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FORM NO 609: 1,3.49: 200M. 



A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THK 



BOSTON RECORDS FROM 1729 TO 1742. 






I50STONIA 

COND1TA.AJJ. 
1630 




BOSTON: 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS, 

No. 39 ARCH STREET. 
1885. 



[DOCUMENT 66 1885.] 



CITY OF 




BOSTON, 



A EEPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



This volume, being the Twelfth Report of the Record 
Commissioners, is the fourth volume devoted to the Records 
of the Town. It covers the period from the Town Meeting 
of March 10, 1728-29, through the last meeting in 1742. 

Between pages G3 and 64 will be found the copy of a 
Plan of certain Fortifications projected in A.D. 1733, as 
drawn in the original volume. 

Preparations have been made to continue the publication 
of these Records, and the public interest in them shows no 
sign of abatement. 

The Thirteenth Report, now in press, contains a continua- 
tion of the Selectmen's Records. The Tenth Report is still 
uncompleted. 

WILLIAM H. WHITMORE, 
WILLIAM S. APPLETON, 



Record Commissioners. 



CITY HALL, BOSTON, April, 1885. 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS. 



Anno Domini : 1728 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston On Monday 
the Tenth day of March : 1728 : 

After Prayer By the Rev d M r Sam" Checkley, Elisha Cooke Esq r 
is Chosen Moderator for This Meeting. 

Sundry Laws Against Imorallity &c Read. 
Sundry Petitions and Motions Read Viz' 
About Paving in Comon Street 
About Paving in Sudbury Street 
About A Schoolmaster at Rumny Marsh 
About the High Way in SuiTier Street 
Co 11 Thomas Fitches Present of Armes to the town 
m r Peter Plins Petition. 
About Paving in Bennet Street. 
About Laying out A High way in the Comon. 
The Constables Memorial. 
A motion About the Representatives. 
m r Nathan 11 Willims About an Usher 
Willians & Rowe, Petition 
M r Sam 11 Waldos Petition 

Sam 11 Checkley Esq T Chose Town Clerk & Sworn. 
Voted to Chuse Assessors distinct from Selectmen 
Voted to Chuse Seven Selectmen, 
mess John Baker 
Jona" Waldo 
Timothy Prout 

Oxenbride Thatcher ^ Chose Selectmen 
David Farnum 
John Hunt 
Jona n Williams 

Joseph Wads worth Esq r Chosen TownTreasu'for the year Ensuing 
Voted to Chuse 16: Constables 
Voted to Chuse : 7 : Overseers of the Poor 
Daniel Oliver 
Timothy Clark [ Esq" 
John Ruck 



mess r James Gouch 
Sam" Greenwood 
Jeffry Bedgood 
Jona n Jackson 



> Chose Overseers of the Poor 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Votes for a County Treasurer, were 147 Votes were Sealed up by 
Constable Salte r and Ordered Him to Deliver to the Clerk of the 
Peace of the County 

Voted that the Meeting be adjorned untill three of the Clock. 



[2.] John Greenlief 
Robert Watts - 
Edward Tothill 
Robert Harris 
George Hannahs 
Thomas Gording - 
Isaac White - 
Joseph Leasonby - 
Nathan 11 Emms 
John Lee 
John Merrett - 
Zecha r Hubbard 
Moses Greenlief - 
Mathew Adams 
Nicholas Belknap - 
Joseph Dodge 



Sworn"! 
Sworn 
Pay'd 

Paid 

Paid 

Paid 

Paid 

8 Paid r> Chosen Constables 
Sworn 
Pay'd 
Paid 
Paid 
Paid 
Excused 
Excused J 



Upon The Petition of Rumny Marsh for Alowance for A School- 
master there 

Voted to ad Twenty Pounds to what they formerly A lowed to 
m r Thomas Chever for the year Ensuing Provided that the inhab- 
itants there procure A sutable Person to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen 

Officers Chosen for Rumny Marsh Viz' 
John Laith for Constable & Sworn 
Jacob Chamberlin a Sealer of Leath r 

Isaac Lewis - - & Thomas Pratt Ju n Fence Viewers. 
Daniel Wats - - Sworn ) Ur ^ 
Sam" Pratt: Sworn j Hoggreves 

The Selectmen having-Comunicated to the Town A Letter from 
the IIon ble Thomas Fitch Esq r Dated the first Instant Signifying, 
That He did Present to the Town Two Hundred and fifteen Fire- 
locks with Bayonets fitted to them, to be for the use of the Town 
of Boston forever 

The Town with great unanimity proceed to vote their Thanks 
for So Valuable and Generous A Present And agreeable to the 
Desire of the Doner likewise Voted That they will keep the Same or 
the like Number of Good Fire Locks with Bayonets Fitted to them 
from time to time in Good Order and Fitt for Service for the Nec- 
essary Defence of this Town. And Voted That the Hou ble Elisha 
Cook Adam Winthrop Esq and m r John Baker, be A Comittee 
in behalf of the Town To Waite upon the Honourable Co 11 
Thomas Fitch, with their Thanks and a Coppy of the Votes Afore 
Said 

Then the Meeting Adjorned untill tomorrow-Morning at Eight 
of the Clock 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1728. 



The Town Mett According to their Adjornment- 



[3.] 



mess r 



Jona Loring 
Samuel White 
Joshua Chever 
Caleb Lyman 
Samuel Adams 
Jonas Clark 
Daniel Loring 
Jacob Royall 



Excused 
Sworn 
Excused 

Sworn j. Ch Assessors. 
Excused ' 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Paid 



Joseph Russell Sworn 1 

Nathan" Barber Sworn 

John Callender Excusd 

John Gouch Pay'd 

John Knight Pay'd f 

W m Price : a Trooper : Exxcud 
John Marshall Ditto Excusd 
Mark Day Excused j 

Francis Wardell 
Joseph Rix 
William Eustis 
Icabod Rogers 
Thomas Foster 
Earth Sutten 
James Barnet 

William Jepson 
Thomas Townsend 
Robert Williams : 
James Dawson 
James Penimau 



V Chose Constables. 



Sworn j> Fence Viewers. 
I 

Sworn j 

Sworn"} 

Sworn j 

Sworn j- Sealers of Leather. 

Sworn j 

Sworn J 



William Lee 
William Young 
Sam" Wardell 
Edward Moberlj* 
Joshua Thornton 
John Adams 
Edward Richards 



Edward Emerson 
Sam" Bay lie Jun. 
Thomas Sirapkins 
David Mason 
Joseph Poumery : 
Andrew Eliot 
Sam 11 Gardner 
Will m Torry 



Viewers of Shingles Measurs 

n [ of Board & Timber &c 
Sworn 



Sworn ^ 

Sworn 

Sworn 

c paid \ Clerks of Market. 
Sworn ( 

paid I 
Refused 
Sworn j 



W m Greenlief Sworn"] 

Benja Demrnon Sworn I H 
Samuel Torry Jun r Sworn f 
Bridges Read Sworn J 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



[4-] 



Walter Goodridge 
John Wolland 
Jeram* Beknap 
Nathan 11 Gooding 
Edward Durant 
Sam 11 Rand 
Thomas Moffatt 
Joseph Turell 
Joseph Hasley 
David Melvell 
Mathew Adams 
William Salter 
Benja n Emmans 
Andrew Tyler 
Benja" Pollard 
W m Cunningham 

Thomas Mitchel 
Ralph Smith 
Joseph Williams 
Joseph Rix 
Jona n Getchell - 
Knight Leveret - 
William Warner 
Ebenezer Hough 
John Winslow 



Chosen Scavengers. 



Sworn 

Sworn 

Excus'd 

Excus'd 

Pay'd 

Pay'd 

Sworn 

Pay'd 

Sworn 



Constables 



Voted That the Selectmen and Such as they Shall desire to Ac 
company them be the Inspectors of the Schools for the year 
Ensueing 

Voted That Co 11 Thomas Fitch, Co" Adam Winthrop ; Co 11 
Edward Hutchinson Nathan 11 Green Esq & m r Jacob Wendell or 
any three of them be A Coliittee to Auditt the Treasurers Accounts 
for the j-ear Ensuing 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Town Treasurer be Alowed 
& Paid out of the Town Treasury the Sum of One Hundred Pounds 
for His Service in the Said Office for the year Last past 

Post Meridiem 

In answar to the Petition for Paving in Comon Street &c 

Voted a Grant of the Petition, Provided the Abutters do their 
part as usual. 

On the Motion of m r Nathan" Williams for Another Usher or 
Assistant in the School 

Voted That there be Alowed the Sum of Eighty Pounds for 
another Usher of the Said School, when A Sutable Person is Pro- 
vided to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen as usual The Money 
to be paid as usual from His being Intraduced 

In Answer To the Petition of m r Peter Blin 

Voted that there be an Aditian to the Sallary of m r Peter Blin 
for the }*ear Ensuing The Sum of Twenty Pounds 

In Answar to the Petition for Laying out a Highway in the 
Common 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1728. 5 

Voted That the Selectmen View the Place and Repor to the Next 

Meeting what they think is best to be don 

In An s war to A Proposal to Consider the Marsh in the Common 
Voted that the Selectmen be desired to View the place and 

Report to the Next Meeting what they think advisable therein 
Voted That the Selectmen be Surveyers of the Highways for the 

year Ensuing 

[5.] On the Petition about the Way in Summer Street 
Voted That the Selectmen be desired to View the Said Street 

and the Circomstances of it and make Report to the next meeting 

what may be best to be don thereon 

On the Petition for Paving in Sudbury Street & Cold lane 
Voted the Petition be granted on Usual Conditions 
John Billings paid^ 

Charles Henly Sworn [ . ^ 

T) - AT a > chose Constables. 

