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Early State Papers 

OF 

New Hampshire 

Including the Constitution of 1784, Journals of the Sen- 
ate AND House of Representatives, and Records 
of the President and Council from June 
1784 TO June 1787, 
with an appendix 
Containing an Abstract of the Official Records Rela- 
tive TO THE Formation, Promulgation, Consider- 
ation, AND Adoption of the Federal Con- 
stitution, and Illustrative Notes. 



VOLUME XX. 



ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 



EDITOR AND COMPILER. 




MANCHESTER: 

JOHN B. CLARKE, PUBLIC PRINTER. 
I 89 I . 



JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions of 
the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire. 

Resolved by tlie Senate and House of Representatives in Gefieral Coii7't convened : 

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with 
the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person and fix his 
compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropri- 
ated, to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions 
of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire 
as the Governor may deem proper ; and that eight hundred copies of each volume 
of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows : namely, 
one copy to each city and town in the State, one copy to such of the public libraries 
in the State as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hampshire His- 
torical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state librarian, who 
is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



To A. S. Batckellor, Editor of State Papers : 

You are authorized to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publica- 
tion of the New Hampshire Town Charters, as recommended in the section num- 
bered one, in the Report of the Committee of the Governor and Council, submitted 
and adopted in May, 1889;* and the Journals of the Assembly, Provincial Con- 
gress, Legislature and Councils of New Hampshire, previous to the year 1800, as 
recommended in the section numbered two in said report. 

You are also authorized to include in said work such rolls of the soldiers of New 
Hampshire in the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars as may be available, 
and which have not already been published in the volumes edited by Isaac W. 
Hammond, Esq. 

You will also cause such explanatory notes and citations, tables of contents and 
indexes, with such illustrative papers, maps and plans as you may deem useful, to 
be prepared and made a part of your work. 

This I deem proper to be done, and I give these directions in accordance with 
the provisions of the joint resolution relating to the preservation and publication of 
portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New 
Hampshire, approved August 4th, 188 1. 

Given under my hand at Concord this i6th day of October, A. D. 1890. 

D. H. GOODELL, 

Governor. 

*This report is printed in the preface to Vol. XVIII, this series. 



PREFACE. 



The temporary constitution, adopted by the revolutionary assembly 
of New Hampshire in 1776, was superseded in 1784 by a new consti- 
tution. This instrument gave the State a government which was still 
largely parliamentary. It provided for a chief executive, but gave 
him no veto on legislation, and surrounded him with a council chosen 
by and from the legislative branch. At the time of the adoption of 
the constitution, the people of the American states had come to a full 
realization of the impotence of the confederacy which had been 
formed under the Articles of Confederation, and of the necessity for 
a more efficient organic law for the union. This epoch has been 
well described as the "critical period in American history." The ex- 
perience of New Hampshire at this time was not essentially different 
from that of the other American states. The performance of some 
of their most important federal duties could not be enforced upon the 
states, and domestic conditions were deplorable. The burdens im- 
posed by the war were oppressive. A depreciated, fluctuating, and 
insufficient currency was a potent factor in the demoralization of 
business. Interstate commerce was at the mercy of conflicting legis. 
lation from as many legislatures as there were states, and foreign 
trade was subject to all the caprices of foreign avarice and intrigue. 
In this and the two succeeding volumes the legislative journals and 
executive records will be given entire, for the period beginning with 
the inauguration of government under the constitution of 1784 and 
ending with the close of the political year 1792-93, when a new con. 
stitution "took place." The Town Papers, edited by the late Isaac 
W. Hammond, being volumes XI, XII, and XIII of the full series of 
which the present volume is a continuation, and Mr. Hammond's vol- 



PREFACE. 5 

umes XVII and XVIII of Miscellaneous State Papers, contain much 
illustrative matter which is contemporaneous with these journals. The 
Hammond volumes are freely cited in this work. Their contents 
are an essential part of the record, and the influences that then moved 
legislation cannot, in most instances, be discerned without reference 
to the petitions, remonstrances, and other documents which their 
editor comprehensively described as "Town Papers" and "Miscella- 
neous Papers." The public and private acts which were the product 
of the legislation of this period, so far as can now be ascertained, were 
never published in full. The more important laws of a general and 
permanent nature were included in compilations, such as the Revised 
Laws of 1792. All the acts both of a public and private nature are 
supposed to be contained in Mss. volumes in the office of the Secre- 
tary of State. The State has furnished a valuable key to these in the 
"Index to the Laws of New Hampshire," edited by the late Dr. Ed- 
ward Aiken, and published under the direction of the Secretary of 
State. In the preparation of the volume of journals and executive 
records now presented, an arrangement has been pursued which 
places them in convenient and natural order for reference. No elim- 
ination of any part of the record has been permitted. The original 
printed journals have not been found for all the sessions in the three 
years from June, 1784, to June, 1787. Where such printed journals 
were accessible they have been consulted and compared with the Mss. 
journals, (a complete series of which has been preserved for the 
period during which the constitution of 1786 was in force,) and all 
material differences indicated by the use of brackets or otherwise. 
The records of the executive council for this period were never before 
printed. 

It should be noted in reference to the records of the president and 
council, that the numbering of the official Mss. volumes begins with 
the political year 1784-85. The nominations as well as confirmations 
and other official acts of that body for two years, are contained in a 
single volume, which is numbered and described as " i P. & C." 

After the close of the second political year, a separate record of 
nominations was kept in a volume which is designated " i B. N." 
The record book which contains the other contemporaneous acts of 
the president and council is designated " 2 P. & C." 



PREFACE. 



Following the method of Mr. Hammond in previous volumes — a 
method with which those who consult the work are presumed to be 
familiar — an index of names and an index of places are separately 
given. These will indicate the page on which every name of person 
and place mentioned in the book may be found. In addition to 
these, indexes of subjects and of biographical notes have been pro- 
vided. The star paging in the margins indicates the volume and 
page of the Mss. records from which the copy is made. The object 
of this work is to give the full ofificial record through as long a period 
of time as possible within the space allowed, and thus to make it 
more generally available for the public use. This view may not en- 
tirely preclude, but it necessarily restricts, the appendage of elabo- 
rate historical or critical notes. Tables of officials and biographical 
notes and citations accompany the text, and are intended, like the 
indexes, as aids to those who, as officials or as students, may have 
occasion to use the work. In its preparation the official co-operation 
of His Excellency Governor David H. Goodell and the members of 
his council, and of His Excellency Governor Hiram A. Tuttle and 
the members of his council, has been cordially extended, and is ac- 
knowledged with pleasure. Mr. Otis G. Hammond has been an effi- 
cient assistant. Every needed service within their power has been 
afforded by the official custodians of contemporaneous state records 
and references. It has been necessary, however, to make the largest 
use of the archives preserved in the office of the Secretary of State. 
The Hon. Ezra S. Stearns, the present Secretary, has not only af-. 
forded in the work every official courtesy, but he has given it the 
benefit of his excellent judgment and his thorough knowledge of the 
general and documentary history of the state. 

THE EDITOR. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Constitution of 1784 . 
State officers, 1784-5 . 
Senate Journal, June session, 1784 
Members of House, 1784-5 . 
House Journal, June session, 1784 
Senate Journal, October session, 1784 
House Journal, October session, 1784 
Senate Journal, February session, 1785 
House Journal, February session, 1785 
Records of President and Council, 1784-5 
State officers, 1785-6 .... 
Senate Journal, June session, 1785 
Members of House, 1785-6 . 
House Journal, June session, 1785 
Senate Journal, October session, 1785 . 
House Journal, October session, 1785 . 
Senate Journal, February session, 1786 
House Journal, February session, 1786 
Records of President and Council, 1785-6 
State officers, i'jd>6-'j . . . . 
Senate Journal, June session, 1786 
Members of House, 1786-7 . 
House Journal, June session, 1786 
Senate Journal, September session, 1786 
House Journal, September session, 1786 
Senate Journal, December session, 1786 
House Journal, December session, 1786 
Records of President and Council, 172)6-7 
Appendix . . ... 



• 9-30 

• 31-36 

39-53 
. 57-61 
. 62-89 

■ 93-115 
1 19-160 
163-183 
187-223 
229-297 
299-301 
305-330 

333-337 
338-388 
391-410 
413-452 

455-483 
487-546 

549-569 
571-575 
579-605 
609-612 
6iz-66d, 
671-683 
687-713 
717-747 
751-801 
805-835 
839-880 



A CONSTITUTION 



CONTAINING A 



BILL OF RIGHTS, AND FORM OF 
GOVERNMENT. 



Agreed upon by the Delegates of the people of the State of New- 
Hampshire, in Convention, held at Concord, on the first Tuesday of 
June, 1783 ; submitted to, and approved of, by the people of said 
State; and established by their Delegates in Convention, October 31, 
1783. 

PART I. 

THE BILL OF RIGHTS. 
Article I. 

All men are born equally free and independent ; therefore, all 
government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, 
and instituted for the general good. 

n. All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights ; 
among which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty — ac- 
quiring, possessing and protecting property — and in a word, of seek- 
ing and obtaining happiness. 

HI. When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up 
some of their natural rights to that society, in order to insure the 
protection of others ; and, without such an equivelant, the surrender 
is void. 



10 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

IV. Among the natural rights, some are in their very nature un- 
alienable, because no equivelant can be given or received for them. 
Of this kind are the Rights of Conscience. 

V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship 
God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason ; 
and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, 
liberty or estate for worshipping God in the manner and season 
most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience, or for his 
religious profession, sentiments or persuasion ; provided he doth not 
disturb the public peace, or disturb others in their religious worship. 

VI. As morality and piety, rightly grounded on evangelical prin- 
ciples, will give the best and greatest security to government, and 
will lay in the hearts of men the strongest obligations to due sub- 
jection ; and as the knowledge of these, is most likely to be prop- 
agated through a society by the institution of the public worship of 
the Deity, and of public instruction in morality and religion ; there- 
fore, to promote those important purposes, the people of this state 
have a right to empower, and do hereby fully empower the legisla- 
ture to authorize from time to time, the several towns, parishes 
bodies-corporate, or religious societies within this state, to make ade- 
quate provision at their own expense, for the support and mainte- 
nance of public protestant teachers of i^iety, religion and morality : 

Pi'ovided iiotwitJistandiiig^ That the several towns, parishes, bodies 
corporate, or religious societies, shall at all times have the exclusive 
right of electing their own public teachers, and of contracting with 
them for their support and maintenance. And no portion of any one 
particular religious sect or denomination, shall ever be compelled to 
pay towards the support of the teacher or teachers of another per- 
suasion, sect or denomination. 

And every denomination of christians demeaning themselves quiet- 
ly, and as good subjects of the State, shall be equally under the pro- 
tection of the law : and no subordination of any one sect or denom- 
ination to another, shall ever be established by law. 

And nothing herein shall be understood to affect any former con- 
tracts made for the support of the ministry ; but all such contracts 
shall remain, and be in the same state as if this constitution had not 
been made. 

VII. The people of this State, have the sole and exclusive right of 
governing themselves as a free, sovereign and independent State, 
and do, and forever hereafter shall exercise, and enjoy every power, 
jurisdiction and right pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not 
hereafter be by them expressly delegated to the United States of 
America in Congress assembled. 



THE BILL OF RIGHTS. II 

VIII. All power residing originally in, and being derived from 
the people, all the magistrates and officers of government, are their 
substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. 

IX. No office or place whatsoever in government, shall be heredi- 
tary — the abilities and integrity requisite in all, not being trans- 
missible to posterity or relations. 

X. Government being instituted for the common benefit, protec- 
tion, and security of the whole community, and not for the private 
interest or emolument of any one man, family or class of men ; there- 
fore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public 
liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are 
ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or 
establish a new government. The doctrine of non-resistance against 
arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd ; slavish, and destructive of 
the good and happiness of mankind. 

XI. All elections ought to be free, and every inhabitant of the 
State having the proper qualifications, has equal right to elect, and 
be elected into office. 

XII. Every member of the community has a right to be jorotected 
by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty and property ; he is there- 
fore bound to contribute his share in the expense of such protection, 
and to yield his personal service when necessary, or an equivelent. 
But no part of a man's property shall be taken from him, or applied 
to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative 
body of the people. Nor are the inhabitants of this State controlla- 
ble by any other laws than those to which they, or their representa- 
tive body have given their consent. 

XIII. No person who is conscientiously scrupulous about the 
lawfulness of bearing arms, shall be compelled thereto, provided he 
will pay an equivelent. 

XIV. Every subject of this State is entitled to a certain rem- 
edy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries he may re- 
ceive in his person, property or character, to obtain right and justice 
freely, without being obliged to purchase it ; completely, and without 
any denial ; promptly, and without delay, conformably to the laws. 

XV. No subject shall be held to answer for any crime, or offence, 
until the same is fully and plainly, substantially and formally de- 
scribed to him ; or be compelled to accuse or furnish evidence 
against himself. And every subject shall have a right to produce all 
proofs that may be favorable to himself : To meet the witnesses 
against him face to face, and to be fully heard in his defence by 
himself and counsel. And no subject shall be arrested, imprisoned, 
despoiled, or deprived of his property, immunities, or privileges, 



12 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

put out of the protection of the law, exiled or deprived of his life, 
liberty, or estate, but by the judgment of his peers or the law of 
the land. 

XVI. No subject shall be liable to be tried, after an acquittal, for 
the same crime or offence. — Nor shall the legislature make any law 
that shall subject any person to a capital punishment, excepting for 
the government of the army and navy, and the militia in actual 
service, without trial by jury. 

XVII. In criminal prosecutions, the trial of facts in the vicinity 
where they happen, is so essential to the security of the life, liberty, 
and estate of the citizen, that no crime or offence ought to be tried 
in any other county than that in which it is committed ; except in 
cases of general insurrection in any particular county, when it shall 
appear to the judges of the superior-court, that an impartial trial can- 
not be had in the county where the offence may be committed, and 
upon their report, the assembly shall think proper to direct the trial 
in the nearest county in which an impartial trial can be obtained. 

XVIII. All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of 
the offence. No wise legislature will affix the same punishment to 
the crimes of theft, forgery, and the like, which they do to those of 
murder and treason ; where the same undistinguishing severity is 
exerted against all offences, the people are led to forget the real dis- 
tinction in the crimes themselves, and to commit the most flagrant 
with as little compunction as they do those of the lightest dye. For 
the same reason a multitude of sanguinary laws is both impolitic and 
unjust. The true design of all punishments being to reform, not to 
exterminate mankind. 

XIX. Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unrea- 
sonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, 
and all his possessions. All warrants, therefore, are contrary to this 
right, if the cause or foundation of them be not previously supported 
by oath, or affirmation ; and if the order in the warrant to a civil offi- 
cer, to make search in suspected places, or to arrest one or more 
suspected persons, or to seize their property, be not accompanied 
with a special designation of the persons or objects of search, arrest 
or seizure ; and no warrant ought to be issued but in cases, and with 
the formalities prescribed by the laws. 

XX. In all controversies concerning property, and in all suits 
between two or more persons, except in cases in which it has been 
heretofore otherwise used and practised, the parties have a right to a 
trial by jury ; and this method of procedure shall be held sacred, un- 
less in causes arising on the high seas, and such as relate to mariners 
wages, the legislature shall think it necessary hereafter to alter it. 



THE BILL OF RIGHTS. 1 3 

XXI. In order to reap the fullest advantage of the inestimable 
privilege of the trial by jury, great care ought to be taken that none 
but qualified persons should be appointed to serve ; and such ought 
to be fully compensated for their travel, time and attendance. 

XXII. The Liberty of the press is essential to the security of 
freedom in a State ; it ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved. 

XXIII. Retrospective laws are highly injurious, oppressive and 
unjust. No such laws, therefore, should be made, either for the de- 
cision of civil causes, or the punishment of offences. 

XXIV. A well regulated militia is the proper, natural, and sure 
defence of a State. 

XXV. Standing armies are dangerous to liberty, and ought not 
to be raised or kept up without the consent of the legislature. 

XXVI. In all cases, and at all times, the military ought to be 
under strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power. 

XXVII. No soldier in time of peace, shall be quartered in any 
house without the consent of the owner ; and in time of war, such 
quarters ought not to be made but by the civil magistrate, in a man- 
ner ordained by the legislature, 

XXVIII. No subsidy, charge, tax, impost or duty shall be estab- 
lished, fixed, laid or levied, under any pretext whatsoever, without 
the consent of the people, or their representatives in the legislature, 
or authority derived from that body. 

XXIX. The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of 
them, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature, or by 
authority derived therefrom, to be exercised in such particular cases 
only as the legislature shall expressly provide for. 

XXX. The freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate, in 
either house of the legislature, is so essential to the rights of the 
people, that it cannot be the foundation of any action, complaint, or 
prosecution, in any other court or place whatsoever. 

XXXI. The legislature ought frequently to assemble for the 
redress of grievances, for correcting, strengthening and confirming 
the laws, and for making new ones, as the common good may 
require. 

XXXII. The people have a right in an Orderly and peaceable 
manner, to assemble and consult upon the common good, give in- 
structions to their representatives ; and to request of the legislative 
body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done 
them, and of the grievances they suffer. 

XXXIII. No magistrate or court of law shall demand excessive 
bail or sureties, impose excessive fines, or inflict cruel or unusual 
punishments. 



14 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

XXXIV. No person can in any case be subjected to law martial^ 
or to any pains, or penalties, by virtue of that law, except those em- 
ployed in the army or navy, and except the militia in actual service, 
but by authority of the legislature. 

XXXV. It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every 
individual, his life, liberty, property and character, that there be an 
impartial interpretation of the laws, and administration of justice. It 
is the right of every citizen to be tried by judges as impartial as the 
lot of humanity will admit. It is therefore not only the best policy, 
but for the security of the rights of the people, that the judges of the 
supreme (or superior) judicial court should hold their offices so long as 
they behave well ; and that they should have honorable salaries, ascer- 
tained and established by standing laws. 

XXXVI. Economy being a most essential virtue in all States, 
especially in a young one ; no pension shall be granted, but in con- 
sideration of actual services, and such pensions ought to be granted 
with great caution by the legislature, and never for more than one 
year at a time. 

XXXVII. In the government of this State, the three essential 
powers thereof, to wit, the legislative, executive and judicial, ought 
to be kept as separate from, and independent of each other, as the 
nature of a free government will admit, or as is consistent with that 
chain of connexion that binds the whole fabric of the constitution in 
one indissoluble bond of union and amity. 

XXXVIII. A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles 
of the constitution, and a constant adherence to justice, moderation, 
temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues, are indis- 
pensably necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty and good 
government ; the people ought, therefore, to have a particular regard 
to all those principles in the choice of their officers and representa- 
tives : And they have a right to require of their law-givers and mag- 
istrates, an exact and constant observance of them in the formation 
and execution of the laws necessary for the good administration of 
government. 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 1 5 

PAET II. 

THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 

The people inhabiting the territory formerly called the Province of 
New Hampshire, do hereby solemnly and mutually agree with each 
other, to form themselves into a free, sovereign, and independent 
Body-politic, or State, by the name of the State of New Hampshire. 

THE GENERAL-COURT. 

The supreme legislative power within this State shall be vested in 
the senate and house of representatives, each of which shall have a 
negative on the other. 

The senate and house shall assemble every year on the first 
Wednesday of June, and at such other times as they may judge 
necessary ; and shall dissolve, and be dissolved, seven days next pre- 
ceding the said first Wednesday of June ; and shall be stiled The 
General Court of New Hampshire. 

The general court shall forever have full power and authority to 
erect and constitute judicatories and courts of record, or other courts, 
to be holden in the name of the State, for the hearing, trying and 
determining all manner of crimes, offences, pleas, processes, plaints, 
actions, causes, matters and things whatsoever, arising, or happening 
within this State, or between or concerning persons inhabiting or re- 
siding, or brought within the same, whether the same be criminal or 
civil, or whether the crimes be capital, or not capital, and whether the 
said pleas be real, personal, or mixed ; and for the awarding and issu- 
ing execution thereon. To which courts and judicatories are hereby 
given and granted full power and authority, from time to time to ad- 
minister oaths or affirmations, for the better discovery of truth in any 
matter in controversy, or depending before them. 

And farther, full power and authority are hereby given and 
granted to the said general-court, from time to time, to make, ordain 
and establish all manner of wholesome and reasonable orders, laws, 
statutes, ordinances, directions and instructions, either with penalties 
or without ; so as the same be not repugnant, or contrary to this con- 
stitution, as they may judge for the benefit and welfare of this State, 
and for the governing and ordering thereof, and of the subjects of 
the same, for the necessary support and defence of the government 
thereof ; and to name and settle annually, or provide by fixed laws, 



l6 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

for the naming and settling all civil officers within this State ; such 
officers excepted, the election and appointment of whom, are here- 
after in this form of government otherwise provided for ; and to set 
forth the several duties, powers and limits of the several civil and 
military officers of this State, and the forms of such oaths or affirma- 
tions, as shall be respectively administered unto them for the execu- 
tion of their several offices and places, so as the same be not repug- 
nant or contrary to this constitution ; and also to impose fines, mulcts, 
imprisonments and other punishments ; and to impose and levy pro- 
portional and reasonable assessments, rates and taxes, upon all the 
inhabitants of, and residents within the said State, and upon all 
estates within the same ; to be issued and disposed of by warrant 
under the hand of the president of this State for the time being, with 
the advice and consent of the council, for the public service, in the 
necessary defence and support of the government of this State, and 
the protection and preservation of the subjects thereof, according to 
such acts as are, or shall be in force within the same. 

And while the public charges of government, or any part thereof, 
shall be assessed on polls and estates in the manner that has hereto- 
fore been practiced ; in order that such assessments may be made 
with equality, there shall be a valuation of the estates within the 
State taken anew once in every five years at least, and as much 
oftener as the general-court shall order. 

SENATE. 

THERE shall be annually elected by the freeholders and other in- 
habitants of this State, qualified as in this constitution is provided, 
twelve persons to be senators for the year ensuing their election ; to 
be chosen in and by the inhabitants of the districts, into which this 
State may from time to time be divided by the general-court, for that 
purpose ; And the general-court in assigning the number to be 
elected by the respective districts, shall govern themselves by the 
proportion of public taxes paid by the said districts ; and timely make 
known to the inhabitants of the State, the limits of each district, and 
the number of senators to be elected therein ; provided the number 
of such districts shall never be more than ten, nor less than five. 

And the several counties in this State, shall, until the general- 
court shall order otherwise, be districts for the election of senators, 
and shall elect the following number, viz ; Rockingham, five. — Straf- 
ford, two. — Hillsborough, two. — Cheshire, two. — Grafton, one. 

The senate shall be the first branch of the legislature : And the 
senators shall be chosen in the following manner, viz. — Every male 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 1 7 

inhabitant of each town and parish with town privileges in the several 
counties in this State, of twenty-one years of age and upwards, pay- 
ing for himself a poll tax, shall have a right at the annual or other 
meetings of the inhabitants of said towns and parishes, to be duly 
warned and holden annually forever in the month of March, to vote 
in the town or parish wherein he dwells, for the senators in the 
county or district whereof he is a member. 

And every person qualified as the constitution provides, shall be 
considered an inhabitant for the purpose of electing and being elected 
into any office or place within this State, in that town, parish and 
plantation where he dwelleth and hath his home. 

The selectmen of the several towns and parishes aforesaid, shall, 
during the choice of senators, preside at such meetings impartially, 
and shall receive the votes of all the inhabitants of such towns and 
parishes present and qualified to vote for senators, and shall sort and 
count the same in the meeting, and in presence of the town-clerk, 
who shall make a fair record in presence of the selectmen, and in 
open meeting, of the name of every person voted for, and the num- 
ber of votes against his name ; and a fair copy of this record shall be 
attested by the selectmen and town-clerk, and shall be sealed up and 
directed to the secretary of the State, with a superscription express- 
ing the purport thereof, and delivered by said clerk to the sheriff of 
the county in which such town or parish lies, thirty days at least, 
before the first Wednesday of June ; and the sheriff of each county, 
or his deputy, shall deliver all such certificates by him received, into 
the secretary's office, seventeen days ,at least, before the first 
Wednesday of June. 

And the inhabitants of plantations and places unincorporated, 
qualified as this constitution provides, who are or shall be required to 
assess taxes upon themselves towards the support of government, or 
shall be taxed therefor, shall have the same privilege of voting for 
senators in the plantations and places wherein they reside, as the in- 
habitants of the respective towns and parishes aforesaid have. And 
the meetings of such plantations and places for that purpose, shall be 
holden annually in the month of March, at such places respectively 
therein, as the assessors thereof shall direct : Which assessors shall 
have like authority for notifying the electors, collecting and returning 
the votes, as the selectmen and town-clerks have in their several 
towns by this constitution. 

And that there may be a due meeting of senators on the first 
Wednesday of June, annually, the president and three of the council 
for the time being, shall as soon as may, examine the returned copies 
of such records ; and fourteen days before the said first Wednesday 



1 8 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

of June, he shall issue his summons to such persons as appear to 
be chosen senators b}^ a majority of votes, to attend and take their 
seats on that day : Provided nevertheless, That for the first year the 
said returned copies shall be examined by the president and five of 
the council of the former constitution of government ; and the said 
president shall in like manner notify the persons elected, to attend 
and take their seats accordingly. 

The senate shall be final judges of the elections, returns, and 
qualifications of their own members, as pointed out in this constitu- 
tion, and shall on the said first Wednesday of June annually, deter- 
mine and declare, who are elected by each district to be senators by a 
majority of votes : and in case there shall not appear to be the full 
number returned elected by a majority of votes for any district, the 
deficiency shall be supplied in the following manner, viz. The mem- 
bers of the house of representatives and such senators as shall be de- 
clared elected, shall take the names of such persons as shall be found 
to have the highest number of votes in each district, and not elected, 
amountmg to twice the number of senators wanting, if there 
be so many voted for ; and out of these shall elect by joint ballot the 
number of senators wanted for such district : and in this manner all 
such vacancies shall be filled up in every district of the State, and in 
like manner all vacancies in the senate, arising by death, removal out 
of the State, or otherwise, shall be supplied as soon as may be after 
such vacancies happen. 

Provided nevertheless, That no person shall be capable of being 
elected a senator, who is not of the protestant religion, and seized of 
a freehold estate in his own right, of the value of two hundred 
po7inds, lying within this State, who is not of the age of thirty years,, 
and who shall not have been an inhabitant of this State for seven 
years immediately preceding his election ; and at the time thereof he 
shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he shall be chosen. 

The senate shall have power to adjourn themselves, provided such 
adjournment do not exceed two days at a time. 

The senate shall appoint their own officers, and determine their 
own rules of proceedings. And not less than seven members of the 
senate shall make a quorum for doing business ; and when less than 
eight senators shall be present, the assent of five, at least, shall be 
necessary to render their acts and proceedings valid. 

The senate shall be a court with full power and authority to hear 
and determine all impeachments made by the house of representa- 
tives, against any officer or officers of the State, for misconduct or 
mal-administration in their offices. But previous to the trial of any 
such impeachment, the members of the senate shall respectively be 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 19 

sworn, truly and impartially to try and determine the charge in ques- 
tion according to evidence. Their judgment, however shall not ex- 
tend farther than removal from office, disqualification to hold or 
enjoy any place of honor, trust or profit under this State ; but the 
party so convicted, shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial, 
judgment, and punishment, according to the laws of the land. 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 

There shall be in the legislature of this State, a representation of 
the people annually elected and founded upon principles of equality : 
— and in order that such representation may be as equal as circum- 
stances will admit, every town, parish, or place, entitled to town 
privileges, having one hundred and fifty rateable male polls, of 
twenty-one years of age, and upwards, may elect one representative; 
if four hundred and fifty rateable polls, may elect two representatives ; 
and so proceeding in that proportion, making three hundred such 
rateable polls the mean increasing number for every additional 
representative. 

Such towns, parishes or places as have less than one hundred and 
fifty rateable polls, shall be classed by the general-assembly, for the 
purpose of chusing a representative, and seasonably notified thereof. 
And in every class formed for the above-mentioned purpose, the first 
annual meeting shall be held in the town, parish, or place wherein 
most of the rateable polls reside ; and afterwards in that which has 
the next highest number, and so on annually by rotation, through the 
several towns, parishes, or places, forming the district. 

Whenever any town, parish, or place entitled to town privileges 
as aforesaid, shall not have one hundred and fifty rateable polls, and 
be so situated as to render the classing thereof with any other town, 
parish or place very inconvenient, the general-assembly may upon 
application of a majority of the voters in such town, parish, or place, 
issue a writ for their electing and sending a representative to the 
general-court. 

The members of the house of representatives shall be chosen an- 
nually in the month of March, and shall be the second branch of the 
legislature. 

All persons qualified to vote in the election of senators, shall be 
entitled to vote within the town, district, parish or place where they 
dwell, in the choice of representatives. Every member of the house 
of representatives shall be chosen by ballot ; and for two years at 
least next preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of 
this State, shall have an estate within the town, parish or place 
which he may be chosen to represent, of the value of one Jiundred 



20 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

pounds, one half of which to be a free-hold, whereof he is seized in 
his own right ; shall be at the time of his election, an inhabitant of 
the town, parish, or place he may be chosen to represent ; shall be of 
the protestant religion, and shall cease to represent such town, parish, 
or place immediately on his ceasing to be qualified as aforesaid. 

The travel of each representative to the general-assembly, and re- 
turning home, once in every session, and no more, shall be at the ex- 
pense of the State, and the wages for his attendance, at the expense 
of the town, parish, or places he represents ; such members attending 
seasonably and not departing without licence. All intermediate 
vacancies in the house of representatives, may be filled up from time 
to time, in the same manner as annual elections are made. 

The house of representatives shall be the grand inquest of the 
State, and all impeachments made by them, shall be heard and tried 
by the Senate. 

All money bills shall originate in the house of representatives, but 
the senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills. 

The house of representatives shall have power to adjourn them- 
selves, but no longer than two days at a time. 

A majority of the members of the house of representatives shall be 
a quorum for doing business : But when less than two thirds of the 
representatives elected shall be present, the assent of two thirds of 
those members shall be necessary to render their acts and proceed- 
ings valid. 

No member of the house of representatives or senate, shall be 
arrested or held to bail on mean process, during his going to, return- 
ing from or attendance upon the court. 

The house of representatives shall choose their own speaker, 
appoint their own officers, and settle the rules of proceedings in their 
own house. They shall have authority to punish by imprisonment, 
every person who shall be guilty of disrespect to the house in its 
presence, by any disorderly and contemptuous behavior, or by 
threatening, or ill treating any of its members ; or by obstructing its 
deliberations ; every person guilty of a breach of its privileges in 
making arrests for debt, or by assaulting any member during his at- 
tendance at any session ; in assaulting or disturbing any one of its 
officers in the execution of any order or procedure of the house, in 
assaulting any witness, or other person, ordered to attend by and 
during his attendance of the house, or in rescuing any person arrested 
by order of the house, knowing them to be such. The senate, presi- 
dent and council, shall have the same powers in like cases ; provided 
that no imprisonment by either, for any offence, exceed ten days. 

The journals of the proceedings of both houses of the general-court 
shall be printed and published, immediately after every adjournment, 



THE FORM OF GOVERxNMENT. 21 

or prorogation ; and upon motion made by any one member, the yeas 
and nays upon any question, shall be taken and entered in the 
journals. 

EXECUTIVE POWER. 
PRESIDENT. 

THERE shall be a supreme executive magistrate, who shall be 
stiled, The PRESIDENT of the STATE of NEW HAMP- 
SHIRE ; and whose title shall be HIS EXCELLENCY. 

The PRESIDENT shall be chosen annually ; and no person shall be 
eligible to this office, unless at the time of his election, he shall have 
been an inhabitant of this State for seven years next preceding, and 
unless he shall be of the age of thirty years ; and unless he shall at 
the same time, have an estate of the value of five hundred pounds, 
one half of which shall consist of a free-hold in his own right within 
the State ; and unless he shall be of the protestant religion. 

Those persons qualified to vote for senators and representatives 
shall within the several towns, parishes or places, where they dwell, 
at a meeting to be called for that purpose, some day in the month of 
March, annually, give in their votes for a president to the selectmen, 
who shall preside at such meeting, and the clerk in the presence 
and with the assistance of the selectmen, shall in open meeting sort 
and count the votes, and form a list of the persons voted for, with 
the number of votes for each person against his name, and shall 
make a fair record of the same in the town books, and a public 
declaration thereof in the said meeting ; and shall in the presence of 
said inhabitants, seal up a copy of said list attested by him and the 
selectmen, and transmit the same to the sheriff of the county, thirty 
days at least before the first Wednesday of June, or shall cause re- 
turns of the same to be made to the office of the secretary of the 
State seventeen days at least, before said day, who shall lay the same 
before the senate and house of representatives on the first Wednes- 
day of June, to be by them examined ; and in case of an election by 
a majority of votes through the State, the choice shall be by them 
declared, and published : But if no person shall have a majority of 
votes, the house of representatives shall by ballot elect two out of 
four persons who had the highest number of votes, if so many shall 
have been voted for ; but if otherwise, out of the number voted for ; 
and make return to the senate of the two persons so elected, on 
which the senate shall proceed by ballot to elect one of them, who 
shall be declared president. 



22 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

The president of the State shall preside in the senate, shall have a 
vote equal with any other member ; and shall also have a casting vote 
in case of a tie. 

The president with advice of council, shall have full power and 
authority in the recess of the general-court, to prorogue the same 
from time to time, not exceeding ninety days in any one recess of 
said court ; and during the session of said court, to adjourn or pro- 
rogue it to any time the two houses may desire, and to call it to- 
gether sooner than the time to which it may be adjourned, or pro- 
rogued, if the welfare of the State should require the same. 

In cases of disagreement between the two houses, with regard to 
the time of adjournment, or prorogation, the president with advice of 
council, shall have a right to adjourn or prorogue the general-court, 
not exceeding ninety days, at any one time, as he may determine the 
public good may require. And he shall dissolve the same seven days 
before the said first Wednesday of June. And in case of any infec- 
tious distemper prevailing in the place where the said court at any 
time is to convene, or any other cause whereby dangers may arise to 
the healths or lives of the members, from their attendance, the 
president may direct the session to be holden at some other the most 
convenient place within the State. 

The president of this State for the time being, shall be comman- 
der in chief of the army and navy, and all the military forces of the 
State by sea and land ; and shall have full power by himself, or by 
any chief commander, or other officer or officers, from time to time, 
to train, instruct, exercise and govern the militia and navy ; and for 
the special defence and safety of this State, to assemble in martial 
array, and put in warlike posture, the inhabitants thereof, and to lead 
and conduct them, and with them to encounter, expulse, repel, resist 
and pursue by force of arms, as well by sea as by land, within and 
without the limits of this State, and also to kill, slay, destroy, if ne- 
cessary, and conquer by all fitting ways, enterprize and means, all and 
every such person and persons as shall, at any time hereafter, in a 
hostile manner attempt or enterprize the destruction, invasion, detri- 
ment, or annoyance of this State ; and to use and exercise over the 
army and navy, and over the militia in actual service, the law-martial 
in time of war, invasion, and also in rebellion, declared by the legisla- 
ture to exist, as occasion shall necessarily require : And surprize by all 
ways and means whatsoever, all and every such person or persons, 
with their ships, arms, ammunition, and other goods, as shall in a 
hostile manner invade, or attempt the invading, conquering, or annoy- 
ing this State : And in fine, the president hereby is intrusted with 
all other powers incident to the office of captain-general and comman- 
der in chief, and admiral, to be exercised agreeably to the rules and 



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regulations of the constitution, and the laws of the land : Provided 
that the president shall not at any time hereafter, by virtue of any 
power by this constitution granted, or hereafter to be granted to him 
by the legislature, transport any of the inhabitants of this State, or 
obhge them to march out of the limits of the same, without their free 
and voluntary consent, or the consent of the general-court, nor grant 
commissions for exercising the law-martial in any case, without the 
advice and consent of the council. 

The power of pardoning offences, except such as persons may be 
convicted of before the senate by impeachment of the house, shall 
be in the president, by and with the advice of the council : but no 
charter of pardon granted by the president with advice of council, 
before conviction, shall avail the party pleading the same, notwith- 
standing any general or particular expressions contained therein, 
descriptive of the offence or offences intended to be pardoned. 

All judicial officers, the attorney-general, solicitor-general, all 
sheriffs, coroners, registers of probate, and all officers of the navy 
and general and field-officers of the militia, shall be nominated and 
appointed by the president and council ; and every such nomination 
shall be made at least seven days prior to such appointment, and no 
appointment shall take place, unless three of the council agree 
thereto. The captains and subalterns in the respective regiments 
shall be nominated and recommended by the field-officers to the 
president, who is to issue their commissions immediately on receipt 
of such recommendation. 

No officer duly commissioned to command in the militia, shall be 
removed from his office, but by the address of both houses to the 
president, or by fair trial in court-martial, pursuant to the laws of the 
State for the time being. 

The commanding officers of the regiments shall appoint their adju- 
tants and quarter-masters ; the brigadiers their brigade majors, the 
major-generals their aids ; the captains and subalterns their non-com 
missioned officers. 

The president and council shall appoint all officers of the con- 
tinental army, whom by the confederation of the United States it is 
provided that this State shall appoint, as also all officers of forts and 
garrisons. 

The division of the militia into brigades, regiments and companies, 
made in pursuance of the militia laws now in force, shall be consid- 
ered as the proper division of the militia of this State, until the same 
shall be altered by some future law. 

No monies shall be issued out of the treasury of this State, and 
•disposed of (except such sums as may be appropriated for the re- 



24 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

demption of bills of credit or treasurers' notes, or for the payment of 
interest arising thereon) but by warrant under the hand of the presi- 
dent for the time being, by and with the advice and consent of the 
council, for the necessary support and defence of this State, and for 
the necessary protection and preservation of the inhabitants thereof, 
agreeably to the acts and resolves of the general-court. 

All public boards, the commissary-general, all superintending offi- 
cers of public magazines and stores, belonging to this State, and all 
commanding officers of forts and garrisons within the same, shall 
once in every three months, officially, and without requisition, and at 
other times, when required by the president, deliver to him an ac- 
count of all goods, stores, provisions, ammunition, cannon with their 
appendages, and small arms with their accoutrements, and of all 
other public property under their care respectively ; distinguishing 
the quantity, and kind of each as particularly as may be ; together 
with the condition of such forts and garrisons ; and the commanding 
officer shall exhibit to the president, when required by him, true and 
exact plans of such forts, and of the land and sea, or harbour or har- 
hours adjacent. 

The president and council shall be compensated for their services 
from time to time by such grants as the general-court shall think 
reasonable. 

Permanent and honorable salaries shall be established by law for 
the justices of the superior-court. 

Whenever the chair of the president shall be vacant, by reason of 
his death, absence from the State, or otherwise, the senior senator 
for the time being, shall, during such vacancy, have and exercise all 
the powers and authorities which by this constitution the president 
is vested with when personally present. 

COUNCIL. 

Annually on the first meeting of the general-court, two members 
of the senate and three from the house of representatives, shall be 
chosen by joint ballot of both houses as a council, for advising the 
president in the executive part of government, whom the presi- 
dent for the time being, shall have full power and authority to con- 
vene from time to time, at his discretion, and the president with the 
counsellors, or three of them at least, shall and may from time to 
time hold and keep a council, for ordering and directing the affairs of 
the State according to the laws of the land. 

The qualifications for counsellors, shall be the same as those re- 
quired for senators. The members of the council shall not intermed- 



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die with the making or trying impeachments, but shall themselves be 
impeachable by the house, and triable by the senate for mal-conduct. 

The resolutions and advice of the council shall be recorded in a 
register, and signed by the members present, and this record may be 
called for at any time, by either house of the legislature, and any 
member of the council may enter his opinion contrary to the resolu- 
tion of the majority. 

And whereas the elections appointed to be made by this constitu- 
tion on the first Wednesday of June annually, by the two houses of 
the legislature, may not be completed on that day, the said elections 
may be adjourned from day to day until the same shall be completed. 
And the order of the elections shall be as follows : The vacancies in 
the senate, if any, shall be first filled up ; the president shall then be 
elected, provided there should be no choice of him by the people, 
and afterwards the two houses shall proceed to the election of the 
council. 

SECRETARY, TREASURER, COMMISSARY-GENERAL, &C. 

The secretary, treasurer, and commissary-general, shall be chosen 
by joint ballot of the senators and representatives assembled in one 
room. 

The records of the State shall be kept in the ofifice of the secre- 
tary, who may appoint his deputies, for whose conduct he shall be 
answerable, and he shall attend the president and council, the senate 
and representatives, in person or by deputy, as they may require. 

COUNTY-TREASURER, &C. 

THE county-treasurers, and registers of deeds shall be elected by 
the inhabitants of the several towns, in the several counties in the 
State according to the method now practised, and the present laws of 
the State ; and before they enter upon the business of their offices, 
shall be respectively sworn faithfully to discharge the duties thereof, 
and shall severally give bond with sufficient sureties, in a reasonable 
sum for the use of the county, for the punctual performance of their 
respective trusts. 

JUDICIARY POWER. 

THE tenure that all commission officers shall have by law in their 
offices, shall be expressed in their respective commissions. All judi- 
cial officers, duly appointed, commissioned and sworn, shall held their 
offices during good behavior, excepting those concerning whom there 

3 



26 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

is a different provision made in this constitution : Provided never- 
theless, Tlie president, with consent of council, may remove them 
upon the address of both houses of the legislature. 

Each branch of the legislature, as well as the president and coun- 
cil, shall have authority to require the opinions of the justices of the 
superior court upon important questions of law, and upon solemn 
occasions. 

In order that the people may not suffer from the long continuance 
in place of any justice of the peace, who shall fail in discharging the 
important duties of his office with ability and fidelity, all commissions 
of justices of the peace shall become void, at the expiration of five 
years from their respective dates ; and upon the expiration of any 
commission, the same may, if necessary be renewed, or another per- 
son appointed, as shall most conduce to the well-being of the State. 
The judges of probate of wills, and for granting letters of administra- 
tion, shall hold their courts at such place or places, on such fixed 
days, as the convenience of the people may require. And the legisla- 
ture shall, from time to time, hereafter ap])oint such times and places, 
until which appointments, the said courts shall be holden at the times 
and places which the respective judges shall direct. 

All causes of marriage, divorce and alimony, and all appeals from 
the respective judges of probate, shall be heard and tried by the su- 
perior-court, until the legislature shall by law make other provision. 

CLERKS OF COURTS. 

THE clerks of the superior-court of judicature, inferior courts of 
common pleas, and general sessions of the peace, shall be appointed 
by the respective courts during pleasure. And to prevent any fraud 
or unfairness in the entries and records of said courts, no such clerk 
shall be of counsel in any cause in the court of which he is clerk, nor 
shall he fill any writ in any civil action whatsoever. 

DELEGATES TO CONGRESS. 

THE delegates of this State to the congress of the United States, 
shall some time between the first Wednesday of June, and the first 
Wednesday of September annually, be elected by the senate and 
house of representatives in their separate branches, to serve in con- 
gress for one year, to commence on the first Monday in November 
then next ensuing. They shall have commissions under the hand of 
the president, and the great seal of the state ; but may be recalled at 
any^time within the year, and others chosen and commissioned, in the 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 2/ 

same manner, in their stead ; and they shall have the same qualifi- 
cations, in all respects, as by this constitution are required for the 
president. 

No person shall be capable of being a delegate to congress for 
more than three years in any term of six years ; nor shall any person 
being a delegate, be capable of holding any office under the United 
States, for which he, or any other for his benefit, receives any salary, 
or emolument of any kind. 

ENCOURAGEMENT OF LITERATURE, &C. 

KNOWLEDGE and learning, generally diffused through a com- 
munity, being essential to the preservation of a free government ; and 
spreading the opportunities and advantages of education through the 
various parts of the country, being highly conducive to promote this 
end ; it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all 
future periods of this government to cherish the interest of literature 
and the sciences, and all seminaries and public schools, to encourage 
private and public institutions, rewards and immunities for the pro- 
motion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures 
and natural history of the country ; to countenance and inculcate the 
principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private 
charity, industry and economy, honesty and punctuality, sincerity, 
sobriety, and all social affections, and generous sentiments among 
the people. 

OATH and subscriptions ; exclusion from offices ; coviviissions ; 
ivrits ; confirmation of laivs ; habeas corpus ; the enacting stile ; con- 
tinuance of officers ; provision for a future revision of the constitution, 
&c. 

Any person chosen president, counsellor, senator, or representa- 
tive, military or civil officer (town officers exxepted) accepting the 
trust, shall, before he proceeds to execute the duties of his office, 
make and subscribe the following declaration, viz. 

/, A. B., do truly and sincerely acknoiuledge, profess, testify and 
declare, that the State of Neiv-HampsJiire is, and of right ought to be, 
a free, sovereign and independent State ; and do sivear that I will 
bear faith, and true allegiance to the same, and that I tvill endeavor 
to defend it against all treacherous conspiracies and Jiostile attempts 
zvhatever : And I do further testify and declare, that no man or body 
of men, hath or can have, a right to absolve me from the obligation of 
this oath, declaration or affirmatioji ; and that I do jnake this acknozul- 
edgment, profession, testimony and declaration, Jionestly and truly, 
according to the common acceptation of the foregoing ivords, zvithout 
any equivocation, mental evasion, or secret reservation zvhatever. 

So help me GOD. 



28 CONSTITUTION OF 17S3. 

/, A. B., do solemnly and sincerely smear and affirjn, that I toil I 
faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the deities incum- 
bent on me as according to the best of my abilities^ 
agreeably to the rules and regulations of this constitution^ and the lazus 
of the State of Nczv-HampsJiire. So help me GOD. 

Provided alzvays, When any person chosen or appointed as afore- 
said, shall be of the denomination called quakers, or shall be scrupu- 
lous of swearing, and shall decline taking the said oaths, such shall 
take and subscribe them omitting, the word " swear, " and likewise 
the words "So help me God" subjoining instead thereof, " This I do 
-under tJie pains and penalties of perjury. " 

And the oaths or affirmations shall be taken and subscribed by the 
president before the senior senator present, in the presence of the 
two houses of assembly ; and by the senate and representatives first 
elected under this constitution, before the president and three of the 
council of the former constitution, and forever afterwards before the 
president and council for the time being and by the residue of the 
officers aforesaid, before such persons, and in such manner as from 
time to time shall be prescribed by the legislature. 

All commissions shall be in the name of the State of New-Hamp- 
shire, signed by the president, and attested by the secretary, or his 
deputy, and shall have the great seal of the State affixed thereto. 

All writs issuing out of the clerk's office in any of the courts of 
law, shall be in the name of the State of New-Hampshire ; shall be 
under the seal of the court whence they issue, and bear test of the 
chief, first, or senior justice of the court ; but when such justice shall 
be interested, then the writ shall bear test of some other justice of 
the court, to which the same shall be returnable ; and be signed by 
the clerk of such court. 

All indictments, presentments and informations shall conclude 
against the peace and dignity of the State. 

The estates of such persons as may destroy their own lives, shall 
not for that offence be forfeited, but descend or ascend in the same 
manner, as if such persons had died in a natural way. Nor shall any 
article which shall accidentally occasion the death of any person be 
henceforth deemed a deodand, or in any wise forfeited on account of 
such misfortune. 

All the laws which have heretofore been adopted, used and ap- 
proved, in the province, colony, or State of New-Hampshire, and 
usually practised on in the courts of law, shall remain and be in full 
force until altered and repealed by the legislature ; such parts thereof 
only excepted, as are repugnant to the rights and liberties contained 
in this constitution : Provided that nothing herein contained, when 
compared with the twenty-third article in the bill of rights, shall be 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 29 

construed to affect the laws already made respecting the persons or 
estates of absentees. 

The privilege and benefit of the habeas corpus, shall be enjoyed in 
this State, in the most free, easy, cheap, expeditious and ample man- 
ner, and shall not be suspended by the legislature, except upon the 
most urgent and pressing occasions, and for a time not exceeding 
three months. 

The enacting stile in making and passing acts, statutes and laws, 
shall be — Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General-Court convened. 

No president, or judge of the superior court, shall hold any office 
or place under the authority of this State, except such as by this con- 
stitution they are admitted to hold, saving that the judges of the 
said court may hold the offices of justice of the peace throughout the 
State ; nor shall they hold any place or office, or receive any pension 
or salary, from any other State, government, or power whatever. 

No person shall be capable of exercising at the same time, more 
than one of the following offices within this state, viz. Judge of pro- 
bate, sheriff, register of deeds ; and never more than two offices of 
profit, which may be held by appointment of the president, or presi- 
dent and council, or senate and house of representatives, or superior 
or inferior courts ; military offices, and offices of justice of the peace 
excepted. 

No person holding the office of judge of the superior court, secre- 
tary, treasurer of the State, judge of probate, attorney-general, com- 
missary-general, judge of the maritime court, or judge of the court 
of admiralty, military officers receiving pay from the continent or this 
State, excepting officers of the militia occasionally called forth on an 
emergency ; judge of the inferior court of common-pleas, register of 
deeds, president, professor or instructor of any college, sheriff, or 
officer of the customs, including naval-officers, shall at the same time 
have a seat in the senate or house of representatives, or council ; but 
their being chosen or appointed to, and accepting the same, shall 
operate as a resignation of their seat in the senate, or house of rep- 
resentatives, or council ; and the place so vacated shall be filled up. 

No person shall ever be admitted to hold a seat in the legislature, 
or any office of trust or importance under this government, who, in 
the due course of law, has been convicted of bribery or corruption, in 
obtaining an election or appointment. 

In all cases where sums of money are mentioned in this constitu- 
tion, the v^alue thereof shall be computed in silver, at six shillings and 
eight pence per ounce. 

To the end that there may be no failure of justice, or danger arise 
to this State from a change of the form of government, all civil and 



30 CONSTITUTION OF 1 783. 

military ofificers, holding commissions under the government and 
people of New-Hampshire, and other officers of the said government 
and people, at the time this constitution shall take effect, shall hold, 
exercise and enjoy all the powers and authorities to them granted 
and committed, until other persons shall be appointed in their stead. 
All courts of law in the business of their respective departments, and 
the executive, and legislative bodies and persons, shall continue in 
full force, enjoyment and exercise of all their trusts and employ- 
ments, until the general-court, and the supreme and other executive 
officers under this constitution, are designated and invested with 
their respective trusts, powers and authority. 

This form of government shall be enrolled on parchment, and de- 
posited in the secretary's office, and be a part of the laws of the land, 
and printed copies thereof shall be prefixed to the books containing 
the laws of this State, in all future editions thereof. 

To preserve an effectual adherence to the principles of the consti- 
tution, and to correct any violations thereof, as well as to make such 
alterations therein, as from experience may be found necessary, the 
general-court shall at the expiration of seven years from the time this 
constitution shall take effect, issue precepts, or direct them to be 
issued from the secretary's office, to the several towns and incorpo- 
rated places, to elect delegates to meet in convention for the purposes 
aforesaid : The said delegates to be chosen in the same manner, and 
proportioned as the representatives to the general-assembly ; pro- 
vided that no alteration shall be made in this constitution before the 
same shall be laid before the towns and unincorporated places, and 
approved by two thirds of the qualified voters present, and voting 
upon the question. 



THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 3 1 



IN CONVENTION 

HELD AT CONCORD, 

THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER, 

1783- 

The returns from the several towns being examined, and it appear- 
ing that the foregoing BILL OF RIGHTS and FORM OF GOV- 
ERNMENT, were approved of by the PEOPLE ; the same are here- 
by agreed on and estabhshed by the DELEGATES OF THE 
PEOPLE, and declared to be the CIVIL CONSTITUTION FOR 
THE STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, to take place on the first 
Wednesday of June, 1784 ; and that in the meantime the general- 
court under the present government, make all the necessary arrange- 
ments for introducing this CONSTITUTION, at that time, and in 
the manner therein described. 

NATHANIEL FOLSOM, President, P. T. 

Attest, 

J. M. SEWELL, Secretary. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



STATE OFFICERS, 1784-5. 



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. 

MESHECH WEARE, Hampton Falls, President. 

Cowieil. 

JOHN McCLEARY, Epsom, 1 ^ 

FRANCIS BLOOD, Temple, / C^^^'^'^^ from the Senate. 

JOSEPH BADGER, Gilmanton, ^ 

NATHANIEL PEABODY, Atkinson, \Chosen from the House 
MOSES CHASE, Cornish, J 'f ^^^P^esentatives. 

EBENEZER THOMPSON, Durham, Seereta7y of State. 
JOSEPH PEARSON, Exeter, Deputy Secretary. 
JOHN TAYLOR OILMAN, Exeter, State Treasurer. 
JOSEPH PEARSON, Exeter, Paymaster of Pensions. 
ELEAZER RUSSELL, Portsmouth, Naval Officer. 

JUDICIARY. 

Superior Court of Judicature. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness, Chief Justice. 

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Kingston, \ 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, Portsmouth, > Puisne Justices. 

LEVERETT HUBBARD,' Portsmouth, ) 

JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, Attorney-General. 

NATHANIEL ADAMS, Portsmouth, Clerk, 

I. John Dudley, of Raymond, succeeded Judge Hubbard by appointment, Dec. 20, 1784. 



34 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 784-85 

Court Maritime. 
JOSHUA BRACKETT, Portsmouth, Jiidge. 

COMMISSION TO REVISE THE LAWS OF THE STATE. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness. 
JOSIAH BARTLETT, Kingston. 
JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham. 

MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT. 

His Excellency MESHECH WEARE, Hampton Falls. 

Captain-Genci'al, Comma uder-in-Ckief, and Admiral. 
JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, Major-General. 
JONATHAN MOULTON, Hampton, 
JOSEPH CILLEY, Nottingham, 
JOHN HALE, Hollis, 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS, Walpole, )- Brigadier-Generals. 

Corps of Light Horsemen. 

NATHANIEL PEABODY, Atkinson, 

SUPPLY CLAPP, Portsmouth, Commissary-General. 

' Adjutant-General. 

STATE SENATE. 

June 2, lyS/!^, to Jnne i, 1785. 

MESHECH WEARE, Hampton Falls, President. 

WOODBURY LANGDON, Portsmouth. 

President Pro Tem. or Senior Senator. 

For the County , JOHN McCLEARY, Epsom, 

of Rockingham.^ JOSEPH OILMAN, Exeter. 

TIMOTHY WALKER, Concord, 
JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth. 

I. The regimental field officers are named in the following pages. It is not certainly known as to the incum- 
bent of the office of adjutant-general at this time. See Potter's Militarj' History of New Hampshire, Adju- 
tant-General's Report, 1S66, Vol. II. p. 372. By the terms of the Constitution of 1784, the incumbents^ of 
existing offices were continued until successors should be provided, or other disposition of the duties pertaining 
to tliem should be made under the new government. Hence it is difficult to trace the succession in several im- 
portant offices during the revolutionary period, and the first few months of the constitutional period. 



STATE OFFICERS, I784-85.. 35 

County of (JOHN WENTWORTH/ Dover. 
Strafford. \ EBENEZER SMITH, Meredith. 
County of f FRANCIS BLOOD, Temple. 

Hillsoro' \ MATTHEW THORNTON, Merrimack. 
County of f SIMEON OLCOTT,^ Charlestown. 
Cheshire \ ENOCH HALE,^ Rindge. 
County of \ MOSES DOW, Haverhill, 
Grafton ) 
EBENEZER THOMPSON, Durham, Aaiuo- Secretary. 

The senators chosen by votes of the people in the election of 1784, 
were for the County of Rockingham, John McCleary and Joseph 
Oilman ; for the County of Strafford, John Wentworth and Ebenezer 
Smith ; for the County of HillsborotigJi, Francis Blood ; for the County 
of Cheshire, Simeon Olcott ; for the County of Grafton, Moses 
Dow. 

These senators-elect all appeared and took the oath of ofifice on the 
first day of the session. 

The next day in joint convention the senators wanting were 
elected, as follows : For the County of Rockingham, Woodbury 
Langdon, Timothy Walker, John Dudley ; for the County of Hills- 
borough, Matthew Thornton ; for the County of Cheshire, Benjamin 
Bellows. 

Subsequently John Dudley and Benjamin Bellows declined to 
accept office, and John Langdon was chosen for Rockingham and 
Enoch Hale for Cheshire. 



DELEGATES TO CONGRESS. 

To serve for one year from the first Monday in November, 1784. 
Constitution of 1 784, ante p. 26. 

Names. Date of Appointment. Residence. 

ABIEL FOSTER, June 11, 1784, Canterbury. 

JONATHAN BLANCH ARD, June 11, 1784, Dunstable. 

1. John Wentworth, who was senator at this time, was formerly known as John Wentworth Jr. He was 
a son of Judge John ^^'entworth, who died May iS, 1781. 5 N. H. Hist. Soc. Collections, 240. 

2. Biography, Saunderson's History of Charlestown, 4S5. 

3. Stearns's History of Rindge, chapters 50 and 56 and p. 183, and passim. Enoch Hale subsequently 
became a permanent resident of Walpole. 



36 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 784-8 5 



JOHN LANGDON/ 
MOSES DOW/ 
PIERSE LONG, 
SAMUEL LIVERMORE, 
ELISHA PAYNE, 



June II, 1784, 
June II, 1784, 
Nov. 2, 1784, 
Nov. 3, 1784, 
Nov. 3, 1784, 



Portsmouth. 

Haverhill. 

Portsmouth. 

Holderness. 

Lebanon. 



DELEGATES FROM THIS STATE IN ACTUAL ATTENDANCE UPON THE 
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. 

1784. 

ABIEL FOSTER, Canterbury. 
JONATHAN BLANCHARD, Dunstable. 

1785. 

ABIEL FOSTER, Canterbury. 
PIERSE LONG, Portsmouth. 



1. Declined. 

2. Declined. See Letter, Hammond Town Papers, Vol. XII. p. 182. 



THE JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 



CONTAINING THK 



PROCEEDINGS FROM JUNE 2 TO JUNE 15, 1784 



JOURNAL OF SENATE. 



*i-i * WEDNESDAY, June 2^, 1784. 

Being the day appointed by the new Constitution for the annual 
meeting of the General-Court, the Honorable MesJiecJi Weare^ Esq. 
late President of the Council, being unable to attend, the Honor- 
able ycj-Zf^// Bartlctt, Esq. the senior member of the said Council, at- 
tended at Concord, (the place appointed) and a certificate signed by 
the Honorable MesJiech Weave, Esq. the late said President, was 
read, by which it appeared that the following persons were duly 
chosen Senators for the year ensuing, by the votes of the people, viz. 
The Honorable 

T ^^ 1 /-•! ^' T- ' ;- For the County of Rockingham. 
Joseph Lrilman, Esqr s. J j o 

John Went worth, ] t~, ^\ n ^ fc<.«-i 

•U, o -^1 V \ r or the County 01 Strafford. 

Ebenezer Smith, Esqrs. \ ■' 

P"rancis Blood, Plsq. For the County of Hillsborough. 

Simeon Olcott, P2sq. For the County of Cheshire. 

Moses Dow, Esq. For the County of Grafton. 

All which members-elect being present, were sworn agreeably to 
the Constitution, by the Honorable Josiah Bartlett, Esq. (three 
others of the late Council being present) and they respectively signed 
the oath & declaration, and then adjourned till to-morrow, 8 o'clock 
A. M. 

THURSDAY, June 3^ 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

It appearing from the returns of the votes for Senators, that there 
were of the number fixed by the Constitution, three for the County 

*The journals of the Senate and House for the political year 1784-5, contained in this volume, except the 
Senate Journal for the February Session, are copies of the contemporarv official publications made according 
to the directions of the constitution, and now in the State Library. The State has no copy of the original 
printed journal of the Senate for the session of February, 17S5. The copy herein given is taken from the 
manuscript record in the office of the Secretary of State. The star pages in the margin correspond with the 
pagination of the manuscript journals in the custody of the State Secretary. — [Editor. 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 784 

of Rockingham, one for the County of Hillsborough, and one for the 
County of Cheshire wanting, no person having a majority|of*votes 
therefor — 

* 1-2 * Therefore, the Senate and House of Representatives assem- 

bled together in the said Representatives room, and made 
choice of the Honorable Woodbury Langdon, Timothy Walker and 
John Dudley, Esq'rs. for the County of Rockingham ; the Honorable 
Matthew Thornton, Esq. for the County of Hillsborough ; the Honor- 
able Benjamin Bellows, Esq. for the County of Cheshire, to be 
senators for the year ensuing. And then proceeded to examine the 
votes returned for a President, and upon examining the same, it 
appeared that His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq. was chosen by a 
great majority of votes, and was accordingly declared President of 
the State ; the meeting of the Senate & House of Representatives 
was then adjourned till tomorrow 8 o'clock, A. M. 

A vote appointing a committee, to join a committee of the board, 
to consider of, and make such provision as they shall judge necessary 
for the entertainment of the Rev. gentlemen, the clergy, who may 
this day attend at this place, was brought up, read & concurred, and 
Mr. Olcott and Mr. Dow joined. 

FRIDAY, June 4^^ 1784, 

The Honorable Woodbury Langdon and Timothy Walker, Esq'rs. 
attended, and after taking the oaths and signing the same agreeably 
to the Constitution, they took their seats at the board, 

A vote appointing a committee to join a committee of the Senate 
to wait on the Rev. Mr. Samuel McClintock, and present him with 
the thanks of the General-Court for his performance, and request of 
him a copy of the discourse delivered this day, in order to have it 
printed, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Langdon and 
Mr. Dow Joined. 

A vote for Mr. McClintock to receive out of the treasury fifteen 

pounds as a compensation for his excellent discourse, delivered before 

the Senate and House of Representatives, on the commencement of 

the new Constitution, and that the President give order accordingly, 

was brought up, read and concurred. 

* 1-3 * A vote that the Honorable Josiah Bartlett, Esq. be requested 

to tarry in this place a few days, to assist in the qualifications 
of such Senators and Members of the House of Representatives as 
are not already qualified, was brought up, read and concurred. 

The Senate then joined the House of Representatives, and by 
joint ballot made a choice of P2benezer Thompson, P^sq. as Secretary 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4I 

to serve in that office until another shall be chosen in his room, who 
was sworn agreeably to the Constitution by the Hon. Josiah Bart- 
lett, Esq. 

The Honorable Woodbury Langdon, Christopher Toppan and 
Moses Leavitt, Esq'rs were then appointed to wait on his Excellency 
Meshech Weare, Esq. and deliver him the declaration of his election. 
The Senate then withdrew. 

The Secretary having signified to the Senate that he had appointed 
Joseph Pearson, Esq. his deputy, the said Pearson was sworn agree- 
ably to the Constitution by the Honorable Josiah Bartlett, Esq. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of, and report what method shall be taken in the absence of the 
President to forward public business, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, and Mr. Wentworth, Mr. Walker and Mr. Smith joined. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, June 5^ 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

The Senate and House met, and agreed to adjourn to Monday 
next, 3 o'clock, P. M. and then the Senate returned to their own 
room. 

* A vote to accept the report of a committee for proceeding * 1-4 
on public business, the absence of the President notwith- 
standing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what business is necessary to be done this session, and report 
thereon, was brought up. read and concurred, and Mr. Smith, Mr. 
Walker, Mr. Olcott, Mr. Gilman and Mr. Dow joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the petition of Timothy Walker, Esq. and report thereon. — 
Also, of the petition of Sarah Little, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, and Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Olcott joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of sundry inhabitants of New-London,' and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Blood' 
and Mr. Dow was joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to re- 
ceive of the Rev. Mr. McClintock a copy of his election sermon, and 
procure six hundred copies to be printed and lodged in the Secre- 
tary's office, to be distributed, was brought up, read and concurred, 
and Mr, Langdon joined. 

'Ham. xiii. 5. 



42 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Benjamin Baxter, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Olcott joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Col. Thomas Tash, and all similar matters, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. 
Oilman and Mr. Walker joined. 

A vote directing the Board of War to lay their accompts before 
the General-Court, for settlement, at the next session, was brought 

up, read and concurred. 
* 1-5 * A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, 
to draft all such bills as may be ordered to be brought in 
this session, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Wentworth, 
Mr. Olcott and Mr. Dow joined. 

A vote to hear the petition of Sarah Little, on the second Wednes- 
day of next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Timothy Walker, 
Esq. and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned, 'till Monday next, 3 o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY June 7"' 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

The Senate joined the House of Representatives, and agreed to 
adjourn the meeting of the Senate and House 'till tomorrow, 
3 o'clock. The Senate then returned to their own room. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Aaron Brown, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred, and Mr. Walker joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Sherburne Dearborn, and others, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Smith joined. 

A vote to hear the petition of Hezekiah Wilkins on the second 
Thursday of the next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
report what method they judge proper to be taken with respect to 
the Continental bills in the Treasury, and in the hands of individuals, 
was brought up, read and concurred, Mr. Oilman, Mr. Blood, Mr. Dow 
and Mr, Walker joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of R. Freeman, in behalf of the town of Han- 
over, and all similar matters, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred, and Mr. Smith and Mr. Dow joined. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 43 

* A vote to hear the petition of the inhabitants of New * i-6 
London before the General-Court, on the second Thursday 

of the next session, and that they in the mean time cause the sub- 
stance of the petition and order of Court thereon, to be printed in the 
New Hampshire Gazette, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of James Robinson, and all similar matters, was 
brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Gilman and Mr. Olcott 
joined. 

Adjourned till tomorrow 8 o'clock A. M. 

TUESDAY June 8''' 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

The Honorable Matthew Thornton, Esq. one of the Senate elect, 
attended, and after taking the necessary oaths, took his seat at the 
board. 

A vote to hear the petition of Jeremiah Tibbetts, on the first Fri- 
day of their next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Major Jonathan Child, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred, Mr. Gilman and Mr. Walker was 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Bartholomew Goyer, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred, Mr. Blood and Mr. Thornton was 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of John Holbrook, and the petition of Joshua 
Lamkin, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Mr. Dow and Mr. Walker was joined. 

The President elect being absent, after several arguments, it was 
agreed that the Secretary should take the minds of the Senate, rela- 
tive to the method of determining the person who should be esteemed 
and act as senior Senator ; and it being agreed to determine the 
question by ballot, the ballots were taken, and the Honorable 
Woodbury Langdon, Esq. was appointed by a majority of votes, who 
took the chair accordingly. 

* The Senate then joined the House according to adjourn- * 1-7 
ment, and proceeded to the choice of a Treasurer : and the 
ballots being taken, it appeared that the Hon. John Taylor Gilman, 
Esq. was unanimously chosen, to serve in that office until another 
should be chosen in his stead. 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

The Senate and House then proceeded to the choice of a Commis- 
sary General, and the ballots being taken, it appeared that Col. Sup- 
ply Clapp was chosen to that office, to continue until another should 
be chosen in his room. The meeting of the Senate and House ad- 
journed till tomorrow, 9 o'clock, A, M. then to meet in the Assem- 
bly Room. The Senate then retired to their own room. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the petition of Charles Bowen, and all similar matters, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Blood and 
Mr. Thornton was joined. 

A resolve to enable the towns of Gilsum and Surry to hold a meet- 
ing to choose a Representative, they having lost their meeting by 
misfortune or neglect, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Capt. John Moore, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Oilman and Mr. Walker was 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Major Jonathan Went worth, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Walker and Mr. 
Smith was joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of the selectmen of Winchester, and all similar 
matters, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Mr. Olcott and Mr. McClary was joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Elizabeth Balla[r]d, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Blood 
was joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Joshua I. Prince, and all similar matters, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Went- 
worth and Mr. Thornton was joined. 
* 1-8 * A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, 
to consider of the petition of Robert Gerrish, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Gilman and Mr. 
Dow joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the petition of Elizabeth Combs, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Blood and Mr. McClary joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 o'clock A. M. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 45 

WEDNESDAY June 9'h 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Richard York, Jr. in 
behalf of Robert Mackhn, and giving him leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

The Hon. John Dudley, Esq. attended the Senate, and declined 
accepting a seat according to his appointment. 

The Senate then met with the house of Representatives, in the 
said Representatives room, and proceeded by joint ballot to the 
choice of a Senator, in the stead of the Hon. John Dudley, Esq. who 
had declined to accept said office ; and the ballots being taken, it 
appeared that the Hon. John Langdon, Esq. was chosen by a majority 
of votes. 

The Senate and House of Representatives then proceeded by joint 
ballot, to elect five persons as a Council for his Excellency the Presi- 
dent, agreeably to the Constitution. — 

The ballots being taken for the first Counsellor, it appeared that 
the Hon. John McClary, Esq. was chosen by a majority of votes. — 

The ballots being taken for the second Counsellor, it appeared that 
the Hon. Francis Blood, Esq. was chosen by a majority of votes. 

The ballots being taken for the third Counsellor, it appeared that 
Joseph Badger, Esq. was elected by a majority of votes. 

* The meeting of the Senate and House adjourned 'till 3 * 1-9 
o'clock, P. M. 

The Senate then retired to their own room. 

A vote to hear the petition of Jonathan Child, Esq. in behalf of 
Jonathan Mason, on the first Friday of their next session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to hear the petition of James Richardson, before the Gen- 
eral Court, on the first Friday of their next session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Tristram Dalton and 
Nathaniel Tracy, for dividing Apthorp into two towns, and giving 
them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Joshua Lamkin and John Holbrook, and re- 
port thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Went- 
worth joined. 

A vote for granting the prayer of the petition of Lieut. John 
Moore, and allowing him depreciation on his wages from the i^' of 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

January, 1777, to the 13'^ of September, 1778, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the petition of Lieut. Daniel McMurphy, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. McClary and Mr. Oilman 
joined. 

A vote to hear the petition of Elisha Allis, before the General 
Court, on the second Wednesday of next session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

At 3 o'clock, P. M., agreeable to adjournment, the Senate and 
House of Representatives met to ballot for the two remaining Coun- 
sellors, and the ballots being taken, it appeared that Nathaniel Pea- 
body, Esq. was elected the fourth Counsellor by a majority of votes. 

The ballots being taken, it appeared that Moses Chase, Esq. 

was chosen the fifth Counsellor by a majority of votes. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, 9 o'clock. 

The Senate then returned to their own room. 
* i-io * A vote that the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. President 
p7'o. tern, of the State, be, and he hereby is, authorized and re- 
quested to administer the oaths necessary to qualify the persons ap- 
pointed a Council for the President of said State, to act in said office, 
was sent down for concurrence by Mr, Olcott. 

A vote to hear the petition of Richard Cutts Shannon before the 
General Court, on the second Wednesday of the next session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the abstract of Brigadier-General James Reid, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. McClary and Mr. 
Dow joined. 

A vote to hear the petition of Joshua Lamkin, and John Holbrook, 
before the General-Court, on the first Friday of the next session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, 8 o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, June io^ 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

A vote directing the Treasurer to issue a State Note to Reuben 
Kidder, for seventeen pounds, nineteen shillings, in lieu of one form- 
erly made out for said Kidder, and which was consumed by fire, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

An act to enable Timothy Walker, Esq. as guardian of Paul Rolfe, 
to sell and convey certain lands belonging to his said Ward for his 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 47 

support and education, having been read three times, voted, that 

the same be enacted. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of a petition, signed Josiah Brown, Chairman of a Convention, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Thorn- 
ton and Mr. Blood joined. 

* A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Oliver Ash- * i-i i 
ley, and giving him leave to bring in a bill, to enable him to 
keep a ferry over Connecticut River, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider what each member of the General Court shall receive per 
day for attendance ; and also what shall be paid for travel, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Smith, Mr. McClary and Mr. 
Walker joined. 

A vote for Lieut. Daniel McMurphy to receive out of the Treas- 
ury, Twenty pounds, and the remainder by a note in common form of 
what is due to him, as an half pay wounded officer, was brought up, 
read and concurred, and warrant granted. 

A vote giving leave to the town of Boscawen to send a member to 
the General Assembly was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition and accompt of Samuel Emerson, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Smith and Mr. 
Gilman joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Amos Whitteriiore, and other inhabitants of 
Lyndeborough, and the papers accompanying the same, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Olcott, Mr. 
Smith and Mr. Thornton was joined. 

A vote to abate one eighth of the tax or proportion of the town of 
Claremont, as established by the last valuation, until a new propor- 
tion shall be made in the State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow, 8 o'clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, June ii^ 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made to such of the late Hon. Coun- 
cil, who attended to qualify the Members of this Court, according to 
the Constitution, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. 
McClary joined. 



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

'* I-I2 * An act for paying the interest and sinking part of the prin- 
cipal of this State's debt, having been read three times, voted that 
the same be enacted. 

An act for raising the sum of twenty-five thousand pounds, for 
the use of this State the present year, having been read three times, 
voted that the same be enacted. 

A vote appointing the Hon. Abiel Foster, Jonathan Blanchard, 
John Langdon and Moses Dow, Esq'rs. Delegates to represent this 
State in Congress for one year, from the first Monday in November 
next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
nominate suitable persons for a Committee to revise the laws of this 
State, and prepare such bills as they may judge necessary for that 
purpose ; and also any bills directed by the General Court, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Thornton and Mr. Wentworth 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Abigail Clayes, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Dow and Mr. Blood joined. 

A vote on the petition of Major Jonathan Wentworth, giving him 
leave to discharge a bond he formerly gave for excise, in State secur- 
ities, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

An act to vacate a deed given by Robert Macklin to Richard Foss, 
of certain land in Brentwood, having been read three times, voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Benjamin Butler, Esq. and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Blood and Mr. Olcott 

joined. 
* 1-13 * A vote for hearing the petition of Benjamin Sumner before 
the General-Court this day, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what business is yet necessary to be done this session, and 
when and to where the Court shall adjourn, was brought up, read and 
concurred. Mr. Smith, Mr. Walker, Mr. Gilman and Mr. Went- 
worth joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
nominate proper persons to whom Dedimus's shall issue, to enable 
them to qualify such officers as may be appointed in this State, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Gilman, Mr. Wentworth, Mr. 
Thornton, Mr. Olcott and Mr. Dow joined. 

A vote granting to Benjamin Sumner the exclusive right of keep- 



fl784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 49 

■ing a ferry over a certain part of Connecticut river, and giving him 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Thomas Bartlett, Esq. for his service 
as a Special Justice of the Superior Court, amounting to five pounds, 
nine shillings, v^as brought up, read and concurred, 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Ephraim Hildreth, and all similar matters, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Gil- 
man and Mr. Dow joined. 

A resolve directing the Treasurer of this State, in what manner 
and form he shall issue certificates for paying the interest on State 
securities, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow, 8 o'clock A. M. 

* SATURDAY, June 1 2^ 1784. * 1-14 

Met according to adjournment. 

An act to establish an equitable method of making rates and taxes, 
and determining who shall be legal voters in town and parish affairs, 
and also for repealing certain acts herein-after-mentioned, having 
been read three times, it was voted that the same be enacted. 

A vote for the petition of James Robinson, (praying to have an 
exclusive right to keep a ferry over Merrimack river, from Bow to 
Pembroke) to be heard before the General-Court on the first Friday 
of next sessions, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of William Gallup, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Smith and Mr. Walker joined. 

A vote ascertaining the manner of paying the Members of the 
General-Court, and their several officers, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of, and report, what method shall be taken, respecting the old 
Continental money in the hands of individuals, was brought up, read 
and concurred and Mr. Walker joined. 

A vote of the House for paying the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq. six 
pounds, and the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. thirty shillings, for 
their services in attending the General Court, (as members of the late 
Council) to administer the necessary oaths to the members of this 
Court, was brought up, read and concurred with this amendment, 
that there be paid to the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. three 
pounds instead of thirty shillings above voted, was sent down for 
concurrence by Mr. Walker, and brought up concurred. 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

A vote to hear the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lyndeborough 
(praying to have a new parish erected) on the second Wednesday of 
the next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* 1-15 * A vote appointing Joseph Oilman, Esq. Capt. Josiah Gil- 

man and Joseph Pearson, Esq. a committee for settling the 
accompts of the State with the United States, with Stephen Gorham, 
Esq. Commissioner of the United States, and directing them to make 
a tender to said Gorham, of the Continental bills in the Treasury of 
this State, towards our debt to the United States, at the rate of forty 
for one, agreeably to the resolves of Congress, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A vote to abate the tax on a place called Hoit's Gore, it appear- 
ing that said Gore was included in the town of Grafton, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Elizabeth Ballard, and 
giving her leave to bring in a bill, enabling her to sell certain lands, 
of her minor children, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Samuel Emerson, for his service in 
the army, as assistant to the New Hampshire Commissary, amount- 
ing to three hundred fifty eight pounds, seventeen shillings, and 
seven pence ; and directing the Treasurer to issue a note on interest 
for said sum, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote appointing the Hon. Senior Senator and the Hon. Speaker 
of the House, Commissioners to administer the necessary oaths to 
the persons appointed a Council to his Excellency the President, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote, that when the business of this session is over, the General- 
Court will adjourn to meet at Portsmouth, on Wednesday, the 20'^^ 
day of October next, at three o'clock P. M., was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made to the Committee who waited on 
his Excellency, the President, to inform him of his election, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Went- 
worth joined. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Leonard Whiting, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill to restore him to his law in an 
action which he prosecuted against Benjamin Whiting, an absentee, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

* 1-16 * A vote to pay Derrick Oxford, a soldier, who served three 

years in Col. Cilley's regiment, his pay as other soldiers 
have been paid, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Benjamin Butler, 
Esq. and giving him leave to pay a certain part of a debt he owes the 



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State for excise, in State securities, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote to pay Deacon James Knowles, thirty-eight shilhngs for his 
service as a special justice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas 
for the County of Strafford, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A vote appointing the Hon. Samuel Livermore, Josiah Bartlett 
and John Sullivan, Esqr's. a committee to revise the laws of this 
State, and to draw such bills as they may judge necessary, and 
report the same next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of John Calfe, Esq. amounting to four 
pounds, five shillings and six pence, for recording the Journals of the 
House of Representatives, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
James Robertson, giving him leave to pay a sum of paper money into 
the treasury for taxes, and directing the treasurer to rectify a mis- 
take with said Robertson, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to allow certain constables sums of money paid to Jonathan 
Child, Esq. as Purchasing Commissary, in the County of Grafton,, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to abate part of the taxes for several years past to the town 
of Piermont, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to hear the petition of Jonathan Child, Esq. (who prays to 
be restored to his law in an action prosecuted against him by Jona- 
than Moulton, Esq.) on the first Friday of next session, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A vote appointing the Hon. George Atkinson, John Pickering and 
George Gains, Esq'rs. a committee to prepare a device and inscrip- 
tion for a Seal for this State, and lay the same before the Court next 
session, and that in the mean time, the Seal used under the late Con- 
stitution be made use of, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* Benjamin Bellows, Esq. one of the Senators elect, at * i-i/ 
tended and declined to accept of the office. 

The Senate and House then met in the Representatives room to 
ballot for a Senator, in the room of Benjamin Bellows, Esq. and the 
ballots being taken it appeared that the Hon. Enoch Hale, Esq. was 
chosen by a majority of votes. 

The Senate then returned to their own room. 

A vote appointing the Members of the Council and several other 
persons in the State, to be commissioned to administer the necessary 
oaths to all persons who may be appointed to offices in the State, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to remit to Aaron Brown the interest promised on a bond 
given by him to the Treasurer of the State, for excise in the County 
of Hillsborough, was brought up, read and concurred. 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

A vote on the petition of the Selectmen of Bearing, appointing 
John Duncan, Esq. Capt. Joseph Symonds and Mr. Robert Wallace, 
a committee to determine the proper place for a meeting house, to be 
erected on in said Bearing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Caleb Buswell, amounting to forty 
shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote that Mr. Wight have and receive out of the treasury thirty 
shillings for his services as chaplain to the General Court this ses- 
sion, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* 1-18 A vote that the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. * Christo- 

pher Toppan, Esq. and Moses Leavitt, Esq. have each forty 
shillings out of the treasury, for their time and expences in notifying 
his Excellency the President of his election, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A vote to put off the hearing of the petition of William Dana until 
the second Tuesday of next session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote to adjourn 'till Tuesday next, ten o'clock, A. M., then to 
meet at the Court House in Exeter, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

TUESDAY, June 15^^^ 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

The Senate and House of Representatives assembled in the Rep- 
resentatives' room, and the oaths necessary, agreeably to the Consti- 
tution, were administered to His Excellency the President, by the 
Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. Senior Senator, in presence of the 
two Houses of Assembly. 

The Senate then returned to their own room. 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

In Senate, June 15, 1784. 
Resolved, that the soldiers who enlisted in this State to serve in 
the Continental army, and who actually performed the service accord- 
ing to their several engagements for two years, or for any term of 
time less than two years, agreeably to any Act, Resolve or 

* 1-19 vote* of the Legislature of this State, and who have not 

been rewarded and paid according to any such Act, Re- 
solve or Vote, shall be fully recompensed and paid as much as 
promised, as soon as their respective claims can be ascertained, and 
their accompts settled. 



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And the committee on soldiers accompts are hereby directed to 
certify to the President the ballance due as aforesaid to any such sol- 
dier, after deducting the town bounties and supplies, in the same 
manner as the accompts of those who served three years or during 
the war were settled. 

And the President on receipt of such certificate, is requested to 
give order for the Treasurer to issue notes for the principal and cer- 
tificates for the interest, in the same manner as notes and certificates 
were issued for those soldiers who served three years or during the 
war. 

And be it further resolved, that such towns as have not sent in 
their accompts for bounties and supplies for such soldiers as engaged 
for a less term of time than three years ; have liberty to send in the 
same to the Committee appointed to settle depreciation 'till the 15"^ 
day of September next, and that no accompts for bounties and sup- 
plies be by them allowed, but such as are properly vouched or 
attested to by the Selectmen. 

Sent down for Concurrence, 

M. WE A RE, Presidejit. 

In the House of Representatives, 

the same day, Read and Concurred, 

GEORGE ATKINSON, Speaker. 

*The foregoing is a true Journal of the Votes and Proceed- * 1-20 
ings of the Senate at the first session of the General Court 
for the year 1784. 

Attest : E. THOMPSON, Secfj. 



THE JOURNAL 

OF THE 

House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE 



PROCEEDINGS FROM JUNE 2 TO JUNE 15, 1784 



JOURNAL 

or THE 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM JUNE 2 TO JUNE 15, 1784. 



> Chaplains. 



Hon. George Atkinson, Portsmouth, Speaker. 

John Calfe, Hampstead, Clerk. 

Moses Shaw, Kensington, Assistant Clerk. 

Rev Wight, 1 

Rev Shuttleworth, i 

Rev. Joseph Buckminster, Portsmouth, 
Rev. Samuel Haven, Portsmouth, 
Rev. Samuel McClintock, Greenland, 

Preacher of the Election Sermon 

REPRESENTATIVES. 

[From the official printed publication of the House Journal, p. 2.] 

The following Gentlemen were returned as Representatives from 
the several Towns and Places set against each of their Names, agree- 
ably to the New Constitution. 

Towns and Places represented. Names of Representatives. 

i George Atkinson, Esq. 
Portsmouth . . . . | George Gains, Esq. 

( John Pickering, Esq. 



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[1784 



Towns and Places represented. 

Exeter . 

Londonderry . 

Chester . 

Newington 

Greenland 

Newcastle ]^ 

Rye i • • 

North Hampton 

Hampton 

Hampton Falls 

Seabrook 

Stratham 

Kensington . 

South Hampton 

East Kingstown 

Kingstown 

Brintwood 

Epping . 

Newmarket 

Nottingham 

Deerfield 

Northwood 

Epsom 

Allentown 

Chichester 

Pittsfield 

Canterbury 

Northfield 

Loudon . 

Concord 

Pembrook 

Candia . 

Raymond 

Poplin 

Hawke 

Sandown 

Hampstead 

Atkinson 

Plaistow 

Newtown 

Salem 

Windham 



Names of Representatives. 

Mr. Jedediah Jewett. 
Col. Daniel Runnels. 
Mr. Archibald McMurphy. 
Capt. John Underbill. 
Ephraim Pickering, Esq. 



Samuel Jenness, Esq. 

Moses Leavitt, Esq. 
Christopher Toppan, Esq. 

Capt. Jonathan Leavitt. 

Mark Wiggin, Esq. 
Mr, Moses Shaw. 

Joseph Merrill, Esq. 

Capt. John Eastman. 
Capt. Levi Morrill. 
Capt. Seth Fogg. 
Col. James Hill. 
Col. Thomas Bartlett. 
Jeremiah Eastman, Esq. 



Major John Cram. 

Capt. Jeremiah Clough. 

Major Nathan Batcheldor. 
Timothy Walker, Esq. 
Samuel Daniels, Esq. 
Col. Nathaniel Emerson. 

Mr. John Scribner. 
Reuben Clough, Esq. 

Nathaniel Peabody, Esq. 

Capt. John Allen. 
James Betton, Esq. 



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Towns and Places represented. 

Pelham . 

Dover 

Durham . 

Somersworth 

Rochester 

Barrington 

Sanborntown 

Gilmantown 

Lee 

Madbury 

Meredith 

New Hampton 

Sandwich 

Tamworth 

MoultonboroLigh "] 

Tuftonborough ' 

Wolfeborough 

Ossipee-Gore 

Barnstead 

New Durham 

New Durham-Gore 

Wakefield ) 

Middleton V . 

Effingham j 

Conway "^ 

Eaton 

Burton 

and Location 

Nottingham-West 

Litchfield 

Derryfield 

Dunstable 

Merrimac } 

Bedford ( 

Goffstown 

HoUis . 

Amherst 

Raby 

Mason 

New Ipswich 

Duxbury 

Mile Slip 

Wilton . 



I 



Names of Representatives. 

Mr. Jacob Butler. 
Capt. James Calfe. 
Mr. Ebenezer Smith. 
Major Jonathan Wentworth. 
James Knowles, Esq. 
Capt. Joshua Foss. 
Mr. John Sanborn. 
Gen. Joseph Badger. 
Dr. James Brackett. 



Daniel Beede, Esq. 

Col. Bradbury Richardson. 

Col. Thomas Tash. 
Capt. David Copp. 

Col. David Page. 
Capt. Samuel Marsh. 

Capt. Benjamin French. 

Mr. James Martin. 

Robert McGregore, Esq. 
Capt. Daniel Emerson. 
Mr. Robert Means. 

Benjamin Mann, Esq. 

Mr. Ephraim Adams. 

Capt. Philip Putnam. 



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[1784 



Towns and Places represented. 

Lyndeborough 

Temple 

Peterborough Slip 

Peterborough 

Society Land 

Hancock 1 

Antrim > 

Bearing ) 

Henniker 

Hillsborough 

New Bradford 

New Boston 

Francestown 

Weare . 

Hopkintown 

Dunbarton 

Bow 

Salisbury 

Boscawen 

Fishersfield 

Perrystown 

Warner 

New London 

Andover 

and Gore 

Charlestown 

Alstead . 

Keene . 

Swanzey 

Richmond 

Jaffrey . 

Winchester 

Westmoreland 

Chesterfield 

Rindge . 

Walpole 

Claremont 

Cornish / 

Grantham \ 

Newport 

Croydon 

Wendell 

Unity 



Names of Representatives. 

Capt. Levi Spaulding. 
Mr. Francis Cragin. 

Mr. Matthew Wallace. 



John Duncan, Esq. 
Lieut. Robert Wallace. 



Mr. Jonathan Dow. 
Mr. Aaron Greeley. 

Mr. David Storey. 

Capt. Matthew Pettingill. 

Capt. Francis Davis. 



Elijah Grout, Esq. 
Major Amos Shephard. 
Mr. Benjamin Hall. 
Major Elisha Whitcomb. 
Major Oliver Capron. 
Mr. WilHam Smiley. 
Mr. Simon Willard. 
Mr. Joseph Wilbore. 
Col. Samuel King. 



Capt. Benjamin Sumner. 
Moses Chase, Esq. 

Mr. Stephen Powers. 



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Towns and Places represented. 

Acworth ^ 

Lempster > 

Marlow ) 

Surry 

Gilsom 

Stoddard 

Washington 

Dublin \ 

Packerfield j 

Marlborough 

Fitzwilliam 

Protectworth 

Hinsdale 

Holderness^ 



Campton 



i 



> 



J 



Thornton 

Morristown J 

Plymouth ) 

Rumney > 

Wentworth ) 

New Chester 

Alexandria 

Cockermouth 

Enfield ^ 

Canaan | 

Cardigan )^ 

Dorchester 

Grafton 

Hanover 

Lebanon 

Lyme 

Orford 

Haverhill 

Piermont 

Warren 

Coventry 

Bath 

Lyman 

Gunthwait 

Apthorp 

Lancaster 

Northumberland 

Stratford 

Dartmouth 

Colburn 

Cockburn 



> 

I 

J 



Names of Representatives. 

Lieut. David Grout. 

Lemuel Holmes. 
Capt. Jacob Copeland. 
Mr. Reuben Morss. 
Mr. Samuel Kendall. 



Moses Baker, Esq. 

Col. Joseph Senter. 
Carr Huse, Esq. 

William Ayers, Esq. 

Mr. Russell Freeman. 
Elisha Payne, Esq. 

Major Jonathan Child. 
Col. Timothy Bedel. 



Capt. John Young. 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, IN AMERICA 



A 



JOURNAL 



Proceedings of the Honorable House of Representatives 
OF the State of New Hampshire, at their first session 

UNDER the new CONSTITUTION ; BEGAN AND HELD AT CoNCORD, 
ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY IN JUNE, BEING THE SECOND DAY OF 
SAID MONTH, IN THE EIGHTH YEAR OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF 

THE United States of America, Anno Domini, One Thou- 
sand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four. 



WEDNESDAY, June 2, 1784. 

The Members elected assembled at time and place, agreeably to 
the precepts issued for that purpose. The Hon. Josiah Bartlett, 
Esq ; President, P. T. with three of the Honorable Council, came in 
and administered the proper oaths agreeably to the Constitution ; 
they then withdrew, and motion was made for the appointment of a 
chairman, and the Hon. Joseph Badger, Esq ; was chosen for that 
purpose. 

The ballots were then called for and taken for the choice of a 
Speaker, and upon counting it appeared that the Hon. George At- 
kinson, Esq ; is chosen Speaker of this House. 



[784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 63 

The ballots were then taken for the choice of a Clerk, and upon 
counting it appeared that John Calfe, Esq ; is chosen Clerk of this 
House. 

Voted, That Mr. John Pickering, Col. Tash, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Wil- 
bore, and Col. Child, be a Committee to make inquiry relative to the 
choice of Senators for this State, and report thereon to this House. 

On motion made for the choice of an Assistant-Clerk, 

Voted, That Mr. Moses Shaw, be Assistant-Clerk of this House. 
Adjourned to eight o'clock tomorrow morning. 

* THURSDAY, June 3, 1784. * 12 : 575 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Walker, Mr. Adams, Mr. Pick- 
ering and Mr. Means, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall appoint, be a committee to consider of and make such provision 
as they shall judge necessary for the entertainment of the reverend 
gentlemen of the clergy who may this day attend at this place. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 

Read the returns on several precepts for the choice of Representa- 
tives. 

The honorable Senators elected by the people at large, and the 
House being met, agreeably to fhe Constitution, to fill up the vacan- 
cies in the Senate, by joint ballot made choice of the Hon. Wood- 
bury Langdon and Timothy Walker, Esq'rs. Senators for the County 
of Rockingham ; after which, adjourned to four o'clock, P. M. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Pickering, and Col. Payne, with such 
of the Senate as they shall appoint, be a committee to wait upon the 
Rev. Mr. McClintock, and present him with the thanks of the Gen- 
eral-Court for his performance, and request of him a copy of the dis- 
course delivered this day, in order to have it printed. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

The Senate and House being again met according to adjournment, 
to fill up the vacancies in the Senate, &c. by joint ballot made choice 
of the Hon. John Dudley, Esq ; Senator for the county of Rocking- 
ham ; the Hon. Matthew Thornton, Esq ; for the County of Hillsbor- 
ough ; and the Hon. Benjamin Bellows, Esq ; for the 
county of Cheshire. * They then proceeded to count the * 12 : 576 
votes for a President, and it appeared that His Excel- 
lency, Meshech Weare, Esq; had a majority of votes; whereupon he 
was declared President of this State, and published accordingly. 

After which, adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^4 

FRIDAY, June 4, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That the Rev. Mr. McClintock, have and receive out of the 
Treasury the sum of fifteen pounds, as a compensation for his excel- 
lent Discourse delivered before the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives on the commencement of the new Constitution, and that the 
President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Allen. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Mr. McGregore, Major 
Gains, and Col. Payne, be a committee to prepare and lay before this 
House such rules as they may think necessary for the regulation and 
government thereof. 

Voted, That the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq ; be requested to tarry 
in this place for a few days to assist in the qualification of such Sen- 
ators and members of the House of Representatives, as are not 
already qualified. 

The Senate and House being again met to elect necessary officers, 
agreeably to the Constitution, by joint ballot, made choice of the 
Hon. Ebenezer Thompson, Esq ; Secretary for this State, until 
another shall be appointed in his stead. 

They then agreed to appoint the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq ; 
Christopher Toppan, Esq ; and Col. Moses Leavitt, a committee to 
wait on His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq ; and deliver to him the 
declaration of his election as President of this State. 

After which agreed to adjourn and meet again at eight o'clock to- 
morrow morning. 

* 12: 577 * Upon reading and considering the petition of the Se- 
lectmen and others, inhabitants of New Boston, against 
the admission of Jonathan Gove, to a seat in this House, returned as 
representative for said town ; and it appearing after a full hearing of 
the parties, that the said Gove, had been convicted of uttering and 
passing counterfeit money, knowing the same to be such, which in 
the opinion of this House disqualifies him for a seat therein, — 
Therefore, 

Voted, That he be not admitted a member of this House ; and that 
a copy of this vote be made out and sent to the selectmen of New- 
Boston, in order that a person may be elected to represent said town 
in General-Court agreeably to the Constitution. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingl)^ 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Mr. Marsh, Major Whit- 
comb, and Col. Senter, with such of the Honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of and report to this House, 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 65 

what method shall be taken in the absence of the President in order 
to forward the public business. 

Sent up by Capt. Pettingill. 

Voted, That Dr. Brackett, Capt. Pickering, Col. Runnels, Col. Pea- 
body, and Mr. E. Grout, with such of the honorable Board as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of the account of Charles 
Bowen, and all similar matters : Also, of all petitions of sick and 
wounded officers and soldiers, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Mr. Jewett, and Mr. Mann, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider the account of Robert Gerrish, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 

* SATURDAY, June 5, 1784. * 12 1578 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The committee to consider of and report what method shall be 
taken in the absence of the President, to forward the public business, 
reported as their opinion, that the Legislature may and ought to pro- 
ceed to transact the important business to them committed, and 
compleat the same as soon as may be, the absence of the President 
notwithstanding. 

Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, Voted, That it be re- 
ceived and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Underbill. 

Voted, That Col. Hill, Mr. Pickering, Gen. Badger, Capt. Putnam, 
Mr. Hall, and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider what business is most neces- 
sary to be first entered upon and done at this session, and report 
thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Cram. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Betton, and Mr. Jewett, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of the Hon. Timothy Walker, Esq ; Also of 
the petition of Sarah Little, and report thereon. 

Sent up bv Col. Hill. 

Voted, That Mr. Chase, Col. Payne, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Knowles, 
and Mr. Jenness, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall 
join, be a committee to consider of the petition of Levi Harvey, and 
others, inhabitants of New-London, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Voted ^ That Col. Peabody, Major Went worth, Capt. Spaulding, 
INIajor Shephard, and Col. Senter, with such of the Honor- 

* 12 : 579 able Senate as they shall join, be a committee to * con- 

sider of the petition of Joshua-Jewett Prime, and all 
similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Emerson. 

Voted, That Mr. E. Pickering, Mr. Grout, and Col. Bartlett, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall- join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Benjamin Baxter, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Mr. Pickering and Major Gains, with such of the hon- 
orable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to receive from the 
Rev, Mr. McClintock, a copy of the discourse by him delivered at 
the commencement of the New Constitution, and procure six hun- 
dred printed copies of the same, forty of which they are to present 
the Rev. Mr. McClintock with, the remainder to be lodged at the 
Secretary's office, to be distributed, one to each member of the Gen- 
eral Court, one to each minister, and one to each town and parish 
within this State. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Capt. Copp, Col. Runnels, and Major Whitcomb, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of Col. Thomas Tash and all similar mat- 
ters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 

The Senate and House being again met to elect the necessary offi- 
cers, agreeably to the Constitution, after some conversation on the 
matter, agreed to adjourn to Monday next at three o'clock, P. M. 

Voted, That the Board of War be directed to lay their accounts 
before the General Court at their next session, in order for a settle- 
ment. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Smith, Col. Peabody, Col. 

Payne, and Major Gains, with such of the honorable Senate as they 

shall join, be a committee to draught all such public bills 

* 12 : 580 as may be thought necessary to be passed at this session, 

and lay * the same before this House. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of the Hon. Timothy 
Walker, Esq ; 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Sarah Little, 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 67 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next session, and that in 
the meantime she cause that the substance of the petition and order 
of Court thereon, be published in the " New-Hampshire Gazette," 
three weeks successively, that any person or persons may there ap- 
pear and shew cause (if any they have,) why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Adjourned to Monday next, at three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, June 7, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Capt. Copp, and Capt. Spaulding, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Sherburn Dearborn, and others, and report 
thereon. 

Sent up by Major Went worth. 

Voted^ That Gen. Badger, Major Gains, and Capt. Mann, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Aaron Brown, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Major Whitcomb, Major Gains, 
Mr. Smith, and Mr. Adams, with such of *the honorable * 12 : 581 
Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider of 
the petition of R. Freeman, in behalf of the Town of Hanover, and 
all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Ayers. 

Voted, That Mr. Duncan, Mr. Beede, and Mr. Betton, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Elizabeth Combs, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

The Senate and House being again met according to adjournment, 
to elect necessary officers agreeably to the constitution, but there 
being some of the members of the Senate and House absent, those 
met agreed to adjourn till tomorrow three o'clock, P. M. 

