, 

Stephen Gates, Robert Andrews, 

William Emerson, Asaeh Foster, 

Daniel Perley, Benj'' Kimball jun"", 

Timothy Gates Simeon Burnam, 

Enoch Perley, Isaiah Ingals, 

Moses Howe, Nath' Chamberlain, 

Daniel Howe, Joseph Lakin 

Petition of Jonathan Hanson. 

To the Hon''"' the Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled 
The Petition of Jonathan Hanson of Lebanon in the 
County of York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts humbly 
sheweth — 



OF THE STATE OP MAINE 379 

That the said Jon'' Hanson having sustained a loss of State 
Securities for One Hundred and four Dollars (given in his 
own Name) by fire as heretofore Certified and that he has 
already petitioned the Hon^'^ Court for Eedress which was 
granted but the Papers for the Purpose being mislaid in the 
Secretary's office are not to be now found Your Petitioner 
therefore begs leave once more to trouble the Hon'''^ Court 
praying that they will again consider their Petitioner and 
give such Orders as Wisdom shall direct so that your Peti- 
tioner may be paid the above sum of One Hundred and four 
Dollars — 

x\nd your Petitioner shall ever pray 

Sam' Sherburn in behalf of Jonathan Hanson 
Boston June 14'^^ 1790 



Petition of Ehenezer Horsom. 

To the Hon"'® the Senate and House of Representatives in 
Gen' Court Assembled 

The Petition of Ebenezer Horsom humbly Sheweth that the 
said Ebenezer Horsom living at a great distance and in another 
State was not able to apply to the Paymaster for his State's 
Bounty in due Season is inform'd it is now too late but begs 
leave to pray your Honours to consider your Petitioner and 
in Pity grant that he may receive his Bounty for Service in 
the Second Regiment of Light Horse Commanded by Col" 
Sheldon — 

And your Petitioner shall ever pray. 

Sam' Sherburn in behalf of Ebenezer Horsom 
Boston, June W"" 1790. 



380 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Re-Allottment of Land in the County of Lincoln to Harvard 

College. 

Commonwealtli Massachusetts 

In the house of Representatives June 16''' 1790 — 

Whereas by a Resolve of the General Court passed March 
2^ 1762, there was allotted, and reserved for the Use of 
Harvard College in Cambridge, one sixty fourth part of six 
Townships of Land situated West of Union River in the then 
County of Lincoln and which were then granted to Davis 
March & others, and which have been since confirmed to the 
Grantees aforesaid without the Reservations aforesaid to the 
College : And Whereas there was a like quantity of Land in 
six other To"wnsliips lying East of Union River aforesaid, 
allotted and reserved to the use of said College, in Grants 
made to sundry Persons January 27*^ 1764, and which have 
not been confirmed to said College, having been reserved for 
the future appropriation of the Gen' Court. — 

Be it therefore Resolved, that there be, and hereby is given, 
granted, and confirmed to the President & Fellows of Harvard 
College, and to their Successors in ofiice, three hundred acres 
of Land in each of the twelve Townships aforesaid, in situa- 
tion, and quality' equal in general to the Lots in the Division 
of said Townships, agTcable to a Resolve passed July S'*" 
1786 : to be appropriated, and applied to the Use, and for 
the Purposes of said Institution forever. — 

And Whereas it has been usual for the General Court to 
make annual Grants to the President, and Professors of 
Harvard College for their necessary support: and whereas 
the present situation of said Seminary demands in a peculiar 
Degree the continuance of such Grants, from the heavy Losses 
sustained in the Funds of said College, in the course of the 
late Revolution. — 

Be it therefore Resolved, That there be allowed & paid out 
of the public Treasury of this Commonwealth, to the Cor- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 381 

poratiou of Harvard College, the Sum of two thousand pounds 
to be applied in such Sum or Sums as said Corporation shall 
think proper, to the President & Professors of said College, 
for their necessary Support, in their respective offices, from 
the 31^' of May 1786 to the 31^' of May 1790.— 

Be it therefore Resolved that there be allowed and paid 
out of the public Treasury of this Commonwealth half yearly, 
untill the further orders of the general court, the sum of two 
hundred & fifty pounds to the Corporation of Harvard Col- 
lege towards paying the Salaries of the President & Pro- 
ffesors of said College, and towards reducing the Expences 
of Instruction 



Resignation of Charles Chauncy Esq as Collector of Excise 
for the County of York. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Comptroller Generals 
Office, June IG'"^ 1790. 

To the Hon' the Senate k the Hon' the House of Represen- 
tatives — 
The Comptroller General respectfully represents — that he 

has this day received the resignation of Charles Chauncy Esq. 

as Collector of Excise for the County of York — the Letter 

containing that resignation — the Comptroller begs leave to 

submit 

Leo Jarvis 
Leonard Travis Esq"" 
Kittery 25"^ May 1790 
Sir: 

T should have acknowledged the receipt of your kind 
favours, before this time, and Executed the Bond &c. But 
have been waiting for the return of my health to determine, 
whether to accept of the Office of Collector or otherwise. 



382 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

The effects of a bad fever still remaining, and knowing 
that I shall not be able to pay that attention which the rev- 
enue will require and mj inclination lead me to ; my resig- 
nation is herewith accompanied. 

I have notwithstanding done everything in my power to 
promote the service. I found much difficulty in procuring 
Inspectors, the fees being so small ; suppose most of them 
will attend to the business. 

I will forward all the Official papers, to the Person who 
may hereafter be chosen, that your trouble may not be re- 
peated ; and endeavour to assist you in every way that I am 
able. 

It was supposed on reading the New Act, that the old Col- 
lectors was to collect untill the 1^' of May ; It was the opinion 
of Judge Sewall, and many others, for which reason, together 
with my want of health, after I was otherways informed, 
that I left it to M' Hill, who still holds all the deposits in his 
Office ; and I really believe it will be advantageous to the s** 
revenue, as He must better know how to come at old Arrears 
than one, who had just entered into the business. I must how- 
ever acquiesce intirely with your sentiments. I am Sir roally 
grieved that I cannot continue in the s'^ office, as my circum- 
stances, as well as my duty require it. I wish to comply, but 
cannot accept any trust unless I find myself able to answer 
the designs of Government. 

I would recommend M' Benjamin Chadbourne a Son of 
Col" Chadbourne of Berwick, as a capable, worthy man to fill 
the office, on whom I prevailed to accept as an Inspector, and 
was a Deputy under M"^ Hill, and having been so long em- 
ployed, that He is justly entiteled to the appointment. He 
is well known to Judge Sewall, Wells, & others at Court. 

I should readily comply with your hint in pointing out 
"any more effectual means for the security of the revenue'' 
but at present find myself incompetent for such a proposal. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 383 

I can only observe that the severity of the Act is discourage- 
ing to those who have paid in a generous way, and I am told 
that f ew^ in this County will in future take Licence ; the said 
act containing so many oaths, and obstructions, tending 
wholly to deprive them of any profit, such are the observa- 
tions among the People Eastw-ard of Kittery. — 
I am with the greatest respect 

Your Most Obedient Servant 

Charles Chauncy 



The State of Massachusetts 

To James Minot D'", July 1777 To my Expences (when 

L^ Col° of a Reg* on an intended Expedition to S' Johns) in 

repairing from Cambden to Kenebeck in the necessary Duties 

towards raising said Reg' w"' Col° S. M'^Cobb including 

Horse hire, victualling &c ]■ £3.. 10.. — To hire of a boat 

twice going to Penobscot, one time 7 days another time 8 

Days with three men @ 7/ pr day £5 .. 5 .. — To Cash paid 

for Provisions for the men — £4.. 10. — Total £13 .. 5 .. — 

Errors Excepted 

James Minot 

State of the Massachusetts Bay [ The Major Part of the 

Council of the Massachusetts Bay, in N"ew-England. 
To James Minot Esq*" Greeting. 

You being appointed Lieu' Colonel of the Regiment to be 
rais'd in the Counties of Cumberland and Lincoln for the 
expedition to the River S' John's in ISTova Scotia — whereof 
Samuel M^'Cobb Esq"" is Colonel — 

By virtue of the power vested in us, We do by these 
Presents, (reposing special Trust and Confidence in your 



384 DOCUMENTAKT HISTOEY 

loyalty, Courage, and good Conduct,) Commission you ac- 
cordingly. — You are therefore carefully and diligently to 
discharge the Duty of a L' Colonel in leading, ordering, and 
exercising said Regiment in Arms, both Inferior Officers and 
Soldiers ; and to keep them in good Order and Discipline : 
And they are hereby commanded to obey you as their L' 
Colonel — and you are yourself, to observe and follow such 
Orders and Instructions as you shall from Time to Time 
receive from the major part of the Council or your Superior 
Officer. 

Given under our Hands, and the Seal of the said State, at 
Boston the Tenth Day of June in the Year of our Lord, 
1777 — 

By the Command of the Major Part of the Council 

John Avery D^ Sec^ 
Jer: Powell Moses Gill, 

W Sever B White, 

Ricli"^ Derby Jun' Jabez Fisher, 

T Gushing John Taylor, 

W Spooner H. Gardner, 

John Whetcomb D. Siwall 

I Palmer, Benj. Austin 

S. Holten, 

This certifies that sometime in the year 1778 according to 
the best of my recollection, I was requested by Lieu*^ Col° 
James Minot to enquire after one Benjamin Kimbal who 
was paymaster to a Regiment commanded by Col° M'^Cobb, 
in order that the said Minot might receive his wages which 
were in said Kimbal's hands. After some search, I found 
the said Kimball in Boston and informed him of said Minot's 
directions to me and he acknowledged the wages to have 
been paid to him & promised to pay the same over to the said 
Minot, from time to time but at leng-th died without ever 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 385 

paying them that I knew of. The said Kimbal always ap- 
peared to be in very poor circumstances, and left no estate 
that I conld ever find, after diligent enquiry. And I verily 
believe the said Minot never received his wages aforesaid. 

Geo. K. Minot 
June 16, 1790. 



Statement of facts respecting J. Minot' s Certificate. 

M"" J Minot received by orders from the Gen^ Court a sum 
of money to purchase Corn for the use of the Eastern Plan- 
tations, with directions to take the receipt of their Com*®®^ 
for the corn so delivered. This he did for the whole amount 
but one receipt v/as burnt in his House and the depressed 
situation of the then inhab*^ of the Plant^ to whom it was 
delivered rendered it extremely difficult & perhaps impossible 
for him to procure a new one from the same persons. He 
therefore procured a certificate from two inhabitants of the 
said Plantation who were knov/ing to the delivery of the corn 
& produced this certificate to Judge Sunner & others who 
were a Committee to settle with public defaulters, & they 
certified that they were satisfied with it; and the business 
subsided. But M"" M. now finds that he stands so charged 
on the public Books without any credit, as to be liable to be 
sued, unless the several receipts he now" holds be received 
from him in discharge of the monies he took & expended 
accord^ to the order of Gov*^ The certificate above mentioned 
is only for £40. the whole amount of his receipts is £233 .6.4. 
For the residue he will deliver up receipts in the form of 
promissory notes to the Treasurer, which will give the Com- 
monwealth a claim upon the several plantations for the sum 
specified in them. 
Boston, June I'"" 1782 

26 



386 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

This mav certify that we the Subscribers were Inhabitants 
of the Town of Cambden in the year 1775 & were present 
when the Committee of safety of said Town delivered a re- 
ceipt to James Minot for two hundred Bushels of Corn to 
be distributed among the Inhabitants agreable to a Eesolve 
of the General Court passed the 4*^ of August 1775 

John Ballard, John Ballard Jun"" 
Boston, June 7, 1782 

The subscribers are satisfied with the within certificate 
considering the loss of ]\P Minots House & papers by Fire 
T. Sumner, S Henshaw, L Kollock [ Committee 



Petition of James Minot. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts ]■ To the Hon Senate and 
the Hon. House of Representatives 
The Memorial of James Minot humbly shews 
That he stands charged on the public books with the sum 
of £233 . 6 . 4 — for sundries delivered him at an early period 
of the late war, to bo distributed among the distressed Planta- 
tions of the Eastern Country; that he has discharged this 
trust, and applied long since to the Legislature for the ad- 
justment of his accounts, but the destruction of his House 
& papers by fire set to it by a party of the enemy, prevented 
his producing regular vouchers. However upon his ascer- 
taining what evidence would be satisfactory he procured it, 
& has it now in possession. That this circumstance and his 
absence out of the Country for several years has occasioned 
a delay of a settlement which he conceives it now in his power 
to make. He begs leave also to inform your Honours that 
he expended sundry sums of money in the public service as 
mentioned in the account accompanying for which he prays 
allowance. 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 387 

Your Memorialist begs leave further to shew that he was 
commissioned by the IMajor part of the Council of this State 
in the year 1777 as Lieu* Col" of a regiment that was raised 
in the Counties of Cumberland and Lincoln for an expedi- 
tion to the River S' John's in ISTova Scotia under Col° Samuel 
M'^Cobb; that in consequence of his services in that capacity 
he was intitled to receive the sum of £61.6.8'' as appears 
by the abstract of the said Regiment, and that sum was paid 
to one Benj'' Kimbal, who, without the consent or knowledge 
of your ]\Iemorialist, was appointed Pay-Master of the said 
Regiment. That the said Kimbal being in a distant part of 
the said State from your Memorialist, never paid the said 
wages to him, & when payment was demanded (which was 
as early as the nature of the case would admit) the said Kim- 
bal was in impoverished circumstances, & finally died leaving 
no estate. 

That Your Memorialist stated the Premises to your 
Honours some years past, but from the circumstances afore- 
ment'' a final decision has not been made. 

He therefore prays your Honours that he may be also al- 
lowed & paid the amount of his wages aforesaid, and as in 
duty bound shall ever pray 

James Minot 
June 1790 



Report on the memorial of James Minot. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the House of Represen- 
tatives June 21'' 1790 
On the Memorial of James Minot — Resolved that M'' John 
Deming be and hereby is Authorised to settle the Accounts 
of James ]\Iinot for the sum of £233.6.4 charged against 
said Minot on Account of Supplies for the Eastern part of 



388 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

this State during the late war And that said Deming be 
Authorised to accept as a voucher a Certificate for two hun- 
dred bushels of Corn signed by John Ballard & John Ballard 
Jun'" & approved by a Comittee of a late General Court, the 
Original voucher having been distroyed by the Enemy in the 
House of said Minot by Fire 

Eesolved that the Treasurer be and hereby is directed to 
pay unto the said James Minot the sum of Sixty one pounds 
six shillings and Eight pence in full for his services as a 
Lieut Colonel in the Regiment Commanded by Col° Samuel 
M'^Cobb, in the service of the state in the year 1777 by isuing 
his Note to said Minot for the sum which shall appear to be 
due to him according to the scale of Depreciation, the s** 
sum be charged to the United States 



Petition of Nathaniel Leeman. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon''''' the Senate, and Hon'''^ House of Representa- 
tives, of the Commonwealth aforesaid, in General Court 
Assembled at Boston February 1790 

The Petition of !N^ath' Leeman of Edgecomb, in the County 
of Lincoln. 

Humbly sheweth, 

That he having been Chosen a Collector of Taxes for said 
Town, did receive from some of the Inhabitants for state Tax 
Number Seven Thirty Six Dollars; which (together with 
monies of his Own, & belonging to Persons there, sent by him 
to Purchase Sundry Articles for them) he put into a Drawer 
under the Till of his Chest, and put it on board his Schooner 
called Lively, Amounting in the whole to the sum of Seventy 
three Dollars, and seven pence ; with which he proceeded for 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 389 

Boston in said Schooner, where he Arrived last Friday, with 
One John Cain, Passenger, And w\as to have paid the said 
Thirty Six Dollars to the Treasurer of the Commonwealth 
aforesaid and to have laid out the other Several Sums, Ac- 
cording to directions ; but, That At twelve "Clock the same 
day he left the said Vessel securely Locked, to do some Busi- 
ness, and Pay away other monies, and returned — At five 
"Clock in the afternoon. And found the Cabbin broken open, & 
went to the said Chest, And to his surprize found that Also 
rip't Open ; And the aforesaid Sums were Carryed Oif by 
some person or persons to him Unknown ; he however sus- 
pected the said John Cain to be the person who took the 
money; And upon this suspicion took out a Warrant from 
Justice Craft's Office, but he had Absconded and Could not 
be found. 

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays this Hon''^® Court 
would be pleased to take his Case into Your Compassionate 
Consideration, and Abate to him the Thirty Six Dollars be- 
longing to this State, and Stole from him as aforesaid, or re- 
lieve him in such other way & manner As Your Honours in 
your Known Wisdom & Goodness shall see meet. 

And as in duty bound shall pray &c 

Nath° Leeman 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

By this Publick Instrument of Protest, Be it known and 
made Manifest, unto all who shall see these presents, or hear 
the same Bead ; That On the Twenty Seventh day of Febru- 
ary, In the Year of our Lord, One thousand Seven hundred 
and Ninety ; Before me Henry Alline, Notary and Tabellion 
Publick, by Lawfull Authority duly Admitted and Sworn, 
Dwelling and Practiceing in Boston within said Common- 
wealth, Personally came and Appeared Nathaniel Leeman, 
Master of the Schooner Lively, Of Edgecombe, And declared 



390 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

That Yesterday he had in his possission the following Several 
Sums of money, done up in Seperate Papers — Viz* Thirteen 
Dollars, the Property of Ebenezer Whittier, Four Dollars, & 
an half, the Property of John Gould, Twenty One Shillings 
and Seven pence, the property of M""^ Woods, Three Dollars 
the Property of David Pason, and four Dollars the property 
of Thomas Woodman, given to him by the aforesaid several 
persons, to lay out in Boston aforesaid Also Thirty Six 
Dollars, in a Purse; which he, as Collector of the said Town 
of Edgecombe had Collected, and was going to Pay into the 
Treasury of this Commonwealth. As a part of ]^° Seven Tax 
— And Also Nine Dollars, the Property of this declarant; 
All Which several Sums of money, were in a Drawer under 
the Till of this declarant's Chest ; Which was securely Locked, 
As safe a place as they could have been deposited in, in said 
Vessel — 

That at twelve o' Clock yesterday he left the said Vessel 
Securely Locked, And returned to the same, At five °'Clock 
in the afternoon, and found the Cabbin broken Open, and 
went to the said Chest, and to his surprize found that Also 
rip't open, and the aforesaid Sums were Carried off, by so^ne 
person or persons to him Unknown ; he however Suspected 
one John Cain, who Came passenger with him, to be the 
person who took the money. And Upon this suspicion took 
out a Warrant from Justice Crafts's Office, but he had 
Absconded and Could not be found ; and this declarant, And 
Benj'^ Spooner, belonging to the said Vessel, severally made 
Oath to the Truth of the bef ©rewritten declaration^ Thus 
done at Boston aforesaid the day and Year first within 

Written. — 

I^ath Leeman, Benjamin Spooner 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed 

my Notarial Seal. 

Henry Alline Nof Pub' 1790 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 891 

Wm Scales Petition & Petition from the town of Bowdoin. 

The Honorable the Senate and house of Representatives in 
general Court assembled 

I was charged with a Petition last winter from the To^vn 
of Bowdoin, signed by the Inhabitants, and selectmen, and 
sworn to before Esq"^ Merrel of Topsham. I have labor'd 
abundantly to obtain a hearing of s'^ petition, and have visited 
this Town seven times from s** Town to work out some way 
of deliverance for that much injured, and oppressed people, 
and that at my own charges except the kindnesses of the 
hospitable. I wonder it is so hard to obtain a hearing of 
Chiefts Ministers and J\lagistrates, who are endowed w^th 
the wisdom that is from above, which is first pure ; then 
peaceable ; gentle ; easy to be entreated ; full of mercy and 
good fruits ; without partiality and without hypocrasy ! 

Remember an article of the constitution which says, that 
all the reasonable petitions of the people shall be granted. Is 
it not reasonable that a people who have nothing, that are 
impoverished by oppression, and deprived of their liberties 
by fraud and injuries, and incorporated for taxation con- 
trary to their right of moral agency, and right in the face of 
their remonstrances, should be set at liberty ? the constitution 
says that the injuries and grievances of the people shall be 
readily redressed, and promptly without denial, or to that 
effect. Are not a people injured, and aggrieved, when all 
their liberties & rights are taken from them, and taxed con- 
trary to Law, merely to lighten the taxes of the opulent ? For 
many of the present inhabitants of Bowdoin have been taxed 
all their days for that purpose, and some of them, several 
years by Topsham and Bowdoinham, when s*^ Towns were 
taxed by the General Court, only in conunon level with other 
Towns, while the injured were not considered in the taxa- 
tions, nor any returns made of them; and they were iucor- 



392 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

porated by the means of the proud craft of but two or three 
men, in the eastern corner of the Town. 

S*^ People are the poor of poor, and fled into the wilder- 
ness from the oppressions of the poor, as well as of the 
opulant, with which thej were immediately pursued, and the 
desperate condition they are in can only be known by dwell- 
ing among and with them. A few families I except, tho' they 
do but just keep alive, and why would you make their condi- 
tion more desj)erate ? It is impossible for them to fulfill the 
Law respecting a School and the Gospel, without taxation, 
or if they were not taxed. But have they not as good a right 
to Schools learning and the Gospel as other people? And I 
would remind that the paragTaph of their petition which so- 
licits aid to enable them to set up a School among them does 
by no means imply, that they are in thriving condition, or 
like to be, except they are redressed, or their circumstances 
made some more tolerable; but the contrary: I have under- 
taken to set up that kind of a School at my own charges, and 
have been three years preparing, and have taken up a certain 
piece of Land suitable to the purpose, laying between Jesse 
Davis' Lot and a Lot claimed by James Bowdoin Esq' & I 
have done a great deal of work upon it, & the School I propose 
& intend to found in the constitution and in the just Laws 
of nations, for the purpose of an ordinance of the constitu- 
tion, in Law Book recorded Chap IS'** Sect 2^ and it is in- 
tended to promote all possible good, to deliver the poor the 
oppressed the fatherless the widow the orphans &c by puting 
them to business and a good education ; to promote universal 
justice as much as possible ; for the purpose of benevolence 
and mercy in the largest sense, and to release all from the 
infelicities of ignorance &c. Since therefore these are the 
benificent purposes, which I intend to promote to my utmost, 
and have things so regulated and disposed, that they shall be 
promoted to the utmost, with divine blessing & since all this 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 393 

is the very end of civil magistracy, and to which you are 
Sworn, you will allow me that piece of Land for the pur- 
poses mentioned, particularly as to this world, for the pur- 
poses of industry, frugality, honesty and punctuality in 
dealings. How much there is of it I know not, but if there 
are five million acres you are willing by oath to let it go for 
such purposes and the ends for which it is made. N^ay, it is 
already in such a State that you cannot be willing to object 
and I bind myself to appropriate it to s** purposes, which 
God has enabled & will enable me to do. 

I have been at great expence towards establishing the above 
said benevolent Institution, and now have need of a trifle of 
assistance ; therefore I, in meekness pray your Honors, to 
contribute a but one copper, each Member of the Court that 
I may be assisted, and one copper from each Member, and 
a projDcr number more, will be enough. And by every con- 
sideration of compassion and honor, I pray your Honors to 
liberate that oppressed people, and let them have liberty to 
assist in establishing an institution for their owm sigTial ad- 
vantage as well as others Which, as in duty bound, I ever 

pray. 

William Scales 
June 21" 1790. 

N. B. Insanity, or a fracture in the intellect, makes no 
odds, as to reason in a petition, or, the reasonableness of a 
petition of a people. And certain families have been carried 
from 8*^ Town lately, and at the expence of others through 
the Towns to their own Towns not for homes and if that 
people must remain in their bondage you will have to take 
the chief of them some way or other, for what I can see 

W"" Scales. 

The within Paper is the petition signed by the people and 
select men of Bowdoin, and sworn to before Esq' Merrel of 
Topsham. 



394 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Re-Light-house on Portland Head. 

N'ew York, August 23"^ 1790 
Sir — I have the honor to send you herein enclosed two 
copies, duly authenticated, of an Act making further pro- 
vision for the payment of the debts of the United States ; 
also of an Act to enable the officers and Soldiers of the Vir- 
ginia Line on Continental establishment to obtain Titles to 
certain Lands lying north west of the river Ohio, between 
the little Miami and Sciota ; also of an Act authorizing the 
Secretary of the Treasury to finish the Light House on Port- 
land Head in the District of Maine ; also of an Act declaring 
the assent of Congress to certain Acts of the States of Mary- 
land, Georgia and Khode-Island and Providence Plantations ; 
also of an act for the relief of the persons therein mentioned 
or described ; also of an Act for the relief of disabled Soldiers 
and Seamen lately in the service of the United States, and 
of certain other persons ; also of an act to alter the times for 
holding the Circuit Courts of the United States in the Dis- 
tricts of South Carolina and Georgia, and providing that the 
District Court of Pennsylvania shall in future be held at 
the City of Philadelphia only; also of a Eesolution direct- 
ing that a return of certain Surveys of Lands in the western 
Territory, be made to and perfected by the Secretary of the 
Treasury; also of an Act making certain appropriations 
therein mentioned; also of an Act making provision for the 
reduction of the public debt; and of being with sentiments 
of the most perfect respect. Your Excellency's /Most 

obedient & most humble Serv* 

Tho^ Jefferson 

His Excellency The Governor of the Commonwealth of 

Massachusetts 
Congress of the United States: 
at the second session 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 395 

Begun and held at the City of New York, on Monday, the 
Fourth of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety 
An Act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to fin- 
ish the Light-House, on Portland-Head, in the District of 
Maine. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 
of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That 
there be appropriated and paid out of the monies arising 
from the duties on imports and tonnage, a sum not exceeding- 
fifteen hundred dollars, for the purpose of finishing the light- 
house on Portland-Head, in the District of Maine; and that 
the Secretary of the Treasury, under the directions of the 
President of the United States, be authorized to cause the 
said light-house to be finished and completed accordingly. 
Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, 
Speaker of the House of Eepresentatives. 

John Adams, 
Vice-President of the United States, and 
President of the Senate. 
Approved, Augiist the tenth, 1790. 

George Washington, 

President of the United States. 
(True Copy) 

Th : Jefferson Secretary of State 



Governor s Message. 

Gentlemen of the Senate & Gentlemen of the House of Repre- 
sentatives 
I have directed the Secretary to lay before you a Letter 
from James Sullivan esq"^ Attorney General representing the 
escape of Samuel Hadlock a prisoner under Judgment of 



396 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Death in the County of Lincohi, & information being re- 
ceived that said Hadlock is sculking in the Wilderness in 
said County — The Council have advised me to issue a 
proclamation for the apprehending him but as I have not the 
means in my power to offer a reward competent to induce 
the good people of that County to apprehend him, — I there- 
fore submit the matter to your Consideration — 

John Hancock 
Council Chamber 17'^ Sepf 1790 



Fryehurg Baptists Petition. 

