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Early State Papers 

OF 

EEW HAMPSHIRE 

Including the Journals of the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives AND Records of the President and Coun- 
cil, FROM June, 1787, to June, 1790, 

WITH AN APPENDIX 

Containing Biographical Sketches of Men who Sustained Im- 
portant Relations to the State Government during that 
Period, taken from the Manuscript Biographies of 
Governor William Plumer ; also Correspondence 
AND Acts of the Legislature Pertaining to 
the Federal Constitution and the Rela- 
tions OF New Hampshire to the Fed- 
eral Government. 



VOLUME XXI 



ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 

EIDITTOR.. 




CONCORD: 
Ira C . E \- A N s , Public Printer 

1892 , 



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

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened : 

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the 
advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person and fix his com- 
pensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, 
to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions of 
the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire as 
the Governor may deem proper ; and that eight hundred copies of each volume of 
the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows : namely, one 
copy to each city and town in the State, one copy to such of the public libraries of 
this 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. 



PREFACE. 



This volume is a continuation of the Journals of the Senate and 
House of Representatives, and the Records of the President and 
Council, on the plan outlined in the preface to Vol. XX. These 
three political vears exhibit the workings of the state government 
in the midst of the experiment undertaken by the adoption of the 
constitution of 1784. At the same time, moreover, the relations 
of the state with other states and the Federal union had been rad- 
ically changed by the adoption of the Federal constitution, and 
that epoch is included in the period covered by this volume. The 
student of constitutional history will find in these pages the official 
account of all the proceedings of the General Court touching the 
election of delegates, provision for a convention to consider the 
proposed Federal constitution, and the assumption of the various 
privileges and duties of statehood under the new compact. The 
journal of the convention which ratified the proposed Federal con- 
stitution has been published in Vol. X of this series, and illustra- 
tive notes and citations on the subject are given in the appendix to 
Vol. XX. 

The extensive jurisdiction assumed and exercised by the Gen- 
eral Court in the treatment of matters now regarded as of strictly 
judicial cognizance, or assigned to the courts of law and equity 
from considerations of convenience and public policy, is amply 
disclosed in these records of legislative proceedings. The Gen- 
eral Court often undertook to reverse and vacate judgments of the 
courts of law by entertaining petitions for new trials, and exercis- 
ing judicial functions in other ways, and they may be regarded, 
in a measure, as an indication of a lack of confidence in the 
courts or as the passing vestiges of that legislative supervision long 



IV PREFACE. 

exercised over the courts, as well as over the executive depart- 
ment. It was practically unlimited by the constitution of 1776, 
and not effectually controlled by that of 1784. Actual experience 
in the workings of government at this period brought the attention 
of the people to the faults to be remedied, and compelled an early 
attempt to obviate some of the more conspicuous defects in the 
organic law. Measures to this end were formulated soon after 
the adjustment of the state's new relations to the Federal union. 

Thus while the practice and usages of legislation for a long 
time invited or tolerated the presentation of a multitude of private 
matters as subjects of action, and much of the record is occupied 
by that class of business, it should not be assumed that serious and 
far-reaching measures of general concern were a less important 
feature of the legislation of that day. The currency, the public 
debt, inter-state affairs, the revision of the laws, the ever-present 
Masonian controversy, and the spirit of rebellion which was rife 
in 1787, were among the subjects of administration and legislation 
which demanded the highest order of statesmanship, and which 
give the official narrative a peculiar interest and value. 

Many of the public men of the Revolutionar}^ period were now 
enjoying a distinction acquired in earlier civil and militar}^ service. 
It was to be expected that such services would entitle them to the 
rewards of office in times of peace. Age and natural partiality 
to the traditions and miCthods acquired from earlier conditions, 
made these men conservative. Aggressive measures of reform 
would most readily emanate from another element. Other and 
younger men were also becoming participants in the affairs of 
government. They had no undue reverence for the old order of 
things, civil or ecclesiastical. Some of them attained the highest 
places in public life, and won enduring fame as statesmen and 
jurists. 

William Plumer first appeared in the General Court as a repre- 
sentative in 1785, and Jeremiah Smith in 1788. Both passed 
through a legislative tutelage which equipped them for more dis- 
tinguished, but perhaps no more useful efforts, in the national 
Congress. They were both leaders at the outset. They became 



PREFACE. V 

the foremost advocates of constitutional reform, and so effectually 
did they teach the lessons gathered from their own familiarity with 
the workings of the new government, that they are justly credited 
with the principal responsibility for the important amendments to 
the constitution which were, soon after their advent into public 
life, secured through the convention of 1791 and 1792. The Lite 
of Plumer, chapters 2 and 3, the Life of Smith, chapter 3, and 
the Life of John Sullivan, pages 199 to 244, may be read with 
especial advantage in connection with an examination ol the 
records here siven. Other authorities which have reference to 
men and measures of the same period are cited in notes accompa- 
nying the text. 

The selections from Governor Plumer's books of biography, 
which will be found in the appendix, are published with a two- 
fold purpose — to call the attention of the public to that remarka- 
ble product of Mr. Plumer's well directed industry, which is con- 
tained in five manuscript volumes now in the custody of the New 
Hampshire Historical Society ; and to give those who might be 
disposed to pursue such lines of investigation an introduction to 
the principal actors in the affairs of the period under review, as 
they are pictured by a competent and critical contemporary. 

The Record of the President and Council was never before 
printed. In ascertaining the practical construction of the consti- 
tution as given by the members of this body, many of whom were 
members of the convention which formulated the instrument, this 
part of the work will, it is hoped, be found especially useful. The 
re-examination of the respective rights and duties of the Governor 
and the Council, which recent events in several states have occa- 
sioned, is facilitated and made practicable so far as the archives ot 
this state are required, to an extent not before possible. 

The correspondence and legislative acts relating to New Hamp- 
shire and the Federal constitution, as gathered from various 
sources, are added for preservation and convenient reference. 

The arrangement of the records in the body of this volume is 
the same as that adopted in Vol. XX. Similar official tables, 
marginal notes, and indexes have also been prepared. The next 



VI ■ PREFACE. 

volume will be a continuation of the legislative journals and exec- 
utive records to the close of the period which began with the con- 
stitution of 1784 and ended with the commencement of the first 
political year under the same constitution as amended in 1791-92. 
The further prosecution of the work in that direction is not at 
present contemplated. 

Courtesies have been most cordially extended by the officials 
designated in former notes, and increased obligations incurred. 
The renewal of our acknowledgments of those favors is a duty 

and a pleasure. 

The Editor. 



Table of Contents. 



State Officers, 1787-88 .... 

Journal of the Senate, June Session, 1787 
Journal of the House, June Session, 1787 
Members of the House, 1787-88 . 
Journal of the Senate, September Session, 1787 
Journal of the House, September Session, 1787 
Journal of the Senate, December Session, 1787 
Journal of the House, December Session, 1787 
Journal of the Senate, January Session, 1788 
Journal of the House, January Session, 1788 
Records of President and Council, 1787-88 
State Officers, 1788-89 

Journal of the Senate, June Session, 1788 
Journal of the House, June Session, 1788 
Members of the House, 1788-89 . 
Journal of the Senate, November Session, 1788 
Journal of the House, November Session, 1788 
Journal of the Senate, December Session, 1788 
Journal of the House, December Session, 1788 
Records of President and Council, 1788-89 
State Officers, 1789-90 
Journal of the Senate, June Session, 1789 
Journal of the Plouse, June Session, 1789 
Members of the House, 1789-90 . 
Journal of the Senate, December Session, 1789 
Journal of the House, December Session, 17S9 
Records of President and Council, 1789-90 . 
Biographical Sketches ..... 
Correspondence Relative to Federal Constitution 
Acts pertaining to Federal Relations 



1-5 
7-33 

35-87 

37-39 
89-106 

107-143 

145-154 
155-169 
171-194 

195-232 

233-250 

251-259 
361-286 

28 7-33 1 
289-293 
333-344 
345-362 

363-414 
415-516 

545-549 
551-577 
579-627 
58 1 -585 
629-665 

667-737 
739-775 
779-830 
831-866 
867-880 



New Hampshire Early State Papers. 



STATE OFFICERS, 1787-88. 



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. 

JOHN SULLIV^AN, Durham, President. 

Council. 

JOSEPH OILMAN, Exeter, Rockingham, ^ Chosen from 

EBENEZER THOMPSON, Durham, Strafford, ^ the Senate. 
DANIEL EMERSON,! HolHs, Hillsborough, 1 Chosen from 
MOSES CHASE, Cornish, Cheshire, \ 1^ I^''''^'\ "^-^ 

JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth, Rockingham,''- j ^^-^f^^ 
JOSEPH PEARSON, Exeter, Secretary of State. 

, Deputy Secretary. 
JOHN TAYLOR OILMAN, Exeter, State Treasurer. 
ROYAL FLINT,3 

Commissioner for Settling Contine^ital Accounts. 
NATHANIEL OILMAN, Exeter, Continental Loan Officer. 
ELEAZER RUSSELL, Portsmouth, Naval Officer. 
JOSEPH WHIPPLE, Portsmouth, Collector of tJic Impost. 
JEREMIAH LIBBY, Portsmouth, Postmaster and 

Keeper of the Magazine at Portsmouth. 

1 History of Mollis, S. T. Worcester, 184. 

2 In the choice of councillors it was customary to give one to each county. Li 1786 and 
1787, however, Rockingham had two, and (Trafton none. 

3 Mr. Flint was the successor of Stephen Gorham. The residence of the former is not 
given in the New Hampshire records. 



2 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^7 

JUDICIARV. 

Superior Court of judicature. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness, Chief Justice. 

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Kingston, ^ 

JOHN DUDLEY, Raymond, i Puisne Justices. 

WOODBURY LANGDON, Portsmouth, ) 

JOHN PRENTICE,! Attorney-General. 

NATHANIEL ADAMS, Portsmouth, Clerl?. 

Court Maritime. 
JOSHUA BRACKETT, Portsmouth, Jiidge. 
JONATHAN MITCHELL SEWALL, Portsmouth, Clerii. 

MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT. 

His Excellency JOHN SULLIVAN, 

Captain-General., Conimander-in-CIn'ef and Admiral. 

Aids to His Excellency zvith t/ic Rank of Lieutenant-Colonel . 
JAMES CARR, Somersworth. 
ISAAC FARWELL, Charlestown. 
SAMUEL ADAMS, Durham. 
JONATHAN RAWSON, Dover. 
SAMUEL SHERBURNE, Portsmouth. 
ELEAZER WHEELOCK, Hanover. 

Ma jo r- Generals. 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS, Walpole. 
JOSEPH CILLEY, Nottingham. 

Aids to 3fa/'or- General Bellows with the Rank of Major. 
MOODY DUSTIN, Claremont. 
GEORGE SPARHAWK, Walpole. 

Aids to Major- General Cilley with the Rank of Major. 
JOSEPH MILLS, Deerfield. 
BRADBURY CILLEY, Notdngham. 

1 Appointed June 5, 1787. Biographical sketch, Parker's History of Londonderry, p. 229. 



1787] 



STATE OFFICERS, I787-88. 



Brigadier- Generals. 

JAMES HILL, Newmarket. 
GEORGE REID, Londonderry. 
MOSES DOW, Haverhill. 
JONATHAN BLANCHARD, Dunstable. 
JONATHAN CHASE, Cornish. 
THOMAS BARTLETT, Nottingham. 

Brigade Majors. 

GEN. HILL'S, Newel Healey, Kensington. 
GEN. BARTLETT'S, Jonathan Cilley, Nottingham. 
GEN. DOW'S, Samuel Todd, Orford. 
GEN. CHASE'S, Luther Eames, Keene. 
GEN. REID'S. Asa Senter, Pelham. 
GEN. BLANCHARD'S, 
NICHOLAS GILMAN,! Exeter, 

Adjutant-G evic ral ., with the rank of Brigadier-General. 

STATE senate. 

JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham, President. 

f JOSEPH OILMAN, Exeter. 
I President Pro Tern., or Senior Senator. 
J GEORGE ATKINSON, Portsmouth. 
'^ JOHN BELL, Londonderry. 
PETER GREEN,2 Concord. 
JOSHUA WENTWORTH, Portsmouth. 
County of 5 EBENEZER SMITH,3 Meredith. 
StratTord. I EBENEZER THOMPSON, Durham. 
County of ( ROBERT MEANS ,^ Amherst. 
Hillsboro'.^ JOSHUA BAILEY,^ Hopkinton. 

1 Appointed January 22, 1787. 

2 In 1788 there were two persons residing in Concord bearing tlie name, Peter Green, — one 
a lawyer, the otlier a physician. Petir (irceii, tlie pliysician, never held the olHce of coun- 
cillor or senator. It must be understdoil that it was tlie lawyer oi that name who is men- 
tinned in this connection.— N. H. Register, 1851, p. 4. 

3 Ebenezer Smith, of Meredith, and Ebenezer Smith, of Dnrliam, were contemporaries in 
the service of the State. The latter was never senator, but was councillor in 1792, 1793, 1794. 
— (iranite Monthly. 105. Meredith and Durham were both in Strafford county in 1788. 

4 Farmer & Moore's Hist. Coll., Vol. 2, p. 112. 

5 Life and Times in Hopkinton, C. C. Lord, 305. 



For the County 
of Rockingham, 



4 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

County of 5 JOHN BELLOWS, Walpole. 
Cheshire. I AMOS SHEPHARD, Alstead. 

County of ( ^^3^^ PAYNE, Lebanon. 
Gratton. ( 

The senators elected by the people were : 

Joshua Wentworth, Portsmouth, for the County of Rockingham. 

Ebenezer Smith, Meredith, and Ebenezer Thompson, Durham, 
for the County of Strafford. 

John Bellows, Walpole, for the County of Cheshire. 

The Senate and House in joint convention filled the vacancies 
on the seventh day of June, by making choice of the following 
named candidates : 

George Atkinson, Portsmouth, Joseph Oilman, Exeter, John 
Bell, Londonderry, and Peter Green, Concord, for the County of 
Rockingham. 

Robert Means, Amherst, and Joshua Bailey, Hopkinton, for 
the County of Hillsborough. 

Amos Shephard, Alstead, for the County of Cheshire. 

Elisha Payne, Lebanon, for the County of Grafton. 



DELEGATES TO CONGRESS. 

To serve for one year from the first 3Ionday in Kov ember., jySy. 

Names. Residence. Date of Election. 

JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth, June 23, 1787. 

NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. June 23, 1787. 

BENJAMIN WEST, Charlestown, June 26, 1787. 

PAINE WINGATE, Stratham, Sept. 29, 1787. 

DELEGATES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IN ACTUAL ATTENDANCE 

AT CONGRESS. 

1787. 

JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth. 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. 

1788. 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. 
PAINE WINGATE, Stratham. 



1787] STATE OFFICERS, I787-88. 5 

The House, June 21, named John Langdon, John Pickering, 
Nicholas Gihnan, and Benjamin Bellows, to be delegates to Con- 
gress. The Senate, June 23, concurred in the appointment of 
Mr. Pickering and Mr. Oilman, but took no action on the appoint- 
ment of Mr. Langdon. They non-concurred at the same time in 
the appointment of Mr. Bellows on information that it was not 
probable that he would accept the trust. The House, June 25, 
named Benjamin West, and the Senate, June 26, concurred. 
Benjamin West having declined the trust, the House, September 29, 
named Paine Wingate, instead, and the Senate, on the same day, 
concurred. Osborne's N. H. Register, for 1788, names Mr. Lang- 
don as one of the delegates. It does not appear that he was in 
attendance in Congress, in 1788, and whether the Senate record 
is imperfect in not showing a concurrence which was actually 
given or whether Mr. Langdon, by a declination which is not 
recorded, prevented the further use of his name in that connection 
we cannot now state. 



THE JOURNAL OF THE SENATE 



State of New Hampshire 



CONTAINING THE 



PROCEEDINGS FROM JUNE 6 TO JUNE 30, 1787. 



A JOURNAL 

OF THE 

Proceedings of the Honorable Senate. 



WEDNESDAY, June 6th, 1787. 

Being the day appointed by the Constitution for the annual 
Meeting of the General Court, The honorable Ebenezer Smith, 
Ebenezer Thompson, and John Bellows, Esquire, 

* Being elected by the people for Senators for the year * 2-262 
ensuing attended and took the Oaths. 

The Members present met with the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives in their Chamber and proceeded to count the Votes lor 
a President, but there not being time, 

Adjourned till to-morrow Morning 8 O'Clock. 

The Senators present returned to their Chamber, and agreed to 
meet in the Senate Chamber at 8 O'Clock to-morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June 7th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

The Senators present met with the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives in their Chamber and proceeded to examine the returns 
for a President, and they appointed a committee of five to Exam- 
ine said Returns, agreed to adjourn till tomorrow 3 0"Clock P. M. 

At 3 O'clock met according to adjournment, and the committee 
appointed to re-examine the votes returned for a President, made 
the following report, viz. 

That the whole number amounts to Nine thousand two hundred 
and eighty five. That there is lor his Excellency President 
Sullivan three thousand six hundred and forty two. 

* For the Honorable John Langdon Esquire Four thous- * 2-263 
and thirty four. For the Honorable Josiah Bartlett, 

Esq!" six hundred and twenty eight. 



lO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^7 

For the Honorable Samuel Livermore Esquire Six hundred and 
three, being the four persons who have the highest Numbers, by 
which it appears, that there is not a majority of votes for any 
person. 

The Senators appointed by the people met with the House of 
Representatives proceed to the choice of Senators to fill up the 
vacancies. 

The ballots being taken agreeably to the Constitution, the fol- 
lowing Gentlemen were elected to fill up, the vacancies in the 
Senate viz. 

Honorable George Atkinson '] 

Joseph Gilman ! for the County of 

John Bell and [ Rockingham. 

Peter Green Esq's j 
Hon. Robert Means and ) for the County of 

Joshua Bayley Esq's ^ Hillsborough. 

The Hon. Amos Shepard for County of Cheshire, and 
The Hon. Elisha Payne Esquire for the County of Grafton. 
Agreed to adjourn till to-morrow lo O'Clock A. M. and then 
the Senate retired to their Chamber. 

The Honorable Peter Green and Amos Shepard Esq''s 
* 2-264 took the Oaths agreeably * Constitution as Senators, and 
their Seats at the Senate Board. 
Agreed to meet to-morrow morning 8 O'Clock. 

FRIDAY, June 8th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday with the addition of the Honorable Peter 
Green and Amos Shepard Esquires. 

The Honorable Senators present met with the Honorable hous 
of Representatives in their Chamber and agreed to adjourn till to- 
morrow 10 O'clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, June 9th, 1787. 

The Senators present meet with the Hon. House of Represent- 
atives in their Chamber, according to adjournment, and adjourned 
till Monday next 3 O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY, June iith, 1787. 

The convention of both brances met this afternoon agreeably 
to constitution, and adjourned 'till to-morrow morning 10 O'Clock. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. II 

TUESDAY, June 12th, 1787. 

The Convention of both branches, meet according to adjourn- 
ment and agreed to adjourn "till four O'Clock P. M. the Senate 
then retired to their Chamber, 

in senate, June 12th, 1787. 

Present the Honorable Ebenezer Thompson, * Eben- * 2-265 
ezer Smith, Peter Green, Robert Means, John Bellows 
and Amos Shepard Esq's 

The Honorable Joseph Oilman, Robert Means and John Bell 
Esquires, attended and took the Oaths agreeably to the constitu- 
tion, and their Seats at the Senate Board. 

The Honorable E. Payne Esquire attended and took the Oaths 
as Senator, and his Seat at the Senate Board. 

The Honorable House of Representatives informed the Senate 
that they had proceeded to make choice of two persons out of the 
four who had the highest number of votes for a President, and the 
ballots being Called for, taken and counted the Honorable John 
Langdon Esquire and His Excellency John Sullivan were elected. 

The Senate then proceeded to the appointment of a Senior Sen- 
ator and the ballots being taken, it appeared that the Honorable 
Joseph Oilman Esquire was chosen to that Office. 

The Senate then proceeded to take the Ballots for a President 
by which it appeared that His Excellency John Sullivan Esquire, 
was chosen President for the Ensuing year. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate 
to Inform his Excellency John Sullivan Esquire of his 
* Appointment to the Office of Chief Magistrate of this * 2-266 
State for the current year, was brought up, read and 
concurred. Mr Thompson and M^ Payne joined. 

The convention of both branches met this afternoon and ad- 
journed 'till to-morrow morning 10 O'Clock. 

The Senate then retired to their Chamber, and adjourned 'till 
to-morrow 10 O'Clock. 

WEDNESDAY, June 13th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as Yesterday. 

The Senate met in Convention with the Honorable House of 

Representatives. x\fter which His Excellency John Sullivan 

Esqr attended and delivered his Answer of acceptance as Presi- 



12 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l?"*^? 

dent of said State. The Senior Senator then proceeded to admin- 
ister the necessar}^ Oaths to his Excellency the President, and 
then said Senior Senator declared before both branches of the 
Legislature that His Excellency John Sullivan Esquire, was 
elected president of said State for the year ensuing. 

The Senate then retired to their own Chamber, and after some 
time met in Convention with the Honorable House of Representa- 
tives and proceeded to the choice of Councillors for the ensuing 
year. The ballots being taken it appeared that the Honorable 
Joseph Oilman Esquire was chosen a Councillor. 

* 2-267 * The Ballots being again taken it appeared that the 

Honorable Ebenezer Thompson Esquire, was chosen a 
Councillor. 

The Ballots being again taken it appeared that the Honorable 
Daniel Emerson Esquire, was chosen a Councillor. 

The Ballots being again taken, it appeared that the Honorable 
Moses Chase Esquire was chosen a Councillor. 

The Ballots being again taken, it appeared that the Honorable 
Francis Worchester was chosen a Councillor, who declineing to 
accept, proceeded to take the Ballots again and it appeared that 
the Honorable John Pickering Esqi' was Chosen Councillor. 

The Ballot being taken for a Secretary it appeared that Joseph 
Pearson Esq'' was unanimously chosen to that Office for the year 
ensuing. 

The Ballot being taken for a Treasurer of said State it appeared 
that the Honorable John T. Oilman Esquire was unanimously 
chosen to that Office for the year ensuing. 

The ballots being taken for a commissary General it appeared 
that Col. Supply Clap was chosen to that Office for the year 
ensuing. 

* 2-268 * The Convention of both brances then adjourned 'till 

to-morrow 10 O'Clock A. M. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Inhabitants of 
Hamstead, who prayeth for a Representation, and that a writ 
issue accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under considiration the Militia Law of this State and report 
such alterations as they shall judge necessary, was brought up, 
read and concurred. M^ Bellows and M'' Green joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Benjamin Bellows and Thomas 
Sparhawk Esquire in behalf of Walpole on the third Wednesday 
of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I3 

A V^ote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Lyme, was brought 
up, read and concurred with this amendment, that the words 
'' and all similar matters" be expunged, sent down, brought con- 
curred. Col. Green joined. 

A Vote, that Mi" Gilman, Mr Thornton, Mr Bellows, and Mr 
Payne, with such of the Honorable house as may join, be a com- 
mittee to consider of His Excellencys Message and report thereon ; 
and also of any other important business which may require 
the attention of the General Court in their present Session, 
was sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred, recon- 
sidered. 

* A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the * 2—269 
Senate to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Portsmouth and report thereon was brought up, read and con- 
curred : Mr Wentworth and Mr Green joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Henry Gerrish and others and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : Mr Smith and 
Mr Bell joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the account of Soloman Wheeler and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mr Thompson and Mr 
Smith joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the situation of Haverhill, Peirmont &c and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : Mr Shepard and 
Payne joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of James Hayes on the Second 
Tuesday of their next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration a Letter from Supply Clap Esquire Com- 
misary General and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : Mr Bell, Mr Green and Mr Thompson joined. 

* A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-270 
Senate to consider of the petition of Barnard M'Keen 

and of all petitions from Sick and wounded Officers and Soldiers 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : Mr 
Bayley joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Messrs L Rindge and T Martin, and 



14 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^VS/ 

report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred ; ]\Ir- Payne 
joined. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow morning 9 O'Clock. 

THURSDAY, June 14th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' President. 

And of the Senate as yesterday, except Mr Means. 

A Vote, that the House join in Conference with the Honorable 
Senate, if they shall think fit to take under consideration the 
account stated and reported by the committee on the petitions of 
the Town of Cornish and others, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote for the committee to join a committee of the Senate to- 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Alexandria and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred ; M^ Bell and M^ 

Bayley joined. 
* 2-271 *A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
Senate to draft an answer to his Excellenc3^'s address 
and report the same, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" 
Thornton and M"" Oilman joined. 

A Vote, that a conference be had with the Honorable Senate, if 
they think fit, on a memorial of the Honorable Justices of the 
Superior Court of Judicature was brought up, read and concurred. 

The Senate met in conference one aforesaid Memorial. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Court of General Sessions of the 
peace for the County of Grafton and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M'' Green joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah Hartshorn and John 
Seaton on the third Wednesday of their 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 Samuel Duncan in behalf of New- 
Grantham and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Smith and M'' Bellows joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of a message from his Excellency, and also public 
Letters and report what business is necessary first to be entered 
upon and done at this Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. Mr Oilman, Mr Thornton, Mr ^Bellows & Mr Payne 
joined. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I5 

* A Vote that a conference be had with the Honorable * 2-272 
Senate to take under consideration some method for 
forwarding Delegates to Congress and convention and any other 
matter which may come under consideration, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow Morning 8 O'Clock. 

FRIDAY, June 15th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

The Senate met in Convention with the Honorable House on 
the subject of receiving the report of the committee on accounts, 
between this State and towns. Individuals &c. 

A Vote, lor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the memorial of the Honorable Josiah Bartlett Esquire 
John M'Duffee, and Archabald M'Murphey and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith Mr Bellows M^ 
Thompson and Mi' Oilman joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the pav Roll of Captain Salter, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M^ Bell and Mf Green 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition Asahel Brainard, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M^ Green joined. 
A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Sen- 
ate, to wait on His Excellency and * Present him with * 2-273 
an Answer to his Address, was brought up, read and 
concurred. M^ Smith and M'' Bellows joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Samuel French, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M^ Bayley joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Robert Moor amounting to thirty 
one shillings for attendance on Court Martial, was brought up, 
read and concurred, warrant granted. 

A Vote to hear the petition from Stoddard on the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate On 
the petition of Asa Lewis, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred : Mr Wentworth joined. 

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



l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. L^7^7 

devise ways and means for forwarding Deligates to Congress &c. 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred ; M'' 
Bellows Mr Batley and Mr Bell joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 

take under consideration the Excise and Impost Acts, now in 

force, and report such alterations and amendments as they shall 

Judge necessary, was brought up, read and concurred : Mr 

Payne, Mr Smith, Mr Green, and Mr Shepard joined. 

* 2-274 * ^ Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate to consider of the petition and Account of Henry 
Codman, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred 
Mr Green joined. 

"Adjourned 'till tomorrow 8 O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, June i6th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as Yesterday, except Mr Thompson, Mr Means and 
Mr Bayley. 

A Vote to hear the petition of John Prentice in behalf of Wil- 
liam Duty on Thursday 21st day of June current, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Benjamin Lamson amounting to 
£5.. 7.. 1 1 for the Expences at the Sale of Excise, was brought up, 
read and concurred, warrant granted. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
devise ways and means to obtain the public Records and papers 
of this State and now in the hands of the late Governor John 
Wentvvorth, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. Mr Gilman joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
the Selectmen of Protectworth, and that said Town have nine 
Months allowed to levy a tax and have the same Collected, and 
paid into the Treasury of this State and that said Town be abated 
£22 out of the taxes for the years 1779, 1780 and 1781 for 
that part of said Town sold by this State as the Estate 

* 2-275 of* The late Governor John Wentworth, and that a 

Resolve pass to enable the Selectmen of said Town to 
assess and collect the same, and that the Treasurer be directed 
to stay his Extents for taxes on said Protectworth for the afore- 
said Term, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve that the Treasurer be directed to Credit the Town of 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I7 

Charlestown one eighth part of all the taxes required by the State 
for the current Year and charge the same to the Town of Lang- 
don, and the Selectmen of Langdon are impowered and required 
to assess the same in like manner as other Towns in this State are 
by Law required to do ; and the Treasurer is impowered to Issue 
Extents against the Selectmen or Collectors of said Langdon in 
the same manner as is by Law required in similar cases, and that 
the Treasurer in future, call upon the Town of Langdon for one 
eighth part of the proportion set to Charlestown untill a new pro- 
portion take place, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of General Peabody amounting to 
thirty eight shillings tor attending Court Martial was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate for 
draughting such public bills as may be necessar}'- to be passed 
this Session and lay the same before the House, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'" Payne joined. 

* A Vote, to hear the petition of Sundry Inhabitants of * 2-276 
the Nothern part of the County of Hillsborough praying 
that the Courts of Law may be removed to the centre of said 
County, or otherwise &c. on the third Wednesday of their next 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Samuel Kelly on Thursday 21st 
day of June current, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider what method shall be taken for the further revision of the 
Laws of this State, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'' Oilman and M'' Payne 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 : M' Oilman, M'" Smith, and 
M'' Payne joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Joseph Curtis on the third 
Wednesday of their next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A V^ote, lor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
into consideration an act to prevent the bodies of debtors beincr 
taken on Execution, and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and concurred. M'" Payne, M'' Green and M'' Bellows joined. 
Adjourned ''till Monday 3 O'Clock P. M. 



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>-277 * MONDAY, June iSth, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as Yesterday. 

Adjourned till to-morrow 8 O'Clock, A. M. 



TUESDAY, June 19th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote to pay T. Odiorne amounting to 4£ 1/ tor settling 
Treasurers account last year, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pa}^ the Account of John Williams amounting to forty 
shillings as Door keeper to Honorable Council, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Moses True, amounting to 
£2.. 19.. 8 for taking care of Moses Raymond a Stranger, 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 Porter and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. M"" Shepard joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to con- 
sider of the petition of James Calf and report thereon, was brot. 

up, read and concurred. M"" Bell & M'" Green joined. 
* 2-278 * A Vote, to pay the Account of John Calfe Esquire 
amounting to £7.. 2.. 6 for recording the Journals of the 
House, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Margarett Newman, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Green and M'' Gilman 
joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the petition of the Inhabitants of Little- 
ton ; and also an Inventory from Anthrop and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Payne joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of David Batcheldor and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Alexandria, who prayed that the Treasurer receive what Taxes 
they have collected and Stay all Extents, "till the last of October 
next, was brought up, read and concurred. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I9 

A Vote that the Town ot* Hinsdale receive ten pounds eight 
ShilHngs for State bounties and travel Monev in 1779, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of David Batcheldor on the Second 
Tuesday of next Session was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-279 
Senate As an addition to the committee on the Tender 
Act, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith joined. 

An Act to enable three Justices of the Peace Unus Corum to 
dedermine all disputes concerning the maintenance of the Poor, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote that iVsa Lewis be allowed out of the Certificate Tax of 
Francestown tor the year 17S5 the sum of thirt}^ nine pounds for 
the Loss of two Certificates burnt which he collected as constable 
of said Town, and that the Treasurer Credit the same accordinglv, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, June 20th, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterdav. 
A Vote granting the praver of the petition of Jonas Cutting and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Azariah Webb 
and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

* Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. M. * 2-280 

THURSDAY, June 21st, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as vesterdav- 

x'V Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of a Letter from M'' Wheelock President of Dartmouth 
College, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Bellows and M'' Green joined. 

A V^ote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition and Memorial of James M'Gregore and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith, 
M'" Payne, and M'' Green joined. 



20 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

An Act to repeal all Acts, Resolves and Clauses of Acts repug- 
nant to the Treaty of Peace between great Britain and the United 
States, 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 
take into consideration a vote of the last Session for proportioning 
the foreign Domestic and State debt, to the several Towns &c. 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Payne, M'' Oilman and 
M"" Bellows joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 

consider and report what part of the principal of the public 

Securities of this State shall be issued out in Certificates the 

present year ; also consider what rate final settlements shall be 

received for outstanding taxes in future and report 

* 2-281 thereon, * Was brought up, read and concurred ; M"" 

Payne and M'' Oilman joined. 

A Resolve that the Senate will go into a conference with the 
Honorable house if they see fit, this afternoon at three of the 
Clock respecting the excise and impost, was sent down for con- 
currence. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Abiel Foster Esquire amounting 
to five pounds eight Shillings for attendance as a special Justice 
of the Superior Court in 1783, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of New-Bradford 
on the second Tuesday of the next Session, w^as 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 and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'' Oilman and M'' Shepard 
joined. 

A Vote, to grant the pra3^er of the petition of Henry Oerrish 
and that he allowed two miles below and one mile above said 
ferry up and down said River ; and that said Oerrish allow the 
priviledge of a bridle road from said terry to the Country road in 
Northfield : and that a bill be brought to vest the said priviledge 
in said Oerrish, his heirs and assigns forever, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

* 2-2S2 * A Vote to pospone the hearing on the Petition of the 

proprietors of Cockermouth to the third Wednesday of 
the next Session, which may be at Concord, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 21 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Town of Canaan and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote to pospone the hearing on the petition of Samuel Kel- 
ley* 'till to-morrow, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the committee for settling the line of Masons 
Patent, have an order on the Treasurer for £ioo to be paid out 
of the Specie Tax for the year 1786, also that said committee in 
runnincT the side lines of said Patient to measure so far from the 
Sea Shore or Harbors mouth as will make sixty Miles on a 
straight Line, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Lemuel Holmes Esquire amount- 
ing to £4.. 1 2.. 6 as one of the committee on Town accounts, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Samuel Adams Esquire amount- 
ing to 20/ for copies of Masons Patent, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
report what Business is yet necessary to be done and what time 
and to what place this Court shall be adjourned, Also to con- 
sider what allowance shall be made to the members of Court this 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Gilman and 
M'' Bellows joined. 

* A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-283 
Senate to consider of a bill for amending &c. an Act 
relating to constables &c. was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Payne and M'' Green joined. 

An x\ct to set off mutual Executions against each other, 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 
report a bill for putting over the business that was to have been 
transacted at the Superior Courts which were to have been holden 
in the Counties of Cheshire and Grafton in May last, to October 
next, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Payne and M"" 
Bellows joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Thomas Bartlett Esquire amount- 
ing to fifty one Shillings as one of the committee on Town 
Accounts was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, on the petition of Margarett Newman, that there is due 
from the Estate of Zaccheus Cutter to the said Margaret £1000 
and that she receive her dividend &c. t&c. was brought up, read 
and non-concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. INL 



22 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [lyS? 

FRIDAY, June 22^ 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Sen- 

* 2-284 ^^^ to consider of the petition of* Richard Jenness and 

report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M"" Green joined. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed to Issue Certificates for 
20 '^'' Cent of the principal on State Securities, was brought up, 
read and concurred with this amendment, that it be 15 ^i^'' Cent 
instead of twenty, sent down for concurrence, brought up, con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to pa}^ the balance of the Accounts of John Melcher, 
George Jerry Osborne, Lamson and Ranlet, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draft a bill to exempt the bodies of Debtors from being taken on 
Execution when sufficient estate, either real or personal can be 
found or tendered to satisfy the demand and lay the same before 
this House, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Payne M'" 
Bellows and M'' Gilman joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Captain Thomas Simpson and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell and M'' 
Shepard joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 0"Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, June 23d, 17S7. 

Islet according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, to pospone the hearing of William Read to the second 
Tuesday of their next Session was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* 2-285 * A Vote to pay the Account of H. Codman, amounting 

to £15. .8. .2 for Medicine &c. and that, the Same be 
charged to the United States, was brought up, read and concurred. 
A Vote appointing the Honorable Benjamin Bellows Esquire 5 
Deligate to Congress lor the term of one year from and after the 
first Monday in November next, was brought up, read and Non- 
concurred the Senate having received Information that there is no 
probability of the said Bellows's accepting the trust. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 23 

A Vote that the House join with the Honorable Senate this 
afternoon to chuse four persons either two of whom to represent 
this State in the Grand Convention now^ setting a Phihidelphia, 
was brought up, read and concurred, concurrence re-considered. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of B. Bellows, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred, M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Richard Jenness on the second 
Tuesday of their next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that the Selectmen of Protectworth have Nine 
Months allowed to Levy a tax and have the same collected and 
paid into the Treasury and that said Town be abated £20 out of 
the Taxes for the years, 1779, 1780, and 1781 for that part of said 
Town sold as the Estate of the late Governor Went- 
worth, and* That the Selectmen of said Town for the * 2-286 
time being, be and they hereby are impowered and 
directed to Levy and order the same to be collected. And that the 
Treasurer be directed to stay his extents for Taxes on said Town 
for the Term of Nine Months, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the propriety of Advertisements respecting proprietary 
Meetings and the Taxes on Lands of non-residents being confined 
to one, and if so contined to what paper. Also propriety of 
appointing a State Printer, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Payne joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the account of Ezra French, and others, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard 
joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
Canaan, that said Towm be abated one quarter part of all their 
State Taxes since the proportion x\ct in 1784 untill a new propor- 
tion be made, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
James M'Gregore and that said M'Gregore have two months to 
discharge one third part of the Extent now^ against him as Excise 
Master, four months for one third part, and six months for the 
other third part, one half of each parts, to be paid in specie 
Orders on the Treasurer, at the expiration of each period, the 
other half specie ; and that no Interest to be paid on the bond 



24 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

upon which said extent Issued, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* 2-287 * A Vote to accept the report on the commissary Gen- 

erals Letters. And that he continue to draw upon the 
Naval Officer for such sums of Money as will be sufficient to Sup- 
port the Light House, and that His Excellency with advice of 
Council be desired to draw Orders on the Treasurer for such sums 
as the Commissary may need, not to exceed £150 for pa3-ing and 
purchasing Rations for the Men at the fort and him to be account- 
able for such sums as he hath or may receive. And further that 
he allow but Ration '^'' Day either for Officer or man during the 
time of his appointment, that the President with advice of Coun- 
cil call upon such half pay Officer, and six invalids, to do Garri- 
son Duty at said Fort, was brought up, read and concurred with 
this amendment, that instead of an half pay Officer and six 
Invalids, the President with advice of Council, call upon such 
Officer and Six Soldiers on the List of Invalids as are fit for Gar- 
rison Duty, to do duty at said Fort, sent down, brought up 
amendment concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Robert Morrill, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill or resolve accordingly was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A V'ote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Cardigan and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'' Bellows joined. 

* 2-2S8 An Act to Quiet all bona fide purchasers * Of Lands 

between a line crossing over lands upon a Straight 
Cours from the North Extremit}' of the East line of Masons Patent, 
being sixty Miles from the Sea on a Straight line and running to 
the extremity of the western side line of said patent at Sixty miles 
distance from the Sea on a strai(>'ht line and the curve line so 
called claimed by the persons calling themselves the Masonian 
Proprietors as the head line of said patent having been read a 
third time, voted, that it pass to be enacted, sent down for concur- 
rence. 

An Act for altering the time of the Setting- of the Inferior Court 
of Common Pleas, and the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace, at Charlestown in the County of Cheshire, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act, to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferr}- over 
a certain part of Merrimack River in Henry Gerrish Esquire, of 
Boscawen, his heirs and assigns, having been read a third time, 
voted that the same be enacted. 



I7S7] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 25 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah and Jane Simpson the 
third Wednesday of their next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draught a Resolve touching the Subject matter of President 
Wheelocks letter was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bel- 
lows joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of James Heath that 
the Judgment of the Superior Court rendered upon the 
Scire Facias against said Heath be reversed * And the * 2-289 
Money paid into the Treasury be relunded and that the 
President give order for the said sum of £13.. 3. .8 was brought up 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to hear the pititon of Jonathan Chase on the Second 
Tuesday of their next Session was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee to divise ways and 
means to obtain the public Records &c. in the hands of the late 
Governor John Wentworth, And that an Act be passed authoris- 
ing His Excellency the President to take such measures as he 
shall think best for recovering said Records &c and that his 
receipt shall be a lull discharge for the same, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'dll Monday next 10 0"Clock A. M. 

MONDAY, June 25'", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as on Saturday las, with the Addition of M'' Bayley. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee, on the petition of 
Thomas Simpson, that the said Thomas Simpson be allowed forty 
shillings ^'' Month from the time of his being last sruck ofl' the 
pension list until he was again enrolled the second of December 
1786 and that the pay Master of In\'alids, certify the sum due and 
that the president give order on the Treasur}' for said sum, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote to pay the Account of Colonel Aron Kinsman * 2-290 
amounting to seven pounds ten Shillings, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Lyman and giving them leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 



26 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

An Act for reviving an Act intitled an Act in addition to an Act 
intitled to repeal Sundry Acts of this State relating to Taverners, 
Inholders, Retailors, and common Victuallers and for regulating 
Taverns, inns and Retailors within said State passed March 22'^ 
1782, having been read a third time, voted that it pass to be en- 
acted. Sent down, brought up concurred. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. I\I. 

TUESDAY, June 26'", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present'as 3'esterday with the addition of E. Thompson Esquire. 

A Resolve that the Selectmen of Lyman for the time being, be 
and they hereby are empowered to order their Constable to pro- 
ceed in collecting certain Taxes in the same manner as though 
said tax bill and a warrant had been given to him by said Select- 
men and by him sent to said States collector and that the Treas- 
urer be directed to stay the Extents against said Lyman for said 
Taxes six Months from the date hereof, was brought up, read and 

concurred. 
* 2-291 * A Vote appointing the Honourable Benjamin West 
Esquire a Deligate to Congress for the term of one 3'ear 
from the first Monday in November next, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

An Act vesting the President of this State with power to procure 
the return of Records an papers belonging to the same in the 
hands of the Late Governor John Wentworth Esquire, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Attorney General be directed to prosecute the 
Sheriff' of the County of Hillsborough for his neglect for not 
returning- the Votes from Sundry Towns in said Countv which 
were given for President and Senators, b}' the inhabitants ol said 
Towns, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote directing the Attorney General to prosecute such Town 
Clerks as have been sutHcient [deficient] in making seasonable 
returns of the Votes for President and Senators, to the Sheriffs of 
the respective Counties or to the Secretary of this State, as the 
constitution requires, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Attorney General be directed to make enquiry 
into the cause of a neglect of the returns of Votes for President 
and Senators from the Town of Grafton in Case the Sheriff shall 
be found deficient the said Attorney General shall prosecute him, 



1787] JOURXAI. OF THE SENATE. 27 

and in * Case the Town Clerks were deficient that they * 2—292 
be prosecuted for their neglect, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account Robert Gerrish amounting to 
£33. .2. .6 for printing the Acts from June 1786 to June 1787, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Roll of Captain Salter amounting to £90 
after deducting two pounds '^'' Month from Captain Salters wages, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of B. Biggelow amounting to 
£21.. 13. .9 for Sundries delivered Captain Salter for the use of 
the Fort was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to confirm unto Jonas Cutting a certain lot of Land in 
Croydon, having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote that the House join with the Honorable Senate if they 
see fit, to elect by joint ballots (as soon as conveniently may be) 
Deligates to represent this State in the Convention setting in Phil- 
adelphia, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Honorable 
Hous to consider of a bill for adjourning the Superior Court in 
the County of Cheshire and Grafton, and report thereon, was sent 
down for concurrence. 

An Act to vest the Exclusive Priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Connecticut River in Azariah Webb of Peirmont 
his heirs and assigns, havino; been read a third time, voted that 
the same be enacted. 

A Resolve that the President and Council for the time 
being be and hereby are impowered * As often as occa- * 2-293 
sion may require : to nominate and appoint three reputa- 
ble Citizens of said State at the Charge and expence of said Over- 
seers to be auditors and Commissioners to examine and adjust all 
such accounts of expenditures and disbursement relative to Moors 
Charity School : and also to estimate and appraise the yearly 
value and income of all donations &c. belono-ino- to said school, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
report in what situation the x\ccounts now are &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Thompson joined. 

A Resolve that a further time of six Months from the first day 
of July next be allowed Invalids for the purposes mentioned in 
said Act, was brought up, read and concurred. 



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^7 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarson Belcher on the third 
Wednesday of next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, JuxE 27"', 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
An act in addition to, and explination an x\ct entitled an act for 
granting an Excise on Several sorts of Licquors for the 

* 2-294 use of this State, having been * Read a third time. Voted 

that the same be enacted. 

An Act to Impower Robert Morrill to enter an Action at the 
next Superior Court for the County of Hillsborough, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that M'' Thompson, M'' Bellows, M'" Smith, M"" Payne, 
and M' Oilman, be a committee to join with such of the Honor- 
able house as they shall appoint to take into consideration a Bill 
now laying before the Senate Entitled an Act to exempt the bodies 
of Debtors from prison when sufficient Estate is tendered to 
satisfy the demand and to make such alterations and amendments 
as they may judge necessary, and bring in a bill for that purpose 
as soon as ma}^ be, was sent down for concurrence. 

A Vote that the Honorable John Langdon Esquire be and 
hereby is appointed a commissioner from this State to meet in 
Convention proposed to be held at Philadelphia in May last to 
take under consideration a revision of the Articles of Conledera- 
tion of the United States &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Honorable B West Esquire be and is appointed 
a Commissioner to meet in Convention at Philadelphia for the 
purposes above said, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote that the Honorable John Pickering Esquire, be and is 
appointed a Commissioner to meet in Convention, as above said, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote appointing the Honorable Nicholas Oilman 

* 2-295 Esquire a Commissioner to * Meet in Convention as 

aforesaid, was brought up, read and concurred. 
A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the Account of 
Soloman Wheeler Esquire, that said Wheeler have leave to return 
the 115 Dollars in Old Continental Money which he receiv'd out 
of the Treasury in the Month of June 1777, for the use of the 
State and not by him disposed oti" and that he pay the balance of 



I7S7] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 29 

his account Amounting to £101.. 10.. o in any public Securities of 
this State and that he the said Wheeler take such Securities of 
Captain John Moody for the balance of his receipt for Money paid 
him by said Wheeler for Corn and Grain in Jul}^ i777 and not 
delivered for the use of said State, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
agree with a printer for printing 250 Copies of the Election Ser- 
mon delivered by the Reverend M'" Buckminster the seventh day 
of June, current, was brought up, read and concurred, M'" Oilman 
joined. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Amariah Cur- 
tiss to the second Tuesday of their next Session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Minas Daniels amounting to 
£4. .14. .8 for transporting public papers to and from Concord, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the * 2-296 
petition of Anthrop &c. that their personal Estate be ex- 
empted from paying any Taxes up to 17S4, and that a Resolve be 
brought in accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider the propriety of Receiving Continental Bills presented by 
B Cummings, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Bellows 
and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed to cause the Extents 
against Towns of Shelburne and Grantham to be stayed untill the 
next Session of the General Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

An Act in Addition to an Act entiled an Act to regulate Flax- 
seed, pot ash & pearl ash for exportation, having been read a third 
time, Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act in Addition to an act for setting: off Debts and mutual 
Demands, having been read a third time. Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

An Act in addition to an act intitled an Act to Establish cer- 
tain impost Duties on various foreign Articles imported into this 
State, having been read a third time. Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

An Act for appointing Debuties from this State to the Conven- 
tion proposed to be holden in City of Philadelphia in May 1787 
for the purpose of Revising the federal Constitution, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^7 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Inhabitants Peterborough-Slip, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard, 
and M'' Smith, joined. 

* 2-297 * A Resolve, that it be recommended to the committee 

enrolling Soldiers who are intitled to a pension cause 
that Paris Richardson be enrolled and that he be entitled to 
receive pay from the time he was struck off the Roll heretofore, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
report a bill for repealing an Act entitled x\n act for the recover- 
ing in small Debts in an expeditious way and manner passed 
November 9"' 1785, was brought up, read and concurred: M'' 
Thornton joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8 O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, June 28'" 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 
An Act for the more speedy recovery of small debts and to save 
the cost usually attending the recovery thereof in the present 
Course of Law, havino; been read a third time. Voted that the 
same be enacted. Sent down for concurrence, brought up, con- 
curred. 

An Act for altering the time for holding the Superior Court in 
the County of Cheshire, and for altering the time and place for 
holding the Superior Court in the County of Gratton, having been 
read a third time, ]''otcd that the same be enacted. 

A Vote that M'" Thompson, M^ Oilman M'" Bellows M"" 

* 2-298 Payne and M'' Smith * With such of the Honorable 

House as they shall join, be a committee to consider the 
necessity of passing an Act lor the General appropriation of the 
revenue of this State and for providing a fund for redeeming the 
Cash Orders drawn, or that may be drawn on the Treasury. 
Also an act for laying an Excise on Sundry Articles, was sent 
down for concurrence. 

An Act to quiet all bona hde purchasers of Lands between a 
line crossing over Lands upon a straight course, from the north- 
east extremity of the East line of Masons patent, being sixty Miles 
from the Sea on a strai<iht line and runnin<j to the Extremitv of 
the western side line of said patent at sixty miles distance from 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 3 1 

the Sea on a straight line, and the curve line (so called) claimed 
by the persons calling themselves the Masonian proprietors, as the 
head line of said patent, having been read a third time, ]^otcd 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote to allow the Members of the General Court four pence 
per Mile ibr travel. Senate six shillings '^p^'" Day each Secretary 
and Clerk nine shillings 1^/ da}', each assistant Clerk eighteen 
pence over, and above pay as a member. House six Shillings 
each for attendance, was brought up, read and concurred with 
this amendment that the Treasurer add the wages of the Repre- 
sentatives to the next specie Tax of the respective Town and dis- 
tricts sent down, amendment brought up, concurred. 

A Vote that the President with advice of Council be requested 
to issue a Proclamation appointing Thursday the 29"' of Novem- 
ber next as a Dav of Thanksgiving, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

* A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the * 2-299 
petition of Benjamin Cummings Constable of Cornish, 
that the Treasurer receive £783.. 12 in Continental Bills and pay 
on Account with said Cummings at the Rate of 75 for i and that 
the same be paid in Certificates tor Interest on public securities; 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to repeal an act passed the ninth day of November 
Anno Domini 1785, entitled an Act for the recovery of small 
debts in an expenditious way and manner, having been read a 
third time, voted the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Honorable House be desired to join holding a 
conference with the Senate in the Room when the House sets, as 
soon as may be, on necessity of passing An act for a General 
appropriation of the Revinues of this State &c : also on an act for 
a more general Excise, was sent down for concurrence. 

A Vote to pav the Account of Major William Duncan, amount- 
ing to £3.. 1 2 for the use of Room, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Richard H. Osgood amounting 
to £i..4 of Room &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pav the Account of Daniel Rogers amounting to 
£3.. 5 as door keeper to the Senate was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Edward S. Livermore Esquire 
amounting to 36/ engrossing public bills, was brot. up, read & 
cone''. 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^TS? 

* 2-300 * A Vote to pay the account of C Buswell as Door 

keeper to the Honorable House amounting to £5, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote that M'' John Wilkins have and receive forty shiUings 
for his service as Chaplain to the General Court, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act to exempt the bodies of debtors from prison in certain 
cases when sufficient Estate is tendered to satisfy the demand, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote for a committee to foin a committee of the Senate to 
prepare an Excise bill and lay the same before the House, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Payne, M'' Thompson, and 
M'' Green, joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 7 O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY, June 29^" 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterda}^ 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Enoch Johnson on the Second 

Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the one half of the Taxes againt Anthrop, alias 

Littleton and Dalton be abated from the year 1776, untill a new 

proportion shall take place ; Also that the Taxes againt Littleton 

and the Lands being advertized in the same way as the Law 

directs shall be sufficient to warrant the Sale of Lands 

* 2-301 for the payment of any Taxes due from or * That may 

hereafter become due from the proprietors and owners 
of Land in said Littleton and that the seven twelfths be the pro- 
portion of the Taxes to be set to Littleton as their part of the 
Taxes due from Anthrop. And any and all State Taxes due 
from said Littleton to the date hereof shall be assessed upon the 
Polls and Estates within said Littleton, in the same tax bill dis- 
tinct from the Taxes first mentioned and Collected in such way 
as the Law in other cases provides ; Als John Young Esquire be 
authorized to call a meeting to Chuse Town Officers &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that when any person who stands indebted for 
impost Duties or excise shall be possessed of Cash orders on the 
Treasurv drawn in his own favour, the Collectors of Impost and 
Excise shall receive the same in Lieu of Cash for discharging 
such duties, was sent down for concurrence. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 33 

A Vote, that when the Business of this Session is finished that 
the President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn the 
General Court to the first Wednesda}- in January next then to 
meet at Charlestown, was brought up, read and Non-concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take into Consideration at what time and place this Court shall 
assemble the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'" Bayley, M'" Bell and M'" Payne joined. 

* Adjourned 'till to-morrow 5 O'Clock A. M. * 2-302 

SATURDAY, June 30'", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote for selling the Excise for one Year from the first day of 
October next, was brought up, read and Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Minas Daniels, amounting to 15/ 
for attendance at Concord was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the President be desired to adjourn the General 
Court to the first Wednesday of January next to meet at Concord, 
was brought up, read and concurred with this amendment to meet 
a Portsmouth instead of Concord. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Caleb Buswell amounting to ten 
shillings, was brought up, read and concurred, with this amend- 
ment, that it be five shillings instead of ten. 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON Secy 



THE JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JUNE 6 TO JUNE 30, 1787. 



House of Representatives 



FOR THE YEAR 1787-88. 



John Sparhawk, Portsmouth, Speaker. 

(Deceased Sept. 1787.) 

Thomas Bartlett, Nottingham, Speaker. 

(From Sept. 29, 1787.) 

John Calfe, Hampstead, Clerk. 

Jonathan Gove, New Boston, Assistant Clerk.^ 

Rev. Bulkley Olcott, Charlestown, j 

> Chaplains. 
Rev. Jonathan Wilkins, Amherst, > 

Rev. Joseph Buckminster, Portsmouth, 

Preacher of Election Sermon. 



REPRESENTATIVES. 

[From Osborue's N. H. Register for 1788.] 



Portsmouth . 

Exeter 

Londonderry 

Chester 
Hampton 
Hampton Falls 
Stratham 
South Hampton \ 
East Kingston \ 
Kingston 
Brentwood . 



John Pickering, Esq. 
George Gains, Esq. 
Capt. Dudley Odlin. 
Maj. John Pinkerton. 
John Prentice, Esq. 
Joseph Blanchard. 
Joseph Dow, Esq. 
Nathaniel Healey, Esq. 
Col. Jonathan Robinson. 

Maj. Phihp Tilton. 

Dr. Amos Gale. 
Samuel Dudley. 



1 Dudley Odliu declLued an election to this office. 



38 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1787 



Nottingham 
Deerfield 
Newmarket 
Candia 
Atkinson > 
Plaistow 5 * 
Salem 
Windham . 
Pelham 
Dover 

Somersworth 
Sanbornton 
Gihiianton . 
Wakefield ) 
Middleton S 
Effingham ) 
Conway ~| 
Eaton ! 

Burton & 
Locations 
Dunstable . 
Merrimack . 
Bedford . 
Goffstown . 
Mollis 
Amherst 
Raby ? 
Mason ^ 
New Ipswich 
Wilton 

Lyndeborough 
Temple 

Peterborough Slip 
Peterborough ^ 
Society Land ^ 
Hancock ^ 
Antrim > . 
Dearing ) 
Henniker 
Hillsborough 
New Boston 
Weare 



Thomas Bartlett, Esq. 
Col. Moses Barnard. 
Nathaniel Rogers, Esq. 
Stephen Fifield. 

Nathaniel Peabody, Esq- 
Thomas Dow. 
Col. James Gilmore. 
Jacob Butler. 
Joshua Wingate, Esq. 
John Rollins, Esq. 
James Hersey. 
Joseph Badger, Esq. 

David Copp, Esq. 



David Page, Esq. 

Col. Noah Love well. 
Timothy Taylor, Esq. 
Zachariah Chandler, Esq. 
Job Dow, Esq. 
Daniel Emerson, Esq. 
William Peabody, Jr. 

Amos Dakin. 

Capt. Charles Barrett. 
Maj. Abiel Abbott. 
Nehemiah Rand. 

Benjamin Cragin. 
Maj. Nathan Dix. 



Hugh Orr. 



John Dutton. 

Dr. Jonathan Gove. 
Jonathan Dow. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



39 



Fishersfield 

Charlestown 

Al stead 

Keene 

Swanzey 

Richmond 

Jaffrey 

Winchester 

Chestertield 

Walpole 

Cornish ) 

Grantham 5 

Newport > . 

Croydon ^ 

Surry ) 

Gilsum ) 

Stoddard 

Washington 

DubHn 

Packerslield 

Marlborough 

FitzwiUiam 

Plainfield . 

Campton 

Thornton 

Lincoln 

Holderness 

Franconia 

Plymouth ^ 

Rumney > 

Wentworth } 

New Chester 

Alexandria 

Cockermouth 

Enfield 

Canaan 



Cardigan 

Dorchester 

Grafton 

Hanover 

Lebanon 

Orford > 

Lyme ( 



> 



James Flanders. 
John Hubbard, Esq. 
Nathaniel S. Prentice, Esq. 
Benjamin Hall, Esq. 
Maj. Elisha Whitcomb. 
Jonathan Gaskill. 
Abel Parker. 
Capt. Simon Willard. 
Moses Smith, Esq. 
Capt. Amasa Allen. 

Moses Chase. 
Stephen Powers, Esq. 
Lemuel Holmes, Esq. 
Jacob Copeland, Esq. 

Samuel Griffin, Esq. 

Jedediah Tayntor. 

Caleb Winch. 

Maj. Joseph Kimball. 

Col. Moses Baker. 



Francis Worcester, Esq. 



Thomas Crawford. 



Jesse Johnson, Esq. 



Jonathan Freeman, Esq. 
Col. Edmund Freeman. 

William Simpson, Esq. 



^3-270 =^= STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



A JOU RN AL 



Proceedings of the Honb^ House of Representatives 
OF the State of New Hampshire, at their Session 

BEGAN AND HOLDEN AT CoNCORD, ON WEDNESDAY THE 

Sixth day of June A. D., 1787, and in the Eleventh 

YEAR OF the InDEPENDANCE OF AMERICA. 



WEDNESDAY, June &\ 1787. 

Fifty Members met agreably to Constitution and ha\ing pro- 
duced their credentials and taken the necessary Oaths proceeded 
to the choice of a Chairman, and the Honbl John Pickering, Esq"' 
was chosen for that purpose — 

The ballots were then called for, for the choice of a Speaker 
and the Honbl John Sparhawk Esq'' was unanimously chosen for 
that purpose — 

Motion was then made for the choice of a Clerk, and the bal- 
lots being taken, John Calfe Esq'' was unanimously chosen for 
that purpose — 

VoU^d, That M'' Green, M'" Pickering and M'' Hubbard be a 
Committee to provide a dinner for the Rev'''' Gentlemen of the 
Clergy and such other Gentlemen as the Committee shall think 
proper to invite that may attend at this place to-morrow — That 
the President and Council and such persons as the}' may invite be 
desired to dine with the said Gentlemen of the Clergv — 

The Members of the Honbl Senate that were Elected by the 
people met with the Representatives in the Assembly Chamber 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 4I 

and proceeded to count the votes for a President but there not 
being time to finish counting, they adjourned to 8 o'Clock to mor- 
row mornincr and the Senate withdrew — 

The House then adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June 7^", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

The Members of the Honbl Senate & House being again met 
according to adjournment proceeded to finish making a Hst of the 
votes for a President, and a Committee was then chosen consisting 
of M'- Sparhawk, M'' Thompson, M'' Peabody, M' Odlin and M'" 
Prentice to examine the returns and compare them 
with the entry made by the Secretary in the presence * * 13-271 
of both Houses and count the Same and report thereon 
as soon as may be — The Senate and House then agreed to ad- 
journ to Three of Clock, P. M. — The Senate then withdrew and 
the House adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M — 

Met accordingly 

The Speaker being Absent the House proceeded to the choice 
of a Speaker protempore and the Honb^ Thomas Bartlett Esq'' 
was chosen for that purpose — 

Vo/ed, That M'' Pickering, M' Hubbard, and M'' Green be a 
Committee to prepare such rules as they shall judge necessary for 
the government of this House in future and report thereon — 

Motion was made for the choice of an Assistant Clerk, and 
Cap' Dudlev Odlin was chosen for that purpose — 

Voted, That M'' Pickering, M'' Gains and M'' Emerson be a 
Committee to present the Revr'' M'' Buckminster with the thanks 
of this House for his public performances and request of him a 
Copy of the excellent discourse delivered before the General 
Court this day that the Same may be printed — 

The Members of the Honb' Senate and House being again met 
in the Assembly Chamber, the Committee to examine the returns 
compare and cast the Same &c. Reported as follows (viz.) The 
Committee appointed to examine the votes lor a President as re- 
ceived and entered by the General Court Report that they have 
examined the returns and cast the Several lists and find that the 
whole number amounts to Nine Thousand two hundred and 
Eighty five — That there is for his Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' 
Three thousand Six hundred and forty two — For the Honb' 
John Langdon Esq'' Four thousand and thirty four — For the 



42 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^787 

Honbl Josiah Bartlett Esq'' Six hundred & twenty eight — For 
the Honb^ Samuel Livermore Six hundred and three, being the 
four persons who have the highest numbers — by which it appears 
that there is not a majority of votes in favour of any person — 
Signed E Thompson, for the Committee — after receiving the 
foregoing information they proceeded by joint ballot to fill up the 
vacancies in the Honb^ Senate acjreablv to constitution, having 
been previously informed by the President and Council 
* 13-272 that there were but four Senators * elected by the 
people, that the persons who had the highest number 
of votes out of which eight were to be elected were George Atkin- 
son, Joseph Oilman, John Bell, Peter Green, Jonathan Moulton, 
John McClarev, John Sherburne & James Hill Esquires for the 
County of Rockingham — Robert Means, Joshua Bayley, Eben- 
ezer Webster & Matthew Thornton Esquires for the County of 
Hillsborough — Amos Shephard & Moses Chase Esquires for the 
County of Cheshire — and Francis Worster & Elisha Payne Es- 
quires for the County of Grafton — and made choice of the Honb' 
George Atkinson Esq'' — The Honb' Joseph Gilman Esq'' — The 
Honbl John Bell Esq'' and the Honb' Peter Green Esq'' Senators 
for the County of Rockingham — The Honbl Robert Means Esq'' 
and the Honb^ Joshua Bayle}- Esq'' for the County of Hillsbor- 
ough — The Honbl Amos Shephard for the County of Cheshire, 
and the Honb^ Elisha PaNme Esq'' tor the County of Gratton — 

The Senate and House then adjourned to lo o'Clock to morrow 
morning — The Senate withdrew and the House adjourned to 9 
o'clock to morrow morning — 

FRIDAY June 8'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted that the Town of Concord be notified that the Seat of 
their Representative has become vacant by the removal of their 
Member to the Honb' Senate and that the Selectmen of Concord 
have liberty to call a meeting for the choice of a Representative 
they giving legal notice of the time place and design of said 
meeting — 

The Honbl Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
Chamber agreably to adjournment for the purpose of Electing 
public officers &c agreed to adjourn to 10 of Clock to morrow 
morning, the Senate then withdrew — and the House proceeded 
to the consideration of establishing rules for the future govern- 
ment thereof and agreed to the following (viz) 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 43 

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 and punctually to attend in his place 
and not to absent himself more than one quarter of an hour at one 
and the Same time without leave obtained of the House for that 
purpose — 

* 2'' That freedom of deliberation speech and debate in * 13-273 
the House be allowed to each Member thereof, Yet no 
member shall by speech or behavior in the House give just Occa- 
sion of Offence to another — 

3'' That any Member disposed to make a motion or speech to a 
matter in debate shall arise from his Seat and address the 
Speaker, but on being called to order by the Speaker or any 
member he shall be silent, yet if such Silenced Member shall con- 
ceive himself injured thereby, the Speaker shall take a vote 
thereon, and such Member shall submit to their determination — 

4"' No member shall speak more than twice to anv subject in 
debate without leave obtained of the House for that purpose until 
each Member have an opportunity to offer his Opinion — 

5*'' No debate shall be allowed on any motion of any one 
member unless Seconded by another — 

6"' When a motion is regularly before the House it shall at 
any time be reduced to writing at the request of a Member — 

yth Wht^n a motion is before the House, no other motion shall 
be received unless to amend, divide, commit, postpone, reduce the 
Same to writing or to have the yeas and na3^s entered on the 
journals — 

8"' Any complex motion before the House may be divided at 
the request of a member — 

9"' No Bill, resolve, or vote shall be reconsidered when there 
is a less number of Members in the House then there was at the 
passing the Same — 

10"' Every member having been present at a debate upon any 
question or motion shall give his vote thereupon when particularly 
called upon, unless excused for satisfactory reasons offered to the 
House — 

11''' No member speaking by permission shall be interrupted 
by another but by a Call to order or for correcting a mistake — 

12"' No Bill shall pass to be Enacted untill it has been read 
three times — Shall not be debated at the first reading — shall 
not be read without an adjournment betwixt each time of read- 
ing— 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^7 

* 13-274 * 13"' No Bill resolve or vote, shall be sent up to the 
Senate without the Speaker giving notice thereof by 
reading such resolve or vote, or the title of the Bill, and no Bill 
shall be sent up to the Senate by less than two members — 

14*'' No member shall be upon more than two Committees at 
the Same time without his consent, nor shall any member nomi- 
nate more than one person for the Same committee — provided 
the person by him nominated shall be chosen, nor shall any after 
being himself appointed, nominate another for the Same Commit- 
tee — 

15"' No Petition shall be received by the House but by a 
Member thereof, and upon motion made for that purpose — 

16^'' No person except a Member of the General Court shall 
be admitted above the bar of the House but by the invitation of 
the Speaker, or some member of the House — 

17''' The journals of the House lor the preceeding day shall be 
read every morning previous to entering upon new business — 

18"' Every nonobservance of the foregoing rules shall be 
noticed at the discretion of the House on considering all the cir- 
cumstances — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to-morrow morning. 

SATURDAY June 9'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Honbl Senate and House being again met agreably to 
adjournment in the Assembly chamber for the purpose of Electing 
Officers &c. agreed to adjourn to monday next at 3 o'Clock, 
P. M. and the Senate withdrew — 
The House then adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock, P. M. 

MONDAY June ii^"', 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Speaker and Speaker protempore being absent motion 
was made for the choice of a speaker protempore & the Honb' 

Nathl Peabody Esq'" was chosen for that purpose — 
* 13-275 * Voted that Doct'" Jonathan Gove, be assistant Clerk 
in the Room of Cap' Dudley Odlin who declined Serv- 
ing in that office — 

The Honbl Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
chamber agreably to adjournment for electing officers &c. agreed 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 45 

to adjourn to lo o'Clock to-morrow morning and the Senate with- 
drew — 

The House then adjourned to 9 o'Clock to-morrow morning. 

TUESDAY June 12'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of David Hale 
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 Benjamin Pierce, of Westford 
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or his attorney in the 
cause 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 said Hale be stayed until the decision of the 
General Court — Sent up by M'" Healy 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Hampstead praying for the liberty of sending a Representative to 
the General Court, Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that a writ issue accordingl}" — Sent up b\^ M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'" Pickering, M'' Badger, M'" Emerson, M'" Chase 
and M"" Worster with such of the Honbl Senate as thev shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Lyme and all Similar matters and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Healy 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Mellen in 
behalf of Richard Hayes, looted that the Petitioner be heard 
thereon before the General Court on Thursday the twent}^ tirst day 
of June current and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that 
John Bennet of New Durham be served with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon that he may then appear and 
shew cause (if an}^ he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Healy 

* The Honbl Senate and House being again met in * 13-276 
the Assembly chamber, agreably to adjournment for the 
purpose of Electing Officers &c agreed to adjourn until 4 o'Clock 
in the Afternoon and the Senate withdrew — 

Voted that M'' Peabody, M'' Pickering &. M'" Holmes with such 
of the Honbl Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take 
under consideration the Situation of the Towns of Haverhill, Pier- 
mont, Warren and Coventry, respecting representation in the 
General Court and report thereon — Sent up bv M'" Healv 



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

Voted that M'' Simpson, M'' Worster, M'' Copp, M'' Hall and 
M'" Whitcomb, with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Messrs Isaac Rindge 
and Thomas Martin and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Healy 
Voted that M'' Gains, M'' Badger & M'' Peabody with such of 
the Plonbl Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under 
consideration a Letter from Supply Clap Esq'" Commissary Gen- 
eral and report thereon — Sent up b}' M'' Heal}^ 

Voted that M'" Baker, M'" Odlin, M"" Barrett, M'" J Prentice and 
M'" Gilmore with such of the Honbl Senate as the}' shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Sundry Merchants in the 
Town of Portsmouth and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Healy 
Voted that M'' J Prentice, M'" Wingate, M'' Jona Dow, M'" Hub- 
bard and M'" Johnson be a Committee to make inquiry into the 
cause of a neglect respecting returns from Several Towns in this 
State of the Number of votes given in for President and Senators 
and more particularly with regard to a neglect in the Count}^ of 
Hillsborough. 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

Proceeded to make choice of two persons out of the four who 

had the highest number of votes for a President and the ballots 

being called for, taken, and counted. The Honb^ John Langdon 

Esq'' and His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' were elected — 

Sent up by M'' Hubbard and M'' Healy 
* 13-277 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel 
Kelley Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon 
before the General Court on Thursday the twenty first day of June 
current and that in the mean time he cause that William Duty of 
Salem be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon, that he may then appear and shew cause (if an}' he 
hath) why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Blanch ard 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Walpole, voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the third Wednesday of their next Session and 
that in the mean time, they cause that the Selectmen of Langdon 
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'' Blanchard 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 47 

The Secretary came down from the Honbl Senate with the 
following vote — 

State of ) T e * T «tii ^o- 

Tv-r TT r ^ In Senate Tune 12'", 1787. 
New Hamp"^ 5 ' / / 

Proceeded to make choice of one of the persons out of the two 
who had been sent up b}^ the Honbl House of Representatives for 
a President for the Ensuing year — the ballots being taken it ap- 
peared that His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' was elected to that 
office — Joseph Pearson Secretary 

J\)/cd that the Honb^ M'' Sparhawk, M'" J Prentice, M'' Pea- 
body, M'" Chase and M'' Badger with such of the Honb^ Senate as 
they shall join be a Committee to wait upon his Excellency 
John Sullivan Esq'' and inform him of his appointment to the 
Office of chief Magistrate of this State for the current year — 

Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

Volcd, that M' Pickering, M'" J Prentice, M'' Lovell, M'' Pea- 
body & M'" Simpson, with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to take under consideration the Militia Law 
of this state and report thereon and report such alterations as they 
shall judge necessary — Sent up by M"" Holmes 

* The Honb^ Senate and House being again met in * 13-278 
the Assembly chamber agreably to adjournment for the 
purpose of electing Officers &c. agreed to adjourn to 10 o'Clock 
to morrow morning and the Senate withdrew — 

The House then adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY June 13^", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournmicnt. 

Voted ^ That the Treasurer be directed to credit the tow^n of 
Charlestown, one eighth part of all the taxes required by the 
state for the current year, and charge the same to the town of 
Langdon, and that in the future he call upon the town of Lang- 
don for one eighth part of the proportion set to Charlestown, until 
a new^ proportion for taxation throughout the state shall take 
place — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joseph Curtiss, 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesda}^ of the next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that the heirs of the Estate of Ben- 
jamin Davis late of Hanover deceased be served with a Copy of 
the Petition and order of Court thereon, also cause that the Sub- 



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

stance of the Petition & order be posted up in Some public place 
in the Town of Hanover and in two of the neighbouring Towns 
fifteen days Successively prior to said 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 Mr. Hearsey 
Voted that M'" Peabody, M'' Hubbard, M'" Dakin, M'" Gale and 
M'' Flanders with such of the Honbl Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Henry Gerrish, Esq'' 
and others, Inhabitants of the Count}- of Hillsborough and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" Hearsey 

Voted that M'" Gale, M'' Gove, M'" Gilmore, M'" Whitcomb and 
M'' Pinkerton with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of the Petition of Barnard McKeen 
and of all Petitions from sick and wounded Officers and Soldiers 
and report thereon — Sent up by M^' Hearsey 

The Honb^ Senate and House being met in Assembly Chamber, 
His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'" came in and manifested his 
acceptance of the Office of Chief Magistrate for the current year — 
he then took and Subscribed the Oath of allegiance & 
* 31-279 oath of office, which Oaths were * administred by the 
Honbl Joseph Gilman Esq'" Senior Senator, and the said 
Senior Senator declared his Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' Presi- 
dent of the State of New Hampshire for the year ensuing before 
both branches of the Legislature The President and Senate then 
withdrew — 

The Honbl Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
chamber agreably to adjournment for the purpose of Electing 
necessary Officers agreably to the Constitution — and the ballots 
being called for the choice of Counsellors, The Honbl Joseph 
Gilman Esq'" The Honb^ Ebenezer Thompson Esq'' The Honb^ 
Daniel Emerson Esq'' — The Honbl Moses Chase Esq'" and the 
Honbl Francis Worster Esq'" were Elected counsellors for the 
ensuing year — 

The Honbl Francis Worster Esq'" declining accepting the Office, 
the Honbl John Pickering Esq'" was elected a Counsellor for the 
ensuing year — 

The ballots being called for, for the choice of a Secretary the 
Honbl Joseph Pearson Esq'" was unanimously chosen for that 
purpose — 

The ballots beincr called for the choice of a Treasurer the 
Honbl John Taylor Gilman Esq'" was unanimously chosen for that 
purpose — 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 49 

The ballots were then called for, for the choice of a Commissary 
General and CoP Supply Clap was chosen for that purpose — 

The Honb' Senate and House then adjourned to ten of Clock 
to morrow mornincj and the Senate withdrew — 

The House then adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

met accordingly. 

Voted that M'" Holmes, M'' Cragin & M'' Baker with such of the 

Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 

Petition of the Selectmen of Protectworth and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Hall 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Hayes, 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before 
* the General Court on the Second Tuesday of the * 13-280 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that Daniel Rogers of New Durham Gore, Daniel McDutiee 
& Benjamin Odiorne of Rochester and Col^ Jonathan Wentvvorth 
of Sommersworth be served with a Copy of the petition and order 
of Court thereon, also cause the Substance of the Petition & order 
be published four weeks Successively in one of the New Hamp- 
shire papers prior to the day of hearing 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'" Hall 

Voted that M' Pickering, M'' N. Peabody, M'' Bardett, IVP Bar- 
rett and M'' J Prentice with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of a Message from his Excellency 
this day received also of the public letters received in the recess 
of the General Court and report what business is necessar}- first 
to be entered upon and done at this Session — 

Sent up bv M'" Buder 
Voted that the HonW W Sparhawk, M'' Hubbard and IVP 
Chase with such of the Honbl Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to draught an answer to his Excellencys address and 
report the Same to this House — Sent up by M'" Allen 

Voted that M'' Odlin, M'' Gains & M'" Jonathan Dow with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Account of Solomon Wheeler Esq'" and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Holmes 
The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for 
Concurrence — 

State of ? T o ^ T fi, o 

T^T TT u- r- -In Senate une iv \ 1707. 

New Hampshire > j •> 1 1 

Voted that M'" Gilman, M'" Thompson, M'" Bellows and M"" 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^7 

Payne with such of the Honh' House as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of his Excellenc3''s Message and report thereon 
and also of any other important business which may require the 
attention of the General Court in their present Session — 

Which vote was read and concurred and M*' Bartlett, M'' Gains 
M'" Barett, M'' Healey & M'" Freeman joined — 

Sent up by M^' Badger 
* 13-281 * The vote of Yesterda}' appointing a Committee on the 
Petition from Lyme, came down from the Honb' Senate 
for the follow^ing amendment " that the words all Similar matters 
be expunged" was read and concurred- — 

Sent up b}" M'" Badger 
Voted that M"' Bardett, M'' Duncan, M'' Parker, M'' x\llen and 
M'' Johnson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Selectmen of Alex- 
andria, and report thereon — Sent up by AP Duncan 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY June 14^'% 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted that this House join in a Conferrence with the Honb' 
Senate if they see fit to take under consideration the accounts 
stated and reported by the Committee on the Petitions of the 
Towns of Cornish Plainfield, Piermont &c and that the Conference 
be held in the Assembly chamber when the Honb' Senate may 
think proper to attend — Sent up by M'' Freeman 

Voted that M'' J Prentice, M'' N Prentice & M'" Pickering with 
such of the Honbl Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of a Petition from the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace for the County of Grafton and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Chandler 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Hartshorn 
and John Seaton, Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon be- 
fore the General Court on the third Wednesday of their next Ses- 
sion and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the 
Substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be posted up 
in Some publick place in the Towm of Amherst three weeks Suc- 
cessively prior to the Sitting of the General Court that any person 
or persons ma}^ then appear and Shew cause (if any they have) 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Chandler 



I7S7] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 5 1 

Vo/ed tlvcit a Conference be had with Honb' Senate (if the}- see 
fit) in the Assembly Chamber as soon as conveniently may be, on 
a Memorial of the Honb' Justices of the Superior Court of Judica- 
ture — Sent up by M'' Holmes 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M. 

Met Accordinglv. 

* J'^o^cd that M'- Dix, M'' N. Prentice & M'- Willard * 13-2S2 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Samuel Duncan in behalf 
of the Inhabitants of New Grantham and report thereon — 

Sent up by M^' Dudley 
Voted that the Honb' the chief Justice of the Superior Court be 
allowed one hundred and tifty pounds and the other Honb^ Jus- 
tices of said Court one hundred and thirty pounds each as an an- 
nual Salary commencing the 17*'^ of January 1787 they severallv 
accounting for the fees they may from time to time receive, which 
sums being deducted the remainder shall be paid quarterly by 
orders drawn on the Treasury by the President wath advice of 
Council and that Said orders shall be discharged out of the monies 
arising from the Excise on Spirituous liquors and that a Sum suffi- 
cient for that purpose shall be appropriated therefor — and that 
the Clerk jof the Superior Court be directed to certify to the 
Treasurer Quarterly w^hat each Justice has or shall receive as 
fees, and that a Bill be brought in for the foregoing purposes — 

Sent up b}^ M'' Blanchard 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Town of 
Stoddard, \^oted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the third Wednesdav of their next Session, and 

■J ' 

that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Substance of 
the Petition and order of Court thereon be published three weeks 
Successiveh' in one of the New^ Hampshire New^s papers also 
cause that the Substance of the Petition and order be posted up in 
Some public place in the Towm of Stoddard three weeks Succes- 
sively prior to the day of hearing that any person or persons may 
then appear and Shew cause (if any they have) wdi}'^ the prayer 
thereof ma}^ not be granted — Sent up by M'' Prentice 

]^otcd that a Conference be had with the Honb' Senate (if they 
see fit) as soon as may be to take into consideration some method 
for forwarding Delegates to Congress and the Convention at Phil- 
adelphia and any other matter that may come under their consid- 
eration — Sent up b}^ M'" Johnson 

looted that M'' N Peabody, M'" Badger & M'' Bartlett with such 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

of the Honbl Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Samuel French and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
* 13-283 * Voted that the Account of Robert Moor amounting to 
One pound, Eleven Shillings be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasur}^ by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Copland 
Voted that the Account of Benjamin Lamson amounting to five 
pounds Seven Shillings & Eleven pence be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin 
Voted that M'' Pickering, M'" Sparhawk & M'' Gains with such 
of the Honbl Senate as the}' shall join be a Committee to devise 
ways and means for obtaining the Records and papers belonging 
to this State in the hands of the late Governor John Wentworth 
Esq'" and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Odlin 

Voted that the Account of Nath" Peabod}- Esq'' amounting to 
thirty eight Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury' by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to-morrow morning. 

FRIDAY June 15"', 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted that M'" Healy, M'' Badger, M'" Bartlett, M'' Hubbard 
and M'" Emerson with such of the Honbl Senate as the}- shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Memorial of the Honb' Josiah 
Bartlett Esq'' John McDuftee Esq'' & Archibald M^'Murphy Esq'" 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Hearsey 

Voted that M'" Holmes, M'" Chase & M'" Thomas Dow with such 
of the Honb' Senate as the}- shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Asa Lewis and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Duncan 
The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Protect- 
worth Reported, that the said Town have nine months allowed 
to Lev}^ a Tax and have the Same collected and paid into the 
Treasury and that the said Town be abated twenty two pounds 
out of the Taxes for the years 1779, 1780, and 1781, for that part 
of said Town sold by this State as the Estate of the late Governor 
Wentworth and that a Resolve pass to enable the Select men of 
said Town for the time being to Assess and collect the Same 
accordingly and the Treasurer be directed to stay his Extents 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 53 

accordingly for Taxes on said Protectworth — Signed 

E Smith tor the Committee * Which report being read * 13-284 

and considered, voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Griffin 

Voted that M'' Gale, M'' Duncan & M'' Jona Freeman with 
such ot" the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition and Account of Docf Henry Codman and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Allen 

Voted that M'' Whitcomb, M'" Gains & M'" Griffin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Asahel Brainard & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'- Odlin 

Voted that M'" Chase, M'' Duncan & M'' Hall with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Pay Roll of Capt Titus Salter and report thereon — 

Sent up byM'- Odlin 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted that M' Gale. M'' Jona Dow, M'' Chase, M'" Parker, IVP' 
Odlin & M'' Peabody with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to take under consideration the Excise and 
Impost Acts now in force in this state and report such alterations 
and amendments as they shall judge necessary — 

Sent up by M'" Chandler 

Voted that M'' Peabody, M'" Odlin, M'' Blanchard, M'- Dix and 
M'" Holmes with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to devise ways and means for forwarding the Dele- 
gates of this State to Congress and the Convention at Philadel- 
phia, and report thereon — Sent up b}^ M'" Chandler 

Voted that the Account of the Honb' Abiel Foster amounting to 
five pounds eight shillings Lawful money be allowed & paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Flanders 

Whereas a part of the Town of Charlestown has been incorpo- 
rated into a Town by the Name of Langdon — Theretbre Re- 
solved that the Treasurer of this State be directed to credit the 
Town of Charlestown one eighth part of all the Taxes 
required by the State * for the Current year and * 13-285 
Charge the Same to the Town of Langdon and the 
Selectmen of Langdon are impowered and required to assess the 
Same in like manner as the other Towns in the State are by Law 
required to do, and the Treasurer is impowered to issue Extents 



54 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [iT^? 

against the Select men or Collectors of said Langdon in the Same 
manner as by Law is required in Similar cases, and that the Treas- 
urer aforesaid in future call upon the Town of Langdon for one 
eighth part of the proportion set to Charlestown until a new pro- 
portion for Taxation throughout the State shall take place — 

Sent up bv AI'' Hubbard 
Whereas Information has been given to this House that Joshua 
Bayley Esq'' was elected by the Town of Hopkinton as a Represent- 
ative for the current year, and as he has Since been elected a 
Senator for the County of Hillsborough which has deprived said 
Town of Hopkinton from being represented in this House. There- 
fore Voted that the Town of Hopkinton be notified thereof and that 
the Select men of said Town have liberty to call a meeting for the 
choice of a Representative, they giving legal notice of the time 
place and design of said Meeting — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY June i6*", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
LTpon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Gerrish 
Esq'" and others Inhabitants of the County of Hillsborough, (and 
report of a Committee thereon) Voted that the Petitioners be 
heard thereon before the General Court on the third Wednesday 
of the 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 before the sitting of said 
Court in one of the New Hampshire News papers — that any per- 
son or persons may then appear and Shew cause if an}- they have 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Worster 
Voted that M'" N : Peabody, M'' Bartlett and Col" Badger with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider what method shall be taken for the turther revision of 
the Laws of this State and report thereon — 

Sent up bv M'' Worster 

Voted that M'" Bartlett, M'" Hubbard, M'' N Peabody, M'" Gale 

and M'' Chase with such of the Honb' Senate as they 

* 13-286 shall join * be a Committee to take under consideration 

an Act to prevent the bodies of Debtors from being 

taken on Execution, or what is commonlv called the tender Act 

and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Worster 



1787] JOURNAL OF Tllli; HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 55 

Voted that M'' Simpson, M'" Pickering & M'" Prentice with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take 
under consideration, and draught such public Bills as may be 
necessary to be passed this Session and lay the Same before this 
House— Sent up bv M'' Worster 

Voted that M'- Odlin, M'' Copp, W Dakin, M'' Hall and W 
Worster with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider and report what part of the principal of 
the public Securities of this State shall be issued out in Certificates 
the present year, also consider at what rate final Settlements shall 
be received for outstanding Taxes in future and report thereon. — 

Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

looted that M'" Gale, M'' Bartlett & M'' Badger,\vith such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to examine into 
the State of the Treasury and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Assessors of 
Conway, Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M*" Page 

Voted that M'' Holmes, M'' Gove, AP Bartlett, M'' Odlin & W 
Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Margaret Newman and 
report thereon — Sent up by Col^^ Simpson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Winthrop Mars- 
ton 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 Jonathan Fogg of Pittsfield be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon — 
also cause that the Substance of the Petition and order of Court be 
published in one of the New Hampshire papers three weeks Suc- 
cessively prior to the time of hearing that the said 
Fogg or any other * person or persons may then appear * 13-287 
and Shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Barnard 

Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Samuel Dexter 
in behalf of himself and others, 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 pub- 
lished three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire pa- 
pers prior to the day of hearing that any person or persons may 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

then appear and shew cause (if any they have) whv the pra^-er 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Hohnes 

Voted that the Account of Moses True amounting to two 
pounds nineteen shilHngs and eight pence be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasur}' by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Robertson 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY June i8^'\ 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to enable three Justices of the Peace unus quorum to 
determine all disputes concerning the maintenance of the Poor was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Prentice & M'' Johnson 
Voted that the i\ccount of John Calfe Esq'' amounting to Seven 
pounds two shillings & Six pence be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'" Prentice 

Voted that the Account of John Williams amounting to two 
pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Barnard 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Stickney 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday 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 in one of the 
New Hampshire News papers three weeks Successively prior to 
the sitting of Said Court that any person or persons may then ap- 
pear and Shew cause (if an}- they have) wh}- the prayer thereof 

may not be granted — Sent up bv M'' Barnard 

* 13-288 * Voted that M'' Baker, M'' Allen & M'- Gaskill with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Littleton, also of 
an Inventory from Apthorp and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 
Voted that M'' Bartlett, M'' Simpson and M'' Whitcomb with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of David Batcheldor and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Barrett 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to-morrow morning. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 57 

TUESDAY June 19'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
looted that the account of Thomas Odiorne Esq'' amounting to 
four pounds and one ShilHng be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasur}' by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Volcd that M'' Barrett, M'' Cragin & M'" Allen with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Cap^ James Calef and report thereon — 

Sent up b}' Mr. Copp 
The Committee on the Account of the Select men of Hinsdale 
for Soldiers Bounties reported That the Town of Hinsdale receive 
out of the Treasurv of this State the Sum of Ten pounds eighteen 
Shillings and that the President give order accordingly. Signed 
Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and 
considered Vofed that it be received & accepted — 

Sent up by W Willard 
Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Upon a hearing on the Petition of Sarah Purcell Voted that 
said Petition be dismissed — 

Upon a hearing on the Petition from Peterborough Slip J^otcd 
that said Petition be dismissed — 

r^^/dW that M'' Robinson, M'' Gains and M' Duncan w^ith such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Francis Porter report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
* Upon reading and considering the Petition of a num- * 13-289 
ber of the Inhabitants of Campbell's Gore, Voted that the 
Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the third 
Wednesday 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 wrecks Successively prior to the 
Sitting of said Court in one of the New Hampshire News papers 
that any person or persons may then appear and Shew cause if 
any they have why the prayer thereof ma}' not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M. 

Met accordingly. 

The Committee on the Petition of Asa Lewis reported That 

the said Asa be allowed out of the certificate Tax of Francestown 

for the vear 1785 the Sum of thirty nine pounds for the loss of 

certihcates burnt with his House to that amount which he had 



58 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

collected as constable of said Town and that the Treasurer credit 
the Same accordingly Signed E Smith for the Committee — 
which report being read and considered, Voted that it be received 
& accepted — Sent up by M'" Willard 

Voted that M'" Blanchard, M'" Parker, M'" Worster and M'' Jon^ 
Dow with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be an addi- 
tion to the Committee on the tender Act (so called) — 

Sent up by M'" Robinson 

The Committee on the Petition of James Calef reported that the 
Treasurer be directed to Stay the extent afjainst the said Calef 
Six weeks for one half the Sum therein mentioned and three 
months for the other half — Signed John Bell for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
& accepted — Sent up by M'' Baker 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Alexandria 
reported that the prayer thereof be granted. Signed John Bell 
for the Committee which report was read & considered received 

and accepted — Sent up by M'" Barrett 

* 13-290 * An Act to set off mutual Executions against each 
other was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 
Sent up by M'' Barrett & M'' Crawford 

The Committee on the Petition of David Batcheldor, reported 
that a day of hearing be appointed, whereupon voted that the 
Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the Sec- ' 
ond 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 prior to the sitting of said Court that any 
person or persons may then appear and shew cause (if an}- they 
have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
New Bradford, 1 Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the Second Tuesda}^ of their next session 
and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Select men 
of Washington be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon, also cause that the Substance of the Petition and 
order be published three weeks successively prior to the sitting of 
said Court 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 bv M'' Emerson 
Adiourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

1 si Ham. Town Papers, 219. 



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59 



WEDNESDAY June 20'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act to repeal all x\cts, Resolves & clauses of rVcts repug- 
nant to the treaty of peace between Great Britain and the United 
States — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M^" Emerson & M'' Parker 
Upon a Motion for staying the Extents which the Treasurer 
was ordered to issue for the taxes due for the year 1784 until 
the next Session of the General Court — the yeas and 
nays* were called for and are as follows (viz) * 13-291 



Yeas. 
AP Gale 
W Tho^ Dow 
M" Wingate 
AP Copp 
M"- Job Dow 
iM"- Rand 

Nays. 
M'' Sparhawk 
M'' Pickering 
M"- Gains 
M-- Odlin 
M"- Blanchard 
M'' Jo^ Dow 
JVI'' Healey 
AP Robinson 
i\P Tilton 



Yeas. 
Alt' Jon'' Dow 
AI'' Flanders 
AI^ Hubbard 
AI>^ Gaskill 
Af Parker 
AI-- Willard 

Nays. 

AP Dudley 
M"- Bartlett 
AI'' Barnard 
AP Fitield 
AI"- N Peabody 
AI"- Hearsy 
AF BadgeV 
AP Tavtor 
AP Chandler 



Yeas. 
AP Smith 
AP Chase 
AP Powers 
AP Duncan 
AP Holmes 
AP Griffin 

Nays. 
AP Emerson 
AP W™ Peabody 
Ai'- Dakin 
AP Barrett 
AP Abbott 
AP Cragin 
AI"- Dix 
AP Orr 



Yeas. 
AP Tainter 
AP Winch 
AP Kimball 
AP Baker 
AP Worster 
AP Crawford 

Nays. 
AP Dutton 
AP Gove 
AP Hall 
AP Allen 
AP Copland 
AP J Freeman 
AP E Freeman 
AP Simpson 



24 Yeas — 34 Nays So it passed in the Negative — 
Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions, but came to no determination before adjournment — 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock, P. M. 
Met accordingly. 
Upon a hearing on the Petition of Jonas Cutting — V^otcd that 
the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly — Sent up by Mr. Holmes 

Upon a hearing on the Petition of Coh^ William Gregg V^oted 
that the Petition be dismissed — 

Upon a hearing on the Petition of Col^ Azariah Webb, Voted 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring 
in a Bill accordinglv at this or the next Session — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 



6o NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^TS? 

The Committee on the Tender Act so called Reported that said 
Act passed the eighth day of November 1785 with the explanation 
thereof passed the twenty third day of June 1786, be continued 
two years from the eighth day of November next, with the follow- 
ing alterations and amendments (viz) That the appraisers shall 
be reputable freeholders of the County where the Estate is to be 
appraised — That simple Interest only shall be allowed 
* 13-292 on Judgments or Executions * recovered — Signed E 
Payne for the Committee — which report being read 
and considered, Voted that it be received and accepted and that a 
Bill be brought in accordingl}' — also that a paragraph be added 
making estate real or personal a tender in mean process as in case 
of Execution — Sent up by M'" Duncan 

J'otcd that M'- N. Peabody, M'' W"' Peabody & M'' Job Dow with 
such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition and Memorial of James Macgregore and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Duncan 

Voted thc\\. M'' Hubbard, M'' J Freeman & M'' Gains with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of a Letter from M^' Wheelock President of Dartmouth College 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

looted that M'- Bartlett, M'' Barnard & M'" Thomas Dow 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'' Dix 

x\djourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY, June 2V\ 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Voted that M'' Robinson, M'' Copp, M'-'jon^ Dow, M'' Allen 
and M'' Johnson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to take under consideration a vote of the last Ses- 
sion for proportioning the foreign, domestic & State debt to the 
Several Towns Districts &c, and allowing Towns & Individuals 
the priviledge of paying their proportion in the Treasury and take 
his receipt therefor, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Gains 

Voted that M'' Gains, M'' Dow, and M'' Badger with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Accounts of the Several printers who have printed lor the State the 
year past and report thereon — Sent up by M' Gains 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 61 

* Voted that ]M'' Prentice, M'' Hubbard and M"' Bardett * 13-293 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to take into consideration a Bill for amending and 
explaining an Act relating to Constables collecting rates or 
iVssessments and report thereon — Sent up by M' Blanchard 

Voted that M' Odlin, IsV Wingate, M^' Barrett, M'' Duncan and 
M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to report what business is 3^et 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 and House of 
Representatives for Travel and attendance at the present Session 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'' Hubbard, M'" Simpson and M'' Duncan with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to report a 
Bill for putting over the business that was to have been transacted 
at the Superior Courts which were to have been holden in the 
Counties of Cheshire and Grafton in May last, to the time of the Sit- 
ting of said Court in October next — Sent up b}' M'' Blanchard 

The Committee on the Petition of Margaret Newman Reported 
that there is due from the Estate of Zaccheus Cutler Deceased to 
M''' Margaret Newman One thousand pounds Lawful Money and 
that she receive her dividend out of his Estate with the other Credit- 
ors as much as though that Sum had been found due by the Com- 
missioners — signed Peter Green for the Committee — which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and Accepted 
and that the Judge of Probate of Wills &c take notice and govern 
himself accordingly — Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Jonathan 
Thurston Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the Second Tuesday of the 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 * 13-294 
cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of the Proprietors of 
Cockermouth which was to have been Yesterday be postponed 
to the third Wednesday of the Next Session of the General 
.Court which may be held at Concord of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up bv M"" Freeman 



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [178? 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Gerrish^ 
Esq'" praying for the Priviledge of a Ferry Voted that the prayer 
thereof be granted and that he be allowed two miles down river & 
one mile up from the place of passing and that the said Gerrish 
allow the priviledge of a Bridle road from said Ferrv to the road 
in Northlield and that a Bill be brought in to vest the said privi- 
ledge in the said Gerrish his heirs and Assigns forever — 

Sent up by M'" Freeman 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

Voted that the Account of Thomas Bartlett Esq'' amounting to 
two pounds Eleven shillings and Six pence for Examining Town 
Accounts be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Healey 

Voted, that the Account of Lemuel Holmes Esq'" amounting to 
four pounds twelve Shillings and Six pence for Examining 
Accounts be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'" Healey 

Voted that the Account "of Nathanael Adams Esq'' amounting to 
Twenty Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President it being for copying papers for the Land 
Committee — Sent up by M'" Heal}- 

Voied that M'' Crawford, M'' Freeman & M'' Rand with such of 
the Honb' Senate as the}^ shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition from the Town of Canaan and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 
* 13-295 * \^oted that the hearing on the Petition of Samuel 
Kelley which was to have been this day betbre the 
General Court be postponed until to morrow morning of which 
all concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accord- 
ingly — Sent up b}^ M'' Odlin 

Voted that the Treasurer of this State be directed to issue certifi- 
cates for Twenty '^'' Cent of the principal of all state seciu-ities that 
may be presented for that purpose in addition to the certificates for 
Interest and that said certificates be issued on the thirty first day 
of July next — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

The Committee on the Memorial of the Committee for settlingr 
the line of Mason's Patent so called, Reported that they have an 
order on the Treasurer for one hundred pounds to be paid out of 
the Specie Tax for the year 1786, to be by them accounted for 
and that the President give orders accordingly^ — they also report 
that said Committee in running the side lines of said Patent to 

1 xi Hani. Town Pnpers, 205. 