Benja Mason hworn j 

Joseph Scott pay J 

In answar to The Constables Petition 

Voted That the Assessors be Impowred to make Reasonable 
Abatement to the first day of June next 

On the Petition about Paving in Benuet Street. 
Voted That the Selectmen View the Place and that they act 
therein what they Judge best : 

On m r Sam 11 Waldos Petition about Land at the Dock 
Voted That that be left with the Selectmen to Consider it & 
Report to the next Meeting their thoughts thereon 

On W m Hollowells Petition About Milk Street Read and Dismist 
Then the Meeting Adjornd till to Morrow Half an hour after 
two : in the After noon 

Benju Neal - - Sworn^i 
Sam 11 Oakes - - Sworn I r 
Thomas Armstrong Sworn [ Uo1 
John Holyoke Excus'd j 

Voted That the Selectmen for the time being further take care 
for the Repairing the Mill Bridge according to the Agreement with 
the Mill Owners 

Voted That the Several Constables for the year Ensuing be 
Alowed the Sum of three pence upon the Pounds for Collecting 
the Rates, They paying in to the Several Treasurers, the One halfe 
of the Sums Coinitted to them to Collect by the first day of Feb- 
ruary Next, and Compleat the whole by the first day of June next 
after. 

mess Sam 11 Adams & ) 
Jona n Loring ) 

Chosen Selectmen in the Room of 
m r John Baker & Jon* Waldo who Refused 

m r Edward Procter Sworn 
m r John Tyler Excus'd 

Nathan" Greenwood : :Sworn Constable 
m r -yy-m r pyj er Chose Assessar & Paid 



I Assessars 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted That the Sum of Three Hundred pounds out of the 
money to be Raised be Improved for Paving 

Voted A Grant of four Thousand Seven Hundred Pounds To be 
Raised on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for Re- 
leif of the Poor, Defraying the Charges of the watch, Paving & 
Other Necessary Charges arising within and for the Town the 
Year Ensuing 

Sundry Proposals Read Viz* 

Whether it might be for the Towns Intrest to make a well 
at the Town Dock Voted the Cosideration to the Next Meet- 
ing 

[6.] What may be don about Repairing the Wharf near the 
North Battery Improved by Sam 11 Clark 

Voted That it be left for further Consideration to the Next 
Meeting, And that the Selectmen in the Mean time be Desired to 
Enquire into and take the Proposals of any that Shall Appear & 
Offer and Report the Sume to the Town : 

On messu Colmrm & Williams Petition about Paving in Cold 
Lane 

Voted That the Petition be Granted 

Upon a Motion made That the Town would take into Considera- 
tion the Extraordinary Circumstances of their present Representa- 
tives : After mature Deliberation thereon 

P"or asmuch as the Last Sessions of the General Court was 
Continued to an unusual length Viz 1 from the 24 th of July last to 
the 20 th of Decem r Following, And from the 31 th of Octo r Last was 
held at Salem, Which Necessarily Exposed the Said Representa- 
tives to unusual Charge as well as great Fatigue and Hardship : 
And Whereas the Said Members have Behaved as Very Loyal 
Subjects to Our most Gratious Sovarine King George the Second, 
And Stedfastly Adhered to the Rights and Priviledges of the 
People of this Province, And haue bin hitherto Extraordinarily 
Prevented any Allo \vances 

Therfore Voted That the Town Treasurer Pay to Each of the 
Representatives Their Respective allowances as Stated by Law 
And the Further Sum of One Hundred & Twenty Pounds to be 
Equally Divided between them 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders & Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House Tuesday Ma}- the 6 th 
1729 

After Prayer by the Rev d m r Thomas Prince Elisha Cooke Esq r 
Chose Moderator for this Meeting 

Sundry Petitions Read Viz 1 

About a place for the Grainery 

About m r Peleg Wiswalls Sallary 

About m r Edward Mills Sallary 

rn r Sam" Oakes Petition 

m r Jera, Condys Petition 

The Selectmens Report of Sundry things left to them 

Voted to Chuse 4 Representatives 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1728-29. 7 

The Number of Voters were - - 192 

votes. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r 1H ^ 

m r Thomas Gushing - 190 ! r ,, .. 

m> Ezek" Lewis - 190 \ Chose Representatives 

m r Sam 11 Welles - 184J 

Anno 1729 

[7.] Voted To Chuse a Comittee to Prepare Instructions for 
the Representatives for their Acting at the General Court at their 
Approching Session, And to La)' them befor the Meeting in the 
Afternoon 

Voted : That John Alford Esq r mes Henry Bering & Nath 11 
Cunnigham be the Said Committee 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants about the Situatian of 
the Grainery 

Voted That m r Moderator & the Selectmen be Joyned with the 
the Comittee appointed for Building the Grainery, Be desired to 
View the Place, And make Return of their Opinion thereof to the 
Meeting after Dinner this Day 

rn r John Jeffers Excus'd 

m r Thomas Moffat Excus'd 



5 , , > Chosen Assessors. 



Edward Ma) comb - Sworn ~\ 

John Spooner - - Sworn y Clerks of the Market, 

Nathan 11 Cobbit - Sworn ) 

Post Meridiem. 

Voted That the Grainery be Erected and Set up Rainging with 
the Line of the Burying place on the Comon fronting Eastward, 
The Said Building to be not Less then forty feet distant from the 
Sout Corner of the Brick wall of the Burying place 
m r James Pemberton - Pay ) A 
m r James Watson - Sworn j a 

In as much as the Gramer School at the North End of the Town 
of which m r Peleg Wiswall is the Master is much Increaced in the 
Number of the Schollers, and that no Usher is alowed to assist him 
in his School : 

Voted That there be an Additian of Forty Pounds to the Said 
m r Wiswalls Salary 

Sam 11 Oakes Petition Read & Dismist 

In Answar to m r Edward Mills His Petitian. 

Voted That there be an Addition of Twenty Pounds to the Said 
m r Edward Mills Sallary 

Upon A Motion made by Elisha Cook Esq r That the Dividing 
Line between the Towns Land in the Occupation of m r Nathan 11 
Williams and His Land on the East Side in School Street is for 
want of due Care become Crucked, intrenching both upon the One 
and the Others Land, That therfore they would Direct and Im- 
pwer the Selectmen to Rectifie that line as to them Seems Just 
and Equitable And Further That they would be pleased to Ac- 
comodate him with about two feet of the Front of his Land next 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

m r Williams on Such Terms as the Selectmen Shall Agree for with 
the Said m r Cooke 

Read and Voted That it be left with the Selectmen to Act therein 
as they Judge Meet 

[8.] On the Petition of m r Jeram Condy for Addition to his Salary 

Voted that the Consideration of Said Petition be Referred for 
further Consideration to the Next Town Meeting, and That ill the 
mean time Nathan" Green John Alford Esq rs & m r Thomas Gushing 
Jun r are desired to Inspect the Several Wrighting Schools within 
this Town at Such time as they Shall think Advisable for the year 
Currant, And that they do in an Espesial Maner Vizit m r Condys 
School and Report to the Town at their Meeting the Ability and 
Industry of the Said m r Condy and the Proficiency of the Schollers 
under His Tuition 

The Comittee this day chosen & Appointed to Prepare Instruc- 
tions for the Representatives, for their Acting at the General 
Court at their Approching Session And to Lay before the Meeting 
in the afternoon Return as Follows : Viz' 

To Elisha Cooke Esq r Mess Thomas Gushing, Ezekiel Lewis & 
Samuel Welles : 

Gentlemen 

Your known Loyalty to His Present Majesty King George, and 
Sincear Atachment to the Successian in the Illustrious House of 
Hannover, Your Hearty Love to this Your native Country, Your 
Singuler Value for the Liberty & Propperty of this People, your 
Chearfull and Unamous Concurrance io promote our Best Intrist, 
And your Approved Integrity in those Publick Stations wherein 
you haue bin Employed, Haue fixed the Eyes of this Town on and 
Determined their Choice of you as Propper Persons to Represent 
them in the Next General Assembly Wherin they Expect That 
you behaue your Selves with your Wonted Zeal and Courage in 
Prossecuting those good Designes which may tend to the Peace & 
wellfair of these His Majestys Good Subjects, and Secure those 
Rights and Priviledges which by the Royal Charter we haue a Just 
claim to, and as Englishmen do of Right appertain to us, And agre- 
able there unto we Recomend unto you in an Especial Manner 

That you Endeavor to Maintain all our Civil Rights & Propertys 
against any Incrochments upon them 

That you Continue to Pay a due Regard to His Excellency Our 
Governor, and that you Endeavor that He may have an Honoura- 
ble Support, But we desire at the Same time That you use your 
utmost Endeavor That the Honourable House of Representatives 
ma} r not be by an}' means Prevailed upon or brought into the Fix- 
ing a Certain Sallary for any Certain time, But that they may 
Improve their usual freedom in granting their Money from time to 
time, as they Shall Judg the Province to be able, and in Such a 
manner as they Shall think most for the Benefit and advantage 
therof, And if your Pay Should be diverted you may Depend on 
all the Justice Imaginable from this Town whom you Represent : 

JOHN ALFORD \ 

HENRY DEKING > Comittee 
NATH IV CONINGHAM ) 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1729. 9 

[9.] The Foregoing Return of the Comitte was Presended 
Read Sundry times and 

Voted Approved. 

The Report of the Selectmen upon Several Votes of the Town 
at their Meeting the 10 th of March 1728 : were Read & Considred 
Viz' 

The Selectmen haue Viewed the Marsh at the Bottom of the 
Comon, and not finding any Material use that can be made of it at 
the present, and Considering the Present Circomstances of the 
Town Are of Opinion it is best to ly in the Condition it now is. 

Read and the Report Accepted 

Also Having Viewed Summer Street, "We find it in a very bad 
Condition Since the Stoping of the Antient Water cource, And That 
there is no way to help it but by Paving 

Upon Condition the Abutters on Said Street as has bin Accus- 
tomed It will be Convenient for the Town to Paue the Midle 
part, And do as much as can be conveniently don this Sunier 

Read and Voted Accordingly 

As to the Proposals About Bennet Street It is thought Con- 
venient to be Paved if the Town thinke it Convenient to Raise 
Money for the Doing it at this Meeting. 

