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Full text of "Records relating to the early history of Boston .."

A REPORT 



Record Commissioners 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THE 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES FROM 1769 THROUGH APRIL, 1775. 





BOSTON: 

ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS. 

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[DoouMES-T 42 — 1893.] 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



The Twenty-third Report of the Record Commissioners 
continues the Proceedinijs of the Boston Selectmen from 
January, 1769, to April ID, 1775. During this period, the 
entries refer almost exclusively to the same matter as in 
more peaceful times, only one or two paragraphs dealing 
with the presence of British troops. For expressions of the 
feeling of the citizens, reference must be made to the record 
of the Town Meetings, printed in our eighteenth report. 



The Record Commissioners' Department has been consoli- 
dated with the Registry Department during the past year, 
but i^rovision has been made for the completion of the 
publication of the Town records. A volume of Marriages 
between 1700 and 1800 is in press, under the supervision 
of William S. Appleton, Esq., and other volumes will be 
printed as fast as possible. 

William II, Whitmore, 

CUj liegislrar. 

CiTT Hai.l, February 22. 1893. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK THIRTEENTH. 

[ Continued J\ 



Jan''. 4. 1769 
— Pembei'toii, 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe - 
Inches, 

The following was sent the Assessors of the Town 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in this Province, ought to be taxed here, for the Real Es- 
tates they Occupy, and the business they do here, it being agreable 
to Law — Viz'. — 

James Russell Esq^ Elisha Doane Esq"". 

Ralpli Inman Esq^ John Boreland Esq"". 

Joseph Palmer & Comp^. Jerathmiel Bowers Esq"". 

Seth Blodget 
We are Gentlemen 

Your humble servants 

Joshua Hkxshaw ~) «m 



Joseph Jackson 
John Ruudock 
John Hancock 
John Rovs^e 
Samuel Pemberton 



To 



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The Assessors of the Town 

of Boston 
Boston December 28. 1768. 

[169.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 11. 
1769 — Present Henshaw Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Rowe, 

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by Mess: Ballard 
Lewis & others, that the Chimnies of a House on Sliip Street is 
insufllcient & dangerous the foUowiijg Warrant was given — 

Mess". Elijah Hews & John Brown 

Complaint being made to us that the Chimnies of a House in 
Ship Street occupied by Persons unknown and owned by William 



2 City Docilvient No. 42. 

Page are insufficient and dangerous we desire and impower yon to 
survey the same and Report to us your Judgment concerning 
them — 

Joshua Henshaw 
Joseph Jackson 
JofiN Ruddock 
John Hancock 
John Rowe 
Samuel rEMBEuxoN 
Boston January 11, 17(19 



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Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau^. 13. 1769 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Ruddock, 
Rowe 

Passed upon George Hardwick's Province Acco'^ amounting to 
£2 . 16/ — as p. Coi>y on file — 

Voted, That the Select Men Consent that Cap'. Paddock & the 
other officers of the Artillery Company should Erect a Gun House 
upon the Towns Land near tlie Common for the Accommodation of 
said Company, the Expence of wliich not to Exceed Sixty six 
pounds tliirteen shillings & four pence, & the Select Men Engage 
to use their Influence with the Town that said officers shall have a 
Lease of said Land for a suitable Term of years, but if the Town 
will not give the Lease, the Select Men in their Capacity agree to 
Give them a Draft on the Town Treasurer for the Expence of said 
Building. 

[170.] Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 16. 
1769 — Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, 

Pemberton, Inches. 

M'. Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed to receive 
into said House on the Province Account one IMary Murray a 
Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support herself — 

Coll°. Jackson appointed to procure what Scales & Weights for 
the Market are necessary 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan''. 18. 1769 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, 

Pemberton, 

Voted that IM^ Love be directed to see one Barret carried to 
Charlestown. as also one Diver to the i)lace he belongs to — 

Voted, that 3P. Tieasurer Jeffries be permitted to discount with 
Gideon Gardner out of his Rent for the Neck twenty Pounds law- 
ful Money for a new Building added to the Bull Pasture House 
provided he has or does immediately discharge the remaining part 
of his debt, former Vote of limitation not withstanding. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 19, 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Rowe. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan''. 21. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 



Selectmen's Mixutes, 1769, 3 

South Watch complain of ill treatment received from Officers on 
Tbursdaj- Night — 

[171.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 23''. 
1769. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches. 

Voted, that a Warr'. be issued for a Town Meeting on Fr^'day 
next at 3, O Clock P.M. 

Voted, that Mess'^^ Fleets or Edes & Gill have the printing of 
the same — 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Jescty. 25. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe Pemberton, 

Inches 

Passed upon Henry Stanbridges Province Account amounting to 
£1. 5. 4 — lawful Money — 

Cap'. Sharp of Engine N. 2. presented Daniel Man Warren as a 
suitable Person for his Comp^. in the room of Samuel Brown dec'', 
who was accepted accordinglj' 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan''. 27. 1769 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe Pemberton, Inches 

M'. Edward Hollyday proposed Isaac Winslow Escf. together 
with John Winslow, as bondsman for the discharge of his trust as 
a Collector of Taxes 

Voted, that they be accepted, and that the Clerk be directed to 
give a Certificate to Mr. Hollyday when the Bonds are executed — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 30. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Flancock, 

One Zerviah Smith a Widow last from Marblehead formerly of 
Cape May in the Jerseys, being near laying in & not having where- 
withall to su[)port lierself, was sent to the Almshouse on the Prov- 
ince Acco'. by Coll". Henshaw & Jackson — 

[173.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 31. 
1769 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 1. 1769 
Pi'esent Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Rowe Inches 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
Bushel and that 6"*. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. — 

A 4''. Loaf Brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 
a 4''. Ditto not above J Indian Meal — - - 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper piece - - - - 4-12 

Cap . Sharp of Engine N. 2. appeared & claim'd for his Comp^". 
the Premium allowed by the Town of 13/4 for bringing their 
Engine to play first at the Fire which lately broke out at aHouse 
near the Old Nortli late the Estate of Mr. Blowers — 



4 CiTV Document Xo. 42. 

Voted, that the stiiue be drawn for next Draft Day — 
drawn for 

Caiv. Read of Engine N. 5. applvs by M'. Shubal Hews for tlie 
Proniiuni of l.'3/4 for bringing tlieir Engine to play first at the 
Fire which brolve out at the Javl hist Monday Niglit 

Voted, tliat a draft be made for the same next Draft Day — 
(chawn for) 

Passed upon M"'. Willistons Account of Supplys for going down 
to Deer Ishmd on the Province service amounting to £5 . 5 . 7 -"^ 

Voted, tiiat Cap'. Kudtloclv be emi)Owered to Agree with one or 
more Men to keep Boats on Boston Side of Wiuunesimit Ferry on 
the best terms they can. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 3. 1769 
Present Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Tlie Selectmen considered the matter of M"". Hollydays Sureties 
as offered in two Bonds, but nothing concluded — 

[173.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 4. 
17G9 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pem- 
berton, Inches 

The Selectmen having received M^ Hollydays Bonds Ordered 
the Town Clerk to deliver a Certificate accordingly 

Voted, that the Chairman, M"". Pemberton, & M"'. Inches be a 
Committee to draw up an address to the Governor respecting 
the misrepresentations that has been made them respecting this 
Town &, Province 

Voted, that The Town Clerk have a draft for the £34 — allowed 
by the Town at the last March Meeting — 

Voted, that Gideon Gardner have a draft for £20 — on the 
Town Treasurer granted hiiu Jan^. 18 — for a Wooden Building 
added to tlie Bull Pasture House (drawn for) 

The Connnittee appointed to survey M"". Pages Chimuies Re- 
ported, that the[y] lound them in such a situation as renders 
them dangerous to the Occupier and Traveller & unsafe for the 
Neighbours — 

The Copy of said Warrent for the Survey is as follows 

Boston Jan^. 11. 1769 
M^ Elijah Hews & M"". John Brown 

Complaint being made to us that the Chimuies of a House in 
Ship Street occupied by Persons unknown & owned by AVilliain 
Page are insufficient and dangerous We desire & impower yoa 
to survey the same, and Report to us your Judgment conceruing 
them — 

Joshua Henshaw ^ ■^ 
Joseph Jackson | ^ ^ 
John Ruddock t i -^ 

John Hancock | -P o 

John Rowe ^ ^ 

Sam: Pemberton J xi 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1709. 5 

|"174-.] Ill consequence of the Return made ou the foregoing 
Warrant, it was Voted, tliat tlie following Letter or Order be sent 
M'. Page 

Boston Fely. 4. 1709 
jNF. William Page 

Ui)on Complaint being made by a number of the Inhabitants 
of the Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House owned by 
yourself We issued our Warrant for a Survey, a Copy of the Re- 
turn of said Warrant you have above — Agreeable to the direction 
of the Law in that Case made and provided we hereby Wain you 
not to make any Fire or suffer any to be made in said Chimnies, 
till the defects are cured either by amending repairing or Re- 
building said Chimnies, as you would avoid the penalty of said 
Law — 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 8. 1769 
Present Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches 

Cap'. Curtis of Engine N. 8 — presented John Fenno as an 
Engine Man for his Company in the room of Thomas Hinckley 
removed — who was accepted accordingly 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed the oV. of January last to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Acco^ one Mary 
Murry & her Child, being Strangers & unable to help themselves 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed the 12. of December 1768 to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Acco*. one John 
Dwyer a Distiacted Person, not an Inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province & being unable to hel[) himself 

Both sigu'd b}' Hancock & 
Pemberton 

[175.] M^ Hancock & M"". Pemberton a Committee to go to 
the Alms house to enquire relative to D''. Whitwortli & D''. Gard- 
ners Accounts — 

]\P. Hancock, ColP. Jackson & M"". Rowe a Committee to regu- 
late some abuses in the Market — 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 10. 1769 
Present — Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 13. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pember- 
ton, — 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 15. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 

Pemberton, Inches 

memo. Reced of M^ .John Winslow Twelve pounds in part of 
Interest due in M'^ Brokers Affairs p''. the same to .Jos. Heushaw 
Esq"". — & gave M^ Jn° Winslow a Rec'. for the same 

The Selectmen received twenty Pounds Interest Money before 
the above 



6 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a INIeeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 16. 1769, 
A.M. Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Peraberton 
Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meetinsj of the Selectmen Feb^. 16. 1769. 
P.M. Present Ilensliaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 
Poml)erton, Inches. 

Voted unanimously, that the following Address be presented his 
Excellency Francis Bernard Esq^ 

May it please your Excellency 

At a Time when artful «& mischievous Men have so far pre- 
vail'd as to foment & spread divisions in the British [ITCJ.] 
Eniijire : "When mutual confidence wliicli had so long subsisted 
with mutual advantage between the Sul)jects in Britain & America 
is in a great measure broken : Wlien ]Means are at length found 
even to excite tiie resentment of the Mother State against the 
Colonies : «&; they are publicly cliargd with being in a state of 
disobedience to Law, and ready to resist the constitutional autiior- 
ity of the Nation ; The Selectmen of this Metropolis cannot be 
the unconcerned or silent spectators of the Calamaties, which in 
conseciuence thereof have already fallen ujjon its inhabitants. — 
To behold this Town surrounded with Ships of War ; and military 
Troops even in a time of peace ; quarterd in its very Bowels : 
Exercising a Discii)line with all the severity which is used in a 
Garrison, and in a state of actual War, is truly alarming to a free 
People. And what still high tens the misfortune is, that our 
gracious Sovereign & his Ministers have formed such an Idea of 
the present state of the Town, as to induce a necessity of this 
naval and military force, for the aid of the civil Magistrate in the 
preservation of its peace & good order — 

Your Excellency can witness for the Town that no such aid is 
necessary : Loyalty to the Sovereign ; and an intlexible Zeal for 
the su])port of his Majcstys Authority and tlie happy Constitution 
is its .lust character : And we may appeal to the impartial World, 
that Peace and order were better maintained in the Town, l)efore 
it was ever rumoured tiiat his Majestys Troops were to he quarteid 
among us, then they have been since. Such a Measure then we 
are persuaded would never have been ordered by the Wisdom of 
tlie British Administration, had not the necessity of it been drawn 
from the Representations of some of his Majestys Servants in this 
Province — Your ExceUeucy will allow us to express our Opinion ; 
and the behavior of some of its Individual Inhabitants have been 
greatly misapprehended by his Majestys Ministers. We therefore 
in duty to the Town we have the honor to serve, respectfully wait 
on your ExcelP'. and pray that you would be pleased to com- 
municate to us such Re[)resentations of fads only, as you Judged 
proper to make since the commencement of the last Year. And 
as there is a prevailing Report tliat Depositions are & have been 
taken ex parte to the prejudice of the Town & particular persons, 
may we not assure ourselves, that your Excell-'. will in Justice 
cause to be laid before us such other Representations as may have 
come to your knowledge, that the Town knowing clearly & pre- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 7 

cisely what has been charged against it, may have au opportunity 
of vindicating it self. — 

[177.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 17. 
1769 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 20. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, 

The Chairman Coll". Henshaw, laid before the Selectmen the 
following Reply made by the Governor to the Address of the 
Selectmen, which he received from him on Saturday Evening — 

Gentlemen 

The Propriety of your Addressing me upon publick Business I 
shall not now dispute ; but in my Answer I shall confine myself 
to such Parts of your Address as relate to you as the Selectmen 
or to the Town as a Body — 

I have no Reason to think that the public Transactions of this 
Town have been misapprehended by his Majesty or his Ministers, 
or tliat their Opinions thereon are founded upon any other 
Accounts, than those published by the Town itself — 

If therefore you can vindicate your selves from such Charges as 
may arise from your own Publications, you will in my Opinion have 
nothing further to apprehend — 

Fra. Bernard 
Province House 
Feb^ 18. 1769 

Coll". Henshaw, Cap*. Ruddock, & M^ Hancock, be a Coram', 
to consider what is proper to be done for the Vindication of the 
Town from the Aspersions cast upon it — 



[End of Book 13.j 



BOOK FOURTEEN. 



[1.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 22^. 
17()'J. Present, HensLiiiw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Peniberton, Inches. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^'. 22, 17G9. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Peniberton, 
Inches. 

\'oted, nnanimonsly that the following Address be presented his 
Excellency Governor Bernard. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston, beg leave once more, to 
Avait on your Excellency, hoping you will excuse this further 
trouble, as it is upon a matter of the greatest importance to the 
Town. 

In 3'our Answer to our late humble Request your Excellency was 
pleased to say, that you have no Reason to think that the publick 
Transactions of this Town have been misapprehended by his 
Majesty or his Ministers ; or that their Opinions thereon are 
founded upon any other Accounts than those published by the 
Town itself. "^ And that if we can vindicate ourselves from such 
Charges as may arise from our own Publications, we shall in your 
Opinion have nothing further to apprehend." 

As the Town has published nothing but its own transactions in 
Town Meeting legally assembled, it gives us the greatest Pleasure 
to lind your Excellency in your reply" to us, thus vindicating it 
from any Just cause of apprehension from the (rcneral Character 
of its Inhabitants, considered as Individuals; If therefore the 
Town has suffered on Account of the Disorders which happened 
on the 18' March or the 10' of June last, by Persons unknown, 
(the only Disorders ihat have taken place in this Town within tha 
Year past) we take your P^xcellencys Declaiation to us, to be a 
full Testimony, that in your Opinion, it must be in consequence 
of some partial or false Representations of those Disorders to his 
Majestys Ministers. And we rejoice to lind your Excellencys 
Sentiments as expressed in your Rei)ly, so far harmonizing with 
those of his [2.] Majestys Council not long published. We have 
in this Case the most authentick Evidence that can possibly be 
had, the Joint Testimony of the Governor and Council of the 
Province, that the Town has not been in a State of Opposition to 
Order and Gocerninent, and such as required a Military Force to 
sup}>ort civil Aiithoriti/. 

With Regard to the public Transactions of the Town, when 
legally assembled, from which alone in your Excellencys declared 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1H)9, 9 

Opinion, the Town could have any thing to apprehend ; we beg 
leave to say, that after the most careful retrospect, aud the best 
inquiry we could make into the nature aud Import of those Trans- 
actions, we are utterly at a loss in what view they can ap[)ear to 
have militated with any Law, or the British Constitution of C4ov- 
ernnient. And we entreat your Excellency would condescend, to 
point out to us, in what particular respect they either have been, 
or may be view'd in such a Liglit, that either the Town may be 
made sensible of the illegality of its proceedings, or, that upon 
the most critical Examination its Innocence may appear in a still 
clearer Light. 

Your Excellencys high Station in the Province ; and the regard 
you have professed for the Interest of the Town, we humbly 
apprehend, must give Propriety/ to this as well as our former 
Address. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb''. 24, 1769. 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

The Selectmen received from the Governor by the Chairman 
ColP. Henshaw, the following reply to the foregoing address. 

Gentlemen 

As In my answer to your former Address, I confined myself to 
you as Selectmen and the Town as a Body, I did not mean to 
refer to the disorder on the 18'. of Marcli or of tiie 10'. of June, 
l)ut to the transactions in the Town Meetings & the proceedings 
of the Selectmen in consequence thereof 

Era, Bernard. 

Eeb^ 24. 1769. 

[3.] Voted, that the foregoing Addx'css and tlie Eeply be 
published in the News Papers. 

Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Fely'. 2."), 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 27, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 6/ p. Bushel 
and that 6^^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, whicli is computed as follows Viz' 

lb oz dr 

A 4'^. Loaf Brown Bread '^ Wheat ^ Rye meal, must 

weigh 2- 8 

A 4"^. Ditto not above ^ Indian meal d°. 3- 7- 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-12 

A Walk & Visitation of the Town was Agreed upon at the 
last meeting, to be on this Day at 9. O Clock in the Morning, if 
not fair Weather then on the Tuesday following being the 28' 
Day of February Inst, to meet at the Selectmens Chamber on the 
Evening of said Day 5. OX'lock. (the particulars on file) 



10 CiTv Document Xo. 42. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting to 
£. \')-.')-i, as p. Copy of his Account on file. 

]\r. Ilaucock & ColP. -lacksou a Committee to make enquiry 
into tlie Abilitys of M'. Procters Lad, fur discharging the duty of 
an Usher. 

Tlie aforegoing Vote is reconsidered and M'. Tileston is to be 
notifyed l)y iNP. Willistou to attend tlie Selectmen at their Cham- 
ber next Wednesday. 

Cap'. Sutton of Engine N°. 7, apply'd to the Selectmen for the 
premium of 13/ 4, allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine 
to play first upon the Fire which broke out at i\P. Billings House 
in School Street. 

^'oted, that he have a draft for the same next draft Day. 

[4.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 1, 
17G!). Present, Ileushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Ilaucock, Inches, 
Peinberton. 

ColF. Ilenshaw M Hancock & Pemberton a Committee to 
visit the South Writing School. 

Cap': Ruddock a Committee to procure Law Books. 

[see April ID. a Person sent to Almshouse]. 

Boston Ss : At a fleeting of the Selectmen, March 6. 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, .Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Pem- 
berton. 

Passed upon m'. Paul Farmers Province Accounts amountnig to 
£. 343-G-lU- & £ 25-12-2''! ^^ P- ^*^Py ^^ Account on file. 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting, JNIonday 13' Ins'. 

Voted, that Edes & Gill have the Printing of the Notifications 

ColP. Ilenshaw & M'. Inches a Committee to wait on M^ 
Bourn to desire hiin to open the ensuing Town Meeting with 
Prayer. 

M'. Samuel Adams a late Collector of Taxes having produced 
The Province, Town, & County Treasurers Receipts in full for the 
sums committed the years 17G2 & 1763 & for the Street Tax for 
1 7(i 1 — wlu'ivupon — 

\'oted, that he have a draft on the Town Treasurer for the 
Premium due to him for Collecting the same 

Premium of 1701 Street Tax - - - £ 33-13-3 

17(;2 Whole Tax 146-2-9 

17G3 - - 92-14 



272-12- 
M^ Hancock a Comiuittee to examine the Graury Accounts. 

Boston Ss: At a j\ItH"ting of the Si-lectmen March 11. 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

Boston Ss; At a Meeting of the Selectmen INIarch 13,1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Ilaucock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 



Selectmen's INIinutes, ITT)!). 11 

[5.] Boston Ss : At a Mc'cting of the Selectmen, IMareli 1 "), 1 709. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Kuddock, Hancock, I'emberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Daniel Whitney of Dorchester, has agreed for the Land on tlie 
West side of the Neck with the Small House and Barn, all which 
is exclusive of the large House & Garden, and the Shops & Laud 
let to IVP. Enoch Brown, for which he is to pay at the rate of £. 30 
p. Annum Kent, the Rent to commence the 25 Inst. INF. Brown 
to lease the House &". for G-13-4. [see June 7. 17G9.] 

Mem". John Spurr of Dorchester last from Maiden his Wife & 
6 Children came to Deer Island in May last, there names to be re- 
turned to M'. Love. 

[Granger sent to Almshouse, see June 2Lj 

Cap' Ruddock, INI''. Fembertou & Coll°. Jackson a Committee to 
examine into tlie Title of the Common. 

Passed upon D^ INIiles Whitworths Province Account amount- 
ing to £. 16- 11/ — as p. Acco' on file. 

Coll". Jackson a Committee to consult a Lawyer relative to M". 
Wliitneys negro, & lieport to the Selectmen. 

[Assizes given to New(?) Clerk the same as last.] 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen March 22"^. 17G9. 
Present, Henshaw Jaclvson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, ]\Iason. 

Let M^ John Grant have £. 66- 13- 4 lawful money being ])art 
of M'"^ Brookers Bequest to poor Widows, for which he has given 
Bond with a Suretie. 

Coll". Henshaw appointed to let the Shop on Bull Pasture. 

jNIaj''. Cunningham apply'd to tlie Selectmen for the favor of 
Faneuil Hall to exercise the Artiller^^ men — ,for some Time be- 
fore then- appearance, which was granted him accordingly. 

Passed upon D"'. Joseph Gardners Province Acco'. amounting 
to £.124- 7- 4''. as p. Copy on file. 

Let M'. John FuUerton have £.40- Lawful Money part of jM". 
Brookers Legacy to poor Widows, for which he has given Bond 
with sureties. 

[6.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, March 27, 1709. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that M''. Robert Love have £.20 Lawful money for 
warning Strangers to depart the Town the last Six months, ending 
the last of February. 

The Selectmen having considered the several Petitions for a 
Schoolmaster, to supply the place of ]\F. Abiah Holbrook Master 
of the Writing School in the Common deceased which matter was 
referred over to them by the Town — they came to a written 
Vote when it appeared that M"". Samuel Holbrook had the major- 
ity of the Votes for being Schoolmaster. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 29, 1709, 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Peiubcrtou, Inches, 
Mason. 



12 City Document No. 42. 

C'olP. Jacksou luwiug engaged to pa}' the diffcrcncies of the 
Kent of the Shop, which was improved by his Son. and desiring to 
lliie the Same m the room of his said Son for One year. 

\'oted tiiat he have the same for One year at the Rate of Thir- 
teen rounds six Shillings & 8*^. p. Annum. 

>\r. Hancock & Inches appointed a Committee for Repairing 
King Street. 

^'oted, that Thomas Rix be & hereby is appointetl one of ihe 
Town House Watch. 

ColP. Jackson & M\ Hancock appointed a Committee to en- 
quire into M^ Emmons's Affair. 

Cap'. Sharp of Engine No. — apply'd for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first at the Fire 
which broke out at Hutchiusons AVhnrff. 

^'oted, that lie have a draft for lo/l next Draft Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April o, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, .Jackson, Pemberton, JMason. 

[7.] ^P. Thomas Webb apply'd for leave to Open a Drain 
from liis Cellar. 

^'oted, that ColP. Henshaw be desired to ti'eat with Doctor Davis 
for such Stones and Gravel as may be wanted for Repairing the Neck. 

Bostcju Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12, 1709. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat n/ p. Bushel 
and that (J**, p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

A 4"^. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat i Rye 

meal must weigh 
a 4''. Ditto not above ^ Indian meal, d". — 
Bisket of a Copper price . . . . 

Voted, tliat ^P. Ouesip'. Tileston, have Sixty Pounds, Lawful 
Money, out of M". Brookers Donation, for which the Town Clerk 
is to take his Bond, with his Son Thomas as security. 

Passed upon M^ William (irays Province Account amounting to 
£15 - 6- 4 - as p. Copy on lile. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to settle with ]\Ir. John AV^inslow rela- 
tive to M'\ Brookers Donation. 

Boston Ss: At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, April 1.5, 1769. 
Present Jackson, Hancock. Pemberton, Inches, ]\Iason. 

Voted, that the Assize be altered from the rate of April 12. 

Ordered tiiat the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p. 
Bushel & that 6"'. p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
CJKarges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4". Loaf of Ihowu liread f Wheat l Rye meal 

must weigh ■_> - 11 

a 4*'. not above I Indian :\Ieal d". '^ - 12 

a Bisket of a Copper price ----.. o-l 



2 _ 


12- 


4 


3- 


12- 






5 - 


10 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 13 

[8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18, 
17B9. Picseut, Hancock, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

Cap'. Alexander Coliin of the Briggandine Industry arrived 
from London Reports that he left London tlie 14 of March and 
upon the o''. Day of April one of his JMen named Caleb Stralen(?) 
broke out with the Small Pox and deceased the 11'. whom the[y] 
threw over board with his Bed and Bedding, & that there remain 
one of his men liable to have the Distemper, therefore — 

Voted, that the said Brigg"^ be ordered to Rainsfords Island 
under the care of Samuel Hartley, there to remain untill our fur- 
ther Order, and that the following Letter be sent him by Cap': 
Coliin. 

M'. Samuel Hartley 

This will be handed you by Cap'. Coffin of the Brigg"*^ Industry 
from London, who has had the Small Pox on board, you are 
therefore directed to inspect said Vessel ; take the Things from 
between Decks on Shore, and let them be thoroughly air'd, and 
cleanse the Vessel as effectually as possible, and when she is 
sufficiently cleansed make Report to us, the Vessel not l)e suffered 
to come up to Town untill you have our orders, there is one 
Person on board liable to the Distemper him you are to take on 
Shore and keep him there till you hear from us. 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
H. Inches 
Jonathan Mason 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 19, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. Mason. 

M^ Hancock apply'd to the Select men in behalf of the Mer- 
chants, for the use of Faneuil Hall on Fryday next. 

[9.] The following Petition has been received by the Select 
men for laying a Common Shore. 

To the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 
Gentlemen 

We the Petitioners labor under great difficulties by reason of 
the Spring Tides and back Water running into our Cellars, beg 
leave to open a common Shore leading from Holyoke Street, and 
to be contmued through Elliot Street or Lane across the Main 
Street, called Orange Street, into the Sea. In granting our re- 
quest you will greatly o)ilige 

Your Petitioners 
William Cunningham Jeremiah Stimson 

Samuel Searl John Bryant 

Abijah Crane William Lowder 

Benjamin Veazie Samuel Healey 

John Crane Joseph Lovering 

Mary Gear Robert Fairservice 

George Lush William Etheridge 



14 City Document No. 42. 

The above Petition having been considered, Voted, that the 
same be aceepted, and the Fetitionors are hereby permitted to lay 
a Common Shore, as pray'd for, they observing the legal and cus- 
tomary steps respecting breaking Ground &". 

AP. Ruddock is desiretl to order necessary Repairs to the North 
Lattin School. 

Jane Willson & Child, & Nicholas Press & Wife, now in the 
Almshouse are desirous of having passage procured for them to 
Philadelphia. 

NP. Farmer was directed the P. of March last to receive into the 
Almshouse on the Province Account one Mary Davison a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
wlierewithall to support herself — the Selectmen M^ Hancock & 
Inches, who sign'd the order and Mr. Whitwell, Overseer. 

[10.] Coll. Jackson & ColP. Henshaw a Committee to take a 
view of the North Battery, in order to give directions respecting 
the Erection of a Puilding. 

Voted, that Four Dollars be paid to each of the widows here- 
after mentioned, w'^'^. money arises from Interest of Monies left by 
the late M". Brookers for that purpose. Viz'. To 



M". 


Morse 


M'-'. Adams 


M". 


Bod man 


]NP\ Sampson 


M". 


Colman 


M'^ Larkin 


M". 


Bradley 


M". Missick 


M". 


White 


]\I". Barnes 


M". 


AVinkell 


M". Lee 


M". 


Turner 


M". Botherill 


M". 


Peak 


M". Oliver 


M". 


Philipa Leblond 


Prudence Dels 



Coll. Jackson & Coll. Henshaw appointed a Committee to order 
Repairs to the North Writing School. 

The Select men having received a Warrant from the Hon'''^ 
Thomas Hutchinson Esq. Judge of Probate for the County of 
Suffolk to examine into the Circumstances & state of mind of Abi- 
gail Peirce ; they made the following Return upon the Warrant. 

Boston, April 19, 1769. 
Pursuant to the within the AVarrant we have conversed with 
Abigail Pen-ce, and also examined into her circumstances and are 
of Opinion that from loss of Memory she is rendered incapable of 
taking care of her own affairs. 

Joshua Henshaw 
Joseph Jackson 
Samuel Pembekton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Sst At a meeting of the Selectmen April 21, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Hancock, Mason, Pemberton. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17G9. 15 

[11.] M^ Hartley Keeper of the Hospital ou Raiusford Island, 
Reports, that he had thoroughly cleansed & smoked the Briggan- 
diue Industry, and taken the Things between Decks ou shore, 
and that in his Opinion, she may be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants. 

Voted that the following Letter be sent M'. Hartley, together 
with a certificate for the Governor. 

Boston April 21, I7G9. 
M"". Samuel Hartley 

You liaving Reported to us that the Briggandine Industry, Cap*. 
Cottin from London with the Small Pox, has been sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed. Our Orders are that you permit her to 
come up to Town, upon the peoples having a fresh shift of Clothes, 
and your retaining every Article liable to convey Infection, for a 
further airing. 

By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Industry Cap'. Alexander CoMin from Lon- 
don which was stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small 
Pox having been sufficiently smoked and cleansed we are of Opin- 
ion said ^'essel may be permitted to come up to Town without en- 
dangering the health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks 
proper. 

We are your Excellencys 

most Obedient Humble Servants 
Joshua Henshav 
John Hancock: 
Jonathan Mason 
Samuel Pembehton 
Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston April 21, 1769. 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

|_12.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 24, 
17(39. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
Passed upon sundry Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 2G, 1709. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at — / p. 
bushel and that G*^. p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. ;^ 

A 4'*. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat A Rye meal '" °"- ^'- ^ 
must weigh ^ 

A 4"*. Ditto not above ^ Indian meal d". — "g 

Bisket of a Copper price S 



16 City Document No. 42. 

Coll". Ilonsliaw & M'. Inches a Committee to view the Green 
Engine, and Report their Opiuion concerning her. 

Joseph Kettle having Petitioned for leave to Erect a Rake 
house. ]M\ Mason & Inches a Coram"', to view the Ground 
& Report. 

The above Committee having view'd the Premises, Report that 
it is in their Opinion a proper place for erecting a Bake House 

The following is a Copy of a petition of Joseph Kettle and the 
Return made thereon. 

To the IIon'''^ His ^lajestys Justices of the Peace, and the 
Gentlemen, Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

The Petition of Joseph Kettle of Boston, Baker, Humbly Shews 
That he lias agreed for the purchase of a House in Back Street 
near unto the Mill Pond, which he proposes to improve as a Bake- 
house, and although the Neighbors are consenting that your Peti- 
tioner should improve the said House as a Bake house he cannot 
do it by Law without the approbation and consent [13.] Of your 
Honors and you Gentlemen — He therefore, Prays that you 
would be pleased to grant him License to improve said House as a 
Bake house — 

And as in duty bound &c. 

Joseph Kettle. 

"We the Subscribers do hereby signify our approbation of the 
within Petition, and consent to the granting the same — 
Boston, April 25,1 7G9. William Stoddard 

Foster Hutchinson 
John Ruddock John Hill 

P^DMUND QuiNCY 

Belcher Notes 
John Tudor 
Samuel Pemberton 
John Avert 
Justices of the Peace of the Town of Boston 

"We the Subscribers do hereby signify our approbation of the 
within Petition and consent to the granting the same. 

Joshua Hensiiaw 
Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Samuel Pejiberton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 

Select men of Boston 
Boston April 2G' 1769 

Coll". Jackson, John Ruddock Esq. M'. Pemberton & m'. 
Inches a Committee to consult a Lawyer and attend the Sessions 
in the Affair of William I)ix. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 1, 1769. Prea 
ent, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17G9. 17 

The Town having received a Precept for the calling [14.] A 
Town Meeting for the choice of Representatives. 

Voted, that the ensuing Town Meeting be on Fryday 9 O'Clock 
A.M. and that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant accordingly. 

Coll°. Jackson & M^ Hancock, a Committee to wait upon the 
Rev''. M'. Lothrop to open the Town Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted, that Mess''^ Thomas & John Fleet have the printing of 
the Notification. 

At the last Meeting, Coll. Jackson, John Ruddock Esq. M'. 
Pemberton and M"". Inches were appointed a Committee to con- 
sult a Lawyer & attend the Sessions in the affair of William Uix. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May o^, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

John Lewis informs the Select men that Thomas Stafford {sic) 
of Stow, Sarah Safford his Wife, Thomas Safford & Sarah Safford 
their Children are come to live in a House belonging to the Town 
of Boston 

Martha Branch & Elizabeth Hill appeared, and pray'd leave to 
go from the Almshouse, which was granted them. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5, 1769. 
Present, Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 10, 1769. 
Present, Heushaw, Ruddock, Inches, JMason. 

Liberty is granted 1^. Noyes to open his Drain next the Mar- 
ket, he making good the Ground & Pavement, to the satisfaction 
of the Select men. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 15, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/1 p. bushel 
and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
[15.] Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

11> - oz - dr 

A 4*^ Loaf Brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11 

a 4"^ Ditto, not above ^ Indian Meal d" 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price ---------------- 5-8 

Lydia Bishop White {sic) a Young Woman of 16 Years of Age 
brought from Hallifax in the Romuey and turned on Shore before 
the Ship sayled — applys for assistance to return to her Parents 
in that place. 

Coll. Henshaw a Committee to wait upon Commodore Hood 
relative to the above & other Women. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 17, 1769. 
Present, Heushaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 



18 City Document No. 42. 

Cap'. Franklyne of Engine N". 9. apply'cl to the Select men foi 
tlie Preiniiini allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to 
play lirst at the Fire which broke out at the Hospital House at 
the bottom of tlie Common — 

Voted, tliat he have a Draft for 13/4 next Draft Day. 

Benjamin Peirce apply'd to the Select men for liberty to break 
Ground near his House in Long Lane in order to clear the Drain 
which enters into the Common Shore. 

Voted, that Liberty l)e accordingly granted, provided the Ground 
& Pavement is made good & restored to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

^P. Pemberton & ]M^ Mason appointed a Committee to ex- 
amine D^ Gardners Province Accounts. 

Notification &c. to be issued for Town Meeting May 22 p. order 
of the Town. 

[Margaret Galloway sent to Almhouse see June 21.3 

Boston Ss: At a INIeeting of the Selectmen Mny 19, 176'.). 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Ruddock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

[Ift.J Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen May 22'*. 
17(;9. 

Present, Henshaw. Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Passed upon Richard H irons {or Hixon's) Province Account 
amounting to £. 4 - 14/ Lawful Money as by Cop}' of Accot. on 
file. 

Passed upon John Rowes Province Account amounting as by 
Copy on file to £. 10 - 5 - 6 - reconsidered — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 24, 1769. 
Present, Ruddock. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 29, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Ordered, tliat the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ p. 
Bush, and that 6. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb - oz - dr 

A 4** Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat | R3'e meal must 

weigh 2 - 11 - 

a 4'' Ditto not above ^ Lidian, must weigh 3 - 12 - 

Bisket of a Copper price -.... 5-8 

Passed upon D^ .Joseph Gardners I'rovince Account amounting 
to £. 174- 13- 4 - 

M'. Mason & Pemberton a Committee to send a number of 
poor Persons to the Provinces they belong to — 

Maj^ Cunningham apply'd to the Selectmen for the use of the 
Hall on Artillery Election Day which was granted accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 19 

Voted, that a Draft be made m the Draft for May of £ 2-0-1 y- 
in favor of Isaac C'umiiiiiis Constable of Ware, for carrying Polly 
Barber from AVare to Deertieid. 

[17.] M'. Enoch Brown & ]\P. Daniel AVhitney now agree to 
take the Houses & Land on the West side of the Neck at the 
rate of £30 — p. auuuin — Rent to commence the 2C> jNIarch last, 
& the Town Clerk is directed to draw out Lease & Bond. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft as the 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Peuiberton. 

Upon Information given that the Small Pox had broke out in 
the Regimental Hospital at the bottom of the Common, the Select- 
men proceeded to said Hospital, but upon enquiry could get no 
satisfaction as to the truth of the Information ; upon which the 
Selectmen waited upon General Mackey, to acquaint him, with a 
Law of the Province relative to concealing Infectious Distempers ; 
when he assured the Selectmen that he would make enquiry and 
acquaint them immediately with the result. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12, 1769. 
Present,. Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pembertou. 

In the Morning of Yesterday General jNIackay, sent an Officer 
to the Selectmen to acquaint them that upon enquiry he had learnt 
that one of his men, a Private, had the Small Pox broke out upon 
him at the Regimental Hospital ; upon which the Selectmen 
waited upon the General again, to let him know, that agreeable to 
Law, the Infected Person must be removed to the Province Hos- 
pital at the West End of the Town, to which he readily consented, 
and he was accordingly removed, about three O'Clock, P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 13' 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pembertou, Inches. 

Voted, that tlie assessors be desired to take an Acco'. of the 
Houses &c. improved by the Kings Troops. 

[18.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 21, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pembertou, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Paul Earmer was directed on the 18 of May last to receive 
into the Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge 
one Margaret Galloway, a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall to support herself, 
the Order was signed by two of the Selectmen viz*. John Ruddock 
& Samuel Pembertou Esq. — & William GreenlealT an Overseer. 

M^ Paul Earmer was directed the 17 of March last to receive 

into the Almshouse one Grainger Son of Margaret 

Grainger order signed by John Ruddock & Samuel Pemberton 
P^sq. Selectmen & William Greenleaff, Overseer, to be supi)orted 
on the Province Charge, he being a Stranger and not an Inhabitant 
of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall to support 
himself. 



20 City Docu]ment No. 42. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen — viz'. 
Joliu Ruddock K^q. & j\r. Jonathan Mason & William Greenleaf 
Overseer, to receive into the Almshouse on the Province Charge 
one James Bay ley a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province, nor having wherewithall to sup[)ort himself. 

JNP. Thomas Cunningham living near D"". ^lountforts gives in- 
formation to the Selectmen, that one Joseph Hading who came to 
his House on Sattnrday last, from a Vessel which then arrived here 
from Philadelphia is suspected of having the Small Pox broke out 
u[)on him. 

D^ Warren was in consequence of the above information sent 
to the said Cunninghams house to examine hito the same, who 
having done it, makes Report that the Person has got the Small 
Pox. 

Whereupon the Sedan was sent to carry him to the Hospital at 
New Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, June 26, 1769. 
Present Henshaw. Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, ^lason. 

[ID.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
4/11''. p. Bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is com[)uted as 
follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4". Loaf of P>rown Bread 3 Wheat ^ Rye meal 

must weigh 

a 4''. Ditto not above h Indian must weigh 

Bisket of a Co[)i)er [trice 

Passed upon John Rowe Esq. his Province Account amounting 
to £. 10 -o -6 - asp. Copy of the same on file — see Mav 
22''. 

[mem", returned again from Council.] 

Voted, that the Select men will emi)loy but one Printer for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted, that Lambert & Kilby have a diaft on the Town Treas- 
ui-er for Forty I'ounds on account of work done at the Battery, 
[drawn] — 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27. 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jacicson, Ruddock, Pendterton, Mason. 

A Xumlter of Oentlemen signers to a late Petition for a Town 
Meeting attended to know the reason why one had not been called. 

Boston Ss: At a fleeting of the Selectmen, June 28, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

Yesterday information was given by D^ Warren that one Fos- 
ter living in Summer Street had the Small Pox broke upon her, 
and agreeable to our immediate Orders she was in the Afternoon 
of said Day removed to the Hospital at New Boston together 
with three Children who lived with her. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 21 

M^ Edward Ilollyday one of the Collectors of Taxes for 17G7. 
having produced to the Selectmen the Town County & Province 
Treasurers Receits in full for the Sums committed to him to Col- 
lect foi- that year ; Voted that he have a Draft for his Premium 
agreeable to y*" Vote of the Town, & that his Bonds be delivered 
him up 

[20.] Coll°. Jackson & M^ Pemberton a Committee of Repairs, 
for the School in Queen Street. 

[mem". M'. Joseph Ward had the Charge of the South Working 
School given him the 28. of January last, and he left it the 10"' of 
April.] 

The Selectmen liaviug considered the Petition of a number of 
Inhabitants for calling a Town fleeting, relative to a supposed 
application to the Governor for the continuance of a Regiment in 
this Town. 

Voted, that a "Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting on Tues- 
day the 4'. of July, 4 O'Clock P.M. 

M'. Joseph Putnam applys for the Piemium allowed by the 
Town for bringing their Engine first at the 2 Fires, which broke 
out at the Fires at m^ Mavericks & another House on Wentworths 
Wharff occupied by one Simpson. 

Voted, that Mess""'. Fleets have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions for the Town Meeting. 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the Fifth Day of July next and that the 
following CTcntlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen 
therein, and that they be notified to attend at tiie Selectinens 
Chamber at 8 O'Clock on the morning of said Day, in order to 
proceed on the Visitation. 

The Hon"''. James Bowdoin The Rev". M^ Samuel Check- 
Thomas Hubbard ley 

William Brattle M'". Samuel Mather 

Harrison Gray Dr. Mather Byles 

John Erving D'. Andrew Eliot 

Thomas Flucker D"". Samuel Cooper 

James Pitts M^ ■ Treat 

James Otis Esq'''. M^ Penuel Bowen 

The Representatives of the M^ Simion Howard 

Town M''. Lothrop 

The Overseers of the Poor, M^ .John Walley 

The Rev"*. D^ Charles Chan- M"". Treasurer Jeffries 

cey William Sheaffe Esq. 

[31.] M''. Francis Johonnot M^ John Adams 

M''. Caleb Blanchard John Rowe Esq. 

M^ Nathaniel Appleton Richard Dana Esq. 

M^ Robert Williams Coll. Marshall 

Cap'. Solomon Davis Maf. Cunningham 

M^ James Ivers Cap'. Waters 

Cap'. Job Prince Edward Cams 

M^ Samuel Procter Byfield Loyd Esq. 

M^ Samuel Swift M'. Mullineux 



'I'l City Document No. 42. 

Isaac Smith Esq. Commodore Hood 

\\"\ Vassal Robert Jenkins Shopkeeper 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. Nicholas Boylstou Esq. 

General Mackay Deacon Storer 

John Tingate Esq. Meletiah Bourn 

Governor Wentvvorth 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 4, 1769. 
Present, llenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Peniberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'. William Dickman living at New Boston, informed the ^e- 
leetmen that Elizabeth Lollier(?) has the Small Pox ujjon her at 
his House, knows not where she took it. 

Voted, that she be removed to the Hospital at New Boston. 

I\P. Dickman appeared, and ask'd liberty to send a Nurse to the 
Hospital free of Charge to the 'I'own. 

[Mem. Petition to (General Court, to impower M"". Peirpoint to 
Collect m"". Adams's Taxes. 

Petition to d". relative to Repairs of Hospital at N. Boston. J 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 7, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Peniberton, Inches, Mason. 

Information was given the Selectmen, that ]NP. Joseph Tylers 
Wife, living at the Orange Tree, had the Small Pox broke out 
upon her, :ind as they could not be perswaded to consent to a 
removal to the Hospital, a Flagg was hung out as a signal of In- 
fection ; and Patrick Daily, who is to receive 3/4''. p. I)ny wasap- 
jjointed a Guard for said House — and the following Orders were 
given iiim. 

['^2.] Boston, July 7, 1769 

M^ Patrick Daily 

The Small Pox being at M^ Joseph Tylers House, we hereby 
appoint you a Watch for said House, and our directions to you 
are, that you suffer no Person to go in or out of the said House 
except the Doctor, Such Provisions «fe Supplys as may be wanted 
for the Family you are to get to them as well as you can — 
You must not leave the Watch till 1 1 O'Clock at Night nor fail 
attending again by Day break. We have ordered a Flag to be 
put out as a signal of Infection in said House, and we depend 
upon your beiiaving with great care and faithfulness in your 
Watch as the safety of the Inhabitants will much dej)end upon it, 
and on your so doing we shall allow you according to our agree- 
ment at the rate of Three Shillings & four Pence p. Day. 
By Ortler of the Select men 

William CoorEU Town Clerk 

Information was this Day given the Selectmen, that M'. Edw"*. 
Crafts who lives near Liberty Tree, has his Wife and Daughter ill 
of the Small Pox, and as they do not consent to be removed, M^ 
Williston was directed to see that a Flag was hung out as a signal 
of Infection ; and in'. Edward Baker was appointed a Guard for 
said House at three Shilling & four Pence \^. Day. And Orders 
were given him of the same teuor with the above. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 23 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 8, 1769. 
Present, Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Peniberton, Mason, Inches. 

CoIP. Henshaw & Jackson a Committee from the .Selectmen 
haviug waited upon General Maclvey on the Yesterday to inquire 
of hnn whether any one Person among the Troops had the Small 
Pox — The General this Day sent a Billet to the kSelect men im- 
porting, that he had the pleasure to acquaint them, that he has 
had the Surgeons of the different Regiments with him, who afcsure 
him, that they have not Man Woman or Child to their knowledge 
in the Small Pox, either in the Barracks or Hospital. 

[3o.] The following Physicians, attended at tlie Selectmens 
Chamber by desire of the Selectmen, and acquainted them that 
they knew of no one who had the Small Pox in Town, or that tliey 
suspected had Syuiptoms of the Distemper. Viz. 

D''. Cast, Story, Young, Danforth, Yorkas,( ?) Bulfinch, Church, 
Warren, Rand, Ll^^d, Pecker, Jeffries. 

D''. Perkins, Dr. Gardner, Sprague, Nevens ( ?) Whitworth, 
Sprague. 

Coir. Henshaw, & M''. Inches a Committee to direct the stopp- 
ing the Passages, by M"". Crafts House. 

Coll°. Jackson & M^ Pemberton a Committee to stop the Pas- 
sages near M"^. Tylers House. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 9', 17(39. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inrlies, Mascu. 

Coll. Jackson, Pemberton, & Mason, a Committee to get a 
Fence erected for stoppmg the Passage Way, near M'. Joseph 
Tylers House. 

Boston Ss: At Meeting of the Selectmen, June 10, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
[Advertisem'. relative to Small Pox, see July 31'.] 

Boston Ss: At a INleeting of the Selectmen July 12. Present 
Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock. Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'". (Elenor) Stokes's, Wife at the Alms house M^ Whitwell 
Represents as a very troublesome Person — 

Sylvia Smith & Child, Province Poor at the Almshouse, wants 
to go to Philadelphia 

John Dwire a distracted Man in the Work House belonging to 
Portsmouth. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 15, 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Henshaw, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

The Selectmen having received information of the deatli of M". 
Tyler with the Small Pox. the following Orders were given M'. 
Williston 

Boston July 15, 1769 
M^ Thomas Williston 

Having received the melancholly [24.] Information that INF. 
Joseph Tylers Wife died this Morning with the Small Pox — Our 
Orders are that you get the Corps into a Tarred Sheet & Coffin 



24 City Docujvient No. 42. 

as soon as may be, and that you bury the same this Night be- 
tween the Hours of 12 & 1. O'Clock. Let a Man go before the 
Corps at some distance to give notice to any one that may be pass- 
iijo- — those who carry the Corps or enter tlie House to receive the 
same must not fail shifting & cleansing themselves — the Guards 
must still be kept up at the House, and you must direct those 
withni not to burn anything that is Infectious, and if M'. Tyler 
consents let the Bed, fiedding &c. used by 'SV. Tyler be carried 
up to the Hospital at New Boston after the Funeral in order to 
hi cleansed and air'd. you must assist I\P. Tyler in procuring 
everything necessary for smoking and cleansing the House. We 
expect the utmost carefulness on your part, in complying with 
these directions. 

By Order of the Select men 

Wii.LiA-M CooPEK Town Clerk 

[Advcrtisem*. relative to Small Pox July 31. 17G9.] 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 18 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 21, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Information was given the Selectmen that M^ Jabez Searl 
living in Temple Street is ill with the Small Pox, whereu[)ou the 
Sedan was sent to carry liim to the Hospital at AVest lioston. 

Voted, that M'. Thomas Williston have an order on M'. Treas- 
urer Jeffries for ten Pounds lawful money for the purchasing 
Sup|)lys for those Persons sick with the Small Pox in the Hospital 
at West Boston. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen, Viz'. 
M^ Hancock & M^ Mason to receive into the Almshouse to be 
[35.] Supported there at the Province charge, she being a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having 
wherewith to support herself. 

Patrick Daily who was appointed a Guard at the House of M"^. 
Joseph Tyler was dismissed the 20'. of this Instant. 

Boston, Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, July 22*^. 1761 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Child a Daught' •• 
of Abijah Lewis at West Boston is taken ill with the Small Po , 
upon which the Sedan was immediately sent to carry her to the 
Hospital. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 24. 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

D'. Danforth informed the Selectmen that he declined taking 
any further care of those Persons sick with the Small Pox at the 
Hospital at West Boston, upon which the care of said Persons 
was committed to Dr. Myles Whitworth. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 25 

[Aclvertisem' relative to Small Pox see July 3P'.] 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 2G. 17G9. 
Pi-eseut, Ilensliaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July '20. Present, 
Hensliaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Negro Woman 
Servant to M'. William Wingfield, was taken wiUi the Small Pox ; 
Avhereupon Orders were given that she should be removed to tlie 
Hospital at New Boston, the next morning Two O'Clock. 

[Advertisem' relative to Small Pox July 3P.] 

[36.] Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 28, 
17()i». Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Infoi-raation was given the Select men, that Cap'. Timothy 
Parker was taken ill with the Small Pox at the House of M'. 
Townsend, in Queen Street, whereupon Orders were given for his 
being removed in the Sedan to the Hospital, between the Hours 
of Two & Three OClock in the morning. 

Boston, Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 29, 17G9. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent the Governor, 

May it please your Excellency. 

Having found upon examination that the Small Pox prevails in 
Philadeli)hia, we think it our duty to acquaint your Excellency 
therewith and to desire that Ordei-s maybe given the Commanding 
Orticer at Castle William to stop all Vessels that may arrive from 
that City for an examination — We are 
Your ExcelF' 
Most Obed'. 

Hum. Serv'. 

Joshua Henshaw 
JosKPH Jackson 
John Ruddock 
.1 John Haxcocic 

Samuel Pemberton 
•,-■& Henderson Inches 

y Jonathan Mason 

Select men of Boston 
Boston July 29, 1769, 

To His Excellency Sir Francis Bernard 

[37.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 31, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

Passed upon several accounts. 

The following Advertisements have been published in the 
several News Papers. 



26 CiTv Document Xo. 42. 

Boston Jnly 10, 1709 
Reports having been propagated that some Sokliers & a miiiiber 
of other Persons have the Small Pox in this Town ; the Public are 
hereby informed. That General Mackay has assured the Select- 
men, that upon enquiry, the Surgeons of the several Regiments, 
know of no Man, ^Voman or Child that has the Small Pox, either 
in the Barracks or Hospital, and that if any should be taken 
down notice shall be given them; — the Physicians of the Town 
have also declared that they know not of any one Person, who 
has the Distemper or the S^'uiptoms of it, excepting ^P^ Tyler 
at the Orange Tree, ]M". Crafts at House near Liberty Tree, and 
a Soldier, Sailer, & two "Women at the Province Hospital at jSew 
Boston ; at which Places a Red Flag is hung out as a signal of 
the Small Pox, Guards placed, & the passages stopt to jMevent 
a spread of the Infection — a strict inquiry will be continued, 
and innnediate Notice given in all the Papers if any other Person 
should be visited w'ith the Distemper — It is hoped that no one 
will conceal the Small Pox from (he Selectmen, if it should 
break out in tlieir Family, as in such case they would be prose- 
cuted to the rigor of the Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AViLLiAM Cooi'EK Towu Clcrk 

Boston July 17, 1769. 
The Pui)lic are hereby informed that no one Person has the 
Small Pox in Town, or the Symptoms of it, excepting those who 
are in the Hospital at New Boston, and at M'. Crafts House near 
Libertys all of whom are in a fair way of recovery. Guards are 
continued and Red Flags kept out at those Places, as also at the 
House from whence ^1". Tyler has been buried, as signals of 
Infection. These [28.] will not be removed, nor the Fences 
which stop the Passage Ways taken down, untill the respective 
Houses are so thoroughly cleansed as to prevent any danger of 
Infection therefrom. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston July 24, 1769. 
The Selectmen hereby inform the Public, that no Person has 
the Small Pox in Town or the Symptoms of it, excepting those 
who are in the Hospital at New Boston & at M'. Crafts House 
near Liberty Tree ; all whom are in a fair way of recovery. On 
Fryday & Satturday last two Persons had the Eruption of the 
Small I'ox, both living at the Westerly part of the Town ; where- 
up they were both immediately removed to the Hospital there. 
Guards are continued, & red Flags kept out at the before men- 
tioned Places as signals of Infection. 

Boston July 27, 1769. 

The Selectmen hereby inform the Public, That no Person ha3 

the Small Pox in Town, or the Symptoms of it, excepting those 

who are in the Hospital at New Boston, & at M\ Crafts House 

near Liberty Tree ; all of whom are in a fair way of recovery ; 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 27 

On Fryda}^ & Satturday last two Persons had the Eruptions of 
the Smalf Pox, both living at the Westerly part of the Town ; 
where upon they were both immediately removed to tlie Hospital ; 
there the (Guards are continued, & Red Flags kept out at the 
beforementioned places as signals of Infection. 

The Report of a Child of M^ Deblois having the Small Pox is 
entirely witiiout Foundation. The public may depend upon it 
that that Distemper is at no other place in Town but the Two 
mentioned in the above advertisement. 

Boston, July 31, 1769. 
The Public are hereby informed, That no Person has the Small 
Pox in Town, exceptmg [39.] Those who are In the Hospital at 
New Boston, and at M'. Crafts House near Liberty Tree ; all of 
whom are in a fair way of recovery : On Thursday last a Negro 
Woman Servant to M'. Wingfield near Wings Lane, and on the 
Fryday following Cap'. Parker lately arrived from Philadelphia, 
had the Irruptions of the Small Pox and were both immediately 
removed to the Hospital ; Red Flags are kept out, and Guards 
continued at the above mentioned Places for the safety of the 
Inhabitants. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 2'^, 17G9. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 4/11'^. p. 
bushel, and that Six pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows, viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4**. Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat { Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11- 

a 4*^ Ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh 3- 12- 
Bisket of a Copper price o- 9 

James Thompson, & Phillebrowu approbated as 

Retailers for their Distill House only. 

Voted, that M^ Samuel Hartley have an order on M'. Treas- 
urer Jeffries for Flight Pounds (say £. 10), lawful money, the next 
Draft Day, for the purchasing Supplys for those Persons, who 
have been sent to the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, with the 
Small Pox, drawn for. 

William Sutton of Engine N°. 7. presented Nicholas Deering 
as a suitable Person for his Engine Company in the room of 
Thomas Bracket who has left the Town. 

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

Gibbins Sharp of Engine N°. 2, presented Wallace Fnrber as 
an Engine man in his Comp^, in the room of Jethro Furber de- 
ceased . 

Voted, that lie be accepted accordingly. 



28 City Document No. 42. 

[30.1 Yesterday M\ Edw". Crafts, his Wife, Child, Maid, 
& Nurse & Apprcuticc were removed from their House at the 
South eud, to Rainsfords Ishuid, witli their Bed lieddiug &". bv 
IVP. Hartley, as were Joseph Hading a Sailor, jMrs. Foster, her 
\\\o Children «& a Nurse Child, all infected with the Small Pox. 

^>l^ Peni])ertou & Mason a Committee to remove Sylvia Smith 
& Child it John Dwire from the Almshouse out of the Province. 

Boston Ss : At a INfeeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 3''. 17GU. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Kuddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, 3Iason. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 9, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Last Fryday a Grand Daughter of one Robinson taken 

with the Small Pox at a House the Head of Griflins AVharff and old 
^^. Robinshaw a French Woman near the Rope Walk at West 
Boston was taken with the same Distemper on the Satturday 
when they were both removed to the Hospital. 

M\ Jaboz Searl who had the Small Pox at the Hospital died 
last Tuesd;.y was Week, and Cap'. Timothy Parker of the same 
Distemper died there on the yesterday morning & were both 
buried the Night following their decease. 

D^ AVhitworth liaving Reported to M\ Mason one of the Select- 
men that !M". Lollier — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 11. 1769. 
Present. 

^'oted, that a Certificate of the usual tenor be sent his Honor 
the Lieut. Governor that the Sloop America Josiah Goiham 
Master from Piiiladelphia stopt at the Castle on account of the 
Small Pox, maybe permitted to come up to Town without en- 
dangering the health of the Inhabitants. 

[31.] I^oston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 
1.3. 1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Hartley, having made Refwrt that several Persons at 
Rainsfords Island, were now so well smoked & cleansed as to be 
fit to leave the Island D'. Whitworth was desired to go down to 
make proper inspection into this matter, and to Report the same 
to the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 16, 1769. 
Present. Henshaw, Jackson. Ruddock, Pemberton, Inclies, Mason. 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons Licensed the 
last year to sell Strong Drink, both as Inidiolders & Retailers 
within this Town and made Return thereon to the Court of Ses- 
sions the last month. And have also at several Meetings con- 
sidered the Petitions for Licenses for the Year ensuing, and the 
following Persons were approved & recommended by them — 
Viz'. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17G0. 



29 



John Fisks - - 
Saimiel Breeding 
Daniel Jones 
Ebenezer Floyd - 



Miles Greenwood 
P^dward Blanchard 
John Whitty - - 
Sarah Daws - - 
Frances Look 
David M^Cloiid - 
Mary Brad lee 
Jonathan Williams 
Benjamin Uumley 

INIary Hall - - 
William Dall - - 
Francis Salmon - 



Inholders. 

At his House near tne Fortification 
At his House in Bronilields Lane 
At his House opposite John Smiths 
At his House near Hancocks Wharff 

Retailers 
At his House near Fortification 
At his Store on Long Wharff 
At his House the Head of Cold Lane 
At hei- House in Sudbury Street 
At her House near D"". Cutlers Church 
At his Shop opposite Gliddens Ship yard 
At her House in Auchmutys Lane 
At his House in Corn Hill 
At his House opposite M''. Pembertons 

Church 
At her House in Common Street 
At his House in Brattle Square 
At his House near M^ Pullin2;s 



[32,] Dauiel Calf 
Muutgear JM'^^Cawell 
Joseph Snelliug - - 
Samuel Webb - 
John Hood - - - 
Rebecca Badger 
Thomas Rand - - 
Ann Chandler 
Margaret Bickner - 
Joseph Henderson - 
Ezekiel Cheevers - 
Benjamin Goodwin - 
John Cleland - - 
Susannah Wells - - 
Rebecca Pxles - - 
Ileurv Trail • - - 



Innholders 
At his House in Sea Street 
At liis Shop in Short Street 
At his House near D\ Cutlers Church 
At his House opposite John Laugdons 
At his House near Tho' Daws Esq. 
At her House in Prince Street 
At his House near V/inters AVharff 
At her House Daltons Row 
At her House near Green Dragon 
At his Distill house in Kneelands Lane 
At his Distill house Rainsfords Square 
At his Distill house North End 
At his House near M''. Pembertons Church 
At her House in Milk Street 
At her House in Butlers Rowe 
At his Shop in Ship Street 



The following Persons 
disapproved 

Mess". 
John Lovering 
Mary Clark 
Gyles Alexander 
John vSergeant 
Lydia Byles 
William Within gton 
William Corbitt 
Elizabeth M<=Cleland 
Samuel Healey 
John Jepson 



Petitioned for Licenses and were 

Mess". 
Abigail Ross 
Hannah Story 
Margaret Stearns 
Mary Doubledee 
Mary Ducers 
Ann Coppinger 
Abigail Whitman 
William Crombie 
Hannah Kent 
Thomas Simmons 



30 City Document No. 42. 

jNIoss". Mess". 

Ileniy Mayers :\Iary Cowell 

AUice Brown ]Margarc't Adams 

Robert Sloan Attalanta Priehard 

Patience Callahan Nathan Thompson 

John Ilobbs Joseph Spence 
Henry Snows 

[33.] D". Whitworth having informed the Selectmen that 
one Bent a Servant of M^ Bacon the Carpenter at New Boston 
liad the Small Pox, He was agreeable to Orders immediately 
sent to the Hospital at New Boston. (mem°. he is supposed to 
have purposely gone in the Avay of the Infection.) 

Passed upon William Grays Province Account amounting to 
£-3-4- lawful Money as p. Copy on File. 

M'. Joseph Jackson apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to set 
up Posts at the Front of Cap'. Mulberrys House, whereupon, 

Coll". Jackson was appointed to view the Street & direct in the 
setting the Posts. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, August 19, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Pemberton, Mason. 

D'. Cast informed the Select men that a Child of one Webbers 
living in Cross Street has the Eruptions of the Small Pox. where- 
upon D^ Whitworth was desired to look u\)on her, who Reports 
that he cannot yet determine whether it is the Small Pox. 

Boston, Aug'. 19, 1769 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

D'. Wliitworth having made Return that the following F.^rsons 
may leave the Hospital with safety to the Inhabitants Our Orders 
are that you permit them to come up immediately after they have 
procured a shift of Clothes viz'. 

M^ Crafts his Wife. Child, 2 Nurses & a Boy 

W\ Foster & 3 Children 

M'. Robinson, & ]\P. Ingerson 

M'. Hayden belonging to Scituate 

M". Martin, if she does not agree with you to stay. 

[34.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 21, 
1709. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Dr. Whitworth being of opinion that a Child of Webbers in 
Cross Sti'eet had the Small Pox, but others doubting wdicther it 
was that Distemper or the Chicken Pox, the Father was consenting 
to its being sent down to Rainsfords Island, tho' against its going 
to the Hospital at New Boston, whereupon AP. Hartley was 
directed to carry the Child down to the IIosj)ital under his care 
this Night. 

Information having been given the Select men that an Appren- 
tice of I\P. Browns at New Boston had the Fruptions of the Small 
Pox, he was by consent, immediately removed to the Hospital at 
that part of the Town. 



SelectiMen's Minutes, 1769. 31 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 22'*. 1769 
A.M. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason. 

Cap'. Wliite of Schooner Esther from Philadelphia 

attended & Reports. That he came from Mediera to Phildelphia 
where he lay but seven Days ; and took in a load of Flour & Bread 
for this Place, all his men have had the Small Pox, & nothing in 
the Vessel liable to retain infection, where upon. Voted, that the 
following Certificate be sent his Honor the Lieu'. Governor 

May it please j^our Honor 

The Schooner P^sther Benjamin White Master from Philadelphia 
has been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox. 
Have examined into the Circumstance.s of said Vessell We are of 
opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without any 
danger to the Inhabitants, if your Honor thinks proper. 
We are 

Your most obed'. Hum. serv'^ 
Joseph Jackson, 
John Ruddock, 
Samuel Pemberton, 
Jonathan Mason. 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston Aug*. 22"^. 1769 
To the Hon'''^ 

Thorn'. Hutchinson Esq. 

[35.] Dr, Whitworth attended and informs the Selectmen, 
that 

Boston Ss ; At a meeting of the Selectmen, August 22''. 1769, 
P.M. Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
Information of three Children with Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug' 23''. 1769, 
Present Henshaw, Pemberton. 

D''. Whitworth having informed the Select men on yesterday 
that three Children, viz', a Child of Matthew Chambers living 
near the Orange Tree and of John Rolley. & of Robert Wallis 
living at West Boston all Soldiers were taken with the Small Pox, 
they were the last Evening removed to the Hospital at that part of 
the Town. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 24, 1769. 
Present Henshaw, Inches. 

The following Advertisement has been published in the several 
News Papers — 

Boston Aug'. 17, 1769. 
The Public are hereby informed that the Small Pox is not any- 
where in Town, but at the Hospital. A young Man an apprentice 
to a Carpenter dwelling at West Boston, was Yesterday taken 
with the Distemper, and immediately removed to said Hospital. 
By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clex'k. 



32 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Moefuig of the Selectmen Aug'. 28' 1709 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set ;it AVheat at -f- 



[Reniainder of entry crossed out, and marginal note sa^'s •' no 
meeting."] 

[30.] M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the 
Almsliouse on the Province Account, one William Orgin a blind 
Man, not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
where Avith all to support himself. Signed by Joseph Jackson & 
Samuel Pemberton, Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 30, 17G9. 
Present, Ilenshaw. Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the assize of Bread be set at Wlicnt at 4/8 p. 
Bushel, and that G"^. p. Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, viz'. 

lb - oz - (Ir 

A 4*^. Loaf Brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigli .---- -...- 2-11 - 

a 4** Ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh - - - 3 - ] 2 - 

a Bisket of a Copper price - <>- 

This Day sent Three Soldiers Wives, viz'. AVallace, Rowley, anci 
Chambers, with two of their Children, and M'. Harsams Daugh- 
ter, from the Hospital at New Boston to Rainsfords Island. 

Mess". Thomas (irenough, Nathaniel Loring, and Ridgeway 
apply'd to have the Pavement in Middle street repair'd. 

Voted, that M". Thomas AVilliston have a Draft for £10 

on Account of Small I'ox. & M^ Hartley for £15. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £20, on Account 
of — 

M^ Love to have a draft for £20. 

drawn for. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Sep'. 3^. 1769. 
Piesent, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Information was given the Selectmen on Sattuday tiiat a 
Soldiers Child nt New Boston had the Small Pox — said Child 
was immediately sent down to Rainsfords Island. 

[37.] Information Avas given the Selectmen that a Child of INP. 
Moores Boaded Alley had the Small I'ox appeared upon it on the 
Yesterday, when the Child was sent to the Hospital at New Bos- 
ton — -AP. Moore was desired by the Selectmen to have two other 
Chililren of his go with the sick one to the Hospital but he sent 
them not withstanding. 

The Selectmen were also informed on tiie Yesterday that the 
Wife of m^ Tuckerman the Hatter living near the Horse Shoe 
had the Eruptions of the Small Pox — they went to said House & 
found she was not in circumstances to be removed, having lain in 
but a few Days — a Flag was ordered out & her Brother William 
Sutton appointed a Guard. 

Coll. Henshaw and M'. Mason a Committee to order Fences to 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1769. 33 

be Erected in order to stop the Passage Ways near J\P. Tuckerrnans 
House. 

Dr. Wliitworth attended, and Reports to the Selectmen that M". 
Chambers & Lollier at the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, being 
now sudicieutly cleansed may be permitted to leav^e the Island, 
with safety. 

Dr. Cast appeared and informed the Selectmen that M^ Webber 
Twinir near Cross Street & Father of the Child sent to the Island, 
had the Small Pox out upon him. 

M''. Williston was directed to look out for Hartley to carry him 
down to said Hospital, he consenting thereto. 

Boston Ss : At a INIecting of the Selectmen, Septem"". 6 17G9 



Present, Henshaw, Jackscn, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

An Apprentice of M"". Bacons & another of M"". Brown, together 
with Nurse Star, were sent from New Boston Hospital to Rains- 
fonls Island on Yesterday. 

[38.] Cap'. Ruddock a Committee to get a passage to Quebeck 
for James JMaylet a French Man, who came in Cap'. Nichols from 
Cadiz being sent by the English Consul. 

M'. Hartley Reports that Mrs. Lollier at Rainsfords Island 
may be permitted to come up to Town, having a fresh Suit of 
Clothes, wiien liberty wns accordingly given. 

M\ Hartlry also Reported that M^ Tylers Bedding &c. was 
suffieientl}' air'd & cleansed, he was therefore directed to bring them 
up to M^ Tyler. 

M^ Hartley was directed to let one Chambers a Soldiers Wife 
come up, to Town, with a fresh Shift of Clothes, he having Reported 
she may leave the Island with safety being sufficiently smoked, 
and that Nurse Star may come up Satturday next she getting a 
fresh Suit of Clothes. 

M^ IMasou & M^ Pemberton a Committee to examine M^ 
Farmer the Keeper of Almshouse Accounts. 

Boston Ss : at a meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 7, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be altered, and that the 
Assize of Bread be now set at Wheat at 5/ p. bushel, and that 
6*^ p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains & 
Livelihood which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2- 1 1- 

A. 4'*. Ditto not above h Indian d" - - o- 12- 

A Bisket of a Copper price - - - - 5-10 

Passed upon M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse his 
Province Accounts amounting as p. Copys on File to £.23-12—10- 
and £.296-1 2-13^- 

The following Orders were given M^ Hartley on the 6'. Instant. 

[39.] Boston September 6, 1769. 

M^ Samuel Hartley 

You are permitted to let M". Lollier leave the Island having a 



34 City Document No. 42. 

fresh Suit of Clothes, as also one Chambers a Soldiers Wife, and 
must send up M^ Tylers Bedding &''. You are also to suffer 
Nurse Star to ccmie up on Sattiirday next she getting a fresh Suit 
of Clothes ; whicli permissions are in conseciuence of your Report, 
that those Persons & Tilings have been sutliciently smoked and 
cleansed. 

By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 13, 17(59. 
Present, Ileushaw, Ruddock. 

M^ Abraham Savage took the Oath, as Collector of Taxes for 
the year 1769, which were administered p. M^ Ruddock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, SeI)tem^ 18, 1709 
Present Ilenshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton. 

Cap'. .Joseph Chapman of Sloop Molly from Philadelphia ap- 
peared & Reports that he left that City about three Weeks past, 
and brings nothing in the Vessel liable to retain the Small Pox. his 
Cargo consists of Flour Iron & Brand, — and he has but one Person 

on board liable to the Distemper whose name is whereupon 

Voted, that the following Certificate be sent his Honor the Lieu'. 
Governor. 

May it please your Honor, 

The Sloop Molly Joseph Chapman Master from Philadelphia has 
been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox ; We 
have examined into the Circumstances of said [40.] Vessel and 
are of Opinion she may be i)ermitted to come up to Town, with- 
out any danger to the Inhabitants if your Honor thinks proper. 
We are 

Your most obed'. 

Hunible Serv". 
Joshua Henshaw 
John Ruddock 
Samuel Pemberton 
Henderson Inches 

Select men of Boston 
Boston, Septem^ 18, 1769 
To 

His Honor Thom'. Hutchinson Esq. Lieu'. Governor. 

M\ Paul Farmer was directed on the 15'. Ins': to receive into 
the Almshouse on the Province Account, one John Collfar a sick 
Person not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor hav- 
ing wherewithall to sul)sist himself, he came in Cap'. Levy Stetson 
from West Indies. 

M". Ruddock desired to order necessary Repairs to the North 
Grammar School. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 20, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton. Mason. 

M^ Hartley Reports that he has brought up M". Robishaw & 



Selectmen's JNIixutes, 17G9. 35 

her Daughter & Wingfields Negro agreeable to Orders they having 
been sutiiciently smoked & cleansed. 

D'. Whitvvorth Reports that Browns Boy & M'. Bacons Boy 
may be permitted to come up, with safety to the Inhabitants. 
M''. Hartley was directed to permit them, to leave the Island, pro- 
vided they have a shift of clothes. 

[Mem°. to enquire relative to Richards Shop near Fortification.] 

M^ Gains master of P^ugine N. 6 presented Nathaniel Law c^ 
Nathaniel Call as Engine in the room of Jabez Searl & William 
White, both deceased, & M''. Uriah Nor Crost in the room of 
Israel Loring who has laid down. 

[41.] Voted, that the Persons named on the other side be 
admitted P^ngine Men for Engine nnder Care of ]\r. Josiah Gains. 

M"". Curtis Master of Engine N°. 8. applied fur the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
F'ire which lately broke out at the Hospital at the Bottom of the 
Common, drawn for. 

Boston vSs : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem"'. 25, 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Last Fryday a Child of Cap'. Stones at New Boston, & a Maid 
of Mr. Allen Otis's, were taken with the Small Pox & sent to the 
Hospital at that part of the Town, and on Satturday the Wife 
of M"". Beals living near the Draw Bridge, & on Sabbath a Sol- 
diers Child at West Boston were also t^Jcen with the Distemper, 
& the former sent to the Hospital the latter to the Pest House 
at Rainsfords Island, and this Day a Soldiers Child at Wheel- 
wrights Barracks was sent to the Hospital at West Boston with 
the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 27, 1769. 
Present, Hens haw, Jackson, Mason. 

Information having been given that M". Beals lately sent to the 
Hospital at West Boston died of the Small Pox this Morning — 
Orders were given M^ Williston to procure a Coffin and see her 
buried this Night with the usual precautions ; — 

Passed upon Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island, his Acco'. am', to £. 6, 10/ as p. Copv on file. 

M'. Edward Jackson approved of as an Inholder, for the re- 
mainder of tlie year, at the House on Dock Square lately occupied 
by M". Cazneau. 

[42.] M''. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed 
by two of the Selectmen, viz'. M'. Henshaw & iMason, one John 
Burch a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewithall to support himself. 

Upon Complaint made by M^ Thomas Baker that Chimneys of 
a House in White Bread Alley owned by M^ Dolling Edwards & 
occupied by David Poor and John Wottle as insufficient and dan- 
gerous. A Warrant was issued impowering Nathaniel Heath & 
John Brown to examine into the Complaint and make Report 
accordingly. 



3() CiTv DoriMENT Xo. 42. 

Passed upon "William Grays Province Accoimt amounting to 
£. 5- 5- lU- as p. Copy on lile. 

Passed upon Joseph Newells Pioviuce Account, amounting in 
the whole to £. 5- 0- 2. 

M^ Putnam having applied for the Premium allowed by the 
Town, to his Comp*'. tor bringing their Engine to work lirst at the 
Fires which lately broke out at M'. Mavericks & M'. Simpsons 
House being 13/4 each which was granted accordingly. 
drawn for. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account by two of the Selectmen Viz'. Coll. Ilen- 
shaw & M"'. ]Mason, one Alexander Thompson a sick Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 

wherewithal! to sup[)ort himself. ■ signed by M"'. Greenleaff 

Overseer. 

]\P. Hartley having Reported that the Woman who nursed M'. 
Tuckermans Child is now sutliciently smoked & cleansed, he was 
directed to bring her up lirst precuring a shift of Clothes. 

^P. Hartley was directed to take down to the Island M'■^ 

Beds, Nurse, & ever^'thing that belongs to her now in the Hospi- 
tal. Also Gap'. Parkers bedding &.". and M". Holland if she 
inclines 

[4Ji.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at 
5/ p. liushel and that Six pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4''. Loaf Brown Bread '^ AVheat I Rye Meal 

must weigh 2-11- 

a 4**. Ditto not above h Indian — d". - - 3- 12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price _-. 5- 10 

The following was sent the Selectmen of Concord. 

Gentlemen, 

We have received j'ours relative to Elizabeth Hinshee and 
would now acquaint you that if it can be made appear that she is 
an Inhabitant of this Town we shall be willing to make any rea- 
sonable allowance for the Charge she may occasion you ; but it is 
our desire that in case she is able to bear a removal she may be 
sent to us by Warrant ; but this on supposition that she belongs 
to this Town. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk 
To the (Gentlemen the Selectmen of Concord. 
Boston September 28. 176'J 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem 28, 1769. 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 
Collector of Taxes directed to attend — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem"'. 28, 1769. 
P.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 



Selectmen's Mixutes, 17G9. 37 

Collector of Taxes attended, when M"". Samuel Ruggles Jm\\ 
acquainted the Selectmen that he declined serving as a Collector. 

[44. J Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 
29. I7(j'j — Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on Wednesday the fourth Day of October nest at lU. OClock. 
Before Noon. 

xMess". Edes and Gill had the printing of the Notifications by 
order of one of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 3''. 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Capt. William Church of Sloop Rainbow from Philadelpliia at- 
tended tt Reports, that he left that City about 15 Days past, with 
a Load of Flour & Iron, and has not any thing on board, which 
is likely to retain infection ; that no one of his People have had 
the Small Pox neither have they been in the way of Infection, 
whereupon. 

Voted, that said Vessel be permitted to come up, and that the 
following Certificate be sent his Honor the Lieu'. Governor — 

May it please your Honor 

The Sloop Rainbow William Church Master from Philadelphia 
has been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox ; 
Having examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without any 
danger to the Inhabitants if your Honor thinks proper — 
We are 

Your most Obed'. 

Humble Serv'^ 

Joseph Jackson 
Samuel Pemiierton 
Henderson Inches 
Jon'*. Mason 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston Octo^ 3^ 1769 

To Hon'''''. Thomas Hutchinson Esq 

Lieu'. Governor 

[45.] M^ Hartley attended & Reports that he carried down 
to the Island on the yesterday M''. Tuckermau, her Husband 
Nurse & one Child ; and brought up from thence the same Day. 
Sarah Brown — who had been employed as a AVet Nurse 

M''. William Moore having a Child sick in the Hospital at New 
Boston, was permitted to go into said Hospital, he engaging to 
leave it when his Room shall be wanted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 4, 1769, 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton. 

M\ Gyles apply'd for liberty to open a Drain out of his yard 
in Middle street into the Common Shore. 



38 City Document No. 42. 

X'oted, that liborty be granted provided the Ground & Pavement 
is nuide good to the hatisfactiou of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 4, 1769 P.M. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Pemberton, Mason. 

M^ Hartley Reports, that M". Holland, M". Jones, & M^ Bell, 
are smoked & cleansed, and may leave the Hospital with safety, 
Orders were therefore given him to bring them up as soon as they 
have a shift of Clothes. 

M^ Hartley is permitted to take M'. More his Wife & 2 Children 
from the Hospital at New Boston to the Island in order for 
cleansing, as also Stones Child & Otis's Maid. 

M'. Abraham Savage was directed to let M^ Samuel Hartley 
have ten or twelve Pounds law^ful money for the use of the Hospi- 
tal at Rainsfords Island. 

I)^ Whitworth Avas desired to examine a Child of one Bills a 
soldier at New Boston, he Reported that the Child had not had 
the Small Pox. 

[4:0.] Ca|)'. Josiah Gorham of Sloop America from Philadel- 
phia attended <k Reports, That he left said City about Eighteen 
Days, his Lading consisting of Flour & Iron he has 2 Boxes of 
Lennnons, & 3 Boxes of Irish Liunen on board, which had not been 
three Days in Philadelphia where tiiey were Imported from London 
Derry before they were taken on board, his People all well & not 
liable to take the Infection except the Captains Son, neither has 
he anything on board liable to retain the Small Pox, whereupon, 

Voted, that she may be permitted to come up, first smoking the 
Cabbin & Steerage, together with the 3 Boxes of Linueu & that a 
Certificate of the following tenor be given. 

May it please your Honor, 

The Sloop America, Josiah Gorham IMaster from Philadelphia 
has been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox ; 
Having examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without any 
danger to the Inhabitants if your Honor thinks proper. We are 
Your most obed'. 

Humble serv'^ 

Joshua Hensiiaw 
Samuel Pemberton 
Jonathan Mason 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston October 4. 17G9 — 

To the Hon'''''. Thom*. Hutchinson Esq. 
Lieu'. Governor. 

AP. IMills whose Children was removed from the Neighborhood 
of W\ Tuekerman, for fear of the Small Pox has liberty to bring 
his Children home next Monda}'. 

_[47.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 5, 
17(j'J. Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 



Selectjien's Minutes, 1769. 89 

Cap'. Benjamia Gorham of Sloop Hannah from Philadelphia at- 
tended & Reports, That he left Philadelphia fourteen Days ago, 
with a Load of Flour Iron & Salt & Bran & has notliing on board 
liable to retain Infection, No one of his People h:ive been taken 
with the Small Pox in the Voyage but two of them were left at 
the Vine Yard sick of the Bloody Flux, he has Four of his Peo- 
ple who are liable to the Distemper, and if they should complain 
of being ill he will immediately acquaint the Selectmen, — has a few 
Hampers of Bottles ou Deck. 

Voted, that she may be pei-mitted to come up, first smoking the 
Cabbin Steerage & the Hampers of Bottles & that the following 
Certificate be given. 

May it please your Honor 

The Sloop Hannah Benjamin Gorham Master from Philadelphia 
has been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox ; 
Having examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without any 
danger to the Inhabitants, if your Honor thinks proper. We are 

Your most Obed'. 

Humble Servants 

Joseph Jackson 
Samuel Pembeuton 
Henderson Inches 
JoNATHN. Mason 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston October 5, 1769 

To the Hon'''" Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Lieu'. Governor. 

[48.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct°^ 7, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, INIason. 

The Selectmen having received Information from a number of 
Persons living at the Southerly part of the Town, that they were 
continually disturbed & abused by the Kings Soldiers at the 
Guard House near the Fortification Gates who every Night com- 
mit Theft and Robberies & that some of the Officers themselves 
instead of checking them, treat the Complaints of the Inhabitants 
with the most intoUerable Insult. These Inhabitants also re- 
questmg that a Meeting of the Inhabitants may be called as soon 
as may be to consider of what steps may be proper to be taken 
to prevent such abuses as they have suffered & are still likely to 
suffer ; Have so far considered of these matters, as for the pres- 
ent to direct, that Constable Martin of the South End Watch to- 
gether with one Man out of each of the other Watches proceed 
at Nights to a House of M^ Pierpoints near the Gates at the 
South F^nd, there to watch and ward, in order to prevent such 
abuses in future, and that the following Directions be now given 
the Constable of the Watch 

Boston October 7. 1769. 
Mr. John Martin 

Complaint having been made to us by a considerable num- 
ber of the Inhabitants living at the South part of the Town, 



40 City Document Xo. 42. 

that they are oontimially disturbed & abused by the Kings 
Soldiers at the Guard House near the Entrance Gates at the 
South Knd, and that every Night Thefts & Koberries are com- 
mitted by them. Our Orders to you as Constable of the South 
Watch are, That you take one man from the [49. j North 
NVatch another .Man from the Dock AVatch and one more from 
the Town House Watch with whom you are to Kepair at Nights 
to a House of i\P. Robert Pierpoints where you will be acconnno- 
dated for the present, and with those Men you must use your 
best and most prudent endeavors to prevent a repetition of the 
abuses and Disturbances complaiu'd of and to come at the knowl- 
edge of those Persons who have or may be guilty of such offences, 
by taking and securing some of the Offenders if possible, or by 
observing them so narrowly as that you may be able to evidence 
against tliein when called before the IMajistrates. We refer you 
to oiu- former Ordei*s given you as Constable of the Watch, and 
to the Laws Knactod for the regulation of the Town Watch, and 
doubt not of your conforming yourself thereto. 
By Order of the Select men 

AV'iLLiAM Cooper Town Clerk 

The Connnittee appointed to survey Mess""'. Poors and AVottles 
Chimnies, Reported that they had thoroughly searched the Chira- 
nies of said House in White Bread Alley, and that according to 
the best of their judgment they found them not fit by any means 
to make Fires in them any longer till they are repaired. 

The Copy of the Warrant for the survey is as follows 

Boston Septem' 27, 1769. 
Mess". Nathaniel Heath & .John Brown 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a 
House in White Bread Alley occupied by David Poor and John 
Wottle, are insuflicient and dangerous. [50.] We desire and 
in)i)ower you to survey the same, and Report to us your Judgment 
concerning them. 

Joshua Hensiiaw 
Joseph Jackson 
John Ruddock 
JoN'*^. Mason 

Selectmen of Boston 

In consequence of the Return made on the aforesaid Warrant, 
it was Voted that the following Order be sent Mess""'. Poor and 
Wottle. 