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63 



measure so far from the sea shore or harbours mouth as shall 
make Sixty miles on a Straight line on each side of said Patent 
Signed E Smith for the Committee which report being read and 
considered, motion was made for receiving and accepting the 
Same and the yeas and nays being called were as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


M' Odlin 


M"" Badger 


M'- Abbott 


AP Parker 


M"- Blanchard 


M"- Copp 


AP Rand 


AP Willard 


M"- Healey 


AF Page 


AP Orr 


AP Smith 


M-- Tilton 


M' Lovell • 


AP Dutton 


AP Allen 


W^ Gale 


U'- Taylor 


AP Gove 


AP Powers 


M>' Bartlett 


M"- Chandler 


AP Dow 


AP Duncan 


W Barnard 


AI"- Job Dow 


AP Flanders 


AP Holmes 


M^ Fifield 


Mr VV" Peabodv 


AP Hubbard 


AP Copland 


M^ N Peabodv 


M>- Griffin 


AP Hall 


AP Kimball 


M' Thom^ Dow 


M' Tainter 


AP J Freeman 


AP Johnson 


M-- Hearsy 


AP Winch 


AP Gaskill 


AP E Freeman 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


W"" Sparhawk 


AI"" Robinson 


AP Barrett 


AP Baker 


M-- Pickering 


Air Dudley 


AP Cragin 


AP AVorster 


M"- Gains 


Alf Wingate 


AP Dix" 


AP Crawford 


M'- Jo^ Dow 


AK Emerson 


AP Chase 


AP Simpson 



96 



44 Yeas — 16 Nays — So the report was Accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 
* The Committee appointed to consider of a Letter * i 
from Supply Clap Esq'' Commissary General of this 
State reported that he continue to draw upon the Naval Officer 
from time to time for such Sums of money as will be sufficient to 
Support and maintain the light-house agreably to the appointment 
made the last Session of the General Court and that his Excel- 
lency the President with advice of Council be desired to draw 
orders on the Treasurer for such Sums as the Commissary Gen- 
eral may need not to exceed one hundred and fifty pounds for 
paying and purchasing rations for the men at Fort William and 
Mar}^ and he is to be accountable for such Sums as he hath or 
may receive — And the Committee further report that the said 
Commissary General allow but one ration '^'' day either to Officer 
or men during the time of his appointment — and further that the 
President with advice of Council be requested to call upon such 
half pay Officer and Six Invalids as they shall think proper in 
this state to do garrison duty at said Fort — Signed John Bell for 
the Committee — Which report being read and Considered Voted 
that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Holmes 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

Voted that the Honb' John Langdon Esq'' be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate from this state to the Congress of the United 
States for the term of one j'ear 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 and priviledges which other 
delegates from this state have heretotbre had and enjoyed agre- 
ablv to the Confederation of the United States — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 
Voted that the Honb' John Pickering Esq'" be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate from this State to 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 v^ith all the powers and 
* 13-297 priviledges which other delegates from this State * have 
heretofore had and enjoyed agreably to the confedera- 
tion of the United States — Sent up by M'" Holmes 

Voted that the Honb' Nicholas Gilman Esq^' be and he hereby 
is appointed a Delegate from this State to 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 and priviledges 
which other delegates from this State have heretofore had and 
enjoyed agreably to the confederation of the United States — 

Sent up by Mr. Holmes 
The Honb' Benjamin Bellows Esq'' was also appointed a Dele- 
gate but it was nonconcur'' — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

FRIDAY JUNE 22'\ 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
The Committee on the Petition and Account of Doctor Henry 
Codman reported that they have Examined his Account for visits 
and medicines administred to the recruits for the Continental army 
amounting to fifteen pounds eight shillings and two pence Lawful 
money and find the Same reasonably charged and well vouched 
they also reported that the Same be paid out of the Treasury of 
this State and charged to the Account of the United States — 
Signed Peter Green 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'' Copland 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 65 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Protect- 
worth reported that said Town have nme months allowed to Levy 
a Tax and have the Same collected and paid into the Treasury of 
this State that said Town be abated Twenty two poimds out of the 
Taxes for the years 1779, 17S0 and 1781, for that part of said 
Town sold by this State, as the Estate of the late Governor John 
Wentworth Esq'' — Wherefore Resolved that the Select men of 
said Town for the time being be and they hereby are empowered 
and directed to Levy and order the Same to be collected accord- 
ingly and that the Treasurer be directed to Stay his Extents for 
taxes on said Protectworth for the aforesaid term of nine months — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

* Voted that M'' Robinson, M'" Jon^ Freeman and M'" * 13-298 
E : Freeman with such of the Honb^ Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of the 
Inhabitants of Cardigan and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

Voted that M'' Holmes, M'" Bartlett & M'" Gale with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Cap' Thomas Simpson and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

The Committee appointed to consider of the Account of John 
Melcher, George Jerry Osborne, and Lamson and Ranlet for 
printing Journals of the Honb^ Gen' Court, Proclamations, & 
Sundry advertisements for the year past, reported that there 
appears to be due to John Melcher forty eight pounds four 
shillings and three pence — to George Jerry Osborne Sixty five 
pounds and to Lamson and Ranlet thirty two pounds thirteen 
shillings and Six pence — said Lamson and Ranlet to account for 
any Sum they may have received towards their Account Signed 
Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and 
considered Voted that it be received and Accepted and that the 
President give orders on the Treasury for the payment of the 
Several sums to the Several persons accordingly — agreably to a 
vote of the 26"' of Dec'" 1786 — Sent up by M'' Gains 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Heath 
Voted, that the judgment of the Superior Court rendered upon the 
Scire facias against said Heath be reversed, and the money paid 
into the Treasury of this State be refunded and that the President 
give order on the Treasury for said Sum of Thirteen pounds 
three shillings and eight pence — Sent up by M"" Gains 

Voted that M'' Cragin, M'" Blanchard and M' Copp with such 
5 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_'^1^'7 

of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Account of Benjamin Biggelow and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Gains 

* 13-299 * The vote of Yesterday for issuing certiticates for 

Twenty '^^' Cent of the principal of State Notes &c — 
came down from the Honb^ Senate for the following amendment, 
"that it be fifteen '^'' Cent instead of Twenty "f'Cent" which 
amendment was read and concurred — 

looted that this House join with the Honb' Senate if thev see fit 
to chuse four persons by joint ballot, either two of whom to repre- 
sent this State in the grand convention now^ sitting at Philadel- 
phia — Sent up by M'" Chandler 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly. 

xVn Act to confirm unto Jonas Cutting a certain Lot of Land in 
Croyden was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Griffin & M"" Powers 

An Act for altering the time of the Sitting of the Inferior Court 
of Common pleas and Court of General Sessions of the peace at 
Charlestown in the County of Cheshire, was read a third time and 
passed to be Enacted — Sent up by M'" Griffin & M'' Powers 

]^ot€d that M'" Bartlett, M'' Hubbard, M'' Gale, M'" Pickering 
and M'' Holmes with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to draught a Bill to exempt the bodies of debtors 
from being taken on Execution when real or personal Estate can 
be found or is tendered to satisfy the demand, and lay the Same 
before this House — Sent up by M'' Freeman 

Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Enoch Johnson 
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 Samuel White Esq^" and 
Samuel White Jun'' both of Haverhill in the County of Essex and 
common wealth of Massachusetts be served with a Cop}^ of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon that they may then appear 
and Shew cause if an}^ they have why the prayer thereof may not 
be granted — Sent up by M'" Chase 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Canaan 
reported as their Opinion that said Town be abated one 

* 13-300 quarter * part of all their State Taxes Since the pro- 

portion Act in the year 1784 and until a new proportion 
be made throughout the State — Signed E: Smith for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Chase 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 67 

The Committee on the Petition of ]\P James Macgregore Re- 
ported that the said Macgregore have two months to discharge 
one third part of the Extent now against hnr) as Excise Master 
four months for one third part and Six months for tlie other third 
part, one hah' of each parts to be paid in Specie orders on the 
Treasurer at the Expiration of each period, the other half in 
Specie and that no Interest be paid on the Bond upon which Said 
Extent issued. Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Committee — 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted and that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly — 

Sent up b}^ M"" Prentice 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of William Reed which 
was to have been at this Session of the General Court be post- 
poned to the Second Tuesday of their next Session of which all 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Crawford 

The Committee on the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq"" 
reported that there be a day of hearing on said Petition — whereupon 
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 Jonathan Warner Esq^ of Portsmouth 
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 the Execu- 
tion against said Jenness be stayed until the decision of the Gen- 
eral Court — Sent up by M'" Abbott 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Robert Morrill 
praying to be restored to his Law — voted that the 
* prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to * 13-301 
bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up b}' M'' Badger 

Voted that M^ Taylor, M'' Griffin and M'" Duncan with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the account of Ezra French and others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Abbott 

Voted that M"" Badger, M'" Odlin and M^' N. Peabody with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the propriety of advertisements respecting proprietary meetings 
and the Taxes on Lands of Nonresidents being contined to any 
one particular paper, and if so contined, to what paper and also of 
the propriety of appointing a State printer, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

SATURDAY June 23", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Merrimack river in Henry Gerrish^ Esq'' of Bos- 
cawen his heirs and Assigns was read the third time and passed 
to be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Copland and M'" Rand 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Simpson 
and Jane Simpson, Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon 
before the General Court on the third Wednesday of their next 
Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that 
James Sullivan Esq'" and Martha his wife of Boston in the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts be served with a Copy of the Petition 
and order of Court thereon that the}^ or any other person con- 
cerned may then appear and shew cause why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

Voied that M"" Prentice, M'' Odlin and M'" N : Peabody with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to draught 
a Resolve touching the subject matter of President Wheelocks 
letter and lay the Same before this House — 

Sent up by M'' Simpson 
* 13—302 * The Committee appointed to devise ways and means 
to obtain the public records and papers of this State 
in the hands of the late Governor John Wentworth Esq'' Reported 
that an Act be passed authorizing his Excellency the President 
to take Such measures as he shall think best for recovering the 
said Records and papers and that his receipt shall be a full dis- 
charge tbr the Same, Signed Joseph Gilman for the Committee — 
which report being read and considered, voted that it be received 
and accepted and that a Bill be brought in accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Rand 

The vote on the Report on the letter from Supply Clap Esq"" 
Commissary General came down from the Honb' Senate for the 
following amendments " that instead of an half pay officer and 
Six Invalids, the President with advice of Council call upon such 
Officer and Six Soldiers on the list of Invalids as are fit for garri- 
son duty, to do duty at said Fort — Sent up by M'' Rand 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarson Belcher of 
Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Voted that the 
Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the third 
Wednesda}^ of their next session, and that in the mean time the 
Petitioner cause that the Select men of Peterborough be served 

1 xi Hani. Town Papers, 205. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 69 

with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon three 
weeks before the sitting of said Court — also cause that the Sub- 
stance of the Petition and order of Court be published three 
weeks Successively in one of the New Hampsh"" News papers prior 
to the Sitting of said Court, that the said Select men or any other 
person or persons may then appear and Shew cause if any they 
have why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up M'' Rand 
]\Hed that M^' Badger, M'" Hubbard & M'' Bartlett with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to report 
in what Situation the Accounts between this State 
* and the United States now are, and whether there is * 13-303 
any person or persons now appointed to bring the 
Same to a close, or what is further necessary to be done — 

Sent up by M'" Crawford 
Voled that the Ballance of the Account of Robert Gerrish 
amounting to thirty three pounds two shillings and Six pence be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Crawford 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jonathan Chase 
Esq'' ]^otcd that the Petitioner be heard thereon betbre the General 
Court on the Second Tuesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time he cause that Clement March and Stephen March 
Esq'' 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'' Crawford 
Voted that the Account of Colo Aaron Kinsman amounting to 
Seven pounds ten Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury by order of the President — Sent up bv M'' Crawford 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Lyman, 1 ]^oled that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Crawford 
The Committee on the Petition of Cap' Thomas Simpson re- 
ported that the said Thomas Simpson be allowed forty shillings '^'' 
month from the time of his being last struck off the pension list until 
he was again enrolled the 2'' day of December 1786. Signed John 
Bell for the Committee, which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted, and that the Pay-master of 
Invalids certify the Sum due and that the President give order on 
the Treasurer tor said Sum — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

Adjourned to Monday next at ten of Clock, x\. M. 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 496. 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^7 

MONDAY June 25"' 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act for altering the places for holding the Superior Courts 
for the Counties of Cheshire and Grafton — was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up bv M'" Simpson & M'" Allen 
* 13-304 * Voted that M'- Jon" Dow, M'' Holmes & M'' Duncan 
be a Committee to take under consideration a Bill 
proposed for quieting all bona fide purchasers of Lands between 
a Straight line & a curve line at the head of masons Patent and 
report such alterations and amendments as they judge neces- 
sary — 

Voted that the Honb^ Benjamin West 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 and priviledges 
which other delegates from this State have heretofore had and 
enjoyed agreably to the Confederation of the United States — 

Sent up b}' M'' Chandler 

The Committee on the Petition of Barnard McKean^ reported 
that said Petition be dismissed which report was read and consid- 
ered received and accepted — 

Voted that M'" Gains, M'' Badger and M'' Emerson with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Wendall Esq'' in behalf of himself and the 
Nonresident proprietors of Lyman and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Whereas the Select men of Lyman in the County of Grafton 
hath Petitioned the General Court setting forth that in March 
1786, the then General Court passed a Resolve enabling the 
Select men of said Lyman to assess and order to be collected a 
certain Tax or Taxes upon the Lands of the Proprietors of said 
Lyman in one Tax Bill which they so far complied with, that they 
made the same and one other Tax, and instead of committing 
them to their constable to collect, through mistake sent them to. the 
State collector for him to proceed upon agreably to Law and 
instead of returning his name to the Treasurer they returned it to 
said Collector by means of which mistake their said Constable 
refuses to collect said Taxes, and in consequence of such 

1 xi Haul. Town Papers, 187. 



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* refusal an extent or extents has issued against * 13-305 
the Select men Wheretbre the Select men prayed to be 
authorized and impovvered to order the Taxes for said year to be 
collected by said constable or to be enabled at some proper meet- 
ing for that purpose to chuse a Suitable person to collect the Same 
and that the Extents against them for said year be stayed a Rea- 
sonable time for compleating the collection which prayer appear- 
incr reasonable — Therefore Resolved that the select men of 
L3^man for the time being be and they hereby are impowered to 
order said Constable to proceed in collecting the said Taxes in 
the same way and manner as though said Tax bill and a Warrant 
had been given to him by said Select men and by him sent to said 
State's Collector and that the Treasurer be directed to stay the 
Extents against said Lvman for said Taxes, Six months from the 
date hereof — Sent up by M'" Hearsev 

The Committee on the pay Roll of Cap' Titus Salter reported 
that they have examined said Roll and find the same right 
except that it is their Opinion that said Salters wages ought to be 
Six pounds '^'" month instead of eight — Signed John Bell 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 Roll after deducting two pounds ^'' month 
from Cap' Salters wages — Sent up by M'" Odlin 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

TUESDAY June 26">, 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

x\n Act vesting the President of his State with power to pro- 
cure the return of the records and papers belonging to the Same 
in the hands of the late Governor John Wentworth Esq"" was read 
a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Gains & M'" Johnson 

Voted that the Attorney General be directed to prosecute the 
Sheriff of the County of Hillsborough for his neglect in not return- 
ing the votes from sundry Towns in said County which were 
given for President and Senators by the Inhabitants of said 
Towns — Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

* Voted that the Attorney General be directed to make * 13-306 
enquiry into the cause of a neglect of the return of 
votes for President and Senators from the County of Grafton and 
in case the Sheriff shall be found deficient in his duty that said 



72 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

Attorney General prosecute him for his neglect and in case it 
shall be found that the Town Clerks were deficient that said At- 
torney General prosecute such Town Clerks for their neglect — 

Sent up by M'' Hubbard 
The Committee on the Account of Benjamin Biggelow having 
Examined the Same beg leave to report -that the said Account 
amounting to Twenty one pounds thirteen shillings and nine 
pence be allow^ed and paid out of the Treasur}^ and that the Presi- 
dent be desired to give order accordingl}- — Signed E : Smith for 
the Committee, which report being read and considered voted that 
it be received and Accepted — Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

]^oted that the Attorney General be directed to prosecute such 
Town Clerks as have been deficient in making Seasonable 
returns of the votes for President and Senators to the Sheriffs of 
the respective counties or to the Secretary of this State as the 
Constitution requires — Sent up by M'' Odlin 

Voted that the Treasurer be directed to draw an order on the 
Impost Officer in favour of Robert Gerrish for the Sum of Thirty 
Three pounds two shillings and Six pence being the amount of an 
order said Gerrish has on the Treasurer — 

Sent up by M'" Odlin 
Whereas the time for Invalids to repair to the Committee in 
order to be enrolled agreably to an Act passed January lo^'' 1787 
is near expiring and as many Invalids in the distant parts of the 
State may not have received the notice thereof Therefore 
Resolved that a further time of Six months from the first day of 
July next be allowed such Invalids for the purposes mentioned 
in said Act. Any law usage or custom to the Contrary notwith- 
standing — Sent up by M'' Odlin 
* 13-307 * looted that this House join with the Honb' Senate if 
the}' see fit to elect by joint ballot as soon as may be, 
Delegates to represent this State in the Convention sitting in Phila- 
delphia — Sent up by M'' Gaskill 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Voted that the hearinp; on the Petition of Amariah Curtiss and 
others which was to have been at this Session be postponed to 
the Second Tuesda}' of the next Session of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Peabodj- 
Upon motion made for the reading some papers given in by a 
Member pm-porting to be an impeachment of the Honb' Justices of 



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73 



the Interior Court of Common pleas tor the County of Rockincr- 
ham — the yeas and nays were called and were as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mf Blanchard 
Mf Barnard 
M"- Copp 
M' Chandler 
W Dix 
M" Jon" Dow 
M-- Gaskill 
M-- Chase 

Nays. 



Yeas. 

M"- Hohnes 
AK Kimball 
JM"" Robinson 
Mr Fifield 
M>- l^age 
M' Job Dow 
M' Dutton 
AP Flanders 

Nays. 



HonW iM"- Sparhawk AK Copland 
M-^ Odlin AP Pickerine: 



Af Healev 
Af Dudley 
M" Tho« Dow 
Af Emerson 
Af Abbott 



AI"" I'reniice 
AP Tilton 
AP Bradley 
AI"' Hearsey 



Yeas. 
Af Parker 
AP Powers 
AP Tainter 
AP Baker 
AP Bartlett 
AP Wingate 
AP Tavlor 
AP W"> Peabody 

Nays. 
AP Dakin 
AP Rand 
AP Worster 
AP Gains 
Af Jo« Dow 
AP Gale 



Yeas. 
AP Gove 
AP Hall 
AP Smith 
Af Duncan 
Ap- Winch 
AP Johnson 
AP Edm'i Freeman 



Nays. 
AP N Peabody 
AP Badger 
AP Barrett 
AP Willard 
AP Crawford 
AP J Freeman 



31 yeas — 25 nays — so it passed in the Atiirmative. 

The paper were then read and vo/cd that the consideration 
thereof be postponed until to morrow morning — 

A vote came down from the Honb' Senate appointing M'" Bel- 
lows and M'' Payne with such of the Honb' House as they shall 
join a Committee to consider of a Bill lor adjourning the Superior 
Courts in the Counties of Cheshire and Grafton, and report 
thereon — was read and Concurred & M'' Hubbard, M'' Hall and 
M'' Simpson joined — Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

The Committee to draught a Resolve touching the Subject 
matter of President Wheelocks Letter reported the 
* following resolve which was read and considered * 13-308 
received and accepted — 

Upon reading and considering a Letter from John Wheelock 
Esq'" as overseer of Moors Charity School so called requesting 
that Some Suitable persons might be appointed to examine and 
adjust the accounts of expenditures &c and estimate the yeai'lv 
value and income of the donations funds &c belonging to said 
School which request appearing reasonable & necessarv and this 
State being desirous of cherishing that Seminary and of promot- 
ing the pious design of such institution — 

Therefore be it and it is hereby Resolved bv the Senate and 
House of Representatives in General Court convened that the 
President and Council of this State for the time being be and 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

hereby are impowered as often as Occasion may require to nomi- 
nate and appoint three reputable citizens of said State at the 
charge and expence of said overseer to be auditors & Commis- 
sioners to examine and adjust all such accompts of expenditures 
and disburstments relative to said Charity school as may by the 
overseer of said School be presented to them for that purpose — 
And also estimate and appraise the yearly value and income of 
all such donations, tunds & estates belonging to said School 
within this State as the said Overseer may desire, and certify the 
Same — Sent up by M"" Dix 

An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Connecticut River in Azariah Webb^ of Piermont 
his heirs and Assigns was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by Colo Freeman & Col-^ Simpson 

An Act for reviving an Act intitled an Act in addition to an Act 
intitled an Act to repeal Sundry Acts of this State relating to 
Taverners, Innholders, Retailers and common victuallers and for 
reirulatino- Taverns Inns and Retailers within this State passed 
March the 22'^ 1782 — was read a thu-d time and passed to be 

Enacted— Sent up by M'' Dix & M' Worster 

* 13-309 * Adjourned to 7 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY June 27^" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 
An Act in Addition to and in explanation of an Act intitled an 
Act for granting an excise on several sorts of Liquors for the use of 
this State was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up bv M'' Gains & M'' Robinson 
An Act for appointing deputies from this State to the Conven- 
tion proposed to be holden in the city of Philadelphia in May 
1787, for the purpose of revising the federal constitution was read 
a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Gains and M'" Robinson 
An Act to impower Robert Morrill to enter an Action at the 
next Superior Court for the County of Hillsborough was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up bv M'" Parker & M'' Johnson 
An x\ct in addition to an Act intitled an x\ct to regulate flax 
seed, pot ash, and pearl ash for exportation, was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Emerson & M'' Blanchard 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 194. 



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75 



An Act in addition to an Act intitled an Act to establish certain 
impost duties on various foreign Articles imported into this State 
— was read a third time and passed to be Enacted 



Yeas. 
M' Blanchard 
Mr Gale 
Mr Bradley 
Mr Hearsy 
Mr W^ Peabody 
M"" Cragin 
M^ J Dow 
M'' Parker 
M"^ Powers 

Nays. 



Yeas. 
A I'' Copland 
iM>- Winch 
M"- Jo^ Dow 
AF Dudley 
AP- Fifield 
AP Chandler 
AP Abbott 
AP Dutton 
AP Flanders 

Nays. 



Honb^ AP Sparhawk AP Worster 
AP Prentice AP Pickering 

M-- Bartlett AP Healy 

AP Copp AP Wingate 

AP Dakin AP Page 

AP Hubbard AI-^ Barrett 



Yeas. 
AP Smith 
AP Duncan 
AP Griffin 
AP Kimball 
AP Tilton 
AP Barnard 
APDow 
AP Job Dow 

Nays. 
AP Hall 
AP Crawford 
AI'' Gains 
AP Robinson 
AP Badger 



Yeas. 
AP Rand 
M'' Gove 
M>^ Gaskill 
AP Allen 
M"- Holmes 
AP Tainter 
AP Baker 
AP E Freeman 

Nays. 
AP Tavlor 
AP Dix 
AP Willard 
A!'' Jon'' Freeman 
AP" Simpson 



34 Yeas^ — 22 Na3's 

Sent up by M'' Holmes & M'" Smith 

* A protest was then handed in which was in the fol- * 13-310 
lowing words — We protest against the Bill, intitled an 
Act in addition to an x\ct intitled an Act to establish certain 
Impost duties — 

I*' Because the principle on which the Bill is founded we 
conceive is inequitable and that its consequences will be ruinous 
to the credit of the State — 

2'^ Because the Bill were it Enacted would be oppressive to 
Individuals, injurious to commerce, and destructive of the rights 
of trial by jury — 

3'^ Because the 

gives him certain judiciary powers — while the Constitution says 
— all judicial Officers shall be appointed by the President & 
Council — 

4**^ Because the Bill is repugnant to the Tender Act just past 
this House and repeals certain Laws of the late province giving 
certain powers of Chancery to the Courts of Law within this 
State — 

5"^ Because the Bill is in its nature and operation, retro- 
spective — 

1 The printed journal gives but 27 yeas. 



76 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

6*'' Because the Bill doth not relate to any articles imported 
by Land into this State — 

John Prentice Amos Dakin John Pickering 

Charles Barrett Benja Hall George Gains 

Timo Taylor Jon'^ Robinson Nath^ Healy 

Tho' Bartlett John Sparhawk 

A vote came down from the Honb' Senate appointing M"" 
Thompson, M'" Bellows, M'" Smith, M'" Payne & M'" Gil man a 
Committee to join with such of the Honb^ House as they shall 
appoint to take into consideration a Bill now laying before the 
Senate, entitled an Act to exempt the bodies of Debtors Irom 
prison when Sufficient estate is tendered to satisfy the demand, 
and to make such alterations and amendments as they may judge 
necessary, and bring in a Bill for that purpose as soon as may be 
— which vote was read and Concur'' and M'' Peabody, M'' Bartlett, 
M'" Gale, M' J Dow, M' Dakin M'' Parker and M' Simpson 

joined — Sent up by M"" Holmes 

* 1 3-3 1 1 * looted that the Honb' John Langdon Esq'" be and he 
hereby is appointed a Commissioner from this State to 
meet in a Convention proposed to be held at Philadelphia in may 
last to take under consideration the revision of the Articles of 
Confederation of the United States &c — 

Sent up by M"" Blanchard 

]'o/cd that the Honb' John Pickering Esq'' be and he hereby is 
appointed a Commissioner from this State to meet in a Convention 
proposed to be held at Philadelphia in May last to take under 
consideration the revision of the Articles of Confederation of the 
United States — Sent up bv M'' Blanchard 

Voted that the Honb' Nicholas Gilman Esq'' be and he hereby 
is appointed a Commissioner from this State to meet in a Conven- 
tion proposed to be held at Philadelphia in May last to take under 
consideration the revision of the Articles of Confederation of the 
united states &c — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that the Honb' Benjamin West Esq'' be and he hereby is 
appointed a Commissioner trom this state to meet in a Convention 
proposed to be held at Philadelphia in May last to take under 
consideration the revision of the Articles of Confederation of the 
United States — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that the Account of Minas Daniels amounting to four 
pounds fourteen Shillings and eight pence be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasur}^ by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 77 

The Committee to consider ot" the Petition from Littleton^ &c 
Reported that the Inhabitants of Apthorp alias Littleton & Dalton 
with their personal Estates be exempted from paying any Taxes 
up to the year 1784, and that the said Town be abated one half 
of their Taxes from and after the year 1776 to the present time & 
in the Same proportion for all future Taxes until a new proportion 
through this state shall be taken — also that some suitable person 
be appointed to call a meeting of the Inhabitants of said Town in 
the Room of Col" Timothy Bedel late deceased — and that all 
extents against said Towns be stayed until the tirst of Januar}^ 
next — Signed E Payne for the Committee — which report being 
read and considered, voted that it be received and accepted and 
that a Resolve be brought in accordinglv — 

Sent up by M"" Duncan 

* Voted that the Treasurer be directed to cause the * 13-312 
Extents against the Towns of Shelburne and Grantham 
to be stayed until the next Session of the General Court — 

Sent up bv M'' Duncan 

The Committee on the Petition of Solomon Wheeler Esq'' 
Reported that the said Wheeler have leave to return the one 
hundred and lifteen Dollars in old Continental money which he 
received of the Treasury in the month of June 1777, for the use 
of this State and not by him disposed of and that he pay the 
Ballance of his account amounting to one hundred and one pound 
ten Shillings in any public Securities of this State and that he the 
said Wheeler take such Securities of Cap' John Moody for the 
ballance of his receipt for money paid him by said Wheeler for 
corn and grain in July 1777, and not delivered for the use of said 
State — Signed E Smith tor the Committee — which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted and 
that the Treasurer govern himself accordinglv — 

Sent up by M'' Worster 
Voted that Doct'" Gove, M'' Gaskill, & M'" Blanchard be a Com- 
mittee to examine into the circumstances mentioned in a Petition 
Signed by Joshua Clement and others Inhabitants of Salem 
against Moody Morss Esq'' and report at the next session whether 
the matters Stated against said Morss are well founded — 

Sent up bv M'' Duncan 
Yoted that M'' Sparhawk, M'' Odlin, & M'' Gains be a Com- 
mittee to agree with a printer for printing two hundred and tifty 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 425. 



78 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

copies of the Election Sermon Delivered bv the Revr'' M' Buck- 
minster the 7^'' day of June current — Sent up by M'' Dow 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Voicd that M'' Allen, M'' Holmes and M'' Gains with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the propriety of receiving some Continental Bills presented to 
this House, collected by Benjamin Cummings of Cornish in the 
Months of March and June 1781, as said Cummings by his 
deposition testilies — and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
* 13-313 *An Act in addition to an Act, intitled an Act for 
setling of debts and mutual demands, was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M^' Holmes & M' Blanchard 
Voicd that M'" Dix, M'" Johnson & M' Griffin with such of the 
Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of the Inhabitants of Peterborough Slip — and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Cragin 

Whereas Paris Richardson a Continental Soldier who has been 
certified by a Board of Officers as unfit for duty in field or Garri- 
son by reason of having his Shoulder dislocated in the Army and 
it having been made to appear to this House that he is unable to 
appear before the Committee for enrolling Invalids — Therefore 
Resolved that it be recommended to the Committee for enrolling 
Soldiers who are intitled to pensions to cause that the said Paris 
Richardson be enrolled and that he be entitled to receive pay 
from the time he was struck off the Roll heretofore — ■ 

Sent up by M^" Duncan 
^An Act to exempt the bodies of debtors from prison in certain 
cases when sufficient Estate is tendered to satisfy the Demand — 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Parker and M'' Allen 
Voted that M'" Sparhawk, M'' Jon ' Dow, M'- Barrett, M'' Odlin, 
M'- Gove, M'- Gale, M'' Allen, M'' W" Peabody, M'' Blanchard, 
M'- Freeman, M'' Parker, M"" Bradley and M'" Flanders be a Com- 
mittee to take under consideration some papers purporting to be 
an impeachment of the Justices of the Inferior Court of Common 
pleas for the County of Rockingham — 

The foregoing Committee reported as follows — 

1 In the printed journal this act is also entered under date of June 26. 



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79 



The Committee appointed to take into consideration the papers 
purporting an Impeachment of the Justices of the Court of Com- 
mon pleas for the County of Rockingham beg leave to report as 
their Opinion that the said Justices are not Impeachable for Mal- 
administration as their conduct is justified by the constitution of 
this State — 

Submitted b}^ John Sparhavvk for the Committee which report 
being read and considered motion was made for receiv- 
ing and accepting the Same, on which motion the *Yeas * 13-314 
and nays were required and are as follows (viz) 



Yeas. Yeas 

Honb' M-" Spaihawk AP Smith 
M>- Odlin Alf Tainter 

iM"- Healv 
M-- Gale' 
Mr N Peabody 
M^ Hearsey 
j\lr \\m i^eabody 
M"" Cragin 



AI"" Crawford 
AI"^ Pickering 
AI-- Prentice 
AK Robinson 
AP Dudley 
AP Tho' bow 
AP Badger 

Nays. 
AP Baker 
AP Bartlett 
AP Copp 
Al'' Job Dow 
AP Ton* Dow 



Yeas. 
AP Barrett 
M-- Dix 
AP Flanders 
AP Chase 
AP Kimball 
AP Jon* Freeman 
AP Gains 
AP Jo' Dow 
AP Tilton 

Nays. 
AP Powers 
AP Copland 
AP Johnson 
AI"" Barnard 
AP Taylor 



Yeas. 
AP Bradley 
AP Wingate 
AP Paoe 
AI-- Rand 
AP Dutton 
AP Willard 
AP Grififin 
AP Worster 

Nays. 
AP Emerson 
AP Parker 
IVP Duncan 
M" Winch 
AP Edm<* Freeman 



AP Gove 

Nays. 
Al"" Blanchard 
AP Fil^eld 
AP Chandler 
AP Dakin 
AP Allen 
Air Holmes 

35 Yeas — 21 Nays — so it was received and Accepted. 

Vo^ed that ^V Pickering, M'' Bardett & I\P Prentice with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
draught a Bill for repealing an Act of this State intitled an Act 
for the recovery of Small debts in an expeditious way & manner 
passed Nov'" 9"' 1785 — Sent up by M'' Gains 

Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate and House of 
Representatives and their Officers be allowed four pence '^'" mile 
for travel to and from their Homes — That the Members of the 
Honb' Senate be allowed Six shillings "f^'' dav each — The Secre- 
tary and Clerk of the Houte nine shillings ^'' Dav each and the 
Assistant Clerk one Shilling and Six pence ^5'" Day over and above 
his pay as a Member and that the Secretary and Clerk make up 
the Respective Rolls accordingly and that the President give order 
that the Same be paid out of the Treasury — That the Members 
of the House be allowed six shillings ^'' Day each for their at- 



8o NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

tendance and that the Clerk make up a Roll accordingly and that 
the President give order on the Treasurer for paying the Same by 
discount out ot*the Taxes of the Towns or Districts they respect- 
ively represent and that the Clerk be allowed one day for mak- 
ing up the Rolls — Sent up by M"" Holmes 
[The following protest was given in against the preceding vote : 
We protest against this Courts, assessing their wages and order- 
ing the same to be collected and paid into the Treasury in a man- 
ner we conceive the constitution doth not warrant. 

George Gains, Timothy Taylor, 

Nathaniel Peabody, John Prentice, 

John Pickering, June 27, 1787.] 

* 13—315 * Voted that when the business of this Session is fin- 
ished that the President with advice of Council be 
desired to adjourn the General Court to the first Wednesday in 
Jani"> next then to meet at Charlestown — 

Sent up by M^' Holmes 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

THURSDAY June 28'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

An Act to quiet all bona fide purchasers of Lands between a 
line crossing over lands upon a straight course from the North- 
East extremity of the east line of Masons Patent being sixty miles 
from the Sea on a straight line, and running to the extremity of the 
Western side line of said Patent at Sixty miles distance from the 
sea on a straight line, and the curve line (so called) claimed by the 
persons calling themselves the Masonian Proprietors at the head 
line of Said patent — was read a third time & passed to be 
enacted — Sent up by M'' Page & M"" Copland 

Upon the passing of which Bill a protest was given in, and was 
in the following words — We the Subscribers beg leave to enter 
our protest against the passing the Bill, entitled an Act to quiet all 
bona fide purchasers of Lands between a line crossing over Lands 
upon a straight course from the North extremity of the East line of 
Masons Patent being sixty miles from the Sea on a straight line 
and running to the extremity of the Western side line of said 
Patent &c. for the following reasons (viz') 

I"' Because the first paragraph in the Bill gives no Security to 
any Grantees therein mentioned but seems to be calculated to quiet 
fears which the Bill has a direct tendency to excite, while many 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 81 

other grantees of Lands within said Lines entitled to the benefit of 
the bill were any intended were entirely omitted. 

2'' Because the second paragraph of said Bill were it Enacted 
would be a great encouragement to trespassers and intruders as it 
gives them a preference to the honest peaceable Subjects of the 
state — while it would indemnify them against all damages which 
otherwise might be recovered of them for trespassing on private 
property — and because the said Second paragraph takes it for 
granted that the lands therein mentioned belong to the 
State * and is in effect and consequence a preadjudica- * 13-316 
tion of the title to the Same in favour of the State, 
while the State sits Sole I'udge and arbiter in its own cause. 

3'^ We protest against the third paragraph as it's obvious ten- 
dency must be, to deprive the Subject of many forcible arguments 
in Support of his claim, alters the real present circumstances of 
his cause, much to his prejudice, while it creates a prepossession in 
favour of the State and looks like preparing a jury for the decision 
of the cause — in accord the Subscribers protest against the Bill 
in gross, the genius and tendency of which they conceive deroga- 
tory to the Legislature and Subversive of the Constitutional rights 
of the Subject — 

Charles Barrett George Gains 

Amos Dakin John Pickering 

Francis Worster John Sparhawk 

Tho' Crawtbrd 

An Act for altering the time of holding the Superior Court in the 
Count}' of Cheshire, and for altering the time and place for holding 
the Superior Court in the County of Grafton was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"' Simpson & M'' Johnson 

The Committee to consider of the propriety of receiving Some 
continental Bills presented to the General Court by Benjamin 
Cummings Constable of Cornish agreable to his deposition &c 
Reported that the Treasurer be directed to receive the Same 
amounting to Seven hundred and eighty three pounds twelve 
Shillings and pay or account with the said Benjamin Cummings 
agreable to the scale of Depreciation at the rate of Seventy five 
for one and that the same be paid in Certificates of this State for 
interest on public Securities — Signed Ebenz'' Smith for the Com- 
mittee — which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'" Chase 

The Committee on the Petition of Peterborough Slip reported 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1787 



as their Opinion that the Petitioners have a day of hearing there- 
on before the General Court the second Tuesday of their 
* 13-317 * next Session, whereupon voted that said Petitioners 
be heard on said day and that in the mean time the 
Petitioners cause that the Substance of the Petition and order of 
Court be published three weeks Successively in one of the New 
Hampshire News papers 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' Chase 

Voted that the President with advice of Council be requested 
Seasonably to issue a proclamation appointing that Thursday the 
twenty ninth day of November next be observed as a day of pub- 
lic thanksgiving throughout this State — Sent up by M'" Chase 

On motion made that a vote or Resolve now pass giving liberty 
to insert advertisements respecting proprietary meetings and Taxes 
on the lands of nonresident proprietors in any one of the New 
Hampshire News papers, and not to be confined to any one 
printer, on which motion the yeas and nays being called were as 
follows (viz) — 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Y^eas. 


Honb' Ml- Sparhawk 


: W Duncan 


AP Flanders 


M' Taylor 


M' Tilton 


M^- Simpson 


iM^ Gaskill 


Mr W" Peabody 


M"- Bradley 


M"- Prentice 


Af Smith 


M'- Dutton 


M"" Hearsey 


W Gale 


M-- Holmes 


M-- Hubbard 


M"- Chandler 


M"- N : Peabody 


M-^ Bartlett 


M^ Parker 


M-- Rand 


M-- Copp 


M' Blanchard 


M^ Allen 


M"" Jon* Dow 


M' Job Dow 


M' Dudley 


M' Baker 


M' Hall 


M"- Badger 


jVP Tho^ Dow 


M*- Barnard 


M^ Willard 








Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


IVF Pickering 


i\I>- Tainter 


M'' Gove 


iVP Emerson 


M"- Jo^ Dow 


M"- Worster 


M"- Copland 


M"" Cragin 


M'' Wingate 


M"- Gains 


M^ Winch 


W Chase 


IW Dakin 


M"" Robinson 


M'' Crawford 


M' Griffin 


M-- Dix 


M"- Page 


M-- Odlin 


M' Kimball 


M"- Powers 


M"" Barrett 


M^ Fifield 


M"" J Freeman 



33 Yeas — 24 Nays So it passed in the Affirmative and leave 
is granted to bring in a Resolve accordingly — 

The vote respecting pay of the General Court came down from 
the Honb' Senate for the following amendment " That the Treas- 
urer add the wages of the Representatives to the next Specie 
Tax of the Respective Towns and Districts" — which amendment 
was read and concurred — Sent up by M' Odlin 



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83 



* Voted that the Account of Daniel Rogers amounting * 13-318 
to Three pounds live shiUings be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

V^otcd that the Account of Caleb Buswell amounting to five 
pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'" Blanchard 

Voted that the Account of Edward S Livermore Esq'" amount- 
ing to Thirty six shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that the Account of Maj'' William Duncan amounting to 
Three pounds twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M"" Gains 

]^oted that M'' Jonathan Wilkins have and receive out of the 
Treasur}' Forty shillings for his Service as Chaplain to the Gen- 
eral Court the present Session, and that the President give order 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Gains 

An Act to repeal an Act passed the ninth day of November 
Ann" Dom~ 1785 entitled an Act for the recovery of Small debts 
in an expeditious way and manner, was read a third time & 
motion was made that it pass to be Enacted — The yeas and Nays 
were then called tor and were as follows (viz) 



Yeas. Yeas. 

Honbi AP Sparhawk M-- Button 
AF Odlin i\F Tainter 



M^ Tilton 
M' Dudley 
M-- Tho' Dow 
M'' Page 
M"" Emerson 
M"" Barrett 

Nays. 
M"" Blanchard 
M-- Fifield 
M"" Flanders 
M-- Allen 
M'' Holmes 



W Worster 
M"" Pickering 
M'' Prentice 
M"" Robinson 
M'' Bradley 
M'' Hearsay 

Nays. 
AF J Freeman 
M^ Bartlett 
Af Copp 
AI-- Hubbard 
M"" Powers 



Yeas. 
AP Taylor 
Mr W"* Peabody 
AI-- Rand 
AI"- Gove 
AI^ Kimball 
AI"" Crawford 
AP Gains 
AI^ Dow 

Nays. 
AI"- Winch 
AI'' E Freeman 
AF Barnard 
AF Jon'' Dow 



Yeas. 
AF Gale 
AP N Peabody 
AF Badger 
AP Chandler 
AP Dakin 
AP Cragin 
AP Griffin 
M"- Baker 

Nays. 
M"- Gaskill 
AI' Duncan 
AP Johnson 
AP Simpson 



32 Yeas — 18 Nays so it passed to be Enacted 

Sent up by M'" Gains & M'" Odlin 
* Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. * 13-319 

Met accordingly 
F^/f^ that M"- Prentice, IVP Simpson '& lAP Odlin be a Com- 
mittee to wait on M"" John Stevens and present him with the 



84 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1787 



thanks of this House for his poHteness in furnishing a Convenient 
Room for the use of the House of Representatives the present 
Session — 

An Act for the more speedy recovery of Small debts and to 
Save the cost usually attending the recovery thereof in the 
present course of Law was brought down from the Honb^ Senate 
& having been read three times was Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Gains & M"" Chandler 

The following vote came down from the Honb^ Senate for Con- 
currence — In Senate June 28*'' 1787 — 

Voted that the Honb' House be desired to join in holding a 
Conference with the Honb' Senate in the Room where the House 
sits as soon as may be on the necessity of passing an Act for a 
general appropriation of the revenue of this State &c also an Act 
for a more general excise — which vote was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

After a Conference was held and the Honb' Senate had with- 
drew Upon motion whether this House would at this time take 
under consideration the propriety of passing a General Excise 
Act this Session, the Yeas and Nays were called and are as 
follows — (viz) 



Yeas. 
M"- Odlin 
M"" Jo^ Dow 
M"^ Barnard 
W N Peabody 
M^ Badger 
W Chandler 
IVP Dix 
IVFJon'' Dow 

Nays. 
M"" Pickering 
ilF Tilton 
M"" Copp 
M^ Dakin 
M>- Hubbard 



Yeas. 
M'' Powers 
M"- Griffin 
AF Jon^ Freeman 
AI"" Prentice 
M^ Gale 
M'' Bradley 
M"" Wingate 
AF Taylor 

Nays. 
AI' Worster 
AF Gains 
AI' Dudley 
AI^ Page 



Yeas. 
jVir ^^•m Peabody 
Al^ Dutton 
AI'' Flanders 
AI'' Duncan 
AP Kimball 
AF Edm*! Freeman 
AF Blanchard 
AI'' Bartlett 

Nays. 

AF Barrett 
AF Holmes 
AI"" Crawford 
AT'' Robertson 



Yeas. 

AP Fifield 
AI'' Hearsey 
AI"' Emerson 
AP Rand 
AI-" Gove 
AF Chase 
AP Copland 
AP Johnson 

Nays. 
AI"- Tlio« Dow 
APJob Dow 
AP Cragin 
AP Baker 



32 Yeas: 17 Na3's — so it passed in the Affirmative 
* 13-320 * Voted that M'"'N : Peabodv, M'' Bartlett, M'' Prentice 

M'- Badger and M'' Odlin 'with such of the Honb' 
Senate as the}' shall join be a Committee to prepare an Excise 
Bill and lay the Same before this House — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 



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FRIDAY, June 29'", 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Livingston, 
Vulcd that the prayer tliereof be granted and that he have leave 
to bring in a Bill or resolve at this or the next Session accord- 
ingly, and that the Execution against said Livingston & Sureties 
be stayed until the decision of said Court of Sessions — 

Sent up by M'' Hearsey 
Resolved that one half of the Taxes against Apthorp^ alias 
Littleton and Dalton be abated from the year 1776 until a new 
proportion of Taxes shall take place throughout this State, and it 
appearing reasonable that the Inhabitants of Littleton should be 
exempted from paying any Taxes to this State from the said Year 
1776 until the year 178^, except on their Lands, and that the 
proprietors and owners ot Lands should pay the Same until the 
vear 1784 aforesaid, and the said Town of Apthorp having been 
divided into two Towns by the names of Littleton and Dalton 
renders it inconvenient if not impossible to Tax the Same to the 
rights as in other Towns where such division has not taken place 
— Therefore be it further Resolved that the Taxes against Little- 
ton and the Lands being advertised in the same way as the Law^ 
directs shall be sufficient to warrant the sale of Lands for the 
pavment of any Taxes due from, or that may hereafter become 
due from the proprietors and owners of Lands in said Littleton, 
and that seven twelfths be the proportion of the Taxes to be set to 
Littleton as their part of the Taxes due from Apthorp — And 
any and all state Taxes due from said Littleton to the 
date * hereof shall be assessed upon the Polls and * 13-321 
Estates within said Littleton in the Same Tax Bill dis- 
tinct from the Taxes lirst mentioned and collected in such way 
and manner as the Law in other cases provides, and John Young 
Esq'" is hereby authorized to call and preside in a Meeting of the 
Inhabitants of said Littleton for the purpose of chusing all neces- 
sary Town officers for assessing and collecting said Taxes and 
for transacting any other Town business that may be necessary 
and that precepts in future for said proportion of Taxes be 
directed to the Select men of Littleton till the next Session of the 
General Court — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Maj'" John Young 
in behalf of the proprietors and Inhabitants of the Town of Con- 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 425. 



86 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

cord in the Count}' of Grafton — Vvlcd that the Petitioner be 
heard thereon before the General Court on the Second Tuesday 
of the next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause 
that the Substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be 
pubHshed three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire 
papers prior to the sitting of said Court — also cause that Cap* 
Leonard Whiting of Hollis be served with a Copy of the Petition 
& order of Court that he or any other 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"" Holmes 

Adjourned to half after 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Voted that M"" Gains, M'" Badger, M'' Jon" Dow, M'" Hubbard 
and M'" Worster with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider at what time and place this General 
Court shall assemble the next Session and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Hearsey 

Voted that Nathanael Peabody, Thomas Bartlett and Dudley 
Odlin Esquires for the County of Rockingham — Ebenezer 
Thompson, Joshua Wingate and Ebenezer Smith Esqr^ for the 
County of Strafford — Cap' Charles Barrett, Samuel Wilkins «& 
Daniel Emerson Esquires for the County of Hillsbor- 
* 13-322 ough — John Hubbard, * Amos Shepherd and Lemuel 
Holmes Esquires for the County of Cheshire, Moses 
Baker, Moses Dow and Edmund Freeman Esquires for the 
County of Grafton be and they hereby are appointed Committees 
within the Respective Counties to which they severally belong to 
make sale of the Excise within said Counties for one year from 
the first day of October next, and that they seasonably advertise 
the time and place of Sale — Sent up by M'" Taylor 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joseph Kelley 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the Second Tuesday of the next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that Edward Smith of Bos- 
ton in the Common Wealth 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 have) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

The Committee to take into consideration at what time and 
place this Court shall assemble the next Session — Reported that 
as soon as the business before the General Court is finished that 
the President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn said 



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87 



Court to the tirst Wednesday in Januar}' next to meet at Concord — 
Signed Joshua Bayley for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received & accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Dix 
An Act to raise a revenue to this State by Excise — was read a 
third time and motion was made that it pass to be Enacted, the 
yeas and nays were then called and are as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 

M"" Powers 
M'' Jon*^ Freeman 
M'' Jo^ Dow 
M^ Barnard 
M"- Tho^ Dow 
Mr Page 

Nays. 

M^ Worster 
M^- Gains 
M"" Robinson 
AF Taylor 



Yeas. 

M^ Rand 

W Jon» Dow 

M"" Griffin 

M'' Edm'' Freeman 

M-- Gale 

i\r Bradley 

Nays. 

AK Dakin 
AI"- Dutton 
AI"" Crawford 
AI>- Odlin 



Yeas. 

Af Hearsey 
AP- Chandler 
AP Dix 
AP Flanders 
AP Baker 



Nays. * 13—325 
AP Dudley 
AI-- Job Dow 
AP Barrett 
AP Copland 



Yeas. 

AP Blanchard 
M'' Bartlett 
AP Fifield 
AP Badger 
AP W" Peabody 
AP Gove 

* Nays. 

AI'' Pickering 
AP Prentice 
A/p N Peabody 
AP Emerson 
AI"" Cragin 

23 Yeas — 17 Nays — so the question was lost there not being 
two thirds of the members present — 

Adjourned to 4 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY June 3o"S 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
Voted that the Account of Minas Daniels amounting to fif- 
teen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of 
the President — Sent up by M'" Dix 

Voted that the Account of Caleb Buswell amounting to Ten 
Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'" Gale 

The votes respecting the time and place of the meeting of the 
General Court the Next Session being nonconcurred by the 
Honb' Senate — The Secretary came down and gave information 
that he was directed to inform that his Excellency the President 
with advice of Council has seen fit to adjourn the General Court 
to the Second Wednesday of September next then to meet at 
Charlestown — 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM SEPTEMBER 12 TO SEPTEMBER 29, 1787 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



At a Session of the General Court holden at Charlestown on 
Wednesday September, 12"', 1787. Present His Excel- 
lency John Sullivan Esquire President. * The Honor- * 2-303 
able Peter Green, Robert Means, Joshua Bayley, John 
Bellows and Amos Shepard Esquires. There not being a quorum 
ot"the Senate, agreed to meet to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY, September, jf\ 1787. 

Present as yesterday with the addition of M'" Thompson and M'' 
Gilman. 

His Excellency the President laid before the Senate sundry 
communications received since the last Session 

FRIDAY, September 14*", 1787. 

Present as yesterda}^ with the addition of M'' Bell and M'" 
Payne. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the several Matters contained in his 
Excellency's Message and report what Business they shall judge 
necessary first to be entered upon and done this Session, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'" Gilman, M"" Thompson, M'' 
Payne and M' Bellows joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of William Fowler, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Shepard and M' Bell 
joined. 

A Vote, that M'" Thompson, M' Green and M'' Gilman, with 
such of the Honorable house as they ma}' join be a committee to 
take under consideration and report such alterations amendments 
and explinations in the several Acts of this State, rela- 
tive to the Settlement and distribution of the * Estates of * 2-304 



92 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^7 

Intestates and in the several Acts directing the proceedings of the 
Courts of Probate, as they ma\' think necessary, was Sent down 
for concurrence, brought up joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the Militia Act of this State, and report 
such alterations or amendments as they shall judge necessary, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard, M"" Bellows M'" 
Bayley, and M'' Green, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the propriety of Repealing the Law now in force in 
said State respecting warning persons out of Town and of passing 
an Act for the maintenance of paupers in the Town w'here they 
were born, and report a bill for that purpose, in cas they should 
judge it necessar}-, was brought up, read and concurred: M'" 
Payne and M'' Green joined 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of New Chester 
and part of Alexandria, on the third Wednesday of the next Ses- 
sion, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of New-Chester 
on the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Inhabitants of 
Jallrey and giving them leave to bring in a bill, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of William Loudon, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Means and M"" Bell joined. 
A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Sen- 
* 2-305 ate to Report a bill for an * Abatement of the Law^s 
respecting delinquent Constables and Collectors, w'as 
brought up, read and concurred : M' Thompson M'' Green and 
M' Gilman, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take into consideration the Im}-)ost and Excise Acts, and report 
such alterations and Amendments, as they shall judge necessary, 
was brought up, read and concurred M' Gilman, M' Thomp- 
son, M'' Green, and M'' Bellows, joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
nominate four persons out of whom two to be appointed a Com- 
mittee for preparing the Accounts for a linal setlement, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M' Thompson and M"" Shep- 
ard joined 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 93 

SATURDAY, September 15'", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take into consideration his Excellency Governor Hancocks Let- 
ter and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Bayley and M' Means joined. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Benjamin Lamson 
and that he receive an order on the Treasurer for £5.. 7,.! in Lieu 
of the one lost, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of William Heywood Esquire 
* And report thereon, was brought up, read and con- * 2-306 
curred. M'' Bellows and M'" Payne joined 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draught all such bills as may be thought necessary to be passed at 
this Session, and lay the same before this House, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Payne M'' Green and M'" Gilman joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of William Fowler on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, w^as brought up, read and concurred 
with this amendment that in the mean time the said Fowler be liber- 
ated from prison upon his giving bond with surities, that he will 
abide the final Judgment 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration the Laws respecting the Courts of 
General Sessions of the peace, and report such alterations and 
amendments as they shall Judge necessar}', was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'" Payne M'" Green and M'" Gilman joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the propriety of procuring Standards for the several 
Regiments in said State &c. w-as brought up, read and concurred : 
M'-"Shepard and M'" Bell joined. 

A Vote, tor granting the prayer of the Petition of Hannah Shat- 
tuck, and giving her leave to bring in a bill, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

A Vote that Daniel Emerson receive an order on the Treasurer 
in behalf of the Reverend Daniel Emerson for £45.. 11.. 5 in 
Lieu of the one lost, was brought up, read «& conc'd. 

* A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-307 
Senate, to consider of the petition and account of Rich- 
ard Jordon, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, M'' Gilman joined. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next 3 O'Clock A. M. 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

MONDAY September 17*", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as on Saturday except Hon''i«* E. Payne, with the addi- 
tion of the Hon^e E. Smith. 

A Vote, that the house join in Conference with the Honorable 
Senate, if they see fit to meet in the Assembly Chamber as soon as 
may be on the subject matter of President Wheelocks Letter, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the President with advice of Council be desired 
to adjourn the General Court to meet again at this place on Thurs- 
day next at 3 O'Clock this afternoon of said Day, was brought 
up, read and Non-concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY September 18^", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote to hear the petition of William Fowler on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred with this amendment that in the mean time, the said Fow- 
ler be deliberated from prison upon his giving Bond 
* 2-308 with sufficient Surities that he * Will abide the final 
Judgment in case a re-hearing should be granted, and in 
Case a re-hearing should be refused, he will surrender himself to 
prison within ten Days after the determination of the General 
Court thereon and remain a prisoner in the same manner as 
though he had not been liberated. 

A Vote, that M'' Jonathan Hubbard of Charlestown be directed 
to proceed to Canterbury at the expence of General Jonathan 
Chase and request the Honorable Abiel Foster Esquire a Deed 
that was delivered him by the said Chase of a certain tract of 
Land in Cornish and that the said Hubbard bring said Deed and 
Lodge it in the Secretary's Office as soon as conveniently may 
be, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration an act for regulating Flax-Seed &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred M"" Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a Law respecting a bounty on killing Wolves and 
report such alterations as they shall judge necessary, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M'' Bellows, and M'" Thompson, joined. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 95 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Robert Barnet, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. M'' Gilman and M"" Shepard 
joined 

Adjourned till to-morrow 9 O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY September 19*", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, except M'" Green. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Stoddard, and giving them leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

*A Vote, to pay the Account of Caleb Buswell amount- * 2-309 
ing to ten Shillings for attendance as doorkeeper at Con- 
cord, 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 brought up, read and 
concurred: M"" Smith and M' Means joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of the committee on the propriety of 
procuring Standards for the Several Regiments in this State, viz. 
that there be a Standard procured for each Regiment at the 
expence of the State and that the President and council see that 
the same are provided and that the President give order for pay- 
ment accordingly, .was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Laws respecting Schools and report a bill making 
such alterations as they shall judge necessary, was brought up, read 
and concurred. M' Thompson M'" Bellows and M"" Gilman joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
examine the accounts of Merrill, Poor, and Sawyer, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M"" Bell and M"' Smith joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Leonard Keep, and others relative to 
Recording of Deeds, and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Jerusha M'Alester on the Second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-310 
Senate, to consider of the petition of Samuel Duncan in 
behalf of New-Grantham, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Smith, and M'' Thompson, joined. 



96 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

A Vote, that the Treasurer receive Lt. Barnards commutation 
and pay the same to the Loan Officer, taking his receipt therefor, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the propriety of taking a new valuation throughout this 
State for a new proportion, was brought up, read and concurred 
M"" Smith, and M'' Bell, 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"" Bellows joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of his Excellency's Letter &c. and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M' Thompson, M'" Oilman, and 
M'" Shepard, joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Selectmen of Unity on the 
second Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

Adjourned 'till half past 8, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY September 20*", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

An Act, lor altering the annual Meeting of the Town of Jaftrey, 
was sent down for concurrence, broug>ht up, concurred. 
* 2-3 1 1 * A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the 
petition of the Selectmen of Newport and that the Presi- 
dent give order for the sum of £14.. o.. 6 in New-Emission bills, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Barnard M' Kean and all petitions of 
sick and wounded, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred. M'" Bayley joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition Lydborough on the second Wed- 
nesday of the 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 William Loudon, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. M"" Bell, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
examine whether the Towns that were entitled to receive bounties 
for procuring Soldiers, have received the same &c. &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred. M'" Oilman joined. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 97 

State of New Hampshire 
In Senate Sept. 12, 1787. 
Upon reading and considering the petition ot" John Livingston, 
voted, that tlie prayer thereof be granted, and that the petitioner 
have Liberty to bring in a bill or resolve accordingly, that the 
Execution against be stayed untill the further Decission of said 
Court General Sessions of the peace to be had thereon. 
And that he give * Bonds for the appearance of his Said * 2-312 
Son John Levingston, at the next Session of the said 
Court and for the payment of the Cost that has already arisen, 
was sent down for concurrence brought up, concurred. 

Adjourned till to-morrow half after 8, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDi\Y September 21'*, 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday, except M'" Bellows, with the addition of M"" 
Green and M'' Payne. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of S. Duncan in behalf of New- 
Grantham on the Second Wednesday of the next Session, was 
brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, to allow Lamson and Ranlet £16.. 13.,! J. Melcher 
£20. .14. .3 — G. J. Osborne £28. .2. .6 in full for their accounts 
for printing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the Petition of the Town of 
Unit}' who pra3's that the Extent against them for Taxes in 1785 
may be stayed untill the next Session, was brought up, read and 
Non-concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider what Business, is yet necessary to be done this Session, 
and at what time and place the Court shall be adjourn'd &c. &c. 
was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Gilman, M'" Payne^ 
and M'' Means joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
Senate to consider of the propriet}- of * Receiving State * 2-313 
Notes for all outstanding Taxes, was brought up, read 
and Non-concurred. 

A Vote, that William Loudon have Leberty to the Castle to do 
duty at that fort and that he draw rations and Receive pay accord- 
ingly as a private, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that Thomas Penniman, Samuel Griffin and John 
Muzzey be a committee authorized to repair to the Town of Stod- 



98 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

dard at the Expence of said Town to view the situation of said 
Town and agree upon a place for erecting a Meeting House in 
said Town and make return of their doings at the next Session 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 propriety of x\dvertisement respecting proprietary 
Meetings and the taxes on Lands of Non-residents being confined 
to any one particular News paper &c. and reporr thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred. M"" Shepard, M'' Bell, and M"" 
Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Elish and Sarah Day, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and concurred, M'" Bell joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a bill proposed for the distribution and Settlement of 
Estates, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'" Thompson M'- Oilman, M'"^Smith, and M'' Means, 

joined. 
* 2-314 * A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Sen- 
ate, to take into consideration the subject matter of a 
petition of the Selectmen of Gofttown and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'' Bayley joined. 

Adjourned till to-morrow half after 8, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, September 22', 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, to hear the pedtion of James Campbell in behalf of the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Acworth on the second Thursday of 
the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred 

An Act to confirm unto the Heirs of Abel Shattuck their Heirs 
and assigns the Title to a certain tract of Land in Raby, having 
been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Resolve, that there be an addition of one Company to the 
second Regiment of Light Horse, commanded by Colonel Peter 
Green was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to encourage the erecting of Mills Slitting rolling and 
plating Iron and to encourage, and promote the manufacturing of 
Nails in this State, having been read a third time, voted, that the 
same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next 3, O'Clock A. M. 



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MONDAY September 24*", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday as on Saturday last except M"" Thomp- 
son. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * 2—315 
Senate, to consider of the propriety of directing the 
Treasurer to receive from the Town of Charlestown £861 in Con- 
tinental Bills for the Year 1781, and report thereon was brought 
up, read and concurred : M^" Smith and M'" Means joined. 
State of New Hampshire. 
In Senate September 24''', 1787. 

Resolved^ that the Selectmen of the Several Towns and Dis- 
tricts and places in this State, who have not already lodged their 
Claims, be and hereby are directed to forward to the Secretary's 
Office a particular Account of all bounties for raising of men for 
the Continental Army or the Militia called into Service during 
the late War, made either by Towns, Classes or Individuals within 
three Months from the date of this Resolves accompaned with 
proper vouchers ; And if such vouchers cannot be obtained, the 
Selectmen are directed to produce the best evidence they can pro- 
cure to support the same in order that the committee may be 
enabled to state the demands of this State against the United 
States. 

Sent down for concurrence, brought up concurred, and voted 
that the Secretary be desired to get said Resolve, immediately 
printed in hand bills and sent to the several Towns in this State. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow half after 8 O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY, September 25^'>, 1787. 

* Met according to adjournment. * 2-316 

Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Middeton, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Bell and M'' 
Bellows joined 

A Vote to hear the Petition of Thomas Minor on the second 
Thursday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee ot" the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral of his Excellency John Sullivan Esquire, 



lOO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M'" 
Green and M"" Smith joined. 

A Vote, to hear the Petition of Benjamin Parson on Wednesday 
the 26 Instant, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Inhabitants of 
Keen and others and giving them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Samuel Dexter 
and giving him leave to bring in bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of Jonathan Gage amounting to 
twelve shillings for expences at the Sale of Excise in Strafford, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pospone the hearing on the petition of Richard 
Jenness to the second Tuesday of the next Session was brought 

up, read and concurred. 
* 2-317 * Adjourned 'till to-morrow half past 8, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY September 2&\ 1787. 

JNIet according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote to pospone the hearings on the Petition of E. Johnson 
W. Read and D. Batcheldor untill the Second Tuesday of the 
next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be posponed 'till to-mor- 
row, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of J. Wheelock Esquire, and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and concurred M'' Smith and INI'' 
Green joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of New-Bradford, 
and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Selectmen of Goffstow^n on 
the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

The Memoral of the Masonian Proprietors was ordered to lay 
for consideration untill the next Session. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow half after 8, O'Clock, A. M. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. lOI 

THURSDAY September 27*", 1787. 

* Met according to adjournment. * 2-318 

Present as yesterday, except M''Bell. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Jonathan Chase 
and giving him leave to bring in accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of President Whee- 
lock, and that he have leave to bring in a bill for a new scheme 
for a Lottery for raising £1800, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of B. Parson, and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote that the hearing on the Petition of H. Gerrish and others 
be posponed to 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 
consider of the petition of Simeon Olcott Esquire and report there- 
on, was brought up, read and concurred. M"" Smith and M'" 
Payne joined 

i\n Act for confirming the doings of the Judge of the Probate 
of Wills &c. for the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts respecting a part of the Estate of Temperance Gor- 
don, having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of a committee from 
the Town of Stoddard, and giving them leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Interest upon the twenty Pounds bounties 
that was allowed to the Several Towns in this State 
for procuring Soldiers, be discontinued and that * The * 2-319 
Treasurer take order accordingly and that no further 
Interest be allowed to any Town after the passing this Resolve, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer receive of the Town of Charlestown 
£849 in Continental bills which were collected by the twentieth 
of June 1 781, and Credit said Town £2i..6..o out of the New- 
Emission Tax, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Senate join conterence with the Honorable 
House, as they shall see lit, to meet in the Assembly Room as 
soon as may be to consider of the Excise Act and of the propriety 



I02 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

of passing an appropriation act, was sent down for concurrence, 
brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that the allowance for the Travel and attendance of the 
Honorable Senate and House of Representatives and their Otlicers 
be the same as at the last Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the propriety of appoing a commissioner for settling 
the Continental Accounts with the Commissioner appointed by 
Congress and whether he shall employ one or more Clerks, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith, M"" Payne and M"" 
Bellows joined 

A Vote, to pay the account of Jonas Baker amounting to 
£22.. 19 for taking care of James O'Neal, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day, be posponed 'till to-morrow, was brought up, read 

& concurred. 
* 2-320 *A Vote, to allow Barnard M'Kean £4..i6..o for 
expences &c. going to East Windsor, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of S Dexter in behalf of Margarett New- 
man, was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Green joined. 

An Act, in addition to and in explanation of an act intitled an 
act relating to Constables collecting Rates, and assessments, hav- 
ing been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act, to incorporate New-Bradford in the County of Hills- 
borough and Washington Gore (so called) and part of Washing- 
ton in the County of Cheshire and annex the same to the County 
of Hillsborough, 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 petition of the Selectmen of Lebanon, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Payne joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Inhabitants of Hinsdale, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard 
joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the pedtion of the Selectmen of Charlestown, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Gilman, 
and M'' Payne, joined. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATP:. IO3 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were this day 
to have been before the General Court be posponed 'till to-mor- 
row, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to incorporate a Town b}^ the name * Of Sulli- * 2-321 
van, ha^•ing been read a third time, J^o/cd, that the same 
be enacted. 

An x\ct in addition to an Act to and for the amendment of an 
Act to regulate Flax-Seed, Potash and pearl iVsh for exportation, 
having been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow half after 8, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY, September 28'", 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarson Belcher on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that the Selectmen of Middletown be and hereby 
are impowered to assess the Inhabitants of said Middetown for 
the Taxes for 1775, 1776, and 1777 amounting to £39.. 4.. 10 which 
were granted before they were incorporated &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the Report of the committee appointed to 
burn State Notes and Certificates &c &c. was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to pospone the hearing on the petition of Joseph Kelley 
to the Second Tuesday of the next Session, was brough up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Town of Lancaster 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 consider of the petition * Timothy Taylor, * 2-322 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 
M"" Smith joined 

A Vote in part granting the prayer of the petition of Elisha and 
Sarah Day, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to appoint a new managers for Darthmouth Colledge 
Lottery and render the same more etfectually, having been read a 
third time, voted that the same be enacted. 



I04 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Account of R. Gerrish and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, that all advertisments which are by Law confined to 
the New-Hampshire Gazette, be after the first day of November, 
confined to the Exeter N. P. called the Freeman's Oracle pro- 
vided the printer or printers thereof will give bond to the Speaker, 
of the house of Representatives in a Reasonable sum conditioned 
to print said Advertisements at two shillings and sixpence a 
Square, &. was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, that when the Business of the present Session finished 
that the President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn 
the General Court to meet again on the third Wednesday in 
January next at the Court House in Exeter, was brought up, read 
and concurred with this amendment that it be in Portsmouth 
instead of Exeter. Sent down for concurrence, brought up, 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition E. Bartlett, on the third Wed- 
nesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 
* 2-323 * An Act to raise a Revinue to this State by Excise, 
having been read a third time Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

An Act for laying a Tax of one penny on each Acre of Land 
in the Town of Stoddard for the term of three 3"ears, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Enoch Hale 
Esquire and giving him leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to restore Benjamin Parsons to his Law, in a certain 
Action, having been read a third time, voted, that the same be 
enacted. 

An Act, to restore Jonathan Chase to his Laws having been 
read a third time voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to establish a fund for the Redemption of Orders drawer 
by the President of said State and tor appropriating the revinue 
raised by Impost and Excise, having been read a third time, voted 
that the sam be enacted 

A Vote, to hear the petition Beza'l Davis on the second Thurs- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of John Calfe Esquire amounting 
£6.. 7 ibr recording Journals &c &c was brought up, read and 
concurred. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THK SENATE. IO5 

A Vote, to pay the Account of D. Griffith amounting to thirty 
shillings tor printing a Resolve, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

* A Vote, to pay the account of B Hall amounting to * 2-324 
twenty shillings for a Journey to Keene, was brought 

up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Oliver Hall amounting to thirty 
six shillings for the use of a Room &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred 

A Vote, to allow the Reverend M'' Bulkley Olcott forty shil- 
lings for his Services as Chaplain, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote to pay the account of John Wadleigh amounting to six- 
teen pounds six shillings and lour pence time and expences to and 
from Charlestown, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Joseph Spencer amounting to 
four pounds, as Doorkeeper, w^as brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote appointing the Honorable Joseph Oilman Esquire Com- 
missioner for settling the Continen- accounts &c &c was brought 
up, read and concurred 

A Resolve that the Treasurer be and hereby is required to 
receive final Settlement Notes at ten shillings on the pound on all 
outstanding Taxes &c was brought up, read and non-concurred 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A M. 

SATURDAY September 29^", i789[7]. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

A Resolve, that the Justices of the Superior Court be paid their 

Salaries quarterly and that his Excellency the President draw 

orders accordingly was sent down for concurrence, and concurred 

by the Honorable House. 

* A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of John * 2-325 
Calfe Esquire and that the Treasurer be directed to 
indorse tw^enty pounds on the bond against James McGregore, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Sarah and 
Jane Simpson to the second Thursday of the next Session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that Enoch Hale Esq'' have liberty to Enter his 
action at the next Superior Court, and liberty of pleading thereto, 



I06 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

in the same manner as if said Action had not been defaulted, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, appointing the Honorable Payne Wingate Esquire a 
Deligate to represent this State in the Congress of the United 
States, in the Room and stead of the Honorable Benjamin West 
Esquire for the Term of one year from and after the first day of 
November next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Account of Joseph Oilman Esquire amount- 
ing to £47.. 5.. 6 for the use of a Room &c. from November 1785 
to October 1787, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Sylvanus Johnson 
and that the Treasurer be directed to receive the Certificate 
signed by the Constable in the same manner as though it had been 
signed by the Selectmen, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to allow R. Gerrish twelve pounds ten shillings in full 
of his Account for printing the Election Sermon, was brought up 

read and concurred. 
* 2-326 * A Resolve, that £600 Lawful Money be allowed to 
Margaret Newman against the Estate of Zacheus Cutler 
and that the said Margaret have the same remedy for the sum 
aforesaid in all respects till she may obtain compleat satisfaction for 
the sum aforesaid, as if the aforesaid sum had been allowed and 
reported by the commissioners who examined the other claims on 
the said Estate of Z. Cutler in the course of Law. And the Judge 
of Probate of the County of Hillsborough and all concerned are 
directed to take notice, and govern themselves accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

His Excellency the President sent down the Secretary to inform 
the Honorable house, that he with advice of Council had thought 
fit to adjourn the General Court to the third Wednesday 
of January next then to meet at the Court in Portsmouth, agree- 
ably to a Vote of yesterday. 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON, Secy 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM SEPTEMBER 12 TO SEPTEMBER 29, 1787. 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, *n-7>H 



A JOURNAL 



Proceedings of the Honb"^ House of Representatives of 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session began 

AND HOLDEN at ChARLESTOWN ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF 

September Ann^ Dom~ 1787 and in the twelfth year 

OF THE InDEPENDANCE OF AMERICA 



WEDNESDAY, Sept^ 12"^ 1787. 

Several members met at the Court House in Charlestown agrea- 
bly to adjournment but there not being a quorum to transact busi- 
ness, agreed to adjourn to 9 oClock to morrow morning — 

THURSDAY Sept^ i3«' 1787. 

Met according to adjournment but there not being a quorum 
to transact business, adjourned to 2 oClock P. M. — Met accord- 
ingly but there not being a quorum agreed to adjourn to 9 oClock 
tomorrow morning — 

FRIDAY SeptR 14'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
Voted that Cap' Odlin, M'' Rawlings,"M^" Peabody, M'' Hall 
and M'' E Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of William Loudon 
and report thereon — Sent up b}' M'' Smith 

Voted that M^' Whitcomb, M'" Hall & M'' Copland 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 M"" Wingate 



no NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY vSTATE PAPERS. [t^TS? 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
New Chester and Alexandria, Voted that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the third Wednesday of their 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that 
the Substance of the Petitions and orders of Court thereon be pub- 
lished three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire 
news papers, prior to the Sitting of the Court also cause that the 
Select men of Alexandria & New Chester be served with a Copy 
of said Petitions and orders thereon that they or any other person 
or persons may then appear & Shew cause (if any they have) why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up b}^ M'" Crawford 
* 13-325 * Voted that M' Hubbard, M'' Odlin, M"- Job Dow, M'" 
Rawlings and M"" J Freeman with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under considera- 
tion the Several matters contained in his Excellency's message 
this day received and report what business they shall judge neces- 
sary first to be entered upon and done at this Session — 

Sent up by M'" Crawford 
Adjourned to 2 oClock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Voted that M-" Chase, M"' Robinson «& M'' Dix with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Goffstown^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Dow 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Stoddard voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
Petitioners have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Town of Jaf- 
frey praying that the time of holding the Annual meeting in said 
Town may be altered iVom the last Thursday to the first Tuesday 
in March, Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up bv M'" Parker 

Voted that M^' Healy, M'' Hubbard, M^" Allen, M' Dakin and 
M'' Gale with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to take under consideration the Militia Law of this 
State and report such Alterations & amendments as they shall 
judge necessary — Sent up by M'' Healey 

A vote appointing M"" Thompson, M'' Green & M' Gilman a 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 45. 



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Committee to take under consideration and report such alterations 
amendments and explanations in the Several Acts of this State 
relative to the Settlement and distribution of the Estates of Intes- 
tates and in the Several Acts directing the proceedings of the 
Courts of Probate as they may think necessary, was 
sent down from the Honb' Senate for Concurrence, * was * 13-326 
read and concurred and M'" Gale, M"" Rawlings, M'' 
Peabody, INP Whitcomb and M'' Johnson joined — 

Sent up by M'" Healey 
Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Enoch Bart- 
lett Esq'' Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the third Wednesday of their next Session and 
that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that the Select men of 
Bath be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon also cause that the Substance of the Petition & order be 
published three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire 
news papers prior to the Sitting of said Court and that all sales of 
Nonresidents Land in said Town be stayed until the determina- 
tion of said Court, and said Select men or any other person or 
persons may appear and Shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

Voted thatM'" Parker, M'' Jon^' Dow & M'" Emerson with such 
of the Ilonb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the propriety of repealing the Laws now in force respecting 
warning persons out of Town, and of passing an Act for the 
maintenance of the Poor in the Towns where they were born and 
report a Bill lor that purpose in case they shall judge it neces- 
sary — Sent up by M'' Parker 

Voted that M'" Bradley, M'' Knowles, M^' Gove,"'M'' Allen and 
M"" Jon-'' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to take into consideration the Lnpost and Excise 
Acts now in force in this State and report such alterations & 
amendments as they shall judge necessary — 

Sent up by M'" Rand 

Voted that M^' Emerson, M'' Prentice & M'' Hubbard with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to report a 
Bill for an Amendment of the Laws respecting delinquent Con- 
stables & Collectors — Sent up by M'' Rand 

* Voted that M^- Hubbard, M'" Bartlett, M'' Odlin, M'' * 13-327 
Cragin and M'" Wingate wdth such of the Honb' Senate 
as they shall join be a Committee to nominate to this House four 
proper persons out of whom for two to be appointed a Committee 



112 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

for preparing the Accounts of this state against the United States 
for a final Settlement — Sent up by M"" Prentice 

Adjourned to 8 o'clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY Sept« 15'" 1787. 

Tne House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M"" Parker, M' Odlin, TVP Jon'" Dow, M'' Hall and M^ 
Edm'' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of a Letter from his Excellency John 
Hancock Esq' with an Act of the Common wealth of Massachusetts 
accompanying the Same & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benjamin Lamson 
informing that he has lost an order on the Treasurer and praying 
that he might have a new order — Voted that the prayer thereof 
be granted and that the President give order accordingly, he the 
said Lamson giving Sufficient Bond to Secure the State against 
the former order — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'" Chase, M'" Whitcomb and M"" Dix with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition and account of Richard Jordan & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Johnson 
Voted that M'" Whitcomb, M'' Chase and M'' Prentice with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the propriety of procuring Standards for the Several in this 
State, and if agreed to procure the Same to report in what man- 
ner thev shall be obtained — Sent up by M'' Johnson 

Voted that M'" Bartlett, M'" Rawlings M"' Job Dow, M'" Prentice 
and M'' E'' Freeman with Such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to take under consideration the Laws 
* 13-328 of this State respecting the Courts of General * Ses- 
sions of the Peace and report such alterations and 
amendments as they shall judge necessary — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Daniel Emerson 
Esq"" informing of the loss of an order drawn on the Treasurer 
and praying that he might have a new order he giving caution to 
indemnify the State should the first order be found Voted that the 
prayer thereof be granted and that the President give order 
accordingly — Sent up by M'' Emerson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Hannah Shat- 



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tuck, voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that she have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M*" Dakin 

Voted that M'' Wingate, M'' Enierson and M'" Chase with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of William Heywood Esq'' and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"^ Hubbard. 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of William Fowler, 
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 George Jaffrey Esq'' be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
three weeks before the sitting of said Court that he may then 
appear and Shew cause if any he hath why the prayer thereof 
mav not be granted — Sent up by M'' Rawlings 

Voted that M'' Hubbard, M'' Odlin «& M'" Jon^' Dow with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to draught 
all such public bills as may be thought necessary to be passed at 
this Session and lay the Same before this House — 

Sent up by M'' Chandler 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

* MONDAY Septic 17'"' 1787. * 13-329 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that this House join in a Conference with the Honb' 
Senate if they see fit to meet in the Assembly chamber as soon as 
may be on the Subject matter of President Wheelocks letter — 

Sent up by M"' Johnson 
Voted that M' Hubbard, M'' Holmes & M'' Babcock with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Robert Barnett and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
Voted that the President with advice of Council be desired to 
adjourn the General Court to morrow at one of Clock in the 
Afternoon to meet again at this place on Thursday next at three 
of Clock in the Afternoon of said day — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jerusha McAlles- 
ter. 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 Pedtioner cause that the Substance of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon be published three weeks Succes- 



114 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

sively in one of the New Hampshire news papers prior to the 
Sitting of said Court also cause that a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court be posted up in Some public place in the Town of 
Bedford three weeks Successively prior to the Sitting of said 
Court that any person or persons may then appear and shew 
cause (if any they have) wh}- the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up b}^ M'" Gains 

Voted that M'" Gains, M'" Odlin & M'' Badger with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under con- 
sideration an Act for regulating flax seed, and Pot ash and pearl ash 
for exportation and report a Bill making such alterations and 
amendments as they shall judge necessary — 

Sent up bv M'' Gains 
* 13-330 * Voted that M'" Gains, M'" Rawlings, M'^eabody, M'" 
Whitcomb & M'' Johnson with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take into considera- 
tion the Laws of this State respecting a Bounty on killing wolves 
&c and report such alterations and amendments as they shall 
judge necessary — Sent up by M'" Badger 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Septh 18*" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'" Jonathan Hubbard of Charlestown be directed to 
proceed to Canterbury at the Expence of Gen' Jonathan Chase 
and request of the Honb' Abiel Foster Esq'' a deed that was 
delivered him by the said Chase of a Certain tract of Land in 
Cornish and that the said Hubbard bring said Deed and lodge it 
in the Secretary s Office as soon as conveniently may be — 

Sent up by M'" Chase 
The vote respecting a hearing on the Petition of William 
Fowler came down from the Honb' Senate for the following; 
amendment '* that in the mean time the said Fowler be liberated 
from prison upon his giving Bond with sufiicient Sureties that he 
will abide the final judgment in case a rehearing should be 
granted, and in case a rehearing should be refused that he will 
surrender himself to prison within ten days after the determina- 
tion of the General Court thereon, and remain a prisoner in the 
Same manner as though he had not been liberated "" which 
amendment was read & concurred — Sent up by M'' Chase 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 



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Met accordingly 

An Act to encourage the erecting of Mills for slitting rolling 
and plating Iron and to encourage and promote the manufactur- 
ing of Nails within this state, was read a third time & passed to 
be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Barrett & M'' Dudley 

* The Committee appointed at the last session to * 13— 331 
examine into the circumstances mentioned in a Petition 
signed by Joshua Clement and others Inhabitants of Salem 
against Moody Morss Esq'' and report at the next Session whether 
the matters stated against said Morss are well founded — Reported 
as follows (viz) — Your Committee on the Petition of Sundry 
persons Inhabitants of Salem against Moody Morss Esq'" for Mai- 
Administration in his Office of Justice of the Peace do report as 
their Opinion that there is Sufficient Evidence against him that 
he was partial in Some Instances in his Official Character, it was 
also proved that in two Instances he did encourage and press for- 
ward trifling Lawsuits and urge the prosecution of them, the other 
matters were not so possitively proved — 

Sept'- 18'" 1787 — ' Ton' Gove ) ^ 

T i_ -m 1 J > Committee 
Joseph Blanchard 5 

Which report was read and considered, received & accepted 
and voted ihat the said Gove, Gaskill and Blanchard be a Com- 
mittee to draught an Impeachment to impeach the said Morss for 
the Mai-Administration they have found him guilty of — and lay 
the Same before this House as soon as conveniently may be — 

Voted that AP Dudley, M'" Knowles, M'' Barrett, M'' Holmes & 
M'' Babcock with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Leonard Keep and 
others and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Knowles 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of George JafFry Esq'' 
and others called the Masonian proprietors — Voted that the Peti- 
tioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the Second 
Wednesday of their next Session — Sent up by M'' Gains 

Voted that M'' Odlin, M'' Cragin & M'' Winch with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Commmittee 
* to consider of the Accounts of James Merrill, Daniel * 13-332 
Poor and Jonathan Sawver and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Dix 

Voted that M'' Gains, M'' Rogers & M'" Greeley with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Accounts of John Melcher, George Jerry Osborne and Lamson 
& Ranlet for printing and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Dix 



Il6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

Voted that the Account of Caleb Buswell amounting to ten 
shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Dix 

Voted that the account of the Select men of Plastow as adjusted 
and allowed by the Court of General Sessions of the peace for 
the County of Rockingham be allowed & paid out of the Treasury 
and that the President give order for the payment of said Account 
amounting to one hundred and nine pounds eighteen shillings — 

Sent up by M'' Johnson 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Sept^ 19*" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that the Treasurer be and he hereby is directed to receive 
orders Drawn by members of the General Court for the current 
year for their Attendance in discharge of any State Taxes due 
from the Towns or Districts they respectively represent — 

Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 
Voted that M'" N Peabody, M'' Barrett & M'' Emerson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take un- 
der consideration the Several Laws in this State respecting schools 
and report a Bill making such alterations and amendments as they 

shall judge necessary Sent up by M'' Copland 

* 13-333 * The Committee on the propriety of procuring Stand- 
ards for the Several Regiments in this State &c. Re- 
ported that there be a Standard procured for each Regiment at the 
Expence of the State and that the President and Council See that 
the same are provided and that his Excellency give order upon the 
Treasurer for payment accordingly — Signed Amos Shepherd for 
the Committee, Which report being read and Considered — Voted 
that it be received and Accepted — Sent up by M'' Dow 

Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Voted that M'' Prentice, M"" Emerson & M'' Whitcomb with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Newport and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Taylor 
Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'" Badger, M'" Barrett, M"" Allen & 
M'' J Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider of a Letter for the President this da}^ Re- 
ceived and the inclosed extract of a Letter from the Honb' Nicholas 
Gilman Esq'" and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Taylor 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. II7 



The Committee on the Petition of Robert Barnett reported that 
the Treasurer receive Lieutenant Barnetts Commutation and pay 
the Same to the Loan Officer taking his receipt therefor. Signed 
Joseph Oilman for the Committee — which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Hohnes 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Unity, Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the Oen- 
eral Court on the Second Wednesday 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 news papers prior to 
the Sitting of said Court 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'' Holmes 

* Upon a motion for staying until the next Session the * 13-334 
Extents which were ordered to be issued for the col- 
lecting the Taxes due from Town and places in this State wdio 
should be delinquent for the year 1785 on the first day of Octo- 
ber next — The Yeas and nays were called for and are as follows 
(viz) — 



Yeas. 
Ml' Parker 
Mr Smith 
Mr Chase 
M»' Copland 
Ml" Kimball 
Mr Thos Dow 
Ml- Taylor 

Nays. 
Ml' Badger 
Ml' Daktn 
Ml" Cragin 
y\y Gove 
Ml' Johnson 
Ml' Gains 
Ml' Healey 
Mr Dudley 



Yeas. 
Ml- Abbott 
Ml- Hubbard 
Ml' Gaskill 
Ml' Willard 
Ml' Thomas 
Ml" Powers 
Ml' Tainter 

Nays. 
Ml' Barnard 
Ml' Butler 
iMi' Lovell 
Ml' Barrett 
Ml' Dix 
Ml' Greeley 
Ml" J Freeman 
Ml- Odlin 



Yeas. 
Ml' Crawford 
Ml' Knowles 
Ml' Job Dow 
Ml' Jona Dow 
Ml' Prentice 
Ml' Babcock 
Ml' Allen 

Nays. 
M'' Robinson 
Ml' Rogers 
Ml' Fifield 
Mr Wingate 
Ml' W'" Peabody 
Ml' Rand 
Ml' Dutton 



Yeas. 
M'' Holmes 
Ml' Winch 
Ml' Jos Dow 
Ml' Page 
iVP' Emerson 
Ml" Flanders 
Ml' Hall 

Nays. 
Ml' Whitcomb 
Ml' E Freeman 
Ml' Blanchard 
Ml' Gale 
Ml' Bartlett 
Ml' N Peabody 
Ml' Rawlinss 



28 Yeas — 30 Nays — So the motion was lost — 
Voted that M'" N Peabody, M' Rawlings, M'' Job Dow M"" 
Parker and M"" Crawford with such of the Honb' Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to consider of the propriety of receiv- 
ing State notes tor all outstanding Taxes due to the State except- 
ing Specie Taxes — Sent up by M'' Prentice 



Il8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

Vo^ed that M'' Jon''^ Dow, M'' Gaskill & M'" Johnson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Samuel Duncan^ in behalf of the Inhabitants of 
New Grantham and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Johnson 

Vo/cd that M'" Gains, IM' Wingate, M'' Dakin, M'" Holmes and 
M'" E Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the propriety of taking a New val- 
uation throughout this state, in order for a new proportion — 

Sent up by M'" Winch 
* 13-335 * Vo^ed that M'" Rogers, M'" Badger and M'' Whitcomb 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Select men of 
Charlestown^ and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Hubbard 

Voted that the Account of M'' Jonathan Gage am.ounting to 
twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order 
of the President — Sent up b}^ M'" Wingate 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Sept^ 20'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Resolved that there be an addition of one Company to the Sec- 
ond Regiment of Light Horse commanded by Col" Peter Green — 

Sent up by M'' Johnson 
Voted that the Committee chosen at the present Session to take 
under consideration the Laws of this State respecting the Courts 
of General Sessions of the Peace, also take under consideration 
the propriety of reducing the number of terms appointed by Law 
for the sitting of the Inferior Courts of Common pleas in the Sev- 
eral Counties in this State and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Prentice 
The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Newport 
reported that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President 
give order accordingly — Signed John Bellows for the Com- 
mittee — which report being read and considered, zwted th?it it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'" Prentice 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Lyndsborough — Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the Second Wednesday of their next Ses- 
sion and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the 
Select men of Wilton be served with a Copy of the Petition and 

1 xii Hani. Town Papers, 60. 2 xi Ham. Town Paper.-;, 290. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. II9 

order of Court thereon three weeks prior to the Sitting of said 
Court, that they may then appear and Shew cause (if any they 
have) why the praver thereof may not be granted — 

^Sent up bv M'' Rand 
* Voted that M'- Rogers, M'" Robinson & M'' Hubbard * 13-336 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to examine whether the Towns that were intitled to 
receive bounties for procuring Soldiers have received the Same 
and if they have not received them whether they are still intitled 
to interest on said bounties and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Cragin 
Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Voted that AP Gains, M'' Dakin, M'- Page, M'- Holmes and M-- 
J Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall I'oin be a 
Committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be done 
at this Session and at w^hat time and to what time and place this 
General Court shall be adjourned and report thereon, also report 
what allowance shall be made to the Members of the Honb' Sen- 
ate and House of Representatives and their Officers for travel and 
Attendance at the present Session — Sent up M'' Dudley 

Voted that M'' Hubbard, M'' Allen & M'' Tainter wdth such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of William Loudon and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Unity — Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
Treasurer govern himself accordingly — Sent up b}^ M'" Dudley 

looted that the Honb' Joseph Gilman Esq'' be and he hereby is 
appointed one of a Committee for preparing the Accounts of this 
State against the United States for a final Settlement — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
Voted that Maj'' William Gardner be and he hereby is 
appointed one of a Committee for preparing the Accounts of this 
State atjainst the United States for a final Settlement — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
Voted that John Calfe Esq'" be and he hereby is appointed one 
of a Committee for preparing the Accounts of this 
* State against the United states for a final Settle- * 13-337 
ment — Sent up bv M'' Holmes 

Voted that M'' Gale, M'" Dix, M'' Gove, M'" Dudley and M'' 
Chase with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 



I20 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

mittee to consider of the Petition of Barnard M"^ Kean^ and of all 
Petitions from sick and wounded officers and Soldiers and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Chandler 

The Committee on the printers accounts report that Lamson 
and Ranlett be allowed Sixteen pounds thirteen Shillings and 
Seven pence in full for their Account — That John Melcher be 
allowed twenty pounds fourteen shillings and three pence in full 
for his account and that George Jerry Osborne be allowed twenty 
eight pounds two shillings and Six pence in full for his account 
and that the President give orders on the Treasury for the Same 
to be paid out of the Impost duty — Sent up by M'' Powers 

Resolved that in case either of those Gentlemen appointed for 
preparing the Accounts of this State against the United states for 
final settlement shall refuse accepting said appointment be absent 
from the State, or removed by death, that the President with ad- 
vice of Council be impowered to till up the vacancy — 

Sent up by M^" Powers 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sylvanus Johnson 
— voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Treasurer 
be directed to receive the Certiiicate Signed by the Constable in 
the Same manner as though it had been signed by the Select 
men — Sent up by M'' Chase 

The Committee appointed to consider of the Petition of Samuel 
Duncan^ in behalf of the proprietors of New Grantham Reported 
that the Petitioners should have a day of hearing granted them 
next term, and in the mean time printing the Substance of their 
Petition in some news paper most likely to be seen by the Propri- 
etors of Grantham and that no extents issue against said Town 
until a decision on their Petition is made — Signed E Thompson 
for the Committee — Which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted and that the 
* I3~3v38 Second Wednesday of * their next Session be the day 
for hearing the Petitioners and that the Substance of 
the Petition and order of Court thereon be published in one of the 
New Hampshire News papers three weeks Successively that any 
person or persons may then appear and Shew cause (il any they 
have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up M'' Chase 

A vote on John Livingston's Petition came down from the Honb' 
Senate for concurrence, was read and Concurred — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
Adjourned to half after 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 187. 2 xii Ham. Town Papers, 60. 



