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Full text of "Documents and records relating to the State of New-Hampshire : during the period of the American revolution, from 1776 to 1783 ; including the constitution of New-Hampshire, 1776 ; New-Hampshire declaration for independence ; the Association test, with names of signers &c. ; Declaration of American Independence, July 4, 1776 ; the Articles of Confederation, 1778"

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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS 



RELATING TO THE 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE 

DURING THE PERIOD OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 

FROM 1776 TO 1783; 



Including the Constitution of New-Hampshire, 1776 ; New-Hampshire Declaration for 

Independence ; the " Association Test," with names of Signers, &c. ; 

Declaration of American Independence, July i, 177G; 

the Articles of Confederation, 1778. 



Published BY authority of the legislature of new-hAmpshire. 



university' 

OF 

COMPILED and edited BY 

NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D. 

Corresponding Secretary of the 27eie-HampsMrc Historical Society. 



CONCORD, N. H. : 

EDWARD A. JENKS, STATE PRINTER. 
1S74. 



ft, 



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NOTICE 



JOINT RESOLUTION, passed by the Legislature of New-Hampshire. 

Resolved by (he Senate and House of Representatives in General Court 
convened, That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and 
empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some 
Buitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money 
in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to collect, arrange, tran- 
scribe, and superintend the publication of such portions of the early 
State and Provincial Records, and other State Papers of New-Hainp- 
shire, as the Governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred 
copies of each volume of the same be printed by the State Printer and 
distributed as follows: namely, one copy to each City and Town in the 
State, one copy to such of the Public Libraries of this State as the 
Governor may designate, two hundred copies to the New-Hampshire 
Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the 
State Librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for 
similar publications issued by other States. 
Approved July G, 1SC6. 



EDITOR'S PREFACE. 



Readers of this volume will please understand that the 
"Provincial" history of New-Hampshire terminated "with the 
publication of Volume VII, 1766-1776. This volume is a con- 
tinuation of documents and papers relating to New-Hampshire, 
after it assumed government and took the name, first, of Colony, 
and then of State of New-Hampshire, The Colonial period 
continued about one year. Why it was called a "Colony" the 
editor has found no declared reasons ; though it appears that all 
the other Provinces, Colonies, or States assumed the same de- 
signation, and were spoken of during the early part of the Revo- 
lution as the United Colonies of America, as they were claimed 
to be colonies of Great Britain. 

This volume will be found to be of great value, as containing 
the First Constitution that was adopted by authority of the 
people of New-Hampshire, 1776, which is claimed and under- 
stood to be the first that was adopted in any State or Colony in 
the Union. It contains, also, the New-Hampshire Declaration 
for Independence, — the "Association Test," as it was called, — in 
which are found the names of all the male inhabitants of Xew- 
Hampshire above twenty-one years of age, — about 8,199 in 
number, — who signed it, and the names also of 773 who refused 
to sign it.(l) Readers will take notice that the names attached 
to the Association Test are not repeated in the Index. 

Although, under advice, the editor has found it necessary to 
omit from the proceedings of the General Assembly much mat- 

(1) The above statement was made by the late John Farmer, Es^., but a careful 
count may, perhaps, vary the sum total. — Ed. 






iv EDITOR S PREFACE. 

ter relating to personal and town affairs, yet he has carefully 
copied and included in this volume whatever records, docu- 
ments, and correspondence he could find relating to the part 
which New-Hampshire took in the Revolution. In this regard 
New-Hampshire has a proud history: she furnished her full 
quota of men from time to time, and her officers and soldiers 
did noble service for liberty. 

The editor regrets that the undue size of this volume, — with 
matter which could not be omitted, — renders it necessary to 
defer the proceedings of the Conventions which were called to 
settle a form of government for the State, and which resulted 
in the adoption of a new Constitution in 1783. He hopes, how- 
ever, to find ample space for the same in a subsequent volume. 

The editor desires to express, publicly, his acknowledgments 
to their Excellencies, Governors Ezekiel A. Straw and James 
A. Westox, for the interest they have taken in this publication, 
and the encouragement which, by their counsels, they have 
given him in his work. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



VOLUME VIII. 



1776. 
Jan. 



Journal of the House .... 

New-Hampshire takes the name of a Colony 

Takes np Civil Government .... 

Petition of Inhabitants of Newtown 

Councillors chosen for each County 

Letter from Pierse Loug, Esq. 

Rules for the House of Representatives . 

Justices and other officers appointed 

Dissent and Protest from Portsmouth, &c, against 

ing up Government ..... 
More justices & County officers appointed 
Letter from General Washington . 
An anonymous letter — offensive 
Letter from Thomas W k Waldron . 

County officers 

Letter to and from General Washington 

Letter from General Sullivan 

Note, relating to the name of Hobart . 

Condition of the people at Gosport 

Letter from General Sullivau, relating to Quebec 

Order from Gen. Sullivan .... 

Letter frem General Washington . 

Letter from John Hancock — Resolves of Congress 

Letter from Gen. Sullivan .... 

Letter from Meshech Weare to Gen. Washington 

Letter to Gen. Washington .... 

Orders from Committee of Safety to Joseph Wait 

Orders to Israel Morey & John Bellows 

Letter from Josiah Bartlett, in Congress 



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Pages 

1-67 

1-3 

2-4 

4 

6 

6 

8 

10,11 

14-17 
IS 
22 

25-27 
28 

28,29 

30-35 

30-32 
32 
34 

36, 37 
3S 
38 

39-41 
42 
42 
43 
46 
46 

48,49 



VI 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



1776. 
•Jan. 



Feb. 



Oaths to be administered 

Complaint against Adam Stuart, of Londonderry 
Instructions to Committee to visit Gen. Washington 

Letter from Gen. Sullivan 

Justices of the several Courts .... 
Litter to the Continental Congress, with documents and 
petition 



Correspondence 

Letter from General Washington, relating to certain ac 

counts 

Petition of Capt. Titus Salter .... 

Letters to certain towns to return census 

r to Col. John Bellows 

Letter to Col. Morey and Maj. Bellows — instructions 
Letter from Stephen Moylan, relating to Col. John Stark 
Letter of Acknowledgment made by Col. Stark 
Court of Inquiry relative to Col. Stark's conduct . 
Petition to Congress for Continental troops . 
Letter to Hon. John Hancock .... 
Letter from Committee of Safety to Col. Morey . 
Letter from Col. John Langdon to Com tee of Safety 
Letter to the Committee of Safety from a French gen 

tleman 

Letters from Hon. Josiah Bartlett, in Congress . 
Letter from Hon. Wm. Whipple, in Congress 
Letter from Hon. John Langdon . 

Journal of the House, resumed 

List of Members [see Index of Names] . 

A regiment of 300 men to be raised 

Orders from Gen. Washington, on Dorchester Heights 

Gr( n. Howe to leave Boston 

Letter from Col. Morey to the Committee of Safety 
Letter from Col. Bedel to the Committee of Safety 
Instructions to Col. Henry Gerrish 

Letter to Col. Bedel 

Letter from Meshech Weare to Gen. Washington 
Letter from Gen. Washington to Meshech Weare 
Letter from Capt. Titus Salter, a guard at Fort Point 
Letter from Gen. Sullivan, with a list of Col. John Wal 

dron's regiment 

On making Copper Coin 



Pages 
50 

52, 53 
54 
55 

61-64 

67 
68-77 

68 
68 
69 
69 
69 
70 
70 
71 
71 
72 
72 
73 

74 

75,76 

76 

77 

78-114 
78-80 
84 
85 
86 
87,88 
89 
89 
90 
91 
91 
92 

92,93 
94 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Vll 



1776. 
Feb. 



Apr. 



May. 



June. 



Pages 

Regimental officers appointed 91 

Price of Salt petre 98 

Letter from Col. John Goffe, relating to fish ... 99 
Memorial and Petition of Dr. Hall Jackson . . . 100, 101 

Certificates relating to Dr. Jackson .... 101 
Permission to Capt. Eliphalet Ladd to sail for "West 

Indies 102 

A Proclamation by the Council & Assembly . . . 103 

Letter from Capt. James Osgood 104 

Letter from Col. Timothy Bedel 104 

Letter from Thomas Johnson 105 

Appointment of a Commissary 109 

Correspondence 115-132 

Hanover Committee, relating to counterfeit money . 115-117 

Letter for Gen. Sullivan 117-119 

Orders to Capt. Titus Salter, and his return . . . 119, 120 

Letter to Gen. "Ward, and answer .... 120 

Letter from Hon. William Whipple .... 121 

Order to Col. David Gilman ...... 121 

Instructions to Pierse Long, Esq 121 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock, with Resolves of Con- 
gress 122 

Letter from Col. David Gilman, relating to officers and 

soldiers . 123 

Letter from Meshech Weare to Hon. Thomas Cushing 123 

Letter from John Hancock, with resolves of Congress 124 

Letter from Wm. Whipple 125 

Resolve of Congress for the Colonies to take up Gov- 
ernment 126 

Orders to General Folsom ...... 126 

Resolves of Congress, relating to supplying Militia, &c. 127 

Letter from John Hancock 128, 129 

Letter from our delegates in Congress .... 129 

List of Representatives [see Index, Names] . . . 130, 131 

Journal of the House, resumed .... (1)133 

Business to be transacted 134 

Order to Capt. Henry Gerrish 134 

A bridge to be built at New Castle .... 136, 164 
Letter from Col. David Gilman 138 



(1) On p. 133, for James Bellows, read James Bettou.— Ed. 



Vlll 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



177G. 
June. 



Committee to draft a Declaration of Independence 
Civil officers appointed 

Letter from Selectmen of Hanover . 

Address and Petition of Maj. James Hackett 



July. 



Pages 

139 

139, 140 

140 

142 



County officers appointed— Acts passed . . (1)143 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock to the General Assem- 
bly 

Letter from our delegates in Congress 

Letter from Hon. Josiah Bartlett . 

Declaration of Independence . 

Letter to Hon. John Hancock 

Letter from Josiah Bartlett to John Langdon 

Letter from Commissioners in Canada, relating to Col 
Bedel, &c 

Resolve of Congress, relating to clothing for soldiers 

Persons inimical to the Country .... 

Proclamation of Admiral Howe .... 

Letter from Admiral Howe to Gov. John "Wentworth 

Letter to General Schuyler, relating to hard money 

Major Robert Rogers, suspected . 

Letter from John Hancock, with resolves 

Bills to be emitted, form of . 

Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey — note 

Alarms in Coos County, petition, &c. . 

Letter from Col. Benj a Bellows, asking for arms, &c 

County officers appointed .... 

Letter from Hon. Meshech "Weare to Gen. "Ward 

Letter from Hon. Meshech "Weare to General Court of 
Massachusetts 

Alarms at Walpole .... 

Petition from Plymouth 

Powder to sundry towns 

Regiments for the reinforcement in Canada 

Order of Gen. Folsom to Capt. James Gage 

Order of Gen. Folsom to Capt. Stephen Peabody 

Letter from the Selectmen of AVakefield 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler 

Letter from the Selectmen of Rochester 

Letter from Gen. Sullivan 

Hand-bills issued — call for soldiers 

Court Maritime Fees .... 



144 



146. 147 
147 

147. 148 
149 

151, 152 
152 

153 
153 

156 
159 
160 
161 
163 

165-167 

169, 191 
171 

172, 173 
173 

174, 175 
178 



178, 



179 
180 
181 
185 
186 
186 
187 
187 
188 
188 
189 
192 
198 



(1) On p. 143, for Benjamin Baker, read Barker.— Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



IX 



1776. 

July. Declaration of In 


dependency, U. S. 


. 


PAGES 

200-203 


Returns of the " Association Test 


" 1776. 




[Returns from towns 


in the 


order in which 


they are 




printed in the following pa 


ges . 




204-296 


5j£g= Names not 


repeated in the Iudex.- 


-Ed.] 






Non- 






Kon- 


Signers. 


Signers. 




Signers. 


Sujners. 


Amherst 201 


4 


Hinsdale 


35 


10 


Allenstown 21 


1 


Hopkintown 


161 


14 


Alstead 66 


4 


Keene 


133 


13 


Acworth ~) 32 





Kensington 


118 


20 


Lemster(l) [■ 24 





Kingstown 


150 


14 


Unity ) 26 


4 


Lebanon 


87 





Atkinson 97 





Exeter? [imperfect] 48 




Barnstead 37 





Leavittstown (Effingham) 




Barrington 200 


12 




17 





Bedford S7 


1 


Lee 


142 


14 


Boscawen(2) 108 


1 


Londonderry 


375 


15 


Bow 63 





Loudon 


69 





Brentwood 160 


18 


Meredith 


48 





Canterbury 128 





Monadnock No. 


5 (Marlboro') 


Claremont 84 


10+31 




50 


5 


Chester 221 





New Boston 


108 





Chesterfield 139 


13 


New Castle 


57 


4 


Concord 156 





Newington 


67 


3 


Conway, &c. 55 





Newmarket 


164 


38 


Deerfield 157(3) 


20 


North Hampton 


116 





Deering 33 


2 


[Newport — see p. 282.] 




Derryfield 47 





Northwood 


61 


1 


Dublin 57(4) 





Nottingham 


104 


25 


Dunbarton 59 


10 


Nottingham W. 


(Hudson) 




Dunstable [no return] 






118 


1 


Canaan ) 24 
Enfield | 13 





Packersfield (Nels< 


1 





Pembroke 


129 


9 


Epping 209 


11 


Peterborough 


84 





Epsom 68 


2 


Piermont(o) 


35 





Exeter — [no complete 




Portsmouth 


509 


46 


returns; seep. 248.] 




Raby (Brookline) 23 





East Kingston 78 


3 


Richmond 


156 


12 


Francestown [no return] 




Rindge 


150 





Gilmanton 115 


32+21 


Rochester 


198 


22 


Gilsom 42 





Rye 


123 





Hampton 174 


o 


Salem 


171 


36 


Hampstead 97 


21 


Salisbury 


83 


2 


Hampton-falls [no return] 




Sanbornton 


80 


1 


Hawke (Danville) 74 


4 


Sandown 


103 


7 


Henniker 51 


22 


Sandwich 


37 


9 


Hillsborough 35 


1 









(1 ) Iii Lempster, for the name Trugrace, read Freegrace. 

(2) In Boscawen, for Williii Welch', read Miriek; and for Jerome Little, read Friend. 

(3) By error, 101. 

(4) By error, 22. 

(5) Dorchester was classed with Piermont. — Ed. 

lA 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Newport") 36 

Croydon >■ 31 

Saville ) 1.8 

Society Land (Antrim) 

25 
South Hampton 
Stratham 
Surry 

1776. 
July. 



85 

131 

42 



Kon- 


4 




4 

42 





Temple 

Wakefield 

Weare 

"Westmoreland 

Wilton 

Winchester 

Wyndham 



Signers. 

84 

62 
131 
130 
128 
103 

96 



Correspondence 

Alarm on the Frontiers. Meeting in Hanover 
Petition from Lebanon asking assistance 
Letter from J. Hurd, Esq. Appeal for help 
Petition from Conway for assistance 
Letter from Capt. Ira Allen 

Orders to Benj a Giles 

Portsmouth instructions to Representatives . 
Commission for Col. Isaac Wyman 
Orders to Capt. David Woodward 
Letter from Committee in Kittery 
Letter to the Selectmen of New Market 
Letter from Capt. Robert Parker 
Letter to Capt. Jeremiah Eames — instruction 
Letter from Maj. Jonathan Child 
Letter from Committee in Moultonborough . 
Letter to Hon. John Hancock 
Letter from Capt. William Barron 
Letter from Col. John Hurd 
Order respecting Samuel Dyer, of Berwick . 
Orders to Col. Joshua Wingate . 
Direction for Col. Jacob Bailey for raising men 
Letter from Portsmouth Committee about Capt. Roach 
Letter from Portsmouth Committee relating to Mrs 
Livius ...... 

Order to Brig. Gen. Stark . 

Letter from Beuj a Giles 

Letter from Col. Hurd 

Letter from Col. Joshua Wentworth . 

Letter from Col. John Bellows 

Complaint of Zacheus Clough, of Poplin 

Certificate for Zacheus Clough, of Popliu 



Con- 
signers, 
o 

41 
6 
2 

15 
(1)3 

Pages 
297-318 
297 
29S 
298 
299 
300 
300 
301 
302 
302 
303 
303 
303 
304 
304 
305 
305 
306 
306 
308 
308 
308 
309 

309 
310 
310 
311 
311 
311 
312 
312 



(1) Persons who add the above returns may find a different sum total from that stated 
iu the text, i>. 204.— Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



XI 



1776. 
July. 



Augr. 



Sept. 



Oct. 



Pages 

Petition from Warren for fire-arms, &c. . . . 313 

Letter from Col. David Gilman 313 

License for Mrs. Livius to go to Quebec . . . 313 

Letter to Benj a Giles 314 

Orders to Lieut. John Gilman ..... 314 

Letter from Col. John Hurd 314 

Letter from M. S. Metcalf to Col. Bailey ... 316 

Letter from Col. Wait to Col. Hurd .... 316 

Letter from Col. Hurd to Meshech Weare . . . 317 

Letter from Eleazer Russell to Meshech Weare . . 317 

Proclamation by Gen. Howe . 318 

Journal of the House, resumed .... 319-357 

List of members [see Index — "Names"] . . . 319-321 
Massachusetts Resolves, relating to the ship Raleigh . 322 

Report of Committee, and papers relating to Asa Porter 324-331 
New Hampshire assumes the name of State of New- 
Hampshire ........ 332 

Special Convention, proceedings of 337, (1)338 

Form of oath to be taken by Representatives . . 341 

Form of precept for calling a new House . . . 342, 343 
Special Convention, proceedings of ... . 319-351 

Resolve of Congress for raising an army during the war, 349 
Letter from Hon. John Hancock, relating to enlistments, 351 
Pay-roll of members of the Convention, . . . 356 

Correspondence 358-396 

Letter from Charlestown Committee to Gen. Gates . 358 

Letter from Col. Moulton to N. H. Committee of Safety, 359 

Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey 360 

Letter from Col. Thomas Stickney .... 360 

Letter from J. Brackett, relating to ship Prince George, 360 
Letter from Portsmouth Committee, relating to a 

billiard table 361 

Letter from John Hancock, relating to an attack on 

New York ........ 

Letter from Selectmen of Charlestown to N. H. Com. 

of Safety ........ 

Letter from Eleazer Russell, on Maritime fees 
Letter from Col. David Gilman, on being superseded, 
Resolution of Congress, relating to gunpowder, . 
Orders to Col. Benjamin Bellows, jun. 



361 

362 
363 
365 

366 
366 



(1) On p. 338, for Capt. Sutler., read Salter.— Ed. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



177G. Pages 

Oct. Letter from Col. Hurd, relating to Hangers at Cohos 366 
Letter from General Washington, on exchange of 

prisoners, ........ 367 

Letter from X. H. Committee of Safety to Gen. Ward 368 

Petition in favor of Lt. Abraham Perkins . . . 368 

Col. John Langdon's return of enlisting men . . 369 

Letter from Col. Bailey, relating to affairs in Canada 369 

Resolves of Congress, relating to blankets, &c. . . 370 

Letter from Gen. Ward 370 

Letter from Andrew Colburn to Matthew Thornton 371 
Letter from Col. Wigglesworth, relating to sickness at 

Crown Point ........ 371 

Resolves of Congress, relating to Physicians, &c. . . 372 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock on same subject . . 373 

Petition of Joshua Heath, of Conway .... 373 

Resolves of Congress, relating to the army . . . 374-376 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock on the same . . 377 

Letter from Joseph Whipple, relating to roads, &c. . 377 

Representation relative to Capt. Jere. Eames . . 378 
Tories sent from New York to New-Hampshire — names 379-38-4 

Letter from France to N. H. Committee of Safety . 385 

Instructions to Committee sent to Ticonderoga . . 3S6 

Introduction to Gen. Washington .... 387 

Letter from Col. Thomas Tash to Com. of Safety . 388 

Letter from Col. Joseph Welch 388 

Letter from Hon. John Jay, of New York, relating to 

tories 389 

Order of Col. Rob' Van Ransilaer about tories . . 390 
Letter from Col. Blanchard relating to raising men at 

Ticonderoga for the army ..... 390 
Col. Blanchard's Report of Commissioned officers, &c. 391, 392 
Letter of thanks from Gen. Gates to N. H. officers and 

soldiers 392 

Inlisting orders to Capt. Joshua Abbot . . . 393 
Action of N. H. Com. of Safety relative to New York 

tories 393 

Certificate &c, relating thereto 394 

Letter from Hon. Wm. Whipple relating to the army . 395 

Resolve of Congress for a supply of shoes for the army 396 

Nov. Journal of the House — resumed .... 397-427 
List of members — names [see Index — " Names"] . . 397-400 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Xlll 



1776. 

Nov. 



Dec. 



1777. 
Jan. 



County officers appointed 

Restrictions on tory prisoners .... 

Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey, relating to Indians 

Resolves of General Assembly of Massachusetts . 

Resolves of General Assembly of Rhode Island . ' 

Letter from Governor Trumbull, of Connecticut . 

Letters from Gen. Charles Lee to Gov. Bowdoin . 

Letter from Col. Anthony Wayne to Col. Hurd . 

Letter from Gov. Cooke, of R. I., to N. H. Assembly, &c 

Letter from Gov. Cooke to Gov. Bowdoin, of Mass. 

Letter from Hon. Meshech Weare to Gov. Bowdoin 

An embargo ordered 

Names of muster-masters, &c. 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler 

Day of Fasting and Prayer 

Letter from John Man, a prisoner 

Letter from Hon. Meshech Weare to our Delegates in 
Congress relating to troubles in Grafton County, &c, 
in Hanover, Lyme, Haverhill; also, in Acworth, Ches- 
terfield, Marlow, &c, &c 

Letter from Gen. Geo. Measam, commissary of cloth- 
ing, with Resolves of Congress 

Letter from Gen. Washington on exchange of prisoners 

Jourxal of a new House of Representatives 

List of Members [see Index — "Names"] 

Affairs in Rhode Island — Gov: Cooke 

Letter relating to New York prisoners in Exeter . 

Letter from Doct. Peter Green, of Concord . 

Col. Asa Porter — reward offered for his apprehension 

Delegates to Congress chosen .... 

Letter from Capt. Eliphalet Daniels 

Letter to Hon. John Hancock .... 

Letter to our delegates in Congress 

Letter from Col. Pierse Long, relating to the schooner 

George 

Letter from Capt. Thomas Thompson — on the same 
Letter relating to Washington's victory at Trenton 
Letter from Gen. Heath on the same 
Letter from Hon. Matthew Thornton . 
Letter from Col. Peirse Long, — explanatory 
Officers of the schooner George placed in Concord 
Letter from John Jay, on New York prisoners 



Pages 
401 
403 
405 
406 
406 
407 
407, 410 
410,411 
411 
411 
412 
412 
415 
417 
419 
419 



420-425 

426 
426 

428-471 
428-430 
431, 432 
434 
435 
436 
437 
438 
439 
440 

443 
444 
444 
445 
445 
446 
447 
448 



XIV 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



1777. Pages 

Jan. Report on affairs in Grafton county .... 450 

Certificates of money sent to New-Hampshire . . 453 

Prices of sundry articles fixed 455, 471 

Letter relating to John Powell, a deserter . . . 458 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler, relating to Ticonderoga . 460 

Letter from Hon. John HaDcock on the same . . 460 

Letter from Gen. "Ward 462 

Resolves of Massachusetts, concerning Ticonderoga . 462 

Propositions relating to couriers for New England . 462 

Report relating to Continental battalions, &c. . . 464 

Military officers appointed 466 

Letter from Col. John Langdon, relating to lead and 

flints 467 

Prisoners of war to be exchanged 468 

Correspondence 472-502 

Letter from Col. Peirse Long ..... 472 
Letter from Gov. Bowdoin of Mass., relating to a 

privateer 473 

Letter from Timothy Walker, jun., relating to tories . 473 

Letter from H. Wentworth on the same . . . 474 

Commissary orders to Nich s Gilman .... 474 

Orders to Capt. John Haven about prisoners . . 474 

Letter from Joshua Gidney, a prisoner .... 475 
List of British prisoners sent from N. H. to R. I. . 476, 477 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler, relating to Ticonderoga . 480 

Letter from Col. Long to the Committee of Safety . 480 

Letter from Com tee of Safety to Capt. Osborne . . 480 

Letter from Hon. John Langdon to Com tee of Safety . 481 

Petition of Josias Eltinge, a New York prisoner . . 481 

Letter relating to clothing for Col. Scammell's regiment 482 

Letter from Thomas Thompson on enlistment of marines 482 

Letter from Thomas Thompson 484 

Letter from Capt. Osborne on same subject . . . 484 

Application to Gen. Ward for fire-arms . . . 485 

Letter from Gen. Washington 485 

Letter from Hon. Sam. P. Savage, of Mass., on sending 

a vessel to sea 486 

Certificates of money sent to New-Hampshire . . 486 

Invoice of money and certificates sent .... 487 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock, relating to money . 487 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



XV 



1777, 
Jan . 



Mar. 



Instructions to James Betton and Wni. Gregg in regard 

to money 

Letter to Capt. Osborn about enlistments 

Letter from Gen. Washington .... 

Letter from Gov. Trumbull, of Conn. . 

Letter from Gen. Sullivan 

Letter from the Council in Massachusetts 

Letter from Lieut. Wort hen relating to Ticonderoga 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler to Xich s Gilman . 

Letter from Cov. Cooke, of Rhode Island, on counter 

feits 

Order relating to Xew York Prisoners . 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock, -with Resolves . 

Letter from Capt. Thomas Thompson, respecting a pris 

oner 

Letter from Com tee of Safety to Gen. Washington. 
Letter from Com ,ee of Safety to Gov. Trumbull 
Letter from Com tee of Safety relating to X. T. prisoners 
Letters from Capt. House, Wm. Trumbull, and Enoch 

Bartlett 

Letter from Francis Worcester relating to a tory . 

Letter from John Langdon about rum . 

Orders relating to the seizure of rum . 

Letters from Tho's W k Waldron on N. T. prisoners 

Petition from Mrs. Sarah Elliott, for her husband 

Letter from James Martin on casting cannon shot 

Commission of Capt. Isaac Fry — note . 

Joubxal of the HorsE — resumed 
Xames of new members 
Letters from Elijah Grout, Commissary 
Letters from Col. John Stark 

Order for arrest of Col. Holland and Moore 

Letter X. Y. Convention to Coin te * of Safety 

Letter from Col. Bedel on defence of Coos, &c. 

Orders to Gen. Folsom for raising troops 

Letter from Xoah Emery, Jun., relating to stores, &c. 

Complaints against certain tories . 

Letter sent to Col. Langdon about blankets, &c 

Col. Stark's letter of resignation 

Report of Committee on X. Y. prisoners 

Letter from Col. Stark 

Letter from Maj. George Reed to Col. Stark 



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1777. 
Mar. 



Letter from Maj. Jona. Child on enlistments, &c. . 
Report of Com tee on date of Commissions 
Officers appointed in different regiments 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler 

Resolve from Rhode Island — aid asked . 

John Taylor Oilman to receive soldiers' Certificates, &e 

Litigations discouraged 

Letter from Elijah Grout, Commissary . 

Coerespondexce between April 12 and June 4, 1777 
Letter from Gen. Wayne, at Ticonderoga 
Letter from Col. Enoch Hale on enlistments 
Letter from Col. Enoch Hale in favor of Jon. Parker 
Jun 



Daniel Fowle and Benja. Dearborn summoned 
Compliments from Robert Fowle .... 
Certificate given to Robert Fowle 
Petition from Hollis Committee .... 
Letter from X. H. Committee of Safety to Gen. Prescott 
Letter from Gov. Trumbull to Meshech Weare 
Letter from Gov. Trumbull to Meshech Weare 
Letter from Hon. John Laugdon, on military stores 
Letter from Gen. Sullivan, relating to losses at Dan 

bury, Conn. 

Wages of guard on the sea-coast .... 
Letters from Hon. Josiah Bartlett on dangers of our 

country, raising men for Ticonderoga, &c. 
Letter from Maj. Jona. Child, on mustering men . 
Letter from Gen. Washington — Resolve of Congress 
Letter from Com ,ee of Safety to Col. Langdon 
Letter from Londonderry, asking for powder and lead 
Letter from Com tee of Safety, Doct. Silas Hedges accused 
Memorial of Lt. John Colcord .... 
Letter from Gov. Cooke, of Rhode Island 
Orders to Gen. Folsom for Colonels 
Letter from Gen. Sullivan, about Daubury . 
Letter from Jethro Hard, of Dover 
Certificate to persons named therein 
Letter from Com tee of Safety, relating to counterfeiters 

Orders to Gen. Folsom 

Letter from Jacob Treadwell to Maj. Geo. Gains . 



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GENERAL CONTEXTS. 



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Letter from Col. Scam in ell to Committee of Safety 
Proceedings at a meeting in Hampton . 
Letter to our delegates in Congress, asking for aid 
Postmasters and post-riders exempted from military 

duty; a prize ship at Portsmouth — certificate for 
Paul Hale, a counterfeiter ..... 

Boscawen applies for arms, &c 

Memorial of prisoners at Portsmouth . 

The sloop Friends Adventure .... 

Letter from Hon. John Bell, of Londonderry 

Deposition of Adam Dickey 

Letter from Dr. Richard Bartlett, of Pembroke . 

Letter from Noah Emery, jun 

General staff of the army, 1775-1777 . 

Letter from Massachusetts relating to an expedition to 

St. John's, in Nova Scotia .... 

Letter from Gov. Trumbull to Meshech Weare 
Letter from Nicholas Pike, relating to Col. Asa Porter 

Sundry letters referred to 

Petition of Jacob Sheafe of Portsmouth 

Journal of the House, resumed .... 571-613 
List of members [see Index — " Names,"] . . • 571-573 
Letter from Capt. Thompson of the ship Raleigh . 
Letter from Gen. Enoch Poor, at Ticonderoga 
Letter from Gen. Horatio Gates .... 
Letter from Hon. Meshech Weare to John Parker, sheriff 
Yote for apprehension of Col. Asa Porter 
County officers appointed; providing for troops . 
Tories arrested by Col. Thomas Stickney; proceedings 

at Portsmouth relating to tories .... 580, 581 

Letter from Gen. Schuyler 581 

Votes relating to tories &c. in gaol .... 5S2, 583 
Letter from Gen. Sullivan, relating to Gen. Howe . 5S3 

Committee of Safety; tories ..... 581, 585 

Petition of Capt. Wm. Scott 586 

Order from the Board of War 587 

Instructions to our delegates, soliciting aid . . . 5SS 

Petition to Congress for money 58S 

Letter, intercepted, relating to tories .... 589 

An Act for taking up, &c, persons dangerous to the State 592 
Depositions and orders of Justices, in the county of 



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1777. 

June. Regiments of N. H. militia divided into three brigades 
Letter from Gov. Cooke of Rhode Island; answer 

thereto 

Military officers af>pointed ...... 

Justices of the Peace and civil officers appointed . 
Letter from Noah Emery, jun., commissary . 
Expedition to St. John's, — Massachusetts proceedings 
Correspondence : between June 28 th and July 17 th , 

1777 

Letter from Gen. Sclmyler, relating to Ticonderoga 
Certificate of Jn° O'Neil ..... 

Application of Epping Committee for salt 
Letter from Keene, asking help for Ticonderoga . 
Letter from Vermont, — the Militia of that State 
Letter from Col. Seth Warner, of Vermont 
Letter from Meshech Weare, relating to salt for Epping 
Letter from Col. Joseph Badger, relating to Ticonderoga 
Letter from Col. Eben r Smith to Committee of Safety 
Letter from Gen. St. Clair, Ticonderoga evacuated 
Letter from Gen. Washington, relating to Gen. Howe 
Letter from Com tee of Portsmouth on ship Raleigh 
Letter to Gov. Trumbull — evacuation of Ticonderoga . 
Letter from officers at Bennington — evacuation of Ti- 
conderoga ......... 

Letter from officers of New-Hampshire regiments — 
evacuation of Ticonderoga ..... 

Orders to Capt. Thomas Gilman, of Exeter gaol . 
Letter from Maj. Stephen Peabody — battle of Castleton 
Letter from Col. Benj. Bellows — our losses and dangers 
Letter from Col. Timothy Walker on persons returning 
from the army ....... 

Letter from Col. Enoch Hale in gaol at Charlestown 
Private letter from Gov. John Wentworth . 
Private letter to Gov. John Wentworth 
July. Special Session — Journal of the House 

Report of Committee on business .... 

Letters from Ira Allen, Esq., of Vermont 

Letters from Gen. St. Clair 

Letters from N. H. Committee of Safety to Mass a 
N. II. Militia divide'd into two Brigades 
Persons inimical to the American cause to be disarmed 
Militia may be drafted 



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XIX 



1777. 
July. 



Correpsondexce between July 19 th and Sept. 17 th , 1777 
Letter to General Stark on the condition of the army 
Letter from Col. Seth Warner to N. II. Committee 
Orders to draft men. Advance of British troops 
Letters from Beza Woodward, Col. John Hurd, &c. 
Letters from Col. Jacob Bailey and Col. Morey . 
Letter from Gov. Cooke, of R. I., on appearance of a 

fleet 

Committee of Safety to Gen. AVard 

Orders to Militia Colonels to draft. Letter from Gen 

Schuyler. Defence of Portsmouth 

Letter from Gen. Folsom 

Letter from New York Council of Safety on their tri 

als, &c. 

Letter from Gen. Wm. Williams to Gen. Stark 
Resolves of Congress, relating to evacuation of Ticon 

deroga 

Instructions for Gen. Stark ..... 
Letter from Gen. Stark to Com tee of Safety . 
Resolves of Congress for raising recruits 
Letter from Gen. Washington to Gen. Putnam relating 

to the British fleet 

Letter from Com tee of Safety to Wm. Weeks, Esq. 
Letter from Gen. Washington to Gen. Putnam relating 

to Gen. Howe's movements .... 

Letter from Gen. Stark, relating to stores at Charles- 
town, &c. Return of said stores. Letter to Gen 

Stark 

Resolves and order of Congress .... 
Letters from Jona. Gove and John Stevens, prisoners 

at Exeter 

Letters from Gen. Gates, asking for troops, and from 

Hon. John Hancock. Order of Gen. Stark, &c. 
Gen. Burgoyne's orders to inhabitants of Castleton 
Gen. Schuyler's address to the same 
Letter from Gov. John Wentworth to his father . 
Letter from Gen. Washington on army regulations 
Proclamation by Gen. Burgoyne .... 
Letters, &c, relating to Gen. Stark's command . 
Gen. Burgoyne's instructions to Col. Baum . 
Letter from Maj. Jona. Hale to Col. Morey . 



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XX GENERAL CONTEXTS. 



1777. 



PAGES 

July. Vermont Council of Safety to Col. Marsh . . . 668 
Gen. Stark's first engagement at Bennington; trophies 

of war sent to New-Hampshire 669 

Gen. Stark's account of the battle at Bennington, 16 th 

August, 1777; notes, &c 670,671 

Letter from Gen. Stark; order of Committee of Safety; 

Col. Nathan Hale to be arrested .... 672 

Resolves of Congress, relating to Quakers . . . 673 

Letter from our delegates in Congress . 673 

Resolve of Congress, relating to military stores, &c. . 675 

Petition of William Vance for relief from prison . 675 

Remonstrance against release of Col. Holland . . 675 

Letter from Jere. Clough, in Exeter gaol, to his father 676 

Letter from Plymouth, relating to counterfeiters . . 676 

Resolution relating to Mark Hs Wentworth . . . 677 

Movements of Gen. Lincoln ; the battle of Brandywine 678 

Letters from Gen. Stark and Gen. Gates ... 679 

Orders to Col. Stephen Evans to march to Bennington 679 
Letter to Gen. Stark desiring him to remain in the 

service 680 

Journal of the House— resumed .... 681-699 
List of members, towns, and distance .... 681-6S3 
Report of Committee on a new proportion of taxes . 685-689 
Letter from Capt. Thomas Thompson, of the ship 

Raleigh 690 

Report of Committee on paper currency . . . 691 

Report of New England Convention at Springfield, Mass. 691 

Letter from Capt. Paul Jones 692 

Letter from Col. Stephen Evans, order to march . . 693 

Resolve relating to driving cattle, &c, out of the State 696 

A prison-ship to be provided for prisoners . . . 697 

Gen. Whipple to command the Northern army . . 697 

Letter from Gen. Jacob Bailey 697 

Letter from Gen. Bailey 69S 

Letter from Peter Labaree, Esq 698 

Orders from Charlestown Com tee of Safety about prisoners 69S 

Vote for calling new members of the Assembly . . 699 

Sept. Correspondence, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, 1777 . 700-711 

Letter from Col. John Hurd, relating to Capt. Thornton 700 
Letter from Com tee of Safety in Newington, about Benj. 

Adams ijQl 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



XXI 



1777. Pages 

Sept. Letters from Col. Goffe and Hon. Nath 1 Folsom . 701 

Oct. Orders to Gen. "Whipple to re-inforce the Northern army 701 

Thanks by Congress to Gen. Stark .... 702 

Letter relating to a flag of truce from R. I. . . 702 

Reply to said letter 702 

Letter from Stephen Holland to be allowed bonds . 703 

Letter from Com tee of Safety to Gov. Trumbull . . 703 

Letter from Dr. Silas Hedges about counterfeiters . 703 

Court-martial. — Maj. Gen. Sullivan .... 703 

Letter relating to the above from Hon. John Hancock 704 

Orders of Committee of Safety to Noah Emery, Jun. . 705 

Letter from Gen. Sullivan — battle of Germantown . 705 

Letter from Gen. Folsom relating to Gen. Howe's army 706 

Letter from Gen. Wm. Whipple 706 

Letter from Gen. Win. Whipple relating to Burgoyne's 

army 707 

Account of the British army under Burgoyne . . 708 

Prisoners taken at Saratoga 70S 

Ordnance and Stores taken at Saratoga . . . 709 
Letter from Col. Evans relating to a part of his Regi- 
ment 709 

Deserters from Col. Evans's regiment, names of . . 710 

Nov. Journal of the House — resumed .... 712-725 

Vote in relation to Quakers 713 

Form of Oath and Declaration to be taken . . . 714 

General Thanksgiving for Victory, &c 716 

Affairs in Grafton County — Asa Porter . . . 717 

Embargo Act repealed 718 

Appointment of Civil officers 718 

Act relating to taxes in unincorporated places . . 719 

Letter from Gen. Bailey 720 

Act relating to persons suspected of treason . . 721 

Encouragement for manufacture of paper . . . 721 
Abstract of proceedings of the Assembly from the 19 th 

to the 29 th of November 



Correspoxdenxe from Nov. 1 to Dec. 17, 1777 . 
Letter from Col. Bailey relating to suspected persons 
Resolves of Congress, relating to North River passes 
Letters from Col. Morey and Geo. J. Trumbull. Arti- 
cles of agreement relating to manufacture of powder 



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XX11 GENERAL CONTENTS. 

1777. Pages 
Nov. Letter from Col. Senter. Richard Peters. Resolve of 
Congress relating to outstanding bills, &c. Letter 

from Gen. Heath about Cauadian prisoners . . 728 

Resolves of Congress relating to prosecution of the war 728-732 

Letters from Londonderry, relating to Col. Holland 732 
Resolves of Congress, relating to an enterprise under 

Gen. Stark 733, 734 

Letter from Londonderry, relating to Robert Fulton 734 

Letter from Gen. Poor about X. H. troops. Note . 735 

Dec. Journal of the House — resumed .... 736-746 

List of members of the House [see Index — " Nanies"] 736-739 

List of members of the Council 739 

Rules of the House 740 

Petition of Com tce of Safety in Chesterfield ... 741 
Letter from Gov. Cooke of R. I. John Robertson. Hon. 
Henry Laurens. Answer to Gov. Cooke, and report 

and resolution relative to aid for Rhode Island . • 742 
Gen. Sullivan in the battle of Brandywine. Letter 

from Gen. Sullivan 743 

Act relating to persons inimical to the States . . 745 

Report on public affairs ...... 746 

Articles of Confederation 747-753 

Letter from Hon. Henry Laurens relating to said articles 754 
Letter from Hon. Nath 1 Folsom relating to the same . 755 
Hon. Josiah Bartlett and Win. Whipple, delegates to 
Congress. Nicholas Gilman, treasurer and receiver- 
general ......... 756 

Directions for calling a free representation in conven- 
tion to form a new constitution ..... 757, 758 

Order respecting New York tory prisoners at Amherst 759 

Wyseman Clagett. Note 759 

1778. 

Jan. Military and civil officers appointed .... 761 
Return of numbers wanting to complete the Continental 

troops — Resolves of Congress 764, 765 

Feb. Journal — continued 766 

List of Representatives and of the Council [see Index 

—"Names"] 766,767 

Notice to absentees and deserters from the army, by 

Gen. Poor 769 



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Mar. 



Aug. 



Oct. 



Board of War appointed 

Samuel Livermore, Esq. Note ... 

Exeter the place of Rendezvous for soldiers 

Report on calling a Convention at Concord, to form a 

constitution ....... 

Act to dissolve the marriage relation of Robert and 

Elizabeth Rogers 

Report on the manufacture of wool cards 
Resolution to adopt the Articles of Confederation 
Vote to raise money, issue notes, &c. 
Delegates to Congress chosen .... 
Play at cards by members of the house offensive . 
Notes by the editor 

Jourxal of the House — continued 

List of members of the House [see Index — " Names,"] 

List of the Council 

Delegates to Congress, appointed .... 

Vermont controversy. Note .... 

Prisoners at Exeter, — report upon 

Committee of Safety, appointed, &c. 

Case of Stephen Holland of Londonderry. Note 

Defence of Piscataqua harbour .... 

Rhode Island volunteers 

Manufacture of paper ...... 

Resolve to confiscate property of tories, &c. . 
Naval and civil officers. Thanks to Gen. Sullivan 
Damages and losses at New Castle — estimated 



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Public Acts: (1) To prevent the return of certain 
deserters, who have joined the British. (2) To con- 
fiscate the estates of such persons .... 810-S14 

Dec. Proceedings of General Assembly from Dec. IS to 

Dec. 24 815, 816 

Resolves of Convention relating to New Hampshire 

Grants 817,818 

Jourxal of General Assembly from Dec. 26, 1778 to 

Apr. 3 d , 1779 819-S26 

List of Representatives [see Index — "Names,"] . . 819-S21 

List of Council, Rules, &c 821 

1779 
Mar. Sale of Gov. John Wentworth's estate (in part) . . 822 



XXIV GENERAL CONTENTS. 

1779. PAGES 

Mar. Vote of thanks &c. to Col. Joseph Cilley . . . 823 

Committee of Safety. Civil officers .... S25, 826 

June. Address of Congress to the people of the United States 827 

Civil officers appointed 828, S29 

Raising soldiers for the Continental service, and, pro- 
portion for Rhode Island ...... 830 

Oct. New-Hampshire Grants. Tory families in Dumbarton, 

Goffstown, &c. ........ S33, 831 

Nov. Field officers for the 9 th regiment 835 

Stores at No. 4 to be disposed of S36 

Civil officers appointed. Soldiers to be supplied with 

clothiug, &c. ........ S37, S38 

Dec. List of Representatives [see " Names" and Index] . S39-S41 

Members of the Council 841 

Re-enlisting Continental troops. Bounty . . . 842 

Samuel Livermore, Esq., delegate to Congress . . S14. 815 

1780. 

Jan. Committee of Safety 845 

Implements for counterfeiting found .... 847 

Depreciation money ....... 848 

Rule of estimation for inventory of estates . . . 849-S51 

Instructions to Committee of Safety .... 854 

April. Supplies for the Continental army. Gov. Wentworth's 

farm at "Wolfeborough ...... S55, 856 

Table of depreciation of currency .... 858 

June. Members of the Council. Sale of Gov. "Wentworth's 

estate 860,861 

Rule for proportioning men to be raised from the militia 

in the State 862, 863 

Estates of absentees to be sold S64 

Proportion of men to be stationed at Portsmouth, and 

on the Western frontier S65 

Proportion of officers and men for the Continental army 866 

Militia of the State to be in four Divisions . . . 867 

Correspondence S68-873 

Letter from Col. Moses Nichols relating to our troops in 

the Highlands, N. Y S69 

Letter from Gen. Washington on distressed condition 

of the army 870 

Letter relating to the troops in Coos .... 872 



GENERAL CONTEXT-. 



XXV 



1780. Pages 

June. Letter — appointment of Col. Jabez Hatch, Dep. Qr. 



Oct. 



Nov. 



1781. 

Jan. 



I^aster 

Letter from the President of Congress on arrangements 
for the army 

Jourxal — resumed 

Precept for calling a new Assembly, and also a Conven 

tion to settle a Plan of Government . 
Officers of the tenth Regiment of militia, and civil offi 

cers 

List of Towns discounted for money advanced for boun 

ties to soldiers 



Rev. Israel Evans — note 

Letter from Gen. John Stark .... 

Instruction to delegates in Congress respecting the New 

Hampshire Grants 

Report of Committee on calling a Convention 

Report of Committee on pay of soldiers in the army dur 

ing the war 

Votes relating to delegates for Congress 

Scouting parties on the Western frontiers. Committee 

of Safety 

Mar. Names of members of the Council .... 

Votes relating to X. H. soldiers in the Massachusetts 
service, and to depreciation of currency 

Report on Petition of Gen. James Reed — supplies for 
the army 

Votes relating to Ecclesiastical difficulties in Goffstown, 
to a representative from Hollis. to a Convention in 
Concord for settling a form of Government, to milita- 
ry offices in the State, soldiers not to be imprisoned 

for debt . 

Apr. Phillips Exeter Academy incorporated .... 

Estates of Absentees to be confiscated. Dartmouth Col- 
lege lands. Western frontiers 

Resolve for calling a Convention, at Concord, to form 
a Constitution. Yeas and nays . 

Letter relating to the sale of Stephen Holland's lands . 

June. List of members of House of Representatives 

Appointment of 650 men for the army — field officers 
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1781. 
June. 



Aug. 
Nov. 

Dec. 



1782. 
Mar. 



June. 



Sept. 
Not. 



1783. 
Jan. 

Feb. 



Mar. 



Table of depreciation of currency . 
Letter from Lt. Bezaleel Howe 
Letter from Capt. Ebenezer "Webster 
Filling up our quota of the Continental army 
Appointment of civil officers .... 
Release of persons imprisoned at No. 4 

Rules of the House 

Names of members of the Council 

Delegates to Congress ..... 

An armed force for the -western part of the State. Pro 

portion of men to be drafted therefor, &c. 
A tax, to raise £110,000 .... 
Batteries at Piscataqua harbour . 
Meeting of the General Assembly at Concord 

List of Representatives and of the Council, 1782 
Courts opened in Grafton county. Appointment of 

civil officers 

Defense of Piscataqua harbor .... 

Celebration of the birth of the Dauphin of France 

Resignation of Chief Justice, Hon. Meshech \Veare 

Resolution relating to certain towns in Vermont 

Hon. Samuel Livermore appointed Chief Justice . 

Hon. John Sullivan, Attorney General 

Companies for defense of the frontiers . 

Letter from Capt. Isaac Frye 

Towns classed for representatives 

Votes relating to Mrs. Holland, wife of Stephen H. 

Ferry over Merrimac river 

Appointment of civil officers . 

Payments to civil officers and others 

Address to the Commander of the French forces at 

Portsmouth 



Letters from Hon. John T. Gilman 
Articles of Peace signed at Versailles . 
Letter from Hon. John Sullivan. Delegate 
Form of Inventory for taxes . 
Estate of John Tufton Mason 
Resolution relating to the existing form of s 
Appointment of civil and military officers 
Names of sick or wounded soldiers 



to Congre 



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17S3. Pages 

April. Enlistments suspended 970 

Report of a committee of Congress, relating to the 

inhabitants in the several States for taxation . . 976 

June. A ferry over Saco river. Phillips Exeter Academy . 977 

Civil officers appointed. Custom House at Portsmouth 978 
Address to the people of New-Hampshire, relating to 

the eighth article of confederation .... 9S0-9S3 

Thanksgiving for Peace, — a Proclamation . 984 



Names of the Honorable Councilors in Xev> Hampshire, under 
the Constitution, from 1776 to 1783. 

1776. MESHECH WE ARE, 
MATTHEW THORNTON, 
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, 
JO SI AH BARTLETT, 
NATHANIEL FOLSOM, 

THOMAS WESTBROOK WALDRON,(l) 
EBENEZER THOMPSON, 
WYSEMAN CLAGETT, 
JONATHAN BLANCHARD. 
SAMUEL ASHLEY, 
BENJAMIN GILES, 
JOHN HURD. 

1777. NICHOLAS GILMAN, 
GEORGE ATKINSON, 
TIMOTHY WALKER, 
MATTHEW PATTEN, 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS. 

1779. MOSES NICHOLS, 
JACOB ABBOT. 

1780. GEORGE ATKINSON, 
JOHN McCLARY. 



(1) It does not appear from the records that Thomas TV'k Waldron took his seat as 
a councilor, but that Hon. John Wentworth was in his stead as councilor from 
Strafford Co. 



XXYiii GENERAL CONTENTS. 

1780. TIMOTHY FARRAR, 
SAMUEL HUNT, 
ENOCH HALE, 
CHARLES JOHNSTON. 

1781. WOODBURY LANGDON, 
GEORGE FROST, 
JOHN HALE, 
WYSEMAN CLAGETT, 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS, 
FRANCIS WORCESTER. 

1782. TIMOTHY FARRAR, 
JACOB ABBOT, 
THOMAS SPARHAWK, 
CHARLES JOHNSTON. 

1783. FRANCIS WORCESTER. 






UNIVERSH 






NEW-HAMPSHIRE 

STATE PAPERS, 



VOLUME VIII. 



REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD. 



Journal of the House of Representatives. 



A Journal of the House op Representatives of the Colony 
of Xew-Hampshire. who Convened at Exeter as Delegates 
From the Several Towns, Parishes <fc Places in said Colony 
on the Twenty first day of December A: Dom 1775, and 
Continued A Congress, untill the Fifth day of January A: 
Dom 1776, and Then (by leave of the Hon ble The Con- 
tinental Congress) Resolved themselves into a House of 
Representatives or Assembly for the Colony of New-Hamp- 
shire. 



In Congress Friday November 3 d 1775. 
The Congress taking into Consideration the report of the 
Committee on the Xew-Hampshire Instructions — Resolved, 
That it be recommended to the Provincial Convention of Xew- 
Hampshire to Call a Full and Free Representation of the 
People, and that the Representatives, if they think it Xeces- 
sary, Establish Such a Form of Government, as in their 
Judgment will best Produce the Happiness of the People, & 
most Effectually Secure Peace and good order in the Province 



2 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

During the Continuance of the Present Dispute between Great 
Britain & the Colonies. 

Extract from the Minutes Cha s Thompson Seer 17 By order 
of Congress John Hancock, President A true Copy Att Noah 
Emery Dep* Seer 17 . 



In Congress at Exeter Jan 17 5 th 1776. 

Voted That this Congress Take up Civil Government for 
this Colony in manner and Form Following viz. 

\Te the members of the Congress of New-Hampshire 
Chosen and Appointed by the Free Suffrages of the People of 
said Colony, and Authorised and Impowered by them to meet 
together, and use such means and Pursue Such Measures as 
we Should Judge best for the Public Good ; And in Particu- 
lar to establish Some Form of Government, Provided that 
Measures should be recommended by the Continental Con- 
gress ; And a Recommendation to that Purpose having been 
Transmitted to us From the Said Congress: Have taken into 
our Serious Consideration the Unhappy Circumstances, into 
[p. 2.] which this Colony is Involved by means of many 
Grievous and Oppressive Acts of the British Parliament, 
Depriving us of our Natural <fc Constitutional rights ^ Priv- 
leges ; To Enforce Obedience to which Acts, A Powerful Fleet 
and Army have been Sent into this Country, by the ministry 
of Great Britain, who have Exercised a Wanton & Cruel 
Abuse of their Power, in Destroying the Lives and Properties 
of the Colonists in many Places with Fire & Sword ; Taking 
the Ships & Lading from many of the Honest and Indus- 
trious Inhabitants of this Colony Employed in Commerce, 
agreeable to the Laws & Customs a long time used here, The 
Sudden <fc Abrupt Departure of his Excellency John Went- 
worih Esq 7 our Late Governor, and Several of the Council, 
Leaving us Destitute of Legislation, and no Executive Courts 
being open to Punish Criminal Offenders; whereby the Lives 
and Propertys of the Honest People of this Colony, are Lia- 
ble to the Machinations & Evil Designs of wicked men ; 
Therefore for the Preservation of Peace and good order, 
and for the Security of the Lives and Properties of the In- 
habitants of this Colony, We Conceive ourselves Reduced to 
the Necessity of establishing A Form of Government to Con- 
tinue During the Present Unhappy and Unnatural Contest 
with Great Britain ; Protesting ct Declaring that we Xever 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 3 

Sought to throw off our Dependance upon Great Britain, but 
felt ourselves happy under her Protection, while we Could 
Enjoy our Constitutional Rights and Priviledges, — And that 
we Shall Rejoice if Such a reconciliation between us and our 
Parent State can be Effected as shall be Approved by the 
Continental Congress in whose Prudence and Wisdom we 
confide Accordingly Pursuant to the Trust reposed in us, We 
do Resolve That this Congress, Assume the Name, Power & 
Authority of a house of Representatives or Assembly for the 
Colony of New-Hampshire. And that Said House then Pro- 
ceed to Choose Twelve Persons being Reputable Freeholders 
and Inhabitants within this Colony, in the Following manner 
viz. Five in the County of Rockingham. Two in the County of 
Strafford, Two in the County of Hillsborough. Two in the 
County of Cheshire, and one in the County of Grafton, To 
be a Distinct and Separate Branch of the Legislature, by the 
Name of A Council for this Colony, to continue as Such un- 
till the Third Wednesday in December next : any Seven of 
whom to be a Quorum to do Business. That Such Council 
appoint their President ; and in his absence that the Senior 
Councellor Preside. 

That a Secretary be appointed by both Branches, who may 
be a Councellor, or otherwise as they shall Choose. 

[p. 3.] That no act or resolve Shall be Valid & put 
into Execution unless agreed to, and passed by both Branches 
of the Legislature. 

That all Public Offices for the Said Colony, and Each 
County, for the Current Year, be appointed by the Council 
& Assembly, Except the Several Clerks of the Executive 
Courts, who shall be appointed by the Justices of the respec- 
tive Courts. 

That all Bills, Resolves, or votes for Raising Levying & 
Collecting money Originate in the House of Representatives. 

That at any Session of the Council and Assembly, Neither 
Branch Shall Adjourn for any Longer time than from Satur- 
day till the Next Monday without Consent of the other. 

And it is further Resolved, That if the Present unhappy 
Dispute with Great Britain Should Continue longer than this 
present year, <fc the Continental Congress Give no Instruc- 
tion or Direction to the Contrary — The Council be chosen 
by the People of Each respective County in such manner as 
the Council <fc house of Representatives shall order. 

That General & field officers of the Militia, on any Vacan- 
cy, be appointed by the Two houses and all Inferior officers 
be chosen by the respective Companys. 



4 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

That all officers of the Army be appointed by the Two 
houses, Except they should Direct otherwise in case of any 
Emergency. 

That all Civil officers for the Colony & for Each County 
be appointed, & the time of their Continuance in office, be 
Determined by the Two houses, Except Clerks of Courts, & 
County Treasurers, & recorders of Deeds. 

That a Treasurer and a recorder of Deeds for Each County 
be Annually Chosen by the People of Each County Respec- 
tively ; The votes for Such officers to be returned to the re- 
spective Courts of General Sessions of the Peace in the Coun- 
ty, there to be ascertained as the Council & Assembly Shall 
hereafter Direct. 

That Precepts in the name of the Council & Assembly 
Signed by the President of the Council & Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, shall Issue Annually at or before 
the first clay of November, fur the Choice of a Council and 
house of Representatives to be returned by the third Wed- 
nesday in December then next Ensuing, in such manner as 
the Council & Assembly Shall hereafter Prescribe. 



Upon reading the Petition of the agents for the Town of 
Newtown against Joseph Bartlett, Esq r (being Present before 
the House) ordered that the Parties be heard thereon before 
this house on the 18 th day of January Current if the Assem- 
bly be then Sitting and if not then on the Second day of 
their Sitting after that time. 

Petition of Inhabitants of Newtown. 

[MS. State Pap. Vol. III., p. 1.] 

To the Hon ble Gent" of the Congress for the Collony of New-Hamp- 
shire Holden at Exeter on Jan y Instant 1776 — 

The Petition of ns the subscribing agents for the Town of Newtown 
in s d Province: Humbly sheweth — That a Greeable to an express ree'd 
from the Committee of Safety of the 20 th of April last, a number of the 
inhabitants being together on a Publick fast it was thought expedient 
by some after service without any further notice to appoint some per- 
son to repair immediately to Exeter & join in Congress in consulting 
measures for the Public Safety — Upon which Joseph Bartlett Esq 1 was 
nominated & chosen — who according to his appointment repaired to 
Exeter, — who upon his return among other intelligencies Gave the 
surprising a Count that he was to continue in office for six months 
from y e 17 th of May last — thus things continued for some time — at 
length a different a Count was circulating that the former Congress was 
desolved, & that we ought to have been notified & made a new choice 
& that the reason why we ware not Notified was not owing to deficien- 



177G.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 5 

cie in Congress, but suttlety in our delegate — upon this the town grew 
uneasy, & a Petition from a great number of the Inhabitants was sent 
to Exeter to be Presented in Congress. But previous to its being 
Lodged it was thought Proper to propose a mode of settlement to 
s d Bartlett who was then setting in Congress to which he a Greed to 
the acceptance of those intrusted with s d Petition which occasioned its 
not being Presented in Congress. Since which s d move of settlement 
Proving ineffectual for the purposes designed makes it necessary for 
this Application to this Hon lj|e Congress, earnestly asking your attention 
to this affair at such a time as your honours in your wisdom may sett 
apart for that purpose — not doubting but that we shall be able to make 
it fully Appear that the s d Bartlett had no right to represent this town 
in Congress Since the 17 th of May last — & consequently that we have 
no right to be taxed with his services. The election of a delegate to 
represent us especially in this difficult day we look upon a great Privi- 
lege & to have it rested from us by artificial methods adds a peculiar 
pungencie to y e grief & makes it tedious to Beare — we only further ask 
that if on finding our cause right & just & the s d Bartlett the faulty 
cause of all this trouble you give us cost. Thus we in the Name & 
Behalf of our a Grieved Brethren the inhabitants of Newtown shall 
ever pray, &c. 

Stephen Bartlett 
Robert Stewart 
Timothy Favour 
Abraham Kimball. 

Voted That the Hon ble Matthew Thornton Esq r be Speaker 
of this House. 

Voted That Ebenezer Thompson Esq r be Clerk of this 
House. 

Voted That Noah Emery Esq r be Assistant Clerk of this 
House. 

Adjourned till Tomorrow morning 9 o'Clock. 



[p. 4.] Saturday January 6 th 1776. 

The house met according to Adjournment. 

Voted That the last book of records of the Court of Pro- 
bate be returned to William Parker, Esq r in order for him to 
Com pleat the Records. 

Voted That the Several Muster rolls of Cap 4 Salter & Cap 1 
Daniel be paid Agreeable to return of the Committee for Ex- 
amining Muster rolls, Stopping out Such Stoppages as are 
mentioned in their report thereon. 

Voted That the Matrosses under Command of Capt Salter 
& Capt Daniel be paid off monthly for the future. 

Voted That the Account of the Select men of North- 
hampton amounting to seven pounds nineteen Shillings (for 
blankets) be allowed & paid out of the Treasury. 



6 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIEE. [1776. 

Voted That the Treasurer & Deacon Samuel Brooks be a 
Committee to receive and pay off for all the Blankets that 
may be Collected in this Colony for the Continental Army 
and to make report thereof to this house. 

Then the House Proceeded to choose Twelve Councellors 
for this Colony and Voted That the Hon ble Meshech "Weare 
Esq 1 be first Councellor for this Colony — The Hon ble Matthew 
Thornton Esq r (Second) William Whipple Esq r (third) 
Josiah Bartlett Esq r (fourth) Nathaniel Folsom Esq r (fifth) 
Councellors for the County of Rockingham, Thomas West- 
brook Waldron Esq r (Sixth) & Ebenezer Thompson Esq r 
(Seventh) for the County of Strafford, Wyseman Clagett 
Esq r (Eight) & Jonathan Blanchard Esq 1 (ninth) for the 
County of Hillsborough, Samuel Ashley Esq r (Tenth) & 
Benjamin Giles Esq r (eleventh) for the County of Cheshire 
and John Hurd Esq 1 " (Twelfth) for the County of Grafton, 
for the Current year. 

Voted that Ebenezer Thompson Esq r be Secretary for this 
Colony For the Current year Then the Hon bIe the Council & 
Secretary left the house. 

Whereupon the house Voted That Clement March Esq r be 
Chairman of this House, P. T. 

Voted That Samuel Cutts Esq r have an order on the 
Treasury for Three hundred Pounds to be by him accounted 
for. Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock afternoon. 



Letter from Pierse Long, Esq. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 19.] 

Portsm January 6 t!l 1776. 

Sir— 

Mr. MeClure Tells me there was some difficulty respecting the 
Holes, which prevented the Moneys from being paid. I sincerely wish 
every obsticle may be Removed, and their wages may Immediately 
come down, For I heartily wish to see the time for to get the Troops 
of. Mr. Ayres whom you have appointed waggon master, says lie can't 
make it convenient to undertake for more than Cap ts Dearings, Wiggins 
& Brewster's Companys, as the others Lives far out of his way, and 
consequently his Expenses in making preparations will be large; I think 
in order to save all that Expense those several Captains had better pro- 
vide carriages for themselves and men. as they will be able to deter- 
mine the hour perhaps they will go from their Rendezvous. There is 
one Mr. Beal of this Town an officer of Col. Poor's Regiment, who is 
Inlisting men from out of the companies down here, to serve during the 
War. There is a Resolve of Congress dated I think 16 lh Sept. last, 
which no Doubt you have, which he thinks authorises him. 

The prisoners who are set at Liberty by virtue of your Vote, are 
without Money or friends, wandering about within their limits, Reflect- 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 7 

ing on us for making no provision for them. I have been obliged to let 
some of them sleep in the Barracks, otherways they would in all proba- 
bility have perished this Inclement season. I had forgot to mention 
that Mr. Beal has applied to me for a Barrack & other necessarys for 
his men. I would Likewise inform you That I have paid all the Car- 
penters who wrought on the new Barracks and on the Bridge, and have 
purchased near a Sloop Load of Wood at 4 dollars per cord, for the 
Forts and Troops, which leaves in my hands about one hundred 
pounds Of the sum of Two Hundred & Thirty five pounds Received 
of Col°Langdon; and must add theres not one stick of wood now 
either at the Barracks or Forts, excepting a small matter at Capt Sal- 
ters. I am this day a going again to find where I can purchase any. 
For they can't do without. I must Intreat your attention to the poor 
prisoners, who are continually at my house in Droves, Begging for pro- 
visions to be made. The Staff Role will be handed to you by Mr. Mc- 
Clure. Have nothing further to add, But am, Sir, your m' hum Sev' 

Piekse Long. 

P. S. After I have purchased some more wood I will call on you and 
settle the above ace 13 . 

Indorsed— "Col. Long's letter to y e President, Jan^ 6 th 1776." 



Monday Jany 8 th 1776. 

The house met according to adjournment, and the Chair- 
man not being present, Voted that Phillips White Esq r be 
chairman pro Tempore. 

Voted That this House Proceed to the choice of a Speaker, 
and that he be Chosen by Ballot, and the Votes being Count- 
ed it appeared That Phillips White Esq 1 " was Chosen Speaker 
of this House, who took the Chair accordingly. 

Voted that Noah Emery Esq r be Clerk of this House. 

Voted to Choose a Committee of Five Members of this 
house to draw up Pules for the order of this house — & that 
Cap 4 Giddings, Cap' Long, Maj r Downing John Dudley, Esq r 
& Col Walker be the Committee for that purpose & to report 
as soon as may be. 

[p. 5.] Jan^ 8 th 1776— P. M. 

Voted that Precepts be sent out to the several Towns & 
Places in this Colony (whose Representatives are advanced 
to the Council) to Choose New Members to Represent them 
in this Assembly. 

The Clerk of this House being Necessarily Called out of 
the house, Voted That Samuel Cutts Esq r be Clerk pro Tem- 
pore. 



8 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Toted to Choose Two Monitors, and that Israel Morey 
Esq r & Doc 4 Levi Dearborn be Monitors of this House. 
Adjourned to 9 O'Clock Tomorrow morning. 



Tuesday Jan y 9 th 1776. 

The house met according to adjournment. The Commit- 
tee appointed yesterday to draw up Rules for the order of 
this house, made report of Twelve rules following, which be- 
ing Distinctly read & Considered, Voted that the Same be ac- 
cepted, adopted, and made rules for the order of this house, 
and are as Follows, Viz*. 

1 st That Whoseoever shall by any Misbehaviour in Speech or action 
Justly offend any of the members of the House, Shall for the first of- 
fence be admonished and for the Second be Fined as the house shall see 
meet. 

2 d That no member Speak twice to any matter in Debate before the 
House — Until every member have Liberty to Speak once to the Same 
matter if he Should see Cause. 

3 d That every member Direct his Speech to the Speaker, and not 
one to another, and when any member has a mind to Speak to any mat- 
ter in Debate he shall Stand up and ask leave of the Speaker, and not 
Speak without his Consent, and shall be Silent at his Command: But if 
the member Speaking think such Command unseasonable or unreason- 
able, the Speaker Shall take a Vote of the House thereon, To which 
Such member Shall Submit on Paiu of Forfeiting Such Sum as the 
House Shall Determine. 

4 th That Whenever it happens that there are as many Votes on the 
one Side of a Question as on the other without the Speaker, That 
then the Speaker make the Casting Vote. 

5 th That If the Speaker be absent, the House may choose a Speaker 
pro Tempore That the business of the House may be Carried on with- 
out Delay. 

6 th That if any member, after being Qualified & Entered, Shall ab- 
sent himself at any time without Leave from the House, he Shall be 
Liable to be fined at the Discretion of the House. 

7' h That if any member of this House Shall by the major part of the 
House Be thought unfitt; and not Qualified for Said Place. It shall be 
fp. 6.] in the Power of the House to Dismiss Such Person. Giving 
Notice to the Town or Towns. Parish or Parishes where he belongs 
to Choose another to fill up such Vacancy. 

8 1 ' 1 That Every Bill to be passed in this House. Be read Three times, 
and that there be Two adjournments of this House before any Bill be 
Passed into An act. 

9 th That the Speaker & Thirty of the members returned, be a House 
to do Business. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 9 

10 th That no Vote that is passed in this House shall be reconsidered 
by a Lesser Number than were Present when Passed. 

ir h That no Vote Shall be Valid unless Passed by a majority of the 
members Present — 

12 th That no member make any new motion untill that which is un- 
der Consideration is Determined or Postponed. 



Voted, That Col Morey be Excused from being a Monitor 
to this house, and That Samuel Cutts Esq r be Chosen & Ap- 
pointed in his room — 

Voted That Cap Long. Col Morey & John Dudley Esq, be 
a Committee of this House to Confer with a Committee of 
the Hon We Council and report to this house what Business is 
Necessary to be Immediately Entered upon. 

General Folsom Came down from the board & Informed 
the House that the Hon bie Council had appointed a Commit- 
tee to join the Committee of this house to Confer & report 
what Business Shall be Immediately Entered upon, and the 
Committee of this house Immediately Attended them accord- 
ingly. 

The House adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 



The house met according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That John Dudley Esq r Col 'Walker, John Mc- 
Clary Esq r Col Evens & Cap 1 Prentice be a Committee to 
Draft an Act to Confirm the Proceedings of the late Con- 
gresses — Excepting what relates to the pay of the members 
of this House. 

Voted, That Noah Emery & Samuel Cutts Esq r & Col 
David Gilman be a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Council To Revise the System of Laws 
Lately in force in this Colony, and to Report what Altera- 
tions additions & amendments of them are Necessary to be 
made in our Present Circumstances, For the Guidance of 
the Executive Officers of Government. Sent up for Concur- 
rence. 

The hon ble Council Joined to the above Committee the 
Hon tle Matthew Thornton, Ebenezer Thompson & Wyseman 
Clagett Esq r — 

Voted, That M r Secretary Thompson & Co 1 Baker be De- 
sired as soon as may be to procure Two books for records. 



10 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

The one for the Hon bl8 Council and the other for this House, 
and that the Treasurer be Directed to pay for them. Sent 
up for Concurrence. Then the House adjourned to Tomor- 
row morning, 9. o'clock. 



[p. 7.] Wednesday Jan" 10 th 1776. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

The Clerk of the house being Necessarily Called away — 

Voted That Timothy Walker Jun r Esq 1 be Clerk pro Tem- 
pore. 

Voted. That John Dudley Esq 7 . Capt Prentice, Mr. Baldwin 
& Mr. Chase be a Committee to State the wages of the Present 
House of Assembly & the Hon. ble Council, and make report to 
this house as Soon as may be. 

Voted, That the Clerk of this House Apply to the Hon ble 
Meshech Weare Esq 1 ", Clerk of the Late House of Assembly 
of this Colony for the journals & files of said late Assembly. 

Voted, That Co 1 Morey, Co 1 Gerrish, Major Bellows & Capt 
Prentice be a Committee to State the Quantity & Quality of 
fire arms Necessary to be Purchased by this Colony, and 
make report to this house as soon as may be. — 

Voted, That Col Nicholas Gilman Esq 1 Be and hereby is 
appointed Treasurer & Receiver General for this Colony for 
one year from the Twenty first day of December last, and to 
Continue after that Time untill a New Appointment of the 
General Assembly, he giving bond with two Sufficient Sure- 
ties in the Sum of one hundred Thousand Pounds to the 
Speaker of this house, for the time being, in behalf of the 
Colony for the faithfull Discharge of his Trust. 

Sent up to the board by Co 1 Gilman <t Capt Moulton. Vot- 
ed, That the Town of Allenstown, being Taxed the last year 
the Sum of £'6. .6. . 1, more than their proportion, with other 
towns in this Colony, The Said Town be abated that Sum. 
Sent up by Co 1 Gilman & Capt Moulton. — 

Voted that the Hon ble Meshech WeareEsq r — be Chief Justice 
of the Superiour Court of Judicature for this Colony. That 
Matthew Thornton Esq r be Second Justice, Leverett Hubbard 
Esq r third Justice and Elisha Pain Esq r Fourth Justice of 
Said Court. Sent up by Col Gilman & Capt Moulton — 

Adjourned to half after 2 o'clock P. M. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 11 

Jan 7 10 Pm. 

The house met according to Adjournment. Upon a mo- 
tion made by Sam 1 Sherburne Esq r Voted that he wait on the 
Hon ble Council and Enquire whether they have received any 
Publick Letters — Mr. Blanchard Came down from the board 
& Informed the House that the Hon ble Council had received 
no Public Letters but what they had Communicated to the 
house. 

Toted That Thomas Sparhawk Esq r be Judge of the Pro- 
bate of Wills and for Granting administration of the Estates 
of Persons Deceased in & for the County of Cheshire, and 
that Ichabod Fisher Esq r be register for that County. 

Voted That Samuel Ashley Esq be first Justice of the In- 
feriour Court of Common pleas for the County of Cheshire ; 
Benjamin Bellows Jun r Esq r Second Justice, Samuel Chase, 
Esq r third Justice and Enoch Hale, Esq r the fourth Justice of 
said Court. 

Voted, That Benjamin Bellows Ju r Esq r be Recorder of 
Deeds & Conveyances for the said County of Cheshire. 

Voted, That Samuel Hunt Esq r be Sheriff of the County of 
Cheshire. 

[p. 8.] Voted, That Thomas Sparhawk Esq r be County 
Treasurer for the County of Cheshire. 

Voted, That Matthew Patten Esq r be Judge of the Probate 
of Wills & for granting administration of the Estates of Per- 
sons Deceased in and for the County of Hillsborough. 

Voted, That Jonathan Lovewell Esq r be first Justice of the 
Inferiour Court, of Common pleas, for the County of Hills- 
borough, Jeremiah Page Esq r Second Justice, Timothy Far- 
rar Esq 1 third Justice and Henry Gerrish Esq r fourth Justice 
of said Court. 

Voted, That James Underwood Esq 1 be Register of the 
Court of Probate for s d County of Hillsborough. 

Voted, That Moses Nichols Esq r be recorder of Deeds & 
Conveyances for the County of Hillsborough. 

Voted That Deacon Nahum Baldwin be County Treasurer 
for the County of Hillsborough. 

Voted, That Moses Kelley Esq r be Sheriff of the County 
of Hillsborough. 

The foregoing Eleven Votes for officers were Sent up to the 
hon ble Board. 

The house adjourned till tomorrow 9 O'Clock forenoon. 



12 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Thursday Jan y 11 th 1776. 

Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That William Parker, Esq r one of the Pay masters 
to our Forces have an order on the Treasurer for Three hun- 
dred & thirty five pounds, Seven Shillings & five pence, to 
pay off the rolls yet unpaid, and that the President of the 
Council give his warrant on the Treasurer for the Same, Ac- 
cordingly. Sent up to the board. 

Voted, That Theophilus Gilman & Cap* Charles Rundlett 
be added to the Committee for Examining accounts against 
this Colony. 

A Petition of Sundry Members of this house being read — 
Voted that it lay upon the Table for Consideration. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock afternoon. 



The house met according to Adjournment. 

A Copy of an anonimous Letter was bro't into the house 
by one of the members & ordered to be read (by the Speak- 
er) whereupon the Clerk of the house read the same, and is 
as follows — 

Portsmouth Jan T 11 th 1776 — 
Dear Sir, as the Committee Chosen yesterday by this Town are 
just agoing to Exeter, with a Petition & remonstrance to the Congress 
Against their Proceedings, I thought I would Just Inform you of it. 
For I think it gives a Silley Cast to all their Doings. I hope they will 
not Comply with their request. The Objections was first Started in 
the Committee at the work-house, the night before last, and the Town 
meeting Call'd yesterday, the meeting was Very thin, not above Forty 
or Fifty persons in it. Every one in the meeting Voted for it. Though 
I believe they were actuated by different Motives. . They have Voted 
to Send Circular Letters to all the Towns, that they may remonstrate 
likewise. It was proposed I think by designing men, on purpose to 
make a Division in the Colony, and I believe will go near to Effect it 
unless the Wisdom of the Congress Prevents it. I am &c 

Veritas. 

[p. 9.] Read a Petition from Sundry members of this 
house and also a remonstrance or Petition of the Town of 
Portsmouth. 

[The petition of members of the House is not preserved: See Re- 
monstrance of the Town of Portsmouth, on a subsequent page. Ed.] 

The House Examined Several Gentlemen lately from Lon- 
don, about the State of Affairs there Concerning America. 

Voted, That the Petition from the Town of Portsmouth 
lay for Consideration. 

Voted, That the Petition of Fourteen members of this 
house be Dismist. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 13 

Voted, That Co 1 Walker be added to the Committee for 
Examining Muster-rolls in the room of Phillips White Esq* 
our Speaker. 

Voted, That John Ilurd Esq r be Recorder of Deeds & 
Conveyances &c for the Count}' of Grafton. 

Voted, That Israel Morey Esq r be Judge of the Probate 
of Wills & for Granting Administration of the Estates of 
Persons Deceased, in the County of Grafton. 

Voted, That Elisha Pain Esq r be register of Probate for 
the County of Grafton. 

Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 O'Clock. 



Friday Jan ry 12 th 1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That John Hurd Esq r be first Justice of the In- 
ferior Court of Common Pleas for the County of Grafton, 
and that Bezaleel Woodward, Esq r Israel Morey Esq r & Sam- 
uel Emerson Esq r be Justices of Said Court. 

Voted, That Jotham Cummings Esq r be Sheriff of the 
County of Grafton. 

Voted, That Cap* George Turner's Company of Artillery 
be paid out of the Treasury the Sum of one hundred & fifty 
Pounds towards their wages in the Service of this Colony, 
and that the President of the Councill give his Warrant on 
the Treasurer for the Same. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Adjourned till half past two o'clock P m. 

Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted That Timothy Walker & William Parker Esq" be a 
Committee to join with The secretary by Leave of the 
Hon ble Board To prepare & Correct the Plan or Form of 
Government for this Colony and fit it for the Press. Sent 
up for Concurrence. 

Voted, That the Account of John Hart Ju r Amounting to 
.£13: 1: 3. be allowed & Paid out of the Treasury, and that 
the President of the Council give his Warrant on the Treas- 
urer for payment thereof. Sent up to the board. 

Voted, That the ballance of the account of Benjamin 
Chadbourne Amounting to £ 76: 15: 10. be allowed and Paid 
out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council 
give his Warrant on the Treasurer for payment thereof. 
Sent up to the board — 



14 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

[p. 10.] Voted, That the account of Jonathan Flood 
amounting to Nine Shillings, be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury and that the President of the Council give his War- 
rant on the Treasurer for payment thereof. — Sent up. 

Voted, That the ballance of the account of George Hart 
amounting to £190: 10: 3. be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury and that the President of the Council give his War- 
rant on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up. 

Voted, That the ballance of the account of Elisha Hill 
amounting to £80: 14: 3J. be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury and that the President of the Council give his 
Warrant on the Treasurer for payment thereof — Sent up — 

Voted, That the account of John Hopkinson amounting in 
the whole to £56: 15: 8— after Deducting £14: 3: 11. over 
Charged as by report of the Committee appointed to exam- 
ine & adjust accounts against this Colony, making the bal- 
lance to said Hopkinson £42: 11: 9. be allowed. 

Cap* Long and M r Sherburn brot in the Following Dissent 
& Protest which was read, and is as follows, viz, 

/ We the Subscribers chosen by the People of several Towns in the 
Colony of New-Hampshire to represent them in the Congress of said 
Colony, Held at Exeter on the 21 s ' clay of December 1775, Beg Leave 
to Enter our Dissent to and Protest against the Present Plan of Tak- 
ing up Government. For the following Reasons — 

First That the Vote of the Continental Congress Countenancing the 
Same was obtained by the Unwearied Importunity (both within Doors 
and loithout) of our Delegates there, as appears by their Letter. 

Second, That the Said Vote does not appear to have been unanimous, 
but we have reason to think Very otherwise. 

Third, Because the Colonies of New York & Virginia which are in 
Similar Circumstances with us, are much Larger & more oppulent, and 
we Presume much Wiser (to whom we would pay all Due Deference) 
have not attempted anything of the Kind, nor as we Can Learn, Ever 
Desired it. 

Fourth, Because we have no ground on which to pretend to make a 
Councill, as our Neighbours of the Massachusetts, who act by Charter 
Never Vacated on any Legal Trial. — 

Fifth, Because it appears assuming for so Small & Inconsiderable a 
Colony to take the Lead in a Matter of So great Importance. 

Sixth, Because our Constituents never Expected us to make a New 
Form of Government, But only to set the Judicial & Executive wheels 
in Motion. 

Seventh, Because the Congress, as such, Could have done what was 
Necessary, and their Power could not be Enlarged by any Act of their 
own. 

Eight. Because the expense of the Colony is greatly augmented 
thereby — 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 15 

Ninth, Because it appears to us too much like Setting up an Indepen- 
dency on the Mother Country. January 10 th 1776. [Signed] 

North Hill, Levi Dearborn, Kensington Ezekiel Worthen, 

Newington Richard Downing, Stratham Benjamin Barker, 

Portsmouth Sam 1 Sherburne, Rochester James Rnowles, 

Dover Stephen Evans, Sandwich, & Moultonborougli — 
Portsm Peirce Long, Daniel Beedk. 

Rye Nathan Goss, Lee Hercules Mooney. 
Dover, Otis Baker, 

Entered according to the original on file. 
Attest Noah Emery, Clerk D. Rep 3 - 

[p. 11.] A Committee from the Town of Portsmouth bro't 
into the House a request from the Town of Portsmouth, 
which was read and is as Follows — Viz' - 

Colony of ) At a Town meeting held at Portsmouth this 12 th day 
New Hamp e \ of Jan? 1770, 

Voted Unanimously That Ammi R. Cutter Esq r George King 
Esq r and Cap' George Wentworth be a Committee to write a Letter 
to the Congress — requesting to be favored with the Original of an 
Anonymous Letter, read in Congress this day. — The said Committee ac- 
cordingly returned with the Following Draught, which was Voted to be 
forthwith Sent to the Congress — and is as follows — Portsmouth 12* 
Jan r - V 1776. To the Hon l>le the Congress at Exeter. — May it please 
your hon s — The Committee appointed to Preferr the Petition of this 
Town, of the 10 th Instant having acquainted us, That after they had 
Preferred the Same & had retired, they were Informed that a Letter 
Subscribed, Veritas, was read before your hou 8 Purporting that it 
was Voted at a very thin meeting, with other Assertions Utterly False, 
Scandalous, and Derogatory to the Honour of the Town. It is our Duty 
to Acquaint your Hon s that there were upwards of Two hundred Per- 
sons Present, who Unanimously Voted therefor, and we Earnestly re- 
quest That your hon" will indulge us with a Sight of the Original Let- 
ter of winch that was a Copy, in order that the author who lias been 
guilty of this Scandalous Falsehood, may receive the reward of his Just 
Demerit. Portsmouth Jan'* 12 th 1776. 

A true Copy attest John Penhallow Town Clerk. 

Entered according to the Original, attest N. Emery C k D. Rep 3 - 

The Petition of the Principal Inhabitants of Southhamp- 
ton, relating to the Estates of Elijah Brown & Moses Brown, 
Praying that this House would make Some Effectual Act or 
lay some barr so they may not squander away their Estates 
without the knowledge of the Town, &c. Being read, or- 
dered that it lay for further consideration. 

The Committee to draw a. Plan for Providing fire arms for 
a Colony Stock Report as follows viz. 

That for every good firearm Manufactured in this Colony, made after 
the following manner (viz) a Barrel!, three feet nine Inches long to car- 
ry an ounce ball, a good Bayonet, with blade Eighteen inches long, Iron 



16 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

ramrod with a Spring to retain the Same, the makers name Engraved 
on the Lock, Which Shall be delivered at Exeter to Nicholas Oilman 
Esq 1 receiver General on or before the first of May next, the owner of 
Such firearms, receive Three pounds for Each, of said receiver General, 
after having Tryed said gun in the Presence of the said receiver Gen- 
eral with four Inches & a half of Powder well wadded, at his the owner's 
own Risque, and that there be appointed one Good man well approved, 
[p. 12.] in Each County to receive any firearms so made in said County 
on the Same Condition (as before mentioned for the rec r General to re- 
ceive them) and the Persons so appointed, to receive the money for the 
Number of Guns so Delivered; 

Which report being read & Considered, Voted that the 
Same be received and Established as a resolve of this house — 
and Voted That Col Evans for the County of Strafford, Sam- 
uel Emerson for the county of Grafton, Major John Bellows 
for the County of Cheshire & Deacon Nahum Baldwin for 
the County of Hillsborough, be receivers of fire-arms agree- 
able to the afores d resolve. Sent up Jan y 20 th . 

The Memorial & Remonstrance of the Freeholders & In- 
habitants of the Town of Portsmouth, being bro't into the 
house was read, and is as follows — 

Colony of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Jan^ 10 :h 177G — • 
To the Hon ble Congress now Sitting at Exeter in and for said Colony — 

The Memorial and Remonstrance of the Freeholders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Portsmouth in Legal Town meeting Convened, 
Humbly Shews : — That your memorialists are Greatly Alarmed by the 
Information of their Delegates — That they together with the other Dele- 
gates of the Several Towns in said Colony were about to Dissolve their 
Existence as a Congress & assume that of a House of Representatives, 
and to proceed to an Election of Twelve Counsellors, who are to act as 
another Branch of Legislation for the future Government of this Colo- 
v uy, Which measure your Memorialists with all Decency, Tenderness & 
respect, beg Leave to Remonstrate against for the Following "Weighty 
reasons. — 

First as we are of opinion that the Inhabitants of the Colony, do not 
Generally approve of this measure, We would Therefore have wished 
to have had the minds of the People fully Taken ou Such a Momentous 
Concernment, and to have Known the Plan, before it was Adopted, & 
carried into Execution, which is Their Inherent right. 

Secondly we humbly conceive that Such a measure is an Open 
Declaration of Independency, which we can by no means Countenance 
untill we Shall know the Sentiments of the British Nation in General — 
We have hitherto Viewed the Controversy as with the Ministry & Par- 
liament only, and our Enemies are Stiled the Ministerial Army & Navy, 
and we have considered them as Acting Contrary to the Voice of the 
Nation. — We have just received Certain Advices That our Friends in 
Great Britain are at this very Time Exerting themselves & Uniting in 
their Petitions for a redress of our Grievances, and in all Probability 
will make a Powerfull Division in our Favour, and •will Finally Prevail 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 17 

[p. 13.] if it is once fully believed that we are not aiming at Tndem n- 
dency, but when they Perceive we are Setting up a New Form of 
Government, they will be Exasperated against us and losing Siglrl of 
their former Friendship, & affection will be tilled with resentment & 
charge us with Duplicity — 

Thirdly, We have the Highest opinion of the upright Disposition of 
the Congress, and that what they have done is Intended for the General 
Good, but at the same time must beg leave to Suggest our apprehen- 
sions that this Measure will have a Tendency to Disunite us, which is a 
most alarming Consideration as being a Circumstance which we are well 
Informed our Enemies Greatly Expect & would be rejoiced to hear of. 
We would be Cautious of Prolixity in Addressing your Honours, hut 
must begg leave to repeat that the ministry among other Deceptions 
have asserted that the Rebellious War, (as they Term it) " now Levied 
"is become more General and is manifestly Carried on lor the Purpose 
" of Establishing an Independency." This our friends in Great Britain 
utterly deny. While we are Governed by a Congress they have a right 
so to do, because Necessity Compells us to the Measure, but they will 
Certainly make a very wide Distinction between Necessity and what 
will be called Usurpation, The Consequences of which Deserve: Due 
Weight. — We therefore Humbly pray that the Assumption of Govern- 
ment may at Least be Suspended for the Present, & that Some regula- 
tion may be adopted for the Preservation of Property Under Such Re- 
strictions as the Congress in their wisdom Shall think Proper, and your 
Memorialists as in duty bound shall ever Pray. Portsmouth Jan rv 10 th 
1776 A true Copy attest John Penhallow Town Clerk. — 

Entered according to the original Presented to the House 
Attest N. Emery C k D Rep s — 

Portsmouth Town meeting. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 41.] 

t. t ° X „ ;- At a Town meeting held at Portsmouth Mondaj r the 
New Hamp r > 

15 th day of January 1776, 

The Question being put to the meeting whether the Town will choose 
a Committee to go to Exeter to inforce the Petition from this Town 
now laying before the Congress at Exeter, for suspending taking up a 
new form of government for the present — 

Voted, That they will send a Committee to Exeter for said purpose. 

Voted That John Pickering Col" Joshua Wentworth & John Wendell 
Esq™ be and hereby are a Committee to go to Exeter to speak to the 
Petition now laying before the Congress from this Town, & to make 
report thereof at the adjournment of this meeting. 

Portsmouth January 16 th 1776. 
a true Copy, attest, 

John Penhallow, Town elerk. 

Voted, That Moses Nicholls Esq 1 ' be an Assistant to the 
Clerk of this House. Voted That Matthew Patten Esq r of 



18 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Bedford, Jonathan Lovewell Esq 1 ' of Dunstable, Jeremiah 
Page Esq 1 ' of Dunbarton, Timothy Farrar Esq 1 ' of New 
[pswich, Henry Gerrish Esq r of Boscawen & Moses Nicholls 
Esq 1 ' of Amherst be Justices of the peace for the County of 
Hillsborough. — 

Voted that Daniel Emerson Ju r of Hollis and Samuel 
Kimball of Henniker be Coroners for the County of Hills- 
borough. — 

[p. 14.] Voted That John Hurd Esq 1 ' be County Treasurer 
for the County of Grafton. — 

Voted, That Samuel Cutts, Timothy Walker & David Gil- 
man Esq 1 ' be a Committee of this house to Confer with a Com- 
mittee of the hon ble Board about the adjournment of the 
Council and Assembly, and to make report at what time & 
to what time the Hon 1,1,? Board think best to adjourn. Sent 
up by Mess 13 Cutts & Walker. Adjourned for a Quarter of an 
hour, tben met according to Adjournment. 

An Act for Confirming & Establishing the Votes, Resolves 
& Proceedings of the Several late Congresses of the Colony 
of New Hampshire, was read a Second Time. 

Mr. Blanchard Came from the Council & Informed the 
house that the Hon Ue Board had appointed a Committee to 
Confer with the Committee of this house about Adjourning. 

Voted, That Cap 1 Peirce Long be paid out of the Treasury 
the sum of one Hundred Pounds, towards his account as 
Barrack Master, to be by him accounted for and that the 
President of the Council give his Warrant on the Treasurer 
for the payment thereof. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. — 

Voted, That the Members of the Hon ble Council, and the 
Hon ble the Justices of the Superiour Court of Judicature, be 
Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum throughout this 
Colony. 

Voted, That the Justices of the Inferiour Court of Com- 
mon pleas in the County of Cheshire be Justices of the Peace 
for that County. 

Voted That Col Benjamin Bellows Be a Justice of the 
Peace & of the Quorum throughout this Colony. 

Voted, That Francis Smith Esq r of Plainfield be a Justice 
of the peace for the county of Cheshire. 

Voted, That Samuel Trott Esq r be Coroner for the Coun- 
ty of Cheshire. 

Voted, That Samuel Cutts Timothy Walker & David Gil- 
man Esq™ — be a Committee of this House to join a Commit- 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 19 

tee of the Hon ble Council to Draw up a Recommendation of 
M r Johnson (an Indian Preacher) to the Indian Nations. 
Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 
Adjourned till to morrow morning 9 o'clock A M. 



Saturday Jan>" 18 th 

Met according to adjournment, and made a Collection in 
the house for the rev d M r Joseph Johnson, of =£5. 2. 6., 
Presented him by M 1 Cutts — 

Voted, That James Underwood Esq 1 ' of Litchfield and 
Isaac Andrews Esq 1 ' of Hillsborough be Justices of the peace 
for the County of Hillsborough. 

Voted, That the Rev d Doctor Eleazer Wheelock of Han- 
over and Israel Morey Esq 1 ' of Orford be Justices of the 
Peace and of the Quorum for the County of Grafton. 

[p. 15.] Voted That Bezaleel Woodward Esq 1 ' of Hanover, 
Samuel Emerson Esq 1 " of Plimouth, Daniel Brainard Esq 1 ' of 
Rumney, John Wheatly Esq 1 ' of Lebanon and Joseph Pev- 
erly Esq 1 ' of Northumberland, be Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Grafton. 

Voted, To Choose a Committee to Collect the Evidence of 
Losses Sustained in this Colony since the shutting up of our 
Ports. 

Voted, That John Giddings Esq r and Cap 1 John Emery be 
a Committee of this house to Join a Committee of the 
Hon ble Council to collect the Evidence of all Losses Sus- 
tained in this Colony since the Shutting up of our Ports. 

Voted, That the Staff Roll of Col 1 Wingate amounting to 
Seventy three pounds Nineteen Shillings <fc four pence be al- 
lowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President 
of the Council Give order on the Treasurer for Payment 
thereof 

Sent up by Col 1 Baker 

Upon Reading the Petition of the Town of Dover, Voted 
that they be heard thereon on thursday next if this house be 
then Sitting, and if not, then on the Second day of their 
Next Session. The Petition from Greenland, and that from 
Portsmouth to be heard on the Same day. 

Voted That Col 1 Walker, Col 1 Morey, Cap* Prentice, Cap 1 
Long & M r Sherburne be a Committee to Draft a Letter in 
answer to the request of the Com tee of Portsmouth 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3, o'clock afternoon 



20 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Monday January 15 th 1776. 

Met according to Adjournment. 

The Bill for Confirming & Establishing the Votes, resolves, 

& Proceedings of the Several late Congresses of the Colony 
of New Hampshire, having been read a third time, Voted 
that it Pass to be Enacted. — Sent up by 

Voted That Cap* Abijah Learned be allowed & paid out of 
the Treasury the Sum of Twenty three Shillings & four 
pence, (being So much Short allowance to him in the Late 
pay roll of the Congress) and that the President of the 
Council give his Warrant on the Treasurer for payment 
thereof Sent up by 

Upon reading the Petition of the Selectmen of Newington, 
Voted That they be heard thereon on Thursday next if the 
General Assembly be then Sitting and if not, then on the 
Second day of the next Session of the Assembly. 

[p. 16.]" Voted, That the Members of the Hon 1,le Council, 
and the Members of this house receive Five Shillings per day 
for their Attendance on the General Assembly Sundays In- 
cluded, and Two pence per mile Travel to aiuH'rom their 
homes. Excepting Such members as live within fifteen miles 
of the Place where the Gen 1 Assembly Sitts who shall receive 
pay for their Travel to and from their Homes, & have no pay 
for Sundays : and that Each member living more than fifteen 
miles from Court shall receive pay for their Travel on every 
adjournment of the assembly for a Longer time than from 
Saturday till monday ; Excepting the Travel on one Late 
Adjournment from Saturday till Tuesday, on which adjourn- 
ment they are to receive pay for Sunday & monday ; and that 
they receive their pay at the End of Every Session, out of the 
Publick Treasury on a pay roll to be Certified by the Secre- 
tary and the clerk of the House, respectively, and Lodged 
with the Treasurer. — Sent up for Concurrence Jan 7 22 d - 

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock. 



Tuesday Jan 17 16 th 1776. 

Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That Col 1 Evans, Cap 1 Wait & Cap* Prentice be a 
Committee to Examine into & allow Such Muster-rolls as may- 
be laid before them, and report thereon. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 21 

Voted, That Major James Hackett Forthwith repair to 
Portsmouth and to the Fortresses at Piscataqua harbour, 
and muster the Artillery men & Matrosses, and make returne 
to this house as soon as may be. — 

Toted. That M r Speaker,' Col 1 Walker, Col 1 David Gilman 
<fc Cap T Moulton be a Committee to Enquire into the Struc- 
ture <yj the cost of a Powder Mill, and make report to this 
house as soon as may be. 

Toted, That Andrew Savage Crocker, John Sloane, Cap* 
Edward Buckman, & Deacon Francis Worcester, be Coroners 
for the County of Grafton. 

Voted, that Samuel Moore, Cap* Ebenezer Webster & 
Enoch Page be Coroners for the County of Hillsborough. 

Voted that Moses Chase Esq 1 ' & Samuel Hills be Coroners 
for the County of Cheshire. 

Voted That Joseph Bean Esq 1 ' of Salisbury be a Justice of 
the Peace for the County of Hillsborough. 

Toted, That Col 1 Evans, Cap 1 Prentice eV Major Bellows be 
a Committee of this house to join a committee of the Hon 1 * 
Council to prepare & bring in a bill to Enable the Moderator 
of any Town or Parish meeting in this Colony to administer 
the oath of office to the Town or Parish Clerks, and also to 
Enable the said Clerks to Administer the proper oaths of of- 
fice to all other Town or Parish officers. Sent up by 

Adjourned to half past 2 o'clock P. M. 



[p. 17.] The house met according to Adjournment. 

Toted, to choose a Committee of Safety to consist of three 

members of this House and of the Council. To transact 

the Business of this Colony in the recess of the General As- 
sembly. 

Toted to build a Galley at the charge of this Colony, to 
Cruise on our Sea Coast and to be used for the Benefit of 
Defending oar Harbours and of annoying our Enemies. 

The Petition of the Town of Rochester being read, Toted 
that the Petitioners be heard thereon on thursday next, if 
this house be then Sitting, and if not, Then on the Second 
day of the next Session of this Assembly. 

Toted That Phillips White Esq r Cap 1 Josiah Moulton & 
Cap* Peirce Long be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board and in conjunction to act as 



22 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

a Committee of Safety for this Colony in the Recess of the 
Gen 1 Assembly — and that they have the same powers and 
authority as the Late Committee of Safety appointed by the 
Late Congress had — Sent up by 

Voted, That the muster-roll of Cap 1 John Brewster 
amounting to <£84 : 8 : llf be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury, and that the President of the Council give his 
Warrant on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up 

Voted That a Letter of Recommendation ct of Direction 
be Presented to the rev d M r Joseph Johnson, to be signed by 
the Speaker of this house and by the President of the Coun- 
cil. Sent up by Major Kelley. 

Voted That Cap 1 John Bell, Cap 1 Hercules Mooney <fc 
Co 1 Timothy Walker be a Committee to join a Committee of 
the Hon' ,,e Board to write & forward a Letter to Gen 1 Sulli- 
van concerning Adam Stuart late of Londonderry, being a 
person Suspected of being Enemical to this Country. Sent 
up by 

Voted That the account of Cap 1 Jacob Tilton amounting 
to <£10 : 17 : 4 — be allowed & paid out of the Treasury, and 
that the President of the Council give his Warrant on the 
Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by 

Voted That Noah Emery Esq 1 " Cap 1 Stephen Harriman & 
Cap 1 Prentice be a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon 1,le Council to Prepare & bring in a bill for 
Establishing the fees of the Several offices in this Colony. 
Sent up by 

Voted That Samuel Cutts, Israel Morey & John Bellows 
Esq 1 ' be a Committee of this house to join a Committee of 
the Ilon 1,le Council to Consult about firearms, and to prepare 
a Letter in answer to a Letter from his Excellency General 
Washington respecting the Same. Sent up by 

Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 o'Clock. 

Letter from General Washington to Matthew TJiornton. 
[Amer. Ar. 4 Ser. Vol. IV. p. 672.] 

Cambridge, January 13, 1776. 

Sin: — I am sorry that I should so often trouble you respecting this 
army, and that I am under the necessity of applying to you again. 

To my great surprise, Sir, I find that, notwithstanding I have taken 
the utmost pains to prevent the soldiers that would not reinlist in the 
new army from carrying away their arms, or such of them as were 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 23 

good, the whole number collected amounts to only one thousand, six 
hundred and twenty, of which there are no more than one hundred and 
twenty now in stoic, the rest being delivered to the recruits who have 
come in. 

I also find, from the Report of the recruiting officers that few men 
are to be inlisted who have fire-arms in their hands, and that they are 
reduced to the disagreeable alternative of getting men without any, or 
no men at all. What is to be dune'.'' Must not these Governments ex- 
ert themselves in procuring them from the several towns, or in such 
other manner as to them shall seem most effectual and speedy. 

To account minutely for this great deficiency would be tedious, and 
of no importance. I shall only say. that it has arisen from two causes, 
to wit: the badness of the arms of the old army, which the inspectors 
and appraisers did not think worth detaining, and to the disobedience 
i:e Regiments carrying theirs away, in a manner, by stealth, not- 
withstanding every order I could issue, and even solemn threats of st< p- 
ping the pay for the months of November and December, of those that 
should. 

The prospect of getting imported arms is so remote and uncertain 
that I cannot depend upon it. I therefore, request the favor of you to 
inform me. whether you have any. and what number belongs to the 
government, as also, if you will be able to procure more, in what time. 
If you have any or can get- them. I shall be glad to take them on ac- 
count of the United Colonies. They must be had if possible. I have 
wrote to the Honorable General Court of this Province about the same, 
but have not received their answer. Should any of your Militia be 
here when I get your answer, will it be prudent to apply to them for 
their arms? Leaving it optional in them cannot be amiss: but. will 
the necessity of the case justify an involuntary detention of them? I 
ask for information. I am, Sir, with great esteem, &c. 

George ^VASHt^'GTOx. 
To the Hon. Matthew Thornton, Esq. 

Pre-ident of the Convention of New Hampshire. 



[p. 18.] Wednesday Jan 1 -' 17 th 1776. 

The House met according- to adjournment. 

Voted That Phillips White Esq 1 be Judge of the Probate 
of Wilis & for Granting Administration of the Estates of 
Persons Deceased within the County of Rockingham. 

Voted That William Parker Jun r Esq r be Register of Pro- 
bate for the County of Rockingham. 

Toted That Samuel Cutts Esq 1 be first Justice of the Infe- 
rior Court of Common Pleas for the County of Rockingham, 
and that John Dudley Esq r David Gilman Esq 1 & Josiah 
Moulton Esq r be Justices of said Court. 

Yoted, That Joseph Peirce Esq r be the recorder of Deeds 



24 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

& Conveyances for the County of Rockingham, and that the 
Office be kept at Exeter. 

Voted That Deacon Samuel Brooks be County Treasurer 
for the County of Rockingham. 

Voted That the Justices of the Inferior Court of Common 
pleas for the County of Rockingham be Justices of the Peace 
for said County. 

Voted That Hunking Wentworth. Jonathan Warner, Sam- 
uel Penhallow, William Weeks, Walter Bryant, Benjamin 
Rowe & Phillips White Esq r be Justices of the Peace and of 
the Quorum for the County of Rockingham. 

Voted That Henry Prescott, Richard Downing, Noah Em- 
ery, William Parker Jun 1 , Samuel Dudley, Richard Bartlett, 
Samuel Emerson, Nathan Batchelder, Nathaniel Batchelder, 
Josiah Gage. Timothy Walker, Jun 1 ', D 1 ' Samuel Moore, Rob- 
ert Wilson, Ebenezer Stevens, Samuel Little. John M'Clary, 
Nicholas White, Joseph Welch, Timothy Ladd, James Belton, 
Benjamin Butler. Edward Russell, David Lawrence, Josiah 
Moulton, & William Moore Esq rs be Justices of the Peace 
for the County of Rockingham. 

Voted, That George Gains & Samuel Folsom Esq 1 ^ — Amos 
Coffin. Huburtus Neal, Jonathan Swain. Nehemiah Wheeler, 
Jonathan Eastman, Jeremiah Eastman, Jonathan Eaton. Ben- 
jamin Little. & Simmonds Secomb,be Coroners for the Coun- 
ty of Rockingham. 

Adjourned to half past 2 O'clock afternoon. 



Met according to adjournment. 

The Petition of a Number of the Freeholders of the Parish 
of Brintwood being read. Voted that the Petitions be heard 
thereon Tomorrow if they See Cause. 

ir Upon reading an Ignominious Scurrilous & Scandalous 
Piece Printed in the New Hampshire Gazette & Historical 
Chronicle N° 1001, of Tuesday Jany 3 th 1776— Directed or 
Addressed to the Congress at Exeter: 

Voted That Daniel Fowle Esq* the Supposed Printer of said 
Paper be forthwith Sent for and ordered to Appear before this 
house and give an account of the Author of said Piece, and 
further to answer for his Printing said piece, So much De- 
rogatory to the Honour of this Assembly, as well as of the 
Hon 1 * Continental Congress and Injurious to the cause of 
Liberty Now Contending for. Sent up by Capt Waite. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 25 

From the N. H. Gazette, JanV 9, 1776. No. 1001. 
To the Congress at Exeter. 

Gentlemen — In quarrels between countries as between individuals, 
when they have arisen to a certain height, they no longer regard their 
interest or advantage, but the gratification of their wrath; when anger 
has arrived to this Pitch, the most inflammatory measures are esteemed 
the wisest ; and moderation, prudence and virtue are degraded to the 
place of baseness and cowardice. Is not this the case now? We be- 
gan the controversy on this principle, to seek Redress of Grievances : 
since, we have lost sight of the object, and are in quest of what will 
terminate most certainly in our ruin and destruction; I mean, Ixde- 
pexdexcy upon Great Britain ; a step that the public are exceedingly 
averse to: but the public in general are ignorant of the design and 
tendency of th% conduct of their Representatives; I hope I am mis- 
taken myself, but from circumstances, I cannot help drawing conclu- 
sions : However, if I am so, I have erred on the safe side; and at most 
it is but a fault that may be remedied: If I am right, it may serve to 
open people's eyes, and put the unwary on their guard. The grounds 
for my conclusions, are the following: The grand Congress have de- 
clared they will give no Proportion towards the National expence, 
without the application of it. Now, by the Constitution, we acknowl- 
edge the application of all monies lays in the Crown. 2 dl - T . They say, 
that they will regulate the internal practice of the Colon'es ; now 
in their last Session they never asked this, but consistently with the 
Constitution gave it up desiring only one condition as at the close of 
the last war, when the Crown had a negation upon all our acts. 3^. 
They, on an application from this Province recommended to them to 
assume a new .For?» o/ 6'oren???)^. Many other circumstances might 
be mentioned, but they are artfully blended with the necessity of the 
times, that I fear to offend the public ear in mentioning them. 

If these are not the homely ugly features of that horrid Monster In- 
dependency, — marks and signs never refer to originals; — some people 
may think otherwise, so apt are mankind to reject everything that does 
not coincide with their prevailing passions; soon will they see it arise in 
order before their eyes, attended with all its hellish pageantry, so close- 
ly connected with other seeming necessitous measures; that to oppose 
the one, you must a multitude of others ; so that no prudent man can 
withstand it ; it will appear dressed with every ornament to hide its 
ugly form. 

" It is monster of so horrid mien 
As to be hated, needs but to be seeH." 

Oppose it, Gentlemen, in the beginning ; a little delay may be fatal; 
and like a neglected wound, it may mortify, and corrupt the whole 
body- 

Every step towards Ixdepexdexcy, I said would be ruinous and de- 
structive in its consequences: now I will prove it. Th,e question turns 
on these two points: 1 st . Can we gain Ixdepexdexcy? 2 d . If we gain 
can we support ourselves in it? 

1 st . We have for six or eight months past opposed but a part of Great 
Britain: 6000 land Forces is not an exertion of British power. — they 
have been divided; and consequently irresolute and inconsistent in 
their plans: every man who knows history must acknowledge that the 



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26 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

ill success of the British arms at the opening of last war was in conse- 
quence of popular clamor against the Ministry ; and their success after- 
ward to their union; and as long as we feed this party, shall we be 
successful. It is a party that acts from the noble principle of Inter- 
est, they esteem us part of the same body, and what affects one part 
will extend itself thro' the whole. Every tyrannical arbitrary measure 
exercised over us, may in their turn be exercised over them; they op- 
pose it, not for our interest, but for their own. But a disjunction 
disunites our Interest likewise, and they will not assist us to their 
own loss: say they, the Americans are making us an instrument 
to ruin ourselves; we heard they had been misrepresented, as captious 
ami impatient of government; and now it is true, they under a specious 
[net ence of Liberty, are shaking off that government they in Congress 
solemnly swore to support. They are deceitful men; they told us, they 
would pay their Quota toward the national Expence, & new will not give 
a penny, & we must pay their taxes, and protect their trade in War and 
Peace, and they only rail and revile us afterward. We have in their in- 
fancy nourished and brought them up, and now they have lost their nat- 
ural affection. Then let us one and all unite against these Rebels and 
subdue them; else we shall lose all our Debts and trade. The Minis- 
try, continue they, are right to tax them, as they would not tax them- 
selves, and pay any thing toward our defending them thro' this long 
Peace from any sudden Excursion of the enemy both savage & civilized; 
this will be the united language of all Great Britain & Ireland. Say 
France and Spain, if we join in this American quarrel Great Britain 
will offer any terms to the Colonies, let them alone, they will weaken 
themselves more by our Neutrality, than Interposition, and be no ex- 
pence to us neither. That old British love & the affection for each 
other, will rouse itself if we intermeddle ; — foreigners always disgust 
them ; and our finances were so exhausted by the late war, that we are 
not able, (a very able reason) therefore France and Spam are not for 
us, consequently according to Squire * * * * they are against us. The 
case then stands thus: all Great Britain united to subdue us, France 
and Spain neuter tho' Esq. * * * * says God Almighty never made a 
neuter, — we depend wholly on ourselves — that is, a Continent of 1000 
miles sea coast defending themselves without one ship of war against 
500 Battle ships completely manned and fitted: A country that can pay 
but 30 thousand men, at war with a nation that has paid and can pay 
150 thousand; A country of three millions of Inhabitants, fighting with 
a Nation of 15 millions; — a country that can raise but 1 million of 
money at war with a nation who can raise 20 Mils, in specie, — a country 
without arms, without ammunition, without trade, contending with a 
Nation that enjoys the whole in the fullest latitude. They have con- 
quered France, can't they conquer America? I said without ammuni- 
tion; but the making of Salt Petre has made such rapid progress, es- 
pecially at Portsmouth, where both clergy and Laity are employed six 
days in the week & the Seventh is seasoned with it, that I beg leave to 
subtract that : Now cast the balance which side is heaviest, — "we are 
gone in a minute " — then we cannot gain Independency. 

If we gain Independency, can we support it? Will any nation pro- 
tect us for our trade? No nations manufacture such articles as we con- 
sume but Great Britain, & these manufactures except a few articles are 
very dear and coarse: therefore we cannot trade with any foreign power 



1776 J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 27 

sufficiently to reimburse them for their protection. Can we manu- 
facture for ourselves? We cannot make sufficient of Paper for ready 
consumption; and we have learnt the art long ago. and we must buy 
English paper, except we would choose to write on Bark or wax. The 
reason is plain, we consist in this country of Farmers, Planters and 
Fishermen: we have not men sufficient for manufacturing; and Great 
Britain has made their emigrations a capital offence. This is the first 
objection to a state of Independency. 

A second is, that no nation would take a great part of our Produce, 
because they come so much dearer from us. than other nations ; and to 
encourage us Great Britain has given bounties upon sundry articles to 
the amount of £200,000 sterl. that we might be able to export them to 
their merchants. A 3 d objection is, That was the Continent a foreign 
state we should be obliged to pay what taxes they please on their Man- 
ufactures toward raising a Revenue. 4 th objection, we must be obliged 
to garrison the Provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia in war and peace, 
which will cost us 500,000 sterling, which we never did, nor never cau 
raise. A 5 th objection is. We must maintain a Fleet equal to that of 
Great Britain, to defend our sea-coast, and our Trade, which will cost 
us 2 or 3 Millions; if we cannot raise one now, can we raise these five 
years hence? On a moderate computation, our Taxes would be tenfold: 
Now which is most eligible, to be independent, and pay 15 Dollars tax, 
or to be in the condition we were in 1762 and pay one? Who will 
it please but ambitious men? The only way to make men do right is 
to put it out of their power to do wrong. The gentlemen of Pennsyl- 
vania have given instruction to their Representatives, that no congress- 
man should be a Place-man, it is a tempting bait, the offices of Treas- 
urer, Recorder, and other lucrative posts to do wrong. I speak this, 
because I hear there is a del ate whether the officers of government shall 
be chosen from and by the Provincial Congress: they all go by Scrip- 
ture maxims: they condemned a number of people on this text: '"•They 
who are not for us are against us" on a learned explanation of it in this 
wise, that a man must approve or disapprove any measure that is taken 
altogether, say they ; if he uses one exertion he must another. 

Now the ride fixed for the choice of Officers is this: " Choose your 
governors and Xobles out of yourselves: the Laws of God are the only 
rule since the dissolution of the Laws of the land, and they will abide 
by them till they can make them better.'' However I have depressed 
too far; it is as certain if you establish a new Form of Government, 
as that you will have all the posts of profit, that we should have all 
the force of Great Britain, and every Ally, that interests or gratitude 
can gain, on our backs; and picture to yourselves the consequences. 
I know of no more direct step you could take to answer the Designs of 
the Ministry ; and every advocate for it is worthy a pension : 1 forgot 
to draw my consequences from the things I proposed; but any man 
who can distinguish right from wrong may see any step toward Inde- 
pendency is ruinous and destructive in its consequences. 

Was any man to see his neighbor's house in flames, would he fold his 
arms and silently sit at home: — it would be madness! — such is my case; 
and tho' I burn my fingers in the attempt I will try to extinguish it, 
lest the whole city be in flames. JUNIUS. 



28 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

[p. 19.] Voted, That the Hon ble John Wentworth Esq r of 
Summerswortli be one of the Councellors for the County of 
Strafford, in the room of Thomas "Westbrook Waldron, Esq 1 ', 
who was chosen but did not accept. Sent up — 

Letter from Thomas W k Waldron, Esq. 
[MS. State Papers, Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 39.] 

To the Honorable Congress or General Assembly of New Hampshire: 
Gentlemen : 

While my Heart gratefully glows with Thankfulness on the distin- 
guished mark of respect shewn me by your vote of the 6 th Instant 
handed hither by Ichabod Rollins Esq r the evening of the same day I 
beg leave to acquaint you that I have been little able to leave home for 
three Winters successively, that accepting the Honorable arduous & 
Intense Duty proposed without a prospect of attending thereto (which 
I have not) would be but to prevent the appointment of a suitable Per- 
son to assist in the Now critical Councils of the Colony, and that 
an Address giving Notice of my Inability & Imploring your Excuse 
would have been forwarded last week had not one of your Honorable 
body consented to convey this. 

Please to forgive my saying that to jirevent the effects of late uncon- 
stitutional measures many Colonies appointed Congresses as their 
General Assemblys were subject to the adjournments Prorogations & 
Dissolutions of Governors &c. & that while Congresses as such man- 
aged the momentous affair the Friends of America in England & 
elsewhere approved the Exertion, and we may reasonably hope will 
continue still so to do as it seems to me. 

But as the fertile field before me begins to rise ideas too important 
for my steril Pen to marshal I take leave with only adding that I wish 
you Divine Direction & am with great truth & sincerity 
Honourable Sirs, 

your respectful & most 
Dover, Jan^ obliged humble servant 

16 th 1776. Tho s W. k Waldron. 

Voted, That Ichabod Rollins Esq 1 ' be Judge of the Probate 
of Wills & for Granting Administration of the Estates of 
Persons Deceased, in the County of Strafford. 

Voted that John Wentworth of Dover be register of the 
Probate for said County. 

Voted That George Frost Esq 1 ' bo first Justice of the Infe- 
rior Court of Common pleas for the County of Strafford, and 
That Otis Baker Esq 1 ' John Plummer and Moses Carr Esq 1 ' be 
Justices of Said Court. 

Voted That Col 1 Stephen Evans be Sheriff of the County 
of Strafford. 

Voted That Thomas Westbrook Waldron Esq r be County 
Teasurer for said County. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 29 

Voted That Thomas Westbrook Waldron Esq 1 ' lie recorder 
of Deeds and Conveyances in and for the County of Straf- 
ford. 

Voted That John Gage Esq 1 ' of Dover, Ebenezer Tibbetts 
Esq 1 ' of Rochester, John Horn of Wakefield, John Cate of 
Barrington and Jacob Brown of Moultonborough be Coroners 
for the County of Strafford. 

Voted, That Ichabod Rollins Esq 1 ' & John Wentworth 
Esq 1 ' be Justices of the Peace. 

Voted That Joseph Badger Esq 1 ' be a Justice of the Peace 
& of the Quorum for the County of Strafford. 

Voted That Ebenezer Smith, Daniel Beede, Joseph Senter, 
Thomas Parsons, Simeon Dearborn, Miles Rendall, and Paul 
Haves Esq 1 " 8 be Justices of the Peace for the County of Straf- 
ford. 

Voted, That John Hogg of Dunbarton, be a coroner for 
the County of Hillsborough. Sent up by 

Voted that the Billeting Roll of Cap 1 Moses Leavitt, 
amounting to Eighty Seven Pounds Twelve Shillings & nine 
pence, be allowed <& paid out of the Treasury, and that the 
President of the Council give his Warrant on the Treasurer 
or paymaster for the payment thereof. Sent up by D 1 ' Dear- 
born. 

Adjourned till tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock. 



Thursday January 18, 1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted That Co 1 Baker, Col 1 Walker & Col 1 Morey be a 
Committee of this house to Join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Council to wait on John Langdon Esq 1 ' at Hamptonfalls, or 
wherever they may meet him, and Desire him to repair to 
this House as Soon as he Conveniently can. Sent up by 
[p.20.] A Letter prepared by the Committee of Both Houses in 
answer to one rec d from General Washington respecting Fire 
arms &c. being read, Voted that the same be Transcribed 
and Sent to his Excellency Gen 1 Washington as Soon as may 
be — Sent up by M r Clough. 



30 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter to General Washington. 

[Amer. Ar. 4 Ser. Vol. IV. p. 709.] 

Colony of New Hampshire, Exeter, January 17, 1776. 
Sir— 

Your Excellency's letter of the 13tli instant, setting forth the 
difficulty of providing fire-arms for the army, came to hand yester- 
day. The General Court, now sitting, immediately took the contents 
under consideration, and find that all the publick arms of the Colony 
have been delivered out to the soldiers in the Continental Army, and 
at our Garrison in Portsmouth. 

Upon a return lately made from the several towns in the Colony, 
we find that not more than two-thirds of the inhabitants capable of 
using arms are furnished therewith, and many of them such as would 
not iSe thought tit to be trusted to in the Continental Army. 

The scarcity of workmen, as well as steel, has hitherto prevented 
our having any considerable number made in the. Colony; for which 
' asons, together with the apparent need of our keeping a considera- 
ble bodj- of troops to defend our sea-coasts, brings us to the disa- 
greeable necessity of informing your Excellency it is not in our power. 
at present, to supply any arms for the purpose you mention. We 
are fearful that the detention of the arms of the Militia, (now at the 
Camp) against their consent, will create such an uneasiness in their 
minds, that it would hinder their exerting themselves if called upon 
hereafter. 

In consequence of a former recpiest from your Excellency, we have 
procured one hundred and forty blankets, which we shall forward to 
the camp immediately; and if an}" more can be obtained, they shall 
be sent along without delay. 

In behalf of the Council and Assembly, I am, with great esteem 
and respect, your Excellency's most humble servant, 

Meshech Weare, President. 
To his Excellency General Washington. 



Letter from Gen. John Sullivan. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 63.] 

Winter Hill, Jan>' 17th 1776. 

MtTCn RESPECTED GEXTLEMEX — 

I inclose to you a letter from General Washington requesting Two 
Regiments of men from New Hampshire to keep on the Lines till the 
first of April next, Each Regim' to consist of Eight Companies. 
Those Companies to consist of "one Captain, Two Lieut 8 , one Ensign, 
four Sergeants, tour corporals, one Drummer one Fifer and seventy 
six privates, all to be on the Lines by the first of February next. I 
need not inform you of the necessity we are under as our making the 
Requisition is sufficient evidence of that. I can venture to assure 
you that our force now on the Lines including the Militia does not 
amount to 12.000 although the Continental Congress ordered 22,000. 
The people in general seem to have an aversion to a campaign of 12 
months. Though I presume they will be forward enough to enlist for 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 31 

two months. Especially a* the time will expire sufficiently early for 
them to look after their springs work: the encouragement is to be a 
penny for mile travel in & out and the same wages as the Rest of the 
army. I have had much trouble to keep fair weather with your 
militia lately sent. I had to supply man}- with arms £ to give my 
obligations for ammunition which I dealt out to them Individually, 
took Receipts & must receive it in from them & Return it into the 
Store to redeem my obligations; but this was not all. The Congress 
had neglected to send along money, the military chest was empty 
and the soldiers complaining aloud for want of Cash, as well those 
who were about to leave us as those who agreed to tarry on the 
Lines one Fortnight longer. I at the General's request drew up En- 
listments lV. gave to the Captains to try their men & after tryal they 
Returned 75 men only. This alarmed me much for I feared that our 
Province would loose that credit which they by their conduct have 
so justly deserved; to save which and to prevent the Lines from be- 
ing deserted I procured money sufficient to pay 3 Dollars pr man to 
those who would Tarry the 15 Days Required. I then had them 
Drawn up & endeavoured every way to Induce them to tarry and 
finally prevailed on all but about 350 who were determined to quit 
us at ail Events. These worthless scoundrells though willing to sac- 
rifice their Liberties could not suffer the least delay of payment for 
their service, they had heard the Continental Chest was empty and 
could by no means be brought to believe there was any thing Less 
than a contrivance to cheat them of their wages. I well knew that 
General Washington had promised me they should be paid off when 
the time was expired. I promised the same to the Committee of 
Safety & they to the men, by which means I well knew the Commit- 
tee who had done every thing that men could do towards sending 
them would be censured & condemned; to prevent which and to do 
all in my power for the honour of the Government I Borrowed the 
money from more than 20 persons & paid off all those who were go- 
ing home & shall do the same to the others when their time is out. 
Though it pleases me to find our men tarry all to 350 & so far exceed 
the inhabitants of other Colonies in their zeal & spirit, yet it gives 
me pain to inform you that not near half the Mass 8 militia could be 
prevailed upon to tarry & many of them went off one Day before 
their time was out. To prevent Delay with our men I made up most 
of the 31 pa}* Rolls with my own hands as some were from each 
company and with the assistance of Maj* Scammel & Mr. Sherburne 
paid them all off between Day-break and 12 o'clock and hope they 
have Returned contented. 

I must now Entreat you gentlemen to exert yourselves in forward- 
ing the forces wrote for by the General. Mass a has agreed to furnish 
seven Regiments, Connecticut four & hope our two will be on the 
spot as soon as theirs. Rhode Island being continually surrounded 
by ships of war can furnish none. Connecticut over and above the 
four Regiments has sent 1500 men to guard Xew York, so that our 
proportion is by no means extravagant. I have hit upon an expedi- 
ent of Raising one of the Regiments here which I hope will prove 
agreeable, viz. as there are now 31 companies here already officered 
by you I am about to select 11 officers, three of which to be field 
officers & eight to be Captains of Companies. Those Captains to 



82 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

choose subalters from different companies & in that "way I hope to 
compleat one of the Regiments proposed. This will in great measure 
Facilitate the Raising the other Reg 1 - & secure men upon the lines 
though yours should not arrive in season. I cannot but promise my- 
self your approbation of this measure; if I should find a probability 
of being disappointed in this attempt shall send an Express to j'ou 
immediately, but am well convinced it will succeed. 

I would in the appointment of officers beg leave to recommend men 
who will do credit to the government: I have a very high opinion of 
the field officers you appointed to Guard the Harbour of Piscataway, 
if they are not needed there I should be fond of them here; but this 
I leave to your wisdom & discretion. 

I was favored with your Letter respecting the affair of Col Stark 
& Col° Hubbard (1) which I immediately laid before the General. 
He shew me your letter to him with a copy of Col° Hubbard's to 
you & a tryal would immediately have taken place but Col Stark 
had gone into the country recruiting, he is now returned & a Court 
of Enquiry will sit upon him to-morrow or next day. You may de- 
pend that notwithstanding I esteem Stark as a worthy good officer I 
Avill do every thing in m\ 7 power to punish any Insult he may have 
been guilty of offering to the Colony. I repeatedly told Col" Hub- 
bard the Evs after the affair happened when I found him and Stark 
together at my house on my return from Head Quarters that I would 
confine Stark Immediately if he desired it and even his w r hole Regi- 
iment if necessary but he chose to omit it. 

I have thought of an expedient to save the money to the Colony 
at all events; which is this, viz. for the General Court to give notice 
in all the news-papers that a number of Bills of such a Date, namely 
Nov. 3 d , numbered from 2771 to 2825 w r ere stolen & that any persons 
possessed of those numbers should forward them to the Receiver 
General within one month to be Exchanged fro Silver, with a proper 
account how he came by the Bill or Bills & if not sent up by that 
time never to be redeemed in future, for which purpose an act should 
be passed & if the thief should have parted with any of this money 
(which by the way is not probable) the matter being fresh you may 
trace it up to his door. But if (as is by far the most probable) he 
should have delayed to pass it for fear of Discovery it must die in his 
hands & the Province not loose a farthing. This method, Gentle- 
men, I beg leave to Recommend for the Interest of the Colony ; — let the 
Tryal here turn out as it may. I beg you to excuse my freedom & 
believe me to be with gratitude and Esteem, Gentlemen, 

your much oblidged Humble 
Sev' 

Jn° Sulliyan. 
To the Honorable the General Court of New Hampshire. 

(1) It appears that the mode of spelling the name Hobart was not settled. The gen- 
tleman here referred to was Samuel Hobart, Esq., pay master of the troops, who also 
bore the title of Colonel. Not ,only did General Sullivan mis-spell the name, but in 
the report of the battle of Bennington, Aug. 16, 1777, General Stark speaks of a 
"Col. Hubbard," and the same spelling is found in Belknap's history of that battle. 
Hence has arisen a confusion; and the inquiry been raised "Who was Colonel Hub- 
bard that Genl Stark commends?" The proper auswer is, Col. David Hobart, who 
was of Plymouth, N. H. though a native of Hollis, and probably a relative of Samuel 
Hobart, E<q. whom Stark offended. See Potter's Mil. Hist, in Adj. Gen. Rep. Vol. II. 
1866, p. 320. Ed. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 33 

Toted that Maj 1 ' Barker, M r Gibson & Cap* Wait be a 
Committee to Join a Committee of the Hon hle Council to take 
into Consideration what method is best to be Taken to Ob- 
tain Security for Debts in Civil Cases, and how far the Same 
shall be prosecuted, & Carried into Execution as to the recov- 
ery of such Debts. Sent up by Deacon Baldwin. 

Upon reading the Petitions of the Committee from Newton 
in behalf of s d Parish, Voted that John Dudley Esq 1 ', Cap 1 
Prentice, Mr. Balsh, Mr. Gibson, Capt Wait, James Betton 
Esq 1 ' & Major Bellows be a Committee to Examine into the 
matters of the Complaint, and make report thereon as Soon 
as may 'he. 

The said Committee made the following report thereon 
viz* upon •• Considering the prayer of the within Petition, & 
" hearing the Evidences on both sides find that the within 
" named Joseph Bartlett Esq 1 was not Legally chose by the 
" Town of New Town to represent them in Comri-ess on May 
"17 th 1775." 

Per order Nath 11 Balch, Chairman. 

The Petition from the Towns of Portsmouth, Dover, New- 
ington, Rochester, Stratham, North Hampton, Rye, New 
Market, Kensington, Greenland, and a part of Brintwood, 
against Taking up Government in the New Form Established 
by this House, being read & Considered (by both houses, 
being come together in the Town house) and fully argued by 
Mr John Pickering, Counsel for the Petitioners (1). The 
house adjourned till tomorrow 9 O'clk a M. 



Friday January 19 th 1776. 

The house met according to adjournment. 

Voted, to Choose a Committee of Five Persons, to consult 
with Some of the Members of the Committee of Safety of 
Portsmouth and report to this house what they think best to 
be done respecting removing the People from Gosport and 
that D r Levi Dearborn Capt Wait, Col 1 Evens, John M c Clary 
Esq 1 ' and Capt Moulton be the said Committee. 

Voted, That Col 1 Morey, Col 1 David Gilman & Col 1 Evans 
be a Committee of this house to Confer with a Committee of 

(1) With the exception of the Petition from Portsmouth, the petitions here referred 
to have not been found. Ed. 



34 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

the hon 1,le Council, about Laying our Plan of Government 
before the Hon ble the Continental Congress and Taking their 
Advice thereon and to make report to this house as soon as 
]\Iay be. 

[p. 21.] Voted, That the account of Deacon Samuel Brooks, 
amounting to £14: 14: 8| be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury, and that the President of the Council give his or- 
der on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by Col. 
Walker. 

The Committee appointed to consult about removing the 
People from Gosport made report to the house as Follows 
viz. 

The Committee appointed for the above s d Business beg leave to re- 
port That it is our Opinion That the Inhabit' 8 of Gosport on the Isle of 
Shoals remain there untill further orders from this House, and that 
they be allowed to Purchase any Necessaries of Life Sufficient for their 
own Families at Rye harbour or Little Boars head in North Hampton 
on making pay for the same in Cash or good Fish, Provision to be 
made by Some Two persons near said Harbours for the above purpose, 
or by a Committee for that Purpose, in behalf of the Colony, And that 
tlie said Inhabitants be forbid going to or trading in any Other Har- 
bour or Harbours — which report being read & Considered, 

Voted, That the Inhabitants of Gosport remain on that 
Island till further orders of this house. 

Voted, That Cap 1 Moses Bamett of Londonderry be & 
hereby is Impowered to take and Certify Depositions for 
Adam Stuart & against him, concerning the complaint and 
Information of the Committee of Safety of Londonderry. 