Voted, That Major Wiggin, Capt. Copp, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Hall, 
and Mr. Freeman, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall 
join, be a committee to consider of the petitions of James Robertson 
and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Mann. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Hezekiah Wilkins, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Thursday of their next session, and that in the 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

meantime he cause that Ebenezer Champney, Esq ; be served with a 
copy of the petition, and order of the Court thereon, that he may 
then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted ; and that the service of the execution be stayed 
until the determination of the General-Court. 

Sent up by Col. King. 

Vota/, That Col. Peabody, Major Gains, Mr. Mann, Col. Child, 
and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of and report what method 
* 12 : 582 they judge proper to be taken with * respect to the Con- 
tinental bills now in the Treasury, or in the hands of indi- 
viduals belonging to this State. 

Sent up by Col. Child. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Levi Harvey, and 
others, inhabitants of New London, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon before the General- 
Court, on the second Thursday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time the petitioners cause that the substance of the petition 
and order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in 
the " New-Hampshire Gazette, " that any person or persons may 
then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, June 8, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jeremiah Tibbetts, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the mean 
time, the petitioner cause that the substance of the petition and order 
of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the " New- 
Hampshire Gazette," that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Foss. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Mr. McMurphy, Mr. Pickering, Col. 
Peabody, and Col. Bartlett, with such of the honorable Senate as 
they shall join, be a committee to consider of the account of Major 
Jonathan Child, and papers accompanying the same, and report 

thereon. 
* 12 : 583 Sent up by Mr. Child.* 

]''oted, That the committee for draughting bills, prepare 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 69 

and lay before this House, a resolve impowering the Treasurer to 
issue certificates for the interest on securities issued by this State ; 
which certificates are to be received at the Treasury in payment of 
all public taxes : And also to issue certificates for fifteen per ceutiuji, 
of the principal of all State securities owned by the inhabitants there- 
of, if requested ; which last mentioned certificates are to be received 
in payment of any taxes prior to the current year, and to be worded 
accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That General Badger, Mr. Jewett, and Mr. Young, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Bartholomew Goyer, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That Mr. Young, Gen. Badger, Col. Payne, Mr. Jewett, and 
Col. Runnels, with such of the honorable Senate, as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of John Holbrook ; also 
the petition of Joshua Lamkin, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Underbill. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Col. Runnels and Mr. Daniels, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Capt. John Moore, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

Voted, That Mr. McGregore, Mr. Beede, and Col. Senter, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of the selectmen of Winchester, and all simi- 
lar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Pettingill. 

Voted, That Capt. Foss, Mr. Jenness, and Mr. Knowles, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Major Jonathan Wentworth, and report there- 
on. 

Sent up by Major Wentworth.* * i : 584 

Voted, That Mr. Jenness, Capt. Spaulding, and Mr. Mar- 
tin, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a com- 
mittee to consider of the petition of Elizabeth Ballard, and report 
thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Mr. McMurphy, Col. Payne, Gen. Badger, 
Col. King, Mr. Duncan, and Col. Toppan, with such of the honorable 
Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider what each 
member of the honorable Senate and House of Representatives, and 
their officers, shall receive per day for their attendance at this ses- 
sion, and in what manner ; also, how much they shall receive per mile 
for their travel to and from the General Court, and report thereon. 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Whereas 011 the fifth day of April last past, a precept issued to 
the selectmen of Surrey and Gilsom, in the County of ChesJiire, di- 
recting them to notify a meeting of the -male inhabitants of tzventy- 
one years of age and upwards, paying each 07ie for himself a poll- 
tax in Surrey and Gilsom, giving them fifteen days notice to meet 
at some cojivenient place in Surrey, sometime before the month of 
Jtme current, to elect one person qualified agreeably to the directions 
of the New Constitution, to represent said Surrey and Gilsom in 
General- Asse7nbly, noiv sitting at Concord ; afid zvhereas by acci- 
detit or mistake, no meeting zvas ever legally zvarned for the election 
of such Representative, whereby said towns have lost the opportunity 
of sending a Representative till the next annual election, unless 
specially impotvered for that purpose ; 

Wherefore be it Resolved, By the Senate and House of 
* 12 : 585 Representatives in General-Court convened,* that the 
selectmen of Surrey and Gilsom, be and hereby are im- 
powered and directed to notify and warn said inhabitants, giving 
them fifteen days notice, to meet in some convenient place in said 
Surrey, sometime before the first day of September next, to elect by 
ballot one person qualified agreeably to the directions of the present 
Constitution, to represent said Surrey and Gilsom in the General- 
Assembly, until the first Wednesday of June next ; and that said 
Selectmen are hereby directed to make true return to the House of 
Representatives, of the person so elected, at their next session, and 
to notify him to attend accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

The committee for preparing rules for the regulation and govern- 
ment of the House, reported the following, which were read and 
considered, received and accepted. 

RULES AND REGULATIONS AGREED UPON FOR THE GOVERN- 
MENT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 

FIRST. 

That as it is essential to the public interest, so it shall be consid- 
ered and enjoined as the incumbent duty of each member of this 
House seasonably and punctually to attend in his place, and not to 
absent himself without leave. 

SECOND. 

That freedom of deliberation, speech and debate in the House, be 
allowed to each member thereof ; yet if any member by misbehavior 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. /I 

in speech or action, in the House, shall give just cause of offence to 
another, he shall for the first offence be fined at the discretion of the 
House, and for the second be admonished. 

THIRD. 

That every member when he would make a motion, speak to a 
matter in debate, or for any other purpose whatever, shall rise from 
his seat and address himself to the Speaker ; but on being called to 
order by the Speaker, or any other member, he shall be 
silent ; though if such * silenced member shall think him- * 12 : 586 
self injured thereby, the Speaker shall take a vote of the 
House thereon, to whose decision such member shall submit on pain 
of displeasure. 

FOURTH. 

That no member speak more than twice to a subject in debate, 'till 
each member (if he pleases) shall offer his opinion. 

FIFTH. 

No motion shall be debated, until the same shall be seconded. 

SIXTH. 

When a motion is made and seconded, if desired by any member, 
it shall be reduced to writing before any debate shall be allowed 
thereon. 

SEVENTH. 

While a question is before the House, no motion shall be received, 
unless to amend or commit the same, or to postpone the considera- 
tion of the main question, or for having the yeas and nays entered 
on the journal. 

EIGHTH. 

If a question in debate contains several points, any member may 
have the same divided, 

NINTH, 

That no vote passed in the House shall be reconsidered by a num- 
ber inferior to that present, when it was passed. 

TENTH. 

That if the House shall adjudge that any person returned as a 
member is not duly qualified to have a seat therein, agreeably to the 



72 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Constitution, it shall at any time be in the power of such part of the 
House as are competent, to pass a valid vote or resolve to dismiss 
such person giving notice to the town or district from which he came 
to choose another in his stead. 

ELEVENTH. 

That every member having been present at a debate, and the vote 
thereon being challenged, or the yeas and nays being called for, shall 
be obliged when called upon by the speaker to vote on one side 
or the other of the question, unless special reasons be assigned, 
the validity of which shall be determined by the 
* 12 : 587 House.* 

TWELFTH. 

That no member speaking by leave shall be interrupted by another 
but by rising to call to order or to correct a mistake. 

THIRTEENTH. 

That every bill offered to the House shall be read three times, and 
that there be two adjournments before it pass to be enacted. 

FOURTEENTH. 

That no bill be sent to the Senate Board without notice thereof 
being first given to the House by the Speaker, and the title thereof 
being read. 

FIFTEENTH. 

That no member nominate more than one person for one commit- 
tee, provided the person by him nominated shall be chosen. 

SIXTEENTH. 

That no member be on more than two committees at the same 
time, unless by his own consent ; and no member chosen on any 
committee shall have liberty to nominate another person for the same 
committee. 

SEVENTEENTH. 

That no petition be received by the House but from a member 
thereof, and on motion made for that purpose. 

EIGHTEENTH. 

Every morning the minutes of the preceeding day shall^be read^in 
the House previous to their entering upon any new business. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 73 



NINETEENTH. 

That no person except members of the General Court be admitted 
above the bar of the House without permission of the Speaker, or 
special invitation from some member of the house. 

Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly.* * 12 : 588 

The Senate and House being again met to elect officers 
agreeably to the Constitution, by joint ballot made choice of the 
Hon. John-Taylor Oilman, Esq ; Treasurer for this State, to continue 
until another shall be appointed in his stead. They then proceeded 
to the choice of a Commissary General, and by joint ballot made 
choice of Col. Supply Clapp, Commissary General for this State, to 
continue until another shall be chosen in his stead. They then 
agreed to adjourn to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Voted That Mr. Betton, Major Wentworth, Mr. Adams, Capt. 
Sumner, and Col. Senter, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of a petition signed Josiah 
Brown, Chairman of Convention, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Upon a hearing on the petition of Richard York, in behalf of Rob- 
ert MackHn. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Morrill. 

Ajourned to eight o'clock tomorrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Major Jonathan 
Child, in behalf of Jonathan Mason, praying for a grant of a ferry 
over Connecticut river, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Tuesday of their next Session ; and 
that in the mean time the * petitioner cause the substance * 12 : 589 
of the petition and order of Court thereon, to be pub- 
lished three weeks successively in the "New Hampshire Gazette;;" 
also serve the selectmen of Lyme with a copy thereof, and order 
thereon, that they or either of them, or any person or persons, may 
then appear and show cause (if any they have) why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

An act to enable Timothy Walker, Esq ; as guardian of Paul Rolfe, 
to sell and convey certain lands belonging to his said ward, for his 
support and education, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 
Sent up by Col. Peabody and Capt. Copeland. 

The Senate and House being again met according to adjournment 
to elect officers agreeably to the Constitution, by joint ballot made 
choice of the Hon. John Langdon, Esq ; a Senator for the county of 
Rockingham, in the room and stead of the Hon. John Dudley, Esq ; 
who declined accepting. They then proceeded to the choice of a 
Council, and by joint ballot made choice of the Hon. John McClary, 
Francis Blood, and Joseph Badger, Esqrs, three of the Councilors for 
this State ; then adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 

The House then proceeded to business agreeably to the order of 
the day. 

Upon a hearing on the petition of Tristram Dalton and Nathaniel 
Tracy, Esq'rs, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioners 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Upon a hearing on the petition of Oliver Ashley, 

VoU'd, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Mr. 
* 12 : 590 Means.* 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Peter Green, 
Esq ; in behalf of James Richardson, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the first Friday of their next session ; in the mean time the 
petitioner cause that Benjamin Whitcomb, of Gunthwait, be served 
with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, that he may 
then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. 

Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Elisha Ellis, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time, the petitioner cause that Tyxhall Cleveland, or his 
attorney Mr. Benjamin West, be served with a copy of the petition 
and order of Court thereon, that they or either of them may then 
appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Voted, That Mr. Chase, Mr. Pickering, and Major Whitcomb, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 75 

consider of the account of Joshua Lamkin and John Holbrook, select- 
men of Strafford, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Cram. 

The committee on the petition of Capt. John Moore, reported as 
their opinion that the prayer of the petition be granted, and that the 
Committee on depreciation be ordered to make up depreciation to 
the petitioner as a Lieutenant from the first day of January 1777, 
to the 13* day of September 1778. 
Signed, Joseph Oilman, for tlie committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

VoUd, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels.* * 12 : 591 

Voted, That Mr. Adams, Major Gaines, and Capt. 
Clough, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a 
committee to consider of the petition of Lieut. Daniel McMurphy, 
and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Richard-Cutt Shan- 
non, Esq ; 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that Moses Thurston, of Hollis, 
be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, that 
he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

The Senate and House being again met according to adjournment 
proceeded to elect the remainder of the Council agreeably to the 
Constitution, and by joint ballot made choice of the Hon. Nathaniel 
Peabody and Moses Chace, Esq'rs for the other two Counsellors for 
this State. They then adjourned 'till to-morrow morning nine o'clock. 

The committee to consider the petition of James Robertson, 
reported, that the Treasurer be directed to credit the town of Ches- 
terfield with the sum of ninety-nine pounds seven shillings and two 
pence, in part of their tax for the year 1 780, and debit said town with 
the sum of fifty five pounds seventeen shillings and ten pence for 
the year 1781, and that he debit the State with the sum of thirty 
three pounds nine shillings and four pence being the difference ; 
and further that he be directed to receive of the petitioner, sixteen 
hundred and thirty eight dollars and one third of a dollar of the old 
Continental money, at the rate the State tax was liquidated at for the 



76 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

* 12 : 592 * year 1780 ; provided he at the same time pay the bal- 
lance of the tax due for said year 1780, all which is sub- 
mitted. Signed, Joseph Oilman, for the Committee. 

Wihch report being read and considered, 

Vored, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Vo/ed, That Mr, Adams, Col. Tash, Capt. Fogg, Mr. Eastman, 
and Major Batcheldor, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the abstract of Brigadier-Gen- 
eral James Reed, and the resolves of Congress accompanying the 
same, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

The committee on the petition of Joshua Lamkin and John Hol- 
brook, reported, that a day of hearing be appointed, whereupon 

VoUd, That the petitioners be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the first Friday of their next session, and that in the mean 
time the petitioners cause that the substance of the petitions and 
order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the 
"New Hampshire Gazette," that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. 

Sent up by Col. King. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Reuben Kidder, 

Voted^ That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the Treasurer 
be directed to issue another note and certificates of equal sums and 
date with those lost ; the petitioner giving security that if the note 
and certificate, or either of them, should hereafter be presented for 
payment, that he will account for those now issued. 

Sent up by Mr. Ayers. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 



* 12: 593. *THURSDAY, June 10, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Read and debated on several public bills. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
An act for raising the sum of twenty five thousand pounds, for the 
use of this State, the present year, was read a third time and passed 
to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett and Mr. Jewett. 

The committee on the petition of Lt. Daniel McMurphy, reported 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. // 

that the prayer of the petition be so far granted, as that an order on 
the Treasury be issued in favor of the petitioner, for twenty pounds, 
and a note in common form for the ballance. Signed, J. Oilman, for 
the committee. Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Henry Gerrish, and 
others, inhabitants of Boscawen, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that a precept 
issue accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Pettengill. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Major Jonathan 
Went worth, 

Voted, That upon his (the said Wentworth's) paying into the Treas- 
ury the sum of thirty two pounds, in State securities, with the inter- 
est due thereon, that the Treasurer be directed to cancel or deliver 
up the bond which he has in his office, signed by said Wentworth, 
which was given for excise in the year 1774. 

Sent up by Major Wentworth. 

The committee on the petition of Joshua-Jewett Prime, and all 
similar matters reported, that the said Joshua-Jewett Prime, and all 
others under like circumstances have and receive the wages engaged 
them by the State, for their services in such manner as 
other soldiers have* been paid ; what they have already * 12 : 594 
received being first deducted. Signed, J. Wentworth, for 
the committee. Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the committee 
on soldiers' accounts be directed to certify to the President the bal- 
lance due to each soldier ; and that the President on the receipt of 
such certificates, give order that the Treasurer issue notes and cer- 
tificates accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

An act for paying the interest and sinking the principal of this 
State's debt, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett, and -Mr. Jewett. 

An act to vacate a deed given by Robert Macklin, to Richard Foss, 
of certain lands in Brintwood, was read a third time and passed to 
be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett and Mr. Jewett. 

Voted, That Major Gaines, Col. Bartlett, and Mr. Freeman, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be- a committee to 
consider of the petition of Mr. Samuel Emerson, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 



yS NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Mr. Payne, Col. Bartlett, Col. Senter, and 
Mr. Duncan, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of Amos Whittemore, and 
others, inhabitants of Lyndeborough, and the papers accompanying 
the same, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Martin. 

The committee on the petition of R. Freeman, and all similar mat- 
ters, reported as their opinion that the town of Claremont, be abated 
one eighth part of their proportion as established by the last 
valuation, and until another be made ; and that the 
* 12 : 595 Treasurer * take order accordingly. Signed, M. Dow, for 
the committee. Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, 

Sent up by Capt. Mann. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Joseph Hoyt, and 
others. 

Voted, That the proportion placed to Hoyt's Gore, in the last pro- 
portion act, be abated, as it appears that said Gore was taken into 
the town of Grafton, and proportioned therewith. 

Sent up by Mr. Ayers. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock tomorrow morning. 

FRIDAY June ii, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An act to establish an equitable method of making rates and taxes 
and determining who shall be legal voters in town and parish affairs ; 
and also for repealing certain acts herein after mentioned, was read 
a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels and Mr. Emerson. 

Voted^ That General Badger, Mr. Dow, and Mr. Adams, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made to such of the late honorable 
Council who attend to qualify the honorable members of the Senate 
and House of Representatives agreeably to the Constitution of this 
State. 

Sent up by Capt. Allen. 

The committee on the petition of R. Freeman, and all similar mat- 
ters, reported as their opinion, that the town of Piermont, be abated 
in all taxes and assessments for the year 1777, 1778, and 1779, two 
fifths part ; and for the years 1780, 1781, 1782, and 1783, one quarter 
part ; and in their proportion as last established, one fifth part ; which 
is to continue until a new proportion shall be established. Signed^ 
M. Dow, for the committee. 



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Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the Treasurer 
govern himself accodingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness.* * 12 : 595 

Voted, That the Hon. Abiel Foster, Jonathan Blanchard, 
John Langdon, and Moses Dow, Esquires, be and they hereby are 
appointed delegates to represent this State in the Congress of the 
United States, for the term of one year from the first Monday in 
November next, unless sooner relieved or recalled by the General 
Court of this State, with all the powers and privileges which other 
delegates from this State have heretofore had and enjoyed, agreeably 
to the Confederation of the said United States ; two of whom only, 
are to attend at one and the same time. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Gen. Badger, Mr. McMurphy, Mr. Adams, Mr. Smiley, 
and Col. Runnels, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of Abigail Clayes, 
and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Mann. 

Voted, That Mr. Means, Col. Toppan and Gen. Badger, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to nomi- 
nate to this House suitable persons for a committee to revise the laws 
of this State, and prepare such bills as they may judge necessary for 
that purpose ; also, any bills which they may be directed by the Gen- 
eral Court to prepare, and lay the same before this House at the next 
session, or as soon as may be. 

Sent up by Capt. Mann. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Col. Bartlett, and Mr. Adams, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Benjamin Butler, Esq; and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gaines.* * 12 : 597 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Col. Payne, Gen. Badger, Mr. 
Duncan, and Mr. Sumner, with such of the honorable Senate as may 
be joined, be a committee to consider what business is yet necessary 
to be done at this session, and at what time, and to what time and 
place, this General-Court shall be adjourned, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Benjamin Sumner, which 
was to have been yesterday before the General-Court, be heard 
as soon as may be before said Court. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Leonard Whiting, 
Esq; 



8o NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 784 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Cram. 

Voted, That Mr. Pickering, Mr. Knowles, Mr. Means, Mr. Hall, 
and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to nom.inate to this House proper persons to whom 
dedimuses shall issue to enable them to qualify such officers as may 
be appointed in this State. 

Sent up by Mr. Cram. 

Upon a hearing on the petition of Capt. Benjamin Sumner, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Cram. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Mr. Means, and Mr. Emerson, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Ephraim Hildreth, and all similar matters, and re- 
port thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
* 12 : 598 

Met accordingly. 

Voted, That the account of Thomas Bartlett, Esq; amounting to 
five pounds and nine shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury Joy order of the President. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett. 

Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Jewett, and Mr. McMurphy, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of William Gallop, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

Whereas in and by an act passed January 16"^ 1782, entitled an act 
for liquidating tJie public securities of t J lis State, adjusting the interest 
on the same, and autJiori::;ing the Treasui^er to issue notes payable in 
gold or silver, the new notes tJierein directed to be issued are dated 
July 31^' 1782, and it being very inconvenient that the notes which may 
hereafter be issued in pursuajice of said act, should bear date at that 
time ; 

Therefore Resolved, That the form prescribed for said notes be so 
far altered as that the notes shall hereafter be dated y?//;/ 31^' 1784, 
instead oi July 31^' 1782, and certificates for the interest be issued 
accordingly ; any law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sent up by Major Cram. 

Voted, That the Hon. Joseph Gilman, Esq ; Capt. Josiah Gilman, 
and Joseph Pearson, ICsq ; the committee for settling the accounts of 



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this State, with Stephen Gorham, Esq ; commissioner for settling the 
accounts between this and the United-States, be directed to make a 
tender to the said Stephen Gorham, Esq ; of all the Continental bills 
of the old emission now in the Treasury of this State, towards our 
Continental debt, at the rate of forty for one, agreeably to a resolve 
•of Congress. 

Sent up by Col. Tash.* * 12 : 599 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Page, and Mr. Jenness, 
with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee 
to consider of and report what method shall be taken respecting the 
Continental money now in the hands of individuals belonging to this 
State. 

Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

The committee appointed to consider what allowance the mem- 
bers of the Senate and House of Representatives, and their ofifi- 
cers, shall receive for their wages and travel, &c. reported "That 
the members of the Senate have and receive out of the Treasury six 
shillings per day for their attendance, and four pence per mile for 
their travel to and from their homes, that the members of the House 
of Representatives have and receive out of the Treasury the same 
travel as the members of the senate and six shillings per day for 
their attendance, for which last sum each member of the House shall 
have a right to give the Constable of town or towns they represent, 
an order upon the Treasurer, which order shall be received at the 
Treasury toward the tax of the town or district each member repre- 
sents, and the Treasurer be directed to charge the amount of such 
orders to the respective town and district in the next tax bill ; that 
the Secretary have nine shillings per day, and the Deputy-Secretary 
seven shillings and six-pence per day, and allowance for travel as 
members ; that the Clerk of the House have nine shillings per day, 
and allowance for travel as a member ; that the Assistant-Clerk have 
one shilling and sixpence per day, over his pay as a member. Signed, 
John McClary, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the Secretary 
and Clerk make up the respective rolls accordingly ; and that the 
Clerk of the House be made up one day extraordinary for making up 
the roll ; and that the President give a general order for the payment 
of said rolls. 

Sent up by Capt. Allen.* * 12 : 600 

Upon reading and considering the petition of James Rob- 
ertson, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the first P'riday of their next session, and that in the mean time the 



82 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

petitioner cause that the Selectmen of Pembrook, and the Selectmen 
of Bow, each be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court 
thereon, that they or either of them, may then appear and shew cause 
(if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

The committee to whom was referred the petition of Amos Whit- 
temore, and others, reported that the petitioners be heard thereon 
before the General Court on the second Wednesday of their next sit- 
ting ; and that in the mean time they give notice to the towns of 
Lyndborough and Peterborough, by serving the selectmen of each 
town with a copy of said petition and order of Court thereon ; and 
also the like notice to the major part of the proprietors of said Mile 
Slip, at least forty days before said day of hearing. Signed, S. 01- 
cott, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Sanborn. 

Voted, That the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq ; have and receive out 
of the Treasury, the sum of six pounds, and the Hon. Woodbury 
Langdon, Esq ; one pound ten shillings, for their service in attending 
to qualify the members of the Senate and House, agreeably to the 
Constitution ; and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Sanborn. 

The committee to consider of the petition and account of Mr, Sam- 
uel Emerson reported, that the account of Samuel Emerson, amount- 
ing to three hundred and fifty eight pounds seventeen 
* 12: 6oi shillings and seven pence, deducting* all such sums as 
he has received at Camp, or the Board of War, or Treas- 
urer ; and when the Committee on Claims have adjusted the same, 
that the ballance be paid him out of the Treasury, by order of the 
President, in a note with interest in common form, as other officers 
are paid. Signed, Joseph Gilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be receved and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Elizabeth Ballard, of 
Wilton, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that she have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Adjourned to seven o'clock to-morrow morning. 



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SATURDAY June 12, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That when the business of this Session is finished, the Gen- 
eral-Court be adjourned to meet again at Portsmouth, on Wednesday 
the twentieth day of October next, at three o'clock P. M. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Voted, That the account of James Knowles, Esq ; amounting to 
one pound eighteen shillings and eight pence, be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Capt. Allen. 

The committee on the account of Major Jonathan Child, reported 
that the four following receipts given by Major Jonathan Child, be 
received, viz. One given to Azariah Webb, for five thousand three 
hundred and ninety two pounds ten shillings ; Ephraim Morey, one 
thousand one hundred and forty pounds twelve shillings six pence ; 
Abel Sawyer, five hundred and forty seven pounds ten shillings ; and 
Amasa Bugbee, for nine hundred and seventy nine pounds seventeen 
shillings. Signed, Joseph Oilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Allen. 

The vote of yesterday respecting the allowance to the Hon. 
Josiah Bartlett, and Woodbury Langdon, Esq'rs, came* * 12: 602 
back from the honorable Senate for the following amend- 
ment, viz. That there be paid to the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq; 
three pounds, instead of thirty shillings, voted ; which amendment 
was read and concurred by the House. 

Voted, That the honorable the senior Senator, and the honorable 
the Speaker of the House, be and hereby are authorized and im- 
powered to administer the oaths necessary to qualify the persons 
appointed a Council for the President of this State, to act in said 
office. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Capt. Copp, Mr. Adams, and Mr. Chase, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
what allowance shall be made to the committee who waited on his 
Excellency the President to inform him of his election, and report 
thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Mann. 

The committee on the petition of R. Freeman, and all similar mat- 
ters, reported as their opinion, that the town of Hanover be abated 
one third part of all their taxes and assessments previous to the cur- 



84 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

rent year. Signed, M. Dow, for the committee. Which report be- 
ing read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

The committee to nominate suitable persons for a committee to 
revise the laws of this State, and prepare such bills as they may judge 
necessary for that purpose ; and also any bills which they may be 
directed by the General-Court to prepare, and lay the same before 
this House at the next session, or as soon as may be, reported, that 
the Hon. Samuel Livermore, Esq ; the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq ; 
and the Hon. John Sullivan, Esq ; are suitable persons for a commit- 
tee to revise the laws of this State, and transact the other 
* 12: 603 business above* mentioned. Signed, J. Wentworth, for 
the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the Hon. Sam- 
uel Livermore, Esq ; the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq ; and the Hon. 
John Sullivan, Esq ; be and they hereby are appointed and authorized 
to transact the business above mentioned. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That the account of John Calfe, Esq; amounting to four 
pounds five shillings and six pence, be allowed and paid out of the 
public treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

The committee on the petition of William Gallop, reported, that 
Derrick Oxford be allowed full pay for three years, the term for which 
he inlisted, in the same manner that other three-years men have been 
paid. Signed, E Smith, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of B. Butler, Esq ; 

Voted, That on his, the said Butler's, paying into the Treasury the 
sum of three hundred and fifty two pounds, sixteen shillings and six- 
pence, in specie, with what he has already paid, and the remainder of 
what is due on the bond mentioned in said petition, in State securi- 
ties ; the Treasurer is hereby directed to receive said securities, and 
cancel or deliver up said bond, signed by the said Butler, and others. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Major Jonathan 
Child, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court on the first P"riday of their next session, and that in the mean 
time the petitioner cause that Col. Jonathan Moulton, of Hampton, 
be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, that 



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he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why 

the prayer thereof may not be granted,* and that all * 12: 604 

further proceedings against the said Child, with respect 

to the execution mentioned in said petition, be stayed, and that the 

said Child be not liable to satisfy and discharge said execution until 

the decision of the General Court be obtained on said petition. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Mr. Knowles, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Grout, and 
Major Baker, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be 
a committee to consider of the petition of Thomas Russell, and 
others, agents for Piermont, Orford, Lyme, Hanover, and Lebanon ; 
also of the petition of John Young, in behalf of sundry towns in the 
County of Grafton, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Voted, That the Hon. George Atkinson, Esq ; John Pickering, 
Esq ; and George Gains, Esq ; with such of the honorable Senate as 
may be joined, be a commitee to prepare a device and inscription for 
a seal for this State, and lay the same before this House at their next 
session ; and that the seal used under the late Constitution, be made 
use of until another is provided. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

The committee on the petition of Aaron Brown, reported that the 
prayer thereof be granted ; and that the Treasurer be directed to give 
up the bond mentioned in said petition, the interest due thereon not- 
withstading. Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

The committee to nominate proper persons to whom dedimuses 
shall issue to enable them to qualify such officers as may be appointed 
in this State, beg leave to report as their opinion, that the honor- 
able the Privy Counsellors, or any two of them, within 
any county * in this State ; the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, John * 12 : 605 
McClary, Samuel Penhallow, and George Atkinson, Esq'rs, 
within the county of Rockingham ; the Hon. John Wentworth, John 
Plummer, Joseph Badger, and Ebenezer Smith, Esqrs, within the 
County of Strafford ; the Hon. Matthew Thornton, Samuel Dana, 
Jeremiah Page, and Robert McGregore, Esq'rs, within the county of 
Hillsborough ; the Hon. Benjamin Bellows, Simeon Olcott, Benjamin 
Hall, and Daniel Newcombe, Esq'rs, in the county of Cheshire ; the 
Hon. Samuel Livermore, Charles Johnston, Samuel Emerson, Moses 
Dow, Elisha Payne, and Bezaleel Woodward, Esq'rs, within the county 
of Grafton, be commissioned ; either two of whom within the respect- 
ive counties, to be and hereby are vested with full power to administer 



86 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

the oath of allegiance, and the oaths of ofifice appointed by the Con- 
stitution, to any civil or military officers that may be appointed. 
Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

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



Met accordingly. 

The committee on the petition of Josiah Brown, chairman of a con- 
vention, reported that the certificates to be issued for the fifteen per 
cent, will answer a better end than the bank of paper money men- 
tioned in said petition ; that the Clerk's fees, and the fees for writs 
are too high, and the Juror's fees too low. Signed, F. Blood, for the 
committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

The Senate and House being again met to elect a Senator in the 
room and stead of the Hon. Benjamin Bellows, Esq ; who 
* 12 :6o6 declined accepting ; and the ballots being taken, it* ap- 
peared that the Hon. Enoch Hale, Esq ; is chosen a Sen- 
ator for the county of Cheshire. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of the Selectmen of 
Bearing, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that Capt. Joseph 
Symonds, John Duncan, Esq ; and Mr. Robert Wallace, be a commit- 
tee at the charge of the petitioners, to fix upon the place for building 
a meeting house in said i)earing. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

An act authorizing and impowering Leonard Whiting, Esq ; to levy 
or extend an execution recovered by him, upon the estate of Benjamin 
Whiting, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett and Mr. Means. 

An act to divide the town of Apthorp, in the county of Grafton, 
and incorporate the same into two several towns, was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody, and Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq ; Christopher Top- 
pan, Esq ; and Moses Leavitt, Esq ; have and receive out of the 
Treasury, forty shillings each, for their time and expences going to 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 8/ 

notify his Excellency the President, of his election ; and that the 
President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 

Voted, That Mr. Wight, have and receive out of the Treasury, by 
order of the President, thirty shillings, for his services as chaplain to 
the General-Court this session. 

Sent up by Mr. Shephard. 

Voted, That the account of Caleb Buswell, amounting to forty 
shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the 
President. 

Sent up by Mr. Shephard. 

* Voted, That the extents issued by the Treasurer against * 12 :6o7 
the towns of Piermont, Orford, Lyme, Hanover, Leba- 
non, Bath, Lyman, Landaff, Gunthwait, Apthorp, Lancaster, North- 
umberland, Stratford, Dartmouth, Cockburn, Coleburn, Canaan, En- 
field, Grafton, Cardigan, Dorchester, Cornish and Claremont, be not 
served until the close of the next session of the General Court. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of William Dana, which 
was to have been on Tuesday next, before the General-Court, be post- 
poned to be heard before the said General Court, on the second Tues- 
day of their next session ; of which all concerned may take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That the General-Court be now adjourned to meet again at 
the Court-House in Exeter, on Tuesday next, at ten o'clock in the 
forenoon. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

The foregoing vote being concurred by the Senate, the House ad- 
journed accordingly. 

TUESDAY, June 15, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Senate and House being met in the Assembly-Chamber, his 
Excellency the President being present, took and subscribed the oath 
of allegiance and oath of office, in presence of both Houses, agreea- 
bly to the Constitution ; the President and Senate then returned to 
the Council-Chamber. After which the following vote was sent down 
from the honorable Senate for concurrence. 



88 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ ^ 784 

State of Nezv Hampshire. 
In Senate, June 15, 1784. 

Resolved, That the soldiers who inlisted in this State to 

* 12 : 608 serve in the Continental army, and who* actually per- 

formed the service, according to their several engage- 
ments for two years, or for any less term of time than two years, 
agreeably to any act, resolve, or vote of the Legislature of this 
State, and who have not been rewarded and paid according to any 
such act, resolve or vote, shall be fully recompenced and paid as much 
as promised, as soon as their respective claims can be ascertained and 
their accounts settled ; and the committee on soldiers accounts are 
hereby directed to certify to the President the ballance due as afore- 
said to any such soldier, after deducting the town bounties and sup- 
plies in the same manner as the accounts of those who served three 
years or during the war, were settled ; and the President on the re- 
ceipt of such certificate, is requested to give order for the Treasurer 
to issue notes for the principal, and certificates for the interest, in 
the same manner as notes and certificates were issued for those sol- 
diers who served for three years or during the war. 

And it is further Resolved, That such towns as have not sent in 
their accounts for bounties and supplies for such soldiers as engaged 
for a less term than three years, have liberty to send in the same to 
the committee appointed to settle depreciation, 'till the fifteenth day 
of September next ; and that no accounts for bounties and supplies 
be by them allowed, but such as are properly vouched, or attested to 

by the Selectmen. Sent down for concurrence. 

* 12 : 609 M. Weare, President. '^ 

In the House of Representatives, 
The same day read and concurred. 

Voted, That Mr. Benjamin Bigelow, have and receive out of the 
Treasury thirty pounds, for which he is to account as Agent- Victu- 
aller to the troops now at Piscataqua harbour, and that the President 
give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted and Resolved, That the Treasurer within this State, for the 
time being, be and hereby is impowered and directed to advertise the 
citizens thereof, to bring in to him, if they shall see cause, before the 
first day of September 1784, all the Continental money of the old 
emission now owned by them ; and that the said Treasurer, in behalf 
of the State, give a receipt therefor to the owners thereof, to account 
with them respectively for whatever sum or sums shall be allowed 
therefor in said State. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 



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The Secretary came clown and informed the House that his Excel- 
lency the President has adjourned the General-Court to Wednesday 
the twentieth day of October next, at three o'clock in the afternoon, 
then to meet at the Court House in Portsmouth, agreeably to the 
agreement of both branches of the Legislature, and this House is 
accordingly adjourned. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS FROM 



OCTOBER 20 TO NOVEMBER ii, 1784. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



■=• I : 20 



ESTATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 



At a Session of the General-Court, holden at Portsmouth, on 
Wednesday, the 20"' day of October, 1784, being the day to which 
the General Court stood adjourned. 

Present in Senate, 

His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esquire, President. 

The Honorable Woodbury Langdon, 
John McClary, 

Timothy Walker, )> Esquires. 

Ebenezer Smith, and j 

Francis Blood, ) 

The Honorable John Langdon, Esq. who was chosen a Senator by 
joint ballot, in the stead of the Honorable John Dudley, Esq. who 
declined accepting said office, attended, and after taking the neces- 
sary oaths, and signing the same agreeably to the Constitution, took 
his seat at the Senate-Board. 

THURSDAY, October 21, 1784. 

Present as yesterday ; but not a quorum to proceed to business. 

An address of the ministers of the Congregational churches, mem- 
bers of several associations in the State of New-Hampshire, was 
presented to his Excellency the President, by a committee of several 
associations in said State. 

FRIDAY, October 22, 1784. 

Present as yesterday : Also, the Honorable Joseph Gilman, Esq. 
attended, and then the Senate proceeded to business. 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 



* I : 21 * STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

In Senate, October 22, 1784. 

A vote, that the Honorable Timothy Walker, and the Honorable 
Woodbury Langdon, Esquires, with such of the Honorable House of 
Representatives as they may join, be a committee to draught an 
answer to the address of the ministers of the congregational churches, 
members of several associations in the State of New-Hampshire, 
presented to his Excellency the President of said State, and to the 
General-Court, by a committee of several associations in said State, 
was sent down for concurrence by Mr. Blood ; and, in the House of 
Representatives, was concurred. The members joined were Mr. 
Knowles, Mr. Adams and Mr. Smiley. 

A vote on the petition of Samuel Connor, praying that a deed of 
his whole estate given by him to his children, may be made null and 
void, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate on the 
petition of Isaac Tucker, praying that he may receive the wages and 
bounty due to his son, who died on the 6"' of July, 1782, was brought 
up, read and concurred. The members joined were Mr. Smith and 
Mr. Blood. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of John Simpson, setting forth, that he was 
wounded at Bunker-Hill, in 1775, and that he was put on the roll of 
pensioners for three years ; but for reasons unknown to him 

* I : 22 was not kept on said roll,* and therefore prays his case may 

be taken under consideration, was brought up, read and con- 
curred Mr. Oilman and Mr. Walker were joined. 

A vote, that the hearing on the petition of Major Jonathan Child, 
be postponed until Wednesday next, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote, to postpone the hearing of the petition of Jeremiah Tib- 
betts until Friday, the 29''' of October current, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the propriety of passing an act in addition to an act intitled, 
" An act for the equal distribution of insolvent estates," and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Woodbury Lang- 
don and Mr. Smith were joined. 

A vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of Lamkin and 
Holbrook until Wednesday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 95 

sider of the petition of Edward Dimpsey (who prays that he may re- 
cover a demand against the estate of Stephen Holland, an absentee) 
and all similar matters, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

Mr. John Langdon and Mr. Gilman were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of the Selectmen of Conway, (praying 
for an abatement of taxes) and all similar matters,* and re- * i : 23 
port thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. 
Smith and Mr. Blood were joined. 

A vote, to postpone the hearing of the petition of James Robert- 
son to the second Wednesday of the next session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote, that Col. Peabody and Col. Toppan, be added to the com- 
mittee on John Simpson's petition, and all petitions of sick and 
wounded officers and soldiers, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, on the 
petition of Samuel Lowell, (who prays that he may be paid for his 
losses when a prisoner) and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred. Mr. McClary and Mr. Blood were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Major Jonathan Child, in behalf of Lieuten- 
ant James Gould, (who says, that a sum of money was twice deducted 
by mistake, in a settlement with him) and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred, and Mr. Gilman joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider and report what they may judge necessary to be done respecting 
horse thieves, &c. was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. Walker 
and Mr. Woodbury Langdon were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the several matters contained in his Excellency's message, re- 
ceived this day, and report thereon, was brought up, read, 
concurred, and Mr. Langdon,* Mr. Gilman, and Mr. McClary * i : 24 
were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Lieutenant Moses Belding, (who engaged in 
the service of New-Hampshire, as a Lieutenant, and who prays for 
depreciation equal to what others of the same rank had) and all simi- 
lar matters, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, 
and Mr. Smith joined. 

A vote to hear the petition of the inhabitants of Effingham, &c. 
relative to a road, &c. on the second Wednesday of their next session, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, eight o'clock, A. M. 



96 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

SATURDAY, October 23, 1784. 

Present as yesterday. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
draught a proclamation for a general thanksgiving throughout the 
State, and lay the same before this House, was brought up, read, con- 
curred, and Mr. Walker and Mr. Oilman were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of and report on the petition of Elisha Willbore (who says that 
he lost an horse at the invasion of Royalton, and therefore prays for 
satisfaction,) was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. Blood joined. 

A vote, that Joseph Pearson, Esq. be, and he hereby is appointed 
Pay-Master of the Pensioners of this State, was brought up, read 

and concurred. 
* I : 25 A vote requiring the Honorable John Tayler * Oilman, Esq. 
Treasurer, and Capt. Josiah Oilman, to attend the General- 
Court at Portsmouth, during this session, with necessary papers, to 
transact business for the public, was brought up, read and concurred 
with this amendment, that they attend as long as the Oeneral-Court 
shall think necessary, and sent down for concurrence. Brought up 
concurred. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, October 25, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present in Senate, 

His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq. President. 

The Honorable Woodbury Langdon, ^ 

John McClary, | 

Joseph Oilman, I t- 

Timothy Walker, I Esqmres, 

TUT] Senators. 

John Langdon, | 

Ebenezer Smith, and | 
Francis Blood. } 

A vote for both Houses to meet in committee to-morrow morning, 
to take under consideration the matters contained in his Excellency's 
Message to the Oeneral Court, was brought up read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Richard Hart, Thomas Martin, John Pierce, 
Joseph Pierce, Jonathan Warner and Mark H. Went worth, Esquires, 



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and report thereon, was brought up, read, concurred, Mr. Blood, Mr. 
McClary and Mr Walker were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Joseph Taylor, and report thereon was 
brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. Smith joined. 

A petition of the inhabitants of Charlestown, in the county of 
Cheshire, praying to be erected into a poll parish, agreeably to a vote 
of said town, with a vote thereon, that the petitioners should 
be heard on said petition, on the second * Wednesday of * i : 26 
next session, and that in the mean time they serve the 
Selectmen of said Charlestown with a copy of their petition and order 
of Court thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, October 26, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday ; — also, the Honorable John Wentworth 
attended. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to take 
under consideration a resolve of the General-Court, passed June 15, 
1784, and report thereon, was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. 
Oilman and Mr. Wentworth joined. 

A petition of Jonathan Chase, to have the title of certain land in 
Cornish, (of which he had lost the deed) confirmed to him, was 
brought up with a vote thereon, giving the petitioner a hearing there- 
on before the General Assembly, on the second Wednesday of next 
session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Sundry petitions from towns on Connecticut River, praying for an 
abatement of their taxes, &c. in consideration of services, was brought 
up with votes thereon, that the petitioners should be heard before a 
committee of the house, joined by a committee of the Senate. Ac- 
cordingly said votes being read, Mr. Langdon, Mr. Smith, and Mr. 
Blood were joined. 

A petition of Thomas Kemp and Nathan Wesson, late lieutenants 
in a regiment of artillery, in the continental service, praying 
for an allowance for their * services, with a vote for a com- * i : 27 
mittee to be joined by a committee of the Senate to report 
thereon, was brought up, read, concurred, Mr. Gilman and Mr. 
Walker were joined. 

Upon reading a representation of Joseph Gilman, Esq. in behalf 
of the committee appointed by this State to settle accompts with 
Stephen Gorham, Esq. Commissioner of the United States, setting 



98 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^4 

forth, that said Commissioner thinks himself not authorized to credit 
this state with the additional wages, or bounties paid to General 
Stark's brigade, in 1777, pay allowed to volunteers to Rhode-Island, 
in the year 1778 for horses, interest charged on depreciation, paid 
the continental troops in the years 1777 and 1778 : — 

Voted, That his Excellency the President be desired to lay the 
matter before the Congress of the United States, and request that 
said Commissioner should be instructed to allow said charges to this 
State, which vote was sent down for concurrence by Col. Smith, and 
brought up concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the memorial of the Rev. Mr. Evans, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read, concurred and Mr. John Langdon and Mr. Went- 
worth were joined. 

A vote that John Simpson, a wounded soldier, receive half- 

* I : 28 pay * until further order of the General-Court, was brought 

up, read and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, October 27, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

A petition of the inhabitants of the town of Washington, praying 
for leave to assess unimproved lands in said town, to enable them to 
repair their highways, was brought up, with a vote for the petitioners 
to be heard thereon before the General-Court, on the second Wednes- 
day of next session, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the ration-roll of Sergeant James Blake's scouting party for 
the year 1782, and report thereon, was brought up, read, concurred, 
and Mr. Gilman joined. 

A vote to postpone the further consideration of the petition of 
Joshua Lamkin and John Holbrook, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A petition of the inhabitants of Seabrook, praying for some altera- 
tion in the charter of said parish, was brought up, with a vote there- 
on, that the petitioners be heard before the General-Court 

* I : 29 on Tuesday next, and that in the mean time, the * substance 

of said petition be posted up at each of the meeting-houses 
in said parish, which was read and concurred. 

A vote for Lieutenant Jonathan Emerson to be paid depreciation 
as other officers of his rank, until he was discharged from the service, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 



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A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of John Hale, Esq. and report thereon, was 
brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. Wentworth joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
report what method they shall think proper to be taken to do justice 
to those persons who are possessed of notes issued by this State in 
the year 1775, was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. McClary 
and Mr. Langdon were joined. 

A vote to allow John Colburn depreciation of wages as other sol- 
diers, while in service, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for Archibald McMillan to receive ten shillings per month, 
from June 10^^, 1783, 'till further order of the General Court, in con- 
sequence of his suffering by a wound received at Bunker-Hill, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Elijah Blodgett, which he expended 
to get cured of a wound received on the Western frontiers, amount- 
ing to eighteen pounds, twelve shillings, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

*A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, * i : 30 
to consider what method shall be taken respecting the for- 
warding delegates to Congress, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read, concurred, Mr. Woodbury Langdon and Mr. McClary were 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what is most convenient to be done respecting the sending pre- 
cepts to districts in this State unrepresented, was brought up, read, 
concurred, Mr. Walker and Mr. John Langdon were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to report 
what amendments and alterations are necessary to be made in the 
laws relative to proprietary matters, was brought up, read, concurred, 
Mr. Wentworth, Mr. Woodbury Langdon and Mr. Smith were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Abraham Perkins, Esq. and Thomas Stow 
Ranney, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to allow Sarah Little, wife of Francis Little, late of Ports- 
mouth, an absentee, to bring in- a bill to enable her to sell a 
house and land, belonging to her* said husband, to pay his * i : 31 
debts and support her family, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Elijah Allis, and giv- 
ing him leave to prosecute an action formerly commenced against 
one Tyxhall Cleaveland, in the county of Cheshire, (in which action 
he was non-suited by mistake) was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 



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sider of the propriety of an alteration in the several regiments of 
militia in this State, and report thereon, was brought up, read, con- 
curred, and Mr. Walker, Mr. Smith, and Mr. McClary were joined. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, October 28, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

A Petition of the trustees of Dartmouth college, praying for leave 

to carry on a lottery, to raise three hundred pounds clear, to assist in 

erecting a new edifice for the use of the said college, was brought 

up, with a vote thereon, granting the prayer of said petition, and 

giving leave for a bill to be brought in for that purpose, which was 

read and concurred. 

* I : 32 * A vote on the petition of Edward Dimpsey, regulating 

sundry matters relative to confiscated estates, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Nicholas Nicolle, for sundry services 
for the State, amounting to five pounds, eighteen shillings and two 
pence, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote, on the petition of a number of the inhabitants of Lynde- 
borough, who prayed to have a parish erected out of part of said 
Lyndeborough, and part of Peterborough, that Timothy Walker, Esq. 
Deacon Ephraim Adams, and Captain Daniel Emerson, be a commit- 
tee to view the premises, and make report to the General Court, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A petition of Josiah Sanborn, representing that he had suffered a 
loss by depreciation of the paper bills, in having a note renewed at 
the Treasury Office, for money lent the State, and praying redress, 
was brought up with a vote granting the prayer of his petition, which 
was read and concurred. 

A vote to put off the hearing of the petition of Richard Cutts 
Shannon from yesterday to this day, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

* I : 33 * A vote to hear the petition of George Place on Thurs- 

day next, before the General Court, and that in the mean 
time, he cause the selectmen of Rochester to be served with a copy 
of his said petition and order of Court, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A vote to hear the petition of Paul Harford on Thursday next 
before the General Court, and that in the mean time he cause the 
selectmen of Rochester to be served with a copy of said petition and 
order of Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. lOI 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Major Jonathan 
Child, and give him leave to bring in a bill to vacate a judgment of 
the Superior Court against him in favour of Col. Jonathan Moulton, 
was brought up, read and concurred, 

A vote for the Reverend Israel Evans, late chaplain to the New- 
Hampshire brigade, to be paid depreciation of wages, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay Noah Worcester, Esq. forty-eight shillings and eleven 
pence, the balance of his account for services done the State, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* A vote for paying the Lieutenants Thomas Kemp and * i : 34 
Nathan Wesson, of the Artificers in the Continental 
Army, and Ephraim Blood and WilHam Blood, soldiers in said com- 
pany, the depreciation of their wages, they having been reckoned to 
the quota of this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Samuel Connor, under 
certain restrictions, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Hezekiah Wilkins, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill to restore him to his law in an 
action commenced against him by one Ebenezer Champney, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, October 29, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A vote to pay the Accompt of George Long, for time and expences 
at Halifax, in business of the State, am.ounting to seventeen pounds, 
four shillings and ninepence, halfpenny, was brought, up read and 
concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
draught and lay before the General-Court all public bills 
ordered to be brought in this * session, was brought up, read, * i : 35 
concurred, and Mr. Wentworth joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to revise 
the impost act, and prepare a bill, and lay the same before the Court, 
was brought up, read, concurred, Mr. J. Langdon and Mr. Wentworth 
were joined. 

A vote for paying the ration-roll of Serjeant James Blake, amount- 
ing to twelve pounds each man, being twelve in number, on their pro- 
ducing a certificate from Captain Jeremiah Eames that they have not 
received it of him, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 



102 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

sider of the petition of Pelham, and other petitions of a similar nat- 
ure, was brought up, read, concurred, Mr. Walker and Mr. Blood were 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Ephraim Hildreth and John Robinson, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read, concurred and Mr. McClary 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of William Badger and Abigail Badger, 

* I : 36 and all similar * matters, and report thereon, was brought 

up, read, concurred. Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. McClary were 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Jonas Minot, in behalf of Daniel Davis, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. W. Langdon 
and Mr. McClary were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Doctor Hall Jackson and Doctor John Jack- 
son, was brought up, read, concurred, and Mr. J. Langdon and Mr. 
Gilman were joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, October 30, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A vote to accept a report of the committee on the petition of Doc- 
tor John Hale, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote on the petition of Abraham Perkins, &c. giving him leave 
to bring in a bill to enable him to collect sundry taxes in Epping, un- 
paid to Daniel Gordon, deceased, late constable of said Epping, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* I : 37 * A resolve to confirm the annual meeting of the inhabitants 

of the Gore, (so called) in the County of Strafford, held in 
March last, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the memorial of the Rev. Jeremy Belknap, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. J. Langdon and 
Mr. Walker were joined. 

A vote to pay Lieutenant James Gould, of Hanover, eighteen 
pounds, fourteen shillings and eight pence, for so much deducted by 
mistake from his half-pay, as a wounded officer, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. IO3 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to nom- 
inate managers for Dartmouth college lottery, was brought up, read, 
concurred, and Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. Oilman were joined. 

A vote to put off the hearing of the petition of Jeremiah Tibbetts 
until Wednesday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

The petition of Benjamin Bellows, Esq. and others, guardians of 
the children of Philip Eastman, late of Walpole, deceased, praying 
for leave to sell the real estate of said deceased, for the 
benefit of their * wards, was brought up, with a vote, for an * i : 38 
hearing thereon, before the General Court, on the second 
Thursday of next session, which was read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, November i, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday last. 

A Resolve of the General Court, allowing depreciation to those 
soldiers who served two years, or for any term of time less than three 
years in the army, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to allow Lieutenant Moses Belding the depreciation of his 
wages, &c, as was allowed to other officers of his rank, until the first 
day of September 1778, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to request his Excellency the President, with advice of 
Council, to issue a proclamation, appointmg Thursday, the second 
day of December next, to be observed as a day of public thanksgiv- 
ing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, * i : 39 
to consider of the petition of Zebulon Crane, and all others 
of a similar nature, was brought up, read and concurred, Mr. W. 
Langdon and Mr. Walker were joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, November 2, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Elisha Payne, jun. and others, praying that 
an highway may be laid out from Dartmouth college to Boscawen in 
this State, was brought up, read and concurred with this amendment, 
that said committee make report on any similar matter they judge 
necessary. Mr. Walker and Mr. Smith were joined ; which was sent 
down for concurrence. 



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A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Sarah Chapin and Justus Chapin, (praying 
for leave to sell land belonging to minors) was brought up, read and 
concurred, and Mr. Went worth joined. 

* I : 40 * A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, 

to consider of what business is yet necessary to be done 
this session, was brought up, read and concurred, Mr, W. Langdon 
and Mr, Walker were joined, 

A resolve regulating sundry matters in the business of the Naval- 
Office, was brought up, read and concurred, 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Richard Cutts Shan- 
non, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and non-concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of a letter presented to the General Court by John Sullivan, 
Esq, relative to his pay as a delegate to Congress, was brought up, 
read and concurred, and Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Blood were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Colonel Supply Clapp, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Oilman and Mr. W. Langdon 
were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, 

* I : 41 to prepare a resolve to carry into effect,* a report of a com- 

mittee respecting a settlement with those soldiers who 
served in the Continental army for any term short of three years, 
and lay the same before the Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. Mr. Gilman and Mr, J. Langdon were joined. 

A vote appointing Pierse Long, Esq. a delegate to represent this 
State in Congress, m the room of John Langdon, Esq. who has de- 
clined accepting that office, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to put off the hearing of the petition of Levi Harvey, and 
other inhabitants of New-London, until the second Thursday of next 
session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, November 3, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
An Act in addition to an act, entitled " an act to enable George 
Kezar to review an action of entry on disseizin against Rich- 

* I : 42 ard Malony," having been read * a third time, it was voted 

that the same be enacted. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. IO5 

An act to enable Sarah Little to sell a certain house and land 
thereto belonging, situate in Portsmouth, having been read a third 
time, it was voted, that the same be enacted. 

An act to vest the exclusive right of keeping a ferry over a certain 
part of Connecticut river, in Benjamin Sumner, of Claremont, in the 
County of Cheshire, his heirs and assigns, having been read a third 
time, it was voted, that the same be enacted. 

An act to vest the sole and exclusive right and privilege of keeping 
a ferry over a certain part of Connecticut river, in Oliver Ashley, of 
Claremont, in the County of Cheshire, his heirs and assigns, having 
been read a third time, it was voted, that the same be enacted. 

A vote to pay the accompt of John S. Dearborn, amounting to 
fifty-four shillings : also the accompt of John Gross, amounting to 
fifty-four shillings, for their services in attending the Superior Court 
as State witnesses, was brought up, read and concurred. 

*A vote for all precepts that issue to the town called Gunth- * i : 45 
waite, shall be directed to Gunthwaite alias Concord, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote appomting Samuel Livermore, Esq. one of the delegates to 
represent this State in Congress, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote appointing Elisha Payne, Esq. one of the delegates to rep- 
resent this State in Congress, was brought up, read and concurred.! 

A vote appointing a committee to join a committee of the Senate, 
to consider of the propriety of directing the Loan-Officer in this State 
to issue certificates for the interest on Loan-Office certificates, ao;ree- 
ably to resolves of Congress, &c. was brought up, read and concurred, 
and Mr. J. Langdon and Mr. Walker were joined. 

The petition of the inhabitants of a place called Ossipee-Gore, 
praying for leave to bring in a bill to incorporate said place, was 
brought up, with a vote granting the petitioners an hearing on said 
petition on the first Friday of next session, which was read and con- 
curred. 

An act for granting liberty to set up and carry on a lottery to raise 
money, for the purpose of erecting an edifice in the township of Han- 
over, for the use and benefit of Dartmouth college, was read a third 
time, and voted that the same be enacted. 
A vote to allow the soldier, who over and above doing his 
duty as a soldier, shall take proper * care of the light-house * i : 44 
at New-Castle, forty shillings per month, besides his wages 
as a soldier, was brought up, read and concurred. 

t Letter of Acceptance, Ham. State Papers, xviii. 741. 



I06 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of R. Freeman, in behalf of the town of Han- 
over, relative to the taxes of said town, was brought up, read and 
concurred, and Mr. Walker and Mr. Blood were joined. 

A vote to pay the rolls of Meshech Bell, commander of the troops 
stationed at New-Castle, one amounting to fifty-one pounds, twelve 
shillings, and the other to seventy-two pounds, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, November 4, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to take 
under consideration the requisition of Congress, of the 18^'' of April, 

1783, respecting this State's quota of the one million and five hun- 
dred dollars, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, 
and Mr. Oilman and Mr. J. Langdon were joined. 

A vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Jeremiah Tibbets, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote to accept the report of the committee for a device and in- 
scription for a public seal for this State, viz7 a field encom- 
* I • 45 passed with * laurels, round the field in capital letters, 
SIGILLUM REIPUBLICAE NEO HANTONIENSIS, 

1784. on the field a rising sun, and a ship on the stocks with Ameri- 
can banners displayed ; and that said seal be two inches in diameter, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote that Ephraim Hildreth and John Robinson each have and 
receive out of the treasury, a State note for five pounds, with interest 
from the fifth of April, 1782, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote, that the accompt of Moses Woodward, commissary of pris- 
oners, be referred to the committee on Col. Supply Clapp's accompt, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider at what time, and to what time and place, the General Court 
shall be adjourned : Also, at what place the General Court shall meet 
in June next : Also, what pay for travel and attendance the members 
of court shall receive this session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, and Mr. Walker, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wentworth were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made his Excellency the President, as 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. IO7 

a Salary for the current year : Also, what pay the Honorable Council 
shall receive for their travel and attendance on his Excellency in the 
recess of the General Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred.* Mr. J. Langdon, Mr. Oilman and Mr. Smith were * i : 46 
joined. 

An act to divide the town of Apthorp, in the County of Grafton, 
and State aforesaid, and incorporate the same into two several towns, 
was read a third time, and voted that the same be enacted. 

A vote to hear the petition of sundry inhabitants of Hillsborough, 
in the County of Hillsborough, on the second Wednesday of next 
session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Benjamin Bigelow, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred, Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. Walker 
were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Melcher and Osborne, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Gilman and Mr. Wentworth 
were joined. 

A vote appointing a committee to consider what methods are best 
to be taken for the regulation of commerce until said regulations 
shall be established by Congress, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, and Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. Gilman were joined. 

A vote to hear the petitions of Charles Tinden and John Payne, 
(praying for leave to keep ferries over Connecticut river) on the first 
Friday of next session, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, November 5, 1784. 

* Met according to adjournment. * i : 47 

Present as yesterday. 

A vote granting the prayer of the petition of George Place, and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill, was brought up, read, and non- 
concurred. 

A vote to allow sundry towns for money paid Major Jonathan 
Child, as Comissary, &c. was brought up, read and non-concurred, 

A vote to hear the petition of Major Jonathan Palmer, on the sec- 
ond Friday of next session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote on the petition of Gain Armour, was brought up, read and 
non-concurred. 

A vote on the petition of the selectmen of Merrimack (praying to 
be credited for a certain soldier) to be considered by a committee, 
was brought up, read, and non-concurred. 



I08 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

A vote to pay the accompt of John Duncan, Esq. for holding a 
meeting in an un-incorporated town by order of the General Court, 
amounting to eighteen shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote referring the petition of Joseph Roberts, (who prays for 
relief on acccount of the loss of his arm in the expedition against 
Penobscot) to a committee, was brought up, read and concurred, and 
Mr. Blood was joined. 

A vote granting an hearing on the petition of Ebenezer Torrey, 
was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

* I : 48 A vote for a committee to join a committee * of the Senate, 

to consider of the propriety of ordering the Treasurer to is- 
sue small certificates for paying soldier's ballances, was brought up, 
read and concurred. Mr. Oilman and Mr. Walker were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of the town of Raby, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred, and Mr. Oilman joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Capt. Jotham Blanchard, and report thereon 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. 
Walker were joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompt of Elijah Orout, Esq. and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Oilman and Mr. Blood were 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the petition of Major Jonathan Went worth, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Walker and Mr. Smith 
were joined. 

The petition of Mark H. Wentworth, Esq. praying for leave to 

bring in a bill to enable him to pay the taxes, and take care of the 

lands in this State, belonging to Messieurs Thomlinson, Trecothick 

and Apthorp, was brought up with a vote granting the prayer of said 

petition, which was read and concurred. 

* I : 49 An act to alter the time of holding the * annual town-meet- 

ing in the town of Meredith, was read a third time, and 
voted that the same be enacted. 

An act to invest the United States in Congress assembled, with 
additional powers for a limited time, was read a third time, and voted 
that the same be enacted. 

The petition of Mary Hart, setting forth, that her children has a 
small right in the estate of James Clarkson, deceased, which she sup- 
poses will be for their interest to be sold, and praying for leave to 
dispose thereof, was brought up, with a vote giving leave for an hear- 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. IO9 

ing thereon, before the General Court, on the first Friday of next 
session, which was read and concurred. 

An act for restoring Jonathan Child to his law, was read a third 
time, and voted that the same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, November 6, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

An Act to annul and make void a certain deed said to be executed 
by Samuel Connor to Jeremy Connor and others, was read a third 
time and voted that the same be non-concurred. 

A vote, that the General Court, when the business of this session 
is done, shall adjourn to meet at Concord, on the second Wednesday 
of February next : That the General Court for the next year shall 
meet at Portsmouth : That the members of the General Court and 
their officers, shall receive the same pay for travel and atttendance as 
was allowed last session, was brought up, read and concurred. 
*A vote directing the Secretary and Clerk to make out pay- * i : 50 
rolls for the travel of the members of Senate and House 
of Representatives at this session as soon as may be, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote directing precepts to be issued to the towns and districts 
in this State for the choice of representatives for the next year, was 
brought up, read and non-concurred. 

The petition of Asa Pratt and others, inhabitants of the State of 
Vermont, setting forth, that they served as soldiers in Whitcomb's 
corps of rangers, and praying to be paid for depreciation of wages, 
was brought up, with a vote referring the same to the consideration 
of a committee, which was read and concurred, and Mr. Gilman and 
Mr. M'^Clary were joined to the committee. 

An act in addition to an act entitled "an act to authorize the sev- 
eral Judges of Probate within this State, to liquidate the sums paid 
into the treasury by trustees of confiscated estates, by them appoint- 
ed to adjust the claims of the creditors against said estates, which 
have or shall be returned into the treasury-office by commissioners 
appointed by said judges respectively, and to authorize the President 
of the Council to give orders for the payment, of such claims accord- 
ingly," was read a third time, and voted that the same be enacted. 

A vote that Mr. Woodbury Langdon, Mr. Nathaniel Peabody and 
Mr. John Pickering, be a committee to wait on the rever- 
end the ministers, a committee of several associations in* * i : 51 
the State of New-Hampshire, and present them with an 



no NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^4 

answer to their address to the legislature, was sent down for concur- 
rence, and brought up concurred. 

A resolve, that those soldiers who enlisted, in the years one thou- 
sand seven hundred and seventy-seven, one thousand seven hundred 
and seventy-eight, and one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, 
to serve in the continental army, in the line of this State, for any 
term of time less than three years, shall be allowed depreciation, and 
that their accompts be made up and settled on the same principles as 
those soldiers who engaged for three years or during the war, were 
made up and settled, was read and voted, that the same be sent down 
for concurrence. The aforesaid was brought up concurred. 

A vote to enroll Reuben Spencer for half-pay, he having lost the 
use of one of his legs, while a soldier in the service of this State, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, 3 o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, November 8, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday last. 
The petition of Col. Supply Clapp, in behalf of George Boyd, Esq. 
praying that the said Boyd may ha^^e leave to return from London, ta 
his family in this State, was brought up, with a vote there- 
* I : 51 on, granting leave for* said Boyd to return to this State, 
and tarry twelve months, to settle his accompts, &c. which 
was read and concurred. 

A vote granting the prayer of the petition of Elisha Payne, jun. 
and others, for laying out a road from Boscawen to Hanover, and 
giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A resolve for hindering vessels belonging to the subjects of Great 
Britain from importing into this State, or exporting therefrom, any 
merchandise from or to the British Settlements in America, until 
they shall give leave for the subjects of this State to trade in the 
same manner, was read and voted, and the same was sent down for 
concurrence. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, November 9, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present his Excellency and seven members. 
An Act to empower Abraham Perkins, of Epping, to collect cer- 
tain taxes, was read a third time, and voted that the same be en- 
acted. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. Ill 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the allowance necessary to be made his Excellency the Presi- 
dent, prior to the taking place of the new constitution, was brought 
up, read and concurred, and Mr. M'^Clary and Mr. J. Langdon were 
joined. 

A resolve regulating and ascertaining the* manner that the * i : 53 
Loan-Officer in this State shall pay interest due on Loan- Of- 
fice certificates, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the balance (when it is ascertained by the President) 
of the accompt of Benjamin Bigelow, for beef supplied the troops at 
Piscataqua harbour, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote enabling the Treasurer to issue certificates for the payment 
of balances due to soldiers, and for redeeming small notes, not ex- 
ceeding forty shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to advance the Honorable Abiel Foster, Esq. one hundred 
and twenty pounds, to enable him to proceed to Congress, to be ac- 
counted for by him, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An act in addition to an act, entitled " an act for establishing an 
equitable method of making rates and taxes, and determining who 
shall be legal voters in town and parish affairs," passed June the 
12'^, Anno Domini, one thousand, seven hundred and eighty, was 
read a third time, and voted that the same be enacted. 

An act in addition to an act entitled " an act for making and es- 
tablishing a new proportion of the public taxes, among the several 
towns, parishes and places within this State, and to authorize the 
Treasurer to issue his warrants for levying the same annually," 
passed April the I7*^ one thousand, seven hundred and 
eighty-four, having been read a* third time was voted that * i : 54 
the same be enacted. 

An act to enable the inhabitants of the parish of Seabrook, denom- 
inated Presbyterians, to call a meeting for transacting their parish 
and ministerial business, was read a third time and voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A vote allowing the members of council nine shillings per day, 
when they are called to attend his Excellency the President, in the 
recess of the General Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote desiring his Excellency the President to write to the dele- 
gates of this State, at Congress, desiring that they use their utmost 
endeavors to get a decision of Congress on the decree of the court of 
appeals respecting the capture of the ship Lusanna, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Doctor Hall Jackson, amounting to 
forty-eight pounds, for medicine and attendance on soldiers at vari- 
ous times, was brought up, read and concurred. 



112 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

A vote to pay his Excellency the President, two hundred pounds, 
or his salary for the current year, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, November io, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present, 
His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq. and seven members. 

* I : 55 A vote that the Honorable Pierse Long, Esq.* have and re- 

ceive out of the treasury, one hundred and twenty pounds, 
to enable him to proceed to Congress, and for which he is to be ac- 
countable, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An act in addition to an act, entitled, "an act to authorize and im- 
povver the proprietors of any common and undivided lands, to call 
meetings of their respective proprietors, and to levy and collect such 
sum or sums of money on the said lands as they may judge neces- 
sary ; and also to transact all their common and public affairs ; " 
passed the third of July, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven 
hundred and eighty-one, having been read a third time, was voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A vote to allow Abigail Clayes, widow of the late Capt. Elijah 
Clayes (who was killed in the public service) a certain allowance 
agreeable to a resolve of Congress of the twenty-fourth of August 
1780, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An act enabling Mark H. Wentworth, Esq. to act as formerly for 
the heirs and representatives of Trecothick and Thomlinson, of Lon- 
don, under all the various firms that house hath since taken ; as also 
by virtue of a late power received by him from said heirs, &c. dated 
January, A. D. 1784, signed Samuel Colker, John Trecothick and 
East Apthorp, administrators, having been read a third time, was 
voted that the same be enacted. 

An act to restore Elisha Allis, of Hatfield, in the county of Hamp- 
shire, and commonwealth of Massachusetts, to his law, hav- 

* I : 56 ing been read a third time, was * voted that the same be 

non-concurred. 

An act to confirm to Jeremiah Tibbetts, the title of certain lands in 
the county of Strafford, having been read a third time, was voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A vote to hear the petition of Thomas Pinkham, (praying to be re- 
stored to his law in two actions prosecuted against him by Margaret 
Frost) on the first Tuesday of next session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. II3 

A vote on the petition of Roger Enos (praying for the privilege of 
keeping a ferry) was brought up, read and concurred. 

The petition of Sarah Ross, (praying for leave to sell certain land 
for her subsistence, which is incumbered by an entail) was brought 
up with a vote to hear the same on the first Tuesday of next session, 
read and concurred. 

A vote granting leave to Major Jonathan Wentworth, to discharge 
a balance due from him to the State on a bond given for excise, in 
State notes, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the accompt of Robert Gerrish for printing for the State and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred and Mr. W. 
Langdon and Mr. Walker were joined. 

A vote allowing Phebe Colburn, widow of Lt. Col. Andrew Col- 
burn (who was killed in the battle at Saratoga) half pay, &c. agree- 
able to a resolve of Congress, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote that persons be appointed to receive and examine the ac- 
compts of all such towns and individuals in the counties of 
Cheshire and Grafton, who* pretend to have demands * i : 57 
against the State, &c. was brought up, read and non-con- 
curred. 

A vote for the accompts of Mark H. Wentworth, and others for 
sundry charges for the defence of Piscataqua harbour in 1775, to be 
settled by his Excellency the President and Council, was brought up, 
read and non-concurred. 

An act in addition to an act entitled " an act for establishing a 
light-house," passed April the ninth, one thousand seven hundred 
and eighty-four, having been read a third time, was voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A vote to grant the widow of the late Capt. Zechariah Beal, who 
died in the public service, an allowance agreeable to a resolve of 
Congress, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, November ii, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the accompts of Major Jonathan Child, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Smith and Mr. Gilman were 
joined. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made the Secretary for his service, prior 



114 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

to the current year, was brought up, read and concurred. Mr. Walker 
and Mr. Blood were joined. 

* I : 58 A vote for a committee to join a committee of* the Senate, 

to prepare a bill for the better observation of the Lord's- 
day, and lay the same before the General Court next session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. Mr. W. Langdon and Mr. Oilman 
were joined. 

A vote to pay the accompt of John Calfe, Esq. amounting to four 
pounds three shillings and six pence, for recording the journals of the 
house and copying the same for the press, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A vote that Supply Clapp, Esq. commissary-general, be and is em- 
powered to sell a quantity of damaged powder at Charlestown, in 
this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay Lt. James Wedgwood the depreciation of wages, &c. 
while he belonged to the Continental army, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A vote to settle and regulate the militia throughout the State, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote directing the Treasurer to attend the General Court at 
their next session, on the second Wednesday of February next, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay Robert Gerrish seventy-five pounds, in full of his 
accompt for printing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay the accompt of Melcher and Osborne, amounting to 
seventy-nine pounds twelve shillings, for printing, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the manner in which the excise shall be sold for the 

* I : 59 year ensuing, and * by whom, was brought up, read and con- 

curred. Mr. Walker and Mr. Smith were joined. 

A vote for paying Ebenezer Thompson, Esq. twenty pounds in 
full for his service as Secretary, prior to the present constitution, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A vote to pay Col. Supply Clapp his accompt for monies advanced 
and service as comissary of prisoners, amounting to five hundred and 
ninety-five pounds four shillings, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A vote to pay the account of Capt. Josiah Gilman amounting to 
six pounds eleven shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An act in addition to an act entitled " an act for the equal dis- 
tribution of insolvent estates, " having been read a third time, was 
voted that the same be enacted. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 1 15 

An act for laying out a public road to Dartmouth College, was read 
a third time and voted that the same be enacted. 

A vote to pay the accompt of John Williams, amounting to four 
pounds as door-keeper to the General Court, was brought up, read 
and concurred, 

A vote appointing Nathaniel Peabody, Joseph Oilman and Thomas 
Odiorne, Esq'rs, a committee for the County of Rockingham ; John 
Wentworth, Jonathan Wentworth and Caleb Hodgdon, Esq'rs, a 
committee for the County of Strafford ; Francis Blood, Robert 
Means and Moses Nichols, Esq'rs, a committee for the 
county * of Hillsborough ; Simeon Olcott, Elijah Grout and * i : 60 
Samuel Hunt, Esq'rs, a committee for the county of Ches- 
shire ; Timothy Bedel, Charles Johnston and Moses Dow, Esq'rs for 
the county of Grafton, to make sale of the excise in the several 
counties of this State for the current year, agreeably to the laws of 
the State, the one half to be sold for cash, the other half for orders 
on the Treasurer for cash, and that the said excise be sold before the 
first day of February next, was brought up, read and concurred. 



JOURNAL 



or TIIK 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE 



PROCEEDINGS FROM OCT. 20 TO NOV. 11, 1784. 



A JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS 



HON.BL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, 

At their second Session under the Neiv Co?istitution, begun & 
holden at Portsmouth, on the third Wednesday in October, being the 
Tzventieth day of said niontJi, Anno Dom, One tJiousand seven hun- 
dred and eighty-four, and in the ninth year of the Independence of 
America. 

WEDNESDAY, October 20, 1784. 

Sundry Members met according to adjournment; but there not 
being a quorum to transact business, adjourned to nine o'clock to- 
morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, October 21, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Mr. Jewett, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, 
Major Whitcomb, Major Baker and Mr. Adams, with such of the 
honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to take under 
consideration the several matters contained in his Excellency's mes- 
sage this day received, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Scribner. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, That Capt. Pickering, Dr. Brackett, Mr. Betton, Col. Run- 
nels, and Col. Hill, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 



120 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of John Simpson, 
and of all petitions of sick and wounded officers and soldiers, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Jeremiah Tibbetts, 
which was to have been before the General-Court to-morrow, be post- 
poned to Friday the twenty-ninth of October current, pursuant to 
the request of the Council for both parties ; and all persons con- 
cerned, are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 
Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

* 12 : 611 * Upon reading and considering the petition of Samuel 

Connor, 

Yoted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on Thursday next ; and that in the mean time, the petitioner 
cause that Jeremiah Connor, Joseph Connor, Eliphalet Connor, Maria 
Dudley, and Sarah Elliott, be served each with a copy of the peti- 
tion, and order of Court thereon, that they or either of them may 
then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Edwards Bucknam," 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that Jeremiah Fames, Esq. and 
the owner or owners of the land on the easterly side of the river, at 
the place petitioned for, be served with a copy of the petition, and 
order of Court thereon, at least three weeks before the time of hear- 
ing, that he or they may then appear and show cause (if any they 
have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted^ That Mr. Jewett, Col. Toppan, and Col. Bartlett, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Isaac Tucker, and all similar matters, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of David Danforth, and 
others, inhabitants of Washington, praying that the unimproved 
lands in said town, may be taxed for repairing highways, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioners cause that the substance of 

* 12:612 the petition, and order of Court thereon,* be published 

three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Gazette, 
that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause (if any 
they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 
Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 353. 



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Voted, That Capt. Spaulding, Mr. McMurphy and Capt. Copp, 
with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of Samuel Lowell/ and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, October 22, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Major Jonathan Child'^ 
which was to have been this day before the General-Court, be post- 
poned until Wednesday next ; of which all concerned are to take no- 
tice and govern themselves accordingly. Sent up by Major Child. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Gen. Badger, and Mr. Jenness, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Edward Dimpsey, and all similar matters, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Col. Richardson.. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Thomas Parsons,, 
Esq. and others, praying that the Masonian proprietors may be called 
upon to make and repair a passable road through Ossipee Gore, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioners cause that the substance of the peti- 
tion, and order of court thereon, be published three weeks succes- 
sively in the New Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons 
may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

* Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Mr. Adams, and Col. Run- * 12 : 615, 
nels, with such of the honorable Board as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of Lieut. Moses Beld- 
ing, and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Mr. Betton, Mr. Duncan, Col. Runnels- 

and Mr. Wallace, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 

joined, be a committee to take under consideration and report what 

they may judge necessary to be done respecting horse-thieves, and 

for the encouragement of those persons who may prosecute therefor : 

Also, for the encouragement of those who may prosecute persons. 

concerned in forgeries of any kind, &c. Sent up by Col. Tash.. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Pickering, Col. Peabody, Major 

Gains, and Gen. Badger, with such of the honorable Senate as may 

9 1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 629. 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^4 

be joined, be a committee to consider of the propriety of passing an 
act in addition to an act, entitled an act for the equal distribution of 
insolvent estates, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Wilbore. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Mr. Jenness, and Capt. Fogg, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Major Jonathan Child, in behalf of Lieut. 
James Gould, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Gen. Badger, Mr. Mann, Mr. Chase, and 
Col. Bedel, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be 
a committee to consider of the petition of the selectmen of Conway, 
and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 
* 12 : 614 * Voted, That the hearing on the petition of James Rob- 
ertson, which was to have been this day, before the Gen- 
eral-Court, be postponed to the second Wednesday of their next 
session ; of which all persons concerned are to take notice and gov- 
ern themselves accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, and Col. Toppan, be added to the com- 
mittee on John Simpson's petition ; and on all petitions of sick and 
and wounded officers and soldiers. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

The following vote came down from the honorable Senate for con- 
currence : 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

In Senate, October 22, 1784. 

Voted, That the Hon. Timothy Walker, and the Hon. Woodbury 
Langdon, with such of the honorable House of Representatives as 
they may join, be a committee to draft an answer to the address of 
the ministers of the congregational churches, members of several 
associations in the State of New-Hampshire, presented to his Excel- 
lency the President of said State, and the General-Court, by a com- 
mittee of several associations in said State. 

Sent down for concurrence. Joseph Pearson, Deputy-Secretary. 

Which vote was read and concurred, and Mr. Knowles, Mr. Adams 
and Mr. Smiley, joined. 

Returned by Col. Tash. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jonathan Chase, 
Esq. 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Thursday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time, the petitioner cause that Dr. Clement March, and Mr. 
Stephen March, mentioned in said petition, each be served with a 



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copy thereof, and order of Court thereon, that they, or either of 
them, may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col. Bedel. 

* Voted, That the hearings on the petitions of Joshua * 12 : 615 
Lambkin, and John Holbrook, which were to have been 

this day before the General-Court be postponed to Wednesday next ; 
of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern them- 
selves accordingly. Sent up by Col. Bedel. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, October 23, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Major Wentworth, Capt. Mann, and Col. Leavitt, 
with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of Thomas Kemp, and Nathan Wesson, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Col. Child. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Bedel, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as they may join, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Joseph Taylor, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Child. 

Voted, That the Hon. Abiel Foster, Esq. have and receive out of 
the Treasury, by order of the President, the sum of one hundred 
and twenty pounds, to enable him to proceed to Congress, and for 
which he is accountable. Sent up by Col. Tash. 

Voted, That the Hon. John-Taylor Oilman, Esq. Treasurer, and 
Capt. Josiah Oilman, one of the Committee on Claims, be requested 
to attend the Oeneral-Court at Portsmouth, during this session, with 
necessary papers to transact business for the public. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Returned from the Senate for the following amendment : "That 
they attend as long as the Oeneral-Court think necessary." Which 
amendment was concurred and the vote returned. 

Voted, That Joseph Pearson, Esq. be and he hereby is appointed 
Pay-Master of the pensioners in this State. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

* Voted, That the Hon. Oeorge Atkinson, George Gains, * 12 : 616 
and John Pickering, Esq'rs. with such of the honorable 

Senate as may be joined, be a Committee to draught a Proclamation 
for a general Thanksgiving" throughout this State, and lay the same 
before this House. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Peabody, Capt Calfe, Mr. R. Wal- 
lace, Major Shephard, Major Baker, and Mr. Mann, with such of the 
honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to take under 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^4 

consideration the petition of Thomas Russell, and others, agents for 
sundry towns in the counties of Cheshire and Grafton ; also the 
petition of John Young, in behalf of sundry towns in said county of 
Grafton, and report thereon. Sent up by Col. Child. 

Voted, That Col. Bedel, Capt. Kendall, and Col. Tash, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Elisha Wilbore, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 
Adjourned to Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, October 25, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of General Robert 
En OS, praying for the privilege of a ferry a-cross the river Connecti- 
cut, 

Voted, that the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time, the petitioner cause that the Selectmen of Plainfield 
be served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, 
that they may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Capt. Sumner. 
* 12: 617 * Upon reading and considering the petition of William 
Henry, and others, inhabitants of Charlestown, praying 
that a poll parish may be erected in said Charlestown,' 

Voted, that the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioners cause that the selectmen of Charles- 
town be served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court 
thereon, that they may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Wilbore. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Col. Bedel, and Major Whitcomb, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Benjamin Heath,- and all similar matters, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Wilbore. 

Voted, That this House resolve themselves into a committee of the 
whole, in conjunction with the honorable Senate, to-morrow morning, 
(if they see fit) to take under consideration the matters contained in 
his Excellency's message, agreeably to the report of a committee 
from both Houses. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Col. Toppan, Col. Hill, 
and Mr. Adams, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 

1 See xi. Ham. Town Papers, 28S. - xi. Ham. Town Papers, 432-433- 



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be a committee to consider of the accounts of Richard Hart, Thomas 
Martin, John Pierce, Joseph Pierce, Jonathan Warner, and Mark H. 
Wentworth, Esq'rs. and report thereon. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Mr. Pickering, Gen. Badger, Mr. R. Wallace, Major 
Whitcomb, and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as 
may be joined, be a committee to take under consideration a resolve 
of the General-Court, passed June 15, 1784, and report what altera- 
tion they may judge neccessary. Sent up by Major Gains. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, October 26, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
* The honorable Senate and House being met in Com- * 12 : 618 
mittee of the whole, agreeably to the vote of yesterday, 
the Hon. John Langdon, Esq. was appointed Chairman, proceeded 
to consider of the matters contained in his Excellency's message to 
both Houses. — In the first place took under consideration a resolve 
of Congress (mentioned in said message) of the 18'^ of April, 1783, 
respecting this State's quota of one million five hundred thousand 
dollars ; and after some conversation on the matter, agreed to post- 
pone the further consideration thereof for the present. — Proceeded 
to consider the recommendation of Congress respecting the return of 
Refugees, the restoration of property, &c. and after much conversa- 
tion thereon, agreed to appoint a sub-committee consisting of nine 
persons ; and that Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Duncan, Hon. Woodbury 
Langdon, Col. Payne, Mr. Blood, Gen. Badger, Col. Peabody, Col. 
Walker, and Mr. Gilman, be a committee to report what they may 
judge proper to be done respecting the matter. — Then proceeded to 
consider of a resolve of Congress of the 30*^ of April last, respect- 
ing commerce, and came to the following vote : 

Voted, That an act be passed to invest the United-States in Con- 
gress assembled, with full power for a hmited time ; and that the re- 
maining part of that paragraph in his Excellency's message, be 
referred to a committee chosen by the two Houses in their separate 
branches. The committee then rose with leave to sit again, and the 
Speaker resumed the chair. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

The committee on sick and wounded officers and soldiers, reported 
as their opinion that John Simpson, is entitled to half pay from the 
time his first three years half pay ceased ; and his pay be 
made up by the officer appointed for that * purpose, until * 12 : 619 
further order of Court, in the usual manner. 

Signed, Joseph Gilman, for the committee. 



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Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Voted, That Mr. Adams, Mr. J. Pickering, and Major Gains, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the memorial of the Rev. Mr. Evans, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Upon reading and considering the petition from Dartmouth-Col- 
lege, praying for the liberty of a Lottery for raising three thousand 
pounds, clear, for the purpose of erecting proper buildings, &c. 

Motion was made for granting the prayer of said petition ; and the 
yeas and nays being called for, were as follows : 



YEAS. 

Geo. Atkinson, Esq., 
Major Gains, 
Mr. Pickering, 
Capt. Underbill, 
Mr. Jenness, 
Col. Toppan, 
Capt. Leavitt, 
Mr. Merrill, 
Capt. Eastman, 
Capt. Morrill, 
Capt. Fogg, 
Mr. Eastman, 
Major Cram, 
Col. Emerson, 
Mr. Scribner, 
Mr. Clough, 
Mr. Butler, 
Capt. Calfe, 
Mr. Smith, 

NAYS. 

Mr. Jewett, 
Mr. McMurphy, 
Col. Leavitt, 
Mr. Shaw, 
Col. Bartlett, 
Mr. Daniels, 
Col. Peabody, 



YEAS. 

Mr. Chase, 
Mr. Powers, 
Major Baker, 
Mr. Ayers, 
Mr. Child, 
Mr. Young, 
Mr. Betton, 
Mr. Brackett, 
Major Went worth, 
Mr. Knowles, 
Capt. Foss, 
Mr. Sanborn, 
Col. Richardson, 
Col. Tash, 
Col. Page, 
Mr. McGregore, 
Capt. Emerson, 
Mr. Mann, 
Mr. Adams, 

NAYS. 

Gen. Badger, 
Mr. Beede, 
Capt. Copp, 
Capt. Marsh, 
Capt. French, 
Mr. Martin, 
Capt. Putnam, 



YEAS. 

Mr. Cragin, 
Mr. Duncan, 
Mr. Pettingill, 
Mr. Grout, 
Major Shephard. 
Major Whitcomb, 
Mr. Smiley, 
Mr. Willard, 
Mr. Wilbore, 
Mr. Sumner, 
Mr. Morss, 
Mr. Kendall, 
Mr. Huse, 
Mr. Freeman, 
Col. Bedel, 
Col. Runnels, 
Col. Hill. 



Capt. Spaulding, 
Mr. Wallace, 
Mr. Dow, 
Mr. Greeley, 
Mr. Storey, 
Mr. Copeland, 
Capt. Pickering. 



Fifty-five YEAS. 



Twenty-one NAYS. 



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* So that the motion prevailed for granting the prayer of * 12 : 620 
said petition ; and the petitioner hath leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Pickering. 

The following vote was sent down for concurrence : 
In SENATE, October 26, 1784. 

Upon reading a representation of Joseph Gilman, Esq. in behalf 
of the committee appointed by this State to settle public accounts 
with Stephen Gorham, Esq. Commissioner of the United-States, set- 
ting forth that said Commissioner thinks himself not authorized to 
credit this State with the additional wages or bounties paid to General 
Stark's brigade in 1777; pay allowed to volunteers to Rhode-Island, 
in the year 1778, for their horses; interest charged on depreciation 
paid the Continental troops in the years 1777 and 1778 ; 

Voted, That his Excellency the President be desired to lay the 
matter before the Congress of the United- States, and request that 
said Commissioner should be instructed to allow said charges to this 
State. 

Sent down for concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Secretary. 

The same day read and concurred, and returned by Major Whit- 
comb. 

Voted, that Col. Toppan, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Chase, 
and Col. Bedel, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider of what is most convenient to be done 
respecting sending precepts to the several districts in this State, that 
are now destitute of representation : Also, to report what they judge 
necessary to be done respecting issuing precepts annually for the 
choice of Representatives. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to- morrow morning. 

* 12 : 621 * WEDNESDAY, October 27, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Mr. Smith, Col. Toppan, and Col. Peabody, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider and report what they think proper to be done with the notes 
issued by this State, in the year 1775 ! and that are now in the hands 
of individuals. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

The committee on sick and wounded &c. reported, as their opinion, 
that John Colburn, a serjeant in Capt. House's company, who was fur- 
loughed by Gen. Poor, at Valley- Forge, February 9, 1778 ; and who, 
from the evidence now laid before the committee, was by extreme 
sickness, unable to rejoin his regiment until the term for which he 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

enlisted was expired, ought to be made up in the books for his depre- 
ciation, notwithstanding his having been returned as a deserter. 

Signed, J. Oilman, for committee. 

Which report having been read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

The committee on sick and wounded &c. having considered the 

petition of Archibald McMillan, wounded at Bunker-Hill, in the year 

1775, are of opinion that he should receive ten shillings per month, 

from June lo, 1783, 'till further order of Court. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 
The committee on sick and wounded, &c., on considering the peti- 
tion of Elijah Blodget, wounded on the western frontiers, reported 
as their opinion that the said Blodget, be allowed eighteen pounds 
twelve shillings, in full for his account. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted^ that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 
* 12 : 622 * Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Peabody, and Col. Top- 
pan, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider what method shall be taken respecting 
forwarding delegates to Congress, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Adams. 
Voted, That Col. Hill, Mr. J. Pickering, and Capt. Leavitt, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Abraham Perkins, Esq. and Thomas-Stow 
Ranney, and report thereon. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Capt. Calfe, Capt. Foss, Mr. Means, and 
Capt. Marsh, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be 
a committee to consider of the petition of John Hale, Esq. and report 
thereon. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That Mr. Pickering, Col. Toppan, Major Gains, Mr. Smith, 
and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider of and report what amendment they 
think necessary to be made in the laws respecting proprietary mat- 
ters ; also, in the last proportion act, and the act for establishing an 
equitable method of making rates and taxes, &c. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 
Upon hearing and considering the petition of Sarah Little, 
Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 



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Sent up by Col. Tash and Capt. Calfe. 
Upon hearing and considering the petition of Elisha Ellis, 
Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Col. Tash and Capt. Calfe. 
* Upon hearing and considering the petitions of Joshua * 12 : 623 

Lambkin, and John Holbrook, 
Voted, that the further consideration thereof be postponed. 

Sent up by Col. Tash and Capt. Calfe. 
Voted, that Col. Runnels, Col. Payne, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of a ration roll of Serjeant James Blake's scouting-party in the year 
17S2, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Edmund Noyes, and 
others, inhabitants of Seabrook, 

Voted J that the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on Tuesday next ; and that the petitioners cause that the 
substance of the petition, and order of Court thereon, be posted up 
at the door of each meeting-house in said Seabrook, on Sunday next, 
that any person or persons may appear, and shew cause (if any they 
have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jennes.s. 
Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Leavitt, Gen. Badger, Mr. Smith, 
Mr. McGregore, Capt. Putnam, Major Whitcomb, Mr. Chase, Major 
Baker, and Mr. Young, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the propriety of an alteration 
in the several regiments of this State, and report what number they 
judge necessary, with the limits or number of towns each regiment 
shall contain. Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
The committee on Moses Belding's petition and all similar matters, 
having considered the petition of Lieut. Jonathan Emerson, reported 
as their opinion, that the said Lieut. Jonathan Emerson, be made up 
the depreciation of his wages as other ofificers of his rank, until he 
was deranged. Signed, Ebenezer Smith, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 
* Upon reading and considering the petition of Josiah * 12 : 624 
Sanborn, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the Treasurer 
be directed to receive the note last mentioned in said petition, and 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

issue a new note equal to the value of the money when it was put 
into the Treasury, and certificates for the interest clue thereon in 
common form. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of George Place, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court on Thursday next ; and that the petitioner cause that the 
selectmen of Rochester, be served with a copy of the petition and 
order of Court thereon, as soon as maybe, that they may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Paul Harford, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court, on Thursday next ; and that the petitioner cause that the 
selectmen of Rochester, be served with a copy of the petition and 
order of Court thereon, as soon as may be, that they may then 
appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Amos VVhittemore,' 
and others. 

Voted, That a committee be appointed, consisting of three persons, 
and that the Hon. Timothy Walker, Esq. Mr. Ephraim Adams, and 
Capt. Daniel Emerson, be the committee, (at the expence of the peti- 
tioners) to view the situation of said petitioners ; also, the situation 
of the towns of Lyndeborough, and Peterborough, and report to this 
House their opinion respecting the granting the prayer of said peti- 
tion. Sent up by Capt. Martin. 
* 12 : 625 * Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Richard-Cutts 
Shannon, Esq. which was to have been this day before the 
General-Court, be postponed 'till to-morrow ; of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Betton. 

The committee on the petition of Edward Dimpsey, reported that 
by an act passed March 25, 1782, it is (amongst other things) pro- 
vided that the commissioners appointed to receive and examine the 
claims against confiscated estates, shall make out a list of such claims, 
and shall lodge the same with the Judge of Probate for the County 
where such estate lies, who is directed to send an attested copy 
thereof to the Treasurer, who is to pay the same in notes, as 
expressed in said act ; but, as by an article in the Constitution, it is 
expressly declared that no monies shall be issued out of the Treasury 
of this State, and disposed of, except in certain cases therein men- 
tioned, (neither of which, in the opinion of your committee) includes 
the present case ; we therefore recommend that a bill be brought in 

' xii. Ham. Town Papers, 516. 



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directing the list to be lodged at the Secretary's office, and that the 
President issue his order in usual form. Signed, J. Oilman, for the 
committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Betton. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, October 28, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That the account of Nicholas Nicholle, amounting to five 
pounds eighteen shillings and two pence, be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Mr. Martin. 

The committee on the petition and memorial of the Rev. Mr. 
Evans, reported as their opinion, that the request be granted so far 
as it respects depreciation, and that he have order therefor accord- 
ingly. 

Signed, John Wentworth, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Willard. 
* Upon hearing and considering the petition of Richard- * 12 : 626 
Cutts Shannon, Esq. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Pickering. 
Upon hearing and considering the petition of Major Jonathan 
Child, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. E. Pickering. 
Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
Upon hearing and considering the petition of Hezekiah Wilkins, 
Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted, and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Major Child. 

Voted, That the ballance of the account of Noah Worster, Esq. 
amounting to two pounds eight shillings and eleven pence, be allowed 
and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the President. 

Sent up by Capt. Marsh. 

The committee on the petition of Thomas Kemp, and Nathan 

Wesson, Lieutenants in a company of artificers, and artillery, in 

Capt. Nathan Chapman's Company, Col. Flower's regiment, reported 



132 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

as their opinion, that the said Kemp and Wesson, having produced 
such vouchers as make it appear that they are to be considered as a 
part of this State's quota of the late army, are therefore entitled to 
the depreciation of their wages while in the service, and that they be 
made up for their time in the books while in the service; and that 
the President issue orders for payment. Your committee further 
recommend, that Ephraim Blood and William Blood, soldiers in said 
company, inlisted to serve during the war, be likewise made up for 
their depreciation ; the other soldiers in the roll having engaged for 
a less time than three years, do not come within the resolve of Con- 
gress. Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
* 12 : 627 * Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Mann. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Samuel Connor, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted under certain restric- 
tions, which are to be mentioned in the bill to be brought in for 
vacating the deed. Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Col. Toppan, and Col. Peabody, with 

such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 

revise the Impost Act, and prepare and lay before the House a bill 

for that purpose. Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning, 

FRIDAY, October 29, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The committee on the ration roll of Serjeant James Blake's scout- 
ing party, reported that the Serjeant and his men, be allowed twelve 
pounds each, for billeting themselves, and that the President give 
order accordingly, on their producing a certificate from Capt. Jere- 
miah Eames, that they have not received it of him. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That the account of George Long, amounting to seventeen 
pounds four shillings and nine pence half penny, be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury, by order of the President. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Voted, That Mr. Smith, Col. Payne, Mr. Pickering, Col. Bartlett 
and Mr. Beede, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to draught and lay before this House, all such public 
bills as may be thought necessary to be passed this session. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Voted, That Gen. Badger, Col. Peabody, Mr. M. Wallace, Capt. 
Sumner, and Col. Bedel, with such of the honorable Senate as may 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1 33 

be joined, be a committee to consider and report what they think 
necessary to be done with the old continental money now in the 
Treasury, and in the hands of individuals in this State. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 

* Voted, that Col. Toppan, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Betton, Mr. * 12 : 628 
McGregore and Capt. Calfe, with such of the honorable 
Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider of the petition 
of the selectmen of Pelham/ praying that an act be passed for the 
better observation of the Lord's-day, and sundry other petitions of a 
similar nature, and report a bill for that purpose, if they think neces- 
sary. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Dr. Brackett, Major Baker, and Mr. Emerson, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the accounts of Dr. Hall Jackson and Dr. John Jackson, 
and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Wilbore, 

The committee on the petition of Abraham Perkins, Esq. and 
Thomas-Stow Ranney, reported that the prayer thereof be granted. 

Which report was read and considered, received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Wilbore. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Major Whitcomb, and Col. Runnels, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Jonas Minot, agent for Daniel Davis, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Major Gains. 

The committee to consider of the petition of Col. John Hale, 
reported as their opinion, that the prayer thereof be granted. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted^ That it be received and accepted, and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

The committee on the petition of Major Jonathan Child, in behalf 
of Lieutenant James Gould, reported that the prayer thereof be 
granted, and that the president draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of the petitioner, for eighteen pounds fourteen shil- 
lings and eight pence, the sum * deducted, when his Doc- * 12 : 629 
tor's bill was settled. 

• Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

^/oted, That it be received and accepted. Sent up by Col. Tash. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Capt. Leavitt, and Capt. Pickering, with 

such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 

consider of the petition of Ephraim Hildreth, and John Robinson, 

and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Greeley, 

Voted, That Major Wentworth, Col. Payne, Mr. Chase, Col. Bart- 

1 xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 150. 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

lett and Capt. Mann, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of- William Badger, 
and Abigail Badger, and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Tash. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Whereas the selectmen of the Gore, (so called) in the county of 
Strafford, have petitioned the General-Court, setting forth that the 
inhabitants of said Gore, in March last, held a meeting and chose all 
officers, as usual to assess and collect their taxes ; but as their power 
of holding meetings ceased with the late proportion act, their pro- 
ceeding was void : Wherefore, they prayed that the choice of officers, 
and other proceedings at said annual meeting might be established : 

Therefore Resolved, That the meeting held in said Gore, in March 
last, be established and the officers chosen to assess and collect their 
taxes, are hereby fully authorized and impowered to transact the 
necessary business of their respective offices, as fully as if said pro- 
portion act had continued in force through the year ; and the officers 
chosen at said meeting, are hereby impowered to call a meeting for 
the purposes aforesaid, some time in March next, and the officers for 
the respective years to call meetings annually to choose such neces- 
sary ofificers, until a new proportion of the State taxes shall be made. 

Sent up by Capt. Pickering. 
* 12!: 630 ^ Voted., That Mr. J. Pickering, Gen. Badger, Col. King, 
Col. Peabody, and Mr. McMurphy, with such of the hon- 
orable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to nominate to this 
House proper persons to be appointed Managers of the Dartmouth- 
College Lottery. Sent up by Major Pickering. 
Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Jeremiah Tibbetts, 
which was to have been this day before the General-Court be post- 
poned to Wednesday next ; of which all persons concerned, are to 
take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Jonathan Mason, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Smith, Col. Peabody, Col. Hill 
and Col. Bartlett, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the memorial of the Reverend 
Mr. Jeremy Belknap, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 



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SATURDAY, October 30, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Capt. John Neal, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the President 
give order that the Treasurer receive said orders, and indorse the 
sum total on the bond, signed by said Neal. 

Sent up by Capt. Pickering. 