Read, and Refer'd for further Consideration to the Next March 
Meeting 

On the Petition of m r Samuel Waldo 

We think it not proper for the Town to Dispose of Such a peece 
of Land under their present Circomstances 

Read and the Report Accepted 

As to the Repair of the Wharf at the North Battery 

It is thought Convenient That m r Sam 11 Clark be Ordered to 
Clear the Wharf And that the Town .let it to Some Person that 
may Offer to Repair it And keep it in Repair for A term of years 
as the Selectmen Shall think Advisable 

Read and Voted to be left with the Selectmen 

As for the Petition for Laying out a Highway in the Common 

We haue Viewed the Place, And in Favor of the Petitioners do 
think it Convenient to Measure off Thirty foot from m r Colsons 
Corner post, towards the School House and So A Straight Line 
to m r Sheafs, And there Sett off Thirty foot, for Said Way of the 
Towns Land, Provided the Petitioners make the Way Streight on 
their Side. 

Read & Voted Rejected 

Voted That a Survey'd Plan be taken by Some Skillfull Sur- 
veyor or Surveyrs of the Lands of this Town belonging to the 
Town. In Order for the Same to be putt upon the Towns Records, 
to Prevent Incroachments on the Towns Intrest. 

The Selectmen to take Care that this work be effected 

Voted That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds be Raised on the 
Inhabitants and Estates within this Town for Defraying the Towns 
Charge and more Espetialy Paving 

[lO.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 06. 

in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House Wednesday June 
the llth 1729 

m r Jonathan Waldo Chosen Moderator for this Meeting : 

m r Jacob Sheaf was Chose Assessor for the year Ensuing 

Whereas m r Thomas Gushing, Nathan 11 Green Esq r and m r 
Ezekiel Lewis, were on May the 8th 1727 : 

Impoured and Directed to Prossecute in the Law all Such Per- 
sons as Shall be found Trespassers upon the Towns Land Claimed 
by the Late Eliak" Hutchinson Esq r Deceaced. 

Voted That the Said m r Thomas Gushing, Nathan 11 Green Esq r 
and m r Ezek 11 Lewis, Be further Desired & Impoured to Pros- 
secute the Same in the Law to Effect 

Voted To Reconsider, The Vote of the Sixth of may last past 
about placing the Grainery 

Voted That the Grainery be placed, According to the First 
Projection of the Committee appointed for Building the Grainery 
where the foundation is already Lay'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Monday 
the Second Day of February : 1729 

After prayer by the Rev : m r John Webb : 

Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chose Moderator for this Meeting 

The Questian was Put 

Whether it be in the Power of the Town by Law to Raise Money 
to be Transmitted To the Agents of the .House of Representatives 
in Great Britain as Pointed to in the Warrant: 

Voted in the Negatiue : 

Voters in the Negatiue - - 161 
Voters in the Afermatiae - 91 

The Question being Put whether there Should be any further 
Votes at this time put about this Matter Voted in the Afermatiue. 
Voters for - 1 64 

Voters against it - 121 

The Question being Put whether The Town will by A Vote 
Recomend a Voluntary Collection or Contrabution of Money to be 
Remitted to Francis Wilks & Jonathan Belcher Esq to Enable 
them to Appear at the Court of Great Britain Agents in Behalf of 
the Honourable the House of Representatiue of this Province 

Voted in the Afermatiue, And that the Selectmen or Such as 
they Shall appoint be Desired & Impowred to Transact in that 
Affair. 

[11.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified being regulerly Assembled 
in A Publick Town Meeting at the Town House on Monday March 
the 9 th 1729 

After Prayer by the Rev d m r Thomas Foxcroft 

Elisha Cooke Esq r is Chosen Moderator for this Meeting 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1729. 



11 



Sundry Laws Against Tmorality &c Read 

Sundry Petitions and Motions, Read Viz' 

About Paving in Fish Street 

About Paving in King Street 

To Constables Petition 

m r Jeremiah Condys Motion 

Sam 11 Checkley Esq r Chose Town Clerk & Sworn 

Voted to Chuse seven Selectmen distinct from Assessors. 



messurs : Timothy Prout 

Oxenbridge Thatcher 
David Farnum 
John Hunt 
Jona n Williams 
Jona" Loring - 
Samuel Adams 



Refused"! 

Refused | 

Refused j- Chose Selectmen 

Refused 



J 



} Chose Overseers of the Poor 



Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Chose Town Treasurer for the year 
Ensuing 

Daniel Oliver, Esq r 
Timothy Clarke Esq r 
mess r Samuel Greenwood 
Jeffery Bedgood 
Jona n Jackson 
Jacob Wendall Esq r 
Jona n Waldo - Refusedj 

Voted that the Consideration of Inoculation be debated in the 
afternoon 

Voted that the Meeting be Adjorned to three of the Clock in the 
afternoon 

Post Meridiem. 

Voted to Chuse but eight Constables for the year Ensueing 

Voted For a County Treasurer were 162 votes which were 
Sealed up by Constable Russell, and by Him were Delivered to the 
Clerke of the Peace then in the Meeting 

Voted That the Several Constables to be Chosen for the year 
Ensuing Shall be Alowed and Paid to them the Sum of three 
pence on the Pound for Collecting the Rates or Taxes that Shall 
be Comitted to them to Collect They paying in to the Several 
Treasurars the One halfe of the Sums Comitted to them by the 
first day of February Next and Compleat the whole by the first 
day of June Next Following 

Voted That the Assessors be Impowred to make Reasonable 
Abatement untill the first day of June Next Coming 
John Frizel 



John Barrel Jun r 
Samuel Miller - 
Thomas Simkins 
Joseph Rix 
Jeremiah Allin - 
Benja Thwing - 
Sam u Kneeland - 



Excus'd 
Excus'd 
Excus'd 

- Paid 
Excus'd 

- Paid 
Excus'd 



> Chosen Constables 



12 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



[12.] John Ruck Esq r Chose overseer of the Poore 
mess Samuel White ") 

Joshua Chever J, Ch Selectmen 

John Colman Refused f 

Andrew Tyler 



John Wendall - - Payd "] 

Isaac Dupee - Paid 

James Beighton - - paid 

Thomas Hill - - - paid 

John Franklin - - Sworn 

Thomas Ruck - - Paid 

Ben jam" Swain - - Paid 

George Campbel - - paid 



Chose Constables 



Voted That mess" Andrew Tyler, John Colman & Henry Dering 
be a Comittee to Consider of & Provide Something Relating to 
Scavengers Petition and lay it before the Town for their Consid- 
eration at the Next Meeting 

Voted to Chuse Seven Assessors for the year Ensueing 
messu Jonas Clarke - - -"") 

Caleb Lymau - 
Jacob Sheaff - 
Daniel Loring 
James Watson 
John Staniford 
Thomas Lee - - 



- ^ Chose Assessors 



Then the Meeting Adjorned till to Morro morning Eight of the 
Clock Tuesday March the 10 th 

- Sworn ^) 

- Sworn I 

- Sworn > Sealers of Leather 

- Sworn 



Joshua Dodge - 
James Dawson - 
Thomas Townsend 
Silence Allin 
Thomas Inches - 



- Sworn i 



Samuel Wardel 
Francis Wardel 
Benja n Russell 
John Endicott 
Joshua Thornton 
Hopestil Foster 
John Adams 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



Sworn 



-Fence Viewers 



Edward Richards 
Edward Moberly 
John Adams 
Joshua Thornton 
Joseph White 
William Young 
William Pain 
John Endicot 



Sworn 



Vewers of Shingles Measurers 
of Boards and Timber &c 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1729. 



13 



> Clerks of the Marke' 



Barth Green - - Sworn N 

John Blore Sworn 

John Holyoke - - Sworn 
Jona" Willis 

Will" 1 Custis Sworn 
Joua n Williams Jnn Sworn j 

Abijah Adams Sworn 

Joseph Rainger Sworn J 

[13.] Charles Gyles 

Samuel Jones 
William Thwing 
John Wolland 
Jeram* Belknap 
Benja" Bridge 
John Bruster 
Henry Gibbs 
Joseph Scott 
Cord Wing 
John Endicott 
Isaac Dastorn 
James Gary 
John Buttolph 
Silence Allin 
Thomas Mostatt J 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Town Treasurer be 
alowed and Paid out of the Treasury the Sum of One Hundred 
Pounds for his Service in that office in the year past 

Voted Thomas Hutchinson Esq r m r Ezek" Lewis m r W m Downs 
m r Tho'"Cushing and m r Henry Bering or any three of them be a 
Comitte to Audit the Treasurars Acco"s. for the year Ensueing 

Voted That the Selectmen be Sirveyers of the High wayes for 
the year Ensueing 

Voted That the Selectmen take Care to provide a Master for the 
North Writing School, and make a Return of their doings therein 
to the next Town Meeting 

Voted That there be Alowed and paid out of the Treasury the 
Sum of Forty Pounds towards Paying A Schoolmaster at Rumny 
Marsh for the year Ensueing he being A Sutable Person and at- 
tending it 

William Cox Sworn") 

Daniel Pecker { TT 

Caleb Ray j> Chose Hogg reves 

Thomas Wheeler Jun Sworn J 



Francis Wells - 
John Merrit 
Icabod Rogers - 
John Fisher - 
Oliver Lucas - 
Thomas Flagg - 



Excused 1 
Sworn 

Excused 
paid 

Excused 
Sworn 



Chose Constables 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted That the Selectmen and Such as they Shall desire to 
Acompany them be a Comitte to Visit the Publick Schools and 
that they direct m r Peter Blin to a more Constant & diligent appli- 
cation to discharge the Trust Comitted to him 
Officers Chosen for Rumny Marsh Viz' 

John Leathe : Constable 

Isaac Lewis - Sworn j F y 

Jacob Hacey - } 

Nathan 11 Tuttle ... \ 

vir-ii- T> r Hogs; reves 

William Pain - - - j 

Jacob Chamberlin - - Sealer of Leather 

William Webber - - Sworn ~| 
Samuel Henchman - - pay 1 

T i /~\ i t T* ) i f 

John Osband - - Excus d f 
John Deal - Exctis'd J 

Voted That the Meeting be Adjorned until three of the Clock 
after Noon 

[14.] On the Petition for Paving in King Street 

Voted That a Sum not Exceeding Two Hundred Pounds be 
A lowed and Paid out of the Treasury to be Apply ed for and 
towards the Raising the Pavement lying before m r Cooks Build- 
ings in King Street that so the wast water may go over into the 
Bason. The Several Abutters paying their proportion as usual, 
The Money to be paid out of the Treasury by the Tax to be made 
in the year 1731 : 

Voted That Bennet Street, together with an Alley lying on Said 
Street leading into Prince Street be paved. Provided the Several 
Abutters on Bennet Street pay two thirds of the whole Charge. 