Boston Octo^ 7, 17G9. 
INIess". David Poor & John Wottle 

Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of this 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House occupied by you, 
AVe issued our ^V arrant for a survey, a Copy of the Return made 
on said Warrant you have above. Agreeable to the directions of 
the Law in that Case made and i)rovided we hereby warn you 
not to make or suffer any Fires to be made in said Chimneys, 
till the defects are cured either by amending repairing or re- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1709. 41 

huilding said Chiiunies, as you would avoid the penaltys of said 
Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 11, 1769. 

Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Abraham Savage Collector of Taxes for 17G!.). Proposed 

M^ Nathaniel Green Merch'. & M' Archibald M^Neall for his 

Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

T>\ Whitworth having Reported that the following Persons [51.] 
Have been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, & may leave tlic 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants, he was ordered to let thein 
come up to Town, each having a shift of Clothes provided 
them. 

The Persons are 

]\P. Moore his Wife & Family 
M'. Tuckcrraan & his Daughter 
M^ Wallis's his Wife and Child 
Nurse Kent 

M". Saunders and Child 
M^ Bowdine who keeps the George Tavern waited upon the 
Select men for their Liberty, that Fire Works, should be exhibited 
at his yard, on Thursday Evening next, to which the Selectmen 
were consenting. 

Coll. Henshaw & M''. Inches a Comnl<'^ to order the necessary 
Repairs to the South Writing School. 
Mem°. JM^ Faxtons Leace 

M^ Browns d°. to be signed. 
Ordered, that the Assize of Bread of Bread be Altered & now 
set at Wheat at o/-i'^. p. Bushel and that G'^ p. Bushel be allowed 
to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Livelihood which is 
computed as follows Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'' Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal must 

weigh 11-2 

A 4''. Ditto not above ^ Indian d'\ 13-2 

A Bisket of a Copper price - 5-4 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 18, 17G9 — 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Hartley was directed to bring up jNI"". Tuckerman his Wife l''; 
Clnld, and to take down the Things liable to Infection to the 
Island there to be aired and cleansed. 

[52.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oclo^ 21, 
17G9. Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that one Bills a 
Soldier, who came up from Rainsforda Island where he had at- 
tended his Child, about a fortnight past, had his AVife taken with 
the Small Pox, D'. Whitworth was sent for, who Reported that 



42 City Document Xo. 42. 

she liad tho Small Pox, whereupon she was together with her ITus- 
baml ifc Child sent down on Thursday to the IIos[)ital at Kains- 
fords Island. 

Mv. Williston was directed to ac(|iuiint M^ Clark who has kept 
Watch at the Hospital at New Boston, that he may leave the 
"Watch this Evening as also M'. Ilersom that he takes care no one 
conies in or goes out of the Hospital, till the further Orders of the 
Selectmen. 

lioston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 24, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Puddock, Pemberton, Inches, ^Nlason. 

D^ Whitworth informs the Selectmen that one 3P. Daniel Sear- 
geants Wife is taken with the Small Pox at the Sugar House Bar- 
racks New Boston, and that she is willing to be sent down to the 
Island, whereupon Orders were given ]\P. AVilliston to procure 
Lucas's Boat to carry her down this Afternoon. 

Boston Ss : At a ]Mceting of the Selectmen, Oct'. 25, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

M^ Samuel Ruggles Jun''. one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
1767 — having produced to the Selectmen the Town County & 
Province Treasurers Peceipt in full for the Sums committed to 
him to Collect for that 3'ear. 

Voted, that he have a Draft for his Premium agreeable to the 
Vote of tho Town, and that His Bonds l)e delivered him up. 

M'. Williston Reported that the Boat carried off Sergeant 
M°. Daniels Wife this morning. 

[53.] INF. Salter Collector of Taxes, for 1769 proposes INIess. 
Daniel Rea, Gentleman, & Thomas Parker, Mason, for his Bonds- 
men. 

M^ Jacob AVcndcU appeared, and informed the Selectmen that 
he declined serving in the Oflice of a Collector to which he was 
chosen at the last Town Meeting. 

M'. Edward IloUyday Collector of Taxes for 1769, proposes M"'. 
John Winslow ]\Ierch'. & M^ Harmonees Brinmier Apothecary for 
his Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

M'. Robert Pierpoint appeared and informed the Selectmen that 
he had met with further Insults & injuries from the Soldiers at the 
Guard House, near the Fortification. 

whereupon he was advised to consult proper Council in order for 
his proceedure, — and the Selectmen assured him that they would 
recommend to the Town a Reimbursement for the Cliaige he may 
be at. 

Voted, that a New Watch house be immediately Erected upon 
the Towns Land adjoin'g Fortification of 1 2 feet Square, that M'. 
Robert Pierpoint have the Building of said House, and that four 
men be added to the AVatch. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 27, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason 



Selectmen's MrNUTER, 17G9. 43 

M"". Martin Constable of the South "Watch presented the follow- 
ing Persons for the addition to the South Watch, Viz. 
Mess'^ Richard Tucker 
David Farrar 
Acaron Hartshorne 
Isaac Harper 
Perez Webb 
who were directed to appear next Monday 

[54.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo"". 
28, 1769. Present, llenshaw, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

Cap'. Elijah Luce in the Sloop Molly from Philadelphia Reports 
that he left that City on the 15' Ins'. His Vessel laden with Flour 
& Barr Iron two Casks of Beer and 1 Box of Lemmons — 

A Certificate of the common tenor was delivered the Cap', for 
the Lieu'. Governor in order for the Vessels coming up. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 30, 
1769. — Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, JNIason. 

A Child of one Sanders a Soldiers Wife living at Wheclwriglits 
Wharff, who came up from Rainsfords Island about 14 Days ago 
where slie had been attending a Child, being taken with the Small 
Pox ; was this Forenoon sent down to the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island together with the Mother. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 4*^. p. 
Bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4"^. Loaf brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2 - 11 - 

a 4^^. Ditto not above |- Indian meal d". 3 - 12 - 
a Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

M'. John Martin is appointed Constable of the New Watch near 
the Fortification, and the following Persons are appointed as 
Watchmen, Viz'. 

Richard Tucker Aaron Hartshorne 

David Farrar Isaac Harper 

Constable Martin was directed to go with them to the New 
Watch when finished which sui)pose will be on the Morrow. 

[55. J M'. Thomas Bradford appointed Constable of the South 
Watcli Pro. Temp*^^. during the absence of Constable Martin who 
has been placed at the upper Watch House, and Perez Webb is 
added to said Watch in the room of M". Martin. (W"\ M'=fadden 
in his Room.) 

M'. Josepli Putnam of Engine N". 4 applied for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire which lately broke out at the House of Jacob Royal Esq. 
which was accordingly allowed — drawn for. 

M'. Williston was directed to acquaint M^ Hersom the Keeper 
of the Almshouse Hospital at New Boston, that lie may now come 



44 City Document No. 42. , 

jiliroad in ovtler to carry on his hnsinoss, and that the Supplys 
wliich have been sent to the Family since they liave been shut uj), 
be now stopt. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Novenr, 1, 17G0. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. Mason. 

Voted, that M'. Samuel Hartley liave a Draft on the Town 
Treasurer for Twenty three Pounds six S]iillin,!:!;.s and eight Pence, 
drawn for. 

A Soldiers Wife at Wheelwrights Wharff, sick of tlie Small Pox 
whose name was Distance, sent to Kainsfords Island. 

Boston Ss . At a meeting of the Selectmen, Novem"". 3, 17()9. 
Present, Ilenshaw, J.ackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembeilon. 

Cap'. William Church of Sloop Rainbow, Master from Philadel- 
phia attended & Reports That he left that City about seven Days 
ago with a load of Flour and Iron, and has not anything on board, 
which is likely to retain Infection, and that no one of his People 
liave had the Small Pox, for which reason they all kept out of the 
way of Infection. 

Voted, that said Vessel be permitted to come xip, and that a 
Certificate of the common tenor be given for the Lieu', (iovernor 

[5(>.] ]\P. Robert Pierpoint has Agreed with the Selectmen 
for a spot of Ground on the West side of tlic street near tlie Brest 
work, and to allow Two Pounds thirteen Shillings and four i)ence 
as Ground Rent for the same. 

Passed ui)on John Ruddock Esq. his Province Accounts 
Amounting to £. 2-14- as by Copy of Account on file. 

M'"^ Sarah Silsbey applyed to the Select men for their approbation 
of her to keep Taveiii in the room of her late Father deceased at 
their House in Crooked Lane, and she was approbated accord- 
ingly. 

Voted that Samuel Hassliam have a Draft on the Trcasui-er 
for £.8 — lawful money in p'. for services m the Small Pox. (to 
go in October Draft) 

Boston Ss: At a :\reeting of the Selectmen, Novem\ 9, 17G0. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

Voted, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting on ]Mon- 
day 9. OClock Before Noon. 

Voted, that Mess". Fleets have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almsliouse on the Province Acco'. one Bush a poor 
Cliild to be supported there the Child being a Stranger & not an 
inhabitant of any Town in this Province. 

The following Orders were given M'. Thomas Bradford appointed 
Constable of the South Watch. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17 GO. 4/3 

Boston Novem''. P', 17G9. 
M^ Thomas Bradfovd 

The Selectmen having appointed you, pro Temporo Constable 
of the Watch at tlie South Fart of the Town do order & direct. 

[57.] 1". That you with the Watclimeu under you attend 
at s**. Watch House at the Hours of 9 oCIock everv Night from the 
20'\ of Sept^ to the 20"'. of March and continue till clear day liglit, 
and at the Hours of 10 •'Clock from the 20"^. of March to the 2(>'^ 
of September, that you & each of you continue upon Duty untill 
Sunrise ; & if any of your Division should misbehave you must in- 
form the Select men of it. 

2''. That you keep a fair Journal of your doings every Night, 
how you find the State of the Town, and who of the Watchmen are 
on Duty, and Report to the Selectmen every AVednesday. 

3^. That two at least of your Division taking their Staves with 
them walk the Rounds within your Ward, twice at least every 
Night, or oftner if necessary, setting out from the Watch House 
at such Times in the Night as you shall judge best, varying the 
Time according to your discretion. 

4"^. In going the Rounds Care must be taken that the Watch- 
men are not Noisy but behave themselves with strict decorum, 
that they frequently give the Time of the Night & what the 
Weather is with a distinct but moderate Voice, excepting at Times 
when it is necessary to pass in Silence in order to detect and se- 
cure Persons that are out on unlawful Actions. 

o"*. You & your Division must endeavour to suppress all 
Routs Riots & other Disorders that may be committed in the 
Night and secure such Person as may be guilty ; that proper steps 
may be taken 'the next Morning for a prosecution as tlie Law 
directs, we absolutely forbid your taking private satisfaction, or 
any bribe that may be otfer'd you to let such go or to conceal their 
offence from the Selectmen. 

6thiy_ You are to take up all Negroes Indian and Molatto Slaves 
that may be absent from their masters House after nine "Clock at 
Night and passing the Streets unless tliey are carrying Lanthorns 
with light Candles and can give a good and satisfactory Account 
of their Business that such offenders may be proceeded with ac- 
cording to Law. 

7*'y. The Selectmen expect that you execute your office with 
Resolution & Firmness not using any affronting langage but be- 
having with discretion & Calmness, that it may appear you 
do not abuse even Offenders & they recommend to you and your 
Division that you behave with Sobriety Temperance Vigilence and 
Fidelity and agreeable to the Laws f Your Office [5S.^ requires 
a Conduct ; the Security of the Town demands it, & you may be 
assured that your continuance in the place to which you are 
appointed altogether depends upon it 

By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

The following Orders were given M'. John Martin appointed 
Constable of the New South Watch. 



46 City Document No. 42. 

Boston, November 1". 1769. 
M'. John Martin 

Coni[)laint Laving been made to ns by a Considerable Number of 
the Inluibitants living at tlie South Part of the Town, that the}' 
are continually disturbed and abused by the Kings Soldiers at the 
Guard House near the I^ntrance Gates at the South End, and 
that ever}' Night Thefts and Robberies are committed by them. 
We have upon Consideration of said Complaint and Information, 
tliouglit it for the quiet & safety of tlie Inluibitants that a Watch 
should be placed near said Guard House and have accordingly ap- 
jjointed one consisting of Four Persons exclusive of yourself. 
Viz'. Mess". Ilichard Tucker, David Farrar, Aaron Hartshorn, 
Isaac Harper, — of this Watch you are appointed the Constable, 
And our Orders to you therefore are, That you repair with the 
above named Persons every Night to the House we have caused 
to be erected for your accommodation on the Towns Land almost 
opposite to 'SV. Robert Pierpoints House, and that j'ou use your 
Jitmost and most i)rudent Endeavours to prevent a Repetition of 
the Abuses Robberies & Disturbances complained off, and also 
to come at the knowledge of those Persons who have, or ma}' he 
guilty of such offences, by taking and securing some of the 
offenders if possible, or by observing them so narrowly, as that you 
may be able to evidence against them Avhen called upon as Wit- 
nesses. We depend upon your Care and Fidelity, that the People 
of your AVatch are kept to your Duty, that they may answer the 
end of Watclnnen, especially by contributing to the quiet and 
safety of those Inhabitants who have more immediately procured 
this appointment. We refer you to our former Orders given you 
as Constable of the other South Watch [59.] and. to the Laws 
enacted for the regulation of the Town Watch, and doubt not of 
your conforming yourself thereto. 

By the Order of the Select men 

W^iLLiAM CooPEK Towu Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 11, 1769. 
Present 

Cap'. John Laighton of Schooner Elizabeth from Philadelphia 
appeared and Reports, That he left that City last Wednesday 
was Week with a load of Flour and Iron, and has not anything on 
board likely to convey Infection — wheieup a Certificate was given 
his Honor the Lieu'. Governor of the common tenor. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov''. 12, 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Cap'. Edward Bacon of Sloop Hope from Philadelphia attended 
and Reports, That he left Philadelpliia Yesterday was AVeek his 
Cargo consisting of Flour, Iron, & Six Hampers of Bottles upon 
the Quarter Deck of the Vessel, and has nothing on board liable 
to retain Infection, the Captain & Lemuel Freeman & John 
Gold, two of his People have not had the Small Pox. 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent the Lieu'. Gov'. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17 47 

May it please your Honor 

The Sloop Hope Edward Bacon Master from Philadelphia has 
been stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox : Hav- 
ing examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without any 
danger to the Inhabitants if your Honor thinks proper — We are 

Youj' most obed'. hum. Serv'. 

Select men of Boston 
Boston Nov^ 12. 17G9 

To the Hou'''^ Hutchinson Esq. 

Lieu'. Governor. 

[60.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 13, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

jNP. Edward Games informs the Selectmen, that he has taken 
into a House of his as a Tenant one Daniel M'^.Alpen a Fencing 
Master, who came in Gap'. Gorham from Nova Scotia. 

Boston Ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem'^. 15, 17G9. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

]M". Tayler prays Liberty to oi)en the Ground from her House 
in Marlborough Street into tlie Common Shore in order to clear 
her Cellar of Water. 

M"". Inches & Mason a Comm^^. to view the Groinid and make 
Report. 

M"". Hashani having desired the Selectmen to permit her Daugh- 
ter now at Rainsfords Island, to come up to Town, the Town 
Cleik was directed to acquaint M'. Hartley, that he is allowed to 
bring up said Person, |)rovidcd she is first well cleansed, and a 
Shift of Clotlies found for her. 

Mr. Farnur keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive in 
the Alms-house on the Piovince Account one Mary Scott a 
Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support herself — said Scott came in Cap'. 
Wier from Qucbeck. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 17. 17G9. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M''. Hartley a[)peared & Reported, that M'"^ Saunders & M'. 
Distance, liave been sufficiently smoked & cleansed, & may leave 
the Island with safety provided, they have a fresh shift of 
Clothes. Whereupon Liberty was given accordmgly. 

[61.] Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 20, 
1769. Present, Hancock, Pemberton. 

Cap'. William Wyer of Sloop Susannah from Philadelphia stopt 
at Castle William, — Reports, That he left that City eleven Days 
ago, with a Cargo of Flour Bread and Iron, that he has but two 
of his men who are liable to take the Small Pox, but nothing on 
board likely to retain Infection. 

A Certificate for the Lieuten'. Governor of the usual tenor 



48 City Document No. 42. 

was given the Captain, signed by four of the Select men, Viz*. 
Co". Jackson, INF. Hancock, M'. reinbcrton & M'. Inches. 

Boston, Ss: At a INIeeting of tlie Selectmen, Nov^ 22<>. 17G9. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

U\ Hartley Reports — That M^ Bell his AVife and Child, 
and M"". Kowly his Wife and Child, are now su/ficiently smoked 
& cleansed, and may leave the Island with safety, provided they 
have a shift of Clothes — which neither of them are yet furnished 
with — And that it is her (sic) Opinion that M'. Stones Child is not 
yet fit to come up with safet}' — whereupon — 

Boston, Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Novem"". 25, 
17G9. Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

The Selectmen took into Consideration the Vote of the Town 
respecting entering their Complaint against the Governor Com- 
missioner and others who have wrote Incendiary Letters against 
the Town and Agreed to attend the Grand Jury for that purpose 
on Monday the 27 Ins'. 3. OClock. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Novem'. 27. 
17G9. Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

Cap'. William Mackay applys to the Selectmen for Liberty to 
open a Drain from his House la Fish Street in order to clear his 
Cellar of Water. 

[(>*2.] Voted, thnt Libert}' be granted provided the Ground 
and Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at 5/4''. p. 
lUisliel :ind that C. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

A 4''. Loaf l)rown P.rcad ^ Wlieat i Rye meal 

must weigii ---.. 2-11- 

A 4*^. Ditto not above i Indian meal — d". - - 3 - 12 - 

A Bisket of a Copi)er price • 5-4. 

Boston. Ss : At a fleeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 29, 1709. 
Present. Jackson, Hancock. Pemberton, IVIason. 

Cap'. Josiah Gorham of Sloop America from Philadelphia, 
Reports that he left that City eighteen Days ago, his Vessel 
loaded with Flour and Iron, and has nothing on board liable to 
infection, two of his People have not had the Small Pox, where- 
upon, 

Voted a Certificate be given him of the usual tenor. 

Received from D^ Whitworth a Return of the Bed & Bed 
Clothes at the Province Hospital, New Boston, Viz'. 

2 Fether Beds 6 pair Sheets 

3 Flock — ditto 3 Coverlids 



Selectmen's Minutes, 17G9. 49 

2 Bolsters 2 Bedsteads 

4 Pillows 2 Close Stools 

29 Blankets 2 Bed Paus 

M"". Barrel, Calf & Andrews, a Committee from the Clerks of 
the Market Com[)lain of M'. Harris the Baker & his Servant 
Robert Davis, as having abused M'. Barrel & Andrews, by charg- 
ing the former with stealing their Bread & other ill Language & 
also M'. Sircombs man named Cook — abused M'. John Bernard. 

[63.] One Ann Morey a sick Stranger not having wherewith 
to support herself was sent to the Alms house to be supported 
on the Province Charge, the Order on M'. Paul Farmer was signed 
by M^ Pemberton & Mason. 

M"". Samuel Hartley having Reported, that M'. Stones Child 
was nov7 so well smoked & cleansed that with a fresh shift of 
Clothes he may be permitted to come up to Town with safety to 
the Inhabitants, whereupon Orders were given him accordingly. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house to 
be supported at the Province Charge one PLlizabeth Smith who is 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province is sick & has not 
wherewithall to sui)port herself, the Order was signed by M^ Pem- 
berton & Mason two of the Select men & is to be signed by M'. 
Samuel Whitwell Overseer. 

Voted, that W". Cooper the Clerk have a draft for £. 20. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem''. 4, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

M'". Pemberton & M^ INIason a Comm'^''. to enquire into the Cir- 
cumstances of one Beacham a Soldiers Wife in the Almshouse 
from Dorchester to this Town. 

Cap'. Josiah Rogers of Schooner Ninety two, stopt Rainsfords 
Island, appeared & Reports that he left Quebeck the 8' or 9' of 
November, about 12 Days after Sayling one of his hands was 
taken with the Small Pox ; and landed at Canseau, and about 9 
Days ago one Scaioels Hopkins was taken with the same Distem- 
[ler. That he has only ballast on board, excepting a Trunk & a 
Chest of a Passenger — no one on board but the Captain & M\ 
Seth Bangs the Mate [64. J Are liable to take the Infection — the 
Peoples Names are Edward Bryant Francis Lee — the Passengers 
Name William Edgar — The Captain informs that the Small Pox 
is in Quebeck as well as Mount Real, whereupon Voted, that the 
Vessel and People be sent down to Rainsfords Island & the fol- 
lowing Orders were given M'. Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital. 

Boston Decern"'. 4. 1769. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

Cap'. Josiah Rogers of Schooner Ninety-two, from Quebeck, 
having one Scammel Hopkins on board with the Small Pox — 
The Vessel is ordered to your Island, and you must receive the 
Captain and others into the Wellhouse who are liable to take 
the Infection and the sick Person into the Hospital, and see that 



^•0 City Document Xo. 42. 

the Vessel is well smoked & cleansed & kept untill further Or- 
ders. 

Joshua IIexshaw, 
JosKi'H Jackson, 
John Kuddock, 
John Hancock, 
Samikl J'kmbkkton, 
Hendekson Inches, 
Jonathan Mason. 

Select men of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern". 6, 1769. 
Present, Ileiishaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

^P. Syicombs 3'oung man appeared, also i\P. Harris and his 
Servant, tiie Clerk of the JNIarket also appeared. 

The following Letter or Petition was sent his Honor the Lieu- 
ten'. Governor. 

]\ray it please 3'our Honor Having found upon examuiation 
that the Small Pox prevails in Mount Poyal and Quebeck, we 
think it our duty to acquaint your Honor therewith and to desire 
that [(>/>.] Orders may be given the Commandnig Ollicer at 
Castle W'illiaui to stop all Vessels that may arrive from Cannada 
for an examination — We are 

Your Honors 

most Obedient 

Hum. Serv'^ 
Joshua Henshaw, 
Joseph Jackson, 
John Ruddock, 
John Hancock, 
Samuel Pemberton, 
IL-:nderson Inches, 
Jonathan Mason. 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston, Decem^ 4, 17r>9. 

To the Lieu'. Governor. 

Ordered, that the I'own Clerk issue his Warrant for calling a 
Meeting of the Town on Friday the 8' Ins'. 3. OClock A.M. (.s/t). 

Coll". Jackson join'd with Cap'. Ruddock as a Committee on 
the Repairs of North Schools. 

Boston Ss: At a :\Ieetiug of the Selectmen, Dec'. 7, 17(;!). 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock. 

Cap'. Priuce Bears of Sloop Hannah from Philadelphia Reports 
that he left said Place fifteen Days ago, his Cargo consisting of 
Flour, Iron, a few Hampers of Bottles. & some Bran, that neither, 
himself nor his four Men have had the Small Pox and that they 
therefore kept out of the way of infection — where upon the Certifi- 
cate was given the Captain for the Lieu'. Governor of the usual 
tenor. 



Selectmen's Minutes, lltjl). 51 

A Certificate was given Cap'. Ilopkius to tlie Lieu', Governor 
to permit his Schooner Ninety two to come up to Town. 

[60.] ]>uston 8s: At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, l)ecenl^ 13, 
1769. Present, Hensliaw, Jackson, Kudtlock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

M'. Benjamin Henderson Collector for 17G9 — presents Cap'. 
Job Prince and M^ Edward Carnes as his Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted, and that the Clerk be directed to 
make out his Bonds accordingly. 

Voted that the Clerk be directed to prepare a number of Blank 
Bonds, not less than twelve, to be taken of such masters of Ves- 
sels as bring in Strangers to indemnify Town and Province. 

M'. Gains Master of New Boston Engine applyed for the Pre- 
mium of thirteen Shillings and four Pence allowed by the Town to 
his Company for bringing their Engine to work first upon the Eire 
which lately broke out at Cap'. Smalls at New ]5oston. 

Voted, that jNI'. Gains have a draft for the Premium next 
Draft Day. ■ drawn for. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Dccem^ 18, 1769. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Voted, that Maj''. Jonathan P:iyson, have a Draft on the Town 
Treasury for the sum of One hundred & two pounds - 1 - 4id. being 
the amount of his J i)art of the Premium, for Collecting the Tax of 
1765, he having produced the Town County and Province Treas- 
urers Receipts in full for the Sum connnitted to him to Collect for 
said year — (drawn for.) 

Voted, that m'. Payson have his Bonds as Collector for the 
Year 1765, he having shown the Treasurers Receipt in full. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Decera'. 20, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Mason. 

[67.] Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. Inform'd the Selectmen ia 
writing Decern'. 13. Ins', that on the 4' of said December there 
came tx) live with him a young Woman named Sarah Pike, she v/as 
originally of Tewksbury but last of Roxbury, where she lived 
about three Months. 

M^ Abraham Savage having produced the Town County & 
Province Treasurers Receits in full for the Sum committed to him 
to Collect in the year 1767. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the Premium on the same 
agreeable to a Town Vote, which amounts to £. 116 - 1. 3^, as p. 
his Account drawn for. 

The following Letter was sent M'. Hartley 

M'. Saml Hartley 

You have Represented to us that the Clothing &c. belonging to 
M''. William P2dgar who came Passenger m Cap'. Rogers from 
Quebeck, have been so well smoked, that they may be brought off 
with safety, you are permitted to bring them up as also Cap'. 
Roger's and M"". Bangs's Clothing which you also Report has been 



52 CiTV DOCLMENT No. 42. 

well smoked and cleansed — And if ^P. Ban^^s should Tna'':p no 
complaints on Satturday next 3'oii may then permit him to come 
up to lk)ston. 

K hvaid liryants Clothing being also as you say smoked &, 
cleansed they may also l)e sent up. 

l>y Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooplu Town Clerk, 

Passed upon John Rowse ICsq. his Province Account am°. to 
£. 10 - - G.i as by Co[)y on File. 

I\I^ Pemberton & Mason a Committee to examine the Small 
Pox Accounts. 

[08.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem^ 
(27 in the margin) 17G9 — Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, 
Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
Bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Vi^'. 

lb. 07.. dr. 

A 4**. Loaf brown Bread -^ Wheat ,^ Rye meal — must 

weigh - 2-11 

a 4''. Ditto not above i Indian Meal — d". - - - 3-12 
a Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

Jonathan .Jenkins Master of N°. o presented John Bound as a 
suitable Person for his P^ugiue Comi)^. in the room of William 
Darricut who is deceased. 

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

Josiah Gains, master of P^ngine N°. 6. presented George Cade & 
AVilliam Ross, as suitable Persons for his Engine Comp''. in the 
room of Rigdel Oolle. dec**. & (iershom Flagg removed out of Town. 

Voted, tliat they be accepted accordingiy. 

M'. (Jains apply'd for the Premium allowed by the Town for 
bringing tiieir Engine to play first at tiie Fire which lately broke 
out at M". Pollards House, New Boston. 

A'oted, that he have a draft for 13/4'^. for the above Premiums, 
drawn for. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 2". 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Mason. 

[Mem", dl'd. AP, p:iiot D.D. 2 large Folio Volumes in Lattin.J 

Sergeant Peavy informs that one of his Children in the Barracks 
at Wheelwrights Whartf, has the Eruptions of the Small Pox — 
Coll". Dalriinple also sent Sergeant Foster to acqu:uut the Select- 
men with the same. D^ Whitworth wasc^cnt & conlirms its being 
the Small Pox. 

IVP. Hartley having Reported that the Widow Searles [G9.j 
Clothing IS now sulliciently smoked & cleansed, he had liberty to 
bring the same up. As also AP. Thompson his Wife & Child they 
being as you represent well cleansed from the Infection of the 
Small Pox, 



SelectiMEn's Minutes, 1770. 53 

Last Satturclay M'. Bangs who came in Cap'. Rogers from Que- 
beck, bad tbe '^t:niptions of tbe Small Pox, was sent down to 
Raiusfords Island. 

Boston Jan^. 2''. 1770 

},i\ Samuel Hartley 

You bavuig Reported to us tbe tbe Clotbing and other Things, 
belonging to M''. Searls deceased are now well smoked ifc 
cleansed, you are permitted to bring them up to Boston ; and as 
a Child of Sergeant PeN-ys is taken with the Small Pox you are to 
receive the same together with the mother of tbe Child and an- 
other Child at her J^reast. As you have Reported M'. Thomp- 
sons bis Wife <k child are well cleansed they may also come up. 

By Order of tbe Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

P.S. ]\P. Bangs was sent down by our order last Satturday 
with tbe Small Pox. 

Boston Ss: At a Meetmg of tbe Selectmen Jan''. ^^. 1770. 
Present, Ilensbaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Mason. 

M'. William Pope apply'd to tbe Select men for liberty to open 
a Dancing ifc Fencing School. 

Nathan Shute an fnhabitant of Chelsea, in distressed Circum- 
stances applys to tlie Select men for relief. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan-"". 5, 17G9 (sic). 
Present, Hcnsbaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Mason. 

[70.] iM'. Dolbear & M^ Greenleaff a Comm'^'= from tbe Over- 
seers informs that they have chosen M'. Barret as their Sexton 
in tbe room of M'. Bond, who has refused buring the Poor accord- 
ing to Agreement. 

M^ Barret has liberty to bury tbe dead from tbe Almshouses, 
at tbe direction of tbe Overseers. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tbe Selectmen, Jan^. G, 1709 (.siic). 
Present. 

Cap'. Leighton of Schooner I^lizabetb from Philadelphia, Re- 
ports that be left that City about twenty Days ago bis People all 
well, has nothing on board liable to retain infection, bis Lading 
consisting of Flour & Iron. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tbe Selectmen, Jan''. 10, 1770. 
Present, Hensbaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that tbe Hayw-eigbers to be chosen shall pay for hire of 
tbe Engine £ 40 — p. Annum. 

Voted, that J\P. Aaron May be & hereby is appointed to the 
OlHce of V/eigber of Hay, in this Town. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of tbe Almshouse was directed to 
receive into said Hospital to be supported there at tbe Province 
Charge, a number of poor & sick Persons not Inhabitants of any 



54 City Document No. 42. 

i'own in this Proviuce, nor having wherewithall to support them- 
SL'lvt'S, \'iz' 

1769 — Octo'. 21- John Spoouer 

^.'ov^ 29- l)anic4 Thompson 

Octo^ 20- 3Iary Gorman 

Ccto^ 3- Mary Beacham 

Novem^ 13- James ^lartin (a man) 

St'ptenr. 1- James Bennlngham 

[71.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''. 24, 
1770 — Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Rudtlock, Hancock. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into said Hospital one George Carpenter a Stranger & not 
an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having where- 
withall to support himself, the Order was signed by Coll. Hen- 
shaw & M^ Mason. 

P)Ost<)n Ss : At a INIeetuig of the Selectmen, Jan^. 29, 1770 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Puddock, Hancock, Inches. 

^P. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Kainsfords Island, at- 
tended at the Selectmens Chamber, and Reports, that M^ Bangs 
who has had the Small Pox and a Negro belonging to J\I''. Edgar, 
have been so well smoked and cleansed that i)rovided a fresh shift 
is sent down to them, they niay leave the Island without danger 
of communicating the Infection. 

v/hereupon a Letter was wrote M^ Hartley by Order of the Select 
men pernnttiug them to leave the Island as soon as they receive 
their Clothes. 

It having been suggested by M"". Edgar that he had lost part of 
a Box of Goods, which was landed at Kainsfords Island, viz'. — 
7 pr. of Goods — Enquiry was made into this matter, when it ap- 
peared to the Select men. that M^ Hartley the Keeper of the Hos- 
pital, was entirely clear, and that it was very suspicious whether 
any more (ioods had been in the Package than M^ Bryant who 
was sent down with Trunks by M^ Edgar to receive & take account 
of his (jloods, had made a return of — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''. 29, 1770. 
P.IM. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at .')/4''. p. 
Bushel & that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood which is comput''. as follows viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf brown Bread J Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11- 

A 4''. Ditto not above i Indian Meal 3_i-_)_ 

A Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

[72.] "M". Sanuiel l*rat a])peared and acquainted the Selectmen 
that he had brought to them from Chelsea one William Dix, as be- 
longing to IJoston — but tho Select men refused receiving them, 
unless he had produced a Warrent for the removal, wliich the 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 55 

Selectmen of Bostoa expected from the Selectmen of Chelsea, as 
a measure which the Law points out. 

Bostoa Jan^. 29, 1770. 

Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one Nathan Shute a poor Man be • 
lonoing to your Town is now in Town, and in so distressed a sit- 
uatTonT that we are obliged to supply him with some necessaries, 
for the amount of which we shall apply to you for a discharge. 

By Order of the Select men 

AYiLLiAM Cooper Town Clerk 

To, 

the Gentlemen the Select men 

of Chelsea. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 31, 1770. 
Present, Heushaw, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that M^ Samuel Hartley h.ave a draft on the Town 
Treasury for £.51-13-4 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 7, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed Decern'. 
25, to receive into tiie Almshouse on the Province Account one 
PrisciUa Kinnigher a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having whcrewif 'lall to support herself 
— the Order was signed by two of the Select men. Coll. Jackson 
& M^ Mason — & Thomas Tyler Esq. an Overseer 

[73. J iM'. Sam Sprague & Samuel Pratt two of the Select men 
of Chelsea appeared and informed the Select men tiiat tiiey had 
brouglit over one William Dix, who was sent to them by a Warrant 
some" time since — The Selectmen finding that he was not returned 
by a Vv^arrant, absolutely refused to receive him in any other way, 
and mformed them that" if he was left in this Town, they should 
apply to Chelsea for to defray any charge that he may occasion. 

M'. Thomas Curtis is desired by the Select men to take care of 
the Town Bulls, they having been well informed, that said Bulls 
have been neglected 

Coll Jackson & M"". Mason a Committee on M". Bookers Legacy 
to poor Widows, and they are desired to bring the Executors of 
said M". Bookers Will to an immediate Settlement. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Feb''. 9, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

The Comm'=^ to wait upon M'. John V.^inslow, respecting INI". 
Brookei Legacys Report that they bad seen M'. Winslow, who 
was indisposed and that he had assured them, the Selectmen may 
depend upon his settling with the Judge of Probate so soon as he 
is well enough to go abroad. 

Coll. Jackson & M^ INIason a Committee to inspect the South 
Battery, and Report what may be necessary to be done. 



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Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen & Justices — Feb^. 
14, 1770. Present, Ilensliaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Mason. 

A Walk or ^'isitation of the Town Agreed upon Fcb^'. 14', as p. 
Account of particulars on lile. 

[74.] P>oston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^'. 14, 
1770. ProsiMit. Ib'ushaw, .Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
The following was sent the Assessors — 

Gentlemen, 

It is our Opinion tliat the following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in tliis Province, ouglit to be taxed liere for tlie Real tes- 
tate tlu'v Occupy, and the business tUvy ilo here it being agreea- 
ble to Law — Viz". 

James Pnssell Ksq. 
liali)h Inman Esq. 
.loseph Palmer & Corny. 
John IJoreland Esq. 
\Ve are Gentlemen 

Your hum. servants 

Joshua Hexshaw 
.JosKPii Jackson 
John Ruddock 
John Hancock 
Hemdkuson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 

Select men of Boston 
To, 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston 

Boston, Decern''. 28, 17G9 

M^ W™. Putman Master of Engine N". 4 j^iit in his Claim 
for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their Phigine 
to work first at the Fire wliich lately broke out at M^ Edes House 
near William Bullliuches drawn for. 

Vote<l, that he have a Draft next Draft Day. 

Passed u[>on M"". Hancocks Province Acco'. amounting as p. 
Copy on lile to £. 12. \2 

M^ Samuel Adams a late Collector of Taxes having produced 
his Receipts from the Province Treasurer, that he had paid the 
Sum, Voted by the 4'own as satisfactiory for the demand made 
upon him for the balance due. 

[75.] It was Voted, by the Selectmen, that the Town Clerk 
deliver him up t!ie Bond, taken from him as a Collector. 

Boston Ss : At a jMeeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 19, 1770. 
Present 

Boston Ss: At a fleeting of the Selectmen, Feb-''. 21, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Boston Ss: At a ejecting of the Selectnuui, Feb>\ 26, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 



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Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 27, 1770. 
Present, Hensliaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Tenibeiton, 
Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of l^read be set at >Yheat at ,V4'^. p. 
Busliel and that G'^ p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Fains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4^. Loaf brown Bread f Wheat j Rye meal must 

weigh ----- 2-11- 

a 4°. d°. not above J Indian meal - - - - - - 3-12 

a Bisket of a Copper price -- - 5-4 

M'. Pollings and Eyres offer as Carpenters to make what 
Carriages are wanting lor the South Batterys at £4 p. Carriage 
exclusive of Iron work and painting, and Thomas Crafts Jun'. to 
do the painting, & Deacon Boyuton the L-on work. 

Passed upon M'. Paul Fanners Province Accounts amounting 
to £.;374-10-9i & £.29- 8/ as p. Copys on File. 

Thomas Bracket approved as a Taverner in the House on the 
Neck, called the Kings Anus formerly the George Tavern, lately 
kept by M". Bowdine. 

M'. Hancock and M'. Mason a Comm''^ to get a passage to 
Hallifax for one Mary French & 2 Children & for Katharine Cuff 
& Child & Jane Tollman & Child. 

[76. J Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 1'. 
1770. Present, Heuihaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pember- 
ton, Mason. 

Boston Ss- At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 7, 1770. 
Present, Ileushavv, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Temberton, 
Mason. 

that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town IMeet- 

iug to be called on Monday next being the 12 Instant at 9. OClock, 
A.M. 

Voted, that have the printing of the Notifications for 

the ensuing Town Meeting. 

a Comm''^. to wait on to desire hhn to open the ensuing 

Town Meeting with prayer. 

The Order of Justices & Plan of New Street in Paddys Alley 
was delivered M^ GokUhwait, by order of Select men. 

Voted, that Coll". Henshaw, Coll". Jackson, & Maj^ Ruddock 
be a Comni*^^, to wait upon the Lieu'. Governor & inform him that 
from sundry Reports and other Circumstances, the Jnliabitants arc 
still appreliensive of danger from the Soldier in the Night season 
& therefor, to desire that he will take such order as he may think 
necessary for the safety of the Town, 

Committee Reported, that they had waited on Lieu. Governor & 
proposed a Military Watch but that he declined acting ui)on it so 
far as to order a military Watch as it would be Reported on the 
other side of the Water that he had raised the Militia to drive the 
Soldiers out of the Town, and that it was his Opinion that Coll". 



58 City Documknt No. 42. 

Jackson of the Boston Regiment is irapowored by Law to appoint 
a Watcb & tliat he was vei-y willing it should be done but that he 
wouUl see Coll". Dalryinple & inquire of him, the grounds of those 
Reports, and that he would desire him to give such Orders rela- 
tive to both Regiments, either by confining them to their Ikirracks 
or disarming them, or in any other way to prevent disturbances. 

Boston Ss : At the fleeting of the Selectmen, march 11, 1770. 
Present, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

[77.] Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
21, 177U. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Bass a Sealer of Leather had two Hammers dl'd. him. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue his Warr'. for a Town 
Meeting on Thursday o. O. Clock P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a jMeeting of the Selectmen, march 26, 1770. 
Present. Henshaw, Jackson, Mason. 

Orderetl. that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4''. p. 
Bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charires Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. — 

lb. oz. dr. 

A i'\ Loaf brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye Meal, 

must wi^igh ---------.-. 2-11- 

a 4''. Ditto not above h Indian - 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Coi)per price -- 5-4 

Boston Ss : A a INIeeting of tVae Selectmen March 28, 1770, 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, April 2^. 1770. 
Present. Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, April 4'. 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, April 9, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

[78.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11, 
1770. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M^ John Kneeland informs that he had taken into his House 
about 12 Days ago one Mary Mors from Cambridge. 

M'. Samuel Pratt inform'd March 12, that he had taken on 
Deer Island one Jonathan Knoxe of Maiden his Wife & Children, 
Jonathan, Honor, Elizabeth, Jemima Isabella Joseph Stephen. 

A Comm". of the Overseers inform that one Priscilla Hayden 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 59 

came from Brain tree about 9 j'ears past & was taken into the 
P"'araily of Deacon Storer & was never warned out of Town, — 
& desire to know who is to defray the charge on her & cliildren. 

Cap. Curtis of Engine N". 8. presents Abijah Crane for an En- 
gine Man in the room of William Moore Jun"". who was accepted 
accord nigly. 

Coll" llenshaw received of John Grant £. 14, for one Years 
Interest of Monys being part of M"'. Brookers Donation ending 
■J3'*. March last. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 18, 1770. 
Present, llenshaw, .Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Cap'. William .Sutton of Engine N". 7. presented Thomas Pattin 
as a suitable man for his Engine Comp^ in the room of John 
Burrill deceased, and he was accordingly accepted. 

M"". Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house 
on the Province Account on Dorothy Williams, the Order signed 
by m^ Pemberton & M''. Mason. 

Cap'. Icliabod Jones apply'd for leave to open a Drain at his 
House in Cross Street. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 25, 1770 
Present, Llenshaw. 

[79.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 30, 
1770. Present, .Tackson, Pemberton, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 3/4d. p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence be allowed to the Bakers, for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4*^ Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal, must 

weigh 2- 11 - 

a 4**. Ditto not above i Indian Meal 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price .-- 5-4 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 2''. 1770. 
Present, Jac , Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 4, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock. IMason. 

A Precept having been received for the calling a Town Meeting 
for the choice of Representatives. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the Town 
Meeting on Tuesday next 9. O. Clock A.M. 

Coll. Henshaw and M^ Mason a Committee to wait upon D^ 
Chauncey, and desu-e him to open the ensuelng Town Meeting with 
I'rayer. 

Voted, that Mess'. Fleets have the printing of Notifications for 
the ensuing Town Meeting. 

M'. Hancock motions that he have liberty for putting down 
Posts round his Estate on Tremount Street. 



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Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, May 0, 1770. 
Present, Ileushaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. iNIason. 

]\P. Kidgway, pray'd leave to open a Common Shore [80.] In 
Canibritlge Street. 

M\ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house 
on the Province Acco'. one George Gardner a Poor Person ; not 
an Inhabitant, nor having wherewithal! to support himself. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, May 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pember'.on. 

Sir, 

We have the honor of transmitting to yon by the Order of tiie 
Town an attested Copy of a Vote passed unanimously at tlieir late 
annual ]Meeting. 

You'l allow us to express our warmest wishes for the recovery 
of your Health and that the Community as well as all North 
America may long enjoy the benefit of your public Services. 
We are Sir 

with the greatest esteem 
Your most obed'. 

Hum. Sorv'^ 

Joshua Henshaw 
Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Samuel Pemheuton 
Jonathan Mason 
The Hon*''''. James Otis Esq. 

Boston May 10, 1770. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, May li, 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Cap'. Symms of Ship John Galley from London which he left 
24' March Hei)orts, That about twelve days after he left London 
one Isaac Stevens a Seaman belonging to Milton, began to com- 
plain and soon after the Small Pox appeared upon Inm. [81.] 
He had it full, but was as well as could be expected during the 
continuance of the Distemper & about fourteen Days ago he was 
able to walk the Decks — That he had taken all possible care to 
clean the Vessel & prevent a communication of the Small Pox to 
the Goods on board. That he has no Goods between Decks, but 
a few Boxes of Lemmons some Chests of Oyle, and a few hlids. 
of merchandize — all his Hemp is in the Hold & Hatchway &'^. well 
caulked — that he has only one Hand on board to have the Dis- 
temper whose name is John Welch — The Captain soys in excuse 
for his coming up to Boston, that he did not know that there was 
a Law obliging him to inform that he had had the Small Pox on 
board as the Person taken with it was well, & he was not required 
of at the Castle, whether he had had any Distemper on board. 

Voted, that the said Ship be ordered to Rainsfords Island under 
the care of Samuel Hartley, there to remiin untill further Orders 
— and that the following Letter be sent M'. Hartlev. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 61 

M'. Samuel Hartley 

Tliis will be hniuled to you by Cap'. Symms of the Ship Johu 
Galley from London which has had the Small Pox ou board — you 
are therefore directed to receive the Person who had the Distemper 
and the one who is liable to take it; what Things are between 
Decks will be put ou Shore when they are to be thoroughly aired 
and cleansed, and you must well smoke and cleanse the Vessel, 
and everything you imagine likely to have any Infection — You'l 
Report to us your proceedure, when you may expect to receive our 
further Orders — 

Joshua Henshaw 
Joseph Jackson 
Sajilei, Pemberton 
Hen. Inches 
Jon. Mason 
P.S. The Lemmons may be first smoked & then aired upon 
Deck without putting them on shore. 

[82.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. May 17, 
1770. Present, Henshaw, Jo:kson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

M"". Hartley Reports that he had followed the directions of the 
Selectmen, in cleansing & smoking Cap'. Symms's vShip, and that 
she might now come up with safet}' to tlie Inhabitants, whereupon 
the followhig Letter was sent M^ Hartley 

Boston May 16, 1770 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Ship John Galley is now so 
well smoked and cleansed that she may come up with safety. 
Our Orders aie that you i-eceive out of the said Ship all the Cloth- 
ing Beds & Bedding belonging to the People and air them on 
shore, and receive into the House on the Island the Person who 
had the Small Pox on board, also the Person who is liable to the 
Distemper and detain them Avith you, as also the Clothing &'^. 
untill our further Orders, when the People and Clothing are on 
shore the Ship may come up to Town — 

By Order of the Select men 

AViLLiAM Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. May 23, 1770. — 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

M^ Farmer was permitted to let a Soldiers Wife leave the 
Almshouse. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28, 1770 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pem- 
berton, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28, 1770. 
P.M. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
Bushel & that 6'^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains &, Livelihood which is computed as follows, viz*. 



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lb. oz. dr. 

a 4''. Loaf Rrowu Uread ^ Wiieat ^ Rye nieul must 

weigh -- 11- 

a 4*^. ditto not above J Indian - -d'\ 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

[83.] ]M'. P^iil Fanner was directed to receive into the 
Almsliouse on the Province Account, one John Kaycas (?) a sick 
Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in tliis Province 
neitlier has lie wherewithall to sup|)ort himself. Order signed by 
Coll. Ilenshaw and ColP- Jackson, Select men & the Hon'''''. 
Royal Tyler, an Overseer. 

M'. Kthvard llollychiy presented his Town & County Treasurers 
Receits for the money Collected by him for ITG.S, where upon 
Voted, that lie have a draft for his Premium at the rates Voted 
by the Town amounting in the whole to £. 74- T**. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk deliver AP. Hollyday his Bonds 
forl7G8. 

Voted, that M'. Hartley permit one John Welch who came in 
Cap'. Symms, to coine up to Boston, he having Reported that 
there is no danger of Infection & the Clerk directed to write 
M'. Hartley aecortlingly. 

A Draft'ordor'd for M\ Cooper Clerk, for £. 20 

Boston Ss : At a INIecting of the Selectmen, June 2*^., 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, IMason. 

A Precept having l)eeii dnvcted to the Selectmen by the Hon"^. 
Thomas Cushing Esq. Sjjcaker, for the choosing a l*erson to rep- 
resent this Town in the General Assembly the present Sessions in 
the room of the Hon'''*'. James Bowdoin Esq. elected into his 
Majestys Council. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Wan', for a Town Meeting 
on Wednesday the 6'. Day of June Ins'. 

Voted, tliat Coll. Jackson & i\P. Pemberton be a Committee to 
wait upon Rev'. J\P. Pemberton & desire him to open the Meeting 
with prayer. 

Voted, that INIess". Edes & dill have the printing of the Notifi- 
cations for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[84.] Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, June 6 
1770. — Present, Jackson, Pemberton. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of tlie Selectmen, June 12, 1770. — 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a jVIeeting of the Selectmen, June 20, 1770 — 
Present, Hon'''*. J. Ilenshaw Esq., Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Acco'. one Mary Joyce & her Child being a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having 
wherewithall to support herself. Order signed by Joseph Jackson 
& Jonathan Mason, Selectmen, and John Gore Overseer. 



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63 



Passed upon D"". Myles "VVhitwortbs Province Account amount- 
ing to £30 - 12/ as p. Acco'. to be put on file. 

Passed upon D"". Samuel Danfortlis Province acco'. am', to 
£. 18- 13- 4" asp. Acco'. to be put on file. 

Boston Ss' At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27'^. 1770. 
Present, Joseph Jackson Esq., Joshua Ilenshaw, Esq^, M''. Hen- 
derson Inches, Jon''. Mason, Samuel Pembertou Esq., John Rud- 
doclv Esq., John Hancock Esq. 

Voted, that Joshua Henshaw Esq. Joseph Jackson Esq. & Jon''. 
Mason be a Committee for Building a Wharf at the Province Hos- 
pitall at West Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June — 1770. 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on AYednesday the 4'. of July next, & that the following 
Gentlemen be invited to accompau}' the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notified to attend at the Sclectraens Cliamber at H. 
OClock in the morning [85.] of said Day, in order to proceed on 
the visitation 



Thomas Hutchinson 

Tlie Hon''''^ John Irving 

.Tames Bow do in 

Thomas Hubbard 

Harrison Gray 

IJoyal Tyler 

James Pitts 

Jolm Temple Esq. 

Tliomas Temple Esq. 

Thomas Cusliing 

Andrew Oliver 

The Representatives of the Town 

Tiie Overseers of the Poor 

Richard Dana p]sq. 

AVilliam Pliillii)s P^sq. 

M^ Gilbert Harrison 

Doctor Warren 

Cap'. Heatli ") . ,.„ 

T • ■ t Tvr 4 /^ I Artillery 

Lieu-. Martni Gay r p 

Ensign Clark ) '-^• 

Rev*'. M'. Jolm Morehead 

Andrew Crosswell 

M^ Stillman 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 



M''. Edward Payne 

John Scollay Esq. 

The Rev''. Charles Chauncy D.D. 

Mather Byles DD. 

Andrew Eliot D.D. 

Samuel Cooper D.D. 

Eben"". Pembertou 

Samuel Mather 

Peuuel Bowen 

Simeon Howard 

M'. Rufus Green 

Cap'. Jolm Bradford 

M^ Timothy Fitch 

Capt. Onesip^ Tileston 

M"^. Benjamin Eustis 

Nathaniel Balston Esq. 

M^ Thomas Grenough 

M"". Joshua Blanchard 

Beniamin Austin Esq. 

Cap'. Phillips 

Isaac Smith Esq. 

Thomas Gray Esq. 

.John Rowe Esq. 

M^ Henry Liddel 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting ot the Selectmen, July 7, 1770. — 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 



64 City Document \o. 42. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4*^. Loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye nieai must 

w eioh - - 2-11- 

a 4'^ ditto, not above h Indian meal - - - - - 3 - 12 - 

a Bisket of a Copper price - - - '> -A 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issne a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing Tuesday next being the 10 Jns'. 9. O'Cloek A.M. 

Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gdl have tlie printing of the Noti- 
fications. 

[.S(>.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jul}' 25, 
177U. Present. Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Indies, Kuddock. 

Boston Ss ; At a INIeeting of tlie Selectmen, July 30, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Kuddock, Pemberton, Indies, JNIason. 

The Select men direct that M''. Ruggles have all his Bonds to 
three years — M^ Salters for the year 17G8 & before 
M^ Savages to the year 17G8 
Voted at a Meeting, that William AVhitc have a draft in p'. for 
paving, for £. 15. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 1", 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, 
passed upon several accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug. 6, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Coll*". Jackson & Maj'". Ruddock, a Coinm"^*^ to examine into the 
Circumstances of Dock Square. 

List of Persons Licensed on file.- 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen Ang'. 8, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock. Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

An Order was pass'd Sign'd by ]\P. Hancock «fc LP. Pemberton to 
ISP. l*anl Fanner to Receive into the Almshouse Jack & Edw" Dunn 
Two Children & take care of them — & the Selectmen will here- 
after determine whether they are to be at the Expense of the 
I*rovince or Town. 

An order pass'd Sign'd by M'. Hancock & W. Inches to ]\P. 
Paul Farmer to Receive into the Almshouse on the Province 
acco". Mary !\P.Caithy a poor person in distress'd Circumstances, 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. 

Ordcre'd that the Town Clerk be directed to make out a Lease 
of tlie Town's Land or liuildings on Boston Neck North side for 
live years to ]\P. Enoch Brown to Commence 25 March Last 1770. 

(Clerk out of Town on publick Business.) 

[87.] Boston Ss: At a greeting of the Selectmen, Aug" 10, 
1770. Present, Jackson. Rnddock,"Hancock, Pemberton. 

Upon a Petition Sign'd by Sundry Inhabitants of Boston, pray- 
ing that Ihe Freeholders & others Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston may be eonven d to Take into Consideration the Expedi- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 65 

( ncy of wideniDg & Enlarging the Passage way leading ffom the 
North part of Faueuil Hall Market, into Ann Street c*ic. 

It was Voted that a \V sirrant be Issned for Assembling the In- 
habitants on Monday next 13 Ins'. 1 o'Cloek P.JM 

Voted that Mess''*. Fleets have the printing the Notifications. 

(mem'', tiie Town Clerk was out of Town on public Business.) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 15, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf Brown Bread 3 Wheat I Rye Meal must 

weigh ----- ... 2-11- 

A 4''. d". not above .i Indian Meal must weigh - - - 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price - 5-4 

William IVP.faddin appointed to the care of of the South Burying 
place till further Orders. 

Ordered tiiat the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant 
for a Town Meeting on Monday the 20' Ins'. 3. O Clock 1\M. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 22*^., 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

]Mary Walker an indigent sick Woman sent to the Almshouse on 
the Province Charge July 25, 1770 

Signed by Joseph Jackson & Samuel Pemberton. 

Boston Ss . At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 23''., 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

[88.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 27 
1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock. Pemberton, Hancock. 

Hannah Snnpson a ))Ov>r sick Stranger was sent to the Alms- 
house on the Province Charge the G' of August Instant. 

Order to M^ Planner to receive her signed by Coll. Jackson & 
Major Ruddock. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 5/4 p. bushel 
and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'*. Loaf Brown Bread 3 Wheat J Rye MerJ, must 

weigh 2-11- 

A 4". ditto not above h Indian meal must weigh 3-12- 
A Bisket of a Copper Price 5- 4 

Passed upon John Fosters Province Account amounting in the 
whole to £.1-4-4- as p. Copy of the Account on file 

M"". Burdick Constable of the Dock Watch applys to the Select- 
men for some Repairs to the Watcii House 

Coll. Jackson and M^ Hancock a Couiin'"' to order the necessary 
Repairs. 



(>() City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, August 29, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Coll. Jackson & M^ RucMock a Committee to order some Re- 
pairs to the Hospital at New IJoston. 

Voted, that .lolin Hutchinson have a draft for 2.1"), in p'. of 
Paving Works Agreed at the rate of 6/ p. yard they to dig up the 
old PavemcMits, and to lay the new Pavements. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Treasurer for 
£.20. 

Passed upon Ebenezer Wales's Province Acco'. am', to £.3. 12/ 
as p. Copy of Account on File. 

Passed ui)on Bowles & Leechs's Province Acco'. am', to £.1. 06, 
as p. Copy of Acco'. on File. 

[89.] M'. Jenkins of Engine N". .3. presents Nathaniel Tid- 
marsh as an Kngiue ^lan for his Company in the room of Henry 
Leadbi'ttcr who has left the Town. 

Voted, that JM''. Tidmarsh be accepted as an Engine man in said 
Company. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem"". 3''., 1770. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

lioston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem'. 5, 1770. 
Present. 

Boston Ss : At a ]\Ieeting of the Selectmen Septem''. 11, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

I'assed u[)on Samuel Hartleys Province Accouu'. amounting to 
£. 21 - 121 - as p. Cop}^ on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem^ 17, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, JNIason. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for convening the 
Inhabitants in Faneuil Hall on Thursday the 20' Ins'. 3 O'clock 
P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 19, 1770. 
Present, Rr.ddock, Hancock, I*emberton. 

M''. Samuel Breck took on hire the Store belonging to the Town, 
situated oi)posite the (ioldeu Ball, lately let to ]\P. (Jardner. 

Tliomas I'ran of Engine N". 4 appointed Master of said Engine 
in the room of M"". I'utnam and the Clerk is directed to make out 
his Orders. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 24, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Ilenshaw, Pemberton, Mason. 

Ordei-ed, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 / p. 
bush ; & that (VK p. bushel be allowed to tlie Bakers for tlieir 
Charges Pains & livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4a. Loaf lirown Bread f Wheat |- Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11- 

a 4''. Ditto not above i Indian meal must weigh - 3-12- ' 
a I)isket of a Copper price ----- 4-15 



Selectmen's MinuteSj 1770. 67 

[90.] M^ Paul Fanner o-as directed to receive into the Alms 
house to be supported at the Province Charge oue IMichael 8om- 
mers a sick Person not an Inhabitant of any Town iu this Province 
nor having" whi-re vvithall to support herself {sic). Selectmen, 
Coll. Jackson & M\ Pemberton. 

AP. Paul Farmer was directed the 5' of Septem''. last to receive 
into the Ahnslioase ou the Province Charge one Mary Gorman a 
sick Woman not an Inhabitant of any Town iu this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support herself. 

Passed, ujjon M"'. Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting 
to £. oG4-.3-8.;V & £. 28-5-7^-as p. Copys on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem''. 26, 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

3Iar3' ]\Iaccarty now in the Alms house with her Infant Child, 
having applied to the Selectmen for some assistance in her return 
to Canada by Land. Voted that she have Six Dollars advanced 
to her on the Province Account. 

M"". Paul Farmer was directed the •"''. Ins', to receive into the 
Alms house on the Province Charge a Child named George Son of 
John Porbis a Grenadier of the 14' Regiment and on the 22'^. 
Inst.' he was directed to receive Francis ]\P'. Daniel, a poor Stranger, 
neither being Inhabitants of any Town in this Provmce nor having 
wherewithal! to support themselves. 

Mess. Torrey and Bass two of the Town Tanners appeared and 
comphdned tliat tlie Butchers who Lease Stalls in the Market, 
have not complied with the Conditions of their Leace by with- 
holding the Hides of the Cattle brought into the Market. 

The Selectmen having been informed, that it was Reported, 
that the Soldiers at Castle William have a bad Fever timong them 
& that the Sick are sent up to the Hospital in the Common, M'. 
Williston was directed to desire D'. Hall Surgeon of thellegim'. 
to attend the Selectmen. 

[91.] Upon application made by W. Hartley Keeper of the 
Hospital at Rainsfords Island, that some-Repairs may be ordered 
for the House. 

M''. Honnyvvell was directed to go down and also 1\P. Tod, to 
see what was necessary to be done of Carpenters & INIasons work. 

M''. Giles Brewer Jun^ appointed one of the Comp^'. for Fngine 
N°. 4 in the room of M'. Putman the late Master and Thomas 
Uran is appointed Master. 

Bost. Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 29, 1770. 
Present. Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, INIason, 

M'. Thomas Parker entered a Complaint against M'. Samuel 
Holbrook master of the South Writing School, for giving his Sou 
as he says an unreasonable Correction. 

Boston Ss ! At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 1, 1770. 
Present Jackson, Pemberton. 

D'. Benjamin Church informs thnt a Child at Nurse at one 
Rexs's at Wheelers Point, has what he apprehends to be the 



68 City Document No. 42. 

Small Pox whereupon D^ AYliitwoith was desired to examine 
the Child who accoi'ilingly (.lid it and Reported, that it was his 
Opinion tlie Child had not the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 3'^ 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Kiiddoek, Pemberton, Indies. 

M'. John Field a[)i)lys for liberty to put down a Sign Post 
against his House in Corn Hill. 

AP. Iluuuiwell wlio went to view the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island Reports, That tlie back Cellar sliould be taken down 18 feet 
ifc rebuilt, the Chimuies to be plaster'd round from the Roof to the 
Garret Floor — the backs of several Chimnies & Ilarths want 
mending — & that the Walls want white washing & y'' wing to 
be rebuilt. Garrets to be painted. 

M^ Tod Reports, that the Barn wants shingling on both sides — 
the Well House on one side wants shingling & the Clap board 
mending — an out side Door to the Well house & one Window — 
a pair Cellar Doors for the AVell house — Necessary House Re- 
paii'S — Small .Jobs inside the House — Water Tables round the 
Walls — Wheather Boards — [9'-^.] Repairs for Hospital House 
— two p^ Cellar Doors. Spouts at North side of the House — one 
Trunk — 4 Sashes & Glasing — Ware house wants battening — 
Frame wants brasing — Water Tables for Hospital — Shingling 
to be mended — Rails for Turret, & a Scuttle — a Pum[) wants 
12 feet — Centry Doors to be mended — (iarden Fences to be 
mended — Platform of the AVharff to be mended — Sundry odd 
Jobs inside the House — a Trench upon back of the House. 

]\P. Todd & ]M^ Huuniwell were diiected to go to Rainsfords 
Island and perform the necessary works. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, October 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon AV^illiam Todds Province Account, for the Repairs 
of Hospital at New Boston, amounting as p. Copy of Account on 
file — to .£. 146-0-!).^- 

The Town Clerk was directed agreeable to a Vote of the Town 
to issue Notifications (a Warr'. to the Constable to dispense 
them) of the .Ydjournment of their late Meeting and the Business 
then to come before the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 13, 1770. 
Present, Mess". Jackson. Ruddock, Pemberton. 

Tlie Tanners appeared when the Butchers who hold Stalls in 
the Market, were sent for by the Select men, to answer to the 
Complaints of the Tanners, that they had witheld from them the 
Hydcs they were obligetl by their leases to Supply them with. — 
wlien the P>ouchers pronn'ssed to make good the Hydes & Bryant 
that he would keep the Market clear. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 17, 1770. 
Present. Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

M'. Ruddock motioned that the Selectmen would view M'. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 69 

Atkins's Wall now carrying up on Middle Street, as it is a[)i)re- 
heiisive tliat he had incroached upon the Street. 

M'. Enoch Brown is directed to order tlie spreading of Stones 
on both sides of the Neck. 

[93.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 
24, 1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Application made by M"". Hunt, M''. BuUinch, M\ Goldthwait 
& ;\r'. Thayer, that they may have the Sealing of Wood on tiiose 
Wliarffs, which were assigned tlie late M'. Gardner. 

M'. Abigail Stonemau applys to the Selectmen for leave to 
open a Coffe house at ]\P. Stones Tavern and also for tlioir ap- 
l)robatiou of her as a Tavern keeper in said House called the 
Royal Excliange Tavern. 

l)"". Xoyes applys for liberty to open a Drain from his own 
House into the Common Shore — Liberty granted upon tiie usual 
terms. 

]\P. Hall Wharfinger complains to tlie Selectmen, that the 
High Way near M\ Hollowells Ship Yard, is become almost im- 
passable. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct. 29th; 1770. 
Present, Hensliaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at AVlieat at 3/S p. 
bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood whicli is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4^^ Loaf Brown Bread 3 Wheat J Rye meal, 

must weigh -- - -11 

a 4''. ditto not above h Lidian 3Ieal must weigh - 3 - !J 

a Bisket of a Copper prices 4-15 

Cap'. Ruddock appointed to order Repairs to tlie Nortli Watch 
House. 

Boston Ss : At a fleeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 01, 1770. 
Present, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Payne, 3Iiller ap[)lys to tlie Selectmen for liberty to oiien 
his Drain"^ before his House in Back Street, Liberty was granted 
upon the usual terms. 

M''. Sliari) mastei of Engine N". 2, applys for the Pn'mium 
allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to worlv first on the 
Eu-e at a House in Charter Street last Fast Day : 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium. 

[1)4.] Agreed with the Proprietors of the Grist l^Jills that 
the Pavement adjoining the Draw Bridge shall be taken up and 
raised near the Draw Bridge, and if it shall appear tliat the Pro- 
p?-ietors, are to pay such Charges. Deacon Tudor engaged for 
them with the Selectmen that it should be done. 

M^ Baker and also Cap'. Green apply'd to the Selectmen for 
M^ Gordens place of Sealer of Wood. 

M'". Parker apply'd to the Select men for the place of Sealer of 
Wood in the room of Mr. Gardner lately deceased. 

Majoi Euruace ap[)ly'd for the like favor. 



70 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 7, 1770. 
Present, Ilensliaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Fenibertou. 

yV. Syrconib applys to the Selectmen for the repairs of the 
Iiridp;e over the Connnon Shore near his House at New Bcjston. 

Tlie Selectmen have agreed to view M'. Atkuis Wall lialf after 
12 OClock, Tomorrow Fore Noon, 

Passed upon Deacon Joseph Robys Pro\ince Acco'. amounting 
to £. i')-lA-^ as by Copy on file. 

Coll. .lackson & ]\P. Pemberton Appointed a Committee to 
vicAV the Bridge over the Common Shore near J\P. Syrconibs 
House. 

iNF. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Charge one John INP.Gee a poor lame Stranger not 
an Inlitibitant of the Province nor having wherewithal! to support 
himself. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

M^ I'aul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almsliouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Benjamin Price a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town . in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support himself — John Hancock, Samuel 
Pemberton ILsq. 

[97.] * Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Novem- 
ber 10, 1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Boston November 10, 1770 
Sir, 

1 am directed by the Select men to acquaint you that they 
depend upon your coming to Town as soon as possible that you 
may in conjunction with M"". (^uincy prepare for the tryal of the 
Soldiers, and that they make no doubt of your exerting yourself 
to the utmost tliat a fair & imi)artial inquisition may be made for 
blood. A person is appointed to attend M'. Quincy and yourself 
in the collecting of Evidences. 
I am 

Sir 

Your most Hum. Serv'' 

AYiLLiAJi Cooper 
Robert Treat Paine Esq. 

lioston Ss : At a fleeting of the Selectmen, Novem'. 12, 1770. 
Present, Hensliaw, Jackson. Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. IMason. 

Voted, that J\F. John Hunt have the Place of JMensurer of 
Wood, in tiie District which was assigned the late INI'. (Jardner's 
and that the Town Cleik make out his Orders as Measurer for 
that District. 

Boston Ss: At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, Novem'. 14, 1770. 
Present, Jackson. IVuiberton. Inches, INIason. 



* Two blank loaves in the boot are here counted as pp. 95 and 96. W. H. W. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1770. 71 

The Widow Fitch prays liberty to open a Draiu from her House 
to the Common Shore at the back of M'. Greenleaffs House, 
Smiths Lane, in order to clear the same — And Liberty was 
granted. 

M^ Thayer prays for M^ Halls & Kings Wharff to be added to 
his District 

A number of the Inhabitants near the South Battery attended, 
and acquainted the Select men that the Warehouses at Wheel- 
wrights Wharff, have as they are informed, been taken up as 
[98.] an Hospital, which they apprehending will greatly expose 
the Inhabitants to Infectious Distemper — therefore praying that 
the Selectmen would take this matter under consideration, that 
some method may be taken to avert the evil. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov"'. 21, 1770. 
Present, Ilensliaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembertou, jNIason. 

M^ Cunningham applys for Assistance to be afforded a Person 
who lodges in her House named Edward Cane, he being a 
Stranger, & not having wherewithal! to support himself. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to let the Towns Warehouse now 
empty. 

Four Jurymen for the Superior Court in tlie room of twelve 
who are dismissed, were this Afternoon drawn out of the Box by 
virtue of a new Venire. 

Let the Towns Warehouse near ]\P. Rowes, to ]M^ James 
Blackie at £.20 — Sterliug p. Annum he to pay the Taxes. 

Voted, that the Selectmen will make a new Division of the 
Districts assigned for the Sealers of the Wood. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem^ 22^^. 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ten Jurymen for tlie Superior Court by virtue of a new Venire 
dated this Day, were drawn out of the Jury Box. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 25"% 
1770. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, 
Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at 5/8 p. 
bushel, and that 6*^. p. Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4"^. Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2- 1 1- 

A 4*^. ditto, not above ^ Indian must weigh 3- 13- 
A Basicet of a Copper price -------- 4-15 

[99.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, ]S^OYem^ 
28, 1770. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that M'". Cooper the Clerk have a Draft on the Treasurer 
for Twenty Pounds. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house directed to receive 



72 ClTV DOCUMKNT Xo. 42. 

one FAlward Cane u sick Stranger not au Inhabitant of any Town 
in tliis rrovince nor having wherewithali to subsist himself — M^ 
Hancociv & M'. Mason signed the Order. 

Tlie Clerk is directed to get out of M^ Hartley's Acco'. what 
^^olongs to the Proviuuc. 

Voted, that the South AVatch be dismissed, and that Capt. 
Martin be appointed Constable of the other South "W^atch in the 
room of Cap'. Bradford — & the Clerk is directed to make out Lis 
Onlers. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern". 5, 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Peniberton, Inches, Mason. 

Coll. Jackson & Mu'y. Puddock a[)pointed to examine & meas- 
ure the paving work done by M^ Hutchinson. 

Boston Ss : At a JNIeeting of the Selectmen, Decern'. 12, 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Peniberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

A Petition of a number of Inhabitants, that the South Watch 
near the Fortifications lately laid down may be again set up. 

Passed upon Ca[)'. Woods Province Account amounting as p. 
Copy on fde to £. 8. 8-Sterling. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 19, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Peniberton, Inches, Mason. 

[100,] INP. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Select-" 
men viz'. 3P. & M^ to receive into the Alms- 
house on the Province charge one Moses INP. Intosh, who is a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this l^rovince 
neither has he wherewithali to support himself — (j\Iem". the Order 
was not delivered) 

M^ C. E. S. I^stey presented his Petition to the Selectmen pray- 
ing that he may be permitted to teach the French language in this 
Town — said Estey is a Prussian by Birth, and came last from 
New Haven — not allowed. 

]\P. Williston was directed to order the several Collectors of 
Taxes to be at the Selectmens Chamber on AVednesday next. 

The Selectmen having considered the Petition for continuing the 
Watch near the Fortilication. — Voted, that the further considera- 
tion be referred to next Wednesday. 

M'. AVilliston is directed to shut the IMarkct at One O'Clock 
every Day except Lords Days. 

Coll. Jackson & ]\P. Hancock & M'. Inches a Coinm''^ to remove 
the Xusances from the market. 

j\I'. Peniberton & M^ Mason a Comm'''. on D'. Warrens Prov- 
ince Accoun''. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 26, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, INIason. 

M'. Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1770 — presents 
Mess''. Nathaniel Green and Archibald McNeil as his Bondmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 



Selectmen's ^Iinutes, 1770. 73 

M. Ed-svard Ilolh^day Collector of Taxes for 1770 — presents 
M"". John Winslow & j\F. Haniionees Brimmer as his Boudsmeu. 

'Voted, that they be accepted. 

M''. Benjamin Henderson Collector of Taxes for 1770 presents 
Mess'■^ Job Prince and lulward Carnes as bis Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

[101.] M^ 8ami)son Salter Collector of Taxes for 1770 pre- 
sents M'. Thomas Parker and M''. Daniel Ilea as his Bondsmen. 

^^oted, that the}' be accepted. 

Coll. Henshaw is appointed to direct j\P. Curtis the Hayward as 
to the disposal of the Bulls. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decern'. 31, 1770. 
Present, Jaclcson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

The Hon'''". Royal Tyler Esq. informs the Selectmen that he has 
taken into one of his Houses as a Tenant, William Hill & Eamily 
who came last from Dorchester. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 / p. 
bushel and that G"". p. Bushel bo allowed to the Bakers for theii" 
Charges Pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. 02. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye Meal must 

weigh - - - - "''>•« 

A 4''. Ditto not above i Indian meal must weigh - - "■ '' " 

A Bisket of a Copper price - - - - k»nu 

M^ Otis Keeper of the County Jayl informs that there is one 
David D'Artey an Irish man in Jayl who is sick & in suffering cir- 
cumstances but not held in Custody by any Writ, the one upon 
which he was committed being discharged by the Creditor on 
account of his illness. 

M"". Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Charge of the Province one David D'Artey a 
sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town of this Province nor 
having where withall to support himself — Order signed by Coll". 
Jackson and M'. Mason. 

The Widow Maverick informs that there is at her House one 
Cambridge an old Negro ]\Ian lately owned by the Widow Thorn- 
ton who is now deceased ; and that the said Negro is sick and 
unable to do anything for his support 

M''. Balston, Brother to the Wiilow Thornton, refuses to afford 
any assistance. 

[103.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 
2"^. 1771, Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, ^Mason. 

M"". Daniel Barker informs the Select men that he has lately 
taken into his House as a Tenant one Micah Allen, who has a 
Wife and one Child ; he came from Braintree about two years ago 
and has lived ai a House of Deacon Collins's near the new North 
Church — also that the aforenamed Micah Allen has taken into 
his House one Charity Twiss, lived last at the Eastvvara in a place 
called Manes Point, Sheepscot River. 



74 City Docibient Xo. 42. 

Mcm°. ]^^^ Dana w;is allowed in his Acco'. for which he had a 
draft 12/ lawful money — when it ^liould have been eiuu'ged to 
Brookers Donation. 

Voted, that for the future tlieir draft Day, shall be on the last 
Wednesday of every month. 

Passed upon 1)^ Joseph Warrens I'rovince Account amounting 
to £. 198 - 2 - 1 —as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a ]Meeting of the Selectmen, January 9, 1771. 
Present, Jackson. Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of 
other Towns in this Province, ought to be taxed here for the Keal 
Estate tliey Occupy, an I the business they do here, it being agree- 
able to Law, Viz'. 

The Ilon*^'^. James Russell, Esq. 
Ralph Inman, Esq. 
Joseph Palmer & Compy. 
Patrick ]\P. Masters 
John Head 
Elislia Doane, Esq. 
Archibald Bowman, 
John Short. 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. Serv'^ 

Joseph Jackson 
JoHx Ruddock 
Samuel Pemberton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The assessors of the Town of Boston, 
Boston December 28, 1770. 

[flO'?.] The Town Clerk is directed to get from the Secretary 
an Order for the money granted by the General Court to the Town 
on Acco'. of Charges in sending a Packet ifc*^. with a Narration 
of the late Massacre. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''. 16, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon Joseph Jackson Esq. Province Account, amount- 
ing to £. 18-8-7 as p. Copy on file. 

Passed u))on Joseph Newells, Province Account amounting to 
Three Pounds one Shilling — as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Thomas Hubbard Ksq. Province Acco*. amounting 
to £. 7 - 8 - 9 - as p. Copy on file. 

IVIem". to enpiire of M". Slate relative to one Esther Burgain a 
Child at Roxbury, 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 75 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Januniv 23'^. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

William Sutton, Master of Engine iS". — apply'd. to the Select- 
men for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their En- 
gine to work first upon the Fire which broke out lately near U"". 
Sewalls ]\leeting House — Consideration referred. 

Co". Abijah Willard of Lancaster. 

Cap'. James Richardson of Leominster, are proposed by M\ 
John Winslow ^^xu^ to m". Brookers Will as Bondsmen for 
Money let to M'^. Hanscall deceased, who had Two hundred 
Pounds lawful money of said Brookers Donation. 

Passed upon AYilliam Todds Province Account amounting to 
£. 37-9-8- as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Richard Ilunnywells Province Account amounting 
to £. 14-1 'J-8- as p. Copy on tile. 

[104.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''^. 
30, 1771. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 0/ p. 
bushel and that G'^. )). Busliel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — • 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4^. Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh o "5 "i^ 

4 4^^. ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh ~ ^ ° 

A BiskeL of a Copper price. 

The Tanners who Leased the Towns Slaughter House this day 
delivered up the Key to the Selectmen. 

The Tanners attended and complained as they had often done, 
that the Butchers who hire Stalls in the market refuse letting 
them have the Hydes of tlie Creatures they kill notwithstanding 
their Agreement with the Selectmen. 

M"". Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive 
into the Almshouse on the Province Charge one INIary Thompson, 
& Child, she being a poor Person and not of this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support herself. 

Order signed by Coll". Jackson & M''. Hancock — 

Passed upon Richard Boyntous Province Account amounting to 
£.1- 14- 1- as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 7, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon INP. Samuel Harris's Province Account amounting 
as p. Copy to £. 8- 19- 4i 

Mem". William White & Comp^'. had a draft in Novem^ last for 
£.3- 1- 11- more than was due to him. 

[105.] M^ Paul P'armer was directed to deliver Jacob 
Swarter a poor Person not an Inhabitant of any Town of this 
Province two Shirts and one under Woolen Jacket — signed by 
ColP. Jackson & M'. Pemberton. 



7G City Document No. 42. 

[The Scleclmon received of — ] 

M'. l^uil Farnier Keeper of the Alms house was directed to re- 
ceive into the Alms house to be supported at the Province Charge 
one Robert Patterson a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, being Poor & having lost the use of his 
Ri<'lit Arm on tlie 5 of March last in the ^Massacre made by the 
Soldiers. 

jNIem". Order dated 3C. Jan^. last & signed by M^ Hancock 
& j\r. Mason. 

Boston Ss : At a iMeeting of the Selectmen, P>b''. IS**, ITTK 
Present, Jackson. Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, ]Mason. 
^Mcm'^. M". Eunice Perry who lived with D^ Cutter is pro- 
posed as a suitable Person to receive part of M'^ Bookers Dona- 
tion — 

Passed upon Ebenezer "Wales's Province Account amounting as 
p. Cop}^ on file to £. 3- 12- 

Received of John AVinslow Esq. Twenty four Dollars which 
with IG he distributed makes Forty Dollars for which the Select- 
men gave a Receit dated January last, as Received in p'. of M". 
Brookers Donation to poor AVidows — Distributed as follows, 
viz'. 

By John Winslow — viz'. — 

Prudence Delaplace ----- 4 Dollars 

Elizabeth Patterson ----- 4 ''". 

Mary Ann Leblond 4 ^°. 

Ellen Fowle 4 '^". 











1/5. 


Dollars. 


By the Select men, 


, V 


■iz'. 

Dollars 




Dollars. 




Widows Fowls - 


- 


•) 


Widows Hicks - 


2 




Winter 


- 


2 


Lee 


- 2 




Colman 


- 


. 2 


Brooks - 


- 2 




M^ Cloud 


- 


- 2 


Eunice Pel 


[•rv 2 




Nichols 


- 


- 2 


Racliel White 2 




Oliver - 


- 


- 2 


Maverick 


- 2 24 





40 Dollars 
[106.] Cap'. Curtis of Engine N". 8, presented Josiali 
Wheeler as an Engine man for his Company in the room of John 
Ilinckle}'. 

At a Meeting of the Justice Overseers & Selectmen on Feb''. 
11 — A Walk or visitation of the Town was agreed upon this 
Day, as p. account of particulars on file. 

M''. jNIays the Hay weigher was sworn by M^. Justice Ruddock. 

The Town Clerk to get one doz. of the By-Law Books. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Application made by a number of Inhabitants for the use of 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 77 

Faneuil Hall on ]Marcli 5 — au oration in conimeinoratiou of the 
Massacre last March being intended. 

(Motion Withdrawn) 
M^ Hancock has liberty to continue y'' Row of Trees from 
before his house and also Posts the extent of his bounds. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb-^. 27, 1771. — 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that G p. Bus'ual be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows. 
Viz'. 

a 4^^ Loaf of Bread |- Wheat ^ Rye meal must weigh r^ 

a 4*^. Ditto not above ^ Indian must weigh - - - - 2 ;:S ^ 
a Bisket of a Copper price -- ^ '^ 

Passed upon several Accounts — . 

M''. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almshouse Decem"". 27, One Hugh O'Briant a 
stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province who 
has not wherewithall to support himself. Order signed by M^ 
Hancock & M^ Pembei'ton. 

[107.] Passed upon John Burroughs Province Account 
amounting to £. 5- 16- 10- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5, 1771. 
Present, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

M''. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house a 
poor Person, named James Hyde, he being sick and unable to 
support himself. Order signed by M^ Ruddock & Hancock, 
Selectmen & M"". Greenleaff. 

Voted, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting Monday 
next. 

Voted, that Capt. Ruddock & M^ Hancock be a Committee to 
desire M"". JNIather to prny. 

Voted, that Fdes and Gill have the printing of the Notifications. 

M"'. Hancock a Comm'^''. to examine Granary Acco''. 

Passed upon ]M^ Paul Farmers Accounts amounting as p, 
Copys on file to £. 35G- 10- 5/4 & 27- 7- 9- they were passed on 
the 27 Ultimo, but not signed till this Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

Jb. oz. dr. 

a 4^^. Loaf of Bread f Wheat, \ Rye meal must 

weigli %ti 

a 4'' Ditto not above \ Indian must weigh - - '^ ^ ^ 

a Bisket of a Copper price --- = --- 



78 City Document No. 42. 

Coll". Jackson & INIajor Kiiddock a Comm^* to attend at the 
Proba*:e Ollico on M''. Brookcrs Executors Account. 

[108.] M'. Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one James 
Connor his Wife and two Ciiililren, they being Strangers and not 
Iniiabitants of any Town in this Province nor haviug wherewith- 
all to support themselves. Order signed by Coll. Jackson and 
M'. Hancock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

Coll. Jackson in the Chair. 

The Clerk is directed to prepare a Petition relative, to the re- 
moval of the Powder House agreeable to a Vote of the Town at 
March Meeting, and to lay the same before the Selectmen next 
Wednesda}'. 

Passed upon I\r. Samuel Hartle^^s Province Acco'. amounting 
as p. Copy on file to £.13-12-8. 

M'. Hancock is allowed to restore the Banks at the front of his 
Dwelling House. 

M'. Hancock & Pemberton a Committee to inclose the Common 
agreable to Order of the Town. 

The Clerk to publish agreeable to a Vote of the Town relative 
to the Common. 

Co". Jackson and M^ Hancock a Committee to order Repairs to 
the Towns Ware-house adjoining M'. Rowes. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22"*. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

M^ James Lovel having informed the Selectmen that he appre- 
hended he should not be able to deliver tlie Oration on Tuesday 
the 2''. of April. 2**. for reasons expressed in his Letter to the 
Chairman. ^V. Pemberton & Storer appointed a Committee to 
inform M'. Lovel, that the}' can by no means excuse him from 
that service. 

[109.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
27, 1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, 
Stoi'er. 

Coll". Jackson in the Chair. 

Ordered, that tlie Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at '^/G p. bushel 
and that 6''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. — 

a 4"^. Loaf Bread f Wheat i Rye Meal must weigh ^ ^ . 

a 4''. Ditto not above ^ Indian Meal must weigh c s ^ 

a Bisket of a Copper price ^® 

A Petition of James Connor praying that he may have the com- 
mon allowance, for Persons sent to the Almshouse on the Province 
Account, while for reasons given he does not go into said Hos- 
pital ; also praying a passage may be found him & Family, for 
Ireland or England, was read and considered, — whereupon — 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 79 

Voted, that M'. Haucock be a Committee to provide a Passage 
for said Connor his Wife and Ciiild, and tliat Ten Guiueaes be 
allowed M^ Hancock for that purpose. 

ISV. Lewis offers to take the Avhole of the Towns Lands on the 
East side of the Neck at the rate of £.36 p. Annum. 

M'". Paul Farmer was directed to receive into th(^ Almshouse on 
the Province Account one Mary Connel Wife of Morris Connel, 
she being a Stranger and not an Lihabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewith to support herself — Order signed 
by M^ Pemberton & M''. Mason. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to see Rails fixed round the Dock. 

Coll". Jackson & M'. Pemberton appointed to supervise the Re- 
pairs of the Neck. 

Agreed with Enoch Brown for laying on the Neck what Gravel 
may be necessary, under directions of the Selectmen, and upon 
as easy a lay as they have had it formerly brought for. 

[110. J M"". Curtis, Hayward, allowed to call upon M'. Mayes 
for a small load of Hay for the Bulls 

M"". (Jurtis was directed to lay before the Selectmen as soon as 
may be, a list of the Cows that go upon the Common, in order for 
the Owners, to be properly assessed for the Charge of Bulls &c. 

By Order of the Town at their late Meeting, the following Peti- 
tion was delivered our Representative M^ Hancock in order to 
be presented at the ensueing Sessions. 