Voted, That Col. Payne, Capt. Putnam, Mr. Jewett, Major Shep- 
hard, and Mr. Jenness, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of. Zebulon Crane, 
and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 

* Upon reading and considering the petition of Asahel * 12 : 631 
Bundy, Peter Eastman and Benjamin Bellows, Esq'rs. 

Votcd^ That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Thursday of their next session ; and that in the 
meantime, the petitioners cause that the substance of the petition and 
order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the 
New-Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by Major Shephard. 

The committee appointed to take under consideration a resolve of 
the General-Court, passed June 15, 1784, beg leave to report that to 
carry the design of the General-Court, in said resolve, into effect, it 
is necessary that a vote or votes to the following purpose, should be 
passed, viz. 

That all the soldiers who enhsted in this State, in the years 1777, 
1778, and 1779, to serve in the Continental army for two years, or 
any term of time less than three years, shall be allowed depreciation. 
Their accounts to be made up by a committee to be appointed for 
that purpose, in the same manner as the accounts were made up for 
those soldiers who were engaged for three years, or during the war, 
to be subject to the same charges and deductions ; the interest to 
commence at the expiration of the year in which any such soldier was 
discharged ; that on application to said committee by any such sol- 
dier, a certificate shall l3e made out, of the sum due, and when interest 
shall commence ; and that on the President's receiving such certifi- 
cate, he issue his order on the Treasurer, in the same manner as he 
draws in favor of those soldiers who were engaged during the war. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the Committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, that it be received and accepted. 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

* 12 : 632 * The committee on the petition of Lieut. Moses Belding, 

&c. reported that the said Lieut. Moses Belding, be made 
up the depreciation of his wages as other officers of his rank, until 
the first of September, 1778, the time he was deranged ; and that the 
President give order accordingly. 

Signed, Ebenezer Smith, fgr the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 
Adjourned to Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, November i, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Grouty 
and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as may^ be joined, 
be a committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be trans- 
acted at this session, and report thereon. Sent up Col. King. 

Voted, That Thursday the second day of December next, be ob- 
served and kept as a day of public Thanksgiving throughout this 
State ; and that his Excellency the President (with advice of counsel) 
be requested to issue a Proclamation for that purpose. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, that Col. Payne, Col. Toppan, Mr. Jewett, Gen. Badger, and 
Mr. Chase, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a 
committee to consider of the petition of Elisha Payne, jun. and others, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. Dow, Mr. Ayer, and Capt. Leavitt, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of [Sarah Chapman and Justus Chapman, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Eastman. 

Voted, That Col. Leavitt, Mr. Jewett, and Mr Betton, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of] the Selectmen of Merrimack, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Marsh.' 

* 12 : 633 * The committee chosen at the last session of the Gen- 

eral-Court, for preparing a device and inscription for a 
Seal for this State, reported, that the device be a field encompassed 
with laurel, round the field in capital letters, SIGILLUM REIPUB- 
LICAE NEO HANTONIENSIS, on the field a rising sun, and a 

1- The portions of two paragraphs enclosed in brackets are not in the manuscript journal, but are found 
in the oflRcial copy printed at the time. It will be observed also that the name of the party here mentioned 
as Chap7nan is given as Chapin in the Senate record. 



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ship on the stocks, with American banners displayed, and tliat said 
seal be two inches diameter : 

Which [device and] inscription being considered, 

Voted, That the same be received and accepted, and that the said 
committee procure the seal as soon as may be. 

Sent up by Capt. Sumner. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, November 2, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An act to vest the exclusive right of keeping a ferry over a certain 
part of Connecticut-river, in Benjamin Sumner, of Claremont, in the 
county of Cheshire, his heirs and assigns, was read a third time, and 
passed to be enacted. Sent up by Major Gains and Mr. Knowles. 

An Act to vest the sole and exclusive right and privilege of keep- 
ing a ferry over a certain part of Connecticut river, in Oliver Ashley, 
of Claremont, in the county of Cheshire, his heirs and assigns, was 
read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Major Gains and Mr. Knowles. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Major Gains, and Col. Peabody, with 

such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 

consider of the propriety of passing a resolve respecting the [goods 

on board the] ship ArtJmr, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 
An Act to enable Sarah Little, to sell a certain house and land 
thereto belonging, situate in Portsmouth, was read a third time and 
passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Powers and Capt. Calfe. 
* The committee to consider of the propriety of passing a * 1 2 : 634 
resolve respecting the goods on board the ship ArtJmr, re- 
ported a resolve, which was read and considered, received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Toppan. 
An Act, in addition to an act, entitled an act to enable George 
Kezar, to review an action of entry and disseizin, against Richard 
Melony, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Powers and Mr. Calfe. 
Voted, That Major Gains, Gen. Badger, Mr. Means, Major Whit- 
comb, Mr. F'reeman, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of a letter of Gen. John Sullivan, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Powers. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
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138 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

Voted, that Mr. McMurphy, Mr. Jewett, and Major Gains, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the account of Col. Supply Clapp ; also what allowance 
shall be made him for his services, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. Smith, Major Whitcomb, and Col. Bartlett, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
prepare a resolve to carry into effect a report of a committee of Sat- 
urday last, respecting a settlement with those soldiers who served in 
the Continental army, for any term short of three years, and lay the 
same before this house. 

Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

An Act to divide the town of Apthorp, in the county of Grafton, 
and State aforesaid, and incorporate the same into two several towns, 
was read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody and Mr. Smith. 
* 12 : 635 * Voted, That the Hon. Samuel Livermore, Esq. be and 
he hereby is appointed a delegate to represent this State, 
in the Congress of the United States, in the room and stead of the 
Hon. Jonathan Blanchard, Esq. who declined accepting said trust ; 
and that he represent this State until the first Monday in November 
next, unless sooner relieved or recalled by the General-Court of this 
State, with all the powers and privileges which other delegates from 
this State have heretofore had and enjoyed, agreeably to the Confed- 
eration of the United States. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Voted, That the Hon. Pierse Long, Esq; be and he hereby is ap- 
pointed a delegate to represent this State, in the Congress of the 
United-States in the room and stead of the Hon. John Langdon, 
Esq ; who declined accepting said trust ; and that he represent this 
State, until the first Monday in November next, unless sooner re- 
lieved or recalled by the General-Court of this State, with all the 
powers and privileges which other delegates from this State have 
heretofore had and enjoyed, agreeably to the Confederation of the 
United-States. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Voted, That the Hon. Elisha Payne, Esq ; be, and he hereby is 
appointed a delegate to represent this State, in the Congress of the 
United-States, in the room and stead of the honorable Moses Dow, 
Esq ; who declined accepting said trust ; and that he represent this 
State, until the first Monday in November next, unless sooner re- 
lieved or recalled by the General-Court of this State, with all the 
powers and privileges which other delegates from this State, have 
heretofore had and enjoyed, agreeably to the Confederation of the 
United-States. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 



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Votcd^ That Major Gains, Col. Bedel, and Mr. Jewett, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the propriety of giving the treasurer order for the pay- 
ment * of small ballances due to soldiers, in certificates, * 12 : 636 
to avoid the trouble of issuing notes therefor : Also to 
consider the propriety of paying small notes, by issuing certificates 
for the same, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Levi Harvey, and 
others,' inhabitants of New-London, which was to have been before 
the General-Court, on Thursday last, be put over to the second 
Thursday of the next session, and that in the mean time the peti- 
tioners give notice thereof, by publishing this vote in the New Hamp- 
shire Gazette, three weeks successively. Sent up by Major Gains. 

The vote of yesterday appointing a committee on the petition of 
Elisha Payne, jun. and others, came down from the honorable Senate, 
for the following amendment, " That they report on any similar 
matters they judge necessary;" Which amendment was read and 
concurred. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of William Dana, pray- 
ing for a grant of a ferry over Connecticut river, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Col. Payne. 

Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Adams, Mr. Betton, Col. Peabody 
and Mr. Smiley, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider of the propriety of directing the Loan- 
Officer in this State, to issue certificates, for the interest on Loan- 
Office certificates, agreeably to the resolves of Congress ; and 
whether the inhabitants of any other State, who are holders of cer- 
tificates and notes, issued in this State, shall be entitled to receive 
interest on Loan-Office certificates, also, the fifteen per cent, on State 
Securities. Sent up by Col. Payne. 

* Voted, That the last precept issued by the Treasurer, * 12 : 637 
directed to the Selectmen of Gunthwait, be altered and 
directed to the Selectmen of Concord, alias Gunthwait ; and that all 
precepts to be issued in future to said Selectmen, and their successors, 
be directed accordingly, until further order of the General-Court. 

Sent up by Col. Payne. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

1 xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 5. 



140 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

WEDNESDAY, November 3, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jacob Jewett, jun. 

Voted ^ That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that Samuel Stearns of Plymouth, 
be served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, 
that he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted ; and that all further process 
against said Jewett, be stayed until the determination of the General- 
Court. Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Voted, That the account of John S. Dearborn, amounting to two 
pounds fourteen shillings ; also the account of John Gross, amount- 
ing to two pounds fourteen shillings, be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jacob Brown, and 
others," inhabitants of Ossipee-Gore, praying for an incorporation, 
&c. 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time, the petitioner cause that the substance of the petition, 
and order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively 
in the New Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause, (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Emerson. 

* 12 :638 * Voted, That Mr. Knowles, Col. Hill, and Capt. Mann,^ 
with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a 
committee to consider of the petition of James Betton, Esq. in be- 
half of Gain Armor, and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Emerson. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of PLbenezer Torrey, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court, on the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the mean 
time the petitioner cause that David Leonard, and Abel Leonard, 
each to be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court 
thereon, that they or either of them,, may then appearand shew cause 
(if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted, and 
that all further process against the said Torrey, be stayed until the 
decision of the General-Court thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Tash, Mr. McGregore, Mr. Chase, 
and Col. Bedel, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 

1 xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 139. LMarsk in the printed journal. 



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be a committee to consider of the petition of R. Freeman, in behalf 
of the town of Hanover, and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

An Act for granting liberty to set up and carry on a lottery to 
raise money for the purpose of erecting an edifice, in the township of 
Hanover, for the use and benefit of Dartmouth-Colledge, was read a 
third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Payne and Mr. Freeman. 

Voted, That the pay rolls of Meshech Bell, Lieutenant and Com- 
mandant, stationed at New-Castle, one amounting to fifty-one pounds 
twelve shillings, and the other to seventy-two pounds, 
which completes the pay of said* officer and men to the * 12 :639 
20* of October 1784, be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury to the said Lieut. Bell, and that the President give order 
accordingly. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of John Hall,' 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that the selectmen of Goffstown, 
be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, 
that they may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That two pounds per month, be allowed and paid to the 
person who has attended, or may in future attend the Light-House at 
New-Castle, over and above his pay as a soldier, provided he do his 
duty as a soldier ; and that the commanding-ofificer be directed to 
make up a roll for the time past, and in future, agreeably to this vote, 
and that the President give order for payment accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Knowles. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
The committee on the petitions of Thomas Russell, and John 
Young, in behalf of sundry towns in the counties of Cheshire and 
Grafton, reported as their opinion, that persons be appointed to re- 
ceive and examine in the recess of the Court, the accounts of all such 
towns, and individuals, in the counties of Cheshire and Grafton, 
which pretend to have any demands against this State for services 
■done during the late war, which have not been already allowed ; also, 
inquire into all sums or articles that have been advanced or supplied 
such towns, or individuals, and report thereon, specially, at the next 
session of the General-Court. 

Signed, Woodbury Langdon, for the committee. 

1 xii. Ham. Town Papers, 551. 



142 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^4 

* 12 1640 Which report being read* and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, with this amend- 
ment — " That the persons to be appointed, shall receive and exam- 
ine the whole of such accounts as may be presented from any and 
every town in this State, as well as the towns who have petitioned." 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 
Upon hearing- and considering the petition of Jeremiah Tibbets, 
Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Col. Toppan. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning, 

THURSDAY, November 4, 1784. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 
An Act to invest the United-States in Congress assembled, with 
additional powers for a limitted time, was read a third time, and 
passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody and Mr. Smith. 
An Act, in addition to an Act, entitled an Act, to authorize the 
several Judges of Probate, within this State, to liquidate the sums 
paid into the public Treasury by Trustees, of confiscated estates, by 
them respectively appointed, to adjust the claims of the creditors 
against said estates, which have been, or shall be returned into the 
Treasury-Office, by commissioners, appointed by said Judges, respect- 
ively, and to authorize the President of the Council, to give orders 
for the payment of such claims accordingly, was read a third time, 
and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody and Mr. Smith. 
An Act to annul and make void a certain deed said to be executed 
by Samuel Connor to Jeremiah Connor, and others, was read a third 
time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody and Mr. Smith. 

* 12:641 * The Committee on the petition of Ephraim Hildreth 

and John Robinson, reported as their opinion, that the 

said John Robinson and Ephraim Hildreth, have and receive a State 

note each, for five pounds, with interest, from the fifth of April 1782. 

Signed John McClary, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the President 

give order accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, Col. Toppan 

and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 

be a committee to take under consideration the requisition of Con- 



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gress [of the iS''' of April, 1783,] respecting this State's quota of the 
one milHon and five hundred thousand dollars, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Scribner. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Major Wentvvorth, Mr. McGregore, Mr. 
Chase, and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as may 
be joined, be a committee to consider at what time, and to what time 
and place, this General-Court shall be adjourned ; also, what pay for 
travel and attendance, the members of the honorabla Senate and 
House of Representatives, and their officers shall receive at this 
session ; and also at what place the General-Court shall meet in June 
next, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That the account of Mr. Moses Woodward, Commissary of 
Prisoners, be referred to the committee on Col. Supply Clapp's ac- 
count, and that they report thereon. Sent up by Col. Tash. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Capt. Emerson, Mr. Grout, Col. Child, 
and Capt. Copp, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider what allowance shall be made his Excel- 
lency the President, as a salary for the current year ; also, what pay 
the honorable Council shall receive for their travel and attendance on 
his Excellency in the recess of the General Court, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 
* Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Butler, Major Gains, Col. * 12 : 642 
Hill, and Mr. Means, with such of the honorable Senate 
as may be joined, be a committee to consider what methods are best 
to be taken for the regulation of commerce in this State, until such 
time as the regulation thereof may be established by Congress. 

Sent up by Col. Bedel. 

Upon reading and considering the petitions of Charles Tiklen, and 
John Payne, praying for the privilege of a ferry over Connecticut 
river 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon before the General- 
Court, on the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the mean- 
time, the petitioners cause that the selectmen of Lebanon, be served 
with a copy of the petition [s] and order of Court thereon, that they, 
or either of them, may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Knowles. 

Voted, That Major Wiggin, Col. Runnels, and Col. Hill, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the account of Mr. Benjamin Biggelov/, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Knowles. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Runnels, and Col. Bartlett, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the account of Melcher and Osborne, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Knowles. 



144 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Voted, That Capt. Foss, Mr. Ayer, and Mr. Jewett, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of the selectmen of Raby/ and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. King. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Robert McClure/ and 
others, inhabitants of Hillsborough, 
* 12 : 643 Yoted,'^ That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the 
General-Court, on the second Wednesday of their next 
session ; and that in the meantime the petitioners cause that Sarson 
Belcher, of Boston, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, be 
served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, that 
he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted ; and that all further process be stayed 
until the decision of the General-Court. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

Voted, That the Treasurer be directed to receive the four following 
receipts, signed by Major Jonathan Child, viz. One given to Azariah 
Webb, for five thousand three hundred and ninety two pounds ten 
shillings ; one to Ephraim. Morey, for one thousand one hundred and 
forty pounds twelve shillings and six pence ; one to Abel Sawyer, for 
five hundred and forty seven pounds ten shillings ; and one to Ama- 
see Bugbee, for nine hundred and seventy nine pounds seventeen 
shillings ; and that the same be credited to the Collector or Collect- 
ors, who present the same, first calculating the sums by the scale of 
depreciation. Sent up by Major Child. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P, M. 

Met accordingly. 

Voted, That the account of John Duncan, Esq. amounting to 

eighteen shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order 

of the President. Sent up by Mr. Powers. 

An Act for restoring Jonathan Child to his law, was read a third 

time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young, and Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Col. Hill, and Capt. Copp, with such of 

the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 

of the account of Elijah Grout, Esq. as Commissary at Charlestown 

and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning. 

^ xi. Ham. Town Papers, 244, 245. - xii. Ham. Town Papers, 207. 



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FRIDAY, NovEMiiER 5, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
* Upon hearing and considering the petition of George * 12 '.644 
Place, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Col. Supply Clapp, in 
behalf of George Boyd, Esq ; 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be so far granted, as that the said 
Boyd, have liberty to return to this State, and continue therein, for 
any term of time, not exceeding one year, from the time of his 
arrival. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Yoted, That Major Gains, Col. Bedel and Mr. Jewett, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Jotham Blanchard, and report thereon. 

Sent up Mr. Wilbore. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jonathan Palmer, 

Yoted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
meantime, the petitioner cause that Col. Stephen Evans, be served 
with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, that he may 
then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted, and that the execution be stayed until the de- 
cision of the General-Court. Sent up by Capt. Copp. 

Voted, That Gen. Badger, Major Wentworth, and Capt. Calfe, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Joseph Roberts, jun. and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Mary Hart, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard * thereon, before the * 12 : 645 
General-Court, on the first Friday of their next session ; 
and that in the meantime, the petitioner cause that the substance of 
the petition and order of Court thereon, be published three weeks 
successively in the New-Hampshire Gazette, that any person or per- 
sons may then appear and shew cause, (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
An Act to alter the time of holding the annual meeting in the 
town of Meredith, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels and Mr. Jenness. 
Voted, That Col. Runnels, Major Wiggin, and Col. Bartlett, with 



146 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Major Jonathan Wentworth, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Ayer. 

Upon reading" and considering the petition of Mark Hunl\.ing 
Wentworth, Esq. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning. 

SATURDAY, November 6, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to impower Abraham Perkins, of Epping, Esq. to collect 
certain taxes, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Powers and Mr. Scribner. 

The committee to consider at what time, and to what time and 

place the General-Court shall be adjourned ; also, what pay for travel 

and attendance at this session, the members of said General-Court 

shall receive, reported as their opinion, "That this Court adjourn 

next Wednesday, if the public business shall be finished, then to 

meet at Concord, the second Wednesday in February next. That the 

General-Court which is to be chosen next March, be di- 

* 12 :646 rected to meet at Portsmouth. And that* the members 

of the Senate, and House of Representatives, and their 

officers, receive the same pay for their travel and attendance, as was 

allowed at the last session." 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Chase. 
Voted, That the Secretary and Clerk, be directed to make out pay- 
rolls, for the travel of the honorable members of the Senate, and 
House of Representatives, at this session, as soon as may be, and 
that the President be requested to give orders on the Treasury, for 
the payment of said rolls. Sent up by Col. King. 

Voted, That his Excellency the President have, and receive out of 
the Treasury, the sum of two hundred pounds, for his salary for the 
current year.' Sent up by Major Shephard. 

The followino- resolve came down from the honorable Senate for 
concurrence : 

1 In the MSS. Journal, this resolve and the one following transposed. 



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State of N'ew HauipsJiire^ 
In Senate, November 6, 1784. 

Whereas in the years 1777, 1778, and 1779, a number of men in- 
listed to serve in tlie Continental army, in the line of this State, for 
a term of time less than three years, many of whom were promised 
depreciation ; and it appearing reasonable that the soldiers who faith- 
fully performed the service for which they severally engaged, should 
be equally rewarded for the same : 

Resolved, That all the soldiers of the above description, be and 
hereby are allowed depreciation; and that in every respect, their ac- 
counts be made up and settled upon the same principles as the 
accounts of those soldiers who inlisted to serve for three years or 
during the war, were made up and settled ; and the committee on 
soldiers accounts are hereby impowered to make up said accounts, and 
on their certifying the ballance due to any such soldiers, his Excel- 
lency the President is hereby requested to issue his warrant for the 
same on the Treasurer, who shall issue a note for the principal, and 
a certificate for the interest, in the usual form. 

M. Weare, President. 
Sent down for concurrence. 

*In the House of Representatives, — The same day * 12 1647 
read and concurred. 

Sent up by Col. Toppan. 

Voted., That Mr. Duncan, Major Whitcomb, and Mr. Jewett, with 

such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 

consider of the petition of Asa Pratt, and others, soldiers in Major 

Whitcomb's late corps of rangers, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 
The committee on the petition of Lieut. Moses Belding, and all 
similar matters, reported as their opinion, that Lieut. James Wedg- 
wood receive depreciation until the first day of April 1778 ; and that 
the committee on soldier's accounts, make him up accordingly. 

Signed, Ebenezer Smith, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the President 
give order for payment accordingly. .Sent up by Mr. Dow. 

The committee on the petition of Reuben Spencer, reported as 
their opinion, that the petitioner is entitled to half pay from the time 
his whole pay ceased, and that he be enrolled accordingly, to continue 
until further order of the General-Court. A number of accounts 



148 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^4 

were laid before the committee, but as they were not accompanied 
with proper vouchers, are not considered in the above report. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and acce^Dted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 
Adjourned to Monday next three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, November 8, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to enable the inhabitants of the parish of Seabrook, de- 
nominated Presbyterians, to call a meeting for transacting their par- 
ish and ministerial business, was read a third time, and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Capt. Underbill and Mr. Ayer. 

* 12 1648 * An act, in addition to an act, intitled an act for estab- 
lishing an equitable method of making rates and taxes, 
and determining who shall be legal voters in town and parish affairs, 
passed June 12, 1784, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Capt. Underbill and Mr. Ayer. 
An act, in addition to an act, intitled an act for making and estab- 
lishing a new proportion of the public taxes among the several towns, 
parishes and places within this State, and to authorize the Treasurer 
to issue his warrants for levying the same annually, passed April 
I7^'\ 1784, was read a third time and passed to be enacted, 

Sent up by Capt. Underbill and Mr. Ayer. 
Upon reading and considering the petition of Giles Seaward, 
Voted^ That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, to-morrow morning ; and that in the meantime the petitioner 
cause that the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq. be served with a copy 
of the petition, and order of Court thereon, that he may then appear 
and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by Capt. Underbill. 

The committee on the petition of Elisha Payne, jun. and others, 
reported as their opinion, that the prayer thereof be granted ; and that 
a committee be appointed accordingly. 

Signed, Timothy Walker for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that a bill be brought 
in for that purpose. Sent up by Mr. Powers. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning. 

TUESDAY, November 9, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act, in addition to an act, intitled an act, to authorize and im- 



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power the proprietors of any common and undivided lands, to call 

meetings of their respective proprietors, and to levy and collect such 

sum or sums of money on the said lands, as they may 

judge necessary, and also to transact all their* common *I2 : 649 

and public affairs, passed the third of July, in the year of 

our Lord, 1781, was read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Capt. Emerson and Capt. Spaulding. 

Whereas the United-States in Congress assembled, on the 15"^ 
day of January, Anno Domini 1784, resolved that the interest which 
has, or may become due on Loan-Office certificates, bearing date be- 
tween the first day of September 1777, and the first day of March 
1778, is not subjected to any depreciation, and did at the same time 
make order respecting the payment thereof, as also, for liquidating 
and paying certain interest due on Loan-Office certificates of other 
descriptions. And whereas this State by their act passed in General- 
Court June ii"\ 1784, hath provided for a partial payment, of a part 
of the interest aforesaid, and it being necessary that some further 
provisions be made in the premises : 

Therefore, Resolved^ That the Loan-Officer in this State, be and he 
hereby is impowered to issue certificates, for the interest due on all 
monies loaned to the United States, at said Loan Office, in this State, 
belonging to the inhabitants thereof, until the 28'^^ day of February 
last, calculating the said interest, by the resolve of Congress, of the 
15^'^ of January 1784, so far as said resolve respects the same, and 
the remainder of said interest agreeably to the other resolve of Con- 
gress, of the 28^'^ of June, 1780, deducting only where partial pay- 
ment hath been made, m consequence of the act of the General- 
Court of the 11''^ of June last, as afore-mentioned. 

And it is hereby further Resolved, That all certificates for interest, 
issued by the said Loan-Officer, by virtue and in consequence of the 
foregoing resolve, as also, all certificates that hath been, or shall be 
issued by the Loan-Officer aforesaid, for interest due on any of the 
Loan-Office certificates, issued at said Office, or other liquidated 
debts, agreeably to said resolve of Congress, of the 15''^ of January, 
1784, or to the other resolve of Congress, passed the 15^'^ of April 
last, shall be taken and received by the several Collectors of taxes, 
within this State, and by the Treasurer thereof, in the 
same manner as the* certificates issued by said Loan- * 12:650 
Officer, for the partial payment of the interest of certain 
Loan-Office certificates, by virtue of the act of the General-Assem- 
bly, of said State, afore-mentioned, are directed to be taken and re- 
ceived by any act or resolve of said General-Court. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss 



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The committee on the account of Mr. Benjamin Biggelow, reported 
that the same be allowed. 

Signed, Woodbury Langdon, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the account of 
the said Biggelow, amounting to one hundred and fourteen pounds 
twelve shillings and one penny, be allowed ; and that after the sum 
or sums he has received are deducted, the President give order for 
the payment of the ballance. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

[ Voted, That Mr. John Pickering, Col. Tash, Mr. Means, Major 
Whitcomb, and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as may 
be joined, be a committee, to consider what allowance shall be made 
his Excellency the President, for his services prior to the taking place 
of the present Constitution. Sent up by Mr. Ayer.] 

The committee to consider of the propriety of giving the Treas- 
urer order for the payment of small ballances due to soldiers, in cer- 
tificates, &c. reported, " that all orders drawn on the Treasurer for 
ballances due to soldiers for depreciation, not exceeding the sum of 
forty shillings, shall be paid by a certificate similar to those that are 
ordered to be issued for payment of interest on State securities : 
Also, that the Treasurer be authorized to receive such soldiers notes 
as were issued for any sum not exceeding forty shillings, and give 
certificates of the above description therefor." 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

The committee on the petition of William Badger, and similar mat- 
ters, having considered the petition of Abigail Clayes, widow of the 
late Capt. Clayes, reported as their opinion, that the prayer thereof 
be granted so far as it is consistent with the resolve of 
* 12 : 651 Congress of August * 24, 1784. 

Signed, F. Blood, by order of the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that she be enrolled 
and paid agreeably to said resolve. Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

Voted, That his Excellency the President be desired to write to 
the Delegates of this State in Congress, to embrace the first oppor- 
tunity to move Congress for a decision upon the remonstrance of this 
State to Congress, touching the decree of the Court of Appeals, re- 
specting the Lusanna, and cargo, captured and brought into this 
State by the private armed vessel McClary. Sent up by Mr. Grout. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 



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Met accordingly. 

The committee for considering the account of Dr. Hall Jackson, 
reported as their opinion, that Dr. Jackson, receive forty-eight pounds, 
lawful money, which shall be considered in full of his account. 

Signed, John Langdon, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order for the payment of said forty-eight pounds. 

Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

Voted, That the Hon. Council have and receive nine shillings per 
day for their attendance on his Excellency the President in the recess 
of the General-Court, and four pence per mile travel to and from 
their homes ; that the Secretary and Deputy-Secretary, be allowed 
the same for travel and attendance in the recess, as when the Gen- 
eral-Court is sitting ; and that pay-rolls be made up from time to time 
accordingly ; and that the President give order for the payment 
thereof. Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

An act to confirm to Jeremiah Tibbets, the title of certain land in 
the county of Strafford, was read a third time, and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Mr. Ayer, and Mr. Butler. 

* An act to restore Elisha Ellis, of Hatfield, in the county * 12 : 652 
of Hampshire, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to 
his law, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Ayer and Mr. Butler. 

The committee to consider what allowance shall be made his Ex- 
cellency the President, for his services prior to the taking place of 
the present Constitution, reported as their opinion, that the President 
receive one hundred pounds, which shall be considered in full for his 
service for the time aforesaid. 

Signed, John McClary, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That the honorable the Treasurer, be directed to attend the 
General-Court at their next session, at Concord, on the second 
Wednesday of February next, with such papers, &c. as may be nec- 
essary to transact public business. Sent up by Mr. Young. 

An act, in addition to an act, intitled an act for establishing a light- 
house, passed Aprjl 9'^, 1784, was read a third time and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Mr. Jewett and Col. Bartlett. 

An act enabling Mark-Hunking Wentworth, Esq. to act as for- 
merly for the heirs and representatives of Trecothick and Thomlin- 
son, of London, under all the various firms that house hath since 
taken ; as also by virtue of a late power received by him from said 



152 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

heirs, &c. dated the first of January, 1784, signed Samuel Colker, 
John Trecothick, and East Apthorp, Administrators, was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett and Col. Bartlett. 
An act, for repealing an act, intitled an act for preventing the 
subjects of his Britanic Majesty, and all other persons inimical to 
the United-States of North-America, from prosecuting actions, serv- 
ing as jurors, or acting as town officers within this State, 

* 12 : 653 passed November 28, 1781, was * read a third time and 

passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett and Col. Bartlett. 
Voted, That Pierse Long, Esq. have and receive out of the Treas- 
ury, by order of the President one hundred and Twenty pounds to 
enable him to proceed to Congress and for which sum he is account- 
able as a Delegate. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 
Voted, That the committee for draughting Bills prepare and lay be- 
fore this House a Resolve directing the Treasurer to receive all Cer- 
tificates that are issued in this State for Interest on monies loaned 
to this or the United States in payment of any State Taxes that now 
are or may hereafter be due to this State. Sent up by Col. Bartlett. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, November io, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The Committee on the Petition of Major Jonathan Wentworth re- 
ported as their opinion that Major Jonathan Wentworth be allowed to 
pay the remainder of the Principal and Interest due upon his Bond now 
in the Hands of the Treasurer in State Securities, he the said Went- 
worth having already paid to said Treasurer about three quarters of said 
Bond in hard money. Signed, Timothy Walker, for the Committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the Treasurer on 
receipt of said securities cancel or dehver up said Bond. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

The Committee to whom was referred the propriety of Altering 
the Regiments of Militia in this State, &c. Reported as their opinion 
(viz.). That there be Established a Regiment of Light Horsemen to 
consist of six companies, of sixty-four men each exclusive of Com- 
mission officers (viz.j Two Companies in the County of Rockingham 
and one Company in each of the other Counties. The Commander 
of said Regiment to have the Rank of Brigadier-General, and the 
other ofificers with the usual Grades. 

* 12 : 654 * And that the remainder of the Militia of the State be 

divided into Regiments as follows (viz): 



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153 



No. I to consist of 
Portsmouth, 
Greenland, 
Newington, 
Stratham. 

No. 2. 
Dover, 
Durham, 
Somersworth, 
Madbury, • 

Rochester, 
Barrington, 
Lee. 

No. 3. 
Hampton, 
Hampton-falls, 
North- Hampton, 
Rye, 

Seabrook, 
Kensington. 

No. 4. 
Exeter, 
Newmarket, 
Epping, 
Brentwood, 
Poplin. 

No. 5. 
Dunstable, 
Amherst, 
Hollis, 

Nottingham-West, 
Litchfield, 
Merrimack, 
Mile-Slip, 
School-farms, 
Raby. 

No. 6. 
Winchester, 
Richmond, 

11 



No. 6 Cojit'd. 
Swanzey, 
Keene, 
Gilsum. 

No. 7. 
Plaistow, 
Hampstead, 
Salem, 
Atkinson, 
Sandown. 

No. 8. 

Londonderry, 

Windham, 

Pelham. 

No. 9. 
Goffstown, 
Dunbarton, 
Weare, 
New-Boston, 
Bedford, 
Francestown, 
Antrim, 
Deering. 

No. 10. 
Barnstead, 
Gilmanton, 
New-Durham, 
New- Durham-Gore, 
.Sanbornton, 
Meredith, 
New-Hampton. 



No 
Concord,': 
Pembroke, 
Canterbury, 
Bow, 
Loudon, 
Northfield, 
Allenstown. 



1 1. 



No. 12. 
Rindge, 
Jaffrey, 
Dublin, 
Packersfield, 
Marlborough, 
Fitzvvilliam, 

No. 13. 
Haverhill, 
Orford, 
Piermont, 
Bath, 

Wentworth, 
Warren, 
Coventry, 
Peeling. 

No. 14. 
Plymouth, 
Rumney, 
Alexandria, 
Campton, 
Holderness, 
New-Chester, 
Cockermouth, 
Thornton. 

No. 15. 
Cornish, 
Plainfield, 
Claremont, 
Grantham, 
Protect worth, 
Croydon, 
Newport, 
Wendell. 

* No. 16. * 12 : 655 

Charlestown, 
Acworth, 
Unity, 
Lempster^ 



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[1784 



No. 16 Cont'd. 
Walpole, 
Alstead, 
Marlow, 
Washington, 
Stoddard. 

No. 17. 
Chester, 
Candia, 
Raymond. 

No. 18. 
Nottingham, 
Deerfield, 
Epsom, 
Chichester, 
Pittsfield, 
Northwood. 

No. 19. 

Moiiltonborough, 

Sandwich, 

Tamworth, 

Wolfborough, 

Middleton, 

Tuftonborough, 

Wakefield, 

Efifingham, 

Ossipee-Gore, 

Conway, 

Eaton, 

Burton, 

Locations. 



No. 20. 
Kingstown, 
Hawke, 

East-Kingstown, 
South-Hampton, 
Newtown. 

No. 21. 
Hinsdale, 
Chesterfield, 
Westmoreland, 
Surrey. 

No. 22. 
Salisbury, 
Boscawen, 
Andover, 
Hopkinton, 
New-London, 
Warner, 
Sutton, 
Fisherfield, 
New-Bradford, 
Hillsborough, 
Henniker. 

No. 23. 
Mason, 
Wilton, 
New-Ipswich, 
Temple, 
Peterborough, 
Peterborough-Slip, 
Lyndeborough, 



No. 23. — Cont'd. 
Hancock, 
Society-Land. 

No. 24. 
Lebanon, 
Hanover, 
Lyme, 
Enfield, 
Grafton, 
Cana*an, 
Cardigan, 
Dorchester. 

No. 25. 
Lyman, 
Landaff, 
Lincoln, 
Concord, alias Gun- 

thwait, 
Cockburn, 
Franconia, 
Littleton, 
Dalton, 
Lancaster, 
Dartmouth, 
Northumberland, 
Stratford, 
Coleburn, 
Piercy. 



Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted., That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

* 12 : 656 * The Yeas and Nays being called for the foregoing report, 

were as follows : 

Yeas. — M"" M<^Murphy, Col° Toppan, Cap' Leavitt, M^ Shaw, 

Cap' Morrill, Cap' Fogg, Maj"" Batcheldor, Col° Emerson, M"" Scrib- 

ner, M^ Clough, Col° Peabody, M-- Means, M"" Duncan, Maj-- Shep- 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1 55 

hard, M-- Smiley, M'- Willard, Col° King, M-- Chase, M-- Morss, Maj^ 
Baker, Col° Payne, Col° Bedel, M^ Butler, M'' Smith, Maj-" Went- 
worth, M'' Knowles, IVP Sanborn, Gen^ Badger, Doct"^ Brackett, M'' 
Bedee, Col° Richardson, Cap* Marsh, Cap* French, M*" Macgregore, 
Cap* Spaulding, M"" Storey, M'' Whitcomb, Maj"" Capron, M"" Wilbore, 
Cap* Sumner, Cap* Copeland, M"" Kendall, M'' Ayer, M"" Freeman, 
Cap* Young. 

Nays. — Maj"" Gains, Maj^ Wiggin, Col° Bartlett, Maj^ Cram, Cap* 
Calfe, Cap* Foss, Col° Tash, Cap* Copp, Cap* Putnam, M"" Cragin, M"" 
M. Wallace, M'' R. Wallace, M-" E. Grout, M' D. Grout. 

Yeas 45. Nays 14. 

Voted, That M"" Smith, Col° Bartlett, & M-" Cragin, with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as may be joined, be a Committee to Consider the 
Account of Mr. Robert Gerrish and report thereon 

Sent up by M'' Scribner. 

Upon the reading and Considering the Petition of John Pickering, 
Esq'' in behalf of Sarah Ross, 

Voted, That the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court on the first Tuesday of their next session, and that in the mean 
time, the Petitioner cause that the substance of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the 
New-Hampshire Gazzette, that any person, or persons, may then ap- 
pear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. Sent up by M' Scribner. 

* Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas * 12 : 657 
Pinkham, 

Voted, That the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General- 
Court on the first Tuesday of the next Session ; & that in the mean 
time, he serve Margaret F'rost with a Copy of said Petition and order 
of Court thereon that she may then appear and shew cause (if any 
she hath) why the prayer thereof may not be granted, and that Exe- 
cution be stayed in the mean time. Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
Voted, That his Excellency, the President, and the Honb^ the 
Council, are hereby authorized and appointed, to examine and Settle 
the accounts of Richard Hart, Thomas Martin, John Pierce, Joseph 
Pierce, Jonathan Warner, & Mark H. Wentworth, Esq"" ; and that the 
President give order for the payment of the Sums due to said Cred- 
itors. Sent up by Cap* Marsh. 

The Committee on the Petition of Phebe Colburn, relict of Lieut. 
Col° Andrew Colburn, deceased. Reported, that the prayer thereof be 
granted. That half pay be made up agreeably to the Resolve of Con- 



156 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

gress August 24^'', 1780, and that his Excellency the President give 
order that the Treasurer issue a Note, or Notes, accordingly. 

Signed, J. Oilman, for Committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness. 
The Committee on the Petition of William Badger & Abigail, his 
wife, who was the widow of Zechariah Beale, late a Captain in the 
New Hampshire line, Reported, that the prayer thereof be so far 
granted as is consistent with the Resolve of Congress of the 24"' of 
August, 1780, and that his Excellency the President give order to the 
Treasurer to issue notes accordingly, and that Interest commence at 
the Date of his Excellency's order. 

Sign'^, J. Oilman, for the Committee. 
Which report being read & considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by CoP Bartlett. 
* 12 : 658 * The Committee on the Petition of Elisabeth Bell, relict 
of Cap^ Frederick-Mordant Bell, late a Captain in the New-Hampshire 
line, reported, that the prayer thereof be granted ; That half pay be 
made up agreeably to the Resolve of Congress of the 24'^ of August, 
1780, and that his Excellency the President give order that the 
Treasurer issue a Note or Notes, accordingly. 

Signed, J. Oilman, for the Committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M-- M^Murphy. 
Voted, That Col" Bedel, Col° Bartlett and Col° Toppan, with 
such of the Honb*^ Senate as may be join"^, be a committee to con- 
sider of the Accounts of Maj' Jonathan Child and report. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 
The vote of this day for dividing of the Militia of this State into 
Regiments was returned for the following amendment : (viz) That the 
Towns proposed to Contain the Regiment No. 12, be numbered 23, 
and the Towns proposed to be No. 23, be numbered 12 ; on which 
proposed amendment the yeas and nays were required, and are as 
follows (viz) 

Yeas. — Maj-- Oains, M'^ J. Pickering, Col° Toppan, Maj-- Cram, M-- 
Scribner, M-" Betton, Oen^ Badger, M"" Bedee, Col° Richardson, Col° 
Tash, M"- Cragin, M-- Storey, W Powers, Maj^ Child, Cap' Morrill, 
Cap* Fogg, Col° Hill, Col° Bartlett, M^ Jenness, Cap' Calfe, M^ Smith, 
Cap' Marsh, Cap' Emerson, M"" Adams, Cap' Spaulding, M'' Duncan, 
Col° King, M"" Freeman. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1 57 

Nays. — M^ Shaw, Col° Emerson, M' Clough, Col° Peabody, Maj'- 
Wentvvorth, Maj"" Whitcomb, Cap^ Sumner, M"" Kendall, Col" Payne, 
Cap' Copp, M-^ Macgregore, M-- R. Wallace, M^ Grout, M-- Capron, 
M-- Willard, M"" Chase, M-" Badger, M-- Young. 
28 yeas i8 nays 

So the motion for amendment was lost, there not being two thirds 
of the members present in favor of it and it was returned to the 
Senate. 
* Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning * 12 : 659 

THURSDAY, November ii, 1784. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act for laying out a public road or highway to Dartmouth- 
College, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Grout and Mr. Young. 

An act, to repeal an act, intitled an act for laying an Impost Duty 
on sundry goods imported into this State, and for laying an Impost 
Duty on certain goods and merchandize which may be imported into 
this State, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Grout and Mr. Young. 

An act, in addition to an act, intitled an act for the equal distribu- 
tion of insolvent estates, was read a third time and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Mr. Grout and Mr. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. Bedee, Col. Toppan, and Mr. Jenness, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
what allowance shall be made the Secretary for his services, prior 
to the taking place of the present Constitution, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Atkinson, Col. Peabody, Col. 
Toppan, and Mr. Smith, with such of the honorable Senate as may 
be joined, be a committee to prepare and lay before this House, at 
their next session, a bill for the better observation of the Lord's day, 
and such other public bills as they judge necessary to be passed at 
said session. Sent up by Mr. Young. 

Voted, That the account of John Calfe, Esq. amounting to- four 
pounds three shillings and six pence, be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Major Child. 

Yoted^ That Supply Clapp, Esq. Commissary-General, be and he 
hereby is impowered to make sale of some damaged powder, now in 
the care of Elijah Grout, Esq. at Charlestown, and any other damaged 
powder belonging to this State. Sent up by Major Child. 
* The committee on the petition of Pratt and others, re- * 12 :66o 
ported, that as they were not returned by Major Whit- 



158 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

comb, as belonging to this State, nor are considered by Congress as a 
part of this State's quota, the prayer of the petition cannot be granted. 

Signed, J. Oilman, for the committee. 

Which report was read and considered, received and accepted. 

The committee to consider of the letter of General John Sullivan, 

reported as their opinion that he be allowed one hundred and ten 

pounds, in addition to what has been already allowed for his services 

at Philadelphia, as Agent for this State. 

Signed, John Langdon, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

The committee to consider of the account of Robert Gerrish, re- 
ported as their opinion, that the sum of fourteen pounds fourteen 
shillings and six pence, should be deducted from the account of said 
Gerrish, for over charges ; and that the ballance being seventy five 
pounds, should be allowed and paid out of the Treasury in full for 
said account, and that his Excellency the President give order accord- 
ingly. Signed, Woodbury Langdon, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 
The committee to consider of the account of Melcher and Os- 
borne, [reported, that the account of the said Melcher and Osborne,] 
amounting to seventy-nine pounds twelve shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury, and that his Excellency the President give 
order accordingly. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. M^Murphy. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Capt. Copp, Capt. Putnam, Mr. E. 

Grout and Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as may 

be joined, be a committee to consider in what manner the Excise 

shall be sold, and by whom ; also to report the conditions of sale. 

Sent up by Col. Bedel. 
* 12: 661 * Voted, That the account of John Williams, amounting 
to four pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, 
by order of the President. Sent up by Maj. Child. 

Voted, That the account of George Gains, Esq., amounting to 
thirteen pounds, thirteen shilUngs, be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury, by order of his Excellency the President. 

Sent up by Maj. Child.' 

1 This member is given the title of Colonel in the original printed journal of this session. 



1784] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1 59 

Voted, That the account of Capt. Josiah Gihrian, amounting to six 
pounds eleven shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by 
order of his Excellency the President. 

Sent up by Maj. Child. 
The committee on the account of Col. Supply Clapp, reported that 
he be allowed, five hundred and ninety-five pounds, four shillings, in 
full for monies advanced by him, and for his services as commissary 
of prisoners, and that his Excellency the President give order accord- 
ingly. Signed, Woodbury Langdon, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Maj. Child. 

The committee on the account of Capt. Moses Woodward, reported 

that he have and receive out of the Treasury, twenty-three pounds 

eleven shillings and six pence, in full for the ballance of his account 

as commissary, and that his Excellency the President, give order 

accordingly. Signed, Woodbury Langdon, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Maj. Child. 
The committee to consider what allowance shall be made the Sec- 
'retary for his services prior to the taking place of the present Con- 
stitution, reported that he be allowed twenty pounds, in full for his 
services, prior to the taking place of the New Constitution. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that his Excellency 
the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Smith. 
* Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. * 12 : 662 

Met accordingly. 
The committee to consider in what manner the Excise shall be 
sold, &c. reported as their opinion, that Nathaniel Peabody, Joseph 
Oilman, and Thomas Odiorne, Esq'rs, be a committee for the County 
of Rockingham ; that John Wentworth, Jonathan Wentworth, and 
Caleb Hodgdon, Esq'rs, be a committee for the county of Strafford ; 
that Francis Blood, Robert Means, and Moses Nichols, Esq'rs, be a 
committee for the county of Hillsborough ; that Simeon Olcott, 
Elijah Grout, and Samuel Hunt, Esq'rs, be a committee for the county 
of Cheshire ; That Timothy Bedel, Charles Johnston, and Moses 
Dow, Esq'rs, be a committee for the county of Grafton ; to make sale 
of the Excise in the several counties of this State for the current 
year, agreeably to the laws of the State. The one half of said 



l60 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^4 

Excise to be sold for cash, the other half for orders on the Treasury 
for cash. Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the said Excise 
be sold before the first day of Eebruary next. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

The Secretary came down and informed the House, that his Ex- 
cellency the President has adjourned the General-Court, to the sec- 
ond Wednesday of February next, then to meet at Concord, agreea- 
bly to the vote of both branches of the Legislature. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS FROM 



FEBRUARY lo, 1785, TO FEBRUARY 24, 1785, 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

* At a Session of the General Court, began and held at * 2 : i 
Concord on Wednesday the Ninth Day of February, Anno Domini, 
One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Five, and of the Sover- 
eignty and Independence of the United States of America the Ninth. 

Present in Senate, 

The Honorable Woodbury Langdon, ") 
John M^Clary, | 

John Langdon, \r^ 

Timothy Walker, | ^ 
Ebenezer Smith and 
Francis Blood, J 

* THURSDAY, February I0^^ 1785. * 2 : 2 

Present as yesterday with the addition of the Hon. Matthew 
Thornton, and Joseph Oilman, Esquires. The Honorable' Enoch 
Hale, Esq"^ attended, and after having the usual Oaths administered 
to him, took his Seat at the Board. 

His Excellency the President not being able to attend the Senate, 
the Honorable Woodbury Langdon, Esq'' Senior Senator took the 
Chair. 

A Vote that M' Oilman, M"' J. Langdon, and M"" Smith be a Com- 
mittee to join such of the Honorable House of Representatives as 
they shall appoint, to Consider of business necessary to be done this 
Session, and report thereon, was sent down for Concurrence by M'' 
Blood ; and was brought up concurred and joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the memorial and petition of Daniel Rindge and Others, 
Merchants in Portsmouth, and all Similar Matters, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' J. Langdon and 
M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Moses Burbank and report thereon, Vv^as 
brought up, read and Concurred and M"" Blood and M"" Smith were 
joined. 



164 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

A Vote to pay George Atkinson, Esq"" ten pounds, two Shillings, 
for a State Seal, which he provided, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to pay John Sparhawk, Esq"" Four pounds, for two books 
for records for the Secretary's office, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

* 2 : 3 * A Vote on the Petition of the town of Hancock, appoint- 

ing a Committee to Fix a place for their Meeting House to 
Stand on, was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Doctor Edmund Chadwick, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Thornton and 
M'' Blood were joined, 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
draught all public bills that may be wanted this Session was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; and M*" J. Langdon was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
examine into the State of the treasury, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Oilman and M"" J. Langdon 
were joined. 

A Vote to grant the 'prayer of the Petition of the agents of the 
Proprietors of Tamworth, Moultonborough, and Sandwich, and giv- 
ing them leave to bring in a bill authorizing a Committee to Settle 
the boundary lines of said towns, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of John Wendell Esq'' and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Walker and M'' Smith 
were joined. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, nine o'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, February ii, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

* 2 : 4 An Act to establish a Seal, to be used as a great Seal of * 

this State, having been read three times, it was voted that 
the same pass to be Enacted ; was sent down for Concurrence by 
M"" Blood and M"" Smith ; and was brought up Concurred. 

A Vote to grant Samuel Houston, late one of Gen. Washington's 
life guard, the depreciation of Wages as other Soldiers have been 
paid, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote granting the Prayer of the Petition of the Inhabitants of 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 165 

Rye, and giving them leave to send a Representative exclusive of 
New Castle, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Joseph Lee, was brought up, read and 
non Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petitions from Kingstown, Sandown, Rye &c,"and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Blood, 
M"" M-^Clary, M'' Smith and M"" Hale were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petitions from New-Ipswich, Temple &c. was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; and M'' M'^Clary, M"" Smith, M"' Blood and 
M"" Hale were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the Selectmen of Winchester on 
the Second Thursday of Next Session, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the Prayer of the Petition of Elizabeth Butler, 
and giving her leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Conway, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' M'^Clary and 
M"" Smith were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Several Inhabitants of the 
towns of Wolfborough, and Middletown, on the Second * . *2 : 5 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Samuel Lowell and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Smith and M"" Hale were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the best method to Settle with those towns for supplying 
Soldiers families, who have not been paid, was brought up, read and 
concurred ; and M'' Thornton and M"" Oilman were joined. 

A Vote to pay the roll of Lt. Meshach Bell, amounting to Sixty 
pounds ; also his accompt for wood amounting to four Pounds, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Jonathan Elliot and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Cap' Moses Woodward and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; IVP Walker, M'' Gil- 
man and M"" J. Langdon were joined. 



l66 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

A Vote that the Committee for drafting bills, prepare and lay be- 
fore this house a bill for preventing constables, Collectors and Others 
trading on public Monies, &c. was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Jeremiah Prescott, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Mary Hart and giv- 
ing her leave to bring in a bill to enable her to sell a Certain interest 
belonging to her Children, for their Support was brought up, read 

and Concurred. 
* 2 : 6 * A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of the Inhab- 
itants of Ossipee-Gore, and giving them Leave to bring in 
a bill for a corporation of said Place, under sertain restrictions, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, February 12, 1785. 

Met according to Adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

An Act ascertaining the rates at which coined Silver and gold, and 
English half pence and Farthings may pass with in this State, having 
been read three times, it was Voted that the Same pass to be enacted. 

A Petition of Solomon Robbins, praying for the grant of an exclu- 
sive right to keep a ferry over Connecticutt river, was brought up 
with a vote thereon ; that the Petitioner be heard on his said Petition 
on the Second Thursday of next Sitting of the General Court, which 
was read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant Jonathan Eliott, late a Soldier in this State's Ser- 
vice, in the year one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six, a 
month's pay, which had been neglected to be paid, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the accompt of Robert Gerrish and report thereon was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Walker were joined. 

A Vote to pay the accompt of John Duncan Esq"" for his time and 
expences in holding meetings in Several unincorporated places, by 
order of the General Court, amounting to three Pounds eighteen 
Shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Lt. Daniel M'^Murphy, and report thereon, 
was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of James Saunders, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 167 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate 
to Consider of the Petition of Enoch Hale Esq"" and re- 
port * thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" * 2 : 7 
Walker and M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of Doctor Edmund 
Chadwick, allowing him depreciation of wages for a certain time as a 
Surgeon in the army, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote allowing Samuel Lowell, Six pounds on accompt of his 
Sufferings and Sickness, While a Prisoner in the late war, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Simeon Barrett and Isaac Barrett pray- 
ing that said Isaac may be Impowered to Collect certain taxes in 
Nottingham West, unpaid to their late Father who was Constable of 
said town, granting the Prayer thereof, and giving them leave to 
bring in a bill according, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Charity Lund on the First Friday 
of next Sessions, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned till Monday, 3 o'clock P. M. 

MONDAY February 14, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Peter de Sausse, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred and M"" Walker and M"" Olcott were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider what Sum shall be raised as a Tax for the Current 
year, &c. was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Blood,* * 2 : 8 
Mr. J. Langdon, M'' Olcott and M'^ Smith were joined. 

A Vote to abate the tax of the town of Conway one fifteenth part 
for the years one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty two, and one 
Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty three, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Accompt of Elijah Grout Esq"" and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" J. Langdon and M' Oilman 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider the Petition of the Selectmen of Marlow, and all Similar 
matters, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
M"" Thornton, and M"" Hale were joined. 

A Vote to grant the Prayer of the Petition of the Inhabitants of 



1 68 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^$ 

Kingstown and Others, regulating several Matters in tlie militia, was 
brought up read and Concurred. 

Adjourned till tomorrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 15, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as last week, with the addition of M"" Olcott, 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a letter from Daniel Newcomb Esq"" and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Thornton, M"" Hale and M"" 
J. Langdon were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the accompt of Jonathan Child, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' J. Langdon and M"" Oilman 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 

Consider what is necessary to be done respecting the new emission 

money, issued by this State, and Outstanding, was brought 

*'2:g up, read and Concurred; and M'' Olcott and M"" M^Clary * 

were joined. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Robert Gerrish for Printing the 
journals of the house of Representatives at their first Session in 
June, 1784, amounting to thirty two pounds ten shillings was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the Prayer of the Petition of Peter de Sausse 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill to naturalize himself and 
family, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Capt. Lemuel Holmes, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and concurred ; and M"" Blood, and M"" 
Smith and M"" Walker were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of James Turner, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Olcott and M'' Gilman were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the propriety of appointing Surveyors of land in this 
State, was brought up, read and concurred ; and M"" Gilman and M"" 
Smith were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the accompt of Benjamin Bigelow, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred ; and M'' Blood, and M"" J. Lang- 
don were joined. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 169 

A resolve that those certificates which have been appropriated to 
be received in payment of Several and Particular taxes, shall be re- 
ceived by the Treasurer, in Payment of all taxes now due, or shall 
here after be due to this State ; excepting the Second tax issued in 
1 78 1 to be paid in paper Bills, called the nevv^ emission, was sent down 
for Concurrence ; and was brought up concurred. 

A Vote to put of [f] the hearing of the Petition of Thomas 
Pinkham * untill the first Tuesday of next Session, was * 2 : lo 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the balance of the Accompt of Elijah Grout Esq"" 
amounting to Sixty Six Pounds four shillings and three Pence, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Cornish and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Oilman and 
M"" Smith were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
nominate a Committee to wait on the Legislature of the State of 
Massachusetts and confer with them about measures to be taken rel- 
ative to commerce, &c. was brought up, read and concurred ; and M*" 
Olcott and M"^ M'^Clary were joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Sarah Ross, and 
giving her Leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the accompt of Cap' Aaron Kinsman amounting to 
five Pounds four shillings, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the table of fees, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred ; and M"" Thornton, M'' J. Langdon, and IVP 
M'^Clary were joined. 

Adjourned till tomorrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, February 16, 1785 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 

consider of the bill brought in for Laying an Impost, &c, was brought 

up, read and Concurred, and M'' Olcott, M-" Walker, and M"" Oilman 

were joined. 

A Vote to allow James Turner, late a Soldier in Col. Jack- 
son's* Regiment, the like depreciation of wages as other * 2 : 1 1 
Soldiers have received, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
12 



170 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

A Vote to pay Samuel Fowler, Thirty Shillings, as an express to 
Charlestown, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act for the naturalization of Peter de Sausse, Ilulia, his wife 
Mary Este, his daughter and Adrian his Son, was read a third time, 
and voted that the Same be enacted. 

An act authorizing and Impowering Leonard Whiting Esq"" to levy 
or extend an Execution recovered by him upon the estate of Benja- 
min Whiting, Esq"" was read a third time and voted that the Same be 
Enacted. 

An Act to Commit the sole administration of the Estate of Jere- 
miah Prescott, late of Epping, deceased. Intestate, into the hands of 
his Son, Jeremiah Prescott, was read a third time, and Voted that 
the same be Enacted. 

An act Impowering Elizabeth Butler to Prosecute actions in her 
own Name, was read a third time, and voted that the Same be en- 
acted. 

An Act to Irapovver Isaac Barrett, of Nottingham West, to collect 
certain taxes in said town, having been read a third time, it was 
Voted that the Same be Enacted. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Benjamin Bigelow, for provisions 
and Other Necessaries For the Soldiers at the fort at New Castle, 
amounting to Forty pounds twelve Shillings and One Penny, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to put off the hearing of the Petition of Thomas Parsons 
and Others, to the Second Friday of next Session was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of John Holbrook, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Blood and M"" Wentworth 
were joined. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, nine o'Clock, A. M. 

*2:i2 * THURSDAY, February 17, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday : with the addition of M"' Wentworth. 

An Act to alter and establish the times and Places of holding the 
Several Courts of Judicature within this State, was read a third time 
and voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote directing the Treasurer to receive paper bills of the new 
emission, from the holders, and give certificates therefor, at the rate 
of one Pound for three of said new Emission and that said Certifi- 
cates be received for taxes, &c. was brought up read and non Con- 
curred. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I7I 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
nominate three Proper Persons to be appointed a Committee to revise 
the table of fees for this State, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
and M"" Wentworth, M"" Walker and M' J. Langdon were joined. 

A Vote giving Leave to the Inhabitants of sundry towns at upper 
Cohos (so called) to Send a Representative to the General Court, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote appointing John Langdon and Christopher Toppan Es- 
quires, a Committee to wait on the General Court of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, and Confer with them relative to sundry- 
matters relative to Commerce, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Ebenezer Torrey, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Wentworth and M"" 
Blood were joined. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of James Robertson, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill allowing him the exclusive 
privilege of keeping a P'erry over Merrimack river, within certain 
limits, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

* A Vote on the Petition of several Inhabitants of the town * 2 : 13 
of Hillsborough, granting the prayer thereof, and giving 
them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brough [t] up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Thomas Simpson, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Wentworth and M"" J. 
Langdon were joined. 

A Vote, that Thursday the 14*^ day of April next be Observed as 
a day of Public Fasting, humiliation and prayer throughout this 
State, and that the president issue a proclamation for that purpose ; 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote Granting leave to the town of Washington to bring in a 
bill to enable them to levy a tax on Lands of non-residents, to enable 
them to repair their Highways, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to put of the hearing, of the Petition of Colonel Jonathan 
Chase, until the first Tuesday of next Session, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, nine o'clock. 



172 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. l,^?^^ 

FRIDAY, February 18, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment 

Present as yesterday. 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Com[m]ittee of the Senate, tO' 
consider of a letter from General Sullivan, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred : and M"^ Oilman and M"' Blood were 
joined. 

A Vote to grant the Prayer of the Petition of the guardian of the 

heirs of Philip Eastman, late of Walpole, deceased, in this State, 

giving them Leave to bring in a bill to enable them to Sell 

* 2 : 14 the Estate of said deceased, was brought up, read and * 

Concurred. 

A Vote to give leave to the Inhabitants of New London in this 
State to bring in a bill to enable them to raise a tax in said town to 
purchase highways, &c. was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to> 
draught Instructions for the committee appointed to confer with the 
General Court of Massachusetts, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred ; and M"" Olcott, M"" Walker and M'' Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Accompt of Solomon Wheeler, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Wentworth and M"" Smith 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the petition of the Selectmen of Dunbarton, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Smith and 
M"" Walker were joined. 

A Vote for the Treasurer to receive of the Constables of Marlow 
and Alstead, Sundry sums of the Old continental bills Collected for 
taxes in the year 1781, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of a proposed bill to ascertain the right and to Confirm the 
property of Certain lands in Several Townships in this State, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Olcott and M"" Walker were 
joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Thomas Bartlet, Esq"" (praying for 
Leave to sell certain Lands of his wards) on the Second Wednesday 
of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for the trustees on confiscated estates, who have pro- 
ceeded in the sale of part of such estates to Immediately 

* 2 : 1 5 sell * the remainder, and render an Account as soon as may 

be, was brought up, read and Concurred. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 1 73 

A Vote for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Petitions of John Stark, Esq"" and George Jaffrey, Esq*" 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"^ 
Walker, M"" Olcott and M'' Smith were joined. 

A Vote to pay Thomas Bickford, the balance of his Accompt 
amounting to thirty-nine pounds, fourteen Shillings and Six Pence, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay John Holbrook Forty-five pounds, in full of all his 
claim for supplying Soldiers at the uper Cohos, during the late war, 
was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to Exchange the numbers of the regiments of militia num- 
bered twelve and twenty-three as last arranged, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Daniel Reynold's, and others, Captains in the 
Service of this State in the Late war, was brought up, read and con- 
curred ; and M"" Smith and M'' Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to nom- 
inate two persons, one of whom to be appointed to preach a Sermon 
at the meeting of the next General Court, was brought up, read and 
Concurred : and M"" Thornton and M'' Langdon were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider what business is yet Necessary to be done this Session, and 
when this Court shall adjourn ; also what pay the members. of the 
Court shall receive this Session for their travel and attendance, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' M'^Clary and M'' 
Walker * were joined. * 2 : i6 

A Vote to allow the town of Keen, three Pounds one Shil- 
ling and Six Pence half penny, hard money, and twenty-seven Shil- 
lings and eleven Pence, new emission, for taxes laid on the estate of 
Elijah Williams, an absentee, for the years one thousand Seven Hun- 
dred and Eighty-one and one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty 
two ; also, twenty two Pounds nineteen shillings and three Pence 
three Farthings, Silver Money, and ten pounds nine Shillings, new 
emission, for taxes on land of J.osiah Pomeroy, an absentee, for the 
years, one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-two, and One thou- 
sand Seven hundred and Eighty three and that the same be dis- 
counted out of the taxes due from said town, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow the town of Hollis out of their Taxes Seventeen 
Shillings and two pence one farthing, for taxes laid on land of Col. 
William Brown, an absentee in the year one thousand Seven Hundred 
and Eighty two, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned till to'morrow, nine o'clock. 



174 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

SATURDAY, February 19, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote that M"" Walker and M'' Hale be a Committee to join a 
Committee of the Honorable House, to consider of the Propriety of 
appointmg some one of the Printers in this State to be the State 
Printer and of the Method of agreeing with such Printer to do the 
business in the best and Cheapest manner, was sent down for Con- 
currence by M'' Wentworth. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate 
* 2 : 17 to Consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Plainfield,* 
and to report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
and M"" Wentworth and M"" Olcott were joined. 

A Vote that Joseph Roberts, jun"^ who lost his arm in the expedi- 
tion against Penobscot, be enrolled to receive half pay, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to restore Ebenezer Torrey to his law in a certain case 
wherein he was defaulted, and giving him Leave to bring in a bill ac- 
cordingly, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for Thomas Simpson, (who was wounded at the battle on 
Behmus's heights) to be allowed one quarter part of his wages from 
the time of his being Struck off the Pension list to this time, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for Jonathan Emerson (who was wounded at the battle on 
Behmus's heights) to be enrolled for half-pay from the Present time, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to ex- 
amine what towns or places were neglected in the last proportion of 
taxes, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and 
M'' Oilman and M"" Smith were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petitions of William Moulton and Nathan Ordway, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and non Con-curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Jeremiah Spencer, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Olcott and M"" Went- 
worth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of Cap* James Martin and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Blood and M"" M'^Clary were 
joined. 



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* A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- * 2 : i8 
ate to Consider of the Petition of Elijah Blodget, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Langdon and 
M'' Olcott were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of R. Freeman in behalf of the town of Han- 
over, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred. M'" 
Wentworth and M"" Smith were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Timothy Walker and Others on the 
Second Friday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of the Selectmen of Plainfield, directing 
sundry matters relative to the raising of the State taxes in said town, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Benjamin Davis, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Thornton and M'' Hale were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Leonard Whiting, Esq"" and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' J. Langdon and M'' Olcott 
were joined. 

A Vote to pay Gen. John Sullivan, in addition to what has been 
already Voted him for his Service, as a delegate to Congress And 
agent for the State, &c. the sum of one hundred and ten pounds, was 
brought up, read and Concurred.' 

Adjourned till Monday next three o'Clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, February 21 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
The Whole Senate were Present. 

An Act to Lnpower Sarah Ross of Portsmouth, widow to sell the 
Interest in a Certain dwelling house, and Land, Situate in 
Portsmouth * aforesaid, was read a third time, and voted that * 2 : 19 
the same be Enacted. 

An Act to Impower Mary Hart, of Portsmouth, widow, to sell the 
Interest of her two Children, minors, under the age of twelve years 
having been read a third time, and Voted that the Same be Enacted. 

A Vote that the paper bills, called the new emission money issued 
by this State, not yet redeemed, shall be received by the Treasurer 
of this State, towards the payment of all taxes due, or that shall be 
hereafter due, at the rate of three of said new emission for one silver 

^ Ham. Miscl. Prov. Papers, Vol. xviii. 748. 



176 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

dollar, on the Principal only no Interest on said bills to be calculated, 
was sent down for Concurrence, and brought up Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to nom- 
inate proper persons to devise proper Checks for Impressing, new 
blank notes, to redeem the State Securities now outstanding, and to 
superintend the press, and see said blanks struck of &c. was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Oilman and M'' Dow were joined. 
Adjourned till tomorrow nine o'clock A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 22, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote to allow Cap* Daniel Reynolds and Others, Captains in a 
regiment raised in this State, and who served in the State of Rhode 
Island in the year one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight 
the depreciation of wages as officers in the Continental army have 
been Paid, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act to incorporate a place called Ossipee Gore, in the County 
of Strafford, was read a third time, and Voted, that the same be en- 
acted. 
* 2 : 20 * An Act to Impower a Committee to settle and fix the 
boundaries and lines between the township of Sandwich and 
Moultonborough and Sandwich and Tamworth, having been read a 
third time was voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to enable the Selectmen of Washington to tax Certain 
Lands in said town, for the Purposes therein mentioned, having been 
read a third time, it was Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of Samuel Atkinson, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and non-Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider what exercise is best to be used by the militia of this State, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Smith, M"^ Dow and Mj 
Walker were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the Selectmen of Merrimack, on 
the first Tuesday of next session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the grants necessary to be made to the President, Secretary, 
Attorney General, Justices of the Superior Court, and Commissary- 
General, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' M'^Clary, M"" 
Dow and M'' Blood were joined. 

A Vote that the Rev. Jeremy Belknap be appointed and requested 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 177 

to preach a Sermon at Portsmouth, on Thursday the Second of June 
next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the propriety of the repealing of the whole, or part of 
an Act of the late Province, prescribing forms of Oaths in Certain 
Cases, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Olcott and M"" 
Wentworth were joined. 

* A Vote for adding M"" Duncan and M'' Adams to the com- * 2 : 21 
mittee for draughting bills, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for paying the accompt of Nicholas Nicolle, amounting to 
four Pounds Six Shillings and four Pence, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider what allowance shall be made the Rev. gentlemen, who have 
been Chaplains for the General Court the present year, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; and M'' Wentworth was joined. 

A Vote that the pay for travel and attendance of the General Court, 
and their officers shall be the Same as at the last Court, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Jeremiah Eames for himself and Elijah Blodget, 
twenty-one pounds twelve Shillings, for so much paid by them in 1781 
to Indians of Cohos, for CondiKting persons there who had been 
Prisoners in Canada, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to make an allowance to Cap' Lemuel Holmes, of thirty 
Pounds toward his sufferings while a Prisoner at new York, to be 
accounted, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Gen. John Stark and George Jaff- 
rey. Esq"" on the Second Thursday of next Session, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the wages of John George, and Robert Jones Sol- 
diers, who served at Coos, in the year one thousand Seven Hundred 
and Eighty two, was brought up, read and non-Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the sen- 
ate * to Consider of the Petition and memorial of Jedediah * 2 : 22 
Jewett and report thereon, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred ; and M'' Walker and Mr. J. Langdon were joined. 

A resolve for Settling the bounties and Supplies of Soldiers fami- 
lies for such Soldiers who served in the Continental army, a term of 
time less than three years, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Col. Henry Gerrish, and Others, and re- 
port thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Walker 
and M"" Thornton were joined. 



178 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Accompt of Doctor Henry Codman, and others and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Walker 
and M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Swanzy, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred; and M'' Hale and M' 
Blood were joined. 

A Vote to grant the exclusive right of keeping a Ferry over Mer- 
rimack River, in Concord, to Lemuel Tucker, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Leonard Whiting, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and non-Concurred. 

An Act to repeal part of an Act passed in the fourth year of the 
reign of the late King George the First, entitled "an Act for the es- 
tablishing forms of Oaths," was read a third time and Voted that the 
same be Enacted. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Israel Morey, Esq*" and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and non-Concurred. 

Adjourned till tomorrow nine o'clock, A. M. 

*2:23 * WEDNESDAY, February [23] 1785. 

Met according to adjournment 
Present as yesterday 

A Vote to enable Henry Gerrish and Others to bring in a bill for 
raising by Lottery, Sixteen Hundred dollars to be laid out in clearing 
the rocks in Merrimack River, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of James Houston, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"^ Dow and M"" Smith were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Ephraim Adams, in behalf of John 
Thomas, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
and M"" Wentworth and Mr. Dow were joined. 

A Vote to pay Joseph Jones, Collector of proprietors taxes for the 
town of Rumney, twenty-one pounds nine Shillings for taxes assessed 
on lands in said town of Samuel Holland Esqr's an absentee, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act to Impower the guardians of the heirs of Philip Eastman, 
late of Walpole, deceased, to sell all the real Estate of the said Heirs 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 1/9 

for the payment of debts, and the Support of the said Heirs, was 
read a third time, and Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to enable the inhabitants of New London, to tax certain 
lands for the purposes therein me[n]tioned, having been read a third 
time, it was Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to vest the exclusive Privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
Certain part of Merrimack River, in James Robertson of Bow, was 
read a third time, and voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote that the Hon. John Sullivan Esq"" Attorney Gen- 
eral * of this State, to receive out of the treasury. Seventy * 2 : 24 
five Pounds as a Salary for the Current year, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that Ebenezer Thompson, Esq"" Secretary of this State 
have and receive forty pounds, as a Salary for the Current year, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the balance of the Accompt of Major Jonathan 
Child, against the State, amounting to Seventy-five pounds ten Shil- 
lings and nine Pence, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay John T. Oilman, Esq'' Treasurer of the State two 
hundred and forty Pounds, in full for his Salary, &c. for the Current 
year, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to Con- 
sider of the Accompt of John Young and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; M"" Olcott and M"" Blood were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
nominate Six persons, three of whom to. be appointed a Committee 
to settle the Accompts of the Treasurer, the board of war and Col- 
lector of rum tax, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Walker, 
M"" Blood and M"" Dow were joined. 

An Act for raising the sum of twenty Thousand Pounds for the 
use of this State the present year, having been read a third time, it 
was voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to enroll Samuel Fugard, a Soldier in the late war agreea- 
ble to a resolve of Congress, of the 23'"'^ of April 1782 was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of John Wheelock, President of Dartmouth 
College, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
and M"" Hale and M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate 
to Consider* of a letter from John T. Oilman, Esq"" Treas- * 2 : 25 
urer of the State, and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and Concurred ; and Mr. J. Langdon and M'' Olcott were joined. 



l80 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee to consider of what 
Standards are most proper to be used by the mihtia, And what exer- 
cise shall be Practised by said Militia, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to have fifteen hundred of Baron St[e]uben's exercise 
printed and disposed among the militia of this State, was brought 
up, read and non-Concurred. 

A Vote appointing Joseph Oilman, Nathaniel Peabody and John 
Parker, Esquires, a Committee to devise proper Checks to be used in 
the Bills to be issued to redeem the State Notes was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow, nine o'clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, February 24 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday 

An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a Ferry over a 
Certain part of Merrimack River, in Lemuel Tucker, of Concord, 
his heirs and assigns, was read a third time, and voted that the same 
be Enacted. 

A Vote giving instructions to John Langdon and Christopher Top- 
pan, Esq;rs to govern them in their message to the General Court of 
the Massachusetts, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of David Corser, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Dow and M"" Oilman were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the Committee of Cocker- 
* 2 : 26 mouth,* on the Second Friday of next Session, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
the Selectmen of Dunbarton, respecting John Stinson, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Accompt of Timothy Walker, Esq"" and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" Dow and M"" Went- 
worth were joined. 

A Vote to allow the Rev. Docter Haven, the Rev. M"" Buckminster, 
and the Rev. M'' Shuttlesworth, thirty Shilhngs each for attending and 
Praying with the Oeneral Court within the year Past, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote desiring the judge of Probate of Wills, &c. for the County 
of Hillsborough, to allow Six Months longer to the Creditors of 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 18I 

Zacheus Cutler, an absentee, to exhibit their Claims to the commis- 
sioner on said Estate, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act for paying the Interest, and part of the Principal of the 
Public Securities of this State, and issuing new notes, also for paying 
a further Interest on Continental Securities having been read a third 
time, was voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote on the Petition of John Wheelock President of Dartmouth 
College ; was brought up, read and non-Concurred. 

A Vote for granting John T. Oilman, Esq'' for his service as Treas- 
urer, for Salary, Clerks, Office hire expences attending the General 
Court, &c. the Sum of three Hundred and thirty Pounds annually 
from June 12* 1783 to June 12'^ 1785, he accounting for all former 
grants, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the accompt of Nicholas Nicolle, for his time ex- 
pences and horse hire, in transporting papers belonging 
the * Secretary's Office, from Exeter to Concord, amount- * 2 : 27 
ing to four pounds three Shillings and Eight Pence, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing the Hon. Josiah Bartlet Esq'' John Parker and 
John Calfe, Esq'rs a Committee to examine the Accompts of the 
treasurer. Board of War, and Collector of rum tax, in the recess of 
the General Court, and make report next Session, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Nathaniel Foster, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A resolve impowering his Excellency the President to give order to 
the treasurer, to allow all receipts given by Jonathan Child to the 
Collectors of the County of Grafton, in consequ[e]nce of orders the 
Said Child received from the Committee of Safety, dated September 
6^^ 1783 which the said Child hath accounted for, agreeable to his 
Orders, as by this Accompt now on file in the Secretary's Office may 
appear, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act for raising by a Lottery, the Sum of Sixteen Hundred 
dollars, to be laid out on the Falls in Merrimack River, for the more 
easey Conveyance of timber down the Same, having been read a 
third time, was Voted that the Same be Enacted. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Timothy Walker, amounting to 
twenty pounds, for the Use of Rooms, &c. for the General Court 
from the i^' of June 1784, to 25 February 1785, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of John Calfe, Esq'' for recording and 
copying for the Press, the journals of the house of Representatives, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 



l82 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

A Vote on the Petition of Roger Enos was brought up, read and 
non-Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of the Hon. Samuel Livermore for at- 
tending the General Court this Session, draughting bills, &c. the sum 
of twelve pounds, was brought up, read and Concurred, 

A Vote that the Hon. Timothy Farrar, Esq"" be added to 

* 2 : 28 the * Commissioners for the County of Hillsborough, to ad- 

minister the Oaths as by law appointed, to the Civil and 
military officers within said County, and he is hereby impowered, to- 
gether with one of the Council, or one of the Commissioners to ad- 
minister the said Oaths, agreeable to the Constitution and the Laws 
of said State ; and that Ebenezer Thompson Esq*" be added to the 
Commissioners for the County of Strafford, and Joseph Oilman Esq"" 
be added to the Commissioners for the County of Rockingham, and 
James Woodward, Esq''be added to the Commissioners for the County 
of Grafton, for the Purposes and in the Manner above mentioned, was 
sent down for Concurrence, and was brought up, Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Caleb Buswell for waiting on the 
House of Representatives this Session, amounting to three Pounds 
three Shillings, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Jedediah Jewett, was brought up, read 
and non-concurred. 

A Vote that Either of the Members of Council, with either of the 
Commissioners be appointed to administer the Necessary Oaths to 
Officers civil and military in this State, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of David Corser on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned till tomorrow nine o'clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, February 25, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
A Vote to pay the Accompt of Joseph Pearson, Esq"^ for paper and 
Other things, Purchased for the State amounting to three Pounds 
eleven Shillings, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Nicholas Nicholle, for his time and 
Expences, waiting on the Senate this term, amounting to three pounds 
three Shillings, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Ebenezer Torrey, on the 

* 2 : 29 Second * Tuesday of next Session, was brought up, read 

and Concurred. 
A resolve that the sums due on the Several rolls to the Represen- 
tatives respectively for attendance in the General Court since the first 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I83 

Wednesday in June last, be Charged to Several towns and districts 
they represent, in the tax bill ordered the present Session ; and that 
Orders drawn by the persons therein named, be received in discharge 
of the taxes of the Several towns and districts they represent, was 
sent down for Concurrence and brought up, Concurred. 

A Vote that the General Court be now adjourned, to meet again at 
the State House in Portsmouth, on the 24 day of May next, agreea- 
ble to a Vote of a Committee on Necessary business, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

The foregoing is a true Journal of the Votes & proceedings of the 
Senate at the last Session of the General Court for the year 1784 — 

Attest E Thompson Sec"^ 



JOURNAL 

or THE 

House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE 



PROCEEDINGS FROM FEB. 9 TO FEB. 25, 1785, 



* 1 2 : 663 

*A JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

HON.B'' HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 

OF THE 

STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, 



At tJicir Third Scssioji under the New Constitution^ begwt and 
/widen at Concord, on the second Wednesday in February, being the 
ninth day of said niontJi, Anno Domini^ One thousand seven hundred 
and eigJityfive^ and in the nintJi year of the Independence of America. 

WEDNESDAY, February 9, 1785. 

Several Members met according to adjournment, but there not 
being a number sufficient to transact busmess, agreed to adjourn 'till 
tomorrow morning nine o'clock. 

THURSDAY, February 10, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted., That Col. Toppan, Mr. Means, Gen. Badger, Mr. Green, 
and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the memorial and petition of Daniel 
Rindge, Esq. and others, merchants in Portsmouth, and all similar 
matters, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

The following vote came down from the honorable Senate for con- 
currence : 



1 88 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [iJ^S 

State of Nciv Hampshire. 
In Senate, February lo, 1785. 

Voted, That Mr. Gilman, Mr. J. Langdon, and Mr. Smith be a 
committee to join with such of the honorable House as they shall ap- 
point, to consider of the business necessary to be done at this session, 
and report thereon. Sent down for concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Secretary. 
Which vote was read and concurred, and Major Gains, Col. Top- 
pan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Macgregore, and Gen. Badger joined. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Col. Runnels, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Moses Burbank, jun. and all similar matters, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Upon reading and considering a petition from Hancock, Voted, 
That John Duncan, Esq. Capt. Levi Spaulding, and Dr. John 
Young, be a committee, at the expence of the petition- 
* 12 1664 ers * to agree on a place for building a meeting-house in 
said Hancock, and report their proceedings to the Gen- 
eral-Court. Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Mr. Smith, Mr. Means, Major Shep- 
hard, and Col. Senter, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider and report what they think 
necessary to be done with the old Continental money now in the 
Treasury, and in the hands of individuals in this State. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan, 

Voted, That the account of the honorable George Atkinson, Esq. 
amounting to ten pounds two shillings, be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That the account of John Sparhawk, Esq. amounting to 
four pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the 
President. Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Voted, That Col. Hill, Mr. Jewett, and Capt. Spaulding, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Simeon Barret, and Isaac Barret, and all similar 
matters, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Col. Runnels, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Dow, and 
Mr. Chase, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be 
a committee to take under consideration, and report what they may 
judge necessary to be done respecting horse thieves, and for the en- 
couragement of persons who may prosecute therefor ; also, for the 
encouragement of those who may prosecute persons concerned in 
forgeries of any kind. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 



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Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Betton, and Col. Toppan, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of .Samuel Houston,' and all similar matters, and re- 
port thereon. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

* Voted, ThatMr. Jewett, Mr. Pickering, and Mr. East- * 12 : 665 
man, with such of the honorable Senate as they may join, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of Dr. Edmund Chadwick, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Eastman. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Nathaniel Folsom, 
Samuel Folsom, and Jonathan Moulton, Esq'rs, Voted, That the 
prayer thereof be granted ; and that the petitioners have leave to 
bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Major Pickering. 

Yoted, That Major Gains, Gen. Badger, Mr. Macgregore, Mr. 
Smith, and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to examine into the state of the Treasury, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Voted, That Mr. J. Pickering, Mr. Smith, Mr. Green, Major Gains, 
and Col. Peabody, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall 
join, be a committee to prepare and lay before this House, all such 
public bills as may be thought necessary to be passed this session. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Upon reading and considering the petitions from the towns of 
New-Castle and Rye, Voted, That [the prayer of said Petitions be 
granted and that] the town of Rye, have the privilege of electing a 
Representative, seperate from the town of New-Castle. 

Sent up by Mr. Scribner. 
Voted, That Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of John Wendell, Esq. and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

The committee on the petition of Samuel Houston,- and all similar 
matters, reported, that the prayer of said Houston's petition be 
granted ; and that he be made up for depreciation by the committee 
appointed for that purpose, in the usual manner. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, Voted, That it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That Major Pickering, Mr. Jewett, and Col. Runnels, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 

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consider of the petition and account of Mr. Joseph Leigh, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

* 12 : 666 *Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, February ii, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act ascertaining the rates at which coined silver and gold, and 
English half-pence and farthings, may pass within this State, was 
read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col. Leavitt and Mr. Jackman. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of the Selectmen of 
Winchester, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Thursday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time the petitioners serve the owners of the several dams on 
Ashewillot-river, in Winchester and Hinsdale, with a copy of the 
petition, and order of Court thereon, that they, or either of them, 
may appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted ^ That Col. Toppan, Major Gains, Col. Runnels, Mr. Betton, 
Capt. Morrill, Mr. Eastman, Col. Emerson, and Mr. Means, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the petitions from Kingstown, Sandown, and Rye. and 
report thereon. Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

Voted, That Mr. Green, Mr. McMurphy, Mr. Jewett, Col. Senter, 
and Mr. Jenness, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the petitions from New-Ipswich,' Peter- 
borough, Temple, Lyndborough,^ Wilton, Mason, Peterborough-Slip, 
Hancock, and Society-Land, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Means, 

Upon reading and considering the petitions from Lancaster, North- 
umberland, Stratford, Dartmouth, Piercy, and Cockburn, praying for 
the privilege of a Representative, Voted, That the prayer thereof be 
granted, and that a precept issue accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Elizabeth Butler, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that she have leave 

to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Major Gains. 

* 12 : 66^] * Upon reading and considering the petition of the inhab- 

itants of part of the towns of Wolfborough and Middle- 
town, Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the Gen- 

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eral-Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that 
in the mean time the petitioners cause that the substance of their 
petition, and order of Court thereon, be pubhshed in the New-Hamp- 
shire Gazette, three weeks successively ; and also serve the Selectmen 
of WolfboroLigh and Middletown, with a copy of the petition and 
order of Court, that they, or any person or persons, may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Voted, That Col. Senter, Capt. Marsh, and Gen. Badger, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of the Selectmen of Conway, and all similar 
matters, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Voted, That the Pay-roll of Lieut. Meshech Bell, Commandant at 
New-Castle, amounting to sixty pounds ; also the account of said 
Bell, amounting to four pounds, be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury, by order of the President. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Capt. Copp, Col. Runnels, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Kendall, 
and Major Baker, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall 
join, be a committee to consider in what way or manner the towns 
who advanced bounties to soldiers, or supplies to their families, agree- 
ably to acts or votes of the General-Court, and have not been paid 
therefor, shall be paid ; and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Voted, That Major Wiggin, Mr. Betton, and Mr. Robert Wallace, 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of Samuel Lowell,' and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Voted, That the committee for draughting bills, prepare and lay 
before this House, a bill for preventing Constables, Collectors, and 
others, trading on public monies ; also any other bills mentioned in 
the report of the committee on necessary business, that are not al- 
ready drawn. Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
* Voted, That Mr. Green, Capt. Leavitt, and Major Whit- * 12 : 66% 
comb, with such of the honorable Senate as they may join, 
be a committee to consider of the petition and accounts of Capt. 
Moses Woodward, and report thereon. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 
Voted, That Mr. Jewett, Major Wentworth, and Col. Runnels, 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of Jonathan Eliot,^ and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

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Voted, That Mr. R. Wallace, Mr. McMurphy, and Mr. Smiley, 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Rindge,' and report 
thereon. Sent up by Major Pickering. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jeremiah Prescott, 
Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Major Pickering. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Mary Hart, Voted, 
That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that she have leave to bring 
in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Copp. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of the inhabitants of 
Ossipee-Gore, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be so far granted, as that the peti- 
tioners have leave to bring in a bill for an incorporation, under cer- 
tain restrictions to be therein mentioned. Sent up by Capt. Copp. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Samuel Potter, Voted, 
That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the Treasurer, by order 
of the President, issue a new note of the same tenor with the one 
lost ; he, the said Potter, giving sufficient bond that in case the said 
lost note shall ever be produced to the Treasurer, the said new note, 
shall be given up, or the value thereof paid into the Treasury. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Solomon Robbins,^ 
Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Thursday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that the substance 
* 12 : 669 * of the petition, and order of Court thereon, be published 
three weeks successively in the New-Hampshire Gazette ; 
and also cause that a copy of said petition, and order of Court 
thereon, be posted up in some public place in the town of Westmore- 
land, that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause 
(if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

The committee on the petition of Jonathan Eliot, ^ a soldier in Col. 
Wyman's regiment, reported, that the prayer thereof be granted; 
and that the President give order on the Treasurer for the sum of 
forty shillings. Signed, J, Gilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Upon reading and considering sundry petitions and an address from 
the inhabitants of New-Boston, respecting Dr. Jonathan Gove, 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 331. -• xiii. /</, 669. 3. xiii. iV, 629. 



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Voted, That said petitions be dismissed. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, February 12, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act to establish a Seal to be used as the Great Seal of this 
State, was sent down from the Senate for concurrence, was read three 
times and concurred. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels and Major Wiggin. 

Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Betton, and Capt. Copeland, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
■consider of the petition of Enoch Hale, Esq.' and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Henry Little, in be- 
half of James Saunders, 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that Dr. Thaddeus Butler, be 
served with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, that 
he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Col. Hill, and Col. Runnels, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Lieut. Daniel McMurphy, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

* The committee on the petition of Simeon Barret and * 12 : 670 
Isaac Barret, reported that the prayer thereof be granted ; 
he, the said Isaac Barret, giving bonds to the Selectmen of Notting- 
ham-West, conditioned that he will pay in to the several Treasurers, 
the sums which his father was ordered to pay, and that the said Isaac 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Signed, Francis Blood, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 

Voted, That the account of John Duncan, Esq. amounting to three 
pounds eighteen shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, 
by order of the President. Sent up by Major Shephard. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Hill, Major Pickering, Mr. Chase, 
Mr. Duncan, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Wallace, with such of the honora- 
ble Senate as they shall join, be a committee to take under consider- 

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ation the Table of Fees, and report what alterations they judge 
necessary. Sent up by Mr. Martin. 

Voted, That Capt. Allen, Mr. Adams, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the account of Robert Gerrish, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr, Wallace. 

The committee on the petition of Samuel Lowell,' reported as their 

opinion, that he be allowed six pounds, (on account of his sickness 

and sufferings whilst a prisoner) and that the said sum be paid out of 

the Treasury, by order of the President. 

Signed, Enoch Hale, for the committee.. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 
The committee on the petition of Dr. Edmund Chadwick, reported, 
that the prayer thereof be granted. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the committee 
on depreciation, settle his accounts accordingly. 

Sent up by Mr. Eastman. 

* 12 : 671 * Voted, That Mr. Hall, Major Wiggin, and Mr. Adam.s^ 

with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a 

committee to consider of the account of Mr. Thomas Bickford, and 

report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Adjourned to Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, February 14, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The committee on the petition of the Selectmen of Conway, re- 
ported as their opinion, that the town of Conway be abated one fif- 
teenth of their taxes for the years 1782 and 1783. 

Signed, Ebenezer Smith, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 
Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Mr. Means, Mr. Chase, 
and Major Baker, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of Peter Du Sausse> 
and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Fogg. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Charity Lund, Voted, 
That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General-Court, ork 

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the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the mean time the 
petitioner cause that the guardian of James McClure, be served with 
a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, that he may then 
appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, Col. Payne, 
Capt. Sumner, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honora- 
ble Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider what sum is 
necessary to be raised for the exigencies of the current year ; also, to 
consider what part of the State securities shall be paid, and in what 
manner, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

Voted, That Col. Hill, Capt. French, Mr. Martm, Mr. Chase, and 
Col. Tash, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a 
committee to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Marlow,' 
and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Grout. 

'^ Voted, That Mr. Chase, Mr. Jewett, and Col. Leavitt, * 12 : 672 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a 
committee to consider of the account of Elijah Grout, Esq. Commis- 
sary at Charlestown, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Capron. 
Upon reading and considering the petition of Nathaniel Foster, of 
Swanzey, praying to be restored to his law in a certain case. 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time the petitioner cause that Nathaniel Hill, of Swanzey, 
be served with a copy of the petition and order of Court thereon, 
that he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted : and that all process against said 
Foster be stayed until the decision of the General-Court. 

Sent up by Mr. Capron. 
The committee to consider of the petitions from Kingstown, San- 
down, and Rye, reported as their opinion, that Rye be rejoined to the 
first regiment, and that South-Hampton be rejoined to the third reg- 
iment ; and that Sandown be rejoined to the Kingstown regiment (so 
called) and that the said Kingstown regiment, be restored to the 
number seven ; and the regiment now called number seven, be put 
to number twenty. 

Signed, Francis Blood, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

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TUESDAY, February 15, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, That Major Gains, Major Wentvvorth, Capt. French, Major 
Whitcomb, and Mr. Freeman, with such of the honorable Senate as 
may be joined, be a committee to consider of a letter from Daniel 
Newcomb, Esq. and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Child. 

Voted, That Mr. Greene, Col. Toppan, Major Whitcomb, Mr. M. 

Wallace, and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Sen- 

* 12 : 673 ate as they* shall join, be a committee to consider of the 

accounts of Major Jonathan Child, as Commissary, and 

report thereon. Sent up by Major Child. 

Voted, That Gen. Badger, Major Gains, Mr. Smith, Mr. Means and 

Col. Hill, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a 

committee to consider what is necessary to be done respecting the 

new emission money issued by this State, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Child. 

The committee on the petition of Peter Du Sausse, praying that 

an act of naturalization, might be passed in favor of himself and 

family, reported, that the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the 

petitioner have leave to bring in a bill for that purpose. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted^ That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 
Upon reading and considering the petition of Leonard Whiting, 
Esq. praying for liberty to extend an execution recovered against the 
estate of Benjamin Whiting, Esq. of Holies, an absentee. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 
The committee on the account of Robert Gerrish, reported, that 
the account of said Gerrish, amounting to thirty-two pounds ten 
shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the Committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Col. Hill. 

Voted, That Mr. Betton, Major Whitcomb, and Col. Child, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Capt. Lemuel Holmes, and all similar 
matters, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. M. Wallace. 



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Voted, That Major Wentvvorth, Capt. Allen, and Major Pickering, 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee 
to consider of the petition of James Turner, a soldier in Capt. Scott's 
company, Col. Jackson's regiment, praying for depreciation, and re- 
port thereon. Sent up by Mr. M. Wallace. 

* Voted, That Col. Peabody, Major Wentworth, Mr. * 12: 674 
Means, Capt. Sumner, and Col. Payne, with such of the 
honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider of the 
propriety of appointing Surveyors of Land in this State, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That Major Wiggin, Mr. Pickering, and Col. Senter, with 

such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 

consider of the account of Mr. Benjamin Biggelow, and report 

thereon. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
An Act to impower Isaac Barrett of Nottingham-West, to collect 
certain taxes in said town, was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by Mr. Jewett, and Major Wentworth. 
An Act impowering Elizabeth Butler, to prosecute actions in her 
own name, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jewett and Major Wentworth. 
Voted, That the hearing of the petition of Thomas Pinkham, 
which was to have been this day, before the General-Court, be post- 
poned to the third Tuesday of their next session ; and all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

* The committee on the account of Elijah Grout, Esq. re- * 12 : 675 
ported, that he be allowed sixty-six pounds four shillings 

and three pence, in full for the ballance due on said account. 

Signed, J. Gilman, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

The committee on the petition and memorial of a number of mer- 
chants, traders and others, inhabitants of the town of Portsmouth, 
reported as their opinion, that the Legislature of this State choose a 
committee of two or three persons to confer with the Legislature of 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with respect to the trade and 
commerce carried on between the subjects of the said Commonwealth 
and those of this State, urging the necessity of peace and harmony 
among the whole ; and that, that Commonwealth's laying duties on 



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goods, wares and merchandizes belonging to subjects of this State, 
will have a manifest tendency to disunite them. 

Signed, J. Langdon, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that Col. Toppan, 
Mr. Chase, and Major Gains, with such of the honorable Senate as 
they shall join, be a committee to nominate to this House proper 
persons for a committee for the before mentioned purpose. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

* 12: 676 * Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Jewett, and Mr. 

Green, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall 
join, be a committee to consider of the petition of the Selectmen 
of Cornish, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Voted, That the account of Capt. Aaron Kinsman, amounting to 
five pounds four shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President. Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Sarah Ross, praying 
for liberty to sell a certain house and land in Portsmouth, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that she have 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

An Act to commit the sole administration of the estate of Jeremiah 
Prescott, late of Epping, deceased, intestate, into the hands of his 
son Jeremiah Prescott, was read a third time, and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by Mr. Green, and Col. Leavitt. 

An Act authorizing and impowering Leonard Whiting, Esq. to 
levy or extend an execution recovered by him, upon the estate of 
Benjamin Whiting, P^sq. was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by Mr. Green, and Col. Leavitt. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, February 16, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act for the naturalization of Peter Du Sausse, Julia Du 
Sausse, his wife, Mary Esta, his daughter, and Adrian 

* 12 : 677 * his son, was read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Capt. Holmes, and Mr. McMurphy. 
Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Betton, Mr. Means, Mr. Duncan, 
Col. Payne, Mr. Green, and Major Gains, with such of the honorable 
Senate as they shall join, be a committee to take under consideration 
the bill presented, for laying an Impost Duty on wares, merchandize, 
&c. and report what alterations they may judge necessary. 

Sent up by Capt. Holmes. 



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An Act to alter and establish the times and places of holding the 
several Courts of Judicature within this State, was read a third time, 
and passed to be enacted. Sent up by Mr. Green, and Mr. Smith. 

The following Resolve came down from the honorable Senate for 
concurrence ; 

State of Nezv HampsJiire. 

In Senate, February i6, 1785. 

Whereas the certificates issued by this State, for payment of inter- 
est due on securities given by this State, and also on loan-office cer- 
tificates (so called) being for money loaned to the United-States, and 
likewise those issued for payment of fifteen per centum of the debts 
owed by this State, have been appropriated to be received in pay- 
ment of several particular taxes as set forth in the acts and resolves 
for issuing the same; which hath been found inconvenient, and a 
great hindrance to the speedy collecting of taxes : 

Therefore, be it Resolved, by the Senate and House of Represent- 
atives, in General-Court convened, that all certificates that have been 
issued, or shall be issued by this State, for payment of interest due 
on securities given by this State, or on money loaned to the United 
States, or in payment of the principal or any part thereof due from 
this State, shall be received by the Treasurer in payment of all taxes 
now due, or shall hereafter be due to this State, excepting the second 
tax issued in the year 1781, and ordered to be paid in paper bills 
called the new emission, or in such future taxes where the same shall 
be specially ordered to be paid otherways. 

Sent down for concurrence. 

Woodbury Langdon, President, P. T. 
The same day read and concurred. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 
* The committee on the petition of James Turner, re- * 12 -.6']% 
ported, that the petitioner be allowed his depreciation ac- 
cording to the prayer of his petition, in the same manner as has been 
allowed to others in like cases. 

Signed, Simeon Olcott, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the committee 
on depreciation govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Shephard, 

Voted, That the account of Samuel Fowler, Esq. amounting to 

one pound ten shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by 

order of the President. Sent up by Major Shephard. 



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The committee on the petition of the Selectmen of Marlovv/ and all 
similar matters, reported that the Continental paper money collected 
by the Constable or Constables of said Marlow ; as also by those of 
Alstead and Acworth, according to their several sums, sworn to, be 
received into the Treasury of this State, in the same manner as 
others have been received in similar circumstances. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Betton. 
The committee on the account of Benjamin Biggelow, reported that 
said account, amounting to forty pounds twelve shillings and one 
penny half-penny, be allowed. 

Signed, Francis Blood, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted^ That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 

give order accordingly. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Mr. Knowles, Mr. Adams, and Capt. Copp, which 

such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 

consider of the petition of John Holbrook, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 
Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Thomas Parsons, Esq. 
and others, which was to have been this day before the General- 
Court, be postponed to the second Friday of their next session ; of 
which all persons concerned, are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly. Sent up by Major Wiggin 

* 12 : 679 * Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
Agreeably to the order of the day, sundry petitions were heard, 
and the consideration of said petitions postponed until to-morrow 
morning. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, February 17, 17S5. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, That Col. Hill, Major Gains, and Mr. Betton, with such of 
the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to nominate 
three proper persons to be appointed a committee to revise the Table 
of Fees for this State, in the recess of the General-Court, and re- 
port thereon the next session of said Court. 

Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

1- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 575. 



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An Act for the more speedy determination of actions wherein 
foreigners are concerned, was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by Mr. Duncan, and Major Wiggin. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of James Robertson, 
praying for the privilege of a ferry a-cross Merri mac- river, from Bow 
to Pem brook, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the peti- 
tioner have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Robert McClure,' and 
others, praying that a certain severance of land formerly made in 
Hillsborough, may be established. 

Voted, That the prayer of said petition be granted ; and tliat the 
petitioners have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition from the inhabitants of 
the town of Washington, praying that unimproved lands may be 
taxed for repairing highways, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted and that the petitioners 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of sundry inhabitants 
of Charlestown, praying for liberty for a poll parish, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be not granted. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Langdon, Esq. and Christopher Top- 
pan, Esq., be and they hereby are appointed a committee to repair to 
the General-Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as soon as 
conveniently may be, and confer with said Court, on the matters men- 
tioned in the vote of Tuesday last. Sent up by Mr. Betton. 

* Voted, That Mr. Greene, Capt. Leavitt, and Col. Run- * 12 : 680 
nels, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of Ebenezer Torrey, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Betton. 