1787] JOURNAL OP' THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 121 

FRIDAY Sept^^ 21st 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 

An Act for altering the Annual meeting of the Town of Jaffrey 
was brought down from the Honb' Senate was read a third time 
and Enacted — Sent up by M'' Parker & M'" Peabody 

Voted that M'' N : Peabody, M'' Hubbard & M'' Holmes with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of Elisha Day and Sarah Day and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Smith 

Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Willet Peterson 
— 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 John Johnson & 

Pay son joint traders, or their Attorney Peter Green Esq'" be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
that the}' or either of them may then appear and Shew cause (if 
any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be granted, and 
that the Execution against said Peterson be stayed until the decis- 
ion of the General Court — Sent up by M'' Lovell 

The Committee to examine respecting the bounties due to 
Towns for procuring Soldiers &c Reported that they find by the 
books about Seven hundred pounds still due on Interest — 

* The Committee on the Petition of William Loudon * 13-339 
reported that the Petitioner have liberty to go to the 
Castle to do duty at that tort and that he draw rations and receive 
pay accordingly as a private — Signed John Bell for the Commit- 
tee — which report being read & considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'" Knowles 

Whereas the Town of Stoddard hath Petitioned the General 
Court sitting forth that they have for some years past laboured 
under difficulty with regard to agreeing upon a Spot of Ground 
for placing a Meeting House and that at a Legal meeting of the 
Inhabitants of said Town they agreed on a Committee finally to 
determine where the meeting house shall be erected, and for 
that purpose nominated Thomas Penniman Esq'' of Washington, 
Samuel Griffin Esq'' of Packersfield and M'" John Muzzey of Dub- 
lin and prayed that they may be appointed and impow^ered accord- 
ingly — Therefore Resolved that the said Thomas Penniman, 
Samuel Griffin, and John Muzzey be and they hereby are 
appointed authorized and Impowered to repair to the Town of 
Stoddard and at the expence of said Towm view the Situation of 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

said Town and the Inhabitants thereof and agree upon a place 
for erecting a Meeting House in said Town and make return of 
their doings at the next Session of the General Court — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

Voted that M'" Allen, M'" Badger & M'' Prentice with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under 
consideration a Resolve handed in for staying until the next Ses- 
sion of the General Court all Extents against the Towns of Cor- 
nish, Plainfield, Lebanon, Hanover, Lyme, Orford, Piermont 
and Canaan for taxes due prior to the year 1784, and report 
thereon — Sent up b}- M'" Fifield 

Voted that M'" Odlin, M'' Badger, M'- Emerson,"' M'- Hall and 
M'' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the propriety of advertise- 
* 13-340 ments * respecting proprietary meetings and the Taxes 
on Lands of Nonresidents being confined to an}' one 
particular News paper, and if so confined to what paper and also 
of the propriety of appointing a State printer, and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Fifield 

Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Voted that no Interest be allowed in future on the bounties due 
to Towns and places in this State for procuring Soldiers — 

Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Voted that M"' N: Peabody, M^' Wingate, M'' Emerson, "M^" 
Holmes and i^P' Simpson with sucii of the Honb' Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to consider of a Bill proposed for the 
distribution and Settlement of Estates, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Knowdes 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Campbell^ 
in behalf of the Inhabitants of the Town of Acworth — 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 News papers prior to the Sitting of 
said Court 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'" Hearsey 

Adjourned to half after 8 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 5. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 1 23 

SATURDAY Sept^^ 22" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment. 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benjamin Parson, 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before tlie General 
Court on Wednesday the 26''' Instant and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that Col" Samuel Hunt of Charlestown be 
served with a Copy of the Petition & order of Court thereon that 
he mav then appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted — Sent up by M'" Dakin 

An Act to confirm unto the Heirs of Abel Shattuck 
* their Heirs and Assigns the title of a certain tract of * 13-341 
Land in Rabv was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted— " Sent up by M'' Dakin & M'' Fifield 

Voted that AP Gains, M^' Robinson and M^' Chase with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the propriety of directing the Treasurer to receive from the Town 
of Charlestown eight hundred and Sixty one pounds in Conti- 
nental Bills which were collected by the Collector of Taxes for 
said Town for the year 1781 — and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Barrett — 

The Committee to consider of the propriety of taking a new 
valuation throughout this state for a new proportion of Taxes 
report the form herewith exhibited and that the Secretary see that 
the Same be printed with the order of Court thereon and ready to 
be sent to the Several Towns & places at or before the next Sit- 
ting of the General Court — Signed E Smith for the Committee — 
The Committee to consider what method shall be adopted for tak- 
ing a new valuation for proportioning future Taxes for this State 
report as follows (viz) That the Select men or the major part of 
them at the charge of the Town parish or place they belong to 
shall take an Inventory of the Rateable estates of the Towns, Par- 
ishes, & places following — Portsmouth, Hampton, Exeter, New 
Castle, Rye, Kingstown, Newington, Stratham, Londonderry, 
Greenland, New-Market, South-Hampton, Plastow, Hampstead, 
Salem, Pelham, Chester, Hampton falls, Nottingham, Brintwood, 
Canterbury, Northfield, North Hampton, East Kingstown, New 
Town, Kensington, Wyndham, Bow, Epping, Epsom, Pembrook, 
Sandown, Hawke, Concord, Candia, Raymond, Poplin, Deer- 
field, Atkinson, Chichester, Pittsfield, Allenstown, Seabrook, 
North wood, Loudon, Dover, Durham, Lee, Sommersworth, Gore 
of Land adjoining New Durham, Barrington, Gilmantown, San- 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

borntown, Rochester, Madbury, Barnstead, New Durham, 
Middletown, Wakefield, Effingham, Wolfborough, Moultonbor- 
ough. Sandwich, Tuftonborough, New Holderness, New Hamp- 
ton, Merrideth, Conway, Campton, Ossippee, Gore, Amherst, 
Litchfield, Boscawen, Bedford, Nottingham -West, 

* 13-342 Derryiield, Goflstown, Salisbury * Peterborough Slip, 

New Boston, Weare, Holies, Hillsborough, New Ips- 
wich, Merrimac, Lyndborough, Hinneker, Raby, Mason, 
Temple, Francestown, Hancock, Society Land, Antrim, 
Andover, Peterborough, Wilton, Mile slip, Duxbury school 
farms, Bearing, Warner, Sutton, Fishersfield, New Bradford, 
New London, Dunstable, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Keene, 
Swanzey, Walpole, Langdon, Rindge, Westmoreland, Winches- 
ter, Hinsdale, Gilsom, Cornish, Surry, Plainlield, Charlestow^n, 
Dublin, Claremont, Alstead, Marlow, Newport, Croyden, Ac- 
worth, Wendall, Unity, Packerstield, Stoddard, Washington, 
Marlborough, Fitz-William, Jaffrey, Protectworth, Grantham, 
Lempster, Richmond, Chesterfield, Plymouth, Haverhill, Leba- 
non, New-Chester, Hanover, Canaan, Cockermouth, Lyme, 
Orford, Rumney, Piermont, Bath, Gunthwait, Lancaster, Alex- 
andria, Northumberland, Thornton, Lyman, Littleton, Dalton, 
Stratford, Cockburne, Shelburne, Colburne, Dorchester, Warren, 
Wentworth, Landaff, Franconia, Cardigan, Enfield, Grafton, 
Eaton, Burton, Chatham, Lincoln, Peeling alias Fairfield, Suc- 
cess, Kilkenny, Trecothick, Millfield, Erroll, Piercy, Campbells 
Gore, Kearsarge Gore, New Bradford Gore, Coventry, Dum- 
mer, Cambridge, Hoyts Gore, and Locations granted to the fol- 
lowing persons, Thomas Chadbourn, John Goffe, Mark H 
Wentworth, Daniel Rogers and Jacob Treadwell, Alexander 
Blair & others, Hugh Sterling &c, Samuel Sherburne and others, 
Thomas Martin, Joshua Martin &c, Theophilus Dame, John 
Hurd, Vere Royce and others, a strip of Land lying between 
Lyndborough & Peterborough — Which Inventory shall be taken 
to consist of what each person is possessed of on the first day of 
April next and returned into the Secretary's Office at or before the 
tenth day of June next in the following kind of Estate (viz) All 
male Polls from eighteen to Seventy years of age except paupers 
and Idiots — All male and female negroes and molatto Servants 
from Sixteen to forty five years of age — Orchard Arable, Mow- 
ing and pasture land, accounting so much orchard as 

* 13-343 will in a common season * produce ten barrels of Cyder, 

one acre — so much pasture land as will Summer a 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I25 

Cow four acres ; and what mowing land will commonly produce 
one tun of good english hay yearly or meadow hay in proportion 
one acre — And what Arable or Tillage land will commonly pro- 
duce twenty live bushels of Corn yearly one acre, in which is 
to be considered all Land planted with Indian Corn, Petatoes and 
beans and Sown with grain flax and pease — All Horses, Mares 
and Colts distinguishing the difference of years from one to three 
years old, esteeming all that have been wintered two winters one 
year old, allowing in like manner for those two years old and 
three years old and all that are four years old and upwards 
(allowing as aforementioned) to be accounted Horses and 
Mares — All oxen, cows and young Cattle distinguishing their 
ages as above expressed lor horses. All mills wharves & ferries, 
and the yearly rents thereof yearly repairs thereof being tirst 
deducted in the judgment of the persons taking said Inventory — 
The Sum total of the value of all real Estate (viz) Lands and 
Buildings not included in the before named Articles owned by 
the Inhabitants — The Sum total of the value of all stock in trade 
— The Sum total of all money in hand or at Interest not in public 
funds more than the party pays interest for — The Sum total of the 
value of all Silver plate — The Sum total of the value of all 
Clocks & watches — No lands appropriated to public use to be 
inventoried — That said Inventory be made and returned in col- 
umns agreable to the following form (viz) — 





N° of Polls from 18 to 70 years of age 




No of male negro & molatto Servants from 16 to 45 




N° of female negro & molatto Servants from 16 to 45 




No of Acres of Orchard land 




N° of Acres of Arable or tillage land 




No of Acres of mowing land 




N° of Acres of pasture land 




N" of horses and mares 




N" of Oxen 



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[1787 





N° of Cows 




N° of horses & cattle 3 years old 




N° of horses & cattle 2 years old 



N° of horses & cattle i year old 



Yearly rent of mills wharves and ferries, repairs being deducted - 



Sum total of the value of all buildings & real Estate owned by the 
Inhabitants 



Sum total of the value of all real Estate not owned by the Inhabitants 



Sum total of the value of stocks in trade 



Sum total of all money in hand or on Interest not in the public 
funds — 



Sum total of the value of all Silver plate 



Stmi total of the value of Clocks & watches 



* 13-344 * That every person is required to give in a true and 
faithful Inventory of the foregoing articles belonging to 
him respectively on Oath if required thereto by the person or per- 
sons taking said Inventory who are hereby impowered to admin- 
ister the Same and on refusal or neglect thereof the person or 
persons taking said inventor}^ are to set down to him or them so 
refusing or neglecting so much as in his or their Judgment appears 
equitable by way of doomage and the person or persons taking 
said Inventory are also to take a true and perfect Inventory of all 
lots or tracts of unimproved lands belonging to persons not resid- 
ing within the respective Towns or districts where such lands 
lye, whether divided or undivided Sitting Ibrth the number of 
Acres and value of each Lot also the number of the Lot and the 
number of the range it lies in, and whose right it was originally 
laid out & drawn to — or such other description as may serve to 
distinguish each lot or tract of Land — That the person or persons 
taking said Inventor}' shall take an Oath to be administered by 
any Justice of the peace in the County where the Same is taken 
that he or they have faithfully and Impartially made said Inven- 
tory a Certificate of which Oath from the Justice who administered 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I27 

it shall be returned with the said Inventory into the Secretarys 
Office — That the Select men of the next oldest town to any Town 
parish or place where no Select men are chosen shall take an 
Inventory of Such Town parish or place or appoint some person 
or persons in said respective places to do the Same and return it 
as aforesaid for which they shall be paid an adequate reward on 
their account being exhibited and allowed by the General Assem- 
bly out of the Treasury — And also that the Select men shall 
return distinctly an amount or footing of each Column of their 
Inventory taken last april so that the number of polls, Cattle, 
Acres of improved lands and all other rateable estate inventoried 
and rated in each Town in the State and other Taxes the present 
year may appear. Upon reading and considering the foregoing 
report — ]^otcd that it be received & accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Barrett 
* Adjourned to Monday next at 2 o'Clock P. M. * 13-345 

MONDAY Septi-^ 24'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The following Resolve came down from the Honb' Senate for 
Concurrence — 

Resolved that the Select men of the Several Towns Districts 
and places in this State who have not already lodged their claims 
be and hereby are directed to forward to the Secretarys Office a 
particular account of all bounties for raising of men for the Con- 
tinental Army or the Militia called into Service during the late 
war, made either by Towns, classes or Individuals within three 
months from the date of this Resolve accompanied with proper 
vouchers, and if such vouchers cannot be obtained the select men 
are directed to produce the best evidence they can procure to 
Support the Same in order that the Committee may be enabled to 
State the demands of this State against the United States — which 
resolve was read and concurred and voted that the Secretary be 
desired to get said Resolve immediately printed in hand Bills and 
sent to the Several Towns in this state — 

Sent up b}' M'' Crawford 
An Act to encourage the raising of Hemp in this State was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Allen and M'' Copland 
Adjourned to half after 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^7 

TUESDAY Sept« 25*" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Vo^ed that M'" Robinson, M'" Odlin & M' Badger with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Memorial of his Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Barnard 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Several of the 

Inhabitants of Keene, Packersfield, Oilsom & Stoddard voted 

that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have leave to 

bring in a Bill accordingly — reserving to the Town of Gilsom 

their proportion of the public lands — 

Sent up by M"" Hubbard 
* 13-346 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas 
Minor 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 Bela Turner 
Esq"" be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon that he may then appear and shew cause why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted, and that the Execution against said 
Minor be stayed until the decision of the General Court — 

Sent up by M' Simpson 
Voted that M'" Badger, M'" Taylor •& M'' Whitcomb with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Middletovvn^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" Copp 

Voted that M'" N Peabody & M'' Odlin with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to draught in the recess 
of the General Court all such Bills as they shall be directed by 
said Court in the present Session to draught in the recess — 

Sent up by M'" Gritfin 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq'" 
which was to have been this day before the General Court be 
postponed to the Second Tuesday of the next Session of said 
Court agreably to the request of both parties — 

Sent up by M'' Dix 
Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Samuel Dexter 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Dix 

Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 601. 



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Met accordincrly 
An Act to raise a revenue to this State by excise was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Dakin & M'" Dutton 
An Act in addition to and in explanation of an Act intitled an 
Act relating to Constables collecting rates and assessment was 
read a third time & passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Dakin & M^' Dutton 
* Agreably to the order of the day, proceeded to a * 13-347 
hearing on Sundry Petitions — 

Voted that the hearings on the Petitions of Enoch Johnson 
David Batcheldor, William Hayes and William Reed which were 
to have been this day be postponed to the Second Tuesday of the 
next Session of the General Court of which all persons concerned 
are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Winch 
Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
New Bradford^ — Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Winch 
Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Winch 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'' Gains & M'' Simpson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of John Wheelock Esq'" President of Dartmouth 
College and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Goftstown- 
reported that a day of hearing be appointed — Whereupon voted 
that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on 
the Second Tuesday of their next Session and that' in the mean 
time the Petitioners cause that the Select men of New Boston be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
three wrecks before the Sitting of said Court that they may then 
appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Dow 

Adjourned to half after 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 219. 2 xii Ham. Town Papers, 45. 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

WEDNESDAY Sept« 26'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the Petition of EHsha Day and Sarah Day 
reported that the prayer of the Petition be so far granted that the 
Guardians therein named have liberty to Sell at public 

* 13-3^8 auction the Lot numbred five in the first division * lying 

in Lempster within mentioned, the said Guardians giv- 
ing fifteen days notice of the time and place of Sale also what 
credit will be given is to be inserted in the advertisement, and the 
said Guardians to give caution to the Judge of Probate in the 
Countv of Cheshire in the State of New Hampshire for the 
amount of the proceeds of the Lot of Land aforesaid for the ben- 
efit of the minor within mentioned — Signed John Bell 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 Bill accordingly at this or the next Session — 

Sent up by M^' Hearsey 
The Committee to consider of the propriety of Advertisements 
respecting proprietary meetings and the taxes on Lands of Non- 
residents being confined to any one particular news paper «&c. 
Reported that all advertisements which are by Law confined to 
the New Hampshire Gazzette be after the first day of November 
next confined to the Exeter news paper called the freemans oracle 
provided the printer or printers thereof will give Bond to the 
Speaker of the House of Representatives in a reasonable Sum 
conditioned to print said advertisements at the rate of two shillings 
& Six pence for what is commonly called a Square with the 
primer type and will not demand or receive more of any person 
than in that proportion for advertisements — Signed Amos Shep- 
herd for the Committee — which report being read and consid- 
ered — voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Voted that M'' J Freeman, M'' Cragin & M^' Gale with Such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of David Perry & William Ripley and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Hearey 

Voted that M'" Tainter, M"' Jon'^ Dow & M'' Barrett with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 

* I3~349 consider of the Petition of Timothy Taylor Esq'" in * be- 

half of the Town of Merrimac and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Knowles 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I31 

Voted that M'' Winch, M'' Emerson & M'" Whitcomb with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Francis Porter and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Knowles 
Voted that M'- Barrett, M^' Taylor & M'- Copland with Such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Lebanon and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman 
Agreably to the order of the da}' heard Several parties on their 
Petitions — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of John Yo\xw^zwted 
that the Petition be dismissed — 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Upon reading and considering the Petition & Memorial of John 
Calfe Esq"" voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
Treasurer govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M*' Barrett 

The Committee on the propriety of receiving Continental Bills 
from the Town of Charlestown — Reported that the Treasurer 
receive of the Town of Charlestown eight hundred and forty five 
pounds in Continental Bills which were collected by said Town by 
the twentieth day of June 1781, & credit said Town twenty one 
pounds Six shillings out of the new Emission Tax due from said 
Town therefor — said Town having heretofore paid a Sum to said 
Treasurer in said bills which might have been paid in said Bills 
now offered — Signed Ebenzi' Smith for the Committee — which 
report being read and considered voted that it be received and 
accepted and that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Smith 
Voted that M'" Allen, M'" Simpson & M"" Parker with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Hinsdale and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Smith 
* An Act in addition to and for the amendment of an * 13-350 
Act intitled 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 M^' Greeley & M'' Allen 

The Committee- on the Petition of Barnard M'Kean^ reported 
that the said M*^'Kean be allowed four pounds Sixteen Shillings 
Lawful money and that the same be paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Signed Joshua Bayley for the Commit- 

1 xi Hani. Town Papers, 187. 



132 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^7 

tee — which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received & accepted — Sent up by M' Knowles 

Upon reading and considering the Petition from the Town of 
Lancaster^ zwtcd 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 in one of the 
New Hampshire news papers three weeks Successively prior to 
the sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted. Sent up by M'' Prentice 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Prentice Willard 
& Isaac Butterheld 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 Petitioner cause that the 
Substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon be posted 
up in Some public place in the Town of Westmoreland three 
weeks Successively prior to the sitting of said Court that any per- 
son or persons may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up b}^ M'' Prentice 

Voted that the Account of the Select men of Chesterfield for 
taking care of a Transient person as adjusted by the Court of 
Sessions for the County of Cheshire be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Griffin 
* 13-351 * The Committee on the Petition of President Whee- 
lock Reported that the prayer thereof be granted, that 
he have leave to bring in a Bill for a new Scheme of a Lottery for 
raising a Sum not exceeding eighteen hundred pounds including 
expences and that provision be made in said Bill for the redemp- 
tion of tickets sold upon the former scheme of a Lottery for the 
benefit of said College — Signed E Smith for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Voted that M'' Jo^ Dow, M^" Badger, M'' Flanders, M'" Powers 
and M'" Crawford with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Simeon Olcott 
Esq'" and others and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Gaskill 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Several Petitions but came to no determination thereon before 
adjournment — 

]'otcd that the hearing on the Petition of Henry Gerrish- Esq'' 

1 xii Hani. Town Papers, 353. 2 xi Ham. Toviii Papers, 205. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I33 

and others Inhabitants of the County of Hillsborough, which was 
to have been this day before the General Court be postponed to 
the Second Wednesday of their next Session of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingl}^ — 

Sent up by M'' Gaskill 
Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been before the General Court this day be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Sept^^ 27*" 1787 

The House met according to adjournment 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Jonathan Chase 
Esq'' voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Dudley 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Joseph Kelley 
voted that the Petition be dismissed — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition from the Town of 
Walpole voted that the Petition be dismissed — 

* Upon hearing and considering the Petition from the * 13-352 
Town of Stoddard — voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly at 
this or the next Session — Sent up by M'" Copland 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Benjamin Parson, 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Copland 

Resolved that the Interest upon the Twenty pound bounty that 
was allowed to the Several Towns in this State for procuring Sol- 
diers for the late American Army be discontinued and that the 
Treasurer take order accordingly, and that no further interest be 
allowed to any Town after passing this Resolve — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

An Act for confirming the doings of the Judge of Probate of 
Wills &c for the County of Middlesex and Common Wealth of 
Massachusetts respecting a part of the Estate of Temperance 
Gordan — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Copland & M'' Powers 

An Act to incorporate a Town by the Name of Sullivan — was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Copland & M'' Powers 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^7 

Voted that Thomas Bartlett Esq'' Cap' Dudley OdHn & Docf 
Amos Gale for the County of Rockingham, Col" Joshua Wingate, 
Ebenezer Thompson Esq'" and John Rawlings Esq'' for the County 
of Strafford, Docf Jonathan Gove, Timothy Taylor Esq'' and 
Daniel Emerson Esq'' for the County of Hillsborough — M'" Ben- 
jamin Hall, John Hubbard Esq'" and Col" John Bellows for the 
County of Cheshire — Col" William Simpson Col" Edmund Free- 
man and Elisha Payne Esq'' for the County of Grafton be and 
they hereby are appointed Committees within the respective coun- 
ties to which they Severally belong to make sale of the excise in 
their Several Counties for one year from the first day of October 
next and that they seasonably advertise the time and place of 

Sale — Sent up by M'' Copp — 

* 13-353 * Voted that M'' Chase, M'' Gains, M'' Robertson, M"" 
Prentice and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb^ Sen- 
ate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the propriety 
of appointing a Commissioner for settling the Continental 
Accounts with the Commissioner appointed by Congress and 
whether said Commissioner shall have power to employ one or 
more Clerks as he may find necessary and what shall be allowed 
for their Services and how paid, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Copp 

Voted that the allowance for the Travel and attendance of the 
Members of the Honb' Senate and House of Representatives and 
their Officers be the Same as at the last Session and that the Sec- 
retary and Clerk make up the Rolls accordingly and that the 
President give order for payment in the Same manner as at the 
last Session — Sent up by M"" Copp 

Voted that M'' N : Peabody, M'' Gains & M'" Allen with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Memorial of Samuel Dexter Esq'' in behalf of Margaret New- 
man and report thereon — Sent up b}^ M'' Hearsey 
Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

An Act to incorporate New Bradford^ in the County of Hills- 
borough and Washington Gore so called and part of Washington 
in the County of Cheshire and annex the Same to the County of 
Hillsborough — ^was read a third time and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Greeley & M"' Dow 

Voted that the account of Jonas Baker for boarding nursing 
and doctering a Transient person by the Name of James ONeil 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 219. 



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135 



amounting to Twenty two pounds nine shillings and ten pence be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M' Hubbard 
Vo/cd that M'- Rand, IVf Crawford & M'' Dudley with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Claremont and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Hearsey 

Vo^ed that M'' Dudley, M'' Kimball & M'' Hearsey with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Commit- 
tee * to consider of the Petition of Ebenezer Britton & * 13-354 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Flanders 

A vote came dow^n from the Honb^ Senate appointing a Confer- 
ence with the Honb' House in the Assembly room as soon as may 
be to consider of the Excise Act and of the appropriating Act — 
was read and concurred — Sent up by M'' Flanders 

Upon a motion made for reconsidering the vote wdiich passed 
this morning for dismissing the Petition of Joseph Kelley — The 
yeas and nays were called and are as follows 



Yeas. 
Ml- Odlin 
Mr Robinson 
Ml' Peabody 
Mr Knowles 
M"- Copp 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Dix 
Mr Prentice 
Mr Babcock 

Nays. 
Mr Hubbard 
Mr J Freeman 
Mr Healey 
Mr Bar tie tt 
Mr Job Dow 



Yeas. 
Mr Allen 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Crawford 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Dudley 
Mr Tho* bow 
Mr Hearsey 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Abbott 

Nays. 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Jona Dow 
Mr Copland 
Mr E Freeman 
Mr Gale 



Yeas. 
Mr Gove 
Mr Hall 
Mr Smith 
Mr Chase 
Mr Winch 
Mr Johnson 
Mr Jo'* Dow 
Mr Bradley 
Mr Butler 

Nays. 
Mr Barnard 
Mr W>" Peabody 
Mr Dutton 
Mr Greeley 
Mr Griffin 



Yeas. 
Mr Badger 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Rand 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Parker 
Mr Thomas 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Kimball 
Mr Simpson 

Nays. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Dakin 
Mr Willard 



36 Yeas — 20 Nays so it was reconsidered — 

On the report of a Committee to whom was referred a Petition 
of the Select men of Middletown^ — 

Resolved that the Select men of Middletown be and herebv are 
impowered to assess the Inhabitants of said Middletowm for the 
Taxes for 1775, 1776 and 1777, Amounting to Thirty nine pounds, 
four shillings & ten pence which were granted before they were 
incorporated, together with the Lawful costs of the Extents which 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 601. 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

have issued against them And that the Same be assessed and 
levied on the Polls and Estates in said Town to be paid in State 
Certiticates — Sent up by M'' Hall 

* I3~355 * The vote for dismissing the Petition of Joseph Kelley 

being reconsidered — 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Joseph Kelley be post- 
poned to the Second Tuesday of the next Session of the General 
Court and that in the mean time the said Kelley cause that Edward 
Smith late of Boston in the common wealth of Massachusetts be 
served with a Cop}^ of the Petition & this order of Court fifteen 
days before the sitting of said Court, that he may then appear and 
Shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Hall 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarson Belcher^ 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon be posted up in Some public place in the 
Town of Peterborough three weeks prior to the sitting of said 
Court that any person or persons may then appear and Shew 
cause (if an}^ they have) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Hall 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Hall 

The Committee appointed to burn state notes, Certificates &c 
&c. Reported that they have received from the Committee for set- 
ling the Treasurers Accounts, Certificates and Notes as (follows 
viz) — In Certificates issued July 31'^ 1782 Four hundred & fifty 
eight pounds three shillings — 

In Certificates dated Jidy 31"' 1783 — Seven hundred & ninety 
four pounds three shillings and one penny — 

In Certificates dated July 31'* 1784, Four thousand eight hun- 
dred & Six pounds eleven shillings and eight pence issued for 
interest, and Four thousand Seven hundred & eighty one pounds 
twelve Shillings issued for fifteen ^'' Cent — 

* 13-356 * In Certificates dated July 31'^ 1785, Eighteen thou- 

sand Seven hundred & twelve pounds eleven shillings 
and ten pence — 

In Certificates dated Jul}^ 31"' 1786, Two hundred & forty four 
pounds fifteen shillings and ten pence — 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 189. 



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In State notes of various dates taken up by the Treasurer One 
hundred & thirty four thousand eight hundred & nine pounds 
Sixteen Shillings and Seven pence — 

In copper plate notes Eleven pounds & ten Shillings All which 
notes and certiticates we have caused to be burnt to ashes in our 
presence — 

We have delivered to the Treasurer Fifty three thousand four 
hundred & Eighteen Dollars in Bills of the New Emission — 
Also Twenty three thousand nine hundred & Ninety Dollars & 
fifty Seven ninetieths of a Dollar final Settlement notes — Also 
Seven thousand four hundred & Sixty one pounds four shillings 
& Six pence in Interest certificates issued by the Continental Loan 
Officer in this State for all which sums we have taken the 
Treasurers receipt — This receipt together with all the vouchers 
and documents respecting the Treasurers Accounts we have 
delivered to Josiah Gilman Esq'' comptroller of Accounts — 
Exeter Sep* 29'" 1786 

Joseph Gilman ^ 
Christo'' Toppan > Committee 
Eph™ Robinson ) 
which report was read and considered, received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Healey 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Septic 28*" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to appoint new managers for Dartmouth College Lot- 
tery and to render the Same more effectual — was read a third 
time and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman & M'' Barrett 
Voted that when the business of the present Session is 
finished, that the President with advice of Council be * de- * 13-357 
sired to adjourn the General Court to meet again on the 
third Wednesday in January next at the Court House Exeter — 

Sent up by M"" Freeman 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Davenport Phelps 
Esq*' Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen- 
eral 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 three weeks 
Successively in one of the New Hampshire news papers prior 



138 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

to the sitting of said Court and also cause that a Copy thereof with 
the order of Court thereon be posted up in some pubHc place in 
said Piermont the Same term of time prior to the Sitting of said 
Court, that any person or persons may then appear and shew 
cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Israel Towns 
zwtcd that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Treasurer 
govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M'' Copland 

Voted that M'- Dakin, M'' Blanchard & M'- Cragin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Docf Nathanael Breed and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Bezaleel Davis 
alias Russell Freeman 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 Jonathan Freeman Esq'' be served with a Copy of the Pedtion 
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'' Freeman 
Voted that the account of James D. Griffith amount- 
* I3~358 ^"g * t'^ thirty Shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Hall 
Voted that the Account of M'' Benjamin Hall amounting to 
Twenty shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Freeman 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'' Prendce & M'' Hall with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Account of Robert Gerrish and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"- Hall 
Voted that the Account of John Calfe Esq'' amounting to Six 
pounds Seven shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Hall 

Voted that David Page Esq'', CoP Joshua Wingate and John 
Rawlings Esq'' be left out of the Travel Roll for the present Ses- 
sion, they having left the General Court without obtaining leave 
therefor — 

An Act to restore Jonathan Chase Esq'' to his Law was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes «& M'' Babcock 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 139 

An Act to restore Benjamin Parsons to his Law in a certain 
Action was read a third time and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Hohnes & M'" Babcock 
Adjom-ned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

An Act tor laying a Tax of one penn}^ on each acre of Land 
in the Town of Stoddard for the term of three years was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M^' Copland & M'" Parker 

L^pon reading and considering the Petition of Enoch Hale Esq'' 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave 
to bring in a Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Simpson 

* The Committee to consider of the Propriet}^ of * 13-359 
appointing a Commissioner for settling the Continental 
Accounts &c — Reported that the Honb' Joseph Oilman Esq'' be 
appointed a Commissioner in behalf of this State to Superintend 
the stating and Settlement of all Accounts between said state and 
the united States and that the Honb' Joseph Pearson & Josiah Gil- 
man Esquires be assistant Commissioners and that they have 
power to appoint the necessary clerks for that purpose — And that 
his Excellency the President with advice of Council be impowered 
to appoint a proper person or persons to fill any vacancy or vacan- 
cies that may arise by the death, refusal or nonattendance of any of 
said Commissioners and to draw orders on the Treasury for the pay- 
ment of the said Commissioners and Clerks and that the Treas- 
urer be directed to pay the Same out of the Monies arising from 
the excise — Signed E Smith for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Griffin 

An Act to establish a fund for the Redemption of orders drawn 
by the President of said state and for appropriating the revenue 
raised by Impost and excise — was read a third time and passed 
to be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Cragin and M'' Rand 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel Dexter 
in behalf of Margaret Newman, voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that he have leave to bring in a Resolve accord- 
"^g^y — Sent up b}^ M'' Griflin 

Resolved that the Treasurer be and hereby is required to receive 
final Settlement notes & other liquidated notes of the United States 
at the rate of ten shillings on the povmd on all outstanding Taxes 
which were to have been paid in Certificates issued by the Treas- 
urer of this State from and after this Resolve — 

Sent up by M'' Johnson 



140 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1787 



* 13-360 * Voted that the Revr^' M'" Bulkley Olcott be allowed 
forty Shillings for his Services as Chaplain to the Gen- 
eral Court the present Session and that the President give order 
on the Treasurer accordingly — Sent up by M'' Smith 

Voted that the Account of Joseph Spencer amounting to four 
pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'" Smith — 

Voted that the Account of Oliver Hall amounting to one pound 
Sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Smith 

Voted that the Account of Joseph Wadleigh amounting to Six- 
teen pounds Six Shillings and four pence be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Smith 

The vote of this day respecting the adjournment came down 
from the Honb' Senate for the following amendment " that it be 
Portsmouth instead ot Exeter, which amendment was read and 
concurred — the yeas and nays were then called for and are as 
follows — (viz) — 



Yeas. 
M'' Gains 
Ml" Jo* Dow 
Ml- Bartlett 
Ml- Badger 
Ml- Taylor 
M'' Cragin 
M'- Prentice 
Ml- Parker 
Ml- Thomas 
Ml- Powers 

Nays. 
Ml- Gale 
Ml- Bradley 
Ml- Job Dow 
Ml- Rand 
Ml- Greeley 



Yeas. 
M'- Griffin 
Ml- Kimball 
Ml- Simpson 
Ml- Odlin 
Ml- Robinson 
M'- Knowles 
Ml- Copp 
M'- Dakin 
M'- Dix 

Naj's. 
Ml' Duncan 
Ml Dudley 
Ml- Fifield 
Ml- Emerson 
M'- Gove 



Yeas. 
Ml- Whitcomb 
Ml- Willard 
Ml- Allen 
Ml- Holmes 
Ml- Tainter 
Ml- J Freeman 
Ml- Rogers 
Ml- Blanchard 
Ml- Hearsy 

Nays. 
Ml- Flanders 
Mr Crawford 
Ml- Barnard 
Ml- Thos Dow 



Yeas. 

Ml- Lovell 
Ml- Barrett 
Ml- Dutton 
Mr Gaskill 
Ml- Babcock 
Ml- Chase 
Mr Copland 
Ml- Winch 
Ml- E Freeman 

Nays. 
Ml- Abbott 
Ml- Jona Dow 
Ml- Hubbard 
Ml- Johnson 



37 yeas — 18 nays — 

* 13-361 * On the Petition of Margaret Newman of Boston in 
the County of Suftblk and Common wealth of Massa- 
chusetts, widow, praying that a claim by her exhibited against the 
Estate of Zaccheus Cutler late of Amherst in the County of Hills- 
borough an absentee may be allowed against the Same Estate — 
Resolved that the Sum of Six hundred pounds Lawful money be 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I4I 

allowed to the said Margaret Newman against the Estate of the 
said Zaccheus Cutler and that the said Margaret have the same 
remedy for the Sum aforesaid in all respects until she may obtain 
compleat Satisfaction for the Sum aforesaid as if the aforesaid Sum 
had been allowed and reported by the Commissioners who exam- 
ined and reported the other claims on the Estate of the said Zac- 
cheus in due course of Law, And the Judge of Probate for the 
County of Hillsborough, and all concerned are directed to take 
notice hereof and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by Col" Gains 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Enoch Hale Esq'" 
praying that he may have liberty of entering an Action (com- 
menced against him by Frazier and Geer) at the next Superior 
Court of Judicature to be holden at Amherst within and for the 
County of Hilsborough wherein he the said Hale was defaulted 
at the last Inferior Court of Common pleas held at said Amherst 
and praying also for liberty to plead thereto in the Same manner 
as if said Action had not been defaulted, and the prayer thereof 
appearing reasonable — 

Therefore Resolved by the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives in General Court convened, that the said Hale have liberty 
of entering said action at the next Superior Court and of pleading 
thereto in the same manner as if said Action had not been 
defaulted any Law usage or custom to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing — Sent up by Col" Gains 
Adjourned to 7 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

SATURDAY, Sept^^ 29'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Sarah 
* Simpson and Jane Simpson which was to have been * 13-362 
this Session 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'' Simpson 

The Committee on the Account of Robert Gerrish reported that 
he be allowed and paid twelve pounds ten shillings in full of his 
account for printing the Election Sermon and that the President 
give order on the Treasurer for the Same to be paid out of the 
impost duty Signed E Smith for the Committee — which report 
being read and considered — voted that it be received and 
accepted — Sent up by M'" Gains 



142 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [lyS? 

The following Resolve came down from the Honb' Senate for 
Concurrence — 

In Senate Sepf 29"' 1787. 

Resolved that the Justices of the Superior Court be paid their 
Salaries quarterly and that his Excellency the President draw 
orders accordingly — which resolve was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M"" Lovell 
Voted that the Account of the Honb' Joseph Oilman Esq"" 
amounting to forty Seven pounds five shillings and Six pence be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Lovell 
Voted that the Honb' Payne Wingate Esq'" be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate to represent this state in the Congress of the 
United States (in the Room & Stead of the Honb' Benjamin West 
Esq') for the term of one year from and after the first day of 
November next unless Sooner relieved or recalled by the Gen- 
eral Court of this State with all the powers & priviledges 
which other delegates from this state have heretofore 
* 13-363 * had and enjoyed agreably to the confederation of the 
united States — Sent up by M'" Lovell 

Information having been given to this House of the death of the 
Honb' John Sparhawk Esq'' late Speaker of the House of Repre- 
sentatives — Motion was made for the choice of a Speaker and 
the ballots being taken the Honb' Thomas Bartlett Esq'" was unan- 
imously chosen for that purpose — 

The Secretary came down and gave information that his Excel- 
lency the President with advice of Council has thought fit to 
adjourn the General Court to meet again on the third Wednesday 
of January next at the Court House in Portsmouth — and it is 
accordingly adjourned — 

[Of the preceeding acts, resolves, and votes, the following are 
nonconcurred, and ordered by the honorable Senate to lay. 

Unity petition, praying for the staying of an extent: Noncon- 
curred. 

Committee on the propriety of receiving state notes for all out- 
standing taxes : Nonconcurred. 

Resolve that final settlement notes be received at ten shillings on 
the pound : Nonconcurred. 

Ordered to lay. 

Vote respecting Courts of Sessions. 

ditto pay of Representatives. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I43 



Vote respecting Lebanon. 

ditto Commissioners on Continental Accounts. 

ditto Plainfield and Cornish. 

ditto petition of Francis Porter. 

ditto ditto of Claremont. 

ditto ditto of Ebcnczer Britton. 

ditto ditto of Nathaniel Breed. 

ditto ditto of Wit let Peterson. 

ditto ditto of Chesterfield. 

ditto committee to sell excise. 

ditto General Sessions of the Peace. 

ditto new valuation. 

ditto committee to draught bills in the recess. 

ditto Israel Tozun, in behalf of Stoddard. 
Bill for raising hemp.] 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM DECEMBER 5 TO DECEMBER 15, 1787. 
10 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 



A a Special Session of the General Court called by his Excel- 
lency the President with advice of Council and holden at Ports- 
mouth on Wednesday December 5*'', 1787. 

The Honorable Joseph Oilman, Peter Green, Ebenezer Thomp- 
son Ebenezer Smith, Joshua Bayley, and Amos Shepard Es- 
quires attended. 

* THURSDAY, December 6'\ 1787. * 2-327 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' President. 
Of the Honorable Senate as yesterday with the addition of M"" 
Bellows. 

Adjourned till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY December f'\ 1787 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY December 8''\ 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, with the Addition of M'' Atkinson who 
took the usual Oaths as a Senator. 

Adjourned 'dll Monday next 3 OClock P. M. 

MONDAY December 10"', 1787 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as on Saturday last except M'' Oilman and M'' Green 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY December ii"S 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday with the addition of M'' Wentworth and 
M-- Bell. 



148 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

* 2-328 A Vote, to accept the report of the committee *Appointed 

to agree upon a Place for erecting a Meeting House in 
Town of Stoddard. That said Meeting-House be placed on the 
fifteenth Lot in the ningth Range upon a Tract of Land given to 
the Town of Stoddard by John Tenney for a meeting Spot, bury- 
ing Yard &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the proceedings of the federal Convention trans- 
mitted to the General Court by Congress be submitted to a 
convention to be chosen by the People for their consideration and 
decission, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider what number the proposed Convention shall consist of, 
the mode of Election and the time and place of meeting and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Thomp- 
son M'" Smith M'' Bellows, M-" Wentvvorth, and M^" Bayley, 
joined. 

A Vote, that the Account of Samuel Hale Esquire amounting 
to one pound sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, that the account of John Waldron Esquire, amounting 
to one pound sixteen Shillings, be allowed and paid, 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 Haskins, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" Wentworth, and M'" Means 
joined. 

* 2-329 A Vote, to hear the petition of Mary Lear * On Thurs- 

day the 13 of December, current, was brought up, read 
and concurred, with this amendment, that the hearing be on 
Thursday the twentieth Instant, and if not then on the third Wed- 
nesday of the next Session, Sent down, brought up, concurred. 
Adjourned 'dll to-morrow 9, O'Clock A M. 

WEDNESDAY December i2">, 1787 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as Yesterday. 

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

take under consideration the Account of E. Noyes and all similar 

Matters and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 

M'" Wentworth and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Capt. D. Odlin 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I4C) 

in behalf of the Selectmen of the Town of Exeter, 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 to Consider what 
number the proposed Convention shall consist of, &c. That the 
proposed Convention consist of the same number of Deligates as 
the several Towns and places are now entitled to send as Repre- 
sentatives to the General Court and to be chosen in the same 
manner with this addition, that those Towns by which the present 
mode of Representation are not classed with any other Town nor 
entitled to send by themselves, may send one Deligate from each 
Town. That the qualification of Deligates shall be the 
same as * Those required by the Consdtution of Repre- * 2-330 
sentatives, excepting that which is called the exclusion 
Bill shall not have any effect in the choise of Deligates. That 
the Convention meet at Exeter on the second Wednesday of Feb- 
ruary 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 transacting the business at this Ses- 
sion, which was intended for January Session, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Smith, M'" Bellows, and M'' Means 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
prepare a preceipt or Resolve to send to the several Towns and 
districts in this State for the Choise of Deligates to the State Con- 
vention &c. was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Thompson 
joined. 

A Vote, that the Deligates to be chosen for the Convention 
have the same allowance for their travel as the members of the 
General Court had the Two last Sessions, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of the Honorable John Langdon 
Esquire amounting to One hundred and thirty Nine pounds ten 
Shillings as Deligate to Convention at Philadelphia, 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 Cilley, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : IsV Smith, M'" Thompson 
and M'" Bellows joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Selectmen of the Town of 
Atkinson on the Second Wednesday of the next Session, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have this day 



150 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

* 2-331 untill to-morrow, * Was brough[t] up, read and con- 

curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Captain Josiah Batcheldor and Report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard and 
M'" Bellows, joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Unity 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 
consider of the petition of Benjamin Thompson and report 
thereon was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Wentworth 
aud M'' Green joined 

A Vote, for a committee, to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of his Excellency John Sullivan Esquire, 
and Others, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'" Wentworth and M'" Bellows joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY December if' 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

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

consider what Business is yet necessary to be done &c. &c was 

brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith, M^" Bellows, and M'" 

Thompson joined 

* 2-332 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate, to consider of a plan for a new valuation &c. 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Atkinson and M'' Bell 
joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Accounts of the committee appointed to run the 
Lines of the masonian Patent, was brought up, read and con- 
curred [M'' Smith] M'" Bell, M'' Means, and M'' Bellows, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Francis Porter, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bayley joined 

A Vote, to hear the petition of C. March on the second Wednes- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Town of Sullivan be annexed to the Class 
of Surry and Gilsom for representation, &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I51 

A Vote, to hear the petition of William Lyons on the third 
Wednesday of June next, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings on the petition of the Select- 
men of Lyndeborough S. Duncan Henry Gerrish to the second 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

An Act, tor altering the time of holding the annual March 
Meedng of the Town of Exeter in the County of Rockingham, 
having been read a third time voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, grandng the prayer of the petition of Thomas Dow in 
half of the Town of Salem and giving them leave to 
bring in a bill accordingly * At this or the next Ses- * 2-333 
sion, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been this 
day, untill to-morrow, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote authorizing the Judge of Probate to Issue another Com- 
mission for receiving the claims of Haskins and M'"' Newman and 
others against the Estate of Caccheus Cutler allowing six Months 
for that purpose, and no longer, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petidon of Andrew Freese and others, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Shepard and 
M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of John W. Gilman, amounting to 
twelve pounds twelve Shillings for making borders for Rates &c. 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that Col. Supply Clap be requested to repair the Light 
House and Barracks at the Fort and his account before the Court 
at the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

FRIDAY December 14*'% 1787. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Resolve, that the proceeding of the Federal Convention 
transmitted to the General Court through the medium of Congress 
be submitted to a convention of the people by their Deligates for 
their full and free Investigation discussion and decission, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote, that four hundred Copies of the Constitution * 2-334 
proposed by the Federal Convention for the Government 



152 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

of these United States, be forthwith printed and sent to the Sev- 
eral Towns in this State as soon as may be, was brought up, read 
and concurred with this amendment, that the Resolve of the Gen- 
eral Court for calling a convention be printed with the proposed 
Constitution and sent out therewith, sent down, amendment con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
procure the printing of the four hundred Copies of the proposed 
Constitution of the United States agreeable to the vote of Tuesday 
last, was brought up, read and concurred with this amendment, 
that the Resolves and Votes of this Court respecting the calling a 
Convention be printed and sent out on the same paper ; and Col. 
Wentworth is joined to the Committee. Sent down, amendemnt 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the Memoral of the Masonian Proprietors on 
the Second Wednesday of their next Session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act impovvering the Selectmen of Unity to assess the Lands 
within said Town for the purpos of Repairing high ways, having 
been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted 

A Vote, to the petition of Gershom Lord on the second Wednes- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Hepzibah Whit- 
ney and that they have Liberty to bring in a bill accordingl}^ was 

brought up, read and concurred. 
* 2-335 ^ Vote, for a committee to join a committee * Of the 
Senate to consider of the petition of Jennett Brown, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Bell 
and M'' Bellows joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider what allowance shall be made tor running the Line of 
the Masonian Patent, was brought up, read and concurred : M^" 
Wentworth and M'' Green joined. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
Jonathan Cilley Esquire that the Treasurer be directed to deliver 
or Cancel the bond given for the first Instalment of said Excise 
(if the principal is paid) without Interest and that the Treasurer 
shall not issue any Extent against said Cilley for said Excise 
untill further order of the General Court ; and that the further 
consideration of said Cilley's petition be posponed untill he hath 
further opportunit}^ to finish his collection of said Excise, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of John Stokle on the Second 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 153 

Wednesday of the next Session was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that the hearings on the petitions which were to have 
been on the second and third Weeks of this Session be posponed 
to the same days of the Second and third Weeks, of the next 
Session of the General Court and the Secretary give public 
Notice thereof, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the members of the General Court have the same 
pay as at the Last Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

* A Vote, that the president with advice of Council * 2-336 
be desired to adjourn the General Court to-morrow at 
twelve O'clock, to meet again in the Court House in Portsmouth 
on Wednesday the twenty third day of January next, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY, December is'\ 1787 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Resolve, that Thomas Bartlett Esquire, Capt. Dudle}^ Odlin, 
and Doctor Amos Gale for the County of Rockingham ; Col. 
Joshua Wingate Ebenezer Thompson Esquire and John Rawlings 
Esquire for the County of Strafford Doctor Jonathan Gove Capt. 
Timothy Taylor and Daniel Emerson Esquire for the County of 
Hillsborough, Col. Amos Shepard, John Hubbard and Col. John 
BelloW'S for the County of Cheshire : and Col. William Simpson 
Col. Edward Freeman and Elisha Payne Esq'" for the County of 
Grafton, be and they hereby are appointed Committees within the 
respective Counties to which they severally belong to make sale 
of the Excise in their Severally Counties for one 3'ear from the 
first day of October last and that they severally advertise the time 
and place of sale. 

Resolved that the several Farmers of the Excise are hereby 
directed to give public Notice of the time on which they will attend 
to settle and receive Excise from the Retailors Inholders and 
others in the respective towns within their districts, that the Inhabi- 
tants of the several Towns may have an opportunity of 
Settling and paving the same * Without being put to the * 2-337 
Ex pence of unnecessary travel, sent down for concurrence 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of sundry Inhabi- 
tants in the County of Strafford, and giving them leave to bring 



154 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

in accordingly, at this or the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Joseph Whipple Esquire amount- 
ing to six pounds fifteen Shillings for wood &c supplied the 
General Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Jonathan Gove amounting to 
thirty six Shillings for expences &c as one of a committee to 
examine into facts set forth in a petition against Moody Morse 
Esquire of Salem was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of John Calfe Esquire amounting 
to fovu- pounds fourteen Shillings for recording Journals &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of John Williams to fifty [five] 
shillings, attendance as Door keeper was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee on the petition 
of Andrew Freese viz. that they have leave to raise a Company of 
Light hoise within the limits of the Eighteenth Regiment provided 
they take no more than eight training Soldiers from each company 
and that said Company be annexed to Col. Cogswells Light 

Horse, was brought up, read and concurred. 
* 2-338 *A Vote, to pay the account of Joseph Blanchard 
amounting to twenty four shillings for Expences &c as 
one of a committee to exaimine into facts as set forth in a petition 
against Moody Morse, of Salem, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

An Act to alter the time of holding the annual March Meeting 
of the Town of salem, in the County of Rockingham, having 
been read a third time, Voted, that the same be enacted 

A Vote, that his Excellency the President be desired to direct 
such Generals or Field Ofiicers as he shall think proper to try to 
reconcile any difficulties that has arisin by reason of Light Horse 
and Artillery men inlisting in to great numbers from some of the 
companies of the train band, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the Account of the Committee appointed to run 
the Line of the masonian Patent, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

His Excellency the President sent down the Secretary to inform 
the Hon'''"' House, that he with advice of Councl had thought fit 
to adjourn the General Court, to meet again at Portsmouth on 
Wednesday the twenty third day of January next agreeably to a 
Vote of yesterday. 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON Sec> 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM DECEMBER 5 TO DECEMBER 15, 1787. 



^= STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. *u-?>^^ 



A JOU RN AL 



Proceedings of the Honb^ House of Representatives of 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session began 

AND HOLDEN at PORTSMOUTH ON THE FIFTH DAY OF DECEM- 
BER Anno Dom"~ 1787 and in the twelfth year of the 
Independance of America — 



WEDNESDAY Dec» 5^'^ 1787. 

Several members met in consequence of a proclamation issued 
by his Excellency the President for that [pur] pose, but there not 
being a quorum to transact business agreed to adjourn to 9 o'Clock 
to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Dec« 6'" 1787. 

Several members met according to adjournment but there not 
being a quorum, agreed to adjourn to 3 o'Clock P. M. — Met ac- 
cordingly but there not being a quorum to transact business, 
agreed to adjourn to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning — 

FRIDAY Dec«7"' 1787. 

Several members met according to adjournment but there not 
being a quorum — adjourned to three of Clock P. M. — Met ac- 
cordingly and adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning — 

SATURDAY Dec« 8"> 1787. 

Several members met according to adjournment, but there not 
being a quorum — agreed to adjourn to Monday next at 3 o'Clock 
P. M.— 



158 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

MONDAY Dec^ io'" 1787. 

Several members met according to adjournment but there not 
being a quorum agreed to adjourn to 9 o'Clock to morrow 
morning — 

TUESDAY Dec^^ ii"' 1787. 

Met according to adjournment and Several members being 
present more than Yesterday made a quorum and proceeded to 
business — 

Upon reading and considering of the Petition of Mary Lear 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on Thursday the 13"' of Dec'' current and that in the mean time 
the Petitioner cause that the Select men of Portsmouth and New 
Castle 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 M"" Dix 

* 13-365 * The Committee appointed at the last Session to repair 
to the Town of Stoddard and view the Situation of said 
Town and of the Inhabitants thereof &c and report at the next 
Session Reported as follows — We your committee having 
repaired to the Town of Stoddard and viewed the Situation of 
said Town and the Inhabitants thereof beg leave to report that it 
is our opinion that the meeting house there to be erected, be 
placed on the fifteenth lot in the ninth range upon a Tract of 
Land given to the Town of Stoddard by John Tenny for a meet- 
ing house spot burying ^^ard &c and we have erected a Stake 
and Stones upon said common for the bounds of said meeting 
house. Oct'" 31'' 1787 '^'" Tho* Penniman for the Committee 

which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted^ Sent up by M"" Copland 

Voted that the proceedings of the federal Convention transmit- 
ted to the General Court by Congress be Submitted to a Conven- 
tion to be chosen by the people for their consideration and decis- 
ion — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Voted that four hundred copies of the Constitution proposed by 
the federal convention for the government of the United States be 
forthwith printed and Sent to the Several Towns in this State as 
soon as may be — Sent up by M'" Holmes 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'' Pickering, M'' Wingate M'' 
Badger, M'" Gove, M'" Emerson, M'" Copland, M"" Whitcomb, M'" 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 159 

Simpson & M'" Baker with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider what number the proposed con- 
vention shall consist of, the mode of Election, and time & place 
of meeting and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Holmes 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
VoUd that M'' Runnels, M^" Gains & M'" Pickering with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Accounts of Lieu' Enoch Noyes who attended the General 
Court Martial at Exeter in consequence of a Summon from the 
Presid' of said Court as a Witness in behalf of the State, and of 
all Similar Accounts and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Greeley 
* P^oied that M'' Pickering, M'' Simpson, M'' Gove, * 13-366 
M'" Holmes and M'' Wingate with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the Peti- 
tion of Jonathan Cilley Esq'" and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 
]'^otcd that M'' Long, M'" Emerson and M'" Cragin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Haskins & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 
Voted that the Account of Samuel Hale Esq'' amounting to one 
pound Sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Voted that the Account of John Waldron Esq'' amounting to 
one pound Sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Voted that the account of Docf Mark How amounting to four 
pounds one shilling and eight pence be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Robinson 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning. 

WEDNESDAY Dec^ 12"' 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Exeter — Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin 
An Act to authorize the Judges of Probate in said state to grant 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1787 



Administrations de bonis non in certain cases — was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin & AP W" Peabody 
Upon a motion that the proposed convention consist of double 
the number of members which the Several Towns and districts in 
this State have the liberty to send as Representatives to the Gen- 
eral Court, the yeas and nays were called for and are as follows 
— viz — 

* 13-367 *Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. 

Ml' Runnels iM^' Parker M^ Dutton Mr Knowles 

M»' Barnard M'" Blanchard M'' Thomas M"" Emerson 

M»' Page Mr N Peabody M'-Tilton M»' Prentice 

M>- Di.x Mr Chandler 

Nays. Nays. Nays. Nays. 

M'' Pickering Mi" Wingate M'" Gove M^' Tainter 

M'' Odlin M'- Long M^ Whitcomb M^' Johnson 

M"" Healey M'' Jo^ Dow M^ Griffin Mr Dakin 

M'' Rogers .M'" Dudley M^ Baker Mr Cragin 

Mr Gilmore .Mr Bradley Mr W" Peabody Mr Greeley 

Mr Gains Mr Badger Mr Rand ' Mr Copland 

Mr Pinkerton Mr Job Dow Mr Jon" Dow Mr Winch 

Mr Robertson Mr Barrett Mr Holmes Mr Simpson 
Mr Bartlett 

14 yeas — 33 nays, so the motion was lost. 

The Committee appointed to consider what number the pro- 
posed convention shall consist of, the mode of Election and time 
and place of meeting. Reported, that the proposed convention con- 
sist of the Same number of Delegates as the Several Towns and 
places are now intitled to send as Representatives to the General 
Court and to be chosen in the same manner, with this addition 
that those Towns which by the present mode of Representation 
are not classed with any other Town nor entitled to send by them- 
selves may send one Delegate from each Town — That the quali- 
fications of Delegates shall be the Same as those required by the 
Constitution for Representatives excepting that what is called the 
exclusion Bill shall have no effect in the choice of Delegates — 
That the Convention meet at Exeter on the Second Wednesday of 
February next. Signed Ebenz'" Thompson for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — Sent up by M'" Rand 

Voted that the delegates to be chosen for the proposed conven- 
tion have the Same allowance for their travel to and from their 
homes as the Members of the present General Court have had 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 161 

the two last Sessions and that it be paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M"" Runnels 

Voted that M"" Pickering M'' N Peabody and M'" Simpson with 
Such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
prepare a precept or a Resolve to send to the Several 
Towns * and districts in this State, for the choice of * 13-368 
Delegates to the State convention to be held at Exeter 
on the Second Wednesday in February next and lay the Same 
before this House — Sent up by M'' Knowles 

Voted that the account of the Honb' John Langdon Esq"" 
amounting to one hundred and thirty nine pounds ten Shillings be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M"" Knowles 

The vote on the Petition of Mary Lear came down from the 
Honb' Senate for the following amendment •' that the hearing be 
on Thursday the 20''' Instant and if not then on the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session, which amendment was read and con- 
curred — Sent up by M"" Chandler 

Voted that M'' Odlin, M"- Badger, M"- Jon'' Dow, M'' Parker & 
M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the propriety of transacting the business 
at this Session which was intended for the January Session and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Prentice 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select of 
Atkinson — 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 Petitioner cause that the Substance 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon be published three 
weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire News papers 
prior to the Sitting of said Court that anv person or persons may 
then appear, and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M"" Whitcomb 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of William Lyon, 
Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday in June next and that in the mean 
time the Petitioner cause that David McClary of the State of New 
York or his Attorney who commenced the action 
against the Petitioner be served with a copy of the * Pe- * 13-369 
tition and order of Court thereon three weeks before 
the sitting of said Court, that they or either of them may then 



l62 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted and that all further proceedings against said Lyon be 
stayed until the decision of the General Court — 

Sent up by M'" Pinkerton 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Clement March 
and Stephen March Esq''' looted 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 Jonathan Chase Esq'' of Cornish be served with a copy of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon three weeks before the sittino- 
of said Court that he may then appear and shew cause (if any he 
hath) why the prayer thereof may not be granted, and that all 
proceedings in Consequence of the Act passed the last Session in 
favour of said Chase be stayed until the decision of the General 
Court — Sent up by M"" Pinkerton — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Unity pra3'ing that they might be authorized to Tax all the unim- 
proved lands in said Town one penny "^'" Acre for four years — 
Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly^ at this or the next Session — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

Voted that the hearings which were to have been this day 
before the General Cotn^t be postponed until to morrow of which 
all persons concerned are to take notice & govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Tilton 

Voted that M'' N Peabody M'' Gains and M'' Badger with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Cap^ Josiah Batcheldor and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Tilton 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'' Long, and M"' Dudley with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of Benjamin Thompson and report 

thereon — Sent up by M"" Jon'^ Dow 

* 13-370 * Voted that M'" Long, M'' Wingate, M"" Cragin, M'" 

Parker and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate 

as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of 

his Excellency John Sullivan Esq*" and others & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Peabody 

Voted that the account of Benjamin Dearborn one of the over- 
seers of the Poor lor the Town of Portsmouth amounting to Ten 
pounds twelve shillings and four pence for boarding, nursing and 
doctering a Stranger by the name of George Drake be allowed 
and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Greeley 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 163 

Voted that the account of Benjamin Dearborn amounting to 
eight pounds fourteen Shillings for boarding nursing and docter- 
ing a Stranger by the name of Henry Thompson be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Greeley 

Voted that the account of the Select men of Plastow amount- 
ing to one hundred and nine pounds eleven shillings and eight 
pence be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M"" Greeley 

Whereas there was a Town incorporated by the name of Sulli- 
van in Sept'" last consisting of a part of Keene, Gilsom Packers- 
field and Stoddard and in the Charter said town was not annexed 
to any class for Representation and said Town being insufficient 
in number to chuse a Member for themselves — it is therefore 
Resolved that the said Town of Sullivan be annexed to the class 
of Surry and Gilsom lor Representation and they are intitled to 
the Same priviledges as the other classed Towns according to 
their numbers — Sent up by M'" Dow 

Voted that M' Long, M"" Badger, M"" Barrett, M'" Holmes and 
M'' Baker with such of the Hony Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to report a plan for taking a new valuation throughout 
this state, in order for proportioning luture Taxes — 

Sent up by M"" Dow 
* Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning * 13-371 

THURSDAY Dec^ i3"> 1787 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M"" Runnels, M'' Page, M'" Cragin, M'" Holmes and 
M"" Johnson 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 — at what time and to what time and place this 
Court shall be adjourned, also what allowance shall be made for 
the travel and attendance of the Members of the Honb' Senate 
and House of Representatives and their Officers the present Ses- 
sion — and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Holmes 

Voted that M'' Pickering, M"" N Peabody and M"" Gains with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
procure the printing of the four hundred copies of the proposed 
constitution for the united States agreably to a vote, of Tuesday 
last — Sent up by M'" Holmes 

Voted that M"" N Peabody, M'" Badger, M"" Barrett M"" Prentice 



164 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

and M"" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Accounts of Archibald M° 
Murphy and John M^'Duffee Esqr'^ and others employed in runing 
the line of the Mason Patent and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
Upon reading and considering the Petition and Memorial of 
George Jaftry Esq'' and others called the Masonian Proprietors 
Voted that the Memorialists be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the Second Wednesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Memorialists cause that the Substance of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon be published three weeks 
Successively in one of the New Hampshire News papers before 
the Sitting of said Court 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'' Gains 

Upon reading and considering the Petition from the Town of 
Salem praying that the time for holding their Annual Town meet- 
ing may be altered from the last Wednesday to the first Wednes- 
day in March Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
the}^ have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Greeley 
* 13-372 * Voted that the hearings on the Petitions of the Select 
men of Lyndsborough, Samuel Duncan^ for Grantham 
and Henry Gerrish- Esq"' and others which were to have been on 
the Second Wednesday of the present Session 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'' Greeley 
Voted that M'" Rogers, M'" Runnels, & M'' Robinson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Andrew Freeze and others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Greeley 
Voted that M'' Robinson, M"" Emerson & M'' Runnels with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Francis Porter and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Dix 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingl}' 
An Act to alter the time of holding the Annual March meeting 
of the Town of Exeter in the Countv of Rockingham was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Odlin & M"" Johnson 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 60. 2 xi id., 205. 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 165 

Resolved that the proceedings of the Federal convention trans- 
mitted to the General Court through the medium of Congress be 
Submitted to a Convention of the People by their Delegates for 
their full and free investicration discussion & decision — 

O 

That the qualitications of Delegates to the Convention be the 
Same as the qualifications of Representatives to the General 
Court excepting that what is called the exclusion Bill shall have 
no effect in the choice of Delegates — 

That each Town and district within this State are requested and 
impowered to elect the Same number of Delegates to the said con- 
vention as they are now intitled to elect of Representatives to the 
General Court — And Such Towns as are not classed with any 
other Town or Towns or have not liberty by themselves 
to send Representatives to the * General Court may * 13-373 
send one delegate to said Convention 

O 

That the qualitications of the Electors be the Same as those now 
established for the choice of Representatives to the General Court — 

That the Elections for Delegates in the Several Towns and 
Districts intitled to send Representatives be held at the place 
where the last Election for Representatives by the Constitution of 
this State were or should have been held, and that the Select men 
of those Towns and places warning said meetings govern them- 
selves accordingly — 

And that the Elections for Delegates in the Towns not classed 
or intitled to send Representatives as aforesaid be held in the 
Same manner and places as Town meetings for other purposes 
are by law to be holden — 

That the Delegates chosen for said convention shall assemble 
at the Town House in Exeter on the Second Wednesday of Feb- 
ruary next for the purpose aforesaid — Sent up by M' Dudley 

The Committee on the Petition of John Haskins, Reported that 
having full information of other claims against the estate of Zac- 
cheus Cutler being made to the General Court by a Mr* Newman 
and that it is possible others may be made are of Opinion that the 
Judge of Probate be authorized to issue another Commission for 
receiving said Haskins & Newman's claims and all others allow- 
ing six months for the purpose and no longer — Signed Joshua 
Wentworth for the Committee which report being read and con- 
sidered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M"" Thomas 

Voted that the hearings which were to have been this day 
before the General Court be postponed until to morrow of which 



l66 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

all persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Thomas 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Gershom Lord 
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 Jonathan 
* ^3~374 * Simmons of Dover be served with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon three weeks before said 
day of hearing that he may then appear and shew cause why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Copland 

Voted that Supply Clap Esq"" be requested and impowered to 
see that the light House and Barracks at Fort William and Mary 
be repaired as soon as conveniently may be and lay an account 
of the charges therefor before the General Court at the next Ses- 
sion — Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Voted that the Account of John Ward Gilman amounting to 
twelve pounds twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M"" Emerson 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Deci^ 14'" 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act impowering the Select men of Unity to Assess the 
Lands within said Town for the purpose of repairing highways — 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Dow & M"" Pinkerton 
Voted that iVP Pinkerton, M'' Odfin & M'' Dakin with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Jennet Brown and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Dutton 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Edward Jewett 
Esq"" and the Petition of Hepzibah Whitney voted that the prayer 
of the Petitions be granted and that they have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly at this or the next Session — 

Sent up by M"" Thomas 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Voted that M'" Barrett, M"" Odlin, M"" Badger, M"" Johnson & 
M*" Whitcomb with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to consider what allowance the Committee, the Sur- 
veyor and those that Assisted in runing the lines of the Mason 



1787] JOURNAL OP' THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 167 

Patent, Shall have ^'' day for their * Services and that * 13-375 
said Committee fill up the blanks in the Several accounts 
accordingly and report the Same — Sent up by M'" Copland 

Upon reading- and considering the Petition of John Stokle 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 William Fernald be served with a 
Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon three weeks 
before the sitting of said Court that he may then appear and 
Shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Taylor — 

The Committee on the Petition of Jonathan Cilley Esq'' reported 
that the Treasurer be directed to deliver or cancel the Bond given 
for the tirst installment of said excise if the principal is paid with- 
out interest and that the Treasurer shall not issue any extent 
against said Cilley for said excise until further order of the Gen- 
eral Court and that the further consideration of said Cilleys peti- 
tion be postponed until he hath a further opportunity to finish his 
collection of said excise — Signed Ebenz'' Smith for the Commit- 
tee which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Dix 

Voted that the President with advice of Council be desired to 
adjourn the General Court to morrow at 12 o'Clock to meet again 
at the Court House in Portsmouth on Wednesday the 23'' day of 
January next — Sent up by M' Dakin 

Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate and House of 
Representatives and their Officers have the Same Allowance for 
travel and attendance at the present Session as at the last Session 
and that the Secretary and clerk make up the respective rolls 
accordingly and that the President give order for payment in the 
Same manner as for the last Session — Sent up by M'" Dakin 

Voted that the hearings on the Petitions which were to have been 
heard on the Second and third weeks of the present Ses- 
sion be postponed to the Same days of the Second * and * 13-376 
third weeks of the next Session of the General Court 
and that the Secretary give public notice thereof 

Sent up by M'" Dow^ — 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning — 



l68 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787 

SATURDAY Dec'' 15"' 1787. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering of the Petition of his Excellency 
John Sullivan Esq"^ and others voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly at 
this or the next Session — Sent up by M'' Rand 

The Committee on the Petition of Andrew Freeze and others 
reported that the prayer of said Petition be so far granted that 
they have liberty to raise a Company of light Horse within the 
eighteenth regiment provided that they take no more than eight 
training Soldiers from each company — That the said company 
be annexed to Col" Cogswells Regiment of light Horse. Signed 
Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M' Barnard 
Voted that M' Long, M' Bartlett and M'' Pickering with such 
of the Plonb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to report a 
Bill for making all necessary alterations and amendments in the 
Militia Act of this State and lay the Same before this House at 
their next Session — Sent up by M' Barnard 

Voted that the account of John Williams amounting to two 
pounds fifteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Jon'' Dow 

Voted that the account of Simeon Ladd amounting to one 
pound Sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 

by order of the President — Sent up by M'" Jon'^ Dow 
* I3~v377 * yoi<^d that the account of Joseph Whipple Esq"" 
amounting to Six pounds fifteen Shillings be allowed 
and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Job Dow 
Voted that his Excellency the President be desired to direct 
such General or Field Officers as he shall think proper to try to 
reconcile any difficulties that hath arisen by reason of light horse 
and artillery men inlisting in too great numbers from some of the 
Companies of the training band within this State — 

Sent up by M'' Job Dow 
An Act to alter the time of holding the Annual March meeting 
in the Town of Salem in the County of Rockingham — was read 
a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Tho' Dow & M'' Emerson 



1787] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 169 

Voted that the account of John Calfe Esq'' amounting to four 
pounds fourteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Baker 

Voted that the account of Docf Jonathan Gove amounting to 
thirty Six Shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasur}^ by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'" Greeley 

Voted that the account of Joseph Blanchard amounting to 
twenty lour shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'" Greeley 

The Committee to consider what allowance the Committee Sur- 
veyors and others who assisted in running the lines of the Mason 
Patent — Reported that the Committee have Six Shillings '^'" day 
each — The Surveyor nine Shillings '^'" day — the assistant Sur- 
veyor Six shillings '^'' Day — Col" Henr}^ Gerrish Six shillings 
"^'' day and the other chainmen four shillings '^'' day exclusive of 
horse hire — Signed Joshua Wentworth for the Committee — 
which report being read and considered, voted that it be received 
and accepted and that the President give order on the Treasury 
for the amount of said accounts — 

Sent up by M"" Runnels 
* The Secretary came down and gave information * 13-378 
that his Excellency the President with advice of Coun- 
cil has thought fit to adjourn the General Court to meet again at 
the Court House in Portsmouth on Wednesday the twenty third 
day of January next, and it is accordingly adjourned — 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JANUARY 23 TO FEBRUARY 13, 1788. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



* A Journal of the Honorable Senate and the State of * 2-339 
New-Hampshire, at a Session of the General Court 
holden at Portsmouth on Wednesday January 23'' 1788, being the 
day to which the General Court stood adjourned. 

The Honorable Joshua Bayley, attended. 

THURSDAY, January 24"', 1788. 

Present, His Excellency John Sullivan Esquire President. 
The Honorable Joshua Bailey, attended. 

FRIDAY January 25^'% 1788. 
Present as yesterday. 

SATURDAY, January 2&'\ 1788. 
The same as yesterday. 

MONDAY January 28^", 1788. 

Present as on Saturday last with the addition of M"" Thornton 
and M"" Smith. 

TUESDAY, January 2g'\ 1788. 

Present as yesterday with the addition of M'' Wentworth. 

WEDNESDAY January 30'", 1788. 

Present as yesterday with the addidon of M"" Means, M'' Gil- 
man, and M"" Green 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to con- 
sider the books of Record, returned to this State J. Went- 
worth Esquire late Governor now in the hands of * D. * 2-340 
Rindge Esquire, was brought up read and concurred. 
M'' Thompson joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the several matters contained in his Excellency's 



174 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Message &c. was brought up read and concurred : M"" Gilman, 
M"" Green and M"" Thompson joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
Report a plan for taking a new valuation throughout this State 
for protioning future Taxes, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Smith, M'' Gilman, and M"" Green joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider what part of his Excellency's Message respecting the 
Collection of Excise &c. was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'" Gilman, M"" Green and M"" Thompson joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, on 
the propriety of altering Classes for representation, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M"" Means, and M'" Smith joined. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY January 31^', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing of the petition of C. and S. 
March Esquires untill the third Wednesday of the next Session, 

was brought up, read and concurred. 
* 2-341 A Vote, for a committee to join a committee * Of the 
Senate to consider of the petition of Samuel French, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Gilman and M'' Smith joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of S. Duncan in behalf of New-Grantham, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred: M"" 
Smith, and M'' Green joined 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Atkinson 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 
consider of the Account of Jonathan Sawyer and all similar mat- 
ters and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" 
Bailey joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
report a bill for directing the sale of Non-residents lands in future 
&c. was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Wentw^orth and M'' 
Smith joined. 

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



I788J JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I75 

consider of the proprietors of Limster and Marlow, and report 
thereon was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'" 
Bell, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
prepare a bill for the distribution and Settlement of Estates, was 
brought up, read and concurred M' Thompson and M^" Green 
joined. 

*A vote, Granting the prayer of the petition of Charles * 2-342 
Joseph Gabriel Colinet 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 
consider of the Memoral of Benjamin Snow and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Means and M'" Went- 
worth joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral of S Wheeler and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" Wentworth joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of John M'Laughlin, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell and M'' Green 
joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
prepare a bill tor preventing Retailers from mixing Liquors &c. 
was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Gilman and M'' Green 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Selectmen of Warren, was brought up, read and 
concurred, M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of P. Hussey and others and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Bailey joined. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of J. Stokle to 
Thursday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee to consider of the 
petition of R. Furber and Wife, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred. M"" Wentworth joined 

* A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee for * 2-343 
examining the books of Record returned by J. Went- 
worth Esquire late Governor and that His Excellency the Presi- 
dent be desired to Receipt for said Books, and that they be 
lodged in the Secretary's Office, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 



176 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, that the thanks of the Legislature be given to the 
Hon"*^ Daniel Rindge Esquire for kindly assisting his Excellency 
John Sullivan Esquire in obtaining the books of Record belong- 
ing to this State from the late, Governor John Wentworth Esquire 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY February r* 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, with the addition of M'" Shepard. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of N. Rand Esquire in behalf of Lynde- 
borough and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. 
M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been on 
January 3I**^ 1788, untill to-morrow, was brought up, read and 
concurred 

A Vote to hear the petition of S. [Sarah] Purcell on Thursday 
next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draught a supply bill for the current year was brought up, read & 

concurred : M"" Thompson & M'' Wentworth join''. 
* 2-344 * -^ Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
Senate to report what sum shall be allowed his Excel- 
lency as a Salary from June 1787 to June 1788 ; also what allow- 
ance shall be Made the Officers of the Civil List, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'^' Smith, M'" Thompson, M"" Means and 
M"" Green joined. 

A Vote to hear the petition of John Laughlin on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

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 : M"" Thompson joined. 

A Vote, that the Town of Grantham be abated in their Taxes 
for the years 1778, 1779, and 1780 one tifth part and that the 
Treasurer govern himself accordingly ; and that the said Gran- 
tham in future be called New-Grantham and that an Act or 
Resolve pass accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
examine whether there is any Connon, belonging to this State that 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I77 

are useless and if so, to consider of the propriety of letting 
Colonel S. Hobart have the same, provided he shall erect a fur- 
nace in this State, and Report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred: M'" Wentworth joined. 

A Vote, that Samuel French receive wages for four years from 
June 1782 and allowance for two years cloathing and that the 
committee on Depreciation certify the sum due and that the Presi- 
dent give order ; that the Treasurer Issue notes for principal and 
certificates for Interest annually, 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 Hobart and report 
thereon, *Was brought up, read and concurred: M'' * 2-345 
Means joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral of the Portsmouth Society for encour- 
ageing sundry Manufactures, and report thereon was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Thompson joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the Laws respecting killing Wolves, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'' Bell joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of N. Rand Esquire in behalf of 
Lyndeborough on the third Wednesday of the next Session was 
brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A Vote, that the hearing on the petition of G. Jaffrey Esquire 
and others, be posponed to Wednesday next, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Thomas 
Minor to 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 
consider of the Letter from the Treasurer and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred: M'' Thompson and M'' Smith 
joined 

A Resolve, that no Impost on any printed Books which may be 
imported into this State shall be exacted and paid in future any 
Law &c to the contrary notwithstanding, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition from Cardigan and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'' Bailey joined. 

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

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lyS NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

consider of the petition of James Taylor and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. M"" Green joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

* 2-346 * SATURDAY February 2", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A V'ote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been Feb- 
ruary I"', 1788, untill to-morrow, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee appointed to run 
the lines and ascertain the Extent and boundaries of Masons 
patent, was brought up, read and concurred 

An Act to lay out and clear a highway from Barnstead to 
North wood in this State, 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 petition from Lancaster and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Shepard and M'' Bailey 
joined. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of H Gerrish 
'till Tuesday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of J. Wilder, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'" Bailey and M'" Shepard joined. 

Adjourned to Monday next 3, O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY February 4"', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday, except the Hon'*''' M'" Gilman 
A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been on 
February the second Instant to this day, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Devenport 
Phillips [Phelps] Esquire, to the second Tuesday of the next 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* 2-347 A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * Sen- 

ate, to consider of the petition of T. Taylor in behalf 
of Merrimac and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M"' Smith joined. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I79 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Gorshom Lord 
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 T. Cogswell Esquire, and report thereon, 
was brought up read and concurred M'' Shepard and M'' Green 
joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition from Cardigan of the second 
Thursday of the 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 the Selectmen of Bearing, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith joined. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY February 5*", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of John Peirce Esquire in behalf of the 
Masonian Proprietors and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'' Thompson, M'' Bell and INI'' Shepard, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of a Report of a board of Officers which was Laid 
before the General Court, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M"" Shepard, M"" Means and M'' Bailey 
joined. 

* A Vote, that the hearing on the petition of William * 2-348 
Read be posponed untill the third Wednesday of the 
next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee for taking a new 
valuation, and that the Secretary be directed to procure printed 
Copies for the same and send a Copy to the Selectmen of each 
Town and parish, within this State, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of T. Jones on the Second Wednes- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of James Swain on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

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



l8o NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

consider of the petition of F. Drew, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" Smith and M'" Thompson 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Swanzey, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Thompson M'' Means, and 
M'' Gihnan joined. 

An Act, lor aUering the name of the Township of Grantham to 
New Grantham, having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

An Act, to empow^er Edward Jewett administrator of the Estate 
of Levi Whitney deceased to convey land in Marlborough lately 
belonging to said Whitney, having been read a third time voted, 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Attorney General have and receive sixty five 
pounds for his Salary from June 1787 to June 1788, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that his Excellency the President have and receive two 
hundred pounds as a Salary from June 1787 to June 1788, was 

brought up, read and concurred. 
* 2-349 * ^ Vote, for a committee to join a committee for pre- 
pairing a supply bill to be requested to report a bill for 
carrying into effect the Resolution of Congress of the 11 of Octo- 
ber 1787, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Memoral of 
Nathaniel Breed, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith 
joined. 

A Vote, for a Committee to consider of the Account of the 
Commissary General, and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and concurred. M"" Thompson and M'' Wentworth joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Captain Salter and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred, & Means and M'" Wentworth 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, February 6'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Resolve, that the time for farming out the Excis be length- 
ened out untill the last day of March next and that the committees 



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proceed to make sale of said Excise before said time is expired 
and the several committees respectively, are hereby required to 
take bonds with two sutiicient Sureties of the Farmer in each 
County, the one half pa^-able by the first day of June next and 
the other half b}- the Last day of October next and that the said 
bonds be lodged with the Treasurer. Also resolved that the sev- 
eral Farmers of the Excise, are hereby directed to give public 
notice of the time on which they will attend to settle said Excise 
from the Inholders Retailors and others in the respective Towns 
within their respective Destricts that the Inhabitant of 
the * Several Towns may have an opportunity of settling * 2-350 
and paying the same without being put to the expence 
of unnecessary travel, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, appointing a committee to make sale of the Excise, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A V^ote to pospone the hearings on the petition, which were to 
have been heard yesterday 'till this day, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the Report of the committee to whom was 
refferred the petition of Benjamin Snow viz. that he have Liberty 
of this Court to tarry untill the last day of the next Session of 
the General Court, which is to be in June next, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the bounty given by an Act of this State passed 
the tenth day of November 1785 for killing of Wolves and 
Wolves Whelps be considered as pavable out of the hard money 
Tax and that the said Act ought to be so construed and intended, 
was sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day, be posponed untill to-morrow, was brought up, 
read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the account of G. J. Osborne amounting to 
twenty eight pounds two shillings and six pence, to be paid out of 
Impost, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY February 7'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment 
Present as yesterday, except M"" Green. 
A Vote, to pospone the hearing of Sarah Purcell untill Satur- 
day next, was brot. up, read & concu''. 



l82 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

* 2-351 * A Vote, to pay Jonathan Saw^^er and Nathaniel Kim- 

bal Twenty shilHngs each as evidences at Court Martial, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of his Excellency's Letter and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell and M'" Thompson 
joined. 

An Act to enable Gershom Lord to file a complaint at the next 
Superior Court of Judicature for the County of StratTord, having 
been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
the Town of Lancaster and that they have Leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred with these 
amendments viz. that the Tax shall be levied on all other Lands 
except public Rights as well as non-residents Lands and that the 
Tax be two pence on each acre for one year and one penny on 
each acre for the succeeding three Years, sent down, brought up, 
concurred. 

A Resolve, that Jeremiah Page Esquire of Dunbarton and 
Daniel Campbell Esquire of Amherst be appointed a committee to 
perambulate ascertain and Establish a Line between the Towns of 
Goffstown and New-Boston at the mutual expence of said Town 
and make return of their doings at the next Session and that the 
said Committee give seasonable notice to the Selectmen of said 
Towns of the time when they will attend said Business was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

* 2-352 A Vote, granting the prayer of the * Petition of Simon 

and Richard Jenness and that they have leave to bring 
in a bill accordingl}", was brought up, read and concurred 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY February 8«', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of John Giddinge 
and others and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to allow Richard Furber and Wife for Peirce Powers 
Deceased late a midshipman &c. April 24"', 1778 to June 29*'% 
1780, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to pospone the hearing on the petition of E. Johnson to 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 183 

the third Wednesday of the next Session was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to pospone the Remainder of the hearings which were 
to have been on the Seventh Instant untill to-morrow was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of Jerusha 
M'Alaster and that she have liberty to sell ten acres of Land in 
Bedford ; Also one quarter of a Saw-mill and that she have Lib- 
erty to bring in a bill accordingly was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of J. Peirce in 
behalf of the Masonian Proprietors as that a committee be ap- 
pointed and impowered to treat with the petitioners, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of E. Bartlett on the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session, wasbrot. up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote, to accept the Report of the committee on the * 2-353 
Treasurers Letter excepting that part that Relates to 
calculating Interest on Excise bonds and issuing preceipts for five 
thousand pounds to be assessed in 1789, to be paid the first day of 
January 1790, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of H. Gerrish 
and others to the third Wednesday of the next Session, was 
brought up, read and concurred with this amendment that instead 
of the consideration being posponed 'till next Session that be 
considered at this Session. 

An Act to impower Elisha Day and Sarah Day to sell certain 
Lands in Lemster having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Town of Marrimac be allowed twenty five 
pounds out of their Beef Tax for the vear 1781 said Town having 
paid one thousand pound weight, more than they were credited 
for, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to allow his Excellency Eighteen pounds for Sundry 
expenditures, Postage of Letters &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petitions from Protectworth Dorchester and 
Lyman, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'" Smith and M'" Bell joined 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. INI. 



184 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

SATURDAY February 9*", 1788. 

Mel according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

* 2-354 * ^ Vote, that the persons appointed to make sale of the 

Excise in the Several Counties to take bonds pa^-able 
with Interest after the last day of payment mentioned in the obli- 
gation untill paid, Sent down for concurrence, brought up, 
concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
nominate ten persons two from each County, out of whom five to 
be accepted a committee to treat with the Masonian Proprietors 
was brought up, read and concurred. Mess'- Thompson, Means, 
and Shepard joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the accounts of the Committee Survevors &c. who 
were emplo3'ed in running the Lines of Masons patent, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Smith and M^' 
Wentworth joined. 

A Vote, that the hearings which were to have been on the 
eighth Instant be posponed until to-morrow, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition and account of J. Welch Esquire and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bayley 
joined. 

A Vote, that the Town of Warren be abated seven Shillings on 
the one thousand pounds out of the Last proportion act and that 
proportion in all their Taxes untill a new proportion shall be made 
and that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly, was brought 
up read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the account of the Selectmen of Plastow, amount- 
ing to one hundred and nine pounds eleven Shillings and eight 
pence be allowed and paid, was brought up read and con- 
curred 

* 2-355 * ^ Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of W. 

Fowler and giving him leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be and hereby is authorized to Issue 
his Extents lor outstanding Taxes at such time and against any 
and all delinquent Constables &c. as he shall think proper, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 185 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Inhabitants 
of New-Chester, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly., was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that Captain T. Salter receive an order on the Select- 
men or their Successors for the Town of Portsmouth of the Specie 
Taxes now due or that may hereafter be due to the State to said 
Town for one hundred pounds in part payment of his Demands 
against the State and that the same be endorsed on the Securities 
said Salter has in possession and that he be allowed six pounds 
'^'' Month Wages and two Rations ^'' Day, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A V^ote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Hawly Marshal, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred, M'" Thompson joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of the Selectmen of Chesterfield 
amounting to forty six pounds one shilling 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 Treasurers Letter, and Report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wentworth and M^' Thomp- 
son joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition [of James] Calef, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard joined. 

* A Vote, that the hearings on the petition of the Inhab- * 2-356 
itants of Alexandria ; and Also the petition of Sarah 
Hartshorn be posponed to the third Wednesday of the next Ses- 
sion, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the Memoral 
of Solomon Wheeler, viz. that they find a balance of Twenty one 
pounds ten Shillings and six pence due to this State from said 
Wheeler, payable in State Notes, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Andrew Simpson on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of John Melcher amounting to 
Twenty two pounds four shillings to be paid out of the Impost 
duties, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Town of Dearing have credit for the year 
1786, in Specie two pounds thirteen and eight pence. In State 
Certificates one pound three shillings, and four pence. In Conti- 



l86 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

nental Indents three pounds ten shillings ; for the year 1787 ; in 
Specie four pounds thirteen Shillings and four pence ; In State 
Certificates one pound three Shillings and four pence. In Conti- 
nental Indents Two pounds eleven shilling and four pence, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petidon of the proprietors of Shelburne, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Shepard and 
M"" Means joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider, what business is yet necessary to be done, to what time 
and place this Court shall adjourn : Also what wages shall be 
allowed &c. was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Thompson 

and M'' Bell joined 
* 2-357 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
Senate, to consider of the petition of Ezra Town and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M'' Went- 
worth joined. 

An Act, for raising fifty nine thousand six hundred and eighty 
four Dollars in Indents twenty five thousand Two hundred pounds 
in Cerdficate and Three thousand pounds, in Specie, for defray- 
ing the charges of Government, the current 3-ear and other con- 
tingent charges, having been read a third dme, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

An Act, to empower the Judge of Probate for the County of 
Rockingham to grant administration de bonis non of John Gid- 
dinge late of Exeter Esquire deceased Intestate, having been read 
a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'dll Monday next 9, O'Clock A. M. 

MONDAY, February ii^", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been on 
the 9*'' Instant to this day, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, grandng the prayer of the peddon of i\sahel Goode- 
now and giving him leave to bring in a bill or Resolve accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred, with this amendment, 
that the Referees have power to hear and determine the matter at 
any time before the setting of the Inferior Court for the County of 
Cheshire in March next ; And in case of their not making report 



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to that Court, the action is to proceed in the common Course of the 
Law, sent down, brought up, concurred. 

*A Vole, tor a committee to join a committee of the * 2-358 
Senate to consider and make report what is necessary 
to be done with the Accounts of Towns and Individuals which 
have been in the hands of a committee to receive and examine a 
report upon, was brought up, read and concurred M'' Went- 
worth and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Daniel Humphre3^'s Esquire 
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 
take under consideration the Militia Laws ; and Also the report of 
a board of Officers and prepare a bill in the recess of the General 
Court making such alterations and amendments in the Melitia 
Laws they shall judge necessary and report said bill at the next 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred. His Excellency 
the president joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of the Hon''''' John Langdon Esquire 
amounting to twelve pounds for the postage of Letters, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of T. [Thomas] Packer on the 
second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Accounts of E. No3^es J. Poor, S. N. Lit- 
tle, and J. Sawyer one pound six Shillings each in full for attend- 
ance as evidences at the Court Martial, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, appointing Thursday the tenth day of April next to be 
observed as a day of Fasting throughout this State, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Roll of Capt. Salter amounting to one hun- 
dred and forty four pounds, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An x\ct to empower the Selectmen and overseers of the poor in 
Atkinson in the County of Rockingham and State aforesaid to 
dispose of Certain Lands in said Atkinson belonging 
* To Ebenezer Page and Mehitable Page and Account * 2-359 
for the proceeds thereof, having been read a third time, 
voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, to pay the balance of the Account of S. [C] Clap, Com- 
missary General amounting to Eleven pounds sixteen shillings 
and four pence, was brought up, read and concurred. 



l88 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the petition of 
E. [T] Town viz. that the State cannot make any charge against 
the United States of the payment of abstracts for troops &c. but 
that an appHcation should be made to the proper Oflicers of the 
United States &c was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Sarah Pur- 
cell untill to-morrow, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

TUESDAY February i2»', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

An Act to incorporate the Northerly part of New^-Chester in 
the County of Grafton into a district [distinct] Town, having been 
read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act for Taxing lands in the Town of Lancaster for repair- 
ing Roads and building Bridges, having been read a third time, 
voted, that the same be enacted. 

An Act to restore to a rehearing William Fowler in an 
* 2-360 Action of Trespass brought by * George Jaftrey Esquire, 
against the said Fowler having been read a third time. 
Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to Enable Jerush JM'Alaster to sell ten Acres of Land 
13'ing in Bedford being part Lot N" 7 in the seventh Range in said 
Town, and also one quarter of a Saw-Mill in Bedford aforesaid 
being part of the Real Estate of her late husband William 
M'Allester deceased, having been read a third lime voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee of Protectworth 
and Dorchester &c. that the Town of Dorchester be abated one 
fourth part of all their Taxes to the State or Continent laid on 
said Town by the proportion Act passed in March 1780, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be allowed one hundred and Twenty 
pounds Salary, one hundred and tin pounds responsibility of Office 
&c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, on the petition of A Goodenow, that the said Ref- 
errees be allowed till the sitting of the Inferior Court in the 
County of Cheshire in March next to hear and determine said 
Demands &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to abate all the Taxes of the Town of Shelburne for 



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the 3'ear 1781 and one third of all those Taxes up to the year 
1788 be abated, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of Henry 
Gerrish and others as that the Courts be held in future in the Cen- 
tre of said County instead of being held in Amherst as heretofore 
done and that he have leave to bring in a bill at this or 
the next Session accordingly, was brought * Up, read * 2-361 
and concurred wath this amendment that instead of all 
the Courts being held in the Centere of the County, one term of 
the Superior Court and two terms of the Inferior Court of Com- 
mon pleas and two terms of the Court of General Sessions of 
the peace annually be removed from Amherst and held in such 
Town in the Northerly part of said County as will be most con- 
venient for the Inhabitants sent down. 

A Vote, that a committee or Agent on the part behalf of this 
State be appointed to treat with and finally settle with the Maso- 
nian Proprietors touching the claim of the State to any Lands 
lying between the curve line and Masons patent so called and a 
strait line lately run by order of the Legislator on such Terms as 
said Committee may think proper and that said committee be fur- 
ther empowered on the part of the State in case they cannot effect 
such settlement to refer the controversy to any men of Reputation 
and Character not Inhabitants of this State, whose report shall be 
conclusive between the parties and that a Resolve be brought in 
for that purpose, was brought up, read and concurred so far as 
Respects the appointment of the committee to treat w^ith and 
finally settle wdth the Masonian Proprietors if they should agree 
to such terms as they may think equitable and make a Report to 
the General Court at their next Session, but not with respect to 
the power of Referring. Sent dowai, amendment concurred. 
An Act, for the naturalization of Charles Joseph Gabriel 
Colinet, and Marie Theresa Loyal his * Wife, having * 2-362 
been read a third time, voted that it pass to be enacted. 
Sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that when the Business of this Session is finished that 
the President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn the 
General Court to the twenty eighth day of May next to meet at 
Exeter, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the members of the Honorable Senate be allow^ed 
six shillings per day for attendance and four pence '^'' Mile for 
travel to and from the Court and that the Members of the honora- 
ble Council be allowed nine shillings per day for their attendance 



ipO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

in the recess of the General Court and four penc '^'' Mile Travel 
called together in the recess of said Court that the Secretary have 
nine shillings '^'' Day for his attendance on the Honorable Coun- 
cil and Senate an travel as a member ; that the members of the 
Honorable house be allowed six shillings '^'" Day for attendance 
and four pence '^'' Mile travel, that the Clerk be allowed nine 
shillings "^^ Day tor attendance and travel as a member : that the 
assistant Clerk have one shilling and six pence '^'" Day over and 
above his pay as a member and that the Secretary and Clerk make 
up the respective Rolls accordingl}^ and that the President give 
order for payment in common was brought up, read and concurred, 
with this amendment, that the President give each Member of the 
Senate and the Secretary an Order for the respective sum made 
up in the Roll on the Impost Excise or specie state Tax at the 
Election of the members And that he give order on the travel 
Roll of the House in the same manner, which shall be received 
by all persons concerned equal or in lieu of Specie, sent down, 
brought up concurred. 

An Act in addition to an act passed the fourth day of 
* 2-363 March 1786 intitled an Act to * Establish certain Impost 
Duties on various foreign Articles imported into said 
State, having been read a third time, zwtcd that it pass to be en- 
acted, sent down for concurrence. 

A Resolve, that the Towns of Lyme and Dorchester be classed 
together for Representation and the Selectmen of Lyme notify the 
first Meeting for the choice of a Representative. That the Towns 
of Orford and Wentworth be classed together for the same pur- 
pose for the Representatives and the Selectmen of Orford to 
notify the first Meeting. That Piermont an Warren be classed 
together and the Selectmen of Piermont notify the first Meeting. 
That the Towns of Haverhill and Coventry be classed together, 
and that the Selectmen of Haverhill to Notify the first Meeting. 
That the Towns of Protectworth and Nevv-Grantham be classed 
together and that the Selectmen of New-Grantham Notify the first 
Meeting, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the Memoral of George Jaf- 
frey Esquire, in behalf of the Masonian Proprietors untill the 
third Wednesdav of the next Session, was brought up. Read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, that M"" [A.] M'Murphey return sixteen Orders amount- 
ing to eighty three pounds six shillings and six pence, when returned 
a balance is found due to him of forty three pounds two Shillings 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I9I 

and six pence, which he may have an order on the Impost or 
Excise ; Also thirty five pounds fifteen shilHngs which may be 
paid by an order on any State Tax for specie, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

* A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the * 2-364 
Selectmen of Charlestown be so far granted, that the 
bounds of Charlestown extend to the Western bank of Connecti- 
cut River that said Town have a grant of all the Islands in the 
River opposite to the same which have not been heretofore 
granted and that they have leave to bring in a bill accordingly at 
this or the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the prayer of the petition of the Inhabitants of 
the Township of Croydon on the second Tuesday of the next 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Resolve, that part of the bounds of the Township of Bradford 
be as follows viz. beginning at a beach Tree at Hillsborough line, 
thence running North 82 degrees East on said line six Miles and 
eighty four Rods to a Hemlock tree and from thence running by 
Henniker line the same course to the South West corner of War- 
ren, an3^thing in the Act of incorporation of said Bradford to the 
Contrary notwithstanding, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Town of Swanzey be allowed twenty pounds 
for a Soldier engaged in 1781 with Interest from Januar}^ 1782 to 
September 27"', 1787, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, that the Town of Protectworth be abated one fourth of 
all their Taxes to the State or Continent tor the Years 1777, 1778, 
1779, 1780 and 1781 they being over taxed in proportion to other 
Towns, And also that they be abated two fifth part out of the 
remainder of their Taxes for said years. Also that they be 
abated one forth of all their Taxes the State or Continent for the 
3^ears 1782, and 1783 and that the sum abated last June amount- 
ing to Twenty two pounds be considered as part of the abatement 
on Land sold as Governor Wentworths Estate, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

* Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. * 2-365 

WEDNESDAY, February 13'", 178S. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, to pay Joseph Blanchard forty three pounds fifteen shil- 
lings and ten pence ; John M'Duflfee twenty three pounds two 



IQ2 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

[twelve] shillings [and ten pence] ; Henry Gerrish, thirteen 
pounds six shillings and seven pence ; Charles Clapham twenty 
two pounds two shillings ; George Place, seventeen pounds seven- 
teen shillings ; Stephen Varney live pounds eleven shillings ; John 
Bell twenty pounds and six pence ; Thomas Laughlin three 
pounds, and John Dickey three pounds twelve shillings for ser- 
vices running the Masonian Line, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that the General Court of this State which are to meet 
in June next meet at Concord, was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed not to issue preceipt on 
the Excise bonds given by Jonathan Cilley, Thomas Cogswell 
and James Calef untill the next setting of the General Court that 
said persons may have an opportunity to finish their several Col- 
lections of Excise and be able to render a compleat account of the 
same that the said Court may be sufficiently informed, so as to 
make an equitable division on their several and respective peti- 
tions, Sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that the committee appointed June 1786 to receive, 

examine, and report upon all accounts that might be exhibited to 

them by Towns or Individuals in this State, be directed 

* 2-366 to deliver up * The Accounts now under their care to 

the committee on Continental Accounts, was brought up, 

read and concurred. 

A Vote to pay the Hon. John Calfe Esquire one pound twelve 
shillings and six pence for Recording the Journals of the hous of 
Representatives &c was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that John Bell Esquire Ebenezer Smith Esq'' M' 
Jonathan Dow Lemuel Holmes Esquire and Jonathan Freeman 
Esquire, be and they hereby are appointed to treat with and finally 
settle with the Masonian Proprietors if they should agree to such 
terms as the committee may think equitable and make report to 
the General Court to their next Session, agreeably to a vote of 
the General Court of yesterday, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Lamson and Ranlet amounting 
to twenty five pounds, nine shillings and four pence for printing to 
December 11"', 1787, w^as brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Jennet Brown 
and if their be any monies paid into the Treasury of Qviigleys 
Estate that it be refunded and that the President On being certi- 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. I93 

fied thereof, give Order accordingly, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Joseph Whipple Esquire amount- 
ing to fifty six shillings for Wood &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, that the Reverend Gentleman of the Clergy who have 
attended the General Court as chaplins at this and the last Ses- 
sion receive two pounds each for their services, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of John Williams amounting to five 
pounds five shillings as Door keeper was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

* A Vote, to pay the account of E Thompson and J. * 2-367 
Rollins Esquires, amounting to thirty [six] shillings for 
selling Excise in 1787, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of R. Gerrish amounting to four 
pounds ten shillings for printing from January 10"', 1786 to No- 
vember 14"^ was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for repealing an Act passed February the twenty 
seventh one thousand seven hundred and eighty three, to extend 
a Resolve of the General Court passed the tenth day of Novem- 
ber A D. 1779 prohibiting the Sale of Lands belonging to persons 
who have absented themselves from this and any other of the 
United States and gone over to our Enemies for taxes to lands 
belonging to subjects of Great Britian and for preventing the sale 
of all such Lands for Taxes, having been read a third time, voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote directing the Treasurer to charge the several Towns 
and Districts in the next preceipt with the cost of their respective 
Representatives attendance as heretofore, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

An Act to extend the Westerly line of Charlestown in the 
County Cheshire to the Westerly bank of Connecticut River, hav- 
ing been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Resolve, that the Treasurer from and after the first day of 
August next be directed to issue Certificates for Interest and fifteen 
per Cent on the principal of Public Securities of this State if 
requested, that he take up the old Notes an Issue New Notes for 
the balances due and Issue Certificates for all Notes not exceed- 
ing three pounds after deducting the fifteen ^^ Cent, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 



194 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^788 

* 2-368 * His Excellency, by the Secretary informed the Honor- 
able House of Representatives that he with advice of 
Council agreeably to a Vote of yesterday, had thought fit to 
adjourn the General Court to the twenty eighth day of May next 
to meet at Exeter ; and was accordingly adjourned. 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON Sec^ 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JANUARY 23 TO FEBRUARY 13, 1788. 



^ STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. *n-2,i9 



A JOURNAL 



Proceedings of the Honb'^ House of Representatives of 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session began 

AND HOLDEN at PORTSMOUTH ON THE TWENTY THIRD DAY 

OF January 1788 and in the twelfth year of the 
Independance of America — 



WEDNESDAY Jan^^ 23'^ 1788 

Several members met according to adjournment but there not 
being a quorum for transacting business agreed to adjourn to 9 
o'clock to morrow morning — 

THURSDAY Jan^ 24^" 1788. 

Met according to adjournment but there not being a quorum 
agreed to adjourn to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly and adjourned to 10 o'Clock to morrow morn- 
ing — 

FRIDAY Jan« 25"^ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment but there not being a quorum 
agreed to adjourn to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly and adjourned to 10 oClock to morrow morn- 
ing — 

SATURDAY Jan^ 26"^ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment but there not being a quorum 
agreed to adjourn to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M — 



1^8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

MONDAY Jan^^ 28^" 1788. 

Met according to adjournment and there being a quorum pro- 
ceeded to business — 

Voted that M"" Pickering, M"" Hubbard, M"" Badger M'' Emer- 
son and M'" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Several matters contained 
in his Excellencys message this day received and report the busi- 
ness they shall judge necessary first to be entered upon and done 
at this b2ssion — Sent up by M'' Dow 

Voted that M' Long, M'' Badger and M'" Runnels with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Benjamin Snow and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Tho^ Dow 
Voted that M^' Chase, M'" Oilman [Gilmore] & M'" Greeley with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of the proprietors of Lempster 
* 13-380 *and Marlow^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Tho' Dow 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Jan^ 29"' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

Voted that M"" N Peabody, M'" Badger, M'' Jon'' Dow M'- 
Chase and M"" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to report a plan for taking a new 
valuation throughout this State in order for proportioning future 
taxes — Sent up by M'" Badger 

Voted that M'' Long, M'" Hubbard and M'' Gains with such of 
the Hony Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Warren and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Runnels 

Voted that M'" Pickering M^' Peabody, M'' Simpson M'' Gove 
and M'" Jon"" Dow with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to prepare a Bill for the Settlement and dis- 
tribution of Estates — Sent up by M"" Job Dow 

Voted that M'" Pickering, M"" Long and M^' Badger with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to inspect 
the Books of Record, returned to this state by John Wentworth 
Esq"" late Governor now in the hands of the Honb' Daniel Rindge 
Esq'" before his Excellency the President receipt for the Same — 

Sent up by M"" Holmes 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I99 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John Giddinge 
and others, Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Gilmore 
Voted that M'' Gove, M'' Barrett and M'" Whitcomb with Such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of John M'Laughlen and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Gilmore 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
* Voted that M'" Runnels, M"" Gains and M'" Odlin with * 13-381 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Petition of Samuel French^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Greeley 

Voted that M'" [N] Peabody, M'' Gains and M'" Pickering with 
such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take 
under consideration that part of his Excellenc"\'s Message that 
respects the collection of Excise — also a Resolve that came down 
from the Honb' Senate the last Session appointing committees to 
make sale of the Excise in the Several Counties in this State and 
report to this House — Sent up by M'" Greeley 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Jan^ 3o"S 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'' Odlin, M'' Gains and Jon" Dow with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Memorial and Account of Solomon Wheeler Esq'" and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Orr — 

Voted that M' Runnels, M'" Gaskill and M'' Holmes with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Account of Jonathan Sawyer and all Similar matters and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Orr 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'' Rollins, M'' Barrett, M'" Hub- 
bard and M'" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the propriety of altering classes 
for Representation where the numbers of Inhabitants have greatly 
increased since they w^ere classed and report thereon — also report 
some method to induce delinquent Towns and districtsjto send 
representatives — Sent up by M'" Robinson 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 268. 



200 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Met accordingly — 
Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Atkinson Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M' Cragin 
Voted that the hearing on the Petidon of Clement March and 
Stephen March Esqr' which was to have been this day before the 
General Court be postponed until the third Wednesday of the 
next Session of the General Court of which all persons concerned 
are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly and that all 
proceedings in consequence of an Act passed in Sepf Session in 
favour of Jon'' Chase Esq'' be stayed until the decision of the Gen- 
eral Court — Sent up by M'' Taylor 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to 
morrow of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'" Taylor 

Voted that M'" Jon' Dow, M'' Gaskill & M"" Emerson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petidon of Sam" Duncan^ in behalf of the Inhabitants of 
New Grantham and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Cragin 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Jan^^ 31^* 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Charles Joseph 
Gabriel Colinet and Maria Therese Loyal his wife praying that 
an Act of Naturalization might pass in their favour — Voted that 
the prayer thereof ma}' be granted and that he have leave to bring 
in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Tho' Dow 

Voted that M'' Robinson, M' Gains and M'" Odlin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to prepare a 
Bill for preventing retailers from mixing Liquors and from suffer- 
ing strong liquors being drank in their houses and la}' the Same 

before this House — Sent up by M'" Robinson 

* 13-382 * Voted that M'' Rogers, M'' Rawlings, M'' Barrett, M'- 

Duncan and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb^ Senate 
as they shall join be a Committee to report a Bill for directing the 
sale of Lands of Nonresidents in future, or for making such alter- 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 60. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 201 

ations and amendments in the Laws now in force as they shall 
judge necessary Sent up by M"" Griffin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Andrew Simpson 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon betbre the General 
Court on the third Wednesday of the next Session of said Court 
and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that the Substance 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon be posted up in some 
public place in Deerfield and Allenstown three weeks before the 
sitting of said Court that any person or persons ma}' then appear 
and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'" Hubbard 

The Committee examining the Books of record returned to this 
State by John Wentworth Esq'' late Governor reported that the 
Books referred to (viz) Books of record of Charters Numbred 
One, Two, Three, Four, and one book of records belonging to 
the Inferior Court of the County of Grafton are in good order and 
have been carefully kept — whereupon voted that his Excellency 
the President be desired to receipt for the Same and that they be 
lodged in the Secretarys Office — Sent up by M'' Badger 

Voted that M'' Emerson, M'' Cragin and M'' Whitcomb with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Paul Mussey and others and report thereon 

Sent up by rvP Badger — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of John Stokle 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 M'' Whitcomb 

Voted that the thanks of the Legislature be given to the Honb^ 
Daniel Rindge Esq'' for kindly assisting his Excellency John Sul- 
livan Esq'' in obtaining the Books of Record belonging to this 
Slate from the late Governor John Wentworth Esq'' — 

Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 

Voted that M'' Gale, M'' Dakin & M'' Parker" with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Richard Furber and wife and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Abbott 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Purcell — 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on Thursday next and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that the Honb' Woodbury Langdon Esq'' be served with a 
cop}' of the Petition and order of Court thereon as soon as con- 



202 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

venientl}' may be, that he may then appear and shew cause (if 
any he hath ) why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M"" Powers 

Voted that M"" Holmes, M'' Badger and M^" Gains with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Nehemiah Rand^ Esq'' in behalf of Lyndborough 
and report thereon — Sent up by M' Powers 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Voted that M'" Holmes, M'' Whitcomb and M'' Odlin with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of James Taylor and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Wingate 

Voted that M'" Holmes, M'' Parker & M'" Pinkerton with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take into 
consideration the Laws of this State now in force respecting kill- 
ing wolves, and report such alterations and amendments as they 
shall judge necessary — Sent up by M'" Chandler 

Voted that M'' Griffin, M'" Barrett & M^ Rogers with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to examine into 
the present state of the Treasury of this state and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Flanders 
Voted that M^" N. Peabody, M'" Gains, M-'Jon^' Dow, 
* 13-383 M'" * Rawlings, M'" Parker,"' M' Simpson and M'' Odlin 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider and report what sum shall be allowed his 
Excellency the President as a Salar}^ from June 1787 to June 1788 
also what allowance shall be made the Officers of the Civil list for 
said Year — Sent up b}' M'" Butler 

Voted that M'' Pickering M"" Badger, M'' Job Dow, M'" Hubbard 
and M'" Baker with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 
a Committee to draught a Supply Bill for the current year and 
lay the Same before this House — Sent up by M'' Butler — 

Voted that Thomas Bartlett Esq'' Cap^ Dudley Odlin & Docf 
Amos Gale for the County of Rockingham — Col" Joshua Win- 
gate Ebenezer Thompson Esq'' and John Rawlings Esq'' for the 
County of Strafford — Docf Jonathan Gove, Cap' Timothy Tay- 
lor and Daniel Emerson Esq'' for the County of Hillsborough — 
Col" Amos Shepherd John Hubbard Esq'' and Col" John Bellows 
for the County of Cheshire — Col" William Simpson, Col" Ed- 
mund Freeman and Elisha Payne Esq'' for the County of Grafton, 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 524. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 203 

be and they hereby are appointed Committees within the respect- 
ive counties to which the}- Severally belong to make Sale of the 
Excise in their Several Counties for one year from the tirst day of 
October last, and that they seasonably advertize the time and 
place of Sale — Sent up by M'' Dix 

Voted that the hearings which were to have been this day be- 
fore the General Court be postponed until to morrow of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Adjourned to 9 oClock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Feb« 1^ 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Timothy Jones 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen' Court 
on the Second Wednesday of the next Session of said Court and 
that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that Alexander M° 
Daniel or his Attorney be served with a Copy of the Petition 
and order of Court thereon three weeks before the Sit- 
ting of * said Court that either of them may then * 13-384 
appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted and that the Execution against said Jones be 
stayed until the decision of the General Court — 

Sent up by M'' Page 
Voted that M'' Long, M"" Wingate, M'" Abbott, M'' Chase and 
M"" Baker with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Memorial of the Portsmouth Society 
for encouraging the Manufacturing Sheeps wool. Cotton and flax, 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that M"" Freeman, M'" Winch and M'' Pinkerton with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petitions from Cardigan & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Barnard 
The Committee on the Petition of Samuel Duncan^ reported 
that the Town of Grantham be abated in their taxes for the years 
1778, 1779, and 1780, one fifth part and that the Treasurer gov- 
ern himself accordingly and that the said Grantham in future be 
called by the name of New-Grantham and that an Act or Resolve 
pass accordingly Signed Ebenz"" Smith for the Committee which 
report being read and considered voted that it be received & 
accepted — Sent up by M'" Greeley 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers. 60. 



204 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that M'' Chase, M'" Blanchard & M' Gihnore with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Samuel Hobart Esq'' & report thereon — 

Sent up by M' Cragin 

Voted that M'" Simpson, M'" Long & M'" Runnels with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to examine 
whether there are any Cannon belonging to this state that are 
useless and if so, to consider of the propriet}' of letting Col" Sam- 
uel Hobart have the Same provided he shall erect a furnace in 
this state, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Gaskill 
* 13—385 * The Committee on the Petition of Samuel French^ a 
Continental Soldier, Reported that having examined the 
Evidence it appears that he was captivated in June 1782 and con- 
tinued in captivity with the Indians for the term of four years, they 
therefore report that he receive wages for the said four years & 
an allowance for two years clothing — the pay commencing at the 
time when he was captivated, and to be paid as has been the 
usual custom with Continental Soldiers — Signed Eben'' Smith for 
the Committee which report being read and considered, voted 
that it be received and Accepted — and that the Committee on 
Depreciation certify the Sum due and that the President give 
order that the Treasurer issue Notes for principal and Certificates 
for Interest annually as the wages became due — 

Sent up by M'" Fifield — 

Whereas an Impost on printed books imported into this State 
would be unfriendly to Literature — Therefore — J^esolvcd b}^ the 
Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened 
that no Impost on any printed books which may be imported into 
this State shall be enacted or paid in future any Law to the con- 
trary notwithstanding — Sent up by M'" Rogers — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of John M'Laughlen 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesda}- of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that John Crown and Thomas 
Smith be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon three weeks prior to the Sitting of said Court that they or 
either of them may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer 
thereof should not be granted — Sent up by M'" Tainter 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Nehemiah 
Rand- Esq'" in behalf of L3'ndborough, voted that the Petitioner 

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1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 205 

be heard thereon before the General Court on the third Wednes- 
day 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 pubHshed three weeks Successively prior to 
the sitting of said * Court in one of the New Hamp- * 13-386 
shire News papers that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Peabody 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

An Act to lay out and clear a highway from Barnstead to 
Northwood in this State, was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M"" Badger & M"" Dow 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of George Jaffry Esq'' 
and others be postponed to Wednesday next of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accord- 
ingly — Sent up by M'" Jo^ Dow — 

Voted that M'' Emerson, M'' Gove, M'" Pickering, M"" Holmes 
and M'' Parker with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of a Letter from the Treasurer to his 
Excellency the President and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Dow 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Thomas Minor be 
postponed to the Second Thursda}' of the next Session of the 
General Court of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Jon'' Dow 

The Committee and Surveyors appointed to run the lines and 
ascertain the extent and boundaries of Masons Patent so called, 
agreable to a vote of the General Court passed in the month of 
June 1787, reported in the following words — That we began at 
the entrance of Piscataqua Harbour and run the Several Courses 
and distances as marked on the plan herewith exhibited making 
Sixtv miles on a straight line to end at a large beech Tree which 
we marked with the Initial Letters of Names and with the date of 
the year being 1787, and also spotted said Tree in Several 
places and also spotted several trees round it which 
Beach * Tree stands on the Province line (so called) * 13-387 
bearing North six degrees west from the Entrance of 
said Harbour — 

We then proceeded to the mouth of Merrimac river and run the 
Several Courses and distances as marked in said plan until we 
made Sixty miles straight as aforesaid ending in a Marsh in Lot 



206 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

number eighteen in Rindge on the Province Hne (so called) here 
we fixed a large stake in the ground and laid Stones round it and 
Spotted several white pine trees on the edge of the upland near 
the said Stake — the corner from the mouth of Merrimac river to 
this Monument being west about one degree notherlv — We then 
proceeded to run the head line having found the Course to be 
North thirty nine degrees East from this Extremity to the bound 
on the North line ; this line we Spotted very thick all the way 
where there were trees, and where there were not any thing to 
mark, noted buildings &c as we passed — Ponds rivers &c we 
also have noted on the plan — this line crosses Merrimac river in 
Concord on Sewalls Falls, from thence near Leavit Clough's and 
near the dividing line between Canterbury & Loudon crossing a 
pond, from thence to Gilmantown about Seventy rods below Col" 
Badgers house, from thence across a Small part or corner of the 
Gore over Rattle snake Island in Winnepeseochee pond to Wolf- 
borough about two rods north of Ebenezer Horn's Barn — and 
other places as noted on the plan — All the above lines and cor- 
ners were run by the compass without any allowance for varia- 
tion — and every proper allowance for Mountains hills and broken 
ground was made in measuring the two side lines to make them 
horizontal measure — 

Jan'- 30"' 1788 — John M^Duftee } ^ ,,, 

Archibald M'Murphy ^ ^^^ 

Joseph Blanchard ) ^ 

ou 1 r^u u } Surveyors 

Charles Chapham ^ 

The Surveyors and Chainmen were Sworn to the faithful dis- 
charge of the trust reposed in them before entering on said busi- 
ness before George Gains Ju"" Peace 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
* 13-388 * Voted that the hearing on the Petitions which were 
to have been this day before the General Court be post- 
poned until to morrow of which all concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly Sent up byM'J Freeman 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY Feb^ 2" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'" Whitcomb, M'' Jon^' Dow & M'' Peabody with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 207 

consider of the Petition from the Town of Lancaster, ^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Barnard 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Henry Gerrish- Esq'' 
and others be postponed to Tuesday next of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up bv M"" Barnard 

Voted that W Taylor, M'' Odlin & M'" Page with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Joseph Wilder and others & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Rogers 

Voted that M' Runnels, M'' Whitcomb and M' W" Peabody 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Account of Col" Benjamin Stone and report 
thereon — Sent up by M' Rogers 

Voted t\vAt M'- [N.] Peabody, M'' Badger, M'' Barrett, M'' Duncan 
and M'" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition of John Pierce Esq'' in 
behalf of the Masonian proprietors & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Simpson 

Voted that the Hearings which were to have been this day 
before the General Court be postponed to Monday next of which 
all persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up b}' M'' Winch 

* Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. * 13-389 

MONDAY Febi^4"' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

The Speaker and Speaker Protempore being absent The Honb' 
Pierce Long Esq'' was chosen Speaker protempore — 

Voted that M'' Runnels, M'" Jon-' Freeman & M'' Whitcomb with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of Timothy Taylor Esq'' in behalf of the 
Town of Merrimac and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Parker — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Davenport Phelps 
Esq"" which was to have been before the General Court at this Ses- 
sion be postponed to the Second Tuesda}^ of the next Session of 
said Court of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Chandler 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Gershom Lord 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 353. 2 xi Ham. Town Papers, 207. 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have to bring 
in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Orr — 

The Committee on the Petition of the proprietors of Lempster 
reported that the Petition lie on file — which report was accepted — 

The Committee on the Petitions from Cardigan reported in 
favour of a da}^ of hearing — whereupon voted that the Petitioners 
be heard thereon before the General Court the Second Thursday 
of the next session of said Court and that in the mean time the 
Petitioners cause that the Substance of the Peddons and this order 
of Court be published three weeks Successively in one of the New 
Hampshire news papers prior to the sitting of said Court that any 
person or persons may then appear and Shew cause why the 
prayers thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Hall 

Voted that M'' Prendce, M^' Chandler and M"" Worster with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Pedtion of the Select men of Bearing and report 

thereon — Sent up by M"" Prentice 

* 13-390 * Voted that M'" Worster, M'' Hubbard, M"" Jon'' Dow 
M'" Barrett and M'' Dix with such of the Honb' Senate 
as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the Peddon of 
Thomas Cogswell Esq"" and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Dix 

Voted that M'" Odlin, M^' Gains, M'' Simpson, M'' Runnels and 
M'' Holmes with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the report of a Board of Officers 
whereof Maj'' Gen' Cilley was President which was laid before 
the Court by his Excellency the President of this State and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Copland — 

The Committee to take into consideradon the Laws of this State 
respecdng killing wolves — Reported that the boundes for killing 
wolves and wolves whelps that shall be killed after this time be 
paid out of the hard money tax in future and that the Treasurer 
be directed to govern himself accordingly — Signed John Bell for 
the Committee which report being read and considered voted that 
it be received and accepted — Sent up b}^ M'" Copland 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Feb^ 5"' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M"" Badger, M'" Runnels and M'' Chase with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Peddon of Cap* Titus Salter and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 200 

Volcd that M'- Hubbard, M'- Odlin & M'' Dakin with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Memorial of Docf Nathanael Breed and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Swain 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday of the next Session of said Court 
and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that Went- 
w^orth Cheswell and David Chapman of New Market 
* be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of * 13-391 
Court thereon three weeks before the sitting of said 
Court that they or either of them may then appearand shew cause 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' W" Peabody 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of William Reed which 
was to have been this Session be postponed to the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session of the General Court of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingh- — 

Sent up by M' Dudley 
Voted that the Committee for preparing a Supply Bill, be re- 
quested to report a Bill for carrying into etfect the Resolution of 
Congress of the eleventh of October 1787 — 

Sent up by M'' Thomas 
Voted that M^- Gains, M'' Tainter, M'" W"^ Peabody, M^- Thomas 
and M'' Barnard with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of the Account of Col" Supply Clap 
Commisary General and report thereon — 

Sent up b}' M'' Crawford 
The Committee to report a plan for taking a new valuation Re- 
ported in the following words — (viz) State of New Hampshire 

The Committee to consider what Method shall be adopted for 
taking a new valuation for proportioning future Taxes for this 
State report as follows (viz) — 

[The report here given is identical with that reported by a com- 
mittee on the 22d of September, 1787, page 123 of this volume, 
with the single exception, that this does not call for an inventory 
of the value of silver-plate, watches, and clocks. It is not deemed 
advisable to reprint the report. — Ed.] 

Which report was read and considered received and Accepted 
and voted that the Secretary be directed to procure printed copies 
of the Same and Send a Copy to the Select men of each Town 
and parish within this State — Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 



2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that M'" Emerson, M'" Whitcomb & M^' Badger with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Francis Drew and report thereon 

Sent up by M^' Barnard — 

* 13-395 * Voted that M"" Holmes, M"" Badger, & M"" Blanchard 

with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Select men of Swan- 
zey & report thereon — Sent up by M'' Whitcomb 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
An Act to impower Edward Jewett Administrator of the Estate 
of Levi Whitney deceased to convey Land in Marlborough lately 
belonging to said Whitney — was read a third time and passed to 
be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Lovell & M'' Jon'' Dow 

An Act for altering the Name of the Township of Grantham 
to New Grantham was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Lovell & M'' Jon^' Dow — 
Voted that his Excellency the President have and receive out of 
the Treasury the Sum of Two hundred pounds as a Salary from 
June 1787 to June 1788 — Sent up by M'' Parker 

Voted that John Taylor Gilman Esq'' have and receive out of 
the Treasury of this State Two hundred pounds in full for his 
Salary as Treasurer of this State, Responsibility of Office hire of 
Clerk, attending the General Court from time to time. Office hire, 
firewood candles &c from June 1787 to June 1788 — 

Sent up by M'' Parker — 
Voted that Joseph Pearson Esq"" have and receive ovit of the 
Treasury of this State the Sum of Twenty five pounds as a Salary 
as Secretary from June 1787 to June 1788 and that the President 
give order accordingly — Sent up by M'' Parker 

Voted that the Attorney General have and receive out of the 
Treasury the Sum of Sixty five pounds for his Salary from June 
1787 to June 1788, and that the President give order accord- 
ingly — Sent up by M'" Parker 

The Committee on the Petition of Benjamin Snow reported that 
he have liberty of this Court to tarry until the last day of the Ses- 
sion of the Gen' Court which is to be in June next — Signed 
Robert Means for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received & accepted — 

Sent up by M"" Rogers — 

* 13-39^ * Agreable to the order of the day proceeded to a hear- 

ing on Petitions but came to no determination before 
adjournment — 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 211 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row morning of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Rogers — 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Feri^ 6'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

Whereas in and by an Act passed 28"' of September 1787, it is 
enacted that the ex'cise arising by virtue of said Act shall be 
farmed out and sold at Public vendue in the Several Counties in 
this State Sometime between the first day of October and the first 
day of February annually by Committees appointed for that pur- 
pose which time has elapsed and no sale made agreably to said 
Act — 

Therefore Resolved that the time for farming out said Excise be 
lengthned out until the last day of March next and that the Com- 
mittees proceed to make sale of said Excise before said time is 
expired and that the Several Committees respectively are hereby 
required to take bond with two Sufficient Sureties of the farmer in 
each County the one half payable by the first day of June next 
and the other half by the last day of October next and that said 
Bonds be lodged with the Treasurer of this State — Also Resolved 
that the Several farmers of the Excise are hereby directed to give 
public notice of the time on which they will attend to settle & 
receive excise from the Innholders retailers and others in the Re- 
spective towns within their respective districts that the Inhabitants 
of the Several Towns may have an opportunity of setling and 
paying the Same without being put to the expence of unnecessary 
travel — Sent up by M"" Holmes 

*Upon hearing and considering the petition of Jerusha * 13-397 
M'AUester voted that the prayer of the Petition be so 
far granted as that she have liberty to sell ten Acres of Land 
lying in Bedford and is lot N" 7 in the Seventh range — also one 
quarter of a Saw mill and that she have leave to bring in a Bill 
for that purpose — Sent up by M' Holmes 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Richard and 
Simon Jenness voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes — 
Adjourned to three of Clock P. M. 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Met accordingly — 

Voted that the Account of George Jerry Osborne amounting to 
twenty eight pounds two shilHngs and Six pence be allowed and 
that the President give order that the Treasurer pay the said Sum 
out of the revenue raised by impost — Sent up by M'' Copp — 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions but came to no determination before adjournment — 

Voted i\\3.\. the remainder of the hearings which were to have been 
this day before the General Court be postponed until to morrow 
morning of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Crawford — 

Whereas the Selectmen of Goffstow^n^ hath Petitioned the Gen- 
eral Court sitting forth that some difficulties have arisen with 
respect to the line between the Towns of Goftstow^n and New-Bos- 
ton and pra3dng that a Committee may be appointed by said 
Court to perambulate and Establish the lines between said Towns 
— J^esolved ihiit Jeremiah Page of Dunbarton and Daniel Camp- 
bell Esq'" of Amherst be and they hereb}^ are appointed a Commit- 
tee at the expence of said Towns to perambulate ascertain and 
establish a line between said Towns of Goffstown and New Bos- 
ton, and make return of their doings at the next Session of the 
General Court, and that the said Committee give Seasonable notice 
to the Select men of said Towns of the time they will attend on 

said Business — Sent up by M"" Crawford — 

* I3~39S * Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Feb« 7^" 1788: 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Sarah Purcell which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
to Saturday next in the forenoon of which all persons concerned 
are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Bradley 
The Committee on the Account of Jonathan Sawyer & all Sim- 
ilar matters reported that the said Sawyer receive one pound in 
full for his attendance as an evidence at the Court Martial and 
that the Same be paid out of the Treasury by order of the Presi- 
dent — and that one pound be paid to Nathanael Kimball for the 
Same Service and in the Same manner Signed Joshua Bayley for 
the Com^"' which report being read and considered voted that it 
be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Bradley 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 45. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 213 

An Act to enable Gershom Lord to file a Complaint at the next 
Superior Court of Judicature for the County of Strafibrd — was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Bradley & M'' Thomas 
Voted that the account of the Select men of Plastow amount- 
ing to one hundred and nine pounds eleven shillings and eight 
pence Lawlul money be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Tho' Dow 

The vote respecting the bounties on killing wolves &c not being 
concurred — The following Resolve came down from the Honb' 
Senate for Concurrence — 

Resolved that the bounty given by an Act of this State passed 
the 10"' of Nov'' 1785 lor killing of wolves and wolves whelps be 
considered as payable out of the hard money tax and that the said 
Act ought to be so construed and intended — which resolve was 
read & Concurred — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

* The Committee on the Petition of the Town of Lan- * 13-399 
caster 1 Reported that the prayer of said Petition be so 
far granted that they have liberty to levy and collect a Tax of tw^o 
pence on each acre of Nonresident land (public rights Excepted for 
three years lor the purpose of making roads and building bridges 
and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Signed 
Amos Shepard for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Orr 

Voted that M'' Odlin, AT Jon^^ Dow & M'- Runnels with such of 
the Honb' Senate as the}- shall join be a Committee to consider of 
his Excellency's letter to the Honb' the Speaker of this House 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Greeley 

The Committee on the Petidon of Richard Furber & wife, 
Reported that they be allowed pay for Pierce Powers deceased 
late a Midshipman on board the Continental ship of War, 
Ranger, agreabh- to the Resolves of Congress and the Law of 
this State from the 24"' of April 1778 to the 29''' of June 1780 — 
Signed Joshua Wentworth for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted and 
that the Pay master of Invalids be directed to govern himself 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Dakin 

The Committee on the Treasurers letter to his Excellency 
reported that the Treasurer should continue to calculate Interest 
on the Excise bonds, the Interest to commence at the time the 
whole excise is due and that he issue his extents on said Bonds 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 353. 



214 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1788 



when the whole sum becomes due — That he receive orders drawn 
on the Impost and excise promiscuously as they are offered him — 
That he issue two precepts for the Ten thousand pound tax to be 
paid in presidents orders. Five thousand of which to be 
* 13-400 Assessed in the present year and paid by * the first of 
January 1789 and the other Five thousand to be 
assessed in the year 1789 and paid by the first of January 1790 — 
That the Treasurer deliver to the loan officer of this State all the 
Certificates for Interest in his hands issued by said Loan Officer 
on Continental Securities and to take said Loan Officers receipt 
therefor and also that the Treasurer call on Josiah Oilman Esq'" 
comptroller of state accounts for a receipt given by the Loan Offi- 
cer for Five thousand five hundred and Eighty two pounds Six 
Shillings and eight pence of the aforesaid certificates to be 
accountable therefor to the State and exchange the Same with said 
Loan Officer for a receipt for that Sum as received by him in his 
capacity in behalf of the United states — That the Treasurer 
receive orders drawn for the attendance of the members of the 
House of Representatives in discharge of any specie state tax due 
from the respective members constituents Signed E Thompson 
for the Committee which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received and accepted, excepting that part that relates 
to calculating interest on excise bonds and issuing a precept for 
five thousand pounds to be assessed in the year 1789 and to be 
paid by the first of January 1790 — Sent up by M'" Dakin 

Upon hearing and considering of the Petition of Henry Ger- 
rish ^ Esq'" and others voted that the further consideration thereof 
be postponed to the third Wednesday of the next Session of which 
all persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly upon which vote the yeas and nays were called and 
are as follows viz — 



Yeas. 
M^" Pickering 
Ml" Blanchard 
Mr Bartlett 
M-^ Thos Dow 
* 13^01 *M''Lovell 
Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Dix 
Mr Hall 
Mr Thomas 



Yeas. 
Mr Griffin 
Mr Baker 
Mr J Freeman 
Mr Gains 
Mr J OS Dow 
Mr Bradley 
Mr Rawlings 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Abbott 



Yeas. 
Mr Orr 
Mr Whitcomb 
Mr Chase 
Mr Winch 
Mr Worster 
Mr E Freeman 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Dudley 
Mr Fifield 



Yeas. 
Mr Page 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Hubbard 
Mr Smith 
Mr Holmes 
Mr Kimball 
Mr Crawford 



1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 207. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 215 



Nays. 
Ml" Runnels 
Ml- Gale 
Mr N Peabody 
Mr Wingate 
Mr Job Dow 
M'- Rand 
Mr Greeley 



Nays. 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Copland 
Mr Robinson 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Gilmore 
Mr Badger 
Mr Dak'in 



Nays. 
Mr Gove 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Parker 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Tilton 
Mr Barnard 
Mr Butler 



Nays. 
Mr Chandler 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Jon'' Dow 
Mr Prentice 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Simpson 



35 Yeas — 27 Nays — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

The Committee on the Petition of John Pierce in behalf of the 
Masonian proprietors reported that they recommend that the 
prayer of the Petition be so far granted as that a Committee be 
appointed and impowered to treat with the Petitioners — Signed E 
Thompson for the Committee which report being read and con- 
sidered zwted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes — 
Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 

An Act to impower Elisha Day and Sarah Day to sell certain 
lands in Lempster, was read a third time and passed to be 
enacted — Sent up by M"" Holmes & M'" Dakin 

The vote on the Petition from Lancaster ^ came down from the 
Honb' Senate for the following amendment (viz) That the tax 
shall be levied on all other lands (except public rights) as well as 
Nonresidents lands, and that the Tax be two pence on each Acre 
for the Succeeding three years — which amendments were read 
and concurred — Sent up by M' Holmes — 

Upon a motion for granting the prayer of the Petition of James 
Hayes the yeas and nays were called and are as follows — (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mr Jos Dow 
Mr Barnard 
Mr Tho^ Dow 
Mr Badger 
Mr Tilton 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Gilmore 

Nays. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Bradley 
Mr Page 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Greeley 
Mr Chase 
Mr Griffin 



Yeas. 
Mr Lovell 
Mr Gale 
Mr N Peabody 
Mr Wingate 
* Mr Chandler 
Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Dix 

Nays. 
Mr Kimball 
Mr Crawford 
Mr Long 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Butler 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Cragin 



Yeas. 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Parker 
Mr Johnson 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Gove 
Mr Prentice 
Mr Smith 

Nays. 
Mr Hall 
Mr Powers 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Baker 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Dudley 



Yeas. 
Mr Simpson 
Mr Rand 
Mr Jon-i Dow 
Mr Gaskill 

* 13-402 
Mr Thomas 

Nays. 
Mr Rawlings 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Orr 
Mr Whitcomb 
Mr Copland 
Mr Winch 
Mr Worster 



26 Yeas — 29 nays 



— So the motion was lost 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 353. 



2l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions but came to no determination before adjournment — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Enoch Johnson which 
was to have been this Session of the General Court be postponed 
to the third Wednesday of the next Session of said Court of which 
all persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Bradley 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly Sent up by M'' Bradley 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Febi^ 8"' 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Enoch Bartlett 
Esq'' voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen' 
Court on the third Wednesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that the Substance of 
* 13-403 the Petition and order of Court thereon be * published 
three weeks successively in any one of the New Hamp- 
shire News papers prior to the sitting of said Court and also cause 
that the select men of Bath be served with a Copy of the Same 
that any person or persons may appear and shew cause why the 
prayer thereof should not be granted and that all sales of Nonres- 
ident Lands be stayed until the determination of the said Court — 

Sent up by M'' Whitcomb — 

Voted that the account of the Select men of Chesterfield 
amounting to forty one pounds one shilling and two pence be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President 

Sent up by M'" Rogers 

Voted that the Treasurer be and he hereby is authorized to issue 
Extents for outstanding taxes at such time & against an}' and all 
such delinquent constables collectors or Select men as he shall 
think proper — Sent up by M'" Rogers 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of William Fowler — 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Rogers 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap^ Titus Salter reported 
that said Salter receive an order on the Select men or their Suc- 
cessors for the Town of Portsmouth of the Specie tax now due or 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 217 

that hereafter may be due to the state from said town for one hun- 
dred pounds in part payment of his demand against the state and 
that the Same be indorsed on the Securities said SaUer has in pos- 
session and that he be allowed Seven pounds ten shillings "^"^ 
month wages as Captain of Fort William and Mary and two 
rations "^'' Day — Signed Joshua Wentworth for the Committee 
which report being read and considered — zwtcd that it be received 
and accepted with this amendment that he receive but Six pounds 
'^'' month as wages — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Voted that M'- Whitcomb, M'' Blanchard, M'' Cragin M'' Bradley 
& M'" Orr with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petitions of the Select men of 
Protectworth, the Town of Dorchester and John Wendall Esq'' in 
behalf of Lyman and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Robinson 

* Upon reading and considering the Petition of * 13-404 
Thomas Packer 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 
Cap' Jeremiah Stiles of Keene be served with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon that he may then appear and 
Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'" Robinson 

The Committee on his Excellencys Letter reported that he be 
allowed eighteen pounds for the Several Expenditures therein 
mentioned Signed John Bell for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Robinson 

The Committee on the Petition of Timothy Taylor Esq'' in be- 
half of the Town of Merrimac reported that the Town of Mer- 
rimac be allowed twenty five pounds out of their Beef Tax for 
the year 1781 said Town having paid one thousand pound weight 
more than they were credited for by the Treasurer and that said 
Treasurer govern himself accordingly Signed Ebenz'' Smith for 
the Committee which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Voted that M'' Badger, M' Gains, M'' Emerson M'" Whitcomb 
and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to Nominate to this House ten persons, two from 



2l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

each County, out of which Nominations five to be appointed by 
Ballot a Committee to treat with the Masonian proprietors — 

Sent up by M'" Johnson 
Voted that M'' Simpson M'' N Peabody, M"" Wingate M'" Emer- 
son and M'' Chase with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the accounts of the 
* 13-405 Committee Surveyors and chainmen that were * em- 
ployed in running the lines of the Mason patent & re- 
port thereon — Sent up b}'- M'' Johnson 

The Committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of Warren Re- 
ported that the Town of Warren be abated Seven Shillings on the 
thousand pound out of the last proportion Act and in that propor- 
tion in all their Taxes until a new proportion throughout the State 
shall be made and that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly — 
Signed Ebenz'" Smith for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Page 
Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Mary Lear voted 
that the Petition be dismissed — 

Voted that M'' Griffin, M'' Prentice & M'' Dakin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition and account of Joseph Welch Esq'' and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Page 

The Committee on the Memorial and account of Solomon 
Wheeler Esq'" Reported that on examining the accounts adjusted 
by a former Committee there appeared a mistake in transferring 
the foot from one page to the other and on a carefull attention to 
the Several papers accompanying the Said Accounts — The Com- 
mittee find a Ballance of twenty one pounds ten shillings and Six 
pence due to the State from said Wheeler payable in state Notes — 
Signed Joshua Wentworth for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'"Lovell. 
Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Chandler 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning — 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 219 

* SATURDAY Feri^ 9'" 1788 * 13-406 

The House met according to adjournment 

An Act to impower the judge of Probate for the County of 
Rockingham to grant Administration de bonis non of John Gid- 
dinge hite of Exeter deceased Intestate was read a third time and 
passed to be enacted — Sent up by M'' Copland and M'' Dix 

An Act in Addition to and aheration of the Several Acts re- 
specting the admission of Town Inhabitants was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — Sent up by M'" Copland and M'" Dix 

An Act for raising fifty nine thousand Six hundred and eighty 
four dollars in Indents, twenty live thousand two hundred pounds 
in Certificates and three thousand pounds in Specie tor defraying 
the charges of Government the current year and other contingen- 
cies was read a third time & passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Copland & M^' Dix 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of New Chester 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Petitioners 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Copland & M'' Dix 

The vote upon the Petition of Henry Gerrish^ Esq'" & others for 
postponing the consideration of said Petition to the third Wednes- 
day of the next Session came down from the Honb^ Senate for the 
following amendment that it be considered this Session instead of 
next Session which amendment was read and concurred — 

Upon a further consideration of the Petition of Henry Gerrish^ 
Esq"^ and others voted that the prayer thereof be so far granted as 
that the Courts be held in future in the Center of said County 
instead of being held in Amherst as heretofore done and that the 
Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly at this or the 
next Session — Sent up by M'' Flanders 

*A vote came down from the Honb' Senate requesting * 13-407 
that the Committee for making sale of the excise in the 
Several Counties take bonds payable with Interest at'ter the last 
day of payment mentioned in the Obligation until paid — which 
vote was read and concurred — Sent up by M'' Parker 

Voted that M'" Rogers M'" Badger M'" Barrett, M'" Simpson and 
M"" Jon'"^ Freeman with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of a Letter from the Treasurer of this 
State and report thereon — Sent up bv M'' Parker 

Voted that M'" Emerson M'" Johnson, M'" Wingate, M"" Cragin 
and M"" Griffin with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 207. 



220 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

a Committee to consider of the Petition of the proprietors of the 
Town of Shelburne and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Parker 

]^oicd that M'' Parker, M"" Duncan and M'' Rogers with Such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of James Calef Esq'' and report thereon, 

Sent up by M*" Powers 
Voted that M' OdHn, M'" Barrett and M"" Tainter with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Hawley Marshall and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Dudley 
The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Dearing 
reported that the said Town of Dearing ought to be credited at the 
Treasur}^ Office for the year 1786 in Specie two pounds thirteen 
shillings and eight pence, In state Certificates one pound three 
shillings and four pence and in Continental indents two pounds 
eleven shillings and four pence it appearing that Weare invento- 
ried and paid for the Same land on which those Sums were 
assessed by Dearing — Signed E Smith for the Committee which 
report being read and considered voted that it be receiv'' and 
accepted — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

Voted that the hearings on the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Alexandria and likewise on the Petition of Sarah Harts- 
* 13-408 horn * be postponed to the third Wednesday of the next 
Session of the General Court of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Abbott 
Voted that the Account of John Melcher amounting to twenty 
two pounds four shillings be allowed and that the President give 
order that the Treasurer pay the said Sum out of the Revenue 
raised by impost — , Sent up by M'' Gains 

Voted that M'' Rogers, M' Badger, M'' W™ Peabody M"" Holmes 
and M"" Baker with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be 
a Committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be done 
at the present Session and to what time and place this Court shall 
be adjourned and report to this House, and also what wages shall 
be allowed the Honb' Council, Senate and house of Representa- 
tives and their Officers for their Services the present Session, and 
where the next General Election shall be held the current year — 

Sent up b}^ M'' Flanders — 
An Act in addition to the Laws now in force to prevent Retail- 
ers from mixing and Selling Spirituous Liquors «&c was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Robinson & M'' Johnson 



1 788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OP' REPRESENTATIVES. 221 

Voted that M'- N Peabody, M'- Whitcomb & M'' Dix with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Maj' Ezra Towns and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Page 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Asahel Goode- 
nough — Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he 
have leave to bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Page 
Voted that the Hearings on Petitions which were to have been 
this day before the General Court be postponed to Monday next of 
which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern them- 
selves accordingly — Sent up by M'" Freeman 

* Voted that M'' N : Peabody, M'' Badger, Mr Jon'' Dow * 13-409 
M'' Duncan and M'' Johnson with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of and report 
the powers necessary to be given to the Committee to be appointed 
to attempt a compromise with the Masonian proprietors — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman 
Adjourned to Monday next at 9 o'Clock A. M. 

MONDAY Febi^ ii*'^ 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to impower the Select men and overseers of the Poor in 
Atkinson in the County of Rockingham and state aforesaid to dis- 
pose of Certain Lands in said Atkinson belonging to Ebenezer 
Page and Mehitabel Page and account for the proceeds thereof 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Butler and M'" Dow — 
The Committee on the Commissary Generals Account Reported 
that the[y] find the accounts well vouched and right cast and a 
ballance due to Supply Clap Esq'' Commissary General of Eleven 
pounds Sixteen shillings and four pence — Signed Joshua Went- 
worth 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 payment of said Ballance — 

Sent up by M"" Barnard — 
Voted that the pay Roll of Cap^ Titus Salter amounting to one 
hundred and forty four pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Copland — 
An Act for Taxing Lands in the Town of Lancaster^ for repair- 

1 xii Ilaui. Town Papers, 353. 



2 22 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

ing roads and building bridges, was read a third time & passed to 
be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Bradley & M'" Greeley 

Voted that the account of the Honb' John Langdon Esq"" 
amounting to twelve pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treas- 
ury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

Voted that the Account of Daniel Humphreys Esq"" amounting 
to five pounds and four Shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Gains — 
* 13-410 * Voted that Thursda}^ the tenth day of April next be 
observed and kept as a day of fasting humiliation and 
prayer throughout this State and that his Excellency the President 
with advice of Council be directed to issue a proclamation for that 
purpose — Sent up by M'' Kimball 

The vote on the Petition of Asahel Goodenough came down 
from the Honb^ Senate for the following amendment "that the 
Retferees have power to hear and determine the matter at any 
time before the Sitting of the Inferior Court for the County of 
Cheshire in March next, and in case of their not making report to 
that Court tlie Action is to proceed in the common course of the 
Law" which amendment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M'" Crawford 

Voted that M'" Odlin, M'' Freeman, M'' Copp, M'- Barnard and 
M'" Holmes with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of and report what is necessary to be done 
w^ith the Accounts of Towns and Individuals that have loner been 
in the hands of a Committee appointed by the State to receive 
examine and report upon, which report and accounts remain 
undetermined — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

Voted that M'' N : Peabody, M'" Pickering and M'" Bartlett with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
take under consideration the Militia Laws of this State — also the 
report of a Board of Officers of which Maj'' Gen' Cilley was Presi- 
dent and prepare a Bill in the recess of the General Court making 
such alterations and amendments in the Militia Laws as they shall 
judge necessary and report said Bill at the next Session — 

Sent up by M"" Flanders 

Voted that the Clerk of this House be directed to make out an 
additional pay Roll for the Travel of Col" Joshua Wingate John 
Rawlings Esq'' and David Page Esq'" who were cut off by a vote 
of the House in Sept"' Session 1787 — 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P : M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 223 



Met accordingly — 
* An Act to Incorporate the Northerly part of New 
Chester in the County of Grafton into a distinct Town 
— was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Holmes & M^ 
An Act to restore the Administrators of the Estate of 



13-4 1 1 



Odlin 
Richard 

Jenness of Rye deceased to their Law — was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes & M"" Odlin 
An Act to restore to a hearing William Fowler in an Action of 
Trespass brought by George Jatfrey Esq'' against the said Fowler 
— was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes & M'' Odlin 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Sarah Purcell which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
until to morrow of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M' Prentice 

]^oted that the Committee who have lately run out the Mason 
patent so called (viz) the Honb' Josiah Bartlett, John McDuffee 
Esq"^" and Archibald McMurphy Esq'' together with the Honb' 
Thomas Bartlett Esq'' and M'' Jonathan Dow be a Committee to 
dispose of such lands as belong to and are the Property of the 
State lying between the curve and straight line of Mason patent 
so called in the manner that this House shall direct and that a 
Resolve be brought in accordingly — Upon which vote the yeas 
and na3'S were called and are as follows — (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mr Gale 
M'" Bradley 
Mr Butler 
Ml- Chandler 
Ml- Rand 
Ml- Flanders 
Ml- Smith 

Nays. 
Ml- Pickering 
Mr Odlin 
Ml" Rogers 
Ml- Emerson 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Hubbard 
Mr Chase 



Yeas. 
Mr Holmes 
Mr Kimball 
Mr Dudley 
MrN Peabody 
Mr Page 
Mr \V"' Peabody 
Mr Dix 

Nays. 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Worster 
Mr Gains 
Mr Jos Dow 
Mr Wingate 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Gove 



Yeas. 
Mr Prentice 
Mr Thomas 
Mr Griffin 
M'- Johnson 
Mr Barnard 
Mr Tho^ Dow 
Mr Lovell 

Nays. 
Mr Whitcomb 
Mr Powers 
Mr Baker 
Mr Jon^ Freeman 
Mr Long 
Mr Robinson 
Mr Badger 



Y''eas. 
Mr Dakin 
Mr Orr 
Mr Hall 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Winch 
Mr E Freeman 

Nays. 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Greeley 
Mr Parker 
Mr Copland 
Mr Crawford 
Mr Simpson 



27 Yeas — 27 Nays, so there was no determination 



224 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

* 13-412 * The Committee on the Account of Enoch Noyes, 

Jeremiah Poor, Samuel N. Little and Jesse Sawyer 
Reported that they receive one pound Six shillings each of them 
in full for their attendance four days at the Court Martial and 
that the Same be paid out of the Treasury by order of the Presi- 
dent Signed Joshua Bayley for the Committee which report being 
read and considered, voted that it be received and Accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Cragin 

The Committee appointed to consider of the Treasurers Letter 
of Feb"' 7"' 1788 Reported that the Treasurer be allowed one hun- 
dred and twenty pounds Salary and one hundred and ten pounds 
for responsibility of Office, Office hire. Wood candles attending 
the General Court trom time to time, and for a Clerk — signed 
Joshua Wentworth for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted and that it be 
considered in full for Salary &c from June 1787 to June 1788 and 
that the President give order accordingly — 

Sent up by M^' Hubbard — 

The Committee on the Petition of Maj'' Ezra Town, Reported 
that the State cannot from an}^ Resolve of Congress make a 
charge against the United states of payment of Abstracts for 
troops late in the Continental Service, but on the contrary, an 
application should be made to the proper Officers for the United 
States appointed to liquidate such like accounts and recommend 
that his Excellency the President be desired to give such certiti- 
cate recommendation or other aid as may be necessary for pay- 
ment of the Petitioners abstract — Signed Joshua Wentworth for 
the Committee which report being read and Considered voted that 
it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'" Griffin 

The Committee on the Petitions from Protectworth Dor- 
cliester &c Reported as their Opinion that the Town of Dorches- 
ter be abated one quarter part of all their Taxes to the State or 
Continent laid on said Town by the proportion Act passed March 
1780 and that the Treasurer govern himself accord- 

* 13-413 ingly * Signed Eben"" Smith for the Committee — 

which report being read and considered — voted that it 
be received and accepted — Sent up by M'" Johnson 

The Committee on the Petition of Thomas Martin^ and Isaac 
Rindge Reported that all the Taxes of the Town of Shelburne for 
the year 1781 and one third of all those Taxes up to the year 
1788 be abated and that the state Treasurer be directed to govern 
himself accordingly Signed Amos Shepherd for the Committee 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 424. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 225 

which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
& accepted — Sent up by M'' Johnson 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY FebR i2"> 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to Enable Jerusha M'Allester to sell ten acres of Land 
lying in Bedford being part of Lot Number Seven in the Seventh 
range in said Town and also one quarter part of a Saw mill in 
Bedford aforesaid was read a third time and passed to be En- 
acted — Sent up by M'" Gaskill & M-- Flanders 

Whereas in and by an Act of the General Court passed A. D. 
1787 Simeon Olcott Esq'' John Bellows, Jeremiah Stiles Josiah 
Willard and Benjamin Kimball Esqr' were by the mutual consent 
of Asahel Goodenough & Daniel Loring appointed and impow- 
ered as referees to hear try and determine all demands subsisting 
between the said Daniel and Asahel and to make report thereon to 
the Court of Common pleas in the County of Cheshire at or before 
the third term thereof from the passing said Act — And whereas 
the said Refferees in pursuance of said Act appointed the 24"^ day 
of September last past to hear and determine the demands afore- 
said at which time the said Goodenough was sick and unable to 
attend and the intent and purpose of said Refterence thereby frus- 
trated the time limited in said Act for the said Refferees to pass 
on said Demands having Expired — Therefore Resolved that the 
said Refferees be allowed till the Sitting of the Inferior Court in 
the County of Cheshire in the month of March next to hear try 
and determine said demands and in case said Refferees should 
not then make their report on said Demands all actions 
pending * in said Court between the aforesaid parties * 13-414 
to proceed as if this Resolve had not been made — 

Sent up by M'' Dix 
Whereas by an Act to incorporate a Township in the County of 
Hillsborough by the name of Bradford^ passed the twenty Seventh 
day of September Ann" Dom~ 1787 there appears to have been a 
mistake in describing the bounds thereof — for remedy whereof 
Resolved that the following shall be considered as part of the 
bounds of said Township (viz) beginning at a Beach tree at Hils- 
borough line thence runninrr north eijjhtv two de^jrees East on the 
said line Six miles and eighty four rods to a Hemlock tree and 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 219. 
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226 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1788 



thence running by Hennekar line, the same course to the south 
west corner of Warner any thing in the aforesaid Act of Incorpo- 
ration to the Contrary notwithstanding — Sent up by M' Lovell 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Stephen Powers 
Esq"" in behalf of Croydon — 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 pub- 
lished three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire 
News papers prior to the sitting of said Court that any person or 
persons may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted — Sent up b}' M'' Lovell 

Voted that a Committee or agents on the part and behalf of this 
State be appointed to treat with and finally settle with the Maso- 
nian proprietors touching the claim of the State to any lands lying 
between the curve line of Masons Patent so called and a Straight 
line lately run by order of the Legislature, on such terms as said 
Committee may think proper and that said Committee be further 
impowered on the part of the State in case they cannot effect Such 
Settlement to refer the controversy to any men of rep- 
* 13-415 utation * and character not Inhabitants of this State 
whose report shall be conclusive between the parties 
and that a Resolve be brought in for that purpose — on which vote 
the yeas and nays were called and are as follows (viz) — 



Yeas. 
Mr Pickering 
Ml' Gains 
M'" Long 
Mr Odlin 
Mr J OS Dow 
Mr Robinson 
Mr Dudley 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Butler 
Mr Wingate 

Nays. 
Mr Gale 
Mr N Peabody 
Mr Lovell 
Mr Orr 

42 Yeas — 



Yeas. 
Mr Badger 
Mr Copp 
Mr Chandler 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Rand 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Dix 
Mr Jon^ Dow 
Mr Greeley 

Nays. 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Barnard 
Mr Thos Dow 
Mr W"' Peabody 



Yeas. 
Mr Hubbard 
Mr Hall 
Mr Whitcomb 
Mr Parker 
Mr Smith 
Mr Thomas 
Mr Chase 
Mr Powers 
Mr Copland 
Mr Griffin 

Nays. 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Bradley 
Mr Page 



Yeas. 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Winch 
Mr Kimball 
Mr Baker 
Mr Worster 
Mr Crawford 
Mr ]ov\?- Freeman 
Mr Edmt' Freeman 
Mr Simpson 
Mr Gove 



Nays. 
Mr Dakin 
Mr Prentice 
Mr Johnson 



15 Nays — Sent up by M"' Simpson 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 227 

Met accordingly — 

The Committee on the Petition ot^ the Select men of Charles- 
town^ Reported that the prayer of the Petition of the Select men 
be so far granted that the bounds of Charlestown extend to the 
Western bank of Connecticut river that said Town have a grant 
of all the Islands in the River opposite to the Same which have 
not heretofore been granted and that they have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly at this or the next Session Signed Joseph Oilman 
for the Committee which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Healy — 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Protect- 
worth Reported that said Town be Abated one quarter part of all 
their Taxes to the State or Continent for the year 1777, 1778, 
1779 and 1780 and 1781, they being over taxed in proportion to 
other towns and also that they be abated two fifth parts out of the 
remainder of their Taxes for said Years it being for that part of 
the Town sold to Sundry persons by the Trustee of the 
late Governor John Wentworths * Estate free of Taxes * 13-416 
and that said Town be also abated one quarter part of 
all their Taxes to the State or Continent lor the years 1782 and 
1783 and that the Sum abated last June Session amounting to 
twenty two pounds be considered as part of the abatement on the 
land Sold as Governor AVentworths Estate and that the Treasurer 
govern himself accordingly Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Dakin 

Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate be allowed Six- 
shillings ^'' day for attendance and four pence '^'' mile for travel 
from and to their homes that the Members of the Honb' Council 
be allowed nine shilling '^'^ day for their attendance in the recess 
of the General Court and four pence '^'' mile travel when called 
together in the recess of said Court that the Secretary have nine 
shillings '^'" day for his attendance on the Honb' Council & Senate 
and travel as a Member, that the Members of the Honb' House be 
allowed Six shillings '^'" Day for attendance and four pence '^"" 
mile travel that the Clerk be allowed nine shillings ^"^ day for 
attendance and travel as a member, that the assistant clerk have 
one shilling and Six pence '^'' day over and above his pay as a 
member and that the Secretary and clerk make up the respective 
rolls accordingly and that the clerk be allowed one day extraor- 
dinary for making up the Rolls of the House & that his Excel- 
lency the President give order for payment in common form — 

Sent up by M"" Dakin 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 290. 



228 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that the General Court of this State which are to meet 
in June next, meet at Concord — Sent up by M'" Winch 

The Committee on the Petition of Jonathan Cilley Esq'' reported 

that said Cilley pay into the Treasury as much money as will 

together with what he hath already paid amount to the 

* 13-417 Sum of Six hundred and ninety two pounds *five shil- 

lings and five pence and that the Treasurer receive the 
remainder of the Sum due on the excise bonds in State notes at 
the nominal value in full to discharge the Same — Signed E 
Thompson for the Committee which report being read and consid- 
ered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Winch — 

Voted that when the business of the present session is finished 
that the President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn 
the General Court to the twenty eighth day of May next to meet 
at Exeter — Sent up by M'' Hall — 

Whereas since the classing the Several Towns within this State 
for Representation many alterations in numbers of Inhabitants 
property &c having taken place, Therefore be it resolved that the 
following alterations be made for the Several Towns hereafter 
named — That the Towns of Lyme and Dorchester be classed 
together as one district for Representation and that the Select men 
of Lyme notify the first meeting for the choice of a Representa- 
tive — That the Towns of Orford and Wentworth be classed for 
the same purpose, that the Selectmen of the town of Orford notify 
the first meeting for the choice of a Representatives — That the 
Towns of Piermont & Warren be classed for the purpose afore- 
said, that the Select men of the Town of Piermont notify the first 
meeting for the choice of a Representative — That the Towns of 
Protectworth and New Grantham be classed together for said Pur- 
pose that the Select men of the Town of New Grantham notity 
the first meeting for the choice of a Representative — That the 
Towns of Haverhill and Coventry be classed together as one dis- 
trict for Representation that the Select men of Haverhill notily 
the first meeting for the choice of a Representative any Law 
usage or custom to the Contrary notwithstanding — 

Sent up by M'" Simpson 

* 13-418 * The vote appointing agents or a Committee in behalf 

of the state to treat with the Masonian proprietors &c 
came down from the Honb' Senate for the following amendment 
(viz) that the vote be concurred so far as respects the appoint- 
ment of the Committee to treat with and finally settle with the 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 229 

Masonian proprietors if they should agree to such terms as the 
Committee may think equitable and make a report to the General 
Court at their next Session, but not with respect to the power of 
referring — which amendment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M"" Gains 
The Committee on the Committee and Surveyors accounts &c 
Reported on the Account of Archibald M'Murphy as follows, that 
M'" M'Murphy return Sixteen orders drawn on the Treasurer 
amounting to Eighty three pounds Six Shillings and Six pence 
when a ballance is found due of forty three pounds two shillings 
and Six pence for which he have an order on the Impost revenue 
or excise — also thirty five pounds fifteen shillings which may be 
paid by an order on an}^ State tax for Specie — those two last 
sums will be in full of his demand against the state for his Ser- 
vices — Signed Ebenz'' Smith for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted 
and that the President give orders accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 
The vote respecting pay of the Honb' Senate, Council House &c 
came down from the Honb' Senate for the following amendment. 
That the President give each Member of the Senate and the Sec- 
retary an order for the Respective sum made up in the Roll on 
the excise Impost or Specie tax ai the election of the member and 
that he give order on the travel Roll of the House 
in the Same manner, which * orders shall be received * 13-419 
by all persons concerned equal to or in lieu of Specie 
— which amendment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M'' Griffin 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of George Jaffry Esq'' 
and others (masonian proprietors) which was to have been this 
Session be postponed to the third Wednesday of the next Session 
of the General Court of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Feb^^ 13'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act for repealing an Act passed Februar}' the twenty Sev- 
enth one thousand Seven hundred and eighty three to extend a 
Resolve of the General Court passed the tenth day of Nov'" A D 



230 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

1779 prohibiting the sale of Lands belonging to persons who have 
absented themselves from this and any other of the united states 
and gone over to our Enemies, for taxes to lands belonging to the 
Subjects of Great Britain and for preventing the Sale of all such 
Lands for Taxes — was read a third time and passed to be En- 
acted — Sent up by M'" Bradley & M"" Peabody 

Voted that the Accounts of Ebenezer Thompson & John Raw- 
lings Esquires amounting to one pound Sixteen shillings be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M"" Bradley 

Voted that the Account of Joseph Whipple Esq'" amounting to 
two pounds Sixteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Voted that the Account of Lamson and Ranlett amounting to 
twenty five pounds nine shillings and four pence be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasury by order of the President. 

Sent up by M"" Holmes — 
* I3-ZJ20 * Voted that the Account of John Calfe Esq"" amounting 
to one pound twelve shillings be allowed and paid out 
of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" Holmes 
The Committee on the Petition of James Calef reported that 
said Calef pay into the Treasury as much money as w^ill together 
with what he has already paid amount to the Sum of one hundred 
and Seventy six pounds and that the Treasurer receive the re- 
mainder of the Sum due on the Excise bonds in state notes at the 
nominal value in full to discharge the Same Signed Amos Shep- 
herd for the Committee — which report being read and con- 
sidered, -voted that it be received and accepted and that the 
Treasurer govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that the Account of Benjamin. Dearborn one of the over- 
seers of the Poor of the Town of Portsmouth amounting to ten 
pounds twelve shillings and four pence be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that the Revr'' Doct'' Langdon be desired to prepare to 
deliver an Election Sermon at Concord in June next but if it 
should so happen that he cannot attend at time and place the 
Revr'^ M'' Farrar of New Ipswich is desired to prepare for the 
above purpose and that the President be desired to give informa- 
tion to the said Revr'' Gentlemen of the desire of the General 
Court — 

An Act to extend the Westerly line of Charlestown in the 



^7^8] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 23 1 

County of Cheshire to the Westerly Bank of Connecticut River — 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Hubbard & M'' Chandler 

An Act for the naturalization of Charles Joseph 
Gabriel * Colinet and Marie Therese Loyal his wife * 13-421 
came down from the Honb' Senate for concurrence was 
read a third time and concurred — 

Sent up by M'" Hubbard & M'' Chandler 

J^csohcd that John Bell Esq' Ebenezer Smith Esq'' M'" Jonathan 
Dow, Lemuel Holmes Esq"" and Jonathan Freeman Esq'' be and 
they hereby are appointed a Committee to treat with and finally 
Settle with the Masonian Proprietors if they should agree to such 
terms as the Committee may think equitable and make a report to 
the General Court at their next Session agreably to a vote of the 
General Court of Yesterday — Sent up by M'" Peabody 

The Committee appointed on the Surveyors accounts on run- 
ning the line of the Mason patent, Reported as follows (viz) 

Your Committee find due to the following persons hereafter 
named, each Sum payable in orders for any state Specie tax 

Joseph Blanchard Forty three pounds fifteen Shillings & ten 
pence 

John M'Dufi^ee Twenty three pounds twelve shillings and ten 
pence 

Henry Gerrish Thirteen pounds Six Shillings and Seven pence 

Charles Clapham Twenty two pounds and two shillings — 

George Place Seventeen pounds and Seventeen shillings — 

Stephen Varney Five pounds and Eleven Shillings — 

John Bell Twenty pounds and Six Shillings — 

Thomas Laughlan Three pounds 

John Dickey Three pounds and twelve shillings — 

Signed Ebenz'" Smith for the Committee wliich report being 
read and considered zwtcd that it be received and accepted — and 
that the President give orders for payment accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Bradlev 

The Committee on the Petition of Jennet Brown Reported that 
the Petition be granted and if there be any monies paid into the 
Treasury of Quigleys Estate that it be refunded — Signed John 
Bell for the Committee which report being read & considered 
voted that it be received and accepted and that the President on 
being certified thereof give order accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Kimball 

* The Committee on the Petition of Thomas Cogswell * 13-422 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Esq^ Reported that the Prayer of said Petition be granted and that 
the Treasurer govern himself accordingly — Signed Amos Shep- 
herd for the Committee which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Powers 

Voted that the Committee appointed June 1786 to receive exam- 
ine and report upon all accounts that might be exhibited to them 
by Towns or Individuals in this State be directed to deliver up 
the accounts now under their care to the Committee on Continen- 
tal Accounts — Sent up by M'" Crawford — 

J^oted that the Account of John Williams amounting to live 
pounds five shillings be allowed and paid out of the treasury b}^ 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

Voted that the Account of Robert Gerrish amounting to four 
pounds ten shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Crawford 

Voted that the Revr'^ Gentlemen of the Clergy who have 
attended the General Court as Chaplains at this and the last Ses- 
sion have and receive two pounds each for their Services and that 
the President give order accordingly — Sent up by M'' Holmes 

Voted that the Treasurer be directed to charge the Several 
Towns and Districts in the next precept with the cost of their 
respective Representatives attendance as heretofore — 

Sent up by M"" Holmes 
The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for Con- 
currence — 

Voted that the Treasurer be directed not to issue precepts on 
the excise bonds given by Jonathan Cilley Thomas 
* 13-423 Cogswell and James Calef until the next sitdng *of 
the General Court that said persons may have an 
opportunity to finish their Several Collections of excise and be 
able to render a compleat account of the Same that the said Court 
may be sufficiently informed so as to make an equitable decision 
on their Several and respective Petitions was read and con- 
curred — Sent up by M'' Robinson 

The Secretary came down and gave information that his 
Excellency the President with advice of Council has thought fit 
to adjourn the General Court to the Twenty eighth day of May 
next then to meet at Exeter, and the[y] are accordingly 
adjourned — 



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



A RKOISTKR 

OF 

Resolutions and Advice of Council. 

BEGUN AT THE FIRST SESSION IN JUNE, 1787. 



I 



PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 



NOMINATIONS, 



* At a Council holden at Concord June 19*'' * i B. N.-22 
1787.- 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' Pres'' — The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman, Moses Chase, John Pickering, & Daniel Emerson 
Esq--^ — 

Proceeded and nominated, 

Samuel Penhallow & ) for special Justices of the Superior Court 
Paine Wingate Esq'** 5 i" ^^he County of Rockingham in Certain 
Causes to be mentioned in the Commissions. — 

Richard Champney Esq'" for a Surveyor of flaxseed in Ports- 
mouth. — 

Advised by — Joseph Oilman 
Moses Chase 
John Pickering 
Daniel Emerson ju'' 
At a Council holden at Exeter August 17^'' 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Pres'' The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman Ebenezer Thompson Daniel Emerson & John 
Pickering Esqr^ Proceeded and Nominated 

The Hon. Ebenezer Thompson Esq for a Justice of the Inferior 
Court for the County of Straflbrd. 

The Hon Otis Baker Esq for d" > Advis'd to by 
Moses Carr Esq"" for d'' ) Joseph Oilman 

Daniel Emerson ju'' 
John Pickering 
Eben'' Smith of Durham '] r^ ,-1 r r> 

Nath> Cooper of Dover .^"^ ""K'^^'^'u ? T 

Joseph Peirce of New Durh'- Oore f l^^^^ °^ ^'S^''% ^T' 
WilYnxm King of Dover - J ^^^^^3' ^^ Strafford. 

* To which nominations we do advise and consent — * i B. N.-23 

Joseph Oilman 
Ebenezer Thompson 
Daniel Emerson ju'" 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 787-8 

At a Council holden at Exeter Aug 17^'' 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon 
Joseph Oilman, Eben'" Thompson Daniel Emerson & John Picker- 
ing Esq''' Proceeded & nominated 

Jonathan Warner of Portsm" for a Justice of Peace & of the 
Qiiorum thro' the State 

Daniel Humphreys of Portsm" for a Justice of the Peace for the 
Covmty of Rockingham 

Joseph Oilman 
Ebenezer Thompson 
Daniel Emerson ju'' 
At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept 17, 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon 
Joseph Oilman, Eben'' Thompson, Daniel Emerson & Moses 
Chase Esquires 
"proceeded & nominated 

Nathaniel Wheatley of Lebanon for 2'' Major of the 24 Reg — 
L Col Joseph Badger Jun'" for Colonel of the 10*'' Reg' in the 
room of Col E. Smith resigned 
Rich" Sinkler tbr Lt Col of d" 
Samuel Ladd lor i"' Maj'", of d° 

Nathan Taylor for 2" Maj'' of d'^ 
* I B. N.-24 * Cap' Elias Cady of Cornish for a Coroner for the 
County of Cheshire — 

Advised by Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson j'' 
At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept. 26, 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presid' The Hon 
Joseph Oilman Daniel Emerson & Moses Chase Esq''"' 
proceeded and nominated 

Nath' Sartel Prentice of Alstead for a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Cheshire. — 

Jeremiah Page of Dunbarton tbr a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsborough — 

Cap' David Wheeler of Marlbor" for a Justice of the peace for 
the County of Cheshire. 

Advised to by Moses Chase 

Daniel Emerson 
Joseph Oilman 



I787~8] RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 237 

At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept. 29, 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presid* The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman, Daniel Emerson and Moses Chase Esq''^ Nomi- 
nated 

Nath' Whittier of Northfield for a Coroner for the County of 
Rockingham Joseph Oilman 

Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson ju 
*At a Council holden at Portsmouth Dec 12"' 1787 * i B. N.-25 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presi- 
dent The Hon Eben'" Thompson, Daniel Emerson & John Picker- 
ing Esq^' — 

Proceeded and nominated. — 

Russell Hubbard of Sullivan for a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Cheshire 

Advised by Eben'' Thompson 
John Pickering 
Daniel Emerson ju*' 
At a Council holden at Portsm" Jan- 31 — 1788 — 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon 
Joseph Oilman Eben'" Thompson Moses Chase & John Pickering 
Esq''^ 

Proceeded & nominated 

Austin Oeorge of Conway for a Coroner for the County of 
Strafford. — 

James Wheelock of Hanover for a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Orafton. — 

Jon'' Sawyer of Orford for a Justice of the Peace for the County 
of Orafton. — Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson ju 
John Pickering 
Also proceeded & nominated 

William King for a Register of Probate for the County of Straf- 
ford — 

Levi Harvey of New London for a Justice of the peace for the 
County of Ches. 

advised by Eben'' Thompson 
Joseph Oilman 
Daniel Emerson j'' 
Moses Chase 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787-8 

I B. N.-26 At a Council holden at Portsmouth Feb 12, 1788. 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President 
Hon. Joseph Oilman, Eben'' Thompson, Daniel Emerson, Moses 
Chase & John Pickering Esq'"'* 
Proceeded & nominated, 

William Chamberlain of Middletown for a Justice of the peace 
for the County of Strafford. 

Joseph Kimball for Col. of the 15"' Regiment 
Diah Spaulding tor L' Col of d" 
Jesse Wilcocks for Maj'" of d" 
Joseph Smith for 2^' Maj'' of d" 

Stephen Lund of Merrimac for a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsbor'^ 

Col. James Hill for Brig'''' General — 

Joseph Oilman 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson ju'' 
At a Council holden at Exeter May 20"' 1788 — 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman, Moses Chase Daniel Emerson & John Pickering 
Esq''-^ — 

Proceeded and nominated 

Jonathan Swain of Raymond for a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Rockingham 

Capt Joseph Parsons of Oilmantown for a Justice of the Peace 
for the County of Strafford 

Joseph Oilman 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson ju'' 



APPOINTMENTS. RESOLUTIONS, AND ADVICE. 



*At a Council holden at Concord June 19 1787. — * 2 P. &C.-35 

His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President, The 
Hon. Joseph Oilman, Eben'' Thompson Daniel Emerson, Moses 
Chase & John Pickering Esquires — 

His Excellency the President requested the Advice of Council 
relative to drawing Orders on the Treasurer — 

Whereupon the Council Advise His Excellency to issue his 
Orders on the Treasurer agreeably to the Acts and Resolves of 
the General Court which have been heretofore passed or shall be 
passed during this Session. 

Advised to by Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Daniel Emerson, Ju'" 
Moses Chase 
John Pickering 

At a Council holden at Concord June 27^'' 1787 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presi'" The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman, Ebenz'" Thompson John Pickering, Moses Chase 
and Daniel Emerson Esq'"'^ — 

Appointed The Hon Benjamin West Esq Jon'' Freeman Esq & 
Aaron Hutchinson Esq Auditors & Commissioners to examine 
and adjust the Accounts of the expenditures of Moores Charity 
School. Appointed 

Samuel Penhallow & Paine Wingate Esq'* Special Justices of 
the Superior Court in the County of Rockingham in certain causes 
to be mentioned in the Commissions 

*The Council advise His Excellency, that when * 2 P. & C.-36 
any Special Justices shall be nominated for the 
Superior Court or Common pleas in any County, His Excellency 
the President may upon Application of either party. Commission 
any of them against whom no reasonable Objection is offered. — 

Appointed — 

Richard Champney Esq a Survey of flaxseed in Portsmouth — 



240 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787-8 

The foregoing appointments & advice is consented to by 

Daniel Emerson ju'' 
Moses Chase 
Eben"" Thompson 
John Pickering 
Joseph Gilman 
At a Council holden at Concord June 30*'' 1787 
His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon. Joseph 
Gilman, Eben"" Thompson John Pickering, Moses Chase & Dan' 
Emerson Esq 

His Excellency the President requested the Advice of Council 
relative to the time & place to which the General Court should 
be Adjourned 

Whereupon the Council advise that the General Court be 
adjourned to the 2'' Wednesday of Sept next then to meet at 
Charlestown 

Advised by Daniel Emerson Jr 

Moses Chase 
Eben^' Thompson 
John Pickering 
Jos Gilman 
* 2 P. & C.-37 * At a Council holden at Exeter August 16"' 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq 
Presid The Hon. Joseph Gilman, Ebenezer Thompson Daniel 
Emerson & John Pickering Esq''^ — 

His Excellency the President laid before the Council a treaty 
between the united States and the Emperor of Morocco ratified 
by Congress the 18"" day of July last — 

Whereupon the Council advise His Excellency the President to 
cause the same to be published in the public News papers attested 
by the Sec^ 

Advised to by Joseph Gilman 

Eben"" Thompson 
Daniel Emerson J'" 
John Pickering 
His Excellency the President laid before the Council a Letter of 
M'' Royal Flint Commissioner for settling the Accompts of this 
State against the United States dated July 16, 1787 and delivered 
to the President the 3'' of August current by M'' Peter Boyer and 
requested the Advice of Council respecting the best measures to 
be pursued for forwarding the settlement of those Accounts — 
Whereupon the Council advise that the Committee authorized 



1787-8] RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 24I 

by the Legislature of this State by a vote of the 24"' of June 1785 

to settle and close the accounts between this and 

the united States be desired * to proceed with * 2 P. & C.-38 

all possible dispatch in that business and as the 

same Committee were further empowered by the same vote to 

settle all such accounts as might be necessary for the adjustment 

of Accounts with the United States — advised that the Committee 

be further requested to advertize all persons having such Accounts 

to exhibit them immediately with proper vouchers. — 

Advised to by Eben'' Thompson 

Daniel Emerson ju"" 
John Pickering 
The President laid before the Council a letter from Governor 
Hancock dated July 5"' 1787 inclosing a Resolve of the General 
Court of that Commonwealth of the 29"' of June last requesting 
him to apply for libert}^ to march the Troops of that Government 
into this State if necessary to seize and secure such of the offend- 
ers in the late rebellion in that Commonwealth as have, or may 
take refuge in this State and requested the advice of Council 
thereon — Whereupon the Council advise that the letter be referred 
to the General Court for their consideration at the next Session. 
Advised to by Joseph Gilman 

Eben'" Thompson 
Daniel Emerson, j'" 
John Pickering 
* At a Council holden at Exeter Aug 17"' 1787 — * 2 P. & C.-39 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presi- 
dent The Hon Joseph Gilman Eben'' Thompson Daniel Emerson 
& John Pickering Esq'"' — 

His Excellency the Present requested the Opinion of the 
Council Whether the Treasurer should be directed to attend the 
Gen' Court in their next Session at Charlestown 

Whereupon the Council advise that the Treasurer be desired to 
attend the Court with the necessary public papers 

Advised by Joseph Gilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Daniel Emerson J'" 
At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept 17, 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon 
Joseph Gilman Eben'" Thompson Daniel Emerson & Moses Chase 
Esq'"^ 

16 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787-8 

proceeded & appointed 

The Hon Eben'' Thompson Esq a Justice of the Inferior Court 
in the County of Strafford 

Advised to by Joseph Oilman 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson J'' 

* 2 P. & C.-40 * proceeded and appointed 

Jonathan Warner Esq'" of Portsm" a Justice of 
the Peace and of the Qiiorum throughout the State. — 

Daniel Humphreys Esq of Portsmouth a Justice of the peace 
for the County of Rockingham. 

Richard Champney Esq of Portsmouth a Surveyor of flaxseed. 

Advised by Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson Ju'' 
At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept 26 1787. 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq'' President The Hon. 
Joseph Oilman, Daniel Emerson, & Moses Chase Esq'' 

Plis Excellency the President requested the Advise of Council 
relative to drawing Orders on the Treasurer. 

Whereupon the Council advise his Excellency to issue his 
Orders on the Treasurer agreeably to the Acts and Resolves of 
the Oen' Court which have been heretofore passed or shall be 
passed during this Session. 

Advised by Joseph Oilman 

Daniel Emerson J"" 
Moses Chase 

* 2 P. & C.-41 * proceeded & appointed 

Francis Smith Esq of Plainfield to be a Commis- 
sioner to adjust the Accompts of Dartmouth College in the room 
of Benjamin West Esq who declines to accept. — 

Nath' Wheatley Esq of Lebanon 2'' Major of the 24 Regiment. 
L* Col Joseph Badger Jun'" Col. of the 10"' Reg' in room of Col. 
E Smith resignd 

Rich" Sinkler Lieut Col. of d'^ 
Samuel Ladd Maj'' of d" 
Nathan Taylor 2" Maj'" d'^ 

Advised Moses Chase 

Daniel Emerson Jr 
Joseph Oilman 



1787-8] RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 243 

At a Council holden at Charlestown Sept 29 1787 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presic^ The Hon Jos- 
eph Oilman Daniel Emerson & Moses Chase Esq'"^ 

His Excellency the President requested the Advice of Council 
relative to the adjournment of the General Court — 

Whereupon the Council x\dvise that the General Court be ad- 
journed to the third Wednesday in Jan-^' next then to meet at Ports- 
mouth agreeably to a vote of Court. 

Joseph Gilman 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson Jr 

* x\t a Council holden at Exeter October the 5''' * 2 P. & C.-42 
1787 — 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presid* The Hon, 
Joseph Gilman Ebenezer Thompson and Daniel Emerson Esq'*. 

The Council advised, that His Excellency the President be de- 
sired to draught & transmit to the press, a Proclamation for a 
General Thanksgiving throughout the State on the 29"' of Novem- 
ber next agreeably to a vote of the General Court. 

October 6, 1787 

Present as yesterday. 
The Council advised, that His Excellency be desired to request 
M^' Pickering one of the Council to agree with M'' Doeg of Ports- 
mouth or some other painter as he mav judge best for a number 
of Standards sufficient to supply the several Regiments of Militia 
in this State agreeably to the Resolves or Votes of the General 
Court. 

Proceeded & appointed 

Nathaniel Whittier Esq of Northwood a Coroner for the County 
of Rockingham 

Jeremiah Page 3'' of Dunbarton a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsbor' — 

Daniel Emerson Ju'" 
Joseph Gilman 
Ebenezer Thompson 

*NovEMBER 1787 — * 2 P. & C.-43 

The President having requested our Advice respecting calling 
the General Court together at an earlier day than that to which it 
stood adjourned — We the Subscribers Members of Council, do 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE P:ARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787-8 

Advise & consent to said Court being called together at the Court 
House in Portsmouth on Wednesday the 5"' day of December next 

Advised by Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
John Pickering 
At a Council holden at Portsmouth Dec 12''' 1787 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon 
Eben^' Thompson Daniel Emerson and John Pickering Esq'"* 

His Excellency the Prisident having laid before the Council a 
paper purporting the resignation of Moody Morse Esq as a Jus- 
tice of the Peace for the County of Rockingham — Upon consid- 
ering the same the Council advise, that the said resignation be 
received & accepted, and that the Clerk of the peace note the 
same on the back of the Gen' Commission of the peace lor the 
County of Rockingham. 
Proceeded and appointed 

Capt David Wheeler Esq of Marlbor" a Jus'"" P- for the County 
of Cheshire — 

Advised by Daniel Emerson, ju'' 
Eben'' Thompson 
John Pickering 
* 2 P. & C.-44 * At a Council holden at Portsm" Jan-^ 31. 1788 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq Presi- 
ident. The Hon. Joseph Oilman, Eben'' Thompson Moses Chase 
& John Pickering Esq'' 

His Excellency the President requested the Advice of Council 
relative to drawing Orders on the Treasury — 

Whereupon the Council advise His Excellency to issue his 
Order on the Treasurer agreeably to the Acts & Resolves of the 
Oeneral Court, which have been heretofore passed or shall be 
passed during this Session 

Advised by us — Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Moses Chase 
John Pickering 
Proceeded and appointed 

Cap' Elias Cady of Cornisji a Coroner for the County of 
Cheshire 

Roswell Hubbard of Sullivan a Justice of the peace tor the 
County of Cheshire. Joseph Oilman 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson ju'" 



1787-8] RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCIL. 245 

* At a Council at Portsm" Feb^ 12'" 1788— * 2 P. & C.-45 

Present His Exxellency John Sullivan Esq 
Presid' The Hon. Joseph Gilman, Eben'" Thompson, Moses Chase, 
Daniel Emerson & John Pickering Esq'"* 

proceeded and appointed, 

James Wheelock Esq of Hanover a Justice of the Peace for the 
County of Grafton 

Jonathan Sawyer Esq. of Orford a Justice of the peace for the 
County of Grafton 

Austin George Esq. of Conway for a Coroner for the County of 
Grafton — 

Capt. Nath' Marshall for Surveyor of Lumber for the Town of 
Portsmouth — 

Nath' S. Prentice Esq of Alstead a Justice of the peace for the 
County of Cheshire 

William King Register of Probate for the County of Strafford. — 

Levi Harvey Esq of New London a Justice of the Peace for 
the County of Hillsborough. 

Joseph Gilman 
Eben'' Thompson 
Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson, ju^' 

The Commissioners on the Continental Accounts having re- 
quested the Advice of His Excellency and their Honors, whether 
they are to deliver the original Accounts & Vouchers to the Con- 
tinental Commissioner ; Also the rate to be allow'd their Clerks 
"^'" day. — Whereupon the Council advise to the Commissioners 
delivering over original Acco'- & vouchers to the Con" Coms"'" 
keeping Copies. — That the Superintend^ of the public Acco^' 
emplov the neces'' Clerks upon the best terms he can. That 
an Order be drawn in favor of the Com''' Gen' for £48 for supply- 
ing the Garrison for which he is to be accountable. 

John Pickering- 
Daniel Emerson jun'' 
Moses Chase 

* Portsmouth, Feb' 13th 1788 * 2 P. & C.-46 

His Excellency the President requested the advice of Council 
relative to the drawing Orders on the Treasurer. 

Whereupon the Council advise his Excellency to issue his 
Orders on the Treasurer agreeable to the Acts and Resolves of 



2z}6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [ 1 787-8 

the General Court, which have been passed during this or any 
former session — 

Joseph Gilman 
Ebenezer Thompson 
Daniel Emerson ju'' 
Moses Chase 
At a Council holden at Exeter May 19*'' 1788 
Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President The Hon'''° 
Joseph Gilman, Moses Chase, Dan' Emerson & John Pickering 
Esq'^ 

His Excellency the President laid before the Council two peti- 
tions from Elisha Thomas now a prisoner in Dover Goal under 
the Sentence of Death for the Murder of Capt Peter Drowne 
praying for a reprieve for a short space of time ; Whereupon the 
Council desired that the petitions might la}^ for consideration untill 
Tomorrow Morning. — 

The Council then proceeded to examine the returns of the num- 
ber of Votes for Senators 

Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 oClock 
* 2 P. «&: C.-47 * Tuesday May 20*" 1788 — Present as yester- 
day — resumed the consideration of the petitions 
of Elisha Thomas and conceiving a farther time necessary for him 
to prepare for Death do advise that the Execution of the Sentence 
of Death on the said Thomas be respited until Tuesday the third 
day of June next 

John Pickering 
Moses Chase 
Joseph Gilman 
Daniel Emerson j'" 
Proceeded and appointed — 

William Chamberlain Esq a Justice of the Peace for the County 
of Strafford — 

Joseph Kimball of Plainfield Col" of the 15 Reg' of Militia 
Diah Spaulding of Cornish L* Col of D" 
Jesse Wilcocks of Newport Maj of d" 
Joseph Smith of Plainfield 2" Maj'' of d" 

Stephen Lund of Merrimack for a Coroner for the County of 
Hillsborough — 

Col. James Hill Brigadier General of the Militia vice General 
Moulton deceased — 

Advised and consented to by us Joseph Gilman 

Moses Chase 
Daniel Emerson j"" 



1787-8] RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND COUNCII.. 247 

* At a Council holden at Exeter May 21, 1788 * 2 P. & C.-48 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq 
President The Hon Joseph Oilman Daniel Emerson & Moses 
Chase Esq'' 

The Council advise that His Excellency draw an Order in favor 
of Cap' Josiah Oilman for the sum of Seventy pounds thirteen 
shillings for which he is to be accountable — he having exhibited 
an Account for the above sum Daniel Emerson ju'' 

Moses Chase 
Joseph Oilman 

At a Council holden at Exeter May 21, 1788 — 

Present His Excellency John Sullivan Esq President. The 
Hon. Joseph Oilman, Daniel Emerson & Moses Chase and John 
Pickering Esq'' 

Upon counting the votes for Senator agreeably to the Constitu- 
tion, We find that the whole number of votes returned for Senators 
for the County of Rockingham amount to 10,159, That John 
Pickering. Joshua Wentworth, Christ" Toppan, Peirce Long and 
John Bell Esquires having a majority of votes are elected Sena- 
tors by the people for the year ensuing and have been summoned 
accordingly. — That the whole number of votes returned for Sena- 
tors for the County of Strafford amount to 2581. That Ebenezer 
Smith Esq having a majority of votes is elected a Senator for said 
County and has been summoned accordingly, and that no other per- 
son has a majority — that John Waldron Esq has 
604 and John M'Duffee Esq has 417 they * hav- * 2 P. & C.-49 
ing the two highest numbers in said County. 
That the whole number of votes returned for Senators for the 
County of Hillsborough amount to 2804, no one person being 
elected, the four highest numbers are, tor Joshua Bailey Esq'" 579, 
for Robert Wallace Esq 535 for Robert Means 442 and for Eben- 
ezer Webster 407. — That the number of votes returned for Sena- 
tors for the County of Cheshire amount to 1465, no one person 
being elected the four highest numbers are, for John Bellows Esq 
343, for Amos Shepard Esq 343, for John Hubbard Esq 257 and 
for Moses Chase 234. That the whole number of votes returned 
for Senators tor the County of Orafton amount to 555, no one 
person having a majority, the two highest numbers are, for Francis 
Worcester Esq 189, and for Elisha Payne Esq 173. — 

We also certify that the votes from Swanzey was at the time of 
counting the votes for Senators crowded into the files by mistake 
and has been since found in the paper inclosing the votes from 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1787-8 

Stoddard, but was not counted at the time : We find that John 
Bellows Esq had thirty nine votes for a Senator in that town, 
which make the number of votes tor him 382 ; The other votes 
from Swanzey are 37 for Reuben Alexander, 4 for Capt. Josiah 
Richardson, & two for Calvin Frink, neither of whom had betbre 
any votes for them as Senators for the County of Cheshire ; 
We also find by the votes from Winchester deliv- 
* 2 P. & C.-50 ered * to the Secretary since the counting of 
votes for Senators, that Col John Bellows had in 
that Town, 27 votes for a Senator which would have made a 
majority of votes in his favor if seasonably handed in ; That Reu- 
ben Alexander Esq had in that Town 30 votes for a Senator in 
that County — We also find a number of votes have since been 
handed in from several Towns in the County of Rockingham, 
which if seasonably sent would not have made any alteration in 
the choice of Senators, the votes are as follows, viz : 

lor Joseph Oilman Esq Ten, 
Peter Green Esq Twenty, 
John Bell Esq Twenty, 
Christ" Toppon, Esq, Twenty, 
John Eastman Esq Ten, 
Arch'^ M^Murphy Esq Ten, 
Col John M'Clar}' Twenty nine, 
Richard I^artlett Esq nine, 
Edmund Morse One. 
We also find b}' the votes from New Durham and New Dur- 
ham Gore sent in since counting the votes for Senators, that Col 
Ebent'zer Smith had fifty seven votes for a Senator lor the Count}" 
of Strafford, Col. John Waldron had 34, & Joshua Wingate had one 
and Timothy Emerson had Twenty three — We also find by votes 
since sent in, that Moses Dow Esq had 62 votes for a Senator for 
the County of Grafton. — 

We also find by the votes returned June 4''' 17S8 
*2 P. & C.-51 that Col John Bellows had 29 votes, Col * Amos 
Siiepard 17 Daniel Grout 7 and Tho"' Pennyman 
Esq 5 votes tor a Senator lor the County of Cheshire, that Francis 
Worcester Esq had 23 votes for a Senator for the County of Graf- 
ton and that Elisha Payne Esq had 9, Col Charles Johnston 4, 
& Bezaleel Woodward Esq i for a Senator for said County 

Jn" Sullivan, president 
Moses Chase ^ 

Daniel Emerson j'' > Counsellors 
John Pickering ) 



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STATE OFFICERS, 1788-89. 



EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. 

JOHN LANGDON,! Portsmouth, President. 

(Till Janviary 22, 1789.) 

JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth, President. 

(From January 22, 1789.) 

Council. 

EBENEZER SMITH, Meredith, ) .„ ,. , ^ 

T^^T^-r-T-.rT^ TTT , T T -.r^^ TT -1 > C /i OS c n / r o 111 t /ic ::)enate . 
ROBERT WALLACE, Henmker, S -^ 

PETER GREEN, Concord, ^ 

JOSIAH RICHARDSON, Keene, i Chosen from the House. 

WILLIAM SIMPSON, Orford, ) 

JOSEPH PEARSON, Exeter, Secretary of State. 

JOHN TAYLOR GILMAN,^ Exeter, 'State Treasurer, 

(Till acceptance of hi,s Resignation, January 3, 1789.) 

WILLIAM GARDNER,3 Portsmouth, State Treasurer. 

(From January 7, 1789.) 

NATHANIEL OILMAN, Exeter, Continental Loan 'Officer. 
ELEAZER RUSSELL, Portsmouth, Naval Officer. 
JOSEPH WHIPPLE, Portsmouth, Collector of the Impost. 
JEREMIAH LIBBEY, Portsmouth, Post Master and 

Keeper of the Magazine at Portsmout/i. 

1 Resigned January 22, 17S9, to accept his appointment as a Senator in Congress. 

2 John Calfe of Hampstead was elected State Treasurer by the General Court, January 4, 
1789, to succeed Jolin Taylor Gilman who had resigned to accept a federal otidce. Judge 
Calfe declined. For biography of Judge Calfe, .see 2 Farmer and Moore's Historical Col- 
lections, 42. 

3 Biographical sketch of Wm. Gardner, Potter's Military History of New Hampshire, 
Adjutant-General's Report, 186G, Vol. 2, p. 351; Brewster's Rambles about Portsmouth, First 
Series, 303. 



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252 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

JUDICIARY. 

Sitpcrio}' Court of yudicatnrc. 

SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness, Chief Justice. 

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Kingston, ^ " 

JOHN DUDLEY, Raymond, \ Puisne Justices. 

WOODBURY LANGDON, PortsmouUi, ) 

JOHN PRENTICE, Londonderry, Attorney-General. 

NATHANIEL ADAMS, Portsmouth, Clerk. 

Court Maritime. 
JOSHUA BRACKETT, Portsmouth, Judge. 
JONATHAN MITCHELL SEWALL, Portsmouth, Register. 

STATE SENATE. 

(June 4, 1788, to June 3, 1789.) 
JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth, President. 

(June 6, 1788, to January 22, 1789.) 

JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth, President. 

(January 22, 1789, to June 3, 1789.) 

r JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth. 

President Pro Tein. or Senior Senator. 
PIERSE LONG,i Portsmouth. 
CHRISTOPHER TOPPAN, Hampton. 
JOHN BELL, Londonderry. 
JOSHUA WENTWORTFI, Portsmouth. 
County of^ EBENEZER SMITH,'^ Meredith. 
Strafford. { JOHN WALDRON,^ Dover. 

1 Pierse Long died April 3, 1789. Brew.ster's Rambles about Portsmouth, First Series, 275. 

2 Ebenezer Smith of Meredith is one of the men of tliis period who was strong enough to 
maintain a hold upon the principal places of official responsibility for a large district during 
a long term of years. The circle of his large influence was over a considerable part of the 
territory which is now included in Belknap County. His place in the histdry df his times 
ought to be better understood and descriljed. The I'enewed interest in the history of the 
Lake region pnimiscs to stimulate the work of the accomplished local students <if its early 
ah'airs and later prdgress, tivnu wliicli some of tlie most promising municipalities in the 
state have devfdopcd, and yiidd in the near future valual)le contributions to our literature 
of history and biography. The life and services of Ebenezer Smith will command the early 
and interested attention of the student who attempts this field. 

3 No sketch of Col. John Waldron, of Dover, N. H., would be complete without some recog- 
nition of the fact that there were two families of that surname in Dover in the seventeenth 
century, of entirely distinct origin. 

They were not known to he related to each other, and tlie earlier generations of neither 
faniily claimed rclatidiisliip. Rev. Dr. Quint has written id' these two families (that of old 
Major Richard Waldron anil of .John Waldron — conteiiipnrarics) as follows, viz.: 

"If there was any connection between these families (Richard ami John of Dover in 1689), 
it was on the other side of the ocean. 



For the County 
of Rockinofham 



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1788] STATE OFFICERS, 1788-89. 253 

County of 5 ROBERT WALLACE,^ Ilenniker. 
Hillsboro'. l EBENEZER WEBSTER, Salisbury. 
County of 5 AMOS SHEPHARD, Alstead. 
Cheshire. I MOSES CHASE, Cornish. 

^rafton!^ { FRANCIS WORCESTER,^ Plymouth. 

"Besides, tlio Jlajor's name was Walderne, not Waliiroi:, and Walderne was the name of 
liis Engiisli aneestiy. 

"Their social p()s{tion here [in Dover] was very ditterent. 

" Richiird was speaker of tlie Massachusetts House, Major-General, President of tlie Prov- 
ince of New Hauipshire. 

"John was ' Master ' Heard's ehore-boy. 

" Rlf/iK/'d had .u'reat landed possessions; J'o/i ?i began without a rod. 

"But. in successive generations the great possessions of Richard dwindled to nothing, 
while John and John's heirs came to own thoiisands of acres. 

"The descendants of Richard had little intiueiiee in Dover when John's grandson swept 
the town at every election. 

"And, strangest of all, the ISIajor's own son abandoned liis hereditary surname, and 
ad')pted and gave to his descendants, the patronymic of tlie kidnapi)ed cliore-boy." 

•Tohn AValdron was picked ui> in the streets of an English seaport wiiile a hoy in an " unfair 
manner'' by Capt. John Heard, a ship captain of Do^■er, N. H., taken to America, brouglit to 
Dover, and kept by said Heard as a chore-boy at his Garrison House at [now] Garrison Hill, 
DoA-er, N. H. 

Heard died in 16S8, Jan. 19 (the same year Ma.ior Richard Walderne was massacred), and 
he in his will calls John Waldron "my prentice " and made him a legacy. 

Jolinl Waldron, on Aug. 29, 1G98, marri<'d Mary (Ham) Home, a widow of Dover. She was 
daughter of John Hani of Dover, the immigrant ancestor of Dr. John R. H.ara; Iter first hus- 
band, Wm. Horne, having died shortly after their marriage. John died, 1740, in Dover. 

They had (amoiiir other children) Rich:!rd2 Waldi'on. 

Richard 2 (John 1) Waldron married (1) Hannah Smitli of Durham and (2) Elizabeth , 

who survived him. His will was dated 26 Aug., 1771 : proved 29 Jan., 1772. He had (among 
others) John 3 Waldron. 

This Johns (Richard 2, John 1) Waldron is the State Senator, named in the text, and the 
grandson who (as Dr. Quint says above) '^ swept the torn at erery election." 