The Hon ble Board seut down the Following Vote of Coun- 
cil viz 1 — 

Colony of New Hampshire, In Council Jan r J' 19 th 1776 — Upon reading 
the Letter from his Excellency General Washington, & General Sulli- 
van recpuesting recruits for the Continental Army, The Board are of 
Opinion that the reepdsition ought Speedily to be attended to, and 
would Therefore recommend a Vote to be passed for the raising one 
regiment, and more if General Sullivan Should fail in raising a Regi- 
ment out of our Militia now in the Service, and that a Committee of 
the Hon bk ' House be appointed to join with a Committee of the Board 
and fully authorized to carry the same into execution. Voted that the 
foregoing be Sent to the Hon ble House. Albert E. Thompson, Seer? 

Copy of the Original Attest N Emery C D Rep s 

General Washington's Letter is as follows viz — 

Cambridge Jan^ 16 th 1776. 

Sir — the alarming and almost Defenceless State of our Lines occa- 
sioned by the Slow Progress in raising recruits for the New army, and 
the Departure of a great Number of the Militia, which had been called 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 35 

in for their Support till the 15 th Instant, rendered it Necessary for me 
to Summon the General Officers in Council, to Determine on proper 
means to be adopted for their Preservation: For this purpose they met 
at Head quarters yesterday and to-day & finding that it was with the 
[p. 22.] utmost difficulty & Persuasion, that Such of the latter, as are 
now here, have been prevailed on to continue till the Last of the 
month, after which there is not the remotest probability of their Stay- 
ing a moment, they have Judged it expedient and absolutely necessary 
that thirteen Regiments should be forthwith raised equal to those of 
the New Establishment to be officered according to the usual mode of 
their respective Governments; which are to repair to this Camp by 
the last Instant if Possible, to be in readiness to act in such manner 
till the first of April, as Circumstances may require, — of this number 
they apprehend, the Massachusetts Should Furnish seven, Connecticut 
Four & your Government Two, being agreeable to the Proportion Set- 
tled by Congress In order that each Regiment may consist of a proper 
Number of officers 8c men. I have Enclos'd you a List for their legula- 
tion, and of the Continental Pay. I must earnestly Sollicit your atten- 
tion & regard, to arms, ammunition, Blankets. Kettles, & Clothing, 
that they may come as well Provided with these Necessaries as Possible, 
Particularly the first, as from the amasing Deficiency here, I shall not 
have it in my Power to supply them. The situation and Exigency of 
our affairs Calling for this assistance. I have the most pleasing assur- 
rance that your Honorable body, will Exert themselves for complying 
with this requisition with all Possible Dispatch. — I am Sir, with much 
Esteem & regard your most obed Serv 4 . 

Hon ble Matthew Thornton Esq. G. Washington. 

Another letter from his Excel!-" General "Washington. 

Cambridge Jan^" 21 5t 1770 
Sir — In the Hurry of my last Dispatches to you of the 19 th inst. I 
forgot to Intimate that for the Encouragement, of the Regiment Destin- 
ed for Canada, a months advance pay will be allowed officers & soldiers 
by me, in behalf of the Congress. At the same time I think it but 
right, that you Should be apprised of the Intention of this Govern- 
ment to advance their Regim ts another months Pay to Enable the men 
to provide for So long and Fatigueing a march, and in the meantime 
leave something for their Familys to subsist upon During their Ab- 
sence. — I have no doubt but that this Last advance will be pleasing 
enough to Congress, and that the money will be Speedily refunded, but 
as I have no authority to Direct it, and would not appear by any act of 
mine to put the Three regiments of Canada upon a Different Footing 
than those who have been raising for the army, I only give you a hint 
of the Intention of this Government, That if you think proper, the 
Regiments from your Colony may be placed upon the same footing, as I 
know all kind of Distinctions are considered by Troops with an evil & 
[p. 23.] jealous Eye. Such Necessaries as are absolutely requisite for 
the march of this Regiment, you will please have provided, upon the 
best Terms you can, & regular accounts with Vouchers thereof kept, 
that payment niay be made. — The Importance of Dispatch will I arn 
persuaded, appear in so urgent & pressing a Light to you, that I need 
add Nothing on this Head; but shall be glad to hear what Progress you 



36 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

make in the business, being with the Sincerest regard & Esteem — Sir, 
your most obeiP IIiuu 1 ' 1 ' Serv' — 

G. Washington. 

Entered according to the original per N. Emery C D Rep s 

The House adjourned to 2 o'clock afternoon. 



Letter from General Sullivan — relating to the defeat at Quebec, 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 70.] 

Winter Hill, Jan? 18 th 1776. 
Much esteemed Gentlemen — 

It is with the most sensible pain I sit down to write you the 
melancholy tidings of our army's being defeated at Quebec, on the 
81 st of Decern 1 with the Loss of 150 killed and wounded (according to 
the best accounts we can collect) & between three & four hundred 
taken prisoners; among the Latter are a number of our intrepid New 
Hampshire Friends who marched from hence with Col" Arnold. The 
whole of his party Except himself and some few that retired with 
him when lie was wounded are either killed or taken prisoners. The 
Brave the Intrepid, 'rat alas Too unfortunate General Montgomery 
Fell and with his departing spirit courage and Resolution forsook the 
Troops he commanded. He attacked the Lower Town of Quebec at 
the Point Diamond on the opposite side Col" Arnold with his party 
attacked a place called La Roche, & after an hours Engagement car- 
ried a Two gun Battery with the Loss of about '20 killed and wound- 
ed. The}- then attacked a Second Battery & carried it swordinhand 
but gaining the Second Battery proved their defeat for by possessing 
themselves of that the}- advanced beyond Palace Gate that leads from 
the upper Town to the Lower, from which the enemy Immediately Is- 
sued and falling on their rear drove them into the Lower Town from 
whence they could not Escape as the Enemy were possessed of the 
ge through which they Entered, and on the opposite side the un- 
fortunate Montgomery's party were defeated & had Retired so that 
the victors turning round to oppose brought the small but brave and 
lute party between two Fires. They took possession of the Lower 
Town about 7 in the morning and though exposed to a fire in front & 
rear as I mentioned as also to a fire in flank from the upper Town, 
they bravely maintained their ground till night when despairing of 
succour & growing weary of slaughter they surrendered themselves 
prisoners of war. The Brave Montgomery with his aid-de-camp were 
killed the first tire, and 1 believe that struck such a damp on his par- 
ty that little more was done by them. Col" Livingston with his party 
of Canadians made a feigned attack on the Upper Town to favour the 
Real attack on the Lower, but this was extremely ill executed. You 
will soon Learn more particularly about the matter and how the whole 
country is in motion to assist our friends there ; all the people west of 
Springfield are gone. Col Warner with his Green Mountain Boys 
inarched Immediately to join the party which they had left, by being 
(as they thought) ill used by General Montgomery. You will find 
by the Enclosed Letter that the General Council have determined 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 37 

that a Regiment from each of the Frontiers of New Hamp 1 Mass 8 and 
Connecticut are to march with all possible expedition to secure our 
Conquests & if possible retrieve the honor of the American arms. 
This Resolution induced us to Release one of the Regiments wrote for 
in my last to serve here two months, and Instead thereof for JSTew 
Hampshire to furnish one here, and one for Canada enlisted for 
twelve months. I have a prospect of raising one for this place from 
among the Recruits here in the manner I formerly mentioned. So 
you need give yourselves no other Trouble about that, but advancing 
upon the Credit of the Continent a months pay advance which beg 
you to do. The party going for Canada I suppose General Washing- 
ton has called upon you to furnish them with money &c. Upon my 
soul it gives me pain to find that our Continental chest is so often 
empty & that parsimony and indolence which has destroyed so many 
powerful States is but too likely to destroy ours. To this alone was 
owing that total Defeat at Quebec as the deceased Montgomery Let- 
ters will fully show, for lie seemed to prophesy his defeat from the 
want of money to pay off the Troops. 

I have selected officers for the Regiment to be stationed here as I 
mentioned, Cap 1 Waldron, Chesley & Place to take the command as 
field officers, and have taken some of the best Captains and subal- 
terns. I should rejoice if Cap' Mooney would in conjunction with the 
Bearer Lieut. Clough & two subalterns' appointed by you or them un- 
dertake to bring in a Company. The Residue I can furnish myself 
without giving you any trouble except what I mention. With re- 
spect to the Reg' bound to Canada you will excuse my suggesting 
the necessity of Raising that in the western parts of the Colony. 
Col Win. Stark now happens to be in Camp & says he can undoubt- 
edly Raise the men; he is well acquainted with the country and with 
the nature of such a inarch, 1 would therefore for the good of the 
service beg leave to recommend him unless you have some other per- 
son more suitable in view. I have directed him to wait on your 
Honours & receive your Commands. Captain John Parker who was 
here some days since was soliciting license from General Washington 
& myself to raise four or live Companies & march to Canada. We 
knowing of no necessity therefor refused him; perhaps he may now 
be of some advantage in Raising men, but many among you know the 
man §• his communications ; all these hints I throw out for the good of 
the service. I have no particular person in view barely for his own 
sake. The good of my country is Avhat I mean to promote; where I 
mistake the proper means to ' attain that Desirable End you will 
please to correct me as an ignorant offender, and believe me to be (as 
I really am) a true friend to my country, & your much oblidged 

Humble Servant 

Jn° Sullivan. 
Hon. Gen 1 Assembly of New ) 
Hampshire. j 

The General has inclosed you copies of most of the Important Let- 
ters from Canada. Yr a J- S. 

P. S. My extreme hurry will, I hope, apologize for incorrectness. 

J. S. 



88 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Order from Gen. John Sullivan. 

[State Pap. Eev n Vol. III. p. 61.] 

To John Waldron §■ Alpheus Chesley, Es'f 3 . 
A requisition being made upon the Colony of New Hampshire for a 

regiment of men consisting of seven hundred & Twenty Eight Includ- 
ing all the officers. I have after consulting his Excellency Gen 1 Wash- 
ington thought proper to raise and officer a Eegirnent out of the of- 
ficers & soldiers lately come in from that Colony to remain in the 
Continental :-ervice until the first day of April next. I have named 
Eight Captains & have nominated you the said John Waldron as 
Chief Co 1 of said Eegirnent & you the said Alpheus Chesley as Lieut. 
Col thereof & have wrote to the Gen 1 Assembly upon the measure I 
have adopted & requested them to furnish one months pay advance 
''I- -aid regiment upon the credit of the Continent. You are there- 
fore i'i •■■; tested Immediately to repair to the Gen 1 Assembly, wait on 
them with my compliments & these orders, receive their commands 
& Immediately proceed to compleat the Eegirnent Proposed. & Eeturn 
to head Quarters by the first day of February next. You will please 
to pay strict obedience to the commands of that Assembly & on all 
occations give notice of your proceedings to your 
Hum 1 serv 1 

Jx° Sullivan. 
B. Gen 1 of the Continental Congress. 
Winter Hill, Jan?" 19 th 1776. 



Letter from General Washington. 

[State Pap. Eev n Vol. III. p. 76.] 

Cambridge, 19 Jan?*, 1776. 
Sir— 

The Inclosed herewith sent convey such full accounts of the sad re- 
verse of our affairs in Canada as to render it unnecessary lor me in 
my present hurry to add aught to the tale. 

Your spirited Colony will, I have no doubt be sufficiently impressed 
with the expediency of a vigorous exertion to prevent the evils which 
must follow the repulse of our Troops. It does not admit of a doubt, 
but that General Carlton will improve this advantage to the utmost; 
and if he should be able to give another current of sentiments to the 
Canadians and Indians, than those they seemed inclined to adopt, 
words are unnecessary to describe the melancholy effect that must 
inevitably follow. 

I am persuaded therefore, that you will exert yourselves to the ut- 
most to throw in the reinforcements (by the rout mentioned in Gene- 
ral Schuyler's letter) that is now required of your Colon}-, as the doing 
of it expeditiously may prove a matter of the utmost importance. 

You will perceive by the minutes of the Council of War (Inclosed) 
that the Regiment asked of you for Canada is one of the Two applied 
for in my letter of the 16 lust, and that the only difference with re- 
spect to the requisition is the length of time andplace of service; as 
no good would result from sending Troops to Canada for a shorter 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 39 

period than the Continental arm}- is raised for, — to wit, till the first 
of Jan rT 1777. 

I am with very great esteem, 

Sir, your most obed 1 H. serv f . 

(copy) 

Hon. Matthew Thornton. 
Indorsed, '• General Washington. 
Regiment for Canada.' 1 



Note. On the 19<h January, 1776, the Continental Congress issued General Orders or 
rather Resolutions to expedite the raising of forces for Canada. — advancing 12,500 dol- 
lars to each ot the General Assemblies or Committees of Safety of the Colonies in which 
troops were raised, for the purpose of recruiting their respective regiments. These 
Resolutions were forwarded to the General Assembly of New Hampshire, lollowed by 
a letter from Hon. Johx Hancock, as follows. Ed. 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock relative to Troops to be raised 

for Canada. 

[State Pap. Vol. Ill, p. 31.] 

Philad" Jan* 12, 1776. 
Gentlemen, 

The repeated proofs which our enemies have given of their rage 
and malice, leave no room to doubt that they will exert their utmost 
endeavours to effect our destruction. Through the favour of Provi- 
dence our success in Canada has prevented them from emplojing the 
savages against our parties. 

But as there is reason to apprehend they will attempt in the spring 
to recover the possession of that country, the Congress have resolved 
to support nine battalions for its defence, this year. 

One, of Canadians under Colonel J. Livingston; two, to be em- 
ployed of those brave Troops serving there, — an houour due to their 
bravery and merit, to have an opportunity of defending a Country, 
which their valour has rescued from Slavery; three, from Pennsyl- 
vania & Xew Jersey, of which two are under marching orders; and 
the remaining three to be raised to the eastward, viz. one in your 
Colony, one in Connecticut, and one in New York, as j t ou see by the 
enclosed Resolve. 

As the arrival of the troops in due time will greatly conduce to the 
preservation of that country and defeat the designs of our enemy, 
and as the month of February, which is fast approaching, is the best, 
indeed the o\\\j time before summer, of crossing the lakes, the Con- 
gress rely that you will, according to j'our usual zeal, exert your ut- 
most endeavours, to have the battalion from your Colony raised and 
sent forward with all possible expedition. 
I am, gentlemen, 

your obed f humble serv 1 

John Hancock, Preside 

A Battalion to consist of 8 companies, each Company of 1 Cap 1 , 2 
Lieut 8 , 1 Ensign, 4 Sergeants, 4 corporals, a Drum & Fife, & 70 pri- 
vates. Adjutant, Quarter master & Surgeon. 

To the Committee of Safety &c. 
New Hampshire. 




40 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Resolves of American Congress. 

[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 23.] 

In Congress, Jan? 8 th 1776. 

Resolved, That to make up the Battalions voted for the defence of 

Canada, one battalion be immediately raised in New Hampshire, one 

in Connecticut and one in New York. 

Extract from the Minutes 

Cha 8 Thomson, Sec v. 
Order'd to be Transmitted to the Committee of New Hampshire. 

John Hancock. Presd*. 



In Congress, Jan- V 8, ,1776. 
Resolved, That the governor of Connecticut, the General Assem- 
blies of Massachusetts bay and New Hampshire & the Convention of 
New York, be wrote to forthwith by the delegates of said Col 
respectively to furnish General Schuyler with the account of the 
money paid to any persons in the army under his command, specify- 
ing the names of those to whom the money was paid by their order. 
Extract from the minutes. 

Cha 5 Thomson, Sec v . 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock. 
[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 80.] 

Philad" January 20 th 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

In addition to the resolutions of Congress passed the 8 th Inst, for 
the defence of Canada, I have now to add sundry others which the 
advices lately received and the repulse our troops met with in their at- 
tempt on Quebec, rendei absolutely necessary to be carried into exe- 
cution with all possible expedition- 
There is every reason to hope that a timely reinforcement will not 
only secure our friends and retrieve our losses, but put us in posses- 
sion of Quebec before success can reach our enemies. 

I am therefore directed most earnestly to press you with all possi- 
ble expedition to levy and forward the battalion ordered to be raised 
in your Colony, and as you lie the most contiguous I trust your 
wonted zeal will be the first to carry relief and succour. 

You will easily conceive what life, spirit, and confidence the arrival 
of but one company will give our friends there, especially when they 
understand it is quickly to be followed by more forces: You will 
therefore with the utmost despatch forward the first that can be got 
ready. 

To prevent any delay, I send inclosed by order of Congress blank 
Commissions for the field officers, Captains & subalterns, which you 
will please to fill up with Bueh gentlemen as you shall judge best 
qualified lS; proper for the service." 

The money for defraying the expence of the battalion will be for- 
warded by your dele-ate with all dispatch. The encouragement giv- 
en to the men will. I hope, facilitate your business, and I trust your 
zeal will not be wanting in the defence of our common liberties. 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 41 

Time will not permit me to enlarge, I must therefore beg- leave for 
other matters to refer you to the enclosed extracts only reminding 
you that the battalion is to consist of eight companies, each company 
of a captain, two lieutenants, one ensign, four sergeants, four corpo- 
rals, a drum & fife & 70 privates. The staff officers, a surgeon, a 
quarter master, an adjutant & a chaplain for every two battalions with 
the pay of 33 k dollars. 

I have the honor to be 
Gentlemen, 

Your most obed' serv* 

John Hancock, Preside 

Resolves. 

In Congress, January 17, 177G. 

Resolved, That the Colonels of the several Battalions ordered to be 
raised, do immediately order their officers on recruiting service, to 
such parts where they are well known and have the greatest proba- 
bility of success. 

That the recruiting, officers ought to be careful to enlist none but 
healthy, sound, and able bodied men, not under sixteen years of age. 

That the Colonels of the several battalions aforesaid appoint some 
place or places of rendezvous to which the recruits may be sent, and 
where the battalions may be quartered. 

That the greatest attention ought to be paid to the behavior of the 
troops in quarters, that they may give no reasonable cause of com- 
plaint. 

That the quarters of the troops be duly discharged once a week. 

That an allowance of ten shillings per man be made to the recruit- 
ing officers in lieu of their expenses in recruiting, exclusive of 
the subsistence money allowed them, and that in case any men be 
inlisted contrary to the foregoing regulations, the pay they may 
have received and the subsistence-money that may be paid for them 
shall be stopped from the pay of the recruiting officer. 

That the Colonels of the several Pennsylvania Battalions be sup- 
plied with money for the recruiting service by the Committee of Safe- 
ty of Pennsylvania, and disburse t lie same to the several recruiting 
officers, the Colonels and other officers to be accountable for what 
they shall receive, and all arrears they may fall into be stopped from 
their pay. 

That no bought indented servants be employed on board the fleet 
or in the army of the United Colonies, without the consent of their 
masters. 

(Extracts from the Minutes.) 

Charles Thomson, Sec^. 

IN". B. The Physicians appointed by the Committee of Safety to 
examine the young gentlemen who design to offer themselves as Sur- 
geons in the New Battalions, have fixed Tuesday the 13 th of Febru- 
ary for that purpose. 



42 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter from General Sullivan. 
[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 82.] 

Winter Hill, JanJ- 20 th 1776. 
May it Please your Honours : 

The bearer hereof Mr. Adjutant Peabody of Col Reed's Regiment 
earnestly desiring to go to the relief of our Distressed Brethren in Can- 
ada, I beg leave to recommend him to the office of a second Lieutenant 
& adjutant in the Reg 1 bound there which offices lie has voluntarily re- 
signed here & cheerfully undertakes the fatigues of a long march to Re- 
lieve our worthy friends at Quebeck. I can assure you that he has 
ever behaved well and been highly esteemed here as well for his con- 
duct in the common Business of his office as for his courage & Intrepid- 
ity at Bunkers Hill. Any favour you will please to show him shall be 
gratefully acknowledged by your much oblidged Humble serv* 

Jx° Sullivan. 
To the Hon. General Assembly. 



Letter from Meshech Weare to General Washington. 
[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 90.] 

Colony of N. H. Exeter 21 st Jany 1776. 
Sir — 

Your Excy s favor of the 19 th curr' with the several Inclosures came 
to hand yesterday noon bringing us the melancholy advices of y e Defeat 
of our Army before Quebec & the Death of y e brave General Mont- 
gomery, with a number of our Friends & fellow-soldiers — a sad Re- 
verse this indeed of our affairs in Canada, w ch we are extremely sorry 
for and regret. 

Our Council and Assembly were just upon the point of adjourning 
to Monday, when your Excell^ pacquet was bro't us, w ch determined 
us upon setting again in the afternoon : y e subject of y e Letters was 
immediately taken into consideration. The Assembly very readily & 
cheerfully agreed to & resolved upon raising a Regiment in the western 
Frontiers as therein recommended, to inarch djrectly into Canada, for 
the reinforcement of our Brethren there. 

The Regiment to consist of y e number derected in the Continental 
Establishment. The Command is assigned to Col Tim° Bedel who 
having approved himself well at the siege of St. Johns is just returned 
from Canada, & we think will readily enter on y e Duty. 

The other Field officers being residents near Conn 1 River, well ac- 
quainted with the people and Country, we doubt not will be able soon 
to raise the whole N° of men. The Lt. Colonel J. Waite, one of our 
Assembly is already set out & carry? with him enlisting orders & mon- 
ey for y e purpose, the Assembly having voted to pay each man two 
months wages adv e for their encouragement. 

Directions are also gone out for y e procuring provisions & other 
necessarys requisite for their march from Con 1 River over to Onion 
River. We trust y r Excell v will give Gov r Schuyler timely advice that 
he may forward what prov n may further be necessary to meet the 
Troops at Onion River. In our last to y r Excels we mentioned our 
having in readiness 100 Blankets to forward to Head Quarters which 
were just going off, when upon receiving these last advices 'twas thou't 



1770.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 43 



absolutely necessary to stop them, that they might be sent westward 
for the use of this Regiment as 'tis impossible to provide any Q'ty of 
Blankets in that part of the Country. 

We are truly sensible of the expediency of a vigorous Execution to 
prevent the Evils w ch may follow y c Repulse of our Troops in Canada, 
and you may depend. Sir, we shall not fail to do our utmost to forward 
this Re-inforcem*. 

In behalf of the Council & Assembly, 

1 am with great Esteem & respect 
your Excellencys, 

most obed 1 humb 1 serv 4 , 

M. W. President. 
To his Excellency 
General Washington. 



Letter to General Washington. 
[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 94.] 

Exeter 22 d Jan? 1776. 
Sir— 
AVe have just rec d y r Excellencys Favor of yesterday's Date, for 
answer to w ch we beg leave to refer to our Letter forwarded herew th 
in w ch it may be observed our Assembly had taken up the matter of 
advance wages to the soldiery destin'd for Canada in the same manner 
as intimated by the Mass 8 Government. 

We shall duly note y r Excellency's kind intention of refunding to 
this Colony the money they advance as soon as the General Congress 
may remit you a sufficient supply, & we shall give the necessary Direc- 
tions that all acc ts respect" these matters may be correctly kept, and 
proper vouchers produced for the same. 
I am in behalf of 

the Council and Assembly 
y r Excels 

most hum b serv' 
(Copy.) 



Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted That the account of the Committee of Safety of 
Exeter amounting to seventy nine pounds thirteen Shillings 
be allowed out of the Treasury, and that the President of 
the Council give his order on the Treasurer for payment of 
the Same. — Sent up to the Board by Col 1 Walker. 

The Information & Complaint of the Committee of Safety 
of Londonderry against Adam Stuart, being read & Consid- 
ered in the House, Voted that the Parties be heard thereon 
on Tuesday next afternoon. 

Voted that there be an Assistant Clerk of this House, 
and that Noah Emery Esq 1 ' the Present Clerk have liberty to 
Appoint Said Assistant. 



44 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Voted, That the Account of Samuel Connor, Amounting 
to six pounds one Shilling & one penny be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council 
give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. 

Sent up by Col 1 David Gilman. 

Voted That the Committee for Examining Accounts be 
& hereby are Directed to Advertise all persons that have ac- 
counts open against this Colony, to bring them immediately 
to said Committee for Allowance. 

Voted, That John Dudley Esq 1 — Samuel Dudley Esq r 
Cap 1 Prentice, James Betton, Esq & Major Bellows be a 
Committee of this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Council to Examine into & report what wages or Pay Each 
Committee man, that have been employed by the late Con- 
gress and by this house, ought to receive for their services, 
and to make report to this house thereof. 

The house adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O'clock — 



Saturday Jan? 20 th 1776. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That Nicholas Gilman Esq. Treasurer of this Col- 
ony be Desired to Forward the Blanketts Collected for the 
Continental army, to Head Quarters as soon as may be, with 
an account thereof to the Generall, and to receive the mon- 
ey for them on a receit from the Commissary Generall. 

Voted, That the Muster roll of Cap 1 James Merrill, 
amounting to £4: 5: 3. be allowed & paid out of the Treas- 
ury, and that the President give his order on the Treasurer 
for payment thereof. 

[p. 24.*] Voted that Col 1 Walker, John M c Clary Esq. & Sam- 
uel Sherburne Esq be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the hon ble Board to make report to this house 
what pay D 1 ' Hall Jackson ought to receive for his past ser- 
vices to this Colony and what Establishment he shall have 
in future. 

Voted that Cap* Moulton, Col 1 Daniel Gilman and Major 
John Bellows be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon l)le Board to consult about appointing 
the Field officers of the Regiment this day Voted to be rais- 
ed for the Continental Army and for further Carrying the 
Said Vote into Execution, and make report to this house. 



1770.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 45 

Voted to raise one Regiment of Soldiers Forthwith to 
Consist of Eight Companys, Each Company to Consist of one 
Captain, Two Lieutenants, one Ensign, four Sargeants, four 
Corporalls, one Drummer, one Filer, and Seventy six pri- 
vates, all to "he on the Lines at the Continental army by the 
first day of February next, and to Continue in the Service 
untill the first daj of April next, on the Establishment of the 
Continental Army : and also to raise more men So as to 
make up another regiment of the Same Number in Case 
General Sullivan Shall Fail of raising a full regiment out of 
our Militia now in the Service, and that a Committee of this 
house he appointed to join with a committee of the hon bk 
board and he fully authorized to Carry this vote into Execu- 
tion. Saving to the Council and Assembly the right of ap- 
pointing the field officers. 

Toted That Joseph Wait Esq he Colonel of the Regiment 
Toted to be raised in this Colony for the Continental army, 
and that Henry Gerrish Esq 1 ', lie Lieutenant Colonel and 
Isaac Butterfield Esq be Major of Said Regiment. 

Voted That the Regiment this day Toted to be raised in 
this Colony to Continue in the Service untill the first day of 
April next and to be on the Lines of the Continental Army 
by the first day of Feby next, on the Establishment of the 
Continental Army Shall be Instead of that Service Enlisted 
for the Service in the Northern Army, Commanded by Gen 1 
Schuyler, now at Canada, to continue in that Service Untill 
the first day of January next, unless Sooner Discharged, and 
to be on the Same Establishment with the Other Officers and 
Soldiers in the said Army, and that Col 1 Timothy Beedle 
Command the said Regiment as Colonell, That Joseph Wait 
Esq he Lieutenant Colonel and Isaac Butterfield Esq be Ma- 
jor of Said regiment, and that Each officer and Soldier that 
Shall Enlist in said Service, shall receive Two months ad- 
vance pay upon their being Mustered: and in Case the said 
[p. 25.] Major Butterfield shall be by any means rendered 
Incapable of Proceeding in said Service, that a Blank Com- 
mission be given to Col 1 Beedle or Col 1 Wait to appoint Some 
Other person to be major in his Stead this Tote notwithstanding. 

Toted that the Muster-roll of Capt Elephalet Daniel 
amounting to £31: 14: 6. be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury, and that the President of the Council give his or- 
der on the Treasurer for the payment thereof. 

Adjourned to three o'clock afternoon. 



46 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Orders to Joseph Wait, Esq. 

[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 86.] 

In Committee of Safety, Jan* 21 st 1776. 

To Joseph Wait, Esq, 

You being appointed Lieut. Colonel of a Regiment of Rangers to 
be commanded by Tim Beedle Esq. to serve in the Northern Continen- 
tal Army; you are hereby authorized & desired Immediately to proceed 
on y e Inlisting the said Regiment, the several companys to consist of 80 
able bodied effective men including 4 serg ts , 4 corporals, 1 Drummer & 
fifer well accoutred with arms & Blanketts, nntill the first Day of 
Jan>' next unless sooner Dismissed; and you may assure them they 
shall have the same pay as the other continental Troops. 
By order of the Committee. 



Orders to Israel Morey $• John Belloivs, Esqrs. 

[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 88.] 

In Committee of Safety, Jan^ 21 st , 1776. 

GENT n 

You are desired immediately to procure on the best terms, the fol- 
lowing Articles for the use of the Regiment now raising on the 
Frontiers of this Colony to march into Canada under the command of 
Col. Tim- V Bedel, there to join the Northern Continental Army, and to 
deliver to each soldier his proportion of the same — of the Provisions at 
the rate of one pound of Pork one pound of bread & half a pint of 
pease each Day for their march from Connecticut River thro' the Woods 
to Onion River, which it is estimated will be fifteen days at least; — and 
you are to keep an exact account of the delivery of the whole. 
12,000 lib salt Pork 

400 bushels of wheat to be ground into flour 
500 p r of mens shoes 
50 Moose skins for mogasons 
720 p r Rackets or snowshoes 
688 hatchetts or tomahawks. 

688 blanketts at 15/ to be allowed each soldier, if the blanket cost 
more the soldier to pay the overplus, if less to be made up to him. 
120 Tin camp kittles 
Gunpowder 
Musket Balls 
Flints 

Ground Ginger 
200 Gallons Rum 

Yards Coarse cloth for Indian Leggings 
Coarse cloth for shirting 
Coarse cloth for mens Coats 
By^*order of the committee 

M . Weaue, Chairman. 
Israel Morey lp 
& John Bellows, ) ^l* 8, (Copy.) 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 47 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted that D r Hall Jackson M 1 Sherburne & Capt Long 
be a Committee to procure one hundred & fifty stand of 
arms, now in Portsmouth, belonging to the Massachusetts 
Colony, and all the Duffells for Blanketting that they can 
Procure at Portsmouth, and Transport them to Exeter as 
soon as may be. Sent up by Co 1 Morey. 

Voted that Co 1 Morey be appointed to Procure four hun- 
dred Hatchetts, and also snowshoes for the use of the Regi- 
ment going to Canada, Sufficient for their Service. 

Voted that M 1 ' Richard Chain pney be Desired to Procure 
& Deliver to the Treasurer one hundred <fe Seventy good 
Tinn Kettles as soon as may be for the use of the Regiment 
going to Canada. 

Voted That Co 1 Morey & Major Bellows, be Mustermasters 
of the Regiment going to Canada and also paymasters of 
their advance Wages, when they are Mustered at Coos or 
Elsewhere. 

Voted that the account of Ezekiel Worthen, Joseph Wait 
& John Bellows amounting to Fifty Eight Shillings and two 
pence be allowed ct paid out of the Treasury, and that the 
President of the Council give his order on the Treasurer for 
payment thereof. 

Voted that Joseph Wait Esq 1 receive out of the Treasury 
Seventy Pounds to be by him accounted for, and that the 
President of the Council give his Warrant on the Treasurer 
for the same. Adjourned to Monday next at 9 o'clock in the 
morning. 



Monday Jany 22 a 

Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That whereas by a Vote of Saturday Last Col 1 
Morey <fc Maj r Bellows were appointed Mustermasters k pay- 
masters to the regiment going to Canada, & were Directed to 
pay their advance wages when mustered at Coos or else- 
where. — It is now further Voted that the said paymasters 
Deliver one half of said advance pay to the Field officers to 
be paid to the Soldiers upon their Enlistment, and the other 
half to be paid upon their Passing Muster — Sent up by Cap* 
Moult on. 



48 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

[p. 26.] Voted that the account of Caleb Greenleaf Adams, 
amounting to Fifteen pounds three shillings & Ten pence, be 
allowed <fc paid out of the Treasury, and that the President 
of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment 
thereof. Sent up by Capt Moulton. 

Toted That Co 1 David Gihnan James Betton Esq 1 ' & Cap* 
Prentice be a Committee of this house to Confer with a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board Concerning Gen 1 Sullivan's 
Appointing officers for a new Regiment, and his requisition 
to this assembly Concerning said Regiment, and to make re- 
port to this house as soon as may he. 

Voted That Col 1 Nicholas Gihnan Capt Josiah Moulton & 
Capt Ezekiel Worthen be a Committee of this House to join 
a Committee of the Hon 1 ' 1 ' 1 ' Board to hire or agree with a 
Person or Persons to build for the use of this Colony, a Row 
Galley, agreeable to a Plan or Draught Presented to this 
house by Major Hackett. Sent up by Capt Worthen. Ad- 
journed to half past 2 o'clock afternoon. 

Met according to Adjournment. 

Voted That there be Added to the pay of Each of the 
members of the Hon 1 ' 1 " Council & of this house one Shilling 
per day for their Attendance in Congress & on this Assem- 
bly for six months from the first Sitting of the Congress on 
the Twenty first of December last. 

M r Champney reported to the house That he had pro- 
cured Seventy three Six quart Kettles at Portsmouth, and 
that Thirty more will be ready at Newbury Port on Wednes- 
day Night next, and that Thirty more can be ready at New- 
bury Port by Saturday night next. 

Voted, That Col 1 Evans, John Dudley Esq & Ichabod 
Rawlins Esq 1 ' be a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to confer upon the Expediency of 
Choosing Delegates or a Delegate for this Colony to Repre- 
sent us at the Grand Continental Congress at Philadelphia 
for the year ensuing. 



Letter from Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Delegate in Continental 

Coru/ress. 
[State Pap. Vol. III. p. 84.] 

Philadelphia, Jan>' 20 th 1776. 
Gextlkmetst — 

The Congress on the 8 th inst. voted to raise one Regiment in the 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 49 

western parts of our Province for the service in Canada. The news of 
the misfortune at Quebeck arriving here last Thursday, they Voted 
yesterday to give the men a Bounty of forty shillings and one months 
pay advance, to encourage the speedy inlisting & sending forward said 
Regiment, and I hope you will do every thing in your power to hasten 
it, as the taking & securing Canada this Winter or early in the Spring- 
before the arrival of British troops, will be of almost infinite advantage 
to the Continent, more especially to New England and to our Colony 
in particular. One Regiment will begin to inarch from this place for 
Canada in a few days, and one Regiment from New Jersey in 8 or ten 
days; Orders are also given to raise as soon as possible for the same 
service (Beside those in New Hampshire) one more Regiment in Penn- 
sylvania, one Do. New Jersey, one Do. on the western parts of New 
York, and one Do. in Connecticut; and this Day I expect one will be 
ordered to be raised in Massachusetts for the same purpose; no cost or 
pains must be spared to secure the important Province of Canada. 

I beg Leave to renew my request that Delegates may be appointed 
& sent here as soon as may be, as in my opinion the Representation of 
a Colony at this important Crisis is too weighty and important to be 
intrusted to any one person. That you may see the necessity of a 
larger Representation of our Colony I would inform you, that Beside 
Committees for special purposes that are frequently chosen, there are 
four or five standing Committees appointed, some for secrecy, some for 
dispatch, some of which Committees are Entrusted with large powers, 
and that there may be no cause of complaint, those Committees con- 
sist of one delegate from each Colony, sometimes two, sometimes 3, of 
those Committees set at the same time, so that tho' I attend some of 
the Committees almost every night and morning before and after Con- 
gress, yet some business of consequence is transacted by them without 
our Colony being represented, and sometimes the Committees set 
while the Congress is seting so that our Colony must be unrepresented 
in Both. 1 have been here almost five months a great part of the time 
without a colleague. I really find that I never knew what confinement 
with Business was before; and that I want more exercise of Body & 
less of mind, at least for some time: I please myself with hopes I shall 
soon see Delegates here from our Colony and that I may return to my 
family, and with my domestick affairs relax and unbend my fatigued 
mind. 

The sum of 12,500 Dollars which the Congress ordered to be sent to 
you to be used in raising our Regiment for Canada, I shall send for- 
ward as soon as I can. Please to acquaint me with the Publick affairs 
of our Colony as often as convenient, and in particular of your success 
from time to time in raising the Regiment. As the Congress have 
entrusted you with appointing the officers, I know you will clo the best 
you can to appoint proper persons, and hope you will be so fortunate 
as to give general satisfaction. 

I am, gentl" your 

most obedient servant, 

JOSIAH BARTLETT. 

The Provincial Committee of Safety 
of New hampshire. 



50 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Voted That Wyseman Clagett Esq 1 be Attorney Generall 
For this Colony For the Current Year. 

Sent up by the Clerk. 

Voted That Col Timothy Walker Esq — Go to headquarters 
iii as may be and Enquire what Number of Troops are 
Enlisted there, belonging to this Colony to be in the Service 
untill the first of April next, and what officers they Choose 
to Command them and to make any further Enquiries Con- 
cerning the State of our Troops there, and to make Report 
thereof to this house or to the Committee of Safety as soon 
as may I . 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock Tomorrow morning. 



[p. 27.] Tuesday Jan 1 * 23 d 17 i 6. 

•: according to Adjournment. 

Voted That Co 11 Walker, Capt Prentice & Coll David Oil- 
man be a Cormnittee of this house to join a Committee of 
the Hon ble Board to Confer together and make report to this 
house as soon as may be. what may be best to be clone in 
respect the Regiment Now raising for the Continental Army, 
and Commissioning them. Sent up by Col Walker. 

Voted. That Major Downing. John Dudley Esq <v Col 
Morey 1 »e a Committee of this house to Confer with a I 
mittee of the Hon ble Board about Nominating Three Dele- 
gates to Represent this Colony at the Continental Congress 
at Philadelphia. Sent up by Col Morey. 

Voted, That Col Timothy Walker. Capt Josiah Moulton, 
Capt Prentice, M r Jacob Abbot, Col Evans & Col Morey be a 
Committee of this House to Confer with a Committee of the 
Hon 1,18 Council about the appointment of the Civil officers in 
this Colony. Sent up by Col. Walker. 

The Following Vote of Council was bro't down from the 
Hon ble Board viz:— 

In Council 23 d Jan r - V 1776. 

"Whereas by Law, all Persons Annually appointed to offices in Towns 
& Parishes in this Colony, are required to take an Oath for the faith- 
full Discharge of their Duty therein, and as Difficulties have. <S: often 
may arise by reason of Xo Magistrate attending Towu or Parish 
meetings, nor being appointed in Some Towns or Parishes, For Rem- 
edy "Whereof. It is Now Resolved That the Moderator of any Such 
Town* or Parish Meeting which maybe held in this Colony. Be c-c is 
hereby Impowered to Administer the oath appointed by Law. to any 
Clerk of such Town or Parish, and afterward Such Clerk is hereby 
Impowered to Administer the Oaths Appointed by Law, to all other 
Town or Parish officers. Read and ordered to be sent down to the 
Hon b!e House for Concurrence. M Weare President. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 51 

In the House of Representatives Jan* 23 d 1776. This Re- 
solve being Read Voted That this House Concur therewith. 

P. "White Speaker. 
Entered according to the original. X. Emery C 1 D Rep 8 . 

Toted That Deacon Xahum Baldwin receive out of the 
Treasury Thirty five pounds to Purchase Fire Arms for this 
Colony, and to he by him accounted for. And that the 
President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for 
payment thereof. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. 

Voted to Send one of the members of this house (1 
of the Committee of Safety ) and one of the Hon ble Council 
whom they shall appoint, as a Committee to Treat with his 
Excell y General Washington about officering the regiment 
now raising for the Continental army and that Said Commit- 
tee have full power to settle those matters with the Gene rail 
And that Capt Josiah Moulton he the Committee from this 
house. Sent up by 

[p. 28.] Voted That Mr. Rawlins Mr. Cutts & Col 1 David 
Gilman be a Committee of this house to Join a Committee 
of the Hon ble Board to Enquire into the State of the Treas- 
ury. <£ also to report what further sum of bills of Credit is 
Necessary to he Emitted on the faith of this Colony for our 
Present Exigencies, and in what manner to lie emitted. 
And also to receive of the Treasurer all such hills as are on 
Interest, now in the Treasury, and to bring the same to be 
burnt to ashes before the Genl Court. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 

A'oted, That Capt John Calfe be, and is hereby appointed 
to countersign the lulls of Credit now lying in the Treasury, 
not countersigned. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 

Voted That John Dudley Esq Ichabood Rawlins Esq Col 
David Gilman. Sand Carts Esq Samuel Sherburne Esq Jn° 
M'Clary Esq & Major Tash be a Committee to Examine into 
the matters of complaint of the Committee of Londonderry 
against Adam Stuart who is suspected of being Enemical to 
this Country, and to make report thereon to this house as 
soon as may lie. 

Voted That Josiah Bartlett John Langdon and William 
Whipple Esq r be & hereby are Appointed Delegates to Re] ire- 
sent this Colony in the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, 
for the term of one year from this Time, any one of Them 
(in the absence of the others ) to Have Full Power to repre- 
sent the Colony, and That not more than two of them 
Attend at one time. Sent up by Cap. Worthen. 



52 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Yotecl To Choose a Committee to Confer with a Commit- 
tee of the Hon ble Board and make report to this house, in 
what manner and in what Name, Such writs, Warrants & 
Precepts as may be Necessary to be Issued, in Cases of Tres- 
passes, assaults and other Breaches of the Peace, and also 
for Collecting of Taxes, Shall be Issued ; and that Doct Levi 
Dearborn Cap 1 Mooney & Cap* Calfe be the Committee of 
this house for that Purpose. 

Sent up by M r Emerson. 

Voted that the report of the Committee appointed to hear 
& Examine into the matter of Complaint of the Committee 
of Londonderry against Adam Stuart, be received & filed, 
and ordered That Capt Long, Mr. Rollins & Mr. Emerson 
write a Letter to the Genl Court at Waterton to advertise 
them of the Trial of said Stuart, before a Committee of this 
house, and that they have adjudged him to be Enemical to 
the Cause of American Liberty. 

Report of above said Committee. 
[MS. State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 59.] 

The Committee to examine into the matters of Complaint of the 
Committee of Londonderry, against Adam Stuart, Beg leave to Re- 
port, viz : — 

That we have carefully & impartially heard the Evidences against 
Adam Stuart, and in his own defence, and are of opinion, upon the 
whole of the Evidence, that the said Adam Stuart, has in several 
instances (in conversation) discovered himself, as an enemy to Ameri- 
can Liberty ; therefore ought not to have the full Liberty of a True 
Friend to this Countrv. John Dudley, Chairman. 

Jan>- 23*. 1776. 

Kote. The depositions, evidences, &c, on which the foregoing report was founded, 
are found in " State Papers, Eev'n, Vol. Ill," pp. 49-59. The following are a part of 
them. Ed. 

Londonderry, Jan? y e 15 th 1776. 
We the Committee of Safety for Londonderry agreeable to the 
orders of the Congress of this Colony, Now Resolved into a house and 
Councill have made this Return to your Honnours that the Evidences 
here Inclosed Appeared Before us the Subscribers and made solem 
oath to the Inclosed. The said Adam Stuart we are informed is in 
Cambridg in the Massetusetts Goverment. 

Mo s Barnett, 
John M c Keen, 
Sam 1 Allison, 
Robert MacMurphy, 
John Gilman, 
John Nesmith, 
John Bell. 
To the Hon bIe the House of Representatives 
now Convened at Exeter. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 53 

Deposition of John Wiear. 

Some time Last August I was at Lond Derry where I had some con- 
versation with Mr. Adam Steuart Wherein he made light of my saying 
I hoiked our troops would soon be in Boston. Likewise the whole of 
his conversation was on the Dark side of our unhappy Differince with 
our mother country. With other expressions of the like Nature — all 
which gave me ground to conclude him inimical to his country ewer 
since. Jn° Wiear. 

Dated at Hampstead 
the 22 d of Jan* 1776. 



The Deposition of Mrs. Mary Ferrin of Lawfull age Testifieth & 
says, That sometime in the month of Nov last she heard Mr. Adam 
Stuart uttering the following words: That he would Fight under the 
colors of King George & that he could command a number of men out 
of Boston that would drive a great part of the country, as they were 
more Expert and Better Disciplined and more used to Fighting than 
the undisciplin'd country, &c. Likewise heard y e said Stuart use many 
Expressions which I looked upon to be in favour of the King and 
against the country, and that there was a commition laid for him 
when he went down, and further sayeth not. 

her 
Mary X Ferrin. 
mark. 
Londonderry Jan? y e 22 d , 1776. 



Whereas Adam Stuart leat of Londonderry has ben long suspected 
as being Enemical to his country and strong evidences hath been sworn 
before us the Comity of Safety against said Stuart, this is therefor to 
Require Every true subject to his contrey to aprehend the said Adam 
Stuart and covey him iuiediately before the Congrace at Exeter so that 
he may be dealt with as his crime desarves and as we hear that said 
Stuart was in Londonderry yesterday seeking after debts and least 
that said Stuart should escape, this therefor Requirs the mor Hast 
from the Comity of Safety. Moses Barnett, 

John McKeen, 
Sam 1 Allison, 
John Nesmith. 
Londonderry January y e 19 th , 1776. 



Upon the application of Daniel Jackson for Liberty to Sail 
as a Privateer against our Enemies, Voted that Ichabood 
Rawlins & John McClary Esq & Mr. Barker he a Committee 
of this house to Join a Committee of the Hon ble Board, to 
Consult on that matter <fe Commission him in such manner 
as they shall think best, and lay the same before this house 
for their approbation. 

Adjourned till to-morrow morning 9, O'clock. 



54 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

[p. 29.] Wednesday Jan 1 * 24 th 1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted To Direct our Delegates at the Continental Congress 
to Purchase & send here on Freight One Thousand Barrells 
of Flour on account & Risque of this Colony at the best & 
Cheapest rate they can. 

Voted, That Col Morey, Col Gerrish, & Dr. Dearborn he 
a Committee to View & try twenty firearms Procured for the 
use of this Colony by Mr. Moses Parsons. 

Voted That Dr Joshua Brackett he Judge of the Court of 
Admiralty for the Colony of New Hampshire, & that Samuel 
Penh allow Esq. he Register of said Court. 

Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 

Voted That Col Walker & Saml Sherburne Esq 1 ' be a Com- 
mittee of this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board 
to Consult & Draw up Such Rules 6: Regulations for the 
Court of Admiralty to be governed by, as may appear to be 
Legal & Necessary at this time, and to make report to this 
house as Soon as may be. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the hon ble Board To draw up Instructions for the 
Committee Voted to be Sent to Genl Washington about offi- 
cering the Regiment now raising for the Continental Army — 
and that Col. Walker & James Betton Esq be the said Com- 
mittee from this house. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 

Instructions to the Committee appointed to wait on General 
Washington. 
[MS. State Pap. Rev* Vol. m, p. 96.] 
To the Hon^'e Matthew Thornton, Esq. §■ Josiah MouUon Esq. 

You being appointed a Committee to wait on his Excellency General 
Washington, on the subject of his requesting a Regiment from this 
Colony to assist in guarding the Lines 2 months: You are therefore 
desired to proceed to the Camp and Enquire what number of men are 
there Inlisted or likely to Ingage in the Regiment officered by Gen 1 
Sullivan for said purpose, and if they are/ not and cannot be raised 
there, under the proposed officers, to consider whether the officers 
appointed by this Court will be likely better to effect the purpose of 
rai>- the Reg*. 

Likewise icait on General Washington and lay before his Excellency 
all the letters rec d from General Sullivan on that subject and represent 
to him the Difficulties that have, & likely may arise, by General Sulli- 
van's doing things that this Colony suppose ought to be done by their 
Legislative authority. And if it is absolutely necess- v to advance a 
months pay to said Reg' you may engage it. You are desired to en- 
quire whether the people that came in on the Lexington alarm are 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 55 

likely to be paid by the Continent; also in what name Commissions 
& Processes Issue in the Massa ts Colony. 
(Copy.) 



Letter from Gen. John Sullivan. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. Ill, p. 100.] 

Winter Hill, Jan>" 26 th , 1776. 
May it please your Honours — 

I have this Day had the pleasure of seeing the worthy Gentlemen 
you were pleased to appoint as a Committee. They relieved me much 
when they informed That you bad Voted to advance the money for the 
new Regiment and that you approved of my plan for Raising it; which 
by Informations rec d before I thought was not the case. I had not 
time before, nor have I even now to assign all the Reasons for such an 
attempt — one weighty Reason was that all the new Troops that came 
in are bound to pay a Tax to the climate by sickness; this the present 
Militia have gone through & therefore will much better endure the 
severities of the next campaign. I hope to have a great part of the 
Regiment from those, but least a deficiency should happen I obtained 
leave to Furlough some officers for the purpose of enlisting some in 
the Country. I have now no doubt upon my mind about compleating 
the Regiment by the time, Since you have been kind enough to advance 
the months pay. This money I entreat you to put into the hands of 
Major Coffin that he may forward it to Waldron & Chesley as soon as 
possible, and I will be answerable for the Disbursement. After the 
Regiment is on the ground shall send you a List of the men & officers 
and beg you to grant the Commissions, and in this & every other mat- 
ter shall chearfully acquiesce in your Determinations & exert myself to 
obey any of your commands. 

Gentlemen, I am with much respect, 

y r most obed 4 serv', 

Jn° Sullivan. 
Hon. Gen 1 Assembly of New Hamp r . 

Voted, That the Hon ble Matthew Thornton Esq 1 ' & Capt 
Josiah Moulton receive out of the Treasury Six pounds, to be 
by them accounted for, and that the President of the Council 
give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. 

Sent up by Capt Moulton. 

Voted, That the Draft of a Commission for Capt Daniel 
Jackson as Master and Commander of the Privateer Enter- 
prise, bro't by M 1 ' Clagett into this house, by order of Coun- 
cill, is acceptable to the house, and that the same be Sealed 
up in a Letter & Sent to the Committee of Safety of Ports- 
mouth who are to take bond of said Jackson for his faithfull 
Discharge of his Trust, in case the Same measure is adopted 
by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay, the bond to 
be for one thousand Pounds. 

Sent up by Mr. Emerson. 

Adjourned to half past 2 o'clock P. M. 



56 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted That in case the Regiment now raising for the Con- 
tinental Army be raised at the lines or elsewhere, or Nearly 
filled up under the officers appointed by Genl Sullivan, 
that the same officers Stand according to his appointment. 
Otherwise that the Committee of this house Nominate Six 
persons as candidates, Three of which to be Field officers of 
said Regiment viz Coll William Stark, Major Thomas Tash 
& Major David Copp, Coll Jonathan Burnam, Col Henry 
Gerrish and Capt Hercules Mooney. Sent up by Capt 
Moulton. 

[p. 30.] Voted, That the Sum of Eleven hundred Twenty 
Eiglil; Pounds & fifteen Shillings in paper bills on Interest, 
Received out of the Treasury by the Committee of both 
Houses be Forthwith burnt to Ashes in Presence of Both 
Houses, And that the said Committee be & hereby are Dis- 
charged in full from the receit thereof. Sent up by Mr. 
Cutts. 

Voted That the Ballance of the account of Amos East- 
man for guns, amounting to Thirty two pounds Sixteen Shil- 
lings be allowed & paid out of the Treasury, and That the 
President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for 
payment thereof. Sent up by Mr. dough. 

Voted, That Capt Richard Emms now a Prisoner of Hon r 
at Portsmouth, receive out of the Treasury Fifteen pounds 
toward his subsistence, to be by him accounted for, and that 
the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for 
payment thereof. Sent up by Capt Long. 

The Vote of this house of Jan^ 15 th 1776, relating to the 
pay of the members of the Hon ble Council and of this house, 
being Sent up to the Hon ble Board, and being sent down to 
this House (by Mr. Giles) Concurr'd with this amendment 
viz: "that the money drawn out of the Treasury by Each 
" Member of the House of Representatives for their attend- 
" ance Shall be added to the next Tax bill of the Constituents 
"of Each respective Member," which being read & Consid- 
ered: Voted that this House adhere to their former Vote. 
Sent up by John Dudley Esq. 

Adjourned to 9, O'clock to-morrow morning. 



Thursday Jan^ 25 th 1776. 
Met according to adjournment. 
Voted That the ballance of the account of Mr. Moses 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 57 

Parsons amounting to five pounds Nineteen Shillings be 
allowed & paid out of the Treasury, and that the President 
of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment 
thereof. Sent up by Col Morey. 

Yoted That John Dudley & James Betton Esq 1 ' : be a Com- 
mittee of this house to Confer with a Committee of the 
Hon l,le Board Concerning Settling the Dispute between Col 
Hobart and Col Stark, & make report thereon to this house 
as soon as may be. (1) Sent up by James Betton Esq. 

Voted, That Col David Gilman & Capt Prentice be added 
to the Committee of Safety for the Purpose of Fitting out 
the Regiment under Command of Coll Bedle, for Canada. 

Sent up by Col D. Gilman. 

Voted that the Committee of Safety proceed to Fit out & 
Send off to Canada the Regiment under the Command of 
Col Beedle, the Sitting of the Genl Assembly Notwithstand- 
ing. Sent up by Col Gilman. 

Voted that Col Walker, Mr. Gibson & Capt Bell be a Com- 
mittee of this House to conferr with a Committee of the 
Hon ble Council about an adjournment of the Council & House, 
and to make report as soon as may be. Sent up by Col 
Walker. 

Voted to Send no answer to Col Hobart's Message by Mr 
Gray. 

[p. 31.] Voted That Samuel Cutts Esq Commissary, re- 
ceive out of the Treasury Five hundred Pounds to be by him 
accounted for, and that the President of the Council give 
order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by 
Mr Cutts. 

Voted, the Committee of Safety of New Market their ac- 
count for five rafts, amounting to Thirty nine pounds six 
Shillings & three pence halfpenny be allowed & paid out of 
the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give 
order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by 
Maj r Tash. 

Voted That John Dudley Esq Otis Baker Esq. Mr Jacob 
Abbot, Capt Prentice and M r Emerson be a Committee to 
join with a Committee of the Hon ble Board to Nominate 
proper persons in the respective Countys in the Colony to 
administer an oath to the respective officers of each County 
in said Colony, and to Nominate a Committee in each County 

(1) See subsequent " Correspondence."— Ed. 



58 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

to receive Bonds of the recorders of Deeds & Conveyances 
Registers of Probates & Comity Treasurers in tlie Respect- 
ive Counties in this Colony also to Nominate a Committee in 
each Comity to remove the records of Deeds and Convey- 
ances, and of Probate, to the places where they are to be 
kept in the Respective Comities. Sent up by Capt Prentice. 
Adjourned to 9, O'clock to-morrow morning. 



Friday Jan 1 ^* 26 th 1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted That Matthew Aim-ley a Prisoner here, Receive out 
of the Treasury Twelve pounds towards his Subsistence, to 
be by him accounted for, and that the President of the Coun- 
cil give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent 
up by M r Rollins. 

Voted that John Dudley Esq r Maj : Barker Capt Prentice, 
Capt Worthen, John M'-Clarey Esq & James Betton Esq, be 
a Committee to join a Committee of the Hon ble Council about 
Selling the Wages of both Houses. 

Voted That Capt Long Maj 1 ' Downing & Deacon Knowles 
be a Committee of this House to join a Committee of the 
hon ble Council to consider of the Petitioning the Hon ble The 
Continental Congress with regard to the Settling one or more 
Battallions of Soldiers at Portsmouth or any other part of 
this Colony for the Defence thereof upon the Continental 
Charge & Establishment. Sent up by Capt Long. 

Voted That Phillips White Esq & Xoah Emery Esq 1 For 
the County of Rockingham, Col 1 Baker & Ichabod Rollins 
Esq for the County of Strafford. Moses Nichols Esq and 
Matthew Patten Esq. for the County of Hillsl torough : Thom- 
as Sparhawk Esq and Benjamin Bellows Jim Esq 1 ' for the 
County of Cheshire, Samuel Emerson Esq & Daniel Brainard 
Esq 1 ' for the County of Grafton, Be and hereby are appointed 
Committees in Conjunction with a Committee from the Hon ble 
Board in the Respective Comities to Administer an oath of 
office to the Several Persons Chosen into office in the afore- 
said Counties ; also to take Bonds of the Respective Record- 
ers of Deeds & Conveyances, & County Treasurers in a Re- 
spectable Sum to Phillips White Esq 1 ' Speaker of the House 
of Representatives, or the Speaker for the time being Faith- 
fully <v. Impartially to Execute their Office; also to remove 
[p. 32.] the Records of Deeds, and of the Probate offices, 
and those of the Secretary and Deliver them to the Persons 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 59 

Now Appointed to keep those offices. Also upon the Death 
or Incapacity of any of the aforesaid officers where records 
are kept, that they in their Respective Countys he Impow- 
ered to take such records, and Safely keep them untill the 
then next Sitting of the General Assembly. Sent up by Jn° 
Dudley Esq r . 

Voted That Capt Prentice & Capt Hercules Mooney he a 
Committee of this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Council to prepare a form of an oath or oaths to he taken by 
the Several officers of the respective Counties in this Colony. 

Sent up by M* Clough. 

Voted that Col Walker & Capt Long- he a Committee of 
this house to join a Commit tee of the Hon ble Council to Con- 
sult about the most convenient Method of obtaining Flour 
from abroad. Sent up by Col 1 Walker. 

Voted that Col 1 Gilman & Col 1 Evans be a Committee to 
Procure Seventy Axes, for the use of the Regiment Destined 
for Canada, on the best Terms they Can get them. 

Sent up by Col Gilman. 

Upon reading the Vote of the Hon ble Council, that the pay 
due to the several members of the General Assembly be 
drawn out of the Treasury at the end of this Session, accord- 
ing to the Votes of the House, And the Question whether the 
Same be replaced in the Treasury by the Constituents of each 
member, as well as the future wages, be put off untill the 
Second Wednesday of the Sitting of the General Assembly 
after the adjournment, Voted not to Concur. Sent up by 
Capt Harriman. 

Voted That Xoah Emery Esq be allowed & paid out of the 
Treasury Six Shillings per day for each days attendance, in 
the Late Congress and in the house of Representatives for 
his Service as Clerk of said houses, over and above his wages 
as member of the Same. Sent up by N. Emery Esq 1 '. Voted 
that the Justices of the Peace through this Colony and of 
the several Counties within the Same, be hereby Directed to 
try no actions in Civil Cases untill further order of the Gen- 
eral Assembly — That after the first clay of April next the 
Several Courts of General Sessions of the Peace Sit in the 
respective Counties, at the Term heretofore appointed by Law 
and not before — That the Justices of the Peace make use of 
the same forms in the Issuing their Processes in Criminal 
Cases, as has been Legal Formerly — That the Several Courts 
of Sessions at their Meeting Take up & Determine all matters 



60 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

that lay Unfinished by the Last Court of General Sessions 
held in such County. That the Superior Court of Judica- 
ture &c, and the several Inferior Courts of Common [p. 33.] 
pleas in their Respective Countys be not opened till further 
orders of the General Assembly — That the Justices of the 
Peace be Guided by the laws of this Colony in Determining 
Criminal matters, till otherways Determined by the General 
Assembly. ^That the Laws of this Colony Printed in the late 
Edition thereof, Originally made & passed by the Legislative 
authority of this Colony may at Present (untill a more Care- 
full revision and amendment of them) be a Guide to all 
Executive officers of this Colony and be Considered as Law — 
Except An Act requiring Persons to take an Oath of Alle- 
giance, (in the first Page) All Clauses Respecting the Gov- 
ernor & Council Sitting or acting as a Court of Appeals, — the 
Clause Allowing an appeal to the King in Case &c. The act 
for fixing Triennial Assemblies, an act Laying an Excise on 
Spirituous Liquors^ Sent up by Mr. Emerson. 

Resolved That there be Emitted Twenty Thousand & 
Eight Pounds Sixteen Shillings Lawful money upon the 
Credit of this Colony, for the use and Service thereof in bills 
of the Following Denominations viz. — 

3176 bills of Six Dollars 
3176 bills of Five Dollars 
3176 bills of Four Dollars 
3176 bills of Three Dollars 
3176 bills of Two Dollars 
3176 bills of One Dollars 

And that the Same Shall be redeemed by a Tax on the Polls 

& Estate of the Inhabitants of this Colony in the following 

manner viz* 

£5.000 by the 26 th day of January in the year of our Lord 

£5.000 more by the 26 th of January— 1781 [1783 

£5.000 more by the 26 th of January— 1785 

£5.008 16 Shillings more by the 26 th of January— 1786 

And that the form of said bills be as Follows, viz* — 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 61 



Colony of New ( Dollars Dollars 

Hampshire ) N° ( ) January 26 th 1770 
The Possessor of this hill Shall he paid hy the Treasurer 
of this Colony . . . Dollars by the .... which bill shall 
be received for the aforesaid Sum in all payments at the 
Treasury, and all other payments, by order of the Coun- 
cill & Assembly 

Dollars Dollars 

> Committee 



[p. 34.] That Josiah Moulton Jun r Joseph Gilman & Phil- 
lips White Esq 1 or any Two of them be a Committee to Sign 
said Bills. 

That Meshech Weare Esq 1 & Doct r Levi Dearborn be a 
Committee to Procure paper and Superintend the Press, 
while the money is Printing and to Deliver the Same to the 
Treasurer and Take his receit therefor — All which bills 
after their redemption Shall be burnt to Ashes in Presence 
of the Council and Assembly. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

Voted that the Persons hereafter Named be and hereby 
are Chosen and Appointed to the Respective offices Follow- 
ing viz — 

Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature for this Colony — 
The Hon ble Meshech Weare Esq 1 Chief Justice. 

S Matthew Thornton Esq r ) 
Leverett Hubbard Esq 1 S Justices. 
John Wentworth Esq r ) 

Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the County 
of Rockingham. 
The Hon ble Josiah Bartlett Esq r 1st ^ 

Nathaniel Folsom Esq r 2 d ( T ,. 

m T- "C r -~M ^Justices 

(ieorse Kino- Lsq r 6 a 
John~Dudley Esq 1 4 th J 

Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum. 
Hunking Wentworth, Jonathan Warner, Samuel Penhal- 
low, William Weeks, Walter Bryant, Richard Downing, Ben- 
jamin Rowe, Phillips White Esq 155 . 



62 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Justices of the Peace. 

John Dudley, David Gilman, Josiah Moulton, Samuel Cutts, 
Henry Prescotfc, Noah Emery, William Parker Jr, Samuel 
Dudley, Richard Bartlett, Samuel Emerson, Nathan Bachel- 
der, Nathaniel Bachelder, Josiah Gage, Timothy Walker, 
Ju 1 ', Jeremiah Clough, Archelaus Moore, Samuel Moore, 
Robert Wilson, Ebenezcr Stevens, Samuel Little, John Mc- 
Clary, Nicholas White, Joseph Wellch, Timothy Ladd, James 
Betton, Benjamin Butler, Edward Russell, David Lawrence, 
William Moore, John Webster of Chester, and John Leavitt, 
Esq 1-3 . 

Coroners. George Gains, Samuel Folsom, Amos Coffin, 
Hubartus Neal, Jonathan Swain, Nehemiah Wheeler, Jona- 
than Eastman, Abraham Batchelder, Jeremiah Eastman, 
Benjamin Little, Jonathan Eaton, Simonds Seccomb, & John 
Nutter Esq K . 



[p. 35.] Judge of Probate &c, Phillips White Esq 1- . 
Register of Probate, William Parker Ju 1 ' Esq 1 '. 
Recorder of Deeds &c, Joseph Pierce. 
County Treasurer, Samuel Brooks. 
Sheriff, John Parker Esq 1 '. 



For the County of Strafford. 
Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. 
The Hon ble George Frost, Esq 1 ' ^ 

Otis Baker, Esq' l Justices 

John Plummer Esq 1 ' [ 
Moses Carr Esq 1 ' J 
Judge of Probate, Ichabod Rawlins Esq r . 
Register of Probate, — John Went worth — Esq 1 ' 
County Treasurer, Thomas Wcstbrook Walden Esq 1 ' 
Recorder of Deeds &c, Thomas Westbrook Walden Esq — 
Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum, Joseph Badger, 
Esq. 

Justices of the Peace, Ichabod Rawlins, Ebenezer Smith, 
Daniel Beede, Joseph Senter, Thomas Parsons, Joseph Sias, 
Solomon Emerson, Simeon Dearborn, Miles Kendall, Paul 
Hayes, John Wentworth Jun 1 ' Esq 1 " 3 . Coroners — John Gage, 
Ebenezer Tibbetts, John Horn, John Cate, Jacob Brown, 
and Edward Gilman. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 63 

For the County of Hillsborough. 

Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. — 

The Hon ble Jonathan Lovewell Esq 1 '^) 

James Underwood Esq 1- ( T , . 
m- ii -n\ w t > Justices. 

Timothy Farrar Esq 1 ( 

Jeremiah Page Esq 1 J 
Justices of the Peace, Matthew Patten, Jonathan Love- 
well, Jeremiah Page, Timothy Farrar, Henry Gerrish, Moses 
Nichols, James Underwood, Isaac Andrews, Joseph Bean, & 
George Jackman. 

Judge of Probate, — Matthew Patten Esq 1 ' — 
Register of Probate — Jonathan Blanchard Esq — 
Recorder of Deeds &c — Moses Nichols, Esq 1 ' — 
County Treasurer — Nahum Baldwin Esq 1 ' — 
Sheriff — Moses Kelly, Esq — Coroners — Daniel Emerson, 
Jim 1 ' Samuel Moore — Ebenezcr Webster, Obadiah Parker, 
Samuel Kimball & John Hogg. 



[p. 36.] For the County of Cheshire. 

Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. 
The Hon ble Samuel Ashley, 'Esq 1 ^ 

Benjamin Bellows Jr Esq 1 — I Justices 
Samuel Chase Esq 1 ' — ( 

Benjamin Giles Esq 1 ' — J 

Judge of Probate &c, Thomas Sparhawk, Esq 1 ' — 
Register of Probate, Iehabod Fisher Esq — 
Recorder of Deeds, Benjamin Bellows Jim 1 ' Esq 1 ' — 
County Treasurer, Thomas Sparhawk Esq 1 ' — 
Sheriff, Samuel Hunt, Esq 1 ' — Justices of the Peace and 
Quorum, Benjamin Bellows Esq 1 ' Justices of the Peace, 
Benjamin Bellows Jim 1 ', Samuel Chase, Enoch Hale, and 
Francis Smith Esqrs. Coroners — Moses Chase, Samuel 
Trott, & Samuel Hills Esq rs . 



For the County of Grafton. 
Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. 
The Hon ble John Hunt Esq 

Elisha Pain Esq 1 ' I Justices 

Bezaleel Woodward Esq 1 ' 
Samuel Emerson Esq 1 
Judge of Probate, Israel Morey Esq 1 ' 
Register of Probate, Elisha Pain Esq 1 ' 
Sheriff, Jotham Cummings Esq 1 '. 



64 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

County Treasurer, John Hurd Esq r . 

Recorder of Deeds, &c John Hurd Esq r . 

Justice of the Peace & of the Quorum, Israel Morey Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace, Bezaleel Woodward, Daniel Brain- 
ard, John Wheatly and Joseph Peverly Esq rs . 

Coroners, Francis Worcester, Andrew Savage Crocker, 
& Edward Buckman, Esq 18 . 



That the Members of the Council he Justices of the Peace 
and of the Quorum throughout the Colony. 

That the Justices of the Inferior Courts of Common Pleas 
in the several Counties Be Justices of the Peace and of the 
Quorum in their respective Countys. 

Sent up by Col Walker & Col Morey— 

Adjourned to 9, O'clock To-morrow morning. 



[p. 37] Saturday Jan^ 27 th 1776. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

Voted That the Hon ble Council & House of Representa- 
tives shall be adjourned From this day to the First Wednes- 
day in March next, to meet at the town House in Exeter at 
three of the Clock Afternoon. Sent up by Mr. Abbot. 

Voted That Mr. Secretary Thompson shall receive three 
Shillings per day for sixteen days attendance on the late 
Congress as Secretary, over and above his wages as a mem- 
ber of said Congress (out of the Grant made yesterday to 
Noah Emery as clerk of Said Congress) and that he receive 
Six Shillings per day for his services, as Secretary to the 
Colonv, over and above his wases as a Councillor. Sent up 
by Mr. Abbot. 

Voted That Capt Ezekiel Worthen be Chief Commander 
of the Forces at & near Piscataqua Harbour, and that he 
with the Soldiers there Erect Such Batterys on & near Great 
Island as shall be Necessary to Prevent the Enemy from 
landing there, and that he receive a Major's Commission & 
have Major's Pay — Sent up by Capt Wilson. 

Voted, That the Roll of Capt William Prescott, amount- 
ing to One hundred Twenty-one pounds fourteen Shillings & 
five pence half penny be allowed & paid out of the Treasury, 
and that the President of the Council give order on the 
Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by Capt Wilson. 

Voted, That the account of Joshua Wiggin amounting to 
five pounds three Shillings & Eleven pence be allowed & paid 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 65 

out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council 
give order on the Treasurer for Payment thereof. Sent up 
by Dr. Nichols. 

Voted, That the account of Capt Matthew Thornton, 
amounting to Seven pounds Eleven Shilling & sixpence be 
allowed & paid out of the Treasury, and that the President 
of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment 
thereof. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

Voted, That the oath to be Taken by the several Justices 
of the Peace in this Colony Shall be the same as that in the 
last Edition of the Province Law book, and that all other 
Officers be sworn Dilligentlv, faithfully & Impartially to Ex- 
ecute the offices to which they are appointed. Sent up by 
Col Walker. 

Adjourned one hour & then met. 

Voted, That William Whipple Esq 1 ' our Delegate to the 
Continental Congress Have and receive out of the Treasury 
One Hundred Pounds, to be by him accounted for, and that 
the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for 
payment of the same. Sent up by Col Walker. 

Voted that the receiver General & Samuel Brooks receive 
all the Blankets offered to them from this day untill the 
first day of the Next Session of this assembly, and Pay for 
them out of the Treasury. Sent up by Doct 1 ' Nichols — 
[p. 38.] Voted, That the Committee of Safety be Directed ^ 
to write to the Continental Congress, and lay the Plan of 
Government, Taken up by this Colony, before them, and Let 
them Know that a Number of the Members of this House 
Dissented to & Protested against the same; Supposing it 
breathed too much of the Spirit of Independence ; and to 
know the judgment of the Congress thereon. Sent up by 
Col Walker. 



Letter of the Committee (as above ordered) to the Continental 

Congress. 

Colony of New Ham-psliire : 

To the Honourable Congress of the United Colonies of Worth 

America : 

[Amer. Ar. Vol. IV, (4"> ser.) p. 997.] 

The Committee of Safety of said Colony, pursuant to an order of 

the Council and Assembly, beg leave to lay before you some difficulties 

that have arisen among them, and request your determination thereon, 

being assured that your opinion on the premises will quiet the minds 

5 



66 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1775. 

of those dissatisfied, and that all will acquiesce therein. TVe are very- 
sorry that any misunderstandings among ourselves should lay us under 
the necessity of diverting your minds from the important concerns 
which engross your attention. But no expedient could be found to 
satisfy many among us. but the laying the whole matter before your 
Honours. Soon after the commencement of hostilities by the King's 
troops at Lexington, the people in several of our Counties were so 
enraged against many of the Executive officers, supposing them to be 
inimical to the liberties of the country, that they would not suffer the 
Courts to sit, so much as to try criminal offenders. And the Congress, 
in the Summer past, finding the Courts under the officers in commis- 
sion could not be held, and many complaints coming before them 
against persons for high crimes, agreed to instruct their Delegates to 
request smut' direction from your Honours, relative to the regulating 
our Civil Police. Before the dissolution of the Congress, and previous 
to the reception of your recommendation about Government, a gen- 
eral plan of Representation was agreed on, to consist of eighty-nine 
persons, and precepts issued in consequence thereof: a copy of which 
we transmit herewith. After the meeting of the new Congress, the 
members appeared to agree in the necessity of assuming Government, 
but differed in the mode; after setting fifteen days, viz. on the 5 th of 
January, the Resolve for assuming Government passed by a majority 
of near two to one, a copy of which accompanies this; and the next 
day chose the number proposed for a Council, who took their seat and 
proceeded on business according to the plan. A number of the mem- 
bers of the House being dissatisfied with the measures adopted, pro- 
tested against them, — a copy of which we also send herewith. Our 
brethren in the town of Portsmouth were also much concerned lest the 
proceedings should hurt the common cause ; disaffect our friends in 
Great Britain — as savouring of independency. They wrote circular 
letters to a great number of towns, expressing their fears of the con- 
sequence of our taking up Government; soon after which the towns of 
Port-mouth, Dover, Rochester, Xewington, Greenland, Rye, Stratham, 
Northampton. Kensington, New Market, with a number of individuals 
in the town of Brentwood, petitioned the General Court, setting forth, 
that they were greatly alarmed at the proceedings of the Congress in 
taking up Government, supposing it looked too much like setting up 
for independency; were exceeding fearful of the consequence ; that we 
should lose the assistance of our friends abroad, and create a disunion 
among ourselves, and prayed that the two Houses would reconsider 
the Resolve for taking up Government, and proceed to business as the 
late Congress had done. The House of Representatives thinking it 
absolutely necessary, for the well being of the Colony, to proceed 
agreeable to the Resolves, concluded to let the petitions lay. But, at 
the request of the Petitioners, it was agreed to have the proceedings 
laid before your honourable Body: And this Committee under real 
expectation that your determination will settle the difference of opin- 
ion among us, humbly request you to transmit the same. 

I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, your most humble servant. 
By order of the Committee, 

Meshech Weare, Chairman. 

[Note. The above communication was sent with a letter to the New Hampshire 
delegates in Congress, as follows. Ed.] 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 67 

Exeter, February 10, 177b'. 

Gentlemen — Enclosed in this packet you will find a representation 
of the taking up Government, and difficulties that have arisen in the 
several counties relating thereto. We desire you would lay them 
before Congress, and endeavour to obtain their opinion thereon, as we 
expect uneasiness will remain until the same is obtained, which we 
hope will settle the dust, and desire you will be assiduous in getting it 
decided and forwarded as soon as may be. 

To the Hon. Josiah Bartlett and 
William Whipple, Esq s . 

[The documents in the packet sent are all found in their place in the 
Journal of the House — ante — on pp. 12-17] 

Voted, That Capt Turner be and hereby is Discharged 
from the service of this Colony as Captain of a Company of 
Artillery, and also his said Company, and that Major Ezekiel 
Worthen take the Command of said Company. 

Sent up by M r Saml Moore. 

Voted, that the Committee of Safety receive out of the 
Treasury Nine Shillings per clay for their past service & for 
every day of their sitting in Future, in the Recess of the 
General Court, they paying their Expenses, and that they be 
allowed the Same Travel as the members of the General 
Court have. Sent up by Capt Harriman. 

Voted that the Following Petition be sent to the Conti- 
nental Congress, viz*. 

To the Honourable Congress of the United Colonies of North 

America, Humbly Sheiveth — 
The Council & Assembly of the Colony of New Hampshire: 

That by reason of their Vicinity to the Town of Boston, the Ene- 
mies Ships of Warr often hovering round their Coast & Harbour, 
They have been for many months past Kept in perpetual Alarms. 
Have been at a very Great Expence in preparing to Defend themselves, 
at Least Thirty Thousand Pounds L itf in Erecting Batteries, mount- 
ing Cannon & supporting Soldiers, having had Eourteen hundred men 
under pay at one time — Exclusive of Two hundred Matrosses to 
Guard the Metropolis and Expect the ensuing spring, to be under the 
Necessity of Raising a much Greater Number ; and as you have been 
pleased to order a Number of Battalions of men to be raised to Guard 
other Colonies, and as this is by far the Poorest Colony on the Conti- 
nent, according to the Number of Inhabitants — 

We most humbly pray your Honours would order such a Number 
of men to be raised and Stationed at Portsmouth, (and in case of any 
Emergency to assist our Neighbour Colonies) as you in Your Wisdom 
Shall see fit. 

The House adjourned to the first Wednesday in March 
next, to meet then at the Town house in Exeter at three of 
the Clock Afternoon. 



CORRESPONDENCE, &C. 



[Between the time of adjournment and the meeting of the House of Representatives, 
March 6th, 1776. Ed.] 



Letter from G-eneral Washington. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. Ill, p. 110.] 

Cambridge, 27 th Janua>' 1776. 
Sir— 

There were three accounts exhibited against the United Colonies by 
different persons in your Province; 
One by Jonathan Burnham, for 
One for Horse hier &c. by Sam 1 Hobart, 
One by yourself for sundry exp s 



£40 : 


7 


5 


: 


5 




26 : 


2 : 


5 


£74 


14 


10 



I think it will be more regular, that the accounts above mentioned 
should be settled by agents that will doubtless be appointed by the 
Congress to settle the accounts that are or may be depending with the 
different Provinces : This is the reason that I do not at present enter 
upon an examination of these accounts. I am, 
Sir, your most H b serv 1 , 

G°. Washington. 
William Whipple, Esq r . 



Petition of Capt. Titus Salter. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. Ill, p. 108.] 

The Petition of Titus Salter of Portsm , to the Hon ble Councill and 
House of Representatives for the Colony of New Hampshire now 
convened at Exeter, — Humbly shews : 

That your Petitioner has an account against this Colony amounting 
to Ninety six pounds four shillings & 3| Lawf ' money, Being for sun- 
drys supplyed the People at Different Times, who wrought (gratis) on 
the Battery lately erected on Pearce's Island, so called : That at the 
time your Petitioner began to supply said People there was no Com- 
missary appointed by said Colony, and at every other time that the 
charges were made the Commissary had not the necessarys required. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 69 

Your Petitioner desires his account may be properly examined. 
After which, if it is found to be Right (which he is ready to aver) that 
an order for payment may issue, — And your Petitioner as in Duty 
Bound will ever pray. Titus Salter. 

January 26 th , 1776. 

Copy of Letters written to the Selectmen of Amherst, Dunbarton, 
Hillsborough, Lyndeborough, Raby, Society Land, Xew Castle, San- 
bornton, Moultonborough, Tamworth, Hinsdale & Charles Town. 

[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. Ill, p. 112.] 

In Committee of Safety, Jan 1 ?" 31 st , 1776. 
Gentlemex — 

We have received Intelligence from our Delegates at Philadelphia 
that if the numbers of all the People in each Town are not speedily 
sent, we run the hazard of being Doomed much beyond our proportion 
of the Continental Expences. As yours is not come to hand, we pray 
you to Dispatch it with speed according to the request made last Fall. 
If you have sent & it hath miscarried we must intreat your sending 
again. 

By order of the Com*. I am, y re 

M. W. 
P. S. Pray let the Return be made on Oath. 



Letter to Col. John Belloics. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. Ill, p. 114.] 

Exeter, Jan^ 31 st , 1776. 
Sir— 

We have just received a Packet from the Continental Congress, In- 
forming us nine Regiments are to be sent forthwith to Canada, all 
which are Raising & some on their inarch by this time; desiring our 
Regiment may be forwarded with all speed, and that when any one or 
two Companys are Ready to march forward, they likewise direct forty 
shillings L. M. to be given each soldier well accoutred as a Bounty, 
and one mouths pay in advance. Therefore you may assure all the 
men that you muster, that forty shillings of the money you pay them 
is a Bounty, & the other one months pay advance. Pray do every- 
thing to forward the men & hurry Col. Wait as much as possible. 
The Necessaries are gone & going from Exeter to Cohos. Coll. Bedel 
will set off from here we expect to-morrow; 3 or 4 companies at Ply- 
mouth & Cohos are enlisted. 

In behalf of the Committee of Safety, 

I am your m't hum b servt, M. W. 

Major Bellows. 
P. S. Pay the Commission officers 2 months wages. 



Instructions to Col. Morey and Major Bellows. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. HI, p. 114 ] 
To Israel Morey & John Bellows, Esq 78 , as you by vote of the Coun- 
cil and Assembly of this Colony are appointed Muster Masters. & Pay 
Masters to the Regiment raising for Canada, you are hereby directed, 



70 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

out of the money you have received from the Treasury to pay each 
soldier whom you shall Muster, being an able bodied Effects/ man & 
well accoutred. Forty shillings L M as a Bounty & Two months wages 
to each commissioned officer, & also one months pay to each non-com- 
miss' 1 officer and soldier at the Rates Established by the Continental 
Congress, and assist in providing for and forwarding the Regiment 
with all speed, & make return of your doings as soon as may be to the 
General Court of this Colony or Committee of Safety. You are like- 
wise to observe that the soldiers that Receive the Colony Guns are to 
be informed that they are to allow One dollar for the use of the same, 
and should they not be returned at the end of the Campaign, they are 
to take care that the above stoppages are to be made upon making up 
the muster Rolls. 

By order Committee. 

M. W. 
Committee Safetv, Jan?" 31, 1776. 



Letter from Stephen Moylan relating to Col. Stark. 
[MS. Scate Pap. Vol. Ill, p. 118.] 

Cambridge, 7 th Februa- V , 1776. 

Sir — 

As you presided at the Honorable Convention, when a Complaint 
was made against Col. John Stark, by his Excellency's command I 
address myself to you upon that subject. A Court of enquiry has 
been held, in the process of which Colonel Stark has seen that he was 
very blameable, and sent an acknowledgment of his fault in writing, 
which I have the honor to inclose you. His Excellency wishes that 
this may prove satisfactory to the members of your Honourable Con- 
gress, as the Colonel is a good officer, who understands & does his 
duty: but if you & the Gentlemen who have been ill-treated upon this 
occasion, insist that he should be brought to a trial by Court martial, 
His Excellency will, on receipt of your answer to this, order one to 
try this affair, tho' as I before mentioned, it would give his Excellency 
great satisfaction that it was made up in an amicable manner. 
I have the Honour to be, Sir, 

your most obed' serv 1 , 

Stephex Moylax. 

P. T. S. 
The Hon 1,!e Matthew Thornton, Esq. 



Acknowledgment made by Col. Stark. 
[MS. State Pap. Vol. Ill, p. 120.] 
Whereas on the 30 th Day of Dec r last, some Persons belonging to 
my Regim* without orders or Warrant from me for so doing, Proceed- 
ed under arms from their Barracks on Winter Hill to the Lodging of 
Samuel Hobart. Esq r . at Medford & there assaulted & took him pris- 
oner and brought him to my Encampment at Winter Hill, and I being 
at that time much Perplexed with Business, and not knowing the many 
aggravated circumstances attending said assault, and not considering 
at that time the Dangerous Tendency of such an Insult offer'd to him, 
while in the execution of his office as paymaster of the Troops from 



1776.J 



CORRESPONDENCE. 71 



the Colony of New Hampshire, Neglected to confine & punish those 
Offenders, but being before wearied with their complaints for want of 
pay. and much perplex'd with other Business, hastily and inconsider- 
ately threw out some warm & illiberal Reflections upon some of the 
members of the Congress in that Colony, for which I am sincerely 
sorry, and heartily ask their forgiveness, and beg leave to assure them 
that those Reflections proceeded only from heat & Passion, and not 
from any settled Design to Slander or defame them. 

John Stark. 



Head Quarters, Cambridge, Feb?" G, 177C. 
[Copied from American Ar., 4th ser., Vol. IV, p. 979.] 

The Court of Inquiry, whereof General Greene was President, ap- 
pointed to inquire into the complaint of Colonel Hobart. Paymaster 
General of the New Hampshire forces, against Colonel Stark: The 
Court have reported the state of the evidences given in before them, 
by which it appears that Col. Hobart's complaints were well founded. 
All further proceedings are suspended.' Colonel Stark having made 
such acknowledgments to the injured parties, as will, in all probability, 
be accepted as satisfactory. 

The Colonel, or officer commanding each Regiment, is to examine 
minutely into the quantity and condition of their ammunition, and 
make report of the average number of rounds they are posse ssed of to 
their respective Brigadiers without delay, and immediately thereupon 
the Brigadiers to lay this, their report, before the General. 

The armourers are required to be very exact and diligent at their 
business. If they are known to do work for any others than those of 
the Army, they will be brought to the severest punishment.; or if they 
presume to charge a soldier for any repair done to his arms, they will 
also be called to a strict account. 

An exact report to be made of all the cartridges in the different 
Magazines. Those now employed in making cartridges are to be con- 
stant and diligent at their work. 

The arms which have been delivered out of the publick stores are 
not to be put in the hands of commissioned officers. The Colonels of 
the several Regiments are to be answerable that this order is duly 
attended to. 



Petition to Congress for Continental Troops. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. Ill, p. 120.] 
Colony of ) To the Hon Me Congress of the United Colonies 

Kew Hamp r . \ of North America. 

The Council & Assembly of said Colony of N. Hampshire Humbly 
shew: That by reason of the vicinity of the Port of Boston (the Gen- 
eral Rendezvous of our Enemies) to this Colony, and their men-of- 
war often Hovering round our Harbour, have been, ever since the 
destruction of Falmouth, kept in continual alarms, which hath occa- 
sioned a Prodigious expence in erecting fortifications and keeping a 
large Bodv of men in pay to guard our sea-coast & metropolis, some 
part of the time upwards of 1400. Being sensible our Enemies have a 
particular view in getting possession of our Harbour, as it is very 



72 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

commodious for their shipping, and if once in their possession will 
prove of the greatest consequence to them in annoying the Eastern 
country; and this Colony, ever dependant on the more southern ones 
for a considerable part of their Bread, and in shipping off Lumber to 
raise money to pay therefor, are now very much distressed. Where- 
fore as you [have] been pleased to order several Battalions to defend 
our sister Colonies, we humbly pray you would direct so many men to 
be raised for our defence as you in your wisdom shall see fit: — And we 
shall ever pray. 

By order of the Council & Assembly — 

M. Wearb, President of the Council. 
Exeter, Feb? 8, 1776. 



Letter to the Hon. John Hancock. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 122.] 

Sir— 

Before the reception of your letters of the 12 th & 20 th of Jan?, an 
account of the unfortunate affair at Quebeck came to hand with a 
Requisition from his Excellency General Washington for this Colony 
to raise a Regiment for that service, which was Imediately attended 
to, The Field officers appointed, and orders for Enlisting the men given 
out. As so great a proportion of the men in the Eastern & Middle 
part of the Colony were Engaged at the Grand Army and to Guard 
the Sea-Coast, it was Judged best to Endeavor the raising this on the 
Western Frontiers, and every thing that was tho't Exped' has been 
done to forward the purpose. We hear some companies have marched 
& Expect the whole Battalion, consisting of the number desired, will 
follow them in a few days. Before our design of Raising this Reg' 
was known in the Western parts, upwards of one Hundred men from 
this Colony had enlisted under officers appointed by Coll. Warner of 
the Green Mountain Boys, and March'd, and are, we suppose, before 
this time at Quebeck. 

By order of the Committee. 

I have the Hon r to be your in' hum. Serv*, 
(Copy.) [No date.] 

Hon. John Hancock. 



Committee of Safety to Col. Morey. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. Ill, p. 124.] 

In Committee of Safety, Febr 10 th , 1776. 
To Coll Israel Morey — 

We send you by Coll. Bedel seven Hundred and Eighty-five Pounds 
L M to pay off the Troops. Likewise, Coll. Bedell's Roll; the balance 
due to each man you are to pay, with the price of Rations as set down 
to the Lieuts. Palmer & Nelson ; you will observe that the balance due 
to each man Includes his coat money and blanket. We also transmit 
the Roll of Lieut. Wheeler's men, the balance of which you will pay 
to each man. The Staff Roll of Coll. Bedel you will also pay what is 
due, viz., the adjutant, Quarter master, surgeon and sergeant major, 
their respective balances, & price of Rations. In Captain Osgood's 
Roll you will take notice that against these names where it is wrote p d 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 73 

to Capt. Osgood, the whole is paid; and those names where it is wrote 
against " Order on the Treasury for all but the coat money," you will 
pay to them their coat money only, they having rec' d their wages; and 
make return of your Payments together with the Rolls, as soon as 
possible, that the accounts may be forwarded for payment. 
By order of the Committee, 

I am your m l hum e serv 1 , 

M. W. , Chairman. 



Letters from Col. Jno. Langdon to Committee of Safety. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. in. p. 128.] 

Portsm , Feby 17 th , 1776. 
Gen 4 : 

I 've just Rec d a letter from Philad a , Informing me of one of the ves- 
sells belonging to the Continental service, havs arrived with sixty Tons 
of salt petre, thirteen Tons of powder, 1300 stand of good arms; on 
which important news I have the honor to congratulate you. My letter 
is dated the 3 d Instant; the vessel arrived the day before. 
I am with all due respect, 

Gen 1 your most ob f serv', 

Jn° Langdox. 
57 Tons Sal. Petre, 1 st time. 
60 Do. Do. 2 d°. 

117 equal to — say 150 Tons powder. 
33 Tons before. 
13 now. 

196 Tons — no small q { with which to scare away that 
frightful Independence. 



Portsm , Feby 22 d , 1776. 
Gent — 

I 've just enroled near one hundred of men in the ship yard, have 
order'd every man to attend the muster at an appointed day with a 
good fire arm, powder and ball, some of which are already completely 
equipp'd; but as there is no powder to be had only what is in publick 
stores, would submit it to the consideration of the Hon ble Committee, 
whether it would not best to order that those men who are not sup- 
plied already be furnished by the publick, when occasion requires, or 
if tho't best for each to appear with one half pound powder in his 
horn, for which a receipt to be taken, and if its not Returu'd or made 
use of against the enemy, to pay double of the value at this time, 
which I will stop out of their wages, which I think will effectually pre- 
vent wast, and put those who have no powder upon the same footing 
with those who have bro't their own amunition. 

I think I may with safety, serve the Colony in this matter, and not 
the least interfere with the Continental business. Should be glad to 
have some answer from the Hon ble Committee relative to this matter, 



74 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

as I've orcler'd every man to be ready for musters at such a day, and 
should be glad to have every man furnished. 

In case of failure ) I am with great Respect, 

they are to be Dis- >- Gen' your most ob d serv 4 , 

mist the yard. ) Jx° Laxgdox. 

To the Hon 1 Committee of Safety 
for the Colony of New Hampshire. 



Letter to the Committee of Safety. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. HI, p. 181.] 

[Xote. The letter which follows is coDtained in Amer. Archives. 4th ser.. Vol. IV, 
p. 1134, under the head " Monsieur Begozzat to New-Hampshire Committee of Safe- 
ty," and is dated " St. Pierre. Martinico, February 14, 1776." The copy of the letter 
found as above, among our State Papers, is here transcribed verbatim, and, as may ap- 
pear on comparison, differs in orthography and other respects from the printed copy 
in the Amer. Arch. Ed.] 

To the Honorable Committee of Safety for the Province of New 
Hampshire : 
Gentlemen — 

As I never considered the American affairs otherwise, but the in- 
deavors of tyranny against the Liberty of Mankind ; & looking upon 
the North America as the sacred Asyle contrived in this age by the 
Divine Providence against the Despotic power who filled the three 
parts of this world with Misery & Poverty, I think i am honoured by 
being imployed in serving so Noble a Cause, it is in these Principals 
Gentlemen I take the Liberty to write you by the opertunity of Capt. 
Robert Parker to offer my service to your Committee. Ye may be 
Certain that Nobody will serve your interest with so much zeal as I. 

I gave Capt u Robert Parker a very short Expidition. I intend every 
Day to send away Capt" Peverly, these two vestles will carry away ten 
thousand of Gun Powder. I am loading Now two Vestles which I 
hope will depart very soon. We are expecting every Day a vestle 
Departed from old France with about twenty thousand of Gun Pow- 
der, & I am in hopes that what we will Receive from france this Month 
will amount to 60.000. I'll advise you Every month the Quantity ex- 
pected. "Warlike Provisions are not common as they ought to be, on 
the account they have Rumoured in Europe that the Affairs of Amer- 
ica would be stlled this Winter. Some Vestles brings no Amunition, 
but by letters Departed the 20 th of January last, Advising the war 
continuing this year in America, there will be Plenty in the Months of 
May & June. Amunitions are not the only Articles wanted by the 
Americans. Woolen & Linen Cloaths. Drugs, Rushia Ducks, twine, a 
great Quantity of goods at the most Necessary in Private use of life 
are wanting greatly. \" ye may be provided of these Articles here. 
The Designe of this Letter is to desire that ye may send the Patterns 
of every thing wanting to ye here, ec I "11 send them to old France, & 
our Markets will be well Provided with them in four or five months 
time. I sent a Memorial to the French ministry concerning the trade 
we can settle with New England; but as your Articles we usually con- 
sume here. viz. fish, Lamp oil, Spermacity, Candles, Pork, beef, Staves, 
boards, Hoops, cannot amount to a great sum of money, I asked in my 
Memorial to ship from hence to old France, Potashes, 6«ver, lamp oil 



1776.] 



CORRESPONDENCE. 75 



in casks of 60 gals, well hooped to goe to old France: these Articles 
added to these that Martinico consume Will produce a sufficient sum 
of money to Maintain your exchange here. 

In the Southern Colonies I Have asked that Virginy Tohaco of which 
we consume thirty or forty million pounds every year, be introduced 
to France by the way of Martinico. This article is very valuable & 
will pay here a great Quantity of goods wanting in America. Carolina 
Indigo will find likewise a great advantage in french trade. Ye may 
be certain Gentlemen that Continental Yestles will always find good 
Protection in our ports, you will se by the Report I send you of the 
frigate Argus wiling to visit a Continental Yestle Loading with gun- 
powder, any Continental Yestle coming here will be safe. If ye have 
any Particular a secret Demands to our Government send them to me. 
I do promise to return you a Positive Answer. 

I think proper to advise you that the Sloop Molly, Capt. Conway 
master Loading with Flower, coming from Mery-land on the account 
he was Pursued by an .English Man-of-war, not only obtained to an- 
chor here, but to sell his Cargoe. Give your Yestles a letter for me, 
& I'll procure you all that they will want, or to be introduced, or to 
sell, or to Purchase their goods. 

You may assure your Country men they Have good friends in this 
Country. We think that the sacred fire of Liberty stands no where 
else now but in the North America. & that the Brave people to whom 
the Divine Providence hath trusted it, will continue it alive for the 
Future Generation. 

I am, Gentlemen, 

your most humble, 

Respectfull servant 

Beyohkal '? (1) 

22 of February 1776. I send this by Capt. Peverly, we are expect- 
ing many vessels from old France, many of them have gun-powder. 
A vessel from Provence will have fifty thousand on board. Since eight 
days we have received about Ten Thousand. 



Letter from Hon. Josidh Bartlett. 
[State Pap. Rev* Yol. III. p. 136.] 

Philadelphia. Feb? 26 th , 1776. 
Sir— 

The Enclosed order of Congress of the 23 d inst I am Directed to 
transmit to our Colony, and I make no doubt (if they have not already) 
they will speedily comply with the Recommendations. 

The necessity of arms & ammunition for our Defence and the Dan- 
ger of a Disappointment, shows the necessity of using our utmost 
efforts to be supplied as much as may be within ourselves. And tho' 
I can with pleasure inform you that large Quantities of Powder and 
salt petre have arrived here, and more is Dayly expected, yet as we 
have reason to believe that as soon as the spring opens, our harbors 
will be much infested with the British cruisers, who have orders to 
seize all American vessels, and as large Quantities of military stores 

(1) The editor is not sure that the name is correctly written; but he cannot make 
"Begozzat" of it. 



76 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

will be wanted for sea, as well as land service, I humbly conceive it 
will be prudent to endeavor to supply ourselves with the necessaries of 
life & Defence within ourselves and leave as little to the uncertainty of 
winds, weather & Enemies as possible, at least for the present. 

You will please, sir, to see that the several orders of our Convention 
or assembly for manufacturing arms, gunpowder & saltpetre be trans- 
mitted to me, and an account of what has been done in consequence of 
such orders, as it is necessary the Congress should know as soon as 
may be, the true state of all the Colonies with regard to their supply- 
ing themselves with these necessary articles; And when our Assembly 
meets, you will please to lay these resolves before them, and, in the 
mean time, communicate them to the Council, or Committee of Safety, 
or whoever they have left to transact Business in their Recess. 
I am your most obed 1 servant, 

JOSIAH BARTLETT. 

To the Hon bIe Meshech Weare, Esq. 



Letter from Hon. Josiah Bartlett. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 134.] 

Philadelphia, March 2 d , 1776. 
Sir— 

Yours of the 8 th ult., pr Col. AVhipple, I Rec d the 28 th , and am glad 
to be informed of the spirited behaviour of our Colony in raising a 
Regiment for Canada without waiting for the order of Congress. 

The several matters relative to our Colony affairs, as soon as a deter- 
mination is had I hope to be the bearer of them myself to you. 

I am very sorry for the unhappy Difficulties in our Colony at a time 
when we have nothing to expect from our inveterate Enemies but war 
and Bloodshed, notwithstanding their hipocritical pretences of treating 
& Reconciliation to amuse us. I pray God we may not be taken in the 
snare. 

I am your most 

obed' servant, 

Josiah Bartlett. 
P. S. I should have written more largely, but the Post this minute 
is setting off. J. B. 

The Hon ble Meshech Weare, Esq r . 



Letter from Hon. William Whipple. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 138.] 

Philadelphia, March 2 d , 1776. 
Sir— 

I arriv'd here y e 28 th Ult , the Roads were so extreem bad it was 
impossible for me to get here sooner. The Papers which Capt. Long 
gave me sealed up & directed to the President, I delivered on my 
arrival ; they were yesterday read in Congress & referr'd to a Commit- 
tee. My Colleague talks of leaving in about a fortnight; by that time 
I hope shall be able to forward the determination of Congress on the 
Petition for a Battalion. If your delegates could have been furnish'd 
with an estimate of the Colonial expences they might have improved 
them to advantage; but you may be assur'd we shall do the best we 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 77 

can -without them; but I beg the ace' may be sent forward as soon as 
possible, or if the ace' cannot be got ready let me be furnished with 
an estimate both of the Continental & Provincial charges. 

I was much surprised to find there was no instructions among the 
Papers given me by Capt. Long — not a -word about the Purchasing the 
Flour which was so much talked of when I -was last with the Commit- 
tee. If anything of that sort is to be done I sho'd be glad to be ad- 
vised of it as soon as possible, for no doubt the Risque increases with 
the advancement of the season. The Congress have appointed six 
more Brigadier Generals, four for the Southern and two for the Middle 
Department. Its probable General Lee will have the command of the 
Southern Army. I have nothing new that I can communicate; when I 
have you may be assured I shall be very particular. & I hope shall hear 
from you often. All the Delegates except from New Hampshire are 
furnished weekly with all the transactions of their respective Colonies, 
& really wish to be on a footing with them in that respect. 

I shall write to you again shortly. In the mean time give me leave 
to assure you that I am, 

With greatest Respect, 

your most ob* & Faithful Serv 1 , 

Wm. Whipple. 

The Hon We Col Weare. 



Letter from the Hon. John Langdon. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 144.] 

To the Hon h,e the Speaker, and the Gentlemen of the Assembly for the 

Colony of New Hampshire: 
Gent. — 

I 've received advice of my having the Repeated honour of being 
appointed one of the Delegates for the Colony to the Continental 
Congress. 

Nothing can give greater satisfaction than to have the approbation 
(of your Honourable House) of having done my duty as far as my 
poor abilities would admit of. I think myself under every tie of Hon- 
our and Gratitude to strain every Nerve in my Country's Cause at this 
important day, more especially when I Receive such Repeated honour 
from my Country. 

When I shall have finished the business in which I have the honour 
to be immediately employed by the Continent, or have it in such for- 
wardness to leave, shall, when my duty calls me, attend in my place, 
at the Gen 1 Congress, where it will be my greatest Pride to serve (in 
any way that may be in my power) this Colony in particular and the 
Continent in general. 

I lament that my abilities are not greater. All I can say is, I shall 
employ such as I have (to the utmost) in the service of my Country. 

You'll please, Sirs, to accept my hearty Thanks for the Honour done 
me; should have done myself the pleasure of waiting on the Hon ble 
House in person, but my Publick Business, which calls for immediate 
attention, I hope will plead an Excuse. 
I am with great Respect, 

Gent, your most ob' serv 4 , 

John Langdon. 

Portsmouth, 

6 March, 1776. 



78 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



A JOURNALL of the Proceedings of the Hon ble the House 
of Representatives of the Colony of New Hampshire, 
begun & held at the Town House in Exeter, on Wednesday, 
the sixth clay of March, Anno Domini 17TG, by adjourn- 
ment. 



A List of the Members of the House of Representatives of the 
Colony of New Hampshire, Convened at Exeter, by ad- 
journment, On Wednesday, the Sixth day of March, A 
Dom 177(3. 



Towns and Places sending 
Members. 



Names of the Representatives. 



■ 




V 


«ig 






CO > 


a; o3 


§H 


Q£ 



Pay. 



Southampton, 3 

Exeter, 

Portsmouth, -1 

Londonderry, 2 

Chester, 2 

Hampton. 1 

North Hampton, 1 

Greenland, 1 

Newington, 1 

New Castl.-, l 

Rye, 

Stratham 

New Market, 

Kingston, 

Kensington, 

Plaistow & Atkinson,. . . 

Hampstead, 

Salem, 

Pelhani, 

Gandia, 

Raymond & Poplin, .... 

Brintwood 

Pembroke, 

Wyndham 

Concord, 

Epping,. 

Canterbury & London,.. 
Deerfield & Northwood, 

Bow & ! >unbarton, 

Chichester, Epsom, & Al 

lenstown, 

Nottingham, 

Dover, 

Lee, 

Durham, 



Phillips White, Esq., Speaker 
| Noah Emery, Esq., Clerk,.... 

I John Giddinge, Esq., 

( Samuel Cutts, Esq'r, 

! Samuel Sherburne, Esq., 

( Capt. Pierce Long, 

(John Bell, 

) Moses Barnett, 

I Stephen Morse, 

( Robert Wilson, Esq., 

Josiah Moulton, 

Dr. Levi Dearborn, 

Clement March, Esq'r, 

Richard Downing, Esq'r, 

Henry Prescott, Esq'r, 

Nathan Goss, 

Benjamin Barker, Esq'r, 

Thomas Tash, Esq'r 

Samui 1 Philbrick, Esq'r, 

Capt. Ezekiel Worthen, 

Samuel Kimball, 

John Calfe, 

Caleb Dustin 

James Gibson, 

Moses Baker, 

John Dudley, Esq., 

Samuel Dudley, Esq'r, 

David Gilman, Esq'r, 

James Betton, Esq'r, 

Timotliv Walker, Esq., 

Nehemiab Wheeler, 

Thomas Clough 

Jeremiah Eastman, 

Capt. Caleb Page, 

John McClary, Esq., 

Thomas Bartlett 

I Stephen Evans, Esq'r, 

{Otis Baker, Esq'r 

Capt. Hercules Mooney, 

John Smith, 3d, * 



14 

14 

14 

22 

22 

20 

14 

8 

6 

10 

15 

17 

12 

3 

8 

4 

7 

16 

17 

20 

35 

22 

18 

5 

30 

26 

40 



£5: 4: 
4: 16: 







4 
4 
8 
(I 



I) 



8: 

7: 

18: 

0: 

17: 

13: 4 

15: 8 

16: 8 

13: 8 

19: 4 

14: 

1: 

0: 



9: 

9: 4 

18: 

1: 4 

9: 4 

10: 



1776.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



79 



LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES— Continued. 



Towns and Places sending 
M smbexs. 



Names of the Representatives. 



Sh 



<'- 



Pay. 



Sunimersworth, 

Rochester,. ... 

Barrington, 

Gilmanton & Barnstead,.. 
Banbornton & Meredith,. 
Leavitts Town, Wakefield I 

and Middleton, J 

Moultonborough, Sand- 1 

wicb & Tamworth, ) 

New Durham, the Gore, ) 

& Wolfborough, ( 

Aniherst 

Dunstable, 

HoUis, 

Weari , 

Hopkinton, 

New Ipswich, 

Mason & Raby, 

Litchfield and Notting- ) 

ham West, J 

Merrimac & Bedford, 

Derryfield and Goffstown,. 
Boscawen and Salisbury,. . 
Temple and Peterborough, 
Wilton, Lindsboro', Mile ) 

Strip, & i >uxl airy Farm, J 
Heneker, Deering, Hills- I 
borough & Society Land, J 
New Briton, Warner,Per- ( 

rystowii & Fishersfli Id, I 
Frances Town and New ( 

Boston J 

Winchester 

Westmoreland, 

Richmond 

Claremont 

Keen, 

Walpole, 

Charlestown, 

Hinsdale & Chesterfield,.. . 
Dublin and Monadnock ) 

No. 5, )' 

Marlow, Surrey, and AJ- 1 

stead, '. J 

Packersf'd, Limerick, ) 

Cambden & (iilsuin, J 
Cornish, Plainfield, Pro- ) 

tectworth & Grantham, I 
Rindge, Jarfrey, & Peter- | 

boro Slip, ) 

Swanzey, and Fitzwilliam, 
Unity. Acworth, Lemster i 

Savill | 

Croydon & Newport, 

New Chester, Plimouth, ) 

Cockerm'th & Alexan- [ 

dria, ) 

Rumney, Holderness, ) 

Campton & Thornton, ) 
Lyme, Orford, Warren,) 

Dorchester, Wentworth [ 

& Piermont, \ 

Haverhill, Bath, Lyman, 

Gunthwait, Landaff, & 

Morris ton, 



Ichabood Rollins, Esq'r,.. 

Dr. James Knowles 

Samuel Hayes, 

Joseph Badger, Esq'r, . . . . 
Ebenezer Smith, Esq.,. . . . 

Nathaniel Balch, 

Daniel Beede, Esq'r, 

I Moses Nichols, Esq., 

( Dr. Nahum Baldwin, 

Jonathan Lovewell, Esq'r 

Stephen Ames 

John Worth, 

Stephen Harriman, 

William Shattuck, 

Dr. Amos Dakin, 

Asa Davis, 

Matthew Patten, Esq.... . . 

Moses KV11 y, Esq 

Henry Gerrish, Esq., 

Samuel Moore, 

Jacob Abbot, 

Capt. Joseph Simonds, 



Dr. Heber Millar, 

Timothy Ellis. Esq'r,. 
John Bellows. Esq.,.. 

Mr. Elijah Grout 

Archibald Robinson, . 

Eliphalet Stone, 

Natlrl Sartel Prentice 

Moses Chase, Esq 



Samuel Emerson, Esq.,. 
Daniel Brainard, Esq., . , 
Israel Morey, Esq., , 



103 
114 
100 

78 
100 

85 
130 



85 

94 

120 



18: 8 
2: 2 



1: 4 

1: 4 

7: 4 

2: 8 

4: 8 

4: 8 

8: 

7: 4 

13: 8 

1: 8 

13: 8 

10: 8 

1: 8 

4: 8 



1: 13: 



2: 



7: 0: 

6: 15: 4 



5: 11: 4 



5: 4 



6: 10: 4 
6: 13: 4 



80 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES— Continued. 



[1776. 



Towns and Places sending 
Members. 



Names of the Representatives. 



ss 



< ; 



Pay. 



Lebanon, Hanover, Rel- ) 
ban. Canaan, Cardigan > 
& Grafton, ) 

Apthorp, Lancaster, 
North Dmberland, 
Stratford, Cockburn, J- 
Colburn, Conway. 
Sherburne, &c, fee, 



Capt. Abijah Learned,. 



190 



£8: 11: 1 



MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. 



Hon. 



Meshech Weare. 
Matthew Thornton, 
William Whipple, 
Josiah Bartlett, 
Nathaniel Folsom, 



Ebenezer Thompson, 
Wyseman Claggett, 
Jonathan Blanehard, 
Samuel Ashler. 
Benjamin Giles, 



Thomas Westbrook Waldron, John Hurd, Esqrs. 



[p. 54.] Wednesday, March 6 th 1776, P. M. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

A Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of Brintwood 
called Baptists, being Read, 

Voted, That it lay for consideration. 

Adjourned till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock. 



Thursday March 7 th , 1776. Met. 

Voted, To choose a Committee to make some Necessary 
additional Rules for the order of this house, and Jonathan 
Lovewell Esq. John Dudley Esq. Joseph Badger Esq. Dr. 
Levi Dearborn & John McClary Esq r be the Committee for 
that purpose. 

A Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants of Derryfield 
concerning Propagation of Alewires in great Cohass brook 
&c, being read. 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon before this 
house on the 10 th day of March current, if this house be 
then sitting. & if not, then on the second day of their next 
sitting afterwards, and that the Petitioners Notify John 
Goffe Esq. to Appear & shew cause if any he hath why the 
Prayer thereof should not be granted. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 81 

Voted That the selectmen of Mason be cited to appear 
before this House on the 19 th day of March current if this 
house be then sitting - & if not then on the second day of their 
sitting afterwards, to Answer for their conduct in not re- 
turning the Precept sent to them by the late Congress, 
requiring them to send a member to represent the Towns of 
Mason 6c Raby in said Congress. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock afternoon. 

P. M. 

Voted That Deacon Amos Dakin have a seat as a mem- 
ber of this House untill the Matter of the choice be heard 6c 
Determined by this House. 

Voted That the account of John Folsom charged against 
Andrew McClary for expenses 6cc. amounting to Twenty sis 
Shillings be allow'd A: paid out of the Treasury and that the 
President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for 
payment thereof. Sent up by Dr. Dearborn. 

Vited That the account of the Selectmen of Sandown for 
blanketts, amounting to nine pounds be allowed 6c paid out 
of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give 
order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up by 
Mr. Philbrook. 

Voted That Samuel Cutts, Esq. Jonathan Lovewell Esq r 
6c John Dudley Esq 1 ' lie a Committee of this House to join a 
Committee of the Hon bl Board to confer together, and make 
report to this house, What Business is most necessary to be 
Entered upon Immediately. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. [Messrs. 
Thornton, Folsom and Blanchard, joined.] 

[p. 55.] Which Committee made report as follows : 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to report the business 
Necessary to be acted upon at this Session beg leave to Report as 
follows : — 

That the Superiour Court be opened (as soon as may be) for pun- 
ishing Criminals and Trespassers: — That the Courts of Genei-al Ses- 
sions of the Peace for the several Counties be in future opened and 
held as usual. Likewise the Inferior Courts for the Tryal of Tres- 
passers only — That 500 men Including officers and those under the 
command of Capt. Salter & Daniels, be raised and be on the lines at 
Portsmouth by the first day of April next, and the Company of Artil- 
lery be Revived and to be Reckoned a part of said number, their 
wages to be the same as those in the Colony service the last year — 
That there be one Gentleman appointed to act as a General Officer to 
command all the Troops in case of an Alarm or Attack — That proper 
measures be taken to compleat the several minute Regiments — That 
no officer Inlist any man for the service of this Colony who hath not a 

6 



82 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

good fire arm — That Provision be made for the 500 men & such of the 
militia as may be called in — That the resolve giving & confirming to 
the several Constables & Collectors the same Power and authority for 
Collecting of Rates & Taxes they formerly held by Law, be printed in 
hand-bills and Distributed — That Proclamation be made of the Form 
of Civil Government lately established in this Colony, and the List of 
Civil officers, that all persons may conform accordingly — That in case 
of an alarm or attack, when the Council & Assembly, or Committee of 
Safety are not sitting, the General officer call in the Militia for the 
Defence of this Colony — That a Proclamation Issue for a General Fast. 
Signed. Matthew Thornton, Chairman. 

Which report being read & Consid'd, Voted that the same 
be receiv'd, accepted & established as a Resolve of this 
House. 

Adjourned to half past 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Friday March 8 th , 1T7G. 
[p. 56.] A Petition of Leonard Whiting, Benj a Whiting, 
Samuel Cummings & Thomas Cummings relative to their 
being summoned before the Committees of Safety of Hollis, 
Dunstable, Merrimac & Litchfield being read, 

Voted and Ordered that the Petitioners he heard thereon 
on the twentieth day of March Instant, if this house be then 
sitting, tfce. 

Voted That Jonathan Lovewell Esq r , Joseph Badger Esq r , 
Dr. Levi Dearborn, Capt. Nathaniel Sartel Prentice & Mr. 
Elijah Grout be a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon 1 ' 1 Board to revise and correct the Table of 
Fees for the several officers of this Colony, and to make re- 
port to this House as soon as may be. [Concurred, and 
Messrs. Claggett, Giles and the Secy, joined.] 

Voted, That Moses Nichols Esq r Col. Walker & Mr. Bald- 
win lie a Committee of this house to join a Committee of the 
Hon 1 ' 1 Board to confer together and make a Proclamation of 
the Publick officers appointed for this Colony, and of the 
opening of the Several Courts of Justice, and also for a 
Publick Fast throughout this Colony, and to make report 
thereon to this house as soon as may be. Sent up by John 
McClary, Esq 1 '. [Concurred: Mr. Thornton and Claggett 
added.] 

Adjourned to half past 8 to-morrow morning. 



[p. 57.] Saturday, March 9 th , 1776. 

" Voted, That Timothy Walker, David Gilman & Stephen 
Evans Esq rs be a Committee of this House to join a Com- 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 83 

mittee of the Hon ble Board to Hear, Examine & adjust ac- 
counts and Demands against this Colony, by way of Petition 
or otherwise, <fc to make report thereon to this House. Sent 
up by Col. Walker. 

Voted To choose a committee of this House to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer, & consult about 
the Best method to secure the Powder Vessels expected soon 
on this Coast & to report thereon to this House as soon as 
may be, and that Capt. Long, Mr. Sherburne & Ichabod 
Rawlins, Esq r be the Committee for that purpose. Sent up 
by Capt. Long. [Concurred — Col. Wentworth, Col. Folsom 
& Mr. Blancliard added.] 

Which Committee, being joined by a Committee from the 
Board, viz., The Committee appointed to Devise ways and 
means for the security of the expected Powder Vessels, beg 
leave to make the following Report : 

That it is adviseable to send a small vessell to all the Eastern Ports 
to give them intelligence that two of the Enemy's Privateers are hov- 
ering about our Harbour, which we have reason to apprehend are cruis- 
ing after our Powder vessels now expected, and beg them to apprize 
the Captains thereof, if they should go into their Ports; Likewise that 
a Committee be appointed to Look out for a suitable vessel to fix as a 
Privateer to be employed to cruise after our Enemies, and to make an 
Estimate of the costs and make return of their doings as soon as may 
be. (Signed.) Xath 1 Folsom, Chairman. 

Voted to choose a Committee to look out for a proper ves- 
sel of warr to guard our Coast and make an estimate of the 
cost & expence of such vessell & to confer -with the Captains 
of the Privateers now in Piseatanua Harbour about taking 
the armed vessells now hovering on this Coast, and also to 
Dispatch a small vessell (if they think necessary) to the 
Eastward to acquaint the People there of the said armed 
vessells, and make report as soon as may be, and that Mr. 
Cutts. Capt. Long & Mr. Sherburne be the Committee for 
that purpose. 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock afternoon. 



Monday, March 11 th , 1776, P. M. 
[p. 58.] Voted To choose a Committee of this House to 
join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer and consult 
about some method respecting opening the Civil Courts, and 
what Restrictions they shall 1 ie laid under : and Col David 
Oilman, Jonathan Lovewell, Esq r and Matthew Patten Esq r 



84 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

be the Committee for that purpose. Sent up by Col Gil- 
man. 

Toted To choose a Committee of this House to join a 
Committee from the Hon bIe Board, to write an answer to 
General Washington's Letter and desire him to return the 
Powder lent him, and that Capt. Long & Col Badger lie the 
Committee for that purpose. Sent up by James Betton, Esq. 

Toted to raise a Regiment consisting of seven hundred & 
Twenty-five men, Including officers to be raised in any part 
of the Colony Excepting from the Towns of Portsmouth, 
Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Greenland, Newington and 
Stratham, to be on the Lines at Piscataqua as soon as possi- 
ble — Also to raise one Company of Artillery consisting of 
Forty-two men Exclusive of officers to be on the lines imedi- 
atly, and to continue in the service untill the Last of Decem- 
ber next unless sooner discharged, and that their pay be the 
same as the Provincials had the year past. 

Toted to raise three Companies consisting of one hundred 
men Each (Including officers) out of each of the following 
Regiments, viz. Portsmouth, Dover, <fe Hampton, to be on 
the lines at Portsmouth Immediately with arms & ammuni- 
tion compleat, and there to continue till further orders, their 
pay to commence at the time of their marching, and to be 
[the] same as the Provincials had the year past, and that 
Col° Stephen Evens be Colonel of said Regiment, Lieutenant 
Col Joshua Wentworth be Lieutenant Colonel, and Major 
Enoch Page be Major of s d Regiment. Sent up by Major 
Barker. Adjourned. 



Tuesday, March 12 th , 1776. 

Toted That Mr. John Smith be and hereby is appointed to 
join with Doct r Nichols and Mr. Baldwin (in the room of 
Col Walker) as a Comittee to join a Com tee of the Hon 1,le 
Board to confer together to make a form of a Proclamation 
for a Publick Fast thoughout this Colony ; — Also a Procla- 
mation of the Public officers appointed for this Colony. 
Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

[p. 50.] The Council sent down the following Tote of 
Council from the Board, viz. 

In Council, March 12 th , ,1776. 

Toted, That a Regiment of men consisting of three hundred, be 
raised with all speed to be stationed at or near Portsmouth and to be 
continued in the service (unless sooner Discharged) until the last Day 






1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 85 

of December next: The Persons appointed to Enlist the men to be so 
chosen as that the men may be as equally Taken as Possible out of the 
Towns in the Counties of Rockingham, Strafford and Hillsborough, 
to be paid the same wages as the officers and soldiers in this Colony 
service received last year : — Also that a Field Artillery Company at 
Portsmouth (of the same Number as that which serv'd last Fall) be 
rais'd Imediately. — That Lieut. Col. Wentworth, Col Evens, Col 
Moulton, and Col Gilman be directed to Warn all the Militia under 
their command to Hold themselves in Readiness to March at a Minutes 
warning properly Equipt, and with five days Provision, which Militia, 
in case of their going into actual service, are to be paid as other 
Troops. — That Sentrys be fixed at New Castle & Hampton, who, on 
appearance of the Enemies Fleet are to give the Speediest Notice. — 
Also that persons be agreed with to hold themselves in readiness, on 
order from proper authority to Notify General Washington, & alarm 
the Country in case of the Enemy's appearance. Likewise that an 
Express be sent off to Cambridge to gain Intelligence of Gen 1 Howe's 
movements, and request a restoration of the Powder lent General 
Washington. 

Sent down for Concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Sec y . 

Iii the House of Representatives, March 12 th , 1776. 
The above Vote of Council being read, Voted that the 
same be and hereby is Concurred. 

P. White, Speaker. 
Entered according to the original. 

Pr. N. Emery CI. D. Rep. 



Orders from General Washington, relative to Dorchester 

heights. 
[State Pap. Rev a Vol. III. p. 170.] 

Cambridge, 9 th March, 1776. 
Sir— 

I have it in command from his Excels General Washington to inform 
you that in consequence of his determination to possess himself of the 
heights at Dorchester, a Cannonade and Bombardment was begun on 
Saturday night last on the town of Boston & continued on Sunday 
night & on Monday night a vast number of shot & shells were thrown 
into that town, under the cover of which the intended purpose was 
effected; on the enemy perceiving next morning that we had taken 
post, they were all hurry & bustle, embarking their troops as was ex- 
pected & wish'd for to attack us; but the violent storm which came on 
that day prevented them, & disappointed us, who were prepared to give 
them a warm reception. 

The possession of these heights are preparatory to our forming a 
Fort upon Nooks hill which commands the South of Boston, & to 
which their shipping will be much exposed; this they seem to be well 
aware of and are now making every preparation for moving off. 



86 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [177C. 

Captain Irwin of Salem escaped from town the night before last, 
assures us that this is their intention; it is corroborated by a message 
from the selectmen in that town to his Excellency, a copy of which 
you have inclosed. 

These informations will not prevent the General from proceeding in 
his advances to the town ; so that if they do not move off he is deter- 
mined to force them to a battle by making that town so hot that they 
will have but little rest therein. 

His Excellency has good reason to imagine that New York Avill be 
the place of their destination; but lest that should not be the ease it 
behooves every place where a Fleet can lie to be upon their guard; the 
General therefore recommends the utmost vigilance may be observed 
by the good people of your Province, & if they should make an attempt 
to laud therein be doubts not every opposition will be given thereto & 
an Express sent off immediately that he may come or send to your 
assistance. I have the honour to be 

Sir, your most obed' serv 1 , 

Stephen Moylax, 

Adj. 
To the President of the Assembly 

of the Province of New Hampshire. 



Testimonial relative to G-en. Hoioe leaving Boston. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 162.] 

As his Excellency General Howe is determined to leave the Town 
with the Troops under his command, a number of the respectable In- 
habitants being very anxious for its preservation and safety have applyed 
to General Robertson for this purpose, who at their request has com- 
municated the same to his Excellency General Howe, who has assured 
him that he has no intention of destroying the Town unless the Troops 
under his command are molested during their Embarkation or at their 
departure by the armed force without; which declaration he gave Gen 1 
Robertson leave to communicate to the Inhabitants. If such an oppo- 
sition should take place we have the greatest reason to expect the Town 
will be exposed to intire Destruction. As our fears are quieted with 
regard to Gen 1 Howe's intentions, we beg we may have some assur- 
ances that so dreadfull a calamity may not be brought on by any meas- 
ures without. As a Testimony of the truth of the above, we have 
signed our names to this Paper carried out by Messrs. Thomas & Jona- 
than Amory & Peter Johonnot, who have at the earnest Intreaties of 
the Inhabitants through the Lt. Governor solicited a Flag of Truce 
for this purpose. John Scollay 

Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin. 
Boston, March 8 th , 1776. 

Voted that Col Walker, Mr. Outts, Cap 1 Worthen, Deacon 
Knowles, Capt. Harriman, Dr. Nichols, Col Badger & Major 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 87 

Tash be a Committee of this House to join a Committee of 
of the Hon We Board to consult about officering & Commis- 
sioning" the Regiment now to be raised, & make report to this 
House as soon as may be. Sent up b) r Dea. Knowles. 
[p. 607.] Upon reading a Petition of the Majority of the 
North Company of Newmarket for removing Lieut. Col 
Folsom from his office, <£c. 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon tomorrow 
afternoon before this House, and that the Petitioners at their 
own cost serve the said Lieut. Col. Jeremiah Folsom with a 
copy of the Petition & order thereon, that he may appear to 
shew cause if any he have why the prayer thereof should 
not be granted. 

Upon reading the petition of the Inhabitants of New Mar- 
ket praying that Lieut. Coll. Folsom may be dismis* from his 
office. Are. 

Toted That the Petitioners be heard thereon tomorrow at 
three o'clock afternoon before this house, and that the Pe- 
titioners at their own cost serve the said Lieut. Col Jeremiah 
Folsom with a copy of the Petition & order thereon. That 
he may appear & shew cause if any he have why the Prayer 
thereof should not lie granted. 

Voted To choose a Committee of this House to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer together on the 
expediency of sending a Comittee to Coos to examin about 
the Troops raised for Canada &c. and that Col° Badger, 
Capt. Long, Dr. Dearborn & Dr. Nichols be the Committee of 
this House for that purpose. Sent up by Col Badger. [Con- 
curred, and Messrs. Folsom, Hurd and Thompson added.] 



Letter from Col. Israel Morey to the Committee of Safety. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 164.] 

Orford, March 7 th , 1776. 
Gextlemex — 

I am to inform you that many difficulties has arisen since I left you 
about raising this Regiment of Colouel Bedels, too many to mention 
at present. I shall only say that many independent Companys have 
Inlisted which has occasion'd the long delay of the Comp ys both here & 
Col Waits party; some Recruiting officers from Col AVarner's party 
has inlisted a considerable number of fine men; they had the money 
to pay down — Forty Shillings Bounty only for about Three months 
service, which was much easier than to get men for one year. I am 
also to inform you that Capt. Town that told you & Colonel Bedel that 



88 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

he had his men all ready has wholly Failed & taken Sixteen pounds, 
that is two months advance pay to himself, as the Hon Jonathan 
Blanchard will inform you, & a great difficulty on account of Gunns 
which I have been obliged to buy many and must more or they will be 
obliged to go without, which I should think would by no means do, 
although ther was som few gunns there Last Fall, by what 1 can learn 
they will be taken up before our men can get to Canada. There is a 
Regiment of Canadians Raising in Canada. I find with the money I 
can buy about one hundred very good Gunns, which will cost nigh a 
Thousand Doll rs . I have likewise to inform you that I have purtchased 
by Colonel Bedel's order about £70 worth of Medicines for the Regim*. 
I have likewise a Bill of Doctor Cranes for medicine that DoC Barker 
had of Colonel Bedels Regiment last year, about £20, to pay all which 
I shall lay before you & as soon as may be. I am ordered to provide 
Two horses and a Slay to carry the Medicines to Canada. I am fur- 
ther to Inform you that its impossible ever to march the Company 
without some advance pay, cloathing &c. I wish, Gentlemen, I was 
master of words sufficient to describe the want of y e men to fix them- 
selves for a long & tedious march & to Leave a small matter for the 
support of their families while absent. I fully expect I shall want 
about Two Thous d Doll rs more before the Regiment can be compleated 
for Guns &c. Lieuts. Grant and Thurher march't off last week with a 
party of 44 belonging to Capt. Grant Everitt's Company; about Forty 
more marches to-morrow & about as many more soon. None yet from 
Capt. Osgood's Company ; all this way to march next week. I shall 
be obliged to send down for more money before the whole can com- 
pleat their march, unless you think to send me a sum of money by 
some safe hand. I can assure you that no man has as yet wanted one 
hour for any Business on my part, & I am fully determined they shall 
not. I have ben carefull to keep every thing on my part Ready, noth- 
ing shall be wanting that is in my power to provide; all the guns that 
was bought I have got them appraised & what Gunns that I have Purt- 
chased by them that are good judges of Guns & money answers all 
things. If that be wanting the Voyage of consequence must fail. 
I am, Gentlemen, your most hum 1 serv 1 , 

Israel Morey. 
P. S. Since I began the Letter Col Bedel came to Orford and has 
wrote you on the affair &c. Major James Richardson or Col° "William 
Simpson will weight upon you with this Express & weight your orders. 
You will please to take notice that the Footing of Doct r Cranes Bill of 
medicines last year, is 
This year 

Doct' Anbury's Bill for medicine, 
A case of Capital Instruments will cost 50 Dollars at 

Hanover, 
DoC Barker's account 
Slay & two Llorses at about 

Cash taken by Capt. Town 

100 Guns will cost about 

To be advanced to Col Bedel 

760: 16: 3 



£19: 


2: 


1 


63: 


15: 


8 


8: 


10: 




15: 


0: 




14: 


8: 


6 


24: 






£144: 


16: 


3 


16: 






300: 






300: 







1776.J 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 89 



You will observe that I have not had any money advanced on ac- 
count, of the above. You will likewise Remember that the Committee 
of Safety are impowered to do what is needfull on account of Forward- 
ing this Regiment; and further be glad of your opinion of Doc r Crane's 
Bill &c. As 1 am not a judge of these affairs. 

J. Morey. 
The Hon ble Meshech Weare, Esq r 
Chairman of y e Comm te of Safety. 



Letter from Col. Timothy Bedel to Committee of Safety. 
[State Pap. Rev* Vol. III. p. 166-7.] 

Orford, 8 th March, 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

I have mustered my Men, but don't hear of Capt. Osgood's; part 
of 3 companies are marched and the Recruiting Officers with what 
Money was advanced them cannot well make out unless they can be 
provided with some on account. I have also been at a great expence 
on account of the Indians who have been very sick ; two of them are 
dead and sent to Dartmouth College to be Buried and the rest marched 
off yesterday in good spirits. If you could advance me 300 pounds I 
believe it might be sufficient for to help the officers and the expence 
of the Indians which runs high and not yet paid; also am obliged to 
Purchase Medicines which are very Dear, also horses to carry the same 
and Baggage which takes of Money very fast. I shall proceed to Que- 
bec as fast as possibly I can send off my men. The proposal made by 
you to the Indians in regard to making them a present was forgot, if it 
could be sent should be glad. I shall be waiting the Return of the ex- 
press at Orford, where I shall march from, should be glad it might be 
directed for me there. You will also receive the opinion of Colo. Mo- 
rey at this time in regard to the advancement desired. 

Gentlemen, I am gratefully obliged to you for all former favours and 
shall study to merit the continuance of them all in my power. 

I am, Gentlemen, with the utmost Regard and Esteem your most 

Obd 4 h'ble Serv 1 

Timo. Bedel. 

P. S. There must also be Purchased 100 Fire locks at the least, 
otherwise the men can't go. 



Voted, That the following Instructions be given to Col 
Gerrish, viz. 