To His Excellenc}^ Thomas Hutchinson Esq. Governor in Chief, 
the Hon'''", the Council & House of Representatives in General 
Court Assembled. 

The Petition of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston in Town Meeting assembled, March 19. 1771. 
Humbly sheweth 

That considering the mai.y & fatal accidents that happen by the 
explosion of Magazines of powder in. large & populous Citys your 
Petitioners apprehend their lives and propertys to be very insecure 
from the powder house being situate where it now is, more es- 
pecially as they are informed it has at times contained several 
thousands casks of gun powder. 

That they are apprehensive not only on account of what the 
Town may suffer if so terrible a Catastrophy should be realized 
but for the Community in general as near the whole quantity of 
powder in the Province would be thereby lost and perhaps at a 
lune when we are upon the eve of a war. 

Your Petitioners would therefore intreat that the Hon'''*. Court 
will be pleased to take this petition into their wise consideration, 
& order the removal of the powder of that magazine to a place or 
places of greater safety & as m duly bound &". 

By Order of the Town 

Mem", sign'd by all the Selectmen except M^ Ruddock. 

The Town Clerk was directed to suspend publishing a Vote 



80 City Document Xo. 42. 

l)assetl at the late Meeting relative to the Common for reasons 
tney will be rently to offer to the Town. 

[111.] Upon application made by M"'. Benjamin Edes it was 
agreed by the Selectmen, that the sum of £. 2-8-4- should be re- 
mitted M^ Benjamin Star out of liis Kent in consideration of the 
loss of his business by the Small Pox breaking out in a House 
near the Shoplie hired of the Town. 

Boston .Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3''. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer 

Coll". Jackson in the Chair. 

Mess".. Grants this Day paid Coll". Jackson Four Pounds law- 
ful money in full for one Years Interest of their Bond ending the 
23''. of 3Iarch last, which Bond is part of M'^^ Brookers Donation 
to poor AVidows. 

The Town Bakers attended, and represented that the Assize of 
Bread was above common rate of Merchantable Flower — where- 
upon Voted, that the Assize of Bread he now altered, and set at 
the rate of G/ p. bushel — which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4'^. Loaf of Bread f Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh r-. 

a 4''. ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh - 2^5 



a Bisket for a Copper price 

Agreeable to a late Vote of the Town the Watch at the South end 
of the Town near the Fortification was replaced — John INIartin 
being ap[)ointed Constable of the same, who is allowed three Men 
besides himself, viz'. John Perring William Clear & William 
Sharp. 

Thomas Bradford is appointed Constable of the South AVatch 
near the Lamb Tavern, and is allowed two Men besides himself 
viz'. El)cnezer Crosby & Josiah Caiter. 

Orders to be made out accordingly. 

[11'^.] ]\P. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen 
viz'. IsV. Inches and M'. Storer, to receive into the Almshouse to be 
supported at the Province charge one Lydia Beach a sick Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, neither 
has she wherewith to sup[)ort herself. 

Boston Ss : At a :Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 

Coll. Jackson in the Chair. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen, viz'. 
Coll. Jackson and AP. Pemberton, to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province Charge one James Pulis a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support himself. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 81 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7, 1771. 
Present. .lacksou, Ruddock, Fembcrton, Inches, Storcr. 

Coil. Jackson in the C'iiair. 

M'". James Jackson prays the Selectmen that they would view 
tlie Posts he has erected near his Brotliers Shop at tlie Brazen 
Head. 

Tiie Selectmen have Agreed with Bracket for the Land 

on the Neck late improved by M"", Lewis at £.40- p. annum, Con- 
ditions same as M''. Lewis's Lease. — and the Clerk is directed to 
prep ire Leases — Abraham Woodward & are to be con- 
cerned witii I\P. Bracket equally. 

Maj^ liuddock appointed to direct and order as to the clearing 
of the Dirt near Ferry ways by After (sic) Stoddards Shop. 

Coll. Jackson a Committee to order Repairs to Blind Lane. 

Maj''. Ruddock & Deacon Storer a Committee to order repairs 
to Lyu Street & Ferry way Street. 

[113.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 
24, 1771. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches. 

Coll. Jackson in the Chair. 

M'. Benjamin Henderson Collector having i^roduccd Receits in 
full from tlie Town County and Province Treasurers it was 
ordered tbat he have a draft on the Treasurer agreeable to a Vote 
of the Town, for his Premium, amounting as p. his Acco*. to 
£.13.). 4-1- 

Tlie Town Clerk is directed by two of the Selectmen viz'. Coll. 
Jackson and M', Inches to deliver M''. Collector Header.sou his 
Bonds for 1769, and they were accordingly delivered. 

This Day Agreed with Jeffry Richardson for the Rent of the 
Engine House adjoining M'. Greens Barn for £.l-6-8-lawful p. 
Annum, to pay his rent quarterly & to commence the 23' of April 
Ins'. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 0/ p. 
Bushel and that G'' p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4"^ Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye ]Meal must 

weigh ^ 

a 4*^. ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh - - 2 -^ ^ 

a Bisket of a Copper price '^ =^ 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Ann Matthews Wife of 
Peter Matthews, she being near laying iu, a Stranger & not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and her husband being 
unable to support her — signed by ColK Jackson & M''. Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 1, 1771. 
Present. Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton. 

M^ Turel & others apply to the Selectmen for the removal of 
a Barn near his House iu danger of falling. 



«2 City Document No. 42. 

]\r. Cnrlis apply'd to the Selectmen for libert}' to open a 
dancing School. 

[114-.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen May 2''. 
1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemherton, Inches, Mason. 

A Schooner named from Gnadaloup last from Cape Ann, 

John lUut ]Master, himself, and a number of his People sick with 
*the Small Pox. 

. A Precept having been received for the calling a Town Meeting 
! for the choice of Kepresentatives. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a AVarrant for the Town 
Meeting on Tuesday next 10. OClock A.^M. 

]\r. Hancock & M"". Pembertou a Comm. to wait upon D'. 
Eliot and desire him to open the May Meeting with Piayer. 

Voted, that IVIess". Fleets, have the printing of the Notifications 
for the ensuing Town meeting. 

]\I^ Curtis permitted to open a dancing School in this Town 
according to his desire. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AVheat at G/ p. 
P>ushel and that (>'' p. Bushel be allowed to the liakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A i'K loaf P>rown Bread f Wheat ^ Kye meal 

nuist weigh ^ 

A 4"^. ditto, not above i Indian IMeal must weigh 2 = S 

A Bisket of a Copper price " ^ 

Boston May '2'^. 1771. 
M". Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner named from Ciaudaloup last from Cape 

Ann John Burt muster himself & a nuniber of his People down 
with the Small Pox having stopt at Rainsfords Island, Our Orders 
are that you remove such of the Persons as Dr. Rogers the Physi- 
cian which came from Cape Ann in the Vessell tells you may be 
removed with safety, to the Hospital. You must not suffer any 
[il.").] Persons to go on board the Vessel or come from the Ves- 
sel without our permission nor any kind of Goods or Clothing to 
come up. Take particular care of the sick and report to ns as soon as 
may be the state of the Vessel and the names of the sick when 
you"l have our further directions 

Joseph Jackson 

John Hancock 

Sam. Pkmhkkton 

Henderson Inches 

Jon"* Mason 

Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1771, A.M. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Cap'. Alexander Collin informs that lie left the Downs the 29'. 
Day of March on the P. of April Paul Coggeshall Sailor broke 
out with the Small Pox and in five days was entirely well. He is 
st )pt at Rainsfords Island. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 83 

Boston May 7. 1771. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggandine Ilariuony Cap^ 
Alexander CotUu from London has had one ot" his hands taken 
with the Small Pox, Oui" Orders are that you take the necessary 
precautions by stopping the ^'essell at the Island and taking out 
such Articles as the Cap', may deliver you in order to be air. d. 
No L*ersou must be suffered to go on board or leave the Vessel 
without our permit, or any goods to come out. If any Persons 
on board are liable to have the Small Pox you must take them into 
the Weil-house, Smoke the Letters and then send or bring them 
up to the Post Office. Examine the Circumstances of the Ves- 
sel & Report the same, when 3'ou shall have our further orders. 
You must smoke the Vessel especially the Cabbiu & Steerage 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Sam. PK:\n!i:RTON 
Hendehson Inches 
Jon*"*. Mason 

Selectmen. 

[IIG.] M'. Samuel Hartley Reported, that Peoples Names of 
the Schooner Friendsiiip, John Rust master from Gaudaloupc are 
Nathan Narsons ( ?) Mate 
Elijah Burnam Cooper 
a Negro of Cape Ann. d°. 
Richard Hillen ^ 
Richard True V Sailors. 

Andrew Morgan ) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1771, P.M. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Liberty given Coll". Jackson to open a drain before his House 
in Corn Court, he observing the stei)s of the Law to the satisfac- 
tion of the Selectmen. 

Liberty given i>P. Storer to open drain before his House in Sud- 
bury Street, he observing the steps of the Law to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 8, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M^ Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford'.'-j 
Island — attended & reports. 

That he had examined into the Circumstances of Cap'. Coffins 
Briggandine, and found that the Cabbin & Steerage & the Things 
which were exposed, had been smoked & cleansed for about five 
Weeks past, that he had also smoked them again and cleansed 
everything liable to infection, and is fully of oi)inion that the 
Vessel and People may come up without endangering the health 
of the Inhabitants, whereupon Voted, That tiie Vessel have 
lil)erty to come up, leaving the Beds & Beddinir of the Steerage 
upon the Island, And that the following Certificate be given the 
Governor 



84 CiTV Doci::\rENT No. 42. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggaiuline llannony [117.] Alexander Coffin master 
from London stopt at liainsfords Island on Account of the ISmall 
Tox, havhig been well smoked and cleansed we are of opinion the 
may be jjcrmitted to come up to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

luosit obedient hum. serv". 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Samuel Femberton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan JMason 
Ebenezer Storer 
To Selectmen of Boston 

His Excell^. Thorn'. Hutchinson Esq. 

Mess". Thomas Appleton and Victor Rlair are approved of by 
the Selectmen as Engine men in his Company of Engine K". 7. 
in the room of Peter Roberts who is in years & Nicholas Deering 
who is dead, they having been recommended by the mabler, 
AVilliam Sutton. 

Passed upon John Hancock Esq. his Province Account amount- 
ing as p. Copy on lile to £. 14 - lawful money. 

Boston May 8, 1771, 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggaudine Harmony 
Cap'. Coffin from London is now sufficiently' smoked and cleansed 
and that the Vessel & People may come up without danger to the 
Inhabitants, you have our liberty to let her leave the Island first 
taking out the Beds and Bedding in the Storage and keeping them 
on the Island untill you receive our further Orders. 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Samuel Pemp.ekton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan jNIason 
Euenezer Stoker 

Selectmen of Boston 

[lis.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, INIny 1.5, 
1771. — Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M^ Hews apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a drain 
in a Lane near .AP. Averys House leading into the Common. 

Liberty was granted, provided the Pavement is restored and 
the Ground made good, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M''. John Osgood ai)plys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain near his House in Back street. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, provided the Pavement is 
restored, and the Ground made good, to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 



Selectmex's Minutes, 1771. 85 

John ^rfaddon a Leather Dresser applys to the Selectmen to hire 
or purchase the Towns Slaughter House to improve in his business. 

]\l^ Paul Farmer you are to receive into the Almshouse to be 
su[)ported at the charge of the Province one Margaret Burton a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of an}- Town in this Province ; 
being a sick & diseased Person, and not having wherewithal! to 
support himself (sic) — Order signed by i\P. Mason & M'. Storer 
(i*c dated the 1' of April) & by Sam. Partridge Overseer. 

M^ Samuel Hartley Keeper of Rainsfords Island having Re- 
l)orted to us, that the Schooner Prientlship John Rust master, 
stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox. has been 
well smoked and cleansuil and that every thing has been taken out 
liable to infection, so that in j'our Oi)inion the Vessel may come 
up without [119.] Danger to the Inhabitants, Voted, that the 
following Ceitilicate be given the Governor, and the following 
Letter to M^ Hartley. 

Boston May 15, 1771. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Friendship John 
Rust master, stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small 
Pox. has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed ; and that you 
have taken on shore all tiie Bedding Clothing and other Articles 
liable to retain the Infection Our Orders are that you permit said 
Schoonei to come up to Town taking care that no Person that 
came in the Vessel leave the Island that has not had the Small 
Pox and that no Goods or any thing else is brought in her, that 
may endanger the health of the Inhabitants. 

Joseph .Jackson 
Hendekson Inches 
Jonathan JMason 
Ehenezer Storer 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. The People who came up in the Vessel must have a full 
shift of Clothes, leaving all their other Clothing behind. If there 
is not full Kvidence that the Negro has had the Small Pox he must 
not come up. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Friendshii) John Rust jNIaster from Guadaloupe 
last from Cape Ann stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the 
Small Pox, having been well smoked and cleansed, we are of 
Opinion she maybe permitted to come up to Town without endan- 
gering the health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks 
proper. We are 

Your Excellencys 

most ObecV. Hum. serv". 

Joseph Jackson 
Henderson Incih:s 
Jonathan 3Iason 
Eben''. Storer 
To Selectmen of Boston 

His ExcelP. Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 



86 City Document No. 42. 

Boston May 15, 1771 
(see 2 Pages forward) 
[120.] Coll". Jackson, M^ Pcmberton & W. Mason and :SV. 
Storer a Committee to order Repairs to tlie Street called Milk 
Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen ]May 11, 1771. 
Present, Hancock, Pembertou, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Boston May 11, 1771. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

Having received a Letter from Cap'. Allen respecting the Cir- 
cumstances of the Schooner Friendship, Onr directions to yon 
are that yon keep smoking and cleansing the Vessel untill 
Wednesday next Avhen you are to Report the same to us, as also 
whal Goods are in the Vessel and what have been landed, and liow 
you have endeavored to clear them from the Infection — Yon'l 
show tins your Orders to Cap'. Allen. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

"William Coopku Town Clerk 
P.S. As there has been great infection in the Schooner you are 
to do the best you can to prevent its being communicated from her. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 13, 1771. — 
Present. 

Several of the Selectmen having been together at Coll". Jack- 
sons & one of them in the Cliamber, I was directed to give the 
following Letter to M'. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains 
fords Island. 

Boston May 13, 1771 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having again represented the Circumstances of the Schooner 
to come np as is desired, ]>ut that you Report to us on the Wednes- 
day what you liave done as to smoking and cleansing, when we 
shall [131.] Determine as to the Vessels coming np. — this you 
are to acquaint Cap'. Allen with by shewing him this Letter. 

By Order of Selectmen 

AViLLiAM CooPEK Town Clerk, 
[look back a Page.] 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, May 15, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[Bro'. 2 Pages back.] 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Flizabeth Hiidenox a poor 
diseased Person who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor has wherewith all to support herself, Order signed 
by jNP. ]Mas()n i*c j\P. Storer and dated May G''. 

signed by Ci\i)'. Partridge Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 22''. 177L 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 87 

W. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island having 
Reported to us that Ric-hard Hillton who was landed out of 
Schooner Friendship with the Small Pox, is now well and so suffi- 
ciently smoked and cleansed as that he may come up to Town with 
safety — & D'. Rogers who came from Cape Ann in the Vessel 
having Reported the same in writing — Voted that the following 
Letter be given M'. Hartley, 

Boston May 22'', 1771. 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Richard Hillton who was landed 
out of Schooner Friendship, with the Small Pox, on your Island is 
now well and so sufficiently [l;;^)^.] Smoked and cleansed as 
that he may leave the Island with safety provided he has a shift 
of Clothes — Our Orders are that you permit him to come up first 
seeing that he has a full shift of Clothes and that he brings 
nothing away, which is liable to retain infection — 

Joseph Jackson 
Samuel Pemberton 
Henderson Inches 
Eben. Storer 

Selectmen of Boston 

Major Doan applys to the Selectmen for liberty to set up Posts 
before his House in Kilby Street 

Passed upon M^ Nathaniel Greenwoods Province Account 
amounting as p. Copy on lile 18/ p. 

M''. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Edward Lewis a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wlierewithall to support himself, Order signed by M^ 
Pemberton & Storer. 

M^ John Carnes approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
in the House he has lately removed to the South part of Boston, 
lately improved by M\ Joseph Ballard. 

Passed upon Benjamin Burdicks Province Acco'. amounting as 
p. Copy on file to £. - 23 - 2 - 

Agreed to let John M'^.fadden on Lease for Seven Years at eight 
Pounds p. annum the Building near the South market and Land 
Adjoining lately improved as a Slaughter House, said Fadden to 
build a good Stone Wall under said Building next the Sea, to put 
it otherwise in good [123.] Repair and within the said term 
of Seven Years to new Shingle said Building, and at the expira- 
tion of said Lease to leave it in good repair. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 27**. 1771. — 
Present, Joseph Jackson, Henderson Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Coll°. Jackson appointed to direct the repairs of the Hospital 
Fence at New Boston. 

The Governor and Council having recommended to the Select- 
men to procure a passage for a Soldiers Widow and two Children 
to Scotland — M"". Mason was permitted to advance four Dollars 
for said Family. 



88 CiTV Document No. 42. 

Liberty n])on application therefor, was granted to the Artillery 
Company to make use of Fanenil Hall next Monday. 

A Dispute iiaving arisen between M''^ Kesiah Harvey and Cap'. 
James Dalton relating to the Line or bounds of their Land in 
Spring Lane — ]Mess". John Joy, Samuel Dyer & John Kneeland 
of Boston were appointed to settle and adjust the Line between 
them, and a Warrant was issued of the following tenor or form. 

lioston May 27, 177L 
To INIess". John Joy, Samuel Dyer and John Leach all of 
Boston. 

Greeting — 
Whereas a difference has arose between M". Keziah Harvey and 
Cap'. James Dalton relating to the Line or Bounds of their Land 
in S[)ring Lane. 

ruisutuit therefore to a Law of this Province we do desire & 
impower you the said Joy, Dyer, & Kneeland to go upon the 
Premisses view the same hear the Partys contending, & adjust 
settle & lay out the line between them as to you shall appear 
equitable. 

Joseph Jackson 
Henderson Inches 
Jon. Mason 
Eben". Stoker 

Selectmen of Boston. 

[124.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28, 
1771. Present, Jackson. Inches, Storer. 

D'. Rogers and M\ Hartley attended & Reports, That John 
Rust the master of Schooner Friendship is now so well I'ecovered 
of the Small Pox, and has been so well smoked and cleansed, that 
he may leave the Island with safety, whereupon. Voted, that he 
may leave the Island jn'ovided he is furnished with a good shift 
of Clothes. D^ Rogers having come up was also permitted to 
leave the Town. 

Boston, May 28, 1771. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Cap'. Rust the Master of 
Schooner Friendship is now so well recovered and has been 
throughl}' smoked and cleansed as that he may leave the Island 
Avith safety. Our Orders are that you may permit him to do it 
first seeing yourself satisfied as to the charge arising since he 
came to your Island, and that he has a fresh shift of Clothes. 
])'. Rogers may also leave the Hospital when he pleases, depend- 
ing upon his care that he carrys no infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AViLLiAM CoorKR Towu Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31, 1771. 
Present, Jackson. Pemberton, jNIason, Storer. 

M'. Hartley attended and desired that Cap'. Rust might be 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 89 

allowed to remove his Clothes from the Island and that the Nurse 
may have leave to remove with her Clothes whereupon Voted, 
that tiie Nurse be allowed to leave the Island after being properly 
smoked & cleansed provided she is furnished with a good shift of 
Clothes — 

]Mein'\ a Memorial to Governor Council & House relative to 
Laws about Strangers. — ou file. 

Boston ^Nla}' 31, 1771. 
[1*25.] M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the "Woman who attended Cap', 
llust has desired to have leave to remove from the Island with her 
Clothes, Our Orders to you are that you permit her to remove 
after behig properly smoked and cleansed, provided she is fui'- 
nish'd with a full shift of Clothes she leaving all her other Cloth- 
ing behind till further Orders, and you are not to suffer anything 
to be removed without particular Orders — 

JosEini Jackson 
Samuel Fkmbeutok 
Jonathan ]\Iason 
Ebenezer Stoi?er 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlic Selectmen, June 5, 1771. — 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 0/ p. 
Bushel and that G*^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for tlieir 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows \'iz. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A A'^. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat & i Rye Meal 

must weigh ->^y ^ 

a 4''. ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh ^^^ ^ o 

a Bisket of a Copper price 

M^ Coply applys to the Selectmen for liberty to continue the 
Walk from M'. Hancocks to the Water side the same width, aud 
to plant Lime Trees on a Range from there before W. Hancocks 
House. Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £.20 ou account of 
services. 

[126.] M'. Hartley attended, and asks liberty for Richard 
True to leave the Island next Saturday, and that M^ Rust, INI''. 
Parsons. M'. Aliens. M'. Robertson, D"". Rogers, Prince Ellery an! 
the Nurses Clothes may be brought off the Island as in his Opinion 
they have been sufficiently smoked and cleansed. 

M\ Mason & Coll. Jackson a Committee to settle with M''. 
Thouias Russel for the Rent of Wai-ehouse & his Accompt. 

Boston jNIay 31, 1771. 

M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that M"*. Richard True lias been well 
smoked and cleansed desires to leave the Island next Satturday, 
you have our liberty to permit it, provided you go on cleansing 
them and that he has a full shift of Clothes. As to M'. Rust M'. 



90 City Document No. 42. 

Parsons M^ Allen W. Robertson D^ Rogers Prince Ellery and the 
Nurses Clothes, which you acciuaint us have been well smoked & 
washed, you have our directions not to suffer to be carried off, but 
that you continue to smoke air and cleanse them, and then Report 
to us again for our further Orders 

Joseph Jackson 
Samukl Pkmbeuton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 
Eben''. Mason 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. You may permit a Doctor to go down free of ex pence of 
the Town. 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Account amounting as by 
Copy on file, to £.7. 

[127.] Boston Ss : At a Meetiug of the Selectmen, June 12 
1771. — Present, Jackson, Pembertou, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

]\P. Samuel Hartley of Hosi)ital at Rainsfords Island attended 
— and asks liberty, for nurse Godbolt & Elijah Burnam to leave 
Va?. Island, next Satturday, they being in his Opinion well smoked 
and cleansed — also that the Clothing belonging to the People 
who are at Cape Ann, may be carried to Cape Ann at the same 
time Avhereupon the following Orders were given m^ Hartley 

Boston June 12, 1771 
M"". Samuel Hartley. 

You having asking liberty for Nurse Godbolt and Elijah Bur- 
nam to leave the Island next vSatturday they being in j^our Opinion 
well smoked and cleansed — Our directions are that you permit 
I\P. Burnam to leave the Island, but not the Nurse, and that you 
still keep the Clothes ou the Island, for our further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William CoorEu Town Clerk 

M^ INIason & M\ Inches a Committee to let the Towns Pastures 
at South end. 

]\P. Jackson & Inches, a Committee to settle & adjust the 
r)Ounds of the Towns Land, now in treaty with AP'-fadden for the 
Lease of 

Coll". Jackson & M'. Pembertou a Comm". to enquire of Tuck- 
erman Pierpoint and others relative to their Land. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 19, 1771 — 
Present. Jackson, Pembertou, Inches. Mason, Storer. 

]\P. Hartley attended and ask'd liberty for the Clothes Bedding 
&. a Bag of Cotton to be sent off, and that the Nurse & his Wife 
may come to Town with a fresh shift of Clothes, all having been 
well smoked &c. 

[128.] Boston June 19, 1771. 

^P. Samuel Hartley 

You having asked liberty to send the Clothes and Bedding off 
the Island & a ling of CotLon representing that they have been 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 01 

well smoked & cleansed and also that your Wife and the Nurse 
may couie up to Town with a fresh shift of Clothes you have our 
liberty therefor, excepting the Cotton which must still remain be- 
hind till you have further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk. 

Passed upon Jonathan Masons Province Account am*, as by 
Copy on file to £.1" 10. 

William Barret appointed to measure Coal Baskets. The Town 
Cerk to give him his Orders. 

Voted that there be a Town meeting on Monday next 4. O'Clock 
A.M., & that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26, 1771. 
Present, Mess, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Ordered that the Assize pf Bread be set at Wheat at G/ p. 
bushel and that C^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'^. Loaf of Brown Bread J Wheat & i Rye meal 

must weigh o 'S 3 

a 4'^. Ditto not above ^ Indian Meal must weigh ^ § ® 

A Bisket of a Copper price 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almsliouse to 
be supported at the Province charge a Child of one Agnes M'^.Afce 
alias Williams is a Stranger & [l;:i9.] Not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewith to support her child. 
Order signed by Samuel Pemberton & M^ Mason, & M'. Samuel 
Whitwell an Overseer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Mason. 

M'. Samuel Hartley having Reported to us that the Cotton Wool 
at the Island has been sufHcently smoked & cleansed, Voted that 
he have our liberty to let the Cotton be sent off and that tlie fol- 
lowing Letter be wrote. 

Boston June 28, 1771 
M^ Samuel Hartley, 

You having Reported to us that the Cotton Wool at the Island 
has been sufHcently smoked .-ind cleansed you have our liberty to let 
the same be taken off and carried to Cape Ann. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeu Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 3''. 1771. 
Present Jackson, Pemberton, Ruddock. Inches, ;Mason, Storer. 

M'. Brewer & Richardson apjily'd to the Selectmen at their 
Chamber, acquainting them, that M'. P^mmons had brought Actions 
against them and others for pulling down his Chimnies by Order 
of M'. Pliillips Newell and other Selectmen, and desiring them as 
present Selectmen to support them in those Suits. 



92 CiTV Document No. 42. 

The Soloctmon have agreed to look into the Plan of y'' Streets, 
finding by the IJooks there is a Street laid out by the Battery to 
the foot of Gil)'s Lane by the Sea, whicli is now interrupted. 

Tlie Clerk ordered to deliver AF. llollyday his Bonds for 17G9 
Avhicli wvva delivered him. 

[130.] Voted, that there be a Visitation of the Free Schools 
in tliis Town on Wednesday the 10' of July Ins', and tliat tlie fol- 
lowing Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, 
and tiiat they be notified to attend at the Selectmens Chamber at 
8 OClock in the Morning of said Day iu order to proceed on the 
A'isitation, 

His Excell^. the Governor Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

His Honor the Lieu', (iovernor ]^L^ Henry Laughton 

The Hon^'*^ ,Iohn PLrving Esq. Samuel Fitch Esq. 

James Howdoin Cap'. Dogget 

Thomas Hubbard Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Harrison Gray M\ James Beautiaeau 

James Pitts John Newton F!sq. 

J\P. Fluckcr M^ Francis Green 

Joslnia Henshaw" Henry Lloj'd Esq. 



'i'he Overseers of tlie 


Poor 


M^ Will. Bill 


The Rev<^. Charles Ch 


ancey, 


, D.D.INP. John Dunning 


Mather Bylcs 




Edmund Quincy Esq. 


Andrew Eliot 




M^ Daniel Hubbard 


Samuel Cooper 




Cap'. Greenwood 


P^beuezer I'embei 


rton 


Coll°. Scott 


Samuel Mather 




M"". Matthews 


Penuel Boweu 




M^ moses Gill 


I\P. John Hunt 




M'. John Blown, N°. 


M^ John Bacon 




M^ Peter Crequi 


]\P. "William Gordeu 




D^ Nath'. Perkins 


John Jones Esq. 




M'. Gray 


Isaac Smith P^sq. 




M'. Scoflav 


Town Treasurer 




D^ Lloyd ' 



End 



M^ Barret applys to the Selectmen for leave to dig Graves in 
the New Burying (ironnd, the others being so full as to make it 
inconvenient for the poor from the Almshouse or Strangers, to be 
buried there — Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Ordered, that the Assize — be— no alteration made. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9, 1771. 
Present. Jackson, Pemberton, Storer. 

[1.31.] M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island attended, and informed the Selectmen that the Ship 
Brittania Cap'. Deverson has been stopt at Kainsfords Island on 
Account of the Small Pox; the Circumstances whereof and oi' the 
Vessel are as follows. Said Ship left Graves End, on the f.'of. 
May, and on the IS' of said May, one Thom". Newell a Passenger 
broke out with the Small Pox, but had it favourably and has been 
able to walk the Decks for about five Weeks, there was two Men 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 93 

on board liable to receive the Infection, who have been impressed 
on board a Sloop of VV^ar Cap'. Dawson, tiiat all y*' necessary 
precautions have been taken such as smoking wasliing &^ there is 
no Bale Goods between Decks &c. only about 30 Chests of Lem- 
mons &c. & 14.;i Chests Oyle with some Casks. 

The following Orders were in consequence of the above Infor- 
mation given M"". Hartley. 

Boston July 9', 1771. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Keported to us that the Ship Brittania Cap'. Dever- 
son from London, has lieen stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account 
of the Small Pox, Our Orders are that you thoroughly smoke 
and cleanse the Vessels taking out all the Bedding in the Cabbin 
&c. the Oyl & Lemmons between Decks and such other Articles 
as are liable to Infection, and then Report to us your doings for 
our further directions, tiie Letters when well smoked and 
cleansed may be sent up, all the Clothing &". of the Passengers 
must be well air'd & smoked. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopkk Town Clerk — 

P.S. The Person from Cape Ann, with a shift of Clothes, may 
be permitted to leave the Island. 

[133.] The following Letter was forwarded. 

Boston July 1, 1771. 
Gentlemen 

You have Inclosed an Acco*. of the Charge arising upon one 
Elizabeth INLartin of your Town who was some time past overrun 
by a Cart ou Boston Neck and brought from thence to onr Alms- 
house where she was taken care of ; the whole amounting to Five 
Pounds eight Shillings and ten Pence, which Sum we desire you'l 
Order us payment for, as soon as possible, the growing charge of 
this Town for their Poor requiring it 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk 

The Town of Marblehead to the Town of Boston, D". 

1770 July 26 -To Sundry Charges for Elizabeth Martin whom a 
Cart run over on l^oston Neck viz'. 

To Charge of bringing her from thence to the Alms- 
house by 8 men at 1/4 p. £_0-10-8 

To Boarding Nursing &e. of her from the 2G' July 
1770. to Octo'. 2'^. following is 9 weeks 5 d.ays 
at 'S/8 p. week 4_4_2 

To 7 GalP. Rum used for bathing at 2/ " 14-" 



To the Gent", the Selectmen of Marblehead 5-8-12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11, 1771 
Present, Jackson, Pemherton, Indies, Mason, Storer. 

M''. Hartley attended & Reported, That the Ship Brittania 



94 City Document No. 42. 

has been so well smoked & cleansed, that she may now come up 
witii safety, the Tilings between Decks are now on shore as also 
the Uedding&c he also asked leave for [133. J Three Passengers 
viz'. Thomas Newell, William Tinnnings & Anilrew Ilamelton, to 
come up, whereup Voted, that the Ship may come up & a 
Certificate given the Governor accordingly & tluit the Passengers 
ma}' leave the Island with a fresh Suit of Clothes. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Ship Hrittania Cap'. Deverson from London stopt at Rains- 
fords Island on Acco'. of the Small Pox having been well smoked 
and cleansed we are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up 
to Town without endangering the health of the Inhabitants, if 
your Excelleucy thinks proper. 

We are 

Your Excell^ 
Most obed' 

Hum. Serv" 
J. Jackson 
Sam. Pejiberton 
JoN^. Mason 
Eben^. Stoker 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Jul}' 11, 1771. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

The following Orders were given M^ Hartley. 

Boston July 11, 1771 
1\P. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Ship Brittania has been 
well smoked and cleansed you are permitted to let her depart, 
and may also suffer the three Passengers Viz' — Thomas Newell, 
AVilliam Timmings & Andrew Hamelton to come up provided 
they have a fresh shift of Clothes. The Boxes of Lemmons 
must be opened & the Papers taken off, & then smoked when they 
may come up. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WiLLiAJi Cooper, Town Clerk 
Boston July 11, 1771. 

[134.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen, July 13, 
1771. — Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hosi)ital at Rainsfords Island 
attended, and Reported to the Selectmen that the Boxes of 
Lemmons have been thoroughly smoked, and may without danger 
be brought up to Town which the Owners pray for. That the 
Oyle has been also smoked & aux-d & the Owners desire it may be 
brought up and put on board a Vessel bound for Hallifax none of 
it being design'd for tiic Town 

Voted, that the following Orders be given M'. Hartley 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 95 

Boston July 13, 1771 
M". Samuel Hartley 

You having reported to us that the Boxes of Lemmons which 
came out of Captain Deverson have been thoroughly smoked and 
air'd and may without danger be brought up to Town, which the 
Owners pray for & that the Oyle has been also smoked and air'd, 
& the Owners desire the same )nay be brought up and put on 
board a Vessel bound for llallifax to which place they are de- 
signed — Our Orders are that you suffer the Lemmons to be 
brought up, and that the Oyle be put on board a Vessel bound 
for Hallifax to which plaoe they are design'd. 

By Oi'der of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20, 1771. — 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz'. M^ Pemberton & M''. IVIasou to receive 
into said House one Rachel Seymore a Poor sick Person who is a 
Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, 
Order dated the 17'. Ins'. 

[135.] Selectmen Agreed to visit Deer Island Tuesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 24, 1771. — 
Present, .Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

All tiie Assessors had the Oaths respecting other Governments 
money, the Oath of Office and the Oath respecting the Valuation 
now to be taken were administred them p. M'. Justice Pemberton. 

[Next Monday, 3 OClock P.M.] 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 29, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Inches, Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 31, 1771. 
Present, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that 6*^. p. Busliel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Cliarges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb . oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11 

a 4'', Ditto not above ^ Indian meal d". 3-12 

A Biskct of a Copper price -_-. 4-12 

Voted, that Hutchinson the Paver & Comp^. have a draft for 
£. 6 — on acco'. of paving. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 7, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 



96 City Docimknt Xo. 42. 

The Selectmen Agreed with Mess". Jonathan Pollard [136.] 
And John Wiuniot for the Kent of a Store near the ( Jolden liall 
Tavern at the Kate of Twenty three pounds six Shillings and 
eiglit pence lawful money p. Annum to be paid at four quarterly 
payments, as also to pay the Tax on said Store, and when they 
quit it, the Windows nuist be made Avhole — as p. An Agreement 
made the 1". Day of Aug'. Ins', and put u\)on File may more fully 
appear. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 14, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, jNIason, Storer. 

M". Biggs Widow, who received of Coll. Henshaw part of M". 
Brookers l)onation, applys to the Selectmen for an allowance this 
Year. 

Jean Charpotot from Paris last from St. Lucy with a "Wife and 
one child appeared, and desired leave to carry on the Baking 
Business in this Town. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, provided that he behaves him- 
self to the acceptance of the Inhabitants. 

Passed upon M^ Samuel Hartleys Province Acco'. amounting as 
p. Cop}' on file to £ lo-G-8- 

Boston Ss : At a JNIeeting of the Selectmen, Aug*. 21, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Deacon Barret informs that he has taken into his House a Maid 
one Susannah Hitchins. 

The Seleclmen Agreed with John Yeasc}' & David Bryant for a 
Shop in Queen Street at the rate of £ 3. 12/ lawful IMoney p. 
Annum ; and they are to pay all Taxes the Rent to connnence 7'. 
Aug'. 1771. 

[137.] Boston Ss : At a JNIeeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 28, 
1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 0/ p. 
I^ushel and that 6"^. be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, whicii is computed as follows, Viz'. 

A 4''. Loaf of Brown IJread ^ Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2 — 11 — 

a 4''. Ditto not above ^ Indian meal d". 3-12- 

a Biskot for a Copper price "- 4-12 

]^[^ Benjamin Bass apply'd for leave to build a Tomb in the 
New Burying Ground. 

Voted that he have liberty jn-ovided, that he erects a Brick Wall 
of suHic-ient heighth, and keeps the same in good repair for ever. 

M'. Thomas Parker applys for libeity to build three or more 
Tombs in the vacant Ground, in the Common Burying Ground, 
next the Almshouse Fence. 

Voted, that liberty be granted, provided, that it can be done 
without disturbing the Bones of the dead & that a Head Wall is 
built of sullicieut higth, & the same is kept in good repair for ever. 



SelectxMen's Minutes, 1771. 97 

Voted, that Coll . Jackson, Mr. Pemberton, & Storer be a 
Coninuttee to view the Ground 1M^ Parker jn-oposes to Erect 
Tombs u]X)ii, and to see whether any of the Bones of the dead 
will be tlisturbed thereby. 

Voted, tliat tba Town Clerk — h:ive a draft for £.20 — mem". 
July draft being open, it was included therein. 

Passed upon M'. Willistous Province Acco'. am', to £. 5-7-8- 
as 

[138.] Boston. At a Meeting of the Selectmen — Present, 
Jackson, Pc:xibertou, Storer. 

John Winslow Esq', bro'. his ace*', ag''. Joanna Brookers Estate 
v,-"^ being examin'd agreed with the ace", given by the Selectmen. 

Dr. Tlio\ Young apply'd in behalf of ]^P^ AVcUs & M-^^ Wright * 
for liberty to exhibit the likeness of the late M^ Whitefeild &c. in 
Wax Work at Concert llall. 

Jonathan Jenkins Master of the new Engine No. 3, applied for 
two premiums, One at the Fire at M"". Thornton's house, near 
Copp's Hill, May 29"\ the other at W". Stoddard's Esq\ house 
August 22''. 

Voted that he have a draft accordingly drawn. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen. Present, Jackson, 
Pemberton, Inches. 

M"". Tho'. Parker applies to the Selectmen to Repair the Drain 
in Long Lane at the Towns Expence & keep it in Repair. 

[mem'\ on a Journey.] 

Boston Ss : At a ]\Ieeting of the Selectmen Septem'. 18, 
1771. 

Maj'. Ruddock in the Chair. Present, Ruddock, Hancock, 
Pemberton, Inches. Mason. 

M'. Abraham Foster apply'd for leave to take n[) the Pave- 
ments before his Door, which was granted. 

M'. Gains Master of Engine N°. (J. applys for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first on the 
Fire which lately broke out at M''. Stones House New Boston. 
drawn. 

Voted that he have a Draft for his Premium. 

[13[).] M''. Hancock & Inches a Committee to view the 
Common Laud opposite M^ Copleys, and to direct relative to his 
selling of Trees. 

Passed upon M". Paul Farmer Keeper of tlie Almshouse his 
Province accounts amountuig as by Copy on file to £. o58-7-l| 
and £. 27-1 8-5^. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Provuice Charge one Patrick M'Xary a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor 
having wherewithall to sui)port himself. Order signed by John 
Rufldock & John Hancock Esq. Select men & M'. William Green- 
leaff Overseer. 

* These conlraclious may be Mr. or Mr^i. W. II. W. 



98 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Iliuicoek, Inches, jMhsuu, it Storer. 

Cap'. .John Derby of the Bng'. Tlioiiuis from London Informs 
that he left the Downs the 2o of Ang-*'. & on the 27'". liad a JMan 
Taken down with the Small Pox, had it favourably & has beeu 
on Duty Ten Days i)ast, only one person on board to have it, 
— a Boy, whereupon ordered that Cap'. Derby proceed immedi- 
ately with the Brig', to Kainsfords Island, & there remain till fur- 
ther order & the following Letter was wrote to Sam'. Hartley 
keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford Island respecting said Vessell. 

Boston Sep'. 28, 1771. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

It being reported to ns that Cap'. Derbys Brig', from London 
has had the Small Pox during her passage, we have order'd the 
Brig', down to you & our Directions are that you receive on shore 
every thing from between Decks Air them & wash Smoke & 
Cleanse the Vessell, & wdien in your opinion she is fit to return 
to Tow n you are to Acquaint us there of. You are to Smoke the 
Letters ct .Send them up [140.] by Cap'. Ball Keceive the peo- 
ple on Shore, & suffer none to go oft" the Island without our per- 
mission. There is on board a Boy w^ho is liable to the Small 
Pox. you will be particularly Careful of him. With Kespect to 
the Cabbin passagers you must see that they have a fresh shift 
of Cloathes well air'd, & then they may come up to Town. 

JosKPn Jackson 
John Hancock 
Henderson Inches 
JoN*^. Mason 
Eben". Storer 

Selectmen 

Boston Sep'. 28'". 1771 
Cap'. John Derby 

As one Person on board your Brig', has had the Small Pox 
during the Voyage & another on board is liable to the Distemj^er 
it is our directions that you proceed with your Brig', to Ramsford's 
Island, & aj>ply to M'. Sara". Hartley keeper of the Hositital, to 
whom we have given the necessary Directions, M^ Hartley will 
be as Expeditious as possible in cleansing your Vessell that she 
may Keturn to Town. We are 

Your hum', serv". 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Henderson Inches 
JoN'\ JNIason 
Eli EN. Storer 

Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep'. 30. 1771 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Storer. 

Capt. Derby applied for Liberty to Ship the Hemp & Goods 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 99 

between Decks to Salem they belonging to persons there, upon 
Consideration order'd that all [141.] the Hemp be put on Shore 
on the Island & there Remains till furtlier order, & M'. Hartley is 
Directed to Smoke the Goods & air them on board. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, Octo'. 2'^ 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, 
Storer. 

M^ George Minott appear'd & paid Twenty four pounds Law". 
Money for Two years Interest of his Bond to the Selectmen, 
being Interest arising from M''. Brookers Legacy, the Interest of 
which to be applied for tlie Benefit of snch poor Widows as in 
the Jndgment of the Selectmen are proper objects. — This 
Interest was Rec'd by Co". Jackson, & by him to be accounted. 

Mr. Hartley having Reported that the Brig'. Tliomas Cap'. 
Derby is sntticiently Smok'd & Cleanse'd & that she may come 
up to Town with Safety, where upon the following Letter was 
Sent to the Gov"". 

Boston Octo^ 2. 1771. 
May it please your Excellency 

The ling'. Thomas Commanded by M'. John Derby, lately ar- 
riv'd froniLondon was order'd by us lo Stop at Rainsford Island, 
on Acco'. of a person having had the Small Pox on board ; & it 
being our opinion that the Vessell is Sulliciently Cleans'd & 
smok'd & that she may come up to Town with Safety, we there- 
fore Desire your Excellency's permission for that purpose. 
We are 

Your Excellency's 

Most obed'. hum. Serv". 

Joseph Jacksok 
John Hancock 
Sam'-'-. Pemberton 
JoN'\ Mason 
Eben". Storek 
To His Excellency Selectmen of Boston. 

The Governor. 

[142. J Thomas Uran INIast'. of Engine No. 4 applies for 
Prem. for Working his Engine first at the Fire last Sabbath by 
the Mill Bridge. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the same. — drawn. 

Boston Ss: At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 4 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Storer. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at G/ o**. p. 
bushel and that G''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'.° 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4<^. Loaf brown Bread '^ Wheat ^ Rye Meal must 

weigh 2-11 

A 4''. Ditto not above J Indian Meal d°. - - - - 3-12- 

Bisket of a Copper price _..= 4-9 



100 City Documknt >s'o. 42. 

Mr. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be siii)p(MUHi at llie Provuice charge one Jane Willson & hc>r Son 
being a Stranger and not an Inliabitant of any Town in this 
Province, nor having wherewitliall to support herself — Order 
signed In- M'. Hancock & JNP. Storer, Selectmen & M'. Green- 
leatt' an Overseer. 

V^oted, that the Perambidation between Roxbiiry and this Town 
be on Tuesday next at 10 OClock, Before Noon and that a Letter 
be wrote to the Selectmen as usual & a Dinner i)rovided by the 
Clerk at iM'. Brackets on the Neck, Rev. M'. Adams. 

Boston Ss : At a iNIeeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 9, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge Sarah Kyer, and Sarah Kyer 
Jun^ being Strangers and not Inhabitants of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewithal! to support themselves. Order 
dated l.'>' Septeuf. 1771 and signed by M''. Pemberton & M\ 
Mason Selectmen & M^ Daniel Warner an Overseer. 

[143.] Passed upon Joseph Newels Province Account 
amounting as p. Copy on file to £.8-0-11 — lawful ]Money. 

Coll". Jackson a Committee to settle with M'. William Tayler, 
for the Kent of a Cellar under the Granary. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 23''. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Pemberton, Mason. 

M'. Savage a Collector of Taxes for the Year 17G9. apply'd to 
the Selectmen for his Bonds for said year, when the Town Clerk 
was directed to deliver them, and they were accordingly delivered. 

JM"". Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Painsfords Island 
prays that leave may be granted for Matthew, a Person who came 
out of Cap'. Dorbys Ship to leave the Island, he having been 
sudieiently smoked & cleansed. Liberty was accordingly granted 
provided he has a shift of Clothes & discharges, the Debt he has 
contracted. 

Boston October 23'". 1771 
M'. Sanuiel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that one Matthew, who came out of 
Cai)t. Derbys Ship may leave the Island with safety having been 
sulliciently smoked & cleansed Our Orders are that you permit 
him to leave the Island, provided he has a fresh shift of Clothes, 
and discharges his arrears. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooimcu, Town Clk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 30, 1771. 
Present, .Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Mr. Paul Farmer Kee[)er of the Almshouse was [144. J 
Directed by two of the Select men viz'. Coll". Jackson & M'. 
Mason, & by ^P. Samuel Whitwell an Overseer, to receive into 
the Almshouse Sei)tem''. 1, one Sarah Magee & Septem\ 27, one 
Klenor .Alurfie. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 101 

Mr. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island ai)pear'd and acquainted the Selectmen that the Hemp 
landed from Cap'. Uerbys Ship is now in his opinion suliiciently 
aired & smoked, and may be suffered to be taken off with safety 
to tlie Inhabitants. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wh eat at G 3. p. 
bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, whicli is computed as follows Viz. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4**. Brown Loaf f Wheat ^ Rye ]Meal must weigh 2-11 
a 4''. Ditto not above ^ Indian Meal - - - d" 3-12- 
Bisket of a Copper price -------- 4-9 

M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital Reported this Day 
further, that one (xcorge Williams Jun''. is not (piite recovered of 
the Small I'ox, the following Orders were given him 

Boston October 30, 1771 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Hemp landed from Cap'. 
Derbys Ship is now in his Opinion sufficiently smoked and air'd 
and may be suft"ered to be takeu off tlie Island with safety to the 
Inhabitants. You having also Reported that one George Will- 
iams who came in said Ship is not quite recovered from the 
Small Pox, neither has he been smoked & cleansed [145.] he 
cannot therefore yet leave the Island, as to the Hemp you may 
suffer it to be brought off. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clk. 

Jonathan Jenkins of Engine N". 3 attended, and presented one 
Jn". Newell Woodward as a suitable Person for his Engine Com- 
pany, in the room of one John Bound who has resigned. 

\'oted, that the said AVoodward be accepted as an Engine Man 
in said Company. 

M"". Torrey in the name of the Tanners applyd to the Select- 
men praying, that the Butchers who hold Stalls in the Market may 
be obliged to deliver the Hides of the Cattle brought to Market 
according to Agreement. 

The Town Cteik is directed to furnish the Selectmen with the 
Papers relative to Paddys Alley laid out by the Justices & Select- 
men in a new Street. 

The Selectmen passed upon a number of accounts. 

The Clerk of the Market is to be directed l)y M"-. Williston, to 
attend with an Account of the Hydes brought into Market by the 
Butchers on Fryday 11. OClock. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen Nov'. G. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Mason, Storer. 

[14(5.] iM''. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was 
directed to receive into the Almshouse on the Province Acco'. one 
Peter Kelley a diseased Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support himself 
— Order signed by M'. Hancock & M'. Mason. 



102 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'". 13, 1771. — 
Pioseiit. Jackson, Hancock, Fenibei-tou, Mason, Storer. 

yV. Cooper was dirocted to pnblish an Advertisement relative 
to payment of tbe Prominm on Mnlberry Trees first consulting 
M^ Wliitwell who pays the Premium and one Selectman, 

^P. Benjamin Ciray Chosen a Collector of Taxes for the year 
1771, offers M^ Thomas Leveret and M\ Levy Jennmgs as his 
Bondsmen — 

A'oted that >P. Leveret be accepted but not ]\P. Jennings. 

Passed iii)on M'. Ebenezer Storers Province Account amounting 
to Four Fountls as p. Copy on file. 

j\P. Paul Faruior was ilirected to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account one Lucretia Seave a poor infirm Person 
who is a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince, neither has she wherewith all to support herself. Order 
signed by M^ Storer & M^ Inches & dated Octo"". 8'. 1771, & 
by \Villiam Phillips an Overseer. 

M''. Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. presented Amos Thayer as 
a suitable Person for his Engine Company in the room of Pichard 
Brooks Ennnons who Iims resigned. 

A'oted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

[14:7.] M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms 
house to be supported at the Province charge one JNlargaret Reed 
& one Nancy Shay who are Strangers and not Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province neither have they whcrewlthall to support 
themselves. Order signed by two of the Selectmen Octo'. 8. 
1771. viz. M''. Inches & i\P. Storer, & ])y M'. Phdlips an Over- 
seer. 

]\P. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
bo supported at the Province charge one Hugh Obrien an intirm 
Stranger, not an Inlial>itant of any Town m this Provnice nor 
having wdiere with all to support himself, Order signed by M^ 
Mason & M\ Inches. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province charge or at least to supply with necessary one Jacob 
Sweeter who is a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province, nor having wherewithall to sui)port himself. Order 
signed by two of the Selectmen viz'. M'. Inches & M'. Mason. 

John Erving Esq. & M^ Thomas Peck are offered by ^I'. Parker 
as Bontlsmen for AP. Thomas Parkes, keeping the VValls of the 
new Tombs he is erecting near the Almshouse in Kepair penrJty 
£.20. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov^ 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock. Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

[148.] M^ Edward Ilollyday Collector of Taxes for 1771, 
presents M^ John Winslow & JNP. Ilermanes Brimmer for his 
Bondsmen, Accepted by the Selectmen, 

M'. Benjamin Gray presents M'. Thomas Leaveret & I\P. Rich- 
ard Salter, as Bondsmen for his faithful discharge of the Trust of 
a Collector which he has been chosen to for 1771. Acce[)ted by 
the Selectmen. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 103 

M'. Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1771 presents 
M'. Archibald APNeil & Daniel Maccarty marriuer as his Bonds- 
men, Accepted by the Selectmen. 

M'. Benjamin Henderson a Collector of Taxes for 1771, pre- 
sents Job Prince and Edward Carnes as his Bondsmen for . 

accepted by the Selectmen. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almshouse on the Province Acco'. one William 
Ranson a sick Stranger who is not an inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province, neither has he wherewithall to support himself, 
Orders dated Nov". 19. 1771. & signed by two of the Selectmen 
viz'. 'SV. Mason & M'. Peraberton & one Overseer, viz'. Benjamin 
Dolbear, And also an Order dated the 20, to receive a Lame Per- 
son named not an Inhabitant o'' any Town in this Prov- 
ince nor having wherewithall to support himself, Order signed 
by M^ Jackson & M'. Mason. Selectmen — AVilliam Greeuleaff, 
Overseer. 

Passed upon D'. Joseph Warrens Province Acco'. amounting as 
by Copy on hie to £.213-1G. 

M'. Ruggles & M"^. Bryant who hire Stalls in Faneuil Hall 
Market. 

[149,] Boston Ss. : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
22^., 1771. Present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov^ 25, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton. Inches, Mason, Storer. 

A Warrant from the Hon*''''. Judge of Probate for this County 
as the Selectmen, desiring & impowering them to enquire into the 
Circumstances of James Otis Esq. of Boston represented by his 
Relations & Friends as a Distracted Person &c. was received, and 
the Selectmen Agreed to see the said M^ Otis immediately. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 2G, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

The following Warrant was rec'^. from the Judge of Probate. 
& a Return made thereon, Viz'. 

Probate Office Suffolk Ss. 
To the Geiitlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
Greeting 

It having been represented to me by the Relations & Friends 
of -Tames Otis of Boston Esq. that the said James is a Non 
Compos Distracted or Lunatick Person & a proper Subject for a 
Guardian. 

Pursuant therefore to the Directions of the Province Law in 
such case i)rovided. You are hereby desired and impowered to 
consider tlie case of the said James & upon the Evidence you 
may have Report to me whether you find him to be a Non Compos 
Distracted or Lunatick Person or not, and such Report to be made 
under the hands of the major part of you. 

Dated at Boston & the Seal of Office Affixed this 25. Day of 
Novem^ 1771 & the twelfth year of the Kings Reign 

Ts, Hutchinson Judge Probate 



104 CiTv Document No. 42. 

"VVe the Subscribers by virtue of the witliin Warrant have macle 
due Inquisition into the Circumstances of the within [150. J ntuned 
James Otis Esq. & are fully of Opinion that he is a Distracted 
Person. 

Joseph Jackson 
John Hancock 
Sam. Pemheuton 
Henderson Inches 
Jona. Mason 
Ebenezku Stoker 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 27, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, jMason, Storer. 

Samuel Prichard a diseased young Fellow apply'd to the Select- 
men for Relief, says he formerly lived with AP. Legat of Lemin- 
ister as a Servant, who sold him to John Cheney of Winchendon 
who sold him to Richard Parsons, & Levy Bigsby, they sold his 
time to Thouias Geary, & Geary sold his time to Isaac Hollister. 

]\P. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge Samuel Prichard a diseased 
Strauger who is not an Inhabitant of any Tov/n in this Province, 
neitlier has he anything to support himself, Order signed by M\ 
Jackson & INP. jNIason Selectuien. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at G/3 p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to tlie Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'^. Brown Loaf f Wheat ^ Rye meal must weigh 2-11- 
a 4*^. Ditto, not above ^ Indian meal d". 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price --------------- 4-9 

AV^hereas The Selectuien havc'g furnished me the Subscriber 
appointed by the Court of Sessions a Sealer for the Town of 
Boston, with a Beam Scales, Weights & measures, amounting to 
£. 2-li)-8, lawful Money, I promise to be accountable to the 
Selectmen for the Time being, for the same. 

Witness my hand 

Joseph Winslow. 

[151.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £. 20. 

Coll". Jackson is appointed to order Plastering to a Shop 
occupied by 

M". John Baker is ap[)ointed by the Selectmen to inspect into 
what relates to Deer Island, and to give information to the Select- 
men if any Stones or Ballast is taken off from said Island. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem"". 4, 1771. 
Present, .lackson. Hancock, Peml)erton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M'. Mollineau.K applys to the Selectmen for relief for a po(n' 
Woman in the Factory, a disabled Soldiers Wife. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house on 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1771. 105 

the Province Acco:mt one Patrick Kidney, a sick Stranger not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in tliis Province, nor havinsa; wlierewithall 
to support liunself Order dated Novem"'. 11"'. & signed by two 
of the Selectmen, Viz^ ^V. Penibertou & M^ Mason & JM\ Samuel 
Whitwell an Overseer. 

]\P. Farmer was also directed to receive one James Thompson a 
sick Stranger. Order dated Nov"". 29. & signed by the above 
named Selectmen, Viz'., INI'". Pemberton & M^ Mason — & by 
M\ Samuel Whitwell an Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Docen/. 11, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

The Tanners attended & complain'd that ]\P. Bryant had broke 
his Agreement resi)ecting the Hydes brought. 

Voted, that M''. Bryant be turned out of the Market. 

[153.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decera^ 
14, 1771. Present, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

The Selectmen having again taken np the alfair of the Stalls 
Leased to Bryant, after due consideration came into the following 
Vote — 

Whereas it appears to us that it is for the Interest of the Town 
of Boston that I\I^ Bryant be immediately removed from the Stalls 
in Faneuil Market now occupied by hira therefore Voted unani- 
mously that the said John Bryant remove all his effects out of 
Fau'juil Hall market and deliver up said Stalls on or before ]Mon- 
day next at One OClock P.M. and that he the said Bryant be served 
with a Copy of this Vote. 

Boston Decern''. 14, 1771. 

Agreable to the above Vote, the Selectmen took Vose & 

as Witnesses, and warned M'. John Bryant to leave his 

Stalls on or before One OClock Monday next, the Town Clerk also 
served hira with a Copy of the above Vote. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 16, 1771, 
A.M. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, ]\Iason, Storer. 

Cap'. Beals attended, and informed the Selectmen that he had 
received into his House as a Boarder one Thomas Cawlin from 
Newhaven in Connecticut ; who is taken with a Fever & has not 
wherowithall to support himself, whereupon D'. AVarren was 
directed to visit hira as a Physician. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Select men, Decem^ 16, 1771. 
P.M. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M'. James Bryant applys to the Selectmen praying [153.] 
That he may have the Stalls in the market, whici his Brother John 
improved for some time past. 

Voted, that the consideration of M\ Bryants request be referred 
over to Wednesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem''. 18, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 



106 CiTv Document No. 42. 

Passed upon William Dickmaus Province Account amounting as 
by Copy on tile to £. 4-1 <S. 

The Tanners of tins Town attended and presented a Petition to 
the Seloetmen praying that AP. John Robinson may have the 
Stalls in Faneuil Hall market, lately occupied by M"". John Bryant. 

3P. Love was directed to go over to Itoxbury, and bring from 
their Almshouse one M'■^ Cleasby ( ?) who he is to carry to our 
Almshouse. 

^P. James Bryant applys to the Selectmen for the hire of the 
five Stalls on the North Corner. 

The Selectmen have Agreed to meet at 10 OClock next Sat- 
turday & to warn 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 21, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Peinberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Renew'd ( ?) the Jury Box. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at G/3. p. 
Busliel & that C. p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pams & Livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz'. — 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4'^. Brown Loaf § AVheat ^ Rye Meal must 

weigh 2-11 

a 4''. Ditto not above J Indian Meal, d'\ 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-9- 

[154.] Boston Ss : At a INIecting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 1, 
177i (sic). Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Storer 

M^ John Fleet informs that he has taken into his Famil}' as a 
Maid Servant one Esther Crawford, who came to this Town from 
Townsend at the Eastward ; she got here about three Weeks past 
& was received by AP. Fleet the 3"^. of December. 

The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of 
other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the 
Real Estate they Occupy, and the business they do here, it being 
agreable to Law, Viz'. 

The Hon"^ James Russel Esq. 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
Joseph Palmer & Comp^. 
Elisha Doane Esq. 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. Serv". 

Joseph Jackson 
John Ruddock 
Samuel Pemiucrton 
Henderson Inches 
Jonathan Mason 
To Selectmen of Boston. 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston. 
Boston December 2H, 1771 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 



107 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan'' 
Present, Jackson, Pembertou, Mason. 



8, 1772. 



[155.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. 15"^. 
1772. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Storer, Pemberton, JNIason. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz'. Mr. Hancock & Mason, to receive into the 
Almsliouse on the Province charge one Mary Blake a Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of this Province neither has she wliere- 
withall to su[)i)ort herself, Order sign'd by Sam. Whitwell Over- 
seer dated .lau^'. 4. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into tlie Almshouse one \Yilliam Cliccns ( ?) a sick stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
wherewithall to support himself. Order signed by M'. Hancock 
& M'. Mason, Selectmen, & Sara. Partridge Overseer. & dated 
Aug'. 10, 1771. 

Cap'. Read master of Engine N. 5 : appeared, and desired the 
Selectmen to appoint another JNIaster of said Engine in his room, 
his age & Infirmities obliging him to resign. 

Mem". Coll". Jackson received of Brookers Donation Interest 
Mony of FuUerton, Minot, Grant & Haskill. £. 42-8- 

Distributed as follows 
AVidow Loring - Hatter - - - 
M'''. Ruth Loring - - . - 



AYidow Oliver - 
AVidow Lee 
AVidow Nichols - 
Widow Hodges - 

AVidow Bridge - 
AVidow Fowle - 
AVidow Metret - 

AVidow Draper - 
AVidow Biggs 
AVidow E. Loring 
AA^idow Delaplace 
AVidow Mitchel - 

[156.] AA^idow Stone 
AVidow Coleman 
]M". Lobden 

AVidow Robins - 
AA'idow Brooks - 
AVidow Hicks - 



4 Dollars )- 
4 Dollars ^ 
4 d°. I 
4 d^ }> 
4 d°. I 
4 d°. J 

M'. Hancock distributes 
4 d^ ) 
4 d". [ 
4 d°. 3 
ColP. Jackson distributes 
4 



1 



4 d^ 

4 d°. 

4 d". 

4 d^ 
AP. Mason d°. carried over 

4 Dollars 

4 d°. 

4 d°. 
M'. Pemberton distributes 

4 d°. ) 

4 d^ [ 

4 d°. ) 

M^ Rudstock d°. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^'. 22^ 1771. 
Present, CoP. Jackson, M^ Pemberton, Deac". Mason, Capt". 
Ruddock, Dea''. Storer. 



four Dollars 1 


d^ d". 


1 

-dl"^. Mason. 


d\ d". 

(]'. d". 


i]'. d'\ 




d". d". 


d". d\ 


- do. INF. Pemberton 


do. d". 


- d". .M^ Riiddo— 



108 City Document No. 42. 

W. Slmbaol Ilcwes AppointLHl Master of the Eigiiie N". 5 iu 
the room of W. R.'ad who lesigiied 

Disti'iluited to tlio following persons of the Interest monies arise- 
iug from IJiookers donation — 

"Widow Downcs - - - 

Widow jMurray - - - 

"Willow Caswell - - - 

Widow (i lover - - - 

AVidow AUin 

"Widow 3FCloud - - - 

"Widow Kneeland 

"Widow Dodge - - - 

M^ Nathaniel Ilall presents a Petition pra^'ing thnt he nia}^ be 
approbated as a Retailer of Spiritous Liquors at his Distill House in 
Back Street North ICnd, in the room of JM''. John Gould deceased. 

The Coustal)les appeard & proposed next Wednesday for a 
Town Meeting for the choice of Jurymen, for February Court 
agreablc to a \'enire received for that purpose which time was ap- 
proved of by the Selectmen. 

[157.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 29', 1772. 
Present, Jacksou, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Let the "Wharff atljoining to the Battery to iNIaj'. Ruddock for 
Five 3'cars, reserving the Communication to and from the Battery 
at £. 13-G.8. to commence 2o'. March next, he to fill up the holes 
& leave y*^ Premisses in y'^ same Repair, he receives them. 

[mem", to suspend the matter.] 

Gilbert Sharp Master of Engine N°. — applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first upon the 
F"'ire which latcl}'' broke out near the New Brick ]Meeting House. 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium. 

drawn for — 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at "Wheat at G/3 
p. Bushel and that C. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for then- 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. 
Viz'. 

Il>. oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Brown Loaf '^ "Wheat } Rye meal must weigh 2-11- 

4 d". - - not above ^ Indian meal 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price -4-9 

M^ Nathaniel Ilall approbated as a Retailer at his distill house 
in Back Street North End in the room of John Gould deceased. 

Boston Ss : At a ?iIoeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 5, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, RudJock, Mason, Storer. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting as 
p. Copy on file to £. 14-3-8- 

AVilliam Sutton Master of Engine N". 7 apply'djor the Pre- 
mium, allowed by t'lo Town for bringing liis Engine to work first at 
the Fire which Lat^^ly Ix-oke out at Blowers Building King Street. 

Voted, that he have a draft accordingly. 

drawn for, Jan^. draft. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 109 

M'. Ran*ot one of the Officers for seizing Coal Baskets, ap- 
peared & Inl'oraiod tluit he was sued, for taking a Coal Basket 
whieh had been condeunied by Juscice Avery & cited to appear at 
Stoiightou. 

The Selectmen agreed to support the Officer in the legal Exe- 
cution [158.] of his Office. 

]Vr. Jenkins jNIaster of Engine N". 3, presented M^ John 
INIinzies as a suitable Person for his Engine Comp^. in the room 
of Johu Roberts deceased, who was accordingly accepted. 

i\P. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Sarah Ilartshorne & two 
of her Children, who are Strangers and not Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithal! to support them- 
selves, Order signed by two of the Selectmen, viz'., Coll". 
Jackson & Maj'. Ruddock & one Overseer, via'. M^ Daniel 
Waldo. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 12, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen & Justices & Overseers A 
Walk or Visitation of the Town was Agreed upon this Day as p. 
Account of particidars on tile. 

Charles Hanniock returned the Key of the Town house Cellar 
Feb''. 7. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb>'. 19, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province charge, one James Martin a Sick Stranger, not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having wherewithall 
to su|)[)ort himself. 

Order signed by Coll". Jackson & M'. Mason Selectmen & 
William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

[159.] M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province CHiarge, David 
Dolbear his AVife ami Child, they not being Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support them- 
selves. 

Order dated Feb^. 14, & signed by Coll". Jackson & M'. 
Mason two of the Selectmen, and William Greenleaff an Over- 
seer. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed on the 15 Ins', by two of the 
Selectmen viz'. Coll". Jackson & M^ Mason & M'. William 
Greenleaff an Overseer, one George Downing a sick Stranger 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor havino- where- 
withall to support himself. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb''. 20, 1772, 
Present, Jackson, Mason. 

The Overseers and Justices made Report of the State of their 
several Wards as p. the Papers on File. 



110 City Docibient Xo. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 20, 1772. 
Pi'esent, Jackson, Hancock, Pembeiton, Indies. JNlason, Storer. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wlieat at (i/'i p. 
Bushel, and that C. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. 07,. dr. 

A 4'^. Brown Loaf 3 Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2- 1 1 
" 4 d". not above ^ Indian Meal d°. - - - - 3-12 
Bisket of a Copper price - -" 4-9 

Ordered, that M'. Henderson have his Bonds as Collector for 
the Year 177U delivered up to him, he having producctl his Re- 
ceipts in full from the several Treasurers, & had a draft for his 
Premium. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 27, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[160.] The Connnittee appointed by the Town on the 2'^. of 
April last to apply to a proper Person to deliver an Oration on the 
5 March next attended and acquainted the Selectmen, that 
in pursuance of the Order of the Town they lind apply'd to 
I)^ Warren, who has accepted : and as it appeared by the Vote of 
the Town that the Oration is to be delivered on the 5. of March 
1772. the C'onmi*''^. inform the Selectmen of their proceedings, that 
a Town INIeeting may be called on the said ij. of March, that they 
may be notified theieof that the Vote of the Town may be carried 
into execution on said Day accordingly. 

The Selectmen having the aforegoing matter into consideration, 
and the Question being put, passed in the iSegative. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2''. 1772. — 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, INIason, Storer. 

Passed upon AP. Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting as 
by Copys on file to £..516. 7. 4, & £. 39- 10- 5^. 

The Selectmen received a Petition from a number of the Inhab- 
itants praying that a Town Meeting, may be called to Receive the 
Report of the Committee appointed to procure an Oration to be de- 
livered on the 5. of March Ins', and the same having been taken 
into Consideration. 

Voted, that a Town INIeeting be called on Thursday next 
9. OClock Before Noon. 

Voted, that M\ Isaiah Thomas have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. INIarch 4, 1772. — 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[101. J Passed upon several Accounts 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant for 
the Annual March IMeeting. the 9 of this Ins'. 

Voted, that M^ Byles have the printing of the Notifications for 
the insuiug Town 3leetin<r 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. Ill 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5, 1772 
a.m. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Rev*^. M^ Lothrop be desired to open the Annual 
March Meeting with Prayer. Prayer was made by the Rev*^. M^ 
Hirst it being his turn. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 13, 177i 
(sic). Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set a Wheat at 6/ 3 p 
BusIkI and that 6'^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'^. Brown Loaf 3 "Wheat ^ Rye meal must weigh 2-11 
a 4'^ Ditto, not above i Indian Meal must weigh 3-12 
Bisket of a Copper price 4-9 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18 1772. — 
Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M'. Cade attended, and pray'd the Select men that M^ Joseph 
Edmands may be joined with him in the care of the North Bury- 
ing Ground, whereupon. 

Voted, that M^ Edmands be accordingly appointed with M''. 
Cade to the care of the North Burying Ground. 

M^ Uolbear a poor man, sent here from Situate in Rhode 
Island Government, attended with the Keeper of the [Almshouse 
& praying that himself & Wife may be be (sic) sent [163.] To 
the Town of Mendou by Warrant, as they are proper Inhabitants 
of said Town. Whereupon — the Town Clerk was directed to 
Avrite a Letter to the Selectmen of Mendon informiug them that 
said Dolbear & Wife were Infirm & being unable to provide for 
themselves were sent to the Almshouse ; & that they must expect 
to defrey the charge of their maintenance while there. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz. M"". Scollay & M^ Newell & one Overseer 
viz. M^ Willir.m Greenleaff to receive into said House to be 
supported at the Province Charge one William Moore a lame 
.Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor has he wherewithal! to support himself. Order signed 
14' Ins'. 

The Town Clerk is directed to procure for the Selectmen a 
Book lately published intitled an Abridgement of the Province 
Laws — and also to get the late Province Acts added to the Law 
Books. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23"^. 1772. 
Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Marshall. 

The following Letter was sent to the Selectmen of Mendon. 

Boston March 19. 1772. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint 3'ou that one David Dolbear with his Wife 
and Child has been sent to this Town from Rhode Island Govern- 



112 City Document Xo. 42. 

ment, by a, Warrant for that purpose but upon inquiry and 
examination it appears that said Dolbear possessed a Real Estate 
in Mendon, and resided upon it a considerable time, and conse- 
quently become an Inhabitant of said Town. He is now in our 
Almshouse and has some Household Goods which were sent with 
him from Rhode Island ; but as he is Aged and infirm and neither 
himself or Wife able to travel on foot. [163.] We give you this 
notice, that you may take such methods as you think pioper to 
convey him to Mendon, and so prevent any further charge falling 
upon your Town. 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

William Coopku Town Clerk 

]\r. Veasy proposes to give up the Shop he hires of the Town, 
which is near the Consert Hall ; as soon as his Quarter is up. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25. 1772 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

]\r. Scollay in the Chair. 

M'. Hancock & Newell a Committee to Settle with Coll. 
Henshaw Respecting M". Brookers Donation & receiving the 
Bonds &c. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3 p. 
bushel and that C. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

A 4*^. Brown Loaf ^ Wheat % Rye Meal must weigh 
A 4 Ditto, not above ^ Indian Meal 
Bisket of a Copper price 

The Selectmen have agreed upon the Petition of Jooepli Thorp, 
to view a peice of Land near the Fortification, which he desires 
may be Leased to him for the purpose of carrying on the Potters 
Business. 

M'. William Whitwell has agreeable to his Obligation given to 
the Selectmen of 1768. paid into the present Selectmen One 
hundred Dollars to be distributed as Premiums for the Raising of 
Mulberry Trees — which money was delivered to M^ Hancock, to 
keep for the purposes expressed by the Donors. 

[1(>4.] M'. White Tallow Chandler apply'd to the Selectmen 
for their consent to his erecting a Tallow Chandlers House on a 
peice of Land neai the Mill Creek. 

The Town Clerk is directed to apply to the Town Treasurer for 
a particular Account of all the Real Estate Incomes &c. belonging 
to the Town of Boston, as also of what Quit Rents are coming in. 

It is Agreed by the Selectmen, to meet punctually at 4. O'Cloek 
P.M. for the dispatch of the Towns Business untill the Month of 
September next, and if any one of the Selectmen is prevented 
attending, it is expected that a Billet will be lodged at the Cham- 
bers, giving notice thereof. 



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Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 113 

It is also Agreed by the Selectmen, that they will pass upon all 
Accounts, given in, on the last Wednesday of every Month. 

It is also Agreed that the Chair shall be taken in monthly Rota- 
tion, by the respective Selectmen. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write unto M^ Lewis of Roxbury 
& M^ Enoch Brown on the Neck, to be at the belectmens Cham- 
ber on Wednesday next. 

M^ Hancock & M^ Wendell a Committee to take care of the 
Common, and to order necessary Repairs to Bank »&c. 

The Selectmen gave Coll''. Jackson a late Selectman, a Receit 
for four several Bonds, viz' — 

a Bon.1 of Peter Oliver & William Clerk for 433. oz Silver 
dated U'. May 1746. 

a Bond of Samuel Millers dated Septem\ 2'^. 1747. for £. 100- 
Old tenor. 

another Bond of Samuel Millers for £. 100. o Tenor, dated 26' 
June 174 7. 

a Bond of Samuel Haskels for £. 200 — dated the 20' Decem^ 
1768. being these he received of the Executors of M". Brookers 
Will, for which he gave his Receipt — which Bonds are now put 
in the File of Selectmens Bond. 

[1(55.] Interest Received in full on his Bond of M^ Grant 
the 23^*. March Inst, being £. 10. lawful money, part of the 
Moneys lent out of Brookers Donation. 

M''. Fowle, AV^idow, had four Dollars out of M". Brookers 
money p. order of the Selectmen, which money was given Coll". 
Marshal to deliver her. 

Mem". M\ Newell has Nine pounds fourteen Shillings, in his 
hands, see Aprill 

The Selectmen have Agreed to visit the Alms House in order to 
view the Province Poor, on Fryday next 11. OClock, in order 
to determine which of them are fit to leave the House. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1, 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
We Udell. 

Mr. Scollay in the Chair. 

M'. Shuba'.>l Hewes Master of Engine N". — ^pplys to the 
Selectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town to his Compy. for 
bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire which broke out this 
morning at M^ Cordis' House in King Street. 

drawn for. 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium being 13/4. 

M^ Veasy delivered up the Key of the shop he hired of the 
Town, near Concert Hall, this Day — 

Mess'^. Pollard & Winnut, being about giving up the Store they 
have hired of the Town M'. Henry Humphreys a Stranger proposes 
to take it up on the same terms. 

M^ Tileston has discharged the three years Interest on his 
Bond for £. 60. being M''. Brookers Donation — the Interest 
amounting to £. 10-16- lawful money. 

[166, j The Selectmen having view'd the peice of Land M'. 



114 City Document No. 42. 

Thorp proposed to Lease of the Towu for the purpose of the 
Putters IJushiess cannot fall in with the proposal without the 
approbation of the Town first obtain'd. 

The Selectnieu cannot consent to M'. Whites erecting a Tallow 
Chandlers Shop near the Mill Creek, as it does not appear to be 
agreeable to the Neighbours. 

The Selectmen have let a Warehouse lately hired by M^ Pol- 
lard & Winnut; to M'. Henry Humphreys, and the Town Clerk is 
directed to take his Obligation with another hand to it, for the 
payment of the Kent, to be of the same tenor with Mess. Winnut 
& Pollards. 

The Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Town Treasurer, 
that he may settle Mess. Pollard & Winuut's Rent to this Day tho. 
bis (Quarter is not up. 

'Si'. Austin & AP. Wendell, a Committee to view Master Levels 
Fence, aiid Report what Repairs is necessary. 

The following Letter was sent Judge Oliver 

Sir, 

The Selectmen have been informed by Coll". Jackson, who 
was of their Board the last year, that you had assured him 
that agreeable to their desire the Bond given by your self and 
the late D"". Clark to M". Brooker which now rests with them, 
would have been paid off, before you left the Town : As this has 
not been done they now renew their request, that you would im- 
mediately discharge the same, but if this should not suit your 
present convenience, they then expect you will as soon as possi- 
ble give them a new Obligation with good Sureties for the Sum 
now due as principle & Interest on the Old Bonds. The Select- 
men cannot but hope that you will excuse their thus importuning 
you, as it wholly proceeds, from compassion to the poor Widows 
[1(57.] for whom They are appointed Trustees in M". BrooUers 
Will, & a concern to avoid the imi)utation of unfaithful! Steward. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Towu Clerk 

Boston March 30 1772. 

The Hou'''^ Peter Oliver Esq. 

The Sura of £20- 10 / in the Selectmens hands, of M". 
Brookers Donation, was distributed as follows Viz'. 
The Widow Bass ) 

The Widow Bardall [- Distributed by M^ Scollay 
M''. IVluggeridge ) 
The Widow Wendell— M^ Cooper 
The Widow Wheeler") 
M'■^ Thayers I 

M". Martin pP. Austin 

Widow Oliver J 

W\ P.utler 

M'\ Molly Kittle ^ ColP. Marshall 
Widow Delaplaec 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772, 115 

M". Leblond ") 

M". Newell j Deacon Newell 

Widow Nichols^ 

M". Miller [ M'. Wendell 

M". Welch 3 

Widow Lee M^ Hancock 

mem". Four Dollars each were dP. them. 

Coll". Henshaw desires of the Selectmen that he may have the 
refusal of Deer Island, when M". Pratts Lease expires. 

[168.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectn)en April 8, 
1772. A.M. Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M'. Scollay in the Chair. 

The Selectmen received a Letter from Robert Hooper Esq. of 
Marblehead dated 6"\ Ins', acquaintino; them that his Brigg"^ Am- 
hurst left Loudon the 4"' JNIarch & the Downs the 8"' that a Person 
on Board was taken with the Small Pox, but had it so favourably, 
that he has been able to do duty a fortnight past. That their 
being Hemp Lines & Lemmons between Decks, the Selectmen 
of Marblehead had ordered the Briggandine for Rainsfords 
Island ; but tliere was no other Person on board as the Captain 
declared, liable to take the Distemper — whereupon — 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent M'. Hartleys Keeper of 
the Hospital. — Viz'. — 

Boston April 8. 1772. 

M'. Samuel Hartley 

Having received a Letter from M^ Hooper, of Marblehead 
Owner of the Briggandine Amluirst, informing that said Vessel 
left the Downs the 8"^ of March, & that a Person on board was 
taken with the Small Pox, but has been so w^ell as to have been 
able to do duty for about a fortnight past — that there is no other 
Person on board to have the Distemper but that there is Hemp 
Lines & Lemmons &c. between Decks ; and that the Selectmen 
of Marblehead had ordered the Vessel to Rainsfords Island, 
where they expect due care will be taken to cleans3 the Vessel 
and Goods from Infection — Our Orders to you are that you do 
•not suffer tlie Vessel to come up till you have our permission, and 
that you do not permit any Person to go on board or leave the 
Vessel — that you receive all such Articles on Shcjre as the Cap- 
tain shall deliver you, and any one of the Seamen or Passengers 
that you suspect may be liable to take the Infection, must be 
received into the Well House. Smoke the Letters thoroughly and 
then send or bring them up immediately [169.] to the Post OtHc- ; 
you must smoke the Brigg'"' & examine the Circumstances both of 
Vessel and Cargo, and lieport the same to us as soon as possible 
when you will have our further Orders. 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
CoLL*^. Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston 



116 City Document No. 42. 

The Committee to view I\P. Lovels Fence Report That the 
Fence is so much out of Repair, that it will be best to Erect a 
new one — where upjii — 

Voted, that the Committee be desired to see the same effected. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen April 8, 1772. P.M. 
Present, Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M^ Scollay in the Cliair. 

Six I'etit Jurors for April Court were drawn out of the Box. 

Received of ]\P. (leorge Minot one years Interest of his Bond 
for £200 to 30. of December last being M". Brookers Donation; 
the same being Twelve pounds lawful, was taken by Deacon 
Newell Distributed as follows — Viz' — 

M". Flatt 4 Dollars ) 

M". Chapel 4 d^ [ Deacon Newell 

M". Wise 4 d^ ) 

M". Eustis 4 d". M^ Scollan 

M". Eustis 4 d". M^ AVendell 

M". Hawkins 4 d". M^ Austin 

M". Nuttage 4 d". ") 

M". Salter 4 d". [ M\ Marshall 

M". Marion 4 d". J 

M". Waiuwright 4 d" Mr. Hancock p. Cooper 



40 Dollars. 

[170.] The Selectmen have lately visited the Almshouse to 
examine into the Circumstances of the Province Poor, and do not 
find any of them fit to be sent out of the House except one 
William Ranchon & James Oytis — who have since left the 
Hospital. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into tlie House to be supported at the Province Charge one 
Elizabeth Mumfort a sick Stranger not an Inliabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support her- 
self — Order signed by M^ Scollay & j\P. Newell Selectmen &, 
M"'. Daniel Waldo an Overseer — and signed April 3''. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 9, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M^ Hartley attended, and informed tiie Selectmen that he hnd 
been on board Cap'. Dixys Briggandine, that he does not find that 
there is any Passengers in the Ship, nor any of the Hands liable 
to receive the Infection — that there is Hemp & other Articles be- 
tween Decks which require smoking &". whereupon the following 
Letter was given M^ Hartley 

Boston April 9. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You must take down with you what Brimstone Vinegar &". may 
be necessary to cleanse Cap'. Dixys Brigg"". and the Goods be- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 117 

tween Decks &^ you must thoroughly smoke the Letters nud theu 
send them up immediately to the Post OlHce — You must take all 
the Bedding and Clothing of the People on Shore, and cleanse and 
air them sulliciently, and the Person who has had the Small Pox 
umst go the Well house, for an airing and smoking, and no one 
must 1)2 suffered to go on board or leave the Vessel Avithout our 
permission therefor — We expect you take the utmost care to pre- 
vent the Infections being communicated, and Report to us again 
as soon as you are able — 

John Scoixay 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Makshall 
Sam. Austin 

Selectmen 

[171.] IMajor Dawes has made application to the Selectmen 
for the use of tliirty Small Arms belonging to the Town, in order 
to exercise a new Company of Grenadiers — whereupon, 

Vote.l, Tli-at the recpiest of Major Daws be grantetl, lie giving a 
Ileceipt for ta3 Small Arms, aad engaging to return them in good 
Order, when required. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen April 19, — 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

M"". Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, atten^led, and informs the Selectmen that he had taken on 
shore, the BimI ling Clothing &c. of Cap'. Dixys People, which are 
now well smoked & cleansed, and the People w^ashed with Vine- 
gar, — that he had taken all the Hemp between Decks, on shore as 
also the Lemmons & Spare Sails, that some of the Lines are loose 
between Decks, some in Casks & all has been smoked as well as 
the Vessel, and that they are still going on with smoking & the 
Brigg'"'. may now leave the Island with safety — wheieupon — 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent to Marbleliead. 

Boston April 14. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had proceeded according 
to our directions in smoking & cleansing Cap'. Dixeys Vessel 
Bedding Clothing &c. as also the Lines &c. between Decks. Our 
fartlier Orders are that you take all the loose Lines which are 
between Decks, on shore & well smoke and air them — And you 
having given it as your Opinion that the Brigg"". may now leave 
the Island with safety, we hereby permit you to let said Vessel 
depart giving the Vessel & the Mens Clothing another good 
smoking &c. as you cannot be too careful in your endeavors to 
prevent a spread of the Infection — Y'oul take care to have a 
Reimburstm'. of the Expeuce you have been at in cleansing Cap'. 
Dixys Vessel &". 

J. Scollay 
T. Newell 
T. INIarshall 
O. Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston 



118 City Document Xo. 42. 

P.S. The Cap''. "Wife must have a shift of Clothes before she 
departs and when you have thoroughly aired & smoked y*^ Goods 
you take ou shore present the same to us. 

[172.] Boston April 14' 1772 

Genllomen 

This is to acquaint you that the Keeper of the Hospital at 
Ixainsfords Island having Reported to us that the Briggandine 
Amlun-st Cap'. Dixy owned in your Town aad ordered here on 
account of the Small Pox has been sufliciently smoked and 
cleansed and the (ioods between Decks liable to retain Infection 
being taken ou shore, we have permitted the ^'essel to depart 
for i\Iarbli'hea<l, not doubting but she n)ay do it with safety to 
your Inhabitants — We are Gentlemen 

Your Most Hum. Serv'. 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
To the Selectmen of Marblehead. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, April 15"\ 1772 
Present, Mess. Scolla}^ Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

]M'. William Daws desires leave of the Selectmen to break 
Ground in order to clear the drain leading to the Conduit near 
the Dock. Whereupon 

Voted, that libt'rty be granted he making good the Ground to 
the satisfaction of the Selectmen — 

Cap'. Frankly ne ]Master of Engine N°. 9. presented M^ John 
Spear, as a suitable Person for his PLngine Company — Avhere- 
upon — Voted, tiiat he be accepted as an Engine Man. 

M''. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province Charge one Patrick Tobin a sick 
Stranger, he not being an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor having where withall to support himself — Order signed by 
M''. Scollay & INP. Austin, Selectmen & M". Samuel ^^ liitwell, 
Overseer — & dated the Di' Instant. 