Johns (Richard 2, John 1) Waldron, born near 17-10, was a farmer, justice of the peace, etc. 
He raised a company in Dover and led it to Cambridge in the Revolutionary War. Wliile 
at Cambridge the Coiinecticut troops, going home, left Wasliington to appeal to New Hamp- 
slnre patriotism; and the Captain (John W.) came home to Dover and raised seven hundred 
men in four days, and went back as Colonel. The death of his wife and the al)solute 
need of his yottng children made him retire early from the service, but his patriotism was 
unhounded. Prob.ably Dover ne^-er had a more popular citizen. He was in the Pjovincial 
Legislature in 1774. and the Revolutionarv Convention at Exeter in 1775: Representative in 
1782, '83, '85, '86, and '88, 1797, '98, 1801, '2, '3, and '15. He was in the State Senate in 1788, 1790, '91, 
'92, and 180S, '4, '5, '6. 

At a single election in Dover he was chosen moderator, lot layer, highway surveyor, over- 
seer of the poor, representative and senator. He was especially famous as moderator. His 
clear and powerful voice, his energy and decision, made him successful. Tiie records show 
liim to have been moderator for thirty-eiglit regular town meetings for elections, and eight 
.special meetings. His intense party feelings were not concealed. At one election in declar- 
ing the vote lie added in a stentorian voice, stating the iiumbers, "so many for England, 
and so many for .\meriea." He was four times married. Col. John was baptized 15 Sept., 
17G5: and ireceived, with his wife Joanna, as a member of First Church (Cong.), Dover, 12 
June, 170S. He had three sons and four daughters. He died 31 Aug., 1827, while on a visit to 
his son Dr. Timothy W. WaMron, in Bath, Maine, and he was there buried. 

The editor is indebted to Jolm R. Ham, M. D., for the foregoing biographical matter 
relative to Senator Waldron. 

4 Hon. Robert Wallace was a wealthy and influential citizen who was reverenced in Hen- 
niker and highly esteemed everywhere. His mot!ier was born at sea in the voyage to this 
country in 1720. Her second husband, James Clark, was an ancestor of Horace (ireeley. 
Besides serving several terms in the Senate and Council, Robert Wallace was a judge of the 
Court of Common Pleas.— L. W. Cogsivell, History of Henniker, passim. 

5 Francis Worcester was a representative man in an interesting chapter of events in our 
political history. Grafton county had been so recently made a political unit, when the dis- 
solution of the provincial government occurred that the people of its eastern and westi-rn 
parts had not become fully accustomed to the new a Ijiistmeiit of county relations, and their 
ideas of government were discordant. It was in civil affairs rather than in the military 
that Mr. Worcester was conspicuous in the later part of the revolutionary period. The sit- 
uatit)!! in this i>art of the state was a source of constant embarrassment to those who were 
the responsible agents of the revolutionary government of New Hampshire. The strong 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

The Senators elected by the people were : 

John Pickering, Pierse Long, Portsmouth, Christopher Top- 
pan, Hampton, John Bell, Londonderry, Joshua Wentworth, 
Portsmouth, for the County of Rockinghani. 

Ebenezer Smith, Meredith, for the County of Strafford. 

The Senate and House in joint convention filled the vacancies 
on the fifth day of June, by making choice of the following named 
candidates : 

John Waldron, Dover, for the Count}' of Strafford. 

Robert Wallace, Henniker, Ebenezer Webster, Salisbury, for 
the County of Ilillsborouo/i. 

Amos Shephard, Alstead, Moses Chase, Cornish, for the 
County of CJic shire. 

Francis Worcester, Plymouth, for the County of Grafton. 

MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT. 

His Excellency JOHN LANGDON (till Jan. 22, 1789), 
His Excellency JOHN PICKERING (from Jan. 22, 1789), 
Captain- General, Coiuniander-in-Chief, and Admiral. 

Aids to His Excellency, zuitJi the Rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. 

WILLIAM GARDNER, Portsmouth. 
NATHANIEL FOLSOM, Portsmouth. 
OLIVER PEABODY, Exeter. 
AARON HILL, Portsmouth. 

first division. 
BENJAMIN BELLOWS, Walpole, Major-Gcneral. 

Aids iL'ith the Rank of Major. 
MOODY DUSTIN, Claremont. 
GEORGE SPARHAWK, Walpole. 

second division. 
JOSEPH CILLEY, Nottingham, Major-Gencral. 

and devoted nucleus of their political support in the eastern part of the county was able to 
cooperate witli one of the factions in the western towns, liringing about a gradual extension 
of a sentiment of state pri(l(^ and eventually a restor;itii>n of tlie whole county to its proper 
allegianc^c. Tliis was acconiplislied in the last f<mr years of the revolutionary period, in 
wliich i\lr. Worcester ;iinl ('ol. Charles Jolinston alternated as the Councillor for (irafton 
county, representiuL;' tlje New Hanipsliire party, which was strenuously oiiposed hy an iiitiu- 
ential nody of the peoiile under the lead of Col. Elisha Payne, Professor l!ez;Ueel Wood- 
ward, and Gen. Israel Morey. See Biography of John Hard, by W. F. Whitcher, Proceedings 
of the Grafton and Coos Bar Association, Vol. 1, p. 492. 



1788] STATE OFFICERS, I788-89. 255 

Aids zvith the Rank of Major. 
JOSEPH MILLS, Deerfield. 
BRADBURY CILLEY, Nottingham. 

Brigadier- Generals. 
GEORGE REID, Londonderry. 
MOSES DOW, Haverhill. 
JONATHAN CHASE, Cornish. 
THOMAS Bx\RTLETT, Nottingham. 
JAMES HILL, Newmarket. 
NOAH LOVEWELL, Dunstable. 

Brigade Majors. 
ASA SENTER, Pelham, to Gen. Reid. 
SAMUEL TODD, Orford, to Gen. Dow. 
LUTHER EAMES, Keene, to Gen. Chase. 
JONATHiVN CILLEY, Nottingham, to Gen. Bartlett. 
NEWELL HEALEY, Kensington, to Gen. Hill. 

, to Gen. Lovewell. 
SUPPLY CLAPP, Portsmouth, Commissary-General. 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter, Adjutant-General. 
JEREML\H LIBBEY, Portsmouth, Keener of the Magazine. 

TITUS SALTER, Portsmouth, 

Commander of Fort William and Mary. 

senators in the congress of the united states. 
JOHN LANGDON, Portsmouth. 
PAINE WINGATE, Stratham. 

representatives in congress. 
SAMUEL LIVERMORE, Holderness. 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. 
ABIEL foster, Canterbury. 

delegates to the continental congress. 
To serve fro n the first Monday in JVoveinher., iy88. 

Names. Residence. Date of Appointment. 

PAINE WINGATE, Stratham, June 17, 1788. 

NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter, June 17, 1788. 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

DELEGATES IN ACTUAL ATTENDANCE. 

1788. 

[First Monday in Nov., 1787 to same, 1788.] 
PAINE WINGATE, Stratham. 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. 
1789. 
[First Monday in Nov., 1788 to March 3, 1789.] 
NICHOLAS OILMAN, Exeter. 

The House November 11, 1788, made choice of John Langdon 
for a Senator in the Congress of the United States, yeas 60, nays 
3. November 12 the Senate concurred. 

The House November 12 made choice of Nathaniel Peabodyi 
for a Senator in the Congress of the United States, yeas 40, 
nays 36. 

The Senate on the same day refused concurrence'" in the choice 
of Nathaniel Peabody, 3^eas 2, nays 8. 

The Senate the same day made choice of Josiah Bartlett for a 
Senator in the Congress of the United States and the House con- 
curred ; 61 yeas, 16 na3's. 

The Secretary was instructed to notify the Senators of their 
election and to desire them to give answer at the next session. 

Dr. Bartlett declined the appointment.^ 

At the next session, on the first day of January, the House 
made choice of Paine Wingate for Senator, yeas 58, nays 26, and 
on the third day of January the Senate concurred. 

In the classification of Senators in Congress under Article i, 
section 3, clause 2 of the Constitution, which was made b}^ lot, 
Senator Langdon was assigned to the third class, which gave him 
a term of six years, and Senator Wingate to the second class, 
giving him a term of four years. Senator Langdon was the first 
President of the Senate, and, as the inauguration of the Vice-Pres- 
ident did not occur till April 21, as to the interval from the organ- 
ization of the Senate till that date, the remark that " he was the 
first acting President of the United States " is of course true. 

The succession of United States Senators from this State under 
classes two and three is given in the New Hampshire Manual for 
the Oeneral Court for 1891, p. 165. The name of Henry Hub- 

1 Biography, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, "Vol. 3, p. 1. 

2 For an account of this episode, consult Life of William Plunier, p. 101. 

3 Daniel Rollins's Sketch of Josiah Bartlett, Granite Monthly, Vol. 7, p. 356. 



1788] STATE OFFICERS, 1788-89. 257 

bard, however, should be read for that of Harry Hibbard on p. 
166. The Manuals of the United States Senate contain similar 
tables of senatorial succession for all the states. 

The hrst popular election for Representatives for New Hamp- 
shire in the Congress of the United States under the Constitution, 
took place on the third Monday in December, 1788, under the 
Act of November 8, 1788. 

It appears by the report of a committee of the House, made 
January 2, 1789, that there was no choice, Hon. Benjamin West, 
of Charlestown, Hon. Samuel Livermore, of Holderness, Hon. 
Paine Wingate, of Stratham, Hon. Abiel Foster, of Canterbury, 
Hon. John Sullivan, of Durham, and Hon. Nicholas Oilman, of 
Exeter, having the highest number of votes, in the order named. 

A second election occurred on the first Monday in February, 
1789, and February 21, 1789, the President and Council having 
examined the return of votes, found that Hon. Benjamin West, Hon. 
Samuel Livermore, and Hon. Nicholas Oilman had been chosen. 
Hon. Abiel Foster, Hon. John Sullivan, and Hon. Paine Wingate 
stood next in the poll in the order named. Mr. Wingate had 
meantime been chosen United States Senator, and probabl}- for 
that reason received but a trifling vote for Representative. 

Mr. West declined his election, as he had his appointment as 
Attorney-Oeneral and man}' other important offices. 

A new election took place June 22, 1789, and at this, the third 
trial, the delegation was completed by the choice of Hon. Abiel 
Foster. 

These elections were by a general vote of the state at large, 
and this method was continued until the December session of the 
Oeneral Court, in 1824, when the State was divided into six 
districts. 

In the November election, just previous to this enactment, con- 
gressmen had been elected on a general ticket. None were 
elected in March, 1825. The act of December 16, 1824, creating 
and defining congressional districts was repealed by act of July 
2, 1825. There is a citation of these acts in the Index to New 
Hampshire Laws, p. 122, which does not suggest the early late of 
this legislation. The act of July 2 was nothing but a repealing 
act drawn in very concise terms. It was again the subject of 
legislation in 1846, when the State was divided into four districts 
by the act of July 2, and congressmen were first elected under 
that arrangement in March, 1847. The district system has ever 
since prevailed. Special acts are scattered along the record pro- 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

viding for elections in November, so tliat the members would be 
chosen in time for sessions beginning in March. Usually, how- 
ever, the congressional elections took place in March. 

The New Hampshire Register for i860, p. 29, gives summaries 
of the votes at all the congressional elections in the State to that 
year. 

The History of the Celebration of the One Hundredth Anniver- 
sary of the Inauguration of the Federal Government at New 
York, which is now in press, will give biographical sketches of 
the New Hampshire members with those of other States. 

See Hon. Charles H. Atherton's estimate of Judge Livermore, 
in Memoir of Claggett, 3 N. H. Hist. Soc. Collections, 37. 
Compare Brewster's Rambles, 143, and Life of Plumer, 150. 

An act of the Continental Congress provided that presidential 
electors should be chosen on the tirst Wednesday in January, 
1789, and that the electors should choose a president on the first 
Wednesday in February, and that the two Houses of Congress 
should assemble in New York on the first Wednesday in March. 
The old Congress was kept alive with ditliculty during the winter 
of 1788-89. Sometimes less than half a dozen members were in 
the city and after the first of January there was never a quorum 
present. 

ELECTORS OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 

[Under the Act of Nov. 12, 1788.] 

BENJAMIN BELLOWS, Walpole. 
JOHN PICKERING, Portsmouth. 
EBENEZER THOMPSON,^ Durham. 
JOHN SULLIVAN, Durham. 
JOHN PARKER,2 Portsmouth. 

The Popular Vote for the ten highest Candidates for Electors 
in the First Electoral College of the United States was as follows : 



General Bellows 
Hon. John Pickering 
E. Thompson, Esq. 
General Sullivan 



i'759 
1^364 
1,063 

872 



1 Memoir, by Mary P. Thompson, Concord, N. H., 1886. p. 86. 

2 Rambles about Portsmonth, First Series, p. 120. Plumer's MSS. Biog., 3, p. 455. 



1788] 



STATE OFFICERS, I788-89. 



259 



John Parker, Esquire 
Judge Dudley 
Col. Wentworth 
Gen. Folsom 
Col. Smith 
General Cilley 

Total Vote 



851 
718 
667 

589 
543 

528 

20,142 



No choice was made on the above vote. 

See Report of the Joint Committee, January 6, 1789, and New 
Hampshire Annual Register, i860, p. 17. 

The first live persons above named were elected in the General 
Court, by concurrent vote, which was completed January 7, 1789, 
but the House acted under protest as to the mode of choice. Life 
of W"' Plumer, p. 104. 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JUNE 4 TO JUNE i8, 1788. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



* Concord WEDNESDAY, June 4"' 1788. * 2-368 

Being the day appointed by the Constitution for the annual 
Meeting of the General Court the Honorable John Pickering, 
Peirce Long, Christopher Toppan, John Bell and Ebenezer Smith 
Esquires, being elected Senators by the people for the year ensu- 
ing, attended and took the Oaths. 

The members present met with the Hon, House of Represent- 
atives in their Chamber and proceeded to Examine, count and 
enter the votes for a President, which being done proceeded to 
chose a committee of five to re-examine said entry, and then 
agreed to meet to-morrow mornincr 

THURSDAY June 5, 1788. 

Both branches having met the committee appointed to reexam- 
ine the Entry of the votes for a President reported as follows that 
they find the whole number of Votes to be eight thousand, eight 
hundred, and thirty eight, of which four thousand, four hundred, 
and twenty one, for the Honorable John Langdon, and 
three thousand, six hundred and sixty four for * His * 2-369 
Excellency John Sullivan Esquire and Seven hundred 
and fifty three for other persons, by which it appears to your com- 
mittee that the Hon. John Langdon has four Votes more than all 
the other candidates. 

(Signed) John Pickering for the committee. 

After which his Excellency John 'Langdon Esq'" signified his 
acceptance of said Office as President of said State. 

The Senators present met with the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives and proceeded to the choice of Senators to fill up the 
vacancies ; and the ballots being taken agreeably to the Constitu- 
tion, the following Gentleman were elected to fill up said vacan- 
cies, viz. John Waldron Esquire, for the County of Strafford; 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Robert Wallace and Ebenezer Webster Esquires for the County 
of Hillsborough ; Amos Shepard and Moses Chase Esquires for 
the County of Cheshire and Francis Worcester Esquire for the 
County of Grafton, and were notified accordingly. 
Agreed to adjourn 'till to-morrow. 

The Honorable Senate having met in their Chamber, The Hon. 
John Waldron, Moses Chase, and Ebenezer Webster Esquires, 
attended the Senate and took the oaths agreeable to the Constitu- 
tion as Senators and their Seats at the Senate Board. 

The Senate then proceeded to the choice of a Senior Senator ; 
and the ballots being taken it appeared that the Honorable John 
Pickering Esquire was unaninously chosen to that Office. 
Adjourned 'till to morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY June &\ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
* 2-370 Present his Excellency John Langdon Esquire the Hon. 
John Pickering, Peirce Long, Christopher Toppan, John 
Bell, Ebenezer Smith John Waldron, Ebenezer Webster and 
Moses Chase Esquires. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Capt. Sloan, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan and M'' Smith 
joined. 

The Senate met with the Honorable House of Representatives, 
the Senior Senator proceeded to administer the necessary Oaths 
to his Excellency the President and then said Senior Senator 
declared before both branches of the Legislature His Excellency 
John Langdon Esquire was elected President of said State for the 
year ensuing 

The Senate then retired to their Chamber ; and after some time 
met with the Honorable House of Representatives, and proceeded 
to the choice of Counsellors tor the year ensuing, the ballots being 
taken it appeared that the Honorable Ebenezer Smith Esquire, 
was chosen a Counsellor, tl"we ballots being taken it appeared that 
the Honorable Peter Green Esquire, was chosen a Counsellor 

The convention of both Branches having adjourned 'till the 
afternoon, the Senate then retired to their Chamber. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the accounts of D. Poor and others and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell and M'" 
Webster joined. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 265 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draught such public bills as shall be thought necessary, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Pickering, and M' Smith 
joined. 

A Vote, lor a committee to join a Committee of the Sen- 
ate, to draught an x\nswer to his Excellency's Message, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M^' Pickering, and IVP' Waldron, 
joined. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of- the * 2-371 
Senate, to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Sandwich, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'" Smith, and M' Webster joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Ossipee, and report 
thereon, was brought up read and concurred : M'' Waldron, and 
M'' Webster joined 

A Vote, to hear the petition from the Town of Tamworth 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 
consider of the petition of Nathaniel Hovey and others commit- 
tees for the Towns of Landatf^ and Bath, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster and M'' Bell, joined. 

Both branches having met this afternoon proceeded to fill the 
remaining vacancies. The ballots being taken seperately it 
appeared that the following Gentlemen viz. Honorable Major R. 
Wallace Capt. Josiah Richardson and Col. William Simpson, 
were chosen Counsellors for the year ensuing 

The ballots being taken for a Secretary it appeared that Joseph 
Pearson was unanimously chosen to that Office for the year 
ensuing. 

The ballots being taken for a Treasurer it [appeared] that the 
Honorable John T. Gilman Esquire, was unanimously chosen to 
that Office for the year ensuing. 

The ballots being again taken for a Commissar}' General, it 
appeared that Col. Supply Clap, was unanimously chosen to that 
Office for the 3'ear ensuing. 

The Senate then Retired to their Chamber 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-372 
Senate to wait upon the Reverend Doctor Langdon and 
present him with the thanks of the General Court for his learned 
and ingenious discourse delivered yesterday before the two 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

branches of the Legislature and request of him a Copy of his 
Sermon, for the press, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" 
Toppan, and M'' Long joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration what public Business is necessary to be 
done at the present Session, and make report thereof, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M"" Pickering, M'' Smith, and M'' Toppan 
joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the [Senate] to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Winchester and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Chase and M"" 
Waldron joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the proprietors of Lemster and Mar- 
low, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M"' Chase and M'' Bell joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Benjamin Snow, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster joined. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, June 7*", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, granting the pra3'er of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Raby and that they have leave to bring in a bill or Re- 
solve accordingly, was brot. up, read & concurred, 
* 2-373 * With this amendment, provided the Town pay the 
Expence of doing it, sent down — brought up. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the pay Roll of Capt. Titus Salter also the petition of 
W. Loudon, and report thereon, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Waldron, and M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition, of Samuel Buss, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred: M'' Smith, and M^' Webster 
joined. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration the Report of a committee appointed by 
the General Court to perambulate the line between the Towns of 
Goftstown and New-Boston and report &c. was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'" Smith, and M' Pickering, joined. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 267 

The Honorable Ebenezer Smith Peter Green, Josiah Richard- 
son, and William Simpson Esquire attended and took the Consti- 
tutional Oaths as Counsellors 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of James Swain 
to the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concvn'red. 

A Vote, to pav the Account of Josiah Bartlet Esquire, amount- 
ing to two pounds six Shillings as one of the committee for ascer- 
taining the Western line of Masons patent, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next 3, O'Clock A. M. 

MONDAY, June 9'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as on Saturday last, with the addition of M'' Shep- 
ard. 

* A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Eph- * 2-374 
raim Barker, was brought up, read and concurred, with 
this amendment that the said Barker have leave to take out an 
alias Execution and make return thereon, as if the Execution had 
not been lost according to the prayer of said petition. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of William Chandler and associates 
on the second Tuesday of the 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 Ephraim Barker, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Pickering, M'" Smith, 
and M'' Toppan, joined. 

' A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Amherst, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan, and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Cockermouth, and ijivincr them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred : 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been heard 
on the third Wednesday of this Session to the third Wednesday 
of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Training Soldiers in the Town of Sullivan 
be annexed to the sixth Regiment and that the held Officers of 
that Regiment are empowered to nominate Officers to take com- 
mand of them, was brought up, read and concurred. 



268 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Lyme, 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 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Hensale [Hinsdale], 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Long joined. 

* -~375 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate, to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Wilton and Report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Shepard and M'' Webster joined 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY June 10'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday, with the addition of Col. Wentworth, and 
Deacon Worcester. 

A Vote empowering the Selectmen of Ossipee to assess the 
Taxes for the year 1783 and 17S4 on the Lands onl}^ in Ossipee 
and pay the same into the Treasurer at or before the first day of 
January next, and that the Treasurer stay his Extent, accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

State of New-Hampshire. 
In Senate June 10"', 1788. 

Resolved that for every petition on any private affair in which 
any individual or individuals only are interested, there shall be 
paid to the Secretary six shillings Lawful Money which shall be 
equally divided between the Secretary and Clerk of the House of 
Representatives and account for by them respectively. Sent down 
for concurrence by Col. Smith. • 

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

consider of a Resolve respecting the Secretary's receiving a 

Dollar with each petition of a private nature was brought up, 

read and concurred : M'' Smith M' Wentworth. and M'' Toppan, 

joined. 

* 2-376 * A Resolve, that the Honorable Senate, and house of 

Representati^'es hold a conference in the Assembly 
Chamber, to take into consideration the report of the Committee 
on necessary Business, was brought up, read and concurred : 

The Honorable Robert Wallace Esquire attended and took the 
Oaths, and his seat a Senator. 

A Vote, that the members of the Hon. Convention of this State 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 269 

have orders on the Treasurer for the amount of the Travel due to 
them respectively on the late, or that may be due on any future 
Roll for travel to and from the Convention to be paid out of the 
revinue arising by Ebccise Impost or Specie Tax, as they may 
chuse and that the President give order accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concured, reconsidered. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Lyndeborough and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Picker- 
ing, and M'' Worcester joined. 

A Vote, for a committee, to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of David Page Esquire, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Pickering, and 
M'' Smith joined. 

State of New Hampshire. 
In Senate, June lo''', 1788. 

Voted, that M'" Pickering, M'' Smith and M'' Toppan be a com- 
mittee to draught an Answer to his Excellencv's Message, and 
lay the same before the Senate. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, June ii">, 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Nathan and Joanna Adams, on 
the second Tuesday of the next Session was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

* The committee appointed to draught an Answer to * 2-377 
his Excellencys Message and lay the same before the 
Senate reported the following viz. 

May it please your Excellency. 

Your re-election by the suffrages of a free people, to the Office 
of first Magistrate of this State, as it implies an approbation of 
your past and a confidence in your future administration, cannot 
fail to excite the most pleasing emotions in the Senate upon this 
joyous occasion, to see the chair of State filled by a Gentleman 
whose real patriotism and glowing Zeal for the best Interest for 
his Country, have been unitormly manifested in the most perilous 
times and trying occasions, can afford no small pleasure to a sen- 
sible and grateful people. Realizing the importance of the Sta- 
tion in which your Excellency is placed, we should be lost to a 



270 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

sense of our duty to our Constituents and ourselves, did we not 
grant you every needed aid in our power in the faithful and labo- 
rious discharge of the duties of your exalted station. 

We have long viewed with anxious concern the embarrassed 
situation of our public affairs particularly the deranged condition 
of our finances and the melanchoUy state of our declining com- 
merce, and will not be wanting in our endeavours to remove those 
embarrassments, arrange our finances and chear the drooping 
spirit of commerce. With sensible pleasure we anticipate the 
speedy adoption of a General Government by which alone, our 
union and independency can be preserved, our revenues and 
financies established on a permanent basis, our political embar- 
rassments removed, our commerce increased. Extended and pro- 
tectted our national Character and credit restored and supported 
and peace with all her train of blessings continued and 
* 2-378 perpetuated. Objects * For which the people of these 
States have bravely fought, bled and conquered. We 
shall be always happy in Receiving an}^ communications your 
Excellency from time to time may think proper to make, and 
ready to concur in ever}^ measure which may promote the public 
good. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of William Bell and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M Wallace joined 

^ [A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of William King 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred.] 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Surry, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordincjly, 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 Proprietors of Lyman and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M'' Toppan, and 
Shepard joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Nathaniel Brown on the second 
Tuesday of the 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 John Wendell Esquire and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Toppan, and 
M'' Shepard joined. 

1 In manuscript journal only. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 271 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Joseph Hicks on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that every Petition preferred to the General Court 
of a private nature shall pay to the Clerk of the House of Repre- 
sentatives and Secretary three shillings to each to be severally 
accounted for, was brought up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote, to hear the petition of Sundry Inhabitants of * 2-379 
Amherst 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 
consider of the petition of John Wheelock Esquire, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Toppan and 
M'' Pickering joined 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Col. Thomas Sticknev on the 
second Wednesday of their next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A V^ote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Bradford and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster and 
M'' Wallace joined 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY June 12*", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterda3\ 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of George K. Spar- 
hawk and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate on 
the petition of Reuben Spencer, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Wallace, and M'' Chase, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral of Joseph Whipple Esquire and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wentworth, and 
M'" Chase joined. 

A Resolve appointing Timothy Farrar, Abiel Abbot and John 
Goss Esquires to find out and fix upon some spot in Town of Raby 
for building a meeting House thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

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



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

consider of the petition of Thomas Christy and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard & M'' Wallace 
join''. 

* 2-380 * A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Samuel 

Buss and giving him leave to bring in a Resolve accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Edward Buckman, and others and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M^' Chase joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of William Thomas on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Timothy Medar 
and giving him leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred : 

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 : M'' Toppan, and M"" Wentworth, 
joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Selectmen of Winchester on 
the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to hear the petition of Sundry Towns in Hillsborough, 
on the second Tursday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

An Act to enable William King of Dover in the County of 
Strafford Esquire to take the name of Atkinson, having been read 
a third time, looted that the same be enacted. 

^[A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed to receive an account 
of the Town of Hinsdale's State Tax for 1778 the paper bills 
amounting to four hundred and forty one Dollars which were pre- 
sented in part of said Tax a few days before the time was expired 
for receiving such bills, and that the amount thereof, be carried to 
the Credit of said Town, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to revi/e and continue in force, A.x\ act intitled an Act 
to establish certain impost duties on various foreign articles im- 
ported into this State having been read a third time, voted that the 
same pass to be enacted. Sent down for concurrence, brought up, 
concurred. 

* 2-381 * A Vote, granting the prayer of Israel Morey and giv- 

ing him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred 

A Resolve, that there be a company of Light Horse raised in 

1 Section in brackets omitted in printed journal. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATK. 273 

the twelfth Regiment of foot commanded by Col. David Rand and 
be annexed to Col. Phelps Regiment of Horse and that the lield 
Officers of said Regiment of horse be directed to nominate the 
Officers for said Company according!}', was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider what Business is yet necessary to be done at this Session 
at what time and to what time and place this Court shall be 
adjourned, &c. was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Picker- 
ing, and M'' Wallace, joined.] 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Thomas 
Minor to the second Thursday of the next Session, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pa}' the account of Elijah Frink amounting to four- 
teen shillings for Horse hire to notify Col Shepard was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote to remit the line laid on the Town of Wilton, for not 
keeping a Grammar School and that they have leave to bring in 
a bill accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Oliver Evans 
accompanying the Memoral of Joseph Whipple Esquire, and giv- 
ing him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Samuel Laughlin the sum set against the name 
of Thomas Laughlin in an account passed in January last, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A V^ote, granting the prayer of the petition of Ephraim Barker, 
and give him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

*A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Thomas * 2—382 
Christy and giving him leave to exchange an Order of 
two hundred and twelve pounds seven shillings and six pence for 
Orders of smaller sums, to be raised in payment of any specie 
Tax, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY June, 13'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have been before 
the General [Court] on the second Tuesday of the present Session 



274 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS, [1788 

to the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Lyndeborough, and giving them leave to bring in a Resolve ac- 
cordingly, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A Resolve, that the tine of ten pounds imposed on the Town of 
Wilton by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the 
County of Hillsborough in September last for not keeping a 
Grammar School be remitted the said Town paying the legal costs 
of prosecution, that the said Court of Sessions govern themselves 
accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Jeremiah 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 on 
the petition of William Plumer, and report thereon [was brought 
up, read and concurred :] M'' Worcester, and M'' Long, joined. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed to receive of Jonathan 
Cilley one hvmdred and ninety six pounds, fourteen shillings and 
seven pence, in State Securities at their nominal value towards 
discharging the bonds given for Excise from October 1786 to 

October 1787, was brought up, read and concurred. 
* 2-383 *A Resolve, that the Impost Officer within this State 
and his Deputies be and hereby is directed to receive for 
Impost Duties, order drawai by the President upon the Treasurer 
payable out of the revenue arising out of the Impost Duties any 
former directions or regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of a number of papers respecting Ebenezer Lock pre- 
sented to the Court and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'" Wentworth, joined. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Jonathan Free- 
man, and giving him leave to bring in a bill or Resolve, accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of David Page on the second Tues- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, that Joshua Bell draw his pay as an Invalid as though 
he had been viewed by the committee was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, that the perambulating the line between New-Boston 
and Goffslown and that the line which mav be established between 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 275 

said Towns shall not effect the property of any individuals ; and 
that Aaron Greeley Esquire be added to the committee to peram- 
bulate said line, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the several Constables and collectors within this 
State be and hereby are directed to receive in payment of all 
specie Taxes due on the State, orders drawn on the Treasurer 
pavable out of the revinue arising from specie Taxes as well for 
Specie State Taxes now outstanding as tbr these hereafter to be 
raised and payable in Silver and Gold by the Laws acts 
and Resolves of the Gen' Court now in force. * Was * 2-384 
brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to authorize and impower Daniel Humphreys Esq^" 
Guardian of George King Sparhawk of Portsmouth in said State 
of New-Hampshire a Minor to compromise or refer any dispute 
concerning the title of said Lands to release any part thereof and 
to discharge the same and the other Estate of said Minor for the 
purposes aforesaid, having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted with the above amendment, viz, Provided never- 
theless that the said Daniel Humphreys, shall before he make 
sale of said Lands, or do the other acts which he is herein im- 
powered to do, give bond in a sufficient sum with surities, to the 
Judge of Probate for the County of Rockingham for the faithful 
performance of the Trusts herein reposed in him, and to account 
with said Minor for the proceeds of any Lands sold as aforesaid 
in such manner as the Law requires Guardians to account. Sent 
down bv M"" Waldron, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Roll of Captain Titus Salter amounting to 
seventy seven pounds, twelve shillings and [six pence ; and] that 
the petition of William Loudon be dismissed, w^as brought up, 
read and concurred 

A Resolve, that the Inferior Court of common pleas for the 
County of Strafford be and hereby is adjourned to the second 
Tuesday of July next, and that writs and processes returnable to 
said term, be returned to the second Tuesday of July next and 
that all business of the said Court be then proceeded upon as at 
the Stated term. And that the Court of General Sessions of the 
peace for said County of Strafford which was by Law to be 
holden on the Thursday next following the third Tuesday of June 
current, be and hereby is adjourned to the third Thursday next 
following the said second Tuesday of July next, and all business 
before the said Court of General Sessions of the peace 
be then proceeded upon * As at the Stated Terms, was * 2-385 
brought up, read and concurred. 



276 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

An Act, to enable the President with advice of Council to draw 
orders for the payment of the travel of Members of Convention, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted 

An Act for altering and amending sundry Acts Laws and Re- 
solves so far as they relate to confining to the New-Hampshire 
Gazette the publication of Advertisements respecting proprietory 
meetings proprietory Taxes at the Sale of Lands for the payment 
of any such taxes and so tar as they relate to advertisements of 
and concerning taxes assessed on the lands of non-resident owners 
or proprietors or for the sale of such Lands for the payment 
thereof &c. having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Jonathan Thurstin on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Ezekiel Ladd on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to make valid the proceedings of a Town Meeting 
holden in Surry in the County of Clieshire on Tuesday the fourth 
day of March last by Law should have been holden on Monday 
the third day of March aforesaid, 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 petition of John Stark Esquire, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M' Bell, M'' Toppan, & M'" 

Wentworth joined. 
* 2-386 * A Vote, that this State agree to Relinquish their claim 
to all the Lands between the curve line (so called), of 
the Masonian Patent and a streight line as run by the Committee 
employed by this State, provided the Masonian Proprietors will 
pay the State fortv thousand Dollars in State Securities, and eight 
hundred Dollars in Specie or give good Security therefor, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY June 14'" 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

A Resolve that the two Selectmen of Tamworth be and they 

hereby are authorized and impowered to call a Meeting of said 

Inhabitants of Tamworth giving fifteen days notice thereof by 

placing up a notification thereof in the most public place in said 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 277 

Town, when met to chuse a Selectman to join those two ah-eady 
legally chosen who is hereby fully authorized to do the duty of a 
Selectman in all respects as much as if chosen at the annual Meet- 
ing aforesaid. Also resolved that all matters transacted by the 
said two Selectmen in taking the Inventory and all other matters 
in said Town is hereby made valid to all intents and purposes as 
fully as the}' might or could have been if transacted by three 
Selectmen, any Law usage or custom to the contrary notwith- 
standing, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration the proposals of the General Court and 
the acceptance of the Masonian Proprietors respecting the Land 
between the strait and curve lines, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'' Bell, joined. 

*A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-387 
Senate, to consider of the account of Col Kinsman and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred: M'' Long, 
joined. 

An Act for exempting the body of Israel Morey of Fairlee in 
the County of Orange and State of Vermont Esq'' from arrest in 
all civil causes in this State for the term of one year, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted with this amend- 
ment, provided nevertheless this Act shall not extend to or effect 
any arrest of the said Israel already made on any civil process 
prior to the passing this Act, sent down, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Jonathan Freeman Esq'' amount- 
ing to six pounds, was brought up read and concurred 

A Vote, granting leave to Thomas Cogswell to pay thirty 
pounds in State notes towards his bond for Excise into the Treas- 
ury, was brought up read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the Account of John Bell Esq'' amounting to two 
pounds, six shillings and ten pence, for attending on the Agents 
of the Masonian Proprietors t&c. was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Daniel Hough 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill or Resolve accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the account of Christopher Toppan Esquire, 
amounting to eighteen Shillings at Sale of Excise, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee on the 
petition of John Wendell Esq'' * viz. that the prayer * 2-388 



278 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

thereof be so far granted that the Treasurer should receive of him 
two hundred and forty three pounds in State Notes for any Taxes 
due from him to the State prior to 1786 ; also that receive [r] of non- 
resident Taxes receive of him the money lodged by said Wendell 
in his Office the twenty third day of June 1781 for any taxes due 
agreeable to the Scale by which the Treasurer consolidated said 
Taxes, excepting what relates to the paper money lodged in the 
hands of the Collector of non-resident Taxes, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition from Northumberland Lancaster, and Straf- 
ford, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred r 
M'' Webster, and M'' Worcester, joined. 

A Resolve, that the Justices of the Court of General Sessions 
of the Peace for the County of Hillsborough, be authorized and 
directed and they hereb}- are authorized and directed at the next 
Court of the General Sessions of the Peace to discontinue and no 
further to proceed upon an Indictment found against the Select- 
men of Peterborough at September term A D. 1787, and Judg- 
ment be now rendered on the same Indictment and a fine imposed 
on said Selectmen that the same Judgement be null and void and 
such fine remitted provided the said Selectmen pay the cost 
already risen, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Sarah Moulton and Thomas Leavitt 
and Report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M'' 
Pickering, and M'' Wentworth joined. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition from Brad- 
ford and that they have leave to bring in a bill at this or the next 
Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of L. Holmes amounting to nine 
pounds ; also the account of Jonathan Dow amounting to five 
pounds, twelve shillings as two of the committee to settle with 
the Masonian Proprietors, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 
* 2-389 * An Act for issuing an alias Execution against Joseph 
Clark late of Antrim in the County of Hillsborough 
Yeoman, and to Enable Ephraim Barker to make return thereon, 
in the Room of one which is lost, 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 petition of John Neal, Esquire, and report thereon, 

1 Not in t he maniiscript copy. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 279 

was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wallace and M'' Web- 
ster joined.] 

Adjourned 'dll Monday next 3 O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY, June 16^", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday, last except M'' Shepard 
In Senate June 16''', 1788. 

Whereas the General Court in September last voted that the 
advertisements for the Sale of non-residents and Proprietors Lands 
should be inserted in the Freemans Oracle at Exeter in conse- 
quence of which man}' advertisements for the Sale of such Lands 
have been inserted in said Newspaper, and as doubts have arisen 
concerning the propriety of and validity of such advertisements, 
to remove which and to prevent any disputes about the same in 
future. 

It is hereby Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives in General Court convened, that all advertisements for the 
Sale of any such lands published in the Freemans Oracle at Exe- 
ter prior to the passing this Resolve shall be as good and valid in 
Law as if the same had been inserted in the New-Hampshire 
Gazette : any Law usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing ; and that all such advertisements in future shall be inserted in 
the New^-Hampshire Gazette, as the Law directs, sent down for 
concurrence by Col. Waldron. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
Senate, to consider of the petition of the Selectmen of * 2-390 
* Weare, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'" Long joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Richard Tripe, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wentworth joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Pelig Williams on the third 
Thursdav of the next Session, was brought up read and Non- 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of William Russell, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred: M'' Pickering, and M'' 
Toppan joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Warren, [Warner] and giving them Leave to bring in a Resolve 



28o NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

accordingly, the said Town of Warren [Warner] pa3ang the ex- 
pence of said committee and all necessary charges, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Col. Kinsman, amounting to 
nine pounds six shillings deducting therefrom twenty six shillings 
for expences of an Entertainment on the Election Day, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of the Hon. John Sulli\an Esq'' 
amounting to thirty three shillings, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee appointed to con- 
sider of the proposals of the General Court and acceptance of the 
Masonian Proprietors &c. viz. that they have reported a form 
of an Act appointing a committee to convey said Lands and 
receive Security for the payment. That the State Securities be 
paid in four annual payments of ten thousand Dollars each, with 
Interest untill paid. That the eight hundred Dollars in hard 
Money be paid in one year with Lawful Interest and that the 
Securities for the payments before mentioned be taken in the name 
of the Speaker of the House ot Representatives lor the time being, 

was brought up, read and con''. 
* 2-391 * A Vote, that the committee appointed to wait on the 
Reverend Doctor Langdon an Request a Copy of his 
Sermon for the press &c. be a committee to procure two hundred 
Copies of Said Sermon, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Weare, and giving them leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrov\^ 8, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY June 17'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, granting the pra3^er of the petition of Daniel Ra3^nolds 
and giving him leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred with this amendment not to take 
more than fourteen out of any one Company in the two Regi- 
ments. Sent down, brought up concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for 
the County of Hillsborough be and they hereby are authorized 
and directed to discontinue and no further proceed upon a bill of 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 281 

Indictment now before the Justices of the same Court which was 
found against the Selectmen of Weare at September term A D. 
1787 for not keeping and maintaining a Gramar School ; pro- 
vided the Selectmen pay the Costs which have already arisen, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, in addition to an act entitled an Act tor the regulating 
of Casks, having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of E. Wallingsford on the 
* Third Thursdav of the next Session, was brought up, * 2-392 
read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the committee appointed to examine Invalids 
continue to examine all such as may apply for examination within 
three Months and that all persons who are entitled to the pension 
allowed by Congress and are unable to travel to Exeter to pass 
Examination upon a Certificate of such inability from some noted 
ph3^sician and sending the same to said committee, they are hereby 
empowered to ascertain such disability either by depositions or 
otherwise which if satisfactory to them, shall be as valid to all 
intents and purposes as a personal Inspection and six months shall 
be allowed for entering on the List, the name of such Individuals 
as are unable personally to appear before the Committee, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of S. Moulton and T. Leavitt on 
the Second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of General Read, [George Reid] and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Long, 
and M'' Smith joined. 

An Act, to empower and authorize certain persons therein 
named to convey to the persons commonly called the Masonian 
Proprietors, all the Interest and title of the said State in and to 
the Lands lying between the Curve Line claimed by said Pro- 
prietors as the head line of Masons Patent and a straight line 
lately run by order of the General Court of said State ; and to 
accept of certain Sercurities therefor in behalf of said State, hav- 
ing been read a third time, voted that the same, be enacted. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Richard Tripe on the Second 
Thursday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of D. Rindge, John Pierce Esq""* 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

* 2-393 and giving them leave to bring in * A Bill accordingly, 

was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for altering the name of the Township of Cockermouth 
to Dunbarton, [Danbury] having been read a third time, voted 
that the same be Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sundry Inhabitants in several 
Towns in the County of Strafford on the second Tuesday of the 
next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that his Excellency the President be desired with advice 
of Council to appoint some proper person to inspect and examine 
the Park of Artillery &c. &c. 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 Drew, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurr[ed] M'" Smith, M'' Chase, and M"" 
Worcester, joined. 

A Resolve, that Col. Ebenezer Webster Major Robert Wallace, 
and Lieut. Joseph Wodley be a committee, to fix on a spot in said 
Town of Warren [Warner] to build a meeting house on the 
expence of which committee to be defrayed by the Inhabitants 
thereof, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Nicholas Marriner, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Waldron joined 

A Vote, to pay Daniel Poor, James Merril and Amos Dow six- 
teen shillings each, in lull of their accounts, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider, of the petition of Samuel Fifield, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'' Toppan, and M' Smith joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of James Smith on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, w'as brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* 2-394 * An Act to enable Constant Storrs Collector of taxes in 

the Town of Lebanon to compleat the collection of Sun- 
dry Taxes committed to him to collect, having been read a third 
time, voted that the same be Non-concurred. 

A Vote, appointing the Hon^ Paine Wingate Esquire a Delige 
to Congress for the term of one year from and after the first Mon- 
day of November next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to make legal and valid a Tax bill made in the Town 
of Hanover in the year 1786, having been read a third time, voted 
that the same be enacted. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 283 

A Vote, appoing the Hon. Nicholas Gihnan Esquire a Dehgate 
to Congress for the term of one year from and after the first Mon- 
day of November next, was brought up, read and concurred. 
State of New-Hampshire. 
In Senate June 17"', 1788. 

Whereas it is probable that the Season for the next annual 
Thanksgiving will arrive before the next Session of the General 
Court, which renders it necessary to vest a power in the Execu- 
tive to issue a proclamation therefor 

Therefore, it is hereby Resolved by the Senate and House of 
Representatives in General Court convened that the President of 
said State with advice of Council be and hereby is empowered 
and directed to appoint and proclaim a General Thanksgiving 
throughout this State at the usual season theretbr sent down for 
concurrence, by M'' Webster brought up, concurred with this 
amendment that said day be the last Thursday of November next, 
amendment concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the [accompt of the] printers, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'' Wentworth joined. 

*A Vote to pay the Account of George J. Osborne * 2-395 
amounting to twenty five pounds out of the revinu aris- 
ing by impost, was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Nathan Hoit, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell joined 

Resolved^ that a Company of Artillery be formed out of the 
eighth and seventeenth Regiment in the Brigade commanded by 
Brigadier General Reid said Regiments composing the lower part 
of said Brigade : Provided always that not more than four men 
shall be enlisted or received into the said Company out of any of 
the Companies composing the train band of either of the Regi- 
ments aforesaid, and that the Officers of said Company be ap- 
pointed from said Regiment as equally as may be, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of David Webster Esq. on the 
second thursday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of William Russell and others on 
the second Tuesday of the next Session, w^as brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Nicholas Marriner two pounds two shillings and 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

eight pence for the travel of himself and Wite as Evidences on 
the trial of John Poor &c was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to allow the members of the Hon. Senate six shillino-s 

'^'" Day and four pence per mile travel. The Hon. Council nine 

shillings '^'' Day and four pence '^'' Mile travel. The Secretary 

nine shillings per Day and travel as a member The Hon. House 

six shillings per day and four pence per mile travel. The 

* 2-396 Clerk nine shillings * Per day and travel as a member. 

The assistant Clerk eighteen pence over and above his 
pay as a member, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Edward Buck- 
nam, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingl}', was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 8, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY Juxe i8«', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

An Act describing the Tenor of Notes and Certificates to be 
issued by the Treasurer of this State and appointing a committee 
to countersign said Notes, having been read a third time, voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, lor a Committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of some Letters received by Thomas Bartlett Esq'' from 
Major Morrill, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'' Webster and M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, relative to the warning out of the Town of Lyndebor- 
ough [Elisha] Wilkins and Wife, was brought up, read and non- 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
Consider of the Account of Lamson and Ranlet, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wentworth 
joined. 

An Act to authorize and empower certain persons calling them- 
selves the Masonian Proprietors who have by their agents pur- 
chased of the State a Release of its claim to certain Lands here- 
inafter described to receive levy and collect such sums of Money 
as they may find it needfull to raise for certain purposes therein 
expressed by sale of said Lands, having been read a third time, 
Voted that the same be enacted. 

* 2-397 * A Vote, hear the petition of Winthrop Marstin on the 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 285 

second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the ballance of the account of John Calfe Esq'' 
amounting to three pounds eleven shillings and two pence, was 
brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, that Francis Drew receive twenty pounds for his ser- 
vices at Reviews, was brought up, read and concurred with this 
amendment that he receive fifteen pounds instead of Twent}^ 
pounds 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Josiah Nelson amounting to 
seven pounds, four shillings as messenger &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Minus Daniels amounting to two 
pounds sixteen shillings for attendance on Convention, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of General George Reid on the 
third Wednesday of the next Session of the General Court, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer endorse on Col. Iloits and M'' Clap- 
hams bond the sum that is due to said Hoit for his travel to and 
from the General Court this Session and the extent for the re- 
maining balance be stayed 'till the next Session, was brought up, 
read concurred. 

x\ Vote, to hear the petition of Samuel Fifield on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that Joseph Pearson Esquire Secretary of this State be 
and hereby is directed to call on Ebenezer Thompson Esquire 
late Secretary for all the books. Records and papers 
now in his hands * belonging to the State and give his * 2-398 
Receipt therefor was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Reverend Israel Evans receive forty Shillings 
as Chaplin to the General Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, hear the petition of the Inhabitants of Lancaster and 
others on the Second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Joseph Page on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pav George J. Osborne three pounds five shillings 
and John Melcher seventeen pounds out of the revenue arising 
from Impost, in full of their Accounts for Printing, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, to pay Caleb Busvvell three pounds live shillings, as 
Door keeper, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of John Wheelock 
Esq'' and giving him leave to bring in a Resolve at this or the 
next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A V^ote, to pay Lamson and Ranlet nine pounds sixteen Shil- 
lings and eight pence, for printing &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, tliat the President with advice of Council be desired to 
adjourn the General Court to-morrow twelve OClock to meet 
again on Wednesday the twenty fourth day of December next at 
the Court House in Exeter, was brought up, read and concurred 

His Excellency the President by the Secretary informed the 
Hon. House of Representatives that he with advice of Council 
agreeably to a Vote of Court, had thought fit to adjourn the Gen- 
eral Court to meet again on Wednesday the Twenty fourth day 
December next at the Court House in Exeter, and it was accord- 
ingly adjourned. 
* 2—399 * The foregoing is a true copy of Journals 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON Sec> 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM JUNE 4 TO JUNE i8, 1788. 



House of Representatives 

FOR THE YEAR 1788-S9. 



> Cha^laih 



Hon. John Langdon, Portsmouth, Speaker. 

•June 5 and June 6. Having then been elected President by the Senate, there being no 
choice by the people, he vacated tlie Speakership June 6th, and Hon. John Sullivan was on 
the same day chosen to that office. General Sullivan declined, and thereupon, on the same 
day, the House elected — 

Hon. Thomas Bartlett, Nottingham, Speaker. 
John Calfe, Hampstead, Clerk. 
Dr. Jonathan Goss, Rye, Assistant Clerk. 
Rev. Israel Evans, Concord, 

Rev. Pickles, 

Rev. Samuel Langdon, D. D., Portsmouth, 

Preacher of the Election Sermon. 

Note.— It is a noteworthy fact, as shown by the record, that each of the three gentlemen 
above named, were unanimously elected to the ottice of Speaker. 

REPRESENTATIVES . 

[Taken from Osborne's N. H. Register for 1789.] 

C George Gains. ^ 
Portsmouth . . . . < Samuel Hale. 

( Col. James Sheafe. 
Exeter .... Capt. Dudley Odlin. 

Til ( Col. Daniel Runnells. 

Londonderry . . . ^ Archibald McMurphy. 

Chester .... Joseph Blanchard. 

Newington ......... 

Greenland .... Clement March. 

Rye 

1 Major Gains was a representative from Portsmouth twenty-nine times. Biographical 
sketch, Adams's Annals of Portsmouth, p. 350. 

19 



290 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1788 



North Hampton 
Hampton 
Hampton Falls I 



Seabrook 

Stratham 

Dunbarton } 

Bow ^' 

Salisbury . 

Boscavven . 

Fishersfield ^ 

Sutton > 

Warner ) 

New London 

An dove r & 

Gore 

Charlestown 

Alstead 

Keene 

Swanzey 

Richmond 

Jaffrey 

Winchester 

Chesterfield 

Rindge 

Walpole 

Claremont 

Cornish 

Newport > 

Croydon ^ 

Acworth ^ 

Lempster > 

Marlow ) 

Wendell 

Unity 

Litchfield \ 

Derryfield 

Dunstable 

Merrimack 

Bedford 

Goffstown 

Hollis . 

Amherst 



5 



Col. Moses Leavitt. 

Elisha Brown. 
Simon Wiggin. 
Capt. David Story. 

George Jackman. 
James Flanders. 

Capt. Peter Weare. 

Dr. William Page. 
Capt. Oliver Shepard. 
Capt. Josiah Richardson. 
David Belding. 
Jonathan Gaskill. 
Abel Parker. 
Moses Chamberlain. 
Moses Smith. 

Lieut. Aaron Allen. 

Gen. Jonathan Chase. 
Ensign Jesse Lane. 

Elijah Frink. 



Timothy Taylor. 
Capt. Stephen Dole. 
Lieut. William Page. 
Daniel Emerson. 
William Peabody. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 29I 



Raby } 
Mason ) 
New Ipswich 
Francestown 
Duxbury ^ 
Mile Slip 5' 
Wilton 

Lyndeborough 
Temple > 

Peterborough Slip y 
Peterborough > 
Society Land ) 
Hancock ^ 
Antrim > . 
Deerino; ) 
Henniker ) 
Hillsborough 5 
New Boston 
Weare 
Hopkinton . 
Pelham 
Dover 
Durham 
Somersworth 
Barrington . 
Sanbornton 
Gilmanton . 
Madbury . 
Meredith ) 

New Hampton ) ' 
Sandwich ) 
Tamworth ) 
Moultonborough 'l 
Tuftonborough I 
Wolfborough [ 
Ossipee J 

Barnstead 
New Durham 
New Durham Gore 
Wakefield ^ 
Middleton i 
Effingham j 



Lieut. Obadiah Parker. 
Capt. Charles Barrett. 

Maj. Abiel Abbott. 
Nehemiah Rand. 

Lieut. Benjamin Cragin. 
Jeremiah Smith. 

John Duncan. 

William Wallace. 
Dr. Jonathan Gove. 

Capt. Benjamin Darling. 
Jacob Butler. 
John Waldron. 
John Sullivan. 
Barnabas Palmer. 

Joseph Badger, Jr. 

David Gilman. 
Nathan Hoit. 

Joseph Pierce. 

Nicholas Austin. 



292 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1788 



Conway 

Eaton 

Burton 






Locations J 
Nottincrham West 
Kensington 
South Hampton > 
East Kingston ) 
Kingston 
Brentwood , 
Epping 
Newmarket 
Nottingham 
Deerfield 
Northwood 
Epsom 
Allenstown 
Chichester ^ 
Pittsfield ] 
Loudon 
Concord 
Pembroke 
Candia 
Raymond > 
Pophn ) 
Hawke ) 
Sandown ) 
Hampstead 
Atkinson 
Plaistow 
Salem 
Newton 
Windham . 
Surry ^ 
Gilsum > . 
Sullivan ) 
Stoddard } 
Washington < 
Dublin : 

Packersfield ; 
Marlborough 
Fitzwilliam 
Plainfield . 



David Page. 

Deacon Ebenezer Cummings. 

Col. Benjamin Clough. 
Solomon Wheeler. 

William Plumer. 
Col, Nathaniel Rogers. 
Thomas Bartlett. 
Richard Jenness. 

Jonathan Clark. 

Simeon Hilliard. 

John Drew. 
Peter Green. 

Stephen Fifield. 



Nathaniel Peabody. 
Capt. Jeremiah Dow. 

Col. James Gilmore. 

Ensign Jonathan Read. 

Jacob Copeland. 

Reuben Morse. 

Lieut. Jedediah Tayntor. 
Lieut. Caleb Winch. 



1 788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



m 



Protectworth 

New Grantham 

Holderness ^ 

Campton > 

Thornton } 

Plymouth > 

Rumney 5 * 

New Chester 

Alexandria 

Bridp'ewater 

Cockermouth 

Entield ] 

Canaan I 

Cardigan j 

Grafton j 

Hanover 

Lebanon 

Lyme 

Dorchester 

Haverhill ) 

Coventry 5 

Piermont > 

Warren 5 

Orford 

Wentworth 

Lincoln \ 

Franconia ' 

Bath 

Lyman 

Landaff 

Gunthwaite 

Littleton 

Dalton 

Lancaster 

Northumberland 

Stratford 

Dartmouth 

Percy 

Cockburne 

Coleburne 

N. B. Those towns 
them, have the libertv 
lected it. 



1 



> 



John Brown. 

Capt. Abraham Burnham. 

William Powers. 



Jonathan Freeman. 
Capt. David Hough. 

Capt. Jonathan Franklin. 
Col. Joseph Hutchins. 
Capt. Isaac Patterson. 
William Simpson. 



Maj. Samuel Young. 



Jeremiah Eames. 



which have no person's name annexed to 
of sending representatives, but have neg- 



13-424 =^=A JOURNAL 



Proceedings of the Honb^ House of Representatives of 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session began 

AND HOLDEN at CoNCORD ON WEDNESDAY THE FOURTH 

DAY OF June A. D. 1788 and in the twelfth year of 

THE InDEPENDANCE OF AMERICA 



WEDNESDAY June 4^" 1788 

Sixty five Members met agreably to the Constitution and having 
produced their Credentials and taken the necessary Oaths pro- 
ceeded to the choice of a Chairman and the Honb' Peter Green 
Esq^" was chosen for that purpose — 

The ballots were then called for, for the choice of a Speaker 
and the HonV John Langdon Esq"^ was unanimously chosen for 
that purpose — 

Motion was then made for the choice of a Clerk and the ballots 
being taken John Calfe Esq'" was chosen for that purpose. 

The Members of the Honb' Senate that were elected by the 
people met with the Representatives in the Assembly Chamber 
and proceeded to count the votes for a President a list of which 
was made by the Secretary in the Presence of both Houses, a 
Committee was then appointed consisting of M'" Pickering M'' E 
Smith, M'" J Smith, M'' Parker and M'" Simpson to re-examine the 
returns and compare them with the entry made by the Secretary 
in the presence of both Houses, and count the Same and report 
thereon as soon as may be — The Senate and House then agreed 
to adjourn until tomorrow — 

The House then adjourned to 9 oClock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY June 5^" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that Docf Gove, M'" Pickering & M"' Bartlett be a Com- 
mittee to provide a dinner for the Revr'' Gentlemen of the Clergy 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE MOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 295 

and such other Gentlemen as the Committee shall think proper to 
Invite that may attend at this place this day — That the President 
and Council and such Persons as they may invite be desired to 
dine with the said Gentlemen of the Cleruv — 

* Proceeded to read the returns of the Elections of the * 13-425 
Members of The House of Representatives — 

Vo/ed that M'' Plummer, M'- Gilman, M'' Smith M'' Richardson 
& M'' Young be a Committee to prepare such rules as they shall 
judge necessary for the future government of this House and 
report thereon — 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
Chamber the Committee for reexamining and counting the votes for 
President Reported that the}^ find the whole number of votes to be 
Eight Thousand Eight hundred & thirty eight of which Four 
Thousand tour hundred and twenty one were for the Honb' John 
Langdon and Three Thousand Six hundred and Sixty four for 
his Excellency John Sullivan Esq'" and Seven hundred and fifty 
Three for other persons by which it appears to your Committee 
that the Honb' John Langdon has four votes more than all the 
other candidates — Signed John Pickering for the Committee — 
The Senate then withdrew and the House Adjourned to 4 o'Clock 
PM — 

Met accordingly — 

The Members of the Honb' Senate and House being again met 
in the Assembly Chamber proceeded by joint ballot to fill up the 
vacancies in the Honb' Senate agreably to the Constitution (hav- 
ing been previously informed by the President and Council that 
there were but Six Senators elected by the people, that five of 
those Elected were for the County of Rockingham the other one 
for the County of Strafibrd That the persons out of whom Six 
were to be elected were John Waldron and John M'Duftee Esq""* 
for the County of Strafibrd, Joshua Bayley Robert Wallace, Rob- 
ert Means and Ebenezer Webster Esquires for the County of 
Hillsborough Amos Shepherd, John Bellows, John Hubbard & 
Moses Chase Esquires tor the County of Cheshire, and Francis 
Worster and Elisha Payne Esquires for the County of Grafton) 
and made choice of John Waldron Esq'" a Senator for the County 
of Strafibrd, Robert Wallace and Ebenezer Webster 
Esquires * for the County of Hillsborough — Amos * 13-426 
Shepherd and Moses Chase Esquires for the County of 
Cheshire — and Francis Worster Esq'" for the County of Grafton 
— The Senate and House then adjourned until to morrow and the 
Senate withdrew — 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that M'" Plummer, M'' Gove & M'' M'Murphy with such 
of the Honb^ Senate as they shall |oin be a Committee to consider 
of the Accounts of Daniel Poor Jun'' James Merrill and Amos 
Dow and report thereon — Sent up by M' Duncan 

Voted that M' Peabody, M'' Bairtlett «& M'' Simpson with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Cap' John Sloan and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Duncan 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY June 6"- 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 

The Committee to prepare such rules as they shall judge neces- 
sary for the future government of this House Reported the follow- 
ing (viz) — 

I"' That each Member of this House seasonably & punctuall}^ 
attend in his place and not absent himself more than a quarter of 
an hour at one and the Same time without leave first obtained of 
the House for that purpose — That if any Member neglects sea- 
sonably to attend at any Session of this Court, or leaves the Court 
at this or an}- future Session without liberty first obtained or a 
Suflicient excuse made he shall be deprived of his travel to and 
from that Session — 

2'' That treedom of deliberation Speech and debate in the 
House shall be allowed to each Member thereof — 3'et no member 
shall by speech or behavior in the House give just occasion of 
offence to another — 

3'' That an}- member disposed to make a motion or 
* 13-427 * speak to a matter in debate shall arise from his seat 
and address the Speaker but on being called to order 
b}' the speaker or any member he shall be silent, yet if such 
silenced member shall conceive himself injured thereby the 
Speaker shall take a vote thereon, and such member shall submit 
to their determination. 

4''' No member shall speak more than twice to any subject in 
debate without leave obtained from the House for that purpose 
until each member have an opportunity to ofler his opinion 

5"^ No debate shall be allowed on any motion of an}' one 
member until Seconded by another — 

6"' When a motion is regularly before the House it shall at 
any time be reduced to writing at the request of a member — 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 297 

7*'' When a motion is before the House no other motion shall 
be received unless to amend, divide, commit, postpone reduce the 
Same to writing or to have the veas and navs entered on the 
journals — 

8^'' Any complex motion before the House shall be divided at 
the request of a Member — 

9"' No Bill resolve or vote shall be reconsidered when there is 
a less number of members in the House than there was at passing 
the Same — 

10"' Every member having been present at a debate upon an}- 
question or motion shall give his vote thereupon when particularly 
called upon unless excused for satisfactor}- reasons offered to the 
House — 

11"' No member of the House shall in any wise appear or Act 
in the House as an advocate or attorney in any cause depending 
in which the state is a party, nor shall any member act as an advo- 
cate or attorney in this Court in any matter between individuals 
unless engaged prior to the establishment of these rules without 
permission first obtained from the House — 

12"' No member speaking b}^ permission shall be interrupted 
b}' another but. by a Call to order or for correcting a mistake 

13*'' No Bill shall pass to be enacted until it has 
been read * three times, shall not be debated at the first * 13-428 
reading nor be read without an adjournment betwixt 
each time of reading — 

14*'' No Bill resolve or vote shall be sent up to the Senate with- 
out the speaker giving notice thereof by reading such resolve or 
vote, or the title of the Bill, and no Bill shall be sent up to the Sen- 
ate by less than two members — 

15'" No member shall be upon more than two Committees at 
the Same time without his consent nor shall any member nomi- 
nate more than one person for the Same Committee provided the 
person by him nominated shall be chosen, nor shall any member 
after being himself appointed nominate another for the Same 
Committee — 

16''' No Petition shall be received by the House but by a 
Member thereof and upon motion made for that purpose 

17"' No person except a member of the General Court shall 
be admitted above the bar of the House but by invitation of the 
Speaker or Some member of the House — 

18*'^ The journals of the House for the preceding day shall be 
read every morning previous to entering upon new business 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

19^'' Every nonobservance of the foregoing rules shall be 
noticed at the discretion of the House on considering all the cir- 
cumstances — Signed W'" Plummer for the Committee which rules 
were read and considered, received & accepted 

The Honb^ Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
Chamber the necessary Oaths were administred to his Excellency 
John Langdon, Esq'' as President of this State by the Honb' John 
Pickering Esq'' Senior Senator — The President having been pre- 
viously informed that he was Elected bv the tree Suffrages of the 
People of this State to that office — The Senate then withdrew 
and the House proceeded to the choice of a Speaker (as the chair 
had become vacant by the removal of his Excellenc}' John Lang- 
don Esq'') and the ballots being taken the Honb' John Sullivan 

Esq'" was unanimously chosen — 
* 13-429 * The Honb' John Sullivan Esq"" having declined ac- 
cepting the Office of Speaker, the Honb' Thomas Bart- 
lett Esq'' was unanimously chosen Speaker of this House — 

Motion was then made for the choice of an Assistant Clerk and 
the Ballots being taken Doct'" Jonathan Gove was unanimously 
chosen for that purpose — 

Voted that M'' Sullivan, M'' J Smith, M'' N Peabody M'' Plum- 
mer and M"" Green with such of the Honb' Senate as the}' shall 
join be a Committee to draught such public bills as shall be 
thought necessary to be passed this Session and lay the Same 
before this House — Sent up by M'' M^'Murphy 

The Senate and House being again met in the Assembly cham- 
ber proceeded by joint ballot to elect five persons for Counsellors 
agreably to the Constitution and the[^"] made choice of the Honb' 
Ebenezer Smith Esq'' and the Honb' Peter Green Esq'' the Senate 
& House then adjourned and the Senate withdrew 

The House then adjourned to 3 o'Clock P M. 
Met accordingly 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Tam worth — voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
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 Successivel}^ in one of the New Hampshire News 
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'' Gilman — 

Voted that M'' Badger M'' Odlin and M'' Wallace with such of 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 299 

the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Sandwich and report thereon 

Sent up b}' Col" Oilman — 

The Secretary came down from the Honb' Senate with the fol- 
lowing Message from his Excellency — 

State of New Hampshire 

* Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the * 13-430 
House of Representatives — 

Being Elected by the free Suffrages of the People of this State 
to the Office of chief Magistrate will ever be considered by me as 
a fresh mark of that respect & confidence which I have so often 
experienced from my fellow Countrymen which demands my 
thanks and acknowledgments — 

I am Sensible of the importance of the Station in which I am 
placed and shall endeavour by your assistance and Support to 
render every service in my power that may contribute to the hap- 
piness and prosperity of the State — 

The public papers as they come to m}' hands shall from time to 
time be laid before you and I shall always be happy in making 
any Communications the publick good may require — 

The perplexed Situation of our public affairs in general is so 
apparent to every person of reflection that the bare mentioning of 
it is sufficient to call forth the Exertions of every good citizen in 
the Support of our Country — The deranged State of our finances 
the almost annihilation of our commerce are objects truly impor- 
tant, but I look forward with pleasure to the time which I trust is 
not far distant when by the blessing of divine providence we shall 
be relieved in a great measure from those and manv other embar- 
rassments by the adoption of the proposed federal constitution, this 
will give us a government equal to the great national Objects by 
which only they can be regulated and by which onh" we can ever 
reasonably expect to enjoy peace liberty and Safety — 

Gentlemen It is needless for me to take up your time 
* in pointing out any particular matter, 3'our wisdom * 13-431 
will direct in the necessary business of the State which 
will naturally come before you in the course of the present Ses- 
sion which will probably be short — 

I shall be always ready to assist in and concur with every meas- 
ure that may be thought just and proper to promote the public 
welfare and general tranquility of the State — John Langdon 

Council Chamber, Concord June 6"' 1788 — 
Voted that M"" Green, J\P N Peabody & M' A Parker with such 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to draught 
an answer to his Excellencys Message this day received and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

J'^oicd that M'' Eames, M'' Young and M'' Storey with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Ossippee and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman 
Voted that M'" N. Peabody, M'' Eames & M'" Barrett with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petition of Nathanael Hovey and others Committees 
from the Towns of Landaff and Bath and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Plummer 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Ezekiel Ladd 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the Second Tuesday of the next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that the Select men of Haverhill 
and Piermont be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon — also cause that said Copy and order be posted up 
in Some public place in each of said Towns three weeks prior to 
the sitting of said Court that said Select men or any other person 
or persons ma}' then appear and shew cause why the prayer 

thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Young 
* 13-432 * The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the 
Assembly Chamber to proceed in the Election of Offi- 
cers agreably to the Constitution, by joint ballot made choice of 
Robert Wallace Esq'' Cap' Josiah Richardson and William Simp- 
son Esq'' Counsellors for this State, which with those before 
elected makes the whole of the Council — 

The ballots were then called for, for the choice of a Secretary 
and the Honb' Joseph Pearson Esq*' was unanimously chosen for 
that purpose — 

The ballots were then taken for a Treasurer and the Honb' John 
Taylor Oilman Esq'' was unanimously elected to that office — 

The Ballots were then taken for a Commissary Oeneral and 
Col" Supply Clapp was unanimously elected to that office — 

the Elections being finished the Senate withdrew — 
Voted that M'' Sullivan, M'' N Peabody, M'' Emerson M'' 
Simpson & M'' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they 
shall join be a Committee to consider what business is necessary 
first to be entered upon and done at this Session and report there- 
on — Sent up by M'' Clough 
Voted that M'' Odlin, M'' Emerson & M'' Oilman with such of 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 3OI 

the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to wait upon 
the Revr'' Docf Langdon and present him with the thanks of the 
General Court for his learned and ingenious discourse delivered 
Yesterday before the two branches of the Legislature and request 
of him a Copy of his Sermon for the press — 

Sent up by M'' Leavitt 
Voted that M'' M^Murphy, M'' Odlin & M'" Rogers with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committeie to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Winchester and report there- 
on — Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

* Volcd that M'" Young, M'' Barrett & M^ Richardson * 13-433 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of the Proprietors of Lemp- 
ster & Marlow and report thereon — Sent up by M^" Leavitt 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Raby^ voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Emerson 

Voted that M^' N Peabody, M'" Badger & M'" Runnels with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Benjamin Snow and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Leavitt 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Ephraim Barker 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY June 7"' 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that IM'' Odlin, M'" Badger & M'' Runnels with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the pay Roll of Cap"- Titus Salter also the Petition of William 
Loudon and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Dole. 

Voted that M'' Freeman M'" Wallace & M'' Frink with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to take under 
consideration the report of a Committee who were appointed by 
the General Court to perambulate the line between the Towns of 
Goffstown and New Boston and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Dole 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Richard Young 
praying for the priviledge of a ferry across Connecticut river — 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 2-14-5. 



302 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Court on the Second Tuesday of the next Session and 

* 13-434 that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that the * Se- 

lect men of Piermont and Orford be served with a Copy 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon, also cause that a Copy 
and order be posted up in some public place in each of said 
Towns three weeks prior to the sitting of said Court that said 
Select men or any other person or persons may then appear and 
shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up bv M'' Parker 

Voted that M'' Wheeler M'' Barrett & IM' Odlin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Buss and others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Parker 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of James Swain which 
was to have been on the third Wednesday of this Session be post- 
poned to the third Wednesday of the next Session of the General 
Court as the adverse party has not been notified agreablv to order 
of Court, and that the Petitioner cause that Wentworth Cheswell 
and David Chapman the adverse party be served with a Copy of 
the Petition and order three weeks before the sitting of said Court 
that they may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted Sent up bv M'" Hoyt 

]^oted that the Account of the Honb'' Josiah Bartlett Esq'" 
amounting to two povuids Six Shillings for his Service as one of 
the Committee for ascertaining the w^estern line of the Masonian 
Patent be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'" Richardson 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY June 9'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of William Chand- 
ler and others voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon belore 
the General Court on the Second Tuesday of the 

* 13-435 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 prior to the 
sitting of said Court in one of the New Hampshire News papers 
that any person or persons may then appear and Shew cause why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'" Freeman 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 303 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Smith and 
Eleanor his wife voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the Second Tuesday of the 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 news papers prior to 
the sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause (if any the}- have) why the prayer there- 
of may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Freeman 

Vo'tcd that M'' Oilman M'' Young and M'' Hoit with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition and Account of the Selectmen of Amherst and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' W" Peabody 

Voted that M'' Sullivan, M'' Duncan, M'' Wiggin, M'' Hoit and 
M'" Odlin with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Ephraim Barker and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'" Smith — 

V^oted that the public hearings on Petitions which were to have 
been heard on the third Wednesday of the present Session of the 
General Court be postponed to the third Wednesday of the next [ses- 
sion] of said Court of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Wiggin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Winthrop Mars- 
ton, Voted, that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen- 
eral Court on the Second Tuesday of the next Session 
* and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that * 13-436 
the Substance of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
be published three weeks Successively in one of the New Hamp- 
shire News papers prior to the Sitting of said Court that any per- 
son or persons may then appear and shew cause why the pra3'er 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Clark 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Lyme praying that an Island in Connecticut River opposite 
said Town may be incorporated therewith. Voted that the prayer 
thereof be granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill to 
annex said Island to and incorporate it with said Town of Lyme — 

Sent up by M'" Duncan 

Voted that M'" Badger, M'' Freeman cS: M'' Runnels with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Hinsdale and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Smith 

Resolved that all the trainincr Soldiers in the Town of Sullivan 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

be annexed to and considered as belonging to the Sixth Regiment 
of Militia and that the field Officers of that Regiment be and 
hereby are impowered to nominate the proper Officers to take 
command of them — Sent up by M'" Brackett 

Voted that M'" Rogers, M'" Emerson & M'' M-^^Murphy with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Wilton & report thereon — 

Sent up by M^' Abbott 
The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Ossipee 
reported that the Selectmen of Ossipee, be impowered to Assess 
the Taxes for the year 1783 and 1784 on the Lands only in said 
Ossipee and pay the Same into the Treasur}^ at or before the first 
day of January next and that the Treasurer stay his Extent ac- 
cordingly Signed Ebenz'" Webster for the Committee which report 
being read & considered voted that it be received & Accepted 

Sent up by M'' Clough — 
* I3~}37 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of the 
Inhabitants of Cockermouth Praying that the name of 
the Town may be altered to Danbury voted that the pra^'er thereof 
be granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accord- 
^'^gly — Sent up by M'" Powers 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning — 

TUESDAY June 10'" 17S8. 

The House met according to adjournment 

The Committee to draught an Answer to his Excellencys mes- 
sage reported as follows — 

May it please yoin- Excellency 

Your Election by the sufirages of a free people to the Office of 
first Magistrate of this state as it implies an approbation of your 
past and a confidence in your future administration cannot fail to 
excite the most pleasing emotions upon this auspicious occasion — 

To see the chair of State filled by one whose patriotism and 
ardent zeal for the Interest of his Country have been long tried 
and approved both in peace and war afibrd no small pleasure to a 
Sensible and grateful people — 

Realizing the importance of the station in which your Excel- 
lency is placed we should be wanting in duty to our Constituents 
and ourselves did we not give you every assistance in our power 
in the faithful discharge of the duties of your exalted Station — 

We have lona viewed with anxious concern the embarrassed 



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305 



Situation of our public affairs the deranged condition of our 
finances and the melancholly state of our declining commerce, 
and your Excellenc}^ ma}' rely that no constitutional exertions 
shall be wanting on our part to remove those embarrassments, 
arrange our finances and cheer the drooping Spirit of Commerce — 
Signed John Waldron for the Committee, which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and accepted — upon 
which vote the yeas and nays were called and are as follows viz. 

*Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. * 1 3-438 



Mi- 


Runnels 


Mr Copland 


Mr Gove 


Mr Badger 


Mr 


B Clough 


Mr Powers 


Mr Jackman 


Mr Dole 


Ml' 


Green 


Mr Young 


Mr A Parker 


Mr Parker 


Mr 


Gil more 


Mr M^-Murpliv 


Mr Allen 


Mr Cragin 


Mi- 


D Page 


Mr J Clough ' 


Mr Winch 


Mr Darling 


Mr 


W"' Page 


Mr Fifield 


Mr Franklin 


Mr Flanders 


Mr 


Barrett 


Mr Palmer 


Mr Fames 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr 


Duncan 


Mr Cummings 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Frink 


Mr 


Storey 


Mr W>" Peabody 


Mr Drew 


Mr Brown 


Mr 


Gaskill 


Mr Abbott 


Mr N Peabody 


Mr Hutchens 


Ml 


Smith 










Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr 


Odlin 


Mr Chase 


Mr Weare 


Mr Dow 


Mr 


Leavitt 


Mr Freeman 


Mr Belding 


Mr Gilman 


Mr 


Plummer 


Mr Blanchard 


Mr Morse 


Mr Emerson 


Mr 


Clark 


Mr Brown 


Mr Hough 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr 


Sullivan 


i\lr Rogers 


Mr March 


Mr Temple 


Mr 


Hoit 


Mr Hiiliard 


Mr Wheeler 


Mr Burnam 


Ml 


•Rand 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Bartlett 


Mr Simpson 


Mr 


Richardson 


Mr Pierce 







41 Yeas — 30 Nays — Sent up by M'' Young 

Voted that M'" M^Murphy, Isl' Sullivan, M'' Duncan M'- Parker 
and M'" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join 
be a Committee to consider of a Resolve which came dowm from 
the Honb' Senate respecting the Secretary's receiving a Dollar 
with each Petition of a private nature which shall be offered to 
the General Court and report thereon — Sent up by M' Page 

Voted that the Honb' Senate and House hold a Conference in 
the Assembly Chamber as soon as conveniently may be (if the 
Honb' Senate see fit) to take into consideration the report of the 
Committee on necessary business — Sent up by M'' Burnam 

Voted that M'" Eames M'' Sullivan & M'' Darling with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Lyndborough and report 
thereon — Sent up by AP Rand — 

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3o6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

* 13-439 * Voted that the Members of the Honb' Convention of 

this State have orders on the Treasurer for the amount 
of the travel due to them respectively on the late or that may be 
due on any future Roll for travel to and from the Convention to be 
paid out of the revenue arising by Excise, Impost or Specie Tax 
as they may chuse and that the President give orders accord- 
ingly — Sent up by M'' Rand 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingl}' — 

Voted that M"" Sullivan, M^' Plummer «fe M'' Green [M^' Young] 
with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall join be a Committee 
to consider of the Petition of David Page Esq""^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Allen 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joseph V^^^^tvoted 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on 
the Second Tuesday of the 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 News papers prior to the sitting of said Court 
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'' Powers — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Nathan Adams- 
and Joanna Adams, voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon 
before the General Court on the Second Tuesday 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 News 
papers prior to the sitting of said Court 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"" Powers 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

* 13-440 * WEDNESDAY June ii"' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Joseph Hicks 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday of the next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that Samuel White Esq'" of Haver- 
hill in the Common Wealth of Massachusetts be served with a 

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1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 307 

Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon three weeks prior 
to the sitting of said Court that he may then appear and Shew 
cause wh}" the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
Voted that M'" M^Murphy, M^' Wheeler & M'' Blanchard with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Comittee'to con- 
sider of the Petition of John Wendall Esq"" and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
^ [Upon reading and considering the Petition of Nathanael 
Brown voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen- 
eral Court on the Second Tuesday of their next Session and that 
in the mean time the Petitioner cause that Cap* Jacob Martin of 
Londonderry be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon that he may then appear & Shew cause (if any he 
hath) why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M^' Runnels 
Voted that M^' N Peabody, M^' Eames & M'' A Parker with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the proprietors of Lyman and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Page] 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Oliver Carlton 
and others and James Ray and others Inhabitants of Amherst 
voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the third Wednesday of their next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Select men 
of Amherst be served with a Copy of the Petition * and * 13-441 
order of Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting 
of said Court that they may then appear and shew cause why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' W" Peabody 
Voted that M'' Emerson, M'" March and M'" O Parker with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of William Bell & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Brackett — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Surry — voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Brackett — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of William King Esq'' 
praying that he might be Enabled to take the Surname of Atkin- 
son «&c voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Brackett — 

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308 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

The Committee on the Resolve of the Honb' Senate, reported 
as their Opinion that every Petition preferred to the General Court 
of a private nature shall pay to the Clerk of the House of Repre- 
sentatives & Secretary three shillings to each of them to be Sev- 
erally accounted for — Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — Sent up by M'' Young 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Stickney 
Esq'' voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on the Second Wednesday of the next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that the Substance of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon be published three weeks Succes- 
sively in one of the New Hampshire news papers prior to the 
Sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause if any thev have why the prayer thereof may not 

be granted — Sent up by M'" Powers — 

* 13-442 * Voted that M'' Gilman, M'" Green &"'M'' Freeman with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Petition of John Wheelock Esq"" Presi- 
dent of Dartmouth College and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Wiggin 
Voted that M'" Barrett M'' Duncan & M"" Wallace with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Bradford and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Powers — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of George King 
Sparhawk and Daniel Humphreys Esq'' his Guardian voted that 
the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Powers — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY June 12'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act for altering and amending sundry Acts, Laws and 
Resolves so far as they relate to confining to the New Hampshire 
Gazzette the publication of Advertisements respecting proprietary 
meetings, proprietary Taxes or the sale of Lands for the payment 
of any such Taxes and so far as they relate to advertisements of 
and concerning Taxes assessed on the Lands of Nonresident 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 3O9 

Owners or proprietors or for the sale of such Lands for the pay- 
ment thereof &c. was read a third time and passed to be En- 
acted — Sent up by M'' Badger and M' Gihnore 

Voh:d that M'" Emerson, M'' March and M'" O Parker with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Reuben Spencer and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Badger 
Voh^d that M'' Oilman, M'' Barrett & M^ Simpson with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Memorial of Joseph Whipple Esq'" & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Allen 

* Whereas the Select men of Raby^ in the County of * 13-443 
Hillsborough in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Town 
have Petitioned the General Court sitting forth that the Inhabitants 
of said Town had voted to build a meeting House therein but 
could not exactly agree on any particular Spot of Ground to set it 
upon, and had agreed to Petition the Legislature to send a Com- 
mittee to find a Suitable place for that purpose and prayed that a 
Committee might be appointed accordingly — The prayer of 
which Petition appearing reasonable — Therefore J^esohed by the 
Senate and House of Representatives for said State in General 
Court convened that Timothy Farrar, Abiel Abbott and John 
Goss Esquires be and hereby are appointed with full power and 
Authority to find out and fix upon some particular spot in that 
Town on which said intended Meeting house may be built, and 
that the expence of said Committee and all other charges attend- 
ing said business be paid by the said Town — 

Sent up by M'" Winch 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Timothy Me- 
dar in behalf of the Town of Tamworth, voted that the prayer 
thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring in a Resolve 
accordingly — Sent up by M'" Dow 

Voted that M'' Duncan M'" Badger & M'" Emerson with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Thomas Cristy and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Duncan 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Winchester and the report of a Committee thereon Voted that 
the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
Second Tuesday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petitioners cause that the owners of the Dams mentioned in 

1 xi Hani. Town Papers, 244. 



3IO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

said Petition or their Agents be served with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting of 
said Court that they may then appear & Shew cause why the 
prayer thereof should not be granted — 

Sent up b}^ JVP" Dow 

* 13-444 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of WilHam 

Thomas^ praying for the priviledge of a ferry 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 
prior to the Sitting of said Court in the News paper printed at 
Keene in this State, 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'" Young 

The Committee on the Petition of Samuel Buss & others re- 
ported that the prayer thereof be granted so far as that they have 
leave to raise a Company of Light Horse, and that said Company 
be Annexed to Col" Phelps Regiment — Signed Ebenz'' Webster 
for the Committee which report being read & considered voted 
that it be received and accepted — and that they have leave to 
bring in a Resolve accordingly Sent up by M'" Parker — 

Voted that M"" Odlin, M'- Chase & M^" Young with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Edwards Bucknam and others^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Voted that M'' Blanchard, M'' Badger M^' Emerson M'" A Par- 
ker and M^' Young with such of the Honb^ Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to examine into the present State of the Treas- 
ury and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Upon reading and considering the Memorial and Petition of 
Sundry Towns in the County of Hillsborough voted that the Peti- 
tioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the Second 
Thursday of the next Session — 

Sent up by M'' Hilliard 

* 13-445 * Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly — 
An Act to enable William King of Dover in the County of 
Strafford Esq'' to take the Name of Atkinson — was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' March & M'" Frink 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 346. 2 xii Ham. Town Papers. 353. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 31I 

The Coinmittee to consider of the Memorial of Joseph Whip- 
ple Esq'' reported that the prayer of the Petition of Oliver Evans 
accompanying said Memorial be granted and that the Memorialist 
have leave to bring in a Bill — Signed Joshua Wentworth for the 
Committee which report being read and considered, voted that it 
be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Thomas Minor which 
was to have been on the Second Thursday of the present Session 
be postponed to the Second Thursday of the next Session and that 
the Petitioner cause that Bela Turner be served with a Copy of 
the Petition and order of Court as heretofore directed three weeks 
before the sitting of Said Court — Sent up by M'' Allen 

Voted that M'' Plummer, M^' Sullivan, M'' Duncan M'" Richard- 
son & M'' Simpson 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, at what time and to what time and place this 
court shall be adjourned, also what allowance shall be made for 
the Travel and attendance of the Honb' Senate, House of Repre- 
sentatives and their Officers the present Session and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Allen 

Voted that the Account of Elijah Frink Esq'' amounting to 
fourteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Allen 

Resolved that there be a Company of Light Horse raised in 
the twelfth regiment of foot commanded by Col" Daniel Rand 
and be annexed to CoP Phelps Regiment of Horse & that the field 
Officers of said Regiment of horse be directed to nominate the 
Officers for said Company accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

* The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of * 13-446 
Wilton reported that although the Town of Wilton have 
not strictly adhered to the letter of the Law, yet it appears to your 
Committee that they have been at great expence for the education 
of their youths and that it is the Opinion of the Committee that the 
fine be remitted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly Signed Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by AP Allen 

Voted that the hearincrs which were to have been before the 
General Court on the Second Tuesday of the present Session be 
postponed to the Second Tuesday of the next session of said Court 
of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Allen 



312 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition ot" the Select 
men of Hinsdale reported that they have examined said Petition 
and the evidence accompanying the Same and are of Opinion 
that the Treasurer be directed to receive an Account of that Towns 
State Tax for 1778 the paper Bills amounting to four hundred and 
forty one Dollars which were presented to him in part of said Tax 
a few days before the time was expired for receiving such Bills 
and that the amount thereof be carried to the credit of said 
Town — Signed Pierce Long for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Allen 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Israel Morey 
Esq'' voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
* 13-447 * that he have leave to bring in a Bill accordingh^ — 

Sent up by M"" Simpson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of David Badger 
and others voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Resolve to impower the judge of Probate 
to order a division of said Estate the will to the contrary notwith- 
standing — Sent up by M'" Rand — 

The Committee on the Petition of Ephraim Barker reported that 
they have met and having examined the subject matter agree to 
report that the prayer of the Petition be granted and that the 
Petitioner have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingl}' — Signed 
Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and Accepted — 

Sent up by M^' Runnels 

The Committee on the Petition of Thomas Cristy reported that 
the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the President give 
orders accordingly Signed Amos Shepherd for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

Voted that the President be desired to give order in favour of 
Samuel Lockland for the payment of the Sum that was allowed 
to Thomas Lockland in an account that passed at Portsmouth in 
Jan'" last (who assisted in running the line of the Mason Patent) 
as there was a mistake in the Christian name — 

Sent up by M'' M'^Murphy 

An Act to make valid the proceedings of a Town meeting 
holden in Surry in the County of Cheshire on Tuesday the fourth 
dav of March last which by Law^ should have been holden on 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 313 

Monday the third day of March aforesaid — was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Clough & M^' Allen 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

* FRIDAY June 13'" 1788 * 13-448 

The House met according to adjournment 

An Act to enable the President with advice of Council to draw 
orders for the payment of the travel of Members of Convention — 
was read a third time and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness and M'' Franklin 

Whereas it is inconvenient that the Inferior Court of Common 
Pleas for the County of Strafford should be holden on the third 
Tuesday of June current at Dover as is by Law established — 
Therefore Resolved that the said Court be and hereby is ad- 
journed to the Second Tuesday of July next and that all business 
of the said Court be then proceeded upon as at the stated term, 
and that the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for said 
County of Strafford which was by Law to have been holden on 
the Thursday next following the third Tuesday of June current 
be and hereby is adjourned to the Thursday next following the 
said Second Tuesday of July next and all business before the said 
Court of General Sessions of the Peace be there proceeded upon 
as at the stated Term — Sent up by M'" Rollins — 

An Act to authorize and impower Daniel Humphreys Esq'' 
Guardian of George King Sparhawk of Portsmouth in the state of 
New Hampshire a Minor to sell & convey any out Lands belong- 
ing to said Minor, to compromise or refer any dispute concerning 
the title of said Lands to release any part thereof and to charge 
the Same and the other estate of said Minor for the purposes 
aforesaid was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Gilman & M'" Barrett 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Peterborough, voted that the prayer thereof be granted & that 
the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Winch"^ 

* An Act to grant to Oliver Evans for a term of years * 13-449 
the exclusive right of making and selling within this 
state the machines herein described was read a third time and 
passed to be Enacted — Sent up by M"" Winch and M'" Clark 

Voted that M'" Wiggin, M'" Richardson and M'" Gove with such 



314 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

of the Honb' , Senate as they shall join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petition of William Plummer and Jeremiah Smith 
Esq" in behalf of Elisabeth Wallingsford and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

The Committee on the Petition of William Bell reported that 
the prayer of the Petition be granted and that he draw pay for his 
Son Joshua Bell as an Invalid Pensioner as though he had been 
viewed by the Committee appointed to view the Invalids of this 
state. Signed Robert Wallace for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted 
with this amendment that Joshua Bell be intitled to draw the pay 
instead of William Bell mentioned in said report — 

Sent up by M'" Copland — 

Upon reading and considering the Memorial & Petition of 
Jonathan Cilley Esq'' voted that the Treasurer be directed to 
receive of said Cilley one hundred and ninety Six pounds fourteen 
shillings and Seven pence in state securities at their nominal 
value towards discharging the Bonds given lor excise from Octo- 
ber 1786 to October 1787 — Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

Resolved that the Several Constables and Collectors within this 
State be and hereby are directed to receive in payment of all 
Specie Taxes due to the State orders drawn upon the Treasurer 
payable out of the Revenue arising from Specie Taxes, as w^ell 
for Specie State Taxes now out standing as for those hereafter 
to be raised and payable in Silver and Gold by the Laws Acts 
and Resolves of the General Court now in force — 

Sent up by M'' March 
* 13-450 * The Committee on the Pay roll of Cap^ Titus Salter 
and on the Petition of William Loudon reported that 
the pay Roll of said Salter amounting to se\'enty Seven pounds 
twelve Shillings be allowed and order go for payment and that 
the Petition of William Loudon be dismissed — Signed John Wal- 
dron 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 Roll — Sent up by M'" Winch 

Resolved that the Impost Officer within this state and his 
deputies be and hereby are directed to receive for Impost duties 
orders drawn b}^ the President upon the Treasurer pa3^able out of 
the Revenue arising from the Impost duties any former directions 
or regulations to the Contrary notwithstanding — 

Sent up by M'" Lane 
Voted that M'' Runnels, M'' Odlin & M'" Winch with such of the 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 315 

Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
some papers respecting Ebenezer Lock presented to this Court 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Duncan 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of David Page Esq''^ 
and the report of a Committee thereon voted that the Petitioners 
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 there- 
on be published three weeks Successively in one of the New 
Hampshire News papers prior to the Sitting of said Court that any 
person or persons may then appear and Shew cause why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Smith 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Se- 
lect men of Hanover voted that the prayer thereof * be * 13-451 
granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill or 
resolve accordingly — Sent up by M'' Freeman 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jonathan Thurston 
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 news papers prior to the sitting of said 
Court that 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'' A^ Murphy 

Voted that M'" Plummer, M'" Barrett, M'' N Peabody, M'" Whee- 
ler «&; M'' Runnels with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of Gen' John Stark 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' M'Murphy 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Col" Daniel Run- 
nels voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

An Act to revive and continue in force An Act intitled an Act 
to establish certain Impost duties on various foreign Articles 
imported into this State came down from the Honb' Senate for 
concurrence — was read a third time and Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Hoyt & M'' Page 

The Committee on the Petition from the Town of Lyndborough 
— Reported that in the latter end of may 1773 the then Select 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 422. 



3l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

men of Lyndborough made out a warrant in the following words 
(viz) — 

* 13-452 * Province ot ^'^^ James Boutwell Constable for 

New Hampsire > the Town of Lyndborough in 
Hillsborough ss ) said County, Greeting 

[Seal] AVhereas there is a person come 

of late with his wife to Sojourn or dwell in this Town and last 
came from Wilton in this County (viz) Elisha Wilkins & wife 
and are not by Law Inhabitants of this Town therefore are likely 
to become too chargeable to the Town unless means are taken to 
prevent the Same — Pursuant therefore to the Laws of this Prov- 
ince in that case made and provided — 

You are hereby required in his Majesties Name instantly to 
warn the said Elisha Wilkins and wife to depart and leave this 
Town within fourteen days from this date, hereof fail not and 
make return of this warrant with your proceedings thereon to the 
Clerk of his Majesties Court of General Sessions of the Peace 
next to be holden at Amherst Given under our hands and Seals 
the day of May 1773 — Signed by the Select men 

Your Committee also find that the said warning was served by 
the said James Boutwell on the said Wilkins & wife about the first 
of June 1773 and sent by him to the Clerk of the Session by 
Andrew Fuller Esq'' with money to pay for recording the Same, 
and the said Fuller delivered the said warning and money to the 
then Clerk of the Sessions at the Sessions of said Court in July 
1773 and the said warrant cannot now be found in the Clerks 
Office — 

Therefore your Committee agree to report that upon any tryal 

respecting the Settlement of the said Wilkins and wife the Town 

of Lyndborough or any others concerned may offer in Evidence 

the before recited warrant which shall be deemed as good and 

legal evidence as the original would have been if the 

* 13-453 same had not been lost * and shall be considered as 

dated the last day of Ma}^ signed by the then Select 
men and served on the first day of June 1773 — Signed Francis 
Worster for the Committee — which report being read and con- 
sidered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M"" Rand 

Voted that this State agree to relinquish their claims to all the 

lands between the curve line (so called) of the Masonian patent 

and a straight line as run by the Committee employed by this 

state provided the Masonian Proprietors will pay to the state forty 



1 788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 317 



thousand Dollars in state Securities and eight hundred Dollars in 
Specie or give good security therefor — On which vote the Yeas 
and nays were called and are as follows — 



Yeas. 
Mr Odiin 
Ml' Brown 
Ml' Bartlett 
Ml- J Clough 
I\Ii' Butler 
Ml' Brackett 
Ml' Pa2;e 
Ml' O Parker 
Ml' Rand 
Ml' Wallace 
Ml' Flanders 
Ml' Temple 

Nays. 
Ml' Runnels 
Ml' Wheeler 
Ml' Clark 
Ml' Gilmore 
Ml' Gilman 
Ml' W'" Peabody 
Ml' Jackman 



Yeas. 
Ml' Frink 
Ml' Morss 
Ml' Brown 
Ml' Franklin 
Ml' March 
Ml' Wiggin 
Ml" Jenness 
Ml" Green 
Mr Sullivan 
Ml- Hoit 
Ml' Cummings 
Ml' Barrett 

Nays. 
Ml" Richardson 
Mr Smith 
M' M'^Murphy 
Mr Plummer 
Ml' Drew 
Ml' Palmer 
Ml' Dole 



Yeas. 
Ml' Cragin 
Ml' Gove 
Ml' Gaskill 
Ml' Chase 
Ml' Read 
Mr Tainter 
.Ml' Powers 
Ml' Simpson 
Mr Leavitt 
Ml- B Clough 
Ml- Milliard 
Mr Dow 

Nays. 
Ml' Duncan 
Ml' VVeare 
M'- Belding 
Ml- Allen 
Ml' Young 
Ml- Blanchard 
Ml- Rogers 



Yeas. 
Ml' Rollings 
Ml' Austin 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Smith 
Mr Storey 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Lane 
Mr Copland 
Mr Winch 
Mr Hough 
Mr Eames 

Nays. 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Badger 
Mr Page 
Mr Darling 
Mr Shepherd 
iMr Chamberlain 
Mr Hutchens 



48 yeas — 28 nays, so it passed in the affirmative 

Sent up by M'' Simpson 
Adjourned to 8 oClock to morrow morning 

* SATURDAY June 14"^ 1788 * 13-454 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the Petition of John Wendall Esq'' reported 
that the prayer thereof be so far granted that the Treasurer 
should receive of him Two hundred and forty three pounds in 
state notes for any Taxes due from him to the state prior to 1786 
also that the receiver of Nonresident Taxes receive of him the 
money lodged by said Wendall in his Office the 23'' of July 1781 
for any Taxes due agreable to the scale by which the Treasurer 
consolidated said Taxes. Signed Christopher Toppan for the 
Committee which report being read and considered voted that it 
be received and accepted, excepting what relates to the paper 
money lodged in the hands of the Collector of Nonresident 
taxes — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'" Plummer M'" Freeman and M'" Smith with such 



3l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Sarah Moulton & Thomas Leavitt and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that the Account of Lemuel Holmes Esq"" amounting to 
nine pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of 
the President — Sent up by M"" Blanchard 

Voted that the account of Jonathan Dow amounting to five 
pounds twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasure- 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'" Wiggin, M'' Badger and M'" Young with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Account of Col" Aaron Kinsman and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

The agents of the Masonian proprietors having manifested their 

acceptance of the proposal of the General Court of Yes- 

* 13-455 terday respecting the lands between the straight * and 

curve line it was voted that M'" Odlin, M'' Sullivan M"" 

Smith, M'' Frink & M'" Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate 

as they shall join be a Committee to take into consideration said 

proposals and acceptance and report a form of Convee^ance, the 

time of payment &c and lay the Same before this House — 

Sent up by IVP Blanchard 

Whereas the Town of Tamworth in said State hath Petitioned 
the General Court sitting forth that at the last Annual meeting in 
said Town three Select men were elected for the year then ensu- 
ing one of which living upon the land in dispute between the 
Towns of Sandwich and Tamworth which renders it uncertain 
whether said Select mans acting in that office would be legal the 
other two select men having proceeded in taking the Inventory 
and other matters as the Law directs for said Town and praying 
that the said two Select men ma}^ call a Town meeting for the 
purpose of chusing one or more select man at said meeting and 
that all matters transacted by the said two select men be legal and 
valid to all intents and purposes as fully as they might or could 
have been if transacted by three Select men as the Law directs — 
Therefore Resolved that the said two select men be and they here- 
by are authorized & impowered to call a meeting of said Inhab- 
itants of Tamworth giving fifteen days notice thereof by placing a 
notification thereof up in the most public place in said Town, 
when met to choose a Select man to join those two already legally 
chosen who is hereby fully authorized to do the duty of a Select 
man in all respects as much as if chosen at the Annual meeting 
aforesaid — 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 319 

Also Resolved that all matters transacted by the said two Select 
men in taking the Inventory and all other matters in said Town is 
hereby made valid to all intents and purposes as fully as they 
might or could have been if transacted by three Select men any 
Law usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding — 

Sent up by M'' Oilman 

*An Act for the exempting the body of Israel Morey * 13-456 
of Fairlee in the County of Orange and state of Ver- 
mont Esquire from Arrests in all civil causes in this State for the 
term of one year — was read a third time and passed to be En- 
acted— Sent up by M'" Badger & M'' Hoit 

An Act for issuing an alias Execution against Joseph Clark late 
of Antrim in the County of Hillsborough Yeoman and to Enable 
Ephraim Barker to make return thereon in the room of one which 
is lost, was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Badger & W Hoit 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Bradford 
Reported as their Opinion that the prayer thereof be so far 
granted as that they have liberty to Tax all the Town of Bradford 
one penny '^'' Acre for the term of three years except that part of 
it that was taken from Washington and incorporated with said 
Bradford and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly 
Signed Ebenz'' Webster for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted and 
that they have leave to bring in a Bill at this or the next Ses- 
sion — Sent up by M'' Darling 

Resolved that the Justices of the Court of General Sessions of 
the Peace for the County of Hillsborough be authorized ajjd di- 
rected at the next Court of Gen^ Sessions of the Peace to be 
holden within and for said County to discontinue and no further 
proceed upon an Indictment found against the Select men of Peter- 
borough at Sept'" Term A D. 1787 if no judgment be thereon ren- 
dered and if Judgment be now rendered on the Same Indictment 
and a fine imposed on the said Select men that the Same judgment 
be null and void and such fine remitted — provided the said Select 
men pay the costs already arisen — 

Sent up by M'' Smith 

* Voted that M'' Tainter, M^' Young & IVf Hoit with * 13-457 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Lancaster,^ 
Northumberland and Stratford and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Eames 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 353. 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that the Account of Christopher Toppan Esq'' amounting 
to eighteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

Voted that the Account of John Bell Esq'" amounting to two 
pounds Six shillings and ten pence be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

Voted that the account of Jonathan Freeman Esq'' amounting to 
Six pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury b}^ order of 
the President — Sent up by M'" Leavitt 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Thomas Cogswell 
Esq'' Voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Treas- 
urer govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M'" Badger 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Town of Leb- 
anon ^ voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have 
leave to bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly^ — 

Sent up b}^ M'' Powers 

Voted that M'' Plummer, M'' Freeman & M'' Smith with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Neal Esq'' & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
Adjourned to Monday next at 3 oClock P. M. 