To Col Henry Gerrish — 

[p. 61.] You are desired to proceed to Orford & Deliver letters you 
are entrusted with to Col Morey and Beede, to Enquire into the reason 
of the long delay of Col. Beedels regement from marching and endeav- 
our to collect the sense of the People through that part of the Country 
as well as those Imediately concerned in fitting them off, what has oc- 
casioned the Delay. Also to find what number of men is Inlisted, 
what Number marched, and what Number soon to march, with the 



90 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Names of the officers commanding the Party's marched & the Com- 
panys they belong to, and make return of your doings as soon as may 
be to this Court or Committee of Safety, if the Court should not be 
setting. 

These Instructions were Voted March 12 th 1TT6. 
Adjourned to 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. 



Letter to Col. Bedel. 

[State Pap. Rev". Vol. III. p. 176.] 
Sir— 

"We received your letter dated at Orford the 8 th inst and as the Court 
was sitting took the contents under consideration, and are very sorry 
the Eulisting and marching of the men are so much slower than we 
were made to expect. As to the expences of the Indians we are told 
General Washington undertook and settled with you about that mat- 
ter. Any particular Colony's making any considerable present to 
them, we think needless, as the Continental Congress have appointed 
Commissioners to transact those affairs ; and what is given by them 
we must pay our proportion of. As your regiment this year is Raised 
for the Continental service, and Iniediately under their direction, we 
can't think it necessary to carry any thing with you for stores more 
than will last you to Canada, as we are well assured by the Continental 
Congress, every Requisite will be sent there to supply the army, & 
are inform'd they are all gone forward some time past; the wages are 
to be paid off there monthly, which we trust will supply the officers 
& soldiers necessities. We expect you will march as soon as possible, 
to take care of the men gone forward and we wish you all the Prosper- 
ity and success the noble cause you are engaged in can merit. 

(Copy) 

Indorsed — " Copy of a letter to Col. 
Bedel, March 13, 1776." 



Wednesday, March 13 th 1776. 
Voted to choose a Committee of Twelve members of this 
House to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer 
about officering the Regiment now to he raised & Commis- 
sioned for the Defence of this Colony, and that Dr. Dear- 
born, Maj r Tash, Mr. Sherburne, Col Gilinan, James Betton, 
Esq 1 ' John Dudley Esq r Col Evens, Deacon Knowles, Col 
Badger, Dr. Nichols, Matthew Patten Esq 1 ' and Deacon Amos 
Dakin be the Committee of this House for that Purpose, and 
are to Nominate to this House Three persons for Chief 
Colonel, out of which one to be appointed, and also to make 
report to this house as soon as may be. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 91 

Voted, That Capt. Nathaniel Sartel Prentice forthwith 
repair to Cambridge and carry the Letter now prepared to 
General Washington, and request of him to return the Pow- 
der lent by this Colony for the Continental Army. Sent up 
by Dr. Nichols. 

Letter from Hon. Meshech Weare to General Washington. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 174.] 

Colony of New Hamp s , Exeter, 12 th March, 1776. 
Sir— 

We are favor'd with your Excellency's advices by Mr. Moylan's 
Letter of the 9 th Instant, and acknowledge ourselves extremely oblig'd 
by this early Intilligence of your spirited & interesting operations 
against the town of Boston, to w dl we heartily wish the utmost success 
you can possibly expect. We would also gratefully acknowledge the 
goodness of your Intentions, that upon the first discovery and notice 
given, that any of the Troops from Boston on leaving that place might 
appear on the Coast to attempt a Landing, you wou'd come or send 
immediately to our assistance. Our Assembly have very readily deter- 
min'd upon the most effectual measures in our power, for the Defence 
of the Sea-Coast, and in particular Piscataqua Harbour. But we must 
beg leave to remind your Excellency of a matter of the utmost conse- 
quence to us:— Our Magazine of Powder being very low, not exceed- 
ing twelve Barrels, we are under the necessity of asking y e Return of 
the Supply of Powder made by this Colony last Summer for the Conti- 
nental Service, and that you Avou'd please to order us the like quantity, 
or what can possibly be spared for our use. The Snpplys we have sent 
for to the West Indies &c. and been some time expecting, are not yet 
arrived. 

In behalf of the Council & Assembly, 

I am, very respectfully, your Excellency's 
most humble servant, 

Meshech Weare, 

President of the Council. 
To his Excellency General Washington. 



Letter from General Washington to Meshech Weare. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 182 ] 

Cambridge, March 14, 1776. 
Sir— 

Your favour of the 12 Instant, I just now received and beg leave to 
assure you that the approbation which your Honorable Council are 
pleased to express of my conduct respecting the operations against the 
town of Boston, affords me the highest Satisfaction. 

I am exceedingly sorry that it is not in my power at this time to 
comply with your requisition for powder, and to make a return of what 
was generously lent for the Continental use; the low state of stock|oif 
that article will not allow me to spare the smallest quantity, But 



92 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1770. 

hoping that I may get a further supply before long to enable me to do it. 
I shall be much obliged if you will favour me with an account of what 
you furnished, that it may be repaid as soon as circumstances will ad- 
mit of it. I am, sir, 

With much respect 

y r most H'ble serv* 

G°. Washington. 



Letter from Capt. Titus Salter. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 186.] 

Fort Washington, March 14 th , 1776. 
Gent. 

Agreeable to your Instructions I have posted a Guard on Fort point 
at New Castle with orders frequently to go up to the top of the Light 
House and Diligently to observe if any ships appear sailing towards 
this port, and on Discovery of the same to make me acquainted that I 
may transmit it without loss of time to your Honours or the General. 
I have previous to your Instructions consulted with Capt. Eliphalet 
Daniels and agreed with each other the proper signalls in case of the 
approach of the enemy; and on the same acc't each Fort have erected 
a Flag Staff and proper signalls to be given which will alarm both 
Town & Country in case of any surprise. But shall, Gent., send you 
up the speediest dispatch should any enemy appear. Our signalls for 
an alarm will first be by Fireing a Four pounder from Capt. Daniels 
Fort towards the town and then to be answered by me. 
I am, with every Degree of Respect, Gent. 

your most H'ble serv 1 , 

Titus Salter. 
The Hon We Council & House 

of Representatives, at Exeter. 



Letter from G-en. John Sullivan. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. Ill, p. 184.] 

Winter Hill, March 14 th 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

I Inclose vou a List of the Regiment under Col Waldron with the 
arrangement of the officers, & desire you to forward the Commissions 
as soon as possible. I have the satisfaction to Inform you that Col 
Waldron's was the first compleat Regiment on the Spot, is by far the 
largest & best that came from either Colony; his Excellency consented 
to keeping the nine companies rather than break them. They are 
allowed by all who do duty with them to be excellent officers, and 
soldiers always willing to do their duty with the utmost cheerfulness; 
they are quiet, peaceable and obed 1 , and though much fault was found 
with my proceedings in selecting the officers, I must now take the lib- 
erty of boasting of my judgment in the choice & can call the whole 
Brigade to witness in my favour. I hope gentlemen the cruel and un- 
generous Reflections upon my conduct thrown out by some persons 



1776.] 



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93 



among you did not proceed from that envious disposition which too 
often proves the destruction of an Infant state strugling for freedom. 
I sincerely wish that those zealots who thought I had taken too much 
upon myself, had exerted themselves to fill up the Canada Regiment 
with as many good men as I have got in this, & not have left us to 
lament the want of assistance to our distressed friends in Canada, and 
to view with concern a Regiment not half compleated which ought to 
have marched three weeks ago. I am now ordered to march for New 
York in a few days ; those persons will then have no more fear of the 
destruction of their Liberties from a person who has spent more money, 
undergone more Fatigue and oftener Risqued his life than any other 
person in your Province, & all this to secure that freedom which these 
Gentlemen would perswade the world I am endeavouring to destroy. 
Gentlemen. I wish your Colony all possible happiness & would do every 
thing in the power of man to secure its Freedom & even feel a Dispo- 
sition to serve those few Inveterate foes of mine that yet remain among 
you & convince them that no person would do more in the cause of 
Freedom than your most obed' serv' 

Jn° Sullivan. 
Hon ble Committee of Safety. 



Officers in Col. John Waldron'' s Regiment. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 142.] 

Colonel, Johx Waldron. 

Lt. Colonel, Alpheus Chesley. Major, Peter Coffin 

CAPTAINS. 

Simon Marston, 
John Layn, 
Ezekiel Goodale, 

FIRST LIEUTENANTS. 

Ezekiel Belknap, 
Peter Sanborn, 
John Gile, 



John Allen, 
John Drew, 
Richard Sinclair, 



Benj a Stone, 
Paul Nute, 
Robert Perley, 



James Sinclair, 
Benj a Fulsome. 



Joseph Cutten ? 
Will" 1 Harpun, 
Joshua "Woodman. 



Jonathan Gage, 
Timothy Roberts, 
Paul Harford, 

Tho s Spofford, 
Dodivah Garland, 
Porter Gilman, 

Chaplain, 

Adjutant, George Waldron. 
Surgeon, Sam 1 Wiggleworth. 



SECOND LIEUTENANTS. 

Stephen Bartlett, 
Zebulon Edgerly, 
James Cockrain, 



George Waldron, 
Moses Bannard, 
Nicholas Medar. 



Thaddius Mason, 
Stephen Tufts, 
Abraham Andross. 



ENSIGNS. 

James Robinson, 
Josiah Moody, 
John Xealy, 

Surgeons Mate, Francis Hodgkins. 
Quarter Master, Will" 1 Horn. 
Sarjeant major, Simon Torr. 

A Return of the Field and other officers in the Reg 1 commanded by 



94 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Col John Waldron Stationed at Temple's farm in Brigadier Gen 1 Sul- 
livan's Brigade in the Continental Army. (1) 
March 6 th 1776. 

Pr order of y e Col . 

George Waldron, Adjutant. 

Voted, That a Committee be chosen to join a Committee 
from the Hon ble Board to conferr upon the Expediency of 
making Copper Coin, and make report to this House, and 
that Capt. Pierce Long, Jonathan Lovewell, Esq 1 ' & Deacon 
Nalmm Baldwin lie Committee for the above mentioned pur- 
pose. Sent up by Deacon Baldwin. [Concurred — Messrs. 
Claggett and Giles added.] 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to confer upon 
the Expediency of making Copper Coin made report as fol- 
lows, viz. 

That the}" find it Expedient to make Copper Coin for the benefit of 
small change, and as the Continental 6c other bills are so Large, That 
William Moulton he Impowered to make so many as may amount to 
one hundred pounds weight, subject when made to the Inspection 6c 
Direction of the General Assembly, hefore circulation — Also we recom- 
mend that one hundred and eight of said Coppers be equal to one 
Spanish mill'd Dollar, That the said coin be of Pure Copper and equal 
in weight to English half-pence, and bear such Device thereon as the 
General Assembly may approve. 

Wysenian Claggett, Chairman. 

Adjourned to half-past 2 o'clock. 

P. M. 
Voted That Col March, Major Downing, and Mr. Speaker 
have leave to go home. 

Adj' 1 till 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Thursday. March 14 th , 1776. 
Voted, That the following Persons be appointed to their 
respective offices in the Regiment now to be raised for the 
Defence of this Colony, viz. David Gilman Esq 1 ' Colonel, 
Hercules Mooney Esq 1 ' Major, Nathan Brown of Poplin. John 
Calfe of Hampstead, Caleb Hodgsdon of Dover, and Timo- 
thy Clements of Hopkinton, Captains : William Cooper of 
Southampton, James Aiken of Londonderry, Abraham Per- 
kins of Sanboniton & Nathaniel Fifield of Weare, Lieuten- 
ants. Ebenezer Perry of Wilton, Meshech Bell of New 
Castle, Thomas Gordon of Raymond and William Stillson 

(1) Compare Potter's Mil. Hist. Adj. Gen. Report, 1866, Vol. II. p. 364.— Ed. 




1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 95 

of Summersworth, Ensigns. [Concurred, with the excep- 
tion that Tobias Leighton be an Ensign in the room of Wil- 
liam Stillson, which was approved by the House.] 

Vote That Col Henry Gerrish be and hereby is ap- 
pointed to repair to Orford and Deliver the Leti pared 
by this Court to Col Beedle & Col Morey and to return 
back and make report to this House or to the Committee of 
Safer;, m as may be, agreeable to Instructions to be 
given by the Council cc house of Representatives ; also, 
[p. 63.] Voted That Col Walker. Mr. Lovewell & Mr. 
Brainard be a Committee of this house to join a Committee 
of the Hon" le Board to prepare Instructions for said Gerrish, 
cc lav the same before this house as soon as may lie. Sent 
up by John McClary Esq. 

Voted, That a Committee lie chosen to join a Committee 
of the Hon 01 * 5 Board to confer upon the Expediency of join- 
ing with the Massachusetts Colony in granting a Bounty 
unto the Privateers belonging to this & the M »lony, 

that may take any of our Enemies Ships of Warr upon this 
coast and that Capt. Long,Mr. John Bell and Major Tash be 
a Committee for the above mentioned pur] ad make 

report to this house. 

Voted, That Mr. Cutts. Col Evens & Capt, be a 

Committee of this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Board to confer on the Expediency of Commissioning the 
office i Independent Company at Portsmouth, and to 

make n reon to this house as soon as may 

Toted. That Sam 1 Dudley E<.j r James Betton Esq 1 Mr. 
Sherburne. Mr. Knowles & Maj r Mooney be a Com tte of this 
house to join a Com tee of the Hon l,le Board to hear the mat- 
ters of accusation laid against Joseph Kimball E>q r & Wil- 
liam K the Committee of Safety of Henneker, and 
to make report to this house as soon as may be. Sent up by 
Doct 1 Nich ils. [Concurred — Mr. Clagett, Mr. Giles cV: Mr. 
Hurd . The aforenamed 4i persons suspected of be- 
ing enemies to American liberty."] 

[p. 64.] The Committee of both Houses appointed to hear 
the matters of Accusation laid against Joseph Kimball Esq 1 ' 
& William Kimball by the Committee of Safety of Henneker, 
made report as follows, viz. 

That the Complaint so far as it relates to Joseph Kimball be Dis- 
trust and that William Kimball be cited to appear and answer. 

(Signed) "Wvseman Clagett, Chairman. 



96 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Which Report being read. 

Voted That the same he receiv'd & filed. 

Voted, That the Form of a Proclamation for a Publick 
Fast throughout this Colony, now read in the House, he forth- 
with Printed and Dispersed throughout this Colony. (1) 
[p. 65.] Voted, That Mr. Lovewell, Capt. Moulton, David 
Oilman Esq 1 ' John Dudley Esq r and James Betton Esq r he a 
Committee of this House to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Board to Examin into the Matters of Dispute between Col 
Sam 1 Hobart Paymaster of the Troops of this Colony, and 
Col John Stark & others, and to make report to this house 
as soon as may be. (2) Sent up by Capt. Wilson. 

Upon reading the Petitions of a number of the Inhabitants 
of Newmarket against Lt. Coll Jeremiah Folsom (Before 
the Council & House) and the Parties being heard thereon, 
The house adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 o'clock. 



Saturday, March 16 th , 1776. 

The house resumed the Consideration of the Petitions of 
the Inhabitants of Newmarket against Lieut. Col Folsom & 
after Conference on the same 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the hon ble Board to advise with the said Lieut. Col 
Folsom and the Petitioners, and to propose to this house a 
method of reconciliation between the Petitioners & said 
Folsom ; and that Jonathan Lovewell Esq r , Matthew Patten 
Esq r & Capt. Josiah Moulton be a Committee of this house 
for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Clough. [Concurred. 
Messrs. Thornton, TVentworth & Giles added.] 

Voted, That the officers and soldiers of the regiment now 
to be raised for the Defence of this Colony, upon their being 
mustered receive Each one month's adyance wages, and that 
there be a muster-master <fc paymaster appointed in each 
county where they are to be raised, to take the money out of 
the Treasury and pay them, — and that Nicholas Gilman Esq r 
(receiver General) for the County of Rockingham, Deacon 
Nahum Baldwin for the County of Hillsborough, and Col 
Otis Baker for the County of Strafford be muster-masters 
and paymasters to the said Regiment ; and that Capt. Peirce 

(1) This Proclamation has not been found. — Ed. 

(2) See ante — p. 57. 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 97 

Long, Capt. Josiah Moulton & Col Timothy Walker be a 
Committee of this House to join a Committee of the Hon 1)le 
Board to Commission & fit out said Regiment. Sent up by 
Capt. Wilson. [Concurred, & Col Folsom & Mr. Clagett 
added.] 

[p. 66.~\ Sundry Petitions of the officers and soldiers of the 
Sixth Regiment in this Colony against their Field officers, 
being read, Voted that the said Field officers be cited to ap- 
pear before this house, on the Second Tuesday of the Next 
Session of this house that they may shew cause if any they 
have why the prayer of the said Petitions may not be 
granted. 

Voted To choose a Committee to conferr with a Commit- 
tee from the Hon ble Board respecting the Expediency of Pur- 
chasing a Quantity of firewood for the use of the Fortresses 
at Piscataqua Harbour <fe make report thereon, and that John 
Dudley, Jonathan Lovewell & Samuel Cutts Esq 1 " be the 
Committee for that purpose. Sent up by Maj r Barker. 

Voted That James M c Cluer be appointed Adjutant of the 
Regiment now to be raised for the Defence of this Colony. 

Voted, That George Gains Esq 1 ' Quarter master of our 
Troops be Directed to Purchase one hundred Cords of Fire- 
Wood for the use of the Troops at Piscataqua, and that he 
receive out of the Treasury for that end Fifty pounds to be 
by him accounted for, and that the President of the Council 
give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof. Sent up 
by Capt. Long. [Concurred — Col Folsom & Mr. Clagett 
added.] 

Adjourned to meet Monday at 3 o'clock P. M. 



Monday, March 18* 1776. 

An Act for the relief of Idiots and Distracted persons 
having been read a third time, 

Voted That it pass to be Enacted. Sent up by Capt. Long. 
[p. 67.] Voted That the officers & soldiers of the Regi- 
ment now to be raised for the Defence of this Colony, have 
the same wages as the Troops Employ' d in this Colony the 
last year had, and also two dollars to each non-commissioned 
officer & soldier for finding themselves a Blanket. Sent up 
by Capt. Long. [Concurred.] Adjourned. 
7 



98 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1770. 

Tuesday March 19 th , 1776. 

Voted, That Noah Emery Jim 1 ' be and hereby is appointed 
forthwith to repair to the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, 
and request of the Hon ble Benjamin Greenleaf Esq 1 ' at New- 
bury Port, the Hon ble Timothy Pickering Esq 1 ' at Salem, or 
any other Gentleman furnished therewith, to Favour this 
Colony with copies of the Acts of the Colony of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay lately made relative to the seizing & condemn- 
ing Vessells infesting our Sea-Coasts; also Copies of the 
Commissions given to Judges and Registers of the Admi- 
ralty. 

Voted, That a Committee of Five members of this House 
be chosen to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer 
together about the Bounty & Price of Salt-Petre, and all 
other matters relating thereto, and make report to this house 
as soon as may be ; and that Mr. Cutts, Mr. Lovewell, Capt. 
Prentice, Deacon Knowles & Mr. Emerson be the Committee 
of this house for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 
[Concurred — Gen 1 Folsom, Col° Hurd & Sec y joined.] 

Which Committee being joined by the Committee of the 
Hon ble Board made report, 

That three shillings & six pence per pound be the stated price of 
Salt-Petre, and that the bountys heretofore promised be paid in addi- 
tion thereto : These Regulations to continue no longer than the time 
limited for the Bounty. That a Committee be appointed, well skill'd 
in Chymistry to receive all Genuine Salt-Petre and give the owner a 
Certilicate of such reception Directed to the Treasurer of this Colony, 
who shall be Directed to pay for the same agreeable to the above Price 
and Bountys — That a Committee be appointed to get a Powder Mill 
erected on the best Terms they can, and as soon as Possible, within 
the limits of the Town of Exeter. 

(Signed) Nath 1 Folsom, Chairman. 

Which report being read, 
Voted, That the same be receiv'd & filed, and 
Voted, That Doct. Josiah Gilman of this Town be and is 
hereby appointed to receive, Examin & Store what Salt-Petre 
may be bro't in and his Certificate shall Impower the receiver 
General to pay therefor agreeable to the resolve of the Gen- 
eral Assembly. 

[p. 68.] Voted, That Capt. Harriman, Maj 1 ' Kelley & Capt. 
Moore be a Committee to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Board to Examine into the Petition of a Number of the 
Inhabitants of Derryfield concerning Preserving Alewives in 
Great Cohas Brook, and to prepare an Act or Resolve of 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 99 

this House concerning the same, and make Report to this 
house as soon as may be. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. [Con- 
curred — Col° Hurd, Mr. Blanchard & Mr. Giles added.] 

Letter from Col. John Groffe, relating to Fish. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 190.] 

Colony of 7 To the Hon blc the Council and house of 

New Hampshire, j Representatives for said Colony. 

I heartily thank your Honours that whereas I am owner of mills on 
Great Cohasa Brook in Derryfield you was so good as to Notify me 
that there was to be a hearing upon a Petition signed by the biggest 
part of the Inhabitants of said town to open a way for the Elwives to 
pass up to the pond on the head of said Brook to Leave their species, 
by which means I apprehend that sort of Fish would Increase abun- 
dantly, for I believe for near twenty years there was not a fish went up 
and I thought they had left the Brook intirely, but upon a Sabbath 
day two years ago, Great numbers appear'd in the Brook, when though 
on the Sabbath, I ordered my Dam to be pull'd down sufficient to let 
the fish go up freely, and they that owned the mills above being imme- 
diately notified opened, and last year they Increased abundantly; and 
had not people have fished in spite of all I could say to them, they 
might have pass'd up; but fish they would, and beat back many into 
Merrimack, when I nor none of my Family caught any. Upon the 
whole I count what is asked in the petition in the main would be of 
publick service; but I think if all fishing were prohibited for at least 
one year it would be a means of Great Increase, for it is a free passage 
that encourages them. I pray that if the Hon Me Court should make a 
Law to Regulate said Fishery, that instead of immediately clearing 
away all Incumbrances, it may be said, that as soon as the fish appear 
in the mouth of the Brook that a free passage immediately be made 
through all the Dams on said Brook; but I think if the Dams were 
pulled down the Damage would be greater to the publick than the fish 
would be Benefit as there can be no grinding. 

I am with the greatest Regard your Honours 

Humble Servant 

John Goffe. 

Derryfield, March y e 16 th , 1776. 

The Petition of Doct 1- Hall Jackson being read and con- 
sidered, Voted, That Dr. Moses Nichols, Dr. Levi Dearborn 
& Col" David Gilman be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to examine into the subject 
matter of the Petition and make report thereon to this house 
as soon as may be. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. [Concurred — 
Messrs. Giles, Clagett & Blanchard joined.] 



100 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Memorial and Petition of Doct. Hall Jaelcson. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 206.] 
To the IIon bIe President, Council & Representatives of the Colony of 

New Hampshire, at Exeter convened: 

The Memorial and Petition of Hall Jackson of Portsmouth, surgeon, 
humbly sheweth: 

That after the Battle of Bunker's Hill he was perswaded by the 
Committee at Portsmouth and others to give his assistance to the 
wounded Troops of this Colony with a full assurance that he should be 
faithfully and honorably paid therefor: That he was afterwards pre- 
vailed upon by the united requests of the officers to tarry at Head 
Quarters during the Campaign: That in consequence of a Petition to 
the late Congress of this Colony, they granted him fifteen pounds pr 
month for six weeks of the time only ; and that he might obtain some 
compensation from the Continental Congress for the remaining part of 
his services; they also gave him a Commission to be Surgeon General 
of the Troops raised by this Colony for the defence of America. 

Being disappointed in his expectations from the Continental Con- 
gress, and hearing that an attack was expected at Piscatiqua he re- 
turned home: That in a few days after his return, the Troops raised 
for the defence of the Colony came down and General Sullivan also 
arrived. The Enemy being hourly expected, and no surgeon appointed, 
and no apparatus prepared in case any number should be wounded, 
notwithstanding there was then more than 800 Troops raised. That 
he received an order from General Sullivan to take the Medical charge 
of said Troops, and accordingly prepared every article necessary in 
case of an attack. That he never entertained the least suspicion but 
that General Sullivan's authority was undeniable: That in ten Days 
after your Petitioners appointment Col. Wingate returned your Peti- 
tioner to the Congress as Surgeon to the said Troops : That your 
Petitioner also returned to the said Congress lists of all the sick, by 
him attested as Surgeon of the said Troops, and that as all your Peti- 
tioners orders and Certificates as Surgeon of the said Troops, were 
duly honored and as no Person was appointed to supersede him, he 
could not but think that the late Congress and the present hon ble Court 
acquiesced in his appointment. 

That in ten days after the Troops came down they became so sickly 
that your Petitioner could not himself attend them all, as they were 
dispersed at Peirce's Island, Seavey's Island, New Castle and Ports- 
mouth, the days very short, and the weather very cold, that he was 
obliged to engage Dr. Clement March, jun. and his Father Doctor 
Clement Jackson to assist him : That on the 27 lh Day of December 
Col. Wingate's Regiment was discharged, and left sick in the Hospital 
at Portsmouth, ten; in private Houses, five; at Seavey's Island, three; 
at New Castle, three; at Rye, two, besides those belonging to the 
Forts and Artillery Company : That your Petitioner attended them 
untill the 23 d day of January when he himself was seized with the 
same Fever that prevail'd amongst the Troops : That during his 
sickness they were faithfully attended by his Father Doctor Clement 
Jackson : 

That your Petitioner has actually been in the service of his Country 






1776. J 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 101 



for seven months and done no other Business, for all which he has 
never received a single farthing: That his private Practice amounted 
annually to £350 lawful money, and was he to be paid for what he has 
done during the said time for the Troops, as private Practice, it would 
amount to double the sum: That if the PIon ble Court should agree 
that because there was some deficiency in the mode of his appointment 
that he ought not to receive any thing, his Family must be greatly 
distressed, as he has no way to provide for them but by his Practice. 

He humbly begs that the Hon ble Court would take the matter in 
consideration, and graut such relief as they shall judge in their wisdom 
just and equitable. 

Hall Jackson. 

Exeter. March 19 th , 1770. 



Certificates. 

This may certify that during the time that Col "Wingates Regiment 
was stationed at Piscataqua, that a considerable number of officers 
and men were sick, and that when the Regiment was discharged a 
number of sick were left; that Doctor Hall Jackson diligently attended 
them in the different departments at Portsmouth, Pierce's Island, 
Seavey's Island, and Xew Castle. 

James Hackett, Major of said Reg 1 . 

Portsmouth, March 19 th , 1770. 



This may certify that during my Command of the Artillery Company 
many of my men were sick, that they were faithfully attended by 
Doctor Hall Jackson. Geo. Turner. 

Portsm March 19 th , 1770. 



This may certify that a considerable number of the soldiers belong- 
ing to Fort "Washington have been sick, that they have all been faith- 
fully attended by Doctor Hall Jackson, and his Father, Doctor Clement 
Jackson, Esq r . 

Given under my hand at Fort "Washington, this 18 th March, 1776. 

Titus Salter. 



This may certify that many of the soldiers under my command at 
Fort Sullivan have been sick, and that they have been taken care of by 
Doctor Hall Jackson, and during his sickness by his Father, Doctor 
Clement Jackson. Eliphalet Daniell. 

Fort Sullivan, March 18 th , 1770. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to Endeavour a 
reconciliation between Lieut. Col Jeremiah Folsom and the 
Newmarket Petitioners, Report : 

That as Col° Folsom was not able to attend the Committee in per- 
son, it is out of their power to Effect a reconciliation, and therefore 
advise, That for the sake of the Peace, Union and Good order of that 



102 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

part of the Regiment, He, the said Lieut. Col Folsoin, Resign his 
Commission — all which is humbly submitted in the Name & pr order 
of the Committee. (Signed) Jonathan Blanchard, Chairman. 

Exeter, March 10 th , 1776. 

Which Report being read & considered, 

Voted That the same be received, and that the Secretary- 
send a copy of the same and of this Vote to the said Lieut. 
Col Folsom, that he may Give his answer to this house as 
soon as may be. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

Resolved, That if any Person or Persons in any County 
within this Colony, who have held or pretend to hold any 
office or offices under the former administration, and not 
being confirmed by the present Council & Assembly, having 
in his or their custody any Books, records, Papers & Files, 
shall Deliver up the same to any new officer or officers 
appointed in his or their room & stead (by the Council & 
Assembly) upon Demand ; and upon refusal the Sheriff of 
[p. 69.] the County where such Recusant dwells is hereby 
authorized & required to Demand of him or them such 
Books, papers, records & files ; and upon Non-compliance to 
commit such Recusant to his County Goal, there to remain 
untill further order of the General Assembly — A Copy of 
the vote of the said Assembly attested, to be full Evidence 
of the appointment of such new officer or officers. 

The Committee appointed to lay Capt. Eliphalet Ladd 
under proper restrictions &c, made the following Report, 
viz : 

Provided this Hon ble Court think it adviseable to give Capt. Ladd 
permission to Prosecute a voyage to the West Indias in a private ca- 
pacity, we are of opinion that it is absolutely Necessary he should be 
laid under the following restrictions, viz : 

1 st That he shall Exert himself to the utmost of his Power to Pro- 
cure Powder, Arms, Salt-Petre, Sulphur & German Steel. 

2 d That he shall proceed to no other ports but those that are For- 
eign, Beginning at St. Lucia and Ending at Hispaniola. 

3 d That if he will agree to comply with the first request, lie may be 
permitted to load on board such produce as is not forbid by the Con- 
tinental Congress, giving this Court or a Committee appointed by 
xhem sufficient bonds for his Performing the above sd Voyage. 

4 th That he shall not be permitted to purchase with the Xet proceeds 
of his Cargo, any of the Produce of the West Indies, If Powder, Arms, 
Salt-petre, Sulphur & Steel can be had at any of the ports aforesaid; 
but if at the first, second or third Island, he cannot sell his Car^o, and 
those articles can be had there and at no other port, he must Proceed 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 103 

from the Island he may sell at after he has received his Cash & pur- 
chase the same — he must leave no stone unturn'd to accomplish this 
End — and when Performed he must proceed home here and give the 
refuse of the same to this Colony. 

(Signed) Pierce Long, 

Joseph Wait, 
Ichabod Rollins. 

Which Report being read and considered, 

Voted That the same be received, and that Capt. Long, 
Mr. Rollins & Mr. Cutts be a Committee of this house to 
join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to take proper security 
of Capt. Eliphalet Ladd for his proceeding on the voyage 
mentioned in the above report under the second Restrictions 
therein mentioned. Sent up by Mr. Sherburne. 



[p. 70.] Colony of New Hampshire : 

By the Council and Assembly 
A Proclamation. 

Whereas the Congress of this Colony Have, agreeable to a Recom- / 
luendatiou from the Hon ble Continental Congress. Resolved and 
Formed themselves upon a Plan of Government by a Council & House 
of Representatives, Which Plan has been Published & Dispersed 
through the Colony, and is to be in force During the present Dispute 
■with Great Britain Unless otherwise advised by the Continental Congress, 
Conformable to which said Plan of Government the Council & Assem- 
bly have chosen & Appointed the proper Officers for the Administra- 
tion of Justice in the several Counties, who are to be Sworn to the 
faithfull Discharge of their several Trusts: — It is therefore expected, 
That no person or persons claim or exercise any Civil Authority but 
such as are or may be appointed as aforesaid, on the Penalty of being 
Deemed Inimical to their country : Provided Nevertheless, and this 
Proclamation is Intended. Not to Interfere with the Power of the 
Necessary Committees of Safety chosen in the several Towns through 
the Colony by virtue & in consequence of any Recommendation or 
Resolves of the Continental Congress, Whereof all Persons concerned 
are to take due Notice & govern themselves accordingly. And at the 
same time it is earnestly recommended That in this Distressing day of 
Public Calamity, when our Enemies are Watching all opportunitys to 
ensnare and Divide us. Every one would Strive to prevent, and, if pos- 
sible, to Quell all appearance of Party Spirit, to cultivate and promote 
Peace, Union and good order and by all means in their Power to Dis- 
courage Prophaneness, Immorality & Injustice. 
God save the People. 

Toted That this Proclamation be Transcribed, Printed & f 
Published Throughout this Colony. Sent up by Mr. Clough. 
Adjourned till to morrow morning 8 o'clock. 



104 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter from Capt. James Osgood. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 191.] 

Orford, March 19 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

I have been informed by two Gentlemen belonging to the Court that 
a certain Gentleman of the House declared he was informed I had only 
inlisted 5 men, 4 of which had deserted. The affair must be wrong, 
construed with an intent to hurt the character of a Person unworthy 
of the same, and who does not deserve such Treatment. I have with 
me at least 60 good Men. Boys I scorn to engage, tho' I might have 
had a number of them, aud I am pretty certain most Capt s have had 
very bad luck in raising their men by reason of other officers engaging 
Men to Inlist for Portsmouth by offering them great advantages in 
respect to furloughs, which they possibly could not have by going to 
Canada, which of course has been a great Damage to our Parties. I 
have had a great number Deserted after paying them the Bounty and 
part of advance pay to support their families & have sent to the Com- 
mittees to apprehend them, but have not Pec' 1 any answer. A Capt. of 
a Company of the Militia in Hennica, which can be proved in Concord, 
told one of my men that if he would go to head Quarters only for 2 
months he would clear him from going to Canada. We are all iu good 
spirits tho' we meet with such difficulties, and shall march tomorrow 
with what I have got, and shall have the remainder very soon. 
Am Gentlemen, 

Your most obd* hble serv 1 , 

James Osgood. 
The Hon ble Meshech Weare, Esq r 
Chairman of the Committee, Exeter. 



Letter from Col. Bedel. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. in. p. 200.] 

Orford, 19 th March, 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Your Letter of the 13 th inst. I received by Col Gerrish, wherein you 
mention the Marching and Inlisting of my Men goes on much slower 
than you expected. The Reasons 1 can give : In the first place the 
Inlisting Parties about here, some for Cambridge, some for Canada, 
were inlisting only for three months, and gave the same Bounty and 
advance as those I inlist for a year. In regard to the expence of the 
Indians I did not ask for any money to be given, but by their sickness 
the money fell short, so I only wanted the money to be lent till I could 
settle the affair and remit it back. In regard to stores I have not 
asked for any thing but medicines and something to help them along, 
as I don't think it prudent to send Troops at such a distance without, 
and the medicines would then be of use to the Continent, as I am cer- 
tain they were very scarce last year in Canada, and suppose they are 
so now. Tho' the wages are to be paid monthly the men are under a 
necessity to leave something for the support of their families, as the 
distance being so great they have not an opportunity of sending any 
thing home only at some particular time; and the army being chiefly 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 105 

made up -with People who are not under circumstances to support their 
Families while gone, therefore should have something to leave them. 
You also mention you expect I will march as soon as possible. That I 
should absolutely have done without any such Directions. My orders 
from the Continental Congress and Gen 1 AVashington was to apply to 
you for any necessary I might want, where they both mention you are 
to furnish me with the same suitable for my march, but not one word 
mentioned about my applying to you for orders to march or how I 
sho'd conduct in the affair, so if I apply'd for any thing of that kind, 
as the copy of my letter which I have does not mention (tho' there 
might be a mistake in the copying) I did not mean any such thing. 
"When I was at Exeter there were two gentlemen, one by the name of 
Town and the other by the name of Peabody; the Committee sent 
them to me for orders to raise a company, which I did by your desire, 
tho' the Gentlemen I was never acquainted with, but I supposed they 
would have raised their men, but never heard from them till several 
Companies had marched, then had to send an Express to Amherst to 
them and found they had not raised one man, so had a Company to 
raise after all disappointments; if they had raised their men I sh'd 
have had my Reg' full by the time. I have six Companies marched 
and full excepting four or five men; the Seventh Company is now on 
their march; they are here and will proceed to-day: The Eighth Com- 
pany with Two officers and about 50 men are marched And two more 
Officers are now recruiting. I have heard they have got their men but 
not yet mustered. Capt. Osgood's Company is here but not full; there 
is about 60 mustered, which he will march with; we are not able to 
compleat them with arms but could purchase them if we had money, 
and this is the only party I ever had to inarch without arms & money. 
I have never rec'd any money only a little parcl at Exeter for our use 
at Canada, but shall march with the greatest chearfulness and do the 
best in my Power for the good of the service, as I am certain the cause 
we are upon is right aud just, tho' we may suffer for want of proper 
supplies. 

I am, Gentlemen, your most ob* 

hhb 1 servant, 

Tim Bedel. 
Meshech "Weare, Esq. 



Letter from TJiomas Johnson. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 201.] 

Newbury, March 20, 1776. 
Sir— 

I am sorry to Inform you of the Backwardness of the New hampshire 
forces Destined to Quebeck, the Reg 1 not near full nor gone, but there 
are some Reasons, one is that no officers were alowed on York side, 
nor any body even to advise. Mr. Morey left a Letter for Col° Beedle 
at Exeter informing that Mr. Johnson could not be an officer as he 
said no officer could be alowed in another Colony, and has given out 
since that he had a right to Inlist all y e soldiers in another Colony but 
no officer might be alowed. On the whole I am sorry that New hamp- 
shire are so Backward, am afraid the Lakes will be Brok before they 
Cros it. 



106 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

It is really strange that Philadelphia Troops can be Raised and in 
Canada before your Troops when we are not more than 100 miles from 
Montreal. 

I have taken the freedom to tell you the true state of the case as 
you are one of the Comittee and a friend to Cause. 
From your friend 

and Humble servant, 

Thomas Johxsox. 
To Nathaniel Folsom, Esq. 



Wednesday, March 20 tn , 1776. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Toted That John Dudley Esq r Timothy Walker Esq 1 & 
Capt Long be a Committee of this House to join a Commit- 
tee of the Hon ble Board to confer together on the account of 
Ezekiel Worthen jun's Wages, and make report thereon as 
soon as may be. Sent up by Col Walker. [Concurred — 
& the Secretary, Gen 1 Folsom & Mr. Blanchard added.] 
[p. 71.] Voted, That Major Tash, Doct r Dearborn & Mr. 
Jacob Abbot be & hereby are chosen a Committee to join 
with a Committee from the Hon ble Board respecting a Peti- 
tion from Marlow, Stoddard and Cambden (1), and make 
report thereon to this House. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 
[Concurred. Messrs. Clagett, Giles and Hurd added.] 

Voted That Mr. John Smith of Durham be and hereby is 
appointed to sign the bills of Credit of this Colony now at 
the Treasury, in the room and stead of Mr. Joseph Gilman, 
who prays to be excused. Sent up by Mr. Lovewell. [Con- 
curred.] 

Voted, That each Captain in the Regiment Now to be 
raised for the Defence of this Colony, receive out of the 
Treasury Forty three pounds & four shillings for their non- 
commissioned officers ct soldiers Blanket money, and that 
Each of said Captains give Bond with surety to the Treas- 
urer to account for the same, and that the President of the 
Council give order for payment accordingly. Sent up by 
Capt. Calfe. [Concurred.] 

Upon hearing & considering the Petition of Leonard 
Whiting, Benjamin Whiting, Samuel Cummings <fc Thomas 
Cummings, all of Hollis, against the Committees of Safety 
for the Towns of Holies, Dunstable, Merrimac & Litchfield, 
as on file, which being read & argued by Counsel before both 
Houses in the Town house in Exeter, 

(1) Xow Washington.— Ed. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 107 

Voted That the further consideration thereof be post- 
poned untill the second Tuesday of the next sitting of this 
house in order that the full Evidence on both parties may be 
procured and brought in. 

[p. 72.] Resolved, That if any person or Persons in either 
County within this Colony who have held or pretend to hold 
any office or offices under the former Administration, or any 
authority whatever, and not being confirmed by the Present 
Council & Assembly, Still Detain in his or their Custody, 
any Books, records, papers & files, should refuse to Deliver 
up the same on Demand, to the new officer or officers ap- 
pointed in his or their room or stead by the Council and 
Assembly, Upon such refusal the Sheriff of the County 
where such Delinquent Dwells is hereby authorised & re- 
quired to Demand of him or them such Books, Papers, 
Records <£ Files, and upon a non-compliance with said 
Sheriffs Demand, he the said sheriff shall take said Delin- 
quent before either of the Justices of the County, who upon 
Examination of the matter, unless the said offender shall 
give sufficient reasons for his non-compliance, shall have full 
power to committ him the offender to the County Goal, 
there to remain untill he comply with this Direction, and 
pay cost of commitment, or untill further order of the Gen- 
eral Assembly. A copy of the vote of said General Assem- 
bly attested, to be full Evidence of the appointment of such 
officer or officers. Sent up by Mr. Clough. 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Thursday, March 21 st , 1776. 

Toted That Mr. Samuel Hutchins of Portsmouth be 
Lieutenant of the Artillery Company there in the room & 
stead of John Marden, lately appointed by this house, who 
is otherwise engaged. Sent up by Mr. Sherburne. [Con- 
curred.] 

Toted to choose a Committee of three members of this 
House to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to agree with 
some suitable person to Build a Powder Mill in this Colony, 
and that Maj r Philbrick, Maj r Barker and Samuel Dudley, 
Esq 1 be a committee of this House for that Purpose. Sent 
up by Maj r Philbrick. [Concurred — Mr. Weare & Mr. Fol- 
som added.] 

The Committee of both Houses on the Petition of Marlow, 
Stoddard <t Campden, made report 



108 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

That upon mature consideration of the said Petition, they are of 
opinion (the prayer thereof being to resolve whether there be a curve 
line or not, & to determine the Jurisdiction of the Grant of Harlow) 
It is out of the Power of the Committee, or General Assembly to De- 
termine those Disputes at present, or is Improper now to be brought 
under their consideration, and therefore they ought not to meddle in 
the matter — had the prayer of the Petition been for the advice only, 
[p. 73.] of the General Assembly, the Committee think it advisable 
that each person within the Disputed Lines Pay Taxes to the respect- 
ive Towns or Charters they settled under. 

(Signed) J. Hurd, Chairman. 

Which Report being read and considered, 

Voted, That the same be receiv'd and Entered as the 
sense of this house. 

Voted, That Major James Hackett be appointed Muster- 
master of the Troops now raised and to be raised for the 
Defence of this Colony. Sent up by Mr. dough. [Con- 
curred.] 

Voted, That George Jerry Osborn be Lieutenant of the 
Matross Company commanded by Capt. Salter, in the room 
& stead of Thomas Pickering who has resigned. Sent up 
by Mr. Clough. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Samuel Sherburne, Esq r be commissioned as 
Captain of an Independent Company of Cadetts at Ports- 
mouth, and that he Rank as Colonel. That he have three 
subaltern officers for said Company under him to be com- 
missioned by the Council & Assembly ; The Company not to 
exceed Forty-Eight rank & file; That they be under the 
Direction and Command of the general officer of the Colony, 
and not to lie obliged to march or do Duty more than Ten 
miles out of the Town of Portsmouth, and that the Lieuten- 
ant of said Company Rank as Lieutenant-Colonel, the Second 
Lieutenant as Major, and the Ensign as Captain. Sent up 
by Dr. Nichols. 

Adjourned to half-past 2 o'clock. 

P. M. 
[p. 74.] Voted, That Col Walker, John Dudley Esq r & 
Capt. Prentice be a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Council, and make report as soon as 
may be, What business is most Necessary to be transacted 
before the adjournment of the Council & House, and also 
what time to adjourn from & to. Sent up by Col Walker. 
[Concurred.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Hon ble Council, made report, viz. : 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 109 

That a Committee of Safety be appointed to act in the recess of the 
Court: That the regulations about Salt-petre be finished & Directions 
about a Powder-mill: That a Committee of three be appointed (in the 
recess of the Court) to draw out & Present to the Court at their next 
Session for their approbation a Table of Fees for a reward to the sev- 
eral officers of Government for their services : That the Court be ad- 
journed on Saturday next to the first Wednesday in June next, giving 
the President of Council and Speaker of the House Power to call the 
Court together in case of Necessity in their opinion. 

'(Signed) Xath 1 Folsom, Chairman. 

Voted to choose a Committee of three members of this 
house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer 
together upon a Petition of sundry Committees of Safety, & 
Correspondence concerning the prices of goods & the Xeces- 
sarvs of Life &c. being raised to exorbitant prices since the 
Continental Association, and to make report thereon to this 
house as soon as may be, and that Capt. Barnett, Deacon 
Baldwin, & Capt. Moulton be the Committee of this house 
for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Clough. [Concurred — 
Messrs. Blanchard, Hurd & Giles added.] 

Voted that the stated price of Salt-petre in this Colony be 
three shillings & six pence per pound, Exclusive of the 
Bounties heretofore Voted, untill the Eighth day of June 
next ; That Doct r Josiah Gilman of Exeter be and is hereby 
appointed to Inspect, receive & Store whatever Salt-petre 
made within this Colony may be bro't to him within the 
time aforesaid, and that his Certificate (of what quantity he 
receives) to the Treasurer shall Impower him to pay the prices 
& bountys aforesaid to such persons as produce the same, 
agreeable to the votes of the assembly. Sent up by Deacon 
Baldwin. 

Adjourned till to-morrow, 8 o'clock. 



Friday, March 22 d , 1776. 
The Committee appointed by both houses to confer about 
Instructions for the Commissary who shall deliver out Provi- 
sions to the Troops at Portsmouth, made Report as follows, 
viz. 

1 st That a Commissary be appointed constantly to attend every 
allowance day, upon the Troops at or near Portsmouth. 

2diy That the Commissary proceed to deliver out Provisions agree- 
able to the return of the Quarter-master every allowance day. 

3diy That the Commissary Deliver one Jill of rum per day to each 



110 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

man going upon Fatigue and not otherwise. The number to be ascer- 
tained by the adjutant. 

4 1 ? That an Agent Victualler be appointed to provide all the Neces- 
saries for the army. 

(Signed) Nath 1 Folsom, Chairman. 

Voted to choose a Committee of three persons to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to consult together and 
Nominate some proper person for a Justice of the Inferiour 
Court of Common Pleas for the County of Rockingham in 
the room of George King, Esq 1 ' who refuses to accept that 
office ; and that Mr. Cutts, Capt. Moulton, & Major Tash be 
the Committee for that purpose. Sent up by Deacon Bald- 
win. 

Voted that Capt. Prentice & Deacon Baldwin be a Com- 
mittee of this house to join a Committee of the Hon bIe Board 
to Regulate & settle the Table of Fees for the several officers 
in this Colony, and lay the same before this house at the 
next Session. Sent up by Mr. Shattuck. 

Voted That John Dudley, Samuel Sherburne, Richard 
Downing, Elijah Grout and James Gibson, Esq 18 , be a Com- 
mittee to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board in order to 
Nominate & recommend a Number of Persons for the Com- 
mittee of Safety, to Act in the recess of the General Court, 
and the Powers proper to give them. Sent up by Capt. 
Wilson. [Concurred — Messrs. Clagett, Mr. Hurd, & Mr. 
Giles added.] 

Voted, That Mr. Gains the Quarter Master at Portsmouth 
be & hereby is Directed Forthwith to Transport to Exeter 
under a proper Guard Three Thousand pounds weight of 
the Powder now in the Magazine there, and that after the 
same be landed and stored, the same to be under the Care 
& Direction of the Committee of Safety. Sent up by Mr. 
Shattuck. 

Voted That the Quarter master at Portsmouth be directed 
to deliver to Samuel Sherburne Esq 1 ' Thirty pounds weight of 
Powder for the use of his Company of Cadetts, and to be by 
him accounted for. Sent up by Mr. Shattuck. 

Voted That Dr. Hall Jackson be and hereby is appointed 
Surgeon of our Troops at Piscataqua and that his wages be 
seven pounds & Ten shillings per month. 
[p. 76.] Whereas Joseph Bartlett Esq 1 ' of Newtown had by 
undue means obtained a seat in the late Congress at Exeter, 
and received pay for his Travel & Attendance out of the 
Treasury of this Colony, and it hath since been adjudged by 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. Ill 

this house that said Bartlett was not legally appointed to sit 
in said Congress, Therefore 

Voted that said Bartlett he ordered Forthwith to replace 
the sum he received for his said pay, into the Treasury, and 
that the Clerk of this house Notify the said Bartlett of this 
order. D el a copy to the speaker. 

Voted, That Samuel Cutts Esq r he and hereby is appointed 
Commissary & Victualler to our Troops at Piscataqua for 
the current year, and that he Deliver out no more single 
Rations to any of the officers of our Troops, and that he 
deliver to each man one Jill of rum per day when going to 
Fatigue & not otherwise — the number to be ascertained by 
the Adjutant; and that he Deliver out Provisions agreeable 
to the return of the Quarter master every allowance day; 
and that he render his account to this house or to the Com- 
mittee of Safety, at every three months end. Sent up by 
John McClary Esq r . [Concurred.] 

Adjourned to half past 2 o'clock. 

P. M. 

Voted That John McClary Esq r Doct r Dearborn & Capt. 
Moulton be a Committee of this house to join a Committee 
of the Hon ble Board upon the Expediency of sending some 
part of the Militia to Portsmouth & New Castle Imediately 
for the defence of Piscataqua harbour & places adjacent. 
Sent up by Jn° McClary Esq r . 

[p. 77.] Voted, That the Hon ble Meshech Weare Esq r , 
Ebenezer Thompson Esq 1 ' & Nathaniel Folsom Esq r of the 
Council, The Hon ble Phillips White Esq 1 ', Peirce Long, John 
Dudley, Josiah Moulton, Stephen Evens & Robert Wilson 
Esq 1 '* of the Assembly Be and hereby are Appointed a Com- 
mittee of Safety for this Colony, to act in the recess of the 
General Court, with the Same Powers & Authority as any 
former Committee of Safety of this Colony have had ; and 
also to convene the Council & Assembly upon any emergency 
in the Time of their Recess — That any five of them be a 
Quorum to do Business; That they render an account of 
their doings to this house the first Week of their next ses- 
sion, and that they have Eight shillings pr day for their 
attendance on the Business, paying their own Expences. 
Sent up by Capt. Long. [Concurred.] 

Voted to choose a Committee of three members of this 
House to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer 
together upon the accounts of the late Committee of Safety 



112 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

and make report to this house as soon as may be, and that 
Capt. Prentice, Doct. Nichols and Deacon Knowles be the 
Committee for that Purpose. Sent up by Capt. Prentice. 
[Concurred.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Hon ble Board made the following Report, viz. 

That they are of opinion the Expences of the said Committee be 
paid out of the Public money, and recommend that each of them be 
paid five shillings per diem wages. 

(Signed) Wyseinan Clagett, Chairman. 

Whereas there are sundry Towns in the Colony settled 
these few years, both within the limits of what is called 
Mason's Patent & under Grants from the Crown, which have 
not the benefit of Incorporation, and thereby unable to 
choose proper officers to assess and collect the Colony Taxes : 
It is hereby Ordered That upon application of three of the 
Freeholders of said Town, to the Selectmen of the adjoining 
Town (if Incorporated) otherwise to the Selectmen of the 
nearest Town Incorporated, They the Selectmen are author- 
ised, and hereby required to undertake and act for such 
Town, and to take Inventorys of Estates, make rates & issue 
Warrants to such or either of the Freeholders of said Town 
as they may think suitable persons to Levy, Collect & receive 
the said Rates and Taxes (the charge of the Selectmen's 
time in Said Business to be Included & paid by the Town so 
Taxed) which Tax shall be Transmitted to the receiver 
General according to his Warrant. 

The House Adjourned to tomorrow morning 8 o'clock. 



[p. 78.] Saturday, March 23 d , 1776. 

Voted To choose a committee to agree with Col Toppan 
for the purchase of Seven Cannon belonging to him, now at 
our Batterys at Piscataqua Harbour, not to exceed Twenty 
pounds for each Cannon, and that Mr. Sherburne & Col 
Evens be the Committee for that purpose & to make report 
to the Com tee of Safety. 

Voted, That the several officers appointed by this house 
Proceed in their Respective Businesses Imediately after 
their taking their respective Oaths of office (without having 
Commissions) not to interfere with a former vote of this 
house for opening the several Courts to try Criminal cases 
& Trespasses only. 



m 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 113 

Voted, That Col Timothy Walker be added to the Com- 
mittee for examining accounts, &c. Sent up by Col Walker. 

Voted, That the Committee of supplies be paid for their 
services & expences Eight shillings per day when doing 
business abroad, and four shillings per day when they did 
business at Home. Sent up by Col Walker. 

Voted, That Capt. Long, our Barrack master, be ordered 
to build Barracks, or hire houses on Great Island to lodge 
our Soldiers in as he shall find convenient. Sent up by Col 
Walker. [Concurred.] 

Voted That the Inventorys of Real Estates & Polls in & 
throughout this Colony for the current year be taken in the 
month of April next, and the several rates at which the said 
Estates are to be sett, to be hereafter considered by this 
Court. Sent up by Mr. Shattuck. 

[p. 79.] Voted That Capt. Prentice, Col Evens, Mr. Pat- 
ten & Mr. Grout be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer together about 
the Pay Roll of the members of this House and to make 
report to this house as soon as may be. Sent up by Capt. 
Prentice. [Concurred.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Hon ble Board made Report 

That it is their opinion that each member receive their pay out of 
the Treasury in the same manner & on the same conditions they did 
the last Session, and that the Secretary & Clerk Imediately make out 
the Rolls for the same. 

(Signed) Xath 1 Folsom, Chairman. 

Therefore, Voted, That the pay of the several members of 
the Council & of this House for this Session be drawn out 
of the Treasury in the same manner and on the same con- 
dition as for the last session, and that the Secretary and the 
Clerk of the House Imediately make out the Rolls for the 
same and certify them to the Treasurer. Sent up by Mr. 
Ellis. [Concurred.] 

Accts. allowed, petitions, bills, &c. during session March 6 th to 22 d , 
1776. 

Jn° Folsom acct. against Andrew McClary dec d allowed £1: 6: 0. 

Selectmen of Sandown for Blankets. £9: 0: 0. 

Xieh" Xiccolee, £2: 5: 8; Widow Collins for wages of her husband, 
dec d , 40s. 

Petition of Leonard Whiting et alii — to be heard: 

Petition of Sarah Lutwyche, respecting Ferry, Do. 

Petition of Enoch Bean, of Gilmautown, Do. 



114 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Widow Hannah Brown, receive her husband's wages, dec d £10: 10: 6 

Mary Eastman, her dec d husband, wages, when Roll is settled. 

John & Eliphalet Gilman, 

Capt. Stephen Clark's Pay Roll, 

Capt. Prentice 

Andrew Xeley 

Widow Mary Shannon, for dec fl husbands wages, on settlement 

Jere. Bryent for services to the Colony 

The Summersworth Com tee of Safety 

Geo. Wentworth, 

Rev. Br. Haven, as Chaplain, at Piscataqua 

Baniel Fowle, printing 

Samuel Cutts, commissary 

Meshech Weare & Br. Bearborn 

Capt. Titus Salter, 

Capt. Pierce Long, portledge bill of Schooner Gorham, 

Henry Carter 

Ezekiel Worthen, jun 

Stratham Committee 

Rochester Selectmen 

Sam 1 Morrill for boarding, nursing &c. 

Col. David Gilman 

Dr. Hall Jackson, for medicnes &c 

Bo. Bo 

Abel Webster & Sam 1 Bearborn for transporting Indians 
Amos Main Hayes 
Capt. Baniel Ladd 

Col. Bavid Gilman, to pay soldiers &c. 
Major Mooney, one months advance wages, — 
Capt. Eliphalet Baniel's Pay Roll, 
Capt. Titus Salter's Pay Roll, 
Capt. Ezekiel Worthen, balance, of acct. 
Meshech Weare, for going to Cambridge, 
Committee of Burham for Fire-rafts, 
Xath 1 Folsom, balance 
Beacon Williams for use of his house 
Elisha Grout 
Joshua Wiggin 

Col Henry Gerrish, expense of going to Coos 
Noah Emery, clerk services 
Ezekiel Worthen, jun. in full for services, 

Bills enacted: For relief of Idiots & Bistracted persons. 
For the increase of Alewives in Great Cohass brook. 

Then the House adjourned to the first Wednesday in June 
next, being the fifth day of said month, then to meet at the 
Court House in Exeter, at three of the clock in the afternoon. 
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CORRESPONDENCE, &c, 

Between the time of adjournment, March 23d, and the meeting June 5th, 1776. 



Committee of Safety in Hanover, relating to counterfeit money. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 216.] 

Colony of New Hamp r > 
Grafton County, ss. \ 

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety for the Town of Hanover 
in said County at the House of John Paine, in-holder in said Hanover, 
March 23 d , 1776. 

Present — Lt. David Woodward, Chairman, 
Capt. Aaron Storrs 
Beza 1 Woodward, Esq. Clk. 

Bezaleel Phelps of Norwich in the Coloney of New York, yeoman, 
was bro't before this Committee by virtue of a warrant issued by Bez- 
aleel Woodward and Aaron Storrs two of the Committee, predicated 
on his having in his custody and detaining a certain Note of this Colo- 
ny bearing the face of a six shilling Bill which is supposed to have 
been fraudulently altered and increased as to the value or sum therein 
express'd, by s d Phelps, as by said warrant more fully may appear. 

Respondent pleads not guilty. 

After a full hearing of evidences in s d case said Phelps confessed that 
he had burnt said bill, being couscious that it was altered, and that in 
case he may be excused from penalty for detaining said bill when he knew 
it was counterfeit, he will disclose to this Committee the author of that 
and sundry other bills, and discover where some of said bills are : — 
whereupon s d proposal is agreed to, only that he pay costs hitherto 
made in the affair, till they can be regularly recovered of some other 
person. Costs taxed at forty shillings. 

Said Phelps then desired Lemuel Paine of s d Hanover to produce a 
certain forty shilling Bill which he received on the evening of the 15 th 
inst. of Andrew Wheatly of Lebanon, which s d Paine on request ac- 
cordingly did, which bill is adjudged by this Committee to have been 
altered from a three shilling bill, and which s d Lemuel on his oath de- 
clares he rec d of said Wheatly as aforesaid. 

Committee adjourned to tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock. 



116 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776- 

Mar. 24 th Met according to adjournment. 

Present — Lt. David Woodward, Chairman } Committee 
C Aaron Storrs, > of 

Beza. Woodward, Esq. Clk. ) Hanover. 

John Wheatly, Esq r 1 
Major John Slapp I Committee of 

Maj r John Griswold f Lebanon. 

Mr. Azariah Bliss J 

1 st Charles Hill of Lebanon, in-holder is bro't before these Commit- 
tees for putting off and passing counterfeit money, at which time Solo- 
mon Cushman of Norwich produced a forty shilling bill of the Colony 
of New Hampshire No. 3260, emitted July 25 th 1775, and payable Dec r 
20 th 1779, which is adjudged by these Committees to have been altered; 
which bill said Cushman on his oath declares he rec d of said Charles 
Hill in payment for a silk Handkerchief, and s d Hill is not able to 
inform us of whom he received it. Whereupon it is considered and 
ordered that s d Hill pay to s d Cushman the value of s d bill, viz. forty 
shillings and costs. 

Judgment satisfied. Beza. Woodward, Clerk. 

The Committee then resumed the examination relative to the bill 
laid before this Committee yesterday by Lemuel Paine, relative to 
which Charles Hill (being sworn) testifies that being at this house on 
the eveniug of the 15 th Inst, he saw Joseph Skinner (of Capt. Green's 
company in Col. Bedel's Reg 1 ) put a bill into the hand of Andrew 
Wheatly of Lebanon that he might get it changed. 

Bezaleel Phelps before named (being sworn) testifies, That he saw 
Andrew Wheatly give a forty shilling bill to Lemuel Paine to be 
changed and afterwards as s d Phelps was going to D r Eager with s d 
Skinner, s d Skinner told this deponent that it was his bill with which 
Wheatly paid the reckoning at said Paine's, and added, "And I made 
it myself and I have altered a good many bills from three shillings to forty 
shillings anil 1 have known many more altered both here and at Cambridge, 
and a person may make his fortune by it in a little time.'''' He also said 
that all the money he spent at Cambridge he altered, and further said 
to s d Phelps that if he told any body of it he would kill him. Said 
Phelps further testifies that he saw said Skinner cut certain pieces 
from a certain book or pamphlet to use in altering bills, and s d Skinner 
told him he had cut pieces from it before to use for that purpose, and 
that he would not take a thousand pounds for the book. Phelps de- 
scribed the book, and informed particularly where he had left it (which 
being produced exhibits strong grounds to apprehend from its appear- 
ance that it has been abundantly used for that purpose). Said Phelps 
further testifies when s d Skinner had some paste to use in altering 
money, Mrs. Winton coming into the room asked what it was for? 
Dr. Eager replied to paste books — when he was sometimes in the room 
whilst Skinner was altering bills with the paste both before and after, 
Mrs. Winton asked the question; Said Phelps further testifies that he 
saw s d Skinner alter a bill to a forty shilling last Sunday, and this de- 
ponent observing Dr. Eager to be present part of the time, asked 
Skinner whether the Doctor knew of his altering bills, to which Skin- 
ner replied, "damn him, yes." Said Phelps further testifies — [the 
remaining part of this is wanting.] 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 117 

Letter from the Committee at Hanover. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. HI. p. 222.] 

Hanover, 25 th March, 177G. 
Gentlemen — 

Inclosed is a copy of our proceedings which we hope will be ap- 
proved. We have seen no Resolve of the Congress relative to such 
cases, but imagined the necessity that immediate measures should be 
taken to suppress such a disorder, justified our proceeding as we have 
done. We could wish to have our duty in that & other cases more 
particularly stated, that we may not he exposed to exceed our bounds. 
As there is a prospect of further discoveries of the like kind in these 
parts and as persons not disposed to good Order, taking advantage of 
our broken State, have already begun to commit outrages on the 
property of others, which, if passed uunoticed, and no measures are 
directed to for redress, will be made use of as Presidents for further 
high-handed Iniquity; and the Person and property of no one be se- 
cure. We are Gentlemen with much respect, 

Your most obedient and humble servants. 
By order of the Committee — 

David Woodward, Chairman. 
Beza Woodward, Clerk. 
Committee of Safety 
for New Hampshire. 



Letter from Gren. Sullivan. 

[State Pap. Rev* Vol. III. p. 218.] 

Winter Hill, March 21 th 1776. 
Honourable Gentlemen — 

I have an account presented me by Capt. Tilton agreeable to the Di- 
rection of General Foulsom for payment of £17: 12: 6. it consists of six 
Articles, one Bill is £9: 10s for boarding Artillery Men sent from the 
army to your Assistance and remained there three weeks without wages 
and was carried there and brought back at my Expence. The next is 
£2: 10s: lid. for Major Ciller's Expences ; he was by the Committee 
of Safety appointed & Detained as Muster-Master for your Troops & 
I supposed you would make no Difficulty in paying his expence. The 
next is|£l:lls for expence of Mr. Xath 1 MacClintock appointed my 
Aid-de-Camp while present and remained as a volentier with your 
forces (at the request of your commanding officer) when I was absent, 
and was very useful to him and his bill if paid would not amount to 
the wages of a private soldier for the time he tarried. The next bill is 
for 17*: 9'Z Expence of the Captain of the Rifie-men sent there without 
my knowledge or consent with a Company to assist you if necessary. 
To crown the whole is a bill of Is. Qd in securing the Troops in your 
Capital when the enemy appeared off your Harbour, when I was at 
Head Quarters and knew nothing of the matter. This, gentlemen, is 
a State of the accounts handed me for payment & which I am ready to 
pay in case you think that a single article ought to be paid by me. 

Gentlemen, I am extremely sorry to find a person pretending so 
much patriotism as Mr. Folsom does ever striving to give me pain and 



118 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, [1776. 

uneasiness, and this without the least provocation on my part ; every 
day do I hear of his insulting and abusive language, such as he well 
knows he dare not use if I was present. Every step he takes is preg- 
nant with malice against me & I am sorry to hear his Malicious En- 
deavors have but too great weight on some other minds and by means 
of that I am daily censured in your Cabinet and for what 1 know not. 
I now appeal to you & call upon you to give one instance where I have 
made money at the expence of my country, or where I have usurped a 
greater Power than was at first delegated to me. What Relation have 
I promoted or what part of my family have I enriched ? which of my 
former Friends have I promoted or which of my former Enemies have 
I persecuted with unrelenting fury? No, Gentlemen, my motives are 
of a different kind : no private Friendship or private quarrels shall 
take hold of my publick conduct. I call Heaven and Earth to wit- 
ness that thus far the good of my country has been my only aim. 
This I have endeavored to evince by my conduct. Consider, Gentle- 
men, what sums of Money I have already expended & how many days 
I have hailed clad with new and threatening dangers to my life; How 
have I Refrained from the seat of Domestic happiness & confined by 
my country's cause at a Distance heard the fatal tidings of sickness & 
Death in my own Family while I was contemplating my own danger 
here. Can "all this be, Gentlemen, and yet I not be in earnest, & shall 
he who Basks in the sunshine of Malice and Sleeps securely in the Bed 
of Revenge set my own Friends, my Fathers in political Life against 
me? Let gratitude, let Pity Forbid it, and let the Heavenly Justice 
take hold on the Wretch whose sordid soul could never harbour a 
thought but that of gratifying his own malicious Disposition or bring- 
ing about his own promotion. I most earnestly pray that Heaven 
may judge between us and reward him that is insincere with Disgrace 
and Infamy. 

I know, Gentlemen, that some of you thought it a great stretch of 
power in me to select officers for a new Regiment out of those you sent 
before. Let the Inclosed Paper witness the Justice of the choice and 
the confidence General Washington has placed in the field officers of 
that Regiment by trusting them with the most Important Posts (never 
before Entrusted to Militia Regiments) witness in favor of my Judg- 
ment ; Sore I am that those persons have not in private life been my 
intimate Friends : — Nay, some of them my most inveterate foes ; but 
I wish we all could leave our private Resentments in our closets when 
we are acting in publick Capacities and consider only the means of 
promoting our Country's good. 

Surely by my having the choice of Thirty one set of officers who had 
been under my Immediate inspection, I could have a much better 
opportunity of selecting Eight good men than you who were not here 
and could not know how they behaved. I made the choice and the 
officers have done honour to themselves & the Province, and Differ ex- 
ceedingly from some of the Captains sent here before who could 
neither sign or Return or give a Receipt for the money they received 
at Head Quarters but by making their Mark. Now let me ask what 
power I have gained to myself by this procedure, or what could I have 
in view but the credit of the Province & the good of the service: have 
I added to my own Interest or Gratified myself by assuming a power 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 119 

& laying a foundation to Destroy the Liberties of my countrymen? 
I well know that Mr. Foulsoin and some others have censured my 
conduct at Portsmouth for no other Reason but because they were not 
at the head of affairs themselves. I well know that the fatigues I went 
through and the large sum I expended were not matters of sufficient 
Inducement in themselves to Draw me into the measures of which 
these Malicious persons complain. I must observe that when they feel 
Motives similar to those which actuated me at that Time, Malice will 
cease to reign in their Bosom & Envy learn to be silent. I am sorry to 
hear, Gentlemen, that some Gentlemen have moved in your house for 
my being Reimbursed the Expence I was at in coming to assist your 
Capital. I find myself obliged to thus publickly assure you that this 
was done without my knowledge or consent, and to assert that I never 
hinted to any person that I expected a thing of the sort. I sensibly 
feel my obligation to those Gentlemen who actuated by motives of 
Justice & Humanity made the motion without my knowledge or con- 
sent, but at the same time must beg leave to assure them that the loss 
of Interest and fatigues of War are what I expect nothing in return 
for except seeing my country freed from Slavery, and those worthy 
Gentlemen and their posterity Enjoying the sweets of peace and free- 
dom. Gentlemen, I beg pardon for the length of this letter & that you 
will excuse any Expression which may proceed from a mind conscious 
of having been basely Injured, and believe me to be, Gentlemen, with 
great Respect your most obedient servant, 



P. S. I must again Entreat you 
to forward the Commissions 
for the Regiment. J. S. 

The Hon bIe the Gen 1 Assembly. 



Jx° Scllivax. 



Orders of the Committee of Safety to Capt. Titus Salter. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 232.] 

April ll a 1776. 
Capt Titus Salter, 

You are hereby authorized to proceed to Boston and there make ap- 
plication to the Hon bl Gen 1 Ward for liberty to bring back the Can- 
non, viz. 2 82 pounders & 2 6 pounders double fortified, lent the Conti- 
nental army in July last, as we conceive they are not wanted there 
now, and as our lines at Portsmouth have not guns anyways sufficient 
for the defence thereof ; and to see if any Balls can be procured for 
the Cannon there. 

Also to enquire of General "Ward, or the Commissary General wheth- 
er there is any flour in Stock belonging to the Continent to be sold & 
at what price : And also to endeavor to procure some skilfull Engineer 
to come to Portsmouth as soon as may be to lay out the lines of some 
Fortifications there, as soon as possible : And on your return to Xoti- 
fie Capt. Weare of the time the Engineer will be at Portsmoutli and 
make return of your doings to the Committee. 

By order of the Committee. 

Meshech Weare, Chairman. 



120 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter to Gen. Ward, with Instructions. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. HI. p. 233.] 
In Committee of Safety, Portsm , April 11 th , 1776. 

The Bearer Capt. Salter is Instructed to apply to you for the release 
of 4 Cannon lent by this Colony to the Continental Army: and as our 
situation is such as makes it necessary to have a considerable number 
of Cannon mounted at several places to make any considerable opposi- 
tion against an Enemy attempting to Destroy our Capitol, and as an 
Hundred heivey peices of Cannon were carried by the Kings Ships 
from our Castle to Boston many of -whom it is probable are left there; 
and if it is consistent with your Instructions from the Continental 
Congress to lend us as many as you can conveniently spare to be ac- 
counted for by the Colony, it will at this time be esteemed a great 
favour done us. 

By order of the Committee 

I am your m 4 hum 1 Serv 1 

M. W. Chairman. 

Hon. Artemas Ward, Esq. 



Letter from Gen. Artemas Ward. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 238.] 

Head Quarters, Boston, 15 th April, 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Your letter of the 11 th Inst, by Capt. Salter I have received, in 
answer to which I am to acquaint you that the Cannon belonging to 
New Hampshire which are here shall be delivered to your order when- 
ever you please to send for them. I wish it was in my power to sup- 
ply you with all the Cannon you want; but the Enemy destroyed & 
carried off so many, together with what are gone southward with the 
Army, that Ave have not enough for our Fortifications. 
I am, your obedient 

Humble Servant, 

Artemas Ward. 
Hon bl Meshech Weare. Esq., 
and Committee of Safety. 



Capt. Salter's Return about Cannon, Sec. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 235.] 

Portsmouth, Apr 1 24 th , 1776. 
Pursuant to the within I have Ben to Boston and as to the four 
Cannon, have seen them — they can be had with the Balls &c. belonging 
to them, when sent for. As to any provisions it Cannot be had, 
Neither could I procure an Engineer or any more Cannon. 

Titus Salter. 
To the Hon 1 Committee of Safety for the 
Colony of New Hampshire. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 121 

Letter from Hon. Win. Wfiipple. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 236.] 

Philadelphia, 12* h Ap 1 , 1776. 
Sir— 

Inclosed you have some papers conta= the late Resolutions of Con- 
gress, Blank Commissions &c will be forwarded by the President. I 
hope Col. Bartlett will soon be here. I expect he will be set out before 
this reaches you. If the Acc ts cannot be got ready, a Petition from 
the Gen 1 Court, or if they are not seting, from the Committee, repre- 
senting the exertions of the Colony in the common cause and the dis- 
advantages of emiting such large sums in Colonial Bills, will have a 
very good effect ; & I am inclined to think wo'd obtain a grant of 
about two thirds the sum the Colony is iu advance. 

Congress have been so exceeding ingaged I have not been able to 
call their attention to the Report of the Committee on the application 
of your Committee, but hope shall very soon be able to transmit their 
determination. 

I am, with great Respect & Esteem 

Sir, your most ob { serv 4 

Wm. Whipple. 
Hon. Meshech "Weare. 



Order to Col. David Gilman. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol: III. p. 210.] 

In Committee of Safety, April 25 th , 1776. 
Col. David Oilman — 

You are directed, when you have finished the Redoubt on Church- 
hill to compleat the Fort on Pierce's Island by enclosing the same : 
also, what is necessary to be further done to the Fort on Seavey's Is- 
land ; and in prosecuting the same you are desired to apply to Dr. Hall 
Jackson & Capt Pierce Long for their assistance in laying out the 
works. 

(Copy) 



Committee of Safety to Pierce Long, E$<:f. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 240.] 
Colony of New Hampshire. 

In Committee of Safety, April 26 th , 1776. 
To Pierce Long, Esq r . 

Pursuant to a Recommendation from the Hon ble Continental Con- 
gress for Regulating Trade, and permitting the Inhabitants of these 
Colonies to trade with some of the European nations under certain 
Limitations : — 

You are hereby appointed an officer for the Port of Piscataqua 
and fully authorized and Empowered to procure Registers signed by 
the President of the Council, for all vessels outward Bound belonging 
to this Colony ; Enter and Clear all vessels coming iu & going out of 
said Port; having a strict Regard & obedience to the Regulations & 
directions of the Continental Congress ; but by no means to counteract 



122 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

the same — Taking such Reasonable fees as may be an adequate reward 
for your service, and no more, and to continue in said office until the 
determination of the Council & Assembly thereon. 

(-Copy) 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 244.] 

Philadelphia, April 30 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

In order to give success to the Expedition into Canada, Nothing is 
so much -wanted at this Juncture as a supply of Specie. General 
Schuyler says it is absolutely necessary, and the Congress have receiv- 
ed from him the most pressing Letters on that head. 

Should the army be compelled to evacuate Canada, it is impossible 
to say what will be the consequences, or where the Mischief may end. 
It becomes us, therefore, as we regard our Country and its best Inter- 
ests, to exert every Nerve to guard against so fatal an Event. For 
this purpose, and as a step of the utmost Importance, I am command- 
ed by Congress earnestly to request you to take the most speedy and 
effectual Measures to collect as much hard Money as possible, and to 
send the same to General Schuyler. "Whatever sum you may collect 
for this Use, you will please to draw on me for the amount, and the 
Bills shall be honored. 

The unprepared state of the Colonies on the commencement of the 
war, and the almost total want of every thing necessary to carry it on, 
are the true sources from whence all our Difficulties have proceeded. 
The fact however furnishes a most striking proof of the weakness or 
wickedness of those, who charge them with an original Intention of 
withdrawing from the government of Great Britain and erecting an 
independent Empire. Had such a Scheme been formed, the most war- 
like Preparations would have been necessary to effect it. 

From the distinguished ardor and zeal of the Colony of New Hamp- 
shire in the American Cause I am persuaded you will pay all the atten- 
tion to this Request of Congress, which the Importance of it demands. 
I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, 

your most obed' & very hh bl serv'. 

John Hancock, President. 

The Honourable, the Council of New Hampshire. 



Resolve of the Continental Congress. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 248.] 

In Congress, May 4 th , 1776. 
Resolved — That all the Cannon and other Stores in Boston, which 
were originally purchas'd and provided by and at the expence of the 
Colonies of Massachusetts Bay & New Hampshire be consider'd as 
belonging to the Colony that so purchased & provided them; & that all 
the other Cannon left in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay by the 
British Forces be presented to the said Colony. 
By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, Preside 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 123 

Letter from Col. David G-ilman, relating to the officers and 
soldiers under his command. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol III. p. 266.] 

Head Quarters, May y e 6 th , 1776. 
Most Respected Gentlemen — 

My officers here makes great complaints for want of Paper — they 
cannot Receive Necessary orders and make Proper Returns of their 
Companys for want of that article. By the best information I can get 
the officers and Non-Comissioned officers in the Continental Army, are 
alowed that Article; I should be glad the matter may be considered, 
and grant such releaf as you in your wisdom shall think best. My 
command here is attended with sum considerable Difficulty: the soldiers 
verry niutinus; — Capt. Dearing's Company in perticular; not, owing to 
their officers being backward in their duty, but from a notion that the 
artillery men has no Right to build fortifications : I have ordered that 
Company over to Sevey's Island in hopes to have them in sum better 
order; five of s d Company are now under trial of a Court Martial for 
mutinus behaviour, you may Remember, Gentlemen, when you was 
Down here, I mentioned something concerning boats to Reinforce New 
Castle in case we should be attacked by the Enemy. I am of the same 
mind still, and thiuk it worthy of your consideration. I have almost 
compleated the Battery on Church hill, should have Dun it Long ago 
if the wind and wether had not prevented getting turf; we have begun 
to Inclose fort Washington, and hope in a short time to have it in a 
good way. I shall endeavor chearfully to comply with your orders at 
all times, and Exercise my small tallents in the glorious Cause we are 
now contending. I am with great Respect your 

honors most obed' servant 

David Gilmax. 

P. S. I think we are Neglected with regard to a Chaplain; the men 
are badly Provided with arms. I fear the muster-masters Did not 
Discharge their duty in this Respect. Flints is much wanting and 
a' nt to be had. 



Letter of Meshech Weare to Hon. Thomas dishing. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 250.] 

Hampton falls, May 13, 1776. 
Sr— 

Your letter requesting that we would have some Regiments in Read- 
iness to assist you in case of an attack which there was reason to ex- 
pect, has been laid before the Com tee of Safety for this Colony, who 
thereupon immediately gave Orders to the Collonels of the Several 
Regiments to take immediate care to have the men under their Re- 
spective commands properly Equipped and Ready to move on the 
shortest Notice, upon any Requisition from your Colony or this. The 
Com tee view it as a common cause we are concern'd in, and will Readi- 
ly do all in their power in support of it. 

I am directed by the Com tee to acquaint you in case of an attack or 
your wanting immediate assistance, upon your informing the Collonels 
of any of the Regiments most convenient bordering on your Colony, 



124 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

they have orders to afford you all the assistance they can. We have 
no doubt of Receiving the like assistance from you in Case the attack 
should be made on us. 

(Copy) Hon. Thomas Cushing. 



Resolves of Congress. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. pp. 250-253.] 

In Congress, Tuesday May — 1776. 
Resolved, That one battalion be raised in Xew Hampshire for the 
service of the United Colonies and paid and subsisted upon the Same 
terms as the Continental troops in the Eastern department, — the said 
battalion to be taken into continental pay so soon as they shall be arm- 
ed and mustered. 

Extract from the minutes 

Chas. Thomson, Secy. 



In Congress, May 16 th , 1776. 
Resolved, That the five Battalions now in Massachusetts Bay, be re- 
cruited to their full complement, and that these additional Battalions 
be raised in the Eastern Department for the service of the Continent, 
the Recruits to be taken into Continental Pay, so soon as they shall be 
armed and mustered. 



May 16 th . 
Resolved, That two of the additional Battalions be raised in Massa- 
chusetts Bay & the other in Connecticut. 

That it be recommended to the General Assemblies of Massachusetts 
Bay & Connecticut to endeavour to have the Battalions enlisted for two 
years unless sooner discharged by Congress, in which case, they are to 
be allowed one Months pay on their discharge ; but if the Men cannot 
be prevailed on to enlist for two years, that they be enlisted for one 
year, and that they be ordered as soon as raised & armed immediately 
to inarch to Boston. 

By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, Presid'. 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 256.] 
Gentlemen- — 

You will perceive by the enclosed Resolve of Congress, which I am 
commanded to transmit you, that they have directed another Bat- 
talion to be raised in your Colony on Continental Pay. 

The Army under General AVashington has been so extremely weak- 
ened by detaching ten Regiments into Canada on a most important 
service, that it has become apparently necessary for the security of the 
Eastern Governments to increase the Number of Troops in that quar- 
ter. The Congress have accordingly resolved, That two Regiments be 
raised in Massachusetts Bay, one in Connecticut, and one in Xew 
Hampshire, for the service of the United Colonies. They have also 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 125 

been pleased to appoint Horatio Gates, Esq r to be a Major General, 
and Thomas Mifflin, Esq. to be a Brigadier General in the Continental 
Army. 

Your zeal & ardor in the American Cause, will, I am persuaded, 
induce you to carry the inclosed Resolve into effect, with all the Expe- 
dition which your own situation and the Public Good so evidently 
require. 

I enclose you also, Blank Commissions for the Captains and Subal- 
terns of the Regiment to be raised in your Colony, to be filled up with 
the names of the persons you may please to appoint. With respect to 
the Field officers, I have it in command to request you will please to 
recommend to Congress as early as possible the Names of Persons you 
judge proper for those offices, in order that they may be appointed & 
commissioned by Congress. As soon as I have the Honour to receive 
your Recommendations, I will lay them before Congress, and immedi- 
ately upon their Determination transmit you the Commission filled up 
accordingly. 

I have the honor to be 

Gentlemen, 
your most obed 1 & hhb 1 serv 4 , 

John Hancock, Presid*. 
The Hon 1 ' 1 the Assembly 
of New Hampshire. 



Letter from Hon. Wm. Whipple. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 258.] 

Philadelphia, 17 th May, 1776. 
Sir, 

The inclosed Resolution of Congress sho'd have gone yesterday, but 
I had sent off my letter before I discovered the omission. Congress 
have reserved to themselves the appointment of Field officers, but they 
are nominated by the Assembly, Convention, or Committee of the 
Colony where the Regiments are raised ; it will therefore be necessary 
that the names of the Field Officers sho'd be transmitted here in order 
that the Commissions may be filled up: the President will forward to 
you the Blank Commissions for the other officers. When I think of 
the number of men & arms gone from the Eastern Colonies, I cannot 
help feeling for their situation, if a powerful attack sho'd be made 
there; but doubt not proper steps are taken to furnish arms. I think 
every person who can do any thing towards making arms sho'd be em- 
ployed in that business. Britain will no doubt exert her utmost 
efforts for our destruction, but if they are repulsed in the manner I ex- 
pect, this Campaign, I am very confident they never will attempt 
another. This Summer will in all probability be the warmest America 
ever saw. May the Supreme Governor of the Universe protect, & De- 
fend us, Guide our Councils & Prosper our arms. 
I am with great Respect, 

your most ob' serv', 

Wm. Whipple. 
May 18. Ooll Bartlett arrived last 

evening, very much fatigued. 
Hon. Meshech Weare, Esq. 



126 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Resolve of Congress for the Several Colonies to take up Gov- 
ernment. 

[State Pap. Rev u Vol. III. p. 254.] 

In Congress, May 15, 1776. 

Whereas his Britannic Majesty, in conjunction -with the Lords and 
Commons of Great Britain, has. by a late Act of Parliament, excluded 
the Inhabitants of these United Colonies from the protection of the 
Crown ; And Whereas no answer whatever to the humble petitions of 
the Colonies for redress of grievances and reconciliation with Great 
Britain has been or is likely to be given ; but the whole force of that 
Kingdom, aided by foreign mercenaries, is to be exerted for the de- 
struction of the good people of these Colonies ; And Whereas it ap- 
pears absolutely irreconcileable to reason and good conscience, for the 
people of these Colonies now to take the oaths and affirmations neces- 
sary for the support of any Government under the Crown of Great 
Britain ; and it is necessary that the exercise of any kind of authority 
under the said Crown should be totally suppressed, and all the powers 
of Government exerted under the authority of the people of the Colo- 
nies for the preservation of internal peace, virtue, and good order, as 
well as for the defence of their lives, liberties, and properties, against 
the hostile invasions and cruel depredations of their enemies : There- 
fore, 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the respective Assemblies 
and Conventions of the United Colonies, where no Government suffi- 
cient to the exigencies of their affairs has been hitherto established, to 
adopt such Government as shall in the opiuion of the Representatives 
of the People best conduce to the happiness and safety of their Con- 
stituents in particular, and America in general. 

Extract from the Minutes. 

Charles Thomson, Secretary. 



Orders to General Folsom. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 262.] 

Colony of > In Committee of Safety 

New Hampshire. ]" May 22 d , 1776. 

To Nathaniel Follsom, General of the Militia 
in the Colony of New Hampshire: 

Whereas you were lately directed by this Comm te to warn the 
Militia in several of the Counties in this Colony to hold themselves in 
readiness to march on the shortest notice to Relieve any place in this 
Colony that should be attacked by our Enemies; and inasmuch as 
there may be a sudden Descent made on our Sea coast; you are hereby 
directed & authorized on notice of any such Descent or attack to Ime- 
diately order the Militia to march to such place and repair there your- 
self with all speed and take the command of all the forces of this 
Colony raised for the defence thereof, as well as the Militia, giving 
them such orders and directions as you may judge best to repell the 
Enemy. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 127 

Resolves of Congress. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 268.] 

In Congress, June 1, 1776. 
Resolved, That six Thousand Militia be employed to reinforce the 

army in Canada and to keep up the communication with that Province: 

And to make up that number, 
Resolved, That the Colony of Massachusetts Bay be requested to 

supply of their Militia, 3000 — 4 Battalions. 

Connecticut of their Militia 1500 — 2 Do 

New Hampshire of their Militia 750 — 1 Do 

New York of their Militia 750—1 Do 

June 3, 1776. 

Resolved, That the General be empowered to employ in Canada a 
number of Indians not exceeding two thousand : 

That thirteen thousand eight hundred Militia be employed to rein- 
force the army at New York; 

To compleat which number, 

Resolved, That the Colony of Massachusetts Bay be requested to 
furnish of their Militia— 2000 

Connecticut of their Militia 5500 

New York of their Militia 3000 

New Jersey of their Militia 3300 

Resolved, As the opinion of this Congress that the Eleven Battalions 
raised and ordered to be raised for the protection of the New England 
Colonies are sufficient. 

Resolved, That a flying Camp be immediately established in the 
middle Colonies, and that it consist of ten thousand men. 

To make up which number: 

Resolved, That the Colony of Pennsylvania be requested to furnish 
of their Militia 6000 

Maryland of their Militia 3400 

Delaware Government of theirs ...... 600 

That the Militias be engaged to the first day of December next un- 
less sooner discharged by Congress. 

That the pay of the Militias be commenced from the day of their 
marching from home, and that they be allowed one penny a mile lawful 
money in lieu of rations for travelling expences and one day's pay for 
every twenty miles between home and the general rendezvous going 
and returning. 

That two Provincial Brigadiers General be employed in the Canada 
Department, one from Massachusetts Bay, and one from Connecticut. 

That four Provincial Brigadiers General be employed in the New 
York Department, one from Massachusetts Bay, one from Connecticut, 
one from New York, and one from New Jersey. 

That three Provincial Brigadiers General be employed for the flying 
Camp, two from Pennsylvania and one from Maryland. 

That the said Brigadiers General be appointed by the respective 
Colonies above mentioned. 

Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the Assemblies, 
Conventions, and Committees of Safety in the United Colonies, to fall 



128 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

upon the most effectual means of removing the flocks, grain and meal? 
from such parts of their respective Colonies as are invaded or are 
in imminent danger of being invaded by the enemy. 

That the General Assembly of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 
the Governor and Assembly of Connecticut, the Conventions of New 
York and New Jersey and the several Conventions of such other of 
the United Colonies in which there are any lead mines be requested to 
transmit to Congress with all convenient dispatch the state & condition 
of the lead mines in their respective Colonies and use the most speedy 
means to procure their being wrought to effect. 
Extract from the Minutes. 

Chas. Thomson, Sec^. 
June -4, 1776. 
Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies & Conventions 
of the Colonies requested to supply or furnish Militias by the Resolu- 
tions of yesterday, to take particular care that the Militias come pro- 
vided with arms, accoutrements & Camp Kettles. 
By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, Presid 4 . 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 272.] 

Philadelphia, June 4 th 1776. 
Gestlf.mex — 

Our affairs are hastening fast to a crisis, and the approaching Cam- 
paign will, in all probability, determine for ever the Fate of America. 

Such is the unrelenting Spirit which possesses the Tyrant of Great 
Britain and his Parliament, that they have left no Measure unessayed 
that had a tendency to accomplish our Destruction. Not contented 
with having lined our Coasts with Ships of War, to Starve us into a 
surrender of our Liberties, and to prevent us from being supplied with 
Arms & Ammunition, they are now about to pour in a Number of For- 
eign Troops, who from their want of Connections, and those feelings 
of sympathy which frequently bind together the different Parts of the 
Same Empire, will be more likely to do the Business of their Masters 
without Remorse or Compunction. 

By the best intelligence from Canada it appears that our affairs in 
that Quarter wear a melancholy Aspect. Should the Canadians and 
Indians take up arms against us (which there is too much Reason to 
fear) we shall then have the whole Force of that country to contend 
with, joined to that of Great Britain and all her foreign Auxiliaries. 
In this situation, what Steps must we pursue? The Continental 
Troops alone are unable to stem the Torrent, nor is it possible at this 
day, to raise and discipline Men by the Time they will be wanted. 

From the secresy with which the Ministry carry on their machina- 
tions, we neither know their views or how near our Enemies may be. 
Perhaps at this moment they are landing on some part of our Coun- 
try. 

In this difficult and trying situation of our Affairs, the Congress 
have come to the enclosed Resolves, which I have it in command to 
transmit you by Express, containing matters of the greatest Impor- 




1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 129 

tance, and to which I beg leave to request your attention. You will 
there find the Congress have judged it necessary to call upon the Mili- 
tia in the present alarming Crisis. 

Should the United Colonies be able to keep their ground this Cam- 
paign, I am under no apprehensions on account of any future one. We 
have many Disadvantages at present to Struggle with, which Time 
and a Progress in the Art of War will remove. But this circumstance 
should rouse us to superior Exertions on the occasion. The Militia of 
the United Colonies are a Body of Troops that maybe depended upon. 
To their Virtue their Delegates in Congress, now make the most sol- 
emn appeal. They are called upon to say whether they will live Slaves 
or die Freemen — they are requested to step forth to defend their Wives, 
their children, their Liberty, and every thing they hold dear. The 
cause is certainly a most glorious one ; and I trust every man in the 
Colony of New Hampshire, is determined to see it gloriously ended, or 
to perish in the Ruins of it. 

In short, on your Exertions at this critical Period, together with 
those of the other Colonies in the common Cause, the Salvation of 
America now evidently depends. Your Colony, I am persuaded, will 
not be behind hand. Exert therefore every Nerve to distinguish your- 
selves. Quicken your Preparations, and Stimulate the good People of 
your Government, and there is no Danger, notwithstanding the mighty 
armament with Avhich we are threatened, but they may be led on to 
Victory, to Liberty and to Happiness. 

I have the honor to be with Esteem, 

Gentlemen, your most Cd^d' 

and very hble Serv'. 

John Hancock, Presid'. 
The Hon ble the Assembly 

of New Hampshire. 



Letter from Our Delegates in Congress, relating to a Reinforce- 
ment for Canada. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 276.] 

Philad a , 1 th June, 1776. 
Sir— 

We wrote you 28 th ulto. since which Congress have Resolved to send 
a farther Reinforcement into Canada. 750 men including officers will 
be required of our Colony, to serve as Militia until the 1 st Dec r , the of- 
ficers to be commissioned by the Colony. It is absolutely necessary 
our posts sho'd be supported in that Country, for sho'd the Enemy 
get possession we shall certainly have a long & troublesome war on our 
hands, but if we are successful, which by proper Exertions & Divine 
assistance there is no doubt of. this Campaign will place us out of the 
reach of their Malice. You will soon receive the Resolutions respect- 
ing this Reinforcement from the President. 

The money mentioned in our last is not yet gone forward, not hav- 
ing had an opportunity, but hope shall have in a few days. 
We are with great Respect, 

your most obed c Serv ts 

josiah bartlett 
Wm. Whipple. 

9 



A LIST OF THE MEMBERS 

Of the Hon hle House of Representatives of the Colony of. Neiv 

[p. 82.] Hampshire, convened at Exeter by Adjournment on 

the Fifth day of June Anno Domini one thousand seven 

hundred tf Seventy Six — with their Travel and Attendance. 



Towns and Places. 



Names of Members. 



Sh 



<B 



RS 



Pay. 



Southampton & Newtown 1 
Exeter.2 



Portsmouth, 3 . 



Londonderry, 2. 
Chester, 2 



Hampton, 1 ... 

Northampton, 1 

Greenland, 1 

Newington, 1 

New Castle, 1 

Rye,i 

Stratham, 1 

New Market, 1 

Kingston & East Kingston 1 

Salem, 1 

Pelham,l 

Candia, 1 

Raymond & Poplin, 1 

Bri'ntwood, 1 

"Wyndham, 1 

Concord, 1 

Epping, 1 

Canterbury & Loudon, 1 . , 
Deerfield A: North wood,l. . 

Bow & Dunbarton, 1 

Nottingham, 1 

Sandown & Hawke, 1 

Epsom, Chichester, & Al- ) 

lenstown,l J 

Plaistow & Atkinson, 1. . . , 

Kensington, 1 

Hampton Falls & Sea- ) 

brook, 1 ) 

Hampton, 1 

Pembroke, 1 

Dover, 2 



Hon. Phillips White, Esq., 

Speaker 
Noah Emery, Esq., Clerk, 

Samuel Cutts, Esq., 

Samuel Sherburne, Esq'r, 

Pierse Long, Esq'r, 

| John Bell, Esq'r, 

( Moses Barnett, Esq., 

| Mr. Stephen Morse, 

( Robert "Wilson, Esq'r, 

Josiah Moulton, Esq'r, 

Dr. Levi Dearborn, 

Clement March, Esq., 

Richard Downing, Esq'r, 

Henry Prescott, Esq'r, 

Mr. Nathan Goss, 

Benjamin Barker, Esq., 

Thomas Tash, Esq., 

Samuel Pbilbrick, Esq'r, 

Mr. Caleb Dustin, 

Mr. James Gibson, 

Capt. Moses Baker, 

John Dudley, Esq'r, 

Samuel Dudley, Esq'r, 

James Betton, Esq'r, 

Timothy Walker, Esq'r, 

Mr. Nenemiah Wheeler 

Mr. Thomas Clough 

Jeremiah Eastman, Esq'r, 

Capt. Caleb Page, 

Thomas Bartlett, Esq'r, 

Mr. Moses Colby, 

John McClary, Esq'r, 

Mr. Samuel Kimball, 

Capt. Ezekiel Worthen, 



| Stephen Evens, Esq'r,. 
) Otis Baker, Esq'r, 



8 


25 


£8 


: 3: 


4 





28 


16 


16: 





14 


28 


9 


11: 


8 


14 


24 


8 


7: 


4 


14 


18 


6 


6: 


8 


22 


28 


8 


15: 


4 


22 


28 


8 


15: 


4 


20 


29 


9 


0: 


8 


14 


25 


8 


• 13: 


4 


8 


24 


7 


17: 


4 


6 


26 


8 


6: 





10 


7 


2 


14- 


8 


15 


22 


7 


17: 





IV 


16 


5 


1: 


8 


12 


26 


8 


16: 





3 


27 


8 


13: 





8 


28 


9 


1: 


4 


4 


28 


8 


14: 


8 


20 


21 


6 


12: 


8 


35 


7 


2 


13: 


8 


22 


26 


8 


3: 


4 


18 


25 


7 


16: 





5 


26 


8 


4: 


4 


2fi 


16 


5 


6: 





40 


25 


8 


3: 


4 


8 


28 


9 


1: 


4 


40 


28 


9 


1: 


4 


22 


32 


9 


19: 


4 


50 


32 


10 


8: 


8 


1? 


25 


8 


10: 





11 


9 


3 


1: 


4 


24 


32 


10 


0: 





16 


32 


9 


11: 


4 


7 


27 


8: 


13: 


4 


18 


25 


7: 


16: 





18 


24 


7: 


10: 






k 



1776.] 



LIST OF MEMBERS. 



131 



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES— Continued. 



Towns and Places. 



Names of Members. 







i 


<% 


t > 


■r 3 






Sh 


as 


12 


28 


21 


27 


25 


30 


21 


5 


40 


17 


52 


18 


50 


32 


68 


13 


40 


24 


40 


25 


40 


22 


44 


32 


50 


24 


50 


32 


60 


20 


58 


32 


35 


23 


35 


29 


50 


12 


35 


28 


65 


32 


50 


30 


65 


32 


88 


21 


114 


15 


103 


15 


96 


29 


100 


23 


100 


32 


100 


32 


85 


9 


78 




72 


23 


130 




85 


16 


94 


30 



Pay. 



Durham, 1 

Summersworth, 1 

Rochester, 1 

Barrington, 1. . 

Gilmanton i: Barnstead, 1. 
Sanbornton & Meredith, 1 
Leavitstown, Wakefield ( 

and Middleton, 1 J 

Moultonborougli, Sand- ( 

wich & Tamworth, 1... ) 
New Durham, the Gore,) 

& Wolfeborough, 1 ( 

Madbury, 1 

Lee,l..! 

Ajihekst, 2 

Dunstable, 1 

Hollis, 1 

Weare, 1 

Hopkinton, 1 

New Ipswich, 1 

Mason & Raby, 1 

Merrimac & Bedford, 1. . . . 
Derrylield and Goffstown, 1 
Boscawen and Salisbury, 1 
Litchfield and Notting- ) 

ham West, 1 ( 

Temple and Peterborough, 1 
"Wilton, Lyndeborough, 

Mile Slip & Duxbury 

Farm, 1 

Heneker, Hillsborough, 

Deerrng and Society \ 

Land, 1 . . ) 

New Breton, Warner, Per- I 

rystown&Fisherfield.l I 
Fraucestowu and New 1 

Boston, 1 { 

Keen, 1 

Charleston, 1 

Walpole, 1 

Westmoreland, 1 

Richmond, 1 

Hinsdale & Chesterfield, 1 
Marlow, Surrey, and Al- | 

stead, 1 . . . . " ) 

Packersfield, Camden, \ 

Stoddard & Gilsom, 1 ) 
Dublin and Monadnoek ) 

No. 5, 1 J 

Riudge, Jaffrey, & Peter- \ 

boro' Slip, 1 J 

Cornish, Plainfield, 

Proteet worth <& Gran 

tham, 1 , 

Winchester, 1 

Claremont, 1 

Swanzey and Fitz Wm., 1 
Unity, Ac worth, Lemster, 

Saville, Croydon & 

Newport, 1.. 

Plimouth, Alexandria, 

Coekerm'th & New } 

Chester, 1 ) 

Rumney, Holderness, ) 

Camjiton & Thornton, 1 | 



Mr. John Smith, 

Ichabod Rollins, Esq'r, 
James Knowles, Esq'r, 
Mr. James Mar den,.... 
Joseph Badger, Esq., . . 
Ebenezer Smith, Esq.,. 

Mr. Nathaniel Baleh,. . 
Daniel Beede, Esq., . . . 



[ Moses Nichols, 

| Dea. Nahum Baldwin,. . . . 

Jonathan Lovewell, Esq'r, 

3Ir. Stephen Ames, 

Mr. John Worth, 

Capt. Stephen Harriman, 

Mr. "William Shattuck,. .. 

Mr. Amos Dakin, 

Matthew Patten, Esq.,.. . . 

Moses Kelley, Esq., 

Henry Gerrish, Esq., 

Asa Davis, Esq'r, 

Mr. Samuel Moore, 

Jacob Abbot, Esq'r, 

Capt. Joseph Symonds,. . . 



Timothy Ellis, Esq'r, 

Elijah Grout, Esq'r, 

John Bellows, Esq'r, 

Heber Miller, Esq'r, 

Capt. Oliver Capron, 

Mr - . Archibald Robinson,. . . 

Nath'l Sartel Prentice, Esq'r 

Mr. Joseph Rounseval, 

Mr. Eliphalet Stone, 

Enoch Hale, Esq'r, 

Moses Chase, Esq'r, 



Samuel Emerson, Esq'r, 
Daniel Brainard, Esq'r,. 



1 & \ pay. 
£13: 12: 



8 


9: 


9 


8: 


1 


17: 


5 


15: 


6 


5: 


10 


8: 



5: 6: 8 



7 


17 


8 


3 


7 


5 


in 


6 


8 





10 


8 


7 





10 


11 


7 


9 


9 


5 


4 


8 


8 


19 


10 


13 



9: 16: 8 



n 


15: 


6 


8: 


6 


4: 





12: 


8 


11: 


1 


5: 


1 


5: 



8: 2: 



6: 4: 4 
10: 11: 4 






COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES— Continued. 



Towns and Places. 


Names of Members. 


i 

O > 
US 


< 2 


Pay. 


Orford, Wentworth, ) 




120 


24 


£9 : 4:0 


Piermont & Warren, 1 ) 
Haverhill, Lyman, ) 
Gunthwait, Bath, Lan- > 
daff, Morriston, 1 .... ) 
Hanover, Relhan, Leba- 1 
non, Canaan, Cardigan, > 
& Grafton, 1 ) 






Northumberland, Ap- ] 
thorp, Lancaster, Strat- 
ford, Cockburn, Con- 1 
way, Colburn, Shel- [ 
burne, and the Towns 





JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



[p. 88.] A JOURNAL of the Proceedings of the Hon ble the 
House of Representatives of the Colony of New Hampshire, 
at their Session begun and held at Exeter in Said Colony 
on Wednesday the fifth day of June, A. Dom. 1776, by 
adjournment. 

Wednesday June 5 th 1776, at three o'clock afternoon. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Hawke & Sandown, Pray- 
ing for a Precept to be sent them to choose & send a Repre- 
sentative to this Court, being read, 

Voted, That the Prayer thereof be granted. 

Read sundry letters for Philadelphia &c. 

Voted, That John Dudley & Samuel Cutts Esqr s , be a 
Committee to Examine how much Silver and Gold Coin there 
is in the Treasury & make report as soon as may be. — Which 
Committee made report That there is now in the Treasury in 
Silver and Gold Coin £859: 12: Lawf 1 money. 

Voted That Dr. Dearborn, Capt. Prentice & Mr. Jacob 
Abbot be a Com tee of this House to join a Committee of the 
Hou ble Board to Draft a Vote concerning the Procuring fire 
arms for the use of this Colony, and present the same to this 
house as soon as may be. Sent up by Dr. Dearborn. Ad- 
journed. 



Thursday, June 6 th , 1776. 
Voted, That a Committee be chosen in this house to join 
a Committee of the Hon ble Board to consult what business 
is most necessary to be Imediately Entered upon and to 
make report to this house as soon as may be, and that Capt. 
Prentice, Col Walker, James Bellows Escf, Richard Down- 
ing Esq 1 ' & John Dudley Esq 1 ' be the Committee of this 
house for that Purpose. Sent up by Mr. Clough. [Concur- 
red — Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsom and the Secret added.] 



134 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Which Committee being joined by a Com tee of the Hon ble 
Board, made the following Report, viz : 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider what Business 
is necessary to be done this Session, Recommend the following things, 
viz, A Table of Fees to be compleated ; A Determination about open- 
ing Courts of Law ; The Civil List to be filled up and Commissions for 
the Several Courts to be made out ; An Act to Enforce the payment 
of the Colony Taxes and others ; An Act to Prevent the Alteration 
and Counterfeiting the bills of Credit of this and the Neighboring Col- 
onies and to make the bills of Credit of said Colonies, a Legal Tender ; 
An Act to Regulate Taxation, and for the Sum to be raised this year; 
An Act to Regulate the Militia ; An Act for abolishing the Court of 
Appeals in this Colony, and for Determining how Appeals shall be 
made and heard from Decrees of the Judges of Probate for the Future : 
[p. 89.] That the Persons who have laid out the Colony's money may 
be compell'd to render accounts thereof, that the sending our accounts 
to Philadelphia be no longer Delay'd, and that Attested Accounts 
of the Numbers of the People be procured Imediately ; Necessary 
Orders to be made out for raising the Continental Battallion ; — Some 
Directions about Salt Petre to be given ; — Directions in what Name 
Writs &c shall Issue : A Resolve that all Persons be Prosecuted who 
after the Sitting of the Courts of Sessions in the respective Counties 
shall sell Liquors without License, and that no person be Licenced 
without producing a Certificate that they have paid their Excise for 
the year 1775. — An Act for the better observation of the Lord's Day ; 
An Act imposing a fine on all Justices of Peace and Ministers for Join- 
ing Persons in wedlock without a Certificate from the Clerk or Clerks 
of the Towns where the Persons Married live, that they have been 
Lawfully Published ; — To revise the late Highway Act — To make the 
Courts of Probate Circular ; Some further Directions about Fire Arms ; 
An Act for making Captures on the Sea &c. and for Condemning them, 
and to Commission the Judge and Register of the Admiralty. 

(Signed) M. Thornton, Chairman. 

Yoted, That Deacon Nahum Baldwin be Muster master to 
the forces raised and to be raised in this Colony for the Cur- 
rent year, and untill further order of this Court. Sent up 
by Dea. Baldwin. 



Order to Capt. Henry G-errish. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 278.] 
In Committee of Safety at 

Exeter, the 6 th of June, 1776. 
Capt. Henry Gerrish of Boscawen is hereby appointed Muster-Mas- 
ter to Muster Capt. Jeremiah Clough's Company, and to administer 
the following Oath, viz: 

I, A. B. Swear, I will truly and faithfully serve in the New Hamp- 
shire Troops to which I belong for the defence and Security of the Es- 
tate, lives and property of the good People of this & the Sister Colo- 
nies in America in opposition to ministerial Tyranny, by which they 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 135 

are or maybe oppressed & to all other Enemies & opposers whatsoever, 
and that I will adhere to the Rules and Regulations of Said Army, ob- 
serve & obey the General and other officers set over me & disclose and 
make known to Said Officers all Traitors, conspiracies, attempts and 
designs whatsoever which I shall know to be made against said army 
or any of the English American Colonies. 

So help me God. 
Capt. Henry Gerrish : — Sir, you are desired to muster the above 
mention "d Company and make return to this Committee as soon as 
may be ; you will observe Every officer and soldier must repeat the 
Oath. 



[p. 90.] Friday, June 7 Ul 1776. 

Toted, That Quarter master Gains furnish Col David Gil- 
man with what Powder shall be necessary to clear (1) the 
Rocks out of the Fort now building at Great Island. Sent 
up by Col David Gilman. [Concurred.] 
[p. 91.] Voted that George Gains Esq r & Capt William 
Trefethen be a Comitte of this house to repair to Boston and 
other parts of the Massachusetts Bay to search for, Enquire 
after & receive of the Commanding officer or any other Per- 
son or Persons who may have in their care and Possession 
any Cannon belonging to this Colony, According to a resolve 
of the Continental Congress ; and also to receive the Powder 
sent by this Colony to the Continental Army, and to trans- 
port the said Cannon to Portsmouth in this Colony, and the 
Powder to Exeter, on the most reasonable Terms, & as soon 
as may be. Sent up by Dea. Baldwin. [Concurred.] 

P. M. 

Toted That Col Samuel Sherburne, Richard Downing 
Esq 1 ' Col Stephen Evens, Capt. Josiah Moulton, Samuel Dud- 
ley Esq r Capt. Pierce Long and Major Tash be a Committee 
of this house, who with a Committee of the Hon bIe Board are 
Desired and Impowered to Exchange Paper Currency for 
Gold and Silver for the use of this Colony, and report what 
Sums they do or can Exchange as soon as may be. Sent up 
by Col Sherburne. [Concurred.] 

[p. 92.] The following Tote of Council was bro't from the 
Board. 



Colony of > j c y j ^ mQ 

-New Hamp r ) 



Resolved, That Nicholas Gilman Esq r Treasurer & Receiver General 
of this Colony, be and hereby is fully authorized & Impowered to re- 

(1) In the Records of Council, the word is " blow."— Ed. 



136 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIEE. [1776. 

ceive and take in all those paper bills of Credit Emitted on the Credit 
of said Colony, bearing Interest, and to pay such Interest to the time 
of such Exchange, and charge the Amount of said Interest in his Ac- 
count with said Colony, and that the Treasurer give notice of this 
Order as soon as may be. Sent down for Concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Secy. 

In the House of Representatives, June 7 th 1776. 

The above Vote or Resolve of Council being read Voted 
That the same be concurred. P. White, Speak 1 ". 

Voted to build a Bridge from the Westerly End of New- 
Castle to Wards Island & from thence to Adam's Island 
so called, or some where across the Water so as to se- 
cure a retreat for our Forces to be Stationed at New Castle 
in case of a defeat, and that Mr. Baldwin, Major Downing 
and Col Walker be a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to Look out and Discover the 
best place where, and the manner how the said Bridge shall 
be built and to make report thereon to this Court as soon as 
may be. Sent up by Mr. Smith. [Concurred.] 

Voted that Col Walker, Major Downing, Major Kelley, 
Mr. John Smith 3 d , Capt. Long, Maj. Bellows, Capt. Wilson, 
Mr. Emerson, & Deacon Knowles be a Committee of this 
house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to Nominate 
to this House Three Persons for Colonel, Three for Lieut. 
Col & three for Major of the regiment now to be raised in 
this Colony on the Continental Establishment, For this house 
to nominate one out of each three for the said offices. Sent 
up by Col Walker. [Concurred. Mr. Thornton Mr. Folsom 
& the Sec y joined.] 

[p. 93.] Voted That Samuel Dudley Esq 1 ' Timothy Walker 
Esq 1 ' & Sam 1 Cutts Esq 1 ' be a Committee of this house to join 
a Committee of the Hon ble board to Nominate to this house 
three persons proper & Qualified for a recorder of Deeds <fc 
Conveyances for the County of Rockingham, that this house 
may appoint one of the said three persons (if they see cause) 
to the said office. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred. 
Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsom & the Setf' added.] 



Saturday, June 8 th , 1776. 
[In Council, June 8 th , 1776] 
Upon reading the Petition of Hugh Tallant Voted That the Com- 
mittee of the Town of Pelham be directed forthwith to use their utmost 
Endeavours to protect the said Hugh Tallant from the violence of any 
& every person on his body or Estate until there can be an opportunity 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 137 

for some Civil Magistrate to take the Cognizance of his Cornp' ; and 
also whenever any process may Issue from a Civil authority that they 
use their Endeavours to apprehend any persons accused, that there 
may be an impartial Enquiry & Justice done, and that in this day of 
public Calamity and distress, they would assist their Brethren in the 
Colony to keep peace and good order in the Same. [Sent down for 
concurrence.] 

Toted. That Theophilus Dame Esq r be Appointed first 
Colonel of the Battallion now to be raised in this Colony to 
be on the Continental Establishment, and that Col David 
Gilman be Lieutenant Colonel, and Major James Hackett be 
Major of said Battallion. [Reconsidered] 

Adjourned to Monday the 10 th Inst, at 3 o'clock, P. M. 



Acc t5 allowed, petitions, acts. &c. passed on, in the House and con- 
curred, from June 5 th to June 9 th , 1776. 

Petition of John Robertson for wages; lay for consideration. 

Dr. Isaac Thorn, allowed £3: 5: 10 for medicine &c. for John Simp- 
son & John Foster. 

Petition of Richard Emms. John Frasier & James Taylor — referred. 

Capt. Ebenezer Dealing's Roll, allowed £99: 1: 7^. 

Capt. Rich. Emms a prisoner allow'd £20: 0: 0, with leave to depart 
the couutry, for "West Indias. John Frazier & James Taylor to depart 
the country to West India Islands. 

Capt. John Calfe's ace 1 £2: 11: 0, allowed. 

Capt. Titus Salters two Pay-rolls all d £246: 0: 1 and £197: 15: 0. 

Wages of John Griffith, a soldier in Capt. Dealing's Co. all 1 . 

Petitions against Lt. Col. Folsom, dismissed. 

Petition of Sarah Lutwyche, about a Ferry, granted in her favor. 

George Gains Quar r -master. paid £400. to be accounted for. 

Sam 1 Robey, a soldier, allowed £1: 18: 8. 

John Hunter, allowed £4: 13: for money lost. 

Com tee to examine Jona. Parker, about allowing bills &c. 

Sam 1 Cutts, Commissary, allowed £600: 0: 0. to be accounted for. 

James Aiken, allowed for a Coat lost at Bunker hill, £3: 0: 0.| 



[p. 94.] Monday, June 10 th , P. M. 

Toted. That the price of good Merchantable Salt Petre 
that shall be manufactured in this Colony and bro't in to 
Doct. Josiah Gilman, or the receiver thereof for this Colony 
for the Time being, for the space of one year from k after 
the eighth day of June Instant, shall be four shillings per 
pound to Vie paid out of the Treasury upon the said receiv- 
er^ Certificate, the Manufacturer or Producer of the said 
Salt Petre to be under oath that the same was manufactured 
in this Colony. Sent up by Mr. Clough. Adjourned. 



138 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter from Col. David Gilman. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 280.] 

To the Honorable the Generall Assembly for the 

Collony of New Hampshire. 
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House — 

When I was appointed to the arduous though agreeable Command 
of the troops at this place, it was with the greatest satisfaction I ac- 
cepted the command; though conscious to myself unequal to the impor- 
tant trust reposed in me, yet Desirous of serving my Country in gen- 
eral and Collony in particular, chearfully entred the service, willing to 
venture my life and all in the cause of my Injured Country; all which 
time I have been in the service, I think I can appeal to God, have en- 
deavoured to do my Duty both to the Collony and troops under my 
command : But sum how or other I seem to have lost the Love and 
Confidence of a considerable Part of that Honorable Body, from whom 
I have received so many signall Honours, in that they have preferred a 
Gentleman before me whose Carrecter Dus not stand so cleare in this 
time of Difficulty as I could wish; for I am of the opinion that we 
stand in need of the wisdom and millitary accomplishments of every 
person, of which that gentleman by information has a great share, 
whether the charges against him are just I Dont Pretend to say; but 
suposing they are, what will be the consequence? Dus not our all 
Depend upon officers and men in Public affairs being hearty in the 
Cause? Has not the Honorable the Continental Congress advised that 
no suspected Persons be put in Places of trust? Surely Gentlemen, it 
is a matter of the utmost Importance to us to keep out all unfriendly 
Parsons; is there not enough that we know to be friendly without 
taking these that have never appeared in the Publick cause : Gentle- 
men, I would not presume to Dictate so worthy a body of men, but 
only give my Poor advise as a member of society who expects to Rise 
or fall with you, and hope you will well consider the matter, and as I 
think it a Diminution of my Honour to fall from a Coll to a L* Coll 
would beg that that vote appointing Capt. Dame Coll , might be recon- 
sidered and I have the Indulgence of the Court to come to cleare up 
sum things that 1 understand Laboured in the minds of sum worthy 
members Relative to my conduct, so as to stand upon an equall footing 
with others, which is the Prayer of your most 

obedient and verry Humble servant 

David Gilman. 

Head Quarters at Portsmouth, 
June y e 10 th 1776. 



Tuesday, June 11 th 1776. 
Read the Form of the Commission for the Chief Justice of 
the Supcriour Court, and Voted that the same be Transcribed, 
Sealed with the Colony Seal, and Delivered to the Hon ble 
Meshech Weare, Esq. 

Voted, That Samuel Cutts, Timothy Walker and John 
I Dudley Esq rs be a Committee of this house to join a Commit- 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 139 

tee of the Hon ble Board to make a Dra't of a Declaration of 
this General Assembly for Independence of the United 
Colonies, on Great Britain. Sent up by Mr. Kimball. 



In Council, June 11 th 1776. 
A Vote appointing Sam 1 Cutts, Timothy Walker & John Dudley a i 
Committee with such as the Board should join, to make a Draft of a 
Declaration of the General Assembly for Independence of the Unit- 
ed Colonies on Great Britain, bro't up, read & Concurred with this 
Amendment, That the sentiments & opinion of the Council & Assembly 
of this Colony relative to the United Colonies forming themselves into 
Independent States in order that when passed the same may be trans- 
mitted to our Delegates at the Continental Congress, and that Messrs. 
Hurd, Claggett & the Sec- y be added to the Committee. [Concurred 
by the House.] 

Voted, That the Persons hereafter named be appointed to 
their respective offices hereafter mentioned, viz. Samuel 
Sherburne <fc Peirse Long Esq re of Portsmouth, Enoch Coffin 
Esq r of Epping, Samuel Jenness & Amos Seavey Esq K of 
Rye, Winthrop Gove Esq r of Seabrook, Enoch Brown Esq r of 
Poplin. Moses Bennett & John Bell Esq re of Londonderry, 
Daniel Laclcl & Jeremiah Eastman Esq r of Deerfield. John 
Simpson Esq r of New Castle, Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Rockingham, and Jonathan Moulton, Esq r of 
Hampton, a Justice of the Peace and of the Quorum for said 
County of Rockingham, and Josiah Moulton the third, a Jus- 
tice of the Peace for said County of Rockingham. 

That John Garland of Barrington, David Sandborn of San- 
bornton, Valentine Mathes of Durham, James Knowles of 
Rochester, Joseph Roberts of the Gore, Henry Rust of Wolf-% 
[p. 94.] borough, be Justices of the Peace for the County of 
Strafford. 

That Jacob Abbot of Wilton, Joshua Bailey of Hopkin- 
ton, Andrew Fuller of Lyndsborough, William Smith of Pe- 
terborough, Robert McGregore of Goffstown, John Robie of 
Weare, be Justices of the Peace for the County of Hillsbor- 
ough, and John Goffe Esq 1 ' a Justice of the Peace & of the 
Quorum for said County of Hillsborough. 

That Col Isaac Wyman of Weare, William Hayward of 
Charleston, Heber Miller of Westmoreland, Ephraim Bald- 
win of Chesterfield, Joseph Hammond of Swanzey, Joseph 
Greenwood of Dublin, Nathaniel Sartel Prentice of Alstead, 
and Obadiah Wilcox of Surrey, be Justices of the Peace for 
the County of Cheshire. 



140 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

That Josiali Clark of Nottingham, Ezekiel "Worthen of 
Kensington, John Graham of Chester, Samuel Allison of 
Londonderry, Jesse Morrill of Salem and John Morrison of 
Wyndham, be Coroners for the County of Rockingham. 

That David Page of Conway be a Justice of the Peace for 
the County of Grafton. Sent up by D u . Baldwin. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M. 



In Council, June 12 th , 1776. 
A vote appointing a Number of Civil Officers bro't up, read & con- 
curred with this amendment or addition, viz. That Nicholas Gilman 
& John Rice, Esq rs of Exeter, Zacheus Clough Esq r of Poplin be Jus- 
tices of the Peace for the County of Rockingham ; Samuel Livermore 
Esq r be a Justice of the Peace & of the Quorum for the Colony ; That 
Charles Iluntoon Esq r of Unity, Moses Whipple Esq r of Croydon, 
Henry Silsby. Esq r of Acworth, Elijah Bingham Esq r of Lempster, Jo- 
siah Stevens Esq r of Newport & Thomas Moore Esq r of Dublin, be Jus- 
tices of the peace for the County of Cheshire ; Abel Chandler Esq r of 
Piermont be a Justice of the Peace for the County of Grafton : and 
that John Harvel of Litchfield be a Coroner for the County of Hills- 
borough, and that Asa Davis Esq r of Nottingham West, & Moses Gree- 
ley Esq r of Goffstown be Justices of the Peace for said County of 
Hillsborough. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Voted, That John Taylor Gilman be joined to the Com- 
mittee for Examining and adjusting Accounts for and against 
this Colony in the room of Capt. John Emery who is gone 
out of the Country — This vote having past in Council this 
day and sent down — is concurred by the House. 

Voted, to concur an amendment made by the Council on 
the vote of this day for a Committee to make a Dra't of a 
Declaration of Independence, &c. 

Voted, That Major James Hackett be the first officer of 
the Battallion now to be raised in this Colony on the Conti- 
nental Establishment, That Major Thomas Tash be the sec- 
ond officer, and Major David Copp be the third officer of 
said Battallion. [Reconsidered.] 



Letter from Selectmen of Hanover, relating to poll-tax. 
[State Pap. Rev* Vol. III. p. 282.] 

Hanover, 11 th June, 1776. 
Sir— 

Since we received your Warrant for a Province Tax, we have had 
credible Information from sundry Persons that a Resolve was passed 
last, winter by the Congress of this Colony, whereby Persons in the 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 141 

Army were excused from paying their Poll-tax ; and that each Town 
should be excused from so much of their proportion of the Province 
Tax as the Poll-Tax of such Persons should amount to, on the Select- 
men's returning to the Committee of Safety for the Colony the number 
of Persons belonging to their Town so employed. 

Agreeable to directions from the Congress we last Fall made such 
return of the number of persons belonging to this Town which were 
employed in the Army last year, viz. twenty two, and the Poll Tax for 
the Colony Rate in this Town is one shilling and six pence for each 
person. In conformity to which we have retained thirty-three shil- 
lings (for the Benefit of those Persons) out of the sum express'd in 
your Warrant, apprehending it agreeable to the design of the Con- 
gress, — the remainder being twelve pounds nineteen shillings we send 
you by the Bearer. 

If we have erred herein 'tis undesigned as we have not seen such re- 
solve ourselves, nor heard that any copy of it has been in this Town ; 
but rely solely on the testimony of others respecting it. If we have 
committed any mistake herein, please suggest it, and we will use our 
Endeavour to have it rectified. 

Your most obedient 

and humble Servants, 

Ichabod Trowber ) Selectmen 
Edward Smith $ of Hanover 

Col Oilman. 



Wednesday, June 12 th , 1776. 

Voted, That a Committee of Two members of this House 
be chosen to confer with a Committee of the Hon We Board 
upon the mode of Raising the Battallion now to be raised in 
this Colony upon the Continental Establishment, and to 
make report thereon to this house as soon as may lie ; and 
that Col. Badger, Col. Morey, Col. Sherburne, Jonathan 
LoA*ewell Esq r and Col. Hale be the Committee of this House 
for that purpose. Sent up by Col. Evans. [Concurred. 
Messrs. Folsom, Blanchard Ashley & the Secretary added.] 

In Council, June 12, 1776. 

A vote bro't up appointing James Hacket, Col. and Thomas Tash, 
Lt. Col., and David Copp Major of the Continental Battallion to be 
raised here, which was read and concurred with this amendment. That 
James Hackett Esq r , Thomas Tash Esq 1 ' and David Copp, Esquire, be 
nominated to Hon ble Continental Congress as the Persons recommend- 
ed by this Colony to be appointed Colonel, Lieut. Colonel and Major of 
the Continental Battallion ordered to be raised here. Sent down for 
concurrence. 

Voted That the amendment of the Hon ble Council on the 
vote appointing Officers for the New Battallion <fcc. be con- 
curred. 



142 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Tlie Address and Petition of Maj r James Hachett. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. III. p. 284.] 

GEX tn — 

Permit me to return you my most hearty thanks for the Honour you 
have conferred upon me in the appointment to the chief command of a 
Regiment to be raised iu the service of the United Colonies, and to be 
Station'd for the safeguard & protection of this Colony in particular ; 
while I feel myself obliged and Honoured by your appointment, I can- 
not but lament that the chief Command was not bestowed on Mr. 
Dame your former choice — a Gentleman of superior skill and military 
reputation, whose judgment and experience is equal to the important 
office — my highest ambition would be to serve as second in Command 
under the above Gentleman, if this Hon ble House would think proper 
to make such an arrangement. I rather urge it knowing it would be 
for the benefit of the service and the honour of this Province in partic- 
ular ; but if after this my most earnest solicitation in favour of Mr. 
Dame, you should Still think proper to continue me in the chief com- 
mand be assured my utmost Endeavours shall not be wanting to pro- 
mote the good of my Country in a faithful & Diligent discharge of my 
Duty. While I Express the warmest Inclination for the service, I must 
at the same time acknowledge myself inadequate to the Task. I have 
had all the hardships of a Soldier without the experience of a General. 
If I should be found wanting in military skill, I shall hope for your & 
the publick Indulgence. A faithful Discharge of my Duty, the publick 
good, and the happiness of those under my command, will alway be 
the object of my peculiar care and attention. 
I am with great Respect, 

Gent n , your most obliged & hu bl Serv 1 , 

James Hackett. 

Exeter, June 13 th 1776. 
To the Hon ble the Council & Assembly 
for the Colony of New Hampshire. 



Voted That John Dudley Esq r Capt. Harriman & Major 
Bartlett be a Committee of this House to join a Committee 
of the Hon ble Board to consult upon the Expediency of De- 
livering out Powder from the Colony Stores to the Several 
Colonels or Captains, or Selectmen of the several Towns, 
and if expedient, then how <fe in what manner, and on what 
conditions the same shall be Delivered out, and to make re- 
port to this house as soon as may be. Sent up by John 
Dudley, Estf. 

Voted Enoch Hale, Esq be a Justice of the Quorum for 
the County of Cheshire. 

Voted That Samuel Hayward of New Ipswich Zaccheus 
Chandler of Bedford, Augustus Blanchard of Merrimac, and 
Seth Cobb of Temple, be Coroners for the County of Hills- 
borough. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 143 

Voted That Samuel Gustin of Marlow, Moses Hale of 
Rindge, & Silas Thompson of Chesterfield be Coroners for ' 
the County of Cheshire. 

Voted That Nathaniel Cooper of Dover be a Coroner for 
the County of Strafford. 

Voted That Jonathan Child Esq r be a Justice of the Peace 
for the County of Grafton, and that John Sloane be a Coro- 
ner for said County of Grafton. 

Voted That Jeremiah Lock of Rye and Simon Wiggin of 
Stratham, be Coroners for the County of Rockingham. (7 
votes) Sent up by Maj 1 ' Bartlett, and concurred. 

Voted That Deacon Samuel Brooks of Exeter be and 
hereby is chosen and appointed Recorder of Deeds and Con- 
veyances for the County of Rockingham (in the room & 
Stead of Mr. Joseph Pcirce who was chosen and refuses to 
accept) and that he be and hereby is authorized to Finish 
whatever remains yet to be done as fully to all Intents as the 
[p. 97.] late recorder, or any of his Predecessors might have 
done ; and that he shall not be Qualified to act in said office 
untill he hath given bond with two Sureties Jointly & Sever- 
ally to the Hon ble the Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives for the time being in the Sum of Two thousand Pounds 
Lawful money for the faithful Discharge of his said office : 
and that Noah Emery, Benjamin Baker and Samuel Dudley 
Esq r members of the House of Representatives, and Nathan- 
iel Folsom and Josiah Bartlett, Esq 1 ' of the Hon ble Council, 
or the Major part of them be a Committee to take the books 
& papers belonging to said office, into their custody, in case 
of the Death or Incapacity of the said Brooks, and them 
safely to keep untill further order of the General Assembly ; 
and to receive Deeds and make the usual Notations thereon. 
Sent up by Maj r Bartlett. [Concurred.] 

The following Vote was past the 10 th Instant but not en- 
tered in its proper place : 

Voted, To choose a Committee of this house to join with a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to frame, Draw up & present 
to this house the following Acts and Laws for this Colony, 
viz. 

1. An Act for establishing a Table of Fees for the several Officers in 
[p. 98.] this Colony. 

2 d An Act or Resolve for opening the Courts of Justice. 

3 4 An Act to Enforce the payment of Taxes in this Colony. 



144 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

4 th An Act to prevent the alteration & Counterfeiting the bills of 
•Credit of this and neighbouring Colonies and to make said bills of Cred- 
it a Legal Tender. 

5. An Act to Regulate Taxation and to Ascertain the Sum to be 
raised as Colony Tax for the Current year. 

6. An Act Regulating the Militia. 

7. An Act for Abolishing the Court of Appeals in this Colony, and 
for Determining how and by whom Appeals shall be made and heard 
from Decrees of the Judges of Probate in this Colony in future. 

8. An Act or Resolve In what Name & in what form Wills & Pro- 
cesses shall be issued in future. 

9. An Act for the Better Observation of the Lord's Day. 

10. An Act to impose a fine on all Justices of the Peace & Ministers 
of the Gospel who shall Presume to join Persons in Matrimony without 
Certificate from the Clerk or Clerks of the Towns or places where the 
Persons so married Live — That they have been Lawfully Published. 

11. An Act to revive the late Highway Act. 

V2. An Act to make the Courts of Probate Circular. 

13. An Act for making Captures on the Seas, & for condemning 
them and to regulate the Trials of said Captures. 

14. An Act to Prevent the stopping or obstructing the Course or 
Passage of Fish into the several Rivers, Brooks and Ponds in this Col- 
ony where Fish usually passed. 

And that Timothy Walker & Matthew Patten Esq 1 '* & Mr. 
John Smith be the Committee of this House for that Pur- 
pose. Sent up by Mr. dough. [Concurred. Mr. Thornton, 
Mr. Clagett, and Mr. Giles added.] Adjourned. 



Thursday, June 13 th 1776. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to confer upon 
a mode of raising the Battallion ordered by the Continental 
Congress, made Report. 

That they would recommend the appointmemt of Eight Persons, 
most likely to Enlist the men and Perform the service and give out or- 
[p. 99.] ders for each to Enlist a Company, with Liberty for them to 
Name subalterns to serve under them, To be Commissionated if they 
raise the Companys. 