.To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General 
Court Assembled Sepf 1790 
The memorial of the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fryeburg in the County of York humbly sheweth, that 
for some years past we have been dissatisfied with the doc- 
trines and teaching of the Rev*^ William Fessenden, w^ho was, 
in the year 1775, settled in said Fryburg as a Minister of 
the Gospel; & that on the sixth day of September Anno 
Domini 1788, we formed ourselves into a Society for the 
purpose of supporting that worship which appears to us most 
agreeable to the word of God ; since which time we have at- 
tended on the instructions of the Rev*^ Zebadiah Richardson 
a teacher of Piety Religion and Morality belonging to the 
IsTew Hampshire Association of Christians called Baptists, 
and have supported the same; although we have been and 
are now taxed to the support of the aforesaid Rev^ William 
Fessenden ; This we esteem a grievance & insupportable 
burden, that we are constrained to pay towards the support 
of a Minister whose doctrines are not agreable to our senti- 
ments in Religion ; and are thereby deprived of the means 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 397 

of supporting that teaching (in the most important of all 
concerns) which is agreable to the dictates of our own Con- 
sciences & as we think to the v/ord of God — Our desires & 
inclinations are regularly & conscienciously to attend on the 
public worship of God ; and in order thereto, we (together with 
a number of Persons of the same religious sentiments, in the 
adjacent Towns) have invited and called the above mentioned 
Rev'' Zebadiah Richardson to be our settled Minister and 
teacher of Pietj Religion and Morality, which Invitation he 
hath accepted; but we find ourselves unable to fulfill our 
obligations to him, while vvc are constrained to pay towards 
the support of a teacher, on whose instructions we cannot in 
conscience attend — We have since our forming ourselves 
into a Society repeatedly requested the monies we have been 
so constrained to pay, that they might be applied to the sup- 
port of our ovni teacher, agreeably to the third article of the 
Declaration of Rights ; but our request has been refused We 
are averse to entering with disputes at Law, as they are at- 
tended with great expence & often create animosities among 
Brethren and Neighbors which we are very desirous to 
avoid — 

We would therefore humbly request the honorable Court 
that we may be incorporated as a Religious Society & thereby 
be entitled to all the priviledges of Bodies corporate & be 
enabled to apply our monies to the support of our own 
Teacher of Piety Religion and Morality 

and as in Duty bound shall ever pray 

Benjamin Kilgore Abner Charles, 

John Stevens, Edward Carlton, 

Joseph Walker, Isaac Walker, 

John Charles jun"", John Whiting jun"", 

Hugh Gordon, James Parker, 

Isaac Abbot jun, Daniel Farrington 



398 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

John Stevens j'' Moses pette 

Samuel Charles 

In the House of Representatives Feb""^ 3^ 1791 

Read & committed to the standing Committee on applica- 
tions for Incorporations of Towns &c 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 
In Senate FeV 3'* 1791 

Read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

The Committee of both Houses on the subject of Incorpora- 
tions have attended to the petition of a number of the In- 
habitants of the town of Fryburg praying to be Incorporated 
into a Distinct society and Report that the same be Refered 
to the next session of the general court 

E. Brooks p"" order. 
In Senate March 2^ 1791 

Read & accepted & Refer'd accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 
In the House of Representatives March 5, 1791 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 



Inhabitants of Penobscot River. 

To his Excellency the Gov"" Hon''' Senate; and House of 
Representatives in Gen' Court assembled at Boston, 
within and for the Common Wealth of Massachusetts on 
the first Tuesday of January in the year of our Lord 
1791 — 

Gentlemen 

We the subscribers poor distressed Inhabitants on the 

River Penobscot in the County of Hancock and Common 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 399 

Wealth aforesaid Beg leave to most Humbly shew. — That 
being very sensable that the preservation of the fish in all 
new County's is of the utmost Necessity and advantage ; Not 
only as it affords great Relief to the poor who are (common- 
ly) the first setlers; but it yields great advantage to the 
publick. — And as your Honors have been very careful from 
time to time to make many good and wholesome Laws for 
the preservation of the fish in said River. — Which Laws as 
yet have all proved Innefectual, and the fishing in danger 
of being Intirely Ruined. And we humbly conceive the 
reason why the Laws so made proves Insofficient, is because 
the Lion''' Court is not fully informd of the Cituation and 
Circumstance of said River. — Which we beg leave in a 
humble broken manner to Represent. — (Vizt) At the Mouth 
of said River lies an Island about six miles long (call'd 
Orphan Island) that divides said River into two branches 
and channels, that are Narrow on the west side of said Island, 
in some places scarce one quarter of one mile wide. And 
on Eastern side is still more narrow, that said River Joins 
in One at the head of said Island, and soon becomes Narrow 
again, and so keeping its course Narrow about one quarter 
of a Mile wide, and in some places much less, until it comes 
to the falls above the Tide, and then continues Narrow, and 
in some places shallow when the freshet is low Except in 
holes — In this dead Water the salmon casts their spawns — 
Now the common custom and practice of many people on 
said River is to fish every day in the Week, to fasten several 
long nets together, from two, to Nine and so taking the ad- 
vantage of the Tide and slack water, Run them off the main- 
land and both sides of the Island, and in Narrow places of 
said River, in that position that said Nets do almost Inter- 
sect one another — Others do play their long Nets off and 
on as the tide Ebbs and flows — By which reason the course 
of the sahnon is so stopped, the shoals broken the fish scattered. 



400 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

and so affrighted; that their is the greatest danger of their 
course being intirely turn'd and all the fishery Ruin'd (If 
not timely prevented) Besides all this they follow the salmon 
into 'the Dead water where they are casting their spawns 
hawl out the old Mother salmon out of their beds every day 
in the week with long drag, or sweep 'Nets, and some even 
spear the salmon, And they that are Chosen and duly En- 
gaged to Inspect the fishery do Exercise no authority to pre- 
vent the same, But some do even fish themselves, or tolerate 
others, etc. 

Therefore we do most humbly pray, that your Honors 
would be pleas'd to take the same into your wise Considera- 
tion, and in your wisdom order and grant that no Salmon 
Shadd or alewives shall be caught in said River, or in any 
of it's Bays or branches, only in four days in the week from 
the 30"' day of April to the 30'" day of June annually, that 
is to say, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and thurs- 
days, that no seine, drag net, or sweep net shall be drawn 
in said River, Bays or Branches more than three days in a 
week in said term, and that only on Mondays Tuesdays and 
Wednesdays. — And that no seine drag net or sweep Net shall 
be drawn in said River or any of its Branches above Condus- 
keigne stream, at any time — And that all Weirs and 
Masheans made to Catch said fish on said River Bays or 
Branches shall stand open the other three days in every Week 
during said term from said SO*"" of said April to said 30*" 
of said June annually. And that in all Damms and Weirs 
that is now made or shall be hereafter Erected and made 
across said River or any of its Branches (where said fish did 
usually pass) shall be allow'd and kept Open afree good and 
sufficient way not less than fourteen foot wide to the bottom 
Cill for s** fish to pass and Repass to all times between said 
30'" of s^ April and said 30'" of said June annually, which 
passage shall not be Interrupted in said term by any person 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 401 

ISTet or Mashean of any kind whatsoever. — And that no per- 
son or persons shall be allowed to fish with any set N'et or 
Xets on said Kiver or an}- of its Bays or Branches more than 
twenty fathom long on the line after it is hung, And shall 
not be allow'd to play or set his or their Net or Nets off and 
on as the Tide Ebbs and flows, That no Salmon shall be 
caught in said Eiver or any of its Branches from the 10*'' 
day of July to y'' first day of Decem'' annually ; And that no 
salmon shall be speared in said River or any of its Branches 
at any time. That each Town district and plantation on 
said River, or any of its Bays or Branches shall be Required 
and fully Impowered at a Meeting called in March or April 
annually to choose three or more good freeholders who shall 
be duly engaged to Inspect the fishery and see that the Law 
is fully comply'd with who shall be under heavy penalties if 
they neglect their trust in their Own Town or district, and 
whose power may run to every Bay and Branch of said River 
in said County of Hancock. — And that all fines and for- 
feitures be heavy and severe ; That the method of prosecution 
be made plain and easy — That any person may have Right 
to Complain or prosecute That the Hon'® Court would trans- 
mit their pleasure to us as early as possible, As we may 
govern ourselves accordingly. — And as in duty bound will 
Ever pray. 

Penobscot River Nov" y' 23" 1790. 
Step : Lanpher, Eias Eddy 

Ben,f Lowell, Tbrook Eddy, 

James Colson, Joseph Ary, 

Joseph Gross jun"" Simeon Gorton, 

John Collings Amos Dole, 

Joshua Couillard, Shebna Swett, 

Moses Page, Richard Blasdel, 

Benjamin Page, j"" Benjamin Wheeler, 

Josiah Colson, Robert Wheeler, 

27 



402 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Abner Loewell, 

Abel Curtis, 

Troheth Smith, 

Ezekiel Harding, 

Reuben Snow, 

Benj'' Snow, 

Sam' Stubbs, 

Joseph Stubbs, 

Sam' Stubbs Jun"" 

Joshua Eldredge 

James Eldredg, 

ISTatha' Lowel 

John Lowel, 

Bajse Bullard, 

John Miller, 

Ebenezer Sollson, 

Robart Miller 

Timothy Freeman, 

Paul N^ickerson, 

Edward Snow, 

Warren JSTickerson, 

Eliphalet I^ickerson Juner, 

Eliphalet !Nickerson, 

Daniel Nickerson, 

Amasa Snow Jun. 

Thomas Dean Jr. 

Oliver Doane, 

Jesse Atwood, 

Jesse Rogers, 

Samuel Freeman, 

IsTathaniel Peirce, 

John Brewer, 

Moses Rogers, 

James Freeman, 



David Patterson, 
John Swan, 
Joseph Wheeler, 
Daniel ISTeal, 
James Patterson, 
Harding Snow, 
Jonathan Philbrook, 
William Wheeler, 
Jesse Harding, 
Freeman Knowles, 
Nathan Hopkins 
Simon Smith 
N'athanael Myrick, 
Eliashib Delano, 
Perez Hamlen, 
Benjamin Higgins 
Thomas Snow, 
Rich'' Ellingwood, 
Thomas Green, 
Alisha Higgins, 
Andrea Grant, 
Gordon Grant, 
Andrew Grant, 
John Holbrook, 
Joseph Porter, 
Be^ Whitham, 
Joseph H Shaw, 
Hatevil Colson, 
Richard Kempton, 
James Louis, 
Lathleg Lewis, 
Josiah Higgins, 
.Joseph Cole, 
Ebenezer Basset, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



403 



Solomon Swett, 
IvTathaniel Gould, 
Joseph Baker, 
Simeon Fowler, 
Henry Kenney, 
John Simson, 
John Tibbets, 
Daniel Skinner 
ISTathaniel Mayhew, 
Andrew Mayhew, 
John Hutchens, 
Benj'' Perkins, 
Simeon Johnson, 
John Thomas, 
W" Thomas, 
Jona Eddy, 



Nathan Atwood, 
William Kent, 
Theophilus Brown, 
Levi Kent, 
Stilmonkent 
Abner Curtis, 
Seth Curtis, 
Bangs Doane, 
Anson Lanpher, 
James Coleson J'' 
James Smith, 
John Gross, 
Zac Goss, 
Roger Merithew, 
Robert Rankings, 

total N° 117 



Re Town of Winthrop. 

To the Hon''''' Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in general Court As- 
sembled 
Humbly sheweth your Petitioners that whereas the Town 
of Winthrop in the County of Lincoln is extensive and much 
Intersected with Ponds which renders it impossable for the 
Inliabitants to Convene in the Center for Publick worship 
or to transact publick Business and that at a Meeting of the 
Inhabetants of Winthrop afores^ held June 21'' A. D. 1790 
in the nearest convenient place to the Center of s^ Town up- 
wards of thirty Days ISTotice being given of s^ Meeting for 
the Purpose of agreeing upon a Division of s*^ Town the In- 
habitants then Present almost unanimously Voted (there 



404 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

being but one Desenting Vote) to Petition your Hon^ that 
the Town may be Divided into two seperate Towns in the 
following manner (Viz) beginning at the west Line leaving 
5/9 in the South Town and 4/9 in the Korth running thence 
Eastwardly to the East Line keeping parallel with the ^orth 
Line of s*^ Town and that the Xorth Part be Incorporated by 
the name of with all the Privledges and Imunities that 

other To^vns in the Commonwealth have and that each Town 
shall take a share of the Publick Debts of s^ Town of the ex- 
pences of the Poor that are now upon the Town Also that the 
Publick Lands be Divided according to the Valuation of each 
Town 

And further that they may join with the Town of Winthrop 
in the Election of Representatives untill they shall be entitled 
by number to send by themselves and that the Meetings for 
the Choice of Representatives be held alternatively in each 
To^\Ti all which your Petitioners as Duty bound shall ever 
Pray 

John Hubbard, Amos Stevens, Joshua Bean j- 

Selectmen of Winthrop 
Winthrop Decern"" 2°"^ 1790 

In the House of Representatives Feb^ 11, 1791 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on appli- 
cations for incorporations & to consider & report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"- 

In Senate Eeb^ 11, 1791 

Read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

The Committee of both Houses on the subject of Incorpora- 
tions have attended to the Petition of the Town of Winthrop 
praying that the N'orth part of the said town may be Incor- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 405 

porated into a seperate town and Report that the petitioners 

have Leave to withdraw the Petition 

E Brooks p"" order 

In Senate Feb'' 25 1791 

Read & Accepted & ordered accordingly 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Feb'' 25, 1791 

Read & non-concurred & ordered that the Petitioners have 

leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes prayed for in their 

petition 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate March 2"^ 1791 

Read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 
Winthrop Valuation 

130 Polls rateable & not rateable not supported by the 
Town 2 Polls supported by the Town Total income 
£749.. 17.. 514 

Attest John Avery jun"" Sec'' 



Extract from a Letter from Stephen Jones and James 
Avery Esq^ 

Machias Dec"" 24, 1790 
May it please your Excellency "We think it our Duty to 
give your Excellency the earliest notice of every transaction, 
that we apprehend may have a tendency to lessen the Dignity, 
or effect the Jurisdiction & limits of this Commonwealth — 
We beg leave, therefore, to communicate to your Excellency 
intelligence — The Justices of the Court of General Sessions 



406 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

of the Peace, for the Coimtj of Washington, in apportioning 
the Connty Tax agreeable to Law, found it amounted to only 
3/9 upon the ]3oll, which sum they assessed upon the polls of 
the inhabitants of those plantations on the Bay of Passama- 
quoddy, which are known & acknowledged to be within the 
Jurisdiction of this State; among which is Township 'N° 8, 
including Moose-island (leaving the whole of their Estates 
untaxed) The inhabitants of those plantations having 
neglected to choose Assessors & Collectors the tax bill was 
delivered to M"" Cooper, Sheriff of the County, to collect — • 
M"" Cooper, on his attempting to collect the Tax from the in- 
habitants of Moose-island, met with some opposition — they 
were instigated thereto (as M"" Cooper thinks, from the in- 
formation he received) by M"" John Curry, who was then at 
the island, & is first Judge of the Inferior Court for the 
County of Charlotte & province of ISTew Brunswick. But 
M"" Cooper, by his spirited Exertions, soon disarmed the 
Leaders & the rest submitted — He then by reasoning with 
them, convinced them of the propriety of the measure, & 
pointed out to them the advantages that would arise by a 
willing submission to the Laws — They readily complied, 
paid their taxes, & signed a paper in which they promised 
that they would in future behave as good subjects to this 
Commonwealth, & pay due obedience to its laws. M"" Cooper 
having promised them on his part, to use his endeavors to 
obtain a grant from the General Court of the Lands on Moose 
island to the present possessors.* M"" Cooper is certainly 
entitled to great Applause for his very spirited & prudent 
Conduct in executing this business. — * Since M"" Cooper 
left Moose-island, the aforementioned John Curry (as a Jus- 
tice of the peace for the province of New Brunswick has pre- 
svimed to join in Marriage two young persons on Moose island, 
who are inhabitants thereof, with a view, as we apprehend, 
to set up or support a claim, in behalf of the British Govern- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 407 

ment, to the Jurisdiction of that isLand; which has induced 
us to put up there, an Advertisement, a copy of which we 
have inclosed, in a Letter to the Attorney-General, request- 
ing his Advice, as to the most proper mode for prosecuting 
the offender. We hope the General Court, at their next 
sessions will take such Measures respecting the matter, as 
will justify the Civil Officers of this County in repelling 
any invasion on our present Jurisdiction ; & will also confirm 
& estahlish the inhabitants of Moose island in their Pos- 
sessions & relieve them from the apprehensions of a dou])le 
Jurisdiction — 

True Extract from a letter Sign'd by Stephen Jones & 
James Avery* 



Attest John Avery jun"" Sec^ 



In Senate March 11, 1791 
Eec"^ & sent down 



Sam' Phillips Presid' 



Petition of Robert Hallowell. 

To the Hon**'® Senate, and and the Hon'''*' House of Repre- 
sentatives. 

The Petition of Rob. Hallowell Guardian to Rob' Hallo- 
well jun"" 

Humbly Shews, 

That upon the River Cobbiseconte in Pittston in the Coun- 
ty of Lincoln, two Mills are erected the property of the said 
Robert jun'' one of which has stood nearly thirty years, and 
the other about Eighteen or twenty years, to the great Con- 
venience and advantage of the inhabitants of said Pittston, 
and the Circumjacent Country — That in order to supply 
the aforesaid Mills with a Sufficiency of Water, two dams 
were made and have been continued on said Cobbiseconte 



408 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

river ever since the said Mills were respectively erected, with- 
out which the water would be entirely diverted from said 
Mills and the same would become useless, to the great damage 
of the Public, as well as to the said Robert — 

That by an Act made the 29^^ day of February in the year 
of our Lord 1789, intitled an Act to prevent the destruction 
and to regulate the Catching of the fish called Salmon, Shad, 
and Alewives in the rivers and streams in the Counties of 
Cumberland, and Lincoln, and to repeal all laws heretofore 
made for that purpose. An authority is given to certain 
Committees described in said Act, to open and destroy said 
Dams for the purpose of making a fish way, whereby said 
Dams are continually exposed to be thrown open & rendered 
useless. That in the Event no advantage would result to 
the Community, as the expence of making a fish way would 
be very considerable, and the same would be in a great 
measure ineffectual when built, as the oldest inhabitants in 
that Country cannot recollect any instance of the Alewives 
proceeding above the aforesaid Dams, and as a variety of 
natural obstructions render it highly improbable, that the 
larger fish would ever proceed above said dams in any con- 
siderable number — 

Your petitioner therefore prays this Honorable Court to 
take these facts into consideration, and to appoint a Com- 
mittee to inspect the premises, so that if it should appear, 
that the damage arising to the community from the destruc- 
tion of said Mills would exceed the benefit, accruing from 
the opening a fish way, such measures may be adopted, as 
will prevent the operation of said Act upon the Dams erected 
over the aforesaid stream — Or if in the opinion of the said 
Committee a fish way should be found expedient, they may 
in that case be instructed to report, the dimensions, and 
restrictions under which it shall be made — 

Rob: Hallowell 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 409 

John Stain's Deposition. 

I John Staiu of Lawful age testify and Say that about 

thirty years ago before there was any mill Dam built across 

Cobesecontee Stream I caught Shad fish in Said Stream up 

at the falls about a mile from the mouth of Said Stream 

where a Saw mill now Stands and have for years together 

when I was there to Catch fish Seen Shad and Elwives go 

over the falls going up Said Stream 

John Stain 

Lincoln ss December ye 31^* 1790 

the above named John Stain made oath that the above 
Declaration by him Subscribed was true before 

Robert Page Justice Peace. 

The Deposition of 

Abraham Wyman of Wyman's Plantation in the County 
of Lincoln Gent" of Lawful age testifieth and saith that some 
years before there was any mills built on Cobesecontee stream 
so called which Emptyes in to Kennabeck River at Pittstown 
I was a hunting on said Stream and I saw a plenty of ale- 
wives Runing up said Stream they were then a mile above 
what was called the upper falls and further the Deponent 

saith not 

Abram Wyman 

The Deposition of Joseph Greeley of Sandey river in the 
County of Lincoln yeoman of Lawfull age testifieth and Saith 
that about four or five and tw^enty years ago and to the best 
of my Rememberence it was the year that Cobbeseecontee mill 
Dam was Caried away I was a hunting on Cobbeseecontee 
Stream so called that Empf* into Kennebeck River at Pitts- 
town and up said Stream at the falls in Winthrop where John 
Chandler Mills now Stand I Saw a Plenty of Alewives Run- 
ing up Said falls I also Saw Major Heald the same day and 



410 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

he informd me tliat he had also Seen them as well as myself 

and further the deponant Saith not. 

Joseph Grele 

Lincoln ss. January the 21^' 1791 

Pearsonally appeared the above named Abraham Wyman 
and Joseph Grele and after being Duly Cautioned and Ex- 
amined made Solom Oath to the truth of the Above deposi- 
tions by them Subscribed before me. 

Obadiah Williams Just Peace 



Report of the Committee to view M^ Halloivell's Dam. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts [ 

In the house of Representatives March 3*^ 1790 

On the petition of Robert Hallowell Guardian to Robert 
Hallowell Jun"" 

Ordered, for said guardian that William Howard of 
Hallowell, Samuel Harriden of Woolwich, and Capt Jn° 
White of Georgetown be a committee to view the streams 
Mills & Dams in the petition of said Robert Hallowell men- 
tioned at the said Robert's expence & report at the next 
session of the Gen Court the expediency of continuing or 
making any, & if any what Fish ways, for the free passage 
of the fish up Cobbiseeonte river on which the said Mills & 
Dams are situated 

Sent up for Concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate March 9'^ 1790 

read & concurred 

Sam' Phillips j"" Presid' 
True Copy 

Att. Sam' Cooper, Clerk Senate 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 411 

To the Honourable Senate, and the House of Representa- 
tives — 

We the Committee, named in the Order of your honours 
hereunto annexed, humbly beg leave to report, that your 
committee, after giving due notice to the Selectmen of Win- 
throp, & other persons living in the neighbourhood of Cob- 
biseconte Stream ; met at Pittston upon the nineteenth day 
of October A D. 1790, and proceeded to examine the said 
Stream and the mills and dams standing thereon — & also to 
weigh such evidence as was offered them respecting the same 
— And upon the most thorough investigation, your committee 
is able to make, they are unanimously of opinion, that it is 
not expedient either to continue the fishways now open, or 
to make new fish-ways through the dams now standing upon 
Said Cobbiseconte Stream 

They beg leave further to report that sickness and other 

inevitable accidents have prevented them from attending to 

this business sooner — 

William Howard, 

Samuel Hamden, 

John White 

Committee 



Petition of Justices of Sessions in Hancock Co. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

To the Hon*"'^ the Senate and Hon'''^ the House of Repre- 
sentatives in Gen"" Court Assembled in January Domini 
1790 
The Petition of the Justices of the Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace, at their Sessions in September Term 1790 
— Humbly Shew — 

That the Inhabitants of that part of the Government lately 
incorporated into a County by the ISTame of Hancock, from 



412 DOCUMENTAKY HISTOEY 

the General poverty of its inhabitants, the infancy of its 
settlement and other obvious causes are necessitated to pray 
your Honors will interpose to relieve them from the em- 
barassments they labour under from Causes which they will 
proceed to mention — To wit — That few if any of the Towns 
or plantations within said County have been settled more 
than Twenty years, and that during that time the Inhabitants 
have strugled through every difficulty which the roughness 
of the County their necessitous circumstances and a want of 
communication with each other would permit — that they 
have never been able to lay out and clear Roads except for 
an intercourse between Neighbours and that a precarious and 
dangerous conveyance by water is their only means of com- 
munication between the different parts of the County and in 
many instances between different parts of the same Town — 
that they have laboured under the still greater disadvantages 
of having been unable to provide places of Publick Worship 
Schools and other Institutions necessary in civilized Societies 
and that there is not one Meeting House — School House nor 
more than one or Two Ministers of the Gospell throughout 
the whole County — 

The said justices further shew, that in their present Session 
they have thought it their duty to diminish as much as pos- 
sible the inconveniences above stated and have accordingly 
orderd Conmiittees to lay out a Road through the whole 
County for the general accommodation of the inhabitants & 
the Community at large which will extend at least one hun- 
dred and fifty Miles and will be a very considerable charge 
to the County by reason of its passing through many un- 
settled Gores of Land & unincorporated Plantations that from 
the N^ature of the Country, it being every where intersected 
by Water the charges of making the above mentioned Road 
convenient or even passable will be almost insupportable by 
the County in its present State more especially as the settle- 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 413 

ments are not compact, but the inhabitants are scattered at 
a very great distance from each other — 

The Justices aforesaid further shew to your Honors that 
having been Lately set of from the County of Lincohi and 
vested with the priviledges and immunities of a County by 
themselves they are also liable to a variety of expences which 
they were not before burthened with — that previous to their 
being set off from the County of Hancock were assessed in a 
large sum 

towards the expences of said County which Tax from the 
inability of the People remains yet unpaid and for which 
they will now receive no benefit — That they have thought it 
their indispensible duty to take every possible measure to 
provide a place for the security of Debtors and offenders 
against Public Justice and that they have accordingly ordered 
a Goal to be built sufficient for the above purposes. — Add to 
which they have still to furnish a Building for the Public 
uses of the County and defray many other expences which 
dayly and unavoidably accrue — That under all these em- 
barassments and the additional one of a peculiar scarcity of 
Money arising from their little communication with Mer- 
cantile Towns and Foreigners the several Towns and Planta- 
tions within the County stand indebted to the Government 
for almost the whole Amount of the Taxes assessed upon them 
for several years past, which Taxes they feel themselves 
totally unable to pay — The Justices therefore pray your 
Honours to take the above circumstances into your wise con- 
sideration and that the above Taxes may be appropriated 
partly towards defraying the necessary expences of the Coun- 
ty and partly toward maintaining the Religious institutions 
and Seminaries of Lerning which by a law of this Common- 
wealth each town is required to provide and as in duty bound 
shall ever pray 
Paul Dudley Sargent, Nicholas Holt 



414 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

Oliver Parker, Lemuel Weeks 

William Vinall, Benj^ Shuts 

Joseph Hibbert, Simeon Fowler 
Jon^ Eddy, 

Petition Court of Sessions County of Hancock Nonaccepted 
Considered 



In the House of Representatives Jan^' 1Y91 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on abate- 
ment of taxes 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk^" 

In Senate FeV 1'* 1Y91 
Read & concurred 



Sam' Phillips Presid' 

Concurred. 

The standing Committee appointed to consider Applica- 
tions for abatement of Taxes, have Attended to the petition 
of the Justices of the Court of General Sessions of the peace 
within and for the County of Hancock, Praying for abate- 
ment of all the public Taxes assessed on the Several Towns 
& plantations in the said County, and heard their agent, 
thereon, and one of opinion, that it is not expedient to Grant 
the prayer of the said petition Which is Submitted 

Stephen Choate p"" order 

In Senate March 4, 1791 
Read & Accepted 

Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 415 

111 the House of Representatives March 8, 1791 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk"" 



Petition and Resolve in favor of the County of Washington. 