[17i{.] The Selectmen this Day paid unto Loammi l^aldwin 
of Wol)ourn Forty Dollars being the Premium they adjudged to 
him for raising the greatest Number of ]\Iulberry Trees ngrecable 
to an advertisemen', published in Edes & Gills (inzette l7G8. 
for which a Receipt has been taken & an obligation, to ditpose 
of one half the Trees, upon the Conditions mentioned in said 
Advertisement, — the same is filed among Bonds and Obligations — 

The Selectmen this Day paid unto M\ John Hay of Wobourn 
twenty Dollars bi'ing the Premium Adjudged him for raisuig the 
o'^ greatest number of Mulberry Trees, for which his Receipt and 
Obligation has been taken, as on file. 

Tiie Selectmen this Day paid unto M^ George Spriggs the Pre- 
mium Adjudged him for raising the fourth largest Nmnber of 
]\Iulberry Trees for which his Receipt and Obligation has been 
taken as ou file. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 119 

Voted, that the Assize of Bread be altered upon application 
made by the Bakers, Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at 
Wheat at 6/6 p. Bushel and tliat 6'^. p. Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers, for their Charges Pains and Livelihood — which is com- 
puted as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. d. 

A 4<^ Brown Loaf % Wheat % Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4** d". not above 3^ Indian - 3-8- 

Bisket of a Copper price ---- ..-...- 4-6 

jVP. Samuel Ilasham Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston 
attended, and informed the Selectmen that he should leave the 
House in a day or two. And [174.] gave in the following List 
of Bedding &^ now in the House — Viz'. 

3 Beds 1 Tea Kettle 

6 pair of Sheets 2 pair of Dogs 

2 Bolsters 1 Warming Fan 

4 Plates 4 Candle Sticks 

3 Porringers 2 Dippers 
2 Skittles Cribs 

2 Shovel & Tongs 2 Benches 

2 Close Stools and Pans 8 Blankets 

2 Bed Pans 2 Pillow 

6 Chairs 2 Bedstea'ds with Cords 

2 Spout Cups 6 Mattresses 

1 Hour Glass 3 Coverlids 

Mem°. besides y*" Goods on the other side, M'. Horsham sent p. 
order of the Selectmen to M^ Hartley, for the use of that Hos- 
pital. 

2 Beds 1 1 Pillows 

3 pair Sheets 2 Bed Cords 
1 Bolster a ditto 

20 Blankets 2 d^ 

M'. Chairman &, Deacon Newell a Committee to proceed to 
Cambridge on Fryday next, to give our Representatives the nec- 
essary iu formation, respecting tiie Towns Petition to explain the 
Province Law relating to Strangers. 

M'. William Darrington attended & proposed to the Select- 
men, to take the charge of the Hospital at New Boston — left by 
M'. Hasham. 

M'. Scollay & M'. Newell appouited a Comm^ to make enquiry 
respecting M'. Darrington & his Wife and if they find, that they 
are likely to answer for that service, that they then give him pos- 
session of s^. House 

[175.] The Town Clerk is directed to write again to the Se- 
lectmen of Mendon, respecting M"". Dolbear. 

The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Woodstock by 
Order of the Selectmen. 

Boston April 8. 1772 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one M'. Bowen an Inhabitant of 
Woodstock who is much disorded in his Senses, has several times 



120 City Document No. 42. 

come to this To-vn, & continued here to the trouble of his Brother 
the Rev**. iW. Bowen and the uneasiness and disti'e.ss of the Inhab- 
itants — We have not taken with respect to liini tlie legal and 
usual method to remove Strangers, as we compassionate his Cir- 
cumstances; and this is the second time we have contrived to send 
him liome in a more private and easy manner — It will therefore 
highly Oblige us if you will be pleased upon his return to take 
some effectual methotl to prevent any future Excursions during his 
present disordered state of mind. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AV'iLLiAM CooPKu Town Clerk 
To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Woodstock — 

The following Advertisement was published in the several News 
Papers p. order of the Selectmen — 

Boston April 8 1772 

The Publick were Advertised in the Supplement of Mess", Edes 
and (tHIs Gazettee of August 15. 1768 — 

That a Cienitleman in Boston had deposited — One hundred 
Dollars, in tlie hands of the Selectmen of this Town to be by 
them distributed as Premiums to encourtige the raising of INlul- 
burry Trees in this Province, in the following manner (Viz') To 
the Person that sliall have raised from the Seed the largest Num- 
ber of said Trees in the Fall of the Year 1771 being two years 
and live Months old at least [176.] Eourty 40 Dollars; To the 
Person wiio shall have raised the next greatest 30 Dollars ; To the 
Person raising the next largest number 20 Dollars; And to the 
Person that shall have raised the next greatest quantity 10 Dollars ; 
provided Certilicates are brought from a Justice of the Peace 
assertaining the Number and Age of said Trees ; and that the 
Persons receiving these Premiums give the Selectmen their several 
Obligations to s|)are to any Inhabitants of this T'rovince applying 
within eighteen months from the date hereof ten Trees at least for 
three Ponce lawful iMoney p. Tree untill they have parted with one 
half of the Trees mentioned in the respective C'eititicatcs." 
Agreeable to the foregoing Advertisement the Selectmen after ex- 
amining & comi)aring the Cercificates which have been transmitted 
to them, have Adjudged the first Premium to INF. Lohammi Bald- 
win of Wobourn ; the second Premium to the Kev*^. M\ Jason 
Haven of Dedham ; the third to AP. John Hay of AVobourn and 
the fourth to m^ George Spriggs of Boston ; And the Selectmen 
hereby Notify them tliat they will be ready at their ( hamber in 
Faneuil Hall on the three following Wednesdays at 4. O'Clock 
Afternoon, to receive their several Obligations and pny their re- 
spective Premiums, agreeable to the desire, & engagement of the 
Gentleman who h:is thus generously excited the attention of the 
Publick to an article of Produce as natural to our Soil as it will 
be profitable to the Farmer ; & which it is hoped will be so en- 
couraged, as in a few years to afford Sustenance for such a num- 
ber of Industrious Insects, as will make the Article of Raw Silk 
no inconsiderable Branch of Export from the Province. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

"William Coopeu Town Clerk 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 121 

t^ Besides the Trees raised by the Persons above named, many 
thousands have been raised by those Avho were not entitled to the 
Bounty, the Trees not being of the Age prescribed in the adver- 
tisem'. [177.] Altho' now fit to be transphmted ; and if the 
Farmers in the neighbouring Towns are made acquainted a consid- 
erable nnmber would doubtless meet a quick sale — The Mulberry 
Trees as D'. Eliot in his essays upon Field Husbandry observes is 
of the quickest growth ; is durable as Red Cedar, and may be used 
for >Ship Timber, Window Frames, Gate Posts «&c- and is very tit 
for Chests of Draws, Desks Tables & other Joiners Ware. It' 
these Trees are principally intended to produce Food for the Silk 
Worm, it is best they should be planted in hedge Rows, as the 
Leaves may then be gathered by Women and Children, 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 22'^., 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Austin, AVendel. 

The Clerk was directed to deliver W. Collector Hollyday his 
Bond for 1770. which was delivered accordingly. 

The Clerk was directed to deliver M'. Salter late Collector his 
Bond for 1770. which was delivered accordingly. 

Coll". Hancock desired the use of Faneuil Hall to Exercise the 
Company of Cadets in the morning, which was granted. 

Maj'. Dows apply 'd to the Selectmen for the use of Faneuil 
Hall, on Fryday iLvening, in behalf of the Commissioned Offi- 
cers — and for the use of the Hall, Tuesday Wednesday & 
Thursday to exercise his Company of Greuadeers which was 
granted. 

The Artillery Comj)''. & Major Daws desired the use of Faneuil 
Hall on Monday Evening, for the business of Exercising which 
was grnnted. 

M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island — attended and Reports — That he has on shore of the 
Goods which were between Decks in Cap'. Dixy. viz'. ^0 terces 
Bottle Beer stowed with Straw 3 hhds. of the same — 2 Hampers 
stowed with Straw 2 Trunks Merch'. 2 Boxes Glass. 1 Keg, 2 Bales 

of Goods — 2 blls. of 8 Crntes of Ware — 10 Boxes Lennnons 

10 spare Sails, some loose Hemp & some loose Lines — that you 
have well smoked them [178,] and alr'd them so tlioroughly that 
in his Opinion they may be taken off the Island with safety — as 
also 2 chests of Clothes — whereupon the following Letter was 



M^ Hartley. 

You having Reported to us that the Things taken out of Cap'. 
Dixys Vessel which had been stowed l>ctween Decks, has been 
thoroughly smoked and cleansed and that in your Opinion they 
may leave the Island with safety — Our Orders are that you |)ermit 
those Goods to be taken away after you have stript the Lemmons 
of the Pa[)er they are packt in, and obtained satisfaction for your 
charge in cleansing, &,"". 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WnxiAM Cooper, Town Clerk. 

P.S. Yon must give the Goods another smoking. 



122 City Docibient No. 42. 

M". Cunningham informed that she had taken into her House as 
a Lodger one Cuiie [or Cone] a Seaman who was cast away in 
Cap'. Head, and much brused. 

M^ Wiiliain Dorrington was put into possession of the House 
at New Boston, being the Province Hospital for and during the 
pleasure of the Selectmen. 

^M^ Dorrington informs that the Hospital House at New Boston 
requires glazing, and he was directed to apply to the Province 
Glazier, for the same. 

Mary Maverick apply'd to the Selectmen for their pcrmition to 
keep a Tavern at the Crown Coffee House, and she was not ap- 
proved of accordingly. 

j\P. Daniel Jones appl^'Vl to the Selectmen for their approbation 
of him to keep a Tavern in the Royal Exchange Tavern so called 
in Kings street, he having lately removed to said House, and he 
was approved of accordingly. 

D''. Larry a sick Stranger in the Almshouse applyd for a pas- 
sage to Newfoundland, in Cap'. Tree who asks '60/ Ster. for his 
passage — Voted that lie be permitted to depart & the Clerk is to 
discourse Cap'. Tree relative to the same. 

[179.] M\ Scollay & M^ Newell, a Committee to procure a 
passage for one Hayley a sick Chanler from Maryland, he came 
in Cap'. Childs who died since he arrived. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22**. 1772. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Wendell. 

Copy of the Inventory of the Stores of Hospital at new Boston 
& M'. Dorringtons Receit which are on file. 

Boston April 26. 1772. 

Inventory of the Stores & L^tensils belonging to the Province 
Hospital at New Boston, when m^ Hassom the late Keeper re- 
moved from thence. 



1 


Bed 




2 Spout Cups 


H 


p'. Sheets 




1 Hour Glass 


1 


Bolster 




2 pair Dogs 


1 


Pillow 




1 Warming Pan 


4 


Plates 




4 Candlesticks 


3 


Porringers 




2 Dippers 


2 


Iron Skillets 




Cribs, no number 


2 


Shovels & Toi\gs 




2 Benches 


3 


Close Stools & 2 Pans 


8 Blankets 


2 


Bed Pans 




1 Coverlid 


6 


Chairs 






Mem". 


M'. Hartley Keeper 


of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 



has now in his possession sundry Articles belonging to the Hos- 
pital at New Boston — Viz'. 

2 Beds 1 1 Pillows 

4 p'. Sheets 2 Bedsteds with Cords 

1 Bolster 6 Matresses 

20 Blankets 2 Coverlids 

Boston April 27. 1 772. 
I acknowledge to have received the several Articles specefied in 
the above Inventory ; for the use of the Province Hospital at New 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772, 123 

Boston, & hereb}^ engage to account with the Selectmen of Boston 
for the same, and when required to deliver them up to the Select- 
men of Boston for the time being 

W". DORRINGTON 

Delivered ]\F. Sampson Salter a late Collector his Bond, for 
1769. 

[180.] M^ Bresson & ]\P. Dyer apply'd to the Selectmen for 
the Repair of Sea Street. 

Received of ]\B. John Fullerton two years Interest on his Bond 
being part of M''. Brookers Donation to poor Widows &c. in full 
to the y*. march 1 772 — being €. 4-10/ — distributed on other side. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/16. p. 
Bushel, and that C^. p. Bushel be allowed to the I'akers for their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. 07.. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4*^. ditto not above 1 /2 Indian .3-.S 

Bisket of a Copper price -4-6 

]\r. ScoUay W. Newell & Coll". Marshall a Committee to ap- 
point a place in the Market; for the lodging of Fish for Sale. 

M"". Samuel Hartley having Reported to us tliat the Boxes of 
Lemmons, which came out of Cap'. Dixy are well smoked and 
aired — Vote that M''. Hartley be permitted to suffer them to l)e 
taken away, being first satisfied for his Charge, and that the 
Clerk give him Orders accordingly. 

The" following Directions were given M'. William Dorrington 
Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston — Viz'. 

Boston April 27, 1772. 
M'. William Dorrington 

We having appointed you Keeper of the Province Hospital at 
New Boston under our care and inspection, and delivered up to 
your Keeping sundry Utensils belonging to said Hospital as speci- 
fied in an Inventory taken thereof. Our Orders and directions 
are that you take proper care of these Articles and api)ly and use 
them only for the convenience & necessity s of such sick and dis- 
eased Persons as may from time to time [181.] be Sent to you. 
You must also take good care of the House and admit no unnec- 
essary Visitors, and see that the several Apartments and Rooms 
for the sick are properly aired, and when any Repairs are wanted 
let us have speedy Information that so everything may be ready 
to receive any sick Persons upon the most sudden notice. 

John Scollay, 
John Hancock, 
Timothy Newell, 
Thomas Marshall, 
Oliver Wendell, 

Selectmen of Boston. 

The Four pounds sixteen Shillings rec'd of M^ Fullerton for 
Interest money as on the other side was distributed as follows — 
Viz'. 



124 CiTr Document No. 42. 

M". Varney -------- 1 Dollars } ^, ,,„ ^^ , „ 

Tvirs u A r*<- K olr. Marshall 

M". Pviiipson - - - 4 ditto ) 

M". RussL-1 4 ditto Deacon Xewell 

M". Bartlet 4 ditto INF. Wendell 

The Selectmen having received a Precept for the choice of 
Representatives. 

\'oted that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the Town Meet- 
ing on Wednestlay next being 6 Ins'. 10. () Clock A. M. and that 
the Selectmen meet to close the Warr'. Fryday 5. O Clock. 

Coll". Marshall and 3P. Asten a Committee to invite tiie Rev''. 
D^ Chancey to open the Town JMeeting witli Prayer. 

]\P. Cm'tis Ilayward acquainted the Selectmen that he had re- 
ceived a Bull of Silas IloUis of Braiutree in exchange for one 
sent him last Fall. 

Mess. ; ScoUay, Newell, Marshall & Wendell a Committee to 
see Avhere Repairs are necessary for the Neck and to Report 
the same. 

[182.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 
1, 1772. Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell. 

The Selectmen having finished tlie Notilications for May Meet- 
ing, the Clerk was directed to carry it to the Printers. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2''. 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Marshall, Wendell. 

Mess. Daniel Hubbard & David Green have been with the 

Selectmen, and acquainted them that the Brigg"''. Cap'. 

Crocker from Hyspaniola, came up into the Harbour the last 
Evening, who had lost a man with the Small Pox two Days ago, 
and that there was several of the People on boartl to have the 
Small Pox, that she was loaded with Sugar & molasses, where- 
upon the Brigg'\ was ordered immediately to Rainsfords Island — 
and the following Orders given M^ Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital. 

Boston May 2''. 1772 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg". Two ]>rothers Captain Crocker from Hj'spaniola, 
arrived in our Harbour from Hyspaniola the last Evening, and 
being informed by mess". Hubbard & Green to whom the Vessel 
is Consigned, that a Person was buried with the Small Pox who 
died two Days ago, we have Ordered the Brigg'"'. to Rainsfords 
Island & our du'ections to you are that j'ou take the People who 
are liable to receive the Distemper on shore into the Well house 
and also leceive every kind of Goods which may be likely to re- 
tain the Infection as also the Peoples clothing and smoke air & 
cleanse all tliose Articles together with the Vessel in the most 
thorough manner you must not suffer any one to go on board or 
leave the Vessel without our Orders & J^eport to us as soon as 
may be the Number of [183.] Sea Men and Passengers which 

You must also enquire of the Captain 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 125 

how he was permitted to pass the Castle and we depend upon 
3'our utmost care to prevent the Small Pox beiuo- communicated 
as soon as we hear from you we shall give you further Orders. 

John Scollay 
TiMOTHY Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
John Hancock 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Enquire of the Captain what Questions he was asked at 
the Castle. 

Boston May 2"^. 1772 
Cap'. John Crocker 

We are greatly surprised at being informed that yon had come 
up unto this Harbour the last Evening, notwithstanding one of 
your People died with the Small Pox but two Days before by tliis 
Conduct you have incuired a very severe penalty — Our Orders 
are that you do not leave the Vessel* to come up to this Town & 
that you give M"". Hartley in Writing a true stale of the situation 
of your Vessel and Cargo and a List of the People who came in 
the Briggandine, who of them are liable to the Infection and 
whether any of tiiera have been on shore. M"". Hartley will com- 
municate to you what may be further necessary on your part. 
We shall ap|)ly to the Governor to know why you were suffered 
to pass the Castle 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston May 4'\ 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

Yuu are dh-ected to take out all the Bedding Chests & Clothing 
from the Brigg". Two Brothers and any other matters that retain 
infection, then give y'' Vessel a thorough smoking & wash her 
out with Vinegar, also i)reparing a shift of Clothes for the Cap- 
tain & men [184:.] That have had the Small Pox & taking every 
other precaution you may permit the Vessel to come up the Har- 
bour, but by no means suffer the men who have not had the 
Distemper to leave the Island 

John Scollay 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver AVendell 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meethig of the Selectmen, May G, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Hancock, Marshall, Inches, Wendell. 

M". Hartley having Reported to the Selectmen that the Brigg"^ 
Two Brothers John Crocker master, from Hyspaniola which has 
been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Acco'. of the Small Pox, is 
now so well smoked and air'd as that she may leave the Island 
with safety. 



126 City Document No. 42. 

Voted that the said Vessel may be permitted to come out to 
Towu and tliat Orders be <i,iven to Hartley accordinoly. 

A certificate of tlie usual tenor was given the Governor in order 
for the Brigg"*. passing the Castle and a Letter wrote M^ Hartley. 

Coll". Jackson craves liberty to open a Drain before his House 
in Order for Repairs. 

M^ Sampson Salter prays liberty for himself & others to lay a 
new Drain or Common Shore in Leveret Street. 

The following Letter was wrote M'. Hartley 

Boston May 11, 1772. 
M\ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that you had sufficiently 
cleansed and air'd the Bedding Clothes &*=. taken out of the Brigg'"-'. 
Two Brothers Cap'. Crocker master and that they may be taken 
from the Island without an}- danger of Infection it is therefore 
our Orders that you deliver the above Articles to Cap'. Crocker 
he satisfying you for the charge you have been at a — 

John Scollay 
TiM^. Kewell 
Sam. Austin 

Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May. 13, 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M^ Frankland JNIaster of Engine N°. 9 ; presented to the Select- 
men for their approbation, William Fenno [185.] as an Engine 
Man in their Company in the room of George lioulston, who has 
left the service ; and he was accordingly accepted. 

M^ Thomas Parker appeared, and asked liberty of the Select- 
men, for building Six New Tombs in the Burying Ground in the 
Common — Liberty was accordingh' granted, he giving his obli- 
gation to the Selectmen to keep the "Wall good. 

James Crocker Master of the Brigg"^ Two Brothers who lately 
came up this Harbour, notwithstanding he had buried a INIan with 
the Small Pox but a few Days before, attended — & ]nay'd the 
Selectmen would not prosecute him for this breach of Law ; assur- 
ing them that it was through ignorance that he had offended, he 
being a Stranger, & acting no otherwise, than was done in Con- 
necticut under such circumstances, when the Vessel has been 
smoked & cleansed, & every necessary precaution taken, as was 
the case with him, excepting coming up with his Brigg. 

The Selectmen have considered this Matter, it was determinrd 
not to prosecute for the Penalty incurred, but to admonish him 
for his offence, and he was accordingly admonished. 

M\ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
receive into said House a young Child named James Thompson 
Son of one Carr a Schoolmasters Wife on board the Captain Man 
of War, Admiral Montague, said Car neglecting the Child, who 
is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province and of whom 
nothing can be obtain'd for its support — Order was signed by two 
of the Selectmen — Viz'. John Scollay & John Hancock Esq. 



Trees 




150 




807 - 


no Certif. 


336 - 


Cei'tif. 


6051 - 


Certif. 


6408 - 


Certif. 


732 - 


Certif. 


1200 


Certif. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 127 

Passed upon M\ Samuel Austins Province Account for the pas- 
sage of one Micliael Larry a poor Stranger to Newfound Land, 
paid Cap'. Tree by his Receipt amounting to £. 2 — lawful money. 

William AYalker a Taylor having apply 'd for the Shop near M''. 
Willistons House it was agreed by tlie Selectmen that he should 
have the same at v*^ Rent of £.3 6/8 p. Annum to commence the 
11 Inst. 

[186.] 1771 Decem^ (in Margin) 

A List of the Names of the Persons who apply for the Premium 
on the raising of Mulberry Trees, viz. 

William Newton Marlborough - - - 

John Water Hair- - 

John Hay ---. Wobourn 

Ruben Packard Bridgewater - - - 

John Pearce --- Rowly 

Loammi Baldwin Wobourn - - - - 

Alexanler Shepard Jun^ - Newton 

Sprague Boston 2200 

Jason Haven Uedham ----- 375 

Joshua Leonard Raynham - - - - 782 

[187.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19, 
1772. Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Application was made the Selectmen in behalf of Benjamin 
HoUowell Jun^ Esq. for Liberty to break Ground in Wings Lane 
in order to clear his Drain to the entrance of the Common Shore. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, provided the Ground is 
restored and the Pavement made good to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

M''. Paul Farmer was directed the 18 Instant to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one Mary 
Perry a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince nor having wherewithall to support herself — Order signed by 
M^ Scollay & ColP. Marshall Selectmen & Daniel Waldo an Over- 
seer. 

M^ Samuel Hartley having Reported that the three Men who 
came out of Cap'. Crockers Brigg"*. and have been on the Island 
seventeen Days, have no appearance of their having taken the 
Small Pox from the Person who was buried above twenty days 
ago ; and that they have been well smoked & cleansed, it was 
Voted that the following Orders be given M'. Hartley 

Boston May 19. 1772. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You havmg Reported to us that the three Men which came out 
of Cap'. Crockers Brigg". have no Symptoms of the Small Pox, tho' 
they have been seventeen Days on the Island and being also well 
smoked and cleansed Our Orders are that you permit him to 
leave the Island when they please having first secured payment 
for the Charge of keeping them &*=. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 



128 City Documkxt No. 42. 

P. S. It is supposed that the Men are going by Water to Con- 
necticut. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, May 20, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Seollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

[188.] ^P. Sutton informs that tliere is a House at the South 
End for an Engine not in use, which belongs to the Town & may 
serve to be removed, for the cover of the Engine M^ Hancock has 
lately precented the Town. 

]\P. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supi)orted at the charge of the Province one Mar}' Perry a 
Stranger, not an Inliabitaut of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support herself. Order dated the 18 of 
May & signed by ColP. Marshall & M'. Seollay Selectmen & 
Daniel Waldo an Overseer. 

M'. Paul Parmer was directed the 24. of April to receive into 
the Almshouse to be supported at the Province charge, one Eliza- 
beth Smith a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province, nor having wherewithall to support herself. Order 
signed by M'. Seollay & M', Newell Selectmen & AVilliam Green- 
leaff an Overseer. 

John Sigorney applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
drain in Prince Street & Liberty was given provided the Ground 
is restored & the Pavement made good to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Complaint having been made against M"". Jacob Thayer by his 
Servant Thomas Vaux, and the same having been considered. 
It was Agreed between the Partys that all past behavior on either 
side shoidd be overlooked, that the Prentice will serve five Weeks 
after he is free to make up the time he has been absent & that he 
is to have everything done and provided according to the Indentures. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on Acco'. of his 
services for £. 1.10 

William iNIcFadden appointed for M^ Bradfords Watch, which 
now makes Four men. 

Mem", the above was instead of the usual time. 

[189.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3'^. 
117 L Present, Mess". Seollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at Ci/C^ p 
bushel :ind that i'>'K p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Paines & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, viz'. 

A i^. Loaf of 8/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal must weigh '2- 8 
a 4'^. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3-8 
Bisket of a Copper price " 4-6 

Cap'. Frankland of Engine N. 9. presented Vonner Thomas as 
an Engine man in the room of Thomas Hunstable, who has 
resigned — and he was accordingly accepted. 

M'. Ilumphrys who hires the Towns Store near the Golden 
Ball applys for some necessary Repairs on the same. 

M'. Wendell appointed a Committee to order what may be 
proper. . . . 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 129 

M'. Commissary Hubbard applys to the Selectmen for the 
necessary Kepairs on his Store. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen viz. 
M'. Scollay & M'. Newell, to receive into the Almshouse on the 
Province Acco'. one James Cutis [see p. 11 G] a poor siciv Stranger, 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. Orders dated 
May 13'. signed by M^ W". Grecnleaff Overseer. 

M'. PaulVarmer was directed the 22*^. of May last to receive 
into the Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one 
Dennis Sullivan a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province nor liaving wherewithall to sui)port himself. 
Order sign'd by M^ Scollay & M\ Newell, Selectmen & M"". Will- 
iam Greenleaff an Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9. 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. Marshall. 

[190.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10. 
1772. I'resent, Mess. Scollay, Austin. 

M^ Paul Farmer was this Day directed by two of the Select- 
men viz'. M'. Scollay & Marshall to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province charge one George John-on, a 
sick Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor has he wherewith to support himself. Order 
signed by William Greenleaff. Overseer. 

Boston June 10 1772. 
Sir. 

Such difficulties have lately arisen when Persons not Inhabit- 
ants of Boston have been removed from hence by a Warrant from 
a Justice of the Peace residing in this Town, as makes it neces- 
sary to apply to a Gentleman in that Office who lives in another 
Town — We have therefore taken the Liberty to direct M'. 
Robert Love iippoiuted by us to Warn Strangers to depart to 
apply to you for such AYarrants when any Persons are to be re- 
UKJved through Charlestown, and upon receiviug your account of 
the charge througli once a Year, we shall give you a draft on the 
Town Treasurer for the amouut thereof. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper 

Town Clerk 
Isaac Rand Esq. of Charlestown. 

ColP. Marshall & M'. Wendell appointed a Committee to view 
the School house in the Common and order the necessary Repairs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 17. 1772 — 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Mnrshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse w;is directed to receive 
into the Almshouse John Douglass, a sick Person not an Inhabit- 
ant of any Town in this Province nor having wherewitliall to 
support himself. Order dated June 15 - - signed by John Scoi- 



130 City Docuaiext No. 42. 

lay & Samuel Austin, Selectmeu & AVilliam GreenleafF an Over- 
seer. — he came from Cape Ninola & belongs to X. York. 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive 
into the Almshouse one John Hamilton a siciv Person not an In- 
habitant of any Town in this Province [191.] nor liavino- where 
withall to support himself. 

Order signed by Mess. John ScoUay & Samuel Austin Select- 
men & M'. William Greenleaff an Overseer said Hamilton came 
from Pinladeli)hia in Cap'. John Allen of Nantucket. 

Upon Com|)laint made by some of the Inhal)itants that Isaac 
Fowle wha was appointed a Common Cryer, for this Town by the 
Selejtmen, has behaved himself in such a manner as that he is 
now confined in Goal by a Complaint of his Wife — the Select- 
men, Voted, that he be dismissed from that office, for the above 
and other reasons. 

The Selectmen this Day appointed John "Wear to bo a Common 
Cryer for this Town, and the Town Clerk was directed to furnish 
him with an attested Copy of the By-Law relative to his duty 
&c. 

M". Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz'. 
Mess. ScoUay & Newell, to receive into the Almshouse to be 
supported there one William Organ a blind Person not an Inhabi- 
tant of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall to 
support l»imself — M^ William Greenleaff signed the Order. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be sui)ported at the Province Charge one Edward Cain ( ?) a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support himself — Order signed by M^ 
ScoUay & Deacon Newell Selectmen & M'. William Greenleaff an 
Overseer. 

The Town at their late Meeting having accepted of a Fire 
Engine, the generous Donation of the Hon''''-". John Hancock Esq. 
as reference to said Vote will appear. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22''. 1772. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

[li>"^.] Tlie Selectmen received a Letter from Admiral 
Montague relative to taking Fish in this Harbour, which the 
Selectmen ui>f)n information had complain'd of to the Admiral, as 
having a tendency in the manner his People proceeded of greatly 
damaging the Fisliing Ground or Flatts & thereby lessening the 
number of Fish, to the hurt of the Inhabitants. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen, June 23''. 1772. 
Present, Mess'''. ScoUay, Newell. Marshall, Austin. 

The following is a Copy of the Letter received from Admiral 
Montague — viz'. 

Boston the 22''. June 1772 
Gentlemen 

As I would avoid as much as possible giving offence to the 
People of Boston or suffering any Body under my Command to 
act contrary to the Laws of this Town or Province — At the same 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 131 

time I ain desirous of contributing as mucli as I can to the Health 
of my People by letting them have Fish when it can be got with- 
out injuring the Inhabitants. 

I shall esteem it a favor if j'ou will inform me how far the 
Boundary of the Harbour extends that my Officers may know it, 
and conduct themselves in such a manner as not to offend the 
People — I am 

Gentlemen 

Your most Obedient 

Humble Servant 

J. Montague. 
To 

The Selectmen of Boston 

The following was sent Admiral Montague in reply to the 
above. 

Boston June 23''. 1772 
Sir. 

[193.] Agreeable to your desire of Yesterday We would 
now acquaint you, that the Harbour of Boston is bounded on the 
AV^est and North West by the Town of Boston and part of 
Charlestown, on the North and North East by Chelsea and Point 
Shirley, on the East and South East by Deer Island, Long Island 
and Dorchester Bay, and on the South by Dorchester Neck ; In 
this Compass is included Hogg Island, Noddles Island, Apple 
Island, Governors Island, Spectacle Island and Castle Island 

We are much obliged to you for your expressions of Regard to 
the Interest of this Town ; every instance of kindness from a 
Gentleman in your important Command cannot but be gratefully 
resented by the Inhabitants. We are 
Very Respectfully 

Your most Obedient 
Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
Timothy Nkwkll 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Honourable John Montague Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 24 1772 — 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. 
bushel and that 6*^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4^ loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Key Meal 

must weigh 2. 8 

a 4**. Ditto not above ^ Indian Meal must weigh 3. 8 
Bisket of a Copper price 4. 6 



132 



City Document No. 42. 



The Selectmen have agreed to meet M"". Greenleaff an Ov^erseer 
on Tuesday next, G. OClock, to examine into the List haud^'d in 
of Province Poor. 

[194.] Louis Delilc, appeared, and asked liberty of the 
Selectmen for opening a School in this Town for teaching y''. 
French Language. 

The Select men having received a AYarrant from the Hon'"'*. 
Foster Hutchinson Esq Judge of Probate for the County of 
Suffolk, dated .June 22''. to examine into the Circumstances of 
Anderson Philips of this Town Rigger, represented as a Non 
Compos Person — the following Return was made on said War- 
rant, Viz'. 

In pursuance of the within Warrant we the Subscribers have 
examined into the Circumstances of Anderson Phillips, Repre- 
sented by his Friends as a Non Compos Person, and find him to 
be so far disordered in mind as to be incapable of managing his 
own affairs 

John Scollay 
Timothy Nkwell 
Thomas IMarsijall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, June 24' 1772 
To 

The Hon'''*. Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

Jud^e of Probate 



Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen June 25, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted, that there be a Visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the 1' of July Instant and that the following 
(xentlemen be invited to acconi[)any the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notifyed to attend at the Selectmens Chaml)er at 8. 
O Clock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on the 
Visitation 



Tlie Hon'^''^, John Erving Esq. 

James Bodwin Esq. 
James Pitts P^sq. 
[105.] The Representatives of 

the Town 
The Overseers of the Poor 
The ']\)wn Treasurer 
The Rev''. Charles Chauncev DD. 
INIather liyles DD 
Andrew Eliot DD 
Samuel Cooper DD 
Ebenezer Pemberton 

DD. 
Samuel jNIather 
John Hunt 
John Bacon 
M^ Lothrop 



Thomas Hubbard Esq. 
Harrison Gray Esq. 

M^ El)en^ Storer 
Samuel Pemberton Esq. 
Cap'. Martin (ray 
Coll". John Erving 
Thomas Dows Esq. 
Joshua Blauchard 
Thomas Leveret 
]\Iaf . Paddock 
Coll. Coffin 
M^ John Jay 
James Otis Esq. 
Joshua Winslow Esq. 

from Nova Scotia 
Thomas Boylston (?) 



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133 



M'. Howard 

Rev<*. M'. Searl 

Rev'^. M''. Penuel Bowen 

M^ William Powell 

M^ Nath'. Barber 

Natli'. Appletou 

Joliu Sweetzer 

Thomas Brattle 

William Deunie 

Byfield Lyle 

John Amory 

Joseph Jackson 

M"". Henderson Inches 

M^ Jonathan Mason 



Thomas Aylwin Esq. 
M^ Tuttle Hubbard 
M'. Carson 
M^ Ludson 

from Carolina 
Ezekiel Goldthwait 
M^ John Mico AVendell 
M''. Thomas Amoiy 
M"' John Greenleaff 
M''. Nath'. Allen of Cape Ann 
Edmund Quincy Esq. 
Dr. Warren 

M^ William Molliueaux 
Mr. Eben"^ Hancock 



Boston Ss : At a Meetinii; of the Selectmen June 2G, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen having received two Petitions from a considera- 
ble number of respectable Inhabitants, representing that it has 
been propagaled, that the Fourteenth Regiment was about coming 
into this I'own from the Castle, and praying that a Town Meeting 
may be called without loss of time in order to take proper meas- 
ures upon the occasion — took the same [196.] Into consideration, 
and ordered the Town Clerk to draw up a Notitication for a Town 
Meeting Monday next 9. O Clock A.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1772. 
Present, ]Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Tiie Selectmen having made further inquiry relative to the Rei)ort 
of the 14 Regiment coming up to Town from the Castle, particu- 
larly of M^ James Forrest, named in one of the Petitions as having 
propagated it, and finding the Report to be wholly without Foun- 
dation ; the Town Clerk was directed to stop issuing the Notifica- 
tions for y" Meeting agreed upon by the Selectmen on Yesterday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 1, 1772. 
Present, fTaucock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Coll". Marshall & M^ Wendell a Committee appointed to direct 
and Oversee the Pavement of the Street called Bread Street agree- 
able to the manner, it was laid out by the General Court. 

Passed upon M^ Henderson Inches, Province Account amount- 
ing as p. Copy on file to £. 7-5-4. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Complaint having been made the Selectmen by a number of the 
Inhabitants that Coll°. lugersol who keeps the Bunch of Grapes 
Tavern, has frequently permitted young Persons & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town to come into their Tavern on the Sabbath, and 
receive drink — the said Ingersol was sent for and threatened, 
that if any such practises were allowed of for the future his 
License would be taken from him. A Letter much to the same 
purpose was also sent him. 



134 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen Jul}- 14, 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marslmll, Austin, Wendell. 

[li)7.] JM". Paul Farmer was directed by the Selectmen on 
the 10' lust, to supply one Cap'. Ramsey an unfortunate Man who 
had been a Prisoner at the Mavannah with sundry necessaries for 
his passage to Liverpool in Cap'. Acworth. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22*^. 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 

Passed upon E. liridghams Province Acco'. for the passage of 
William Brown and Wife poor Strangers to Liverpool as p. Co[)y 
on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 29, 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, NewfU, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 / 6 j). 
bushel and that G''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Cliarges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye 

Meal must weigh 2- 8 

a 4*^. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3- 
Bisket of a Copper price 4- 6 

Voted, that ]^I^ Jacob Buckuam have a draft on the Treasurer 
for £. 6. lawful Money on acco'. of Carting Stones &c. he having 
had one for £. 7. 4/ — mem°. no draft to be made. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £. 20 this Draft 
Day. 

The Selectmen a Committee to widen the way at the North 
East part of the Market. 

M^ Austin appointed to make enquiry of the Towns Council, 
relative to the disorders committed by Strange AVomeu in King 
Street. 

Voted, that Hutchinson & Bryant have a draft on the Treasurer 
for Twenty i)ounds in p'. for paving work, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30'^. 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

[li)8.1 Voted, unanimously that the Passage AVay at the 
Head of tiie I'own Dock be widened to twenty live feet, and the 
North Corner to flay off. 

Ordered, that two Men be added to the Town House Watch. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5, 1772 
Present, Mess. Scollay, JNIarshall, Austin, Newell, Wendell. 

The Town Clerk is directed to give William Barret a draft for 
Tlirce |)()un(]s 10/ H on Account of an execution against hira for 
taking a Coal Basket. 

Ordered, that the Pavement in Battery March Street be continued 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 135 

to W. Pecks Corner, it appearing that two hundred & forty yards 
would compleat it, and M^ Oliver Wendell offered thirteen pounds, 
Six Sliillings & 8*^. towards the same. 

The Selectmen Agreed to visit Hartleys Hospital at Kainsfords 
Island on Wednesday next, to set oft" from Wheelwrights Wharff, 
8. O Clock, Morning. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10, 1772 — 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Ruddock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August IG, 1772 — 
Present Mess". Scollay. 

AMlliam Pierce Johnson Master of the Schooner Sally from 
AVest Indies, last from Newbury Port who arrived at Kainsfords 
Island on the Yesterday, sent up by M''. Hartley an Account, that 
a Lad on board the Schooner, has had the Small Pox but is now 
so well recover'd, that he has cleansed his Vessel, but that he has 
three People on board who are liable to take the Infection — M"". 
Hartley also informed that the Lad has been well about ten days, 
that the A'essel is loaded with Salt, and has a few barrels of Limes 
& abbl. of Sugar on board — whereupon the following Letter was 
given M"^. Hartley, Viz'. 

[199.] Boston August IG. 1772. 

M''. Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Sally Cap*. William Pierce Johnson having been 
sent to your Island from Newbury Port on Account of one of the 
People having had the Small Pox, and three others being liable to 
the Distemper. Our Orders are that you receive the Man, who is 
recovered on shore, and smoke & cleanse him, that yon take the 
Seamen who are liable to have the Small Pox, into the Well House 
or Hospital ; and then smoke the Vessel as usual, as also all the 
Bedding Clothing & whatever may be liable to retain Infection 
which you must land on the Island — Suffer no Person to leave 
the Vessel or Island without our Orders, and as soon as you have 
comply 'd with these directions, let us hear from you again. 

John Scolkay 
Thomas jMahsiiall 
Samukl Austin 
O. AVendell 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, August 18, 1772 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin 

M^ Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Raiusfords 
Island, attended, and Reports, that he had taken the Person from 
on board Cap'. Johnsons Schooner, who has had the Small Pox, 
having first smoked & cleansed him, as also the three People 
liable to the Distemper who are kept by themselves, that he had 
smoked the Bedding &". on board, and shall smoke them further 
when he takes them on shore, that the Captain and two Pasiiangers 



13G City Document No. 42. 

have been ■washed & cleansed, and may in his Opinion come up to 
Town if a fresh iSuit of Clothes are sent down to him, with safety 
to the Inhabitants. AVhereupou the following Orders were given 
M^ Hartley. Viz'. 



[200.] Boston August 18, 1772 

]\r. Samuel Hartley 

You having Keported to us that you had agreable to our 
Orders taken the Person on shore who has had the Small Pox and 
also the three Peo[)le liable to have the Distemper and had also 
smoked the Vessel and People — that the Captain of the Schooner 
and two Passengers had been so washed & smoked, that with fresh 
shift of Clothes, they might come up to Town without danger to 
the Inhabitants — Our further Orders are that you continue to use 
the proper means for cleansing the Schooner and every thing on 
board as well as the People — With respect to the Captain and the 
two Passengers, you must take particular care as to their washing 
and cleansing, those of them who have any Hair must wash the 
same well with Vinegar, their Clothes especially the Suits they 
are to come up with must be air'd, washed, & smoked as 
carefully as possible and when this is done Kcport to us again till 
which suffer no one to come up to Town or leave the Island as 
they must have our Orders for it 

John Scollay 
TiM°. Newell 
Thom^. Marshall 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 19, 1772. 
Present. Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Ruddock, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

i\P. Sircomb in behalf of himself and others proprietors of a 
Common Shore in Middlecott Street, apply'd for lil)erty to open 
and repair said Drain — Liberty was accordingly granted, pi'ovided 
all the concerned are Notifyed as the Law directs ; and the 
Ground and pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Deacon Caleb Davis has liberty to build a Tomb at the South 
r>urying Ground, upon a range with the Tombs already built he 
[201..] & his Heirs to keep the Wall agaiust it in Repair. 



Boston August 19. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

Tlu- Friends of Cap'. Johnson having procured him a fresh Suit 
of Clothes which will be sent down this Evening you have our 
liberty to let him come up to Town to morrow provided you have 
smoked & cleansed him as directed in our last, and that you are 
fully salislied he may now come up with safet}' to the Inhabit- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 137 

ants. Yoii'l go ou smoking and cleansing llie Vessel & Bedding 
&^ as directed iu former Uiders, that tlie Schooner may leave the 
Island as soon as it can be done with safety. 

John Scollay 
John Kuddock 
Tim". Newel 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

"William .Sutton Master of Engine N, 7. apply'd to the Select- 
men for the Premium, allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to play first upon the P^ires which brolce out at ]\F. Daltous 
House the G' of June last — And at the Shop of M'. Benjamin 
Sumner, the 20'. July last. 

Voted that he have a draft for the two Premiums, being twenty 
six Shillings &*=. 8"^. 

mem°. drawn for in July draft. 

The following Letter was sent M^ Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Raiusfords Island. Viz'. 

Boston Aug'. 20. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 
Sir 

Application has been made to us that M^ Tyley a Passenger on 
board the Schooner Sally Cap'. Johnson [303.] Master who is 
now at your Island may be permitted to come to Town it is yonr 
Order, that when he has been sufficiently cleansed and smoked 
you permit him to leave the Island he being clothed from head to 
foot with a fresh Suit of Clothes from the Town and likewise you 
may permit the Schooner to leave the Ishind ou the Satterday 
next, in the interim you must see that she is well cleansed and if 
tlien you think she may leave the Island without endangering the 
Inhabitants let her leave it first taking cai'e that you ai'e paid for 
your trouble 

John Scollay 
Tim". Newell 
Sam. Austin 
Tho*. Marshall 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. Keep the Bedding Clothes &'. at the Island till further 
Orders. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 22^*. 1772 — 
Present. Mess. Scollay 

M'. Hartley attended, and acquaints the Selectmen that he has 
agreeable to their Orders taken the Bedding Clothing & every- 
thing liable to retain Infection on shore, and has so well smoked 
and cleansed the Schooner, that she may be permitted to come up 
to Town without danger to the Inhabitants — whereupon — Voted, 
that a Certificate be sent to his Excellency, and a Letter wrote 
M'. Hartley — both which are aa follows — 



138 City Docuivient Xo. 42. 

Boston Aug'. 22'». 1772 
M^ Sanniel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Sally Cap'. John- 
son is now so well smoked & cleansed that she may be permitted 
to come up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants, and that 
you have taken on shore the Bedd^. Clothing and everything liable 
to retain Infection — Our Orders are that you give the Vessel 
another washing and smoking [303.] *& then permit her to come 
up to Town — 3'ou must keep the Bedding Clotiiiug Si"^. on the 
Iiiland, untill you can Report to us that they are well aired. 

John Scollay 
Tim**. Newell 
Samuel Austin 
John Ruddock 

Selectmen of Boston 

May it please your Excellency 

The .Schooner Sally Cap'. William Peirce Johnson from W. 
Indies last from Newbury Port ordered to Rainsfords Island on 
Account of a Person on board having had the Small Pox ; has 
been so wi-ll smoked & cleansed that we are of Opinion she may 
be permitted to come up to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obed'. 

Hum. Serv", 

John Scollay 
John Ruddock 
Tim". Newell 
Sam. Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Aug'. 22*^. 1772 

To his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson 'Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 25 1772. 
Preseut, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Mr. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 

attended, and acquaints the Selectmen, that the Schooner 

has been sent to the Island from Salem on account of One mans 
having had tlie Small l*ox [304.] Which turned upon him the 
15 Day of August, and he is now able to walk about ; that three 
Men are liable to have the Distemper — viz'. David Smith, John 
Iliboud, Stephen Beals, that the Vessel is single Decked, and her 
lading consists of Rum Sugar & Salt, together with one bag of 
Cotton AVool — whereupon the following Letter was given M'. 
Hartley. 

Boston August 25. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley — 

The Schooner Cap'. John Batton having been sent to 

your Island from Salem on account of one of the Peoples having 



Selectjien's jNIinutes, 1772. 139 

had the Small Pox, and three others expecting it. Our Orders 
are that j'Oii receive the Person who has had the , Distemper into 
the Hospital and those who are expecting the Small Pox into the 
Well house, and you must also take out of the Vessel everything 
that the C:iptain may think proper to deliver you which should be 
the Beds, Bedding, Cotton, & whatever is liable to retain In- 
fection, and you must smoke and cleanse the Schooner, and what 
comes out of her in the most effectual manner — Suffer no one 
to leave the Island or anything to be taken off without our per- 
mission and Report to us your doings from time to time, that we 
may give you our further directions 

John Soollat 
John Hancock 
TiM°. Newell 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. The Captain of the first Schooners Clothes may come up 
when you think proper. 

Passed upon D"". Warrens Province Account amounting to 
£. 253-16- 5 - as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 26', 1772. 
Present, Megs. Scollay, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. bushels 
& that 6"^. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains 
and Livelihood which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2-8 

a 4''. ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3-8 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-6 

[305.] M^ Paul Farmer was directed the 21' Ins', by two 
of the Selectmen Viz'. Mess". Scollay & Austin ; to receive into 
the Almshouse to be supported at the Province charge one John 
Ryan a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince, nor having wherewitlmll to support himself — Order signed 
by William Greenleaff, Overseer. 

M'. William Read gave Information the 3*^. of July 1772 — 
that he had received into the House M''. Deborah Paget of 
Providence Widow & her two Daughters Deborah and Ruth the 
20' of June last. 

Me''. Grant and Barrett apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty 
to make some alteration in the run of the Gutter near D^ Eliots 
Meeting House ; which was granted accordingly. 

M'. Samuel Mayes, & M'. Ephraim IMayes. have each of 
them liberty to build a Tomb at the South Buryal Ground upon 
a range with the Tombs already built, they and their Heirs to 
keep the Wall against them in Repair. 

M^ Jefferiea was directed to pay M'. Jacob Buckuam on Acco'. 



110 City Document No. 42, 

of Carting. Six; pounds lawful, which with what he has ali-eacly 
had advanced by him, he is to deduct out of the Draft tliat will 
hereafter be made iu his favor. 

Deacon Newell & ]\F. Wendell a Committee to attend the Court, 
on the Suit commenced by M^ Jacob Emmons against some Work- 
men who pulled down Chimnies by Order of the then Selectmen. 

The following Letter was sent the Keeper of the Hospital 

Boston August 29. 1772 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Keported to us that the Schooner Cap'. John 

Batton Master has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed and that 
ever}' thing she had on board that would retain any infection is 
removed on shore, and that she might depart the Island with the 
greatest safety — It is therefore Our Orders that you permit her to 
return to Salem first taking care that the Persons who go in her 
from the Island are well cleansed and that they carry no Bed 
[306.] Bedding or Clothing but what you shall Judge are free 
from Infection 

John Scollay 
Tni°. Newell 
Sam. Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. Observe that you are satisfied for your trouble & Ex- 
pence before the Vessel departs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 2**., 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell. Marshall. Austin, Wendell. 

John Peirce sent here by AVarr'. from Selectmen of Scituate 
came to the Chamber & informs upon examination, that he w^as 
born in Boston, & at the Age of Six years was bound out to 
John Death of Sherburne Esq. where he lived about 15 years, 
from thence he went to Scituate, and was warned out, as coming 
from Sherburne ; at Scituate he married, & lived there about ].') 
years, has a Wife with him & 4 Children, has two others bound 
out. 

M'. Hartley having Reported that Ebenezer Knap who had the 
Small Pox on board the Newbury Schooner, was so well cleansed 
that he might return to Newbury with safety ; and having also 
requested some assistance on the Island, as tlie Selectmen had ob- 
jected to his going into the Hospital & then coming up to Town 
tho.' with a fresh shift of Clothes, as the Inhabitants were made 
uneasy with his coming up to Town the following Directions &.^ 
were sent to him. 

Boston Septem'. 2*^. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Ebenezer Knap who came from 
Newbury Port in the Schooner Sally Cap'. Johnson, and who had 
the Small Pox on boaid the said Vessel ; has been so thoroughly 
smoked and cleansed, that he may leave the Island with safety 
and Return to Newbury Port — Our Orders are that you permit 
him so to do, provided you have a fresh shift of Clothes for him 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 141 

— Agreeable to your request of assistance we have contracted with 
M"". John Bovee ( ?) to go down to the Hospital in [207.] Order to 
assist your Wife at £.3-6-8. p. mouth, whicli we sluill pay him, 
and also allow you what is reasonable for his lioard during his 
tarry on the Island. We expect upon this Assistance afforded 
you, that you and the 8ervaut who comes up in the Boat keep con- 
stantly at the Well-house, and that you both come u[) with fresh 
shift of Clothes ; and when you reach the Wharft" send up notice 
to one of the Selectmen, and they will come down to you for your 
Report unless you send it in writing ; and tiiey will then direct 
M^ Williston to procure your Provisions & other Necessaries that 
so neither yourself nor the Inhabitants may run any risque or be 
even made uneasy. 

John Scollay 
TiM^. Newell 
Thom'*. Makshall. 
Sam. Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

Voted that ^F. Love have a draft in the August Draft for£. 20. 
being half years service 

Boston Septem^ -i"^, 1772 
Gentlemen 

M'. Cole a Constable of your Town waited upon us this Day 
with a Warrant signed by ]\P. Justice Josslyu for the removal of 
John Peirce his Wife and four Children to Boston as supposed In- 
habitants, but without any legal Evidence — We refused to receive 
them as upon examination we find that said Peirce was bound out 
at Seven Years of Age to John Death Esq. of Sherburne, where he 
lived about 15 Years and from thence went to Situate where he 
married and has resided ever since, so that in our Opinion he must 
be an Inhabitant of Sherburne if not of your Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
To 

The Gent". Selectmen of Scituate 



[308.] Boston August 15. 1772 

Sir 

We take this opportunity to acquaint you that by the desertion 
of one George Wright who belonged to a Detachment of the Royal 
Train of Artillery stationed at Castle William, his Wife Judith & 
four Children were left in such destitute Circumstances as required 
immediate relief — they were therefore sent to the Almshouse in 
this Town to be supported uutill you would be Notified of the 
Husbands desertion and the distressed Circumstances of his 
Family. 

We flatter ourselves you will take immediate care to ease the 
Town of the present expence b}' forvvarding your Orders to the 
Otficer in Command here to receive said Soldiers Wife and Chil- 



142 City Document No. 42. 

(Iren iuto Castle Willhuii, or to muke such provision for their Sup- 
port as you may .ludge proper. 

liy Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopkk Town Clerk 
To 

Tiffin Esq. (Note in margin gives date of above letter as 

Sep'. 2.) 

The following was sent the Commanding Officer at Castle 
William 

Sir — 

This is to acquaint you that the Wife of .lohn Colder of Cap'. 
O'llarra's Company in tlie 24 ( ?) Keginient with two young Children 
and the Wife of Johu ( irosvenor of Cap'. Murrays Company of 
the 14. with one Child are now in this Town and in such destitute 
Circumstances as has put them upon applying to us for relief — the 
former says she & one of her children were so ill when the Regi- 
ment sayled, as would not admit of her going with them — desire 
you will receive these Women and Children on Castle island or 
make such other provision for them as will prevent their suffering 
or being an expence to a Town which is already over burdened 
[309.] With the support of their Poor — We shall esteem the 
favor of an answer, to be left at the British Coffee House 
By order of the Selectmen 

William CoorKK Town Clerk 
To Cap'. Robert M^Learth 

]Meni". a Letter was received in answer to the above which 
acquainted the Selectmen that he could not make any provision 
for the Persons mentioned in the Letter. 

The following was sent M'. Barret appointed by the Selectmen 
an officer to inspect Coal Baskets Viz'. 

Boston Septemb' 7. 1772 
M^ William Barrett 
Sir 
The Selectmen agreeable to an Act of the General assembly 
having appointed you an Officer for Seizing and securing all 
Baskets improved for measuring Coal in this Town that are not 
of the dimensions stated by Law, and to prosecute such offenders 
for the Fines and for failures thereby incurred ; do depend upon 
your care and fidelity in the discharge of this trust ; And for youi 
government in all Cases that may happen, we have furnished yon 
with a Copy of the late printed Act so far as respects Charcoal, 
not doubting that you will strictly conform to the Letter and 
Spirit of said Act. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk 

Orders of the same import as the above was given to m' 
Ephraim Vaux, the other Person appointed by the Selectmen, for 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 143 

the examining of Charcoal Baskets and also a Co[)y of the printed 
Act respecting Charcoal &c. 

[210.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 
y, 1772. Present, Mess. ScoUav, Newell, Marshall, Anstin, 
Wendell. 

M^ Panl Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz'. 
M'. ScoUay & CoU"^'. Marshall the 1". Ins', to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province charge Elizabetli 
Prince, Abigail Mills & John Jones Strangers and in suffering 
Circumstances — And by M"". ScoUay & Newell this Day one 
Peter Griebb, a sick & destitute Stranger, to be also supported at 
the Province charge — both Orders signed by Cap'. Sam Patridg 
an Overseer 

Passed upon Joseph Newells Province Acco'. amounting as by 
Copy on file to £. 7- 15- S^- 

Passed upon Paul Fanners Province Accounts amounting as by 
Copys on file to £-.-)39. l.^)-10A, & f. 4->-U-2- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 9, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Mess. Austin Scollay & Newell a Comm'-". to procure one 
John Penroe now in the Almshouse a passage in Cap'. Bowman 
bound to Ireland, as also for any others that may leave the 
Almshouse. 

Coll°. Marshall & M'. Scollay a Committee to agree with the 
Butchers & see Leases signed respecting the Stalls they Improve. 

Boston, Septem'. 10'. 1772 
Gentlemen 

We have delivered your unhappy Townsman M'. Benjamin 
Bowen by your desire to the [311.] Care of Samuel Child, Jun^ 
Esq. He has been supported at the Almshouse 14 Weeks which 
at the rate of S/ S'^. p. Week the same which the Province allows 
the Town for their ni-untenance of their Poor amounts to£. 5-19-4- 
You 1 please to recollect that we have sent him home twice free of 
charge to your Town, at the saiiie time desiring that you would 
take such care of him as might prevent his being a further trouble 
to us. We doubt not when you consider the reasonableness of the 
above charge and our expectations that you will speedily order us 
a reimbursement 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
To 

The Gentlemen Selectmen 

of Woodstock. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep". 1<). 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
attended, and Reports, that three Men who have lately had the 
Small Pox, viz'. Cutting Luut, Clifford Bryue, & David Smith are 



144 CiTv Document No. 42. 

desirous of leaving the Island, having each of them a fresh Suit 
of Clothes provided, and that in his opinion they have been so well 
smoked and cleansed, as that they may come up with safety to the 
Inhabitants, whereupon the following was delivered M^ Hartley. 

Boston, lSe^)tem^ IG. 1772 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that three Men who have had the 
Small Pox at your Island are now quite recovered from that Dis- 
temper, and have been sulHeiently smoked t^ cleansed so thnt 
they may leave the Island with safety — Our [21'^.] directions 
uvv that you may permit said People viz'. 

Cutting Lunt, Cliffonl Byrnes, & David Smith to come up to 
Town next Monday provided they have each a fresh Suit of 
Clothes procured for them, and that D^ Whitworth examine them 
and Joins with you in opinion that they may come off with safety 
to the Inhabitants. We depend upon your going on smoking 
and cleansing those who are recovered, and they must be at the 
Well house a proper time before they are permitted to leave 
the Island. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

P.S. You must first secure your P^xpences. 

The IIon'''^ John Erving Esq. apply 'd to the Selectmen for 
leave to bieak (rronnd before his House in order to lay a Drain 
from his House. 

Liberty was accordingly granted provided the Ground & 
Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Passed upon M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital nt 
Rainsfords island amounting to £. 6- 13- 4- as p. Copy on file. 

Mem°. Alexander Little is the onl}' Trooper belonging to this 
Town, who is to be excused as a Jury Man. 

Agreed to visit Deer Island next Fryday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'". 23**. 
1772. Present, Mess. Seollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

I\P. Suinuel Hartley attended and informs, Ebenezer Hall and 
Jonathan Knight who came from Newbury & John Hilliard & 
Stephen Beal who came from Salem, are desirous of leaving the 
Island and that they have been so well smoked «& cleansed as to 
be able to leave the Island with safety — • whereupon the follow- 
ing Letter was given him. 

[213.] Boston Septem^ 23-'. 1772 

M^ Samuel Hartley. 

Yon having Reported to us that Ebenezer Hale and Jonathan 
Knight who came from Newbury & John Hilliard & Stephen Beal 
who came fmm Salem are desirous of leaving the Island, & as in 
your oi)inion they are now quite free from any Infection of the 
Small Pox, & that they may come up to Town with safety to the 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 145 

Inhabitants — AVe now give you liberty to let tlieiu leave the 
Island provided they can have a fresh suit of Clothes sent to them, 
and you satisfied as to Expenee tliey have occasioned as D'. 
Whitworth concurs with you in opinion that they are free from 
all Infection 

Wy Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopei; Town ('lerk 

Passed upon Thomas Crafts Province Account aniountiug- as p. 
Copy on file to £. 3-2-4. 

M^ Paul Farmer w^as directed to receive into tlie Almshouse to 
be supported at t'-ie Province charge one Nelly Wright not an In- 
habitant, & having nothing to support herself — Order signed by 
M"". Austin & Wendell Selectmen iS: INI". William Greenleaff 
Overseer. 

M^ Ward from Portsmouth apply'd to the Selectmen for 

leave to open a School in this Town for teaciiing Children to Read 
&^ which was accordingly granted. 

M-". John Thompson Soai)boiler apply'd for liberty to erect a 
Building in Beer Lane for making Soap, the Selectmen informed 
him, that the Law did not notice Soapboilers, but tliat if he should 
melt Tallow in said Buildings he would be exposed to the penaltys 
of the Law. 

AP. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse 
[314.] One Hugh Sloan a poor Stranger — Order signed by M''. 
Benj^ Dolbear Overseer order dated the !»'. of Septen/. — and on 

the Day of August one Mary Frutat ( ?) a poor Stranger — 

Order signed by Col^■. :\Lirshall & '- Selectmen & M' . Daniel 

Waldo Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem'" oO', 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, AVendell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat (a) G/G. p. 
bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

!b. oz. lir. 

A loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat^^ Rye Meal nnist 

weigh 2 - s _ 

a 4''. Ditto not above i Indian meal must weigh •') - s - 

Bisket of a Copper price ------------- 4-G- 

Cap'. Ballard of Engine N 1. presents John New, John Ballard 
Jun"". Jonathan Brown Jun'. & Walter Piper as suitable Persons for 
his Engine Company, in the room of others who ordered or have 
left the Company. 

Voted, that the above Persons presented by M^ liallard be 
accepted as Engine Men. 

Deacon Newell appointed to direct in the carrying off the Waste 
Water from .Streets near INP. Syrcomljs House. 

Upon application made by Major Barbour Commander of the 
North Battery, he was permitted by the Selectmen to admit such 
partys of otlicer and Mens exercise in the Battery, as he should 
think proper. 



14() City Document No. 42. 

^Ifijoi' Harboui' has exhibittd to the Selectmen a List of Stoves 
belonging to the North Battery, which he found in the Battery 
upon his taking the Coinniand of that Fortress — put on file. 

The KSelectmen have this Day agreed with ^l\ Samuel Breek for 
the other Warehouse of the Town, lately improved by M'. Henry 
Humphreys at £. '21) - G - 8 - p. annum. Rent to commence 
from the [215.] Day tliat ^P. Humphrys settles with the Town 
Treasurer. 

The Selectmen have agreed to impower Ca^)'. John Baker, to 
prosecute such Persons as presume to take Stones & Ballast from 
Deer Island. 

ColP. Hancock. Marshall & Wendell a Committee to continue 
the Rails near >r. Hancocks House in the Common to tlie Water 
side. 

3P. Collector Henderson is directed by tlie Selectmen to dis- 
continue the Suit M^ Ruggles a former Collector commen(?ed 
against Major Doane for Taxes. 

M^ Samuel Hartley Keeper of Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to get the AVindows mended 
at the Hospital when he was directed to let .M^ Bove go down 
and repair said Windows. 

Passed upon M'. Thomas Willistons Province Acco'. of Su[)- 
plys for the visit to Rainsfords Isliind this Summer amount- 
ing to ....------------£. 3- 4- ;) 

& M'. Cordis' Acco'. included ....-.-... ;>,_ i- s 



0- H- 4 
This Selectmen have this Day Agreed witli M'. Nathaniel Cur- 
tis, for the use of a peice of the Towns Land at So. End adjoining 
his own Land, being 4r> feet front and 60 feet Rear — he to allow 
£3 lawful Money p. Annum as Rent. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct^ 6, — 1772. 
Present, Mess". Newell, Marshall, Austin, & Wendell. 

Agnes Yarley Wife of a Soldier at Castle William, being turn'd 
away by y* Coinand° OfHcers applys for Relief. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 14', 1772 
Present, Mess, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

[216.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct\ 
14', 1772. Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

M\ Will'". M'^Neil had liberty to open a Drain in Gridley's Lane, 
he to put the Street in good Repair again. 

M'. Hancock has Liberty to make use of Faneuil Hall on 
Wednesday & Fryday EveiV'. for the Exercise of the Cadet 
Company. 

Coll". Marshall <fe M'. Austin are appointed a Committee to 
Take a Survey of Ph-asant Tree ( ?) i^ Report the State of it, & 
to also Survey the Street by Doct'. Byles's. 

M^ Franklin Master of Engine N". presented ^V. Robtu-t 

Smallpiece as an Engine Man. who was approved of 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 147 

Boston 7'" Oct^ 1772 

We are very sorry either to be troubled ourselv<>s, or give you 
any Trouble witli our Complaints of the Impositions on this Town 
by having Women & their Children belonging to your Regiment 
cast upon y'' Town for their Support — This Sir even yourself 
being Judge is not only unreasonable but unjust, it being directly 
contrary to the Law of the Province which probably you may be 
a Stranger to, & therefore we think it necessary to let you know 
that the Law is whoever is the Occasion of any Person being 
brouglit into this Town & does not acquaint y" .Selectmen thereof 
becomes liable for the Charge of all such Persons if they shou'd 
be reduced to necessitous Circumstances. The Reason of our 
present Application to you Sir is this We have been obliged to 
take into our Almshouse [217.] Agnes Yarley & her Child Wife 
of Robert Yarley of the 10"'. Company (Cap'. Flemings) of the 
64"'. Regiment who was in suffi*riug Circumstances & Destitute 
of any Help — We have also another ai)plys for the same Relf. 
Viz'. Christa Nelson her Child Wife of John Nelson in Cap'. 
Armstrongs Company both which Persons are Women allowed b}' 
Government to Attend & follow the Regiment. We know nothing 
of the Character of these Women, neither does it concern us, they 
being properly under the Government of your Regiment, these 
Women you are sensible, are upon a different Footing from Judith 
Wright i& her four Children who now are at the Fxpense of the 
Province for their Subsistance, who we wrote you about some time 
sinse — We must therefore depend on your Immediately sending 
for these Persons to the Castle that the Province may not be bur- 
then'd with any further Charge 

We are Sir Your Hum. Serv". 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Sam*-. Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
To Selectmen of Boston 

Cap'. Mackleroth 

M"^'. Young Widow has liberty to open her Drain in Greens. 
Lane taking Care fill up & pave y'' Street. 
(Mera°. on a Journey) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 1772. 

Present 

[318.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo"". 
20.*^. 1772. Present, Mess"^". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin, Wendell. 

M^ Williston was directed to call upon the Collectors of Taxes 
and acquaint them that the Selectmen desire tliey will attend 
at the Chamber tomorrow afternoon and prepare; their Bonds, 



14H City Document JNo. 42. 

The Selectmen received several Petitions from a great Number 
of the Inliabitants, praying that a Town Meeting may be immedi- 
ately called — the further consideration referred to the Meeting 
on the Morrow. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 21, 1772. 
Present Mess. Scollav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M^ Edward lloliyday a Collector of Taxes for 1772 api)eared 
and projjosed John Winslow Esq. & M^ Martin Brimmer Appoth- 
ecary as his Jiondsmen. 

M\ Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1772 appeared 
and proposed Archibald ]\PNeil, & ]\P. Nathaniel Green as his 
Bondsmen. 

M^ Benjamin Henderson a Collector of Taxes for 1772 ap- 
peared and proi)osed. Cap'. Job Prince and M"". Edwai'd Carnes as 
his Bondsmen. 

JNP. Benjamin Gra}'^ a Collector of Taxes for 1772 appeared and 
proposed Mess. Thomns Leaveret & M''. Richard Salter as his 
Bondsmen. 

The Selectmen luiving considered the application for a Town 
Meeting, \'oted Unanimously, that the Town Clerk issue a War- 
rant for calling one on \Vednes(hiy next at 10. O Clock Before 
Noon . 

Voted, thiit M'. Daniel Kneel. md hiive the Piiuting of y"" Noti- 
fication 

Maj^ Paddock proposes to the Selectmen, that Posts may be 
fixed by the Selectmen before the Trees near the Burying place. 

Voted, that M'. Hancock be desired to see the proposal eff eel ed. 

[319.] Agreed with M'. Thomas Patten for the Engine House 
Adjoining M'. (ireens Land, for £(;- lawful payable in twelve 
months — he to make good the Fence to the satisfaction of M^ 
Green — for which he, has given his note to the Treasurer. 

M". Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz". Coll. Marshall & M'. Wendell to receive 
into said House to be supported at the Province Charge one John 
INPTntyre, he being a sick Stranger ct not having wherewithall to 
support himself. Order signed by William Whitwell. an Over- 
seer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct'. 24', 1772. 
Present, Mess"'. Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

The Town Treasurer to be desired to advance £. 8- lawful 
money for M^ Jacob Bucknam on account of Carting ; he to 
deduct the saine upon the first draft, being made in his favor. 

The Town Clerk directed to get the Notitications foi- the ensu". 
Meeting printed and dispersed as soon as possible. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo''. 28, 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell. .Austin. .Marshall. 

Voted, that the Bondsmen proposed by the sevei-al Collectors 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 149 

as named on the other side, be uecepted, and the 'lOwn Clerk is 
directed to prepare the several Bonds accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 31, A.M. 
1772. Present, Mess'. SeoUay. Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin. 

Passed upon M'. Timothy Xewell. Province Account amounting 
as p. C'opy on lile to i'. 7<i- <i- 7. 

Boston 8s: At a INIeeting of the Selectmen Nov'. 4, 1772. 
Present, Mess'. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, ^\"endel. 

[220.] M'. Adjutant Dows, has desired on behalf of a mila- 
tary chore [i.e corps^ to have the use of Faneuil Hall three Mon- 
day Nights in a JMonth which was granti'd accordingly. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at (5/6 p. 
bushel and tliat C. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, Avhicli is eomputed as follows — 
Viz'. 

111. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bivail ;;/4 Wheal 1 /t Bye 

Meal nujst weigh 2- .S- 

a 4*^. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal. tl". 3- <S- 

Bisket of a Copper price -- 4 6 

M''. ScoUay, Deacon Newell ifc ]\P. Wendell a Connn''''. to view 
the Towns Land near the North Battery. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Way near ^P. Syrcoml^s 
Fr^^day Morning 10. O'Clock. 

M'. Hancock ScoUay & Newell a Comm'''. to re]):iir thi' head of 
the Dock and widen the Way. 

M'. Treasurer Jeffries was desired to i)ay AVilliam Bass & 
Ebenezer Gaffee five pounds lawful Money, on acconiit of work at 
y'' Ferry Way near Cops Hill, to be deducted out of their Draft 
when made. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write to James Bryant of Little 
Cambridge & Cap*. Nath'. Buggies of lioxbury to Meet the 
Selectmen at the Hall next Tuesday 10. OClock, relative to the 
Market — and also to M". Sauuiel Pratt at Chelsea that he may see 
the Selectmen next Wednesday Afternoon — done — 

The Town Clerk is directed' to look np the Pr(j\-ince Law rela- 
tive to Fire Wood, & to Report to the Selectmen a Letter to be 
annexed to it, to the AVood Cutters. 

Boston Ss : At a Meetiug of the Selectmen Novenr. 11. 1772. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell. Marshall, Austin. 

The Town Clerk to write the Selectmen of Stoneham relative 
to one William P>rown :ui Tnhal)'Ltant of their Town who is sick at 
the Almshouse. 

[221.] The Jury upon Paddys Alley, apply'd to the Select- 
men for their Opinion whether they can proceed u[)On the AVarrant 
directed to them from two of his Majestys Justices in Assessing 



150 City Document No. 42. 

the (lanitiges & Advantages, of the Lands, taken & .added ; as 
some of the I'aitys have erected Fences npon the I>and laid out as 
a Street. 

The Selectnieu upon tlie aforegoing application gave it as their 
Opinion that those hKaunbrauces should l»e removed before they 
proceed, that they would see to tlieir removal. 

The Town Clerk is directed to print about two hundred Extracts 
from the Province Law relative to Wood. 

Voted, that M^ Hyles have the printing of tliem. 

Coll". ^larshall & M^ Austin a Connu*'''. to see M"'. Adams, and 
advise relative to the New .Street. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Nov'. 17. 1772. 
Present, Mess. ScoUav. Hancock, Newell, .Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen having been informed by the C'hairmen of the 
Committee of Correspondence that they were ready to make 
Report and it being the sense of the Town at their late Meeting, 
that the Inhabitants should be called together to receive said 
Report. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing to be held at Faneuil Hall on Fryday next 10. O'Clock, Before 
Noon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novera"". 18, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay. Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Coll". Marshall «S: M'. Wendell a Committee to view Essex 
Street, and Report what is proper to be done. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 24, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

[333.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov'. 25, 
1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Aus- 
tin, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/G p. 
bushel and that 0'*. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for tlieir 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. — 

lb. 07.. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread .'V^ Wheat 1/2 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2-8 

a 4^ Ditto not above 1/4 Indian Meal. d". 3 - 8 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-1! 

M'. Martin Constable of South Watch has orders to P^nlist two 
men to Reinforce the Watch at the South part of tlie Town. 
The following Draft was given to M'. .Jeffries 

lioston, Nov. 25'. 1772. 
M'. David Jeffries 

Sir please to pay to M'. James Burrows Four pounds six shil- 
lings &. eight pence, it being so much due to him for boarding 



Sklectmen's Minutes. 1772. 151 

William Brown of Stoueham ten Weeks, We shall Take Care that 
this Town is reimbursed the Charge by the Town of Stoneli;iin. 

John Sec )i. lav 
John Hancock 
TiMO. Newell 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen 

The Town Clerk is directed to give Orders to M'. John IJennet 
a Constable of the South Watch near the Sign of the Lamb. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write the Selectmen of Stoneham 
to William Brown of their Town now in the Almshouse. 

M'. Wendell a Committee to examine into the state of the 
Engine House near the Old South Church. 

Cap'. Sutton of Engine No. 7. propo^^ed James Sergeant for His 
Company in the room of Thomas Patten who is gone into the 
Grenaders Comi»^. — who is accordingly accepted. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 27, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

[333.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft for £. 20. 

Deacon Newell Received of Ilaskill for Interest on his Bond of 
£. 200 — being part of M". Brookers Donation — And is for one 
year £ 12 — lawful, which the Deacon is desired to keep till fur- 
tlier Orders. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Decern''. 2', 1772. 
Present, Mess^ Scollay. Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Dec', i). 1772. 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell. Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M'. Nathaniel Cobbit Agrees in behalf o. the Widow Mays, 
that the determination of the Kent of the Gnmnd where the Hay 
Engine stands shall be left to two Persons mutually chosen. 

D^ Wendell c^ Coll". ^Marshall a Committee to vieAv M''. Procters 
School House :ind Report the Repairs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Sclectnieu Decem'. 10. 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

The Briggandine Henry from Liverpool, Benjamin Smitli 
master, but last from Gloucester, bieng ordered to Rainsfords 
Island by the Selectmen of that Town on Account of the Small 
Pox, which had been on board that Vessel — The master attended 
& acquainted the Selectmen that, he left Liverpool the 16 Day 
of September & on the 25. one of his Sailors broke out with 
tlie Small pox, that two others had it since, one of whom died the 
7"\ Day of November; that there is 10 People now on board two 
of them Passengers one of whom is not certain that he has had 
the Distemper — his Loading consists of Salt Coal Crates of 
Earthen Ware & some Bale Goods ; some of the Crates & 2 
Boxes [334.] Are between ]>ecks — That he had taken the utmost 



152 City Documknt Xo. 42. 

care in smoking, airing iV'. :uul this Aecoiiut is confirni'd by the 
deehiration of M^ Rogers the Physician at (iloucester. whereupon, 
^^)te(l — tliat the folk)\ving Letter be sent to the Keeper of tlie 
Hospital at Rainsfords Island. 

Boston Decern-. 1(1. 1772 
M. Samuel Hartley. 

The Briggandine Henr}' Benjamin Smitii master from Liver- 
pool, but last from Gloucester, having been ordered to your Island 
on account of three of the I'eoples having had the Small Pox — 
Our Orders are that you receive on shore the Goods the Captain 
may deliver you in order to be aired and cleansed, and then smoke 
and Avash the A'essel Bed Bedding i^''. as usual together with 
everything else liable to Infection; and Report to us 3'onr pro- 
cedure and the state of the Vessel, wlu-n you will receive our fur- 
ther Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William ('oopkk Town Clerk. 

Thomas Wetherby of Dedham had an Order on the Selectmen 
of Roxbury, to receive all the Clothes and Effects of Eliza])eth 
Clusly (?) a Poor Person deceased — ^V. Wetherbv agreeing to 
take them at the value, and to be at the Selectmeus chamber 
next Wednesday. 

Boston Ss : At a IMeeting of the Selectmen Decern^ 11. 1772. 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Austin. Wendell. 

M^ Hartley attended, and informed that he followed the direc- 
tion of the Selectmen, in smokins; cleansing &". the Vessel Bed & 
Bedding &". sent to the Island from Cape Ann — but that the 
Hampers between [*<J3i>.] Decks, were not taken on Shore, the 
Cajitain apprehending that they were too much damaged to per- 
mit their being taken out — whereup. Voted, that Orders be given 
M''. Hartley accordingly & a Certificate sent to the CJ^overnor. 

Boston, Decern''. 14. 1772. • 
M''. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that J'ou have strictly pursued our 
Orders in smoking the I>riggandine Henr}', ordered to your Island 
from Cape Ann, but that you had not taken the Hampers between 
Decks on shore nor the lied & Bedding. This is to tlirect 3'ou to 
take the Hampers Bedding &". between Decks on Shore if the 
Ca|)tain sees lit to deliver them and give the Vessel &"-■. another 
smoking wheu the Vessel will \)(^ permitted to leave the Island. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeu Town C^lerk 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Henry Benjamin Smith master from Liver- 
pool last from Cape Ann, having been sent to Rainsfords Island 
on account of some of the Seamen having had the Small Pox; 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 153 

has been so well smoked & cleansed, that we are of Opinion she 
may be permitted to come np to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servant 

JoiIK SCOLLAY 

Timothy Newell 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
Boston Decem^ 14. 1772. 
To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq. 



[226.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem'. 
15, 1772. Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Deacon Davis Owner of the Schooner Dove, Captain Pote from 
Baltimore in Maryland, having got the Small Pox on board and is 
stopt at Castle Island on that Account, which Vessel is loaded 
with Flour & Iron whereupon the Owner was directed to send said 
Schooner to Rainsfords Island, and the following Letter was sent 
M^ Hartley. 

Boston Decem'. la. 1772. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Dove Cap'. Samuel Pote from Baltimore in Mary- 
land having been stopt at Castle AVilliam as having the Small 
Pox on board ; we have ordered said Schooner to Rainsfords Isl- 
and, and when she arrives there you must not suffer any one to 
leave the Vessel or to come on board her without our permission, 
you must then examine into the state of the Vessel & Report the 
same to us as soon as may be ; and after taking into the Hos- 
pital the Sick Person, if he can be removed with safety, you may 
then proceed to smoke and cleanse the Vessel Bed Bedding &"'. 
It may not be improper for you to inform the People on board 
that any one leaving the Vessel will expose him to a fine of £. 100. 
enquire whether any of the People has left the Vessel since she 
came from Baltimore, who they are & give us the Names with 
those who are on board 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AViLi.iAM Cooper Town Clerk 



Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one John Pierce who served his Time 
in your Town with John Health Esq. is now together with his 
Wife & Children in our Almshouse — the said Peirce being by In- 
fiimity disabled from Labour & not having wherewnthall to sup- 
port himself, upon Searching the Records for the Count}^ of 
Middlesex we cannot find [227.] That he has obtained an la- 



154 City Document No. 42. 

habitancy in any Town since he left Sherburne — As he is now 
at your charge we hope you will take care to remove him to your 
Town ct satisfy for the Charge already incurred 

V>\ Order of the Selectmen, 

William C'ooi'kk Town Clerk 

To 

The Gentlemen the Selectmen 

of Sherburne. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem^ 1(1, 1772. 
Present, Mess^ ScoUav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Anstin, 
Wendell. 

One Sprague who left the Small Pox Vessel at New London, on 
his arrival here by the advice of his Owner Deacon Davis went 
to the Hospital at New Boston, upon Information thereof, D'. 
"VVhitworth was desired to visit him who Peported that he appre- 
hended he would have the Distemper and might be removed to 
Rainsfords Island in the morning with his own consent 

Ordered that the Assize of liread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bushel and tliat (>''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, wliich is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread o/\ Wlieat 1/2 Pye JMeal 
must weigh ---------------------2-8 

a 4*^. Ditto not above 1/4 Luliau Meal must weigh - - 3- 8 
Bisket of a Copper price --------------- 4-2 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, Decern^ 17. 1772. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen have ordered the Person who came out of the 
Small Pox Vessel to the Hospital at Rainsfords Island — and the 
following Letter was sent M''. Hartley 

Boston Decem^ 17. 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

We have ordered to the Hospital at [328.] Rainsfords Island 
one Sprague who came to Town Yesterday, and is one of the 
Persons who left the Small Pox Vessel at New London. It is 
su[)posed that he has taken the Distemper, and we expect you 
take proper care of him, and that you also use the proper pre- 
cautions that the Snudl Pox is not communicated to any others. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeh Town Clerk 

Boston December 17. 1772 

M^ Andrew^ Tyler 

Rev*^. Sir — This is to acquaint you that as the Superior Court 
have confu-med the doings of the Justices & Selectmen respect- 
ing Paddys Alley a Jury lias been ai)pointed to estimate & assess 
what the Partys are injured or bettered. Said Comm<^^ will sit 
next Monday," & as you have had Lands taken from you, your 
Joining with the other I'etitioners may save you, considerable Ex- 



SelecTxAien's iVliNUTES, 1772. 155 

pence — The Fences &". you have Erected ou that part of your 
Land which was hiid into said ^Street will be taken down in a 
short time ; of this you are advised that you may have time to 
take such steins as you may Judge proper 

By Oi'der of the Selectmen 

WiLLiAAi CooPEK Town Clerk 

Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec". 22"., 1772. 
Present, Mess''". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

M^ Hartley reported that he had taken from on board the 
Schooner Dove, Sam'. Pote master (which was Ordered to Rains- 
fords Island the 15"\ lust'.) all the mens Bedding Cloaths & 
every other Article Liable to Infection that he has washed & Smoked 
the Vessell in Such a manner that she may with once more Smoak- 
ing & Cleansing of her be permitted to Come to Town therefore 
gave him the following Orders. 

[339.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem^ 
23''. 1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin. 

M^ Samuel Hartley having Reported that the Schooner Dove 
Cap'. Samuel Pote from Maryland with the Small Pox has been 
suMlciently smoked & cleansed, — Voted that the following Letter 
be given M^ Hartley. 

Boston Decent. 23". 1772 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Dove Cap'. 
Samuel Pote has been so well smoked & cleansed that she may be 
permitted to come up with safety Our Oi-ders are that you suffer 
her to leave the Island,. you being satisfied for the charge. Also 
one Jose})h Swasy who D'. Whitwortli has Reported to be quite 
free from Infection, he having a shift of Clothes to come up with. 
By Oi'der of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dove Cap'. Samuel Pote from Baltimore in Mary- 
land, having been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the 
Small Pox has been so well smoked & cleansed, that we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town, without any 
danger to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper We are 
Your Excellencys 

most obedient 

Hum. Serv". 

John Scollav 
John Hancock 
TiMOTHv Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Benjamin Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston Deceni'. 23". 1772 
To His Excellency Thomas Hutchiusou, Esq. 



1'><I City Document No. 4l^ 

[2,*i().J Boston Dt'cein'. 2:V\ 1772 

M'. Samuel Hartley 

Yon having Reported to the Selectmen tliat tlu' C rites of 
Earthen Ware taken from on board Cap'. Smith are sutlicieutly 
air'd and that they may be brought to Town witliout any danger to 
the Inhabitants you are therefore permitted to let Capt. Smith 
take them from the Island. 

^r. Thomas Hill apply'd for leave to open a Drain at tlie 
bottom of Summer Street ; which was granted provided tiie 
Pavement be restored »& the (Ground made good to the Satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

Boston Decern''. 23''. 1772 
(ientlemen 

You have hereunder an account of the Exi)ence of keeping one 
William Brown of your Town, who was in such a sick state, as 
would not permit his going home to your Tow.i, and required the 
attemlance of a Doctor Nurse &c. 

As the charges of the Town run very high with respect to the 
support of the Poor, we must desire your care that we be speedily 
reimbursed for the Expeuce being Seven pounds ten Shillings & 
B'*. 1/2 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 
To 

The Gentlemen of Selectmen 

of Stoneham. 
The Town of Stoneham to the Town of Boston — D^ 
1772. Decern". To D'". Samuel Danforth Jun\ £. 
for attendance on Will- ( 
iam Brown, a sick Per- { 
son £.— 19. 6 

To Paul Farmer for 
Board from Octo\ 29. 
to Decem'". 5 Weeks & 
1 day at S/8 2- 4- Gi 

To .James Burroughs 
for 10 AV^eeks Board at 
8/8 - - 4- (J- s 



£. 1" 10" Sh 



[331.] The Town Clerk was directed to publish the following 
Advertisement viz'. 

Those Persons who have frecpiently incumbered P)Ostou Neck by 
laying Street Dirt, it other manure thereon are herel)y informed 
that Orders are given, that such manure as shall hereafter be 
found there, he spread on such parts of the Towns inclosed I.nnd, 
as may be most contiguous. And all Persons are warned against 
unloading their Timber on said Neck, as they will be thereby 
exposed to the Penallys of the Law. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1772. 157 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec"". 25, 1772. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Information was given the Selectmen by Capt. Thomas Davis 

Master of the Brigg". from Phyliclelphia that one 

Davis his Mate is now at his House unwell and he is fearful it 
is the Small Pox, as the Distemper was at that City when he 
left it — ^ whereupon D'. Whitworta was desired to see him, who 
reported that the Man hal the Symptoms of the Small Pox, & 
supposed there might be same Eruptions in the Morning — and 
that the Man was willing to be removed to Rainsfords Island. 
Or lers were accordingly given for his being sent down, provided 
the Doctor should not object to it on the Morrow. 