(Signed) M. Thornton, Chairman. 

Which Report being read & considered, Voted that the 
same be rec'd & accepted. 

Voted, To choose a Committee of sixteen Persons to join 
a Committee of the Hon ble Board to Nominate to this House, 
sixteen Persons, Eight of which to Enlist the men for the 
Battallion to be raised by order of the Continental Con- 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 145 

gress, and to make the said Nomination as soon as may 
be, and that Col. Sherburne, Col. Evens, Capt. Worthen, 
Samuel Dudley Esq r , Samuel Kimball, Dr. Nichols, Mr. John 
Bell, John Dudley Esq r Matthew Patten Esq r , Col. Badger, 
Col. Walker, Maj r Ellis, Mr. Shattuek Mr. Grout, Mr. Emer- 
son, & Col. Morey be the Committee of this house for that 
purpose. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. [Concurred. — Mr. 
Thornton, Mr. Folsom, Mr. Blanchard, Mr. Clagett, Mr. 
Giles, Mr. Ashley and the Sec y added by the Board.] 

Voted, That all Bonds, Recognizances, & Securities for 
moneys or any other Forfeitures heretofore usually given to 
the King, shall henceforward be given and taken to the pres- 
ent Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Speaker 
for the time being, for the use of the Colony, and when the 
matter relates to any Particular County, upon Non-perform- 
ance of the Condition that the Penalty shall and may be 
sued for and recovered in the Name of said Speaker for the 
use of such County. Sent up by the Clerk. Adjourned to 
3 o'clock. 

P. M. 
[p. 100.] Voted That Mark Wiggin of Stratham, John 
Brewster of Rochester, Moses Leavitt of North Hampton, 
James Hill of Newmarket, Joseph Dearborn of Chester, 
Stephen Peabody of Amherst, John Calfe of Kingston and 
Ebenezer Webster (1) of Salisbury be appointed Captains in 
the Battallion now to be raised in this Colony on the Conti- 
nental Establishment. Sent up by the Clerk. 



Friday, June 14 th 1776. 

Voted, To raise five thousand Pounds for the Colony Tax 
for the Current year, to be Assessed on the Polls and Estates 
within this Colony, and to be Collected and paid into the 
Treasury on or before the first day of March next. Sent up 
by Mr. Clough. 

Received a Letter from the Hon ble John Hancock Esq 1- En- 
closing the Resolves and Requisition of the Continental Con- 
gress, about raising the Militia &c. to send to Canada, and 
sent the same up to the Board by Mr. Cutts. Adjourned to 
3. P. M. 

(1) Ebenezer Webster was the father of Hon. Daniel and Ezekiel Webster.— Ed. 

10 



146 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter of Hon. John Hancock to the General Assembly of 
New Ha mpsh ire . 

[Amer. Ar. -i ser. Vol. VI. p. 707.] 

Philadelphia, June 4. 1770. 

Gextlemex: — Our affairs are hastening fast to a crisis, and the 
approaching campaign will, in all probability, determine forever the 
fate of America. 

Such is the unrelenting spirit which possesses the tyrant of Britain 
and his Parliament, that they have left no measure unessayed that had a 
tendency to accomplish our destruction. Not satisfied with having 
lined our coasts with ships of war, to starve us iuto a surrender of our 
liberties, and to prevent us from being supplied with arms and ammu- 
nition, they are now about to pour in a number of foreign troops, who, 
from their want of connections and those feelings of sympathy which 
frequently bind together the different parts of the same empire, will be 
more likely to do the business of their masters without remorse or 
compunction. 

By the best intelligence from Canada, it appears that our affairs in 
that quarter wear a melancholy aspect. Should the Canadians and 
Indians take up arms against us (which there is too much reason to 
fear) we shall then have the whole force of that country to contend 
with, joined to that of Great Britain and all her foreign auxiliaries. 
In this situation, what steps must we pursue ? Our Continental troops 
alone are unable to stem the torrent; nor is it possible at this day to 
raise and discipline men ready to take the field by the time they will be 
wanted. 

From the secresy with which the Ministry carry on their machina- 
tions, we neither know their views, or how near our enemies may be. 
Perhaps at this moment they are landing on some part of our Country. 
In this difficult and trying situation of our affairs, the Congress have 
come to the enclosed Resolves, which I have it in command to transmit 
you by Express, containing matters of the greatest importance, and to 
which I beg leave to request your attention. You will there find the 
Congress have judged it necessary to call upon the Militia at this 
alarming crisis. 

Should the United Colonies be able to keep their ground this Cam- 
paign I am under no apprehensions on account of any future one. W e 
have many disadvantages at present to struggle with, which time and 
progress in the art of war will remove. But this circumstance should 
arouse us to superiour exertions on the occasion. The Militia of the 
United Colonies are a body of troops that may be depended upon. To 
their virtue, their Delegates in Congress now make the most solemn 
appeal. They are called upon to say whether they will live slaves or 
die freemen. They are requested to step forth in defence of their 
wives, their children, their liberty, and every thing they hold dear. 
The cause is certainly a most glorious one, and I trust every man in 
the Colony of New Hampshire is determined to see it gloriously ended, 
or perish in the ruins of it. In short, on your exertions at this critical 
period together with those of the other Colonies in the common cause, 
the salvation of America now evidently depends. 

Your Colony, I am persuaded, will not be behindhand. Exert, 
therefore, every nerve to distinguish yourselves. Quicken your 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 147 

preparations, and stimulate the good people of your Government, and 
there is no danger, notwithstanding the mighty armament with which 
we are threatened, but you will be able to lead them to victory, to 
liberty, and to happiness. 

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, your most obedient and very 
humble servant. 

John Haxcock, President. 
To the Honourable Convention 
of Xew Hampshire. 



Letter from X. H. Delegates in Congress to Hon. Meshech 

We are. 
[Amer. Ar. 4 ser. Vol. VI. p. 708.] 

Philadelphia, June 4, 1776. 
Sir: We wrote you the 28 th Ultimo since which Congress have 
resolved to send a further reinforcement into Canada. Seven hundred 
and fifty men, including officers, will be required of our Colony to 
serve as Militia until the 1 st of December, the officers to be commis- 
sioned by the Colony. It is absolutely necessary our posts should be 
supported in that Country, for should the enemy get possession, we 
should certainly have a long and troublesome war on our hands; but if 
we are successful, which by proper exertions and Divine assistance 
there is no doubt of. this campaign will place us out of the reach of 
their malice. You will receive the resolution respecting this reinforce- 
ment from the President. The money mentioned in our last is not yet 
gone forward, not having had an opportunity, but to leave in a few 
days. 

We are, with great respect, your most obedient servants. 

William Wiiitple, 
Josiah Baktlett. 
To Meshech Weare, Esq. 



Resolution of Congress. 
[Amer. Ar. 4 ser. Vol. VI. p. 1693.] 

Resolved, That six thousand Militia be employed to reinforce the 
Army in Canada, and to keep up the communication with that Prov- 
ince. To make up which number 

Resolved, That the Colony of Massachusetts Bay be requested to 
supply of their Militia, 3000—4 Battalions 

Connecticut, of their Militia 1.500 — 2 Battalions 

Xew Hampshire, of their Militia 750—1 Battalion 

Xew York, of their Militia 750—1 Battalion. 



Letter from Hon. Josiah Bartlett. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 286.] 

Philadelphia, 14 June 1776. 
Sir — 

This goes by the Person who carries the Money mentioned in a for- 
mer letter, which was order'd for the advance wages, and defraying the 



148 COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

charge of Raising the Regiment to be station'd at Portsm . The sum 
ordered is 10,500 Dob 500 Dob of which Wm. Whipple has taken, 
which he desires may be replaced out of the Treasury and charged to 
him. 10,000 Dob is in a Box directed to you; there is in the same 
Box, 10,000 Dol s for John Langdon Esq r which please to advise him of. 
We are with great respect 

Your most ob' Serv ts (1) 

JOSIAH BARTLETT. 

100 sheets of 72 Dob is 7200 
70 Do. of 40 Do. is 2800 



10,000 



Friday, June 14 th P. M. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That this house Resolve themselves into a Com- 
mittee of the whole house to join the Council or such of their 
members as they shall appoint, to Converse together concern- 
ing the requisition of the Continental Congress for a Battal- 
ion to be raised and sent from this Colony to Canada, and 
any other matters concerning raising and Equipping the said 
Battallion : 

Which Committee of the whole House being joined by 
the Committee of the whole Board ; The Hon ble Meshech 
Weare Esq 1 ' in the Chair, and conferring on the Premises, 
came to the following Resolution, viz : That there be forth- 
with raised and Equipped in this Colony a Regiment of seven 
hundred and fifty men Including officers, — and that each 
non-Commissioned officer and soldier receive a Bounty of Six 
Pounds. And the Question being put whether the Troops 
now on duty at & near New Castle <fcc. shall have leave 
to Enlist into the said Regiment or into the Continental Bat- 
tallion, and a vote being put thereon it past in the Negative. 
Also Resolved that the officers and Soldiers have the same 
wages as the Continental Troops have. 

[p. 101.] Voted to choose a Committee of sixteen members 
of this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to con- 
fer together & Nominate to this House Proper Persons for 
Field Officers, and for Captains of the Regiment now to be 
raised for Canada, and how & in what manner the said 
Regiment shall be Enlisted and Equipt, and to make report 
thereon to this house as soon as may be ; and that Maj r Bar- 
ker, Col Baker, Capt Moulton, Mr. Wheeler, Robert Wilson 

(1) This letter appears to be mutilated. The address is wanting, and probably the 
name of Wm. Whipple is cut off.— Ed. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 149 

Esq r James Betton Esq r Maj r Philbrick, Mr. Abbott^ Maj r 
Kelley, Col Halo, Mr. Robinson, Col Gerrisli Col Smith, 
Maj r Bellows, Col Morey and Mr. Brainard be the Commit- 
tee of this house for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Rollins. 
[Concurred — Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsoni, Mr. Blanc-hard <fc 
the Sec^ added.] 

Saturday, June 15 th , 1776. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to prepare a 
Draught setting forth the sentiments & opinion of the Council 
and Assembly of this Colony relative to the United Colonies 
setting up an Independent State made Report as on file — 
which report being read and considered, 

Toted Unanimously, That the Report of said Committee 
be received and accepted, and that the Dra't by them bro't 
in be sent to our Delegates at the Continental Congress 
forthwith, as the sence of this House. Sent up by Capt. Si- 
rnonds. 



S 



INDEPENDENCE. 

[p. 102.] The Draft made by the Committee of loth Houses, * 
relating to Independency, is as follows, viz : 
Whereas it now appears an undoubted Fact, That Notwithstanding 
all the dutiful Petitions and Decent Remonstrances from the American 
Colonies, and the utmost Exertions of their best Friends in England 
on their Behalf, The British Ministry, Arbitrary & Vindictive, are yet 
Determined to Reduce by Fire and Sword our Bleeding Country, to 
their absolute obedience ; and for this Purpose, in Addition to their 
own forces, have Engaged great Numbers of Foreign Mercenaries, 
who may now be on their passage here, accompanied by a Formidable 
Fleet to Ravage and Plunder the Sea-Coast ; From all which we may 
reasonably Expect the most dismal Scenes of Distress the ensuing year, 
unless we Exert ourselves by every means & Precaution possible ; And 
"Whereas We of this Colony of New Hampshire have the Example of 
several of the most Respectable of our Sister Colonies before us for 
Entering upon that most Important Step of a Disunion* from Great 
Britain, and Declaring ourselves Free and Independent of the Crown 
thereof, — being Impelled thereto by the most violent & Injurious Treat- 
ment ; and it appearing absolutely Necessary in this most Critical 
Juncture of our Public Affairs, that the Hon ble the Continental Con- 
gress, who have this Important Object under their Immediate Consid- 



150 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

eration, should be also Informed of our Resolutions thereon without 
loss of Time : We do, therefore Declare that it is the opinion of this 
Assembly that our Delegates at the Continental Congress should be 
Instructed, and they are hereby Instructed to join with the other Col- 
onies in Declaring The Thirteen United Colonies, a Free & In- 
dependent State : Solemnly Pledging our Faith & Honor, That 
we will on our parts Support the Measure with our Lives and For- 
tunes ; — and that in consequence thereof, They, the Continental Con- 
gress, on whose Wisdom, Fidelity & Integrity we rely, May enter into 
and form such Alliances as they may Judge most conducive to the 
Present Safety and Future advantage of These American Colonies : 
Provided, the Regulation of our Internal Police be under the direction 
of our own Assembly. 
^ Entered according to the Original, 

Att : Noah Emery, Clk, D. Rep s . 



[p. 103.] Toted, That Deacon Nahum Baldwin, Capt. 
Prentice, Matthew Patten, Esq r Col. Hale and Mr. Grout lie 
a Committee of this House to join a Committee of the Hon ble 
Board to give out Enlisting orders to the several officers of 
tlic Regiment now to be raised for Canada, and to Commis- 
sionate the officers and make all Xecessary Preparations for, 
and Equip the said Regiment as soon as Possible. Sent up 
by Mr. Baldwin [concurred — Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsom 
Mr. Blanchard & the Sec^ added.] 

Adjourned to Monday next 10 o'clock forenoon. 



Acc ts . petitions, &c. acted on & concurred, between the 10 th & 17 th of 
June, 1776. 

Doct. Samuel Greeley, allowed £6: 0: 2. for his son Joseph wounded 
at Bunker Hill fight. 

Committee of Safety of Greenland, paid £13: 8. 

Petition of Hon. Wm. Parker, for last years salary referred to a 
Committee. Allow'd £10. 

Petition of Selectmen of Marlow & the Selectmen of Stoddard con- 
cerning taxes — Voted, That all settlers within the original Ea,st line of 
Marlow pay taxes to Marlow until the title to the Land in dispute is 
determhrd by law. 

Petition from Society Lands, praying to be incorporated by certain 
bounds, — lay for consideration. 

Capt. Benj. Connor's claim for bounty on Salt petre, referred to a 
Committee. 

Petition of Lydia McCrellis, in reference to a Doctor's bill referred. 

Daniel Fowle's acct, allowed, £5: 14. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 151 

Monday June 17 th 1776. 
P. M. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to confer with 
a Committee of the Hon ble Board on the Expediency of fur- 
nishing the Town of Chesterfield with Powder to Defend 
themselves against the attempts and Assaults of all Persons 
who appear by their conduct Enimical to this Country, and 
to make report to this house as soon as may he, and that 
Capt. Prentice, Major Bellows & Doctor Dearborn he the Com- 
mittee of this house for that Purpose. Sent up by Doct r 
Dearborn. [Concurred — Messrs. Blanchard, Ashley & Giles 
added.] Adjourned. 

Tuesday, June 18 th 1776. 

Voted That half a Barrel of gunpowder be Delivered out 
of the Powder house in Exeter, to the Selectmen of Chester- 
field on their order for the use of said Town of Chesterfield, 
and that the said Selectmen of Chesterfield or some person 
in their stead give a receit therefor, and Promise to account 
with the Treasurer of this Colony for the same. Sent up by 
Mr. Robinson. [Concurred.] 

P.M. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board, to confer together And Nominate 
to this House certain Persons to take the hard money now 
Collected in this Colony, and carry the same to Gen 1 Schuy- 
ler at Ticonderoga or wherever he may be found, for the 
support & supply of our Troops in Canada, and to make re- 
port as soon as may be, and that Major Bartlett, Capt. 
Long and Deacon Baldwin be the Committee of this House 
for that purpose. Sent up by Deacon Baldwin. [Concurred — 
Messrs. Thornton, Blanchard & Giles added.] 



Letter to Hon. John Hancock. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 288.] 

Exeter, 17 th June, 1776. 
Sir— 

Your Honor's Letter of the 30 th April past was duly received, in w ch 
you request from this Colony some supply of hard money towards the 
support of the Expedition into Canada. A Committee was imme- 
diately appointed for the purpose, who have collected several hundred 
pounds w ch with what we had in the Treasury may amount to upwards 
of £10 JO, and shall be sent off without delay to General Schuyler. 



152 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Agreeable to your Directions we shall draw for the same amo'. Mr. 
John Langdon we understand has collected about £900 more — all which 
may go together under proper guard. "We shall be mindful to collect 
what further sums we possibly can, being very sensible of the Impor- 
tance of supporting our Strength & Credit in Canada, that we ought 
to exert every nerve that our troops may not be compell'd to evacuate 
the Country. 

We are also favor'd with y r Honors spirited & animating Letter of 
the 4 th June Curr' pr Express, inclosing the Resolves of Congress for 
raising and employing certain Quotas of the Militia thro ? the several 
Colonies — the contents of w eh Letter will we trust make due Impres- 
sion upon us. 

That our affairs are hastening fast to a crisis & the approaching 
Campaign may in all probability determine the fate of America, we 
are truly apprehensive of, and will chearfully strain every sinew to 
maintain & prosecute so just a war on our side, till gloriously ended, or 
perish in the Ruins of it. 

Our Assembly very readily voted the Quota of men assigned for 
this Colony, but knowing well the Difficulty of raising such a Body of 
Troops when we have so large a proportion already in the service, & so 
many employed in Husbandry & other Occupations absolutely neces- 
sary, tho't it most prudent to give a generous Bounty to induce men 
to inlist & accordingly resolved upon giving the Bounty of twenty 
Doll s w eh 'tis expected will effect the Business, and we shall lose no 
time to equip & get them away as fast as possible they can be rais'd. 

We are much concerned to hear the bad acc ts from Canada &to know 
the melancholy aspect of our affairs there, but we hope by vigorous 
Exertions & the favor of Providence the ensuing Campaign, to retrieve 
our Credit, recover lost ground, & obtain the wish'd for success. 
In behalf of the Council & assembly, I am 
with great Esteem & Respect, 

Sir, your most obed 4 hum 1 servt. 
(Copy) President. 

To the Hon We John Hancock, Esq. 



Letter from Josiah Bartlett to John Langdon. 
(Extract.) [Amer. Ar. 4 Ser. Vol. VI. p. 1028.] 

Philadelphia, June 17, 177G. 

Dear Sir — "Your favour of the instant is come to hand, and 

am sorry the news you mention from Quebeck is not true. Things 
have taken a very extraordinary turn in that country. The behaviour 
of Colonel Bedel and Major Butterfield is very extraordinary. No 
doubt you will hear the particulars before this reaches you. Dr. 
Franklin, Mr. Chase and Mr. Carroll are Returned from Canada. 
Their account of the behaviour of our New England officers and sol- 
diers touches me to the quick. By their account men never behaved 
so badly ; some regiments not having more than one hundred men, 
when it was expected there were six times that number ; — Stealing and 
plundering arms, ammunition, military stores &c. and taking the bat- 
teaus and running off. One man, it is said, stole six guns, and to con- 
ceal them, broke the stocks to pieces, cut up a tent to make a knap- 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 153 

sack to carry off the barrels, locks &c. and all is said to be owing to 
the officers. Unless our men behave better, we shall lose all our for- 
mer credit, and be despised, by the whole continent. This is the ac- 
count here I pray God it may not be so bad as is represented." 

Josiah Bartlett. 



Letter from Commissioners in Canada to the President of Con- 
gress — (Extract) . 
[Amer. At. Vol. VI. p. 587.] 

Montreal, May. 17. 1776. 
"Colonel Bedel, who commands at the Cedars, a post of great con- 
sequence, about 36 miles from [Montreal] up the St. Lawrence, being 
informed by two Indians that a body of savages, about one hundred, 
headed by some English Soldiers, number unknown, were come withiu 
nine miles of this post, with an intention to attack it, brought this 
intelligence himself to town and left his Garrison, consisting of three 
hundred effective men. It is true, according to his account, they were 
badly provided to receive the enemy, and had been four days without 
any other provision than bread. This intellegence, we conceive, might 
have been communicated to the commanding officer here by any other 
person, as well as Colonel Bedell. Colonel Paterson. who now com- 
mands in Montreal, immediately ordered a detachment from his regi- 
ment, of one hundred & fifty men, to reinforce the Cedars ; a fresh sup- 
ply of provisions and ammunition was sent with his detachment. We 
apprehend the report to be altogether groundless, or occasioned by 
some very trifling circumstance."(l) 



Resolve of Congress, relating to Cloathing for the Soldiers. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. III. p. 294.] 

In Congress, June 19, 1776. 

Whereas it is indispensably necessary for the good of the service 
that the soldiers of the United Colonies should be well provided with 
Blanketts & Cloathing; — therefore 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies and Conven- 
tions of the United Colonies forthwith to cause a suit of cloaths of 
which the waistcoat and Breeches may be of Deer Leather, if to be 
had on reasonable terms, a Blanket, felt hat, two shirts, two pair of 
Hose and two pair of shoes to be manufactured or otherwise procured 
at reasonable rates in their respective Colonies for each soldier of the 
American Army inlisted therein for the present Campaign; and that 
the same be baled, invoiced and stor'd in suitable places to be delivered 
to the order of Congress or the Commander-in-Chief of the American 
army. 

That sufficient sums of money be granted to the Assemblies and 
Conventions aforesaid on applying for the same to enable them to dis- 
charge the demands arising from the purchase of the Articles aforesaid. 

That the Commander in chief of the American Army be impowered 
to draw on the said Assemblies and Conventions for such articles of 

(1) See a detailed account of the unfortunate affair of the surrender of the Fort at 
the Cedars, in Amer. At. 4 ser. Vol. VI. pp. 598, 589.— Ed. 



154 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Cloathing aforesaid as he shall from time to time judge necessary and 
that the cost thereof be deducted from the pay of the soldiers who 
shall receive the same by the proper officer for examining and discharg- 
ing the accounts and pay Rolls of the respective Regiments. 
By order of Congress. 

John Hancock, Presid*. 



[p. 104.] Voted, That John Drew of Barrington, James 
Hadlock of Southampton, William Harper of Brintwood, Jo- 
seph Dearborn of Chester, James Shepard of Canterbury, 
Augustus Blanchard of Merrimac, Samuel Wetherbee of 
Charleston and Joseph Parker of New Ipswich, be Captains 
in the Regiment now to be raised & Sent into Canada. Sent 
up by Mr. Emerson. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Benjamin Giles Esq r of the Council and Mat- 
thew Patten, Esq 1 ' and Nahum Baldwin Esq 1 ' of this House 
be a Committee to receive what Gold & Silver Coin is now in 
the Treasury and carry the same to the Hon ble General Schuy- 
ler at Ticonderoga or Albany, or wherever he may be, for the 
necessary supply of our Troops at Canada, and Take his re- 
ceit for the same on account of this Colony. Sent up by Mr. 
Emerson. [Concurred.] 

Voted To choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to give out Enlisting orders to the 
several officers of the Regiment now to be raised and sent in- 
to Canada, and to commissionate the officers and make all 
necessary Preparations for, and Equip the said Regiment as 
soon as Possible ; and that John Dudley Esq 1 ' Capt. Pierce 
Long & Mr. John Smith be the Committee of this House for 
that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Smith. [Concurred — Messrs. 
Hurd, Folsom & Blanchard, added.] 



Wednesday, June 19 th 1776. 

The Speaker being absent, the House made ehoice of Sam- 
uel Cutis Esq 1 ' for their Speaker pro Tempore, who took the 
Chair accordingly — soon after which the Speaker came in 
and resumed the Chair. 

Voted, That it be and hereby is Recommended to all Col- 
onels and other officers of the Militia in this Colony, to be aid- 
ing & assisting to the several officers appointed to Enlist Sol- 
diers for the Regiment to be sent into Canada, by all good 
means in their Power — That the said Regiment may be raised 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 155 

with all convenient speed. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. [Con- 
curred.] 

Voted, That Mr. Baldwin & Matthew Patten Esq 1 ' be ex- 
cused from going to Canada to carry the hard money now in 
the Treasury to General Schuyler. 

Voted, That James Betton, Esq r be joined to the Hon ble 
Benjamin Giles Esq 1 ' as a Committee to receive out of the 
Colony Treasury and convey to General Schuyler or to the 
Commanding officer of the Continental Forces in Canada, all 
the hard monies in the Treasury for the support of our said 
Forces, and to take his reccit for the same on account of this 
Colony. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. [Concurred.] 
[p. 105.] Voted That the several Muster masters hereaf- 
ter named receive out of the Treasury sufficient monies to 
pay off the Troops going to Canada, for their Bounty and 
their months advance wages, and that they pay them in their 
several Departments upon their being mustered and Enrolled ; 
and that Col. Timothy Walker be Mustermaster of Capt. 
Shepard's Company, Col. Otis Baker, of Capt. Drew's Com- 
pany, Capt. Ezekiel Worthen of Capt. Hadlock's Company, 
Samuel Dudley Esq 1 ' of Capt. Harper's Company, John Dud- 
ley Esq 1 ' of Capt. Dearborn's Company, Deacon Nahum Bald- 
win of Capt. Blanchard's Company, Mr. Elijah Grout of Capt. 
Weatherbee's Company, & Col. Enoch Hale of Capt. Parker's 
Company. Sent up by Mr. Baldwin. [Concurred.] 

The Committee of both houses beg leave to recommend th'e reconsid- 
ering of Two votes lately passed, viz. One for raising a Battallion 
agreeable to a resolve of the Continental Congress, Probably to be 
Stationed at Portsmouth & Nominating Field and other officers for the 
same ; and a vote appointing officers for a Battallion to be sent into 
Canada; and they further Recommend the six Gent" Voted for field 
officers for the Two above mentioned Battallions be named, to choose 
three of them for the Canada service, and also the sixteen Captains 
chosen for the aforesaid Battallions with others who may be named in 
Lieu of those who Decline the Service Stand Nominated to appoint 
Eight of them for the s d Canada Service. 

Signed M. Thornton, Chairman. 



Voted and Resolved, That the vote of this house of the 
11 th Instant appointing Maj 1 ' Hackett, Major Tash & Major 
Copp to the command of the Battalion to be raised agreea- 
ble to a resolve of the Continental Congress, to be Stationed 
at Portsmouth ; And also the Vote of this House of the 
same day for raising & Equipping the Said Battallion ; and 
also a vote of this House of the 15 th Inst, appointing officers 



156 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

for a Regiment to be sent into Canada &c. — and each & Eve- 
ry of said Votes be and hereby are Reconsidered and made 
Null and Void. Sent up by Mr. Betton. 



[p. 106.] The following Letter was Presented to the House, 

viz. 

To the Hon bIe House of Representatives for the Colony of New Hamp- 
shire : 

Agreeable to a Request of the late Congress of the Colony aforesaid 
to the Committees of Safety of the several Towns of the Colony, the 
Committees of the Towns of Dunstable, Hollis, Merrymack & Litch- 
field in said Colony, Herewith return the Names of Capt. Leonard 
Whiting, Benjamin Whiting & Samuel Cummings Esq r & Thomas 
Cummings of Hollis, Suspected Persons of being unfriendly or Enem- 
icall to the Libertys and rights of the United Colonys, Together with 
the Evidences of Such suspicion — which is humbly submitted to the 
Examination and Decision of the Said Hon ble House of Assembly, 
agreeable to the Hand-bills. 

Dated at Dunstable 15 th of June 1776. 

Signed Reuben Dow. Chairman of Said Committees. 

Whereas the Committees of Safety for the Towns of Dun- 
stable, Hollis, Merrimac & Litchfield have returned the 
Names of Leonard Whiting Benjamin Whiting, Samuel 
Whiting, Samuel Cummings Esq 1- & Thomas Cummings, as 
persons suspected of being unfriendly or Enimicall to the 
Liberties of the United Colonies, together with the Eviden- 
ces of such Suspicion — Which having been heard & fully 
considered, and also the Said Leonard Whiting, Benjamin 
Whiting, Samuel Cummings and Thomas Cummings being 
heard by Counsel upon their Petition before both Houses It 
Appears to this House That the said Suspicion is not suffi- 
ciently Supported, and that the said Leonard Whiting, Ben- 
jamin Whiting, Samuel Cummings, and Thomas Cummings 
be acquitted & fully Discharged. Sent up by Major Phil- 
brick. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Colonel Isaac Wyman be appointed First 
Colonel of the Regiment now to be raised and sent into Can- 
ada in the room & stead of Major James Hackett who was 
appointed and has resigned. Sent up by Mr. Ames. Ad- 
journed till tomorrow at 8 o'clock. 



[p. 107.] Thursday, June 20 th 1776. 

Voted to choose a Committee of three members of this 
house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to confer and 



I UNIVERSIT 

1770.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 157 

consult upon the best method of Procuring Provisions and 
other Necessaries for the Regiment going into Canada, and 
to make report to this house as soon as may be ; and that 
Capt. Prentice, Col . "Walker and Capt. Long be the Commit- 
tee of this house for that purpose ; — and also consult upon 
the best method of getting the Shotts & Balls belonging to 
this Colony, now in store at Mistick, and to write to Gen. 
Washington for an order to receive the Powder Sent by the 
Colony for the supply of the Continental Army ; — and also 
to try to borrow some Cannon from the Colony of the Mas- 
sachusetts Bay. Sent up by Mr. Bell. 

Voted That Mr. Samuel Moore be a Monitor to this house. 

Upon reading sundry petitions of the officers and soldiers 
of the sixth Regiment of Militia, Praying that Col John 
Hale and the other Field officers appointed for said Regiment, 
may be Discharged and Dismist from their said appointment 
And some others appointed in their room : The s d Petitioners 
and the said field officers being heard upon their Evidence 
before both houses — It appears to this House that the said 
John Hale Esq r has carry'd and behaved himself as a good 
friend to the cause of Liberty and has in many epses exerted 
himself for the good of the American Cause now contending 
for ; and no Evidence appearing against the other Field officers 
of said Regiment, It is therefore Voted And Resolved by this 
House That the said Petitions be <k hereby are Dismist. Sent 
up by Mr. Rollins. [Concurred.] 

A'oted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to consult upon the matter of 
sending what hard money we have to Canada by the same 
guard that Capt. Langdon proposes to send what he has col- 
lected, by ; or in what manner the Same shall be sent, and 
to make report thereon to this house as soon as may be, — and 
that John Dudley Esq r Capt. Josiah Moulton and Col Samu- 
el Sherburne be the Committee of this house for that Pur- 
pose. Sent up by Capt. Moulton. [Concurred — Messrs. Thorn- 
ton, Folsom, <fc Ashley added. 

[p. 108.] Voted, That the Field officers and Staff officers 
of the Regiment Destined for Canada, be paid out of the 
Treasury each Two months advance pay instea'd of the one 
months advance pay heretofore Voted for them and that the 
President give order of Payment. Sent up by Sam 1 Dudley, 
Esq. [Concurred.] 



158 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Voted, That Col Otis Baker, Mr. Elijah Grout, Col Tim- 
othy Walker, Samuel Dudley Esq 1 ' John Dudley Esq 1 ' Deacon 
Nahum Baldwin, Col Enoch Hale & Capt. Ezekiel Worthen, 
the several muster-masters appointed to pay off the Troops 
Destined for Canada, Receive each of them out of the Treas- 
ury Seven hundred & Eighty pounds, to pay off the soldiers 
(by them severally to be mustered) Their Bounty of Twenty 
Dollars each and their one months pay, and to pay off the 
Captains and Subaltern officers of said Troops Two months 
advance pay instead of the one months advance pay hereto- 
fore Voted them, and that the said Muster-masters be sever- 
ally accountable for said Sum, and that the President give or- 
der of payment accordingly. Sent up by Sam 1 Dudley, Esq 1 ' 
[Concurred.] 

The Committee appointed to report their opinion of the 
Necessaries to fix off the Canada Regiment, agreed to 

REPORT. 

That Col" Hard be appointed to fix off all the Company. 1 ? from Cohos 
with Ten days Provision Except Capt. Parker's & Capt. AVeatherbe's 
Companys who we would recommend to be fixed off by Capt. Prentice 
at Charleston with Ten days provision to proceed by the way of 
Crown Point, And that the Persons appointed Muster-masters Deliver 
each Company a Days Provision for every Twenty miles Travel from 
the place they march from until they come to Cohos or Charleston, 
otherwise pay each man one penny per mile for said distance, and that 
said Hard and Prentice Deliver each man a quart of Pum,and that six 
Dozen of axes be Imediately provided at Exeter and sent forward. 

Signed, M. Thornton, Chairman. 

Which Report being read, Voted That the Same be receiv- 
ed & accepted, and that orders Issue from the Hon ble the 
President Accordingly. Sent up by Sam 1 Dudley, Esq. 

John Hale Esq. Colonel of the Sixth Regiment of Militia, 
in this Colony, together with Robert Reid Esq. his Lieuten- 
ant Colonel and William McQuesten, Esq 1 ' his Major came 
into the House and Desired leave to Resign their respective 
Commissions appointing them to the command said Regi- 
ment. Adjourned. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 159 

Proclamation of Admiral Howe — offering jjai'dons, $c. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. III. p. 296.] 

By Richard Viscount Howe of the Kingdom of Ireland, one 

of the King's Commissioners for restoring Peace to his 

Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in North America, 

&c. &c. 
Declaration*: 

Whereas by an Act passed in the last Session of Par- 
liament to prohibit all Trade and Intercourse with the Colonies of 
New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island. Connecticut, New 
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the three Lower Counties on Dela- 
ware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Geor- 
gia, and for other purposes therein mentioned: It is Enacted that 

" It shall and may be lawful to and for any Person or Persons, ap- 
" pointed and authorized by his Majesty to grant a Pardon or Pardons 
"to any Number or Description of Persons, by Proclamation, in his 
'' Majesty's Name, to declare an}- Colony or Province, Colonies or 
"Provinces, or any County, Town, Port, District, or Place, in any 
" Colony or Province, to be at the Peace of his Majesty; and that from 
'• and after the issuing of any such Proclamation, any of the aforesaid 
" Colonies or Provinces; or if his Majesty shall be graciously pleased 
''to signify the same by his Royal Proclamation, then from and after 
" the issuing of such Proclamation, the said Act, with respect to such 
" Colony or Province, Colonies or Provinces, County, Town, Port, 
" District or Place, shall cease determine, and be utterly void;"' — 

And Whereas, the King, desirous to deliver all his subjects from the 
Calamities of War and other oppressions which they now undergo, 
and to restore the said Colonies to his Protection and Peace as soon as 
the Constitutional Authority of Government therein maybe replaced; 
Hath been graciously pleased, by Letters Patent under the Great Seal, 
dated the sixth day of May in the sixteenth year of his Majesty's 
Reign, to nominate and appoint me, Richard Viscount Howe of the 
Kingdom of Ireland, and William Howe Esquire, General of his Forces 
in North America, and each of us, jointly and severally, to be his 
Majesty's Commissioner and Commissioners for granting his free and 
general Pardons to all those, who in the Tumult and Disorder of the 
Times may have deviated from their just Allegiance, and who are 
willing, by a speedy Return to their Duty, to reap the Benefits of the 
Royal Favor, and also for declaring, in his Majesty's Name, any Colo- 
ny, Province, County, Town, Port, District or Place, to be at the 
Peace of his Majesty : I do therefore hereby Declare— That due con- 
sideration shall be had to the meritorious services of all Persons who 
shall aid and assist in restoring the public Tranquillity in the said 
Colonies, or in any Part or Parts thereof That Pardons shall be 
granted, dutiful Representations received, and every suitable Encour- 
agement given, for promoting such Measures as shall be conducive to 
the Establishment of legal government, and Peace, in pursuance of 
his Majesty's most gracious Purposes aforesaid. 

Given on board his Majesty's Ship the 
Eagle, off. the Coasts of the Province 
of Massachusetts Bay, the Twentieth 
Day of June, 1776. 

Howe. 



160 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter from Admiral Howe to Governor John Wentworth. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 1.] 

Eagle, off of the Coast of the Province of 
Massachusetts Bay, June the 20 th , 1776. 
Sir— 

Being appointed Commander in Chief of the Ships and Vessels of 
his Majesty's Fleet, employed in North America, and having the honor 
to be by his Majesty constituted one of his Commissioners for restoring 
Peace to his Colonies, and for granting Pardons to such of his subjects 
therein as shall be duely solicitous to benefit by that effect of his gra- 
cious indulgence; I embrace this opportunity to inform you of my 
arrival on the American Coast, where my first object will be an early 
meeting with General Howe, whom his Majesty hath been pleased to 
join with me in the said Commission. 

In the mean time, I have judged it expedient to issue the inclosed 
Declaration in order that all Persons may have immediate Informa- 
tion of his Majesty's most gracious Intention: And I desire you will 
be pleased forthwith to cause the said Declaration to be promulgated, 
in such manner, and at such Places within the Province of New Hamp- 
shire, as will render the same of the most public Notoriety. 

Assured of being favored with your Assistance in every measure for 
the speedy and effectual Restoration of the public Tranquillity, I am to 
request you will communicate from time to time, such Information as 
you may think will facilitate the attainment of that important object 
in the Province over which you preside. 
I have the honor to be, with great 

Respect and Consideration, Sir, 

your most obedient, humble servant — 

Howe. 
Governor Wentworth, &c. &c. New Hampshire, 
or other Chief Magistrate of the Province. 



[p. 109.] Friday, June 21 st , 1776. 

Voted, That Capt. Daniel Colburn of Pelham be Second 
Major of Col Thornton's Regiment in the room & stead of 
James McGregore who refuses to accept that office. 

Upon motion made in the House for appointing a Second 
Major to the first Regiment in this Colony in the room of 
Ephraim Pickering who was lately appointed to that office : 

Voted That Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Wentworth and 
the said Ephraim Pickering be desired to appear before this 
house on Wednesday next to show cause why the said Regi- 
ment is not yet settled, and why the said motion may not be 
granted. 

[p. 110.] Voted, That Capt. Prentice receive of the Quar- 
ter master one hundred pounds of powder, and Two hundred 
<fc fifty pounds of Bullets and four hundred Flints for the use 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 161 

of the Troops destined for Canada & that the President 
give order accordingly. 

Voted, That Col. Hurd receive of the Quarter master 
Three hundred pounds of Powder, seven hundred & fifty 
Pounds of Bulletts and Twelve hundred Flints for the use of 
the Troops Destined for Canada, & that the President give 
order accordingly. Sent up by Dr. Dearborn. [Concurred.] 

Voted to choose a Committee of three Persons of this 
house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to consult 
about constituting a Court to Sustain Appeals from the Sen- 
tences or Decrees of the Judges of Probate in this Colony, 
or to Point out what Court shall sustain Such Appeals, and 
whether the Parties shall be tried by a Jury ; and to make 
report as soon as may be, And that Jonathan Lovewell Esq r 
John Dudley Esq 1 ' & Col Walker be the Committee of this 
House for that Purpose. Sent up by Mr. Lovewell. 

P. M. 

Voted That Col Walker, Col. Sherburne & Major Down- 
ing be a Committee of this House to join a Committee of the 
Hon ble Board to examine into the Complaints & Grievances 
of Peter Xevieau a poor Frenchman now inhabiting within 
this Colony and make report to this house as soon as may 
be. Sent up by Capt. Prentice. [Concurred, Mr. Thornton 
<fc Blanchard added.] 

Letter to General Schuyler, relating to liard money. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 3.] 
Sir — Xew Hampshire, Exeter, 21 st June, 1776. 

Agreeable to Directions from the Continental Congress receiv'd a 
few weeks past, to collect all the hard money we cou'd, and forward 
the same to Canada, to be delivered into your hands: We herewith 
transmit the sum of £1145: 15: 10, under care of Benj :l Gyles & James 
Betton, Esqr'. members of the General Assembly, who readily, as good 
Friends to their Country, undertake the Journey, to whom you'll 
Please to give a Receipt for the same & all the Despatch the circum- 
stances of the Business will permit. We shall still exert ourselves to ex- 
change & collect what further sums of money we can, & do every thing 
in our power for the good of the American cause. AVishing you the 
protection of a kind providence with the best success to our Troops in 
the Northern Department, I am in behalf of the Council and Assem- 
bly, with all respect, Sir, 

Your most obedient, Hum 1 Serv 1 . 

(Copv) (1) President. 

To the Hon w Philip Schuyler, Esq r , 
Major Gen 1 of the Continental Army 
at Ticonderoga. 

(1) Hon. Meshech Weake was President. 
11 



162 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Satin-day, June 22 d 1776. 
[p. 111.] Made a collection in the house for Peter Neveau a 
poor French man, and Delivered the same, being two pounds 
fourteen shillings & nine pence into the hands of Deacon James 
Knowles for the use of said Peter Neveau. 

The house having taken into their serious consideration 
the Distressed and unhappy Scituation of Peter Neveau and 
his Family, Do hereby recommend to the Committee of Safe- 
ty of Wakefield, That they, together with Deacon Knovrles 
and Mr. Balch, Enquire into the Circumstances of the said 
Neveau & Family and see that he is not injured by his Neigh- 
bors or any Person Whatsoever. 

Yoted, That there be but one place of Rendezvous in this 
Colony for the Troops Destined to Canada, and that it be at 
Haverhill on the Connecticut River. Sent up by Capt. Si- 
monds. [Concurred.] Adjourned. 



Monday, June 24 th 1776. 
[Various Acts passed and concurred. See Acts &c in 
Secy Office.] 

Acc ts petitions, acted on in the house & concurred, from the 18 th to 
24 th of June, 1776. 

Jona. Dearborn, acct. allowed. 12s. 

Benj. Giles & James Betton, all d £30: for carrying money to Albany. 

John Bellows acct. all d £19 : 7 : 7. 

Thomas Clough sent express to Canterbury & Moultonborough to 
carry letters to Col. Senter & Capt. Shepard. 

Capt. Eliphalet Daniel's muster roll, allowed £154: 12: 0. 

Noah Emery, Clerk, allowed £4 : 16. 

Acct. of Committee to look out a proper place for a bridge at New 
Castle, allowed £3: 13: lOf. 

Otis Baker, all d £l: 0: 0. 

Jacob Wilson, for boarding James Winn, a sick soldier, all d £1: S. 

Giles & Betton, all'd, £20. 

Additional sum to each Muster-master, viz : 

—To Col. Baker, £20. To Capt. Worthen, £30. To John Dudley 
Esq. £30. To Samuel Dudley, £30. To Col. Walker, £20. To Dea. 
Nahum Baldwin, £20, — for the use of Soldiers destined to Canada. 

Kich d Hart's acct. allowed £68 : 10. 

Nich. Nicolle, all d £3: 5: 7. 

Capt. Prentice, for Canada troops, allowed £116. 

Col. Hurd, for Troops destined to Canada, £350. 

Col. Thornton's acct. all d £3 : 19. 

John Livingston's acct. all d £16 : 14 : 11. 

Capt. Jn°. Moulton's acct, all d £33 : : 6. 

Alex r Shirley, for loss of coat & knapsac at Bunker hill, all' 1 £2: 11. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 168 

Jn° Shirley, for loss of coat & jacket, at Bunker kill, £2 : 8. 

Tho s Bartlett's acct. all d £2: 9. 

Col. Morey, allowed to receive £150. 

Com tee of Safety in Greenland, for fire-rafts, all'd £13 : 8. 

Lydia Crellis. all d for Doctor's bill for her late husband £6 : 13: 6. 

Aaron Quimby, soldier's wages, all d £l : 5: 9. 

Eben r Collins, soldier's wages, 14s. 

Dan 1 Murray, soldier's wages, 19s. 

Wm. Simpsou, soldier's wages, £1: 8: 1. 

Jona. Blauchard's ace' allowed £1: 14. 

Petition of John Colbv, referred. 



[p. 112.] Tuesday, June 25 th 1776. 

Voted to choose a Committee of three of this house to join 
a Committee of the Hon bl Board to consult upon the expedi- 
ency of Procuring & Securing a Number of Boats for the 
Transporting Reinforcements to our Troops at New Castle in 
case of Necessity, and to make report to this house as soon as 
may he ; and that Deacon Baldwin, Capt. Worthen & Maj 1 
Downing he the Committee of this house for that Purpose. 
Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred — Messrs Ashley A 
Hurd added.] 

Voted, That Mr. Balch, Capt. Prentice and Capt, Simonds 
be a Committee of this house to join a Committee of the 
Hon ble Board to consult upon the matter and manner of Pro- 
curing Casks for the Salt petre now procured and that here- 
after may be procured in this Colony, and also for Powder, 
and make report thereon as soon as maybe. Sent up by Col. 
Walker. [Concurred— Mr. Clagett & Mr. Thornton added.] 

Report. 

The Committee of the Council & Assembly appointed to consult up- 
on the matter & manner of Procuring Casks for the Salt-petre now pro- 
cured &c. have maturely considered the same, and Do humbly Report, 
That one hundred & Twenty new barrels be provided for the purposes 
in the resolve set forth; Each barrel to contain sixteen Gallons, which 
they think will be sufficient at Present. 

Signed M. Thornton, Chairman. 

[p. 113.] 

^ oted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon bk Board to confer upon the expediency of 
seizing & securing Major Robert Rogers in consequence of 
sundry Informations against him as Enimical to the rights 
and Liberties of this Country, and to make report thereon to 
this house as soon as may be ; and that Capt. Harriman, Maj r 



164 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Philbrick and Mr. Bell be the Committee of this house for 
that Purpose. Sent up by Mr. Clough. 

Voted, That Capt. John Langdon of Portsmouth be Cap- 
tain of Light Infantry in Portsmouth, and that he be commis- 
sioned therefor with the Rank of Colonel ; That his Lieuten- 
ant, by him to be Nominated, be Commissioned with the 
Rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and that his Ensign be Commis- 
sioned with the Rank of Major ; And that the said Company 
consist of Forty men Rank and file, and that the President 
give out Commissions accordingly. The said Company to be 
under the Command of the General officer of the Militia for 
this Colony. Sent up by Mr. Walker. [Concurred.] 

The Committee appointed to consider of a method to carry 
into Execution the vote of the house for building a Bridge at 
Newcastle 

Recommend 

[p. 114.] That a Committee be chosen to Purchase Materials suitable 
for the Purpose to build said Bridge or Bridges in the places recom- 
mended by the Com tce of Fourteen feet wide in the clear, In a substan- 
tial manner according to their best skill and Judgment, and with all 
the expedition that may be. Also that it be recommended to the com- 
manding officer of the Troops in the District of Portsmouth to furnish 
Forty able and suitable men to assist in this business — the men to be 
allowed one Pistareen pr Day more than common wages, and excusable 
from other duty. 

Signed, J. Hurd, for the Committee. 

Exeter, 25 th June, 1776. 

The above report being read & considered, 

Voted, That Capt. Worthen together with one to be ap- 
pointed by the Hon 1)le Council be a Committee to purchase 
Materials suitable to build a Bridge of fourteen feet width 
(in the clear) in the place mentioned in the report of a Com- 
mittee sent to view the best place for building a Bridge from 
the main Land to New Castle, in a Substantial manner, ac- 
cording to their best skill and judgment & with all the Ex- 
pedition that may be, and also to oversee the said work 
while building said Bridge, and that they employ four good 
Carpenters on the said work, and as many of the Troops at 
New Castle as occasion may require, which Troops shall re- 
ceive one jill of rum each per day whilst on the said work, 
besides their wages and rations as Soldiers. Sent up by the 
Clerk. 

Voted That there be procured at the charge of this Colo- 
ny One hundred and Twenty new good Tight oak Casks to 
contain Sixteen Gallons each for the Purpose of Securing in 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 165 

them the Salt-petre already procured & hereafter to be pro- 
cured for the use of this Colony, and also to secure Powder 
m, as this Colony may have occasion, and that Dr. Josiah 
Gilman & Mr. Nathaniel Balch be a Committee to procure 
the said Casks. Adjourned. 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock — with Resolves. 

[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV. p. 11.] 

Philadelphia, June 25 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Since my last of the 21 st Inst. I have nothing further in charge from 
Congress except the inclosed Resolves, which are so full & explicit, 
that I need not enlarge. 

You will perceive they are calculated to prevent Insurrections, and 
to introduce good order and obedience to the Laws thro' out the Unit- 
ed Colonies ; — objects of the greatest importance in our present situa- 
tion ; Since all internal convulsions, while they weaken the Force & 
Springs of Government, must necessarily render its operations against 
foreign Enemies, less vigorous & decisive. 

I have the honor to be 
Gentlemen, 

your most obed 1 & very hb 1 Serv 4 . 

John Hancock, Presid 1 . 
Hon 1 Assembly of New Hampshire. 



Resolves — In Congress, June 24, 1776. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 13.] 

Resolved, That all persons abiding within any of the United Colonies 
and deriving protection from the Laws of the same, owe allegiance to 
the said Laws and are members of such Colony ; and that all persons 
passing through, visiting or making temporary stay in any of the said 
Colonies being intitled to the protection of the Laws, during the time 
of such passage, visitation or temporary stay, owe, during the same 
time allegiance thereto. 

That all persons, members of or owing allegiance to any of the Unit- 
ed Colonies as before described, who shall levy war against any of the 
said Colonies within the Same or be adherent to the King of Great 
Britain or others the Enemies of the said Colonies or any of them 
within the same, giving to him or them aid and comfort, are guilty of 
treason against such Colony. 

That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the several Colonies 
to pass Laws for punishing in such manner as to them shall seem fit, 
such persons before described as shall be proveably attainted of open 
deed by people of their condition of any of the Treason before described. 

That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the several United 
Colonies to pass Laws for punishiug in such manner as they shall think 



166 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

fit, persons 'who shall counterfeit or aid or abet in counterfeiting the 
Continental Bills of Credit, or •who shall pass any such Bill in pay- 
ment knowing the same to be counterfeit. 

By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, Presid 1 . 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock — relating to augmentation of 
Forces in Canada. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 15.] 

Philadelphia, June 25 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

The Congress have this day come to the inclosed Resolves which I 
have the honor of transmitting in obedience to their commands. You 
will there find they have come to a Resolution to augment the Number 
of men destined for Canada four thousand. I am therefore to request, 
you will send immediately one Regiment of your Militia by way of 
augmentation of the Troops destined for that Department; and at the 
same time earnestly to entreat you to be expeditious in raising & 
equipping your Troops, and to provide them with Cloaths, Tents, and 
other Camp Equipage, for which the United Colonies will engage to 
reimburse you. 

In my letter of the 4 th Inst, in which were inclosed sundry Resolves 
of Congress with Regard to your sending a part of your Militia into 
Canada, I took the liberty of suggesting every thing that occurred to 
urge you to a speedy compliance with the same. If the complexion of 
our affairs in that quarter was disagreeable at that time, it has since 
altered extremely, and become much more alarming. The arrival of 
Gen 1 Burgoyne with a large Reinforcement, the Defeat of General 
Thompson with the Troops under his command, and his being made 
Prisoner, are so many striking circumstances, that render it absolutely 
necessary, to be more expeditious in our Preparations for the Defeuce 
of that Province, as well as to increase our Force there. 

The present is not a time for delay. Every thing we have a right to 
expect from that quarter, depends on Expedition : Without it we shall 
inevitably be ruined. Remember your own safety and the Security of 
Canada, are exactly one and the same thing. If our Enemies are not 
opposed at a distance, we must engage them in our Borders. One idea 
should be forever in our minds — that in the conduct of political affairs 
every Moment is precious. A week, a day, even an hour, lias often 
proved decisive ; And by an attention thereto, the Liberties of a Coun- 
try have been destroyed or established for ever. 

I must repeat again to you, that in all human Probability, the Fate 
of America Will be determined the ensuing Campaign. Much depends 
on your Colony. I cannot therefore help once more earnestly press- 
ing you to be expeditious in equipping and sending forward your 
Troops. As an additional encouragement, the Congress have resolved 
that a Bounty of ten Dollars be given every soldier who shall enlist 
for three years. 
May the great Disposer of all human hearts animate & guide your 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 167 

Councils, & enable you to determine that not only your own temporal 
Peace & happiness may be established, but those of your Posterity. 
I have the honor to be, 

Gentlemen, your most obed £ & 
Very hh bl Serv*. 

John Hancock, Preside 
Excuse erasures, I am so 

hurried have not time to copy. 
Hon bIe Convention of Xew Hampshire. 



Resolves of Congress, above referred to. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 19.] 

In Congress, June 25 th 1776. 

Resolved, That the Xumber of men destined for the Northern or 
Canada Department be Augmented Four Thousand. 

That a ColonelPs Commission be immediately issued to Major Du- 
bois with Instructions forthwith to raise a Regiment to serve for three 
years or during the War, & that the Corps of officers be composed of 
such as have served with Credit in Canada ; Xo officer to receive his 
Commission untill his Company be raised & armed. The arms of the 
People inlisting themselves to be valued by the Committee of the Coun- 
ties where the Companies are Raised, and paid for by the Continent on 
their being mustered. 

That it be earnestly Recommended to the Colony of Xew Hampshire 
to send immediately one Regiment of their Militia ; Massachusetts Bay 
two Regiments of their Militia, and Connecticut one Regiment of their 
Militia to augment the Troops destin'd for the Xorthern or Canada 
Department. 

That Letters be sent by the President to the Several Assemblies of 
the Colonies from wheuce the several Regiments of Militia are & have 
been Requested, earnestly pressing them to be expeditious in Raising and 
Equipping their Troops, and requesting the several Assemblies to take 
upon themselves the care of providing the said Troops with Cloaths, 
Tents and all necessary Camp Equipage, & assuring them that the 
United Colonies will be Answerable for the expence of the same. 

That a Regimental Paymaster, who is not to be an officer of the ar- 
my, be appointed by the said Colonies to each of the said Battalions, 
who shall keep all the Accounts of his said Battalion, & to whom par- 
ticular return shall be made of the expence of Cloathing said Battalion, 
in order that the same may be deducted out of the Pay of the Soldiers 
for whom the articles shall have been provided. 

That a Bounty of ten Dollars be given to every non-commissioned 
officer & Soldier who will inlist to serve for the term of three years. 

Resolved. That the foregoing Resolutions be inclos'd to General 
"Washington & that he be desir'd to afford such assistance to the North- 
ern or Canada Department as he shall be enabled to do consistently 
with the Safety of Xew York, & from time to time to give such Direc- 
tions as he may think expedient for the public service. 
By order of Congress. 

John Hancock, Presid 1 . 



168 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Journal of the Souse resumed. 

Wednesday, June 26 th , 7776. 

[p. 115.] An Act for Establishing a Court Maritime &c. 

was read a third time & Passed to be Enacted. Sent up by 

Dr. Nichols & Capt. Harriman. 

Toted to choose a Committee of three of this house to join 
a Committee of the Hon bIe Board to consider the Petition of 
Col° Ashley, Col Hurd, Major Bellows, Benjamin Giles, Esq 1 ' 
& Col Morey for a Company of Rangers &c. And to make 
report to this house as soon as may be, and that Capt. Pren- 
tice, John McClary Esq r & Jonathan Lovewell Esq r be the 
Committee of this house for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. 
Clough. 

The following Vote of Council was bro't down from the 
Hon ble Board, viz : 

Colony of New Hampshire June 26 th 1776. 
In Council. 
Whereas one 3Ir. John Odin has just arrived and Presented to the 
Council Ten Thousand Dollars from the Hon b,e Continental Congress 
for the use of this Colony — Voted that Colonel Thornton, General Fol- 
som and Col° Hurd be a Committee to join with such as the Hon ble 
House shall appoint to receive & tell over said money, and deliver it 
to the Treasurer and Take his receit therefor. Sent down for concur- 
rence. 

E. Thornton, Setf". 

[Concurred — Capt. Simonds, John Dudley Esq r and Capt. 
Prentice added on the part of the House.] 

Toted. That a Committee of Five persons of this House 
join a Com tee of the hon ble Board to confer together upon the 
Expediency of Purchasing or borrowing a Quantity of Pow- 
der, or of Exchanging of Salt Petre in the Massachusetts Col- 
ony for Powder, and in what manner the Exchange shall be 
made, and to make report thereon as soon as may be. And 
that Col Morey, Ichabod Rollins, Esq 1 ' Doct r Dearborn. Capt. 
Prentice A: Capt. Moulton be the Committee of this House 
for that purpose ; and also to consider the Expediency of sup- 
plying the Frontier Towns in this Colony with Powder, and 
also what Towns shall be supply' d and with how much. 
Sent up Maj r Bartlett. [Concurred. Messrs. Polsom, Ash- 
ley <fc Hurd. added.] 

[p. 116.] Toted to choose a Committee of three members of 
this house to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to Enquire 
into the cause why the First Regiment in this Colony is not 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 169 

settled according to the order of this House ; and why 
Major Ephraim Pickering is objected to by some part of said 
Regiment as second Major thereof ; & to make report there- 
on to this house as soon as may be ; and that Jonathan Love- 
well Esq 1 ' Daniel Brainerd Esq r & Capt. Harriman be a Com- 
mittee of this house for that Purpose. Sent up by Mr. Love well. 



Thursday, June 17 th 1776. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to consult upon the Expediency of 
Emitting a Quantity of Small bills for the benefit of change, 
and to make report how much & in what manner the same 
shall be Emitted, and that Doct. Dearborn, Capt. Long, & 
John McClary Esq 1 ' be the committee of this House for that 
purpose. Sent up by Col. Morey & Mr. Bell. 

Which Committee being Joined by a Committee of the 
Board made report as on file : 

Whereupon, It is Voted, That there be forthwith Emitted 
on the Credit of this Colony the sum of Three Thousand four 
hundred pounds in manner following, viz. 

6000 Bills, at 3d each is £75. 

6000 Bills at id each, is 100 

6000 bills, at bd each, is 125 



6000 bills, at 7d each, is 175 

6000 bills, at 8d each, is 200 

675. 



6000 bills, at lOd each is £250. 

6000 bills, at Is each, is 300 

6000 bills, at Is 3d each, is 375 

6000 bills, at 2s each, is 600 

6000 bills, at 4s each, is 1200 



2725 
675 



£3400 
Whereof seventeen hundred pounds to be redeemed by a 
Tax on the Polls & Estates of the rateable Inhabitants of this 
Colony by the 26 th day of January 1787, and the remaining 
seventeen hundred Pounds by the 26 th day of January 1788, 
and that the said bills be Emitted in the following form, viz : 
[p. 117.] 



Colony of New Hampshire, June 28 th 1776. 
pence No ( ) pence 

The possessor of this bill shall be paid by the Treasurer of this 

Colony by the 26 th day of Jan^ 178— and this bill 

shall be received for the aforesaid sum in all payments, by order of 
the Council and Assembly 

Com tee 
pence pence 



170 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

And that Doct Dearborn together with snch of the Council 
as shall be appointed by the Hon ble Board be a Committee to 
Procure the Materials & Inspect the printing of said Bills, — 
and when so done, to Deliver the Same to the Treasurer and 
take his receit therefor ; and that six persons of this house 
with such as the Hon ble Board shall appoint, be a Committee 
to sign the said Bills, and that one signer to each of said 
lulls shall be sufficient ; And that Noah Emery Esq r Capt 
Peirce Long, Mr. John Smith, Phillips White Esq 1 ' Maj. Sam- 
uel Philbrick & Major Benjamin Baker, be the Committee of 
this house for the purposes aforesaid. Sent up by Capt. Si- 
monds. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to consult together and make re- 
port what business is most Necessary to be done at this Ses- 
sion, and at what time and to what time the General Assem- 
bly shall be adjourned, and also to consult in what manner 
and how the members of both houses shall receive their pay, 
And that Jonathan Lovewell Esq 1 ' and John Dudley Esq 1 ' & 
Capt. Prentice be the Committee of this house for the Pur- 
poses aforesaid [Sent up by Col. Morey & Mr. Bell. [Con- 
curred — Messrs. Thornton, Folsom & Thompson added.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Council, made report as Follows, viz : 

The Committee of both houses agree to report That they think it 
Necessary a vote should Pass Directing the Secretary to make out 
Commissions of the Peace for each County agreeable to the Acts, 
Votes & resolves of the Gen 1 Assembly and for the President to sign 
them : That the Several Acts under consideration be finished and 
Passed ; And considering the Necessity of raising the Canada Regi- 
ment, and uncertainty of the recruiting officers raising the men think 
it absolutely Necessary for the Court to Set Next Week ; That the 
Judge of Maritime Affairs be commissioned without Delay. 

Signed M. Thornton, chairman. 



Voted That the wages of the several members of the 
Hon ble Council and of this house be six shillings per day for 
their attendance During the Current year, and that the Sec- 
retary and the Clerk of this house receive for their Services 
as Secretary & Clerk six shillings per day each over & above 
their wages as members ; and that Mr. John Smith receive 
for his services in this house as Assistant Clerk, three shil- 
lings per day over and above his wages as a member of this 
house. Sent up by Col. Morey & Mr. Bell. [Concurred.] 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 171 

[p. 118.] Voted, That Samuel Folsom Esq r Have the Loan 
of three hundred pounds out of the Treasury for the Term 
of one year, to Enable him to Prosecute the Building a Pow- 
der-mill in Exeter, he giving bond with sufficient Sureties~to 
the Treasurer of this Colony for the repayment of said sum 
at the end of Said Term, and that the President give order ac- 
cordingly. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That a Committee of three members of this house 
be chosen to join a Committee of the Hon ble Board to consult 
upon the Expediency of admitting the soldiers now on the 
Lines at Portsmouth & New Castle, to Enlist in the Regiment 
now raising for Canada and to make report thereon as soon 
as may be, and that John Dudley Esq r Col Morey & Capt. 
Josiah Moulton be the Committee of this house for that Pur- 
pose. Sent up by Col Walker. [Concurred — Messrs. Fol- 
som, Wentworth & Hurd added.] 



Friday, June 28 th , 1776. 
Voted, to choose a Committee of five of this house to 
join a Committee of the Hon 1,le Board to take into consider- 
ation the matter of Col Bailey's letter rec d this day, and to 
make report thereon as soon as may be, and that Capt. Long, 
John Dudley Escf Col Morey, Major Tash & Col Walker 
be the Com tee of this house for that Purpose. Sent up by 
Major Tash. 

Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey. (1) 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 21.] 

Newbury, June 25 th , 1776. 
Gent 11 — 

I have proceeded twenty-seven miles on the road to Canada with 
carts, but by the alarming accounts from St. Johns, and two men I 
sent by Missisque not returning, I have called in my workmen, and if 
the accounts are true we have received, we are in great danger on this 
River; in particular here and at Upper Coos, if we are not supported. 
Concord is the next place a stand can be made. I am of the mind this 
river is much in the Regulars view, as Provisions is plenty and will be 

(1) Jacob Bayley was a native of Hanipstead, X. H., whither his father had moved 
from Newbury, Mass. After the close of the French and Indian War he moved to 
Newbury, Vt., having obtained a grant of that town from Gov. B. Wentworth, for 
himself and associates. He had very great influence in the " Cohos country," held 
various civil offices; was Major General of Militia, and Commissary-General of the 
Northern Department in the war of the Revolution. He died in March, 1815, aged 89 
years. [See Potter's Mil. Hist. Vol. II. 1866, p. 182, and Powers's Hist, of the Coos 
Country.]— Ed. 



172 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

a help to them and strike a fatal blow to our cause. If our troops 
have left Cauada, no time must be lost to support this Country. This 
is from a servant of the Colony, and yours 

Jacob Bayley. 



Alarms in the Coos Country. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 25.] 

To the General Assembly of the Province of New Hamp r at Exeter, 

from the Committees of the Towns of Newbury, Haverhill, Bath 

and Mooretown, met in Newbury, June 25 th , 1776. 

On account of some very alarming News from St. John's, received 
the Evening before by two men of public veracity, from Onion River : 
That they saw a Letter from General Sullivan to Lieut. Allen to have 
all the Inhabitants of the Towns on Onion River remove with all pos- 
sible despatch, not knowing but the Enemy would soon be upon them : 
This they received last Thursday Evening, and removed the next day : 
That it was feared the Enemy would get the upper hand ; the sick of 
our army were all sent to Crown point. In the General's Letter it was 
said the Regular Army consisted of about thirty thousand, and fifteen 
hundred Canadians and five hundred Indians. The Continental army 
was situated to St. Johns, and last Fryday a very heavy fire of Cannon 
was heard all the day. 

The Committees voted to send Major Jonathan Hale and Capt. 
Robert Johnston with the above Information to Head Quarters at 
Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and to inform them of the 
dangerous situation these parts were in, and that except we are imme- 
diately supported, we shall be obliged to quit these parts. 

In our extreme danger, as exposed every day to the Enemy, the 
Committees beg the favor of two hundred fire arms and ammunition 
equal, as so much is necessary for ourselves. And if the above Infor- 
mation be true, which we do not dispute, — but shall send every neces- 
sary Inteligence we obtain, — this fertile Part of the Country must be 
soon abandoned to the Enemy except timely aid can be had of a suffi- 
cient number of men, arms and ammunition, and a few small cannon ; — 
the damage of which to the Continental cause is needless for us to 
represent. 

We are, Gentlemen, your humble servants, 

Jacob Bayley, } Chairmen for Newbury 
James Bayley, I and Haverhill. 



Petition from Inhabitants of the Upper Coos. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 27.] 
Colony of ? To the Hon bl the Council & House 

New Hampshire £ of Representatives for s d Colony 

now convened at Exeter : 
The Humble Petition of a number of Inhabitants belonging to the 
several Towns in the Upper Cohoss (so called) humbly sheweth : That 
your Petitioners having moved themselves and families from the Interi- 



1776.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



173 



or part of this Colony, at a great expence and difficulty, and by indus- 
try have clear'd such a quantity of Land as by close application have 
Supported their families, this day have information by letter from the 
Committee of Safety for the Towns of Bath, Gunthwaite, Landaff & 
Lyman, that our army in Canada consisting of about 11.000 men, were 
drove to St. John's by 30.000 Regulars, 1500 Canadians &500lndiaus: 
By recommendation from General Sullivan the peojile at Onion River 
have moved off : supposing ourselves, Families &c. in eminent danger 
from the afores d enemies, Humbly pray that your Honours would 
grant them Such speedy protection by a number of men & Supply of 
lire arms and ammunition as you in your wisdom shall think proper : — 
as your petitioners whole property is in this part and totally destitute 
of any subsistance for their families elsewhere, flatter themselves that 
you will grant the desired assistance : and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray &c. 
Northumberland, 



June 26, 1776. 

David Page 
John Sawyer 
Joseph Peverly 
Jeremiah Eames 
Edward Buckram 
Caleb Marshall 
Ward Bailey 
Dill Sawyer 
Emmeus Stockwell 
Thomas Burnside 
Daniel Spaldin. 



(Signed) 
Thomas Peverly 
Joseph Call 
Thomas Miner 
Nathaniel Menes ? 
Joseph Barlow 
John Smith 
James Brown 
James Curtis 
Archippus Bloijt ? 
Joshua Lumkins 
James Blake 



Edward Marden 
Timothy Nash 
Samuel Nash 
Moses Page 
George "Wheeler 
James Rosbrook 
Hesekier Fowler 
John French 
Eliezer Rosbrook 
Micaiah Ames. 



Letter from Col. Benj a BeUoics,jun. requesting arms, frc. 
[State Pap. Vol. VII. p. 154.] 

Walpole, June 29 th 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Being apprehensive that the Inhabitants of this part of the Globe may 
ere long be called to face the common enemy in the Field, or to defend 
our possessions, our wives and children from the cruelty and barbarity 
of the skulking Savages; — In order whereto it is absolutely necessary, 
that we should be furnish'd with arms and ammunition ; — Wherefore I 
take this opportunity to lay before you the State and Condition of the 
Regiment which I have the honor to command in regard of their milita- 
ry accoutrements, that if possible you may furnish us with the necessa- 
ry means for Defence. The number of training soldiers I am not able 
to ascertain, not having received the proper returns. Certain I am 
there is not less than five or six hundreds, the half of which cannot col- 
lect one ounce of powder or Ball, and it is highly probable not a single 
Fire-lock fit for use : "Would therefore beseech you if possible to put 
the bearer hereof in a way to procure the above mentioned articles, 
more especially ammunition, for there are many who have good arms, 
but not ammunition, and unless we can be some way equiped we must 



174 COLONY OP NEW HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

(should the Enemy be permitted to come down upon us) quit our Pos- 
sessions and resort to you; which would be Very disagreeable to your 
Very Hum le serv 1 

BEXj a Bellows, Jun. Colonel 

of the 16 th Reg 1 of Militia in 
the Colony of New Hampshire. 
To the Hon bl Com tee of Safety 

for the Colony of New Hampshire. 

[p. 119.] Voted, That the Persons hereafter named be 
appointed to their respective offices hereafter mentioned, viz : 

Samuel Sherburne, & Peirce Long, Esq" of Portsmouth, 
Enoch Coffin, Esq r of Epping, 
Samuel Jenness and Amos Seavey Esq" of Eye 
Winthrop Gove Esq r of Seabrook, 
Enoch Brown Esq r of Poplin, 
Moses Barnett & John Bell Esq" of Londonderry, 
Daniel Ladd & Jeremiah Eastman Esq r of Deerfield, 
John Simpson Esq r of New Castle, 
Joseph Dow Esq r of Hampton, 
Nicholas Gilman & John Rice Esq" of Exeter, & 
John Cram Esq r of Chichester, be Justices of the Peace for the Coun- 
ty of Rockingham; and that 

Joseph Smith Esq r of New Market, and 

Jonathan Moultou Esq r of Hampton, be Justices of the Peace & of the 
Quorum for said County of Rockingham. 
That, Johu Garland of Barrington, 

Daniel Sanborn of Sandbornton, 

Valentine Mathes of Durham, 

James Knowles of Rochester, 

Joseph Roberts of the Gore, 

Henry Rust of Wolfeborough, be Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Strafford. 

That Jacob Abbott of Wilton, 

Joshua Bailey of Hopkington, 

Andrew Tuttle of Lyndeborough, 

William Smith of Peterborough, 

Robert McGregore of Goffstown, 

John Robie of Weare, 

Asa Davis of Nottingham West, and 

Moses Little of Goffstown, be Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Hillsborough; and that 

John Goffe Esq r be a Justice of the Peace & of the Quorum for 
said County of Hillsborough. 

That Col Isaac Wyman of Keen, 

William Heywood of Charleston, 

Heber Miller of Westmoreland, 

Ephraim Baldwin of Chesterfield, 

Joseph Hammond of Swanzey, 

Joseph Gi'eenwood of Dublin, 

Nathaniel Sartel Prentice of Alstead, 

Obadiah Wilcox of Surrey, 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 175 

Charles Huntoon of Unity, 
Moses Whipple of Croydon, 
Henry Silsby of Ac worth, 
Elijah Bingham of Leinster, 
Josiah Stevens of Newport, and 

Thomas Morse of Dublin, be Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Cheshire. 

That, Samuel Livermore Esq r be a Justice of the Peace and of the 
Quorum for the County of Strafford. 

That, Abel Chandler Esq r of Piermont, and 

David Page of Conway be Justices of the Peace for the County 
of Grafton. 

That Timothy Walker, jun r be a Justice of the Quorum for the 
County of Rockingham ; 

That Josiah Clark of Nottingham, 

Ezekiel Worthen of Kensington, 
John Graham of Chester, 
Samuel Allison of Londonderry, 
Jesse Merrill of Salem, 

John Morrison of Wyndham, be Coroners for the County of 
Rockingham; 

That, John Harwell of Litchfield be a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsborough; 

That, Daniel Page of Deerfield be a Coroner for the County of 
Rockingham; 

That, Robert Means of Amherst be a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsborough; 

That Simon Wiggin of Stratham be a Coroner for the County of 
Rockingham; 

That. Silas Thompson of Chesterfield, be a Coroner for the County 
of Cheshire; 

That. Jonathan Child Esq 7 of Lyme be a Justice of the Peace for 
the County of Grafton; 

That. John Wendel Esq r of Portsmouth, be a Justice of the Peace 
for the County of Rockingham: 

That. Samuel Gusten of Marlow, and 

Moses Hale of Rindge be Coroners for the County of Chesh- 
ire; and 

[p. 120.] That, Jeremiah Lock of Rye, be a Coroner for the County 
of Rockingham ; 

That, Nathaniel Cooper of Dover be a Coroner for the County of 
Strafford; 

That, John Sloane of Lyme be a Coroner for the County of Grafton; 
and 

That, Enoch Hale Esq r of Rindge, be sheriff of the County of Chesh- 
ire, in the room & stead of Samuel Hunt Esq r who refuses to accept 
that office; & 

That, Colonel Stephen Evens be a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Strafford. Sent up by Mr. Walker. [Concurred.] 



176 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

A Petition of Samuel Gutterson in behalf of the Inhabit- 
ants of the One Mile Slip & Duxbury Farm, lying in the 
County of Hillsborough, Praying to be Impowered to man- 
age the Prudential affairs of their District in a Legal Way, 
with good order & Safety, Being read & Considered, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the Pe- 
titioner have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to consult upon the best and most 
effectual method of supplying this Colony with tire-arms and 
to make report as soon as may be And that Col Sher- 
burne, Col Baker, Dr. Nichols, Capt. Prentice and Col Mo- 
rey be the Com tee of this house for that Purpose. Sent up by 
Mr. Clough. [Concurred— Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsom, & Mr. 
Wentworth added.] 

Voted, That the Treasurer of this Colony receive into the 
Treasury in Exchange for the Paper bills of this Colony any 
Quantity of Copper Coin made in the Colony, of the weight 
of Five penny-weight & ten grains each, to the amount of any 
Sum not exceeding one thousand Pounds Lawf 1 money, Three 
of which Coppers shall be received & paid for Two pence 
lawful money in all payments — which Coppers shall have the 
following Device, Viz. A Pine tree, with the words American 
Liberty on one Side, and a Harp, and the figures 1776, on the 
other side. 

P. M. 

[p. 121.] The Committee of Both Houses agree to report That they 
advise the raising Two hundred men to guard the Western Frontiers, 
and that Enlisting orders be delivered to persons to raise four Com- 
panys of fifty men each, which Companies when raised to choose a Cap- 
tain, Lieutenant and Ensign to each Company. And that they would 
advise that the raising the men be attempted on Pemissawasset river 
and across the middle of the Colony, to be Enlisted for five months. 
Officers and soldiers to have the same wages as the other Colonial 
Troops, and Forty shillings Bounty, one months wages to be advanced. 
That Col Ashiey, Col Conner, Samuel Emerson Esq r & Col Hurd 
be recommended to Enlist the Companies, Muster, Pay them, and 
deliver Commissions to the Persons Chose officers by the Soldiers; — 
And it is further Recommended that Col Hurd be Appointed to give 
orders to the several Companies from time to time about their Scouting 
Rout &c. Signed, M. Weare, Chairman. 

The following vote of Council was bro't down from the 
Hon ble Board, viz : 

In Council June 28 th , 1776. 

Voted That General Nathaniel Folsom, Coll. Matthew Thornton and 
Ebenezer Thompson Esq r be a Committee to join a Committee of the 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 177 

Hon w House to report their opinion on the state of Coll Morey's 
Account, and in Particular concerning goods & Stores in his hands, 
Whether the Colony had best to receive them or not, and thereby 
Determine the Expediency of his having an order on the Treasury for 
money. 

Sent down for concurrence. E. Thompson, Sec^. 

Iii the House of Representatives, June 29 th , 1776. 

The above vote of Council read and concurred, and Capt. 
Prentice, Capt. Harriman, Capt. Moulton Capt. Simonds and 
Col° Evens are added on the part of the House. Sent up by 
Capt. Simonds. 

Voted. That the officers appointed to Enlist the regiment 
now destined for Canada have liberty to Enlist such men 
now in the service of this Colony at New Castle, as see fit to 
Enlist in said Regiment Destined for Canada, and that Col 
David Gilman commander of said Regiment at New Castle 
be forthwith informed of this Vote and that he and his offi- 
cers under him have leave to recruit such number of soldiers 
as shall so Enlist out of said Regiment. Sent up by Capt. 
Harriman. 

Adjourned for Ten Minutes, 
[p. 122.] Voted, That the several Muster masters appoint- 
ed to muster the several Companies Destined for Canada, 
Immediately repair to their several places of Destination and 
muster whatever Troops are Enlisted by the several recruit- 
ing officers, and return to this house a Roll of such soldiers 
so Enlisted, and of what Regiment they respectively belong 
to, on or before Wednesday night next week. Sent up by 
Col. Sherburne. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That if any or either of the several recruiting Offi- 
cers appointed to Enlist the Soldiers Destined for Canada 
shall represent to any or Either of the muster-masters ap- 
pointed to muster their respective Companys, and resign 
their respective claims to the command of such Company re- 
spectively ; and any other respectable man shall raise such 
Company & cause them to be muster' d by such Muster-mas- 
ters, that then the said Muster master may proceed to pay 
off such soldiers in the same manner as if inlisted by such 
Enlisting officer. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred.] 



Saturday, Juno. 29 th , 1776. 
Voted, That Mr. Richard Champney be sent Express to 
General Ward in Boston and make application to him to 
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178 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIEE. [1776. 

replace to this Colony the Quantity of Powder furnished & 
Lent to General Washington last year for the use of the 
Continental Army, and in failure of that, That he be impow- 
ered to borrow for this Colony Thirty or Forty Barrells of 
Powder for the present urgent Necessity and if that cannot 
be obtained either from Gen 1 Ward or the Massachusetts 
Assembly, That he propose an Exchange of Salt Petre, as 
much as can be spared from our present stock, for Powder 
on the best terms he can, and also to purchase Powder from 
any Private hands, if to be procured, and that he be directed 
to Enquire for and purchase a number of fire arms in the 
Massachusetts, if any can be had, and Imediately to forward 
the same to Exeter as soon as may be. Sent up by Capt. 
Prentice. [Concurred.] 



Letter from Hon. Meshech Wear e to Gen. Artemas Ward, for 

powder. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 81.] 

Exeter, June 29 th 1776. 
Sir— 

I am directed to make application to yon & set forth the distressing 
situation of this Colony for want of Gun Powder. The Western fron- 
tiers, (extending 150 miles on Connecticut River) are destitute there- 
of, and being greatly alarmed at the present accounts from Canada, 
have sent Express after Express, who are now waiting therefor. Last 
Summer, to assist the Continental Army in their necessity for that ar- 
ticle, we sent them 52 Bbls, which left us but Sixteen B ls Three ves- 
sels sent by the Colony to the Foreign Islands bro% back but 52 B ls 
part of which stock has been deliver'd our soldiers gone to Canada and 
is considerable lessened. The time necessary to obtain order from 
Gen. Washington to deliver us the powder lent may decide the fate 
of our Frontiers and leave open the lower settlements of your and our 
Colonies to the Devastations of Canadians & Savages. Therefore we 
Entreat you (in this time of eminent Danger) so far to dispense with 
the common method or Rule in such cases, as to order the delivery of 
52 B ls of Gun Powder to the Bearer, Mr. Champney, to be forward' 1 by 
him to us; and we will without delay send to Gen. Washington for his 
order to you for that purpose; — which, we are sensible will greatly re- 
cover the almost despairing spirits of our Brethren in the Frontiers, 
and be esteemed a favor to the common cause & this Colony in particu- 
lar. 

By order of the Council & Assembly, 

(Copy) ■ I am, (1) 

(1) All letters of this nature, which were sent, were signed by Meshech Weare, Presi- 
dent.— Ed. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 179 

Letter from Hon. Meshech Weare to the General Court of 

Massachusetts for a loan of Cannon, fyc. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 35.] 

New Hampshire, Exeter, June 29 th , 1776. 
Sir— 

By order of the Council & Assembly of this Colony I am directed to 
make application to your General Court for the Loan of a few Cannon, 
and thirty or forty barrels of Gunpowder, and set forth our distr 
circumstances for want of those articles. 

The late alarming accounts from Canada have so threatening an 
aspect that our Settlers on the Western Frontiers (extending 150 
miles on Connecticut River) have in many places packt up their most 
valuable articles of furniture &c. ready to leave their settlements, & 
perhaps some have actually removed. Many Expresses have arriv'd, 
and we are now waiting for Gunpowder, but we are not able to supply 
them, having lent the greatest part we were possess'd of last Summer 
to the Continental Army: and unless we can speedily supply them, 
that fertile Country will be evacuated by the settlers, and your & our 
lower Towns left open to the Ravages of Canadians & Indians. In 
pursuance of a Resolve of the Continental Congress, we sent our 
Quarter Master to Boston & the Environs to look after the Cannon 
amounting to fifty heavy pieces carried from us by the Ministerial 
Troops; but by his Report, none could be found that he could chal- 
lenge. 

Our fortifications are extensive & esteemed strong on the sea Coast 
& Harbour, but have not Cannon any ways sufficient to defend them 
against a considerable force. 

When our Powder mill w ch we hope will be compleated in a short 
time can furnish us, we will repay the powder, as we have considerable 
salt petre on hand. Wherefore I desire you to lay this before your 
General Court. & most earnestly request their a-sistance on y e premises. 

Mr. Rich d Champney the Rearer, who goes Express on this occasion 
will wait the Result of your Assembly thereon. 
I am very respectfuby-, 

Sir, your most obed' hum b Serv', 

Meshech Weare, President of the Council. 

To the Hon bl James Warren Esq r 

Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Mass a Colony. 



Alarms at Walpole. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 29.] 

Walpole, June 29 th , 1776. 
Gextlemex — • 

The alarming Xews from our Northern Army (which will doubtless 
reach you before this) excites in us Ideas big with concern, when we 
ler the defenceless state of this part of the Colony. We behold 
our Wives, and our more helpless (Offspring as an easy Prey (shocking 
thought) to Savages whose tender mercies are cruelty ; aud this, the 
rather because we have not the necessary means of Defence. We of 



180 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

this Town have endeavored in the course of the last year to procure 
a stock of Ammunition against the critical Moment, besides what the 
Laws had ordered for Individuals, neither of which could be purchased. 
We apprehend there is not, iu this Town, One Pound of Powder and 
Ball to a man. Besides we are deficient in regard of Arms. Last 
year the Selectmen upon a Recommendation from the Hon bl Congress 
for this Colony, furnished the Soldiers with arms, which were detained 
in the service ; that we are under worse circumstances than when the 
War begun : our Guns are gone, and we have nothing paid vis to pur- 
chase more, if they could be procured. Not knowing where to pur- 
chase these necessary articles, we apply to you as the Guardians of this 
Colony, entreating of you, by all that is near and dear, to inform the 
Bearer, Mr. Amos Babcock, where and by what means, he can be fur- 
nished with a sufficiency of arms and ammunition, at least, for this 
Town. 

We are, Gentlemen, in behalf of the Town 
of Walpole, your very Hum 1 ' 1 Serv ts 

Tno s Sparhawk ~) 
Ebex 1 Swan > Selectmen. 

BEN.j a Bellows, jun.) 
To the Hon bI Commit tee of Safety 
for New Hampshire Colony. 
P. S. We expect other Towns will send for military Stores by Mr. 
Babcock. 



Voted, That Jonathan Hale, Esq. of Haverhill in this 
Colony have & receive out of the Treasury Two hundred 
pounds for the purpose of purchasing Fire-arms for the use 
of the Inhabitants of the Towns of Haverhill and Bath at 
Cohoss, he giving Security to the Treasurer to replace the 
said Sum in the Treasury when called for, and that the Presi- 
dent give order accordingly. Sent up by Col. Morey. [Con- 
curred.] 

[p. 123.] Voted, That Jonathan Hale Esq r of Haverhill in 
this Colony have & receive out of the Colony Stores Two 
barrells of Powder for the use of the Inhabitants of Haver- 
hill and Bath, and to be by him accounted for, and that the 
President give order accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Har- 
riman. [Concurred.] 

Voted, to choose a Committee of this House to join a 
Committee of the Hon ble Board to take under consideration 
the several Petitions of the Towns of Plimouth, Campton, <fe 
Thornton, Haverhill & Bath concerning arms & ammunition 
and to make report thereon as soon as may be, and that 
Capt Caleb Page, Daniel Brainard Esq r And Capt. Harriman 
be the Committee of this House for that purpose. Sent up 
by Col. Evens. 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 181 

Petition from Plymouth. 
[State Pap. Vol. V.'p. 264.] 
Colony of New } To the Honorable Council and House of Rep- 
Hampshire. ) resentatives, or in their Recess the Commit- 
tee of Safety of said Colony: 
May it please your Honours : 

The Petition of us the Subscribers, humbly 
sheweth: That the Inhabitants of the Town of Plymouth in said 
Colony upon receiving intelligence from Haverhill & Newbury, of Co'os, 
that our army in Canada has been obliged to Retreat to St. John's & 
that the Inhabitants on Onion River had moved off upon that account, 
and if our Army should be obliged to make a further Retreat, 
it must leave the settlements on Connecticut River the Frontiers, 
which we have reason to expect will be infested very soon with the 
enemy — which as we are the next considerable Inhabitants, as also the 
adjacent Towns, must be in a dangerous scituation, which gives great 
distress & uneasiness to said Inhabitants & more especially as we are 
deficient in fire arms & almost void of ammonition, and for which defi- 
ciency it is at present out of our Power to extricate our selves from, 
without the assistants and help of this Colony : we therefore pray 
your Honours to take our case into consideration, and grant us out of 
the stock of said Colony for said town of Plymouth, to be accountable 
for, one hundred pounds of Powder and about Forty fire-arms & about 
one hundred weight of lead; or otherwise grant such Relief as you iu 
your wisdom shall think best & your Petitioners as in duty shall ever 
pray. Sam 1 Emerson 

Ebenez 1 Blodgf.t )~ Select Men. 
James Harvell, 
Plymouth 26 th [June ?] 1776. 
If the aforementioned ammonition & fire-arms or any part thereof 
should be granted, it is desired that it may be delivered to Messrs. 
Moses Dow & Elisha Beau the bearers hereof, whose reciept shall oblige 
said Town of Plymouth to be accountable for the same. 
In behalf of the selectmen 

Sam 1 Emerson'. 



Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to confer upon the Expediency of 
raising or adding to the Bounty of the non-commission'd of- 
ficers & soldiers of this Colony Destined for Canada, and to 
report thereon as soon as may be, and that Doct. Dearborn, 
Capt. Moulton & Coll. Evens be the Committee of this 
house for that Purpose : — 

Which Com'tee being joined by a Committee of the Coun- 
cil, reported as their opinion, That an addition of thirty- 
eight shillings is Necessary on this occasion. 

Voted That there be added to the Bounty already given 
to the non-Commission'd officers and soldiers of this Colony 



182 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Destined for Canada, the sum of Thirty Eight shillings 
each. 

Voted to give three pounds for all good Firearms, agreea- 
ble to a former vote for one year from this time, 
[p. 124.] The following vote was sent down from the Hon ble 
Board, viz. 

Colony of New Hampshire : In Council, June 29 th , 1776. 

The Council having taken into consideration the Complaint of Sam- 
uel Penhallow, Esq r . That he had as a civil magistrate of this Colo- 
ny on a complaint made to him in said capacity, issued a Warrant 
against a soldier in Colonel David Oilman's regiment, for a flagrant 
breach of the peace, applied to said Col" Gilman for assistance to bring 
the offender to justice ; — and that said Col° Gilman had replied that 
the Soldiers under his command were subject to martial Law and were 
not Subject to the Civil magistrate for any offence, or to that effect : 

Voted. That it is the opinion of the Board that the Said Col David 
Gilman is ignorant of the Laws & received Rules & Regulations always 
practiced in the English Constitution ; and the military Power setting- 
up an authority uncontrollable by the Civil magistrate is Subversive of 
the Laws, Rights & Privileges of Englishmen, and what our inveterate 
Enemies never attempted. And that Col. Gilman be summoned to ap- 
pear before the General Assembly forthwith to answer for his conduct. 
Sent down for concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Sec^. 

In the House of Representatives, June 29 to 1776. 
The above vote of Council being read and considered, 
Voted that the same be concurred. 



Munday, July 1 st 1776. 

Voted, That General Nathaniel Folsom be directed to De- 
liver to Col Henry Cerrish one hundred Pounds weight of 
Powder out of the Colony Stores and take his receit for the 
Same, agreeable to the request of George Gains Esq 1 ' by order 
from the Committee of Newbury Port, and that the President 
give Directions accordingly. [Concurred.] 

Voted, to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to Consult and Examine into 
the expediency of delivering Powder to the Inhabitants of 
Piermont, Orford and Alexandria, and what quantity and on 
what condition the Same shall be delivered to each of said 
Towns, and to make report thereon as soon as may be, and 
that Capt. Moulton, Deacon Knowles & Mr. Wheeler be a 
Committee of this house for that purpose. [Concurred. Mr. 
Wentworth, Mr. Ashley & Sec? added.] 
[p. 125.] Whereas the Inhabitants of the one mile Slip & 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE* HOUSE. 183 

Duxbury School Farm (so called) in the County of Hills- 
borough have set forth that they were by a former General 
Court, Impowered to call meetings in order to choose Asses- 
sors, a Clerk and Collector, and in March last did make 
choice of three Assessors & proposed cheerfully to have raised 
and paid their proportion of the Public Tax, but that by the 
Death of one of the said Assessors and the removal of an- 
other of the said Assessors, they are unable to assess and 
collect the above proportion, or to call another meeting to 
choose two more assessors, and Praying Aid therein : — 

Therefore Resolved by the Council and house of Represen- 
tatives in General Assembly Convened, That Jacob Abbot of 
Wilton in the County afores d Esq 1 ' shall be & hereby is Au- 
thorized to call the First meeting of said Inhabitants (being 
legal Voters) by Posting up a Notification in some Publick 
Place in said Mile Slip or Duxbury School Farm Fifteen days 
before said meeting is held, mentioning the Time place & 
cause of Holding such meeting, together with the Power of 
the said Jacob Abbot to call the Same ; and the said Jacob 
Abbot is hereby Impowered to attend and Govern the said 
meeting, until a Moderator shall be chosen, at which time the 
said Legal Voters present shall & may choose two New As- 
sessors for the purposes aforesaid, and being chosen shall 
have Every power and to every intent and purpose as the 
said Two former Assessors had or could have in the Prem- 
ises ; — and it is further resolved That in future the Meeting 
at Said Mile Slip & Duxbury School Farm shall be held Annu- 
ally as usual. Sent up by Mr. Eastman. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Capt. Prentice, Doct 1 ' Dearborn and Major 
Philbrick be a Committee of this house to join a Committee 
of the Hon bl Board to try & see how cheap they can get Two 
hundred & fifty Copies of each of the Acts & Laws past in 
this Present Session printed, and to get them Printed in the 
cheapest maimer they can, as soon as may be, at the charge 
of this Colony. Sent up by Capt. Simonds. [Concurred — 
Gen. Folsom added.] 



Acc ts bills, petitions &c. passed on in the house and concurred by the 
Council, from June 26 th to July 1 st 1776. 

Capt. Titus Salter allowed, on ace' £89-: 3 : 9f 

Marriage Act passed. 

Joseph Leigh, allowed 6: 3: 

John Odin, allowed 4 : 12 : 

Highway Act passed. 

Coni tce on grievances of Thomas Hall. 



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Robert Light, all'd 

Jn° Pickering, all'd 

Rich d Champney, all'd 

Capt, N. S. Prentice, all'd 

Stephen Seavey all'd, 

Wm. Clagett, Esq r all'd 

Plimouth, Campton & Thornton, all'd for procuring 

war material, 250. 

Act for opening Sluices for fish across Piscataquog river and on 

Beaver Brook, 
An Act for the more strict observance of the Lord's day, 
An Act against Counterfeiting Bills of Credit, 
An Act to regulate Taxation, 

An Act empowering Selectmen to bind out poor persons, 
An Act to establish the stile of Commissions. 



[p. 126.] Tuesday, July 2, 1776. 

Voted, That the Committees of Plimouth, Campton & 
Thornton have & receive out of the Treasury <£250, for the 
purpose of procuring Fire arms, Powder, Lead & Flints for 
the use of said towns, They giving security to the Treasurer 
to repay the said sum when required, & that the President 
give order accordingly. 

Voted, That General Folsom Deliver to Capt. Benjamin 
Hickocks two hundred Pounds weight of Powder out of the 
Colony Stores, according to the Desire of the Com tee of 
Portsmouth in consequence of an order from the Com tee of 
Newbury Port, and that the President give order accordingly. 
[Concurred.] 

The whole Council and House being resolved into a Com- 
mittee of both houses to confer on the Necessary measures 
to be imediately Pursued in the present alarming circumstan- 
ces of our Canada affairs <fcc. Having met in the Town 
House in Exeter, the Hon ble Meshech Weare Esq 1 ' in the 
chair. After conferring upon the said measures, 

Voted, That the General Court Proportion to each Coll" or Com- 
manding officer of each Regiment in this Colony How many men shall 
be raised in each Regiment forthwith to reinforce our Army in Cana- 
da, and That the said Colonels & Commanding officers shall be di- 
rected to proportion the said men among the several Companies in their 
respective regiments Including the Alarm List : and that the Number 
of men to be raised shall be fifteen hundred, including the seven hun- 
dred and fifty men already Voted to be raised for that service, and that 
they remain in the service till the first day of December next, and have 
the same allowance, Pay & Bounty as those heretofore appointed to be 
raised for Canada. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 185 

The above vote being read, voted That the same be made 
a Resolve of this House : Also voted That Capt. Long, Air. 
Abbot and Capt. Moore be a Committee to join a Committee 
of the Hon ble Board to make a Proportion of what number 
of men shall be raised in each Regiment in this Colony for 
a Reinforcement to our Army in Canada. Sent up by Maj r 
Bartlett. [Concurred — Mr. Thornton, Mr. Folsom, Mr. Ash- 
Icy. Mr. Blanchard £ Mr. Thompson joined.] 

Voted, That there be paid by the Treasurer for all such 
good Fire arms as shall be manufactured in this Colony & 
bro't to the Treasurer agreeable to a former vote of this 
house, within one year from this time, Ten shillings each in 
addition to the three Pounds heretofore Toted, 
[p. 127.] Voted, That there be Delivered to the Towns 
hereafter named and to the several Colonels hereafter named 
the several Quantity s of Powder hereafter mentioned (They 
being accountable for the Same) viz. To the Town of "Went- 
worth nine Pounds weight, To the Town of Warren nine 
pounds weight, To the Town of Lyme thirty pounds weight) 
To the Town of Xew Chester Thirty pounds weight. To the 
Town of Rumney Thirty pounds weight, To the Town of 
Piermont Thirty pounds weight, To the Town of Orford Fif- 
teen pounds weight, To the Town of Alexandria Twenty two 
pounds weight, To the Town of Salisbury Twenty-five pounds 
weight ; To Col Benjamin Bellows for his Regiment to be 
divided between them in due proportion Two hundred pounds 
weight ; and to Col Samuel Ashley for his regiment, to 
be divided between them in due proportion one hundred 
pounds weight — amounting in the whole to Five hundred 
pounds weight, to be accounted for as aforesaid, and that the 
President give orders accordingly. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 
[Concurred.] 

[p. 128.] Voted That Samuel Weare Esq. of Hampton- 
falls, be appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County of 
Rockingham. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. [Concurred.] 

Whereas it is strongly suspected that Major Robert Rogers 
and one Samuel Dwyer are Enimical to the rights and Liber- 
tys of Americans, 

Therefore Voted that it lie and hereby is strongly recom- 
mended to the several Committees of Safety and of Corre- 
spondence in this Colony, or either of them, That they [take] 
effectual care to seize the bodies of the said Samuel Dwyer 
and Robert Rogers or either of them under proper guard, and 



186 COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

convey them or either of them to this house or Committee of 
Safety of this Colony, as soon as may be for examination. 



Wednesday, July 3 d 1776. 
Voted. That the following number of men be raised in the 
several Regiments hereunder mentioned for the Reinforce- 
ment of our Colony in Canada, viz. 
Col° Whipple's Regiment one hundred & fifteen 115 
Col Evens's Regiment, one hundred A: fifty 150 

Col Moulton's Regiment, eighty-eight — 88 

Col Oilman's Regiment, one hundred & sixty three, 163 
Col Ashley's regiment, one hundred, 100 

Col Bellow's regiment.seventy-three 73 

Late Col Hale's regiment one hundred ct fifty-seven, 157 
Col Bartlett's regiment one hundred A: eleven 111 

Col Thornton's regiment, sixty-six 66 

Col Enoch Hale's regiment one hundred & seven, 107 
Col Webster's regiment, Fifty-five oo 

Col Moore's regiment, one hundred & twenty-six 126 
Col Stickney's regiment, one hundred &, sixteen 116 
Col Badger's regiment, seventy-three 73 



1500 men. 

And that General Folsom give orders to the several Colo- 
nels or Commanding officers of said Regiments Accordingly. 
Sent up by Mr. Moss. [Concurred.] 



General Folsom's Order to Capt. James Gage. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV p. 45.] 

Colony of > Exeter, July 3 rd 1776. 

Xew Hamp r $ To Capt. James Gage, Greeting: 

Pursuant to a vote of the Council and Assembly directing me hereto, 
I do hereby require you forthwith to raise and see Equipt sixteen 
men out of the Company under your Command to be Ready to march 
& Reinforce Gen 1 Sullivan supposed to be at Crown Point; in raising 
which men you are to call on the Alarm List as well as the trained 
Band. The Number already enlisted ik passed Muster (living within 
the bounds of your Town) for the service aforesaid, you are to consider 
as so many of said Number, and make return to the General Court cr 
Committee of Safety, of your doings herein with all Despatch. The 
Persons appointed Muster Masters are to pay each man the Sum of 
Seven pounds eighteen shillings as a Bounty to Equip himself, and also 
Forty shillings for one months advance Wages. Tbe Men are not to be 
detained in the service any longer than the first day of Decern 1 " next, 






1776.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 181 



and have liberty of choosing their officers. As our Lives and all that 
[is] Dear to us depend on our stopping the progress of our Enemies' 
Army from Canada into our Settlements; — for your own and your 
Country's sake, make no delay in pursuing this important Business, 
Especially as there is the greatest probability of General Sullivan's 
maintaining his ground at that strong pass and defeating the Enemy, 
if seasonably reinforced, which must disconcert them, as they cannot 
Recruit again from Europe this year. 

Xath 1 Folsom, Maj r Gen 1 . 



Capt. Gage's Return. 

Colony of | Hill3borough SS. 

.New Hamp r ) ° 

Amherst, July 24 th 1776. 
In obedience to the within order, I have indeavoured to Raise the 
men: But han't got but Ten. Several of the men that I laid it upon to 
do a turn absolutely refusing to Do anything toward going or hiering, 
(viz.) Joshua Atherton, John Hollon, Ebenezer Weston, &c. those be- 
ing the Persons that aught to Do, and it is well known By the people: 
Therefore others will not Do any thing, till those or their Estates have 
Dun a turn. 

James Gage, Capt. 
To the Hon le Committee of Safety 
for the Colony of New Hampshire. 



[Note. A. similar order to that to Capt. Gage was issued to Maj'i Stephen Peabody, 
who made return as follows, viz.] 

Amherst, July 16 th 1776. 
In obedience to the within order which I Rec d on the 19 th Inst. I have 
raised 14 able bodied & effective men, including two men who inlisted 
from Capt. Clemen's Company at Portsmouth, belonging to my Com- 
pany ; two only of my Quota are lacking, which I expect will be inlist- 
ed this day. All the men inlisted as above mentioned have pass'd 
muster before Deacon Baldwin of said Amherst, muster-master, and 
havd rec d orders to march on Monday next. 

Stephen Peabody, Capt. 
To the Honro bl Committee of Safety 
for the Colony of Xew Hampshire. 



Letter from the Selectmen of Wakefield. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 47.] 
Mr. Nat 1 Balch, 

Sir — The present Xews with us is alarming with Regard to the In- 
dians : it is thought necessary that we should be better provided with 
arms & ammunition, and as there was a proposal last year to have 
something done by the Congress, we desire you would see if you can 
get something done that way, & if not see if you can procure the Stores 
proposed on the credit of the Town, & if nothing less will do, we will 



188 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

hire the money, if it can be procured & Reimburse it. We shall Rely- 
on your doiug the best you can for us & let us know as quick as possi- 
ble. 

We are in behalf of the Town, 

Nathan Mordogh ) Select 
Johx Kimball ), men. 

Wakefield, July 3 d , 1776. 



Letter from Gen. Philip Schuyler. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 39.] 
[Extract.] Albany, July 1, 1776. 

Sir — " By a letter from General Sullivan of the 21 th ult. I have Rea- 
son to believe that our army is now on its way to Crown Point. I 
leave this to morrow in order to join it. Every exertion must be made 
to prevent the Enemy from crossing Lake Champlain, & I have a Con- 
fidential hope that we shall be able to retard their progress by a supe- 
rior naval Force, which is daily Increasing in so much that we have 
already built & equipped two Gundoloes & I hope to have two more 
every week for a succession of at least five or six weeks." 
Respectfully, your ob 4 . serv'. 

Ph: Schuyler. 
Hon. Mesheck Weare, &c. 



Rec d Albany July 1 st , 1776, from Benjamin Giles & James Betten, 
Esqrs. in Specie, the sum of one thousand one hundred & forty seven 
pounds, one shilling, Lawful money of New England, equal to three 
thousand eight hundred and twenty three Dollars & an half : It being 
money sent by the Assembly of the Colony of New Hampshire by said 
Benjamin Giles & James Betten, Esqr s to be lodged in my hands for 
the use of the army of the United American Colonies, which sum I am 
accountable for to this or any future Congress, and for which 1 have 
given Duplicate Receipts of this tenor & date. 

Ph: Schuyler. 

£3823* Dolls. M. General. 



From the Selectmen of Rochester. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 51.] 
To the Honorable Meshech Weare, Esq. President of the General As- 
sembly, now Setting : 
Sir — 

We Roceiv'd an order from the Committee of Safety for the Colony 
of New Hampshire, in which we were Desired to Deliver to Coll Ste- 
ven Evans a five pound Cannon which is in this Town, to be return'd 
to Piscataqua Harbour, &c. Coll Evans appli'd for said Cannon in 
April last, but without an order : we told the Coll we lookt upon the 
Cannon to be the Towns Property, & that it might be of service in 
alarming the Country &c. but still we told him we were willing it 
should be carried where your Honours should think it would answer 
the best End, in case he would give a Receipt & promis the value there- 
of Equal to what hath been given for other Cannon bought for the use 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 189 

of the Colony, on which the Coll told ns, he was in no Capacity to 
Receive it on that condition & so left it. 

On Saturday, 29 th June last, Coll° Evans sent again for said Cannon, 
& likewise sent the above order, but as the same difficulty subsisted 
that there was at first (there being no person to give a Receipt or 
rather security) the Cannon was not Deliver'd. 

The Selectmen acquainted the Committee of Safety for said Town 
with their proceedings Relative to the Cannon; they justify'd our Pro- 
ceedings, yet thought the Cannon ought to be carried where it would 
answer the best End ; But yet thought our Request for the value 
thereof not unreasonable. 

We would herewith Testifye our Redyness to obey all such orders as 
we shall Receive from the Honorable House from time to time, as also our 
willingness with Lives and fortunes to bear our Proportionable Part in 
Defending & securing to us the Rights, Liberties & Privileges we are 
now contending for, &c. 

We are, Sir, yours & the Honorable House's 
Most Humble & obedient Serv 1 *. 

Jabez Dame 



Rochester, July 3 d , 1776. 



r Selectmen 
Barnabas Palmer > r „ , 
-.x- . L ot Kochester. 

\\ illiam Allex 3 



Copy of General Sullivan' 's letter to Col Hoisington of Wood- 
stock, New York Gov.* West of Connect River. 

Crown Point, July 3 d 1776. 
Dr Sir— 

I this moment rec d y r favor of the 28 th ult., am much obliged by y r 
kind otter of assistance, but have the pleasure to inform you that at 
present our army, weak and reduced by sickness as it is, will be fully 
sufficient to oppose any force w ch may be sent against us at present; 
I am well convinced that the Enemy have neither Boats to transport 
any army nor armed vessels upon the Lake to defend themselves 
against us; for w ch reason I Suppose they will be very careful about 
making any attempt upon us at present; perhaps some future day we 
may find ourselves under the necessity of embracing your generous 
offer; — in the mean time heg you & those friendly Americans to hold 
yourselves in readiness either to defend yourselves, or repair to this 
place as occasion may require. 

Dr Sir, I am, &c 

Jx° SUELIVAX. 



[p. 129.] The Committee on Col Morey's account agree to 
Report, 

That the Goods Col Morey has on hand for which he charges one 
hundred pounds ought to remain as his own Property, and the charge 
against the Colony taken off, — and the State of the account being such 
as they cannot at present enter into an examination thereof, they 
would recommend that no money be paid thereon untill a proper set- 
tlement can be made. 

Signed, M. Thornton, chairman. 



190 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Which report being read, Voted That the same be receiv'd 
& Enter'd as a resolve of this house. 

Voted, That Capt. Worthen be appointed Muster master 
of the Soldiers enlisted for the Canada reinforcement, now 
at New Castle, and that he pay them off their Bounty and 
one months advance wages, and that he return a roll thereof 
to this house as soon as may be. Sent up by Capt. Simonds. 
[p. 130.] Voted, That Col Nicholas Gilman be Desired & 
Directed to keep a Guard of two men every night and one 
man every day about the Powder house in Exeter, in order 
to Secure it from being Destroyed, and that he give order to 
said Guard daily for their conduct in that affair, until fur- 
ther order of this Court or of the Committee of Safety, and 
that the charge of said Guards be paid by the Colony. Sent 
up by the Clerke. [Concurred.] 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board, to receive the returns of the mus- 
ter masters appointed to Muster the Troops destined to Can- 
ada, and to make report to this house thereon, and from time 
to time to report when any sufficient Number of said Troops 
are ready to march, and that Capt. Harriman, Capt. Moulton, 
& Capt. Prentice be the Committee of this house for that 
Purpose. Sent up by Deacon Knowles. 

Col David Gilman appearing before both Houses to answer 
the Complaint of Samuel Penhallow Esq 1 ' as on file, and being 
fully heard and the matter being duly considered, it is voted, 
That the said Complaint be dismist. 

In Council, July 5 th 1776. 

The Board having heard Col David Oilman's defence on the compl 1 
of Sam 1 Penhallow Esq r respecting Col Oilman's asserting that the 
soldiers under his command were subject to martial Law only, are of 
opinion that the sentiments conveyed in Col Oilman's Letter, plainly 
and in express words denied the Right of the Civil Power to control the 
Military; and thereby gave just Reason for Mr. Penhallow to be 
alarmed at such a Doctrine, especially from the Commanding Military 
officer of the Standing Troops in this Colony. 

And the Board do return Mr. Penhallow their sincere thanks for his 
attachment to and care of, so essential & Fundamental apriuciple of the 
Constitution & Rights of the People. 

Nevertheless do believe that the sentiments convey'd in the afores d 
Letter escaped from Col Gilman thro' inattention or Ruffle of his mind 
& convey'd Ideas different from his real sentiments. 

[p. 131.] Voted and Resolved, That there be Emitted Twen- 
ty Thousand one hundred and sixty Pounds Lawful money 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 191 

upon the credit of this Colony for the use and service thereof 
in bills of the Following Denominations, viz. 

3200 bills of Six Dollars, is £5760 ' 3200 bills of three Dollars, is £2880 
3200 bills of five Dollars, is 4800 3200 bills of Two Dollars, is 1020 
3200 bills of four Dollars, is 3860 3200 bills of one Dollar, is 960 



14400 5760 

14400 



in the whole, £20,160 
And that the same be redeemed by a Tax on the Polls & 
Estates of the rateable Inhabitants of this Colony in the fol- 
lowing manner, viz. 

£5000 bv the 26 th of January 1789, 
£5000 by the 26 th of January 1790 
£5000 by the 26* of January 1791 
£5160 by the 26 th of January 1792, 

And that the said bills be of the same form as those Emitted 
by vote of this Assembly of the 26 th January last past, and 
that Dr. Levi Dearborn together with such member of the 
Hon ble Board as they shall appoint, be a Committee to pro- 
cure the Materials and superintend the Press while the said 
Bills are printing, and to deliver the same to the Treasurer 
of this Colony (for the time being) and take his receit there- 
for — all Avhich bills, after their Redemption, shall be burnt to 
ashes in the presence of the Council and Assembly, and that 
Phillips White Esq Mr. John Smith and Mr. Josiah Moulton 
the third, or any Two of them be a Committee to sign the 
said bills. Sent up Capt. Simonds. [Concurred — Meshech 
"Weare joined.] 



[p. 152.] Thursday, July 4 th , 1T76. 

A message came down from the Hon ble Board by Col. 
Thornton <fc Gen. Folsom advising that the Gen 1 be directed 
to send out orders to the several Colonels <fc Commanding of- 
ficers of each Regiment to raise at present their several Quo- 
tas of only seven hundred and fifty men tor the Canada 
Expedition, instead of the Fifteen hundred men Voted to be 
raised for that Expedition ; Which message being considered, 
Voted. That this house adhere to the same — and in about 
half an hour afterwards, a new requisition for more men be- 
ing laid before the House, Voted, That the last mentioned 
vote of adherence to the said advice of Council, be and here- 
by is Reconsidered and made null and void. 



192 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Voted, To choose a Committee to join a Committee of the 
Hon 1 ' 10 Board to confer upon the expediency of choosing a 
Large Committee of this house to be join'd to a Committee 
of the Hon ble Board, as a Committee of Safety to transact 
the Business of both Houses in the Recess of the Court, and 
to consult what time the General Assembly shall be adjourn- 
ed from, and also to what time ; and to make report as soon 
as may be, — and that Ichabod Rollins Esq r Col. Walker, 
John McClary Esq 1 ' Mr. Abbot and Deacon Baldwin be the 
Committee of this House for the purposes aforesaid. Sent 
up by Col. "Walker. [Concurred.] 

Their Report. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to confer about choosing 
a Committee of Safety, and an adjournment, beg leave to Report their 
opinion as follows : viz. 

That the Committee of Safety cousist of Twelve Persons ; That the 
General Assembly be adjourned this week as soon as the Public Busi- 
ness will permit, to the first Wednesday in September next. 

Signed, M. Thornton, Chairman. 

Voted, That Capt. Pierce Long be appointed to Provide 
all neeessarys for Equipping and fixing off the reinforce- 
ments for the Canada expedition. [Concurred.] 
[p. 133.] Voted, That Maj r Moses Kelley be appointed 
Lieutenant Colonel of the Ninth Regiment of Militia in this 
Colony in the room of Col. David Gilman (who is advanced) 
and that Major Samuel Page be first Major & Capt. James 
Head lie the second Major of said Regiment. Sent up by 
Capt. Simonds. [Concurred.] 



Voted, That three hundred hand bills be Imediately print- 
ed & Distributed in this Colony in the following words, wiz. 
" Colony of New Hampshire : 

To the Selectmen and Committees of Safety and of Correspondence, 
and to all officers Civil and Military in the Several Towns in this 
Colony: 

" You and each of you are now called upon in behalf of yourselves 
& your distressed Country to exert every Xerve in forwarding the 
Enlisting & making up the Quotas of men in the respective places you 
belong to that they may March forward and join their Brethren under 
General Sullivan & Enable him to repel the army coming against us 
from Canada." 

Sent up by Mr. Clough. [Concurred.] 
Voted, That Eight Muster masters be appointed for the 
Eight Companies of Militia last Voted to be raised for the 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 193 

Reinforcement of our army in Canada, viz. One for each of 
said Companys, Who shall be Impowered to muster the said 
respective Companys, Pay them off, and see them fixt for 
marching, and give them marching orders ; and also that 
they receive Blank Commissions for the Captains and subal- 
tern officers of their respective Companies, and when said 
officers shall be chosen by the soldiers, then to fill up said 
Commissions & Deliver them to the said respective officers, 
that they may march Imediately ; and that the said Muster 
masters have power to preside at the meeting of the soldiers 
to see a fair choice of the respective officers : and that Major 
Bartlett, Col° Samuel Sherburne, Mr. John Bell, Major Sam- 
uel Philbrick, Col Moses Kelley, Deacon James Knowles, 
Mr. Asa Davis, & Colonel Samuel Ashley, be the Muster 
masters of the said Companies. Sent up by Maj 1 ' Bartlett. 
[Concurred.] 

Voted, That Col Joshua Wingate be appointed first Colo- 
nel of the Second Regiment now raising in this Colony for a 
reinforcement to our army in Canada, and that Major James 
Hackett be Lieutenant Colonel, & that Lieut. Col Samuel 
Connor lie Major of said Regiment. Sent up by Capt. Long. 
[Concurred.] 

[p. 134.] Toted That Capt. Joseph Chandler have Enlist- 
ing orders to Enlist a Company of Soldiers for the Canada 
Expedition in the room of Capt. Hadlock who resigns. 
[Concurred.] 



Friday July 5 th , 1776. 

Upon the Information of the Committee of Safety of 
Stratham against Capt. George March, as a person being En- 
imical to the Liberties of this Country &c. 

Toted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon bl Board to Examin into the matter of 
their complaint & Information, and to make repoit thereon, 
as soon as may be, and that Capt. Prentice Capt. Harriman 
& Matthew Patten Esq 1 Mr. Samuel Moore & Dr. Nichols be 
the Committee of this House for that Purpose. Sent up by 
Capt. Prentice. [Concurred — Messrs. Thornton, Wentworth 
& Polsom added.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Hon 1lle Council, made Report : 

That upon Questioning said March, and after reading sundry testi- 
monies, they are of opinion that said March is inimical to his Country, 

13 



194 COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

and that he ought to be taken care of in such manner as the said Hous- 
es shall judge proper. 

Signed, M. Thornton, Chairman. 

[p. 135.] Voted, That Maj 1 ' Joseph Bass of Portsmouth be 
appointed Paymaster to the second Regiment now to be rais- 
ed in this Colony, and destined for Canada, lie giving bond 
with Two sufficient Sureties in a Respectable sum for the 
Faithfull Discharge of his said trust. 

[Noah Emery jun. of Exeter, in like manner, appointed 
paymaster to the first Regiment, &c] [Concurred.] 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon bl Board to Nominate a proper person for 
a Maritime officer, and also a proper person or persons for a 
Notary Publick or Notaries Publiek for this Colony and that 
Col° Walker & John Dudley Esq r be the Committee of this 
house for that purpose. 

An Act for Establishing Courts of Law for the Adminis- 
tration of Justice within this Colony was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted. [Concurred.] 

Voted and Resolved that the several Courts of Law within 
this Colony be and hereby are Prohibited from trying any 
Civil Actions until the next Session of the Assembly, and 
that they proceed as usual to hear and Try all Capital Crimes, 
Misdemeanors, Trovers, Trespasses, Assaults, Batteries, Rob- 
beries, Thefts and other Breaches of the Peace committed 
within their respective Jurisdictions — and that the fees to be 
taken or taxed in the said several Courts shall be taken ac- 
cording to the last Table of fees established in this Colony, 
until the last of the next Session of this Assembly, or until 
otherwise ordered by the General Assembly, and no longer. 
Sent up by Maj 1 ' Tas'h. 

Voted That the Constable of Exeter be directed to seize 
the body of George March and safely keep him till called for 
by this House, to be examined & Tried on suspicion of being 
Enimical to the Liberties of this Country, and that the Clerk 
make out a warrant accordingly, and send out summons for 
"Witnesses by Major Barker. 

[p. 136.] Voted That Eleaser Russell, Esq. of Portsmouth 
be appointed Maritime officer of the Port of Piscataqua, and 
that the Hon ble Wyseman Claggett Esq 1 * and John Pickering 
Esq 1- be appointed Notaries Publick and Tabellions for this 
Colony. 

Voted, That Samuel Penhallow Esq r be appointed a justice 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 195 

of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the County of 
Rockingham in the room & stead of George King Esq r who 
refuses to accept that office. 

Voted That William Knight Esq 1 ' he appointed a special 
•Justice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the Coun- 
ty of Rockingham, in case of the Death or Incapacity of either 
of the standing Justices. [The above appointments seve- 
rally Concurred.] 

P.M. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon bl Board to Nominate Fifteen Persons of 
the Council & of this house to be a Committee of Safety for 
this Colony to transact the business of both Houses in the 
recess of the General Court ; and that Col Walker, Col 
Baker, Capt. Simonds, Capt. Prentice, Mr. Brainerd, Mr. 
Bell, <fe John McClary Esq 1 ' be the Committee of this house 
for that Purpose. Sent up by Mr. Dakin. [Concurred — 
Col. Thornton added.] 

The Council and House taking into consideration the ac- 
cusations laid against Capt. George March of Stratham, as 
being Inimical to the Liberties of this Country, and a full 
hearing being had thereon before both Houses, and sundry 
Witnesses being sworn & examined :— It appears to this Court 
That the said George March has uttered many words against 
the Liberties and Privileges of this Country : It is therefore 

Voted and Resolved, That the said George March confine 
himself to the limits of the Farm which he now Improves 
in Stratham, on Pain of Imprisonment ; and that he recog- 
nize to the Government & People of this Colony of New 
Hampshire in the sum of one hundred Pounds, with two 
sureties in Fifty pounds Each for his good behaviour, untill 
further order of this Court ; and that in the mean time he 
be Disarmed by the Committee of Stratham. Sent up by 
Col Baker. [Concurred.] 

[p. 138.] Voted, That the Hon bl Meshech Weare, Matthew 
Thornton, Nathaniel Folsom, Ebenezer Thompson & Wyse- 
man Clagett, Esq rs of the Council, the Hon. Phillips White 
Esq 1 ' John Dudley, Timothy Walker, Matthew Patten, Otis Ba- 
ker, Josiah Moulton, Benjamin Barker, Nathaniel Sartel Pren- 
tice & Peirse Long Esqr s and Mr. John Smith of this house 
be a Committee of Safety for this Colony, To transact all the 
Business of both Houses in the recess of the General Court, 
with all the Power and Authority that any Committee of 



196 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Safety of this Colony heretofore chosen or appointed Have 
had and Exercised ; and to Appoint and Commission officers, 
in case of the death or refusal of those that are already ap- 
pointed, and on any emergency to call the Council and House 
together, as occasion may require ; And that any Eight of 
said Committee be a Quorum to Do Business. Sent up by 
Col. Baker. [Concurred.] 



Saturday, July 6 th 1T76. 

Voted, That the Committee of Safety have and receive out 
of the Treasury Six shillings per day Each for the time they 
set in Committee, and also pay for their travel as the mem- 
bers of the General Assembly are paid. 

Voted, That Lieut. Col Samuel Connor be appointed 
Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment Destined for Canada un- 
der command of Col Joshua Wingate, and that Capt. Moses 
Baker be appointed Major of said Regiment. [Concurred.] 
[p. 139.] Voted to raise four Companys of Rangers of fifty 
men in a Company, three Commissioned officers Included, to 
Range on the frontiers of this Colony, to guard the said fron- 
tiers against the Incursions of the Enemy, and to be paid the 
same wages as the Colony Troops had last year, and also 
Blanket to each non-commissioned officer and soldier and to 
remain in the said service until the first day of December next 
unless sooner discharged, and that the said Companys be 
raised in the several Regiments of Col° Hobart Col Morey <fc 
Col. Chase, and that they receive their orders, Directions & 
Commissions from the Committee of Safety in the recess of 
this Court. 

Voted, That Col Jonathan Chase receive out of the Colo- 
ny Stock Three Barrels of Powder for the use of his regi- 
ment and the frontiers adjacent, and that the President give 
orders accordingly. 

[p. 160.] Voted That any person who shall Manufacture in 
this Colony Good Sulphur and firing in the same to Doct. 
Josiah Gilman at Exeter within six months next ensuing, 
shall receive out of the Treasury, at & after the rate of Two 
dollars for every hundred weight upon Certificate of the said 
Dr. Josiah Gilman that lie hath received the same of such 
person for the use of this Colony : Such person being under 
oath that the same was manufactured in this Colony. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 197 

And that any person who shall manufacture in this Colo- 
ny good Bar lead within six months next ensuing, and deliv- 
er the Same to Nicholas Gfilman Esq 1 ', Receiver General Qwho 
is to put such person on oath that the Same was manufac- 
tured in this Colony) should be entitled to six pounds per 
hundredweight therefor out of the Treasury. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That the Committee of Safety be Directed to Re- 
monstrate to the Continental Congress against allowing any 
person or Persons Extravagant Commissions for transacting 
the Public Business, in this Distressing day. 

Voted That the members of the Hon bl Council and of 
this House be paid out of the Treasury six shillings per day 
Each for each days attendance in this session, and two-pence 
per mile Travel to and from their respective homes, and that 
the consideration of the method how the same shall be re- 
placed in the Treasury be postponed to a future day ; and 
that the Secretary and the Clerk of the House make out the 
Pay rolls accordingly. 



Acts, petitions, acct 3 &c. passed on by the House and concurred by 
the Council, from the 1 st to 6 th July, 1776. (See Rec. of Council.) 

Alex r Craige & Mich 1 Dwyer to receive £45. for purchasing lire arms 
lead & flints &c. for the use of the town of Rumney. 

Col Morey, £50, do. for Orford. 

Capt. Jonathan Chandler, £50, do. for Piermont. 

Capt. Prentice £200, do. for Col. Bellows regiment. 

Abner Fellows & Eliphalet Gale, £4: 6: 0. do. for New Chester and 
Alexandria. 

Samuel Cressy, £5: do. for Holderness. 

Gen. Nath 1 Folsom to deliver Samuel Cressy 25 pounds of powder for 
the use of inhabitants of Holderness. 

Acct. of Thomas Hart, allowed, £8: 10: 0. 

Capt. Tim Clements allow'd on Pay roll £51 : 18: 1. 

Capt. Nathan Brown, allow'd on Pay roll £16: 7: 5. 

Major Jonathan Childs, to receive £50, for fire arms, &c. for the use 
of the town of Lyme. 

Danl. Warner, allow'd £26: 19: 5^. 

Col. David Gilmairs Staff-roll, allow"d, £83: 1: 0. 

Capt. John Calfe's pay-roll allow'd. £325: 9: 10. 

Capt. Caleb Hodgdon ; s Pay-roll allow'd, £329: 12: 3. 

Hon. Col. Weare & Dr. Dearborn, allowed for Paper for printing 
bills of Credit, £20. 

Paymasters appointed for Two Battalions to be sent to Canada. 

Muster-masters & pay masters for the last regiment to Canada 

to receive from the Treasury. £910 each, to pay off the Troops. 
" "' for the regiment now raising £171, each. 

Committee appointed to give out blank Commissions. 

Committee appointed to nominate Justices, &c. 



198 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Simeon Dearborn and Nath 1 Balch. to receive £30, for purchasing 
powder for Wakefield. 

Samuel Jones & Elisha Bingham, to have twenty five pounds of 

Powder, for Canaan & Enfield. 
" " to receive £5: for purchasing Lead and 

Flints for said Towns. 
Capt. Nathan Brown's pay-roll, allow'd. £267 : 4 : 7. in full. 
Capt. Tim° Clements pay-roll, allow'd, £238: 15: 0. in full. 
Nicholas Gilman, Rec r Gen. authorized to borrow £5000. 
Dea. Isaac Williams, acct. allow'd, 20s. 
Josh a Wiggin, acct allow'd, £4: IS: 0. 
Rich d Champney's acct. allow'd £22: 6: 2. 

Acts passed. 
An Act for fixing out armed vessels to defend the sea-coast. 
An Act for regulating marriages. 
An Act for establishing Courts of Law. 
Fees in the Maritime Court established. 



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The House Adjourned to the First Wednesday in Septem- 
ber next at three of the clock in the afternoon, then to meet 
at the Court House in Exeter. 

Attest, Xoah Emery, Clerk D' R. 

Court Maritime Fees. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 65.] 
To the Attorney or Advocate General for drawing a libel 
To the Judge for allowing the same 
To the Register for filing 
For a citation for appearance, seal & service, viz. 2s to the 

Judge. 2s to the Register, and to the Marshall, 3s 
For a Summons for witnesses, and seal, viz. to the Judge 

Is & to the Register, Is 
For filing Papers and taxing costs, viz. to the Judge Is & 

to the Register Is. 0: 2: 

For an Interlocutory Decree & Recording, viz. to the 

Judge 4s. to the Register Is, & to the Marshall 3s 
To the Cryer Is, to the Register for an Enactment Is, 
For Decree definitive & recording, viz. to the Judge 10s 

to the Register 6s 
To the marshal! for Evidence summoned within a mile of 

the Court Qd ; if above, '3d per mile 
To the marshall for Bail Bond, to be paid by the person 

bailed 
For levying Execution, the same as the sheriff & for travel 

as in the sheriff's fees 
For executing a warrant for Debtors, Deserters &c. on 

Board a ship at the wharf, 4s, 0: 4: 

If at New-Castle or up the river above Portsmouth, : S: 

For taking a vessel into custody, upon any arrest for 

■wages 0: 6: 



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JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



199 



For taking every evidence in Court & summoning viz. to 
the Judge Qd, to the register Qd, and to the marshall, Qd 

To the Advocates fees 

To the Register for Copy of a libel Is 

To copy of Information Is. Qd 

To copy of Decree Is. 9d 

For a Relsavit viz. to the Judge 4s. to the Register Is. 6d, 
Marshall Is, door keeper Qd, 

For a warrant of appraisement or service & for Debtors 
or Deserters, viz. to the Judge 2s, to the Register 4s. 

For sailors wages Is each mau, to the register for adjust- 
ing their acco ts 

To the Register for entering every motion for an appeal 4s 

To the Judge for allowing or disallowing thereof Ss 

For copies of every case, as the clerk of the Superior Court. 

To the Register for every adjournment 8^/ 

To the Marshall for summoning appraisors, each, Is 

To the doorkeeper and Bell 9(/ 

To the Jurors & officers who summon them, the same as 
the Supe r Court. 






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Colony of N. Hampshire. 
In the House of Representatives, July 6 th , 1776. 
Resolved, That the within Bill of fees for the Court Maritime in this 
Colony, & for the several officers of said Court, be a rule for the said 
officers, as to taking their fees in all cases Maritime Triable in said 
Court, untill further order of the General Assembly. Sent up for 
concurrence. P. White, Speaker. 



Iu Council. Eodem die. 

Read & concurred, 



E. Thompson, Sec- V . 



Note. The Declaration of Independence, which follows, is recorded immedi- 
ately after the foregoing " .Journal of the House of Representatives." It is written in 
a large, bold, legible hand, with red ink. And although the Declaration is found in 
every variety of form, and in many publications elsewhere, the editor thinks proper 
to give an exact copy of it here, as a document subscribed by our own honored dele- 
gates in Congress, and belonging in part to our own history, to he transmitted to our 
children and children's children of future generations.— Er>. 



200 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 



DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCY. 

In Congress July 4 th , 1776. 

The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen (By the 

Representatives of the) United States of America 

(In General Congress Assembled). 

When in the Course of Human Events it becomes Necessary for one 
People to Dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with 
another, and to Assume among the Powers of the Earth, The separate 
and Equal Station to which the Laws of Nature & of Nature's God 
Entitle them, A Decent Respect to the opinions of mankind Require 
that they should declare the causes which Impel them to the Separa- 
tion. 

We hold these Truths to be self-evident : That All men are created 
Equal, That they are Endowed by their Creator with certain Unalien- 
able Rights, That among these are Life, Liberty & the pursuit of 
Happiness; That to secure these Rights, Governments are Instituted 
among men, Deriving their Just Powers from the consent of the Gov- 
erned; That whenever any form of Government becomes Destructive 
of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to Alter or Abolish it, and 
to Institute New Government, Laying its Foundation on such Principles 
& Organizing its Powers in such Form as to them shall seem most likely 
to Effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will Dictate 
that Governments long Established should not be changed for light & 
Transient Causes, and accordingly all Experience hath shown that 
mankind are more disposed to surfer, while evils are Sufferable, than to 
right themselves by Abolishing the Forms to which they are accus- 
tomed: But when a Long Train of abuses and Usurpations, Pursuing 
Invariably the same object. Evinces a Design to Reduce them under 
Absolute Despotism, It is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off 
such Government and to provide new Guards for their Future Security. 
Such has been the Patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is 
now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former System 
of Government. 

The History of the Present King of Great Britain is a History of 
repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in Direct Object the 
Establishment of an Absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove 
this let Facts be submitted to a Candid World. 

He has refused his Assent to Laws the most wholsom and Necessary 
for the Public good. 

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of imediate pressing 
Importance unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should 
be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to 
Attend to them. 



1776.] DECLARATION OP INDEPENDENCE. 201 

He has refused to Pass other Laws for the accommodation of Large 
Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish the right of 
Representation in the Legislature, A Right inestimable to them, and 
formidable to Tyrants only. 

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncom- 
fortable and Distant from the Depository of their Public Records, for 
the sole Purpose of Fatiguing them into compliance with his Measures. 

He has Dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly for opposing 
with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People. 

He has refused for a long time, after such Dissolutions, to cause 
others to be Elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of 
Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their Exercise; 
The State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the Dangers of In- 
vasion from without, & convulsions within. 