The Honorable the Senate and Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court Assembled — 

The Petition of the Subscribers the Justices of the Court 
of Common Pleas and General sessions of the Peace in and 
for the County of Washington — the Sheriff, Clerk of the 
Court Attorney & Grand Jurors in and for said County — 

Humbly Sheweth 

That the l^umber of Inhabitants in said County is very 
small, and that they are Extended more than One hundred 
miles upon the Sea Coast, and that in general the people are 
in Low Circumstances, and very unable to pay any heavy 
Taxes, That a Number of the Inhabitants Live on the borders 
of the British Province of 'New Brunswick, especially the 
Inhabitants of Moose Island, among whom every Artifice is 
used by some of the Executive officers of ISTew Brunswick to 
make the people Believe that they are, or will fall within 
the Jurisdiction of that Province, and that they ought not to 
pay any Tax to this County, by which means it will be very 
Difficult to Collect the Tax in that Quarter — That a heavy 
Expence will arise in searching & laying out a County Road 
thro such a long extent of Wilderness — Also the Expence of 
Building a Goal & Court House beside the other necessary 
Expences of the County — 

We therefore pray your Honours that for these Reasons 
you would Consider our Infant County and Grant that the 
Fees which are to be paid to the Commonwealth by the Civil 



416 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

Officers for their Appointment and the Excise now collected 

and what shall he due from said County may be appropriated 

for the Use «fe Benefit of Said County in building a Goal, 

Court House and laying out Eoads — as in Duty Bound 

shall ever Pray — 

Stephen Jones John Crane 

Ja^ Avery Alex'" Campbell 

Justices of the Court of Common pleas 
John Cooper Sheriff, 
Ralph H. Bowles, Clerk 
Phineas Bruce, Atty for the Court — 
Jonathan Stevens Foreman Jeremiah Chapman, 
Benj^ Reynolds Enoch Waterhouse 

Jonathan Knight Geo. Stillman, 

Elisha Small Step" Parker, 

Jabez Dorman, Benj^ Foster 

Daniel Merit, Joseph Sevey, 

Daniel Look, James Brown 

Grand Jurors 
Lem' Trescott, Joseph Pierpont [ Justices of the peace 
Mem° The fees to be paid by Civil Officers £21 .. 12 Excise 
about £20 Total £41 .. 12 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives June 6*'' 1791 

Upon the Petition of the Justices of the Court of Common 
Pleas for the County of Washington and other Inhabitants of 
said County praying that the fees which are due to the Com- 
monwealth for the appointment of civil officers, and the Ex- 
cise now due may be appropriated for the use of said County 
for building a Goal & Court House & for laying out Roads. — 

Resolved, that the prayer of said Petition be granted & 
the Collector of Excise for said County is hereby fully em- 
powered and directed to pay all the monies which now are 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 417 

due for Excise as well when said County was a District as 
since its Establishment as a County, and also all fees paid by 
the civil officers for their appointments to the County Treas- 
urer of said County of Washington as by law he was required 
to do with the Comptroller of Excise for the Comonwealth 
and the said Collector is directed to forward the receipt from 
the County Treasurer to the Comptroller which shall be re- 
ceived by him as payment for so much money as the receipt 
expresses, and the Collector is to be credited accordingly — 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 
In Senate June 8"^ 1Y91 

Read & JSTonconcurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 



Benjamin Libby's Memorial. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled 
the Memorial of Benjamin Libby of Shepardsfield so called 
in the County of Cumberland humbly sheweth That for his 
Services as Corporal in the Company of Capt" Amos Lincoln 
of Boston in the County of Suffolk in Col" Crafts Regiment 
of the State train of Artilery so called he is entitled to re- 
ceive the sum of nineteen pounds Eight Shillings, and that 
one Daniel Godfrey upon a forged false Order, has drawn 
the same for which he has been apprehended and had before 
M'" Justice Greenleaf of said Boston and for the same fact 
there convicted ; Notwithstanding which the said Sum being 
Stil due to your Memorialist, he therefore humbly prays 



418 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

your Houours to give him an Order to draw the said Sum of 
Nineteen pounds Eight Shillings or direct the Treasurer of 
this Commonwealth to pay the same together with the In- 
terest thereon to him or his Order, inasmuch as he positively 
declares that he never gave the said Daniel Godfrey an order 
to receive the same, and he as in duty bound will ever pray. 
Dated at Shepardsfield aforesaid the third day of January 
Anno Domini One Thousand seven hundred and ninety one. 

Cumberland Ss. 

New Gloucester January the 26^'' Anno Domini 1791 

Personally appeared before me Isaac Parsons Esq'' one of 
the Justices of peace for the County of Cumberland, Ben- 
jamin Libby the above Memoralist and made Solemn Oath 
that he never has received the sum of nineteen pounds Eight 
shillings mentioned in the above memorial nor any part 
thereof, directly nor indirectly, nor given any Order to 
Daniel Godfrey therein named to receive the same, but that 
the same sum of Nineteen pounds Eight shillings for his 
services therein mentioned together with the Interest there- 
on is still his just due. 

Sworn Before me 

Isaac Parsons Justice of the Peace 



Petition of Daniel Hubbard i& Papers Accompanying. 

To the Honorable Senate and house of representatives for 

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 

assembled January 1791 — 

Humbly Shews Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh in the 

County of York Yeoman that on the third day of November 

1788 Your petitioner in passing a bridge in Sandford in 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 419 

Said County of York with his team Slumped one of his 
steers through Said bridge wherebv his leg was broken and 
the steer thereby lost that the said bridge Ought by Law to 
have been kept in repair by the inhabitants of Sandford but 
had been neglected and for a Long time remained in a Very 
defective state And dangerous for passengers to Cross, that 
Your petitioners Commenced a Suit against the inhabitants 
of Said Sandford triable before Benjamin Chadbourne 
Esquire one of the Justices of the peace for said County of 
York on the fourth day of February 1789 on which Your 
petitioner recovered by the Consideration of the said Justice 
Against the said Inhabitants the sum of three Pounds dam- 
age and three pounds twelve Shillings Cost of Suit from 
which Judgment the said inhabitants appealed to the Next 
Court of Common pleas then next to be holden at York within 
and for said County of York on the Second Tuesday in April 
then next following at w^hich Court the Judgment of the 
Justice was reversed and Your petitioner in addition to the 
loss of his Said Steer And large Sums of Money by him Ex- 
pended was also Obliged to pay to the Said Inhabitants the 
Sum of Fourteen pounds three Shillings and two pence for 
their Cost of Suit: Your petitioner is let to know that the 
reason that determined the Jury in their Verdict Against 
him was that no proof was offered that the Selectmen of Said 
Sandford was personally notified of the defect in Said bridge ; 
and although your petitioner can produce Sufficient proof 
that the Selectmen of Said Sandfoi^^were personally notified 
of the ruined and dangerous Situation of said bridge, yet he 
cannot by Law have any remedy without the Interference of 
the honorable Legislative body Your petitioner therefore 
humbly prays that he may have another hearing on the matter 
by an Appeal being gTanted to the Supreme Judicial Court 
or leave Granted to review his said Suit or in any other way 
that Your honors in Your Wisdom Shall think proper to re- 



420 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

store him to his Law — And Your petitioner as in duty bound 
Shall Ever pray &c 
January 17"^ 1791 

Eben'' Sullivan 

in behalf & by desire of Daniel Hubbard 
A Copy of the whole Case Accompanies this petition 

In the House of Representatives February 1, 1Y91 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on ap- 
plication for new Trial. 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk"" 

In Senate FeV 1, 1791 — 

Read and Concurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid*^ 

The standing Committee appointed to consider applica- 
tions for new Trials, Report that Daniel Hubbard have leave 
to withdraw his Petition 

Which is submitted 

Feb-"^ 28^*^ 1791 

J Barnum P"" Order 

In Senate Feb-"" 28, 1791 — 

Read & accepted & ordered accordingly — 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

In the House of Representatives March 5, 1791 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk'' 

York Ss. 

Memorandum, That on the fourth day of February in the 
year of our Lord 1789, personally appeared Ebenezer Chad- 
bourn of Sanford in the county of York yeoman, and Jona- 
than Hamilton jun"" of Berwick in said county Esq'" and 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 421 

acknowledge themselves severally indebted to Daniel Hub- 
bard of Shapleigh in the county aforesaid husbandman, in 
the respective sums following, the said Eleazer as principal 
for the inhabitants of the town of Sanford in the sum of eight 
pounds, and the said Jonathan his surety in the sum of eight 
pounds, to be levied upon their respective goods chattels lands 
or tenements, and in want thereof upon their bodies, to the 
use of the said David, if default be made in performance of 
the condition here under written. 

The condition of this recogTiizance is Just, that if the In- 
habitants of the said town of Sanford shall and do prosecute 
an appeal by them made by their agent from a Judgment this 
day given against them at a Justice's Court this day held 
before Benjamin Chadbourn Esq"" one of the Justices of the 
peace for said county in favour of said Daniel Hubbard for 
the sum of three pounds lawful money debt or damage & cost 
of suit taxed three pounds twelve shillings at the court of 
Common Pleas to be holden at York within & for said county 
of York on the second tuesday of April next with effect — 
Then the above written recognizance is null & void, other- 
wise to remain in full force 

Taken before me 

Benj^ Chadbourn Jus peace 

Copy of Record exam^ by Benj'' Chadbourn Jus peace 

Copy examined by J. H*'' Bartlet Clerk 

York Ss. To either of the Coroners of the said County of 
York, or either of their Deputies, greeting. 
In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are required to smnmon the Inhabitants of the town of San- 
ford in said county of York, of which William Emery, 
Gentleman, and one of the Deputy Sheriffs for said county of 
York is one to appear before me Benjamin Chadbourn Esq"* 
one of the Justices of the peace for the county aforesaid, at 



422 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

my dwelling house in Berwick on Wednesday the fourth day 
of February next, at one of the clock in the afternoon, then 
& there to answer to Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh in said 
county of York yeoman, in a plea of Trespass on the case for 
that whereas on the third day of November last past, there 
was at said Sanford and for a long time before and ever 
since that time has been a public Road or Highway leading 
through said Sanford and crossing mousam river near Joseph 
Jellisons in said Sanford, on which said road and on and 
across said river there was on the said third day of Novem- 
ber and for a long time before, to wit, twelve months before 
that time had been and ever since hath been a certain pole 
bridge, commonly known by the name of Jellisons bridge, 
vfhich said bridge then on the third day of November and 
for a long time to wit for more than eight months before 
that time the said inhabitants of Sanford were by law obliged 
to keep in repair, and the said inhabitants of Sanford had at 
Sanford aforesaid before the said third day of November last 
past, had reasonable notice that there were defects in and 
various necessary repairs and amendments wanted to be made 
on said bridge ; yet the said inhabitants though in no wise 
ignorant of the premises, suffered the said bridge to remain 
in such a defective state and destitute of necessary repairs 
and amendments that the Pla' on the same third day of No- 
vember last past, passing said bridge with his team slumped 
one of his steers of the value of four Pounds, through said 
bridge, whereby one of his steers legs was broke through the 
defect in said bridge, whereby the Pla^ hath been injured in 
his said team to the value of forty shillings; wherefore he 
saith he by law hath a right to recover double his said dam- 
ages of the said Inhabitants, which he hath demanded, yet 
the said Inhabitants though often requested, liave in no part 
compensated the said Daniel for his damage aforesaid sus- 
tained, but neglect and refuse to do it, to the damage of the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 423 

said Daniel as he saitli, the sum of four Pounds, as shall 
then and there appear with other due damages. Hereof fail 
not, and make due return of this writ and of your doings 
therein unto myself at or before the said 4'^ day of February 
next. Dated at Berwick aforesaid, the sixteenth day of De- 
cember, in the year of our Lord, 1788, 

Benj'^ Chadbourne. 

York Ss. December 27, 1788. 

Pursuant to the within Precept to me directed, I have 

secured the same by reading it to Jonathan Tibbets, Ephraim 

Low, Keuben Hussey, Jonathan Johnson and William 

Emery, principal Inhabitants of the Town of Sanford, and 

at the same time leaving an attested copy of the said writ 

with Joel Moulton Town Clerk of said Sanford, as the law 

directs. 

Jacob Shorey Coroner 

Officers fees. Service on five 6 . 8 Travel 20 miles 3/4 copy 
2/ — 5.4 Total 12.0 

The foregoing is a true copy of the writ & officers return 
thereon — Exam^ by Benj'' Chadbourn Jus peace 

copy exam"^ by J. H*^ Bartlet Clerk. 

York Ss. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

At a Court of Common Pleas, begun and held at York, 
within & for the county of York, on the second tuesday of 
April, being the fourteenth day of said month, and by ad- 
journment to the 19''' of May following. 

The inhabitants of Sanford in the county of York Appel- 
lants against Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh in said county of 
York yeoman Appellee, by an appeal from a Justices Court 
held before Benjamin Chadbourn Esq' one of the Justices of 
the peace for the county of York aforesaid when & where the 



424 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

said Daniel Hubbard was Pla' & the s*^ Inhabitants def* Feb'' 
4, 1789, in a plea of trespass on the case, for that whereas 
on the third day of J^ovember 1788, there was at said San- 
ford and for a long time before and ever since that time has 
been a public road or highway leading througli said Sanford 
and crossing mousam river near Joseph Jelli son's in said 
Sanford, on which said road & on and across said road there 
was on the third day of I^ovember last and for a long time 
before, to wit twelve months before that time had been & ever 
since has been a certain pole bridge commonly known by 
Jellisons bridge, which bridge there on the said third day of 
JSTovember and for a long time to wit for more than eight 
months before that time the said inhabitants of Sanford were 
by Law obliged to keep in repair, and the said inhabitants 
of Sanford had at Sanford aforesaid before the said third 
day of November last past, had reasonable notice that there 
were defects in and various necessary repairs and amend- 
ments wanted to be made on said bridge, yet the said 
inhabitants though in no wise ignorant of the premises, suf- 
fered the said bridge to remain in such a defective state & 
destitute of necessary repairs and amendments that the Pla* 
on the same third day of November last past passing said 
bridge with his team slumped one of his steers of the said 
Daniel Hubbard's to the value of four Pounds, through said 
bridge whereby one of his steers legs was broke, through the 
defect of said bridge, whereby the Pla' has been injured in 
his said team to the value of forty shillings, wherefore he 
saith he by law hath right to recover double his said dam- 
ages of the said inhabitants, which he hath demanded, yet 
the said inhabitants though often requested have in no part 
compensated the said Daniel for his damages aforesaid sus- 
tained, but neglect and refuse to do it, to the damage of the 
said Daniel as he says the sum of four Pounds. — And the 
said Inhabitants come and desend when where &c. and for 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 425 

plea say they are not guilty in manner and form aforesaid 
& thereof put themselves on trial. And the Pla*^ likewise 
V\'hereupon issue being joined & the cause being fully heard 
and understood it was the opinion of the said Justice that the 
said Inhabitants were guilty as was set forth in the Pla*^ 
declaration, & that the said Daniel Hubbard recover against 
the said Inhabitants of Sanford, the sum of three pounds 
debt or damage, and cost of suit taxed at three Pounds twelve 
shillings. From which Judgment the said Inhabitants of 
Sanford appealed to this Court of Common Pleas held at 
this term & recognized with sufficient sureties as the law 
directs to prosecute their appeal with effect.— And now the 
action being entered and the cause after a full hearing was 
committed to a Jury sworn according to law to try the same, 
who return their verdict therein and say. The Jury find 
the appellants not guilty. — It is therefore considered by the 
Court, that the former Judgment be and hereby is reversed, 
and that the said Inhabitants of Sanford recover against the 
said Daniel Hubbard, cost of suit, taxed at fourteen Pounds 
three shillings and two pence — 

Attest J. Jn° Bartlet Clerk 
Copy of Record examined by J H** Bartlet Clerk : 

York Ss. To William Frost & William Emery both of San- 
ford Gentlemen Greeting — 
You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of the Massachusetts to make your appearance before 
the Court of Common pleas next to be holden at York on the 
second tuesday of April instant at nine of the Clock in the 
forenoon on the second day of the Courts sitting to give Evi- 
dence of what you know relating to a cause then to be heard 
& tried between Daniel Hubbard Original Pla* & the Town 
of Sanford original Def* hereof fail not as you will answer 
your default under the pains & penalty in the law in that 



426 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 

behalf made & provided, dated at Sanford the T"' day of 
April in tlie Year of our Lord 1789 

Samuel Nason Just peace 
Copy examined by J H'^ Bartlet Clerk. 

I have travelled 60 Miles & attended 2 days 

William Emery 

I have traveld 66 miles & attended 2 days 

William Frost 
Copy examined by J. H^ Bartlet Clerk. 

York Ss To Sam^ Xason of Sanford Esq'' W" Frost of Ber- 
wick Cap* Joseph Pray of Berwick & Joseph Witten of 
Sanford & Jon*^ Adams of Sanford Greeting 
In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you 
are required to make your appearance before the Justices 
of the Court of Common pleas held at York within & for the 
county of York on the second tuesday of April ins" to give 
evidence of what you know relating to an action or plea of 
trespass on the case then & there to be heard & determined 
betwixt Daniel Hubbard Pla' & the Inhabit*^ of Sanford 
Def^^ hereof fail not as you will answer your default under 
the pains & penalty of the law in that behalf made & provided 
dated at York the 15"^ day of April A. D. 1789 

J H'' Bartlet Clerk. 

Joseph Pray Gentleman travel'd 32 Miles attend'^ 1 day 
Joseph Welch travel'd 70 Miles attend'^ 2 da^^s Jonathan 
Adams travel*^ G6 Miles attend"* 2 days Will" Frost travelld 
32 Miles Attended 2 days Sam' Xason travel** 60 Miles at- 
tend** 3 days / William Frost Joseph Pray Joseph Walch 
Jonathan Adams 

Copy Examined by J. H** Bartlet Clerk 



OF THE STATE OF MAIiS'E 427 

York Ss To Icliabod Goodwin Esq"" & Stephen Hodsdon 
Gentleman both of Berwick in said county of York 
Greeting 

In the name of the Commonwealth you are required to ap- 
pear before the Justices of the next Court of Common Pleas 
to be holden at York within & for the county of York on the 
second tuesday in April Instant then & there to give Evi- 
dence of what you know relating to a plea of trespass on the 
case then & there to be heard & tried wherein the Inhabitants 
of Sanford are Appellants & Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh 
in s^ County of York Yeoman is Appellee hereof fail not as 
you will answer your default under the pains and penalties 
of the law given under my hand & seal at Berwick in s** 
country this 13th day of April A. D. 1789 

Eben*" Sullivan Jus peace 

copy exam^ by J H*^ Bartlet Clerk 

York ss. 

To John Adams of Sanford Greeting You are hereby re- 
quired in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
to make your appearance before the Justices of the Court of 
Common pleas next to be holden at York on the second tues- 
day of April Inst' at nine oClock forenoon to give Evidence 
of what you know relating to a case then to be heard & tried 
between Daniel Hubbard Original Pla' & the Town of San- 
ford Original Def hereof fail not as you will answer your 
default under the pains & penalty of the law in that behalf 
made & provided dated at Sanford the 7th day of April 

Anno Domini 1789 

Sam' Nason Just peace 

I have travell** 66 miles & attended two Days 

John Adams 
Copy Examined by J ff Bartlet Clerk. 



428 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Yorks ss To iSTathan Goodwin Joseph Jellison j"" Edward 
llagoon Simon Emerv & Simon Ricker Sir Aaron Hub- 
bard Greeting 
You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to make your appearance before the Justices 
of the Court of Common Pleas to be holden at York within 
& for the s^ County of York on the second tuesday of April 
Instant to give Evidence of what you know relating to an 
action then & there to be heard & tried between the selectmen 
of the Town of Sanford or their Committee appellant & D' 
Hubbard App?® fail not of Appearance at your peril dated 
April 6th 1789. 

Joshua Bracket Town Clerk 
copy examined by J. H'^ Bartlett Clerk 

At a Justices Court held at Berwick before Benjamin 
Chadbourn Esq"" one of the Justices of the peace for said 
county, held at the dwelling house of s"* Justice, Feb^ 4, 1789. 

Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh in said county of York 
yeoman Pla* vs the Inhabitants of the town of Shapleigh in 
said county of York Def in a plea of Trespass on the case 
for that w^hereas on the third day of Nov"" last past there was 
at said Sanford, and for a long time before and ever since 
that time has been a public road or highway leading through 
said Sanford and crossing Mousam river near Joseph Jelli- 
son's in said Sanford on which said road and on & cross said 
road there was on the third day of Novem'" and for a long time 
before, to wit, twelve months before that time had been and 
ever since has been a certain pole bridge commonly known 
by Jellisons bridge, which bridge there, on the said third 
day of Novem"^ and for a long time to wit for more than 
eight months before that time the said inhabitants of San- 
ford were by law obliged to keep in repair, and the said in- 
habitants of Sanford had at Sanford aforesaid before the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 429 

said third daj of November last past had reasonable notice 
that there were defects in and various necessary repairs and 
amendments wanted to be made on said bridge, jet the said 
inhabitants though in no wise ignorant of the premises, suf- 
fered the said bridge to remain in such a defective state and 
destitute of necessary repairs & amendments, that the Pla' 
on the same third day of Xovember last past, passing said 
bridge with his team, slumped one of his Steers of the said 
Daniel Hubbard (of the value of four Pounds) when one of 
his legs were broke through the defect of said bridge, whereby 
the Pla' has been injured in his said team to the value of 
forty shillings, wherefore he saith he by law hath right to 
recover double his said damages of the said inhabitants, 
which he hath demanded ; yet the said inhabitants though 
often requested, have in no part compensated the said Daniel 
for his damages aforesaid sustained, but neglect and refuse 
to do it to the damage of said Daniel as he saith, the sum of 
four Pounds. 

And the said Inhabitants by Eleazer Chadbourn their 
Agent for this purpose duly authorized & appointed, comes 
and defends when & where & for plea say they are not guilty 
in manner & form aforesaid and thereof put themselves on 
trial — 

by Eleazer Chadbourn 

And the Pla* likewise by his AW Eben'" Sullivan. 

Whereupon the Pla*^ & Def^ having joined issue, and after 
a full hearing of both parties, it appeared to the Court the 
said Inhabitants were guilty in manner and form as set forth 
in the Pla' declaration. 

It is therefore considered by the Court that the said Daniel 
Hubbard shall recover against the Inhabitants of said town 
of Sanford, the sum of three Pounds Lm^ debt or damage and 
cost of suit, taxed at three Pounds twelve shillings. 



430 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

From whch Judgment the said Inhabitants appealed by 
their agents to the next Court of Common Pleas to be holden 
at York within & for said county of York on the second tues- 
day of April next, and entered into recognizance with suffi- 
cient security as the law directs to prosecute said appeal with 
effect, and to abide the order of said Court thereon. — 

Copy of Record examined 

p. Benj* Chadbourn Jus peace. 

Copy examined by J. H"^ Bartlet Clerk. 



[Here follow summonses to witnesses.] 

CoV* MouUons Executor's Petition. 

To the Honorable the Senate and house of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in general Court 
assembled 

Humbly Shew — The Administrators of the Estate of 
Jeremiah Moulton late of York in the Count}' of York Esq"" 
dece** with his Will annexed. 

That the said Testator in and by his Will Authorized his 
Executors in Case his outstanding debts should be insufficient 
for the paiment of his debts, to Sell and dispose according to 
their best discretion, such and so much of his out Lands and 
Mills as shall make good that deficiency That the Testators 
Executors and all his Sons except one died in his life time. — 
And Administration with the Will annexed was granted to 
his Surviving Son, and two of his Sons in law, That a Reso- 
lution of the General Court in 1780 Impowed and Granted 
the said Administrators or any two of them, the same Power 
respecting the Sale of Lands as the Executors would have 
had in Case they had survived the Testator and proved the 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 431 

Will, — That from the unhappy situation of the Testator and 
his Family in the last six or seven years of his life rendered 
it necessary that the much greater part of his Debts should be 
discharged from the Avails of his Real Estate. That some 
doubts are suggested with respect to the extent of the Words 
in his said Will. — His out Land That if they are limited and 
confined to Wild lands they are inadequate with the out- 
standing debts of the Testator at the time of his death to the 
payment of his debts. — That the said Administrators con- 
ceiving that the Testators debts must be discharged at all 
events, before the devices could be entitled with certainty to 
any Legacy. — have not in the Sales confined themselves to 
Wild or uncultivated Lands. But have by Virtue of the 
power granted them as occation offered Sold several small 
pieces of Improved land according to their best discretion 
not adjoining to the Testators homestead. — and have ap- 
plied the Proceeds to the paiment of debts, and likewise one 
Pew in the Meeting house (not the mansion house Pew) and 
an old Barn. — Wherefore they pray for an explication of 
the Authority Vested in them by the said Resolution of 1780. 
— That the Sales of Lands &c they have made for the pur- 
poses of discharging the Testators debts may be deemed and 
taken as Valid under the said Resolve or in other Words that 
the Testators Out land &c shall be deemed & taken to be any 
lands of his, that did not actually adjoin to his homestead. 
and also that if it should be found Necessary To make Sale 
of any more of the Testators Real estate for the paiment of 
debt They may be fully Authorized &; Impowed to Sell such 
parts of the homestead as can best be spared for that pur- 
pose. And they have leave to bring in a Resolve for that 
Purpose. 

Job Lyman 

Attorney to Joel Moulton Job Lyman 
York January 22"^ 1791 



432 DOCUMENTARY HISTOKT 

In Senate Feb^' S^ 1791 

Read & Committed to Diimmer Sewell Esq*" with such as 
the Hon'''*^ House may join, to consider &: report. 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

In the House of Representatives Feb""^' 3, 1791 

Read & concurred & M"" Ely & M"" Ingraham are joined 

David Cobb Spk' 



Settlei's in the Town of Green. 

To the Honorable Senate & House of Representatives of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled. 

We your Petitioners Humbly Pray your Honors to take 
into your wise consideration the distressing situation we are 
in with respect to the Title of our Lands Your Petitioners 
think it of importance not only to us but also to the Com- 
monwealth, that the Line between the Lands belonging to 
the Commonwealth & the Projibscut Company so called 
should be settled as soon as may be, for numbers are daily 
coming among us to look out Settlements for themselves — 
but finding the title of the Land is Disputed they have turned 
their Backs on us & sought some other place of Residence — 
Your Petitioners therefore earnestly, yet Humbly Pray your 
Honors to impower us to settle the Line between the Land 
belonging to the Commonwealth Lying East of Androscogin 
River & the Projibscot Company at our own expense or 
grant us relief in some other way as your Honors in your 
great Wisdom shall think best 



Committee in behalf of 
the Inhabitance of said 
Land to the ISTumber of 

Sixty Settlers 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 433 

As your Humble Petitioners in duty bound shall ever 
Pray. 

Elisha Sliarpe, 
Luther Robbins, 
John Whiting, 
Isaac Colier, 
John Herrick, 
Joel Thomson, 
Will™ Sarcolum 

Dated at Green Jan'' 27''^ 1791 



Li the House of Representatives FeV^ 26, 1791 

Read & committed to the Committee for the sale of Eastern 

Lands to consider and report 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk-" 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives 24'"''' February 1791 

On the Petition of Luther Robbins and others a committee 
in behalf of the Settlers on certain Lands, praying the Legis- 
lature to imj^ower them to settle the Line between the Lands 
belonging to the Commonwealth lying East of Androscogin 
River and the Pegepscut Company at their own Expense 

Resolve, that for the Reasons set forth in the said Petition 
this Commonwealth Doth cede to the Petitioners all the right 
and Title the Commonwealth hath or can or may, have, in 
and to such Lands as are now possessed by such Settlers, for 
the express Purpose of enabling the Petitioners to settle the 
Line between the Lands belonging to the Commonwealth ly- 
ing East of the said Androscogin River and such of the Pejep- 
scut Company, at their own Expense ; and to, and for, no 
other End, Intent or Purpose whatsoever 

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434 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Govt's Message. 

Gentlemen of the Senate & Gentlemen of the House of 
Eepresentatives 

I have directed the Secretary to lay before yon, an address 
presented to me by the Select Committee of the Society for 
propagating the gospel among the Indians & others in North 
America — 

The institution of that Society does great honor to the 
wisdom & humanity of our Government. As the benevolent 
designs of it are attended to by the Gentlemen of whom it is 
composed with great faithfulness & assiduit^^ it is most 
ardently wished that their funds were so increased as 
to enable them to carry their intentions more largely into 
execution — 

Having in my address to you at the opening of the Session, 
expressed myself fully upon the great benefits of education, 
it is less necessary for me to enlarge in this Message upon 
that subject; but I feel myself so much impressed with the 
disagreeable situation of our fellow Citizens in the Eastern 
part of the Commonwealth which I believe to be justly repre- 
sented in the address of the Committee, that I cannot but 
urge it upon you. Gentlemen, to take measures for their re- 
lief, so far as it is within your power to do it. 

The people, whose situation is the subject of this Message, 
are obliged to suffer toil, hunger & all the hardships which 
are incident to the settlement of a new country ; whilst every 
tree they cut down, & every acre of wild land they subdue 
contributes to the wealth of the State. And as the strength, 
luimbers & respectability of the Commonwealth are encreased 
by extending our settlements into the wilderness the Men 
who undertake the arduous business, ought to have every 
possible encouragement from government — 

Besides this, there will be a peculiar disadvantage in 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 435 

having so numerous a body of people, as the rising generation 
in that part of the Commonwealth will form, situated upon 
a frontier point of the United States, almost entirely destitute 
of that knowledge & information, which render the other 
parts of their Country so respectable. 

There are many reasons to induce you, Gentlemen, to take 
this subject into your consideration, & it will afford you 
great pleasure & satisfaction to find that the resources of this 
State, by the appropriation of wild Lands, or by any other 
means, are such as will allow you to assist that Society in 
their laudable endeavor to Disseminate the principles of Re- 
ligion & Morality amongst our fellow Citizens who are the 
objects of their present attention — 



John Hancock 



Council Chamber, Jan'' 28"^ 1791 



A Letter from Attorney General. 