Voted, That the hearing on the petition of Col. Jonathan Chase, 
which was to have been this day, before the General-Court, be post- 
poned to the first Tuesday of their next session ; of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That Thursday the fourteenth day of April next, be observed 
and kept as a day of Public Easting Humiliation and Prayer, through- 
out this State, and that his Excellency the President be desired to 
issue a Proclamation for that purpose. Sent up by Major Gains. 

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Voted, That Mr. Jenness, Col. Bartlett, Mr. Pickering, Capt. Fogg, 
and Capt. Calfe, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined 
be a committee to consider of the petition of Capt. Thos. Simpson, 
and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Upon motion whether a Sermon shall be preached at the com- 
mencement of the next General-Court, which is to meet at Ports- 
mouth, in June next, the Yeas and Nays were required, and are as 
follows, viz. 

Yeas. — Major Gains, Mr. Duncan, Col. Peabody, Mr. Jewett, Mr. 
Storey, Mr. Betton, Capt. Underbill, Major Shephard, Mr. Smith, 
Mr. Pickering, Mr. Smiley, Capt. Copp, Mr. Jenness, Mr. Powers, 
Mr. Martin, Col. Toppan, Mr. Morss, Mr. Means, Mr. Green, Mr. 
Freeman, Capt. Spaulding, Mr. Daniels, Col. Child, Mr. R. Wallace, 
Capt. Allen, Major Wiggin, Mr. Jackman, Capt. Calfe, Col. Hill, Mr. 
Hall, Mr. Knowles, Col. Bartlett, Mr. Willard, Capt. Marsh, Mr. 
Eastman, Mr. Grout, Capt. Emerson, Capt. Clough, Mr. Ayer, Capt. 
Putnam, Major Batcheldor, Col. Payne. 

Nays. — Col. Runnels, Major Whitcomb, Col. Tash, Mr. McMur- 
phy, Mr. Sanborn, Col. Page, Col. Leavitt, Mr. VVilbore, Mr. Cragin, 
Mr. Shaw, Capt. Holmes, Mr. M. Wallace, Mr. Merrill, Major Baker, 
Mr. Greeley, Capt. Eastman, Mr. Huse, Mr. Grout, Capt. Morrill, 
Capt. Fogg, Major Capron, Major Wentworth, Mr. Clough, Capt. 
Sumner, Capt. French, Capt. Foss, Mr, Chase, Mr. Adams, Gen. 
Badger, Capt. Copeland, Mr. Dow, Mr. Bedee, Col. Senter, Capt. Pet- 
tingill, Col. Richardson, Mr. Scribner. 

42 Yeas. 36 Nays. 
* 12 : 681 * So the motion prevailed. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Asahel 
Bundy, and others (guardians for certain minors) praying for liberty 
to sell lands belonging to their wards. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioners 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of Levi Harvey, and 
others, praying that the [unimproved Lands of] non resident owners 
of lands in New- London, may be taxed to the highways. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the petition- 
ers have leave to bring in a bill accordingly, exempting only the lands 
now owned by the original grantors. Sent up by Major Shephard. 



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An Act to impovver a committee to settle and fix the boundaries 
and lines between the townships of Sandwich and Moultonborough, 
and Sandwich and Tamworth, was read a third time, and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Major Shephard and Major Wiggin. 

The committee on the account of Mr. Thomas Bickford, reported, 
that the said Bickford be allowed thirty-nine pounds fourteen shil- 
lings and six pence, in full for the ballance of his account. 

Signed, Enoch Hale, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 
Voted, That Gen. Badger, Col. Peabody, Col. Hill, Col. Bartlett, 
and Mr. Jewett, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to take under consideration a letter from Gen. Sulli- 
van, and the matters therein referred to, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Gains. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock tomorrow morning. 

* FRIDAY, February i8, 178$. * 12:682 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The committee on the petition of the Selectmen of Marlow,' and 
all similar matters, reported, that the several sums of the old emis- 
sion Continental money as collected, returned, and sworn to by the 
Constables of said town of Marlow, Alstead and Acworth, viz. From 
Abisha Tubs of Marlow, aforesaid, one thousand eight hundred and 
seventy dollars and five shillings ; from Rufus Huntley, of said Mar- 
low, two thousand four hundred and thirty-six dollars ; from Zebulon 
Crane, of Alstead, aforesaid, one thousand seven hundred and thirty- 
nine pounds five shillings ; from Nathan Fay, of said Alstead, eleven 
hundred and ninety-six pounds eight shillings , and from William 
Markham, of Acworth aforesaid, three hundred and ninety-seven 
dollars, be received by the Treasurer of the State, on account of the 
several taxes for which the same was collected. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered. 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Major Shephard. 

Voted, That Mr. Greene, Col. Peabody, Col. Hill, Mr. Smith, and 

Mr. Beede, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be 

1- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 575. 



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a committee to consider of a proposed bill to ascertain the right and 
confirm the property of certain lands in several townships in this 
State, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Peabody, and Major Wiggin, with 
such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to 
consider of the account of Solomon Wheeler, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

The committee on the petition of John Holbrook, reported, that 
the said Holbrook's petition be granted ; and that he be allowed 
forty-five pounds, in full of all claims against the State, on account 
of supplying soldiers, &c. 

Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Major Child. 

* 12 :683 * The committee on the letter of Daniel Newcomb, Esq. 
reported, that the Trustees upon confiscated estates, who 
have been legally appointed by the several Judges of Probate within 
this State, who have proceeded and sold any part of said confiscated 
estates, that they immediately advertise and make sale according to 
said law, of all remainder of such estates as they have inventoried, 
and settle their accounts with the Judges of Probate in their respect- 
ive counties, as soon as may be. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Thomas Rartlett, 
Esq. Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time he cause that the substance of the petition, and order 
of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the New- 
Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons may then appear and 
shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Col. Payne, and Col. Hill, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to draught 
such instructions as they may judge necessary to give the Hon. John 
Langdon, and Christopher Toppan, Esq'rs, a committee to the Gen- 
eral-Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Sent up by Capt. Copp. 

Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Greene, Gen. Badger, Mr. Duncan, 
Major Gains, and Col. Hill, with such of the honorable Senate as 



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may be joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of the 
Selectmen of Dunbarton,' and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That Col. Runnels, Mr. Greene, Gen. Badger, Col. Toppan, 
Col. Payne, Capt. Sumner, and Mr. Means, with such of the honora- 
ble Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider of the peti- 
tion of Gen. John Stark ; also the petition of George Jaffrey, Esq. 
in behalf of the Masonian Proprietors, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

* The committee on the petition from New-Ipswich,- * 72 : 684 
and sundry other towns, reported, that the prayer of the 
petition be granted ; and that the regiment numbered twenty-three in 
the late arrangement, be numbered twelve ; and that the number 
twelve, be numbered twenty-three. 

Signed, John McCleary, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Tash, Mr. Duncan, Major Whit- 
comb, and Col. Senter, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of the petition of Daniel Run- 
nels, Samuel Dearborn, and Ezekiel Gile, Captains in the army in 
the year 1778, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Knowles, and Mr. Greene, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
nominate to this House two proper persons, out of whom one to be 
appointed to preach a Sermon at the meeting of the General-Court, 
at Portsmouth, in June next. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Means, Mr. Chase, and 
Col. Payne, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be 
a committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be done at 
this session, and at what time, and to what time and place this Gen- 
eral-Court shall be adjourned ; also, to consider what pay the mem- 
bers of the honorable Senate and House of Representatives, and 
their officers, shall receive for their travel and attendance at this 
session, and report thereon. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

An Act to impower Mary Hart, of Portsmouth, widow, to sell her 
interest of her two children, minors, under the age of twelve years, 
was read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin and Mr. Smith. 

>• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 564. '-• xii. id, 742. 



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An Act to impower Sarah Ross, of Portsmouth, widow, to sell her 
interest in a certain dwelling house and land situate in Portsmouth, 
aforesaid, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin and Mr. Smith. 
* 12:685 * Voted, That the town of Keene, be allowed out of 
their State taxes, three pounds one shilling and six pence 
half-penny, lawful money, and one pound seven shillings and eleven 
pence, new emission, being for the taxes laid upon Elijah Williams's 
land for the years 1781 and 1782, he being an absentee from this 
State ; and that the President give order accordingly, agreeably to 
a resolve of said State. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That the town of Holies, be allowed out of their State 
taxes, seventeen shillings and two pence farthing, being for taxes laid 
upon Col. William Brown's land, in said town, in the year 1782, he 
being an absentee from this State ; and that the President give order 
agreeably to a resolve of said State. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Voted, That the town of Keene, be allowed out of their State 
taxes, twenty-two pounds nineteen shillings and three pence three 
farthings, silver money, and ten pounds nine shillings, new emission 
money, being for the taxes laid upon lands of Josiah Pomeroy, for the 
years 1781 and 1782, he being an absentee from this State ; and that 
the President give order accordingly, agreeably to a resolve of this 
State. Sent up by Major Gains. 

The committee on the petition of Ebenezer Torrey, praying to be 
restored to his law in a certain case, reported, that the prayer thereof 
be granted ; and that he have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Voted, That Major Gains, Mr. Greene, and Capt. Pickering, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Plainfield, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Dow. 

The committee on the petition of Capt. Thomas Simpson, reported, 
that the said Thomas Simpson, be allowed one quarter part of his 
wages, from the time of his being struck off the pension list, to the 
present day, in full. Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. P'oss. 
* 12 : 686 * The committee on the petition of Thomas Simpson, and 
all similar matters, reported, that the prayer of the peti- 
tion of Jonathan Emerson, be so far granted, as that he be enrolled 
for half pay from the present time. 

Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 



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Voted, That it be received and accepted. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

The committee on the petition of Thomas Simpson, and all similar 

matters, reported, that the prayer of the petition of Joseph Roberts, 

jun. be granted ; and that he accordingly be enrolled for half-pay to 

commence at this day. Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, February 19, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr. Jewett, and Col. Payne, with such of 
the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to examine 
what towns or places were neglected in the last proportion of taxes, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

An Act to enable the Selectmen of Washington to tax certain 
lands in said town for the purposes therein mentioned, was read a 
third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland and Mr. Jenness. 

An Act to incorporate a place called Ossipee-Gore, in the county 
of Strafford, was read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Capt. Copeland and Mr. Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the petitions of Timothy Walker,' 
Esq. and others, praying that sundry towns in the county of Rock- 
ingham, may be disannexed from said county, and annexed to the 
county of Hillsborough, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time the petitioners cause that the substance of the petition, 
and order of Court thereon, be published three weeks 
successively in the New* Hampshire Gazette, that any * 12 1687 
person or persons may then appear and shew cause 
(if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Mr. Hall. 

The committee on the letter from Gen. John Sullivan, reported, 
that he be allowed one hundred and ten pounds, in addition to what 
has been already allowed him for his services at Philadelphia, as Agent 
for this State, in the years 1781 and 1782.- 

Signed, J. Gilman, by order of the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. Sent up by Col. Hill. 

'■ xi. Ham. Town Papers, 400. -■ xviii. Him. Misc. Papers, 748. 



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Voted, That Major Gains, Col. Bartlett, and Mr. Chase, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of R. Freeman, in behalf of the town of Hanover, 
and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Freeman. 

Voted, That Mr. McMurphy, Major Wentworth, and Capt. Sum- 
ner, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a com- 
mittee to consider of the petition of Jeremiah Spencer,' and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

J'otcd, That Mr. Means, Mr. Jenness, Mr. Knowles, Mr. Beede, 
and Mr. Adams, with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, 
be a committee to consider of the petitions of William Moulton, and 
Nathan Ordway, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Greeley. 

Voted, That Major Wiggin, Col. Page, and Col. Bartlett, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Capt. James Martin, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Macgregore. 

[Voted tha.t W M^^Murphy, M"" Mann, & Maj'" Baker with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a committee to consider of the 
Petition of Leonard Whiting Esq"" and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Chase.] 

Voted, That Mr. Greene, Major Gains, Capt. Foss, Col. Runnels, 
and Mr. Jackman, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider of the petition of Capt. Samuel 
Atkinson, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Macgregore. 

Voted, That Mr. McMurphy, Mr. Mann, and Major Baker, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
consider of the petition of Elijah Blodget, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Foss. 
* 12 : 688 * The committee on the petition of the Selectmen of Plain- 
field, reported, that the present, or any future Selectmen, 
ought to, and shall tax the present and future inhabitants of Plain- 
field, as though the demands were for the time being ; and that the 
Treasurer be directed to suspend issuing his extent against said 
Plainfield, until the ne.xt sitting of the General-Court. 

Signed, S. Olcott, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Chase. 

Voted, That Mr. Adams, Capt. Calfe, and Capt. Sumner, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of Benjamin Davis, and others, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Mr. Chase. 

'■ xi. Ham. Town Papers, 375. 



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Voted, That the additional pay-roll of travel, to sundry members 
■of the House of Representatives, for June session, 1784, amounting 
to two pounds nine shillings and four pence, be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury, by order of the President. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of the Selectmen of 
Merrimac," 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the first Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time, the petitioners cause that the Selectmen of Amherst, be 
served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, 
that they may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Adjourned to Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, February 21, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

* The committee on the petition of Captains Daniel * 12:689 
Runnels, Samuel Dearborn, and Ezekiel Gile, in behalf of 
themselves, and their subalterns, respecting wages and depreciation 
due to them as officers in the service of their country, in the year 
1778, are of opinion, that by the resolves of the State, and orders 
issued to those officers, they are entitled to receive the same pay as 
officers of their rank in the Continental army ; Therefore report, that 
said Runnels, Dearborn, and Gile, and their subalterns, be settled 
with in the manner, and paid the same wages and depreciation as 
Continental officers of equal grades who served that season, deduct- 
ing only the sums already paid thera respectively ; and that the com- 
mittee on depreciation, &c. take order thereon, and govern themselves 
accordingly. Signed, Enoch Hale, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Gen. Badger, and Col. Toppan, with 
such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 
nominate three proper persons to devise proper checks for impressing 
new blank notes to redeem the State securities now outstanding ; 
also, to superintend the press, and see said blanks struck off ; and 
that they also nominate proper persons to countersign the same, 
agreeably to a bill presented to this House, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

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The committee on the petition of Capt. Lemuel Holmes, reported, 
that he the said Holmes, by reason of his great sufferings while in 
captivity, and the difificulties he has met with in having his accounts 
settled by Congress, have and receive out of the public Treasury 
thirty pounds, to be by him accounted for on settlement. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted, and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Holmes. 

The following vote came down from the honorable Senate for con^ 
currence : 

Stafe of Neiv HampsJiire^ 
In Senate, February 21, 1785. 

* 12 : 690 * Voted, That the paper bills called the new emission * money 
issued by this State, not yet redeemed, shall be received 
by the Treasurer of this State, towards payment of all taxes now 
due, or that shall be hereafter due, at the rate of three of said new 
emission for one silver dollar on the principal only ; no interest on 
said bills to be calculated. 

Sent down for concurrence. E. Thompson, Secretary. 

The same day read and concurred. 

Sent up by Capt. Emerson. 

Voted ^ That Col. Bartlett, Gen. Badger, Mr, Macgregore, Major 
Shephard, and Major Baker, with such of the honorable Senate as 
may be joined, be a committee to take under consideration what 
standard or banners, are most proper to be used in the several regi- 
ments in this State ; also what exercise is best to be practised by the 
militia of this State ; and also, to consider of some more convenient 
method of swearing the Captains and Subalterns than is now pointed 
out. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, F^ebruarv 22, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, That the Rev. Jeremy Belknap, be and hereby is appointed 
and requested to prepare and preach an Election-Sermon at Ports- 
mouth, on Thursda}^ the second day of June next ; and that the Pres- 
ident be desired to give the necessary information thereof. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody, Col. Toppan, and Mr. Smith, with such 

of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to take 

under consideration the propriety of repealing the whole, or any part 



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of an act of the late province, prescribing the form of oaths to be 
taken by civil officers, &c. and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 
Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Capt. Copp, Capt. Putnam, Mr. Chase, 
and Mr. Freeman, with such of the honorable Senate as may be 
joined, be a committee to consider what allowance shall be made his 
Excellency the President for his past services ; also, to consider what 
allowance shall be made to the honorable the Judges of 
the* Superior-Court, the Attorney-General, the Secre- * 12: 691 
tary, the Treasurer, and the Commissary-General, and 
report thereon. Sent up by Mr. Wallace. 

Voted, That Mr. Duncan, and Mr. Adams, be added to the com- 
mittee for draughting public bills. Sent up by Mr. Duncan. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Jeremiah Eames, 
Esq. in behalf of himself and Elijah Blodget, praying that they may 
be allowed seventy-two dollars, which they paid for the redemption 
of four persons, inhabitants of the United-States, who had been in 
captivity. 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Foss. 

Voted, That Mr. Knowles, Mr. Adams, and Mr. Hall, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made the reverend gentleman of the 
Clergy, who have been Chaplains to the General-Court, the present 
year, and report thereon. Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Merrimac-River in James Robertson, of Bow, was 
read a third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness and Mr. McMurphy. 

An Act to enable the inhabitants of New-London, to tax certain 
lands for the purposes therein mentioned, was read a third time, and 
passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness and Mr. McMurphy. 

An Act to impower the guardians to the heirs of Philip Eastman, 
late of Walpole, deceased, to sell all the real estate of said heirs, for 
the payment of debts, and the support of said heirs, was read a third 
time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr, Jenness and Mr. McMurphy. 

An Act to enable Ebenezer Torrey, of Guildhall, to re-enter an 
action brought against him by David Learned, and Abel Learned, 
and judgment obtained thereon by default ; and to impower the said 
Torrey, to have a hearing upon the merits of the action, was read a 
third time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness and Mr. McMurphy. 



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*I2 : 692 * Voted, That the account of Nicholas Nicholle, amounting 
to four pounds six shillings and four pence, be allowed 
and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the President. 

Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Voted, That the pay for the travel and attendance of the members 
of the honorable Senate and House of Representatives, and their 
officers for the present session, be the same as at the last session ; 
and that the Secretary and Clerk make up the rolls accordingly, and 
certify the same to the President, who is requested to give order for 
the payment of said rolls. Sent up by Mr. Jenness. 

Resolved, That the committee on soldiers accounts make up the ac- 
counts for bounties paid by the several towns in this State, to sol- 
diers who engaged to serve in the Continental army in the years 
1777, 1778, and 1779, tor a less term of time than three years, and 
who actually performed the service for which they engaged ; and 
also, that they make up the accounts for supplies to soldiers families, 
from the first day of January, 1780, to the 21st of June, 1783, at 
which time the supplies were ordered to be stopped ; and that no ac- 
counts be allowed, but such as are well vouched or attested to by the 
Selectmen, and have been lodged with the Committee of Claims, 
agreeable to votes of the General-Court ; and that the President be 
authorized to draw orders on the Treasurer in favor of such towns as 
shall produce a certificate from the committee on soldiers accounts, 
of the sums due for bounties and supplies advanced by any town, in 
consequence of, or agreeable to any act, vote, or resolve of the Gen- 
eral-Court, and that the same has been deducted from the soldiers 
wages. Sent up by Capt. Calfe. 

Voted, That Mr. Benjamin Biggelow, have and receive out of the 
Treasury, thirty pounds, lawful money by order of the President ; he 
the said Biggelow, to be accountable therefor, as Agent-Victualler. 

Sent up by Capt. Calfe. 
* 12:693 * The committee on the petition of James Martin, re- 
ported, that the prayer thereof be granted. 

Signed, Francis Blood, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 

give order on the Treasurer for the payment of Robert Jones, and 

John George, soldiers in Capt. Ebenezer Webster's company, at 

Coos, in the year 1782. Sent up by Mr. Smith. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
The committee on the petitions of General John Stark and George 
Jaffrey, Esq. reported, that the second Thursday of their next ses- 



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sion be assigned for a public hearing on said petitions ; and that in 
the mean time the Secretary be directed to publish the substance of 
said petitions, and order of Court thereon, six weeks successively in 
the New-Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. Smith. 

An Act for raising the sum of twenty-two thousand pounds, for 
the use of this State, for the present year, was read a third time, and 
passed to be enacted. Sent up by Mr. Smith, and Col. Runnels. 

An Act to repeal part of an act passed in the fourth year of the 
reign of the late King George the first, intitled " An Act for the es- 
tabhshing forms of oaths," was read a third time, and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Mr. Smith, and Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That Major Whitcomb, Capt. Underbill, and Capt. Foss, 
with such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a commit- 
tee to consider of the account of Dr. Henry Codman, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

Voted, That Col. Peabody Gen. Badger, Mr. Greeley, Capt. 
Holmes, and Major Baker, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of the memorial of Mr. Jede- 
diah Jewett, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

* Voted, That Gen. Badger, Col. Toppan, Col. Bartlett, * 12 : 694 
Major Pickering, and Mr. Smith, with such of the honor- 
able Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider of the peti- 
tion of Israel Morey, Esq. and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. Greene, Mr. Macgregore, Col. Peabody, Mr. M. 

Wallace, and Col. Runnels, with such of the honorable Senate as they 

shall join, be a committee to consider of the petition of Henry Ger- 

rish,' Esq. and others, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col. Runnels. 

The committee to consider of the petition of Leonard Whiting, 
Esq. reported, that the said Whiting, have a hearing before the 
General Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and 
that in the mean time, he serve Richard-Cutts Shannon, Esq. with a 
copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon ; and also publish 
the substance of the same, three weeks successively in the New- 
Hampshire Gazette. Signed, .Simeon Olcott, for the committee. 

'• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 



214 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Capt. Underbill. 
Upon reading and considering the petition of Lemuel Tucker/ 
praying for the privilege of a ferry over Merrimac-River, — Voted, 
That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that he have leave to bring 
in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Greene. 

Voted^ That Capt. Allen, Col. Payne, Mr. Scribner, Major Wiggin, 
and Mr. Hall, with such of the honorable Senate as may be joined, 
be a committee to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Swanzey, and report thereon. Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

Voted, That Col. Hill, Mr. McMurphy, and Capt. Allen, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of James Houston, =" and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Mr. Knowles, Mr. Smiley, and Capt. Emerson, with 

such of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to 

consider of the petition of Ephraim Adams, in behalf of John 

Thomas, and report thereon. Sent up by Capt. Young 

* 12:695 * Upon reading and considering the petition of Col. 

Joseph Senter, in behalf of Joseph Jones of Rumney, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

The committee on the petition of Henry Gerrish,-^ Esq. and others, 

reported that the prayer thereof be so far complied with, as that a 

lottery be granted to raise sixteen hundred dollars clear of expence ; 

and that the petitioners have leave to bring in a bill for that purpose. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 
Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, February 23, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Sullivan, Esq. Attorney-General for 
this State, have and receive out of the Treasury, by order of the Presi- 
dent, seventy-five pounds, as a salary for the current year. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Voted, That the Hon. Ebenezer Thompson, Esq. Secretary for this 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 401. -• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 4^4. ■'• Supra. 



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State, have and receive out of the Treasury, forty pounds, as a salary 
for the current year ; and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Voted, That the Hon. John-Taylor Oilman, Esq. Treasurer for 
this State, have and receive the sum of two hundred and forty 
pounds, in full for his services, the use of his office, pay of his Clerk, 
&c. for the present year ; and that the President give order accord- 
ingly. Sent up by Col. Peabody. 

Whereas in and by an act passed the 13th of April, 1784, it is 
enacted that the annual meeting in the town of Surry, shall be held 
on the first Monday in March annually ; but as the inhabitants have 
not had notice thereof, and the said first Monday so nigh, that legal 
notice cannot be given of the business necessary to be transacted at 
said meeting : 

Therefore Resolved, That the meeting for the present year, be 
held on the fourth Tuesday of March next ; and that the present 
Selectmen give notice of the time, place and design of said meeting ; 
and the officers chosen at said meeting, are to give notice that the 
annual meeting in said town is to be held on the first Monday in 
March annualty, in future. Sent up by Capt. Holmes. 

* The committee on the accounts of Major Jonathan * 12 : 696 
Child, after examining the whole of the same, reported, 
that there is a ballance of seventy-five pounds ten shillings and nine 
pence, due to said Child as per account current ; and that the Presi- 
dent give order for the payment of the same. 

Signed, John Langdon, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Child, 

The committee to draught such instructions as they may judge 
necessary to give the Hon. John Langdon, and Christopher Toppan, 
Esq'rs, Commissioners from this State to the honorable the General- 
Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, beg leave to report as 
their opinion, that the following resolve pass the Court, and be 
delivered to said Langdon and Toppan, as their instructions. 

Whereas the commercial interests of the subjects of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, and those of this State, are so reciprocal 
and interwoven with each other, that it is necessary some laws and 
regulations should be adopted that may be of mutual benefit and 
advantage in regulating trade as well by sea as by land ; and that 
such impost acts as have been passed in either or both of said States, 
to the prejudice of trade or the revenue of either State, or the sub- 
jects thereof be revised and put on a fair and equitable basis for 
both : 



2l6 XEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Therefore Rcsohcd, That the said Langdon and Toppan, be and 
they arc hereby appointed Commissioners for this State, to repair ta 
the honorable the Genei'al-Court of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts, and there propose and consult on such laws and regulations as 
shall be judged necessary and convenient for the reciprocal and 
mutual advantage of each State ; and that the said Mess. Langdon 
and Toppan, will endeavor to obtain a repeal of all such laws and 
regulations of trade as may be injurious or inequitable to either State, 
or the subjects thereof or in any ways embarass a free and open 

trade between each other. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

* 12: 697 * Voted, That Mr. Pickering, Mr. M. Wallace, and Mr. 

Macgregore, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of the account of Capt. John 
Young, and all similar matters, and report thereon. 

Sent up b}^ Capt. Young. 
Voted, That Col. Toppan, Gen. Badger, Capt. Putnam, Major 
Shephard, and Mr. Ayer, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to nominate to this House six persons, out 
of whom, for three to be appointed a committee to settle the accounts 
between this State and the Treasurer, the Board of War and Col. 
Joshua Wentworth, collector of the Rum Tax, in the recess of the 
General-Court. Sent up by Major Gains. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Samuel Fugard,' 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted ; and that he be enrolled 
agreeably to a resolve of Congress, of the 23d of April 1782, and 
paid accordingly. Sent up by Capt. Young. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Capt. Copp, Mr. Macgregore, Mr. 
Chase, and Capt. Young, with such of the honorable Senate as they 
shall join, be a committee to consider of the petition from the Trus- 
tees of Dartmouth-College, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Young. 

The committee to consider what Standard or Banners are most 
proper to be used in the several Regiments of this State ; also, what 
exercise is best to be practised by the militia of this State ; and also,, 
to consider of some convenient method of swearing the Captains and 
Subalterns, &c. reported, that the exercise to be used in the several 
Regiments of Militia in this State, be that which is commonly called 
Baron Stuben's, and lately published and used in the Continental 
army ; and that an act or resolve be passed impowering any Magis- 
trate within the limits of his commission, to administer the constitu- 

'• Ham. Town Papers, 85, 86. 



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tional oaths to the Captains and Subalterns of the Militia; and that 
the consideration of what Standard or Banners shall be made use of, 
be postponed until the Major-General can be consulted upon the 
subject. Signed, Ebenezer Smith, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Bartlett. 

* Voted, That Col. Hill, Mr. Smith, Mr. Emerson, * 12:698 
Capt. Sumner, and Col. Senter, with such of the honorable 
Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider of a letter from 
John-Taylor Oilman, Esq. Treasurer, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding.' 

Voted, That fifteen hundred copies of Baron Stuben's exercise, 
(lately practised in the Continental army) be printed and dispersed 
to the commission officers of the militia in this State, and that the 
Secretary be requested to see the same performed, as soon as con- 
veniently may be. Sent up by Col. Leavitt. 

An Act, for paying the interest and part of the principal of the 
public securities of this State, and for issuing new notes. Also for 
paying a further interest on Continental Securities, was read a third 
time, and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin and Major Wentworth. 

An Act, to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Merrimac-river, in Lemuel Tucker,^ of Concord, his 
heirs and assigns, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Major Wiggin and Major Wentworth. 
Voted, That Joseph Oilman, Nathaniel Peabody, and John 
Parker, Esq'rs, be and they hereby are appointed a committee to 
devise proper checks for impressing new blank notes to redeem the 
State securities now outstanding ; also, to superintend the press and 
see said blanks struck off. Sent up by Major Wiggin. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, February 24, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The committee on the petition of the Selectmen of Dunbarton,^ 
reported, that the Sheriff of the county of Hillsborough, be and he 
hereby is impowered to apprehend the body of John Stinson, now 
resident at said Dunbarton, who was an absentee from this State, 
and joined himself in arms with our enemies, who returned to said 
Dunbarton, more than one year last past ; that the said sheriff do 

^- See House Journal June 24,, post. --xi. Ham. Town Papers, 401. 

15 3. xi. Ham. Town Papers, 564. 



2l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [.^7^5 

* 12 : 699 as soon as may be * convey the body of the aforesaid 

John Stinson, to the gaol in Portsmouth, in the county of 
Rockingham, in order that he afterwards, as soon as may, be trans- 
ported to some port in his Britannic Majesty's dominions, by some 
person at said Portsmouth, at the expence of this State, that said 
Stinson may not return to this State again. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that George Gains, 
Esq. be appointed to get a passage for the said Stinson. 

Sent up by Mr. Storer. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Richard-Cutts Shan- 
non, Esq. and others, a committee of the proprietors of Cocker- 
mouth, 

Voted, That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time, the petitioners cause that the proprietors of Plymouth, be 
served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon ; also, 
cause that the substance of said petition and order, be published 
three weeks successively in the New-Hampshire Gazette, that any 
person or persons may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Dow. 

Voted, That Col. Payne, Col. Bartlett, and Mr. Duncan, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of David Corser, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Greene. 

The committee to consider what allowance shall be made the 
reverend gentlemen of the Clergy, who have been Chaplains for the 
General-Court the present year, reported, that the Rev. Dr. Haven, 
the Rev. Mr. Buckminster, and Mr. Shuttlesworth, be allowed five 
dollars each, for their services as Chaplains. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Greene. 

Voted, That Col. Bartlett, Col. Toppan, and Mr. Ayer, with such 
of the honorable Senate as may be joined, be a committee to consider 
of the account of the Hon. Timothy Walker, Esq. and report thereon. 

Sent up by Mr. Greene. 

The committee on the petition of Benjamin Davis, and others, 
reported, that the Judge of Probate of Wills for the 

* 12 : 700 county of Hillsborough, * be directed to give six months 

more to the commissioners on the estate of Zaccheus 



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Cutler, for hearing and examining any further claim that may be 
exhibited, giving notice of such further allowance. 

Signed, M. Thornton, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col. Child. 

Upon hearing and considering the petition of the trustees of Dart- 
mouth-College, 

Voted^ That the petitioners be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Friday of their next session ; and that in the 
mean time, the petitioners cause that the substance of the petition, and 
order of Court thereon, be published three weeks successively in the 
New-Hampshire Gazette, that any person or persons may then 
appear, and shew cause {if any they have) why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Ayer. 

An Act for raising by a lottery, the sum of sixteen hundred dollars, 
to be laid out on the falls of Merrimac-River, for the more easy 
conveyance of timber down the same, was read a third time, and 
passed to be enacted. Sent up by Mr. Ayer, and Mr. Adams. 

The committee on the Treasurer's letter, having conversed with 
him on the subject of his salary &c. reported, that whereas he has 
been at extraordinary expence in keeping a Clerk for the purpose of 
consolidating notes, issuing certificates for interest and principal of 
the same, &c. that he be allowed annually, one hundred and fifty 
pounds, for his salary, ninety pounds for responsibility of office, and 
extra expence for himself and Clerk attending the General-Court, and 
ninety pounds, as a salary for his Clerk, annually, from the 12th day 
of June 1783 to the 12th day of June 1785, which shall be considered 
in full for the above, he accounting for all sums that have been 
granted him within said term. 

Signed, John Langdon, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Mr. Smith. 

Voted, That Col. Toppan, Mr., Chase, and Col. Leavitt, with such 
of the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to con- 
sider of the petition of David Carr,' and report thereon. 

Sent up by Major Pickering. 

* Voted, That the account of Nicholas Nicholle, amount- * 12 : 701 
ing to four pounds three shillings and eight pence, for time, 
horse-hire, and expence, in transporting the Secretary's files to Con- 
cord, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the Presi- 
dent. Sent up by Mr. Mann. 

^- Ham. Town Papers, 217. 



220 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

Voted, That the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, John Parker, and John 
Calfe, Esq'rs, be a committee in the recess of the General-Court to 
settle the accounts between this State and the Treasurer of said 
State, the Board of War, Col. Joshua Wentworth, Collector of the 
rum tax, and with Ephraim Robinson, and report at the next session 
of the General-Court. Sent up by Mr. Mann. 

Voted, That Mr. Mann, Mr. Jewett, and Mr. Smith, with such of 
the honorable Senate as they shall join, be a committee to consider 
of the petition of Asa Herrick, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 
Voted, That the copperplate notes issued by this State, in the year 
1775, and now outstanding be received, by the Treasurer in payment 
of all State taxes, equal to silver or gold ; and that there be no inter- 
est allowed on said notes. Sent up by Capt. Spaulding. 
Resolved, That the President give order to the Treasurer to allow 
all receipts given by Col. Jonathan Child, to the Collectors of the 
county of Grafton, in consequence of orders the said Child received 
from the Committee of Safety, dated September 1780, which the said 
Child, hath accounted for agreeably to his orders, as by his account 
now filed in the Secretary's office may appear. 

Sent up by Major Child. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
The committee on the account of Timothy Walker, Esq. reported, 
that the said Timothy Walker, be allowed twenty pounds, in full of 
his account. Signed, J. Wentworth, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 
Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 
The committee to consider what allowances shall be made to the 
honorable the Judges of the Superior-Court, reported, that the hon- 
orable the Chief Justice have the sum of one hundred and eighty 
pounds for the term of one year from the date of his 
* 12 : 702 ^commission ; and that the honorable the Puisne Judges, 
have the sum of one hundred and sixty-five pounds, each, 
for said term ; and that the Clerk of said Court, collect and pay the 
fees accruing to said Judges, in the course of their business as they 
arise ; and that he return an exact account of the same, into the 
Secretary's office, every quarter; and that the amount of such fees 
be considered as part of said sums, and deducted therefrom ; and 
that the President give orders to the several Judges, upon the 
Treasurer, for their respective ballances, quarterly. 

Signed, John McClary, for the committee. 



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Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Voted, That the account of John Calfe, Esq. amounting to six 
pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order of the 
President. Sent up by Mr. McMurphy. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of General Roger Enos, 
praying for the privilege of a ferry a-cross Connecticut-River, — 

Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Wednesday of their next session ; and that in 
the mean time, the petitioner cause that the Selectmen of Plainfield, 
be served with a copy of the petition, and order of Court thereon, 
that they may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Mr. Eastman. 

Voted, That the account of Samuel Livermore, Esq. amounting to 
twelve pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by order of 
the President. Sent up by Mr. Jewett. 

The committee on the memorial of Mr. Jedediah Jewett, having 
considered the matters to them referred, and examined the papers 
relative thereto, and nothing appearing but that the said Jewett, in 
behalf of the State, had to the best of his abilities, hon- 
estly and faithfully transacted the business * committed * 12 : 703 
to his trust, as mentioned in his memorial, reported, that 
the said State receive of said Jewett, the note of hand herewith 
exhibited against David Hillhouse, amounting to two thousand two 
hundred and ninety-seven pounds twelve shillings and seven pence, 
with the deeds and other papers accompanying the same ; and that 
the said Jewett, have credit therefor, in settling his public account. 
The committee further reported, that some proper person or persons 
be appointed to collect the pay for said note. 

Signed, Timothy Walker, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered. 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that Mr. Jedediah 
Jewett, be appointed to call on the said Hillhouse, as soon as may 
be, and use every prudent method for the recovery of the debt due to 
this State, from the said Hillhouse. Sent up by Major Wentworth. 

Voted^ That the account of Caleb Buswell, amounting to three 
pounds three shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, by 
order of the President. Sent up by Major Wentworth. 

Voted, That either of the honorable Council, with either of the 
Commissioners appointed to administer the necessary oaths to the 
several officers in this State, be and hereby are authorized to admin- 
ister said oaths to the several officers respectively. 

Sent up by Major Pickering. 



222 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

The committee on the petition of David Corser, reported, that a 
day of hearing be appointed. Signed, M. Dow, for the committee. 

Which report being read and considered, 

Voted, That it be received and accepted ; and that the petitioner 
be heard thereon before the General-Court, on the second Wednes- 
day of their next session ; and that in the mean time, the petitioner 
cause that Samuel Corser, of Boscawen, be served with a copy of the 
petition, and order of court thereon, that he may then appear and 
shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted ; and that the execution against the said David, be not served 
until the decision of the General-Court. Sent up by Mr. Greene. 

Voted, That the account of Nicholas Nicholle, amounting to three 
pounds three shillings, be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury, by order of the President. Sent up by Mr. Greene. 
* 12 : 704 * The following vote came down from the honorable 
Senate for concurrence. 

State of New HampsJiire. 
In Senate, February 24, 1785. 

Resolved, That the sums due on the several rolls to the members 
of the House of Representatives, respectively, for attendance in 
General-Court since the first Wednesday in June last, be charged to 
the several towns and districts they represent in the tax bill ordered 
the present session ; and that orders drawn' by the persons therein 
named, be received in discharge of the taxes of the several towns and 
districts they represent. 

Sent down for concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Secretary. 

In the House of Representatives, 

The same day read and concurred. 

Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Ebenezer Torrey, — 
Voted, That the petitioner be heard thereon, before the General- 
Court, on the second Tuesday of their next session ; and that in the 
meantime the petitioners cause that David Learned, and Abel 
Learned, mentioned in said petition, be served each with a copy of 
the petition, and order of Court thereon, that they, or either of them, 
may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 



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FRIDAY, February 25, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, That the account of Joseph Pearson, Esq. amounting to 
three pounds eleven shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury, by order of the President. Sent up by Major Whitcomb. 

The following vote came down from the honorable Senate for con- 
currence : 

State of New HavipsJihe. 
In Senate, February 25, 1785. 

Voted^ That the Hon. Timothy Farrar, Esq. be added to the Com- 
missioners for the county of Hillsborough, to administer the oaths as 
by law appointed, to the civil and military officers within said 
county ; and he is hereby impowered, together with 
*one of the Council, or one of the Commissioners, to * 12 : 705 
administer the said oaths agreeably to the Constitution 
and the Laws of said State ; and that Ebenezer Thompson, Esq. be 
added to the Commissioners in the county of Strafford ; and Joseph 
Oilman, Esq. be added to the Commissioners in the county of Rock- 
ingham ; and James Woodward, Esq. be added to the commissioners 
in the county of Grafton ; for the purposes, and in the manner above- 
mentioned. Sent down for concurrence. 

E. Thompson, Secretary. 

The same day read and concurred. Sent up by Mr. Ayer. 

Voted^ That his Exxellency the President, with advice of Council, 
give directions, and pass such orders as they judge necessary, for 
facilitating the settlement of the accounts between this State and the 
United-States. 

Voted, That the General-Court be now adjourned, to meet again at 
the State-House in Portsmouth, on the twenty-fourth day of May 
next, agreeably to a report of the committee on necessary business. 

Sent up by Mr. Wiggin. 

The Secretary came down, and gave information that he was 
directed by his Excellency the Vice-President, to inform the House 
that agreeably to a vote of the General-Court, he hath adjourned the 
Court to the twenty-fourth day of May next, then to meet at the 
State-House in Portsmouth ; and this Court is accordingly adjourned. 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



A REGISTER OF RESOLUTIONS AND ADVICE 

OF COUNCIL 

BEGUN AT THE FIRST SESSION IN JUNE, 1784. 



AN EXTRACT FROM THE CONSTITUTION, 



CONTAINING A 



BILL OF RIGHTS, AND FORM OF GOVERNMENT, 

ETC., ETC. 



" The Resolutions and Advice of the Coitncil shall be recorded in a 
" Register, and signed by tlie Members present, and this record may be 
•' called for at any time, by either house of the Legislature^ and any 
'' Member of the Council may enter his opinion contrary to the resolu- 
" tion of the majority ^ 

Note. — In an article in the "Granite Monthly," New Hampshire Magazine, Vol. lo, p. 194, "New 
Hampshire in 17S4," many interesting facts are given concerning the inauguration and personnel of the 
state government of the first year under the new constitution. Many of the men connected with the admin- 
istration of state affairs at this time had been prominent in the Province and Provisional Revolutionary Gov- 
ernments. As to such, many biographical notes will be found by reference to the preceding volumes of this 
series and to Chandler E. Potter's Military History of New Hampshire, in the report of the Adjutant-General 
of New Hampshire, 1866, vol. 2, and the report of the same officer for 1868. — Editor. 



I p. & C. : 3 

*STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



June, 1784. A Register of the Resolutions and Advice op 
THE Council, who were chosen agreeably to the New Con- 
stitution OF said State to assist His Excellency the Pres- 
ident in the executive part of Government, at the first 
Session in June, 1784. 

Concord, June the 8* 1784. 

June 8. His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq',' the President, 
being absent by reason of sickness, the Honorable Woodbury Lang- 
don, EsQ"^^ was appointed by the Senate to preside as Senior Senator 
in the absence of his Excellency, and who, by & with advice of 
Council, issued the following Orders, drawn on the Treasurer of said 
State, agreeable to sundry Votes and Acts of the General Court, viz., 
in favor of : 

Lieut. Daniel M'^Murphy, one for Twenty pounds, and 
one for a Note on Interest payable, &c., for Twenty 
Pounds in full, for half pay to 16 May 1784 as an Inva- 
lid Pensioner. ^ Vote of Court, 10 June . . . 40,, o„ o 

Thomas Bartlett, Esq"", for five pounds nine, acting as 
a special Justice. ^ Vote of 11 June . . . • 5m 9,, o 

John Calfe, Esq"", for four pounds, five shillings & six- 
pence, recording Journal of the House. "^ Vote of 12 June 4,, 5,, 6 

Caleb Buswell, forty shillings, as Door-keeper. "^ 
Vote of the 12 June . . . . . . . 2,, o,, o 

Benj^ Bigelow, Thirty pounds to be accountable as 
Agent Victualler. ^ Vote 15 June, 1784 . . . 30,, o„ o 

* I P. &C. :4 *JuNE 15, 1784. 

At a Council holden at Exeter the 15 June, 1784, 
Present 
His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esquire President, 
The Hon'^'^ John M^Clary,^ 
Erancis Blood, 
Nath^ Peabody, & 
Moses Chase, Esq''^ Members of Council. 

1- Biography, N. H. Hist. Soc. Collections, Vol. 5, p. 243. 
-• Biography, Adams's Annals of Portsmouth, 330. 
"■ This name, now generally spelled McClary, is, with only an occasional exception, McCIeary in the auto- 
graph on the mss. records of the President and Council. 



230 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

His Excellency requested the advice of Council relative to drawing 
Orders on the Treasurer ; 

Upon which the Council unanimously advised His Excellency to 
issue his Orders on the Treasurer, agreeable to all Acts, Votes, and 
Resolves that have been passed by the Legislature of said State 
authorizing the same. Signed, John M'^Cleary. 

Francis Blood. 
Nath^ Peabody. 
Moses Chase 

June 15. The following orders were drawn on the Treasurer, viz. : 
in favor of the town of Londonderry (to be paid by discount out of 
the State Taxes) for Six pounds eight shillings travel 
money pd Soldiers as '^ Acco* . . . . . 6,, 8,, o 

D° James Knowles, for thirty two shillings, counting 
votes for Counsellors . . . . . . . i,, 12,, o 

D° in favor of the town of Windham (to be paid by 
discount out of the State Taxes), for fifty shillings, travel 
money as '^ Acco^ . . . . . . . 2,, 10,, o 

D° in favor of Robert Cunningham, for Seventeen 

pounds one shilling, 6 mo. service in 1780 17,, i„ o 

* I P. & C. : 5 * 1784, June. His Excellency informed the Council 

that he should need their advice on the last Tuesday 

in June current, and accordingly desired their attendance at Exeter 

on said Day, at 3 o'clock P. M. 

The following orders were drawn on the Treasurer, viz., in favor of : 

Samuel Knox, for Twenty four pounds ten shillings, 
for Depreciation to 1780 ...... 24,, 10,, o 

D° Jeremiah Fairfield, for seventeen pounds thirteen 
shillings & seven pence, a six months' man in 1780 . 17,, 13,, 7 

D° Robert Forrest, for fourteen pounds eight shil- 
lings, Dep'" in 1778 & 1779 14,, 8,, o 

And for Twenty three pounds sixteen shillings & ten 
pence, Dep'" in 1780 . 23,, i6„ 10 

And for Three pounds fourteen shillings and eight 
pence, Dep*" in 1781 ....... 3,, 14,, 8 

[June] 16. D" in favor of Moses Davis, for twenty 
three pounds fifteen shillings and sixpence, Deprecia- 
tion in 1780 23,, 15,, 6 

D° in favor of L* John Moore, for one hundred & 
one pounds twelve shillings & nine pence, Dep'" in 
1777 & 1778 . . . . . . . . IOI„ I2„ 9 

[June] 18. D" in favor of Aaron Smith, for Twenty 
one pounds in full, for half pay to June i, 1784 . -21,, o,, o 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 23I 

[June] 19. D° in favor of Daniel Ritter, for Seven- 
teen pounds seventeen shills% Dep'" in 1777, '78 & '79 ly,, 17,, o 

[June] 21. D" in favor of Tho^ Blake, Lieut., for 
One hundred & Twenty three pounds eighteen shillings 
& six-pence Dep'" in 178 1 123,, 18,, 6 

[June] 24. D° in favor of Nich^ Leathers, for Three 

pounds fourteen shiirgs& 8^ Dep'" in 1 78 1 3,, 14,, 8 
*iP.&C. :6 * 1784, June 25, Minius Griffin, for Six- 
teen pounds nine shillings and four 
pence, Dep'" in 1777 & 78 16,, 9,, 4 

D° in favor of Benjamin Jenness, for eight pounds 
one shills & 4^ 6 mo. Service, 1 78 1 . . . . 8,, i,, 4 

At a Council holden at Exeter on the 29 of June, 1784, 

Present 

His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq"", President 
The Hon. John M'^Clary, 
Joseph Badger, 
Nath' Peabody, & 
Francis Blood, Esq""^, Members of Council. 

His Excellency the President laid before the Council an Ordinance 
of the Congress of the United States dated May 29, 1784, recom- 
mending it to the Supreme Executive Authority of each State to issue 
their Proclamations for apprehending a person calling himself Cheva- 
lier de Longchamps, who had committed a violent Assault and Bat- 
tery on the person of M"" Marbois, Consul General to his most Chris- 
tian Majesty, and at the same time laid before them a Letter from 
the President of s'^ Congress of the 31 of May last informing him that 
said Longchamps was apprehended & confined in the City of Phila- 
delphia. 

On which his Excellency the President desired the advice of his 
Council, Whether it was necessary for him to issue a Proclamation 
agreeable to the Ordinance of Congress .-' 

On which the Council unanimously advised his Ex- 
cellency, as said * Longchamps, was apprehended, they * i P. & C. : 7 
thought that to issue a proclamation was unnecessary. 

Signed John M'^Cleary. 

Joseph Badger. 

Nath' Peabody. 

Francis Blood. 

His Excellency issued an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of Nath' Church for Sixty five pounds in full of 
half pay as an Invalid to i June, 1784. . . . 65,, o,, o 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^784 

June 3o"\ Present as Yesterday. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the General Court, His Excel- 
lency the President issued a warrant, drawn on the 
Treasurer to pay the Roll of Attendance & travel of 
the Senate at the late Session of the General Court, 
amounting to Seventy pounds seven shillings . . 70,, 7,, o 

Pursuant to a Vote of the General Court of 11"^ of 
June, 1784, His Excellency issued an Order on the 
Treasurer for the payment of the Roll for the travel of 
the house of Representatives the last Session, with the 
wages of the Clerk & assistant Clerk of said House, 
amounting to One Hundred and Sixty three pounds two 

shillings & four pence .... 163,, 2,, 4 
*i P. & C. : 8 * June 30. In pursuance of the before- 
mentioned Vote, His Excellency drew a 
warrant on the Treasurer directing him to pay the Roll 
of the House of Representatives for the last Session, 
amounting to three hundred and Twenty six pounds two 
shillings, by accepting Orders for discharge of Taxes 
due from the respective Towns & Districts they repre- 
sent, and directing said Treasurer to charge the same 
to the respective Town & Districts in the next tax Bill 326,, 2,, o 

Ordered the Treasurer to issue a Note on Interest in 
favor of John M. Coy, for seventeen pounds eleven 
shillings in full for half pay as an Invalid to i Nov""., 
1779, at which time his half pay ceased . . . 17,, 11,, o 

The following Orders were issued & drawn on the 
Treasurer of s"* State, viz., in favor of Ezekiel Procter, 
for Twelve pounds one shilling and four pence, Depre- 
ciat" in 1781 12,, i„ 4 

D° The Town of Madbury for Twenty pounds two 
shillings & 4d, Bounty p"^ Geo. Ham in 1777 . . 20,, 2,, 4 

D° in favor of Tho^ Beal, for Twenty pounds nine 
shillings & nine pence, Depreciat" in 1780 . . . 20,, 9,, 9 

D" In favor of Simon Winslow, for seventeen pounds 
six shins'^ & nine pence, 6 '"° Service in 1780 . -17,, 6,, 9 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow, 9 o'clock. 

* I P. & C. :9 * THURSDAY, July i, 1784. 

Present as Yesterday. 
Upon application made by the Treasurer ; his Excellency desired 
the advice of Council, what directions were necessary to give the 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 233 

Treasurer for his Rule to carry into execution the Act of the General 
Court of the ii June last for paying the Interest and sinking part of 
the Principal of this State's Debt; on which the Council advised that 
as the said Act enabled and directed the Treasurer to issue Certifi- 
cates for Interest and also for fifteen '^ Cent of the Principal of the 
Securities of this State, owned by the Inhabitants thereof, that it 
was necessary where the Treasurer was not satisfactorily convinced 
that the Securities offered were owned by the Inhabitants of this 
State, that he refuse issuing Certificates unless the person or persons 
requesting the same make Oath that such Security or securities so 
offered were, bona fide, the property of some Inhabitant or Inhabit- 
ants of this State. 

Signed John M'^Cleary. 

Joseph Badger. 

Nath^ Peabody. 

Francis Blood. 

M*" Jedidiah Jewett applied to his Excellency for direction, how he 
should proceed in endeavoring to obtain the pay for a 
number of this State's * Cattle which he sold one Hill- * i. P. & C. : lo 
house of Connecticutt, on which his Excellency & 
Council were of opinion, that they were not authorized to give any 
directions in the matter. 

His Excellency the President directed the Council to attend him 
again on the last Tuesday of July current at Exeter at 3 o'clock, P. M. 

July 2, The following orders were issued, viz., in favor of Morril 
Shephard for sixteen pounds, three shillings & two 
pence, Depreciat" in 1781 . . . . . . 16,, 3,, 2 

[July] 5- 

D° Will™ Pettingill, for seven pounds three shillings, 
Depreciat" in 1780 . . . . . . • 7), 3,, o 

[July] 6. 

D° in favor of Edward Evans, for Eighteen pounds 
in full of half pay to 5 July, 1784 . . . . i8„ o,, Q 

[July] 10. 

D" Nich^ Kenniston, Seventeeri pounds two shillings 

& sixpence, 6 "'° service 1780 17,, 2,, 6 

[July] 20. 

D° Joseph How, for twenty pounds eighteen shillings 
& five pence, Dep^" 1 78 1 20,, 18,, 5 

D° David Kennison, for seventeen pounds two shil- 
lings & sixpence, 6 ™° Service 1780 . . . . 17,, 2,, 6 

D° Daniel Brown, for five pounds half pay to i July, 
1784 5,, o„ o 

16 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^4 

D° James Hall, for thirty one pounds four shillings, 

Dept" 1781 31,, 4„ o 

* I P. & C. : 1 1 *At a Council holden at Exeter on Tuesday, the 27**^ 

of July, 1784, 

Present 
His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq"" President. 
The Honor^i^ John M. Cleary, 
Joseph Badger, 
Nath^ Peabody, 
Francis Blood, Esq""^ 

Counsellors. 
Several matters under consideration. 

Adjourned till tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock, A. M. 
Wednesday, July 28, 1784. Present as Yesterday. His Excellency 
the President informed the Council that the time the Soldiers enlisted 
for, to guard Piscataqua Harbour was expired, and desired their advice 
relative to what ought to be done in that respect. On which the 
Council advised his Excellency to issue Orders to Lieut. Meshech 
Bell to enlist Six men to serve under his Command until the first day 
of January next on the same Terms as those who served last year, to 
do duty at said Harbour and at the light-House. And that said Bell 
be authorized & directed to superintend the Light House and see 
that a Light be kept agreeably to the Law in that behalf provided. 

Signed John M'^Cleary. 
Francis Blood. 
Joseph Badger. 
Nath^ Peabody. 

* I P. & C. : 12 * STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

Exeter, July 28th, 1784. 
To Lieut. Meshech Bell : 

You are hereby authorized & directed to 
enlist Six able bodied, effective men to serve under your Command at 
the old Fort called William and Mary, at New Castle, until the first 
day of January next, who are to have the same wages & rations as 
those who served the last year under your Command. You are to use 
your utmost Endeavor to see that the laws respecting Trade & Nav- 
igation are complied with, and to obey such orders as you may receive 
from me or the Commander in Chief for the time being or the Naval 
Ofificer of the State agreeably to law. And in particular you are to 
see that sufficient lights are kept in the light House according to law. 
By Advice of Council, M. Weare, President. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 235 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasurer, viz., in favor 
of: 

Eliph* Grififin, father of Jon^ Griffin, deceased, for 
thirteen pounds sixteen shillings, for Dep'" due to Jon^ 
in 1781 13,, i6„ o 

D° in favor of Hon. W^ Langdon, Esq., for forty 
shillings, time & expenses to notify the President of 
his Election . . . . . . . . . 2„ o„ o 

D° the Hon. VJy Langdon, Esq., for three pounds, 
service to qualify the Members of Senate & House. 
^ Vote II June, 1784 3„ o„ o 

[July] 28. Judge Livermore, Eighteen pounds fifteen 
shillings, as Chief Just''^ from 25 March to 25 June, 

1784. "^ Vote of Court, 27 Dec"", 1783 18,, 15,, o 

* I P. & C. : 13 * July 29, Nath' Burbank, for thirteen 

pounds two shills^ and eight pence, 
Depreci^" in 178 1 13,, 2,, o 

D° in favor of the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq"", for Six 
pounds, for services in attending to qualify the Mem- 
bers of Senate & House. "^ Vote of 11* June, 1784 . 6,, o,, o 

D° in favor of Abner Gage, an Invalid, for fifty nine 
pounds, half pay to i May, 1784 ..... 59,, o,, o 

THURSDAY, JuLy 29^ 1784. 

Present as Yesterday. 

Pursuant to a Vote of Gen' Court of the 25 of 
June, 1 782, His Excellency the President drew an Order 
on the Treasurer to pay the Financier of the United 
States or his order the Sum of Ten Thousand Dollars 3000,, o,, o 

His Excellency the President informed the Council that he should 
need their advice & assistance again on the first Tuesday in Sep- 
tember next, and desired their attendance at Exeter on said day ac- 
cordingly. 

Aug. II, The following Orders were drawn on the Treasurer, 
viz., in favor of : 

Jacob Scaggell, for Twelve pounds eight shills^ & 
eight pence, Dep'" in 1 78 1 12,, 8„ 8 

[Aug.] 13. 

Sam' Potter, an Invalid, for Seven pounds sixteen 

shillings, half pay to Aug. 10, 1784 . 7,, i6„ o 

* I P. & C. : 14 *Aug. 16, D° in favor of Nicholas 

Kennistone, 6""° man in 1780, for 
Seventeen pounds two shillings and six pence . .17,, 2,, 6 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

[Aug.] 21, D° in favor of John Clough, for five 
pounds two shillings & eleven pence, Dep'" in 1780 . 5,, 2,, ri 

[Aug.] 23, D" in favor of James Knokes, a Six months 
man in 1781, for Eight pounds . . . . . 8„ o„ o 

D° in favor of L' Andrew M. Gaffey, for thirty two 
pounds, one third of monthly pay to i day of NoV 

1783 • • : • 32,, o„ o 

D° in favor of Eli Glines, for Six pounds thirteen 
shillings & eight pence, 3'"° man in Capt. Webster's 
Co., in 1782 . . 6„ 13,, 8 

D° in favor of John Gibson, for seven pounds and 
nine pence, Capt. Stone's Co., Coos, 1780 . . . y„ o,, 9 

[Aug.] 24, D° in favor of Arch"^ Clark, deceased, for 
Six pounds nineteen shillings & five pence, Deprec'" in 
1 78 1, granted to Abra'" Morrison, Adm^'"" . . . 6,, 19,, 5 

[Aug.] 25, D° Abra"" Morrison Administrator to the 
Estate of Arch'^ Clark, deceasd, for Eleven pounds 
three shillings & four pence, a mistake made yesterday 
in settling the Depreciation due to said Clark . . ii„ 3,, 4 

[Aug.] 28, D° Jonathan Foster, for Eight pounds six- 
teen shillings & one penny, 3"^° man in Capt. Bar- 
ron's Co., in 1780 . . . . . . . 8„ 16,, I 

[Aug.] 30, D° in favor of the Rev. Mr. M'^Clintock,' for 

fifteen pounds, for his Election Sermon 15,, o„ o 
* I P. & C. : 15 [30] of * Sept. D° in favor of Timothy 
Kimball, for seventeen pounds, eighteen 
shillings and eight pence, for Depreciation in 1780 . 17,, 18,, 8 

D° in favor of Capt. Jon-"* Cass, for Six pounds sixteen 
shillings & six pence, an overcharge for New Emission 
in 1781, ^ vote of 8 Api 1784 6„ i6„ 6 

D° in favor of Mary S. Tokel, wid° of Rob' S. 
Tokel, for Nineteen pounds ten shillings & ten pence, 
for Depreciation to 1780 ...... 19,, 10,, ro 

D° in favor of John Bonner, for fourteen pounds two 
shillings & eight pence, for Depreciation in 178 1 . 14,, 2,, 8 

[TUESDAY,] Sept. 7"\ 

At a Council holden at Exeter on Tuesday, the 7"^ of September,, 
1784, 

Present 
His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq"", Presid*. 
The Hon. John M. Clary, 

Joseph Badger, 

1 Biography, Farmer and Moore Historical Collections, Vol. 2, p. 273. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 237 

The Hon. Nath^ Peabody, 
Francis Blood, 
Moses Chase, Esq'■^ 

Counsellors. 
Took under consideration sundry matters relative to organizing the 
Militia and also the nomination of Officers. Adjourned 'till tomor- 
row, 9 o'clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, Sept-- 8*, 1784. 

Present as yesterday, and the same matters under consideration. 
Adjourned till tomorrow. 

* I P. & C. : 16 * THURSDAY, September the 9*, 1784. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday, and the same matters under consideration. 

An Order on the Treasurer was granted in favor 
of Joshua Heath, father of Moses Heath, for sixteen 
pounds three shillings & five pence, for Depreciation 
in 1781 . i6„ 3„ 5 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Moses Leavitt, Esq"" 
forty shillings, time and expenses going to notify his 
Excellency the Presid* of his Election . . . .2,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Stephen Colby Thirteen 
pounds two shillings & eight pence, for Depreciation 
in 1781 I3m 2„ 8 

FRIDAY, September io"", 1784. 

Present as yesterday, and took under consideration sundry matters 
relative to civil officers. 

SATURDAY, Sept-- ii, 1784. 

Present the same as yesterday and the same matters under consid- 
eration. 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Robert Fenny Sixteen 
pounds fourteen shillings and one penny, for Wages, 
Bounty, &c., as a 6™° man in 1780 .... i6„ 14,, i 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Will'" Pettigrew twenty 
three pounds fifteen shillings and two pence, for Depre- 
ciation in 1780 23,, 15,, 2 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

And two pounds eighteen shillings & eight pence, 

for depreciation in 178 1 . . . 2,, 18,, 8 

* I P. & C. : 17 * II Sept. 1784, Ordered the Treas"" to 

pay the travel & attendan'^'' of the Hon. 
Council between 15 June and 11 Sep', amo*s to Seventy 
two pounds 18/2 ........ 72,, 18,, 2 

Sept. 13. An order on the Treas"" was granted in 
favor of Henry Springer, for eighteen shillings & four 
pence, Deprec'" in 1780 . . . . . . o„ i8„ 4 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes to Phillip Warren or Bearer Seven pounds 
sixteen shillings & four pence, for Wages in Capt. 
Stevens Co., 3""° Service in 1780 ..... 7,, 16,, 4 

[Sept.] 20. An order on the Treas'' was issued in 
favor of Boston Pickering, for Seventeen pounds eight 
shillings & seven pence, 6™° Service in 1780 . -17,, 8,, 7 

An Order on the Treas'' was issued for a Note on In- 
terest payable in one year from the date thereof, in fa- 
vor of M""^ Sarah Adams, wid° of the late L' Col° 
W. Adams, for One Hundred & eight pounds in full 
for seven years half pay. '^ Vote of Court of 26 June, 
1782 io8„ o„ o 

[Sept.] 21, ordered the Treas'' to pay by discount 
out of the State Taxes to Joseph Stephenson or Bearer 
fourteen j)ounds twelve shillings, for Wages, &c., in 6 
'"° Service in 1780 ....... 14,, 12,, o 

[Sept.] 23. Ordered the Treas"" to pay Betty Tate, 
Wid" of Mark Tate, Seventeen pounds two shillings 
& six pence, Deprec"' in 1777 & 1778 . . . . 17,, 2,, 6 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay George Montgomery Nine- 
teen pounds eight shillings, Deprec'" in 178 1 . . 19,, 8,, o 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Will"^ Gregory sixteen 
pounds nineteen shillings and two pence, Depreciat" 

in 1781 ...... i6„ 19,, 2 

* I P. & C. : 18 * Sept. 29, Ordered the Treasurer to 

issue a Note on Interest payable in 
one year from the date thereof in favor of Maj'' Samuel 
Sherburne for Ninety pounds in full, for half pay to 
Sept 11'^, 1784 90,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes to Dearborn Loverin or Bearer Six pounds 
four shillings, 3"^'° service Defence of western frontiers 6„ 4,, o 

Oct. 8. An order was issued in favor of Anna 
Thomas, Wid° of the late Lt. Joseph Morril Thomas for 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 239 

forty eight pounds in full, for seven years half pay. '^ 

vote of Court ........ 48,, o,, o 

[Oct.] 9, An order was issued on the Treasurer in 
favor of Robert M'^Knight for eleven pounds seventeen 
shillings & nine pence, Depreciation 1781 . . . 11,, 17,, 9 

[Oct.] 14, Ordered the Treasurer to pay Timothy 
Ricker four pounds sixteen shillings, for Depreciation in 
1780 4„ i6„ o 

[Oct.] 16, Ordered the Treasurer to pay Paul Cook 
or Bearer four pounds three shillings & four pence, in 
^mo Service Capt. Woodman's Company, in 1781 . . 4,, 3,, 4 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes to Joseph Dearborn six pounds four shil- 
lings, 3"^° Service in 1781 . . . 6„ 4,, o 
*i P. & C. : 19 * Oct. 18. An order on the Treas- 
urer was granted for a Note in favor of 
W"" Hastings for Twelve pounds in full of half pay to 
Oct° I, 1784 I2„ o„ o 

[Oct.] 21, 1784, Ordered the Treasurer to pay M"" 
Henry Wight thirty shillings, for his Service as Chaplain 
to the General Court last Session . . . .1,, 10,, o 

[Oct.] 25, Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount 
out of the State Taxes to Joshua Richardson or Bearer 
Eight pounds sixteen shillings & one penny, Capt. 
Barron's Co. in 1780 ....... 8,, 16,, i 

[Oct.] 26, Ordered the Treas*" to pay the Hon. Jon- 
athan Blanchard Esq*" Twenty four pounds, being the 
Bal" of his Ace' as a Member of Congress from 26 of 
January 1784 to 28"^ of Aug* following. "^ Vote of 19 
Dec, 1783 24,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay the Hon. Abiel Foster, 
Esq., One Hundred & Sixty Eight pounds eighteen shil- 
lings, being the Bal^^ of his Acco* as a Member of 
Congress from the 8'^ July 1783 to the 23^^ of June, 
1784. "^ Votes of 15 Jany 1782 and the 19*'' of Dec'' 
1783 i6o„ i8„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Elijah Blodgett eighteen 
pounds twelve shillings, for expenditures curing a Wound 

^ vote of Court 27 Oct° 1784 . .18,, 12,, o 
* I P. & C. : 20 * Oct. 28, Ordered the Treas'' to issue 
a Note in favor Serg* John Colburn 
for Seventy one pounds, for Depreciation to 1780 . 71,, o,, o 

And also another for Eleven pounds two shillings, 
Deprec*" in 1780 ii„ 2,, o 



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240 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note in favor of Josiah 
Hardy for fourteen pounds twelve shillings, Depreci'" in 
1781 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Stone fifteen pounds 
two shillings & 4d, Deprec^" 1781 

D° Stephen White, Eighteen pounds five shillings & 
ten pence ......... 

And Stephen Richardson nineteen pounds ten shil- 
lings & eleven pence, for Deprec'" in 1781 . 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Solomon Harris Twenty 
three pounds fourteen shillings and two pence, for De- 
prec'" in 1780 

And Twenty pounds sixteen shillings, Dep"* 1781 . 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Nich^ Nicoll five pounds 
eighteen shillings & 2d, Expenses & Concord . . 5,, i 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following soldiers, viz*. : 

Randall M'^Allister, Eleven pounds eighteen shillings 
and 8*^, for Deprec'" 1780 

Christ" Marsh, Seven pounds, Dep'" 1777 

John Holmes, Eight pounds fourteen shillings & 
eight pence, Dep*" 1777 ...... 

Joel Fox, four pounds ten shillings, Dep*" to 1780 . 

Elisha Adams, 6™° man in 1781, five pounds six shil- 
lings & eight pence ....... 

Isaac Stearns, Seventeen pounds one shilling & ten 

pence. Depreciation 1781 . 
*iP. &C. :2i * Oct. 1784, John Dole, Seventeen 
pounds four shillings, for Depreciation 
in 1781 

Jonathan Morse, Fifteen pounds three shillings and 
2d, Depreci'" in 1781 

Stephen Noble, six'"*" man in 1780, Sixteen pounds 
fourteen shillings & i'^ 

William Durrah, Fifteen pounds two shillings & 5^ 
Dep'" to 1780 

And Twenty nine pounds four shillings and six pence, 
Depreciat" in 1780 ....... 

Amos Spafford, nineteen pounds ten shillings & ten 
pence, Dept" in 1781 . 

Samuel Spear, Twenty four pounds, for Depreciation 
in 1780 

Four pounds nine shillings & 4^ Dep'" in 1781 



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1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 24I 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes, to the Selectmen of Lyndeborough Three 
pounds, being travel money paid four Soldiers to Spring- 
field 3v o, 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Rev'^ Israel Evans five 
hundred & seventy one pounds seventeen shillings 
& six pence, for Depreciation to 1780 . . . 571,, 17, 

Also One Hundred fifty four pounds seventeen shil- 
lings and six pence, for the year 1780 . . . . 154,, 17, 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following Soldiers, viz. : 

To Maj. Jason Wait, Seventy seven pounds two 
shillings & six pence, Deprecia^" in 178 1 . . . "jy^^ 2, 

To Lieut. Thomas Kemp, one hundred and fifty five 
pounds thirteen shills 4'^, Deprecia*" to 1780 . . 155,, 13, 

Also fifty nine pounds, Deprec*" in 1780 59,, o, 
* I P. & C. : 22 * To Moses George, Ten pounds four 

shillings and six pence Depreciat"' 1781 10,, 4, 

To Abner Preston, Twenty nine shillings and five 
pence, Deprec'" for 1780 . . . . . . i,, 9, 

Oct. 30, I 784, Tojames Adams, Adminis^'' Noah 
Parkis in Capt. Stone's Company in 1780, the sum of 
Ten pounds nineteen shillings & eleven pence . . 10,, 19, 

To Lieut Jonathan Emerson, eighty eight pounds 
eleven shillings, for Deprec'" in 1780, but should have 
been given for Depre'" to 1780 ..... 

To Serg' David Hall, Six pounds two shillings & 
seven pence, for Deprecia*" in 1780 .... 

To Benjamin Smith, nine pounds, for Depreciation 
in 1 78 1 

To Amos Baker, Seventeen pounds twelve shillings 
& nine pence, Deprec'" in 1781 . 

To L* Nathan Wesson, in Flewer's Reg. Artif"" 
one hundred & sixty four pounds, for Depreciat" in 
1778 & 1779 

Also Fifty nine pounds, for Depre'" in 1780 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Lt. James Gould Eighteen 
pounds fourteen shillings & eight pence, being the sum 
deducted when his Docf^ Bill was settled. § vote of 
Court of 2oOct°i784 18,, 14, 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Rob' M'^Clurgh Eight 
shilHngs & four pence, Dep'" in 1780 . . . .0,, 8, 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following orders, viz., in favor of : 



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Wilder Willard, for the sum of forty six pounds ten 
shillings & six pence, for Depreciation to 1780 . . 46,, 10,, 6 

Also seven pounds three shillings J^ Deprec*" in 
1780 7,^ I,, 7 

D° Lt. Moses Belding, Ninety Eight pounds three 
shillings & six pence, Depre^" to 1780 .... 98,, 3,, 6 

* I P. & C. : 23 * D° John Perkins, four pounds three 
shillings & four pence, Capt. Wood- 
man's Company, 3"'° service in 1781 . 

D° John Palmer, four pounds three shillings & four 
pence, Capt Woodman's Company, 3™" service in 1781 

D° Aaron Buzzell, Six pounds four shillings, Capt. 
Smith's Co. at the West ward in 1781 . 

D° Elip'" Cromwell, Seven pounds two shillings, De- 
prec*" in 1777 ........ 

D° Derrick Oxford, forty nine pounds eleven shillings 
& two pence, Depre'" to 1780 

And eight pounds three shillings for 1780 

D° Stephen Scranton, Sixteen pounds, seventeen shil- 
lings & seven pence, Deprci'" in 1780 .... 

And Twenty pounds eight shillings for 1781 

D° Jon^ Hazelton, Twenty nine pounds nine shillings 
& five pence, Deprci'" to 1780 

Twenty four pounds for 1780 ..... 

And Twenty pounds sixteen shillings for 1781 

D° John Lock, Seven pounds four shillings & four 
pence 7?? 4 

Reuben Baldwin, Seven pounds four shillings & four 
pence .......... 

Paul Stickney, five pounds five shillings . 

John Goold, four pounds fifteen shillings & eight 
pence .......... 

Eph"" Hildreth, four pounds fifteen shillings & 
eight pence and ........ 

John Goold Jun^ four pounds fifteen shillings & 
eight pence, Capt. Thomas' Company, 3"'° Service in 

1781 

*iP. &C.:24 * Nov. 3, 1784. D" Joseph Green, 

Twenty pounds sixteen shillings, De- 

prci'" in 1 78 1 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Will'" Whipple Esq"" Thirty 
five pounds for his Services as one of the puisne Jus- 
tices of the Sup"" Court from 20'^ March to 20''' Sept., 



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1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. , 243 

1784. ^ vote of Court of 27''^ Dec'', 1783 . . 35,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note with Interest in 
favor of Sam' Emmerson for Two hundred & six 
pounds twelve shilHngs & five pence, due Jan. y i^', 1780 . 206,, 12,, 5 

Also one hundred and twenty one pounds thirteen 
shillings & nine pence, due i Jan^ 1781, being the bal*^^ 
of his Acco'. ^ vote 12 June, 1784 . . . . 121,, 13,, 8 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay David Bradley sixteen 
pounds two shillings & nine pence, for wages, &c., in 
Capt. Paines Co in 1780 . . . . . . 16,, 2,, 6 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount to the Se- 
lectmen of New Ipswich five pounds Travel money paid 
sundy soldiers to Springf'^ . . . . . . 5,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Pay-roll of the Travel 
of the House of Representatives, amounting to one 
hundred and eighty two pounds seventeen shillings & 
four pence 182,, 17,, 4 

Ordered the Treas"" to let the Hon. Abiel Foster, 
Esq., have and receive out of the Treasury one hundred 
& twenty pounds to enable him to proceed to Con- 
gress, for which he is accountable . 1 20,, o„ o 
* I P. & C. : 25 * Nov. 9. Ordered the Treasurer to 
pay the Roll for the Attendance & 
travel of his Excellency's Council from 15"^ of June to 
the II Sept., 1784, amounting to fifty two pounds 
nineteen shillings . . . . . . . 52,, 19,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Noah Worcester, Esq. 
forty eight shillings & eleven pence, Service in attend- 
ing Sup"" Court. '^ vote Oct. 28"\ 1784 . . .2,, 8„ II 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Duncan, Esq., 
eighteen shiUings, journey, &c., to Campbell's Gore to 
call a meeting. Vote 5, Nov"", 1784 . . . . o„ i8„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Geo. Long seventeen 
pounds four shillings and nine pence |'', Expenses, &c., 
to Halifax. ^ Vote of 29 Oct""",. 1 784 " . . . . 17,, 4,, 9I 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount to Amos 
Spafford or Bearer seventeen pounds thirteen shillings 
& 6^ for wages, &c., in 6""° Service 1780 . , . 17,, 13,, 6 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount to the Se- 
lectmen of Dunbarton thirty three shillings & eight 
pence, travel money p'^ D' Jamerson & L. Gitchel 
in Capt. Boyes Co i„ 13,, 8 

Pursuant to an Act of i^' March, 1783, Ordered the 
Treas"" to issue a Note in favor of Martin Ashley for 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^4 

forty pounds fifteen shillings, being his demand as set- 
tled by the Commissioners on the Estate of Josiah Pom- 
eroy, an Absentee, & a return thereof made by the 
Judge of Probate for the County of Cheshire into the 

Secretary's Office .... 40,, 15,, o 
* I P. & C. : 26 * Nov. 10, Ordered the Treas*" to 
pay Col. Christ° Toppan forty shil- 
lings, time and expense to notify His Excellency of 
his Election. Vote, June 12, 1784 . . . .2,, o,, o 

Nov. II. Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Roll of 
the Travel & Attendance of the Hon. Senate second 
Session, amounting to seventy six pounds fifteen shil- 
lings & ten pence ....... 76,, 15,, 10 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Hezekiah Sartwell Twenty 
one shillings & four pence, Depreciation to 1781 . i,, i,, 4 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes to the Selectmen of North Hampton fifty 
four pounds & sixpence. Bounties & Supplies to 
Soldiers Families. "^ acts in 1782 & 1783 . . 54,, o„ 6 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay the Roll of the House 
of Representatives for their attend" at the second 
Session in 1784, amounting to five hundred & four 
pounds twelve shillings ...... 504,, 12,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay (by discount) Enoch But- 
ler, Jerem^ Avery, & Theo^* Marstin or bearer 
four pounds ten shillings & four pence each, for 
wages, &c., in Cap' Parson's Company, 3"^" Service in 
1781 • 13,, io„ 6 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Humphrey Hunt thirty 
three pounds one shilling, Deprc'" to Jan. i^', 1780 . 33,, i,, o 

Ordered Richard Boynton Twenty three pounds four 
shillings 23,, 4,, o 

And Mark Wentworth Twenty one pounds six shil- 
lings for Deprect" to Jan i^', 1781 . . . . 21,, 6„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay His Excellency one hun- 
dred pounds, for Services prior to the present Constitu- 
tion. ^ vote 9 Nov., 1784 . . . ioo„ o,, o 
* I P. & C. : 27 * Nov. II. Ordered the Treas"" to 
let the Hon. Pierse Long, Esq''.,have 
& receive one hundred and twenty pounds, to enable 
him to proceed to Congress, for which sum he is ac- 
countable. '^ Vote Nov. 10, 1784 .... 1 20,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay the Hon. John Calfe, 
Esq^, four pounds three shillings & six pence, record^ 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 245 

Journals & copying- the same for the press, &c. 

^ vote ii'h Nov, i>84 ...... 4,, 3,, 6 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Robert Gerrish Seventy 
five pounds, for printing, &c., in full of his Acco' 
dated Ports'"", 8 Nov--, 1784. f vote of 11 NoV, 
1784 75,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Secretary Thompson 
Twenty pounds in full for his Services prior to the taking 
place of the new Constitution ..... 20,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Cap' Josiah Oilman Six 
pounds eleven shillings, Expenses, &c., attending Court 
at Concord & Portsmouth in 1784. '^ vote 11 Nov'', 

1784 •. • • . 6„ ii„ o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay John Williams four pounds 
as Doorkeeper to the General Court. ^ vote 1 1 Nov'', 
1784 ._ . . . 4„ o„ o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay John Wight twenty one 
pounds eighteen shillings . . . . . . 21,, 18,, o 

And Joseph Muzzy Twenty one pounds eighteen shil- 
lings, for Depreciation to Jan^ i^S 1781 21., 18,, o 
* I P. & C. : 28 * Nov. 1 1 , Ordered the Treasurer to pay 

Lieu' Meshech Bell Seventy two pounds 72,, o„ o 

Also fifty one pounds twelve shillings, the amount of 
two pay Rolls up to the 20"" Oct°]i784. '^ vote of Court 
of the 3'''^ Nov, 1784 51,, 12,, o 

[Nov.] 17, Ordered the Treas'' to issue a. Note in favor 
of the wid° Abigail Clayes for the sum of three Hun- 
dred & sixty pounds in full for half pay from the 1 5 
Nov'' 1779 to the 15 Nov"" 1784. "^ vote of the 10 
Nov'', 1784 360,, o„ o 

[Nov.] 18, Ordered the Treas'' to pay Jon^ Bean 
four pounds eleven shillings & two pence, Deprci'" 
1780 . . . 4„ ii„ 2 

Also John Newman sixteen j^ounds seven shillings 
& six pence, Dept" 1781 . . . . . . 16,, 7,, 6 

[Nov.] 22, Ordered the Treas'' to issue a Note in favor 
of L' Joseph Huntoon for twenty four pounds in 
full for quarter pay as an Invalid from 14 Nov'' 1783 
to 14 Nov 1784 24,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Judge Livermore Eighteen 
pounds fifteen shillings, for his salary from 25 June to 
25 Sept., 1784, by a Vote of Court of 27 Dec"", 1783 . i8„ 15,, o 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Stephen Keyes Thirty 
pounds nine shillings, Dep'" to 1780 . . . 30,, 9,, o 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^4 

Also Nine pounds sixteen shillings, for Depreciation 
in 1780 9,, 16,, o 

[Nov.] 24. Ordered the Treas"" to pay Jude Hall four- 
teen pounds sixteen shillings, Dep'" for 1780 . . 14,, 16,, o 

William Bryant Twenty pounds sixteen shillings, 
Dep"' 1 781 20,, i6„ o 

Uriah Fox Twenty three pounds nine shillings, for 
Depreciation in 1780 ....... 23,, 9,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Stephen Keyes for Dep'" 
to 1780, Thirty pounds nine shillings .... 30,, 9,, O 

And nine pounds sixteen shillings for Depretc" 1781, 
entered aljove . . . . . . . . . 9,, 16,, O 

*iP. &C. :29 * STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

A Proclamation. 

Whereas there is reason to apprehend that there are, in different 
parts of the United States, Articles of Quarter Master's and Military 
stores, Cloathing, &c., the property of the United States, which have 
accidentally fallen into the hands of private Citizens, or remained in 
the possession of persons formerly but not at present in Office, of 
which the Heads of the several Staff Departments have no account ; 

The Committee of the States, taking this matter into considera- 
tion, have recommended to the Executives of the several States to call 
on the Citizens of their respective States to make returns forthwith 
of every Species of Public Property which may be in their possession. 

I do therefore, with advice of Council, issue this Proclamation, and 
do hereby call on each and every Citizen of this State who may have 
any public Property in his possession forthwith to make Return thereof 
into the Secretary's Office, that so a Return may be made to Congress 
as speedily as may be agreeably to said recommendation. 

Given under my hand this sixteenth day of Nov'', in the year of 
our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty four, and of the 
Sovereignty & Independence of the United States of America the 
Ninth. M. Weare. 

By his Excellency's command, with advice of Council. 

Joseph Pearson, Dep. Sec'y. 

*iP. &C. :30 * STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

A Proclamation. 
Whereas by the Constitution & form of Government established 
in this State, it is provided that the President of the State, the Sen- 
ators and Representatives shall be chosen annually in the month of 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 247 

March, at the annual or other Meetings of the Inhabitants to be duly 
warned for the purposes aforesaid, which provision it is thought ren- 
ders it necessary to issue precepts for their election, as has been here- 
tofore practiced. 

Therefore to prevent any failure least any Selectman should wait in 
expectation of receiving a Precept, and thereby neglect inserting rea- 
sonable Notice in their warrants for their annual Meetings, or calling 
meetings particularly for the purposes afore mentioned, I have issued 
this Proclamation hereby requesting all Selectmen or any others who 
may be authorized to call Meetings in particular Places for the pur- 
poses aforesaid to pay diligent Attention to the directions in the plan 
of Government for warning and regulating said Meetings, and to 
make return into the Secretary's Office, and they are hereby informed 
that no Precepts will be issued. 

Given under my hand this Twenty fourth day of 
Nov'', * in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven * i P. & C. :3i 
hundred and eighty-four, and of the Sovereignty and 
Independence of the United States of America the Ninth. 

M. Weare. 

By His Excellency's Command. 

Joseph Pearson, Dep. Sec'y. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay William Bryant Twenty 
pounds sixteen shillings, for the year 1781 . . . 20,, 16,, o 

D° Uriah Fox Twenty three pounds nine shillings, 
Dep^" to Jany, 1781 23,, 9,, o 

D° Jude Hall, fourteen pounds sixteen shillings, 
Dep*" for 1780 14,, i6„ o 

D° Peter Smith Seven pounds two shillings & eleven 
pence, for Depreciation for 1780 . . . . . 7,, 2,, 11 

[Nov.] 28. D° Christ" Challis five pounds twelve 
shillings & eight pence, for 1780. . . . . 5,, 12,, 8 

D° Benj^ Alld five pounds two shillings & eight 
pence, 6 '"° man in 1 78 1 5,, 2,, 8 

Nov. 8, Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Hon. 
Josiah Bartlett, Esq., thirty five pounds, for his services 
as one of the puisne Justices to Nov"" 14, 1784. '^ vote 
27 Dec, 1783 ........ 35,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Benj. Biggelow fifty four 
pounds twelve shillings & one penny. Ball" of his 
acco* for sundries supply'' Lt. Bell's Co. at New 
Castle 54,, I2„ I 

D° Daniel Philbrick seven pounds two shillings & 
eleven pence, for 1780 . . . . . . . 7,, 2,, 1 1 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17S4 

* I P. & C. : 32 * Dec. 8, 1784. At a Council holden at Exeter on 

Wednesday, the 8"' day Decern'', 1784, 
Present, — His Excellency Meshech Weare, Esq"", Pres'. 
The Honi^'^ John M. Clary, 
Joseph Badger, 
Francis Blood, Escf^ 
As there was not a full Board, the nomination of civil officers was 
postponed till tomorrow, 

THURSDAY, the c)'^ Decern'", 1784. 

Present as Yesterday. Also the Hon'^'^ Nath^ Peabody, Esq., 
took his seat at the Council Board. Took into consideration the 
nomination of Civil Officers. 

FRIDAY, 10"^ Decern--, 1784. 

Present as Yesterday. 

Also the Hon. Moses Chase, Esq"", attended. Continued the nom- 
ination of civil officers. 

Ordered the Treas' to pay Jacob Baldwin, a six 
months man in 1781, five pounds four shillings . . 5,, 4,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following Orders, viz., in favor of : 

David Jewell for thirteen shillings and nine pence, 
for Dep'" in 1780. o„ 13,, 9 

D° Kendell Parsons Twenty pounds nineteen shillings 
& six pence, Dep'" in 1780, one year man . . . 20,, 19,, 6 

* I P. & C. : 33 * SATURDAY, 11^'' Dec^ 1784. 

Took into consideration the further nomination of civil & military 
officers. 

Ordered the Treas-" to pay the following orders, viz., in favor of : 

Joseph Clark in Capt Woodman's Co., 3'"° men in 
1 78 1, for four pounds three shillings & four pence . 4,, 3,, 4 

D° Joseph Herd for four pounds three shillings & 
four pence . . . . . . . . . 4,, 3,, 4 

D° Geo. Averitt for forty pounds two shillings & 
five pence, for Dep'" to 1780 ..... 40,, 2,, 5 

Also six pounds eight shillings & eight pence in 
1780 6„ 8„ 8 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 249 

Lydia Alley, wid° of Daniel, for twenty one pounds, 
for Deprec*", 1780 21,, o„ o 

D'^ Isaac Hanson/ for (Deprec'" ending in 1780,) 
Twenty two pounds nine shillings and seven pence . 22,, 9,, 7 
Adjourned till Monday next. 

MONDAY, i3^h J32CS 1784. 

His Excellency & his five Counsellors. Met according to adjourn- 
ment. 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Melcher & Osborne Sev- 
enty nine pounds twelve shillings in full of their ac- 
compt for printing for the State from April G-^ to Oct° 

25^ 1784. • . . • • . • 79» 12,, o 

D° William Wallace five pounds six shillings & eight 

pence, Dep*" in 1780 .... 5,, 6,, 8 
*i P. &. C. : 34 * Ordered the Treas"" to pay James 

Pemberton ' Twenty two pounds eleven 
shillings & eight pence, for Depreciation in 1780. . 22,, ii„ 8 

TUESDAY, i4'h DeC, 1784. 

His Excellency & Council proceeded to business. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following Soldiers, viz. : 

William Palmer Nine pounds six shillings & six 
pence, Deprec'" in 1780 . . . . . . 9,, 6,, 6 

Francis Coombs Ten pounds & one penny, for Dep'" 
in 1780 

And Seven pounds & nine pence, Deprecia'" in 1781 

James Rawlins ' Twenty one pounds eighteen shil- 
lings & eleven pence, Dep^" 1780 .... 

Jerathmeel Bowers ' Twenty one pounds eight shil- 
lings & three pence ....... 

Caleb Stiles, Jun',' Twenty one pounds eight shil- 
lings & three pence ....... 

Eph"" Pierce' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 
three pence ......... 

Grant Powers ' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 
three pence ......... 

Caleb Stiles ' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 
three pence .... ..... 

Joseph Stearns ' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 
three pence ......... 

'• One year men. 



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Jacob Hobart ' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 
three pence & . . . . . . . . 21,, 8,, 3 

Simeon Foster ' Twenty one pounds eight shillings & 

threepence. ..... 21,, 8,, 3 

* I P. & C. : 35 * Ordered the Treas"" to pay by dis- 

count James Blake or Bearer Twelve 
pounds . . . . . . . . . 12,, o„ c 

Caleb Marshal Twelve pounds & . . . . 12,, o„ o 

James Burnside Twelve pounds, for billeting money 
on Sergeant Blake's ration Roll, Coos, 1782 . .12,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Selectmen of Hol- 
lis Six pounds six shillings, billeting money to Spring- 
field, 1781. '^ an Act passed July 4, 1781 . . .6,, 6„ o 

WEDNESDAY, 15'^ Dec, 1784. 

His Excellency & Council continued the appointment of Cival & 
military Officers. 

THURSDAY, the 16"^ Dec-", 1784. 

Present as yesterday & the same matters under consideration. 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on Interest pay- 
able in one year from the date thereof in favor of John 
Simpson for Sixty nine pounds in full for half pay from 
i^' of Jany 1779 to I Oct° 1784. '^ vote 26 Oct^ 1784 69,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Moses Knight eighteen 
shillings & four pence, Dep'" 1780 . . . . o,, 18,, 4 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay John Gross fifty four 
shillings. Service in attending Sup'' Court as State evi- 
dence .......... 2,, 14,, o 

Also to pay John S. Dearborn fifty four shillings for the 

same service. ^ vote 3 Nov"", 1784 . 2,, 14,, o 

* I P. & C. : 36 * Ordered the Treas"" to pay Moses 

Knight eighteen shillings & four pence, 

Dep'" 1780 o„ i8„ 4 

the alDOve is entered on the preceding page.^ 

FRIDAY, 17"' Decem% 1784. 

His Excellency & Council continued the appointment of Civil & 
military Ofificers. 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Marget Pitman, mother 

'• One year men. -• See note 2 at the end of this record. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 2$ I 

of Joseph Pitman, Twenty one pounds eleven shillings 

& six pence, for Depreciat" to 1780 .... 21,, ii„ 6 

Directed the Treas"" to receive a Note in favor of 
Josiah Sanborn & issue anew Note & Certificates 
for the Interest due thereon, agreeably to a vote of 
Court of the 28* Oct°, 1784. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Col. Supply Clap five 
hundred & fifty pounds ...... 550,, o„ o 

Also forty five pounds four shillings, being in full of 
his acco* as Commissary of Prisoners. '^ vote 11^'^ 
Nov, 1784 . . . . _ 45,, 4„ o 

Ordered the Treas"^ to pay Elias Taiiton five pounds 
seventeen shillings & four pence, for attending the 
Light House at Fort Point from 22 July to 20"' Oct°, 
1784. f vote 3^ Nov, 1784 5m i7» 4 

SATURDAY, 18''^ DecemS 1784. 

His Excellency & Council present. 
* I P. & C. : 37 * Ordered the Treas'- to pay Doc'-" Hall 
Jackson forty eight pounds in full for 
Medicine and attendance on the Troops stationed at 
Piscataqua Harbour from Jan^, 1780 to Feb^', 1784 . 48,, o,, o 

MONDAY, 20"^ Dec--, 1784. 

Present as on Saturday last. 
Ordered the Treas*" to issue a Note in favor of 
Samuel Wadsworth for eight pounds fourteen shillings 
& eleven pence, his Demand as settled by the Com- 
missioners on the Estate of Josiah Pomeroy, an ab- 
sentee 8„ 14,, II 

His Excellency the President, & Council, on the fifteenth Instant 
completed the nomination of the persons hereafter named for Officers 
Civil & Military, and the same having been wrote down on loose 
papers were accidentally omitted to be entered in the Journal on that 
day, viz.: 

Hon'^'^ Samuel Livermore, Esq"", Chief Justice. 

Hon''''' Josiah Bartlett, ") t- tt • t .• r 

William Whipple, ^^'^'^' Puisne Justices of 
John Dudley! ^ the Superior Court. 

Hon'^'^ John Sullivan, Esq'', Attorney General. 



2 52 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

* I P. & C. : 38 * COUNTY OF ROCKINGHAM. 

Honbi'^ Nathaniel Folsom, "^ Fsqrs., Justices of the 
Nathaniel Peabody, I ji.ferior Court of Corn- 
Timothy Walker, fmon Pleas. 
Abiel Foster, J 

Nathaniel Peabody, Esq% having declined to accept of the above 
office, John Calfe, Esq^ is nominated for one of the Justices of said 
Court. 

John Parker, Esq^ Sheriff. 

Hon"^ Philips White, Esq% Judge of Probate, &c. 

William Parker, Esq'', Register of Probate. 

COUNTY OF STRAFFORD. 

Hon'^'^ George Frost, "^ gg -^s, Justices of the Iii- 
John Plummer, 1^^^.^^^. ^^^^^^^ ^f Common 
Ebenezer Smith, | p|g^g_ 
Thomas Cogswell, j 
Theophilus Dame, Esq"", Sheriff. 
Hon"^ Joseph Badger, Esq-", Judge of Probate, &c. 
John Wentworth, EsqS Register of Probate. 

* I P. & C. : 39 * COUNTY OF HILLSBOROUGH. 

HonW« Timothy Farrar, "l gg^'j-s, Justices of the 

Samuel Dana, I. Inferior Court of 

Francis Blood, , Common Pleas. 

Ebenezer Rockwood, J 
Honb'« Jonathan Blanchard, Esq% Judge of Probate. 

COUNTY OF CHESHIRE. 

Hon'^'^ Simeon Olcott, ^ Esq'rs, Justices of the 

Samuel Ashley, inferior Court of 

Benjamin Be lows, , Common Pleas. 
Francis Smith, J 

Samuel Hunt, Esq"", Sheriff. 

Thomas Sparhawk, Esq% Judge of Probate. 

COUNTY OF GRAFTON. 

HonW« EUsha Payne, "^ Esq'rs, Justices of the 
Samuel Emerson, I j^fe^or Court of 
Bezai Woodward [common Pleas. 
James Woodward, J 
William Simpson, Esq--, Sheriff.' 

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Hon. Charles Johnston, Esq"', Judge of Probate. 
Moses Dow, Esq"", Register of Probate. 

* OFFICERS OF THE MILITIA. * I P. & C. : 4O 

Hon^'^ John Sullivan, Esq'', Major General. 

Joshua Wentworth,' ") 
Joseph Cilley, ! Esq'rs, Brigadier 

John Hale, (Generals. 

Benjamin Bellows, J 

Joshua Wentworth, Esq"", declining to accept the office of a Brig- 
adier General, Woodbury Langdon, Esq'', is nominated for that office. 



Firs I Reginiejit. 
Pierse Long, Colonel. 
Mark Wiggin, Lieu* Colonel. 
George Gains, Major. 
Stephen March, Second Major. 

Third Regiment. 
Moses Leavit, Colonel. 
Jonathan Cram, Lieut. Colonel. 
Joseph Clifford, Major. 
John Dearborn, Second Major. 



* Fifth Regiment. 
Noah Lovewill, Colonel. 
Samuel Chase, Lieu* Colonel. 
James Ford, Major. 
Robert Meins, Second Major. 



^Eighth Regiment. 
George Reid, Colonel. 
Daniel Reynolds, Lieu* Colonel 
Daniel Colburn, Major. 
James Gilman, Second Major. 

Tenth Regiment. 
Ebenezer Smith, Colonel. 
Joseph Badger, Jun"", Lieut* Colonel 
Chase Taylor, Major. 
Richard Sinkler, Second Major 



Second Regiment. 
Theophilus Dame, Colonel. 
John M'^Duffee, Lieu* Colonel. 
Jonathan Wentworth, Major. 
James Carr, Second Major. 

Fourth Reginient. 
James Hill, Colonel. 
Eliphalet Giddings, Lieu* Colonel 
Porter Kimball, Major. 
Benjamin Brown, Second Major. 

* I P. & C.:4i 

Sixth Regiment. 
Reuben Alexander, Colonel. 
Oliver Capron, Lieu* Colonel. 
Davis Howlett, Major. 
Elisba Whitcomb, Second Major. 

* I P. & C. : 42 

NintJi Regiment. 
Moses Kelley, Colonel. 
Samuel Page, Lieu* Colonel. 
William Boyes, Major. 



Eleventh Regiment. 
Thomas Stickney, Colonel. 



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[1784 



* I P. & C. : 43 

TJi it'tccn th R egini ent. 
Moses Dow, Colonel. 
Joshua Howard, Lieu' Colonel. 
Azariah Webb, Major. 
Obadiah Clement, Second Major. 

Fifteenth Regimeiit. 
Jonathan Chase, Colonel. 
Samuel Ashley, Lieutenant Colon 
Moses Whipple, Major. 
Joseph Kimball, Second Major 

* I P. & C. : 44 

SeventeentJi Regiment. 
Nathaniel Emerson, Colonel. 
William White, Lieu* Colonel. 



Nineteenth Regiment. 
Jonathan Palmer, Colonel. 
Nathan Hoit, Lieu* Colonel. 
Jacob Smith, Major. 
Joshua Heath, Second Major. 

Tzven ty-seeojid R egim en t. 
Henry Gerrish, Colonel. 



I P. & C. : 45 



'^Fourteenth Regiment. 
David Webster, Colonel. 
Moses Baker, Lieu* Colonel. 
Alexander Craige, Major. 
Richard Shepard, Second Major. 

Sixteenth Regiment. 
William Heyward, Colonel, 
el. Amos Shepard, Lieu* Colonel. 
Josiah Goldsmith, Major. 
Silas Wright, Second Major. 

^Eighteenth Res'iment. 
Thomas Bartlett, Colonel. 
Michael M'^Clary, Lieu* Colonel. 
Joseph March, Major. 
John Harvey, Second Major. 

Ttveiity-first Regiment.^ 
Samuel King, Colonel. 
George Aldrich, Lieu* Col°. 
Joseph Burt, Major. 
Jonathan Smith, Jr., Second Major. 

Tiventy-fonrtJi Regiment. 
Ebenezer Brewster, Colonel. 
Ebenezer Green, Lieu* Col°. 
Edmund Freeman, Major. 
Samuel Jones, Second Major. 



* Tzventy-fiftJi Regiment. 
Joseph Whipple, Colonel. 
Edward Bucknam, Lieu* Colonel. 
John Young, Major. 
Asa Bayley, Second Major. 

Corps of Light Horsemen. 
John Langdon, Esq*", Brigadier. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum throughout the State : 
Hon*^'^ Samuel Livermore, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, John 
Dudley, Thomas W. Waldron, John Sullivan, Matthew Thornton, 

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1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 255 

Nathaniel Folsom, Ebenezer Thompson, Jonathan Blanchard, Samuel 
Ashley, Benjamin Bellows, John M'^Clary, Francis Blood, Joseph 
Badger, Nathaniel Peabody, Moses Chase, Woodbury Langdon 
George Atkinson, Jon^ Moulton, Moses Dow, Esq'rs. 

* Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the * i P. & C. : 46 
County of Rockingham : 

Richard Downing, Samuel Penhallow, Philips White, Timothy 
Walker, John Langdon, Samuel Emerson, Abiel Forster, Joseph 
Cilley, John Bell, Samuel Hale, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Rockingham : 

Samuel Little, Christopher Toppan, William Knight, Noah Emery, 
William Parker, Archelaus Moore, John Calfe, John Pickering, 
Thomas Bartlett, Richard Bartlett, Joseph Oilman, Mark Wiggin, 
Enoch Coffin, Robert Wilson, James Gibson, William Morrill, Sam- 
uel Weare, Josiah Adams, Michael M'^Clary, John Blunt, Eph™ 
Pickering, Joseph Dow, Winthrop Gove, Abrah™ 
Perkins, Peter Green, John Cram, Nathan Batchel- * i P. & C. : 47 
dor, Josiah Gage, John Bryent, Samuel Moores, Jer- 
emiah Eastman, Jonathan Jenness, George Gains, Peter Clements, 
Clement March, Samuel Daniel, John T. Gilman, George Reid, Josiah 
Gilman Jun"" Jeremiah Gilman, Joseph Pearson, Arch"^ M'^Murphy, 
Jeremiah Fogg, Joseph March, Josiah Flagg, Jabez Hoit, John Allen, 
Joseph Parsons, Samuel Gilman, John Neal, Jonth" Greely, Jr., Eben- 
ezer Clifford, Matthias Bartlett, Richard Jenness, Moody Morse, 
James Gilmore, Thomas Page, Solomon Wheeler, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the * i P. & C. : 48 
County of Strafford : 

George Frost, Otis Baker, John Plummer, Moses Carr, Ebenezer 
Smith, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Strafford : 

Henry Rust, Ichabod Rollins, John Wentworth, Joseph Sias, Sol- 
omon Emerson, Simeon Dearborn, Valentine Mathes, John Garland, 
Daniel Beede, James Knowles, Hercules Mooney, David Page, David 
Gilman, Joseph Roberts, JohnTasker, Thomas Cogswell, Joshua 
Wingate, Joseph Badger, Jr., Benning Moulton, Samuel Hale, Jun'' 
Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the * i P. & C. : 49 
County of Hilsborough : 

Jonathan Lovewell, Matthew Patten, James Underwood, John 
Hale, Timothy Farrar, Jeremiah Page, Moses Nichols, John Stark, 
Esq'rs. 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Hilsborough : 

George Jackman, Isaac Andrews, Robert M'^Gregore, Joseph Bart- 

lett, Noah Worcester, William Smith, John Robie, Joshua Bayley, 

Benjamin Mann, John Cockran, Jun"", John Duncan, Moses Little, 

Peter Clark, William Abbott, Jr., Jonathan Weare, 

* I P. & C. : 50 *Ebenezer Rock wood, John Preston, Jonathan Searle, 

Joseph Gerrish, Daniel Emerson, Samuel Philbrick, 
Samuel Marsh, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the County of 
Cheshire : 

Samuel Chase, Simeon Olcott, Enoch Hale, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Cheshire : 

Francis Smith, Thomas Sparhawk, Joseph Greenwood, Thomas 
Baker, Calvin Frink, Moses Whipple, John Hubbard, Charles Hun- 
toon, Abel Stevens, Absolem Kinsbury, Daniel Newcomb, Michael 
Cressy, John Bellows, Jonathan Hildreth, Oliver 
*i P. &C. :5i *Capron, Sanford Kingsbury, Oliver Ashley, John 
Doolittle, Lemuel Holmes, William Ripley, Samuel 
Kendall, Samuel Griffin, Jacob Copeland, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the County of 
Grafton : 

Samuel Emerson, Beza^ Woodward, Elisha Payne, Joseph Whip- 
ple, Esq'rs. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Grafton : 

Daniel Brainard, Charles Johnston, Enoch Page, Francis Worces- 
ter, James Woodward, Edward Bucknam, Jeremiah Fames, Joshua 
Copp, Thomas Russell, Joshua Tolford, Carr Huse, Davenport 
Phelps, Moses Baker, Jon^ Child, William Ayer, John 

* I P. & C. : 52 Rogers, *Jon^ Blake, Elihu Hide, Jacob Hurd, Noah 

Worcester, Jr., Jon^ Freeman, Jesse Johnson, Jun"", 
Esq'rs. 

Coroners for the County of Rockingham : 

Jeremiah Libbey, Richard Champney, Simon Wiggin, Jonathan 
Garland, Samuel Folsom, Simeon Jenness, Simonds Seccombe, Henry 
Butler, James Gray, Jonathan Eastman, Joseph Gregg, Moses Shaw, 
Jacob Chase, John Dow, Jun"", Daniel Page, Nehemiah Wheeler, Na- 
thaniel Kimball, William Doty, Eliphalet Poor, Robert Young. 

* I P. & C. : 53 "•'■Coroners for the County of Strafford : 

Andrew Torr, Joseph Stevens, John Cate, Jabez 
Dame, Edward Gilman, Nathan^ Shannon, Timothy Medar, James 
Hassey, John Gilman, Thomas Chadbourne, Avery Hall, Eleazer 
Davis, James Brackett, Samuel Kielle. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 257 

Coroners for the County of Hillsborough : 

Augustus Blanchard, Jonathan Eastman, Zacheus Chandler, Sam- 
uel Haywood, John Hogg, Ebenezer Webster, Joseph Symonds, 
Samuel Kimball, Elias Roynton, Samuel Moore, Ja- 
cob M'^Gaw, * Timothy Wortley, James Caldwell, Jon- * i P. & C. : 54 
athan Martin, Abel Kimball, William Forsyth. 
Coroners for the County of Cheshire : 

George Kimball, Isaac Hammond, James Philbrick, Daniel Chase, 
Samuel Trott. 

Coroners for the County of Grafton : 

James Brown, Joshua Harris, Alexander Craige, Russell Freeman, 
Nathaniel Rogers, Uriah Stone, Joshua Young, Daniel Heath, Will- 
iam George, Jesse Young, James Sawyer. 

The foregoing nomination was made by advice of Council. 

John M'^Cleary. 
Francis Blood. 
Joseph Badger. 
Nath'l Peabody. 
Moses Chase. 

* Tuesday, December 21^', 1784. Present, His Excel- * i P. & C. : 55 
lency & the whole of the Council. 

Proceeded on the consideration of the appointment of officers. 

Wednesday, December 22^ 1784. Present as yesterday, and the 
same Business under Consideration. 

Thursday, December 23^ 1784. Present as yesterday, and the 
same Business under Consideration. 

Friday, December 24*'% 1784. Present as yesterday, and the same 
Business under consideration. 

Saturday, December 25''^ 1784. Present as yesterday. 

His Excellency the President & Council appointed the Persons 
hereafter named to the respective offices. Civil & Military, as herein 
set dowfi, viz. : 

Hon^''^ Samuel Livermore, Esq"", Chief Justice. 

Hon'''^ Josiah Bartlett, It-- h • t <-• 

-' ■ . ' Fsq rs. Puisne ustices 

William Whipple, > r iu c ■ n ^i 
T , TA Ti '^^ ' 1 of the Superior Court.' 
John Dudley, j ^ 

f^Qj^bie John Sullivan, Esq'', Attorney-General. 

'• This Court was constituted with the same membersliip as the one existing at the termination of the pro- 
visional government, except that Judge Leverett Hubbard (a lawyer) was superseded by Judge John Dudley. 
Chief Justice Livermore was the only lawyer in the new Court. Judge Bartlett was a physician, Judge Whip- 
ple a merchant, and Judge Dudley a man of general business, wh ch had included farming, milling, and mer- 
chandising. All, however, had been of great service to the Slate in the cause of independence. John Dud- 
ley's efforts had been less conspicuous, perhaps, tlian those of Livermore, Bartlett, and Whipple, who were 
all nearly as well known in the Continental Congiessas in New Hampshire, but there is no doubt that he had 
devoted himself most assiduously to the common cause as a member of the Committee of Safety, and well 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1784 

* I P. & C. : 56 * COUNTY OF ROCKINGHAM. 

p^Qj-jbie Nathaniel F'olsom, ^ -r- > t 4.- 

■\j 4.U • 1 -D u J J^sq rs, Justices 

JNlathaniel reabody, [ c ^i, j c • r- 

^. ^, ,,. ,, ^ >or the Interior Court 

limothy Walker, \ c r- r^^ 

., . 1 T^ ^ ot Common rleas. 

Abiel roster, ) 

Nathaniel Peabody, Esq"", declining to accept the office of a Justice 
of the Inferior Court as above named, John Calfe, Esq'', is appointed 
to that office. 

John Parker, Esq"", Sheriff. 

Hon^i^ Philips White, EsqS Judge of Probate, &c. 

William Parker, Esq"", Register of Probate. 

COUNTY OF STRAFFORD. 

Hon^^^ George Frost, ^ t 4.- ^ ^.u t 

T , ^ -r,, iiistices ot the In- 

ohn Plummer, I r • /- . r 
■U, c- -Ix >terior Court ot 

Ebenezer Smith, f ^ -m 

™, r- 11 Common Pleas, 

■ Ihomas Cogswell, J 

Theophilus Dame, Esq"", Sheriff. 

Hon. Joseph Badger, Esq"", Judge of Probate, &c. 

John Wentworth, Esq''., Register of Probate. 

* I P. & C. : 57 * COUNTY OF HILLSBOROUGH. 

f^Qj-^bie Timothy Farrar, ^ r- ' t 4-- t 

o /-r^ Esq rs. Justices or 

Samuel Dana, I ^u t r • n *. 

T^ • Til 1 >the Interior Court 

Prancis Blood, [ c r^ -di 

T,, T, 1 1 01 Common Pleas. 
Ebenezer Rockwood, j 

Hon, Jonathan Blanchard, Esq"", Judge of Probate, &c. 

COUNTY OF CHESHIRE. 

Hon^^*^ Simeon Olcott, ^ -c > t 4-- c t.x. 

c. 1 A ui Esq rs. Justices ot the 

Samuel Ashley, \ ^ c ■ n ,- c n 

-P, . • T> n > Interior Court ot Com- 

Beniamm Bellows, ( -n, 

T- ' ■ c -^x. nion Pleas. 

Prancis Smith, J 

Samuel Hunt, Esq"", Sheriff. 

Thomas Sparhawk, Esq"", Judge of Probate, &c. 

deserved the a| proval of his countrymen. It is s^id that during the Revokuionary period he gave practically 
his whole time to his official duties. Bartlett and Whipple were both signers of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence, and the several authors of Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence give a biographical 
sketch of each. The latest biography of Judge Livermore is the Historical Address of Hon. Charles R. 
Corning, Proceedings of the Grafton and Coos Bar Association, Vol. i., p. 365 ; see also Vol. ii., p. 95, and 
Collections of the N. H. Historical Society, Vol. v., p. 221. A biographical sketch of Judge Dudley is given 
in Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, Vol. ii., p. -(2. An ariicle on Josiah Bartlett in the " Granite 
Monthly," Vol. vii., p. 355, by Hon. Daniel Rollins, is the result of much research. New and interesting 
points on the life and character of Dr. Bartlett were also adduced in the proceedings at the dedication of the 
Amesbury monument in 1S87. Many passages in the Memoir of Jeremiah Mason, the Life of Plumer, and 
the life of Jeremiah Smith give contemporary opinions and criticisms of the courts of this period, as viewed 
from the standpoint of the leading lawyers. The comments of Mr. Plumer (Life, p. 152) on the character of 
Judge Dudley are particularly interesting and suggestive. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 259 

COUNTY OF GRAFTON. 

Hon^'^ Charles Johnston, Esq"", Judge of Probate, &c. 
Moses Dow, Esq'', Register of Probate, &c. 

* MILITIA OFFICERS. * I P. & C. : 58 

Hon^^^ John Sullivan, Esq"", Major General. 

Joshua Wentworth, ) 
Joseph Cilley, I Esq'rs, Brigadier 
John Hale, [Generals. 
Benjamin Bellows, J 
Joshua Wentworth, Esq^ declining to accept the office of a Briga- 
dier General, The Hon''''' Woodbury Langdon, Esq'', is appointed to 
that office. 

First Regiment. 

Pierse Long, Esq"", Colonel, Portsmouth. 
Mark Wiggin, Esq'', Lieu* Colonel, Stratham. 
George Gains, Esq"", Major, Portsmouth. 
Stephen March, Esq"", Second Maj"", Greenland. 

Second Regiment. 

Theophilus Dame, Esq"", Colonel, Dover. 
Joseph M'^Duffee, Esq"", Lieu* Colonel, Rochester. 
Jonathan Wentworth, Esq'', Major, Somersworth. 
James Carr, Esq'', Second Major, Somersworth. 

Third Regiment. 

Moses Leavit, Esq"", Colonel, North Hampton. 
Jonathan Cram, Esq"", Lieu' Colonel, Hampton Falls. 
Joseph Clifford, Esq"", Major, Kensington. 
John Dearborn, Esq'', Second Major, Hampton. 

* Fourth Regiment. * i P. & C. : 59 

James Hill, Esq"", Colonel, Newmarket. 
Eliphalet Giddings, Esq'', Lieu' Colonel, Exeter. 
Porter Kimball, Esq'', Major, Brentwood. 
Benjamin Brown, Esq'', Second Major, Epping. 

Fifth Regiment. 

Noah Lovewell, Esq'', Colonel, Dunstable. 
Samuel Chase, Esq'', Lieu' Colonel, Litchfield. 
James Ford, Esq'', Major, Nottingham West. 
Robert Meins, Esq% Second Major, Amherst. 



260 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

Sixth Regiment. 

Reuben Alexander, Esq'', Colonel, Winchester. 
Oliver Capron, Esq'', Lieu' Col", Richmond. 
Davis Hewlett, Esq'', Major, Keene. 
Elisha Whitcomb, Second Maj'', Svvanzey. 

Eighth Regiment. 

George Reid, Esq'', Colonel, Londonderry. 
Daniel Reynolds, Esq'', Lieu^ Colonel, Londonderry, 
Daniel Colburn, Esq'', Major, Pelham. 
James Oilman, Esq'', Second Maj'', Windham, 

Ninth- Regiment. 

Moses Kelley, Esq'', Colonel, Goffstown. 
Samuel Page, Esq'', Lieu* Colonel, Weare. 
William Boyes, Esq'', Major, New Boston. 

* I P. & C. : 60 ^ Tenth Regiment. 

Ebenezer Smith, Esq'', Colonel, Meredith. 
Joseph Badger, Jun*", Esq'', Lieu* Col°, Gilmantown. 
Chase Taylor, Esq"", Major, Sanborntown. 
Richard Sinkler, Second Major, Barnstead. 

El event J I Regiment. 
Thomas Stickney, Esq'', Colonel, Concord. 

TJiirteentJi R egiment. 

Moses Dow, Esq'', Colonel, Haverhill. 
Joshua Howard, Esq'^, Lieu* Col°, Haverhill. 
Azariah Webb, Esq'', Major, Piermont. 
Obadiah Clement, Esq'', Second Maj'', Warren, 

Fon rteen th Regini ent. 

David Webster, Esq'', Colonel, Plymouth, 

Moses Baker, Esq"", Lieu* Colonel, Campton. 

Alexander Craige, Esq"", Major, Rumney. 

Richard Shepard, Esq'", Second Maj'', New Holderness. 

Fifteenth Regiment. 

Jonathan Chase, Esq'', Colonel, Cornish. 

Samuel Ashley, Jun'', Esq'', Lieu* Colonel, Claremont. 

Moses Whipple, Esq'', Major, Croydon. 

Joseph Kimball, Jr., Esq"", Second Maj'', Plainfield. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 261 

SixteeiitJi Regiment. 

William Heyward, Esq^ Colonel, Charlestown. 
Amos Shepharcl, Esq"", Lieu' Col°, Alstead. 
Josiah Goldsmith, Esq"", Major, Walpole. 
Silas Wright, Esq"", Second Major, Stoddard. 

* SeventeentJi Regiment. * i P. & C. : 61 

Nathaniel Emerson, Esq"^, Colonel, Candia. 
William White, Esq"", Lieu' Colonel, Chester. 

EighteentJi Regiment. 

Thomas Bartlett, Esq"", Colonel, Nottingham. 
Michael M'^Cleary, Esq"", Lieu' Colonel, Epsom. 
Joseph March, Esq"", Major, Deerfield. 
John Harvey, Esq"", Second Major, Northwood. 

NineteentJi Regiment. 

Jonathan Palmer, Colonel, Wakefield. 
Nathan Hoit, Lieu'. Colonel, Moultonborough. 
Jacob Smith, Maj"", Sandwich. 
Joshua Heath, Second Major, Conway. 

Tzventy-first Regiment. 

Samuel King, Esq"", Colonel, Chesterfield. 
George Aldrich, Esq'', Lieu' Col°, Westmoreland. 
Joseph Burt, Esq"", Major, Westmoreland. 
Jonathan Smith, Esq"", Second Maj"", Surrey. 

Twenty- second Regiment. 
Henry Gerrish, Esq', Colonel, Boscawen. 

Tzventy Four'th Regiment. 

Ebenezer Brewster, Esq""., Colonel, Hanover. 
Ebenezer Green, Esq'', Lieu' Colonel, Lyme. 
Edmund Freeman, Esq"", Major, Lebanon. 
Samuel Jones, Esq'', Second Major, Canaan. 

* Tzventy Fifth Regiment. * i P. & C. : 62 

Joseph Whipple, Esq"", Colonel, Dartmouth. 
Edwards Bucknam, Esq'', Lieu' Colonel, Lancaster. 
John Young, Esq"", Major, Concord as Gunth. 
Asa Bayley, Esq'', 2"'' Major, Landaff. 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/84 

Corps of Light Horsemen. 

Hon. John Langdon, Esq'', Brigadier General. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum throughout the State ' 

Hon. Samuel Livermore, Esq"", New Holderness. 
Josiah Bartlett, Esq'', Kingstown. 
William Whipple, Esq'', Portsmouth. 
John Dudley, Esq'', Raymond. 
Thomas W. Waldron, Esq'', Dover. 
John Sullivan, Esq'', Durham. 
Matthew Thornton, Esq'', Merrimac. 
Nathaniel Folsom, Esq'', Exeter. 
Ebenezer Thompson, Esq'', Durham. 
Jonathan Blanchard, Esq'', Dunstable. 
Samuel Ashley, Esq"', Claremont. 
Benjamin Bellows, Esq'', Walpole. 
John M'^Cleary, Esq"", Epsom. 
Francis Blood, Esq'', Temple. 
Joseph Badger, Esq'', Gilmantown. 
Nathaniel Peabody, Esq'', Atkinson. 
Moses Chase, Esq'', Cornish. 
Woodbury Langdon, Esq'', Portsmouth. 
George Atkinson, Esq'", Ditto. 
Jonathan Moulton, Esq'', Hampton. 
Moses Dow, Esq"", Haverhill. 

* I P. & C. : 63 * Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum for the 
County of Rockingham : 
Richard Downing, Esq'', Newington. 
Samuel Penhallow, Esq'', Portsmouth. 
Phillips White, Esq'', South Hampton. 
Timothy Walker, Esq"", Concord. 

1- The list of civil and military appointments made under the Constitution of 17S4 by President Weare 
and Council is probably the best index we have as to who were then regarded as representative men in the 
State. Gov. William Plunier prepared biographical sketches of many who are named in these appointments. 
His work is contained in five manuscript volumes, which his descendants have placed in the custody of the 
New Hampshire Historical Society at Concord. A printed index to these biographies may be found in the 
Proceedings of the Society, Vol. i., p. 435- As to those who were connected with military affairs, the student 
is referred to the biographical notes in Potter's Military History of New Hampshire. The index to the first 
part of Judge Potter's notes is in the Adjutant General's Report (N. H.), 1S66, Vol. ii., p. xvii ; to the second 
part, Adjutant General's Report (N. H.), 1.S68, p. xv. Many similar biographical notes are scattered along 
through the preceding volumes of this series of Province and State Papers. The Town Histories are availa- 
ble as a source of much biographical data. The best catalogue of local New Hampshire history is the Bibli- 
ography of New Hampshire, " Granite Monthly," Vol. iv., p. 28S (1881). Valuable titles could now 
be added to that list, as several important contributions to our local history have been since brought out. Some 
valuable biographical material is contained in the recently published histories or gazetteers of the several coun- 
ties. They, however, devote more Attention to modern biography than to that which pertains to the period 
covered by these journals. The Life of William Plumer, by his son. Boston, 1S57 ; the Life of Jeremiah 
Smith, LL. D., by John H. Morrison, Boston, 1845 i the Life of John Sullivan, by Thos. C. Amory, Bos- 
ton, 1868, throw much light on the men and measures of the times in which the distinguished subjects of those 
works were active in public affairs. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 263 

John Langclon, Esq"", Portsmouth. 
Samuel Emerson, Esq"", Chester. 
Abiel Foster, Esq'', Canterbury. 
Joseph Cilley, Esq'', Nottingham. 
John Bell, Esq'', Londonderry. 
Samuel Hale, Esq"", Portsmouth. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Rockingham : 
Samuel Little, Esq'", Hampstead. 
Christopher Toppan, Esq"", Hampton. 
William Knight, Esq'', Portsmouth. 
Noah Emory, Esq'', Exeter. 
William Parker, Esq"", Exeter. 
Archelaus Moore, Esq"^, Canterbury. 
John Calfe, Esq'', Hampstead. 
John Pickering, Esq'', Portsmouth. 
Thomas Bartlett, Esq"", Nottingham. 
Richard Bartlett, Esq"", Pembrooke. 
Joseph Oilman, Esq'', Exeter. 
Mark Wiggin, Esq"", Stratham. 
Enoch Coffin, Esq', Epping. 
Robert Wilson, Esq'", Chester. 

* James Gibson, Esq'', Pelham. * i P. & C. : 64 

William Morrill, Esq'', Brentwood. 
Samuel Weare, Esq'', Hampton Falls. 
Josiah Adams, Esq'', New Market. 
Michael M'^Cleary, Esq'", Epsom. 
John Blunt, Esq"", Newcastle. 
Ephraim Pickering, Esq'", Newington. 
Joseph Dow, Esq'", Hampton. 
Winthrop Gove, Esq'", Seabrook. 
Abraham Perkins, Esq'", Epping. 
Peter Green, Esq'', Concord. 
John Cram, Esq'", Pittsfield. 
Nathan Batcheldor, Esq'", Loudon. 
Josiah Gage, Esq'", Pelham. 
John Bryent, Esq', Bow. 
Samuel Moores, Esq'', Candia. 
Jeremiah Eastman, Esq'', Deerfield. 
Jonathan Jenness, Esq'', Northwood. 
George Gains, Esq'", Portsmouth. 
Peter Clements, Esq'', Atkinson. 
Clement March, Esq'", Greenland. 
Samuel Daniel, Esq'", Pembrook. 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

John T. Gilman, Escf, Exeter. 
George Reid, Esq'', Londonderry. 
Josiah Gilman, Junr, Esq^ Exeter. 
Jeremiah Gilman, Esq'", Plastow. 
Joseph Pearson, Esq'', Exeter. 
Arch^ M'^Murphy, Londonderry. 
Jeremiah Fogg, Esq'", Kensington. 
*i P. & C. : 65 * Joseph March, Esq'', Deerfield. 
Josiah Flagg, Esq"", Chester. 
Jabez Hoit, Esq'", Chester. 
John Allen, Esq'", Salem. 
Joseph Parsons, Esq'", Rye. 
Samuel Gilman, Esq"", Newmarket. 
John Neal, Esq'", Londonderry. 
Jonathan Greely, Jun"", Esq'', East Kingston. 
Ebenezer Clifford, Esq'', Kensington. 
Matthias Bartlett, Esq'", Newtown. 
Richard Jenness, Esq', Deerfield. 
Moody Morse, Esq'', Salem. 
James Gilmore, Esq'", Windham. 
Thomas Page, Esq'", Hawke. 
Solomon Wheeler, Esq*", Kingstown. 

Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum for the County of Strafford. 

George Frost, Esq"", Durham. 
Otis Baker, Esq*", Dover. 
John Plummer, Esq'", Rochester. 
Moses Carr, Esq'', Somersworth, 
Ebenezer Smith, Esq'", Meredith. 

*i P. & C. : 66 * Justices of the Peace for the County of Strafford. 

Henry Rust, Esq'', "Wolfborough. 
Ichabod Rollins, Esq'", Somersworth. 
John Wentvvorth, Esq% Dover. 
Joseph Sias, Esq'", Lee. 
Solomon Emerson, Esq'', Madbury. 
Simeon Dearborn, Esq'', Wakefield. 
Valentine Mathes, Esq'', Durham. 
John Garland, Esq'', Barrington. 
Daniel Beede, Esq"", Sandwich. 
Thomas Parsons, Esq'', Effingham. 
James Knowles, Esq'', Rochester. 
Hercules Mooney, Esq'', Lee. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 265 

David Page, Esq'', Conway. 

David Oilman, Esq"", Tamwortb. 

Joseph Roberts, Esq"", New Durham Gore. 

John Tasker, Esq^, Barnstead. 

Thomas Cogeswell, Esq'', Gilmantown. 

Joshua Wingate, Esq'', Dover. 

Joseph Badger, Jun""., Esq'', Gilmantown. 

Benning Moulton, Esq', New Hampton. 

Samuel Hale, Jun-", Esq'', Barrington. 

* I P. & C. : 67 * Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the 
County of Hilsborough. ^ 

Jonathan Lovewell, Esq'', Dunstable. 
Matthew Patten, Esq^ Bedford. 
James Underwood, Esq', Litchfield. 
John Hale, Esq'', Holies. 
Timothy Farrar, Esq^ New Ipswich. 
Jeremiah Page, Esq"", Dunbarton. 
Moses Nichols, Esq'', Amherst. 
John Stark, Esq'', Derryfield. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Hilsborough. 

George Jackman, Esq'', Boscawen. 

Isaac Andrews, Esq'', Hilsborough. 

Robert McGregore, Esq'', Goffestown. 

Joseph Bartlett, Esq'', Salisbury. 

Noah Worcester, Esq"^, Holies. 

William Smith, Esq'', Peterborough. 

John Robie, Esq"", Weare. 

Joshua Bayley, Esq'", Hopkinton. 

Benjamin Mann, Esq'", Mason. 

John Cockran, Jun'", Esq"", New Boston. 

John Duncan, Esq'', Antrim. 

Moses Little, Esq'', Goffstown. 

Peter Clark, Esq"", Lyndeborough. 

William Abbott, Jun'', Esq'", Wilton. 

Jonathan Weare, Esq'', Andover. 

Ebenezer Rockwood, Esq'', Wilton. 

John Preston, Esq^ New Ipswich. 

* Jonathan Searle, Esq^ Mason. * i P. & C. :i68 

Henry Gerrish, Esq"", Boscawen. 

Daniel Emerson, Jun"", Esq'", Hollis. 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^4 

Samuel Philbrick, Esq"", Weare. 
Samuel Marsh, Esq"", Nottingham West. 

Justices of the Peace, & of the Quorum for the County of Cheshire. 

Samuel Chase, Esq"", Cornish. 
Simeon Olcott, Esq"", Charlestown. 
Enoch Hale, Esq"", Rindge. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Cheshire. 

Francis Smith, Esq% Plainfield. 
Thomas Sparhawk, Esq"", Walpole. 
Joseph Greenwood, Esq'', Dublin. 
Thomas Baker, Esq*", Keene. 
Calvin Frink, Esq"", Swanzey. 
Moses Whipple, Esq"", Croydon. 
John Hubbard, Esq'', Charlestown. 
Charles Huntoon, Esq^ Unity. 
Abel Stevens, Esq'', Grantham. 
Absalom Kingsbury, Esq"", Alstead. 
Daniel Newcombe, Esq'', Keene. 
Michael Cressey, Esq'', Chesterfield. 
John Bellows, Esq^ Walpole. 
Jonathan Hildrith, Esq'', Chesterfield. 

Oliver Capron, Esq'', Richmond. 
* I P. & C. : 69 * Sanford Kingsbury, Esq"", Claremont. 

Oliver Ashley, Esq'', Claremont. 
John Doolittle, Esq% Westmorland. 
Lemuel Holmes, Esq'', Surry. 
William Ripley, Esq'', Cornish. 
Samuel Kendall, Esq'', Fitzwilliam. 
Samuel Griff en. Esq'', Packersfield. 
Jacob Copeland, Esq'', Stoddard. 

Justices of the Peace & of the Quorum for the County of Grafton. 

Samuel Emerson, Esq"", Plymouth. 
Beza' Woodward, Esq'', Hanover. 
Ehsha Payne, Esq"", Lebanon. 
Joseph Whipple, Esq"", Dartmouth. 

Justices of the Peace for the County of Grafton. 

Daniel Brainard, Esq'', Rumney. 
Charles Johnston, Esq'', Haverhil. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 26/ 

Enoch Page, Esq"", Wentvvorth. 
Francis Worcester, Esq"", Plymouth. 
James Woodward, Esq"', Haverhil. 
Edwards Bucknam, Esq"", Lancaster. 
Jeremiah Eames, Esq"", Northumberland. 
Joshua Copp, Esq'', Warren. 
Thomas Russell, Esq"", Piermont. 

* Joshua Tolford, Esq'', Alexandria. * i P. & C. : 70 
Carr Huse, Esq"", New Chester. 

Dav^enport Phelps, Esq"", Orford. 
Moses Baker, Esq"", Campton. 
Jonathan Child, Esq'', Lyme. 
William Ayer, Esq"", Canaan. 
John Rogers, Esq"", Plymouth. 
Jonathan Blake, Esq'', Landaff. 
Elihu Hide, Esq'', Lebanon. 
Jacob Hurd, Esq'', Bath. 
Noah Worcester, Jun"", Esq"", Thornton. 
Jonathan Freeman, Esq"^, Hanover. 
Jesse Johnson, Jun"", Esq'', Enfield. 

Coroners for the County of Rockingham. 

Jeremiah Libbey 1 -n *. ^u 

TD- u J /-u V Portsmouth. 

Richard Champney j 

Simon Wiggin, Stratham. 

Jonathan Garland, Hampton. 

Sam^ Folsom, Exeter. 

Simon Jenness, Rye. 

Simonds Seccomb, Kingstown. 

Henry Butler, Nottingham. 

James Grey, Epsom. 

Jonathan Eastman, Concord. 

* Joseph Gregg, Londonderry, * i P. & C. :7i 
Moses Shaw, Kensington. 

Jacob Chase, Chester. 
John Dow, Jun'', Atkinson. 
Daniel Page, Deerfield. 
Nehemiah Wheeler, Epping. 
Nathaniel Kimball, Plaistow. 
William Duty, Salem. 
Eliphalet Poor, Hampstead. 
Robert Young, Pelham. 



268 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^4 

Coroners for the County of Strafford. 

Andrew Torr, Dover. 

Joseph Stevens, Durham. 

John Cate, Barrington. 

Jabez Dame, Rochester, 

Edward Oilman, Jun"", Gilmantown. 

Nathaniel Shannon, Moultonboro'. 

Timothy Medar, Tamworth. 

James Hearsey, Sandborntown. 

John Oilman, Meredith, 

Thomas Chadbourne, Conway. 

Avery Hall, Wakefield. 

Eleazer Davis, New Durham Oore. 

James Brackett, Lee. 

Samuel Kielle, Madbury. ' 

* I P. & C. : 72 * Coroners for the County of Hilsborough. 

Augustus Blanchard, Amherst. 
Jonathan Eastman, Holies. 
Zacheus Chandler, Bedford. 
Samuel Heywood, New Ipswich. 
John Hogg, Dunbarton. 
Ebenezer Webster, Salisbury. 
Joseph Symonds, Hilsborough. 
Samuel Kimball, Henneker. 
Elias Boynton, Temple. 
Samuel Moore, Peterborough. 
Jacob McOaw, Merrimac. 
Timothy Wortley, Weare. 
James Caldwell, New Boston. 
Jonathan Martin, Wilton. 
Abel Kimball, Hopkinton. 
William Forsyth, Dearing. 

Coroners for County of Cheshire. 

George Kimball, Charlestown. 
Isaac Hammond, Swanzey. 
James Philbrick, Rindge. 
Daniel Chase, Cornish. 
Samuel Trott, Walpole. 



1784] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 269 

* Coroners for the County of Grafton. * i P. & C. : 73 

James Brown, Stratford. 
Joshua Harris, Canaan. 
Alexander Craige, Rumney. 
Russell Freeman, Hanover. 
Nathaniel Rogers, Orford. 
Uriah Stone, Piermont. 
Joshua Young, Haverhill. 
Daniel Heath, New Chester. 
William George, Plymouth. 
Jesse Young, Concord as Gunth*'. 
James Sawyer, Landaff. 

The foregoing appointments were made by and with advice of 
Council 

John McCleary 
Francis Blood 
Joseph Badger 
Nath' Peabody 
Moses Chase. 

* I P. & C. : 74 * Dec''. 1 784 Ordered the Treas'' to pay the fol- 
lowing Soldiers viz 

Michael Sudrick Twelve pounds, sixteen shillings & 
eight pence and ........ 

John Gray Sixteen pounds, one shilling and one penny 
— Deprecia'" ' in 1781 

William Ferguson fifteen pounds six shillings & one 
penny — Dep*" in 1779 ...... 

The selectmen of Barrington Six pounds twelve shil- 
lings — travel money paid sundry Soldiers to Spring- 
field in 1 78 1, as '^ acco' on file 

Benjamin Perkins four pounds three shillings & four 
pence — 3 '"° Service in 178 1 ..... 

Joseph Davis, Seventeen pounds one shilling & six- 
pence — Deprecia'" in 1781 . 

Thomas Colby Seven pounds twelve shillings, 6 """ 
man in 178 1 

^- The " depreciation " which was so frequently under consideration at this period was the difference in 
the nominal value of the paper emission of the government and its real value as measured by the specie stan- 
dard. When the ratio was as seventy to one, the purchasing power of the paper currency was inconsiderable, 
and, as the ability to recompense the soldiers and others who had suffered from this cause came to the States 
with the return of peace and a measure of prosperity, it was but just that their claims should engross a liberal 
share of the attention of the General Court. 



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Thomas Severance, five pounds three shillings & 
threepence — Depreciation 1780 .... 5,, 3,, 3 

Jonathan Buzzell, Twentythree pounds sixteen shil- 
lings & 6^ Dep'" 1780 23,, i6„ 6 

and five pounds one shilling and four pence for De- 
preciation in 1 78 1 5„ I,, 4 

Enoch Dockum Sixty two pounds fourteen shillings 
previous to 1780 62,, 14,, o 

Two pounds nineteen shillings — for 1780 . . 2,, 19,, o 

and fourteen pounds eight shillings & eight pence 
for Depreciation in 178 1 14,, 8„ 8 

Ebenezer Scribner fath''of Ebeh"" Scribner Seventeen 
pounds eleven shillings & six pence for the year 

1781 i7v II,, 6 

*i P. & C. : 75 * Edward Leathers, fath-- of Edw^ 
Leathers Seventeen pounds two shil- 
lings and four pence for Depreciat" in 1777 & 1778 . 17,, 2„ 4 

Samuel Dalton Twenty six shillings & eight pence 
for Deprecia*" in 1780 i„ 6„ 8 

[Dec] 29 Ordered the Treas"" to Issue a Note on Inter- 
est payable in one year from the date thereof in favor 
of Abigail Badger late the wid" of the late Capt- Beal 
for one hundred & eighty pounds .... i8o„ o„ o 

Also one in favor of William Badger guardian to the 
Children of the late Capt. Beal for Three hundred and 
Twenty four pounds in full for Seven years half — '^^ 
vote of 10 Nov 1784 324,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treasurer to issue a Note in favor L' 
John Orr for Sixty pounds in full for half pay as an In- 
valid Pensioner from 27 Sept. 1783 to 27 Dec"" 1784 — 6o„ o,, o 

1785. Jan. 4, — Ordered the Treasurer to pay the 
Heir of Isaac Carkin Eleven pounds fourteen shillings, 
& four pence for 1779 ii„ 14,, 4 

Twenty three pounds thirteen shillings for Dep*" in 
1780 . . . 23,, 13,, o 

and thirteen pounds thirteen shillings in 1 78 1 . .13,, 13,, o 

Also to pay the Heir of the late Ephraim Stevens, 
Fifty pounds ten shillings & five pence for Depreciation 
in 1777 1778 & 1779 50,, io„ 5 

And five pounds five shillings & four pence . . 5,, 5,, 4 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the travel & attend^ of the 
Hon. Council from NoV 8 to Dec'' 28"^ 1784 amounting 
to fifty two pounds nineteen shillings .... 52,, 19,, o 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 2/1 

*i P. & C. : 76 * January 5, 1785. Ordered the 
Treasurer to pay the Hon. Leverett 
Hubbard Esq. seventy pounds in full for his Services as 
one of the Puisne Judges of the Sup Court for the 
year 1784 70,, o„ o 

The following orders were drawn on the Treasurer in favor of 

Jacob Judkins for Seven pounds nine shillings & 
four pence ......... 

Nicholas S. Hoyt for Six pounds seventeen shillings 
& four pence, 6 "'° Men in 178 1 

[Jan] II. The heirs of Job Jenness for five pounds 
five shillings — Deprecia'" in 1777 .... 

Zechariah Ouinby for Twelve pounds four shillings 
& three pence — Deprec"' in 1781 

Will"* Rhines for Sixteen pounds ten shillings & eight 
pence, Deprec'" in 178 1 

Josiah Eastman for fourteen pounds eighteen shil- 
lings & eight pence, Dep'" in 178 1 

[Jan.] 13. Jacob Annes for Six pounds eight shil- 
lings & five pence — 3'"° Man in 1780 — . . . 

Edw^ Burrows for four pounds, three shills & four 
pence — 3'"° man ........ 

Joseph Stevens for four pounds three shillings & 
four pence — 3™° Man ....... 

Glocester Watson for three pounds nine shills & ten 
pence ......... 

And to Jon^ Ouinby for four pounds six shill^ & eight 
pence for Deprec'" 1780 

* I P. &. C. : 77 * January 14 — 1785. 

Simon Hutchins for thirty two pounds six shill^^ — 
Dep*° in lyy/ 81 1778 

I ys. William Hunt for Eighteen pounds six shil^ & 
eight pence ......... 

I ys. Jon^ Morse for Twenty pounds eight shillings & 
five pence ......... 

I ys. Tho* Hardy for Twenty pounds eight shils^ & 
five pence for Depre'" in 1778 & 79 . 

[Jan.] 19. Joseph Eaton Kenniston for six pounds 
two shillings, 3™° Man in 1781 . 

[Jan.] 20. Samson Buttes for four pounds eighteen 
shillings & four pence 3'"° Service .... 

Tho" Williams for Six pounds two shils^ & eight 
pence — 6"^° Man in 1781 . 



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The Town of Wakefield for Twenty pounds seventeen 
shillings & one penny, for provisions supplied sol^""^ in 
1778 & 79 . ... 20,, 17,, I 

[Jan.] 22. The heirs of Joshua Wilson for Twenty 
three pounds sixteen shillings & six pence for the 
year 1780 23,, i6„ 6 

& Twenty pounds sixteen shil^^ for 1781 . . . 20,, 16,, o 

The Heirs of John Small for Thirty pounds and eight 
pence, for Dep'" to 1780 30,, o,, 8 

& Six pounds fourteen shil^ & eight pence for Dep*" 
in 1780 . 6„ 14,, 8 

Tho^ Hanscomb for thirteen pounds seventeen shil^^ 
for Dep*" in 1777 & 78 ' . 13,, 17,, o 

The Heirs of Jon^ Doe Eighteen pounds eleven shil- 
lings & eight pence for Depreciation in 1777 & 
1778 i8„ ii„ 8 

* I P. & C. : 78 * January 22, 1785. 

Timothy Kimball Twenty pounds sixteen shils^ for 
Deprec'" in 178 1 20,, 16,, o 

January 24, 1785. 

Ordered the Treasurer to issue a Note in favor of 
Lieut. Andrew M'^Gaffey for Thirty two pounds in full 
for one third of monthly pay as an Invalid pensioner 
from the i Nov"" 1783 to i NoV 1784 .... 

[Jan.] 26, Also to issue a Note in favor of Samuel 
Boyd for Six pounds in full as an Invalid Pensioner from 
the 3 Dec"" 1783 to 3"^ Dec'' 1784 at los per month 

[Jan.] 28. The Treasurer was ordered to pay the fol- 
lowing sums viz. in favor of Eliphalet Norris for Twenty 
Eight shillings and two pence for Deprec'" in 1780 

Jon* Taylor for nine pounds seventeen shillings & 
four pence ......... 

Ammi Choate nine pounds seventeen shillings & 
four pence ......... 

Joseph Morrill Eight pounds one shilling & four pence 
— and — ......... 

Benjamin Libbey Seven pounds eight shils" being 6'"° 
Soldiers in 1781 . 

Also John Cotton Eight pounds twelve shillings for 
the like service in 178 1 



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[Jan.] 30. Jethro Barber Seventeen pounds fifteen 
shillings for Depreciation in 1781 .... 17,, 15,, o 

Ordered the Treas'' to issue a Note in favor of Hugh 
Dunshee for thirty two pounds eleven shillings & six 
pence with In* from 7''' April 1780. Adjust"' of his 
Demand against the estate of Col. Step" Holland as 
certified by the Judge of Probate, f^ Act of i March, 
1783 . ' 32,, ii„ 6 

* r P. & C. : 79 * January 30"^ 1785. 

Betsey Chase wid" of Nathaniel Chase for fourteen 
pounds thirteen shillings and four pence, for Depre'" in 
1777 & 78 I4» I3.» 4 

Twenty five shillings & five pence for 1780 . . i,, 5,, 5 

And fifty three shillings & eleven pence for the 
year 1781 2,, 13,, 11 

Mary Straw the Sister of Benj^ Straw for Twenty two 
pounds seven shillings for Depreciation in 1777 & 

1778 

[Jan.] 31. Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Mclntyer 
five pounds three shillings & three pence 

And Samuel Mitchel Eighteen pounds eight shillings, 
Depreciat" in 1780 ....... 

Ordered the Treasurer to issue a Note on Interest 
payable in one year from the date thereof in favor of 
Jon^ Woolley for Twelve pounds in full for half pay as 
an Invalid pensioner from i Jan^ 1784 to i Jan^ 1785 . 12,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Eph'" Alley Twenty two 
pounds seventeen shillings & eight pence — Dep'" in 
1779 & 1780 22,, 17,, o 

February i^' 1785. 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay the following Sums 
viz : in favor of 

The Heirs of John Smith for five pounds eleven shil- 
lings & ten pence, Dep*" in 1778 & 1779 . . .5,, 11,, 10 

Twenty three pounds sixteen shilHngs & six pence 
for the year 1780 23,, 16,, 6 

And Twenty pounds fourteen shillings & five pence 
for 1 78 1 20,, 14,, 5 



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* I P. & C. : 80 * February 2"^ 1785. 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay the following sums, 
viz in favor of 

Levi Stickney for five pounds eleven shillings and 
four pence, Deprecia*" in 1780 ..... 

Zechariah Kelsy Seven pounds nineteen shillings for 
Depreciation in 1780 ....... 

Jane Crawford Heir of Robert Crawford Twenty one 
pounds seven shillings & sixpence for Depreciation in 
1777 Si y8 

Benjamin Barnett Eight jiounds thirteen shils^ & 
seven pence ........ 

And John Barnett Eight pounds, thirteen shillings 
& seven pence — 3""° Men in Capt. Runnels Company . 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on Interest in 
favor of Aaron Smith, Ens", payable in one year from 
the date thereof for twenty seven pounds in full for 
half pay from the i June 1784 to the i Feb^ 1785 . 27,, o,, 

[Feb.] 7. Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Rowen 
nine pounds two shillings & five pence. Depreciation in 
1780 

Samuel Saunders Seventeen pounds three shillings & 
four pence — Dep^" in 1781 . 

[Feb.] 12. Samuel Kempton Seventeen pounds fif- 
teen shillings & one penny. Dep in 178 1 

[Feb.] 14. Charles Lynde, Eight pounds sixteen shil- 
lings & eight pence, Dep. in 1777 .... 

William Laiken an Invalid, twelve pounds in full for 
half pay to 4 Dec 1784 ...... 

* I P. & C. : 81 * February 15, 1785. 

Phinehas Wright fifty pounds two shillings & one 
penny, Dep*" to 1780 ...... 

and seven pounds nine shillings and eight pence in 
1780 

Andrew Kanghow eight pounds eighteen shillings 
& eight pence ........ 

and William Ordway nine pounds thirteen shillings 
& four pence — 6 '"^ man in 1 78 1 

[Feb] 16 Reuben Spencer an Invalid Ninety six 
pounds in full for half pay from 1^' Jan^ 1777 to i Jan^ 
1785. "^ vote 6 Nov 1785 96,, o,, o 



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Will™ Eastman Six pounds eight shillings & eleven 
pence — Dep 1780 ....... 

Barth° Stevens Twenty six shillings & eight pence, 
Dep'" in 1780 

Joseph Hoit five pounds six shils & 6^ . 

Nathan Carter five pound six & six pence 3 "^" Men 

[Feb] 17. Henry Snow deceasd forty six pounds 
6 shillings & four pence — Dep' to 1780 

James Barnes five pounds nine shillings & nine 
pence — Dep'" in 1780 ...... 

Benj^ Dole fifteen pounds five shills^ & seven pence. 
Dep' in 1 78 1 

Jeremiah Carter five pounds six shillings & six pence 
3 ™° man ......... 

Arch^ McMillan an Invalid six pounds in full as 
pensioner at 10^ "^ "'" to the 10'^' June 1784. 

Amos Royce fourteen pounds twelve shillings — 
Dep'" in 1777 & 1778 

Joel Royce seven pounds fifteen shills^ & eleven 
pence, Dep'" in 1780 ....... 

* I P. & C. : 82 * February 18"^ 1785 

Samuel Danforth five pounds sixteen shillings. Dep'" 
in 1780 . . . ... . . . S„ i6„ o 

James Jackson fath"" of Daniel, nineteen pounds six 
shillings & eight pence, Dep'" in 1777 81 y8 . -19,, 6,, 8 

Will'" Lear the fath-" of Will™ Twenty pounds ten 
shills" — Dep'" in 1777 & 78 20,, io„ o 

Will™ Grant fath'' of Daniel, Eight pounds . . 8,, o,, o 

Charles Sargent father of John, Sixteen pounds sev- 
enteen shillings & five pence. Dep. 1781 . . . 16,, 17,, 5 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Hon*"^^ George Atkin- 
son ten pounds, two shillings amo' of his [bill] for pro- 
viding a State Seal . 10,, 2,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Sparhawk four 
pounds for two books, '^ vote 10 Feb^ . . . 4,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Roll of L' Meshech 
Bell amounting to Sixty pounds ; .... 6o„ o„ o 

Also his Acco' for wood amount^ to four pounds. ^ 
vote of II Feby 1785 4,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Jon^ Eliott forty shillings 
^ vote of 12 Feby 1785 ...... 2,, o„ o 



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Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Duncan Esq"" Three 
pounds eighteen shilHngs for time & expenses in hold- 
ing meetings in unincorporated places. 1^ vote 12 
Feby 1785 

Ordered the Treas' to pay Samuel Lowell Six pounds 
■^ vote 12 Feb. 1785 

Also Elijah Grout Esq. Sixty six pounds four shil- 
lings & three pence. Bal'^^ of his Acco' '^ vote 1 5*'' 
Feby 1785 

Also Capt. Aaron Kinsman five pounds four shil- 
lings amount of his Acco' %^ vote of iS**" Feb^ 1785 . 

* I P. & C. : 83 * 18 February 1785. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Samuel Fowler thirty shil- 
lings — Journey to No. 4 in 1777 — . . . .1,, 10,, o 

John Holbrook forty five pounds in full of all his 
Claims for supplying Soldiers at Coos. '^ vote 18 Feb^ 
1785 . 

I year. Simon Pope, Twenty two pounds four shil- 
lings & eight pence — Dep' 1780 .... 

I year. Oliver Clough Twenty two pounds thirteen 
shillings — Dep*" in 1 780 ...... 

Samuel Sargent nine pounds six shillings & four 
pence. Dept" in 1780. ...... 

The Town of Keene Three pounds one shilling & six 
pence \ penny hard money ...... 

& one pound, seven shillings & eleven pence New 
Emission for taxes laid on the Estate of Elijah Williams 
an Absentee for the year 1781 & 1782 .... 

Also Twenty two pounds nineteen shillings & three 
pence | silver money ....... 

& ten pounds nine shillings New Emission for taxes 
on land of Josiah Pomeroy an Absentee for the years 
1782 & 1783 

The Town of HoUis seventeen shillings & two pence 
\ for taxes laid on land of Col. Will"" Brown an Ab- 
sentee in 1782 ........ 

19 Feb>' 1785 Ordered the Treas"" to pay John Swan 
Eleven pounds eighteen shillings & eight pence De- 
prec'" in 1780 

James Taggart thirteen pounds six shill^ & eight 
pence Dep*" in 1780 ....... 



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Will"' Grant, Ten pounds thirteen shillings & seven 
pence — Dep^" in 1780 ...... 

Addition travel Roll of Gen' Court forty nine shil- 
lings & four pence ... 
*iP. &C. :84 * 19"' Feby 1785. Mary Bearce 
wid° of Andrew Bearce ten pounds 
five shill^ & nine pence Dep 1777 .... 

Eliphalet Sias Six pounds eight shillings & eight 
pence — Capt. Smith's Co 1781 . 

22'' Feby 1785, David Hazeltine eleven pounds two 
shils^ & seven pence. Dep* in 1780 .... 

and to Humphrey Cram Eleven pounds six shillings 
& eight pence for the same year ..... 

L' Tho^ Simpson an Invalid fifty seven pounds thir- 
teen shillings & four pence at one quarter part of 
monthly pay from 21 Sept. 1782 to 18''' 1785. "^ vote 
18 Feby 1785 

Nich^ Nicolle eighty six shil^ & four pence 

24''' February 1785. Hugh Montgomery father of 
Martin, thirteen pounds seven shillings & seven pence 
for Depreciation in 1777 & 1778 .... 

Daniel Shepherd five pounds six shil^^ & six pence 
3 '"^ Man in 1 78 1 

Bridget Hudson Wid° of Benjamin Hudson thirty 
two shillings Dep'" in 1777 ...... 

Jon^ Fuller Seven pounds eighteen shils* & five pence 
— Dep*" in 1777 

3 March 1785, Submit Bartlett the mother of Moses 
Gould Eight pounds thirteen shillings & two pence for 
Depreciation in 1777 & 1778 ..... 

Asa Shurtliff fifteen pounds two shillings Six months 
Man in 1780 

Paul Sanborn fifty shillings & eight pence Deprecia- 
tion in 1780 

*iP. &C. .-85 * 3^ March 1785. 

John Rogers Eight pounds five shillings & seven 
pence for Dep*" in 1 78 1 8,, 5,, 7 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Rolls for travel & 
Attendance of the Gen' Court at the Sessions in Feb^ 
last ; The Senate Roll Amounting to Eighty one pounds 
eight shillings and four pence . . . . . 8r,, 8,, 4 



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2/8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

& the travel Roll of the House amounting to One 
Hundred & thirty three pounds five shillings & eight 
pence . • 133,, 5,, 8 

To pay Jeremiah Eames for himself & Elijah Blod- 
get Twenty one pounds twelve shillings for so much paid 
to Indians at Coos in 1781 ...... 21,, 12,, o 

To pay Capt. Lemuel Holmes Thirty pounds toward 
his sufferings while a prisoner at New York to be ac- 
counted for ......... 30,, o,, o 

To pay Joseph Jones Col"" of Proprietors taxes for 
the Town of Rumney Twenty one pounds nine shillings 
for Taxes on lands of Samuel Holland Esq. an Ab- 
sentee . . . . . . . . . 21,, 9,, o 

To pay Ebenezer Thompson Esq. Secretary forty 
pounds as a Salary for the current year — . . . 40,, o,, o 

To pay Maj'' Jon^ Child, Seventy five pounds ten 
shillings & nine pence. The balance of his Acco^ 
against this State ....... 75,. 10,, 9 

To pay the ReV^ M"" Shuttleworth thirty shillings as 
Chaplain to the Gen' Court in Feb'^ 1785 . . .1,, 10,, o 

To pay Nicholas Nichole four pounds three shillings 
& eight pence, transportation of public papers from 
Exeter to Concord &c expen Acc°' . . . .4,, 3,, 8 

To pay Timothy Walker Esq. Twenty pounds — . 20,, O,, O 

* I R & C. : 86 *4* March, 1785. 

To pay John Calfe Esq. Six pounds for recording and 
copying for the press, the Journals of the House of 
Representatives. '^ vote of 24 Feb. 1785 . . .6,, o,, o 

To pay the Hon. Judge Livermore Twelve pounds for 
attending the Gen' Court & draughting Bills &c. '^ 
vote of 24 Feb. 1785. Order drawn in Feb^' last but 
not called for till May 3*^. Enter'' twice thr° mistake . 12,, o„ o 

To pay Caleb Buswell sixty three shillings for atten- 
dance as Doorkeeper on the House of Rep . . . 3)> 3.? o 

To pay Joseph Pearson Seventy one shillings for 
money advanced by him for use of the State . . 3,, 1 1,, o 

To pay Nicholas Nicolle sixty three shillings for 
time & expenses in waiting on the Senate in Feb^' 

1785 • • • • -^ 3» 3,. o 

To pay Elizabeth White wid° of James White Twenty 
two pounds seventeen shillings and sixpence — Dep'" in 
1777 & 1778 22,, 17,, 6 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 2/9 

To pay Elizabeth Daniels Wid° of Nath^ Daniels 
Seven pounds & ten pence, Dep. in 1777 & 1778. . 7,, o,, 10 

To pay James Bowley fifty five shillings and ten 
pence, Dep'" in 1780, . . . . . . . 2,, 15,, 10 

and twenty pounds fifteen shillings & two pence 
in 1781 . . . . . . . . . 20,, 15,, 2 

To pay Mary VVoodall the Sister of Timothy Wood- 
all fourteen pounds, nineteen shillings and eight pence, 
Depret" in 1777 & 1778 14,, 19,, 8 

To pay Samuel Wentworth father of Daniel Went- 
worth Nineteen pounds eighteen shillings & eight pence, 
Dep in 1777 & 1778 19,, i8„ 8 

4th March 1785, Ordered the Treasurer to pay 
Timothy Curtis, Twenty four pounds fourteen shillings 
& eight pence for Dept" in 1777 & 1778 . . . 24,, 14,, 8 

To pay Lucy Fay Wid" of Joseph Fay twenty eight 
pounds ten shillings for Depreciation in 1777 . . 28,, 10,, o 

To pay Sargent Amasa Parker thirty one pounds 
four shillings. Dep'" in 1781 . , . . . 31,, 4,, o 

* I P. & C. : 87 * 5"^ March, 1785. 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Edmund Chadwick Surgeon, 
one hundred & sixty eight pounds sixteen shillings 
for Dep'" in 1777 & 1778 i68„ i6„ o 

To pay the heir of Thomas Duncan twenty two 
pounds two shils'^ for Dep'" in 1777 & 1778 . . . 22,, 2,, o 

To pay the heir of Luther Wheatley five pounds six 
shils" for Dep'" in 1 777 5„ 6„ o 

[Nov.] 9. Ordered the Treasurer to pay Charles 
McCoy a 6"^° Man in 1 780 Seventeen pounds fourteen 
shillings for wages &c 17,, 14,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the heir of John Dorr 
Seven pounds eleven shillings & four pence, Dep'" in 
"^711 

Ordered the treas"" to pay Sam^ Hodgdon nineteen 
[pounds] one shilling Dep'" in 1780, .... 

and eighteen pounds sixteen shillings for Deprec'" in 
1781 . . ' 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Joseph Stevenson fifteen 
pounds nineteen shillings & four pence for Depreciation 
in 1781 15,, 19,, 4 

[Nov.] 16. Ordered the Treas''to pay His Excellency 



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Two hundred pounds for his Salary for the present year, 

^ vote of 9"> Nov 1 784 200,, 0„ o 

[Mar.] 17. Ordered the Treas' to pay the following 
snms in favor of, Benjamin Putnam Twenty two pounds, 
eighteen shillings & eight pence for Dep^" in 1780 . 22,, 18,, 8 

John Row Twenty pounds eight shil^, Dep'" 1781 . 20,, 8„ o 

Capt. Daniel Reynolds one hundred & twenty one 
pounds one shils & six pence for Dep'" in 1778 . . 121,, i,, 6 

Capt" Ezekiel Gile one hundred & twenty pounds 
fourteen shill=^ for Dep'" in 1778. (^ vote of Feb^ 
1785-) I20„ 14,, o 

* I P. & C. : 88 * March 17''^ 1785. 

Ordered the Treas to pay the following sums viz : 

To L* Brackett Towle eighty one pounds one shil- 
ling & eight pence for Dep*" in 1778 .... 81,, I,, 8 

To Lieut. Jonathan Leavitt Eighty one pounds six 
shillings for Dep'" in 1778 8i„ 6„ o 

To L' Jacob Elliot Seventy five pounds eighteen shil- 
lings and eight pence. Dep'" 1778 .... 75,, 18,, 8 

To Robert McMurphy U, Sixty pounds, fifteen shil- 
lings & seven pence for Dep'" in 1778 .... 6o„ 15,, 7 

To Capt. Samuel Dearborn, One hundred and twenty 
one pounds one shilling and sixpence for Dep'" in 1775 121,, i„ 6 

To Col, Geo. Reid Sixty three pounds two shillings 
and four pence for Deprec'" in 1781 . . . . 63,, 2,, 4 

To Isaac Davis Twenty pounds ten shillings & nine 
pence for Dep'" in 178 1 20,, 10,, 9 

To Samuel Houston fifty eight pounds nine shillings 
for Depreciation in 1777, 1778, & 1779 . . . 58,, 9,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Gen^ Sullivan, Three hun- 
dred & twelve pounds nineteen shillings & seven 
pence. Bal" of his acc° as Delegate &c to Congress in 
1780 & 81. f vote of Feby 1785 .... 312,, 19,, 7 

To Abraham Senter for De})rec'" to 1780 forty one 
pounds eight shillings . . . . . . . 41,, S,, O 

& for 1780 seventeen shillings & four pence . . o,, 17,, 4 

To Josiah Calley for Dep*" in 1780 thirty seven shil- 
lings & four pence . . . . . . . I,, 17,, 4 

To John Taggart for Dep*" in 1780 twelve shillings 
& six pence o,, 12,, 6 

To Henry Sellingham for Dep'"in 1778 & 1779 nine- 
teen jiounds two shillings & five pence . . . 19,, 2,, 4 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 28I 

and for Dep'" in 1780 Six pounds, eight shillings & 

nine pence 6„ 8„ 9 

* Wednesday March 16''^ 1785. Agreeably to a sum- * i P. & C. : 89 
mons from his Excellency the President the Hon'''*' 

John McCleary, Joseph Badger, Francis Blood & Moses Chase, 
Esqr's of the Council attended at Exeter, His Excellency the Presi- 
dent being sick did not attend. 

Thursday March 17^'^ His Excellency the President not being able 
to attend, the council present as yesterday spent the day in adminis- 
tering the oaths to such officers civil & military as attended for that 
purpose. 

Friday March 18''' the Council present as yesterday with the addi- 
tion of the Hon''' Nath' Peabody Esq'', & having received a Summon 
from His Excellency the President requiring their attendance on him 
at Hampton Falls repaired to that place. 

Hampton Falls, the same day, present His Excellency the Presi- 
dent and the whole of the Council. And nominated the following 
named persons for officers Civil & Military as respectively set down 
viz : Timothy Ladd, Eliphalet Poor, and Samuel Jenness Esq""^, as 
Justices of the Peace for the County of Rockingham. 

William Weeks Esq"" as a Justice of the Peace & of the Quorum 
for the said County of Rockingham. ^ 

* I P. & C. : 90 Samuel Emerson "^ f Justices of the In- 

Elisha Payne [ ^ , J ferior Court of Com- 

Bezaleel Woodward ["^^^^^")mon Pleas for the 
James Woodward J (^County of Grafton. 

David Webster Esq"" Sheriff for the County of Grafton.' James 
Underwood Esq*" for one of the Justices of the Inferior Court of 
Common Pleas for the County of Hillsborough in the room & stead 
of Samuel Dana Esq"" who was appointed and declined accepting that 
office. Jeremiah Page Esq"" for one of the Justices of the Inferior 
Court of Common Pleas for the county of Hilsboro in the room & 
stead of Ebenezer Rockwood Esq^ who was appointed and declined 
accepting that office. Nathaniel Peabody Esq"" Brigadier General to 
command the Corps of Horsemen, to which nomination the subscrib- 
ers did advise and consent. 

Francis Blood, 
Joseph Badger, 
Moses Chase. 
Further proceeded in the nomination and nominated Moses Kelley 
Esq"" as Sheriff for the County of Hillsborough. 

19 1- Biography, Farmerand Moore, Historical Collections, vol. 3, 270. 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

* I P. & C. : 22 * Francis Blood Esq' as Colonel of the Twelfth 

Regiment. Phillip Putnam Esq"" as Lieutenant Col° 
of said Regiment. Ezra Town Esq'' as Major of said Regiment. 
Samuel Gregg Esq"' as second Major of said Regiment, to which 
nominations the subscribers did advise & consent. 

John McCleary, 
Joseph Badger, 
Nath' Peabody, 
Moses Chase. 
Then proceeded & nominated John Calfe Esq*" for Colonel of the 
seventh regiment of militia. David Ouimby Esq"" for Lieu* Col° of 
said Regiment. Phillip Tilton Esq"" for Major of said Regiment. 
Joseph Tilton Esq"" for second Major of s'' Reg' Benjamin Stone 
Esq"" for Colonel of the Twentieth Regiment of Militia. Abraham 
Dow, Esq"" for Lieut. Col° of s'* Reg^ Ezekiel Gile Esq'' for Major 
of s'^ Regiment. Moses Little Esq'' for second major of s'' Reg^ 

Aaron Kinsman Esq'' for Colonel of the Eleventh Regiment of 
Militia — 

Jeremiah Clough Jun'' Esq'', for Lieut. Col° of s'^ Reg' 
James Cockran Jun'' Esq'', for Major of s'' Regiment. 
Joseph Tilton Esq'', for Second Major of s'^ Regiment. 

* I P. & C. : 92 * Daniel Reynolds Esq'', for Colonel of the Eighth 

Regiment of Militia. 

James Gilmore Esq'', for Lieut. Colonel of said Regim'. 

Joseph Gregg Esq'', for Major of said Regiment 

John Hardy Esq'', for second Major of said Reg' 

Stephen Dearborn EsqS for Major of the Seventeenth Regiment of 
Militia. 

Norris Esq'', for second Major of said Reg'. 

Daniel Rand Esq'' for Colonel of the Twenty-Third Regiment of 
Militia. 

Jedidiah Sanger for Lieu' Col° of said Regiment. 

Sylvanus Reed Esq'', for Major of said Regim' 

Roberts Esq"", for Second Major of said Reg'. 

Jonathan Priest Whitcomb Esq'' for Second Major of the Sixth 
Regiment of Militia, in the room & stead of Elisha Whitcomb Esq'' 
who was appointed & declined accepting that office. 

Henry Gerrish Esq'', for Colonel of the Twenty Second Regiment 
of Militia. 

Ebenezer Webster Esq'', for Lieu' Col° of said Reg' 

Joshua Bayler Esq"", for Major of said Regim' 

Robert Wallace Esq*", for Second Maj'' of s^ Reg' 

Jonathan Moulton Esq'', for a Brigadier General of the Militia in 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 283 

the room & stead of the Hon''''' Woodbury Langdon Esq"", who was 
appointed & declined to accept of that office, 

* I P. & C. :93 * Hon''' Joshua Brackett Esq''/ for Judge of the 

Court Maritime. 

Micah Lawrence Esq"", for Register of Probate for the County of 
Cheshire. 

Samuel Dana Esq'', for Register of Probate for the County of 
Hilsborough. 

Moses Hook Esq'", Jeremiah Clough Jun"" Esq'', Thomas Oilman 
Esq'', Nathaniel Batcheldor Esq'', Levi Dearborn Esq'', Moses Leavitt 
Esq'', Benjamin Butler Esq'', Simon Wiggin Esq"", Jonathan Leavitt 
Esq'', Elisha Brown Esq'', as Justices of the Peace for the County of 
Rockingham. 

Thomas Tash Esq'', John Leavitt Esq', Jacob Brown Esq"" Jabez 
Dame Esq'', David Copp Esq"", & John Smith the 3*^ Esq"", as Justices 
of the Peace for the County of Strafford. 

Nathaniel Bean Esq'', Asa Davis Esq'', Ebenezer Webster Esq'", 
John Hogg Esq'', Matthew Pettingil Esq"", Zephaniah Clark Esq"", as 
Justices of the Peace for the County of Hilsborough. 

Daniel Grout Esq'', Daniel Kimball Esq"", as Justices of the Peace 
for the County of Cheshire. 

Russell P'reman Esq'', Joseph Skinner Esq'', & Joseph Senter 
Esq'' as Justices of the Peace for the County of Grafton. 

* I P. & C, : 94 * Daniel McDuffee, Jonathan Adams, David 

Page, Peter Tilton, and. Caleb Sanborn, Esq'rs, as 
Coroners for the County of Rockingham. 

Joseph Burt & John Colburn as Coroners for the County of 
Cheshire. John McCleary 

Francis Blood 
Joseph Badger 
Nath' Peabody 
Moses Chase. 
Saturday March iq"' 1785 The whole Council attended at Exeter 
for the purpose of Adminis§ the, oaths to Officers Civil & Military. 

Monday March 21®' 1785 attended at Exeter for the same purpose as 
on Saturday last. 

Tuesday March 22^^ 1785 attended at Exeter for the same purpose 
as yesterday. 

Wednesday March 22"^ 1785, All the Members of Council attended 
on His Excellency the President at Hampton Falls, and took into 
consideration the nominations made last week. 

^- Biography, Farmer and Moore, Historical Collections, Vol. II., p. 17; Adams, Annals of Portsmouth, 
p. 321 ; Plumer, Mss. Biography, Vol. IV. p. 234. 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/SS 

Thursday March 23^^ 1785, present as yesterday & proceeded in the 
consideration of the persons, nominated for offices. 

* I P. & C. : 95 * FRIDAY, March 25"^ 1785. 

At Hampton Falls. Present His Excellency the President & all 
the Council. 

The persons hereafter named having been under nomination more 
than seven days, are appointed to the several offices as respectively 
set down. 

John Calfe Esq"" Colonel of the Seventh Regiment of Militia. 

David Quimby EsqS Lieut. Colonel of said Regim* 

Phillip Tilton Esq*", Major of said Regiment 

Joseph Tilton Esq"", Second Maj'' of said Regiment. 

Benjamin Stone Esq"", Colonel of the Twentieth Reg^ of Militia. 

Abraham Dow Esq"", Lieu* Col° of said Regim* 

Ezekeal Gile Esq*", Major of said Regiment. 

Moses Little Esq"", Second Major of said Regim' 

Aaron Kinsman Esq"", Colonel of the Eleventh Regiment of 
Militia. 

Jeremiah Clough Jun"^ Esq"", Lieu* Colonel of said Regiment. 

James Cockran Jun"", Major of said Regiment 

Joseph Tilton Esq*", Second Major of Said Reg* 

Daniel Reynolds Esq"", Colonel of the Eighth Reg* of Militia. 

James Gilmore Esq'', Lieu* Col° said Regim* 

Joseph Greeg Esq"", Major of said Regiment. 

Thomas Hardy Esq"", Second Major of Said Reg* 

* I P. & C. : 96 * Stephen Dearborn Esq', Major of the Seven- 

teenth Regiment of Militia. 

Norris Esq"", Second Major of said Reg* 

Daniel Rand Esq"", Colonel of the Twenty-third' Regiment of 
Militia. 

Jedediah Sanger Esq"", Lieu* Colo' of said Regim* 

Sylvanus Reed Esq"", Major of said Regim* 

Richard Roberts P^sq"", Second Major of said Reg* 

Jonathan Priest Whitcomb Esq"', Second Major of the Sixth Regi- 
ment of Militia in the room & stead of Elisha Whitcomb Esq"" who 
was appointed to that office & declined accepting thereof. 

Henry Gerrish Esq"", Col° of the Twenty-Second Regiment of 
Militia. 

Ebenezer Webster Esq', Lieu* Col° of said Reg* 

Joshua Bayley Esq% Major of said Regiment 

Robert Wallace Esq', Second Major of a^ Reg* 

1- Altered to the 12th. 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 285 

Jonathan Moulton Escf, a Brigadier Gen' of the Militia in the 
room & stead of the Hon'^''^ Woodbury Langdon Esq"" who was ap- 
pointed & declined accepting that ol^ce. 

pjQj-jbie Joshua Brackett Esq'', Judge of the Court Maritime. 

Micah Lawrence Esq"" Register of Probate for the County of 
Cheshire. 

* Samuel Dana Esq'', Register of Probate for the * i P. & C. 197 
County of Hilsborough. 

Moses Hook, Jeremiah Clough Jun"", Thomas Oilman, Nathaniel 
Batcheldor, Levi Dearborn, Moses Leavitt, Benjamin Butler, Simon 
Wiggin, Jonathan Leavitt & Elisha Brown Esq'rs, Justices of the 
Peace for the County of Rockingham. 

Thomas Tash, John Leavit, Jacob Brown, Jabez Dame, David 
Copp & John Smith 3*^, Esq'rs Justices of the Peace for the County 
of Strafford. 

Nathaniel Bean, Asa Davis, Ebenezer Webster, John Hogg, Mat- 
thew Pettingale & Zephaniah Clark Esq'rs Justices of the Peace for 
the County of Hilsborough. 

Daniel Grout & Daniel Kimball Esq'rs, Justices of the Peace for 
the County of Cheshire. 

Russell Freeman, Joseph Skinner, & Joseph Senter Esq'rs, Jus- 
tices of the Peace for the County of Grafton. 

Daniel McDuffee, Jonathan Adams, David Page, Peter Tilton, & 
Caleb Sandborn Esq'rs coroners for the County of Rockingham. 

Joseph Burt & John Colburn Coroners for the County of Cheshire. 

To which appointments the Subscribers, did advise & consent. 

John McCleary 
Joseph Badger 
Moses Chase 
Nath' Peabody 

* Further appointed, Moses Kelley Esq'', Sheriff * i P. & C. iqS 
for the County of Hilsborough. 

Francis Blood Esq'', Colonel of the Twelfth ' Regiment of Militia. 
Philip Putnam Esq'', Lieu' Col° of said Regim'. Ezra Town Esq*", 
Major of said Regim* Samuel Gregg Esq'', Second Major of said 
Regiment. To which appointments the subscribers did advise & 
consent. 

John McCleary 
Joseph Badger 
Moses Chase 
Nath' Peabody 

!• Altered to the 23d. 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

Also appointed 
Timothy Ladd, Eliphalet Poor, & Samuel Jenness Justices of the 
Peace for the County of Rockingham. William Weeks Esq'' Justice 
of the Peace & of the Quorum for said County of Rockingham. 
Samuel Emerson, Elisha Payn, Bezaleel Woodward James Wood- 
ward Esq'rs, Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the 
County of Grafton. David Webster Esq"", Sheriff of the County of 
Grafton. 

* I P. & C. : 99 * James Underwood Esq"", one of the Justices of the 

Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the County of 
Hilsborough in the room & stead of Samuel Dana Esq'' who was ap- 
pointed & declined accepting that office. 

Jeremiah Page Esq"", one of the Justices of the Inferior Court of 
Common Pleas for the County of Hilsborough in the room & stead 
of Ebenezer Rockwood Esq'', who was appointed & declined accept- 
ing that office. 

Nathaniel Peabody Esq'', Brigadier General to command the Corps 
of Horsemen. 

To which appointments the Subscribers did advise & consent 

Francis Blood 
Joseph Badger 
Moses Chase. 
Saturday March 26''' 1785, All the Council met at Exeter and 
spent the day in regulating sundry matters relative to commissionating 
the Several Courts offices &c. His Excellency the President in- 
formed the Council that a difficulty had arisen about the delivery of 
military Commissions. The field officers of the Regiments of Militia 
in the distant parts of the State urging that it was 

* I P. & C. : 100 almost * impracticable for them to appoint their 

Captains & Subalterns & return their names season- 
ably to the President for Commissions to issue & strongly requested 
that Blank commissions might be delivered for the said purpose. 

And desired the advice of Council thereon upon which question 
the Council advise that the Secretary be directed to deliver to a field 
officer, or order, or to either of the Council, Blank Military Commis- 
sions, & take receipts therefor, & promising to return the same, or to 
make a proper return of the names of the persons to whom the said 
commissions may be made out, & delivered with their respective 
grades, to the President of the State on or before the 17''' of May 
next. John McCleary 

Joseph Badger 
Francis Blood 
Moses Chase 
Nath' Peabody 



1/85] 



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287 



His Excellency the President & Council nominated the following 
persons to the several offices hereafter respectively mentioned viz. : 

Daniel Campbell of Amherst, & Rob' Wilson of Peterbor" for 
Coroners for the County of Hilsbor° Stephen Chase of Chester a 
Coroner for the County of Rockingham. Daniel Sanborn of San- 
borntown for a Justice of the Peace for the County of Strafford 
Stephen March of Greenland, John White of Plaistow & John 
Scribner of Poplin for Justices of the Peace for the County of 
Rockingham. Also nominated Supply Clapp for Colonel of the 
Corps of Light Horse. To which nominations the subscribers did 
advise & consent Also to the nomination of Benjamin Emerson 
Jun"" of Hampstead, James Towle of Hawke, Coroners for the 
County of Rockingham. 

John McCleary 
Francis Blood 
Joseph Badger 
Moses Chase. 



* March 22"'^ 1785. 



* I P. & C. : loi 



Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following sums viz : 

To Jeremiah Andrews father of William Andrews 
for Deprec'" to 1780 six pounds eight shillings 

To Samuel Welman for Depre'" in 1780 twenty three 
pounds four shillings ....... 

To James Turner for Dep'" to 1780, Forty one pounds 
seventeen shillings & eight pence .... 

for 1780 Twenty three pounds thirteen shillings & 
four pence ......... 

& for 1780 Twelve shillings ..... 

[Mar] 23. To Hugh Jameson for Deprec'" in 1778 
& 1779 twenty pounds fifteen shillings & seven pence . 

To Reuben Wheeler for Deprec'" in 1780 five pounds 
three shillings & three pence ..... 

[Mar] 24. To Benjamin Bigelow forty pounds 
twelve shillings & one penny half penny for provisions 
&c for the soldiers at — Fort Point — 16 Feb. 1785 

To Tho^ Bickford thirty nine pounds fourteen shil- 
lings and six pence in full for the balance of his acc° 
as commissary — 1^ vote 18"" Feb^ 1785 

To Robert Gerrish, Thirty two pounds ten shillings 
for printing the Journals of the House of Representa- 
tives of the first Session "^ vote 15''' Feb^ 1785 . 



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To the Rev^ M'' Buckminister thirty shillings as 
Chaplain to Gen^ Court "^ vote Feb^ 1785 . . i„ 10,, o 

To Rev"^ Docf Haven thirty shillings as Chaplain to 
Gen' Court '^ vote Feb^ 1785 i„ 10,, o 

To John T. Gilman Esq. Three hundred & thirty 
pounds from 12 June 1783 to 12 June 1784 as Treas'' 330,, o,, o 

To John T. Gilman Three hundred & thirty pounds 
as Treas"" from 12 June 178410 12 June 1785 . . 330,, o,, o 

To the Selectmen of Brintwood, Eighty six pounds 
fifteen shillings & seven pence for Bounties & Supplies 
since 1779 86„ 15,, 7 

To the Selectmen of Stratham thirty two pounds 
nine shillings for Supplies advanced in 1780 & 1781 . 32,, 9,, o 

[Mar] 27. Ordered the Treas"" to pay the Travel & 
attend" of the Hon Council from March 16 to March 
27 amo*s to forty six pounds sixteen shill & four d . 46,, 16,, 4 

*iP. &C.:i02 * March 25'h 1785. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following sums viz : 

To William Kendall thirty one pounds nine shillings 
and one penny, Depre*" to 1780 . . . . . 31,, 9,, o 

& five pounds four shillings for Deprec*" in 1780 . 5,, 4,, o 

To Peter Webster for Deprec*" in 1780 Twenty two 
pounds seventeen shillings & four pence . . . 22,, 17,, 4 

To Bartholomew Goyer for Deprec^" in 1780 Twenty 
one pounds nineteen shillings & eight pence . . 21,, 19,, 8 

To Jacob Gould for Dep"^ in 1780 Nineteen pounds 
one shilling & four pence ...... 19,, i,, 4 

To Abel Jewett for Dep'" in 1780 Twenty two 
pounds, seventeen shillings & four pence . . . 22,, 17,, 4 

To Hezek*" Weathersbee for Dep'" in 1780 fifteen 
pounds seventeen shillings & three pence . . • 15,, i7jj 3 

To Asael Powers for Dep*" in 1780 Nineteen pounds, 
two shillings & six pence . . . . . . 19,, 2,, 6 

To Eleazer Taft, Nine pounds one shilling & ten 
pence, 3 """ Man in Capt. Whittier's Co. . . . 9,, i,, 10 

To James Lewis one y""^ Man in 1779 & 1780 Twenty 
pounds five shillings & four pence .... 20,, 5,, 4 

To Nathan Martin for Dep'"^ in 1780, Twenty pounds 
five shillings & eight pence ..... 20,, 5,, 8 

April i^' 1785 — Ordered the Treas"" to pay the fol- 
lowing sums 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 289 

To Joseph Perkins for the Deprec"' in 1780 Twenty 
one pounds fifteen shillings & eight pence . . . 21,, 15,, 8 

To Peter Barter for Deprec'" in 1781, Sixteen pounds 
two shillings & three pence ..... 16,, 2,, 3 

To Tho'^ Jameson for Dep'" to 1780 forty pounds 
seven shillings & ten pence ..... 40,, 7,, lO 

To Hart Balch for Dep'" to 1780 sixteen pounds five 
shillings & nine pence .*.... 16,, 5,, 9 

* I P. & C. : 103 * April 8"^ 1785. 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the following sums viz : 

To Hussey Hoag Thirty two shillings & five pence 
for Depreciation in 1780 . . . . . . i,, 2,, 5 

[Apr] 1 1. Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on In- 
terest payable in one year from the date thereof in favor 
of Josiah Magoon a Pensioner for Eighteen Pounds 
from II April 1784 to 11 Ap^ 1785 .... 18,, o„ o 

[Apr] 15. Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on In- 
terest in favour of L' James Gould for forty-eight 
pounds in full for half pay as an Invalid from 15"^ March 
1784 to 15 March 1785 48,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on Interest in 
favor of Jonathan Chapman for Twelve pounds in full 
for half pay as an Invalid from April i, 1784 to April 

I'' 1785 • • • I2„ o„ o 

[Apr.] 18'^ Ordered the Treas' to pay the Heir of 
William Abbot Eight pounds eight shillings 8z eight 
pence for Depreciation in 1780 . . . . . 8,, 8,, 8 

[Apr.] 20. Benjamin Cressey fifteen pounds nine- 
teen shillings & five pence for Deprec'" in 1780 . • 15,? 19,5 5 

[Apr.] 21. Peter Cook Nine pounds two shillings for 
Depreciation in 1780 . . . . . . . 9,, 2,, o 

William Willie Twenty pounds eleven shillings and 
four pence for Dep'" in 1780 ..... 20,, 11,, 4 

Josiah Willie Twenty pounds four shillings and eight 
pence for Dep*" in 1780 ...... 20,, 4,, 8 

[Apr.] 22. Jacob Sillingham Twenty pounds four 
shillings and two pence for Dep'" in 1778 & 1779 . . 20,, 4,, 2 

and six pounds eight shillings & nine pence for De- 
preciation in 1780 6„ 8„ 9 

[Apr.] 23. The Selectmen of Barnstead one hun- 
dred and nine pounds fourteen shillings & eight pence 
for Bounties & Supplies to Soldiers families . . 109,, 14,, 8 



290 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1785 

[April] 25. William Rowe for Depreciation to 1780 
forty five pounds 45,, o„ o 

and Six pounds eight shillings, & six pence for Dep*" 
in 1780 6„ 8„ 6 

* I P. & C. : 104 * April 2&^ 1785. 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay the following Sums viz : 

To Ephraim Davis father of John Davis deceas'^ 
Twenty one pounds four shil^^ for Dep'" in 1777 & 1778 21,, 4,, o 

To Edmund Colby Sixteen pounds eighteen shillings 
& eight pence for Deprec*" in 178 1 . . . . 16,, i8„ 8 

[Apr.] 27. To Jonathan Conant seven pounds two 
shillings & eleven pence for Dep*" in 1780 . . • 7,y 2,, 11 

To James Young Six pounds six shillings & eight 
pence for Deprec*" in 1780'. . . . . . 6,, 6„ 8 

Ordered the Treasurer to pay by discount out of the 
State Taxes to Moses Kelsa or Bearer Six pounds thir- 
teen shillings as 3 """ man in Capt. Smiths C° 1781 . 6,, 13,, o 

May 2'' 1785. Ordered the Treas"" to pay Clement 
Jackson father of Clement Jackson late of the 3^ N. 
H. Reg* Ten pounds ten shillings & eight pence, for 
Dep*" in 1777 io„ io„ 8 

[May] 3. To pay the Hon. Judge Livermore twelve 
pounds for travel & attendance on the Gen' Court re- 
vising the laws & draughting bills '^ vote 24 Feb^ 1785 12,, o„ o 

To pay the Hon. Judge Livermore Eighteen pounds, 
fifteen shillings for his Salary from 25 Sept, 1784 to 25 
Dec"" 1784, f vote Dec-" 1783 i8„ 15,, o 

[May] 5. Ordered the Treasurer to issue a Note 
in favor of Samuel Fugard a Pensioner at five Dol. 
"P month for thirty six pounds in full as an invalid 
from 3 Nov"^ 1782 to 3"^ NoV 1784, ^ vote of Feb^ 1785 36,, o„ o 

[May] 5. To pay Rob' Parker for Deprec*" in 1780, 
Nine pounds fourteen shillings and four pence . . 9,, 14,, 4 

To pay, [by discount] John Bryant a six "° man in 
1 78 1, Seven pounds four shillings . . . -7,, 4,, o 

[May] 6. To pay the Selectmen of Derryfield by 
discount Twenty pounds for Bounties & Supplies adv*^^ 20,, o,, o 

1- The following paragraph appears in the text immediately following the item as to the payment to James 
Young, with cross marks over it indicating that it was stricken out by the recording officers, viz. : 

" Ordered the Treasr to issue a Note on Interest payable in one year from the date thereof in favor of 
Daniel Buzzell, for Twelve pounds in full for half pay as an Invalid from 

" Not granted." 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 29I 

*iP. &C. :i05 * May f^ 178s. 

Ordered the Treas'' to issue a Note in favor of L*^ 
Daniel M'^Murphy for forty six pounds in full for half 
pay from i6 May 1784 to i May 1785 . . . 46,, o„ o 

To pay Ebenezer Newman for Dep'" in 1780 thirty 
three shillings and four pence . . . . . i„ 13,, 4 

[May] 10. Ordered the Treas' to pay the following 
orders viz : in favor of Rama Emery for Deprec^" in 
1780, Twenty one pounds three shillings . . . 21,, 3,, o 

[May] II. Benj-'' Davis five pounds seven shillings 
and ten pence in Capt. Heads Co. 3 "'° Service . . 5,, 7,, 10 

[May] 12. Abiel Chandler Eleven pounds eleven 
shil§^ for Depreciation in 1781 . . . . . ii„ 11,, o 

[May] 14. Elizabeth Stevens wid° of Will™ Stevens 
fourteen pounds four shils'' for Deprec'" in 1777 & 1778 14,, 4,, o 

[May] 1 7. Ordered the Treas"" to pay by discount out 
of the Taxes to the Town of Rindge Sixty three pounds 
three shillings & ten pence, Bounties paid to soldiers 
who engaged for a less term of time than three years 63,, 3,, 10 

[May] 19. Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on In- 
terest payable in one year from the date thereof in 
favor of Phebe Colburn wid° of the late Lieut Col° 
Andrew Colburn of 3" N. H. Reg. for Seven hundred 
& fifty six pounds in full for seven years half pay 
from 19 Sept. 1777 — ^ vote 10 Nov. 1784 . . 756,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Nathaniel Bachellor thir- 
teen pounds twelve shillings for Dep"' in 1780 . -13,, 12,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on Interest pay- 
able in one year from the date thereof in favor of Wil- 
liam Spaulding for twelve pounds in full, for half pay 
as an Invalid from April i 1784 to Ap^ i, 1785 . -12,, o,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Simon Oilman five 
pounds nineteen shillings & three pence for Dep'"" in 
1780 . . . .... . . .5,, 19,, 3 

Gilmantown for Supplies to Soldiers families Nineteen 
pounds ten shillings & seven pence . . . . 19,, 10,, 7 

D° Joseph Hale Eighteen pounds thirteen shillings & 

four pence for Depreciation in 1781 18,, 13,, 4 
* I P. & C. : 106 * Monday May 16''" 1785 — Agreeably to a Sum- 
mons from His Excellency the President, The Hon. 
John M'^Clary, Joseph Badger, Francis Blood and Moses Chase Escf^ 
Members of the Council attended at Exeter, His Excellency, the 



292 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

President being sick did not attend. Tuesday May if^' 1785, His 
Excellency the President being unable to attend at Exeter, the 
Hon''''' Council waited on His Excellency at Hampton Falls. Pres- 
ent His Excellency ' and all the Council. And then proceeded to ex- 
amine the returned Copies of the votes for Senators by which re- 
turns it appeared that the Hon. Joseph Oilman John Langdon, & 
John M'^Cleary Esq'rs were chosen Senators for the County of Rock- 
ingham by a majority of votes ; John Wentworth Esq. was chosen a 
Senator by a majority of votes, for the County of Strafford. And 
Moses Chase Esq. was chosen a Senator by a majority of votes for 
the County of Cheshire, to whom summones were respectively issued, 
being the only persons, which by the return'd votes, appear*^ to be 
chosen Senators in the respective counties of this State, as by the 
number of votes set down in the general List against the names of 
the respective Candidates will appear. 

Wednesday May 18* 1785. Present as yesterday. 

His Excellency & Council proceeded to make the following appoint- 
ments pursuant to nominations made in March last viz : Daniel 
Campbell of Amherst & Robert Willson of Peterborough, Coroners 
for the County of Hillsborough. Stephen Chase of Chester a Cor- 
oner for the County of Rockingham. Benjamin Emerson Jun"" of 
Hampstead and James Towle of Hawke, Coroners for the County of 
Rockingham. 

* I P. & C. : 107 * Daniel Sanborn of Sanborntown a Justice of 
the Peace for the County of Strafford. 

Stephen March of Greenland, & John Scribner of Poplin, Justices 
of the Peace for the County of Rockingham. 

Supply Clap a Colonel in the Corps of Light Horse. 

To which appointments the subscribers did advise and consent. 

John M'^Cleary 
Francis Blood 
Joseph Badger 
Nath' Peabody 
Moses Chase. 

Further appointed John White of Plaistow a Justice of the Peace 
for the County of Rockingham. 

!• In Amory's Life of John Sullivan (1868), p. 200, it is stated that President Weare resigned his office 
towards the close of his term. The pay-roll indicates that he was in attendance upon the duties of his office 
as late as May 21, 1785, which was very near the close of the political year, and there is nothing on the 
record to indicate that he did not complete his full term of office. 



1785] RECORD OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 293 

To which appointment the Subscribers did advise & consent. 

John M^Cleary' 
Francis Blood ^ 
Joseph Badger ^ 
Moses Chase. 

* I P. & C. : 108 * May 19"^ 1785 

An order was issued in favor of John T. Oilman Esq. 
for the Balance of his account amounting to one hun- 
dred and eighty two pounds ten shillings & seven pence 
for services as Delegate to Congress in 1782 & 1783. "^ 
votes Jany 15 1782 & Dec. 19, 1783 .... 182,, io„ 7 

Ordered the Treas'' to pay Benjamin Smith thirty 
three shillings and one penny for Depre^" in 1780 . i,, 13,, i 

and twenty pounds sixteen shillings for Dep. in 1781 20,, i6„ o 

[May] 21. Ordered the Treas"" to issue a Note on In- 
terest payable in one year from the date thereof in 
favor of Serg* Aaron Copp an Invalid for the sum of 
fifty four pounds in full for half pay from May 21, 1782 
to May 21, 1785 54,, o„ o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay the travel and attendance 
of the Hon. Council from 16 May to 21 May 1785 with 
some extra travel & attendance by direction of his Ex- 
cellency as per Roll will appear — amo' fifty three 
pounds seven shillings ...... 53,, 7,, o 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Sarah Kimball Wid° of the 
late Capt. Benj^ Kimball for his Depreciation of wages 
to 1780 the Sum of one hundred & seventy five pounds 
six shillings & seven pence ...... 175,, 6„ 7 

[May] 30. Ordered the Treas"" to pay Benj'' Dole 
the brother of John Dole a soldier of the i N. H. Reg' 
Nine pounds two shillings and eight pence for Depre'"^ 
in 1780 9„ 2„ 8 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Corrydon Chesley who 
married the wid° of Benj'" Tate four pounds ten shil- 
lings & eight pence for Dep"" in 178 1 . . . . 4„ 10,, 8 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Nathan Fish sixteen 
pounds five shillings & nine pence, Depreciation to 

1780 i9» 5., 9 

!• Biographical Note, Bouton, Province and State Papers, Vol. lo, p. 32. 

2- Biographical Sketch, Blood's History of Temple, p. 205. 
■ Joseph Badger was the first of the family of that name in Gilmanton. Memoir, N. H. Hist. Soc. Collec- 
tions, Vol.6, p. 125. His son, Joseph Badger, was councilor, 1790, and se.ved nine terms in that office. 
Plumer Mss. Biography Vol. 4, p. 4S3. 



294 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Ordered the Treas"" to pay Nath' Patten thirteen 
pounds seventeen shillings for Depreciation in 1778 & 

1779 • • • • •. 3Im 17.. o 

& eleven pounds nine shillings & three pence for 
Dept" in 1780 ii„ 9,, 3 

Note i. — With this term of office as the first President of the State of New Hampshire, Meshech 
Weare closed a career of public service covering a period of forty-five years. His death occurred on the 
14th day of the following January, i7S'i. According to Jeremy Belknap, the historian, Meshech Weare, 
"though not a person of original or inventive genius, had a clear discernment, extensive knowledge, 
accurate judgment, a calm temper, modest deportment, an upright and benevolent heart, and a habit of pru- 
dence and diligence in discharging the various duties of public and private life." 

Note 2. — The repetition of the paragraph on p. 250, ante, relative to John Dearborn and Moses Knight, 
which occurred in the record of Dec. 17, 1784, in the MSS., was not followed in this work, as that repetition 
appeared to be a clerical error. 



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STATE OFFICERS, 1785-6. 



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. 

JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth, President. 
Council. 

NATHANIEL PEABODY, Atkinson, i 

MATTHEW THORNTON,Merrimack, j Chosen from the Senate. 

JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, ^ 

AMOS SHEPHARD, Alstead, ( a^i-^«/;w« the House 

MOSES DOW, Haverhill, J 'f Representatives. 

EBENEZER THOMPSON, Durham, Secretary of State. 

JOSEPH PEARSON, Exeter, Deputy Secretary. 

JOHN TAYLOR OILMAN, Exeter, State Treasurer. 

STATE SENATE. 

June ij^^, to June 1786. 

JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth, President. 

f JOHN McCLEARY, Epsom, 
I President Pro Tem. or Senior Senator. 

For the County I GEORGE ATKINSON, Portsmouth, 
of Rockingham. ^ JOSEPH OILMAN, Exeter. 

NATHANIEL PEABODY, Atkinson. 
JOSHUA WENTWORTH, Portsmouth. 
Strafford (JOHN WENTWORTH, Dover. 
County. \ OTIS BAKER, Dover. 
Hillsboro' j MATTHEW THORNTON, Merrimack. 
County. I EBENEZER WEBSTER, Salisbury. 
Cheshire j MOSES CHASE, Cornish. 
County. I JOHN BELLOWS, Walpole. 



Grafton 
County. 



FRANCIS WORCESTER, Plymouth. 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1785 

The Senators elected by the people for this Legislature, were for 
the County of Rockinghaiii, John M'^Cleary, Joseph Oilman, John 
Langdon ; for the County of Strafford, John Wentworth ' ; for the 
County of CJieshire, Moses Chase. 

The vacancies resulting from failures of popular elections were on 
the third of June filled in joint convention, by election as follows : 

For the County of Rockingkam, George Atkinson, Nathaniel Pea- 
body ; for the County of Strafford, Otis Baker ; for the County of 
Hillsborough, Matthew Thornton, Ebenezer Webster ; for the County 
of Cheshire, John Bellows ; for the County of Graftoju Francis 
Worcester. 

The House made choice of John Langdon and George Atkinson 
as the constitutional candidates, between whom the Senate should 
make choice of President, no election having been made by popular 
vote. The Senate on the 8'^ day of June elected John Langdon to 
the presidency. The vacancy in the Senate which thus resulted was 
filled in joint convention on the 7^'' day of June by the election of 
Joshua Wentworth. 

MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT, 

His Excellency JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth, 

Captain-General, Coinniander-in-CJiief, and Admiral. 
JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, Major-General. 
JOSEPH CILLEY, Nottingham, ^ 

JONATHAN MOULTON, Hampton, 
GEORGE REID,= Londonderry, 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS, Walpole, 
MOSES DOW, Haverhill, v. 

JONATHAN BLANCHARD, Dunstable, 

Corps of LigJit Horsemen. 

NATHANIEL PEABODY, Atkinson, 
JEREMIAH FOGG, Kensington, Adjutant-General. 
SUPPLY CLAPP, Portsmouth, Commissary-Getieral. 

'• Biography, s N. H. Hist. Soc. Collections 240. He was formerly known as John Wentworth, Jr. 
See Wentworth Genealogy, and 6 Appleton, Cyc. of Am. Biography, 436, Titles, John Wentworth and John 
Wentworth, Jr. 

-• Biography, 5 PUimer, MSS. Biog. 70. 



Brigadier- 
Generals. 



1785] 



STATE OFFICERS, I 78 5-86. 



301 



DELEGATES TO CONGRESS. 

To serve for one year from tJie first Monday in November, 1785. 

Names of Delegates. Residence. Date of Election. 

WOODBURY LANGDON, Portsmouth, June 21, 1785 

PIERSE LONG, Portsmouth, June 21, 1785 

NATHANIEL PEABODY,* Atkmson, June 21, 1785 

GEORGE ATKINSON, Portsmouth, June 21, 1785 

TIMOTHY WALKER, Concord, Nov. 5, 1785 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness, Nov. 5, 1785 

t DELEGATES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IN ACTUAL ATTENDANCE AT 

CONGRESS IN 
1785. 

ABIEL FOSTER, Canterbury. 
PIERSE LONG, Portsmouth. 

1786. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness. 
PIERSE LONG, Portsmouth. 

JUDICIARY. • 

Superior Court of Judicature. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness, Chief Justice. 

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Kingston, % 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, t Portsmouth, \ Puisne Justices. 

JOHN DUDLEY, § Raymond, j 

JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, Attorney-General. 

NATHANIEL ADAMS, Portsmouth, Clerk. 

Court Maritime. 
JOSHUA BRACKETT, Portsmouth, Z;/^/^^. 

* Nath'l Peabody was recalled by vote of the Legislature June 14, 1786. 

t The form of Credentials is given in xviii. Ham. State Papers, 733. 

X Woodbury Langdon, Portsmouth, was appointed February, 1786, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of 
William Whipple, which occurred Nov. 28, 1785. 

§ John Dudley was appointed Dec. 20, 1784, and succeeded Leverett Hubbard, who was not reappointed 
by the President and Council under the new Constitution. See Judge Hubbard's letter, xviii. Ham. State 
Papers, p. 763. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS FROM 



JUNE I, 1785, TO JUNE 23, 1785. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



* 2 : 29 * At the first Session of the Second Court under the new 
Constitution, begun and held at Portsmouth, on the first 
Wednesday in June, being the first day of said Month, in the ninth 
year of the Independence of the United States of America, Anno 
Domini, one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty five 

WEDNESDAY, June i, 1785. 

Being the day appointed by the Constitution, for the meeting of 
the General Court, five being the Whole number of the members 
elected by the People for Senators, for the ensuing year, attended 
and took the Oaths, viz. 

The Honorable John M'^Clary ) t- ^-u r- ^ r 

i X r-■^ f For the County of 

Joseph Cjilman > t> 1 • 1 ^ 

TIT 1 T- r^ V Rockmgham 

John Langdon Esq"^^ ) ° 

John Wentworth Esq"" for the County of Strafford 
Moses Chase Esq"" for the County of Cheshire. 

*2:30 * THURSDAY, June 2, 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 
The Members present met with the house of Representatives in 
the said Representatives Chamber, in Order to proceed in filling up 
the Vacancies in the Senate ; Choice of Secretary, Treasurer, and 
Commissary-General, agreeable to the Constitution ; and agreed to 
adjourn till tomorrow ten o'clock, A. M., then to Meet again in said 
Chamber 

[The Journals of the Senate and House for the political year 17S5-6 are copies of the manuscript in the office 
of the Secretary of State. There are no contemporary printed journals for this period accessible, except a 
fragment of that of the House for the February Session, 1786. — Ed.] 



306 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. l_^7^S 

FRIDAY, June 3^^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday- 
Met in the Representatives Chamber, agreeable to adjournment, 
and Proceed in Balloting for Senators ; by which it appeared that the 
following Gentlemen were Chosen viz. 