He has Endeavoured to Prevent the Population of these States; for 
that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; 
refusing to Pass others to Encourage their Migrations hither, and rais- 
ing the conditions of New Appropriations of Lands. 

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his 
Assent to Laws for Establishing Judiciary Powers. 

He has made Judges Dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of 
their offices, and the amount and payment of their Salaries. 

He has erected a Multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms 
of officers to Harras our People, and eat out their substance. 

He has kept among us in times of Peace, Standing Armies, without 
the consent of our Legislatures. 

He has Affected to render the Military Independent of, and superior 
to, the Civil Power. 

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction Foreign 
to our Constitution, unacknowledged by our Laws; given his Assent 
to their Acts of Pretended Legislation: 

For Quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us; 

For Protecting them by a mock Trial from Punishment, for any 
murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States; 

For Cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world; 

For Imposing Taxes on us without our consent ; 

For Depriving us, in many cases, of the benefit of trial by Jury; 

For Transporting us beyond Seas, to be tried for Pretended Offences; 

For Abolishing the Free System of English Laws in a Neighboring 
Province, Establishing therein an Arbitrary Government, and enlarg- 
ing its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example & fit Instru- 
ment for Introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies; 

For Taking away our Charters, abolishing our most Valuable Laws, 
and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments. 

For suspending our own Legislatures & Declaring themselves Invest- 
ed with Power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. 

He has Abdicated Government here, by Declaring us out of his 
Protection, and waging War against us. \ 

He has Plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, Burnt our Towns, 
and Destroyed the Lives of our People. 

He is at this time, Transporting Large Armies of Foreign Mercena- 
ries to compleat the works of Death, Desolation & Tyranny already 
begun, with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely Parallelled in 



202 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

the most Barbarous ages, and Totally unworthy the Head of a Civil- 
ized Nation. 

He has constrained our Fellow Citizens taken Captive on the High 
Seas, to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners 
of their Friends and Brethren, or to Fall themselves by their hands. 

He has excited Domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has Endeav- 
oured to bring on the Inhabitants of the Frontiers, the merciless Indian 
Savages, whose known rule of Warfare is an undistinguished Destruc- 
tion of all ages Sexes and Conditions. 

In every stage of these oppressions we have Petitioned for redress in 
the most Humble Terms: our repeated Petitions have been answered 
only by repeated Injury. 

A Prince whose Character is thus marked by every Act which may 
Define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a Free People. 

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British Brethren : We 
have warned them from time to time of attempts by their Legislature to 
extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. AVe have reminded 
them of the circumstances of our Emigration and settlement here. We 
have appealed to their Native Justice and Magnanimity. We have con- 
jured them by the Ties of common kindred to Disavow these Usurpa- 
tions, which inevitably Interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. 
They too have been deaf to the voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. 
We must Therefore Acquiesce in the necessity which Denounces our Sep- 
eration, And hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind — Enemies in 
War; In Peace Friends. 

We, Therefore, the Representatives of the United States of Amer- 
ica, In General Congress Assembled, Appealing to the Supreme Judge 
of the World fur the Rectitude of our Intentions, Do, in the Name and 
by the Authority of the Good People of these Colonies, Solemnly Pub- 
lish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to 
be Free and Independent States, That they are absolved from all 
Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all Political Connection, be- 
tween them and the State of Britain is, and ought to be Totally Dis- 
solved; and that as Free and Independent States they have full power 
to Levy War, Conclude Peace, Contract Alliances, Establish Commerce, 
and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of 
Right do : And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance 
on the Protection of Divine Providence, We mutually Pledge to each 
other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor. 

Signed by order and in behalf of the Congress 

JOHN HANCOCK. 

Attest 

Charles Thompson, Secretary. 

Enter'd According to the Original 
pr. Noah Emery, Cler D. Rep. 



[SIGNATURES OF MEMBERS.] 



1776.] 



DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. 



203 



pq 



Josiah Bartlett 
Wm. Whipple 
Matthew Thornton (1) 

Samuel Adams 
John Adams 
Rob 1 Treat Paine 
Elbridge Gerry- 



Georgia 



North Carolina 



South 
Carolina 



Butler Gwinnett 
Lyman Hull 
Geo. Walton 

( Wm. Hooper 
J Joseph Hewes 
( John Penn 

C Edward Rutledge 
J Tho 8 Hey ward, jun 
Tho s Lynch, jun 
Arthur Middleton 



(" Samuel Chase 
j William Paca 
Maryland ■< Tho b Stone 

Carrolton 
L Charles Carroll of, 

f George Wythe 

Richard Henry Lee 
I Tho 8 Jefferson 
Virginia ■{ Benj a Harrison 

Tho 8 Nelson, jun. 
Francis Lightfoot Lee 
Carter Braxton. 
In Congress, January 18 th , 1777. 
Ordered, That an authenticated Copy of the Declaration of Indepen- 
dence, with the Names of the Members of Congress, subscribing the 
same, be sent to each of the United States, and that they be desired to 
have the same put on Record By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, President. 
Attest, Cha 8 Thomson, Se e y. 

A true Copy, John Hancock, President. 
Entered & Recorded, Pr. N. Emery, Clk. D R. in New Hampshire. 

(1) Matthew Thornton was chosen delegate to the Continental Congress, Sept. 12, 
1776 ; but on his arrival there he signed the Declaration, it being kept open for the 
purpose of additional signatures until January, 1777. 



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William Ellery 


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Oliver Wolcott 






Robert Morris 




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Benjamin Rush 






Beiy" Franklin 




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John Morton 




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Geo. Clymer 




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James Smith 






Geo: Taylor 




Pi 


James Wilson 
Geo: Ross. 




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Caesar Rodney 




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George Read. 




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William Floyd 


i 


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Phil. Livingston 




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Fran 8 Lewis 




41 

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Lewis Morris 






Richard Stockton 




02 


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Fran 8 Hopkinson 




■s 


John Hart 






Abra m Clark 



RETURNS OF THE ASSOCIATION TEST, 

v Sent out by order of the General Congress, containing the names 
of Eight Thousand, one hundred and Ninety-nine Persons in 
Neiv Hampshire, who signed it : By which they solemnly en- 
gaged and promised that they would, to the utmost of their 
power and at the risk of their Lives and Fortunes, with 
Arms, oppose the Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets 
and Armies, against the United American Colonies. 

With 
The Names of 773 Persons who refused to sign it. 

[Copied from a MS. volume in Secry's office, labelled "Returns of 
Association Test, 177b','' and arranged by the late John Farmer, 
Esq., agreeable to order of the Legislature of New Hampshire, 1837. 
— Ed.] 



Colony of New Hampshire, 
In Committee of Safety, 

April 12 th 1776. 
In order to carry the underwritten Resolve of the Hon'ble 
Continental Congress into Execution, you are requested to 
desire all Males above Twenty one years of age (Lunaticks, 
Idiots, and Negroes excepted) to sign to the DECLARATION 
on this Paper ; and when so done, to make Return thereof, 
together with the Name or Names of all who shall refuse to 
sign the same, to the General Assembly or Committee of 
Safety of this Colony. 

M. Weare, Chairman. 



In Congress, March 14, 1776. 
Resolved, That it be recommended to the Several Assem- 
blies, Conventions, and Councils, or Committees of Safety of 
the United Colonies, immediately to cause all Persons to be 
disarmed, within their Respective Colonies, who are notorious- 
ly disaffected to the cause of America, or who have not asso- 
ciated, and refuse to associate, to defend by Arms, the United 



1776.] ASSOCIATION TEST. 205 / 

Colonics, against the Hostile attempts of the British Fleets 

and Armies. 

(Copy) Extract from the Minutes. 

Charles Thompson, Sec y . 



In Consequence of the above Resolution of the Hon. Con- 
tinental Congress, and to show our Determination in joining 
our American Brethren, in defending the Lives, Liberties, 
and Properties of the inhabitants of the United Colonies : 

We, the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and 
promise, that we will, to the utmost of our power, at the 
Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with Arms, oppose the 
Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies 
against the United American Colonies. 



[Remarks on the foregoing by the late John Farmer, Esq.] 
The preceding Text was the Declaration of Independence by the 
People of New Hampshire. It was a similar act to that of the Patri- 
ots who signed the National Declaration on the 4 th July 1770. It pre- 
ceded that event, and seems to have been a sanction or an encourage- 
ment to those who contemplated it. It was a bold and hazardous step 
in subjects thus to resist the authority of one of the most powerful 
Sovereigns in the world. Had the cause in which these men pledged 
their Lives and Fortunes failed, "it would have subjected every indi- 
vidual who signed it to the pains and penalties of treason ; to a cruel 
and ignominious death." 

It is not to be understood that all who declined signing it were To- 
ries or were disaffected to the American cause ; Some of them were 
Friends, whose principles forbade their signing a pledge to oppose their 
enemies with arms ; others, who were really friends to the cause of op- 
position to the British, had conscientious scruples, and others doubt- 
less were influenced by their timidity. Among those whose conscien- 
tious scruples prevented from giving such a pledge was Eleazer Russell, 
Esq. of Portsmouth, (1) who in a letter to President Weare, Says, " It 
was, and is, merely to secure the morality of my mind that I was 
reluctant to put my name to it. Solemnly to bind myself to the 
performance of what nature and necessity rendered impossible, I start- 
ed at the thought of. And though my health is mended, so wrecked 
are my nerves, that I could not do one hours military duty to save my 
life. The article of shedding blood, in rne is not a humor, but a prin- 
ciple — not an evasion but a fact, it was received in early life, and has 
" grown with my growth, and strengthened with my strength." Not 
a partiality for British more than Savage blood ; for all circumstances 
considered, I think the latter more innocent than the former.'' 

(1) See the letter of Mr. Russell on a subsequent page. 



206 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Note by the Editor. 

[A copy of the preceding Resolve of the Continental Congress, with 
the action of the Committee of Safety of New Hampshire thereon, was 
sent to the Selectmen of each town in the Colony, requiring them to 
obtain names to the subjoined Pledge. The editor does not deem it 
necessary to repeat and reprint for each town, the whole of the aforesaid 
action; the Pledge only, once inserted, will suffice for all. Neither 
will these names be repeated in the Index.] 

SIGNERS IN AMHERST. 

We, the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and 
promise, that we will, to the utmost of our power, at the 
Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with Arms, oppose the 
Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies, 
against the united american colonies. 

[The names are always spelled as originally written.] 



Nahum Baldwin 
Moses Nichols 
Wm, Bradford 
Josiah Crosby 
Peter Woodbury 
Thomas Burns 
Robert Means 
Nathan Jones 
Henry Codman, 
Peter Robertson 
Jonathan Smith 
John Burns 
Stephen Warner 
Sam 1 Harris 
David Hildreth 
Eph m Booker 
Henry Kimball 
William Low 
Sam 1 Stanley 
Jonathan Grimes 
Amos Flint 
William Read 
Joseph Steel 
Wm. Odell 
Joseph Boutel 
Timothv Smith 
Tho s Durell V 
Ephraim Hildreth 
Nathan Kendall 
Benjamin Day 
Reuben Bouttel 
Eben r Rea 
Kendal Boutwell 



Oliver Carlton 
Hezekiah Lovejoy 
Enos Bradford 
Thomas Towne 
Daniel Stephens 
James Seeton 
Benj' 11 Hopkins 
Jacob Curtice 
Jacob Curtice, jun. 
Jon a Taylor 
Josiah Dodge 
Wm. Codman 
Silas Cummings 
Ananias McAllister 
Joseph Steel jun 
Timothy Nichols 
Benjamin Hopkins 
Ebeu r Hopkins 
John Burns 
Benj a Hutchinson 
John Seetoun 
Wm. Wilkins 
Francis Lovejoy 
John Cochran 
James Gillmore 
Josiah Sawyer Jn 
Jon a Twiss 
Richard Hughes 
John Hartshorn 
Nathan Jones, jun 
Amos Flint, jun 
Samuel Steward 
Nathan Hutchinson 



Robert Read 
Samuel Holt 
Archelaus Town 
Daniel Abbot 
Joseph Gould 
Jonathan Sawyer 
Samson Crosby 
Nathaniel Barret 
Nathan Hutchinson jun 
John Grimes 
Israel Town, jun. 
William Taylor 
Jonathan Lund 
Isaac Wright 
Benj a Kendrick 
Josiah Kidder 
William Peacock 
Joseph Peirce 
David Dunkle 
John Kendall, junor. 
Isaac How 
Jacob Blodgett 
Adam Patterson 
Josiah Sawyer 
George Burns 
John Burns, juner 
Joseph Rollings 
Isaac Holt 
Joseph Cogin 
John Roby 
John Twiss 
James McKeen 
Tho s Wakefield, Jun r . 



1776.J 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



207 



Ebenezer Holt, juner 
Jonathan Lampson 
Ephraim Abbott 
Moses Kimball 
Samuel Taylor 
Allen Goodridge 
Thomas Averall, jun r 
Francis Elliott 
Elislia Fulton 
Nathan Fuller 
John Duncklee 
Amos Green 
James Hartshorn 
John Washer 
David Green 
Phinehas Up ham 
Jn° Shepard, junior. 
Simpson Steward 
Samuel Genis 
Dimond Mussey 
Moses Barron 
Benjamin Merrill 
Jonathan Lyon 
William Hogg 
John Mitchell 
John Lovejoy 
Jacob Lovejoy 
Jacob Hildreth 
Samuel Henry 
John Patterson 
Joseph Prince, jun. 
William Fisk,jun r 
William Fisk 
Bartholoma Dodjre 



William Small 
Joseph Small 
William Small, jun r 
Ebenezer Hutchinson 
John Harwood 
John Tuck 

William Peabody, jun r 
Jonathan Wilkins, jun r 
John Seccombe 
Jacob Standly 
William Peabody 
Joseph Boutell 
Reuben Holt 
Michael Keif 
Joseph Prince 
Abijah Wilkins 
Thomas Weston 
John Averial 
William Lainson 
John Cole 
Isaac Weston 
Nathan Cole 
Thomas Towne 
Joshua Wright 
Joshua Wilkins 
Thos. Clark 
Lemuel Winchester 
Daniel Smith 
Isaac Smith 
Nathan Flint 
John Damon 
James Woodbury 
Benjamin Temple 
Joseph Langdell 

Amherst— Total 201. 



Richard Ward 
Nathaniel Haseltine 
Stephen Farnum 
William Wallace 
Peters? Parker 
Andrew Bradford 
Stephen Burnam 
Abner Hutchinson 
David? True 
Israel Town 
John Bradford 
Joseph Dunkley 
Ebenezer Averil 
Elisha Hutchinson 
Joseph Farnum 
Amos Stickney 
Joseph Wallace 
Jacob Smith 
Ezekiel Upton 
Nathan Cleaves 
Joel Howe 
Stephen Peabody 
William Odell, jun r 
Eben r Temple 
Ephraim French 
Benj a Dodge 
James Gage 
Win Mellony, jun r 
Eben r Weston 
Richard Goold 
Samuel Blasdell 
Solomon Kittredge 
Timothy Hill 
Jn° Wilkins 



[Note. Amherst at this time included Mil ford and Mont- Vernon. — Ed.] 

To the Honb 1 The Committee of Safety For the State of New 
Hamp r , or the Gen 1 Assembly thereof. 
Pursuant to the Request on this paper from the Commit- 
tee of Safety &c. to us Directed, we have invited those per- 
sons therein mentioned to sign to the Declaration on this 
paper <fcc. and all that have seen it have signed Except 

Joshua Atherton Esq r Mr. Daniel Campbell 

Mr. Samuel Dodge $ Col° John Shepard 

Tho s Wakefield \ Selectmen 
Reuben Mussey \ of 
Sam 1 Wilkins \ Amherst. 



208 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



SIGNERS IN ALLENSTOWN. 



Josiah Allen 
John Hayes 
Jacob Gay- 
David Knox 
John Leonard 
Sm 11 Smith 

his 

Samuel X Kinsen 
mark 



George ? Dugan 
Benj. Methes 
Andrew Bunten 
Samuel Webster 
John Bunten 
Starlin Sargent 
William Knox 
Samuel Webster 

Total 21. 



Refused to sine, Rail Bur gen. 1. 



iCharls M'Coy 
Ichabod Clark 
Joseph Dennett 
Ichabod Johnson 
his 

Samuel X Davis 

mark 
his 

Samuel X Fisk 

mark 



SIGNERS IN ALSTEAD. 



Abra™ Brown 
Absalom Kingsbery 
Henry Rumrill 
John Slnde 
Joseph Hatch 
Edward Waldo 
John Burroughs jun r 
Simon Baxter, jun 1 
Samuel Kidder 
Simeon Shepherd 
Nathaniel Rust 
Joel Chandler 
Phinehas Hatch 
Joshua Shepard 
Jacob Wardner 
Nathaniel Shepherd 
Nathaniel Cooper 
Gideon Delono 
Silas King 
Jason Wait 
Aaron Lyon 
Thomas Kidder 



Abel Beckwith 
John Wait 

Abraham Brown jun r 
Simon Brooks 
William Simons 
Roswell Shepherd 
Frederick Wardner 
Jonathan Shepherd 
Daniel Waldo 
Josiah Cook 
Beulah Waldo 
Amaziah Grover 
Ephraim Brigham 
Simon Rumrill 
Amos Gale 
Oliver Shepard 
Aristides Huestis 
John Axtell 
John Plumbley 
John Sladejuner 
John Burroughs 
Joseph Mack 

Total 66. 



Timothy Burroughs 
Lemuel Crane 
■Joel Burroughs 
John Hill 
Job Thomson 
Xath 11 Watts 
Moses Hale 
Xathan Mack 
Thomas Walton 
Daniel Burroughs 
Zebulon Chandler 
Philip Wardner 
Samuel Royce 
Jon th Sheperdjun r 
Elias Brown 
Joseph Brown 
Joseph Lyon 
Giles Marvin 
Solomon Prentice 
Nath 1 S. Prentice 
Andrew Beckwith 
Xathan Fay. 



To y e Honurable the General Assembly of the Colony of 
New hampshier — This may Certify your Honours that Simon 
Baxter, Samuel Chandler, John Thomson $ Samuel Miller 
Have Refused to sign the within Association Au-reement. 



Certify' d by us 



Abra'm Brown 
Absalom Kingsbery 
Simon Brooks 



Selectmen 

of 

Alstead. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



209 



SIGNERS IN UNITY, ACWORTH & LEMSTER. 

The names of the Inhabitants of the town of ACWORTH. 



Ephraim Keyes 
Henry Silsby 
Samuel Smith 
Tho s Putnam 
John Rogers 
Sam 1 Silsby 
William Keyes 
"William Markham 
Sam 1 Harper 
John Willson 
George Duncan 



William Clark 
Lasell Silsby 
Dean Carlton 
John Willson 
James McCluer 
Jas. Wallace 
Jonathan Silsby 
Alex r Houston 
Tobias Silsby 
Willoughby Willard 
Joseph Chatterton 

Acworth— 32. 



John Moor 
James Rogers 
Jedediah Smith 
Edward Keys 
Mehuman Stebbins 
Tho s Nott 
Christ 1 Eayrs 
Perish X Ritchardson 
John Duncan 
Henry Silsby, jun r 



Hexry Silsby 
Tho s Putnam 



Selectmen of 
Acworth. 



The Names of the Inhabitance of the Town of LEMSTER. 



Oliver Booth 
William Cary 
Joseph Wood 
David Willey 
Phi n eh as Abell 
Reuben Bingham 
Elijah Bingham 
Samuel Nichols 
Urijah Brainerd 



Asaph Brainerd 
Timothy Nichols 
Shubael Brainerd 
Allen Willey 
Jabez Beckwith 
Elijah Frink 
Thomas Schophel 
Benjamin Abell 

Lempster 24. 



Frederick Abell 
Thomas Schophel jun 
Samuel Roundye 
Silas Bingham 
Trugrace Booth 
John Perkins 
William Story 
Uzel Hurd 



William Cary 
Elijah Bixghaji 



Selectmen of 
Lemster. 



The Names of the Inhabitants of the Town of UNITY 



Nathaniel Hunton 
Amos Chase 
Moses Stinston? 
Charles Huntqon 
Daniel Moody 
Philip Huntoon 
Josiah Moody 
Simeon Gliden 
Jacob Smith 



14 



Rich d Brown 
Caleb Huntoon 
David Weed 
Samuel Hunton 
Elijah Weed 
Nathaniel Lad 
Abner Currier 
Samuel Weed 
Joseph Gliden 

Unity, 26. 



Abner Chase 
Abraham Sandborn 
Moses Gary? 
David Weed jun r 
Andrew Glidden 
John Lad 
John Huntoon 
Richard Moody 



y or T 

UNIVE 



Sal 



210 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



The Names of those persons 
who refused to sign the writ- 
ten Declaration. 
Jonathan Glidde?i 
Sam 1 Judkins 
Rich d Glidden 
James Ladd. 4 refused. 

David "Weed 
Nathaniel Hunton 

Indorsed — "For Major Timothy Ellis 
at Keen, on the Publick service." 



Selectmen of the 
Town of Unity. 



SIGNERS IN ATKINSON. 



Ezekiel Belknap 
Stephen Page 
Asa Page 
John Johnson 
Eben r Eatton 
Benj a Emery jun r 
Benjamin Emery 
Joseph French 
James Noyes 
Enoch Noyes 
Jona. Poor 
Joseph Knight 
Jer h Poor 
Nath 1 Peabody 
Jon a Webster 
Humphrey Noyes, jun r 
Jesse Page 
Joseph Knight, jun r 
William Sawyer 
Daniel Poor jun 
Nathaniel Noyes 
Moses Greeuough 
Jonathan Blake 
Stephen Peabody 
Daniel Poor 
Thomas Noyes 
Stephen Dole 
John Knight jun 
John Webster jr 
Stephen Noyes 
Jonathan Sawyer 
James Little 
Asa Haseltine 



Joseph Little 
Thomas Little 
Dudley Bayley 
Joseph Hale 
Ebn r Green 
John Currier 
William Baley 
Samuel Webster 
James Bayley 
William Webster 
Joseph Webster 
John Webster 
James Page 
Moses Page 
James Merrell ? 
Joshua Knight 
Benjamin Pliilbrickjun 
John Knight 
Joshua Emery 
John Atwood 
Daniel Page 
Moses Emery 
Enoch Knight 
James Dow 
John Clement 
John Dow jun 
John Ingalls 
Eldad Ingalls 
Eben Bartlet ? 
Stephen Dole jun 
John Kelley 
Reuben Mills 

Atkinson — 97. 



Joseph Chandler 
Daniel Richards 
Stephen AV hi taker 
Benjamin Philbrick 
Jonathan Page jun r 
Bradlee Richards 
Thomas AVhitaker 
Moses Belknap 
Benjamin Richards 
David Atwood 
John Dow 
Jonathan Page 
Nath 1 Cogswell 
Tristram Knight 
Israel AVebster 
Benj a Stone 
Samuel Noyes 
John Knight, 3 d 
Humphrey Noyes 
Joseph Noyes 
Abel Merrill 
Abel Merrill, jun. 
John Merrill 
Samuel Little 
Jesse Sawyer 
Amos Mills 
Benj a Hale 
Jonathan Palmer 
Joseph Palmer 
Jonathan AVhittaker 
Oliver Sawyer 
Joseph Graves? 



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ASSOCIATION TEST. 



211 



State of New Hampshire. 

This certifies that in consequence of y e foregoing requisi- 
tion of the Hon bl Committee of Safety for said State, all the 
males of Twenty one years of age and upwards, belonging 
to Atkinson in y e State aforesaid (Lunaticks, Idiots & Ne- 
groes excepted) have freely & voluntarily subscribed their re- 
spective names to the foregoing Declaration. 

Att*. Nath 1 Peabody ) Selectmen of 

Jesse Page j said Atkinson. 
Atkinson, Sep 1 . 25 th 1776. 



SIGNERS IN BARN8TEAD. 



Samuel Pitman 
Jonathan Buncker 
Thomas Snell 
Depandance Colbath 
John Elliott 
John Furbur 
John Nelson 
Joseph Bunker 
Joseph Saniborn 
Richard Sinkler 
Benj a Nutter 
Stephen Pickren 
William Lord 
Winthxpp Smart 
John Heukeus 



Isaac Huckens 
Nathaniel Pease 
John Bickford 
Benjamin Edgerly 
John Mugate 
-John Sanborn 
his 

Daniel X Jacobs 

mark 
Daniel Bickford 
John Tasker 
John Sanborn 
his 

Timothy X Davis 

mark 
Hatevil Nutter 

Barnstead, 37. 



Jonathan Emerson 
Benjamin Emerson 
Sam 11 Drew 
John Mudget 
Joseph Bryant 

his 
Joseph X Mugate 

mark 

Benjamin Brown 

Edward Sanborn 

his 
Samuel X Stephens 

mark 
his 

Dodeson X Bunker 
mark 



SIGNERS IN BARRINGTON. 



John Hill 
Joshua Felker 
Silas Drew 
George Waterhouse 
Benjamin Babb 
Michal Felker 
William Cate, jun r 
Charles Danielson 
John Laighen 
Timothy Perkins 
Joseph Daniel jun. 
David Tenny 
John Cate 
John Hall 



Joshua Hasfort? 
Ralph Hall 
Natha. Robert 
James Tuttle, jun. 
William Hays 
Jacob Daniel, jun 
Stephen Foss 
Elisha Blacke 
Richard Babb 
Mica] ah Otis 
William Lock jun 
William Babb 
Samuel Foss 
William Gray 



jThomas Scruten 
[Elijah Sene ? 
John Daniel 
Joseph Hall 
Solomon Hall 
John Cater 
James Howard 
Charles Felker 
John Church 
Solomon Young 
Isaac Hall 
Reuben Davis 
Edward Cater 
Joshua Otis 



212 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Jeremiah Foss 
James Foss 
John Kingman 
Hezekiah Hayes 
Hinkson Marden 
James Marden 
Giddon Leighton 
Timothy Waterhouse 
Daniel Rowell 
Hinkson Foss 
Isaiah Felker 
Winthrop Young 
Paul Young 
Nathanel Church 
John Drew 
James Church 
Jeremiah Gray 
James Danielson 
Paul Hayes 
Thomas How 
"William How 
Paul Otis 
Clement Daniel 
Joshua Holms 
Nicholas Brock 
Stephen Young 
Ebenzer Kielle 
John Willey 
Isaac Willey 
Lemuel Willey 
William Lock 
Nathan Foss. jun 
Sam 1 Winkley 
Simeon Harbr-d? 
John Caverly 
James Daves 
Josier Brown 
Samuel Foss, jun. 
John Ham 
Philip Caverly 
Levi Danielson 
Ruben Gray 
John Gray 
Samuel Gray 
Joseph Daniel 
Jabez Smith 
Joseph Woodman 
John Brown jun 
Joseph Brown 
Tho 5 Fisher 
George Parshley 
Mchlos Brown 
John Waterhouse 



Fra s Winkley 
Isaac Waldron 
Jacob Clark 
Samuel Stiles 
Mark Foss jun 
Nathenel Foss 
Mark Foss 
Georg Seaward 
Bpbraim Daniel 
Jonathan Montgomery 
Samuel Hayes 
Simon Lock 
Lirnuel Perkins 
Samuel Buzzel 
John Young 
Garlen Smith 
James Leighton 
Stephen Otes 
Joseph Hayes 
Nicholas Otes 
John Blake 
Richard Parcely 
Thomas Buzzel 
John Berry 
Ephram Holmes jun 
Solomon Foss 
James Gray 
Eliph. Cloutmer 
William Ham 
George Ham 
Henery Sevey 
Elijah Otis 
Joseph Gate 
George Berry 
George Foss 
James Haves 
JohnMells? 
Jacob Sheperd 
Ebenezer Spener 
Dudley Davis 
Timothy Gluson 
William McDaniel jun 
Isaac Sherburn 
Josiah Manson? 
James Durgen 
Abraham Allis 
John Renels 
Stephen Houster 
John Hoody 
Isaac Renels 
Robert Bamford 
Mark Eayers 
Jacob Daniel 

Total, 200. 



Abijah Pintray? 
John Arten 
Peter Young 
Aaron Waldron 
John Garlen jun 
Nat. Berry 
Ephraim Foss 
Solomon Gate 
Samuel Bruester 
Ephraim Holmes 
Thomas Foss 
Elezer Young 
Ben Perl 
Joseph Young 
John Garland 
Benjamin Hayes 
Paul Brewster 
John Parseley 
John Babb 
Jethro Lock 
William Grays 
Noah Holmes 
Stephen Berry 
Benjamin Yong 
Samuel Berry 
James Row 
Joshua Sloper 
John Iluckinson 
Joseph ? Peavey 
James Peavey 
.John Montgomery 
Benjamin Hall jun 
Pery Hicks- 
James Wodes 
Albert Dennie 
Samuel Wales 
Charles Bimfor? 
Peletiah Daniels 
Williamme Daues 
Thomas Rawlings 
David Rolings 
John Sherburn 
Eben Jackson 
Obediah Di'ew r 
Eben r Young 
John Foye, jun 
Isaac Young 
Edmond Evens 
Isaac Leighton 
Benjamin Buzzel 
William Runels 
Daniel Delan. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



213 



Barrington, Sep. 3, 1776. 
To the Speaker of the house of Representatives for the 
Colonie of New Hampshire — this may Sertifv that the Asso- 
ciation Paper has been carried through this Town and these 
men Refuse to sine whos names follow : 



David Drew 
Samuel Williams 
William Durgen 
Johnaihan Swain 
Joh n athan Clark 
Elijah Tut el 



Jeremiah Tibets 
Daniel Clark 
John Buzz el 
Thomas Caverly 
Richard Swain 
John Caveno 
12 



William Cate jux 
Silas Drew 
John Kingman 



Selectmen 

of 
Barring-ton 



SIGNERS IN BEDFORD. 



John Wallace, Jun T 

James Caldwell 
Wm. Caldwell 
James Matthes 
John Morrison 
John Aiken 
Adam Dickey 
Matt w Patten 
John Goffe 
Daniel Moor 
John Moor jun r 
Daniel Moor Jun r 
Thomas Matthews 
Robert Gift'en 
John Burns 
Robert Burns 
William Burns 
John Brien 
William Moor 
James Moore 
James Houston 
Hugh Orr 
Barnbass Rain 
John Mcintosh 
Jacob McQuaid 
James Westlie 
John Little 
Thomas Gait 
Thomas Boies 



Sam 1 Vose 
William White 
Joseph Wallace 
John McKinney 
!Asa Barns 
Samuel Tirrelljun 
William Kennedy 
Robert Morrel 
Andrew Walker 
Nathaniel Patterson 
Robert Mathes 
James Vose 
George Conray 
Hugh Campbel 
James McAllister 
John McLaughlin 
John Gardner 
'Amaziah Pollard 
James Steel 
James Aiken 
Whitefield Gillmor 
James Smith 
John Orr 
Lt. John Moor 
Joseph Houston 
David Moor 
James Gillmor 
William Moor 
David McClerey 
Total. 87. 



James Patterson 
Matthew McDuffie 
Thos MacLaughlin 
Benj m Smith 
Zechariah Chandler 
John Moor 
James Wallace 
;James Mortin 
'John Goffe. jun r 
John Riddle 
Samuel Patten 
John Boies 
James Lien 
John Bell 
John Wallace 
Robert Walker 
James Walker 
Patrick Lark en 
John Hillery 
William McCleary 
Joseph Bell 
Sam 1 Fugard 
Thomas Vickers Yo?q 
{Samuel Patten 
James Cairns 
Richard McAllster 
!John Smith 
James Little 
I Stephen Franch 



214 



COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



To the Honourable the Council and House of Representa- 
tives for the Colony of New Hampshire To be conven'd at 
Exeter in s d Colony, on Wednesday the 5 th Instant : 
Pursuant to the within precept, we have taken pains to 
know the minds of the Inhabitants of the Town of Bedford, 
with Respect to the within obligation, and find none unwil- 
ling to sign the same Except the Rev d John Houston, who de- 
clines signing the said obligation, for the following Reasons, 
viz. 

Firstly, Because he did not apprehend that the Hon bl 
Committee meant that ministers should take up arms as 
Being inconsistent with their ministerial Charge. 

2ndiy Because he was already Confined to the County of 
Hillsborough ; therefore he thinks he ought to be set at 
liberty before he should sign the s d obligation. 

3i<uy Because there is there is three men Belonging to his 
Family already Inlisted in the Continental Army. — 1 

John Goffe ) Select 
John Orr \ men. 
Bedford, June y e 4 th 1776. 



SIGNERS IN BOSCAWEN. 



Joseph Hoit 
Moses Call 
Moses Morse 
Jesse Flanders 
Moses Burbank 
John Flanders 
Daniel Noyes 
Daniel Clark 
Benj a Day 
Nathan Corser 
Joseph Atkinson 
Robie Morrill 
Moses Burbank jun r 
Thomas Gorden 
Sam 1 Atkinson 
Jerem h V Hidden 
Caleb Merril 
Daniel Peterson 
Benjamin Couch 
Jacob Flanders 
John Knowlton 
Eben Hidden 
Henry Gerrish 



Daniel Sheprd 
Isaac Pearson 
Winthrop Carter 

Sam 1 Davis 
Benj a Rolfe 
Ezekiel Flenders 
John Elliot jun r 
Thomas Elliot 
John Muzay 
John Jackinan 
Jame Garies 
jEnos Flanders 
jjedediah Danford, 
Jesse Flanders, jun 
William Danford jun 
Samuel Coser 
Jonathan Coser 
Stephen Gerrish 
Samuel Burbank 
Moses Jackman 
Enoch Gerrish 
John Morrill 
Silas Call 



Joseph Gerrish 
Mik 1 Sargent 
Thomas Redel 
Simeon Jackman 
Willim Welch? 
Moses Call 
David Burbank 
Simeon Atkinson 
Timothy Eastman 
Joseph Pearson 
Joseph Flanders 
Jerome Little? 
John Couch 
Edmund Chadwick 
Moses Morss, jun r 
Moses Manuel 
Samuel Jackman 
Daniel Richards 
David Corser 
Asa Corser 
John Corser 
Edward Gares 
John Manuel 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



215 



Bitfield Plainer 
David Carter 
Nathaniel Gookin 
John Stevens 
Samuel Ames 
Thomas Corser 
Jonathan Atkinson 
Samuel Clifford 
Peter Kimball 
John Hale 
Robert Elliot 
James French 
Sam 1 Dauford 



Benjamin Jackman 
Joseph Muzzy 
Samuel Muzzy 
Isaac Noyes 
Peter Resewell Stevens 
William Danford 
Nicholas Elliot 
Capt. Stephen Gerish 
Nathaniel Atkinson 
Enoch Little 
Nathan Davis 
Joseph Bean 
John Fowler 



John Ilsley 
Peter Coffin 
Oliver Fowler 
John Bowly 
John Bowly jun r 
John Corser, jun r 
George Jackman 
Samuel Agaton 
John Urann 
George Jackman, jun r 
Cutting Noyes 
John Elliot 
Joseph Eastman. 



Total, 108. 

To the Honourable Council and House of Representatives 
for the Collony of New Hampshire, or Committee of 
Safety : 

This may certify that the within Declaration Have Been 
offred to the Inhabitants of Boscawen and unanimously 
signed Excepting one, (viz.) Aaron Flanders Refused to 
signe the same. 

George Jackman ) 
Cutting Noyes > Selectmen. 
John Elliot ) 
June 3, 1776. 



SIGNERS IN BOW. 



Ephraim Foster 
John Bryent 
Beniamin Bean 
James Busel 
John Carr 
Stephen Eastman 
David Carr 
John Grushe 
Jonthan Clement 
Solomon Heath 
Edw d Russell 
David Foster 
David Elliot 
John Colby 
Abraham Colby 
Willeby Colby 
Elijah Colbey 
Joseph Rogers, jun r 
Jonathan Clough 
Samuel Wingle 
Amasa Dow 



Joseph Rogers 
Ralph Cross 
Antony Mannaell 
Tim? Dix 
Samuel Dow 
Elisha Clough 
Elisha Clough jun 
Thomas Hardy 
Edward Carlton 
Samuel Rogers jun r 
Aaron Kinsman 
Reuben Currier 
Richard Clough 
John Robertson 
James Moor 
Leonard Ilarriman 
John Sulliway 
Enoch Noyes 
Ephraim Moor 
Benj a Noyes 
Simeon Heath 

Total, 63. 



Nathanael Callies 
John Brown 
Paltiah Clement 
Richard Clough jun r 

his 
Henry X hamphill 

mark 
Joseph Baker 
Samuel Welch 
Will™ Robertson 
Aaron Noyes 
John Noyes 
James Reddell 
John Garven 
James Garven 
Patrick Garven 
Leion? hemphill 
John Moor 
Samuel Alexander 
Samuel Welch jun r 
Jacob Stockbridare 



216 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



(Errors excepted — Samuel Rogers 

-< I not being satisfied, Errors excepted 

( "William Rogers 

Bow September y e 3 d , 1776. 

We the Subscribers in obediance to the within have shown 
this Paper to all & every Person that are not excepted & that 
are not in the servis, that Belong to said Town of Bow, al of 
which have voluntarily signed the same. 

Ephraim Foster ) Selectmen 
Jn° Bryent i of 

Benjamin Noyes \ Bow 



SIGNERS IN BRENTWOOD. 



Sam 1 Dudley 
Hawley Marshall 
Jedediah Robinson 
Samuel Dudley 
Daniel Leavitt 
Jonathan Robinson 
Stephen Ltt. Creighton 
Samuel Colcord 
Josiah Dudley 
Dudley Robinson 
David Robinson 
Daniel Ward 
Jonathan Quinby 
John Bennet 
John Wilson 
Nicholas Mudget 
John Thing 
Gilman Robinson 
Winthrop Dudley 
Samel Wormall 
John Dudley jun r 
Alexander Gorden 
Samuel Clark [Smith 
John Philbrick 
John Bonnet, jun 
Humphry Wilson 
Darby Kelly 
Job Judkins 
Porter Kimball 
Joseph Shaw 
Moses Folsom 
Jonathan Shaw 
Abraham Morrill 
Abel Morrill 
Jon a Veasey 



Beniamin Fifield 
James Marston 
John Abbot 
Joseph Edgerly 
Nat — ? Prescott 
Peter Thing 
Nath 1 Thing 
Richard Tandy 
Simon Gilman 
Bartholomew Thing 
Robert Rowe 
Jonathan Thing 
Samuel Shaw 
Nath 1 Trask 
Jonathan Moody jun r 
Daniel Wormall 
Richard Fosa? 
Jonathan Weed 
Samuel Edgerly 
George Yesaay 
Nicholas Smith 
Richard York 
Lemul Johnson 
John Philbrick 
Tho s Peabody 
John Dudley 
Daniel Leavitt 
Jeremiah Ellsworth 
Eliphalet Tiling 
Samuel Thing 
Dudley Thing 
Samuel I-Cllsworth 
Aaron Ellsworth 
Josiah Thing 
Levi Morrill 



Ebenezer Colcord 
Daniel Clark 
Edward AYest 
Joseph Wadleigh jun r 
Edward Stevens 
Nathaniel Stevens 
Nemiah West 
Nathaniel Gilman 
Ebenezer Stevens 
Joseph Wadleigh 
James Dudley 
Chase Smith 
Edmund Pilsbery 
James Nichols 
Abner Burbank 
Biley Lyford 
David Burbank 
Nathaniel Chase 
Thomas Gorden 
Zadok Samborn 
William Morrill 
John Quimby 
Jonathan Sleeper jun 
Joseph Jewell 
Elisha Sanborn jun 
Francis Brown 
Isaac Whitcher 
Elisha Sanborn 
William Graves 
William Graves jun 
John Scribner Harper 
Jonathan Taler 
Jonathan Talyor jun 
Aretas Rowe 
Nathaniel Clark 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



217 



John Tucke 
James Sinkler 
John Shaw 
Daniel Dearbon 
Abraham Drake 
Moses Cheney 
Samuel Dudley 
Joseph Smith 
Richard Whitcher 
Samuel Tucke 
Jonathan Dow 
Winthrop Marston 
Samuel Marston, 
Benjamin Pulsifer 
Amos? Gordon 
Thomas Leavitt 
Jabez Smith 
Dudley Kimball 
Samuel Harper 



John Carr jun r 
Simeon Morgain 
John Carr 
Moses Lyford 
Timothy Gorden 
John Tiling 
Samuel Lock 
James Robinson 
Alexander Roberds 
Sander Roberds. Jun r 
Xichelos Dollof V 
Thomas Roberds 
Josiah Hook 
Daniel Torrey 
Robert Smith 
Reuben Smith 
Joshua Smith 
Nichloua Hardie 

Total, 100. 



Ebenezer Colcord Jun r 
Rauson Dudley 
Scribner Gorden 
Ebenezer Chase 
Benjamin Robords 
Joseph Johnson 
David Dollof 
John Dollof 
Samuel Robards 
Daniel Sanbonjun 
Daniel Sanbon 
'Edward Sanborn 
John Woodbury 
Nathaniel Graves 
Stephen Fifield 
Moses Finly? 
Joseph Sanborn 
Jonathan Gorden 



Pursuant to this "Write to us We have desired all Males as 
Directed to Sign to this Declaration, and find that 



James Been 
Jeremiah Been 
Richard Been jun 
Samuel Dudley jun 
Samuel Stevens 
David Clifford 
Thomas Smith 
Levi Been 
Richard Been 



Samuel Clifford 
Antipasse Gilman 
William Been 
Joseph Greeley 
William Stevens 
Moses Magoon 
Jonathan Sleeper 
Joshua Been (1) 
Jeremiah Rowe 



—18 



Refuses to sis:n to this Declaration. 



Ebenezer Colcord 
James Robinson 
Jedediah Robinson 



Select 

men of 

Brentwood. 



SIGNERS IX CANTERBURY. 



Thomas Clough 
Ezekiel Morrill 
Archelaus Moore 
John Moor 
Abiel Foster 



Sargent Morrill 
Jonathan Young 
James Carl? 
Obadiah Clough 
Joseph Durgin 



William Glinesjun r 
Samiel Ames 
Benjamin Heath 
David Morrill 
Joshua Boienton 



(1) Those iii the above list of the name of Been, were Quakers; and, probably, 
others.— Ed. 



218 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Samul Colby 
Tho B Gilman 
Jeremiah Hacket 
Ephraim Carter 
Abner Iloyt 
Richerd Ellison 
Jeremiah Clough 
Benj a Blanchard 3 d 
Jonathan Blanchard 
Samuel Nudd 
Joshua AVeeks 
Jonathan Webster 
William Moor 
Nathaniel Glines 
Benj a Simson 
Thomas Hoyt 
David Ames 
John Moors, jun* 
Barnard Stiles 
Samuel Haines 

John Sanborn X i 
' s mark 

Nathanael Moore 

Richard Hanes 

James Shepard 

Arch 8 Miles 

James Gipson 

James Glines 

William Gault 

David McCrillis 

Benj a Johnson 

Daniel Foster 

John Lyford 

Elonanath Harr 

Benjamin Woodman 

Jonathan Jonston 

his 



Aaron Sargent X 
Benj a Sanborn 



John Bean 
Caleb Heath 
Gideon Bartlett 
Joseph Hallet 
Nathaniel Hallet 
Samuel Weeks 
Simon Symeon? 
Jams Moloney 
John McDaniel 
iJeremiah McDaniel 
Laben Morrill 
Asa Forster 
Simon Ames 
John Moloney 
Robert Hastings 
John Robinson 
Simeon Robinson 
Joseph Call? 
ionathan Guile 
Jesse Cross 
John Cross 
Stephen Cross 
William Hancock 
Reuben Kezar 
Jacob Hath 
John Roen 
Abner Miles 
Nathaniel Perkins 
David Blancher 
Samiel Emery 
James Blanchard 
Richard Haines? 
William Dyer 
Shubel Dearbon 
Nathaniel Dearbon 
David Morrison 
Nehemiah Clough 
markiBeniamin Blanchard 

Total, 128. 



Richard Blanchard 
David Norris 
Edward Blanchard 
John Gibson 
James Lin d Perkens 
Thomas Gibson 
Peter Hanaford 
Benjamin Collins 
John Forrest 
John Forrest, jun 
William Forrest 
Nathaniel AVitcher 
Ruben AVitcher 
AVilliam Samborn 
Gideon Sawyer 
Eben r Kimball 
Jioth? Simons 
Simon Stevens 
William Simons 
Benjamin AA r itcher 
Jeremiah Ladd 
Joseph Samborn 
Daniel Fletcher 
Henry Clough 
AValter Haines 
AVilliam Miles 
Eli Simons 
Tho s Foss 
Leavitt Clough 
Josiah Miles [jun 

Benjamin Blanchard, 
David Forster 
Timothy Foss 
John Foss 
Samuel Gerrish 
Abner Haines 
Edmon Calley? 
Thomas Clough jun r 



SIGNERS IN CLAREMONT. 

Claremont, May 30 th 1776. 
In compliance to the above Declaration we have shone the 
Declaration to All the Inhabitants of this Town, and the 
Associate are those who have signed to this paper. 

Matthias Stone ) Select 
Asa Jones ( men 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



219 



The following Names of those who are twenty one years 
of age and upward. 



Thomas Goodwin 
Joseph York 
Matthias Stone 
Jacob Rice 
"William Osgood 
Asa Jones 
Jobn Spencer 
Lemuel Hubbard 
Christopher York 
David Bates 
T Sterne 
Barnabas Ellis 
Joel Roys ? 
Joseph Hubbard 
Amasa Fuller 
Jer m Spencer 
Partrick Fields 
Gideon Lewis 
Seth Lewis 
Josiah Stevens 
John Kilboru 
John Peake 
John West 



Samuel Tuttle 
Stephen Hige? 
Charles Higbe 
Edward Goodwin 
Ephraim French 
Joseph Ives 
Elihu Stevens jun r 
Ichabod Hitchcock 
Ebenezer Dudley 
Danil Curte? 
Josiah Rish 
Oliver Ellsworth 
Jonathan Parker 
David Rich 
Ebenezer Washburn 
Bill Barnes 
John Adkins 
Amaziah Knights 
John Goss 
Ezra Jones 
William Sims 
David Adkins 
Timothy Adkins 
Total, 84. 



Edward Ainsworth 
Nathaniel Goss 
Joel Matthews 
Oliver Tuttle 
Amos Conant 
Sam 1 Ashley 
John Sprague 
Adam Alden 
James Alden 
David Lynd 
Oliver Ashley 
Eleazer Clark 
Eleazer Clark, jun r 
Moses Spaford 
Benjamin Towner 
Samuel Lews 
Abner Matthews 
Elihu Stephens 
Jonas Stuard 
Beriah Murry 
Thomas Duston 
Timothy Duston 



X. B. These are the Names of those who have actually 
taken up arms and are now in the Continental army. 



Lieut Co 1 Joseph Wait Jonathan Fuller 
Leut. Joseph Taylor iPeter Fuller 
Ens. Thomas Jones Ruben Spencer 
S. Abner Matthews jun Garsham York 
James Gooden, ;Benj a Towner jun r 

The Rev d 

Augustin Hibbard, 

Chaplain &c. 



David Laynes jun r 
Charles Laynes 
Henery Stephens 
Jonathan York 
Joseph York jun r 



16. 



The Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration. 



John TJwmaB 

Cajrf. Benjamin Brooks 

Barnabas Brooks 

Capt. Benjimine Sumner 

Rev. Banna Cosset 

Cornelus Brook 

Sam 1 Cole Esq 

Daniel Warner 

Levi Warner 



William Coy 
JEnueh Judd 
Ebenezer Judd, jun r 
Lt. Benjamin Tayler 
Timothy Grranis 
Hezekiah Boys 
Asa Beat 
Benjamin Beat 
Ebenezer Judd 



220 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



James Steal 
Amos Snow 
John Hichcoch 
David Dodge 
Samuel Thomas 
Amos Cole 
Ebenezer Edson 



Benjamin Peterson 
Benjamin Brooks jun r 
Daniel Warner, jnn 
Doct. William Sumner 
Ebenezer Roys 
Joseph Norton. 



31. 



Claremont, May 30 th 1776. 
The Declaration having ben shone to the within named 
persons thay Refuse to Sign. 

Attest Matthias Stone ) Select 

Asa Jones men. 



SIGNERS IN CHESTER. 



John Craford 
William Lock 
Samuel Blunt 
William Tolford 
Daniel Greenough 
Robert McKinley 
Matthew Forsith Jun r 
Edward Robie 
Edward Robie 
Archibald McRafee 
Ebenezer Townsend 
Nathalie] Glidden 
Wilks West 
Caleb Hall 
Wells Chase 
Moody Chase 
Stephen Merrill 
Alex r Weatherspoon 
Robert Craige 
James Aiken 
John Webster 
Sam 1 Emerson 
Stephen Morse 
Daniel Webster 
Stephen Dearbon 
Adam Willson 
Rob 1 Calfe 
Gasiel Harriman 
Nathan Morse 
Henry Morse 
Joseph Linn 
Moses Hills 
Jonathan Hall 



Stephen Lufkin 
James Ran kins 
Athl Sam 1 Stickney 
Edmund Stickney 
David Wetherspoon 
Peter Aiken 
John Grimes 

Mathew ? 

John Underbill 
William Underbill 
Joseph Dearbon 
James Pearce 
James Crage 
William White 
Nathan Fitts 
James Dimlap 
Nathan Webster, jun r 
John Hasseltine 
Peter Dearben 
Peter Hasseltine 
Nathan al Blaisdall 
Ebenezer Basford 
benjamin true 
Sam 1 Hasseltine 
Simon Bayley 
Moses Underbill, jun r 
John Underbill jun r 
Stephen Hills 
Richard Hasseltine 
Moses Hasseltene 
Jonathan Darbon 
David Foss 
Isaac Blasdell 



Josiah Hall 
Pearson Richardson 
Samuel Kinsman 
Sam 1 Wilson 
Bracket Towl 
Anthony Jones 
Benjamin Meluc? 
Parker Can- 
Easmiel Morss 
David Currier 
Robert Rowe 
John Darbon 
Jotham Colby 
William McMasten 
Benj n Hills 
Samuel Hills 
Ezekiel Worthen 
John Shackford, jun r 
Aaron Townsend 
Theod r Shackford 
Daniel Richardson 
Moses Richardson 
Isaac Forse 
Isaac Forse jun 
Jonathan Forsaith 
Thomas Wason 
Rob' Wilson 
Will" 1 Wilson 
James Wason 
Charles Moore 
Samuel Moore 
David Fuller 
Benjamin Hoyt 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



■2-21 



John ILiyt 
Joseph McClellan 
Stephen Marden 
John Pain 
Joseph Knowles 
Amos Pain 
Nathan Norton 
Samuel Brown 
John Knowles 
John Knowles, jun r 
Nathan Knowles 
Joshua Prescot 
Joseph Long 
James Willson 
Nathan Webster 
James Waddell 
Amos Merrill 
Josiah Bradley 
francies towl 
Jacob Hills 
Thomas Hasseltine 
Benjamin Hasseltine 
Jabez Hoit 
Benjm n f nlleni 
Samuel Jones 
John Tolford 
Hugh Tolford 
John Robie 
Gideon Rowel 
John Coulby 
Samuel Rowel 
Samuel forsten f 
John Willson 
Henry hall 
Peter hall 
Sam 1 Jacks ? 
Simon Barry 
Thomas Follnbe 
James Shirla 
William Shirla 
Hugh Shirley 
Sam 1 Robie 



James Richardson 
Ebeuezer Dearbon 
John Gross 
William Brown 
William Greenoh ? 
Abraham Sargent 
Wintrip Sargent 
John Karr 
William Mills 
Robert Grahames 
John Grimes 
John Mills 
Nath" Sweetser 
Samuel McTerson 
Robert Dickey 
Parker Morss 
Josiah Morss 
Edmund Sleeper 
Joseph Morss 
Joseph Blanchard 
Abuer Hills 
Jabez french 
Isaac Hills 
James Randall 
John Lain 
Daniel Dolbeer 
John Butterfield 
John Lane. jun r 
Jonathan Norton 
Joseph Norton 
Jonthan Berry 
Joseph Smith 
John Sevey 
Ealel ? Berry 
Benj n Hills 
David Richardson 
Bradbury Carr 
Joseph Carr 
Charles Moore, jun r 
Benj n Currier 
Mark Carr 

Chester, 221. 



Thomas Fowler, jun 
James Wetherspoon 
Daniel Wetherspoon 
Mansfield McAffe 
hugh McAffer 
Samuel Akin 
Robert Patten 
Samuel Crombev 
Willim Mi let- 
Hugh Miller 
Thomas McMaster 
William Gilcrist 
David Dickey 
Robert Dinsmore 
Benjamin Perce 
Samuel Peirce 
Barnard Brickett 
Joseph Hills 
David Underbill 
Jonathan Emery 
Hezekiah Underbill 
Jonathan Underbill 
Isaac Towlt 
John Orr 
John Burley 
Joseph Hall 
Joseph Clark 
Edward Pressen 
Cornelius Morgan 
Samuel Worthen 
Edmund Eliot 
Paul healy 
Moses Underbill 
Jacob Derbey 
James Hidden 
Samuel Davis 
John Quimby 
Robert Gordon 
William Brown 
Francis Carr 
Timothy Carr 



CHESTERFIELD. 

To the Honourable Comittee of Safety or General Assembly 

of the Colony of New Hampshire — 

As soon as ever we received your Directions requesting us 
to desire all the Males in this Town to sign to a Declaration 



9 -9-? 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



(Lunaticks &c excepted) in obedience thereto we Immedi- 
ately proceeded to give publick Notice of your Intentions 
and otherwise as we Thought would have the most effectual 
Tendency to have put into Execution, in order that we might 
make a Return by our Representative, but having so short a 
Time for to accomplish the Matter in so great a Town, and 
being unwilling to omit anything relating to our Duty and 
which might be for the Benefit of the Whole, we calmly de- 
liberated on the Matter asked y e advice of our Representa- 
tive and others of Sense and Steadiness, and as we were not 
limitted to a certain Time to make a Return, we purpose to 
make one as soon as it may be done with conveniency. 
So rest your Humble Serv te 



Eph™ Baldwin ) 
Michael Cresey V 
Sam 1 Hildreth ) 



Select men 
of Chesterfield. 



SIGNERS IN CHESTERFIELD. 



Abraham Wood 
Simon Davis 
Isaac Davis 
John Snow 
Oliver Cobleigh 
Jonathan Farwell 
Oliver Farwell 
Sila Thompson 
William Farwell 
Jonathan Davis 
Warrin Snow 
Ebenezer Streeter 
William Thomas 
Daniel Baldwin 
William Simonds 
Amos Smith 
Josh Smith 
Jonathan farr 4 th 
Jonathan ferr 3 
Thomas Farr 
Benjamin Hudson 
Moses Smith 
Josiah Streeter 
Michael Woodcock 
Jonathan Cobleigh 
Jonas Stearns 
Sam 1 Fairbanks 
Jon a Farr 2d. 
Josiah Lamb 



Sam 11 Walker. 
Archibell Roberson 
Andrew Coburn 
Larrauce Walton 
Phineas Brown 
John Sanderson 
William Fisher 
Jonathan Hildreth.Jun. 
James Wheeler. Jun. 
Josiah Hastings 
Andrew Hastings 
Noah Emmons 
Jonathan Cresey 
Ephraim Wheeler 
John Cobleigh 
Joseph Higgins 
James M c 'Blroy 
Joseph Wheeler 
James Wheeler 
Zenas Fairbank 
Nathan Bishop 
Isaac Hildreth 
Israel Johnson 
James Robertson 
Elisha Lock wood 
Dan. Cobleigh 
Aaron Farr 
Peter Wheeler 
Moses Ellis 



Eph m Hubbard 
Amos Davis 
John White 
Nathan Metcalf 
John Bishop 
Jonathan Cobleigh 
Nathan Thomas 
Zur d Evans 
Abel Emons 
William Farr Jr 
William Robertson 
Ithamar Chamberlan 
Edwarrl Hildreth 
Caleb Johnson 
James Davis 
Amos Streeter 
Enoch Streeter 
Abner Johnson 
John Prat 
Kimball Carlton 
Nath 1 Bingham 
Theodore Bingham 
Abel Ray 
John Pierce 
Samuel Farr 
Beniamin Coburn 
Nehemiah Merrill 
Ephram Farr 
Iasaac Farr 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



223 



Sam 11 Fair, Jun. 
John Haskell 
Ezekiel Powers 
Silas Wood 
Obadiah Morrill 
William Henry- 
Daniel Farr 
Amasa Coburn 
Thomas Harris 
Douglas Robins 
Uallainell Merrill 
Sherebiah Fay 
Thomas Daby 
Jose])h Metcalf 
Martins Warner 
David Stoodder Jr? 
Sam eI Peacock 
John Peacock 



Ephraim Baldwin 
Michael Cresey 
Samuel Hildreth 
Moses Smith, Jr. 
Wilm Aires 
David Stone 
John Grandy 
John Grandy Jun 
Kbeneser Gail 
Silvanus Battey 
Ebenezar Faver 
Increas Lamb 
Abuer Albee 
Abijah S tarns 
Mathew Gray 
Ebenezer Taft 
William Hildreth 



John Richardson 
Daniel Kinison 
James Reed 
John Ellis 
Joel Whitney 
David farr 
James Mansfield 
Oliver Hubbard 
Michaell Medcalf 
Charles Johnson 
Amos Hubbard 
Jon a Farr 1st 
Benjamin Smith 
Samuel Fletcher 
Patrick M c Michael 
Abraham Fearr 
Abijah Kingsbery 



In Obedience to the witMn Declaration that we Rec d from 
your Honours we proceeded According to your Directions 
and the persons Names underwritten are those that Refuse to 
sign to the Declaration on your paper. 



Capt Jonathan Hildreth, 
Leu* Ephraim Whitney, 
Eleazer Pomeroy, 
Ebenezer Hervey, 
Ebenezer Coopper, 
Joseph Prentice. 
Ephraim Whitney, 

Chesterfield June 12, 1776. 



Ebenezer Fletcher Jun. 
Sam'- 1 Davis Converse 
Elisha Walton 
Eseek Earl 
Silas Bennet 
Sab: Keing. 



Eph Baldwin 
Moses Smith Jr. 
Michael Cresey 
Ephr 111 Hubbard 
Samuel Hildreth 



Select men 

of 
Chesterfield 



SIGNERS IX CONCORD. 



Reuben Kimball 
John Kimball 
Thos Stickney 
Peter Greene 
Tim Walker Jun r 



Benj a Emery 
John Bradley 
Nathan Chandler 
Aaron Stevens 
James Walker 



Robert Davis 
Benjamin Hanaford 
Daniel Gale 
David Hall 
Simeon Danforth 



224 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Nath" Abbott 
Nath 1 Rolfe 

Steplien Greenleaf 
Samuel Thompson 
John Gage 
Moses Eastman, iun. 
Jacob Carter 
John Fowle 

his 
Levi X Rc» ss 

mark 

Jeremiah ■ ? 

Peter Green Jr 

Amos Abbot 

Timothy Bradley 

Ephram Farnum 

Cornelius Johnson 

Philip Eastman 

Daniel Abbot 

Richard Flanders 

Joseph Farnum 

Rich d Hazeltine 

Joseph Hall. Jun r 

Beiuiem Fifield 

Reuben Abbott 

Lot Colby 

Jonathan Eastman 

Danierl Chase 

David George 

Jn° Stevens 
John Virgin 
Phineas Sevns 
Jabez Abbot 
Benjamin Abott 
Ebene r Hall 
Henry Martin 
Timothy Simouds 
William Fifield 
Reuben Abbot Jr. 
Samuel Butters 
[Rev.] Tim" Walker 
Oliver Hoit 
Henry Beck 
Benja Rolfe 
Theodore Farnum 
John Steen 
Eben Farnum 
Moses Eastman 
Ephraim Farnum 



Chandler Lovejoy 
Samuel Hinkson 
Caleb Buswell 
Richard Eastman 
Solomon Gage 
Ezekiel Dimond jun 
Amos Abbot Jun. 
William Coffin 
Joseph Abbot 
Jonathan Merrill 
James Mitchell 
Ezra Cater 

Asa Kimbel 
Jonthan Emerson 
Timothy Bradley Jun. 

Joseph Eastman 

Phineas Virgin 

William Currier 
lEbenezer Simond 

Dan Stickney 
Josiah Farnum Jun. 

Elisha Moody 

Ben. Farnum 

Jacob Green 

Benj. Eastman 

Ebene Virgin 

Ephraim Potter 

Edward Abbott 

Ephraim Farnum jun. 

Jonathan Stickney 

William Virgin 

Obadiah Hall 

George Abbot 

Josiah Farnum 

Joseph Farnum Jr. 

: Stephen Kimball 

Daniel Hall 

lAbner Flanders 

Nathan Abbot 

Jesse Abbot 

ilsaac Abbot 

Ephraim Abbot 
Stephen Abbot 
George Abbot Jun. 
Stephen Farnum 
Daniel Farnum 
Daniel Chene? 
Philip Carigain 



Daniel Carter 
Joseph Colough 
Richard Harbert 
Gordon Hutchins 
James Hazeltine 
William Hazeltine 
John Chase 
Simon Trumbel 
John Shute 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Hall 
his 

John X Trumble 
mark 

Joseph Colby 
Ephraim Fisk 
Nathel Green 
Thomas Wilson 
Isaac Walker 
Ezra Badger 
Richard Flanders 
Timothy Farnhani 
Ezekiel Dimond 
Joseph Hazeltine 
Phinehas Kimball 
Robert Ambros 
Benjamin Sweat 
Abiel Blanchard 
Benjamin Elliot 
James Stevens 
Joseph Eastman. Jun. 
Richard Potter 
Timothy Simonds 
Philip Kimball 
Timothy Kimball 
John Farnum 
Ezekiel Cater 
Richard Flood 
Henry Lovejoy 
Lemuel Tucker 
Jacob Goodwin 
George Graham 
Jeremiah Wheeler 
Zephaniah Patee 
Zebediah Farnum 
Samuel Goodwin 
Abner Farnum 
Thomas Eaton 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



225 



SIGNERS IX COXWAY & LOCATIOXS. 



Joseph Odell. 
Benjamin Farnnm 
Ebenezer Burbanke 
Thomas Russell 
Timothy Walker 
Benoni Cory 
Thomas King 
Jeremiah Page 
Ebeneser Farnum 
Robert Harrold 
John Willson 
Jedediah Spring 
Abie! Lovejoy 
David Page 
Benjamin Osgood 
Barnes Hazeltine 
Tho 5 Merrill 
Joshua Heaths 



John Osgood 
Enoch Webster 
John Dollof Jun. 
"William Merrill 
Leonerd Harriman 
Jam 5 Huntriss 
Enoch Merrill 
Jeremiah Farrington 
John Dollof 
And w M c millan 
Jacob Walden 
Hugh Sterling 
Richard Eastman 
Ezekiel Walker 
Ja 5 Harrold 
William Knox 
Abiather Eastman 
Thos. Merrill, Jun. 
Amos Merrill 

To the General Assembly or Committee of Safety for the 
Colony of New Hampshire 

We have Agreeable to the within Request Desired Every 
man that is twenty one years of age within this town and 
the location adjoining to set their names to the within Itro- 
ment excluding such as were ordered to be Excluded in the 
Request, and every man has accordingly Signed 

David Page ) , 
Joshua Heath j Selectmen 
Conway June 9, 1776. 



William AVhite 
Thomas C'hadbourne 
Joseph Thomson 
Abraham Colby 
Joseph Colby 
John Pendexter 
Humphery Emery 
Humphery Emery 
Nathaniel Hariman 
Enoch Emery 
Antony Emery 
Yere Royse 
Benjamin Copp 
Stephen Coffin 
Richard Jackman 
Josiah Dollof 
Christopher Huntress 
Nat 11 Smith 



SIGXERS IX DEERFIELD. 



Timothy Upham 
Eliphalet Smith 
Stephen Batchelder 
Simon Marston 
John McCrilles 
John Dam 
Tho 5 Rand 
Abraham True 
Benjamin Sanborn 
James Page 
Isaac Sheperd 
Adonijah Felloes 

15 



Sam 1 Cate 
Thomas Moulton 
Richard Jenness 
Jacob Longfellow 
Jeremiah Eastman 
John Avery 
George Wallis 
Aaron Rowlings 
David Kindrick 
Robert Hellese 
Dalton Simpson 
Stephen Chase 



Moses Chase 
John Simpson 
Josiah Chase 
Daniel Currier 
Benjamin Stevens 
Benjamin French 
Wadleigh Crarrr 
Samuel Gilman 
Henry Tucker 
Eliphelet Grifeenjun 
Daniel Page 
? Thompson 



226 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



John Godfree 
James Mason 
Andrew Freese 
Thomas Leavitt 
Enoch Robie 
Samuel Perkins 
Joseph Kinnison 
James Griffen 
John Bachelder, jun. 
Edward Dearbon 
Stephen Bachelder, jun. 
Increase Batcheler 
Nathaniel Green 
John LueyV 
Benjamin Batchelder 
Lev. Dame 
his 

Robart O Mason 

mark 

Thomas Robie 
Jonathan Blue 
Theoph. Grift'en 
Joseph March 
Eliphelet Griffen 
Joshua Yeazey 
George Seavy 
James Langly 
Demonikes Griffen 
Robart Morrill 
Frances Bachelder 
Abiel Bartlet 
Samuel Hardy 
Nathaniel Osgood 
Gideon Ham 
Nathan Grifeen 
Samuel Hobbs 
Andrew Nealey 
John Cram 
John Grifeen 
Joseph Graves 
Enoch French 
Peter Sanborn 



Ebenezer Tilton 
William Smith 
Nathan Batchelor 
John Matlon 
James Brown 
David Jewett 
Zebulun King 
Joseph Hilton 
Samuel levitt 
Reuben Brown 
Ezra True 
Samuel Goodhue 
Edward Blue 
David Teilton 
John Batchelder [jun. 
Stephen Batchelder, 
Josiah Tilton 
David Haines 
William Haines 
Dudley Ladd 
Benj a Kendrick 
Josiah Sawyer 
Nathan Sanborn 
Benjamin Page 
Robert Page 
Samuel Hoit 
Joseph Hoit 
John Thurston 
Benjamin Folsom 
Tristram Sanborn 
Joseph Cram 
Joel Cram 
Jesse prescut 
Josiah Smith 
David Robinson 
Levi Harvey 
Joseph Young 
James Young 
Jonathan Robinson 
John Robinson 
John Merril 



Joseph Jones 
Sauborn Cram 
David Batchelder 
Jedediah Prescott jun 
Josiah Prescott jun 
John Mead 
Samuel Pulsfer 
Joshua Leavitt 
Ezekiel Gilman 
William Mors 
Benjamin Bere? 
Tho 8 Jenness 
Joseph Currier 
Joseph Judkins 
Joshua French 
Benjamin Judkins 
Ebenezer Brown jr 
Daniel Ladd 
Joshua Young- 
Nathaniel Philbrick 

Lis 
Jonathan X Watson 

mark 
Jonathan Philbrick 
Simon Batchelder 
Ephraim Batchelder 
Moses Barnard 
Jonathan Judkins 
Abraham Prescutt 
Samuel Prescutt 
Jonathan McCluer 
Samuel Mc'cluer 
Iddo "Webster 
Thomas Blasdel 
Cotton Haines 
John Pearson [the 3 d 
Nathaniel Bachelder 
Joseph Wallis 
Phineas Tilton 
Timothy Gowing 
John Philbrick 
Nathan Philbrick 101. 



Deerfield June 20 th 1776. 
To the Honorable General Assembly or Committee of Safe- 
ty of tliis Colony. 

Gentlemen we have Complyed with your Request in Desir- 
ing all Males to Sine the Declaration on this Paper Excepting 
a few who have gon out of the Parish the men who refuse to 
Sine are those whose names are here under written 

Nathan Sanborn 
Benjamin Page 
Robert Page 



Select 
men. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



227 



Capt John Robenson 
Liet Nath Meloon 
Moses Marshel 
■Joseph Merril 
Doc* Jonathan Hill 
Josiah Sanborn 
William Turril 
Nehemiah Cram 
John Easman 
MpKrdim Brown 



John Bartlet 
JElezer Alliene 
Jeremiah Glidden 
Daniel Marston 
Nath 1 Folsom 
John Prescott 
Samuel Windslo 
Aseph Merril 
Benja 11 Ladd 
Nath 1 Robenson 20 



SIGNERS IN DEERING. 



Ben. Little 
Ephraira Abbott 
Benj 11 Bradford 
John Waley 
William M c Keen 
Samuel Chandler 
Xenian Aiken 
John Bayls 
Joseph Wakefield 
William Robertson 
Ebenezer Blood 



Elias Hassall 
Frances Grimes 
Samuel Patten 
John Sheriar 
Abraham Gove 
Alexander Hogg 
William Aiken 
William Forsith 
Thomas Aiken 
David Willson 
John Lyon 



Bray Wilkens 
Timothy Wyman 
Jonathan Wyman 
Timothy Wyman, Jun. 
James Grimes 
Joseph Crilis 
Robert Mills 
Ephraim Clark 
Elexander Roberson 
Joseph Robinson 
William Bradford. 33. 



A Return of the mens names that Refuse to Singe the 
within Writing. 

John Bartlet 

Jonathan Straiv 2. 

Benj* Bradford, Selectman 



SIGNERS IN DERRYFIELD. 



John Hall 
William Parharn 
Thomas Newman 
Ebenezer Stevens 
David Merill 
Daniel Hall 
William M^Clintock, 
John Dickey 
John Goffe 
John Rand 
Samuel Moor 
Robert Cunningham 
Alex r MacMurphy 



Samuel Boyd 
Charles Emerson 
Micheall M c Clintock 
Benjamin Crombie 
David St arret 
Ezekiel Stevens 
John Parharn 
William Xutt 
Benja Baker 
John Harvey 
William Parharn 
George Greaharn 
Simon Lull 



William Gambell 
James Peirse 
Abraham Merrill 
Abraham Merrill 
Jonathan Merrill 
John Ray 
Moses Merrill 
Xathaniel Boyd 
John Russ 
Robert Clark 
Samuel Stark 
Joseph George 
Jesse Baker 



228 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



James Gorman 
James M c Night 
John Grifen 



Theoph ls Grifen 
Moses Crombey 
Joseph Griffin 



Joseph Farmer 
.Hugh Thomson 



47. 



Colony of New Hampshire Derryfield 
June the 1 st Day 1776. 

To the Hon. M. Weare Chearman. 

This is to certifi that we the Subscribers has Presented the 
within Declaration to all the Inhabitants of said Town and 
they Have all signed said Declaration which we in our Judg- 
ment thought had a rigt to sign the same. 
Certified by us & 

Dayid Starret ) 

Ezekiel Stevens V Selectmen. 

John Parham \ 



SIGNERS IX DUBLIN. 



John Swan 
Richard Gilchrest 
Tho. Morse 
Eli Morse 
Joseph Greenwood 
Moses Adams 
Daniel Morse 
Jos. Twitchel 
Ebenezer Twitchel 
Samuel Twitchel 
Stephen Twitchel 
Simeon Johnson 
Ivory Perry 
Benjamin Learned 
John Morse 
Henry Strongman 
Joseph Adms? 
Benj :1 Mason 
William Greenwood 



Levi Partridge 
Timothy Adams 
Eli Greenwood 
John Knowlton 
Simeon Bullard 
John Muzzy 
Moses Johnson 
Reuben Morse 
Richard Strongman 
Ithamar Johnson 
Silas Stone, Jun r . 
Ezra Morse 
Isaac Adams 
Isaac Bond 
Silas Stone 
Thomas Alden 
Josiah Greenwood 
Moses Greenwood 
James Rolins 



James Chamblen 
Thomas Lewis 
Samuel "Williams 
Ebenezer Hill 
Abijah Twitchel 
Nath 1 Bate 
William Strongman 
William Yardly 
John Wright 
Thomas Muzzy 
Moses Pratt 
Gershom Twitchel 
Caleb Stanford 
Lube Puffer 
Phinehas Stanford 
Nathan Burnap 
Gershom Twitchel, Jun. 
Gardner Town 
; Oliver Right. 22. 



In Compliance with your Request we have Desired all the 
males in our town above twenty one years of age to sign to 
the Declaration on this Paper ; which they all Did without 
any Dispute. 

test — Joseph Greenwood } 

Sdion Bullard 
John Muzzy ) 



Selectmen 
of Dublin. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



229 



SIGNERS IN DUNBARTON. 



Thomas Caldwell 
James McC alley 
Thomas Huse 
John Gould 
James Clement 
David Story 
Daniel Story 
Samuel Burnham 
John Jameson 
Stephen Ayer 
Hesekiah Colby 
Abel Sargent 
Samuel Kelly 
Noah Sargent 
Edward Presbe 
James Gray 
Amos Emery 
Theo s Goodwin 
Caleb Page 
Jere a Page 
Enoch Sargent 



William Holmes 
Henry Poudney 
Thomas Hoyt 
John Holmes 
James Alexander 
Nathan Burnam 
Thomas George 
John Morill 
Asa Burnam 
Asa Putney 
William Page 
John Hogg 
Enoch Sargent 
Sargent Colby 
Zebulon Getchel 
Philip Wells 
Israel Clifford 
John Church 
Benjamin Parkman (?) 
Thomas Mills 
David Hardy 



William Wheeler 
Pluiner Wheeler 
Sam Allison 
James Stewart 
Archibel Stinson 
Stephen Wheeler 
Samuel Stuart 
Moses Colby 
George Hogg 
Isaac Cheneye 
Jonathan Stevens 
Richard Greenough 
Hugh Jameson 
David Favour 

his 
Jacob ~~ | Colby 

mark 
his 
Jacob T Chesamor 

mark 
Caleb Page, juner 

59. 



Dumbarton Nov 25 th 1T76. 



The under written names were those who had the ofer to 



signe and Refused. 



Willi 'am Stark 
William Stinson 
Stephen Palmer 
John Stinson 
Bvoba 1 Hogg 



Jeremiah Page 
John Hogg 

James Hogg 

Abraham Burnam 

John Collin 

David Hogg 

John McCordey 



Selectmen 
for Dunbarton 



10. 



Ebenezar Earns 
Richard Clark. 
James Treadway will on 

ceartain conditions, 

viz. (1) 



SIGNERS IN ENFIELD & CANAAN 

CANAAN SIGNERS. 
Jehu Jones 



his 
Thomas Baxter X 
mark 

Robart Curts 



Joshua W'ells 
Samuel Joslen 
Richard Joslen 
Charles Walworth 
Ezekiel Wells 



(1) l*t On Condition that no man who is taken a Captive from the British forces be 
made an officer or let to be a Soldier in the Continental Army and 21y that every Amer- 
ican found and taken in amies against the United Colonies be Immediately put to 
Death, and 31y that all & every of the British Troops that are Captivated by the Conti- 
nental forces'by Sea or land br any other way taken shall be kept in Prison or Close 
Conflnement, and 41y that every Commanding Officer or a Soldier or any Person or 
Persons imployed in any Business whatever in the Continental Forces who is found & 
proved to be a Traitor to the United Colonies in America be put to Death Immediately. 

Upon these aforementioned Conditions do I sign this Declaration 

Witness my Hand 

[James Treadway 



230 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Caleb Clark 
Thomas Miner 
Samuel Jones 
Joseph "Walter 
Tho Baldwin 



John Seofield 
Samuel Lathrop 
Ezekiel Gardner 
John Seofield 



Gideon Rudd 
lEliezer Seofield 
I Caleb Welch 
Job Scipio 



24. 



1776. 



Canaan Jul)- 1 st AD. 
To the Hon ble Committee of Safety for the Colony of Xew 
Hampshire. 
These are to Certify that every man in this Town Volun- 
tarily Signd this agreement. 

Atest Ebene' Eams ] Select 

Samuel Jones \ men. 



ENFIELD SIGNERS. 

jJosiah Hovey 
Nathan Bicknell 
Elisha Bingham 
| Jonth. Padelford, jun. 



Samuel Meaeham 
Jonathan Padelford 
Phillip Padelford 
Asa Williams 

13. 



John Lasell 
Benjamin P. Fuler 
Daniel Hovey 
John Lyman 
Simon P. Slapp 

Enfield June y e 11 th 1776. 
To the Honourable Commity of Safety of the Colony of New 
Hampshire 
Those Names which are within writen hear unto voluntari- 
ly have unto soot their Hands. 

Attest John Lasell \ Select men 

Samuel Meacham > of 
Dan 1 Hovey \ Enfield. 



SIGNERS IX EPPIXG. 



John Preseott 
Abraham Perkins 
Abraham Folsom 
Benjamin Brown 
Jonathan Cilley 
Jonatlian Meloon 
Seth Fogg 
Benjamin Dearborn 
Jonathan Philbrick 
Samuel Plumer 

his 
Ezekiel X Clough 

mark. 

David Lawrence 
Mark Howe 



Benjamin Smith, jr. 
Benjamin Page 
Jon a Clark, jun. 
Abram Perkins, jun. 
Josiah Edgerly 
Jonathan Rundlett 
Samuel Hunt 
Joseph Gale 
James Norris 
Benjamin Brown, j^r. 
Josiah Folsom 
Eliphalet Cally 
Ezekiel Brown 
Brad. Gilman 
Daniel Gordon 



W m Coffin 
Abraham Brown Jr 
Samuel Smith 
Simeon Noris 
Nehemiah Wheeler 
Joseph Preseott 
Benjamin Clifford 
David Lowel 
Jonathan Winslow 
Jacob Forss? 
Joseph Blake 
Philip Harvy 
Jonathan Clark 
John Rowell 
Thomas Cauley 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



231 



John Cauley 
Simon Drake 
Edward Laurans 
Abraham Brown 
Joseph Chandler 
Samuel Shaw 
Richard Shaw 
Ebenezer Connor? 
Ezra Straw 
John Straw 
Samuel Dearborn 
John Shurburn 
Richard Shurburn 
Jonathan Prescott 
Jonathan Calley 
William Crocket 
Moses Davis 
Samuel Parsons 
Ezekiel Hook 
John Lunt 
Frances Jones 
Joshua Brown 
James Rundlet 
W m Dowlin 
Jeremiah Prescott 
Simon Dearborn 
Job Parsons 
James Sanborn 
Joseph French 
Abraham Til ton 
Enoch Coffin 
Phineas Fogg 
Rubben Osgood 
John Gilman 
Jacob Rundlet 
Robart Judkins 
Chas Crockett 
Joseph Mason 
John Towle ir. 
Josiah Randlet 
Josiah Norris 
John Chapman, jr 
Oliver Morrill 
Gould French 
James Chase Jun. 
James Johnson 
Ebenezer Straw 
Josiah Towl 
John Marden 
William Straw 
Ezra French 
Seth Tash? 
Jethro B. Tilton 



Barzilla French 
Moses Coffin 
John Pike 
John Bartlett 
Samuel Connor 
John Towl 
Simeon Robinson 
Thomas Burley 
Sam 1 Clark 
Benj a Dockum 
Jonathan Eliot 
Josiah Smith 
David Hanes 
Daniel Barber? 
Moses Dal ton 
David Folsom 
Levi French 
Josiah Tilton 
Benj a Dow 
Daniel Dow 
John Chapman 
Edmund Chapman 
Benj a Smith 
Edward Sanbon 
Daniel Sanborn 
Benj. Johnson 
Benjamin Johnson 
Timothy Jones 
Isaac Dimond 
Jeremiah Sanborn 
Jacob Blasdel 
Chandler Sanborn 
Josiah Chase 
Joseph Chandler 
Theophilus Blake 
Benjamin Dearborn 
Chase Osgood 
Jacob Freese, Jun. 
Nathaniel Sanborn 
Ebenezer Dow 
Jonathan Fifield 
Hezekiah Clifford 
James Osgood 
Joseph Taylor 
Daniel Randlet 
Richard Clifford 
Nichols Robinson 
David Norris 
Thomas Calley Jr. 
Joseph Prescott 
Samuel Morrill 
James Rundlet 
Jonathan Chase 



James ? 

Sargent Huse 
Sam 1 Morrill 
Ebenezer Fisk 
Jacob Frease 
Paul Lad 
John Page 
Ebenezer Blake 
Benj. Rowlings 
Jonathan Thomas 
Thomas Robinson 
Joseph Edgerly 
Zebidon Edgerly 
William Gill 
Micah Prescut 
Nathan Gove Prescut 
Darbon Blake 
Philip Kelley 
Jonathan Ferren 
John Ferren 
Benj. Clarke 
Samuel Veasey 
Robart Cross 
Simon Johnson 
Jonathan Robinson Jr 
Robart Wille 
Benjamin Dockum, Jr. 
Joseph Dudley 
Beniah Dow 
Jacob Swain 
Winthrop Dow 
Theophilus Stevens 
Theophilus Stevens, Jr. 
John Pease 
Jonathan Robinson 
Stephen Clifford 
James AVadleigh 
John Perkins Jr 
John Lyford 
Henry Wiggin 
Thomas Wiggin 
Thomas Wiggin, Jr. 

his 

Jonathan X Kinston 
mark 

Stephen Clark 
David Perkins 
Jacob Clark 
Moses Page 
James Chase 
David Lawrence, Jr. 
Samuel Franch 
Paul Ladd. Jun — 



232 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Nathan Swain John Carr I Nathan Sanborn 

Pain Blake John Carr Jr Nathan Sanborn, Jr. 

Jedediah Blake Benj a Smart James Norris ye 4 th 

Agreeable to the "Within association paper vre have Shewn 
it to the Inhabitants and those persons whose names are un- 
der written are persons that Refuse to sighn the same — 209. 

Seth Fogg } Select 



John Barker 
Jonathan Barker 
TJiomas Brake 
Robert Blake 
Joseph Shepard 
Robert Smith 
Nathaniel Ladd 
Josiah Roberson 
James Randlet, jun 
Thomas Norris 
B 'en j a Morgan. 11 



Enoch Coffin \ men of 
Abraham Perkins ) Epping 



SIGNERS IN EPSOM. 



John McClary 
John Casey 
Mark Moses 
Samuel Moses 
Ephraim Beray 
Benett Lebbee. 
John McGaft'ey 
George Wallis 
Elipt Sanborn 
George Uren 
Ebenezer Bracket 
Joseph Sharborn 
Aaron Burbank 
Simon Knowles 
Reuben Sanbun 
Benj. Goodwin 
Samuel Blake 
Josiah Knowles 
Simon Cass 
Moses Locke 
William Mason 
Abraham Walles 
James Snoden 



Richard Treep? 
John Gate 
Ephraim Pettingell 
Ephraim Locke 
Nathaniel Payn? 
Thomas Babb 
Ebenezer Wallias 
Benson Hain 
Henry McCrelles 
John McClary-Jr. 
Moses Osgood 
Andrew McGaffey 
Way m nth Wallas 
Neal McGaffey 
Obadiah Williams 



Hennery Seavy 
George Sanders 
David Knowlton 
Levi Cass 
Joseph Towle 
Jeremiah Page 
Nathaniel Willea 
Benjamin Johnson 
Isaac Lebbee 
Samuel Rand 
John Haneis? 
William Drought? 
William McCrelles 
George 
Jethro Blake 



Jeremiah Prescott [sire James Nelson. 
Simeon Chapman pr de- Israel Folsom 



Samuel Daves 
Nathan Marden 
Francis Lock 
John McCreles 
Jonathan Knowles 
Joseph Seavy 

John Cass 
William Odiorne 



Samuel Ames 
Samuel Ames, Jun. 
Thomas Holt, Jun 
William Holt 
William Rand 
Silvanus Moses 



68. 



Refused to Sign. 2. 



C^f^ No return has been found from Exeter. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



233 



SIGNERS IX EAST KINGSTON. 



Phinehas Bachellers 
Benjamin French 
Edward Fifield 
Ebenezer Batchelor 
Benjamin French, Jr 
Josiah Tilton 
Joshua French 
Jacob Gale 
Samuel Stevens 
Jonathan Collins 
John Sanborn 
Nath 1 Bacheller 
Abraham Smith 
Nath 1 Oilman Bacheller 
Simon Bacheller 
Stephen Prescott 
John Toppan 
William Fifield 
Enoch Chase 
"William Smith 
Moses Greeley 
Jonathan Lad Webster 
Eliphalet Webster 
Jonathan Greeley, Jr. 
John Currier 
Richard Smith 



Daniel Gale 
John Morrill 
Daniel Eastman 
Jonathan Clough 
Trueworthy Palmer 
Benjamin Smith 
Abraham Smith, Jr 
Xathau Bachellor 
Thomas Bacheller 
Nathan Ordway 
Jacob Ordway 
Jacob Graves 
Samuel Palmer 
David Tilton 
Benjamin Welch 
Ithainar Emerson 
Joseph Bean 
John Carter 
Moses Blasdell 
John Wellch 
Elijah Clough 
Andrew Greeley 
Ebenezer Collins 
Ezra Currier 
Jeremiah Currier 
Abner Morss 



Samuel Carter 
Jonathan Blasdell 
John BlasdeU 
Ralph Blasdol 
Xathan Sompson 
Jacob Blasdell 
Jacob Rowell 
Matthias Bartlett 
Daniel Rowell 
Henry Blasdel 
Daniel Blasdel 
Xathaniel Whitcher 
William Samson 
Samuel Carter, Jr 
Barnard Elliot 
Caleb Webster 
Ezekiel Merrill 
True Pearkins 
Josiah Bachelder 
Philip Brown 
Edward Greeley 
Jonathan Greeley 
John Sanborn 
Jonathan Cass 
Jeremiah Merrill 
Jonathan Pearkins 



r 8. 



Col Jonathan Greeley has several Times been desired to 
Sign the Declaration but has not. 

Abraham Brown } Refuse to Sign the 
Jacob Currier \ Declaration. 3. 



SIGNERS IX GILaIAXTOWX, 



Joseph Badger 
Joseph Badger, Jr. 
Pea-dee Badger 
W m Smith 
Jacob Kelley 
Ebeuezer Eastman 
Daniel Folsoin 
John Moodv 
Paul Bickford 
Ezekiel Hoit 
Jacob Sleeper 
John Hains 
Josua Gihnan 
Benjamin Huckins 
Israel Farrar 



Benjamin James 
Jonathan James 
Jn° Parsons 
Noah Dow 
Samuel Greeley 
Joseph Huckins Jun 
Joseph Huckins 
David Fifield 
Sam 1 Fifield 
W m Silley 
John Gilman 
Isaac Smith 
George Dennet 
Thomas Fanciers? 
David Bean 



Peter Gilman 
Joshua Gilman 
Samuel Oilman 
Stephen Bean 
Ephraim Morrill, Jr. 
James Huckiugs 
Jonathan Folsoin 
Robert Moulton 
Matthias Sawyer 
Daniel Stevens 
Robert Glidden 
Nathaniel Kimball 
Andrew Paige 
Simon Clough 
, Andrew Gliden 



234 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Samuel thuslen? 

Samuel Avery [Joseph Parsons 

Jasper Elkins William Parsons 

Elisha Odlin William Parsons Jr 

Samuel Ladd Lemuel Rand 

Benj.Woodbridge Dean Ebenezer Paige 



Thomas Taylor 
David Elkins 
Summersbee Gilman 
David Clougb 
Edward Gilman 
Nathaniel Elkins 
David Avery 
Edward Smith 
Ambros Hinds 
John Sanborn 
Nath el Webster 
Edward Fox 
Abner Clough 
John Jeffry 
Elisha Weed 
Matthias "Weeks 
Thomas Chattell 



Jonathan Gilman third Abiathar Samburn 
Lowel Sanborn 
Jonathan Ross 
Samuel Clough 
Jona th Clark 
Benjamin Weeks 



Jeremy Cogswell 
Nath 1 Wilson 
Jeremi Richardson 
Isaac Bachelder 
Winthrop Gilman 
Dudley Young 
Dudley Hutchinson 
Jonathan Gilman, Jr. 
Jotham Gilman 
Jesse Looge 
Samuel Osgood 
John Worth 
Solomon Kinnison 
Ebenezer Stevens 
Eliphalet Gilman 
John Melchir 
Elisha Hutchinson 



Daniel Dudley 
Stephen Dudley 
John Dudley 
Benjamin Dow 
Jeremiah Connor 
Antipas Gilman 
Benjamin Gilman 
Samuel Brooks 
Nehemiah Louge 
Abner Evens 
Daniel Evens 
Jonathan Hutchinson 
Tride Bean 
John Mash 
Henery Mash 
Josiah Avery 
Joseph Osgood 115. 



Ephraim Morrill 

Gilmantown August y* 28 th 1776. 
Pursuant to the Orders of the Committee of Safety we 

have applied to the Inhabitants of Gilmantown to sign the 

Association paper and those named in the List here with 

committed are those that Refuse to sign it. 

Edward Smith ) Selectmen of 
John Sanborn \ Gilmantown. 



Samuel Avery 
Pain Smith 
Daniel Clough 
John Fox 
Reuben Allen 
Thomas Mudget 
Noah Weaks 
Samuel Weaks 
Nathnl Webster Jr. 
Simeon Muget 
Gideon Bean 
Joshua Bean 
Chilman Lougey 
Philip Pain 
Joseph Morrill 
David Edgerly 



Gilman Lougey Jr 
Orlando Weed 
Jonathan Gilman 
John Sheperd 
Amos Paine 
Isaiah Clough 
Edward Lock 
Abraham Folsom 
George Weymouth 
Josep>h Avery 
Hosea Hatch 
Joseph Clifford 
Jonathan Batehelder 
Simeon Bean 
Joseph Young 
Enoch Bean 



32. 



1776.J 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



235 



Gilmantown August ye 28 th 1776. 
the Several persons abovenanied refuse signing the associa- 
tion paper 

Edwaed Smith ) Selectmen of 
John Sanborn \ Gilmantown. 

To the Honourable the Council and Assembly or the Com- 
mittee of Safety for the Colony of New Hampshire. 
Whereas the Selectmen of the town of Gilmantown have 
applied to us to sign an association paper and there being 
some scruples on our minds we cant Conscientiously sign it 
and we beg leave to assign our Reasons which are as follows, 
viz. 

"We agree and Consent to the Declaration of Independence 
on the British Crown and are willing to pay our proportion 
to the support of the United Colonies but as to Defend with 
arms it is against our Religious principles and pray we may 
be excused all which is most Humbly submitted by your 
Hon 1 " 8 most Obed* Hum le Servts 



Orlando Weed 
Pain Smith 
Daniel Clough 
Nath 1 Webster 
Jonathan Dow 
Hosea Hatch 
Charles Currier 
Samuel Avery 
Simeon Mudget 
Scribner Mudget 
Joseph Morrill 

Dated 



Gilman Lougee 
Noah Weeks 
Gilman Lougee Jr. 
Joseph Clifford 
Jonathan Bachelder 
Simeon Bean 
Joseph Young 
Reuben Allen. 
John Fox 
Samuel Weeks. 

Gilmantown, August ye 20 th 1776. 



SIGNERS IN GILSOM. 



Ebenezer Dewey 
Justus Ilurd 
Pelatiah Pease 
Ebenezer Dewey Jr 
Gershom Crocker 
Josiah Kilbarn 
Ebenezar Kilbarn 
Tho. Morse 
Josiah Kilburn, Jr 
Ebenezer Church 



Jonathan Adams 
Tchabod Youngs 
Henry White 
Shubael Ilurd 
Stephen Bond 
Joseph Youngs 
David Bill 
Stephen Bond. Jr. 
Elisha Mack 
Obadiah Smith 



jLevi Bliss 
'Jonathan Bliss 
JAbner Bliss 
|David Bliss 
^Jonathan Bliss Jr 
Ebenezer Bill 
iJoel Kilbourn 
Obadiah Willcox Jr 
]Elezer "Willcox 
| John Chapman 



236 



COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



John Marks 
Stephen Griswold 
James Rowe 
Elisha Rendell? 



John Boynton 
John Boynton, Jr. 
John Dimick, Jr 
John Dimeck 



Timothy Dimock 
John Row 
John Row, Jr. 
Obadiah Willcox 42. 



This may Certify that the Names Annexed to this paper 
are* all the inhabitants of the town of Gilsum that come 
within the Limits of this Request. 

Test. Eben 1 Dewey, Jr. \ Selectmen of 

Pelatiah Pease \ Gilsum. 



SIGNERS IN HAMPTON. 



Small Moulton 
Thomas Leavitt 
John Moulton 
John Moulton 5 
John Dow 
John Moulton 6 
James Hobbs 
Samuel Dow 
John Lamprey 
Josiah Moulton 
Edward Shaw 
Samuel Shaw 
Oliver Wellington Lane 
Jonathan Moulton, Jr. 
Edward B. Moulton. 
Jonathan Shaw 
Benjamin Batchelor 
Jonathan Sanborn 
Jonathan Leavitt 
Simon Marston 
Shubel Page 
Elisha Towle 
Ebenezer Thayer 
Jon a Moulton 
Josiah Moulton Jr 
John Moulton 
Anthony Emery 
Joseph Johnson 
Nathaniel Johnson 
John Bacheldor 
John Lane 
Jere h Shaw 
John Johnson 
Jos. Moulton 

his 

Joseph X Garland 

mark 

Amos Coffin 
Thomas Woodman 



Joshua James 
Stephen Page 
Thomas Page 
Samuel Drake 
Samuel Drake, Jr 
John Drake, Jr 
Joshua Tenney 
John Jenness Jr 
Christo Topp'an 
Benjamin Page 
Will 1 " Branscombe 
Morris Hobbs 
Abner Page 
Jonathan Locke 
Nathan Moulton 
John Moulton The 3 d 
Samuel Page 
John Tuck 
James Perkins 
Jonathan Tucke 
Jonathan Tucke Jr. 
Nathaniel Towle 
Joshua Towle 
Joshua Towle, Jr. 
Elisha Marston 
Jonathan Marston Jr 
Carter Batchelder 
Amos Towle, Jr. 
Joseph Nay 
John Nay 
Josiah Towl 
Daniel Philbrick, Jr 
George Freese 
Joseph Freese 
Jeremiah Ballord 
John Daerbon 
Jonathan Garland Jr 
Robert Drake, Jr. 
Jeremiah Towle 



Nathaniel Dearborn 
Ephraim Marston 
Philip Towle 
Philip Towle, Jr. 
AVinthrop Sanborn 
Thomas Jenness 
John Moulton, Jr. 
Nathan Brown 
Jonathan Marston 
Simon Towle 
Jere h Marston, Jr. 
Nathan Sanborn 
BenJ. Brown Shaw 
Heny. Fifield 
Sam 1 Brown 
Samuel Brown, Jr. 
John A 11am an 

his 

John X Readman 
mark 

Simon Dow 
John Marston 
James Johnson 
Andrew Mace 
Ephraim Moulton 
Jacob Palmer 
Samuel Philbrick 
James Philbrick 
Gideon Shaw 
Nathaniel Lamprey 
Reuben Lamprey 
Jon a Dow st 
Joshua Shaw 
William Moulton 
Samuel Lock 
Jeremiah Knowles 
Amos Knowles 
Amos Knowles, Jr. 
John Lamprey, Jr. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



237 



Zeclieriali Brown Jonathan Blake Micajah Morrill 

Thomas Nudd Lemuel Toulle John Taylor, Jr. 

Simon Nudd Abr m Perkins Towle Joseph Philbrick 

Moses Brown Jethery Blake John Philbrick 

Stephen Fifield David Moulton Robert Moltou 

John Crosbie James Towle Josiah Dearbon 

Simon Lane Henry Elkins Robert Drake 

William Lane, Jr. Jonathan Towl John Drake 

Benja Moulton Nathaniel Batcheler Jonathan Godfree 

Amos Towle Philip Marston Ward Lane 

Joseph Towle, Jr. Abner Sanborn Samuel Nay 

Benjamin Mason Elisha Moulton * Daniel Lamprey 

Josiah Mason 'Jeremiah Sanborn Edmund Mason 

Jonathan Elkins Simon Sanborn Samuel Marston 

Moses Elkins Ezekiel Moulton Joseph Dow 

John Towl John Fogg William Lane 

Samuel Blake John Sanborn Jon" Garland 

Ebenezer Lane Benjamin Tucke John Randell 

Josiah Lane John Taylor Cotton Ward 

Nathan Blake Henry D. Taylor , Elisha Johnson 174. 

Colony of \ Pursuant to the within Request we the Sub- 
New Hamp'sr \ scribers. Select men of Hampton have De- 
sired all males within said Hampton above twenty one years 
of age (Lunaticks Idiots & Negroes Excepted,) to sign to 
the declaration on this paper and these are that have refused 
to sign the same, (viz) Capt Jeremiah Marston <f Daniel 
Philbrick. 2. 

Given under our hands, Dated at Hampton aforesaid. June 
ye 4 th 17 To. 

Willia:,i Lane ^ 
Joseph Dow J Select men 

Josiah Dearborn > of 
Jonathan Garland Hampton. 
Cotton Ward J 

To the Hon ble General Assembly or the Committee of Safety 
of said Colony of New Hampshire 



SIGNERS IN HAMPSTEAD. 



Jonathan Carleton 
Samuel Little 
Barth Heath 
Timothy Goodwin 
Caleb Emerson 
Hezekiah Hutchins 
Reuben Harriman 
John Webster 



Benj n Little, Jr. 
Will 1 " Moulton 
Benj" Emerson Jr 
, Samuel Johnson 
.Samuel Flagg 
James Gile 
ijohn Gordon 
|james Eaton 



John Bond 
David Poor 
Edward Prescut 
Stephen Johnson 
Joshua Bradshaw 
Roger Magrath 
Robert Hogg 
Edmund Eastman 



238 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Joshua Eastman 
Ezekiel Currier 
Timothv Stevens 
Daniel Little 
Joseph Philbrick 
John Darling 
Andrew Bryant 
Richard Heath 
James At wood 
Oliver Worthen 
Joseph French Jr 
John Atwood Jr 
Benjamin Tuxbury 
Ezra French 
Austin George 
Jn° Wiear 
John Bond. Jr. 
Ednid. Mooers 
Peter Eastman 
Henry True 
Elipht Poor 
Daniel Little Jr 
Tristram Little 
Samuel Johnson, Jr. 
Humphrey Nichols 
Abner Rogers 



Thomas Emery 
Christopher Rowell 
j William George 
'William Richardson Jr 
Moses Little 
Thomas Williams 
Peter Morss 
Robert Emerson 
Watts Emerson 
Will' Richardson 

his 
John X Giffers 

mark 

Joshua Sawyer 
Caleb Webster 
John Harriman Jr 
Amos Clark? 



Samuel Kelley 
Jonathan Eastman 
John Simson 
his 

Xathanel X Chase 
mark 

bis 

jEbenezer X Copp 
mark 



jAbner Little 
Joseph Xoyes 
John Richardson 
John Sawyer 
Moses Stevens 
John Harriman 
iMoses Kimball 
Joseph Webster 
Levi Webster 
John Calfe 
Jonathan Page 
Joseph Kimball 
Joseph Brown 
John Kent 
Job Kent 
:8am 1 Brown 
jSain 1 Brown jr 
Moses Brown 
James West 
Sam 11 Currier 
Jacob Currier 
John Atwood 
Thomas Wodley 
Benj. Emerson 
Tho s Harriman 
Obadiah Wels 



97. 



The Names of the Persons Refusing to sign this Declara- 
tion on this Paper 



Capt William Marshel 
I)>' a Joseph French 
Benj™ Kimball 
Mr John Hogg 
John Muzzey, Esq 
Left. Edmund Morss 
John Mills 
Peter Morss 
Joshua Corliss 
Thomas Muzzey 
Joseph Kimbell, Jr. 



Stephen March 
Henry Hilton 
William Stevens 
Parker Stevens 
James Shepard 
Jesse Johnson 
Caleb Johnson 
John Plummet 
Kelley Plummer 
Ebenezer Kimbell 



21. 



State of New Hampshire, SeptemV/ 10 th 1776. 

In persuance of the Requiste of the Honorable Committee of 
Safetv for the State aforesaid, we the Subscribers have accord- 
ingly attended the Sarvice ami have Presented the vrithin 
Declaration to the Inhabitants of the Town of Hampstead 
and desired all male persons there in Directed to Sign there 
to and after waiteing upon Sundry persons for their Consid- 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



239 



eration and Determination of their signing there of we have 
obtained the Grater part of said Town to subscribe there 
names there to, and all those persons that have Refused to 
Signe to said Declaration after being Repeatedly Desired we 
Return their Names in a Seperate Collom on this Paper. 

John Atwood } Select men 
Thomas Wodley \ for 
Sam 11 Little ) Hampstead. 



SIGNERS IN HAWKE (now Danville). 



Moses Colbey 
David Quimby 
Reuben True 
Henery Dearbon 
Tho s Stow Rauney 
Jeremy Towle 
Abraham Chase 
Thomas Page 
Jobn Selly 
Jonathan French 
John Page 
Henry Elkins 
Caleb Towl 
John Sanborn 
Jethro Sanborn 
Timothy Brown 
Jonathan Sanborn 
Abraham Darling 
Gideon Sawyer 
David Tilton 
Elisha Batchelder 
Josiah Batchelder 
Richard Nason 
Peter Elkins 
Jedediah Phillbrick 



James Towle Isaac Flanders 

Joseph Clifford Sanborn Jacob Eastmen 



Joseph Brown 
Jabez Page 
Thomas Chellis 
Timothy Worth 
Jonathan French, Jr. 
Samuel Paul Dudley 
Ebenezer Tucker 
Joseph Tucker 
Edward Eastman 
Nathel. Pellew ? 
Barnet Thorne 
Stephen Bannerd? 
Samuel Sargent 
Samuel Fellows 
Joseph Collins 
Nehemiah Sleeper 
Samuel March 
Nathaniel Brown 
Nathan Jones 
Ezra Jones 
Nathan Jones Jr 
Jonthan Jones 
Moses Quimby 
Asa Flanders 



Samuel Eastmen 
Stephen Eastmen 
Henry Morrill 
Israel Dimond 
Hezekiah Blake 
Jonathan Blake 
Jonathan Blake, Jr. 
Josiah Tnxbury 
Isaac Clifford 
William George 
Jonathan Clough 
Joseph Williams 
Aaron Quimby 
Amos Cam pell 
Samuel Quimby 
James Sawyer 
Jabez Eaton 
David Flanders 
William Busel 
Eliphelet Hoyt 
Benjamin Eastmen 
George Bartlett 
James Lowell. 

74 



Humphry Hook 

In pursuant to the within Request we have shown this 
Declaration to all the Inhabitants of This Parish and all 
have signed except, Joseph Jones, Uezeldah Sleeper, Joseph 
Sweat, and Tristom Collins. 4. 

The above named persons are called Quakers, and refuse 
to take up arms. 

Moses Colby \ Select men 
David Quimby \ of 
Reuben True ) Hawke. 
Hawke June 7, 1776 



240 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



ri776. 



SIGNEES IN HENNIKER. 



Jacob Rice 
Jonas Bowman 
Thomes Pope 

"William Powers 
Alexander Whitney 
Ebenezer Harthorn 
Amos Goold 
Ezekiel Smith 
Elijah Rice 
Alexander Patterson 
Charles "Whitcombe 
Moses Smith 
David Pope 
Tim Gibson 
Eliakim How- 
Joseph Lewis 
Jonas Alexander 



Joshua Heath 
Asa Putney 
Samuel "Wadsworth 
Nath 1 Joslyn 
Francis "Withington 
Abel Gibson 
Jacob "Whitcomb 
Ezekiel Stone 
Benjamin Whitcomb 
Samuel Farizel 
Reuben Whitcomb 
David Campell 
Uriah Amsden 
Thomas Howlett 
Daniel Rice 
James Joslyn 
James Peters 



Joseph Williams 
John Pudney 
Ephraim Morrill 
Otis How 
Jesse Ross 
Eliphelet Colby 
Thomas Townsed 
Thomas Stone 
Phinies W r ard 
Benj n Clark 
William Clark 
Isaac Gates 
Timothy Ross 
Timothy Gibson 
William Heath 
Jonathan Wood 
Stephen Spoldin 51. 



Those persons Refuse to sign the within Declaration are 
underwritten. 



Joseph Kimball Esq. 

William Kimball 

Joshua Kimball 

Corp. Sam 11 Kimball 

W m Chabers 

Aaron Estam 

Sam. Morison 

Noah Gill 

Ezra Tucker, present Left. 

Eben T Heramon, Present Ens. 

Josiah Ward, Capt. 

Jon 

Sa u 



Moses Huse 
Serjant Hethe 
Robard Cambell 
Thomas Stone, Jr. 
James Dusten 
Beyy. Currier 
Aaron Adams, Cap. 
Moses Poivel 
Jon a Baston? 
Netheniel Meriel 
James Stone 



oo 



as Bowman 
Wadsworth 



Select men of 
Heniker. 



SIGNERS IN HILLSBOROUGH. 



Joseph Symonds 
Isaac Andrews 
Archibald Taggart 
Samuel Preston 
Jedediah Preston 
Timothy Bradford 
John Nichols 
James Taggart 
William Pope 



William Jones Jr 
John M c Clintock 
Alexander M c Clintock 
Asa Dresser? 
Sam 1 Jones 
Andrew Bixbe 
William Love 
John Gibson 
John Mead 



John M c Calley 
Daniel Gibson 
John Graham 
William Jones 
William Taggart 
William Hutchinson 
Benjamin Lovejoy 
Lot Jenison 
Georsre Booth 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



241 



Daniel Rolf Jon a Barns 

Samuel Bradford Timothy Wilkins 

Samuel Symonds Jacob Flint 

Jonathan Durant refuses to si<m. 



Nehemiah Wilkins 
Daniel Mc'neall 

35. 



William Pope 
Archibald Taggart 



Selectmen. 



SIGNERS IN HINSDALE. 



Rev d Bunker Gay 
Aaron Coopor 
Josiah Wheeler 
Isaac Barit 
Zadock Barit 
Silas Barit 
Offo Burnam 
Samuel Comins 
Robert Granadey 
Uriel Evans 
Stephen Tuttle 
Moses Barret 



John Barret 
Benajah Geeir? 
Capt Thomas Taylor 
Jonathan Barrit 
John Evans 
Medad Evans 
Joshua Frost 
Hezekiah Elmer 
Aaron Wright 
William Goss 
Membrance Wright 
Sires Shattock 



Asa Flagg 
William Flagg 
Micah Rockwood 
Oliver Doolittle 
Nathan el Smith 
Nathaniel Stearns 
Thomas Stoddard 
Zeph. Richmond 
John Peacock 
Aaron Purdy? 
Samuel Brown 



35. 



These are 
Paper. 

James Pierce 
Tlio s Butler 
Josiah Butler 
Timothy Lad 
Tho s Rockwood 



the names of those that Refuse to sism the 



Daniel Jones, Esq. 
Simon Jones 
Nathan Thomas 
Aaron Barret 
Benjamin Bacor. 



10. 



SIGNERS IN HOPKINTOWN. 



Richard Carr Rogers 
Abner Gorden 
Joseph Putney 
Peter How 
Joshua Bayley 
Jotham How 
Oliver Dow 
Moses Kimball 
Benj. B. Darling 
Aaron Kimball 
Elijah Fletcher 
Stephen Harriman 
Jonathan Straw 
James Scales 
Anthony Colby 
Sargent Currier 

16 



his 
John X Chadwick 
mark 

Enoch Eastman 
Joseph Eastman 
John Putney 
William Darling 
Gideon Gould 
Ebenezer Collins 
James Smith 
Jonathan Starit 
W m Stanley 
Abner Colby 
Daniel Stickney 
Samuel Kimball 
Adonijah Tyler 



Ezekiel Hadley 
Abraham Rowell 
John Clement 
Daniel Murray 
Joseph Stanley 
John Blaisdell 
Elijah Dungin 
Benjamin Eastman 
John Jewett 
Eliphelet Colby 
Daniel Watson 
Francis Smith 
Aaron Greeley 
John Jewett 
Green French 
Moses Jewett 



242 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Jacob Sibley 
Elneser Riden? 
Abraham Davis 
Isaac Colbey 
Jonathan Chase 
Nehemiah Colby 
Samuel Hoyt 
Joseph Flint 
Abel Kimball 
Asa Heldreth 
Samuel Favrington 
Jonathan Gorden 
David How 
Nathaniel Clement 
Joshua Morse 
Philip Greeley 
Nathaniel Morgan 
Jacob Hoyt 
David Connor 
Timothy Darling 
Nathan Sargent 
Jacob Straw 
Moses Emerson 
Moses Bayley 
Johnthing O'Connor 
Ezra Hoyt 
Nicholas Colby 
Matthew Stanley 
Stephen Hoyt 
Stephen Eastman 
John Trussel 
Joseph Story 
Moses Gould 
John Gage 
Thomas Bickford 
Moses Sanborn 
David Young 



Joseph O'Connor 
Joseph Davis 
Thomas Webber 
Moses Sawyer 
Moses Hills 
Richard Straw 
William Fetters 
Jonathan Quimby 
John Darling 
Josiah Smith 
Benjamin Jewett 
John Burbank 
Caleb Smart 
Isaac Chandler 
Jeremiah Story, Jr. 
Isaac Fallow 
Abraham Kimball 
Joseph Chandler 
John Gage Jr 
Nathaniel Kimball 
Samuel Jewett 
Oliver Pearson 
Ezekiel Straw 
Daniel Cresey 
David Fellows 
Daniel Noyes 
Joseph Clark 
Henery French 
Zechariah Story 
Nathan Story 
David Clough 
Jeremiah Story 
Joseph Hovey 
Samuel Stanley 
Joseph Barnard 
Ephraim Gay? 
Samuel Stocker 
Samuel Harris 



AVilliam Godfrey 
Peter Sargent 
John Webber 
Moses Connor 
Samuel Smith 
Mark Jewett 
Richard Merrill 
Nathan Kimball 
Moses Straw 
Ralph Judkins 
Richard Webber 
William Colby 
William Davis 
Caleb Burbank 
Thomas Easman 
Ruben Kimbell 
William Scales 
Jonathan Quimby 
Benjamin Quimby 
Jacob Choate 
Joseph Nichell 
Samuel Brackenbury 
James Kimball 
Oliver Sawyer 
Benjamin Sawyer 
Johnson Gile 
Francis Whittier 
Isaac Davis 
James Clongh 
Jonathan Hunt 
Samuel Silver 
Philip Godfrid Esqr 
John Eatton 
Joseph Hastings 
Samuel Hadley 
Benj. Wiggin 
Josiah Judkins 
Daniel Flanders 161. 



John George 

The Names on this Paper are those that Refused to sign 
to the Declaration Sent from the Committee of Safety to us 
the Subscribers. 

James Smith 

John Clement 

Benj. Wiggin 



Selectmen for 
Hopkintown 



Chase Wiggin 
Nathaniel Barker 
James Buswell 
James Jewett 
Cristopher Gould 
Benj Brown 
Abraham Brown 



Nathan Gould 
Moses Jones 
John Jones 
Eastman Hoit 
John Currier 
Richard Cressey 
Benj, Merril. 



14. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



243 



SIGNERS IN KEEN. 



Timothy Ellis, Jr. 
Eliakim Nims 
Caleb Ellis 
Joseph AVillson 
Davis Howlett 
Timothy Ellis ye 3 d 
Benjamin Willis 
Sam 11 Chapman 
John Balch 
Abijah Metcalf 
Henry Ellis 
Luther Bragg 
Seth Heaton, Jr. 
Josiah Ellis 
Benjamin Osgood 
Ebenezer Newton 
Daniel Willson 
Ezra Harvey 
David Harris 
Obadiah Blake Jr 
Zadock Nims 
Isaac Clark 
Bartholomew Grimes 
David Willson 
Benj. Balch 
Ebenezer Day 
John Dickson 
Naboth Bettison 
Abraham Wheeler, Jr. 
James Wright 
John Houghton 
Silas Cook 
Nathan Blake, Jr. 
Nathan Rugg 
Stephen Larrabe 
Robt. Spencer 
Ebenezer Cook 
Joshua Ellis 
Jotham Metcalf 
|Moses Mash 
Simeon Clark 
Benj. Ellis 
Asahel Blake 
Sam 1 Basset 



Tho' Frink 
Nathan Blake 
Eliph Briggs Jr. 
Josiah Richardson 
Joseph Blake 
David Kingsbury 
Dan Guild 
Eli Metcalf 
Ichabod Fisher 
Thomas W ilder 
Isaac Wyman 
David Foster 
Ephraim Dennard 
Seth Heaton 
Andrew Balch 
Gideon Ellis 
Thos Baker 
Benj. Archer" 
Joseph Ellis 
Simeon Washburn 
David Nims 
Elisha Briggs 
Benj. Archer, Jr 
Sam 11 AVood 
Eliphalet Briggs 
Nath 1 Briggs 
Elijah Blake 
Uriah Willson 
John Lesbourear 
David Foster, Jr 
Timothy Ellis 
Gideon Tiffany 
Jessey Hall 
Michael Metcalf 
Jesse Clark 
Gideon Ellis, Jr. 
David Nims, Jr 
Abraham Wheeler 
W m Ellis 
Joshua Osgood 
Nathanael Kingsbury 
Reuben Daniels 
Reuben Partrage 
Cephas Clark 
Ebenz r Carpenter 

Agreable to the within Directions we have Requested all 
in this Town to sign as herein sett forth, and hereto anext 
the names of all those who Refuse to sign the within Decla- 
ration, Viz : 



Jedediah Wellman 
Jonathan Heaton 
Simeon Ellis 
Benj. Ellis 
James Croffield 
Joseph Ellis Jr 
Tho s Baker Jr 
Tho s Wells 
Achilles Mansfield 
Royal Blake 
William Gray 
Aaron Gray, Jr. 
John Daniels 
Samuel Daniels 
Jedediah Carpenter 
William Goodeogk. 
Adin Holbrook 
Hezekiah Man 
Jer. Stiles 
Sam 1 Hall 
Jonathan Archer 
A bit liar Pond 
Silas French 
Eliph 1 Carpenter 
Benj. Willord 
Jacob Town 
John Day 
Peter Rice 
Isaac Esty 
Jonathan Dwinell 
Thomes Dwinell 
John Colleney 
Abijah Wilder 
Zadok Wheeler 
Daniel Snow 
Nathan Nelson 
Israel Houghton 
William Woods 
Asaph Nichols 
Elisha Ellis 
Tho s Fields 
Michael Sprought 
Benjamin Tiffany 
James Eddy 133. 



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[1776. 



in Halle j 
Dod Jonah Pomroy, 
Soman >>rth 7 

re, 
■te 
Elezer & 



A' s for 

I • 
J 

.Jr. 
y in. 
James Hunt. IS. 

"Ettphat.et Briggs. Jb.^ Selectmen 

slab Richabp? \ of the 

Joseph Blake f" Town of 

Daniel Kingsbury Keen. 



SIGNERS LX KENSDsGTOWN 



J ■.. :' . I -.-:'-:;:•.? 
Benj* Pre?: H 
Odlin Prescott 
. - 

Aaron Page 
I ; -rs Blake 
Richard Sanborn 
Israel Hodgdon 
I r Hodgdon 
Caleb Shaw 
-.-*. James 
Ebenezer Potter 
Eben- Clifford 
Benjamin Row. F- 
J. :--;- ".. : I .'.'.:■.- \ 
John Meleher 

rdlJ .er 
V,";:.:"..: F — 
F.~: " 1- -. J: 
Joseph Tilton 
Elijah Tilton 
Samuel Tuck 
F"-.:'.-.:". - F. •:; 
J v. :'....'.". F. : — 
Samuel Pres-: 
David Stuart 

aiah Fellows 
'-.;■■: ... . F .„:~ s Jv~ 

. - . .- 
John Batchelder 
Benj* Moulton 
John Page 



"::v:. '. I'r :.:■":' :~ 
Ep-hraim Eastman 
Nathaniel Ward 
I James 
Jr 
Jeremiah Fogg 
J - . - _ 
V'~ -.'.'.: :.". F _•_• 
." -- . .-: 
David Smith 
Abraham Sanborn 
2 - :--. h Wadleigh 
Xathaniel Healey 
Jon* Prescott 

p., F. : ;->r 

J '..:". F.v-r 

I 
•' :-.- :;-.'. F .: ;...". Fr 
A" :.-.'.. : . Fr— ::.:: 
>Theophilus Sanborn 
James Sanborn 
F :.;:/. ::. J.v..;-:- 
J:. v. P..:;r. 

[ :on 
Benjamin Tilton 
Benjamin Meleher 
James Sanborn 

- * 
WUliam Br 
Tim* Chase H 
Benj* James. Jr. 
Joseph Batchelder 
Joseph Wadleigh 3 d 
1—..:...:. B"...k. 



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h 



L . : ■; : :: 
A' : ...v.- G:vr 
Si ..?n Page 
Philbrick Palmer 
Jonathan Flat. 
Nathan Dearborn 
Benj* Brown 
I Brown 
Robert Pike 
: '. --. . -.. 

• T r. 
Vorthen 

X .:.. "W^are 
Jabes Dow 

v '. 

h Brown 
h Clifford 

Samuel Clifford 

John Gr;v. - 

Jonathan Palmer 
". 

Samuel Lampre 

Jonathan Brown 

Henery Lampre 

J : l : F . v.- 



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1 ' - - ^ 



.oseph Ro» 



: -. ■_; '.■_!. - 
jJosaah Brown 



::>. 



This is a list of thos names who hare signd to the Deelar 
ration put out By the Congress or committee of Safety — 

Nathaniel Goye ) Selectmen 
~:ah BatchelberJ of 

These under written names are those who Refused to iSsna 
to the Declaration giren forth By the Congress or committy 



T... : ■"> P. _ : 
Nathan Page 
George Conner 

• 
Nathaniel Chase 
Obadiah Gove 

. : ■..-.:•. J ".::-:. 

■J :...-'../. ?.;.:.-. r. 



E. " v. • '' :.s*f- 
EHhu Chase Jr 
John Chase 

>-•:■:' - 

Jonathan Green 

■ T ';■.:. 't; ;-::-. 
hen Green 



- :it is Quakers as these two Collums, 

And what is to come your honours may call what 

7 : m 

vh WadleigA. Jr. J " 7. '.::■■-.. 

' s . N - _ ' . F ._:. 

J<remiah TBtom 



- : : - :>: - ~\ 



John Hantaan. Jr. 

•7 - : I : -. " .: 

Nathan Sweat 

I - ■ - ' ■::• 

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I : ill :.: - 
Si~ :r". '.' : : 1 

?« .- '. II ..- I 
I 

- " 

Thomas Elkins 
William Sanborn 

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I - . : S .:. •_ ": : l 
".-.:_ •_ 11 :•_: : l 
" .-_ t- It ■--: 
Josiah Bartlett 

• 

Abraham French 

I '. 
I. :. ..: : . S-T-v- -: 

Thomas FJkins Jr 
Aaron Xonng Jr 



"V ".;. .- ?;..-.:■ . 
J - r ; . >•' : . 
: : : v F : 

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•" _: 1 .- . _ :? ■ . r. 
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• • "•"-. '.•":> 

T ■.— • v ..: .' ; :;. 
-" :. I. '. 

F: ' :'z 
John Judkins 
John Calef. Jr. 
.* i. ~ . . •: - ~ : 

'£.': rlrJ;: I. . _■ 

A~: 5 ; ..'. 



246 



COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Ebenezer Fifield 
Jethro Sanborn 
Caleb Judkins 
Henry Judkins 
Benjamin Stevens 
Joseph Clifford 
Jonathan Sanborn 
Samuel Fifield 
Sam Philbrick 
Peter Fifield 
George Pitcher 
David Kelly 
Nathaniel Garland 
Thomas Proctor 
Gideon George 
John French 
Benjamin Sleeper 
Joseph Woodman 
Ebenz r Stevens Jr 
Sam 11 Buswell 
Ebenezer Griffing 
Samuel Sweat 
Edward Sleeper 
Joshua Bartlett, Jr. 
Reuben Lowell 
Benj a Cooper 
Jacob Webster 
Daniel Smith 
David French 
Benjamin Sanborn 
William Tande 
Timothy Sanborn 
Joseph Judkins 

Benniman? 

Samuel Woodman 
Jonathan Colens 



Stephen Badger 
Timothy Quimby 
William Sleeper 
Jacob Smith 
Jeremiah Bean 
Benjamin Laitner 
Stephen Tongue 
Joshua Bartlett 
Benjamin Lad 
Stephen Sweat 
John Clifford, Jr. 
Benjamin Clough 
Sanders Carr 
James Thorn 
John Thorn 
Cornelius Clough 
Joshua Woodman 
Amos Bonn an 
Benjamin Tucker 
John Xewton 
James Colby 
Ralph Blasdel 
Sam 11 Thompson 
Thomas Thompson 
John Bartlet 
Eben r Bartlet 
Nathan Bartlet, Jr. 
Thomas Sever 
Thomas Sever, Jr. 
Phillip Davis 
Webster Davis 
Jacob Carter 
Jacob Carter, Jr. 
Jeremiah Johnson 
Henery Hunt 
Jonathan Pollerd 



Stephen Stuert 
Joseph Welch 
John Severance 
Jonathan Sanborn, Jr. 
Moses Hunt 
Ebenezer AVatson 
John Stevens 
Jonathan Sleeper 
Moses Carter 
William Collins 
Peaslee Hoyt 
William Challey 
Benoni Eaton? 
Aaron Young 
Thomas Carter 
Benjamin Webster 
Richard Hubbard 
James Yose 
Jacob Pesly 
Joseph Fellows 
Caleb Sever 
John Sleeper 
John B. Sleeper 
John Winslow 
Jacob Thorne 
Sam 11 Davis 
Timothy Bartlet 
William Calfe 
John Singleton 
Billy Hardie 
Bennet Greenfield 
John Noyes 
Daniel Busel 
Jacob Winslo 
Sam 11 Winslow 150. 



Agreeable to the Direction of the Hon ble Committee of 
Safety of this Colony we have Requested each inhabitant of 
this Town to sign to the within Declaration & herewith Re- 
turn the Names of those that have sign'd as with also those 
that have not, & Refuse to sign who are as follows, Yiz. 

James Oaruth, A Scotchman Declines obliging himselfe to 
take up arms against his Native Country, 
but Declares he will neaver take up arms 
against America, & is willing to bear his 
Proportion of the publick taxes with his 
Townsmen. 

Moses Welch — Refuses to take up arms & pleads Conscience 
for an excuse. 



1776.J 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



247 



Hezelciah Beedy 
Joint Sanborn 
John Clifford Fifield 
Ens. Isaac Webster 
John Webster 
Reuben Davise 



Sam 11 Severance 
Thomas Merrill 

John Tucker 
Ephraim Winslow 
John Eastman 
John Grili nan 



14. 



These Persons appear to be fearfull that the Signing this 
Declaration would in some measure be an Infringement on 
their Just Rights and Libertys but they appear to be Friendly 
to their Country & several of them have ventured their Lives 
in the American cause & the 3 last named Persons are now 
in the Army. 

Eben Eastman ) Selectmen 

Richard Hubbard > of 
Sddions Seccomb ) Kino'ston. 
Sept y e 23 d , 1776. 



SIGNERS IN LEBANON. 



John Wheatley 
John Slapp 
John Baldwin 
Sam 11 Bailey 
Jonathan Dana 
Eliezer Robinson 
William Dana 
Hezekiah Waters 
James Joues 
John Gray 
Jesse Cook 
Sam. Eastabrook 
Benjamin Write 
Hobart Estabrook 
Nathaniel Hall 
Jonathan Bingham 
Silas Waterman 
Jedediah Hebbard 
Joseph Wood 
W m Radman 
John Colburn 
Xath 1 Wheatley 
Walter Peck 
Zaccheus Downer 
Asa Colburn 
Con st Storrs 
Stephen Colburn 
John Williams 
Isaiah Potter 



Samuel Paine 
Elijah Dewey, Jr. 
Huckens Storrs 
Joseph Tilden, Jr. 
Elkanah Sprague 
|Daniel Hough 
ISam 1 Bailey, Jr. 
Daniel Bliss 
Joseph Tilden 
ICharles Tilden 
[Oliver Griswold 
James Hurtshorn 
JAzariah Bliss 
Azariah Bliss, Jr 
(Stephen Bliss 
'John Ordway 
! Xehemiah Estabrook 
Rufus Baldwin 
Nathaniel Porter 
Xath 1 Porter. Jr. 
Elijah Dewey 
Phinehas Wright 
William Downs 
Earnebas Perkins 
James Hebard 
Devi Hyde 
Elias Lyman 
Theophelus Baybrick 
Eliezer Woodward 



Nathaniel Kidder 
David Colburn 
Moses Hebard 
Jeremiah Griswold 
Benja. Fuller 
James Fuller 
Lemuel Hough 
Elisha Stickuor 
ilsaiah Bliss 
jXathaniel Storrs 
'Samuel Milliugton 
Solomon Millington 
Henry Woodward 
John Griswold 
Nathan Durkee 
\ Sam 11 Sprague 
Charles Seiton 
John Slapp. Jr. 
'William Downe, Jr 
[Salmon Aspenwall 
Joseph Martin 
Abel Wright 
Ebenezer Bliss 
Tho s Welles 
Jonathan Bettes 
John Hyde 
Sluman Lathrop 
Abiel Welles 
Joseph Dana S7, 



248 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Lebanon July 4 th 1776. 

These may Certine, that the within Resolve &c has been 
Presented to all the Inhabitants of Said Lebanon In man- 
ner and form as Requested, who have freely & Chearfully 
affixed their several Names thereto. There not being one 
Dissentient therefrom in said Lebanon — 

Test NEH h Estabrook } 

Jn° Wheatley \ Selectmen. 
John Slapp. ) 



SIGNERS IN EXETER? 

[Note. There appears to be some mistake in this return. There 
■were many more inhabitants in Exeter than are here returned — and 
the names most prominent in that town are not included. Instead of 
Exeter, it should be of some other name, or the return must be im- 
perfect. — Ed.] 



Joseph Swasey 
Josiah Y\'yatt 
Josiah Weeks 
Stephen Thing 

Stepen 

Samuel Lanson 
Gerould Fitz Gerould 
Josiah Oilman, Jun r . 
John Giddinge 
Joseph Gilman 
Theophilus Smith 
Eliphalet Giddinge 
Thomas Dollof 
Josiah Bed 
John Bond 
Noah Emery 



Hubartus Neale 
Daniel Grant 
Sam 1 Harris 
Joseph Stacey 
John Potten 
David Smith 
Will m Odlin 
Benj a Cram 
Josiah Folsom 
Samuel Quimby 
Joseph Thing 
Nath 1 Gorden 
Robart Kimball 
Benjamin Kimball 
Robert Lord 
Jo s . Rawlins 



Edward Ladd. 
Joseph Lam son 
Thomas Lyford 
Zebulun Gilman 
Benj a Morse 
David Gilman 
Thomas Tyler 
Samuel Folsom Gilman 
Bart Gale 
Dudley Watson 
Benjamin Seavey 
John Gidding. Jr 
Winthrop Thing 
Kinsley H. James 
John Cartly 
Jonathan Hopkinson48. 



SIGNERS IN LEAYITTS TOWN (now Effingham). 



Reuben Marston 
John Marston 
Levi Lamper 
Carr Leavitt 
Benjamin Deai-born 
Richard Taylor 



Simon Leavitt 
Weare Drake 
Tho. Parsons 
Levi Jones 
John Leavitt 
James Titcomb 



Josiah George 
Robert Brown 
Joseph Palmer 
Eleazer Davise 
William Palmer 



17. 



The above have all signed to abide by the within precept- 
ed there is no more Inhabitants in Leavitts Town. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



249 



SIGNERS IN LEE. 