The Town Clerk was directed to Petition the Governor that 
Orders may bo given for stopping all Vessels at Castle William, 
coming from Maryland & Philadelphia, on account of the Small 
Pox being at both those places. 

May it please your Exct'lleiicy 

Having received information that the Small Pox is spreading iu 
Maryland & Philadelphia [*i3'^.] And several Persons coming in 
Vessels from both those Places having broke out with that Distem- 
per, after their arrival here. 

We must desire that Orders may be given to stop all Vessels at 
Castle William which ma}' be coming from those Places, if your 
Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your J^xcellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston December 2G, 1772 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

A person named Davis who came in a Vessel from Phil- 
adelphia having as is supposed the Small Pox ; we have sent him 
down to the Hospital you have the care of, and expect that every- 
thing shall be made agreeable to him while on the Island, as he 
will be able to defrey the charge of his Sickness &c. D^ Whit- 
worth has seen him and will attend him as may be necessary. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeu Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 30, 1772. 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bush. & that 6*^. p. Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4**. Loaf Brown Bread o/l Wheat 1/-1 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 8- 

a 4'^ ditto, not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3- 8- 
Bisket of a Copper price __„_.^ 



158 City Document No. 42. 

[333.] Passed upon D'' Samuel Daufortli^ .Inn'. Province 
Account amountinij; in tlie whole to £. 15!)- 3- 10- as p. Copy 
on lilo. 

Paid Mary Biggs Widow, out of Brookers Donation 2 Dollars 
p. Deacon Newell — eutred again Jan^. 6'. 

yV. Curtis Master of Engine N". 8. applys for the Premium 
allowed by tlie Town for playing first with their Engine on the 
Eire which broke out at M'. Mays Barn. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the same. 

Deacon Newell Coll" Hancock & 1\P. Austin appointed to order 
necessary Repairs to the Hospital at New^ Boston, and to Report 
what things may be necessary for the reception of the sick. 

Tile Selectmen agree to visit the Hospital at Newlioston Eryday 
next 9. O Clock. 

The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion tliat tlie following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in tliis Pnn'ince ought to be taxed here for tlie Real Estrte 
they Occupy & the business they do here, it l)eing agreeable to 
Law — Viz'. 
The Hon'''^ James Russell Esq. Elisha Doane Esq. 

Ralph Inman Esq. Joseph Rotch & Sons 

M". Joseph Palmer Mess. Champney & Archer 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. Serv". 

John Scollay 
Timothy Nkwell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Assessors of the Town of Boston 
Boston Decern^ 30. 1772. 

[234.] Passed upon Joshua Beals Province Account amount- 
ing to £. 7- 0- i- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec^ 31, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Cap'. Nathaniel Lampson of Sloop America, from Philadelphia 
stopt at Castle William on account of the small Pox being at that 
place, attended & informed the Selectmen that his Loading con- 
sists of Elour & Iron, — that there was no one of his People that 
were liable to that Distemper, neither had they anytliing en board 
the Sloop likely to retain any infection — whereupon it was Voted, 
that she may be permitted to come up to Town & that a Certifi- 
cate be given the Governor accordingly. 

May it please your Ex<;ellency 

We have examined into the Circumstances of the Sloop Amer- 



Selectmen's Minites, 1773. lid 

ica Captaiu Nathaniel Laiupsou from Philadelphi:i, sto[)t at Castle 
William on account of the Small Pox ; a'Kl are of Opinion that 
she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the 
Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston Decem'. ."U, 1772. 

[335.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^. G. 
1773. Present, Mess.'■^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Passed upon the Account of the Owners of Sloop America 
Nathaniel Lainson master for the passage of one Woman & 4 
Children to Philadelphia am', to £. 4-16- as p. Copy on file. 

The following distribution was made of the £. 12. Brookers 
Donation, received by Deacon Newell November 27. & then 
minuted. 

N Widow Biggs £^ _]2 

]M Widow Fowle ............. 1-4 

A. Widow Whitcomb ----.---...-.. 18 

A. Widow Oliver ----.-.-..... 12 

A. Widow Mearsey ------.-..-.... 12 

N. The Leblonds 1-4 

W. Widow Oliver ............ 12 

Jeffries, Mrs Delaplace ...--... 12 

N. Elizabeth Peterson --..-.-------. 1-4 

S. Widow Bass ---.---. 12 

A. Widow Harskins -.-.- 12 

Jeffries, Widow Lee -.---....... 12 

N. Widows Chaple --------.--..... 18 

N. Widow Wise 12 

M. M'\ Smith - - 12 

N. Widow Berry - - 12 

Gave Samuel Franklyn Master of Engine No. 9. New Orders 
of the common tenor — dated January 12, 1778 — allowed 17 men 
besides himself. 



I I o. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''. 13, 1 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M-". Hartley Reports, that Nailer Hatch the Master of Deacon 
Davis Vessel, is now well of the Small Pox, and been so thor- 
oughly smoked and cleansed, that he may leave the Island without 



1C)0 City Document No. 42. 

danger to the Inhabitants — whereupon Voted, that the following 
Letter be sent M'. Hartley. 

Sir 

You luiving Reported that Cap'. Nailer Hatch is quite recov- 
ered of the Small Pox and has been so well smoked and cleansed 
that he may leave the Island with safety — Our Orders are that 
you continue to cleanse the said Hatch till the "io**. of this Month 
when you may permit him to leave the Island with a fresh suit of 
Clothes you having been first satisfied for the charge he has oc- 
casioned 

By order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

[236.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan^'. 15. 
1773. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Elijah Luce Master of Schooner Elizabeth from Baltiinor in 
Maryland attended & informed that he left that place Christmas 
Da}' ; his People all well & the Vessel loaded with Elour & Iron 
whereupon the following was sent his Excellency 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Elizabeth Elijah Luce master from Baltimore in 
Maryland, having been stopt at Castle AVilliam on account of the 
Small Pox, we have examined into the Circumstances of said 
Vessel, and are of opinion she may be permitted to come up to 
town with safety to the Inhabitants if your Elxcellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston, 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston January 15, 1773. 

Boston, Ss. ^t a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 20, 1773 
A.M. Present 

-AP. John Savage Owner of the Schooner Polly Jonathan 
Greely master, from Philadelphia attended & acquaints the Se- 
lectmen that said Vessel has been stopt at the Castle on acco'. of 
the Small Pox being in Pliiladelphia, that the People are all well 
on board, & the lading consisting wholly of Flour & Iron — 
whereupon the following was sent his Excellency the Governor. 

[337.1 May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Polly Jonathan Greely master from Philadelphia, 
having been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 161 

Pox — We have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, 
and are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with 
safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellency's 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

joein scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston January 20. 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 



Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 20, 
1773. P.M. Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the public charge one Henry Reynolds a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in the Province, who has froze 
his Fingers & has not wherewithall to support himself — Order 
signed by two of the Selectmen. Viz'. John Scollay Esq. & M'. 
Timothy Newell & M'. William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

Mr. Samuel Holbrick apply'd for a stove for the South writing 
School, & ColP. Marshall & M'. Wendell were appointed a Comittee 
to provide one. 

M'. Hews, Master of Engine N". apply'd to [238.] the 

Selectmen for the Premium allowed by tlie Town for bringing their 
Engine to work first upon the Fire which broke out at M"". AVinter 
Calfs Bark House drawn for. 

Voted, that M'. Shubael Hines have a draft for said Premium 
next Draft Day. drawn for. 

Voted by the Selectmen that the Bonds that are due on Account 
of Brookers Donation should be turu'd into Real Security as soon 
as possible. 

M^ Austin & Wendell a Committee for the above purpose and 
to direct the Town Clerk as to the manner of stating all Accounts 
& entring the same in a Book to be |)rovided for that particular 
purpose. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 23^., 1773. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

His P^xcellency the Governor handed to the Selectmen a Letter he 
had received from A. Leslie an Officer at Castle William inform- 
ing his Excellency, that a Schooner from Maryland had passed 
the Island & would not stop upon any account, whereupon — 

Josiah Gorham the JNIaster of said Schooner William &. the 
Owners of the Vessel were sent for, when the Captain declared 
that he did not understand what was said to him by the officer on 



1H2 City Document No. 42. 

«> 

duty, it being a thick heavy Snow Storm, that if he luul heard it, 
he shouUl have immediately l)rought too his Schooner — the fol- 
lowing Letter was then sent his Kxcellencv. 

May it please yonr Kxcellencv 

In consequence of your Kxcelleucys information, we immedi- 
ately sent for Cap'. Gorham master of the Schooner William 
together with his Owners, ct upon a strict examination, it appears 
to us that the Captain did not hear the Orders of the Otlicer on 
duty at the Castle by means of a heavy Snow Storm, «&; that if 
he had heard them he [ii.'JO.] Would as he declares immediately 
have obeyed them — We have therefore directed the Captain to 
wait upon your Excellency in order to satisfy you as to the truth 
of his declaration and shall defer the prosecution untill we hear 
further from your Excellency 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollav, 
Timothy Newell, 
Thomas Marshall, 
Samuel Austin. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston January 1.5. 1773. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Passed upon Gibbins Bouve's Province Account amounting to 
£. 9- 2/- as p. Copy on file. 

P.assed upon John Burroughs, Province Account amounting 
as by Copy on file to £. 2- 15- 8 

Ordered that the Assize of liread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
Bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows Mz'. 

lb. 07,. dr. 

A Loaf of brown Bread | Wheat 'l Hye meal must 

weigh ------------------------ 2-8- 

a 4*^. ditto not abo. .| Indian ^Ical must weigh - - - - 3- 8 

a Bisket of a Copper price ----------- 4-2 

Ordered by the Selectmen that Cap'. Sloans (?) Engine N". 10- 
be named the Hancock Engine. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb'. .3''. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
receive into the Almshouse to be sui)ported at the Province 
[340.] A Child of one Mackay a Soldiers Widow, she being a 
.Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor 
having wlu'iewithall to support herself, the Childs name is 
Thoujas Mackay. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 163 

Order sigutnl by two Selectmen — viz'. Deacon Newell & J\P. 
Wendell & William (ireenleaff an Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Februarys 1773. 
Present, Mess^ SeoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Cap'. Nathaniel Bosworth of Schooner Dolphin, attended, and 
Reports, that he left Baltimore in Maryland, the 1 1 ' of Jaiuiary last, 
that the People on board are all well, and his loading consists 
wholly of Flour and Iron, said Vessel being stopt at Castle William 
on acco'. of the Small Pox, the following was sent the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dolphin Cap'. Nathaniel Bosworth from Balti- 
more in Maryland, having been stopt at Castle William on ac- 
count of the Small Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances 
of said Vessel and are of Opinion she may be permitted to come 
up to Town with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency 
thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Sam"-. Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Feby. 8. 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Cap'. Tiiomas Groce Master of Sloop Grampus, froui Baltimore 
being stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox, in 
that place attended, and Reports, that he left Maryland the 15 of 
January ; and his People all well ; that his lading consists of 
Plour and Iron. 

AVhereupon a Letter of the above tenor was sent his Excellency 
the Governor. 

[241.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
10, 1773 A.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall,. 
Austin. 

Joshua Paine Master of the Schooner Hannah, stopt at Castle 
William on account of the Small Pox being at Baltimore in 
Maryland, attended, & Reports — That he left that place about 
thirteen Days since ; his loading consisting of Flour and Iron, 
& that his People are all well on board — whereupon Voted, that 
the following Letter be sent His Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Hannah Joshua Pame Master from Baltimore in 
Maryland, having been stopt at Castle William on iiceount of the 
Small Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances of said 



164 City Document No. 42. 

Vessel and are of Opinion siie may be permitted to come up to 
Town with safety to the Inhabitants if yonr Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollav 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Makshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Feb^. 10. 177:5 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson P2sq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting- of the Selectmen, Feb''. 10, 1773, 
P.M. Present, INIess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Gave M'. Samuel Whitwell an Order to deliver one Margaret 
Peckin a \h)ov Stranuer on the Province Account Six feet of 
V\^ood. 

M'. Jenkins JMaster of Engine N. 3. presented, William Miuzie 
& Joseph Clark as Engine men in the room of William [243.] 
Page and John Adams, who decline serving upon account of 
their age — 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb''. 11., 177;i. 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M^ Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island Re- 
ported, that Benjamin Sprague & Thomas Davis, who had the 
Small Pox, at the Island, are quite well, so thoroughly smoked & 
cleansed that they may leave the Island with safety to the Inhabi- 
tants — whereu])on the following Letter was given M^ Hartley. 

Boston Feb>'. 11. 1773. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Benjamin Sprague & Thomas 
Davis who have had Hk- Small Pox at your Island are now well 
recovered and so thoroughly cleansed as that they may leave the 
Island with safety — Our Orders are that you permit said Persons 
to leave the Hospital as soon as they have a fresh suit of Clothes 
sent them, and shall satisfy you for the charge they have oc- 
casioned while at the Island. 

By order of tlie Selectmen 

William Coopkr Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a IVleeting of tlie Selectmen, Feb''. 13, 1773. 
Present, niess'^\ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Butchers who hire Stalls in Kaneuil Hall Market were 
ordered to attend — 

M". John Robinson gave a Note of hand for what was due on 
Acco*. of the Stalls, liryan formerly improved, & signed a new 
Lease for 7 Stalls dated 1'. Jau^. last at ")-lG-3 p. Quarter. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 1<)5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen &''. 

[^43.] Boston 8s : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^". 15, 
1773. Present, Mess'''. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Overseers and Justices made Kei)ort of the vState of the 
Town, with respect to their several Wards as by the Papers on 
File. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^'. 17. 177o. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M^ Robert Hallowell applys to the Selectmen for liberty to 
erect a Fence before his late Fathers Mansion House, Liberty was 
accordingly granted, provided, the Fence be taken down again, 
when the Selectmen shall apprehend it inconvenient to the Inhab- 
itants . 

Deacon Newell appointed to settle M'. 'Hioiuas Ivussells Ac- 
count. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Feb'. 22''., 1773. 
Present, Mess. ScoUav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen, taking into consideration who was a i)roper 
Person to fill up the place of M'. Thomas Willistou, who (or a 
number of years had attended them on the Towns Business ; 
Agreed to give the Offer of the oHice to M'. William Barrett 
Sexton of D". Coopers Church. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Feiy. 23''. 1773. 
Present, mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Complaint Avas made by a number of Inhabitants, of the be- 
havior of one Bill Son of the Blind Man of this Name, which was 
such as made them apprehensive of mischief being done them & 
the Town by his means — The Selectmen thereupon apply'd to M'. 
Justice Quincey, and some of the Inhabitants having entred a 
Complaint with him in Writing, he was proceeded with as a 
vagrant, and is now under M'. Lazinbys care. 

[344.] Boston Ss : At a jNIeetiug of the Selectmen February 
24, 1773. Present, mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Mess. Whitwell & Oreenleaff, two of the Overseers apply'd to 
tlie Selectmen for the removal of Peggy Reed Alias be- 
longing to Piscataqua, and one Lucy a negro Woman who came 
from Newbury. 

Deacon Newell has received of the Administrator of Onesiph- 
orus Tileston Esq. Sixty pounds being principal and three pounds 
two shUling Interest in' all £. G3- 2/ lawful Money, being part of 
Brookers Donation and the Bond was delivered up. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bushel, and that (5''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'.^ 



16(> City Document No. 42. 



lb. 07.. dr. 



A Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye meal 

must weigh 2- 8- 

a 4''. Ditto not above i Indian Meal must 

weigh ;}_ 8- 

Bisket of a Copper price - i- 2 

Boston Feb^, 25. 1773. 
M'. Daniel Davis 

Sir, Your Son has doubtless acquainted you that he has lately 
passed through the Small Pox at tlie Province Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island where he experienced the greatest care and assistance 
during the course of his illness ; The charge of the same amounts 
as by an Account of particulars hereunder to £. 15. We have 
applyed to hmi by M'. Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital, f(n' a 
reimbursement, but he declines it, giving as a reason his inability 
to do it. We thought it proper to acquaint you therewith, and to 
desire you to inform us whether you will discharge the Account 
for your Son, which if you should decline a demand will be made 
on your Town as the Province Law directs, which from what we 
hear of your Abilities and Family, we would hope you may pre- 
vent 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooi'ek Town Clerk. 

P.S. Tlie Account of Particulars will lie ready at present it i& 
mislaid. 

[345.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 2^. 
1773. Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted that agreeable to a Vote of the Town at May Meeting, 
the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on March 5. to receive the Committees Report, who were 
directed to provide an Orator to [)ronounce an Oration in com- 
memoration of the late horrid Massacre the 5. of March 1770. 

Mess. Fleets are to have the printing of the Notifications for the 
Town meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3^. 1 773 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

M^ Bradfords informs that he has let a House at the South end 
unto one William Plyinpton from the Town of Sturbridge. 

M'. Norcrost master of Engine N. G. presents, John Jackson 
and John Hall as proper Persons for the Engine Company. 

M"". Vaux applys to be admitted as one of the Grave 
Diggers 

M^ Barrass Wife of one Barrass from N. York, a Province 
Poor applys to the Selectmen for Relief, being near her time hav- 
ing one Child, and her Husband absconded. ^V. William White 
an Overseer was directed to supply her at the Pi'ovince Charge. 

Town Clerk directed to issue his Warrant for March Meeting 
the 8. of :\LTrch Ins'. 

Voted, that Deacon Newell & M'. Scollay be a Comm'^'^. to 
desire the Rev*^. M'. Pemberton to open the Meeting with 
Praver. 



SeiiECtmen's Minutes, 1773. 167 

Cap*. Curtis of Engine N". 8. presents William Corbet as an 
Engine Man in the room of John Lovering out of health who was 
accepted. 

Voted, that M^ Thomas htive the printing of the Notification 
for Town Meeting. 

[246.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
10 1773. Present. Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

M', Eyres, Greanleaff & M'. Josiah Collins, apply'd to be Con- 
stables of the Watch at New Boston. 

The Selectmen having heard Cap'. Waters and M"". Adjutant 
Dows relative to the Hall, it was determined that they should each 
have the Hall two Nights, in a Month, the Adjutant to have the 
first Monday Night. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 17. 1773. 
A.M. Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

The Schooner Drake, Cap'. Groce from Maryland beiug 

stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox, the master 

Reports that his Lading consists wholly of Coru and . and 

that he has no thing liable to infection on board, whereupon, 
Voted, that he may be permitted to come up to Town & that the 
following be sent his Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Drake Cap'. Groce from Maryland having 

been stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox, we 
have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel and are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with safety to 
the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newell 
Samuel Austin 
Boston March 17 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 17. 1773. 
P. M. Present, Mess^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Mar- 
shall, Pitts. 

Upon application, M^ Adjutant Daws was permitted to make 
use of tlie Hall for the exercising the Sergeants of tlie Regiment, 
the two last [347.] Thursday Evenings in a Month. 

M''. Sprague this Day delivered up the Key of the Shop he 
Rented, situated near the Consert house. 

The Shop was Rented to M^ Daniel Parks for Three 3 pounds 
six Shillings & 8'^. p. annum and the Town Clerk is directed to 
draw a proper Writing for him to sign. 



16<S CiTv Document No. 42. 

M'. Greanleaff Constable was directed t > purchase a Staff of 
M'. Salmons Widow which he supposed might be sold for about 
8/ and to bring in a Bill for the same, when purchased. 

Mess"". Miuot, «& Oliver & Joseph V'ose apply to hire Deer 
Ish^nd of the Town. 

Peter Meloy a sick Stranger was sent to the Almshouse to be 
supported at the Province charge, he having nothing to support 
himself. Order on M'. Farmer the Keeper of the Almshouse was 
signed by M'. ScoUay & Coll". Hancock two of the Selectmen & 
M^ William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

M'. Paul Farmer was directed to permit M'. John Pierce to go 
out of the House Days in order to find an employ for the support 
of himself and Family, he being now recovered from his disorder. 

Passed upon two of M^ Paul Farmers Province Accounts 
amounting to £. 550- 15- 3 1/4 and £. 42- 6. G. as p. Copys on file. 

Cap'. Gibbins Sharp Master of P^ngine N". 2. apply'd to the 
Selectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing 
their Engine to work first on the Fire which broke out at I\P. 
Lorings House in Middle Street, a few Weeks ago, which was 
granted — drawn for. 

The Selectmen having inquired into the Circumstances of the 
Small Pox in Maryland and Philadelphia, and finding there was 
no occasion to contiuue the pi'ohibition — the following was sent 
the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

Having enquired into the Circumstances of the Small Pox in 
Maryland & Philadelphia, were of [;^48.] Opinion there will 
he no further occasion to stop Vessels at the Castle which may be 
coming from those Places, and that the Prohibition may be now 
taken off if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Tim". Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, March 17, 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen March 24, 1773 
Present Mess^\ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Mr. Pratt applys to the Selectmen for the Widow of M'. Sam. 
Pratt, that she may have Deer Island for some time. 

RP. Paul Farmer was desired to discharge from the Almshouse 
one Patrick M'Clouglin a Province Poor. 

The Selectmen having received a Complaint from several Per- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. in9 

sons that a Comic Satirick Lecture called the Times was to be per- 
formed at Concert Hall — the Clerk was directed to apply to AP. 
Turner & acquaint him that it would be very disagreeable to the 
Inhabitants as well as contrary to Law, and that the Selectmen 
give him this notice to prevent a prosecution which would be the 
consequence of such a procedure. 

Cap'. Curtis informed that he had taken into a House of his as 
a Tenant, M'. Martin from Lynn. 

M'. William Sutton, master of Engine N". 7 api)lys to the Se- 
lectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town for playing first 
with their Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at the Court 
House — not granted to him. 

Voted, that he have a draft next draft Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1773. 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

[349], Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
7 p. bushel and 6**. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread -^ Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2 - 8 - 

A 4**. Ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh 3 - 8 - 

Bisket of a Copper price --- - 4-2- 

Coll°. Marshall appointed to lay some Sea Gravel on Essex Street. 

Mr. Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to permit 
one Thomas Eaton a Poor Strangei-, to leave the Almshouse in 
order to his returning back to Maryland 

Order signed by M'. Scollay and M'. Newell. 

M^ Carter having made application to the Selectmen for being 
admitted one of the Grave Diggers, in the room of M'. Thomas 
Williston deceased ; he was accordingly approved of ; as the Sex- 
tons of the Old Church had been ( h-ave Diggers for a long course 
of years. 

Cap'. Shubael Hews of Pmgine N". o apply s for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire which broke out at the Court House and Custom house — 
which were granted him. drawn for. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Land Leased to Bracket 
& others, on Fryday next, and at the same time to view the Forti- 
fication, which has been damaged in the late Storm. 

Gave Uriah Norcrost Orders as an Engine master. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen at M^ Wendells 
House he being confined at home by indisposition, Present Mess". 
Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Great and General Court having at their last Session 
passed an Act to regulate the Sale of Goods at Public Vendue 
and to limit the Number of Auchtioners, by which Act the Select- 
men of each Town or a major part of them at a meeting [350] 
called for that puri)ose are impowered from time to time by writ- 



170 City Document No. 42. 

ing under their hands to License some suitable Person or Persons 
for that [)urpose, not exceeding the number of four iu any Town 
within this Province, nor for any term of time exceeding one year 
fi'om the Day of granting such License —And whereas said Act 
is to commence and be iu force from and after the 31/ of Ahirch 
Instant ; the Selectmen have this Day taken the Subject matter of 
said Act into Consideration, and after m^iture deliberation thereon. 
Agreed, that Pour Persons should now be chose by a written Vote 
for this Town, and the Votes being accordingly given in and 
sorted, it appeared that Deacon IJenjamin Church, J\P. Joseph 
Russel, Cap'. Andrew Oliver and M"". William Greeuleaf, were 
chosen Vendue Masters for the Year ensuing. 

The above named Persons were then sent for, and attending ac- 
cordingly were informed by the Selectmen that they were chose 
into the OfHce of Vendue Master for the Town of Boston for the 
term of one year, under the limitations and I'estrictions of the 
aforementioned Act ; and that it was the desire of the Trade of 
the Town that they should confine themselves to the selbng of 
Goods, at Vendue only ; whereupon they voluntarily agreed and 
declared to the Selectmen that they would not sell an}- British or 
European Goods at private Sale, but at Auction or public Vendue 
only, during their continuance in the Otiice of Auchtioners to 
which they had been chosen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1, 1773. A.M. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

It was ordered that the Town Clerk deliver the [^51] Follow- 
ing License to Deacon Benjamin Church, and others, of the same 
tenor to the rest of the Auchtioneers — viz'. 

Joseph Russell, William Greenleatf & Audrew Oliver. 

Boston March 27. 1773 — 
M'. Benjamin Church 

Sir, Agreeable to the power and authority vested in us the Sub- 
scribers by an Act of the Great and General Court passed at their 
late Session for the regulating the Sale of Goods at public Ven- 
due ; We have appointed you one of the Four Auchtioneers for the 
Town of Boston and do hereby grant you full License to sell at 
Public Vendue, Auchtion or Out-cry in said Town, any Goods, 
Wares or merchandize whatsoever under the restrictions and limi- 
tations of said Act ; for the term of one year and no longer ; said 
term to commence from the thirty first of IMarch Instant ; not 
doubting but that you will in every respect conduct in this Business 
agreeable to Law, and as the Duty of your Office shall require — 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newkll 
Thomas IMarshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitis 

Selectmen of Boston 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 171 

Boston 8s. Al a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, April 1, — 177;>. 
P.M. Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Xewell, Austin, Pitts, 
Marshall 

Coll°. Hancock, M''. Wendell, & M'. Pitts, a C'omm'". to seethe 
Bank repaired in the Connnon and any other things done they may 
thmk proper. 

Voted, that the New Boston Bell be rung at 11. 1. & 9 OClock. 

[ii5'^.] The Selectmen took into consideration, the Vote of 
the Town for appointing a New Watch at West Boston, when M"". 
Towusend was appointed Constable of the Watch at New Boston 

— & Edward Saunders was appointed Constable of the North 
Watch in the room of M'. Townsend removed. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5, 1773. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Pitts 

There having been several Warehouses broke open and Goods 
taken out by some evil minded Persons who also attempted to set 
fire to those Stores, the following directions were given the Dock 
Constable of the Watch. Viz'. 

Boston April 5. 1773. 
M'. Edward Ireland 

There having been of late several Roberies committed and 
Houses broken open in the Night, accompanied with other alarm- 
ing Circumstances, it is therefore our Orders that you this Night 
(and for every Night untill you have orders to omit it") set two of 
your best Men alternately to Patrol all the Night among the Ware- 
houses of the Town Dock in order to detect such Villanies — 
In the Name & behalf of the Selectmen 

John Scollav 

&c. 

Orders of much the same tenor was also given M^ Burdick 
another Constable of the Watch. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7., 1773. 
Present, Mess*. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Pitts. 

M'. Foster and Capen two Persons of the Sect called Sande- 
manians attended and acquainted the Selectmen that they had 
lately lost their House of Worship by Fire — and therefore pray- 
ing that they might have the use of the North Lattin School upon 
Sabbaths — Liberty was accordingly granted, that for the present 
they might have the use of said School on the Sabbaths, untill 
they could ])rovid(' themselves with another Place of Worship 

— they i)aying all damages the School may receive by their use of 
it which they agreed to. 

[353.] M'. Franklyn master of Engine N". 9. attended & 
proposed Archibald Rainey, for his Engine Company in tlie room 
of John Melledge who has resigned — he w^as accordingly approved 
of. 

The Selectmen Reconsidered tlieir Vote ies[)ecuug a Constable 



172 City Document No. 42. 

of the New Boston Watch ; and appointed ]\r. John Torry Con- 
stable, he to have tlnee men under him — the following short direc- 
tions were given him. 

Boston April G. 177."). 
M^ John Torry 

The .Selectmen having appointed you Constable of the Watch at 
New Boston, Our directions are that you Patrole all the West part 
of the Town as far as Soiitwicks Coiut where M''. Pitts lives from 
thence down Sudbury Street and through the Street round by the 
Distill houses and so through all the West part of the Town — 
you will soon have Orders more full. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper 

Town Clerk. 

Passed upon the Towns Account with the Province for the 
charge of Boarding Nuising &''. Persons with the Small Pox also 
including several Articles for the Province Boat amounting to 
£. 147- 4- 7- as p. Copy on file. 

The Selectmen received the following Warrant from the Judge 
of Probate &". 

Suffolk Ss : Foster Hutchinson Esq. .Judge of Probate &c. 
To the Selectmen of Boston 
Greeting — 

You are hereby desired k>c impowered to examine into the con- 
dition and circumstances of Elder William Parkman an Inhabitant 
of Boston represented to me by his Friends to be a Non Compos 
Person, and you are to Report to me whether you are of 0|)iu- 
ion that he is an Idiot Lunatick or Non Compos Person or is ca{)a- 
ble of taking care of his Estate. 

Given under my hand & seal of Office this 19'. Day of March 
1773. 

F. Hutchinson 

[354.] The following Return was made on the Warrant. 

Boston April 7. 1773. 
In pursuance of the above Warrant we have visited Elder 
William Parkman, and inquired into his Circumstances and state 
of Mind and do Report That in our Opinion he is through Age and 
Infirmity so broken in Mind as renders him incapable of taking 
care of his Estate. 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy New^ell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Hon'''''. Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

Judge of Probate. 



Selectmen's Minutes, lit?,. 173 

]Major Paddock apply 'd to the Selectmen for Liberty to make a 
Scuttle tlirough the Roof of the Gun House in order to have a 
Platform to exhibit Fire works. 

Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Selectmen have agreed to have a Meeting with the Justices 
next Thursday Seven night being 22'^. Ins'. 3. OClock. P.M. 

Passed upon John Hutchinsons Province Account amounting as 
p. Copy on file to f . 2- 8- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that the Briggan- 

dine Cap'. Hozea which arrived here this Evening from 

Liverpool has had the Small Pox on board, notwithstanding which 
the Cap', has delivered a number of Letters, and suffered his Peo- 
ple & Passingers to leave the Vessel, without giving any notice to 
the Selectmen. 

[255.^ M''. Barret was directed to find him and require his 
attendance but he not being to be found, the following Letter was 
given M'". Hartley, the Selectmen having first Voted that the 
Brigg". should be sent down to the Island immediately. 

Boston April 17. 1773 
M^ Samuel Hartley — 

The Brigg". Cap'. Hosea from Liverpool who arrived 

this Evening having had the Small Pox on board since she left 
that City. We have ordered the Vessel to Rainsfords Island im- 
mediately -when you must examine into the Circumstances and 
Report the same as soon as you are able. We depend upon your 
taking proper care that no one leaves the Vessel or goes on board 
untill you have our permission. 

By Order of the Selectmen — 

William CoorER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M". Benjamin Gray applys for his Piond to be given up for 1773 
The Clerk w^as directed to deliver up the same. 

M^ Benjamin Henderson applys for the delivery of his Bond 
for 1771. The Clerk was directed to deliver up the same. 

Patrick Kelly apply'd to the Selectmen for their recommenda- 
tion to the Sessions that he may be appointed a Measure of Coal 
and Salt — and he was recommended accordingly. 

Robert Williams ai)plys to the Selectmen t^r liberty to set up 
Posts before his House — Liberty is accordingly granted provided 
it be done to the approbation of the Selectmen, and ColP. Mar- 
shall is appointed to view the Ground & give directions. 



174 CiTV Document No. 4i\ 

Boston Ss : At a Meoting of the Selectiueii April 24. IT?;]. 
Prest'iit Mess. Scollay, Newell, ^larshall, Pitts. 

I\P. George Betliune Owner of Briggandine Sea Nymph, Cap'. 
^P.Ewen master from Liverpool attended and informs that said 
Vessel left Liverpool about 40 Days ago and that some of the Sea- 
men — [^5(>.] [Living the Small Pox, the Vessel had stopt at 
Rainsfords Island 

Boston April 24. 177o. 
jM'. Samuel ILulley 

The Brigg". Sea Nymph Cap'. M'-'.Ewen from Liverpool, being 
stopt at Raiusfords Island ui)on account of the Small Pox being on 
board her. Our Orders are tiiat such Persons as have (he Distem- 
per, be removed to the Hospital as soon as it may be done with 
safety — those Persons who expect to be taken with it must be put 
into the Well-house. You must not puffer anyone to leave the Ves- 
sel or Island without our permission, nor allow any one to go on 
board without our liberty. You must take care in smoking & 
cleansing the Clothes &''. of the Passengers & others, and Report 
to us the true state of the V^essel, and the people on board who 
have had the Small Pox, are now under it, or expect to have the 
Distemper, and in everything behave with the utmost care and 
caution, and when we hear from you we shall give you further 
Orders. 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas IMaushall 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
P.S. You must have the advice of the Doctor as to removing 
the sick. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1773. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M'. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Ilosjjital at Rainsfords Island 
attended <t Reports — That three Persons in Cap'. JM'.Kwens Brigg. 
have the Small Pox, one of them near well; that that were re- 
moved to the Hospital on Y'esterday, and that there were no others 
liable to take the Distemper — that there was 6. Ham[)ers of 
Delph Ware between Decks ])eside Cables and Water Casks, 
that he had proceeded in smoking and cleansing the Vessel and 
has brought the Bedding and Clothing on Shore for airing and 
cleansing. That Cap'. Iloseas Vessel was so well cleansed and 
smoked, as that she niigiit be suffered to depart tlie Island with- 
out danger to the Inhabitants — wdiereupon the following Orders 
were given M\ Hartley ; and Petition to the Governor. 

Boston April 27. 1773. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had [257.] Smoked and 
cleansed the Briggn. Aurora Cap', llozea's Vessel so well as that 
she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the 
Inhabitants, you have our permit therefore, provided you are 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1778. 175 

satisfied for your charge and trouble. We expect you continue 
smoking and cleansing Cap'. M'-'.Ewens Vessel, and also the Bed- 
ding and Goods, you have received on shore — when any spare 
Clothes are smoked you must put them where they will be out of 
dangei of Infection, that the}' may serve for the Passengers to 
come up in when 3'ou shall have our jjermit ; We expect you con- 
tinue your caution and endeavors to free the Vessel and every 
thing from Infection, and Report to us your proceedures, when 
you will have our further Directions. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William CooPEit Town Clerk 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Aurora Cap*. Hozea from Liverpool having 
been stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox ; 
we have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, and are 
of opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with safety 
to the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

John Soollay 
Timothy Newell 
Thom**. Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston April 27. 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28, 1773. — 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread l)e set at Wheat at (3/6 p. 
Bushel & 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

[258.] A loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 

Rye meal nuist weigh " " " 

a 4''. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian meal must weigh " '• '• 

Bisket of a Copper price •• •■ " 

The Committee of Council apply'd for the use of Faneuil Hall 
to dine the Governor and Council on Election Day which was 
accordingly granted. 

Boston April 2.S. 1773 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

Our Orders to you are that you continue smoking Cap'. M'^.Ewens 
Vessel every Day, and when you had taken the Spare Sails and 
Hampers and every thing liable to Infection that was between 
Decks on shore, where they are to be kept as well as the mens 
clothes and Bedding and what else may be in the Cabbin liable 
to retain infection — the Vessel may then be permitted to leave 



176 City Document Xo. 42. 

the Island on Satturday those things mentioned before being left 
behind, but it will be best to come up with the Vessel on Satturday 
Night. Vou must observe that the People who come up in the 
\'essel have Clothes that have been well aired and cleansed — we 
depend upon your utmost care in every respect to prevent the 
Small Pox being communicated 

liy Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooi'ER Town Clerk 
P.S. You may permit Cap'. Dickey to take the Passengers & 
their Chests on board him. 

The Selectmen agreed with James How, Baker & Daniel Saun- 
ders, meal man — both of Roxbury, for all the Lands & Buildings 
that jNP. Thomas Bracket & others hired on the South side of the 
Neck, at the same rate ifc conditions, for one year — and the Town 
Clerk is directed to draw the Leases accordingly — to commence 
the "25 of March last. 

The Town Clerk is directed to draw upon the Town Treasurer 
to pay Jonathan Payson Esq. a late Collector his proportion of the 
Pi'eminm — for the year 176G. being £. 89. 16. .'}. agreeable to a 
Vote of the Town. March 10. 1772 drawn for. 

[259.] Cap'. Waters attended, and desired the use of the 
Hall for his Company every Monday Evening, as Cap'. Waters 
informs that M'. Adjutant Daws & the Sergeants have done with it. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29. 177o. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

May it please your Excellency 

The liriggaudine Sea Nymph Cap'. ]\P' Ewen from Liverpool 
liaving been stopt at Raiusfords Island on Account of the Small 
Pox ; we have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, 
and are of opinion she has been so well cleansed as that she may 
be permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants, 
Satturday next, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excelleucys 

Most obedient 

Humble Serv''. 

John Scollay 
TiMoiMY Newell 
Thomas IMaushall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston April 29', 1773 
His Pvxcelleucy Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

The Selectmen having received a Precept for the calling a Meet- 
ing for the choice of Representatives, have Agreed to hold a 
Meeting of the Town on Wednesday the 1.5' Day of May next, 
and that the Town Clerk issue his Warrants accordingly. 



SELErT:MEx's Minutes. 177o. 177 

Coll". Marshall & M'". Austin a Committee to desire the Rev''. 
M''. Mather to open the Town Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted, that Joseph Greenleaff E^^q. hare the printing of the 
Notifications, for the Town Meeting. 

[260.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April .'50, 
1773. Present, Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

The Selectmen having had application made them by the Bakers 
for an alteration of the Assize, from what it was fixt at two Days 
ago. It was agreed to & 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread he set at Wheat at G/S p. 
bushel and Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4^ Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal 
rmust weigh 2- 4 

a 4"^. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian INIeal nnist 

weigh .-....-- 3-" 

Bisl\et of a Copper price --- 4-5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen ^lay 12"\ 1773. 
Present, ]Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M^ Haggles directed to Shingle M^ Procters School House in 
Queen Street. 

Deacon Newell has lent p. order of the Selectmen to Cap*. 
Thomas Cartwright of Boston, Sixty pounds lawful money, for 
which a deed of Mortgage has been taken as security, which to- 
gether with a Bond is upon the File of Brookers Papers, the said 
money being part of said Bookers Donation. 

this was the £. 60. which was p''. by Onesiphorons Tilestons 
Heirs for said Tilestons Bond. 

M^ William Miller appl3's for liberty to place Posts before his 
House in Kill)y Street, Libert}' was granted, provided the ground 
& Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen — 
Coll". Marshall appointed to direct in the placing &". 

The Selectmen have Agreed with M'. William Miller to remove 
the Timber on the Neck which encumbers the same under the 
direction of Coll°. Marshall. 

Cap'. Ballard of Engine N". 1 . presents John Richards, as an 
Enginemau in the room of John Brown who declines serving. 

[261.] Boston, May 12, 1773. 

M"^. Daniel Davis 

Sir, Not having heard from you since the Letters sent you of 
February 1773, we apprehend it may have miscarried, as Joseph 
Otis Esq. to w'hom we have mentioned the affair gives you the 
character of a Man of Honor. We have therefore sent you a 
Copy of said Letter as above, and if you think differently let us 
know it as we would choose to hear from you before Your Town 
is appW'd to, for your Sons Expence. 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

William Coopli;, Town Clerk. 



178 City Document No. 4l'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13"'. 1773. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Nev/ell, Marshall. Au^^tin, Pitts. 

Boston 8s: At a meeting of the Seleetmen May 1'.*,"'. 1773. 
Present, Mess'. Scollav, Newell, Marshall. Austin. 

John Studson applys for Liberty to Open a Drain in Greens 
Lane Liberty is granted [novided he lays down the Pavement 
again to the aprobation of the Selectmen. 

Yesterday John Rowe Esq. waited on the Selectmen iSi: Informed 
them that a Sloop belonging to him Late Commanded by Cap'. 
Whitmarsh had Stop'd at Kainsfords Island having had the Small 
Pox on her Passage from Liverpool that the Captam died on the 
passage & that four other Persons have had the distemper — 
but are recovered. M^ Hartly being in Town the Selectmen gave 
him orders to take everything from under Deck Smoak c^ Cleanse 
the Vessell well & then report to the Selectmen that he Suffer no 
Person to Come from the Island nor no Person to go on it Avith- 
out the Selectmens permission that he brings up what Letters are 
on board the Vessell after having Sufllcienth- Smoak'd them. 

May 13"'. 

[2(52.] Whereas it appears to the Selectmen that there is no 
provision made in the Law for the restriction they layd the 
Auctiouers under in March last at the Instance of the Trade of 
the Town & as it is probable the General Court at their approach- 
ing Session will take up the Matter they have therefore Voted that 
the Restriction be taken off. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of thi- Selectmen May 15, 1773. 
Present. 

M^ Samuel Hartley by his Wife attended and Reports that 
Daniel Davis & Benjamin Toby who have been confined at the 
Hospital on Account of the Small Pox are perfectly recovered tfc 
may leave the Island with safety, and one Seth Storer belonging 
to Saco 

Boston, ]May 1."), 1773. 
M'. Sanuiel Hartley 

M". Hartley having Rei)orted to the Selectmen that Daniel 
Davis & Benjamin Toby who came in Cap'. M*^ Eweu have been 
confined at your Island by the Small Pox are perfectly recovered 
from that Distemper & that they may without any danger be per- 
mitted to leave the Island, it is therefore the order of the Select- 
men that 3'ou permit them to leave the Island being first sufficiently 
cleansed & a fresh shift of Clothes put on them, provided you are 
satisfied as to the charge you have Ix'cn at, their Clotiies Bedding 
iSc''. must remain on the Island. 

By Order C)f the Selectmen 

WiijjAM CooPEii Town Clerk. 

P.S. Seth Storer belonging to Saco may go home on the same 
condition 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28, 1773. 
Present, Mess". 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 179 

Boston, May 28, 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that you have sufficiently 
smoked &, cleansed the Sloop St. John [263.] Cap'. Whitmarsh 
late Master and have taken everything out of her liable to retain 
Infection, it is our Orders that you suffer her to leave the Island 
& the People who come in her, provided you are satisfied as ta 
their Expeuce, but not to take their Bedding & Clothes for the 
present, see that they have a fresh shift of Clothes. 

A Petition of the usual teuor was sent the (Jovernor. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29, 1773. 
Present, Mes^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Information given of Capt. Hood in the Ship Lydia from Lou- 
don, which place she left 6 Weeks ago & that about six Weeks 
past a Person died of the Small Pox — She is stopt at Rainsfords 
Island & Orders were given Hartley as is usual ou such occasions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May :)\ , 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay. 

M^ Hartley Reported that Cap'. Hoods Vessel has been so well 
smoked and cleansed, that she might be permitted to come up 
with safety — A Letter was accordingly given M^ Hartley with 
the necessary directions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. June 2**., 177;>. 
A.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshtill, Pitts. 

M". Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had agreal)le to our orders 
smoked and cleansed the Ship Lydia & taken out every thing 
from between Decks on shore, and done ever}^ other thing neces- 
sary, so that she may be permitted to come up to Town without 
endangering the Inhabitants. It is our Orders that you permit 
her to leave the Island, but you must retain the two men that 
have not had the Distemper, till Saturday Night. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

William Coopek Toavu Clerk. 

A Certificate of the usual tenor was given Hartley for the 
Governor to permit the Ship to come up. 

[264.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2'^. 
1773. P.M. Present, Mess. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at wheat at 6/6 p. 
Bushel and b'' p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Uj. oz. dv. 

A 4<i. Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat & 1/4 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 4- 

A 4''. Ditto not above 1/2 Indian must weigh 3- 0- 
Bisket of a Copper price 4- 6- 



180 City Document No. 42. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £. 20. Pounds. 

John Stutson applys to tlie Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain before his House in Greens Lane. Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted provided tlie Ground is made good & the Pavement 
restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9. 1773 — 
Present, Mess". Newell, Marshall, Austin, l^itts. 

]\I^ Shubael Ilewes IMaster of Engine N". 5. — having presented 
Daniel Ingersol J^n^ as an Engine man for their Company he was 
according!}' accepted. 

The Selectmen recommend John Loring to the Sessions as a 
Measurer of Salt »Sc Coal in the I'oom of James Eyres deceased. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June IG, 1773, 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, JNIarshall. 

Boston Ss : At a INIceting of the Selectmen June 23''. 1773. — 
Present, Mess". Scollay. Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Upon complaint made by Cap*. Dalton & m^ Bass th:it the 
Chimnie of a House in JoUitTs Lane occupied by John Tucker were 
insufficient & dangerous — A Warrant was issued impowering 
Maj'. Daws & Jacob Horner to examine the same & make return. 

[265.] Passed upon John Hntchinsons Province Account 
amounting as bv Account on file to t'. 2. y. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, June 25, 1773 — 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, MarsluUl, Austiu, Wendell, Pitts. 

Application was this Day made to the Selectmen by John Bar- 
ret Esq. ]\r. Samuel Sloan & James Bailey complaining that Cap'. 
Hall has built on an encroachment that he has made on Link Alley 
whereby great destruction is made by the narrowness of the way 
for Carriages &*-". and desire that the Selectmen would take some 
legal method that the Lane may be as wide as it has heretofore 
been. 

M^ Wi])irt comi)lained that he had bought a Servants time of 
Cap'. Hemory who ai)pears to be a cripi)le & therefore desired 
that the Captain may be called upon for the security usually re- 
quired of those who bring in disabled Persons — whereupon Cap'. 
Whitwortli was sent for who confirmed the Account of her being a 
Cripple — Cap'. Heniery attended, and then engaged to take the 
Girl again & carry her with him to Newfoundland. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Pitts. 

M*". Thomas Amory ( )wner of the Sloop Molly attended & Re- 
])orts. That he has a number of Dutch Peoi)le two of whom 
^'esterday were observed to have the Small Pox out upon them 
>vhereni)on the following Letters Avere wrote. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. l.si 

Boston, Juiu" 27. 1773. 
M''. Samuel Hartley 

The Sloop Molly Cap'. Rogers from Philadelphia lieing ordered 
to Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox. Our Orders 
are that you take on shore all the Passengers Bedding & Clothing, 
and then smoke the Vessel, and when you have done it faithfully 
Report to us the same when you will have our further directions. 
You must keep those who are to have the Small Pox separate 
from each other. [?i6(>.] As some may not have taken the Dis- 
temper 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk. 

Boston June "27, 1773 
Cap'. Rogers 

You being ordered to the Island on Account of the Small Pox 
we have given IVF. Hartley directions to receive all the Passengers 
on '^hore together with the Bedding Clothing &c. when he is to 
smoke the Vessel and then to Report to us his proceedings after 
which he will receive our orders from coming up. 
liy Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopei; Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a JNIeeting of the Selectmen, June 2^' 1773 — 
Present 

The Petition of the following tenor was sent the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Molly Captain Rogers from Philadelphia hav- 
ing been ordered to Rainsfords Island on account of the Small 
Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel and 
are of Opinion she may be permitted to leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

John vScollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 

ySelectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 30, 1773. 
Present. Mess. Scollay, Austin, Hancock, Newell, AVendell, 
Marshall, Pitts. 

[267.] Cap'. Franklyne of Engine N". 9. pro[)osed Samuel 
Townsend as an Engine man in the room of Benjamin Burdit, 
who was accordingly accepted. 

Deacon Newell received of John Grant & Son four pounds as 
Interest on Bookers Bond. 

Voted, that there be a \'isitation of' the Free Schools in this 



182 



City Document No. 42. 



Town on Wednesday tlie 7'. of July next and that the following 
(lentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notified to attend at the Selectraens Chamber at 8. 
o Clock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on the 
Visitation. 

The Hon'''^ John h>rving Esq. 

James Bowdoin Esq. 
James Pitts 
D". Winthrop 
The Representatives of the Town 
The Overseers of the Poor. 
The Town Treasurer. 
The Rev"^. Charles Chauncey DD. 
Mather Byles DD 



Inches Mason 
Coll". Jackson 
M^ Hill 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 
Cap*. Eortesqne Vernon 
Cap'. Soloman Davis 
Henjaniin Kent 
Josepli Scott Esq. 
Cap'. John Bradford 
Andrew P21iot DD. John Adams Esq. 

Samuel Cooper DD. Moses Gill 

Ebenezer Pemberton DD. D". Noyes 

Sanmel Mather Jonathan Amory 

Jolm Hurst D^ Benj^ Church 

John Bacon Cap'. Mackay 

M^ Lothrop D'. Bulfmch 

W. Howard D'. Greenleafif 

M^ How M^ Josiah Quincy 

M^ Gorden John Phillips 

William Paine M^ Henry Bromfield 

John Leach D'. Warren 

Benj^ Goodwin Major Daws 

John Boynton Michael Florner 

Samuel Eliot Henry Laughton 

John Scollay ColP. Erving 

Thomas Brattle Cap'. Fenton 

John Miffling William Dennie 

Nath'. Appleton William MoUeneaux 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel & 6d./ p. Bushell be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Cliarges Pains ifc Livelihood which is computed as follows 
— Vi^z'. — 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'^. Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye meal 

must weigh 2— 4- 

a 4''. Ditto not above 1/2 Lidian Meal must weigii 3- 

Bisket of a Coppi-r price- --------------- 4-12 

[208.] Cap'. Samuel Sloan of Engine N». 10. apply'd to the 
Selectmen for the Premiums allowed by the Town for bringing 
their Engine to work first at the Fires which broke out at Suin- 
ners in Cold Lane & at Edwards Shoj). 

Voted, that he have a draft for 2<)/8. in this Months draft. 

Ordered that Hutchinson & Bryant have a draft for £10. on 
account of paving, drawn for £. 10. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 5, 1773. 
Present, Newhall, Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 



Selectmen's Minutes. 177H. 183 

Boston Ss : A.t a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7, 177)). 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Visitation of the Schools in this Town maintained by the Pub- 
lick, which were found to be in good order. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July '.', 1773. 
Present, Mess. .Scollay. Hancock. Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Isaac Winslow applys to the Selectmen for liberty to lay a 
Drain from his Distill house in Cold Lane to the Mill Pond for his 
particular service — Liberty was accordingly granted, provided 
the Ground is made good & the Pavement restored to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen. 

The Selectmen take into consideration the late Act of the 
General Assembly impowering the Selectmen to make an addition 
of one or more V^endue masters not exceeding Six. 
■ and the further consideration is referred to Wednesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15,"'. 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newhall, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, & 
Pitts. 

ColP. Marshall. Wendell ct Pitts appointed a Comittee to 
view M"^. Tuckers Chimney in Jolliffs Lane. 

[369.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 
21, 1773. Present, Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Committee appointed to Survey lAP. John Tuckers Chimnies 
Reported, that having carefully examined said Chimnies, it is 
their Judgment concerning them ; that they are insufticieut and 
dangerous. 

The Copy of said Warrant for y' Survey, is as follows Viz'. 

Boston June [? J'w?^?] 23^ 1773. 
To Thomas Daws Esq. and M'. Jacob Horner — 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a House 
in Jolliffs Lane occupied by John Tucker are insufficient and 
dangerous — We desire & impower you to survey the Same & 
Report to us your Judgm-^nt concerning them — 

John Scollay 
Thom^. Marshall. 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston July 25, 1773. 
M"^ John Tucker 

Upon Complaint made by a number of the Lihabitants of the 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House owned and occu- 
pied by your self ; we issued our Warrant for a Survey ; a Copy 
of the return made on said Warrant vou have above .\greeable to 



184 City Document No. 42. 

llie directiou of the Law in thnt case made and provided we 
hereby warn you not to inakt> any Fire or to suffer any to be made 
in said Cliimnies till the defects are cured either by a — mending 
rei)airing or rebuilding said Cliimnies as you would avoid the 
penalty of said Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coori:K Town Clerk 
The great and General Court having at their last Session im- 
powered the Selectmen to make an addition to the present [l^TO.] 
V'endee Masters, provided they do not exceed the number of Ten 
in all. Moses Deshon Esq. Cap'. John Bradford Esq. m'. Robert 
(Jould, m^ William Hunt, m". William Fallass & m"". Martin 
Bicker were chosen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. July 23'^. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scoliay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M''. Hartley' attended and informs that the Schooner Volant 
Cap'. Nathan Leach from Dominica, arrived at Kainsfords Island 
the 22'^ Instant with the Small Pox on board, the Captains Pock 
has been tiu'iied two or three Days, the Mate & one of the hands 
have had it before, there is four of the hands still to have the 
Distemper. Cargo consists of Molasses, and Cotton Wool. 

The following directions were given J\P. Samuel Hartley 

Boston July 23". 1773, 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Volant Cap'. Nathan Leach being stopt at 3'our 
Island on account of the Small Pox which broke out after they left 
Dominica. Our directions are that you take the four hands on 
board liable to have it into the Well house on the Island and you 
are to receive the sick into the Hospital when its proper for them 
to be put on shore. The Cotton must be all taken on shore for 
cleansing and airing, and the Vessell must be smoked as soon as 
the sick are out of her, let no Persons come on board or leave the 
Schooner without our liberty — Report to us your proceedings & 
you will then have our further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

\YiLLiAM Cooper Town Clerk 

P.S. All the People on the Island who hnve been cleared of 
the Small Pox. may be permitted to leave the Island, provided 
they have a fresh shift of Clothes & proceed to the East- 
ward — the two Dutch Men may come up Ih'st — to-morrow if they 
chuse it. 

July 2P'. The Persons, chosen as \'endue Masters had Licences 
delivered to them of the following tenor, excepting Cap'. Bradford 
who declines excei)ting the ottice. Viz'. 

Boston July 27. 1773 
jNIoses Deshon Esq. 

Agreable to the power cK: authority vested [1271.] In us the 
Subscribers by two Acts of the (-ireat & General Court passed at 
their late Sessions for the regulating the Sale of Goods, at publick 



Selectmen's Minutes, 177.'). • 185 

Vendue. We have appointed you one of the Auchtioners for the 
Town of Boston and do hereby grant you full Licence to sell at 
publick Vendue Auction or Out-cry in said Town any Goods Wares 
& Merchandize whatsoever under the restrictions & limitations 
of said Acts for the term of one year and no longer, said term to 
commence from the thirty-lirst of March last not doubting but that 
you will in every respect conduct in this Business agreable to Law, 
and as the duty of your Office shall require. 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 28, 1773, 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat & 6/ p. — & 
that G''. p. bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood whicli is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4'!. Loaf of Browni Bread V^ Wheat 'A Eye Meal nuist 

weigh ------------.-- 2-4 

A 4^^. ditto not above V2 Indian Meal must weigh - - 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price -... 4-12 

M^ Collector Hollyda}^ having produced the several Treasurer's 
Receipts for the Tax of 1771 — the Town Clerk w^as directed to 
deliver him up his Bond for said year. 

Passed upon Bowles & Luckis's Province Account amounting to 
£. 3. 6. 8. — as p. Copy on file. 

[373.] Boston July 28, 1773. 

M"". Samuel Hartley 

Sir — You having Reported to us that the Dutch People and 
their Children are now well cleansed from the Small Pox, and 
that their Bedding Clothing &c. are also well aired & smoked. 
Our directions are that you bring them upon the Morrow to the 
Hospital at New Boston under the care of m'". Darrington 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Voted, that W. Robert Pierpoint have a draft on the Town 
Treasurer for £. 40. 

& Hutchinson & Bryant a draft for £. 10. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 30, 1773 — - 
Present — 

jM''. Hartley having Reported that the Schooner Volant. Cap'. 
Nathaniel Leach from Dominica with the Small Pox had been so 
well smoked & cleansed as that she might come up to Town 
with safety to the Inhabitants — the following Letter was sent M"". 
Hartley & a Certificate to the Govern 

Boston July 29. 1773. 
M"'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Volent Cap'. Na- 
than Leach has been so well smoked tk cleansed as that she may 



186 CiTv Document No. 42. 

be permitted to leave tlie Island with safot}'. Our Orders are 
that you permit her to come up with the Molasses, but with 
nothing- else liable to ret-iin infection such as Cotton Clotiies Bed 
Bedding etc. you being first satisfied for your charge. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

[273.] J\Iay it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Volant Cap'. Nathan Leach from Domenica stopt 
at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox, we are of 
opinion has been so well smoked & cleansed as that he may be 
permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants if 
your Excellency thinks proper. We are 
Your Excellencys 
Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston July 29. 1773. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston S8. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 4, 1773. 
Present Mess'■^ Scollay, Marshall, Wendell 

M^ John Lambert hired the Towns Wharff by the North Bat- 
tery at Twelve pounds p. Annum to leave an open way to the 
Battery, and to put down two Posts at Iiis own charge. 

M^ Curtis presented Benjamin Vesey, Nathaniel Bradley & 
Thomas Wheeler as suitable Persons for his Engine Comi)any John 
Crosley, Joseph Ford Samuel Hodsden & John m^Fadden having 
been discharged as Engine Men. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10, 1773. 
A.M. Present Mess'. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Mar- 
shall, Pitts, Wendell 

Agreed to visit Deer Island Fryday next. Boat to set off from 
Wheelwrights Wharf. 8. OClock. 

[274.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10 
1773 P.M. Present Mess'. Scollay, "Hancock, Newell, Marshall. 
Austin, Pitts. 

Passed ut)on the Petitions for Retailers of Spiritous Liquors, 
and Inholders in this Town as by List on tile. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 11 1773. 
Present Mess. Scolhiy, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M^ Tliomas Crafts Sen"", appointed a Sealer of AYood in the 
room of M"". (or nlaj^) Goldthwait removed out of Town. 

]\r. Curtis Master of Engine N — , proposed John Gridley as 
an Engine man for his Company, who was accordingly accepted 
by the Selectmen. 



BOOK FIFTEEN. 



[1.] Boston 8s : At a meeting of the .Selectmen Aug^ 16, 
1773. Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

M^ Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Kainsfords 
Island, having Reported that Cap'. Nathan Leach who has had the 
Small Pox, is now so well cleansed as that he might be permitted 
to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants, together with 
his Mother who attended him tV: their Clothing Bedding &c. — tlie 
following Orders were delivered him. 

Boston Aug. 16, 1773. 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Cap'. Nathan Leach has been so 
well smoked & cleansed since his recovery from the Small Pox to- 
gether with his Clothing Bedding &c. as that he may be permitted 
to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants — Our Orders 
are that you continue to air & cleanse him together with the 
Clothing &c. untill Thursday when you may permit him & also his 
Mother to go for Beverly where they belong. We depend upon 
your utmost care and caution with respect to your management 
that the Infection still at the Hospital may not be commu- 
nicated — Cap'. Leach will satisfy you for the Expence he has 
occasioned. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 18. 1773. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Haucock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The following Commissioner was given M^ Thomas Crafts ap- 
pointed a Sealer of Wood for the North part of the Town — Viz'. 

[3,] Boston Ss. 
To Thomas Crafts of Boston Gentleman 
Greeting 

Whereas in and by an i\ct of the Province of Massachu- 
setts Bay, made & passed at the Session of the Great & Gen- 
eral Court held by prorogation on the 29"' Day of December 
1758, Entitled an Act to prevent fraud in Cord Wood exposed 
to Salt, We the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
are duected and impowered to appoint some meet Persons to be 
measurers and Sealers of Wood, and such Fees or Allowance for 
their Service as we shall .Judge reasonable. 

Pursuant therefore to said Law we hereby Appoint you the said 
Thomas Crafts to be a measurer and Sealer of all Fire-Wood, or 
Wood designed for Fewell commonly called Cord-Wood, that 
shall be brought by Water for Sale and lanied on Barretts Wharff 



188 City Document No. 42. 

or any other Whartf or place to the Northward thereof; And you 
are in all things to conform to the direction of the Act aforesaid, 
and also an Act passed at a Session of the General Court in 1772 
— whereto your otHce hath relation. And you are to render to us 
when requested an exact account of all Fines & Forfeitures that 
shall arise by virtue of said Acts. And we here by appoint the 
Fees or Allowance for measuring &c. One Penny half penny for 
each Cord, which you are to receive & no more. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
Boston August 11, 1773. 

[3.] M^ Treasurer Jetfries was desired to advance £. 3-3-4 
to Mr. Thomas Moore, as he is to have a draft next draft Day. 

Cap'. William Sutton of Engine N". 7. presented John Grif- 
fith & Benjamin Ilortou as Engine Men in the room of Jonathan 
Rogers & William Ilearsey — and they were accordingly accepted. 

A Certificate of this Date was given the Town Treasurer, by 
the Selectmen, acknowledging he had paid to several Persons 
whose Accounts were included in M^ Sam. Hartleys Province 
Account to the amount of £. 62-14-3''. & the Warrant Hartley 
received of the Province Treasurer £. 147. 4-7- in his favor 
being endorsed to M^ Treasurer Jeffries the balance on said 
Warrant being £. 84. 10.4. — is to be carried to the Credit of 
the Town Treasury by said Town Treasurer in the Towm Books. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write Judge Oliver & Coll". 
Miller, that unless the money is paid or security is given for the 
Sums they are indebted on Bond to the Estate of the late ]\P% 
Brooker, which falls into the hands of the Selectmen as Trustees 
for poor Widows tfe*^. — said Bonds will be put in suit at October 
Court. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 25, 1773. 
Present Mess''^ ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, AVendell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat @ 5/6 p. 
bushel & that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'.^ 

A 4''. Loaf of Brown Bread a Wheat ^ Rye Meal 

must weigh - - - - - - - 2-4- 

A 4''. ditto not above .J Indian Meal must weigh - - 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price - - - - - -5-2- 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the »Selectmen Aug'. 26, 1773. 
Present Mess. ScoUav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts, 
Wendell. 

[4.] The Selectmen having considered of the I'equest of a 
number of the Butcliers for the Stalls lately occupied by M^ 
Sherley deceased. Agreed that M^ Joseph Smith should have 
said Stalls. 

A dispute having arisen between Willitun Hyslop Esq. & M". 



Selectmen's ]\Iinutes, 1773. 189 

Aguis Procter & John Procter, relative to the Line or Bounds 
of their Land near Concert Hall — 

Mess"^'. Thomas Crafts, John Joy, Samuel Dyer, John Knee- 
land & Samuel Ruggles were appointed to settle and Adjust the 
Line between them & a Warrant was issued of the following 
tenor and form — 

Boston August 2(3, 1773. 
To Mess"^*. Tliomas Crafts, Jolm Kneeland, John Joy, Samuel 
Dyer, & Samuel Ruggles — Greeting 

Whereas a difference has arisen between William Hyslop Esq. 
& M'^ Agnis Procter & ^P. Procter relative to tlie Line or Bounds 
of their Land near the Orange Tree or Concert Hall. 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of the Province we have ap[)oiated 
and do hereby impower you the said Crafts, Kneeland, Joy, 
Dyer, it Ruggles to go upon the Premises, view tlie same, hear 
the Partys contending and Adjust settle & layout the Line be 
tween them as to you shall then appear to be Just and equitable. 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newel 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27, 1773 
Present, Mess'". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M''. Jacob Bates a famous Horsman, attended & craves leave 
of the Selectmen to erect a Fence in tiie Common which will in- 
close about 160 feet of Ground in order to show his feats m 
Horsmanship — his request was not granted. 

[5.j Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for Twenty 
pounds lawful Money — drawn for in last Draft. 

Upon complaint of the Bakers August 2(j' that the price of 
Flour was higher then it had been set In the last Assize, the 
Selectmen made enquiry as to the price of Flour & the 
quantity of Wheat at market, and finding the Bakers, had cause 
of complaint. 

Ordered., that the assize of Bread be altered, and that the 
same be now set at Wheat at G/ p. bushel & that 6'^. p. Bushel 
be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, 
which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4''. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal 

must weigh ...--. _ 2- 4- 

a 4''. ditto not above i luuum meal must weigh - - 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price - - - ■• - -4-12 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug', 28, 177."> 
Present, Mess, Scolla}^ Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M''. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island at- 
tended and Reports That Yesterday the Schooner Eagle George 
Bruce, master, belonging to ColP. Lee of Marblehead, came to 



190 City Document jS'o. 42. 

the Island from a Fishing Voyage, having the Small Pox ou 
board, wiiich Distem|)er they received before they left Marble- 
head — they have 9 hands on board, all sick of tlie disorder ; one 
they buried before they arrived — the following Oiders were given 
the Keeper of the Hospital — Viz*. — 

Boston August 28, 1773 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Eagle George Bruce Master owned by Coll". Lee 
of Marblehead being now at your Island with the Small Pox — 

Our Orders are that you take all the People on shore and use 
your utmost endeavors to prevent a communication of the Dis- 
temper ; you must tlierefore suffer no People to go on board the 
Schooner, and good care must be taken of any who are not fit to 
be removed on shore — Report the state of things as soon as you 
can. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeh Town Clerk 

[6.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 1. 
1773. Present, Mes3^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sel)tenl^ (>, 1773. 
Present, Mess"'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M^ Hartley Keeper of Ramsfords Island Hospital having Re- 
ported to us that the Schooner Eagle George Bruce master has 
been so well smoked as that she may leave the Island with safety, 
the following Orders were sent the Keeper of said Hospital, 
viz'. 

Boston Septem^ 5. 1773. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

Yon having Reported to us that the Schooner Eagle George 
Bruce master sent to your Island on Account of the Small Pox, 
has been so well smoked and cleansed as that she may leave the 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants — Our Orders are that you 
permit Cap'. John Lee of Marblehead to take said Vessel from the 
Island you being first satisfied for the Expence you have been put 
to in cleansing &". and if any of the People who are recovered 
from the Distemper are in your Opinion so well aired and cleansed 
5is that they may come otf without (larger of carrying any Infec- 
tion you may permit tiiem provided they have a fresh suit of 
Clothes, and you are satisfied for your Expence and trouble. 

John Scollay 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 

A Letter was sent Coll". Lee covering a Copy of Orders given 
M'. Hartley. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem^ -s. 1773. 

Present, Mess""'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. Hancock. 

The Ciark is directed to insert S;imuel .lohnson .Tonnlliiu Urowii 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1778. 191 

and Joseph Brad fords name in the Warrant to settle the [T.] Line 
between j\P. Hyslop and the Procters Laud, together with 
Thomas Crafts & Samuel Dyer, they or any three of them to 
settle the same and Keport. 

Boston 8s : At a -Meetiug of the Selectmen Septem"". 14, 1778. 
Present, Mess^ Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell. 

M^ James Barter appeared and gives information that a Fish- 
ing Schooner owned by Joshua Orne of Marblehead, from Canseau 
buried her Master John Dolliver of the Small Pox August 6'. and 
is now at Rainsfords Island on account of that Distemper, where- 
upon the following Orders were given the Keeper of tlie Hospi- 
tal- 
Boston Septem'. 14', 1773. 
]\P. Samuel Hartley, 

The Schooner John Dolliver late Master owned by 

Joshua Orne of Marblehead, stop', at your Island on account of 
Small Pox brought in her from Caseau. Our orders are that you 
examine into the Circumstauces of said Vessel and Report the same 
as soon as you can when you will have our further Orders. 

You must smoke & cleanse the Vessel as usual. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem"". 15', 1773. 
Present, Mess'"^ Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell. 

The Clerk was directed to give M'. Thomas Moore an Order for 
Two pounds eight shillings on Acco'. of work done, to M"". Treas- 
urer Jeffries. 

\'oted, that M"". Sumner have a Lease of two Stalls N. 4. & 
N. 8. @ p. £. (mem*^. to inquire about Scales.) 

Agreed with Joshua Davis for a Cellar the North West Corner 
of the Town House @ £. 5 p. Annum, June 22''. 1773. 

Agreed with Henr}' Llyd Esq. for a Cellar at the South Side 
of the Town House, for £. (3. 13. 4. [). Annum, Aug'. 27', 1773. 
(see the 3*^. Page forward) 

[8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept. 21, 
1773. Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Clerk being absent & it being the time for dramng Six 
Petit Jurors for October Court the Selectmen proceeded to choose 
— the following Persons were drawn out of the Box — Cap. Jon". 
Davis Cap'. Rich''. Walker William Rogers John Ruggles Asa 
Stoddard Norton Brailsford 

M''. Ware one of the Watch at West Boston, waited on the Se- 
lectmen requesting that the Watcii House might be plaisterd to 
make it more comfortable — 

Voted that Deacon Newell View the House & see what is 
Necessary to be done & have it fortwith Effected — 

Application having been made to the Selectmen by M^ [Vox ?] 
for Sundry rejiairs at Deer Island & they having Sent down M^. 
More & M'. Tod to see what repairs are Necessary & they hav- 



1!)2 City DoruMEXT No. 4-2. 

ing reported an Estimate amounting to about £. 17. 0. £''. money 
they are therefore ordered to Compleat the Work as soon as may 
be tlie above Estimate is Exclusive of the Stuff that will be 
Necessar}'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Seleetibeu Sep^ 29, 177o. 
Present, ^Nless". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, "Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assiz e of Bread be set at "Wheat @ 6/ p. 
bushel, and that 6"^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4** Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat \ Rye meal 

must weigh - - - - - - - 2-4" 

a 4** Ditto not above h Indian meal must weigh 3 - " " 

Bisket of a Copper price ----- 4 " 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive one James Thompson, a poor Sick Stranger, who is not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, neither has he where 
withall to support himself — Order signed by M'. Seollo}^, & M^ 
Austin, two of the Selectnu'u. 

[9. J M'. Hancock & M'. Wendell appointed to order Repairs 
to the Pound & the Gun House. 

M'. Beals of Long Island informs that he has taken into his House 
one .lonathau Fesseuden his Wife & 2 Children. 

M'. Wendell desired to order Repairs to Master Lovels Wall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem^ 17. 177:^. 
Present, Mess'^ Scollay, Hancock, Marshall. Austin. 

M"". Samuel Hartley Keepei of the Hospital on Rainsfords 

Island having Reported that the Schooner John Dolliver 

late Master which has been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account 
of the Small Pox has been once smoked, but that the Clothes have 
not been yet taken on shoar — the folhiwinsr Orders were given him 
— Viz'— 

Boston, September 17, 1773. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You are hereby directed thoroughly to smoke and cleanse the 

Schooner John Dolliver late Master. Take all the Clothes 

and whatsoever else is liable to Infection on shore, smoke and air 
them well — If in your opinion the Schooner may with safety leave 
the Island on JNIonday the 20 Instant you have our permission to 
suffer her to depart, but be vei-y careful that nothing goes in the 
Vessel that has not been effectually aired. 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 

Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct^ 4, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay. Austin, Pitts, Marshall. 



Sklectmen'.s Minutes, 177.). 193 

M''. Samuel Hartley' Reported that John Trask & Joseph Pope 
who had been in the Well House three "Weeks discovered no [10.] 
Syuiptora of the Small Pox whereupon the following Orders were 
givea him — Viz*. — 

\^Foot-note on par/f 9 says — Gave Ihc Constahles of the Watrh 
Orders as on Jile.'] 

Boston, October 4, 1773. 
M''. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that two men wlio come in Cap'. 
Dollivei''s named John Trask & Joseph Pope who have been in the 
Well-house about three Weeks without discovering any Symptom of 
the Small Pox may be allowed to leave the Island with safety. 
Our directions are that you permit them to depart, being first sat- 
isfied for the charge they have occasioned 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William C()Orp:it Town Clerk 

The following was delivered the above named Persons for the 
Select men of Marblehead — Viz'. 

Boston October 4. 1773. 
Gentlemen 

The Bearers of this Mess : John Trask & Joseph Pope who 
came in Cap'. DoUivers Schooner having been confined in the Well 
house at Rainsfords Island for three Weeks past during which 
time HO one Symptom of the Small Pox has been discovered upon 
either of them. We have permitted said Persons to depart from 
the Island for Marblehead M'. Hartley as well :is ourselves imag- 
ining they may do it with safety to the Inhabitants. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Coopek Town Clerk. 

Gave the 6 Constables of the Watch, Orders dated 1' Ins', as p. 
Copys on file. 

Boston Ss : At a INteeting of the Selectmen, October 6, 1773. 
Present, Mess". ScoUav. Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen have appointed George Roulstou a Grave Digger 
iu the Chappel & Comniun Burying Grounds in the room of M^ 
Bond deceased. 

M''. Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz'. 
M'. Scollay & Deacon Newell, to receive into the Almshouse ou 
the Province Account one John Macgraw a sick Stranger [11.] 
who has not wherewithal! to support himself. 

Passed upon M". William Grays Province Account amount= by 
Copy on file to £3-8-8. 

M^ Hartley attended & informs the Selectmen that the 
Schooner Dolphin — Cap'. Newell from Turks Island with Salt 
last from Newbury Port, has been orderea there on account of the 
Small Pox — whereupon the following Orders were given him. 



li)4 City Docimknt No. 12. 

Boston Octo'". 6, 1773. 

M'. SamiK'l Hartley 

You liaviug Reportid lo us that the Sc-hooner Dolpliiii, Cap'. 
Newell from Turks Island last from Newbury Port has been sent 
to your Island on Account of the Small Pox which has been on 
board, Our orders are that you receive into the Well-house those 
Persons who have not had the Distemper but may have taken the 
Infection & then proceed in smoking the Vessel as in like Cases 
advising us of your Proceinlure when you will luive our further 
Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Coopkr Town Cleik. 

M'. Josiah Flag having made application to the Selectmen for 
leave to make use of Faneuil Hall one Evening, for a Concert of 
Vocal & Instrumental Musick Liberty was granted him accord- 
ingly. 

M'. Treasurer Jeffries was directed to pay Mess'\ Hutchinson 
& Comi^'. Twenty pounds in part for paving Work for wdiich he 
is to have a draft. 

Complaint having been made that the Street near the Store of 
Scott & Gill is greatly incumbered by their Grind Stones, a Billet 
was sent them desiring that those Grind Stones may be immedi- 
ately removed. 

[1'<J.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo". >! 773. 
Present, Mess'^^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, JNIarshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from tb.e Hon'''''. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk to examine into the 
Condition & Circumstances of M".' Sarah Taylor Represented to be a 
Non Compos — When \_slc'] to the Lodgings of said Tayler & to 
other places but she was not to be found. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 8, 1773. 
Present, Mess'^ 

M^ Hartley attended and Reports that Cap'. Nowell of the 
Schooner Dolphin from Newbury, has been so well smoked & 
cleansed as that he may leave the Island with safety — the follow- 
ing was delivered m'". Hartley. 

Boston October 8, 1773. 

:\r. Samuel Hartley 

As Cap'. Newell the master of the Schooner now at Rainsford's 

Island has had the Small Pox some time past, you may permit 

him to leave the Island first cleansing and smoking himself, and 

clothing himself with a fresh shift of Apparel — 

joiix scollav 
Timothy Nkwkll 
TlIOM^ Marshall 
James Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 195 

P. S. You may permit Joseph Grimes & Thom'. jNIillet who 
are got well of the Small Pox to leave the Island, let them be well 
cleansed & take with them no other Clothes than tliey have oa 

them & let them be well aird — Let Prince of Marble head 

leave the Island taking good care that he is well cleansed. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 11, 1773. 
Present Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

M''. Hartley attended & Reported, That Cap'. Nowells Schooner 
has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may leave the 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants — whereupon the following 
was dehvered M''". Hartley for her husband — Viz'. — 

[13.] Boston October 11. 1773. 

M"'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Dolphin Cap'. 
Nowell has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may 
leave the Island with safety — Our Orders are that you permit 
said Vessel to leave the Island on Wednesday next provided 
that nothing remains in her liable to retain Infection which has 
not been sufHciently aired &". and that you are first satisfied for 
the charge & trouble you have been put to. 

By order of the Selectmen 

William Coopeu Town Clerk 

The following was also delivered for the Governor 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dolphin Cap'. Nowell stopt at Rainsfords Island 
on account of the Small Pox has been so well smoked and 
cleansed as that in our Opinion she may be permitted to leave 
the Island, with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency 
thinks proper. 

We are 
your Excellencys Most obedient Humble Serv'^ 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston October 11, 1773. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 13, 1773. 
Present, jMess". Scollay, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Received of John Winslow Esq. one of the Executors to M". 
Brookers Will, a Bond of Samuel Stearns, Timothy Boutell & 
Rufus Houghton, for the payment of £. 80 — with Interest, 
dated 20'. of Septem'. 1773 — for which the Selectmen gave him 
a Receit. 

[14.] Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 
p. Bushel and that C. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is comi)uted — 



Uh; City Doccmknt Xo. 42. 

lb. 07.. dr. 

A 1''. Loa,f of Hiown liread '\ \\\\vAi\ Kyr meal must 

weigh -- .--.. 

a 4d, Ditto not above h Indian ^leal must weigii 
Bisket of a Copper price. ----.-.-- 

Passed upon Sanuiel Hartleys Province Account amounting to 
£.62-11/- 

Bostou Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 14. 177;'). 
Present Mess'*. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

M'. Hartley attended & Reported to us that the Schooner 
Second Attempt Cap'. Philip Mohise owned at Marblehead is ar- 
rived at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox on board 
whereupon the following was delivered M^ Hartley. 

Boston October 14. 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Second Attempt 
Cap'. Philip Mohise owned at Marblehead is arrived at Rainsfords 
Island on account of the Small Pox which has broke out on board. 
Our Orders are that you take out the sick People into the Hospital & 
those who are liable to the Distemper into the Well-house & then 
proceed in smoking & cleansing tiie Vessell & Clothing with any- 
thing else liable to retain Infection & Report tons again when you 
will have our further Orders -^ 

By Order of the Select men 

^^'ILLIAM Cooper Town Clerk 

Coll°. Hancock, M^ Scollay & Newell a Committee to direct as 
to the Fishernians Stalls, which may be thought proper to be al- 
lowed on the Market Square. 

Boston Ss : At a jNIeeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 15. 177."{. 
A. M. Present, Mess"^*. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

[li>.] M^ Hartley attended t<: Reports, that the Schooner 
Second Attempt Philip Mohise Master has been so well smoked 
and cleansed as in his Opinion she may leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants — the following Orders were given — 

Boston October 15. 1773. 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Second Attempt 
Philip Mohise master has been so well smoked & cleansed as in 
your Opinion she may leave the Island with safety to the In- 
habitants. Our Orders are that you permit said Vessel to leave 
the Island tomorrow being first satisfietl as to the charge you have 
been at tt not suffering-^ anythiug liable to retain Infection to 
remain in her. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

NVir.MAM CoorKu Town Clerk 

P. S. You must continue smoking & cleansing the Vessel 
till she sails. 



Sklect.mkn's Mim'I'ks. 1773. li>7 

lioston October 1."). 177'.) 

M"'. Procter 

A vSon of yours nauu'd Charles Procter being now in the Alms 
house in this Town on account of his being distracted, we give 
you this notice that you may take, immediate measures to remove 
him from thence & to tlefrey the Town for tlie charge lie may oc- 
casion 

r>y Order of the Selectmen 

Wii.MAAi CooPEU Town Clerk 

IJoston C)ctober lo. 1773 

Gentlemen 

You have inclosed a Letter to the Father of ^NI"". Cliarles Procter 
an Inhabitant of your Town, who is so disordered in his Senses, 
as to be confiued"and taken care of in our Almshouse- If the 
Father should not immediately remove his Son we desire that we 
would take measures therefor, as after this notice your Town will 
be answerable for the charge that has ifc may arise for his keep- 
ing &c. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

AVii.i.iAJi Cooi'EK Town Clerk 

[16.] The Selectmen having Received a Warrant from the 
Hon'''^ Judge of Probates tor the County of Suffolk, to examine 
into the Condition & Circumstances of Sarah Tayler Repre- 
sented by her Friends as a Person Non Compos — this Day made 
the following Return on said Warrant — Viz' — 

Boston October 1"), 1773. 
We the Subscribers in pursuance of the within Warrant have 
seen M''. Sarah Tayler & carefully examined into the condition 
& circumstances of said Person and would now Report. That 
in our Opinion she is so frequently in a state of Distraction as 
renders her unfit to take care of her Person & Affairs — 

John Scollay 
Timothy Newell 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Hon"''*'. Foster Hutchinson Esq. 
Judge of Probate tf. 

Boston October 1."). 1773. 

Gentlemen 

These are to acquaint you that one Joseph Clark of your Town 
who is in a very declining state & unable to proceed home, has 
been sent to our Almshouse & if he should continue any 
time the charge must by Law be defreyed by the Town where he 
has an Inhabitancy, unless he or his Friends will take care to 
defrey the charge of his keeping &". We are told he has a Mother 
& a Brother in Cape Ann whose Circumstances we are not ac- 
quainted with. Perhaps upon your informing them of his dau- 



198 City Document No. 42. 

gerous situation, they 'n:iy take some other way to provide for 
him 

By Ordtu" of the Select men 

^^'lI,l.^A^[ (^)<>ri:u Town Ckn-k 

Mem", the Person not being lit to be removed — tliis l^etter 
was not sent. 

Boston Ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen, Ocf 15, 1773. 
P. M. Present, Mess"". Scollay, Austin. 

D''. Whitworth was directed by M^ Scollay' to take care of one 
Joseph Clark of Cape Ann, who is sick, at [17.] The House of the 
Widow Robinson & unfit to be removed & tiie following Letter was 
sent to Cape Ann. 

Boston Octo'. I"), 1773. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one Joseph Clark of your Town is 
dangerously ill at a House in their Town being so low as to make 
it unsafe to remove him to the Almshouse we have directed a 
Doctor to attend him & have engaged the Widow Woman whose 
House he is at to take pioper cai'e of him assuring him she shall 
be paid for his Nursing Board it'. We are told he has a 
Mother &''. a Brother at Cape Ann if their circumstances are 
good suppose they will defroy this charge but if not we shall ex- 
pect a Reimbursement from your Town 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk. 
To, 

The Gentlemen the Selectmen of Cape Ann. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo"". 16, 1773. 
Present, mess'^^ Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Joseph Coffin Pilot of Cap'. Nowells Schooner from Newbury 
who left the vessel without leave from the Selectmen, while she 
lay at Rainsfords Island — appeared, and delivered Letters from 
the Selectmen of Newbury & Tristam Daltou Esqrs. & from 
what was wrote & an enquiry into the Circumstances of the Vessel 
when he left it, — apprehending the Pilot to be an honest Man, 
as well as poor & tliat there will be no danger in his return to New^- 
bury, the Selectmen concluded not to send him to Rainsfords 
Island, but to let him go back to Newbury, after he was well 
rei)rimanded & admonished for his Offence against the Laws, & the 
following Letter was delivered him for the Selectmen pf New- 
bury, Viz'. 

[18.] P.ost()n October IT.. 1773. 

Gentlemen 

We have received yours p. Joseph Collin t'C; have inquired of 
Cap'. Nowell the situation of his \'essel wlien the Pilot came on 
board and from his account of the matter we are of Opinion,, 
there can be no danger to the Inhabitants from the Pilots 
leaving the Vessel ; he has indeed been guilty of breaking a Law, 
which guards the health & lives of the PeoMle ; and was it not 



Selectmen's Minutes, l77o. 191' 

in compassion to his Family, wo slioiiUl luive diivctod, that he 
might be pi-osecuted foi- his great offence uotwithstanding his 
pleas, that it was done thro' ignorance of the Law, — or at least 
have ordered him to Rainst'ords Island again ; but from the char- 
acter given him, we have permitted him to return to Newbury 
Port, he having assured us, that in case he should perceive any 
Symptoms of the Small Pox, as he may possibly have received the 
Infection, he will immediately acquaint you there with that he 
may be removed to such a i)lace as you may direct to prevent a 
communication of the Distemper. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopkp. Town Clerk. 
To 

The Gentlenien the Selectmen of Newbury Port. 

Boston Ss: At Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo''. 20, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Marshall. 

M'. Abraham Savage had his Bond for 1771, as a Collector, de- 
livered up to him by the Order of the Select men. 