Boston January 29'** 1791 
Sir 

I think it to be my duty as Attorney General, to inform 
the Honorable Legislature, that George Peirce Esquire, who 
now holds the office of a Justice of the Peace for the County 
of Cum.berland, was Indicted at the Supreme Judicial Court 
liolden for that County in June last for the Murder of John 
Mcintosh, that he was tried for that offence, and found 
guilty of manslaughter, and received sentence accordingly — 
As there is no charge against him in his official capacity he 
will still hold the office of a magistrate, unless he shall be 
removed upon the address of both Houses. The Record of 
his conviction & remain in the Clerk's office. 



436 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

I am Sir with perfect respect to the Honorable the Legis- 
lature Your most obedient Humble Servant 

J. A. Sullivan 
The Hon^"^ M"- Phillips President of the Honorable Senate 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 

In Senate January 31, 1791 
Read & Committed to ISTathaniel Wells esq with such as 
the honorable House shall join to consider & report 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 31, 1791 

Read and concurred and M' Mason jun' and M' Ely are 
joined. 

David Cobb, Spk^ 

The Committee of both houses appointed to consider the 
foregoing Representation respecting George Perce Esq"^ have 
attended the Service assigned them and find that the Com- 
mission of tlie said George as a Justice of the Peace has ex- 
pired and therefore report that it is unnecessary for the 
Legislature to adopt any measures relating to the same — 

N'ath' Wells p' Order. 



Precept to York. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

These are in the name of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, to will, and require you, forthwith to cause the 
Ereeholders and other Inhabitants of tlie Town of York that 
have an Estate of Freehold within the same Town, of an 
annual Income of three Pounds, or any Estate of the Value 
of sixty Pounds, to be estimated in Silver at six Shillings 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 437 

and eight Pence per Ounce; to assemble at such Time and 
Place, as you shall appoint, then and there (if they see cause) 
to elect one Person (being qualified agreeably to the Consti- 
tution) in the room of the Hon. David Sewall Esquire who 
has been declared incapable of holding a Seat in the House 
of Representatives, being a District Judge of the United 
States. — according to the new Constitution of Government, 
agreed upon and established by the Delegates of the People 
of the said Commonwealth ; and to cause the Person so elected 
and deputed, by the major Part of the Electors present at 
such Election, to be timely Notified and Summoned, by one 
or more of the Constables of your Town, to attend the Gov- 
ernment Service, in the General Court of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, now holden at the State-House in Boston, 
and so De Die in Diem, during their Session or Sessions. 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this Precept, with the 
IsTame of the Person so elected and deputed with his being 
Summoned, unto myself as soon as may be 

Given under my Hand, in the House of Representatives, 
at Boston, the thirty first Day of January in the Year of our 
Lord, One thousand seven hundred and ninety one and in the 
fifteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of 
America. — 

David Cobb Speaker of the House of Representatives 



Form of Notice. 

To the Selectmen of the Town of York in the County of York 

Greeting. 

Pursuant to the Precept within written, the Freeholders 

and other Inhabitants of the Town of qualified 

as is therein directed, upon due warning given, assembled 



438 DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 

and met together, the day of and 

then did elect and depute 

to serve for, and represent them in the Session and Ses- 
sions, of the General Court of the Coimnonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts ; now holden, and kept for the Government Service 
at the State-House in Boston, the said Person being chosen 
by the major Part of the Electors present at said Meeting 

Dated in aforesaid the Day of 

in the Year of our Lord, One thousand seven 

hundred and eighty 

[ Selectmen of 

The Person chosen as above IsTotified thereof, and Sum- 
moned to attend accordingly by me 

Constable of 



Petition of HezeJciah Lane & Others of Deer Isle. 

To the Honourable Senate & Hon'''® House of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now Setting this 
day of January 1791 
Humbly sheweth that your petitioners in the year 1784 
moved from Gloucester in the County of Essex to the east- 
ward to a place Called Deer Island in the County of Lincoln 
now County of Hancock Incorporated by the name of Deer 
Isle where we purchased lots of Land one hundred Acres 
Each of William Babbidge and made some Improvements and 
in y® year 1785 we built us houses on s"^ lots and have Re- 
mained thereon Ever since to this day and when we pur- 
chased s^ lots we had the strongest assureances of s"^ Bab- 
bidge that his title was good by Virtue of his purchaseing of 
one tvittle who had been in possion of s"* land upwards of 
sixteen years and Expected to have three hundred Acres of 
Land by Virtue of s^ purchase but the honourable Court saw 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 439 

fit to Grant but one hundred acres of land to Each settler 
who settled before the first Day of Jan^ 1784 which Grant of 
s^ Isle Cuts of your petitioners from holding any Land Either 
as purchasers or settlers your petitioners therefore humbly 
pray that your honours would be pleased to take their dis- 
tressed Circumstances into your wise Consideration and 
grant your petitioners might have their title of s** land made 
good to them in the same way and manner as those where 
that was in possion of their lots before the first of January 
1784 or Releave your petitioners in some other way as you in 
your wisdom shall see good and your petitioners as in duty 
bound shall Ever pray 

hezekiah Lane, John Thurston 

This is to Certify that the foregoing petition is a true 
state of facts witness our hands 

Ignatius Haskell Thom* Stinson -j Committee 



Petition of Inhahts of Co. of CumherJand. 

To the Honorable the Senate and Honorable the House of 
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
in General Court Assembled 
The Petition of us the Subscribers, a Number of the In- 
habitants of the Towns and Plantations in the County of 
Cumberland Humbly Sheweth That said County is narrow 
on the Sea Coasts, and extends into the Country to Cannada 
Line, and the Extent of Settlements are now Seventy or 
Eighty Miles from Portland which is on the Sea Coast in 
Said County, Whence the Courts of General Sessions of the 
Peace and Courts of Common Pleas are now holden, and the 
Roads are Expencive, and Boarding high in Portland, and 



440 



DOCUMENTAET HISTORY 



that to have All the said Courts in Portland aforesaid is in- 
jurious to the People at Large and that iSTev/ gloucester in 
said County is a Town Situated near the Center of the Towns 
& plantations & of travelling, therefore as Conveniant as any 
in the County Especially as Most of the travelling from the 
Interiour Parts of the County must be to the JSTorth East of 
the Sebago Ponds, and as Courts are not appointed for the 
benefit of any Particular Town or for the ease of any set of 
Men but for the good of the subjects in general Therefore 
your Petitioners Humbly Pray that one term of said Courts 
at least may be Removed from Portland aforesaid and Per- 
fixed in said ]^ew gloucester. And your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound Shall Ever pray 
County of Cumberland January 1791 



James Rider 
Levi Marston 
Isaac Eveleth 
Moses Haskell 
Nehemiah Allen Jr 
IsTehemiah Allen 
Isaac Allen 
Samuel Merrill 
Ezekiel Merrill 
William Hutcheson 
Mark Emery 
Levi Flangey 
Francis Bennt 
Malach Bartlett 
William True 
Sam' Peirson 
John Webber, 
Nicholas Low, 
Jabez Cushman 
Amos Hayes 



John K. Smith, 
William Bridgham, 
John Tyler, 
Benjamin Haskell, 
ISTathaniel Saw^^er jr, 
Samuel Tarbox J' 
Paul Randall, 
Moses Merrill, 
Sam' Pearse, 
Andrew Campbell, 
Joseph Sanders, 
Edmund Merril, 
Edmund Bayley, 
Seth Hathaway 
William Cordwell 
John Waterman 
Jacob Haskell, 
John Merrill, 
Ezekiel Glass, 
John Haskell, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



441 



William Parsons J' 
Ebenezer Davis 
Gotham Mitchell 
Solomon Atwood 
John Woodman 
:N"ath' Eveleth 
Jonathan Row J"^ 
Nath' Eveleth J' 
Lemuel Jackson, 
Eliphaz Phillips, 
Thomas Poll 
Job Lane, 
John Merrill, 
Jonathan Haskell, 
Nathaniel Ingersoll, 
John T. Merrill, 
Edmond Fogg, 
Moses Haskell Jr. 
Jacob Haskell, 
John Warren, 
Peter Haskell, 
Lemuel Ramonyd 
Samuel Royal, 
William Parsons, 
William Row, 
William Stevens 
Isaac Gross, 
Philip Chandler, 
William Tucker, 
Moses Parsons, 
Henry Wheeler, 
Simon !N^oyes, 
Elias Merrill, 
Ebenezer Lane, 



Adam Cotton, 
Enoch Fogg, 
Peleg Chandler, 
Lemuel Tucker, 
N'athaniel C. Allen, 
Moses Merrill, 
Sam' Merrill, 
Ephraim Bradford, 
Joseph Johnson, 
John Bossnus, 
Eliphalet Haskell, 
Abraham Pearce, 
Silv' Cobb, 
Samuel Fogg j' 
Zebulon Rowe, 
Thomas Goss Jun' 
Moses Woodbury, 
Joseph Eveleth, 
Parker Sawyer, 
William Ryerson, 
Josiah Lane, 
Benjamin Noyes, 
Ebenezer Witham, 
David Woodman, 
Bildad etrnow 
Luke Ryerson, 
John Bridgham, 
Daniel Bucknum, 
Alden Bridgham, 
Samuel Bridgham, 
Benjamin Libby, 
Adam Turner, 
Asa Bearce, 
Jonathan Small, 



442 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



William Harris, 
John Harris, 
John Tufts, 
Jonathan Bennet, 
James Blake 
James Stanchfeld 
Joseph Pearce, 
Simon Wells, 
Paul Stevens, 
Robert Hanaford, 
Joshua Gordon, 
David Mackintier, 
Joshua Merrill, 
John Bagley, 
James Manwell, 
Isaac Parsons jun' 
Edmond Meguire, 
Joel Haskell, 
Ephr" Stenchfield, 
John Meguire Jun, 
John Hayes, 
Levi Jackson, 
Isaac Bennett, 
Jonathan Chandler, 
David Hunt, 
Sam' Tompson, 
Lemuel Jackson Jun' 
John Sprague, 
John Mors, 
Asa Libby, 
Gideon Ramsdell, 
James Galley, 
David Jordan, 
Jed^ Cobb, 



Isaac Richard, 
John Millet, 
Peter Durell, 
Jacob Gurney, 
James Shaw, 
John Bridgham J' 
Willard Bridgham 
Asa Barce jun' 
Joseph Waterman, 
Robert Waterman, 
Daniel Waterman, 
William Harris, 
Joseph Waterman J' 
William Haskell, 
Thomas Cotton, 
Bela Hammond, 
Moses House, 
Ebenezer Bray, 
Job Bearce, 
Adam Turner jun' 
Thomas Hill 
John Greenwood, 
Benjamin Washburn, 
Samuel Whittemore, 
Benj* Beal, 
James Harsey, 
Noah Harsey, 
Amos Harsey, 
Benjamin Clifford, 
Ebenezer Harlow, 
Zebulon Harlow, 
Samuel Baker, 
Ambros Rines, 
William Witham, 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



443 



John Nash, 
Daniel Heaney, 
Richard Sweetser, 
George Small, 
Jeremiah Twitchell, 
Amaziah Delano, 
Joael Stearns, 
Samuel Stowel, 
Marck Moas, 
Robart York, 
James Stevans, 
Daniel Libby, 
Joseph Merrill, 
William Webster, 
John Humphrey, 
Isaac Small, 
Andrew Libby, 
Judah Dyer, 
Richard Galley, 
Phine Bennet, 
Jabez Mathews, 
William Bradbury, 
Timothy Waymouth, 
John Galdwell, 
James Donham, 
Thaddeus Pratt, 
Philip Galdwell, 
Thomas Ayer, 
Benjamin Witham, 



John Gardner, 
I^ehemiah Packard, 
Tchabod Ring, 
True Woodman, 
Samuel Manwell, 
John Watson, 
John Allen, 
John Woodmaji, 
William Brock, 
Josiah Ghurchill, 
Zaccharus Row, 
Josiah Parvis, 
Thomas Lowell, 
William Lowell, 
Solomon Millet, 
Benjamin Pond, 
David Dinsmore 
Amos Harris, 
Benjamin Bradbury, 
Moses Bradbury, 
John Goy, 
Isaac Allen, 
David Millet, 
Elias Davis, 
John Row, 
Bezaleel Myrick, 
Liba Eaton, 
Isaiah Woodman, 
Isaac Lane 



Petition of Inhabitants of County of Cumberland. 

Gommonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the House of Representatives Feb^ 22, 1791. 
On the Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants of the 
County of Gumberland praying that one of the Gourts of 



444 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

Common pleas & General sessions of the peace for said Coun- 
ty may be removed from the Town of Portland to the Town 
of JSTew Gloucester in said County 

Ordered that the Petitioners cause to be printed in the 
Cumberland Gazette & the Gazette of Maine ^ their Petition 
and this order thereon three Weeks prior to the 

first Monday in ^ April next that the Selectmen of Towns 
& Districts & the Committees of Plantations may insert 
articles in their respective Warrants for their ^ April meet- 
ings that the oppinions of the respective Town ° & planta- 
tions may be obtained upon the subject 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 

In Senate March 8, 1791 — 

Eead & concurred with amendments at A. B. C & D 
Sent down for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

In the House of Representatives March 8 1791 

Read & concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 

A ins*^ an attested copy of B dele "April" & ins* May C 

dele "April" & ins' May & D ins' Districts 



Petition of Joshua Bracket of Shapleigh. 

To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled 
the subscriber to this Petition being chosen and Elected 
by the Inhabitants of the tovm of Shapleigh in the County 
of York as a Committee for the Purpose of Petitioning to 
the General Court in behalf of said Town of Shapleigh Pray- 
ing that the said Town might be Divided into two Parishes 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 445 

hiimblj Sheweth that the Town is Large and the Inhabitants 
Scatred and Live Remote and Cannot be So well Acomodated 
Vvdth the Priviledge Public Worship and other Keasons there- 
fore Praying in Behalf of said Town that it may be Divided 
and Incorporated into two Parishes agreeable to the vote of 
said To\\m Passed the fonrteenth Day of September 1789 
that Each Parish may have the same Powers and Priviledges 
that other Parishes Do Enjoy and the Division Lines in Said 
Town or the Boundaries of the said parishes agreed upon 
by said Town are as follows viz the Range Line between 
Range five and Range Six is to be the Dividing Line be- 
tween said Parishes below the Long Pond So Call'd or 
Emerys mill and the said Pond to be the Boundaries of the 
Said Parishes to the upper End of the Square Pond then the 
aforesaid Range Line between Range five and Range six to 
the End of said Tov>ai and your humble Petitioner as in Duty 

bound will Ever Pray 

Joshua Bracket Committe 

Dated In the House of Representatives Feby 7^^ 1791 

Read and committed to the standing Committee on Incor- 
porations of Towns &c 

Sent up for concurrence 

David Cobb Spk' 

In Senate Feb^ 7, 1791 

Read & Concurred 

Sam' Phillips Presid' 

The Committee of both Houses on the subject of Incor- 
porations have attended to the petition of the town of Shap- 
leigh praying to be Divided into two parishes and Report as 
their opinion that the same be Referd to the next session of 

the general Court 

E. Brooks p" order 



446 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 

In Senate March 2*^ 1791 
Eead & accepted 

Sent do^^m for concurrence 

Sam' Phillips Presid* 

In the House of Representatives March 5, 1791 

Read and concurred 

David Cobb Spk' 



Petition of Inhabitants of North Yarmouth. 

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court 
Assembled 
The Memorial of the subscribers inhabitants of the town 
of North Yarmouth in the County of Cumberland and Quali- 
fied according to Law to Vote for Representatives in said 
Town 

Humbly shews that at the annual Meeting of said Town 
for the choice of a Representative for the present Year the 
Hon"^ David Mitchell Esq'" was elected to that office whom 
your Memorialists now understand is elected by the Hon**' 
General Court a Senator for the said County of Cumberland, 
there having been no choice of Senator by the people That 
on this account they shall be deprived of the privileges of a 
Representation in the Hon'''® House of Representatives for 
the present Year unless your Honors should interpose in their 
behalf they therefore pray that your Honors would order a 
new precept to be issued to the said Town of i^orth Yar- 
mouth Authorizing them to proceed to the Choice of a Repre- 
sentative or Representatives for said Town instead of and in 



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 



44^ 



the place of the said M"" Mitchell elected as aforesaid a mem- 
ber of the Hon^^® Senate. 

And as in duty bound shall ever pray — 



Benj^ Sanborn, 
Wiir Martin, 
Samuel Larrabee, 
John Webster, 
John Drinkwater, 
N^athaniel Gordon, 
Daniel Drinkwater, 
Paul Sanborn jun"" 
Joseph Fisher, 
Jacob Mitchell, 
Jeremiah Buxton, 
Jeremiah Stubbs, 
Amos Harris, 
Silvanus Drinkwater, 
Benj^ Sawyer, 
Elijah Tuttle, 
Natha Weeks, 
iSTathan Merrill, 
Joseph Titcomb, 
Samuel Thompson, 
Jacob Merrill, 



Jeremiah Blasdcll, 
Joshua Spear, 
Zebulon ISToyes, 
j^iloses Noyes, 
William Xoyes 
Ebenezer Scott Thomas, 
Jonathan Stubbs, 
Zadoch Whitcomb, 
David Jones, 
Josiah Wyman, 
Joseph Drinkwater, 
Ammo Buh^'^ Mitchell, 
Abijali Hatch, 
Sam Baker, 
Samuel Merrill, 
Charles Byles, 
Joseph Young, 
Benja Gooch, 
John Gooch 
Xath' Gooch 



Bill Altering Holding Court in the County of Cumberland. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
ninety one 

An act altering the place of holding the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace and of Common Pleas in and for the 



448 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY 

County of Cumberland now by Law to be holden at Portland 
in that County in the Month of January annually. — 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled and by the authority of the same, 
that the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace & of Com- 
mon Pleas, which are now by law to be holden at Portland in 
and for that County on the first Tuesday of January An- 
nually shall be holden in the town, of Xew Gloucester in said 
County on the same first Tuesday of January annually, anny 
Law to the Contrary notwithstanding. 

Endorsed : Taken up in another Bill. 

Tuesday 10 o'clk for 2*^ R G 

Feb^ 11, 1791 

to lie & an order of notification to issue 

M^ Sewall 
M"^ Raymond 
M"" Dunbar. 



INDEX 



Abbet, Peter, 40. 
Abbot, Mr. , 181. 

Isaac, 22. 

Isaac, Jr., 22, 397. 

Jonathan, 311. 

Simeon, 22. 

Thomas, 56. 
Accomack County, 239. 

Court House, 239. 
Adam, John, 224. 

John, Jr., 224. 
Adams, John, (President), 297, 
395. 

John, of Sandford, 427. 

Jonathan, 64, 426. 

Joshua, 64. 

Josliua, Jr., 64. 

Nathan, 64. 

Noah, 19. 

S. ) 

Samuel ] 11, 13, 97, 98, 185. 

Thomas, publisher, 201. 

Thomas, of Lincoln County, 143. 
Additon, Thomas, 17. 
Albany, 233, 286, 359. 
Albermarle Sound, 240. 
Alewives, 37, 408, 409. 
Alexander, John, 143, 170, 194, 
326. 

John, 2nd., 143. 
Alexander, Robert, 143. 

Thomas, 24. 

William, 143, 171, 327. 
Alexandria, Va., 239, 243, 244, 282. 

District of, 237, 239. 
Alford, Leora, 158. 
Allen, Abraham, 111. 

Benjamin, 14. 

Daniel, 143. 

Elisha, 23. 

Isaac, 24, 440, 443. 

John, 17, 443. 

Joseph, Jr., 25. 

Nathaniel C, 441. 

Nehemiah, 25, 440. 

Nehemiah, Jr., 25, 440. 

Philip, 16. 



Allen, continued. 

Thomas, 17. 

William, 24, 191, 356. 
Allin, William, 18. 
Alline, Henry, 80, 389, 390. 
Ames, Josiah, 224. 

Moses, 12, 13, 22, 24. 
Amesbury, 228. 

Ammiscoggin River, see Andros- 
coggin River. 
Andras, George, 23. 
Andrews, Amoner, 64. 

Asa, Jr., 22. 

David, 19. 

Mark, 17. 

Moses, 22. 

Robert, 378. 

Samuel, 64. 
Androscoggin ) River, 142, 153, 
Ammiscoggin ] 432, 433. 
Annapolis, 236 243, 244, 282, 286. 

District, 235, 236. 
Appomattox River, 238. 
Apteb, Nathanael, 19. 
Armstrong, John, 184. 
Arnold, Bildad, 25. 
Arundel, 3, 143, 333. 
Ary, Joseph, 401. 
Assessments, those who are ex- 
empt from, 8, 9. 
Asten, , 64. 

Icabod, 64. 
Atkins, Cornelius, 14. 
Atwood, Heman, 20. 

Jesse, 27, 66, 402. 

Nathan, 403. 

Solomon, 25, 441. 
Austin, Benjamin, 384. 
Averell, Job, 22, 373. 

John, 22. 

Samuel, 373. 

Samuel, Jr., 22. 
Avery, Benjamin, 101. 

James, 27, 28, 308, 405, 407, 416. 

John, 151, 384. 

John, Jr., 11, 35, 162, 351, 405, 
407. 
Ayer, James, 22. 

Joseph, 15. 

Thomas, 25, 443. 



80 



450 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Babbidge, William, 438. 
Back Bay, N. C, 240. 
Back Cove Creek, 70. 
Back River, Georgia, 242. 

Bacon, Mr. , 106. 

Bagadusset, 86. 
Bagley, John, 442. 
Bailey, Benjamin, 70. 

Lebbeus, 21. 
Baker, Barnabas, 171. 

Joseph, 34, 403. 

Josiah, 70, 345. 

Judah, 171. 

Samuel, 75, 442, 447. 

Smith, 171. 

William C, 23. 
Bakerstown, 4. 19, 132, 133, 144, 

159, 161, 355. 
Baldwin, Nahum, 21. 
Baley, Richard, 22. 
Ballard, Ephraim, 44, 46. 

John, 386, 388. 

John, Jr., 386, 388. 
Ballstown, 5. 
Baltimore, 235, 243, 244, 282, 283. 

District of, 235. 
Bane, David, 199, 200. 

Jonathan, 149. 
Baptists, 396. 
Barce, Asa, Jr., 442. 
Barker, Caleb, 21. 

David, 64. 

Jacob, 21. 

John, 192. 

Jeremiah, 70. 

Jesse, 14. 

William, 192, 373. 
Barnegat Inlet, 234. 
Barns, David, 303. 
Barnstable, 228, 229, 328. 

County, 231, 310. 

District. 228, 229, 231. 
Barnum, J., 420. 

Y., 107. 
Barrington. R. I., 231, 232. 

Port of, 232. 
Barrow, Silas, 20. 
Bartlet, ) 
Bartlett, j Mr. , 130. 

Bailey, 141. 

Enoch, 14. 

George, 16. 

J. H., 421, 423, 425, 426, 427, 
428, 430. 

J. J., 445. 

Jonathan, 14. 

Malach, 440. 



Bartlett, continued. 

Moses, 14. 

Theodore, 14. 

Timothy, 18. 
Barton, Lake, 18. 
Basset, Ebenezer, 402. 
Batchelder, Theophilus, 191. 
Bath, 5, 23, 36, 228, 243, 305, 309, 
330, 331. 

District of, 228, 230. 
Bay, Nicariah, 22. 
Bayley, Edmund, 19, 440. 

John, 344. 

Nathaniel, 333. 

Robert, 25. 

Thomas, 19. 
Beal, Benjamin, 442. 
Bean, Elisha, 15. 

Jonathan, Jr., 14. 

Joshua, 13, 15, 404. 

Nehemiah, 56. 
Bearce, Asa, 441. 

Job, 442. 
Beauchamp and Leverett Grant, 

the, 128, 140. 
Beaufort, 240, 244, 282. 

District of, 241, 242, 244, 286. 
Becky, Magnnas, 21. 
Beeman, Aaron, 16. 

Samuel, 16. 

Noah, 16. 
Been, John, 303. 
Belfast, 5, 19, 193, 195, 223. 
Bemis, Thaddeus, 22. 
Bengal, 276. 

Bennedict, Maryland, 236. 
Bennet's Creek, 241. 

Bridge, 241. 
Bennet, Francis, 25. 

Isaac, 442. 

Jonathan, 442. 

Nathanel, 25. 

Samuel, 25. 

Francis, 440. 
Berkshire County, 310, 328. 
Bermuda Hundred, 243, 244, 245, 
282. 

District of, 237, 238. 
Berry, James, 23. 

Jeremiah, 345. 

Joseph, 23. 

Joshua, 101. 

Josiah, 327. 

Thomas, ? 101. 

William, 17. 
Berwick, 3, 229, 366, 382, 420, 422, 

423, 427, 428. 
Besse, Eben, 14. 

Jabesh, 15. 



INDEX 



451 



Besse, continued. 

Jabeth 2nd, 14. 

Solomon, 15. 
Beverly, 228, 229, 230. 243, 244, 
282. 

District of, 230. 
Bickford, Moses, 21. 
Biddeford, 3, 12, 48, 51, 143, 150. 
151, 228, 230, 302, 304. 

District of 228. 
Bigelow, James, 20. 
Billington, Ichabod, 15. 

Isaac, 15. 

Nathaniel, 15. 
Birgwin, John, 20. 
Bishop, James, 25. 

Nathaniel, 16. 

Phanuel, 141. 

Squire, 16. 
Black, Henry, 224. 

Henry, Jr., 224. 
Blackden. William, 21. 
Blackintun, Benjamin, 48, 363. 
Black-well, Thomas, 15, 20. 
Blagdon, John, 357. 

Rollans, 192. 
Blaisdel, Elijah, 52, 53, 56. 

Stephen, 63. 
Blake, James, 442. 
Blasdel, ] 

Blasedell, ^ Mr. , 181. 

Blazedell, J Mr. , Jr., 181. 

Jacob, 303. 

Jeremiah, 447. 

Richard, 401. 

William, 21. 
Bliss, Elijah, 27, 66. 
Blue Hill, 46, 68. 
Bonney, Ichabod, 17. 

Ichabod, Jr., 17. 

Isaiah, 17. 
Booker, Benaiah, 22, 171. 
Boothbay, 5, 143, 230. 

Port of, 179. 
Bossnus, John, 441. 
Boston, 13, 27, 34, 35. 36, 38, 48, 66, 
67, 90, 102, 110, 135, 138, 145, 
147, 148, 151, 156, 167, 178, 
179, 205, 228, 229, 243, 244, 
282, 306, 312, 313, 319, 338, 
342, 361, 375, 376, 379, 384, 
385, 386, 388, 389, 390, 417, 
435. 

Council Chamber, 30, 365, 396, 
435. 

District of, 228, 229, 230. 

Goal, 313. 

Independent Chronicle, 201. 

Light House, 377. 



Boston, continued. 

Newspaper, 201, 204. 

Port of, 179, 283. 

State House, 135, 437, 438. 

Treasurer's Office, 125, 187, 

189. 

Bourk, William, 23. 

Bowdoin, ) 2, 5, 76, 78, 79, 82, 

Bowdoinham, ( 142, 143, 168, 169, 

170, 187, 324, 327, 328, 391. 

Bowdoin, Mr. , 193. 

James, 67, 392. 
Bowen, Henry, 119, 120, 185. 
Bowles, Ralph N., 416. 
Bowman, Jonathan, 191, 222, 226, 

373. 
Boyd, Calvin, 15. 
Joseph, 224. 

Samuel, 15. 
Boyd's Hole, 239. 
Boynton, Caleb, 120, 186. 

Caleb, Jr., 119. 

John, 22. 

John, Jr., 22. 

Oliver, 22. 

William, 64. 
Brackett, James, 23. 

John, 312, 444, 445. 

Joshua, 22, 311, 428. 

Nathan, 312. 

Thomas, 64. 
Bradbury, Mr. , 109. 

Mr. , of Buxton, 24. 

Benjamin, 25, 443. 

Elizabeth, 344. 

Jabez, 25. 

Jacob, 12, 13, 344. 

Moses, 24. 

Moses, Jr., 24. 

Samuel, 344. 

Thomas, 344. 

William, 25, 443. 
Bradford, Carpenter, 214. 