THE HON George Atkinson Esq"" ) For the County 
Nathaniel Peabody Esq"" ( of Rockingham 
Otis Baker Esq"", for the County of Strafford 
Matthew Thornton Esq'' ) for the County 
Ebenezer Webster Esq"" | of Hillsborough 
John Bellows, Esq"" for the County of Cheshire 
Francis Worcester Esq"" for the County of Grafton 
The Vacancies in the Senate being filled up, proceeded to the 
Choice of a Secretary ; and the ballots being taken, it appeared that 
Ebenezer Thompson, Esq"" was Elected to that Office 

The ballots being taken for a Treasurer, it appeared that the Hon. 
John T. Gilman, Esq"" was unanimously chosen to that Office 

The ballots being taken for a Commissary-General, it appeared 

that Supply Clap Esq'' was unanimously Chosen for that office 

*2:3i * The Senate then retired to their Own room, and the 

Hon. George Atkinson, Nathaniel Peabody, and Ebenezer 

Webster Esq"'^ attended and took the Oaths. 

At four o'clock, the Senate met with the House, and Proceeded to 
examine the Votes returned for a President ; and after making out a' 
list of all the votes returned, agreed to adjourn the meeting !till to- 
morrow ten o'clock, A. M. and then the Senate retired to their own 
Room. The members present adjourned 'till to morrow nine o'clock 
A. M. 

SATURDAY, June 4''^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 

Met with the House, and on Examination of the list of Votes for 

a President, it appeared that the whole Number amounted to Seven 

thousand and Seventy nine ; and that no one person had a Majority. 

The Votes for the Hon. George Atkinson, Esq"" amounted to 2755 

John Langdon Esq'' 2497 
John Sullivan Esq"^ yyy 
Josiah Bartlett Esq'' 720 
Being the four highest Numbers voted for ; adjourned till Monday 
next three o'clock P. M. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 30/ 

The Senate then retired to their Own room, and adjourned to 
Monday next three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY June 6"^ 1785. 

Present, The Hon. John M'^Clary John Langdon George 
Atkinson Nathaniel Peabody, Esquires * John Wentworth * 2 : 32 
Moses Chase and Ebenezer Webster. Otis Baker, Esq"" one 
of the Members elect, also attended ; and after taking the Oaths, 
took his seat at the Board Matthew Thornton, Esq"" one of the 
Members elect, attended and took the Oaths, &c. 

The Senate then Met with the Representatives in their Room, 
and agreed to adjourn the further meeting until tomorrow four o'clock, 
P. M. 

The Senate then retired to their own room, and adjourned until 
tomorrow eight o'clock, A. M. 



*&* 



TUESDAY, June /^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 

The Senate met with the Representatives in their Chamber, and 
agreed to adjourn their further Meeting for the Choice of officers un- 
til nine o'clock A. M. 

They then retired to their own room, and adjourn'd 'till tomorrow 
nine o'clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY June 8'^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday, except 
M"" Wentworth. — also, Francis Worcester, Esq"" one of the Mem- 
bers elect attended and took the Oaths, &c. M'' Prentiss, with 
Others, brought up a Vote, by which it appeared that the Honorable 
House of Representatives, had balloted for a President, agreeable to 
the Constitution ; and from the four who had the highest Number of 
Votes from the People, had elected the Hon. John Langdon, Esq"" 
the Hon. George Atkinson Esq"" as Candidates for that office M"" 
Langdon and M'' Atkinson then withdrew from the Senate 
Chamber, and the Members * present proceeded to ballot * 2 : 33 
for a President agreeable to the Constitution, the ballots 
being taken, it was found that the Hon. John Langdon, Esq"" had 
Seven votes, and the Hon. George Atkinson, Esq'' one vote for that 
office so it appeared that the Hon, John Langdon, Esq"" was elected 
President of this State, for the year ensuing. 



308 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

The Senate then Proceeded to the appointment of a Senior Sen- 
ator ; and the ballots being taken, it appeared that the Hon. John 
M'^Clary, Esq'' was Chosen to that Office 

The Senate then met with the Representatives in their Chamber, 
and agreed to adjourn their further Meeting until to-morrow nine 
o'clock A. M. 

The Representatives attended with the Senate in the Senate 
chamber, and the President elect took the Oaths agreeable to the 
Constitution, before doat/i Houses, and was declared President of the 
State, by the Hon. John M'^Clary Esq*" Senior Senator. 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow eight o'clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, June 9*^ 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present His Excellency John Langdon, Esq"' President 

The Hon. John M'^Clary, Joseph Gilmore, Nathaniel Peabody, 
George Atkinson, Otis Baker, Senators 

John Wentworth, Matthew Thornton, Ebenezer Webster, 
* 2 : 34 * Moses Chase, Francis Worcester, Esq'rs 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, 
to wait upon the Rev. M"" Belknap, and return him the thanks of the 
General Court for the very Ingenious discourse delivered before 
them, and request a Copy for the Press, was brought up read and 
Concurred : M"" Atkinson was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Accompt of the Selectmen of Packersfield, and re- 
port thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred : M'' Gilman and 
M'' Chase were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to re- 
vise the table of Fees, and report such alterations and amendments as 
they may judge Necessary, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
M'' Thornton, M"" Worcester and M'' Gilman were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the necessity of forming and equiping a Regiment of 
Artillery within this State, &c. was brought up read and Concurred : 
M' Peabody and M"" Baker, were joined 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the number of Light horse men necessary in this State, the 
method of raising and equiping them, &c, was brought up ; read and 
Concurred : M"" Peabody and Mr Baker were joined. 

A Vote that the accompt of Edmund Ouincy, amounting to 



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twenty Seven Shillings, for paper for the use of the State, be allowed 
and paid, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

* A Vote to hear the Petition of Joseph Kimbal, (who prays * 2 : 35 
for the exclusive right of keeping a ferry over a Certain 
Part of Connecticut River,) on the Second Wednesday of next Ses- 
sion was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Thomas Odiorne, Eliphalet Ladd 
and John Taylor Oilman, in behalf of the new Parish in Exeter, 
(who pray to have certain regulations relative to Some Parsonage 
lands in said Exeter) on the first Friday of next Session, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

The Senate then met with the Representatives in their Chamber, 
agreeable to adjournment, and proceeded to ballot for a Senator for 
the County of Rockingham, in the room of His Excellency John 
Langdon, Esq"" promoted to the Chair, the ballots being taken, it ap- 
peared that the Hon. Joshua Wentworth, Esq"" had a Majority of Votes. 
The Senate then retired to their own room. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Jonathan Mason, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, he praying to have a Grant of the exclu- 
sive right of keeping a ferry over a Certain part of Connecticut- 
River, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the Selectmen of Bearing (praying 
leave to bring in a bill to enable them to tax the lands in said town 
for certain purposes) on the Second thursday of next Session, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

The petition of the town of Hancock, praying leave to bring 
in a bill to enable them to tax all the lands in said * town, * 2 : 36 
for the purpose of erecting a meeting House, was brought 
up, with a vote thereon, for hearing the Petitioners on the Second 
thursday of next Session ; which was read and Concurred. 

A Vote of the house of the Eighth Instant, for postponing the 
hearing of Petitions from that day to this Instant, being the ninth, 
viz. the petition of Wolfborough and Middletown, of J. Saunders 
and Hugh Little, Nathaniel P'oster and Col. Thomas Bartlett, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A petition of Sarah Kimball, praying to be -"Uowed the half 
pay of her late Husband, (who lost his life in the Army) agreeable 
to a resolve of Congress, was brought up, with a vote thereon, for a 
Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to consider of the 
Same, and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred : M'' 
Oilman and M"" Webster were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Ezekiel Worthen, and all Similar Mat- 



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ters, and rejDort thereon : was brought up, read and Concurred : M"" 
Atkinson and M'' Gihuan were joined. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the Petition of David Corser, 
until the Second Wednesday of next Session was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote directing the Treasurer of this State, to attend the Gen- 
eral Court at their present Session, with such papers, &c. as may be 
necessary to transact public business, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Memorial of the Rev. M"" Belknap, and 

* 2 : 37 * report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' 

Atkinson and M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
prepare and lay before the General Court a bill for the better Obser- 
vation of the Lord's Day : was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' 
Worcester and M"" Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
brigade the several regiments of Militia in this State was brought 
up, read and Concurred : M' Peabody M'' Thornton and M'' Webster 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of a large number of the Inhabitants of this 
State, praying that Some method may be devised for the repairing 
Newmarket Bridge, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
Concurred : M"" Atkinson and M'' Gilman were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Joshua Young, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred M"" M'^Clary and M"" Chase were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petitions of sick and wounded Officers and Soldiers, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M' Peabody, M"" Thornton, and 
M"" Gilman were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate 
to Call on George Gaffrey Esq"" and receive from him 

* 2 : 38 * the weights and measures which were formerly used as a 

Standard, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Atkin- 
son was joined. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing on the Petition of Charity Lund, 
until the first PViday of next Session was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 



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Consider what Standards or banners will be most proper for the re- 
spective Regiments within this State, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred : M"" Peabody and M'' Webster were joined. 

The Petition of Micah Reed, praying for a grant of the exclusive 
right of keeping a Ferry over Some part of Connecticut River, was 
brought up, with a Vote thereon, for hearing the Petitioner on the 
Second tuesday of next Session ; which was read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of James Gray, and all Similar Matters, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred; M"" Went- 
worth and M"" Peabody were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Benjamin Baxter, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred : M'' Worcester was joined. 

A Vote for hearing the Petition of Benjamin Miller and others 
praying that Certain lands may be disannexed from Newington, and 
annexed to Portsmouth was brought up with a vote thereon for hear- 
ing the Same, on the 1 5^'' of June Current ; which was read and Con- 
curred. 

* A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : 39 
Senate to Consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Bedford and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
M"" Webster and M"" Chase were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Woodbury Langdon, Esq"" and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" M'^Clary and M'' 
Went worth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Cornish, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Oilman and M"" 
Peabody were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
take under Consideration an act of this State, passed June 12*^ 1784 
establishing a method of making rates and taxes, and to report such 
alterations as they Judge necessary was brought up read and Con- 
curred : M"" Oilman and M"" Atkinson were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of John Pickering Esq"' in behalf of Elisha 
Reed, and Other Inhabitants of the towns of Plainfield and Cornish, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Baker 
and M"" Peabody were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Benjamin Dole, and all Similar Matters, 



312 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Gilman and M"" Webster 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, 

* 2 : 40 * to Consider of the Petition of Moses Dow, Esq"" and 

Others in behalf of Several towns in the Counties of Graf- 
ton and Cheshire and report thereon, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred ; M"" Worcester and M'' Chase were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Samuel Jones, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred ; M'' Chase was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the proper Measures for forming and arranging the 
alarm list in this State, was brought up, read and concurred ; M"" 
Thornton and M"" Peabody were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to re- 
vise the Militia Laws of this State, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; M*" Peabody and M'' Thornton were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Jonathan Eastman of Walpole, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" J. Wentworth was 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Daniel Rand, Jedediah Sanger, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Peabody, M'' 
Thornton, and M"" Baker, were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consult with the honorable Committee appointed to revise the Laws 
of this State, respecting that business, was brought up, read and 
Concurred; M'' Wentworth was joined. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the Petition of Thomas Pink- 
ham until tuesday next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

* 2 : 41 * A Vote to pay the Accompt of John Duncan Esq"" amount- 

ing to twenty four Shilling, for holding a meeting at Peter- 
borough Slip, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to put of the hearing of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Merrimac, until thursday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay John M'^Duffee, Esq' for his services as a Special 
Justice of the Superior Court, eight pounds eight Shillings, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of James Betton, Esq'' for services for 
the State, amounting to three pounds five shillings and two pence, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of John Donaldson, and Mary his wife, and 



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report thereon, was brought up read and concurred ; M"" Worcester 
and M"" Oilman were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider the most expedient measures to be taken for collecting the 
residue of the fines, laid on Several Towns in this State, for their de- 
ficiencies in raising Soldiers, was brought up, read and concurred ; 
M"" John Wentworth, M'' Peabody and M"" Atkinson were joined. 

The petition of the town of Raby, praying that some part of the 
town of Mollis, may be disannexed from said Hollis, and annexed to 
Raby, was brought up, with a vote thereon, granting the Petitioners 
a hearing on said petition, on the first Friday of next Session, which 
was read and concurred. 

A resolve lengthening out the time for recording grants, 
* Charters and locations of Land, for the term of One year * 2 : 41 
from this time, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, tO' 
nominate four persons, out of whom two are to be chosen to join with 
the Hon. Christopher Toppan Escf already appointed to Confer with 
the General Court of the Massachusetts, respecting the Commerce 
between this State and that, was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
M"" Joshua Wentworth and M'' Atkinson were joined. 

A resolve enabling Justices of the peace to administer the Oaths 
to sundry ofificers, Agreeable to Constitution, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Ebenezer Flagg, and all Similar Matters, 
was brought up, read and concurred ; M"" Thornton was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Joseph Leigh, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Oilman and M'' Atkinson were 
joined. 

Joshua Wentworth, Esq'' attended, and after having the Oath ad- 
ministered to him by his Excellency the President, took his seat at 
the Board. 

The Senate then met with the House in their room, on the hearing 
of sundry Petitions, and for the Choice of officers, &c. and agreed to 
adjourn their further meeting until to-morrow, ten o'clock, A. M. 

The Senate then retired to their Own room, and adjourned 'till to- 
morrow, eight o'clock, A. M. 

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FRIDAY, June io*'' 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 
* 2 : 43 * The Senate met with the House in their room, and spent 
the forenoon in hearing the parties on sundry Petitions. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider what allowance shall be made those members of the Late 
Council, and Senior Senator, who attended to administer the neces- 
sary Oaths to the members of this Court, was brought up, read and 
Concurred ; M'' Joshua Wentworth and M"" Baker were joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Thomas Bartlet 
Esq"" and giving him Leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of the Selectmen 
of Merrimac, to the Thursday of their next Session, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Middletown, appointing a Committee to 
view the Premises, and putting of the Hearing until the Second 
Thursday of next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

The Senate then met with the House in their Chamber, to vote for 
the Several persons to compose a Council, agreeable to the constitu- 
tion ; and the ballots being taken, it appeared that the Hon. Nathaniel 
Peabody, Escf had a Majority of votes for the first Councillor, the 
ballots being taken, it appeared that the Hon. Matthew Thornton 
Esq"" was chosen second Councillor, by a Majority of votes The bal- 
lots being taken, it appeared that the Hon, John Sullivan Esq"" was 
chosen by a Mjority of votes, the third Councillor. The Ballots be- 
ing taken, it appeared that Col. Amos Shephard, was chosen the 
fourth Councillor by a Majority of votes, The ballots being taken, it 
appeared that Col. Moses Dow was chosen fifth Councillor by a Ma- 
jority of votes. Then the Senate retired to their own room. 
*2 :44 * A Vote Granting the prayer of the Petition of James 
Saunders and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing Woodbury Langdon, Esq'' and John Spar- 
hawk Esq"" (with Christopher Toppan, Esq"" before chosen) to be a 
Committee to confer with the General Court, of Massachusetts, on 
the Subject of the Commerce between the two States, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that M"" Joshua Wentworth, M"" Peabody and M'' Gilman be 
a Committee to join with such of the Honorable House as they shall 



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appoint, to consider of the business most necessary to be Immedi- 
ately proceeded on, by the General-Court, and make report thereon, 
was sent down for Concurrence by M'' Worcester. 

The Senate met with the House in the Representatives Chamber, 
and agreed to adjourn their further Meeting for the Choice of offi- 
cers, until tomorrow, ten o'clock, A. M. they then retired to their Own 
room. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow eight o'clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, June ii^'^ 1785'. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote that M-" Oilman, M"" John Wentworth, and M'' Peabody, be 
a Committee to prepare and lay before the Senate the draught of an 
Answer to His Excellency's Address to both Houses, of the ninth 
Instant. 

A Vote that M"" Joshua Wentworth, and M"" Peabody, be a Com- 
mittee to join with such as the honorable House, shall appoint, to 
prepare and lay before the General-Court a draught for instructions 
to guide the naval officer in the Execution of his Office, relative to 
the Ship of war belonging to His most Christian Majesty 
now laying in * Piscataqua harbour, was Sent down for Con- * 2 : 45 
currence by M*" Chase. 

A Vote to allow Capt. Ezekiel Worthen, and the Subalterns of his 
company, who served at Rhode Island in the year 1778 depreciation 
of wages as Officers of the same grade, in the Continental army have 
been paid, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote of the House of the tenth Instant, was brought up for 
postponing all public hearings appointed for that day until this day ; 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to accept the rejport of the Committee on the Petition of 
Woodbury Langdon Esq'', granting him leave to bring in a bill for 
the repeal of the Act referred to in his Petition, so far only as re- 
spects him as attorney to Peter Levius, Esq'' was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Cap* Simon Marston, and the Subalterns of his 
company, who served at Rhode Island, in the year 1778, deprecia- 
tion of wages, as the Officers in the Continental army have been al- 
lowed ; was brought up, 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 



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MONDAY, -June 13'^ 1785 

The Senate assembled. 
Present His Excellency the President 

The Hon. John M'^Clary, Nathaniel Peabody, Matthew Thornton, 
Joshua Wentworth, Ebenezer Webster Esquires, Francis 
* 2 : 46 Worcester, Moses Chase and * George Atkinson. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Richard-Cutts Shannon, 
Esq"" and Others, a Committee of the proprietors of Cockermouth, 
on the Second Thursday of next Session, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote to allow the Widow Hannah Peabody, depreciation of 
wages for the Service of her late Husband Col. Stephen Peabody, at 
Rhode Island, in the year 1778, was brought u[), read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Cap* Peter Drowne, Depreciation of wages for him- 
self and Subalterns, for their Service at Rhode Island, in the year 
1778, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to allow M"" Woodbury Langdon, four pounds four Shil- 
lings ; M"" Joseph Badger, four pounds, four shillings ; and M"" Fran- 
cis Blood five pounds nine Shillings ; for their Service in attending 
this Session, to Qualify the Members of this Court by administering 
the Oaths, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing Cap* Thomas Martin, in the room of Woodbury 
Langdon, Esq'' (who had declined to accept) one of the Committee 
to Confer with the General-Court of Massachusetts, on the subject 
matter of commerce, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Francis Borland, and others ; the petition 
of William Pearne, and the petition of Jonathan Warner Esq"" and 
Others ; and report thereon ; was brought up, read and Concurred ; 
M"" Atkinson and M"" Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of John Smith, on the Second Thurs- 
day of next session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned till tomorrow eight o'clock A. M. 

*2:47 * [TUESDAY,] June 14, 1785. 

The Senate assembled 
Present as Yesterday. 
With the addition of M"" Gilman, M"" Baker and M"" Wentworth. 
A Vote to hear the Petition of Major John Young, on the second 
friday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 



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A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Samuel Cutts, Esq"" and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'^ M^Clary and M'' Webster 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Wilham Simpson, and report thereon, 
was brought up read and Concurred ; M"" Atkinson, and M'' Thornton, 
were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Elisha Reed, and Others, inhabi- 
tants of Cornish and Plainfield, in the afternoon of this day, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Selectmen of Packerfield, twenty two Pounds 
eight Shillings and three Pence, for taxes on the Confiscated estate 
of Breed Batcheldor, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
draught the bills reported Necessary by the Committee and la)^ the 
same before the Court, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M*" 
Joshua Wentworth, M'' Oilman and M'' John Wentworth were 
joined. 

A Vote to allow Thomas Pratt, (who was wounded at the 
battle of Bunker Hill) Fifteen Shillings per month * from * 2 : 48 
the time his pay as a Soldier ceased, until further Order of 
the General Court, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Phebe Colburne, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'^ Wentworth and M"" Oilman 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to ex- 
amine how far the Committee on settleingthe Accompts between this 
and the United States, have proceeded, and make report, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; M"" Joshua Wentworth, M'' Baker, and M"" 
Peabody were joined. 

A Vote to pay the town of Bedford, the wages of Robert Jones, 
and John Oeorge, for their Services as Soldiers at Cohes, in the year 
1782, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, June 15* 1785. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as Yesterday. 
A Vote to Orant the prayer of the petition of Thomas Pinkham, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 



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A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Elihu Stevens, and Others, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Chase and M"" 
Atkinson were joined. 

A Vote that Joseph Gihnan, Nathaniel Peabody, and John Parker, 
Esq'rs, a Committee appointed to devise proper Checks for Impress- 
ing new blank Notes to redeem the State Securities ; also, to devise 
proper Checks for Impressing blank Certificates to be used for the 
payment of Interest due on said notes, was sent down for Concur- 
rence, by M"" Webster. 
*2:49 * A Vote on the petition of Benjamin Jaquish, (who 
prayed to be restored to his Law in a Certain Case, was 
brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the Consideration of the Petition of Eben- 
ezer Torrey, until the Second Wednesday of next Session of the 
General Court, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow nine o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, June 16"^ 1785. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as Yesterday, Except M"" Baker 

An Act to repeal an Act passed the 29"' of November 1777, to 
prevent the transfer of real Estates belonging to persons inimical to 
the United States, so far as said Act respects the power of attorney, 
given by Peter Levius Esq'' to Woodbury Langdon Esq'' having been 
read a third time, it was voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to impower Thomas Bartlett, Esq"^ of Nottingham, guar- 
dian to Ebenezer Cotton, and Ezekiel Fisk, minors, heirs of Eben- 
ezer Fisk, late of Epping, /'//j'.s7V(7// deceased, intestate, to make and 
Execute a good and Lawful deed of sale, of Certain lands lying in 
Epping and Brintwood, having been read a third time, it was voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote that the resolve authorizing Justices of the Peace to ad- 
minister the Oaths, agreeable to constitution, to military Officers, &c. 
be immediately printed, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Thomas Green (who was wounded at Bunker 
Hill) eighteen Shillings per month, 'till further order of the 
* 2 : 50 General Court was brought up, read * and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Cap' Nathan Sanborn, who was wounded at 
Behmus-Heights, twenty Shillings per month, until further Order of 
the General Court, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Sarah Kimball, widow of Benjamin Kimball, late 



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a Captain in the New Hampshire line, who was killed by accident, 
the half pay of a Captain for Seven years, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow nine o'clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, June 17'^, 1785. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as Yesterday — With addition of M"" Baker 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the Petition of Brigadier Gen- 
eral Stark, to the Second Wednesday of next Session was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote containing Sundry regulations of the Militia was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Jonathan Eastman, depreciation of wages for Six 
months Service of his Son Samuel Eastman, who died in the army, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow John Donaldson and Mary his wife, half pay, 
agreeable to the resolve of Congress, of the twenty fourth of August, 
1780, for her late husband Richard Shortridge, who was a Captain in 
the New Hampshire line, and died in the army, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A vote to pay Reuben Spencer, a Soldier, his Accompt 
for expences in having his thigh amputated, Amounting* *2: 51 
to Sixty eight pounds fourteen Shillings and one Penny, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act directing and regulating the appointment and Choice of 
Petit Jurors, having been read a third time, it was voted that the 
Same be enacted. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
draught and lay before the Court, a bill for punishing horse thieves, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Peabody and M' John 
Went worth were joined. 

A Vote to allow Peter Akerman, a Soldier wounded at the battle 
of Behmus Heights, in 1777, t\yenty Shillings per month, from the 
time his pay Ceased as a Soldier, until further Order of the General 
Court, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Gowen Armour, a Sum for depreciation of money 
lent by him to the State, which he lost by having his note renewed 
(as per Scale) was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Joseph Kimball, a Sum (as per Scale) for deprecia- 
tion of money lent the State, which he lost by renewing his note, 
was brought up, read and Concurred. 



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A Vote to pay Ebenezer Flagg, a Sum of money (as per Scale) for 
depreciation of Money lent the State, which accrued by his having 
his note renewed, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote giving leave for a bill to be brought in for setting up and 

Carrying on a lottery, to raise three hundred Pounds, for the purpose 

of building a bridge over Sugar River, in the town of Claremont, in 

the County of Cheshire, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

* 2 : 52 *A Vote to allow Thomas Haines, a Soldier wounded in 

the Arrny, twenty four Shillings per month, until further Or- 
der of the General Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote giving particular directions to the Naval Officer, respect- 
ing the Ship of his most Christian Majesty now in this harbour, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the regulations for the Order and discipline of the Militia, 
presented by Major General Sullivan, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred ; M"" Peabody and M'' Webster were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Accompt of the Selectmen of Portsmouth and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred. M"" Worcester, M"" 
Baker and M"" John Wentwortb were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Joshua Young, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and Concurred : M"" Worcester and Mr. Gilman 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Accompts of John Peirce, Mark H. Wentworth, 
Richard Hart, Jonathan Warner, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and Concurred ; M"" Peabody, M"" Thornton, and M"" Joshua 
Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 

Consider of the report of the Committee chosen at the last Session 

to Settle the Treasurer's Accompt, and report thereon, was brought 

up, read and Concurred ; M'' Joshua Wentworth and M"" Baker were 

joined. 

* 2 : 53 *A Vote to pay the Accompt of John M'^Clary, Esq'' for a 

journey to Concord, &c. to administer Oaths to Officers, &c. 
amounting to thirty-one Shillings and four pence, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

On Motion, Voted. That the Owners of Portsmouth Library (so 
called) have leave to deposit the books belonging to said Library, 
with the Cases that contain them, in the Senate Chamber, in such 
part or parts as shall be most Convenient, and the least incommode 
the room. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 321 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider what business is yet necessary to be done this Session, 
when the Court shall adjourn ; and to what time and Place they shall 
adjourn to, and what allowance shall be made the members of Court 
&c. this Session, for their time & travel, was brought up, read and 
Concurred ; M"" Peabody M' Worcester, and M' Joshua Wentworth 
were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the accompt of Enoch Barker, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; IVP Peabody and M*" Chase were 
joined. 

A Vote to pay Alexander Parkman, thirty Shillings, for his jour- 
ney to notify Col. Thornton and Major Bellows of their appointment 
as Senators, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A vote to hear the Petition of Benjamin Trip, on the Second Fri- 
day of their next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow, nine o'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, June i8, 1785. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as yesterday 

* A Vote to accept the report of the Committee appointed * 2 : 54 
to Consider the report of the Committee on the Treasurer's 
Accompt, and for appointing a Committee to Carry said report into 
Execution, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Joshua Went- 
worth and M'' Oilman were joined. 

A Vote on the petition for repairing Newmarket bridge, was 
brought up, read, and non concurred. 

A Vote to pay Joseph Leigh (late Commissary and Sub-Clothier 
for this State, in the army. Seventy one pounds Seventeen Shillings, 
for depreciation of his wages in the year 1780, was brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Daniel Gookwin, and all Similar matters, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Thornton and M"" Joshua 
Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of John Prentice, and Archibald M'^Murphy 
Esq'rs, in behalf of the town of Londonderry, was brought up, read 
and Concurred ; M"" Atkinson and M'" Baker were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of a bill presented for giving and granting to the United 



322 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

States in Congress assembled, full power to regulate Commerce, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Atkinson, M"" Oilman and M*" 
Wentworth were joined 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of the Selectmen of New Ipswich, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Peabody, M"" Ba- 
ker, and Mr. Webster, were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of the Selectmen of Warren, on the 
Second Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A vote to pay Capt. Abraham Burnham, three pounds 
*2 : 55 twelve Shillings,* for a journey to Plymouth, to notify M"" 
Worcester of his appointment as a Senator, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, three o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, June 20^ 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present His Excellency John Langdon, Esq'' President. The Hon. 
John M'^Clary, Joseph Gilman, George Atkinson, Nathaniel Peabody, 
Joshua Wentworth, Otis Baker, Matthew Thornton, Ebenezer Web- 
ster, Moses Chase, and Francis Worcester, Esquires. 

A Vote to pay Samuel Cutts, Esq'' forty five pounds, in full of all 
demands, and deductions that have been made in his Accompt in 
former settlements, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow eight o'clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, June 21, 1785. 

The Senate assembled. 
Present as yesterday. 
An Act for the admeasurement of Board, and for regulating the 
tale of Shingles, Clapboards, Hoops, and Staves, and for Other pur- 
poses therein mentioned, having been read a third time it was voted 
that the Same be enacted. 

An act for restoring James Saunders to his law was read a third 
time, it was voted that the Same be nonconcurred. 

In Senate, June 21, 1785. 

* 2 : 56 * Vot(^d, That Mr. Gilman M'' Atkinson, and M-" Joshua 

Wentworth, with such as the Honorable House shall join, 

be a Committee to report what period shall be affixed, beyond which, 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 323 

no demands which are now due, and which are properly a Conti- 
nental Charge, will be allowed, was sent down for Concurrence, by 
M"^ Chase ; and brought up, concurred. 

In Senate June 21, 1785. 

Voted, That M"- Thornton, M-- Atkinson, and M^ Joshua Went- 
worth, with such of the Honorable House as they shall join, be a 
Committee to consider of, and report some Speedy and effectual 
method for the revision of the laws of this State, was Sent down for 
Concurrence, by M"" Peabody, and brought up Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of John Betton, and David Patterson, 
on the first friday of next Session, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of, and report on the petition of Joseph Taylor, was brought 
up, read and Concurred : M"" M'^Clary and M^ Worcester joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Cap* Titus Salter, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Baker and M"" Peabody 
were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Henry Kennistone, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A vote to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
the Selectmen of Cornish, which report was, that one eigth part of 
all the State taxes, from 1780, to 1784, inclusively, should be abated, 
except one small Tax in 1781, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote Ordering a deduction out of the rum tax, for 1781, in favor 
of Lemster, Croyden, and Marlow, was brought up, read and non- 
concurred. 

A Vote appointing Major George Gains, Sealer of weights and 
measures, for this State, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote accepting the report of the Committee on the petition of 
Benjamin Dole, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- * 2 : 57 
ate, to Consider of the petition of Col. Hobart, and to report 
thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred ; M'' Thornton and M 
Joshua Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the pay roll of M. Bell, Commandant of the Fort at New- 
Castle, also, the Accompt of Benjamin Biggelow, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and Concurred ; M"" Baker and M"" Peabody 
were joined. 

An Act regulating Pilotage in the port of Piscataqua, was read a 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

third time, and voted that it pass to be enacted ; which was sent down 
for Concurrence, by M'' Chase and M'' Baker. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Josiah Oilman Esq"" amounting to 
eighty seven pounds Six ShilHngs, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote appointing the Hon. Woodbury Langdon, Esq'' a delegate 
to Congress, for the term of one year, froni and after the first Mon- 
day in November, next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing the Hon. Peirse Long Esq"" a delegate to Con- 
gress, for the term of one year, from and after the first Monday in 
November next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing the Hon. Nathaniel Peabody, Esq'' a delegate 
to congress, for the term of one year, from and after the first Monday 
in November next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing the Hon. George Atkinson Esq'' a delegate to 
Congress, for the term of one year, from and after the first Monday 
in November next, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow, eight o'clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
nominate to this house, three proper persons, out of whom 
* 2 : 58 for one to be * appointed a Surveyor, agreeable to a recom- 
mendation of Congress, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred : M'' Thornton, M'' Atkinson and M Oilman were joine 

A Vote to accept the report of a Committee on the petition of 
Daniel Rand and Jedediah Sanger, re[s]toring the regiment now 
Called twenty three to its former rank, and be hereafter called and 
known by number twelve ; and that the regiment now called number 
twelve, be hereafter called and known by number twenty three, and 
to continue 'till some future arrangement be made, was brought up 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of J. Whipple in behalf of E. Buck- 
man, on the Second Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote that Major Pickering and Major Kimbal, be added to the 
Committee on the Accompt of Enoch Barker, was brought up, read 
and concurred, 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Accompt of Melcher and Osborne, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred ; M'' Oilman and M"" Wentworth, 
joined. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 325 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Jeremiah Libby, amounting to nine 
ShilHngs and eight pence, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Josiah Bartlet, John Calfe and John 
Parker, Esq^'rs, amounting to fourteen pounds fifteen Shillings, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the treasurer be directed to pay to the persons named 
in an abstract, the Sums set against each of their names amounting 
in the whole, to thirty nine pounds ten Shillings new emission, and 
four hundred and eighty Six pounds ten shillings and eight pence, in 
Specie ; and that the president give order accordingly, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

*A Vote to pay the accompt of the Hon. E. Thompson * 2 : 59 
Esq"^ amounting to fifteen pounds Eighteen shillings, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Amos Hagar, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and Concurred ; IVP" Oilman and IVP' Atkinson were 
joined. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of George Gains Esq"" amounting to 
thirteen pounds thirteen Shillings, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Ephraim Pickering, Esq"" in behalf 
of John Pickering, jun'' on the Second Wednesday of their next Ses- 
sion, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

In Senate, June 22, 1785. 

Resolved, That all notes which shall be issued by the Treasurer, 
from and after the 31®' day of July next shall bear that date ; and 
that all notes which shall be issued in favor of any invalid pensioner 
shall be in the form prescribed by the act passed the 24"^ day of Feb- 
ruary last, entitled An Act for paying the Interest and part of the 
principal of public Securities, &c. And the Treasurer is hereby fur- 
ther directed, that on his receiving any Order from the President, for 
depreciation of wages due to officers widows, he shall issue a certifi- 
cate for twenty Seven and three Quarters, per Centum, of each such 
Order, and a note for the ^-^mainder, also a Certificate for the Inter- 
est as usual ; which resolve was sent down for Concurrence, by M"" 
Webster, and brought up concurred. 

In Senate June 22""^ 1785. 

* Voted, That the Committee for revising the laws, be * 2 : 60 
desired to prepare a navigation Act, and present the Same 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^5 

to the Senate or house tomorrow eight o'clock; which vote was sent 
down for concurrence. 

A Vote to pay the Hon. Samuel Livermore Esq*", amounting to 
Nineteen pounds fourteen Shillings, for revising the Laws &c. was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of John Calfe, Esq'' amounting to 
four pounds ten Shillings, for recording the journals of the house, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to receive and accept the report of the Committee on the 
accompt of the Selectmen of Portsmouth, amounting to one Hun- 
dred and Seventeen Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Six pence far- 
thing, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, Esq"" 
amounting to ten pounds two shillings, for revising the laws, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Lieut. Meshech Bell, amounting to 
fifty Shillings, for wood for the use of the fort, was brought up, read 
and Concurred 

Adjourned 'till tomorrow eight o'clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, June 23, 1785. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

An Act for the better Observation and keeping the Lord's Day, 
was read a third time, and it was voted that the same be enacted. 

An act permitting a lottery to raise money for the purpose 
* 2 : 61 of erecting" a bridge over Sugar River, in Claremont, * was 
read a third time, and it was voted that the same be En- 
acted. 

A Vote to pay Nathaniel Adams, Esq'' three pounds eighteen shil- 
lings, the amount of his Accompt for engrossing Acts was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Samuel Baley, on the Second 
Thursday of their next Session, was brought up, read and Cone'' 

A Vote to pay Robert Gerrish, one hundred and Six pounds the 
amount of his accompt for printing, to June 18, 1785, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Melcher and Osborne, ninety one pounds one shil- 
ling, the amount of their Account for printing to June 10, 1785, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing a Committee to examine every Accompt, con- 
tract, or demand, between this State and Col. Samuel Hobart, and to 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 32/ 

report to the General Court at their next Session, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Michael Whidden, eight pounds eight Shillings for 
providing a dinner, &c. was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the members of the Senate, have and receive out of the 
treasury, Six Shillings per day, for attendance, and four pence per mile, 
for travel to and from home ; that the members of the house of Rep- 
resentatives, have the same travel as the members of the Senate, and 
Six Shillings per day for their attendance, for which last sum, each 
member may give the Constable of the town he represents, an Order 
on the Treasurer, which order shall be received at the treasury towards 
the tax of the town or districts each member represents, and 
the treasurer is directed to Charge such order * to such town * 2 : 62 
or district in the next tax Bill, that the Secretary have nine 
shillings per day, and allowance for travel as members ; that the 
clerk have nine shillings per day, and allowance for travel as a mem- 
ber ; that the assistant Clerk have eighteen pence over his pay as a 
member, was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Accompt of Benjamin Biggelow, amounting to 
forty-eight pounds five shillings and five pence half pence, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the roll of Lieut Meshach Bell, amounting to ninety 
five pounds six shillings and eight pence, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act to vest the United States in Congress assembled, with full 
power to regulate trade, and enter into treaties of commerce, was 
read a third time, and it was voted, that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the Account of 
Messieurs Thomas Martin, John Pcirce and Joseph Peirce, that there 
be allowed and paid to them, the sum of one hundred and ninety two 
pounds, in full of said Accompt was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote that Mark H. Wentworth Esq"" have and receive the sum 
of four hundred pounds, towards what is due to him on Accompt 
presented to the General Court against the State, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act for the regulation of Navigation and Commerce, was read 
a third time, and it was voted that the same be enacted. 

An act to regulate Flax seed, Potash and Pearl ash, for exportation, 
was read a third time, and it was voted, that the same be enacted. 

* A Vote appointing the last thursday in November next to * 2 : 63 
be observed as a day of General Thanksgiving, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/SS 

A resolve suspending an Act now in force, laying an Inipost on 
certain Goods, &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote Impowering George Gains Esq*" to provide necessaries for 
the light-house, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote accepting the report of a Committee on the Petition of 
Cap^ Titus Salter, that on his returning the Orders drawn on the 
Treasurer (by the late Committee of Safety in his favor) into the 
Secretary's office, that the President be desired to draw an Order or 
orders on the treasurer, to the Amount of the Order so drawn ; also, 
that the President draw on the treasurer for the balance due on those 
pay rolls for his Company, which have been paid by him, and for 
which he has not received Orders ; and that he receive Interest for 
the sums due ; and that the President give order accordingly, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the Commissary General be directed to deliver to Col. 
Joseph Whipple, fifty pounds weight of powder from the magazine in 
Portsmouth, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of a Committee on the Accompt of 
Enoch Barker ; that it be referred to the honorable Superior Court, 
and that they be impowered to direct so much of said Accompt as 
may appear reasonable, to be paid out of the fines and forfeitures 
arising in the County of Cheshire was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

In Senate, June 23, 1785. 

Voted, that a Captain be appointed to take the Command of Fort 
William and Mary, and that he inlist Six good and effective 
* 2 : 64 men to serve under him ; that the Captain * have Six pound 
per month, the Soldiers forty Shillings per month, each, 
with an addition of forty Shillings per month, to the men who take 
Care of the light house ; the pay to Commence from the date of the 
Captain's Commission ; the Soldiers, from the time of their muster ; 
which vote was sent down for oncurrence by M"" Wentworth. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
procure Six hundred printed copies of the Rev. M"" Belknap's Elec- 
tion Sermon, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote impowering his excellency, with advice of Council, to 
draw orders on the treasurer, in case of exigencies, for any sum or 
sums, the whole amount not exceeding one hundred pounds, was 
brought up, read and Concurred 

A resolve repealing a Vote or resolve of the General Court, of the 
twenty Second of february last, respecting the mode of discipline 
for the militia of this State, and establishing the regulations con- 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 329 

tained in a book, entitled, Regulations for the orders of discipline of 
the troops of Newhampshire, was brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that Joseph Pearson Esq"" have and receive out of the 
treasurer, fifty pounds, for which he is to be accountable, was brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that all persons having demands on the Treasury, which 
are properly a Continental Charge, have notice in the New Hamp- 
shire Gazette, to exhibit the same before the last day of next Session 
of the General Court, as none can be allowed after that time, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the Committee on Continental Accompts already im- 
powered, be continued, with liberty to hire one or more Clerks ; that 
said Committee be impowered to Settle all Accompts that may be 
necessary for the Settlement of Accompts with the United 
States, and Certify the same to the President and * Coun- * 2 : 65 
cil ; that said Committee be impowered to set a price to 
articles where no value is already affixed ; that said Committee be 
fully impowered to settle and close the accompts between this and 
the United States, and where doubts arise, to apply to the Pres- 
ident and Council for directions, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to pay the balance of the Accompt of Nicholas Nicolle 
amounting to fifty Seven Shillings, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote that Benjamin Biggelow, have and receive out of the treas- 
ury, thirty pounds, to be accounted for in furnishing rations to the 
Officers and Soldiers at Fort William and Mary, was brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the accompt of John Williams, amounting to four 
pounds nineteen Shillings, for attendance on the General Court, was 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay David Brewster, eleven pounds, in full of his Ac- 
compt for repairing the State House, was brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote directing the treasurer and Committee on Claims to attend 
on the General Court at their next Session was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote that not more than two of the Members elected to repre- 
sent this State in Congress, take a seat at the same time ; and that 
the President, with advice of Council, be Impowered to draw an 
order on the treasurer, for any sum not exceeding one hundred and 
twenty pounds to each delegate that shall go forward to Congress, or 
for either of the delegates now at Congress, for which they are to be 
accountable, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
22 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

A Vote that when the business of this Session is fin- 
* 2 : 66 ished, that * liis Excellency the President with advice of 
Council, be desired to adjourn said Court, to meet at Con- 
cord on the third Wednesday in October next, at three o'clock in the 
afternoon, was brought up, read and Concurred, 

The foregoing is a true Journal of the Senate at the Second Ses- 
sion of the General Court for the Year 1785. 

Attest E. Thompson Sec''^ 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JUNE 1 TO JUNE 23, 1785. 



JOURNAL 



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 



JUNE I TO JUNE 23, 1785. 



Hon. John Sullivan, Durham, Speaker. 
John Calfe, Hampstead, Clerk. 



Rev. Samuel Haven, D. D., Portsmouth,! 
Rev. Joseph Buckminster, '■■'■ ( 



Chaplains. 



Rev. Jeremy Belknap, D. D.,' Dover, 

Preacher of the Election Sermon. 

REPRESENTATIVES. 

CFrom the oiScial printed publication of the House Journal, p. 168.) 



Portsmouth 

Exeter . 

Londonderry 

Chester . 
Newington 

1 Biographical Sketch of Dr 



i George Gains, Esq. 
< John Pickering, Esq. 
( John Sparhawk, Esq. 

Josiah Gilman, Esq. 
\ John Prentice, Esq. 
] Archibald McMurphy, Esq. 

CoL William White. 

Ephraim Pickering, Esq. 

Belknap, Farmer and Moore Hist. Coll. Vol. i, p. 37. 



334 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1785 



Greenland 

Rye 

North Hampton 

Hampton 

Hampton Falls 

Seabrook 

Strath am 

Kensington . 

South Hampton 

East Kingstown 

Kingston 

Brintwood 

Epping . 

Newmarket 

Nottingham 

Deerfield 

Northwood 

Epsom 

Allentown 

Chester 

Pittsfield 

Canterbury "I 

Northfield j 

Loudon . 

Concord 

Pembrook 

Candia . 

Raymond "I 

Poplin j 

Hawke 

Sandown 

Hampstead 

Atkinson 

Plastow 

Newton 

Salem . 

Wyndham 

Pel ham , 

Dover . 

Durham 

Somersworth 

Rochester 

Barrincfton 



William Weeks, Esq. 
Samuel Jenness, Esq. 
Col. Moses Leavitt. 
Christopher Toppan, Esq. 

Mr. Abner Sanborn. 

Mark Wiggin, Esq. 
Mr. Moses Shaw. 

Nathaniel Batcheldor, Esq. 

Capt. John Eastman. 
Capt. Levi Morrill. 
Mr. William Plummer. 
Col. James Hill. 
Col. Thomas Bartlett. 
Mr. Moses Barnard. 



Mr. Charles Glidden. 

Nathan Batcheldor, Esq. 
Peter Green, Esq. 
Richard Bartlett, Esq. 
Col. Nathaniel Emerson. 



Thomas Page, Esq. 



Joseph Welch, Esq. 

Mr. Caleb Dustin. 
James Betton, Esq. 
Mr. Jacob Butler. 
Col. John Waldron. 
Hon. John Sullivan. 
Major Jonathan Wentworth. 
James Knowles, Esq. 
Joshua Foss, Esq. 



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335 



J 



Sandborntovvn 

Gilmantown . 

Lee 

Madbury 

Merrideth 

New-Hampton 

Sandwich 

Tarn worth 

Moultonborough ^ 

Tuftonborough j 

WolfboroLigh 

Ossippee-Gore 

Barnstead 

New Durham 

New-Durham Gore 

Wakefield ) 

Middleton V . 

Effingham ) 

Conway 

Eaton 

Burton 

Location 

Nottingham-West 

Litchfield 

Derryfield 

Dunstable 

Merrimack 

Bedford . 

Goffstown 

Holies . 

Amherst 

Raby 

Mason 

New-Ipswich 

Duxbury "I 

Mile Slip j • 

Wilton . 

Lyndborough 

Temple 

Peterborough 

Peterborough 

Societyland 



Shp j 



Capt. William Harper. 
Joseph Badger, Esq. 
Dr. James Brackett. 



David Gilman, Esq. 



Mr. Reuben Libbey. 



Thomas Tash, Esq. 



Col. Andrew McMillan. 
Samuel Marsh, Esq. 

Capt. Benjamin French. 
Mr. Timothy Taylor. 
Mr, James Martin, 
Robert M'^Gregore, Esq. 
Daniel Emerson, Esq. 
Mr. Robert Means. 

Capt. Samuel Douglass. 

Mr. Ephraim Adams. 

Col. Philip Putnam. 
Capt. Levi Spaulding. 

Mr. Francis Cragin. 
Mr. Matthew Wallace. 



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[1785 



Hancock, ^ 
Antrim > 
Dearing ) 

Hinneker \ 
Hillsborough \ 
New-Boston . 
Weare . 
Hopkinton 
Dunbarton ]^ 
Bow j 

Salisbury 
Boscawen 
Fishersfield ^ 
Sutton > 

Warner j 

New-London ) 
Andover > 

Gore ) 

Charlestown . 
Alstead 
Keene . 
Swanzey 
Richmond 
Jaffrey . 
Winchester . 
Westmoreland 
Rindge . 
Walpole 
Claremont 
Cornish | 
Grantham \ 
Newport 
Croydon 
Acvvorth 
Lempster 
Mario w 
Wendell 
Unity 
Surry 
Gilsum 
Stoddard 
Washington j 
Dublin 
Packersfield 



I 



John Duncan Esq. 

Mr. Robert Wallace. 

Mr. Jonathan Dow. 
Mr. Benjamin Darling. 

John Bryant, Esq. 

Mr. Robert Smith. 
George Jackman, Esq. 

Mr. Matthew Harvey. 



Mr. Elijah Grout. 
Col. Amos Shepherd. 
Mr. Benjamin Hall. 
Maj. Elisha Whitcomb. 
Mr. Jonathan Gaskill. 
Mr. John Gilmore. 
Capt. Simon Willard. 
Mr. Samuel Works. 
Mr. Edward Jewett. 
Capt. Levi Hooper. 
Capt. Benjamin Sumner. 

Mr. Nathan Young. 
Mr. Stephen Powers. 

Mr. Elijah Frink. 



Capt. Lemuel Holmes. 
Capt. Jacob Copeland. 
Samuel Griffin, Esq. 



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337 



Marlborough . 
Fitzwilliam . 
Plainfield 
Protectvvorth \ 
Hinsdale J 

Holderness ^ 
Campton | 
Thornton )- 
Lincoln | 

Franconia j 
Plymouth ^ 
Rumney > 
Wentworth ) 
New-Chester ) 
Alexandria > 
Cockerniouth ) 
Enfield ^ 
Canaan | 

Cardigan )> 
Dorchester j 
Grafton J 
Hannover 
Lebanon 
Lime 
Orford 
Haverhill ^ 
Piermont j 
Warren ( 
Coventry j 
Bath '^ 

Lyman [ 
Landaff ' 
Concord [ 
Littleton j 
Dalton j 
La[n]caster 
Northumberland 
Stratford 
Dartmouth 
Piercy 
Cockburne 
Coleburn 



Mr. Alexander Parkman 
Mr. Samuel Kendall. 
Maj. Joseph Kimball. 



Noah Worcester, Esq. 



Capt. Abraham Burnham. 



Mr. Ebenezer Hoyt. 

Mr. Russell Freeman. 
Elisha Payne, Esq. 

Col. William Simpson. 
Moses Dow, Esq. 



Major John Young. 



Col. Joseph Whipple. 



* 1 2 : 706 

*A JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS 



HON.BL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 



STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, 

Journal of the Proceedings of the Honbl House of Representa- 
tives of the State of Nezv Hampshire at the first Session of the 
Second House under the nezv Constitution, begun and holden at 
Portsmouth on tJie first Wednesday in June, being the first day of 
said month in the ninth year of the Independence of the United 
States of America, Anno Dom 1785. 

WEDNESDAY, June i, 1785. 

The members elected assembled at the State House in Portsmouth 
agreeably to appointment His Excellency Meshech Weare Esq"" be- 
ing absent, The Honb' Woodbury Langdon Esq'' Senior Senator with 
the Honb' Council, administred the proper oaths agreeable to the 
Constitution, after which motion was made for the appointment of a 
Chairman and the Honb' John Pickering Esq*" was chosen for that 
purpose. 

Motion was then made for the choice of a Speaker and the ballots 
being taken it appeared that the Honb' John Sullivan Esq'' is chosen 
Speaker of this House. 

Voted, That Maj'' Gains, & Col° Toppan, be a Committee to make 
such provision as they judge necessary for the entertainment of the 
Revr"'' Gentlemen of the Clergy who may this day attend at this- 
place. 



I7S5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 339 

Voted, That service begin at eleven of clock to morrow morning 
and that the Committee be desired to give the Revr"'' M"" Belknap 
notice thereof. 

The filling up the Senate postponed till to morrow. 
Adjourned till eight of clock tomorrow morning. 



THURSDAY, June 2, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Motion was made for the choice of a Clerk, and the ballots being 
taken and counted it appeared that John Calfe Esq'' is chosen Clerk 
of this House. 

Read the returns from the several towns and districts for the 
choice of Representatives for the present year. 

Adjourned to four of clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, That the following rules be accepted for the regulation and 
government of this House. 

i^* That as it is essential to [the]' public interest, so it shall be 
considered and enjoyned as the incumbent duty of each member of 
this House seasonably & punctually to attend in his place & not to 
absent himself without leave. 

2"'' That freedom of deliberation speech and debate in the House 
be alowed to each member thereof, yet if any member by misbeha- 
vior in speech or action in the House shall give just cause of offence 
to another he shall for the first offence be fined at the discretion of 
the House and for the second be admonished. 

* 3''^ That every member when he would make a motion, * 12 : 707 
speak to a matter in debate, or for any other purpose 
whatever shall rise from his seat and address himself to the Speaker, 
but on his being called to order by the Speaker or any other mem- 
ber, he shall be silent, though if such silenced member shall think 
himself injured thereby, the Speaker shall take a vote of the House 
thereon, to whose decision such member shall submit on pain of dis- 
pleasure. 

4''^ That no member speak more than twice to a subject in debate, 
'till each member if he pleases shall offer his opinion. 

5^'' No motion shall be debated until the same shall be seconded. 

6"' When a motion is made and seconded if desired by any mem- 

1- Insertions in brackets indicate a difference between the manuscript and printed copies. — Ed. 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

ber it shall be reduced to writing before any debate shall be allowed 
thereon. 

7th While a question is before the House, no motion shall be re- 
ceived unless to amend or commit the same or to postpone the con- 
sideration of the main question or for having the yeas & nays entered 
on the journal. 

8* If a question in debate contain several points any member may 
have the same divided. 

9* That no vote passed in the House shall be reconsidered by a 
number inferior to that present when it passed. 

lo^*^ That if the House shall judge that any person returned as a 
member is not duly qualified to have a seat therein agreeably to the 
Constitution it shall at any time be in the power of such part of the 
House as are competent to pass a valid vote or resolve to dismiss 
such person giving notice to the Town or District from which he 
came to choose another in his stead. 

1 1*'^ That every member having been present to [at] a debate and 
the vote thereon being challenged or the yeas & nays being called 
for, shall be oblidged when called upon by the Speaker to vote on one 
side or. other of the question, unless special reason be assigned the 
validity of which shall be determined by the House. 

12"^ That no member Speaking by leave shall be interrupted by 
another but by rising to call to order or to correct a mistake. 

13*'^ That every bill offered to the House be read three times and 
that there be two adjournments before it pass to be enacted. 

14* That no bill be sent to the Senate board without notice there- 
of being first given to the House by the Speaker and the title there- 
of being read. 

15''^ That no member nominate more than one person for one 
Committee provided the person by him nominated shall be chosen. 

16'^ That no member be on more than two Committees at the same 
time unles by his own consent and no member chosen on any Com- 
mittee shall have liberty to nominate another person for the same 

Committee. 
* 12:708 * 17"^ That no petition be received by the House but 
from a member thereof and on motion made for that 
purpose. 

18"* Every morning the minutes of the preceeding day shall be 
read in the House previous to their entering upon any new business. 

19"^ That no person except members of the General Court shall 
be admitted above the bar of the House without permission of the 
Speaker or special invitation from some member of the House. 

Took under consideration the returns from Bedford & Merrimac 



1 7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 34I 

also the returns from Fitz Willian & Marlborough, the three former 
were accepted the other to lay for consideration till to morrow- 
morning. 

The consideration of the objections against the member from New 
Boston postponed till to morrow morning. 

The Honb' Senators elected by the people at large and the House 
met agreeably to the Constitution to fill up the vacancies in the Sen- 
ate &c agreed to postpone the elections till tomorrow morning at ten 
o'clock. 

The House then adjourned till eight of clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, June 3 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Took under consideration the return from Marlborough which was- 
te lay for consideration till this morning and after full consideration 
thereof, Voted, that the member returned by the Town of Marlbor- 
ough be not admitted to a seat in this House. 

John Pickering Esq'' entered his protest against the proceedings of 
this House respecting the admission of the members from Bedford 
Merrimack & Fitz William & dismission of the member from Marl- 
borough which protest is on file. 

The objections against the members returned from New Boston 
was again taken under consideration but the member consenting to 
resign his seat, Voted, that the town of New Boston be notified 
thereof by the Clerk writing to the Selectmen informing them of his 
resignation & that the town may send another member if they see 
cause. 

Voted, that M"" Prentice, Col° Toppan & M'' Dow, be a Committee 
to make enquiry relative to the choice of Senators for this State and 
report thereon. 

* Voted, that the Honb' the Treasurer of this State be * 12 : 709 
directed to attend the General Court at their present 
Session with such papers &c as may be necessary to transact public 
business. Sent up by Cap^ Oilman 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met to elect Senators & 
other necessary officers agreeably to the Constitution, by joint ballot 
made choice of the Honb^ George Atkinson & the Honb^ Nathanael 
Peabody Esq"" Senators for the County of Rockingham, the Honb^ 
Otis Baker Esq"" for the County of Strafford, the Honb' Matthew 
Thornton & the Honb' Ebenezer Webster Esq""^ for the County of 
Hillsborough, the Honb' John Bellows Esq'" for the County of Chesh- 
ire and the Honb' Francis Worcester Esq''forthe County of Grafton. 



342 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

They then proceeded to the choice of a Secretary and by joint bal- 
lot made choice of the Honb' Ebenezer Thompson Esq"" Secretary for 
this State until another shall be appointed in his stead. They then 
proceeded to the choice of a Treasurer and by joint ballot made 
choice of the Honb' John Taylor Oilman Treasurer for this State 
until another shall be appointed in his stead. They then proceeded 
to the choice of a Commissary General and by joint ballot made 
choice of the Honb^ Supply Cla}) Esq'' Commissary General until an- 
other shall be appointed in his stead. The Senate then withdrew 
and the House proceeded on business. 

Voted, that M"" Pickering, Col° Toppan and Col° Gilman with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to wait upon 
the Rev'' M"^ Belknap and return him the thanks of the General Court 
for the very ingenious [sermon] delivered yesterday and request a 
Copy for the press. Sent up by Col° Toppan. 

Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

On motion made for the choice of an assistant clerk, Voted, that M 
Moses Shaw be assistant Clerk of this House. 

Voted, that Maj"" Gains, Col° Leavitt, Col° Bartlett, Col° Shephard 
and Col° Waldron, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider what standard or banners will be most 
proper for the respective regiments within this State and report 
thereon. ' Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

Voted, that Maj"" Gains, M"" Jon^ Dow, & Maj"" Pickering with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to call on 
George Jaffrys Esq'' and receive from him the weights & measures 
which were formerly used as a standard of weights and measures for 
the late province now State of New Hampshire. 

Sent up by Col° Simpson. 
* 12 1710 ^ Voted, that Cap* Francis Matthews returned as a 

member to represent the towns of Wakefield, Middle- 
ton, & Effingham not being chosen agreeably to the constitution be 
not admitted to a seat in this House. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met, proceeded to open 
the returns from the several towns within this State for a President 
and after forming a list of the same agreed to adjourn to ten of clock 
tomorrow morning, and the House proceeded on business. 

Voted, that Col° Toppan, Col° Waldron, M'' Duncan, Cap' Holmes, 
and Col° Payne with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to examine and cast the return of the votes for a Presi- 
dent and report thereon to this House as soon as may be. 

Sent up by Col" Simpson. 



-^785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 343 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Charity Lund which was 
to have been this day before the General Court be postponed to the 
first Friday of their next Session of which all persons concerned are 
to take notice & govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Col°. Waldron. 
Voted, that Col° Payne, Col° Putnam, & Col° Dow with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Joshua Young and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Voted, that M"" Oilman, CoP Bartlett, M"" Marsh, M-" Grout, and 

M"" Macgregore with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 

a Committee to consider of the Petition of Cap' James Gray and all 

similar matters and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Freeman. 

Adjourned to nine of clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, June 4, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that the Selectmen of Middleton be notified that the district 
of Wakefield, Effingham & Middleton is unrepresented in this House 
and that they may proceed to call a Meeting giving legal notice to 
the Inhabitants of said District qualified to vote for a representative 
to elect a person to represent them in the General Court. 

Voted, that the Selectmen of Portsmouth be notified that the seat 
of a member for that town has become vacant by the election of the 
Honb' George Atkinson Esq"" as a Senator and that they may pro- 
ceed to call a meeting & make choice of a member to represent them 
in this House. 

Voted, that the Selectmen of Atkinson be notified that the seat 
of a member for the District of Atkinson & Plaistow has 
become * vacant by the election of the Honb' Nathanael * 12 : 711 
Peabody Esq"" as a Senator and that they may proceed 
to call a meeting of said district & make choice of a member to rep- 
resent them in this House. 

Upon reading and considering a Petition from a number of the 
Inhabitants of the parishes of Raymond and Poplin shewing that by 
mistake their meeting for the election of a representative in March 
last being illegally called prevented their choosing a representative. 
Therefore prayed that they might have liberty to call a meeting for 
that purpose, whereupon, Voted, that the Selectmen of Poplin be and 
they hereby are authorized to call a meeting giving legal notice to the 
inhabitants of said Poplin & Raymond to meet in said Poplin to elect 
a representative for said district. 



344 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS, [l/SS 

The Senate and House being again met in the assembly Chamber 
for the election of officers agreeably to the constitution, after some 
conversation agreed to adjourn to Monday next at 3 o'clock P. M. 
The House then proceeded to business. 

Voted, that Col" Bartlett, M-" Pickering, Col° Tash, Col° Waldron, 
M"- Duncan, IVP Means, Cap' Sumner, M-- Hall, M-- Dow, & Col'^ 
Payne, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the memorial of the Rev"'^ M"" Belknap and 
report thereon. Sent up by Cap' Foss. 

Voted, that M"" J. Gilman, M^ Brackett, M"- Macgregore, Maj-- 
Whitcomb, & Col° Whipple, with such of the Honb' Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to consider of all Petitions from sick and 
wounded officers & soldiers and report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Foss. 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Col° Wiggin, Docf Brackett, Col° Gil- 
man & Col° Toppan with such of the Honb^ Senate as may be joined 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of a large number of the 
Inhabitants of this State praying that some measure may be devised 
for repairing New Market Bridge so called and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj'' Young. 

Voted, that M-" Duncan, M-- J. Pickering, & M-" Adams, with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to prepare & 
lay before this House a bill for the better observation of the Lords 
day. Sent up by Col° Bartlett 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Genl Sullivan, Col° Putnam, Col° Shep- 
hard Col° Dow, M"- Green, Col"^ Waldron, Cap' Marsh, Maj"" Whit- 
comb, and Col° Whipple with such of the Honb^ Senate 
* 12 : 712 as they shall join be a* Committee to brigade the several 
Regiments of Militia in this State and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

The Committee to examine & cast the returns of the votes for a 
President, reported that the whole number of Votes, was seven thou- 
sand and seventy-nine, That two thousand seven hundred & fifty 
five are for George Atkinson Esq"", That two thousand four hundred 
& ninety-seven are for John Langdon Esq"" That there is seven 
hundred & seventy-seven for Genl John Sullivan and seven hundred 
and twenty for Josiah Bartlett Esq"" the remaining three hundred & 
thirty are for several persons. 

Adjourned to Monday next at three of clock P. M. 

MONDAY, June 6, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that Col° Payne, Col" Gilman, Col° Toppan, Col° Waldron; 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 345 

& Maj'' Whitcomb with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall johi 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of John Pickering Esq""' in 
behalf of Elisha Reed and others, Inhabitants of Plainfield & Cornish 
and report thereon. Sent up by Col° White 

Voted, that Col° Oilman, M"^ M. Dow, Col° Wiggin, M-- Betton, & 
Maj"" Gains with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Honb' Woodbury Lang- 
don Esq"" and report thereon. Sent up by Col° White. 

Voted, that M"" Emerson, M-" Betton, & M-" Knowles, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Benjamin Baxter and report thereon. 

Sent up by CoP White. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jonathan Warner,, 
Esq*" Jonathan Shillaber, & Benjamin Miller, Voted, that the Petition- 
ers be heard thereon before the General' Court on Wednesday the 
fifteenth day of June Current and that in the mean time the Petition- 
ers cause that the Selectmen of Newington be served with a Copy of 
the Petition and order of Court thereon that they may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by Col'' White. 

Voted, that Cap' French, Cap* Morrill, & M"" J. Gilman with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
* consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Bedford- & * 12 : 713 
report thereon. Sent up by Col° White. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Micah Reed^ pray- 
ing that the privilege of a ferry may be confirmed to him, his heirs 
& assigns across the river Conecticut against his dwelling house, 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Tuesday of their next Session & that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that the substance of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon be published three weeks successively in the 
New Hampshire Gazzette and also cause that a Copy of said Petition 
and order thereon be posted up in some public place in the town of 
Westmoreland three weeks successively before the day of hearing 
that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause (if any 
they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col° White. 

Voted, that M"" Pickering, Col° Payne, & Col° Bartlett, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to wait on the 
Honb' John Langdon, & Christopher Toppan, Esquires, a Commit- 
tee appointed by the General Court at their last Session and infornn 
them that it is the desire of said Court that they proceed as soon as 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 204. -• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 186. 3- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 670. 
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346 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/85 

conveniently may be on the business pointed out in a Resolve of the 
twenty-third of February 1785. Sent up by Maj"" Wentworth. 

Voted, that Col° Toppan, Col° Badger, M-" Wallace, M"" Frink, & 
Col" Simpson, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Cornish 
and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Wentworth. 

Voted, that M"" Pickering, Col° Payne, & Mr. Prentice, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under 
their consideration an Act of this State passed June 12^^ 1784, enti- 
tled an Act to establish an equitable method of making rates & taxes 
&c and report such alterations or amendments as they may judge 
necessary. Sent up by Maj"" Wentworth. 

Voted, that M"" Emerson, Col° Leavitt,M'' Macgregore, Cap^ Holmes 
& Col° Tash, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Benjamin Dole,' also the 
Petition of Joel Russell & Mary Russell- and all similar matters and 
report thereon. Sent up by Maj'' Wentworth. 

* 12: 714 * The Honb^ Senate and House being again met on 
the business of electing officers agreeable to the Consti- 
tution, after some Conversation thereon, agreed to adjourn till to 
morrow four o'clock in the afternoon. 

The House then adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, June 7, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
State of New Hampshire "] 
Hillsborough ss. V 

Hancock May s"'^ 1785 J 
Your Committee appointed to fix on the place for building a Meet- 
ing House in said Hancock having been & viewed the ground and 
heard the pleas beg leave to report, That the place agreed on for the 
aforesaid purpose is on the plain at the south end of Norway pond 
(so called) there marked out and shewn to the inhabitants, which is 
submitted. Signed, John Duncan, Levi Simpson, J. Young, which 
report being read and considered. Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. 

Voted, that Genl Sullivan, Col° Dow, M-- Prentice, Col° Waldron, 
& Col" Bartlett, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to revise the Militia Law of this State and report such 
alterations & amendments as they shall judge necessary. 

Sent up by Col° Whipple. 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 298. -• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 330. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 34/ 

Voted, that M"" J. Pickering, Col° Waldron, M"" Means, Maj-" Whit- 
comb, Col° Dow, Col° Toppan, M'' Knowles, Cap* French, Cap* Sum- 
ner, & Col° Payne be a Committee to enquire into the conduct of the 
Council the past year and report the result of their enquiry to this 
House as soon as may be. 

Voted, that M^ Duncan, Maj"" Kimball, & M"" Betton, with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Jones and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col" Whipple. 

Voted, that M"" J. Oilman, Cap' Holmes, & Col° Oilman, with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Jonathan Eastman of Walpole and report thereon. 

Sent up by Co]° Whipple. 

Voted, that Col° Leavitt, Col° Tash, M'' Jackman, Cap' Holmes, & 
Col° Whipple, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Moses Dow Esq"" and others 
in behalf of sundry towns in the Counties of Orafton & Cheshire & 
report thereon. Sent up by Col° Whipple. 

■^ Voted, that Genl Sullivan, Col° Dow, M"" Prentice, * 12: 715 
Col° Waldron, and Col" Bartlett, with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the proper 
measures for forming and arranging the alarm list in this State. 
The method of appointing officers for that body, To whom they are 
to make returns & by whom to be commanded when in the field and 
report thereon. Sent up by M"" Green. 

Voted, that Col" Bartlett, Oenl Sullivan, Col" Putnam, Col" Shep- 
hard, Col" Dow, M-- Oreen, Col" Waldron, Cap' Marsh, Maj-" Whit- 
comb & Col" Whipple with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Daniel Rand & 
Jedediah Sangor & report thereon. Sent up by M' Oreen. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

The Speaker being absent, motion was made for the choice of a 
Speaker Protempore and Christopher Toppan Esq"" was chosen for 
that purpose. 

Voted, that Col" Bartlett, Maj'" Wentworth, M-" Hall, Cap' East- 
man, & Col" Wiggin, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Cap' Ezekiel Worthen 
and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col" Tash. 

Voted, that the Honb' John M'^Duffee, Esq"" have and receive out 
of the Treasury by order of the President the sum of eight pounds 
eight shillings in full for his service as a Special Justice of the 
Superior Court. Sent up by Col" Tash. 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^/^S 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Col° Jon^ Chase which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed to 
Thursday next of which all concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly. Sent up by Col" Tash. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Thomas Pinkham, 
which was to have been this day before the General Court be post- 
poned to Tuesday next of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice & govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Col° Tash. 

Voted, that the account of John Duncan Esq'' amounting to one 
pound four shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President. Sent up by Col" Tash. 

* 12 : 716 * Voted, that Col° Payne, Col" Dow, M-^ J. Pickering, 

M"" Green, & M"" Prentice, with such of the Plonb^ Sen- 
ate as they shall join be a Committee to consult with the Honb^ 
Committee appointed to revise the Laws of this State, respecting 
that business. Sent up by Col" Tash. 

Voted, that the ballance of the account of James Betton Esq*" 
amounting to three pounds five shillings and two pence be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Col" Tash. 

The Honb* Senate and House being again met on the business of 
electing officers agreeable to the Constitution, agreed to a further 
adjournment till to morrow morning at 9 o'clock. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of the Selectmen of Mer- 
rimac which was to have been this day before the General Court be 
postponed to Thursday next of which all persons concerned are to 
take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap' Martin. 
Adjourned to eight o'clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, June 8^'' 17S5. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that M"" Adams, Col" Bartlett, & M-" Green with such of the 
Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Sarah Kimball and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Dearing ' praying for the priviledge of levying a Tax on the propri- 
etors Lands for the purpose of building a Meeting house. Voted, 
that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on 

i.xi. Ham. Town Papers, 495. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 349 

the second Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioners cause that the substance of the Petition and order of 
court thereon be published three weeks successively in the New 
Hampshire Gazzette that any person or persons may then appearand 
shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be 
granted. Sent up by Maj'' Pickering. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Seth Hadley, and 
Enos Knight,' in behalf of the inhabitants of Hancock praying for 
the power of levying a Tax for the purpose of building a House of 
Public Worship, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon before the General Court * on the second Thurs- * 12 : 717 
day of their next Session and that in the mean time they 
cause that the substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
be published three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Gazette 
that any person or persons may then appear & shew cause why the 
jDrayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

Voted, that Gen' Sullivan, Col° Dow, M"- Prentice, Col° Waldron, 
and Col° Bartlett, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the number of light horseman neces- 
sary in this State, the method of raising and forming them, and of 
the proper arms and accoutrements for that Corps & report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness. 
Voted, that Gen' Sullivan, Col° Dow, M-" Prentice, Col° Waldron, 
and Col° Bartlett, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the necessity of forming and equipping 
a Regiment of Artillery in this State, and of the measures most 
proper for procuring the necessary apparatus for that Corps and re- 
port thereon. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jonathan Mason 
praying for the priviledge of keeping a Ferry over Connecticut river 
at the town of Lyme, Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon be- 
fore the General Court on the second Wednesday of their next Ses- 
sion and that in the mean time he cause that the Selectmen of Lyme 
and Orford be served with a copy of the Petition & order of Court 
thereon that they may then appear and shew cause if any they have 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"' Jenness. 

The House proceeded by ballot to the election of two out of four 
persons who had the highest number of votes in the State as Candi- 
dates for President agreeably to the Constitution, and elected the 
Honb' John Langdon, Escf & the Honb' George Atkinson Esq*" as 
candidates for that office. Sent up by Col° Bartlett & M"" Prentice. 
Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of David Courser which 

J;lxii. Ham. Town Papers, 156. (See also 155.) 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \^^7^S 

was to have been this clay before the General Court be postponed to 
the second Wednesday of the next Session of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by M"" Oilman. 
Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Odiorne, 
Eliphalet Ladd, and J. T. Oilman in behalf of the New Parish in 
Exeter, Voted^ that the Petitioners be heard thereon be- 
* 12 : 718 fore the Oeneral Court * on the first Friday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners 
cause that the substance of the Petition and order of court thereon 
be published three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Oazette 
that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause if any 
they have why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M'' Oilman. 
Voted, that Col° Wiggin, Maj-" Kimball, & M'" Smith with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the account of the Selectmen of Packersfield and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Oilman. 

Voted, that CoP Oilman, Col" Toppan, M-" Betton, M"" J. Dow, & 

M'' J. Oilman, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 

Committee to revise the table of fees and report to this House such 

alterations and amendments as they shall think necessaiy. 

Sent up by M'' Oilman. 
Voted, that the hearing on the Petitions of Wolfeborough & 
Middleton' James Saunders & H. Little, Nath^ Foster, and Thomas 
Bartlett, which were to have been this day before the Oeneral Court 
be postponed till to morrow of which all persons concerned are to 
take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up b}' M"" Oilman. 
Voted, that the account of Edmund Quincy amounting to one 
pound seven shillings for paper delivered the Secretary for the use of 
the State be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President. Sent up by M"" Oilman. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Maj"" Joseph Kim- 
ball ^ praying for the priviledge of a Ferry over Connecticut river at 
the town of Plainfield, Voted, that the Petitioner be heard there- 
on before the Oeneral Court on the second Wednesday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause the sub- 
stance of the Petition and order of court to be published in the New 
Hampshire Oazzette three weeks successively & also that the Select- 

l-xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 737. -xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 351 

men of Plainfield be served with a Copy thereof that they or any 
person or persons may then appear and shew cause if any they have 
why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Oilman. 

Col° Thornton & Col° Peabody from the Honb' Senate came down 
and informed the House that the Senate had proceeded to the elec- 
tion of a President agreeably to the Constitution and 
had * made choice of the Honb^ John Langdon Esq"" as * 12 : 719 
President of this State and left the following copy of 
their proceedings, (viz) 

In Senate June 8''' 1785, M"" Prentice with others brought up a 
vote by which it appeared that the Honb' House of Representatives 
had ballotted for a President agreeably to the Constitution and from 
the four who had the highest number of votes from the people had 
elected the Honb' John Langdon Esq"" & the Honb^ George Atkin- 
son Esq'' as candidates for that office. M'' Langdon & M"" Atkinson 
withdrew from the Senate chamber and the members present pro- 
ceeded to ballot for a President agreeably to the Constitution. The 
ballots being taken it was found that the Honb^ John Langdon Esq"" 
had seven votes and the Honb' George Atkinson Esq*" one vote, so it 
appeared that the HonV John Langdon Esq"" is elected President of 
this State for the year ensuing. 

Copy from the minutes, E. Thompson, Secretary. 

Whereupon the Senate & House being assembled in the Senate 
Chamber his Excellency the President attended and subscribed the 
declaration & took the oath of office agreeably to the constitution be- 
fore both Houses of Assembly. 

The Representatives then returned to their chamber. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met on the business 
of electing officers agreeably to the Constitution after some conversa- 
tion thereon agreed to adjourn to nine of clock to morrow morning. 

The House then adjourned to eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June 9. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Honb' Senate and House met according to adjournment on 
of the business of electing officers & proceeded to the election of a 
Senator in the room of the Honb' John Langdon Esq"" who is elected 
President and by joint ballot made choice of the Honb' Joshua 
Wentworth Esq'' for that office, the Senate then withdrew and the 
House proceeded to business. 

Voted, that M'' Knowles, Col" Dow, M'' J. Gilman, M-- M^Murphy 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

& M"" Duncan with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Joseph Leigh and report 
thereon. Sent up by M*' Plummer. 

Vofcy^, that Maj'' Gains, Col° Payne, Co]° Dow M"" Plummer and 
M"" M Wallace with such of the HonW Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Ebenezer Flagg and all 
similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 
* 12 : 720 * Voted, that Col° Toppan, Col° Tash, M'' Adams, Cap* 

Sumner, Col° Dow, Maj-- Gains, Col° Waldron, M-- 
Duncan, Maj'' Whitcomb, and Col° Payne, with such of the Honb^ 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider and report the 
most expedient measures to be taken for collecting the residue of the 
fines laid on the several towns in this State for their deficiencies in 
raising their respective quotas of men for the Continental army. 

Sent up by M*" Freeman. 
Resolved, that the several justices of the Peace within this State 
be and they hereby are impowered within the limits of their respec- 
tive commissions to administer the Constitutional oaths to the field 
officers Captains, Subalterns already appointed, or that may hereafter 
be appointed in the several regiments within this State, and also to 
all coroners & Deputy Sheriffs and that any two justices of any 
•court in this State be impowered to administer said oaths to the re- 
spective Clerk or Clerks of such court and that they respectively 
make proper returns of the same into the Secretary's office within six 
months next after the administration of the same. 

Sent up by Maj"" Wentworth. 

Voted, that Col° Simpson, Col° Bartlett, & M"" Betton, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to nominate 
four proper persons out of whom two are to be chosen to join with 
Christopher Toppan Esq^ already appointed to confer with the Gen- 
eral Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts respecting the 
Commerce between this State & said Common wealth agreeably 
to the report of a Committee on the Memorial of Sundry merchants 
made to the General Court on the 1 5* of February last. 

Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

Whereas an act entitled an Act for recording grants Locations, & 
Charters of land in this State granted by the late Governors thereof 
Benning Wentworth & John Wentworth Esquires is expired and a 
further time appears necessary for that purpose. 

Therefore Resolved that a further time of one year from and 
after the passing of this Resolve be allowed for the purpose afore- 
said Sent up by Col° Simpson. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 353 

Upon reading" and considering the Petition of Swallow Tucker 
James Campbell and Robert Seaver in behalf of the town of 
Raby/ 

* Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon before * 12 •.'J2i 
the General Court on the first Friday of their next ses- 
sion and that in the mean time the Selectmen of Hollis be served 
with a Copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon that they may 
then appear and shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by Maj'' Pickering. 

Voted, that M"" Adams, Col° Bartlett, & M'' Green, with such of 

the Hontf Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 

the Petition of John Donaldson «& Mary Donaldson & all similar 

matters and report thereon. Sent up by Maj'' Pickering. 

Adjourned to three o'clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Agreeable to the order of the day The Honb' Senate and House 
met and heard the parties concerned in sundry petitions. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of the Selectmen of Mer- 
rimac be postponed to the second Thursday of the next Session of 
which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly. Sent up by M' Young. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Little & Saunders be 
postponed till to morrow. 

The Senate and House being again met on the business of electing 
officers agreed to adjourn till 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

The House then proceeded to business. . 

Voted, that the further consideration of the several Petitions 
heard this after noon be postponed till to morrow. 

A Copy of his Excellencys address to both Houses was brought 
down and delivered by the Secretary, which is in the following words 
(viz) 

Gentlemen of the Senate & Gentlemen of the House of Repre- 
sentatives. 

Being elected by your suffrages to the office of Supreme executive 
Magistrate of this State, I take this opportunity to express my ac- 
knowledgements for this token of your confidence. The approbation 
of a free and virtuous people can never fail to yield me the highest 
satisfaction : this is the noblest reward for public services and this 
Gentlemen by a strict adherence to the principles of the Constitution 
and continued endeavors to promote the public good it shall be my 
study to merit ; while pursuing this path I cannot doubt of your 
assistance and aid. 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 244, 245, & Nos. 183 & 1S4. Town Papers, Vol. I., collection of 1880, in office 
of Sec'y of State. 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^5 

As the prosperity of a State must ever greatly depend on a union 
among the people, I shall think it one of the most 
* 12 : 722 happy circumstances * of my life to be any ways instru- 
mental in healing any political dissentions that may 
exist among the citizens of this State, and in promoting that general 
harmony & unanimity of sentiment which is so essential to the sup- 
port of government. 

The public papers as they come to my hands shall from time to 
time be laid before you and I shall ever be happy in making any 
communications the public good may require. 

Permit me Gentlemen to recommend an early attention to the 
important business of the State in preference to the affairs that only 
respect Individuals, that the business of the public by being post- 
poned to the latter end of the Session may not be in danger of suf- 
fering from want of due deliberation. 

The encouragement of agriculture and our own manufactures, the 
providing of funds for paying the interest of our foreign & domestic 
debts and the support of public credit in general are matters of the 
highest importance, perhaps will more directly contribute to promote 
these desirable ends than a well regulated commerce ; this gentlemen 
you will probably think has been too long neglected, as the conse- 
quences of an inattention to it are too glaring to pass unobserved. 

As the increase of our specie the value of our Lands the employ- 
ment & subsistance of a large part of the community is so immedi- 
ately connected with a due regulation of trade, you will permit me to 
recommend this matter to your immediate attention whether this 
shall be left generally with congress, or whether the ruinous situation 
to which our trade is already reduced by the restrictions of the Brit- 
ish Legislature demands your direct and instant interference your 
wisdom will determine. 

The laying out & keeping in repair necessary public roads ; the 
establishment of post riders "from the sea coast through the different 
parts of the State may be of great public utility, and serve to pro- 
mote an intercourse between town & country which may be greatly 
beneficial to both. 

Gentlemen, my hearty concurrence shall not be wanting in every 
measure that may tend to promote the welfare of this State and give 
dispatch to the business of the public. 

Council Chamber, June 9*'' 1785. 

John Langdon. 
Adjourned to eight o'clock to morrow morning. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 355 

*12. :723 * FRIDAY, June id, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that Gen' SulHvan, M"" Pickering, & M"" Dow, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take into con- 
sideration & draught an answer to his Excellencys address to both 
Houses delivered yesterday. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that Col° Payne, M"" Plummer, & M'' Macgregore, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
what allowance shall be made the late Senior Senator & those mem- 
bers of the late Council who attended to administer to the members 
of the General Court the necessary oaths required by the Constitu- 
tion. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 
Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of the Selectmen of Merri- 
mac which was to have been this day before the Gen' Court be post- 
poned to the second Thursday of their next Session of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accord- 
ingly. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Bartlett 
Esq"" Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted & that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Wolfeborough & 
Middletown' Voted, that a farther consideration thereof be put off to 
the second Thursday of the next Session of the General Court — 
That Ebenezer Smith Esq'' of Merrideth, Daniel Bedee Esq"" of Sand- 
wich Col° Moses Baker of Campton be a Committee to repair in the 
mean time to the towns of Middletown & Wolfeborough & view the 
situation of those towns respecting the divisions prayed for in said 
Petition, at the expense of the Petitioners and make report to the 
General Court at their next Session. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that a Precept be sent to the district of Peterlaorough Slip 
& Temple to impower them to make choice of a person to represent 
the inhabitants of that district in the General Court in the room of 
the Honb' Francis Blood Esq'' who having accepted his appointment 
as a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Hills- 
borough cannot constitutionally have a seat in this House. 

Agreeable to the order of the day the Honb' Senate & the House 
met and heard the parties concerned in sundry Petitions. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

* The House proceeded to elect by ballot two persons * 12 : 724 
out of four nominated by a Committee appointed for 

!• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 737. 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

that purpose to proceed to Boston to confer with the General Court 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts respecting the commerce 
between the two states, when the ballots were counted it appeared 
that Woodbury Langdon Esq"" & John Sparhawk Esq"" were chosen 
to join with Christopher Toppan Esq"" already appointed for that 
purpose. 

Therefore, Voted, that Woodbury Langdon Esq'' & John Sparhawk 
Esq'' with Christopher Toppan Esq"" (before appointed) be a Commit- 
tee to confer with the General Court of the Commonwealth of Mas- 
sachusetts on the subject of any Acts passed in the Commonwealth 
which affect the commerce of this state & that said Gentlemen be 
notified of their appointment and requested to proceed on that busi- 
ness as soon as may be and that they be furnished with instructions 
similar to those given to a former Committee appointed for that pur- 
pose. Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Henry Little in be- 
half of James Saunders, Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted 
and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by M'' Young. 

The Senate & House being again met for the purpose of electing 
counsellors, and the ballots being taken and counted it appeared that 
the Honb^ Nathaniel Peabody Esq"" the Honb' Matthew Thornton 
Esq'' the Honb^ John Sullivan Esq'' CoP Amos Shephard & Col° Mo- 
ses Dow were elected Counsellors for this State, they then adjourned, 
and the House proceeded to business. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Young, Voted, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
second Friday of their next Session & that Moses Dow Esq"" be 
served with a Copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon and that 
in the mean time the executions against said Young in favour of 
Daniel Cross and Jonathan Hale be stayed till a decision of the Gen- 
eral Court on said Petition. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap' Ezekiel Worthen reported 
as their opinion that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Com- 
mittee on Depreciation take order thereon and govern themselves 
accordingly, and make up the depreciation & interest for him and 
his subalterns in the same manner as is made up to 
* 12 : 725 officers in the Continental *Army, Signed Geo. Atkinson 
for the Committee, which report being read and consid- 
ered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M'' Gil man. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met on the business of 
electing officers adjourned till ten of clock tomorrow morning. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 357 

Voted that the public hearings which were to have been this day 
be put off till tomorrow at lo o'clock of which all persons concerned 
are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, June ii, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The public letters received by the President since the last Session 
of the General Court were read. 

The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for concur- 
rence. 

In Senate June 11*, 1785. Voted, Xh^X. W^ Joshua Wentworth 
and M"" Peabody be a Committee to joyn with such of the Honb^ 
House as they shall appoint to prepare and lay before the General 
Court a draught for instructions to guide the naval officer in the exe- 
cution of his office, relative to the ships of war belonging to his most 
Christian Majesty now lying in Piscataqua Harbour. 

Sent down for concurrence, E. Thompson, 

Sec'y. 

Read & concurred and Maj"" Gains, Col° Toppan, & Col° Dow 
joined. 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap* Simon Marston', Reported, 
as their opinion that the prayer thereof be granted, & that the Com- 
mittee on Depreciation take order thereon and govern themselves 
accordingly and make up the depreciation and interest for him and 
his subalterns, Signed, Geo. Atkinson for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

A vote from the Honb^ Senate appointing a Committee to joyn a 
Committee of this House to consider of the business most necessary 
to be immediately proceeded on by the General Court & make report 
thereon, was brought down, read and concurred, & Col° Toppan, Col° 
Badger, M'' Duncan, M'' Grout & Col° Payne, joyned. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee on the Petition of Woodbury Langdon, Esq'' re- 
ported as their opinion that the prayer thereof ought to be granted & 
that he have leave to bring in a bill for the repeal of the Act referred 
to in the Petition so far only as it respects him as Attorney to Peter 
Levius Esq'' Signed, J. Wentworth, for the Committee, which re- 
port being read and considered Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by M"" Griffin. 

!• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 487. 



358 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. {_^7^S 

* 12 : 726 * The Committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of 

Bedford,' Reported as their opinion that the prayer of 
the Petition be granted Signed Eben"" Webster, for the Committee, 
which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Cap* Foss. 

The Committee appointed to consider what allowance shall be 
made the late Senior Senator and the members of the late Council 
who attended to administer the oaths required by the Constitution to 
the members of the General Court, Reported, "that the Honb^ 
Woodbury Langdoa Esq'' be allowed four pounds four shillings, the 
Honb^ Joseph Badger, Esq"", four pounds four shillings [&] the Honb^ 
Francis Blood Esq"" five pounds nine shillings and eight pence for 
said service, Signed Jos^ Wentworth for the Committee which re- 
port being read and considered. Voted, that it be received and ac- 
cepted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Richard Cutt Shan- 
non Esq"" & others ^ a Committee of the Proprietors of Cocker- 
mouth, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the Gen- 
eral Court on the second Thursday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Proprietors of Plymouth 
be served with a Copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon — 
also cause that the substance of said Petition & order of Court there- 
on be published three weeks successively in the New Hampshire 
Gazzette that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause 
if any they have why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin, 

The Committee on the Petition of Hannah Peabody, reported, 
" that depreciation & interest be made up for her late husband Col° 
Stephen Peabody in the same manner as is made up to the officers of 
the same rank in the Continental Army and that the Committee on 
depreciation take order and govern themselves accordingly. Signed 
Geo. Atkinson for the Committee, which report being read and con- 
sidered, Voted, that it be received and accepted, — and that the 
President give order accordingly. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

The Committee on the Petition of Peter Drowne^ reported as their 
opinion " that the prayer thereof be granted & that the Committee 
on depreciation make up depreciation & interest for him and his 
subalterns in the same manner as is made up to the officers in the 
Continental Army Signed, Geo. Atkinson, for the Committee, 
which report being read and considered Voted, that it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

* 12:727 * The Committee appointed to draught an answer to 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 186. 2. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 7S. 3- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 702. 



^7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 359 

his Excellency's address reported an answer accordingly which being 
read it was voted to be presented and is as follows (viz) 

May it please your Excellency, 

The appointment of a Gentleman to the chief seat of this Govern- 
ment who has ever distinguished himself as a patriot and a states- 
man cannot fail to afford the highest satisfaction to the representa- 
tives of a free & virtuous people : Your Excellency may therefore 
rely on that aid and assistance which your important station may de- 
mand and our constitutional powers will enable us to afford. 

We have considered with attention the several matters pointed out 
in your Excellency's address and being deeply sensible that the great 
ends of Government cannot be promoted without a general harmony 
and unanimity of sentiment among the citizens of a state & espe- 
cially among those who are intrusted by the people with the conduct 
of their public affairs, Your Excellency may rest assured that no 
efforts on our part will be wanting to assist you in carrying your in- 
tentions into execution. 

Such communications as we may receive from & such public 
papers as may be laid before us by your Excellency will be duly at- 
tended to. 

The public affairs of the State being of so much more importance 
than those matters which relate only to the interest of individuals 
the former will undoubtedly have our earliest attention. 

As the increase of our specie, inhancing the value of our lands 
establishing our national credit and subsisting a large number of our 
fellow citizens will greatly depend on a proper regulation of our com- 
merce the encouragement of our own manufactures and discouraging 
the consumption of foreign articles, an early attention to those ob- 
jects to prevent the increase of an evil already too sensibly felt in 
this State cannot fail to take place. The regulations of public roads 
and establishing post riders to keep up a proper communication be- 
tween the different parts of this State will be attended to as soon as 
possible. 

We are well assured that your Excellency's concurrence will not be 
wanting in any measures which may tend to promote the welfare of 
the State, and we beg leave to assure your Excellency that nothing 
shall be neglected on our part to promote the public interest and dis- 
charge the trust reposed in us. John Sullivan, Speaker. 

Voted^ that Col° Bartlett and Col° Gilman be a Committee to wait 
on his Excellency and present him with the foregoing answer. 

* Voted, that the public hearings which were to have * 12 : 728 
been this day be postponed to Tuesday next of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice & govern themselves accordingly. 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. l_^7^S 

MONDAY, June 13"^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that Cap' Thomas Martin, be and he hereby is appointed 
and requested to proceed to the General Court of the Common 
wealth of Massachusetts in the room & stead of the Honb' Wood- 
bury Langdon Esq'' who has declined accepting said trust. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

VoUd, that Col° Toppan, CoP Badger, M-- Duncan, M-- Grout, & 
Col° Payne, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petitions of Francis Borland & others, 
the Petition of William Pearne, & others also the Petition of Jona- 
than Warner Esq'' and others merchants & inhabitants of the town of 
Portsmouth and report thereon. Sent up by M'' Duncan. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Smith, Voted, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
second Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time the 
Petitioner cause that the Selectmen of Peterborough be served with 
a Copy of the Petition and order of court thereon that they may then 
appear and shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted, and that all proceedings of the Superior Court be 
stayed in the mean time. Sent up by M'' Jenness. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benjamin Jacquith, 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the second Friday of their next Session and that in the mean 
time the Petitioner cause that the adverse party be served with a 
Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that he may then 
appear and shew cause if any he hath why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted. Sent up by M-" Jenness. 

Voted, that Maj'' Gains, Col° Gilman, Cap' Spaulding, Maj'' Whit- 
comb & M'' Freeman with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition and account of Sam- 
uel Cutts Esq'' and report thereon. Sent up by M'' Jenness. 

Voted, that Col° Toppan, Col° Payne, & M'" [J.] Gilman, with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Col° William Simpson & report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness. 
* 12 : 729 * Adjourned to eight of clock to morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, June 14, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Committee on the Petitions of sick and wounded officers & 
soldiers having considered the Petition of Thomas Pratt late a soldier 



1 7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 361 

in the New Hampshire regiment, Reported that the said Thomas 
Pratt be allowed and paid the sum of fifteen shillings lawful money 
per month to be computed beginning at the time that his whole pay 
as a soldier ceased and to continue till further order of the General 
Court, and that he be enrolled as an invalid pensioner accordingly. 
Signed, Nath" Peabody for the Committee, which report being read 
and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee on the Petition of John Pickering Esq""' in behalf 
of Elisha Reed & others inhabitants of the towns of Plainfield and 
Cornish, Reported that a day of hearing be granted. Signed, Nath'^ 
Peabody for the Committee, which report being read and considered 
Voted, that it be received and accepted and that the Petitioners be 
heard thereon before the General Court in the after noon of this day, 
— agreebly to the consent of parties. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Voted, that M"" J. Pickering, Col" Gilman, M-- R. Wallace, INP Jew- 
ett & Col° Payne with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to draught and lay before this House the several bills 
mentioned in the report of the Committee on necessary business. 

Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

Voted, that M"" J. Gilman, IVP Brackett, W Macgregore, Maj-" Whit- 
comb & Col° Whipple with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Phebe Colbourne 
and all similar matters and report thereon. Sent up by M' Plummer. 

Voted, that M"" J. Pickering, Cap' Emerson, Col° Bartlett, Col° Gil- 
man, and Col° Dow, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to examine how far the Committee for settling the 
accounts between this State and the United States have proceeded 
in the settlement with Stephen Gorham Esq*" Commissioner for the 
United States and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee to consider of the Account of the Selectmen of 
Packersfield, Reported that the account of the Selectmen of Packers- 
field amounting to twenty-two pounds eight shillings & three pence 
as liquidated by the scale being the tax on the estate of 
Breed Batcheldor [Esq""] * an absentee be allowed and *I2 : 730 
that the President draw an order for that sum to be dis- 
counted out of the tax due from said town for the year 1780. Signed, 
Joseph Gilman, for the Committee, which report being read and con- 
sidered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. Sent up by M^' 
Plummer. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 

!• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 204. 
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362 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

Met accordingly. 
Vofea^, that Col° Payne, M'' Adams & Maj"^ Kimball with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Elihu Stevens and others and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Agreeably to the order of the day attended on the hearing of sev- 
eral Petitions. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Thomas Pinkham 
Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted, & that he have leave to 
bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M"" Jackman. 

The further consideration of the Petition of Elisha Reed and oth- 
ers postponed till to morrow morning. 

Votedy that the consideration of the Petition of Ebenezer Torrey 
be postponed to the second Wednesday of the next Session of the 
General Court and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that 
David Learned & Abel Learned each be served with a Copy of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon that they or either of them may 
then appear and shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by M"" Sanborn. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, June 15"^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to impower Thomas Bartlett, Esq"", of Nottingham Guar- 
dian to_ Ebenezer Cotton & Ezekiel Fisk, minor heirs of Ebenezer 
Fisk late of Epping, Physician Deceased, intestate to make and 
execute a good and lawful deed of sale of certain lands lying in Ep- 
ping & Brentwood, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Prentice and M"" Jenness. 

An Act to repeal an act entitled, An Act to prevent the transfer 

or conveyance of the estates & property of all such persons who have 

been or shall be apprehended upon suspicion of having been guilty of 

Treason Misprison of Treason or other inimical practices 

*I2 : 731 respecting this State* the United States, any or either 

of them, and also for securing all lands within this State 

as well of such persons as have traiterously deserted or may hereafter 

desert the common cause of America and have gone over to or in any 

way or manner joined our enemies as of those who belong to or reside 

in Great Britain passed Nov"'^ 29"^ ^777 as far as said Act respects 

the power of Attorney given by Peter Levius Esq"" to Woodbury 

Langdon, Esq"" was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Prentice & M"" Jenness. 



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363 



An act to prevent incroachments upon highways was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Prentice & M' Jenness. 

Upon the second reading of a bill intitled An Act for chusing 
Grand Jurors and directing their services. Motion was made for ex- 
punging the following clause "And be it further enacted that the 
Sherriff of each County respectively is hereby authorized upon or- 
ders given by said Courts to return Grand Jurors detalibus circum- 
stantibus as occasion shall require and the said Courts shall judge 
necessary and the Sherriff is hereby directed to do the same accord- 
ingly" and the yeas & nays being called for in determining said 
motion were as follows, (viz) 



Yeas. 

Jn'' Pickering, 
Wm White, 
W" Plummer, 
Tho^ Page, 
Tho" Tash, 
Sam' Douglass, 
Jn° Duncan, 
Jon" Dow, 
Elijah Grout, 
Jon» Gaskill, 
Simon Willard, 
Edward Jewett, 
Elijah Frink, 
Ab'" Burnam, 
Elisha Payne, 
John Young, 



Yeas. 

Jn° Prentice, 
Moses Shaw, 
Tho" Bartlett, 
David Oilman, 
Samuel Marsh, 
Ephraim Adams, 
Robert Wallace, 
Robert Smith, 
Amos Shepherd, 



Nays. 

Geo Gains, 
W™ Weeks, 
Col" Leavitt, 
Mark Wiggin, 
Moses Barnard, 
James Betton, 
Jon" Wentworth, 
Joseph Badger, 
Reuben Libbey, 



Jn" Gilman, [Gilmore] James Martin, 



Sam' Works, 
Stephen Powers, 
Joseph Kimball, 
Ebenezer Hoyt, 
W" Simpson, 



Phillip Putnam, 
Ge° Jackman, 
Benj" Hall, 
Levi Hooper, 
Nathan Young, 
Jacob Copeland, 
Sam' Kendall, 



Nays. 

Jn° Sullivan, 
Sam' Jenness, 
Abner Sanborn, 
Levi Morrill, 
Nath Emerson, 
Jn" Waldron, 
James Knowles, 
James Brackett, 
Dan' Emerson, 
Levi Spaulding, 
Benj" Darling, 
Matthew Harvey, 
Elisha Whitcomb, 
Benj"^ Sumner, 
Lemuel Holmes, 
Sam' Griffin, 
Noah Worster, 
Joseph Whipple. 



31 Yeas, — 35 Nays. 

So the motion was lost. 

An act for laying out highways was read a third time and passed 
to be enacted. Sent up by Maj"" Weeks and Maj"" Gains. 

*The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate * 12 : 732 
for concurrence 

State of \ j^ Senate June 1 5^^ j ^3 , 
New Hamp. j j j / j 

Voted, that Joseph Gilman, Nath^ Peabody, & John Parker, Es- 
quires, a Committee appointed to devise proper checks for impress- 
ing new blank notes, to redeem the State Securities now outstanding. 
Also devise proper checks for impressing blank certificates to be used 
for the payment of interest due on said notes. 
Sent down for concurrence. 

Signed, E. Thompson, Sec'y. 

The same day read and concurred. Sent up by Cap^ Marsh _ 



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[1785 



Upon motion made for an addition to the bill entitled an act for 
chusing of Grand jurors and directing their services in the following 
words "Provided that no talisman shall be put on any Grand jury 
until twelve of the Grand Jurors chosen and returned by the towns 
as this Act directs shall be present in Court ready to be impaneled.'^ 

The Yeas & Nays being called for were as follows, (viz) 



Nays. 

Jn° Sullivan, 
Ge** Gains, 
Abner Sanborn, 
Moses Bernard, 
Jon*^ Wentworth, 
W™ Harper, 
Reub" Libbey, 
Phillip Putnam, 
Benj"' Darling, 
Matthew Harvey, 
Elisha Whitcomb. 
Benj" Sumner, 
Jacob Copland, 
Noah Worster. 

[Worcester.]; 



Yeas. Yeas. Nays. 