MONDAY June 16*" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'' Smith M'' Hale & M'' Runnels with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of the Select men of Weare and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Barrett — 
* 13-458 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Peleg 
Williams'" in behalf of the Town of Littleton voted that 
the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
third Thursday of the 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 News papers prior to the Sitting of said Court 
that any person or persons may then appear and shew cause why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Storey 

Voted that M'' Duncan, M'' Young and M'' Jenness with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Richard Tripe & report thereon 

Sent up by M'' Storey 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 387. 2 Vide Littleton Centennial, p. 46. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 321 

The Committee on the Account of Col" Aaron Kinsman reported 
that one pound Six shillings be deducted therefrom and that he 
have an order on the Treasurer for the ballance being eight pounds 
Lawful money — Signed Pierce Long 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' Duncan 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Warner voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly 

Sent up by M'' Duncan 

Voted that M'' Sullivan, M'' Duncan & M'' M'Murphy with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of William Russell and others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Barrett 

The Committee to consider of the proposals of the General Court 
and the acceptance of the Masonian Proprietors &c Re- 
ported the form of an Act for appointing a Committee * to * 13-459 
convey said Lands and -receive security for the payment 
the}' also reported that the State Securities be paid in four annual 
payments of ten Thousand Dollars each with Interest until paid — 
that the eight hundred Dollars in hard money be paid in one year 
with Lawful Interest and that the Securities for the payments be- 
fore mentioned be taken in the name of the Speaker of the House 
of Representatives for the time being — Signed Ebenezer Smith 
for the Committee which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received and Accepted — Sent up by M'' Barrett 

Voted that the Account of the Honb' John Sullivan Esq'' 
amounting to thirty three shillings be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'" Gaskill 

The Committee on the Petition of the Select men of Weare 
reported that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have 
leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly — Signed Pierce Long 
for the Committee which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received and accepted — Sent up by i\P" Austin 

Voted that the Committee that were appointed to wait on the 
Revr'' Doct'" Langdon and request a Copy of his discourse for the 
press &c be a Committee to procure two hundred printed copies of 
said Sermon and lodge them in the Secretary's office to be distrib- 
uted to the Several Towns in this State — Sent up by M'" Hoit 
Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 



322 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

TUESDAY June i;'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act in addition to an Act intitled an Act for the regulating 
the guaging of Casks, was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M^ Page & M"" Gaskill 

* 13-460 * Resolved that the Court of General Sessions of the 

Peace for the County of Hillsborough be and they 
hereby are authorized and directed to discontinue and no further 
proceed upon a Bill or indictment now before the justices of the 
Same Court which was found against the Select men of Weare at 
September Term A D. 1787 for not keeping and maintaining a 
Grammar school provided the said select men pay the cost which 
has already arisen — Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Elisabeth Wal- 
lingsford and the report of a Committee thereon before the Gen- 
eral Court on the third Wednesday 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 three weeks 
Successively in one of the New Hampshire News papers prior to 
the Sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then 
appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up b}^ M'' Taylor 

An Act to empower and authorize certain persons therein named 
to convey to the persons commonly called the Masonian proprietors 
all the Interest and title of the said state in and to the lands lying 
between the curve line claimed by said proprietors as the head line 
of Masons Patent and a straight line lately run by order of the 
General Court of said State and to accept of certain Securities 
therefor in behalf of said State — was read a third time and passed 
to be Enacted — Sent up by M'' Simpson & M'' Taylor 

An Act for altering the name of the Township of Cockermouth 
to Danbury was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Simpson & M"" Taylor 

* 13-461 * Resolved \kv2i\ the Committee appointed to Examine 

Invalids continue to examine all such as may apply for 
examination within three months and that all persons who are in- 
titled to the pension allowed by Congress and are unable to travel 
to Exeter to pass Examination upon obtaining a certificate of such 
inability from some noted Physician & Sending the Same to said 
Committee they are hereby impowered to ascertain such disability 
either by depositions or otherwise which if satisfactory to them 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 323 

shall be as valid to all intents and purposes as a personal inspec- 
tion and Six months shall be allowed for entering on the list the 
name of such Invalids as are unable personally to appear before 
the Committee — Sent up by M'" Copland 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Moulton and 
Thomas Leavitt 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 they cause that the Substance of the 
petition and order of Court thereon be published three weeks Suc- 
cessively in one of the New Hampshire News papers prior to the 
sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

Voted that M"" Oilman, M'' Gains and M'' Green with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Gen^ George Reid and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Franklin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Rochester, Barn- 
stead, New Durham, & New Durham Gore voted that the Peti- 
tioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the Second 
Tuesday of their next Session and that in the mean time the Pe- 
titioners cause that the Substance of the Petition & order of Court 
thereon be published three weeks Successively in one of the New 
Hampshire News papers prior to the Sitting of said Court, also 
cause that the Select men of each of said Towns be served 
with said Copy and order Seasonably that they or 
* any other person or persons may then appear and shew * 13-462 
cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'" Pierce 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Daniel Rindge^ 
and John Pierce Esqr'' agents for the Masonian proprietors voted 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Richard Tripe 
and the report of a Committee thereon voted that the Petitioner 
be heard thereon before the General Court on the second Thurs- 
day of the next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that Josiah Folsom of Rochester 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"" Lane 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, Zi. 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17S8 

Voted that his Excellency the President be desired with advice 
of Council to appoint some proper persons to inspect and examine 
the park of Artillery belonging to this state and obtain a proper 
return of the Cannon &c and that the Cap*^ General be impowered 
to give orders for the Commissary General to deliver over to Col" 
Samuel Hobart all such cannon as upon inspection may be found 
unfit for further use, the said Hobart to be accountable therefor — 

Sent up by M''Jenness 
An Act to make legal and valid a Tax bill made in the Town 
of Hanover in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty 
Six — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Clark & W Clough 
Voted that M'" Sullivan, M"" Chase and M'" Bartlett with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Francis Drew and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Wiggin 
* 13-463 * Whereas Benjamin Sargent and Richard Bartlett 
Select men of the Town of Warner in behalf of said 
Town hath Petitioned the General Court sitting forth that whereas 
the said Town hath for a long time greatly sulfered for want of a 
larger meeting house and are so unhappy as not to agree on a 
place to build a new one, and praying said Court to take it under 
their wise consideration and appoint a Committee to appoint them 
a place to set said Meeting House or relieve them in some other 
way, the prayer of which petition appearing reasonable — There- 
fore be it Resolved that Col" Ebenezer Webster Maj'" Robert Wal- 
lace and Lieu^ Joseph Wodley be a Committee to fix on a Spot in 
said Town to build said Meeting house on — the expence of which 
Committee to be defrayed by the Inhabitants thereof — 

Sent up by M'" Flanders 
An Act to enable Constant Storrs collector of Taxes in the 
Town of Lebanon to compleat the collection of Sundry Taxes 
committed to him to collect — was read a third time and passed to 
be Enacted — Sent up by M'" Franklin & M'' Drew 

Voted that M"" Rogers, M'" Simpson & M'" Cragin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Nicholas Marriner and report thereon — 

Sent up b}^ M'' Franklin 

The Committee on the Accounts of Daniel Poor Jun'" James 

Merrill and Amos Dow reported that said Poor Merrill and Dow 

receive each of them Sixteen shillings in full of their respective 

accounts signed John Bell for the Committee, which report being 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 325 

read and considered zwtcd that it be received and accepted and 
that the President give order accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Dow 

Voted that M' Badger M'' Young and M' Gains with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Samuel Fifield and report thereon — 

Sent up bv M' Badger 
* Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. * 13-464 

Met accordingly — 

Voted that the Honb' Nicholas Oilman Esq"" be and he hereby 
is appointed a Delegate from this State to 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 and priviledges 
which other delegates from this State have heretofore had and 
enjoved agreablv to the Confederation of the United States — 

Sent up by M^' Dole 

Voted that the Honb' Paine Wingate Esq'' be and he hereby is 
appointed a Delegate from this State to 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 and priviledges 
which other delegates from this State have heretofore had and 
enjoyed agreably to the Confederation of the United States — 

Sent up by M'" Dole 

Voted that the President with advice of Council be desired to 
adjourn the General Court to morrow at twelve o'Clock to meet 
again on Wednesday the 24'" day of Dec' next at the Court House 
in Exeter — ^ Sent up by M'" Butler 

Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate be allowed Six 
shillings ^^ day for attendance and four pence "^^ mile travel from 
and to their homes, that the Members of the Honb' Council be 
allowed nine shillings '^'" day for their attendance in the recess of 
the General Court and four pence ^"^ mile travel when called to- 
gether in the recess of said Court — That the Secretary have nine 
shillings ^' day for his attendance on the Honb' Council and 
Senate and travel as a Member — That the Members 
* of the Honb' House be allowed six shillings f day * 13-465 
for attendance and four pence ''<^'" mile travel — That 
the Clerk be allowed nine shillings ^^ day for attendance and 
travel as a Member — that the Assistant Clerk have one shiUing 
and Six pence ^'' day over and above his pay as a Member — 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

That the Secretary and Clerk make up the respective rolls ac- 
cordingly and that the Clerk be allowed one da}' extraordinary 
for making up the Rolls of the House, and that the President 
give orders for payment as at the last session of the late General 
Court — Sent up by M"" Page 

Voted that M'" Hale, M'" Parker & M'' Dole with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Account of George Jerry Osborne, also the Account of John 
Melcher and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that M-" Gains, M'' Runnels and M'' Parker with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Nathan Hoit Esq'" and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Page 
Voted that the Account of George Jerr}- Osborne amounting to 
twenty five pounds be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President from the revenue arising by impost — 

Sent up by M'" Page 

Upon reading and hearing the Petition of Col" Daniel Runnels 
— Resolved that a Company of Artillery be formed out of the 
eighth and Seventeenth Regiments in the Brigade Commanded 
by Brigad'' Gen' Reid — said Regiments composing the Lower 
part of said Brigade, Provided always that not more than four men 
shall be inlisted or received into the said Company out of an}- of 
the Companies composing the train band of either of the Regi- 
ments aforesaid and that the Officers of said Company be 
appointed from said Regiments as equally as may be — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 
* 13-466 * The following resolve came down from the Honb' 
Senate for Concurrence — 

Whereas it is probable that the Season for the next annual 
Thanksgiving will arrive before' the next Session of the General 
Court which renders it necessary to vest a power in the Executive 
to issue a proclamation therefor 

Therefore it is hereby Resolved by the Senate and House of 
Representatives in Gen' Court convened that the President of said 
State with advice of Council be and hereby is impowered and 
desired to appoint and proclaim a general Thanksgiving through- 
out this state at the usual season therefor — w^as read and con- 
curred with this amendment that said day be the last Thursday of 
November next — Sent up by M'' Parker 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of David Webster 
Esq"" voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 327 

Court on the Second Thursday of the next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that Mary Simpson be served with 
a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon that she may 
then appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Richardson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of WiUiam Russell 
and others 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 the News paper printed at Keene in this State 
prior to the sitting of said Court that 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'" Richardson 

*The Committee on the Petition of Nicholas Marriner * 13-467 
Reported that the said Nicholas Marriner have allowed 
him the Sum of two pounds two shillings and eight pence for the 
travel and attendance of himself and wife on the trial of John 
Poor at the Superior Court in Sept'" 1784, and that order go ac- 
cordingly Signed John Waldron for the Committee which report 
being read and considered, voted that it be received and accepted 
and that the President give order therefor — 

Sent up bv M'" Jenness 

Voted that M'' Plummer, M'' Peabody & M' Odfin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of 
a Resolve that came down from the Honb' Senate respecting 
printing advertisements and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Rand 

The Committee on the Petition of Edward Bucknam^ and others 
reported that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — at this or the next Session 
— Signed Moses Chase for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Eames 

An Act describing the tenor of Notes and certificates to be 
issued by the Treasurer of this State appointing a Committee to 
countersign said notes — was i-ead a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M"" Green & M'' Clough — 

Adjourned to 8 o'Clock to morrow morning 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 253. 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

WEDNESDAY June i8"' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'' Odlin, M'" Gains & M"^ W" Peabody with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of Some Letters received by y" Honb' Thomas Bartlett Esq'' from 
Maj'' Amos Morrill & report thereon 

Sent up by M'" Hoit 

* 13-468 * An Act to authorize and impovver certain persons 

calling themselves the Masonian proprietors who have 
by their agents purchased of the State a Release of it's claim to 
certain Lands herein after described, to raise levy and collect such 
Sums of money as they may find it needful to raise for certain pur- 
poses therein expressed by sale of the said Lands was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — Sent up by M'" Reed 

Voted that M'' Hale, M'' Parker and M'" Dole with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider of the 
Account of Lamson and Ranlett and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Reed 
The Committee on the Petition of John Wheelock Esq*' reported 
that the Petitioner have an opportunity to exhibit his demand to 
the Commissioners on the late Governor Wentworths Estate and 
that the Commissioners be impowered to receive and examine the 
Same and that their Commission be lengthned out for that pur- 
pose Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted 
and that they have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly at this 
or the next Session — Sent up by M'" Reed 

J^'oted that the Account of Caleb Buswell amounting to three 
pounds five shillings be allov^ed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Reed 

looted that the Account of Josiah Nelson amounting to Seven 
pounds four shillings for transporting public papers attending the 
Honb' Senate as door keeper &c be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Reed — 

* 13-469 * The Committee on the Accounts of George Jerry 

Osborne and John Melcher reported that George Jerry 
Osborne be allowed three pounds five shillings and John Melcher 
Seventeen pounds in full of their accounts Signed Joshua Went- 
worth for the Committee which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted and that the President give 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 329 



order that the Same be paid out of the Revenue arising by Im- 
post — Sent up by M'" Reed — 

Voted that the Account of John Calfe Esq'" for recording the 
proceedings of the General Court, copying for the press &c be 
allowed and that the President give order for the payment of the 
Ballance being three pounds eleven shillings & two pence — 

Sent up by M"" Copland 

The Committee on the Petition of Nathan Hoit Esq"" reported 
that the Treasurer Indorse on Col" Hoit's and M'' Claphams Bond 
the Sum that is due to said Hoit for his travel to and from the 
General Court this Session and that the extent for the remaining 
ballance be stayed until the next Session of the General Court 
Signed John Bell for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted and that the Treas- 
urer govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M'' Copland — 

The Committee on the Petition of Francis Drew reported that 
said Drew have and receive an order on the Treasurer for 
Twenty pounds in full for his Services in attending the reviews 
and Instructino- the music — Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Com- 
mittee — which report being read and Considered voted that it 
be received and accepted and that the President give order accord- 
ingly — on which vote the Yeas and Nays were called and are as 
follows (viz) — 

-470 



*Yeas. 




Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 13-^ 


Ml- Gains 


Ml 


Temple 


Ml- D Page 


Ml- Jenness 


M'' Runnels 


Mr 


Burnani 


Ml- Duncan 


Ml- Peabody 


Ml' Leavitt 


Ml 


•Hale 


Ml- Richardson 


Ml- Sullivan 


Ml' Rogers 


Ml 


■ Blanchard 


Ml- Chase 


Ml- Badger 


Ml- Drew 


Mi- 


Wiggin 


Ml- Hough 


Ml- Pierce 


M"- Gilmore 


Mi 


■ Bartlett 


Ml- Simpson 


Mr Wallace 


Ml- Rollins 


Ml 


■ Green 


Ml- Odlin 


Ml- Belding 


Mr Hoit 


Ml 


■ Butler 


Ml- March 


Mr Read 


Ml- Smith 


Mi- 


Palmer 


Ml- Clough 


Mr Patterson 


Ml- Weare 










Nays. 




Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Ml- Brown 


Mi- 


Lane 


Ml- Jackman 


Ml- Wi" Peabody 


Ml- Fifielcl 


Mi- 


Winch 


Ml- Gaskill 


Mr Rand 


Mr Cummings 


Mi- 


Franklin 


Ml- Smith 


Mr Darling 


MrWi'i Page 


Mi- 


Plummer 


Ml- Frink 


Mr Flanders 


Ml- Parker 


xMi- 


Gilman 


Ml- Brown 


Mr A Parker 


Ml- Cragin 


Mi- 


Taylor 


Mr Young 


Mr Allen 


Mr Storey 


Mi- 


Emerson 


Ml- Hilliard 


Mr Copland 


Ml- Shepherd 


Mi- 


Barrett 


Ml- Austin 


Mr Powers 


Ml- Chamberlain 


Mi- 


Gove 


Mr Dole 


Mr Ames 



37 Yeas — 36 Nays 



so it passed in the affirmative 

Sent up by M'' Badger 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel Fifield 
and the report of a Committee thereon 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 Revr'^ Benjamin Thurston and Cap' William Rowell be 
served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon 
three weeks prior to the sitting of said Court that they or any 
other person or persons may then appear and shew cause why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted, and that the attachment made 
on the Original writ remain good and all further proceedings on 
said Suit be stay'd until the final decision of the General Court 

thereon — Sent up by M'' Badger 

* 13-471 * Voted that the Account of Minas Daniels amounting 
to two pounds Sixteen Shillings be allowed and paid 
out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Badger — 

The vote respecting Francis Drew came down from the Honb' 
Senate for the following amendment tliat he receive fifteen pounds 
instead of Twenty, which amendment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M"" Page 

The Committee on the Account of Lamson and Ranlett reported 
that Mess'"^ Lamson and Ranlett be allowed nine pounds Sixteen 
shillings and eight pence in full of their account to be paid out of 
the Revenue arising by Impost — Signed Joshua 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 M'" Page 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Towns in the 
upper Cooss and the report of a Committee thereon voted that the 
Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the Sec- 
ond 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 newspapers prior to the sitting of said Court 
that any person or persons mav then appear and shew cause why 
the prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Gen' George Reid 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on the third Wednesday of their next Session and that in the 
mean time the Petitioner cause that Washburn and Goodale named 
in the Petition be served with a Copv of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting of said Court that 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 33 1 

they * may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer * 13-472 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

Voted that the Revr** Israel Evans have & receive out of the 
Treasury two pounds for his Service as Chaplain to the Gen' Court 
the present Session and that the President give order accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Gains 
Voled that Joseph Pearson Esq'" Secretary of this state be and 
hereby is directed to call on Ebenezer Thompson Esq'" late Secre- 
tary for all books records and papers now in his hands belonging 
to the state and give his receipt therefor — 

Sent up by M'" Gains 

The Secretary came down and gave information that his Excel- 
lency the President with advice of Council has thought fit to 
adjourn the General Court to meet again on Wednesday the 
twenty fourth day of December next at the Court House in Exeter, 
agreably to desire of both branches of the Legislature — 

^ [Amongst the foregoing votes the following were noncon- 
curred and ordered to lay, viz. 

An act relative to the -piihh'cation of advertisements , noncon- 
currcd. 

An act to enable Constant Storrs to collect taxes, nonconcurrcd. 

An act to alter the name of the toivn of Cockerniouth, noncon- 
curred. 

Petition of the selectmen of Lyndhorotigh, nonconciirred. 

Petition of Peleg Williams, noncoticurred. 

The act of Oliver Evans to la\'.~\ 

1 This section does not appear in the manuscript. 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM NOVEMBER 5 TO NOVEMBER 13, 1788. 



1 



=^= STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. * 2-399 



A Journal of the Proceedings of the Hon'''" Senate, At a special 
Session of the General Court summoned by His Excellency, with 
advice of Council and holden at Concord on Wednesday Novem- 
ber 5'", 1788. 

Present in Senate. 

His Excellency John Langdon Esquire, President. The Honor- 
able Pierce Long, Christopher Toppan, John, Bell, Ebenezer 
Smith, John Waldron, Robert Wallace, Ebenezer Webster, Amos 
Shepard, Moses Chase, and Francis Wocester Esquires. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, November 6'", 1788. 

Met according to adjourment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of New-Hampton and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan, 
and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 
* Senate, to consider of his Excellency's Message, and * 2-400 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M"" Toppan, M'" Long, and M'' Smith joined. 

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: M'' Shepard, and M'' Bell 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of John Melcher and Lamson and Ranlet, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Bell, 
and M'' Waldron, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of Thomas Bickford, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Webster, joined 



:^2^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Samuel Penhallow amounting 
to thirty shillings for engrossing two Copies on parchment of the 
notification of the Constitution of the United States, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee on his Excel- 
lency's Message, who reported in part that a conference be held 
in the assembly chamber if the Senate see fit, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate On 
the petition of John Young, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Chase, and M'' Shepard joined 

Adjourned 'till 9, O'Clock to-morrow A. M. 

FRIDAY November 7"', 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, with the addition of M'' Pickering. 
* 2-zjoi * A Vote, to pay Caleb Buswell one pound as Door 
keeper to Convention, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
report in w'hat manner the Representatives to the General Con- 
gress and the Electors for a President of the United States, shall 
be appointed, was brought up, read and concurred : [M'" Toppan] 
M'" Long, M-" Smith, M'" Webster, M'" Bell, and M'" Worcester 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Sarah Hazeltine, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith, and M'' Waldron 
joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
New-Hampton, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, 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 Poor, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Long, and M'" Waldron, 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of James Murch, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan and M'' Smith, 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 337 

SATURDAY, November 8*", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings wliich were Appointed to be 
heard on certain days of the present session untill the same days 
of the next Session of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingly, was brought up, read 
and concurred with this exception only, that the petition 
of Col. Stickney and others be heard on the * Day * 2-402 
appointed in this Session if the partners desires it and the 
Court should be then Sitting. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral of Col. Stone, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M^' Smith and M'" Webster 
joined 

A Vote, to pay the accounts of Alpheus Ferrin, Ezra French, 
Robert Chase. Timothy Wells, and Chase Wyatt, amounting to 
one pound Each ; Also the account of Andrew Bryant amounting 
to eighteen Shillings for attendance on the Court Martial, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Jedediah Taintor, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard, and M'' Top- 
pan, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the proposals of S. Hobart Esquire, respecting gun 
Power [Powder] in his possession, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred: M'' Toppan, and M'' Pickering, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Benjamin Hayes and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster, and M'' Chase, 
joined. 

A Vote, to grant the prayer of the petition of Sarah Moulton, 
and giving her leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and non-concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of Cornish and 
Plainfield on the second Tuesda}^ of their 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 Sarah Moulton and Thomas Leavett, 



338 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Smith, and M'' Webster, joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah Moulton and Thomas 
Leavett, on the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

* 2-^03 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate, to nominate six persons out of which three are to 
be appointed a committee to settle the accounts between the Treas- 
urer and the State, and report next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'" Pickering M'" Smith, and M'' Toppan joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of some papers presented by the Treasurer, and report 
thereon, was brouglit up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan M'' 
Wallace and M' Shepard, Joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Soloman Hutchinson on the 
third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah Moulton on the third 
Thursday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to pay John Melcher seventeen pounds one shilling for 
printing the Journals of Senate out of the impost duties, Lamson 
and Ranlet five pounds four shillings and two pence out of the 
Impost for printing the Laws, and for the other accounts for 
printing the Election Sermons State Notes, Certificates, orders 
and Proclamations thirty seven pounds in full for said accounts 
and the President to give order on the Treasurer in common form, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Col. Ebenezer 
Webster, 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 
consider of the petition of Ebenezer Ingalls, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Worcester, and M'' 
Smith joined 

* 2-404 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate, to consider of the petition of Col. James Calef, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Smith and M' Wallace joined. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next lo, O'Clock A. M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 339 

MONDAY November io'\ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Saturday last. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of John Caldwell M'Neal and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Pickering and 
M"" Toppan joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Accounts of N. [Nathaniel] Barker and J. [Joseph] 
S. Gilman, and report thereon, was brought up read and con- 
curred : M'' Shepard and M'" Long, joined. 

An Act, in addition and explination of an Act entitled an Act 
for laying a Tax on Lands in the Town of Lancaster for repair- 
ing roads and building Bridges passed the twelfth day of Feb- 
ruary Anno Domini 1788, having been read a third time, voted 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Richard Eastman and Richard 
Kimball amounting to three pounds three shillings tor taking the 
Inventories of fifteen Locations, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that in all cases where notice has not already been 
given that the petitioners notif}^ the petitionees in manner and form 
as is required by the former orders respectively, and that in all 
cases where liberty at the last Session, was granted to bring in 
bills at the present Session that such Liberty shall be construed as 
extending to the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

* Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. * 2-405 

TUESDAY November ii'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, appointing Josiah Bartlett John Parker and James 
Slieafe Esq""' a committee to examine and settle the Accounts Be- 
tween this State and Treasurer thereot", and report at the next 
Session of the General Court, was brought up read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that there be a Company of Light horse formed, 
inlisted and Officered out of the loot Companies in the Town of 
Boscawen Salsbury, Andover and other adjacent Towns and be 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

annexed to the second Regiment of Light Horse, 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 Brewster and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Long and M'' Toppan 
joined. 

An Act impowering the Selectmen of New-Hampton to revise 
and amend the warrants and lists of Rates for said Town for the 
year 1787, having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Ebenezer Ingalls on the third 
Wednesday of their 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 Jacob Shaw and Daniel Noyes, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Picker- 
ing, and M'' Bell, joined. 
* 2-406 * An Act, to prevent the Spreading of the Small Pox in 
this State, having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Members of the Honorable General Court 
have the same allowance for travel and attendance at the present 
Session, as was allowed at the last Session of the General Court, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY November 12'", 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that His Excellency John Langdon Esq'" be and hereby 
is appointed a Senator on the part of this State to the Congress of 
the United States, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Honorable Josiah Bartlett Esq'' be and hereby 
is appointed a Senator on the part of this State to the Congress of 
the United States, was sent down for concurrence, brought up 
concurred. 

A Vote, that the Board of War be desired to prepare their Ac- 
counts for settlement at the next Session of the General Court and 
that the Secretary notify the Board accordingly, was sent down 
for concurrence brought up concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah Moulton and Thomas 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 34I 

Leavett on the third Thursday of the next Session of the General 
Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote appointing Nathaniel Peabody Esquire a Senator on the 
part of this State to the Congress of the United States, was 
brought up, and read on a motion made and seconded that the 
3-eas and nays be taken they were as follows viz. 

John Pickering nay * 2-407 

Peirce Long nay 

Christopher Toppan nay 

John Bell nay 

rr,, TT ui J Ebenezer Smith yea 

1 he tionorable-< ^ , -ctt , ■, -' 

^ John Waldron nay 

Robert Wallace nay 

Ebenezer Webster yea 

Amos Shepard nay 

^Francis Worcester nay. 

So it was Non-concurred. 

A Vote, that James Calfe [Calef] pay sixty pounds of the sum 
due on his Excise Bonds in Public Securities of this state and the 
remaining part of the sum due on said Bond in Cash or orders 
drawn by the President payable out of the Excise ; provided the 
same be paid within two Months, and that the Treasurer govern 
himself 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 Samuel Sias and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : [M'' Smith and M'' Toppan 
joined.] 

An Act, for carrying into effect an ordinance of Congress of 
the thirteenth of September last relative to the Constitution of the 
United States, having been read a third time, voUd that the same 
be enacted. 

A Resolve, that the several Farmers of Excise in this State be 
and hereby are required to receive orders drawn by the President 
upon the Treasurer to be paid out of the Revenue arising by Ex- 
cise of any person or persons that shall have Excise to 
pay on any Exciseable x\rticles that shall become * Due * 2-408 
-after the first day of October last in Lieu of and equal 
to Gold and Silver ; any Law usage or Custom to the contrary 
notwithstanding, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, appointing Dudley Odlin Archabald M'Murphey and 
Simon Wiggin Esquires, for the County of Rockingham, John 
Waldron, Joseph Badger and James Calfe [Calef] Esquires for 



342 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

the County of Strafford, Timothy Taylor, Stephen Dole, and 
Daniel Emerson Esquires for the County of Hillsborough, Jona- 
than Chase, Abel Parker and Moses Chase Esquires, for the 
County of Cheshire, and Abraham Burnham Jonathan Freeman, 
and Joseph Hutchins Esquires for the County of Grafton Com- 
mittees within their respective Counties to which they severally 
belong to make sale of the Excise in their several Counties for one 
Year from and after the first day of October last past, but in case 
a General Law should take place in the United States respecting 
Excise before the year expires that there shall be an abatement in 
the sum proportionable to the length of time that the purchaser 
may be deprived of the priviledge of collecting : and that the sev- 
eral Committees proceed to make sale of the Excise as soon as 
conveniently may be Giving sufficient notice of time and place of 
sale and the committees are hereby respectively required to take 
Bond with two sufficient sureties of the farmer of each County to 
pay the one half by the first day of June next and that the said 
Bonds be lodged with the Treasurer of this State said bonds to be 
on Interest if not paid at the time mentioned in said Bonds, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of a Resolve passed the twelfth day of June 1788, was 
brought up, read and concurred M'' Shepard and M'' Webster, 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a petition from Walpole and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Long and M'' Webster 

joined. 
* 2-409 *A Vote, tor a Committee to join a committee of the 
Senate to consider of the what time and place the Court 
shall be adjourned, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'" Wallace, M' Bell M'' Toppan and M'' Worcester 
joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Jacob Shaw^ on the third Thurs- 
day of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Daniel Noyes on the third 
Thursday of the 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 Richard Jenness and report thereon, 
was brought up read and concurred : M'' Bell and M' Waldron 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 343 

THURSDAY, November 13"' 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of James Murch on the second 
Tuesday of the Next Session of the General Court was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Daniel Poor, 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 
consider of what manner the Act for carrying into effect the 
ordinance of Congress of September last shall be printed and dis- 
persed to the Several Towns and places in this State, was brought 
up, read and concurred: M'' Webster, and M'' Bell, joined 

A Vote, to pay the ballance of the account of John 
* Calfe [Calef] Esq'" amounting to three pounds six * 2-410 
Shillings and six pence for copying Journals &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, that William Gardner, Peirce Long and Woodbury 
Langdon Esquires be added to the Committee tor settling the 
accounts between this State and the Treasurer thereof, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Re\'erend Israel Evans be allowed forty shil- 
lings for his Services as Chaplain, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Daniel Brewster 
and that the Honorable Judges of the Inferior Court Govern them- 
selves accordingl}^ was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Doctor William Page amounting 
to nine pounds, seven shillings and nine pence for doctoring James 
O'Neal a foreigner, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pa}^ Caleb Buswell two pounds, seven shillings and 
six pence as Door keeper &c. was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Josiah Nelson amounting to five 
pounds, three shilling and six pence as Door keeper &c. was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the Account of William Duncan amounting to 
two pounds for the use of a Room &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred 

A Vote, for a committee for making sale of the Excise in the 



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344 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

several Counties in this State be directed not to proceed in the sale 
thereof untill after the next Session of the General Court, was 
brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the Report of the Committee appointed to 
consider in what manner the Act for carr^-ing into effect the ordi- 
nance of Congress of the thirteenth of September who 
* 2-41 1 reported that the Secretary be * Ordered immediately to 
procure as many printed Copies of the said Act as may be 
sufficient for each Town and parish and that be forwarded by ex- 
press as soon as may be to the Sheriffs of the Several Counties 
with a special Direction to transmit them to the Selectmen of the 
Several Towns and Parishes within their respective Counties, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, directing the Secretary to give information to the Gen- 
tlemen appointed Senators and to desire them to give an answer at 
the next Session, of the Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that his Excellency the President be Desired to adjourn 
the General Court this day to meet again at Exeter on Wednes- 
day the twenty fourth day of December, next, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

Agreeably to the abo%'e vote His Excellency the President with 
advice of Council adjourned the General Court. 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM NOVEMBER 5 TO NOVEMBER 13, 1788. 



=^ STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, *^3-m 



A JOXJRNAIv 



Proceedings of the Honb"^ House of Representatives of 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session began 
and holden at concord on the fifth day of novem- 
ber a. d. 1788 and in the thirteenth year of the 
Independance of America — 



WEDNESDAY November 5*" 1788 

The House met in consequence of a proclamation issued by his 
Excellencv the President for that purpose — and adjourned to 9 
o'clock to morrow morning — 

THURSDAY Nov^ &\ 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Vo^cd that IVr" Green, M'" M'Murphy and M'' Badger with such 
of the Honb' Senate as the}^ niay join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Selectmen of New Hampton and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Badger 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of a number of the 
Inhabitants of Merrideth neck. New Hampton and New Holder- 
ness praying that they may be incorporated into a Town by the 
name of Watertown, voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon 
before the General Court on the third Wednesday of the next Ses- 
sion and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Se- 
lect men of the Towns before mentioned be served with a Copy 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon also cause that the 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Substance of the Petition and order be published in one of the New 
Hampshire news papers three weeks Successively prior to the 
sitting of said court that any person or persons rnay then appear 
and shew cause why the pra3'er thereof may not be granted — 

'Sent up by M"' Hoit 

Vo/cd that M'- Sullivan, M'' [N] Peabody, M'' Green, M'' Smith 

and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they ma}- join 

be a Committee to take under consideration the Several matters 

contained in his Excellencys message this day received and report 

thereon — Sent up by M'' W™ Peabody 

* 13-474 * Vo/(^d that M'- N: Peabody. M'' Gains & M'" Sheafe 

with such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Thomas Simpson and 
others and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Dow 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Mason vo/cd that the prayer thereof be granted & that they 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' O'' Parker 
Vo/cd that M'" A Parker, M"' Runnels and M'" Gains with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Accounts of Lamson & Ranlet also the account of John 
Melcher and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Jackman 

Voted that the Account of Samuel Penhallow [jun'r] amount- 
ing to thirty shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President it beino; for eno-rossino; on Parchment two 
copies of the ratification of the Federal Constitution with the pro- 
posed amendments — Sent up by M'" B. Clough 

Voted that M'' Freeman, M'' Odlin & M'" Wallace with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they ma}- join be a Committee to consider of 
the Account of Thomas Bickford & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" B Clough 
The Committee to consider of the matters contained in his Ex- 
cellency's message reported (in part) that there be a conference 
ot both houses as soon as convenient to consider upon the best 
method of carr3nng into effect the Resolve of Congress relative to 
the new Constitution — Sign'' Christopher Toppan for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and Considered voted that it be 
received and accepted and that the Conference be held in the 
Assembly Chamber if the Honb' Senate see lit — 

Sent up by M' Barrett 

* 13-475 * Voted that M'" A Parker, M'' Smith & M'- Fames with 

such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Com- 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 349 

mittee to consider of the Petition of Maj'' John Young ^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Eames 

Adjourned to 2 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
The Honb' Senate and House being met in the Assembly 
Chamber, agreabh^ to a vote of this day, proceeding in debating 
on the best method of carr^-ing into etiect the Resolves of Con- 
gress relative to the new Constitution and after a considerable 
time spent thereon, The Honb' Senate withdrew — The House then 
adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning — 

FRIDAY Novi^ 7'" 178S. 

The House met according to adjournment 

Voted that the Account of Caleb Buswell amounting to Twentv 
shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasurv bv order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

Voted that M'' Sullivan, M'" Barrett, M'' [Nathaniel] Peabody 
M'" Parker, M'" Plummer, M'' J Smith & W Freeman with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to report in 
what manner the Representatives to the General Congress and 
Electors for a President of the United states shall be appointed — 

Sent up by M'" Storer 

Voted that M'' Jenness, M'' Rogers, and M'' Badger with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Sarah Hazeltine & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Solomon Hutchin- 
son jun'" voted that the petitioner be heard thereon before the Gen- 
eral Court on the third Wednesda}^ of the next Session and that in 
the mean time the Petitioner cause that Jesse Marshall named in 
said Petition be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of * Court thereon three weeks before the sitting * 13-476 
of said Court that he may then appear and Shew cause 
why the prayer thereof may not be granted and that the Execu- 
tion against said Solomon be stayed until the decision of the Gen- 
eral Court — Sent up by M'' Tavlor 

Voted that M'" Jer*' Smith, M'" Young & M'' W" Peabody with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to 
Consider of the Petition of James Murch and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 183. 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that M^ M-^Murphy, M'" Sullivan & M^ Plummer with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of Daniel Poor^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Wiggin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
New Hampton and the report of a Committee voted that the 
prayer thereof be granted and that the Petitioners have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" M'Murphy 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Moulton 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that she have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by IVP" M'^^Murphy 

Upon reading and considering tlie Petition of Sarah Moulton 
and Thomas Leavitt — Voted that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the third Wednesday of the 
next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that 
Jon'"' Darby and Simeon Darby & John Barron named in said 
Petition be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon three weeks before the sitting of said Court that they or 
either of them may then appear and shew cause why the prayer 

thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Jackman 
* 13-477 * Voted that M'- Simpson, M"" Odlin & M'' Hale with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Petition of Sarah Moulton & Thomas 
Leavitt Executors of the last will and Testament of Jonathan 
Moulton Esq'' Deceased and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Jackman 

Voted that notice be given to the Select men of the Town of 
Dover that the Seat of their Representative is still vacant as their 
late Election appears to this House to be illegal and that they 
have liberty to call a meeting for the choice of a Representative 
giving legal notice of the time place and design of said meeting — 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 

Voted that M"" Gains, M'' Hoit and M'' Wheeler with such ot 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Benjamin Hayes and report thereon — 

Sent up bv M'" Page 

Voted that M' Duncan, M'" Simpson & M'' Odlin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
a proposal made by Samuel Hobart Esq'" respecting granulating 
powder now in his possession and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Wallace 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 131. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 35 1 

Voted that M"" Rogers, M'" Gains & M"" Oilman with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Select men of Walpole and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Eames 

Voted that the Account of Alpheus Ferrin, Ezra French, Rob- 
ert Chase, Timothy Wells & Chase Wyatt amounting to one 
pound each also the Account of Andrew Bryant amounting to 
eighteen shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by 
order of the President — Sent up by M'' Rand 

Voted that the hearings on Petitions which were 
* appointed to be heard on certain days of the present * 13-478 
Session be postponed until the Same days of the next 
session of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Temple 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY Nov« 8^" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

Voted that M'' Wallace, M'" Duncan & M'' Rogers with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Jedediah Tainter in behalf of the Town of Marl- 
borough & report thereon — Sent up by M"" Clark 

Voted that M' Runnels, M'" Badger, M' Frink M'' Duncan & 
M'' Leavitt with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition and iVccount of Col" Benja- 
min Stone & report thereon Sent up by M'' Clark — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of a number of the 
Inhabitants of Plaintield and Cornish praying for the liberty of a 
Poll Parish voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the 
General Court on the second Tuesday of their next Session and 
that in the mean time the Petitioners cause that the Select men of 
Plainfield and Cornish be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon also cause that a Copy of the Petition and 
order be posted up in Some public place in each of said Towns 
three weeks Successively prior to the sitting of said Court that 
any person or persons may then appear and shew cause why the 
prayer thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Copland 

An Act in addition and explanation of An Act for levying a Tax 
on lands in the Town of Lancaster for repairing roads and build- 
ing bridges passed 12*'' of February 1788. was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted — Sent up by M'" Hough & M"" Allen 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

* 13-^79 * Voted that M'- N Peabody, M'' Sullivan [M'' Simp- 

son, M"^ Frink and M'" Sheafe,] & M"" Gains with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of Some papers presented by the present Treasurer respecting 
the late Treasurers account and report thereon — 

Sent up by M' Odlin 
Voted that M'' Gains, W Sullivan, M'" Duncan, M"^ A Parker & 
M'" Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to nominate to this House Six persons out of whom 
three are to be appointed a Committee to Settle the Accounts be- 
tween this State and the Treasurer thereof and report at the next 
Session of the General Court — Sent up by M"" Odlin 

The vote respecting putting over the public hearings to the next 
Session came back from the Flonb' Senate for the tbllowing 
amendment, "that the Petition of Col" Stickney and others be 
heard on the day appointed in this Session if the parties desire it 
and the Court should be then sitting" which amendment was read 
and concurred Sent up by M' Cragin 

The vote for granting the prayer of the Petition of Sarah Moul- 
ton being nonconcurred by the Honb' Senate it was voted that she 
be heard on said Petition before the General Court on the third 
Thursday of the next Session and that in the mean time the Pe- 
titioner cause that the Substance of the Petition and order of Court 
be published three weeks Successively in the New Hampshire 
Gazzette and also in the Freemans Oracle prior to the sitting of 
said Court that any person or persons ma\^ then appear and shew 
cause (if any they have) wh}^ the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Cragin 

The Committee on the Accounts of John Melcher also 

* 13-480 the accounts of Lamson & Ranlett for printing * Re- 

ported that the Account of John Melcher for printing 
journals of the Senate amounting to Seventeen pounds one Shil- 
ling be allow^ed and paid by order of the President out of Impost — 
And that the account of Lamson & Ranlet for printing Laws 
amounting to five pounds four shillings and two pence be allowed 
and paid out of the Lnpost by order of the President and that for 
the other accounts of said Lamson and Ranlet tor printing Elec- 
tion Sermons State Notes, Certificates, orders and proclamations 
they be allowed thirty Seven pounds in full for said Accounts and 
the President give order on the Treasury in common form Signed 
John Bell for the Committee which report being read and consid- 
ered voted that it be received & accepted 

Sent up by M' Duncan 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 353 

Upon reading and considering the Petition ot' Col" Ebenezer 
Webster respecting a compan}' of Light Horse voted that the 
prayer thereof be granted and tliat they have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Duncan 

Voted that M'" Sullivan, M'' Green, & M'" Wallace with such of 
the Honb' Senate as the}- may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Ebenezer Ingals and report thereon — 

Sent up by M' Flanders 

Voted that M' Barrett, M'' Emerson & M'' Cragin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Col" James Calef and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

Voted that Dudley Odlin, Archibald M'Murphy and Simon 
Wiggin Esquires for the County of Rockingham John Waldron, 
Joseph Badger Jun^" & James Calef Esq''* for the County of Straf- 
ford — Timothy Taylor, Stephen Dole and Daniel Emerson 
Esquires for the County of Hillsborough — Jonathan 
Chase, Abel Parker and * Moses Chase Esquires for * 13-481 
the County of Cheshire — and Abraham Burnam, Jon- 
athan Freeman and Joseph Hutchens Esquires for the County of 
Grafton — be and they hereby are appointed Committees within 
the respective Counties to which they Severally belong to make 
sale of the Excise in their Several Counties for the term of one 
year from and after the first day of October last past, but in case 
a general Law should take place in the United States respecting 
Excise before the year expires that there shall be an abatement in 
the Sum proportionable to the length of time that the purchaser 
may be deprived of the priviledge of Collecting and that the 
Several Committees proceed to make sale of the Excise as soon 
as conveniently may be giving sufficient notice of the time and 
place of Sale, and the Committees respectively are hereby re- 
quired to take Bond with two sufficient sureties of the farmer in 
each County to pay the one half by the first day of June next and 
tlie other half by the last day of October next and that said Bonds 
be lodged with the Treasurer of this state — said Bonds to be on In- 
terest if not paid by the time mentioned in said Bond — 

Sent up by M^' Runnels 

The Committee on the Petition of Thomas Simpson and others 
reported that the prayer of the Petition be so far granted that he 
have leave to bring in a Bill for a limitation of two years for any 
creditor that may have any demand on said Estate and after that 
time that the said Thomas Ann and Rachel only to be accountable 

23 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

to any creditors that may remain after the expiration of said two 
years, Signed Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'" Butler 
Adjourned to Monday next at lo o'Clock A. M. 

MONDAY Novi^ lo*'' 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

* 13-482 * Voted that M' Emerson, M'' Rand & M'' Plummer 

with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of John Caldwell M'^^Neale 
and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Smith 

Voted that M'' Badger M'' Abbott & M'' Gains with such of the 
Honb^ Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Accounts of Nathanael Parker and Joseph Smith Oilman and re- 
port thereon — Sent up by M'" Hilliard 

Voted that the accounts of Richard Eastman and Richard Kim- 
ball amounting to Three pounds three shillings be allowed and 
paid out of the Treasiny by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'" D Page 
Whereas a vote has passed the General Court at this Session 
declaring that all the public hearings which were to have been 
before the General Court at this Session should be heard on the 
Same days of the next Session & whereas some Petitioners may 
have omitted to notif}^ according to former orders respectively — 
Therefore Resolved that in all cases where notice has not alread}'^ 
been given that the Petitioners notify the Petitionees in manner 
and form as is required by the former orders respectively And that 
in all cases where libert}^ at the last Session was granted to bring 
in Bills at the present Session that such libert}- be construed as 
extending to the next Session — Sent up by M'" Young 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Whereas Ebenezer Webster Esq'' of Salisbury in the County of 
Hillsborough Col° of the twenty Second Regiment of Militia in 
said state hath presented a Memorial to the General Court sitting 
forth — That Several persons Inhabitants of the Towns of Bos- 
cawen, Salisbury Andover and other adjacent Towns 

* 13-483 are desirous that a Company of Light horse * should 

be formed and Inlisted out of the foot Companies in 
said Towns and the adjacent Towns to be officered agreable to the 
Laws of said State respecting the light horse — 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



355 



Therefore Resolved that there be a Company of Light horse 
formed Inlisted and Officered in manner aforesaid out of the foot 
Companies in said Towns and the Adjacent Towns and be an- 
nexed to the second Regiment of Light Horse in said State — 

Sent up by M'' Young 

An Act for carrying into effect an Ordinance of Congress of the 
13"' of September hist reLative to the Constitution of the United 
States was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — which 
vote was determined by yeas and nays, and were as follows — 
(viz) — 

Yeas. 

M"" Gains 
Ml- Sheafe 
Ml- Odlin 
Mr Runnels 
Ml- Mt-xMurphy 
Mr Blanchard 
Ml' March 
Ml- Leavitt 
Ml- Jo* Dow 
Ml- 13 row n 
Ml- Wiggin 
Ml- B Clough 
Ml- Wheeler 
Ml- Rogers 
Ml- Bartlett 

Nays. 

Ml- Hale 
Ml- Emerson 
Ml- W"i Page 
Ml- Copland 
Ml- Hough 

60 Yeas 1 17 Nays Sent up by M"" Copland & M"" Rand 

Voted that the Honb' Josiah Bartlett, John Parker & James 
Sheafe Esquires be and they hereby are appointed a Committee 
to Examine and settle the Accounts between this State and the 
Treasurer thereof and report at the next Session of the General 
Court — Sent up by M'' Young 

* Voted that M'' Plummer, M'" Blanchard & M'" Smith * 13-484 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Daniel Brewster and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'" Powers 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

1 The printed journal gives but 59 yeas. 



Yeas. 
Ml- Clark 
Ml- Hilliard 
Mr Jer^ Clough 
Ml- Drew 
Ml- N. Peabody 
Mr Jere Dow 
Mr Gilmore 
Ml- Butler 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Badger 
Ml- Brackett 
Ml- Gilman 
Ml- Holt 
Ml- Austin 
Ml- Page 

Nays. 
Mr Young 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Barrett 
Ml- Chase 



Yeas. 

Mr Cummings 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Dole 
Mr W" Page 
Mr \\rm Peabody 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Rand 
Mr Smith 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Gove 
Mr Storey 
Mr Jackman 
Mr Flanders 

Nays. 
Mr Brown 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Fames 
Mr Sullivan 



Yeas. 
Mr Weare 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Temple 
Mr Smith 
Mr Allen 
Mr Lane 
Mr Morse 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Winch 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Powers 
Mr Hutchens 
Mr Simpson 

Nays. 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Frink 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Patterson 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

TUESDAY Novi^ ii'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to enable the Inhabitants of the Township of Bradford 
in the County of Hillsborough to Tax all the Lands in said Brad- 
ford (except that part of the Town which was taken from Wash- 
ington one penny '^'' Acre for the Term of three years — was read 
a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Darling & M'' Dole 
An Act impowering the Select men of New Hampton to revise 
and amend the warrants and lists of rates for said Town for the 
year 1787, was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Darling & M'" Dole 
An Act to prevent the Spreading of the Small pox in this state — 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted 

Sent up by M'' Darling & M'' Dole 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Ebenezer Ingalls 
and the report of a Committee thereon — Voted that the Peti- 
tioner be heard thereon before the General Court on the third 
Wednesday of their next Session and that in the mean time the 
Petitioner cause that said Rand be served with a Copy of the Pe- 
tition and order of Court thereon three weeks before the sitting of 
said Court that he may then appear and shew cause (if any he 
hath) why the pra3^er of said Petition may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Darling 

Voted that Docf W"' Page, M'" Sullivan & M'" Jer" Smith with 

such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 

* 13-485 * Committee to consider of the Petition of Jacob Shaw 

also the Petition of Daniel Noyes and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Darling 
Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate and House of 
Representatives and their Officers have the Same allowance for 
travel and attendance at the present Session as was allowed them 
at the last Session of the General Court and that the Secretary 
and Clerks make up the respective rolls accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordinglv 
Whereas this House on the tenth Instant determined on this day 
at ten of Clock A M. they would appoint Senators to represent 
this State in the Congress of the United States and as the_y have 
this day proceeded to Ballot, it appeared on counting the ballots 
that his Excellency John Langdon Esq'' was named by a Majority 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 357 



of Ballots Therefore voted that he be and hereby is appointed a 
Senator on the part of this State to the Congress of the United 
States — upon which vote the yeas and nays were called and are 
as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 
M'' Gains 
Mr Hale 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Jos Dow 
Mr Brown 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Clark 
Mr Drew 
Mr Jere Dow 

Nays. 
Mr B. Clough 



Yeas. 
Mr Butler 
Mr Sullivan 
Mr Winch 
Mr Powers 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Rand 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Bracket! 
Mr Oilman 
Mr Hoyt 
Mr D Page 
Mr Cummings 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Dole 
Mr Page 
Nays. 
Mr Austin 



Yeas. 
Mr Emerson 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Smith 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Brown 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Young 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Gove 
Mr Darling 
Mr Storey 
Mr Jackman 

Nays. 
Mr Flanders 



Yeas. 

Mr Weare 
Mr W'" Page 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr Temple 
Mr Smith 
Mr Allen 
Mr Chase 
Mr Lane 
Mr Frink 
Mr Copland 
Mr Morse 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Hough 
Mr Eames 



60 Yeas 3 Nays — 

* Adjourned to 9 oClock to morrow morning * 13-486 

WEDNESDAY Nov^^ 12^" 1788. 

The Hovise met according to adjournment — 
Whereas this House on the 10"' Instant determined that on the 
morrow at 10 o'Clock A. M. they would proceed to appoint Sen- 
ators to represent this State in the Congress of the United States 
and whereas they then proceeded to Ballot it appeared on count- 
ing the ballots that Nathanael Peabody Esq'' was named by a 
Majority of ballots — Therefore voted that he be and hereby is 
appointed a Senator on the part of this State to the Congress of 
the United states — upon which vote the yeas and nays were called 
and are as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr Jere Clough 
Mr Jere Dow 
Mr Badger 
Mr D Page 
Mr Dole 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Flanders 



Yeas. 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Brown 
Mr Jenness 
Mr Drew 
Mr Butler 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Cumminirs 



Yeas. 
Mr W'» Page 
Mr Gove 
Mr Weare 
Mr M Smith 
Mr Winch 
Mr Hutchens 
Mr Young 
Mr M'-Murphy 
Mr B Clough 
Mr Hilliard 



Yeas. 
Mr Green 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Austin 
Mr Taylor 
Mr W'" Peabody 
Mr Darling 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Frink 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Simpson 



35« ^ 


[EW t 


lAMPSHIRE 


EARLY STATE 


PAPERS. 


Nays. 




Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Gains 


Mr 


Chase 


Mr Jer« Smith 


Mr Oilman 


Mr Blanchard 


Mr 


Morse 


Mr Jackman 


Mr O Parker 


Mr Plummer 


Ml 


■ Freeman 


Mr Temple 


xMr Rand 


Mr Clark 


Mr 


Hale 


Mr Lane 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Hoit 


Mr 


Jos Dow 


Mr Brown 


Mr W" Page 


Mr Barrett 


Mr 


Rogers 


Mr Hough 


Mr Allen 


Mr Cragin 


Mr 


Sullivan 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Copland 


Mr Storey 


Mr 


Emerson 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Powers 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr 


Abbott 


Mr Bartlett 


Mr Eames 



[1788 



40 Yeas 36 Nays — So it was determined — 

Sent up by M' M Smith 

* 13-487 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah 

Moulton and Thomas Leavitt and the report of a Com- 
mittee thereon voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the Third Thursday of the 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 prior to the 
sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then appear 
& shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted 

Sent up by M'' Wallace 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel Corser 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly — Sent up by M'" Parker 

Voted that M'" Plummer, M'' Hoit "and M'' Smith with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Sias and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 

The Committee on the Petition of Col" James Calef Reported 
that the said Calef pay Sixty pounds of the Sum due on his Ex- 
cise Bond in public Securities of this State and the remaining part 
of the Sum due on said Bond in Cash or orders drawn by the 
President payable out of the excise provided the Same be paid 
within two months and that the Treasurer govern himself accord- 
ingly. Sign'' Ebenezer Smith for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Winch 

The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for Con- 
currence — Voted that the Board of War be directed to prepare 
their accounts for Settlement at the next Session of the General 
Court and that the Secretary notify the Board accordingly — which 
vote was read & Concurred — Sent up by M'' Winch 

* 13-488 * Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



359 



Met accordingly 

J^csolz'cd tliat the several farmers of Excise in this state be and 
hereby are required to receive orders drawn by the President upon 
the Treasurer to be paid out of the Revenue arising b}' Exxise of 
any person or persons that shall have excise to pay on any excise- 
able articles, that shall become due after the tirst day of October 
last in lieu of and equal to Gold or Silver any Law to the Con- 
trary notwithstanding — Sent up by M'' Frink 

Volcd that M'- Taylor, M'' Badger & M'- Runnels \vith such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
a Resolve of June 12^'' 1788 respecting nominating officers for a 
Company of Light Horse and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Page 

Information having been given this House that the vote appoint- 
ing Nathanael Peabody Esq'' a Senator was nonconcurred, and 
the following vote having been previously sent from the Honb^ 
Senate for Concurrence, was taken under consideration — 

On motion made in Senate voted that the Hony Josiah Bartlett 
Esq'" be and hereby is appointed a Senator on the part of this 
State to the Congress of the United States — on Concurrence of 
which vote the yeas and na3's were called for and are as follows 
viz — 



Yeas. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Odlin 
Mr March 
Mr Brown 
Mr Plummer 
M"" Jenness 
Mr Jer« Clough 
Mr Jere Dow 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Page 
Mr Dole 

Mr W>n Peabody 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Jere Smith 
Mr Gove 



Yeas. 
Mr Jackman 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Lane 
Mr Morse 
Mr Eames 
Mr Hale 
Mr Ap-Murphy 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Clark 
Mr Drew 
lAp- Butler 
Mr Gilman 
Mr Cumminofs 



Yeas. 

Mr W" Page 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Rand 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Darling 
Mr Weare 
Mr Allen 
Mr Frink 
Mr Brown 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Jos. Dow 
Mr Wheeler 
AP' Bartlett 



Yeas. 
AP- Hilliard 
Mr Green 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Taylor 
* AP" Emerson * 13-489 
AP- Barrett 
Mr Cragin 
Ap- Wallace 
Mr Storey 
AP' Shepherd 
Mr Chase 
AP' Copland 
Mr Hutchens 
AP' Powers 



Nays. Nays. Nays. Nays. 

Air Runnels AP' Hough AP' Tainter Mr Austin 

Air Sullivan AP Clough AP' Simpson AP' Temple 

Col'> W'" Page Mr Badger AP' Burnam AP' Winch 

AP' Smith AP' Chamberlain AP' N Peabody AP' Young 

60 Yeas 1 — 16 Nays — So it w^as Concurred — 

Sent up b}' M' Temple 

1 The prmted journal Rives 61 yeas. 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Vo^cd that M' Peabody, M'' Hoyt, M'" Duncan, M' Frink and 
M"" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider at what time and to what time and place 
this Court shall be adjourned and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Temple 

Volcd that M'' Green, M'" Peabody and M'" Parker with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Richard Jenness Esq'' and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jacob Shaw and 
the report of a Committee thereon, Voted that the Petitioner be 
heard thereon before the General Court on the third Thursday of 
their next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause 
that John White of Hopkinton be served with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion and order of Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting of 
said Court that he may then appear and shew cause (if any he 
hath) why the praver thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'- W" Peabody. 
* 13-490 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Daniel 
Noyce and the report of a Committee thereon voted 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court on 
the third Thursday [Wednesday] of their next Session and that 
in the mean time the Petitioner cause that John White of Hopkin- 
ton be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon three weeks before the sitting of said Court that he ma}" 
then appear and shew cause (if any he hath) why the prayer 
thereof may not be granted — Sent up b}^ M'" W" Peabody 

The Committee on the Petition of Daniel Poor, reported that 
the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring in 
a Bill accordingly at this or the next Session — 

Sent up by M'' Runnels 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of James Murch and 
the report of a Committee thereon voted that the Petitioner be 
heard thereon before the General Court on the Second Tuesday of 
the next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause 
that John Wheelock Esq'' President of Dartmouth College as a 
Trustee be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of Court 
thereon three weeks before the sitting of said Court that he may 
then appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'" Freeman 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 361 

THURSDAY Nov" 13'" 1788. 

The House met according to adjournment 

Voted that William Gardner, Pierce Long and Woodbury Lang- 
don Esquires be added to the Committee for setling the Accounts 
between this State and the Treasurer thereof — 

Sent up by M'' Hoit 

* Voted that M'" Odlin, M'' Badger, M'- Smith M'- A * 13-491 
Parker and M'' Young with such of the Honb' Senate 
as they may join be a Committee to consider in what manner the 
Act for carrying into effect the Ordinance of Congress of the 
[13"'] 18"' of Sept'" last shall be printed and dispersed to the Sev- 
eral Towns and places in this State — Sent up by M'' Hoit 

Voted that the Revr'' Israel Evans be allowed forty shillings for 
his service as Chaplain to the General Covn-t the present Session 
and that the Same be paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Eames 

Voted that the ballance of the account of John Calfe [Calef] 
Esq'' amounting to three pounds Six shillings and Six pence be 
allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the President — 

Sent up by M'' Eames 
The Committee on the Petition of Daniel Brewster reported that 
the prayer of said Petition be granted Signed Pierce Long for the 
Committee which report being read and considered voted that it 
be received & accepted and that the Honb' the judges of the Inte- 
rior Court govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Clark 

Voted that the Account of Col" William Page [for doctering 
James O'Neil] amounting to nine pounds Seven shillings and nine 
pence be allowed and paid out of the Treasury by order of the 
President — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that the iVccount of Josiah Nelson amounting to five 
pounds three shillings & Six pence be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Tainter 

Voted that the Secretary be directed to give information to the 
Honb' Gentlemen who are appointed Senators to the 
Congress of the United States of their * appointment as * 13-492 
soon as conveniently may be and that they be desired 
to give an answer to the General Court at their next Session — 

Sent up b}' M'' Brown 

Voted that the Account of Caleb Busw^ell amounting to two 
pounds three shillings & six pence be allowed and paid out of the 
Treasury bv order of the President Sent up by M'" Tainter 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

The Committee for considering in what manner the Act for 
carrying into efTect the Ordinance of Congress of the 13*'' of Sepf 
hist Reported that the Secretary be ordered immediately to pro- 
cure as many printed copies of the said Act as may be sufficient 
for each Town and parish and that the Same be forwarded by 
Express as soon as may be to the sherriffs of the Several Counties 
with a Special direction to transmit them to the select men of the 
Several Towns and parishes within their respective counties — 
Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report being 
read & considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'^ Brown 

The Committee to consider at what time and to what time and 
place this Court shall be adjourned reported that they adjourn 
this day to meet again at Exeter on Wednesday the twenty fourth 
day of December next Signed Robert Wallace tor the Com'*'* 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted, and that his Excellency the President with advice 
of Council be desired to adjourn said Court accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Frink 
V^otcd that the Committees for making sale of the excise in the 
Several Counties in this State be directed not to proceed in the 
sale thereof until after the next Session of the General Court — 

Sent up by M'" Burnam 
* 13-493 * Voted that the account of Maj'' William Duncan 
amounting to two pounds be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Butler 

The Secretary came down and gave information that his Ex- 
cellency the President with advice of Council has thought lit to 
adjourn the General Court to meet again on Wednesday the 
twenty fourth day of December next at the Court House in Exeter 
agreably to the vote of both Houses — and that the}'' are accord- 
ingly adjourned — 



Journal of the Senate 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM DECEMBER 24, 1788, TO FEBRUARY 7, 1789. 



JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 



At a Session of the General Court holden at Exeter agreeably 
to adjournment, on Wednesday the twenty fourth day of Decem- 
ber 1788. 

Present in Senate 
His Excellency John Langdon Esq^" President. 
*The Honorable John Pickering Christopher Toppan * 2-412 
John Bell, Ebenezer Smith John Waldron Ebenezer 
Webster, Amos Shepard. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 10, O'Clock, A. M. 

THURSDAY December 25*" 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, with the addition of M'' Wallace. 

A Vote, that Col. Thomas Stickney, Daniel Beede Esq'' and 
Samuel Chamberlain Esquire be added to the committee, who 
were appointed by act of Court in January Session last for laying 
out a Road from Jenness's in Northwood to Barnstead, and that a 
bill [be brought in] for that purpose be [was] brought up, i-ead 
and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Thomas Sheafe and report thereon : 
[was brought up, read and concurred] JM'' Toppan and M'' Wal- 
dron joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration His Excellency's Message, and report 
what Business they Judge is necessary first to be entered and 
done at this Session, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Pickering, M'" Smith and M'' Bill [Bell] Joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY December 2&\ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday with the addition of [Mr.] Chase. 
A Vote, that the house join in a Conference with the Honorable 
Senate, if they see fit as soon as may be to take under consid- 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

eration the several Returns for a new proportion of 

* 2-413 * Taxes in this State, was brought up, read and con- 

curred. 
A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition and Account of Col. Samuel Hunt, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Smith 
M"" Wallace and M'' Pickering, joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY December 27"^ 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote for a committee to join a committee of the senate, to 
consider of the petition of Moses George, and all simelar matters, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'" Shepard, 
joined. 

A Vote, that the Secretary be desired to open, file and make out 
a List of the names of those Gentleman voted for as Representa- 
tives to Congress Also Electors and to lay the same before the 
Court for examination, was sent down for concurrence 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
cast and ascertain the amount of the Inventories returned from the 
Several Towns in this State, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M^' Toppan, M'' Smith M"" Webster M'' Wallace and M"" 
Shepard, joined. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next 3, O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY, December 29'" 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Present as on Saturday last except M'' Waldron, and M'' Pickering. 

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

TUESDAY, December 30, 1788. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday.] 

* 2-414 * A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the 

Senate, to consider of the petition of A.[Abiel] Foster 
Esquire and report thereon, was brought up read and concurred : 
M'" Shepard, and M'' Smith, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Stephen Herriman and others, and 



1788] JOURNAI. OF THE SENATE. 367 

report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M*" Wal- 
dron, and M' Wallace, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Joseph Buswell Jun. and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Pickering, and M'" Chase, 
joined 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Sutton, and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred with this amendment that said 
Tax be laid ibr the term of three years, instead of four sent down 
for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of the Selectmen of Burton, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M^' Toppan and 
M'" Waldron, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
be added to the committee who were appointed in November Ses- 
sion to consider of some papers presented by the Treasurer re- 
specting the late Treasurers Accounts was brought up, read and 
concurred. M'' Chase joined. 

An Act, in adition to an act entitled an Act to lay out 
and clear a highway From * Barnstead to Northwood * 2-415 
in this State passed February the second Anno Domini 
1788, having been read a third time. Voted that the same be 
enacted 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Jonathan Rawson in behalf of 
Nathaniel Meserve on the fourteenth day of January next was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

In Senate December 30"' 1788. 

Whereas, by the adoption of the Federal Government, an alter- 
ation in the Oaths prescribed by the Constitution of this State will 
soon become necessary, in order to make them conform to the 
General Government and the Oath therein directed to be taken by 
the Officers of the Individual States. 

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court convened, that such part of the Oaths 
prescribed by the Constitution of this State to be taken bv the 
Respective Officers thereof as are inconsistant with the nature of 
the Federal Government & the Oaths therein directed to be taken 
by the Officers of each State, shall be omitted in the administra- 
tion thereof after the first Wednesday of March next, was sent 
down for concurrence 



368 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
draught such public bills as ma}- be thought proper to pass at the 
present Session, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Picker- 
ing and M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a Letter from the Treasurer, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'' Pickering & M' Bell, joined. 

A Vote, on the petition of the Town of Sandwich that an order 
issue on the Treasurer to pay by discount out of the 

* 2-416 State Specie Taxes of said Town * Four pounds, sev- 

enteen shillings and Eight pence and out of the State 
Certiticate taxes, thirty four pounds, in full of all demands on 
account of Taxes on public Lands, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition from Littleton, and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Shepard and M'' Waldron, 
joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of E. Fergurson 
that the Treasurer be directed to grant him a Note for the full 
value of thirty six pounds and Literest computing it value by the 
depreciation scale at the time it was loaned as though the Hrst Note 
was in full force was brought up, read and concurred 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY, December 31'', 1788 

Met according to adjourment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, for a committee to join a committee on the petition of 
Henry Knox and Isaac Winslow, and report thereon, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M"" Webster, and M'" Bell, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Robert Wallace Esq. and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster, joined. 
A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of John Orr Esq'' and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith and M'" Bell, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the printers accounts was brought up, read and con- 
curred. IVP Waldron joined. 

* 2-417 *A Vote, granting the Prayer of the petition of the 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 369 

Selectmen of Gilsom and giving them leave to bring in a bill ac- 
cordinglv, 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 Betton Esq'' and others, was 
brought up, read and concurred. M'' Toppan M'' Webster, and M'' 
Shepard joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Sarah Hazeltine on the Second 
Thursday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Tamworth to 
the second Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, that this afternoon be assigned for opening and count- 
ing the Votes for Representatives and Electors, was brought up, 
read and concurred 

Both branches having met together agreeably to the above Vote, 
the Secretary laid before the Senate and House of Representa- 
tives the votes returned for Representatives to Congress to be by 
them examined, which being done, the Senate retired to their 
Chamber. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY January r' 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer receive for his Salary, Responsibility 
of Office &c. from the twelfth of June past to the time of his resig- 
nation after the Rate of two hundred and thirty [pounds] '^'" An- 
num. Also the sum of twenty eight pounds six shillings and eight 
pence, amount of one of his accounts : and two pounds 
fourteen shillings * The price of the book charged in his * 2-418 
other accounts, and that it be considered in full for all 
his past Services as Treasurer of this State, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
examine and cast the Votes returned for Representatives to Con- 
gress, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan and M"' 
Shepard joined. 

A Vote, that there is due to the late Treasurer one hundred and 
seventy pounds, eight Shillings and four pence for his Salary &c 
&c. and that a further sum of fifty pounds be allowed for cost of 
printing &c was brought up, read and concurred 

24 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE EAREV STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

A Vote, on a new valuation, was brought up, read and con- 
curred with this amendment, that all stock, whether it be money 
on hand or at Interest ; more than the owner gives Interest for 
(except what is due on public Securities) and all Money or Stock 
improved in Trade shall be estimated at half one '^'" Cent, was 
sent down for concurrence, brought up, non-concurred. In Senate 
the foregoing Vote, was non-concurred. 

A Vote, that the hearing on the petition of Richard Tripe be 
posponed 'till Thursday next of which all persons concerned are 
to take notice and govern themselves 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 Jeremiah Towle and Samuel Remicks, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" 
Webster and M"" Bell joined. 

A Vote, that the hearings on petitions which were to have been 
this day, be posponed untill to-morrow of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and Govern themselves accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY January 2^ 1789. 

* 2-419 * Met according to adjournment. 

Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that Joseph Badger Esq"", Esq'" Daniel Beede Esq'' and 
Capt. Abraham Burnham be a committee at the expence of the 
petitioners to view the Situation of the premises petitioned for to 
be incorporated into a Town, and report their opinion thereon, 
to the General Court at their next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of E. Edgerly on Tuesday the 
twentieth day of January current, was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the [House] to 
consider of the petition of James Rumsey and several papers ac- 
companying the same and report thereon, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'" Toppan, and M"" Smith joined. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Joseph S. Gilman and Nathaniel 
Parker as Clerks to the Continental Commissioners, was brought 
up, read and concurred 

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



17^9] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 37I 

take under consideration the report of tlie Committee appointed to 
settle the Treasurers accounts, was brought up, read and con- 
curred, M'' Pickering M"" Shepard and M"" Toppan joined 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee appointed to re- 
examine and cast the Votes for Representatives, was brought up, 
read and concurred 

A Vote, to pay the Accounts of the Committee on the Treasur- 
ers accounts amounting to forty live pounds, twelve shillings, 
was brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to hear the petition of H. Knox and I. Winslow on the 
twenty second day of January current was brought up, read, and 
concurred. 

* A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of * 2-420 
Col. Stickney and that the said proprietors be impowered 
to compleat the Collection of the Taxes already mad[e] and com- 
mitted to Timothy Walker Esq'' to collect, and that the petitioner 
have leave to bring in a bill accordingl}-, was brought up read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Benjamin Hayes on Tuesday the 
twentieth day of January current, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

SATURDAY January s'\ 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterda}^ 

A Vote, accepting the resignation of J. T. Oilman Esq*" as 
Treasurer of this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the proper time to proceed to the Choice of a Treas- 
urer of this State and report thereon, was brought up read and 
concurred: M'' Toppan, and M'' Shepard joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate 
to consider of the petition of D. [Daniel] Newcomb, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Smith, and M"" 
Toppan, joined. 

A Vote accepting the report of the Committee that the General 
Court immediately proceed to the choice of a Treasurer, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

The Senate agreeably to the above vote met with the House of 
Representatives in their Chamber and proceeded to the choice of 
a Treasurer. 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

The ballots being taken it appeared that no person was chosen 
to that Office. 

* 2-421 The ballots being again taken it appeared that * The 

Honorable John Calfe [Calef] Esquire, was chosen 
Treasurer of Said State, the Senate then retired to their Cham- 
ber. 

A Vote appointing Paine Wingate Esquire a Senator on the 
part of this State to Congress, was brought up, read and con- 
curred 

A Vote of yesterday, to pospone the hearings which were to be 
heard on that da}^ untill Tuesday next was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Lebanon 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 
consider of the petition of William Stinson and John Stark, was 
brought up, read and concurred: M'' Waldron, and IVP Smith 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Mary Neal and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wallace, and M'" Bell 
joined 

A Vote, to allow Samuel Remick a Soldier Seven pounds for 
his Doctors Bill, was brought up, read and concurred 

[A vote to pay Jer. Towle eighteen pounds two shillings and 
three pence for his doctor's bill, was brought up, read and con- 
curred.] 

A Vote, that M' Wallace, and M'' Shepard with such of the 
House as may Join be a committee to examine and cast the Votes 
for Electors, and report thereon as soon as may be, was sent 
down for concurrence brought up, concurred : M'' Marsh M'' 
Green M'" Emerson M'' Richardson, and M'' Peirce joined. 
Adjourned 'till Monday next 3, O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY January 5^" 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday last with the addition of M'' Long 

* 2-422 * A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of 

Goldsmith and Metcalf as that they be liberated untill 
the first Wednesday of June next upon condition that they pro- 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 373 

cure good and sufficient Bondsmen to pay to the Treasurer before 
the first Wednesday of June the full amount of what is due upon 
their bonds with Interest and cost ; and that the Hon. Simeon Ol- 
cott, Samuel Hunt and Benjamin West Esq'' or any two of them 
be authorized to take such Bondsmen as they shall judge suffi- 
cient, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of William Page on the third 
Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY, January &\ 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that a Conference be held in the Assembly Chamber 
as soon as may be, if the Honorable Senate see fit upon the subject 
matter of the new valuation, was brought up, read and concur- 
red. 

A Vote, that the Hon. Senate and house in one Room assembled, 
proceed by joint ballot to-morrow Morning at 10 O'Clock to 
appoint Electors agreeably to an act for that purpose, was brought 
up, read and Non-concurred 

A Vote, that the Office of the Treasurer shall be kept at Exeter 
in futui-e, was brought up, read and concurred with this amend- 
ment that said Office be kept at Exeter untill the further order of 
the General Court sent down for concurrence, brought up, con- 
curred . 

A Vote, that whereas the committee on the petition of Daniel 
Newcomb Esq'' in behalf of Josiah Goldsmith and Ezra Metcalf 
reported among other things that the bond therein mentioned 
should be paid according to the tenor thereof which 
renders * It uncertain whether orders on the Excise can * 2-423 
be paid in discharge thereof. 

Therefore voted that orders on the Excise be received by the 
Treasurer of this State in payment of said bond provided the same 
be paid by the first day of April next with Interest, sent down for 
Concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of D. Page Esq'' 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordinglv was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of William Thomas, 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Winchester and giving them leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Nathan xVdams, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Richard Young, 
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 
consider of the petition of Chandler and associates and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Wallace and 
M'" Pickering joined. 

A Vote, posponing the hearing on the petition of Samuel Fi- 
field to the fifteenth day of January current was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote to pospone the hearings which were to have been 
* 2-424 this day before the General Court untill to-morrow, * Was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Memoral and petition of the Reverend John 
Weelocks, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith M'" 
Toppan and M"" Webster joined. 

A Vote, that the Taxable Articles in the Inventory for a new 
proportion be estimated the rate mentioned in a Vote of the thii"- 
tieth day of December last excepting what relates to Stock in 
Trade and Money on hand and at Interest which is to [be] esti- 
mated at three fourths of one per Cent, was brought up, read 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock, A. M. 

WEDNESDAY January 7"', 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday with the addition of M'" W^orcester 
A Vote, of yesterday, that to-morrow morning at nine O'Clock 
be the time assigned for going into the Choice of a Treasurer of 
this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Senate, and Honorable house of Representa- 
tives proceed as soon as may be to the Choice of Electors in the 
separate branches, was sent down for concurrence 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 375 

An Act, for admitting John Pocjr to return to this State and for 
exempting him from all further prosecutions on a account of a bill 
of Indictment found against him at the Superior Court, held at 
Exeter in September 1784 or upon the recognizances given for his 
appearance at said Superior Court &c. having been read a third 
• time, voted that the same be enacted. 

John Calfe Esq'' having declined the Office of Treasurer, the 
Senate met v^'ith the Honorable house and proceeded to the Choice 
of a Treasurer, and the ballots being taken, it appeared that 
William Gardner, Esquire was chosen to that Office. 

*A V^ote, for a committee to join a Committee of the * 2-425 
Senate to inform William Gardner Esq'" of his appoint- 
ment to the Office of Treasurer of this State and if he accepts of 
said appointment to take bond for the faithful discharge of his 
duty in said Office, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Top 
pan and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to. 
consider what method is most proper to be taken for the appoint- 
ment of Electors and report to this house, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M' Pickering M'' Smith M'" Toppan M'" Wallace, 
and M'' Waldron, joined. 

A Vote, that General Benjamin Bellows Esq. be and hereby is 
appointed one of the Electors of this State for the choice of the 
President and vice President of the United States, was sent down 
for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that the Hon. John Pickering Esquire be and hereby is 
appointed one of the Electors of this State for the choice of the 
President and vice President of the United States, was sent down 
for concurrence, brought up, concurred 

A Vote, that the Hon. Ebenezer Thompson Esq'' be and hereby 
is appointed one of the Electors of this State for the choice of the 
President and vice President of the United States, was sent down 
for concurrence, brought up concurred. 

A Vote, that the Hon. John Sullivan Esquire be and hereby is 
appointed one of the Electors of this State tor the choice of the 
President and vice President of the United States, was sent down 
for concurrtince, brought up concurred 

A Vote, that John Parker Esquire be and * Hereby is * 2-426 
appointed one of the Electors of this State for the choice 
of the President and vice President of the United States, was sent 
down for concurrence, brought up concurred 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearinsrs which were to have 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

been this day before the General Court be posponed untill to- 
morrow, was brought up, read and concurred 

A V'ote, lor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Resolves of Congress respecting General James 
Reid, and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Webster and M'" Bell joined. 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of Josiah Nelson and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Waldron, joined. 

A Vote so lar granting the prayer of the petition of Stephen 
Powers in behalf of the Town of Croydon as that they [have] 
liberty to tax the Lands in Croydon, one penny per acre, for the 
term of three years and that they have Liberty to bring in a bill 
according, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Henry Little and report thereon was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Toppan joined 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the vSenate to 
consider of the petition of Samuel Runnels, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'' Webster 
joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Daniel Seargent and others on 
Friday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the new Treasurer take the report of the commit- 
tee on the late Treasurers Account and therefrom State an account 
current and lay the same before this house, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, tor a committee to join a committee of the Sen- 
* 2--127 ate to nominate and report to the house out of the * Ten 
highest numbers voted for and returned as Electors of 
President of the United States the names of five persons who 
shall be considered as Electors for this State w^as brought up, 
read and concurred with this amendment, that M'' Toppan M'" 
Wallace M'' Webster M'' Chase and M'' Waldron be joined, and 
that said Committee report five persons out of the nomination List 
for Electors to be laid before the General Court for their concur- 
rence, was sent down for concurrence, amendment Non-concurred. 

A Vote, that the names of ten persons who have the highest 
number of Votes as Electors for a President of the United States 
be put into a box and the Secretar}^ and Clerk of the house under 
the Inspection of two members of each branch draw out the names 
of five persons who shall be considered as Electors for this State, 
was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 377 

THURSDAY, January 8'". 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday except M'' Long. 

A Vote, to hear the petition from Croydon and Phiinfield on the 
third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of Sundry 
Towns in the County Hillsborough, as that they have an half 
shire Town in the nothern part of said County, and that Jonathan 
Gove M'" Cyrus Baldwin Capt Thomas [Charles] Barrett, Ebenezer 
Webster and M'' Levi Harvey be a committee at the cost of the peti- 
tioners to view the Situation of the County of Hillsborough, and 
report in what Town they think proper that the Courts 
shall be held for the Nothern part of said County * And * 2-428 
make their report to the General Court at their next Ses- 
sion, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Henry Millan on Tuesday the 
twenty fourth day of January current, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote that the Electors within this State for President and 
vice President of the United States meet at Exeter on the day 
appointed by the Resolve of Congress for that purpose, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of James Smith ol 
Durham, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned "till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY January 9'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, that Samuel Runnels be allowed and paid for three 
Months service from the first day of January 1779 to the last day 
of March 1779, in the same way and manner as other soldiers in 
the three years Service were paid and that the President giye 
order accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Winthrop Marstin on the twen- 
tieth da}^ of January current, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that a committee be appointed to burn the Dollar bills 
of the Long form and copper Plate bills Old Notes of various de- 



37^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

nominations taken up. Interest Certificates received for taxes and 
new Emission shall be burnt. Presidents Orders on Specie Ac- 
counts (excepting those on which balances are due) be stampt ; 
Als[o] President orders on the State; facility account ; 

* 2-429 also some State money * Receiv'ed and consolidated, 

likewise Presidents orders for which Certificates have 
been given to draw small orders. And that Notes and orders to 
large amount in the hands of the Comptroller of Accounts should 
be taken up, and Stampt. all which are perticularly specified in 
the report of the Committee on the Treasurers account and that 
the Secretary deliver the keys, books, Continental Money of the 
Old Emission, remainder of the papers and other things belong- 
ing to the Treasur}', to the new Treasurer he receipting for the 
same to the Secretary ; and also that M'" M'Murphey, M'' Torr, M"" 
O. Parker M'' A. Parker, and M'' Young with such of the Hon- 
orable Senate as they may join be a committee to see the forego- 
ing carried into efiect, was brought up, read and concurred. M'' 
Toppan M'' Smith and M'' Shepard joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Selectmen of Allenstown on 
the third Wednesday of the next Session was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Richard Tripe 
to the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Jacob Shaw 
and Daniel Noyes to the second Tuesday of the next Session, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Andrew 
Simpson untill Tuesday the Twentieth day of January, current, 
was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court, be posponed untill Tues- 
day next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to enable John Neal and Mary Neal both [of] 

* 2-430 Londonderry in the County of Rockingham * In the State 

of New-Hampshire Administrators of the Estate of the 
late John Neal late of Londonderry Esquire deceased to collect 
and recover the Excise &c. from the Several Inhabitants of the 
Countv of Hillsborough in said [state] and others who have sold 
Spirituous Liquors in said County, between the first day of Octo- 
ber 1784, and the first day of October, 1787, having been read a 
third time, Voted that the same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9 o'Clock A. M. 



17S9] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 379 

SATURDAY, January io">, 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that M'' Smith, M' Webster and M'" Pickering with such 
of the Hon. House as they may join be a committee to enquire 
and report what Lands belong to this State, and what method 
shall be taken for the recovery and granting thereof for the use of 
this State, was sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred : 
M-" Plumer, M'' Sullivan, M'" Barret, M'' Page, and M'" Freeman, 
joined. 

A Vote, that M' Pickering, M'' Smith, M'" Shepard be a Com- 
mittee, with such of the Hon. house as they may join to consider 
and report what alterations are necessary to be Made in the Act of 
this State entitled an act to restrain the taking of excessive Usury, 
was sent down for concurrence, brought up concurred : M'" Hale, 
M"" Hoit, M'" Duncan, M'' Frink & M'' Fames, joined. 

An Act, for taxing land in the Town of Croydon, having been 
read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

Adjourned till Monday next 3, O'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY January 12'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday last. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join [a committee] of the * 2-431 
Senate to consider of the petition of the Proprietors of 
the Town of Haverhill ; also the petition of Charles Johnston 
and Ezekiel Ladd, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 
Toppan and M'" Worchester joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Richard and Simon Jenness on 
the Twenty second day of January Instant, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of S. Ladd, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M"" Smith, joined. 

A Vote, that Abiel Foster Esq'' draw the pay due to William 
Erwin, (Deceased) on Capt Ebenzer Websters Roll, being the 
sum of Eight pounds nineteen shillings, and account with the 
Selectmen of Canterbur}^, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Robert Wier, and report thereon, w'as 
brought up, read and concurred, M'" Bell and M'" Shepard, joined. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock x\. M. 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

TUESDAY January 13*'', 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, that the members of the Honorable Senate and house 
of Representatives and their Officers have the same allowance for 
travel and attendance as at the last Session, and that the Secretary 
and Clerk make up, the respective Rolls accordingly, was brought 
up read and concurred. 

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

take under consideration the Militia Laws now in force and report 

such alterations and amendments as they shall judge 

* 2-432 necessary * Was brought up, read and concurred: M'' 

Webster M"' Shepard and M'' Smith joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the present Mode of paying the Mem- 
bers of the house of Representatives lor attendance and report 
such alterations as they shall see fit, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'' Toppan, and M'" Pickering joined. 

A Vote, to pay the Committee for selling the Excise in the 
County of Strafford in 1788, amounting to three pounds eighteen 
shillings, was brought up, read and concurred 

Vote, to pospone the hearing the petition of James Swain on 
Wednesday the twenty first Instant, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Selectmen of Hanover, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'' Smith, and M'' Shepard, joined 

A Vote, to pay the Account of John [Jonathan] Parker Esquire 
for dispersing Acts, amounting to six pounds twelve shillings, was 
brought up, read and concurred 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of William Chandler 
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 
consider the Laws now in force respecting Grammar Schools, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Pickering, M'' Worchester, 
joined. 

An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Connecticut River in William Dana his heirs and 
assigns, ha\'ing been read u third time voted that the same be 
enacted. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 381 

An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Connecticut River in Richard Young his heirs 
and assigns having been read a third time voted that the same be 
enacted. 

* A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Daniel * 2-433 
Seargent and others, and giving them leave to bring in 

a bill accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Sarah Moulton 
and Thomas Leavett, and giving them leave to bring in a bill 
accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

Upon reading and considering the petition of John Wendell 
voted that the prayer thereof be so far granted as that the former 
Committee reconsider the subject matter therein mentioned, sent 
down for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that the remainder of the hearings which were to ha\e 
been this day be posponed untill to-morrow, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Thomas Sheaf e 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY January 14'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Doctor Mark How amounting to 
four pounds one shilling and eight pence for doctoring Moses 
Shaw and David Meloon, Continental Soldiers, was brought up, 
read and concurred 

A Vote, that the Committee on the Resolves of Congress 
Respecting General Reid take under consideration the matter in 
which Invalids, shall receive the pay due or that may become due 
in future and report thereon was brought up read and con- 
curred. 

* A Vote, for a Committee to join a committee of the * 2-434 
Senate on the Memoral and Account of John Sherburne 

Esq'' and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M'' Toppan and M'' Waldron, joined. 

A V^ote, that the Committee appointed in November last tor 
making sale of the Excis[e] in the several Counties in this State, 
proceed as soon as may be to advertise and make sale of the Ex- 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRK EARLY STATE PAPERS. L'^7^9 

cise excepting the Committee named in said Vote, for the County 
of Cheshire and instead of the persons there named the Commit- 
tee consist of Col. John Bellows Col Amos Shepard and John 
Hubbard Esq'" was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Judge of Probate for the County of Rock- 
ingham be and hereby is impowered to appoint Commissioners to 
receive and examine the Claim of the Trustees of Dartmouth Col- 
ledge being a donation deposited in the hands of the late governor 
[John] Wentworth against said Wentworth and other unadjusted 
claims and that six Months from this time be allowed for said 
purpose, was brought up, read and concurred with this amend- 
ment ; that if the Commissioners report the principal sum due, the 
demand if the State be sufficient, shall be paid in the same man- 
ner as other similar Demands against said Estate, was sent down 
amendment concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the Laws now in force respecting Weights and Meas- 
ures and report a bill for repealing the same or making such 
alterations as they ma}^ Judge necessary, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'' Smith and M' Wallace, joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the Laws respecting highways, and 
report what is further necessary to be done respecting the same in 
unincorporated places ; was brought up, read and concurred : M'' 

Chase, and M'' Worcester joined. 
* 2-435 * A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the 
Senate, to consider of the petition of Seth Gunnett and 
others and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : 
M-- Bell and Waldron, joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Capt Robert 
Weir, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingh', and 
that he also be directed to notify said Gould at least thirty days 
before the first Superior Court that is to set in the County of 
Grafton with a Copy of the act that shall pass in consequence 
thereof and that he enter said appeal at the next Superior Court 
to sit in said County but not afterwards, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearings on the petition of Joseph 
Hicks, and Nathaniel Meservey, untill Wednesday next, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Enoch John- 
son to Wednesday the twenty first day of Januar}- current in order 



1789] JOURNAL OF THK SENATE. 383 

that Samuel White Esq' and Samuel White Jun. both of Haver- 
hill and Commonwealth ot' Massachusetts have opportunity per- 
sonall}' to appear and answer such Interrogations on Oath as may 
be put to them respecting the Subject matter of said petition other- 
wise said Johnson will be admitted to his oath respecting the 
premises of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : 

A Vote, that the Remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day be posponed untill to-morrow, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, January 15'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

* A Resolve that the Treasurer be directed to call on all * 2-436 
Farmers of Excise to discharge their Bonds to the State 
Immediately and in case the obligators still neglect, [the] Treasurer 
take the Legal method to compel payment, as soon as may be, 
was sent down for concurrence. 

A Vote, adding M'" Simpson to the Committee for casting In- 
ventories, was brought Up, read and concurred. 

A Vote granting the prayer of the petition of Sarah Moulton 
and giving her leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred 

An Act for confirming to James Smith of Durham in the 
County of Straftbrd Gentlemen and Eleanor his Wife in her right 
two hundred and forty Acres of Land in Rochester in said 
County in lieu of Equal quantity of Lands devised to her [father] 
Thomas Westbrook Waldron late of Dover in said County Esquire 
deceased and afterward conveyed by said Waldron for a like quan- 
tity of Acres, in exchange therefor, having been read a third time. 
voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to authorize and empower Thomas Sheafe of Ports- 
mouth Merchant to take administration on the Estate of Edward 
Butler Marriner on the Estate of Elizabeth Butler deceased, late 
Wife of the said Edward, having been read a third time. Voted 
that the same be enacted 

A Vote, that General James Reid be paid as other Invalids of 
this State up to the first day of January 1788 and that all Invalids 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [l7<^9 

of this State from said time be paid Agreeably to a Resolve of 
Congress of the Eleventh of June 1788, untill further order of the 
General Court was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to allow Peter Johnson eight pounds ten Shillings 
amount of his account for doctoring and that the same be charged 
in the Continental Accounts, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

* 2-437 *A Resolve, that the Inferior Court of Common pleas [to] 

be holden at Portsmouth on the first Tuesday of Febru- 
ary next be and hereby is adjourned to the first Tuesday in March 
next and that all writs &c. returnable to and sustainable at said 
Inferior Court shall be returned to and sustained by said Court at 
said adjournment in like manner to all intents and purposes as if 
the same Court had not been adjourned, and that all parties con- 
cerned take Notice thereof and govern themselves 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 Israel Morey and report thereon, w'as 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'' Wallace 
joined. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing of Sarah Moulton untill the 
second Thursday of the next Session, was brough(t) up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of William Reid 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to empower the Executors of the last will and Testa- 
ment of Jonathan Moulton late of Hampton Esquire deceased to 
redeem certain Lands mortgaged by and to discharge in full an 
obligation of the said Jonathan, 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 petition of John Lauglin and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the Remainder of the Hearings which were 
to have been this day untill to-morrow was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act, for opening Sluices in each Dam accross Asuelot 

* 2-438 River so that Salmon and other Fish may * Have free 

passage through the same from Connecticut River, hav- 
ing been read a third time Voted that the same be Enacted. 

An Act, to impower Nathan Adams and Joanna Adams to sell 



1789] JOURNAL OK THE SENATK. 385 

the real Estate of Dimon Creesy deceased having been read a 
third time, Voted that the same be Enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

FRIDAY, January 16'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote that M'' Pickering, M'' Shepard, with such oi" the hon- 
orable house as they may join be a committee to consider whether 
General Reid shall be enrolled in the list of Invalids and what 
pay he is entitled to agreeably to a Resolve of Congress, was 
sent down for concurrence, brought up, concurred and joined. — 

A Vote, that the petition from Seth Gunnett and others that the 
Petitioners in future pay their taxes to Eaton untill the further 
order of Court, was brought up, read and concurred. — 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of a Resolve respecting calling upon Farmers of Excise, 
and report thereon, was brought up, read and Concurred : M'" 
Long and M"" Wallace, joined. 

A Vote, that Russell Freeman Esquire be and hereby is ap- 
pointed one of the Committee for making Sale of the Excise in 
the County of Grafton Instead of Jonathan Freeman Esq*" was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve that the time for examining Invalids, be lenthened Out 
untill further order of the General Court ; and that Do[c]tor Samuel 
Tenney, Doctor William Parker, and Captan Dudley 
Odlin or either two of them be and hereby are, * Ap- * 2-439 
pointed a committee to Examine all Invalids who may 
apply and give certificate agreeable to said Act, untill further 
orders, was brought up, read and concurred with this amend- 
ment, that no such Invalids shall be inrolled untill the further 
order of Congress, was sent down for concurrence, amendment 
brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Elizabeth Wallingford, and [report] 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Waldron and 
M"" Chase, joined. 

A Vote, for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition D. Rindge and J. [John] Peirce Esq''" 
and Report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M' 
Smith and M'' Bell, joined. 

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386 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARI>Y STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration the Excise Act and report such altera- 
tions as they may judge necessary, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Smith and M'' Webster, joined. 

A Vote to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
General Reid viz. that he be enrolled on the pension list and is 
entitled to receive half pay as a Brigadier from the March 1786 
according to the Resolve of Congress untill the further order of 
Congress or of this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Samuel Bean, and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Wallace, and M'' Chase 
joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Soloman Hutch- 
inson and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing [s] which were to have been 
this day, untill Friday next, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 
* 2-440 * Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock. 