The following Return was made on the Warrant issued for 
running the Line beteen William Hyslop Esq. & the Widow Proc- 
ter &''. which Warrant &" is on file — 

In pursuance of the within Warrant tons directed — We the Sub- 
scribers have upon the Premisses. Viewed the same heard the 
Partys as also Meletiah Bourn Esq. who appeared as Attorney to 
Cap'. Charles Procter of Ilallifax, to whom the House and Land 
now improved by the within named Aguis Procter descends at her 
decease. And having fully and maturely considered of the Mat- 
ters in dispute [19. j Between them. Are of Opinion that the Line 
between the Lands of the said William Hyslop Esq. & of Moss". 
Procters is & ought to run upon a straight Line from the middle of 
the thickness of the Brick Wall of an Out Kitchen belonging to 
M^ William Turner ; to the lower Corner within two Inches of the 
Brick Wall of the House of Isaac Smith Esq., so that a Plank 
Fence may run flush with the face or outside of the Wall ; Witness 
our Hands tliis IS Day of September, A.D. 1773. 

Thomas Crafts 
Joseph Bradford 

.TONATIIAN Bp.OWN 

Samuel Johnson 

M^ Benj". [ ? ] Gray a Collector of Taxes for 1773 appeared & 
in-oposed JNF. Ricliard Salter & jNl'. Thomas Leaveret tliv Bondsmen 
for last year, for his Bondsmen for the present year as a Collector 
of Taxes who were accepted by the Selectmen. 

M'. Edward Hollyday appeared and proposed M'". Martin Brim- 
mer & John Winslow Esq. for his Bondsmen as a Collector the 
present year, who were accepted by the Selectmen. 

M"". Abraham Savage appeared & proposed M''. Archibald M^ 
Neil & M^ Nicholas Bones as Bondsmen for the faithful discharg 
of his duty as a Collector of Taxes for 1773 who were accepted p. 
the Selectmen. 



200 CiTV Document No. 42. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at then- ClKunbei- with M^ 
Pieri)oiiit ; Fr}-(Iay next 4. o clock, P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a JNIeetiug of the Select men, Oeto'. 2'2'K 1773. 
Present, Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Anstin, Pitts. 

]\P. Hartley having Reported respecting some People at the 
Hospital, that thev might leave it with safety, the following was 
delivered M^ Hartley. 

Boston, Octo^ 22'', 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Samnel Seward, John Harrison 
& Phillip Trask who have passed thro' the Small I'ox at Rains- 
fords Island, are now quite recovered from the Distemper & are 
so well smoked & cleansed as that they may leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants — Our Orders are that yon permit them 
to leave the Island they first securing you for the [^O.] charge 
they have occassioned & providing for themselves fresh Suits of 
Clothes as their other things must remain for further airing &c. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo^ 27. 1773. 
Present, Mess''". ScoUav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

M'. Henderson a Collector of Taxes for the present year pro- 
posed Cap'. Job Prince & j\P. Thomas Cairnes as Bondsmen for 
his duty for Collecting the Tax of 1773 — who were approved of 
by the Selectmen. 

The Collectors had a Certificate for the Assessors that they had 
given Security to the Selectmen for the faithful discharge of their 
duty & had been sworn as the Law directs — their Bonds except- 
ing M^ Henderson's which is not yet executed having been re- 
ceived examined & approved by the Selectmen. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat @ 6/S p. 
bushel and that G''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is coinputcd as follows — Viz'. 

A 4'*. Loaf of Brown Bread -f Wheat ^ Rye Meal nmst 

weigh 2-4" 

a 4"*. ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh - 3-" " 

Bisket of a Copper price --- 4-5 

Passed upon liowles & Luckis's Province Account amounting to 
£. 6. as p. Copy on file. 

Deacon Newell desired to procure 3 doz. Candlesticks made of 
Tin in a handsome manner, the Candlesticks now in use being bor- 
rowed of churches. 

M'. Scollay & ^P. Austin a Committee to view the end of Fleet 
Street leading to Scarlets WhartY. 

^I'. Jacob Bucknam having apply'd for leave to set up Posts in 
Dock Square, ni order to erect a .Scales for weighing Provisions &c. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 177.). 201 

M^ Scollav, Newell, & Marshall a Coinin"^^. to aet thereon as they 
shall think proper. 

M^ AVendell & W. Pitts a C'ouiiii''. to get a I'assage for Phila- 
delphia for one P^wins. nowon 1)''. a man of War. 

[31.] Boston March 27, 1773. 

(xentlemeu 

Inclosed you have a Copy of the Account brought against this 
ToAvn, for the Board Nursing burial &c. of M"". Joseph Clark, of 
Cape Ann, deceased amounting to £ 4-11-6, which charge we 
look upon as reasonable ; and desire 3'ou will Order payment to be 
made our Treasurer M'. David Jeffries as soon as may be. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
To the Gentlemen, Selectmen of Gloucester. 

Boston October 27. 1773. 
Thomas Seyraore Esq. 

Martha Howard who lived & died in the Alms house in this 
Town was possessed of .58 Acres of Laud in the Town of Farming- 
ton, and this Town we suppose has the best right to her Estate as 
she lived at the Towns charge a long time, more over some Persons 
ore desirous of purchasing the said Land and have offered to give 
the value of it & for that purpose have desired M''. Ozias Pettibone 
to procure a (^uit-Claim Deed from the Selectmen, but as we are 
unacquainted with the value of the Land must desire the favor of 
you to make enquiry about it — the inclosed Record may serve 
you for that purpose, and your care and trouble shall be duly ac- 
knowledged. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem''. 3, 1773. 
Present, Mess""'. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Pitts, Wendell. 

Maj'. Barber apply'd to the Selectmen for Flag Halliai-ds & 3.J 
doz. Handspikes, and he was directed to procure them. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem^ 4, 1773. 
Present, Mess''^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin 
Pitts. 

[32.] The Selectmen having received a Petition from a number 
of the Inhabitants praying that a Town Meeting may be calledimme- 
diately for the purpose set forth in their Petition, whereupon. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for a Town 
Meeting Fryday next 10 O'Cloek. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Novem''. 10 1773. 
Present, Mess'^^ Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

M''. .lohn Procter, master of the Writing School in Queen Street, 
having in the Providence of God deceased the last Week, and 
application being made to the Selectmen by the Parents & 
Guardians of the Scholars belonging" to that School, that m"". 



202 CiTV Document No. 42. 

James Carter who has long acted as Usher under the late M". 
Procter, might be api)oiiited Master of said School — The Sclect- 
nien took this matter into consideration, and by their Vote have 
appointed said Carter Master of the School in Queen .Street, till 
the Town should order otherwise. 

M"". llolbrook master of the Writing School m the Common & 
M^ Carter the master Elect for the School in Queen Street having 
recommended M^ Abiah Holbrook a Young Man near of Age as a 
suitable Person to be Usher at M'. Carter's School — the Select- 
men sent for him, and upon discoursing with the young Man, 
thought proi)er to ai)point him Usher, for said School. 

The Selectmen have Agreed to Induct M^ Carter as Mastev of 
the Writing School in Queen street on Fryday next at 9. O'Clock. 
in the P'oreuoon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 17, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

M^ Samuel Hartley having Reported, the following was [^3.] 
given him. 

Boston, Novera'^. 17, 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Philip Nye, Joseph Rounde and 
Emanuel Seward who came in Cap*. Whites Vessel are now suffi- 
ciently smoked and cleansed so as they may leave the Island with- 
out danger of communicating the Small Pox — Our Orders are that 
you may permit them to depart being first satisfied for the expence 
they have occasioned ; the three pacUsof Wool must be opened and 
air'd before leave will be given to take them awa}', & you must 
take care that there is no needless waste in doing it : the three men 
must have a fresh suit of Clothes. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopki: Towmi Clerk 

A Petition having been received from a number of Inhabitants 
praying that a Town Meeting may be immediately called on ac- 
count of the Tea expected. 

The Town Clerk was directed to issue Notifications for a meet- 
ing at 10 OClock Tlunsday morning. Cop}' of Warr'. &c. on file. 

M'. Scollay, Coll". Hancock & CoU". INIarshall a Committee to 
inspect the Towns Arms and call in those that they are lent. 

Boston Ss : At a jNIeeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 24, 1773. 
Present, Mess""'. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a INIeeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock. Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

At the request of M^ Jonathan Clark one of the Consignees of the 
Tea exported by the East India Com})any the Selectmen met at 4 
OClock P.M. present tiie whole Board. M^ [24.] Jonathan Clark 
together with his Brother M'. Isaac Winslow Clark, appeared, M^ 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 2U3 

Jonathan Clark tlien said that hs found that his Fellowtownsiuen had 
entertained a very unfavourable opinion of him on account of the 
Tea, that was reported to be consigned to him & Conip^'. from the 
India Company in London, he declared that the Consignment was 
not of his seeking that he was entirely clear of the matter, and 
that it was very disagreeable to him — that in order to restore 
tranquillity to the Town, and that he might stand in a fr.vourable 
light with the Town, he was willing to do everything that could la 
Justice be i-equii-ed of him; The vSelectmen then informed him 
that from what they could collect from the People abroad, nothing 
would satisfy the Inhabitants but reshipping of the Tea to Lon- 
don, he objected the impracticability of this measure. The Select 
men held up to him that nothing short of that would be satisfac- 
tory, and likewise the dreadful consequences that must in all prob- 
ability insue on its not being done. After much discoursing with 
the Selectmen on the subject he absolutely promised this ; that 
when the Tea arrived nothing underhanded should be done, that 
the Tea should not be taken out off the Vessel or disposed of in 
any shape at all ; that so soon as the Vessel or Vessels should ar- 
rive with the Tea he would immediately hand in proposals to the 
Selectmen to lay before the Town, that he could not now do it as 
he did not know what particular Orders he might receive from the 
Shippers which particular Orders they had wrote him would accom- 
pany the Tea. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov"". 28, 1773. 
Sabbath Day, Present. 

[^5.] Tiie Select men having information that Cap'. Hall in 
a Ship from London with Tea on board from the East India Com- 
pany Consigned Mess'. Clark, and others met at this time in expecta- 
tion of hearing from M''. Clark — having waited some time, they 
then sent to his dwelling House and were informed that he was not 
in Town — 

The Board then Adjourned till after Divine Service. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 28, 1773. 
In the evening, Present Messrs. 

Having met according to Adjournment, after waiting sometime 
in expectation of hearing from M'. Clark, they again sent to his 
Dwelling house as also to the Houses of some of his Relations, 
when they were informed that he was out of Town, neither did 
they know where he was gone ; they also sent to the House of 
M^ Benjamin Faneuil another of the Consignees to inform him 
that if he had any thing to propose to the Selectmen which he would 
have laid before the Town they were then sitting — the Messenger 
was told that he was not in Town — the Meeting was then broke 
up. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select men Decem'. 1,1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Newell. 

M''. John Richardson applys for two Men for P^ngine N. 1. and 



204 City Document No. 42. 

offers James Baird & .losiah Brown in the room of John Ballard 
Juu^ aud John Brown. 

The following was given the Keeper of Hospital — 

Boston Decern^ 2, 1773 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You may permit the three following Persons viz. JohnCha})man, 
John Seward, & Patrick M'Daniel [^6.] To leave the Island pro- 
vided they have a fresh suit of Clothes that they are well cleansed 
and clear of Infection of the Small Pox, also the B03' belonging 
to Capt. Newell. 

John Scollay 
TiM°. Newell 
Thom'. IVIakshall 

M^ Barrets Rent commences Dec"". 6, 1773, for his House 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, DeceIn^ 7. 
Present, Mess"". Scollay, Austin, Marshall, AVendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at | p. 
Bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — • 
Viz'. 

ib. oz. dr. 

A 4". Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat l Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 4 

a 4''. Ditto not above }f Indian Meal must weigh 3- 

Bisket of a Copper Price -4-5 

Deacon Newell received of Peter Oliver by tlie hand of M''. 
Moses (4ill, as part Interest on O. Bond to tlie late M". Brookers 
Forty-two pounds lawful money. Received about the 14 of 
Novenr. last. 

Voted, that the Widow Mary Mayes have a draft for 30/. being 
three Months Rent of the Ground on which the Hay Scales stands, 
ending the 3**. of Novem^ at which time the I^ease expires. 

The following Order, was given M"". Hartley Keeper of the 
Hospital — viz' . 

Boston Decent. 7, 1773, 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us, that this Day the J3riggaudine Bea- 
ver Ilezekiah Collin master arrived from Loudon at Rainsfords Is- 
land having had the Small Pox on board during the passage — but 
that all are well & none of the People liable to take the Distemper. 
It is our Orders that you take everything from between Decks and 
smoke and cleanse the Vessel sulliciently, and then [27.] Report to 
us. She has Hemp between Decks, which you must receive on shore, 
and air — As Cap'. Collin and a Passenger ai'e desirous of com- 
ing to Town — you may bring them up, they cleansing themselves 
& having a fresh shift of Clothes, let the Letters be brought up 
after being well smoked, let no one leave the Vessel without our 
Orders. 

By Order of the Select men 

Wilt.]a:m Coopeu Town Clerk 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1773. 205 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Deceiu'. 7. 177o. 
In the P^veuing Present, IMess. Scolltiy, Newell, Austin. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem''. 8. 177o. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M^ Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfonls Island having 
Reported with respect to Cap'. Coffins Vessel the Beaver the fol- 
lowing Orders were given him. Viz'. 

Boston Decem^ 8. 1778. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

Our directions are that yon take the whole of the Tea from 
between Decks upon the Deck of the Briggandine. if the Weather 
be fair let it lay on the Deck the whole Day to be aired, and at 
Night see it pat between Decks again, and you with the two Men 
you are ordered to take down with you are to remain on board 
during the time the Tea is on Deck and on no account to absent your- 
selves, and by no means suffer one chest of Tea to be landed or 
taken away by any one. if any attempt should be made you are 
immediately to dispatch a Messenger to inform the Selectmen 
thereof. With respect to the other Articles between Decks, 
agreable to your former Orders you are to take them on shore to 
air & cleanse them, and must smoke & cleanse the Vessel as 
soon as may be, which being etTected you are to make Report, 
that our Orders may issue for the Vessels coming to Town. 
By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

[28.] Cap'. Sharp of Engine N. proposed Henry Swift as a 
suitable Person for his Company, in the room in the room (sic) of 
William Brown — and said Swift appearing, he w^as accordingly 
approved of by the Selectmen. 

Voted, that Cap'. Sharp of Engine N°. who has applyd for 
the premium allowed by the Town, for working first upon the Fire 
which lately broke out m Charter Street, have a draft on tiie Town 
Treasurer for the same, 
drawn for in Nov' . draft. see below. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, No v^ 15, 1773. 
Present Mess'■^ ScoUay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 
The following was sent to the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants 
of other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the Real 
Estate they Occupy, and the Business they do here, it being 
agreeable to Law — Viz'. 

The Hon'''''. James Russell Esq. 

Ralph Inman Esq. ^ 

M'. Joseph Pahner 

Elisha Doane Esq. 

M^ Francis Rotcli Esq. 



k. 



206 City Document No. 42. 

William Thompson Esq. 
Alexander Bryiner 
We are Gentlemen Your humble Servants 

John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Nkwell 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 

To 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem'. 13, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell. 

M"". Hartley Reported that the Briggandme Beaver Cap*. Coffm 
w\as so well smoked & cleansed as that slie might leave the Island 
with safety, whereupon the following was given M'. Hartley and 
a Certificate given the Captain for the Governor. 

Boston December 1.3^ 1773. 
[39.] M''. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Brigg"' . Beaver Cap'. 
Coffin stopt at Ramsfords Island on account of the Small 
Pox is now so well smoked and cleansed as that she may 
be permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants. 
Our Orders are that you suffer said Vessel to depart provided 
you are satisfied for the Expence she has occasioned. The Hemp 
and other things landed must be kept till our further Orders. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Brigg"*". Beaver Cap'. Coffin now at Rhode Island on 
account of the Small Pox has been so well smoked and cleansed 
as that in our opinion she may be permitted to leave the Island 
with safety to the Inhabitants if your ExcelP. thinks proper. 
We aVe Your Excellencys Most obed'. Humble Serv". 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston, Decem\ 13. 1773. 

His Excellency Thom'. Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec'. 18. 1773. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay. Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

The following was given the Keei)er of Rainsfords Island in 
consequence of his Report made to the Selectmen. 

Boston Decern'. 18, 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported that the Hemp which came in the Beaver 
cap'. Coffin from London has been so well smoked and cleansed 
as that the same may be allowed to be carried off your Island 
with safety to the Inhnbitants —Our Order is [80.] That you per- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 177:3. 207 

mit said Hemp to be taken away on Monday next being first 

satisfied for the charge. 

John Scollay, 
Timothy Newell, 
Samuel Austin, 
John Pitts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec"". 20, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

In consequence of a Report from the Keeper of the Almshouse 
the following was given him. 

Boston Decem^ 20, 1773. 
M'. Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg°^ Lydia Thomas Collier from Bilboa being stopt at 
Rainsfords Island on account of three Persons having had the 
Small Pox on Board also the Sciiooner Success Cap'. Ignatius 
Webber from St. Lucar order'd to said Island having three of his 
People who had tlie Small Pox — Our Orders are that you having 
Reported to us that you had so well smoked & cleansed those 
Vessels as that they might now leave the Island with safety, that 
you accordingly permit them to depart after you have been satis- 
fied for the charge — the Briggandine for Marblehead and the 
Schooner for Cape Ann. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec^ 22^*. 1773. 
Present Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Patrick Doudell was sent to the Almshouse by M^ Scollay 
& M''. Pitts, he being an infirm Stranger & not having wherewith- 
all to support himself. 

Passed upon M*^. Joseph Nowells Province Accounts & for 
Repairs of Hartleys Boat including M'. Hews, Bowles & Luckis, 

Wendel, & Harris's Acco'. all am', to £. 84-7-6 as p. 

Copy on file. 

[31.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec"" 29. 
1773. Present Mess^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

M"". Norcrost Master of Engine N'\ applys for the Province 
allowed by the town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire that lately broke out at M''^. Minots house in Southwicks 
Court — which was granted him accordingly. 

drawn for. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 bushel 
and that 6'^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

Ibri. oz. dr. 

A 4"^. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat 4 Rye meal 

must weigh 2 - 4 - 

a 4**. ditto not above J Indian Meal must weigh 3 

Bisket of a Copper price " 4- 6 



208 



Cnv Document No. 42. 



M'. John Knecland informs that one Elizabeth Lewis came to 
his House as a maid, from Cape Codd. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the iSelectnien, Jan^. 5, 1774. 
Present, Mess"^*. Scollay. Hancock, Marshall, Austin. 

Passed upon Oliver Wendells Province Accounts amounting to 
£. 3-6/ as by Copy on tile. 

Deacon Newell received of sundry Persons the interest on their 
Bouds being M"^'. Brookers money. \'iz. 

Onesip. Tileston £• 3- 

John Gran" 4- 

.loseph A on 2- 

Peter Oliver Esq. 42 

George Minot 12 



Distributed as follows 



^ ( M'■^ Thomson 
is < Lillice Young 
'■^ ( Mary Collins 

= ( Negro Phillis 
is J Widow Colman - 
1^ (widow Russell - 

Carried 

I j M". Leblond - - 

1( 

a ^ M-. Lovel - - 

^^ I 

•J \ Widow Wakefield 
I ^ M-. Gibbous 



Viz'. 
£. 3- 
" 12 
1-4 

1-4 
1-4 
• 1-16 


Widow Coleman 
Mary Biggs 

Widow Wise - 
Widow Chapel 
Widow Hutter 


£. 


63. 

£. 1-4 
18 


6-18 

- - 1-16 

- - 1-16 

- - 1-16 



£. 



£. 2-8 W^idow Downe 



1-16 M'^ Henshaw 



o [m^ 
8 ^ M--^ 



AVendell 
Lee 
a j I\F'. Nichols 

[33.] 
^ r W. Ray 
= ] W. Bass 
•j^ (M'^ Balland 
Newelt— M'"\ Whitcomb - 

^ rM". Delaplace - £ 

-= J W\ Fowle - - - 

js I M". Empson - - 

S tM". Varney - - 



2-8 


W. 


Chaseau 


1-4 


M'^ 


Hankins 


1-16 


]\P^ 


Oliver 


3- 


I^I'^ 


Loring 


6-16 


W. 


Checkley 



1-10 
1-4 

-18 

1-4 

Bro". 

1-10 

2-8 

1-4 

1^ 



M''. Muggerage 
M". Golpin 

C. M'^ Warden 

over - - - , 

M''. Winslow - - 

M'^ Butter - - - 

M". Nuttage - - 



£. 1-16 



1-16 



2-8 
1-16 

1-16 
£. 1-16 

2-8 

-18 
1-4 

- 1-4 

£. - - 

1-10 

1-4 

1-4 



in all 



£. 63 - 



the whole was distributed 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 209 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Si'lectuien Jun>'. 12, 1773. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M'. Eliot & M"'. Clougli complain of a Fire-place at a Shed in 
Black horse Lane near Cap'. Foresights House, as being unsafe and 
dangerous. 

The Sextons of the Town were sent for, and cautioned against 
burying any Persons without an absolute necessity therefor, of a 
Sabbatli Night- 
Passed upon D". Myles Whitworth's Province Account amount- 
ing to 28. 6/. as p. Copy on file — D^ has the Copy. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan'">' 19, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : 

Whereas Cap'. William Bell applyd to the Select men for leave 
to open a drain or Common Shore in Cold Lane. He was directed 
to Notify the Parties concerned and the time appointed by Law 
for tlieir objection thereto being out, he had leave to proceed. 

The Expeuces of said Proceeding being now laid before us 
amounting to Fifteen ])ounds seven Shillings & 5" i we do accoi'd- 
ing to the Authority by Law given us, proportion the Expeuce to 
be paid by the Persons hereafter named according to the Sum an- 
nexed to their names as follows — Viz'. 

Cap'. .John Bradford £. 1-3-8 

M--. William Gray 1-3-8 

M^ Benjamin Sumner Jun"". 1-8-3 

M--^ Pol'ly Blown 1-3-8 

W. — Phillips, Widow 1-3-8 

[33.] M^ Joseph Hall 1-3-8 

M^ Dillerue 1-3-8 

Deacon Williams 1-3-8 

Rex". M^ Snow 1-3-8 

Estate of D^ MarshaU 1-3-8 

Cap'. Morton 1-3-8 

Benjamin Star 1-3-8 

William Bell 1-3-8 



£. 15-7-8 
And we do hereby appoint Cap'. William Bell to receive of 
the fore named Persons the several Sums affixed to their Names 
& to give discharges there for. 

John Scollav 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wenoell 
John Pitts 
Boston Jan^. 19. 1774 Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectuieu Jan'. 20 1774. 



210 City l')oruMENT iSo, 42. 

Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Committee on Lamps attended. 

Boston vSs : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 26. 1774. 
Present, Mess""". Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of IJread be set at Wheat at G/8 p. 
Bushel and that 6"^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4''. Loaf of Brown Bread J Wheat J Rye Meal 

must weigh 2 4 

a 4^. ditto not above ^ Indian Meal must weigh - 3- 
Bisket of a Copper price ----- t_ .5 

Passed upon D"". Samuel Danforths Province accounts amount^ 
in the whole to £. 190-18-2. 

Voted, that M"". Scott the Shoemaker, have a draft on the Town 
Treasurer for the allowance made him by a Jury for the value 
of his Land taken into Paddys Alley, being £. 25. 

Boston Ss : At a ^Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*'. 2''. 1774. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall. Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Account amounting to 
£. 14-1 G-2- as p. copy on file. 

[3-4:.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*'. 4. 
1774. Present, Mess"^". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 9, 1774. 
Present, Mess'^^ Scolla}', Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Passed upon M''. Samuel Austins Province Account amounting 
to £. 11-9-3- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Feb^. 16, 1774. 
Present, Mess"". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

^r. Flijah Adams desires to be allowed to dig Graves &'^. in 
the Burying Grounds, he being a Sexton of the New South Church 
in the room of M"". Bond deceased — also offers himself as a 
Watchman. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, & Justices, Feb^ 
17, 1774. Evening. 

A Walk or Visitation of the Town Agreed upon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen <fc .Tustices, Feb^. 
21', 1774. 

Return of the State of the several ^Vards, was made this even- 
ing as by Papers on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 23' 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 



Selectmens Minutes, 1774. 211 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat O 6/H p. 
bushel & that 6'^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers roi- their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows — Viz^ 

A 4'^ loaf of Brown Bread =| Wheat ^ Rye meal 

must weigh 2 -4 - 

a 4*^. ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh -^ - " 

Bisket of a Copper price -.-. 4-5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*'. 24, 1774. 
Present, Mess'^^ Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[35-] Passed upon m'. Samuel Hartleys Province Account 
amounting to £. 40 - 6 - 4 - as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Feb''. 26, 1774. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Mess''. Box and Austins Province Acco'. amount- 
ing to £. 18 - 19 - 9^ as by Copy on file. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen March 1' Present, 
Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. Pitts. 

Boston, Feb>'. 22, 1774 
Sir 

Sometime past the Town Clerk by Orders of the Selectmen 
wrote the Persons that owed money on Bond to the Estate of 
M''. Brooker that as that Interest was by her Will committed to 
the care of the Selectmen for the benefit of the Poor they could 
not consistent with their duty let any of the Moneys lay in any 
ones hands without Real Security. You Sir was informed of this 
by a Letter from the Town Clerk & in an interview that you 
afterwards had with some of the Selectmen you said that you 
should have sufficient to discharge the Obligation which we were 
in hopes would have been done ere this. We are not solicitous to 
have the Bond taken up if we can have Real Security given for it, 
but must insist that the Money be forthwith paid or we shall 
certainly put the Bond in suit at April Court. It will be irksome 
for us to take such a step neither should we do it (as the spirit of 
the times is) on any consideration but from a motive of faithful- 
ness to our trust — we are 

6'//- 

Your most hum. serv** 
.John Scollay 
John Hancock 
Timothy Newell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitts 
To Selectmen of Boston 

The Hon'"^ Peter Oliver Esq. 

In Middleborough. 



212 CiTV DOCLMKNT No. 42. 

[36.] Ordered, that the Towu Clerk issue his Warrant for 
calling a Meeting on the 5' of March for the Oration to be deliv- 
ered. 

M'. SeoUay & M'. Newell a Conim"". to wait on Coll", Hancock, 
and enquire whether the time for a Town Meeting is agreable. 

Mess''. Edes and Gill have the printing of llu- Notifications for 
March Meeting a INIarch. 

Boston March 1' 1774 
Sir 

This is to inform you that the Selectmen have been expecting 
that agreable to your assurance you would have paid the Interest 
Money due for a long time on the Bonds given by your late 
Father which rest in their hands as residuary Legatees in the Will 
of the late M". Brookers named. 

We must again desire that you will immediately discharge the 
Interest mony at least, as we cannot permit tlie same to lay any 
longer, in Justice to the trust reposed in us by the said Will. 
By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
to Coir. Mills 

It was agreed with Edward Smyth to have £'. 40- Ster". for 
one year, for overseeing the Lamps cc Lamplighters & delivering 
the Oyle & Wicks li other necessary. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. March 2''. 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollav, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Cap'. Franklyn of Engine N". 9. presented, John Crosby & 
William Stevens as Engine men for his Corap''. in the room of 
John Roulston Jun^ & Samuel Breeding who have resigned — 
who were accordingly accepted. 

Capt. Sloan of Hancock Engine presented Gershom Thomas as a 
suitable Person foi' his Engine Comp'. who was accordingly accepted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9. 1774. 
Present, Mess''. Scollav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

[37.] Passed upon Henderson Inches Province Account — 
am", to £. 12- as p. Copy on file. 

Application having been made to the Selectmen in behalf of 
John Coleman, a sick & infirm Person not an inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, the Selectmen agreed to allow him for 
his support as much as the Province is charged with for their 
Poor at the Alms house. 

A Collection was made by the Town at their meeting on the o 
of March Instant for Christopher Monk of Forty two pounds 
twelve Shillings & 4''. which by Order of the Town was deposited 
with the Selectmen for the use of said Monk — The Selectmen 
having determined to deliver the same to iiini at twelve different 
times, the whole was lodged with Deacon Newell for that purpose, 
who has made him one of these Monthly payments. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 213 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10', 1774- 
Present, mess'^ Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Notilicutiuns for the An- 
nual March INIeeting on the 14'. Ins'. 

Voted, that Joseph Greenleaff Esq. have the printing of tlie 
Notifications for the March Meeting. 

Voted, that Mess'*. Austin & Pitts be a Connnittee to wait 
upon I)'. Eliot and desire him to open the approaching Town meet- 
ing with Prayer. 

Mess^ Austin & Pitts a Coinm'"''. to see whether jNIajor Dows 
may be accommodated with a peice of Ground in the Church 
Burying Ground in order to enlarge his Tomb. 

Passed upon Paul Farmer, Keeper of the Almshouse his Prov- 
ince Accounts amounting to £. 593-G-lli| & £. 45-5-1 as p. 
Copys on file. 

[38.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
16, 1774. Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Francis Vaidale of Tours in the Province of Tournay ai)plied 
to the Selectmen for leave to open a School, in this Town to 
teach French, and having produced Credentials of his being a 
Protestant, and having attended their Assemblies which Corre- 
sponded with his own declaration. 

Hammers wanted for M''. Bangs a Sealer of Leather. 

The Selectmen received of Peter Oliver Esq. by the hands of 
Edward Lyde the Princii)al & Interest on M"^'. Brookers Bond 
being £. 150-13-11- which mony by Order of the Selectmen 
was delivered to Deacon Newell — the 11 Ins'. 

mem", the Interest was £. 6-7-3- the resi*^. being 144. 6. 8. Coll". 
Marshall had upon Bond. 

M''. Austin & M' Pitts a Committee to view the North burying 
Ground, and give directions as to the repairs of the Wall as they 
may Judge proper. 

M'. Wendell desired to procure a Bull for tlie Common. 

M"^. Holbrook master of the Writing School in the Common 
apply'd to the Selectmen for an assistant his Usher M^ Fenno 
having resigned. 

The Selectmen upon the recommendation of M^ Holbrook have 
permitted him to take Andrew Cunningham as his assistant & 
he to be allowed by him the Towns allowance of £. 34- p. Annum. 

A New Assize ordered. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, March 23''. 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen received of M'. John Grant £. 4- being one 
years Interest on M". Brookers Bond ending 23''. March, 1774. 

Deacon Newell had it. 

The Selectmen received of Joseph Atertou of Harvard I'welve 
pounds lawful Money for Interest on Brookers Bond ending 20' 
Feb^'. 1774 — Deacon Newell had. 

ColP, Marshall received of Deacon Newell Treasurer of M". 



214 City Docu.mknt Xo. 42, 

Broukers Doiiatiou to I'oor Widows 144.6. 8. fur which [30.] He 
gave Bond dated 16' Maich 1774. 

M^ Carter Master of Scliool house in Queen Street acquainted 
the Selectmen that the House the Widow of tlie late M'. Procter 
lived in is now empty, and that he is desirous of going into it as 
soon as ma}' be. 

The Select men consented that M\ Carter sliould have the 
House, and Deacon Newell & M'. Pitts are ai>i)ointed a Committee, 
to order the necessary Kepairs. 

Mem". M^ Treasurer has received of Deacon Newell £. 4-2-7- 
mone^'s received of Thomas Davis of Barnstable for D^ Whit- 
worths attendance at the Hospital, which the D'. had a draft for — 
The Treasurer is to C'. the Town lor the same. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by an 
Order dated Jau^, 28, 1774 to receive one John Colman not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, who is sick and has not 
wherewithall to support himself. 

Order signed by M''. ScoUay & Deacon Newell Selectmen & 
Deacon Barrett an Overseer. 

Mess''*. Oliver, Bicher. Dcshon, Greenleaff, Hurst apply for 
Licenses as Vendue Masters, also M"^. Russel & Hunter, Gould, 
Church, Fellows, Simons. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the calling a 
Town Meeting on the 30. Instant, 12 O Clock at Noon, on the 
business of a Town Clerk. 

Voted, that M'. Piyles liave the printing of the Notifications for 
said Meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 29. 1774. 
Present, Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

ColF. Marshnll & M'. Pitts a Committee to veiw Sea Street, and 
to Report what is proper to be done. M'. Austin added to the Com- 
mittee. 

[40.] ]NP. Putnam upon application had lilxnty to open a drain 
near his House in Summer Street to the Conimon Shore he taking 
care to restore the Ground and payment to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 30', 1774. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of ]>read be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
bush, and that 6''. |). bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges, pains, and livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz*. 

lbs. oz. dr. 

A 4'^. loaf of brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye .Meal 

must weigh " " 

a 4''. ditto not above ^ Indian meal " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price " " " 

]\P. Smith was directed to get M'. John Hinckley Blacksmith to 
[reliever] such of the Lump Irons as he may .Judge require it. 
William Sharp is appointed by the Selectmen to remove any 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 215 

Dirt Timber or other lucuinbrances which mtiy be laid upon the 
Neck. 

The Town Clerk is directed to insert in the News Papers that 
part of the Law relative to Lamps which relates to the removing 
Boards &*-■. which distract the sight of the Lamps. 

Boston Ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 31, 1774. 
Present, Mess'■^ ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen having considered, the Petitions of three Gen- 
tlemen who had been Licensed the last year as Vendue Masters 
for this Town agreable to a Law of the Province, did as on the 
Yesterday approve of all those who served in that place the last 
year, together with M'. David Simons, in the room of one who 
declinedacceptiug the choice the last Year & the Town Clerk is 
directed to make out their respective Licenses as soon as may be. 

[41.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 6, 1774. 
Present, Mess""'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M^ Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
receive into t[ie Almshouse on the Province Ace', one John 
Stewart to be supported there, he being sick & infirm & not having 
where with all to support liimself— Order signed by M'. Scollay and 
Newell, two of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. April 8, 1774. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13, 1774. 
Present Mess'■^ Scollay, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

William Dorringtou Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston, gave 
in an Inventory of the Necessary Articles, now belonging to said 
Hospital, in iiis keeping — as on file. 

M'. M' .fadden gave in a List of the Cows which feed upon the 
Common, as on file. 

M^ John Ballard Master of Engine N". 1. having as the Select- 
men are informed by M'. Bently declined serving as he purposes 
to reside wholly at the Eastward, where he now is, and the 
Engine Company having recommend M'. Joshua Bently as a 
proper Person to be appointed Master of said Engine ; the Select- 
men have accordingly appointed him. and the Clerk is directed to 
make out his Orders. 

M'. Bently proposed Newbery Clough & William Dyer for 
Engine Men'in the room of John Ballard & John Richardson — 
who were accordinglv accepted by the Selectmen. 

D^ Wendell, & M^ Pitts, with Col'" Hancock a Comm^ to 
view the Bank before his House, and order such repairs as they 
think proper — also to view the Common where the Carts with 
Bricks from the Old Powder House have passed, and to see that 
the damage done by these Carts, is repaired. 

[43.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 20. 
1774. Present Mess'. Marshall, Wendell. 



21fi CiTv Document No. 42. 

Orders were giveu JosLiua Bently Master of Engine N". 1 — of 
the common Tenor — his Engine is ive[)t by the Old North IMeetiug 
House — has li) men with himself — viz'. 

Joshua Bently Orcut JShaw 

Thomas 3Iarble Benjamin Gushing 

Richard Grant Jolni Hughes 

Timotliy Atkins Jonathan Brown 

Thomas Christy Walter l^iper 

li. Ballard Jolin Kichaidson 

William lirown James Baird 

John Bryant Josiah Brown 

Newbury Clough William Dyer 

James Robins 
Maj'. Barbour acquaints the Selectmen that he is in want of 
a Elag for the North Battery — and informed that the Magazine 
& Wall of said Battery is out of repair. 

Coll". Marshall & D'. Wendell appointed a Committee to view 
the Fence on the Neck. 

Maj^ Barbour was directed to procure a Flag for North Bat- 
tery, agreable to his request. 

M'. 8collay tt Newell a Conunittce to agree with M'. Corbit for 
the hire of his Ground where the Hay Engine stands which M'. 
Bayly says M'. Corbit will let for £. 10 — p. annum. 

M^ Se-ollay & M^ AVendell a Committee to procure a Stove for 
Master Lovels School. 

Deacon Newell M^ Scollay & M^ Austin a Comm'^'^. to enquire 
into the Circumstances of a Boy at the Alms house b^^ the name 
of James Tant — his reputed Father William Tant — his ^Mother 
Elizabeth Thompson. 

Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 26, 1774. 
Present Mess, Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, AVendell, Pitts. 

[43.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/4 p. bushel, and that G". p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is conqiuted as 
follows — viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4*^. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh - - - - - - - . tt it tt 

a 4''. ditto not above h Indian meal must weigh - " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price " " " 

yV. Nathaniel Corbit has agreed with the Selectmen for the 
hire of the Grotmd the Hay Engine stands upon at the rate of 
£.10 - p. annum, for so long a time as the Selectmen shall occupy 
the same — the lent to commence from 4' of April Ins'. M^ 
Corbit is to give .'5 months warning for the removal of the Engine 
if he should have occasion to make Sale of the Land — 

Thomas Iloadly admitted a Watchmen in the New Boston 
Watch under Constable Torry in the ro<)m of one Dayly. 

Mr. Isaac Pearce appointed to warn poor & vagrant Persons 
out of Town — M'. Love being dead — and the Clerk is directed 
to make out his Orders — 



Selectmen's .Minutes, 1774. 217 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, PittSo 

M"". Benjamin Henderson having satisfied the Selectmen that 
he had paid in the full Tax of 1772. agreable to a Vote of the 
Town and desiring his Bonds for that Year may be delivered him, 
the Clerk was directed to deliver them accordingly — 

Coll°. Marshall appointed to procure 5 set of New Hammers for 
Sealing of Leather, for the .j. Sealers of Leather, the same to be 
number'd. 

M'. Elijah Adams Sexton of the New South Church was ap- 
pointed to the care of the Old Burying Place & the Burying 
Ground near the Granary. 

Town Clerk ordered to issue a Warrant for Town Meeting 
Tuesday next the 10'. Ins'. 10. O Clock. 

[44.] Deacon Newell & M'. Pitts a Comui'^''. to invite M'". 
Lothrop, D'. Cooper whose turn it is being out of Town to open 
the Meeting with Prayer. 

Mess''^ Fleets to have the printing of Notifications. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that the Brigg". 

Benjamin Smith master, has been stopt at Rainsfords 

Island, one Person having been buried out of her with the Small 
Pox and another sick on board, the following was given M'. Hart- 
ley Keeper of tlie Hospital. 

Boston May 7, 1774 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

There being a Briggandine stopt at your Island with the 
Small Pox who left Liverpool 8 Weeks past — Benjamin Smith 
master which Vessel is owned in Plymouth — Our directions are 
that yon proceed in the usual manner in cleansmg the Vessel, 
taking out upon Deck all the Crates &"-■, between Decks, and airmg 
them. The man sick on board will have a Doctor sent down, and 
if he can be removed with safety, to the Hospital, Dr. Whitworth 
will acquaint you — Bel'ore the Man is taken on shore the 
Workmen must leave the Island You must suffer no one to leave 
the Vessel or to come on board without our permission, and in 
every respect to behave with due caution that the C"". we have 
obtained by preventing a spread of tiie Distemper in times past 
may not be lost — Let us know the State of things, when you 
will have further directions. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 11, 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. May 18, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

[45.] M""'. Hartley attended, and informed, that one William 
Hearsy a Son of Hearsey in this Town, sent down by M'. Scollay. 



218 City Document No. 42. 

with the Small Pox is in want of necessaries, and desired or- 
ders to supply him, wliorc'ii[)oa. tlie following Letter was sent M\ 
Hartley. 

lioston, INIa}' l<s, 1774 
M^ Samuel Hartley 

As "SV. Hearseys Son sent down to Rainsfords Island with the 
Small Pox is in want of necessaries, you are desired to procure the 
same as cheap as possible, and we shall reiinl)ni'st you for the same. 
By Order of the Select men 

AViLLiAM Cooper Town Clerk. 

Passed upon M'. Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
to £. 10-4/- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen which was 12' May, 
1774. Present, Mess""'. ScoUay, New^ell, Marshall, Auslin, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to issue his Orders for 
a Town Meeting May 12 — 11. O Clock. 

Mess^ Edes & Gill had the printing of the Notifications. 

The following Letter was sent M'. Hartley. 

Boston, May 12, 1774 
]^I^ Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us by Letter that Cap'. Smiths Brigg"^ is 
suHiciently smoked and cleansed & that she may come to Town 
without danger to the Inliabitants it is our Orders that 3'ou give 
her one more smoking & let her leave the Island on Saturday next 
after being satisfied for your trouble. 

John Scollay 
Timothy Nicwell 
Thomas Marshall 
Samuel Austin 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Putting the Goods taken from between Decks, on the 
Island untill further Orders. 

A Certificate was given the Governor near the Connnoii tenor. 
Passed upon D"'. I)anforths Province Acco'. amounting as p. 
copy on file to £. 274-2-10. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 26, 1774. 
Present. ]\Iess''^ Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[46.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 /4 
p. bushel, and that ij"^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4''. Loaf Brown Bread J Wheat ^ Rj'e meal must 

weigh -.----.-""" 
a 4''. ditto not above ^ Indian Weigh - - " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price - - = - .= " " '' 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 219 

Passed upon William Todds Province Acco'. amounting as p. 
Copy on file to £. 4. 

Boston, May 2(^, 1774 
M"". Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Crates of Ware bro'.ight iu 
Cap'. Smiths Brigg'"^. are sufficiently smoked and aired, you are 
permitted to bring them up to Boston, tt\king care that you are 
first satisfied as to the charge. 

By Order of the Select men 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for £. 20. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1, 1774. Pres- 
ent, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Passed ui)on Timothy Newells Province Account amounting as 
by Copy on file to £. 12-8-4- & 12/ more. 

Mess''. Barker, Fowie, Stevens, W". & Thomas Sharp, Hoadly 
& Ayres, attended, and agreed with the Selectmen that they 
would continue Lamp Lighters thro' the Winter. 

Issued a AVarraut to Mess'^ Daws & Homer to Survey the 
Chimnies of a House iu Short Street owned by M". Marstoa. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the vSelectmen, June 4, 1774. 
Present, Mess''. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Whereas several of the Captains of the Militia have desired the 
lent [?] of the Towns Anns to exercise their Companys Coll". Mar- 
shall & Deacon Newell are appointed a Committee to deliver out 
the same, and take security for the return of them. 

[47 . ] Passed upon Allen & Ruggles Province account amount- 
ing to £. 7-15-9-, as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 8, 1774. 
Present, Mess"^. Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Clerk deliver M'. HoUyday his Bonds for 1772. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 15, 1774. 
Present, Mess''". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M'. Bayley apply'd for liberty to opeu a Drain from his House 
near the North Battery into the Comm(jn Shore. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, he making good the Pavement, 
and the Ground to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Application being made by the Friends & Relations of Nathan 
Shute that he may be permitted to go in the Country to the House 
of Eben'. Shute of Maiden for his better health & that they will 
make such addition to the Province support as may be necessary. 
M'. Farmer was directed to permit his going out. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 22**. 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

M'. Edwards appeared & acquainted the Selectmen that M'. 



220 



City Document No. 42. 



llobiusoii had no further use for the lower Stalls he had hired 
on the South side of the Market — viz'. X. lo-lC-l 7-18-1 9- 

inem". he is obliged by his Lease to give a (Quarters warning. 

An Order to ]Mess''*. Bennett & S^'mms Constables to observe 
these Persons who may sell Strong Urink as p. Copy on file. 

Boston .June 22'^. 1771. 
M". Sanmel Hartley 

You luiviug Reported to us that one Robert Shaw who has had 
the Small Pox at your Island, has been so well cleansed as that 
he may be permitted to leave the Islnnd Avith safety' — Our Orders 
are that you permit liiin to come oft" not taking anytliing witli him 
but is Avell aired & cleansed. 

\i\ Order of the SeU'ct men 

AViLLiAM CooPKit Town Clerk. 



[48.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 21, 
1774. Present, Mess^'. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 

Town on AVednesday the Day of July next, and that the 

following Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen there- 
in, and that they be notified. to attend at the Select mens Chamber 
at 8 OClock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on 
the visitation. 

IIoAvard 
How 
(lOrden 
Ward 
)'. Frazier 
Stephen Minot 
Samuel Bass 
Nath'. Taylor Esq. 
John Amory 
Peter Hughes 
Arnold Wells Esq. 
Meletiah Bonne Esq. 
John Greenleaff 
Diiniel Parker 
Joseph Hall 
Peter Boyer 
Kliphalet Fitch 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29, 1774 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
Bushell and that 6". p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oj;. di. 

a 4"^. Loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye Meal 

must weigh '' " " 

a 4 ditto not above h Indian Meal must weigh " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price '* •' " 



The Hon"''^ James Bowdoin 


M^ 


James Pitts Esq. 


M^ 


The Representaiives of the 


M'. 


Town- 


M^ 


John Barret Esq. 


Ca, 


M'-. W"'. Whitwell 


M^ 


The Town Treasurer 


M^ 


TheRev'^.Charles Chauucy D.D. 




Mather Bvles D.D. 


M^ 


Andrew Eliot D D. 


M^ 


Samuel Cooper D.D. 




Ebenezer Pemberton 




D.D. 


T>\ 


Samuel Mather D.D. 


M\ 


John Hunt 


M^ 


John Bacon 


M^ 


M"". Lothrop 


M^ 



Selkctmen's Minutes, 1774. 221 

M^ Fanner Keeper of the Almshouse has hberty to put his 
Cows into the Church Burying Gi'ouud at Nights. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 2*^. 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[49.] M'". Wentworth who is in possession of a House be- 
longing to the Town near Boston Neck has informed the Select- 
men that application has been made to him by Maj"'. Goldthwait 
for the improvement of said House as a Guard House ; where upon 
the Select men informed M"". Wentworth that as Officers of the 
Town the}' could not consent to any such improvement of the 
Towns Estate — 

The Selectmen iiaving received a Letter from the Comm®. of 
Correspondence of the Town of Windham in Connecticut, by M'. 
Howard & Comp^. accompanied with the Resolutions of said Town 
at their Meeting 28'. Ultimo relative to the present distress of the 
Town of Boston occasioned by the late cruel Port Bill, in which 
they have not only expressed their sympathy by Letter, but have 
generously sent for the relief of the distressed in this Town 258 
Sheep — but as the Town of Boston at a late meeting impowered 
the Overseers to receive all such Donations — the Selectmen have 
assigned said Sheep to the care & disposal of the same Comm"". in 
concert witli a Comm'^''. of the Town on Ways & means for iraploy- 
ing the Poor. see below — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Boston July 2*». 1774 
Gentlemen 

We received by M''. Howard your very kind obliging and Sym- 
pathetick Letter accompanying a very generous & acceptable do- 
nation for the Poor of the Town of Boston. We cannot but with 
the utmost feelings of gratitude applaud the noble spirit that ap- 
pears in the respectable Town of Windham on this occasion, a 
spirit truly characteristick of New England men descended from 
Ancestors the most worthy of imitation & aplause. That our 
situation in this Town is truly deplorable needs no comment ; that 
for a single supposed trespass our whole Foreign Trade to be ani- 
hilated & thousands of persons that depended on their dayly 
labour for their Bread to be reduced to a state of extreme want ; 
and superadded to all this to have a military foi'ce introduced 
among us to insult us in our distress, is a measure that must mark: 
the present administration. But amidst [50.] Our sufferings it is 
a great aleviation that all our Sister Colonies have adopted these 
sufferings as their own, and that from them we may expect all 
that relief & assistance that such an opinion must inspire but to 
none are we more obliged than to the Colony of Connecticut & the 
several Towns therein that have distinguished themselves on this 
occasion. Ma}- the blessing of him that is ready to perish come 
upon all those that with a liberal hand are dealing out their 
bounty to the distressed Poor of this devoted Town who not with- 
standing Avhat they already suffer are ready & willing to suffer 



222 City Document No. 42. 

yet more rather than give up their Birth right Priviledges, permit 
us Gentlemen in behalf of this Town to return you our sincere 
thanks for this token of your good will & to subseribe ourselves. 
Your Brethren & most Hum. Serv'^ 

J . SCOI.LAY 

T. Newell 
T. Marshall 
Benj''. Austin 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitts 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Gentlemen Selectmen of Windham 

in Connecticut Colony 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 6, 1774. Pi*es- 
ent Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen proceeded with the Gentlemen invited to a visit- 
ation of the publick Schools ; but upon account of the present dis- 
tress, the Dinner usual on such days was lai;l aside. 

Passed upon M^ Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
as p. Copy on file to 23. 10/ 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen .luly 12, 1774, Pres- 
ent Mess'"\ Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

The Hayward was directed to fat the Bull, which is unruly in 
order to its being killed for the Almshouse. 

Voted, that the Assize of Bread be altered & a new Assize 
given out bv the Clerk. 

11). oz. 

a Loaf 1^ Wheat ^ Kye or Indian to weigh - - 2-6 

A Indian i Rye -' 3-6- 

[51.] Passed upon the old List of Licensed Persons, and 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July IS. 1774, Pres- 
ent Mess"^'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

Agreed to go down to Rainsfords Island to view the Hosi)ital. 

Passed upon M^ Taul Farmers Province Accounts amounting 
as by Copy on file to £. 446-9- | & £. 35-11-11 as p. Copys 
on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen at Deer Island, July 
20, 1774. Present, Mess. ScoUa}', Newell, Hancock, Marshall, 
Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Passed upon Thomas Moores Province Acco'. am", as to £. 



Passed upon Abraham Rogers Province Ace', am", as p. — 
to £. 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Acco'. amount as p. 
to£. 

Passed upon 



Select:men's Minutes, 1774. 223 

Passed ui»on Samuel Hartleys Piovince Account amouuting as 
p. to £. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2o, 1774 Pres- 
ent Mess. ScoUay, Newell, ]\larshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a "Warrant for a Town 
Meeting — 

Voted, that Daniel Kneeland have the printing of the Notifi- 
cation. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1774 
Present Mess''*. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall. Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Accompts. 

[5'2.] Ordered that the Assize of liread be set at Wheat 6/ p. (5 
bushel, and that 6''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

a 4''. Loaf Brown Bread J Wheat { Rye or Lidiau to 

weigh ---------------:> -I ;- 

a 4'^. ditto - - - - ^ Indian i Rye - 3 - G - 

Voted , 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the .Selectmen July 'M) 1774. 
Present Mess'''. ScoUay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that upon the Complaint of the Bakers the Assize be 
altered, and that the Brend be set at Wheat at G/4 p. bushel, 
and that 6"^. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

lb. oz. 

a 4^'. Loaf Brown Bread 3 Wheat J Rye & Indian ]\Ieal 

to weigh ---2-6 

a 4'*. Ditto - - - - .^ Lidiau i Rye Meal - - - o - 6 - 

It is agreed to allow tlie Pavers employed in repairing the 
publick Streets, 8.''. p. yard for jtaving and the Labourers 2/8 p. 
Day — those who pick up the Stones are to have 20'^ /. old tenor — 
p. Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug^ 1, 1774 
Present Mess'^. ScoUay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Agreed with a number of Pavers and Labourers for paving the 
Streets, at the foregoing rates. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug*. 3, 1774 — 
A.M. Present Mess''^ ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Several Persons attended, who complain'd of ill treatment from 
some Officers the of last JMouth — viz'. JM'. FuUerton Bur- 
ton & Smith 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 3"*. 1774. 
Present, Mess. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Town Clerk was directed to deliver M^ Benjamin Gray a 
Collector of Taxes for 1772, the Bonds he signed for the faithful 



224 City Document No. 42. 

discharge of bis duty, lie liaving paid the several Collectors for the 
Tax of said year. 

Maf . Dawes had liberty to biiiUl a Toinb in tlie old Burying 
Phice in a vacant peice of Ground. 

[53.] 3Iajor Small Ad. Camp to Earl Percy attended with two 
Ofhcers of 4' Regiment vi/,'. 

when the OIHcers acknowledged the offence 
committed by them against some of the Inhabitants at the late 

affray at New Boston the of July last at about 9 or 10. 

() Clock that Evening ; expressed their concern that too cheerful 
a Glass should betray them into such a behavior which they 
should carefully avoid for the future, and beg'd the interposition of 
the Selectmen to prevent any prosecution or law suits in conse- 
quence of their conduct, the Selectmen acquainted the Major that 
the Persons who had complained to them would be satisfied with 
this acknowledgment ; and the Major expressed his obligation to 
the Selectmen for their kindness in this accommodation, and as- 
sured them that agreeable to their desire his utmost care would 
not be wanting to prevent such cause of offence to the Inhabitants 
in any future time. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

M"". Dyer appeared and craved leave to open a Drain from 
Purchase Street, near the Admirals House, when liberty was 
granted upon condition of the Ground & Pavements being made 
good, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

The T'own of Charlestown by M''. Seth Sweetser the Town 
Clerk by Letter promise to indemnify this Town from any charge 
that may arise on Mrs. Mary Cook who is an Inhabitant of 
Charlestown, whiles she resides in Boston — as p. Letter on 
file. 

M^ William Payne from Barnstable applys to the Selectmen for 
leave to open a School in this Town for teaching P^nglish Gram- 
mar Writing & Arithmetick. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 13, 1774 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 
Pitts. 

In consequence of a Billet received Yesterday [54.] From 
Governor Gage, all the Selectmen saving Coll°. Hancock waited 
on him this Day between Twelve and one O'Clock at the Prov- 
ince House, being introduced by his Aid de Camp. The Governor 
upon coming into the room where we were standing, without any 
ceremony of any kind, said, the reason of his sending for us, 
were contained in a Paper he had in his hand which he would 
read to us, the contents were, — " that he had received from 
P^ngland the two acts of Parliament lately passed in which was 
inserted a Clause for bidding the calling Town Meetings without 
special license from the (Governor : " after he had read this Paper 
he produced the Act of Parliament and turned to the Clause, and 
gave it to the Selectmen to read — after the same was read, the 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 225 

Governor observed, " that as he was soon to go out of Town 
he chose to give us this Information that if a Town Meeting- 
should be wauted, upon our application to him if he should Judge 
it expedient he would allow one to be called " — we told him 
that at present we had no ueed of calling a Town Meeting for we 
had two now alive bv Adjournment, one of them to be some time 
this month, the other to be held in October. On this information he 
looked serious aud said " he must think upon that," adding " that 
by thus doing we might keep the Meetings alive for ten years," 
we told him the Adjournment of those Meetings w^as not the Act 
of the Selectmen but of the Town, and that we were Officers, 
chosen by the Town to manage the prudentials of it, who had 
our duty laid down in the Law of Province, — that we had al- 
ways endeavoured to do our duty conformable to the Laws and 
hoped we always should — on our so sa3nng he said, & we thought 
with some degree of temper, " that he was determined to enforce 
those Acts of Parliament, and that if any bad consequences en- 
sued, we must be answerable and not he." 

[55.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 17, 
1774, Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Selectmen having acted upon the List of Taveuers & Re- 
tailers for the last year, the same was returned to M'. Goldthwait 
Clerk of the Sessions, with the doings of the Selectmen thereon, 
as p. Copy ou file — they now considered the Petitions presented, 
when the following Persons were approbated by the Selectmen — 
Viz' 

Sarah Beau - - - to keep Tavern at the Admiral Vernon. 
John Crosb}^ . _ _ to Retail at his Shop near y*". White 

Horse S.E.< 
John Duraut - - do - do - - near the above S.E. 
Jeunet Trail - - do - do - - near Winnesimet Fery 

N.E. 
Jacob Thayer - - do - do - - near South Battery. 
Charles Cobbet - do - do - - in Middle Street N.E. 
Joseph Shed - - do - do - - near Old South Meetiug 
Elizabeth Warden do - do - - near two Palaviras, N. E. 
Samuel Web - do - do - - in Queen Street. 

Mary M'.Carty - do - do - - Fore Street North End. 
Sarah Chadwill - do - do - - near Tylers Ship Yard, 



do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


d(. 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 


do - 


do 



N.E. 
Andrew Campbell - do - do - - near White Horse, S.E. 
John lugersoll - do - do - - at Wheelwrights Wharff. 
Mar}' Lovel - do - do - - at Marshalls Lane. 

Susannah Bacon - do - do - - uear Bulls Wharff S.E. 
Rachel Love - - do - do - - near M''. Bj'les Meet". 

House. 
Dorcas Griffiths - do - do - - Head of Hancocks Wharff. 
Abigail Frost - - do - do - - near Tylers Ship Yard 
George Thomas - do - do - - uear M^ blathers Meet". 

house 



David Newhall 


- do - 


do 


John Bryant 


- do - 


do 


Mary Po[)kius - 


- do - 


do 


Thomas Waido 


- do - 


do 



22H City Document Xo. 42. 

near Charlestowu Ferry 
- Paddys Alley or Street 
• Went norths Wharff. 

Long Wharft". 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 2;), 1774 
Present Mess"^'. Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. of y' . Comm"''. on Ways cV: Cleans, ap- 
ply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a Brick Kilu on the 
[56.] West side of the Neck — Liberty was accordingly granted 
it appearing to the Selectmen, to be a very useful Undertaking in 
the present emergency. M'". Austin also apply'd to know how 
their Committee might repair the Street at the South P^nd, called 
Sea Street so as to benefit the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 24, 1774. 
Present Mess''^ Scollay, Newell, ^larshall. Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

M^ Smith, Lamp Lighter, appl^'M to the Selectmen and ac- 
quainted tliem he expected to be paid according to Agreement 
although the Lamps had not been lighted the last Quarter — M^ 
Newell & M'. Pitts were appointed a Committee to inspect the 
Towns Powder, and make Report. 

Mess*^'. Scollay and Newell, appointed a Committee to write to 
Marblehead and Maiden for payment of their Hospital Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 31, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, ^Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Whereas it was agreed with M'. Edward Smith to take the care 
of the Town Lamps for twelve months he to receive the sum of 
Forty Pounds Ster^. for tliat term of time, and whereas £. l.")-()-8- 
lawful mony has been paid him for one quarter, & another quarter 
expires this"^ day ; but by reason of tlie distress occasioned by the 
Boston Port Bill, the Lamps have not been light the last (Quarter — 
therefore. 

Voted, that m''. Smith have a draft for said last Quarter as tho' 
the service had been performed he having engaged to perform said 
service in any future time when called upon for that purpose, it be- 
ing his intention and agreement to perform the service at the rate 
he had engaged for a twelve month, when the Town shall think 
pro[)er to have the Lamps again lighted ; and to consider this 2''. 
Quarters pay as so much advanced on account of service, which re- 
mains still to be performed by him, when called upon for that purpose. 

In the mem". Book ht> lias signed his Name to such a Writing as 
the above. 

[57.] Ordered, that llie Assize of liread be set at A\^heat at (;/4 p. 
Bushel, and that 6''. p. Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4''. Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Whi'at ^ Rye or Indian 

Meal - "- - - 2-n- 

a 4'^ ditto i Indian i^ .^ Rye ----- .!. C. 
Bisket of a Copper price ----- 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 227 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 7, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollav, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Joseph Pope an Infant Child of a Stranger whose Parents have 
absconded, being left destitute, was sent to the Alms house on 
Province Account. 

Edward Power a Child of a Stranger belonging to one of the 
Men of War, being left by the Mother at D"". Churches Entry, was 
also sent to the Alms house on the Province Acco'. by two Select- 
men viz'. M'. Scollay & M"". Newell. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep''. (>, 1774. 
Present Mess■"^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Select men made the following application to the Governor 
which was read to him by the Town Clerk, viz'. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston now wait on your 
Excellency to acquaint you, that the Inhabitants of the Town are 
much alarmed to find that your Excellency has ordered the break- 
ing up the Ground netir the Fortification on the Neck, and the 
Selectmen would beg of your ExcelP'. to explain your design in 
this extraordinary Movement that they may thereby have it in 
their power to quiet the Minds of the People. 

To the above the Governor reply'd to the following purpose — 
[58.] That he had no intention of stoping up the Avenue to the 
Town or of obstructing the Inhabitants or any of the Country 
People, coming or going out of the Town as usual, that he had 
taken his measures and should pursue them ; and that he was de- 
termined to protect his Majestys Subjects & his Majestys Troops 
in this Town, and that he had no intuition of any thing hostile 
against the Inhabitants of the Town. 

The following was handed to the Governor by the Town Clerk, 
that he might object if he had been taken up wrong, but he 
having approved of the reply, the Clerk was ordered to publish 
the same in the publick Prints. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep^ 8' 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Austin. 

The Town Clerk was directed to wait on the Governor, acquaint- 
ing him that the Selectmen had business & would wait upon him 
this Afternoon. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep"". 9, 1774 
Present: Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Han^^ock, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Selectmen agreed upon the following address to Governor 
Gao-e, which was read & presented to him by the Town Clerk on 
Fryday last, the Select men being present — Viz'. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Selectmen of lioston at the earnest desire of a nam- 



228 City Document \o. 42. 

ber of Gentlemen of the Town and Country, again wait on 
your Excellency to acquaint yon that since our late Application 
the appreliensions of the People not only of this but of the neigh- 
bouring Towns, are greatly increased by observing the design of 
erecting a Fortress at the entrance of the Town, and of reducino- 
this ]\Ietropolis in other respects to the state [51).] Of a Garrison — 
this with complaints lately made of abuse from some of the 
Guards posted in that quarter in assaulting and forceably detain- 
ing several Persons who were peaceably passing in and out of the 
Town, may discourage the market People fi-om coming in with 
their Provisions as usual, and oblige the Inhabitants to abandon 
the Town. This event we greatly deprecate as it will produce 
miseries which may hurry the Province into Acts of Desperation. 

We should therefore think ourselves happy, if we could satisfy 
the People that your Excellency would suspend your present 
design and not add to the distresses of the Inhabitants occasioned 
by the Port Bill, that of Garrisoning the Town. 

John Scollay Chairman of the Selectmen. 

To which his Eycellency was i)leased to return the following 
answer. 

Gentlemen, 

When you lately applied to me respecting my ordering some 
Cannon to be placed at the entrance of this Town, which you 
term the erecting a Fortress ; I so fully expressed my Sentiments, 
that I thought you was satisfied the People had nothing to fear 
from that measure, as no use would be made thereof, unless their 
hostile Proceedings should make it necessary, but as you have 
this Day accpiainted me, that their fears are rather increased, I 
have thought proper to assure you, that I have no intention to pre- 
vent the free Egress and Regress of any Person to and from the 
Town, or of reducing it to the State of a Garrison, neither shall I 
suffer any under my command to injure the Person or Proi)erty 
of any of his Majestys Subjects — But as it is my duty, so it 
shall be my endeavor to preserve the peace, and to promote the 
happiness of every Individual ; and I earnestly recommend to you, 
and every Inhabitant, to cultivate the same spirit — and heartily 
wish they may live quietly aud happily in the Town. 

Thomas Gage 

Boston September 9, 1774 

To the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

[60.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep^ 14, 
1774 Present Mess""". Newell, Hancock, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 
Passed upon several Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem*". 10, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell. Marshall, Austin. 

A Precept having been received for the choice of Repieseuta- 
tives for the General Court to be held on Wednesday the 5'. Day 
of October. 

Voted, that the Clerk be directed to issue his Warranty for 



Selecti\[en's ^Minutes, 1774. 229 

a Town Meeting to be lield on Wednesday 21 Day of Sep', 
next. 

Voted, that Mess'*. Scollay & Austin a Comni"'. to wait upon 
D'". Mather to open the IMecting with Prayer. 

M"". Greenleaff had the printing of tlie Notifications. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep''. 21, 1774. 
Present Mess'*. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem''. 24, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Committee of Corresi)ondence were present, and a joint 
Vote agreed upon to be sent the Contractors for erecting Barracks. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem"'. 26, 1774. 
Present Mess'". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Committee of Correspondence being Join'd in a Comm''^ 
of the Selectmen, a Motion was made, & the v^uestion put. Viz'. 
Whether this Joint- Committee adhere to their Vote of the 24"'. 
Ins', respecting the Building Barracks it', passed in the Affirma- 
tive unanimously. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep^ 27, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Pitts. 
The Committee of Correspondence, present. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem^ 27, 1774. 
P.M. Mess'' Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 
The Committees of several Towns met at Faneuil Hall. 

[61.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep". 28, 
1774 Present Mess''' Hancock, Marshall, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ocf 5, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, JNIarshall, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lbs. 

a 4. Loaf of Brown Bread | Wheat | Rye or Indian 

Meal - - - - - ^- - -2-4- 

a 4'!. ditto I Indian & ^ Rye ----- :'>- 6- 
Bisket of a Copper price - - - - - "• 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Ocf. 8, 1774. Pres- 
ent Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall. Austin, Wendell, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 11, (12"\ in 
margin) 1774. Present Mess''\ Scollay. Austin, 



230 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo^ 18, 1774. 
Present Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Perambulation of the Line betwixt Roxbury 
and tliis Town on Thursday next 10. O Clock lie fore Noon, and 
that a Letter be wrote to the Selectmen as usual, and a Dinner 
provided at ]\P. Greatons of Roxbury. I)'. Eliot, Cooper, i\P. 
Adams & Gorden to be invited. Paper on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen, Octo"" 19, 1714 
Present Mess'. Scollay, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 26, 1774. 
Present, Mess''. Scollay. Newell, ]\L\rshall, Austin, AVendell, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wiieat 6/8 p. bush ; 
& that 6**. p. bush, be allowed to the Baiters for their charges 
Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. 

A 4'^ Loaf brown Bread f Wheat | Rye meal or Indian, 

must weigh -- 2-4 

a 4''. ditto A Indian & i Rye Meal must weigh - - 3-6 
Bisket of a Copper price - 

[63.] Samuel Franklyne Master of Engine N. 9, applys to the 
Selectmen for the premium allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to play first at the Fire which broke out in a Barn of Maj'. 
Cunningham last week. drawn for. 

Voted, that he have for his Premium accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo'. 31, 1774, A. 
M. Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen being informed by M'. Hartley that Cap'. Hood 
in the Ship Lydia, with the Sm:dl Pox on board, which arriv'd a 
few Days ngo at Salem fiom London, ordered to the Province 
Hospital by the Selectmen of Salem, & on his Way was stopt by 
a Man of War in Nautasket — whereupon two of the Selectmen viz'. 
M'". Scollay & M'. Newell, waited upon Admiral Graves to ac- 
quaint him with all circumstances when the Admiral reply'd that 
he should pursue the Acts of Parliament, and if the Vessel did not 
leave the Harbour in six hours she would be seized, as he liad 
given orders to a Captain of one of the Men of War for that pur- 
pose — Cap'. Hood lias lost three of his People by the Small Pox, 
and four are now under the Distemper. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo. 31. 1774 P.M. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

A number of Persons examined as to the Fray last Satturday 
Evening, between two officers & some of the Inhabitants. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov',. 2'^. 1774 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell, ^Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 9, 1774 
Present Mess". Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 231 

M"". John Jacksou Sugar Baker at W. C'usbiugs applj's to be 
one of the additional Watch. 

[63.] On the 2'^. of November Instant Com[)Laint was made 
to the Selectmen by M''. Pierce impowered to carry out SStrangers 
that he had employ'd Constable Bennet to carry out of the Town 
one Daniel Wiswall his AVife and Family to Charlestown where 
they belong, having been first legally warned — that ^V. Bennet 
had carried them to Charlestown and was delivering them to the 
authority there, when they were rescued out of his hands by a 
Sergeant, & nme Men by order of Coll". Walcot, — Deacon 
Newell and M'. Austin waited on the Governor concerning this 
matter his Excellency shewed much surprise at the Coll", conduct 
sent for him and reprimanded him for interfering. 

Rev**. W. Burch Chaphxin of the 4. Regiment — applyd to the 
Selectmen for liberty to preach in Faneuil Hall to his Kegiment, 
on the Sabbath Forenoon. Liberty was granted, so long as no 
inconveniences nttended. 

mem*', reconsidered the above Vote. 

M^ Paul Farmer was desired to bury one Foss a a (sic) poor 
Stranger at the Province expence she not having left sufficient for 
the same. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov"". 10, 1774. 
Present Mess". ScoUay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted, that the Perambulation betwixt Roxbury c^- Boston be on 
the Monday, & that their Selectmen be notified accordingly. The 
Gentlemen of the late Congress to be invited. 

Voted to reconsider the Vote passed as above, and that the 
Town Clerk hand in to the Rev*^, M'. Burch the following Vote — 
Viz'. 

The Rev''. M'. Burch Chaplain of the 4"'. Regiment having 
applied to the Selectmen for liberty to preach in Faneuil Hall to 
his Reginic-nt the Forenoon of eacli Sabbath, the Selectmen took 
the application into consideration ; but apprehending some 
difficulties & disorders might be the consequence of Faneuil 
Halls being made [64.] Use of by the Troops, at this time, and 
that offence miglit be taken by some respectalile Inhabitants who 
had been refused on a like application ; they hope M'. Burch will 
excuse their withholding their consent, more especially as they 
apprehend no difficultie will be in the way of his being acommo- 
dated with either of the Churches in this Town on such an 
occasion. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov". 15, 1774 
Present Mess''\ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Constables of the several Watches were sent for, when the 
Selectmen directed them to suspend for the present, challenging 
Persons while on duty, and to put the Laws in execution which 
are enacted for theii- Government. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen. Novem^ 16, 1774 
Present Mess^ ScoUav, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 



232 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 21, 1774. 
Present iMess'"'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Information given the Selectmen, that the Small Pox has broken 
out in a House near the Corn Fields occupied Ijy a Sergeant of 
Coll". Hammeltons Kegiment, and that five of his Children are 
now under the Distemper. 

Dr. Jarvis was sent for, and attended, when the Selectmen de- 
sired him to go to the House, and examine the Children, and 
then make Report of their Circumstances. 

D^ Jarvis Returned and Reported, that he had been at the 
House and by enquiry thinks there is no doubt of the Childrens 
having the Small-Pox. 

M"". Scollay & M"". Newell a Committee to wait upon the 
Governor, with information of this event, and to settle with him, 
respecting the charge of their removal &". & to motion an ex- 
amination of the several Barracks. 

[65.] Committee returned and Reported, that the Governor 
had given orders for an examination of the several Barracks and 
that a Return would be made immediately. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov"". 22''. 1774 
A.M. Present Mess'■^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The five Children with the Small Pox in the House of one 
Magraw a Soldier of the 59' Regiment Coll". Hammelton were re- 
moved this morning to the Hospital at at (sic) New Boston 
under the care of M', Dorrington, the Parents of the Children 
consenting to the same. 

Voted, that D'. Jarvis iiave the care of the Children as their 
Physician. 

The Motlier of three of the Small Pox Children, and the Father 
of two of them, were permitted to go into the Hospital, to attend 
their Children. 

Agreed with M"". Joseph Vose to supply the Hospital with 
Mutton for three Weeks, at 3 Coppers p. pound. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem^ 22''. 1774. 
P.M. Present Mess''^ Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M^ Barret was directed to smoke and cleanse the Things at 
the House the Children with the Small Pox were removed from, 
also the Rooms the Children had been kept in, — and a Guard 
was provided to prevent the Soldiers going into the Infected 
Rooms. 

The following are the Orders given M'. Dorrington Keeper of 
the Hospital at New Boston — Viz'. 

Boston, Novem\ 22'K 1774 
M^ William Dorrington 

Having sent to the llosi)ital committed to 3'our care and keeping, 
several children with the Small Pox — Our Orders are that you 
carefully attend your duty, and prevent any Persons from coming 
in and going out of your House, unless they have our [66.] Permis- 
sion. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 283 

We have directed M'". Barret to supply the Sick with necessal'ies, 
and D''. Jarvis who we have appointed their Physician will acquaint 
M^ Barrett with the things he or you may have occasion for, 
which will then be brought to you by him. 

We hope you will conduct in such a manner as to give satis- 
faction to the Sick and their Friends, at the same time that you 
guard against needless expences. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

The following are the Orders given 'SV. Barrett Viz'. 

Boston Novem'. 22^. 1774 
M^ William Barrett 

Having sent several Children to the Hospital at New Boston 
who have the Small Pox — Our Orders are that you furnish M^ 
Dorrington who is the Keeper of the House, with fresh Provisions 
and Necessaries they may have occasion for, and with every 
Article D'. Jarvis shall direct you to procure — M''. Joseph Vose 
will supply you with Mutton, M'. Procter with Groceries M"". 
Callender with Bread ; and what else you may procure, you must 
keep an Account of in a small Book for our Inspection. You 
must vSmoke and cleanse the Rooms of the House the Sick were 
taken fi'om well with Rossom and Brimstone, and the Bedding and 
other things to prevent the Infection being communicated and 
if you should observe that the Guard permits any Person going 
in without our permission, give us immediate notice there of, 
you must do the same if you should perceive any unfaithfulness 
in the Guard placed at the Hospital, or in any of the People at 
that [67.] House. We depend upon your care and fidelity, that 
our endeavors to prevent the spread of the Small Pox, may by 
the favor of Providence be succeeded. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov". 23'^. 1774. 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Assessors attended, and acquainted the Selectmen that the 
Books were ready, for the Collectors, and will be delivered when 
they produce their Certificates of having complyed with the Law 
and the order of the Town respecting tlie Collecting the Taxes. 

The Selectmen agreed with M'% Catharine Foster whose Husband 
is at Sea, that she shall have Six pounds lawful Mony p. Annum 
to be paid quarterly to commence from the P'. of July last, for 
keeping & supporting one Christopher Harrow a blind young Man 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and who has not 
where with all to provide for himself. M''. Austin was desired to 
supply M'''. Foster with what Articles she might want, as it is uot 
convenient to draw upon the Province, at this time — 

Deacon Newell appointed to receive from John Rowe Esq. all 
the Lamps and Tin Plates which he has in his hands, and to de- 
posite the same in the upper loft of Faneuil Hall. 

D"'. Latham attended, and informed the Selectmen that a 



234 City Document Xo. 42. 

Soldier of the Main (iuard House of the 51)"". Regiment is broke 
out witli the Sinall Pox — 

The Soldiers by the consent of the Major of tlie 5'J Regiment 
was sent to the Hospital at New Boston — 

Boston Ss : At a fleeting of the Selectmen — 26 Mess'■^ Scollay, 
Newell, Austin, Wendell. Pitts. 

[68.] P>y direction of the Selectmen the following Advertise- 
ment was published in the several News Papers. 

Advertisement. 

As the a])pearance of the Small Pox in tliis Town has given 
rise to various Reports ; the publick are hereby informed that last 
Monday Night the Selectmen were acquainted b}' a Surgeon of the 
Army, that five Children in a House occupied by a Soldier of the 
69"\ Regiment, were seized with that Disorder, all of whou) were 
sent early the next morning to tlie Hospital at New Boston, as 
was a Soldier of the same Regiment the Day following — These 
are the only Persons in Town who have the Infection, and are all 
in a fair way of recovery. Upon a strict enquir}' made thro' the 
Regiments, by order of the Governor, no one has been found 
among them that appears to have even the Symptons of that Dis- 
temper ; the rumor that some Soldiers or their Children were to be 
innoculated is without foundation ; such a measure having been 
forbid on pain of his Excellencies highest displeasure. It is sup- 
posed this disease was taken from a chikl brought from New York 
in one of the Transports, Avhich died a foi'tuight ago ; And the Pub- 
lick may be assured that the greatest care has been taken to pre- 
vent a commuuicatiou of the Infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AViLLiAM CooPEK, Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov^ 30' 1774. 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, AVendell, 
Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. 
bush, and that 6''. p. busLiel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 1''. Loaf of brown Bread j| Wheat^Rye or Indian Meal 

must weigh ....--. -2-4- 

a 4'' ditto — i Indian & A Rye JNIeal must weigh - - 3 - 
Bisket of a Copper price -4-6 

M''. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse [69.] Was directed 
to receive into the Almshouse upon the Province Account two 
Children Strangers, who have none to lake care of them, there 
Names are John & Mary Nicholson — Order signed by M^ Scol- 
lay & Coll'. Marshall Selectmen. 

The Constables of the Watch attended, when the following direc- 
tions were given to each of them — Viz'. 



Sele:ctmen's Minutks, 1774. 235 

Boston Nov . 30. 1774. 
]Vr. John Martin, 

As the present state of the Town by means of a great number 
of Troops being quarter'd therein is such as to require the great- 
est care & fidelity from tiiose who have the safety of the Inhabi- 
tants more immediately committed to them in the Night, Our Or- 
ders to you are that you set your Watch at i». O'Clock each Night 
during the Winter season, and constantly I'atrole your Ward till 
12. O'clock and the remainder of the Night as usual in order to 
prevent or suppress all kind of disorders ; you nuist omit challeng- 
ing for the present and make the Laws enacted for the regulation 
of the Watch the rule of your conduct, and if any thing should 
happen out of the common way let the Selectmen be informed of 
it as soon as may be. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Cooper, Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting S:"^. December n. 1774, Present. 

M"". Hartley informed the Selectmen that on the the last Sattur- 

day Night the Schooner Cap'. Bosworth came to Rainsfords 

Island being sent there by the Selectmen of the Town of Marble- 
head where She arrived on Fr3'day from Baltimore — having a Man 
on board sick of the Small Pox — that the Man of War Boats 
boarded the Schooner when She came within the Light-house and 
obliged them on the [70.] Peril cf being seized to land the Sick 
Man at One O'Clock in the morning altho' a Stormy Rainy Season, 
and he very bad with the Distemper — the Selectmen desired D''. 
Jarvis to visit the Man at the Island which he did, and returned in 
the Afternoon and Reported that he was not like to live. 

D'. -Jarvis informed the Selectmen that a Cliild at Magrath in 
Marshalls Lane, the Soldiers House wdiere the other Children were 
sent from had undoubted Symptoms of the Small Pox — upon which 
the Child was carried to the Hospital at New Boston by its Father. 

Coll'. Hammelton informed the Selectmen that a Soldier of his 
Ri^giment being the 59"\ was broke out with the Small Pox at the 
Barracks near the Bunch of Grapes where one had been removed 
from last Week, he was immediately removed to the Hospital at 
New Boston which was done by consent. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 27, 1774 A.M. 
Present Mess". Newell, M^arshall, Austin, AVeudell, Pitts. 

M'. Bigsby informs that one Warren in a Building against D'. 
Coopers Meeting House has it is supposed, the Symtoms of the 
Small Pox — whereupon D''. Jarvis was directed to examine into 
this matter and make Report to the Selectmen. 

The Doctor soon after Reported, that he was of opinion that 
the Person above mentioned had not the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov'. 27, 1774 P. 
M. (7"' in margin, probably the true date is December 7.) Present 
Mess". Scollay, Newell, Wendell. Pitts. 

Yesterday information was given that a Child at M". Megros in 
Marshalls Lane of Lieu'. Woodwards was taken with the Small 



236 City Document Xo. 42. 

Pox — whereupon it was moved that Eveninu- to the Hospital at 
New Boston. 

This Day information was given by D'. Hill Surgeon of the 5'.)"^ 
Regiment that a Child belonging to tliat Regiment in a Barrack at 
Doans AVIiarff was broke out with the Small pox upon which D^ 
Jarvis was directed to examiue iuto the [71 .] Circumstances of 
said Child. 

D^ Jarvis soon after Reported, that he was of opinion that the 
Child had no the Small Pox. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers for I'ub- 
lieatiou — Viz'. 

The Publick are here by informed that the Soldier and five Chil- 
dren sent to the Hosi)ital at New Boston under the care of D''. 
Jarvis as mentioned in a former Advertisenjent are all recovered ; 
that yesterda}' two Children from the House the former Children 
were taken from, and a Soldier of the 59"" Regiment at the Barracks 
near the Bunch of (i rapes who took the Distemper from the same 
Family were sent to said Hospital — After strict enquiry these are 
all the Persons who have the Small Pox in this Town — 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopkr, Town Clerk. 

Boston, Decem"^. 7. 1774 
Voted, that the Clerk have a draft for Twenty six Pounds thir- 
teen Shillings & 4*^. to be drawn for the Draught now open. 

M^ Elias Robinson being appointed Master of Engine N". 3. 
kept near m^ Mathers Meeting House, who is allowed thirteen 
Men besides himself — Orders were given him dated December 1- 
as p. Copy on file. 

Voted, at a Meeting of the Selectmen in Novem^ that Elias 
Robinson Master of JCngine N. 3- have a draught on the Treasurer 
for 13/4 being the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing his 
Engine to work first on the Fire which lately broke out at M\ 
Millikens House North End for which he had a draught in Novem- 
ber last in favor of himself and Company. 

Boston Ss : At a aVIeeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 12- 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, & Pitts. 

Dr. Jarvis who has the care of the Hospital at West Boston 
have^. reported to the Selectmen that three of the Children sent 
there with the Small Pox viz' two of one Burkins, and one of 
Magrath [72.] Are now recovered, and that in iiis Opinion they 
might be permitted to leave the Hosjjital with safety to the Inhab- 
itants. Orders wore accordingly given to M\ William Darringtou 
Keeper of said Hospital to permit their leaving it so soon as he 
had well smoked and cleansed them, and fresh Suits of Clothing 
were provided for them. 

Yesterday the following Advertisement was sent to the Printers 
of the Monda}' Papers. 

The Publick are here by informed, that since our last advertise- 
ment another soldier of the oy"* Regiment and a young Child with 
the Small Pox, have been sent from the barracks on Doans Wharff 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 237 

to the Hospital at New Boston ; where due care is taken to 
prevent a communication of the Infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 
Boston December 11. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dee^ 17, 1774. A. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Newell. 

Dr. Jarvis having Reported to the Selectmen that a number of 
Persons at the Hospital at New Boston were recovered of the 
vSmall Pox, and might now leave the Hospital without danger to 
the Inhabitants — Orders were given M^ Darrington the Keeper 
of said House, to permit those Persons to depart, taking care that 
they be sufficiently smoked and cleansed ; and that a fresh shift 
of Clothes be provided for each. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decern''. 17. 1774. 
P.M. Present, Messrs. Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec^ 17, 1774. 
Evening. Present, Messrs Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin, Pitts. 

Information being given by Dr. Latham that the Small Pox was 
broke out in Dr. Hills House in Hanover Street, and at Cap' Trigs 
opposite the White Horse South End — Dr. Jarvis was directed to 
examine into the Circumstances of these Families & Report their 
state. 

[73.] Dr. Jarvis Reported, that he had visited these Familys, 
& found that Dr. Hills Wife & three Children were nearly passed 
thro' the Small Pox and that several of Cap' Trigs Children had the 
Disorder — bnt that neither the Cap' nor D'. would own that they 
had received the Infection by Inoculation. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec^ 18, 1774. 
Sabbath Evening Present Mess. vScollay, Hancock, Newell, Mar- 
shall, Austin, Pitts. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers of 
the Mondays News Paper for pubhcation — Viz'. 

The Publick are here by informed that there are now but three 
People in the Hospital at New Boston infected with the Small Pox 
who will probabh' be dismissed from thence this Week ; that on 
Satturday information was given that the Wife of M*". Hill Sur- 
geon of the 59 Regiment & three of their Children in a House in 
Hanover Street near the head of Cold Lane, also two Children of 
Lieu'. Clarkes of said Regiment, under the same Roof have the 
Distemper; together with three Children of Cap'. Trigs of the 5'.> 
Regiment in a House down a yard opposite the White-Horse South 
end — As it has been suggested that the above Children received 
the Infection by Inoculation, the Inhabitants may be assured that 
such measures will be pursued with the Delinquents for the present 
and future safety of tlie Town and Country as the Laws of the 
Land require. 

B}' Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk. 

Boston, Deem'. 18. 1774 



238 City Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 10. 1774. 
Present INIess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Information given, that the Small Pox is in a House of Cap'. 
Finwicivs in the Connnou ; — Dr. Javis was sent tlu'rc and on his 
return Reported, that the Small Pox was not in said House. 

The Selectnieu deliberated on the expediency [74.] of removing 
the Perons infected, from Cap'. Clarkes in Hanover Street and 
Cap'- Trigs House opposite the White Horse who refused their 
consent for a removal, and considering the doubtfulness of the 
Law as to impowering the Selectmen to remove any Person contrary 
to their consent — therefore Voted that Fences be put up in the 
Street near the Infected Houses, and that a Flag be hung out in 
each House to give notice of the Distemper. 