Jn° Pickering, Jn" Prentice, W"' Weeks, 

W" White, Eph'" Pickering, Sam' Jenness, 

Christ" Toppan, Moses Shaw, Moses Leavitt, 

Nath' Batcheldor, Levi Morrill, Mark Wiggin, 

W™ Plummer, Tho^ Bartlett, ]n° Waldron, 

Charles Glidden, Nath' Emerson, James Knowles, 

Tho^ Page, Caleb Dustin, James Brackitt, 

James Betton, Joshua Foss, James Martin, 

David Gilman, Thomas Tash, Levi Spaulding, 

Sam' Marsh, Sam' Douglas, Ge° Jackman, 

Eph™ Adams, Rob' Wallace, Benj™ Hall, 

Jon'' Dow, Jn« Bryant, Levi Hooper, 

Rob' Smith, Elijah Grout, Nathan Young, 

Amos Shepherd, Jon" Gaskill, Sam' Kendall, 

Jn" Gilmore, Simon Willard, Joseph Whipple, 

Sam' Works, Edw'i Jewett, 

Stephen Powers, Elijah Frink, 

Sam' Griffin, Joseph Kimball, 

Ab" Burnam, Ebenezer Hoyt, 

Russell Freeman, Elisha Payne, 
John Young, 

41 Yeas, 29 Nays. 

So the motion prevailed for making said addition. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
* 12 : 733 *An Act directing & regulating the appointment and 
choice of Petit Jurors was read a third time and passed 
to be enacted. Sent up by Col° Waldron, & Col° Bartlett 

Read several Public Bills & debated thereon. 

Resumed the consideration of the Petition of Elisha Reed,' & 
Voted, that said Petition be dismissed. 

An Act for chusing of Grand Jurors and directing their services 
was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron, & Col° Bartlett. 

Voted, that the Public hearings on Petitions which were to have 

been this day before the General Court be postponed till to morrow 

of which all concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 

accordingly. 

'• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 204. 



1 7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 365 

The Committee on the Memorial of the Revr^ M'' Belknap, having 
seen and conversed with him find that he is indebted to the printer 
of his History of this State the sum of one hundred pounds, which 
he is unable to pay and which if not paid will discourage him from 
proceeding to compile a second volume, and as they highly approve 
the first, they beg leave to propose that each member of the House 
be entitled to receive from M"" Belknap at the expense of the State, 
one whole bound book at the price of ten shillings each & fourteen 
to the dozen for the use of the districts they respectively represent, 
and that whatever sum remains to make up the sum of one hundred 
pounds be allowed and paid to the Revr'* M"" Belknap by an order on 
the Treasury Signed, Geo Atkinson, for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June i6, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that the Resolve of the ninth instant impowering Justices 
within the limits of their respective Commissions to administer the 
Constitutional oaths to officers therein mentioned, be printed in hand 
bills and distributed to the several towns in this State as soon as may 
be. Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

Read and debated largely on a bill called the Lumber Act. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Col° White took out of the files M"" Flagg's Petition respecting 
Col° VVebsters will. 

*The Committee appointed to consider of the Petitions * 12 : 734 
of sick & wounded &c having heard Thomas Green on his 
Petition and viewed the wound referred to in said Petition, Reported 
that the said Thomas Green have and receive the sum of eighteen 
shillings per month, beginning at the time when his pay as an inva- 
lid ceased and to be continued till the further order of the General 
Court and that the same be charged in account against the United 
States agreeably to the resolve of Congress of the 26"^ of August 
1776 and that he be enrolled accordingly. Signed, Nath^' Peabody 
for the Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted, 
that it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

The Committee on the Petition of sick & wounded &c having 
heard Cap' Nathan Sanborn ' respecting the subject matter of his 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 467. 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Petition & viewed the wound therein mentioned, with the certificates 
& vouchers concerning the same. Reported that the said Cap' Na- 
than Sanborn be paid the sum of twenty shillings per month begin- 
ning at the time when his pay as an ofificer ceased and to continue 
till further order of the General Court and the same be charged to 
the United States in pursuance of a Resolve of Congress of the 26'^* 
of August 1776 and that he be enrolled as an invalid pensioner ac- 
cordingly. Signed, Nath" Peabody for the Committee, which report 
being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

The Committee on the Petition of Sarah Kimball widow of Ben- 
jamin Kimball late a Captain in the first New Hampshire Regiment 
in the Continental Army, Reported that the President order the 
Treasurer to issue a note for half pay agreeable to a Resolve of Con- 
gress passed August 24''' 1780 the interest to commence from the 
date of the order Signed, Joseph Oilman for the Committee which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

The Committee on Petitions of sick and wounded officers and sol- 
diers having considered the Petition of Reuben Spencer an invalid 
pensioner with his account current and the several papers certificates 
and vouchers accompanying the same. Reported that the 
* 12 : 745 said Reuben Spencer be allowed and paid the sum of * six- 
ty-eight pounds fourteen shillings and one penny lawful 
money in full for his account exhibited against the United States, 
Signed by order of the Committee per Nath' Peabody, which report 
being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M"" M'^Murphy. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Gen' John Stark which 
was to have been before the General Court on the second Thursday 
of the present Session be heard on the second Wednesday of the 
next Session and that in the mean time the Secretary be directed to 
publish the substance of the Petition and order thereon six weeks 
successively in the New Hampshire Gazzette that any person or 
persons may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Col° Leavitt 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, June if^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Committee on the Petition of Jonathan Eastman' of Walpole, 
Reported, that the Committee for settling Depreciation, make up 

'• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 607. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 367 

depreciation for six months service performed by Samuel Eastman, 
Signed John M'^Cleary, for the Committee which report being read 
and considered Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col° Leavitt. 

The Committee on the Petition of John Donaldson & Mary Don- 
aldson his wife late widow of Cap' Richard Shortridge late a Cap- 
tain in the New Hampshire line of the Continental Army, Reported 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President order the 
Treasurer to issue Notes agreeably to a Resolve of Congress of the 
24**" of August 1780, Interest to commence from the date of the 
order, Signed Joseph Oilman for the Committee, which report being 
read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Col° Leavitt. 

The Several Committees appointed to Brigade the Regiments of 
Militia to form and arrange the Corps, of Light Horse, to form a 
regiment of Artillery and to arrange & regulate the alarm list. Re- 
ported, the following Resolve. 

Resolved, that the first, third, fourth, seventh & twen- 
tieth regiments constitute one Brigade. * The Second, * 12 : 736 
tenth, eighteenth, & nineteenth, shall constitute another 
Brigade, The eighth, eleventh, seventeenth, and twenty-second, 
another Brigade, — the fifth, ninth, twelth, and twenty-third, 
another Brigade, — The sixth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and twenty-first, 
another Brigade, — The thirteenth, fourteenth, twenty-fourth, and 
twenty-fifth another Brigade. 

That the Commander in chief assign to each Brigadier already ap- 
pointed or that may hereafter be appointed the particular Brigade 
which he is to command and alter or change the command as he may 
think proper, and that he by advice of a Major part of the General 
officers may alter the said Brigades from time to time as occasion 
may require. 

That there be two Regiments of Light Horse of five Companies 
each, each Company to consist of one Captain, two Lieutenants, one 
Cornet, four sarjeants the first of whom to be the clerk and sixty-four 
privates. That there be one Colonel, one Lieutenant Colonel, one 
Major, one Adjutant, & one Quarter Master, to each regiment and 
that the whole be under the command of a Brigadier General of the 
Horse who shall himself be subject to the command of the Major 
General and other his superior officers. 

That the Brigadier General of the Light Horse have liberty to en- 
list under the direction of the Captain General any number of inde- 
pendant Companies of Light Horse, consisting of Gentlemen not 



368 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

subject to do duty with the train band who shall be independant of 
said Regiment and subject only to the command of the Brigadier of 
the Light Horse aud his commanding officers. 

The Commanding officers of said independant Companies to have 
the same rank as officers in the alarm list, — that there be one Regi- 
ment of Artillery consisting of eight Companies, each company to 
consist of one Captain, one Captain Lieutenant, two Lieutenants, 
four sarjeants, the first of whom to be the clerk, four Bombadiers, 
included in rank and file, twenty-five Cannoniers, and one Drum and 
fife, three of which Companies shall be raised within the Limits of 
the Brigade next the Sea Coast and annexed thereto and one Com- 
pany to be raised within the Limits of and annexed to each of the 
other Brigades, each Company to be furnished with two field pieces, 

with the necesary apparatus. 
* 12 : 737 * That his Excellency the Captain General be requested 
to write Congress desiring the Loan of sixteen pieces of 
brass Artillery and eight Ammunition waggons from the nearest 
Continental park, for the return of which on request from Congress 
or the Secretary of war this State shall be answerable. 

That the Alarm list be formed and regulated agreeably to the Act 
for regulation of the Militia passed the eighteenth of March, 1780. 

That the Brigadiers within their several districts, and in case there 
should be no Brigadier then such field officers as the Major General 
shall direct immediately set up notifications at some publick House in 
each district notifying all those belonging to the alarm list within 
those districts to appear for the purpose of electing their officers and 
shall preside at said election, the return of which appointment shall 
be made to him and transmitted by him to the Captain General who 
is to make out commissions accordingly, Signed, Nath'^ Peabody for 
the Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that 
it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Pickering. 

Voted, that M'" Prentice, Col'' Tash, M-- Emerson, M-" Grout, and 
M'' Worster with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to draught and lay before this House a bill for punishing 
Horse thieves. Sent up by M'' Worcester. 

Upon reading and considering a Petition from the Inhabitants of 
the town of Marlborough praying for the Priviledge of sending a 
Representative, Voted, that the prayer thereof, be granted so far as 
that the said town of Marlborough have liberty to send a Represent- 
ative till further order of the General Court. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the inhabitants of 
New Market ' setting forth that at the last annual meeting held in 

'• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 33. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 369 

New Market for the choice of a Representative a Vote was obtained 
to dissolve said Meeting without any choice being made, contrary to 
the minds of a great number of inhabitants wherefore they prayed 
that the Selectmen might be impowered to call a meeting to make 
choice of a Representative to represent said town in the General 
Court the current year, Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted, & 
that the Selectmen be empowered accordingly. 

The Committee on the Petitions from sick and wounded officers 
and soldiers having heard Peter Akerman respecting the subject mat- 
ter of his Petition, viewed his wounds, with the papers 
and * certificates relative to the same. Reported, that by * 12: 738 
the Resolve of Congress of the 26'^ of August 1776 he 
is entitled to have and receive the sum of twenty shillings per month 
from the time his pay as a soldier ceased till further order of the Gen- 
eral Court and that he be enrolled as an invalid pensioner and orders 
be issued for the payment accordingly and that the monies so paid 
be charged against the United States. Signed, Nath' Peabody for 
the Committee which report being read and considered, Voted, that 
it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Worster. 

The Committee on the Petition of Ebenezer Flagg and similar 
matters having considered the Petition of Joseph Kimball', Reported, 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President give order 
upon the Treasurer accordingly, Signed, M. Thornton, for the Com- 
mittee, which report being read and considered, Voted^ that it be re- 
ceived and accepted. Sent up by M'' Frink. 

The Committee on the Petition of Ebenezer Flagg and all similar 
matters having considered the subject matter of the Petition of the 
said Ebenezer Flagg reported that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that the President give order upon the Treasurer accordingly. 
Signed M. Thornton for the Committee, which report being read and 
considered. Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M'' Frink. 

The Committee on the petition of Ebenezer Flagg and all similar 
matters, having considered the Petition of Gawen Armor Reported, 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President give order 
upon the Treasurer accordingly. Signed M Thornton for the Com- 
mittee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be re- 
ceived and accepted. Sent up by M'' Frink. 

The Committee on the Petitions of sick & wounded officers and 
soldiers having heard Thomas Haines resf)ecting the subject matter 
of his Petition and viewed the wound therein mentioned with the dis- 
charge and certificate relative to the same. Reported that he be paid 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

the sum of twenty-four shillings per month from the time his wages 

as a soldier ceased till further order of the General CouH and the 

monies so paid and advanced to be charged in account against the 

United States in consequence of the resolve of Congress 

* 12 : 739 of the 23"''^ of April 1782, and that he be enrolled * as an 

invalid pensioner accordingly. Signed, Nath" Peabody, 
for the Committee which report being read and considered, Voted, 
that it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Adams. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Elihu Stevens and 
others inhabitants of Claremont praying for the liberty of a Lottery 
to raise a sum of money for the purpose of building a bridge over 
Sugar river. Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted, and that the 
Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill for raising by a Lottery the 
sum of three hundred pounds to be free from any charge or expence 
to the State. Sent up by M"" Adams. 

The Committee on Instructions to Guide the Naval officer in the 
execution of his office relative to the ship of war belonging to his 
most Christian Majesty now lying in Piscataqua Harbor reported that 
whereas the ship Lapories commanded by the Chevalier de Ferries 
now taking on board a cargo of masts heretofore purchased for his 
most Christian Majesty be exempted from any duties whatever. 
Therefore your Committee report that the Naval officer be directed 
not to make demand therefor. Signed Joshua Wentworth, for the 
Committee which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be 
received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Betton. 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Col° Badger, Maj-" Wallace, Col" Shep- 
hard, & Col" Dow, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Regulations for the order & disci- 
pline of the troops of New Hampshire presented by the Honb' John 
Sullivan Esq'' Major General and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that Col° Leavitt, Col° Gilman, Cap* Marsh, M"" Holmes, 
and Col" Dow with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Account of the Selectmen of Ports- 
mouth and report thereon. Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that M"" J. Gilman, Col" Bartlett, M-- Grout, Col" Leavitt, 

and Col" Wiggin, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 

a Committee to consider of the Petition and Account of Joshua 

Young and report thereon. Sent up by Col" Waldron. 

* 12 : 740 *The Committee on the Petition' of a large number of 

Inhabitants of this State praying that some method may 
be devised for repairing new market bridge, Reported, that the former 

'• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 401. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 3/1 

act respecting the bridge be repealed, and that an act pass enacting 
that in future the said bridge be repaired and supported in manner 
following (viz) that the end on nevvmarket side so far as the hoist be 
repaired and supported at the expence of the said town of New Mar- 
ket and the end on Stratham side be repaired and supported at the 
expense of said Stratham so far as the hoist and that the hoist be 
repaired and supported at the expence of the towns of Portsmouth 
Greenland & Rye, Portsmouth to pay three quarters of said expence, 
— Greenland & Rye the other quarter for and during the term of ten 
years and no longer. Signed, Geo. Atkinson for the Committee, 
which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Maj'" Wiggin. 

Voted, that M"" Betton, M-" J. Pickering & Col° Bartlett, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the report of the Committee chosen at the Session in February last 
to settle the accounts between the Treasurer and the State & report 
thereon. Sent up by M"" Betton. 

Voted, that Mr. Prentice, Col° Waldron, M'' Adams, M-" Works, & 
Col° Simpson, with such of the Honb'^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Accounts of John Pierce, Mark H. 
Wentworth, Richard Hart, & Jonathan Warner, Esq''^ and all similar 
matters and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Prentice. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benjamin Tripp, 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the second Friday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that Jonathan M. Sewall and Oliver Whipple 
Attornies to Matthew Robinson mentioned in said Petition be served 
with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that they or 
either of them may then appear and shew cause if any they have why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted, and that all further process 
against said Tripp be stayed until the decision of the General Court. 

Sent up by M-" M^Murphy. 
^Adjourned, to 3 o'clock P. M. * 12 :74i 

Met accordingly. 

Voted, that the account of the Honb^ John M^^Clarey, Esq"" amount- 
ing to one pound eleven shillings and four pence for a journey to 
Concord, Horse hire &c be allowed and paid out of the Treasury and 
that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

Voted, that M-" Green, Col° Waldron, Maj"" Wallace, Cap' Holmes 
& Col° Dow, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be done at 
this Session also to consider at what time and to what time and place 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

this court shall be adjourned — also to consider what allowance shall 
be made to the members of the Honb' Senate, the House of Repre- 
sentatives and their officers for travel and attendance at this Session 
and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

Voted, that M^ [Col"] Oilman, M"" Prentice, and M"" Hall, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the account of Enoch Barker and report thereon. 

Sent up by M'' Batcheldor. 

Voted, that the account of Alexander Parkman amounting to thirty 
shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President. Sent up by Cap* Foss. 

The Committee appointed for considering the report of the Com- 
mittee on the settlement of the Treasurers Account, Reported, that 
the certificates issued by the late and present Treasurer dated, July 
31*^ 1782 amounting to nine thousand nine hundred & sixteen pounds 
sixteen shillings and eleven pence, also the certificates issued by the 
present Treasurer dated July 3P* 1783, amounting to five thousand 
six hundred and eighty-seven pounds seventeen shillings and ten 
pence — likewise sundry certificates dated July 31** 1784. Issued for 
interest on Notes & orders amounting to three thousand two hundred 
& sixty nine pounds fourteen shillings. Sundry certificates dated 
July 31^' 1784 issued for fifteen p'' cent of the principal on State notes 
amounting to twelve thousand nine hundred & ninety six pounds ten 
shillings and ten pence — also sundry consolidated notes amounting 
to six thousand one hundred and seven pounds five shillings and eight 
pence, — also three thousand four hundred and fifty-six pounds eleven 
shillings, Depreciation notes, — Bounty notes, four thousand, nine 
hundred & sixty pounds, Likewise nineteen thousand one hundred & 
thirty-six pounds, nine shillings in notes given for money 
* 12 : 742 borrowed and for purchasing * horses also the receipts for 
bounties for killing wolves amounting to two hundred & 
ten pounds nineteen shillings be burnt by a Committee to be ap- 
pointed for that purpose. That the old and the new emission 
received by the Committee on the settlement of the present Treasur- 
ers accounts be deposited in the hands of the Treasurer he giving a 
proper receipt therefor. — That the cei-tificates issued b}^ the Conti- 
nental loan officer in this State be deposited with the present Loan 
Officer upon his giving a proper receipt for the same and that all the 
other vouchers and papers respecting the Treasurer's account be 
lodged in the hands of the State comptroller on his giving a proper 
receipt therefor. — Signed, Joshua Wentworth, for the Committee 
which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received 
and accepted and that M'' J. Oilman, Col° Bartlett, and Cap' East- 



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man, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee for the purpose mentioned in this report. 

Sent up by Cap* Foss. 
The Committee on the Petition of Joseph Leigh, reported that he 
be allowed seventy-one pounds seventeen shillings for depreciation in 
the year 1780 and that the President order the Treasurer to issue a 
Note for that sum and certificates for the interest in the same man- 
ner as Notes and certificates are issued to the ofificers & soldiers in 
the New Hampshire line, the interest to commence June i^' 1780, 
Signed Joseph Oilman for the Committee, which report being read 
and considered. Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Cap* Hooper. 
Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, June 18 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that M"" Pickering, M"" Prentice, & Gen' Sullivan with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
a bill presented for giving and granting to the United States in Con- 
gress assembled full power and authority to direct and regulate the 
trade and Commerce of this State and report such alterations as they 
shall judge necessary. Sent up by Col° Badger. 

An Act for restoring James Saunders to his Law was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Kimball & Cap' Burnam. 

* Whereas it is provided by the constitution that the * 12 1743 
field officers shall nominate their Captains & subalterns & 
that the President shall immediately upon receiving their appointment 
and recommendation make out Commissions for them — and as great 
difficulty must attend making application to his Excellency in all cases 
and upon every emergency and when made can answer no other pur- 
pose but the obtaining Commissions on appointments already made 
and which he has no power to alter. 

Therefore, Resolved, that it is the sense of this House that his Ex- 
cellency the Captain General may in all cases when it shall appear to 
him necessary, deliver out to the Commanding officer of any Regi- 
ment blank Commissions for his Captains and Subalterns taking a 
receipt therefor and obligation to fill up the same agreeable to the 
voice of the major part of the field officers to make return of the 
names of the Captains & subalterns by him Commissioned and to 
return such blank Commissions as may remain on hand. 

Sent up by Col° Badger. 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

Voted, that M"" Green, M"" Worster, & Cap^ Harper, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Prentice & Archibald M'^Murphy Esqr' in be- 
half of the Selectmen of Londonderry and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Badger. 

Votai, that Col° Joshua Wentvvorth deduct the same proportion 
out of the Rum tax for 1781 for the towns of Lempster, Croydon, & 
Marlow that the Treasurer was ordered to do out of other taxes for 
the same year. . Sent up by Col° Badger. 

An Act for the admeasurement of boards and for regulating the 
tale of shingles, clapboards, hoops, & staves and for other purposes 
therein mentioned was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Maj' Kimball & Cap* Burnam. 

VoUd, that Maj-- Weeks, Cap* Foss, M"" Emerson, M-" Frink, & Col° 
Whipple with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Memorial of the Selectmen of New Ips- 
wich' and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Badger. 

Voted, that M"" Emerson, M"" Adams, & M"" Sanborn, with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Daniel Gookins^ and all similar matters and report 
thereon. Sent up by Col" Badger. 

* 12: 744 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of the 
Selectmen of Warren, Voted, that the Petitioners be 
heard thereon before the General Court on the second Wednesday 
of their next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners 
cause the selectmen of Wentworth and Piermont to be served with a 
Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that they or either 
of them may then appear and shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by M"" Betton. 

Voted, that the Account of Cap* Abraham Burnam amounting to 
three pounds & twelve shillings for time, horse hire and expence in a 
Journey from Portsmouth to Plymouth on public business be allowed 
and that the President give order on the Treasurer for said sum. 

Sent up by Maj"" Wentworth. 

The Committee on the Petition and Account of Samuel Cutts 
Esq' Reported, that the said Samuel Cutt Esq'' be allowed forty-five 
pounds in full of all demands and deductions that have been made in 
his account in former settlements. Signed, John M^Cleary, for_ the 
Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be 
received and accepted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock P. M. 

1- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 742. ^- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 87. 



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MONDAY, June 20 1785. 



The House met according to adjournment. 

The Committee appointed to consider what allowance the members 
of the Senate and House of Representatives & their officers shall re- 
ceive for their wages and travel &c at this Session Reported, that the 
members of the Senate have and receive out of the Treasury six shil- 
lings p"" day for their attendance & four pence p"" mile for their travel 
to and from their homes, — That the members of the House of Repre- 
sentatives have and receive out of the Treasury the same travel to and 
from their homes as the members of the Senate, and six shillings p"" 
day for their attendance for which last sum each member of the 
House shall have a right to give the Constable of the town or towns 
they represent an order upon the Treasurer which order shall be re- 
ceived at the Treasury towards the tax of the town or district each 
member represents and the Treasurer is directed to charge the 
amount of such orders to the respective towns & districts in the 
next tax bill, — That the Secretary have nine * shillings 
p'' day and the Deputy Secretary seven shillings and six * 12 : 745 
pence p"" day and allowance for travel as members. 
That the Clerk of the House have nine shillings p*" day and allow- 
ance for travel as a member. That the assistant clerk have one and 
six pence p"" day over his pay as a member, — Signed, Nath" Peabody 
for the Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted^ 
that it be received and accepted, and that the Secretary and Clerk 
make up the respective Rolls accordingly, — and that the Clerk of 
the House be made up one day extraordinary for making up the 
rolls and that the President give a general order on each roll, for the 
payment of said rolls. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Upon motion made that the following clause be added to the bill 
for the better observation of the Lords day (viz) " And if any per- 
son charged with the breach of this Act shall be acquitted upon trial 
he shall recover cost against the complainant " upon which motion 
the yeas and nays were called for, and are as follows. 



Yeas. 

M' Jenness, 
Maj'' Wiggin, 
M"" Plummer, 
M-- Glidden, 
Col" Waldron, 
Cap' Foss, 
Colo Badger, 
M"- J. Dow, 



Yeas. 

Col° Leavitt, 
Cap' Morrill, 
Mf Bernard, 
M'' Green, 
Maj'' Wentworth, 
Cap' Harper, 
M"- Libbey, 
M"- Smith, 



Nays. 

Maj"" Gains, 
Maj'' Pickering, 
M' Shaw, 
Cap' Eastman, 
M'' N Batcheldor, 
M"" Knowles, 
Col° Gilman, 
M^ M Wallace, 



Nays. 

M"- M'^Murphy, 
Maj'' Weeks, 
Maj-- Batcheldor, 
Col" Bartlett, 
M'' Betton, 
Cap' Emerson, 
M"" Adams, 
M'' R Wallace, 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1785 



Yeas. 

M"" Harvey, 
Maj"" Whitcomb, 
Mf Gilmore, 
M'' Works, 
M'' Sumner, 
Maj"" Kimball, 
Cap' Burnam, 
W M Dow. 



M' E Grout, 
M"- Gaskill, 
M' Willard, 
M"' Hooper, 
M"- N Young, 
M' Worster, 
M'' Hoyt, 
M' J Young, 



Nays. 

M'' Darling, 
M'' Jackman, 
M"' Jewett, 
i\P Holmes, 
M^ Griffin, 
M'' Freeman, 



Nays. 

M"" Bryant, 
Col" Shephard, 
M'' Powers, 
Cap' Copland, 
M-- Kendall, 
Col° Payne. 



32 Yeas, — 28 Nays. 

So the motion prevailed. Read several public bills. 

Adjourned to eight o'clock to morrow morning. 



TUESDAY, June 21, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Betton & 
David Patterson, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the first Friday of their next Session and that 
in the mean time the Petitioners cause that IVP James Macgregore of 
Londonderry be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
* 12 : 746 order of Court * thereon that he may then appear and 
shew cause if any he hath why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted and that the execution be stayed till the decision of 
the General Court. Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that M' J. Gilman, Col° Gilman, & Col"^ Dow, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a committee to consider of 
the Petition of Joseph Taylor and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

An Act for mending and repairing highways in this State was read 
a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron & M'' Jenness. 

A vote appointing M"" Gilman, M"" Atkinson, & M"" Joshua Went- 
worth with such as the HonW House shall join a Committee to 
report what period shall be affixed beyond which no demands which 
are now due and which are properly a Continental charge will be 
allowed, was sent down from the Honb' Senate for concurrence, was 
read and concurred and M"" J Gilman, Col° Waldron, Maj"" Wallace, 
Cap^ Hooper, and Col" Payne joined. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of Cornish Re- 
ported they have examined the inventories returned by the Selectmen 
of said towns for the years 1779 and 1783 and are of opinion that 
one eighth part of all the State taxes for the years 1780. 1781. 1782, 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 377 

1783. and 1784 for which precepts issued from the Treasurers office 
except a small Tax in 1781 for interest on new emission money 
which was ordered to be paid in specie should be abated and that the 
Treasurer take order accordingly, Signed, Joseph Oilman for the 
Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it 
be received and accepted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

A vote appointing M-" Thornton, M"" Atkinson, M-" Peabody & M"" 
Joshua Wentworth with such of the Honb^ House as they shall join a 
Committee to consider of and report some speedy and effectual method 
for the revision of the laws of this State was brought down from the 
Honb' Senate for concurrence, was read and concurred and Col° Payne, 
M"- Green, Maj'' Whitcomb, Col" Simpson, Col° Dow, Col° Oilman, & 
Maj"" Oains, joined. Sent up by Col° Wiggin, 

Voted, that Col° Wiggin, Cap' Foss, Maj"" Pickering, M"" Adams, 
& M"" Holmes, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they 
shall join be a * Committee to consider of the account of * 12 : 747 
Cap' Titus Salter, & report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Kinniston, 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Oeneral Court 
on the second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean 
time the Petitioner cause that Cap' John Drew of Barnstead be served 
with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that he may 
then appear and shew cause if any he hath why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

The Committee on the Petition of Benjarnin Dole ' for wages due 
to John Dole in one of the New Hampshire Regiments in the service 
of New Hampshire in the year 1775 Stationed near Cambridge in 
the Massachusetts Bay Reported that if it shall be found by the Com- 
mittee on Continental Accounts that his wages have not been paid, 
that on a certificate from them to the Secretary the President be 
desired to issue his order on the Treasurer for the sum which shall 
be found due. Signed, Joseph Oilman for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

Voted, that Oeorge Oains Esq'' be and he hereby is appomted sealer 
of weights and measures for this State until another shall be ap- 
pointed in his stead and that he be sworn to the faithful discharge of 
the trust reposed in him, and that he be requested to call on Oeorge 
Jaffrey Esq"" for the standard of weights & measures belonging to this 
State and take charge of the same. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Voted, that Col° Oilman, Col° Wiggin, & M-" Batcheldor, with such 

^" xii. Ham. Town Papers, 298. 
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2,y8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the pay roll of Meshech Bell Commandant at New Castle, also the 
account of M"" Benjamin Biggelow and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Vofed, that Maj-" Gains, Maj-" Pickering, & M-- Betton, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Col° Samuel Hobart and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj Young. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted ^ that the Account of Josiah Oilman Esq' amounting to 
eighty-seven pounds six shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Col° Oilman. 
* 12 : 748 * Voted, that the Honb^ Woodbury Langdon Esq^'beand 
he hereby is appointed a Delegate to represent this State 
in the Congress of the United States for the term of one year from 
and after the first Monday in November next unless sooner relieved 
or recalled by the Oeneral Court of this State with all the powers 
and privileges which other Delegates from this State have heretofore 
had and enjoyed agreeably to the confederation of the United States. 

Sent up by Col° Oilman. 

Voted, that the Honb' Nathanael Peabody Esq"" be and he hereby 
is appointed a Delegate to represent this State in the Congress of 
the United States for the term of one year from and after the first 
Monday in November next unless sooner relieved or recalled by the 
General Court of this State, with all the powers & priviledges which 
other delegates from this State have heretofore had and enjoyed 
agreeably to the confederation of the United States. 

Sent up by Col" Oilman. 

Voted that the Honb' Pierce Long Esq"" be and he hereby is ap- 
pointed a Delegate to represent this State in the Congress of the 
United States for the term of one year from and after the first Mon- 
day in November unless sooner relieved or recalled by the Oeneral 
Court of this State with all the powers & priviledges which other 
delegates from this State have heretofore had and enjoyed agreeably 
to the confederation of the United States. Sent up by Col° Oilman. 

Voted, that the Honb' George Atkinson Esq"" be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate to represent this State in the Congress of the 
United States for the term of one year from and after the first Mon- 
day in November next unless sooner relieved or recalled by the Oen- 
eral Court of this State with all the powers & priviledges which other 
delegates from this State have heretofore had and enjoyed agreeably 
to the Confederation of the United States. Sent up by Col" Oilman. 



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The Committee on the Petition of Daniel Rand & Jedidiah Sangor 
having considered the matters to them referred Reported, that the 
vote or Resolve of the late General Court passed the 
* eighteenth of February 1785 altering the rank and num- * 12 : 749 
ber of two regiments of militia mentioned in said Petition 
be repealed, and that the regiment now called number twenty-three 
be restored to its former rank and be hereafter called and known by 
number twelve agreeably to the late arrangement of the militia made 
the tenth of November 1784 and that the regiment now called num- 
ber twelve be hereafter called and known by number twenty-three 
agreeably to said arrangement made the 10''' of November 1784, — 
and so continue until some future arrangement be made, Signed, 
Nath" Peabody by order of the Committee which report being read 
and considered, motion was made to receive and accept the same, 
and the yeas and nays being called for were as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 

Maj'' Weeks, 
M'' Plummer, 
M' Glidden, 
M-- Knowles, 
M"- Brackett, 
M"- Smith, 
M"^ Grout, 
M"- Gilmore, 
M-- Jewett, 
M"- N Young, 
M>- Holmes, 
Maj"' Kimball, 
Col° Dow, 
M"- J. Young. 



Yeas. 

Colo Leavitt, 
Col° Bartlett, 
Maj-- Batcheldor, 
Cap' Foss, 
Col" Gilman, 
M'' Darling, 
M'' Jackman, 
Col" Shephard, 
M-- Willard, 
M"" Hooper, 
M"" Powers, 
M"- Griffin, 
M"" Worster, 
M"" Burnam, 



Yeas. 

Col° Wiggin, 
M'' Barnard, 
Col° Waldron, 
Cap' Harper, 
M"- Bryant, 
M"- Harvey, 
Maj"- Whitcomb, 
M^ Works, 
M'' Sumner, 
M"- Frink, 
M^ Kendall, 
M"- Hoyt, 
Col° Whipple. 



Nays. 

Majr Gains, 
Maj'' Pickering, 
M-- Batcheldor, 
Cap' Eastman, 
Cap' Morrill, 
M-- Green, 
Maj-- Wentworth, 
Col" Badger, 
Col'^ Tash, 
Cap' Emerson, 
JM'' Adams, 
M^ M Wallace, 
M-- R. Wallace. 



41 Yeas, 13 Nays So the report was accepted. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel Bayley' 
praying for the priviledge of a ferry over Connecticut river, Voted-, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
second Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that the substance of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon be published in the New Hampshire Gazette three 
weeks successively — also serve the selectmen of Lebanon with a 
Copy of said Petition and order thereon that they or any other per- 
son may then appear and shew cause if any they have why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

* Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Col° Waldron, & Cap' Sum- * 12 : 750 
ner, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be 

l-xii. Ham. Town Papers, 386. 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1785 

a Committee to nominate to this House three proper persons out of 
whom for one to be appointed a surveyor, agreeably to a recommend- 
ation of Congress. Sent up by Col" Bartlett. 
An Act permitting a Lottery to raise money for the purpose of 
erecting a bridge over Sugar river in Claremont, was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col" Bartlett & Col" Whipple. 
Adjourned to 8 of clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Edwards Bucknam ^ 
praying for the priviledge of a ferry over the river Connecticut, Voted 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that the substance of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon be published three weeks successively in the New 
Hampshire Gazette also cause that the Selectmen of Northumber- 
land be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
that they or any other persons may then appear and shew cause if 
any they have why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that Col" Waldron, M"^ Emerson, & Maj"" Pickering be a 
Committee to consider of the account of M"" Ephraim Robinson and 
report thereon. 

Votedy that M"" Green, Col" Bartlett, & Col" Dow with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of a bill 
presented for giving & granting to the United States in Congress 
assembled full power and authority to direct and regulate the trade 
and commerce of this State & report such alterations as they shall 
judge necessary. Sent up by M'' Jenness. 

* 12 1751 *An act for the better observation and keeping the 

Lords day was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by Maj"" Weeks & M'' Jenness. 

Voted, that IVP Plummer, Col" Wiggin, and Col" Bartlett, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the account of Melcher and Osborne and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Weeks. 

Voted, that Maj"" Kimball, and Maj"" Pickering, be added to the 
Committee on the account of Enoch Barker. 

Sent up by Maj"" White. 

'•xii. Ham Town Papers, 353. 



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Voted, that the account of Josiah Bartlett, John Calfc, and John 
Parker Esquires, amounting to fourteen pounds, fifteen shiUings be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

Voted, that the account of Jeremiah Libbey amounting to nine 
shillings and eight pence for money paid for postage of public letters 
be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by M'' Plummer. 

Yotcd, that the account of the Honb' Ebenezer Thompson Esq"" 
amounting to fifteen pounds, eighteen shillings be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Pickering Jun'' 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean 
time the Petitioner cause that Cap' John Drew of Barnstead be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that 
he may then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Honb^ Matthew 
Thornton Esq"" Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the second Friday of their next Session & that 
in the mean time he cause that Robert Smith named in said Petition 
be served with a Cop}^ thereof and order of Court thereon that he 
may then appear and shew cause if any he hath why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 

* Voted, that Cap' Foss, M"" Plummer, and M"" Glidden, * 12 : 752 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Amos Hagar and report 
thereon. . Sent up by Maj"' Pickering. 

Voted, that the account of George Gains, Esq amounting to thir- 
teen pounds thirteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury by order of the President. Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

An Act for regulating Pilotage in the port of Piscataqua came 
down from the Honb' Senate for concurrence was read three times 
and voted, that it be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett & Col" Whipple. 

The Committee on the account of the Selectmen of Portsmouth, 
Reported that they have examined said account and find it well 
vouched and reasonably charged and that the amount of said account 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^5 

being one hundred and seventy pounds seventeen shillings, & six- 
pence be allowed, Signed, Otis Baker for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted^ that it be received and 
accepted, & that the President give order on the Treasury for said 
sum. Sent up by M"" Worster. 

Voted, that the account of the Honb' Samuel Livermore Esq"" 
amounting to nineteen pounds fourteen shillings be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Mr. Worster. 

Voted, that the account of the Honb^ Josiah Bartlett, Esq"" amount- 
ing to ten pounds, and two shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that the account of John Calfe Esq"" amounting to four 
pounds ten shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that M"" Ephraim Robinson have and receive out of the 
Treasury three shillings and seven pence 1/2 penny in full for the 
ballance of his account and that the President give order accord- 
ingly. Sent up by Cap* Burnham. 

An act to annul and make void two judgements of Court obtained 
by Margaret Frost against Thomas Pinkham was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Simpson & Cap' Foss. 
* 12 : 753 *An act to vest the United States in Congress assembled 
with full power to regulate trade and enter into treaties 
of Commerce was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Simpson & Cap' Foss 

Voted, that the account of Lieut" Meshech Bell, amounting to two 
pounds ten shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order 
of the President. Sent up by Cap* Burnham. 

The following resolve came down from the Honb' Senate for con- 
currence 

^^^^^^^ ,h j In Senate June 22"^ 1785. 
New Hamp^'* ) ■' ' ^ 

Resolved, that all notes which shall be issued by the Treasurer 
from and after the thirty-first day of July next shall bear that date 
and that all notes which shall be issued in favour of any invalid pen- 
sioner shall be in the form prescribed by the act passed the 24"^ of 
February last intitled "an act for paying the interest and part of the 
principal of public securities of this State &c and the Treasurer is 
hereby further directed that on his receiving any order from the 
President for depreciation of wages due to any officer or soldier or for 
half pay to officers widows he shall issue his certificate for twenty- 



I7S5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 383 

seven and three quarters per centum of such orders and a note for 
the remainder also a certificate for the interest as usual. 

Sent down for concurrence. John Langdon President. 

The same day read and concurred. Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June 23, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act to regulate flax seed pot ash and pearl ash for exportation 
was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett and Col" Simpson 
Voted, that the account of Nathanael Adams Esq"" amounting to 
three pounds eighteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury by order of the President. Sent up by Col° Simpson. 

The Committee to consider of the Petition of Col° Samuel Hobart 
Reported that John Parker Esq"" Thomas Odiorne Esq"" and George 
Gains Esq"" be a Committee to examine every contract & demand be- 
tween this State and the said Samuel Hobart and make report to the 
General Court at their next Session, Sign"^ M Thornton for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered, voted that it be 
received and accepted. Sent up by M' Jenness. 

*The Committee on the Account of Melcher & Os- * 12 .-754 
borne for printing Reported that the same be allowed and 
paid by an order on the Treasurer Signed, Joseph Gilman for the 
Committee which report being read and considered. Voted, that it be 
received and accepted and that the President give order accordingly 
for the sum of ninety one pounds one shilling being the amount of 
said account. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that the account of Robert Gerrish amounting to one hun- 
dred and six pounds ten shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

An Act for the regulation of Navigation and commerce was read a 
third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Gains & Cap* Burnam. 

Voted, that the account of Michael Whidden amounting to eight 
pounds eight shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President. Sent up by Maj'' Pickering. 

The Committee on the Pay Roll of Lieut" Meshech Bell Command- 
ant at New Castle, reported that the same is right cast and amounts 
to the sum of ninety-five pounds six shillings & eight pence. Signed 
Otis Baker for the Committee which report being read and consid- 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

ered Voted^ that it be received and accepted and that the President 
give an order on the Treasurer for the payment of said sum. 

Sent up by Maj'' Gains. 

Voted, that the account of Benjamin Biggelow amounting to forty 
eight pounds five shillings and five pence half penny be allowed (as 
p'' report of Committee) and that the said sum be paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by Maj"" Gains. 

The Committee on the account of Mess'' Thomas Martin, John 
Pierce and Joseph Pierce having examined and considered the same 
with the papers, Vouchers, and evidence offered in support thereof, 
Reported as their opinion that there be allowed and paid to the said 
Thomas, John and Joseph out of the Treasury the sum of one hun- 
dred and ninety-two pounds lawful money in full of said account. 
Signed, Nath' Peabody by order of the Committee, which report be- 
ing- read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted and 
that the President give order accordingly. Sent up by M"" Knowles. 

Voted^ that Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq'' have and receive out 
of the Treasury by order of the President the sum of four hundred 
pounds lawful money towards what is due to him on an account pre- 
sented to the General Court against the State and that the settle- 
ment of said account be postponed to the next Session of said Court. 

Sent up by M'' J. Gilman. 
* 12 : 755 *The Committee on the Petition of Cap' Titus Salter 
reported that on his returning the orders drawn on the 
Treasurer by the late Committee of safety in his favour into the Sec- 
retary's ofhce, the President be desired to draw an order or orders on 
the Treasurer to the amount of the orders so returned, also that the 
President draw on the Treasurer for the ballances due on those pay 
rolls for his Company which have been paid by him and for which he 
has not received orders. Signed Otis Baker for the Committee 
which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received 
and accepted and that he receive interest for the sums due and that 
the President give order accordingly. Sent up by Docf Brackett. 

Voted, that his Excellency the President be desired to write to our 
delegates at Congress informing them that Nathanael Adams Esq"" 
who was appointed a surveyor has declined accepting said appoint- 
ment and that the General Court nominate Cap' Ebenezer Sullivan 
for that purpose. Sent up by M'' Knowles. 

Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, that the last Thursday in November next be observed 
and kept as a day of General Thanksgiving throughout this State 



J/SS] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 385 

and that his Excellency the President with advice of Council issue a 
proclamation seasonably for that purpose. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Whereas the act now in force laying an impost on certain goods 
wares & merchandizes therein mentioned imported into this State 
may obstruct a free commerce between this State and the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts — Therefore Resolved, that the operation of 
said act shall be suspended so far as it respects any goods wares & 
merchandizes belonging to any citizens of the said Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts that may be imported into this State, Provided the 
Legislature of said Commonwealth in their present Session repeal 
their impost act so far as it respects the citizens of this State. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Voted, that M"" Sparhawk, M-" Libbey, M"" Adams, M' Kimball, and 
Col" Simpson with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider at what time and to what time and place this 
General Court shall be adjourned and report thereon. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Votcd^ that George Gains, Esq'' be and he hereby is impowered to 
purchase for the use of the light house at New Castle all the oyl and 
Cotton that may be wanting from time to time and that he receive 
the money or monies for that purpose from the Naval officer of this 
State giving a receipt for the same who is hereby directed 
to pay the same out of *the light money and that the * 12: 756 
said Gains be accountable by taking receipts from the 
Captain of the Fort for any articles delivered him. 

Sent up by Doc"" Brackett. 

Upon reading and considering the Memorial of Col° Joseph Whip- 
ple, Voted, that the Commissary General be directed to deliver to 
the said Col° Whipple fifty-pounds of powder from the magazine in 
Portsmouth to be spent on the road which he is employed to repair 
between Sawco river and a branch of Connecticut river. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee on the account of Enoch Barker, Reported as their 
opinion that it be referred to the Justices of the Honb^ Superior 
Court and that they be impowered to direct so much of said account 
as may appear to them reasonable to be paid out of the fines and for- 
feitures arising in the County of Cheshire, Signed Nath' Peabody for 
the Committee which report being read and considered. Voted, that 
it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

The Committee to examine how far the accounts with the Com- 
missioner for the United States are proceeded in towards a settlement 
having conversed with one of the Present Committee appointed to 
the settlement of said accounts and find they are in forwardness to a 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^5, 

close, the reason of their not being compleated on principles of large 
advances by this State to the United States which could not be ad- 
mitted by the Commissioner without further instructions and many- 
other obstacles which rendered an adjustment impracticable, but very 
lately the Commissioner has received other instructions which may 
obviate the difificulty. 

Therefore your Committee beg leave to report as their opinion 
that the Committee already impowered be continued with liberty to- 
hire one or more clerks to assist in the completion of a settlement 
with the Commissioner and that the same Committee be impowered 
to settle all such accounts that may be necessary for the settlement, 
of accounts with the United States and certify the same to the Presi- 
dent & Council for concurrence and on their approbation the Presi- 
dent give order for paying or receiveing ballances which may be 
found due. 

And there being many articles charged by this State to the United 
States to which no value is affixed that the said committee be im- 
powered to set a price to each and every such article, equitably be- 
tween this and the United States — and that the said Committee be 
fully impowered on the part and in behalf of this State to settle & 
close the accounts between this and the United States, — 
* 12: 757 and where * doubts shall arise in cases not particularly 
provided for by votes Resolves or acts of this State that 
they apply to the President & Council and that they be impowered 
to direct therein. Signed Joshua Went worth, for the Committee,, 
which report being read and considered. Voted, that it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, June 24, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that the account of Joseph Pearson Esq'' amounting to sev- 
enty-two pounds one shilling & six pence 1/2 be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Col" Oilman. 
Voted, that the account of John Williams amounting to four pounds, 
nineteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the treasury by order of 
the President. Sent up by CoI° Oilman. 

Voted, that the Treasurer and Committee on claims be directed to 
attend the Oeneral Court at their next Session with such books & 
papers as are necessary to transact public business. 

Sent up by Col" Oilman.. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 387 

Voted^ that the account of David Brewster amounting to eleven 
pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President. Sent up by Maj^ Young. 

The following vote came down from the Honb^ Senate for concur- 
rence 

AT^^^^ u r ! In Senate June 24* 1785. 
New Hamp"^ \ j -r / j 

Voted, that a Captain be appointed to take the command of Fort 
William & Mary and that he inlist six good and effective men to 
serve under him, — That the Captain have six pounds p"" month, the 
soldiers forty shillings p'' month each with an addition of forty shil- 
lings p"" month to the man who takes care of the light house, — the 
pay to commence from the date of the Captains commission, the sol- 
diers from the time of their muster. 

Sent down for concurrence. J Pearson D. Sec^'^. 

The same day read and concurred. Sent up by Maj Young. 

Voted, that when the business of this Session of the General 
Court is finished that his Excellency the President with advice of 
Council be desired to adjourn said Court to meet again at Concord 
on the third Wednesday in October next at three o'clock in the 
afternoon. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

* Voted, that M'^ Joseph Pearson Esq"" have and receive * 12 : 758 
out of the Treasury fifty pounds for which he is to be ac- 
countable and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Maj'' Young. 

Voted, that the ballance of the account of Nicholas Nicollee 
amounting to two pounds seventeen shillings be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Voted, that M' Benjamin Biggelow have and receive out of the 
Treasury by order of the President thirty pounds to be by him ac- 
counted for in furnishing rations to the officer & soldiers at Fort 
William and Mary. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that of the members elected to represent this State in Con- 
gress not more than two take a seat in Congress at the same time 
and that the President with advice of Council be impowered to draw 
an order on the Treasurer for any sum not exceeding one hundred 
and twenty pounds to each delegate that shall go forward to Con- 
gress or for either of the delegates now at Congress, if there should 
be occasion for the same they being accountable therefor. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

The Committee to consider what period shall be affixed, beyond 
which no demands which are now due and which are properly a Con- 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

tinental charge be allowed. Reported that all persons having de- 
mands on the Treasury which are properly a Continental charge 
have notice in the New Hampshire Gazzette to exhibit the same be- 
fore the last day of the next session of the General Court as none 
can be allowed after that time, — Signed Joseph Gilman for the Com- 
mittee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be re- 
ceived and accepted and that the Secretary publish the same accord- 
ingly. Sent up by M'' Dow. 
Voted, that his Excellency the President with advice of Council 
be impowered in the recess of the General Court to draw orders on 
the Treasurer in case of contingencies of any kind for any sum or 
sums, the whole amount not exceeding one hundred pounds. 

Sent up by M*^ Dow. 

Voted, that John Sparhawk & John Pickering Esq""^ with such of [as] 

the Honb' Senate [as they] shall join be a Committee to procure six 

hundred printed copies of the Revr'^ M'' Belknaps Election Sermon 

forty of which they are to present to him the remainder to be lodged 

in the Secretary's office to be distributed one to each 

* 12 : 759 member of the * General Court one to each minister and 

one to each town and parish within this State. 

Sent up by Col" Dow. 
Resolved, that a vote or resolve of the General Court passed the 
22*^ cf February last respecting the mode of discipline for the Mili- 
tia of this State be and hereby is repealed, — And that the regula- 
tions contained in a book intitled " Regulations for the order and dis- 
cipline of the troops of New Hampshire by John Sullivan Major 
General" be and hereby are established as the rules and orders for 
regulating and disciplining the Militia within this State and that 
Major General John Sullivan have and receive out of the Treasury 
forty-five pounds to be accounted for, and that the President be im- 
powered to grant an order accordingly, and that twelve hundred 
printed copies of said Book be delivered to the Captain General to be 
by him distributed among the officers as he may think proper. 

Sent up by M'' Dow. 
The Secretary came down and gave information that he is directed 
by his Excellency the President to inform the Honb' House that he 
hath with advice of [the] Council adjourned the General Court to the 
third Wednesday in October next 3 o'clock in the afternoon to meet 
at Concord agreeably to the desire of both branches of the Legisla- 
ture. 

And they are adjourned accordingly. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS FROM 



OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 10, 1785. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



At a Session of the General Court, begun and held at Concord, 
■on Wednesday, the 19''' day of October, Anno Domini, 1785, and of 
the Sovereignty and Independance of the United States of America 
the tenth. 

Present His Excellency John Langdon, Esquire President 

The Honorable John M'^Clary, ^ 

George Atkinson, ! -r- ,-=; c 

T-u inf u <- o /Esq'^ Senators. 

Ebenezer Webster, & f ^ 

Frances Worcester, J 

Also John Bellows Esq"" a member of the Senate, for the County of 

Cheshire. 

THURSDAY, October 2o''\ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

With the addition of the Hon. Joseph Gilman, Nathaniel Pea- 
body, Otis Baker and Moses Chase Esquires, — The Hon. John 
Bellows, Esq"" after having the Necessary Oaths administered to him, 
took his seat In Senate. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
'Consider of a Message this day from his Excellency the President to 
both houses, and also to report the business most Necessary to be 
■entered on brought up, and Concurred ; and M"" Atkinson, 

* M'' Gilman and M"" Peabody joined. * 2 : 67 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Joseph Drew, on the first 
Friday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Zebulon Marsh, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- 
ate, to consider of the Petition of John Johnson, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred ; and M"" M'^Cleary joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/SS 

consider of the petition of the Inhabitants of Chester, and report 
thereon, brought up, read and Concurred and M"" Peabody and M"" 
Baker joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of U James Crombie, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Baker and M'' Bellows 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Cardigan, and report 
thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M'' M^Cleary and M"" 
Chase joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Benjamin Bellows, Esq"" on the sec- 
ond Wednesday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of John Sparhawk and Thomas Martin, 
amounting to ten pounds Sixteen Shillings brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

FRIDAY, October 2i^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 
* 2 : 68 * A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the 
Senate, to Consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
the town of Rochester and all Similar matters, brought up, read and 
Concurred, and M'" Atkinson, M"" Bellows, M-" Peabody and M"" M^- 
Cleary joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Sundry Persons respecting of New mar- 
ket Bridge brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Gilman M' Baker 
and M"" Atkinson joined. 

A Vote to pay the roll of Cap* Meshech Bell, amounting to eighty 
pounds, brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Petition of the Inhabitant of the town of Cardi- 
gan, and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" 
Webster joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the most expeditious method of revising the Laws of this 
State, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Atkinson, M'' Pea- 
body and M"" Gilman joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of William Glidden, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Gilman joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Joseph Morrison, and the petition of Hugh 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 393 

Montgomery and all Similar matters and report thereon, brought up, 
read and Concurred, and M'' Peabody and M'' Bellows joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Samuel McClintock, on the Second 
Wednesday of next session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider of the Petition of Charity Lund and Others, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Oilman joined. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : 69 
Senate, to confer with a Committee chosen by the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts, respecting Commerce, brought up, read 
and Concurred; and M'' Oilman joined. 

SATURDAY, October 22'"^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterda3^ 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Betty Hickey ; and also the petition of 
the Selectmen of Londonderry, and all Similar matters, brought up, 
read and concurred, and M"" Webster and M'' Peabody joined. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of Leonard Whiting, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Effingham, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of the town of Burton ; 
and report thereon, brought up, read and concurred, and M'' Wor- 
cester and M'' Baker, joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Col. Henry Oerrish, on Thursday 
next, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Robert Wise, on thursday next, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
prepare and lay before the Court a bill to Carry into effect a resolve 
of Congress, of the 7^'^ of June 1785 respecting Invalids, brought up, 
read and Concurred, and M Oilman joined. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- * 2 : 70 
ate, to view the fort at the Entrance of Piscataqua harbour, 
and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M'' Atkin- 
son joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to re- 

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394 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

vise the table of fees for this State, and report thereon, brought up, 
read and concurred, and M'' Oilman and M"" Bellows joined. 

A vote for the Senate (if they see fit) to meet in committee with 
the house of Representatives on Monday next, to take under Consid- 
eration the State of our public affairs, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the account and Petition of Joseph Bass, and report 
thereon brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Baker joined. 

MONDAY, October 24*'^ 1785 

Present as on Saturday Last, 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of John Johnson, brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of John Pickering, Esq'' in behalf of 
the Selectmen of New Castle, (praying for an abatement of the taxes 
of said town) on the first tuesday of next Session, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Elisha Payne, Escf and Others, (who 
pray to have a town erected out of Parts taken of from the towns of 
Lebanon, Hanover, Enfield, and Canaan,) on the iirst tuesday of next 
session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

TUESDAY, October 25"\ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Moses Woodward and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act adjourning the Inferior Court in the County of 
*2: 71 Rocking*ham, and Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be en- 
acted. 

The remainder of the day Spent in Committee of both Houses. 

WEDNESDAY, October 24'^, [26] 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 
An Act to Impower Cap' Carr Leavitt to Collect a Certain tax In 
Effingham, having been read a third time ; voted that the same be 
enacted. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 395 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
examine into the State of the treasury, also to Consider of a method 
for Collecting out Standing debts due to the State, brought up, read 
and Concurred, and M"' Oilman and Mr Bellows joined. 

A Vote to pay the balance of the Account of Benjamin Bigelow, 
amounting to Eighteen pounds ten Shillings and three pence, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Nehemiah Kelly and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M'' Peabody and M'' M^Cleary 
joined. 

A Vote for the hearings on the Petition of John Pickering, and on 
the Petition of Henry Kennestone which were ordered for this day, 
to be post poned to the Second Wednesday of next Session, brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Colonel Thomas Bartlett, amounting 
to one pound twelve Shillings, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for the treasurer to discount with the Selectmen of Al- 
stead, two pounds two shillings and eleven pence, for a tax laid on 
the e[s]tate of Simon Baxter, an absentee, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- * 2 : 72 
ate, to consider of the Petition of Mary Gove and report 
thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Baker joined. . 

THURSDAY, October 27* 1785. 

Present as yesterday, with the addition of M"" Thornton. 

A Vote for the hearings on the Petition of David Courrier, on the 
petition of Major Joseph Kimball and the petition of Ebenezer Tor- 
rey, which were ordered for this day to be postponed to some future 
day in this Session^ brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of William Parker, and 
giving him Leave to bring in a bill to restore a Certain action in law, 
lost by mistake, brought up ; read and Concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing on the petition of the Selectmen 
of Warren, until the second Thursday of next session brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote for Settleing the account of the State and Samuel Hobart, 
Esq"" and for paying him a balance of three hundred and eighty Seven 
Pounds four Shillings and Six pence, with Interest, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of the Selectmen of 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Cardigan and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote granting to Edwards Bucknam, the exclusive right of keep- 
ing a ferry over a certain part of Connecticut River, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Oliver Lawrence, on the Second 
thursday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

FRIDAY, October 28''^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- 

* 2 : 73 ate, to consider of *the petition of Lemuel Holmes, and 

report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" 
Baker joined. 

A Vote for postponing the hearings on petitions ordered for the 
27"^ Instant, until this day, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the Petition of Jonathan Chesley, in behalf of the 
town of Barnstead be heard on the first friday of next Session, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of John Smith, and giv- 
ing him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

An Act to restore Leonard Whiting Esq"" to his Law, having been 
read three times. Voted, that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Charity Lund, so 
far as hath been recommended by the Committee (who examined the 
same) and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of General John 
Stark, until the Second Wednesday of next Session, brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of Samuel Baley, 
to the first tuesday of next Session brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of Benjamin Trip, 
until the Second Friday of next Session, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing of the petition of Major John 
Young, to some day next week, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
the town of Bearing, and giving them leave to bring in a 

* 2 : 74 bill * accordingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of the Inhab- 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 39/ 

itants of the town of Hancock, and giving them leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Joshua Foss Jun'' in behalf of the 
town of Harrington, on the Second Thursday of next Session, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Ebenezer Britton, The petition of Daniel 
Moore the petition of Ephraim Adams, and the petition of John 
Thomas and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" 
Thornton and M"' Webster joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the town of Unity 
and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and Mr M"^- 
Cleary joined, 

A Vote to pay the account of John Parker, Thomas Odiorne and 
George Gains, Esq'rs amounting to four pounds ten shillings brought 
up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Timothy Balsh, and report thereon 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Gilman and M"" Bellows 
joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of a Committee appointed to lay out 
a public road from the river road in Boscawen, to Connecticut river, 
near Dartmouth College, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Daniel Murray, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred and M'' Chase joined. 

* A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of Jonathan * 2 : 75 
Mason, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Phebe Colburn, and report thereon, 
brought up read and Concurred, and M'' Thornton and M"" M'^Cleary 
joined. 

A Vote to pay the account of Timothy Wa[l]ker, P^benezer Smith 
and Henry Gerrish, Esq'rs amounting to thirty nine pounds ten Shil- 
lings, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the Wardens of Queen's Chapel in 
Portsmouth, on the Second Thursday of next Session, brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Nicholas Austin, on the Second 
Wednesday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/SS 

SATURDAY, October 29''^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 
A Vote for Lieutenant Joseph Huntoon to receive half pay from 
the time he was reduced, until further order of the General Court, 
and a Certificate for the Interest of the pay which has been with- 
held, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of New Chester, on 
the Second friday of next Session brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to put of the hearing on the petition of the proprietors of 
Cockermouth, to the Second Wednesday of next Session of the Gen- 
eral Court, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Lieutenant Samuel Potter, and 
* 2 : 76 report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" * Bel- 
lows joined. 

MONDAY, October 31^' 1785. 

Present as on Saturday last, except M"" Baker. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Daniel Fowle, and report thereon, brought 
up, read and Concurred, and M"" Peabody and M"" Gilman joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of David Clough, on the Second Wed- 
nesday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Noah Cook, on Wednesday next, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay M"" Jonathan Burr, thirty Shillings, for his service as 
Chaplain to the General Court this Session, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Elijah Weed, and report thereon, brought 
up, read and Concurred, and M"" Webster joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Account of Colonel David Webster, and report 
thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Bellows and M'" 
Thornton joined. 

A Vote to alter the time of the holding the annual Meeting in the 
town of Hillsborough, and giveing them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Account of Melcher and Osborne, for printing for the 



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State and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M' 
Gihnan joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of the Selectmen and Other Inhabitants of 
the town of Hillsborough, and report thereon, brought up, read and 
Concurred and M"" Atkinson joined. 

* A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : 77 
Senate to Consider of the Petition of Nathaniel Bugbee, 
and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Webster 
joined. 

TUESDAY, November V' 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 

A Vote to hear the petition of Solomon Robbins, on the second 
Thursday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote directing the Secretary to Send to Exeter for sundry papers 
wanted by the Court, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made the Officers of the civel list of this 
State, for their respective service the Current year, brought up, read 
and Concurred, and M"" M'^Cleary and M'' Thornton joined. 

An Act to impower Jonathan Tilton of Kensington, to enter a 
complaint at the Superior Court of Judicature to be holden at Ports- 
mouth, within and for the County of Rockingham on the fourth 
tuesday of April next having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

WEDNESDAY November 2"^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote that the hearing on the Petition of Micah Reed which was 
Ordered to be on the first Instant, be on this day brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Colonel Hercules Mooney and all 
similar Matters, and report thereon, brought * up, read and * 2 : 78 
Concurred, and M"" Atkinson and M"" Thornton joined. 

A Vote to pay the balance of the account of Abiel Foster, Esq"" 
for his Service as a delegate at Congress, amounting to three hun- 
dred and ninety Pounds, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the petition of Swallow Tuckers, and 
Others for disannexing a part of the town of Holies, and annexing 



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the same to the town of Raby, and giving the petitioners leave to 
bring in a bill accordingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of William Fowler, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Thornton, and M"" Bellows 
joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Hillsborough, and giving them leave to bring in a Bill, to restore 
them to their Law, in an action brought against them by one John 
M'^Clintock, brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act to annul and make void, two jud[g]ments of Court obtained 
by Margaret Frost, against Thomas Pinkham having been read three 
times, voted that the same be Enacted. 

THURSDAY, November 3'"^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote that the hearings on the Petition of Brigadier General 
John Stark, and the Petition of Micah Reed, which were to be heard 
on the Second instant, be heard on this day, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A resolve directing the Treasurer, in his precept for taxes to the 
town of Walpole, to add the sum of Sixty three pounds five shillings, 
being the amount of beef Supplied the State in behalf of said town, 
by Benjamin Bellows Esq and Others, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 
* 2 : 79 *An Act to establish a Certain Judgment of the Quarter 
Session of the Peace, for the County of Hillsborough, in 
favor of John Smith against the Selectmen of Peterborough, having 
been three times read, voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to alter the time of holding the annual town meeting in 
the town of Hillsborough, was read a third time, and voted that the 
Same be Enacted. 

An Act in addition to, and an amendment of an Act passed the 
General Court of this State, the twenty second of February last 
e[n]titled "An Act to enable the Selectmen of Washington, to tax 
certain lands in said town, for purposes therein mentioned," having 
been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the business, yet necessary to be done at this Session, at 
what time, and to what place the General Court shall adjourn ; also 
to consider what allowance shall be made the members of Court, for 
their travel and attendance this Session, brought up, read and Con- 
curred, and M'' Gilman and M'' Peabody joined. 



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An Act for repealing an Act of this State, e[n] titled "An act to 
make void all attachments, which has been or hereafter shall be laid, 
or made on the Estates of persons who have left this State, or any 
of the United States, and gone over to the enimies,of the said States, 
since the Commecement of hostilities by Great Britain, or on the 
estates of any Inhabitants or Subject of Great Britain having been 
read three times, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Barnabas Barker, on *the * 2 : 80 
Second Tuesday of next Session, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote giving leave for a resolve to be brought in, to enable David 
Gilman, Esq"" to notify a town meeting of the Inhabitants of the town 
of Burton, to Choose necessary town Officers, brought up read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Ebenezer Green Esq'' and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M" Peabody and M'' Thornton 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
prepare and lay before the Court sundry bills, brought up, read and 
Concurred, and M*" Atkinson joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of D. Fowle Esq"" and also how and in what 
manner public Advertizements shall in future be printed, brought up, 
read and Concurred, and M"" Peabody and M'' M'^Cleary joined. 

An Act to revoke a letter of gaurndianship granted by the Honour- 
able Judge of Probate, for the County of Hillsborough appointing 
Samuel P'orster gaurdian of James M^Cluer having been read three 
times, voted that the same be enacted. 

Voted that the Senate and House of Representatives meet in 
Committee (as soon as may be) to Consider of sundry matters if it be 
agreeable to the House, sent down for Concurrence by M'' Worcester. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Noah Cook, and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

An Act impowering the Sele[c]tmen of Hancock, to assess the 
lands in said Hancock, for the purpose of building a meeting house 
in said Hancock, having been read a third time, -voted that the same 
be enacted. 

An Act impowering the Selectmen of Bearing, to assess * 2 : 81 
the lands in said Bearing, for the purpose of building a 
meeting house in said town. 

A Vote to pay Colonel Bavid Webster, in full of his account, for 



402 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^5 

going to serve extents on sundry towns, in the County of Grafton, 
the sum of twenty pounds brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Account of John Ward Oilman and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" M'^Cleary joined. 

A resolve directing the Treasurer of this State, to issue extents 
against delinquent towns in certain cases ; also for issuing Notes, to 
pay bounties for Soldiers, promised to the towns who procured Sol- 
diers in the year 1 781; and the year 1782 agreeable to the Act of 
Court, brought up, read and Concurred. 

FRIDAY, November 4'^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of John Morrison, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" M'^Cleary joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a bill, before the house relative to highways, and report 
thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Peabody and M"" 
Bellows joined. 

A Vote to grant to Micah Reed of Westmoreland, the ex- 
* 2 : 82 elusive right of keeping a ferry over a Certain part of * Con- 
necticut River, and giving him leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote directing the treasurer of this State, to issue a note in 
favour of Thomas Odiorne, to make up a deficiency lost in one given 
up, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Thomas Bugbee, depreciation of wages, as other 
Soldiers in like circumstances have received, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Nehemiah Kelly, 
and discharging said Kelly from Exeter goal, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Account of Joseph Pearson, Esq'' and report theron, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Peabody and M'' M'^Cleary 
joined. 

A Vote to advance Benjamin Bigelow, out of the treasury, thirty 
pounds, which he is to account for as agent victualler, brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote to add Colonel Christopher Toppan to the Committee, on 
necessary business, brought up, read and Concurred. 



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A Vote to hear the petition of George Clark on the Second Tues- 
day of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Benjamin Crombie, on the Second 
Tuesday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Benjamin Huntoon, and Benjamin 
Pettingal, amounting to one pound Seven shilKngs, for taking an In- 
ventory of a place called Kiersarge Gore, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote appointing Timothy Walker, Esq"" one of the delegates 
to represent this State in Congress, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

* A Vote to pay Capt. Daniel Moore, twenty seven pounds, * 2 : 83 
for his services and losses in the expedition against Rhode 

Island in the year 1778, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote appointing Samuel Livermore, Esq'" one of the delegates, 
to represent this State in Congress, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote that one Quarter Master, shall be appointed in each com- 
pany of light horse, brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act for establishing a former town meeting, held in Cardigan, 
having been read three times, voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticutt river, in Jonathan Masson of Lime his 
heirs and assigns having been read three times, votcd^ that the same 
be enacted. 

SATURDAY, November 5*^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday, except M"" Atkinson. 

A Vote that the board of war, and Collector of rum, prepare and 
lay their accounts before the General Court, on the Second day of 
next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Solomon Willard, and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Bellows and M' Thornton 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq"", and report there- 
on, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"^ Peabody and M"" M"^- 
Cleary joined. 

* A vote granting the prayer of the petition of J. Pren- * 2 : 84 
tice, in behalf of Joanna Chapman, and giving her leave to 

bring in a bill accordingly, brought up, read and Concurred. 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

A Vote desiring his Excellency the President, to write to John 
Peirce, Esq'' pay master General requesting him to Send an Account 
of what sums are to be charged the Soldiers, in Col. Hazen's and 
Col. Warner's regiments, brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to grant John Thomas, ten pounds, in full for a horse lost 
in the war, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the towns of Lincoln and Franconia may be set off 
from the district, including Campton Thornton and New Holderness 
for the purpose of Choosing a representative, and joined to some 
other district, brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Col Brewster, and all similar Matters and 
report thereon, brought up, read and concurred, and M'' Peabody and 
M'' Bellows joined. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Robert Gerrish, amounting to one 
hundred and Seven Pounds ten shillings, for printing for the State, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the Senate and House of Representatives, and their 
Officers, have and receive the same allowance for travel and attend- 
ance at this Session, as they were voted last Session, and that the 
Secretary and Clerk make up the rolls accordingly, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 



MONDAY, November 7"^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday 

An Act to restore Noah Cook, of New Ipswich, in said State, to 
his law, having been read a third time, rated ^ that the same be en- 
acted. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Sen- 
* 2 : 85 ate, to consider * of the account of Nathaniel Peabody and 
Joseph Oilman, Esquires, and report thereon, brought up, 
read and Concurred, and M"" Thornton and M'' M'^Cleary joined. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Melcher and Osborne, in full of 
this day, amounting to eighty one pounds four shillings, for printing 
for the State, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Cap* Sumner, and report thereon, brought 
up, read and Concurred, and M'' Webster joined. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing on the petition of Major John 
Young, to some day next week, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of and devise some method for Supplying the Delegates of 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4O5 

this State, at Congress, with monies for their necessary expenditures, 
and report thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M'' M*^- 
Cleary, M"" Thornton and M"" Peabody joined. 

TUESDAY, November 8''' 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the account of Joseph Gihnan, Esq"" and report thereon, 
brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Peabody and M'' M'^Cleary 
joined. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Nathaniel Peabody and Joseph 
Gihnan, Esquires, amounting to seven pounds fourteen shillings for 
expences at the sale of the excise for the County of Rockingham, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

* A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the * 2 : 86 
Petition of Col. William Simpson, so far as the treasurer 
take Order to credit the town of Orford, for the sums mentioned 
therein, at the same rates, as though the said sums had been paid to 
the treasurer by those collectors respectively, at the dates of those 
receipts, provided said receipts agree with the Schedule exhibited by 
Major Child, for the Settlement of his public account, brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote that the members of the Hon. Council, be allowed nine 
shillings per day, and the same travelling fees, as the members of the 
General Court, and their Secretaries the same as was allowed them 
the last year, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of John Ward Gilman amounting to 
twelve pounds, for engraving for the State, as per his account, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote directimg the Treasurer to credit the town of Keene on 
their outstanding taxes, for the year 1781, eleven pounds seventeen 
shillings and one farthing, new emission money, and Sixteen shil- 
lings and five pence. Silver money, it being for taxes levied on the 
estates of D'' Josiah Pomeroy and Elijah Williams, absentees from 
said town, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of James Taylor and John Young, and re- 
port thereon, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"^ Bellows 
joined. 

A Vote to pay Ebenezer Brewster, Esq'' by discount out of taxes, 
the sum of ninety three pounds two shillings and Seven pence, and 



406 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^5 

also Interest on such part of his account, as is charged for beef 
and flour, brought up, read and Concurred. 

* 2 : 87 * A Vote to accept the report of the Committee ap- 

pointed to Consider of the petition of Richard Jenness, 
Esq'' one of the administrators of the Estate of Richard Jenness, 
Esq"" deceased, allowing said administrators to pay and discharge the 
bond mentioned in his said petition in the following manner, viz. by 
discounting out of said bond, at the date thereof, the amount of the 
balance due from the Estate of John Wentworth, Esq"" late governor 
of the province of new Hampshire, to said deceased, as the same 
shall be certified by the judge of Probate, and that the remainder of 
said bond be reckoned with Interest from the time promised for pay- 
ment, and received by the Treasurer in public Securities of this 
State, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of Hamstead on 
the Second Wednesday of next Session, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of David Corser and Others on the 
Second Wednesday of next Session, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
report a plan for employing a person to ride post through the State ; 
also to consider in what manner the excise shall be Collected in 
future, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Oilman and M"" Pea- 
body joined. 

The bill to prevent the bodies of debtors from being Imprisoned, 

&c. having been read and debated, voted that a message be sent to 

the house, proposing the following addition to the bill, " Pro- 

* 2 : 88 vided nevertheless, that nothing in this * Act shall extend to, 

or be construed to extend so as to effect any Securities bot- 
tomed on silver or gold, which may be given frOm, and after the first 
day of January next ; sent down by M'' Peabody, and was brought up, 
by M"" Dow and M'' M'^Murphy, with a Verbal message, that the house 
adhere to their former vote ; the bill was sent down again with the 
followmg proposed amendment. 

To be and Continue in force, for and during the term of two years 
and no longer, which amendment was agreed to by the house. 

An Act to prevent the bodies of Debtors from being taken in exe- 
cution, when real and personal Estate can be found, or is tendered to 
satisfy the demand, having been read a third time it was voted that 
the same be enacted. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of William Fowler, on the Second 
tuesday of their next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 



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WEDNESDAY, November 9"^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote impowering the President with advice of Covmcil, to draw 
Orders on the treasurer in favor of Delegates, for such sum or sums 
as may be judged expedient, taking Care not to advance more than 
one Hundred pounds, to any one delegate on his first entering on the 
business of his appointment, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Moses Dow Esq*" in 
behalf of the inhabitants of Rumney and Plymouth and giving them 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly, brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote that James Taylor and John Young, on their getting cer- 
tificates from the Committee, on depreciation for what is due to 
them, the President shall give orders for their receiving notes for the 
same, brought up, read and concurred. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : 89 
Senate, to nominate proper persons, for a Committee to re- 
ceive and examine all accounts that may be laid before them where 
the State is concerned, brought up, read and Concurred, and M"" Pea- 
body, M"" Chase and M"" Thornton joined. 

A Vote that the town of Claremont, have credit for Samuel 
Green Allen, as one of their quota of Soldiers, brought up read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Silvester Tiffany, and the petition of 
Joshua Young, and all Similar Matters, brought up, read and Con- 
curred, and M"" Bellows and M"" M'^Cleary joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Isaac Butterfield on the Second 
Thursday of next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Several persons, relative to the 
Situation of New market bridge, on the Second Wednesday of the 
next Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the town of Hillsborough on the 
second thursday of next Session brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Peter Green, Esq"" in behalf of 
Jacob Doyne, on the Second Wednesday of next Session, brought up 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote desiring his Excellency, to write to the Several Executives 
in the Union and request to know whether their assemblies have, or 
are likely to join with this-iand Massachusetts, in their com- 
mercial opposition * to Great Britain whether they have em- * 2 : 90 
powered Congress to regulate commerce, or have passed, or 
probaly will pass acts Similar to those enacted by this and the Massa- 



408 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

chusetts State in June last respecting navigation and Commerce, and 
lay such Information before the General Court, at their next Session, 
as he shall receive, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote directing the Treasurer to proceed in the most expeditious 
manner, for Collecting outstanding taxes, by calling on delinquent 
constables and Collectors, or issuing extents as occasion may require, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act to empower Samuel Pilsbury to Collect certain taxes in 
the town of Londonderry, having been read a third time, voted that 
the same be enacted. 

A Vote to pay the account of John Calfe, Esq"" amounting to six 
pounds six shillings and four pence, brought up, read and Concurred, 

An Act for the recovery of Small debts, in an expeditious way and 
manner, having been read a third time, voted that the same be en-. 
acted. 

A Vote that Thomas Bartlet, Christopher Toppan, and John Pren- 
tice, Esq'rs for the County of Rockingham, that John Waldron, 
John Wentworth and Otis Baker, Esq'rs for the County of Strafford, 
Robert Means, Moses Nichols and Robert M'^Gregore Esq'rs for the 
County of Hillsborough, Simeon Olcott, John Bellows, and Benjamin 
Sumner, for the County of Cheshire, Moses Dow, William Simpson, 
and Elisha Payne Esq'rs for the County of Grafton, be committees 
in their respective Counties, to make sale of the excise in their said 
Several Counties, for the Current year, agreeable to the laws of this 
State brought up, read and Concurred 

A Vote to pay William Dana, twelve pounds fifteen shil- 
*2:gi lings * and four pence, for his Service as Commissary for 
recruits at Amherst, in the Year 1782, brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote to pay Joseph Pearson, Esq"" the balance of his account 
amounting to Seventy Seven pounds seven Shillings, brought up,^ 
read and Concurred. 

THURSDAY, November 10*'^ 1785. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A resolve appointing Joseph Gilman and Josiah Gilman Esq'rs 
commissioners, jointly or severally, to settle all accounts between 
this State and individuals, was passed and sent down for Concur- 
rence, by M"" M'^Cleary, which resolve was brought up, Concurred by 
the House. 

A Vote to pay Timothy Balsh, twenty five pounds, in full for his 
services for Carrying public papers, &c, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4O9 

A Vote to prolong the time for receiving demands against the 
State, which are a Continental Charge, until the last day of the next 
Session of the General Court, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Joseph Oilman, Esq"" amounting to 
forty nine pounds and five shillings, for the use of a room for the 
Secretary's office, &c, to November 1785, brought up, read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to pay Major Isaac Fry, fifty-eight Shillings for two drums 
he procured for the State, brought up, read and Concurred. 

An Act in addition to and amendment of an Act entitled " An 
act for repealing all the laws heretofore made by the province, Col- 
oney or State of New Hampshire, relating to killing Wolves, and for 
fixing the premiums hereafter to be given for killing those 
Animals, passed * the Seventeenth of January 1782," hav- * 2 : 92 
ino- been read a third time, voted, that the same be enacted 

A Vote to pay the account of Caleb Buswell, amountmg to five 
pounds five shillings, for his service, as doorkeeper to the house of 
Representatives brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to allow Cap* Ebenezer Green, wages and depreciation 
while in service, and during his being an hostage, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote to postpone the further consideration of the petition of 
Major John Young, to the Second Wednesday of next Session, 
brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote to establish post riders through several parts of this State, 
also, granting one Hundred pounds for said purpose ; that his excel- 
lency the President, with advice of council, appoint post masters and 
post riders, also to fix the postage of letters brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A resolve authorizing the Several Judges of Probate, to lengthen 
the time ( not exceeding Six months ) for receiving the Claims of the 
creditors on the confiscated estates of absentees from this State, 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote directing the Committee for selling the excise in the 
County of Rockingham, like wise to sell some Medicines belonging 
to the State, now in the care of the board of war, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote directing the Secretary to furnish the printers of New 
Hampshire newspapers, with a Copy of all public acts that have been 
passed this Session, brought up, read and Concurred. 

A Vote allowing James Norris, eleven pounds and Six pence for 
several journies by order of the State, as per his account brought up, 
read and Concurred. 

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* 2 : 93 * A Vote to hear the Petition of Oliver Wright, on the 
Second Wednesday of the next Session, brought up, read 
and Concurred. 

A Vote desiring his Excellency the President with advice of Coun- 
cil, to adjourn the General Court to Wednesday the first day of Feb- 
ruary next, then to meet at Portsmouth and that the General Court, 
which is to meet on the first Wednesday of June next, shall be hold- 
en at Concord, brought up, read and Concurred. 
A true Journal Attest E Thompson Secy 



JOURNAL 

OF THE 

House of Representatives 

OCTOBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 10, 1785. 



A JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS 



HONB.L HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 

At their Session began and Jiolden at Concord in said State on 
Wednesday the K^th day of October Anrio Dom 1785 and in the ninth 
year of tJie Independancc of America. 

* 13 : I * WEDNESDAY, October 19, 1785. 

Several Members met but there not being a quorum to transact 
business, agreed to adjourn to nine o'clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY October 20 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Joseph Drew, Voted, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
first Friday of their next Session and that in the mean time the Pe- 
titioner cause that Jonathan Ham of Madbury be served with a copy 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon that he may then appear 
and shew cause ( if any he hath ) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by M"" M'^ Murphy. 

Voted that M"" Prentice, M'' Pickering, Col° Whipple, Col'^ Toppan, 
Col° Payne, Col° Shephard, & Col° Green with such of the Honb^ 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of a Message 
from his Excellency this day received and report the business neces- 
sary first to be entered upon and done at this session. 

Sent up by M-" M'^ Murphy. 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [_^7^S 

Voted that Maj-" Gains, Col° Hill, & Maj-- Weeks with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of John Johnson, a prisoner in Portsmouth Goal and report 
thereon. Sent up by Col° McMillan. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Zebulun Marsh, 

Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 

on the Second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean 

time the Petitioner cause that Edward Hilton of New Market be 

served with a copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon that he 

may then appear and shew cause ( if any he hath ) why the prayer 

thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Col" M'^Millan. 

* 13 : 2 * Voted that M-- Duncan, M-- Wallace, & M-" Smith, with 

such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee 

to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of New Chester ' and 

report thereon. Sent up by Col° M'^Millan. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Voted that M"" Betton, M"" Duncan, & Col° Hill with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of the Selectmen of Cardigan ^ & report thereon. 

Sent up by Col" Bartlett. 

Voted thdit Maj"" Weeks, Docf Bracket, M-" Betton, M-" Bartlett, and 
Maj"" Whitcomb with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Lieu^ Jonathan Crombie 
and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Gen^ Benjamin Bel- 
lows, 3 praying for the privilege of a Ferry, Voted, that the Petitioner 
be heard thereon before the General Court on the Second Wednes- 
day of their next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that the substance of the Petition & order of Court thereon be 
published in the New Hampshire Gazette, three weeks succes- 
sively, — also cause that a Copy of said Petition & order be posted 
up in some public place in the Towns of Westmoreland & Walpole 
three weeks at least before the time of hearing that any person or 
persons may then appear and shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Col° Welch. 

Voted that the account of John Sparhawk, & Thomas Martin Esqr* 
amounting to ten pounds, sixteen shillings be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by Col" Welch. 

Voted, that M"" Sparhawk, Col° Bartlett Maj"" Gains, M"" Adams, 
and Maj"" Weeks, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 200. -• xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 122. ^ xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 608. 



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a Committee to consider of the Petition ' of a Number of the Inhabi- 
tants of the County of Rockingham respecting a bridge over Exeter 
River at the Town of New Market & report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

* Voted, that Col° Hill, CoI° Bartlett, & M-- Adams, with * 13 : 3 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Cardigan^ & report 
thereon. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that Maj-" Gains, M"" M^Murphy & Col° Oilman with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of William Glidden ^ & report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that Maj"" Weeks, M' Duncan, Col° Gilman, Maj"" Whitcomb, 
M-" Emerson, Co]° Putnam, Col° Payne, M"" Bryant, M"" Young & M"" 
Jackman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of a Petition from the town of Rochester-* and 
all similar matters and report thereon. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that the Pay Roll of Cap' Meshech Bell commandant at 
New Castle amounting to Eighty pounds be allowed & paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by M"" Bryant. 

Voted, that Gen' Sullivan, Col° Bartlett, IVP Duncan, Col° Payne, 

& Col° Gilman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 

Committee to consider of the most expeditious method for revising 

the Laws of this State, & report thereon. Sent up by M"" Bryant. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 



FRIDAY, October 21, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that M"" Prentice, Col° Bartlett, M"" Adams, M-^ Jenness and 
Maj"^ Whitcomb with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Joseph Morrison, & Hugh 
Montgomery and all similar matters & report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Green. 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Revr'' Samuel 
M'^Clintock, Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the Second Wednesday of their next Session and 
that in the mean time he cause that James Nudd & Margaret, his 
wife, also Thomas Dearborn & Susanna his wife be served with a 
Copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon that they or either of 

i-xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 34. -■ xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 122. ^- Id. 94. ■•• Id. 341. 



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them ma}' then appear and shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M'' Pickering. 

* 13 : 4 * Voted, that Col" Green, M"" Marsh, & Col° Payne, with 

such of the HonW Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Petition of Charity Lund, William M'^Clure, Thomas 
M'^Clure and Samuel Foster and report thereon. 

Sent up by M'' Pickering. 

Voted, that this House resolve themselves into a Committee of the 
whole in conjunction with the Honb' Senate if they see fit to take 
under consideration as soon as may be the requisition of Congress of 
the 27''' of September last. Sent up by M"" Plummer, 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Swallow Tucker' 
and others Inhabitants of Raby — Voted, that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, that John Sparhawk, Esq'' & the Honb^ Joshua Wentworth 
Esq"" with such other person as the Honb^ Senate shall appoint be a 
Committee to confer with the Committee chosen by the Legislature 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts concerning the regulation of 
Commerce and report thereon. Sent up by Maj"" Pickering. 

Voted, that M"" Dow, Col° Hill, & CoP Oilman, with "such of the 
Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Betty Hickey, also the Petition of the Select men of Lon- 
donderry and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" M^Murphy. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Leonard Whiting 
Esq"" Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave 
to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M'" M'=Murphy. 

The Committee on the Petition of Charity Lund & others reported 
that an Act or Resolve pass the General Court revoking the said let- 
ter of Guardianship. — Signed, Joseph Gilman, for the Committee, 
which report being read and considered. Voted, that it be received 
and accepted & that the said Charity hath leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly. Sent up by M"" Wallace. 

* 13 : 5 * Voted, that Col'^ Green, Col° Gilman & M"" Duncan with 

such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Burton - and report 
thereon. Sent up by M"" Wallace. 

Adjourned to nine o'clock to morrow morning. 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 244, 245. -• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 7. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 41/ 

SATURDAY, October 22 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Effingham praying that Cap^ Carr Leavitt may be empowered to col- 
lect the taxes in Effingham which were committed to John Leavitt 
Esq"" now deceased to Collect. Voted, that the prayer thereof be 
granted & that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly. Sent up by M' Wallace. 

Upon reading and considering the Petitions of Henry Gerrish 
Esq'' • & Robert Wise praying for the priviledge of a Ferry across 
Merrimac River from Northfield to Salisbury, Voted, that the Peti- 
tioners be heard thereon before the General Court on Thursday next 
and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Selectmen 
of Northfield, also the Selectmen of Salisbury be served with a Copy 
of the Petitions & orders of Court thereon that they may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by M' Foss. 

Voted, that Enoch Barker have and receive out of the Treasury 
Nine Pounds in full for his journey to Charlestown on public busi- 
ness, horse hire, expenses, etc., and that the President give order 
accordingly. Sent up by M^ Foss. 

Voted, that Gen^ Sullivan M-" Pickering, & Col° Green with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to prepare 
and lay before this House a bill to carry into effect a Resolve of 
Congress of the 7"' of June 17S5, Respecting Invalids. 

Sent up by M' Foss. 
Voted, that M'" Betton, Col° Toppan, & Col° Whipple be a Com- 
mittee to wait on the Committee appointed by this State to settle 
the accounts between this and the United States and obtain intelli- 
gence how far they have proceeded in the settlement of said accounts 
and report to this House. 

* Voted, that Col° Toppan, Maj'" Gains, & Col° Bartlett, * 13 : 6 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to view the Fort at the entrance of Piscataqua Harbour and 
report to this Court at their next Session what repairs they judge 
necessary. Sent up by M"" Prentice. 

Voted, that this House Resolve themselves into a Committee of 
the whole in conjunction with the Honb' Senate if they think fit to 
meet on Monday next to take under consideration the state of our 
public affairs and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Prentice. 

1- xi. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 



4l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

Voted, that Gen^ Sullivan, M' Sparhawk, M-" Duncan, M-- Hall, & 
Col° Payne with such of the Honb^ Senate as th.ey shall join be a 
Committee to revise the table of fees for this State and report a bill 
for that purpose. Sent up by IVf Prentice. 

The Committee on the Petition of John Johnson, reported that the 
prayer of said Petition be granted and that the Petitioner be dis- 
charged when he has paid prison charges. — Signed John M'^Clary, 
for the Committee, which report being read and considered — Voted, 
that it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

Voted, that the account of Docf Mark How amounting to four 
pounds one shilling and eight pence, for visits and medicines to Con- 
tinental Soldiers be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of 
the President. Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of Elisha Payne Esq"", 
and othei-s' praying that part of Lebanon, Hanover, Enfield, and 
Canaan may be erected and Incorporated into a town. Voted, that 
the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the first 
Tuesday of their next Session and that in the mean time the Petition- 
ers cause that the substance of the Petition and order of court thereon, 
be published in one of the New Hampshire papers three weeks suc- 
cessively — also cause that the Selectmen of Lebanon, Hanover, 
Enfield and Canaan be served seasonably with a Copy of said Petition 
& order thereon that any person or persons may then appear and 
shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

* 13 :; * Voted, that M^- Sparhawk, Col° Gilman, M-- Cragin, M' 
Works, & Col° Whipple with such of the Honb' Senate as 
they shall join be a Committee to consider of the Petition & account 
of Maj'' Joseph Bass and all similar matters & report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
New Castle praying for an abatement of a part of their State Tax, 
Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the first Tuesday of their next Session. 

Sent up by Cap^ Harper. 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock P. M. 



MONDAY, October 24"^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that M'' E. Pickering, Col° Payne, and Col° Gilman, with 

1- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 385. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 4I9 

such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petition of Cap' Moses Woodward and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Wallace. 
Agreeably to a Vote of Saturday last, the Honb' Senate and House 
being met in a Committee of the whole to take under consideration 
the State of our Public affairs — His Excellency, John Langdon, Esq"" 
appointed chairman — first took into consideration whether the oper- 
ation of the Navigation Act passed the last Session should be sus- 
pended ; and after much debate thereon agreed to postpone the de- 
termination thereof till tomorrow morning — The Committee then 
rose with leave to meet again, and the Speaker resumed the chair. 
The House then adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 



TUESDAY, October 2$'^' 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act for adjourning the Inferior Court in the County of Rock- 
ingham and Court of General Sessions of the Peace was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Green and M"" Knowles. 

An act to empower Cap' Carr Leavitt, to collect a certain Tax in 
Efifingham, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Green and M"" Knowles. 

The Honb* Senate & House being again met in Committee of the 
whole His Excellency the President in the chair proceeded 
to the further consideration of the * Suspension of the Op- * 13 : 8 
eration of the Navigation Act and came to the following 
vote — Voted, that the operation of said Act be not suspended — 
Proceeded to consider of the propriety of corresponding with the 
other States in the union respecting the Regulation of Commerce 
and came to the following vote thereon — Voted, that His Excel- 
lency the President be desired to write the several Executives in the 
union & request to know whether their Assemblies have, or are likely 
to join with this State & Massachusetts in their commercial opposi- 
tion to great Britian — whether they have empowered Congress to 
regulate Commerce or have passed, or probably will pass Acts simi- 
lar to those enacted by this & the Massachusetts States in June last 
respecting Navigation & Commerce and lay such information before 
the General Court at their next Session. 

Proceeded to consider of Sundry Petitions for relieving the dis- 
tresses of the Inhabitants of this State, relative to the want of a cir- 
culating medium of trade, or for devising some method of discharg- 
ing debts — and after some debate thereon agreed to postpone the 



420 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

further consideration thereof, till 3 o'clock in the afternoon — the 
Committee then rose with leave to sit again, and the Speaker resumed 
the chair. 

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

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to restore Leonard Whiting Esq' to his law was read a 
third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Prentice & Col° White. 
The Honb' Senate & House being again met in Committee of the 
whole His Excellency the President in the chair again took under 
consideration to devise some method for relieving the difficulties the 
Inhabitants of this State labour under for want of a circulating medi- 
um of trade and the emitting of paper money being petitioned for, 
a vote was called whether paper money should be emitted by this 
State and it was unanimously voted in the Negative. Nextly took 
under consideration whether creditors should be obliged to take real 
or personal estate in satisfaction for Executions and came to the fol- 
lowing vote. 
* 13 : 9 * Voted, that when a debtor shall offer real or personal es- 
tate in satisfaction for an execution his body shall be exempt, 
if he consent that the creditor shall have his choice what part of the 
said debtors estate he will take. The Committee then took under 
consideration the propriety of ordering the Treasurer to issue extents 
for outstanding taxes and after some debate thereon, agreed to post- 
pone the further consideration thereof, till tomorrow morning and the 
Speaker resumed the chair. 

The House then adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, October 26, 1785. 

The house met according to adjournment. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met according to ad- 
journment His Excellency the President in the chair proceeded to 
consider further of the propriety of issuing extents for outstanding 
taxes and agreed that a committee be appointed in the separate 
branches of the Legislature, to enquire of the Treasurer respecting 
outstanding Taxes and report the sums outstanding and the length of 
time they have been due. 

Then took under consideration to devise some method that holders 
of public property and money should be obliged to account and that 
the most speedy method should be taken to close the public accounts 
of this State, and Voted, that a person or persons be appointed by 
the legislature for that purpose. 



I7S5J JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 42 1 

Voted, that Col° Green, Col° Payne, Col° Peabody, Gen^ Sullivan, 
& M"" Prentice be a Sub Committee to prepare and lay before this 
Committee a Bill to carry into effect a vote of yesterday respecting 
obliging creditors to take real or personal estate in satisfaction of Ex- 
ecutions. The Committee then rose with leave to sit again and the 
Speaker resumed the chair. 

Voted, that M"^ Sparhawk, M'" Duncan, Col° Payne, Col° Waldron, 
& M"" Frink, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to enquire of the Treasurer what sums are now due for 
outstanding Taxes and what length of time they have been due, also 
to consider what method shall be taken for collecting what is due for 
deficiencies of Soldiers and in what manner the State shall pay the 
Twenty pounds promised to those towns or classes who procured 
their soldiers agreeably to an Act of this State passed January 12^'^ 
1 78 1 and report thereon. Sent up by Col° Gilman. 

* Voted, that the ballance of the account of Benjamin * 13 : 10 
Biggelow amounting to eighteen pounds ten shillings & 
three pence be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President. Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Voted, that Col°M<=Millan, Col° Toppan, & Col° Gilman, with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Nehemiah Kelley and report thereon. 

Sent up by M'' Foss. 

Voted, that the town of Alstead be allowed two pounds two shil- 
lings & eleven pence out of their State Taxes, it being for the Tax 
laid on lands of Simon Baxter an Absentee and that the President 
give the Selectmen of Alstead an order on the Treasurer for said 
sum. Sent up by M' Foss. 

Voted, that the hearings on the Petitions of John Pickering, Jun'' 
& Henry Kinniston, which were to have been this day before the 
General Court be postponed to the second Wednesday of the next 
Session and that all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly. Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted that the account of Thomas Bartlett Esq"' amounting to one 
pound twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President. Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Maj-" Gains & Cap' Spaulding with such 

of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 

the Petition of Mary Gove, also the Petition of James Taylor' and 

report thereon. Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M. 

^•xii. Ham. Town Papers, 592. 



422 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [_^7^5 

Met accordingly. 

The Committee appointed the 23*^ of June last to examine every 
account contract and demand between this state and Col° Samuel 
Hobart and make report to the General Court at their next Session. 
Reported that they have carefully examined said accounts and find a 
ballance of three hundred & eighty seven pounds four shillings & six 
pence lawful money due to said Samuel Hobart — We also 
* 13 : II find that there is now * in the hands of said Hobart Seven- 
teen hundred & twelve pounds of ungranulated powder 
belonging to this State. 

Also that there is in the hands of said Hobart Sixty Six pounds 
five shillings & six pence paper money of the old emission being a 
ballance of a pay roll now due to soldiers, — we beg leave further to 
observe that the above ballance has been due upwards of five years 
& that Interest be allowed upon it. 

John Parker ^ 

Signed Thomas Odiorne > Committee. 

George Gains, j 

Which report being read and considered, — Voted, that it be re- 
ceived and accepted and that the President give order on the Treas- 
ury for the said sum of Three Hundred & Eighty seven pounds four 
shillings and six pence with the interest for the same for said five 
years and that Christopher Toppan Esq"" & Joseph Gilman Esq"" be a 
Committee to take into custody the ungranulated Powder now in the 
hands of Col" Hobart and dispose of the same to the best advantage 
for the use of this State, — and that on Col° Hobart's producing to 
the Treasurer the paper money above mentioned & making Oath be- 
fore said Treasurer that it is the identical money which he received 
from the State for the payment of Soldiers, the Treasurer is directed 
to take the same giving him a receipt therefor which shall be a dis- 
charge to the said Hobart for said sum. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Voted, that the hearings on the Petition of the Selectmen of War- 
ren which was to have been this day before the General Court be 
postponed to the second Thursday of the next Session of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice & govern themselves accord- 
ingly. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Voted, that the hearings on the Petitions of David Courser Maj"" 
Joseph Kimball' & Ebenezer Torrey which were to have been this 
day before the General Court be postponed to some future day in 
this Session. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of William Parker Esq"", 

Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted & and that he have leave to 

bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 423 

*Agreeable to the order of the day heard the Petitions * 13 : 12 
of Jonathan Mason and Edwards Bucknam, but the deter- 
mination postponed till to morrow. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

THURSDAY, October 27, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of Cardigan,' Re- 
ported that the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. — Signed, John M"^- 
Clary for the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted. Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Jonathan Mason 
praying for the priviledge of a Ferry. — Voted, that the prayer there- 
of, be granted so far as that he have the priviledge of a Ferry to 
extend from Col° Greens ferry as far as the South line of Orford and 
that he have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 

Sent up by CoP Wiggin. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Edwards Bucknam^ 
praying for the priviledge of a Ferry, Voted, that the prayer thereof 
be granted and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly either at this or the next Session. 

Sent up by Col*^ Wiggin. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Oliver Lawrence 
and Benjamin Cummings, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard there- 
on before the General Court on the Second Thursday of their next 
session, and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the 
substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be published 
three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Gazette that any 
person or persons may then appear & shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin. 

Agreeably to the order of the day heard several Petitioners on 
their Petitions. 

* Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Se- * 13 : 13 
lectmen of Bearing^ praying for liberty to raise a Tax on 
the whole of the lands in said Town, for the purpose of building a 
Meeting House & purchasing a Ministerial Lott. — Voted, that the 
prayer thereof be so far granted as that a Tax be levied for the pur- 
pose of building a meeting house only & that the Petitioners have 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 122. --xii. Ham. Town Papers, 353. •'• xi. Ham. Town Papers, 495. 



424 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Hancock' praying for liberty to raise [levy] a Tax on the whole of the 
Lands in Hancock for the sole purpose of building a Meeting House, 
Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted & that the Petitioners have 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jonathan Chesley, 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the first Friday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that Cap* John Drew of Barnstead be served 
with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that he may 
[then] appear and shew cause if any he hath why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted and that the Execution be stayed till the de- 
cision of the General Court. Sent up by Cap' Plarper. 

Voted, that CoP Bartlett, M"" Foss, M"- Emerson, M"" Kendall, & M"" 
Dow, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Commit- 
tee to consider of the Petition of Lemuel Holmes Esq"" and report 
thereon. Sent up by Cap* Harper. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Barnabas Barker, — 

Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Tuesday of their next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that the Substance of the Petition 
and order of Court thereon be published three weeks successively in 
one of the New Hampshire papers, also cause that Jehosaphat Grout 
mentioned in said Petition be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order thereon that he or any other person or persons may then ap- 
pear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may 

not be granted. Sent up by M"" Dow. 

* 13 : 14 *Agreeably to the order of the day heard John Smith 
on his Petition but the determination thereon was post- 
poned till tomorrow morning. 