Cornelius, 214. 

Ephraim, 441. 

Ezekiel, 17. 

George, 19. 

Jesse, 17. 

Jonathan, 24. 

Pebody, 24. 

Samuel, 24. 

William, 17, 19. 
Bradley, Abraham, 22. 
Bradman, Arthur, 25. 
Bradstreet, Dudley, 358. 
Bragdon, Daniel, 101. 

Capt. Joseph, 52, 53, 56, 57. 
Bragg, John, Jr., 46. 



452 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Brainerd, Benjamin, 16. 

Timothy, 15. 
Branford, 233. 
Bray, Ebenezer, 442. 

Israel, 135. 

Brecli, Mr. , 30. 

Breck, Mr. , 81, 365. 

Brewer, John, 110, 112, 402. 

Col. Josiah, 333. 
Brewster, Zadok, 48, 364. 
Bridge, Eben, 31, 175. 

Ebenezer, 106. 

Edmund, 190, 191, 192, 226, 373, 
374, 375, 376. 

James, 112, 373. 

Jonathan, 192. 

Bridges needed over Whisgig 

River, 305; over Stevens 

River, 330, 331, 332; Jelli- 

son's out of repair, 424, 428. 

Over Presumpscot River, 112. 

Joseph, 119, 120, 180. 
Bridgetown, Maine, 4, 16. 

N. J., 234. 

N. J., District of, 234, 286. 
Bridgewater, 193. 
Bridgham, Alden, 24, 441. 

John, 24, 441. 

John, Jr., 24, 442. 

Joseph, 24. 

Samuel, 24, 441. 

Willard, 24, 442. 

William, 25, 440. 
Brigadier's Island, 223. 
Brigantine Inlets, 234, 235. 
Briggs, Barnabus, 18, 356. 

Daniel, 17. 

Daniel, Jr., 17. 

Elijah, 17. 

Epheraim, 18. 

Ephrim, 356. 

Jotham, 17. 

Rufus, 17. 
Bristol, Maine, 5, 143, 178, 230, 
301, 302, 319, 320. 

County, Mass., 231, 310, 328. 

R. I., 231, 232. 
Britain, see Great Britain. 
British, the, 77, 118, 123, 126, 156, 
346, 349, 350. 

Army, 135, 137. 

Court, 343. 

Government, 406, 407. 
Broad Bay, 127, 213. 
Brock, William, 305, 443. 
Brooks, Col. , 26. 

E., 162, 215, 398, 405, 445. 

Isiah, 64. 



Brooks, continued. 

Peter, 64. 

William, 192. 
Brown, Mr. , 106. 

Amos, 60. 

Asa, 20. 

Charles, 20. 

Eliphalet, 23. 

Ezekiel, 20. 

Henry, 15. 

James, 20, 48, 364, 416. 

.James 2nd., 364. 

John, 17, 20, 194. 

John, the 4th, 64. 

Jonathan, 142. 

Samuel, 18, 47. 

Theophilus, 403. 

Thomas, 106. 
Brownfield, 3, 15. 
Brown's Ferry, 330. 
Bruce, Phineas, 416. 
Brunswick, Georgia, 242, 244, 
286. 

Georgia, District of, 242. 

Maine, 4, 36, 37, 143, 230. 
Bryan, John, 23. 
Bryant, Hezekiah, 17. 

Jonathan, 344. 

Stephen, 17. 
Bubire, Christopher, 143. 
Buck, Abijah, 101, 102, 103, 104. 

Harbor Neck, 221. 338. 
Bucknam, Daniel, 24, 441. 
Bucktown, \ 17, 59, 60, 101, 102, 
Buckstown, \ 103, 104. 
Bullard, Bayse, 402. 
Bunns, James, 21. 
Burgess, Josiah, 20. 

Peter, 111. 
Burlington, N. J., 234, 243. 

District of, 234. 
Burnam, Jeremiah, 16. 

John, 344. 

Simeon, 16, 378. 
Burnell, John, Jr., 20. 
Burns, George, 345. 
Burrell, Bela, 20. 

John, 20. 

Liba, 20. 

Bush, , 145. 

Butler, Phinehas, 47, 364. 

William, 192. 
Buttersfield, 102, 103, 104. 
Buxton, 3, 24. 

Jeremiah, 447. 
Byles, Charles, 447. 



INDEX 



453 



C 



Cain, John, 389, 390. 
Cairl, Benjamin, 64. 

Timothy, 64. 
Calderwood, John, 112. 
Caldwell, John, 443. 

Philip, 443. 
Calif, Allen, 111. 
Call, Obediah, 373. 
Galley, James, 442. 

Richard, 443. 
Cambden, see Camden. 
Cambridge, Maryland, 236. 

Mass., 380. 

Mass., University of, see Har- 
vard College. 
Camden, Maine, 5, 383, 386. 

N. C. District of, 240, 241, 282. 
Cammet, Dudley, 344. 

Paul, 64. 
Campbell, Alexander, 27, 28, 416. 

Andrew, 25, 440. 

Daniel, 111, 143. 

David, 143. 

John, 143. 

William, 143. 
Canaan, 5, 13, 20. 26. 
Canada, 439. 
Canal for New Meadow River to 

Merry Meeting Bay, 339. 
Cape Breton, 63. 
Cape Elizabeth, 4, 70, 198, 208, 

209, 212, 333. 
Cape Henry, 237. 
Cape May, 235. 
Cape May County, 234. 
Cape of Good Hope, 244. 
Cape Porpoise, 145, 230. 
Cape Porpoise River, 145. 
Cape Romain, 242. 
Capt. Sundays Rocks, 145, 146, 
147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 
153, 154. 
Capwell, Simeon, 17. 
Card, Anna, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 57, 58, 59. 

Joel, 171. 
Cargill, Mr. , 214, 317. 

Col. James, 323, 324. 
Carl, Nathaniel, 74. 
Carleton, \ 
Carlton, | Edward, 397. 

Joseph, 22, 373. 

Moses, 22, 226. 
Carlile, Daniel, 56. 

John, 55. 
Carnes, Mr. , 106, 117. 



Carr, Benjamin, 22. 

James, 44. 
Carrico, Ephraim, 22. 
Carrituck, Inlet, 241. 

Sound, 240. 
Carrolsborough, ) 
Carrolsburg, j 237, 243. 
Carter, Ezra, 22. 

Joseph, 19. 

Nathaniel, 46. 

Samuel, 192. 
Carver, Reuben, 16. 

Seth, 16. 
Cedar Point, Maryland, 237, 243. 

Maryland, District of, 235, 236. 
Chadbourne, Col. , of Ber- 
wick, 382. 

Benjamin, 382, 419, 421, 423, 
428, 430. 

Ebenezer, 420. 

Eleazer, 41, 421, 429. 

Humphrey, 149. 

Joseph, 107, 108, 109. 

Paul, 305. 

Simeon, 305. 
Chamberlain, Nathaniel, 378. 
Chandler, Henry, 15. 

Joel, 16. 

John, 15, 409. 

John, Jr., 15. 

Jonathan, 442. 

Joseph, 16. 

Moses, 15. 

Peleg, 25, 441. 

Philip, 441. 
Chandler River, 27. 
Chaney, James, 22. 
Chapman, Jeremiah, 416. 

William, 48, 364. 
Chadford, John, 64. 
Charles I., 144, 147. 
Charles II., 147. 
Charles, Abner, 397. 

John, 22. 

John, Jr., 397. 

Samuel, 398. 
Charleston, R. I., 231. 

S. C, 241, 244, 282, 283. 

S. C, District of, 241, 242. 

S. C, Port of, 242. 
Charlestown, Mass., 228, 229, 230, 

243, 244, 282. 

Mass., Bridge, 12. 

Mass., Port of, 283. 
Charlotte County, N. B., 406. 
Chase, Isaac, 326. 

Isaam, 327. 

Joseph, 60. 

Nathaniel, 60. 



454 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Chatham, 229, 232. 
Chauncy, Charles, 381, 383. 
Cheaks, Nathan, 359. 
Cherrystone, 286. 

District of, 237, 239. 
Chesapeake Bay, 235, 236, 237. 
Chesley, Hannah, 166. 

Isaac, 224. 
Chessman, William, 24. 
Chester, Maryland, District of, 
235. 

Maryland, Port of, 235. 
Chester River, 235. 
Chester-town, 243. 
Chickahominy River, 237. 
Child, D., 17. 

Thomas, 178, 179. 
China, 276, 277. 

Choate, Stephen, 42, 308, 320, 414. 
Choptank River, 236. 
Chubb, Ephraim, 19. 
Churchill, Josiali, 443. 
City Point, Va., 243, 245, 282. 

District of, 237, 238. 
Claford, Begamon, 24. 
Clark, ) 
Clarke, j Mr. . 

Alexander, 194. 

David, 16, 378. 

Hanson, 311. 

James, 22, 192. 

John, 21, 143, 305. 

John, 2nd, 305. 

Jonathan, 15. 

Joseph, 119, 120, 185. 

Solomon, 20. 

Thomas, 88, 97. 

William, 22, 119, 120, 185, 305. 

William, 2nd, 22. 
Cleaves, Ebenezer, 25. 
Clerck, William, 119. 
Clifford, Benjamin, 23, 442. 

David, 23. 
Clough, Asa, 69. 

Jabez, 15. 

John, 15. 
Coal, John, 15, 19. 
Cobb, Benjamin, Jr., 339. 

David, 106, 107, 118, 124, 141, 
153, 163, 170, 173, 182, 185, 
186, 187, 188, 192, 193, 195, 
198, 214, 215, 216, 219, 223, 
304, 308, 309, 310, 314, 317, 
320, 337, 341, 345, 350, 351, 
352, 353, 354, 357, 361, 365, 
367, 368, 374, 376, 398, 404, 
405, 410, 414, 415, 417, 420, 
432, 433, 436, 437, 444, 445, 
446. 



Cobb, continued. 

Jedediah, 62, 136, 442. 

Samuel, 339. 

Silv', 441. 

Viles, 25. 

William, 74. 
Cobbisecontee, 84, 85, 90, 92, 99. 

River, 31, 81, 83, 85, 87, 95, 168, 
187, 188, 407, 409, 410, 411. 

River Dams 408, 409. 

River Falls, 409. 
Coburn, Jonas, 17. 

Thomas, 17. 
Cochran, James, 119, 120, 186. 

John, 20, 194. 

John, Jr., 194. 
Coffin, Nathaniel, 344, 348. 
Coggin, Josiah, 69. 

Samuel, 69. 

Thomas, 69. 
Cohasset, 229. 
Colburn, Maj. Reuben, 190, 222, 

225, 371. 
Colby, Samuel, 15. 
Cole, James, 22. 

Job, 21. 

Joseph, 402. 
Colier, ) 
Collier, j 17, 433. 
College, a, needed in the east- 
ern parts, 105, 106, 107, 116, 
117. 
Colley, James, 63. 
Collings, John, 401. 
Colman, Samuel, 191, 373. 
Colson, Hatevil, 402. 

James, 401. 

James, Jr., 403. 

Josiah, 401. 
Combakee River, 242. 
Combes, Stephen, 23. 
Comins, Lemuel, 21, 66. 
Comings, John, 16. 
Cockpit Point, 239. 
Conant, William, 206, 207, 208. 
Conduskeigne Stream, 400. 
Coney, D. ) 12,13,25,71, 

Cony, Daniel, ] 84,162,317, 

341, 342, 352, 355, 373. 
Congress, see United States Con- 
gress. 
Connecticut, 232, 233, 243, 244. 
Cook, Daniel, 312. 

Elijah, 214. 

Francis, 373. 

James, 214, 219. 

John, 312. 
Cooks, Lott, 148. 
Coolidge, Caleb, 354. 



INDEX 



455 



Coombs, Mr. , 109. 

Joseph, 364. 
Cooper, Mr. , 406. 

Benjamin, 48. 

John, 416. 

Samuel, 410. 
Cordwell, William, 440. 
Costigan, Lawrence, 20. 
Cottle, Ezra, 154, 155. 
Cotton, Adam, 441. 

Thomas, 444. 
Couillard, Joshua, 401. 
County, a new one desired. 111. 
Coxhall, 3, 143, 304. 
Coy, John, 24, 443. 
Coye, Daniel, 18. 
Craft, Col. , 417. 

Justice , 313, 389, 390. 

Mr. , 75. 

Cragin, Joseph, 19. 
Craighton, David, 47, 364. 
Cram, Samuel, Jr., 18. 

Timothy, 18. 
Crane, Abijah, 16. 

John, 416. 

Thomas, 35. 
Crawford, John, 23. 

Thomas, 23. 
Crocker, Mr. , 181. 

Lemuel, 60. 
Crockett, Ephraim, 184. 
Crooker, Isaiah, 23. 

Isaiah, Jr., 23. 
Crooks, Jeremiah, 194. 

William, 194. 
Crosby, John, 111. 

Robert, 21. 

Simon, 111. 
Crosman, Josiah, 15. 
Crow, William, 119. 
Cumberlain, depot at, 168. 
Cumberland County, Maine, 2, 4, 
11, 13, 17, 24, 33, 36, 61, 63, 
67, 69, 71, 84, 93, 94, 95, 100, 
102, 103, 104 105, 107, 116, 
132, 135, 136, 137, 143, 144, 
155, 159, 162, 163, 164, 172, 
174, 175, 177, 178, 186, 187, 
198, 206, 208, 210, 211, 212, 
309, 310, 322, 328, 333, 334, 
349, 351, 355, 358, 359, 360, 
368, 370, 377, 383, 387, 408, 
418, 435, 439, 443, 446, 447. 

Gazette, 444. 
Cumberland County, N. J., 234. 
Cumberland, Va., 238. 
Cummings, Daniel, 63. 

Joseph, 63, 135. 

Nathaniel, 18. 



Cummings, continued. 

Peter, 130. 

Cunningham Mr. 181. 

Curry, John, 406. 
Curtis Mr. , 345. 

Abel, 402. 

Abner, 403. 

John, 364. 

Nathaniel, 339. 

Seth, 403. 
Cushing, 213, 217. 

Ezekiel, 191. 

Jabez, 440. 

John, 326. 

Loring, 184. 

Nathaniel, 69. 

T., 384. 
Cushman, Thomas, 18, 356. 
Cutler, Nathaniel, 21. 
Cutts, Edward, 162, 355. 

Richard Fox, 366, 367, 368. 

D 

Daggett, John, 21, 66. 

Dale, William, 339. 

Dalton, S., 95. 

Dam, Issachar, 305. 

Dane, Nathan, 74. 

Dannem, Jemierch, 64. 

Danvers, 229, 230. 

Darling Benjamin, 26, 27, 66, 67. 

Jonathan, 69. 
Darrel, William, 22. 
Dartmouth, 125, 126, 231. 
Davenport, Ephraim, 16. 

John, 16. 
Davidson, James, 191, 374. 
Davies, Enock, 64. 

Jesse, 326, 327. 

Joshua, 46. 

Thomas, 326. 
Davis, Mr. , 332, 345. 

Mr. , of Portland, 186, 317. 

Abijah, 192. 

Cornelius, 214. 

Daniel, 101, 172, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178. 

Ebenezer, 25, 360, 441. 

Elias, 443. 

Jacob, 158. 

Jesse, 392. 

Jonathan, 20, 191, 331. 

Moses, 19. 

Prince, 64, 360. 

Samuel, 360, 361. 

Samuel, Jr., 360. 

William, 19. 

Zebulon, 24. 



456 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Dawes, Thomas, 107, 112, 118, 
163, 188, 192, 214, 216, 219, 
223, 304, 309, 314, 320. 
Day, Ebenezer, 22. 

Jonathan, 69. 
Dean, Eliphlet, 22. 

Thomas, Jr., 402. 
Deane, Mr. , 112. 

Samuel, 106. 
Dearborn, Henry, 191, 374. 
Deering, Capt. Nathaniel, 210, 

344, 349, 350. 
Deer Island, 5, 438. 
Deford, Jacob, 224. 

John, 224. 

Nathaniel, 224. 
Delano, Amaziah, 443. 

Eliashib, 402. 

Zebe, 15. 
Delaware, District of, 235. 

State of, 236, 243, 244, 282. 
De Lesdernier, Lieut. Louis 

Frederick, 120. 
Deming, John, 387, 388. 
Demuth, George, 218. 
Denmark, 275. 
Derby, 233. 

Richard, Jr., 384. 
Devens, Richard, 333, 377. 
Dexter, Nathan, 19. 
Dickey, William, 224. 
Digge's Landing, 237, 243. 
Dighton, 228, 229, 243. 

District of, 228, 229. 
Dingley, Joseph, 162, 163. 
Dinsmore, David, 24, 443. 
Doane, Bangs, 403. 

Oliver, 402. 
Dodge, Abner, 69. 
Doe, Joseph, 20. 
Dole, Amos, 401. 
Donel, Capt. Bendamen, 64. 
Donham, James, 443. 
Donnell, Benjamin, 23. 
Donell, Nathel, 23. 
Doore, ) 

Dore, I Jonathan, 148, 151, 162. 
Dorman, Jubez, 416. 
Dorr, William, 23. 
Doten, Isaac, 14. 

John, 15. 
Doughty, George, 63, 136. 

Stephen, 24. 
Dover, 228. 
Downs, Gersham, 305. 

Reuben, 305. 
Dresser, Jonathan, 22. 
Drinkwater, Daniel, 447. 

John, 447. 



Drinkwater, continued. 

Joseph, 447. 

Silvanus, 447. 
Drought, Richard, 48. 
Drown, Thomas, 127. 
Drummond, Elijah, 23, 191. 
Drum-Point, 236. 
Dryland, Denis, 153. 
Dudley, Daniel, 18. 

John, 18. 

Stephen, 15. 
Dugliss, Francis, 23. 
Dukes County, 231, 310, 328. 
Dumfries, 282. 

District of, 237, 239. 

Dunbar, Mr. , 448. 

Duncan, George, 19. 
Duning, Benjamin, 90. 

James, 111. 
Dunn, Joshua, 19. 

Josiah, 19. 
Durel, 1 

Dureel, [ Benjamin, 64. 
Durell, J 

Moses, 64. 

Peter, 442. 
Durfee, Thomas, 13. 
Durham, John, 20. 

Tolford, 20, 194. 
Duston, Jesse, 14. 
Duties on vessels, 227, 228. 
Dutten, John, 21. 
Dutton, Samuel, 373. 
Duxbury, 229. 
Dwelly, John, 224. 
Dwight, Elijah, 118. 
Dwinel, Aaron, 24. 

Amos, 24. 

Amos, Jr., 24. 

Jacob, 24. 
Dyer, Anthony, 184. 

Benjamin, 45. 

Ephraim, 184. 

Joshua, 208, 209, 211, 212. 

Judah, 443. 

William, 184. 



E 



Eans, Robert, 15. 
Eastern Bay, Maryland, 235. 
Eastern River, as a name has no 
meaning, 227. 
River Bridge, 221, 222, 224, 225, 

226, 227, 371. 
River Landing Place, 190. 
River Narrows, 190. 
East Greenwich, 231, 232, 286. 



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457 



East Haddam, 232. 
East Hartford, 232. 
East New Jersey, 234. 
East Windsor, 232. 
Eastman, Benjamin, 18. 

Job, 22. 

Richard, 22. 
Eaton, Benjamin, 23. 

Jesse, 18. 

Liba, 443. 

Samuel, 18. 
Eatton, William, 22. 
Eddy, Eias, 401. 

Jonathan, 403, 414. 

Tbrook, 401. 
Edenton, 241, 243, 244, 245. 282. 

District of, 240, 241. 
Edgartown, 228, 229. 

District of, 228, 229, 231, 286. 
Edgecomb, 5, 388, 389, 390. 

Thomas, 64. 
Edgely, John, 64. 

Edy, Col. , 168. 

Eldor, John, 64. 
Eldredge, James, 402. 

Joshua, 402. 
Elizabeth River, 237, 245. 
Elizabeth-Town, N. J., 234. 
Elk River, 235. 
Elkton, 235. 

Ellingwood, Richard, 402. 
Ellis, Benjamin, 21. 
Elwell, Benjamin, 64. 

John, 64. 
Elwives, see Alewives, 409. 

Ely, Mr. , 432, 436. 

Emerson, Asa, 19, 46. 

Brown, 191, 373. 

David, 15. 

Rev. Ezekiel, 192. 

Samuel, 23. 

Theodore, 16. 

William, 16, 378. 
Emery, \ 
Emmery, j Briggs, 20. 

David, 20. 

James, 20. 

John, 20. 

John 2nd, 20. 

Jonathan, 20. 

Joseph, 20. 

Mark, 440. 

Moses, 19, 135, 144. 

Simon, 428. 

William, 421, 423, 425, 426. 
England, 286, 287. 

Great Seal of, 144. 
Epes, Daniel, 72. 
Epping, 27. 



Ersh, [torn], Christopher, 22. 

Erskin, George, 22, 317, 373. 

Esopus, 233. 

Essex County, 310, 327, 438. 

Etrnow, Bildad, 441. 

Europe, 189. 

Eustis, Dr. , 365. 

Jacob, 224. 
Evans, Daniel, 15. 
Eveleth, Isaac, 25, 440. 

Joseph, 441. 

Nathaniel, 441. 

Nathaniel, Jr., 25, 441. 
Ewill, Henrey, 215. 
Exeter, 228. 



P 



Fabre, Peter, 22. 
Fabyan, Joshua, 12, 24. 
Fairbanks, Elijah, 15. 

John, 158, 

Joseph, 15. 

Nathaniel, 15. 
Fairbrother, Lovel, 21. 
Fairfield, Conn., 282. 

Conn., District of, 232, 233. 

Conn., Port, of, 233. 

Maine, 25, 26. 
Fales, Atwood, 364. 

John, 48, 364. 

Nathaniel, Jr., 48, 364. 

Samuel, 48, 364. 
Falmouth, Maine, 4, 69, 70, 71, 72, 
73, 74, 106, 112, 206, 208, 228, 
230, 243, 244, 282, 342, 345, 
846, 350, 351, 358, 359. 

Maine, Meeting House, 69, 72. 

Maine, Second Parish, 69, 70, 
72, 73, 74. 

Mass., 229. 

Va., 238. 
Fargusson, Jn°., 21. 
Farington, John, 22. 
Farley, John, 90. 

William, 224. 

Farmer, Mr. , 374. 

Farrin, Ebenezer, 23. 
Farrington, Daniel, 22, 397. 
Farwell, Ebenezer, 191. 

Josiah, Jr., 19. 
Fay, Charles, 21. 
Fellows, Com., 339. 

Gustavus, 338, 339. 

Nathaniel, 339. 
Fenno, Ephraim, 119, 120, 185. 
Fessenden, John, 345. 

Rev. William, 396. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Field, Thomas, 111. 
Fish, John, 326. 

Tirah, 14. 
Fisher, Elijah, 17. 

Jabez, 384. 

Joseph, 447. 
Fisheries, ) 36, 37, 40, 156, 287. 
Fishing, } 289, 334, 335, 399, 400, 

401, 408, 410, 411. 
Fitz, Ephraim, 23. 
Fitzgerald, George, 20. 

John, 130. 

Thomas, 101. 
Flangey, Levi, 440. 
Fletcher, Zachariah, 63. 
Flicher, Samuel, 22. 
Fling, Mones, 21. 
Flint, James, 61. 
Fluellin, Squando, 145, 146. 
Fly, James, 19. 
Fogg, Edmond, 441. 

Enoch, 441. 

Samuel, 25. 

Samuel, Jr., 441. 
Foley-Landing, District of, 237, 

238, 286. 
Folsom, Benjamin, 18. 

John, 18. 

Nathaniel, 18. 

Nathaniel, Jr., 18. 

Peter, 18. 

Tristram, 18. 
Foot, John, 23. 
Forbes, Eli, 301. 
Fore River, 70. 

River Great Bridge, 112, 113. 
Forts, 78. 

Fort at Frankfort, 316. 
Fort Point, 223. 
Fort Washington, 126. 
Fosdick, James, 332. 

Nathaniel, 208. 
Foster, Asaeh, 378. 

Benjamin, 416. 

Ebenezer, 15. 

John, 305. 

Joseph, 24. 

Samuel, 15. 

Steal, 24. 

Stephen, 23. 

Timothy, 15. 

William, 192. 
Fountain, Stephen, 119, 120. 
Fowler, Bartholomew, 20. 

Simeon, 112, 403, 414. 

Thomas, 19. 
Fox Island, 5. 



Fox, continued. 

John, 101, 332, 333. 

Jonathan, 13, 344. 
Foy, William, 192. 
Foye, John, 192. 
France, 275, 286, 287. 
Francis, Aaron, 359. 

Thomas, 14. 
Francisborough, 4. 
Prank, Leamy, 136. 
Frankfort, 222, 223, 299, 300, 301, 
302, 315, 316, 317, 318, 352. 

Blockhouse, 316. 
Frederica, 242, 244. 
Fredericksburg, Va., 238, 243, 286. 
Freeman, , justice, 359. 

Chandled, 24. 

Enoch, 206, 207, 208. 

James, 402. 

John, 15. 

Joseph, 24. 

Samuel, 113, 114, 117, 167, 184, 
186, 187, 195, 197, 198, 199, 
203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 210, 
211, 212, 322, 323, 332, 333, 
344, 348, 350, 369, 402. 

Solomon, 117. 

Timothy, 402. 

William, 18. 
Freetown, Mass., 229. 
French, the, 148, 151. 

Daniel, 17. 

David, 18. 

Josiah, 15. 

Nathan, 224. 

War, the last, 128. 
Frenchman's Bay, 230, 243. 

Bay, District of, 230, 286. 
Friberg, 149 : see Fryeburg. 
Frizel, Benjamin, 373. 
Frost, Ichabod, 22. 

James, 70. 

John, 162. 

William, 52, 54, 425, 426. 
Frothingham, Mr. , 204. 

John, 12, 101, 332, 370. 

Jonathan, 24, 25. 
Frye, Joseph, Jr., 22. 

Nathaniel, 22. 
Fryeburgh, 3, 22, 24, 149, 396, 398. 

Baptists, 396, 398. 
Fuller, Mr. , 95. 

A., 329. 

Job. 14. 

John, 16. 
Fulton, James, 23. 

John, 23. 



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459 



G 



Callaway, Job, 171. 

Job, 171. 
Gammon, Joseph, 65. 

Philip, 64. 

William, 64. 
Gannett, Barzilleri, 373. 
Gardner, | 
Gardiner, j H., 384. 

Henry, 186. 

I., 222, 374. 

J., 2nd, 191. 

John, 190, 191, 226, 318, 341, 
352, 443. 

William, 373. 

Garlin, Mr. , 181. 

Gates, Stephen, 16, 378. 

Timothy, 16, 378. 
Gaubert, Nicholas, 373. 
Gaudelope, 179. 
Gay, Jonah, 214. 

Seth, 373. 

Wellington, 214, 219. 
Gazette of Maine, The, 444. 
Georgetown, Maine, 4, 33, 34, 35, 
36, 37, 330, 410. 

Maryland, 237, 243, 244, 282. 

Maryland, District of, 235, 237. 

Port of, 235. 

S. C, 241, 244, 282. 
Georgia, 242, 244, 260, 286, 394. 

District of, 394. 
Germans, the, 217. 
Gerrish, Capt. Charles, 150. 
Gilbert, William, 14. 
Gile, Daniel, 303. 

Simon, 303. 

Stephen, 303. 

Thomas, 303. 
Gilkey, James, 64. 
Gill, Moses, 318. 
Gilpatrick, 303. 
Gilman, Nathaniel, 18. 

Zebulon, 20. 
Gilmore, David, 42, 43. 

John, 194. 
Glass, Ezekiel, 440. 
Glastenbury, 232. 
Glidden, Jeremiah, 18. 
Gloucester, Mass., 132, 229, 230, 
243, 244, 282, 286, 438. 

Mass., District of, 228, 229, 230. 

County, N. J., 234. 
Glover, Mr. , 106, 117. 

John, 18, 355. 
Gloverboro, 18, 356. 
Godey, William, 119, 120. 
Godfrey, Daniel, 417, 418. 