On the Petition for Paving in Fish Street. 

Voted The Abutters paying the usual part The Town will do 
the Remander 

John Gridley - - Sworn") 

Jabez Hunt - - Sworn V Chose Constable 

John Kueeland Jun - Excused j 

Voted That Elisha Cooke, Tim Clarke, Nathaniel Green John 
Ruck and Jacob Wendal Esq r9 be a Comitte to Consider of the 
Petition of the Overseers of the Poore, and Make Return to the 
Next May Meeting what they think best to be don about it 

m r Benjamin Fitch is Chosen A Selectman. 

Upon Reading a Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants and Free 
holders of the Town Dated the 24 th of February past Adresed to 
the Selectmen To Insert a Clause in their Next Warrant for Call- 
ing a Town Meeting That the Town Might Consult proper 
Methods for preventing the Spreading the Small Pox by Inocula- 
tion 

Since the Date of which Petition a Considerable Number of the 
Inhabitants within a few days past haue bin Inoculated, and 
Sundry Others are preparing therefore, In Consideration whereof 
the Town came into the Following Vote 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1729. 15 

That it be Earnestly Recomended to the Inhabitants & Freehol- 
ders and in an Espesial Manner to Masters of Family es. That all 
Proper care be taken That Such Persons as Shall for the Future 
be Inoculated for the Small Pox do I mediately keep in their 
Houses First giving notice to the Neighbourhood of Such their 
Designs, And that during the Opperatiou of the Distemper all 
proper Methods be taken to prevent it's Spreading, And that they 
would not Come or walke abroad in the Streets Lanes or Alleys 
within the Town untill their Incisions are well Clensed and Healed : 
Further That the Practitioners in Phisick would give to the Select- 
men or to the Town Clerk the Number of Persons by them Inocu- 
lated once a week at least, with an Impartial Account of the 
Operation on their Several Patients in the Cource of their Inocula- 
tion 

Voted That the Selectmen be A Committe to Audit the Accounts 
of the Grain ery, And make A Return thereof to the Next May 
Meeting 

Voted also That the Selectmen Examine the Accounts of the 
Committe for Building the New Grainery & Make Return to May 
Meeting 

John Taylor sworn ) ^, ^ 

Ebenez' Clough Rope Maker paid } Chos 

mess" Jona" "Williams, Peter Thomas, & Josiah Byles : Chosen 
A Comitte to manage the Grain for the year Ensuing 

William Coffin & Excused Chose Constable 

Then The Meeting Adjornd until to Moring, Nine of the 
Clock 

[15.] Wednesday March the llth 

Voted That the Coiuitte appointed to Prosecute to Effect in the 
Law the affair of the Towns of the House and Land at the Dock 
formerly Claimed by Eliakiii Ilutchinson Esq r Deceaced, Ilaue the 
Sum of Thirty Pounds put into their Hands to Carry it on. They 
to be Accountable to the Town for it , 

William Pock - paid : Constable 

Voted That the Consideration of Raising Money be Continued 
to the Next General Meeting 

Barth Green Jun Excused: Chose Constable 

Benjii Langdon - paid : Chose Constable 

Joshua Gill- - Excused : Chose Constable 

Robert Headwin - - Excused : Chose Constable 
Richard Salter - Chose Constable 

and he Appealed to the Sessions - 

Peter L e Fort - - : Sworn : Chose Constable 
Voted That the Selectmen be desired to waite upon the Honour- 
able Thomas Fitch Esq r with the Thanks of the Town for his So 
free Lone of So much Money to the Town for the Purchasing of 
wheat for the Towns Use 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerty Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Tuesday 
May the 12 th 1730: 

After Prayer By the Rev d m r Sam 11 Checkley 
Elisha Cooke Esq r is Chose Moderator for this Meeting 
Sundry Petitions and Motions Read Viz' 
Abijah Adams about a Ropewalk 
Constables Petition 
Old Constables Petition 
A motion about Cord Wood 
The Return of Sundry Committees 
Voted to Chuse four Representatives 
The Number of Voters were 530 

Votes. 

Elisha Cook Esq r : 405 
m r Thomas dishing : 403 
m r Ezek" Lewis 410 

m r Samuel Welles : 387 



were Chosen Representatives 

Voted the Meeting be Adjorned till four of the Clock afternoon 

Post Meridiem. 

Cap* John Osborn was Chosen A Selectman 
m r Richard Buckle}'. Chose An Assessor 
m r Benjamin Clough Chose a Clerk of the Market 
m r Abijah Adams Petition about a Rope walk was Read and Dis- 
mist 

The Present Constables Petition Read and Voted a Continuance 
for Consideration to the Next March Meeting 

On the Petition of the Late Constables Read and Voted That it 
be So far Granted That if the Said Constables pay in to the Sev- 
eral Treasurers three Quarters of the whole Sums Comitted to them 
by the first day of June Next That then they Shall be Alowed 

Anno Domini : 1'730 

[16.] One Month longer for the paying in the Remaing 
Quarter and be Entitled to the three pence on the Pound for Col- 
lecting And the Assessors power for abatments be Continued for 
the Said time. 

On the Report of the Comittee about the Petition of the Over- 
seers of the Poor which was as Follows 

The Committee having Viewed the Several Buildings at the 
Almes House are of Opinion. That the most Sutable place for an 
Additional Building as Proposed will be at the North East End of 
the House of Correction, To Extend thirty feet in Length the 
Breadth & Height of the House, To Conform to the Old Building, 
which will Aford Six Rooms on the Lower flore & Six in the 
Chambers 

ELISHA COOKE by Order & in behalf of the Comittee 

Voted Accepted and Continued the Consideration of it to the 
Next March Meeting 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1730. 17 

Upon the Report of the Couiitte of the Petition of the Scaven- 
gers 

Voted That the Carters Shall haue Eighteen pence P r Lood for 
Carrying away the Dirt, And That the Scavengers haue power to 
order a bellman or Some Propper Person to warn the People 
to Rake up their Dirt, And that that Shall be as Effectual as if 
don by themselves, And That the Fines on the Carters for Neglect 
of Carrying away the Dirt be Augmented to Twenty Shillings 

And That the Selectmen be Desired to prepare A Draft to lay 
before the Next meeting in order to haue it past by the Sessions 

Voted That the Vote of_the Town of the 25 th of June 1728. 
upon the Report of the Comittee about the Out Wharfs of May 
14 th 1728 l>e and is Renew, and Ordered That it be Comitted to 
the Representatives of this Town to Lay it before the General 
Court and That they be Desired to Endeavor to Procure an Act 
Accordingly 

On the Report of the Cornitte for Examining the Acco" for 
Building the New Grainery wherin the Ballance was in favour of 
the Cofnictee four Hundred Eighty Seven pounds three Shillings 
& Nine pence 

Voted That the Report be Accepted, And that the Said Sum of 
four Hundred Eighty Seven pounds three Shillings & Nine pence 
be paid to the Said Comittee out of the Town Treasury 

Voted That it be Refer'd to the Selectmen to Consider of what 
may be Sutable to Alowe the Comittee for their Care in Building 
the New Grainery, The Comittee for Buiyng of Grain, And m r 
Joua n Williams for taking Care of the Grainery Since the Death 
of m r Galpin, And make Return to the Town at their Next 
meeting 

The Meeting Adjoined til Tuseday May the 19 th at four of the 
Clock P/M 

Tuesday May the 19 th 1730 

Voted A Grant of fiueThousand & five Hundred Pounds be Raised 
on the Inhabitants & Estates within this Town for Releif of the 
Poor, Defraying the Charg of the Watch, Paving and Other Neces- 
sary Charges arising within & for the Town the year Ensuing 

[17.] At a Meting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled 
in A Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on 
Wednesday January the 20 th 1730 : 

After Prayer By the Rev nt m r Joshua Gee. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r is Chosen Moderator for this Meeting 

Voted To Chuse four Representatives : 

The Number of Voters were - 474 

Elisha Cooke Esq r votes 465 

m r Thomas Gushing - - 4' 1 
m r Ezekiel Lewis - 470 

m r Sam 11 Welles 468 

were Chosen Representatives 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

At A Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of The 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House Monday the Eighth 
Day of March: 1730:- 

After Prayers by the Rev d m r Sam 11 Checkley. 
Elisha Cook Esq r was Chose Moderator for this Meeting 
Sundry Laws against Imorallities &c Read 
Sundry Petitions Head & Motions Made : (Viz 1 ) 
About Paving in Salem Street 
About Paving in And Near Cross Street 
About Paving Near Sudbury Street 
About Paving near Ann Street Leading to the Wharf 
About A new Lane from Queen Street 
Armstrongs Peetion for Alowance 
The Constables Petition for Further Alowance 
North & South Schools about Schooll Masters 
Sam 11 Checkley Esq r Chose Town Clerk & Sworn 
Voted To Chuse Assessors distinct from Selectmen 
Voted to Chuse Seven Selectmen 

ruessu Jonathan Loring 
Sam 11 Adams 
Benja Fitch 

Sam" White j Chosen Selectmen 

Joshua Chever 
Andrew Tyler 
JohnOsborn 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Chose Town Treasurer 
Voted to Chuse Sixteen Constables 
Voted to Chuse Seven Overseers of the Poor 
[18.] Daniel Oliver Esq r ^ 

Timothy Clark Esq r 

John Ruck Esq r 

Jacob Wendall Esq r } Chose Overseers of the Poor 

m r Jeffry Bedgood 

m r Jona n Jackson 

m r Sam 11 Greenwood } 

Then the Meeting Adjorned untill Three of the Clock after- 
noon 

Officers for Rumny Marsh Chose Viz* 
Daniel Watts : Constable 

John Flovd ) ^, T7 . 
Sam^Tuttlef^ 006 ^ 6 ^ 8 
Robert Weite ) ^ 
Nathan Sergent j Hogg U 
Nathan Chever Sealer of Leather 
Silence Allin ") 

Thomas Inches 

Nathan 11 Hodgden \- Sealers of Leathe r 
Joshua Dodge 
James Penny man 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS 1730. 