Voted, that the hearings on several petitions which were to have 
been this day, be postponed till tomorrow of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice & govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by M"" Dow. 
Adjourned to nine o'clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, October 28 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Took under further consideration the Petition of John Smith which 
was postponed to this morning and, voted, that the prayer thereof 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 155, 156. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 425 

be granted and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly. Sent up by M"" Jenness. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Gen' John Stark be 
postponed to the second Wednesday of the next Session of the Gen- 
eral Court of which all persons concerned are to take notice & govern 
themselves accordingly. Sent up by M"" Griffin. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Maj"" John Young' be 
postponed to some day in the next week. Sent up by M'' Griffin. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Benjamin Tripp be post- 
poned to the second Friday of the next Session of the General Court 
of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern them- 
selves accordingly. Sent up by M'" Griffin. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Samuel Bayley^ be post- 
poned to the first Tuesday of the next Session of the General Court 
of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern them- 
selves accordingly. Sent up by Cap* Burnham. 

Voted, that the Account of John Parker, Thomas Odiorne, & 
George Gains, Esq"" amounting to four pounds & ten shillings be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Maj"" Gains. 

* Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Henry * 13 : 15 
Gerrish Esq''^ praying for the priviledge of a Ferry over 
Merrimac River, Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
he have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Voted, that Cap' Summer, Col° Toppan, & M"" Frink with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Inhabitants of Unity and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Voted, that Maj"" Pickering, Col° Gilman, M'' Jackman, M"" Gilmore 
& Gen' Dow with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join, be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Timothy Balch ^ and report 
thereon. Sent up by M'" Foss. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joshua Foss, Esq"* 
in behalf of the Inhabitants of Barrington, Voted, that the Peti- 
tioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the second 
Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time the Peti- 
tioner cause that the substance of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon be published three weeks successively in one of the New 
Hampshire papers that any person or persons may then appear and 
shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should [may] 
not be granted. Sent up by M-" Foss. 

1- xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 183. -• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 386. 3. ^i. Ham. Town Papers, 205. 

28 *■ xii. Ham. Town Papers, 320. 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [,^7^S 

Voted, that M-- Prentice, Col° Bartlett, & Col" Hill with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petitions of Cap' Daniel Moore, John Thomas, Ephraim Adams 
& Lieut. Ebenezer Britton ' and all similar matters and report 
thereon. Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition^ of the Warden of 
Queens Chapel in Portsmouth, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the Second Thursday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that 
the substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be posted 
up three public days on one of the Chapel doors, that any person 
may appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 
* 13 : 16 * The Committee appointed to lay out a public Road from 
the River Road in Boscawen to Connecticut River at or 
near Dartmouth College, Reported the following return, (viz) begin- 
ning at Dartmouth College, thence Southeasterly nearly as the road 
is now trod about three miles to where a bridge formerly stood over 
Mink brook on Eleazer Hills Land thence south about eighteen 
■degrees East to Lebanon line as now spotted, thence nearly on the 
same course to the road by Clap Sumners House, thence easterly as 
the road is now trod to Col° Paynes House thence nearly on a 
straight course to the road between Phillip Paddlefords House and 
Barn in Enfield, thence as the road is now Spotted to Col° Payne's 
House in Enfield, thence on the road as now trod to Elijah Paddle- 
fords House, thence south sixty-eight degrees east to the road as 
now trod, thence in said road to the spotted line about fifteen rods 
from Nathaniel Hoveys Sugar Camp, thence on said Spotted line to 
Mascom River in Canaan, thence nearly on a straight course to the 
bridge over Mud pond brook thence as the road is now trod about ten 
rods, thence on a straight course to the road by Eleazer Scofields 
House, thence in said road as now trod to Grafton line thence on a 
straight course to a stump three rods to the south of Joseph Beans 
barn, thence straight to a stump four rods to the north of Resolve 
Mattersons House, thence straight to the road as now trod, thence in 
the road to the path that leads to Cardigan, thence on a straight course 
to the road by Jonathan Nichols's House thence nearly as the road is 
now trod to Cap* Joseph Hoyts House, thence nearly as the road is 
now spotted through Alexandria and New Chester to Benjamin 
Scilly's House in Andover, thence straight (leaving John Sawyers 
House three rods to the North) to the road as now trod, thence by 
said road to the bridge over Ragged Mountain brook thence nearly 

^•xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 670. -• Idem, 297. 



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on a straight course to a stake three rods to the south of Sim- 
eon Connors Barn, thence on a straight course to the * road * 13 : 17 
by Josiah Scribners House, thence in said road to a Beach 
tree marked E, thence straight about seventeen rods across Lieu* 
John Roe's Land to the road, thence in said road to Benjamin 
Huntoons House in SaHsbury, thence on a straight course to the 
road between John Gale's House and Barn, thence in said road 
about twenty rods, thence on a straight course by the side of Anna 
Fifields House to the road thence in said road to a stake opposite 
Joseph French's House, thence on a straight course to the road be- 
tween Samuel Scribner's House and Barn thence in said road to a 
stake four rods to the east of Lieu* John Pearson's House, thence 
straight to Andrew Bohonnens House, thence following the old road 
east of Jacob Bohonnens House, to the road as now trod, thence in 
said road about ten rods, thence straight to the bridge over the Mill 
brook, thence in said road to the bridge by Abel Tandy's House 
thence nearly as the road formerly went by the west end of Simon 
Wodlys house, thence South easterly about eighteen rods to a stake 
by the road as now trod, thence in said road to a stake twenty-five 
rods short of Edward Eastmans corner, thence on a straight course 
(leaving said Eastmans House to the west) to the road as now trod, 
thence in said road to the easterly side of John Bowens land, thence 
southerly on said Bowens land by Lieu* Robert Smith's Land thirty- 
eight rods thence southeasterly on as straight a course as the land 
will admit of to Stirrup Iron Meadow brook nearly as the road is now 
spotted, thence by said spotted road to Boscawen line thence as the 
road is now cut out to the river road in Boscawen near Col° Henry 
Gerrish's House. Said road to be four Rods broad. 

Concord, October 26* 1785, Signed, 

Timothy Walker ^ 

Ebenezer Smith, > Committee. 

Henry Gerrish. J 

Upon reading and considering the foregoing report. Voted, that 
it be received and accepted. Sent up by M"" Bryant. 

* Adjourned to three o'clock P. M. * 13 : 18 

Met accordingly. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Nicholas Austin ' in 
behalf of the Inhabitants of the second division of Middletown in 
the County of Strafford, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard there- 
on before the General Court on the Second Wednesday of their next 
Session & that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Se- 
lectmen of Wolfborough and the Selectmen of Middletown be served 

!• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 598. 



428 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

with a copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that they or 
either of them may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

VoUd, that the account of Timothy Walker, Ebenezer Smith & 
Henry Gerrish Esquires amounting to thirty -nine pounds, ten shil- 
lings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the Presi- 
dent. Sent up by IVP Bryant. 

VoUd, that M^ Oilman, M"" Brackett, M"" Macgregore, Gen' Dow, 
& Maj'' Whitcomb, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Phebe Colburn and 
report thereon. Sent up by M"" Bryant. 

Voted, that M"" Jenness, Col" Hill & M"" Sanborn, with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Daniel Murray and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Bryant. 

The Committee on the Petition of the Inhabitants of New Ches- 
ter ' reported that a day of Hearing be appointed & that the Peti- 
tioners give due notice thereof. Signed Nath' Peabody, for the Com- 
mittee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be re- 
ceived and accepted and that the Petitioners be heard before the 
General Court on the Second Friday of their next Session and that 
in the mean time the Petitioners cause [that] the substance of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon be published three weeks succes- 
sively in one of the New Hamp"" papers that any person or persons 
may then appear & shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Maj"" Gains 

* 13 : 19 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of the In- 
habitants of New Market & others - respecting removing 
New Market Bridge, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon be- 
fore the General Court on the Second Wednesday of their next Ses- 
sion and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the sub- 
stance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be published three 
weeks successively in one of the New Hampshire papers that any 
person or persons may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Cutt Shannon 
Esq'^^, for Cockermouth be postponed to some future day in this Ses- 
sion. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 200. 2. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 34. 3. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 78. 



1 7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 429 

SATURDAY, October 29 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act for restoring James Saunders to his Law was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Prentice & Col° Green. 

The Committee on the Petition of Lieu' Joseph Huntoon, Re- 
ported that he receive half pay from the time he was reduced until 
further order of the General Court, and that he be put on the roll of 
Pensioners accordingly, Signed, Otis Baker, for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and ac- 
cepted and that he receive a certificate for the interest of [the] pay 
that has been withheld and a note for the Principal. 

Sent up by M"" Sanborn. 

An Act to impower Jonathan Tilton of Kensington to enter a 
Complaint at the next Superior Court of Judicature to be holden at 
Portsmouth within and for the County of Rockingham on the fourth 
Tuesday of April next, was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by M"" Betton and M"" Macgregore. 

An Act in addition to and amendment of an Act passed the Gen- 
eral Court of this State the twenty-second of February last, entitled 
an Act to enable the Selectmen of Washington to tax certain lands 
in said town for purposes therein mentioned, was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted 

Sent up by Col° Simpson and M"" Plummer, 

* Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of the Propri- *i3:20 
etors of Cockermouth ' be postponed to the Second Wed- 
nesday of the next Session of the General Court which may be held 
at Concord, of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly. Sent up by M"" Sanborn. 

Voted, that W Oilman, Col'' Hill, & M^ Betton with such of the Honb^ 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the Petition 
of Samuel Potter and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Sanborn. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of David Clouo-h, 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that Joanna Heath & Bond Little 
mentioned in said Petition be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon that they may then appear and shew cause (if 
any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted and that 
all further process against said Clough be stayed till the decision of 
the General Court. Sent up by M" Foss. 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 78. 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Upon reading and considering the Petition ' of the Inhabitants of the 
town of Hillsborough praying that liberty [may] be granted for taxing 
all unimproved Lands in said town for repairing highways, Voted, 
that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
Second Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioners cause that the substance of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon be published three weeks successively in one of the 
New Hampshire Papers, that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Voted, that Col" Bartlett, CoP Oilman, M"" Marsh, M"" Frink, & 

Col° Payne, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they 

* 13 : 21 * shall join be a committee to consider of the Petition of 

Daniel Fowle Esq"" also his letter to the Speaker & report 

thereon. Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of M"" Noah Cook,. 
Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on Wednesday next and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause 
that General John Stark be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon that he may then appear and shew cause if 
any he hath why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, October 31, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that M"" Jonathan Burr have and receive out of the Treas- 
ury thirty shillings for his services as Chaplain to the General Court 
the present Session and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap^ Morrill. 

Voted, that M-" Gilman, Maj"" Pickering and M-" Jewett, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Elijah Weed for the town of Unity and report there- 
on. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that Col" Toppan, Col° Waldron, M"- Emerson, Maj' Whit- 
comb & M"" Worcester with such of the HonW Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition and account of Col° 
David Webster and report thereon. Sent up by Cap' Spaulding. 

Voted, that Maj"" Gains Col" Simpson, & Col" Green with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 209. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 43 1 

the Petition of the Selectmen & others Inhabitants of Hillsborough ' 
and report theron. Sent up by M'' Batcheldor. 

Upon reading and considering a Petition from the Selectmen and 
others Inhabitants of Hillsborough ^ praying that the time of hold- 
ing their annual Meeting be altered, Voted, that the prayer thereof 
be granted and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill ac- 
cordingly. Sent up by M"" Batcheldor. 

* Voted, that M-" Betton, M-- Foss, & M"" Oilman with *I3:22 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Commit- 
tee to consider of the Petition of Nathanael Bugbee, & report there- 
on. Sent up by M'' Batcheldor. 

Voted, that Maj-- Gains, Col° Oilman, M-" Duncan, Col° Payne, & 
M"^ Batcheldor with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the account of Melcher & Osborne and 
report thereon. Sent up bp M"" Batcheldor. 

Voted, that M"" Pickering, Col° Badger, M"" Adams, Maj"" Whitcomb 
& M"^ Worster with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider what allowance shall be made the officers of 
the Civil list of this .State and report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap* Burn ham. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Solomon Robbins^ 
praying for the privilege of a Ferry over Connecticut River, Voted, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Oeneral Court on the 
Second Thursday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that the Selectmen of Westmoreland be served 
with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that they 
may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted. Sent up by Cap* Burnham. 

Voted, that the Secretary be directed to send forthwith to Exeter 
for the Election Sermons, Journals of the last Session and any other 
public papers that are in the office at Exeter. 

Sent up by Col° "Welch. 
Adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY, November i, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An act to establish a certain Judgment of the Quarter Sessions of 

the Peace for the County of Hillsborough in favour of John Smith 

against the Selectmen of Peterborough was read a third time and 

passed to be enacted. Sent up by Col° Hill & Maj"" Pickering. 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 209. 2. Idem, 208. 3. xiii. Ham. Town Papers. 669. 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

* 13 : 23 * Voted, that Maj"- Pickering, M"" Betton, & M"" Adams 

with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the petition of Col° Hercules Mooney & all 
similar matters and report thereon. Sent up by Col° Green. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in Committee of 
the whole, His Excellency the President in the Chair, Took under 
consideration the report of the Sub Committee of the 26^^ ultimo re- 
specting obliging creditors to take real or personal estate in satisfac- 
tion of execution and after some debate thereon agreed to rise with 
leave to sit again and the Speaker resumed the chair. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
Voted, that the ballance of the Account of the Honb^ Abiel Foster 
Esq'', amounting to Three Hundred & ninety pounds be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by Col° Green. 
The Honb^ Senate and House being again met in Committee of 
the whole His Excellency the President in the chair, took under fur- 
ther consideration the report of the sub Committee and came to the 
following vote. Voted, that the report be referred to the consider- 
ation of the Legislature in their separate branches the Committee 
then rose with leave to sit again and the Speaker resumed the chair. 
Voted, that the hearing on the Petition of Micah Reed ' which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
till tomorrow of which all concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly. Sent up by Col° Green. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, November 2, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act impowering the selectmen of Hancock - to assess the 
Lands in said Hancock for the purpose of building a Meeting House 
in said Hancock, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin & Maj"" Pickering. 
An Act impowering the Selectmen of Dearing ^ to assess the 
lands in said Dearing for the purpose of building a Meeting House 
in said Town, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin & M'' Pickering 

* 13 : 24 * An act for repealing an Act of this State intitled an Act 

to make void all attachments which have been or hereafter 
shall be laid or made on the Estates of persons who have left this 

I. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 670. 2. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 156. 3. xi. Ham. Town Papers, 495. 



1 7^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 433 

State'or any of the United States and gone over to the enemies of 
the said States since the Commencement of Hostilities by Great 
Brittian or on the Estates of any Inhabitant or Subject of Great 
Brittain, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Wiggin & Maj'' Pickerin g. 

Voted, that CoI° Bartlett, Co^' Waldron & M"" Knowles, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of William Fowler, and report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Foss. 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in Committee of 
the whole His Excellency the President in the chair, Voted, to recon- 
sider the vote of yesterday respecting, referring to the consideration 
of the Legislature in their separate branches the report of the sub 
Committee which obliged creditors to take real or personal estate in 
satisfaction of execution, and refer to their consideration a bill to pre- 
vent the bodies of debtors from being taken in execution when real or 
personal estate can be found or is tendered to satisfy the demand, 
took under consideration several matters respecting the public affairs 
of this State and after debate thereon agreed to refer the whole to 
the Legislature in their separate branches. The Committee then 
rose and the Speaker resumed the chair. 

The Committee appointed on the Petition of the Selectmen and 
others Inhabitants of Hillsborough reported that the Selectmen of 
Hillsborough have leave to bring in a bill to restore them to their 
Law, Signed Geo. Atkinson, for the Committee, which report, being 
read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M"" Smith. 
Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

* An act to alter the time of holding the annual Town * 13:25 
meeting in the Town of Hillsborough,' was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Wallace & Cap' Spaulding. 

Whereas the General Court by their vote, passed the 14'"^ day of 
April 1784 ordered the Treasurer of this State in his precept to the 
town of Walpole for State Taxes the last year to add the sum of 
sixty-three pounds five shillings being the amount of beef supplied 
by Benjamin Bellows Esq'', and interest for the same of which vote 
the Treasurer was not notified. 

Therefoj-e, Resolved, that the Treasurer of this State be directed 
to add the said sum to the State Taxes for the Town of Walpole for 
the current year and insert the same in his precept to said town ac- 
cordingly. Sent up by Cap' Harper. 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 20S. 



434 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1785 



Voted, that the hearings on the Petitions of Gen^ John Stark and 
Micah Reed ' which was to have been this day before the General 
Court be postponed till to morrow morning of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap' Harper. 
Adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 



THURSDAY, November 3, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted, that Maj'' Gains, Col° Gilman, M"" Dow, Cap* Sumner, and 
Col° Payne, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider what business it yet necessary to be done at 
this Session and at what time, and to what time and place this 
Court shall be adjourned, also to consider what allowance shall be 
made to the members of the Honb' Senate & House of Representa- 
tives & their officers for their travel and attendance at the present 
Session and report thereon. Sent up by M'' Worster. 

An Act to prevent the bodies of debtors from being taken on ex- 
ecution when real or personal estate can be found or is tendered to 
satisfy the demand, was read a third time and the yeas and nays be- 
ing required whether it should pass to be enacted, were taken and 
are as follows, viz., 



* 13 : 26 

Yeas. 

Josiah Gilman, Esq'' 
W" Weeks, Esq-" 
Sam' Jenness, Esq"', 
Col° Moses Leavitt, 
Mark Wiggin Esq"' 
M"" Moses Shaw, 
Nath°' Batcheldor Esq' 
Cap' John Eastman, 
Cap' Levi Morrill, 
Col" James Hill, 
Col° Thomas Bartlett, 
M'' Moses Barnard, 
M-- Charles Glidden, 
Maj' Nathan Batcheldor, 
Peter Green, Esq'' 
Thomas Page, Esq"' 
Joseph Welch, Esq"^ 
James Betton, Esq"" 
M'' Jacob Butler, 
Col" John Waldron, 
James Knowles, Esq''. 



Yeas. 

Cap' Joshua Foss, 
Cap' W"' Harper, 
Col*^ Joseph Badger, 
David Gilman, Esq'' 
Col" Andrew McMillan, 
Sam' Marsh Esq'' 
Cap' Benj" French, 
M'' Timothy Taylor, 
M' James Martin, 
Cap' Levi Spaulding, 
Jn° Duncan, Esq'' 
M' Robert Wallace, 
M'' Jonathan Dow, 
M'' Robert Smith, 
Ge" Jackman, Esq"" 
M'' Matthew Harvey, 
Elijah Grout, Esq'', 
Amos Shephard, Esq'' 
M'' Benj'" Hall, 
Maj'' Elisha Whitcomb, 
M' Jonathan Gaskill. 

i-xiii. Ham Town Papers, 670. 



Yeas. 

M' John Gilmore, 
Cap' Simon Willard, 
M"" Samuel Works, 
M'' Edward Jewett, 
Cap' Levi Hooper, 
M' Nathan Young, 
M'" Stephen Powers, 
M"" Elijah Frink, 
Cap' Lemuel Holmes, 
Cap' Jacob Copland, 
Sam' Griffin, Esq'' 
M"^ Alexand"" Parkman, 
M"' Samuel Kendall, 
Noah Worster, Esq'' 
Cap' Abraham Burnham, 
M'' Ebenezer Hoyt 
M' Russell Freeman, 
Elisha Payne, Esq"" 
Col° William Simpson, 
Moses Dow, Esq"" 
Maj' John Young. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 435 

Nays. Nays. Nays. 

Hon' John Sullivan Esq"- Christopher Toppan, Esq'' M"' Robert Means, 

George Gains, Esq"' M"" Abner Sanborn, Cap' Samuel Douglas 

John Pickering, Esq'' M' William Plummer, M^ Benjamin Darling, 

John Sparhawk, Esq"- Richard Bartlett, Esq"' John Bryant, Esq"- 

John Prentice, Esq'' Col" Nath" Emerson, Cap' Benjamin Sumner, 

Eph"" Pickering, E.sq, Daniel Emerson, Esq"' 

64 Yeas — 17 Nays — So it passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Jenness & M"" Plummer. 

An Act to revoke a letter of Guardianship granted by the Honb^ 
Judge of Probate for the County of Hillsborough appointing Samuel 
Foster Guardian of James M^Clure, was read a third time and passed 
to be enacted. Sent up byM"" Jackman & Cap' Hooper. 

The Committee on the Petition of the Inhabitants of Burton/ Re- 
ported that Col° David Gilman be appointed to call a meet- 
ing * of the Inhabitants for the purposes mentioned in said * 13 : 27 
Petition, Signed, Francis Worster, for the Committee, 
which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received 
and accepted and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Re- 
solve for that purpose. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Odiorne, 
Esq'" Voted, that the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the 
President give order that the Treasurer issue a note equal in value 
with the note taken up. Sent up by Cap' Burnham. 

Voted, that Cap' Gilman, M"" M'^Murphy & Gen' Dow with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Col° Ebenezer Green and report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnham. 

Voted, that Col° Hill, Col° Simpson, & Col° Gilman, with such of 
the Honb) Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
account of John Ward Gilman and report thereon. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Voted, that Gen' Sullivan, M"" Sparhawk, & M"" Pickering with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to draught a 
bill or bills for the encouragement of Industry and Frugality, also any 
acts for regulating commerce and Navigation and for laying duties on 
Articles imported into this State or exported therefrom, and report 
thereon. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

The Committee appointed to enquire into the State of the Treas- 
ury reported that they have conferred with the Treasurer and have 

1. xi. Ham. Town Papers, 7. 



43^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

been by him informed that he has received several payments since 
the settlement of his account in June last but that they are very in- 
considerable compared with the sums then due, which then stood as 
follows for the year 1775, ;£'52-3-io, for 1776, ^87-6-11, for 1777, 
£632-2-s, for 1778, ;^844-7-2, for 1779, ;^i654-8-io, for 1780, 
j^2igs-y-ii, for 1781, ;^4262-io-7, for 1782, ^^^3 7901- 13-8, for 
1783, /^T,66io-2-4, for 1784, ^^22735-3-2, Amounting in the whole 
to ^106975-6-10. 

* 13 : 28 * That there was then due for fines against several towns 

and places for deficiency of Soldiers ordered to be raised 
to compleat this States quota of men in the years 1781 and 1782 
;^i 3009-4-4 for which extents have been issued and returned not sat- 
isfied. 

That by the returns made it appears that there was mustered in the 
year 1781 Two hundred and eighty-four men and in the year 1782 
there was mustered one hundred & six men for each of which men 
there was promised a Bounty to the towns who procured them of 
twenty pounds payable in four years with interest from the time such 
soldiers passed muster, Amounting in the whole to ;^78oo-o-o Exclu- 
sive of interest. For collecting the sums due for the above bounties 
and payment for deficiencies of Soldiers, Your Committee report the 
following Resolve, Signed, Joseph Oilman, for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be received and 
accepted. 

Resolved^ that the Committee of claims immediately make up a 
Compleat account of all soldiers who were raised to fill up the Conti- 
nental Battalions in the years 1781 and 1782 and that on application 
of any Selectmen or Representative of any town or place which raised 
Soldiers for the service above said they shall give a certificate of the 
same with the time or times when such soldier or soldiers passed 
muster, and that His Excellency the President be and hereby is im- 
powered to draw orders on the Treasury for the same which orders 
shall be received by the Treasurer in payment for any State Taxes & 
for any sums due for deficiency of Soldiers for the said years 1781 
and 1782. And it is further, Resolved, that the Treasurer forthwith 
issue Extents against all towns and places who were deficient in rais- 
ing their quota of Soldiers in the said years 1781 and 1782. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Col" Oilman, Cap' Marsh, M"" Frink, and 

Col° Payne with such of the Honb' Senate as may be joined be a 

Committee to consider of the Petition of Daniel Fowle 

* 13 : 29 Esq'' the price of public advertisements in * future and in 

what papers the same shall be printed & report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Waldron. 



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The Committee on the Petition and Account of Col° David Web- 
ster Reported, that Twenty pounds be allowed the said Col° Webster 
in full of his account & that the Treasurer be directed to add to the 
taxes of the next year on those towns, (mentioned in Col Websters 
Petition who were incorporated at the time the extents issued) their 
proportion of the above said sum of twenty pounds. Signed M 
Thornton, for the Committee, which report being read and consid- 
ered. Voted, that it be received and accepted & that the President 
give order accordingly. Sent up by Col" Waldron. 

Voted, that M"" Benjamin Biggelow, have and receive out of the 
Treasury the sum of thirty pounds for which he is to be accountable 
as agent Victualler and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Maj'' Gains. 

Voted^ that Cap* Oilman, Col° Oilman & Col" Bartlett, with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Morrison and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Noah Cook Voted, 
that the prayer thereof be so far granted as that he be restored to his 
Law, and have leave to make an addition to his declaration, that the 
true merits of the original action may be tried any want of a formal 
demand made previous thereto, or other defect in for of proceeding 
notwithstanding and that he have leave to bring in a bill accordingly 
and that the Execution against said Cook be stayed in the mean time. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Micah Reed ' pray- 
ing for the priviledge of a Ferry, Voted, that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly at this or the next Session. Sent up by M"" Foss. 
Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY, November 4, 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

* Voted, that M"" Pickering, M"" Prentice, & Col" Oreen * 13 : 30 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of a bill presented for annulling, changing, or 
altering highways and such alterations & amendments as they judge 
necessary. Sent up by Cap' Foss. 

An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a Ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticut river in Jonathan Mason of Lyme, his 
heirs and assigns, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett & M-" Prentice. 

I. xiii. Ham Town Papers, 670. 



438 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

An act for establishing a former town meeting held in Cardigan, 
was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett & M"" Prentice. 

The Committee on the Petition of Nehemiah Kelley reported that 
the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the said Kelley be 
discharged from the demand mentioned in said Petition on his paying 
prison fees. Signed, Nath" Peabody, Per order of the Committee, 
which report being read and considered, Voted^ that it be received 
and accepted. Sent up by Cap* Burnam. 

The Committee appointed to consider of the Petition of Nathanael 
Bugbee, Reported, that the Committee for settling depreciation be 
directed to make up depreciation to the said Nathanael Bugbee for 
the time he was in service, Signed Ebenezer Webster, for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered. Voted that it be 
received and accepted and that the Committee on depreciation gov- 
ern themselves accordingly. Sent up by Cap* Burnam. 

The Committee on the Petition of William Simpson Esq""' re- 
ported that the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the Treas- 
urer take order to credit the town of Orford for the sums mentioned 
therein at the same rate as if the said sums had been timely paid into 
the Treasury, Signed, Geo. Atkinson for the Committee, which report 
being read and considered, Votcd^ that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The following vote came down from the Honb^ Senate for concur- 
rence 

* ' ^ ' ^ ' New Hrmp" | ^" Senate November 4'" .785- 

Voted, that the Senate and House of Representatives meet in 
Committee as soon as may be to consider of sundry matters if it be 
agreeable to the House. 

Sent down for concurrence, E. Thompson, Secy. 

The foregoing vote read & concurred. 

The Honb^ Senate and House being met in Committee of the 
whole to consider of sundry matters, His Excellency the President 
appointed Chairman, Took under consideration the propriety of revis- 
ing the proscribing laws of this State and, Voted, to recommend to 
the Legislature in their seperate branches to appoint a Committee for 
that purpose, also Voted, that a Committee be appointed in the Sep- 
arate branches to report a plan for establishing a Post rider. The 
Committee then rose and the Speaker resumed the chair. 

Voted, that M' Prentice, Col° Oilman, IVP Macgregore, Maj-- Whit- 
comb & Gen^ Dow with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 506. 



I7S5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 439 

be a Committee to consider of the Account of Joseph Pearson Esq"^ 
and report thereon. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Voted, that the Honb' Samuel Livermore, Esq"" be and he hereby 
is appointed a Delegate to represent this State in the Congress of the 
United States in the room and stead of the Honb' Woodbury Lang- 
don Esq"" who declined accepting said trust and that he represent this 
State until the first Monday in November 1786 unless sooner relieved 
or recalled by the General Court of this State with all the powers and 
priviledges which other Delegates from this State have heretofore 
had and enjoyed, agreeably to the confederation of the United States. 

Sent up by M-" Hoyt. 

Voted, that the Honb' Timothy Walker Esq"" be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate to represent this State in the Congress of the 
United States in the room and stead of the Honb' Geo. Atkinson 
Esq"" who declined accepting said trust, and that he represent this 
State until the first Monday in November 1786 unless 
sooner relieved or recalled by the General * Court of this * 13 : 32 
State with all the powers and priviledges which other dele- 
gates from this State have heretofore had & enjoyed agreeably to the 
confederation of the United States. Sent up by M"" Hoyt. 

Voted, that the account of Benjamin Huntoon & Benj"" Pettingill 
amounting to one pound seven shillings for taking and returning to 
the State an Inventory of Kierserge Gore be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President, Sent up by M"" Hoyt. 

Voted, that Col° Green, Col° Toppan, & M"" Betton, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq"" and report thereon. 

Sent up by M-" Hoyt. 
The Committee to consider of the Petition of Cap* Daniel Moore 
and others reported that the said Daniel Moore receive twenty-seven 
pounds in full satisfaction for his services & losses. Signed M Thorn- 
ton, for the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted and that the President give 
order on the Treasurer for said sum. Sent up by M'' Hoyt. 

Whereas no provision is made for appointing Quarter Masters in 
the Light Horse to be established in this State, Therefore, Resolved, 
that in each Company of Horse raised or to be raised in this State 
whether Independant Companies or Companies annexed to a Regi- 
ment there shall be one Quarter Master, to be appointed in the same 
manner as Captains and Subalterns in the respective Corps and to be 
Commissioned by the President accordingly. Sent up by M"" Hoyt. 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of George Clark, Voted 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

second Tuesday of their next Session and that in the mean time the 
Petitioner cause that the Selectmen of the East Parish of London- 
derry be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court there- 
on that they or either of them may then appear and shew cause if 
any they have why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Hoyt. 

* 13 : 33 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benjamin 

Crombie Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the Second Tuesday of their next Session and 
that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that the Substance of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon be published three weeks succes- 
sively in one of the New Hampshire papers that any person or per- 
sons may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted. Sent up by M"" Hoyt. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, that Col° Toppan be added to the Committee on necessary 
business, adjournment &c. in the room of Maj"" Gains who is absent. 

Sent up by M-- Hoyt. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joanna Chapman 
praying that Samuel Pillsberry may be appointed a Collector to col- 
lect certain taxes which were committed to her late husband John 
Chapman deceased, to collect, Voted, that the prayer thereof be 
granted & that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly. Sent up by M"" Jewett. 

Voted, that the board of war and Collector of Rum be directed to 
prepare their accounts with the State and lay them before the Gen- 
eral Court on the second day of their next Session, and that the Sec- 
retary be requested to send a Copy of this vote to the board of war, 
and another to the collector of Rum as soon as may be. 

Sent up by M'' Jewett. 

Voted, that M"^ M^Murphy, CoP Waldron, M"" Duncan, M-" Holmes 
& Col° Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Solomon Willard ' and 
report thereon. Sent up by IVP Jewett. 

The Committee on the Petition of William Glidden ^ late a soldier 
in Col° Hazzens regiment, Reported, that his Excellency the Presi- 
dent be desired to write to John Pierce Esq'' Paymaster General 
requesting him to send an account of what sums are to be charged to 
the soldiers in Col Hazzens & Col° Warners regiment who were 
returned from the war ofifice as belonging to the New 

* 13 : 34 Hampshire * line and that on receiving such information 

the Committee proceed to make up the depreciation in the 

I. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 690. 2. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 94. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 44I 

usual manner. Signed Joseph Gilman, for the Committee, which 
report being read and considered, Votcd^ that it be received and 
accepted. Sent up by M"" Hall. 

Voted, that Gen' Dow, Maj'" Whitcomb, & M"" Duncan, with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Col° Ebenezer Brewster ' & all similar matters and 
report thereon. Sent up by M"" Hall. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Campton, Thornton 
& New Holderness^ praying to be disannexed from Franconia & Lin- 
coln for chusing a Representative, Voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted. Sent up by M"" Hall. 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap' Daniel Moore and all simi- 
lar matters Reported, that the prayer of the Petition of Ephraim 
Adams in behalf of John Thomas be granted and that he be allowed 
ten pounds in full for the said horse by him lost as set forth in said 
Petition, Signed M Thornton for the Committee which report being 
read and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted and that 
the President give order accordingly. Sent up by M'' Hall. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, November 5''^ 17S5. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An act for assessing" unimproved lands for making and repairing 
Highways and bridges, was read a third time and passed to be en- 
acted. Sent up by M'' Gilman & M"" Duncan. 
An act to restore Noah Cook of New Ipswich in said State to his 
law was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by M"" Gilman & M"" Duncan. 
Voted, that the account of Robert Gerrish amounting to one hun- 
dred and seven pounds & ten shillings (for printing) be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by M"" Plummer. 
* Voted, that when the business of this Session is fin- * 13 : 35 
ished that his Excellency the President be desired to ad- 
journ the General Court to the second Wednesday in January next 
then to meet at Concord. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Voted, that the members of the Honb' Senate & House of Repre- 
sentatives and their officers have & receive the same allowance for 
travel and attendance at this Session as was allowed at the last Ses- 
sion & that the Secretary and Clerk make up the rolls accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 173. 2. xi. Ham. Town Papers, 251. 
29 



442 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

Yoted^ that the hearing on the Petition of Maj"" John Young ' 
which was to have been some day this week before the General Court 
be postponed to some day in next week of which all concerned are to 
take notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by M'' Foss. 
Adjourned to Monday next at 9 o'clock A. M. 

MONDAY, Novb-- 7*^ 1785. 

Several Members met according to adjournment, but there not be- 
ing a quorum for transacting business adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly. 
The Committee to consider of the account of Melcher & Osborne 
Reported that there be allowed and paid eighty one pounds, four 
shillings in full. Signed, Joseph Oilman for the Committee, which re- 
port being read and considered. Voted, that it be received and ac- 
cepted and that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by M'' Foss. 

Voted, that Cap* Oilman, Co]° Wiggin, & Col° Welch with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Cap* Benjamin Sumner & report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 

Voted, that M"" Dow, Maj'' Batcheldor, & M-- Foss, with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
account of the Honb Nath' Peabody & Joseph Oilman Esq"" and re- 
port thereon. Sent up by M"" Foss. 
* 13:36 * Voted, that Cap* Oilman, Col° Payne, Col° Waldron, 
M"" Jackman, & M'' Hall with such of the Honb^ Senate as 
they shall join be a Committee to consider of and devise some 
method for supplying the Delegates from this State to the Congress 
of the United States with monies for their necessary expenditures 
and report thereon. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the town of Bath 
voted that the Petition lay for consideration till the next Session of 
the Oeneral Court and that no extent issue against the town of Bath 
until a decision on said Petition. Sent up by M"" Plummer. 

Voted, That Col° Emerson, M"" Bryant, & Maj-" Whitcomb, with 
such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the account of the Honb' Joseph Oilman Esq'' and report 
thereon. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

The Committee on the account of the Honb' Nath' Peabody & 
Joseph Oilman Esq'' reported that the account be allowed, Signed M. 

i-xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 183. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 443 

Thornton for the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted and that the President give 
order on the Treasurer for seven pounds fourteen shillings, the 
amount of the account. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The Committee to consider what allowance shall be made to the 
ofificers of the civil list of this State, Reported, in part that the mem- 
bers of the Honb' Council be allowed nine shillings p"" day and the 
same travelling fees as the members of the General Court and their 
Secretaries the same as was allowed them [the] last year, Signed John 
M'^Clarey for the Committee, which report being read and considered 
Voted, that it be received and accepted and that the Secretary make 
up the pay roll accordingly. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The Committee on the account of John Ward Oilman reported 
that the account of the said John W. Oilman amounting to twelve 
pounds for engraving &c be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury, signed John M'^Clarey for the Committee * which * 13 : 37 
report being read and considered, Voted, that it be re- 
ceived and accepted & that the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The Committee on the Petiton of Col° William Simpson ' Re- 
ported that the prayer of the Petition be so far granted that the 
Treasurer take order to credit the town of Orford for the sums men- 
tioned therein at the same rates as though the said sums had been 
paid to the Treasurer by those Collectors respectively at the dates of 
those two receipts, provided said receipts agree with the schedule ex- 
hibited by Maj'' Child for the settlement of his public accounts. 
Signed, Geo. Atkinson, for the Committee, which report being read 
and considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 
Adjourned to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

FRIDAY, [TUESDAY] November 8'^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that the account exhibited by the Selectmen of Keen of 
Taxes levied on the land of Docf Josiah Pomeroy & Elijah Williams 
{absentees from this State) in the year 1781 amounting to eleven 
pounds seventeen shillings and one farthing of the new emission & 
sixteen shillings & five pence silver money be allowed and that the 
Treasurer be directed to credit the town of Keene the sums above 
mentioned on their taxes for said year and that the President give 
order accordingly. Sent up by M'' Hall. 

^- xii. Ham. Town Papers, 506. 



444 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^S 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Cap' Oilman, & Col° Waldron with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of James Taylor and John Young ' and report thereon. 

Sent up by M"" Hall. 

Voted, that the hearings on the Petitions of David Corser, Maj"" 
Joseph Kimball, ^ & Ebenezer Torrey which were to have been this 
Session of the General Court be postponed to the second Wednesday 
of their next Session and that all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingly. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

* 13 138 * The Committee of both houses appointed to consider 

of the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq"", one of the Ad- 
ministrators of the Estate of Richard Jenness Esq'' deceased, reported 
that the prayer of the Petition be so far granted, that the adminis- 
trators of said deceased's estate be allowed to pay and discharge the 
bond mentioned in said Petition in the following manner (viz) first by 
discounting out of the sum mentioned in the condition of said Bond 
at the date thereof the amount of the ballance due from the estate of 
John Wentworth Esq'' late Governor of the late province of New 
Hampshire to the estate of the forenamed Richard Jenness deceased 
as shall be certified by the Judge of Probate, and that the remainder 
of the sum mentioned in the condition of said Bond after deducting 
the above mentioned ballance be reckoned with the interest thereof 
from the time of payment mentioned in said bond may be paid & 
discharged by paying the amount of said sums in the like sum of the 
public securities of this State and that the Treasurer of said State 
take order for settling said Bond accordingly. Signed, Nath^ Pea- 
body p'' order of the Committee which report being read and consid- 
ered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M'' Knowles. 
The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of the Peti- 
tion of Ebenezer Brewster Esq''^ &c reported, that the prayer of the 
Petition be so far granted as that the account of the said Brewster 
herewith exhibited for diverse supplies furnished the Militia on an 
Alarm amounting to the sum of ninety-three pounds two shillings & 
seven pence lawful money be allowed and paid by discount of Taxes 
due to the Treasury of this State and that interest be allowed on the 
sums in said account charged for the articles of beef and flour & that 
his Excellency the President give order accordingly. Signed Nath^ 
Peabody by order of the Committee, which report being read and 
considered, Voted, that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by M'' Knowles. 

* 13 : 39 *Adjourned to half after 2 o'clock P. M. 

I. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 183. 2. Idem, 205. 3. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 173. 



17^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 445 

Met accordingly. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Hampstead ' praying to be classed with Plastow and Atkinson for a 
Representative, Voted, that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the second Wednesday of their next Session 
and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Selectmen 
of Plastow & Atkinson be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon that they may then appear and shew cause 
(if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 
Voted, that Col" Bartlett, Col« Waldron, M"" Means, Col° Shepherd 
and Col° Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to report a plan for establishing Post riders, also to 
consider in what manner the Excise on Spirituous Liquors shall be 
collected in future and report thereon. Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

An Act for opening and making passable a highway from Dart- 
mouth College to Boscawen, was read a third time and passed to be 
enacted. Sent up by Col° Bartlett & Col° Waldron. 

Voted, that Col° Bartlett, Col" Waldron, M"" Duncan, Col" Shep- 
herd and Col° Simpson with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to take under consideration a Petition from sun- 
dry towns in the county of Grafton & all similar matters, and that 
they nominate proper persons to be appointed a Committee to receive 
and examine in the recess of the General Court all accounts that may 
be laid before them, also consider how far the power of the Commit- 
tee shall extend towards a settlement of such accounts as may be 
presented and report thereon. Sent up by Col" Toppan. 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap^ Benjamin Sumner, Re- 
ported that the town of Claremont have credit for Samuel Green 
Allen who was a soldier in the first New Hampshire Regiment and 
is not claimed by any other town, Signed Ebenezer Webster, for the 
Committee, which report being read and considered, Voted, that it be 
received and accepted. Sent up by Cap' Sumner. 

*The act to prevent the bodies of Debtors from being * 13 : 40 
taken in Execution when real or personal estate can be 
found or is tendered to satisfy' the demand, came down from the 
Honb^ Senate for amendment and the yeas & nays being demanded 
whether the following Proviso should be added to the Act " Provided 
nevertheless that nothing in this Act shall extend or be construed to 
extend so as to effect any securities bottomed on silver or gold which 
maybe given from and after the first day of March next" — The 
yeas and nays were as follows. 

I. xii. Ham. Town Papers, 92. 



446 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1785 



Yeas. 



Yeas. 



Yeas. 



Yeas. 



Col° White, 


Maj'' Weeks, 


Col" Shephard, 


M'' Powers, 


Maj'' Wiggin, 


Maj-- Batcheldor, 


Maj"" Whitcomb, 


M"- Parkman, 


M"- Barnard, 


Col" Waldron, 


M"- Jewett, 


M-- Worster, 


Col° Welch, 


M"- Knowles, 


M"- N. Young, 


Cap' Burnam, 


Cap' Harper, 


M"- Foss, 


M' Frink, 


M^ Hoyt, 


Colo Badger, 


Col" McMillan, 


Cap' Holmes, 


Col" Payne, 


M"" Martin, 


M"- Adams, 


M^ Hall, 


Gen' Dow, 


Cap' Spaulding, 


M"" Duncan, 


M-- Gil more. 


M"- Darling. 


M' Wallace, 


M"- J. Dow, 


M"- Works, 


38 yeas. 


M^ Grout, 


M"- Smith, 


Cap' Hooper, 




Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


M'' Prentice, 


Col° Bartlett, 


M"- Taylor, 


Cap' Sumner, 


M"^ M^Murphy, 


M'' Glidden, 


M"^ Macgregore, 


M^ Kendall, 


IVP E. Pickering, 


Col° Green, 


M' Means, 


M"' Freeman, 


M"- Shaw, 


M"- Bartlett, 


M-^ Bryant, 


Col" Simpson, 


M"" Plummer, 


Col° Emerson, 


M>^ Willard, 


Maj"" Young, 
M"- Batcheldor 



38 Yeas, 21 Nays, so the question was lost there not being two- 
thirds of the members in favor of it. 

The Committee on the Petitions of James Taylor, & John Young,' 
Reported that the prayer of the Petitions be granted and that on 
their getting a certificate from the Committee on Depreciation for 
what IS due the President give order for their receiving notes for the 
Principal and certificates for the interest due thereon, Signed, John 
Bellows for the Committee, which report being read and considered 
Yoted^ that it be received and accepted. 

Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 
* 13 : 41 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Moses 

Dow Esq''^ and others praying for Liberty to raise two 
hundred pounds by a lottery for finishing a bridge over Bakers river 
in Plymouth, Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill accordingly, at the next Ses- 
sion. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The Committee on the Petition of William Fowler, reported that 
the prayer of the Petition be so far granted as to give a day of hear- 
ins: on said Petition at the next Session of the General Court and in 
the mean time the adverse party be notified. Signed, M Thornton, 
for the Committee, which report being read and considered, Votedy 
that it be received and accepted & that the Petitioner be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the Second Tuesday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time he cause that George Jaffry 
Esq^ be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court there- 
on that he may then appear and shew cause if any he hath why the 



I. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 183. 



2. Idem, 228. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 44/ 

prayer thereof may not be granted and that execution be stayed till 
the decision of the General Court. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of and advise 
some method of [for] supplying the delegates of this State to the Con- 
gress of the United States with money for their necessary expendi- 
tures, Reported in part as their opinion that his Excellency the Presi- 
dent be impowered with advice of Council from time to time as occa- 
sion may require to draw orders on the Treasurer in favour of said 
Delegates respectively for any sum or sums that may be judged expedi- 
ent, taking care not to advance more than one hundred pounds to any 
one delegate on his first entering on the business of his appointment, 
and that in all after draughts not to exceed the ballance, supposed to 
be due as wages to any respective delegate, Signed, John M'^Clarey, 
for the Committee, which report being read and considered, Votedy 
that it be received and accepted. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY, November 9* 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

*An act to impower Samuel Pilsberry to collect certain * 13 : 4? 
Taxes in the Town of Londonderry was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted. Sent up by Maj"" Weeks & M"" Plummer. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Ebenezer Farns- 
worth,' and others inhabitants of Charlestown (praying to be set off as 
a town parish or precinct) Voted, that the Petitioners be heard there- 
on before the General Court on the Second Thursday of their next 
Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Se- 
lectmen of Charlestown be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon that they may then appear and shew cause if 
any they have why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Wallace. 

Agreeably to a report of the Committee of the whole, Voted, that 
his Excellency the President be desired to write the several execu- 
tives in the Union & request to know whether their assemblies, have 
or are likely to join with this State and Massachusetts in their Com- 
mercial Opposition to Great Britain, whether they have impowered 
Congress to regulate commerce or have passed or probably will pass 
Acts similar to those enacted by this and the Massachusetts State in 
June last respecting Navigation and Commerce and lay such informa- 
tion before the General Court at their next Session. 

Sent up by M"" Dow, 

I. xi. Ham. Town Papers, 288. 



448 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

Voted, that M-" M^Murphy, M-- Prentice, & Col° Green, with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Sylvester Tiffany also the Petition of Joshua 
Young and all similar matters and report thereon. 

Sent up by Col° Welch. 

An Act for the recovery of small debts in an exiDeditious way and 
manner, was read a third time and passed to be enacted. 

Sent up by Maj"" Weeks and M"" Plummer. 

Upon reading- and considering the Petition of Isaac Butterfield ^ 
praying for the privilege of a ferry over a certain part of Con- 
necticut river, Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon 
* 13 : 43 * before the General Court on the second Thursday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that the Selectmen of Westmoreland be served with a Copy of 
the Petition and order of Court thereon that they may then appear 
and shew cause {if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by Col° Welch. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jacob Doyne, Voted, 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
Second Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that the substance of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon be published three weeks successively in one of the 
New Hampshire papers that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted. Sent up by M'' Dow. 

Voted, that the Treasurer be directed to proceed in the most expe- 
ditious manner for collecting out standing Taxes by calling on delin- 
quent Constables and collectors or issuing extents as occasion may 
require. Sent up by M'' Dow. 

Adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted, that Thomas Bartlett, Christopher Toppan, & John Pren- 
tice Esquires for the County of Rockingham, That John Waldron, 
John Wentworth & Otis Baker Esquires for the County of Strafford, 
that Robert Means, Moses Nichols & Robert Macgregore, Esquires 
for the County of Hillsborough, that Simeon Olcott, John Bellows, & 
Benjamin Sumner Esquires for the County of Cheshire, That Moses 
Dow, William Simpson, and Elisha Payne Esquires for the County of 
Grafton, be Committees in their respective counties to make sale of 
the Excise in the several counties of this State for the Current year 
agreeably to the laws of this State, that they sell the excise at Public 
Vendue in the usual manner for cash only to be paid one half by the 

^' xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 671. 



17^5] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 449 

first day of April next and the remaining half by the first day of 
October next, The Committees to make sale of the Excise before the 
first day of February next. Sent up by M'' E. Pickering. 

* Voted tha.t the account of John Calfe, Esq'" amounting * 13 : 44 
to six pounds six shillings & four pence for recording the 
journals, Copying for the press &c be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President. Sent up by M'' Freeman. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Maj'' Isaac Frye, 
Voted, that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President give 
order on the Treasurer for the sum of twelve pounds fifteen shillings 
& four pence the amount of the account of William Dana mentioned 
in said Petition who served as Commissary to the recruits mustered 
at Amherst in the year 1782. Sent up by M'' E. Pickering. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider and report 
upon the account of Joseph Pearson Esq"" reported that the ballance 
of said account be allowed and paid out of the Treasury & that his 
Excellency the President give order accordingly. Signed, Nath^ Pea- 
body for the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted, — the ballance of said ac- 
count amounting to seventy-seven pounds, seven shillings. 

Sent up by M'' E. Pickering. 
Voted, that a Post be established from Portsmouth through Exeter 
Nottingham, Concord & Plymouth to Haverhill and from thence down 
Connecticut river to Charlestown from thence through Keene, Am- 
herst and Exeter to Portsmouth and from Portsmouth through Ex- 
eter, Amherst, Keene and Charlestown to Haverhill and to return by 
Plymouth, Concord, Nottingham & Exeter to Portsmouth and so on 
alternately. 

That another Post be established from Portsmouth through Dover 
to Wakefield from thence to Tamworth around Winnepisseokee Lake 
through Gilmanton, Barnstead, Barrington, & Dover to Portsmouth, 
that one hundred pounds be granted for the above purpose, that his 
Excellency the President be impowered by and with advice 
of Council * to appoint Post masters and post riders and to * 13 : 45 
pay them for their services, also from time to time to fix 
the Postage of letters. Sent up by Co]° Shepherd. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of the Peti- 
tion of Col° Ebenezer Green late a Captain in the Army of the 
United States reported that the prayer of said Petition be so far 
granted that the Committee on Depreciation &c be impowered and 
directed to settle and ballance the account of said Green for wages 
and Depreciation allowed him by the Resolve of Congress while in 
said service and during his being a hostage up to the time he was ex- 



450 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^S 

changed in the same manner as ofificers of this State line are settled 
with and that he be paid accordingly, Signed, Nath^' Peabody by 
order of the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

Voted, that the account of Joseph Oilman Esq'' amounting to forty- 
nine pounds & five shillings be allowed agreeably to report of a 
Committee of both Houses and that his E.xcellency the President 
give order to the Treasurer for said sum. 

Sent up by Col° Shepherd. 

The Committee on the Petition of Timothy Balch ' reported that 
he be allowed twenty-five pounds in full for his services for carrying 
public papers &c &c as set forth in his Petition. Signed, Joseph Gil- 
man for the Committee, which report being read and considered, 
Voted, that it be received and accepted and that the President give 
order accordingly. Sent up by Col° Shephard. 

Whereas the General Court at their last Session voted that no de- 
mands that were then due & which were a continental charge should 
be allowed unless exhibited by the last day of this Session which time 
is found to be insufficient. 

Therefore, Voted, that the time for receiving said claims be pro- 
longed to the last day of the next Session of the General Court and 
that notice be given in the mean time in one of the New Hampshire 
papers. Sent up by Col° Shephard. 

*I3:46 * M'' William Plummer entered his protest against the 
Act passed this day entitled An Act for the recovery of 
small debts in an expeditious way and manner, which protest is on 
file. 

Adjourned to half past 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, November io''^ 1785. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
Voted, that Maj' Isaac Frye be allowed and paid two pounds, eight- 
een shillings for two drums which he purchased for the use of the 
troops of the New Hampshire line and that his Excellency the Pres- 
ident give an order on the Treasurer for said sum. 

Sent up by Maj"" Gains. 
Voted, that his Excellency the President with advice of the Coun- 
cil be desired to adjourn the General Court to Wednesday the first 
day of February next then to meet at Portsmouth and that the Gen- 
eral Court which is to meet in June next shall be holden at Concord. 

Sent up by Cap^ Spaulding. 

'• xii. Ham. Town Papers, 320. 



1785] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 451 

Voted, that the account of James Norris amounting to eleven 
pounds & six pence be allowed and paid out of the Treasury & 
that his Excellency the President give order accordingly. 

Sent up by Cap* Spaulding. 

Voted, that the account of Caleb Buswell amounting to five pounds 
five shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of 
the President. Sent up by Cap* Spaulding. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Oliver Wright, 

Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the Second Wednesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time he cause that the Trustee to the estate of Breed 
Batcheldor (an absentee) be served with a Copy of the petition and 
order of Court thereon that he may then appear and shew cause (if 
any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be granted. 

Sent up by M"" Duncan. 

* Upon reading [hearing] and considering the Petition of * 13 : 47 
Maj'' John Young,' Voted that the further consideration 
thereof be postponed to the second Wednesday in the next Session 
of the General Court of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingly but that there be no further 
stay of execution. Sent up by Maj"" Young. 

An act in addition to and [in] amendment of an act entitled An Act 
for repealing all the laws heretofore made by the province Colony or 
State of New Hampshire relating to killing wolves and for fixing the 
premiums hereafter to be given for killing those animals passed the 
17**^ day of January A. D. 1782 was read a third time and passed to 
be enacted. Sent up by M"" Macgregore & Col° Wiggin. 

Voted, that the Committee for selling the Excise in the County of 
Rockingham be directed to make sale of some medicines belonging 
this that are at Exeter under the care of the Board of War. 

Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

The following resolve came down from the Honb^ Senate for con- 
currence 

State of f In Senate, Nov^ 9* 1785. 

New Hampshire \ j 1 j 

Resolved^ that Joseph Gilman and Josiah Gilman, Esquires be and 
hereby are appointed Commissioners jointly or severally to settle all 
accompts between this State and Individuals, and that they or 
either of them in the absence of the others are hereby authorized 
to call on the holders of property and money belonging to this 
State for immediate settlement and in case of neglect to prosecute 
delinquents to final judgment & execution and that they receive 

I. xiii. Ham. Town Papers, 183. 



452 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^S 

orders on the Treasurer & certificates for State Taxes for any 
sum that shall be found due, and that they pay any sum or sums 
they may receive into the Treasury taking the Treasurers receipt 
therefor, and that when there shall appear to be a ballance due on 
the settlement of any account to any person founded on any Act, 
Vote or Resolve of the General Court or order of the late Com- 
mittee of Safety that on the said Commissioners or either of them 
certifying on the account of such sum due, his Excellency the 
President, with advice of Council be impowered to draw an order 
on the Treasurer for the same. 

Read & Concurred. Sent up by Col° Bartlett. 

* 1 3 : 48 * Whereas it has been represented to the General Court 
that the time already allowed to the Creditors on the 
estates of the several absentees from this State which have been 
confiscated has proved insufficient to answer the purposes designed 
and a further time appearing reasonable and necessary. 

Therefore be it Resolved that the several Judges of Probate 
within their respective Counties in this State be and they hereby 
are impowered to grant a further time (where it shall appear reas- 
onable) not exceeding six months from the passing this Resolve, 
and the several Commissioners already appointed and such as shall 
hereafter be appointed by the said Judges of Probate are hereby 
authorized and impowered to receive and examine said claims within 
the time allowed in this Resolve. Sent up by Cap' Burnam. 

Voted, that the Secretary be directed to furnish the Printers of 
New Hamshire News papers with a Copy of all public Acts that 
have been passed this Session as soon as conveniently may be, that 
the Printers may have the opportunity of printing the same. 

Sent up by M"" Foss. 

The Secretary came down and gave information that he was 
directed by his Excellency the President to inform the Honb' House 
that agreeably to the desire of both Houses he has adjourned the 
General Court to Wednesday the first day of February then to 
meet at Portsmouth. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS FROM 



FEBRUARY i TO MARCH 4, 1786. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



*2:93 ==^ STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

At a Session of the General Court holden at Portsmouth on 
Wednesday, February first one thousand seven hundred & Eighty 
six being the day to which the General Court stood adjourned. 

WEDNESDAY, February i, 1786. 

Present in Senate. 

His Excellency John Langdon Esq'' President. 

The Hon. John M^Clary 
Joseph Gilman 
Nathaniel Peabody 
George Atkinson 
Joshua Wentworth 
Otis Baker 
Matthew Thornton 
Ebenezer Webster Esq"" 

His Excellency the President laid before the Honorable senate 
sundry communications received since the last session. 

Adjourned till to morrow, nine O'Clock, A. M. 

In Senate, THURSDAY February 2, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday, 
*with the addition of the Honorable Francis Worcester, * 2 : 94 
Esq"' 



V Senators. 



456 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^/^^ 



In Senate, Februai-y 2"^^ 1786. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer attend the General Court in their 
present Session, with such Books and Papers as are necessary, send 
down for concurrence by M"" Webster : Brought up concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY, February 3^ 1786. 

Present as Yesterday 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
take under consideration a message from his Excellency, and report 
the business necessary first, to be entered upon, & done this session, 
was brought up read and concurred, M"" Peabody, M"" Baker, & M*" 
Oilman were joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow nine O'Clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, February 4^^ ^j^^^ 

Present as Yesterday 
with the addition of M"" Bellows. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of sundry Inhabitants of Weare, on 
the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of Martha Wait, & report thereon was brought 
up, read & concurred : M"" M'^Clary & M"" Joshua Wentworth were 
joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of sundry Inhabitants cf Northumber- 
land, on the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, 
read & Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Mary Conant, and all Similar matters and 
report thereon was brought up, read & concurred : M"" Thornton and 
M'' Chase were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to Join a Committee of the Sen- 
* 2 : 95 ate to consider the Petition of William *Adams, and all 
similar matters and report thereon, was brought up read & 
concurred : M'' Baker and M"" Webster were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Mary Lear & report thereon, was brought 
up, read & Concurred : M"" Joshua Wentworth was joined. 



1/86] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 45/ 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Benjamin Sumner, and all similar matters, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Peabody, M"" M'^Clary, & M' 
Oilman were joined, 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Jonathan Warner, Esq"" & report thereon, 
was brought up, read & concurred : M'' Thornton & M"" Joshua Went- 
worth were joined. 

Adjourned till Monday next, three O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY, February 6"^ 1786. 

Present as on Saturday, except M"" Baker. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Jonathan Chase Esq"" and report thereon 
was brought up, read concurred : M'' Thornton & M'' Webster were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Benjamin Dearborn, & report thereon, 
was brought up read &. Concurred : M'' Atkinson, M"" Joshua Went- 
worth, and M"" Oilman were joined. 

A Vote that this House resolve themselves into a Committee of 
the whole, in conjunction with the Honorable senate, if they think 
fit, to meet to morrow morning to take under consideration 
the Estate of our Public affairs, & report thereon *was * 2 : 96 
brought up read & concurred. 

A resolve that when any matter shall be referred to a Committee 
of the General Court, the Committee may report at the Session in 
which the same was Referred, or at any other Session of the same 
Court, was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Samuel Martin, & Others, in behalf of 
Concord, Alias Ounthwaite & similar matters, & report thereon, was 
brought up, read & concurred : M' Chase & M"" Worcester were 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 7'^ 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Major Joseph Kimball, & report thereon, 

30 



458 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/S^ 

was brought up read and concurred : M"" Bellows and M"" Joshua 
Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Thomas Christie, & report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" Atkinson & M"" Chase were 
joined. 

A Vote to pay the account of John Hubbard Esq"" amounting to 
forty shillings, was brought up, read & concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY February 8*'^ 1786. 

Present all the senate. 
A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Account of Lieut. David Bryent, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read & concurred : M"" M'^Clary joined. 

A Vote granting tlie prayer of the Petition of Samuel Griffen, 
in behalf of the Town of Packersfield, & giving him leave to bring 

in a Bill, was brought up, read and Concurred. 
* 2 : 97 * A Vote of the House of Yesterday, for putting off all 
public hearings before the House, untill this Day, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow. Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, February 9th, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Resolve to adjourn the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and 
Court of General Sessions of the peace in the County of Strafford 
until the second Week in March next, was brought up, read & con- 
curred. 

A Vote of the House of Yesterday, to put over all the hearings on 
Petitions then before the House, until this day, was brought up, read 
& concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider the Petition of David Daniels and all Similar matters, was 
brought up read & concurred ; M"^ Joshua Wentworth & M"" John 
Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote to Postpone the hearing of the Petition of the Rev. Sam- 
uel M'^Clintock, until Wednesday next, was brought up, read & con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of the selectmen of Hampton, & report 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 459 

thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred : M*" Atkinson M"" 
Webster & M"" M'^Clary were joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, February loth, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 

An Act to vest the exclusive Privilege of keeping a Ferry 
over Connecticut River in Edwards Bucknam * of Lancas- * 2 : 98 
ter, in the County of Grafton his heirs, & assigns, was read 
a third time, and Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote that the hearings of the Petitions of Elisha Payne David 
Clough, David Courser and Jacob Doyne, which were to have been 
heard before the General Court on the Ninth Instant, be postponed 
until the third Wednesday of the next Session of the General-Court 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote that the hearings on the remaining Petitions, which were 
to have been this Week, before the General Court be put over until 
Tuesday next, was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of a Bill presented for the repair of Newmarket Bridge, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read & concurred : M"" Peabody, 
M"" John Wentworth & M"" Gilman were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Edward Smith, on Friday next was 
brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Zebulon March and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read 
& concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Joseph Kimball, and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read, 
and concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Benjamin Bellows 
Esq'' and giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read & concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Samuel Bayley and 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

* A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Ebenezer * 2 : 99 
Torrey & giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of John Pickering Jun"" and also the Petition 
of Henry Kenistone, was brought up read & concurred : M"" John 
Wentworth & M"" Baker joined. 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1786 

A Vote to pay the Account of Thomas shannon amounting to seven 
pounds, fifteen shilHngs & four pence for expences of the several 
committees for selUng the excise from the year 1783 to 1786, incki- 
sively, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Cap* Moses Woodward : and also the 
Account of Col. Supply Clap, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read & concurred : M"" M'^Clary & M"" Joshua Wentworth were 
joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of Oliver Lawrence and report thereon, 
was brought up, read & concurred : M'' Oilman, M"" Peabody and M*" 
John Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
bring in a bill for regulating the times & places of holding the 
Probate Courts in this State, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' John Wentworth and M"" Oilman joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider the Petition of John Neal and James M'"Oregore : also 
the Petition of Charles Clapham, was brought up, read & 
* 2 : 100 concurred : M"" * Peabody and M"" Bellows were joined. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Samuel Penhallow, Esq"" 
amounting to three pounds, for his services as a special Justice of the 
Superior Court, was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of New-Castle : and also 
the Petition of the selectmen of Warren, and report thereon, was 
brought up read & concurred : M"" Thornton and M"" M'^Clary were 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till Nine O' Clock tomorrow morning. 

SATURDAY, February nth, 1786. 

Present all the Senate. 
Both Houses met in Committee, and spent the forenoon on sundry 
matters. 

MONDAY, February 13th, 1786. 

A Vote to allow the Account exhibited by the Selectmen of Al- 
stead, amounting to sixteen shillings & seven pence, for Taxes on 
the Estate of Simon Baxter, an absentee, was brought up read and 
concurred. 



1/86] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 461 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of a Vote passed the last Session of the General-Court Es- 
tablishing a Post from Portsmouth through several Towns in this 
State and report such alterations as they may Judge necessary, was 
brought up, read & concurred : M"" Atkinson, M"" Peabody and M"" 
Chase were joined. 

*A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : loi 
Senate, to Consider of the Petition of Jonathan Woodcock, 
and similar matters and report thereon was brought up read and con- 
curred : M'" Bellows and M"" Joshua Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of John Young, and giv- 
ing him leavfe to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read & 
concurred. 

An Act for the Opening and making passable a High-way from 
Dartmouth College to Boscawen was read a third time & Voted that 
the same be enacted. 

Adjourned till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 14th, 1786. 

Present all the senate. 
Both Houses met in Committee, and spent the Day. 

WEDNESDAY, February 15th 1786. 

Present all the senate. 
A Vote for the Public hearings which were to have been on the 
Twenty fourth Instant before the General Court to be heard this day, 
was brought up, read & concurred. 

An Act to Confirm a donation that the Pious design of the donor 
may not be prevented was read a third time & Voted that the same 
be Enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow. Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

* THURSDAY, February i6th, 1786. *2:i02 

Present all the senate, except M'' Joshua Wentworth. 

A Vote to postpone the hearing on the Petition of George Clark 
until the third Wednesday of the next Session was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Oliver Wright and 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read 
& concurred. 



462 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1786 

A Vote that all the hearings on Petitions before the House on the 
15th Instant should be postponed to Tuesday next was brought up 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of the Church Wardens 
of Oueen's-Chapel, in Portsmouth & giving them leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the petitions of the Towns of Lebanon, Plainiield, &^ 
and report thereon was brought up read and concurred : M'' Thornton, 
M"" M^Clary and M"" John Wentworth joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Barnabas Clark & 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read, 
and concurred. 

A Vote to allow the Town of Marlborough fifteen shillings and ten 
pence three farthings, for taxes on Land of Elijah Williams, an ab- 
sentee, was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the petition of Joanna Chapman, and report 
*2: 103 * thereon was brought up read and concurred: M'' John 
Wentworth was joined. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of John Pickering Jun"" 
also of the Petition of Henry Kenistone, and giving each of them 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read & con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to^ 
Consider of the Petition of Hugh Tallent, and report thereon wa& 
brought up read and concurred : M"" John Wentworth joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider the Petition of Azariah Webb and report thereon was 
brought up read & concurred : M*" Atkinson was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of the selectmen of Newport, and report 
thereon was brought up read and concurred : M'" Baker was joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of susanna Dodge on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up read & concurred. 
Adjourned till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, February 17th, 1786. 

Present all the senate, except M"" Bellows. 
An Act to incorporate a Certain part of Holies with the Inhabi- 
tants of Raby, was read a third time, and Voted that the same be 
enacted. 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 463 

*A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of WilHam * 2 : 104 
Fowler and giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, 
was brought up read and non-concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of Henry Gerrish raid 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly was brought up read, 
and non-concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to con- 
sider of the Petition of David Currier & report thereon was brought 
up read and concurred : M"^ Oilman & M'' Webster were joined. 

A Vote that Col. Joshua Wentworth deduct the seventh part of the 
rum tax for 1781, for the Powns of Pemster & Croydon ; and the 
fourth part out of the Pown of Marlow was brought up read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote to suspend the operation of the Navigation act (so called) 
for a Certain time, was brought up read & non-concurred. 

A Vote to allow the Pown of Piermont, towards their taxes five 
thousand three hundred & Ninety three pounds ten shillings, of Con- 
tinental bills, paid Major Jonathan Child to buy beef, in the year 
1780 was brought up, read & concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Daniel Gookin, was 
brought up read and non-concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Hugh Pallent and 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Jacob Copland for 
crediting the Pown of Stoddard with a quantity of Beef was brought 
up read & concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to morrow Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

*SAPERDAY, February i8th,i786. * 2 : 105 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Jeremiah Fames Esq'' and others in behalf of 
sundry Powns in the upper Coos (so called) was brought up read and 
concurred : M"' Worcester & M"" Webster were joined. 

A Vote that M"" Joshua Wentworth & M"" Baker be a Commit- 
tee to join with such of the Honorable House as they shall appoint 
to Consider of some proper method for issuing proclamations annu- 
ally for holding public days of fasting, and also Public Days of 
thanksgiving, and to bring in a bill or resolve for the purpose, was 
sent down for concurrence — 

Adjourned 'till Monday next, three O'Clock P. M. 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^^ 

MONDAY, February 20th, 1786— 

Present as on Saturday, except M"" Baker M"" John Wentvvorth & 
M"" Webster. 

A Vote that Thursday the sixth Day of April next, be observed 
and kept as a Day of Public fasting throughout this State : and that 
his Excellency the President, with advice of Council issue a Proclama- 
tion for that purpose, was brought up read, and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow, Nine O'Clock. 

TUESDAY, February 2I«' 1786 — 

*2 : 106 Present all the senate except M"" John Wentvvorth* and 
M-" Bellows. 

An Act to alter the time of holding the annual Meetings in the 
Town of Packersfield, was read a third time, and Voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of Edward Smith and 
giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, was brought up read 
and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to Con- 
sider of the Petition of Plainfield, Labanon Cornish Hanover and 
Canaan, Also the Petition of Bath & report thereon was brought up 
read, and concurred : M"" Joshua Wentvvorth, M"" Peabody, M"" Thorn- 
ton & M"" Oilman were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to Con- 
sider what sum is necessary to be raised for the expenditures of the 
Current Year, Also in what manner it shall be paid, and report a 
supply Bill for that purpose was brought up read & concurred : M'' 
Atkinson, M"" Mdary and M'' Peabody were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Doctor Jonathan Gove & report thereon 
was brought up read & concurred : M"" Baker, M"" Joshua Wentworth, 
and M'' Webster were joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
Consider of the Petition of Major John Young and report thereon 
was brought up read & concurred : Mr. Webster was joined. 

An Act to impower the Superior Court of Judicature, to render 
compleat and perfect Judgment for Damages & Costs in 
* 2 : 107 an Action* brought at said Court by Zebulon Marsh, 

against Edward Hilton, and to award Execution thereon 
was read a third time and Voted thai the same be enacted. 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 465 

A Vote that the Town of Wendell be credited the sum of sixty 
pounds for one Long, a Continental soldier, together with the Interest 
charged, brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to except the report of the Committee on the Petition of 
the Town of Newport, Viz. That the Treasurer be ordered to Credit 
said Town for fifty-four pounds, agreeably to an order signed by the 
President in favour of said Newport, with Interest on said Order for 
three Years Sc seven months amounting to Eleven pounds eleven 
shillings & Eight pence was brought up read, and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of General James Reed, and report thereon 
was brought up read & concurred : M"" Thornton & M'' Peabody were 
joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the Petition of 
Joseph Kimball, in behalf of the Town of Plainfield, that the Treas- 
urer receive the paper Bills mentioned in said petition, and account 
for them at the value of the amount m the year 1779, was brought 
up read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate 
to Consider of the Petition of Hugh M^Keen,* and others, * 2 : 108 
and all similar matters and report thereon was brought up 
read and concurred : M"" Baker & M"" Webster were joined. 

A resolve that the Commissinors on the Estate of Breed Batchel- 
dor an absentee, are impowered to receive, consider and allow the 
Claim of Oliver Wright with Interest, in Case they find the. same 
just notwithstanding the Execution is returned satisfied was brought 
up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Orford be Credited for four soldiers, each 
sixty pounds together with the Interest charged in an extent issued 
against said Town they satisfying the sheriff for his fees was brought 
up read & concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, February 22^ 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote to allow Jonathan Woodcock the Depreciation of his wages 
and that the Committee appointed for that purpose govern them- 
selves accordingly, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to allow Sylvanus Reed the Depreciation of his Wages 
was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to allow the account of the selectmen of Londonderry 
amounting to twenty two pounds four shillings & Eleven pence for 
taking care of one John Disney, was brought up read & concurred. 



466 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1/86 

A Vote to allow the Ballance of the Account of Betty Hickey 
amounting to thirteen pounds eleven shillings for boarding Robert 

Crow, Deceased, was brought up read & concurred. 
*2: 109 * A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the 
Senate to Consider of the Petition of Henry Fields and 
all similar matters and report thereon was brought up read & con- 
curred: M"" Joshua Wentworth was joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Allen Willard on the third Tues- 
day of the next Session was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of the Petition of John Pierce, and report thereon was 
brought up read and concurred : M"" Thornton, M'' Peabody & M"^ 
Joshua Wentworth were joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of James Hubbard (who prays for the 
exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry) on the third Tuesday of the 
next Session was brought up read & concurred. 

An Act in Addition to an Act entitled "an Act to establish an 
equitable method of making rates & taxes, and determining who 
shall be legal Voters in town and parish affairs, and also for repeal- 
ing certain acts herein after mentioned, & to explain certain clauses 
thereof,'' was read a third time & Voted, that the same be enacted. 

A Vote on the Petition of Jeremiah Eames & others praying, that 
the Privilege of a ferry over Connecticut River might be granted to 
Thomas Burnside, be re-considered : and the prayer of said Petition 
be granted : and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a Bill ac- 
cordingly was brought up read and concurred. 
* 2 : 1 10 * A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the 

Senate to consider of the Petition of John Wendall Esq'' 
& report thereon was brought up read & concurred : M"" Joshua 
Wentworth & M"" Chase were joined. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of the selectmen of Hillsborough on 
the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read & 
concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Thomas Christy, that he have and re- 
ceive out of the Treasury, two hundred & twelve pounds Eleven 
shillings & six pence for Money loaned the state, was brought up 
read and Concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of what allowance shall be made to the Officers of the civil 
List the members of the General Court ^C" and when this Court shall 
be adjourned, and report thereon was brought up read and concurred : 
M"" M'^Clary M"" Joshua Wentworth, & M' Atkinson were joined. 

An Act to enable the Parishioeners of the Episcopal Church of 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 467 

Queen's Chapel in Portsmouth to levy and assess parochial Taxes on 
the Pews in said Chapel, as well as on the Polls, & Estates of said 
Parishioners and to direct the mode of collecting the same having 
been read a third time Voted that the same pass to be enacted, was 
sent down for concurrence & brought up concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow nine O'Clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, February 23^, 1786 — 

Present as on Saturday except M"" Bellows. 

A Vote to abate the Towns of Lancaster, Northumber- 
land, Dartmouth & Startford ; all Taxes due from said Towns * 2 : 1 1 1 
prior * to the year 1784, was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Calvin Frink on the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session was brought up, read and nonconcurred. 

An Act to Confirm the Title of a certain tract of Land in Rindge 
to Barnabas Barker, his heirs & assigns, having been read three 
times & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Christopher Toppan Esq'' amount- 
ing to fifty five shillings & six pence for a Journey to vew the fort, 
also a Journey to Exeter at the sale of Excise was brought up read 
& concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Thomas Bartlett Esq'' amounting 
to three pounds fifteen shillings & six pence as one of the Committee 
to view the fort, also for a Journey at the sale of Excise was brought 
up read & concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of General Joseph Badger, amounting 
to three pounds Nineteen shillings, for a Journey to Plymouth %i^ was 
brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of David Swett, amounting to Eight- 
een shillings for taking an invoice of Campbell's-Gore, was brought 
up read & concurred : 

A Vote to pay the Account of William Plummer amounting to 
twelve shillings for Drawing articles for sale of Excise, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Benjamin Lamson amounting 
to three pounds fifteen shillings for Expences at the sale 
* of Excise was brought up. read & concurred. * 2 : 112 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the 
Senate to consider of the memorial of Lemuel Holmes, Esq'' and re- 
port thereon was brought up read & concurred M"" John Wentworth 
& M'' Chase were joined. 



468 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1786 

An Act in addition to an Act directing the admission of Town 
Inhabitants having been read a third time Voted that the same be 
non-concurred. 

An Act to repeal an Act, entitled " An Act to prevent the Bodies 
of Debtors being taken in Execution when real or Personal Estate 
can be found, or is tendered to satisfy the Demand having been read 
three times Voted that the same Pass to be Enacted was sent Down 
for Concurrence. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Jonathan Moulton 
Esq"" and giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly was brought 
up read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, February 24th, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday 
A Vote of the House of Yesterday, to Postpone the hearing on 
the Petition of Benjamin Trip until this Day was brought up read 
& concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
Consider of some method for repairing and making passable the 
Roads leading from Portsmouth to Connecticut River and report 

thereon was brought uj) read & Concurred. 
*2: 113 * A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of John 
Peirce in behalf of John Fisher Esq"", and giving him leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Mary Conant and 
giving her leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up read 
& concurred. 

An Act laying a fine on delinquent sheriffs, & Town Clerks having 
been read a third time it was Voted that the same be Enacted. 
Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, February 25th, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday — 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Joshua Foss Jun"" 
and giving him leave to bring in a Bill accordingly was brought up 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to grant the prayer of the Petition of Benjamin Tripp and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up read & 
non-concurred. 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 469 

An Act to vest the exclusive Privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
Certain part of Connecticut River, in Samuel Bayley having been 
read a third time, it was Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to vest the Privilege of keeping a ferry over a certain 
part of Connecticut River in Benjamin Bellows, of Walpole, his heirs 
& assigns having been read a third time it was Voted that the same 
be enacted. 

* An act to vest the exclusive Privilege of keeping a * 2: 114 
ferry over a certain part of Connecticut River in Joseph 
Kimball of Plainfield his heirs & assigns, having been read a third 
time, it was voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote to Credit the Town of Unity for one Man in their quota 
of the late Continental soldiers was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
consider of the Petition of James Knowles Esq"" in behalf of the 
town of Rochester was brought up read and concurred, and M'' Baker 
was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
consider of the Petition of John Wendell Esq"" and report thereon 
was brought up, read & concurred : and M'' Atkinson & M"" M'^Clary 
were joined 

A Vote to pay Jonathan Warner Esq"" one hundred & forty four 
pounds thirteen shillings & five pence in full for his Demand on the 
state for a Vessel used as a fire ship in the late War was brought up 
read & concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate, to 
consider of the Petition of Nathan Barlow & report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" John Wentworth was joined. 
Adjourned 'till Monday next three O'Clock, P. M. 

MONDAY, February 27th 1786 

Present all the senate except M"" Oilman & M"" Bellows. 

* A Vote that the Town of Surry be credited for the *2 : 115 
whole amount of the beef delivered John Miller being 

three thousand and three hundred Weight and that the Treasurer 
Credit the Town accordingly, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Petition of Colonel Simon Willard and the selectmen 
of swanzey also the Petition of Alexander Parkman & report thereon 
was brought up read & concurred : M"" Baker was joined. 

An Act for laying out high-ways was read a third time & Voted 
that the same be enacted. 



4/0 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1786 

An Act for mending & repairing high-ways in this State was read 
a third time and Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to prevent encroachments upon high ways was read a third 
time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act for repealing sundry Laws of this State relative to high 
ways, was read a third time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to restore Henry Kennisan to his right in certain Land in 
Barnstead was read a third time, & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to restore Hugh Tallent to his Law, having been read a 
third time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to restore John Pickering Jun"" to his right to Certain. 
Land in Barnstead was read a third time & Voted that the same be 

Enacted. 
* 2 : 116 * Adjourned 'till tomorrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 28th, 1786. 

Present as Yesterday — 

An act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticut river, in Moses Chase his heirs & assigns, 
having been read a third time voted that the same pass to be 
Enacted was sent down Concurrence & brought up concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
Azariah Webb Esq'' in behalf of the Town of Piermont, Viz. that 
the said Town be Credited for three Continental soldiers, the sum of 
sixty pounds each with the Interest thereof, on settlement of the 
Account charged against said Town of Piermont, for deficiency of 
soldiers was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the town of Orford be allowed & Credited the sum of 
sixty pounds & the Interest thereof on settlement of the account 
charged against said Town for the Deficiency of soldiers & that the 
Treasurer take order accordingly was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on account of 
Richard Hart, that there be allowed & paid to the said Hart one hun- 
dred & twenty five pounds ten shillings & seven pence in full of said 
account, was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Treasurer issue a Note in favor of samuel Potter 
of equal value to that said to be burnt, he giving bond to return the 
Latter into the Treasurer in case it shall ever be found was brought 

up read & concurred. 
*2:ii7 * An Act to vacate the Proceedings on an Execution 
against Joseph Kelley, was read a third time & Voted, that 
the same be enacted. 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4/1 

An Act to annul and made void a Judgment of Court obtained 
against Ebenezer Torry by David Larned & Abel Larned was read 
a third time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote that Col. James Racket of Exeter, Col. James Hill of 
Newmarket, & M"" Andrew Wiggen Jun"" of Stratham be & they are 
hereby appointed a Committee to direct the repair of Newmarket 
bridge agreeable to an Act of this state for repairing said bridge & 
that they be a Committee until another shall be appointed in their 
stead was bi'ought up read & concurred. 

An act to regulate the price & assize of bread was read a third 
time & Voted that the same pass to be enacted — sent down for 
concurrence. 

An Act to prevent the keeping of large quantities of Gun powder 
in private houses in Portsmouth, & for appointing a keeper of the 
Magazine belonging to said Town, having been read a third time & 
Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to discount an Execution of Israel Morey against the Pro- 
prietors of Piermont, was read a third time, and it was Voted that 
the same be enacted. 

An Act to restore John Fisher Esq"" his property within this state 
was read a third time and it was Voted that the same be enacted. 

* An Act to restore John Young to his Law was read * 2 : 118 
a third time and Voted that the same be enacted. 

An act for granting a Lottery to finish a Bridge over Raker's 
River, so called in Plymouth was read a third time, and it was Voted 
that the same be enacted. 

An Act to regulate the repair of Newmarket Bridge over Exeter 
River from Stratham to Newmarket and directing the manner in 
which the same shall be repaired in future was read a third time & 
Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the Petition of 
Plainfield, %l'^ and similar matters that the Town of Lime be Credited 
for three Continental soldiers, and that they be allowed the sum of 
sixty pounds for each of said Men with the Interest thereof on the 
settlement of the account the state has against said Lime, for defi- 
ciency of soldiers, was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Josiah Willard on the third Wednes- 
day of the next session was brought up read & concurred. 

An Act to facilitate the payment of out standing taxes was read a 
third time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act for supplying the Treasurer of this State with ten thousand 
five hundred pounds, for the purpose of discharging the specie part 
of a requisition of Congress of the Twenty seventh of September 
last said to be this State's quota of the Interest of the foreign Debt 



472 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/S^ 

of the United States was read a third time & Voted that the same 

be Enacted. 
* 2 : 119 *A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the 

Senate to Consider of the Petition of Moses Dow Esq. 
in behalf of Haverhill and Piermont and report thereon was brought 
up read and concurred M"" Worcester was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
Consider of the resolve of Congress of the fifteenth of February, 
1786 and report thereon was bro't up read and concurred M'' At- 
kinson was joined. 

Adjourned 'till to morrow, Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, March i^^ 1786. 

Present all the senate — Except M"" M'^Clary, M"" Oilman and M'" 
Bellows. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Account of Moses Chase Esq"" and all similar matters, 
and report thereon was brought up read & concurred M"^ John Went- 
worth was joined. 

A Vote for a Committee to be added to the Committee on the Pe- 
tition of Jonathan Warner Esq'' was brought up read and concurred : 
M"" Webster was joined. 

A resolve that the selectmen of New Bradford be authorized and 
impowered to assess and Collect all the outstanding taxes remaining 
against (making a distinct list for each year) in one tax in the usual 
form upon the Lands in said Town by the Lots, and that no extents 
issue against said Town either for soldiers or said taxes until the first 
of January next, and that the extent now against said Town be stayed 
'till said first of January was brought up read & concurred. 
*2:i20 *A Vote to pay the Account of Dr. A. R. Cutter 
amounting to Twenty six pounds one shilling was brought 
up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Rochester be allowed the pay for Daniel 
Alley, and that the Treasurer deduct the same from the sum said 
Town is called on for was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Croydon be Credited sixty pounds with 
the Interest thereof on the extent against said Town they paying 
the Sheriff's fees was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Dr. Nathaniel Kidder amounting to 
four pounds two shillings & one penny was brought up read & con- 
curred. 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 473 

A Vote to pay Benjamin Knight ten pounds and six pence for sur- 
geon's bill and for nursing &"= was brought up read & concurred 

A Vote to pay the ballance of the account of Mark Hunking 
Wentvvorth Esq"" amounting to three hundred &• Ninety three pounds 
Nine shillings was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Sarah Little amounting to seven 
pounds one shilling & three pence was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to pay the pay-roll of Cap* Meshech Bell amounting to 
eighty pounds, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Cap' Meshech Bell, amounting to 
four pounds ten shillings, for wood at the fort was brought up 
read and concurred. 

* An Act to restore Benjamin Cummings to his share * 2: 121 
in the real Estate of his late Father, having been read a 

third time it was Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticut river in Thomas Burnside his heirs and 
assigns was read a third time and Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on a Petition in be- 
half of the Town of Bath that said Town be Credited for William 
Grimshaw sixty pounds with the Interest thereof, also that the said 
Town of Bath be entitled to receive twenty pounds for procuring 
said soldier, was brought up read and concurred. 

A resolve that the Town of Bath be abated four fifth of all taxes 
and requirements against them previous to the year 1780 and half 
of all taxes &"= for 1780, 1781, 1782 & 1783, and four ninths of all 
taxes &'' founded on the last proportion — act was brought up read & 
concurred. 

A resolve that the Town of Cardigan be abated to thirds (includ- 
ing former abatements) of all Taxes &'' previous to the last proportion 
act was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report on the Petition of Jonathan Warner 
Esq. and that he have leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought 
up read & concurred. 

A Vote that his Excellency the President, have and receive out of 
the Treasury two hundred pounds, as salary from the first of June 
1785 to June 1786 was brought up read and concurred. 

* A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the * 2 : 122 
Senate to Consider of the memorial of Noah Emery Jun'' 

and all similar matters, and report thereon was brought up read and 
concurred : M"" John Wentworth was joined. 

A Vote to pay the account of Col. Benjamin Sumner amounting 

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474 NEW HAMPSHTRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l/^^ 

to thirty shillings for selling the Excise in the County of Cheshire 
was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the Petition of 
John Wendell Esq'' that the Judge of Probate be directed to adjust 
and settle the said Wendell's demands against said Wentworth's Es- 
tate allowing interest as prayed for in said Petition was brought up 
read & concurred. 

A Vote to pay the ballance of the account of Cap* Moses Wood- 
ward as Commissary of Prisoners amounting to two hundred and 
sixty Nine pounds nineteen shillings & five pence in full of all his 
demand and that he be allowed to return into the Treasury sixty 
three dollars, new emission bills was brought up read & concurred. 
Adjourned 'till tomorrow Nine O'Clock. 

THURSDAY, March 2^ 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 

An Act to tax the Lands in Barrington for repairing highways was 
read a third time and Voted that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote that M"" Atkinson M-" Thornton & M-" Baker be a Commit- 
tee with such of the Honorable house as they shall join to 
* I : 123 nominate three proper Persons out of whom * to chuse one 
to deliver a sermon at the next election was sent down for 
Concurrence by M"" Webster & brought up concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of John Neal & James M'^Gregore that they 
receive out of the Treasury the sum of thirty pounds, and that his 
Excellency give order accordingly was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of John Combs relative 
to a Note was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote allowing the Township of Coventry sixty pounds and the 
Interest thereof for a recruit in Hazen's Regiment and that the 
Treasury take order accordingly was brought up read & concurred : 

A Vote that his Excellency the President with advice of the Hon- 
orable Council be requested to remove from the Office of Justice of 
the Peace & special Justice of the Superior Court for the County of 
Rockingham Jeremiah Oilman Esq"" of Plastow as a Person unsuit- 
able to fill those important offices was sent down for concurrence by 
the Deputy secretary, and bro't up concurred — It is to be remem- 
bered that his Excellency the President and those of the senate who 
are members of the Council did not act on the above Vote. 

A Vote that the Town of Landaff be abated and Credited one full 
Moiety of all Taxes and requisition appointed thereto previous to the 
last proportion act taking place and that the Town of Landaff be 



1786] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 475 

abated on sixth part of the proportion assigned thereto 
* in the last proportion Act from the passing thereof until * 2 : 124 
a new proportion be made was brought up read and Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the Petition of 
Lebanon that no extent issue against said Town until the first of 
January next and that the Treasurer receive from Robert Colburn 
sixty six pounds twelve shillings in New Hampshire bills and Credit 
said Town for the nominal amount in discharge of outstanding taxes 
was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Grafton be abated for taxes and requisi- 
tions from 1777 to 1780 two thirds and from 1780 to 1783 one half 
of said taxes and requisitions and that the extent now against said 
Town for soldiers be stayed and no other extent be issued until the 
first day of January next was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Warren be abated twelve pounds thirteen 
shillings & five pence in their proportion of ratable Estate as set to 
them in the last proportion Act and added to Piermont and Went- 
worth, and that the sum of six pounds twelve shillings & six pence 
be added to Piermont : and that the sum of six pounds & Eleven 
pence be added to Wentworth was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote that no extent issue against the Town of Orford for out- 
standing taxes until the first Day of January next was brought up 
read and Concurred. 

* A Vote to allow the Town of Hanover, sixty pounds * 2 : 125 
each for five soldiers by them procured & the Interest 
thereof : and that said Town be abated two fifth parts of all the 
taxes previous to the Last proportion act taking place : and that the 
said Town have a further allowance sufficient to discharge the whole 
of the extent or charge for the deficiency of soldiers : and that the 
Treasury receive from Jonathan Freeman, Esq. four hundred & thirty 
four pounds fourteen shillings in New Hampshire bills and Credit 
said Town for the nominal amount thereof in Discharge of outstand- 
ing taxes & that no extent issue against said Town 'till January next 
was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote to allow the Town of- Marlborough for a recruit and inter- 
est for the same they paying for the service of the extents was 
brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Claremont have Credit for a recruit the 
sum of sixty pounds with Interest was brought up read and con- 
currred. 

A Vote to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticut River in Micah Reed his heirs and assigns 
was read a third time & Voted that the same be Enacted. 



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A Vote that Solomon Cole an invalid have one third of his Monthly 
pay from the time his whole pay ceased, was brought up read & con- 
curred. 

* 2 : 126 * A Vote that the Town of Plainfield be abated of their 

Taxes Viz. from the Doomage 1777 to 1780 one half : from 
1780 to 1783 two fifths: and from 1783 until a new proportion four 
Ninths ; and that no extent be issued against said Town until the 
first Day of January next, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that W. Adams, W. Brooks, D. Ames, S. Hobard [Hubbard]', 
J. Brooks, and J. Taylor, privates in Cap^ Chapman's Company, Col. 
Hower's regiment of artillery and artificers be allowed the deprecia- 
tion of their Wages if they have not already received it from Massa- 
chusetts was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to allow half pay to Gen. James Reed commencing the 
thirty first December 1780 agreeable to a resolve of Congress of the 
Twenty sixth Day of August 1776 was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Lyman be abated one half of all their 
Taxes up to the last proportion act : and one quarter of all taxes 81'^ 
'till another proportion shall take place, was brought up read & Con- 
curred. 

A Vote that no extent issue against the Town of Canaan for out- 
standing taxes and if any has issued they be stayed 'till the first of 
January next was brought up read & Concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Cornish that said Town be abated of the 
Taxes &'^ by doomage from the year 1777 to 1780, one half, from 
1780 to 1783 one fourth, including what has already been abated & 
from 1783 to a New proportion four ninths, and the extent now 
against said Town be stayed and none issue 'till the first Day of Jan- 
uary next, was bro't up read & concurred. 

* 2 : 127 * A Vote that the Town of Lyman be allowed the sum 

of sixty pounds with the Literest thereof was brought up 
read & Concurred. 

A Vote that Stephen Richardson have one third of monthly pay 
to commence when his whole pay ceased was brought up read and 
concurred. 

A Vote that the Rev. Doctor Samuel Langdon be requested to 
preach the Election Sermon at Concord on the first Wednesday of 
June next and that his Excellency the President be desired to give 
the said Doctor Langdon seasonable notice thereof was brought up 
read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Swanzey be allowed pay for Amasa Par- 
ker with the Interest thereof : and that the Town of Winchester be 

I. See vote of 4th March. 



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allowed for Moses Powers twenty pounds with Interest from the 
Time of muster was brought up read and concurred. 

A resolve that the Town of Lyman be abated one half of all their 
taxes &*= up to the last proportion and that the selectmen are impow- 
ered to levy and assess the remainder in two tax bills Si'^ Also that 
the selectmen are impowered to levy any & all remaining tax or taxes 
from the proprietors of said Town in the same manner as other taxes 
of non residents proprietors are collected, and that no ex- 
tent issue against *said Town till the first Day of January * 2 : 128 
next, and that said abatements be considered to exclude 
said Town from all demands prior to the passing this resolve, was 
brought up read and concurred. 

adjourned 'till to morrow Nine O'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY, March 3^ 1786. 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote that the Town of Concord Alias Gunthwaite be Credited 
for Josiah Pratt a Continental soldier the sum of sixty pounds with 
the Interest thereof was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Petition of Unity lay 'till the next Session ; that 
no extent issue against said Town ; and that they have an oppor- 
tunity to return an inventory, was brought up read 2 .id concurred. 

A Vote to pay John Calfe Esq"" five pounds ten shillings the amount 
of his account for recording & Copying &'^ was brought up read and 
concurred. 

A Vote to pay Jesse Johnson thirty six shillings for a Book to re- 
cord journals Sc'^ was brought up read and concurred. 

A Resolve that the selectmen of Concord Alias Gunthwaite be im- 
powered to assess any sums of money that may be due from said 
Town from the Year 1775 to the year 1783, inclusively on the lands 
of the Proprietors of said Town in the Present year's Tax bill, and 
that all extents &'' be stayed 'till the first Day of January next was 
brought up read and concurred. 

* A resolve that the selectmen of the several towns, dis- * 2 : 129 
tricts, and parishes within this state are required to make 
a return of all the Inhabitants within their respective districts to the 
Secretary of this State on or before the second Wednesday of June 
next was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote for a Committee to join a Committee of the senate to 
Consider of the Accounts of the Printers was bro't up read and con- 
curred : M"" Atkinson joined. 

A Vote that Benjamin Biggelow receive out of the Treasury thirty 



478 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1786 

pounds for which he is to be accountable, was brought up read and 
concurred. 

A Resolve that the Town of Chester be allowed for two recruits 
Pelham two Northampton one Portsmouth one and Seabrook one 
twenty pounds each as bounty, Sl"" was brought up read and con- 
currred : and re-considered, ordered to lay 'till next Session. 

A Vote that Joshua Bell receive one half of his monthly pay from 
the time his whole pay ceased was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Hampton be allowed seventy one pounds 
one shilling and eight pence for Interest due on an extent & twenty 
pounds and Interest thereon was brought up read and Concurred. re- 
Considered and ordered to lay 'till next Session. 
* 2 : 130 * A Vote to pay the ballance of the account of Benjamin 
Biggelow amounting to fifteen pounds for supplies at the 
fort was brought up read and Concurred. 

An act for altering the time of holding the Inferior Court of Com- 
mon pleas, holden by Law on the first Tuesday of June annually at 
Portsmouth in & for the County of Rockingham, was read a third 
time and VoUd thai the same be Enacted. 

An act to amend and relieve against a Mistake made in the Levy 
of an Execution in favor of Jonathan Warner, Esq'' against William 
Reeve and others was read a third time and Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote directing the Treasurer to attend the General Court at 
Concord in June next was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that the secretary receive twenty pounds for his Salary 
from June 1785 to June 1786 was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay David Bryent twenty four shillings for notifying 
several companies to fill up their respective quota of soldiers was 
brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Treasurer have one hundred & fifty pounds as sal- 
ary, seventy-five pounds for responsibility of Ofifice, and sixty pounds, 
for Clerk in full from the twelfth Day of June 1785 to the twelfth 
Day of June 1786 was brought up read and Concurred. 

A Vote to pay John Sparhawk Esq'' five pounds seventeen shillings 
& five pence for sundries for the use of the State was brought up 

read and concurred. 
*2 : 131 *A Vote to pay the Rev. Doctor Samuel Haven and 
the Rev. M"" Joseph Buckminster three pounds each for 
their kind services as Chaplains to the General Court the Current 
year was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the Petition of B. Dearborn and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill for that purpose at this or next 
Session was brought up read and concurred. 



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A Vote that the members of the Honorable senate and House of 
Representatives & their Officers have the same pay as at the last Ses- 
sion of the General Court was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that John M'^Coy receive the one half of his Monthly pay 
from the time his whole pay ceased was brought up read & Con- 
curred. 

A Vote to pay M*" Daniel Humphreys four pounds four shillings 
for engrossing bills was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote for Josiah Powers to receive half pay from the time his 
whole pay ceased was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that General Sullivan receive seventy five pounds as At- 
torney General the Year past was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that solomon Todd receive half pay from the time his 
whole pay ceased 'till further order, was brought up read and con- 
curred. 

*An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry *2 : 132 
over a certain part of Connecticut river in Solomon Rob- 
bins, his heirs and assigns was read a third time and Voted that the 
same be enacted. 

adjourned 'till tomorrow, Nine O'clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, March 4th, 1786. 

Present as yesterday. 

A Vote to pay John Prentice thirty five shillings for time expences 
&'^ selling Excise was brought up read and concurred. 

An Act for raising the sum of ten thousand pounds for the use of 
this state the present year was read a third time and VoUdthat same 
be enacted. 

An act to establish certain Impost Duties on various foreign ar- 
ticles imported into this State was read a third time and Voted that 
the same be enacted. 

A Vote that the Town of Plainfield be abated of their taxes. Viz. 
from the Doomage 1777 to 1780, one half from 1780 to 1783 two 
fifths; and from 1783 until a New proportion four Ninths and that 
no extents be issued against said Town until the first Day of January 
next, was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that W. Adams, W. Brooks, D. Ames, S. Hubberd, J. 
Brooks and J. Taylor privates in Cap* Chapman's Company, Col. 
Howers Regiment artillery & artificers be allowed the Depreciation 
of their Wages if they have not already received it from Massachu- 
setts was brought up, read & concurred. 



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A Vote to allow half pay to Gen. James Read commencing the 
thirty first December 1780 agreeably to a resolve of Congress of the 
Twenty sixth of August 1776 was bro't up read & concurred. 
*2 : 133 *A Vote that the Town of Lyman be abated one half of 
all their taxes up to the last proportion act, and one quarter 
of all taxes &'' 'till another proportion shall take place was brought 
up read & concurred. 

A Vote that no extent issue against the Town of Canaan for 
outstanding taxes, and if any has issued they be stayed 'till the 
first of January next was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote on the Petition of Cornish that said Town be abated of the 
Taxes &= by Doomage from the year 1777 to 1780 one half; from 
1780 to 1783 one fourth including what lias already been abated & 
from 1783 to a New proportion, four Ninths ; and that said Town be 
allowed sixty pounds with interest and that the extent now against 
said Town be stayed and none issue 'till the first Day of January 
next, was brought up read & concurred. 

A Vote that the Town of Lyman be allowed the sum of sixty 
pounds with the Interest thereof was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote that Stephen Richardson have one third of monthly pay 
to commence when his whole pay ceased was brought up read & con- 
curred. 

A Vote that the Rev. Doctor Samuel Langdon be requested to 
preach an Election sermon at Concord on the first Wednesday of 
June next and. that his Excellency the President be desired to give 
the said Doctor Langdon seasonable notice thereof was brought up 
read & concurred. 

A