Elijah Dinsmore 
Samuel Jackson 
Bennan Jackson 
John Emerson 
Samuel Emerson 
Joshua Burnam 
Joshua Burnham Jr 
Steven Wille 
Joseph Sias 
William French 
Joshua Wordmarch 
Eleson Watson 
Philbrok Barker 
Moses Runales 
Samuel Hill 
Ruel Giles 
Cornilus Dinsmore 
Job Run els 
E. Jones, Jr 
Jonathan Dow- 
Isaac Small 
Peter Folsom 
Josiah Dergien 
Miles Randel 
Benjamin Durgin 
John Sanbonn 
Jonathan Runals 
Zaccheus Clongh 
Job Runels, Jr. 
Enoch Runels 
William Goen 
Ephm. Sherburne 
Dimond Furnald 
Richard Hull 
Samuel Langmaid 
Ebeuezer Jones 
Lemuel Chesley 
John Jones 
Benj. Clark 
George Jones 
Benjamin Jones 
Smith Emerson 
Isaac Clark 
Simon Rindel 
James Brackett 
Stephen Stevens 
Gideon Mathes 
Danel Chele 



Gerge Chale 
Thomas Arlen 
Zebelen Wiley 
Timothy Money 
Micajah Bickford 
Daniel Shaw 
Amos Furneld 
Edward Scales 
Robert Parker 
John Mendum 
Hunking Dame 
John Follett 
Ebenezer Randel 
Eli Furber 
Ebenezer Burnum 
Joseph Brackett 
Joseph Follet 
Samuel Steivens 
Samuel Bickford 
Jonathan Fisk 
William Waymoth 
George Tuttle 
George Duch 
James Watson 
Samuel Watson 
Timothy Moses 
Dennet Waymouth 
John Kinnison 
Josiah Kinnison 
William Gleden 
John Putnam 
Anthony Fling 
John Davis 
Clement Davis 
| Andrew Watson 
Thomas Tuttle 
|Thomas Tuffts 
Samuel Burley 
James Davis 
Jeremiah Hutchins 
John Davis 
Nathaniel Frost 
Henry Tufts 
Jonathan Stevens 
Henery Tufts, Jr. 
Thomas York 
Nicheless Tuttle 
Robert York 



Eliphalet York 
David Davis 
Nathaniel Stevens 
William Stevens 
Samuel Durgin 
Joseph Watson 
Reuben Hill 
Sam. Hutchin 
Josiah Bartlet 
Moses Dame 
Jonathan Thompson 
Samuel Mathes 
William Bly 
Samuel Langley 
Samuel Smith 
Nicolas Meder 
Matthias Jones 
Benj. Jones 
Joseph Jones 
Tolman Thompson 
Zekiel Wille 
Edward Leathers 
John Leathers 
Joseph Doe 
John Williams 
John Layn 
Benjamin Braily? 
Thomas Huckins Jr 
Elijah Fox 
John Wiggin 
James Clemens 
John Sias 
Benjamin Bodge 
Marke Weder? 
Mr. Samuel Bodge 
John Glover 
Edward Hill 
Thorn es Wille 
Ezekiel Wille 
Thomas Noble 
Samuel Woodman 
Edward Woodman 
Thomas Hunt 
Josiah Burley 
Samuel Wille 
Joseph Pitman 
Samuel Snell Jr. 
(Thomas Langly 142. 



These men hereafter named in the Parish of Lee Refuse 



250 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



to sign the Association sent to us from the General Court by 
order of the Continental Congress. 



Robert Thompson 
Joseph Cartlin 
William Jenkins 

William Jenkins, Jr. 
Charles Rundet 
Joseph Meder 
James Bunker 



Samuel Lamas 
David Muneey 
John Snell 
William Calivell 
Joseph Emerson 
Richard Glover 
Aaron Hanson 



14. 



Ichabod Whidden ) Selectmen of 
William Laskey \ Lee. 



SIGNERS IX LONDONDERRY. 



William Gregg — ■ 
Hugh Montgomery 
John Pinkerton 
Moses Lankester 
Benjamin Cheney 
David Clendinin 
James Paul 
John Cochran 
Robert Wilson 
Timothy Farer 
John Moor 
John Aiken 
Thomas Taggart 
John Xesmith 
James Cochran Jr. 
James M c Gregore 
John Bailey 
John Oilman 
Rob' M c Xeill 
Arthur Archibald 
William Hetty? 
Matthew Thornton 
Joseph Gregg 
George Duncan. Jr. 
John Greg — 
Benjamin Gregg 
William Alexander 
Isaac Peabody 
M c Gregore 
Daniel Rundals 
George'Russel 
Stephen Holland 
William Vance 
Xathan Stinson 



David Craige 
John Prentice 
James Cochran 
James Alexander 
Mathew Miller 
Mo s Barnet 
John Vance 
Alexander M c Collom 
Adam Wiar 
Robert Wallace 
Thomas M c Cleary 
Robert Macordy 
John Robinson 
John Patton 
Sam 1 Dickey 
James Wallace 
John Holms 
Alex r Crage 
Robert Gilmore 
Andrew Clendinin 
Thomas Willson 
Samuel Morrison 
John Steel 
James Xichols 
Tho. Emerson ? 
Thomas Patterson 
Robert Holms 
Adam Duulap 
Will m Davidson 
Robert Moore 
Robert Smith 
David Anderson 
Samuel Gregg 
David Taylor 



John Hopkins 
Samuel Marsh 
Rob* Morrison 
Jonathan Gillman 
Jonathan Kelso 
George Mansfield 
John Amies 
James Humphry Jr 
Robert M c Farland 
John Tylor 
William Tylor 
John Marsh 
W ra Cunningham 
Thomas Anderson 
Thomas Creage 
Matthew Clark 
Isaac Brewster 
John Barnet 
John Hilaner? 
John Barnet, Jr. 
James Anderson 
John Guuion 
Adam Taylor 
Samuel Taylor 
John Bell 
W m Duncan 
Abraham Duncan 
John Cox 
Rob' Morison 
John Craig 
James Taggart 
Samuel Anderson 
Samuel Anderson 
James Adams 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



251 



James Nesmith 
Robert Adams 
Archibald Mack 
James Xesmith, Jr. 
James Miltmore 
Samuel Clark 
James Ewiug 
James Donaldson 
William Rogers 
David MTveen 
John Wallace 
David Paul 
Samuel Ghrims 
Sam 11 Wilson 
James Dinsmore 
Samuell Gregg 
John M c Keen 
George Duncan 
Samuel Fisher 
John Duncan 
James Anderson 
Ja s Hopkins 
Rob 4 Archibald 
John Hunter 
James Miltimore 
Jonathan Wallace 
David Pinkerton 
James Adams, Jr. 
Thomas Rogers 
James Anderson 
William Anderson 
Joseph Mack 
Josiah Duncan 
Robert Craige 
John M e Alester 
Thomas Holms 
David M c Cleary 
Ephraim Dimond 
John Anderson 
John Patterson 
Alex d Boyd 
Tho s Wallace, Jr. 
James Barnet 
John M'Cleary 
Samuel Morison, Jr. 
Robert Dickey 
Joseph Chapman 
Elias Smith 
John Marshall 
Humphrey Holt 
Andrew Mack 
Archibald M c Calester 
Andrew Todd 



Robert Thompson 
John Thompson 
Isaac Walker 
Sam'] Thomson 
Andrew Todd 
Robert M c Colom 
David Brewster 
James Adams 
James MacMurphy 
James Alexander 
John MTntosh 
Rob 1 M c Murphy, Jr. 
Samuel Moreson 
Mathew Pinkerton 
Samuel Alls 
Alexander Craig 
Hugh Watt 
Archibald MacMurphy 
Jedediah Pat tee 
Samuell Willson 
James Willson 
Adam Dickey 
John Dicky 
George Conning 
James Boyes 
Samuell White 
George M c Allaster 
Mat'w Dickey 
Robert Meclure 
John Keen 
Sam 1 Wallace 
John Giles 
Robert Boyd 
James Thompson 
Thorn. M'Cleary 
Jacob Chas 
William Page 
Nath. Smith 
Joseph Bell 
James Cochran 
John M c Adams 
John M c Clenche 
Samuel Bous 
Joseph Bous 
[Moses Watt 
Joseph Hogg 
John Watts 
Thomas Hilands 
James Lyons 
James Hogg 
Francis Mitchel 
Sen. W m Johnston 
Hugh K alley 



[Peter Kalley 
Rob' Clendinin 
William Wier 
Nicholas Dodge 
John Dwiuell 
Henry Campbell 
David Porter 
Thomas Wallace 
James Wallace 
George M c Murphy 
Will>» Wallace 
Joseph Cochran 
Samuel Renkin 
Will" 1 Rankin 
James Ramsey 
John Hunter 
Daniel Hunter 
Thomas Wilson 
Jesse Pluraer 
Nathaniel Brown 
Jonathan Adams 
John Clark 
W m Eayrs 
John Ramsey 
William Ramsey 
William Cochran 
John Ramsey 
James Crombie 
Jo s Crombie 
Thomas Lennon 
Simeon Roberson 
Eleazer Cumings 
Ebenezer Tarbox 
Samuel Eyers 
Reuben Page 
Jonathan Reed 
Joseph Finlay 
John Clark 
Samuel Topson 
Josiah Jones 
Joseph Curtice 
Thomas Senter 
William Richardson 
William Alexanders 
James Darrah 
Ezekiel Grele 
Nathaniel Hale 
Daniel Marshall 
Benjamin Kidder 
Joseph Hobbs 
Elijah Towns 
Stephen Dwinell 
William Moor 



252 



COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776- 



Jabes Town 
James March 
Sam 1 Senter 
James Gregg 
William Boyd 
Abel Plurnmer 
Joshua Conet 
William Dickey- 
Sam 11 Karr 
William Eayers 
Samuel M c Adams 
William Dicky 
Thomas Boyd 
Peter Robinson 
William Steel 
William M c Adams 
Robert M c Adams 
John Robinson 
David Pebody 
Joseph Steel 
George Burroughs 
Isaac Page 
Phillip Marshal 
David Lawrence 
Richard Marshall 
Sampson Kidder 
James Barret 
John Smith 
Josiah Burroughs 
William Burroughs 
Moses Barret 
David Campbell 
William How ? 
William Grinnls 
Robon Sondrson 
Sam 1 Cochran 
Samuel Miller 
John Duncan 
John Jaques 



John Pinkerton 
Trueworthy Sargent 
Jesse An is 
Thomas Perrin 
Thomas Mitchel 
Robert Cochran 
Joseph Morison Jr 
Arthur Boyd 
Cheias Sargent 
David Connolly 
Parker Mooers 
John Stewart 
Thomas Shaw 
Alexander Robinson 
Robert M c Keen 
George Orr 
Simeon Morrill 
Moses Rowel 
Barns Morrill 
James Cheney 
David Davison 
Alexander Kassay 
David Colbey 
Daniel Cheney 
Charles Sargent 
John Kiukead 
Abraham Page 
Stephen Johnson 
William Gray 
Samuel Dodge 
William Pirkinson 
Alexander Campbell 
Denis Healey 
Robert Wallace 
Plumer? 



James Miller 
John Stinson 
John Karr 



Robert Hunter 
James M c Gregore 
James Litch 
John Archibald 
George Moor 
William Morison 
William Gilmore 
William Smith 
John Livingston 
Daniel M c Duffee 
Thomas Cristy 
Robert MacMurphy 
Jacob Bartlett 
George Davidson 
David Colby 
Alex r Clark 
W m Parker 
Daniel McNeill 
James Vance 
Robert Boyd 
Robert Boyd, Jr 
Jacob Towle 
John Wadile 
John Alexander 
Richard Amerson 
William Miltimer 
Rob 1 Hopkins 
John Nesmith 
George Gregg 
Isaac Cochran 
James Willson 
James Eayers 
John M c Duffee 
John Moore 
Sam White 
Hugh Dunshe? 
John Humphrey 
Sam 1 Allison 



375. 



Londonderry June y e 24 th 1776. 

To the Hon ble House of Representatives for the Collony 
New Hampshire. 

Agreable to the Request of the Hon ble Committee of Safety 
for this Colony, we have taken pains to go through with the 
association pappers and we find none who Refuses to sign 
the same, except the parsons hereafter mentioned, Viz. 



Timothy Daivson, 
Alexander Ni coles 
Joseph Morrison, 



Abraham Morrison 
William Humphrey, 
David Morison, 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



253 



Samuel Ella, 
Do el George Wood, 
John Holms Lev 1 to A. Min- 
ute Compaq, 
John Reed 



John Moor, 
Robert Moor, 
James Cochran, 
Samuel Clark, 
John Stewart. 



15. 



By order of the Selectmen. 

Tho 9 Taggart \ Select. Clerk. 



SIGNERS IN LOUDON. 



John Glines 
Charles Sias 
Timothy Tilton 
Samuel French 
Samuel Gates 
William Tilton 
Josiah Rins 
Stephen Wells? 
Thomas Sweat 
Benjamin Wille 
Thomas Ward 
Eliphalet Rawley 
Gashom Mathes 
Abel French 
Moses Merrill? 
Ebenzer French 
Nathaniel Bachellor 
Caleb Pilsbery 
John Bradbury 
Timothy French 
Jonathan Smith 
John Sargent 
Benjamin Sias 
Jonathan dough 



Joseph Magoon 
Isaac Morrill 
Dudley Swasey 
Thomas Magoon, His 

Mark 
Samuel Chamberlain 
Jethro Bchelder 
Paul Morriel 
Ephraim Blunt, Jr 
Samuel Morrill 
Maston Morrill 
Jethro Bachelder, Jr 
Daniel Ladd 
Thomas Drake 
James Gilman Lyford 
Moses Rollings 
W m Gilman, Jr 
IJoseph Smith 
'Roger Stevens 
Abraham Bachelder 
John Drew 
Nathan Bachelder 
John Sanborn 



Joseph Tilton 
Nathaniel Tebbets 
Kphraim Blunt 
Moses Pillsbury 
James Sherburn 
William Boynton 
Jacob Sherburne 
Ellexander Gorden 
William Davis 
Simeon Taylor 
Ezekiel Morrill 
George Sherburne 
Levi Bachelder 
Abihail Chamberlain 
Isaiah Hanery? 
Samuel Chamberlain 
John Hoit 
Daniel Bachelder 
Moses Ordway 
Joseph Moulton 
Oliver Blazdel 
Jacob Towle 
Otis Gray? 69. 



Loudon June 3 d 1776 



Agreeabel to within Instrument, wharas we haf carried 
this Instrument to the Inhabitants of Loudon thay haf all 
signed Savin one or two that lived very much out of the 
way. 

Nathan Bachelder 
John Doene 
Samuel Chamberlain 



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Jonathan Goodonow 
Daniel Cutting 
David Thurston 
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SIGXKltS l\ \I.W BOSTON 



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Andrew walker 
Kath ran 

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Thomas U 
John Smith 
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William 1" 

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M Mi Ian, Jr. 
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Archibald McAllster 
William M N 
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Daniel M Millan 
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William Blair 
Jam. 

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John I Jr. 

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l \\ illiam l« ■ 
1 r \\ Living ton 
I'n. Alexander Qregg 
I K'lu v \N oodbei i j 

I I idge 

I Caldwell 

Warren 
ISliphalel Dustin 

• 1'atterson Jr. 
Jacob I [ooper 

I Scobey 
William M e Neil 
Jonathan < 
John McLaughlin 
John M Laughlin Jr 
w hite 

irl Boid 
Daniel M'AUcster 
John M 
William K< 
William Campbell 
Barnabas ^^ ginia 
M 

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Tho" Karr 
Neniah Cochran 
John Carter 

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Aaron Tally ? 



All. ii Moor 

Daniel Kelso 

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l' t tier i !oohran 

John M Millan 

David Haiiderson 

Rol ii Patterson 

John l- 

M .■ hew I >ciii'\ an 

Samuel Smith 

John Stew urd 

William Clark 

.i i i 

John Gordon 
Jamec M Person 
Paul M Person 
James M Person Jr 
Robarl Willsou 
James Doak, Jr 

.lames Willson 

John Willson 
John M' Intosh 
Ruben Smith 
Andrew Walker, Jr. 
John Donovan 
Andrew Vaek 
John Ln ingston 
Jacob i 

Thomas Cochran 
John Cochran 
.lames Hunter 



Nehemiah Dodge 

S itiodM r— V.D.M. John II n ter 

under Kelso Daniel M Xeill 

John Burns Hugh (>: 108. 

New Boston August ye 26, 1776. Gentlemen, agreeable 
to tout Eon 1 orders we have published this paper and the 
names of subscribers are as follows : 
-V true return 

Xi n Clark / . , 

Dani l M.-Allisti-h Selectmen. 



- 

Frost Jr. 
"William Xeal 



SIGNERS IX NEW CASTLE. 



RJch d Yeatou 
Sam Clarke 
John Simpson 



Henry Pw 

Robert White 
Stephen Barton 



256 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Matthew Bell 
Abraham Trefethen 
Paul Randall 
Thomas Locke 
John Lear 
John Treften 3 d 
Tho s Trundy 
Willm Gody 
Benjamin Yeaten 
Isaac Smith 
Stephen Chase, Jr. 
Elias Tarlton 
Meshack Bell, Jr. 
Ephraim Amazeen 
James Neal 
Sampson Bell 
John Card 



David Mitchal Jr 
Abednego Bell 
Joshua White 
William Vennard 
Nath 1 Batson 
John Tarlton 
Meshack Bell 3 d 
Thomas Bell 
Henry Card 
John Amazeen 
Edward Card 
John Treffren, Jr. 
Thomas Gondy 
Samuel Langmade 
Isaac Pridham 
| John Colleyem 
Benj a Bell, Jr 



Noah Sherburne 
John Odiorne 
Samuel Odiorne 
Christopher Amazeen 
[Stephen Laury 
Henry Langmaid 
Willson Trundy 
Edward White 
Abra. Trefethen, Jr 
Robert Martin 

his 

Henry X Foss 

mark 

William Tredick 
John Seavey 
William Jones 

57. 



The Names of those who have Refused to Signe the within 



paper 



Stephen Batson 

Rich d Yeaton, Jr. a soldier 

John Kanear 

William Clark. 



SIGNERS IN NEWINGTON. 



True Sons of Liberty. 



Rich d Downing 
Sam el Shackford 
John Nutter 
Rich d Downing, Jr 
Bartholomew Downing 
Josiah Downing 
Henry Hart 
Thomas Trickey 
John Hart 
Nicholas Pickern 
Ephraim Pickering 
John Benson 
Nathaniel Hart 
John Stoodly 
Jonthon Hoyt 
John Gee Pickreing 
Thomas Pickreing 
Hatevil Nutter 
James Stoodly 
Joseph Nutter 
James Colin an 
Hutson Peavey 
Joseph Adams 



John Pickreng 
Timothy Dame 
Jethro Furber 
Ezekiel Gil Adams 
Phineas Coleman Jr 
Jonathan Trickey 
Joseph Dame 
Eliphelet Dame 
John Trickey 
Joseph Hight 
Joseph Colbath 
Samuel Fabbyan 
Joshua Nutter 
Hatevil Nutter 
John Hodgeton Jr 
George Laighton 
Joseph Colman 
Anthony Vincent 
Levi Furbur 
Nehemiah Furbur 
John Hodgdon 
Issachar Dame 
Samuel Shackford, Jr 



(William Furbur 
Phinehas Coleman 
John Dame 
Edward Brassbridge 
John Coleman 
John Hoyt 
James Nutter 

D ? Bickford 

; Thomas Pinder 
Nathan Huntriss 
Christopher Huntress 
Isaachar Wiggin 
Mark Miller 
Benjamin Hodgsdon 
John Fabyan 
Benjamin Pickering 
Benjamin Miller 
Ichabod Bickford 
Joel Leighton 
Christopher Nutter 
Nelson Downing Nutter 
Joseph Huntress 
Samuel Rawlings 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



257 



William Huntress 
James Pickering 
Eich d Pickering 



IWinthrop Pickering 
James Nutter 
(Paul Rawlins 



Joseph Rawling 
John Downing 
Samuel Fabyan, Jr. 67. 

Gent 11 agreeable to the within notified all persons as or- 
dered and desired 'jm to sign, 3. 

And Capt Joseph Pattinson, Benj a Adams Esq r Noah Raw- 
lings, denyd signing 



Attest, 



Selectmen. 



Attest, 



Samuel Shackfoed 

Jetheo Fuebee 

Tim* Dame 

Samuel Fab van 

Richard Downing 

Samuel Shackford 

John Nutter 

Eph. Pickering J 
Committee of Safety of ye Colony of X. Hamp r 
N. B. This paper stood up at the meeting house 
three Sabbaths. 



r 



Committee 

of 

Correspondence . 



door 



SIGNERS IN NEW MARKET. 



John Perkins 
Tho s Tash 

Sam. Baker 
Sam 1 Gilman 
Benj. Mead 
John Mason 
William Shriggens 
John Tash 
Jonathan Robinson 
Joseph Sanborn 
Joseph Smith 
Walter Bryent, Jr 
Jacob Brown 
John Wast on 
Josiah Burnham 
Joshua Brackett 
Nicholas Hartford 
Samuel Burleigh 
John Folsom 
Thomas Bennett 
Ich d Brackett 
Tho. Churchill 
Zebulon Doe, Jr 
Joseph Young, Jr 
And w Bowman 
Asa Wiggins 

17 



John Cooke 
Jonathan Doe 
Jonathan S Dudley 
David Chapman 
Robert Jackson 
Samuel Ward 
Benjamin Stevens 
i Lewis Kennison 
David Folsom 
Edward Smith 
Edward Hilton Jr. 
John Young 
Job Sawey? 
Simeon Folsom 
Morgan Connor 
Walter Bryent 
Josiah Adams 
John Meder 
Jeremy Bryent 
Nathaniel Ewer 
Jeremiah Foss 
William Renton 
jLevi Folsom 
John Mead 
Nath 1 Gilman 
Levi Pickering 



Jacob Burley 
John Bennet, Jr. 
John Bennet 
Cotton Bennet 
Josiah Bennet 
Arthur Bennett 
John Folsom 
James Goodwin 
Robert Goodwin 
Zebulon Dudee 
Jonathan Wigen 
David Wiggin 
Benjamin Stephens 
Peter Drowne 
Ruben Doe 
John Weeks 
Bradstreet Doe 
Josh. Clark 
Went worth Cheswill 
Zebulon Doe 3 d 
Joseph Folsom 
Enoch Stevens 
Jonathan Colcord 
Joseph Colcord 
Walter Neal 
Gideon Colcord 



258 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Josiah Colcord 
Jacob Thomson 
Joseph Wiggin 
Joseph Doe 
Edmund Chase 
Hubartus Neal 
Hubartus Neal, Jr. 
Nat Ames 
Winthrop Smith 
Andrew Folsom 
William Folsom Jr 
Samuel Chapman 
Jeremiah Folsom 
Joseph Joy 
Thomas Kenson 
Aron Kinstone 
James Cram 
Winthrop Hilton 
Ichabod Hilton 
his 

Benj a X Piner 

mark 

W ra Cario 
Benj a Folsom 
Daniel Hilton 
Jacob Fowler 
David Smart 
Charles Smart Jr 
Bening Brackett 
Philip Fowler 



Charles Sm arte 
Frances Durgan 
Frances Durgain, Jr 
Enoch Remick 
Chas Wiggin 
Moses Edgerley 
James Hill 
John Burleigh 
Joseph Chapman 
Abraham Parsons 
James Dearborn 
Robart Barber 
Thomas Hanaford 
Peter Folsom 
Nelson Barber 
Josiah Hall Bartlett 
Robart Barber, Jr. 
Andrew Gilman 
John Bean 
Jonathan Sanborn 
John Wedgwood 
Josah Burley 
Nicholas Doe 
John Doe 
Joseph Meloon 
Samuel Meloon 
Jacob Durgan 
Asa Folsom 
William Burley 



Joseph Gilman 
Josiah Hilton 
Wm Foulsom 
Joseph Smith 
Robert 8 Pike 
James Gilman 
Nicholas Harsey 
Samuel Neal 
Samuel Dyer 
John Ames 
Brad st Giiman 
Edward Colcord 
Nat Ames. Jr. 
Eliphalet Peas 
Simonds Fowler 
Nathel Peas 
Joseph Bean 
Sam 1 Peas 
Joseph Peas 
Moses Perkins 
Nicholas Doe, Jr. 
John Moody 
Moses Burley 

Benjamin -? 

William Burley, Jr. 
Edward Folsom 
John Bartlett 
John Perkins 
Jonathan Folsom — 164. 



Pursuant to the within orders we do hereby Return the 
Following Persons Names that Refuse to sign the within 
Declaration. 



Stephen Hardy 
Steph en Thurston 
Nathan Preson 
Jacob Parsons 
William Badger 
Walter Shute 
Joshua Wiggin 
William Perkins 
John Mighels 
Isaac Marston 
John Marston 
Samuel Mighels 
Samuel Mighels Jr 
Josiah Mighels 
Samuel Gilman 



Nathaniel Rogers 
John Neal 
Michael Shute 

Will 111 Shute 
Doct. John Marster 
Anthony Pickering 
Henry Wiggin 

William Odiorne 
Roger RacMyft 
Richard Perkins 

George Hart 
Zebulon Neal 
Jonathan Kinnison 
Saimiel Smart 
Josiah Smart 






1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



259 



Jacob Ames 
Stephen Lyford 
Elisfya Thomas 
Benjamin Pease 

New Market July 12 th 1776. 



Peter Hearsay 
Thomas Piper 
John Shute 
Nath 1 Lorde 

Sam 1 Gilman 
James Cram 
Sam 11 Baker 



38. 

Select 
men 



SIGNERS IN NORTH HAMPTON. 



Isaac Jenness 
Johu Brown 
Joseph Hobbs 
Beiij. Hobbs 
Abner Fogg 
Seth Fogg 
Samuel Wedgwood 
Benjamin Philbrick 
Jeremy Page 
Thomas Cotton 
Tristram Hodman 
Jonathan Knowles 
Jacob Brown 
Moris Lamprey 
Benjamin Brown 
Thomas Cotton 
John Lamprey 
Reuben Dearborn 
Levi Dearborn 
Abraham Drake 
John Wingate 
John Dearborn 
David Marston 
Christopher Smith 
Caleb Marston 
Simon Lainprel 
Sam 1 Mace 
Abner Fogg 
Josiah Batchelder 
Joshua Hains 
William Godfree 
Zaccariah Towl Jr. 
Thomas Hobbs 
Thomas Marston 
Samuel Dearborn 
Daniel Dow 
William Weeks 
Joseph Dearborn 
John Lovering. 



Eben r Lovering 
John Potter. [Jr 

Reuben Gove Dearborn 
Joshua Brown, Jr. 
Joseph Palmer 
Samuel Davis 
John Weeks 
Benjamin Palmer 
Josiah Dalton 
Nathaniel Hans 
Eben r Tilton 
John Chase 
Abraham Drake, Jr. 
James Wedgwood 
Joseph Knowles 
Eben r Sanborn 
Edward Shaw 
Ruben Dearborn 
John Taylor 
Benjamin Lamprey 
Jonathan Wedgwood 
Ebenezer Neal 
John Leavitt 
Henry Batchelder 
Zach r Towle 
James Godfrey 
John Robie 
Timothy Dalton 
Benjamin Marston, Jr. 
Simon Brown 
Benjamin Leavitt 
Frances Page 
Jermiah Dearborn 
David Knowles 
Moses Leavitt 
Samuel Hardy 
Stephen Page 
David Page, Jr. 
Josiah Dearborn 



Samuel Fogg. 
Joseph Taylor 
Thomas Leavitt 
Nathaniel Batchelder 
Abraham Taylor 
Joseph Monlton 
Joseph Moulton, Jr. 
Benj. Hobbs 
James Batchelder 
John Marston 
Samuel Batchelder 
Morris Hobbs 
Dn 1 Dearborn 
Benj 1 Mason 
James Nudd 
Simon D. Lovering 
Reuben Gove Dearborn 
Thomas Sanborn 
Daniel Sanborn 
Stephen Shaw 
William Sanborn 
Samuel Chapman 
Simeon Marston 
Zaceriah Batchelder 
Henry Batchelder 
Joseph Garland 
Samuel Batchelder 
Nathaniel Hobbs 
Samuel Page 
Samuel Robie 
Phinehas Dearborn 
Samuel Smith 
Isaac Marston 
John Nudd 
Simon Page 
Jon. Page 
David Page 
Ebeu Lovering. 

116. 



260 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



F1776. 



The Colony of New Hampshire. 

North Hampton June 7 th 1776. 
To the Honourb 1 Comittee of Safety, according to the 
within order of yours we have Procured all the names of our 
Parish according as your Honours Desired as is attested by 
us. 

Abraham Drake } Selectmen 
David Mabston of 

Christopher Smith ) North Hampton 



SIGNERS IN NORTHWOOD. 



Joseph Demeret, Capt 

of the Parish. 
Eliphalet Taylor 
Joshua Furbur 
Daniel Hoit 
John Durgin 
"William Wollais 
Increas Batchelder 
Israel Hodgdon 
Moses Godfree 
Abraham Batchelder 
William Blake 
Daves Batchelder 
Thomas Truland 
Richard Garland 
Benj. Johnson 
Nathaniel Twombly 
Elijah Carswell 
Richard Carswell 
Stephen Rawlians 
Jonathan Knolton 



Jonathan Clark 
Benjamin Wadleigh 
Sharborn Dearborn 
Zabulen Morris 
Nathaniel Chandler 
Jonathan Sanborn 
Elias Philbrick 
John Wadleigh 
Thomas Piper 
Francis James 
John Sherburne 
Samuel Sherburn 
Reuben Morgin 
Sherburn Blake 
Jonathan Blake 
Levi Dearborn 
Asahel Blake 
Henry Sanborn 
Henary Dearborn 
Phinehas Blake 
Nicolas Blake 



(Simon Wadleigh 
jRobert Hill 
jDavid Knowles 
jBenj. Hill 
Valentine Kinson 
William Prescott 
Moses Johnson 
Sam 11 Johnson 
! Solomon Bickford 
Caleb Clough 
Morris Lamprey 
Nathaniel Morril. 
Nath 1 Morrill 
John Bickford 
I Samuel Bartlet 
; Stephen Hoit 
Benjamin Jonson. Jr 
Timothy Caswell 
John Batchelder 
Joseph Durgin 
Thomas Knowlton. 61. 



Jun. 



Daniel Sawyer Refuses to sine this making plees that he 
is of a quaker Princabel. 1. 



SIGNERS IN NOTTINGHAM. 



J. Mills 

Benjamin Butler 
Joseph Morrill 
Josiah Clark 
Thomas Healey? 
Frances Kenston 
Joseph Cilley 
Jonathan Davis 
Benjamin Shaw 
Ephraim Durgin 



Thomas Bartlet 
Alexander Lucy 
Henry Butler 
Vowel Leathers 
Abner Clough 
Cutten Cilley 
William Gill 
John Harvey 
Rice Rowell 
John Wells 



Ziphaniah Butler 
John Ford 
Joseph Jackson 
Quick Preasl 
John Brown 
Volintine Hill 
Samuel Gray 
Mason Rendel 
Daniel Demis 
Jacob Burnam 



1776.J 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



261 



John Bickford 
William Welch 
Thomas Bickford 
Robert Davis 
John Wille 
Samuel Hurnam 
James Glass 
Samuel Daniels 
Nathaniel Hale 
Jonathan Willey 
Samuel Scads? 
Abraham Knight 
John Giles 
Aaron Hayes 
Gideon Straw 
Israel Ran del 
Will'" Cloys? 
John M c Crilles 
Rob. Evans 
Asa Guile 
Nathaniel Randel 
Samuel Brasa 
Charles M c Coy 
Frances Trickey 
Hezekiah Randel 

State of 

New Hampshire 



August 16 th 1776. 



Edward Foote 
Thomas Whitehorn 
John Whitehorn 
Paul Gerrish 
John Shaw, Jr. 
Thomas George 
And w Simpsone 
Benjamin Stokes 
Charles Furnil 
Ham. Libbey 
Joseph Robinson 
Moses Davis 
Daniel Young 
Joshua Trickey 
Joseph Whittier 
Joseph Hodgdon 
Simeon Ladd 
Jonathan Foss 
Enoch Page 
Joseph Garman 
John Nealley 
Jonathan Gove 
Abednego Leathers 
Benj" Winslow 
Ichabod Row 



John Hutcherson 
John Gile 
John Chesle 
John Nelley, Jr 
Joshua Stearns 
William Nelley 
Thomas Odel 
Robert Morrison 
James Kelsey 
John Shaw 
Nicholas Leathers 
Jonathan Langley 
Abel Leathers 
Thomas M c Connelly 
Benjamin Jackson 
Solmon Davis 
Abner Davis 
Nicholes Brown 
Sawyer Chesle 
John Kesear 
John Collet 
Jonathan Rollings 
John Hany 
Winthrop Colbath 

104. 



Pursuant to the within Precept we have 
Presented this Covenant to the Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Nottingham and 
the Parsons that Refuse to sign it are 
on a Seperate Paper 

Vowel Leathers ) Select 
Tho s Bartlet \ men. 



A List of the men 
Refuse to Sign the Cov 
Committee of Safetv in 

* Abraham Seails 
Philip Bartlet 

* Nathaniel G-oodhu 
Noah Barker 
'John Shepard 
*Jbhn Banfill 
* 'Joseph Nealley 
*John Bartlet 

* Thomas Hines 
Thomas Foss 
Frances Harvey 
Frances Harvey. Jr 
*Mdad Langley 



in the Town of Nottingham that 
enant sent to the Select men by the 
Aprill Last, viz. 

Moses Davis 

Edmund Hodgdon 

Samuel Gove 

*John Watson 

* James Watson 

Nathan Watson 

Josiah Watson 

*Benj a Watson 

Benj a Whitcher 

Daniel Rogers Esq. 

James Bean 

James Thurston 

25. 



262 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 

Nottingham August 16 th 1776. 



[1776. 



Vowel Leathers ) Select 
Tho s Bartlet \ men. 

N. B. Them with this marke * Have advanced money 
for to Hire Men to go to Crown Point. 



SIGNERS IN NOTTINGHAM WEST (now Hudson.) 



Asahel Blodget 
Asa Davis 
David Comings 
Jn° Caldwell 
Daniel Wyman 
Jarnes Caldwell 
Alexander Caldwell 
James Caldwell, Jr 
Samuel Caldwell 
William Merrill 
James Ford 
Abr a Page 
Seth Wyman 
John Hazeltine, Jr 
Henry Huey 
Jonathan Bradley 
John Haseltine 
Samuel Smith 
Ichabod Esman 
Edward Farmer? 
Timothy Emerson 
Robert Stuart 
Samuel Wason 
Jon a Searls 
Moses Barret 
Joseph Caldwell 
Thomas Caldwell 
Eliphalet Hadley 
Thomas Wason 
Eliphalet Hadley, Jr. 
Moses Hadley 
Parit Hadley 
Stephen Hadley 
John Campbell 
Tho s Searls 
David Glover 
Nicholas Eastman 
Page Smith 
John Strickland 
Timothy Emerson 



Joseph Watson 
Joseph Gould 
Samuel Moor 
Stephen Chase 
Jonathan Bloget 
Samuel Burbank 
Samuel Burbank, Jr 
Amos Kinney 
Nath 1 Hardy 
Timothy Smith 
Amos Pollard 
Rich d Cutter 
Nath el Lewes 
Sanders Bradbury 
Samuel Marsh 
Benj a Marshall 
Eleazar Cumings 
Ebenezar Cumings 
Daniel Hardy 
Samuel Hills 
Philip Hills 
Seth Hadley 
Simeon Barret 
Isaac Barret 
Oliver Hills 
Richard Hardy 
Joseph Pollard 
Jeremiah Hills 
William Hills 
Richard Marshall 
Thomas Marsh 
Elijah Hills 
Thomas Hills 
Ezekiel Hills 
Peter Cross 
William Burns 
Nathn 1 Merrill Jr 
Isaac Merril 
Samuel Durent 



John Merril 
Abel Merril 
Justus Dakin 
Samuel Polled 
Joshua Chase 
Stephen Gouch 
Stephen Lowel Jr 
Benj* Whitemore 
Moses Johnson 
Nath 1 Merril 
Samuel French 
George Burns. Jr. 
Sam 1 Greele 
Sam 1 Greele, Jr. 
Joseph Blodget 
Joseph Winn 
Joseph Winn, Jr. 
Ebenezer Polord 
Jirmiah Plaget 
Timothy Polard 
Abiethar Winn 
Jonathan Hardy, Jr 
Ezekiel Chase 
John Walker 
John Polard 
Nathel Merril, Jr 
Stephen Chase, Jr 
John Pollard, Jr 
Samuel Burbank 
George Burns 
Ebenezer Dakin 
Levi Dak en 
Henry Hale, Jr 
Henery Hale 
John Hale 
Andrew Swasy? 
James Wason 
David Tarble? 
Tho s Hamblet 

118. 



In Obedience to the within Request we have Desired all 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



263 



the Persons Present therein to Signe, & find none to Refuse 
Except Capt Joseph Killy. 1. 

Dated at Nottingham west 

this 3 d day of June, AD. 1776. 

Samuel Marsh \ Selectmen 
Jno Caldwell \ of 

William Burns ) Nottingham West 



SIGNERS IN PACKERSFIELD (now Nelson). 



Aaron Beel John Spinney 

Absolom Fairwil Beniamen Nurs 

William Beal John French 

Joseph Mason John Newhall 

Richard Farvvell Philip Bailash 

Amos Skinner John Adams 

Nath 1 Breed James Phillips 

Abijah Brown Jonathan Nichols 

Joel Wight Henry Bemies 

William Follefc John Estabrook 

Timothy Farley Benimin Nurs: Jr 

James Bancroft Amos Child 

Joseph Stanhope .John Farwell John Stroud 

Eleazer Twitchell 

In obedience to your Honners we Have faithfully Dischard 
the Duty Requested Desiring Each man To sine this Cove- 
nant within our Liments all which Have sind except Mager 
Breed Batchellor 1. 

o t , £ ( Joseph Stanhope 

Selectmen ot \ T c 

-d n a u < John Spinney 
Packerheld J Eleazer Twitchel 



Thomas Upham 
Nathanael Breed, Jr. 

Jonathan Felt 
Noah Day 
Bunker Clark 
David Marshall 
Edmunds Taylor 
Iris 

Samuel X Everit 
mark 

John Morse 
Reuben Wellman 
John Stroud 



SIGNERS IN PEMBROOKE. 



Will 111 Cochran 
Sam 1 Daniell 
David Abbot 
William Carlton 
Job Abbot 
Nath 1 Ambrose 
Thomas Cunningham 
David Lovejoy 
Chandler Lovejoy 
Sam 1 Abbot Jr 
Benj ;> Whittemore 
Benjamin Holt 



James Head 
'Nath. Head 
Richard Head ' 
Samuel Lakman 
Nathaniel Lakeman 
Nathaniel Lakeman, 
Josiah Hagget 
Joshua Phelps 
Samuel Smith 
John Lad 
John Cochran, Jr. 
! William Fife 



'Francis Doyne 
[John Fife 
;Robt Simpson 
Joseph Simpson 
James Fife 
Jr Nath 1 Head 
John Head 
Lovewell Baker 
Joseph Baker 
Thomas Baker 
John White 
William Bard 



264 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Elias Wliittemore 
Samuel Abbot 
Moses Tyler 
Nathan Holt 
Mikel Kimball 
Jereh. "Ward well 
Joshua Tyler 
James Robinson 
David Frye 
William Martin 
Edward Smith 
John Carlton 
John Knox 
Lemuel Stickney 
Asa Foster 
Joseph Swett 
Samuel Kimball 
Caleb Foster 
Moses Foster 
John Ayer 
Stephen Bartlet 
Sam 11 Jennes 
Joseph Parker 
Jeremiah Morgan 
Xath 1 Gilman 
Peter Gilman, Jr 
Benj a Piper 
Aaron Wliittemore 
Daniel Xoyes 
Asa Foster 
David Kimball 



Richard Bartlet 
Joseph Emery, Jr 
Ambrose Goold 
John Moor 
Dean Merrill 
Thomas Morse 
Joshua Kimball 
baac White 
William Kimball 
Jonathan Eliot 
Thos. Robertson 
James Knox 
John Sanders 
Moses M c Connell 
Robart Stinson 
Robert Moor 
Jacob Doyne 
Ichabod Robie 
James Robertson 
Sam u Kelley 
Will m Frier 
James Cochran, Jr. 
Jonathan Bartlet 
Nehemiah M c Daniel 
Robert M c Daniel 
James Martin 
John Cochran 
John M c Daniel 
Peter Robenson 
Ezekiel Gilman 
Leut. James Coffrin 



John Moor 
Will m Knox 
Solomon Whitehouse 
Penprat(?) Whitehouse 
Joseph Cochran 
Caleb Lovejoy, Jr 
Caleb Lovejoy 
William Man 
Nathan Waite 
Samuel Man 
John Man 
Samuel Noyes 
James Cochran 3 d 
Richard Bryant 
William Martin Jun 
Samuel Connor 
Fog? Holt 
John Knox. Jr 
James Man 
Samuel Gault 
Phedris M c Cnthe 
Andrew Gault 
Joseph Hemphill 
John Cullimore 
Jacob Emery 
Levi Cater 
John Connor- 
David Conner 
Danieal M c Lucas 
Gideon Piper 
Timothy Knox 129. 



Colony of New Hampshire, Sept 18 th 1776. 
To Honourable Committee of Safety. 

In Compliance with the within order we have Re- 
quested all the males as Directed, and the names under 
written are all within our Precints that have Neglected to 
subscribe the within Declaration viz : 



Rev'd Daniel Mitchel 
Capt Benj. JSorris 
Copt Sam 1 M c Connel 
Dea. John Man 
Sam 1 Parker 



Will" 1 Robertson 
And 10 Robertson 
James Cunningham 
Zebelon Robinson 



Dayid Abbot 
"Will 111 Cochran 
Sam 1 Daniell 



Select men 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



265 



SIGNERS IN PETERBOROUGH. 



Neal Hammell 
Thomas Morison 
Thomas Cuningham 
James Templeton 
Thomas Davidson 
Samuel Miller Jr 
William M e Nee, Jr. 
James Cuningham 
Alexander Stewart 
Aaron Brown 
Sam. Mitohel 
Charles White 
William Swan 
Sam 11 Houston 
W m White 
John White 
William White 
David White 
Samuel Miller Jr 
James Bichey 
William M c Nee 
John Scott 
William Smith 
William McCay 
James Robbe 
Joseph Hammell 
Jonathan Whellock 
John Gragg, Jr 
Robert Smith 



John Smith 
Moses Cunningham 
William MacKeen 
John White Jr 
L W? Moore 
William Robbe 
William Miller 
Sam 1 Mitch el 
John Youngg 
Abraham Holms 
Jn° Mitchel 
David Steel 
Isaiah Taylor 
Charles Stuart 
Samuel Gregg 
William Spear 
Kalso Gray 
Matthew Templeton 
William Scott 
Thomas Steel 
James Taggart 
Elijah Puffer 
Dan'l Mack 
Samuel Miller Jr 
Alexander Robbe 
Sam 11 Flagg 
Samuel M c Alester 
Robert Gray 
Jn° Butler 



Isaac Mitchell 

Thomas Stuart 

John Blair 

John Teggeat 

James Hockley 

William Moore 

John M c Murphy 

Rob' Morrison 

Thomas Turner 

John Smith 

John Morrison 

Tho s Morrison, Jr. 

Joth 4 Blanchard 

Sam 1 Cuningham 

Robert Willson 

John Gregg 

Timothy Miner 

Hugh Willson 

Sam. Willson 

James Willson 

John Willson 

John White 

Benj a Mitchel 

David Ames 

Adams Gragg 

Richard Burke Piercy 
Doctor of the 29 Reg- 
iment a foot 81. 



Peterborough, June 17 th 1776. Pursuant to the Within Re- 
quest the Inhabitants of the said Town of Peterb Hath Sub- 
scribed their names to the within Resolves of the Continental 
Congress — 

James Templeton ^ 

Sam 1 Cuningham V Selectmen. 

William M c Nee J 



SIGNERS IN DORCHESTER & PIERMONT. 

[Dorchester names are not given.] 



INHABITANTS IN PIERMONT 



John Richards 
Thomas Gregg 
John McCorniel 
David Tyler 
Ebenezer Tyler 



Jonathan Tyler 

David ? 

John Sawyer 
Enos Sawyer 
David Tyler, Jr 



Frances Trenton 
Andrew Crook 
John Patterson 
Uriah Stone 
Bunker Medcalf 



266 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Benj. Stone 
Ephraiin Patterson 
Abner Chandler 
Solomon Bailey 
Isaac Patterson 
Benj a Patterson Esq 
Jones'? Case 



Thomas Davis, Jr 
Noah Foord 
Jonathan Chandler 
Joseph Webb 
Daniel Tyler 
Thomas Crook 
Seth Foord 



Ephraiin Root 
Charles Crook 
Azariah Webb 
Thomas Davis 
John Weed 
Charles Webb 



35. 



All the Inhabitants of age according to ye within Direction 
have signed Except those that are in ye Continental Con- 
gress — 

Test John Patterson ^ 

John "Weed I n 

T TXT > C( 

Joseph \y ebb 
Jonathan Chandler 



;om x 



SIGNERS IN PORTSMOUTH. 



Meshech Weare 
Nath 1 Folsom 
E. Thompson 
Step 11 Evans 
Pierse Long 
P. White 
John Dudley 
H. Weutworth 
Tho s Hart 
Will™ Pearne 
George King 
Geo. Turner 
Geo. Weutworth 
Supply Clap. 
John Langdon 
Joseph Bass 
Josh. Weutworth 
John Pen hallow 
Sam 1 Penliallow 
William Langdon 
John Furnald 
Joseph Simes 
George Gaius 
Mark Seavej r 
Joseph Pitman 
Thomas Gains 
Joseph Akerman 

bis 
Josiah X Savage 

mark 

bis 
Benj a X Quint 

mark 
George Ham 



Benj* Akerman 
Walter Akarman 
Bar net Akarman 
John Bartlett 
William Parker 
Daniel Brewster 
Daniel Lunt 
William Brewster 
Benjamin Welch 
Nehemiah Rowell 
George Hart 
George Hart, Jr 
Reudal Furnald 
John Sherburne 
Nathaniel S Griffith 
Thomas Ransom 
Jacob Tilton 
Joseph Walker 
James Hart 
Luke Foster 
Thomas Sanger 
ElishaHill 
Joseph Cotton 
'Jn° Hart 3 d 
Samuel Briard 
Moses Woodward 
Xahum Ward 
George Libbey 
Sam. Cutts 
George Dame 
j George Massey 
James Dwyer 
David Call 



Th° Martin 
Jn° Greenleaf 
Mark Xelson 
Peter Man 
Jam s Gooch 
Henry Gardner 
Xath 1 Folsom 
Shackford Seaward 
Kinsman Peverly 
Joseph Seaword 
Joseph Ayers 
Benj. Bigelow 
William Martin 
Samuel Walker 
James P. Thing 
John Gooch 
Dan 1 Fowle 
Keith Spence 
Charles Banfill 
Tim Mountford 
Benj. Austin Jr. 
Samuel Hill 
Mark Fern aid 
Gilbert Fernald 
Jonas Austin 
A. MTntyer 
Rob. Robertson 
Jos. Allcock 
Thomas Moses 
Thomas Leigh 
John Moffatt 
Richard Wilson 
Thomas Palmer, Jr. 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



267 



Tobias Walker 
W m Wilson 

John Akerman 

his 

John X Hutchins 
mark 

Henry Nutter 
Hugh Henderson 
George Hull 
Thomas Thompson 
Perkins Ayers 
Tobias Warner 
John Pike 
James Grouard 
G. Durriell 
Stephen Sumner 
Jacob Treadwell 
Geo. Dorg 
W m Walker 
Nath 1 Treadwell, Jr 
James Haslett 
Theodore Moses 
Sain 1 Moses 
Charles Treadwell 
W. E. Treadwell 
Charles Waters 
Sam 1 Bowles 
John Clarke 
Robert Hart 
Cotton Mathers Stevens 
John Demett 
George Wat en 
Temple Knight 
Clem 1 Jackson 
Daniel Grant 
John Davenport 
Samuel Service 
Sam 1 Hutehings 
Joseph Jackson 
George King, Jr 
W m Knight 
W m Gardner 
Phillip Pendexter 
George Ilomans 
Nath 1 Sherburne 
Will" 1 Stanwood 
William Gunnison 
David Macclure 
John Noble 
Dan 1 Pierce 
Moses Ross 
Joseph Low 
Alexander Greenlow 



Ijacob Sheafe, Sen 
Sam Sherburne 
William Marshall 
James Swett 
D. Sherburne 
Nath. Treadwell 
PresonV Danel 
Edw d Sherburn 
Jonathan Ayers 
Rich d Mills 
Jacob Mills 
Jon a Shillaber 
Joseph Shillaber 
William Ham, Jr. 
John Reed 



John X Markmahawn 
mark 

J. Whipple 
Hall Jackson 
Henry Seaward 

his 
Sam 1 X Lear 

mark 
W m Appleton 
John Gregory 
George Jackson 
Stephen Meeds 
Rich d Fitzgerald 
Joshua Crosset 
Samuel Cate 
A. R. Cutter 
Abner Blasdel 
Eliphalet Daniell 
Noah Peirce 
Giles Seaward 
Gershom Flagg 
Samuel Tripe 
Rich d Langdon 
Rich d Champney 
Samuel Sherry 
John Page? 
Joseph Benson 
James Hight 
John Hart Jr 
Jn° Jackson 
Tho s Bowles 
Jo. Boyd 
Jn° Briard 
Nath 1 Pike 
John Ayers 
Joshua Pike 
Rob' Furniss 
Henry Lang 



Mark Noble 
Benjamin Newmarch 
John Marden 
James Marden 
Sam 1 Heck 
Nath 1 Pitman 
Josiah Leach 
Edward Pendexter 
Calleb Currier 
Timothy Ham 

his 
Thomas X Currier 

mark 

Daniel Hart 
Joseph Leach 
Sam 1 Jackson 
Edmund Davis 
Richard Jackson 
Joseph Ham 
John Tuckerman 
Jn° Tuckerman, Jr 
Nath 1 Mondum 
John Langdon 
R d Hart 

his 

Edward X Lamprey 

mark 

Jeremiah Libbey 
Benjamin Reed 
Jonathan Huntress 

his 
Thomas X Priest 

mark 
James Stoodly, Jr 
Samuel Ham, Jr. 
John X Dury's mark 
William Palmer 
Joseph X Winkall's 

mark 

Peter Kennisson 
Thomas Mead 
David Brewster 
George Read 
William Welch 
Alex. Winn? 
John Hooper 
Sam 1 Aris 
Edm d Butler 
Benj. Partridge 
John Collens 
Henry Carter 
William Vaughan 

his 

William X White 

mark 



268 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



his 
John J Yarrel 

mark 
his 
Joseph \ Clark 

mark 
John White 
Edward Ayers 
his 

Jeremiah X Claney 
mark 

Edward Lowd 
Rich d Harvey 
Reuben Snell 
Valentine Nutter 
Richard "Ware 
Joseph Weeks 
John Beck 
George Gehone? 
Mich 11 Fowler 
Clement March 
Geo. Marshall. Jr. 
James WMteaker 
George Marshall 
John Marshall, Sen 
John Marshall. Jr 
John Williams 
Moses Fereu 
William Richards 
John Gunnison 

his 
William X Gibbs 

mark 

Rich* Trusdel 
Alexander Jones 
Joseph Damrell 
Daniel Jackson, Jr 
James Fall 
Gupey Stoodley 
John Grant 
Richard Kitson 
Benj. G. Carter 
Joseph Moulton 
Sam 1 Dalling 
R. Wibird Penhallow 
Richard Talpey Jr 
John Lang 
John Pierce 
Thomas Pierce Jr 
John Stavers 
Joseph Lowe 
Edward Hart 
Ezekiel Pitman 
Daniel Lang 
Sam 11 Ham 



Xath. Melcher 
Eph. Ham 
Sam 1 Drowne 
Henry Nutter 
Frances MassuerreV 
William Adams 
John Melcher 
James Mclnter 
William Trefethen 
James Drisco 
'Samuel Waterhouse 
John Beck Jr. 
;Thomas Studley 
'Richard Sharman 
John Pitman 
Reuben Shapley 
Ephraim Bennett 
Thomas Manning 
| Geo: Janvrin 
Ebenezer Janvrins 
James Arnold 
[Daniel Jackson 
'Ezekiel Gunraier? 
iLeverett Hubbard 
iRichard Wood 
[Simeon Akarman 
John Wendell 
Thomas Clark 
Sam 11 Waters 

his 
Hugh X M c bride 

mark 
John Pickering 
Thomas Sherburne 
Robart Yeaton 
Joseph Brotten 

his 
Benj. X Brotten 
mark 

William Hunt 
Thomas Hodgson 
Sam 11 Haven 
Sam 11 Haven, Jr 
Will m Jenkin 
Benjamin Chandler 
William Partredge 
James Melcher 
Benj a Mackay 
James Shores. Jr 
Abiah Holbrook 
William White 
Xahum Akarman 
Xath 1 Dennet 
Henrv Sherburne 



James Hill 
Jeremiah Dennet 
Dennis Hight 
Benjamin Hodgdon 
Daniel Walker 
Richard Elliot 

his 

Tho s X Hayley 

mark 
Xath 1 Shannon 
| Abraham Elliot 
Xatt Gookin 
Benjamin Miller, Jr 
Moses Miller 
Sam 11 Thompson 
Mark Walker 
Pilancon Colbath? 
Jonathan Quint 
William Beck 
William Thompson 
Gideon Walker 
Theodore Dame 
John Thompson 
Xath Jackson, senior 
Xathaniel Jackson, Jr 
Charles Hodgdon 
William Ham 

his 
Thomas )( Ayers 

mark 
John Breton 
William Peverly 
John Dennett 

his 

Richard X Cutter 

mark 

his 
W m X Abbott 

mark 

Tho. Bickford 
Henry Bickford 
James Shores 
Daniel Davis 
William Walden 
John Walden 
Thomas Walden 
his 

Thomas X Pillar 

mark 
John Davis 
jW m Blunt 
Samuel Slade 
Timothy Watson 
his 

W m X Shores 

mark 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



269 



John Frost 
John Lord 
Nathan White 
Rich d Evans 
Peter Shores, Jr 
James Clarkson 
Obdeir Marshall 
Peter Shores 
Nathaniel Lear 
James Ryan 
John Shouers 
Peter Ball 
Andrew Sherburn 

his 
Richard X Monson 

mark 

Richard White 
Michael Frost 
Amos Abbet 
W m Gale 

Thomas Sherburne, 
William Cotton 
Robert Neall 
Joseph Leigh 
"William Furnell 
W m Cotton, Jr. 
Samuel Ball, Jr 
Nath 1 Mucliamore 
Sam. Laugdon 
Joseph Langdon 
Leader Xeson 
John Langdon 
Samuel Beck 
Nath 1 Lang 
Andrew Beck 
John Sherburue 
James Moses 
Nadab Moses 
John Melcher 
Benj a Lear 
Samuel Larey ? 
Joseph Tucker 
A. Pepperrill 
Sam 11 Langdon, Jr. 



Joseph "Whidden 
John Seveay 
Nathaniel Cotton 
Richard Tarlton 
James Tarlton Jr 
his 

W m X Cate, Jr 

mark 
John Norton 
Mark Lang 
Thomas Seavey 
Samuel White Cate 
Tho Marden 
John Gardner 

his 

I Geo. X Waldon 

mark 

his 

John 8: Lang 

mark 

his 

-r John "ff Savage 

^ r , mark 

William Nelson 
Caleb Brewster 
Ph in eh as Hodgdon 
Charles Randlett 
Geo. Ayers 
Thorn. Ayers 
Samuel Whidden 

his 
John X Leina 

mark 

his 

Jeremiah X Homes 

mark 

his 

Joseph X Noma 
mark 

George Sherburne 
John Banfill 

Joseph Banfill 
Thomas Cotton 
Sam 11 Oakes 
Tobias Banfill 
Samuel Norris 
Josiah Haines 



Robert Holmes 
James Frisbee 
James Jones 
David Swett 
Enoch Huntress 
Israel Marden 
Tobias Lear 
Jon a Swett 
Zeb n Wiggin 
Moses Brewster 

his 
Sam X Ham 

mark 
William Sherburne 
Samuel Ball 
Joshua Jones 
John Moses 
W m Homes 
James Jones 
Aaron Moses 
John Lewis 
Elias Tarlton 
John Leweis 
Sam. Hall 
Dan 11 Evans 
John Hooker 

his 

Joseph X Shaw 

mark 

Nathaniel Sherburne 
William Parker 
Jn° Parker 
Michael Whidden 
Josiah Clark 
John Wheelwright 
Joshua Brackett 
John Seaward 
Matthew Haslett 
Tho 5 Peirce 
William Ye a ton 
J. Sheafe Jr 
Paul Leighton 
Richard Dolly? 
Joseph Holbrook 509. 



List of persons taken up in Portsm as being notoriously 
disaffected to the Common Cause — Viz — 

Isaac Rindge 
William Hart 
Peter Pearse 
Hugh Henderson 
Robert Robertson 



270 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

John Peirce 

William Torrey 
Stejihen Little 

Oliver Whipple 

Thomas Armet 

James Sheaf e 

John Stavers 

Jonathan Warner 

Nath 1 Treadwell 

James Hickey 15. 

Pursuant to An Order to us directed, by the Committee of 
Safety of this State, We have waited on every person in this 
Town, and have tendered them the Association for signing, 
and do herewith Return the said Association, and the Names 
of those who have Refused to sign the Same. Viz 1 

Noah Parker John Moore 

Isaac Rindge Thomas Aermet 

Stephen Weeks Alford Buttler 

Chase Freeze Eleazer Russell 

Joseph Stacy Hastings Sam 1 Gardner 

Theodore Atkinson George Jaffrey 

James Sheaf e Mark H. Wentworth 

Stephen Little Dan. Warner 

William Torrey Jon a Warner 

William Hart John Sherburne 

Maj. Sam. Hale Sam. Waters, Jr 

Cotton Palmer John Campbell 

John Peirce [merch 1 ] Richard Tucker 

3Ioses Noble Giles Pickett 

John Eliot 31. 

Daniel Rogers. Absent at Nottingham 

Peter Pearse d° at Newington 

State of New Hamp, Portsm 14 th Aug. 177G. 

By order of the Com tee H. Wentworth, Chairman. 

Joseph Simes ) -, , 

r* r< f Select 

Geo. Gains > 

William Langdon \ men 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



271 



SIGNERS IX RABY (now Brookline). 



George Russell 
James Badger 
Benjamin Muzzy 
Randel M c Donell 
James Dickey 
Nathell Patten 
Lamson Farnsworth 
Wi» Hall 



Denet Shaw, Jr 
Eason Dix 
Moses Lowell 
jPhinehas Aken 
Nath 1 Badger 
( James Campbell 
James Rallf 
i Swallow Tucker 



[Samuel Russell 
George Woodward 
James M c intosh 
;Mathew Waless 
i Robert Sever 
Isaac Shattuck 
William Spaulding 
23. 



In Obedience to the Above Presept we liave Taken the 
Count and our men have siiied it all. 

We the Subscribers 

Alex 1 " M c Intosh "I 

Benj. Sheattuck V Selectmen 

Clark Brown J 



SIGNERS IN RICHMOND. 



Constant Barney 
Jeremiah Thayer 
Abraham Barrus 
Nathaniel Whipple 
Barnabas Thrasher 
Israel Whipple 
Oliver Barrows 
John Danly 
Isaac Benson 
Daniel Read 
Daniel Greens 
John Scott 
Michael Barrus 
Alles Thayer 
John G-ansey 
Jeremiah Thayer Jr 
Ichabod Whipple 
Dan Freeman 
David Barney 
Benjamin Thrusher 
Ebenezer Barrus 
Abraham Barrus, Jr 
Timothy Robinson 
Nehemiah Thayer 
Dan Whipple 
Othniel Day 
Moses Tyler 
Solomon Artherton 
Azariah Comstock, Jr 
Francis Norwood, Jr 



Joseph Cass 
Ebenezer Ornsbe 
| Reuben Parker 
John Robinson 
Peter Holbroock 
Nathan Wodley 
John Barrus 
Joseph Kazey 
James Kingsley 
Amos Garnsey 
IRufus Whipple 
Jonathan Aretterton 
[Oliver Garnsey 
Timothy Thomson 
Ezra Ormsbee 
Ijames Westcott 
Solomon aldrich 
Eli Page 

William Goddard 
Henry In galls 
JArnos Hix 
Jonathan Bozard 
David Sheurman 
iAbner Aldrich Jr. 
'Simpson Hammond 
Samoel Hix 
Ephrm. Hix 
Edmund Ingalls 
Matturean Ballou 
Richard Peters 



Ebenezer Peters 
Elezer Martin 
Isrill Peters 
John Woolley 
Ebenezer Cole 
Samuel Carpenter 
Jonathan Jillson 
John Files 
David Cass 
Oliver Capron 
Azariah Comstock 
Seth Ballou 
Moses Comstock 
[Ezra Day 
'Stephen Kempton 
Jeremiah Bullock 
[Oliver Hix 
Abiel Knap 
'Thomas "Woolley 
David Hix 
Barnard Hix 
Jacob Mump 
Josiah Streaton 
William Aldrich 
Jonah Twitchel 
Ephram Taft 
Silas Taft 
Abraham Man 
Isquire Whipple 
Grindel Thayer 



272 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Frances Norwood 
John Cass 
Oliver Ormsbe 
James Tilson 
Joseph Cass, Jr 
Daniel Cass 
Daniel Cass, Jr 
James Ranan 
Gideon Man 
Ezra Alen 
Moses Alen 
Joseph Alen 
Jiedidah Buff tun 
Nathan Darkness 
Jonathan Thurber 
William Gerney 
Nathan Bullock 
Anthony Harris 
Nathaniel Tuft 
Abraham Randul 
Ase Man 
John Cass 



Semson Thayer 
Jonathan Bools 
Joseph Newel 
John Martem 
Gorge Martem 
Robart Works 
Thomas Craim 
David Russel 
Moses Marten 
Peter Marten 
John Marten, Jr 
William Cook 
Luke Cass 
j Richard Peters 
'Noah Curtis 
Samuel Curtis 
Amriah Curtis 
Annaiah Aldrich 
Abner Aldrich 
Tribe Aldrich 
Oliver Mason 
Gorge Cook 



Jr 



Nathan Aldrich 
Peter Aldrich 
Uriah Harres 
Artemis Aldrich 
Enoch White 
Paul Handy 
Holab Smith 
Aaron Aldrich 
Thomas Boen 
Joseph Wing 
John Wing 
Jonathan Gaskill 
John Sprague 
Israel Philips 
Thomas Horton 
Silas Gaskill 
Paul Boyce 
James Below 
Silas Below 
Hezekiah Thurber 
Jonathan Sweet 
Daniel Peters 156. 



August 30 th AD. 1776 — 



Daniel Read 
John Danly 



Select 
men 



Richmond June the 27 th 1776. 

To the Homme Provencil Congress 
these do Certify the Reason Why we the Subscribers do 
not Sine the Resolutions of the Congress in taking up Amies 
we do not Believe that it is the will of God to take away the 
Lives of our fellow crators, not that we come out against the 
Congress or the Amarican Liberties, but when ever we are 
Conduct to the Contory we are Redy to joine our Amarican 
Brieathen to clef end by arms against^ the Hostile attempts of 
the British fleets and Armies. 

Amos Boom Luke Cass 

Jeans Ballou Anthony Harris 

Enoch White Uriah Harris 

William Cook Martin Ellis 

Ananias Aldrich Olivier Mason 

Thomas Horten Simeon Thayer 12. 



SIGNERS IN RINDGE. 



Abraham Wetherbe 
Jeremiah Towne 



I Willi am Carleton 
INehemiah Towne 



|Benj a Bancroft 
John Simonds 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



273 



Am as a Turner 
Nathan Hubbard 
John Page 
John Toneshend 
Ebenezer Locke 
Jeremiah Chapman 
Nathaniel Russell 
Jacob Hobbs 
John Dean 
Salmon Stone 
Enoch Hale 
Seth Dean 
Edward Jewett 
Jonathan Sherwin 
Abel Stone 
W m Russell 
Nathaniel Page 
Solomon Cutler 
John Demary 
John Handsom 
Jonathan Sawtell 
John Whitaker 
James Crombie 
John Sherwin 
James Phi lb rick 
Samuel Tarbell 
Paul Fitch 
Samuel Sherwin 
James Wood 
John Henaford 
Richard Kimball 
Ebenezer Chaplin 
John Wetherbee 
Benjamin Peirce 
John Emery 
Ebenezer Davis 
Samuel Whitney 
James Cutter 
Daniel Rand 
Oliver Stevens 
Solomon Rand 
Jer ah Russell 
Samuel Stanley 
Joseph Stanley 
Benjamin Lovering 
Henry Godding 
Joshua Webster 
Ebenezer Shaw 



Joel Russell, Jr 
Benj. Carlton 
Abel Platts 
Daniel Davis 
Zebulon Converse 
Isaac Wood 
[Benjamin Gould 
Jon a Ingalls 
Josiah Ingalls 
Jeremiah Norcross 
Elisha Perkins 
Caleb Winn 
Joseph Plats 
Page Norcross 
Samuel Walker 
Aaron Estey 
Ezekiel Learned 
Simon Davis, Jr 
Richard Kimball, Jr 
Daniel Russell 
Jonathan Putnam 
Stephen Jewet 
David Hale 
Nath 1 Ingalls 
Nehemiah Bowers 
Richard Thompson 
Samuel Russell 
Francis Towne 
Amos Davis 
William Davis 
Moses Hale 
George Lake 
James Streetor 
Richard Davis 
James Carlton 
Samuel Paig, jr. 
Deliverance Willson 
Jeduthion Stanley 
Jacob Gould 
Elijah Rice 
Israel Adams Jr 
Caleb Huston 
John Gray 
Nathaniel Thomas 
David Robbins 
Oliver Gould 
Jonathan Ball 
John Thomson 



Colony of New Hampsh 1 



Ichabod Thomson 
Eleezer Coft'eenV 
Jephthan Richardson 
Abijah Haskell 
Eliakim Darling 
Asa Sherwin 
Barnabas Carey 
Benjamin Newman 
Jehoshaphat Grout 
John Lovejoy, Jr 
John Lovejoy 
Othniel Thomas 
John Buswell 
Nehemiah Porter 
Daniel Lake 
Abel Plat 
Reuben Page 
Jonathan Town, Jr 
Timothy Wood 
Solomon Whitney 
Israel Adams 
Simon Davis 
William Robbins 
Jeabez Norcross 
Abel Perkins 
Samuel Page 
Joel Russell 
Ezekiel Rand 
John Ellis 
Jon a Parker, Jr. 
Jonathan Towne 
Thomas Hutchinson 
John Fitch 
Jon h Parker 
Asa Tyler 
Sam u Parker 
Ezekiel Jewett 
Randall Davis 
Simeon Ingalls 
Henry Smith 
Joshua Tyler 
Daniel Grag 
William Walton 
Levi Mansfield 
Benjamin Moore 
David Adams 
Samuel Adams 
Daniel Adams 

150. 



Rinclge, June y e 1 st 1776. 
In Obedience to the within Request we have desired all 
18 



274 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Males in this Town to sign the within Declaration (except 
those that are excepted) and they have all Signed. 

To the Hon 13 General Assembly or the Hon 19 Committee of 
Safety for the Colony of New Hampshire 

Edward Jewett "} Selectmen 
Jonathan Sherwin V of 
xIbel Stone J Rindge 



SIGNERS IN ROCHESTER. 

In Consequence of the resolution of the Hon. Continental 
Congress, and to Shew our Determination in Joining with 
our American Brethren in defending the Lives, Liberties and 
properties of the Inhabitants of the United Colonies. 

We the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage and prom- 
ise that we will, to the utmost of our power, at the risque of 
our Lives and Fortunes with Arms, oppose the Hostile pro- 
ceedings of the Brittish Fleets and armies, against the Unit- 
ed xVmerican Colonies. 

Eben r Tebbets 
James How. 
Samuel Furbur 
James Chesley 
Benj a Furbur 
Jabez Dame 
Barn s Palmer 
William Allen 
Daniel Wingate 
Jos h Pearl 
W m Evans 
John Plummer 
W m Chamberlain 
W ffl MDuffee 
Eich d Furbur 
John Ham 
John Beargin 
Eben r Bicker 
Timothy Eoberts 
Stephen Berrey 
Sam 1 Plummer 
Abner Dame 
Lemuel Bickford 
John Cook 
W m Trickey 
Daniel Eogers 
John Brewster 
Eich d Walker 



Daniel Kimball 
Benj a Eollins 
Moses Hammett 
Thomas Plummer 
Joseph Dame 
Daniel Watson 
Joseph Haven 
Bich d Wentworth 
Isaac Wentworth 
Avery Hall 
Josiah Main 
Wentworth Hayes 
Paul Libbey 
Isaac Libbey 
Thomas Eoberts 
Mark Hartford 
Sam 1 Alley 
Jacob Hanson 
Daniel Garland 
James Foster 
Enoch Hoit 
Benj a Frost 
Benj a Frost Jr 
Eleaz r Coleman 
Bradstreet French 
James French 
David French 
John Ham, Jr 



Thomas Ham 
Joseph Knight 
Henry Tebbets 
James Chamberlain 
Thomas Peevey 
W m Knight 
W m Wingate 
Edw d Lock 
Hanking Colebroth 
Charles Knight 
James Eogers 
David Laighton 
James Eogers 3 d 
Samuel Jones 
Samuel Chamberlain 
Moses Horn 
James Downs 
Tho s Davis 
Ichabod Hayes 
Moses Hayes, Jr 
Nath 1 Watson 
Xath 1 Watson, Jr 
Daniel Hayes 
John Woodman 
Ephraim Wentworth 
John Trickey 
Dodovali Garland 
John Trickey, Jr 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



2 lb 



Sara 1 Twambley 
Jon a Twambley 
James Wentworth 
Job Clements 
Stephen Jenkins 
Cornelius Jenkins 
Josiah Fulsom 
Caleb Wakeham 
Samuel Nute 
Benj a Twombly 
Eben r Wentworth. 
Reuben Wentworth 
James Jackson 
Peter Horn 
James Bearing 
Eben r Horn 
Jeh d Rollins 
Thomas Drew 
Moses Hayes 
W m Jennis 
W m Jennis Jr 
James Knowles 
John Knowles 
W m Ham 
Ebenezer Chesley 
Sol Perkins 
Sol Perkins Jr 
Sam 1 Merrdw 
Sam 1 Merrow, Jr. 
Jonathan Richards 
James Horn 
John Richards 
John Richards, Jr. 
Thomas Furbnr 
Abraham Morrison 
Jonathan Morrison 
Dan 1 Page 
Joseph Page 

The following 
tion — 



Josh a Downing 
Aaron Jennis 
John Nute 
Simon French 
Moses Jennis 
| David Jennis 
J Sam 1 Robinson 
jW m Hodgdon 
Paul Jennis 
Solomon Drown 
Joseph Tucker 
W m M^Neal 
Joseph Drown 
Aaron Ham 
Joseph Jiles 
Rich d Place 
Eben r Place 
Alex r Hodgdon 
Alex r Hodgdon, Jr 
Beuj a Hoit 
Thomas Brown 
John Hammett 
Moses Brown 
Jon a Bickford 
Edward Tebbets 
George Place 
James Rogers, Jr 
Jon a Ham 
Benj a Hayes 
Samuel Drown 
Joseph Walker 
Joseph Hayes 
Ithamar Seavey 
Sam 1 Seavey 
Eben r Garland 
Diamond Pearl 
James M c Duffee 
Turner Whitehouse 



John Jennis 
Elijah Yarney 
Rich d Nutter 
Henry Allard 
John Place 
Ephraim Ham 
Joseph Walker, Jr 
Robert Walker 
Richard Furber, Jr. 
Beard Plummer 
Joseph Thompson 
John Heard 
Reuben Heard, Jr 
Zebulon Dame 
Reuben Heard 
Josiah Wentworth 
Moses Roberts 
Jot ham Nutter 
Gershom Downs 
John Ran dell 
Lemuel Richardson 
Moses Downs 
Benj a Copps 
Joseph Plummer 
George Willard 
Jonathan Piukham 
Caleb Jackson 
Samuel Twambley, Jr. 
Eben r Place, Jr 
Zebulon Davis 
Abraham Cook 
Edmond Tebbets 
Joseph Jones 
Elihue Wentworth 
Sam 1 Wingate, Jr 
Nicholas Wentworth 
Joshua Cosen 
'Thomas Brown Jr 198. 



persons Refuse to Sign the annexed associa- 



James Allen 
John Withrell 
Ichabod Cossen 
Morris Ellis 
Tho s Trickey 
Solomon Clark 
Samuel Wingate 
Daniel Jennis 
Joseph Heard 
Benj a Heard 
Tristram Heard 



Nath 1 Garland 
Benj a Bickford 
Abraham Pearl 
Jonathan Hodgdon 
Will™ Ellis 
Sam 1 Doivning 
Jon n Ellis 
Joshua Knight 
Edward Varney 
Stephen Wentworth 
Benj a Dame. 



22. 



276 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



The undernaned persons are of the Society of Friends and 
do not Choose to Sign — 



Elijah Tebbets 
Elijah Tebbets, Jr 
John Tebbets 
Ezekiel Tebbets 
Joseph Tebbets 
Muzzy Gould 
David Tebbets 
Robert Tebbets 
Mordecai Varney 
David Varney 
Moses Varney 

Rochester 

By 



15 th Oct. 
order of 
A True Copy 

Attest, 



Mose Varney, Jr 
Moses Austin 
Eben 1 ' Varney 
John Cloutman 
Thomas Cloutman 
Jonathan Dame 
Isaac Twambly 
Benj a Meeder 
Nath 1 Meeder 
Jon a Meeder 
Joseph Meeder 

1775. 

the Committee 



EBEN r Tebbets, Clk. 



SIGNERS IN RYE. 



Sam 11 Jenness 
W" Davison 
James Perkins 
Jonathan Brown 
Isaac Dow 
Moses Seavey 
Sara 11 Seavey Jr 
Robinson Treferrin 
Nathan Towl 
Samuel Seavey 
Jeremiah Berry, Jr 
Benjamin Garland 
Nathan Goss 
Peter Johnson 
James Lock 
Joshua Lock 
James Goss 
John Blunt 
Levi Towl 
Simeon Towle 
Jonathan Lock 
Trustham Sleeper 
John Jenniss 
Francis Jenness 
Jon a Jenness 
Francess Jenness, Jr 
Job Brown 



Bickford Lang 
Nicholas Dolbar 
Joseph Sevey 
Joel Ame 
Olem Lowel, Jr? 
Samuel Wells 
Jonathan Goss 
Marifeld Berry 
Joseph Parsons 
Benjamin Harden 
Nathaniel Marden, Jr 
Samuel Marden 
Rob art Sanders 
Robart Sanders Jr 
William Marden 
Sara 11 Murry 
Simon Johnson 
Ben Marden 
Job Foss 
Joathan Berry 
George Randall 
Joseph Hall 
Jonathan Towl, Jr 
Jacob Berry 
David Smith, Jr 
Joseph Marden 
Nathaniel Rand 



James Hobbs 
John Lock, Jr 
Benjamin Marden 
Jeremiah Lock 
Joseph Lock Jr 
Richard Lock 
Richard Lock o 
Joseph Lock 
Alaxander Salter 
Samuel Knowles, Jr 
William Seavey, Jr 
Samuell Hutchin 
Joseph Rand 
Arther Lebbee 
Amos Seavey 
James Seavey 
Samuel Doustfoss ? 
Paul Seavey 
John Webster 
Ebeuezer Wallis 
Joseph Rand 
Mark Randall 
Daniel Moulton 
Thomas Wasson 
William Seavey 
Elexander Lear 
Samuel Wallis 



1776.J 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



277 



Samuel Wallis, Jr 
John Rand 
William Berry, Jr 
Ephraim Daucas 
Levi Goss 
Solomon Verrell 
Reuben Moulton 
Jonathan Philbrick 
Nathaniel Jennes 
John Jennes 
Sam 1 Jenness Jr 
Rich d Jennes 3 d 
Job Jennes 
Titus Philbrick 



Elijah Lock 
Peter Johnson, Seyner 
Peter Garland 
Nehemiah Moulton 
William "Wormwood 
David Lock 
Joseph Philbrick 
Elijah Lock 
Mikel Dalton 
Job Jennes Jr 
Jonathan Hobbs 
John Rand 
Xathenill Rand 
Nathaniel harden 



William Morrison 
Joseph Seavey 
Joseph Yeaton 
Wallis Foss 
Richard Jenness 
Richard Jennes 
Jeremiah Berry 
Henry Elkins 
Abraham Libbee 
Simon Galland 
Samuel Knowles 
Samuel Rand 
Samuel Elkins 
Reuben Philbrick 123. 



According to the above Preserpe, we the said Seieck men 
of Rye has apilied to the inhabitants of said town and 
sinied the above Preseip in full 

Joseph Jenness ) 

Nath 1 Rand V Selectmen 

Richard Brown \ 



SIGNERS IX SALEM. 



William Hall 
Amos Dow 
Evan. Jones 
Nathaniel Woodman 
Joseph Sanders 
Jonathan Massey 
Daniel Gordon 
Benjamin Mosby? 
Rapha Hall 
Jonathan Corlis 
Moody Morse 
Jon :1 Wheeler 
Rich d Dow, Jr 
Jacob Hardy 
Nath 1 Dow 
John Morland 
Josiah Hardy 
Zech. Woodber 
Richard Dow 
Simon Johnson 
Alexander Gorden 
Phinehas Swan 
Timothy Sargent 
Abraham Amy 
Seth Patee 
Israel Woodbery 



John Woodbery 
John Morill Jr? 
Joseph Hull, Jr. 
Jesse Morill 
John Morill 
jTimothv Merill 
: Daniel Corlis 
Abraham Dow 
Solomon Cole 
James Sanders 
,Rich d Kelly 
Jonathan Gordon 
Timothy Duston 
Israel Young 
I Daniel Ladd 
-James Hastings, Jr 
Timothy Johnson 
Daniel Massey 
Richard Kimball 
John Bayley 
AVilliam Tapley 
Percy Dow 
Stephen Currier 
John Bayley Jr 
'Abiel Cross 
Oliver Kimball 



his 

Josiah J Rowell 

mark 
William Bavley 
Nath 1 Merrill 
John Smith 
; Israel Hull 
David Nevens 
Richard Heunesee 
Sampon Wheeler 
Stephen Wheeler 
• Abner Wheeler 
James Hall 
William Smith 
Samuel Kelly 
Nath 1 Belknap 
Jess Smith 
[Obadiah Eastman 
Timothy Swan, Jr. 
Thomas Dow 
James Hastings, 
! Jeremiah Dow 
ICaleb Duston 
'Joseph Carlton 

his 
Joshua X Bayley, Jr 

mark 



278 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Benoni Rowell 
David Copp 
Jere. Foster 
Samuel Johnson 
Henry Little 
John Johnson 
Abbit Pettengill 
Jonathan Hesseltine,Jr 
Isael Smith 
Phinehas Gordon 
John Kinkead 
Jonathan Baley 
Samuel Day 
Joseph Wright 
Joseph Perkins 
Timothy Swan 
Joshua Swan 
Asa Mors 
Solomon Smith 
James Moorland 
William Moorland 
Simon Bradford 
John Bradford 
John Corning 
Thmas Macglaton 
William Smith 
Joseph Cresey 
Asa Corlless? 
William Gordon 
Richard Messer 
John Moor Bayley 
David Bayley 
Nehemiah Stanwood 
Jonathan Hesseltine 



Barnard Kimball 

his 
Daniel Haseltine X 
mark 

Thomos ? 

Benj° Wheelir 
Abijah Wheelr 
Asa Dow 
James Webster 
James CorlisX his mark 
Benj a Bixby 
John Carlton 
Dudley Currier 
Silas Wheeler 
John Currier 
Eliphalet Knight 
Tho* Robinson 
Nat Woodbery 
Joseph Hull 
Daniel Merrill 
Hugh Campbell 
Hugh Campbell, jr 
Andrew Campbell 
Joshua Bayly 
Peter Duston 
Asa Rowell 
John Lankiser 
Henry Lankiest 
Abner Bayley — Pastor 

of the church. 
William Sanders 
Sam 11 Sanders 

his 
Abiel )( Astin 



John Asten 
William dough, Jr 
John Clough 
John Low el 
Parley Merrill 
Adam Cole 
Oliver Kimball, Jr 
Joshua Hall 
Josiah- Clough 
William Ayer 
Israel Ober 
Joseph Hariss 
William Clement 
Christopher Clment 
Josiah Thissel 
Jonathan Bayley, Jr 
John Lowel, Jr 
Henry Woodbery 
Samuel Ayer 

his 
Jonathan & Steven 

mark 
David Merrill 
Benjamin Bixby Jr 
Edward Patee 
Nath 1 Gorrell 
John Ellinwood 
Nathan Webster 
Benj a Rawlings 
Jonathan Smith 
Joseph Ordway 
John Currier 
Matthew Taylor 
Caleb Marble 171. 



mark 

To the Honorable Committee of Safety for the Colony of 

New Hampshire. Gent — 

We the Subscribers having shown the Declaration com- 
monly called the Test Bill to the Inhabitants of Salem as 
by your Honors directed have found a number who have 
neglected to sign s d Test Bill whose names are as follows — 
viz — 



Jesse Webster 
Robert Young 
William Leech 
Joseph Merril 
Dea Thomas Douglass 
Peter Merril 
Ebenezer Woodberry 
Joshua Heath 



David Hall 
Dea John Hall 
John Keith 
Nathan Asten 
Wgman Clough 
William Clough 
Daniel Silver 
Webster Emerson 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



270 



Jonathan Tenny 
Oliver Saunders 
Mbenezer Page 
John Kelley 
Enos Webster 
John Ashby 
Sam 1 Hilton 
Daniel Peasley Esq 
Sam 1 Clement 
John Chase 



John Clement 
Capt. John Allein 
Robert Ellingwood 
Henry Saunders 
Josiah Roicel, Jr 
Phillip Roicel 
Jacob Rowel 
William TJiorn 
Joseph Leech 
Daniel Silver, Jr. 



William Hall \ 
Amos Dow \ 

Richard Messes ) 
Dated Salem Aug" 4 27 th 1776— 



Selectmen 
of Salem 



SIGNERS IX SALISBURY. 



Ebenezer Johnson 
Sam Scribner 
John Collins 
Reuben Greele 
William Nuton 
Benj a Bean 
Job Heath 
Phinehas Bean 
John Jarason 
John Sanborn 
Jacob True 
John Gale 
Moses Elkins 
Rev. Jonathan Searle 
Ebenezer Webster 
Robert Smith 
Andrew Pettingill 
William Calef 
Leonard Judkins 
Jonathan Fifield 
Edward Eastman 
Shubael Grele 
Benj m Huntoon 
Jonathan Cram 
David Pettingill 
Joseph Bartlett 
John Row 
William Webster 



Jacob Garland 
| William Eastman 
John Fifield 
William Searle 
Abel Tandey 
'Jeremiah Webster 
Edward Fifield 
Moses Garland 
Ephraim Heath 
Eira Tucker 
Eben. Tucker 
Nathaniel Meloon 
Hezekiah Foster 
Nathaniel Meloon, Jr 
Iddo Scribner 
John Bean 

Obadiah Peters Fifield 
Benjamin Scribner 
Edward Scribner 
Edward Scribner, Jr 
John Scribner 
Joseph Marston 
Moses Sawyer 
John Challis 
Bengman Grele 
John Fellows 
Ephraim Colby 
. John Webster, Jr 



Andrew Bohonan 
Annieah Bohonan 
Andrew Bonehon 
Daniel Huntoon 
Moses Selley 
Gideon Dow 
Nathan Colby 
Joseph French 
Stephen Call 
Jacob Bohonon 
John Bowin 
Benj — Sanborn 
Joseph Basford 
Daniel Scmell 
John Webster 
Isrell Webster 
Robard Barber 
Nathaniel Marston 
Matthew Pettingill 
Ebenezer Clifford 
Reuben Hoit 
Joseph Fifield 
Abel Elkens 
Abraham Fifield 
Richard Purmott 
Danill Warran 
Cutting Stevens 

83. 



This may Ceartfie the General Assembly or Commitey of 
Safty of the Colony of New Hampshire, That we the Sub- 



280 



COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



scribers have offered the within Declaration to the Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Salisbury, and tha Sign freely (Mr 
Sinkler Bean and Joseph Bean excepted) 2. 

Ebenezer Webster / k ' ,. m 

Jonathan Fifield ( ->■ ?* 

) Salisbury 

Salisbury Sept. 12 : 1776. 



SIGNERS IN SANBORNTOWN. 



Joseph Woodman 
Benjamin Colby 
Nicholas Clark 
Josiah Emery 
Robert Smart 
Eliphelit Brown 
Nat 1 Burley 
Jacob Bum ford 
Stephens Burley 
John Bryen 
John Clark 
Isaac Colby 
Benjamin Darling 
William Tomson 
James Cates 
Rich' 1 Beach am 
John Johnson 
Satchel Clark 
David Ray? 
John Folsom 
Enoch Ealy 
David Dustin 
James Cates, Jr 
Stephen Gale 
Aaron Samborn 
Jonathan Taylor 
Dan 1 Sanborn 



Chase Taylor 
Josiah Samborn 
Jacob Smith 
James Gibson 
Ebenezer Morroson 
John Colby 
Elisha Cates 
Joseph Clark 
Jon a Chase 
Will" 1 Durgin Jr 
Josiah Miles Jr 
Ebn r Eastman 
Dan 1 Fifield 
Benjamin Sanborn 
Caleb Gilman 
Moses Gilman 
Joseph Gilman 
John Gale 
Dan 1 Gale 
William Hayes, Jr 
Joseph Hoit 
Andrew Jewett 
Nicholas Giles 
Edward Kelly 
Gedion Levitt 
Sam 1 Morrison 
Jotham Rawlins 



Abijah Sanborn 
Jon a Smith, Jr 
Ichabod Swain 
Timothy Smith 
John Thorn 
Moses Thomson 
Charles Thomas 
Cole Weeks 
Eben r Sanborn 
John Lane 
Nath 1 Tilton 
Enoch Gate 
Philip Hunt 
Moses Rendal 
Dan 1 Lary 
John Robinson 
Samuel Harper 
Jonathan Cass 
Theo. Rundlet 
Thomas Sinkler 
Thomas Cricket 
Solomon Copp 
Elisha Smith 
Josiah Sambon 
Moses Danforth 
Eben r Gove — 



80. 



July the 3 d 1776. Pursuant to the within Request the In- 
habitants of said Sanbornton have all except one Benjamin 
Hoit Severally subscribed their Names hereunto. — 1. 

Aaron Sanborn in behalf of the Selectmen, To the Hon blc 
General Court or Committee of Safety of the Colony of New 
Hampshire — 



SIGNERS IN SANDOWN. 



his 

Samuel X Bean 

mark 



[John Colby 
Peter Colby 



iDavid Bennett 
Orlando Colby 




1776.] 



OF 

UNIVERSITY 

CF 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



281 



David Sargent 
Reuben Clough 
Josiah Cotton 
Zacheus Hunt 
James Trussell 
Rob't Collins 
Henry Page 
Edmund James 
Ellis (?) Colby 
Daniel Watson 
Stephen Long 
Samuel Judkins 
Benjamin Flanders 
Moses Hooke 
Slierburne Sanborn 
Timothy Tilton 
David Sanborn 
Samuel Sleeper 
John Sleeper 
Jethro Sanborn 
Shrburn Tilton 
Isaac Ladd 
Oliver Smith Blake 
Joseph Draper 
Nath u Ingalls 
Jonathan Huse 
Benjamin Colby 
David Straw 
Jon a Colby. Sen r 
Daniel Stanford 
Charles Pressey 
Thomas Wells 
William Rowel 



Israel Huse 
Spencer Bennet 
Sargent Wells 
Jacob Wells 
Benjamin Wells 
Phinehas Bachelder 
William Been 
Nathaniel Bussell, Jr 
Edwin Bussel ( ?) 
Nathaniel Busel 
Jothan Stevens (V) 
Zebediah Watson 
John Tucker 
Ebenezer Tucker 
Jacob Tucker 
John Straw 
John Pervere 
William Ferren 
Maseek Gordy 
Robert Crawford 
John Tilton 
Benj 3 Hunkins 
David Tilton 
John Fuller (?) 
Samuel Ingalls 
Ezekiel Eaton 
Isaac Dow 
David Moulton 
Joshua George 
Jonathan Whiteaker 
John Collins 
Joshua Harriman 



Thomas Grifen 
Peter Grifen 
Moses Heath 
Asa Heath 
Moses Grifen 
Samuel Wyatt 
Humphrey Clough 
Nathan Hunt 
Samuel Palmmar 
John Hearsee 
Daniel Kelly 
Samuel Hearsee 
Samuel Daniels 
Nath 1 French 
Benjamin Taylor 
John Sanborn 
Da d Sleeper 
Moses Sanborn 
Josiah Fowler 
Daniel Davis 
Richard Grefin 
Samuel Sanborn 
Joseph Tilton 
Abraham Hook 
Thomas Chase 
Joseph Bayley 
Edward Edmands 
Thomas Fallows 
Timothy Fallows 
Benjamin Pillsbery 
Joseph Hunt 
Ela Dow 

103. 



Theophilus Grifen 

In obedience to the within, We have Requested the parish 
to sign this Instrument and in obedience the parish have all 
signed but those whose names are here under written 

Moses Hook ) a -, . * 

Keuben Clough V Saildown 
Ela Dow ) 

The Names of those that Refused to sign — 
Ichabod Shaw. Esq 
Benjamin Shaw 
Cornet Daniel Fitts 

Thomas Cotton 
William Wooderd 
Folensby Shaw 
Joshua Stevens 7. 

Samuel Stevens did not sign, hut is since gon into the "War. 



282 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



T1776. 



SIGNERS IN SANDWICH. 



Isaac George 
Nathaniel Kuowls 
Henry Weed 
Richard Sinkler 
Jeremiah Page 
David Bean 
Christopher Tapan 
Bagly Welch 
Samuel Brown 
Jonathan Page 
John Page 
John Prescutt 
Jacob Smith 



his 
Isriel X Giliman 

mark 
Simeon Smith 
Eliphelet Maxfield 
Enoch True 
Joseph Hoyt 
Thomas Berley 
Daniel Bede 
Elias Ladd 
Elias Smith 
Nathaniel Elbridge 

his 
Benj. X Atkenson 

mark 



John Glidden 
Benj a Bean 
Edward Smith 
John Ladd 
Jeremiah Hilton 
Daniel Beede, Jr 
Micah Rice 
Joshua Prescutt 
Benj a Blanchard 
Josiah Bean 
Kdward Wells 
Elias Ladd, Jr 
Nath 1 Scribner 



07. 



In Pursuance of the within Request we have asked all 
male Inhabitants of Sandwich which are above twenty one 
years old to sign the within Declaration 

The names of those that Refuse to sign are as followeth 
viz. — 

Jacob Jewell 

Benjamin Scribner 

Moses Weed 

Nath Weed 

Henry Weed, Jr 

Mark Jewel 

Jacob Weed 

NaiJtan Beede 

Aaron Beede 9. 



Test- 



June the 15 th 1776. 



Mark Jewel 
Joshua Prescut 



Selectmen of 
Sandwich. 



SAVIL, CROYDON & NEWPORT. 



Benj n Giles 
Aaron Buel 
Jeremiah Jenks 
Samuel Hurd 
Josiah Stevens 
Ezra Parmele 
Giels Kelcey 
Ephraim Towner 
Joel Bailey 
Benjamin Bragg 



(NEWPORT.) 

Lemer Kelcey 
Abraham Buell 
Jesse AVillcoks 
Jesse Kelcey 
William Stannard 
Jesse Lane 
Absalom Kelcey 
Daniel Beuel (?) 
Roswiel Kelsy 
Joseph Buel 



Phinehas Willcoks 
Josiah Dudley 
Nathan Hurd 
Nathan Woodbury 
Daniel Dudley 
Robert Lane 
Jedidiah Reynolds 
Jed h Reynolds Jr 
James Church 
Isaac Newton 



1776.] 



ASSOCIATION TEST. 



283 



Ebenezer Meritt 
Am os Hall 



iJesse Bailey 
John Lane 



I David Brown 
Uriah Willcoks 



36. 



Newport June 20 th 1776. 

The Inhabitants of Newport that is required have all 
Signed this Association 

Josiah Stevens 

Samuell Hurd 

Aaron Buel 



Selectmen of 
Newport 



Benj Swinerton 
Tsaac Sanger 
Moses Whipple 
Sam 1 R,d Hall 
John Sanger 
Jacob Leland 
David Warrin 
Daniel Emerson 
Joseph Hall 
Seth Chase 
Abner Brigham 



(CROYDON.) 

Bezaleel Gleason 
James How- 
Stephen Powers 
Benjamin Powers 
Samuel Whipple 
Phinehas Sanger 
David Powers 
David Stockwill 
Eleazer Leland 
Jacob Hall 



Phinehes Ilewton 
Nathaniel Wheeler 
Amos Hager 
Seth Wheeler 
Benoni Thomson 
Abijah Hall 
Timothy Fisher 
Benjamin Thomson 
Thomas Whipple 
John Cooper, Jr. 

31. 



Croydon July 6 th 1776. 

Those whose Names are in the Colums at the Left hand 
are Inhabitants of this Town — 
Edward Hall 
Hzekiel Powers 
John Powers 

John Cooper 4. 

The four men above refuse to set there names to this paper. 

John Cooper 
Moses Whipple 



Selectmen. 



Robert Woodword 
John Steven 
William mack Breney 
Ephraim Bradbury 
Samuel Gunnison 
Georg Walker Lear 
Joseph Lear 



(SAVILLE.) 

his 

Beniman X Howord 

mark 
his 

Elezer X Sisco 

mark 

Joshua Gage 
Benjamin Thurber 
Daniel Grendel 



Samuel Thurber 

mark 

W m X Sisco 

his 
Daniel Shebune 
Beniman Rand 
William Lang 
Michael Bowden 



IS. 



Savil July ye 15 th 1776. 
The Inhabitants of Savill that is required have all Signed 
this Association. 

Sam 1 Gunnison ) In behalfe 

Benjmon Thurber \ of Saville 



284 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



SIGNERS IN SOCIETY LAND (now Antrim). 



John M c Cleary 
Thomas Stuart 
Nathan Taylor 
John Green 
John Warren 
Sam 1 Moores 
James Moores 
Philip Raley 
Tristram Cheney 



John Cheney 
Joseph Boyd 
Daniel Miltimor 
Alexander Jemeson 
William Smith 
James Aiken 
Isaac Butter field 
Robert Rogers 



James Gregg 
Alexander Parker 
James Hopkins 
James Duncan 
Mathew Templeton 
Morish Lynch 
John Duncan 
Robert Duncan 25. 



SIGNERS IN SOUTH HAMPTON, 



Ezekiel Clough Mr 

Nathan Currier 

Challis Currier 

John Currier 

Richard Currier 

Louis Hadlock 

Jacob Barnard 

Joh Pilsbery 

Enos George 

Parker Flanders 

Er Colby 

Ezekiel Flanders 

Timothy Flanders 

Daniel Jones 

Nicholas Currier 

Nathaniel Rowell 

Isaiah Dole 

Jonthan Dow 

Timothy Huntinton(?) 

Moses Flanders, I sub 
scribe Provided that 
the act or advice of 
the said Continental 
Congress be complied 
with Respecting min 
ute men 

Edmund Pilsbury 

Barnard Currier 

Ephraim Carter 

Abel French 



[ders 



P. White 
Henry French 
Henry French, Jr 
James French 
Obediah French 
Daniel French 
Elihu French 
Isaac Brown 
Reuben Currier 
Rob f Long 
Timothy Huntington 
Nathaniel Flanders 
William Graves 
Josiah Rogers 
David Graves 
Stephen Rogers 
Samuel Peirce 
William Cooper 
Humphrey Pierce 
Moses Pierce 
Humphry Peirce Jr 
Tho s Shepherd 
Richard Fitts 
Nathan Fitts 
Eliphelet Merrill 
James Hedlock 
Philip Flanders 
Jacob Jones 
Josiah Sawyer 
Richard Sawyer 
Israel Sawyer; 

Colony of New Hampshire — 

South Hampton June 24 th 1776. 
Agreable to the within, we have Desired the males in sd 
Town to sign the Declaration on this paper & It hath been 



Benjamin Clough 
Abel Brown 
N. Noyes 
Thomas Tuxbury 
Merrill Flanders 
Onesiphorus Page 
Richard Currier Flan- 
Rich' 1 Collins 
Philip Osgood 
Ezekiel French 
Joseph Jones, Jr 
Joseph Jones 
Joseph Merrill 
Barnard Flanders 
Philip Flanders 
Thomas Currier 
Jon a Prasa 
Benjamin Brown 
Enoch Page 
Richard Greele 
Moses French 
Jacob Dole 
Daniel Page 
Ebenezer French, Jr 
Henery Tuells ? 
Benjm 11 Barnard 
Josiah Flanders 
Eliphelet Merrill Jr 
Daniel Colby 
William Clough. 

85. 



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285 



complied with by all so desired excepting those whose names 
are here after mentioned. 

Jeremiah Flanders 

Isaiah Flanders 

Jeremiah Flanders Jr 

Christopher Flanders — 4. 

Abel French ) Q -, , 
T -, r } Selectmen 

Joseph Merrill 



SIGNERS IN STRATHAM. 



Daniel Clark 
Andrew French Jr. 
Samuel Foster 
"William Chase 
Daniel French 
Joshua Lane 
Sam. Lane. Jr 
Benjamin Green 
James Kelley 
John Dearborn 
Simon Wiggin 
Nich 1 Rowlings 
Mark Wiggin 
Abraham Tilton 
Joshua Avery 
Samuel Piper 
Dudley L. Chase 
Stephen Cate 
David Smith 
Xoah Wiggin 
Elisha French 
Samuel Giles 
Samuel Boynton 
Joseph Clark, Jr 
Benjamin Barker 
Samuel Lane 
Joseph Adams, Jr 
Tuftin Wiggin, Jr 
Thomas Odel 
Winthrop AYiggin 
John Stockbridge 
Jonathan Piper, Jr 
Nathan Levitt, Jr 
Chase Wiggin 
Daniel Pickerin 
John Piper 
Isaac Gross (?) 
Bickford Kennison 
Henry Kenniston 
John Foss 



Joseph Hills 
John Crocket 
Samuel Piper, Jr 
David Crockett 
John Burley 
Samuel Wiggin 
Joseph Adams 
John Lucy 
Daniel Mason 
William Moor Sen. 
Joseph Stevens 
Samuell Goodwin (?) 
Joshua Rawlins 
John Robinson 
Tuftin Wiggin 
Wheler Burly 
And w Wiggin Jr 
Joseph Mason Jr 
Joseph Smith 
David Burly 
John Taylor 
Jonathan Rawlings 
Francis Mason 
David Jewell 
Benimin Leavitt 
Edward Taylor 
Jotham Rawllins 
Taylor Clark 
Jacob Rundlet 
Jonathan Hoit 
Ezra Barker 
Jonathan Robinson 
Ferd. Merrill 
Josiah Leavitt 
Joses Randall 
Matthew Tomson 
William Calleyjr, 
Jonathan Sibley 
David Ilanaford 
Joseph Norris 



William French, Jr 
John Leavitt 
Sam 11 Chapman 
Jos a Wingate 
Josiah Thirston 
Daniel Jewell 
John Sinkler 
Jonathan Case, Jr 
Sam. Leavitt 
Thomas Veasey 
Moses Chase 
Joseph Fifield 
Samuel Calley 
Edward Mason 
John Rundlet 
William Calley 
Jonathan Leavitt 
William Moore 
Rich d Rust 
Walter Wiggin 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Cotton Dockum 
Joseph Handrason 
Jude Allen, Jr 
Harvey (?) Moore 
John Stockbridge, Jr. 
William Pottle 
Andrew French 
John Avery 
William French 
Richard Wiggin 
Solomon Smith, Jr 
Samuel Smith 
David Robinson 
Benjamin Merrill 
James Merrill 
|W m Pottle, Jr. 
Josiah Allen 
Joseph Merrill 
And w Wiggin 3d 



286 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Seargeant AYnitcher 
Joseph Clark 
Israel Stockbridge 
Jacob Jewell 



Abraham Stockbridge 
Nathanel Wiggin 3d 

Thomas Veasy, Jr 
Jonathan Piper 



Ephraim Crocket 
William Bolagh 
John Manning ? 



131. 



Agreeable to the Instructions given us we the Selectmen 
and Commitie have done all in our power for the purpose 
within mentioned, and all the persons within are Volintary 
Signers. 

Stratham, September ye 3 d ye 1776. 

Simon Wiggin ^ 

Daniel Clark 

Jonathan Wiggin (Selectmen 

Moses Clark ( & Com tee 

Xich Rowlings 

Jonathan Robinson 



Ehenezcr Barker 
Nathan Barker 
Moses Clark 
Jonathan Chase 
John Clark 
Edward Chase 
James Barhorn 
Capt Joseph Hoyet 
Daniel Hoyet 
Joseph Hoag 
Nathan Hoag, a friend 
John Hill 
William Hash 
Jonathan Jeivett 
Jacob Low 
Enoch Merrill 
Elijah Meader 
Thomas Moore 
Cor. Thomas Moore 
William Moore 3 d 
Peter Moore 



Joseph Mason 
Capt George March 
Enoch Merrill, Jr 
Nicholas Mariner 
Nathaniel Piper 
Stephen Piper 
Nathan Piper 
Samuel Pottel 
Benjamin Piper 
Richard Scammon 
Richard Sincklear 
Isaac Stockhrige 
Nathaniel Stevens 
Stephen Thurston 
Andrew Wiggin 
Samuel Wiggin, Jr 
Joseph Wiggin 
Nathaniel Wiggin, Jr 
Rev d Pain Wing ate 
Boct. Samuel Shepard 
Nathaniel Wiggin 42. 



N. B. Five names that were on the above list are totally blotted out. — Ed. 

The Above Names are those that Refuse to Sign the Asso- 
ciation paper. 



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From v r Humble Serv ts 



Stratham- 



Simon Wiggin 
Daniel Clark 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Moses Clarke 
Nich 1 Rowlings 
Jonathan Robinson 
-September ye 3 d ye 1776. 



, Jelectmen 

? & Com tee 



SIGNERS IX SURRY. 



Woolston Brockway 
Joshua Darte 
Samuel Smith 
Nathan Hayward 
Jonathan Carpenter 
Jonathan Smith 
Abia Crane 
Jonathan Smith Jr 
Samuel M L 'Curdy 
John M c Curdy 
William Hayward 
Joseph Whitney 
Joshua Darte Jr. 
Nathaniel Darte 



Thomas Smith 
Peter Hayward 
Ichabod Smith 
Obadiah "Willcox 
Thos. Darte 
Joshua Fuller 
William Barron 
Moses Ward 
John Marvin 
Dele vara Debelance 
i Abel Allen 
Eliphalet Darte 
Ebenezer Daniels 
Moses D. Field 



Obadiah Willcox, Jr 
Thomas Redding 
Tristey Chapins 
Job Gleason 
Job Gleson. Jr. 
Abner Skinner 
Aaron Chapin 
Hiram Chapin 
Cornelius Smith 
Thomas Harvey 
Joshua Fuller, Jr 
Nathan Carpenter 
Benjamin Carpenter 
Charles Rice 42. 



Province of ] 

New Hampshire j Cheshire SS, Surry, Mar 31 st 

A D., 1776. 

In Complyance with the vrithin Request we hare offered the 
same to Every person Required and no one has Refused to 
signe it. 

Obadiah Willcox ) 

Tho.aias Harvy V Selectmen 

Thomas Darte \ 



SIGNERS IX TEMPLE. 

We the subscribers do hereby solemly profess our entere 
willingness at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with 
arms, to oppose the hostile attempts of the British fleets and 
armies, against the United American Colonies, whenever 
and to such a degree as such attempts of Britain may re- 
quire. 



288 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Joshua Todd 
Nath. Ball 
Ezekiel Goodale 
Francis Blood 
Stephen Garlin 
Samuel Webster 
Gershom Drury 
Oliver Ileald 
Peter Wheeler 
Ezekiel Jewet 
Archelaus Cummings 
Peter Felt 
Zechariah Emery 
Zedekiah Drury 
Benj a Byams 
Jonathan Avery 
John Everett 
Silas Angier 
Eldad Spofford 
John Cragin 
Aaron Marshall 
Thomas Marshall 
Abraham Shelden 
Caleb Bancroft 
Francis Cragin 
Jonathan Morse 
Peter Davis 
James Foster 



Elias Colburn 
Robert Fletcher 
Peter Wheeler, Jr 
John Cragin Jr 
Ephraim Ileald 
Stephen Putnam 
Ebenezer Drury 
Joseph Ileald 
Joshua Foster 
Isaac Brewr 
Stephen Cobb 
William Drury 
David Townsend 
Amos Emery 
Bejamin Tenney 
Zebadiah Johnson 
Silas Richard Stickney 
John Brown 
Joseph Richardson 
Peter Heald 
Jonathan Drury 
Benj a Cutter 
William Manser 
Samuel Burnap 
Joseph Richards 
Samuel Howard 
Samuel Holt 
Josiah Stone 



Ephraim Brown 
Beiij a Cragin 
Caleb Maynord 
Ebenezer Cobb 
John Stiles 
Zebadiah Dinsmor 
Enos Goodale 
Gorg Start 
John Start 
David Fuller 
Joshua Felt 
Seth Cobb 
Abijah Goold 
Jacob Foster 
Eliot Powers 
David Spoffard 
Abraham Dinsmore 
Archelas Willson 
Aaron Felt 
Giddeon Powers 
Elijah Mansfield 
Daniel How 
Timothy Atten 
John Patten 
Vatel (?) Sh attack 
Stephen Sanders 
Andrew Lane 
Peter Brown. 84. 



The following persons Refuse to sign any association to 
Defend America by armes against the Hostile attempts of 
Britain 

Joseph Putnam 

Jacob Putnam 

Joseph Gribbs. 8. 

To the General Assembly or Committee of Safety for New 
Hampshire — 
We produced to the Inhabitants of this Town in town 
meeting the Paper proposed by the Committee of Safety 
to be sign'd by the Inhabitants of this Colony — Few if any 
of the Inhabitants were willing to engage, & promise as 
there proposed to oppose by arms to the utmost of their 
power the hostile attempts of ye British Fleets & Armies. 
As this seem'd to the Inhabitants plainly to imply somthing 
far more than any common enlistment into the service, ever 
engaging as soldiers, directly & during the continuance of 
the warr, as well as exerting ourselves faithfully when en- 
gaged ; this at least being within the compass of our power. 



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But it did not appear to the Inhabitants prudent or necessary 
for any, or in any Degree lawful! for all thus to engage. 
The Town directly adopted the form of Association, signed 
on this paper which they & we hope expresses all Required 
by the general Congress — 

John Cragin ) „ , . 
Oliver Heald L ^ctmen 
Georg Start ( *>r Temple- 



SIGNERS IX WAKEFIELD. 



David Copp 
Xath 1 Balch 
Samuel Willey 
John Wentworth 
Joseph Parkins 
Simeon Dearborn 
John Home 
Joseph Malcham 
Daniel Hall 
Ebenezer Cook 
Jacob Wiggin 
William Moor 
W m Blaidell 
Richard York 
John Carr 
John Hills 
David Hain 
Elisha Piper 
Samuel Allen, Jr 
Nathaniel Balch, Jr 
Eliphalet Quimby 



Xathan Merdogh 
John Wingate 
John Cook 
Eliphalet Philbrook 
Benjamin Philbrook 
Rich d York 
Samuel Sherborne 
Samuel Haines 
Jeremiah Oilman 
Jeremiah Oilman Jr. 
Andrew Gilman 
John Gilman 
Jonathan Gilman 
Jonathan Gilman, Jr 
Xoah Kimball 
Benjamin Perkins 
Isiah Wiggin 
John York 
Joseph Haines 
Samuel Hall 
J Moses Copps 



[Stephen Hawkens 
Joseph Sanborn 
^Joseph Leavit 
Robert Hardy 
Nathaniel Cook 
Thomas Parkines 
Jon. Palmer 
Jonathan Copp 
Samuel Scribner? 
John Kimball 
iBen — Kiunern? 
Clemt Steel 
Clemt Steel, Jr 
Samuel Allen 
Abner Allen 
Josiah Page 
Tobias Hanson 
Simeon Wiggin 
Reuben Davis 
Henery Robens 



62. 



According to the request of the Honourable Conimitty of 
Safety for the Colony of New Hampshire this instrument has 
been presented to the inhabitants of this town and unavaseley 
aproved of and sind bv them. 0. 

'Wakefield Septem br th 11, day 1776. 
Jacob Wiggin ) Select 

Xathan Mordogh \ men 



Thomas Wortley 
William Dusten 
Sam Caldwell 
John Robie 

19 



SIGNERS IN WEARE. 



[Ephraim Jones 
Salvenus Emery 
Jesse Blake 
IJohn Blake 



Ezekiel Kimball 
Thomas Kimball. 
jEzekiel Carr 
IThomas Evans 



290 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Wintrop Clough 
Benjamin Selly 
Jeremiah Page 
Samuel Ayer 
Benjamin Page 
Nathaniel Weed 
Ezra Pillsbory 
David Parson (?) 
Ithamar Eaton 
Reuben Martain 
Samuel Straw 
Obadiah Eaton 
Abner Hoyt 
Israel Straw 
Samuel Paige 
Lemuel Paige 
Jonathan Paige 
Samuel Paige, Jr 
Enoch Sweat 
Robert Alcock 
Paul Dust en 
Caleb Emery 
John Muzzey 
John Worth 
Joseph Kimbal 
Sam Philbrick 
Jabez Morrill 
Simon Pearkins 
Nathan Cram, Jr. 
Dudley Chase 
Jonathan Blasdel 
John Webster 
Joseph George 
Elijah Green 
William Whiteker 
Moses Currier 
Enos Ferrin 
Asa Whitieker 
Timothy Clough 
Timothy Tuxbery 



Jacob Sargent 
Jonathan Atwood 
Caleb Atwood 
Eben Mudgit 
Aaron Quinbe 
Isaac Tuxbury 
Moses Quimbe 
Jesse Clement 
Samuel Selly 
Jonathan Hadlock 
Samuel Easman 
Jonathan Worthly 
Samuel Ordway 
John Colby, Jr 
Thomas Esmon 
Jesse Bayley 
Daniel Bayley. 
Timothy Worthly 
Stephen Emerson 
E Cram 
Elijah Gove 
Caleb Whitaker 
Isaac Sargent 
Thomas Worthly 
Timothy George 
Joseph Huse 
Peter Rogers, Jr 
Joshua Macfield (?) 
Samuel Brackelbank 
Ephram Emerson 
George Hoyt 
Moses Hoit 
Jonathan Clement 
Ezra Clement 
Jotham Tuttle 
Mark Flood 
Philip Sargent 
Joseph Hadlock 
Joseph Quenbe 



Seth Thomson 
Benjam Flanders 
John Jewell 
Timothy Corles 
Joseph Hadlock, Jr 
David Moulton 
John Mudget 
Joseph Emons 
John Simons 
Ebenzer Bayley 
Philip Hoit 
Nathan Cram 
Daniel Gallusha 
Jacob Graves 
Jacob Remsdele 
Josiah Crown 
Joseph Hunton 
Moses Hoyt, Jr 
Jacob Tuxbury 
Nicodemus Watson 
Samuel Worthen 
John Ordway 
Daniel Gould 
Joseph Dalts (?) 
Moses Folonsbury 
Joseph Webster 
John Colby 
Jonathan Martain 
Nathan Goud ( ?) 
John Huntington 
Thomas Colby 
Jerediah Cram 
Timothy Corlis, Jr. 
Moses Flood 
John Faar 
Simeon Hovey 
James Emerson 
Marde Emerson 
William Quemby. 

131. 



Daniel Hadley 
Colony of New Hampshire — 

To the Hon. Committee of Safety of this Colony, whereas 
we the Selectmen of Weare have caused this Declaration to 
be Signed by a Number of men who apears to be well associ- 
ated, to Defend by arms the United Colonies against the hos- 
tile attempts of the British fleets and armies — 

John Kobie ) Selectmen 
Jabez Morrill \ for Weare 
Dated at Weare June 6 th 1776. 
Colony of New Hampshire. 
To the Hon. Committee of Safety of this Colony. Gen- 



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tlemen whereas we the Selectmen of Weare have Received a 
Declaration from you to be Sign by the Inhabitencc of Said 
Weare, we have acted according to the Orders of the Decla- 
ration we make Return of all who Refuse to sign to the Dec- 
laration, a List of their names is on this paper. 

John Robie ) Selectmen 
Jabez Morrill j for Weare 
Dated at Weare June 6, 1776 
A list of mens names called Quakers which is — 



Jonathan Dow 
Daniel Page 
Nath 1 Peaslee 
Silas Peaslee 
Benj* Peaslee 
Ebenezer Peaslee 
Jonathan Peaslee 
Caleb Peaslee 
Isiah Green 
Isiah Green, Jr. 
Elijah Purintun 
Hezekiah Purintun 
Jeremiah Green 
Micah Green 
John Gove 
John Gove Jr 
Jonson Gove 
Stephen Gove 
Daniel Gove 
Elisha Gove 
Jedediah Dow 



Ebc-n 1 ' Breed 
Zep h Breed 
Jonathan Eastes 
Jonathan Osborn 
John Hodgdon 
Enoch Jonson 
Edmund Jonson 
James Buxton 
Joseph Parkins 
Samuel Colings 
John Chase 
Samuel Hovey 
Samuel Huntington 
Samuel Bayley 
John Jewell Jr 
Gorge Hadley 
Nathaniel Carlies 
Abraham Melvon 
Asa Heath 
Joseph Webstar, Jr 



41. 



SIGNERS IN WESTMORLAND. 



Jonathan Holton 
William Hntchins 
Israel Amsby 
Daniel Whitman 
Abiel Eddy- 
Isaac Cobb 
Daniel Cobb 
James Butterfield 
Benjamin Peirce 
Ebenezer Brittun 
Ebenezer Bailey- 



Joseph Wilborn 
Henery Chamberlain 
Abner How- 
Joseph Packerd 
David Nathenell 
Ephraim Leonard 
Jacob Leach 
Joseph Burt 
Ebenezer Brittan 2d, 
John Chamberlin 
William Brockway 



Joseph White 
David Brittun 
Ezekiel Woodward 
Nathaniel Wilbore 
William Brittin 
David Wilbore 
Benj a Aldrich 
Luther Bailey 
Roger Conant 
John Snow 
Stephen Dutton 



292 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Benjamin Glesen 
Jonathan Willis 
Seth Brittun 
Jonas Butterfield 
Artemas Witt 
Eph m Wetherly 
William Warner 
Jonathan Sawyer 
Caleb Aldrich 
Daniel Howe 
Shoriebiah Leach 
Philip Wilbur 2 d 
John Ranstead 
Thomas Chamberlain 
Henry Walton 
Haridan Wheeler 
Zephaniah Leach 
Josiah Leach, Jr 
Aruniah Leach 
Enos Burt 
Jedidiah Chambrlin 
Josiah Dodge 
Caleb Briggs 
Jonathan Cole, Jr 
Aaron Chandler 
Eleazer Bobbins 
David Jonson 
David Glasier (?) 
Eben 1 ' Peirce 
Daniel Pierce 
Waitstill Scott 
Amos Peirce • 
Elias Gates 



Nathan Franklin 
Edmund Goodenow 
James Glesen 
John Cole 
John Scott 
Nahum Goodenow 
Noah Whitman 
Nehemiah Man 
Gideon Burnham 
Jer h Tinkham 
Ephraim Robbines 
Joshua Warner, Jr 
David Darby 
Reuben Kendal 
Israel Goodenow 
Josiah Hacket 
Jonas Robbins 
Nathaniel Daggott 
Samuel Works 
Jonathan Goodenough 
Jonathan Cole 3 d 
John Vezey 
Moses Bennet 
Fortunatus Glezen 
Daniel Johnson 
David Robins 
William Day 
Willis Johnson 
David Stacy 
Gideon Gilbert 
Moses White 
Asa Goodenow 



David Robinson 
John Doyl 
Ephraim Brown 
Job Warner 
Joseph Boynton 
Alex 1 ' Trotter 
Seth Gilbert 
John Robbins 
Samuel How 
Jonah Edson 
Benjamin Rogers 
Jeptha Dow 
Daniel Keys 
John Warner 
Joshua Warner 
Micah Read 
Eleasor Robins, Jr 
Daniel Blachard 
Moses Brown 
David Winchester 
Jonathan Winchester 
Robert Robins 
Elijah Temple 
Archelaus Temple 
Isaac Leach 
Josiah Leach 
Increas Chamberlain 
John Cooper 
Reuben Tarbell 
Philip Willbore 
Seth Leach 
Isaac Chamberlain 

130. 



In Obediance to this Declaration that we Rec d from your 
Honours we proseded according to your Directions and the 
persons Names under written in this Collom are those that 
Refuse to sign to the Declaration on your paper. 

Westmorland June 12 th 1776. 



Benjamin Pierce 
Ebenezer Brittun 
Heber Miller 
Mr William Goddard Aaron Broivn 

Lenord Keen Daniel Gates 

Job Chamberlain John Butterfield 



Selectmen 
of Westmorland. 



SIGNERS IN WILTON. 



Hart Balch 
Dauiel Batchelder 



IJoshua Blanchard 
|Ephrahn Baker 



I Jon a Burton 
Ebenezer Chandler 



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Jeremiah Holt 
Joseph Snow 
Daniel Barker 
William Abbot 
George Coburn 
Benj a Rideout 
Jeremiah Abbot 
Georg. Blanchard 
Theodore Stevens 
Uriah Smith 
Eph m Peabody 
Abner Stiles 
Thomas Lewis 
Jonathan Livermore 
Joseph Holt 
Abiel Abbot 
Jn° Burton, Jur 
Jn° Martin 
N. Ballard 
Joseph Abbot, Jr 
Benjamin Steel 
David Blanchard 
Uriah Ballard 
Jonas Perry 
Richard King 
Abraham Burton 
Isaac Peabody 
Timothy Gray, Sen 
John Cram 
John Cram, Jr. 
Nathan Hesseltine 
Thomas Towne 
Nathn Hesseltine 
William Patterson 
Samuel Hutchinson 
Jacob Putnam 
William Bayl(?) 
Ebenezer Perry 
Benjamin Parker 
Henry Parker 

mark 

Archelus H7 Wilkens 
Ms 



Jonathan Hartshorn 
Simon Keyea 
John Brown 
Joseph Abbot 
Caleb Putnam 
Nathaniel Greele 
Nathaniel Putnam 
John Buxton 
John Stevens 
Isaac Peabody, Jr 
I Timothy Dale 
Abraham Butterfield 
Enoch Fuller 
Jon a Parkhurst 
Timothy Gray. Jr 
Timothy Hall 
John Keves 
Fifield Holt 
William Goldsmith 
: John Dale. Jr 
William BaylJr 
;Daniel Kenney 
iAmos Holt 
Thomas Russell 
'Joseph Holt. Jr 
JEbenezer Cram 
jJoseph Phelps 
Joseph Cram 
I Jos: Butterfield 
jAshby Morgan 
Josiah Parker 
JEbenezer Brown 
Amos Coburn 
J Fifield Holt, Jr 
I Simeon Holt 
Philip Putnam 
jjacob Abbott 
J Timothy Holt 
iJoel Taylor 
Elisha Hudson 
I Amos Fuller 
David Kenney 



William Brown 
Stephen Blanchard 
James Dascombe 
Richard Whitney 
John Dale 
William Pierce 
Samuel Shelden 
Silas Buss 
George Hutchinson 
Phinehas Farington 
William Abbot. Jr 
Jonathan Greele 
Abijah Perry 
Bartholemew Stevens 
Willom Grimes 
James Grimes 
•Robert Watherspoon 
John Craig 
! Robert Craig 
Samuel Sharley 
! Abiel Holt 

his 
I Alexander %) Milliken 
mark 

Stephen Buss 
Joseph Stiles 
Samuel Lovejoy 
Henry Lovejoy 
Benj" Blanchard 
Jonathan Cram 
Archelaus Putnam, Jr 
John Burton 
Jacob Putnam, Jr 
Daniel Holt 
Stephen Butterfield 
Ezra Johnson 
James Sharley 
Alexander Sharley 
John M c Farland 
Samuel Webster 
William Letch 

123. 



Wilton June ye 3 d 1776. 

In obedience to the within Resolve of the committee of 
Saftv for the Colony of New Hampshire, we the Subscribers 
have Desired all Males above Twenty one Years of age, that 
are Inhabitants of the Town of Wilton to sign to the within 
Declaration, and but two have Refused or neglected to sign 
(viz) Captain Eph m Butterfield and Archalus Putnam, whose 
names we hereby Return to the General Court or Committee 



294 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



of Safty for the afore* 1 Colony, in Obeydiance to within 
Direction. -. 

Richard Tatler \ Selectmen 
Jacob Adams \ of Wilton. 



SIGNERS IX WIXCHESTER. 



Sam 1 Ashley 
Ebu r Alexander 
Xath Rockwood 
Reuben Alexander 
William Humphrey 
Gains Field 
Elijah Dodge 
William Holmes 
Henry Bond 
Israel Stowel 
Nathaniel Wilder 
William Dodge 
Benjamin Wilson 
Elijah Dodge, Jr 
Asa Alexander 
Ebe r Scott 
Abraham Scott 
Xehemiah Houghton 
James Latham 
Thomas Hukings, Jr 
Nathan Twitchel 
Samuel Very 
Alexander M c Dowell 
Amos Willard 
Francis Very 
John Atkin 
Joseph Marbel 
Samuel Bond 
David Cady 
Adonijah Fasset 
Elijah Houghton 
John Higgans 
Ebenezer Taylor 
Joseph Stowel 
Reuben Rockwood 



Nath 1 Lawrence Jr 
Ichabod Franklin, 3d 
Abisha Carpenter 
Daniel Owen 
Sam 11 Scott 
Joseph Right 
John Curtis 
Nathaniel Chase 
Jeremiah Hatch 
John Stearns 
John Peirce. Jr 
Asahel Jewell 
Seth Brett 
Philip Goss 
Ichabod Franklin, Jr 
Andrew Putnam 
Simon Chamberlain 
Zachariah Field 
Arthur Latham 
James Whitney 
Ziba Wane 
Stephen Franklin 
Henry Miles 
Samuel Wright 
Isaac Scott 
James Franklin 
Daniel Smith 
John Alexander 
Joseph Latham 
Joshua Feild 
John Butler, Jr 
Henry Foster 
Samu 11 Healy 
David Dery 



John Hakag (?) 
Samuel Fasset 
Nathiel Lawrence 
Stetson Holmes 
Daniel Ashley 
Nathaniel Oak 
Waitstell Field 
Ebenezer Scotts, Jr 
Jonathan Wood 
Elisha Smith 
Elihu Field 
Isaac Huckens 
Moses Fay 
Benjamin Freeman 
Joshua Whitemore 
Theod Watkin 
Thomas Hutchins 
Ezra Parker 
Jeremiah Pratt 
Zebulon Streeter 
Nehemiah Healy 
Seth Alexander 
Stephen Belding 
,Josiah Stebbens 
Abel Hammond 
Ezekiel Kemp 
Israel Field 
; Robart Newton 
;Seth Brett, Jr 
Moses Belding 
!Amasa Burt 
jGershom Roberts 
Amaziah Robards 
Stephen Putnam 

103. 



According to the within Resolve of the General Congress 
we have called a meeting <fc it appears that all the before 
mentioned Signers have agreed to stand by the within Cov- 
enant 

William Humphrey / Select 
Israel Stowel Jj men 

Winchester Jnne 3 d 1776. 



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295 



Enoch Stowel Absent)^™ 8 ™ wU !»V to 
a r» i j u- i )■ sine the within 
Asa Rockwood Sick f -, , 

J Covenant 



Winchester June y e 3 d 1776. 



CW° JtauiA Willard 

the Rev d Micah Laivrence 

Paul Richardson 

Capt Samuel Smith 

Bengman Melven 

Benjman Melven, Jr 

Simon Willard 

Elijah Willard 

The Above Reting Names 
naiit — 
May y e 3 d 1776. 



WiLL m Humphrey 
Israel Stowell 
Prentice Willard 
Bengman Wright 
John Gould 
Thomas Gould 
Ebenezer Killom 
Samson Willard 
John Peirce 



Select 
men 



15. 



Refuse to Sine the within Cove- 

William Humphrey ) Select 
Israel Stowel i men 



SIGNERS IN WYNDHAM. 



Hugh Graham, Jr 
Will™ Gregg, Jr 
Alexander M c Cay 
John Campbell 
Henry Campbell 
Eobert Park 
David Gregg 
William Gregg 
David Gregg Jr 
Thomas Gregg 
James Campbell 
Arthur Darrah 
Alexander Gregg 
Williams Dinsmoor 
John Cochran Jr 
Alex Simpson 
John Morison 
Adam Templeton 
Nath 1 Campbell 
Allen Hopkins 
Thos: Wilson 
Dan 1 M c Craine 
George Davidson 
James Betton 
John Anderson 
Joseph Clyd 



John Dinsmoor 
John Davidson 
John Simson 
William Simson 
Samuel M. Adam 
Isaac Thorn 
Benj m Thorn 
Robt M c Alvaine 
John Clyd 
Alexdr Park 
Joseph Smith 
James Richey 
Alexander Merrow 
John Cochran 
James Cochran 
Rob 1 Dinsmoor 
William Powell 
Will 111 Jameson 
Isaac Cochran 
Thomas Jameson 
David Hopkins 
Robert Smith 
Jefferry Donnough 
James Gilmore 
James Jameson 
George Wilson 



Moses Duty 
James Dinsmoor 
William Dikey 
John Armstrong Jr 
Sam 1 Morison 
Andrew Park 
Alexander Park 
Will" 1 Thorn 
Tim Ladd 
Timothy Ladd, Jr 
Eliphalet Ladd 
Andrew Armor 
Robert Spear 
Alexander Richey 
David Davidson 
Nehemiah Hadley 
Alex r Wilson 
Hugh Brown 
James Caldwell 
David Currier 
David Armstrong 
John Armstrong 
Sam 1 Wilson 
Ebenezer Hall 
John Kyel 
Hugh Clyd 



296 



COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



John Wilson 
Simon Williams 
Peter Merrill 
Peter Merrill, Jr 
James Wilson 
Alex r Richey 



Hugh Graham 
John M c Cay 
Thomas M c Cay 
James Davidson 
Sam 1 Campbel 
William Shed 



Henry Campbell 
Nathaniel Hemphill 
Robert Hemphill 
Gain Armour 
John Morrow 
John Miller. 96. 



State of New Hampshire, Windham, 
August the 26 th 1776. 



To the Honorable Committee of Safty of this State the 
foregoing Request hath been Punctually observed. Not with 
standing' Leiut Abraham Reed Matheiv Reed, Amos Merrill, 
hath Refused or Neglected to sign the foregoing Declaration. 

3. 
Alex 1 * Wilson ) 

Sam 1 Morison \ Selectmen 

Nehemiah Hadley ) 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Between the time of adjournment, July P, and the meeting of the General Assembly, 
Septeinl* r -ith, 177c, the following Correspondence, &c, relating to public affairs, took 
place. — Ed. 

ALARM OX THE FRONTIERS. 

Proceeding? at a meeting in Hanover, 5 th July, 1776. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 59.] 

At a meeting of several Adjacent Towns at the College Hall, on Fri- 
day the 5 th Day of July 1776. (viz.) Lyme, Hanover, Lebanon, Thet- 
ford, Norwich and Hartford. 

Chosen — Amos Robinson, Clerk. 

Chosen, Deacon Nehemiah Estabrook, Moderator. 

Voted, To raise 50 men Exclusive of officers to Repair to Royalton, 
to fortifie in that Town & scout from thence to Onion River & New- 
bury. 

Voted — To apoint one Captain & two Subalterns. 

Voted — To apoint Mr. David Woodward, Captain. 

Voted — To apoint Mr. Joshua Hazzen first Lieut. 

Voted — To apoint Mr. Abel Lyman second Lieut. 

Voted — To apoint a Committee of three men to Direct the Building 
of the fort at Royalton & furnish s d Fort with all necessary supplies. 

Chosen, Esq r Joel Marsh, Mr. Isaac Morgan, & Maj r John Slapp to 
be s d Committee. 

Voted — To raise 250 men Exclusive of officers to go to Newbury to 
fortifie, scout & guard there for three months unless sooner discharged. 

Voted — To apoint Capt, Abner Seelys Maj* of the last mentioned 
Department. 

Voted, — To divide s d 250 into four Companys. 

Voted — To apoint Mr. Levi Willard, Mr. Oliver Ashley and Mr. 
Samuel Paine to be Captains. 

Voted — That the Captains apoint their Subaltons. 