19 



1 



Fence Viewers 



, Surveyors of Board &c, 
' & Viewers of Shingles 



Clerks of the Market 



Joseph Rix 
Francis Wardell 
John Homer 
Thomas Foster 
Joseph Russell 
John Adams 
Hopestill Foster 
John Indicott 
Edward Moberly 
Edward Richards 
Joseph White 
Joshua Thornton 
William Eustus 
William Pain 
James Pecker 
Thomas Person 
Icabod Rogers 
John Melecan Jun r 
W m Darington 
Solamon Kueland Jun r 
Samuel Wardell 
John Allin Cord wainer 
[19.] George Skinner "| 

Edward Marion 
Robert Pattishall 
James Cary 
John Buttolph 
Henry Howel 
John Helier 
W Thyng 

Henry Gibbs | 

John Wolland 
Benja" Bridge 
Tho 9 Brooks 
W m Fierfield 
Cord Wing 
Richard Hubbard 
John Beunet Hatter 
Voted That the Selectmen be the Surveyors of the Highwa3'es 
Votes for A County Regester Brought in 220 Votes Numbred 
and Sealed up Constable Jabez Hunt to be delivered to the Clerk 
of the Peace for the Sessions. 

Votes for the County Treasurer Brought in : 149 Votes Num- 
bred & Sealed up by Constable Jabez Hunt to be delivered to the 
Clerk of the Peace for the Sessions 

messu" Jonas Clark 

Caleb Lyman 

Daniel Loring 

James Watson j- Chose Assessors 

John Stanford 

Peter Thomas 

Will Parkman 



Scavangers 



20 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Excused Elijah Collings 

payd Alford Butler 

payd Charles Giles 

Sworn Jeramiah Hall 

Sworn John Spooner 

Sworn Jona n Williams Jun r 

Sworn Edward Vail 

Sworn Nathan 11 Gobbet 

Paid Benja Clark 

paid Andrew Oliver 

Sworn Edward Laugdon 

paid Jeram* Allin 

Sworn William Hall 

Sworn James Dawson 
Voted That this Meeting be Adjorned to tomorning at Eight of 
the Clock 

John Mortimore ^ 

David Mason j ,->,, 

William Olive f Chose Hoggreves 

Dudson Killcop j 

Voted That the Selectmen & Sucli as they Shal desire to 
Accompany them be a Comitte to Vizit the Free Shooles for the 
year Ensueing 

[2O.] Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Es.q r Town Treasurer 
be Alowed and paid out of the Town Treasury the Sum of One 
Hundred Pounds for His Service in that Office the year Last past 
Voted That the Assessor for the year last past be Impowred to 
make Reasonable Abatements untill the first day of June Next 
Voted That the Constables for the year next Ensueing haue 
three pence on the Pound Alowed them, for Collecting the Rates., 
Provided they Pay it to the Several Treasurers One half of the 
Sums Comitted to them to Collect by the first day of Feb r Next 
And Compleat the Whole by the first day of June next Follow- 
ing- 
Mess" John Jeffries, Cornelius Waldo, Habijah Savage Esq, 
Edward Bromfield Jun r & m r John Hunt or any three of them be a 
Coraitte to Audit the Treasurers Acco"s for the year Ensueing. 
Excused Benja Russell ") 
Robert Jarvis 
Beuja Procter 
Sam 11 Parkman 
Isaac Casno 
John Pinkny 
John Holyoke 
James Day 
Zech* Johonet 
Thomas Clough 



1 



Sworn 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Excused 

paid 

payd 

Sworn 

paid 

Sworn 

Voted That the Petitions for Paving Viz' 
For Salem Street 
For Part of Cross Street &c 
For that Leading to Wentworths Wharf 
For Sudbery Street 



} Chose Constables 



} Chose Constables 






BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1730-31. 21 

Should be Continued for Consideration unto the General Meet- 
ing in March Next 

Armstrongs Petition for Alowance Read & Dismist 

The Constables Petition for further Alowauce of May the 12 th 
Read and Dismist 

The Constables Petitian for further Alowance for Collecting 
Rates was also Read & Dismist 

[21.1 Excused Medlecot Cooke ) , ^ 

^ > Chose Constables 
Pay d Jeramiah Green j 



Voted That the Consideration of Raising money be Continued 
to the Next General Meeting for Causing Representatives 

Upon the Afair of A School master for the North Writing School 
According to the Town Vote directing them 

The Selectmen now Report That they haue Indeavored to find 
a meet person for the Said School and Return m r John Procter as 
a meet Person for that place 

Voted the Said Report accepted And that the Selectmen Intra- 
duce him into the Said place Accordingly 

The Selectmen also then Recomended m r Sam" Allin as a fitt 
person to be the master of the South Writing School 

The Report was Voted Accepted And That He the Said Samuel 
Alliu be Master of the said School Accordingly 
Sworn Jeramiah Wheelwright ^ 
Sworn Joseph Pomroy - - > Chose Constables 
pay John Kueland Jun r - ) 

About The Votes and Petition Relating to A New Way from 
Queen Street to School Street 

Voted That the A fair be left with the Selectmen to view it and 
Consider of it And make Return of Their Thoughts about it to the 
to the Next General Meeting for Chusing Representatives 

Voted That m r Jonathan Williams be Alovved and paid out of 
the Town Treasury the Sum of Seventy Pounds P r Annum for His 
Service in Managing the Grainery Since the Death of m r Galpin 

Voted Furthe r That m r Jonathan Williams haue Further more 
paid Him Ten Pounds more P r Annum which makes Eighty Pounds 
P r Annum from m r Galpins Death 

Voted That the Selectmen be Desired and Impowred of Keep- 
ing the Swing Bridge in Repair at the Charg of the Town untill 
the Town Secause to Order it Otherwise 

Voted That the Consideration of the Other Matters in the War- 
rant Refered to be Continued to the Next General Town Meeting 
for Chusing Representatives 

Anno Domini: 1731 

[22.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified being Regulerly Assembled 
in A Pnblick Town Meeting at the Town House Wednesday May 
the fifth: 1731 

After Prayer By the Revd m r Joseph Sewall 

Elisha Cooke Esq r is Chose Moderator for this Meeting 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Sundry Petitions were Read & Motions made Viz* 
m r John Wheelwright About Pavement 
m r Peleg Wiswalls Memorial 
m r Jeramiah Gridleys 
Sundry Inhabitants about a way 
Constables Petition 

A Motion was made That Such Persons as Shall be Chose to 
Represent them may Have Instructions given them 
Voted to Chuse 4 : Representatives 
Number of Voters were . . . 450 

Elisha Cook Esq r Votes . 391 ^ 
m r Thomas dishing - - 442 I 
m r Ezekiel Lewis - - 402 f 
m r Samuel Welles - - 3G6 J 



were Chosen Representatives 

On the Petition of M r Peleg Wiswal 

Voted That there be Added to His Sallary the Sum of Fifty 
Pounds for the }-ear Currant : 

On the Petition of m r Jeramiah Gridley 

Voted That an Addition of Twenty Pounds be added to His 
Salary for the year Currant. 

Voted A Grant of Six Thousand Pounds be Raised on the In- 
habitants And Estates within this Town for Releif of the Poo r , 
defraying the Charge of the Watches, Paving, and Other Neces- 
sary Charges ariseing within and for the Said Town for the year 
Ensueing. 

Voted To Chuse a CoSittee to draw up Instruction for the Rep- 
resentatives of this Town now Chosen, To present to the Town for 
their Consideration at the Adjornment. 

Voted That, m r Edward Bromfield, m r Nathan 11 Cunningham, 
Hugh Hall E*q r , m r Sam 11 White, m r Samuel Adams, m r Oxenbridg. 
Thatche r m r Thomas Gushing Jun r & Co 11 Habijah Savage Esq r be 
the Said Comittee : 

Voted That this Meeting be Adjorned to three of the Clock 
after noon : & being met 

John Flower was Chose Clerk of the Market for the year Esuing 

[23.] On the Petition of the Constables for the year last past 
for further time to be alowed them for paying in their Rates 

Voted That it be So for granted, That if the Said Constables 
pay in to the Several Treasurars, Three quarters of the whole 
Suras Coulitted to them to Collect by the first day of June next, 
That then they be alowed untill the first day of August to pay in 
the Remaining quarter part, And Shall then be alowed thi'ee 
pence on the pound for Collecting the Same, And The Assessors 
Power for Abatements be continued to the Said Time 

Voted That the Selectmen be desired, and Impo\vred to Enquire 
into the Incrochments on the North Side of the Long Wharf, 

And also of the Afair of m r Brattle Olive r near the South Batry, 
and make Report to the Town at the Adjorment of this Meeting. 