Goldsborough, 26, 67, 300, 301. 
Gooch, Benjamin, 447. 

John, 447. 

Nathaniel, 447. 
Goodell, Daniel, Jr., 224. 
Goodhue, Benjamin, 130. 
Gooding, Daniel, 303. 

John, 48, 364. 

Joshua, 303. 
Goodridge, Joshua, 20. 
Goodrig, John, 305. 
Goodwell, Daniel, 224. 
Goodwin, Aaron, 305. 

Ephram, 311. 

Ichabod, 149, 427. 

John, 22. 

Lazaras, 191, 373. 

Samuel, 192, 373. 

Samuel, Jr., 192. 

Simeon, 373. 
Goold, Mr. , 130. 

Joseph, 23, 101. 
Gorden, Daniel, 18. 
Gordon, Hugh, 22, 397. 

John, 22. 

Joshua, 442. 

Nathaniel, 447. 
Gorham, 4, 63, 70, 172, 174, 176, 
208, 211, 360. 

Samuel, 17. 

William, 13, 25. 
Gorges, Ferdinando, 146, 147. 

Sir Ferdinando, 145, 146. 
Goss, Thomas, Jr., 441. 

Zac, 403. 
Gottlieb, Joshua, 130. 
Goudy, William, 185. 
Gould, John, 390. 

Nathaniel, 111, 403. 
Gouldsborough, 26, 67, 300, 301. 
Gove, Ebenezer, 90. 
Gowel, William, 325. 
Gowen, David, 29. 

Patrick 312 
Graffam, Caleb, 101, 164, 165, 166. 

Enoch, 164, 165, 166, 167. 

Mrs. Lois, ) 

Mrs. Louis, j 164, 165, 166. 
Grand Banks, the, 156. 
Grant, Andrea, 402. 

Andrew, 402. 

Charles, 312. 

Gordon, 402. 

James, 224. 

Peter, 64. 

Samuel, 224, 374. 
Graves, Admiral Samuel, 323. 
Gray, 4. 61, 62, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
155. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Gray, continued. 

Alexander, 23, 327. 

George, 21. 

George, 2nd, 21. 

John, 20. 

Moses, 22. 

Reuben, 21. 

Samuel, 22. 

Talor, 64. 

William, 22. 
Great Bridge, Fore River, 112, 

113. 
Great Britain, 29, 275, 342, 346. 

the King of, 141, 154. 
Great Choptank River, 236. 
Great Egg Harbor, District of, 
234. 

Egg Harbor River, 235. 
Great Ogeeche River, 242. 
Great Ossapy River, 149, 150, 

151, 152, 153. 
Greeley, | 
Grele, j Joseph, 409, 410. 

Joseph, Jr., 15. 
Greene, 65, 66, 432, 433. 

Isaac, 48. 

Joseph, 21. 

Thomas, 402. 

William, 48. 
Greenleaf, Justice, , 417. 

Jonathan, 150. 
Greenwich, Conn., 233. 
Greenwood, John, 442. 
Gregoire, Madam , 113. 

Monsieur , 113. 

Grela, William, 62. 
Grey, John, 15. 
Griffin, Ebenezer, 224. 

Samuel, 224. 
Gross, Isaac, 441. 

John, 403. 

Joseph, Jr., 401. 
Groton, Conn., 232. 
Grout, Mr. , 12. 

Jonathan, 94. 
Grover, John, 14. 
Growvere, Andrew, 143. 
Guilford, Conn., 233. 
Gulleper, John, 20. 
Gunn, Mr. , 193. 

James, 112. 
Gurnett Light House, 377. 
Gurney, Jacob, 442. 

Thomas, 24. 

H 

Haban, Elisha, 24. 

Haddam, 232. 

Hadlock, Samuel, 395, 396. 



Haggett, William, 22. 
Hains, Dudley, 15. 
Hale, David, 16, 378. 

Nathaniel, 16. 
Haley, ) 
Haly, I John, 15. 

Joseph, 23, 24. 

Joseph 2nd, 24. 

Pelatiah, 24. 
Hall, Enoch, 60. 

Josiah, 19. 

Nathan, 19. 

Stephen, 13, 17, 22, 332, 333. 

William, 312. 
Hallowell, 5, 25, 43, 44, 76, 230, 
317, 410. 

Robert, 407, 408, 410. 

Robert, Jr., 407, 408, 410. 
Ham, Benjamin, 23. 

John, 23. 

Shadrach, 22. 

Thomas, 327. 

Tobias, 21. 
Hamburg, 275. 
Hamden, Samuel, 411. 
Hamden's Ferry, 309. 
Hamilton, Abel, 305. 

Bn., 305. 

James, 305. 

Jonathan, 420, 421. 

Richard, 305. 
Hamlen, Perez, 402. 
Hammond, Mr. , 12. 

Bela, 442. 

Benjamin, 339. 

William, 119, 120. 
Hampshire County, 310, 327. 
Hampton, Va., 237, 243, 245. 

Va., District of, 237, 286. 
Hanaford, Robert, 25, 441. 
Hancock, 5, 20. 

County, 222, 227, 300, 306, 317, 
346, 328, 346, 364, 365, 398, 
401, 411, 413, 414, 438. 

County Goal, 413. 

John, 11, 30, 350, 365, 396, 435. 
Handy, Benjamin, 15. 

Richard, 14, 15. 
Hankerson, John, 15. 

William, 16. 
Hanson, Jonathan, 378, 379, 
Haraden, Ignatius, 22. 
Harding, Bariaabas, 64. 
Harding, David, Jr., 208, 209, 210, 
212. 

Ezekiel, 402. 

Jesse, 402. 

John, 64. 

John, 2nd., 64. 



INDEX 



461 



Harding, continued. 

Samuel, 64. 

Samuel, 2nd., 64. 

Seth, 64. 
Hardlson, Joseph, 312. 
Harlow, Ebenezer, 442. 

Zebulon, 442. 
Harmon, Sarah, 153. 
Harpswell, 4, 143. 
Harrasekett, 16. 
Harriden, Samuel, 410. 
Harris, Abner, 21. 

Amos, 24, 443, 447. 

John, 442. 

William, 442. 

William, 2nd., 442. 
Harsey, Amos, 442. 

James, 24, 442. 

Levy, 24. 

Noah, 24, 442. 

Reuben, 24. 
Harsthorn, Solomon, 112. 
Hartford, 232. 
Hartwell, Edward, 20. 
Harvard, 345. 

Harvard College. ^ 9, 105, 

University of Cambridge, | 133, 

380, 381. 
Harwich, 229. 
Haskell, Benjamin, 25. 

Eliphalet, 25, 441. 

Gideon, 25. 

Ignatius, 439. 

Israel, 17. 

Israel, Jr., 17. 

Jacob, 25, 440. 

Jacob, 2nd., 25, 441. 

Joel, 25, 442. 

John, 25, 440. 

Jonathan, 25, 441. 

Moses, 440. 

Moses, Jr., 441. 

Nathan, 25. 

Peter, 441. 

Solomon, 70. 

William, 442. 
Hastings, Amos, 14. 

John, 106, 117. 

Moses, 45. 
Hatch, Abijah, 447. 

Benjamin, 64. 
Hathaway, Seth, 440. 
Haverhill, 228. 
Havre de Grace, 235. 
Hawkes, Edward, 24. 
Hayes, Amos, 440. 

John, 442. 
Hayford, William, 17. 
Haynes, John, 69. 



Hayne's Point, 236. 
Hayward, James, 15. 

Samuel, 15. 
Haywood, James, Jr., 15. 

Lemuel, 15. 
Heald, Maj. , 409. 

Ebenezer, 20. 

Thomas, 21. 
Heale, John, 21. 
Heaney, Daniel, 63, 443. 
Heard, Benjamin, Jr., 312. 

Silas, 312. 

Heath, Mr. , 95. 

Hellins, Woodard, 15. 
Henry, James, 23. 
Henshaw, S., 386. 
Herrick, John, 19, 21, 433. 

Joseph, 21. 
Hertford, N. C, 241. 
Heth, Nicholas, Jr., 69. 
Hewes, Elisha, 357. 

Julius, 357. 

William, 357. 
Hewey, Robert, 327. 
Heywood, Nathan, 19. 

Thomas, 19. 

Timoi, 19. 
Hibbert, Joseph, 414. 
Hicks, James, 326. 
Higgins, Alisha, 402. 

Benjamin, 402. 

Josiah, 402. 

Philip, 23, 339. 

Philip, Jr., 23. 

Seth, 18. 

Timothy, 327. 

William, 327. 
Hildreth, Paul, 21. 
Hill, Mr. , 382. 

Jere., 150, 152, 154. 

Mark L., 374. 

Thomas, 48, 301, 442. 
Hills, Joseph, 18. 
Hilton, Benjamin, 21. 

Ebenezer, 21. 

Joseph, 21, 22. 

William, 18. 
Hinds, Asher, 19. 

Benjamin, 21. 
Hingham, 229. 
Hinkley, , 326. 

Aaron, 339. 

Ebenezer, 69. 

Edmond, 38. 

Elethon, 24. 

Elnathan, 24. 

Gideon, 21. 

Hiram, 327. 

Isaac, 327. 



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DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 



Hinkley, continued. 

Isaiah, 69. 

John, 326, 327. 

Nehemiah, 69. 

Samuel, 326. 

Samuel. 2nd., 327. 

Seth, 326. 

Stephen, 23. 

Theophilus, 23. 
Hitchbore, William, 224. 
Hix, Thomas, 364. 
Hodgdon, Alexander, 125, 189. 

Moses, 18. 
Hodge, Henry, 191, 226, 373. 

James, 22, 373. 
Hodgkins, Francis, 23. 

James, Jr., 19. 

William, 23. 
Hodsdon, Stephen, 427. 
Hoit, David, 359. 
Holbrook, James, 115. 

Jesse, 111. 

John, 402. 

Peter, 21. 
Hollan, Nathan, 21. 
Holly, James, 319. 
Holmes, Garthon, 18. 

Gershom, 17. 

Josiah, 356. 

Semion, 18, 356. 
Holt, Jedidiah, 69. 

John, 14. 

Joseph, 318, 319. 

Nicholas, 21, 413. 
Holten, Doctor , 98. 

S., 384. 
Hombinsit, 145. 
Honywell, Zerubbabel, 166. 
Hooper, Benjamin, 149, 151. 
Hooper's Straight, 236. 
Hopkins, Nathan, 402. 
Horn, Jonathan, 29. 
Horsom, Ebenezer, 379. 
Horton, Joshua, Jr., 69. 
Hosmer, Joseph, 33, 81, 94, 130. 
Houghton, Thomas, 21. 
House, Moses, 442. 

William, 15. 
Houston, Mary, 344. 

Robert, 194. 

Samuel, 20, 194. 
Hovey, Jonathan, 368. 

St. Samuel, Jr., 64. 
Howall, William, 22. 
Howan, William, 15. 
Howard, Joseph, 15. 

Samuel, 192. 

Samuel, Jr., 15. 

William, 192, 373, 410, 411 



;m 



Howe, 

How, \ Daniel, 378. 

Ichabod, 15. 

Jonathan, 15. 

Moses, 16, 378. 
Hoyt, Philip, 24. 

Thomas, 22. 
Hubbard, Aaron, 428. 

Daniel, 418, 420, 421, 422, 423, 
424, 425, 427, 428, 429. 

Francis, 16. 

Jacob, 13. 

John, 404. 

Moses, 303. 
Hudson. City of, 233, 286. 

Timothy, 20. 
Huey, James, 23. 

James, Jr., 23. 
Hume, John, 19. 
Humphrey, John, 443. 
Humphry, Jeams, 63. 
Hunnewell, Richard, 111. 
Himt, David, 136, 137, 442. 

Stuart, 22, 373. 
Hunter, Arthur, 24. 

James, 23. 

Robert, 24. 
Huse, John, 139. 
Hussey, Reuben, 423. 
Huston, James, 302. 
Huszey, John, 60. 
Hutchens, John, 403. 
Hutcheson, William, 25, 440. 
Hutchins, ]Moses, 15. 

Nathaniel, 22. 

Hutchinson, Mr. , 141. 

Hutchson, Joseph, 16. 



Ilsley, Daniel, 332. 

Enoch, 164, 332, 344, 345, 346, 
348, 349, 350. 
Independent Chronicle, 201. 
India, 276. 

Indians, 9, 85, 128, 146, 148, 151, 
152, 321, 361. 

.scp also under tribal names. 
Indiantown, N. C, 241. 
Ingals, Asa, 16. 

Isaiah, 16, 378. 

Phineas, 16. 

Samuel, 14. 
Ingersoll, Nathaniel, 25, 441. 
Ingham, David, 18. 
Ingraham, Mr. , 432. 

H., 332. 

Job, 48, 364. 



INDEX 



463 



Ingraham, continued. 

Joseph, 48, 364. 

Joseph Holt, 344, 348. 

Josiah, 48, 364. 

William, 101. 
Inman, Joseph, 112. 
Ipswich, 229, 230. 
Ireland, 275. 
Irish, the, 217. 

John, 64. 

William, 60. 
Isle of Sable, 156, 157. 
Ivers, Thomas, 186. 
Ives, Mr. , 214. 



Jack, Andrew, 170. 

Joseph, 171. 
Jackson, Daniel, 18. 

Col. Henry, 167. 

Jonathan, 106, 186. 

Joseph, 14. 

Lemuel, 441. 

Lemuel, Jr., 442. 

Levi, 442. 
James River, 237, 238. 
Jameson, Alex., 214. 

Paul, 214. 

Robert, 214. 
Jamestown, R. I., 232. 
Jankns, Samuel, 55. 
Jaquith, Abraham, 25. 
Jarvis, Leonard, 33, 84, 93, 94, 95, 

98, 381. 
Jay, Moses, 15. 
Jefferds, William, 303. 
Jefferson, Thomas, 297, 394, 395. 
Jekyl Island, 242. 
Jeleson, \ 
Jellison, j Joseph, 422, 424, 428. 

Nathaniel, 143, 170. 

William, 303. 
Jellison's Bridge, 422, 424, 428, 

429. 
Jenks, David, 48, 364. 

William, 345. 
Jepsen, Jeams, 64. 
Jewett, Benjamin, 303. 

Jedediah, 191, 374. 

Stephen, 373. 

William, 303. 
Johnson, Ephraim, 64. 

John, 70, 192. 

Jonathan, 423. 

Joseph, 15, 441. 

Obed, 69. 

Paul, 119, 120, 185. 



Johnson, continued. 

Robert, 64. 

Simeon, 403. 

Stephen, 16. 
Johnston, John, 25. 

Thomas, 302. 
Johonnot, Mr. , 314. 

Gabriel, 115, 116. 
Jones, Mrs. , 141. 

Cornelius, 17. 

David, 447. 

Edward, 14. 

Henry, 17. 

Isaac, 143, 171, 326. 

James, 21, 101. 

John, 101. 

John, 2nd, 101. 

John Coffin, 339. 

Joseph, 326. 

Phonihas, 24. 

Samuel, 64. 

Stephen, 405, 407, 416. 

William, 90, 319, 320. 
Jordan, David, 442. 

Dominicus, 162, 163. 

James, 60. 

Rishworth, 51. 

Samuel, 18, 356. 
Jordan's Point, 237, 238. 
Jordine, John, 105. 

Judd, Mr. , 314. 

Judkins, Jacob, 16. 

Joel, 18. 

Samuel, 16. 
Jumper Edward, 135. 
Juniper Edward, 19. 



K 

Rating, Richard, 364. 
Keay John, 149. 
Keen Elisha, 17. 

Jacob, 48. 

John, 17. 
Keith, Jonathan. 21. 

Zeph., 21. 
Kelloch, Finley, 364. 

Matthew, 48. 

Matthew, Jr., 48. 

Moses, 48. 
Kellogg, Rev. Elijah, 101. 
Kempton, Richard, 402. 
Kendall, Abiather, 20. 

William, 20. 
Kendell, James, 48. 

Jane, widow, 48. 
Kennebec, 99, 383. 

Company, 33, 74, 88, 99". 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Kennebec, continued. 

Proprietor, 74, 83, 84, 85, 86, 92. 

Purchase, 74, 80, 92. 

River, 25, 26, 31, 37, 78, 79, 81, 
82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 90, 92, 95, 
99, 145, 146,298,309,330,409. 
Kennebunk, 230. 
Kenneday, Samuel, 299. 
Kenney, Henry, 403. 
Kent, Levi, 403. 

William, 403. 
Kilborn, John, 378. 
Kilgore, Benjamin, 397. 

Joseph, 14. 

Kilham, Mr. , 204. 

Killingsworth, 232. 
Killsa, Hugh, 48. 

George, 48. 

James, 48, 364. 
Kimball, Asa, 16. 

Benjamin, 16, 384, 385, 387. 

Benjamin, Jr., 16, 378. 

David, 20. 

Jacob, 20. 

James, 303. 

Nathaniel, 303. 

Richard, 16. 

Samuel, 16. 

William, 22. 
Kenderhook, 233. 
King Philip's War, 148. 
Kingstown, 229. 
Kinney, Peter, 19. 
Kinnimicut Point, 231, 232. 
Kinsale, Va., 237, 239, 243. 

Kinsley, Mr. , 374. 

Kittery, 3, 229, 313, 333, 381, 383. 
Kittredge Benjamin, 21. 
Knap, Jesse, 16. 

Samuel, 112. 
Knight Jacob, 63. 

Jonathan, 416. 

Stephen, 22. 
Knowles, Freeman, 402. 

Jonathan, 15. 

Simeon, 15. 
Knox, Henry, 128, 129, 130, 363. 
Knoxburgh, 223. 
Kollock, L., 386. 



Labaree, Peter, 22. 
Lad, Topes, 18. 
Ladd, Benjamin, 18. 
Laine, Jobe, 18. 
Laiten, Ezekiel, 299. 
Laiton, John, 167. 



Lake, Capt. Thomas, 32, 88, 97. 
Lakin, Joseph, 378. 
Lambard, Joseph, 23. 

Luke, 23. 

Thomas, 23. 
Lambert, Gideon, 16. 
Lamberton, 234. 
Lamont, Adam, 23. 

John, 23. 
Lancaster, Daniel, 223. 
Landpher, Langworthy, 224. 
Lane, Benjamin, 25, 135. 

David, 14. 

Ebenezer, 25, 441. 

Ebenezer, Jr., 18. 

Giddins, 14. 

Hezekiah, 438, 439. 

Isaac, 443. 

Capt. Isaac, 155, 158. 

Job, 441. 

John, 64. 

Capt. John, 64. 

Josiah, 441. 

Samuel, 24. 
Langdon, John, 373. 

Paul, 22. 

Timothy, 317, 373. 

William, 191. 
Lanpher, Anson, 403. 

Stephen, 401. 
Larrabee, Jesse, 303. 

Joel, 303. 

John, 21, 66. 

Nathaniel, 339. 

Samuel, 447. 
Latham, Eliab, 136. 
Lathrop, Eliab, 63. 
Laughton, John, 21. 
Law, Jacob, 23. 
Lawrence, Jesse, 156, 157. 

Rogers, 111. 

Thomas, 15. 
Lav/son Proprietors, 86. 
Leavitt, Jacob, 17. 

Joseph, 17. 
Lebenon, 3, 143, 312, 378. 
Lee, Mr. , 75. 

John, 111. 

Silas, 191, 373. 

William, Jr., 192. 
Leech, John, 19. 

Leeman, Nathaniel, 388, 389, 390. 
Lehman, Henry, 373. 
Lennell, Joseph, 136. 
Lermond, William, 159, 171. 

Leverett, , 148. 

Levey, William, 192. 
Lewellensburg, 237. 



INDEX 



465 



Lewis, Archelaus, 70. 
George, 143. 
Lethleg, 402. 
Thomas, 19. 
Lewiston, 5, 13, 21, 65. 
Libby, Andrew, 443. 
Asa, 442. 

Benjamin, 417, 418, 441. 
Daniel, 63, 443. 
Hatwil, 150, 171. 
Zebulon, 312. 
Light Houses, Report on, 376, 

377. 
Limericli, 3. 

Lincoln, Capt. Amos, 417. 
Lincoln County, 10, 11, 13, 24, 27, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 42, 
44, 45, 63, 65, 67, 68, 74, 75, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 
91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 98, 109, 110, 
111, 113, 114, 115, 118, 120, 
129, 139, 140, 142, 143, 154, 
162, 167, 168, 171, 176, 178, 
179, 185, 189, 190, 191, 195, 
198, 199, 120, 201, 203, 213, 
220, 221, 222, 225, 226, 298, 
299, 300, 301, 306, 309, 310, 
315, 316, 319, 320, 327, 328, 
330, 331, 344, 349, 351, 352, 
355, 370, 371, 372, 374, 375, 
376, 380, 383, 387, 388, 396, 
403, 407, 408, 409, 410, 413, 
438. 
County Goal, new one needed, 
298, 301, 316; old one, 139, 
316. 
Lindsey, John, 48. 
Lithgow, Arthur, 191. 
William, 191, 373. 
William, Jr., 162, 191, 373. 

Little, the Rev. Mr. , 30. 

Little Compton, R. L, 231. 
Little Egg Harbor, 234, 286. 
Egg Harbor Inlet, 234. 
Falls, 3, 107, 108, 109. 
James, 299. 
Little Ossipee, 4. 

Ossipee River, 4, 149, 151. 
Little, Paul, 166. 
Little River, N. C. 
Little River Inlet, 240. 
Littlefleld, Caleb, 303. 
Daniel, 303. 
Jeams, 64. 
Littlesborough, 14. 
Livermore, Jason, 191. 

S., 142. 
Lock, Benjamin, 18. 
Simon, 305. 



Loewell, Abner, 402. 
Lombard, Solomon, 64. 
Long Island, Penobscot, 5, 233. 
Long Pond, 445. 
Long, Samuel, 15. 
Longfellow, Stephen, Jr., 12. 
Longley, Zacheus, 21. 
Look, Daniel, 416. 
Lord, Abraham, 22. 

Dominicus, 303. 

Henry, 224. 
Loring, Asa, 25. 

Jerom, 23. 
Lotteries, for town improve- 
ments, 332, 333; to build a 
bridge, 225, 226, 227, 305, 309, 
371, 372, 373. 
Loud, James, 21. 
Louis, James, 402. 
Louisville, Va., District of, 237, 

239. 
Loveitt, Jonathan, 184. 

Jonathan, Jr., 184. 
Low, } 
Lowe, \ Beniah, 22. 

Ephraim, 423. 

John, 305. 

Nathaniel, 46, 305. 

Nicholas, 25, 440. 

Thomas, 305. 

William, 16. 
Lowell, Abner, 22. 

Benjamin, 48, 401. 

Enoch, 101. 

John, 402. 

John, Jr., 23. 

Joseph, 373. 

Nathaniel, 402. 

Rosamans, 364. 

Thomas, 60, 443. 

William, 443. 

Marlborough, 236. 
Lucas, John, 339. 
Ludwig. Jacob, 90, 130, 218. 

.Joseph, 218. 
Lunt, Job, 22. 

Job, 2nd., 22. 

Joseph, 23. 

Joshua, 52, 53, 54, 57. 

Michael, 22. 

Moses, 344. 
Lunt, Samuel, 56. 

William, 171. 
Lyman, Mr. , 97, 185. 

Dr. Job, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 57, 59, 431. 
Lyme, 232. 
Lynn, 229, 230, 



81 



466 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



M 

McCleman, Simon, 48. 
McCluras, John, 64. 
McCobb, Samuel, 33, 34, 35, 192, 
373. 

Col. Samuel. 383, 384, 387, 388. 

William, 90, 191. 
McCordey, Robert, 112. 
McDonald, John, 64. 

Jonathan, 359. 

Robert, 64. 
McFarland, John, 23. 
McGuire, John, 119, 120, 185. 
McGuyer, Thomas, 218. 
Mcintosh, John, 435. 
McKeen, Samuel, 20. 
McLaren, Neb., 22. 
McLaughlin, William, 224. 
McLellan, Gary, 184, 198, 211, 212. 

Hugh, 22, 332. 

Capt. Joseph, 100, 101, 122, 123, 
204, 210, 332. 

Samuel, 64. 

Stephen, 101. 

Thomas, 48, 364. 
McLonane, James, 23. 
McMann, Joseph, 224. 

Thomas, 224. 
McNear, Joseph, 167. 
McPheters, Archibald, 112. 

Mace, Mr. , 181. 

Machias, 5, 27, 28, 68, 221, 243, 
307, 308, 321, 405. 

District of, 228, 230. 

Port of, 230. 
Mackie, George, 20. 
Mackiney, Henery, 21. 
Mackintier, David, 442. 
Macthner, David, 21. 
Madambutocks Mountain, 129. 
Madeira, 276. 
Maelly, Michael, 20. 
Magetty River, 235, 236. 
Maine, District of. 11, 372, 394, 
395. 

Province of, 145, 146, 147, 
Majebeguiduce River, 68. 
Malbone, James, 21. 
Malcom, William, 24. 
Manchester, Mass., 229, 230. 

Va., 238. 
Mann, John, 18. 
Mansell, Joseph, 111. 
Manwell, James, 24, 442. 

Samuel, 443. 
Marblehead, 192, 228, 229. 230, 
243, 282. 



Marblehead, co)\ti}ute<J. 

District of, 228, 229, 230. 
March, Davis and Others, 380. 

John, 22, 64. 
Marks of Birgwin, John, 20; 
Blagdon, John, 357; Coal, 
John, 19; Dore, Jonathan, 
152; Dryland, Denis, 153; 
Graffam, Lois, 166; Hony- 
well, Zerubbabel, 166; Lunt, 
Job, 22; Meeksombe, 153; 
Merril, Nathaniel, 15; Park- 
er, Eleazer, 19; Pearl, Wil- 
liam, 359; Sunday, Capt., 
153; Whaley, George, 154. 
Marsh, Joseph, 191. 
Marshall, William, 339. 
Marshall, William, 303. 
Marston, Levi, 440. 
Martin, Ezekiel, 18. 
Joseph G., 224. 
William, 447. 
Maryland, 235, 236. 237. 243, 244, 
282, 394. 

Mason, Mr. , 30. 

Mr. - — , of Swanzey, 118. 

Mr. , Jr., 436. 

Benjamin, 305. 
Ebenezer, 25. 
Massachusetts Commonwealth, 
and State of, 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 
11, 13, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 
33, 34, 35. 36, 37. 38, 40, 42, 
44, 45, 48, 50, 51, 57, 61, 63, 
65. 66, 67, 69, 71. 72, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 
86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 
96, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 



105, 


107 


114, 


115, 


120. 


121, 


131. 


132, 


138, 


139, 


149, 


155, 


162, 


163, 


171, 


172, 


182, 


185, 


195, 


199 


213, 


215 


224, 


225 


243, 


286, 


307, 


309, 


315, 


316 


331, 


333, 


345, 


346, 


355, 


356, 


364, 


366, 


374, 


376. 


383, 


386, 



109 
116 
122 
133 
140 
156 
165 
178 
186 
203 
216 
226 
299 
311 
318 
334 
349 
358 
367 
377 
387 



111, 112 

117, 118 

123, 125 

135, 136 

142. 143 

157, 158 

167, 168 

179, 180 

187, 188 

206. 207 

219. 220 

228, 231 

302, 304 

312, 313 

322, 323 

338, 341 

352, 353 

360, 361 

368, 370 

378, 380 

388, 389 



113, 
119, 
127, 
137, 
144, 
159, 
170, 
181, 
193, 
208, 
223, 
232, 
306, 
314, 
330, 
342, 
354, 
362, 
372, 
381, 
390, 



INDEX 



467 



Massachusetts, coutinued. 

396, 398, 403, 404, 405, 406, 
410, 411, 415, 416, 418, 421, 
423, 425, 427, 428, 430, 432, 
433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 
439, 440, 443, 446, 447. 
Massachusetts Bay Company, 
147. 

Bay Company, Council of, 383. 
Mathews, Anthony, 47, 364. 

Jabez, 62, 135, 443. 

Joseph, 364. 
Mattapony River, 238. 
Maurice River, 234, 422, 424, 428. 

May, Mr. , 112. 