Voted — To apoint a Committee of three men to Direct & order the 
affairs of the Newbury Department 

Voted— That Col Bailey, Col Johnson & Col Olcutt be s d Commit- 
tee. 

Voted, — That this Committee engage to that the officers & soldiers in 
both the afore mentioned Departments be honourably paid for their 
services. 

Voted — To dismiss this meeting — it is accordingly dismist. 
A true copy taken from the Minutes 

Test: Pr me, Amos Robinson, Clerk. 



298 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Petition from Lebanon, aslcinr/ assistance. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 67.] 
Province of New Hampshire: 

Lebanon, 6 th July, 1776. 
To the Honourable Assembly of the Province of New Hampshire: 
Jllay it Please your Honours : 
The Necessitous & alarming circumstances the Inhabitants are under 
in these infant & frontier Towns, since the army have retreated to 
Crown Point out of the Province of Canada, leaving a Large Extent 
of our frontiers open to the Ravages of the Savage Indians, being 
almost Destitute of arms & amunition, & many of our Inhabitants 
Leaving their houses & fields for a prey to our Enomys; — We humbly 
trust your Honours will compassionate and aford us such Relief as 
you in your wisdom shall judge Necessary from time to time; Especial- 
ly at this present time. We would inform your Honours that the 
Committees of several adjacent Towns met together & agreed to Raise 
three Hundred men to build Garisons and scout for our Defence, as 
you will see by a coppy of the proceedings of s d committee, which I 
send you here Enclosed: But as we are destitute of arms, amunition 
& money we are fearfull it will in a great measure prove abortive: and 
this only alternative left us : Either such as can to make their Escape 
into the Lower Towns, or fall a sacrifice to our Ememies. We there- 
fore pray your Honours would aford us imediate Relief in the premi- 
ses, as it is of the utmost importance to us all ; and we shall as in duty 
bound ever Pray. 

In behalf of the Committee. 

Nehemiah Estabrook, Chairman. 



Letter from J. Hurd Esq: — appeal for help. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 69.] 

Concord, 7 th July, 1776. 
Sir— 

By several persons I have met with on the Road coining from Coho'os 
& by the best Intelligence I can collect, I find the Inhabitants there, 
especially those on and near Connecticut River, from the upper & the 
lower Coho'os are much more alarmed & apprehensive of danger from 
the Enemy than we imagine; several Familys are already remov'd & 
moving from thence — among the rest, I have found Mrs. Hurd with 
part of my family(l) here at Concord, who was advised by the most 
discrete of the people to leave the place, unless she could submit to 
live, as they must do, crouded into a Garrison, & w ch they were all 
prepering for. The particulars of this, the Bearer. Col Bayley who 
goes Express on y e occasion can acquaint you of; and of the very 
critical situation of all that part of the Country — that it is of the 
utmost consequence the first of the reinforcements w ch can be raised, 
shou'd be sent into that Quarter & immediately. 

It is yet uncertain whether General Sullivan has retreated to Crown 
Point ; here is a person in Town (one Kinsman (2) ) who was at Otter 

(1) The residence of Mr. Hurd and family was Haverhill, on Connecticut River. — Ed. 

(2) (Note). This man also informs, that Messrs Gyles & Betton, whom he heard of 
on the road, had altered their course & were gone to Albany. 






1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 299 

Creek this day week, within 20 miles of Crown Point, lie tells us there 
was then no ace 4 of Sullivan's having cross'd the Lake, but was thou't 
still to be at Isle au Noix, or not far distant; and if so it may be best 
that great part of the new Levies shou'd rendezvous at Coho'os as at 
first designed — they might then by ranging y e woods give some check 
to the Enemy & draw off part of their Forces from pursuing Gen 1 Sul- 
livan's army, as well as be a protection to our Settlers who must oth- 
erwise desert many of their plantations & loose the Benefit of the 
approach? Harvest, that is now very promising — this may be a double 
help to us. I shall proceed on my Journey tomorrow for Haverhill, 
leaving my wife here, and if any thing important occurs, immediately 
advise you; but must beg leave to repeat my request, that we may 
have some very speedy assistance; why may not Capt. Harper's Com- 
pany if muster'd, or any other first in readiness, march off for this 
purpose? It can be no detriment, & little out of the way, should they 
afterwards be order'd to Crown Point. Shall be glad to hear some- 
thing of this sort by return of Col Bayley,for the Quiet of our people. 
In the mean while remain with great esteem & Respect to you & the 
Gen 4 of y e Committee of Safety, Sir; 

your most obed 4 hum le serv*. 

J. IlURD. 

The Hon Me Meshech Weare, Esq. 



Petition from Conway, for assistance. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 71.] 

To the Honourable the Council and Assembly of the Colony of New 

Hampshire. 
The Petition of the Committee of Safety in &for the Town of Conway 

in the County of Grafton and Colony aforesaid — humbly Sheweth : 

That on the twenty-ninth of June last we were alarmed by an Ac- 
count from Onion River by Coos of the Retreat of the Continental 
army under the command of General Sullivan to St. Johns, and on 
Sunday we sent off Nathaniel Merne f Express to Coos for further par- 
ticulars ; who returned last Night with account of their Retreat to 
Crown Point Except a guard of about 1500 men left at Isl-u-nox, with 
many other alarming surcomstances accompanying this. 

By a memoriale from a joint Committee of this town together with 
Fryeburg and Brownsfield in the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, 
you will be acquainted with the situation of this place ; and by the re- 
moval of the Inhabitants of the Upper Coos that lays to the North- 
westward lay us intirely open to the Savages, and except we are Sup- 
orted we shall be obbliged to Leave these parts likewise we would 
farther sugest that a party of men stationed here to send out Recon- 
noitering partys from Soco River to Androscoggin River and elsewhere 
would be a guard to the frontiers in this part of the Colony and the 
Northwesterly part of the province of Main : and a Number of the In- 
habitants are Destitute of fire-arms and Ammunition and are not able 
to procure them at present without the aid of Court : We therefore in 
behalfe of Said Inhabitants pray your honors to take our situation and 
surcumstances into your wise consideration, and furnish the inhabitants 



800 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

of this Town with 20 fire arms, one hundred weight powder, two hun- 
dred of lead, five hundred flints, and if you think the frontiers of this 
part of the Colony is in danger to Station such a party of men att this 
place as in your wisdom shall think propper for their protection as 
above mentioned ; and we in Duty bound shall ever pray, & will be ac- 
countable for what arms, & ammunition is sent for said inhabitants. 

Andrew McMillan "| 

Tho s Merrill 

David Page y Committee. 

Joshua Heath 

Ebenezer Eurbank J 
July 7 th , 1776. 



Copy of a letter from Capt. Ira Allen. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 53.] 

Onion River, July 10 th 1776. 
Gent 11 

Learn you are alarmed at the Retreat of our Army out of Canada. 
Can Assure you the Savages have kill'd & scalp'd a number of men 
by the River La Cole on the West Side of Lake Champlain; When 
they will visit us or you is uncertain: Advise you to look sharp & keep 
scouts out, but not to move except some families much remote from y e 
main Inhabitants. Last Saturday was at Crown Point with General 
Sullivan; he assured me he would do all in his power to protect the 
Frontier settlements. 

I proposed a line of Forts by this River to Cohos; he said he believ'd 
that to be the best place and made no doubt, but it would be done: he 
immediately ordered Col Waite & 200 men to this place, here to remain 
and grant all protection in his power to the Inhabitants: before I left 
there, General Schuyler, Gates & Arnold Arrived. I conclude there is 
a Determination before this time in regard to all the Fronteers; I make 
no doubt but a Line of Block Forts is agreed on by all from this River 
to Yours & so round your Frontiers. Had Intelligence from St. Johns 
about twelve days ago, our Enemy had but one hundred Tents w ch at 
most cou'd not be more than six hundred men — they appeared not to 
be in much preparation for War; at Chamblee was but few men. Is 
thou't by some the Enemy are busy in sending provisions & clothing to 
all the Garrisons near the Head of the River St. Lawrence, and supply 
the Indians with all necessaries. The Small pox has almost gone thro' 
our Army; they are much better on Ace 1 of their Health than they 
were; Gundaloes are builds, the vessels are preparing for War, I hope 
in a short time they will be able to beat all the powers of Britain on 
this Lake. Crown Point is proposed for Head Quarters. In haste, 

Ira Allen. 



Orders to Benjamin Giles, Esq. 
[State Pap. ReT" Vol. IV. p. 73.] 

NewTbLV \ T ° Ben J amin Giles ' Es( l r - 

Whereas the General Court of this Colony have been notified that 
one Capt. Farnsworth of Connecticut is appointed by the Commissary 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 301 

General of the Connecticut Forces to provide for the Xew Hampshire 
Troop? at Connecticut River, on their Rout to Crown Point: But as 
our Troops are near ready to march, and that they may not be delayed 
at No. 4, if any thing should hinder Capt. Farnsworth from having 
provision ready; you are desired to proceed with all possible dispatch 
to said Xo. 4, and find whether any provision is there made for the 
afores'- men or likely to be seasonably made ; and if not to purchase 
and transport to said Xo. 4, with all speed, nine thousand pounds 
weight of Pork & the like quantity of Bread, and deliver the several 
Companies of Xew Hampshire men as they arrive there, to each man 
six days provision, allowing a pound of Pork and a pound of Bread pr 
day. You will, if no other provision is made, provide and have ready 
to deliver to the first Companies that arrive, what provision you can 
collect in that neighbourhood, while you are in the meau time collect- 
ing more; And for what Provisions you may Buy you may eDgage the 
money to be paid as soon as you can send to Exeter therefor. — which 
will he ready there in ten days from this time. Be expeditious by all 
mean.-: and when you have performed the said Business make return 
to the Committee, unless you should have an opportunity to settle the 
same with said Capt. Farnsworth. 

By order of the Committee. 

Ch: P. T. 



Portsmouth Instructions to their Representatives. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 77.] 

Colony of Xew Hampshire ? Portsmouth July 31 st 1776. 

Rockingham SS. \ 

At a meeting of the freeholders & others Inhabitants of said Ports- 
mouth, pr adjournment, Among other things, Voted. That the Repre- 
sentatives of this Town at the General Assembly be instructed for the 
following purposes, viz: 

l- 1 That they do their utmost endeavour to procure the enactment of 
a Law that from & after the Dissolution of this present Assembly that 
no member of any future Assembly hold any other pkce in government 
than his seat in said Assembly, & that when any such shall be chosen 
& accept of a place, his seat shall become vacant & a new Writ issue to 
his Constituents for a new choice. 

odiy That they do not consent that any Person should hold more than 
one place in Government at a time. 

3 dl - v That they do in the most effectual manner secure to the peo- 
ple of this State their inherent Rights of being judg'd & Govern"d in 
the least prejudicial manner. 

4 th That they nor any other Representative in future shall consent to 
any alteration, Innovation or abridgment of the Constitutional Form 
that may be adopted without first consulting their constituents in a 
matter of so much importance to their Safety. 
A true Copy — 

Attest. Johx Pexh allow, Town Clerk. 

Portsmouth, Aug 1 7 th 1776. 



302 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Commission for Col. Isaac Wyman. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 79.] 

In Committee of Safety, July 11 th 1776. 

Sir — I send you by the Bearer your Commission as Col of a Regi- 
ment of our Militia in the service ; also Thirty Pounds as Two mouths 
advance wages. As the Troops will be along in a few days, it is ex- 
pected you will go forward with them to Crown Point & join the 
army there. The Captains Drew, Chandler, Shepard. Dearborn, 
Blanchard, Harper, Parker and Weatherbee with their Companys, are 
to make your Regiment : as it is of great consequence that the men are 
forwarded with Speed. Therefore Expect you will do what is in your 
power that they make [no?] delay at No. 4. You will also receive 
thirty Two Pounds for two months advance wages for your Surgeon, 
Adjutant & Quarter Master with this, and Blank Commissions for those 
officers to be appointed by you. Imploring the divine assistance on 
your Endeavours to serve your country and that you may return in 
Safety with Laurels of victory, is the sincere desire of him, who 
In behalf of the Committee subscribes himself 
Y'our very Plumb 1 Serv'. 

Col. Isaac VTvman. 



Orders to Capt. David Woodward. 
[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV. p. 81.] 

Colony of Xew Hampshire 

In Committee of Safety, July 11 th , 1776. 
To Capt. David Woodward of Hanover — 

You are hereby authorized to Enlist Thirty men to serve under you 
as soldiers for three months unless sooner discharged, to serve as Scout- 
ing parties to Explore the woods & watch or oppose the motions of en- 
emies coming against our Frontier settlements, taking orders from time 
to time directing your Rout, from Col°. Jacob Bayley, Col John Hard, 
and Col Charles Johnson, or any two of them, a Committee appointed 
for that purpose. You are to take special care to Eulist none but good 
able Bodied Effective men fit for such service, and they shall [be] paid 
the same wages (viz. Forty shillings per month) as the Provincial 
Troops raised and stationed for the particular defence of this Colony, — 
and you shall be paid four pounds per month for your service. & one 
Subaltern under you three pounds ten shillings per month. You are 
also to provide Provisions for your Company giving them such allow- 
ance as is delivered other Troops in the Army, for which you shall be 
paid on exhibiting an Ace 1 . Y r ou are to appoint out of the number of 
men as above Two Sergeants, whose pay is forty-eight shillings each. 



1776. J CORRESPONDENCE. 303 

Letter from Committee in Kitten/, to the Committee of Corre- 
spondence in Portsmouth. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 83.] 

Kifctery, July 12 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — The Committee of Correspondence &c. for this Town 
have receiv'd a Letter from y e Committee of Correspondence for Bos- 
ton of the following import: viz: That they have information, and 
reason sufficient to induce them to believe, that a communication has 
been kept up between our Enemies ships & some of our small boats, 
and that they have tho't it necessary for the common safety, to order 
that no Boats or vessel be suffered in future to leave the Town without 
special permission, and that they have confined the fishing Boats within 
the Limits of one League from the shore. We therefore think it ex- 
pedient to advise you of this measure recommended to us, as without 
your coming into a similar one, it will be of no effect. Wherefore we 
shall be much oblidge to you for your opinion hereupon and what 
methods you propose to take respecting this matter, and are with 
respect, your most Humb le Servants. 

In the name & by order of the Committee, 

John H. Bautlet, 

Chairman. 



Letter to the Selectmen of New Market. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 85.] 

In Committee of Safety, July 12 th , 1776. 
To the Selectmen of New-Market, 

Gentlemen — The Committee feel the greatest anxiety, and are 
strongly depressed with the account from New Market, that any Inter- 
nal Broil should in the least obstruct the forwarding those things so 
absolutely necessary for the preservation of all that is dear to us. 
Probably a Neglect of speedily Reinforcing our Northern Army may 
occasion the Slaughter of our Bosom Friend? & Innocent offspring, 
while we are mingled in the common carnage. The truly forward and 
Patriotic Disposition often shown by the Inhabitants of New Market, 
in the common cause, convince the Committee that they will not now 
attend to any particular dificuhy and neglect the main object, while 
their neighbours are nobly exerting themselves at this important time. 
Therefore they desire you will with all possible speed, call a meeting 
of all the Inhabitants of your Town, and proceed to raise the men 
proportioned to you in Col Oilman's Regiment; at which time Col 
Gilman will attend & lend you all the assistance in his power to accom- 
plish so noble and so necessary a purpose. 



Letter from Capt. Robert Parker. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IV. p. 87.] 

Lee, July 13 ;h , 1776. 
Gentlemen — I am to inform you that I have just Rec d a letter from 
e r Bigerat, Esq., Merchant in Martinico, who informs me that there 



304 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

has been a great Scarcity of Provisions there; owing to a number of 
vessels being detained in France on account of contrary Winds. On 
the 6 th of May was the first arrival for a long time, & since up to 14 th 
of the above month. 14 sail has arrived and has brought one hundred 
thousand weight of Gunpowder & a great many Chests of fire arms & 
great quantaties of course Woolen Cloths, thare is Likewis 12 sail of 
ships expected ourly with 10,000 or 12.000 weight of Powder in each 
vessell: he further adds, There is not a Board nor a Cod fish in the 
Island & you may have Imediate Dispatch &a great Price for the above 
articles. Therefore if your Honours think fit to send a vessell with 
fish & Lumber. I think there is a Great Prospect of making a good 
Voyage and little or no dangour of being taken as there is no Cruisers 
on this Course, and will be chiefly hatrd up in the West Indies on ac- 
count of the hurricane months. If your Honnours sees fitt to hire a 
vessell ^ send for the above purpose, I know of one that is a good 
sailor & will answer. & shall be glad to serve you in so good a cause, if 
you think me worthy of being trusted as a master and am with Re- 
spect your most obedient Humble servant. 

Rob' Parker. 

X. B. My letter was dated the 14 th of May. He says Powder was 
5s. lOd. on account of our vessells weighting there so long, but it has 
since fell a great Deal & he thinks it will be less. The first vessels 
that goes there will get Woolen Goods cheap & I fear they will be much 
wanted in our Army next winter. 

[Xo address.] R. Parker. 



Instructions to Capt. Jeremiah Eames. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 89.] 

In Committee of Safety, July 13 th 1776. 
To Capt. Jeremiah Eaiies. 

You are hereby authorised to Enlist Fifty good able bodied and 
effective men officers included, to serve as soldiers under you for three 
months (unless sooner discharged) as scouting parties to make their 
head Quarters at Great Cohoss, not taking more than Ten of the In- 
habitants of said Great Cohoss in the number: And you are to make 
return as often as you can conveniently of your Routs, discoverys £cc. 
to Col s Bayley, Hurd, and Col Johnson at lower Cohoss, and take 
their Instructions from time to time for your future conduct. The 
men you Enlist are to be paid thirty shillings as a Bounty, and assure 
them they shall receive forty shillings pr month when your Roll is 
made up; and the Company are to choose a Lieut. Ensign & 2 Serg te 5 
you as Captain shall receive £6, your Lieutenants £4. and Ensigns £3, 
Each Serg 1 48s per month. The Capt. Lieuts. & Ens 113 to receive no 
Bounty. 



Letter from Maj r Jonathan Child. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 91.] 

Chester, July 14 a 1776. 
To the Committee of Safety. 

Gextlemex — Pursuant to my directions I proceeded to Ipswich, 






1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. S05 

Salem & Marblehead in Quest of Guns — purchased Twenty three the 
price about ten dollars each. Also by Col° Bayleys advice Bought 200 
w' of Lead, the amount of the whole is 77£. am Forwarding the same 
as fast as possible. Have received the guns you lodged at Mr. Web- 
ster's; the expences of Buying, Frate &c. I cannot now ascertain; will 
forward an account soon as possible. Aney Commands you may have 
further for me shall be punctually complied with. In haste am Gen- 
tlemen your very humble serv* 

Joxa. Child. 



Letter from Committee in Moultonborough, to Jonathan Moid- 
ton, of Hampton. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 93.] 

Moultonborough, 15 th July, 1776. 
Sir— 

By Daniel Beede, Esq. we understand there was a Prospect of ob- 
taining on proper security from the Treasury, a sum of Money to pur- 
chase Fire-arms for this almost defenceless town. Esq. Beede inform'd 
us you were so good as to tell him you wou'd join him in Security for 
the money on a day appointed, which day he was obliged to leave 
Court on Express, & he agreed with Capt. Josiah Moulton to join with 
you for security for the money in his stead, by which we flatter our- 
selves you may have obtained the money. "We, together with Lieut. 
Jam 8 Brown (who waits on you with this) were chosen a Committee 
for this Town to purchase the Guns ; Lieut. Brown goes on purpose to 
consult you on the matter, receive the money if it can be had, & pur- 
chase the Guns, if they are to be bought. If any difficulty shou'd 
arise in your mind, in taking his security singly, we here engage to 
indemnify you in letting him have the Money & will with him be an- 
swerable for the payment of the same agreeable to the tenor of the 
obligation he may give for the Money. 

We beg, Sir, your forwarding the matter as you '11 much oblige the 
Inhabitants here as well as, 

your most hum bl serv te 

bradbery fiichardsox 
Nathaniel Amcros. 
To Jonathan Moulton, Esq. 



Letter to the Son. John Hancock. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 97.] 
In Committee of Safety, at Exeter, July 16 th , 1776. 
Sir— 

This moment the Committee were Honoured with the receipt of your 
letter of the 6 th Instant Inclosing a Declaration seperating the United 
States of America from any connection with Great Britain, and for 
their being Independent States. It is with pleasure we assure you, 
that notwithstanding a very few months since many Persons in this 
Colony were greatly averse to any thing that look'd like Independence 
of Great Britain, the late measures planned & Executing against us, 
have so altered their opinions that such a Declaration was what they 

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306 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

most ardently wished for; and I verily believe it will be received with 
great satisfaction throughout the Colony, a very few Individuals ex- 
cepted. The 1500 of our Militia requested to recruit the army in 
Canada are mostly raised. One Company marched from Portsmouth 
yesterday; more are coming forward, and I believe most of them v. ill 
march this week. No cloth fit for Tents could be procured in this 
Colony, and the men must remain destitute unless they can be supplied 
from Southward. That he who putteth down Potentates & setteth up 
States, may guard & protect the United States of America is the most 
fervent and sincere desire of your obedient Hum b serv 4 

(Copy.) 

P. S. The General Court & Committee of Safety sit at Exeter, 
where you will please to direct in future. This Express went 30 miles 
out of Ids way by being directed to Portsmouth. 



Letter from Capt. William Barron to the Committee of Safety, 
[State Pap. Vol. IV. p. 99.] 

Merrimack, July 16 th , 1776. 

Gkntlemen — In consequence of the orders I Rec d from Maj r General 
Folsom for Raising sixteen men out of the Company under my Com- 
mand (in this Town) for the service in Canada, I have Raised thirteen 
Good effective men who are all well Equipt. I am myself chosen to 
the command w ch make fourteen in the whole. Caleb Stevens an 
inhabitant of this town inlisted into said service & pass'd muster be- 
fore the Date of my orders. I have called upon Capt. John Chamber- 
lain & Sons who Treated my Lieut, (the messenger) & myself with 
great abuse & ill language & Refused to assist by man or money. 
Mess TS Charity Lund, Robert Nesmith, Samuel Gibson, jun, Michael 
Dalton & James Taylor have all utterly refused to Lend any assistance. 
I have received Orders from the Muster master to march my men 
forthwith; I shall pay strict obedience thereto, — I wish it may be in 
my power to give a good account of the Enemy on my return from 
Canada. 

I am, Gentlemen, with Great Respect, 

Your most Hum bl Servt. 

William Bark ox. 

Hon ble Com tte of Safety, 



Letter from Col. John Hurd. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV p. 101.] 

Haverhill (Coho'os,) 16 th July, 1776. 
Sir— 

I have heard nothing from Exeter since I wrote pr. Col Bayley from 
Concord; upon my comiug into this Town last Tuesday, I found the 
people had been in great consternation about the Indians, as I before 
advis'd, that most of the women and children had come down from 
Upper Coho'os thro' fear, & got into Garrison — the Haverhill folks 
having collected together in different parts of the Town & built several 
picketted Forts with good Breast-work of large pine Logs ; and in 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 807 

Bath & Gunthwaite above us they had done the same; otherwise the 
Upper Towns had been wholly deserted. I endeavored to quiet them 
all in my power by assuring 'em, that besides the Force raising to go 
into Canada, we should have a sufficient number to protect us on our 
Frontier, w ch wou'd soon be along ; but 'tis with difficulty they can be 
pers waded to think so; and some ill-minded persons, before Mr. Jon a 
Hale came up with y e powder & fire arms, took pains to propagate 
that we should be neglected, and seriously proposed, if neither our 
assembly nor the Massachusetts wou'd send us speedy assistance the 
best way to preserve ourselves from the Insults of the Savages, was to 
send over to Gen. Burgoyne, acquaint him of our weak condition & 
ask his protection: And this might very easily be done, did the enemy 
know our circumstances & had Forces to spare; nothing but their Igno- 
rance of the Geographical part of the country, or want of strength, 
does prevent it. This was Brush's plan, & I am really surprised when 
I reflect on the Danger, that our Assemblys are not more attentive to 
it — 'tis certainly our weakest side. 

The Haverhill & Newbury Committee have kept constant scouts 
going for some time past between Lake Champlain & this River, and 
by the last that came in, Ave have Letters (copys of w ch I herewith 
transmit) that give us some Encouragement. By a Scout that went 
out yesterday to Onion River & another to Crown Point, I took the 
Liberty to write General Sullivan & Col Waite inform? them what our 
Gen 1 Court had done lately & how we imagin'd ourselves most exposed 
to the Enemy, w ch I hope may be some way serviceable. 

There has been many Reports spread here of Indians being seen & 
scouts fir*d at, but upon further search have prov'd groundless, & the 
people in general appear more compos'd; some are returning to work 
in their plantations, but leave their wives & children here, as the secur- 
est place. What has already happen'd has been considerable Damage 
to the new Settlements. 

The bearer. Mr. Atkinson of Boscawen can inform of further par- 
ticulars that you may please to inquire respecting our Circumstances 
here, as he with a number of others from the Towns below came up 
volunteers for our assistance on the first alarm. He has been good 
enough to send us two swivel Guns or small field pieces that has laid 
for some years at Boscawen, perhaps since last War (belonging as they 
suppos'd to y e Province) for the use of our Forts, and tells us there's 
two more at Canterbury, under Esq r Clough's care, w ch may be very 
useful to us. I beg the favor he may have y e Direction of the Com- 
mittee of Safety to forward them also. They are no service where 
they lye & can be easily transported here. 

I wish to hear that some part of y e Detachm 1 design'd for our pro- 
tection were upon their march. If we had but a small company to 
guard the settlements at upper Coho'os for the present, it would be a 
great satisfaction to the People & some among us talk of going on that 
Duty for a fortnight or three weeks as volunteers, to chance their pay 

— if no companys appear in a [The remainder of the letter is torn 

off.— Ed.] 



308 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Order respecting Samuel Dyer of Berwick. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 105.] 

In Committee of Safety, July 18 th , 1776. 
Samuel Dyer, an inhabitant of Berwick in the County of York & 
Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, being bro't before the Committee 
charged with being unfriendly to the Liberties of this Country ; and 
after hearing his Defence, and considering the matters objected against 
him, the Committee do determine that the Said Samuel Dyer ought to 
confine himself to the afores d Town of Berwick, and in no case to come 
within the Limits of this Colony under pain of Imprisonment, unless 
Capt. John Langdon should see fit to receive him aboard the Conti- 
nental Frigate under his care at Portsmouth, in which case he may En- 
list and continue in that service. 
By order of the Committee. 



Orders to Col° Joshua Wingate. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 107.] 

Colony of N. Hampshire — 

In Committee of Safety, July 17 th , 1776. 
To Col Joshua "Wingate — 

You are directed to repair to Charles Town, on Connecti- 
cut River, and there take charge of such companies, as you may find 
there, whose officers are commissionated under you, and take all neces- 
sary care with the persons appointed at that place to supply the Troops, 
to have the soldiers fixt off, taking their Rout for Crown Point or 
Ticonderoga, or the place where the Continental Army may be; and 
when you have done what appears necessary to you to do at Charles 
Town, you will proceed forward and join the Continental Army as 
aforesaid, putting yourself and Regiment under the command of the 
General and Commander in Chief of said Army. If no Continental 
officer has made provision at Charlestown for the soldiers you will 
apply to Benjamin Giles, Esq r appointed by the Colony to deliver six 
days provision at marching, to last the troops to Crown Point. 

By order of the Committee, M. "W. 



Direction for Col. Jacob Bailey about raising men. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 . Vol. IV. p. 109.] 

Colony of New Hampshire 

In Committee of Safety, July 18 th , 1776. 
To Col Jacob Bailey — The Committee are in expectation that you 
will accomplish your desire of keeping in Continental pay by order of 
General Washington, the Sixty men employed by you to clear a Road 
to Canada ; and as you have tho't fit to desist working on said Road, 
that you now employ them as Scouting parties to Guard the Country. 
But if you should be directed to disband them, you are hereby Impow- 
ered to Enlist fifty men to be under the pay of this Colony until the 
first of December next, unless sooner discharged ; and see that the 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 309 

men fairly choose a Captain, Lieutenant & Ensign to command them. 
Said Company, if raised to take orders from time to time from yourself, 
Col . John Kurd and Col°. Charles Johnson, to direct their conduct ; 
Said men to receive thirty shillings Bounty, and fifty shillings per 
month. 



Letter from the Chairman of Portsmouth Committee respecting 

Capt. Roach. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 . Vol. IV. p. 111.] 

Portsmouth, 19 th July, 1776. 
Gext". — Capt. Roach in the Schooner Polly having cleared from this 
Port to the Eastward with a cargo consisting of 2 hhds. of Salt, 20 
Bushells of Corn, 300 lbs Tobacco, 3 bbls Rum, & 3 bbs Cyder, sundry 
of the Inhabitants of this Town have made application to us to forbid 
Ids departure supposing the risque too great at this time. We have had 
Capt. Roach before us and he acquaints us that he intends to go to St. 
Peters, and to carry with him exclusive of the above articles, Cash suf- 
ficient to purchase a Cargo there of such Commodities as he supposes 
will be suitable for this Markett. 

We think it our duty to inform you of this matter and have desired 
Capt. Roach to wait on you to request your opinion thereon. 
I am, by Order of the Com tee of Safety, 
Gent n , your most hhb 1 serv', 

H. Wextworth, Chairman. 
To the IIon M the 
Com tee of Safety, Exeter. 



Letter relating to Mrs. Livius. (1) 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 113.] 

Portsm 19 th July, 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Mrs. Livius having inform'd this Committee that she was about to 
apply to you for leave to depart this place in order to proceed to her 
Husband at Quebec, We beg leave to acquaint you that the Situation 
of her Family is such as that we should think it expedient. 

Maj r Meigs & Capt. Dearborn inform us that Mr. Livius interested 
himself with General Carlton to obtain leave for them to revisit their 
Families, & that in return for his kindness they promised him to use 
their utmost Endeavors to have his Family sent him. 

If this measure meets with your approbation. We can see no reasona- 
ble objection to Mrs. Livius' going with her Family as soon as she can 
get away. 

I am, by order of the Com tee of Safety, Gentl m 
Y r most hble Servant 

H. Wentworth, Chairman. 
To the Honorable the 
Com tee of Safety at 
Exeter. 

(1) "Wife of Hon. Peter Livius.— Ed. 



310 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Order to Brig r Gen. 1 John Stark. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 115.] 

State of New Hampshire, July 19 th 1776. 
To Brig r Gen 1 . Jonx Stark. 

You are hereby required to repair to Charles Town No. 4. so as to be 
there by Thursday next to meet & confer with persons appointed by 
the Convention of the State of Vermont relative to the rout of the 
Troops under your Command, their being supplied with provisions & 
future operations. And when the Troops are collected at Xo. 4 you 
are to take the Command of them & march into the State of Vermont 
and there act in conjunction with the Troops of that State or any other 
of the States, or of the United States or separately as it shall appear 
Expedient to you for the protection of the People or the annoyance of 
the Enemy; and from time to time as occasion shall require, seDd Intel- 
ligence to the Gen 1 . Assembly or Committee of Safety of your Opera- 
tions and the manovers of the Enemy. 

(Copy) M. Weare. 



Letter fron Benjamin Giles, Esq. 

[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV p. 117.] 
Hox d S r — 

Would Inform I pursued agreeable to Instructions to be in read- 
iness to give the troops a quick pass from Ciiarlestown, arriving here 
last Sabbath &c. I need not write the particulars of my conduct or the 
cause of my purchasing Stores. Mr. Trott can inform as he is particu- 
larly knowing to my conduct both before and after Capt. Farnsworth 
came to Xo. 4, whose Orders are to purchase beef And that only for 
the troops; a difficulty I am afraid will arise; his orders are to give 
provision to a Complete Company only, and as I suppose that it is next 
to impossible for complete Companies to march without being notifi'd, 
I thought it my duty to advertise you, S r that if possible the Captains 
of each Company may have knowledge thereof. Billeting. Mileage, and 
some other allowances are all to be paid at Ticonderoga, y e money be- 
ing sent forward. Capt. Farnsworth came here last Thursday and is 
gone oft this morning, according to direction. I have dismissed the busi- 
ness, but have some Pork on hand, can't say how much, Mr. Trott 
will inform the Circumstance, I sent him to Hadley to purchase Pork, 
I paid his Expense being 17s. 9d and have charged it, would be glad of 
further directions respecting what I have taken in. 

I rest, S r y r Real Friend, and very hum bl serv' 

Bexj" Giles. 

P. S. I should have wrote in a different manner but Mr. Trott can 
inform every particular. 

B. G. 

I Borrowed 44 dollars, which I have paid for Wheat and Pork, would 
be glad if it can be sent by Mr. Trott. I promised to pay it directly. 

Benj a Giles. 
In a hurry Mr. Trott waiting. 

The Hon We Meshech Weare, Esq. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 311 

Letter from Col. Surd. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IT. p. 119.] 

Haverhill, 20 th July, 1776. 

Sir — yesterday afternoon came in here to Coho'os a French man 
from the river St. Francis, w* whom & the Committees of Haverhill & 
Newbury, I spent the Evening till late, to obtain what Intelligence we 
could. He tells us — That he has been out from thence nineteen days 
& undergone great hardship in his journey, having mistook his path 
from the head of St. Francis to this River, that there was seventy- 
two ships arrived at Quebec, & the ministerial Army made up 10,000 
British & Canadians under General Carlton ; he knows nothing of 
Burgoyne. The Indians of St. Francis N: Canaughaga remain neuter, 
& refuse to take up arms on either side — he does not think there's any 
Indians out upon the Scout on this quarter ; he fled, as he says, for 
fear of his life, having been a Captain in the Continental Service at the 
Parish of three Rivers & advanced considerable effects for our Army : 
is desirous of being convey'd to the General, & to the Continental Con- 
gress ; his appearance to me is open & honest, tho' some of our people 
are jealous of him — keep a guard to watch the house £Mr. Tho s John- 
son's) where he lodges I intend to send him over to Crown point to the 
commanding officer there. 

We are anxious for Col Bayley's return to know in what manner 
the men design'd for our protection are to be rais'd, and we shall look 
for him this Evening, So that I hope I shall have y e pleasure of some 
advices. I ana very respectfully. 

Sir, y r most hum w Serv*. 

J°. Hurd. 
The Hon 1 * CoK M. Weare. 



Letter from Col Joshua Wentworth. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IT. p. 121.] 

Portsmouth, July 20, 1770. 
Gextlemex — Pursuant to an order from Maj. Gen 1 Folsom of 3 1 Inst, 
to me Directed, to raise one hundred and fifteen Men out of the first 
Regiment, I now have the pleasure to Inclose a Return of that Number, 
who have Toluntarily Engaged in the service of their Country. 

I am respectfully, 

Gentl n you m 1 ob. Servt f , 

Josh. Wentworth. 
To the Hon w the Committee of Safty 
for the Colony of Xew Hampshire. 



Letter from Col. John Belloivs. 
[State Pap. Rev* Tol. IT. p. 123.] 

Walpole, July 20 th 1776. 
Sir— 

Lieut. Sargents hath return'd from Crown Point, in order to collect 
some soldiers who deserted at the time when Major Butterfield resign' d 



312 COLONY OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 



himself and Men to our Foes, and also to obtain a copy of the Muster 
Rolls for the Four Companies which I mustered, as the Soldiers can 
draw no pay until the Rolls are exhibited to the Pay Master. I desire 
you would send the Copys by Mr. Trott, because Sargents must return 
as soon as possible. 

I am your Hum bl Serv 1 

Johx Bellows. 



Complaint of Zaccheus Clough of Poplin. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IV. p. 125.] 
Colony of ? In Committee of Safety, 

New Hampshire \ July 20 th , 1776. 

Upon considering the Complaint of Zacheus Clough, Esq r of Poplin, 
representing that he hath been much injured in his character, by de- 
signing Persons, who he says, have falsely Insinuated to the publick that 
he converted to his own use a Donation, with which he was Intrusted by 
the Parish of said Poplin to deliver persons properly appointed to re- 
ceive the same, for the use of the Poor of Boston suffering by the Port 
Bill. 

The Committee recommend, That the Committee of said Poplin 
would call in to their aid the Committees of Two of the nearest Towns 
or Parishes to them, Jointly to set and hear all accusations against 
said Clough on the afores d affair; and also his Defence thereon, giving 
notice of the Time & place of meeting sufficient for his accusers to be 
present. And after impartially hearing the matter to declare their 
opinion thereon, that all concerned may be satisfied of the truth of the 
Premises. M. Weare, Chairman. 

(Copy) 



Certificate for Zaccheus Clough, Esq. 
[State Pap. Rev" v r ol. IV. p. 281.] 

Boston, Sept. 18 th 1776. 
This may certify all whom it may concern, That Zaccheus Clough 
Esq r did deliver the Committee of Charlestown one yoke of oxen, by 
the direction of the Boston Committee on the first day of March one 
thousand seven hundred & seventy five, agreeable to a Receipt given 
said Clough by Capt. Isaac Foster, Chairman of the Charlestown 
Committee of Donation, and whatever may appear to the contrary as 
to said Clough's not delivering the same at the time Capt. Foster gave 
the receipt is false and Injurious. 

As witness our hands — 

Edward Proctor ~) A Quorum of the 
John White >• Boston Com tee 

Sam 1 Partridge ) of Donation. 
Attest — Alex r Hodgdon, 

Clerk to the Boston Com tee of Donation. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 313 

Petition from Warren for Fire-Arms, frc. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 129.] 
To the IIonob le Committee of Safety for the Colony of New Hamp- 
shire : 

The Petition of us the Committee of the Town of War- 
ren humbly shevreth: That the Inhabitants are Destitute of Fire arms 
& Lead, and pray that your Honnours will grant us a sufficient Quan- 
tity of Fire Arms ami Lead, or otherways, grant us a Sum of money, 
to purchase, for which we, the Committee of Safety of said AYarren 
will account in behalf of said Town. 
We shall ever Pray &c. 

Joshua Merrill ^ Com tee for 
Joshua Copp >- the town of 

Obediah Clement ) Warren. 



Letter from Col. David Gilman. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 129.] 

Head Quarters, Portsmouth, July y e 22 d , 1776. 
Gentlemen — I have the Pleasure to Inform you that the works at 
N. Castle gos on verry well. If nothing Extrordinary happens I am 
in hopes the walls of that Important Fortress will be almost com- 
pleated this week I believe I may veanture to say, it will be one of 
the most compleatest ones upon the Contenant of America when fin- 
ished. I should hare been almost Ready to have mounted all the Can- 
non on the fourt by this time, could I have got timber to have laid the 
Platforms, but am still at a loss; should be glad how soon sum might 
be procured for that Purpose. I flatter myself, Gentlemen, when I 
have got these works a little out of the way, shall have an opportun- 
ity to Discipline my men and make them sum what respectable in case 
we should be attacked. I should think it proper to have sum person 
appointed to muster the men here as the Capts. are Daily reverting ? 
I am, Gentlemen with great respect your Hou rs most obedient Humble 
servant. D. Gilman. 



License for Mrs. Livius to go to Quebec. 
[State Pap. Rev Vol. IV. p. 135.] 
Colony of ) In Committee of Safety, 

Xew Hampshire $ July 23 d , 1776. 

Capt. Henry Dearborn, who was one of Col Arnold's Detachment 
and made prisoner at the attack upon Quebeck, on the 31 st of Decem- 
ber last, having had liberty to come Home on his Parole, and repre- 
sented to this Committee, That the Hon ble Peter Livius Esq r at Que- 
beck treated him and other Prisoners with great humanity; and that 
said Mr. Livius was desirous that his Lady and children now at Ports- 
mouth in this Colony might be permitted to come to him at Quebeck : 

Therefore Thomas Roach, Master in the Schooner Polly, with James 
Stoodly. John Marsh & John Bowman, mariners, are hereby permitted 
to depart this Port with provisions sufficient for their voyage only, 
with Mrs. Livius & her four children on Board, for the sole purpose of 



314 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

carrying her and said children to said Quebeck and then to return to 
this Colony as soon as may be. 

In witness whereof we have affixed the seal of said Colony, the day 
& year above mentioned. 
By order of the Committee. M. Thornton, C: man. P. T. 



Letter to Benj a Giles Esq. 
[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV. p. 139.] 

In Committee of Safety, July 24 th , 1776. 
Sir — We received yours by Mr. Trott: have sent by him £20, and 
and expect you will settle with him for his time & Expenees in the ser- 
vice. We hope Mr. Farnsworth or his Deputy will supply the Troops 
in such a way as will help them to proceed; and tho' we would by no 
means pretend to supply or any ways be concerned in the affair, unless 
to prevent their returning home dissatisfied, in which case we would 
desire you to do what you can in Reason to furnish them to march 
forward. If the provision you have furnished is not wanted, you may 
store it, and it will come to bear at some other time without doubt. 
By order of the Committee, 

I am, Sir, your very Hum 1 S nt 

M. Thornton, Ch'man, P. T. 
Benj a Giles, Esq/. 



Orders to Lieut. John Grilman. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 139.] 
Colony of "I 
Xew Ilamp 1 )" In Committee of Safety, July 26 th , 1776. 

To Lieut. John Oilman — Complaints being made to this Committee 
that you received of the Colony Paymaster last year Coat money be- 
longing to several Persons, soldiers in the same company with you, 
which you have not paid to them & refuse to pay; Therefore that Jus- 
tice may be done, you are required to appear before this Committee on 
"Wednesday the seventh day of August next to answer to said Com- 
plaint. 

By order of the Committee, — 

M. Thornton, Chair" P. T. 

In Committee of Safety, August 6 th . 1776. 
The Committee having heard Lieut. Gilman on the within Com- 
plaint are of opinion, that he ought without delay to pay the Coat 
money he has received in behalf of any soldier, to them respectively. 

M. Weare, Chairman. 



Letter from Col. John Ilurd. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 145.] 

Haverhill, Coho'os, 27 th July, 1776. 
Sir— 

I am favored with yours of the 20 th Inst. pr. Mr. Atkinson, & ob- 
serve your several appointments to raise the men for the protection of 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 315 

this part of y e country, w ch by present appearances may be sufficient, 
but how long they may continue so is very uncertain. I'm just now 
informed by a person from the College that Capt. Woodward has 
rais'd his men & goue out into the Woods «to a place call'd Royalston, 
I suppose about midway between Connecticut river and the Lake to 
erect some Stockade or Fortification there, from whence they may keep 
their scouts going: but they have not thought proper to inform the 
Committee what their plan may be. or any thing of their Intentions. 
We hear Capt. Jer. Eames is upon the Road on his way here, i; wish 
he may be able to make up his Quota of men, so as to be on Duty 
soon, that the people at Upper Coho'os may keep about their Hus- 
bandry, and not lose the advantage of such promising Crop- as are 
now on the ground. Col Bayley will I believe inlist i.is fifty without 
Difficulty chiefly from those men that have been working on the new 
Road, when we shall immediately employ them on nee - ty. 

One of our scouting partys came in from Onion River two days agoe 
by whom I received a Letter from Col AVait. copy of w ch shall inclose 
6c by w --• you'll observe the change of Command at tin ■ with 

the complaints he makes: if it be so as there represented We must 
have had some cruel Enemies — snake like in the Grass — that have been 
secretly working out our Ruin all in their power, w eh 'tis to be hoped 
will by 6c by come to light. Xo wonder we have not succeeded better 
in that Department. 

As to those persons in this Quarter who proposed sending to General 
Burgoyne or into Canada for assistance, we have our eyes upon them 
6c watch all their motions, but at present, think not prudent to make 
much stirr. 

This afternoon came into Xewbury four French men from Metcalff's 
on the Lake, in six days Travel, bad weather retarded 'em or they'd 
have been here, they say. in three days, with a Letter to Col° Bayley 
from Mr. Metcalf, Extract of w ch I have also inclos'd, by w e: - it ap- 
pears our affairs in Canada are not so desperate as we might have 
imagin'd. These men give much the same acco* as the other a few 
days agoe 6c having the appearance of open honest Folks we shall 
treat them with Civility 6c forward 'em along to the army at Crown 
Point, where they are desirous of going, as quick as possible with a 
pilot 6c proper guard. 

There 's also two or three of Bedel's soldiers come into Town direct 
from thence who give very indifferent aec : ~ of our army there, such as 
their being very sickly, that many officers of Stark's Reg 1 disgusted at 
Gen 1 Sullivan's being superseded, were determined to quit the service. 
that great part of the Army were drawing off to Ticondero_ r a. Col 
Bedell 6c most of his officers returning home — but we don't give much 
credit to these stories, as they come from Fellows we suppose to be 
deserters. 

I am glad to hear y e Powder mill is in such forwardness. 6c that we 
are like to have a good supply of arms & Ammunition w ch will give our 
people fresh spirits. Your goodness I hope will excuse my lengthy 
Epistles: beg my grateful respects to the Gentlemen of the Commit- 
tee, & am 

Sir, your most obed' hurnb 1 serv*, 

Jonx Hued. 

To the Hon bl Mesh: Weare Esq. 

Chairman of the Committee of Safety. 



316 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Extract of a letter from Mr. S. Metcalf, dated 

Prattsburg, July 21, 1776. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 149.] 
To Col. Jacob Baylky — 

Dear Sir — " The bearers hereof are four Canadian officers, 
late of Col. James LiviDgston's Reg 1 who inform me that the Forces 
in Canada are no ways equal to what they were at first reported. & 
that Gen 1 Carleton has miscarried in the plan he had laid to make him- 
self master of this Lake by drawing three vessels w ch had been pre- 
viously built for the purpose over land past the Rapids of Chamblee, 
they being entirely broken to pieces in the attempt, and now totally 
abandoned ; so that Gen 1 Sullivan will undoubtedly remain master of 
this Country, for the season at least, he having fortified with an En- 
trenchment & Cannon Point au Fer, on the North End of the Lake 
where stands a Brick house commonly called the White House. This 
is a very advantageous situation. It commands the Navigation towards 
St. Johns, and is formed into a kind of an Island, by a deep morass, 
that runs behind it from one Bay to the other. I haviDg no Boat to 
assist this People with, who are on their way to Albany, they were 
constrained to go this Road, & as they speak very little English you 
had better give them a Pass to Albany. 

I am, dear Sir, y r friend & obed 1 hum b serv* 

S. Metcalf." 



Copy of Col. Waifs Letter to Col. Hurd. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 151.] 

Onion River, 20 th July, 1776. 

Sir — I received yours of the 14 th Inst. I am at present at this place 
w th 2U0 men & when order'd here I expected to have been station'd 
here till the fall of the year, & to have built some Stockades from this 
to Coho'os, but it seems it is other ways ordered. I am order'd to joyn 
the army again w ch I expect to do in rive or six days; but Col Warner 
of the Green Mountains is order'd to raise 300 men immediately to 
proceed to these Frontiers & to guard the same ; but the particulars of 
his orders I know not; have sent a man from hence to know whether 
he is to relieve me or not. I apply'd to Gen. Sullivan for this Station 
as soon as the Army retreated, that I might be a safe guard to our 
Frontiers w ch was readily granted; but he is now superseded by Gen- 
eral Gates, and what will be done next, I know not, but it seems this 
must be our unhappy Fate, the change of Command so often that it 
keeps our Army in continual confusion. Sir — you must spare me a 
little by way of complaint. This Northern Army has been treated 
with most cruel neglect, or we might have been in possession of Que- 
bec. Sir — When I arrived there, I found Generals without men. and 
a small artillery without supplys. and commissarys without provisions, 
paymasters without money & Quarter-masters without stores & Physi- 
cians without medicines; & the Small Pox very brief in our army w ch 
has been our Destruction: — but must beg you'l excuse me & subscribe 
myself, 

Your humb le serv', 

Joseph Wait. 

To John Hurd, Esq. 






1776,] CORRESPONDENCE. 817 

Letter from Col. John Hurd, to Hon. Meshech Weave. 

[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IV. p. 153.] 

Haverhill, 3 d aug 6t 1776. 

Sir — Since I wrote last Capt Eames has been with us, & proceeded 
to Upper Coho'os with about thirty men, not doubting he should be 
able soon to make up his whole number. 

The Committee have wrote to Capt. Woodward desiring he wou'd 
come to Haverhill to consult with us respecting his scouts. 

Capt. Payne of Lebanon who went on a scout a volunteer is just 
now return'd: he tells us he has been to Ticonderoga, where he waited 
on Gen 1 Gates, found the principal part of the army there having 
quitted Crown Pt. as too infectious a place for the Reinforcements, till 
it can be thor'ly cleansed, that a large number of Carpenters were 
employ 'd in building Batteaus, with design as suppos'd to go over the 
Lake again. From Ty a — he went to Crown Point where was only one 
Regem'; made a short Tarry here, & then down the Lake to Onion 
River — he saw Col Waite there; took his advice & proceeded to the 
River Le Moel & so back to Coho'os striking the new Road — met no 
enemy on the way brou't the same Report as mention'd by the French 
man, that a Fleet was in the River St. Lawrence supposed to be 
French, and the Regulars retreating from St. Johns to Sorrell. 

I have a Letter from the Committee of the 25 th July forwarded by 
Mr. Jos. Whipple desiring me to send two swivel Guns to Upper 
Coho'os for the use of Capt. Eames' party, w ch shall be done as soon 
as we receive the others from Canterbury, but we have only two yet 
come to hand. Col Bayley has not yet been able to embody his, 
working party of men into a Regular Company under the orders of us 
as a Committee agreeable to y r Directions & unless they will consent 
to form themselves as such, the Committee will proceed to enlist others 
for the purpose. We defer this a few days, till we see how they agree 
among themselves; When I shall a advise you further. In the mean 
while remain, with my best respects to you & the Gentlemen of the 
Committee, 

Sir, y r most obed' serv', 

J. Hurd. 

To the IIon bl Meshech Weare, Esq. 



Letter from Eleaser Russell, Esq. to Hon. Bfeshech Weare. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 161.] 

Honorable Sir — A subject important to me, now leads me to ad- 
dress you, For which I beg your indulgence, and that you will please 
to lay the matter before the IIon ,)le Committee of Safety. 

On the 4 th of May last, Co 11 Wentworth of the Committee for the 
Town of Portsmouth bro't me the Association to subscribe, at a time 
I was so ill as to be incapa We of any thing. Upon growing better I 
tho't largely of the matter, and finding my mind perplex'd wrote him 
on the subject, which Letter at my request he consented to lay before 
the Hon bl Committee of Safety. 

Till yesterday, I never knew but the Association Paper, with my 
letter had been in the Committees hands for more than two months; 



318 COLONY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

and now find myself bound by every principle of Honor, duty and 
gratitude, to enlarge upon the affair. 

It was. and is, rneerly to secure the morality of my mind, that I was 
reluctant to put my name to it. Solemnly to bind myself to the per- 
formance of what nature & necessity rendered impossible, I started at 
the tho't of, and tho' my health is mended, so wreck'd are my nerves, 
that I cou'd not do one hour military duty to save my life. 

The article of shedding human blood, in me is not a humor, but a 
principle — not an evasion, but a fact. It was received in early life, and 
has "grown with my growth and strengthened with my strength." 
Not a partiality for British, more than savage blood; For all circum- 
stance* considered, I think the Latter more innocent than the former. 

From the first Injuries done America by Great Britain, my tho'ts 
took fire on the subject, and have been conceiv'd & uttered in one 
unvaried strain, to the highest personage and down to the meanest 
enemy, without hesitation or reserve: So that I can challenge all man- 
kind to impeach me to my country. 

To enlarge on the matter in my own favor would be easy, but might 
appear indelicate; and, to be wholly silent in the case would be crim- 
inal. 

Therefore believing my conduct is to be judg'd of by persons of 
Liberal sentiments & sensibility of mind, I am with the greatest respect 
Honorable Sir, 

your obliged & dutiful Hum bl serv rt 

E. Russell. 

Hon 111 Col. Weare. 

Portsm 17 th August, 177G 



Proclamation by General Howe. 

[Amer. Ar. V th ser. Vol. I. 1776, p. 1121.] 

A Proclamation by his Excellency the Honourable William Howe, 

General and Commander-in-chief of all his Majesty's Forces within 

the Colonies lying on the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova Scotia to 

West Florida, inclusive, &c. &c. &c. 

Wheras it is represented that many of the loyal Inhabitants of this 
Island have been compelled by the leaders in rebellion to take up arms 
against his Majesty's Government: Notice is hereby given to all per- 
sons so forced into rebellion, that on delivering themselves at Head 
Quarters of the Army, they will be received as faithful subjects, have 
permits to return peacefully to their respective dwellings, and meet 
with full protection for their persons and property All those who 
choose to take up arms for the restoration of order and good Govern- 
ment within this Island, shall be disposed of in the best manner, and 
have every encouragement that can be expected. 
Given under my hand, at Head Quarters on Long Island, this 23 d day 

of August, 1776. Wm. Howe. 

By his Excellency's command. 

Robert Mackenzie, Secretary. 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 

A Journal of the Proceedings of the Hon ble House of Eepre- 
sentatives of the State of New Hampshire at their Session 
begun ct held at Exeter on Wednesday the Fourth day of 
September, A.D. 1776, by adjournment. 



Towns & T~, afted. 

North Hampton & Newtown, 1, 
Exeter, 2, 

a 
Portsmouth. 3, 



Londonderry, 2 
tc 

Chester, 2, 

Hampton, 1 
Northampton, 1, 
Greenland, 1, 

Newinoton 1, 
New Castle 1 

Ryel 

Strath am 1 

New Market 1 

Kensington 1, 

Kingston & East Kingston, 1, 

Plaistow & Atkinson 1, 

Salem. 1, 

Pelham. 1 

Raymond & Poplin, 1, 

Brintwrol 1, 

Pembrook 1 

Wyndham 1 

Concord 1 

Canterbury & Loudon 1 

Eppin-- 1. 

Deerfield & Northwood, 1 

Row & Dunbarton 1 

Epsom, Chichester & AUenstown, 1 

Nottingham 1, 

Sandown & Hawke 1 

Candia 1, 



Xames of the Members. 

HMe p h s White, Speak r 
Noah Emery 

Samuel Cutts Esq r 
Sam 1 Sherburne, Esq r 
Pierse Long. Esq r 
John Bell, Esq 
Moses Barnett, Esq 1 
Stephen Morse 
Robert Wilson, Esq r 
Josiah Moulton Esq 
Dr. Levi Dearborn 
Clem' March, Es : r 
Rich d Downing, Esq r 
Henry Prescott, Esq r 
Nathan G 
Benj' Barker, Esq r 
Thomas Tash, Esq r 
Capt. Ezekiel Worthen 
Sam 1 Philbrick. Esq r 
Samuel Kimball 
Caleb Dustin 
James Gibson 
John Dudley Eso r 
Samuel Dudley Esq 1 
David Gilman, Esq r 
James Betton Esq r 
Timothy Walker, Esq r 
Thomas Clough 
Nehemiah Wheeler 
Jeremiah Eastman Esq r 
Capt Caleb Page 
John McClary Esq 1 
Thomas Bartlett Esq r 
Moses Colby 
Moses Baker Esq r 



320 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



Hampstead 1 

Hampton Falls & Seabrook 

Dover 2, 

Durham 1 
Somersworth 1 

Rochester 1 

Barrington 1 

Madbury 

Lee 1 

Gilmantown & Barnstead, 1 

Sanbornton & Meredith, 1 

Leavitstown, Wakefield & Middleton 1 

Sandwich, Tamworth & Moultonborough 1 

New Durham, the Gore & Wolfborough 

Amherst, 2, 

u 

Dunstable 1 

Holies 1 

AVeare 1 

Hopkinton 1 

New Ipswich 1 

Mason & Raby 1 

Litchfield & Nottingham West, 1 

Merrimac & Bedford 1 

Deerfield & Goffstown 1 

Boscawen & Salisbury, 1 

Temple & Peterborough, 1 

Wilton, Lyndsboro, Mile Slip & Dux- ) 

bury Farm, 1 J 

Heneker, Hillsborough Deering & f 

Society Lands 1 £ 

Francestown & New Boston 1, 
New Breton, Warner Perrystown & 

Fisherfield 1 
Keen 1, 
Walpole 1 
Charleston 1, 
Westmoreland 1 
Richmond 1 

Hinsdale & Chesterfield 1, 
Marlow. Surry & Alstead 1 
Dublin & Monadnoc, No. 5, 1 
Paekersfield, Stoddard Camden & Gilsum 1. 
RindgeJ Jaft'rey & Peterborough Slip 1 
Cornish, Plainfield Protect worth & 7 

Grantham 1 j 

Winchester 1 
Claremont 1 

Swansey & Fitz William 1 
Unity, Ac worth, Lemster Sevill, \ 

Croydon & Newport 1 j 

Plymouth, Alexandria Cockermouth \ 

& New Chester 1 j 



Capt. John Calfe 

Stephen Evens Esq 
Otis Baker, Esq r 
Mr. John Smith, 3 d 
Ichabod Rollins, Esq r 
James Knowles Esq r 
James Marden 

Hercules Mooney, Esq r 
Joseph Badger Esq r 
Eben r Smith, Esq 1 ' 
Nathaniel Balch 
Daniel Beede Esq r 

Moses Nichols Esq r 
Nahum Baldwin Esq r 
Jon a Lovewell, Esq r 
Stephen Ames 
John Worth 
Steph" Harriman 
William Shattuck 
Amos Dakin 
Asa Davis. Esq r 
Matthew Patten, Esq r 
Moses Kelley, Esq r 
Henry Gerrish, E?q r 
Samuel Moore 

Jacob Abbot, Esq r 
Capt. Joseph Simonds 



Timothy Ellis, Esq r 
John Bellows, Esq r 
Elijah Grout 
Heber Miller. Esq r 
Capt. Oliver Capron 
Archibald Robinson 
Nath 1 Sartel Prentice Esq r 
Eliphalet Stone 
Joseph Rounseval 
Enoch Hale, Esq 

Moses Chase Esq. 



Sam 1 Emerson Esq. 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 321 

Rumney, Holderness, Campion & > Daniel Brainard E r 

ihorntou 1 ) u 

Lyme Orford, Wentworth Warren, \ ^^ M E 

Dorchester, riermont, 1 ) j i 

Haverhill, Gunthwait, Bath, Lyman, ) 

Landaff & Morriston 1 | 

Hanover, Lebanon, llelhan, Canaan, / 

Cardigan & Grafton 1 £ 

Apthorp, Northumberland, Lancaster, 1 

Stratford, Conway, Cockburn, ! 

Colburn, Shelburn & the Towns j 

above them 1 J 



Wednesday, September 4 th A.D. 1776. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
[A quorum of the Council not being in Session, Adjourn'd to] 
Thursday, Sept. 5 th 1776. 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board, to consult together and make 
report to this House what Business is Necessary to be done 
this Session and how long it will be Necessary for this Court 
to set, and Where to adjourn to ; and that John Dudley Esq 1 ", 
Col. Baker, John M e Clary Esq r , Nahum Baldwin Esq 1 ', Capt. 
Prentice, Jonathan Lovewell Esq r , Jacob Abbot, Esq 1 ', Capt. 
Long and Capt. Moulton, be the Committee of this House for 
that Purpose. [Concurred, and Messrs. Thornton, Went- 
worth, Clagett, Blanchard & Thompson, added.] 



Friday Sept. 6 th , 1776. 
Voted To choose a Committee of this House, to join 
a Committee of the Hon ble Board, to take into consid- 
eration the Resolves of the Hon ble General Assembly of 
the Massachusetts Bay respecting fitting out the Conti- 
nental Frigate (1) at Portsmouth for a Cruise against the Ene- 
my, and concerning Stopping the Export of Lumber &c. 
(this day transmitted to this Court by a Com tee of that Court) 
and to make report thereon to this house as soon as may be ; 
and that Col° Sherburne, Col Walker & Henry Prescott, 
Esq. be the Com tee of This house for that Purpose. Sent up 
by Maj 1 ' Tash. [Concurred — Messrs Thornton, Whipple & 
Thompson added.] 

(1) This Frigate was called the Baleigh.—EB. 

21 



322 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Massachusetts Resolves. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 238.] 

In Council, August 31 st , 177G. 

Resolved, That a Committee of suitable persons be appointed imme- 
diately to repair to the State of New Hampshire & apply to the Gov- 
ernment there, & if practicable, with the loan of as many Cannon as 
can be spared from this State, to effect the fixing out the Continental 
Ship now under the direction of Mr. Langdon, and to take immediate 
measures that such number of Cannon & other necessaries, as without 
distressing this State, may be lent to the Continent, may be safely & 
expeditiously transported to Portsmouth. This ship to be fixed out 
for the purpose of attacking the Milford or other ships of War dis- 
tressing our Coasts; and in case said ship can within any reasonable 
time be equipt for the Sea: — 

Resolved, that two or more Colony armed vessels be directed to act 
in concert with her, and that the Committee be. and are hereby 
impower'd, to engage as many sea-coast soldiers, East of Bostou, as 
may incline to enter for said service; and in general to do every thing 
necessary for effecting the aforesaid purpose : and that the pay of the 
sea-coast men continue, in addition to the Emoluments of the sea ser- 
vice : the said Cannon and other articles that may be lent as aforesaid 
to be returned as soon as the cruise shall be over, or as soon as they 
shall be called for by this Government. Read & sent down &c. 

John Avery, Dep. Sec. 



In Council, Sept. 2 d , 1776. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 239.] 

"Whereas Benj a Greenleaf & Oliver Wendell Esq^ & Capt. George 
Williams are appointed a Committee to repair to Portsmouth in the 
State of New Hampshire, to procure the Continental Frigate to cruise 
after the Milford and other Frigates of the Enemy that are infesting 
the sea-coast of these United States — 

Resolved, That the said Committee be directed to represent to the 
Legislative authority of the State of New Hampshire, the expediency 
of forthwith passing an Act to prohibit the exportation of Lumber for 
a limited Time, similar to that passed by this State for that purpose. 

Sent down — &c. John Avery, Dep Sec. 



The Com tee [above appointed] being joined by a Com tee of 
the Hon ble Board, made report. 

That it be recommended to Mr. Langdon Continental agent for the 
Frigate aforesaid to equip her as soon as Possible for a cruise against 
the Milford or any other Vessell of our Enemies on the Coast in con- 
junction with one of the Continental Frigates in the Massachusetts Bay 
and other of their Colony Armed Vessells: and that a Committee be ap- 
pointed to consult with Mr. Langdon on the affair, and assist him if he 
needs it: and that any soldier in the Colony service have liberty to En- 
jist for the Cruise, their wages to continue besides the Emolument of 






1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 323 

Captures &c. they to return to their service when the cruise is over. 
Also recommend that an Embargo until the Twentieth of November 
next be laid on the exportation of All Lumber from this State. 

Signed M. Thornton, Chairman. 

Which report being Read, 

Voted, That the same be received & accepted, 
[p. 169.] Voted and Resolved — That it be and hereby is Rec- 
ommended to John Langdon Esq 1 Agent for the Continental 
Frigate now at Portsmouth to Equip the said Frigate as soon 
as Possible for a cruise against the Milford or any other Ves- 
sell of our Enemies on this Coast, in conjunction with one 
of the Continental Frigates in the Massachusetts Bay and 
other of their Colony Armed Vessells ; and that Col Samu- 
el Sherburne with Such as the Hon bl Board shall appoint, be 
a Committee to consult with said Mr. Langdon on that affair, 
and to assist him if he need it ; And that any soldier in the 
Colony service have liberty to Enlist for the Cruise, and their 
wages to continue besides the Emolument of Captures <fcc. 
and to return to their service when the cruise is over. 

Sent up by Capt. Prentice. [Concurred, Mr. Whipple 
added.] 

Voted and Resolved That an Act be drawn up <fc Passed 
laying an Embargo on the Exportation of all sorts of Lum- 
ber from any part of this Colony, and that a Committee be 
chosen to join a Com tee of the Hon bl Board to draw up & 
bring in a Bill or Act to prevent the Exportation of Lumber 
from this Colony untill the Twentieth day of November next, 
and that Col Timothy Walker be the Committee of this 
House for that purpose. Sent up by Col Walker. [Con- 
curred — and Mr. Clagett added.] 

[p. 150.] The Petition of sundry Inhabitants of Poplin 
against Zaccheus Clough Esq 1 ' setting forth that he had 
wrongfully taken pay out of the Treasury for his Travel and at- 
tendance at the late Congress, and praying that they may not 
be taxed therefor, Being read, and both parties heard there- 
on — A vote was put whether the said Petition should be dis- 
mist, and it Passed in the Negative. Adjourned. 



324 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Saturday, September 7 th 1776. 

The House Resumed the consideration of the Petition of 
the Inhabitants of Poplin, against Zaccheus Clough Esq r . 
and after a full Debate upon the matter, the question was 
put, Whether the said Zaccheus Clough had a legal right to 
sit in the late Congress at Exeter as a Representative of said 
Poplin, and a Vote being put thereon it passed in the Nega- 
tive. Sent up by Moses Barnett. Esq r . 

The House having taken into their consideration the case 
of Col Asa Porter, (being apprehended as an Enemy to the 
Liberties of this State) at it appearing that he is not fully 
ready for Trial, and he making a Motion that this house will 
admit him to Bail, and the same motion being considered 
and a vote called thereon ; — it was Toted, That the said 
Asa Porter ought not to be Bailed ; and further Toted, to 
choose a Committee of this house to join a Com tee of the 
Hoir' le Board to consult together & make report to this house 
how and in what manner the Said Asa Porter shall be Re- 
strained or Confined untill the time of his Trial ; and that 
Capt. Moulton, Deacon Baldwin, Capt. Harriman, Col Walk- 
er & Ichabod Rollins, Esq 1 be the Committee of this house 
for that purpose. Sent up bv deacon Baldwin. [Concurred 
—Mr. Whipple, Mr. Blanchard. Mr. Clagett & Mr. Ashley 
added.] 

Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the 
Hon ble Board made a report as follows, viz. 

' : The Committee of Both Houses appointed to take under considera- 
tion in -what manner Col Asa Porter (now in Exeter) shall be re- 
strained from his General liberty, are of opinion that the said Asa 
Porter recognise to the Government & People of this State in the sum 
of five hundred pounds with two sufficient sureties in the sum of Two 
hundred & fifty pounds each, conditioned that he personally appear be- 
fore the General Assembly on the second day of their next session in 
this State, to answer to all such matters & things as shall then & there 
be objected against him, more especially touching his being concerned 
in conspiracy against the State in conveying Intelligence of the public 
affairs thereof to the Enemy; and do not exceed the limits of the 
main street thro' the centre of Exeter and between the Bridge on the 
River and the western Corner of the Rev d Daniel Rogers meeting 
house in said Town, and the space of one hundred yards on each side 
of said street: That he hold no correspondence touching the Premises 
with any person whatever without the knowledge of some person to be 
appointed by the General Assembly ; That he stand committed to the 
States Prison in Exeter untill the Resolves of the General Assembly 
be complied with : — which is humbly submitted. 

Signed, — Wm. Whipple, Cha r ." 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 325 

[p. 151.] Which report being read, Voted, That it be not re- 
ceived. 

Voted, That Col° Asa Porter be committed to the Prison in 
Exeter untill the Time that shall be appointed by this Court 
for his Trial, and that he recognise to the Government & 
People of this State in the sum of five hundred pounds with 
two sufficient sureties in the sum of two hundred & fifty 
pounds each, conditioned that he personally appear before 
the General Assembly on the second day of their next ses- 
sion in this State, to answer to all such matters & things as 
shall then & there be objected against him ; more especially 
touching his being concern' d in conspiring against the State 
by conveying Intelligence of the Public affairs thereof to the 
Enemy, and that he remain a True Prisoner within the lim- 
its of the yard of said Prison as by law established, and that 
he hold no correspondence touching the premises with any 
person whatsoever, without the knowledge of some person 
to be appointed by the General Assembly ; and that Noah 
Emery Esq. be and hereby is appointed to Inspect all Letters 
sent by said Porter to any Person whomsoever, or that shall 
be Directed to or received by him. Sent up by Deacon Bald- 
win. [Concurred.] 



Copy of Papers on file relating to Col. Asa Porter. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. pp. 167-207.] 

[Xote. These papers being very copious, and some of them merely repetitions as to 
facts, only those of an official and essential character are here printed. — Ed.] 

Letter from Col. John Surd to Hon. Mesliecli Weare. 
[State Pap. &c. Vol. IV. p. 176.] 
(Extract.) August 7 th , 1776. 

Sir — " In my last I hinted to you that we had our Eyes upon those 
persons who were propagating y e notion of the expediency of sending 
into Canada for protection from the Indians & should keep a strict 
watch upon their conduct. 

Col Asa Porter we knew was the principal promoter of it, & Col 
Taplin of Newbury, who had both opeidy declared their opinion: Some 
few of us here & at Newbury were secretly inforni'd that there was a 
plan propagating by those very persons to send into Canada, & that 
soon; We tho't best to let it run on till their scheme was nearly ripe; 
but Sunday morns an accident took place that alarmM us & oblig'd us 
to stir in the matter a little sooner than intended. An Indian young 
hunter that knew the Road, & was tryed upon the matter happening to 
blab it out: We expected the others wou'd take the alarm, when some 
of the Gentlemen on Newbury side sent over to us of this town, that 
they thought it absolutely necessary the Committee here should iinme- 



326 STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

diately secure Col Porter -while they were apprehending others on that 
side, w ch was soon done, together with one person in his house & 
another at Bath, Avho had been employed under him. 

They were all put under guard, & Monday morn? the Committees of 
these two Towns & several others met to consult on the business & 
form'd themselves into a Court of Inquiry, at w ch I assisted in conse- 
quence of y e orders in y r last to take up such persons; and after two 
days close attention by the Committees on this business of Examina- 
tion of the several persons taken up, it appeared to them by the Evi- 
dences & circumstauces attending, that Col° Porter & Col Taplin, with 
two others. David Weeks of Bath & Jacob Fowler of Newbury, had 
been practising things very inimical to their country; adjudged them 
accordingly & doom'd them to be sent to Exeter to the care of the 
Committee of Safety, for we must look upon them as dangerous per- 
sons in this quarter of the Country & more so at this critical time." 

'• Col. Porter was very averse to the orders of his going to Exeter, 
& wou'd feign have had a final Decision here, pretending there is not, 
nor ought to be any higher power than our T° Committees — for he has 
all along deny'd the Jurisdiction of our General Court, & must be 
conscious to himself he has us'd us ill by frequent denial of our au- 
thority & misrepresentation." Y r hum w ser\ rt . 

John Hurd. 



Letter from Col. J. Hurd, relating to Col. Porter. 
[State Pap. Pvav 3 Vol. IV. p. 248.] 

Haverhill, 12 th Aug 8 * 1776. 
Sir— 

The Intention of the Committee was to have got Col Porter off this 
morning, but he has try'd ev'ry step in his power to prevent being sent 
to Exeter, he has petition'd the Committee of this Town, & been so- 
liciting several persons of the other Committees for a new hearing 
under pretence that he has not had opport- T to vindicate himself, nor 
to procure such evidence in his favour as he can do, if more time was 
allow'd; but the Truth is, I am perswaded. that he thinks & has brou't 
over Mr. James Bayley, chairman of the Haverhill Committee & two 
or three other persons to be of the same opinion, that he ought not to 
be sent out of the County for Tryal, that as this District is not repre- 
sented, & has remonstrated ag st our Form of Government, the Colony 
Committee of Safety have no authority to order him to Exeter. I 
have therefore been obliged to exert myself in this matter, as Capt. 
Woodward can inform you, and have had a hard struggle to obtain 
the point: some objecting too that we ought not to send Porter away 
unless we send the whole X ., but 'tis the general opinion besides ours 
of the Committee, that he is a dangerous person to tarry among us. 
For my own part I shall not be easy to have him remain here longer, 
as I can more particularly hereafter inform you, and my Reasons. In 
the mean time I trust y r Committee will order Coll. Porter to be 
properly taken care of. I would not recommend a close Imprisonment, 
but that he is well secured. 

If you think proper to allow him a hearing before the General Court 
shou'd meet, you'll please to inform us by Capt. Woodward's return, 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 327 

that the Evidences may be sent down to confront him w ch we shall 
look upon absolutely necessary, especially Mr. Dan 1 Hall, and whether 
it be advisable to send the others who belong to New York Govern- 
ment. We have had much trouble in this Business as you may well 
think 8c I am very sorry to give you so large a share by my long let- 
ters, w ch I beg you'll excuse, & am respectfully, Sir, 
Your most hum bl serv' 

J. HURD. 

To the Hon bl Mesh. Weare, Esq. 



Copy of a Letter from the Committee of Safety at Exeter, to 
Col. John Hurd, Haverhill, N. H 

Exeter, Aug st 20 th 1776. 
Sir — By Capt. Woodward we received your several Letters, relative 
to Coll. Porter &e. aud return you with the other Gent n at Coho'os our 
thanks for your assiduity in detecting those supposed Rebels to the 
States. The Committee have appointed a hearing for Col Porter be- 
fore the Gen 1 Assembly on Friday the 6 th of Sept. next, and in the 
mean time ordered him on his peril to confine himself to the Town of 
Exeter until that time. We think it expedient the principal Evidence 
should attend the tryal, and that such Depositions as relate to the case 
may be transmitted, which we desire you to take care of. As to Tap- 
lin & the others accused, we desire the Committees to act what they 
think necessary & safe, whether to send them down for tryal or not. 



Pleas to the Jurisdiction of the Hon hle Assembly of New Hamp- 
shire in the case, State versus Porter. 
[State Pap. &c. Vol. IV. p. 168.] 

1 st . Because it is the legislative Body, and it doth not consist with 
the liberties of the People that the same Body which hath the Power 
of making Laws, should also have the Power of executing the Laws, 
or determining the causes of Individuals. 

2 nd All jurisdiction implies Superiority of Power, and therefore it 
would be absurd to suppose that this Body of men, constituted for the 
Purpose of Legislation could thereby become vested with authority to 
arrain before them for Trial or Punishment the persons of their con- 
stituents whose servants they are, and to whom they are accountable 
for their conduct. 

3 dly . Because Courts are now open in this State for the Trial both of 
criminal & civil causes ; In which ease, if the Assembly should single 
out the present accused & contrary to his inclination, confine him to a 
Trial before them, it wo'd confirm the suggestion of Col° Hurd (a 
member of the Assembly by whose order he was bro't before them) 
that it was done out of personal Prejudice. 

4_tuy_ Because in accusations of a criminal Nature (especially where 
the State is concern'd) the Party accused ought to have some share in 
the choice of his Judges; or to have Liberty to except against so many 
appointed by the Law that those who remain may be deemed his own 
choice ; as is the case in trial by Jury. 



328 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

5thiy_ if the Assembly sho'd take cognizance of this case it wo'd car- 
ry the Party accused to a Distance from Home or from his Country for 
Trial, by which means he wo'd be deprived of the Benefit of Evidence 
& the Credit of the Witnesses (which ought to be tried as well as the 
Facts) could not be known to the Triors, and would be replete with 
those very Inconveniences and equally oppressive & burthensome with 
that adopted by the Brittish Parliament so much complained of in the 
late Admiralty Courts. 

gthi y _ Because the Assembly hath already heard the evidence against 
the accused professedly in the quality of a Grand Jury. 

7 thl y. Because the Accused wo'd be thereby deprived of the Privilege 
of Trial by Jury which he hath repeatedly claimed and which hath not 
only been held by the greatest authorities to be the best and only mode 
of Trial consistent with the safety of the People (especially in cases of 
treason) but hath by this Assembly been acknowledged to be a Bight 
inherent in the People, which they ought not to be deprived of — In the 
Preamble to their Act to abolish the Court of Appeal. 

8 tM y. Because the Representatives of a People (as Such) can have 
no powers but what are delegated to them by the People whom they 
represent, and the People of New Hampshire have not delegated to 
their Assembly or Representatives the executive or Judicial Powers of 
Government. 

9 th] y. In case the Assembly sho'd assume a Jurisdiction in this Case 
a Precedent wo'd thereby be formed for future Trials of Treason, in 
which the will of the Court shall be the Law as well to determine the 
crime & Penalty, as to try the truth of the Facts : by which measure 
the lives Liberties & Property of the People wo'd be made to depend 
solely on the Will of the legislative Body, which wo'd be an Establish- 
ment of the most despotic Tyranny. 

As it hath been suggested that I am only endeavoring to evade a 
Trial by claiming a Trial by Jury, when there is no Law in this State 
to determine the crime & Punishment of Treason, which is a Bar to 
that mode of Trial ; I wo'd observe, that much less can it be objected 
to a trial by Jury without Law, than to a Trial by the legislative Body 
without Law, especially where the former Mode hath the consent of the 
Party to be tried, & in favour of which there is a precedent in this 
State in a Capital case; and sho'd the Assembly deprive a Man of his 
right because they have not provided a mode of trial consistent Avith 
that right, it wo'd be making an advantage of their own wrong. But, 
notwithstanding it is not thro' my latch that there is no Law made to 
determine the crime of Treason (upon which the safety of the State & 
the Liberties of the People so essentially depend) I have no inclination 
to make an advantage of it but am willing to be tried by the country, 
& if found by the Judgment of my Peers to have done any Act against 
this State, which having been done against the former Government 
wo'd have been determined Treason by the Municipal Laws thereof, 
I am content to incur the like Penalty. 

Indorsed — Col. Asa Porters objections 
to the Jurisdiction of the Assembly of 
]S T . II. in his case — 1776. 






1776.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 329 



The Deposition of Daniel Hall, of Newbury, Husbandman, relating to a 
plan forming by sundry persons at Coho'os to send over into Cana- 
da for protection from the British troops : 

[State Pap. &c. Vol. IV. p. 170.] 

I, the said Daniel Hall testify and declare (hat being in Company 
with David Weeks some time the beginning of July, & discoursing on 
our present Distress & our Army's leaving Canada. Weeks seeming to 
hang in favour the Ministerial Troops, say d He wished he knew my mind, 
that he wou'd tell me something: I reply 'd that he need not be afraid: 
then says he, I will tell you. — but swore if ever I told, he would kill me — 
there is, Says he, a parcell of men joyning to send to Canada to General 
Burgoyue for protection, & you are to be one of them, & they are to go 
with Flaggs in their guns: When I agreed to joyn them & assist all 
that lay in my power, Says Weeks, you must wait on Col Taplin for 
further instructions. After that I waited on Col Taplin & requested 
to know of him what we shou'd do, for I was afraid we should all 
be cut off. Taplin reply"d. By G — d, if you'll be regulated by me, we 
will do well enough, and that we must send to Canada for protection 
& immediately, & he was afraid 'twas now too late: I want to see Col 
Porter before I do any thing, but by G — d, I dare not be seen with him. 
I want to see Willard Stevens. I sayd you may see him at any time. 
Taplin then desir'd I wou'd go & call him to the house. Calling again 
on Taplin, I inquired how he made out with Stevens. He said, Well 
enough; but they cou'd do nothing till they sent down the river, that 
they shou'd have word by Sol Stevens in eight days. Taplin desir'd 
I would come by two or three times a day, that he would be a walking 
out so as to speak with me often. He said he had seen Porter but cou'd 
not do any thing till they had a Return up the River. We will howev- 
er do well enough yet. We will own all Coho'os yet. 

July 10. Soon after this, I went to Col Porter to buy Rum, and 
when he gave me the bottle, sayd, I had better come & see it put up 
myself. When we were in the cellar, he sayd He supposed I was not 
ignorant of the plan that they had laid. I answered I knew of one by 
Taplin. He sayd 'twas a matter of great consequence, and that they 
must be as expeditious as possible, but not drive matters too fast. We 
must have News from X. York. I answer'd we must not mind all that 
was in y e papers. He sayd, I do not take much notice of them, but 
they shou'd have Letters from private Gentlemen, and that it depended 
in a great measure on the News they shou'd have from York. Cant 
you, says he, lay a plan to go catching Moose, — for the Continent will 
stand in need of meat. We won't say much now, but call on me in a 
day or two, I will let you know how we proceed. 

July 24. I then waited on Col Porter as before agreed. He sayd 
that things workt well, but still they must wait a few days further for 
News from New York — that he shou'd then be ready to furnish him 
with a writing to carry to Canada, and he wou'd have me carry the writ- 
ing ten or fifteen miles in the Woods, and secure it there, till 1 got one or 
two more to go with me, under the pretence of going a Moose hunting ; 
and then to proceed into Canada to General Burgoyne — that he sho'd 
do the Letters up in such manner, that if they were to be taken, they 
should not be discovered, for the writing shou'd be on the outside the 
wrapper, to appear as some old account. 



OF THE 



UNIVERSITY 



330 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

July -27. See Col . Porter again, when he Said that he bad thoughts 
of altering the plan, for as Byal Chamberlain was going a Scout to St. 
Johns that tbey would get all their party to go with Chamberlain so as 
when they were arrived at St. Johns, they shou"d take care of him. as 
they pleas'd — then go &: see Col° Peters, who we hear is deserted into 
Canada, and to let him know their plan. 

July 20. This day was in Company with Col Taplin and with Wil- 
lard Stevens k Solomon Stevens, each of them by themselves ; they 
say 'twas best to rest sending over into Canada till Col Porter comes 
up tlit- River, expecting something of consequence by him (he was then 
gone down to No. 4, on a journey after his negro man Xeptune) and 
till Mr. Abiel Chamberlain comes back from Canada, as the news seems 
to be against them at present. But they Sayd, as soon as Chamberlain 
returns, they wou'd have me go right off, and take Tim Oinsted with 
me. Willard Stevens sayd he was afraid to send writings, but cou'd 
send a Token that shou'd do. Taplin sayd they wou'd have some 
writing for him to carry to Col Peters — that I need not stay more than 
half an hour in Canada, under pretence of going to catch moose. 

Aug. 2. I waited again on Col Porter when he told me he had been 
down the River, that he had seen lawyer Olcot, who lik'd the plan 
well. & wou'd assist us as far as he cou'd. Says Col Porter. Indians 
are seen down the River frequently — they have been seen in reality ; 
there has been one regular officer & one Indian from Canada to Clar- 
rnont to see Air. Cossit (1). they waited two or three days before they 
durst venture in. but very luckily came in to one of our friends' houses 
& there staid till they had done their Business — having seen several 
Friends, but cou'd not see Cossit. Their business was principally to 
see how many Friends there is here to the ministerial Troops and to 
see if they wou'd help to conduct them to this part of the Country & 
to take v'^session of the Country. Col° Porter further sayd. he tho't 
it wou'd be best for Sol 1 ' Stevens to go soon to Mr. Metcalf's, and let 
him know the plan, & there, says he. we can be protected a few days. 
till he can be sent to Canada to find Col Peters, to let him know you 
are coming, and in a few days. I wou'd have you go over with Sim 
Ornsted but I want to hear more about that Fleet that they say are in 
the mouth of Canada River, and whether the Regular Army are draw- 
ing back from St. Johns or no — or whether they may be coming this 
way or not. I have just thou't I would write to Col Peters by you to 
this purpose, by way of cloak that I hear paper money is of no value 
there, it" he wou'd send me over a quantity of it. I wou'd spare him 
my negro Boy, and under that I shall write further to this purpose, 
that he wou'd remember his friends here. When he sees my name he 
will know the plan, for I dare not write further, you may tell him the 
rest by Tokens. Col Porter also engaged that what Provisions & mon- 
ey I wanted to carry me there, I shou'd have from him. 

The above was sworn to 
before the Committees of 
Newbury. Haverhill &c. 
In a public hearing. 

Attest, J. IIurd, Clerk. 

August 5 th 1776. 

(1) Rev. Raima Cossit was rector of the Episcopal church in Clareruont. See notice of 
liini, Vol. VII. p. 706.— Ed. 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 331 

Xote. Other depositions follow the foregoing, some in favor of and some again?: 
CoL Porter, made by Nehemiah LoveweH, James Bayley, John Sanborn, Ezc-kiel Ladd, 
Joseph Clark, Ephraim Wesson, Benajah Hall, Doctor John Porter, Thomas Cham- 
berlain, Noah Moulton, Edwards Buckman, Eben< Ric ■. Joseph Hayues, Robert Haz- 
eltine. & Thomas Miner — all which iu.it he s^en by an; person interested i:i N. H. 
State Pa;.. Vol. IV. \>. 176-214.— Ed. 



Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey, relating to Daniel Hall, See. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 196.] 

isewbury, 3 d Sept 1 ". 1776. 

SlB — I find that Doctor Porter lias been very busie collecting Evi- 
dences in order to invalidate Daniel Hairs Evid e , but I know of no au- 
thority for what he has been doing : however, the Evidence relating 
Hall's carrector must lie looked upon as Enemical to our common cause 
as well as all those who assist a man so Enemical as Esq r Porter, and 
think that should any man appear from hence endeavouring to do it be- 
fore you. they ought not to have their liberty to return. Thomas 
Chamberlain who swares something against Hall has been very friend- 
ly to Hall untill their plot was found out, and by his conduct must be 
of Porter's party, as to any further tryal of Either of those we con- 
demned as Enemical except they petition for it. I know of no author- 
ity they have fur it. but what I tho't was for them to be kept out of 
mischief which I think still they and all such as - - their cause 
should be secured ; you will doubtless see the need of it when you hear 
the Evidences and tryal ; certainly they that are not for us. are against 
us. I shall be glad to know whether you will if needed receive from 
our State the unfriendly, &c. 

I only mention things as I hear what has been done by Doet 1 Porter 
was without any authority as I supposed I took no notice of it. so as 
to attend his Courts. 

I am, Gen* your most Obedient Humble Serv 1 . 

Jacob Bailey. 



[p. 152.] Tuesday, Sept' 10 th 1T7G. 

Voted That the sum of four Thousand pounds L'my be 
levied k raised for the Colony Tax for the current year, to 
be asses.-ed on the Poll k Estates of the Inhabitants of this 
State and to be paid into the Treasury on or before the first 
day of March next. Sent up by Capt. Page. [Concurred 
with an amendment, for =£2500, instead of £4000, which 
vras adopted.] 

[p. 153.] Voted, That Thursday the tenth day of October 
next be appointed as a day of General Fasting & Prayer 
throughout this State, and that Jonathan Loveweil Esq 1 k 
Col Walker be a Committee of this house to join a Commit- 
tee of the Hon ble Board to form & Draw up a Proclamation 
for that purpose and lay the same before this house as soon 
as may be. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred — Col 
Hurd added.] 



y 



332 STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

The Petition of Geo. March praying to be liberated from 
his confinement being read & considered, Yoted, That the 
prayer of said Petition be and hereby is granted, and the 
said George March set at Liberty. [Concurred.] 

The Declaration of the Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress Assembled July 4 th , 1776 for 
Independency, Being read and Published in this House, 

Voted and Resolved, That this Colony Assume and take 
upon themselves the Name & Stile of NEW HAMPSHIRE, 
and that all Commissions, writs, Processes & all Law Pro- 
ceedings which heretofore were made & issued in the Name 
& stile of the Province of New Hampshire, or in the Name 
& stile of the Colony of New Hampshire, shall henceforth 
be made & issued in the Name & stile of the The State of 
New Hampshire, and not otherwise. Sent up by Samuel 
Dudley, Esq. [Concurred.] 



[p. 154. p. 155.] Wednesday, Sept r 11 th , 1776. 

Voted That Timothy Gibson of Heneker be a Justice of 
the Peace for the County of Hillsborough. 

The Petition of Hugh Tallant, Praying to be relieved from 
his Imprisonment by order of the Committees of Inspection 
of Nottingham West and Pelham, being heard upon the Evi- 
dence produced and duly considered, It appears to this house 
That although the said Committees in some measure ex- 
ceeded their Power, yet that what they did was with a good 
Intent to preserve the Peace & good order of the State : 
Therefore 

Voted, That the said Committees be discharged and that 
the said Hugh Tallant be and hereby is Liberated from his 
said Imprisonment, he recognising to the Government & Peo- 
ple of this State in the sum of Two hundred pounds for his 
good behaviour towards this State During the Pleasure of 
the General Court. Sent up by Jno. M°Clary, Esq. [Con- 
curred, and he recognised accordingly.] 



Thursday, Sept. 12 th , 1776. 
[p. 156.] Voted, That when any soldier who hath or shall 
Enlist under one Captain in the Continental Battalion in this 
Colony (not having received any money therefor) and shall 
afterwards enlist under any other Captain (and receive the 
money therefor) such soldier shall belong to the Captain 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 333 

that first enlisted him, and the money so paid by the said 
other Captain shall be restored to him by the Captain who 
first enlisted said soldier. Sent up by Dea. Knowles. 

Toted, To choose a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon bl Board to consult together and Nom- 
inate Five persons to this House, out of whom to choose a 
Delegate to represent this State in the Continental Congress 
for one year next ensuing, and that Col Walker, Jonathan 
Lore well, Esq r Maj. Downing. Capt. Long & Col Badger be 
the Committee of the House for that purpose. Sent up 
by Maj. Tash. [Concurred, — Messrs. Wentworth, Ashley, 
Clagett & the Sec* added.] 

Voted, To choose a Committee of this House to join a 
Committee of the Hon bl Board to consult together & Nomi- 
nate to this House three persons, out of whom for this House 
to choose one to lie nominated by the General Court to the 
Hon ,)le Continental Congress, for Colonel, or first officer of 
the Continental Battalion now raising in this State, and also 
to nominate to this house a like number of persons for 
second & third officers of said Battalion ; and that Capt. 
Moulton, John McClary, Esq 1 Deacon Baldwin, Capt. Pren- 
tice, James Knowles, Esq 1 ' Col Sherburne & Samuel Emer- 
son Esq 1 be the Committee of this house for that purpose. 
Sent up by Maj* Tash. [Concurred — Mess. Thornton, Whip- 
ple & Giles added.] 

Toted That one hundred & ten men including officers be 
raised forthwith as rangers to guard the Western Frontiers 
of this State, & to be in the service of this State untill the 
first of December next, unless sooner discharged. That 
each non-Commissioned officer & soldier have & receive a 
Blanket or in lieu thereof twelve shillings, and that the offi- 
cers and soldiers be paid the Same wages pr month as the 
Rangers already in the pay of this State : that they be 
divided into two Companies, Each company to be officer'd 
with one Captain, one Lieutenant and one Ensign to be com- 
missioned by the President. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. [Con- 
curred.] 

[p. 157.] Toted. That the Hon ble Matthew Thorntox, Esq r 
(1) be and hereby is appointed a Delegate to represent this 
State at the Continental Congress for one year next Ensuing. 
Sent up by Mr. Cutts. [Concurred.] 

(1) Hon. Matthew Thornton signed the Declaration of Independence, made on the 
4th of July, after he took his seat in Congress in September. — Ed. 



334 STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

/ Aii Act to adopt and take the Name & Stile of State in 
lien of Colony of New Hampshire was read a third time and 
passed to be enacted [Concurred] 

[p. 158.] Voted That Pierse Long Esq r be nominated to 
the Continental Congress as Colonel or first officer of the 
Continental Battalion now raising in this State. That Jona- 
than Burnham, Esq 1 ' be nominated for the second officer, & 
Hercules Mooney Esq r be nominated for third officer of said 
Battalion. 

Voted. That the Proclamation (of this day) for a Public 
Fast to be on the Tenth day of October next, be forthwith 
Printed & Dispursed throughout this State. 



Acc ts petitions, acts &c. passed on by the House and by the Council 
from Sept. 4 to Sept. 12, 1776. 

Petition of Lt. Andrew Marshall, complaining of his being discharged 
from service by Col. David Oilman — granted and he restored. 

Petition of James McMaster, concerning goods taken from him by 
Com tce of Dover — granted a hearing. 

Col. Otis Baker drew from the treasury, £250. 

Capt. Isaac G. Pearson permitted to sail for Providence, R. I. 

Capt. Sam 1 Atkinson received from the Treasury £70 : 10 : 0, for 
Rangers on the frontiers. 

Col. Charles Johnson appointed muster master of s d Rangers. 

Com tee to confer about Lt. Col. Folsom who refused to resign his Com- 
mission. 

Com tee to account for Excise, Powder money, quit-rents, &c. 

Com tee to receive & inspect Salt-petre. 

Hon. Jona. Warner to draw £293 : : 1, from the Treasury. 

Thomas Hall of Goffstowu to have a guardian. 

Justices of the Sup r Court alloAved £15, each. 

Wyseman Clagett, Att. Gen. allowed £30. 

Lt. Col. Jere. Folsom, discharged from his office. 

Robert S. Towle, allowed £10. 

Daniel Towle balance of ace' allowed £14. 



Friday, Sept. 13 th 1776. 
Voted to choose a Committee of this House to Enquire 
(together with the Selectmen of Exeter) .into the cause of the 
members of this House being disturbed yesterday, in the af- 
ternoon at the Court House by a smoke made in the next ad- 
jacent house to cleanse Clothes of the Small Pox, and to find 
out the Author or Authors thereof, and make report to this 
House as soon as may be ; and that James Betton Esq 1 ' Capt. 
Worthen & Deacon Baldwin be the Committee for that Pur- 
pose : 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 835 

Which Committee, after Examination & Enquiry made 
report. 

That the Disturbance was occasioned by a fire inadvertently kindled 
with some combustibles by a Negro man without orders directly or in- 
directly from any person or persons: that they have Enquired of Mr. 
Joseph Gilman & Dr. Adams the manner of their leaving the Small 
Pox Hospital & cleansing themselves, and are clearly of opinion, That 
the Public are not endangered of taking the Small Pox from the said 
gentlemen. Signed 

Ezekiel "Worthen, Chairman. 

Voted, That Mr. Benjamin Lawson take care of and keep 
safe Colonel Asa Porter, and see him forth coming when this 
honse shall order. 

Voted, That Simeon Goodwin of Haverhill be a Coroner 
for the County of Grafton ; [and] Joseph Herrick, a Coroner 
for the County of Hillsborough. 

The Petition of James McMaster of Portsmouth Praying 
that an order may issue to the Committee of Dover to restore 
to him what of his property they have taken from him &c. Be- 
ing read, argued by Counsel and fully considered, 

Voted, That the Prayer of said Petition be not granted, 
but that it be dismiss' d ; and further Voted, That it be and 
hereby is recommended to the Com tee of Safety of Dover, 
That they strictly on oath Examine Peter Mitchell, servant 
or book-keeper to the said James McMaster, respect ing any 
Goods, monies or Effects of the said McMaster in his hands, 
Possession or knowledge, and take the same into their Pos- 
session <fc care, and make a True Inventory thereof and re- 
turn to this House as soon as may be. 



[p. 159-160] Saturday, Sept. 14 th 1776. 

Whereas Capt. Lionel Bradstreet is now a State Prisoner 
in this State (lately commander of the Nelly Frigate lately 
taken & bro't into the Port of Piscataqua by two Continental 
Armed vessels,) 

Voted that he have leave and be Permitted to depart this 
State, <fc repair to Boston or to Maryland or Virginia or any 
Port or place on this Continent in order to get a passage 
home to his Family in Great Britain. Sent up by Mr. Cutts. 
[Concurred] 

Voted, That Thomas Simpson Esq r of Haverhill be Cap- 
tain of the first Company of Rangers last Voted to be raised 
in this State ; That Joshua Howard of Haverhill be his Lieu- 



336 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

tenant ; That Mr. Josiah Russell of Plainfield be Captain of 
the Second Company, and Mr. Ezekiel Carter of Concord be 
his Lieutenant : That the said Captains and their Lieuten- 
ants Nominate their Ensigns respectively, as may best an- 
swer the Purposes of Raising the men. Sent up by Capt. 
Long. [Concurred] 

Voted to choose a Committee of this House to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to Fix out and give necessary 
orders to the Two Companys of Rangers last Voted to be 
raised in this State and to carry all Necessary measures into 
Execution for Inlisting & equipping the said Companys for 
said service, and that Capt. Prentice & Deacon Baldwin be 
the Committee of this house for that purpose, and that the 
said Companys be put under the direction of Col. Hurd & 
Col. Charles Johnson, Mess 1 ^ James Bailey and Jonathan 
Hale, as to their Scouting Rout, &c. Sent up by Maj r Tash. 
[Concurred — Messrs. Wentworth, Thompson, Giles, Clagett, 
& Blancharcl, added.] 

[p. 161.] The Hon bl Council sent down the following Re- 
solve of Council, viz. 

Whereas by an Act of this State passed the last Session of the General 
Assembly, it is Enacted that all Writs, Processes, Executions and other 
matters in Law, which were returnable to or depending in any of the 
Courts in each of the respective Counties in this Colony at the time of 
the Establishment of the present Government, or that are now pend- 
ing therein, shall be returned to & sustained by the respective Courts 
by said Act established (before whom by Law the said Writs, pro- 
cesses & matters are cognizable) at the first term of the several Courts 
in their respective Counties ; and as it is but a short time since the said 
Act was published, & thereby it is probable many persons in the remote 
Counties of Cheshire & Grafton may not get the knowledge thereof by 
the time appointed for the next Session of the Superiour Court in said 
Counties ; and as it does not appear Necessary on account of other 
Business that the Superiour Court should sit in said Counties at the 
next Term, Therefore — 

Voted & Resolved That all such matters as by the aforesaid Act were 
to be brought forward and entered at the Superiour Court in said 
Counties at the next Term, and all other matters arising in said Coun- 
ties, returnable to or Triable at said First Term, shall and may be 
brought forward & Entered at the second term of the Superiour Court 
in each of said Counties ; and the said Court is hereby Authorized and 
fully impowered to take Cognizance of & Proceed upon the same in all 
respects as fully as they might have done, had the same been entered 
the First Term. 

In Council Sept. 13 th 1776, Voted, That the foregoing be entered as 
a Resolve of this Board and be sent to the Hon ble house for Concur- 
rence. E. Thompson, Sec^. 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 337 

In the House of Representatives, Sept. 14 th , 1776. 
The above resolve of the Hon bl Council having been read 
& considered, Voted a Concurrence, and that the same be 
entered as a Resolve of this House. 

P. White, Speaker. 
Entered according to the original. 

It having been represented to this house that James 
McMaster of Portsmouth is an enemy to the liberties of this 
State, and this House having had considerable Evidence 
thereof, It appears that it is dangerous to this State, There- 
fore 

Voted & Ordered that the said James McMaster confine 
himself to the limits of the Town of Exeter, on pain of Im- 
prisonment, until further order of this Assembly. Sent up 
by Dea. Baldwin. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That all Selectmen & Committees within this 
State be and hereby are directed to make return of all the 
Association papers Delivered out to them to be sign'd by the 
Inhabitants, on the first Tuesday of the Next Session of this 
Assembly. 



[p. 162.] At a Special Convention of the Council and 
Assembly of the State of New Hampshire on the 14 th day of 
September 1776, afternoon, for the Purpose of raising a 
Battalion in this State to reinforce our army at New York <fcc. 
Voted, That there be raised in this State one thousand 
men officers included, to reinforce the army of the United 
States of America at New York, to be divided into Two 
Regiments, Eight Companies to a Regiment, and three com- 
missioned officers to each Company, to be in the service 
untill the first of December next unless sooner discharged ; 
That each non-Commissioned officer & soldier shall receive 
Twenty dollars down upon being mustered, and be made 
equal to the Bounty of the Massach tts State afterwards ; That 
the wages or pay of the officers & soldiers be the same & 
their Rations the same as in the Continental Army ; That 
the officers & soldiers be paid upon their being ready to 
march untill they arrive at Head Quarters, or that Provision 
be made for them by some Person or Persons to be ap- 
pointed by this State, untill they arrive at Head Quarters ; 
That the Field officers of each Regiment of Militia nominate 
and appoint the Captains & subalterns of the Companies to 
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338 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

be raised in their respective Regiments ; That Col "Walker, 
Jonathan Blanchard, Benjamin Giles Esq 1 " John Hard, Esq 1 ' 
Capt. Prentice, Deacon Baldwin & Jacob Abbot Esq r be a 
Committee to give ont orders & make provision for marching- 
said men, to give orders to the several Colonels of Militia 
for raising their proportion of the men and all other Neces- 
sary orders for mustering and equipping them. 

Voted That Capt. John House have orders to Enlist a 
Company of Fifty Voluntiers officers included for the pur- 
pose of Reinforcing our Army at New York, to be under the 
command of the Col° of one of the Regiments Voted to be 
raised for that purpose ; and if Enlisted by him & mustered 
so as to be ready to march with said Regiments ; these to 
have the same encouragement as the other Companies of 
said Regiment have. 



[p. 163.] Monday, Sept. 16 th 1776. 

Voted, That the same [foregoing action of the Special 
Convention] be accepted and entered as a Resolve of this 
House. 

Voted, That all officers and soldiers now in the pay of 
this State & station' d at New Castle and Piscataqua Har- 
bour, Excepting Capt. Sutler's & Capt. Daniel's Mattross 
Companys be and hereby are discharged from Duty there. 
[Concurred.] 



Tuesday, September 17 th 1776. 
Voted, That there be paid out of the Treasury to the Per- 
sons hereafter named, the several sums hereafter mentioned 
to pay off the officers and soldiers now to be raised, for a 
[p. 161.] reinforcement to our Army at New York, in their 
respective Regiments to be by the said several persons ac- 
counted for, viz. Col William Whipple, four hundred sev- 
enty six pounds ; Col Stephen Evens six hundred pounds ; 
Col Jonathan Moulton, three hundred & fifty-four pounds ; 
Maj 1 ' Thomas Bartlett for Colonel Gilman's Regiment six 
hundred fifty four pounds ; Col John Webster for his own 
Regiment Two hundred Twenty Eight pounds & for Col 
Matthew Thornton's Regiment Two hundred sixty four 
pounds ; Lieut Col Jacob Gale for Col Bartlett' s Regiment 
Four hundred and Fifty pounds ; and Col° Thomas Stickney 
Four hundred sixty two pounds — and that the said several 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 339 

persons be and hereby are appointed Muster-masters & pay- 
masters of said Troops in the said respective Regiments, 
and that the President give orders accordingly. Sent up by 
Mr. Jno. Smith. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Thomas Tash Esq r be Colonel of the First 
Regiment now raising to reinforce our Army at New York, 
and that Maj 1 Joseph Welch be Lieut. Colonel of said Regi- 
ment, and Lt. Colonel William Gregg be Major of said Reg- 
iment : That Nahum Baldwin Esq 1 ' be Colonel of the Second 
Regiment of said Reinforcement, That Capt. Gordon Hutch- 
ins be Lieutenant Colonel, & Capt. Nathaniel Sartel Prentice 
Major of said second Regiment. Sent up by Col Walker. 

Voted to choose a Com* 66 of this House to join a Com tee of 
the Hon 1 ' 1 Board to consult upon a Plan of choosing & calling 
in the Xext Council & Assembly for this State, and to form 
a Precept for calling the same, and to lay the same before 
this House as soon as may be ; and that Col Walker, Mat- 
thew Patten, Esq r Jonathan Lovewell Esq. John Dudley Esq r 
and Dr. Dearborn be the Com tee of this House for that pur- 
pose. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred.] 
[p. 165.] Voted, That the field officers & staff officers of 
the Two Regiments of Reinforcements Destin'd for Xew 
York be paid one month's advance pay before they march. 
Sent up by Col. Walker. 



Wednesday. September 18 th , 1776. 

Voted. To establish a Post rider to ride weekly from Exe- 
ter to Charleston (Xo. 4) and back again to carry letters to 
& from the Northern Army, and that Mr. Wheeler, James 
Betton, Esq 1 Col Walker and Mr. Grout be a Committee of 
this house to join a Committee of the Hon 1,1 Board to consult 
together and make report to this house what Person is proper 
to employ for that Business, and what Towns he shall ride 
through, what time he shall set out from Exeter and what 
time he shall return. Also what sum is proper to advance 
out of the Treasury to encourage such Post rider. Sent up 
by Capt. Simonds. 

Whereas it is Represented to this house that there arc 
sundry Perishable goods k effects in Amherst in the County 
of Hillsborough, belonging to Zaccheus Cutler, Esq. (who 
has lately fled from said Amherst & joined our Enemies) 
and are likely to be damaged unless taken care of, Therefore 



340 STATE OF XEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Voted, That it be & hereby is recommended to the Commit- 
tee of Safety of Amherst to take the said Goods & effects 
into their care, and return an Inventory of the same to this 
house or to the Committee of Safety of this State as soon as 
may be ; and also that said Committee of Safety of Amherst 
take care of what Real Estate the said Cutter has in said 
Town, and lett out or improve the same that the Promts 
thereof may not be lost. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

Whereas it is represented to this house that there are sun- 
dry Goods & Effects of one Crane Brush (who hath lately 
fled to our Enemies) now in the Towne of Charleston in the 
County of Cheshire, which Goods <fc Effects are likely to be 
[p. 166.] Damaged or wasted unless taken care of : There- 
fore Voted That it be & hereby is recommended to the Com- 
mittee of Safety of Charleston, to take the said Goods & 
Effects into their care, and return an Inventory thereof to 
this house or to the Committee of Safety of this State as 
soon as may be. Sent up by Dr. Nichols. 

Whereas the Towns of Hanover, Relhan, Lebanon. Ca- 
naan, Cardigan and Grafton, were classed together in the 
Precept sent them for their choice qf a Representative in 
this house — and it appearing that the said Towns are large 
enough in Number of Inhabitants to have two Representa- 
tives in the General Assembly, Therefore Voted and Re- 
solved, That for the next choice of Representatives, Their 
be issued one Precept for a Representative to the Towns of 
Hanover, Canaan <fc Cardigan ; and one precept for a Repre- 
sentative to the Towns of Lebanon, Relhan and Grafton. 
Sent up by James Betton, Esq. [Concurred.] 

P. M. 

Voted That a Committee of this house be chosen to join 
a Committee of the Hon ble Board to consult and Nominate 
to this House proper persons for a Committee of Safety to 
transact the business of both Houses in the recess of the 
General Court ; and to report what business is most neces- 
sary to be done this Session, and from what time <fc to what 
time this Court shall adjourn ; and that John Dudley. Esq. 
James Gibson, Col Sherburne Col Baker, and Matthew 
Patten Esq 1 * be a Committee of this house for that Purpose. 
Sent up by Col Sherburne. [Concurred.] 
[p. 167.] Voted, to concurr the resolve of the Hon bl Coun- 
cil concerning Juries in all the Counties except Rockingham. 
Sent up. 



1776. J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 341 

In Council Sept, 18 th , 1776. 

Whereas many of the male Inhabitants in the several Comities with- 
in this State being now in the armies of the United States, persons 
cannot be spared from the Business of Husbandry &c. to form two Ju- 
ries, viz. One for the Inferior Court and one for The Court of Gener- 
al Sessions of the Peace : And also considering that in all probability 
there will be little to do in the Said Courts for some time : 

Therefore it is Resolv'd that the several Clerks of the Inferior Courts 
in the Counties of Strafford, Hillsborough, Cheshire and Grafton, Issue 
Venires to call Petit Juries to serve both at the Inferior & Court of 
General Sessions of the Peace, and the Jury impaunell'd at the Inferior 
Court, if that shall set first in the County, shall be the Jury for the 
Sessions. And so if the Sessions set first the Jury Impannelled there 
shall be the Jury for the Inferior Court. This Resolve to be in force 
till further orders of the General Assembly. Sent down for concur- 
rence. 

Voted and Resolved, That Precepts signed by the Presi- 
dent of the Council And Speaker of the House of Represent- 
atives, Issue to the Same Towns Parishes and places in this 
State for the choice of a New House of Representatives (as is- 
sued for the same number of Representatives for the present 
House) to meet at Exeter on the third Wednesday in Decem- 
ber next & to continue for one year ; and that the said pre- 
cepts lie returned by said third Wednesday in December next 
into the Secretary's office at Exeter, and the afores d Presi- 
dent & Speaker or either of them shall administer to the re- 
turned members before they take their seats, the Following- 
Oath : 

"You swear that will endeavour to the utmost of your power, Honest- 
ly, Faithfully & Impartially to act in your office of a Representative, for 
the best and true interest of this State & of your constituents, So help 
you God." 

And in said Precepts for the choice of Representative, 
every voter in the County of Rockingham shall be directed at 
the meeting Called for the choice of Representatives, to bring 
in five votes on one paper, for five persons being respectable 
Free-holders and Inhabitants in that County, having a Real 
Estate of two hundred pounds in this State, to be members of 
the Council for the year ensuing, and after the votes are all 
bro't in, the several Town & Parish clerks are directed to 
seal up all such votes under cover and send them to Exeter 
by the second Wednesday in December next Directed to 

Mess 1 '* , who are hereby appointed a 

Committee to receive all such votes, and carefully to Examin 
them, And the five persons who have the greatest Number of 
Votes, They shall summon to attend at Exeter on the third 



342 STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Wednesday in December next to take their seats as members 
of the Council, and the said Committee shall return (by said 
third Wednesday in December next) to the President & 
Speaker aforesaid a Certificate under oath that said five Per- 
sons summoned had the greatest Number of Votes, as re- 
turned to them ; and the said President or Speaker shall ad- 
minister to each Person before he takes his seat as a* member 
of the Council, an Oath to the same Purport as that taken by 
the Representatives. 

[p. 168.] And in the Precepts to choose Representatives 
within the County of Strafford every Voter shall he directed 
to bring in his votes for Two persons to be members of the 
Council for the year ensuing as in Rockingham, "Which votes 
shall be sealed up by each Town or Parish clerk and sent by 
them to Dover by the Second Wednesday in December next, 
Directed to a Committee hereby ap- 
pointed for that purpose which Committee shall proceed in 
every respect as far as it relates to the choice of the two Mem- 
bers of the Council, as the Committee for Rockingham are 
directed to do in the choice of the Five. 

And the same Directions shall be given in the Precepts, & 
observed by all concern'd for the Counties of Hillsborough 
and Cheshire, and are ap- 
pointed a Committee for Hillsborough to meet at Amherst 
the Second Wednesday in December next, where and to 

whom votes are to be returned. And 

shall be the Committee for Cheshire, to meet at 

Walpole, where and to whom the votes shall be returned. 

And in the Precepts for the County of Grafton the voters 
shall be directed to choose one person for a member of the 
Council for the ensuing year, and the votes shall be sealed 
and directed to a Com- 
mittee hereby appointed for that Purpose & sent to 



by the second Wednesday in December next, which 
Committee shall make return as those in the other Counties. 
And Forms of Precepts shall be made out by the Secretary 
in the following words : 

State of New Hampshire. 

The Government .and People of Said State, To the Selectmen of 

in Said State, Greeting : 

You are hereby required to Xotify the Legal Inhabitants paying 

Taxes in the giving them fifteen days notice, to meet at some 

convenient place in your to elect person (having 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 343 

a real Estate of the value of Two hundred pounds Lawful money in 
this State, to Represent them in the Assembly to be held at Exeter, on 
the third Wednesday in December, at three o'clock in the after- 
noon, and to Empower such representative for the term of one year, 
from their first meeting to transact such Business, and pursue such 
measures as they may Judge necessary for the public good. And the per- 
son who shall be elected, you are to Notify that he attend at time & place 
above mentioned. Aud at said meeting Every Voter as aforesaid, on 

one paper is to bring in Votes for Persons being reputable 

Freeholders & Inhabitants within your County, having a Real Estate 
of Two hundred Pounds to serve as member of the Council for the 

year ensuing. And the Clerk of your is hereby directed to 

Seal up all such Votes- under cover and send them to in your 

£p. 16D.] County by the second Wednesday in December next, Direct- 
ed to a Committee appointed to receive them. And it is 

Resolved that no person be allowed a seat in Council or Assembly, who 
shall by himself, or any person for him, before said choice, treat with 
Liquor &c any Elector with an apparent view of gaining their Votes 
or afterwards on that account ; and make return of this writ, with 
your doings thereon into the Secretary's office at Exeter, by the third 
Wednesday in December next. 

By order of the Council & Assembly. 

President. 

Speaker. 



Secretary. 

Exeter, Sept r 1776. 



Thursday, September 19 th , 17T6. 

Voted, That Capt. Joseph Parsons of Rye, be second 
Major of the first Regiment of Militia in this State, in the 
room and stead of Ephraim Pickering who has resigned. 
Sent up by Capt. Simonds. 

Voted, That Samuel Dudley Esq* be Lieutenant Colonel of 
the Fourth Regiment of Militia in this State in the room & 
stead of Jeremiah Folsom Esq. who is dismist. Sent up by 
Capt. Simonds. [Concurred. j 

Voted That Joseph Gilman of Exeter be and hereby is 
appointed Treasurer for the County of Rockingham, and 
that he be not qualified to act in said office untill he give 
bond in the sum of Two Thousand Pounds with two sureties 
in one thousand pounds each, to the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives for the use of said County, for the Faithfull 
Discharge of his said duty & Trust. Sent up by Mr. Love- 
well. [Concurred.] 

[p. 170.] Voted, That the Hon bl Matthew Thornton Esq. 
have and receive out of the Treasuiy One hundred pounds 
Lawful money, to be by him accounted for, and that the 



344 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

President give order of payment accordingly. Sent up by 
Mr. Lovewell. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That the Hon bl Meshech Weare Esq r Nathaniel 
Folsom Esq 1 * Ebenezer Thompson Esq 1 Wyseman Clagett, 
Esq r Phillips White Esq 1 " Samuel Cutts, Esq 1 ' John Dudley 
Esq 1 ' Capt. Josiah Moulton, Mr. John Smith, Col Otis Baker, 
Richard Downing Esq 1 ' & Matthew Patten, Esq r be and here- 
by are appointed a Committee of Safety of this State, to 
transact the Business of the Council & Assembly in the re- 
cess of the Court, with all the Powers & Authorities that the 
last Committee of Safety of this State had, Used & Exer- 
cised. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred.] 

Upon reading the Petition of Asa Porter, praying to be 
released from his confinement in Prison, 

Voted, That the petitioner be released from his imprison- 
ment in Exeter Goal, he giving Bond agreeable to the former 
vote of this house, to confine himself to the Town of New 
Town in the County of Rockingham untill further order of 
this Court. Sent up by Col. Walker. [Concurred.] 
[p. 171.] Voted and Resolved, That as any new Towns or 
Settlements in this State shall increase in their Number of 
Inhabitants from year to year or from time to time, Precepts 
shall Issue for their sending delegates to Council & Assem- 
bly, so as to be fully represented according to their Numbers 
Proportionable with other parts of the State. Sent up by 
Mr. Ames. [Concurred.] 

Voted and Resolved, That when and so often as it shall 
happen that any Person or persons not being soldiers in the 
service of this or any of the United States, shall be indebted 
(upon simple contract) to any creditor or Creditors, In- 
habitants within this State, and any such Debtor shall be 
seized of any Real Estate in Fee Simple, or Personal Estate 
within the same State : It shall and may be Lawful for any 
such Creditor to Purchase a writ from out of the Inferior 
Court as the Law directs, and by virtue thereof may attach 
such Estate, and Proceed to Judgment and Execution, Un- 
less at the time of Calling the said Action, the Defendant shall 
give good security (to be determined by the Court) to answer 
the Plaintiffs demand ; and if it shall appear to such Court 
that such security was tendered within six months before the 
Action brought, such action shall be dismissed and the De- 
fendant allowed his costs. And also wlienever it shall ap- 
pear that any Defendant is a soldier or any ways employed 



1770.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 345 

in the service of the United States and necessarily absent, 
The Judges of the Court are hereby enjoined ex officio, to 
cause such case to be continued from time to time as occa- 
sion may require, untill the return of the defendant. 

It is also Resolved That such Process may be had & Issued 
& such attachments made upon the Debts and Estate of ab- 
sconding Debtors in the hands of any Attorney, Agent, 
Factor or Trustees, as were heretofore accustomed by virtue 
of a Law of the late Province of New Hampshire. Sent up 
by the Clerk. [Concurred.] 

[p. 172.] The Petition of James McMaster being read and 
considered, 

Voted, That Peter Mitchell confine himself to the town of 
Exeter in this State, untill further order of this Court, upon 
Pain of Imprisonment. 

Voted, That the vote of this house appointing Joseph 
Parsons of Rye second Major of the First Regiment be & 
hereby is reconsidered & made void. 

Voted That Major George Gains be and hereby is appoint- 
ed Second Major of the First Regiment of Militia in this 
State. [Concurred.] 

Voted. That the thanks of this House be presented by the 
Speaker to Col David Gilman for his good services to this 
State as Colonel of the Provincial Troops lately stationed at 
New Castle and Piscataqua Harbour. Which was according- 
ly done in Presence of the House. 



Friday, September 20 th 1776. 
[p. 17^-174.] Voted That the several Captains of the Mat- 
tross Companies stationed at Piscataqua Harbour have orders 
to Enlist such of their Companies as will Enlist as Mattrosses 
in the Battalion now raising on the Continental Establish- 
ment to be under the Command of such field officers as the 
Continental Congress shall Commission to command such 
Battalion. Sent up by Capt. Long. [Concurred.] 

Voted That Hercules Mooney, Esq. be Lieutenant Colonel 
of the Continental Battalion now raising in this State, and 
that Capt. Caleb Hodgsdon be Major of said Battalion in the 
room & stead of said Hercules Mooney, being advanced. Sent 
up by Mr. Cutts. [Concurred.] 

Voted That the Militia Act be forthwith Printed and Two 
hundred and Fifty Copies of it Dispersed through this State. 



846 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

[p. 175.] Voted That James Knowles Esq. and Mr. George 
Place of Rochester, be a Committee to call upon Mr. Jona- 
than Door of Lebanon in the County of York, & Desire he 
would shew them a Lead mine lately Discovered by him, 
that they may bring some of the ore for trial in this State, 
and if it should prove good to Engage upon the Honour 
of this Court that he shall be well paid for his Discovery & 
trouble. 



The following Resolve was passed Sept 1 ' 5 tlx 1776, but not 
then Entered, viz : 

Whereas the American Congress have lately extended their 
Former Resolutions relating to ships & other vessells, their 
Tackle, apparel and Furniture and all goods, Wares & mer- 
chandise belonging to any Inhabitant or Inhabitants of Great 
Britain taken upon the High Seas or between high & low 
water mark ; To all ships and other Vessells, their Tackle, 
apparel and Furniture, and all goods Wares & Merchandise 
belonging to any subject or subjects of the King of Great 
Britain, Except the Inhabitants of the Bermudas and Provi- 
dence or the Bahama Islands : In order to carry into effect 
the Resolutions of said Congress touching the above matters 
according to the Design and Intent thereof ; 
[p. 176.] Be it Resolved, and it is hereby Resolved by the 
Council and house of Representatives for said Colony, That 
the Judge of the Court Maratime for this Colony for the time 
being, is hereby fully & amply Impowered to hear Try, ad- 
judge & Determine the Justice of any Capture or Captures of 
any ships or other vessell, their Tackle, Apparell & Furniture, 
and of all goods, Wares & Merchandize belonging to any sub- 
jecfor subjects of the said King, Except as before excepted, 
thaf'have been or shall be taken and brought into any Port 
or place within this Colony ; And if upon Trial of such Cap- 
ture or Captures it shall be found that the ships or other 
vessells and goods, Wares & Merchandise so taken & brought 
in, belong to any of the subjects aforesaid, Except as before 
excepted, Then the said Judge shall and may Proceed to con- 
demn & Distribute the Same, as the Law of said Colony & 
Resolutions of said Congress shall direct. Sent up by the 
Clerk. [Concurred.] 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 347 

Sept. 2<P 1776. 
The House adjourn'd to the last Wednesday of November 
next at three of the Clock afternoon to meet at the Court 
House in Exeter. 

Att s Noah Emery, Cl r D. P. 



Accts, Petition?, Votes &c. passed on by the House and concurred, 
from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20 th , 1776, inclusive. 

Petition of John House & Daniel Clap for pay for Camp Kettles &c. 
not granted. 

Col. Bellow's excused from sending his quota of men &c. 

Col. Ashley not excused from sending his quota &c. 

Rangers to receive one half months pay, iqjon being mustered. 

Billeting to be paid to the Xew York regiments. 

Xahum Baldwin allowed to dispose of fire arms in his hands, to 
soldiers going to Xew York — price £3: 10 each. 

Bread Act adopted and put in force. 

Petition of Selectmen of Charlestown, to be paid for charge of sick- 
ness of Xath 1 Hatch — not granted. 

Committee of Safety, of Wakefield, all'd, £2: 4: 0. 

Selectmen of Brentwood all'd for guns & blankets — 

Dan 1 Fowle's acct. allowed £14: 
. Xath 1 Jordan's ace' allowed £5: 6: 6. 

Benj a Giles acct. allowed £2 : 16 : 0. 

Mesliech AYeare & Doctor Dearborn's ace 1 allowed £10: 1: 0|. 

Asa Davis' Ace 1 allowed & settled. 

Com tee to examin Doct. Josiah Gilmau's ace 1 . 

Scouting party at Conway to be under direction of the Committee 
of Safety. 

Petition of Alexander Scott & others, of Stoddard — hearing granted. 

Petition of John Dutton & others, of Stoddard — hearing granted. 

Tax Act passed. 

Petition of Oliver Parker — hearing granted. 

Rev. Elijah Fletcher, all'd, £0: 12: 0. 

Jonathan Leavitt, all'd £1: 19: 8. 

Capt. Dearing all'd pay roll — £50 : 5: 8. 

Committee of Safety for last year, all'd, 8s per day, and travel 

Committee of Safety for current year, 7s per day, and travel 

Col. Hurd, all'd £400, for Rangers at Cohoss. 

Xath 1 Furber. all'd £6: 7: 6. 

Col. David Gilman, all'd Staff Roll, £65: 9: 

Report of Com tcu on Col. David Gilmau's acct. accepted. 

Doct. Josiah Gilman's acct. all'd £11: 17: 7^ 

Simeon Ladd all'd £2: 8: 0, to build a watch-house. 

Josh. Wiggin, all'd £3: 8: 

Powder mill Com tee all'd £4: 8: 

Amos Dakin all'd £1: 9: 8. 

Oliver Capron all'd- £1: 6: 6. 

Elijah Grout all'd £15: 0: 

Capt. Timothy Clement's pay Roll all'd £334: 8: 8 



348 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [ 3 

Capt. Nathan Brown's pay Roll all'd £363: 10: 11. 
Capt. John Calfe's pay Roll all'd £379: 10: 11 
Capt. Titus Salter's pay Roll all'd £189: 9: 4. 
Hon. Matt. Thornton, all'd £40. 

Capt. Worthen, all'd £50, to build a Bridge at New Castle. 
Henry Prescott, added to Coin tee for New Castle Bridge. 
Petition of Anna Richardson, against Benjamin French, referred to 
any Justice of the Peace in Rockingham Co. 

Committee to report allowance for Col. Gilman's table. 

Old Fees as authorized by law, to be taken. 

Pay of members, Gs pr. day, & two pence per mile travel. 

Pay of Council, 6s per day & two pence per mile travel. 

Noah Emery Clerk 6s. per day extra. 

Eben r Thompson, Sec^ 6s. per day extra. 






SPECIAL CONVENTION, 



[p. 177.] State of New Hampshire. 

Wednesday, Oct 1 16, 1776. 

At a Special Convention of the Hon bl House of Repre- 
sentatives of the State of New Hampshire Begun and held 
at the Court House in Exeter on the sixteenth day of Octo- 
ber, A. D. 1776 at three o'clock afternoon, being 1 convened 
by summons from the Hon ble Committee of Safety for said 
State, in consequence of a Requisition of the Hon bl the Con- 
tinental Congress concerning raising Three Battalions in this 
State to serve during the Warr, &c. 

The members being called over & seated, The Clerk read 
the Resolves of the Continental Congress of the 16 th , 18 th 
& 19 th of September last and the Hon bl President Hancock's 
Letter of Requisition thereon. Then the House adjourned 
to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

Resolve of Congress for raising an army during the war. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 280.] 

In Congress, September 16, 1776. 
Resolved, That eighty-eight Battalions be enlisted as soon as pos- 
sible, to serve during the present War, and that each State furnish 
their respective Quotas in the following Proportions, viz. 

New Hampshire 3 Battalions 

Massachusetts Bay 15 Ditto. 

Rhode Island 2 Ditto. 

Connecticut 8 Ditto. 

New York 4 Ditto. 

New Jersey 4 Ditto. 

Pennsylvania 12 Ditto. 

Delaware 1 Ditto 

Maryland 8 Ditto. 

Virginia 15 Ditto. 

North ( 'arolina 9 Ditto. 

South Carolina 6 Ditto. 

Georgia 1 Ditto. 



350 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

That Twenty Dollars be given as a Bounty to eacli non-commission- 
ed Officer and private Soldier, who shall enlist to serve during the 
present war, unless sooner discharged by Congress. 

That Congress make Provision for granting Lands in the following 
Proportions to the Officers and soldiers who shall so engage in the serv- 
ice, and continue therein to the close of the War, or until discharged 
by Congress, and to the Representatives of such officers and soldiers 
as shall be slain by the Enemy ; Such Lands to be provided by the 
United States, and whatever Expence shall be necessary to procure 
Such Land, the said Expence shall be paid and borne by the States in 
the Same Proportion as the other Expences of the War, viz : 

To a Colonel, 500 Acres, 

a Lieutenant Colonel 450 Ditto, 

a Major 400 Ditto, 

a Captain 300 Ditto. 

a Lieutenant 200 Ditto, 

an Ensign 160 Ditto. 
Each non-commissioned officer & soldier, 100 Acres. 

That the appointment of all officers and filling up vacancies (except 
general Officers) be left to the Governments of the several States and 
that every State provide Arms, cloathing and every Necessary for its 
Quota of Troops according to the foregoing Estimate ; the Expence of 
the cloathing to be deducted from the pay of the Soldiers as usual. 

That all Officers be commissioned by Congress. 

That it be recommended to the several States that they take the 
most speedy and Effectual Measures for enlisting their several Quotas. 
That the Money to be given for Bounties be paid by the Paymaster in 
the Department where the soldier shall Enlist. 

That each Soldier receive pay and Subsistence from the time of their 
Enlistment. 

September 18, 1776. 

Resolved. That if Rations be received by the Officers or Privates 
in the Continental Army in money, they be paid at the Rate of Eight 
Ninetieth parts of a dollar per Ration. 

That the Bounty and Grants of Land, offered by Congress by a Res- 
olution of the 16 th Instant as au Encouragement to the officers and 
Soldiers to engage to serve in the Army of the United States during 
the War, shall extend to all who are or shall be Enlisted for that term, 
the Bounty of ten Dollars which any of the soldiers have received from 
the Continent on account of a former Enlistment, to be reckoned in 
part Payment of the Twenty Dollars offered by said Resolution. 

That no officer in the Continental Army is allowed to hold more than 
one Commission, or to receive pay but in one capacity. 

September 19, 1776. 

That the Adjutants of Regiments in the Continental Army be allow- 
ed the Pay and Rations of Captains, and have the Rank of first Lieu- 
tenants. 

In order to prevent the officers and soldiers who shall be entitled to 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 351 

the Lands hereafter to be granted by the Resolution of Congress of the 
16 th , from disposing of the Same during the war, 

Resolved, That this Congress will not grant Lands to any person 
or persons claiming under the assignment of an officer or soldier. 
By order of the Congress 

John Hancock, President. 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock — relating to enlistment of Sol- 
diers during the War. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 292.] 

Philad a . Sept. 24 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

You will perceive by the inclosed Resolves, which I have the honor 
to forward, in obedience to the Commands of Congress, that they have 
come to a determination to augment our Army, and to engage the 
Troops to serve during the War. As an Inducement to enlist on these 
Terms, the Congress have agreed to give, besides a Bounty of twenty 
dollars, a Hundred Acres of Land to each soldier; and in Case he 
should fall in Battle, they have resolved that his children, or other Rep- 
resentatives, shall succeed to such Land. 

The many ill consequences arising from a short Sc limited Inlistment 
of Troops, are too obvious to be mentioned. In general, give me leave 
to observe, that to make men well acquainted with the duties of a sol- 
dier, requires Time ; and to bring them under proper subordination 
and Discipline, not only requires time, but has always been a work of 
much difficulty. We have had frequent experience that men of a few 
days standing, will not look forward ; but as the time of their discharge 
approaches, grow careless of their arms, ammunition &c. and impatient 
of all Restraint. The Consequence of which is, the latter Part of the 
time for which the soldier engaged, is spent in undoing what the great- 
est Pains had been taken to inculcate at first. Need 1 add to this, that 
the Fall of the late General Montgomery before Quebeck is undoubt- 
edly to be ascribed to the limited time for which the Troops were en- 
gaged, whose Impatience to return home, compelled him to make the 
attack, contrary to the conviction of his own Judgment. This Fact 
alone furnishes a striking Argument of the Danger and Impropriety of 
sending Troops into the field, under any Restriction as to the Time of 
their Inlistment. The noblest enterprise may be left unfinished by 
Troops in such a Predicament or abandoned at the verj r moment suc- 
cess must have crowned the attempt. 