On the Petition of m r John Wheelwright for Alowance of of His 
Acco" for Paving in King Street : 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1731. 23 

Voted That his Acco tt be Alowed and That the Sum of Two 
Hundred and Eighteen Pounds five Shillings & Seven pence be 
paid to the Said John Wheelwright out of the Money, to be Raised 
for the present year, In full discharge for the Said Paving 

On the Memorial of Sundry Inhabitants about a way near Love 
Street 

Voted That the Selectmen do Enquire into the Premisses, and 
Report whether in their Opinion, it may be for the Benin' t of the 
Town to haue a High way there, and Treat with the owners for 
that purpose, And make Report to the Town the Next Adjorument 
of this Meeting 

The Town being now Advised That the time by Law for bringing 
forward an Action of Reveiw for the Recovery of Possession of A 
Warehouse clamed by the Heirs of Elia" Hutchiuson Esq 1 Deceaced ; 
will Expire August Next. 

Voted That_m r Thomas Gushing, Nath" Green Esq r & m T Ezek u 
Lewis The Comitte to whome that afair was betrusted, be Desired 
to bring forward Such Writt of Reveiw, and That they Endeavor 
there may be no failure in duly & Seasonably Prosecuting that 
Action to Effect in the Law : 

Voted That Joseph Wads worth Esq r Town Treasu r be desired 
and is hereby Impowred To bring Writts of Trespass & Ejectment 
against Such Persons who are in Possession of the Old Shops or 
Buildings, near the Town Dock, And Prossecute to Effect Such 
Actions against Such as Shall Refuse to Surrender to the Town 
Such buildings & Land on which they Stand 

Voted That this Meeting be Adjorned to Tuesday the Eighteenth 
day of May Currant at three of the Clock after noon 

[2.4.] Tuesday May the 18 th 1731. 

A Comittee having bin Appointed On Wednesday May the fifth 
Currant to draw up Instructions, for the Representatives of the 
Town then Chosen, To present to the Town for their Consideration 
at the Adjornment. 

Pursuant to the aboue vote the Coiuitte haue drawn the Fol- 
lowing Instructions, which they Apprehend may be propper for 
the Town to give to the Gentlemen Chosen to Represent them in 
the Next General Assembly (Viz*) 

To the Hono ble Elisha Cooke Esq r m r Thomas Gushing m r Ezek u 
Lewis and m r Sam 11 Welles : 

Gentlemen ; Under a Full Aprehention of your Loyalty and 
Duty full Regard to His Present Majesty King George, Your 
Firm Attachment to the Succession in the Illustrous House of 
Hanover Your Penetration to Discover, and Integrity to Pursue 
the Publick Intrest of this Province, We haue again Chosen you to 
Represent us in the Next General Assembly, And what we Inspect 
from yon is That in this Important Trust you Steadily, and with 
a Propper Zeal and Courage Pursue those things that may Conduce 
to the Honour of His Majestys GoVerment here ; and the weal 
of this People which we Aprahend inseperable : And in A Pertic- 
uler manner we earnestly recommend to you 

That you use your utmost Endeavor That the Great Priviledges 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

we Enjoy by the English Constitution & the Royal Charter, May 
be preserved from all Encrochments, And so handed Down to 
Succeeding Assembtys 

That you Continue to Express Such A Dutyfull Regard to His 
Majestys Goveruo 1 , as Shall become the Representatives of A 
Loyal People, And That you use your Intrest That He haue an 
Hono ble Support Sutable to the Dignity of His Station and the 
Present Circomstances of this Province 

In as much as we are Aprehensive That the Fixing the Cover 
Sallery may Intraclue Consequences full of Distress, and Perplexity, 
we Confide in, And Rely upon you to Exert yonr Utmost power 
and Influence To prevent the Passing any Bill 

In the Honourable House of Representatives, Relating to His 
Support which may Setle the Salary for any Limited time or that 
may Prevent : Obstruct or any way Impeade future Assemblys 
from Acting in that A fair with the Same freedom former Assemblys 
haue Enjoyed 

OXKNBRIDG THATCHEII 
SAM- ADAMS 
THOMAS CUSHING Juu B 
HABIJA SAVAGE 
EDWAKD BROMIELD JDN B 
NATHAN"" CUNINGHAM 

[25.] This Report was Read Sundry times Debated & Ac- 
cepted And also Voted That these Instructions be Recomended to 
the Representatives of this Town at the Session and Sessions 
during this Court 

On the Petition of Sundry Persons for laying out a new way 
from Queen Street to School Street, And was left to the Selectmen 
the Eighth of March last to Veiw & Consider of it, And make 
Return of their Thoughts About it the Next General Meeting to 
Chuse Representatives. 

Having Veiwed The Land Petition for : We are of Opinion That 
not withstanding- the Petitioners at their Own Charge, are willing 
to make the Necessaiy Alterations ; yet it is not for the Intrest of 
the Town to Lay out Said Passage way, for that their Advantage 
therein will no way Countervail their Loss in the Land, nor their 
Constant Charg that will unavoydable Acue to the Town thereby. 

JOKA N LORING In behalf of the CoiTiittee 
Boston May the 5 th 1731 

Voted this Report Accepted 

At a Meeting of The Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of The 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerh* Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House Monday May 31 th 1731 
After Prayer by the Rev' m z . Thomas Prince 
Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chose Moderator for this Meeting 
Number of Voters were - - 297 : 

Votes. 

m r Oxenbridg Thatcher & - 192 ( 

m r Thomas Cushing Jun r - - 204 ) 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1731. 25 

wore Chosen for Representative in the Room and Stead of 
Thomas Gushing & Ezek" Lewis Esq who on the Annoversary 
Election were Chosen Councellar or Assistants for this Province 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Reguily Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House Monday August the 
Second : 1731: 

m r Jonathan Williams was Chosen Moderator for this Meeting 

The Report of the -Selectmen Appointed to Consider of A way 
near Love Street, Make their Report as Follows, Viz' Pursuant to 
the Vote of the Town on May the 5 th last past. We haue Viewed 
Love Street, And are of Opinion that it is for the Intrest of the 
Town as well as for the Accomodation of A Larg Neighbourhood, 
That Said Street bs carryed through to Salem Street, But finding 
a Difficulty in treating with the [26.] Gentlemen concerned, we 
desire that (if they think fitt) The Inhabitants of the Town, would 
Desire, That the Gentlemen Justices belonging to this Town and 
the disintrested Selectmen may lay out the Said Street, so as may 
best Accomodate the Town and the Owners of the Land 

Boston June the 30 th 1731. BEXJA* FITCII 

SAM 1 - 1 - WHITE 
JOSHUA CHEVER 
ANDREW TYLER 

This Report was Sundry times Read & Voted Accepted. 

Also on the Affair of m r Brattle Oliver near the South Batry, 
The Selectmen Reported as Follows Viz' 

We are of Opinion That the Wharf Latly Rebuilt by m r Brattle 
Oliver, upon the Southerly End of the Out Wharf or Barricado 
near the South Sconce or Battry (So called) of Right belongs to the 
Town* of Boston, being as we apprehend the Same which was Sub- 
scribed for and Built by the Late Honou ble Governor Leveret in the 
year 1673 : for the use of Said Sconce in this Town and on their 
behalf, And inasmuch as the Said Out Wharfs Continue in a very 
Ruinous Condition, And there is no present prospect of A Speed}' 
Repair, which we look on to be Contrary to the true Intent of the 
Antieut Grant of the Flatts before the Town, to the Gentlemen 
that were then Undertakers, And also very much to the Damage of 
the Town, We are further of Opinion that it would be Advisable 
for the Town to take into Consideration the Reports of the Coniit- 
tee Appointed Anno : 1728 To Inspect the Ruenous Condition 
of the Said Out Wharfs And the Honou ble the Representatives of 
this Town as then be again Desired to Lay the Same before the 
General Court for their Conformation, And in the meantime That 
the Town who by the Hono b!e Governor Leveret aforesaid Sub- 
scribed for Seventy flue feet in Said Undertaking Appoint A Co- 
fnitte to Indeavor a meeting of the Proprietors of Said Wharf in 
Order to Know their Several parts or Shares Subscribed for and 
Built. And in Special that the part belonging to the Town may be 
made Certain and so Rendered Benefitial. Which Report was 
Read & 

Voted and That the Report of the Comitte Appointed in the 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

year 1728 To Inspect the Ruenous Condition of the Out Wharfs 
be Revived and Comitted to the Representatives of this Town 
and that they be Desired to Indeavor A Conformation thereof 

Also about the Incrochments of the North Side of the Long 
Wharf Comitted to the Selectmen to Enquire into 
[27.] They make their Report as follows Viz' 
We haue also Viewed the Long Wharf,' find that there are 
Several Aditions made on the north Side thereof Viz' By m r Sel-by, 
m r Pitson, m r Gerrish & Co 11 Minot, for which in our Opinion, 
They haue no Authority in the Grant of the Flatts made by the 
Town to the Proprietors of the Long Wharf aforesaid, In as much 
as the Said Proprietors haue before Built Out the full width As- 
signed them by the Town for that Service 

JONATHAN LORINO 

Boston July the 30 th 1731 SAMUEL ADAMS 

BENJA* FITCH 
SAM I-L WHITE' 
JOSHUA CHEVER 
ANDREW TYLOR 

Which Report was also Read and Voted and also Voted That A 
Comittee be Chosen to Inquire into the Said Incrochments and 
Prossecute them in the Law to Effect 

Voted That mess Thomas Brooks, George Craddock, & Edward 
Pell be the Said Committee 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston On Tuesday 
September the 14 th 1731 : 

After Prayer by the Rev 4 m r John Webb. 