Mayhew, Andrew, 403. 

Nathaniel, 403. 
Mayo, Ebenezer, 101, 344. 

Joshua, 184. 
Mead, George, 16. 
Medford, 229. 
Medummock River, 128. 
Meduncook, ) 5, 213, 214, 215, 
Medomcook, ] 216, 217, 218, 219. 

River, 213. 
Meeksombe, 146, 152. 
Megguire, ) 
Meguire, ) Edmond, 442. 

John, 25. 

John, 2nd., 25. 

John, Jr., 442. 
Meguntercook, Sum, 131. 
Mercier, Lee, 192, 373. 
Merit, Daniel, 416. 
Merithew, Roger, 403. 

Merrel, , Esq., 391, 393. 

Merril, Abel, 136. 

Benjamin, 21, 66. 

Benjamin, Jr., 21. 

Daniel, 28, 74. 

Edmund, 256, 440. 

Elias, 25, 441. 

Ezekiel, 25, 440. 

Jabez, 17, 447. 

James, 18, 356. 

John, 24, 25, 136, 327, 440. 

John, 2nd., 441. 

John T., 441. 

Joseph, 443. 

Joshua, 442. 

Moses, 25, 440, 441. 

Lt. Col. Moses, 161. 

Nathan, 18, 356, 447. 

Nathaniel, 15, 22. 

Samuel, 25, 90, 440, 441, 447. 
Merritt, Daniel, 27. 

Levi, 17. 
Merrow, David, 311. 
Merry Meeting Bay, 36, 339, 340. 



Meserve, John, 14. 

Middlesex County, 33, 230, 310, 

327. 
Middletown, Conn., 232. 

Conn, Port of, 233. 

Point, N. J., 234. 
Milford, 233. 
Miller, James, 194. 

James, Jr., 194. 

John, 15, 402. 

John Bell, 15. 

Robert, 402. 
Millet, David, 443. 

John, 442. 

Solomon, 14, 443. 
Mills at Buck's Harbor Neck, 
338; Pittston, 407, 408, 409, 
410; at Scarappa, 206, 208, 
308. 
Minor, ) 
Minot, j Geo. R., 12, 385. 

Lieut.-Col. James, 383, 384, 385, 
386, 387, 388. 
Miscongus River, 127. 
Mitchell, Abraham, 16. 

Ammo B., 447. 

David, 446, 447. 

Gotham, 441. 

Jacob, 447. 

James M., 23. 

Jonathan, 23, 331. 

Josiah, 15, 21, 23. 
Moas, Marck, 443. 
Moffit, James, 192. 
Mogg Higgin, | 
Mogghegon, ( 146. 
Molloy, John, 373. 
Montauk Point, 233. 
Moody, Epha., 303. 

Samuel, 23, 303. 
Moor, I Benjamin, 21. 
Moore, ) Goffe, 21. 

John, 21. 

John, Jr., 21. 

Thomas, 191. 
Moose Island, 118, 119. 120, 121, 

185, 406, 407, 415. 
More, Morderica, 20. 
Morrill, Edmond, 18. 
Mors, John, 63, 442. 
Morse, John, 63. 
Morton, Briart, 64. 

Eben, 16. 

Ebenezer, Jr., 214. 

David, 17. 
Morton, Livy, 16. 
Moses, Jonathan, 345. 
Mosley, Thomas, 345. 
Moss, Stephen, 23. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Motley, Thomas, 348. 
Mott, Wilan, 23. 
Motte, William, 219. 
Moulton, Col. Jeremiah, 430. 

Joel, 423, 431. 

Peter, 18. 
Mount Desert, 5, 204. 
Mount Madambutocks, 129. 
Mountford, 175. 
Mountfort, Samuel, 344. 
Mudgett, Abraham, 224. 
Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus, 

297, 395. 
Mulattoes, 6. 
Murfreesborough, 241. 
Murphy, Daniel, 208. 
Murry, William, 29. 
Mussey, Theodore, 18. 
Mustord, James, 142. 
Myrick, Bezaleel, 443. 

Nathaniel, 402. 



N 



Naler, , mariner, 23. 

Nanjemoy, 237. 

Nantucket, 228, 229, 231, 282, 310. 

County, 328. 

District of, 228, 229, 231. 
Nantucket Light House, 377. 
Narragansett Bay, 231. 
Narrowguagus, 27. 
Nash, John, 135, 443. 

Jonathan, 24. 

Samuel, 136, 137. 
Nason, ) 
Nasson, j Mr. , 97, 345. 

Abraham, 192. 

Isaac, 63. 

Jacob, 312. 

John, 136. 

Samuel, 13. 41, 57, 162, 358, 
426, 427. 
Nassau, 222. 
Neal, Daniel, 402. 
Nechewanack, see Newichowa- 

nick. 
Negroes, 6. 

Neguamkike Falls, 84, 85. 
Nelson, Jacob, 22. 
Nesmith, Benj., 194. 
New Bedford, 228, 229, 231, 243. 

District of, 228, 229, 231. 
New Brunswick, 29, 406, 415. 
New Brunswick, N. J., 234. 
New England, 146, 147, 383. 
New Gloucester, 4, 25, 159, 160, 
355, 418, 440, 444. 



New Hampshire, 228, 230, 231, 
282. 

Hampshire Association, 396. 
New Haven, 233, 243, 244, 282. 

Haven, District of, 232, 233. 
New Jersey, 234, 243, 244. 
New London, 243, 244, 282. 

London, District of, 232, 233. 

London, Port of, 232, 233. 
New Meadow Canal, 340. 

Meadow River, 339, 340. 

Meadow River Bridge, 330, 332. 
New Plymouth, 92; see also Ply- 
mouth Colony. 
New River Inlet, 240. 
New Sandwich, 14, 15. 
New Shoreham, 232. 
New Windsor, 233. 
New York City, 220, 228, 233, 234, 
243, 244, 282, 394, 395. 

York City, Port of, 283. 

York District, 233, 285. 

York State, 233, 243, 244. 
Newark, N. J., 234. 
Newbern, N. C, 240, 243, 244. 

N. C, District, 240. 
Newbiggincreek, 241. 
Newburg, 233. 
Newburyport, 228, 243, 244, 282. 

District, 228, 230. 
Newcastle, Del., 235, 243. 

N. H., 5, 228, 298, 299. 
Newichowanic, 1 
Newitchwanic, I 152. 
Nechewanack, J 

River, 145, 149. 
Newport, R. I., 232, 243, 282. 

R. I.. District, 231, 232. 

Va., 237, 239, 243. 
Newtown, 119. 
Nichols, David, 224. 

James, 224. 

James, 2nd., 224. 

John, 22, 334. 

William, 178, 179. 
Nickels, George, 21. 

Samuel, 192, 299. 
Nickerson, Daniel, 402. 

Eliphalet, 402. 

Eliphalet. Jr., 402. 

Paul, 402. 

Warren, 402. 
Nickson, Col. Thomas, 43. 
Nickoles, John Hill, 48. 
Niles, Boniah, 17. 

Nathan, 17. 

Robert, 24. 
Nixonton, N. C, 241. 
Noble, Arthur, 192, 300, 373. 



INDEX 



469 



Noble, contimied. 

Benjamin, 20. 

John, 20. 
Nobleborough, 299, 300. 
Nock, Nathan, 312. 
Nocks, Nicholas, 312. 

Zachariah, 311. 
Noilon, Constant, 15. 
Norfolk, Conn., 233. 

Va., 237, 238, 243, 244, 245, 282. 

Va., District, 237. 
Norridgewock, 5, 13, 21, 26. 

Point, 26. 
Norris, Josiah, 15. 

Nathan, 14. 

Samuel, 15. 

Woodin, 14. 
North Carolina, 240, 242, 244, 

282 283 
North, Joseph, 44, 191, 373. 
North Kingston, 231, 232. 
North River, N. C, 240. 
North Yarmouth, 4, 230, 446. 
Norton, Peter, 15. 

Stephen, 15. 
Norwich, 232. 
Nottingham, Maryland, 236, 243. 

Maryland, District, 235, 236, 
245. 
Nourse, John, editor, 201. 
Nova Scotia, 383, 387. 
Nowell, John, 55. 
Noyes, Mr. , 106, 117, 118. 

Benjamin, 441. 

David, 175, 344. 

Joseph, 13. 

Josiah, 353, 354. 

Moses, 445. 

Simon, 25, 441. 

William, 447. 

Zebulon, 447. 
Noyse, Bealey, 24. 

O 

Oakes, Joshua, 192. 

Solomon, 20. 
Ocracoke Inlet, 240, 241. 
Offabaw Island, 242. 
Ohio River, 240. 
Oliver, David, 191. 

Peter, 191. 

William, 16, 191. 
Orbeton, James, 48, 364. 

Jonathan, 48. 
Orbton, Jonathan, 364. 
Orne, Mary, 135, 136, 137. 
Orphan Insland, 38, 40, 180, 181, 
182, 399. 



Osborn, James, 303. 
Osgood, Christopher «?>. 

Daniel, 69. 

Ezekie\ C^. 

E'cKiel, Jr., 69. 

John, 23, 69. 

Joshua B., 15, 355. 

Nathan, 69. 

Phinehas, 69. 

Samuel, 22. 
Ossapee, 149. 

River, the Great, 147, 148, 149, 
150, 151, 152, 153. 

River, the Little, 149, 151. 
Otisfield, 4. 

Ousatumnick River, 233. 
Owen, Ebenezer, 344. 

Gideon, 23. 

Moses, 23. 
Oxford, Maryland, 236, 243, 286. 

Maryland District, 235. 
Oyster Pond Point, 233. 



Packard, Daniel, 17. 

Job, 17. 

Nehemiah, 443. 
Page, Abraham, 18, 19. 

Benjamin, Jr., 401. 

Chase, 18. 

Edward Hall, 23. 

Enoch, 373. 

James, 44, 192. 

Moses, 401. 

Philip, 22. 

Robert, 409. 

Paine, Mr. , 118. 

Palmer, Cheleab, 20. 

Daniel, 47, 363. 

I., 384. 

Nathaniel, 130, 131. 
Pamticoe, 240. 

River, 240. 
Pamunkey River, 238. 
Pancoast, David, 20. 
Park, John, 224. 
Parker, Asa, 21. 

Eleazer, 19. 

Gordon, 192. 

Isaac, 373. 

James, 19, 22, 397. 

Joseph, 69. 

Josiah, 174. 

Mighill, 112. 

Nathan, 69. 

Nathaniel, 200. 
Parker, Nehemiah, 24. 

Oliver, 124, 414. 



470 



DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY 



Parker, continned. 

Peter, Jr.. 69. 

Hubert, 69. 

Samuel, 21. 

Solomon, 46. 

Stephen, 416. 
Parlin, Jonas, 21. 

Nathan, 21. 

Silas, 21. 
Parsons, David, 52, 312, 313, 314. 

Ebenezer, 18. 

Edward, 25. 

Epharam, 41. 

Isaac, 25, 418. 

Isaac, Jr., 442. 

Josiah, 192, 443. 

Moses, 441. 

Timothy, 312, 314, 373. 

William, 441. 

"William, Jr., 25, 441. 
Partridge, Clark, 224. 

David, 224. 

Jesse, 70. 

William, 175. 
Pason, David, 390. 
Pasquotank River, 240. 

River Bridge, 241. 
Passamaquoddy, 228, 286. 

Bay, 118, 406. 

District of, 120, 228, 230. 

Indians, 320. 

Port of, 230. 
Patapsco, 235. 
Pattee, Daniel, 19. 

Ezekiel, 373. 

David, 19. 
Patten, Thomas, 23. 

Patterhal, , 148. 

Patterson, David, 402. 

James, 20, 194, 402. 

Robert, 194. 
Patuxent River, 236. 
Patuxet, 232. 
Paul, David, 303. 

John, 23, 24. 

Marshfield, 14. 
Pauslett, Jonathan, 18. 
Pawcatuck River, 232. 
Peabody, Stephen, 48. 
Peacock, Edward, 25. 
Pearce, Abraham, 441. 

Joseph, 442. 
Pearse, Samuel, 440. 
Pearl, William, 359. 
Pearson, David, 20. 
Pearsonfield, 4. 

Peckham, Mr. , 131. 

Pegepscut, see Pejepscot. 



Peirce, ) 

Perce, j George, 435, 436. 

John, 224. 

Nathaniel, 402. 
Peirson, Samuel, 440. 
Pejepscot Company, 32, 97, 432, 
433. 

Proprietors, 86, 88. 
Pembroke, 185. 
Pendleton, Peleg, 224. 

William, 224. 
Penell, Clement, 136. 
Peney, Joseph, 48. 

Joseph, Jr., 48. 
Pennel, Thomas, 64. 

Thomas, 2nd., 64. 
Penney, Job, 48. 
Pennsylvania, 243, 244. 

District of, 235. 

District Court, 394. 
Penobscot, 5, 115, 123, 124, 125, 
230, 243, 382. 

Bay, 223. 

District of, 228, 230, 286. 

Expedition, 343. 

Indians, 30, 361. 

Long Island, 5. 

River, 6, 38, 40, 67, 68, 110, 140, 
154, 180, 223, 356, 398, 399, 
400, 401. 

Siege of, 131, 132. 

a name proposed for a coun- 
ty, 111; a name proposed 
for a shire-town. 111. 
Pepperelborough, 3, 12, 228, 230. 

District of, 228. 
Perey, Joseph, 364. 

Joseph, Jr., 364. 
Perkins, Benjamin, 403. 

John, 64. 
Perley, Daniel, 378. 

William, 18, 356. 

Enoch, 16, 377, 378. 

Samuel, 137, 138. 
Perry, Job, 364. 

Jonathan, 24. 
Perth-Amboy, 243, 244, 282. 

District of, 234. 
Pesumpscot, see Presumpscot. 
Peters, John, 69. 

John, Jr., 69. 
Petersburg, 238. 
Peterson, John, 37, 339. 
Pette, Moses, 398. 
Pettengill, Benjamin, 17. 

Daniel, 345. 
Philadelphia, 243, 244, 282, 283, 
394. 

District of, 285. 



INDEX 



4Y1 



Philadelphia, continued. 

Port of, 235. 
Philbrick, Benjamin, 18. 
Gideon, 18. 
Nathaniel, 18. 
Philbrook, Daniel, 23. 
Jonathan, 20, 402. 
Joshua, 23. 
Samuel, 20. 
Philip, an Indian, 153. 
Philips, I 

Phillips, I Abner, 17. 
Asa, 19, 46. 
Bridget, 144, 149. 
Charles, 24. 
Claim, 144. 
Eliphaz, 441. 
Elyshaz, 16. 
Isaac, 17. 
James, 17. 

Nathaniel, 146, 147, 153. 
Richard, 17. 
Richard, Jr., 17. 
Samuel, Jr., 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 
40, 41, 42, 60, 62, 71, 74, 81, 
84, 89, 94, 97, 98, 102, 106, 
108, 112, 117, 119, 121, 123, 
124, 130, 138, 141, 155, 162, 
170, 173, 182, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 193, 195, 198, 203, 
204, 214, 215, 216, 308, 310, 
317, 320, 341, 345, 350, 351, 
353, 354, 357, 361, 365, 367, 
368, 374, 375, 376, 398, 404, 
405, 407, 410, 414, 417, 420, 
432, 436, 444, 445, 446. 
William, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
149, 152, 153. 
Phillipstown, 148. 
Picket, William, 24. 
Piemont, John, 361, 362. 
Pierpont, Joseph, 221, 353, 354, 

416. 
Pierson, Mraiah, 344. 

Richardson, 364. 
Pike, Lieut. Jno., 145. 
Timothy, 344. 
Col. Timothy, 161. 
Pilbrick, Mich., 18. 
Pillsberry, Nathan, 48. 
Pilly, John, 17. 
Pilsbery, Phinehas, 69. 
Piper, Caleb, 21. 

Judah, 21. 
Piscataqua Harbor, 145. 

River, 63, 73. 
Pitcher, Nathaniel, 130. 
Pitts, Seth, 15. 



Pittstown, j 409, 411. 

Colburn's Tavern, 190, 222, 225. 
Plankbridge, N. C, 241, 244. 
Plantation No. Five, 46, 68, 125. 
No. Four, 27, 46. 
No. Seven, 125. 
No. Six, 125. 
No. Three, 68, 125. 
No. Twenty-two, 6, 220, 221. 
338, 353, 354. 
Plantations east side of the Pe- 
nobscot River, 6. 
east side of Union River, 6. 
west side of the Penobscot 

River, 6, 223. 
see also Townships. 
Pleasant River, 27. 
Plumb Island Lighthouse, 377. 
Plumer, David, 22. 

John, 22. 
Plummer, Moses, 175, 344. 
Plymouth, Mass., 228, 229, 243, 
282 
Colony, 85, 90, 92. 
Company, 31, 32, 33, 74, 76, 81, 
82, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 
94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 99", 141, 
315, 316. 
Council, 128. 

County, 234, 310, 327, 328. 
District of, 228, 229, 230. 
Patent, 33, 98. 
N. C, 241. 
Pobreyhgjk, John, 374. 
Point Look Out, Maryland, 237. 
Poli, Thomas, 441. 
Pomonky Creek, 237. 
Pond, Benjamin, 443. 

William, 16. 
Poole, Abijah, 22. 

Samuel, 24. 
Poor, Amos, 15. 
Richard, 312. 
Port Elizabeth, 234. 
Porter, Benjamin, 16. 
David, 16. 
Joseph, 402. 
Portland, 4, 12, 17, 22, 24, 25, 70, 
72, 100, 101, 112, 113, 116, 
121, 122, 144, 164, 172, 173, 
174, 175, 176, 177, 186, 188, 
206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 
228, 243, 244, 282, 317, 346, 
348, 349, 350, 351, 369, 370, 
439, 440, 444. 
District of, 228, 230. 
Ferry, 211, 212. 
First Parish, 121, 122. 



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DOCUMENTAEY HISTORY 



Portland, continncfl. 

Harbor, 209, 210, 211, 

Head Light House, 377, 394, 
395. 

Meeting House, 122. 

Naval Office, 208. 

Newspaper, 201, 348. 

Second Society, 101. 

Three Religious Societies of, 
100, 122, 123. 
Port-Penn, Del., 235, 243. 
Port Royal. Va., 238, 243, 286. 
Portsmouth, N. H., 228, 243, 244, 
282. 

District of, 228. 

Va., 237, 243, 244, 245, 282. 

Va., District of, 237. 
Portugal, 275, 286. 
Pote, Samuel, 18, 356. 

Thomas, 356. 
Potowmack River, 237, 238. 239, 

243. 
Potter, Benjamin, 191. 
Pottle, Asariah, 373. 
Poughkeepsie, 233. 
Powell, Jer., 384. 
Powers, Amos, 14. 

Gideon, 14. 

Levi, 20. 

Silas, 14. 

Thomas, 25. 
Pownalborough, 4, 22, 68, 76, 138, 
139, 167, 189, 191, 222, 226, 
298, 299, 300, 306, 312, 314, 
315, 316, 317. 

Court House, 298. 

Bridge, 190, 371. 

East Parish, 300, 316. 
Pratt, Micah, 20. 

Thaddeus, 443. 
Pray, Joseph, 312, 426. 
Preast, Eligah, 20. 
Preble, Esaias, 12. 

Mehitable, 344. 

Samuel, 53. 
Prescott, James, 15. 

Jedediah, Jr., 16. 

Samuel, 16. 
Pressy, Jacob, Jr., 192. 
Preston, Nathan, 119. 
Presumpscot River, 70, 73, 74. 

River Bridge, 112. 
Pride's Bridge, 112. 
Prince, James, 167. 

John, 25. 
Princeton, N. C, 241. 
Proctor, Levi, 21. 

William, 18, 356. 
Projibscut, see Pejepscot. 



Providence, 232, 243, 282. 

District of, 231, 232. 
Provincetown, 229. 
Pugsley, Abraham, 29. 

Abraham, Jr., 29. 

Andrew Walker, 29. 
PuUen, John, 15. 

Stephen, 15. 

William, 15. 
Pumroy, John, 357. 

Joseph, 357. 
Purinton, James, 23. 

Stephen, 24. 
Putnam, Gen. , 98. 

Rufus, 121. 

Tart., 18. 

Q 

Quakers, 72. 

Quimly, Benjamin, 21. 

Quinby, John, 70, 71, 72. 

K 

Ramsdell, Gideon, 135, 442. 
Rand, Reuben, 18. 
Randall, Isaac, 345. 

Paul, 440. 
Randlet, ) 

Rundlet, | Henry, 138, 139. 
Rankings, Robert, 403. 
Rankins, Joseph, 64. 

Joseph, 2nd., 64. 

Robbert, 19. 
Rappahannock River, 238, 239. 
Raymond, Mr. , 448. 

John, 14. 

Lemuel, 24, 441. 

Samuel, 305. 
Raymondstown, 2, 4, 162, 163, 

355. 
Raynes, Joshua, 2o. 
Read, Mr. , of Roxbury, 186. 

David, 143. 

Jeames, 65. 

Read, John, 13, 84. 
Record, Dominicus, 17. 
Reed, David, 23. 

David, Jr., 142. 
Rehoboth, 231. 

Remick, Mercy, widow, 312, 313. 
Rendell, James, 364. 

Tenny, 363. 

Thomas, 364. 
Renuff, Charles, 15. 
Reverson, William, 441. 
Reynolds, Benjamin, 416. 



INDEX 



473 



Rhode Island, Island of, 232. 

and Providence Plantations, 
231, 243. 244, 282, 283, 394. 
Rian, Mary, 135, 136, 137, 138. 
Rice, Thomas, 191, 318, 373. 
Richards, Isaac, 442. 

Jeremiah, 16. 

Robert, 21. 

Samuel, 21. 

William, 16. 
Richardson, Abijah, 170. 

Addison, 126, 127. 

Andrew, 20. 

Ebenezer, 21. 

Seth, 19. 

William, 19. 

Rev. Zebadiah, 396, 397. 
Richmond, Va., 238, 286. 
Ricker, 1 
Riker, j Jabez, 303. 

Joseph, 303. 

Phines, 305. 

Ruben, 119. 120, 185. 

Samuel, 303. 

Simon, 428. 

Wentworth. 303. 

William, 119, 120, 185. 
Rider, James. 25, 440. 
Ridout, Benjamin. 327. 
Riggs, Daniel Friend, 344. 

Joseph, Jr., 345. 

Josiah, 334. 
Riker, see Ricker. 
Rines, Ambrose, 442. 
Ring, David, 23. 

Eliphaz, 18, 356. 

Ichabod, 443. 

Samuel, 15, 18, 356. 
Rise, Joseph. 16. 
Ritchie, Matthew, 123. 
River Sidney, 227. 
Robbins, Asa, 16. 

Luther, 433. 
Roberds, Joseph, 60. 

Jottam, 60. 
Roberts, Daniel, 303. 

Eben, 303. 

Jeremiah, 305. 

Joseph, 305. 

Joseph, 2nd., 305. 

Samuel, 305. 
Robertson, John, 194. 

William. 171. 
Robeson. John, 20. 
Robins, Benjamin, 184. 

Jonathan, 20. 

Oliver, Jr., 47, 364. 
Robinson, Alexander, 23. 

John, 18, 23, 65. 



Robinson, continued. 

Otis, 15. 
Robson, Matthew, 65. 

William, 65. 
Rochester, Maine, 312. 

Mass., 229, 231. 
Rocket's Landing, Va., 243. 
Rogamock deed, the, 145. 

John, 145, 146. 
Rogers, Alexander, 24, 143. 

Gershom, 344. 

James, 142. 

Jesse, 402. 

Moses, 402. 

Perley, 20. 
Rolfe, John, 64. 
Rollings, Samuel, 300. 

Stephen, 19. 
Rose, Jeremiah, 19. 

Thomas, 21. 
Ross, Capt. Alexander, 131. 

Elisabeth, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177. 
Roundey, Abraham, 20. 

Job, 20. 

Lacey, 20. 

Micel, 20. 
Rounds, Samuel, 64. 

Theodore, 64. 
Rouns, Samuel, 64. 
Rousselet, Rev. L. L., 361, 362. 
Row. John, 443. 

Jonathan, 25. 

Jonathan, Jr., 441. 

William, 441. 

Zaccharus, 443. 
Rowe, Zebulon, 441. 
Rowel, William, 48. 
Rowes, Capt. Jaquish Prince, 325. 
Rowley, 29, 168. 
Roxbury, 186. 
Royal, Addame, 14. 

Samuel, 441. 

Shoal, 240, 241. 
Royalsborough, 4. 
Rummey, William, 185. 
Rundlet, sec Randlet. 
Runnels, Benjamin, 19. 
Russell, Mr. , 30. 

Abraham, 14. 

Benjamin, 14. 

Benjamin, Jr., 14. 

Jacob, 14. 

Jason, 21. 

John, 319. 

Richard, 148. 
Russia, 297. 
Rust, Joseph, 300. 
Ryerson, Luke, 441. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



S 



Sable Isle, 156, 157. 
Saccarappa Falls, 206, 208. 
Saco. 146, 147, 148, 151, 152. 

Bridge, 12. 

Palls, 146, 150, 151. 

Mills, 146. 

Patent, the, 145. 

River, 146, 148, 149, 150, 151, 
152, 153, 334. 
Safford, Stephen, 19. 
Sagadahock, 145. 

River, 145. 
Sagg-Harbor, 233, 286. 

District of, 233. 
St. Georges, 5. 

River, 129, 217. 
St. Johns, 29. 
St. Johns County, 168. 

Indians, 320. 

River, Expedition to, 383, 387. 
St. Mary's, 237, 242, 244. 

District of, 242, 285, 286. 

River, 242. 
Salem, Mass., 228, 229, 230, 243, 
244, 282. 

District of, 228, 229, 230. 

N. J., 234. 

N. J., County; 234. 
Salisbury, Maryland, 228, 236. 
Salmon, 36, 37, 334, 400, 401, 408. 

Palls, 145, 146, 147, 152. 
Salon, 44. 
Samor, Col. James, 24. 

see also Seamor. 
Sampson, | 
Samson, j Charles, 215. 

Enoch, 142. 

Henry, 142. 

James, 44, 442. 

Keziah, 14. 

Rufus, 142. 

Seth, 17. 

Sanborn, , 18. 

Benjamin, 447. 

Paul, Jr., 447. 
Sanders, Joseph, 440. 

William, 29, 168. 
Sandford, | 3, 40, 41, 42, 148, 303, 
Sanford, \ 333, 419, 421, 422, 423, 
424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429. 

Bridge, 418, 419, 422, 424, 428, 
429. 

Meeting House, 41. 

Thomas, 344, 348, 350. 
Sandy Point, 70. 
Sandy River, 409. 
Sandwich, 229. 



Sapelo Island, 242. 
Sarcolum, William, 433. 
Sargent, Paul Dudley, 413. 

Thomas, 131, 132. 
Sassafras River, 235. 
Saunders, , 145. 

Edmond, 24. 
Savage, Charles, 21. 

Isaac, 46. 

Jacob, 21. 

James, 21. 

John, 49, 52, 53, 55, 57, 373. 
Savannah, 242, 244, 282. 

District of, 242. 

River, 242. 
Saw Mill, see under Mills. 
Sawtell, Henry William, 19. 

Nathaniel, 19. 
Sawyer, Benjamin, 447. 

George, 20. 

Jonathan, 212. 

Josiah, 200. 

Nathaniel, Jr., 440. 

Parker, 441. 

Reuben, 210, 211. 

Stephen, 64. 

Sylvanus, 21. 

Sylvanus, Jr., 21. 
Sawyer's Creek, 241. 
Saybrook, 232. 
Sayre, Theodore, 23. 
Sayword, George, 48. 
Scales, William, 324, 328, 329, 
391, 393. 

Scammon, Mr. , 345. 

Scarappa, see Saccarappa. 
Scarborough, 4, 24, 70, 230. 
Schenck, Andrew, 130. 
Scituate, 229. 
Scott, James, 112, 224. 
Scowhegan Falls, 26. 
Scribner, John, 303. 

Stephen, 18. 
Seamor, 1 

Seamour, I Col. James, 64. 
Samor, J 

Nathaniel, 64. 