The heavy and enormous expences consequent upon calling for the 
Militia, the Delay attending their Motions, and the Difficulty of keep- 
ing them in the Camp, render it extremely improper to place our whole 
dependence upon them. Experience hath uniformly convinced us of 
this, some of the Militia having actually deserted the Camp, at the 
very moment their services were most wanted. In the mean time the 
strength of the British Army which is great is rendered much more 
formidable by the Superior Order and Regularity which prevail in it. 

Under these circumstances, and in this Situation of our affairs, it is 
evident that the Only Means left us of preserving our Liberties, is the 
Measure which the Congress have now adopted, and which I am order- 
ed most earnestly to recommend to you, to carry into immediate effect. 



352 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Without a well disciplined Army, we can never expect success ag st vet- 
eran Troops ; and it is totally impossible we should have a well disci- 
plined Army, unless our Troops are engaged to serve during the war. 
To attain therefore this most desirable End, I am to request you will 
at once, and without a moments delay, bend all your attention to raise 
your Quota of the American army. The Times call for the greatest 
Dispatch and Vigour of Conduct. When the bloody Standard of Tyr- 
anny is erected in a land of Liberty, no good man, no Friend of his 
Country, can possibly remain an iuactive Spectator of her Fall. Dis- 
play therefore, I most earnestly entreat you that Virtue which alone can 
Save her, on this occasion. Let us convince our enemies, that as we 
entered into the present contest for the Defence of our Liberties, so 
we are resolved, with the firmest Reliance on Heaven for the Justice 
of our Cause, never to relinquish it, but rather perish in the Ruins of 
it. If we do but remain firm, if we are undismayed at the little Shocks 
of Fortune, and are determined at all hazards that we will be free, I 
am persuaded, under the gracious smiles of Providence, assisted by 
our most strenuous endeavours, we shall finally succeed agreeably to 
our wishes, and thereby establish the Independence, the Happiness, 
and the glory of the United States of America. 

As the Troops now in service belonging to the several States, will 
be considered as part of their Quota in the American Army, you will 
please to take such steps as you judge necessary to ascertain what 
number of the Troops, as well as what Officers will engage to serve 
during the war. I send by this Express, blank Commissions, to be 
filled up with such as you shall please to appoint. I also forward a 
Number of the Rules and Articles of War, altered by Congress and 
just published. 

I have the honor to be 

Gentlemen, your most Obed 4 & 
Very Hh bl Serv 1 , 

John Hancock, Presid'. 
Hon blc Assembly of the 
State of New Hampshire. 



Thursday, October 17 th , 1776. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted. That the House Eesolve themselves into a Com- 
mittee to join the Hon bl Board in order to confer & act upon 
the business necessary to be done. 

Voted, That this House resume their Power as a House of 
Representatives. 

Voted To chose a Committee to repair immediately to 
Boston in order to confer with the General Court of the 
Massachusetts Bay upon the Best method of raising the New 
army, or if they have fixed upon a method of raising their 
Quota of said army, to get Information thereof, and make 
return to this Court as soon as may be, and that Col 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 353 

Timothy "Walker and Mr. James Gibson be the Committee 
for that purpose. 

Voted That the Precepts to be sent out for choosing the 
Council & Representatives for the ensuing year Issue to 
Lyndsborough instead of "Wilton. Temple instead of Peter- 
borough, Surry instead of Alstead, Plainfield instead of 
Cornish, New Town instead of South Hampton, Hillsborough 
instead of Deering, Salisbury instead of Boscawen, Sand- 
wich instead of Moultonborough, Monadnoc Xo. 5 instead of 
Dublin, Sandown instead of Hawke, Poplin instead of Ray- 
mond, and Bedford instead of Merrimac. Sent up by Mr. 
Prescott. [Concurred.] 

P.M. 

Voted to hare a Committee of this house to join a Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board to take into consideration wheth- 
er the Town of Conway separately may be allowed to send 
a Representative to the Gen 1 Court the ensuing year, or 
whether they make choice of a Representative in conjunction 
with other Towns, either in the manner they did for the 
current year, or otherwise, and to make report thereon as 
soon as may Vie. 

Voted, That John Dudley Esq. Col. Badger & Col. Gilman 
be the Committee of this House for that Purpose. Sent up 
by Dr. Dearborn. [Concurred — Mr. Folsom & Mr. Giles 
added.] 

[p. ITS.] Whereas a Complaint is Exhibited by the Com- 
mittee of Safety of Nottingham against Benjamin Whittier 
of said Town respecting his being Inimical to the Liberties 
of the United States of America. In consideration of which, 

Voted That the said Whittier be ordered to make his ap- 
pearance before the Gen 1 Court on Friday the 18 th Inst, at 
three o'clock in the Afternoon, then & there to answer to 
such things as may be alledged against him. Sent up by 
Maj* Bartlett. [Concurred.] 

Voted to choose a Committee of this house consisting of 
five persons to join a Com tee of the Hon ble Board to take into 
consideration the Expediency of Choosing a Com tee or Com tees 
to send to our armies at Xew York & Ticonderoga to use 
their Influence in engaging Soldiers for the Xew Army to be 
raised agreeable to a late requisition of Congress, and make 
report thereon to this house as soon as mav be ; And Col 
Sherburne, John McClary Esq r Col° Badger, Col Kelley <fc 
Col Gilman be and hereby are appointed a Committee of 
23 



354 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

this House for that Purpose. Sent up by John Dudley, Esq r 
[Concurred — Messrs. Folsom, Giles, Clagett, Blanchard & 
Ashley added.] 

Voted, That the President of the Council make out a 
Permit for Mr. James M. Gregore of Londonderry to Pass 
from this State to the State of New York. 



Friday, October 18 th 1776. 

[p. 179.] Voted, That Capt. Harriman, Col Evans, Col 
Sherburne, John McClary, Esq 1- Col Badger, Col Kelley & 
Col° Gilman be a Com tee of this House to join a Com tee of the 
Hon bl Board to Nominate to this house Eight Persons, out of 
whom for this house to appoint four to be sent as a Commit- 
tee with such orders & Powers as the Court see fit to Entrust 
them with, to Ticonderoga, and that some one or more of 
them may go from thence to New York, after knowing what 
can be done at Ticonderoga Concerning Enlisting the New 
Battalion to be raised in this State. Sent up by Col Evans. 
[Concurred — Messrs. Folsom, Giles, Clagett, Blanchard & 
Ashley added.] 

An Information and accusation being laid before this house 
by the Com tee of Safety of Nottingham against Benjamin 
Whittier of said Nottingham, as being Enemical to the Lib- 
erties of this State, Being exhibited to this Court, and the 
said Whittier being bro't before this house to answer to the 
same, and the Parties being fully heard thereon, It appears 
to this House that the said Benjamin Whittier is not friendly 
to the Liberties of the States of America : It is therefore or- 
dered, That the said Benjamin Whittier Recognise to the 
Government & People of this State in the sum of Five hun- 
dred pounds for his good Behaviour towards this State and 
the other United States of America in all respects, for the 
Term of six months next ensuing, and that he stand Com- 
mitted untill this order be comply'd with. Sent up by Mr. 
Cutts. [Concurred.] 



Saturday October 19 th 1776. 
Benjamin Whittier of Nottingham in the County of Rock- 
ingham, Yeoman, came before this House and recognised to 
the Government & People of the State of New Hampshire in 
the Sum of five hundred pounds for his good Behaviour 



1776.] JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 355 

towards this State, and the other United States of America, 
in all respects for the term of six months next ensuing. 

Att : N. Emery, CI. D. Rep r . 

[p. 180.] Toted, to choose a Committee of this house to join 
a Committee of the Hon bl Board to consult and report to this 
house what method is best to take concerning the Powder 
now on hand in this State, whether to store it or Distribute 
it into Several Towns (as the Powder house in Exeter is full) 
and that Ichabod Rollins, Esq r John Bell Esq r & Col David 
Gilman be the Committee of this house for that Purpose. 
Sent up by Mr. Betton. 

Voted, That the Hon bl Benjamin Giles Esq 1 <fe Jonathan 
Blanchard Esq r of the Councill, Col David Gilman & Col 
Stephen Evans of this House be and hereby are apppointed a 
Com tee to go to Ticonderoga with such orders & Powers as 
the General Court shall see fit to intrust them with, respect- 
ing recruiting the New Battalions now to be raised in this 
State on the Continental Establishment, and for one or more 
of them to go from thence to New York, if necessary, after 
knowing what can be done at Ticonderoga respecting recruit- 
ing said Battalions, and to try what recruits they can raise 
among our Soldiers there for the said Battalions. Sent up 
by Jn° Dudley, Esq r . [Concurred.] 

Voted and Resolved that the third Thursday of November 
next be & hereby is appointed to be observed as a day of Pub- 
lic Thanksgiving throughout this State, and that the Com tee 
of Safety of this State Form a Proclamation to be signed by 
the President & Printed and dispersed throughout this State 
for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Smith. [Concurred.] 

Other matters acted on by the Convention, Oct. 16, 17, 18 and 19 — 
1776. 

Com tce appointed to examine Muster Rolls — viz. Henry Prescott, Col. 
David Gilman, & Dr. Dearborn. 

Salt petre Com tee to draw pay for what is received. 

The Receiver Gen 1 authorised to receive and pay for Gunlocks made 
in this State. 

Capt. Titus Salter, all'd on pay Roll, £199 : 11 : 11. 

Dunbarton allowed to have one-half barrell of Powder. 

Joseph Stacey's ace' all'd. 15s. 

Petition of Margaret Little of Bedford against James Carnes — hear- 
ing granted. 

Capt. Eliphalet Daniel's pay Roll all'd, £141 : 15 : 6. 

Precepts to Jaffrey, & Peterborough to send a member; also Rindge 
to send one member. 

Salt P-tre committee to exchange powder for Salt petre. 

Sam 1 Moore's Ace 1 all'd, £1 : 12 : 0. 



356 



STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[177G. 



Officers & Soldiers raised in New Hampshire to be paid the same as 
in Massachusetts. 

Enlisting orders to be given out. 
Nathan Taylor, door keeper, all'd 12s. 

The House adjourn'd to Wednesday the twenty seventh 
day of November next at three of the clock, afternoon, then to 
meet at the Court House in Exeter. 

Att : N. Emery, CI. D. Rep r . 



A Pay Roll of the Members of the Hon bl House of Representatives at a 
special Convention begun & held at Exeter on the 16 th day of Octo- 
ber, A. D. 1776, on a Summons from the Hon bl Committee of Safety. 











(1) 


Names of Members. 


Travel. 


Days. 


Sum 


total. 


Hon. Phillips White, Speaker 


8 


4 


£1 


6 : 8 


Noah Emery Esq. Clerk 





3 





18 : 


Samuel Cutts, Esq. 


14 


4 


1 


8 : 8 


Samuel Sherburne 


14 


3 


1 


2 : 8 


John Bell, Esq r 


22 


4 


1 


11 : 4 


Moses Barnett, Esq. 


22 


4 


1 


11 : 4 


Stephen Morse 


20 


4 


1 


10 : 8 


Robert Wilson Esq. 


14 


4 


1 


8 : 8 


Josiah Moulton, Esq. 


8 


4 


1 


6 : 8 


Dr. Levi Dearborn 


6 


3 


1 


: 


Richard Downing Esq r 


15 


4 


1 


9 : 


Henry Prescott, Esq. 


17 


3 


1 


3 : 8 


Nathan Goss 


12 


3 


1 


2 : 


Benj :l Barker, Esq. 


3 


4 


1 


5 : 


Ezekiel Worthen 


7 


4 


1 


6 : 4 


Sam 1 Philbrick Esq. 


4 


4 


1 


5 : 4 


Sam 1 Kimball 


16 


4 


1 


9 : 4 


Caleb Dustin 


20 


4 


1 


10 : 8 


James Gibson 


35 


2 


1 


3 : 8 


John Dudley Esq. 


18 


4 


1 : 


10 : 


Sam 1 Dudley Esq r 


5 


4 


1 


5 : 8 


David Gilman Esq 1 


35 


4 


1 


15 : 8 


James Betton, Esq r 


26 


4 


1 


12 : 8 


Timothy Walker, Esq r 


40 


o 


1 : 


5 : 4 


Thomas Clough 


40 


4 


1 : 


17 : 4 


Nehemiah Wheeler 


8 


4 


1 : 


6 : 8 


Jere: Eastman, Esq. 


22 


4 


1 : 


11 : 4 


Capt. Caleb Page 


50 


4 


2 : 


: 8 


John Mc Clary Esq r 


24 


4 


1 : 


12 : 


Thomas Bartlett, Esq r 


12 


3 


1 : 


2 : 


Stephen Evens Esq 1 


18 


4 


1 : 


10 : 


Otis Baker Esq r 


18 


4 


1 : 


10 : 



(1) The pay for travel was at the rate of 4rf. per mile, and for attendance 6s. per day. 
—Ed. 



1776.] 



JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 



357 



Names of Members. 


Travel. 


Days. 


Sum total. 


John Smith 3* 


12 


4 


1 


•8:0 


Ichabod Rollins, Esq r 


21 


4 


1 


11 : 


James Knowles Esq 


25 


4 


1 


12 : 4 


James Marden 


25 


4 


1 


12 : 4 


Joseph Badger Esq. 


40 


4 


1 


17 : 4 


Nathaniel Balch 


50 


4 


2 


: 8 


Jon a Lovewell Esq. 


40 


4 


1 


17 : 4 


Stephen Ames 


44 


4 


1 


18 : 8 


Stephen Harriman 


50 


3 


1 


14 : 8 


Am os Daken 


58 


4 


2 


3 : 4 


Asa Davis Esq r 


35 


4 


1 


15 : 8 


Moses Kelley Esq r 


35 


4 


1 


15 : 8 


Henry Gerrish Esq r 


50 


2 


1 


8 : 8 


Samuel Moore 


65 


4 


2 


5 : 8 


Joseph Simonds 


65 


4 


2 


5 : 8 


Timothy Ellis Esq. 


88 


4 


2 


13 : 4 


Archibald Robinson 


100 


3 


2 


11 : 4 


Joseph Rounseval 


85 


4 


2 


12 : 4 


Enoch Hale Esq. 


72 


4 


2 


8 : 


Daniel Brainerd 


94 


3 


2 


9 : 4 


Noah Emery Extra pay as Clerk 









18 : 


John Smith, Extra pay as Ass' 










clerk 









12 : 



£86 : 10 : 8. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Uote. The following papers — Correspondence, &c., relating to public matters from 
August 23d to October 8th, 1776, are contained in Vol. IV. State Papers, in the Secre- 
tary's office, and are all of historical interest and value. — Ed. 



Letter from, the Committee of Safety, Charlestown, to General 

Horatio Gates. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 226.] 

Charlestown, 23 d Aug st 1776. 

Sir — We have rec'd the fav r of your Honours Request of the 19 th 
Inst, directed to the Com tee of Safety for the Town of Charlestown 
and communicated to us thro' the Hands of the Rev d Mr. Olcott, de- 
siring of us to examine into the conduct of Docf Stevens in inoculat- 
ing the Troops on their march thro' this place to Ticonderoga. As we 
may presume to say, we have the publick service of the army, and the 
deliverance, freedom & safety of our Country, as truly at Heart as any 
can pretend to, so that we cannot but join with you in condemning a 
practice that must have the most pernicious effects in regard to the 
Health and success of the Army : And had your information respecting 
Dr. Stevens conduct that he has inoculated the Militia as fast as they 
arrived at No. 4, been founded on the truth of facts, we freely acknowl- 
edge it would justly have merited the high Resentment you have 
expressed. 

Pursuant to your request we have called Doct. Stevens before us, 
and had him under examination. We , are sorry to observe that we 
were under the necessity and disadvantage of examining the Doct 1 " 
without his being under the solemnity of an Oath, by reason that no 
qualified Magistrate could be obtained to administer it; yet the Doct r 
has made such solemn declarations before us, which together with Col- 
lateral Evidence from other Quarters, is to us satisfactory as to the 
true state of the Matters relative to his conduct in inoculating. In- 
deed, Sir, we cannot pretend after due examination wholly to excul- 
pate the Docf; all that we think necessary to take upon us at present 
is, to give you an exact account of what we find to be the true state of 
the Doctor's conduct and our doings relative thereto, and thus you 
will be capable of judging how far the Docf is culpable, and whether 
or not we have done the Duty that might be expected of us in the case. 

When Capt. Wetherbee began to inlist his Company the small Pox 
was frne/" [rife '?] in the Army at Crown Point; some that intended to 
enlist & others who had inlisted, in the whole to the number of about 
Twenty-five, applied to Docf Stevens & w T ere by him inoculated. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 359 

Three or four weeks after this Capt. Wingate with a number of other 
officers on their march to Ticonderoga applied to Doct r Stevens to be 
inoculated, and were by him refused; and on this ground that he had 
lately understood it was contrary to General Orders that any of the 
marching Troops should be inoculated. A short time after this being 
applied to by Col. Fuller and Doct r Meriam partly thro' their impor- 
tunity & partly thro' their signifying they had applied to a General 
officer for liberty, who had not forbidden them, Docf Stevens was pre- 
vailed upon to inoculate them and their servants, & Lieut. Mooney, to 
the number of five, and this is the whole number of the marching 
Troops that Doc' Stevens has inoculated, tho' great numbers have 
applied to him & been refused. 

We trust your Hon r from this representation will view the matter in 
something of a different light from what it seems your information has 
exhibited; We only beg leave further to observe that we will take all 
possible care that no other of the Troops shall be inoculated and that 
all whether officers or others, now under inoculation here shall be per- 
fectly cleansed, before they march to join the Army at Ticonderoga. 

We conclude by assuring your Honor that we shall be ever ready to 
serve you & army in this or any other Business that may come before 
us. Sam 1 Hunt — Chairman of the Com tee 

of Safety, Charlestown. 

Hon bl Horatio Gates, Esq. (Copy.) 



Letter from Col° Moulton. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 228.] 

( State of New 

\ Hampshire: Rockingham SS. 

To the Honourable Committee of Safety of the State Aforesaid : 

Pursuant to orders, directing me to raise & equip Fifty nine men out 
of the Regiment under my command, in order to join & assist our 
Army at New York, at this important crises, I have with the greatest 
dispatch in my Power, caused said Number of men to be raised & 
equipp'd (saving two) and have also mustered said men & paid to each 
Commission officer, one months advance pay, & to each non-Commis- 
sion officer & Private their Bounty, besides two pounds ten shillings to 
each officer & soldier, for their travelling expences from their Homes 
to Head Quarters, agreeable to the Resolve of the Council & Assembly 
of said State; and having formed said Men into a Company & ap- 
pointed a Captain & two subalterns to the same (a List of which is 
inclosed) I have ordered said Captain to march off, with his Com- 
pany, on Thursday the 25 th Instant and to continue the same, with 
all possible dispatch towards New York by the way of Hartford in 
the State of Connecticut, where I have directed him to stop, to receive 
directions for his farther Regulation. I have also furnished him with 
such Copys and Certificates, as I apprehended woul'd be necessary 
that he should have committed to his care. 
I am, Gentlemen, 

Your most Obedient Humb 1 Serv 4 

JONA. MOULTOX. 

Hampton, Aug* 24, 1776. 



360 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 236.] 

Newbury, 27 August, 1776. 
Gext d — According to your desire the Continental men under my 
inspection have tarried and about twenty-five have Inlisted to tarry 
until the first of December, to be under the command of Sam 1 Atkin- 
son, Capt., Jonathan Robbins Lt. and Peter Dustin, Ensign, and will 
wait upon you for the Bounty, marching money, and further orders as 
I did not think best to Inlist the Inhabitants and have sent Mr. Atkin- 
son and the other two to Inlist the remainder. The men will certainly 
be wanted, if our Army should proceed over the Lake, we shall imploy 
them in that service to make the road, drive cattle, &c. if not, the 
Enemy will undoubtedly come to us. I have sent to Gener 1 Gates and 
doubtless shall in two days know the certainty and shall transmit to 
you. Col Hard will inform of other matters. lam, Gent" with the 
greatest regard, Your most Humble serv 1 

Jacob Bailey. 



Letter from Col. TJiomas Stick/ley, to the Committee of Safety. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 311.] 

Concord, Aug st 2S th 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Pursuant to orders, Rec d from Maj r General Folsom, dated the 3 d of 
July last, requiring me forthwith to raise & equip One hundred & six- 
teen men, out of the Regiment under my Command, in order to rein- 
force the Army under Gen 1 Sullivan, suppos'd to be at Crown Point ; 
and to make a Return of my doings therein to you ; I immediately Is- 
sued my orders to the several Captains in my Regiment, to forthwith 
Raise their respective Quota, & by the Returns they made me of their 
doings therein, it appears that the whole number of said Men are rais'd 
Equipt & March'd to the place of their destination. 
I am, your most Hum bl Serv 1 

Thos. Stickney, Colonel 
of the 13 th Regiment in the Colony of New Hampshire. 
To the Hon bl the Committee 
of Safety, for the Colony of New Hampshire. 



Letter relating to the Ship Prince George. 
[State Pap. Rev". Vol. IV. p. 316.] 

Portsm . Aug 1 29 th , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

The Ship Prince George commanded by Capt. Emms had her trial 
last week ; the Jury brought iu their Verdict & condemned three quar- 
ters of Ship & Cargo to the use of the Colony — the other quarter to 
the Matross Company (Stationed at Fort Washington) to be equally 
divided between officers & privates — tho' both the Resolves of Congress 
& Law of the Colony, say, the Captors shall have one third & the Col- 
ony two. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 361 

There was also a trial of the Masts &c. which were claimed by Mr. 
Perry: the Jury thought the claim was not Good, & condemned them 
to the use of the Colony likewise. I shall in a day or two decree Ac- 
cording to the Jury's Verdict & Issue a Precept to the Sheriff to sell 
and make distribution According to said Verdicts, and should be glad 
you would appoint Pearse Long Esq r Agent for the Colony, that there 
may be somebody here to take care of its Interest, &c. 

I am, Gentlemen, your most obed 4 hh bl Serv', 

J. Bkackett. 



Letter from Portsmouth Committee, concerning a Billiard Ta- 
ble. 
[State Pap. Rev u Vol. IV. p. 242.] 

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety for the Town of Ports- 
mouth held at their Hall on the 31 st day of August, 1775 : 

Voted, That the following state of a case this day brought before us 
be presented to the Colony Congress for their advisement. 

Mr. Moses Woodward complains against a number of persons mak- 
ing a forceable Entry into his house on the Evening of the 28 th Instant, 
and then and there with force and violence destroyed a Billiard Table 
which he had not suffered to be used for fourteen days past, and that 
thereby he was damaged to the Value of Twenty five pounds Lawfull 
money (as he says) and the life of his wife also endangered, who is far 
advanced in her pregnancy, and upon evidence being brought by him 
in support of his complaint, it appears to this Committee, That he has 
fully proved that George Pierce, William Walden, George Walden, 
Samuel Odiorne & William Broughton were (among others) the per- 
sons concerned in this assault, and the said Committee considering the 
Said conduct of these persons to be of too high a nature for their de- 
termination, have agreed humbly to submit the Same to the wisdom of 
the Colony Congress, and to Order the said persons into the custody 
of Capt. Titus Salter, an officer in the Colony service, untill the Con- 
gress shall determine the same. 

By order of the Com tee 

H. Wentworth, Chairman. 
[Indorsed] " Letter from Portsmouth 
Com tee concerning Woodward's Billiard 
Table, 31 Oct. 1777." (1) 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock, relating to the danger of an 
Attack on New York. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 252.] 

Philadelphia, Sept. 3 d , 1776. 
Gentlemen— 

Our enemies being determined to make a powerful attack on New 
York and the States adjoining thereto, & having for this purpose col- 
lected their whole force from every part of the Continent, it is incum- 

(1) There appears to be some confusion of dates. Probably the paper is misplaced.— 
Ed. 



362 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

bent on the United States of America to take the most effectual meas- 
ures to defeat their deep laid Scheme against their country. 

The Congress have just received Information from Gen 1 Washington 
of the very great & Superior Strength of the Enemy, and if we con- 
sider the recent change in the Situation of our affairs at Xew York, we 
shall soon be convinced that nothing will prove an adequate Remedy in 
our present circumstances, but the most vigorous exertions on our Part. 
I am therefore by order of Congress to request you will immediately 
send all the aid in your power to our Army at Xew York. 

The State of our affairs is so extremely critical that Delay may be 
attended with fatal consequences. Suffer me therefore to press you in 
the name & by the Authority of your Country, to an immediate com- 
pliance, & with all the earnestness so naturally suggested by the Impor- 
tance of the cause. Altho' I doubt not your own ardor would be a 
sufficient stimulus when called on by the voice of Liberty, yet my anx- 
iety is so great I cannot refrain on the present occasion from beseech- 
ing you to exert yourselves. Everything is at Stake: our Religion, 
our Liberty, the Peace & happiness of Posterity, are the grand objects 
in Dispute ; which, that we may be able to procure & transmit to fu- 
ture generations, is the constant & uninterrupted wish of 
Gentlemen, your most obed' 
Very Hum bl Serv', 

John Hancock, Presid 1 . 
To The Hon bl Assembly of 

New Hampshire. 



Letter from the Selectmen of Charlestoum to the xV r . H. Com- 
mittee of Safety. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 262.] 

Charlestown, Sept. 6 th , 1776. 

Gentlemen — Your favour came to hand yesterday informing us of 
General Gates's complaint against the conduct of a person acting as a 
physician in this town, Inoculating Soldiers for the small pox when on 
their march to the army: Had the General's Complaint have been 
founded upon the whole truth of facts, it would most certainly have 
been highly justifiable by all good men, and the Doct r punished, as an 
enemy to his country deserves; no doubt the General was by some 
body informed of such proceedings — probable an enemy to the Doctor 
or to the scheme of Inoculating for the Small Pox; the most glorious 
invention ever yet found out for the preserving the lives of mankind 
against the power of that sovereign disorder, in its natural course, 
which hath been for many years approved of, by the most skilfull phy- 
sicians in most of the Civilised States on Earth; and is now Recom- 
mended by the Continental Congress, and by the several Assemblies 
of Xew York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the Massachusetts Bay. 

We received General Gates' Letter of the 19 th of August upon the 
subject of complaint, which hath been answered by the Com ,ee of 
Safety, a copy of which you have herewith inclosed. 

We conceive it rather hard that we should bear the whole weight of 
General Gates Resentment, since other Towns have been guilty of the 
like offences; there has been many of the soldiers inoculated at Keen 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 363 

and Claxemont, and we do not at present see why it is not as likely 
that the small Pox sho'd be carried to the army from either of those 
places as from here; we have no reason to believe that any of the 
soldiers have carried from hence to the army, but we can with great 
truth assert that the Small Pox has been by the soldiery brought & 
left here. One man who came from Ticonderoga, another belonging to 
Col. Woglesworth Regiment, and another belonging to Col. Whitcombs 
Regiment, and we have reason to suspect that several of the Inhab- 
itants have taken it from the soldiers of the two Continental Regi- 
ments on their Rout thro' this town from Boston to Ticonderoga, who 
were inoculated at Boston. 

"We are desirous of quieting the minds of our Brethren in the army, 
in case we can be assured that the Small Pox shall not be brought here 
again by the soldiers, who are continually inarching to & from the 
Army; upon these several circumstances, we suppose it cannot be kept 
out of the Town, and we must conceive it to be a breach of privilege 
to be denied of the same liberty of inoculating our Families that other 
towns in this Colony injoys, which we suppose at present to be highly 
expedient for their safety, which we can do and not expose any soldiers 
marching to or from the army; or any body else, as we had proposed 
to remove the Pest House from where it now is to about two miles dis- 
tance from the Town & from the Road, and put the management of it 
under such proper Regulations as that no person hereafter shall be 
exposed to take it the natural way; we had proposed to lay the Docf, 
the Nurses attendence & each person inoculated, under Bonds not to 
spread it thro' their means, so that all persons maybe assured of safety 
in that regard : notwithstanding if it be your will & pleasure, that a 
final stop be put to it in this town, we will do our indeavour to do it, 
but its impossible at present to cleanse the town of it; the inoculation 
is stopt at present, therefore beg to know your sentiments of the mat- 
ter. Pray, Gentlemen, consider that we are more exposed than all the 
people in the Colony besides. 

Gentlemen, we are your most Ilumb 1 ser\ rts 

Samuel Hcxt ^ Selectmen 
Wm. Heywood > of 

Exos Stevens. ) Charlestown. 

Hon b;e Com tee of Safety. 



Letter from Eleaser Russell, Esq. on Maritime Fees. 
[State Pap. Eev B Vol. IV. p. 264.] 

Honorable Sir — 

By mistaking the time of the Courts setting, I am rather late in 
mentioning Fees for the maritime office. 

• As no Fees were ordered by authority, I did not Care to act my own 
judgment in the case: therefore ask"d the opinion of several merchants 
on the articles in the enclosed list, and upon their advice have hitherto 
acted; at the same time keeping an exact account of what I have taken 
from each person and promising, if the Hon bl Court shall fix the fees 
lower to return the over plus. 

From wood coasters, (which is the bulk of the business at present) I 



364 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

have taken only Is. 6d. for a pass, and that because the authority of the 
Forts shou'd be kept up & proper submission made to them. 

There has been but one foreign vessel clear'd since my appointment 
& the owners who were present, said the Fees were not enough & offer'd 
me more. 

The Coasting fees are one quarter part of what was formerly taken 
by the King's officers; and the Foreign not more than one fifth part. 

In the Massachusetts State, no officers are yet fixed, & some of their 
coasters have murmured at these fees being so high — one or two of 
our own, who had run for some time without order, have also tho't 
hard of paying anything. I ardently wish to be instructed on the mat- 
ter, in order to proceed without blame. 

Far be it from me to utter any thing that may bear the air of dicta- 
ting; and yet Duty to those who appointed me strongly urges, That I 
should offer some tho'ts for consideration; Especially as my stand in 
life lias given me an insight into the affairs of office, and an opportuni- 
ty of observing the conduct of those who have rioted on the spoils of 
trade. 

I have ever tho't it unreasonable that an individual shou'd grow Rich 
upon the labors of the Public; and yet an equivalent may be expected 
for a person devoting his whole time to a service. Fees that wou'd 
now give a bare decent living, wou'd be too high, if trade should return 
to its natural flow, and exorbitant, if it should double what it was sev- 
en years past; and yet a difficulty wou'd attend their being fixed too 
low now. Such are the humors of mankind that innovations are ever 
disagreeable; and in this case it might be much better to reduce than 
to enlarge. 

At present, and perhaps for some time, one person may easily do the 
duty of the maritime office, and I honestly declare, that fees which Num- 
bers of people might dispise, wou'd satisfy me. 

Shou'd trade return to the course it had five or seven years ago, I'm 
sure from experience that the whole time of two persons would be scarce 
sufficient to go thro the business. Then it may be proper for the prof- 
its to be such that the officer might pay a Deputy or Clerk; rather than 
return to the old erroneous track of multiplying officers, or paying them 
out of any Revenue that may be collected. 

"Wou'd it not be better that one list of fees should answer for the 
whole Continent? There ever was a murmuring, when they were high- 
er in one place than another. I shou'd prefer their being rather lower 
than higher here. 

There formerly has been & is now some uneasiness that a vessel of 
10 tons should pay as much as one of an 100. This I submit: After men- 
tioning that there is the same expense of paper, and often more time, in 
doing the business of the smaller. The case seems similar to going 
thro' the Courts to recover a debt of 10 lbs. or 100. 

I have made no mention in the endorsed list of endorsing Registers, 
as often as Vessels change their masters; or of cancelling or filing Bonds; 
both which occasion considerable writing. 

If I have erred in offering my tho'ts, Its being from a sense of duty, I 
hope will expiate the fault, & am, Honorable Sir, 

Your most obedient and dutiful Hum bl Serv 4 , 

E. Russell. 
Portsmouth. 9 th - Sept. 1770. 
To the Honorable Meshech "Weare, Esq. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 365 

Letter from Col. David Gilman, relating to his being Supersed- 
ed in office. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 268.] 

Portsmouth, Sept. y c lo' h , 1776. 
Gentlemen of the Counsel 
& house of Representatives- 



I am inform'd that you have made choice of Capt. Pearse Long to 
command the Battalion now raising for the protection of this State, a 
person I ever esteemed as a Very great friend of mine ; and if lie ob- 
tained the appointment farley, had as live be superseded by him as any 
person in the State. If it had been agreeable I should have been will- 
ing to have continued in the service ; but as I find it otherways, and 
content to live a retired life ; Although I have been at great cost to 
equip myself for a short service, much shorter than I expected when I 
engaged. I think, Gentlemen, since I have been in the service I have 
Discharged my Duty to a Punctillio, in that I have Dun part of the 
Duty of a farmer, Engineer, Col , and almost Every other officer be- 
longing to a Regiment, and that I have endeavoured that none of the 
Interest of the State should be wasted ; And what thanks have I got for 
my service, but to be slited by my own countrymen, in that they 
have not dealt with me so generosly as they have with my subaltern offi- 
cers, in giving me the offer of tarrying in the service, although I have 
taught them the first Principles of the Military Art. Gentlemen, I do 
not make this Complaint because I desire you to make any alteration 
in your choyce, neither do 1 desire it ; but to let you know that I have 
a spirit as well as another man, and know when I am treated with the 
Respect that is Due to a Person who has been ingaged in the cause of 
his country as early as any one, and Dus not want a Layer to Plead 
his sincerity. I think, gentlemen, at least you ought to be as cautious 
of slighting or offending Real friends, as you are of Pleasing or Retain- 
ing of enemys, least you make Enemies instead of Friends; for such 
treatment as I have Received will have a Natural tendency to make 
Enemys ; though, God forbid that it should have that effect on me. I 
do not remember that when we groaned under our old Constitution 
that Ever an officer was slighted or Neglected for faithfully adhering to 
his duty, but on the contrary Promoted ; but I am sorry that I have it 
to say, there is too much of that in this day. I fear very much if there 
is not sum alteration very soon you will be put to it to get any person 
who is worth employing to ingage in your service; for men of Spirit 
will be causus of Ingaging and fitting themselves, when they are dayly 
liable to be Discharged without any crime laid to their charge or reason 
assigned therefor. 

I shall conclude at this time, in wishing you divine derectiou, and 
hope that Providence in his own time will open a Door for our Releafe, 
and that our troubles will have a final Issue. I am a well wisher to 
my Country And the glorious cause we are engaged in. 

From your affectionate friend and Very humble 

Servant — David Oilman. 



366 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Resolution of Congress relating to Gun-poivder. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 272.] 

In Congress, August 28, 1776. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the several 

States of America, to cause suitable Inspectors to be appointed to 

examine and determine the quality of all Gun-powder manufactured 

within their Jurisdiction, and that no person be allowed to vend any 

gun -powder manufactured in any of the States of America, unless the 

same, in the judgment of such Inspector, shall be of sufficient quality, 

and to make such laws for executing this, or any other regulations for 

promoting the manufacture of good gun-powder, as to them may seem 

most convenient. 



Orders to Col. Benjamin Belloivs, jnn. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV p. 278.] 

Exeter, Septem 1 16 Ul 1776. 
Sr — Orders were yesterday sent off from hence to you for your rais- 
ing Fifty men in your Reg' to recruit our Army at New York, and 
£300 in money to pay them £6. each. Upon a review of the matter 
this day, considering the Frontier state of your regiment, it is deter- 
mined that you omit raising the men at present: And as one Capt. 
John House of Hanover hath received orders (1) to raise a Company 
of Volunteers for said service you are appointed Muster-master to said 
Company and to pay each able-bodied effective man he enlists six 
pounds; and if he should Enlist more than 50 men, you are desired to 
advance the money & your Draft therefor shall be Honoured. But if 
he should not be able to Enlist so many as 50 men, it is expected you 
will make up that number out of your Regiment. You are desired to 
acquaint Capt. House of your being appointed must r master to his 
Compy. By order of Council & assembly, I am your very hum bl serv 1 . 



Letter from Col. John ITurd, relating to Mangers at Cohos. 

[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 286.] 

Exeter, 20 th Sept. 1776. 
Sir — The Bearer Mr. Moses Chace will inform you of the two addi- 
tional ranging Companies allow'd by our Assembly to be raised for the 
defence of our Frontiers, to serve till the first of Decem r next, one of 
w ch 'tis expected will be taken chiefly out of y r Regiment, the officers 
being so appointed. Mr. Russell of Plainfield for the Captain by the 
recommendation of Mr. Chace; the said company to consist of fifty 
five men including officers, and w ch you are desir d to see muster'd & 
properly equipped; for w ch purpose the money is now sent by Mr. 
Chace ;'viz. The Bounty or blanket money 12s each, & half month's 
advance pay w ch you'll please to receive of him & deliver out to officers 

(1) The order to Capt. John House of Hanover, to enlist fiftv men for New York, is 
dated Exeter, 14th Sept., 177C. See MS. State Pap. Revn., Vol. IV. p. 276— Ed. 



1776.] 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



867 



& men agreeable to the raemor™ herewith. This Company is to ren- 
dezvous & make their Head Quarters at Cohos & for their scouting 
marches to be under the Direction of a Committee there — Col Cha 8 
Johnston, Mr. Jon a Hale, Mr. James Bailey & myself; and as I am 
authorized to furnish them with provisions I must desire you would, in 
my behalf supply them when & while they are in your Neighborhood, 
for the arao' of which I will either pay you the money or give an 
order on the Committee at Exeter for it. Mr. Moses Chace has also 
promised me to assist you in this Business. I shall write you again 
from Coho ? os when I return there in about a foi'tnight from this & shall 
be glad to hear also from you. In the mean while remain with due 
respect, 

Sir, your most hum le serv* 

John Hurd. 
Col Jona. Chace. 



Money be paid officers & 


men. 




Captain half mo s pay — 

Lieut " " 


3 
o 




Ensign " " 


1: 


15, 


4 Sergeants at 24s 


4: 


16 


4 Corporals " 22s 
1 Drummer 22s 


4: 
1: 


8 
2 


43 Privates 20s 


43: 




55 Blankets at 12 


33: 






£93: 1 



Paid out 83: 15 

Cash left in my hands 9: 6 



93: 1 



Letter from General Washington — relating to exchange of 
jjrisoners. 
[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 290.] 
Head Quarters,. Harlem Heights, 29 th Sept. 1776. 
Gent 11 

General Howe having signified to me a desire of making a general 
exchange of Prisoners, both officers and privates, it becomes necessary 
to have an exact lleturn of the numbers in our possession. 

You will therefore, be pleased to have all the Continental prisoners 
of war, (belonging to the land service) in the different Towns in your 
State, collected and brought together to some convenient place, from 
whence they may be removed hither when a Cartel is fully settled. 

When they are collected, you will please to have made out, and 
transmit to me, an exact Return of the Names of the commissioned and 
Staff officers, their Ranks and the Corps to which they belong; the 
Names of the non-commissioned and privates need not be mentioned — 
their numbers will be sufficient. 



368 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 1776. 

As it will be more convenient to send them by Water than by Land, 
which may always be safely effected by means of a Flag, I think you 
had better order the prisoners to some place contiguous to a Port there 
to remain till you hear further from me. But if the number should be 
too small to make up a Freight for a vessel, I think you had better 
send them to the State of Massachusetts Bay, that they may come for- 
Avard with the prisoners from thence. 

I have the honor to be, Gent n 

Y r most ob l serv' 

G:° Washington. 
The Hon bl Convention of 
New Hampshire. 

P. S. Be pleased also to make a Return of the Prisoners belonging 
to the British Navy with the names & Ranks of the officers. 



Letter from N. H. Committee of Safety to Maj. Gen. Ward. 

[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV. p. 298.] 

State of New ) In Committee of Safety at Exeter 

Hampshire \ Septem r 24 th , 1776. 

Sir — One thousand men raised by this State to recruit the army 
under Gen 1 Washington at New York, are now just beginning to march 
& we expect will all be on the Road in 2 or 3 days. As no direction 
was sent us about ammunition in the hurry of raising the men, that 
matter was overlooked until now, & whether there is a necessity of any 
being carried from hence, we are not enough acquainted with the State 
of the magazines at New York to determine. 

Therefore we tho't it necessary to send the Bearer Express to Bos- 
ton, and if you suppose it prudent for the men to be supplied with any 
before they reach N. York, we request you will send forward to Hart- 
ford in Connecticut (where our Troops are to rendezvous) such Quan- 
tity of Powder & Balls as you judge necessary for 1000 men, out of the 
Continental Stock in your care. We request this more particularly as 
our stock is small for our own internal defence. 
By order of the Committee, 

I am your Hum bl Serv' 



Hon M Maj. Gen. Ward. 



Petition in favor of Lieut. Abraham Perkins. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 300.] 
To the Hon bl the Committee of Safety for the State of New Hampshire: 
The subscribers, officers in the Battalion in the Continental service 
under the command of Col Pierse Long: That before the promotion 
of Maj r Hodgdon, he as Captain of a Company in said Battalion with 
his subaltern officers had enlisted Sixty men for said service, forty of 
whom have passed muster; That as said Company by reason of said 
Promotion is now without a Captain, it would be very agreeable to 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 369 

them as well as to most of the officers of the said Battalion, if the Com- 
mand of the said Company should be Conferred on Mr. Abraham Per- 
kins, the first Lieutenant of said Company, who is an able expert offi- 
cer & one who has always been ready & willing to discharge the Duty 
of his station, & to whom we imagine the said command naturally falls. 
Wherefore we Pray your Honours to appoint him Captain of the said 
Company, as we conceive you will thereby give content to the soldiers 
belonging to the same, & contribute to the increase of the Ilarmony 
subsisting among the officers of said Battalion, & as in Duty bound 
shall pray, &c. 
Sept, 2> 1776. 

Hercules Mooney Titus Salter 

Caleb Hodgdon Shackford Seaward 

Eliphalet Daniell William Cooper 

Wendum Janvrin Meshach Bell 

Ebenezer Dearing Tobias Leighton 

Thos. Bowler John Calfe. 



Col. John Langdon's Return of enlisting three men. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. C03.] 
State of "> 
New Hampshire } Portsmouth, September 28 th 1776. 

Agreeable to the Requisition (1) to me directed, the Company under 
my Command have raised three men, viz. 

Benjamin Dockum, Benjamin Dockum, jun. & Jonathan Kenneston, 
all able men & equipt with one good Musquet each, which are to be 
charg'd to them or return'd to the Colony, the price of which three Guns 
is Twenty-three Dollars. 

Johx Laxgdon. 



Letter from Col. Jacob Bayley to John Ilurd, Esq., relating to 
affairs in Canada. 

[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 304.] 

Newbury, 21 th Sept. 1776. 
Sr. — By Sarjant Daniel Booth of Col Hitchcoke's Reg' and Capt. 
Toppan's Comp" Taken at Quebeck in Gen 11 Montgomery's Defeat, 
and inlisted May last into the Royal Immigrants, Deserted from them 
from Point 0*Trembles, twenty three Days since; we learn that Col. 
McLane is gone to London, that their is thirteen Regiments in Canada, 
about 150 men in each, that they are stationed in Deferant Parts of 
Canada, that Sr John Johnson has about 1000 Indians eighteen miles 
above Montreal, that the Reg ts in Canada are as follows, viz. the 9 th , 
20, 21, 21, 29, 31, 31, 17, 53, 72 Royal Imigrants, Sr. John Johnson's 
5 Compa s of the 7Vcme,(2) 150 mariens and two Reg ts of Hassions, 
one of Horss, y e other foot. Great preparations for crossing the Lake. 

(1) The requisition was made by Benj. Giles, Chairman of a Com'ee appointed for the 
purpose. — Ed. 

(2) Uncertain whether tliis word is Trane or Franc. — Ed. 

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370 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Two vessels of force, &c. I should have wrote more particular, but 
am now setting of for New York. Am, Sr, your Plumb 1 Serv 4 

Jacob Bayley. 
To John Hurd, Esq. 



Resolves of Congress. 
[State Pap. Rev n Vol. IV. p. 306.] 

In Congress, Sept. 25 th 1776. 

Resolved, That a Committee of Congress consisting of one Delegate 
from each State be appointed with Authority to employ proper Persons 
to purchase in their respective States, a sufficient number of Blankets 
and Woolens fit for soldiers, and that they take the most effectual and 
speedy methods for getting such AVoolens made up And distributed 
among the regular Continental Army in such Proportion as will best 
promote the public Service, and that they also purchase all other nec- 
essary clothing for the soldiers in such Proportion as they judge upon 
the best Information will be wanted and that the said Com tee be Au- 
thorized to draw on the President of Congress for the Sums necessary 
to Execute this Business, they to be accountable for the Amount of 
their Draught and Disbursement. 

The Committee are Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Paine, Mr. Ellery, Mr. Wil- 
liams, Mr. Floyd, Mr. Stockton, Mr. Ross, Mr. McKean, Mr. Middleton, 
& Mr. Hall. , 

Oct. 10 th Members added, Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. Stone, & Mr. Penn. 

Resolve, That it be recommended to the General Assemblies and 
Conventions of the United States to forward to Head Quarters the 
cloathing, blankets and necessaries, which they may have provided in 
consequence of the Resolution of Congress of the 19 th of June last, 
drawing on the President for the Cost and conveyance thereof, in which 
it is hoped the utmost Diligence & Expedition will be used, that those 
who expose themselves to danger in defending and protecting their fel- 
low citizens may suffer as little as possible from inclement seasons. 
Extract from the Minutes 

Chas. Thomson, Secy. 



Letter from Gen 1 Artemas Ward. 
[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IV. p. 308.] 

Boston, 26 th Sept. 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

Your letter of the 24 Instant I received last evening, and agreeable 
to your request I have ordered 500 lb. of powder, & 1000 lb. of Ball out 
of the Continental Store, to be forwarded this morning with the utmost 
expedition for Hartford, and there to be delivered to the Committee of 
Correspondence, who will deliver it to the Commanding officers of your 
Regiments as soon as they arrive there. 
I am, gentlemen 

Your obedient, Humble Servant 

Artemas Ward. 
Committee of Safety 
in New Hampshire. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 371 

Letter from Andrew Colburn to Hon. Mattliew Thornton. 
[State Pap. Rev 11 Vol. IV. p. 310.] 
Camp near Xew York, at Mount Washington, Sept. 27, 1776. 
Hon 11 Sir— 

I had the honour of transmitting to your Hon d Assembly on Febru- 
ary last, a petition for the pay for the services I performed as Brigade 
Adjutant, for the Xew Hampshire Departments; I, at the same time, 
mentioned the pay the other officers Rec d in the same station, in the 
Colony of Massachusetts Bay, which was certifyed by the Hon bl Briga- 
dier (now Maj r ) Gen 1 Sullivan, which was eight pounds ten, pr. month 
L. money. Maj r Brewer's Certificate attended my Petition, certifying 
this fact; if therefore your known Honour and strickt attachment to 
this service, where I have been always engaged (and expect still to be 
so), would be kind enough to have this matter settled, in that most 
Hon bl Assembly in which you have the Honour of presiding— that I 
may have order for my money transmitted to me by Mr. White, Lt. 
and Q r Master of the 4 th Reg 1 , who is sent to New England on Business 
of his Reg 1 will be most oblidging to me ; who will be very carefull in 
Delivering it to me; he will inform your honour of any thing Relative 
to this matter, that you may be pleased to know. In the mean time, 
I have the honour to be, with great personall Regard your Hon 3 most 
Humb 1 & obedient Serv' 

AxDR w CoLBCRX. 

To the Hon bl Mathew Thornton, Esq. 



Letter from Col. Samuel Wiggleszcorth relating to sickness in 
the army at Crown Point. 

[State Pap. Rev* Vol. IV. p. 318.] 
Mount Independence, opposite Ticonderoga, Sept. 27, 1776. 
To the Committee of Safety for the State of New Hampshire: 
Gextlemex — 

When I waited upon you to receive a Commission for Doct r 
Moores, if 1 am not mistaken, Col Thornton informed me that there 
would be a supply of Medicines proper for the Campaign without fail. 
In hopes it would be so. I appeased the Troops at Xo. 4. But alas! 
how have we found ourselves mistaken. Gentlemen, I wish you could 
transport yourselves to this place for a moment, to see the distressed 
situation of these troops; and no Medicines: near one half of this 
Regiment is intirely incapable of any service ; some dying almost every 
day. Col Wyman's Regiment in the same unhappy situation. There 
are no medicines of any avail in the Continental Chest ; Such as are 
there, are in their native State unprepared; no Emetick, nor Cathar- 
tick: no mercurial or antimonial Remedy; no opiate or Elixer, tinc- 
ture, nor even any capital medicine. It would make a Heart of stone 
melt to hear the moans & see the distresses of the sick & dying. I 
scarce pass a Tent, but I hear men solemnly declaring they will never 
engage another Campaign without being assured of a better supply of 
Medicines. 

The above (Gentlemen) is the real state of this army in General. 
Now, Sirs, think how much more unhappy & distressed the condition 



372 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

of these troops must be, should the Enemy attack our Lines. Num- 
bers of wounded (which is the never failing consequence of obstinate 
Battles) and nothing suitable wherewith to dress their wounds! 

Gentlemen, you will excuse the Freedom I have used in transmitting 
to you the state of this army in the above respect, I tho't it my duty 
to acquaint you therewith. 

I am , Gentlemen, with great respect 

Your Humble Ser 5- * 

Sam 1 TTiggleswokth. 

P. S. I have before wrote you on this subject, but fearing it should 
not come to hand, I have once more attempted it, & send by a person 
of Fidelity & Trust. 



Resolves of Congress, relating to Physicians and Surgeons for 
the Army : also to full Representation. 

[State Pap. Rev n . Vol. IV. p. 320.] 

In Congress, September 30 th , 1776. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the 
Lnited States to appoint Gentlemen in their respective States, skilful 
in Physick & Surgery, to examine those who offer to serve as Surgeons 
or Surgeons' mates in the Army & Navy, and that no Surgeon or mate 
shall hereafter receive a Commission or warrant to act as such in the 
Army or navy, who shall not produce a Certificate from some or one 
of the examiners so to be appointed, to prove that he is qualified to 
execute the office. 

That all Regimental surgeons and Mates, as well as those of the 
Hospitals, be subject to the direction and controul of the Directors in 
the several departments. 

That no soldier be discharged from the service as disabled unless the 
certificate of disability be countersyned by the Director, Assistant 
Physician or such Surgeon of the Hospital, nor be excused from Duty 
for sickness, unless the Certificate of Sickness be countersyned by One 
of those persons where Access may be had to them. 



In Congress, October 1 st , 1776. 
"Whereas a full Representation in Congress of the several United 
States is highly necessary on Business of much Importance to America, 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the President be desired to write Letters to the Con- 
ventions and Assemblys of the respective States, requesting that Meas- 
ures be taken to cause as speedily as possible, a full Representation of 
the said States in Congress. 

By order of Congress. 

Joux Haxcock, Preside 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 373 

Letter from Hon. John Hancock, relating to Surgeons, §c. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 326.] 

Philad" Oct. 2 d , 1776. 
Gentlemen — 

The many & just complaints of the insufficiency of the Surgeons and 
their mates to discharge their Duty in a proper manner, have induced 
Congress to pass the inclosed Resolve recommending it to the several 
States to appoint Some skilfull Examiners, without whose Approbation 
uo Surgeon or Surgeon's Mate, shall Receive a Commission either in 
the Army or Navy. 

The Congress being at present deeply engaged in matters of the ut- 
most importance to the welfare of America, have judged it absolutely 
necessary that there should be a full representation of the several 
States as soon as possible. For this end I am to request, in obedience 
to their commands, you will immediately take proper Measures to com- 
ply with the inclosed Resolve in order that the United States may be 
fully represented in Congress, and the sentiments of America be the 
better known upon those interesting subjects that lie before them. I 
shall therefore only once more request your compliance with this Re- 
quisition of Congress, and have the Honour to be 

Gentlemen, Your most Obed' & very hh 1 Serv', 

John Hancock, Presid 4 . 
Hon bl Assembly of New Hampshire. 



Petition of Joshua Heath of Conway. 

[State Pap. Rev". Vol. IV. p. 321.] 

To the Great and General Court or Assembly of the State of New 

Hampshire, Octo r 1776. 

The Petition of Joshua Heath of Conway in said State, humbly 
shews : — 

That your petitioner having had the command of a Party of men rais- 
ed by order of said State and Posted in this Place for scouting the 
Woods in order to make the earliest discovery of an Enemy should 
any be coming from Canada against these parts; I apply'd myself & 
Party as closely to that service as was in my power : That in doing of 
which I took much pains to find some of the Indians who used to hunt 
in the woods back of this department, who I immagined might be 
there — the unhappy war notwithstanding. Altho' I found none of 
them in the woods, in my first endeavours for that purpose, yet being 
pretty well satisfied in my own judgment, which was strengthened by 
Capt. Miles's who well knows the nature of the Indians, I thought 
there was a probability that some of them were hunting on the Branch- 
es of the Ammariscoggin & Kennebeck Rivers, therefore I sent Capt. 
Miles with a small party in quest of them in those places who had the 
good Fortune to find an Indian named John Baptist Ahasompommet, 
commonly called Sabbatis (who is well known among us) His Squa 
and Sister and brought all home with him. By conversing with this 
Indian I found that he and all the other Indians which he informed me 
were hunting in the parts where he came from were in such great dis- 
tress for want of ammunition and other necessaries as would oblige 



374 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

them to go to Canada for them, except some speedy care was taken to 
prevent it : And as it appeared to me it was not likely they would be 
supply'd there without they would take up the hatchet against us, I 
run the venture to use my Endeavours to hinder their going, and for 
that end I agreed with this Indian to help me to a Conference with the 
others ; and by his Assistance I had a Conference with a party of them 
on the 19 th Inst, at Amariscoggin River, as by my Journal herewith 
exhibited will more largely appear. And as your Honours will thereby 
be informed that they manifest great willingness to be Friendly to us, 
and that nothing is wanted but supplies to keep them so, and will see 
the Encouragement I have given them of my Endeavours to help them 
(which I Avas moved to purely to prevent their going to Canada) I 
your said petitioner humbly pray your Honours would please to take 
the case under Consideration, and by such ways and means as you 
shall Judge proper, afford the said Indians such Necessaries as will se- 
cure their Friendship to us, and as in duty bound prays — 

Joshua Heath. 



Resolves of Congress. 

[State Pap. Rev" Vol. IV. p. 328.] 

In Congress, October 2 d , 177G. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the several States to make 

legal Provision to compel the furnishing of necessary supplies and 

assistance to the Quarter Master General of the Continental Army on 

reasonable terms for the public use. 

October 7 th . 
Resolved, That a Commissary of Prisoners of "War be appointed in 
each of the United States. 

That the said Commissaries be directed to make monthly returns of 
the State and condition of the Prisoners under their respective care, to 
the Board of War. 

That the said Commissaries be appointed by the respective States. 
Resolved, That as a farther encouragement for Gentlemen of abili- 
ties to engage as Commission officers in the Battalions to be furnished 
by the several States to serve during the War, their monthly pay be 
increased as follows: 

A Colonel 75 Dollars 

Lieut Colonel 60 '' 

Major 50 

Captain 40 

Lieutenants 27 

Ensigns, 20 

Quarter Master 27£ 
Adjutant 40 

In Congress, October 8 th , 1776. 

Whereas it is necessary that the most speedy and effectual Measures 
be taken for raising the new army, 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies, Conventions 
and Councils of Safety of the several States, which have any Regi- 
ments now in the Continental service, either at New York, Ticonderoga, 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 375 

or New Jersey, that they forthwith appoint Committees to proceed to 
those places with full powers to appoint all the officers of the Regi- 
ments to be raised by their States under the new Establishment. 

That such officers may proceed immediately to enlist such men as 
are now in the service and incline to re-inlist during the war and that 
such Committees be instructed to advise with the General officers, and 
promote such officers as have distinguished themselves for their ability, 
activity and diligence in the service, and especially for their attention 
to military discipline. 

That the said Committees be also instructed not to appoint any offi- 
cer who has left or shall leave his station in the army, and is absent 
without leave from the General or some other officer having authority 
to grant the same. 

Resolved, That for the further encouragement of the non-commis- 
sion officers and soldiers who shall engage in the service during the 
war a suit of cloaths be annually given each of the said officers and 
soldiers, to consist, for the present year of two linnen hunting shirts, 
two pairs of Overalls, a leathern or woolen waist coat with Sleeves, a 
pair of breeches, a hat or leathern cap, two shirts, two pair of hose, 
and two pair of shoes, amounting in the whole to the value of twenty 
dollars, or that sum to be paid to each soldier who shall procure those 
articles for himself, and produce a Certificate thereof, from the Captain 
of the Company to which he belongs, to the Paymaster of the Regi- 
ment. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies and Conven- 
tions of the respective States from Virginia to New Hampshire inclus- 
ively to take the most effectual Measures for compleating by the Tenth 
of November, their proportions of the levies to be raised during the 
war. 

As the army has greatly suffered through the defect of some of its 
regimental officers, 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies and Conven- 
tions of the respective States to use their utmost endeavors that all 
the officers to be hereafter appointed be men of Honor and known 
abilities without a particular regard to their having before been in 
service. 

By order of Congress. 

John Hancock, Presid'. 



In Congress, October 3d, 1776. 
[State Pap. Rev D Vol. IV. p. 332.] 

Resolved, That five Millions of Continental Dollars be immediately 
borrowed for the use of the United States of America, at the Annual 
interest of four per Cent. 

That the faith of the United States be pledged to the lenders, for the 
payment of the sums to be borrowed and the interest arising thereon, 
and that Certificates be given to the Lenders in the Form following: 

"The United States of America, acknowledge the Receipt of 

Dollars from which they promise to pay to the 

said or Bearer on the day of with 

Interest, at the rate of four per Cent, per Annum, agreeable to a Res- 



376 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

olution of the United States, passed the third day of October, 1776. 

Witness the hand of the Treasurer, this day of 

A. D. 

Countersigned" 

by the Commissioners of one of the Loan-offices hereafter mentioned. 

That for the convenience of the Lenders, a Loan office be established 
in each of the United States, and a Commissioner to superintend such 
office be appointed by the said States respectively, who are to be respon- 
sible for the faithful discharge of their Duty in the said offices. 

That the Business of the said Commissioners shall be, to deliver Cer- 
tificates for all such Sums of money as shall be brought into their respec- 
tives offices, agreeable to these Resolutions, which Certificates shall be 
indented, and the Checks kept in the same office — to keep Books, in 
which regular Entries shall be made of the sums borrowed, and of the 
Time when, and of the Names of the persons by whom the said sums 
were lent — to transmit to the Continental Treasurer once a month an 
account of the Cash in their respective offices and to answer all Draughts 
of the Treasurer to the amount of the Cash which they shall at any 
time have in their hands as aforesaid. 

That the Treasurer of the United States shall send to the respective 
Loan offices such a number of Certificates and of such Denominations, 
as shall be ordered by the Commissioner of the Treasury. 

That no Certificate be issued for less than three Hundred Dollars. 

That the several sums of Money to be borrowed, shall be repaid at 
the office where the same was lent, at the Expiration of Three Years; 
and that the annual Interest shall be likewise paid at the said office. 

That the said Commissioners of the respective Loan-Offices, be enti- 
tled to receive of the United States, one-Eighth per Cent, on all monies 
which shall be brought into their respective Loan-Offices in Lieu of all 
Claims and Demands that they may have for transacting the Business 
of their said offices. 

October the 7 th . 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Assemblies and Conven- 
tions of the United States respectively, to annex such Penalties by Law 
to the Crime of counterfeiting the Bills or Notes of the Continental 
Loan-Office, as are, or shall be annexed to the crime of counterfeiting 
Continental Currency. 

Ordered, That the foregoing Resolutions be published, and copies 
thereof sent to each of the United States; and that the respective States 
be desired to send to the Committee of the Continental Treasury, the 
Names of the Commissioners by them appointed in consequence of the 
said Resolutions. 

By order of Congress, 

John Hancock, President. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 877 

Note. The Correspondence, &c, which follows to November 28, 17TG, is copied 
from MS. " Suite Papers" in the Secretary's office, Vol. V.— Ed. 



Letter from Hon. John Hancock, — relating to the Army. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 1.] 

Philad". Oct' 9 th , 177G. 

Gentlemen* — The enclosed Resolves, which I transmit in obedience 
to the commands of Congress, will inform yon of the Ample Provision 
they have male for the support of both officer and soldier, who shall en- 
ter into the Service during the war. The Pay of the former is consid- 
erably increased, and the latter is to receive annually a compleat suit of 
cloaths, or in lieu thereof, the sum of twenty dollars, should he provide 
the suit for himself. This additional encouragement, besides the twen- 
ty Dollars Bounty, and one hundred Acres of laud formerly granted, 
the Congress expect will be the means of engaging the Troops to serve 
during the war. For this purpose also, I am to request, you will ap- 
point a Committee or Committees, to repair immediately to the Army, 
to induce such of the Troops as have been raised by your State to en- 
list during the War, and to appoint officers for the Same. 

The Congress, for very obvious reasons, are extremely anxious to 
keep the Army together. The dangerous consequences of their break- 
ing up, and the difficulty of forming a new one, are inconceivable. 
Were this Barrier once removed, military Power would quickly spread 
Desolation and Ruin over the face of our country. The importance 
and indeed the absolute necessity of filling up the Army, of providing 
for the Troops, and engaging them to serve during the war. is so appar- 
ent, and has been so frequently urged, That I shall only request your 
attention to the Resolves of Congress on this Subject, and beseech 
you, by that love you have for your country, her Rights and Liberties, 
to exert yourselves to carry them speedily and effectually into Execu- 
tion, as the only means of preserving her in this her critical and alarm- 
ing situation. I have the Honour to be, Gentlemen, your most obed' 
and very Hum bl Serv 1 , 

John Hancock, Presid'. 
Hon ble Assembly of 

!New Hampshire. 



Letter from Joseph Whipple, Esq relating to Roads leading 

to Cohos. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 5.] 

Portsmouth, Oct r 13 th 1776. 
Sin— 

The Committee of Safety for this State having by an advertisement 
bearing date the 25 th of July past very seriously and urgently recom- 
mended to the inhabitants & proprietors of the several Towns & Tracts 
of Land therein to repair their Roads & Bridges, so that Warlike & 
other Stores might be transported for the defence & use of the Iuhab- 
tants of the Frontier Towns, particularly the Road leading from Wolfe- 
borough through Conway to the Upper Cohos, & the said recommend- 
ation having been totally disregarded (excepting only by the Maso- 



3(8 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

man Prop 1 " 5 who have repair'd their Road from "Wolfeboro" towards Con- 
way.) 

I therefore, in behalf of myself & the public who are great sufferers 
by said neglect, beg leave, with great deference to the judgment of the 
Committee to request their immediate consideration on this Subject; for 
as the winter season is now near at hand, it will be a matter of great 
difficulty to make these repairs a few weeks later. Tiie Road which is 
referr d to in the Com tees advertisement & which is still neglected leads 
from the Upper Cohos downward to Conway, where the Bridges 
are lifted out of place by a Remarkable Freshet which happen'd a year 
past, which renders passing almost impracticable for horses & totally so 
for a Carriage of any kind, & also many Trees (Windfalls) lying across 
the road. 

I humbly conceive that a detachment from the Companies now sta- 
tioned at Northumberland & Conway might effect this Business without 
any detriment to the public good — which however. I submit to the wis- 
dom of the Committee. 

I have the honor to be with great respect 

Your most obed 1 & most hh bl Serv 1 

J. Whipple. 
To the Hon ble the Chairman 

of the Committee of Safety. 



Representation relating to Capt. Jeremiah Eames. 

[State Pap. Vol. Y. p. 7.] 
To the Hon bIe the Gen 11 Cort for the State of New hamp r or the Com tee 
of Safety for the same: — 

Several of the Inhabitants of the Towns in the Uper Cohose 
upon hearing a leter Directed to Capt. Jeremiah Earns by the Com tee 
of Safety for this State, which Letter is an answer to several Com- 
plaints exhibited by Capt. Bucknam against the conduct of Capt. 
Eames in the execution of his ofice since his appointment among us, 
We now Beg to Let this Hon ble Court know our sentiment Relative to 
his conduct amoung us: when the s d Capt. Eames came among us with 
his appointment, the Inhabitants were very backward in our Husband- 
ry Business, by reason of our distressed situation under apprehension 
of danger from our Enemys — ten of our number being inlisted before 
Capt. Eames arrived, several of which were heads of familys; aplica- 
tion being frequently made to the Capt. for assistance by the soldiery 
to help the Inhabtants in securing their Grain, &c. which if neglected 
would render our continuing with the familys then Resident here 
impracticable: but by his Indulgence & assistance has contributed 
much to our Relief and been a mean of bringing back a number of 
familys that had Removed from this part of the Colony, and altho the 
s d Capt. Eames has not for the greatest part of the time since here 
employed his men in building forts, yet he hath stedily keept scouts on 
Discovery which hath so quieted the minds of the Inhabatants that the 
country is now Repeopled and as we have never discovered no Disposi- 
tion in the said Capt. to Disserve the Publick nor us as Individuals, 
we now pray that no former Representation may terminate to his Dis- 
honor or Disadvantage. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 379 

Not doubting your veracity, wishing your Honors that -wisdom 
proper to direct, asking that protection our peculiar circumstances call 
for, Respectfully subscribe our Names — 

Nathanel Mepel? Nathan Caswell 

Enoch Hall Joseph Barlow 

Thomas Peaverly Nathan Barlow 

Daniel Spalding John Smith 

Tlio s Peverly, Jun r Gideon Smith 

Moses Page, James Brown 

Archippus Blogget 
Thomas Blogget 
Josiah Blogget 
Moses Quimby 
John French 
Edward Mardn. 



Tories sent from the State of 2few-YorJc, for confinement in 
Exeter, iV. H. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. pp. 13-31.] 

(Extract p. 14.) 

In Committee appointed by the Convention of the State of New York, 
for enquiring into, detecting and defeating all conspiracies which 
may be form'd in the said State against t he Liberties of America: 

Fishkill, October 17 th , 1776. 
Resolved, That it hath become more particularly necessary and expe- 
dient to provide for the internal Peace and security of this State, by 
removing from it all persons, who are notoriously disaffected and 
inimical to the measures persuing for the safety and Defence of the 
United States of America. 

Resolved. That the Persous hereinafter named be forthwith removed 
to the several places affixed to their respective Names, there to remain 
at their own expence, under such Restrictions as shall be enjoined 
them respectively by the Legislative authority or by the Committees of 
the several States to which they may be so removed. 

Resolved, That Letters be written to the respective Legislatures or 
Committees aforesaid, inclosing them Copies of the Resolutions of the 
Convention of this State appointing this Committee, together with 
Lists of the Persons sent to the respective Places ; distinguishing such 
Persons as this Committee deem most dangerous to the Liberties of 
America, by an Atte>*ism.* 

Ordered, That Copies of the foregoing Resolutions be sent to the 
respective Legislatures or Committees of the several States to which 
the Prisoners herein after named, shall be removed. 



380 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1770. 



The Names of such Prisoners as are sent to the Town of Exeter 
of New Hampshire. 

Samuel Sweet Griffin Marcy 

Isaac Veal Agrippa Martin* 

John Tanner* (kill'd.) John Wheeler 



the State 



Peter Boyce 
Asa De Long 
John Montgomerie 
Peter Shearer* 
Joseph Tyce 
Robert Burdock 
Benjamin Chase 
James Gosling 
Michael Vincent 
Stephen Hunt* 
Robert Thorne 
Leonard Vincent 
Daniel Beadle 
Jonathan Thorne 
James Pettit 
John Grant 
George Peters* 
Joshua Gidney* 
Samuel Mabbitt* 
Joseph Mabbitt* 
John German 
John De Graaf 
Jacob Bush* 
Jacob Sharpstone 
Elisha Powel* 
Silas Duel* 
Aaron Haight, Jun.* 
Abel Peters* 
Mathias Cook* 
John Cook* 
Stephen Thorne* 
Samuel Burdock 
Jeremiah French* 
Rev d Mr. Bryant* 
Major Ross* 
Elian ah Briggs 
Extract from the Minutes 



Thomas Briggs, jun* 
Roger Cuttler 
Dirck Dutcher 
William Merritt 
Moses Fowler 
Joseph Gage 
Increase Jackson* 
Elias Doty 
Silvester Stone* 
Benjamin Trip 
Matthias Cook* 
Silas Rushmore* 
Enoch Lester* 
David Long* 
Cornelius Lawrence* 
Nathaniel Thorne* 
Moses Shaw 
Daniel Southwick* 
Daniel Doughty, (in 

Goal) 
Samuel Mott* 



Rickbell Williams 
Martin Dop 
Hugh Moshur* 
Gores Storm 
Dirck Van Vleet* 
Peter Weaver* 
Coon Smith 
James Bryant* 
Joshua Dakins* 
Heudrick Younkhans 
Jonathan Duell 
Robert Duell 
An dries Pulver 
Wardall Pulver 
Adam Weever 
John Miller* 
David Hoffman 
James Parker 
Johannes Cole 
Timothy Doughty* 
John DeGraaf* 
Johannes Medlar 
William Doughty 
Matthias Liester 



George Doughty (in Judah Swift 

Goal) Charles Vinsent 

Timothy Duell Ephraim Wheeler 

Laughlin M'Intosh William Cooper 

John P. Row Asa Brown 

Michael Smith [Esq.*Anthony Carpenter 
Henry Van Denbergh Elisha Rose 
Richard Swedecker,Esq r Caleb Seaman 
Haltus Van Kleck* Joseph Hitchcock 
Peter Van Denbergh Eli Crosby 
John Van Denbergh* Gilbert Dickeson 
Samuel Isaacs,* Goal Ebenezer Rider 
Alexander Hare* Goal Jacob Lawrence, jun r 
Isaac T. Lassing 
John Robinson 



A. W. D. Peyster, Secy. 



In Committee appointed by the Convention of the State of New York 
for inquiring into, detecting and defeating all conspiracies which 
may be formed in the Said State ag st the Liberties of America : 

Fishkill, Oct r 26 th , 1776. 
Whereas *Stephen Baxter, John Stewart, *Stephen Baxter, Jun r , 
Jonas Kamiff, Richard Jewel, Nathaniel Gildershue, are notoriously dis- 
affected to the American cause — 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 381 

Resolved, That they be forthwith removed under Guard to Exeter, 
in the State of New Hampshire, there to remain under such Restric- 
tions as to the General Court or Council or Committee of Safety shall 
seem most advisable. 

Resolved, That those of the above mentioned Persons, whose Names 
are mark'd with an Asterisk* be closely confined in Jail. 

"Whereas it would be inconsistent with the public Safety to suffer 
any Persons who have been concern'd in treasonable Practices, or who 
are notoriously disaffected to the American cause, to remain confined 
in the Goals of this State during its present situation : 

Resolved That all the Prisoners at present confined in the Goals in the 
Counties of Dutchess and Westchester, be forthwith removed to Exe- 
ter in the State of New Hampshire there to remain in Goal, till fur- 
ther Orders from this Committee or the Legislature of this State, un- 
less sooner discharged by due course of Law. 

Resolved, That this Committee pledge the publick Faith of the State 
of New York for the subsistance of such Prisoners as shall be confined 
in Goal, and for all such others, who either thro' illness or any other 
cause shall be incapable of subsisting themselves by Labour. 



The following is a List of Prisoners from White Plains Goal in the 
County of Westchester now sent to Exeter in the State of ^\e\v Hamp- 
shire. 

James Boundage Lilly Sanders 

Joseph Purdy Samuel Purdy 

Levy Devoe Azariah Whitmore 

James Budd Capt. Jagger. 

The following is a list of Prisoners Names who were confined in 
Poughkeepsie Goal, in the County of Dutchess, now sent to Exeter in 
the State of New Hampshire. 

Frederick Ham, Jun r John Lawrence 

(James Lummery) sick John M>'Donald 

Edward Talbot Thomas Barker 

Lewis Hogg Samuel Glass. 

Obediah Griffin 
These Persons were all more or less concerned in a late Insurrection 
in Dutchess County, and the greatest Part actually in Arms. 

George Browing: — Endeavoring to Inlist Men in the service of the 
Enemy. 

Adam Barrack ] For notorious Disaffection to the American 
Christian Barrack | cause and for escaping from the Goal of New 
York, where they were confined by order of the Provincial Congress, 
being taken in supplying the Enemies Ships with Provisions. 

John Hallock : — For notorious Disaffection and for assisting the 
above mentioned two persons when pursued in order to be taken. 

Extract from the Minutes. 

A. W. D. Peyster., Sec- V . 



382 STATE OP NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

In Committee appointed by the Convention of the State of New 
York for inquiring into, &c. 

Fishkill, Oct r 29, 1776. 
Resolved, That all the Prisoners who have been removed from the 
Jail of the City and County of Albany pursuant to a Resolution of the 
General Committee of the said County of the 25 th Inst, be forthwith 
sent under guard to Exeter in the State of New Hampshire. 

"Whereas it appears to this Committee from the Examinations trans- 
mitted by the Committee of Albany in their Letter to this Committee 
of the 25 th Instant, That the following Persons have either been aiding, 
assisting or abetting the Enemy in subverting the Liberties of America 
or are notoriously disaffected to the measures persued for the establish- 
ment of American Liberty, to witt: — 

Isaac Mann Peter Browne, 7 

John Hitchcock to be in irons | 

Laughlin M c Gaffin Joseph Junnecliff 

Nathaniel Douglass, ? "William Burns 

alias Ruggles. $ Alexander Anderson 

James Wadded John Feathers 

Abraham North, } Thomas Pearson. 

to be in irons. jj" 
Resolved, That they be closely confined in Goal, till further Orders 
from this Committee or the Legislature of this State, unless sooner dis- 
charged by due course of Law. 

Resolved, That a List of all the Prisoners sent from the County of 
Albany be transmitted to the General Court or Committee of Safety of 
the State of New Hampshire, distinguishing by an Asterism the Names 
of such persons whom this Committee deem most dangerous to the pub- 
lick Safety in order that they may be put under such restrictions as the 
General Court or Committee of Safety of the said State shall deem 
most proper. 

The following is a List of the Names of the Prisoners from Albany, 
including those mentioned in the last page. 

Timothy Clossen Thomas Flood. 

Anthony Clossen William Tunnecliff 

Isaac Mann William Duncan 

John Hitchcock Major Snell 

Seth Cliace Casper Bonwer 

Alexander White Jury Weaver 

Laughlin McGaffin Coenraot Kelder 

Nathaniel Douglass William Marter 

James Waddel Alexander Boyd 

Abraham Van North John Sherfelt 

Jonathan Owen Peter Grawbergh 

John McMurtrey James Sloan 

Peter Brono Gilbert Scharpe 

Peter Bresee Alexander Thompson 

Peter Brasee, jun. Joseph Tunnecliff 

Henry Brasee, William Burn 

Cornelius Brasee Alexander Anderson 

John House John Feathers 

John Livingston Thomas Pierson. 

Extract from the Minutes A. W. D. Peyster. Sec?". • 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 383 

In Committee appointed by the Convention of the State of New 
York, for inquiring into, ike. 

Fishkill, November 3, 1776. 
Whereas it appears to this Committee that Thomas Bullis was one of 
the persons concerned in an attempt last summer to disarm the Friends 
to the American cause, and that there is Reason to immagin that the 
said Bullis and a certain Johannis Van Tilen had intentions of joining 
the Enemy, 

Resolved, That they be forthwith moved to Exeter in the State of 
New Hampshire there to be closely confined in Goal until further or- 
ders from this Committee or the Legislative Authority of this State, 
unless sooner discharged by due course of Law. 
Thomas Bullis 
Johannis Van Tilen. 

"Whereas the following Persons Inhabitants of this State were lately 
taken in arms against the Liberties of the United States in a late 
skirmish between a detachment of the Continental Army, and a Party 
under the command of the late Major Rodgers to witt: 
Joseph Deane Joseph Carle 

Stephen Saw Walter l'<rowne 

Elijah Carle Gilbert Myers 

John Angevine Frederick Devoe 

David Lawrence Solomon Parent 

James Angevine. Jonathan Eely 

John Charlick Stephen Travis 

Ruben Stives James Canady 

David Travis Moses Travis. 

Jonah Worden Abraham Browne 

Elijah Bartoe Elnathan Appleby 

Jonathan Asten Jedediah Davis 

Francis Berley Jacob Cad well Burr 

James Thorpe William Washburn. 

Resolved, That they be forthwith march'd to the Town of Exeter in 
the State of New Hampshire, and that they be closely confined in Goal 
in such Parts of the said State as by the General Court or Council or 
Committee of Safety of the said State shall be thought advisable. 

Whereas Thomas Gonunck has been represented to this Committee 
by the Committee of Dutchess County as a person highly disaffected to 
the American Cause and whose residence in this State at this Juncture 
is inconsistent with the safety thereof — 

Resolved, That he be forthwith removed to the town of Exeter in the 
State of New Hampshire there to remain under the same Restrictions 
with the other Prisoners destin'd to that place by a Resolution of this 
Committee of the Seventeenth Day of October last. 
Extract from the Minutes 

A. W. D. Peyster, Seer. 



In Committee appointed by the Convention of the State of New 
York, for enquiring into, detecting and defeating all Conspiracies, 
which may be form'd in the said State against the Liberties of Amer- 
ica. 



384 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Fishkill, November 8. 1776. 

Whereas it appears clearly to this Committee that Jacob Dean, Solo- 
mon Haight and Solomon Eltinger are notoriously disaffected to the 
American Cause, which they have evinced by refusing to receive in 
Payment the Continental Currency and endeavoring to depreciate the 
same; 

Resolved that they be forthwith removed to Exeter in the State of 
New Hampshire there to remain at their own expense under such Re- 
strictions as to the General Court or the Council or Committee of Safety 
of the said State shall appear most advisable. 

Whereas it appears to this Committee that Dr. Weeks lias been 

engaged in a treasonable Conspiracy against the Liberties of America: 

Resolved that he be forthwith removed to Exeter in the State of New 
Hampshire, there to be closely confined in Goal untill further orders 
from this Committee or the Legislative Authority of this State, unless 
sooner discharg'd by due Course of Law. 

Whereas Richard Rodgers has been aiding, assisting and abetting 
the Enemy in their attempts to subvert the Liberties of America, 

Resolved, That lie be forthwith removed to Exeter in the State of 
New Hampshire there to remain in Goal till further order from this 
Committee or the Legislative Authority of this State unless sooner 
discharged by due course of Law. 

Whereas John Carpenter of Huntingdon in the County of Suffolk 
on Long Island has been lately taken in Arms against the United 
States of America, 

Resolved, That he be forthwith removed to Exeter in the State of 
New Hampshire, there to remain in Goal untill further order from this 
Committee or the Legislative Authority of this State or of the Com- 
mander in Chief of the American Army, unless sooner discharged by 
due course of Law. 

Whereas this Committee are clearly convinced that Jacob Russell, 
Daniel Ale Guire, and Israel Tuttle of Ulster County have been trait- 
orously concerned in inlisting Men for the service of the Enemy, and 
that Patrick M c Donald of Orange County has harbour'd the said per- 
sons knowing them to be traitors to this State; 

Resolved That they be forthwith removed to Exeter in the State of 
New Hampshire, there to remain in Goal untill further orders from this 
Committee or the Legislature of this State unless sooner discharged by 
due course of Law. 

Resolved, That the order of the twenty sixth of October last so far 
as it respects the confinement in Goal of John Hallock and Lewis 
Hogg be disannulled, and that the said persons remain at their own 
Expence at such place and under such Restrictions as the General 
Court or Council or Committee of Safety of the State of New Hamp- 
shire shall seem adviseable. 

Extract from the Minutes. 

A. W. D. Peyster, Sec^ 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 385 

Letter from Pliarne, Penet $• Co. of Nantes, France, to the 

Committee of Safety — offering trade Spc. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 36.] 

Nantes, 21 October, 1776. 
The Respectable Members of the Secret 

Committee of the Province of New Hampshire. 
Gextl" 

Although we have not the pleasure of your acquaintance, we never- 
theless shall take the liberty to assure you of our Respects, and make 
our offer of service to you, in Europe; and for your Assurance of what 
we have the honnour of offering shall referr you to the Hon w Conti- 
nental Congress and Secret Committee of Philadelphia, to whom our 
names are well known and with whom we passed a contract in February 
last for the furnishing of ammunition and other necessary articles in 
your present situation: and further you may inform yourselves of Gov- 
ernor Cook at Providence and Mess s Nich s & John Brown of the same 
place, which last we have despatched two vessels since the establish- 
ment of our house in this place. 

We hope, after your informations concerning us, be it from the Con- 
gress or the Generals of the Army, and in particular from Doctor 
Franklin, that you will be satisfied, in order to put confidence enough 
in us to consign all vessells you send for this part to our house. And 
we flatter ourselves to find the best sale possible for your merchandise, 
and send in Returns what goods you will think proper to order, if they 
are to be had in France. 

We are able to furnish you at demand, with cannon & gun powder, 
salt-petre, sulfre, lead, Iron & Brass Cannons of all sizes, Muskets, 
such as we have sent the Congress, being of the last made for the 
Infantry of France, proved, well finished and perfectioned, with double 
birde-locks. We have muskets at all proof from 12 to 22 livres pr. 
piece with Bayonets and steel Ram-rods, and bores suitable for ball of 
14 or 16 to the l d , all the muskets are uniform of the same size and 
same modell; we have also handsome & good gun locks, which are well 
finish'd & conditioned. 

We have the honnour of observing that their is only our house able 
to furnish you with the foregoing articles, and tliat we shall take upon 
us the risk and dangers of putting them on board, and to let your ves- 
sels go out of our Port freely; them are powers that we are trusted 
with, and which we have in our hands. Not any other house in France 
shall be able to give you the like advantages, and furnish you with 
such amunition which we receive directly from the Manufacturers of 
the King. 

We are able to furnish you also with all kinds of Broad cloths fit for 
clothing of soldiers; we have sent a quantity to Messrs. Browns of 
Providence. We have them of all Colours, good quality and well 
sorted, for the price of 5, 6 & 7 livres pr. Ell; but the following Colours 
of the same quality will be somewhat higher, — such as scarlet, prussian 
blue, yellow and green; and further, we are able to furnish you with 
such cloths as will be desired likewise with all kinds of Blanketts from 
3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 livres pr. pice; also linens for shirting the Troops from 
30 to 50 souce pr. Ell. We shall be able, Gentlemen, to furnish you in 
general with every kind of Merchandise of the first quality, and at the 

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386 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

most reasonable rates; and you may assure yourselves that Ave shall 
despatch immediately every vessell you shall think proper to, address 
us, whether the Cargo is sold or not. 

"We have established our house in this place, thinking it the safest 
and most convenient port in France for the American Trade ; and we 
have entered in partnership with one of the richest and first houses for 
business in Nantes, — the name is J. Gurel, merchant upon Isle frydeau; 
therefore in addressing your vessells to that house by giving us imme- 
diate notice, will be the same as if addressed directly to us, making 
but one and the same house for all the Trade we have with North Amer- 
ica. 

In case you should send a vessell to Bordeaux we take the liberty of 
recommending to you the house of Mess rs Recule'de Bamarain & Rain- 
beaux, being one of the most principal houses there, and who we 
think, will do your business better than any other can do. 

We have in our house and at the head of our affairs that we transact 
with North America, Mr. Wilt, a young man from Philad e , who holds 
our correspondence in English; therefore, if you should have any 
affairs particular or secret to transact or negociate you may be assured 
of the order and discression that reighns in our house. 

We have the honnour to be in the mean time, with our most sincere 
Respects, Gentl n , 

Your most Obed' Hhb 1 Serv ts 

Pliaexe, Pexet & Co. 



Instructions to the Committee sent to Ticonderoga, fyc. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 41.] 

State of \ In Committee of Safety, at 

New Hampshire \ Exeter October 21 st , 1776. 

To Jonathan Blanchard, Benjamin Giles, Stephen Evans and David 

Gilnian. Esqr s : 

You being appointed by the Council & Assembly of this State a 
Committee to repair to Ticonderoga, there to Endeavour to promote 
the raising our Quota of men for the Continental Service, agreeable to 
Resolves of Congress, and if you find it unlikely to raise the whole 
there, then for one or more of you to proceed from thence to New 
York & endeavour to promote the raising of the remainder there : 

And the Council and Assembly having adjourned, and left the giving 
you further directions to this Committee : Therefore you are instruct- 
ed, when you arrive at Ticonderoga, to consult with the general and 
other officers, about transacting your Bus 8 , and fill up & deliver the 
Commissions, for Field Officers for two Regiments, to men of the most 
esteemed Capacitys, especially for knowledge in military affairs, be- 
longing to this State, who have served in the Army ; and then with 
advice of the respective Field officers, fill up & deliver Commissions to 
the several officers, Surgeons & Chaplains, for each Regiment ; And 
you may assure the Officers & soldiers, that in addition to the Conti- 
nental pay Bounty and Cloathing, this State will in every respect give 
the same to their Troops that the State of the Massachusetts Bay give 
theirs : And that this State will during their Service, do every thing in 
their power to make their duty as easy and their circumstances as com- 










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fortable as possible, and will do their utmost endeavours that such nec- 
essaries as the Troops may want shall be transported where they be & 
sold at the lowest rates. The medicines sent by you, being part of 
what this State have procured with a great deal of difficulty, they send 
for the benefit of their distressed Brethren in the service, and would 
have you divide it among the Regiments raised in this State. You are 
to advise us from time to time of every material occurrence, and after 
making all the dispatch in your Business that circumstances will allow, 
to make a return of your doings. 

(Copy of Instructions is.c) 



Letter of Introduction to Gren. Washington. 
[State Pap. Vol. Y. p. 44.] 
In Com tee of Safety, Oct r 21 st , 1776. 
State of X. Hamp r . — 

May it please your Ex c - V 
The Council and Assembly of this State, have appointed Jona. 
Blanchard. Benja. Giles. Stephen Evan-. & David Gilinan Esq 13 a 
Com tee to repair to the Camp & there use their utmost endeavours to 
promote the raising our Quota of men for the new army. And we 
pray leave to introduce those Gentlemen to your Excellency's favour, 
and protection, resting fully assured that you will afford them every 
a->i<taace in your power in expediting the very necessary and impor- 
tant business of their mission. 

In behalf of the Com tee , I am, Sir. with due respect, 
Your Ex°>"' s very hh bl Serv' 

(Copy) 

His Exc>. Gen. Washington. 
[Note. A similar letter of introduction was sent to Gen. Gates. — Ed.j 



Letter from Col. Thomas Tash, to the Committee of Safety, in 

y<-jw Hampshire. 

[State Pap. Yol. Y. p. 50.] 

Peekskill in Cortland Manor Oct r 2G 1776. 
This comes to acquaint your honours that I arrived at Hartford in 
Couetcot the second Instant & one company the same day, which I sent 
forward next morning & Likewise I sent Col Welch of the same day 
with a letter to General Washington acquainting him that I was at 
Hartford & Expected the whole of my Redg mt to be there in 3 or 4 days 
& should send the Companys of for Xew York as fast as they get hear 
and should follow them after the last Company had arrived. I like- 
wise let him know we had no Camp equipage such as pots, kittles &c 
Neither was it in the power of the State of Xew hampshire to procure 
any as there was no tin — I set of from hartford the 8 th Instant ^c all the 
companys had gone forward except Capt. Prescoat «Sc I thought I would 
wate no longer for him & I left orders for him to folow as fast as possible 
— when I arrived at Stamford Col° Welch was there & bro't me a letter 
from the General Washington directing me to procure quarters for my 
Bedg™' & Col Baldwin's at Stamford" & Horse-neck but to have the 
maj r part at horse-neck if quarters could be procured for them — he 



388 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

likewise directed me to furnish our selfs with Camp utencels from the 
Inhabitants if posable — 1 applied to the Committee to furnish me with 
pots &c. but Col Baldwin had got their before me & had got almost all 
to be had, they made out to get me 3 & I sent Rownd for several milds 
& procured a small number more by advansing the Cash in hand for 
them. The 13 th Instant arley in the morning Rec d orders by Express 
from General Sulivan to march my Redg mt to Kingsbridge with all pos- 
able speed & likewise to aquant Col. Baldwin that he must march 
Likewise — accordingly we got wagens to carry our bagage redy about 
two o'clock P. M. & got the whole to horse-neck Sunday knight nine 
o'clock. Sunday knight the 13 th Instant Rec d a letter by express from 
General Washington to march my Redg mt to Fishkill, as the Conven- 
sion was there sitting in such a difficult scituation with Regard to the 
numbers of disefected Persons in many Counties of the State that they 
could not trust their own milisha so well as ours, therefore ordered me 
to march with all posable speed to said Fishkill which I did the next 
morning & sent the general a letter aquainting him of the same, before 
I got to Fishkill Rec d a letter by Express from the Congress that they 
did not want but two Companys, but I had got them within two miles 
of the place so that it was too late to go back that knight, so I went 
forward & wated on the Congress & let them know my orders, & the 
presedent Mr. Livingston said that he was sorry we com so far that is 
the whole Redg mt but desir'd I would send back to stop the remainder 
& turn them back to Peekskill where we must remain till further orders 
to garde the Shores to stop the men of war's people landing to carry off 
Cattle, & Leave two Companys their which I did under the comand of 
Col Welch & the Remander I have posted from this place about eight 
miles down the river to watch the motion of the Enemy & sent a letter 
to General Washington aquanting him of my Rout & the orders I had 
Rec d of the Congress (1) & how I had posted my Reg mt and he wrote 
back very frindly & told me I must be under the imediate derection of 
the Convention (1) of this State with Regarde to marching the Redg mt 
or any part to any place till further orders. I have nothing further at 
present, as you know the nuse full as Avell as I, therefore would beg 
leave to subscribe myself, Your honnors, most obea' 

humble serv 1 

Tho: Tash. 

P. S. Col Baldwin is at White Plains 
with Redg mt & the main body of the army 
is their, the Redg mt I comand is almost 
all in good health and high spirits. 

The Committee of Safety. 



Letter from Col. Joseph Welch. 
[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 57.] 

Fishkill, State of New York, Oct. 31, 1776. 
To the Honorable the Council and Representatives of the State of New 

Hampshire : 
Gentlemen — 

Col. Tash, agreeable to your Directions march'd on for Head Quar- 

(1) Tho writer uses the words Congress and Convention, as the same — meaning the 
Convention of New York, which at that time was in session at Fishkill, N. Y.— Ed. 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 389 

fcers till he received the Generals orders to pass on with his Regiment 
to the Highlands, and post his men from Peeks-kill to Fishkill, about 
twenty miles along the Post Road, and from fifty to seventy miles 
North of New York to assist the State of New York against their To- 
ries, and be ready in case the Brittish ships should come so far up the 
River, to prevent their landing men and doing Damage. I am Sta- 
tioned at the Fishkill, with Capt. Calef's and Capt. Robinson's Com- 
panies, under the direction of a Committee appointed by the Conven- 
tion of the State of New York, " for enquiring into, detecting and de- 
feating all conspiracies which may be formed in the said State against 
the liberties of America." Numbers of disaffected persons have been 
taken up, and sent to the States of Pennsylvania, Connecticut^ and 
Massachusetts Bay : but as their numbers are still great and the Com- 
mittee at a Loss where to send them, to prevent their mischievous de- 
signs from hurting the common cause, applied to me to know, whether 
I tho't they might venture to send any to the State of New Hampshire : 
I informed them that our State was well disposed to the cause of Amer- 
ica, and it was my opinion would readily give their assistance in that 
affair ; and if they did send any to order them to the Honorable Court 
to be disposed of by them in such manner as they should judge best; 
which opinion of your goodness and judgment in this matter, I hope 
will be kindly accepted from, Gentlemen, 

Your most humble serv 1 , 

Joseph Welch. 

N. B. The Companies under my Command are very healthy. 

P. S. Capt. Prescott with his Company is order'd to join my other 
two Companies here to day. 



Letter from Hon. John Jay, of Neiv York — relating to tories. 

[State Pap. Rev 3 Vol. V. p. 37.] 
Gent. — 

The Committee appointed by the Convention of this State for the 
Purpose of inquiring into, detecting and defeating all conspiracies 
which may be formed therein against the Liberties of America, find it 
indispensably necessary to remove a Number of dangerous and disaf- 
fected Persons, some of whom have been taken in Arms against Amer- 
ica, to one of the neighboring States. 

On Conferring with Lieut. Coll. "Welch relative to sending them to 
New Hampshire, he was of opinion, that the zeal which your Hon ble 
Body have uniformly manifested for the American Cause, would induce 
you cheerfully to receive and dispose of them in such Manner as to pre- 
vent the further execution of their wicked and malicious Designs. 

The Committee desire that all such of the Prisoners as are not di- 
rected to be confined and not in circumstances to maintain themselves, 
be put to labour and compelled to earn their subsistance: and they 
have directed the Bearer Egbert Benson, Esq. Chairman of the Com- 
mittee of this County to pay you five hundred dollars on Account of 
the expences you may be put to by complying with their request. 

The Committee beg leave to recommend this Gentleman to your No- 
tice and confidence, he will communicate to you the Instructions given 



390 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

him by the Committee and readily give you any information that may 
be necessary to enable you to form a judgment of the characters of the 
several Prisoners and the Degrees and Restriction proper to enjoin them. 
By order of Committee, 

I am, Gent n : Your most ob l hum serv 4 

Johx Jay, Chairman. 
The Hon We the General Court 
of the State of Xew Hampshire. 
[Xo date.] 



Col. Rob 1 V n Hensilaer's order about Tories to be sent to Neto 

Hampshire. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. Gl.] 

Sir — You are hereby ordered to march with the Prisoners, whose 

names are in the inclosed annexed List with all despatch to Exeter in 

the State of Xew Hampshire. You are to have a particular Eye upon 

those marked with an Aslerism, & to confiue those in Irons who appear 

to be dangerous. 

I am, Sir, Yours 

Rob 4 V n Rexsilaer. 
To Capt. Funda. 

Head Quarters, Nov. l ft , 1776. 



Letter from Col° Jona. Blanchard, of the Committee sent to 

Tico?ideroga, to raise men for the Continental service, Spc. 

(Extracts.) 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 63.] 

Mount Independence. Xov. 9 th , 1776. 

Sir — '• "We arrived here last evening in company with the Gentlemen 
appointed by the Mass" State who we accidentally fell in with at Man- 
chester. 

" The next morning, both committees waited on General Gates (who 
received us Avith politeness) and laved before him our Business & solic- 
ited his assistance & protection. 

" The General observed, That by our raising the wages, the other 
States would be under a necessity to do the same, & that in fact, it 
was Stating the pay of all the soldiery. 

" Committees from Pennsylvania & the Jerseys have been up & com- 
missioned Field & other officers, for a number of Battalions & are 
recruiting. 

[The Committee appointed Field officers — see next Report.] 

"When the shattered part of our Fleet returned in the manner you 
have doubtless heard, an attack was expected immediately; the Gen- 
eral sent expresses to raise the Militia; upon which alarm, about 1000 
or 1500 men came in from New Hampshire, Mass" Bay & the Green 
Mountains & great pains have been taken to fortify this Mount, which 
is now pretty strong. A party from the Enemy in Thirteen boats 
about ten clays since appeared in sight of the place & sounded the 
Lake: but they soon retired. 

" The Canadians, Indians & Regulars have evacuated Crown Point ; 
their numbers not certainly known, but supposed to be about one 
thous d Canadians & Indians & seven Thous d Regulars. 

" Our Continental Troops here must be relieved, their task has been 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 891 

arduous. The General prays that the Battalion stationed at Ports- 
mouth, would come here; he has wrote by Lt. Col Cilley to Major 
General Ward, at Boston, for his order for their removal; by this 
means our men will be discharged & the recruiting greatly facilitated. 
We fear that we cannot Inlist many at present. Provisions are plenty 
& good; about thirteen or fourteen Thous d men, militia included, draw 
allowance. The two mortars that are here are ruin'd. 

" There is plenty of Gun powder & a great number of Cannon. A 
supply of Medicines are arrived and on the way ; those we rec d at Exe- 
ter are deliver'd according to order. We shall endeavor or some of us, 
to attend the General Court at their next sitting. It is expected that 
two thousand five hundred men or thereabouts must Garrison these 
places this winter. Barracks are Building with all the Dispatch possi- 
ble. We make no Doubt but you pay the greatest attention to the 
article of clothing. We have been as Industrious in our Business & as 
attentive to our orders as possible. 

" We are with great respect, 

Your most obed' hh w serv ts 

Joxa. Blanchard, for the Com tee ' 

Hon. Meshech Weare, Esq r . to be communicated. 

The Small Pox is not in Camp, 
nor any where this way." 

Col. JBlan chard's Report to the Assembly. 
[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 258.] 
Mr. Blanchard, one of the Com tcc appointed by the Council & Assem- 
bly of this State to repair to Ticonderoga to officer & raise two Bat- 
talions for the Continental army, Begs leave to inform the Hon ble house, 
that the Com tee arriv'd at that place on the 2 d day of Nov r Instant : 
That the next day they waited on General Gates & advised with him : 
The Com tee likewise consulted the Field officers & Captains now in 
the army from this State : 

That on the 8 th day the Com tce appointed & Commissioned the fol- 
lowing Gentlemen Field officers, for the first & second Battalion, viz: 
John Stark, Esquire, Colonel ) 
Joseph Cilley, Esq r Lieut. Col >• First Battalion. 
George Reed, Esq r Major ) 

Enoch Poor, Esquire, Colonel) 
Nathan Hale, Esq r Lieut. Col° > Second Battalion. 
Windborn Adams, Major ) 

Mr. Nathaniel McClintock appointed & Commiss d Adjutant to the 
Second Battalion. 
The Com tee appointed, 

Jason Wait of Alstead, Esq r "] 
Ainos Morrill of Epsom, Esq r | Captains for the 
y. . ( Amos Emerson of Chester )- 

1 \ - Isaac Farwell of Charlestown j first Battalion. 

( Eben r Frye of Pembroke J 



Beniamm Titcomb } c t, t^ r«l 

■c it t\t i i. -ij ii } of Dover, Esq rs ' 
1 red* Mordent Bell \ 



Captains 



James Norris of Epping, Esq r . 
James Carr of Somersworth, Esq r )- for the 
John Drew of Barrington, Esq r Second Battalion. 

Lieuts. ^ Elijah Cloyce of Fitz William 
Advanced ) Samuel Blodget of Goffstown J 



392 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

The Committee delivered to each Captain inlisting orders, & ap- 
pointed several subalterns & gave orders likewise : 

The General infonn'd the Com"* that the money in the Military 
chest was nearly exhausted, that he could illy spare any; he however 
deliver'd to Col Poor about five thousand Dollars which he distributed 
among the Recruiting officers. 

The Several officers inlisted near one hundred men & the Com tee ap- 
plied to the General to appoint a muster-master, but he deelin'd. The 
Com tec then appointed Col° David Gilman: he pass'd about thirty (the 
others immediately upon their inlistment had furloughs) they were 
sworn before Benjamen Giles, Esq. 

The General proposed to discharge all the Continental troops from 
this State, on Fryday the 15 th Inst. 

The Committee then took under consideration the want of money. 
The immediate release of all the old Troops & soon discharge of the 
militias: that several Battalions of Jersey troops were to tarry till 
March; and upon the whole, tho't adviseable for the service of this 
State, to leave that place. Benjamin Giles & David Gilman Esq n set 
off for New York, to fill up the Vacancies in that Department. 

The Com tee were as industrious in their business & as attentive to 
their orders as possible. & hope that their doings will meet the appro- 
bation of the General Court. 

The Com tee at New York appointed 

Capt. Jeremiah Gilman of Plastow 
1 st Lieut. William Sartell, of Charlestown 
2* 1 Lieut. William Hutchins of Weare 
Ensigu Nathaniel Kimball of Plastow. 
Capt. John House of Hanover 

1 st Lieut Gould of Cockermouth 

Ensign Blake of Lebanon. 

Capt. Caleb Robinson of Exeter 
1 st Lieut. Moses Dustin, of Candia 
2 4 Lieut Micah Hoit of Newtown 
Ensign, Ebenezer Light of Exeter. 
Capt. William Scott of Peterborough 
1 st Lieut. Moody Dustin of Litchfield 
2 d Lieut. Josiah Munro of Amherst 
Ensign Benj a Snow of Plymouth. 
Lieut. Col. Coburn recommends Amos Coburn for 2 d Lieut. Adoni- 
jah Goodeneau for 2P Lt. or Ensign ; Capt. Holms of Walpole for a 
Captain. Nath 1 McCalley of Derryfield for Lieut, to Capt. Morrell's 
Company. 



Letter of thanks from General Horatio Gates. 
[State Pap. Vol. Y. p. 67.] 

Ticonderoga, November 9 th 1776. 

Gentlemen— I return you. and the officers & soldiers of the Regiments 

umler your command, my sincere thanks for the Spirit and Expedition 

both you & they have shewn in marching upon the first alarm, upwards 

of one hundred & fifty miles, to the support of this important pass, 



1776.] CORRESPONDENCE. 393 

when threatened with an immediate attack from the Enemy's Army. I 
now dismiss you with the Honour you have so well deserved. I fur- 
ther Certify, that neither you nor any under your command, have re- 
ceived any pay or reward from me for your services upon this occasion; 
that I leave to be settled by the General Congress with the Convention 
of your State. With great respect, 

I am, Gentlemen, your most obed' 

Hum 1 ' 1 Serv' 

Houatio Gates. 
To Colonel Ashley & Colonel Bellows 
commanding the Regiments of Militia 
from the County of Cheshire, in the State 
of New Hampshire. 



Inlisting Orders to Capt. Joshua Abbot. 
[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 266.] 
To Capt. Joshua Abbot. 

You are hereby impowered immediately to inlist a CompJ" to consist of 
Eighty six able bodied effective men, including non-commissioned offi- 
cers & Privates, as soldiers in the service of & for the defence of the 
United States, upon the Establishment fixed by the Hon ble Congress, 
with such additional encourgement given by the State of New Hamp- 
shire to continue in that service till the end of the present War, (1) 
unless sooner discharged by Congress, & that you cause said men when 
so inlisted to pass muster as soon as may be, the non-commissioned offi- 
cers to be appointed by the Captain & subalterns of each Company & 
to make Return. 

Ben-j- Giles 1 Committee 

c° N \ B v AXCHARD r from the State of 
( No date > 8™" LvAXS | New Hampshire 



State of 
Nw Hainp 



Action of the N. H. Committee of Safety, in relation to the 
Neio York tories. 
[State Pap. Vol. Y. p. 85.] 
In Committee of Safety, 

November 14 th 1776. 
The Committee, taking into consideration what is necessary to be 
done with a number of persons sent into this State by order of the 
State of New York, and enquiring of the officers who conducted them 
& receiving such information as they could give relating to the Crimes 
charged against them (the Convention of New York not having as yet 
transmitted any thing relative thereto) Have determined that at pres- 
ent and until some information arrives from the State of New York, 

(1) The boimtv & encouragement offered by the State of Xew Hampshire to each non- 
commissioned officer & private soldier, was. one blanket or 18s annually; Ms per 
month to be paid semi-annually: And the additional encouragement offered by Con- 
gress, 20 dollars bounty ; 100 acres of land, a suit of clothes annually to consist of two 
linen hunting shirts, two pair of overboils, a leathern or woolen waistcoat with sleeves, 
one pair of breeches, a hat or leathern cap, two shirts, two pair of stockings & two pair 
of shoes, all equal to the value of twenty dollars.— Ed. 



394 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

That Silvester Stone. Daniel Daughty, George Daughty, Adam Weav- 
er, Daniel Hoffman. James Parker, Thomas Bullis, George Blanchard 
& Timothy Daughty be committed to the Prison in Exeter, having the 
Liberty of the yard in the day time only; and that all the other per- 
sons may provide their own lodgings any where within six miles of the 
State House in the Town of Exeter, except in the Town of Xew 
Market, at no time going beyond those limits, and that they strictly 
observe their conduct relative to political affairs, & by no means en- 
deavour to use words or arguments to people they may converse with 
tending to hurt the Interest of the States of America, or in opposition 
to the present contest with Great Britain, on pain of immediate 
imprisonment. Any of the above persons being of the society called 
Quakers (not of the number ordered to prison) observing the above 
caution may go to the Towns of Dover, Hampton Falls. Seabrook & 
Kensington, if they think fit and take quarters with the People there 
of that Society. Every person when he has provided himself with 
Lodgings is to take care to return his name, & the name of his Land- 
lord, & in what Town he resides, to General Folsom at Exeter. 

M. Weare, Chairman. 



Certificate. 

[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 91.] 

In Committee of Safety, Xovemb r lo th , 1776. 
This Certifies that Capt. A. Funda of the State of Xew York, has 
guarded by order of said State (as he says) Seventy four Persons, aud 
delivered them into the custody of this Committee under the character 
of being unfriendly to the States of America, which persons are for 
the present disposed of until some Information concerning them may 
be transmitted to us from the Convention of Xew York. 



[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 119.] 

X Hamtf I ^ u Committee of Safety, Xov r 23, 1776. 

Sir — By two different guards, viz. Capt. Funda, and Capt. Robin- 
son, from the State of Xew York has been delivered into the care of 
this Committee about two hundred persons, sent by the Committee 
appointed for enquiring into and detecting Conspiracies against your 
State. Also, the Votes & Resolves of said Committee relative to the 
confinement aud care of said persons. 

Pursuant to said Resolutions Ave have ordered sixty seven of said 
persons to be confined in several Prisons in this State, and the Re- 
mainder have Liberty to provide their own Lodging, and support 
themselves by labour or other ways in several Towns allotted to them 
under cautions & restrictions for their behaviour. 

We must acknowledge the civil & polite behaviour of the Gentlemen 
from Xew York who had the care of the Prisoners. In pertieular Mr. 
Benson in whom appeared the Gentleman & generous, disinterested 
supporter of American Liberty. 



1770.] CORRESPONDENCE. 395 

The persons Committed to our care, we shall proceed with according 
to the Resolves of your Committee until further information. 

Indorsed — " Copy to 

New York Convention, 23 Nov. 177G." 



[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 121.] 
Sate of 7 In Committee of Safety 

N. Hamp r | Novem r 23, 1770. 

Ordered, That Sylvester Stone, Daniel Doughty George Doughty & 
Adam Weaver, persons sent to this State from New York Convention as 
enemies to the rights of America, be sent to the Town of Nottingham, 
and David Hoffman, James Parker, Timothy Doughty and George Blau- 
chard be sent to the Parish of Deerfield, to be put out in such Families 
(by the respective Selectmen) as will take them to Board, or hire them 
to Labour. Said persons observing on pain of Imprisonment not to use 
words or arguments to people they converse with, tending against the 
measures carrying on by the American States. 



Letter from the Hon. Wm. Whipple — relating to the army fie. 

Philadelphia, 28 th Nov', 1776. 

Sir — Inclosed you have a Resolution which Congress wish may be 
executed as soon possible. What quantity can be procured in New 
Hampshire you are a much better judge of than I can be, but I am 
sure the army will dispense with all that can be obtained. I would 
wish to be informed of the success of the Resolution transmitted you 
some time ago for procuring cloathing. I hope every exertion will be 
used to furnish the soldiers with these necessary articles. 

Col. Bartlett can inform you of the State of the Army when he 
pass'd through it. since which I have no reason to think there has been 
any alteration for the better with respect to cloathing. The disposi- 
tion that the State that I have the honor to represent, has hitherto 
discovered, leaves no room to doubt that proper measures will be pur- 
sued to effect these purposes, as well as compleating the Quota of the 
new army. 

Gen. Howe is on this side Hudson's river with 8 or 10.000 men ; it's 
thought by some that he intends to march this way ; if so, I flatter 
myself we shall give a good acco' of him, as proper dispositions are 
making for his reception. 

Acc ts from abroad are very favorable, tho' of such a nature that I 
am not at liberty to communicate them. "We have nothing to do but 
keep a sufficient army in the field to oppose that of the enemy one 
campaign more, and its over with them. 

I am, with every sentiment of respect 
Your most obed' serv 4 

"Wm. "Whipple. 
P. S. My Colleague is now confin'd 
with the small pox, but is on the 
recovery & I expect will be out in 
a few days. 



396 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Resolve of Congress, Nov. 27, 1776, relating to a Supply of 
Shoes Sfc. for the Army. 
[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 131.] 

Resolved, That the Delegates from the four New England Govern- 
ments be directed to take the most effective measures to have at least 
10,000 pair of Shoes and 10,000 pair of Stockings purchased in those 
States and sent forward to General Washington's head quarters, with 
all possible expedition for the use of the soldiers under his Command. 
Extract from the Minutes. 

Cha s Thomson, Sec?. 



JOURNAL 

OF THE 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 

RESUMED. 



Note. The Journal of the House of Representatives which follows, is copied from 
the original, in a bound M.S. volume) in the Secretary's office, labelled "State Records 
— Journal of the House, 1770-77." 

The reader is reminded) that only such parts of this Journal, are copied in full as are 
Of general and public interest; while matters of a more private aud local nature, are 
referred to in an abridged form and smaller type, — Ed. 



State of New ) At a Convention of the Representatives of 
Hampshire ) the State of New Hampsh 1 ' begun & held at 
Exeter in said State on Wednesday the 27 day of Nov 1 ' 1776, 
by adjournment — 

The members of the House being called over, sent a mes- 
sage to see if there was a Board — who returned & said there 
was not a board ; Then adjourn' d to tomorrow, 9 o'clock A. M. 



State of New ) A List of the Members of the Hon hu House of 
Hampshire ( Representatives of the State of New Hampshire, 
at their session begun £ holden at Exeter on Wednesday 
Nov r 27 th A. D. 1776, by adjournment. 

[Copied from State Pap. Vol. V. pp. 135-137.] 









aj^ 










TOWNS & PLACES. 


NAMES OF MEMBERS. 


O n 


Northampton 


& Newton 


Hon. Phillips White, Speak r 


8 


Exeter 




Noah Emery Esq. Cler. 





Portsmouth 




Sam 1 Cutts, Esq 


14 


" 




Sam 1 Sherburne 


14 


u 




Pierse Long: 


14 


Londonderry 




John Bell, Esq r 


22 


Chester 




Stephen Morse 


20 



398 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



[1776. 



TOWNS & PLACES. 



NAMES OF MEMBERS. 



Chester 

Greenland 

Newington 

New Castle 

Rye 

Hampton 

Northampton 

Kensington 

Hampton-falls & Seabrook 

Stratham 

New Market 

I hint wood 

Poplin & Raymond 

Epping 

Nottingham 

Deerfield & North wood 

Epsom, Chich.es 1 & Allenst" 

Pembroke 

Concord 

Canterbury & Loudon 

Pelham 

Wyndhara 

Salem 

Plastow & Atkinson 

Kingston & E. Kingston 

Sandown & Hawke 

Candia 

Hampstead 

Bow & Dunbarton 

Dover 

Durham 

Summersworth 

Rochester 

Barrington 

Madbury 

Lee, 

Oilman ton & Barnstead 

Sanbornton & Meredith 

Leavitston, Wakefield and Middleton 

Sandwich, Tamworth, & Moid ton- ) 

borough j," 

New Durham, the Gore, and 1 

Wolfeborough | 



Robert Wilson, Esq 
Clement March, Esq 
Rich d Downing Esq 
Henry Prescott, Esq. 
Nathan Goss 
Josiah Moulton, Esq. 
Dr. Levi Dearborn 
Ezekiel Worthen 

Benj a Barker, Esq r 
Thomas Task, Esq r (1) 
Samuel Dudley Esq r 
John Dudley, Esq r 
Nehemiah Wheeler 
Tho s Bartlett, Esq r 
Jere: Eastman, Esq r 
John McClary Esqr. 
David Gilman Esq r 
Timothy Walker, Esq r 
Thomas Clough 
James Gibson 
James Betton, Esq r 
Caleb Dustin 
Samuel Kimball 
Samuel Philbrick, Esq r 
Moses Colby (2) 
Moses Baker, Esq r (3) 
John Calfe, Esq r (4) 
Capt. Caleb Page 
Stephen Evans Esq r 
Otis Baker, Esq r 
Mr. John Smith, o Ll 
Ichabod Rollins, Esq r 
James Knowles Esq r 
James Marden 

Hercules Mooney, Esq r (5) 
Joseph Badger, Esq 1 
Eben r Smith, Esq r 
Nathaniel Balch, Esq r 

Daniel Beede, Esq. 



( 1 ) Col. Tash, being in the army, did not attend, at any time, during the session. 

(2) Did nol attend. 

(3) Did not attend, Col. in the :mny. 

(4) Did not attend ; Capt. in the army. 

(5) Did not attend— Col. in the army,' 



1776.] 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 



399 



TOWNS & PLACES. 



Amli erst 

u 

Dunstable 
Holies 
Weare 
Hopkinton 

Boscawen & Salisbury 

Wilton, Lyndsboro', Mile Slip & ) 

Duxbury farm ) 

Mason & Kaby 
New Ipswich 
Temple & Peterborough 
Hillsboro', Heneker, Deering & "> 

Society's Laud £ 

Litchfield & Notting™ West 
Merrimac & Bedford 
Derryfield & Goffstown 
Francestown & New Boston 
New Breton. Warner, Perryston 

& Fisherfield, 
Rindge, Jaffrey and Peterboro' Slip 
Dublin & Monadnock, No. 5, 
Packersfield, Stoddard, Camden } 

& Gilsom j 

Keen 

Westmoreland 
Richmond 

Hinsdale & Chesterfield 
Mario w. Surry & Alstead 
Walpole 
Charleston 
Cornish. Plainfield, Protector- 7 

worth & Grantham ) 

Winchester 
Claremont 

Swansey & Fitzwilliam 
Unity, Acworth, Lemster, Savil, ~> 

Croydon, Newport y 

Plimouth, Alexandria, Cocker- ? 

mouth & New Chester \ 

Rumney, Holderness, Campton ) 

& Thornton ) 

Lyme, Orford, Wentworth, Dor- } 

Chester, Piermont & Warren ) 
Haverhill, Gun th wait, Bath, Ly- > 

man. Landaff, Morriston \ 



names of members. 



Moses Nichols Esq r (1) 
Nrihum Baldwin, Esq 1 (2) 
Jona. Lovewell, Esq 1 
Stephen Ames 
John Worth 
Step" Harriman 
Henry Gerrish Esq r 

Jacob Abbot, Esq r 

Amos Dakin 
William Shattuck 
Samuel Moore 

Joseph Simonds 

Asa Davis, Esq 1 
Matthew Patten, Esq 
Moses Kelley, Esq r 



Enoch Hale, Esq r 
Eliphalet Stone 

Joseph Rounseval 

Timothy Ellis, Esq T 
Heber Miller, Esq r 
Oliver Capson 
Archil/ 1 Robinson 
Nat. S. Prentice Esq. (3) 
John Bellows, Esq r 
Elijah Grout 

Moses Chase, Esq 



Samuel Emerson, Esq r 
Daniel Brainard Esq. 
Israel Morey, Esq 



40 
40 
40 
44 
50 
50 
50 

50 

58 
60 
65 

65 

35 

35 
35 



72 

78 

So 

88 
96 
100 
100 
100 
103 
114 

130 



85 

94 

120 



(1) Did not attend — Col. in the army. 

(2) DM not attend — Col. in the arinv. 

(3) Did not attend.— Ed. 



400 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 



TOWNS & PLACES. 



Hanover. Lebanon, Kelhan, Ca- 
naan, Cardigan, Grafton, 
Apthorp, Northumberland, 
Lancaster, Strafford, Conway, 
Cockburne, Colburn, Shelbum, 
& the Towns above them, 



Thursday, Nov 1 ' 28 th , P. M. 

Voted, That the hearing & trial of Col. Asa Porter, which 
was appointed to he heard this day be postponed to Thursday 
next in the forenoon. 

Voted. To choose a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Hon le Board to consider of the petitions of 
John Mc Donald, James Glass, Levi Devoe, John Lawrence 
<fc others, now prisoners in Dover Goal, from the State of 
New York & to report what is necessary for the present 
relief of them <fc any other of the Indigent Prisoners sent 
here from that State, and in what manner & way they shall 
he provided for: And that Col Sherburne, John Dudley 
Esq 1 ', James Betton Esq 1 " Col Kelley & Ichabod Rollins, Esq 1 
he the Committee of this house for that purpose. Sent up 
by Capt. Moulton. [Concurred — Mr. Bartlett & Folsom, 



added.] 



[p. 2.] Friday, Nov 1 29 th , 1776. 

The petition of Peter Mitchell being read & considered, 
Voted & ordered, That the said Peter Mitchell confine him- 
self within the town of Dover, until furthir order of this 
Court, on pain of Imprisonment. 



[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 55.] 

Dover, Oct r 29, 1776. 
Sir — Peter Mitchell having lately signified to the Committee of Do- 
ver his Desire to be liberated from his present confinement & they 
having no objection to such liberation ordered me to signify the same 
to the hon 1,le Committee of Safety for the State &c. 

Thos. AV k Waldron, Chairman. 
To the IIon blc Meshach Weare, Esq r 
Exeter. 



1776.J JOURNAL OP THE HOUSE. 401 

Voted That a Committee be chosen by this house to call upon 
all Persons who have made use of any of the masts belong- 
ing- to tliis State and receive of them their proper value, and 
to examine all attested accounts bro't in against them, and 
pay what they find justly due on such accounts and to Dis- 
pose of such of said masts as are remaining, to the best ad- 
vantage for this State — and to make report of the same, to 
this house as soon as may be ; and that Samuel Cutts & 
Joshua Wentworth, Esqr s be the Committee for that purpose. 
Sent up by Rob* Wilson, Esq 1 '. [Concurred.] 

Voted, To choose a Committee of this house to join a 
Committee of the Board, to enquire into the Embezzelment 
of the sails & rigging & other materials belonging to the 
ship Prince George lately sunk in Piscataqua harbour, and 
to find and secure the same, and sell them for the use of this 
State, and to make report to this house as soon as may be ; 
and that Henry Prescott, Esq r of New Castle & Capt. John 
Rollins of Somersworth, be the Committee of this house for 
that purpose. [Concurred, & John Parker Esq. added.] 

David Page Esq. appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County of 
Grafton. Samuel Kelley of Dover, Coroner for the County of Straf- 
ford, in the room of Nath 1 Cooper who has refused; John Fabyan of 
Newington, Coroner for the County of Rockingham, in the room of 
John Nutter, deceased ; Stephen Ames of Hollis, Coroner for the 
County of Hillsborough, in the room of Daniel Emerson, jun. who 
refused ; and James Stoodley, Esq. of Newington, a Justice of the 
Peace for the County of Rockingham. 



[p. 3.] Voted, That Nathaniel Folsom Esq r , Nicholas Gil- 
man & Mr. Joseph Gilman be a Committee to make neces- 
sary Provision for and take care of all the Prisoners sent to 
this State from the State of New York, and that the said 
Committee be and hereby are authorized to Dispose of those 
that are not confined in Goal in any place or places in this 
State where they shall judge most convenient for the safety 
of the States, and that the said Committee have power to 
draw on the Treasurer for any sum of money not exceeding 
one hundred & fifty pounds in the whole for the said purpose. 
The expenditure to be accounted for by said Committee. 
Sent up by Mr. Wheeler. [Concurred.] 

Voted, That Major Downing, John Dudley Esq. Col 
Badger, Col Walker, &J0I111 McClary, Esq r be a Committee 
of this house to join a Com 166 of the hon ble Board to consult 
25 



402 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

together and report to this house, the best ways & means for 
answering the late requisition of Gen 1 Washington for one 
thousand of the Militia of this State to be raised and sent to 
his aid in New York. Sent up by Mr. Clough. [Concurred. 
Mr. Wentworth, Bartlett, Folsom, Blanchard and Ashley, 
added.] 

Joshua Bailey, Esq. appointed Justice of the Peace for Rockingham 
County, and Joseph Sawyer of Warner a Justice of the Peace for 
llillsboro' County. 



[p. 5.] In the House of Representatives, Dec 1 2, 1776. 

Voted, That Col. Joseph Badger be Speaker pro tempore. 

Yoted, That General Nathaniel Folsom have & receive 
out of the Treasury two hundred pounds for the purpose of 
purchasing cloathing for the soldiers in the service of the 
Continent, to be by him accounted for, and that the Presi- 
dent give order of payment accordingly. Sent up by Mr. 
Smith. [Concurred.] 



Tuesday, Dec r 3 d , 1776. 

Voted, That Capt. Stephen Harriman, be & hereby is ap- 
pointed to repair to Newbury & Salisbury and any other 
places & procure one hundred bushells of Salt at the cheap- 
est rate he can for the use of this State, and procure it to be 
transported to Exeter as soon as possible in order to salt up 
Provisions for the use of the Army. And that he receive 
out of the Treasury seventy pounds for that purpose to be by 
him accounted for and that the President give order of pay- 
ment accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Moulton. [Concurred.] 
[p. 6.] Voted To choose a Committee to join a Com tee of 
the Hon 1 ' 1 Board to Nominate a Com tee to go to Providence, 
to consult with the Committees of the other States of New 
England upon some method to support the credit & prevent 
the Depreciation of the Paper Currency, and also to Nomi- 
nal c a Committee to make out and forward the account of 
this State against the Continent, and that Col Walker, Capt. 
Moulton, & Maj* Bartlett be the Com tee of this House for 
those purposes. Sent up by Capt. Moulton. [Concurred. 
Messrs. Blanchard & Folsom added.] 

Voted, That the Hon Ue Phillips White, Esq r & Col Timo- 
thy Walker be & hereby are appointed a Committee to repair 
to Providence in the State of Rhode Island, to consult with 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 403 

the Committees of the other States of New England upon 
some method to support the Credit & Prevent the Deprecia- 
tion of the paper Currency of these States, and that they 
receive out of the Treasury twelve pounds to he by them 
accounted for. 

[p. 7.] Voted & Resolved, That each prison-keeper in this 
State, be allowed eight shillings per week for each person in 
Prison from the State of New York for Diet, & that the said 
Prisoners be allowed firewood, and that an exact account 
thereof be kept & rendered by such Prison-Keepers for 
allowance. Sent up by Mr. Brainerd. [Concurred.] 

Voted & Resolved, That none of the Prisoners sent into 
this State from the State of New York have leave to write or 
send Letters to any person or persons whatever or wherever 
without the same being inspected by the Committee (or one 
of them) appointed by this State to have the care of said 
Prisoners, and the name of one of said Committee indorsed 
thereon ; and that the said Committee have Instructions 
given them for their conduct in all other matters respecting 
said Prisoners, by a Committee of this house & of the Hon bl 
Council to be appointed for that purpose, and that Mr. James 
Gibson, Mr. M c Clary <k Mr. Lovewell be a Committee of this 
house to join a Committee of the Hon bl Board to make out 
such Instructions to the above Committee. Sent up by Mr. 
Brainerd. [Concurred — Messrs. Bartlett, Thompson, Ash- 
ley, Blanchard, Wentworth and Giles added.] 



[p. 9.] Wednesday, Dec r 4 th 1776. 

Voted & Resolved to raise and equip one thousand men, 
officers included, of the Militia in this State to repair imedi- 
ately to New York & put themselves under the command of 
General Washington, or the Commander in chief there for 
the defence of the States of America. Sent up by Col. 
Walker. 

The Com tee appointed to consult upon the best ways and 
means for answering the late requisition of General Wash- 
ington for raising part of the Militia in this State, &c. made 
report (as on file) (1) which report is rec d & allowed, and 
thereupon — 

Voted, That five hundred men be Draughted from the 
several Regiments in this State as soon as possible, & officer'd 

(1) This report has not been found on file.— Ed. 



404 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

& sent to New York, That the wages of the officers & men 
be the same that is given by the State of the Mass a Bay, 
That the field officers of the regiments aforesaid appoint the 
Captains & subalterns of the Companies in their respective 
regiments. Sent up by Mr. Grout. [Concurred.] 

House of Representatives, Dec. 4 th , 1776. 
Mr. Blanchard bro't from the Board a Resolve of Council 
to Desire the Hon ble Congress to transmitt to the State 
20,000 Dollars, to provide Cloathing &c. for the army. 
[Concurred.] 

Accts, rotes, petitions &c. acted on by the House and concurred by 
the Council, from Nov r 27 th to Dec. 4 th , 1776. [See Rec. of Council.] 

Ace' of James Anderson for going Express to Ticonderosa, all d , 
£4:10. 

Petition of David Meader, for damages done his meadows by masts 
lying thereon — Committee to examine. 

Allowed, John Ayer, £10 for detecting James Ryan in counterfeit- 
ing Bills of credit. 

Committee appointed to report on necessary business. 

Salt-petre Com tee paid for expences £21:9:^. 

Dr. George Wood all d £5:5 for medicines and attendance. 

Thomas Footman, all d £4:10 for loss of a yawl boat in service of 
the State. 

A Com tee appointed on the Salaries to be paid the several Civil offi- 
cers. 

Vote appointing a Committee to superintend a Loan Office in this 
State. 

Petition of inhabitants of Society Land, for incorporation. 

Maritime Act to be amended. 

Pay of the Council & Assembly to be paid by the Treasurer, but 
replaced by a General Tax on the Polls and estate of the people. 

Xoah Emery's Ace 1 to be examined. 

Petition of inhabitants of Camden, to be incorporated by the name 
of Washington — a bill to be brought in. 

Petition of inhabitants of New Marlborough, to be incorporated as 
Marlborough. 

Maj r Timothy Ellis, all d 30s. for carrying money from Exeter, to of- 
ficers engaged in recruiting the army. 

Losses of Capt. Dearborn's company at Quebeck to be made up. 

Petition of Margaret Little against James Carnes — hearing granted. 



Tbursdav, Dec r 5 th , 1776. 
Voted, That Col David Gilman be Colonel of the Regi- 
ment now to be raised & sent to New- York, and that Maj r 
Thomas Bartlett be Lieut Col and Maj r Peter Coffin be Maj 1 
of said Regiment. [Concurred.] 



1776.] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE. 405 

[p. 11.] Toted That James Betton, Esq r be and hereby is 
appointed a Committee to repair to the Camps in New York 
and try if he can engage Five hundred of the Militia of this 
State now on duty there to tarry there till the first day of 
March next under such Encouragements as he shall be 
directed to offer them from this State. Sent up by Mr. 
Cutts. [Concurred.] 

Upon reading a Letter from Col Jacob Bailey to this 
House respecting the Indians near Cohos &c. Voted, That 
Col Jacob Bailey have & receive out of the Treasury, fifty 
pounds for the Purpose of purchasing Necessaries for the 
Indians at & near Cohos, to trade with the said Indians for 
furs <fcc. he to be accountable to this State for the same and 
that the President give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. 
Smith. [Concurred.] 



Letter from Col. Jacob Bailey, relating to Indians. 
[State Pap. Vol. V. p. 169.] 

Exeter, 4 th December 1776. 
Sir — I have had of late opportunity to converse with Indians of the 
St. Francis tribe, and perceiving the Indians are informed by Our Ene- 
mies in Canada, that it is impossible for our States to supply them with 
articles they need and of course they must be wholly beholden to and 
must join them ; — In order to counteract their plan, I inform them that 
it is in our power to Supply them as reasonably as they can be supplied 
in Canada, and have hired an Indian with two men ordered by Capt. 
Ames to proceed to the Indian hunting ground to inform the Indians 
that we are ready to Supply, if they chuse at Uper Co'os in Exchang 
for Bever &c. as reasonably as they can be supplied in Canada ; to in- 
form them that we are the same as to them as twelve years past; that 
we wonder that they should make themselves strange, that we don't 
mean to intreat them, but to inform and undeceive them. 

For the servise of the Indian I promised him a blanket and his Squa 
'and three children one each ; Should think it will be a great saving to 
this State if some supplys for Indians be Conveyed to Uper Co'os and 
directed to be exchanged reasonably with them for furs &c. for if the 
Indians trade with us we need no soldiers. I thought it Duty to give 
Information. Beg leave to subscribe myself your very 

Humble servant, 

Jacob Bayley. 
To the Hon ble the Speaker of the 
House of Representatives for 
State of New hamp r 

To be Communicated. 



Memorandum of Articles suitable for Indians, viz. 
2 doz. Blankets, White or Blue 



406 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. [1776. 

Do. shirts corse, ■white or check 

30 yds. half-thicks or other cloath equal thereto. 

Powder & Lead. 

At present the above