Habijah Savage Esq r was Chose to be Moderator for this 
Meeting 

Proposed to Consider About Reparing m r Nathaniel Williams 
His Kitchen &c 

In Answer to the Earnest Desire of the Honourable House of 
Representatives 

Voted an Intire Satisfaction in the Town in the late Conduct of 
their Representatives in Endeavoring to preserue their Valuable 
Priviledges, And Pray their further Endeavors therein 

Voted. Thatthe Afair of Repairing of the Wbarff leading to the 
North Battrey. be left with the Selectmen to do therein as they 
Judge best 

[28.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitant 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regurly Assembled in 
A Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston Monday 
the Thirteent day of March = 1731 = 

A fter Prayer By the Rev' m r Peter Thatcher 

Elisha Cooke Esq r is Chose Moderator for this Meeting 

Sundry Laws against Imorality &c Read 

Sundry Petitions and Motions Read Viz' 



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27 



of Richard Whiterage 

of Rumny Marsh 

of Sam 11 Watts 

of Elisabeth Smith 

of the Sextons 

About Green Lane 

of The Truckmen 

of m r John Procter 

The Selectmens Report Aboue Love Street 

For Paving in Winter Street 

A motion of Constables for Alowance 

Sam 11 Checkley Esq r Chosen Town Clerk, was Sworn to the 
faith full Discharge of His Office By Elisha Cook J Peace 
Voted to Chuse Assessors distinct from Selectmen 
Voted To Chuse 7 : Selectmen 



mess* 9 Sam 11 Adams 
Sam 11 White 
Joshua Cheever - 
Benja Fitch 
Andrew Tyler - 
Edward Brom field 
William Downe - 



} Chosen Selectmen 



J 



Joseph Wads worth Esq r Chosen Town Treasurer & Sworn 
Voted to Chuse 16 : Constables within the Town 
Rumny Marsh Officers Chosen Viz 
Sam 11 Pratt : Constable Sworn 

Sam : Tuttle : X Jacob Chamberlin : Fence Vewers 
Thomas Eustis : & Benja Whetemare : Hog reves 
Nathan Cheever Sealed of Leather 



[29.] Dndson Killcop : 

John Smith Jun r 

George Sherror 

Daved Mason 

Benja n Russel 

John Orsborn 

Thomas Hancock - 

John Henderson 

John Corser 

Isaac Walker 

James Houden 

Benja" Fanuel 

Sam 11 Hayley 

Alexan r Foresyth - 
On the Petition of Rumny Marsh 
Voted That there be An Alowance to A Sutable Schoolmaster 
for the Present year Twenty pounds Adition to the Salary which 
Makes Sixty pounds 

On the Petition of m r John Procter 

Voted That there be an Adition made of Sixty pounds to His 
Salary for the year Curnant 



pay 
pay 

Sworn 

pay 

Sworn 
Excus'd 

pay 

pay f Chosen Constables 
Sworn 

pay 
pay 
pay 
pay 
pay 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Hopestil Foster Sworn' 

Charles Coffin - pay 

Richard Billings - pay 

Joseph Grant pay 

Increase Blake - pay 

Cap 1 John Steel Excused } Chosen Constables 

John Little - Excused 

Christopher Kilbey- pay 

Jacob Hurd pay 

Edmond Quinsy - pay 

Ebenezer Storer - pay t 

Voted to Chuse Seven Overseers of the Poor 

Tim Clark Esq r ") 

John Kuck Esq r 

m r John Hunt 

m r Sam i 1 Greenwood \ Chosen Overseers of the Poor 

m r Jona n Jackson 

m r Jeffry Bedgood 

m r Henry Dering 

Voted to Chuse Seven Assessors 

The Selectmen Made A Motion to the Town to Chuse Tything- 
men. 

[3O.] mess Caleb Lyman Excused 

James Watson ^ 

Jonas Clark 

Daniel Loriug 

Jacob Sheaf V Chosen Assessors. 

Richard Buckley [ 

John Stamford I 

Peter Thomas J 

Voted That the Selectmen be Desired to Vizit the Publick 
Schools taking with them Such as they Desire to Accompany 
them and make Returns of their Doings to the Town at their 
Meeting 

Josiah Carter Sworn ^ 

Joshua Dodge Sworn j 

Benja n Babbage - Sworn \ Chosen Sealers of Leather 

Nathan 11 Hodgden - Sworn j 

Thomas Inches - Sworn J 

Francis Ward el - ^ 

John Endicot 

Joseph Rix 

James Barnet \ Chosen Fence Viewers 

John Pearce 

Moses A} r res 

Roger Stainer 



Chosen Constables 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1731. 29 

Jacob Davis Excused 

Sam u Hood Jun r pay 

Joshua Townsend - Sworn 

James Collings pay 

Thomas Jones - pay 

Robert Tompson - Sworn 

Nathan 11 Ayres Sworn 

Sam u Jackson Excused 

Sampson Salter Sworn 

Sam 11 Kneeland - Sworn 

Caleb Parker - pay 

Nathan 11 Thwing - ' Excused J 

Voted for the County Treasurer were 173 Votes, Numbred By 
Constable James Dawson Sealed up and Delivered to Him to be 
delivered to the Clerk of the Sessions 

About the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Enlarging the 
Street in Green Lane The Petioners Paying the Charge 

Voted According to the Petition the Petitioners Paying the 
Charges. 

On the Petition of Sam u Watts : was Read & Dismist 
Richard Whiterage Petion was Read & Dismist 
[31.] On A Motion of Several Sextons 
Voted That James Williams be Directed to Apply him Self to 
the Selectmen, And they be Desired to State to Him the Prizes for 
Diging Graves and Opening Toombs &c in the Two Southern 
Burying Places 

On the Petition of the Truckmen and Others 
Voted That the Selectmen be Desired to Consider that Petition 
and make Report what may best be ddn about it at the Next 
meeting. 

Jacob Holyoke - pay 

Robert Williams - Excused 

Robert Jenkins - Excusd Chosen Constables 

Thomas Lee Jun r - pay I 

Elijah Collings - pay J 

About the Memorial! of Several Inhabitants About the way in 
Love Street 

The Selectmen being Appointed to Vew the Said Place and 
make a Report, Which They Reported to this Meeting And was 
Dated the Eighth of March Currant : Which Report was Read 
Several times and Debated. 

Voted The Return of the Selectmen Accepted 
William Eustis - Sworn ^| 
W m Rydoubt - Sworn | 
Hugh Scott - Excus'd \ , 
Huah Mackdaniel : Sworn \ Chosen Con8tables 
Peter Brittin Sworn | 

Nicholas Salisbery - Sworn J 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Town Treasurer be Alowed 
and paid out of the Town Treasury the Sum of One Hundred 
pounds for His Service in that office the year last past 



30 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Sworn") 
Sworn 

Sworn ^, ,, 

Chosen Measurers 

^ 'of Boards Timber &c 

Sworn 
Sworn J 
Sworn S 

Sworn j- Chosen H gg reevea 
Sworn j 



Mathew Barnet 
John Darner - - 
Sam" Ceilings - 
Alexan r Parkman 
James Bradford 
Benju Walcot : 
Sam 11 Jackson 



Chose Clerks of the Market 



William Pain 
Edward Moberly 
Francis More 
Will m Parkman 
Joshua Thornton 
Isaac White 
John Leech - 
Ephraim Copeland 
Thomas Wardel 
William Owen - 
Thornton Barret 
Voted That mes Joshua Winslow, Nathan 11 Cunningham, George 
Crodock John Jeffries & Will ra Tyler or An}* three of them be A 
Comittee to Audit the Treas r Acco" for the year Ensueing 
[32 .] Theopilus Lilly : Paid ~) 

Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
S worn 
paid 
Sworn 
Sworn __ 
Jona n Farnum 
Nathan 11 Garner 
John Taylor 
Henry Gibbs 
John Welland 
Edward Emerson 
John [Jill 
Joseph Webb 
Nathan 11 Barber 
Will m Dorenton 

Voted A Grant of Five Thousands Pounds on the Inhabitants 
and Estates within this Town, For Releif of the Poor, Defraying 
the Charge of the Watches, Paving, And Other Necessary Charges 
arising within and for the Said Town for the year Ensueing 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabiterits for Paving in Salem 
Street. 

Voted According to the Petition, And that the Selectmen be 
Impowred to Act Accordingly, The Abutters doing their part as 
Usually 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants About paving near Cross 
Street 

Voted According to the Petition And That it be left with the 
Selectmen to Act therein as they find Reasonable 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Paving in Winter 
Street 

Voted That the Selectmen Take Care that the Towns Part of 
Winter Street be Repaired at the Cost and Charges of the Town, 
The Several Abutters ' paying their proportionable part of the 
Street as is Accustomary 

The work to be Erected when there Shall be Money Raised for 



Chosen Scavengers 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1731-1732. 31 

Paving over and Aboue the Sura of Two Hundred Pounds Already 
voted at this Meeting for that purpose 

[83.] Voted That the Selectmen he Desired and Impowred to 
tak Effectual care that the Highways within the Town of Boston, 
more Espetially those in the District of Rumny Marsh be keep in 
good and Sufficient Repair 

William Torry - Excusd ") 

Joseph Rainger - Excuse! > were Chosen Constables 

Andrew Frizwell - Sworn) 

Voted That the Assessors for the year last past be Impowred 
to make Reasonable Abatement untill the first day of June next. 

Voted That the Constables for the year next Ensuing haue three 
pence on the Pound alowed them for Collecting the Rates Pro- 
vided they pay it to the Several Treasurers One half of the Sums 
Comitted to them to Collect by the first day of February next, and 
Compleat the whole by the first day of June next Following 

Voted That the Affair of the Old Shops on the Dock be Con- 
tinued for Consideration unto the Next meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitant of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qulified being Regulerly Assembled in A 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston Wednesday 
May the Tenth 1732 

After Prayr by the Rev' mr Welsted. 