Nathaniel, second, 64. 
Sears, Willard, 23. 
Sebago Ponds, 440. 
Sedgwick, Mr. , 98. 

Theodore, 30, 35, 40, 42, 50, 60, 
62, 71, 95, 98, 102, 106, 109, 
112, 117, 118, 119, 123, 124, 
130, 138, 140, 141, 345. 
Segar, Nathaniel, 14. 
Seven Mild Brook, 21. 
Sever, W., 384. 
Sevey, Joseph, 416. 



INDEX 



475 



Sevill, Samuel, Jr., 135. 

Sewall, Judge , 382. 

Mr. , 365, 448. 

David, 437. 
Daniel, 52. 
Dummer, 23, 108, 109, 222, 305, 

309, 345, 355, 432. 
Henry, 23. 
Nicholas, 56. 
Sewaydabscoke Stream, the, 356. 
Sexton, David, 71. 
Seymour, John, 101. 
John, Jr., 101. 
Joseph, H., 101. 
Shackford, John, 119, 120, 186. 
Shad, 37, 334, 400, 408, 409. 
Shapleigh, 3, 28, 29, 311, 312, 418, 
422, 427, 428, 444, 445. 
Proprietors, the, 28. 
Steven, 326. 
Sharpe, Elisha, 433. 
Shattuck, Moses, 345. 
Shaw, Benjamin, 192. 
Elisha, 23. 

Francis, 320, 321, 322. 
Francis, Jr., 320. 
James, 24, 442. 
John, Jr., 43, 44. 
Joseph, H., 402. 
Joshua, 23, 331. 
Josiah, 101. 
Jotham, 60. 
Levi, 19. 
Samuel, 19. 
Sargant, 18. 
Shed, John, 15. 
Sheepscot River, 189. 

Sheldon, Col. , 379. 

Shepardstown, 4. 
Sheperdson, Amos, 21. 
Sheppardsfield, 24, 418, 421. 
Sherburne, 229, 243. 

Samuel, 379. 
Sherman, Nathan, 48, 364. 
Shorey, Benjamin, 311. 
Jacob, 423. 
Samuel, 311. 
Shurtleff, James, 23, 170, 187. 
Shute, Benjamin, 224, 414. 

Benjamin, Jr., 223. 
Sidney, Algernon, name given to 

Eastern River, 227. 
Sidney Bridge Lottery, 225, 226, 
227. 
River, 227. 
Silverton, David, 139. 
Silvester, David, 90, 179, 192, 226, 
317, 373. 
see also Sylvester. 



Simmons, Ichabod, 15. 

Samuel, 327. 

Zebeda, 215. 

Simon, , 18. 

Simonds, Samuel, 326. 
Simonton, Andrew, 184. 

Ebenezer, 184. 

John, 48, 362, 363. 

Jonathan, 184. 
Simpson, Jeremiah, 64. 

Jonathan, 64. 

Nathaniel, 56. 
Simson, Benjamin, 19. 

John, 403. 
Sinnipuxent, 236. 
Siwall, D., 384. 
Skewarkey, 241. 
Skinner, Daniel, 403. 

Tompson, T., 314. 
Slocum, Holden, 184. 
Small, Benjamin, 48, 364. 

Edward, 199, 200. 

Elisha, 416. 

Francis, 149. 

George, 443. 

Isaac, 136, 443. 

Jonathan, 441. 
Smith, , 48. 

Mr. , of Pembroke ,185. 

Asa, 373. 

Cheney, 226. 

China, 22. 

Cyrill, 15. 

Daniel, 18. 

David, 209, 210. 

Henry, 41, 126. 

Isaac, 20. 

James, 22, 403. 

Jasiel, 17. 

John, 126. 

John H., 70. 

John K., 440. 

Jonathan, 151. 

Joseph, 23. 

Josiah, 25. 

Mathias, Jr., 15. 

Nathaniel, 64, 143. 

Nathaniel, Jr. 

Oliver, 47, 364. 

Roger, Jr., 373. 

Samuel, 18. 

Simon, 402. 

Stephen, 308, 320, 322. 

Theophilus, 151. 

Thomas, 170, 344. 

Rev. Thomas, 122. 

Troheth, 402. 

Wm., 192. 
Smith's Point, 238, 339. 



476 



DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Smithfield, Maine, 169, 170. 

Va., 237, 238, 286. 
Snow, Amasa, Jr., 402. 

Benjamin, 402. 

Ebenezer, 345. 

Edward, 402. 

Harding, 402. 

Isaac, 339, 340. 

Philip, 19. 

Reuben, 402. 

Samuel, 339. 

Thomas, 402. 
Snowhill, Maryland, 236, 243. 

Maryland, District of, 235, 236, 
286. 
Snowman, John, 112. 
Sollson, Ebenezer, 402. 
Somer's Point, 235. 
Song's River, 153. 
Soule, James, 24. 

John, 16. 

Jonathan, 19. 
South Carolina, 241, 244, 282. 

Carolina, District Court of, 394. 
South Kingston, 231. 
South Quay, 237, 239, 286. 
Spain, 275, 286. 
Spalding, Timothy, 364. 
Spaulding, Benjamin, 17, 102. 

Eleazer, 21. 

Eleazer, 2nd., 21. 

Josiah, 21. 

Seth, 21. 

Timothy, 48. 
Spear, Isaac, 48. 

Joshua, 447. 
Speaven, John, Jr., 20. 

Joseph, 20. 

William, 20. 
Spencer, David, 20, 112. 

Isaac, 20. 

John, 153. 

Solomon, 20. 
Spooner, Benjamin, 390. 

W., 46, 384. 

Walter, 151. 
Sprague, James, 21. 

John, 63, 75, 136, 442. 

Thomas, 23. 

William, 21. 
Spring, Seth, 18. 
Springer, Stutley, 44. 
Springfield, 97. 
Sproull, James, 302. 
Spry-Hampton, 29, 168. 
Square Pond, 445. 
Stacey, Bena., 303. 
Stackpole, Absalom, 312. 



Stackpole, continued. 

James, 373. 

Samuel, 19. 
Stacy, Nymphas, 373. 
Stagpole, John, 148, 150. 
Stain, John, 409. 
Stamford, 233. 
Stanchfeld, James, 442. 
Standish, 4, 18. 

Lemuel, 23. 
Standle, David, 19. 
Stanley, Nathaniel, 15. 

Solomon, 16. 
Stantan, Paul, 303. 
Stanton, Benjamin, 303. 
Staples, John, 224. 

Josiah, 17. 

Miles, 224. 

William, 224. 
Starbird, Jethro, 63, 135. 
Starbord, John, 143. 
Starret, Thomas, 159, 171. 
Stearns, Amos, 15. 
Stearns. Isaac, 122. 

Joael, 443. 

Stebbins, Mr. , of Wilbra- 

ham, 185. 
Stenchfield, Ephraim, 442. 

James, 25. 

Josiah, 18. 

Rogers, 14. 

Thomas, 14. 
Stenyard, Sol°., Jr., 20. 
Stephenson, John, 344. 
Stevens, Mr. , 75. 

Abraham, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 178. 

Amos, 404. 

Asa, 22. 

Ebenezer, 18. 
Stevens, Jacob, 16, 378. 

Jacob, Jr., 16. 

James, 16, 443. 

John, 19, 22, 397. 

John, Jr., 22, 398. 

Jonas, 62. 

Jonathan, 21, 416. 

Nathaniel, 25, 48, 364. 

Nehemiah, 48. 

Paul, 442. 

River Bridge, 330, 331. 

Samuel, 15. 

Thomas, 48. 

William, 441. 
Steward, Daniel, 21. 

Phineas, 20. 

Samuel, 20. 

William, 20. 
Stickney, John, 15. 



INDEX 



Stiles, Enoch, 16.6 

Noah, 16. 
Stillings, Peter, 312. 
Stillman, George, 416. 
Stilmonkent, 403. 
Stimson, Mr. , 181. 

John, 359. 
Stinchfield, James, 25; see also 

Stenchfield. 
Stinson, Ephraim, 180. 

John, 33, 34, 192. 

Thomas, 439. 

William, 171. 
Stirrat, David, 22. 
Stockbridge, Joseph, 16. 
Stockman, Jacob, 23. 

Jonathan, 24. 

Samuel, 23. 
Stoddard, David, 22. 
Stoddart, David, 345. 
Stonington, 232, 245, 286. 

Port of, 232. 
Storer, Woodbury, 122. 
Stover, William, 111. 
Stowell, Samuel, 63, 443. 
Stratford, 233. 
Stratton, Hezekiah, 19. 
Streeter, John, 16. 
Strickland, Jn°., 17. 
Strout, David, 184. 

William, 184. 
Stubbs, Jeremiah, 447. 

Jonathan, 447. 

Joseph, 402. 

Samuel, 402. 

Samuel, Jr., 402. 
Sudbury Canada, 318. 
Suffolk, Va., 237, 238, 286. 
Suffolk County, Mass., 230, 310, 
327, 417. 

Sullivan, Ebenezer, 420, 427. 

J. A., 436. 

James, 395. 

John, 57. 

Jonathan, 50. 
Sumner, Davis, 23. 

T., 385, 386. 
Sunbury, Georgia, District of, 
242, 244, 286. 

Sunday, Capt. , 152, 153. 

Sunday's Deed, 147, 148, 149. 
Sunday's Rocks, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 
154. 
Sunner, Judge; see Sumner, T. 
Susquehannah, 235. 
Swan, Gustavus, 357. 

James, 14. 

James, Jr., 14. 



Swan, continued. 

John, 357, 402. 

Robert, 357. 
Swansborough, 240, 286. 
Swansea, 118, 229. 
Swanton, William, Jr., 23. 
Sweetler, Richard, 135. 
Sweetser, John, 224. 

John, Jr., 224. 

Richard, 443. 
Swett, Shebna, 401. 

Solomon, 112, 403. 
Swift, Simeon, 14. 

Turner, 15. 
Sylvester, 17. 

Elisha, 17. 

Joseph, 344. 

see also Silvester. 
Sylvey's Landing, 236. 
Symons, Francis, 16. 

Thomas, 16. 



T 



Talbot, Peter, 308. 
Tapkins, Fradarik, 20. 
Tapley, Peltiah, 112. 
Tappahannock, Va., 243, 245. 

District of, 237, 238. 
Tarbell, Joseph, 21. 
Tarbox, Samuel, Jr., 440. 
Tarr, Seth, 34. 
Taunton River, 231. 
Taylor, John, 46. 384. 

William, 303. 
Tebbets, Isaac, 327. 

Samuel, 171, 327. 

Thomas, 327. 

Timothy, 326. 
Teele, John, 21. 
Temple, Ebenezer, 142, 327. 

Ichabod, 143. 

Isaac, 19. 

John, 143, 171, 326. 
Thacher, ) 
Thatcher, j Mr. , 112. 

Josiah, 81, 97, 162, 184, 204, 207, 
306, 355, 317. 
Thacher's Island Light Houses, 

377. 
Theobald, Philip, 373. 
Thorn, ) 

Thoms, j Capt. Samuel, 358, 359. 
Thomas, Mr. , 75, 97. 

Mr. , of Bridgewater, 193. 

Ebenezer Scott, 447. 

J., 216. 

Jesse, 214. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Thomas, coiiiiwicd. 

John, 403. 

Joshua, 214. 

Nathaniel, 15. 

Lieut. Samuel, 358. 

Waterman, 130. 

William, 403. 
Thomaston, 5, 46, 47, 67, 129, 230. 
Thompson, Mr. , of Tops- 
ham, 130. 

Aleck, 23. 

Alexander, 24. 

Benj., 24. 

Ezek., 24. 

Gen., 12. 

Isaac, S., 18. 

.Joel, 21. 

Miles, 312. 

Samuel, 12, 24, 25, 90, 98, 325, 
339, 373, 447. 

Thomas, 37. 

William, 13. 
Thomson, Joel, 433. 
Thorlo, John, 344. 
Thorndike, Mr. , 81. 

Benjamin, 184. 

Ebenezer, 182, 184, 198, 199. 

L., 95, 131. 

Paul, 199, 200. 
Thornton, Mikel, 112. 
Thrasher, John, 344. 
Thurel, Daves, 356. 
Thurlo, \ 
Thurlow, I Asa, 18, 356. 

Davis, 18. 

Elizabeth, widow, 356. 

Jeams, 18. 

John, 17, 60. 

Richard, 18, 356. 
Thurston, John, 439. 
Thwing, Nathaniel, 191, 373. 
Tibbets, ) 
Tibets, j Benjamin, 143. 

John, 403. 

Jonathan, 423. 

Nathaniel, 244. 

Samuel, 143. 
Tibbis, Andrew, 143. 
Tiber, Joseph, 305. 
Tilton, Elijah, 22, 373. 
Timmans, Joshua, 14. 
Tinkham, Seth, 192. 
Titcomb, Benjamin, 332, 333, 344, 
348. 

Joseph, 447. 

William, 318. 
Titwood, Benjamin, 22. 
Tiverton, 231. 
Tobey, Samuel, 20, 101. 



Todd, George, 23. 
Toll-Bridge rates, 12. 
Tompson, Samuel, 136, 442. 
Tomson, Mr. , 185. 

Mr. , of Topsham, 141. 

Topping, Luther, 18. 

Topsham, 5, 23, 25, 130, 141, 169, 

230, 391. 
Towle, David, 14. 
Town Creek, Maryland, 236, 243, 

245, 286. 
Town, ) 
Towne, ] Ephraim, 19. 

Israel, 171. 

Joseph, 20. 

Noah, 170. 

Sherebiah, 19. 
Township No. Eight, 406. 

No. Five, 67, 68, 103, 104, 113, 
114, 182, 184, 195, 196, 198, 
199, 203, 204. 

No. Four, 113, 114, 182, 184, 
195, 196, 198, 199, 203, 204. 

No. One, 113, 114, 154, 155, 182, 
184, 198, 199, 203, 204. 

No. Six, 113, 114, 182, 184, 195, 
198, 199, 200, 203, 204. 

No. Three, 5, 68, 111. 

No. Two, 199. 
Townships East of Union River, 
6, 68, 14, 182, 183, 184, 195, 
198, 199, 203, 204, 206, 380. 

West of Union River, 114, 196, 
206, 380. 

see also Plantations. 
Townson, Abram, 64. 
Tozer, John, 20. 
Trask, Robert, 364. 
Travis, Leonard, 381. 
Treat, Joshua, 224. 
Trescott, Lemuel, 416. 
Trevett, John, 64. 
True, Benjamin, 17. 

Henry, 20, 194. 

Jabez, 25. 

William, 25, 440. 
Tubbs, Ezra, 17. 
Tucker, Job, 19, 135. 

Joseph, 26, 27, 66, 67. 

Josiah, 345. 

Lemuel, 25, 441. 

William, 441. 
Tuft, 1 

Tuffts, ^Cotton, 31, 75, 141, 199, 
Tufts, J 204, 376. 

John, 20, 194, 195, 442. 

Joseph, 194. 
Tukey, William, 101. 
Tupper, Benj., 192. 



INDEX 



479 



Tapper, confiinicfl. 

James, 192, 373. 

William, 221. 

Turbett, , 145. 

Turner, 4. 

Adam, 441. 

Adam, Jr., 442. 

Christopher, 15. 

Consider, 374. 

Cornelius, 218, 374. 

Simeon, 373. 

William, 111. 
Tuttle, Elijah, 447. 
Twed, Sam., 303. 
Twitchel, Eleazer, 14. 

Jeremiah, 443. 
Tyiler, Joseph, 18. 
Tyler, Mr. , of Uxbridge, 185. 

John, 25, 440. 

Jonathan, 17. 
Tyng, Edward, 148. 

William, 175. 



U 



Union, 5, 158. 

River, 67, 182, 195, 200, 230, 

353, 354, 380. 
townships east of, 6, 68, 114, 

195, 198, 199, 203. 204, 206. 
River townships west of, 114, 

196, 206. 

United Netherlands, 275. 

United States, 32, 88, 89, 116, 
219, 228, 243, 246, 247, 249, 
250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 
256, 257, 259, 260, 263, 264, 
265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 271, 
274, 278, 279, 282, 283, 285, 
287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 
293, 295, 296, 297, 338, 342, 
370, 388, 394, 395, 435, 437. 
States Congress, 80, 227, 228, 

264, 297, 394, 395. 
States, President of, 290, 291. 

Upton, Mr. , 374. 

Urbanna, 238, 243, 245, 286. 

Usher, John, 146, 147. 

Uxbridge, 185. 



Vans, Mr. , 71. 

Varnum, Benjamin, 18. 

Joseph B., 97, 106, 112, 117, 118, 
193, 374. 



Varriell, Davis, 19. 
Richard, 18, 356. 
Richard, Jr., 18, 356. 
Samuel, Jr., 19. 
Vasselborough, 5, 76, 143. 
Vaughan, Charles, 192, 373. 
Veazie, John, 344. 
Verill, I 

Verrill, | .sec Varriell. 
Vessels, 44, 113, 156, 178, 227, 228, 
241, 243, 244, 245, 246, 248, 
250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 
256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 
262, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 
270, 271, 272, 274, 275, 276, 
278, 280, 283, 284, 287, 288, 
291, 292, 293, 294, 296, 297, 
321, 323. 
Betsey, the sloop; 178, 179. 
Endeavour, the sloop, 178. 
Lively, the schooner, 388, 389, 

390. 
Mercy, the schooner, 208, 209, 

210, 211, 212. 
Monmouth, the ship, 131. 
Vienna, Maryland, 236, 243. 

Maryland, District of, 235, 236. 
Vinalhaven, 306. 
Vinall, John, 306. 

William, 414. 
Virginia, 236, 237, 243, 244. 
Soldiers of the Continental 
Line, 394. 



W 

Wade, Thomas, 23. 
Wadsworth, Peleg, 22, 113. 
Wait, ) 
Waite, I John, 178, 344. 

Col. John, 358, 359. 

Stephen, 344. 

Thomas B., 22, 188, 189. 
Waker, Stephen, 21. 
Walcott, ) 
Wallcott, ] Ebenezer, 16. 

Michael, 16. 
Waldo Claim. 128. 

Lucy, 180, 182. 

Brigadier Samuel, 3, 10, 47, 
127, 128, 129, 140, 180, 217, 
363. 

Samuel, Jr., 180. 
Waldoborough, 5, 40, 127, 213, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 
230, 301, 316, 318. 
Wales, 5. 

Mr. , 75. 



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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY 



Walker, Mr. , 181. 

Ezekiel, 22. 

Isaac, 22, 397. 

John, 22. 

Joseph, 15, 22, 397. 

Capt. Micah, 159, 161. 

Samuel, 15, 22. 
Wallis, Capt. Joseph, Jr., 27, 28. 
Walpole, 5. 
Waltham, 204. 
Ward, A., ) 

Artemas, j 81, 96, 97, 184, 204. 

John, 46. 

Samuel, 136. 
Wardwell, Jeremiah, 111. 
Wareham, 229, 231. 
Warford, Andrew, 192. 
Warker, John, 21. 
Warren, 5, 158, 159, 171, 230, 231, 
232. 

David, 17. 

George, 172, 174, 373. 

J., )2, 11, 13, 42, 97, 98, 

James, ]" 103, 185. 

John, 17, 25, 441. 

Josiah, 21. 
Warwick, R. I., 231. 
Washburn, Mr. , 118. 

Benjamin, 442. 
Washington, 4. 

County, 300, 317, 328, 338, 346, 
364, 365, 406, 415, 416, 417. 

County Court House, 415, 416. 

County Goal, 415, 416. 

N. C, 240, 243, 244, 282. 

N. C, District of, 240. 

George, 219, 220, 297, 395. 
Wasson, John, 124. 

Nathan, 191. 
Waterborough, 3, 302, 304, 305. 
Waterford, 318. 
Waterhouse, Enoch, 416. 
Waterman, Daniel, 442. 

John, 440. 

Joseph, 24, 442. 

Joseph, Jr., 442. 

Robert, 442. 
Waters, Daniel, 19. 

Col. Josiah, 144. 

Josiah, 151, 152. 
Watson, David, 303. 

John, 443. 
Watts, Edward, 344. 
Waugh, James, 21. 

Thomas, 21. 
Waymouth, Timothy, 443. 
Weathersfield, 232. 
Webber, Mr. , 181. 

John, 440. 



Webber, continued. 

W., 124. 
Webster, John, 447. 

William, 62, 63, 135, 443. 

Wedgery, Mr. , 185. 

Weed, James, 48. 
Vfheeks, Joseph, 136, 344. 

Lem.uel, 332, 344, 414. 
Weeks, Natha., 447. 
Ween, James, 364. 
Welch, Edward, 23. 

Joseph, 426. 

Pat., 23. 

Samuel, 23. 
Wellcomo, Michael, 19. 
Wellfleet, 229. 
Wellman, Thomas, 15. 
Wells, 3, 145, 230, 302, 333. 

Mr. , 382. 

Joshua, 18. 

Nathaniel, 74, 84, 162, 355, 365, 
366, 436. 

Simeon, 25, 442. 
Wescot, Joshua, 60. 
Wessen, Bengman, 21. 
Wesserunsett, 85. 

River, 31, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 
92, 93, 96, 99. 
Wesson, Nathan, 373. 
West Indies, 44, 156, 178, 189, 

208, 210, 212, 236, 276. 

John, 48, 364. 
West New Jersey, 234. 
West Point, Va., 238, 243, 286. 
West, William Blay, 25. 
Westerly, 231, 232. 
Weston, John, 20. 

Sally, 175. 

Samuel, 20. 

William, 20. 
Westport, Mass., 125, 229, 231. 
Wetmore, William, 180, 182. 
Whaley, George, 148, 153, 154. 
Wheaton, Mason, 364. 
Wheeler, Benjamin, 111, 401. 

Henry, 441. 

Joseph, 327, 401. 

Joseph, Jr., 142. 

Robert, 401. 

Simon, 142, 327. 

William, 15, 402. 
Wheeler's Mills, 6, 223. 
Wheler, Joseph, 327. 
Whetcomb, John, 384. 
Whisgig River, 305, 309. 
Whitaker, Oliver, 16. 
Whitcomb, Zadoch, 447. 



INDEX 



481 



White, B., 384. 

Elijah, 23. 

Henary, 303. 

Hugh, 171. 

Jeremiah, 19. 

John. 20, 34, 38. 

Capt. John, 410, 411. 

Joseph, 23. 

Joshua, 20. 

Pete, 17. 

Thomas, 135. 
Whitham, Benjamin, 25, 402, 443. 

Ebenezer, 441. 

William, 442. 
Whiting, John, 433. 

John. Jr., 397. 

Jonathan, Jr., 16. 

Thurston, 215. 

William, 327. 
Whitman, Samuel, 20. 
Whitmore, Abraham, 142. 

Jacob, 60. 

John, 23. 
Whitney, Mr. , 345. 

Amos, 63, 64. 

Amos, 2nd., 64. 

Joel, 221, 353, 354. 

Capt. Joel, 27, 28. 

John, 64. 

Jonathan, 23. 

Jonathan, Jr., 23. 

Joseph, 64. 

Nathaniel, 64. 
Whittemore, Samuel, 442. 
Whittier, Ebenezer, 192, 373, 390. 
Whitten, John, 24. 

Thomas, 15. 
Wicomico River, 236. 
Widgery, William, 13, 25. 
Wiggen, Nicholas, 18. 
Wilbraham, 185. 
Wilcat, William, 64. 
Wilcut, Solomon, 135. 
Wilder, Abel, 98, 99, 193. 

Dixey, 303. 
Wiley, William, 22. 
Wilkins, David, 21. 

Williams, Mr. , of Waltham, 

204. 

John, 192. 

Jos., 15. 

Lemuel, 21. 

Obadiah, 373, 410. 

Oliver, 21. 

Thomas, 303. 

Zephimah, 21. 
Willson, ] 

Wilson, [ Ephraim, 19. 
Willsone, 



Willson, continued. 

Gowen, 355, 356. 

Huey, 23. 

Huey, 2nd., 23. 

James, 24. 

John, 23. 

Jonathan, 194. 

Capt. Joseph, 27. 

Nathaniel, 23. 

Samuel, 23, 143. 

Wilam, 23. 
Wilmington, Del., 243, 282. 

Del., Port of, 235. 

N. C, 240, 243, 244, 282. 

N. C, District of, 240, 244. 
Winchell, John, 24. 
Windham, 4, 70, 164, 165, 166. 
Windsor, Conn., 232. 

N C 241 
Wing, Paul, 15. 

Philip, 20. 

Reuben, 15. 

Thomas, 15. 
Winslow, 5, 19, 25, 26, 76. 

Barnabas, 25. 

Isaac, 128. 

Job, 70. 

Messrs., 130. 

Samuel, 128. 
Winter, Era., 331, 373. 
Winter Harbor, 371. 
Winthrop. 5, 15, 18, 76, 169, 403, 
404, 405, 411. 

Mr. , 141. 

Winton, 241. 

Wiscasset, ) 222, 225, 243, 298, 
Witchcaset, ] 299, 300, 301, 306, 
316, 317, 318, 352, 371. 

Company, 32, 86, 88, 97. 

District of, 228, 230. 

East Parish, 300, 316. 

Goal, 298, 301, 316. 

Harbor, 298, 316. 

Meeting House, 298, 301, 316, 
317. 

Point, 189, 190, 301, 302. 

Port, 179. 

Proprietors, 86. 
Wise, Michael, 303. 
Wiswell, Enoch, 22. 
Witherell, Charles, 21. 

Obadiah, 21. 
Wood, Abiel, 191, 226, 317, 373. 

Israel, 69. 

Jonathan, 23. 

Joseph, 69. 

Joseph, Jr., 69. 

Nathan, 21. 

Oliver, 21. 



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DOCUMENTAEY HISTOEY 



Wood, continued. 

Robert, 69, 

Samuel, 16. 
Woodward, William, 23. 
Woodbury, Moses, 441. 

Peter, 184. 
Woodman, David, 25, 345, 441. 

Isaiah, 443. 

John, 441, 443. 

Stephan, 22, 344. 

Thomas, 390. 

True, 443. 

Woods, Mr. 390. 

Wood's, Meadow, 243. 
Woodsum, Michael, 64. 
Woodward, Samuel, 192. 
Woolcott, Solomon, 19. 
Woolwich, 5, 42, 43, 78, 79, 82, 85, 

143, 410. 
Wooly, John, 303. 
Worcester County, 33, 310, 328. 
Work, James, 16. 
Woster, John, 18. 
Wright, Asa, 18. 
Wye River, 235. 
Wyman, Abraham, 409, 410. 

Daniel, 20. 

Francis, 38, 191. 

Josiah, 447. 

Nathaniel, 34. 



Yarmouth, 4. 
Yeocomico, 286. 

River, 239. 

River, District of, 237, 239. 
Yetter, Stephen, Jr., 19. 



York, 3, 26, 27, 48, 49, 50, 53, 55, 
57, 59, 66, 228, 230, 302, 304, 
312, 313, 314, 423, 425, 427, 
428, 430, 431, 436, 437, 444. 

Chase's Mill, 54. 

Court House, 55. 

Meeting House, 431. 

County, 1, 3, 11, 13, 15, 24, 33, 
48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 
63, 84, 94, 107, 109, 143, 144, 
150, 152, 162, 302, 304, 310, 
311, 313, 318, 328, 367, 377, 
378, 381, 396, 418, 419, 420, 
421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 428, 
430, 437. 

County Records, 52, 149. 

District of, 228, 229. 
York, Isaac, 14. 

John, 14. 

Joseph, 180. 

Nathaniel, 303. 

River, 55, 238. 

Robert, 136, 137. 

Robart, 443. 

Samuel, 333. 

Woods, 53. 
Yorktown, Va., 238, 243, 245, 282. 

Va., District of, 237, 238. 
Young, Alexander, 224. 

Caleb, 60. 

Charles, 345. 

Daniel, 64. 

Job, 17. 

Joseph, 447. 

Nathaniel, 63, 136. 

Samuel, 224. 

Hoy, Hugh, 327. 

David, 421. 

Nathaniel, 326, 327. 



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