SATURDAY January 17'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, of Yesterday to pospone the hearing on the petition of 
Sarah Hartshorn which was to have been on that da}- vmtill this 
day, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to make valid the title of certain Lands in the Town of 
Hanover, having been read a third time, Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

Whereas by a Vote, of the Legislature of this State of the 
fifteenth Instant all Invalids were ordered to be paid as other In- 
valids have been paid and by a Vote of the sixteenth Instant Re- 
specting General James Reid's pay it is ordered he shall receive 
half pay according to the Resolves of Congress upon which Votes 
some doubts may arise as to the manner of General Reids pay : to 
remove which and to carry into effect the real designs of said last 
mentioned vote, tho[ugh] not expressed therein. Voted that Gen- 
eral Reid be paid in the same manner as other Invalids have and 
shall be paid agreeably to the tenor of said Vote, of the fifteenth 
Instant, was sent dowm for concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

An Act, to restore Robert Weir to his Law, having been read a 
third time, Voted that the same be enacted. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SKNATE. 387 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Ebenezer Ingalls 
and frivincj him leave to brin^ in a Resolve for lenthening the time 
for redeeming the Lands sold to Thomas Rand, was brough(t) 
up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, on the petition of Ebenezer Ingalls that the said 
Ingalls have further Liberty, at any time wathin two Months from 
the passing thereof to tender said Certificates and Silver Money 
to the said Rand and that upon tender thereof being so 
made the Deed *From said Ingalls shall be null and * 2-441 
void ; any Law usage or custom to the Contrary not- 
withstanding, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Col. Johnston and E. Ladd, 
Esq""* on the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that Samuel Bean receive Twenty pounds for his Serv- 
ice for postage of papers &c. out of the revinue arising from the 
Impost or Excise, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration the sum necessary to be raised the cur- 
rent year and report a supply bill, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. M'' Toppan, M'" Smith and M'" Pickering joined. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
the proprietors of the Township of Haverhill that the bill of Cost 
be committed to the Judges of the Inferior Court for the County 
of Rockingham to be examined corrected as they shall think just 
and equitable, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of S. [Sarah] Harts- 
horn and giving her leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to authorize and impower the Proprietors of Rumford 
alias Concord to Collect a certain Tax assessed on the common 
and undivided Lands in said Rumford ; and Also on certain Divis- 
ions mentioned in said Assessment made the fifteenth day of 
March Anno Domini 1773 and Committed to Timothy Walker 
Esq"" having been read a third Voted that be Enacted. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
Report what Salaries shall be allowed the Officers of the Civil 
List, was brought up, read and concurred. M'' Waldron, M"" 
Bell and M"" Worcester, joined. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next at 3 O'Clock P. M. 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

* 2-442 * MONDAY, January 19"% 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday, last. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the committee to enquire what 
lands belong to this State &c. that a Special Court of five persons 
be appointed and vested with proper authority to hear, try and 
determine all complaints which may be exhibited to him [them] 
respecting any delinquencies whereby a forfiture may be alledged 
to have been incurred, and that in all cases where defence is made 
the enquiry shall be made by a Jury and in cases of a Default, 
the Court shall render Judgment as the Law Directs in other 
Cases, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that William Parker and Oliver Peabody Esquires be 
added to the Committee for draughting public Bills, was brought 
up read, and concurred. 

A Vote, that M"" A. Parker and M"" Abbott be added to the Com- 
mittee on the Memoral of D. [Dr] Wheelock, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
take under consideration and report some more easy and less ex- 
pensive method of hearing and determining on such petitions from 
Towns and Individuals as have heretofore been heard and deter- 
mined before the General Court, was brought up, read and con- 
curred : M'' Webster, and M'' Pickering joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY January 20"', 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Parker Stevens 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of the Inhabitants of Hillsborough 
on the third Wednesday of the next Session, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

* 2-443 * An Act to preserve the Fish in Piscataqua River and 

the branches thereof, having been read a third time 
Voted it pass to be enacted, sent down for concurrence brought 
up concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 389 

to consider of a motion made by Samuel Hale Esq"" respecting 
procuring Hemp-Seed and raising Hemp, and Report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Chase and M'' Picker- 
ing joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of George Jaffrey and others, was brought 
up, read and concurred : M'" Worcester M'' Shepard, and M' 
Smith joined. 

A Vote, that the Committee who are appointed to consider of a 
Vote, respecting Excise ; also consider of the propriety of Issuing 
Extents for outstanding taxes, and report thereon, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Thomas Bickford amounting to 
£11.. 16.. 3 was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for taxing Land in the Town of Bradford having been 
read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Samuel Mansfield, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Towns of Lan- 
caster, Northumberland and Strafford [Stratford] and giving them 
leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act empowering certain persons to set off the Dower of 
Sarah Moulton Widow in the late Estate of her late husband Jona- 
than Moulton Esq"" Decease" having been read a third time, that 
the same be enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of James Ray, and 
Others and that they have leave to bring in a bill accordingly, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

* A Vote, to pay the Account of Doctor Jackson * 2-444 
amounting to four pounds, seven shillings to be paid, 
out of the Impost, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Z. Edgerly and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing which were to have been this 
day, untill to-morrow, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^789 

WEDNESDAY January 2^', 1789. 

Met according to adjourment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, for a Committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Ephraim Robinson, and others and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred M' Top- 
pan, and M'" Webster joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Jedediah Taintor 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, allowing Robert Wallace Esq'" four pounds four Shil- 
lings for carrying proclamations &c. &c. to Col. Hunt 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 Non-resident propritors of the 
Town of Lyman, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred : M'" Toppan, and M'" Smith joined. 

A Vote, to pay the Roll of Capt. Titus Salter amounting to one 
hundred and forty pounds, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to enable David Page Esq. to sell certain Taxes for the 
proprietors of Conway committed to him to collect before the 
late revolution, having been read a third time. Voted that the 

same be enacted. 
* 2-4^5 * A Vote, to pospone the hearings which were to have 
been this day 'till to-morrow, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Samuel Sherburne and others and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. [Mr. Top- 
pan and Mr. Smith joined.] 

A Vote, granting the' prayer of the petition of John M'Laugh- 
lin and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingh^ was 
brought up, read and Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Elizabeth Young on the twenty 
ninth day of January current, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

An Act, for taxing the lands in the Town of Sutton, having 
been read a third time. Voted, that the same be enacted. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 



1789] JOURNAI. OF THE SENATE. . 39I 

THURSDAY, January, 22»^i , 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Joseph Hicks, 
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 
consider of the petition of James Swain, and report thereon, was 
brought uj), read and concurred: M'' Toppan and M"" Waldron 
joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer oi the petition of Nathaniel Me- 
serve 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 
take under consideration a Letter from his Excellency the Presi- 
dent and report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred, 
M'" Toppan and M"" Shepard joined. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the * 2-446 
Senate to consider of the petition of Major S. Marston, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster, and M'" Chase, 
joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider whether there shall [be] any further allowance made to 
Mess'' Lamson and Ranlet, for printing the Election Sermon, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Worces- 
ter, joined. 

A Vote, to pay George J. [Jerry] Osborne for printing Jour- 
nals of the Honorable house, thirty four pounds, seven shillings 
and six pence, and five pounds for printing Proclamations ; Also 
to pay John Melcher, nine pounds seven Shillings and six pence, 
for printing Journals of the Honorable Senate, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act to enable Solonian Hutchinson of Merrimac to have a 
re-hearing of the cause between him and one Jesse Marshall of 
Westford having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Benjamin Hayes, 
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 
consider of the petition of Andrew Mack &c. &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred ; M' Wallace and M'' Webster joined. 



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE EAREY STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition H. [Henry] Knox, 
and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought 
lip, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Richard Jen- 
ness untill Wednesday next, was brought up read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Joseph Hicks 
untill the third Wednesday' of the next Session, was brougiit up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Winthrop 
Marstin, untill to-morrow, was brought up. read and con- 
curred. 
* 2-447 *A Vote, to pospone the further Consideration of the 
petition of Enoch Johnson untill the parties have time to 
bring in a bill for referring the same according to agreement, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A V'ote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
take under consideration of the propriety of pi'ocuring a number 
of printed Copies of the Laws of this State, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith, and M'' Webster, 
joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow g, O'Clock x\. M. 

FRIDAY January, 23''. 1789. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of the Selectmen of 
Haverhill and giving them leave to bring in a bill acc(MTlinglv, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report on the Memoral of Daniel Rindge 
and John Pierce Esq'" that on any of the Masonian Proprietors 
giving good security lor the payment of any part or j^roportion of 
said State Notes according to the Tenor of said Bond. That the 
Treasurer be and hereby is directed on receiving such Security to 
indorse the same sum or sums on the bond of said Rindge and 
Peirce : Provided that the sums Offered to be so secured by new 
bonds are not for any sum less than one hundred pounds of said 
Notes and are produced and indorsed within thirty days from the 
date hereof on condition that the petitioners discharge all costs 
which may arise in consequence thereof, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Simon Marston on Friday next, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act to ^'est the Exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 393 

a certain part of Connecticut River in Parker Stevens of Peirmont 
his heirs and assigns, having been read a third time, Voted that 
it pass to be enacted. 

* A Resolve, that Thomas Challis of East Kingstown * 2-448 
during the time of his coming to attendance at and re- 
turning from this Court on the hearing on the petition of Samuel 
Fitield, be exempt from all civil process against his bod}' and all 
executive OfHcers ; are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Josiah Nelson amounting to seven 
pounds five shillings and ten pence, for carrying Acts, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, empowering certain persons therein named to act tor 
and in and for a person, non-compos mentis and three minors, to 
whom they are Guardians, having been read a third time, Vo/rd 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
Elizabeth Wallingford, that act or Resolve pass the General Court 
authorizing the President with advice of Council to appoint two 
or three Judges to be added to the Standing Judges of Said Supe- 
rior Court who with such standing Judges of said Superior Court 
or three of them be empowered to receive said Jvidgment and 
either to alter or affirm the same, was brought up, read and con- 
curred with this amendment, that a Special Judge be added to the 
standing Judges of the Superior Court in the Room of Judge 
Lanfj;don, who beino- related declines sittintj in the Cause, sent 
down, brought up concurred with this amendment that two special 
Judges be appointed, which was concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow morning 9 O'Clock. 

SATURDAY, January 24^", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

An Act to set off and incorporate a number of Inhabitants liv- 
ing in the notherly part of Amherst with a number of other in- 
habitants in said Town by certain lines into a Parish, having been 
read a third time, voted the same be enacted. 

*A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of S. * 2-449 
[Samuel] Fifield 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 on the petition of 



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

James Swain that the Deeds given by him to Benjamin Varnum, 
were Illegal and that the Conditions on which said Deeds were 
given were not complied with on the part of said Varnum, they 
therefore reported that the Deeds from Swain to Varnum, should 
be nul and Void, and that they have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

The committee on Excellency's Letter this Day received, beg 
leave to report the following Answer. 

May it please your Excellency. 

The Senate and House of Representatives having been hon- 
ored with your Letter of this day, containing a resignation of the 
Office of chief Magistrate beg leave to assure 3'our Excellency 
that they most sensibly realize the Loss they sustain by your Ex- 
cellency's leaving the Chair of State in which you were placed by 
the free suffrages of your fellow Citizens. The regret which they 
cannot but feel on this occasion is greatly allivated when they re- 
flect on the agreeable prospect they have of your Excellency's 
service in the important Office to which you have been appointed 
in the new Government. When thev consider your Excellency's 
abilities, commercial knowledg. and experience in the Various 
concerns of the State and Review your conduct in the many and 
important Offices you have sustained with Reputation to yourself 
and entire approbation of your fellow Citizens they are led to 
entertain the most flattering hopes that vour Excellency's future 

Services rnay be eminently useful to this State. 
* 2-450 The Legislature sincerely thank 3our Excellency * For 
the Many and repeated proofs they have had of your 
attention to them and unremitted endeavors to promote the Wel- 
fare of the State. 

They are happy that the Office which Excellency has Re- 
signed, is filled for the present year by a Gentleman of whose 
abilities and integrity the}^ have the most Unequivocal proofs 

With the most ardent wishes for your personal happiness and 
Welfare, they most cordially unite with 3'our Excellency in pray- 
ing that the Citizens of this State may long enjoy the blessings of 
true liberty and good Government. 

which is submitted by Christopher Toppan i ^ 

•^ ^ i^r ^ Committee. 

In Senate January 24"', 1789. 

The report of the Committee on his Excellency's having been 

read, vofcd that it be receiv'd and accepted, and that M'' Toppan, 

and M"" Smith be a committee with such of the Hon. house as they 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 395 

may Join to present the same to his Excellency John Langdon 
Esquire was sent down brought up, concurred. 

An Act to empower the Honorable Henry Knox Esq"" agent 
appointed by the State of Massachusetts on the Estate of the late 
Thomas Flucker Esq"" Deceased and Isaac Winslow Merchant 
Excutor of the last will of Isaac Winslow late of the same State 
Esquire deceased to execute Deeds of certain Lands in Notting- 
ham West, having been read a third time. Voted, that the same 
be enacted. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee on the petition of 
John Wheelock Esq"" in behalf of the Trustees of Dartmouth Col- 
ledge, that for the encouragement of Literature a grant of eight 
miles Square of Land adjoining upon the old Canada line, and 
Connecticut River be made for the benitit of that Seminary, not 
infringing upon former grants, and that the President 
and Council * Of this State for the time being be added * 2-451 
to and incorporated with the Trustees thereof and that 
they have the superintendance of the Expenditures of all Dona- 
tions which have been or may hereafter be made by New Hamp- 
shire, 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 Blake Esq'' and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Smith and M'' Worces- 
ter joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Samuel Cherry, and report thereon, 
was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Bell and M*" Webster 
joined. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Winthrop Mar- 
ston and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brough(t) up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that it is the opinion of the General Court that when 
the Chair Government shall be vacated by the Resignation of the 
President the Stile of the Senior Senator whilst in the Chair of 
Government, shall be the President of the State of New-Hamp- 
shire " and this title," " His Excellency" 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 Bowles and others and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Webster and 
M"" Shepard joined. 

Adjourned 'dll Monday next 3, O'Clock P. M. 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

^ MONDAY, January 26'\ 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday, with the addition of M"" Long. 
Whereas, the time for farming out the Excise in the several 
Counties is nearly expired. Therefore be it resolved that the 
time for farming out said Excise be lengthened out untill the first 
day of March next and that the Committees proceed to make sale 
of said Excise before said time is expired, was brought up, read 

and concurred. 
* 2-452 * A Vote, that the Committee on the Vote which came 
down from the Honorable Senate, respecting calling on 
Farmers of Excise, Also consider the propriety of calling on the 
Impost Oflicer, and report thereon, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, for a Committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of and report the most proper method for taking up and 
passing upon the several Inventories returned for a new propor- 
tion, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Toppan, M'" Long, 
and M"" Webster joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY January 27'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of Major Samuel Young, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred with this amend- 
ment that they take up this and all similar matters. M'" Waldron 
and M"" Bell joined. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Levi French on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, for altering the time of holding the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace for the County of Strafford, having been 
read a third time. Voted that the same be non-concurred. 

An Act, to restore Joseph Hicks Esq'" to his Law, 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 petition of James Reid and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'" Webster, M"" Bell and M"" 
Long, joined. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 397 

An Act, to enable Nathaniel Meserve of Barn stead in the 
County of Strallbrd, to review at the next Superior Court of Judi- 
cature an action heretofore brought by said Meserve against one 
Benjamin Hill, having been read a third time, Voted that the 
same be enacted. 

* A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the * 2-453 
Senate, to consider of a Receipt signed by the late 
Treasurer to Thomas Odiorne Esq' Receiver General of Non- 
Resident Taxes, and report how the present Treasurer shall settle 
the same, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Long and M"" 
Toppan joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
take into consideration the propriety of Reducing the number of 
Terms in which the General Sessions of the peace b}^ the Law are 
allowed to meet in the Several Counties in this State and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Smith and M"' 
Webster joined. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the peddon of E. Ladd, and B. Lamson, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'' Shepard and 
M'' Wallace, joined. 

A Resolve on the petidon of the Proprietors of Haverhill that 
the said bill of cost be by the Judges of the Inferior Court of 
Common pleas for said County of Rockingham at the next Infe- 
rior Court to be holden in said County examined revised and con- 
sidered : And in case it shall appear to the said Court that the said 
bill of Cost is overcharged and unlawful, they shall and may at 
the then, or any succeeding Court to which the same may be con- 
tinued, correct and alter the same, and issue execution in tavour 
of the said proprietors of Haverhill against the said Proprietors 
of Piermont for such sum as they shall judge the former bill of 
cost to have been. Any Law usage or Custom to the Contrary 
notwithstanding, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Richard Jen- 
ness untill to-morrow, 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 Middletown, and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred ; M"" Toppan 
and M"" Smith, joined. 

An Act, to restore Samuel Fifield to his Law, having been read 
a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to Nullify and make Void a Judgment of * Court * 2-454 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

obtained by Bradbury Cilley against Zebulon Edgerly, having 
been read a third time, Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Inventories from a new proportion be taken up 
by the house in the order they stand on the S[c]hedule and that the 
Honorable Senate may be present that they may have an oppor- 
tunity to hear the debates and make any observations, or remarks 
to the Inventories as it may have a tendency to enable them to 
make a greater dispatch when they come to act upon the matter 
in their separate Branches, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to confirm and establish Benjamin Hayes of Dover in 
the County of Strafford, Yeoman, his heirs and assigns in the title 
of a certain Tract of Land hereinafter Mentioned, having been 
read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY January 28^", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of General James Hill on Wednes- 
day next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to authorize and empower Samuel Mansfield of Heni- 
ker in the County of Hillsborough in said State to make sale of 
the real Estate of Shubal Bailey of said Heniker Deceased, hav- 
ing been read a third time, voted that it pass to be enacted, sent 
down for concurrence, brought up, enacted. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Burton in part and giving them leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, for taxing land in the Town of Littleton and Dalton, 
having been read a third time, voted, that the same be enacted. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

* 2-455 * THURSDAY January 29'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
An Act, to enable Jonathan Chase to enter an action at the next 
Superior Court of Judicature to be holden in the County of Rock- 
ingham against Clement March and Stephen March Esquires, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to vest in the Selectmen of Haverhill for the time being 
and their successors forever for the use of said Inhabitants the 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 399 

exclusive right of all ferries over Connecticut River, against said 
Town, which have not been already granted, having been read a 
third time, Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to autiiorize and empower Daniel Campbell of Amherst 
in the State of New-Hampshire Esq'' to make sale of a certain 
peice of Land in said Amherst once the Estate of Sarah [David] 
Hartshorn late of said Amherst Deceased, having been read a 
third time, voted that the same be Non-concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the Report of the Committee on the petition 
of S. Ladd and Benjamin Lamson that the prayer thereof be so 
far granted as that said Ladd and Lamson have an order on the 
Treasurer for two pounds, ten shillings in full for the Redemption 
Money by them paid, was brought up, read and concurred with 
this amendment, that the above sum reported be charged against 
the Estate of the late Govenor John Wentworth, sent down. 

A Resolve that a Resolve be passed the 12*'' day of June last 
be and hereby is so far repealed as that the Town of Marlborough 
and Fitzwilliam in said Rand Regiment shall not be considered 
as belonging to the district for raising the aforesaid Company any- 
thing in the said Regiment relative to the Town notwithstanding, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that M'' J. Smith M^ Sullivan and M^ M'Murphey be 
added to the Committee on the petition of J" Betton and others, 
was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for annexing a certain part of the Town of 
Peterborough * In the County of Hillsborough to the * 2-456 
Town of Temple in said County, having been read a 
third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

FRIDAY January 30"', 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday, with the addition of M'' Wentworth. 
A Vote, that upon reading and considering the petition of James 
Bovvdwin of Boston Esq"" Voted that he be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the second Thursday of the next Session 
and that in the mean time the petitioner cause the within named 
Philip Richardson to be served with a copy of said petition and 
order of Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting of said 
Court, that he may then appear and shew cause if any he hath, 
why the prayer thereof should not be granted, was sent down for 
concurrence, brough(t) up concurred. 



400 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

A V ote of Yesterday to pospone the hearing on the petition of 
Richard Jenness 'till this day was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that a number of Copies at the Expence of the State 
to procure equal to the number of Towns and places inhabited in 
this State of the kind and in the form mentioned in Melchers pro- 
posals and at the price therein mentioned &c. &c. was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

An Act to grant to Oliver Evans for a term of Years the exclu- 
sive right of making and selling within this State the Machines 
herein described, was read a third time and rated that the same 
be non-concurred. 

A Vote, to allow John Sherburne Esq'" thirty pounds which shall 
be in full of his demand for Store hire, w^as brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act to establish a ferry between the Towns of Litch- 
* 2-457 Held and Merrimac in the Right of William Reid * Of 
said Litchheld his heirs and assigns havincj been read a 
third time Voted that the same be enacted. 

An Act to restore Daniel Sargeant, John Amory and Thomas 
Amor}', to their Laws having been read a third time. Voted that 
the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that whereas it has been Represented to this house that 
some part of the Confiscated Estates of Samuel Tarbell an ab- 
sentee from this State has not yet been disposed of and it is 
reasonable the same should be disposed off for the use of this 
State therefore voted that the Attorney General for this State 
be desired to take the necessary steps for taking possession of said 
Estate or any other confiscated Estate that may come within his 
knowledge, was brought up, read and non-concurred. 

A Vote, to pospone the hearing on the petition of Richard Jen- 
ness untill Tuesday next, was brought up, read and concurred. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, January 31^', 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
A Vote, granting the pra3^er of the petition of Simon Marston 
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 
consider of the petition and Account of General Sullivan and 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4OI 

report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Went- 
worth, and M'' Wallace joined. 

Adjourned 'till Monday next at lo, O'Clock A. M. 

MONDAY February 2'' 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as on Saturday last. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider what Business is yet necessary to be done at the present 
Session at what time this Court shall adjourn and where 
the General Court shall meet * Next June, and report * 2-458 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" 
Smith, M"" Shepard. and M'' Wentworth Joined. 

A Vote, that the Secretary be directed to deliver to Col. Joseph 
Hutchins all such books of Court Records and files belonging to 
the County of Grafton as are now in his Office taking the said 
Hutchin's Receipt therefor &c. &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Resolve, that the Members of the General Court may give in 
their V^otes for Representatives to the Congress of the United 
States this atternoon at this place, and that they be sorted, counted 
and certified by the President and two of the Council ; Any law 
to the Contrary notwithstanding, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, tbr a committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the petition of Jonathan Blake Esq'" was brought up, 
read and concurred : M'' Bell, and M'" Chase Joined. 

A Vote, for a Committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of John Bean [Brown] and others and 
report thereon, was brought up, read and concurred. M'" Shepard 
and M'-Bill [Bell], joined. 

An Act for the better observation of the Lords day and to re- 
peal all the Laws heretofore made in this for that purpose, having 
been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 
Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

TUESDAY, February 3", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 
An Act, to grant to Oliver Evans for a term of Years, the Ex- 
clusive right [of making and selling] Within this State the Machines 



402 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

herein described, having been read a third time, Voted that the 
same be Enacted, sent down, brought up, concurred. 

An Act vesting certain [powers] in the Commissioners appointed 
to receive and examine the claims against the Estate of 

* 2-459 Jonathan * Moulton late of Hampshire [Hampton] Esq'' 

Deceased and in the Executors of his last will and Testa- 
ment having been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted 
with this exception that the Commissioners shall have no authority 
by virtue of this act, to Determine that said Executors should make 
any conveyance to any person or persons who may have deeds or 
obligations made by said Testator where it shall not be clearly 
proved that such Deeds or obligations were made and Executed 
for a valuble consideration, sent dow^n, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate, to 
consider of the petition of Capt. Samuel Gregg, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Webster and 
[M''] Wallace joined. 

An Act to encourage the erecting of proper buildings tor carry- 
ing on the Manufacture of sail Cloth or Duck within this State, 
having been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Secretary be directed to procure four hundred 
printed Copies of the Act for the better observation of the Lords 
day that they may be dispersed at the rising of this 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 Col. Samuel Folsom, and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M' Bell and M' 
Wallace, joined. 

An Act, to prevent the Spreading of the small Pox for allowing 
Hospitals to be erected under certain restrictions and to repeal an 
Act entitled an Act providing in case of sickness ; also An act 
intitled an Act to prevent the spreading of the small pox in this 
State, 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 petition of Thomas Packer Esq'' and report 
thereon, was brought up, read and concurred : M'" Wentworth, 
and M'' Shepard, joined. 

* 2-460 A Vote, that M'' Long and M' Wentworth be a * Com- 

mittee with such of the Honorable House as they may 
join to consider and report how the Elections of the Senators for 
this State to Congress of the United States, shall be certified and 
the Senators Commissioned, brought up, concurred. 



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A Vote, that M'' Smith, M'' Toppan, and M'' Wentvvorth be a 
Committee with such of the Honorable house as they join to con- 
sider and report what alterations will be necessary to be made in 
the Oath prescribed by the Constitution of this [State] to render it 
consistent with the principles of an oath required by the General 
Government, was sent down for concurrence, brought up, con- 
curr''. 

In Senate February 3'', 1789. 

Whereas their are a considerable number of Towns in this State, 
wherein there [are] few or no settlers and the conditions upon 
which they were granted, are not complied with. Therefore Voted 
unanimously that it would be best to leave such Towns out of the 
New proportion and it is a duty incumbent on the Legislature 
immediately to take up the matter and to pass an Act appointing 
a proper Court to determine when forfeitures are incurred, sent 
down, brought up, concurred. 

An Act, for settling Testate Estates, having been read a third 
time, Voted that the same be enacted. 

x\n Act ordering the Descent of Intestate Estates and impower- 
ing the Judge of Probate to settle the same accordingly, having 
been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that M'' Toppan, and W Wentworth, with such of the 
Honorable house may join be a committee to consider and report 
how the vacancy of any person or persons who may be chosen 
Federal Representatives declining the trust, shall be filled, was 
sent down for concurrence, brought up, conconcurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed to Issue Extents against 
the Farmers of Excise for the payment of all bonds due 
from them prior to the first day of October last if * They * 2-461 
shall not be discharged by the fifteenth day of March next 
and that all other bonds now due, shall be paid by the Second 
Wednesday of June next excepting the bond or bonds signed by 
James M'Gregore Esq' and John Neal Esq'" late Deceased when 
partners in said Excise, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of John Brown and others on the 
first Tuesday of their next Session, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Elizabeth Han- 
son and Ebenezer Thompson Esq"" and giving them leave to bring- 
in a bill accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that this State will pay all the Invalids of this State 
(yet unpaid) agreeably to the Resolves of Congress, was brought 
up, read and Non-concurred. 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLy' STATE PAPERS. \_'^7^9 

A Resolve that the Treasurer be and he hereby is directed and 
impowered to issue his Extent at his own discretion any time prior 
to the fifteenth day of May next against any delinquent Town or 
place or at the request of the Selectmen of such delinquent Town 
or place for all Taxes due prior to the Year 1787, and that in case 
such Taxes being unpaid on that day that he immediately issue 
his Extents against such delinquent Towns and places and that he 
issue his Extents for the Taxes of 1789, against all such Towns 
and places as may be delinquent on the fifteenth day 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 petition and account of Thomas Hensell Esq'' was 
brought up, read and concurred, M'' Smith and M'' Webster. 



joined. 



Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

WEDNESDAY February 4'", 1789. 



Met according to adjournment. 
Present as yesterday. 
* 2-462 * An Act for the more easy partition of Lands of [or] 
other real Estate, having been read a third time, VotciL 
that the same be Enacted. 

A Vote, that the Shedule of the Several Inventories be ac- 
cepted and that the Committee &c cari'y off the sums, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Jonathan Blake on the Second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

[A vote to hear the petition of Thomas Packer, Esq. on the 
second Tuesda\' of the next session, was brought up, read and 
concurred.] 

An Act appointing Silvanus Reid, Roger Gilmore, and James 
M'Gregore, Esquires to hear and determine a dispute now subsist- 
ing between Robert Wier and Samuel Adams both of the County 
of Cheshire in said State, having been read a third time. ]^oted 
that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a Committee of the Senate, on 
the Memoral of Col. Samuel Hobart. and report thereon, was 
brought up, read and concurred : M'' Webster and M'' Bell, joined. 

A V^ote, that each of the Senators to Congress should be fur- 
nished with a Commission sign'd by His Excellency and counter- 



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signed by the Secretary and that the executive be desired to take 
order accordingly, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of Samuel Gregg on the second 
Tuesday of the next Session, was brought vip, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of General James 
Hill and give him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9 O'Clock A. M. 

THURSDAY, February 5'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 

A Vote, to pay the x\ccount of Benjamin Lamson 
[amount of] *To Twelve pounds seven Shillings and * 2-^^63 
four pence at the sale of Excise in 1789, was brought up, 
read and concurred with this amendment that said Account be 
paid in orders on the revenue arising from Excise, sent down, 
amendment concurred. 

An Act for anulling certam Deeds given by James Swain to 
Benjamin Varnum, having been read a third time, voted that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of B. [Benjamin] Lamson amount- 
ing to Eleven pounds sixteen shillings and eight pence at the Sale 
of Excise in 1788, was brought up, read and concurred, with this 
amendment that said Account be paid in orders on the revenue 
arising from Excise, sent down. 

A Vote, that the Committee to cast and carry Off the amount of 
the Inventories, proceed to cast and enter the proportion which 
each Town shall pay one thousand pounds, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, for a committee to join a committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of Doctor S. [Samuel] Tenny and E. 
[Ephraim] Robinson, was brought up, read and concurred. [M'" 
Webster joined.] 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Jonathan Frank- 
lin, and giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pa}' the Account of Ebenezer Webster Esq' and 
Edward Fifield amounting to two pounds, for taking Inventory of 
Keaseage Gore, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for a grant of Land equal to eight Miles Square in the 



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406 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

Northerly and unlocated territory within this State to the Trustees 
of Dartmouth Colledge, having been read a third time, Voted that 
the same be Enacted. 

* 2-464 * An Act, for carrying into effect an agreement made 

between Enoch Johnson of the one part and Samuel 
White Esq"" and his Son Samuel White Jun"" on the other part, 
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 petition of Josiah Hilton, was brought up, read 
and concurred : M'" Wentworth [and M'' Wallace] Joined. 

Upon reading and considering a Vote that passed in favour of 
Captain Titus Salter February 8"' 1788, respecting his having an 
order on the Selectmen of the Town of Portsmouth, voted that the 
President give order agreeably to said Vote, was brought up, read 
and concurred, reconsidered. 

A Vote, so far granting the prayer of the petition of Bradbury 
Cilley and others as that the within named committee proceed as 
soon as may be, to make a Survey of said Road and report at the 
next Session, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee appointed to con- 
sider of the propriety of calling on the Impost Officer &c. and 
that the five "^'' Cent be considered as including Stationery and 
every other article and that the Treasurer settle with the Impost 
Officer according to Law and proceed to collect the same now due 
on bonds taken for impost, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Resolve, that all the Indictments before said Court of General 
Sessions of the peace against the Selectmen of several Towns in 
the County of Cheshire for non observance of said Laws, be and 
they hereby are discontinued ; Provided always that said Select- 
men pay the Cost already arisen was brought up, read and con- 
curred with this amendment that the Attorney General be directed 
to enter on each of said Indictments that he will no further Pros- 
ecute the same for the State, upon the Selectmen paying the Cost 
already arisen, sent down, brought up concurred. 

* 2-465 *A Vote, that M'" Rogers M'' N. Peabody, and M'' 

Sheafe (or either two of them) be a Committee to Re- 
ceive the Accounts of such of the Board of War as may present 
their Accounts, examine the Vouchers and State their Accounts, 
and report to this Court at the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

An Act in addition to an Act for issuing an alias Execution 
against Joseph Clark late of Antrim in the County of Hillsbor- 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4O7 

ough yeoman, and to enable E[p]hraim Barker to make return 
thereon in the Room of one which was lost passed June, 14"', 1788, 
having been read a third time, voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that M'' Shepard, M'" Toppan, and M'" Bell, with such 
of the Honorable House as they may join be a committee to nom- 
inate two persons one of whom to be Comptroller of Accounts, 
tor this State, was sent down for concurrence, brought up, con- 
curred, [and joined.] 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Hawley Marshall 
and that he be discharged from the bond mentioned in said pe- 
tition, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to hear the petition of E. Thompson and J. Clark on 
the second Tuesday of the next Session, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Resolve impowering the President with advice of Council to 
draw order or Orders in favour of the Collectors of the Town of 
Lyme for certain State Taxes was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Clement March, 
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 
consider of the petition of James [Samuel] Cherry, was brought up, 
read and concurred : M"" Smith and M'" Shepard Joined. 

* A Vote, to put over the further consideration of the * 2-466 
petition of Simon Marston to the next Session of the 
General Court, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, for a Committee to Join a Committee of the Senate to 
revise the Militia Law «&c. was brought up, read and concurred : 
M"" Webster, and M'" Smith joined. 

Adjourned 'till to-Morrow 9, O'Clock K. M. 

FRIDAY February 6'", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 
A Vote, to pay the Account of Col. Ebenezer Smith amounting 
to Eight pounds, seven shillings for counting Votes for Senators 
&c. was brought up, read and concurred, with this amendment 
that the said Account be paid out of the revenue arising from Ex- 
cise Duties, sent down, brought up, amendment concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Lamson and Ranlet three pounds in addition to 



408 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS, [1789 

their former grant for printing Election Sermon, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of David Gihnan amounting to 
Twelve shillings for calling a Meeting in Burton, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Judges of Probate for the County of Hillsbor- 
ough and Cheshire be called upon to make return to the President 
of this State as soon as may be of all sums paid into the Treasury 
by the several Trustees by them Respectively appointed, agree- 
able to an Act passed March first 1783, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act to prevent the destruction of Salmon and Shad in Con- 
necticut River, having been read a third time, ]\)tcd that the 
same be enacted. 

A Vote, that there be Raised by Tax the present j^ear iiftv nine 
thousand, two hundred and fifty eight Dollars in Indents to be 
paid into the Treasury on or before the first day of July 
* 2-467 1789 : also a Tax * Of five thousand pounds to be paid 
in Specie or Presidents Orders on the Treasury agree- 
ably to an act of General Court passed September 28*'', 1787, 
and that a Supply bill be brought in for that purpose was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the amount of the Interest due on final Settlement 
Notes in the Treasury be deducted from the sum. Voted to be 
raised in indents for the current Year, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Col. Samuel 
Folsom, and that the Treasurer govern himself accordingly, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, granting the prayer of the petition of Israel Morey and 
giving him leave to bring in a bill accordingly, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act to empower Ebenezer Thompson Esq' to Collect cer- 
tain Excise Duties due and unpaid in the County of Strafibrd, 
having been read a third time looted that the same be enacted. 

A Resolve, appointing one Adjutant to each Regiment of Light 
horse, who shall have the Rank of Captain, was brought up, read 
and concurred with this amendment that the Adjutants of the 
Light Horse have the same Rank as Adjutant of the Infantry, 
sent down, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that his Excellency John Langdon Esquire have one 
hundred and fifty pounds for his Sallary from June 1788 untill his 
Resignation, was brought up, read and concurred. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4O9 

A Vote, that the Secretary receive thirty pounds for his Salary 
from June 1788 to June 1789, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that the Attorney General have sixty five 
pounds for his Salary from the first Wednesday *Of * 2-/{68 
June 1788 to the first Wednesday of June 1789, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Commissary General Receive Twenty pounds 
for his Salary, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that his Excellency John Pickering Esq"" have fifty 
pounds for his Salary from the Resignation of President Lang- 
don unto the first Wednesday of June next, was brought up read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer have and receive Ninety five pounds 
sixteen Shillings and eight pence for his Salary &c. &c. &c. from 
the Seventh day of January unto the first Wednesday in June 
next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

[A Vote, for a Committee to join a Committee of the Senate to 
consider of the Account of Lamson and Ranlet, w^as brought up, 
read and concurred.] 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Lamson and Ranlet amounting 
to seven pounds five Shillings and ten pence for printing, out of 
the Impost, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act authorizing the Hon''''' John Dudley, Joshua Wentworth, 
Christopher Toppan, John Bell, and Supply Clap, Esquires to 
hear and determine certain Matters in difference between Jonathan 
Warner Esq'' and Richard Jenness and Simon Jenness Esq'''' hav- 
ing been read a third time Voted, that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of Oliver Peabody six pounds ten 
Shillings for draughting bill &c. was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Resolve, that the Selectmen of Burton (for the time being) 
are empowered to assess all the Lands in said Burton their equal 
proportions of said sums so due for said Years, 1784, and 1785, 
and in levying and collecting the same, they shall proceed in the 
same manner as the Law prescribes for levying and collecting 
Taxes on Lands of Non-resident Proprietors, was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

An Act, to enable [the inhabitants of] a place called Peterbor- 
ough-slip in the County of Hillsborough to assess Levy and col- 
lect money for repairing of highways and bridges in said place, 
having been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 



4IO NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^1^9 

* 2-469 * An Act impowering the Superior Court of Judicature 

of this State to hear and try any causes respecting or 
relating to the forfeitures of Land within this State heretofore 
granted, or that may hereafter be granted for non-performance of 
the Conditions of such grants to determine and give Judgment 
thereon, that such forfeiture is or is not incurred and to Judge and 
decree as a Court of Chancery in certain of the causes aforesaid, 
having been read a third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that the Honorable Electors of this State have the same 
allowance for travel and attendance on the business of the Office 
as the members of the Honorable Senate have for their Travel 
and attendance, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Honorable John Sullivan have and Receive 
fifty seven pounds, fourteen Shillings for Services in Congress 
in 1774? and 1785, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to Establish a Deed given by Jonathan Moulton late of 
Hampton in the County of Rockingham Esq' Deceased to Win- 
throp Smith of Ossipee, having been read a third time. Voted that 
the same be Enacted. 

An Act to prevent the destruction of Salmon, Shad and Alewives 
in Merrimac River and for repealing all the Law^s heretofore made 
for that purpose, having been read a third time, Voted that the 
same be enacted. 

Adjourned 'till to-morrow 9, O'Clock A. M. 

SATURDAY, February 7*", 1789. 

Met according to adjournment. 
Present as Yesterday. 
A Vote, that Thursday the second day of April be observed and 
kept as a day of public fasting and prayer throughout this State, 
and that his Excellency with advice of Council issue a Proclama- 
tion for that purpose, was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, for reducing the number of times for holding the Court 
of General Sessions of the Peace within the Several Counties in 
this State, having been read a third time, Voted that the same be 
Enacted. 

* 2-470 * An Act, to Enable Israel Morey Esq'' to review an 

Action originally brought by Jonathan Moulton deceased 
against said Morey, 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 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 4I I 

Nominate ten persons out of whom five to be appointed a Com- 
mittee to ascertain the unlocated Lands and return a plan thereof ; 
Also run the line between this State and the Pro[v]ince of Main ; 
Also between the Northerly part of this State and the Province of 
Canada, was brought up, read and concurred : M"" Toppan, M'" 
Shepard, and M"" Wallace, joined. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of William Parker Esq'' amounting 
to six pounds, sixteen shillings for drawing Acts &c. was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the Account of E. Robinson amounting to three 
pounds eight shillings, in full was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act for raising fifty seven thousand two hundred and sixty 
eight Dollars in Indents, and five thousand pounds in Specie for 
defraying the Charges of Government the Present Year and other 
contingencies and agreeably to an Act of the General Court passed 
the Twenty eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord one 
thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, having been read a 
third time. Voted that the same be enacted. 

A Vote, that a copy of the Journals of the present Session be 
delivered to Lamson and Ranlet Printers in Exeter to be by them 
printed, was brought up, read and concurred with this amendment, 
that said Journals be delivered to John Melcher to be printed, sent 
down, brought up, concurred. 

A Vote, that when the business of this Session is finished the 
President with advice of Council be desired to adjourn the General 
Court to meet at Concord on Tuesday the twenty sixth day of May 
next, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pa}' Doctor Samuel Tenny eight pounds in full of his 
account for examining Invalids &c. was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

*A Vote, that the General Court of this State which is * 2-471 
to meet On the first Wednesday of June next to meet at 
Concord in this State, was brought up, read and concurred. 

[A Vote, to pay Lamson and Ranlet Eleven pounds three shil- 
lings, and two pence for printing, was brought up, read and con- 
curred.] 

A Vote, that the Reverend M' Pickle have and receive five 
pounds as Chaplin to the General Court was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act in addition to an act for carrying into effect an ordinance 
of Congress of the 13"' of September 1788, relative to the Consti- 
tution of the United states passed the 12*'', of November last, hav- 
ing been read a third time, Voted that the same be enacted. 



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412 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

A Vote, that the Secretary be directed to furnish M'' Melcher 
the Printer at Portsmouth with a Copy of all such acts as have or 
shall be passed at this Session, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that Richard Petty have six pounds, fourteen shillings 
and ten pence for supplies for Troops delivered Major Child, was 
brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, for making and Establishing 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 having been read a third time, Voted 
that the same be Enacted. 

A Resolve, that the Treasurer issue Certificates for fifteen '^'' 
Cent of the principal upon State Notes, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

An Act to encourage the manufacturing of paper within this 
State, having been read a third time. Voted, that the same be 
enacted. 

A Vote, appointing a committee to ascertain the unlocated lands 
in this State by running the line between this State and that part 
of the Province of Main so called and the line between the north- 
erh' part of this State and the province of Canada was brought 

up, read and concurred. 
* 2-472 * A Vote, that the Treasurer chterge the several Towns 
in the next preciept with the cost of their respective 
Representatives attendance as heretofore, was brought up, read 
and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Col. Wentworth six shillings being so much 
paid for engrosing a public bill, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that William Stinson and John Clark receive out of the 
Treasury two hundred and sixty nine pounds Lawful money in 
full for damages cost &c. recovered of Robert Smith as Trustee 
Of the Estate of Col. Holland, was brought up, read and con- 
curred. 

A Vote, that the Treasurer be directed not to discharge the Con- 
stables and Collectors for the amount of the sums due to the Rep- 
resentatives for their attendance unless such Constable or Collector 
shall produce an order from the Representatives of their respect- 
ive Towns or payment of the money to the Treasurer, was brought 
up, read and concurred. 

A V^ote, to pay the account of Doctor Bracket amounting to 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE SENATE. 413 

three pounds eight shillings and six pence for medicine and attend- 
ance on Pinkum a Soldier was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay the account of Samuel Odlin amounting to tive 
pounds, eight shillings nine pence for Wood &c. was brought up, 
read and concurred. 

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 for repealing certain Acts hereinafter men- 
tioned, having been read a third time, voted that the same be 
enacted. 

Vote, that the Honorable John Sullivan, Ebenezer Smith, Na- 
than Hoit, Joseph Cram, and Jeremiah Eames, Esq'" be and the}' 
hereby are appointed a Committee to enquire what Towns or 
places in this State granted on Conditions have not Complied 
therewith, and give Information of the same to the Attorney Gen- 
eral or advocate for the State as soon as may be, sent down for 
concurrence, brought up, concurred. 

* A Vote, to pay Zebulon Marsh twelve Shillings for * 2-473 
cutting Wood cS:c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Josiah Nelson nine pounds fifteen Shillings in 
tull for his account as Door keeper, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to pay Minas Daniels Nine pounds fifteen Shillings for 
attendance as Doorkeeper, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, that the Committee for ascertaining the unlocated 
Lands be and they hereby are empowered to employ such sur- 
veyor. Chain-men and axe-men as they shall find necessary to for- 
ward the Business assigned them, and that they have an order on 
the Treasury for one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid out of 
the Revinue arising by Excise or Impost, for which they are ac- 
countable, was brought up, read and concurred. 

A Vote, to pav Benjamin C. Oilman nine pounds in full of his 
account for the use of his house for Committee &c. &c. from 16*'' 
October 1788 to February 7''', 1789, was brought up, read and 
concurred. 

A Vote, to accept the report of the Committee appointed to 
Receive a receipt from the Treasurer and to burn New-Emission 
Money &c. was brought up, read and concurred. 

An Act, to encourage the making of Nails in this State, having 
been read a third time. Vote that the same be enacted. 

An Act, to enable Clement March and Stephen March Esq'" to 
remove the Trial of an action which Jonathan Chase brought 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

against them in the County of Cheshire ; And also for the said 
Chase to remove the trial of an Action brought against him in the 
County of Rockingham by the said Clement and Stephen to be 
tried in the County of Hillsborough having been read a third time, 
voted that the same be enacted. 

His Excellency the President with advice of Council agree- 
ably to a vote of Court, adjourned the General 
* 2-^74 * Court to meet at Concord on Tuesday the Twenty 
sixth day May next. 

Attest JOSEPH PEARSON Sec> 



JOURNAL 



House of Representatives 



CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS 



FROM DECEMBER 24, 1788, TO FEBRUARY 7, 1789. 



='=A JOURNAL * 13-494 



Proceedings of the Honb^ House of Representatives for 
THE State of New Hampshire at their Session begun 

AND HOLDEN AT ExETER DeC^ 24*'' 1 788 AND OF THE InDE- 

pendance of America the thirteenth 



WEDNESDAY Dec^^ 24^" 1788 

A number of members met according to adjournment but there 
not being a quorum they agreed to adjourn to 9 o'Clock to mor- 
row morning 

THURSDAY Dec« 25^" 1788 

Met according to adjournment but there not being a quorum to 
transact business they adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. Met accord- 
ingly and there being a quorum (after informing the Honb' Sen- 
ate) they proceeded to business — 

Voted that CoP Thomas Stickney, Daniel Bedee Esq"" and 
Samuel Chamberlain Esq"" be added to the Committee who were 
appointed by Act of Court, at January Session last for laying out 
a Road from Jenness's pond in North wood, Barnstead and that a 
Bill be brought in for that purpose Sent up by M'" Badger 

Voted that M'" Sullivan, M'" Gains & M"" Young with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Thomas Sheafe and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Gains 

Voted that M^ N Peabody M"" Hale, M"" W" Page, M"" Duncan 
and M"" Emerson with Such of the Honb' Senate as they may join 
be a Committee to take under consideration his Excellency's Mes- 
sage this day received and report what business they judge neces- 
sary first to be entered upon and done at this Session — 

Sent up by M"" Powers 
Adjourned to 9 oClock to morrow morning 



4l8 ^EW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

FRIDAY Dec« 26^" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 

* 13-495 * Voted that this House join in a Conference with the 

Honb' Senate (if they see fit) as soon as may be to 
take under consideration the Several returns for a new proportion 
of Taxes in this State — Sent up by M' Leavitt 

Voted that M' Odlin, M"" SulHvan, M'" Emerson M"" A. Parker 
and M*' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join 
be a Committee to consider of the Petition and account of Col" 
Samuel Hunt and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Leavitt 

The Honb' Senate and House being met in Conference agre- 
ably to a vote of this day proceeded to examine the returns from 
the Several Towns in this State, after examining those from the 
County of Rockingham, the Honb' Senate withdrew — The House 
then adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly — 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met proceeded to 
examine the remainder of the Inventories returned — The Flonb' 
Senate then withdrew and the House adjourned to 9 o'Clock to 
morrow morning — 

SATURDAY Dec^^ 27'" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'' Odlin, M"" Sullivan, M^ Duncan, M"^ Page and 
M*' Freeman w^ith such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Moses George and all 
Similar matters and report thereon. Sent up by M'' Darling 

Voted that M'' N Peabody, M'" Rogers, M'" Hoit, M'" Sullivan, 
M"" Darling, M'' Emerson, M"" Page, M'' Frink, M'' Freeman and 
M'' Young with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to cast and carry off the amount of the Inventories 
returned from the Several Towns in this State agreably to the 
Several Articles mentioned in the Schedule & make remarks 
where there appears any visible mistake and lay the Same before 
this House — Sent up by M"" Fames 

* 13-496 * Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY Dec^^ 29'" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M' Winch, M^ Flanders & M^ Oilman with such of 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 4I9 

the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Abiel Foster Esq'"^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Clark 
Voted that M"" Smith, M'' Odlin, M'' Wallace, M'' Badger and 
M"" Page with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Stephen Herriman Esq"" 
and others Inhabitants of Hopkinton and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Darling 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Sutton voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Flanders 
Voted that M"" Cragin, M' Oilman & M"" Blanchard with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of the Select men of Burton and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" O Parker 
x\djourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY DecR 30^" 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act in Addition to an Act intitled an Act to lay out and 
clear a highway from Barnstead to Northwood in this State 
passed February 2'' 1788 — was read a third time and passed to 
be Enacted— Sent up by M^' Hutchins & M'' Allen 

Voted that M' Blanchard, M'' Emerson & M'' Smith with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Joseph Buswell Jun'' and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Winch 
* Upon reading and considering the Petition of Na- * 13-497 
thanael Meserve, voted that the Petitioner be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the fourteenth day of Jan- 
uary next and that the Petitioner cause that Benjamin Hill of 
Madbury be served with a copy of the Petition and order of Court 
eight days before said day of hearing that he may then appear 
and show cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Belding 
Voted that M'' Smith and M'' Rogers with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they may join be added to a Committee who were ap- 
pointed in Nov"" Session last to consider of Some papers presented 
by the present Treasurer respecting the late Treasurers account — 

Sent up by M'' Belding 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 274. 



420 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1788 



Took under consideration the Act for establishing an equitable 
method of making rates and taxes &c — 

On motion made that Polls be estimated in future at eight shil- 
lings "^'" poll, after considerable debate thereon the yeas and nays 
were called and were as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Hale 


Mr Hutchens 


Mr Wm Page 


Mr Peabody 


Mr Jos Dow 


Mr Eames 


Mr Lane 


Mr D Page 


Mr Bartlett 


Mr Odlin 


Mr Patterson 


Mr Darling 


M"" Palmer 


Mr Brown 


Colo W>" Page 


Mr A Parker 


Mr Rand 


Mr Jenness 


Mr Leavitt 


Mr Powers 


Mr Flanders 


Mr Hoit 


Mr Wheeler 


Mr Young 


Mr Allen 


Mr Duncan 






Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Runnels 


Mr Gaskill 


Mr Parker 


Mr Drew 


Mr March 


Mr Frink 


Mr Smith 


Mr Gilmore 


M"" Plummer 


Mr Tainter 


Mr Storey 


Mr Austin 


Mr Hilliard 


Mr Freeman 


Mr Richardson 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Fifield 


Mr M '•Murphy 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr Abbott 


Mr Badger 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Reed 


Mr Wallace 


Mr Cummings 


Mr Rogers 


Mr Winch 


Mr Jackman 


Mr W™ Peabody 


Mr J ere Clough 


Mr Franklin 


Mr Belding 


Mr Cragin 


Mr Jerii Dow 


Mr Blanchard 


Mr Temple 


Mr Gove 


Mr Oilman 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Copland 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr Dole 


Mr Clark 


Mr Brown 



26 yeas^ 44 nays — so it passed in the Negative — 
* 13-498 * Voted that Polls in the new proportion be estimated 

at ten Shillings each (male and female Servants ex- 
punged) Horses and oxen four years old and upward to be esti- 
mated at three shillings each — Cows four years old and upward 
two shillings each — Cattle and horses three years old one shilling 
and Six pence each Cattle and horses two years old one Shilling 
each — Cattle and horses one year old Six pence each — Orchard 
one Shilling and Six pence "^'' Acre accounting so much as will 
produce ten barrels of Cyder or perry one 3^ear with another 
one acre — Arable land one Shilling '^'" Acre — accounting so 
much land as will produce twenty live bushels of Corn or other 
grain equivalent one Acre — Mowing land one shilling '^'" Acre 
accounting so much land for one acre as will produce one year 
with another one tun of English hay or other hay equivalent — 
Pasture land at live pence '^'' Acre, accounting so much land as 
will Summer a Cow to be four Acres — All mills wharves and 

1 The printed journal gives but 23 yeas. 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. .^21 



ferries shall be estimated at one twelfth part of their net yearly 
income — 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Proceeded on the Estimation of taxable Articles 
Voted that all other buildings and the unimproved lands owned 
by the Inhabitants and the buildings of Nonresidents be taxed at 
the rate of half one '^'' Cent according to the value thereof — All 
stock whether it be money on hand or at Interest more than the 
owner gives Interest for (except what is due on public Securities 
shall be estimated at the rate of one '^'" Cent — On which 
paragraph the yeas & [nays] were called * and are as * 13-499 
follows (viz.) 

Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. 
M"" Runnels M^ Temple Mr Duncan M^ Badger 
Mr Jos Dow Mr Frink M"" Darling M^ D Page 
Mr B Clough Mr Winch Col" W" Page M^ W'" Page 
Mr Clark M-" Freeman Mr A Parker M' O Parker 
Mr Jn" Drew M"" M^-Murphy Mr Allen Mr Cragin 
Mr Ciilmore Mr Brown ' Mr Reed Mr Wallace 
Mr Oilman Mr Bartlett Mr J Brown Mr Storey- 
Mr Taylor Mr Hilliard Mr Patterson Mr Shepherd 
Mr Emerson Mr Fifield Mr Eames Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Abbott Mr Palmer Mr Blanchard Mr Lane 
Mr Smith Mr Hoit Mr Wiggin Mr Tainter 
Mr Gove Mr Dole Mr Jenness Mr Powers 
Mr Jackman Mr W'" Peabody Mr Jere Clough Mr Young 
Mr Belding Mr Rand Mr Jer^ Dow 

Nays. Nays. Nays. Nays. 

Mr Gains Mr Gaskill Mr Austin M' Leavitt 

Mr Odlin Mr Hale Mr Weare Mr N Peabody 

Mr Wheeler Mr March Mr Copland Mr Cummings 

Mr Pierce Mr Plummer Mr Sheafe Mr Richardson 
Mr Barrett 

55 yeas — 17 nays — So it passed in the affirmative 
And all money and stock improved in trade shall be estimated 
at the rate of one '^'' Cent — All unimproved lands owned by Non- 
residents to be estimated at the rate of half one "^'' Cent according 
to the real value thereof and that a Bill be brought in for the fore- 
going purpose — Sent up by M"" Jenness 

Voted that M' Hale, M-" Pierce, M'' Storey M^ A. Parker and 
Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of a Letter from the Treasurer this day 
received and the Several papers accompanying the Same and re- 
port thereon — Sent up by M' Young 



422 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1788 

Voted that M"" Smith, M"" Plummer and M'' Sullivan with such 
of Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to 

* 13-500 draught such public bills as may be thought * necessary 

to be passed the present Session and lay the Same be- 
fore this House — Sent up by M'' Flanders 

Voted that M'" Odlin, M^' A Parker and M'" Smith [M'' Gains 
and M'" Rand] with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be 
a Committee to consider of a Resolve that came down from the 
Honb' Senate respecting Oaths and report thereon — 

The Committee on the Petition of the Town of Sandwich ap- 
pointed in June last reported that an order issue on the Treasurer 
to pay by discount out of the State Specie Taxes of the Town of 
Sandwich four pounds Seventeen Shillings and eight pence and 
out of the State Certificate Taxes in said Town Thirt}' four pounds 
in full of all demands on Account of the Taxes on public lands — 
Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Committee — which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Powers 
Voted that M-" Runnels, M'' Badger and M'" Hoit with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of the Inhabitants of Littleton and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Young 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Eleazer Ferguson 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Treasurer 
govern himself accordingly — Sent up by M"" Wiggin 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Dec^ sr' 1788 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M-" Emerson, M"" Barrett & M'" Tainter with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Henry Knox and Isaac Winslow Esqr^ and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" M'^Murphy 

Voted that M'' Cragin, M'' Frink & M'" Barrett with 

* 13-501 * such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Com- 

mittee to consider of the Petition of Robert Wallace 
Esq'' and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Wallace 

Voted that M'' Frink M'' Badger and M'" O Parker with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of John Orr and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Dole 



1788] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 423 

Vo/cd that M'" RunneLs, M'' D Page, M'" Cummings M'' W'" 
Page and M' Young with such of the Honb' Senate as they may 
join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of James Bettan 
Esq'' and others respecting the Act for the better observation of 
the Lords day and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Sarah Hazeltine 
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 be pubHshed three weeks Successively 
in one of the New Hampshire News papers prior to the Sitting of 
said Court that any person or persons may then appear and Shew 
cause why the. prayer thereof should not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Allen 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Tamworth which was to have been this day before the General 
Court be postponed to the Second Wednesday of the next Session 
of said Court and that the Petitioners notify according to a former 
order on said Petition — said order not havin<x been heretofore 



complied with — Sent up by M'' Torr 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Gilsom voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Reed 

Voted that this afternoon be assigned for opening 
* and counting the votes for Representatives and * 13-502 
Electors which have been received from the Several 
Towns and places in this State — Sent up by M"" Young 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the select men of 
Lebanon in behalf of William Dana, voted that the prayer thereof 
be granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Hough 

Voted that M'' Odlin, M'' [W] Peabody & M"" Frink with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Accounts of George Jerry Osborne and all printers accounts 
that may be passed this Session and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Duncan 

Voted that the Treasurer receive for his Salary, responsibility 
of Office &c from the twelfth day of June last to the time of his 
resignation after the rate of Two hundred and thirty pounds '^'" 
Annum — Also the Sum of twenty eight pounds Six shillings 
and eight pence the amount of one of his Accounts, and two 



424 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

pounds fourteen shillings the price of the books charged in his 
other account and that it be considered in full for all his past Serv- 
ices as Treasurer of this State, Expences &c — 

Sent up by M'' Burnam 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
The Honb' Senate and House being met agreably to a vote of 
this day, proceeded to examine the Several returns for Representa- 
tives — The Honb' Senate then withdrew, and the House ad- 
journed to 9 o'clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Jan^^ v\ 1789 

The House met according to adjournment 

The Committee on the late Treasurers^ account Reported that 

there appears to be due to him payable to the Adminis- 

* 13-503 trator upon his Estate according to the allowance * made 

him by the General Court for former Services of a 

Similar nature one hundred and Seventy pounds eight Shillings 

and four pence for his Salar\' from January first to April Seventh 

1783 use of Office, candles, Ink, quills, wafers and hire of Clerks 

from January 1782 to April the 7*'' 1783 and that a further Sum of 

fift}^ pounds be allowed for cost of printing, issuing, and receiving 

in Extents by order of Court »&:c and that the President give order 

accordingly — Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee — 

which report being read and considered voted that it be received 

and accepted — Sent up by M' Temple 

Voted that M'' Sheafe, M'' Oilman, M'" Smith," M'' Page and 
M'' Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to re-examine and cast the votes returned for the choice 
of Representatives for the Congress of the United States — 

Sent up by M'' Temple 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Tripe which 
was to have been this day before the Oeneral Court be postponed 
to Thursday next of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly Sent up by M'" Dow 

The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for 
Concurrence — Whereas by the adoption of the Federal Oovern- 
ment on alterations in the Oaths prescribed by the Constitution of 
this State will soon become necessary in order to make them con- 
form to the General Government and the Oath therein directed to 
be taken by the officers of the Indi^'idual States — 

1 Nicholas Gilinan, Sr. 



^7^9] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 425 



Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court convened That such parts of the 
Oaths prescribed by the constitution of this State to be taken by 
the Respective Officers thereof as are inconsistent with 
the nature of the federal Government * and the Oath * 13-504 
therein directed to be taken by Officers of each State 
shall be omitted in the administration thereof after the first Wed- 
nesday of March next — which was read and Nonconcurred — 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
Voted that M'' J Smith, M"" Page and M'" Brackett with such of 
the Honb" Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the petitions of Jeremiah Towle and Samuel Remmich and report 
thereon — Sent up b}^ M"" Copland 

The Committee on the Petition and account of Col° Samuel 
Hunt reported the said Petition and account be dismissed — 

Whereas this House on this day determined that at three of 
Clock P. M. they would appoint a Senator to represent this State 
in the Congress of the United States and as they have proceeded 
to Ballot it appeared on counting the ballots that the Honb' Payne 
Wingate Esq'' was named by a Majority of ballots — Therefore 
voted that he be and he hereby is appointed a Senator on the part 
of this State to the Congress of the United States — upon which 
vote the yeas and nays were called and are as Ibllows (viz) 



Yeas. 
M>- Gains 
M"- M'Murph}- 
Mr Jos Dow " 
Mr B Clough 
M"" Jenness 
Ml' Drew 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Gilmore 
M'' Cumniings 
Mr W"' Page 
Mr O Parker 
M'- Hale 
Mr March 
Mr Brown 
Mr Wheeler 

* Nays. 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Sullivan 
Mr Oilman 
Mr D Page 
Mr Cragin 
Colo w™ Pagfe 



Yeas. 
Mr Clark 
Mr J ere Clough 
Mr N Peabody 
Mr Badger 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Rand 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Hilliard 
Mr Green 
Mr Jere Dow 
Mr Pierce 

Nays. 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Young 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Barrett 



Yeas. 
Mr Dole 

Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Gove 
Mr Jackman 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Lane 
Mr Copland 
Mr Winch 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Hutchens 
Mr Darling 
Mr Flanders 

Nays. 
Mr J Smith 
Mr Richardson 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Eames 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Ton- 



Yeas. 
Mr Belding 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Frink 
Mr Morse 
Mr J Brown 
Mr Patterson 
Mr Storey 
Mr Weare 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Allen 
Mr Reed 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Powers 
Mr Simpson 



Nays. * 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Austin 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Temple 
Mr Hou^h 



13-505 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17*^9 

58 Yeas — 26 nays — So it passed in the Affirmative 

Sent up by M'' Odlin 

Vo/cd that M'" Sullivan, M'' Hale, M'' Odlin, M'' Plummer and 
M"" Simpson with such of the Flonb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of James Rumsey and the 
Several papers accompanying the Same and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' March 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benning Moulton 
Esq"" and others voted that the Honb' Joseph Badger Esq'" Daniel 
Bedee Esq"" and Cap^ Abraham Burnam, be a Committee at the 
expence of the Petitioners to view the Situation of the premises 
petitioned for to be incorporated into a Town and report their 
Opinion thereon to the General Court at their next Session — 

Sent up by M'' Hoit 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Zebulun Edgerly 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General 
Court on Tuesday the twentieth day of January current and that 
the Petitioner cause that Maj'" Bradbury Cilley and Levi Chap- 
man each be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon as soon as may be that the}^ or either of them may 
then appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof should not be 
granted, and that all further proceedings against said Edgerly be 
stayed until the decision of the General Court, and that said 
Edgerly make no strip or waste on the premises mentioned in said 

Petition — Sent up b}^ M'' Plummer 

* 13-506 * Voted that the hearings on Petitions which were to 
have been this day before the General Court be post- 
poned until to morrow of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingl}^ — 

Sent up by M'' O Parker 

The Committee on the Accounts of Joseph Smith Oilman and 
Nathanael Parker, reported tnat they receive six shillings ^^"^ day 
each for assisting the State Commissioner in the settlement of the 
Continental Accounts and that the Account of Nathanael Parker 
for carrying the remainder of the Accounts to the Commissioners 
at Boston and Expences be allowed & that the President give 
order on the Excise for the Same Signed Amos Shepherd for the 
Committee which report being read and considered voted that it 
be received and accepted Sent up by M'" Chamberlain 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



^7^9] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTvVTIVES. 427 

FRIDAY Jank 2" 1789 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee appointed in November Session last to Exam- 
ine and Settle the Accounts between the State and the Treasurer 
thereof Reported as follows (viz) 

State of New Hampshire > -r^' ,. ,t -oo 
^ 5 Dec' 31'* 1788 

Pursuant to a vote of the Honb' General Court passed at Con- 
cord the tenth day of November last appointing us the Subscribers 
with others a Committee to examine and settle the accounts be- 
tween the state and Treasurer thereof, beg leave to report, that 
we find a Settlement was Effected by a former Committee on the 
Seventeenth day of August 1786 Since which period we have 
carefully examined the Several accounts and documents exhibited 
to us by the said Treasurer and have received from him Three 
million eight hundred and thirty four thousand Seven hundred 
and twenty dollars of the old Continental emissions and 
* are contained in four chests numbred from One to * 13-507 
Four all which we have carefully counted — also Sixty 
eight Thousand three hundred and thirty nine dollars of the New 
Emission issued by this State — also in state dollar bills and Bills 
of the long form one hundred and thirty four pounds eight shil- 
lings — also one hundred and fifteen pounds ten shillings in cop- 
per plate Interest Bills — 

The account for New Emission money is ballanced and a Tax 
of which appears outstanding to the amount of five hundred and 
fifty five pounds nine shillings and four pence and there is out 
standing in those bills Seventy three thousand nine hundred and 
thirty Seven Dollars — 

We have likewise examined an Account of State notes and cer- 
tificates issued since last Settlement and are dated July 31-*^ 1785 
(for the cancelling of old notes and Interest due thereon — part of 
the principal and Sundry orders drawn by the President to issue 
notes) the notes are numbred from 2445 to 2901 inclusive, 
amounting to fourteen thousand one hundred and Seventy nine 
pounds fifteen shillings and three pence — The Certificates are 
numbred from 3422 to 3940 inclusive amounting to tour thousand 
three hundred and eighteen pounds and Seven pence — 

Also an account of Certificates dated July 31*' 1786 for one 
years interest and 15 '^'' cent of the principal of state notes dated 
July 31'' 1785 and numbred from one to 2586 inclusive amounting 



428 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

to Eighteen thousand four hundred and ninety four pounds four 
shillings and eleven pence 

Also an account of state notes and certificates issued, dated July 
31'^ 1788, for old notes taken up and interest thereon and Sundry 
orders drawn to issue notes — The new notes are numbred from 
one to 694 inclusive amounting to forty one thousand nine hun- 
dred and eighteen pounds and ten shillings and the Certificates 
are numbred from one to 1290 inclusive amounting to 

* i3~5*^8 Eleven thousand Six hundred * and forty two pounds 

five shillings and one penny 

The old notes which we have received from the Treasurer and 
for which new notes and certificates have been issued are of the 
following description (viz) Notes for money borrowed One thou- 
sand Seven hundred and fifty two pounds — Bounty notes one hun- 
dred & ninety five pounds — Depreciation notes forty two pounds 
twelve shillings and eight pence — Consolidated Notes dated July 
31'' 1784, nominal amount Eleven thousand eight hundred and 
fifty Seven pound fourteen shillings and Seven pence — and a 
number of the Same denomination dated Jul}' 31"' 1785 nominal 
amount Sixty one thousand Seven hundred and fifty seven pounds 
fourteen Shillings and eight pence — It also appears by an 
account to us exhibited that there is out standing in State notes of 
various denominations the Sum of Eighty Seven thousand two 
hundred & ninety Seven pounds thirteen shillings and eleven 
pence — 

We have also received Thirty three thousand one hundred and 
forty eight and f,^ of Dollars in final Settlement notes of the united 
States on which the Treasurer has received Six thousand eight 
hundred & twenty Seven & fj} of Dollars for interest up to 
December 31"* 1786 and which he has credited in his Account for 
Continental Interest indents — 

Likewise have received Sundry bonds for Excise on which 
appear to be due lour thousand four hundred and forty two 
pounds eleven shillings and nine pence half penny exclusive of 
Interest — Also Sundry bonds for Impost on which appears to be 
due four hundred and fifty four pounds fifteen shillings and nine 
pence — 

Also accounts for Impost duties and revenue of the Naval 
office amounting to two thousand eight hundred 

* 13-509 * and eighty eight pounds nine shillings and five pence 

which accounts are ballanced — And Sundry accounts 
exhibited by Joseph Whipple Esq'' from May 1786 to Nov'' 1788 
which accounts appear to be unsettled — 



^789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 429 

Also said Whipple's Bond for the responsibility of his office — 
also have received Sundry bonds for notes &c lost for which new 
ones have been given — Also the Bond given by General Sullivan 
for the receiving of Interest on his grant made by Congress for 
Depreciation — Also a Bond given by Daniel Rindge & John 
Pierce Esq'"'' for eight hundred Dollars in gold or Silver and forty 
thousand Dollars in State notes — 

We have also examined an Account for Continental Specie 
Taxes amounting to Thirty three thousand four hundred and Seven 
pounds one Shilling and four pence and accounted for in the fol- 
lowing manner — receipts given by the Continental Loan Officer 
for Six thousand two hundred and Seventy four pounds eleven 
shillings & one penny Abatements made and Sanctioned by 
orders of the Honb' Court to the amount of two hundred and Sixty 
three pounds thirteen shillings and four pence — Outstanding on 
Tax for the year 1786 Five thousand Seven hundred and eighty 
nine pounds thirteen Shillings and outstanding on Tax for the 
year 1787 Twenty one thousand & Seventy nine pounds — three 
shillings and eleven pence the whole of which Sums makes the 
alore mentioned aggregate Sum of Thirty three thousand four 
hundred and Seven pounds one shilling and four pence — 

Also have received an Account for continental Interest Indents 
amounting to Fifty eight Thousand two hundred and forty one ten 
Shillings and one farthing and is accounted for as follows (viz) 
The Continental Loan Officer's receipts for Sixteen 
Thousand eight hundred and * ninety Six pounds thir- * 13-510 
teen Shillings and one farthing abatements made and 
Sanctioned b}^ the Honb' Court for Six hundred and forty pounds 
thirteen shillings & Seven pence — Outstanding on Tax for 1786 
Eight Thousand five hundred and eighty three pounds Seven shil- 
lings and three pence — Outstanding in Tax for 1787 Fourteen 
thousand four hundred and four pounds and Seven pence — Out- 
standing on Tax for 1788 Seventeen thousand Seven hundred and 
Sixteen pounds fifteen Shillings and Seven pence making in the 
whole aforesaid aggregate Sum of Fifty eight thousand two hun- 
dred and forty one pounds ten shillings and one farthing 

The Treasurer has produced us receipts from the Loan Officer 
for Continental Certificates issued by the said Loan Officer amount- 
ing to Fifteen thousand Six hundred and eight pounds tour shil- 
lings and nine pence, agreably to an order of the Honb' Court for 
that purpose bearing date February 8*^'' 1788 — We have likewise 
received Forty Seven thousand, two hundred & thirty eight 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^^789 

pounds thirteen Shillings and Seven pence in Interest certificates 
issued for Interest and 15 '^'' cent of the principal dated from July 
31'* 1782 to July 31"' 1788 and there appears out standing in State 
Certificates Seventeen Thousand three hundred and thirty one 
pounds ten Shillings and five pence — We have received also 
Sundry State notes dated from July 31*' 1782 to July 31'* 1788 for 
the greater part of which interest has been paid and part of the 
principal amounting to four thousand two hundred and five pounds 
Seventeen shillings and four pence which notes were received for 

Taxes &c — 
*i3-5ii * The state Specie Account we have received amount- 
ing to Twenty five thousand one hundred and thirty • 
nine pounds fourteen Shillings and one penny and is accounted 
for as follows (viz) Presidents orders for Seven Thousand five 
hundred and forty six pounds four shillings & one penny Abate- 
ments made Sundry Towns on Taxes for 1786, 1787 & 1788 
founded on Orders of the Honb' Court amounting to One hundred 
and fifty pounds thirteen shillings & one penny Paid on Sundry 
Rolls for Travel and Attendance of the Honb' Court Four Thou- 
sand one hundred & fifty nine pounds ten Shillings and one 
penny — Paid bounties for killing wolves One hundred and two 
pounds — Outstanding on Tax for 1786 One Thousand two hun- 
dred and Seventy three pounds fifteen Shillings and Six pence — 
Outstanding on Tax for 1787 Two thousand nine hundred and 
twenty four pounds Seventeen shillings and eleven pence — Out- 
standing on Tax for 1788 including rolls for the attendance of the 
Hon' House of Representatives from June 1787 to June 1788 — 
Four Thousand & Seventy three pounds Seven Shillings and 
eight pence — Outstanding on Tax of five thousand pounds cash 
orders for 1788 — Four thousand nine hundred and nine pounds 
five shillings and nine pence, all which Several Sums make the 
aggregate Sum of Twenty five thousand one hundred and thirty 
nine pounds fourteen shillings and one penny — 

Also have received the State facility account amounting to One 
hundred and twenty eight Thousand four hundred and Seventy 
one pound ten shillings and five pence half penny and is accounted 
for in the following manner (viz) Sundry orders drawn by the 
President in favour of Sundry Towns and Individuals to the amount 
of Sixty one Thousand nine hundred & nine pounds 
* 13-512 thirteen Shillings and Sixpence half penny — * Abate- 
ments made Sundry Towns on Taxes founded on orders 
of Court amounting to Two thousand five hundred and eighty 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE 0¥ REPRESENTATIVES. 43 1 

eight pounds fourteen shillings and Seven pence — Old Continen- 
tal and State money received and consolidated agreably to special 
orders of the Honb' Court and allowed for in Taxes One hundred 
and tifty five pounds fourteen shillings & eleven pence Bounties 
paid for killing wolves — Three Hundred and two pounds 
eighteen Shillings — Ballance of Account for Bills of the New 
Emission received in discount of State Certificates Taxes at one 
Third the Nominal Sum amounting to Eight hundred and forty 
eight pounds Seven shillings and three pence — paid the Loan 
Officer in Certificates Signed and Issued by him prior to January 
1786 for Interest (which have been received equal to state Certifi- 
cates by order of the Honb^ Court) amounting to Fifteen thousand 
Six hundred and eight pounds four shillings and nine pence — 
Outstanding on taxes from the years 1775 to 1780 inclusive eight 
hundred and thirty Seven pounds eighteen shillings — Outstand- 
ing on the first Tax for 1781, four hundred and Sixty pounds two 
Shillings and two pence — Outstanding on a Silver tax the Same 
year One hundred and twenty pounds eight shillings and one 
penny — Outstanding on Tax for 1782 Four thousand & eigh 
hundred pounds Seven shillings & three pence — Outstanding on 
Tax for 1783 Three thousand three hundred and Seventy four 
pounds Sixteen shillings and one penny — Outstanding on Tax 
for 1784 One thousand three hundred and forty Seven pounds 
Seven shillings and four pence — Outstanding on Tax for 1785 
Two thousand nine hundred and nineteen pounds ten shillings and 
five pence — Outstanding on Tax for 1786 — Two thousand nine 
hundred and Sixt}^ two pounds fifteen shillings and 
* eleven pence — Outstanding on Tax for 1787 Five * 13-513 
thousand five hundred and Sixty Six pounds fourteen 
shillings and four pence — Outstanding on Tax for 1788 Twenty 
four thousand Six hundred and Sixty Seven pounds Seventeen 
shillings and ten pence all which Several Sums amount to the 
aforementioned aggregate Sum of One hundred and twenty eight 
thousand four hundred and Seventy one pounds ten shillings and 
five pence half penny — 

The Account for the deficiency of Soldiers which we have re- 
ceived amounts to Six thousand and Seventy Six pounds four shil- 
lings and three pence and is ballanced as follows (viz) Abate- 
ments made by order of the Honb' Court Eight hundred and Sixty 
four pounds Six Shillings — Received by the Treasurer Two 
thousand one hundred and twenty one pounds four shillings and 
eleven pence, and is carried to the credit of state Certificates Ac- 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

count and there appears to be outstanding including interest up to 
November 30"' 1788 Three Thousand and ninety pounds thirteen 
shillings and four pence as '^'' Account — Also an Account for 
Interest paid on Taxes by Sundry Towns agreably to a Resolu- 
tion of the Honb' Court passed Nov'" 22'' 1782 amounting to Eight 
hundred and eighty Seven pounds fourteen shillings and eight 
pence which is also carried to the credit of the State certificate 
account — 

There appears to be due on Rolls for Travel & Attendance of 
the Honb' Senate House and Council Two thousand Six hundred 
and eighty Seven pounds twelve shillings & eleven pence as 1^^ 
Abstract received 

We have also received Sundry orders for which Certificates 
have been given to draw Small orders by virtue of an Act passed 
September 28"' 1787 amounting to One thousand and Sixty one 
pounds Seventeen shillings & four pence one farthing as "^'' 
Account — 

Also have received two final Settlement notes, received 
* 13-514 * of Lieu^ Barnett for his Commutation agreably to a 
vote of Court amounting to Sixteen hundred dollars 
(and Interest one hundred and eleven Dollars) paid up to Decem- 
ber 31'* 1784 — It also appears that Thomas Odiorne Esq'' 
(Receiver of Nonresident Taxes) has paid the Treasurer the 
Several following Sums (viz) New Emission money — thirty eight 
pounds Thirteen shillings and one penny half penny — Also Cer- 
tificates to the amount of Four hundred and fifty two pounds four- 
teen shillings Six pence & three farthings — Also Eighty eight 
pounds Seventeen shillings and two pence half penny in state 
Specie orders — Ninety four pounds three shillings and one penny 
in Continental Specie, And one hundred and Ninety four pounds 
Seven shillings and one penny i in Continental Interest Indents 
which M'" Odiorne ought to have an order for on the New 
Treasurer — 

It likewise appears that there is due to Sundry persons Three 
hundred and twenty tour pounds two shillings and eight pence for 
Bal lance on Specie orders drawn by the President as '^'" Account 
— We have received thirteen hundred and Six blank state notes 
Six of which are numbered 695 to 700 inclusive and Counter- 
signed by Ephraim Robinson & Joseph Pearson the others are 
in thirteen books not numbred nor countersigned — Also have 
received a chest containing the books, papers and Sundry other 
matters that appertain to the Office of Treasurer, All of which to- 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 433 

gether with the aforementioned Sums of money notes Certificates 
orders &c we are ready to deliver to the order of the Honb' 
Court — 

We beg leave to observe that the Several Accounts herein enu- 
merated are well vouched and right cast and all ballanced and that 
the business of the Treasurer has been so various and 
extensive that it renders the same * exceedingly com- * 13-515 
plicated — Notwithstanding which such appears to have 
been his unremitted care and attention in the business that the 
greatest regularity is conspicious throughout all his accounts and 
which we conceive does him great honor — 

Josiah Bartlett 
Jn" Parker 
W"' Gardner 
Voted that M^ Plummer, M"" Odlin, & M"" W" Page with such 
of the Honb" Senate as they may join be a Committee to take 
under consideration the report of the Committee appointed to settle 
the Accounts between the Treasurer and this State and report 
what is necessary to be done with the notes Certificates &c that 
the Committee received of the Treasurer — 

Sent up by M'' Shepherd 
The Committee appointed to reexamine and cast the votes re- 
turned for representatives to the Congress of the United States 
reported that they have carefully examined the returns and find 
the whole number of votes returned from the Several Towns and 
places to be fifteen thousand three hundred and Seventy Seven — 
That two thousand five hundred and Sixty three votes are neces- 
sary to make a choice — That no candidate has that number — 
That the Six Candidates who have the highest number of votes 
are as follows — 

The Honb' Benjamin West Esq'' 2374 

The Honb' Samuel Livermore Esq'' 2245 

The Honb' Payne Wingate Esq'' 2054 

The Honb' Abiel Foster Esq'' 1236 

The Honb' John Sullivan Esq'' 1058 

The Honb' Nicholas Oilman Esq'' 86r 

Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report 
being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted 
and that the Secretary be desired to procure a Sufficient number 
of copies of the foregoing list and disperse them to the Several 
Towns and places in this State in the Same manner as he was di- 
rected to send out the last Act — Sent up by M'' Rogers — 

28 



434 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

* 13-516 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Benja- 

min Hayes and the report of a Committee thereon voted 
that the Petitioner be heard thereon on Tuesday the twentieth day 
of January current and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause 
that Thomas Ha3'es Col" Jonathan Wentworth Cap' Daniel Mc- 
Duffee and Benjamin Odiorne each be served with a Copy of the 
Petition and order of Court thereon eight days before said day 
of hearing that they or either of them may then appear and Shew 
cause wh}^ the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M"^ Rogers 
Voted that the Account of the Honb' Josiah Bartlett John Par- 
ker and William Gardner Esquires amounting to forty five 
pounds twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
from the revenue arising by excise or Impost and that the Presi- 
dent give order accordingly — Sent up b}' M' Rogers 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Knox and 
Isaac Winslow Esqr"" voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon 
before the General Court on Thursday the twenty second of Jan- 
uary current and that in the mean time the Petitioner cause that 
the Substance of the Petition & order of Court thereon be pub- 
lished in one of the Boston and one of the New Hampshire News 
papers as soon as may be that an}^ person or persons may then 
appear and shew cause why the pra3'er thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up by M'' Young 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of CoP Thomas 
Stickney voted that the prayer thereof be so far granted as that 
the said proprietors be impowered to compleat the collection of the 
taxes already made and committed to Timothy Walker Esq'^' to 
collect and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill ac- 
cordingly — Sent up by M'" Young 

* 13-517 * The Honb' Senate and House being met in the As- 

sembly chamber proceeded to examine the returns of 
votes for electors and after proceeding to examine those from a 
number of Towns the Honb' Senate withdrew and the House ad- 
journ^' to 3 o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly — 
The Honb' John T Gilman Esq" having resigned his Office as 
Treasurer of this State in consequence of an Appointment of the 
Congress of the United States — Voted that his resignation be 
accepted — 

Voted that M'' Freeman, M"" Simpson & M'' Richardson be a 
Committee to wait upon the Honb' John Taylor Gilman and pre- 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 435 

sent him with the unanimous thanks of this House for the faithful 
discharge of his duty while Treasurer of this State — 

Voted that M'' Duncan, M'' Smith & M"" Barrett with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
a proper time to proceed to the choice of a Treasurer and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Young 

Voted that the hearings which w^ere to have been this day before 
the General Court be postponed until Tuesday next of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves ac- 
cordingly — Sent up by M'' Young 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
Chamber proceeded to examine the remainder of the returns for 
Electors and formed a list of the Same after which the Honb' Sen- 
ate withdrew — and the House adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow 
morning — 

SATURDAY January 3" 1789 

The House met according to adjournment 

Voted that M'" Oilman, M"" Hoit and M'' Peabody with such 
of the Honb' Senate as the}' may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of [William Stinson and John Clark and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Runnels — 

* Voted that M'' Richardson, M'' Plummer, M'' Barrett * 13-518 
M'" Freeman and M"" Frink with such of the Honb' Sen- 
ate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the Petition of] ^ 
Daniel Newcomb Esq'' in behalf of Josiah Goldsmith Esq"" and 
Ezra Metcalf and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Page 

The committee to consider of a proper time to proceed to the 
choice of a Treasurer for this state reported that the General 
Court immediately proceed to the choice of a Treasurer Signed 
Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received & accepted 

Sent up by M'" Leavitt 

The Honb' Senate and House being met in the Assembly cham- 
ber for the purpose of electing a Treasurer for this State — The 
ballots being taken and counted John Calfe Esq"" was chosen for 
that purpose — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Jeremiah Towle 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the President 
give order accordingly — 

1 The section in brackets does not appear in the printed journal. 



436 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

The Committee on the Petition of Samuel Remick reported that 
the said Remick be allowed in full for his demand the Sum of 
Seven pounds — Signed Ebenezer Webster 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^ Clark 
Voted that the Account of John Parker Esq'" amounting to Six 
pounds twelve shillings be allowed and paid out of the Treasury 
by order of the President — Sent up by M'' Hilliard 

A vote came down from the Honb^ Senate for concurrence ap- 
pointing M'' Wallace and M"" Shepherd a Committee to reexamine 
and count the votes for Electors and report thereon as soon as may 
be — which was read and concurred & M'" March, M'' Green M'' 
Emerson, M"" Richardson & M"" Pierce join'^ — 

Sent up by W Hilliard 
* 13-519 * Voted that M"" Simpson, M'' Plummer & M"" Barrett 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Mary Neal & John Neal 
administrators to the Estate of John Neal Esq'' late deceased and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' M'^Murphy 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY Jan^' 5'" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the Petition of Josiah Goldsmith and Ezra 
Metcalf reported that the prayer of said Petition be so far granted 
as that said Goldsmith and Metcalf be liberated until the first 
Wednesday in June next upon Condition that the}' procure good 
and Sufficient bondsmen to pay into the Treasury of this State by 
the first Wednesday in June next the full amount of what is due 
upon their bonds according to the tenor of said Bonds with interest 
and costs and that the Honb' Simeon Olcott, Samuel Hunt and 
Benjamin West Esquires or any two of them be authorized to take 
such Bondsmen as they shall judge Sufficient — Signed Ebenz"" 
Smith for the Committee which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M"" Weare 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of CoP W™ Page 
in behalf of the Inhabitants of Charlestown voted that the Peti- 
tioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the third 
Wednesday of their next Session and that in the meantime the Pe- 
titioners cause that the Executors of the Estate of Benjamin Giles 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 437 

Esq'" late deceased be served with a Copy of the Petition and order 
of Court thereon three weeks before the Sitting of said Court that 
they may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted. Sent up by M"" Page 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Jan^ 6*" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 

* The Committee for reexamining and counting the * 13-520 
votes for Electors reported that they have examined 

& cast the Same & tind the whole to amount to Twenty thousand 
one hundred and forty two — and it appears there is no one chose 
and the ten highest numbers are as follows 

Gen' Bellows i759 Honb'Jn" Pickering 1364 

E Thompson Esq"" 1063 Gen' Sullivan 872 

John Parker Esq"" 851 Judge Dudley 718 

Col" Wentworth 667 Gen' Folsome 589 

Col" Smith 543 Gen' Cilley 528 

Signed Robert Wallace for the Committee — Whereupon voted 
that the Honb' Senate and House in one Room assembled proceed 
by joint ballot to morrow morning at ten o'Clock to appoint Elec- 
tors agreably to an Act for that purpose 

Sent up by AP Hough 
Voted that a Conference be held in the Assembly Chamber as 
soon as may be (if the Honb' Senate see fit) upon the Subject 
matter of the new valuation — Sent up b}^ M'" Hough 

Agreably to the foregoing vote the Honb' Senate came into the 
assembly chamber, and a conferrence was held and after Some 
debate — proceeded to the order of the day on hearing Petitions — 
after hearing several parties &c. the Honb' Senate withdrew — 

Motion was made to determine on a place in which the Office of 
the Treasurer shall be kept in future, and voted that said Office 
be kept in the Town of Exeter — Sent up by M"^ Runnels 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
^ [Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Richard 
Young voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Page] 

* Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Rich- * 13-521 
ard Young praying for the priviledge of a Ferry, voted 

1 This section does not appear in the printed journal. 



438 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

that the Prayer thereot'be granted and that he have leave to bring 
in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of William Chandler 
— voted that M'' Smith, M"" Sullivan M'' Page M'" Plummer and 
M"" Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the said Petition and report thereon — 

Sent up b}^ M'" Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petidon of Joseph Page — 
voted that said Petition be dismissed — 

Upon hearing and considering the Pedtion of Nathan Adams ^ 
and Joanna Adams voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Winchester 'r;(9/'^«^ that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of William Thomas ^ 
[praying for the priviledge of a ferry] voted that the prayer there- 
of be granted and that he have leave to bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly — Sent up by M' Page — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of David Page 
Esq"" 3 voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Page — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Samuel Filield which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
until Thursday the fifteenth instant of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern them Selves accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" O Parker 
* 13-522 * The vote respecting the place of keeping the Ofiice of 
Treasurer in future came down from the Honb' Senate 
for the following amendment " that said Office be kept in Exeter 
until further order of the General Court" — which amendment 
was read and concurred — Sent up b}' M"" O Parker 

The following vote came down from the Honb' Senate for Con- 
currence — 

Whereas the Committee on the Petition of Daniel Newcomb 
Esq"" in behalf of Josiah Goldsmith and Ezra Metcalf , reported 
among other things that the bond therein mentioned should be 
paid according to the tenor thereof which renders it uncertain 
whether Orders on the Excise can be paid in discharge thereof — 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 300. 2 xi Ham. Town Papers, 346. 3 xi Ham. Town Papers, 422. 



17S9] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 439 

Therefore voted that orders on the excise be received by the 
Treasurer ot" this State in pa3^ment of said Bond provided the 
same be paid by the first da}' of April next with Interest which 
vote was read and concurred — Sent up by M'' O Parker 

An Act tor admitting John Poor to return to this state and for 
exempting him from all further prosecutions on account of a Bill 
of Indictment found against him at the Superior Court held at 
Exeter in September 1784 or upon the recognizances given lor 
his appearance at said Superior Court &c — was read a third time 
and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Richardson and M'' Hough 

Voted that the hearings which were to have been this day before 
the General Court be postponed until to morrow of which all per- 
sons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accord- 
inglv — Sent up bv AP Richardson 

Voted that M'" Sullivan, M'' Plummer, M"" Barrett M"" 
N. Peabody and M"" Pierce with such of the Plonb' * Sen- * 13-523 
ate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition and Memorial of the Trustees of Dartmouth colledge and 
report thereon — Sent up by M"" Richardson 

[John Calfe Esq"" having declined accepting the Office of Treas- 
urer] voted that to morrow morning [at nine o'clock] be the time 
assigned for going into the choice of a Treasurer for this state 

Sent up by M'' Wheeler 

Voted that the taxable articles in the Inventory lor a new pro- 
portion be estimated at the rate mentioned in a vote of the 30"^ of 
Dec'' last excepting what relates to stock in trade and money on 
hand and at Interest which is to be estimated at the rate of three 
fourths of one '^'' Cent — Sent up by M"" Wheeler 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

W^EDNESDAY Jan« 7'" 1789 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Honb' Senate and Flouse being met in the Assembly 
Chamber for the purpose of electing a Treasurer for this state the 
ballots being taken and counted, Maj'" William Gardner was 
chosen for that purpose — 

Voted that the new Treasurer take the report of the Committee 
on the late Treasurers accounts and theretVom state an account 
current and lay the Same before this House 

Sent up by M'' Cragin 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Adjourned to 3 oClock P. M. 
met accordingly — 
Voted that M"" Smith, M'' Simpson, & M'' Wiggin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Account of Josiah Nelson and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Cragin 
Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Stephen Powers 
Esq""^ in behalf of the Inhabitants of Croyden voted one 

* 13-524 * penny '^'" Acre for the term of three years, and that 

they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Cragin 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of James Smith and 
wife voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up bv M' Cragin 

Voted that M^ Odlin, M^' Smith & M^ Gains with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to inform William 
Gardner Esq'' of his appointment as Treasurer of this State and 
if he accepts said appointment that they take bond for the faithful 
discharge of the duties of said Office — Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of William Russell 
and others voted that said Petition be dismissed 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants 
of Cornish and Plainfield — voted that said Petition be dis- 
missed — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Sundry Towns in 
the County of Hillsborough — voted that the prayer thereof be so 
far granted as that they have a halfshire Town in the northerly part 
of said County and that Docf Jonathan Go\'e, M'' C3^rus Baldwin 
Cap* Charles Barrett, Col" Ebenezer Webster and M' Levi 
Harvey be a Committee at the Cost of the Petitioners to view the 
Situation of said County and report in what Town the}" think 
proper the Courts shall be held for the nothern part of said 
Count}' and that they make their report to the General Court at 
their next Session — Sent up by M'' Hilliard 

The following vote came dow-n from the Honb' Senate for Con- 
currence — 

* 13-525 * Voted that the Senate and the Honb' House of Rep- 

resentatives proceed as soon as may be to the choice of 
Electors in their Separate branches — which vote was read and 
nonconcurred — 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 468. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 44I 

Voted that M"" Sullivan, M'" Rogers, M"" Plummer, M"" Duncan, 
M"" Page, M' Gove, M"" A Parker, M"" Simpson and M'" Gilman 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee 
to consider what method is most proper to be taken tor the ap- 
pointment of Electors and report thereon — 

Sent up M'' Flanders — 

Voted that M' J Smith, M"" Simpson & M' Taylor with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Henrv Little and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Hilliard — 

Voted that M' Pierce, M"" Cragin and W Wallace with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Runnels and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Eames — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Daniel Sargent 
and others voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the 
General Court on Friday next agreably to the consent ol both 
parties — ' Sent up by M' Allen 

Voted that W Sulhvan, W Peabody, M"" Chase", M^ Bartlett 
and M'' Runnels with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join 
be a Committee to consider of the Resolves of Congress respecting 
Gen' James Reid & report thereon — Sent up by M"" Dow — 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to 
morrow of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M"^ Torr 

Upon reading and considering a Petition Irom Croydon and 
Plainfield — voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court on the third Wednesday of their 
* next Session and that in the mean time the Petitioners * 13-526 
cause that the Substance of the Petition and order of 
Court thereon be posted up in some public place in the Towns of 
Cornish Croydon Plainfield and Grantham three weeks prior to the 
Sitting of said Court that any person or persons may then appear 
and shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by IVP Torr 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Henry Mellen in 
behalf of Joseph Hicks — Voted that the Petitioner be heard 
thereon before the Genera] Court on Tuesday the twentieth 
day of January current and that in the mean time the Petitioner 
cause that Andrew Chesley of Nottingham be served with a Copy 
of the Petition and order of Court thereon as soon as mav be that 



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[1789 



he may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may 
not be granted — Sent up by M"" Morse 

The Committee to consider what method is most proper to be 
taken for the appointment of Electors reported that the Electors 
be chosen in the Seperate branches of the Legislature — Signed 
John Pickering for the Committee — which report being read and 
considered — motion was made for receiving and accepting said 
report on which motion the yeas and nays were called and are as 
follows (viz). 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Gains 


Mr Richardson 


.Mr Hoit 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Odlin 


Mr Brown 


Mr Rand 


Mr Rogers 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Hale 


Mr Weare 


Mr Torr 


M>- Wheeler 


Mr March 


Mr Frink 


Mr Pierce 


Mr Bartlett 


Mr E Brown 


Mr Hough 


Mr Wallace 


Mr Oilman 


Mr Plummer 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr Abbott 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Jos Dow 


M'- Morse 


Mr Storey 








* 13-527 *Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Mt-Murphy 


Mr Lane 


Colo W"i Page 


Mr D Page 


Mr Clark 


Mr Powers 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr Dole 


Mr Butler 


Mr Simpson 


Mr Allen 


Mr Barrett 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Blanchard 


Mr Reed 


Mr Darling 


Mr Palmer 


Mr Green 


Mr Freeman 


Mr Gaskill 


Mr Cummings 


Mr Sullivan 


Mr Young 


Mr Temple 


Mr W"> Peabody 


Mr Hilliard 


Mr Jenness 


Mr Chase 


Mr Cragin 


Mr Badger 


Mr N Peabody 


Mr Winch 


Mr Flanders 


Mr Taylor 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Franklin 


Mr A Parker 


Mr Parker 


Mr Drew 


Mr Fames 


Mr Smith 


Mr Gove 







29 Yeas — 42 Nays — So it passed in the Negative 
Voted that M"- Sheafe, M'' Torr, M"- Taylor, M'' Frink and M'' 
Freeman with such five of the Honb' Senate as they may join be 
a Committee to Nominate and report to this House out of the ten 
highest numbers voted for and returned as Electors of President 
for the United states the names of live persons who shall be con- 
sidered as Electors for this state — Sent up by M"" Gains 

The foregoing vote was returned by the Honb' Senate for the 
following amendment — that M'' Toppan M"" Wallace M"" Web- 
ster, M"" Chase and M"" Waldron be joined and that said Commit- 
tee report five persons out of the Nomination list for Electors to be 
laid before the General Court for their concurrence — on which 
amendment the yeas and nays were called and are as follows 
(viz) — 



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443 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Gains 


Mr Frink 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Rogers 


Mr March 


Mr Brown 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Ton- 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Hale 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr Pierce 


Mr Bartlett 


Mr Jos Dow 


Mr Morse 


Mr Abbott 


M"" Gilman 


Mr Plummer 


Mr Hough 


Mr Wallace 


Mr VV" Page 


Mr Hilliard 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Richardson 


Mr Rand 


Mr Hoit 


Mr E Brown 


Mr Tainter 


M"" Storey 








* Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. * 13-52 


Mr Odlin 


Mr Smith 


Mr Gove 


Mr Badger 


M"" Clough 


Mr Reed 


Mr W'u Page 


Mr Cummings 


M"" Jenness 


Mr Simpson 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr W"i Peabody 


Mr N Peabody 


Mr Runnels 


Mr Allen 


Mr Cragin 


Mr Sullivan 


Mr Wheeler 


Mr Winch 


Mr Darling 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Clark 


Mr Young 


Mr Gaskili 


Mr Taylor 


Mr J ere Dow 


Mr McMurphy 


Mr Temple 


Mr Parker 


Mr Palmer 


Mr Rogers 


Mr Lane 


Mr Smith 


Mr D Page 


Mr Green 


Mr Freeman 


Mr Flanders 


Mr Dole 


Mr Butler 


Mr Eames 


Mr A Parker 


Mr Barrett 







29 Yeas — 42 Nays — So it passed in the Negative 

Voted that the names of ten persons who have the highest num- 
ber of votes as Electors for a President of the United States be 
put into a Box and that the Secretary and Clerk of the House 
under the Inspection of two members of each Branch draw out the 
names of five persons who shall be considered as Electors of this 
state Sent up by M"" Peabody 

The Honb' Senate gave information that the foregoing vote was 
nonconcurred — 

Motion was then made that a vote be passed in the following 
words — 

Whereas Several votes of the Honb^ Senate now lies belbre the 
House appointing five persons as Electors of this State — Voted 
that the House proceed to consider and concur or nonconcur the 
said votes, at the same time Solemnly protesting against the said 
mode of choice and declaring that in the Opinion of this House the 
present mode of appointing Electors ought not to be considered 
as Establishing a preceedent or drawn into example or insisted 
upon as a rule in any future appointment of Electors, on which 
motion a division was called for as follows (viz) — 

* Whereas Several votes of the Honb' Senate now lies * 13-529 
before the House appointing five persons as Electors of 
this State — Voted that the House proceed to consider and con- 



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[1789 



cur or nonconcur the said votes on which division of said motion 
the yeas and nays were called and are as follows — (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mr Gains 
Mr March 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Sullivan 
M' Pierce 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Smith 
Mr Storey 

Nays. 
Mr Odlin 
M"- B Clough 
Mr N Peabody 
Mr Palmer 
Mr D Page 
Mr W"' Page 
Mr Darling 
Mr Gaskill 



Yeas. 
Mr Temple 
Mr Morse 
Mr Hough 
Mr Hale 
Mr Jo^ Dow 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Jer'^' Clough 
Mr Oilman 
Mr Taylor 

Nays. 
Mr Smith 
Mr Reed 
M"" Simpson 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Jenness 
Mr Jere Dow- 
Mr Badger 
Mr Cumminsfs 



Yeas. 
Mr Rand 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr Chase 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Eames 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr E Brown 
Mr Rogers 

Nays. 
Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Flanders 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Allen 
Mr Winch 
Mr Young 
Mr M^Murphv 
Mr Clark 



Yeas. 
Mr Torr 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Richardson 
Mr Frink 
Mr Brown 

Nays. 
Mr Butler 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Dole 
Mr Gove 
Col" Wm Page 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Lane 
Mr Freeman 



35 Yeas — 32 nays — So it passed in the Affirmative 
Proceeded to consider the remainder of said motion which was 
in the following words " At the same time solemnly declaring 
that in the Opinion of this House the present mode of appointing 
Electors ought not to be considered as Establishing a preceedent 
or drawn into example or insisted upon as a rule in any future 
appointment of Electors — on which the yeas and navs were 
called and are as follows (viz) — 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Gains 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr Barrett 


Mr Torr 


Mr Runnels 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr Smith 


Mr Badger 


Mr Brown 


Mr Frink 


Mr Storey 


Mr Pierce 


Mr Plummer 


Mr Brown 


Mr Richardson 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Clark 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Temple 


Mr Rand 


Mr Sullivan 


Mr March 


Mr Morse 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Freeman 


Colo W™ Page 


Mr D Page 


Mr Rogers 


Mr Eames 


Mr Gaskill 


Mr W" Peabodv 


Mr Butler 


Mr OdHn 


Mr Chase 


* 13-530 


* Mr Palmer 


Mr Jos Dow 


Mr Tainter 


Mr Cragin 


Mr Hoit 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Hough 


Mr Wallace 


Mr Taylor 


Mr Bartlett 




Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Hale 


Mr Reed 


Mr Allen 


Mr Gove 


Mr Gilman 


Mr Jenness 


Mr Young 


Mr Lane 


Mr M Smith 


Mr W"' Page 


Mr N Peabody 





^789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 445 



46 Yeas — II Nays — So it passed in the affirmative 
Votes came down from the Honb' Senate for concurrence ap- 
pointing the Honb' Benjamin Bellows, John Pickering Ebenezer 
Thompson, John Sullivan & John Parker Esquires Electors for 
this state — which votes were read and motion ma4e to concur the 
Same — on which motion the yeas and nays were taken and are 
as follows (viz) — 

Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. 