Voted, that Mess''. Scollay, and Austin be a Committee to see 
the above Vote carried into execution. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem^ 21, 1774. 
Present Mess''. Newell, Marshall, Austin. Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec'. 27, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin. 

The Clerk was directed to issue his Warrants and Notifications 
of the adjournments of the May Meeting and Port Bill Meeting, as 
by Vote of the Town last Monday being 2&^ Ins'. 

M'. Isaiah Thomas had the printing of the last Notifications. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers of the 
Mondays Papers for publication — \'iz. 

The Publick may be assured that the Small Pox in this Town, is 
confined to two Families viz'. Cap'. Trigs opposite the White Horse 
& Lieut. Clarkes in Hanover Street — those who were sick of that 
Disorder at D'. Hills & the Hospital being recovered ; proper care 
has been taken to cleanse D'. Hills House, & Guards are con- 
tinuid at these Places not yet clear of the Infection. No Inhabi- 
tant has hitherto taken the Distemi)er, & by the care of his Excel- 
lency the Governor a Transport is provided for the recei)tion of 
any l*ersons [75.] Bcilonging to the Army who should hereafter 
appear to have the Symptoms of that Disorder — 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopek Town Clerk 

Boston Decem'. 2G, 1774 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Seclectmen, Decem'. 27, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Marshall. 

Information was given Yesterday by D'. Jarvis that a Maid 
Servant in Lieu'. Clarkes House in Hannover wdiere the Small Pox 
has been for sometime ])ast, w-as broke out with the Small Pox ; 
She was by consent of the master and the Order of Coll". Hammil- 
ton put on lioard the Hospital Ship in the Harbour. 

D'. Jarvis informed that Davis M''. Granes & Jacksons Chil- 
dren were well & migiit leave the Hospital with safety to the In- 
habitants — Orders were given for that purpose to M'. Darrington 
Keeper of said Hospital. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1774. 239 

One George Baldwin a Soldier sent to the Hospital from the 
Barracks in King Street, died on the 13. Ins', when M'*. Barrett 
had orders to bury him in the Night, carrying his Corps over the 
Hill to the Burying (i round at the bottom of the Couunon. 

D'. Jarvis having Reported that liryau Daily belonging to 59"' 
Regiment M". Jacicsou <fc her Child & M'". Magraws Child are 
wholly free from the Small Pox. Orders were given M"'. Darring- 
ton that after having smoked & cleansed them, they might leave 
the Hospital provided they had each a fresh suit of Clothes to go 
out with — which Orders were signed by M". ScoUay & Coll". 
Marshall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem''. 28. 1774. 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Gave M^ Longly an Order on M'. Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Rainsford Island for her Husband that [76.] the Hus- 
band liaving died of the Small Pox in the Vessel the clothes were 
sent from. 

Cap'. Franklyu applys for the Premium allowed by the Town 
for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire which lately 
broke out in Gibbins Court. drawn for. 

Josiah Collins appointed one of the New Boston Watch & 
Nathaniel Gushing one of the Town House Watch. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec''. 29. 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts, Newell. 

It being Reported to the Selectmen that those Persons who 
have had the Small Pox at D'. Hills and M\ Clarkes House iu 
Hanover Street and Cap'. Trigs opposite the White Horse are 
quite well of the Small Pox, and that those Houses are sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed. 

Voted, that the Fences lately Erected for stopping the Passage 
Way by these Houses be now taken down. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jau^. 3, 1775. 
Present Mess''^ Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat 6/6 p bushel 
and that 6'^ p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows — Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4*^. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye or Indian 

Meal must weigh 2-4 

a 4*^. ditto ^ Indian & i Uye Meal must weigh - - 3-0 

Bisket of a Copper price -- 4-.") 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers for a 
publication in the Mondays Papers — Viz. 

The Selectmen have now the pleasure to assure the Publick that 
after the strictest enquiry no Person has the Small Pox in this 
Town, or even the Symptoms of that Distemper, and that the 
Houses which have been infected are so well cleansed that the 



240 City Document No. 42. 

lahabitauts may now pass them without the least appreheusiou of 
danger. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Coopkr Town Clerk. 
Boston Jau^'. 2. 1775. 

[77.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 4', 
1775 Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given that the Hospital at New Boston 
is now sufficiently smoked & cleansed M^ Will. Darrington the 
Keeper had leave for himself & Family to go abroad as usual & 
Orders were given him accordingly. 

The following advertisement was sent the Printers of the Spy 
for publication-- VizK 

The Publick are hereby informed that this Town is now entirely 
free from the Infection of the Small Pox, and that this will be 
the last Advertisement on the occasion unless that Distemper 
should again make its appearance among us, in which case our 
Brethren in the Country, may be assured of receiving timely in- 
formation. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston .lan^. 4. 1775. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan'. 11. 1775. 
Present Mess. Hancock, ^Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Information was given the Selectmen by D'. Pecker that a Lad 
of one Kings a Rigger at the North End, w-as taken with the 
Small Pox, whereupon D'. Jarvis was directed to view the Lad 
who having Reported it to be the Small Pox, — he w^as with the 
consent of his Uncle M^ King removed to the Hospital at New 
Boston ; and the Mother of the Boy was permitted to go there in 
order to look after hinu 

The following advertisement was sent to the Printer of the Spy 
for a place in that Paper — viz'. — 

The Publick are hereby informed that Yesterday a Boy in the 
Family of ^V. Xing living near Tylers Ship Yard, at the North 
part of the Town, was taken with the Small Pox; the Lad was 
immediately removed to the Hospital at New Boston, and is the 
only Person who has the Distemper in this Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 

Boston Jany. 5. 1775. 

[78.] The following Advertisement was sent to W. Thomas 
for a place in their Paper — viz'. — 

Complaints have been made to the Selectmen that numbers of 
the Inhabitants have been greatly disturbed by the driving of 
Slays thro' the Town, with the beat of Drums & other noises, at 
unseasonable Times of the Night ; To prevent such Disorders for 
the future, Orders have been "given the Constables of the Town 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1775. 241 

Watch to stop such offen<lers and make Report of their Names, 
that they may be dealt with as the Law directs. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk 
Boston Jan'. Jl. 1775. 

The following Orders were sent to the Constables of the Town 
Watch — Viz'. — 

Boston Jan^. 11. 1775. 
Complaint having been made to the Selectmen that the Inhabi- 
tants have been disturbed by the driving of Slays thro' the Town, 
with beat of Drum & other Noises at unseasonable times of the 
Sfight, you are therefore directed to endeavor to prevent such dis- 
orders for the future, by stopping such Offenders, and Reporting 
to the Selectmen their Names, that such Persons may be pro- 
ceeded with as the Law directs. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan''. 18, 1775. 
Present Mess". ScoUay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M^ Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse ou 
the Province Account one William Hinks a sick Stranger — 
Order signed by M^ ScoUay & M'. Austin. 

M''. George Roulston admitted to the care of the Old & Com- 
mon Burying Ground in the room of M'. Carter deceased. 

[79.] The following Advertisement was sent to M''. Thomas 
for publishing. 

The Publick are hereby informed that a Boy taken Yesterday 
with the Small Pox in the Barracks on Doans Wharft" was imme- 
diately removed to the Hospital Ship in the Harbour. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan-'', 21. 1775, 
A.M. Present Mess"^'. Scollajs Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wen- 
dell, Pitts. 

M'. Burdick & other Constables of the Watch, appeared and 
complained to the Selectmen of great abuses received from a 
number of officers of the Army, the last Night. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 21, 1775, 
P.M. Present Mess'^ ScoUav, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wen- 
dell, Pitts. 

M^ Isaac Pierce, M"". Joseph Henderson & W. Robert Peck & 
M^ Constable Burdick gave in their Depositions. 

D^ Jarvis informed that a young Woman & a Child at a House 
the head of Cross Street, occupied by a Sergeant of the 5;t Reg', 
was taken with the Small Pox. 

D'. Jarvis having Reported that jNI'". King in the Hospital at 
New Boston who was there to Nurse a Child is now free from In- 
fection, & might leave the Hospital with safety. 



242 City Document No. 42. 

Voted, that she have liberty to depart and that the Keeper of 
the Hospital be advised aecordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan-^. 22". 1775. 
Present Mess''". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Young Woman & Child taken Yesterday with the Small 
Pox were this Day carried on board the Hospital Ship in the 
Harbour. 

M'. Barrett informs that a young Woman at the Hospital at 
New Boston was dead of the Small Pox where upon Orders were 
given M'. Barret, for the burial. 

[80.] The following Advertisement was sent to the 1^-inters 
of the Mondays Papers, — Viz'. 

The Publick are hereby informed that a young AVoman & a 
Child at the House of a Sergeant of the 59"\ Regiment, at the 
head of Cross Street, were Yesterday taken with the Small Pox, 
and soon after sent to the Hospital Ship in the Harbour ; upon a 
strict enquiry, uo Person has this Distemper in Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan^. 21, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M". ]MoIntosh informs that one John Mcintosh at M'. John 
McFaddens House near the AVhite Horse was taken with the 
Small Pox «fe the mother consenting, M'\ Barrett was directed to 
move the Person this Night. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jau>'. 25, 1775. 
Present Mess^^ Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Benj^ Austin Esq. complains of a chimney in a House occu- 
pied by John Vintenon in Sudbury Street whereupon Maj''. Dows, 
& William Moore, were appointed to examine into the Chiinnies 
ct make Report thereof. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. 
bushel and that 6". p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains »X: Livelihood, which is computed as follows : Mz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4''. loaf brown Bread f Wheat .[ Rye or Indian 

Meal must weigh ----r----- 2-4- 
a 4". ditto, ^ Indian & ^ Rye meal must weigh 3 - 
Bisket of a Copper price -------- 4--6 

Passed upon M'. Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
€6. U3.8. & £46. . 16. 5i, — which were put into the hands of M"^. 
William Oreenleaf, who 'has engaged it shall be presented to the 
Comm". of the Charter Council and no other, for their accept- 
ance. rt>^ T f 

The following Advertisement sent to the Printers L»1.J ot 

the Thursdays Papers. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1775. 243 

The Publick are here by informed that a young Man at the 
House of M'. John MeFadden near the White House at the South 
part of the Town was taken with the Small Pox last Tuesday & 
that Night removed to the Hospital at New Boston ; the only 
House in Town that is known to be infected with the Distemper. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Coopeu Town Clerk. 
Boston Jan^'. 26, 1775. See below Jan^. 26. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb^. 1, 1775. 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Obediah Curtis Master of Engine No, ^Pplys to the Select- 
men for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to work f^-st on the Fire which broke out at Coll". Jacksons 
Still house. 

Voted that he have y*' Premium of 13/4- by a Draught on the 
Treasurer. 

John Lizard once a Sea Captain applied to the Selectmen for 
his beiug sent to the Hospital, having been wounded by a Centi- 
nel of the Army, his Story is as follows — Viz'. — taken in a 
writing. 

Information being given the Selectmen that a child of one 
Jacksons a Dutchman living at the South End opposite the Lamb 
Tavern was taken with the Small Pox, he was immediately re- 
moved to the Hospital at New Boston. 

M"". Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province acco'. one .John Lizard a poor Stranger who has been 
wounded by a Soldier, the order signed by M'. Newell and M"". 
Austin. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jau^. 26, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, AVendell. 

Information being given that the Small Pox was at the House 
of one Bartlet a Taylor opposite to D''. Church. Enquiry was 
made by Coll". Hancock, & M' Wendell, when it appeared that a 
young Man named Warland had the Distemper & [83.] Was 
not in circumstances to be removed, whereupon Orders were given 
to Fence up the Street and to put out a Flag for the information 
of Passengers. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 3*^. 1775. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell. 3Iarshall, Austin. 

The Committee of Correspondence having laid before the 
Selectmen a Letter just received from Marblehead by M^ Wells 
one of tlie Selectmen of that Town, informing of 5 Persons being 
pressed from Cap'. Thompson, a Vessel from Virginia with Dona- 
tions, & others out of a VVood Vessel. Deacon Newell, M"", Austin 
& ColP. Marshall were appoin[ted] to wait on the Governor, & 
Represent the matter — they returned that the Governor would 
let them hear from him as soon as possible. 

Deacon Newell having received some time past of M''^ Brookers 
Donation — the followins Sums — Viz'. 



244 



CiTv Document No. 42. 



Of Joseph Athertons Interest -->-- - - £ 12- 

of M--. Wiswall - .. - , 12- 

of Tliomtis Cartwrigbt ■---■.---.- 3-12- 

of Samuel Stearns ,....._. ... - 4_i7_6 



The above was distributed as follows 

M'^ Walker 

M'^\ Emmons . . - - - 
Widow Bass . - - . . 
Widow Ray . . . . . 

Widow Lee - - . _ 



M 
M 
M 
M 
M 



Hutter 

Lebland 
Wendell 
Randall 
Clark • 
Mary Fago - 
M^^ Welch - 
Nurse Gibbins 
M'•^ Pearin- 
]^^^ Hawkins 

[83c] M-. 
M'^ Fowle - 



Delaplace 



Joanna Stone 
Widow Capen 
M^ Pierpoints Nurse 
Sarah Greenwood 
Elizabeth Smith - 
Mary M'Carty - 
Elizabeth Barber 
Widow Gleis 
Widow Russell - 
Joanna Stone 
Widow Wakefield 
M■^^ Barber 
Widow Chappel - 
Widow Weymouth 





• 


31-8-7 


— Viz'. - 





1 " 


4~ 




1^ . 


1 ' 


18 




M'. Scollay to distribute. 


1 " 


4 y 




M^ Pitts - d". 


- 


18^ 


- 2 " 


8 


- 


18 > 


- 


18 


- 


18 1 


- 


18 - - M^ Pitts 


- 


18 M^ Wendell 


- 


'n 


- 2 " 


- 


18 i 




M"". Austin 


- 


18 1 
18 1 


- 




Coll". Marshall 


1 '' l(i 


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IS 






6 


' 8 




1 " 4 






1 '' 4 






1 " 4 






1 •' 4 

12 




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Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Feb'-. <s. 1775. 
Present Mess"^". Newell, Marshall. Austin. 

The following Advertisement was sent for a place in the Thurs- 
days Papers — 

The Publick may be assured, that after strict enquiry no Person 
is found to have the Small Pox in this Town ; and that proper care 
will be taken to prevent a communication of the Infection from the 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1775. 245 

Hospital at New Boston, and the House at the liead of Pond 
Street from whence the Young man mentioned in last Weeks Ad- 
vertisement was lately buried. 

By Order of tiie Selectmen 

William Cooper Town Clerk. 
Boston Feb'. 0, 1775. 

Boston Ss : At a JMeeting of tlie Selectmen, Feb-. 15, 1775, 
Present Mess'^ Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen, Justices & Overseers of the Poor, Agreed upon 
a Walk or Visitation of the Town — 

D^ Jeffries directed to attend two sick Strangers viz'. Thomas 
Lunderkiu, & Michael Poor, Feb^. 13' 

[84.] The Selectmen have hired a Chamber of one Doren at 
the North End for the Sick Persons mentioned ou the other side 
at £. 3 p. Week, he to find Beds & Bedding. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb-''. 22'*. 1775. 
Present Mess'*. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat @ 6/6 p. 
bush, and that G''. p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows, viz'. 

a 4''. loaf brown Bread f Wheat | Kye or Indian 

Meal must weigli ------ 2- 4- 

a 4''. ditto I Indian, (Sc ^ Indian Meal must weigli- 3 

Bisket of a Copper price . - - . . 4_ 

Thomas .Jackson Engine Man admitted in the room of Ebenezer 
Ranee [?J gone to Sea, the Comp^. late Cap'. Frankland — 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen ]\Iarch 1, 1775. 
Present Mess^ Austin. 

Cap'. Richard Hunniman appointed Master of Engine 9. in the 
Room of Cap'. Frauklyn dece'^ & the Clerk is directed to draw 
out Orders. 

Michael Bryant being recommended by the Committee of Dona- 
tions was admitted a Watchman of Constable Irelands Watch. 

Passed upon Dr. Jeffries Province Account am-, to £. 283-10/- 
he having engaged that he will not apply to the Mandamus Coun- 
cillors. 

M"'. Austin desired to furnish Cloth for the Oration the 5 of 
March. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 8, 1775. 
Present Mess'*. Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Voted that M'. Barret have a draft of £. — 10 — for extra services 
the Year [)ast. as has been usual. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his AVarrant for the Annual 
March Meeting. 

[85.] Voted that have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions. 

Voted, that Deacon Newell Ck. M'. AVendell be a Comm'=^ to 



246 L'lTV Document Xo. 42. 

wait upou D-. Cooper, and desire him to open the Town Meeting 
with Prayer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9, 1775. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Xewell. Hancock, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen met to examine into the affair of this Morning 
when a Countryman was tar"d & fethered and carried thro' the 
Streets of this Town by a large Party of Soldiers of the 47. 
Regiment headed by Coll°. Xesbit. 

Thomas Ditson of Bilrica, the Person Tar'd & Feathered was 
sent for. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 11, 1775. 
Present Mess^ Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Town Clerk was directed to Copy a Letter for the Select- 
men of BUrica. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. March 11. 1775 
Present Mess. Scollav. Newell. Hancock, Marshall, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 14, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollav. Newell, Austin. Marshall. Pitts. Wen- 
dell. 

D'. Jards informed that there was no Patients at the Hospital 
at New Boston — and that he apprehended The Keeper M'. 
Dorrington & Family may now come out with safety to the In- 
habitants. 

Liberty was granted to leave the Hospital, all the Family being 
again smoked. & their Clotlies Cleansed. 

A number of the Selectmen of Bilrica, appeared & informed, 
of the steps they were taking relative to the taring & feathering 
one Ditson of their Town, which was done by the Soldiery. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 15, 1775. 
Present ^less". Hancock, Austin. 

[86.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat & 
6/6 p. bushel & that C^. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their ctuirses Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — 
Viz^ 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4**. loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye or L[idian Meal 

must weigh ------ -2- 4 

a 4'^ ditto ^ Indian «fc .J Rye meal must weigh - .3— '• 
Bisket of a Copper price - - - - - 4-6- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the .Selectmen, March 1'^ 1775 
Present Mess'^. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Information given by D^ .Jarvis of two young Women being 
broke out with the Small Pox at a House in Marshalls Lane & that 
in his opinion they might be removed with safety. 

They were accordingh- sent to the Hospital at New Boston. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1775. 247 

Last Evening a Letter was received from the Selectmen of 
Middleborough, Plympton & Hallifax in the County of Plymouth 
inclosing a Representation to General Gage, relative to the ill 
behaviour of some of the Troops sent to Marshfield. which Address 
was this [Morning presented his Excellency by M"". Scollay & 
Newell. 

The following Advertisement sent to the Mondays Papers for 
publishing. 

Boston March 18, 1775 

The Publick are hereby informed, that Yesterday two Young 
Women living in a House in Marshalls Lane, at the North part of 
the Town were taken with the Small Pox &, immediately removed 
to the Hospital at New Boston. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper. Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 22'', 1775 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Information was given by D'. Gardner, that M'^^ Moore being 
in a House known by the Name of the Lamb Tavern was taken 
with Small Pox, and not unwilling to be removed — whereupon 
she was yesterday carried to the Hospital at New Boston the 
Doctor giving his Opinion that it might be done with safety. 

Information was this Day given by D"". Church that one Blake, 
a man living in a House near D'. Byles's Meeting house [87.] 
Was taken with the Small Pox, and being willing to be moved he 
was this Forenoon sent to the Hospital at New Boston. 

M"". Ruggles apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a Drain 
near his House in Long Lane — Liberty was granted, upon his 
preserving the steps of the Law [or Lane'] in making good the 
(Iround Pavement &c. 

Cap'. Sharp of Engine N". 2. applies for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire 
which lately broke out at M'. Kings House North End. 

Voted, that he have a draft for 13/4 next Draft Day. Drawn 
for. 

Passed upon W. Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
as by Copy on file, to £'. 30-1-8. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23''. [un- 
doubtedly Jfarch'] 1775 Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Mar- 
shall, Austin. 

Information given by D'. Whitworth that M'". Samuel Vance a 
Lo'lger at the Royal Exchange Tavern in King Street was broke 
out with the Small Pox — D^ Jarvis being sent there confirmed 
the Report, that it was the Small Pox, & gave it as his Opinion 
that he might be moved with safety — he was accordingly removed 
to the Hospital at New Boston, witli dispatch — M^ Vance being 
desirous of havuig D'". Whitworth as his Physician, it was consented 
to by the Selectmen provided he defrey'd the charge that would 
come — & D'. Whitworth was told he niiglit attend, but must not 
look to the Selectmen for his pay, but to the Patient. — 



248 CiTv Document No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmeu, March 2o. 1775 
Present Mess'. ScoUay, Newell, Marshall. 

The following advertisement sent to the Printers of the Boston 
Gazette. 

Boston IMarch 25, 1775- 
The Publick are hereby informed, that on Thursday last a 
Lodger at the Royal Exchange Tavern was taken with the Small 
Pox & immediately sent to the Hospital at West Boston ; three 
Children taken this Day at the Barracks in King Street, were re- 
moved to the Hospital Ship at the Island Wharff. which are the 
only Places known to be infected with that Distemper in this Town- 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

William Coopei;, Town Clerk. 

[88.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 27- 
1775. Present Mess". Scollay, Newell. Austin, Wendell. 

Information being given that the Small Pox was broke out at a 
House the head of Cross Street, occupied by M'. Ranks, D'. Jarvis 
was directed to go there and make examination but when he came 
was refused admittance — D'. Lloyd his Family Doctor was sent 
for by M'. Ranks, who Reported that the Wife of said Ranks had 
the Small Pox, and might be removed with safety. After some 
persuasion, M^ Ranks consented to her being sent to the Hospital, 
but as soon as preparation was made for a removal, he withdrew 
his consent & would not allow of its being done. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2.s, 1775. 
Present Mess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M"". Ranks persisting in his resolution not to permit the removal 
of his Wife — Orders were given by the Selectmen for stopping up 
the Passage Ways by erecting F'ences, and one Joseph Cobouru 
was appointed a Guard for said House. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 29, 1775. 
Present Mess'*. Scollay, Newell, INIarshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at AV^heat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that 6''. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows — Viz*. 

II). oz. dr. 

A 4^. loaf brown Bread ^ Wheat ^ Rye or Indian Meal 

must weigh >- 2-() 

A 4''. ditto J Indian & i Rye Meal must weigh - - 3-4 

Bisket of a CopptT price - 4-12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmeu April .'), 1775. A.M. 
Present INIess''. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

A Letter from tlie President of the Congress at Concord was 
received. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmeu, April 5, 1775. P.M. 
Present Mess''\ ScoUav. Newell, Marshall. 



Selectmen's Minutes, 1775. 241) 

M"". Joseph Smith api)ointed iiu Engine Man in Cap'. Hnnninum's 
Comp^. Engine N". [) in the room of John Crosby gone to Sea. 

[89.] Information was given that a Soldiers Child in part of 
M'. Ranks House at the head of Cross Street, was taken Yesterday 
with the Small Pox & to be sent to the Hospital Ship. 

The following advertisement sent for a place in the Thursday 
Spy. 

The Publick are hereby informed that a Soldier's Child in M"'. 
Ranks House at the Head of Cross Street, was this Da}' taken with 
the Small Pox & is to be immediately removed, this House where 
a Flag is hung out, the Hospital at West Boston & the Hospital 
Ship in the Harbour are the only Places infected with the Dis- 
temper in this Town. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

William Cooper, Town Clerk. 

Boston, April 5. 1775 

Sabbath Day April 9*. 1775. 
Infoimation was given the Selectmen by Doctor Jarvis that a 
Young Woman at AF. Blakes near Docf^. Bojles Meeting was 
taken ill with the small Pox & removed to the Hospital at West 
Boston on the Afternoon of said Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12, 1775. 
Present, Mess'^ SeoUay, Xewell, Marshall, Austin. 

M'". Sharp attended it resigned his Office as Master of the Fire 
Engine N'\ 2 & recommended W. Joab Hunt as Master of said 
Engine who was accordingly appointed by the Selectmen. 

This Day wrote M'. Darrington Keeper of the Hospital at West 
Boston, to dismiss M"". Mackintosli who for some time past has 
been an assistant to M^ Darrington. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap'. 19, 1775. 
Present, Mess""'. Newell, Marshall. Austin. 

[At this point the record is suspended until May 20, 1776, for 
reasons readily apparent. This volume is therefore terminated at 
this date, for convenience. — W. H. W.] 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



(SELECTMEN'S MINUTES 1789-1775.) 



Acworth, 134. 








Bass, 58,67,96, 114, 149, 


1.59, 180,208,220,244. 


Adams, 10, 14, 21, 22, 3(J, se, 


100, 


i.-.o. 


164, 


Bates, 189. 




182,210,217,230. 








Batton, 138, 140. 




Alexander, 29. 








Baylev, ) 20, 219. 




Allen, ( 73, 86, 89, 90, 130, 133, 


219. 






Bayly, i 216. 




Allln, i 108. 








Beach, 80. 




Amory, 133, 180, 182, 220. 








Beachara, 49, 54. 




Andrews, 49. 








Beal, 144. 




Appleton, 21, 84, 133, 1S2. 








Beals, 35, 105, 1.38, 158, 


19-J. 


Archer, 158. 








Bean, 225. 




Armstrong, 147. 








Beautineau, 92. 




Asten, 124. 








Bell, 38, 48, 209. 




Aterton, ) 213. 








Bennet, J 151, 231. 




Atherton, ( 208, 244. 








Bennett / 220. 




Atkins, 69, 70, 216. 








Beuuingham, 54. 




Austin, 63, 92. Ill, 112, 113, 


114, 


115, 


116, 


Bent, 30. 




117, lis, 121, 125, 


126, 


127, 


128, 


Bentley, 215, 216. 




129, 130, 131, 132, 


133, 


134, 


135, 


Bernard, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, •. 


."), 4il. 


136, 137, 138, 139. 


140, 


141, 


143, 


Berry, 159. 




144, 145, 146, 147, 


148, 


149, 


150, 


Bethuue, 174. 




151, 152, 153, 1.54, 


155, 


157, 


1.58, 


Bicher, 214. 




159, 160, 161, 162, 


163, 


164, 


165, 


Bicker, 184. 




166, 167, 168, 169, 


170, 


171, 


172, 


Biokner, 29. 




173, 174, 175, 176, 


177, 


178, 


ISO, 


Biggs, 96, 107, 158, 1.59, 


20S. 


181, 182, 183, 184, 


185, 


186, 


187, 


Blgsby, 104, 235. 




188, 189, 190, 191, 


192, 


193, 


194, 


Bill, 38, 41, 92, 165. 




195, 196, 197, 198, 


199, 


200, 


201, 


Billings, 10. 




202, 204, 205, 206, 


207, 


208 


209, 


Blackie, 71. 




210, 211, 212, 213, 


214, 


215, 


216, 


Blair, 84. 




217, 218, 219, 220, 


221, 


222 


223, 


Bliike, 107, 247, 249. 




224, 225, 226, 227, 


228, 


22"9, 


230, 


Blanchard, 21, 29, 63, 1. 


i2. 


231, 232, 233, 234, 


235, 


237, 


238, 


Blodget, 1. 




239, 240, 241, 242, 


243, 


244, 


245, 


Blowers, 3, 208. 




246, 247, 248, 249. 








Bodman, 14. 




Avery, 16, 84, 109. 








Bodwin, 132. 




Aylwin, 133. 








Bond, 53, 193, 210. 




Ayres, 219. 








Bones, 199. 
Booker, 76, 181. 




Bacon, 30, 33, 35, 46, 47, 92, 


132, 


182, 


220, 


Boreland, 1, 56. 




225. 








Bosworth, 163, 235. 




Badger, 29. 








Botherill, 14. 




Bailey, 180. 








Bound, 52, 101. 




Baird, 204, 216. 








Boune, 220. 




Baker, 22, 35, 69. 104, 146, 176. 








Bourne, 10, 22, 199. 




Baldwin, 118, 120, 127, 239. 








Boutell, 195. 




Balland, 208. 








Bouve, 102. 




Ballard, 1, 87, 145, 177, 204, 215 


,216 






Bove, ) 146. 




Balston, 63, 73. 








Bovce, ( 141. 




Baogs, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 213. 








Bowdine, 41, 57. 




Barber, 19,133, 201, 244. 








Bowdoin, 21, 62, 63, 92, 


182, 220. 


Barbour, 145, 146, 216. 








Bowen, 21, 63, 92, 119, 120, 127, 133, 143. 


Bardall, 114. 








Bowers, 1. 




Barker, 73, 219. 








Bowles, 66, 185, 200, 20 




Barnes, 14. 








Bowman, 74, 143. 




Barrass, 166. 








Bo.\-, 211. 




Barrel, 9. 








Boyer, 220. 




Barret, ) 2, 53, 91, 92, 96, 109 


134 


142 


173, 


Boylston, 22, 132. 




V 180, 204, 220, 232, 233, 242, 245. 


Boyuton, 57, 75, 182. 




Barrett, ) 139, 142, 165, 214, 233, 2.39 


, 242 




Bracket, 27, 57, 81, 100, 


169, 176. 


Barter, 19. 








Bradford, 43, 44, 45, 63 


72, 80, 128, lti6, 182, 


Bartlet, 124, 243. 








184, 191, 199, 209. 



2f)2 



City Document Xo. 42. 



Bradlee, ) 29. 

Bradley, j 14, 186. 

Urailsford, 191. 

Br.-inch, 17. 

Brattle, 21, 133, 182. 

Brctk, 66, 146. 

Breeding, 29. 

Brewer, 07, 91. 

Bridge, 107. 

Bridgham, 134. 

Brimmer, 42, 73, 102, 148, 199. 

Broker, ii. 

Bromtield, 182. 

Brooker, 11. 12, 14, 55, 59, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 
96, 97, 99, 107, 108, 112, 113, 114, 
116, 123, 151, 158, 159, 161, 177, 
188, 195, 204, 208, 211, 2)2, 213, 
214, 243. 

Brooks, 76, 107. 

Brown, 1, .3, 4, 11, 19, 30, 33, 35, 37, 40, 41, 64, 
09, 79, 92, 113, 134, 145, 149, 151, 
156, 177, 190, 199, 204, 205, 209, 216. 

Bruce, 189, 190. 

Bryan, 164. 

Bryant, 13, 49. 52, 54, 68, 96, 103, 105, 106, 
1.34, 149, 182, 185, 216, 226, 245. 

Brymer, 206. 

Bucknam, 134, 139, 148, 200. 

Bultinch, 23, 56, 69, 182. 

Burch, 3o, 231. 

Biirdick, 65, 87, 171, 241. 

Kiudit, 181. 

Burgaiu, 74. 

r. II mam, 83, 90. 

Biirrill, 59. 

Burroughs, 77, 156, 162. 

Burrows, 1.50. 

Burt, 82. 

Burton, 85, 223. 

Bush, 44. 

Butler, 114. 

Butter, 208. 

Byles, 21, 29, 6:5, 92, 110, 132, 14f,, l.-)0, 1X2, 
214, 220, 247. 

Byrne, 143, 144. 

Cade, 52, 111. 

Cain, 130. 

Cairnes, 200. 

Calf, 29, 49, 161. 

Call, .35. 

Callahan, 30. 

Calleuder, 233. 

Campbell, 225. 

Cane, 71, 72, 122. 

Capen. 171, 244. 

Car, 126. 

Carnes, ( 47, 51, 73, S7, 103, 148. 

Cams, ( 21. 

(.'arpenter, 54. 

Carr, 126. 

Carson, 1.33. 

Carter, 80, 169, 202, 214, 241. 

Cartwright, 177, 244. 

Cast, 23, 30, 33. 

Caswell, 108. 

Cawlin, 105. 

»,"azneau, .35. 

Chadwill, 225. 

Chambers, 31, 32, .33, 34. 

Champney, 158. 

Chancey, ( 21, 124. 

Chaiicv, \ 92. 

( liandler. 29. 

Cliapel, ) 110, 20S. 

(.:iia|)le, \ l.W. 

(■h;.ppel,) 244. 

Cliapinan, 34, 204. 

Charpotot, 96. 

Chaseau, 208. 

Chauncey, / n9, 132, 182. 

Chatincy, j 03, 220. 

Checkley,21, 208. 

Cheeus, lu7. 



Checvers, 29. 

Cheney, 104. 

Child, 143. 

Christy, 216. 

Church, 23, 37, 44, 67, 170, 182, 214, 243, 247. 

Clark, 29, 42, 63, 114, 164, 197, 198, 201 202 
203, 237, 238, 2.39, 244. 

Clear, 80. 

Cleasby, 106. 

Cleland, 29. 

Clerk, 113. 

Clough, 209, 215, 210. 

Clusiy, 1.52. 

Cobliet, ) 225. 

Cobbit, ( 151. 

Coburn, 248. 

Coffin, 13, 15, 82, 83, 84, 132, 198, 204, 205, 206. 

Coggeshall, 82. 

Colder, 142. 

Cole, 141. 

Coleman, 107, 20S, 212. 

Collfar, 34. 

Collier, 207. 

Collins, 73, 167, 208, 239. 

Colman, 14, 76, 208, 214. 

Cone. 122. 

Connel, 79. 

Counor, 78, 79. 

Cook, 49, 224. 

Cooper, 5, 15, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 31, 34, 36, 40, 
41,45,46,49, 52, 53, 55, 61, 62, 63,70, 
71, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 100, 
101, 102, 112, 114, 116, 120, 121, 125, 
127, 129, 132, 141, 142, 143, 144, 14.5, 
152, 1.53, 154, 155, 1.56, 157, 160, 164, 
166, 172, 173, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 
181, 182, 184, 185, 1S6, 187, 188, 190, 
191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 
200, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 2-12 
217, 218, 219, 220, 230, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 
246, 247, 248, 249. 

Copley, j 97. 

Coply, S 89. 

Coppinger, 29. 

Corbet, ) 167. 

Corbit, [ 216. 

Corbitt, ) 29. 

Cordis, 113, 140. 

Cowell, 30. 

Crafts, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, 57, 145, 1*3, 187, 
189, 191, 199. 

Crane, 13, 59. 

Crawford, 106. 

Crequi, 92. 

Crocker, 124, 125, 126, 127. 

Crombie, 29. 

Crosby, 80, 212, 225, 249. 

Crosley, 186. 

Croswell, 63. 

Cuff, 57. 

Cummins, 19. 

Cunningham, 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, 71, 122, 213, 
230. 

Curtis, 5, 35, 55, 59, 73, 76, 79, 82, 124, 146, 
1.58, 167, 169, 186, 243. 

Gushing, 62, 63, 210, 231, 239. 

Cutter, 76. 



Daily, 22, 24, 239. 

Dall, 29. 

Dalriraplp, ) 52. 

Dalryniple, \ 58. 

Dalton, 88, 137, 180, 198. 

Dana, 21, 63, 74. 

Danforth, 22, U, 63, 156, 158, 210, 218. 

Darricut, 52. 

Darrington, 119, 185, 2.36, 237, 238, 239, 240, 

249. 
D'Artey, 73. 
Davis, 12, 21, 49, 136, 153, 154, 157, 1.59, 164, 

160, 177, 178, 182, 191, 214, 238. 
Davison, 14. 



Index of Na:mes. 



253 



Dawes, nil. 224. 

Daws, i 29, 117, US, 121, 167, 170, 1m), IS2, 

183, 219. 
Dawson, 93. 
Dayly, 216. 
Dealth, 153. 
Death, 140, 141. 
Debloie, 27. 
Deering, 27, 84. 

Delaplace, 14, 76, 107, 114, l.i9, 208, 244. 
Delile, 132. 
Deunie, 133, 182. 
Derby, 98, 99, 100, 101. 
Deshon, 184, 214. 
Dever.*ou, 92, 93, 94, 9.5. 
Dickey, 176, 
Dickman, 22, 106. 
Diilerue, 209. 
Distance, 47. 
Ditson, 246. 
Diver, 2. 
Dix, 16, 17, a4. 
Di.^y, 116, 117, 118, 121, 123. 
Doan, ( 87. 

Doane, i 1, 74, 106, 146, 158, 20.t. 
Dodge, 108. 
Doaget, 92. 

Dolbenr, 53, 103, 109. Ill, 112, 119, 145. 
Dolliver, 191, 192. 193. 
Doren, 245. 

Dorrington, 122, 123, 215, 2.32, 223, 240. 
Uoubledee, 29. 
Doudfll, 207. 
Douglass, 129. 
Downe, 208. 
Dowues, 108. 
Downing, 109. 

Dows, 121, 1.32, 149, 167, 182, 213, 242. 
Draper, 107. 
Ducers, 29. 
Dunning, 92. 
Dunn, 64. 
Durant, 225. 
Dwiro, 23, 28. 
Dwyer, 5. 
Dyer, 88, 123, 189, 191, 215, 216, 224. 

Eaton, 169. 

Edes, 3, 10, 29, 37, 56, 62, 64, 77, SO, 118, 120, 

212, 218. 
Edgar, 49, 51, 54. 
Edmands, 111. 
Edwards, 35, 182, 219. 
Eliot, 21, 52, 63, 82, 92, 121, 132, 139, 182, 209, 

213, 220, 230. 
Ellery, 89, 90. 

Emmons, 12,91, 102, 140, 244. 
Empson, 124, 208. 
Erving, 21, 92, 102, 132, 144, 182. 
Esty, 72. 
Etheridge, 13. 
Eustis, 63, 110. 
Ewin, 201. 
Eyres, -57, 168, ISO. 

Fago,244. 

Fairservice, 13. 

Fallass, 184. 

Faneuil, 203. 

Farmer, 2, 5, 10, 14, 19, 20, 24, 32, 33, 34, 35, 
36, 44, 47, 49, 53, .54, 55, 57, 59, 60, 
61, 62, 64, 65, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 85, 86, 87, 91, 
95,97,100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 
107, 109, 110, 111, 116, 118, 120, 127, 
128, 129, 1.30, 134, 139, 143, 145, 148, 
1.56, 161, 162, 168, 169, 192, 193, 213, 
214, 215, 219, 221, 222, 231, 234, 241, 
242, 243. 

Farrar, 43, 46. 

Faxton, 41. 

Fellows, 214. 

Fenno, 5, 126, 213. 



Fenton, 182. 

Fesseudeu, 192. 

Field, 68. 

Finwick, 238. 

Fisk, 29. 

Fitch, 63, 71,92, 220. 

Flag, ( 194. 

Flagg, ( .52. 

Flatt, 116. 

Fleet, 3, 17, 21, 44, 59, 6-5, 82, 106, 160, 217. 

Fleming, 147. 

Floyd, 29. 

Fiuckcr, 21, 92. 

Follings, 57. 

Ford, 186.. 

Foresight, 209. 

Forrest, 1.33. 

Foss, 231. 

Foster, 20, 28, 30, 52, 65, 97, 171, 233. 

Fowle, 76, 107, 113, 130, 159, 208, 219, 244. 

Frankland, 126, 128, 245. 

Franklin, ) 146. 

Franklyn. S 1.59, 171, 212, 239,245. 

Franklyne, ) 18, 118, 181, 230. 

Frazier, 220. 

Freeman, 46. 

French, 57. 

Frost, 225. 

Frutat, 145. 

Fullerton, 11, 107, 123, 22.3. 

Furber, 27. 

Furnace, 69. 

Gaffee, 149. 

Gage, 224, 227, 228, 247. 

Gains, 35, 51, 52, 97. 

Galloway, 18, 19. 

Gardner, 2, 4, 5, 11, 18, 23, 60, 66, 69, 70,247. 

Gay, 63, 132. 

Gear, 13. 

Geary, 104, 168. 

Gibbins. 244. 

Gibbons, 208. 

Gill, 3, 10, 37, 62, 64, 77, 92, 118, 120, 1S2, 194, 
204, 212, 218. 

Gleis, 244. 

Glover, 108. 

Godbolt, 90. 

Gold, 46. 

Goldthwait, 22, .51, 57, 03, 69, 133, 182, 186, 
221, 225. 

Golpin, 208. 

Goodwin, 29, 182. 

Gorden, 69, 92, 182, 220, 230. 

Gore, 62. 

Gorham,28, .38, 39, 48, 161, 162. 

<rorman, 54, 67. 

Gould, 108, 184, 214. 

Grianger, ( 19. 

Granger, i 11. 

Grant, 11, .59, 80, 107, 113, 1.39, 181, 208, 213, 
216. 

Graves, 230. 

Gray, 12, 21, 30, 36, 63, 92, 102, 132, 148, 173, 
193, 199, 209, 223. 

Greaton,230. 

Greely, 160. 

Green, 41, 63, 69, 72, 81, 92, 124, 148. 

Greenleaf, ; 20, 170, 242. 

Greenleaff, \ 19 36, 53, 71, 77, 97, 100, 103, 
109, 111, 128, 129, 1.30, 132, 
1.33, 139, 145, 161, 163, 165, 
177, 167, 168, 170, 182, 213, 
214, 220, 229. 

Greenwood, 29, 87, 92, 244. 

Grenough, .32, 03. 

Gridley, 186. 

Griebb, 143. 

Griffith, 188. 

Griffiths. 225. 

Grimes, 195. 

Groce, 163, 167. 

Grosvenor, 142. 

Gyles, 37. 



204 



City Document No. 42. 



niiiioweii, loj. 
Hamelton, ^ i 
Haniillon, (l 
Hamiiicltoii, f 



Hading, 20, 28. 

Hair, 127. 

Hale 144. 

Hall,' 29, 67, 69, lOS, 144, 166, 180, 20:5, 209, 

220. 
Hallowell, 165. 

94. 
130. 

232, 235, 
Hammiltou, J 238. 
Hamnock, 109. 

Hancock, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28, 32, 
33, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 

63, 54, 55, 56, 57, 5S, 59, 60, 61, 63, 

64, 65, eii, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 
77,78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84,86, 89,95, 
96, 97,98, 99, lltO, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 
113, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123, 124, 
125, 126, 128, 130, 133, 134, 138, 
139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 153, 154, 155, 157, 1.58, 159, 
165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
179, 180, 181, 183, 186, 187, 188, 
190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 200, 
201, 202, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 
215, 222, 224, 227, 228, 229, 237, 
238, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246. 

Hanlans, 208. 

Hanscall, 75. 

Hardwick, 2 

Harper, 43, 46. 

Harris, 49, 50, 75, 207. 

Harrison, 63, 200. 

Harrow, 233. 

Haraam, 32. 

HaskiuB, 159. 

Hartley, ] 10, 13, 15, 27, 28, 30, 32, .33, 34, 35, 
.36, 37, 38, 41, 44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 
52, 53, 54. 55, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 
67, 72, 78, 82, 83, 84, 85,86,87,88. 
89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 
99, 100, 101, 108, 115, 116, 117, 
119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 143, 
144, 146, 1.52, 1.53, 154, 155, 156, 
157, 159, 160, 164, 166, 173, 174, 
175, 178, 179, 181, 184, 185, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 200, 202, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 211, 217, 218, 219, 220, 222, 
223, 2.30, 235, 239, 247. 

Hartly. J 178. 

Hartshoru, I 46. 

Hartshorne, \ 43, 109. 

Harvey, 88. 

Hasliani, ( 47, 119. 

Hassliam, \ 44. 

Haskel, 113. 

Haskill, 107, 151. 

Hassom, 122. 

Hatch, 1.59, 160. 

Haven, 120, 127. 

Hawkins, 116, 208, 244. 

Hay, 118, 120, 127. 

H.iyden, 30, 58. 

Ilayley, 122. 

H. ay ward, 124. 

Head. 74. 

Uealey, 13, 29. 

Hearsey, / 188, 217, 218. 

Hearsy, i 217. 

Healh,35, 40, 63. 

Hemery, ( 180. 

Hemory, \ 180. 

Henderson, 29, 51, 73, 81, 103, 110, 146, 14S, 
173,200, 217, 241. 

Hcnahaw, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 
24, 25, 27, 28, .30, 31, .32, 33, 34, 
35, .'6, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
47, 48, 49, .50, 51, 53, 54, 55, .56, 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 



69, 70, 71, 72. 73, 92, 96, 112, 115, 
208. 

Hersom, 42, 43. 

Hewes, I 108, 113, 180. 

Hews, ( 1, 4, 84, 161, 1<;9, 207. 

Hibond, 138. 

Hicks, 76, 107. 

Hill, 16, 17, 73, 156, 1^2, 236, 237, 238, 239. 

Hillen, 83. 

Hilliard, 144. 

Hilton, 87. 

Hinckley, 5, 76, 214. 

Hines, 161. 

Hinks,241. 

Hinshee, 36. 

Hirons, 18. 

Hirst, 111. 

Hitchins, 96. 

Hixou, 18. 

Hoadly, 216, 219. 

Hobbs, 30. 

Hodges, 107. 

Hodsden, 186. 

Holbrick, 161. 

Holbrook, 11, 67, 202, 213. 

Holland, 36, 38. 

Hollis, 124. 

Hoi lister, 104. 

HoUowell, 69, 127, 165. 

Hollyday, 3, 4, 21, 42, 62, 73, 92, 102, 121, 148, 
185, 199,219. 

Homer, 219. 

Honnywell, 67. 

Hood, 17, 22,29, 179, 230. 

Hooper, 115. 

Hopkins, 49, 51. 

Horner, ISO, 182, 183. 

Horsham, 119. 

Horton, ISS. 

Hosea, 173, 174. 

Houghton, 105. 

How, 176, 182, 220. 

Howard, 21, 6.3, 133, 182, 2 il, 220, 221. 

Hozea, 173. 174, 175. 

Hubbard, 21, 63, 74, 92, 124, l*.t. 132, 133. 

Uudenox, 86. 

Hughes, 216, 220. 

Humphrey, ( 11.3, 114, 116. 

Humphry, i 128. 

Hunniman, 245, 249. 

Hunuiwcll, ( 68. 

Hunnywell, \ 75. 

Hunstable, 128. 

Hunt, 69, 70, 92, 132, 184, 220, 249. 

Hunter, 214. 

Hurst, 182, 214. 

Hutchinson, 12, 14, 16, 31, 34, 37, 3S, .39, 47, 
63, 66, 72, 79, 84, 85, 92, 94, 95, 
103, 132, 134, 138, l.")3, 155, 
159, 160, 161. 162, 163, 164, 
167, 168 172, 173, 175, 176, 
180, 182, 185, 186, 194, 195, 
197, 206. 

Hutter, 208, 244. 

Hyde, 77. 

Hyslop, 188, 189, 191, 199. 

Inches, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 
27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, .59, 60, 61, 
62, 63, 64, 65, 66. 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 
72, 73, 74, 7.5, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 8a, 90, 91, 93, 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 125, 133, 212. 

Ingersol, ) 133, 180. 

Ingersoll, ( 225. 

Innian, 1, 56, 74, 106, 1.58, 205. 

Ireland, 171, 245. 

Irving, 63. 

Ivers, 21. 



Index of Names. 



255 



188, 



Jackson, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12, 
U,15, IG, 17,18, 19,20,21,22 
24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 
36, 37, 3S, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
47,48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 
67,68,69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 
77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91,92, 93, 64, 95, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 
113, 114, 126, 13S, 166, 182, 
238, 239, 243, 245. 

Jarvis, ) 232, 233, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
J 241, 246, 247, 248, 249. 

Javis, ) 238. 

Jay, 132. 

Jefferies, ) 139. 

Jeffries, S 2, 21, 23, 24, 27, 149, 150, 159, 
) 191, 194, 201, 245. 

Jenkins, 22, .52, 66, 97, 101, 109, 164. 

Jennings, 102. 

Jepson, 29. 

Johnson, 129, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 190, 

Johonnot, 21. 

Jones, 29, 38, 59, 92, 122, 143. 

Josslyn, 141. 

Joy, 88, 189. 

Joyce, 62. 

Kaycas, 62. 

Kelley, j 101. 

Kelly, i 173. 

Kent, 29, 41, 182. 

Kettle, 16. 

Kidney, 105. 

Kilby, 20. 

King, 240,241,247. 

Kinnigher, 55. 

Kittle, 114, 144. 

Knap, 140. 

Kneeland, 58, 88, 108, 148, 189, 208,223. 

Knight, 144. 

Knose, 58. 

Kyer, 100. 



Laighton, 46. 

Lambert, 20, 186. 

Lampson, I 158, 159. 

Lamsou, \ 159. 

Langdon, 29. 

Larkin, 14. 

Larry, 122, 127. 

Latham, 233, 237. 

Laughton, 92, 182. 

Law, 35. 

Lazinby, 165. 

Leach, 88. 182, 184, 185, 186, 187. 

Leadbetter, 66. 

Leaveret, 102, 148, 199. 

Lebland, 244. 

Leblond, 14, 76, 115, 159, 208. 

Lee, 14, 49, 76, 107, 115, 159. 139, 190, 208, 

244. 
Leech, 66. 
Legat, 104. 
Leighton, 53. 
Leonard, 127. 
Leslie 161. 
Leveret, 102, 132. 

Lewis, 1, 17, 24, 79, 81, 87, 113, 208. 
Liddel, 63. 
Little, 144. 
Lizard, 243, 
Lloyd, 92, 248. 
LI yd, 23, 191. 
Lobden, 107. 
Lollier,22, 28, 33. 
Longly, 239. 
Look, 29. 

Lorins, 32, 35, 107, 168, 180, 208. 
Lothrop, 17, 21, 111, 132, 182, 217, 220. 
Love, 2, 11, 32, 106, 129, 141, 215, 216. 
Level, 78, 114, 116, 192, 208, 216, 225. 



, 13, 


Lovering, 13, 29, 167. 


!,23, 


Lewder, 13. 


,35, 


Loyd, 21. 


,46, 


Lucas, 42. 


,56, 


Luce, 43, 160. 


,66, 


Luckis, 185, 200, 207. 


,76, 


Ludson, 133. 


,86, 


Lunderkin, 245. 


,96, 


Lunt, 143, 144. 


104, 


Lush, 13. 


111, 


Lyde, 213. 


231, 


Lyie, 133. 



Maccarty, 67, 103. 

Macgraw, 193. 

Mackay, 19, 22, 26, 48, 162, 182. 

Mackey, i 19, 23. 

Mackintosh, 249. 

Mackleroth, 147. 

Magee, 100. 

Magrath, 235, 236. 

Magraw, 232, 239. 

Marble, 216. 

Marion, 116. 

Marshal, I 21, 111, 112, 113. 

Marshall, i 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 123, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 150, 151, 1.54, 155, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 
165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 
179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 198, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 2U4, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 
222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 
243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249. 

Marston, 219. 

Martin, 30, 39, 43, 45, 46, 54, 72, 80, 93, 100, 
114, 150, 169, 235. 

Mason, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 
23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 
99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 133, 182. 

Mather, 21, 63, 77, 92, 132, 177, 182, 220, 229, 
236. 

Matthew, ) 100. 

Matthews, j 81, 92. 

Maverick, 21, 36, 73, 76, 12 

May, 53, 151, 1.58. 

Mayers, 30. 

Mayes, ) 79, 139, 204. 

Mays, I 76. 

Maylet, 33. 

McAfee, 91. 

McAlpen, 47. 

McCarthy, / 64. 

McCarty, S 225, 244. 

McCawell, 29. 

McCleland, 29. 

McCloud, 29, 76, 108. 

McClouglin, 168. 

McDaniel, 42, 67, 204. 

McEwen, 174, 175, 176, 178. 

McFadden, 1 43, 85, 87, 90, 128, 186, 215, 242, 
243. 

McFaddin, ) 65. 

McGee, 70. 

McGraues, 238. 

Mcintosh, 72,242. 

Mclntyre, 148. 

McLary, 97. 

McLearth, 142. 



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City Documext Xo. 42. 



McM asters, 74. 

McXeall, ( 41. 

Mi-Neil, i 72, 10;i, 14i>, 14S, 199. 

Mearsey, 159. 

Metros, 23.1. 

.Melledire, 171. 

Meloy, 168. 

Metret, 107. 

Miffling, 182. 

Miller, 113, 115, 177, 188. 

Millet, 19.5. 

Milliken, 236. 

Mills, 38, 143. 

xMinot, 107, 116, 168, 207, 208, 220. 

Miiiott, 99. 

Miiizie, 164. 

Miuzies, 109. 

Missick, 14. 

Mitchel, 107. 

Moliise, 196. 

Molleneaux, ( 182. 

Mollineau.x, ( 104, 138. 

Monk, 212. 

Montague, 126, 130, 131. 

Moore, ) 32, 37, 41, .-)9, 111, 188, 191, 222, 242 
J 247. 

More, ) 38, 191. 
Morehead, 63. 
Morey, 49. 
Morgan, 83. 
Mors, 58. 
Morse, 14. 
Morton, 209. 
Moiintfort, 20. 
Miiggerage, 208. 
Mnggeridge, 114. 
Mulberry, 30. 
Mullineaux, 21. 
Mumfort, 116. 
Murtie, 100. 
Murray. 2, 108, 142. 
Murry, 5. 



Xarsons, S3. 
Nelson, 147. 
Nesbit, 246. 
Nevene, 23. 
New, 145. 
Newel, I 100, 137. 
Newell, i 36, 74, 90, 91, 9" 
115, 116, 117, 
123, 124, 125, 
131, 132, 133, 
138, 139, 140, 
146, 147, 148, 
153, 1.54, 155, 
161, 162, 163, 
168, 169, 170, 
175, 170, 177, 
183, 184, 185, 
190, 191, 193, 
198, 199, 200, 
205, 206, 207, 
212, 213, 214, 
219, 220, 221, 
226, 227, 22S, 
233, 234, 2,35, 
242, 243, 244, 
249. 
Newhall, 182, ISS, 226. 
Newton, 92. 

Nichols, 76, 107, 115, 208. 
Nicholson, 234. 
Nor Crost, ( 35. 
Norcrost, ( 166, 169, 207. 
Nowell, 194, 195, 198, 207. 
Noyes, 16, 17, 69, 182. 
Nuttage, 116, 208. 
Nye, 202. 



2, 94 


111 


112 


113, 


118, 


119. 


121, 


122, 


126 


128 


129, 


130, 


134 


135 


, 136 


137, 


141, 


143, 


144, 


145, 


149 


150 


151, 


1.52, 


157, 


158, 


159, 


160, 


164, 


165, 


166, 


167, 


171, 


172, 


173, 


174, 


178, 


179, 


180, 


181, 


186, 


187, 


188, 


189, 


194, 


195, 


196, 


197, 


201, 


202, 


203, 


204, 


208, 


209, 


210, 


211, 


215. 


216, 


217, 


218, 


222, 


223, 


224, 


225, 


220, 


■230, 


231, 


232, 


236, 


237 , 


238, 


239, 


245, 


246, 


247, 


248, 



O'Briant, 77. 
O'Brien, 102. 
O'earra, 142. 



Oliver, 14, 63, 76, 107, 113, 114, 159, 168, 170. 

188,204,208,211,213,214. 
Oolle, .52. 
Organ, 130. 
Orgin, 32. 
Orne, 191. 
Osgood, 84. 

Otis, 21, 35, 38, 60, 73, 103, 104, 132, 177 
Oustis, 129. 
Oytis, 116. 

Packard, 127. 

Paddock, 2, 132, 148, 173. 

Page, 2, 4, 5, 164. 

Paget, 139. 

Paine, 70, 163, 182. 

Palmer, 1, 56, 74, 106, 158, 205. 

Parker, 25, 27, 28, 3r;, 42, 67, 69, 73, 96, 97 

102, 126, 221) 
Parkes, 102. 
Parkman. 172. 
Parks, 167. 
Parsons, 89, 90, 104. 
Partridge, / 85, 86, 107. 
Patridg, » 143. 
Patten, ( 148, 151. 
Pattin, i 59. 
Patterson, 76. 
Payne, 63, 69, 224. 
Payson, 61, 176. 
Peak, 14. 
Pearce, 127, 216. 
Pearin, 244. 
Peavy, 52. 
Peck, 102,241. 
Pecker, 23, 240. 
Peckin, 164. 

Peirce, 14, 18, 140, 141, 153. 
Pierpoint, 22, 90, 185. 

Pemberton, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 
13, 14, 15,16,17,18,19, 20, 2l', 
22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 
32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64,65,66, 67,68, 69,70, 71, 72, 
73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 
92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 
109, im, 132, 166, 182, 220. 
Penroe, 143. 
Percy, 224. 
Perkins, 23, 92. 
Perring, SO. 
Perry, 76, 127, 128. 
Peterson, 159. 
Pettibone, 201. 
Pevy, 53. 
Philips, ( 132. 

Phillips, i 63, 102, 132, 182, 209. 
PhiUebrown, 27. 
Pierce, l.'):i, 168, 231, 241. 
Pierpoint, 39, 40 42, 44, 46, 200. 
Pike, 51. 
Piper, 145, 216. 

Pitts, 21, 63, 92, 132, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 
ISO, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 192, 194, 195, 195, 196, 
197, 198, 200, 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 
209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 
225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
241, 242, 245, 246. 
Plympton,lfi6. 
Pollard, 52, 96, 113, 114. 
Poor, ) 35, 40, 245. 
Poore, \ 40. 
Pope, .53, 193, 227. 
Popkins, 226. 
Porbis, 67. 
Pole, 153, 155. 



Im)kx of Name^^. 



257 



Powell, 133. 

Power, 227. 

Prat, 54. 

Pratt, i 55, 58, 115, 149, 16.S. 

Press. 14. 

Presson, 123. 

Price, 70. 

Prichard, .30, 104. 

Prince, 21, 50, 51, 73, 103, 143, 148, 195, 200. 

Procter, 10, 21, l.Jl, 177, lSi>, 191, 197, 199, 

201,202, 214, 233. 
Pulis, 80. 
Pulling, 29. 
Putraan, 56, 67. 
Putnam, 21,36, 43, 66, 214. 

Quincey, ) 165. 

Quincy, ] 16, 70, 92, 133, 1-82. 

Rainey, 171. 

Ramsey, 134. 

Ranee, 245. 

Ranchon, 116. 

Rand, 23, 29, 129. 

Randall, 244. 

Ranks, 248, 249. 

Ranson, 103. 

Ray, 208, 244. 

Rea, 42, 73. 

Read, / 4, 107, 108, 139. 

Reed, i 102, 165. 

Rex, 67. 

Reynolds, 161. 

Richards, 35, 177. 

Richardson, 75, 81, 91, 203, 215, 216. 

Ridgeway, I 32. 

Ridgway, ( 60. 

Rix, 12. 

Roberts, 84, 109. 

Robertson, 89, 90. 

Robins, 107, 216. 

Robinhaw, 28. 

Robinson, 28, 30, 106, 164, 198, 220, 230. 

Robishaw, 34. 

Roby, 70. 

Rogers, 49, 51, 82, 87, 88, 89, 90, 1.52, 181, 188, 
191,222. 

Rolley, 31. 

R08S, 29, 52. 

Rotch, 158, 205. 

Roulston, 126, 193, 212, 241. 

Rounde, 202. 

Rowe, 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18,20,21, 03, 71, 78, 
178, 233. 

Rowley, ( 32. 

Rowly, i 48. 

Rowse, 52. 

Royal, 43. 

Ruddock, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 
28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81. 91, 95, 97. 
98, 99, 100, 101, 106, 107, 108, 
109, 135, 136, 137, 1.38. 

Rudstock, 107. 

Ruggles, 37, 42, 64, 103, 146, 149, 177, 189, 
191, 219, 247. 

Rumley, 29. 

Russel, ( 89, 106, 124, 170, 214. 

Russell, \ 1, 56, 74, 158, 165, 170, 205, 208, 
244. 

Rust, 83, 85, 88, 89. 

Ryan, 139. 

Safford, 17. 

Salmon, 29, 108. 

Salter, 42, 64, 73, 102, 116, 121, 123, 126, 148, 

199. 
Sampson, 14. 
Senders, I 43. 
.--aiiiuk-rs, i 41, 47, 171, 176. 



Savage, 34, :'.S, 41, 51, 64, 72, 100, 103, 148 
160, 199. 

Scollan, 116. 

ScoUay, 1 03, 92, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 
118,119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 
126, 127, 128, 129, 1.30, 131, 132, 
1.33, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 1.50, 151, 152, 1.53, 1.54, 
155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
170,171,172, 173, 174, 175, 176,177, 
V 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 
185, 186, 187, 188. 189, 190, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 
213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 
220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 229, 2.30, 231, 2.32, 2-33, 
234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248, 
249. 

Scolloy,J 192. 

Scott, 47, 92, 182, 194, 210. 

Seargeant, 42. 

Searl, 13, 24, 28, 35, .52, .53, 133. 

Seave, 102. 

Sergeant, 29, 151. 

Sewall, 75. 

Seward, 200, 202, 204. 

Seymore, 95, 201. 

Sharp, 3, 12, 27, 69, 80, 108, 168, 205, 214, 
219,247, 249. 

Shaw, 216, 220. 

Shay, 102. 

Sheaffe, 21. 

Shed, 225. 

Shepard, 127. 

Sherley, 188. 

Short, 74. 

Shute, 53, 55, 219. 

Sigornev, 128. 

Silsbey,"44. 

Simmons, 29. 

Simons, 2]4, 215. 

Simpson, 21, 36, 65. 

Sircomb, 49, 136. 

Slate, 74. 

Sloan, 30, 145, 162, 180, 182, 212. 

Sm.nll, 51,224. 

Smallpiece, 146. 

Smith, 1 3,22, 23, 28, 29, 49, 63, 92, 128, 138, 
143, 144, 151, 152, 156, 159, 188, 
;. 199, 214, 217, 218, 219, 223, 226, 
I 244, 249. 

Smyth, J 212. 

Snelling, 29. 

Snow, 30, 209. 

Sommers, 67. 

Spear, 118. 

Spence, 30. 

Spooner, .54. 

Spragne, 23, 55, 127, 154, 164, 167. 

Spriggs, 118, 120. 

Spurr, 11. 

Stafford, 17. 

Stanbridge, 3. 

Star, 33, 80, 209. 

Stearns, 29, 195,243. 

Stephen, 58. 

Stetson, 34. 

Stevens, 60. 212, 219. 

Stewart, 215. 

Stillraan, 63. 

Stimson, 13. 

Stoddard, 16,81,97, 191. 

Stokes, 23. 

Stone, 35, 38, 48, 49, 97, 107, 244. 

Stoueman, 69. 

Storer, 22, .59, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 
98, 99. 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 
106, 107,108, no. 132, 178. 



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City Document No. 12. 



Story, 23, 29. 

Straien, 13. 

SludsoD, 178. 

SUitson, 180. 

Sullivan, 129. 

Sumner, 137,191,209. 

Sutton, 10, 27, 32, .■)9, 75, 84, 102, 108, 128, 

137, 151, 169, 188. 
Swarter, 75. 
Swasy, 155. 
Sweeter, 102. 
Sweetser, I 224. 
Sweetzer, ( 133. 
Swift, 21, 205. 
Syinms, 60, 61, 62, 220. 
Syrcorab, 50, 70, 145, 149. 

Tant, 216. 

Tayler, I 47, 100, 194,197. 

Taylor, \ 194, 220. 

Temple, 63. 

Thayer, 69, 71, 102, 114, 128, 225. 

Thomas, 7, 110, 128, 167, 212. 225, 238, 240, 241. 

Thompson, ) 27, .30, 36, 52, 53, 54, 75, 105, 

$ 126,145,192,206,216,243. 
Thomson, ) 208. 
Thornton, 73, 97. 
Thorp, 112, 114. 
Tidmarsh, 66. 
Titlin, 142. 

Tileston, 10, 12, 63, 113, 165, 177, 208. 
Timminsjs, 94. 
Tingate,' 22. 
Tobin.llS. 
Toby, 178. 
Tod, ( 67,68, 191. 
Todd, ( 68, 75. 219. 
Tollman, 57. 
Torrey, / 67, 101. 
Torry, \ 172. 
Townsend, 25, ITl, IM. 
Trail, 29, 225. 
Trask, 193, 200. 
Treat, 21. 
Tree, 122, 127. 
Trig, 237, 238. 
True, 83, 89. 
Tucker, 43, 46, 180, 183. 
Tiickerraan, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 41, 90. 
Tudor, 16, 69. 
Turel, 81. 

Turner, 14, 169, 199. 
Twiss, 73. 

Tyler, 22, 23, 24, 26, 33, 34, 55, 62, 63, 73, 154. 
Tyley, 137. 

Uran,66, 67, 99. 

Vaid.-»le, 213. 
Vance, 247. 
Varney, 124, 208. 
V^issal, 22. 
Vaux,12S, 142,166. 
Veasey, ( 96. 
Veasy, i 112,113. 
Veazie, 13. 
Vernon, 182. 
Vesey, 186. 
VIntenon, 242. 
Vose, 168,2.32,233. 
Vox, 191. 

Wainwright, 116. 

Wakefield. 208, 244. 

Walcot, 231. 

Waldo, 109, llfi, 127, 128, 145, 226. 

Wales, 60, 76. 

Walker, 65, 127, 191, 244. 

Wallace, 32. 

Walley, 21. 

Wallis, 31, 41. 



Ward, 21, 14!r>, 220. 
Warden, 20S. 

Warden, 225. 

Ware, 101. 

Warland, 243. 

Warner, 100. 

Warren, 3, 20, 23, 63, 72, 74, 103, 105, 110, 133, 
l:!9, 1S2, 235. 

Waters, 21, 167, 176. 

Wear, 130. 

Web, ; 225. 

Webb, i 12, 29, 43. 

Webber, 30, 33, 207. 

Welch, 60,62,115,244. 

Wells, 29, 97, 220, 243. 

Wendel, t 121, 149,207. 

Wendell, i 42, 112, 113, 114,115, 116, 117, 118, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 133, 
1S4, 135, 136, 137, 138, 1.39, 140, 
141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
150, 151, 152, l.")3, 154, l.J5, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 
165, 169, 170, 171, 180, 181, 182, 
183, 184, 186, 187, 1S8, 191, 192, 
193, 194, 195, 196, 200, 201, 202, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
211, 212, 213, 21.5, 216, 217, 218, 
219, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 229, 230, 234, 235, 237, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 240, 
247, 248. 

Wentwortli, 22, 221. 

Wetherby. 152. 

Weymouth, 244. 

Wheeler, 76, 114, 186. 

Wheelwright, 35. 

Whitcorab, 159, 208, 217. 

White, 14, 17, 31, 35, 64, 75, 76, 112, 114, 166, 
202. 

Whitefield,97. 

Whitman, 29. 

Whitmarsh, 178, 179. 

Whitney, 11, 19. 

Whittv, 29. 

Whitwell, 14, 2.3, 49, 91, 100, 102, 105, 107, 
112, 118, 148, 164, 165,220. 

Whitworth, 5, 11, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, 33, 35, 38, 
41, 42, 48, 52, 6.3, 68, 144, 145, 
1.54, 155, 157, 180, 198, 209, 214, 
247. 

Wibirt, 180. 

Wiliard, 75. 

Williams, 21, 29, 59, 91, 101, 17.3. 209. 

Williston, 4, 10, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 35, 42, 43, 
67, 72, 97, 101, 127, 141, 146, 147, 
165, 169, 

Willson, 14. 100. 

Wintjtield, 25, 27,35. 

Winkell, 14. 

Winniet,96. 

Winniit, 113, 114. 

Winslow, 3, 5, 12, 42, 55, 73, 75, 76, 97, 102, 
104, 132, 148, 183, 195, 109, 208. 

Winter, 76, 161. 

Winthrop, 182. 

Wise, 116, 159, 208. 

Wiswall, 231,244. 

Withington, 29. 

Wood, 72. 

Woodward, 81, 101, 2.35. 

Wottle, 35, 40. 

Wright, 97, 141, 145, 147. 

Wyer, 47. 

Yarley, 146, 147. 

Yorkas, 23. 

Young, 23,97, 147, 208. 

Negro. 

Cambridge, 73. 

Lucy, 165. 
Phillis, 208. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Accident to Elizabeth Martin, 93. 
Accounts, province, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 15, 
30, ;J2, 33, 34, 36, 44, 52, 5G, 57, 65, 66, 67, 
68, 70, 72, 74, 77, 78, 84, 87, 90, 91, 96, 97, 
100, 102, 103, 106, 108, 110, 127, 133, 134, 
139, 143, 145, 146, 149, 158, 162, 164, 168, 
173, 180, 185, 193, 196, 200, 207, 208, 209, 
210,211,212, 213, 218, 219, 222, 223,226, 
227,228,234, 241, 242, 245 
Act, regarding dimensions of coal-baskets, 
142, 143. 
to regulate the sale of goods at public 
vendue, and to limit the number of 
auctioneers, 169, 170, 184-85. 
concerning sealers of wood, 187, 188. 
to prevent fraud in cord wood, 187. 
of Parliament concerning, town meet- 
ings, 224, 
2*25. 
vessels, 230. 
Province, 111, 
Admiral Vernon, the, 225. 

{See (iIko Taverns.) 
Addre^es : sent Governor Francis Bernard, 

6, 7, 8,9. 
Advertisements see Newspapers. 
Aliens or foreigners, 11, 61, 71. 
Dutch, 180. 
French, 28, 33. 
Prussian, 72. 
(See also Strangors.) 
Almshouse, the, 2, 3, 23, 34. 96, 212, 213, 222. 
accounts of, 33, 77. 
dead at the, burial of, 53, 92. 
selectmen to visit, 113. 

report of, 116. 
inhabitant of Stoneham, sick 

at, 149, 151. 
inmates of, desire to leave, 
14,17 111,122, 
169, 219. 
to go out in 
search of work, 
168. 
boy at, case of, 216. 

discharged, 168. 
removed. 28, 198. 
died at, 201. 
received into, 2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 18, 
19,20, 24, 32, 35, 36, 44, 47, 49, 

54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 70, 
71-72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 
81, 85, 86, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 100, 

101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 111, 
116, 118, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
141,143, 145, 148,153,161, 168, 

192, 193, 197, 207, 214, 215, 227, 
234, 241, 243. 

keeper of the, 2, 5, 10, 14, 19, 20, 
24, .32, 33, 35, 36, 44, 47, 49, 54, 

55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 70, 
71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
85, 86, 87, 91, 95, 97, 100, 101, 

102, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 116, 
118, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 134, 
143,145,148,156,161,168, 192, 

193, 213, 214, 215, 219, 234, 241, 
243. 

America (sloop), -IS, 38, 48, 158, 159. 

accounts of the owners of, 159. 



Amhnrst (brigantine') , 115, 121, 123. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Ammunition see Axmsatid Ammunition. 
Ann street, 65. 

(See also Streets.) 
Apothecaries, 148. 

(See also Trades.) 
Apprentices and Indentures, 128. 
Armories, 192. 

removal of the powder-house, 78, 
79. 
gun-house, to repair, 192. 
Arms and Ammunition : 

requisitiim for thirty small arms, 

117. 
amrauniiion, explosion of, 79. 
to inspect, 202. 

loan to the militia, 219. 
town's powder to inspect, 226. 
Army, the see Troops. 
Artillery company, 2. 

otlicers of, 63. 
to use Faneuil Hall, 88, 
121. 
Assembly or Court, General, 22, 62, 74, 133, 
142, 169, 170, 178, 183, 184, 
187, 188, 191, 228. 
petitions, 22. 
speaker of, 62. 
Assessors, 19, 74, 106, 200, 2.33. 

notice sent the, 56, 106, l.i8, 205, 

206. 
oath administered to, 95. 
assessment of land about Paddy's 

Alley, 149-50, 154-i5. 
books, 233. 
cerlificates, 2.33. 
Assize of Bread see Breadstuffs. 
Auctions and Auctioneers, 169-70, 178, 184— 
85. 
choice of auctioneers, 170, 215. 
restrictions on, removed, 178. 
law concerning, 215. 
licenses as, 109-70, 184-85, 215. 
.-Vurora (birgantine) , 173, 174. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 

Back street, 16, 69, 84, 108. 

(See also Streets,) 
Bakers, 3, 9, 12, 15. 17, 18, 20, 27, .32. 33, 36, 
41, 43, 48, 52, .54, 57, 58, .59, 61, 63, 
05, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 78, 80, 81, 
82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 99, 101, 104, 106, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 119, 123, 128, 131, 
134, 1.39,145, 149, 150, 1.54, 157, 162, 
165, 169, 175, 177, 179, 182, 185, 188, 
189, 192, 195, 200, 204, 207, 210, 211, 
214, 216, 218, 220, 223, 226, 229, 230, 
234, 2.39, 242, 245, 246, 248. 
bakeries, 16, 96. 

statement of town bakers as to assize 
of bread, 80. 
Baltimore, 153, 160, 163, 235. 
Barnstable, 214, 224. 
Barracks, the, 23, 26. 

Wheelwright's 35. 
Sugar House Barrack, 42. 
town to erect, 229. 
the several, to examine, as small- 
pox is about, 2.32. 



260 



City Doc[tment Xo. 42. 



Harnicks, al Doan b wharf, iJG, 241. 
in Kiug'g street, 2;J9, 24s. 
Barrett's wharf, 187. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Batteries, 20, 92, 108. 

North, 14, 145, 146, 186. 

men to exercise in, 145. 
town's land near, 149. 
flag for the, 210, 
magazine of, out of order, 
216. 
South, 55, 57, 71, 225. 
Battery-March street, 134. 

paving of, 135. 
„ ,, . (-S^ea/so Streets.) 

Beaver (bngantine), 204, 205, 206, 207. 

(iS'ee aluo Ships, etc.) 
Beer, two casks of, 43. 

bottled, 121. 
Bells, ringing of, 171. 

New Boston, 171. 
Bequest to poor widows (Jfra. Brooker's), 
11, 12, 14, 74, 75, 76, 78, SO, 96 
99,112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 123 
151, 15S, 159, 161, 165, 177, 181* 
188, 195, 204, 208, 211 21"' '>13' 
214,243,244. 
draft day determined, 74. 
list of recipients, 14, 76, 107, 108 

114-1.5, 110, 124, 159, 208, 244. 
account against, 97. 
bonds, 114, 116, 123,151,161,165 
177, 181, 188, 195, 204, 208, 21l' 
213, 214. • . . . 

of fire-engine, to town, 128. 

258 sheep from town of Wind- 
ham, Conn., 221. 
Beverly, 187. 
Bilboa, 207. 

Bill, of expenses incurred in case of Eliza- 
beth Martin, 93. 
Port, 221-22, 226 2'8 
Billet, 224-225. 
Bilrica (Billerica), 246. 
Black IIor.se lane, 209. 
( See alw Streets.) 
Blacksmiths, 214. 

(5eeafeo Trades.) 
Blind, 32, 130, 165, 233. 
lane, 81. 
(See also Streets.) 
Beaded (?) Alley, 32. 

(See also .Streets, «<e.) 
Boats see Ships, etc. 
Bonds see Sureties. 
Books pamphlets, elc : 
law, 10, 111. 

to procure 10. 
containing plans of the streets 92 
abridgement of tlie Province Laws, 

111. i 

Province Acts, 111. 
town, 188. 
Boston, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 12 

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2o', 22* 23* I 
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, .32 33,' 34' 1 
35, ,36, 37, .38, .39, 40, 41, 42 43 44 
45, 46, 47, 48, 49, .50, 51, 52, 53* 54* 
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 64* 
65, 66, 67, 68, 89, 70, 71, 72 73' 74' 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83' 84* 
85. 86, 87, 88, 89, 90. 91, 92 93' 94' 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 'lOli' 
104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 111' 
112,113,114,11.5, 116,117,118 II9' 
120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126 127' 
128, 129, 130, 131, 132, l.K, 134, 135 
136, 1.37, 138, 139. 140, 141, 142, 142 
144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 1.50, 1.51, 
152, 153, 1.54, 1.55, 156, 157, 158, 159 
160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166 167 
168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174 175 
176, 177, 178, 179. IsO, 181, 182, 183* 
184, 185, 186, 187, ISS, 189, 190, 191,' 



192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198 I99 
200. 201, 202, 203, 204, 205 206 ^07* 
208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 2I4' ho' 
216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221 ''•»' 2-^3' 
224, 225, 226, 227, 228, ■»<)' o-jq' 231' 
232, 233, 234, 235, 2.36, 237' ^.38' 239' 
240. 241, 242, 243, 244, 245 "46' 047' 
248,249. ".-•*'. 

aspersions to vindicate the town 

from, 7. 
to be indemnified if paupers are loft 

wiiliin its precints, 51. 
perambulation of line between, and 

Roxbury, 100, 2.!0, 231. 
town clerk to get account of all the 
real estate in, from town treasurer, 

4th Regiment as. 224. 
Common, 2, 146, 189, 238. 

title of, to be examined, 11. 

writing school on, 11. 202 

213. ' 

hospital at bottom of, 18. 

35, 67. 
to enclose, 78. 
cattle on, 79, 213, 215. 
land on, to view, 97. 
burying ground on, 96, 126 

241. 
new tombs to build on, 126. 
school house on, 129. 
bank repaired in, 171. 
damage by carts, to repair 
215. ^ ' 

burial in, bv night, 239. 
Gazette, 248. 

(See also 'Sewsuapers.) 
Harbor, 724, 125, 238. 

fishing in, to restrict, 130. 
Neck, 03, 100, 113. 
rent for, 2. 

bull pastuie house, 2. 
to repair, 12, 7y. 
west side of, 2, 19. 
to pave, 6.t. 

grave for use on , 12, 79. 
land on, improved bv Vr 

Lewis, 81. 
repairs on, 124. 
incumbering, 177. 

penalties for, 156. 
land and buildings on south 

side of, 176. 
incumbrances, to remove, 214- 

15. 
old iJowder house on, 215. 
fence on, to view, 216. 
town's house near, 221. 
fortification on, ground to be 
broken, 227. 
Regiment, 58. 

(See also Tronps.) 
Bottles, six hampers of, 46, 5U. 
Bourn, Mr. requested to open town meetins 
with prayer, 10. ^ 

Bra in tree, .59, 73, 124. 
Bran, 34, 39. 50. 
Brattle square, 29. 

(See also Streets. "> 
Brazen Head, The 81. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Bread street, 133. 

(See also Sireeta.) 
Breadstuffs, wheat, rye, hiUiau, flour,fi;c.,3 
9, 12, 15, 17, IS, 20, 27, 32, 33, 36, 
41, 43, 48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 
63, 64, 60, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75 77 
78, 80, 81, 82, 89, 91,95, 96,' 99,' 
101, 104, 106, 108, 110, 111. 112 
119, 123, 12s, 131, 134, 139, 145, 
149, 150, 154, 157, 158, 160, 162- 
163, 165-66, 167, 169,175, 177 
179, 182, 185, 188, 189, 192 Ms' 
96, 200, 204, 207, 210, 211, 214' 



Index to Places and Subjects. 



261 



Bread stuffs, etc., contiinied . 

•216, -.'IS, 220, •222, 223, ■2-26, 2-29, 
230, 234, 239, -242, •24.5, •246,'24S. 
assize of bread, 3, 9, 12, 15, 17, 
18, 20, -27, 3-.', 3.!, 36, 41, 43, 
48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 
63-64, 65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 
78, 80, 81, 82, 89, 91, 96, 96, 99, 
101, 104, 106, 108, 110, 111, 
112, 119, 1-23, r28, 131, 134, 
139, 145, 149, 150, 154, 1.57, 
16-2, 16.5-66, 169, 175, 177, 179, 
18^2, 185, 188, 189, 192, 195- 
96, •200. 204, 207, 210, 211, 213. 
'214, 216, 218, 220, 222, 223, 
226, 229, 230, 234, 239, 242, 
245, 246, 248. 
Brick Kiln to open, 226. 
Briclis, 215. 
Bridges: draw, 35, 69. 

over common sewer, 70. 
mill, 99. 
Bridgewater, 127. 
British Coffee-house, 142. 

{See also Taverns.) 
British Constitution of Government, trans- 
actions of town do not militate with any 
law, or the, 9. 
Brittania {xhip) 92,93, 94. 

(See also Ships.) 
Bromfield's lane, 29. 

(See also Streets.) 
Brooker's Donation see Bequest. 
Buildings to erect : — 

gun house near the common, 2. 

scuttle in roof, permit 
to make, 17;">. 
added to bull pasture house, 2, 4. 
on North Battery, 14. 
a bake-house, 16. 
tallow-chandlers' house, 112. 
to erect, for soapboilers, 14.5. 
barracks, 229. 
town's, 17, 80, 129,214. 
north side of Neck, 64. 
shop on bull pasture, 2, 11. 
Fancuil Hall, 11. 

shop improved by — Jackson, 12. 
new watch house on town's land 

adjoining Fortification, 42. 
store opposite the Golden Ball, 

66, 96, 128. 
warehouses, 71, 89, 114. 146, 171. 
slaughter house, 75, 85. 
engine-house, 81, 14S. 
shop in Queen street, 96. 
cellar under the Granary, 100. 
town house cellar, 109. 
shop near Concert Hall, 112, 113, 

167. 
house at South End, 166. 
house (in<l buildings on the south 

side of the Neck, 176. 
occupied by Mr. Barret, 20.4. 
house near the Neck, 221. 
Owners of : — 
Mr. Blowers, h. 3. 

Wra. Page, h. 4, 5. 
Mr. Billings, h., 10. 
3Ir. Thomas Webb, h., 12. 

Benjamin Peirce, h., IS. 
Mr. Thos. Cunningham, h., 20. 
Mr. Mavericks, h.. 21. 36. 
Miles Greenwood, h., 29. 
Edward Blanchard, store, 29. 
John Whittv, h.. •29. 
Sarah Daws, h., -29. 
Frances Look. h.. 29. 
David McCloud. shop, 29. 
Mary Bradlee. h. •29. 
Jonathan Williams, h., 29. 
Benjamin Humley, b. ^29. 
Mr. William Dickman, h., ^22. 
3lr. Joseph TyU-r, b., "22, ■23. 



Buildings, Owners of : — 

Mr. Edward Crafts, h., 22, •23, 
Mr. Townsend. h.. 25. 
John Fiske. h., ^29. 
Samuel Breeding, h., 29. 
Daniel Jones, h., ^29. 
Ebenezer Floyd, h., •29. 
Mary Hall, h., "29. 
William Dall, h.,^29. 
Francis Salmon, h., •29. 
Daniel Calf, h.. •29. 
Muntgear McCawell, sh., 29. 
Joseph Snellius.'. h., 29. 
Samuel Webb, h., -29. 
John Hood, h., ^29. 
Rebecca Badger, h., ^29. 
Thomas Rand, h., '29. 
Ann Chandler, h., •29. 
Margaret Bickner, h., 29. 
Joseph Henderson, dis., 29. 
Ezekial Cbeevers, dis., 2'i. 
Benjamin Goodwin, dis., 29. 
John Cleland, h., ^29. 
Susannah Wells, h., '29. 
Rebecca Edes, b., 29. 
Henry Trail, shop, 29. 
John'Smith, h., 29. 
Glidden. sh.yd., 29. 

Pullinits. h., •29. 

John Langdon, h., 29. 
Tho. Daws, A\v/.. h., ^29. 
Capt. Mulberry, h., 30. 
Mr. Tuckerman. h., 32. 33. 

Richards, shop, 35. 

Mr. Dolling Edwards, h., .35. 

31r. Sinii)s()n, h., 36. 

Jacob Royal. Av/., h., 43. 

Mr. liobcrl Pierrepont, h., 46. 

Mr. Edward Carnes, h., 47. 

J/»-.s. Tavlrr. h..47. 

Capt. William Mackay, h., 48. 

Copt. Small, h.,51. 

Mrs. Pollard, h , 52. 

Mr. ICdes. h., 56. 

Wm. Hullfincli. h., 56. 

Capt. Ichabod Jones, h., .50. 

Mr. Hancock, 59. 77, 78, 146. 

J/r. John Field, h.. 6S. 

Mr. Atkins, b., 09, 70. 

Dr. Noyes, b., 69. 

Mr. Payne, h., 69. 

Mr. Syrcorab, h., 70. 145. 