M"" Gains 


Mr Temple 


M"" Cragin 


Mr Jere Dow 


M"" March 


Mr Morse 


Mr Wallace 


Mr Gilman 


Mr Wiggin 


M"" Freeman 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr D Page 


Mr Bartlett 


W Hale 


Mr Chase 


Mr Barrett 


Mr Torr 


M"- Jos Dow 


Mr Tainter 


Mr Smith 


M"- Hoit 


Mr Plummer 


Mr Hough 


Mr Storey 


Mr Taylor 


M"- Clark 


Mr Eames 


Mr Richardson 


Mr Rand 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Frink 


M"" Duncan 


Mr Pierce 


Mr Brown 


Mr Brown 


Colo W"^ Page 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Rogers 


Mr Young 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Runnels 


Mr Allen 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr Badger 


Mr Jenness 


Mr M^-Murphy 


Mr Lane 


Mr Gove 


Mr Butler 


M"" Green 


Mr Winch 


Mr Smith 


Mr Page 


Mr Palmer 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Reed 


M>- Gaskill 


Mr W™ Peabody 


Mr N Peabody 





40 Yeas — 19 Nays — So they were concurred — 

Sent up by M"" Frink 
* Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



13-531 



THURSDAY Jan'^ 8"> 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M"" Torr be added to the Committee for casting In- 
ventories — Sent up b}^ M'' Chamberlain 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap' Samuel Runnels 
reported that the said Runnels be allowed and paid for three 
months Service from the first day of Jan'" 1779 to the last day of 
March 1779 in the same way and manner as other soldiers in the 
three years Service were paid, and that the President give orders 
accordingly Signed E Smith for the Committee which report 
being read and Considered voted that it be received and ac- 
cepted — Sent up by JVP Chamberlain 

Voted that the Electors within this State for a President and 
vice president of the United States, meet at Exeter on the day 
appointed by the Resolve of Congress for that purpose — 

Sent up by M"" Chamberlain 



44^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Proceeded te a hearing on the Petition of Messr^ March's 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men 
of Allenstown in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Town — Voted 
that the Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on 
the third 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 
prior to the sitting of said Court in one of the New Hampshire 
News papers that any person or persons may then appear and 
shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M'' Chamberlain 
* i3~532 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Win- 
throp Marston voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon 
before the General Court on Tuesday the Twentieth day of Jan- 
uary Current and that the Petitioner as soon as may be cause that 
the Executors to the Estate of Jonathan Moulton Esq"" Deceased 
also James Huckings be served with a Copy of the Petition and 
order of Court thereon that they or either of them may then ap- 
pear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof may not be 
granted — Sent up b}^ M' Hough 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Jank 9*" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the report of the Committee on the Treas- 
urers accounts &c reported that a Committee be appointed to burn 
the Dollar Bills ; Bills of the long form and copper plate Interest 
Bills ; old notes of various denominations taken up — Interest 
Certificates received for Taxes and New Emission Shall be burnt 
— Also Presidents orders on the state facility account also some 
state money received and Consolidated — Likewise Presidents 
orders for which Certificates to draw Small orders and that notes 
and orders to a large amount in the hands of the Comptroller of 
accounts should be taken up and Stampt all which are particularly 
specified in the report of the Committee on Treasurers Accounts; 
and that the Secretar}^ deliver the keys, books Continental money 
of the old Emission, remainder of the papers and other things 



1789] JOURNAL OK THE HOUSE OK REPRESENTATIVES. 447 

belonging to the Treasury to the new Treasurer he receipting for 
the Same to the Secretary — Signed John Pickering for the Com- 
mittee — which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted and that M"" M'Murph}^, M'' 
*Torr, M'' O Parker, M'' A Parker & M'' Young with * 13-533 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to see the foregoing report carried into effect — 

Sent up by M"" Jenness — 
proceeded to the order of the day on hearing Petitions 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Tripe which 
was to have been before the General Court at the present Session 
be postponed to the Second Tuesday of the Next Session and that 
in the mean time the Petitioner cause that Josiah Folsom of 
Rochester be served with a Copy of the Petition and order of 
Couit agreably to former order — said former order not having 
been complied with Sent up by M'' Frink 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
An Act for taxing Land in the Town of Croyden was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Frink «& M-" Rand 
Voted that the hearings on the Petitions of Jacob Shaw and 
Daniel Noyce which were to have been before the General Court 
at this Session be postponed until the second Tuesday of the next 
Session of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly and that all further proceedings be 
staid until the decision of the General Court — 

Sent up by M'' Frink — 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Andrew Simpson 
which was to have been this day before the General Court be 
postponed until Tuesday the Twentieth day of January current of 
which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern them- 
selves accordingl_v — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

An Act to enable John Neal and Mary Neal both of London- 
derr}^ in the County of Rockingham in the State 
* of New Hampshire Administrators to the Estate of * 13-534 
John Neal late of said Londonderry Esquire deceasd 
to collect and recover the Excise &c from the Several Inhabitants 
of the County of Hillsborough in said state and others who have 
sold Spirituous liquors in said Count}^ between the first day of 
October 1784 and the first day of October 1787, was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"^ Runnels & M'" Badger 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



Voicd that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until Tues- 
day next of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'" Runnels 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY Jan^^ 10"' 1789 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Clement March 
and Stephen March Esqr** motion was made for dismissing said 
Petition on which motion the yeas and nays were called and are 
as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 
Mr Hale 
Mr Wheeler 
M"- Fifield 
Mr Ton- 
Mr Austin 
Mr Wm Page 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Storey 
Mr Weare 
Mr Belding 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Allen 
Mr Read 

* 33-535 *Nays. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr E Brown 
Mr Rogers 
Mr J ere Dow 



Yeas. 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Hough 
Mr Young 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Gilmore 
Mr Palmer 
Mr D Page 
Mr W"' Peabody 
Mr Rand 
Mr Gove 
Mr Jackman 

Nays. 
Mr Pierce 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Jenness 



Yeas. 
Colo VV'n Page 
Mr Richardson 
Mr Temple 
Mr Lane 
Mr Copland 
Mr Winch 
Mr Powers 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Eames 
Mr B Clough 
Mr Green 
Mr Butler 
Mr Hoit 

Nays. 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Jos Dow 



Yeas. 
Mr Cummings 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Darling 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Shephard 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Smith 
Mr Frink 
Mr Morse 
Mr Brown 
Mr Freeman 
Mr Simpson 

Nays. 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Clark 
Mr Gilman 
Mr J ere Smith 



53 Yeas — 19 Nays — So it was dismissed — 

The Committee on the Resolves of Congress respecting Gen- 
eral James Reid reported that Gen' James Reid receive half pay 
as an Invalid up to this time in Specie orders payable out of the 
State or Continental Taxes & that he be inrolled in the list of 
Invalids and receive his pay annually in the Same manner until 
the further order of Congress or of this House and that the Same 
be deducted from time to time out of the existing requisitions of 
Congress for Specie Taxes — agreably to their Resolves of the 
Second of October last Signed Ebenz' Webster for the Committee, 



1789] JOURNAL OK THE HOUSl': OF REPRESENTATIVES. 449 

which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted and that the Pay master of Invalids enroll, and the 
President give order accordingly — ;- Sent up by M'" Ciimmings 

A vote came down from the Honb' Senate appointing M"" Smith, 
M" Webster and M'' Pickering a Committee to enquire and report 
what lands belonjr to this state and what method shall be taken 
for the recovery and granting thereof for the use of this State 
which vote was read and concurred and M'' Plummer. M'" Sulli- 
van M'' Barrett, M'" Page and M' Freeman joined — 

Sent up by M"" Cummings 

A vote came down from the Honb' Senate appointing M'" Pick- 
ering, M'" Smith and M'" Shepherd with such of the Honb' House 
as they ma}' join be a Committee to consider and report what 
alterations are necessary to be made in the Act of this 
State entitled an Act to restrain * the taking excessive * 13-536 
usury, was read & concurred and M'' Hale, M'" Hoit, M"' 
Duncan, M'' Frink & M' Fames joined — 

Sent up by M'' Cummings 

The Committee on the Petition of Richard Jenness and Simon 
Jer.ness Esqr' reported that the Petitioners be heard thereon before 
the General Court cm the tvvent}' Second day of January current 
and that they serve Jonathan Warner Fsq'" with a Copy of said 
Petition and order of Court thereon eight days before said day of 
hearing — Signed John Bell for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Cummings 

Voted that M' Page, M'' Young and M'' Barrett with such of the 
Plonb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Robert Wier and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Cummings 

Whereas a Petition hath been prefered to the General Court by 
the Trustees of Dartmouth College representing that the Honb' 
John Phillips Esq'' L L D. in the year 1773 made a donation of 
one hundred and Seventy five pounds in hard money to said Trus- 
tees for procuring an apparatus for the benefit of the Colledge and 
that said sum was then deposited in the Care of John Wentworth 
Esq"" late Governor of this then province for said purpose and that 
the said Wentworth- has not procured for the use of said College 
the said Apparatus nor returned any part of the principal or Inter- 
est of said money 

And whereas this Legislature on the 18"' day of last June 
determined that the Petitioners have leave to brins: in a Resolve 



450 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

impowering the Commissioners of said Wentworths 

* i3~537 Estate to receive and Examine the Same &c and * that 

their commission be extended for that purpose — 
And whereas two of said Commissioners have removed out of 
this State — Therefore Resolved that the Judge of probate for the 
County of Rockingham be and he hereby is impowered to appoint 
Commissioners to receive and examine the said demand and other 
unadjusted claims on said Estate and that the term of Six months 
from this time be allowed for that purpose — And if it shall appear 
to said Commissioners that the aforesaid demand is just, on a Cer- 
tificate of the Same by the said Judge the principal and Interest 
from the time of reception by said Wentworth shall be paid to the 
Trustees of the College, provided there is a Sufficiency of prop- 
erty arising from the aforesaid Estate in the Treasury of this 
State— ^ Sent up by M^ Winch 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 

MONDAY Jank 12"^ 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the Petition of William Chandler reported 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to bring 
in a Bill accordingly — Signed John Pickering for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
& Accepted Sent up by M"" Freeman 

The Committee on the Petition of Abiel Foster Esq''^ reported 
that the said Foster draw pay due as made up in Cap*^ Ebenezer 
Webster's pay roll in 1782 to one William Irwine now deceased it 
being the Sum of eight pounds nineteen shillings and account 
with the Select men of the Town of Canterbury — Signed Amos 
Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and consid- 
ered voted that it be received and accepted 

Sent up by M'' Gaskill 
Voted that M"" Frink, M' Gaskill and M"" A Parker with 

* 13-538 such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a * Com- 

mittee to consider of the Account of Cap' Simeon Ladd 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Powers 

Voted that M'' Smith, M"" Odlin and M'' Leavitt with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of the Proprietors of the Town of [Hanover] Haverhill 
— also the Petition of Charles Johnston and Ezekiel Ladd Esq' 
and report thereon — Sent up by M'^ Gains 

1 xi Ham. Towu Papers, 274. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 45 1 

Voted that the Members of the Honb' Senate and House of 
Representatives and their Officers have the Same allowance for 
travel and attendance as at the last Session and that the Secretary 
and Clerk make up the Respective rolls accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Clough 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Jani^ 13'" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to vest the exclusive privilege of keeping a ferry over a 
certain part of Connecticut river in William Dana his heirs and 
assigns was read a third time and passed to be Enacted 

Sent up by M"" Jenness & M'' Flanders 

Voted that the account of the Committee for making sale of the 
excise in the County of Strafford amounting to Three pounds 
eighteen shillings be allowed and that they Severally receive 
orders drawn by the President pa3^ible out of the Revenue arising 
by excise — Sent up by M"" Allen 

Voted that the Account of Docf'' Mark How amounting to four 
pounds one shilling and eight pence be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury by order of the President — Sent up by M'" Hoit 
Voted that M'" Gains M'" Hoit, M'' Duncan, M'' Frink and 
M'" Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they * ma\' * 13-539 
join be a Committee to take under consideration the 
present mode of paying members of the House of Representa- 
tives for their attendance and report such alterations as they shall 
judge necessary — Sent up by M'' Blanchard 

Voted that M'" Plummer, M'" D Page, M'" J Smith, M'" W» Page 
& M'" Hough with such of the Honb' Senate as the}^ "^ay join be 
a Committee to take under consideration the Laws respecting 
highwavs and report what is further necessary to be done respect- 
ing the Same in unincorporated places — 

Sent up by M'' Austin 

Voted that M'" Hale, M' Oilman, M'" Duncan, M'' W™ Page and 
M"" Hough with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Laws now in force in this State 
respecting weights and measures and report a Bill for repealing 
the Same or making such alterations as they may judge neces- 
sary — Sent up by M'' Wallace 

Voted that M"" N Peabody, M"" Brackett, M"" W" Peabody M' 
W" Page & M"" Freeman with such of the Honb' Senate as they 



452 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARI.V S'l'ATl': PAPERS. [17^9 

may join be a Committee to consider of the Memorial oi the 
Select men of Manover, and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Wallace 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of James Swain which 

was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 

to Wednesday the first of January current of which all persons 

concerned are to take notice lS: govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'" Wallace 
Voted that, M'- Hale, M' Sullivan, M' Gove, M"- Page & M"- 
Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to take under consideration the Laws now in force 
respecting grammar schools and report such alterations and 
amendments as they shall judge necessar}' — 

'Sent up by M'' Smith. 
* 13-540 * Voted that M'' Rogers, M' Hoit, M' Cragin, M"" Page 
& JVP Franklin with Such of the Honb' Senate as they 
may join be a Committee to take under Consideration the Militia 
Laws now in force and report such alterations and amendments as 
they may judge necessary — Sent up by M' Smith 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 
An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a Ferr}- over 
a Certain part of Connecticut River in Richard Young his heirs 
and Assigns — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Young & M'' Wiggin 
Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Sarah Moulton 
and Thomas Leavitt respecting mortgaged Lands &c voted that 
the prayer thereof be granted and that the Petitioners have leave 
to brino- in a Bill accordincrlv — Sent ud bv M'' Allen 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Daniel Sargent 
and others voted that the^rayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Sheafe 
Voted that the Committees appointed in Nov'' Session last for 
making sale of the Excise in the Several Counties in this State 
proceed as soon as may be to advertize and make sale of the Ex- 
cise, excepting the Committee named in said vote for the Count}' 
of Cheshire and that instead of the persons there named the Com- 
mittee consist of Col" John Bellows, Col" Amos Shepherd & John 
Hubbard Esq' — Sent up by M' Temple 

^ [Upon hearing and considering the petition of Daniel Sargent 

1 This section does not appear in the manuscript. 



I7'^9] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPR1-:.SENTATIVES.- 453 

i'.nd Others, Voted, That the prayer thereof he «rranted. and that 
tliey have leave to bring in a bill accordingh-.] 

Vo/cd that M'" Green, M'" Cragin & M'" Badger with such ol the 
lionb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Selh Gannett & others & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Temple 

* The Committee on the Petition of Thomas Sheafe * 13-541 
Reported that the prayer of said [petition] be granted 
and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 
Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report being 
read & considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Gains 

Voted that the remainder of tlie hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'" Gains 

V^oted that the Committee on the Resolves of Congress respect- 
ing Gen'- James Reid take under consideration the manner in 
which Invalids shall receive the pay now due or that may become 
due in future and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Jan*^ i_}' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Agreabl}' to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

After hearing the parties on the Petition of John M'Laughlan — 
adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly 
Voted that AP N Peabody, M'' Hoit & M'' Gilman with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Memorial and account of John Sherburn Esq'' and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Runnels 

The Committee on the Petition of Cap^ Robert Wier Reported 
that the prayer thereof be granted and that the said Petitioner 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly and that he also be 
directed to notify James Gould at least thirty days before the first 
Superior Court that is to Sit in the County of Grafton with a Copy 
of the Act that shall pass in consequence hereof and the said 
Petitioner enter said appeal at the next Superior Court 
to sit in said *County but not afterwards — Signed John * 13-542 



454 NEW HAMPSHIRi:: KARLV STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

Bell for the Committee which report being read and considered 
z'6'/f^ that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M' Runnels 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of John M'Laugh- 
land volcd that the determination thereof be postponed until to 
morrow morning — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Enoch Johnson which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
until Wednesday the twenty first day of Januar}- current in order 
that Samuel White Esq' and Samuel White Jun'" both of Haverhill 
in the Common Wealth of Massachusetts have opportunity per- 
sonally to appear and answer such interrogatories on Oath as may 
be put to them respecting the Subject matter of said Petition, 
otherwise said Johnson will be admitted to his Oath respecting the 
premises of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M' Page 

Voted that the hearings on the Petition of Joseph Hicks and 
Nathanael Meserve which w^ere to have been this day before the 
General Court be postponed until Wednesday next of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'' Page 

The Resolve respecting lengthning the time for Examining 
claims to the Estate of John Wentworth Esq'' came down from the 
Honb' Senate for the following amendments " that if the Commis- 
sioners report the principal Sum due the demand (if the Estate be 
sufficient) shall be paid in the Same manner as other 
* i3~543 * Similar demands against said Estate — which amend- 
ment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M'' Odlin — 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Page — 

Adjourned to q o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Jan^^ \-^''' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to authorize and impow^er Thomas Sheafe of Portsmouth 
Merchant to take administration on the Estate of Edward Butler 
Marriner and on the Estate of Elisabeth Butler deceased late wife 
of the said Edward — was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M'" Jenness & IVP Cragin 



1789] JOURNAL OF TFIE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 455 

An Act for contirming to James Smith of Durham in the County 
of StralTord Gentleman and Eleanor his wife in her right two hun- 
dred and forty Acres of Land in Rochester in said County in lieu 
of an equal quantity of Lands devised to her by her father 
Thomas Westbrook Waldron late of Dover in said County Esquire 
deceased and afterward conveved by said Waldron for a like quan- 
tity of Acres in the same Town taken in Exchange therefor — was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness & M' Cragin 

Voted that M'' Simpson be added to the Committee for casting 
Inventories — Sent up b^'^ M"" Chamberlain 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Sarah Moulton 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that the Petitioner 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up b}' M'' Burnam 

The Committee on the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Littleton^ reported that it is their Opinion that a tax *of * 13-544 
one pennv on each acre of Land in said Littleton be 
granted to make a road through said Town and that the owners of 
Land therin have liberty to make said road by the first day of 
November next and that Moses Dow Nathanael Merrill & Samuel 
Young Esquires be a Committee to see the Same carried into 
Effect, and if not complied with by said proprietors on or before 
the first da}^ of November next said Committ e are to proceed to 
make the said Road at the expence of said Proprietors — 

The Committee further reported as their Opinion that the propria 
etors or owners of Land therein pa}^ all the Taxes due prior to the 
first day of January 1789 — as wild and uncultivated land : Signed 
Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M"" Young 

Voted that M^ J Smith, M"" Page, M'" Hoyt, M'' Duncan and M' 
Plummer be a Committee to consider of the Memorial of Israel 
Morey Esq"" and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Young — 

Agreably to the order of the Day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M — 
Met accordingly 

The Committee on Invalids reported that Gen' James Reid be 
paid as other Invalids of this State up to the first day of January 
in the year 1778 — and that all Invalids in this State from said 

I xii Hiin. Town Papers. 4'26. 



456 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

time be paid agreable to a Resolve of Congress of the Eleventh 
of June 1788 until further order of the General Court — Signed 
Ebenz"" Webster for the Committee, which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M"" Winch 

* 13-545 * Voted that M'' Badger, M"" Barrett & M' Green with 

such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the petition of Israel Morev Esq"" and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Wheeler — 

An Act to impower the Executors of the last will and Testament 
of Jonathan Moulton late of Hampton Esq'" deceased to redeem 
certain Lands mortgaged by and to discharge in full an obligation 
of the said Jonathan — was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M-" Sheafe and M'' Reed 

An Act to impower Nathan Adams^ and Joanna Adams to Sell 
the real Estate of Dimon Cressey deceased — was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Sheafe and M' Read 

An Act for opening Sluices in each Dam across Ashewillot 
River so that Salmon and other lish may have free passage 
through the Same from Connecticut river — was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Sheafe and M' Reed 

The Committee on the Petition of Peter Johnson a Soldier 
reported that his account amounting to eight pounds ten shillings 
be allowed and order be issued for payment and charged in the 
Continental account — Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Committee 
which report being read & considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — wSent up b}^ M'' O Parker — 

Whereas the next term of the Inferior Court of Common pleas 
for the County of Rockingham will probably interfere with the 
present session of the General Court as many persons attending 
the General Court are under equal Obligations to attend business 
at said Common pleas — 

Wherefore Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives 

in General Court convened that the said Inferior Court of Common 

pleas to be holden at Portsmouth in & for said County on the iirst 

Tuesday of Februar}^ next be and hereby is adjourned 

* 13-546 to the first Tuesday of March next, and *that all writs 

Executions, recognizances, appeals actions and proc- 
esses of every kind returnable to and Sustainable at said Inferior 

1 xiii Ham. Town PaixTs, 300. 



1789] JOURNAL OP' THE HOUSK OK REPRESENTATIVES. 457 

Court shall be returned to and Sustained by said Court at said Ad- 
iournment in like manner to all intents and purposes as if the Same 
Court had not been adjourned — and that all parties concerned 
take notice & govern themselves accordingly any Law to the 
contrary notwithstanding — Sent up by M'" O Parker 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of William Reed, 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M' O Parker 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Sarah Moulton and 
Thomas Leavitt which was to have been heard this Session 
before the General Court respecting a mistake in a line run by M"" 
Bartholomew, be postponed until the Second Thursday of the 
next Session of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly^ — Sent up by M'' O Parker 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Enoch Bartlett Esq'^ 
which was to have been this Session before the General Court be 
postponed to the third Wednesday of the next Session of the 
General Court of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M^ ^PMurphy 

Voted that M"' W"' Peabody, ISP Blanchard & ISP Gains with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to 
consider of the Petition of Cap' John TVPLaughlan and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Parker 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were 
to have been this day betbre the General Court *be * 13-547 
postponed until to morrow of which all persons con- 
cerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY JanR 16'" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
Whereas in and b}' an Act passed 10"' of Jan'' 1787. Intitled an 
Act for the Support of Invalids it was amongst other things 
enacted that Joseph Gilman and Josiah Gilman Esqr'* and Docf 
Samuel Tinney be appointed a Committee to examine Invalids 
provided said Invalids should appear within twelve months iVom 
the first day of July 1786 which time being expired — Therefore 
Resolved that the time for examining Invalids be lengthened out 
until further order of the General Court and that Docf Samuel 
Tinney, Docf William Parker and Cap^ Dudley Odlin or either 
two of them be and hereby are appoined a Committee to examine 



45^ NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

all invalids who may apply, and give certificates agreably to said 
Act until further orders — Sent up by M"" Hough — 

A vote came down from the Honb' Senate appointing M"" 
Pickering and M'' Shepherd a Committee with such of the Honb' 
House as they may join to consider whether Gen^ Reid shall be 
enrolled in the list of Invalids and what pay he is intided to 
agreably to a late resolve of Congress — which vote was read and 
concurred and M"" Gains. M'' Frink & M'' Sheafe joined — 

Sent up by M'' Brackett — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Cap' John 
M'Laughlan zwtcd that the prayer thereof be granted and that 
the Petitioner have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly provided 
that said Bill shall in no wise efl^ect any former levy legally made 
by the said Thomas Smith or an}- other person — 

Sent up by M"" M'^Murphy 
The Committee on the Petition of Seth Gannett & 
* 13-548 others* reported that the said Pedtioners in future pay 
their Taxes in Eaton until the line between Eaton & 
Tamworth shall be established or until further order of the General 
Court and that a Resolve pass accordingly Signed John Bell for 
the Committee — which report being read and considered voted 
that it be received & Accepted — Sent up by M'' Peabody 

Voted that M^ Gains, M"- Gilman, M-- A Parker, M"" Frink and 
M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of a vote that came down from the Honb' 
Senate respecting calling upon farmers of Excise and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" Brackett. 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of James Ray and 
Oliver Carlton and others voted that the prayer thereof be granted 
and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, Saving to 
any persons within the lines petitioned for the liberty of polling to 
the old parish in said Town any time within twelve months from 
the passing this Act — Sent up by M'' Fifield 

Voted that Russell Freeman Esq"^ be and hereby is appointed 

one of the Committee for making sale of the excise in the County 

of Gralton instead of Jonathan Freeman Esq'" who cannot attend 

said Sale — Sent up by M'' Fifield. 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M — 

Met accordingly 

An Act to authorize and impower the Proprietors of Rumford 
alias Concord to collect a certain tax assessed on the Common and 
undivided lands in said Rumford, and also on certain divisions 



1789] JOURNAL OI'^ THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 459 

mentioned in said Assessments made the 15"' day of March Ann" 
Di)m~ 1773 and committed to Timothy Walker Esq"" was read a 
third time & passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Franklin and M' Allen 

* The Committee to consider whether General Reid * 13-549 
shall be enrolled in the list of Invalids and what pa}' he 

is intitled to &c reported that they have taken into consideration 
the peculiar situation and Sufferings of Brigadier Gen' James 
Reid & evidence to Substantiate his claim to the pension of Inva- 
lids and that he ought to be inrolled in the list of Invalids, and is 
intitled to receive half pay as a Brigadier General from the first 
day of March 1786 according to the Resolves of Congress until 
further order of Congress or of this state — Signed John Picker- 
ing for the Committee which report being read and considered — 
voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M^ Gaskill 

Voted that M'' W"' Page, M"" Cragin and M'' Green with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Elisabeth Wallingsford & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Gaskill 

Voted that M'" Bartlett, M'' Sheafe, M' Barrett, 'M'' Smith and 
M'' Rogers with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Acts now in force respecting Excise 
and report such alterations & amendments as they may judge 
necessary — Sent up bv M'" Gaskill 

Voted that M' Odlin, M"' W" Peabody & M' A Parker with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petition of Daniel Rindge^ and John Pierce Esqr'* and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'" B. Clough 

The resolve respecting appointing a Committee to Examine 
Invalids &c. came down from the Honb' Senate for the following 
amendment " that no such Invalids shall be enrolled until further 
order of Congress — which amendment was read and concurred — 

Sent up by M'' Temple 

Voted that M"" Taylor M'' O Parker, & M'" Badger with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Bean & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Temple 

* x\greably to the order of the day proceeded to a * 13-550 
hearing on Petitions — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Solomon Hutch- 

1 xiii Ham. Town Papers, 34. 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE- I'APERS. [17^9 

inson voted that the Petitioner have leave to again lay the matter 
before the Same Refferees and that he have leave to bring in a 
Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Taylor 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Samuel Filield which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
to Friday next of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
and govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M"" Leavitt 

An Act to make valid the title of certain lands in the Town of 
Hanover was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Freeman and M'' Hough 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Sarah Hartshorn which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
until to morrow of which all persons concerned are to take notice 
& govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Freeman 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

SATURDAY Jan''^ 17''' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to restore Robert Wier to his Law, was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Chamberlain & M'' Clark 
Voted that the Account of Docf Hall Jackson amounting to 
four pounds Seven Shillings and that the President give order for 
the pa}'ment out of the Revenue arising by Impost — 

Sent up by M'' Jackman 
* i3~55i * Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Ebene- 
zer Ingals — voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that the Petitioner have leave to bring in a Resolve for lengthning 
the time tor redeeming the Lands sold to Thomas Rand — 

Sent up by M'' Hoit — 
The Committee on the Petition of Elisabeth Wallingsford 
reported that an Act or resolve pass the General Court authorizing 
the President with advice of Council to appoint two or three judges 
to be added to the standing judges of said Superior Court who 
with said Standing Judges or three of them be impowered to 
revise said Judgment and either alter or confirm the Same — 
Signed John Waldron for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' M^Murphy 
The follovvintr vote came down iVom the Honb' Senate for Con- 
currence — 



1789] JOURNAL Oi- Till-; HOUSK OI-' RRl'RESENTATI VI-:s. 461 

Whereas by a vote of the Legishiture of this state of the 15''' 
Instant all Invalids were ordered to be paid as other Invalids have 
been paid, and by a vote of the Sixteenth Instant respecting Gen- 
eral James Reids pay it is ordered he shall receive half pay 
according to the Resolves of Congress, upon which two votes some 
doubts may arise as to the manner of General Reids pay — to 
remove which and to carry into effect the real design of said last 
mentioned vote — though not expressed therein Voted that General 
James Reid be paid in the Same manner as other Invalids have 
and shall be paid agreably to the tenor of the said vote of the 15"' 
Instant — Sent up by M"" Duncan 

The Committee on the Petition of the proprietors of Haverhill 
reported that the Bill of Cost be committed to the Judges of the 
Inferior Court of the County of Rockingham to be ex- 
amined and corrected as they shall think just and * equi-* 13-552 
t:ible — Signed Christopher Toppan for the Committee 
which report being read and considered voted that it be received 
and accepted — Sent up by M'' Duncan 

The Committee to consider of the Petition of Charles Johnston 
and Ezekiel Ladd Esqr' reported that they have a day of hearing 
some time next Session signed Christopher Toppan for the Com- 
mittee — which report being read and considered, lu)ted that the 
Petitioners be heard thereon before the General Court on the 
Second Tuesday of their next Session and that in the mean time 
the Petidoner cause that Richard Jenness Esq' be served with a 
Copy of the Petition and order of Court thereon three weeks prior 
to the sitting of said Court that he may then appear and Shew 
cause wh}^ the prayer thereof may not be granted and that all 
further proceedings against the Petitioners be stayed until the 
decision of the general Court — Sent up b}' M"" Copland — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel Bean and 
the report of a Committee thereon — voted that the said Bean have 
and receive Twenty pounds for his Service out of the Revenue 
arising from the Excise or Impost and that the President give order 
accordingly — Sent up by M'' Hilliard 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Sarah Hartshorn 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that she have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M' Rand — 

Voted that M"" Wiggin, M' Badger, M'' Cragin," M' Richardson 
and M'' Eames with such of the Honb' Senate as the}' may join be 
a Committee to take into consideration the Sum necessary to be 
raised the current year and report a Supply Bill — 

Sent up by M' Brown 



462 NKW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [17^9 

* 13-553 * yo/cd that M' Blanchard, M' Gilman, AP Cragin, 

M"" A Parker and M'' Powers with such of the Honb' 
Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider what Salaries 
shall be allowed the Officers of the civil list the present year and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Badger — 

Whereas Ebenezer Ingals of New Hampton in said state hath 
Petitioned the General Court representing that he was collector of 
Taxes for part of said Town of New Hampton for the years 1782 
and 1783 and had tax bills and warrants committed for said two 
years accordingly — That on the twenty third day of July 1787. he 
sold at public vandue to M"^ Thomas Rand of Deeriield one hun- 
dred acres of the Lot Number 20 in the first range being the right 
of Simon Nudd — also two hundred and forty acres of Lot Number 
29 in the first range being the right of Jonathan Moulton Esq"" and 
two hvmdred and thirty five acres of the lot Number 23 in the first 
range being the right of George Place for the respective Taxes 
due on the rights aforesaid for said two years with incident charges 
being in the whole Six pounds thirteen shillings & three pence in 
Certificate money & eighteen Shillings Silver that he gave said 
Rand a deed thereof — and that Some time afterwards the Exec- 
utors of the last will of said Jonathan Moulton within the time of 
the redemption of said land paid the said Taxes and interest to 
the said Ingalls and the said Ingalls afterwards tendered the Same 
to the said Rand who refused to accept the Same or give a quit 
claim deed to the said Ingalls or to the said Executors of said 
Moulton and as Some doubts have arisen respecting the Law upon 
this Subject — Therefore to prevent a poor unfortunate Collector's 
being plunged into a tedious and expensive lawsuit — Resolved that 
the said Ingalls have further liberty at any time within two months 
from the passing hereof to tender said Certificates and Silver 
money to the said Rand & that upon tender thereof being so made 
the deed from said Ingalls shall be null and void — any Law to 

the contrary notwithstanding — Sent up by M'" Badger 

* 13-554 * Whereas it has been represented to this House that 

some part of the confiscated estate of Samuel Tarbell 
an absentee from this state has not yet been disposed of, and as it 
is reasonable the same should be disposed of for the use of this 
State — Therefore 7'<:>/r«' that the Attorney General for this State 
be desired to take the necessary steps for taking possession of said 
Estate or any other confiscated estate that may come within his 
knowledge Sent up by M'" Drew — 

Adjourned to monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 463 

MONDAY Jan'^ 19''' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act impovvering certain persons to set off the Dower of Sarah 
Moulton widow in the Estate ot" her hite husband Jonathan MouUon 
Esquire deceased — was read a third time and passed to be En- 
acted — Sent up by M"" Peabody & M' Bhmchard 

An Act lor taxing Lands in the Town of Bradford — was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Peabody & M'" Bhmchard 
The Committee to enquire and report what lands belong to tliis 
State and what method shall be taken for the recovery and grant- 
ing thereof &c Reported that there are large tracts of Land within 
the bounds of the State of New Hampshire yet ungranted which 
if Surveyed and laid out into Townships of six miles Square as 
nearly as the land will admit might be disposed of for the great 
beneiit of the State and therefore they are of Opinion that a Com- 
mittee should be appointed to Survey and lay out the Same into 
Townships as aforesaid and return a plan thereof into the Secre- 
tarys Office as soon as may be — Your Committee also find that there 
are many Townships and tracts of Land granted upon 
certain conditions which have * not been fulfilled, And * 13—555 
Sundry other Townships and tracts of Land which have 
been regranted upon a Supposition that a forfeiture was incurred 
by the nonperformance of the Conditions wdiereby the end and 
design of the grants have been defeated and the State thereby 
greatly injured. They are therefore of Opinion that a Special 
Court be appointed consisting of five persons vested with proper 
authority to hear try & determine in an equitable manner all com- 
plaints which may be exhibited to them respecting any delinquen- 
cies whereby a forfeiture may be alledged to have been incurred — 
And that in all cases where a defence is made the enquiry shall be 
by a Jury, and in cases of default the Court shall render judgment 
as the Law directs in other cases — Signed Ebenz'' Smith for the 
Committee which report having been read and considered zwted 
that it be received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Chamberlain 

Voted that William Parker and Oliver Peabody Esqr* be added 
to the Committee for draughting public bills — 

Sent up by M'' Chamberlain 
Voted that M-- Hale, M' Sullivan, M'" Wallace INP Allen & M' 
Young with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of a Motion made by Sam" Hale Esq'' respect- 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

iiig procuring hempseed and raising hemp and report thereon — 

Sent up by M"" Jenness — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Selectmen of 
Tarn worth voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that they 
have leave to bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up b}' M'' Chamberlain 
Voted that M' A Parker and M-" Abbott be added to the Com- 
mittee on the Memorial and Petition of the Trustees of Dartmouth 
College — Sent up by M'' Burnam 

* i3~556 * Upon reading and considering the Petition of Samuel 

Mansfield voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that he have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Wallace 

Voted that M' Rogers, M'' Sullivan, M'' Smith M"" Page & M'" 
Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to take under consideration and report some more easy 
and less expensive method for hearing and determining on Such 
Petitions from Towns and Individuals as have been heretofore 
heard and determined before the General Court — 

Sent up by M'' Franklin 

Voted that the Committee to consider of a vote respecting 
Excise also consider of the propriety of issuing Extents for out- 
standing taxes and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Lane 

The Committee on the Account of Thomas Bickford reported 
that said account be allowed and that an order issue for payment 
Signed Ebenezer Webster for the Committee which report being 
read and considered voted that it be received and accepted and 
that the President give order for payment of said Sum amounting 
to Eleven pounds Sixteen shillings and three pence — 

Sent up by M'' Lane 

Voted that M'" Hough, M"' Young & M'' Hutchens be a Commit- 
tee to call on Josiah Oilman Esq'' and get information of such 
accounts as have been charged to the United States and which 
have not as yet been allowed to the Towns and Individuals who 
presented them and report thereon — 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

* 13-557 * TUESDAY Jan'^ 20^" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M' Page M"" Emerson & M"" Simpson with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider ol 
the Petition and Memorial of George Jaffrey Esq"" and others 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 465 

Trustees to the Episcopal Society in this State & report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Hoyt — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Parker Stevens 
praying for the priviledge 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 M'' Simpson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants 
of the Town of Hillsborough voted that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon before the General Court on the third Wednesday 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 pub- 
lished three weeks Successively in one of the New Hampshire 
news papers prior to the Sitting of said Court that any person or 
persons may then appear & Shew cause why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted — Sent up by M'" Wallace — 

The Committee on the Petition of Israel Morey Esq'' Reported 
that they have carefully examined the evidences produced by the 
Memorialist and are of Opinion that the Charges and allegations 
exhibited against David Webster Esq"^ Sherriff of the County of 
Grafton for misconduct and maladministration in his said Office 
are so far Supported as to merit the further attention of the Honb' 
House of Representatives whose duty it is as the grant inquest of 
the state to enquire into the conduct of all public officers — 

Your Committee having an opportunity of only hearing the evi- 
dence against the said Webster are of Opinion that previous to any 
impeachment the said Webster have an opportunity to answer 
before the Honb' House to the Several charges alledged against 
him — 

* Your committee conceiving it to be the right of the * 13-558 
person accused in all cases to have the charges »& 
allegations fully and plainly described that he may be prepared to 
make his defence would otfer the following as the most material 
charges against the said Webster for misconduct & mal-adminis- 
tration in Office which have come to the knowledge of your com- 
mittee — 

i^*^ That the said Webster ever since the year 1784 hath neg- 
lected Seasonably to return the votes for a President and Sena- 
tors in said County of Grafton and especially the votes for the 
year 1787 by means whereof the good people of said County have 
been deprived of their Suffrages for the most important offices in 
the State — 

2'^ That the said Webster in the Execution of his Office hath in 

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466 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

a variety of instances greatly injured the good Subjects of this 
State by appointing appraisers who he knew to be under the undue 
influence of one of the parties by refusing to give copies of pre- 
cepts which he was executing when requested by the parties who 
had a right to the same — by making irregular illegal and absurd 
returns on Executions and other precepts to the great injury of the 
parties concerned — by extorting from debtors illegal and exorbi- 
tant fees — by appointing and continuing under him deputies who 
he well knew through want of ability honesty and integrity were 
unqualified for the important duties of that office — by permitting 
prisoners to escape and go at large and by retaining in his hand 
monies belonging to the creditors long after he has collected them 

3'' That the said Webster in October 1785 did pretend to con- 
stitute a Goal other than the common prison and did therein take 
bonds which by Law ought to have been taken in the common 
prison with design to defraud James Macgregore Esq*" of a judg- 
ment obtained against John House Esq'' — 
* I3~559 * 4"' That the said Webster officiating in his said Office 
in a cause of forcible entry and detainer between the 
late Jonathan Moulton Esq'' and John Patterson Esq'' did corruptly 
agree with one of the parlies to receive large extra fees tor pack- 
ing a Jury to effect a certain purpose — 

5"' That the said Webster on the 20^'' day of September last did 
cause the personal property of Israel Morey Esq'" to be taken by 
one of the said Websters sons and held for the space of thirteen 
days under the pretence of the levy of an execution thereon when 
in fact neither the said Webster nor his son at that time had any 
such Execution — 

6"' That the said Webster on the 21-' 22'' and 23'' days of Decem- 
ber AD — 1784 did levy three executions in favour of Jonathan and 
Benning Moulton against the said Morey on the said Moreys land 
in Orford, that the said Webster in levying the Same did against 
the remonstrance of the said Morey appoint an appraiser who was 
under the undue influence of the said Moulton and not indiflerent 
between the said parties — by means whereof the said Moreys lands 
were appraised at a much less sum than their real value and that 
the said Webster did take and extort trom the said Morey the Sum 
of twenty three pounds eighteen shillings and two pence more 
than his legal fees for said Services — 

7*'' That the said Webster on the 14"' day of December A D, 
1784 then being from the nature of his office keeper of the Goal 
in said County of Grafton when legally summoned before two 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 467 

Justices of the Peace in said County and ordered to recognize for 
his appearance on a future day as by Law he ought to have done, 
refused to obey the order of the said Justices knowing that he could 
not be committed for his said refusal and contempt — 

8"^ That the said Webster on the fourteenth day of December 
1786 in levying two Executions in favour of the late Jon- 
athan Moulton Esq'' against Bradstreet Spafford * of * 13-560 
Piermont did take and extort from the said debtor a 
larcre Sum more than the lejjal fees for the Service of said Exe- 
cutions — 

9"' That the said Webster having an Execution put into his 
hands to Serve against Samuel Atkinson in favour of Gordan 
Hutchens and orders to lev}^ the Same on the lands of said Atkin- 
son in Rumney did levy the Same without notifying the debtor or 
giving him an opportunity of choosing an Appraiser as by Law 
he ought to have done 

Signed Jeremiah Smith 

W°' Page 

Nathan Hoit ^ Committee 

W"* Plummer 

John Duncan 

Which report being read and considered Vo/ed thnt David Web- 
ster Esq'" be heard on the Several Suggestions in said report on 
the Second Wednesday of the next Session of the General Court — 
and that he be served with a Copy of the foregoing report and the 
Memorial of Israel Morey Esq'" some time between this day and 
the first day of March next that he may appear and shew^ cause 
why he should not be impeached in the foregoing matters — 

"Upon hearing and considering the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Lancaster^ and other Towns respecting roads through Littleton 
and Dalton vo^ed that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Young 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Zebulun Edgerly 
and the consent of the Petitionee voUd that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that he have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Morse 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly 

* Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a * 13-561 
hearing on Petitions — 

1 xii Ham. Town Papers, 353. 



.468 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Andrew Simpson 
voied that said Petition be dismissed — 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' W"^ Peabody 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

WEDNESDAY Jan^ 2r' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that M'' Gains, M'' Barrett and M"" Cragin with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Ephraim Robinson and others and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Odlin 

An Act to enable David Page Esq'' to collect certain Taxes for 
the proprietors of Conway committed to him to collect before the 
late revolution — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Rogers & M'' Hough 
An Act for taxing the lands in the Town of Sutton — was read 
a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M*" Rogers and M'" Hough 
The Committee on the Petition of Robert Wallace Esq'' reported 
that said Wallace be allowed four [five] pounds four shillings in 
full for his service in carrying a bundle of proclamations to Samuel 
Hunt Esq'' and also for his trouble and expence in finding his horse 
&c — Signed Ebenezer Webster 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'' Clark 

The Committee on the Petition of Jedediah Tayntor reported that 

the prayer of said Petition be so far granted as that they 

* 13-562 have leave to Tax all the unimproved lands * in the 

Town of Marlborough one penny '|^'' Acre '^'' Annum for 

two years and to be accountable to the quarter Sessions — Signed 

Amos Shepherd for the Committee which report being read and 

considered voted that it be received and accepted and that he have 

leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up b}' M'' Clark 

The Committee on the Petition of John Wendall Esq'' reported 
that the receiver general of Nonresidents Taxes receive so much 
of the paper Continental money deposited by John Wendall Esq'' 
in his Ofiice as shall appear due to the State from said Wen- 
dall for Taxes prior to July 1781 on any lands in Townships of 



1789] jOURNAI. OF THE HOUSK OF REI'RESKNTATI VES. 469 

which no lists were at the time ot' deposit in his custod}- and that 
he receive the Same agreable to the Scale by which the late 
Treasurer consolidated the State and Continental Taxes — Signed 
Christopher Toppan tor the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and accepted 

Sent up by M-" Wheeler 
The Committee on the Petition of Ephraim Robinson and others 
reported that the prayer thereof be granted — Signed Ebenezer 
Webster for the Committee which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received and accepted and that the}- have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Wheeler 

Voted that M'" Cragin, M' Emerson & M'" Chamberlain with 
such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to con- 
sider of the Petition of the Nonresident proprietors of Lyman and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Wheeler 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordinglv 
Voted that the pay Roll of Cap* Titus Salter amounting to one 
hundred and forty pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Revenue arising at the Naval Office and that the Presi- 
dent * give order accordingly — * 13-563 

Sent up by M'' Rawlings 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Elisabeth Young 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 
on Thui-sday the twenty ninth day of Jan'" current provided the 
Petitioner notify tha Heirs to said Estate three days before said 
day of hearing that they may then appear and Shew cause why 
the pra3'er thereof may not be granted — Sent up by M'' Page 

Voted that M'' Gains, M'' O Parker & M'" Emerson with such of 
the Honb^ Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Samuel Sherburne Esq"" and others and report 
thereon — Sent up by M' Page 

Agreably to the order of the Day, proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Voted that the remainder of the hearings which were to have 
been this day before the General Court be postponed until to mor- 
row of which all persons concerned are to take notice and govern 
themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Joseph Hicks 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'" Page 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition ot Benjamin Hayes 



470 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EIARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



motion was made to dismiss the Petition — upon which motion the 
yeas and Nays were called and are as follows (viz) 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Gains 


iMr Allen 


Mr Cragin 


Mr Cummings 


Mr March 


Mr Brown 


Mr Richardson 


Mr Parker 


W N Peabody 


Mr Sheafe 


Mr Reed 


Mr Jere Smith 


M'- Rollins 


Mr Plummer 


Mr Young 


Mr Chamberlain 


Mr Taylor 


Mr Jere Dow 


Mr Blanchard 


Mr Winch 


M»" Barrett 


Mr D Page 


Mr Clark 


AJr Eames 


Mr Storey 


Mr Emerson 


Mr Torr 




* 13-564 *Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Nays. 


Mr Hale 


Mr A Parker 


Mr Wallace 


Mr Hoit 


Mr E Brown 


Mr Hough 


Mr Jackman 


Mr Rand 


Mr Wheeler 


Mr Runnels 


Mr Smith 


Mr Gove 


Mr Brackett 


Mr Wiggin 


Mr Simpson 


Mr Shepherd 


Mr W"> Peabody 


Mr Drew 


Mr Jos Dow 


Mr Chase 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Gilman 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Frink 


Mr Darlino- 


Mr Abbott 


Mr Palmer 





27 Yeas — 27 Nays — so there was no determination 

Voted that the further consideration of said Petition he post- 
poned until to morrow morning — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of James Swain 
voted that M'' Bartlett, M'' Duncan & M'" Runnels with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they ma}' join be a Committee to consider of said 
Petition & report thereon — Sent up by M'' Clough 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Nathanael Meserve 
voted that the prayer thereof be granted and that he have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M'' Clough 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrov,- morning 

THURSDAY Jan^ 22'' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act to enable Solomon Hutchinson of Merrimac to have a 
rehearing on the cause between him and one Jesse Marshall of 
Westford was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Belding & M'' Morse 
The Committee on the Accounts of Ge" Jerry Osborne &c 
reported that the account for printing journals compares with an 
agreement made with said Osborne and that it be allowed and 
paid out of the Impost or excise agreably to a resolve of Court — 
That he be allowed five pounds in full for his account 
* 13-565 for printing proclamations &c *That they have like- 
wise examined the account of John Melcher and 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 47 1 

report that it compares with an agreement made with him and that 
he be allowed and paid out of the impost or excise agreably to 
said resolve of Court — Signed John Waldron 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'' O Parker — 

The Secretary came down from the Honb^ Senate with the 
following letter from his Excellency — 

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of 
Representatives — 

As the time is near at hand when I shall set out for New York 
to attend my duty in the Senate of the United States you will 
permit me to express the great Obligation I feel myself under to 
my fellow coimtrymen for the many marks of confidence and 
respect they have from time to time been pleased to Shew me. 
And the Honb' Senate and House of Representatives in particular 
will please to accept my most grateful thanks for their kind 
attention during my administration — 

With my mind deeph^ impressed with gratitude to my Country I 
now resign my office of chief Magistrate — 

The prosperity of New Hampshire will ever lay near my heart 
and my constant endeavours shall be to promote her happiness & 
that we may all enjoy true liberty peace and Safet}^ is the most 
ardent wish of Gentlemen your most obliged obedient and Humble 
Servant 

Exeter Jan' 22'^ 1789 — John Langdon 

Honb' the Senate and House of Representatives for the State of 
New Hampshire 

Voted that M'" Sheafe, M'" N Peabody, M'' Page, M'' Simpson 
& M'' Smith with Such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of a Letter from his Excellency the 
President this day received and report thereon — 

Sent up by M' O Parker 

* Voted that W Runnels, M'' Powers and M'" March * 13-566 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Maj"" Simon Marston^ &. 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Dow 

Voted that M'" Wallace, M'' Cummings & M'' Morse with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
whether there shall be any further allowance made to Mess" 
Lamson and Ranlett for printing Election Sermons and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" Patterson 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 488. 



472 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



Resumed the consideration of the Petition of Benjamin Hayes 
on the determination of which the yeas and nays were called for 
granting the prayer of said Petition & were as follows 

Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. Yeas. 

Mr Hale M^- Chase Mr Darling Mr Hoit 

Mr Jos Dow Mr Tainter M' Shepherd M^ Abbott 

Mr B Clough Mr Hutchens M' A Parker M^ Wallace 

Mr Drew M^" Odlin Mr Lane M^ Jackman 

Mr Brackett M"" Brown M"" Powers M"" Belding 

Mr W»i Page Mr Wheeler M"" Patterson M^ Temple 

Mr Rand Mr Gilmore Mr Runnels Mr Frink 

Mr Gove Mr Oilman Mr Wiggin Mr Hough 

Mr Flanders Mr W'" Peabody Mr Bartlett Mr Simpson 

Mr Gaskill Mr Duncan Mr Palmer 

Nays. Nays. Nays. Nays. 

Mr Gains Mr Copland Mr Cragin Mr Jer^ Dow 

Mr March Mr Brown Mr Weare Mr Badger 

Mr Rogers Mr Sheafe Mr Allen Mr Cummings 

Mr Jere Clough Mr Leavitt Mr Morse Mr O Parker 

Mr Torr Mr Clark Mr Burnam Mr Jer^ Smith 

Mr Pierce Mr N Peabody Mr Fames Mr Richardson 

Mr Taylor Mr Rollins Mr Blanchard Mr Reed 

Mr Barrett Mr D Page Mr Plummer iMr Winch 

Mr Storey Mr Emerson Mr Jenness Mr Young 
Mr Chamberlain 

39 Yeas — 37 Nays — so the prayer thereof was granted and 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' M^' Murphy 
Voted that M'' Duncan, M'' Belding & M"" Oilman 
* 13-567 with *such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Andrew Mack 
and all Similar matters and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Reed 
Resolved that the Naval Officer of this State be and he hereby 
is directed to receive orders drawn by the President upon the 
Treasurer payable out of the Revenue arising to the State from 
the Naval Office — And the Treasurer is also directed to receive 
from said Naval Officer all such orders as he may receive from 
time to time in payment of such revenue, any former directions or 
regulations to the contrarv notwithstandino- 

Sent up by M' Gilmore 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 
Haverhill respecting ferries, voted that the prayer thereof be 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 473 

granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill to establish 
one or more ferries accordingly — Sent up by M'' Patterson 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Jenness and 
Simon Jenness Esq'"* which was 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 themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M'' Jenness 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Winthrop Marston 
which was to have been this day betbre the Gen' Court be post- 
poned until to morrow of which all persons concerned are to take 
notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Richardson 
Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Joseph Hicks which 
was to have been this day before the General Court be postponed 
until the third Wednesday of the next Session of which all per- 
sons concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accord- 
ingly — Sent up by M"" Jenness — 

Upon hearing & considering the Petition of Henry Knox and 
Isaac Winslow Esqr"^ Voted that the prayer thereof be granted & 
that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness 

*The Committee on the Petition of Daniel Rindge^ * 13-568 
& John Pierce Esqr' reported as follows (viz) — 

Whereas Daniel Rindge and John Pierce Esquires in June last 
gave their Bond to the Speaker of the House of Representatives 
for the time being for the pa^^ment of forty thousand Dollars in 
State Notes and eight hundred dollars in Specie — The Com- 
mittee on the said Memorial of said Rindge and Pierce Reported 
that on an}^ of the Masonian proprietors giving good Security 
for the payment of any part or proportion of said State notes 
according to the tenor of said Bond that the Treasurer be and 
hereby is directed on receiving such Security to indorse the Same 
Sum or Sums on the bond of said Rindge and Pierce provided 
that the Sums offered to be secured by new Bonds are not for any 
Sum less than one hundred pounds of said notes and are produced 
and indorsed within thirty days from the date hereof Signed Eben- 
ezer Smith for the Committee which report being read and consid- 
ered, voted that it be received and accepted Said proprietors to be at 
the expence of giving said Bonds Sent up b}" M'' Rogers 

Voted that the further consideration of the Petition of Enoch 

1 xiii Hani. Town Papers. 34. 



474 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

Johnson be postponed until the parties have time to bring in a Bill 
for referring the same according to agreement — 

Sent up by M"" M^Murphy 
^ [An Act to set oif and incorporate a number of Inhabitants liv- 
ing in the northerly part of Amherst with a number of other 
Inhabitants in said Town by certain lines into a Parish — was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" M^Murphy & M'" Cragin 
An Act impowering certain persons therein named to act for and 
in behalf of a person non compos mentis and three minors to whom 
they are guardians — was read a third trnie and passed to be 

Enacted — Sent up by M'' Odlin and M"" Weare] 

* 13-569 * Vo/cd that M'- Sheafe, M"- Pierce, M'' Smith, M'" 
Reed and M'' Simpson with such of the Honb' Senate 
as they may join be a Committee to take under consideration the 
propriety of procuring a number of printed copies of the Laws 
of this State and report thereon — Sent up by M'" Drew 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



FRIDAY Jank 23^ 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Simon Marston 
Esq'" and the report of a Committee thereon ]'^otcd that the Peti- 
tioner be heard thereon before the General Court on Friday the 
thirtieth day of Jan' current and that the Petitioner cause that 
Samuel Cate, and Benjamin Page of Deerfield be served with a 
Copy of the Petition and order on or before the 24"' of Jan'' cur- 
rent that they or either of them may then appear and Shew cause 
v/h}' the prayer thereof may not be granted — 

Sent up by M"" Flanders 
An Act to vest the exclusive priviledge of keeping a ferry over 
a certain part of Connecticut river in Parker Stevens of Piermont 
his heirs and Assigns was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted— ' Sent up by M'' Oilman & M'' Frink 

An Act vesting certain powers in the Commissioners appointed 
to receive and examine the claims against the Estate of Jonathan 
Moulton late of Hampton Esq'' deceased and in the Executors of 
his last will and Testament was read a third time and passed to be 
Enacted — Sent up by M'' Oilman & W Frink 

1 Not in printed journal. 2 xi Ham. Town Papers. 458. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATI V"KS . 



475 



Whereas it has been made to appear that the personal attend- 
ance of Thomas ChalHs of East Kingstown in the County of 
Rockingham in said State Gentleman is necessary as a Witness on 
the hearing of the Petition of Samuel Fifield to be had this day 
before the General Court, and that the said Thomas is liable to be 
arrested by civil process — Therefore Resolved by the Senate 
and House of Representatives in General Court 
* convened that the said Thomas during the time of his * 13-570 
coming to, attendance at, and returning from this 
Court on the said hearing be exempt from all civil process against 
his body, and all Executive Officers are to take notice hereof and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up hy M'' Badger 

The Committee on the account of Josiah Nelson amounting to 
Seven pounds live shillings and ten pence reported that the same 
be allowed and that an order go for payment Signed John Wal- 
dron lor the Committee which report being read and considered 
voted that it be received & accepted and that the President give 
order accordingly — Sent up by M"" Page 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingly — 

Upon the appearance and consent of Samuel Fifield the Peti- 
tioner and William Rowell Petitionee voted that the prayer of the 
Petition be granted provided that said Fifield enter his action at 
the next inferior Court of common pleas for the County of Rock- 
ingham and ask no continuance of said Action on his part, and 
that a Bill be brought in accordingly — Sent up by M'' Wheeler 

Agreably to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Winthrop Mars- 
ton, motion was made for granting the prayer of said Petition — 
on w^hich motion the yeas and navs were called and are as follows 
(viz) — 



Yeas. 

M^ Runnels 
M^ B Clough 
M>- Hilliard 
M"" Gilmore 
Mr Brackett 
M'' Cummings 
M"- Gove 
Col« W" Page 
Mf Belding 
Mr Allen 



Yeas. 

Ml" Tainter 
M"" Burnam 
Mr Blanchard 
M^ Wheeler 
Mr Jei-e Clough 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Rand 
M"" Jackman 



Yeas. 

Mr Shepherd 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Frink 
Mr Winch 
Mr Hough 
Mr Eames 
Mr Dow 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Drew 



Yeas. 

Mr Badger 
Mr D Page 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Richardson 
Mr Temple 
Mr Reed 
Mr J Brown 
Mr Simpson 



476 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



* 13-571 *Nays. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Leavitt 
M' Plummer 
Mr Peabody 
Mr Torr 
Mr W'n Page 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Jere Smitli 



Nays. 
M"" Chamberlain 
Mr Powers 
M' Hale 
M*" McMurphy 
Mr Brown 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Jere Dow 
Mr Pierce 



Nays. 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Barrett 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Lane 
Mr Patterson 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr 'March 
Mr Wisfgin 



Nays. 
Mr Jenness 
Mr Butler 
Mr Taylor 
.Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Weare 
Mr Copland 
Mr Young 



37 Yeas — 33 Nays — so the 
leave to brin^ in a Bill according 
Adjourned to 9 o'Cloc 



prayer thereof was granted and 
ly — Sent up by M'' Wheeler 
k to morrow morninir — 



SATURDAY Jan'- 24"' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
The Committee on the Petition of James Swain reported that they 
are of Opinion that the Deeds given by him to Benjamin Varnum 
are illegal and that the Conditions on which said deeds were given 
were not complied with on the part of Said Varnum — therefore 
reported as their Opinion that the Deeds from Swain to Varnum 
should be null and void Signed Christopher Toppan for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered voted that it be re- 
ceived and accepted and that the Petitioner have leave to bring in 
a Bill accordingly — Sent up by M"" Wheeler 

The Committee on the Petition of J. Wheelock Esq'" in behalf 
of the Trustees of Dartmouth College reported that for the Encour- 
agement of Literature a grant of eight miles square of Land 
adjoining upon the old Canada line and Connecticut River be 
made for the benefit of that Seminary not infringing upon former 
grants — And that the President and Council for the time being 
be added to & incorporated with the Trustees thereof and that they 
have the Superintendance of the Expenditures of all donations 
which have been or may hereafter be made by New Hamp- 
shire, Signed by Ebenez"" Webster for the Committee — which 
report being read & considered voted that it be received & 
Accepted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Butler — 
* 13-572 * The vote appointing two or three judges to be added 
to the Standing judges of the Superior Court respect- 
ing the affair of Elisabeth Wallingsford came down from the Honb' 
Senate for the following amendment " that a Special judge be 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OK REPRESENTATIVES. 477 

added to the standing judges of the Superior Court in the room of 
Judge Langdon who being related declines sitting in the case — 
which amendment was read and concurred with this amendment 
tliat two special Judges be appointed — Sent up by M'" Smith 

An Act to impowerthe Honb' Henry Knox Esq' agent appointed 
by the State of Massachusetts on the Estate of the late Thomas 
Flucker Esq'' deceased and Isaac Winslow Merchant Executor 
of the last will of Isaac Winslow late of the Same state Esq"" 
deceased to execute Deeds of certain lands in Nottingham West 
was read a third time and passed to be enacted — 

Sent up by M^ Lane and M'" Morse 

Whereas the chair of Government by the resignation of his 
Excellency John Langdon Esquire has been vacated and whereas 
the Constitution hath in that event declared that the Senior Senator 
shall during such vacanc}' have and exercise all the powers and 
authorities which by the said Constitution the President is vested 
with when personal!}' present — and the constitution hath not 
explicitly declared what the stile and title of such Officer shall be 
when in the chair of Government and doubts have arisen on this 
Subject — Resolved that it is the opinion of the General Court that 
when the chair of Government shall be vacated by the resignation of 
the President the Stile of the said Senior Senator whilst in the chair of 
Government shall be The President of t/ie State of JVezi> Hamp- 
shire & his title his Excellency — 

Sent up by M'' Smith — 

* Voted that M'' Gilman, M'' W" Peabody & M"" Leavitt * 13-573 
with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the Petition of Cap*^ Samuel Cherry and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'" Plummer 

An Act ordering the descent of Intestate estates and impowering 
the judge of Probate to settle the Same accordingly was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Plummer and M"" Wallace 
Voted that M'" Plummer, M'" Flanders & M'' Duncan with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petition of Jonathan Blake Esq"^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Drew 
Voted that M'' J Smith M'' Leavitt «& M' Parker with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of Jonathan Bolles and others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Copland 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of the Select men of 



478 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. ['^7^9 

Fisherfield respecting taxing unimproved lands in said Town for 
repairing highways voted that the prayer thereof be granted and 
that thev have leave to brin<r in a bill accordinc^lv — 

Sent up by M"" Flanders — 

An Act to nullify and make void a Judgment of Court obtained 
by Bradbury Cilley against Zebulun Edgerly was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up b}- M'' Copland and M"" Frink 

The Committee on the Letter from his Excellency the President 
reported as follows (viz) 

May it please your Excellency 

The Senate and House of Representatives having been honour*^ 

with your letter of this day containing a resignation of the Office 

of chief Magistrate beg leave to assure your Excellency 

* 13-574 that they most Sensibly realize the loss they * sustain 

by your Excellencys leaving the chair of state in which 

you were placed by the free Suffrages of your fellow citizens — 

The regret which they cannot but feel on this occasion is greatly 
alleviated wlien they reflect on the agreable prospect they have of 
your Excellencys Services in the important Office you have to 
which you have been appointed in the new Government — 

When they consider your Excellency's abilities, commercial 
knowledge and experience in the various concerns of the State 
and review your conduct in the many and important offices you 
have Sustained with reputation to yourself, and the entire appro- 
bation of your fellow citizens they are led to entertain the most 
flattering hopes that your Excellencys future Services may be 
eminently uselul to this State — 

The Legislature Sincerely thank your Excellency for the many 
and repeated proofs they have had of your attention to them and 
unremitted endeavours to promote the welfare of the State — 

They are happy that the Office which your Excellency has 
resigned is filled for the present by a Gentleman of whose abilities 
and integrity they have had the most unequivocal proofs — 

With the most ardent wishes for your personal happiness and 
welfare they most cordially unite with your Excellency in praying 
that the citizens of this State may long enjoy the blessings of true 
liberty and good government Signed Christopher Toppan for 
the Committee — 

Exeter Jan"" 22*^ 1789 — In Senate the foregoing report was read 
and considered received and accepted & voted that M"" Toppan and 
M*" Smith be a Commmitte with such of the Honb' House as they 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE MOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 479 

may join to present the Same to his Excellency John Langdon 
Esq"" — Send down for concurrence — 

* which report and vote were read and concurred and * 13-575 
M'' Gains, M"" Plale & M'' Sheafe joined — 

The Committee having presented the foregoing — his Excellency 
was pleased to return them the following answer — 

Gentlemen 

I return you my most Sincere thanks for the friendly and polite 
manner in which you have been pleased to communicate the vote 
together with the report of the Committee from both branches of 
the legislature of this State — 

I assure you gentlemen I shall ever consider this publick testi- 
mony of the approbation of my past conduct by that honourable 
and respectable body as of the happiest circumstances of my life — 
words are wanting to express my feelings I can only repeat the 
great obligations I am under to my country — 

I also am happy when I reflect that the chair of Government is 
now filled by a gentleman whose great abilities and firm integrity 
render him an ornament to his country — that his administration 
may be honourable and the people happy under it is the Sincere wish 
of Gentlemen 

Your most obedient Servant 
Portsmouth Jan'' 26"' 1789. John Langdon 

Honb' the Committee of the Legislature for the State of New 
Hampshire 

Adjourned to Monday next at 3 o'Clock P. M 

MONDAY Jan« 26'"^ 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Whereas the time limited by Law for the farming out the excise 
in the Several Counties is near expired 

Therefore be it Resolved that the time for the farming out the 
excise be lengthned out until the first day of March next and that 
the Committees proceed to make Sale of said Excise before said 
time is expired — Sent up by M'' Burnam 

* Upon reading and considering the Petition of Levi * 13-576 
French 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 Gould 
French of Epping be served with a Copy of the Petition and order 
of Court thereon three weeks prior to the sitting of said Court, 



480 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARI.Y STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



that he may then appear and shew cause why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted — Sent up by M"" Gains 

An Act for the settling of Testate Estates was read a third time 
and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Young & M^ Wheeler 
Voted that M'" Wheeler M'" Green & M' Leavitt with such of 
the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Account of Maj'' Samuel Young & papers accompanying the 
Same and report thereon — Sent up by M"" Young 

An Act for altering the time of holding the Courts of General 
Sessions of the Peace for the County of Strafford — was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Copland & M"" Page 
An Act to restore Joseph Hicks to his Law was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by W Copland & M-" Page 
Volcd that M'' Leavitt, M'" Gove M"" Barrett M^' Smith and M^ 
Green with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of a Letter from his Excellency Governor 
Randolph of Virginia and report thereon — 

Sent up by M' Copland — 
Voted that the committee on the vote which came down from the 
Honb' Senate respecting calling on farmers of Excise, 
* 13-577 also consider of the propriety of calling on the* Impost 
Officer and report thereon — Sent up by M'' Copland 
Voted that M'' March, M"" Gilman, M' Barrett, M'" Parker and 
M"" Young with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the most proper method for taking up 
and passing the Several Inventories returned for a new propor- 
tion — Sent up by M'" Reed — 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Robert Wier 
motion was made that a day of hearing be appointed on said 
Petition on which motion the yeas and nays were called and are 
as follow^s (viz) 



Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Yeas. 


Mr Gains 


Mr Chase 


Mr Storey 


Mr Butler 


Mr B Clough 


Mr Reed 


Mr Temple 


Mr Barrett 


Mr Drew 


Mr Jos Dow 


Mr Lane 


Mr Wallace 


Mr D Page 


Mr Bartletl 


Mr Copland 


Mr Jackman 


Mr Rand 


Mr N Peabody 


Mr Young 


Mr Allen 


Mr Darling 


Mr Cummings 


Mr E Brown 


Mr Frink 


Mr W" Page 


Mr Duncan 


Mr Clough 


Mr Hutchens 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



481 



Nays. 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Hilliai-d 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Gilman 
Mr Peabody 
Mr J Smith 
Mr Beldins 



Nays. 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Brown 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr J ere Dow 
Mr Badger 
Mr Hoit 
Mr O Parker 



Nays. 
Mr Gove 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Morse 
Mr Hough 
Mr Eames 
Mr March 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Torr 



Nays. 
Mr Brackett 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Winch 
Mr Franklin 



28 yeas — 31 Nays — so it passed in the Negative 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

TUESDAY Jan« 27'" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 

An Act to authorize and impovver Daniel Campbell of Amherst 
in the State of New Hampshire Esquire to make sale of a certain 
piece of Land lying in said Amherst one the Estate of David 
Hartshorn late of Amherst Deceased was read a third time and 
passed to be Enacted — Sent up by M"" Frink & M'" Blanchard 

An Act to confirm and establish Benjamin Hayes of 
* Dover in the County of Strafford Yeoman his heirs * 13-578 
and Assigns in the title of a certain tract of Land here- 
in after mentioned was read a third time and passed to be Enacted 

Sent up M'- Frink & M'' Blanchard 

An Act to enable Nathanael Meserve of Barnstead in the 
County of Strafford to review at the next Superior Court of 
Judicature to be holden in said County an Action heretofore 
brought by said Meserve against one Benjamin Hill was read a 
third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Odlin & M'" Brown 

An Act to enable Jonathan Chase to enter an Action at the next 
Superior Court of Judicature to be holden in the County of Rock- 
ingham against Clement March & Stephen March Esquires was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted 

Sent up by M'' Frink & M'" Blanchard — 

Whereas the proprietors of the Township of Haverhill in said 
State have petitioned the General Court sitting forth that at the 
Inferior Court of Common pleas holden at Portsmouth in and for 
the County of Rockingham at May Term 1783 the proprietors [of 
Piermont] recovered Judgment against them for a Bill of Cost 
amounting to one hundred and tbrty three pounds nineteen shil- 
lings and four pence Lawful money which they conceived to be 

31 



482 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [1789 

unjust unreasonable and unlawful, wherefore thev prayed that the 
said Court may be ordered to revise and correct the said Bill of 
Cost and enable them to recover from said proprietors of Piermont 
what they have over paid — The prayer of which Petition appear- 
ing reasonable — Therefore — 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in 

General Court convened that the said Bill of Cost be, b}^ the 

Judges of the Inferior Court of Common pleas for said 

* 13-579 County of Rockingham at the next Inferior Court to be * 

holden in said County examined revised and considered 
and in case it shall appear to the said Court that the said Bill of 
cost is overcharged and unlawful they shall and may at the then 
or any Succeeding Court to which the Same may be continued 
correct and alter the Same and issue Execution in favour of the 
said proprietors of Haverhill against the said proprietors of 
Piermont for such Sum as they shall judge the former Bill of Cost 
to have been erroneous any Law usage or custom to the Contrary 
notwithstanding — Sent up by M'' Simpson 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of General James 
Reid praying that he may receive the arrearage of his pay as an 
Invalid agreably to the Resolves of Congress motion was made to 
grant the prayer of said Petition on which motion the yeas and 
nays were called for but a motion took place to postpone taking 
the yeas and nays and to commit the Same Whereupon voted that 
M'- Shepherd, M"" Richardson, M'' Sheafe M"" Wheeler & M'- 
Barrett with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of ^[the Petition of Gen' James Reid and 
how all Invalids shall be paid and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Badger 

Voted that M'' Rogers, M'' Odlin & M'' Powers with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of] a 
Receipt Signed by the late Treasurer to Thomas Odiorne Esq*" 
receiver General of Nonresident taxes and report how the present 
Treasurer shall settle the Same. Sent up by M'' Badger 

The vote appointing a Committee on the Petition of Maj'" Samuel 
Young and the papers accompanying the Same came down from 
the Honb' Senate for the following amendment " that they take 
up this and all Similar matters — w^hich amendment was read and 
concurred — Sent up by M'' Badger 

Voted that the Honb' Senate and House join in a Committee of 
the whole to take under consideration and to pass upon 

* 13-580 the Several Inventories returned for making * a new 

1 This section is not in printed journal. 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 483 

proportion throughout this State as soon as may be if the Honb^ 
Senate See fit — Sent up by M'' Lane 

Voted that M"" Green, M"" Sullivan, M"" J Smith, M-" Page and 
M"" Eames with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider of the propriety of reducing the Number of 
times in which the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace by 
Law are allowed to meet in the Several Counties in this State and 
report thereon — Sent up by M'' Abbott 

Whereas the Resolve passed the 12^'' of June last for raising a 
Compan}^ of Light Horse in the 12''' Regiment of Infantry com- 
manded by Col" Daniel Rand would if carried into effect in Some 
measure derange the System ^nd regulation before that time made 
for raising the third Regiment of Cavalry — Therefore Resolved 
that the said Resolve be and hereby is so far repealed as that the 
Towns of Marlborough and Fitz William in said Rands Re(yiment 
shall not be considered as belonging to the district for raising the 
atbresaid Company any thing in the said Resolve relative to the 
Same notwithstanding — Sent up by M'' Abbott 

Voted that M'" Rogers, M'" Wallace & M^" Green with Such of 

the Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 

the Petition of Simeon Ladd & Benjamin Lamson and report 

thereon — Sent up by M'" Torr 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 

Met accordingl}- 

1 [ Voted that M'" Gains, M"' Green & M"" Gilman with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of the Select men of Middletown^ and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Rollins] 

An Act to restore Samuel Fifield to his Law — was 
*read a third time and passed to be Enacted — * 13-581 

Sent up by M'' Rawlins & M"" Austin 

An Act to vest in the Select men of Haverhill for the time being 
and their Successors for ever for the use of Said Inhabitants 
the exclusive right of all ferries over Connecticut river against 
said Town which have not been already granted was read a third 
time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness & M'' Page 

An Act for taxing land in the Towns of Littleton and Dalton 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Jenness & M"" Page 

Agreably to a vote of the Legislature the present Treasurer 
reported the following as a general Statement of the Accounts 

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484 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



£4442 .. 


II . 


9i 


in State Specie 


454 • 


15 • 


• 9 


in Do 


240 . 


. 


. 


in D" & £ 12000 in 
State notes 


13181 . 


6 . 


. 10 


in Specie or orders 


47057 • 


17 • 


• 5 




3090 . 


13 • 


• 4 


to be paid in orders 
or Certificates 


26868 •. 


16 . 


. II 




40704 . 


3 • 


• 5 


• 


555 •• 


9 • 


4 





reported by tlie Committee that Settled with the late Treasurer 
(viz) Outstanding at the close of the late Treasurers Accounts the 
following Sums (viz*^) 

On Excise Bonds 
On Impost Bonds 
On Dan" Rindge & Jn"^ ) . 

Pierce Esq'"' Bond 5 
On State Specie Taxes 
On State Certificate Taxes 
for Deficiency of Soldiers . 

Continental Specie Taxes . 
Continental facility Taxes . 
New Emission Tax . 

Treasury Office } 

New Hampshire ^Jan"" 26*'' 1789. The Several statements 
herein contained are conformable to the report made by the Com- 
mittee for examining and Settling the late Treasurers Accounts 
and were Selected by order of the Honb' Court 

Attest W"' Gardner Treas"" 

Voted that the Inventories for a new proportion be taken up by 
the House in the order they stand on the schedule and that the 
Honb' Senate may be present that they may have oppor- 
tunity to hear the debates and make any observations 
* 13-582 *or remarks relative to the Inventories as it may have 
a tendency to enable them to make greater dispatch 
when they come to Act on the matter in their Seperate branches 

Sent up by M'' Clough 

The Committee on the Petition of Simeon Ladd and Ben- 
jamin Lamson reported that the prayer of the Petition be so far 
granted as that the said Ladd and Lamson have an order on the 
treasurer for two pounds ten shillings in full for the redemption 
money by them paid and also their trouble and expences in 
redeeming the said Lands Signed Amos Shepherd for the Com- 
mittee which report being read and considered voted that it be 
received and accepted — Sent up by M'' Young 

The Honb' Senate and House being met in the Assembly 
Chamber proceeded to take up and determine on the Inventories 
and after going through with the returns from the County of 
Rockingham the Honb' Senate withdrew and the House adjourned 
to 9 o'clock to morrow morning — 



^7^9] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 485 

WEDNESDAY Jan'^ 28"' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 

An Act to authorize and impower Samuel Mansfield of Hinnekar 
in the County of Hillsborough in said State to make sale of the 
Real Estate of Shubael Bayley late of said Hinnekar deceased — 
was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Young & M' Frink 

An Act for annexing a certain part of the Town of Peterbor- 
ough in the County of Hillsborough to the Town of Temple in 
said County — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M"" Young & M' Frink 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
chamber proceeded to consider and pass on the Inventories and 
after passing on those from the County of Strafford the Honb^ 
Senate withdrew and the House adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. — 

Met accordingly 

*An Act to encourage the erecting of proper buildings * 13-583 
for carrying on the Manufacture of Sail Cloth or duck 
within this State — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted. 

Sent up by M'' Young & M' Emerson 

The Committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of Burton 
reported that the prayer of their Petition be so far granted that the 
Polls in said Town should be Exempted from paying any part of 
the Tax which said Town were called upon to pay in the years 
1784 & 1785, but that the whole of said Sum shall be laid on the 
lands in said Town to be Assessed agreable to Law — Signed 
Christopher Toppan for the Committee which report being read 
and considered voted that it be received and accepted and that 
they have leave to bring in a Bill or Resolve accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Flanders — 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
chamber proceeded to consider and pass upon the Inventories, and 
after passing on those from the County of Hillsborough the Honb* 
Senate withdrew — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Jenness and 
Simon Jenness Esqr^ which was to have been this day before the 
General Court be postponed until to morrow of which all persons 
concerned are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly — 

Sent up by M"" Frink 

Upon reading and considering the Petition of Gen' James Hill, 
voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon before the General Court 



486 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. \_^7^9 

on Wednesday next at 3 o'clock P : M. and that the Petitioner 
cause that the Wid^^' Mehitabel Burleigh — Ebenezer Thompson 
Jun"" and Joseph Clark Esq'' be served with a Copy of the Petition 
and order of Court thereon on Friday next that they or either of 
them may then appear and Shew cause why the prayer thereof 
may not be granted — Sent up by AP Sullivan 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

THURSDAY Jan^ 29^" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
* 13-58^ *An Act to restore Daniel Sargent, John Amory and 
Thomas Amory and Edward Davis to their Law — was 
read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Peabody & M'' Hilliard 
Voted that M'" Smith M'" Sullivan & M'" M^Murphy be added to 
the Committee to consider of the Petition of James Bettan and 
others — Sent up by M'' Leavilt 

The Committee on the Memorial and Account of John Sher- 
burne Esq'" reported that he be allowed thirty pounds Lawful 
money which shall be in full of said Account — Signed Christo- 
pher Toppan for the Committee which report being read and 
considered voted that it be received & accepted — and that the 
President give order accordingly — Sent up by M"" Leavitt 

^[The honourable Senate and House being again met in assem- 
bly chamber, proceeded on passing the inventories, and after 
passing a part of the county of Cheshire, the honourable Senate 
withdrew, and the House adjourned to three o'clock P. M. 

Met accordingly.] 
The Committee on the propriety of procuring a number of 
printed copies of the Laws of this State Reported that a number 
of Copies at the Expence of the State be procured equal to the 
number of Towns and places Inhabited in this state of the kind 
and in the form mentioned and that the Secretary (the printer 
paying therefor) furnish him with a Correct Copy — That M"" 
Pickering and M'' Humphreys be a Committee to inspect the press 
and determine how many and what Laws shall be published in 
said work which shall be prefaced with the Constitution of this 
State — Signed Ebenezer Smith for the Committee which report 
being read & considered voted that it be received and accepted — 

Sent up by M'' Leavitt 
2[An Act to authorize Samuel Mansfield, of Hmnekar, in the 

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487 



county of Hillsborough, in said state, to make sale of the real 
estate of Shubael Bayley, late of said Hinnekar, deceased; was 
read a third time and passed to be enacted.] 

The Honb' Senate and House being again met in the Assembly 
Chamber proceeded to. pass the remainder of the Inventories and 
the Honb' Senate then withdrew — 

Volrd {h'cit the hearing on the Petition of Richard Jen- 
ness and Simon Jenness Esqr** which was to have * been * 13-585 
this day before the General Court be postponed until to 
morrow of which all persons concerned are to take notice and 
govern themselves accordingly — Sent up by M'' Leavitt 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 

FRIDAY Jan'^ 30^" 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
An Act to establish a ferry between the Towns of Litchfield and 
Merrimac in the right of William Reed of said Litchfield his Heirs 
and Assigns — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Rawlings & M"" Austin 
An Act to authorize the President with advice of Council to 
appoint two judges to be added to the Standing judges of the 
Superior Court for the State of New Hampshire — was read a 
third time and motion was made that it pass to be Enacted — on 
which motion the yeas and navs were called and are as follows — 
(viz) — 



Yeas. 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Jqs Dow 
Mr Clark 
M>" Butler 
Mr Brackett 
Mr W"! Page 
Mr O Parker 
Mr J Smith 
M"" Jackman 

Nays. 
M^ Gains 
Mr Brown 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Green 
Mr Palmer 
M»' Hoit 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Storey 
M>" Belding 
Mr Cha.se 



Yeas. 
M"" Richardson 
Mr Allen 
Mr Copland 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Hilliard 
Mr Torr 
Mr Austin 
Mr Emerson 

Nays. 
Mr Winch 
Mr Hough 
Mr Young 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr B Clough 
Mr Jenness 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Badger 
Mr D Page 
Mr Wallace 



Yeas. 
Mr Rand 
Mr Duncan 
Colo W"" Page 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Frink 
Mr iMorse 
Mr March 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Drew 

Nays. 
Mr Flanders 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Lane 
Mr J Brown 
Mr Plutchens 
Mr Eames 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr Jer*" Clough 



Yeas. 
Mr Sullivan 
Mr Cummings 
Mr W™ Peabody 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Gove 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr Temple 
Mr Reed 
Mr Bur nam 

Nays. 
Mr Rollins 
Mr Gilman 
Mr Taylor 
Mr Darling 
Mr Weare 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Powers 
Mr Patterson 



488 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



36 Yeas — 38 Nays — so it passed in the negative — 
* 13-586 * Voted that the Schedule of the Several Inventories 
as they are now carried off with the Several doomages 
and deductions made against said Towns be accepted & that the 
Committees for casting the Inventories be desired to add the 
doomages and Substract the deductions and carry of the Sums by 
which the Several Towns are to be proportioned — 

Sent up by M'' Gains 
Adjom-ned to 3 o'Clock P. M. 
Met accordingly — 
Agreabl}^ to the order of the day proceeded to a hearing on 
Petitions — 

Voted that the hearing on the Petition of Richard Jenness & 
Simon Jenness Esqr' which was to have been this day before the 
General Court be postponed until Tuesday next of which all 
persons concerned are to take notice' and govern themselves 
accordingly — Sent up by M"" Jenness 

Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



SATURDAY Jan^^ 31^' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
An Act for the better observation of the Lords day and to repeal 
all Laws heretofore made in this state for that purpose — was read 
a third time & motion was made that it pass to be Enacted — on 
which motion the yeas and nays were called and are as follows 
(viz) 



Yeas. 
M"" Runnels 
Mr Jqs Dow 
Mr Hilliard 
Mr Butler 
Mr Rollins 
Ml" Gilman 
Mr Cummings 
Mr O Parker 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Gove 
Mr Jackman 
M"" Richardson 



Yeas. 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Reed 
M'' Powers 
M"" M*^^Murphy 
Mr Jenness 
M'- Fifield 
M-- Torr 
Mr Palmer 
M'- Holt 
Mr W" Page 
Mr Abbott 



Yeas. 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Darling 
Mr Weare" 
Mr Belding 
Mr Lane 
Mr Winch 
Mr Franklin 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Clark 
Mr J ere Dow 
Mr Sullivan 



Yeas. 
Mr Badger 
Mr D Page 
Mr W" Peabody 
Mr Rand 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Storey 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Frink 
Mr Brown 
Mr Eames 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 



489 



*Nays. Nays. Nays. Nays. * 13-687 

IW Gains M^ Hutchens Mr Gaskill M^ Rogers 

Mr March M^ Hale iMr Copland M-^ Pierce 

Mr Wheeler M^ Brown Mr Patterson M"" Flanders 

M'" Bartlett M^ Plummer M^ Young M'' Temple 

Mr Austin M>- Jer^ Clough M^ Sheafe M-^ Hough 

Colo Win Page Mr Taylor M"" Clough M"" Simpson 
Mr Chase 

45 Yeas — 25 Nays — So it passed in the affirmative 

Sent up by M'' Sheafe & W Page 

The Committee on Invalids reported that Gen' James Reid be 
paid as other Invalids of this State have been paid to the first day 
of January in the year 1788 and that all Invalids in this State from 
said time be paid agreably to a Resolve of Congress of the 
Eleventh of June 1788 until further order of the General Court on 
reading of which report a motion was made to dismiss the Same 
and the yeas were called and are as follows (viz) — 



Yeas. 
Mr Gains 
Mr Odlin 
Mr Bartlett 
Mr Rollins 
Mr Page 
Mr Rand 
Colo W" Page 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Chase 

Nays. 
M"" Blanchard 
Mr Brown 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Fitield 
Mr Torr 
Mr Pierce 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Duncan 
Mr Storey 



Yeas. 
Mr Copland 
Mr Hutchens 
Mr Hale 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Clark 
Mr Badger 
Mr Taylor 
Mr J Smith 

Nays. 
Mr Weare 
Mr Frink 
Mr Franklin 
Mr March 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr Jenne.ss 
Mr Dow 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Cummings 



Yeas. 
Mr Richardson 
Mr A Parker 
Mr Lane 
Mr Winch 
Mr Simpson 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr B Clough 
Mr Green 

Nays. 
Mr W'" Peabody 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Jackman 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr Powers 
Mr Patterson 
Mr Jo« Dow 
Mr Plummer 
Mr Hilliard 



Yeas. 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Gove 
Mr Balding 
Mr Temple 
Mr Reed 
Mr Brown 
Mr Young 

Nays. 
Mr Butler 
Mr Gilman 
Mr W"> Page 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Darling 
Mr Flanders 
Mr Chamberlain 
Mr Hough 
Mr Eames 



not 



33 Yeas — 36 Nays — So it v^^as not dismissed 
Motion was then made to accept said report but it did 
obtain — So it lays on file — 

* Upon hearing and considering the Petition of Maj*" * 13-588 
Simon Marston^ voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that he have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly pro- 
viding for the repayment of the Taxes and Interest with Incidental 
charges — Sent up by M"" Hilliard 

1 xi Ham. Town Papers, 458. 



490 NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. [^7^9 

An Act to prevent the Spreading of the Small Pox for allowing 
Hospitals to be Erected under certain restrictions and to repeal 
an Act intitled an Act providing in case of Sickness — also an Act 
intitled an Act to prevent the Spreading of the Small pox in this 
State — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Reed and M' Flanders 
Voted that M"" Emerson, M'' Simpson & M'" Plummer with such 
of the Honb' Senate as they shall join be a Committee to consider 
of the Petidon and account of Gen' John Sullivan and report 
thereon — Sent up by M"" Jenness 

Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M. — 
Met accordingly — 
The Honb' the Speaker being absent motion was made for the 
choice of a Speaker Protempore and the Honb' Jonathan Chase 
Esq"" was chosen for that purpose who declined accepting said 
Appointment — The Honb' Nathanael Peabody Esq'' was then 
chosen Speaker Protempore 

Vofcd that M'- N Peabody, M'' Hoit, M'- Taylor M'' W" Page 
& M"" Brown with such of the Honb' Senate as they may join be a 
Committee to consider what business is yet necessary to be done 
at this Session and at what time this Court shall adjourn and at 
what place the General Court shall meet in June next and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'" Cragin 

Voted that M'' Hoit, M' Simpson & M'" Frink with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of 
the Petition of Jon''* Blake Esq'' and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Cragin 
* 13-589 * Adjourned to Monday next at ten of Clock \ M — 

MONDAY Feb^ 2' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment — 
"Whereas the Members of the General Court by reason of the 
present Session cannot attend the meetings in their respective 
Towns for chusing Representatives this day to be holden — 
Therefore Resolved that the Members of the General Court may 
give in their votes for Representatives to the Congress of the 
United states this Afternoon at this place, and that they be sorted 
counted and certified by the President and any two of the Council 
any Law to the contrary notwithstanding 

Sent up by M' Brown 
Voted that the Secretary be directed to deliver to Col" Joseph 
Hutchens all such Books of Court records, and files belonging to 



1789] JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 49I 

the County of Grafton in this State that are now in his Office tak- 
ing the said Hutchens's receipt therefor — and the said Hutchens 
is hereby directed to deHver the Same to the Clerk of the Court 
of Common Pleas in said County and take his receipt therefor — 

Sent up by M'" Brown 
Adjourned to 3 o'Clock P. M — 
Met accordingly 
An Act for the more eas}' partidon of Lands and other Real 
Estate — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'' Frink & M'" Rand — 
An Act in Addidon to an Act intitled an x\ct for issuing an alias 
Execution against Joseph Clark late of Antrim in the County of 
Hillsborough Yeoman and enable Ephraim Barker to make return 
thereon in the room of one which was lost passed the 14"' day of 
June 1788 — was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M'" Parker & M'' Burnam 
Upon reading and considering the Petition of Libbeus Wash-, 
burn and Jonathan Goodell voted that the prayer thereof be 
granted and that they have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

Sent up by M'' Brown 
* Voted that M'- Parker, M'' Taylor & M'' Wallace with * 13-590 
such of the Honb^ Senate as they may join be a Com- 
mittee to consider of the Petition of Thomas Packer and report 
thereon — Sent up by M'' Brown 

Voted that M'" Young, M'' Oilman & M'" Frink with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petidon of John Brown & others and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Brown 
Voted that IVP Wheeler, M'' Rand & M'' Sheafe with such of the 
Honb' Senate as they may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Petition of CoP Samuel Folsome and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'' Parker 
Voted that M'" Smith, M'" Parker & M'" Cragin with such of the 
Honb' Senate as the}^ may join be a Committee to consider of the 
Pedtion of Cap' Samuel Oregg and report thereon — 

Sent up by M'" Parker 
An Act to prevent the destruction of Salmon & Shad in Con- 
necticut river, was read a third time and passed to be Enacted — 

Sent up by M' Parker & M'' Palmer 
Adjourned to 9 o'Clock to morrow morning 



492 



NEW HAMPSHIRE EARLY STATE PAPERS. 



[1789 



TUESDAY Feb^ 3^' 1789. 

The House met according to adjournment 
Voted that the Secretary be desired to procure four hundred 
printed copies of the Act for the better observation of the Lords 
day as soon as may be that they may be dispersed through the 
state at the rising of this Session — Sent up by M'" M'^Murphy 

Motion being made that this state will pay all the Invalids of 
said State yet unpaid agreably to the resolve of Congress on 
which the yeas and nays were called and are as follows (viz) — 



♦13-591 *Yeas. 
Mr Hale 
Mr Runnels 
Mr Wheeler 
Mr Jert: Dow 
Mr Gilman 
Mr Abbott 
Mr Gove 
Mr Belding 
Mr Temple 

Nays. 
Mr McMurphy 
Mr Jqs Dow 
Mr Plummei 
Mr J ere Clough 
Mr Palmer 
Mr Emerson 
Mr Cragin 
Mr Jackman 



Yeas. 
Mr Tainter 
Mr Hough 
Mr Sheafe 
Mr Blanchard 
Mr Rogers 
Mr Sullivan 
Mr Hoit 
Mr Rand 

Nays. 
Mr Copland 
Mr Franklin 
Mr March 
Mr Brown 
Mr Jenness 
Mr Fifield 
Mr Cummings 
Mr W"i Peabody 



Yeas. 
Colo wm Page 
Mr Parker 
Mr Chase 
Mr Winch 
Mr Simpson 
Mr Odlin 
Mr B Clough 
Mr N Peabody 

Nays. 
Mr Wallace 
Mr Shepherd 
Mr Burnam 
Mr Hutchens 
Mr Leavitt 
Mr Wiggin 
Mr Hilliard 



Yeas. 
Mr Badger 
Mr Taylor 
Mr J Smith 
Mr Richardson 
Mr Gaskill 
Mr Reed 
Mr Brown 
Mr Young 

Nays. 
Mr Bu