Widow Fitch, h., 71. 

Mr. Greenleaf. h., 71. 

Deacon Collins, h., 73. 

Widow Maverick, 73. 

Jackson, sh., 81. 

Stoddard, sh., 81. 

3rr. Green, b. 81. 

Turel, b.. 81. 

Col. Jackson, dis., 83, 126, 243, 

Mr. Storer, h., 83. 

Mr. Avery, h., 84. 

John Osgood, h.. 84. 

Maj. Doan.b., 87. 

Mr. Thornton, h.. 97. 

Wm. Stoddard, h., 97. 

Mr. Stone, h., 97. 

Capt. Beals.h., 105. 

3/r. John Fleet, h., 106. 

Nathaniel Hall, d , lOS. 

J/r. Cordis, h.. 113. 

Mr. Williston. h., V27. 

Mr. Dalton. h.. 137. 

3Ir. Benjamin Sumner, sh., 131 

Mr. May, b., 1.58. 

Mr. Winter Calf, h., 161. 

Robert Hallowell. h., 165. 

Mr. Loring, h.. 168. 

Robert Williams, h.. 173. 

Summers, h., 182. 

Edwards, sh., 182. 

Isaac Winslow, d.,h., 183. 
S-coXland (iill, st., 194. 



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City Document No. 42. 



Buildings, Owners of : — 

Widow Rol.inson, h., 198. 

Agnis Proctor, h., 199. 

Mr. Clark, h., 203. 

Mrx. Minol, h., 207. 

Capt. ForcKisfht, h., 209. 

Mrs. Marston, h., 219. 

John Crosby, sh., 225. 

Mr. Millikeu, h., 236. 

Br. Hill, h., 237, 238, 239. 

Capt. Trier, h., 237. 238, 239. 

Crty*/. Fin wick, 238. 

Lif//t. Clarke, h., 237, 238, 239. 

.)//•. Mr.Kaddcn, h., 242,243. 

Bartlctt, h., 243. 

Mr. Ruagleg, li., 247. 
Mr. King, h., 247. 
Mr. lianks, h.,248, 249. 
Bull Pasture tiouse see Boston Neck. 
Bulls see Cattle. 

Wiiarf see Wharves. 
Bunch of Grapes Tavern, 133, 235, 236. 

(See also Taverns. J 
Burial places, 6.^, 148. 

burials in, 53, 209. 

new burying ground, 92. 

permit to build tombs in, 96. 
overcrowded condition of, 92. 
Common, 96, 193, 239, 241. 

tombs to build in, 126. 

walls of, to keep in 

repair, 102, 126. 
to view ground 
where are to be 
built. 97. 
Nortli, 111, 213. 

sextons, 53, 65, 92, 111, 193, 210, 217. 
South, tombs in, to build, K'.ii, 139. 
grave diggers, 166, 169, 193. 
chappel, 193. 

sextons not to bury persons on the 
Sabbath night, unless absolutely 
necessary, 209. 
Church burying ground, 213. 

tombs in, 213. 
old burying place, 217, 241. 
near the Granary, 217. 
burial of the poor, 231. 
Butchers, 67, 68, 75, 101, 143, 164, 18S. 

{See also Trades.) 
Butler's Row, 29. 

{See also Streets.) 
By-laws see Orders, town. 

Cadets, 121. 

{See also Troops.) 
Cadiz, 33. 
Cambridge, 58, 119. 

Little, 149. 
street, 60. 
{See (iho Streets.) 
Canada, small-pox in, 50. 

return of pauper to, 67. 
Candlesticks to procure, 200. 
Cannada see Canada. 
Caseau (Canso'-'), 49, 191. 
Cape Ann, 82, 85, 87, 90, 91, 133, 152, 197, 
198, 207. 
Codd, 208. 
Kinola. 130. 
Carolina, 133. 
Carpenters see Trades. 
Carriages, ISO. 
Carriages (gun?) for the South li:itt<Ties, 

57. 
Carts, trucks, etc. : — 
carting, 14S. 
injury done by, 215. 
Castle William, 25, 28, 31, .34, 38, 39, 47, 60, 
60,125, 126, 133, 142,146, 
147,157, 158,159,160,161, 
163, 168. 
{See also Fortifications.) 
soldiers at, 13 . 



Castle William, soldiers at, down with 
fever, 67. 
{See also Troops.) 
Cattle, town bulls, 55, 79, 124, 213, 222. 
hay for the, 79. 
list of cows, 215. 

to tax, 79. 
Certirtcates, 3, 4, 15, 28, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 
44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 83, 85, 94, 120, 126, 
127, 137, 158-.59, 179, 185, 188, 200, 218. 
Chaplains, 231. 

{See also Ministers.) 
Chappel (King's?) burying-ground, 193. 

(.nV*> also Burial places.) 
Charcoal, 142, 143. 
Charlestown, 2, 129, 224, 231. 

ferry, 226. 
Charter Council, 242. 

{.See also Council.) 
street, 69, 205. 
{See also Streets.) 
Chelsea, .53, 54, 55, 149. 

selectmen of, 55. 
Chicken-pox, 30. 

{See also Diseases, infections.) 
Chimnies, defective, 1, 2, 4, 5, 35, 40, 68, 183, 
1S4, 242. 
pulling down of, results in suit 
against town, 91, l-!o. 
Church burying ground, 213. 
{See also Burial places.) 
Cloth, 245. 
Coal baskets, 134. 

to measure, 91, 109, 142. 

.\ct regarding dimensions of, 

142, 143. 
charcoal, 142, 143. 
crates, 151. 
measurer of, 173, 180. 
Coffee-house, application for permit to open 
a, at Mr. Stone's tavern, 69. 
British, 142. 
Cold lane, 29, 182, 183, 209, 237. 

{See also Streets.) 
Collection for Christopher Monk, 212. 
Collectors of Taxes see Taxes. 
Colonies, the, 6,221. 
Comic Satirick Lecture, to prevent, 169. 
Commissions, 187-88. 

Committees to lay address before the Gov- 
ernor, 4, 6. 
inr|uire into accounts of Drs. 
Whitworth and Gardner, 

to regulate some abuses in the 
market, 5. 

to consider what to do to vindi- 
cate the town from aspersions 
cast upon it, 7. 

tointiuire intoability of J/ir. Proc- 
tor's lad to discharge duties of 
au usher, 10. 

to visit the South Writing 
School, 10. 

examine into title of the Com- 
mon, 11. 

to consult a lawyer relative to 
Mrs. Whitney's negro, 11. 

to repair King street, 12 

to iufiuiro into case of Mr. Em- 
mons, 12. 

to view the North Battery, re 
specting the erection of a 
building thereon, 14. 

to order repairs on North writ- 
ing school, 14. 

to view the Green engine. 16. 

to view site for bake-house, 10. 

concerning case of Wra. Dix, 
16, 17. 

to wait on liev. Mr. Lothrop, 
17. 

concerning aliens and paupers, 
17. 



Index to Places and Subjects. 



263 



Committee to examine Dr. Gardner's ac- 
counts, 18. 
to send a number of poor per- 
sons to ttie Provinces they be- 
long to, 18. 
to repair school in Queen street, 

21. 
to investigate cases of small- 
pox, 23. 
to take proper precautions, o2- 

to obtain a passage to Quebec 

for a Frenchman, 33. 
to view defective chimnies, 40, 

219, 2-12. 
to order necessary repairs on the 

South Writing school, 41. 
to view ground of i)/rs.Tayler,47. 
of clerks from the market, 49. 
to inquire into case of Mrs. 

Beacham, 49. 
on repairs of North Schools, 50. 
to examine small-pox accounts, 

.52. 
of Overseers of the Poor, .53. 
to call executors of 3Irs. Brook- 
ers' will to immediate set- 
tlement, JJo. 
report of committee, 55. 
to inspect South battery, 55. 
obtain passage for one Mary 
French audtwo children ami 
others to Halifax, 57. 
to procure a chaplain for town 
meeting, .57, 62, 82, 124, Itjti, 177, 
213,217,246. 
to wait upon the Lieut.- Govern- 
or and inform him of disorder 
and riots among the soldiers, 
57. 
to build wharf at Province hos- 
pital. West Boston, 63. 
to investigate condition of Dock 

Square, 64. 
on repairing watch house at the 
Dock, 65. 
hospital at New 
Boston, 66. 
on repairs at Rainsford Island, 67. 
to view bridge over common 
sewer, 70. 
paving done by Mr. 
Hutchinson, 72. 
on the Brooker bequest, 78, 112, 

161. 
to enclose the Common, 78. 
to take care of the Common, 11;;. 
to repair town's warehouses, 7S. 
rem of town's warehouses. 89. 
to provide passage for James 

Connor and family, 79. 

to order repairs to Blind lane, 81. 

Lyuwni/Ferty- 

way streets, 81. 

to let town's pastures at South 

End, 90. 
to settle tiounds of town's land, 

90. 
to enquire relative to laud of 
Tuclierman Piermout et al.s., 
90. 
to view ground where permit to 

build tombs is asked, 97. 
to view land on tlie Common, 97. 
to settle rent of cellar under the 

Granary, 100. 
to inquire into the case of James 

Otis, 103, 104. 
on Oration, 110, 16i;. 
to view J/>-. Lovel's fence, 114. 
to visit Cambridge and instruct 
the Representatives on Prov- 
ince law relating to strangers, 
119. 



Committee relative to new keeper of hospital 
at new Boston, 119. 
to procure a passage to Maryland 

for one Hayley, 122. 
to assign a place for the sale of 

tish in the market, 123, 196. 
repairs on the Neck, 124. 
repairs to store near Golden 

Ball, 128. 
to view the school house on the 

Common, 129. 
to direct paving of Bread street, 

133. 
to widen passage way near mar- 
ket, 134. 
head of 
the town 
dock, 134, 
149. 
on suit of Mr. Jacob Emmons vs. 

town, 140. 
on lease of stalls at market, 143. 
railing in Mr. Hancock's house, 
146. 
to view town's land near North 

battery, 149. 
repair liead of the Dock, 149. 
I'elative to the new street, 150. 
on correspondence, 1-50, 229, 243. 
to view Essex street, 150. 
to examine into state of engine- 
house near tlje Old South 
church, 151. 
repairs to Mr. Proctor's school- 
house, 151. 
to provide a stove for South 

writing school, 161. 
to instruct town clerk as to 
method of keeping accounts, 
161. 
to repair bank in Common, 171. 
to view defective chimney, 183. 
to settle bounds of land, 189, 190- 

91. 
to view Fleet street, 200. 
to act upon petition to be allowed 
to set up posts in Dock square, 
200, 201. 
to get a passage to Philadelphia 

for one Ewins, 201. 
to inspect the Town's arms, 202. 
on lamps, 210. 
on town meetings, 212. 
to view the North burying 

ground, 213. 
to order repairs on house for 

schoolmaster. 214. 
to view Sea street, 214. 

fence on the Neck, 216. 
to inquire into case of boy at the 

almshouse, 216. 
to lend out the Town's arms, 219. 
on ways and means, 221, 226. 
to inspect Town's powder, 226. 
of several town's meet atFaneuil 

hall, 229. 
on small pox at barracks, 232. 
on precautions in cases of small 

pox, 238. 
on donations, 245. 
Common, the see Boston Common. 
Shore (sewer) see Drains, 
street, 29. 
{See also Streets). 
Companies: — 

East India Company, 202, 203. 
Concert see Faneuil Hall. 
Hall, 167, 189. 

likeness of the late Mr. White- 
field (w xwork) to exhibit 
in, 97. 
town's shop near, 112. 
comic lecture at, forbidden, 169. 
land near, 189. 



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CiTV Document No. 42. 



Concord, selectmen of, 36. 
congress nt, 248. 
Connecticut, 106, 126, 12S, 221, 222. 
Couijress see Concord. 

Constables, 68, 108, 150. 16S, 193, 2KJ, 2:!l, 
234-35,240-41,240. 
of Scituate, 141. 
of the watch at New Boston, 

107, 171, 172, 2Ui. 
staff, to purchase, 168 
of Wist Boston watch, 171. 
of North watch, 171. 
of watch at the Dock, 171. 
appointments of, 172. 
lo luoli after sellers of liquor, 

220. 
complain of officers, 241. 
Copp's Hill, 97, 149. 

ferryway near, 149. 
Corn court, 83. 

(.bVc also Streets.) 
fields, 232. 
Hill, 29, 68. 

(See alio Streets.) 
Correspondence see Lettei's. 
Cotton, 90, 91, 

wool, 138, 184. 
Council, His Majesty's, 8, 62, 79, 87, 89. 

Charter, 242. 
County, the, nee Suffolk County. 

of Sliddksex see Middlesex. 
Jail, 73. 

treasurer, 10, 21, 4;, .">1, 62, 81. 
Court, General xi-i- Assembly. 

of general or quarter sessions, 28, 79, 

104, 108, 169, 170, 178, 222, 225. 
clerk of the, 225. 
hou.^e, 169. 
superior, 71, 154. 

case of AVt/^/- William Parkman, 172. 
probate, 14, 103, 172, 194. 

.Tudsie of, 14, 55, 103, 132, 
172, 194. 
on case of Abigail 
I'eirce, 14. 

Sarah Tavlor, 
194, 197". 
Cowkeeper appointed, 79, 124. 

directions to, 73, 222. 
Credentials, 213. 
Cripples, 180. 
Crooked lane, 44. 

{■^ee also Streets.) 
Cross street, 30, 33, 59, 241, 248, 249. 

( See It/to Streets.) 
Croun Coffee house, 122. 

(■See a/so Taverns.) 
Cryer see Town. 
Custom house, tire at, 169. 

Daltou's Row, 29. 

(See alxo Streets.) 
Dancing School, request to open, 82. 

and fencing, 53. 
Dedhara, 120, 127, 152. 
Deeds, quit-claims, etc., 201. 
Deertield, 19. 

Deer Island, 11, .")8, 104, 168, 191-92. 
supplies for, 4. 
selectmen to visit, 95, 104. 
stones or ballast taken from, 

104, 146. 
application for, 168. 
repairs at, 191-92. 
Delph ware, 174. 
Depo.sitions, 6, 241. 
Deserters, 141. 

(See also Troops.) 
Diseases, infectious, 13, 19, 22,23, 26, 27, 28, 
30, 32, 33, 42, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 92, 93, 94, 95, 101, 115, 117, 118, 
121, 123, 124, 125, 135, 136, 137, 13S, 
139, 140, 143, 144, 151. 152, 153, 1.54, 
155, 157, 159, 160, 161, 172, 173, 174, 



175 176, 178, 179, 180, 181, 184, 185 
186, 1^7, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 198, 199, 200, 202, 204, 2o5, 206, 
207, 217, 218, 220, 232, 234, 235, 236. 
237,238, 239, 240,241,242,243, 244- 
45, 246, 247, 248, 249. 
chicken-i)ox, 30. 
fever, 6T, 105. 

(See also Small-i)0.\.) 
protest against a hospital for, 
at Wheelwright's wharf, 71. 
Disorder .tee Riots, et<\ 
Distillers, 172. 

Tompson inni I'liilleUrown, 27. 
Josepli Henderson, 2;!. 
Ezekiel Chiever, 29. 
Benjamin tJoodwin, 29. 
Nathaniel Hall, 108. 
Isaac Wiiislow, 183. 
Co (..]:ick>ot\. 243. 
Distracted persons sec Insane. 
Doan's wharf, 236, 241. 

( See also Wharves.) 
Dock, the, rails round, 79. 
drain near, 118. 
pas.saye-wav at head of, to widen, 

134, i49. ■ 
rejjair, 14'.i. 

w-arehouses on, broken into, 171. 
square, 35, 64. 

to .set up posts in, 200, 201. 
(See «Avo Streets.) 
watch, 40. 

repairs to house, to order, 65. 
constable of, 65, 171. 
Dolphin, (sehooner) 163, 193, 194. 

{See also Sliips.) 
Dominica (San Domingo,) 184, 185, 186. 
Donations, 243, 244. 

Mr. Hancock to Boston, fire-en 

gine, 128. 
Town of Windham, Conn., to 
Boston, of 258 sheep, 221. 
(See also Bequests.) 
Dorchester, 11, 49, 73. 
Dove (schooner) 153, 155. 

(See also Ships.) 
Downs, the, 82, 98, 115. 
Drafts, 129. 

in favor of • — 
Capt. Paddock et als., 2. 

Sharp el als., 3, 168. 
Read el als., 4. 
Gideon (jardner, 4. 
Ca/>t Sutton el als., 10. 
3Ir. Samuel Adams (collector of 

ta.\es) 10. 
Capt. Sharp, et als., 12, 69, 108, 205, 

247. 
Capt. Frauklyne, et als., 18, 239. 
Isaac Cummins (constable) 19. 
Lambert & Kilby, 20. 
Edward HollyJay, 21, 62. 
J/r. Thomas Williston, .32. 
sVr. Hartley, 32, 44, 55. 
Town clerk, 32, 62, 66, 71, 89, 97, 

104, 134, 151, 189. 
Jfr. Love, 32, 141, 151, 180, 219, 236. 
Jlr. Curtis, ,4 als., 36. 158, 243. 
Mr. Putnam, et als., 36, 43, 56. 
Mr. S.iml. Rui,'gles, 42. 
Samuel Ilassham, 44. 
Mr. Gains, 5], 52, 97. 
MaJ. .louatlian I'aysou, 51. 
J/r. Abraham Savage, 51. 
Wm. White, 64. 

Wm. White & Co., over-paid, 75. 
Beuj. Henderson, 81. 
Hutchinson & Co., 95, 134, 194. 
Jonathan Jenkins, et als., 97. 
Thos. Uran et als., 99. 
Sliubael Ilewes, 113. 
M'illiam Barret, 1.34, 245. 
Wm. Sutton, ei als., 137. 



Index to Places and Subjects. 



265 



Drafts, in favor of, 

Jacob Buckuum, 139-140, 148. 

Will. Baes, 149. 

Kbeiic'zer (laffee, 149. 

Mr. James Burrows, liiO-ol, 

Mr. Shubael Ilines, or Hewes, 161, 

169. 
CajH. Sloan ct als., 182. 
Thomas Moore, 188. 
Widow Mary Mayes, 204. 
Mr. Norcrost et als., 207. 
Mr. Scott, 210. 
Dr. Whitworth, 214. 
Mr. Edward Smith (lamplighter), 

226. 
Samuel Franklyne et din., 230. 
Drains, applications to be permitted to open, 
12, 17, 47, 48, 69, 70, 71, 8.3, 84, 118, 
126, 127, 128, i36, 140, 147, 1.56, 178, 
180, 183, 209, 214, 219, 224, 247. 
common shore (sewer), 13, 18, 37, 
47, 60, 69, 70, 71, 84, 126, 127, 136, 
209, 214, 219. 
permission to lay, 14, 38. 
to repair, 97. 

near the Dock, 118. 
assessment for opening, 209. 
Drake {schooner) 167. 

{See also Ships, etc.) 
Draw-hridge see Bridges. 
Dr. Cooper'.s Church, 16-5. 
Cutler's Church, 29. 
Eliot's Church, 1.39. 
Sewall's Church, 7.t. 

{See also Meeting-houses.) 
Dutch, 243. 

number of, on sloop Moll}', 180. 
{See also Aliens.) 

Eagle, {schooner) 189-90. 
{See also Ships, etc.) 
Earthernware, crates of, 156. 
East India Company, 202. 

{See also Conii)anies.) 
Elder William I'arkman, case of, 172. 

{See also Probate Court.) 
Election day, town to dine Governor a/id 

Council on, 175. 
Elizabeth {schooner) 46, .53, 160. 
Elizabeth Hiushee, case of, 30. 
Elizabeth Martin, case of, 9;. 
Eliot street, 13. 

{See also Streets.) 
Engine see Fires. 
see Hay. 
England. 78, 79. 

Entertainment, for town officials, public 

dinner to provide, 100, 230. 

for Governor and Council, 

175. 
to be omitted, because of dis- 
tressed times, 222. 
Essays see Field Ilusbandrv. 
Essex street, 150, 169. 

{See also Streets.) 
Esther {schooner), 31. 

Estimates of repairs necessary at Deer Is- 
land, 191-92. 
Evidence see Law. 
Export, raw silk to become, 120. 

Faneuil Hall, 66. 120, 149, 150, 175. 

artillery men to exercise in. 11, 

18, 88. 
for drill, 167, 176. 
for nee of merchants, 13. 
market, 65, 164. 

stalls in, 103, 105, 106, 
143, 164, ISS. 
town's people ask for use of, 

76. 
Mr. Bryant expelled from, 105. 
cadets to use, 121, 146. 
military corps to use, 149. 



Faneuil Hall, use of, to dine the Governor 
a;ic/ Council, on Election day, 
175. 
for a concert, 194. 
committees of several towns 

meet at, 229. 
for service on Sabbath for 4th 

Regiment, 231. 
withdrawal of permit, by vote, 

231 . 
loft in, 233. 
Farmiugton, 201. 
Fees or allowances, 187. 

restriction, 188. 
Fencing-master, 47. 

and dancing school, request to 
open, 53. 
Ferries : — 

Winnesimet, 4, 225. 

ferry-ways, dirt near, to remove, 

81. 
ferry-way near Copps Hill, 149. 
Charlestown, 226. 
Ferry way street, 81. 

{See also Streets.) 
Fevers, 67, 105. 

(See also Disease, infectious.) 
Field Husbandry, essay on, 121. 
Fines and forfeitures, 188. 

{See also Penalties.) 
Fire, damage by, 3, 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 35, 36, 
43, 51, 52, 56, 69, 75, 97, 99, 108, 113, 
158. 
engine-houses, 81, 128. 
engines Xo. 2, 3; 3, 97. 236; 4, 43, .56, 
99; 5,4; 6,35; 97; 7, 10, 84, 
108, 1137, 151; 8, 35; 9, 18. 
Green, 16. 

Hancock, 128, 130, 162. 
Mew Boston, 51. 
near Old South church, 151. 
companies, 3, 4, 5, 69, 84, lOS, 113, 118, 

166. 
men, 3, 4, 5, 27, 35, 52, 59, 66, 67, 76, 84, 
101, 102, 107, 108, 109, 118, 126, 
128, 145, 146, 151, 159, 161, 164, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 171, 177, 180, 
181, 186, 188, 203, 204, 205, 212, 
21.5, 216, 236, 245, 249. 
premiums, 3, 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 35, .36, 43, 
.51, .52, 56, 69, 75, 97, 108, 137, 
158, 161, 168, 109, 182, 205, 
207, 2.30, 2.36, 239, 243, 247. 
at the Court house, KiO. 
wood see Wood, 
works, 41. 

to exhibit from roof of gun- 
house, 173. 
place unsafe, 209. 
Fish, sale of, in the market, 123. 

taking of, in the Harbor, 130-131. 
fishing grounds, 130. 
decrease of. 130. 
stalls for, 196, 
street, 48. 

{See also Streets.) 
Flag halliards to procure, 201. 

" for the North Battery, 216. 
Flats (fishing grounds) l-'iO. 
Fleet street, 200. 

{See also Streets.) 
Flour see Breadstuffs. 
Foreign trade see Trade. 
Fore street, 225. 

{.'^ee also Streets.) 
Fortifications:— 29, 146, 149, 169, 216. 
gates, 39, 40. 

Castle William, 25, 28,31,34, 
47, 50, 60, 125, 133, 142, 168. 
shop near, 35. 
guard-house near, 42. 
new watch near, 42, 43, 46, 72, 

SO. 
laud near, for a pottery, 112. 



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Fortifications; <;overuor orders brealiing of 
ijrouud near, on tlie Jieck, 
227. 
(See also Batteries.) 
Frencli, 28,33. 

petition to be allowed to teach, 213 

refused, 72. 
emigrants, 96. 

language, request to be allowed to 
te.icli, 132. 
Frendship, (>iehoo7>,er) , 83, 85, 86, 87, 88. 
{See also Ships, etc.) 

Gaol, 4. 

tire at the, 4. 

town cryer lodged in, 130. 
Garrison, townspeople fear intention to re- 
duce Boston to condition of a, 228. 
Gazette, Edes and Gills see newspapers. 
George Tavern, 41. 

(See also Taverns.) 
General Court see Assembly. 
Gib's lane, 92. 

(See also Streets.) 
Glass, 121. 
Glaziers, 122. 

{See also Trades.) 
Gliddcn's Shipyard, 29. 

{See also Ships, etc.) 
Gloucester, 151, 152. 

Selectmen of, 201. 
Golden Ball, The, 60, 96, 128. 

rent of a store near, 96, 128. 
repairs to store near, 128. 
(See also Taverns.) 
Govenor, the, 4, 8, 21, 79, S5, 87, 89, 92, 99, 
125, 126, 137. 138, 152, 155, 158- 
59, 160-61, 162, 163-64, 167, 168, 
174, 175, 176, 179, 186, 218, 224- 
25, 227, 228, 231, 232, 234, 238, 
243, 247. 
address to the, 4, 6, 7, 8, 227-28. 
reply of, 79, 228. 
|)etition to, 157. 
and council, 8. 
informed that vessels refused to 

stop at Castle William, 161. 
to, concerning Brigantine In- 
dustry, 15. 
lieut., 28, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 
44,46, 47, 50, 51, 57,92. 
Grampus {sloop), 163. 

{See also Ships, etc.) 
Granary, accounts of, 10, 77. 

cellar under, to rent, 100. 
burying ground near, 217. 
Grand Jury, 48. 
Granry see Granary. 
Grave-diggers, 166, 193. 

approved as, 169. 
{See also Burial places.) 
Gravel for use on the Neck, 12, 79. 
(See also Boston Neck.) 

use on Kssex street, 169. 
Gravesend (England), 92. 
Green Dragon, The, 29. 
(See also Taverns). 

engine, the, see Engines. 
Green's lane, 147, 178, 180. 

{See also Streets.) 
Grenadiers, new company of, 117, 

{See also Troops). 
Gridley's lane, 146. 

{See also Streets). 
Griffin's wharf, 28. 

{See also Wharves.) 
Grindstones, 194. 
Groceries, to furnish, 233. 
Guadaloupe, 82, 83, 85. 
{See also Islands,) 
Guardhouse, 39, 42, 221. 

main, of 59tli Ilegt., 234. 
guards assault persons, 228. 
Gun-house see armories. 



Halifax, 17, 57, 94, 95, 199. 

selectmen of, complain to Genl. 
Gage, of soldier's misconduct, 
247. 
Hallifax see Halifax. 
Hall, the, see Faneuil Hall. 
Hammers for sealers of leather see 

Leather. 
Hancock Engine, 162. 
(.See also Fires.) 

wharf, 29, 225. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Handspikes, 201. 
Hannah, {sloop), 39, .50, 163. 

{See also Ships, etc.) 
Hanover street, 237, 238, 239. 

(See also Streets). 
Harmony {brigantine), 83, 84. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Havana, 134. 

Haward (hayward) see Cowkeeper. 
Hay, weighers of, 53. 

appointed, 53, 76. 
engine, 1-')1, 216. 

ground where hay scales stand, 204, 
216. 
Hemp, 60, 98, 99, 101, 115, 116, 204, 206, 207. 

(See also Ships' cargoes). 
Henry {brigantine) , 151, 152. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hides, 68, 75, 101, 105. 

{See also Leather). 
Hope {sloop), 46, 47. 
Holyoke street, 13. 

(See also Streets.) 
Horse Shoe, 32. 

(See also Taverns.) 
trainer desires to exhibit, refused, 
189. 
Hospitals, 214, 239, 243. 

Uainsford, 15, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 
48, 49, bl, b.i, 54, 60, 68, 82, 86, 
87, 90, 93, 94, 98, 115, 117, 118, 

121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 135, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 151, 
152, l.i3, 154. 157, 164, 166, 174, 
178, 187, 189, 190, 191, 192, 204, 
217, 218, 222, 230, 235, 239, 240. 

at bottom of the Common, 18, 19, 

35, 67. 
regimental, 19. 
I'roviuce, 19. 
at New Boston, 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 

32, 37, 38. 42, 43, 48, 66. 70, 119, 

122, 123, 154, 158, 185, 215, 232- 

33, 234, 235, 236, 237, 240, 241, 
243, 246, 247. 

keeper of, 43, 44, 68, 119, 185, 215. 
repairs on, 22, 68. 
nurses, 22, 33. 

at West Boston, 24, 31, 230, 248, 
249. 
wharf to build at, 63. 
necessary repairs at Uainsford, 

67, 68. 
account of expense for care of 

inmate, 160. 
accounts, 220. 

ship, 238, 241, 242, 248, 249. 
Ilyspauiola, 124. 

Indentures .see Apprentices. 
Industry {hriga7itine), 13. 

smallpox on board, 13. 
thoroughly fumigated, 15. 
{See also Ships, etc.) 
Inhabitants of the town, 1, 8, 22, 28. 30 31, 
34, 38, 39, 46, 57, 
66, 74, 79,90, 101, 
120, 136, 137, 138, 
145, 148, 1.50, 1.56, 
160, 163, 105, 172, 
174, 170, 181, ISO, 



Index to Places and Subjects. 



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Inhabitants of the town, continued . 

193, ]9r,, -iO-J, 203, 
206, 21S, 224, 227, 
228, 230, 231, 236, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 
246. 
accepted as, 11, 17, 

16«.1. 
trouble lietween, 
anil King's sol- 
diers, 39, 40. 46. 
complain of defec- 
tive chiranies, 40 
of other towns, list 
of. who should be 
taxed, 56. 
to consider e-Kpedi- 
eucy of widen- 
ing way into Ann 
street, 64-65. 
protest against es- 
tablishment of a 
hospital atWhee.- 
wriglu's wharf, 
71. 
petition to rein- 
state South watch, 

72. 
ask for use of Fan- 

euil hall, 76, 77. 
■warrant to remove 
from Scituate 
John Pierce and 
family to Boston, 
141. 
petition foi a town 
meeting, 148. 
not, of the town, or Province, 2, 
5, 14, 18, 19, 24, 32, 34, .35, 36, 44, 
49, 54, 56, 60, 62, 64, 67, 70, 72, 
75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 85. 86, 91, 
97, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 
109, 111, 116, lis, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 141, 145, 14S, 149, 154, 161, 
162, 192, 212. 214, 224, 233. 
Innholders, licenses as. 186. 

petition for, 69, 108. 
allowed, 29, 35, 44, 57, 
64, 87, 108, 122,225-26. 
disallowed, 29, 30, 122. 
list of, 28, 29, 186, 225- 
26. 
passed upon, 
222. 
to be watched, 220. 
{See aluo lAcenaes). 
Inoculation for smallpox forbidden, 234, 
23T. 

(Seealso Small Pox.) 
Insane, 5, 14, 23, 103, 119-20, 132, 172, 194, 

197. 
Interest on moneys (part of the Brooker 

Donation), 59. 
Ireland, 78, 79. 

passage to, 143. 
Iron, 34, 37, 38, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 53, 158, 
160. 

workers, 57. 
{See also Trades.) 
Island, the, see Rainsford Island. 
Islands : — 

Rainsford, 13, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, as, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 
49, 53, 54, 60, 67, 68, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 9i, 93, 94, 98, 101, 
115, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 135, 
137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 164, 
166, 173, 174, 175, 178, 179, 181, 184, 
186, 187, 189-90, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 198, 199, 200, 204, 217, 218, 
220, 235, 239. 
Deer, 4, 95, 104, 146, 168, 180, 191-92. 
Turks' 193, 194. 



Islands ; — 

West Indies, 34, 135. 
Guadaloupe, 82. 
Long, 192. 

Newfoundland, 122, 127, 180. 
Castle, 153. 
Jayl (Jail) nee Gaol. 
John {ijalleij), 60, 61. 
JoUiff's lane, 180, 183. 
{See aho Streets.) 
Jurors, choice of, 71, 108. 

petit, 116, 191. 
Justices of the Peace, 16, 57, 76, 101, 129, 
149, 154,245. 
list of names of, 16. 
reports of, 109. 

meeting of Selectmen with, 173. 
Kilby street, 87, 177. 

{See also Streets.) 
King street, 12, 113, 122, 239, 247, 248. 
barracks in, 239, 248. 
(See also Streets.) 
King's Arras, The {formerly the George 
Tavern) 57. 

{See also Taverns.) 
Kneeland's lane, 29. 

{See also Streets.) 
Lamb Tavern, The, 8o, 151, 243, 247. 

{See also Taverns.) 
Lamps and tin plates, 233. 
committee on, 210. 

{See also Committees.) 
oil and wicks for the, 212. 
to oversee the lamplighters, 212. 
lamplighters, 219, 226. 
irons, to attend to, 214. 
law concerning, 215. 
Lancaster, 75. 
Lands, Town's : — 

near Common, 2. 

on west side of Neck, 11. 

let to J/r. Enoch Brown, 11, 

64. 
near Fortification, 42. 
west side of street near 

breastwork, 44. 
on Middle street, encroach- 
ment, 69. 
warehouse, 71. 
on east side of the Neck, 
79. 
the Neck improved by 
J/r. Lewis, 81. 
pastures at South End, 90. 
bounds of, 90. 
land near the Mill Creek, 

112. 
South End, 146. 
near North Battery, 149. 
about Paddy's alley, 149-50, 

154-55. 
leased to Bracket, 169, 176. 
on south side of the Neck, 

176. 
where the hay-engine stands, 
204, 216. 
Lands, private : — 

VVm. Cunningham, 13. 
Samuel Searl, 13. 
Abijah Crane, 13. 
Benjamin Veazie, 13. 
John Crane, 13. 
Mary Gear, 13. 
George Lush, 13. 
Jeremiah Stiuison, 13. 
John Bryant, 13. 
William' Lowder, 13. 
Samuel Healey, 13. 
Joseph Loveriiig, 13. 
Robert Fairservice, 13. 
William Etheridge, 13. 
/)/•. Noyes, 17. 
Benjamin Pierce, 18. 
Jfr. HoUowell's sh. yd., 69. 



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Lands, private : — 

Mis. Kfsiah Harvey, S8. 
Capf. James Dalton, 88. 
Tuckerinau Pierpoint et als., 90. 
Mr. Green, 148. 
J/r. iSvrconib, 149. 
Wm. liyslop, £■•«/., 188-89, 191, 199. 
Mr.1. -Vgnis I'rocter, 1SS-S9, 191, 199. 
John Procter, 188-89, 191. 
Martha Howard, (in Farniington) 201. 
Jfr. Scott, 210. 
Tyler, shipyard, 22'>, 240. 
Law, in regard to sraallpo.x, infringement 
to be prosecuted, 26, 198, 199. 
to observe, S3. 
enacted for regulation of the Town 

Watch, 40. 
infringements of the, to punish, 45. 
impowers Boston Regiment to ap- 
point a watch, -JS. 
soldiers to be tried by, "0. 
evidence to collect, 70. 
Capt. Crocker admonished, and 

excused penally, iJfi. 
concerning melting of tallow, 14.5. 
defective chimnies, 184. 
lamps, 215. 
auctioneers, 215. 
the watch, 281. 
relative to strangers, 89, 147. 
appointing survey for bounds of land, 

189. 
concerning town meetings, 225. 
books see Books. 
Leases : — 

of gun house. 2. 

shops and land to .)//■. Enoch 

Brown, 11, 19, 04. 
land to Daniel Whitney, 11, 19. 
town's warehouse, 71. 
shop on Bull pasture, 11. 

improi'ed by son of Col. Jackson, 
leased to latter, 12. 
cellar in Town House, 109, 191. 
Mr. Faxton's, 41. 
J/r. Brown's, 41. 
of land near breastwork, 44. 
Samuel Breck, G6. 

of stalls in the market, 67, 68, 143, 
164, 191, 220. 

.Jackson, 81. 

to John McFadden, building near 
South market, and land, 
87, 90. 
}faj. Ruddock, 108. 
to Mr. Thorp, denied, 114. 
town's shop, to Wm. Walker, 127. 
near Consert house, 167. 
house and building on south side of 

the Neck, 176. 
Mr. John Lambert, 186. 
Widow Mary Mayes, 204. 
Leather, sealers of, 58, 104, 213. 

hammers for, wanted, 213, 
delivered to, 58. 
to procure, 217. 
hides, 08. 
dresser, 85. 
Leminster see Leominster. 
Lemons, 38, 43, 6u, 61, 93, 94, 95, 115, 117, 
121. 123 
{See also Ship's cargoes.) 
Leominster, 75, 104. 
Letters, 141, 144-45, 1.52, 1.53, 156, 173, 181. 

to Saml. Hartley, 13, 51,52,54,60- 
61, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 
91, 93, 94, 95, 98, 100, 115, 116-17, 
121, 124, 125. 126, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 144, 1.52, 153, 154, 155, 
156, 1.57, 160, 164, 173, 174, 17.5, 
178, 179, 180-81, 184, 185, 186, 202, 
218, 219. 

{See also Orders), 
from Saml. Hartley, 15, 



Letters to the Governor, 25, 84, 99, 157, 160, 
161, 162, 163, 164, 167, 168, 175, 
IS', 21S. 
.)/'•. Wm. Page, on condition of 

his chimnies, 5. 
Selectmen of Concord, 36. 
incendiary, vote of town concerning, 

48. 
to the Lieut. Governor, 50, 152. 155, 

158-59, 160-61. 
Selectmen of Chelsea, 55. 

Marblehead, 93, 118. 
Selectmen to Capt. John Derby, 

98. 
town clerk to selectmen of Boston, 

100. 
to selectmen of Mcndon, 111-12, 
119. 
Judge Oliver, 114. 
Robert Hooper of Marblehead to 

the selectmen of Boston, 115. 
to the Selectmen of Woodstock, 
119, 120, 143. 
Wm. ilorrington, 123. 
Capt. John Crocker, 125. 
from Admiral 3. MontJigue, 1.30-31. 
to Admiral •'i. Montague, 131. 
Col. IngersoU, 133. 
Wm Barrett, 142. 
Capt. McLearth, commanding 
officer of Castle William, 142, 
147. 
from Capt. McLearth. 142, 

Ren. Mr. Andrew Tyler, 154-55. 
to the wood-cutters, 149. 
to selectmen of Stoneham, 151. 

to .!/>•. Daniel Davis of ,166,177. 

Mr. Proctor, 197. 
to selectmen of Cape Ann (Glouces- 
ter), 198, 201. 
Thomas Seymour, Esq., 201. 
Hon. Peter Oliver, 211. 
CoUo. Mills, 212. 
from Com?ir. of Correspondence of 

Windham, 221. 
to Comnr. of Correspondence of 

Windham, 221-22. 
from town clerk of Charlestown, 

224. 
to selectmen of Roxbury, 230. 
to Mr. Wells, from Marblehead, 243. 

selectmen of Billerica, 246. 
from President of the Congress at 
Concord, 248. 
I-everet street, 126. 

{See also Streets). 
Liberty Tree, 22, 26. 
Licenses, liquor, 28, 29, 64, 69, 186. 
list of, 28, 29. 

passed upon, 222. 
.approved, 29. 
disapproved, 29, 30. 
threatened removal of, 133. 
auctioneers, 169-70, 181-85, 215. 

form of license, 170, 
184-85. 
Light-house, 235. 
Limes, 135. 

Lime trees, Mr. Coply desires to jilant, 89. 
Linen, Irish, 38. 
Link alley, 180. 

{See also Streets.} 
Liquors, retailerof spirituous see Innliolders. 
Little Cambridge, 149. 
Liverpool, 134, 151, 152, 173, 174, 217. 

passage for poor persons to, 134. 
London, 60, 83, 84, 94, 9S. 115, 203, 204, 239. 
London Derry (Londonderry), 38. 
Long Island, 192. 

{See also Islands.) 
Lane, 18, 97, 247. 

{See also Streets.) 
wharf, 29, 226. 

{See also Wharves, etc.) 



Index to Places and Subjects. 



26d 



Lord's Day, 72. 

Lydia {brigantine), 207. 

(See also 6h\pa,e(c.) 
(ship) ; 179, 230. 

(See also Shipa, etc.) 
Lyn street, 81. 

(See also Streets.) 

Madeira, 31. 
Maiden, 11, 22i;. 
Manes Point, 73. 

Maps and I'lans, selectmen to consult, 92. 
Marblehcad, 3, 189, 190, 191, 193, 19.'), 19fi, 
207, 226, 235. 
letter to selectmen of, 93, 117, 
118, 193. 
from Robert Hooper of, 
Ho. 
Market, the, .5, 17, 49, 105, 149. 
clerks of, 101. 

make complaint, 49, oi). 
Faneuil Hall, 65, 164. 

stalls in, 1U3, 105, loG, 14:'., 
164, 1S8. 
butchers, 67, 6S, 75, 101, 143. 
stalls in, 67, 68, 75, 101, 105, lOC, ISS, 

191,220. 
hides in, 68, 75, 101, 105. 
to be kept clean, 68. 

closed at stated hours, ~1. 
nuisances to remove, 72. 
.South, 87. 

Mr. Bryant expelled from the, in i. 
fish, sale of, in, 123. 

stalls for, 196. 
passageway near, to widen, 134. 
people coming to, 228. 
square, 196. 

(See also Streets.) 
Marlborough, 127. 
Marshalls lane, 225, 235, 246, 247. 

(See also Streets.) 
Marshlield, soldiers sent to, mi.sbehave, 

247. 
Maryland, 122, 1-53, 155, 160, 161, 103, 167, 
168, 169. 
smallpox spreading in, 157. 
Masons, 67. 

(See also Trades.) 
Massachusetts Bay, Province of, 1, 2, 4, 5, S, 
9, 24, 28, 34, 44, 47, 49, 51, 54, 62, 64, 67, 
70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 91, 97, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 109, 111, 113, 116, 118, 120, 126, 127, 
128, 129, 130, 132, 139, 143, 145, 147, 148, 
161, 162, 172, 187, 192, 212, 214, 215, 233. 
Massacre, account of the late, 74. 

Oration on the, of March, 76-77. 
Meal men see Millers. 
Mediera see Madeira. 
Measurers or Sealers of wood see Wood. 
Meeting houses, 231. 
Old North, 3. 
Dr. Cutler's, 29. 
Mr. Pemberton's, 29. 
New North church, 73. 
Dr. Sewall's, 75. 
Dr. Eliot's, 139. 
Old South church, 151, 225 
Dr. Cooper's church, 135. 
Gld Church, 169. 
New South, 210. 
Mr. Byles', 225, 247, 249. 
Mr. Mather's, 225, 236. 
Mendon, 111. 

selectmen of. 111. 
owner of real estate in, 112. 
Merchants, 13. 
Middleborough, 211. 

selectmen of, complain to 
Gen'l Gage about conduct 
of soldiers, 247. 
Middlesex, county of, 153. 

records of the, 153. 



Middle street, 32, 168, 225. 

encroachment on, 69. 
(See also Streets.) 
Middlecot street, 136. 

{See also Streets.) 
Military force, unnecessary and oluio-icious. 

6, 8. 
Militia, the, 57, 219. 
-Milk street, 29, 86. 

(See also Streets.) 
Mill bridge see Bridges. 

Creek, 112, 114. 

tallow chandlers' shop, near, re- 
fusal to allow, 114. 

Pond, 16, 1S3. 
Millers, 69, 176. 

(See also Trades.) 
Mills, grist, 69. 
Milton, 60. 
Ministers, 21, 63. 92, 132-33, ISJ, 220, 230, 

231. 
Mola.sses, 124, 184. 
Molly (sloop) 34, 43, 180, 181. 
Montreal, small-pox at, 49, 50. 
Mount Real, Mount iioyal, see Montreal. 
Mortgages, 177. 
Mr. Byles' meetinghouse, 225, 247, 249. 

Mather's meeting house. 225, 236. 

Pemberton's church, 29. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Mulberry trees see Trees. 
Mutton, hospital at New Boston, to supplj' 

with, for three weeks, 232. 



Nantasket, 230. 
Neck see Boston Neck. 

Negroes, mulattos, Indians, etc., 11, 25, 27, 
35, .54, 73, 83, 85, 165, 208. 
not allowed out after 9 P.M., ex- 
cept in certain cases, 45. 
New Boston, 22, 30, 70, 97, 224, 235, 236, 237. 
hospital at, 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 32, 
37, 38, 42, 43, 48, 66, 
119, 122, 123, 154, 158, 
185, 215, 232-33, 2.34, 
237, 240, 241, 243, 245, 
246, 247. 
keeper of, 43-44, 68, 

119, 185, 215. 
fence of, near, 87. 
inventory of articles at, 

119, 122,215. 
watch at, 42, 167, 171, 
172, 239. 
man appointed, 
172. 
repairs at, needed, 122. 
to order, 158, 
things necessary for re- 
ception of the sick, 
158, 
Sugar-house barracks at, 42. 
trouble with soldiers and resi- 
dents of, 224. 
Newbury see Newburyport. 
New Burying Grround, 92, 96. 
(See also Burial pUices.) 
Newburyport, 135, 144, 165, 193, 194, 198, 

199. 
New England, 221. 
Newfoundland, 122, 127, ISO. 

(See also Islands.) 
New Haven, 72, 105. 
London, 154. 
North church, 73. 
South Church, 210, 217. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Newspapers, or public prints, 215, 227. 

to contain address to Governor 

and his reply, 9. 
advertisements concerning 
small-pox 23, 
24, 25, 26, 27, 



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XewsimpcrK, etc., louthiued, 

234, 236, -i:};, 

238, 239-40, 

241, 242-4:'., 

244-45, 247, 

248. 

paying of ]>n-- 

in i u 111 s o II 

111 u 1 1) e r V y 

trees, 102. 

118, 120. 

pjflea rt?(d Gills' 

(Jazette, llS. 

" 'I' h e Spy," 

240, 249. 
" Hoiiton Ga- 
zette," 248. 
Newton, 127. 
Xew York, 130, 166, 234 
Ninety-two {schooner) , 49, 51. 
North Battery, 14, 145-46. 
{J>ee also Hatteries.) 
Burying Ground, 111. 

wall of, to repair, 21:!. 

(See also Burial places.) 
End, 29, 92, 108, 187, 225, 236, 240, 

245, 247. 
Grammar school, 34. 
Latin School, 14, 171. 
schools, 50. 

(See also Schools.) 
watch house, repairs to, 69. 
constable at, 171. 
(^See also Watch.) 
writing-school, 14. 

(See also Schools.) 
Notes, 164. 



Oaths of office administered, 95. 
Oil, 60, 93, 94, 95. 

(See also Ships' cargoes.) 
Old burying ground, 217, 224, 241. 
(See also Burial places.) 
Church, 169. 
North Meeting-house, 3. 

(See also Meetiug-houses.) 
Powder house see Boston Common. 
South Church, 151, 225. 

(See also Meeting houses.) 
Orange street, 13. 

(See also Streets.) 
Tree, 22, 26,31,189. 

(.See also Taverns.) 
Oration on the March Massacre, to cKliver 
in Faneuil Hall, 77. 
desire to be e.xcused from deliver- 
ing, refused, 78. 
to deliver on March 5, 110, 212, 245. 
report of committee to provide an 
orator, 166. 
Orders, town, 22, 23, 30, 49, .50, 57, 61, 65, 66, 
74, 78, 79, 82, 91, 93, 111, 115, 121, 
123, 125, 126, 127, 140, 151, 152. 155, 
157, 159, 169, 171, 174, 179, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 200, 204, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
220, 234, 240-41, 242, 243, 245. 
to stop vessels at Castle William, 
25, 125. 
send persons to the hospital, 30. 
keeper at Rainsford Island, 3:3-34, 
61, 187, 190, 195, 196. 
(See also Letters.) 
burial of those dying from small- 
pox, 35, 239. 
to men of South watch, 40. 

New Boston watch, KJ. 
the watchmen at south part of the 
town, 45, 72. 
books of the By-Laws, 70. 
by-law concerning town-cryers, 130. 
to the constables of the watch, 193. 
to keeper of hospital at New Bos- 
ton, 232-33. 



Orders to J/r. Barret, 233. 
Ordnance, 228. 

Paddy's Alley. 149-50, 154-55, 210, 226. 

(See also Street.s.) 
Painters see Trades. 
Painting, 57. 
Palaviras, two, 225. 
Papers .see Records, documents, etc. 
Paris (France) 96. 

(.See also French.) 
Parliament, Act of, 224-25. 

to enforce, 225, 2:50. 
Passage, sea, 78. 
Pavers, etc., rate of pay allowed, 223. 

(.See also Trades.) 
Pavements see Streets. 

Penalties, neglect to keep walls of tombs in 
repair, 102. 
ev.ading quarantine, 125. 
regarding melting of tallow. 145. 
for removing stone and ballast 

from Deer Island, 146. 
for leaving quarantine, 153. 
tines and forfeiture concerning 

cord-wood, 188. 
for incumbering the Neck, 156. 
Perambulations or Surveys, SS. 

bounds of land in Spring 
lane, 88. 
of town's land, 90. 
between Koxbury a7id Bos- 
ton, IdO, 230, 231. 
bounds of land belonging 
to Will. Hyslup, A'sr/. and 
Agnes and John Proctor, 
18S->9, 191, 19H. 
Pest house .see Rainsford Island. 
Petitions : — 

to be allowed to lay a common sewer, 13. 

erect a bake-house, Ui. 
the Gorermir to order all vessels to stop 
at Castle William, 157. 
Philadelphia, 14, 20, 23, 25, 27, 31, 34, 37, 38. 
39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 50, 53, 158, 
160, 168, 181, 201. 
small pox in, spreading, 157. 
Physicians, 5, 11, IS, 63, 74, 152, 1.54, 1.50, 157, 
182, 198, 209, 210, 214, 217, 218, 220, 227, 
232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 240, 245, 247, 
248. 
Piscataqua, 165. 
Plans see Maps. 

and specilications, 57. 
Plastering of shop, 104. 
I'leasant street, 146. 

(.See also Streets.) 
Plymouth, 217- 
Plympton, selectmen of, complain to (rent. 

Gage of conduct of soldiers, 247. 
Polly (schooner), 160. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Poor, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 23, 32, 33, 
34, 35, 44, 47, 53, 54, 55, 60, 62, 64, 65, 
67, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 85, 
86, 87, 91, 92, 97, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 113,116, 118, 
122, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134, 
139, 141-42, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 
1.53, 156,161, 162, 166,168, 169, 192, 
193, 197, 198, 207, 212, 214, 215, 216, 
227, 231, 2:K, 241, 243, 245. 
Overseers of the, 21, 49, 53, 63, 91, 92, 
97, 100, 102, 103, 
105, 1U7, 109, 111, 
116, 118, 127, 128, 
129, 1:jO, 132, i;«t, 
143, 145, 148, 161, 
163, 166, 182, 214. 
reports of, 109, 165. 
accounts of, i:32. 
donation for, of 258 sheep, 221. 
Pond street, 245. 

(,See also Streets.) 



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Port Bill, 221, 222, 226, 22!S. 
roitsiuouth, 23, 145. 
I'ost-Ollice, 115, 117. 

Posts, permit to set up, 30, 59, 77, 173, 177. 
near the burying-place, 148. 
to be set up iu Docksquiin-, 200. 
Potters, 112, 114. 

[See aUo Trades.) 
Pound house, repairs to, 192. 
Powder see Ammunition. 

house nee Armories. 
Precepts see Warrants. 
Precincts see Wards. 
Premiums see Fires. 
see Trees. 
Prince street, 29, 12S. 

{See also Streets.) 
Printins of town meeting warrants, 3, 10, 17, 
21, 37, 44, 59, 62, 64, 05, 77, 82, 
110, 124, 14S. 166, 167, 177, 212, 
213, 214, 217, 218, 223, 229, 23S. 
about two hundred extracts 
from the Province law, rela- 
tive to wood, 150. 
Printers, 20, 57, 64, 124, 234, 236, 237, 238, 
240, 248. 
Edes and Gill, 3, 10, 37, 62, 64, 

77, 120. 212, 218. 
3fessrs. Thomas & John Fleet, 
17, 21, 44, .59, 65, 82, 166, 167, 
217. 
3tr. Isaiah Thomas, 110, 238. 
Mr. Byles, 110, 1.50, 214. 
Mr. Danield Kneeland, 148, 223. 
Joseph Greenleaf, Exij.,\l'. 213, 
229. 
Prints see Newspapers. 
Probate court see Court. 
Prosecution to prevent, 169. 
Province see Massachusetts Bay. 
house, 7, 224. 
boat, 172. 

poor, 23, 113, 116, 166. 
laws, 111, 119, 130, 149, 160, •-'■j:.. 
acts. 111, 187. 
glazier, 122. 
hospital, 19, 122, 235 

(.See also Hospitals.) 
laws see Law. 

treasurer, 10, 21, 42, 51, 81, 188. 
Provisions, to procure, 141. 

weigh, 200, 201. 
transportation of, 228. 
to furnish, 233. 
Prussians, 72. 

{See a/so Strangers.) 
Purchase street, 224. 
( .See also Streets.) 

Quarantine, 13. 

evading, 125, 153. 
to enforce, 157. 
{See also Kaiusford Island.) 

Quarters, military, 6. 

Quebec, 33, 47, 49, 51, 53. 

Queen Street, 21, 25, 96, 177, 201, 202, 214, 
225. 

(.See also Streets.) 

Quit claims see Deeds, 
rents see Kents. 

Rainbow {sloop) 37, 44. 

Rainsford Island (quarantine) 13, 27, 28, 30, 
32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 
43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 
60, 67, 68, 82, 83, 84, 85, 
86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 
93, 94, 93, 101, 115, 121, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 
135, 1.37, 1.38, 139, 140, 
141, 143, 144, 145, 151, 
152, 153, 154, 164, 166, 
173, 174, 175-76, 178, 179, 
181, 184, 186, 187, 189-90, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 



196, 198, 199, 200, 204, 
217, 218, 220, 235, 239. 
Hospital {called Pest- 
house) 15, 27, 28, 35, 36, 
37,38,41,42, 43, 44, 47, 
48. 
keeper of the, 15, 27, 30, 
33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 47, 
48, 49 52, 54, 60, 61,62, 
67, 72, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 
95,^6, 98, 99, 101, 115, 
116, 117, lis, 121. 122- 
23, 124-25, 126, 135, 136, 
137,138,139,140,141,143, 
144, 145, 152, 1.53, IH, 
156, 157, 159, 166, 173, 
174, 175, 178, ISl, 184, 
18.5, 186,187, 189-90, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 
202, 204, 217, 218, 219, 
220, 235. 239. 
bo.at of, 207. 
supplies for, 27. 
repairs at, 67, 68. 
wharf at, 68, 248. 
Rainsford's Square, 29. 
(.See also Streets.) 
Raynham, 127. 
Real estate, 1, 74, 1.58. 

Keceipts {or bonds) for moneys, 5, 10, 11, 
12, 21, 51, 56, 62, 76, 
81, 113, 185,195, 204. 
for bonds, 113, 195. 
small arms, 117. 
premiums awarded, US. 
articles at hospital at.New Bos- 
Boston, 122. 
jiassage for jioor man to New- 
foundland, 127. 
Records, documents, etc: 

relative to Paddy's al- 
ley, 101. 
justices and overseers 
of the poor, report 
of, on condition of 
the town, 165. 
Brookers' Donation, 

177. 
return of the Wards, 
210. 
Regimental hospital, 19. 
(.S'ee also Hospitals). 
Reiiiraeuts .see Troops. 
Religious sects, 171. 
Removals, 231. 
Rents : — 

to remit, to Mr. Benj. Star, 80. 

for the Neck, 2. 

of laud near Common, 2. 

to Mr. Enoch Brown! 11, 19. 
Daniel Whitney, 19. 
shop, 127, 

to (Jol. Jackson, 12. 
of hay-weigher, 53. 
town's warehouse, 71, 89, 114 146. 
land on the Neck, improved by Mr. 

Lewis, 81. 
rent of euaine-house, 81, 148. 
building and laud near South Mar- 
ket, 87. 
of a store near the Golden Ball, 90. 
shop in Queen street, 96. 
cellar under the Granary, 100. 
wharf adjoining the Battery, 108. 
quit, 112. 
lor the town's land at South End, 

146. 
of ground where the hay engine- 
stands, 151, 204, 216. 
shop near Consert house, 167. 
town's wharf at North B.attery, 
186. 
cellar under Town House, 191. 



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Rent of house occupied by 3tr. Barret, 204. 
Reports, couunittees to make, 11, 16, 35, oo, 
150. 
made, 40, 55, 58, 59, 6S, 
116, 183, 184. 
of keepej of hospital at Rainsford, 

83, 178, -lO-l, 206. 
on case of James Otis. 104. 
of justices and overseers, on the 
state of their several wards, 109, 
165. 
on Oration, 166. 

Mr-i. Sarah Taylor, 197. 
cases of small po.x, 232, 237. 
i;(l)rcsentatives, 21, 63, 79, 92, 119, 132, 182, 
220. 
choice of, 17, 82, 176, 228. 
petition to, 79. 
instructions to, 119. 
Resolutions offered by the town of Wind- 
ham, Conn., 221. 
Rhode Island, 111,. 
Risigers, 132, 240. 

{See alio Trades). 
Riots, disorder, etc., S. 

of Marcli 18 a/ul June 10, 

1768, 8. 
on part of king's .soldiers, 

39, 40, 42, 46. 
to suppress, 45, 40. 
by soldiers of 4th Regiment, 
224. 
officers and inhabitants 
of the town, 230. 
fear of, withholds select- 
men from permitting use 
of Faneuil hall on the sab- 
bath for 4th Re^t.,231. 
driving of sleighs at un- 
suitable hours, 240, 241. 
Robberies niiil depredations, 171. 
Romney, the, (ressel), 17. 
Ropewalk, the, 28. 
Roxbury, 51, 74, 113, 149, 176. 

perambulation between Bviston 

and, 100, 230,231. 
removal of Mrs. Clea8l)y from, 106. 
Royal Artillery, 141. 

deserter from, 141. 

{See also Troops.) 
Exchange Tavern, 69, 247, 248. 
(See also Taverns.) 
Rum, 138. 

Saco, 178. 

Sale of goods at public vendue see .\uctions. 
no IJritish or European, al pri- 
vate sale, to allow, 17o. 
Salem, 99, 13S, 144,230. 
Sally (schooner), 135, 137, 138, 140. 

(Se'e also Ships.) 
Salt, 39, 135. 

measurer of, to appoint, 173, ISO. 
Sandemanians, 171. 

ask permission to use the 
North Latin school to 
worship in, 171. 
Scales see Weights and Measures. 
Scarlett's wharf, 200. 

(See also Wharves.) 
School street, 10. 

(See also Streets.) 
Schools : — 

North Latin, 171. 

repairs to, 14. 
in Queen Street, 21, 177, 201, 202. 

master of 201, 202, 
214. 
South working, 21. 
North grammar to repair, 34. 
Writing: — 
North, 14. 

South, 10.41,07, 101. 
in the Common, 11, 129, 202, 213. 



Schools : — 

free schools, 220. 

visitation of, 21, 03, 92, 132-33, 181- 

82, 183, 220, 222, 
north schools, .50. 
dancing, 82, 
and fencing, request 
to open, -53. 
complaint of Mr. Thos. Parker 
a>;ainst master of South writing 
school, 67. 
French language, 132. 
to learn to read, to open, 145. 
desires to open, 224. 
repairs, 151. 

liouses occupied by masters, 214. 
masters, 11, 201, 202, 213, 216. 

to induct, 202. 
ushers, 10, 202, 213. 
Scituate, 30, 111. 

family in, to remove to Boston, 140, 
141. 
town (of Boston) refuses 
to hold theui, 141. 
selectmen of, 140, 141. 
constable of, 141. 
Scotland, passage to, 87. 
Sealers of Leather see Leather. 

Wood see Wood. 
Sea Nymph (brigantine), 174. 
( See also Ships, etc.) 
street, 29, 123, 214, 
to repair, 226. 
(See also Streets ) 
Second Attempt (schooner), 196. 

(.See also Shipii, etc.) 
Selectmen, 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 
13, 14, 15,16, 17,18, 19,20,21,22, 
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32,33, 
.''4, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 
44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 
74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80,81, 82, 83, 
84, 85, 86, 87, 88, t9, 90,91,92,0:5, 
94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 12:i, 
124, 125. 126, 127, 128, 129, 1;W, 
131, 132, l:)3, 134, 135, 1:36, l:;7, 
1.38, 1:39, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 
145, 146, 147, 148. 149, l.iO, 151, 
1.52, 153, 154, 155, 156, 1:57, 1.5S, 
159, 160, 161, 162, ie3, 164, 105, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 17S, 179, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 
202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 20S, 
209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 
216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 
223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 
237, 238, 2.39, 240, 241, 242, 243, 
244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249. 
ordered by I'robate court, to ex- 
amine into mental condition of 
one Abigail Feirce, 14. 
report of, 14. 
of .Marblehead, 93, 117, 118, 193. 

Chelsea, 55. 
complaints to, 67, 68, 168-69, ISO, 

223, 240-41, 247. 
petitions to, 13, 71, 110, 112, 13 i. 

148, 201,215. 
of Mendon, 111, 112. 
persons notitied to attend, 113. 
of Stoneham, 149, 151, 156. 

Sherburne, 154. 
to meet with the justices, 173. 
of Cane .Vnn, 198, 201. 
Newburyport, 199. 



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Selectinon of Gloucester, 201. 

Wiudhain, Coun., 22-2. 
to visit Kainsford hospital, 222. 
wait upon the Guvei'iior, 224-2.J 
apply to the Governor, 227. 
of Billerica, letter to, 24fi 

Middleborough, Ph'mpton, mh'/ 
Ilallifax, 247. 
rules for meetings, 113 
Selectmen's chamber, 9, 10, 21, 23, 54, 63, 72, 
86, 91, 92, 112, 113, 120, 132, 
140, 147, 152, 182, 200, 220. 
meetinijs, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 8, 9, 
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 
19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 
50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 
59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 06,67, 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 75, 76, 
77, 78, 80, 81, 82. 83, 84, 86, 87, 
8S, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 
96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103,104, 105, 106, 107,108, 109, 
110,111, 112,113,115, 116, 117, 
118, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 
130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 
137, 138, 139, 140, 143,144, 145, 
146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 15:5, 
154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 
162, 163, 164, 165, 166,167, 168, 
169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 1S3, 
184, 185, 186,187, 188,189, 190, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 198, 1'J'J, 
200,201, 202, 203,204, 205, 20ii, 
207, 208, 209, 210, 211 , 212, 213, 
214, 215, 216, 217. 218, 219, 220, 
221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 
228, 229, 230, 231, 232,233, 2,34, 
235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241 , 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246,247, 24S, 
249. 
minutes, 1. 
Se.^ton, choice of a, 53. 

appointed as, 05, 111. 193, 217. 
applies for leave to dig graves, 92. 
of Dr. Cooper's church, 165. 
not to bury the dead on the Sabb-\tli 
night, unless absolutely nece-i- 
sary, 209. 
desires permit to dig graves, 210. 
Sheep, 221. 
Sheepsoot river, 73. 
Sherburne, 140. 

case of John Pierce, 140, 141, l.')3- 

.54. 
Selectmen of, 154. 
Ship street, 1, 29. 

chiranies in, unsafe, 4. 
(iVe also Streets.) 
Ships, vessels, boats, etc.. 4, 25, 31,37,43, 51, 
53, 60, 61, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 
92, 93, 98, 100, 101, 115, 116, 121, 123, 
124, 12.5, 126, 127, 135. 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 151, 1.52, 1.53, 155, 1.56, 157, 
1.58, 160, 161, 163, 167, 168, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 178, 179, ISO, 181, 184, 185, 
186, 189-90, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 217, 218, 230, 235, 
243. 
list of crew of schooner Friendship, 

83. 
Province boat, 172. 
men-of-war, 6, 93, 126, 201, 227, 230, 

235. 
hospital, 238, 241, 242, 248, 249. 
yards, 29, 69, 225, 240. 
cargoes, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 
48, .50, 60, 61, 91, 115, 117, 118, 125, 
138, 151, 168, 174, 184, 193, 202, 203, 
204, 205, 218. 
masters, to give bonds, 51. 



Shipyards nee Ships, etc 
Shoemakers, 210. 

{See also Trades.) 
Short street, 29,21>.i. 

{See also Streets.) 
Silk, raw, as an export, 120, 121. 

worms, cultivation of, lii2. 112, 118, 120, 
121. 
Situate see Scituate. 
Slaughter-house, 75, 87. 
Slays (sleighs) drivingof, at unsuitable hours 

of the night, 240-41. 
Small-pox, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
28, 30, 31, 32, 33,35,37,41-42, 
44, 46, 47, 49, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61, 
67-68, 80, 82,83, 84, 85, 80, 87, 
92, 93, 94,98,101, 115,117, 118, 
124, 125, 127, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 143, 144, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 157, 158, 1.59, 160, 161, 163, 
164, 166, 167, 168, 172, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 180, 181, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 198, 199, 200, 202, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 217, 218, 220, 230, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244-45, 246, 
247, 248, 249. 
no, among troops at barracks or 

hospital, 23. 
testimony of physicians, 23. 
orders concerning, 22, 23-24, 35, 

238, 243. 
advertisements in newspapers 
concerning, 23, 24, 2i, 26, 27, 
234, 236, 237, 238, 239-40. 
inoculation for, forbidden, 234, 

237 
people refusing to go to hospital, 
cannot be coerced, 238, 248. 
Smith's lane, 71. 

{See also Streets.) 
Soapboilers, 145. 

{See also Trades.) 
Soldiers see Troops. 
South Battery, 55, 57, 71, 225. 
{See also Batteries.) 
burying ground, 136, 139. 

{See also Burial places.) 
End, the, 28, .39, 40, 46, 80, 87, 150, 
166, 226, 237, 243. 
trouble with King's sol- 

diers, .39, 40. 
town's pasture at, 90. 

land at, 146. 
town's house at, 16(>. 
market, 87. 

{See also Market.) 
watch, 3. 44, 45, 80, 151. 

additional men appointed on, 

43, 80, 150. 
to dismiss, 72. 
petition to re-instate, 72. 
{See also Watch.) 
working school, 21. 
{See' also Schools.) 
Southwick's court, 172. 

{See also Streets.) 
South Writing school, 10, 41. 

{See also Schools.) 
Soutwick's court see Southwick's. 
Spring lane, 88. 

{See also Streets.) 
Spy, the, 240, 249. 

{See also Newspapers.) 
Stalls in the market see Market. 
Staves, 45. 

St. John {sloop) 178, 179. 
{See also Ships, etc.} 
Lucar, 207. 
Stoneham, 149, 151, 156. 

bill sent to selectmen of, 156. 
Stone's Tavern, 69. 

{See also Taverns.) 



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Stones and gravel to repair the Neck, 12. 
pickers up of, '22o. 

(See also Boston Neck.) 
and ballast. 104, 140. 

(See also Deer Island.) 
Stougliton, 109. 

Stove for the South writing school, Till. 
Strangers, 92, 143, 192, 193, 207, 227, 2.;t, 2tl. 
warned to leave the town, II, 

129, 216. 
town to be indemnified for, left 

on its hands, 51. 
reports, as inmates, 71, 73. 
law relative to, 89, 119. 
removed from town, 231. 
(See also Aliens.) 
Streets, highways and byways : — 

repairing of, 1'2, 32, 81, 86, 123, 124, 

226. 
paving of, 17, 18, 66, 69, 72, 97, 133, 

134, 135, 194, 223. 
new, in Paddy's alley, 57. 
encroachments on, 69, ISO. 
obstructions, 69. 
plans of tlie, 92. 
new, 101, 1.50. 
to v/iden passageways, 134. 
waste water from, to carry off, 145. 
to survey, 146. 
incumbrances, 150, 156, 194. 
Ship, School, King, Uolyoke, Elliot, 
Orange, Back, Long lane. Sum- 
mer, Queen. Temple, Wing's lane, 
IJromfielu's lane. Cold lane, Sud- 
bury street, Auchmuty's lane. 
Common street. Brattle st|uare. Sea 
street, (brooked lane. Short street, 
Prince street, Dalton's row, Knee- 
land's lane, liainsford's square, 
Milk street, Butler's row. Corn 
Hill, Cross street, Boaded {?)alley. 
Dock square. White Bread alley. 
Fish street, Paddy's alley ,'rremont 
street, Cambridsie, Dock square, 
Ann street, Charter, Smith's lane, 
Blind lane, Lyn, Fenyway street. 
Corn court, Kilby street, Gib's 
lane, Tjcverett, Biead street, Mid. 
dlecot street, (iridley's lane. 
Pleasant street. Green lane, Essex, 
Southwick's lunc, .lolliff's lane, 
Link alley, Market square, Fleet 
street. Black Hor.selane, I'urchase 
street, Marshall's lane, Hanover 
street. Pond street. 
Sturbridge, 166. 
Success (.schooner), 201 . 
( Se.e ttlxo Ships, etc.) 
Sudbury street, 29, 83, 172, 242. 

(.SV<» al.10 Streets.) 
Suffolk County, 14, 103, 132, 194. 

Sessions nee Court. 
Sugar, 124, 135, 138. 
baker, 231. 
House Barracks, 42. 
(See also New Boston.) 
Suits : — 

Emmons ?;.?. Selectmen, 91, 140. 
Kusrgles rs. Major Doane. Uti. 
not to institute against 4th regiment, 224. 
Summer street, 20, 156, 214. 

(See also Streets.) 
Sureties, bonds as, 3, 4, 11, 12, 19, 21, 41, 51, 
64, 72,73, 75, 80, 99, 102, 113, 114, 
118, 121, 123, 147, 148, 149, 173, 
177, 180, 181, 185, 188, 195, 199, 
208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 217. 
bondsmen, 3, 4, 51, 73, 148. 
to be delivered up, 42, 62, 81, 92, 
100, 121, 123, 199, 217,219, 223-24. 
in bequest to poor widows (.Vrs. 
Brooker's Donation) 11, 112, 
114, 116, 123, 151, 161, 165, 177, 
181,188,211,212,213,214. 



Sureties, blank, for masters of vessels, 51. 
Surveys, etc., 4, 112, 113-14, ISO. 
law to appoint, 1S9. 

Tailors, 127. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tallow chandlers, 112, 114, 122. 
(See also Trades.) 

melting of, prohibited, in certain 
))laces, 145. 
Tanners, 67, 68, 75, 101, 105, lo ;. 

deliver up key of town H:aui,'liter- 
housc, 75. 
(See also Trades.) 
Tarred and feathered, 246. 
Taverns see lunholders. 
Taverns : — 

Orange Tree, Green Dragon, Ilorse 
Shoe, George, Kiug's Arms 
(formerlij The George), Golden 
Ball, Royal Exchange, Stone's, 
Lamb, Brazen Head, Crown 
Coffee House, Bunch of Grapes, 
Admiral Vernon, White Horse, 
British Coffee House. 
Taxes : — 

street, 10. 

on real estate, 1, 74, 106,158,205, 206. 
town warehouse, 71. 
store near the Golden Ball, 96. 
shop in Queen street, 96. 
list of persons who should be taxed, 

.56, 74, 106, 158, 205, 206. 
collectors of, 3, 10, 21, 37, 42, 51, 56, 
72, 73, 81, 100, 102, 
103, 106, 110,121,123, 
146, 147, 148, 176,185, 
199, 200, 205, 206,217, 
22.3-24, 233. 
ordered to meet at 
selectmen's cham- 
ber, .36, 72. 
premiums on taxes, SI, 

110, 176. 
certiticates, 3, 4. 
bonds as, 41, 42, 51, 
56, 72, 73, 102, 103, 
110, 121, 123, 147,148, 
1S5, 199, 200, 217. 
took oath as a, 34. 
decline to serve as, 37, 
42. 
Tea, 202, 203, 205. 

consignees, 202. 

leave town, 203. 
trouble about consignment of, 203. 
must be re-shipped to London, 203. 
not one chest of, to be allowed to land, 
205. 
Temple street, 24. 

(See also Streets.) 
Tewksbury, 51. 
Thomas (brigaiitlne). 98, 100. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Timber see Wood. 
Titles of Deeds, etc., 11. 
Tombs, permits to build, 9(5, 126. 

to keep walls in repair, 102. 
to enlarge, 21:5. 
(See also Burial places.) 
Tournay, 213. 
Tours, 213. 
Town, the, see Boston. 

accounts, 113, 233. 
arms, to inspect, 202. 

to loan to militia, 219. 
clerk, 3, 4, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 34, 37, 41 , 
47,50, 52, 55, 50, .58, 69, 61, 
62, 05, 66, 68, 71, 72, 74, 76, 
78, 79, 81, 82, 86, 89, 91, 92, 93, 
94, 97, 100, 104, 105, 11.3, 119, 
120, 121, 124, 125, 127, 128, 
134, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 
148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 



Index to Plages and Subjects. 



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Towu cli-ik, ro)i. 156, 157, IGO, IGl, 166, 167, 
IG'.t, 170, 172, 173, 176, 177, 
17S, 179, 180, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 190, 191, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 
201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 211, 212, 
214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
223, 227, 231, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 241, 242, 
243, 245, 247, 24S, 249. 
to procure 1 doz. books of the 

By laws, 76. 
letter of, to seU'ctnu-u of Men- 
don, 119. 
to print about two hundred 
extracts from the Province 
Law relative to wood, 150. 
house watch, 12. 

books, ISS, 233. 
celhir, 109, 191. 
cryer in gaol, 130. 

dismissed from town's 

employ, 130. 
appointment of new, 130. 
dock, 134. 
powder, 226. 

meetings, 3, 10, 17, 18, 20, 21, 37, 57, 
58, 69, 62, 64, 65, 66, 77, 
79, 82,91, 108, 110, 111, 
124, 133, 148, 150, 166, 
167, 176, 177, 201, 202, 
212. 213, 214. 217, 218, 
223, 225, 229, 238. 
to open with prayer by Mr. 

Bourn, 10. 
liei). J/r. Lothrop, 17, 111, 

217. 
Rev. 7>r.Chaiincey, 59, 124. 
Rev. 3tr. Pemberton, 62, 

166. 
Rev. Mr. Mather, 77, 177, 

229. 
Rev. Dr. Eliot, 82, 213. 
/^ew. J/r. Hirst, 111. 
Rev. 3lr. Cooper, 246. 
Act of Parliament concern- 
ing, 224-25. 
removed from the, 231. 
treasurer, 2, 10, 21, 24, 42, 44 51. 62, 
66, 71, 81, 114, 132,134, 146, 14S, 
176, 188, 191, 201, 205, 214, 220. 
to furnish au account of all real estate 

belonging to, 112. 
also what quit-rents, 112. 
treasury, 55, 188. 
visitation of, 9, 56, 76, 109, 210, 245. 

{See also Visitation). 
vote of the, against writers of incen- 
diary letters, 48. 
warned to leave the, 216. 
watch, 134,239. 240-41. 
(See also Watch). 
Townsend, 106. 
Trade, foreign, 221. 
Trades : — 

carpenters. 30, 31, 57. 
painters, 57. 
iron-workers, 57. 
tanners, 67, 75. 
butchers, 67, 75, 143, 164, 188. 
masons, 67. 
millers. 69. 
pavers, 223. 
potters, 112. 
tallow chandlers, 112. 
glaziers, 122. 
tailors, 127, 243. 
riggers, 132. 
soapboilers, 145. 
shoemakers, 210. 

printers, 3, 10, 17, 20, 37, 57, 62, 64, 
120, 124. 148, 150, 178, 212, 218, 
229, 234, 236, 237, 238, 240, 248. 
blacksmiths, 214. 



Transportation of Polly Barber from Ware 

to Deerfield, 19. 
Transports for troops, 234, 238. 

( See alio Troops). 
Trees, to plant, 77, 89, 121. 
lime, 89. 

near the burying place, 148. 
selling of, 97. 

premium on mulberry, lo2, 112. 118, 
120, 121, 127. 
awarded to Loammi Baldwin, 
118. 
.I//-. John Hay, 11 8. 
Mr. George 
Spriggs, lis. 
conditions, 120. 
rcatly for transplanting, 121. 
sale of, 121. 

essay upon Field Husbandry, 121. 
use for the wood, 121. 
how to plant, 121. 
list of those competing, 127. 
Tremont street, 59. 

(See also Streets). 
Troops, military, 6, 149, 167, 221, 235, 'Zi\, 
243. 
Royal Artillery, 141, 142. 
Kings, 19, 39, 40. 
houses improved by, 19. 
artillery company to use Kaui-uil 

Hall, 88, 121. 
regiment in town, to continue, 21. 
free from small-po.\, 23, 26. 
soldiers down with small-pox, 31. 

children, 32, 35, 38, 41, 43, 

52, 53, 67. 
children, 141-42, 234, 235, 

236, 242, 249. 
wife, 33, 34, 41, 42, 44, 49, 

61, 104, 141-42,147. 
disorderly, 39, 40. 42, 57, 147. 
military watch, 57. 
14th Regiment, 67, 133, 142. 
at Castle William. 67, 133. 
surgeon of the regiment, 67. 
trial of soldiers, 70. 
Boston Regiment, 58. 
Grenadiers, 117, 121,151. 
Cadets, 121, 146. 
deserters, 141. 
24th or 64th Regiment, 142, 

147. 
10th Company, 147. 
soldier's widow, 162. 
4th Regiment, 224, 231. 
vs. town, 223, 224. 
majesty's, governor to pro- 
tect, 227. 
officers and inhabitants of 
the town get into dispute, 
230. 
Col. Haramelton's Regiment, (59th,) 
232, 235, 236. 239. 
guard house of, 234. 
transports for, 234, 238. 
barracks, 232, 235, 239, 248. 
olBcers' wives r/«d children, 237, 238. 

complained of, 241. 
tar and feather a man, 246. 
47lh Regt. 246. 

misconduct of, sent to Marslifield, 
247. 
Turks' Island, 193, 194. 
(See rt/so Islands). 
Two Brothers (brigantine) , 124, 125, 126, 

127. 
Tyler's shipyard, 225, 240. 

Vagrants, 165. 

Vendue Masters see Auctions and Auction- 
eers. 
Vine-yard, the, (Martha's Vineyard?), 39. 
Virginia, 243. 
Visitation of the town, 9, 56, 76,109,210,245. 



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Visitation of free schools, 21, 63, 92, 132-33, 
lSl-82, 1S3, 220. 22J. 
Deer Island, Oo, 186. 
almshouse, 113. 
hospital at New Boston, l.)8. 
Kainsford Hospital, 222. 
Volant {schooner), ISl, ISo, 186. 

( Ji'ee also Ships, etc.) 
Votes, 2, 6U, SI, llu, 171. 

concerning removal of I'owdcr- 

house, 78. 
to enclose the Common, 7S, SO. 
concerning John Bryant, 10'). 
concerning oration in commeraor-ation 

of .Massacre of March b, 1770, 166. 
to appoint anew watch at ^\'etet Bos- 
ton, 171. 
for schoolmaster to succeed .Vr. 

John Proctor deceased, 201, 2o2 
to erect barracks, 220. 
concernini; perambulation of the 

town, 230. 
vote as to letting Faneuil Hall be 
iised for 4th Regiment, reconsid- 
ered, 231. 

Wards or Precincts, 109, 165, 210. 

to patrol, 235. 
Ware, 19. 
Warehouses, 71, 89, 146, 171. 

{See also Wharves.) 
town's, 71, 171. 
{See also Buildings, town's.) 
Warned out of town, 216, 231. 
Warrants, 36, 54, 59, 0,1, 65, 66, 68, 88, 103, 111 , 
112, 124, 129, 1.32, 14S, 166, 172, 
176,183,184,189, 191, 194, 197, 
199, 201, 202, 214, 217, 218, 223, 
228, 245. 
issued, 1,2, 3,4,5,10,14, 17,18, 
21, 35, 37, 40-41, 44. 50, 57, 64, 
77. 82, 91, 110, 124, 150, 212. 
printing of, 3, 10, 37, 44, 57, 59, 
64, 77, 82, 110, 124, 148, 166, 167, 
177,212, 213, 217, 218,223,229, 
238, 245. 
from selectmen at Scituate, 140. 
assessing lands in or about 
Paddy's alley, 149. 
Watch, 22, 193, 210, 216, 234-35, 245, 248. 
men, 12, 42, 43, 45, 46, 80. 
south, 39, 43, 44, 45, 72, 80, 150. 

complaint of, 3. 
houses, 43, 191. 
town house, 12, 40. 

laws enacted for regulation of, 
40. 
orders to, 40, 44-45, 46. 
Dock, 40, 65, 171. 
new South U'atch, 46. 
military watch suggested, 57-58. 
Boston Regiment could appoint, 58. 
north, 171. 

to repair, 69. 
town. 134, 239, 240-41. 
at New Hoston, 42, 167, 171, 216,239. 

West Bo.*ton,171, 191. 
position on, desired, 231. 
law concerning, 231. 
Water casks, 174. 
Wax works, 97. 

{See also Concert Hall.) 
Weights, measures, etc., 2, 91, lu4, 200, 2ul, 

204. 
Wentworth wharf, 21, 226. 

(.SVc ulxo Wharves.) 
West IJoston, 24, 31, 35, 171, 191, 236, 248. 
hospital at, 24, 63, 248, 249. 
supplies for, 24. 
wharf at, 63. 

assistant to keeper of hospital, 
dismissed, 249. 
Indies. 34, 135. 

{See also Islands.) 



Wharfingers see Wharves, etc. 
Wharves, docks, etc. : 

Barrett's, 187. 

Wentworth's, 21, 226. 

Griffen's, 28. 

Winter's, 29. 

Long, 29, 226. 

Hancock's, 29, 225. 

Wheelwright's, 43, 44, 52, 71, 135, 

186, 225. 
at West Boston (hospital) to 

build, 63. 
at Rainstbrd, 24^. 

to repair, 68. 
sealers of wood on certain, 6il, 

187-88. 
wharfingers, 69, 71. 
warehouses on, 71. 
near the battery, 108. 
at the Norlli Battery, 186. 
Scarlett's, 200. 
bulls, 225. 

Doau's wharf, 236, 241. 
\\'lu'eler's Point, 67-68. 

Wheelwright's wharf, 43, 44, .52, 71, 135, 186, 
225. 
warehouses at, to use as 
hospital, inhabitants pro- 
test against, 71. 

{See also Wharves.) 
White Bread alley, .35, 40. 

( See also Streets) 
IIorse,The, 225.237,238, 239, 242, 243. 
{See also Taverns.) 
Widows, poor, (.)/?■■•*. Brookers' Donation) 
bequest to, 11, 12, 14, 74, 
76, 80,96, 99, 112, 113, 114, 
116, 123, 157, 158, 1.59, 161, 
165, 177, 181, 188, 195, 2l)4, 
208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 243, 
244. 
list of beneficiaries. 14, 107, 

lOS, 124, 1-59, 20S, 244. 
executors of bequest, to call 
to immediate setilemeut, 
55, 188. 
bonds for, 114,116, 123, 161, 
165, 177, 181, 188, 195, 204, 
211, 212, 213, 214. 

{See also Bequests.) 
Williams (schooner), 161, 162. 

{.See also Ships, etc) 
Wills: .)/r.y. Brookers, 195. 
Winchendon, 104. 
Windham. 221, 222. 

Windows at Rainsford hospital tu mend, 146. 
\Vmg's lane, 27, 127. 

{See also Streets). 
Winnesimit Ferry, 4, 225. 

boats on Boston side of, to 
keep, 4. 
( See also Ferries) . 
Winter's wharf, 29. 

{See also Wharves). 
Woburn, 118, 127. 
Wood, sealers of, 69, 70, 186, 187. 

new division of districts for, 71 . 

red cedar, 121. 

uses of, 121. 

lire, Province law relative to, 149, 

150. 
cutters, 149. 
timber, l.')0, 177. 

six feet of, to a poor woman, 164. 
act concerning cord, 187-HS. 
fines and forfeitures coticernius; 
cord, 188. 
Woodstock, 119, 120. 

selectmen of, 143. 
Wool, 202. 
Workhouse, 23. 

{See iilno Almshouse.) 
W^ritiuu-schools see Schools. 
Writs, 73. 



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