Sam u Welles Esq r was Chosen Moderator for this Meeting 
Several Petitions were Read Viz 1 
Of Sam 11 Sewall Esq r 
One About the North Writing Scholl 
of Doc r Zabdiel Boylston 
Of Richard Whitiraage 
Of John Lovel : 
Voted to Chuse : 4 Representatives 

Number of Voters were - - G55 

Samuel Welles Eeq r 537") r , 

m r Thomas dishing Jun - - 554 f en , 

Habijah Savage Esq' - 332 j Representatives 

Voted The Meeting Adjorne to four A Clock after Noon the 
Met 

Number of Voters were 649 

Elisha Cooke Esq r 346 : Chosen A Representative 
Voted To Chuse A Cofnittee to Draw up Instructions for the 
Representatives of this Town Now Chosen To pesent to the Town 
for their Consideration at the Adjornment of this Meeting 

Anno Domini 1732 : May 10 th . 

[34.} Voted That the Instructions Should be upon the Fol- 
lowing Heads Viz' 

About The Governors Support According to His Majestys In- 
structions 

And About the Method for Supplying the Treasury And also 
About the Unappropriated Lands of the Late Colony of the 
Massachusets Bay of New Plimouth and of the Province of Main 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted That there be Fiue Persons Chosen to be of the Said 
Coraittee. 

Voted That mT Nathaniel Cunningham m r Samuel Waldo Henry 
Dering Esq r m r Edward Bromfield & m r Thomas Brooks be the 
Said Committee 

Voted That the Comittee Appointed to Prossecute the Tresse- 
passers on the north Side of the Long Wharf Suffer Themselves to 
be Non Suted in the Several Actions already Comensed 

Jacob Griggs : Sworn : Chose A Constable 



On the Petition of the Constables for the year last past for 
further time to be Alowed them for paying in their Rates 

Voted That it be So far Granted That if the Said Constables 
pay in to the Several Treasurers Three Quarters of the Whole 
Sums Committed to them to Collect by the First day of June Next, 
That then they be Alowed untill the first day of August to pay in 
the Remaining Quarter part, And Shall then be Alowed three pence 
on the pound for Collecting the Same And The Assessors Power 
for Abatement be Continued to the Same time 

Voted That This Meeting be Adjorned To Wednesday the 
Seventeenth day of May Currant at four of the Clock After noon 

May the 17 th 1732 

The Committee Chosen and Appointed May the 10 th to draw up 
Instructions for the Representatives Presented a Draft of of them 
upon the Several Heads Directed to 

Which were as Follows Viz* 

[35.] At A Publick Town Meeting at Boston upon Wednesday 
the 10 th Day of May 1732 

m r Nathan 11 Cunningham, Henry Deering Esq r m r Samuel Waldo, 
m r Edward Bromfield and m r Thomas Brooks 

Were Chosen A Committe To Prepare Instructions for the 
Representatives, And Lay them before the Town for their Apro- 
bation at the Adjorment May the 17 th Currant 

Presented as Follows Viz' 

To Elisha Cooke Esq r Samuel Welles Esq r Habijah Savage Esq r 
& m r Thomas Gushing Jun. 
Gentlemen 

We the free holders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified and Regulerly Assembled. Ill 
Confidence of your Integrity, Wisdom and Courage, Have Chosen 
you to Represent us in the Great and General Court of this 
Province for the year Insuing. And alth6 we do not in the Least 
Question your Faithfullness to the True Intrest of this Province in 
Generall as well as to the Trade and Business of this Town in Per- 
ticuler, Yet Esteeming it our Duty in this unhappy Juncture (where 
in Our Laws, Liberties, & Properties are in the Greatest Danger) 
Earnestly to Request of you to Exert all your Powers in Conjunction 
with the other worthy Members of the Honourable House of Rep- 
resentatives To Guard against and Defend us from all Incroach- 
ments whatsoever, That may be attempted against our natural 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1732. 33 

Rights or Charter Priviledges, And that our minds may be always 
Present in your Thoughts. We would more Perticuleily Recommend 
to you. 

1 st That you use your utmost Endeavor, That His Excellency 
our Governour Have an Honourable Support Sutable to the Dig- 
nity of Ilis Station and the Circomstances of this Province. And 
in as much as we are aprehensive that the fixing a Salary on the 
Goveruour may Produce fatal Consequences, we confide in and 
Rely upon you to Exert your utmost power and Influence to pre- 
vent the Passing any Bill in the Honourable House of Representa- 
tives Relating to His Support which may Setle the Salary for any 
Limitted Time or that may Prevent Obstruct or any ways Impede 
Future Assemblys from acting with the Same freedom former 
assembly s have Euioyed. 

2'y \Ve Earnestly Recommend to you the Care of the Treasury, 
And that you use your utmost Endeavor That it be Supplyed with 
Such Sufficient Sums of Mone\- as is necessary to answar the Great 
Charge of the Province both Past and Future, and we depend upon 
you That it be Don after such a manner as is Consist ant [36.] 
with the Safety of this Province, and the Preservation of our Rights 
and Privileclges ; And in as much as the Charter gives the Great 
and General Court full power to Support the Government Here by 
Enacting Such Laws and Ordinances as they in their Great Wisdom 
Shall Judge best Adapted to Subserve the true Intrest of His 
Majcstys Good Subjects of this Province A Complyance with His 
Majesties Instructions would Enevitably Clash with the Power of 
making Laws, and Deprive this People of one of the most valuable 
Priviledges Held and Enjoyed by the Charter. 

We therefore Enjoyn you to Oppose any Bill for the Supply of 
the Treasury That may be Brought forward in the Honourable 
House' of Representatives, That may in the Least Bear upon Our 
Natural Rights and Charter Priviledges which we aprehend the 
giving in to the King's Instructions would Certainly do 

3 ly Where as There has bin Granted away in time Past Vast 
Tracts of Land for the Setling new Town Ships in Answar to the 
Prayer of Divers Petition, That Haue bin Prefered, and too often 
Influenced by Perticuler Persons, who by their Art and Cunning 
haue Gained, to them selves Great Advantages thereby without 
being at little or no Charge in forwarding and Setling Those 
Townships Whereby Great Hurt and Damage has bin don the Prov- 
ince. Wee therefore in an Especiall manner Recomend to } - ou. 
That you use your utmost Endeavors That the unappropriated 
Lands Lying within the Late Colony of the Massachusetts, New Pli- 
mouth and Province of Main be Divided to and Among the Several 
Towns within this Province, In the Most Just and Equal Proportion, 
The Court may agree upon And Subjected to Such Terms of Setle- 
ment as Shall be ordered. The Giving and Granting away the Pub- 
lick Lands in the way and Method Lately Endeavored after being 
only to Serue Some Perticuler Persons, And give others on oppertu- 
nity to Enrich them Selves by Indirect means, we therefore Give it 
in Charge to you, That you use your utmost Influence That no 
Lands be disposed of To Perticaler Persons But to the Several 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Towns in Equal Proportion Throughout this Province. Those three 
articles are what we haue Thought Propper to Recommend to you, 
And is in Order to Prevent any Sugestions that may be Insinuated, 
That in acting on any of those Heads, you do not act agreeable 
to the mind of your Principals or to Prevent any adjornments or 
Prorogations to Consult your Principalls as Has bin Don heretofore. 
[37.] NATHAN"- CUNNINGHAM. 

SAM LL WALDO 
HENRY BERING 
THOMAS BROOKS 

At the Adjonnent of the Meeting, May 17 th 1732, The Comittee 
Presented the Foregoing Instructions. 

They were Read Sundry times were Debated and Voted ac- 
cepted to be the Instructions for the Representatives. 

In answar to the Petition of the Heirs of the Hon ble Sam 11 Sewall 
Decece d 

Voted, That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Treasurer for the Town of 
Boston or the Treasurer for the time being be Impowred & Direct- 
ed to Execute a Deed of Release of the Towns Right to an Annu- 
ity of flue pound and four Shillings Charged on a sertain Pasture 
in Boston, Called Elme Pasture, To the Heirs of the Late Hon ble 
Sam 11 Sewal Esq. Dece d upon their Paying the Sum of One Hun- 
dred Pounds in Province Bills or Currant money, Which Sum is 
Hereby Appropriated and Sett apart for ever to be let to Intrest 
by the Said Treasurer for the use and Benifit of the School Situ- 
ate at the uper end of Bond Street in the Souther end of Boston, 
for which End the Said Annuity was given by the Said Honourable 
Samuel Sewall Esq r 

In answar to the Petition of Richard Whittrage. 

Voted That the Sum of Twenty Pounds P r Annum from this Day 
be alowed and Payed Out of the Treasury to the Said Richard 
Whittrage during His natural life, to be payed Quarterly. 

In answar to the Petition of m r John Procter about the north 
writing School. 

Voted. That the Selectmen be a Comitte to vew the Place and 
Consider the Petition and make Report to the next meeting what 
had best be don about it. 

In answar to The Petition of m r Zabdiel Boylston. 

Voted. That the Petition and acco" be Left with the Select men 
to make Enquiry into that afair and make Report to the Town at 
their Next meeting. 

In auswar to the Petition of m r John Lovell. 

Voted. That the Consideration of it be Continued to the Next 
Meeting to be Debated. 

In Answar to the Petition of the Truckmen and others 
which was Comitted to the Select men to Consider of and make 
Report which is. We haue Considered the within Petition and are 
of Opinion That the Town Law in that Case already made is a 
Good and wholsom Law and think it ought to be put in Execution. 

Samuel Adams, Benja. Fitch, Samuel White, Andrew Tyler, 
William Downe, Select men. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1732. 35 

Read and Voted Accepted. 

Voted. That mess William Tyler, Edward Durant & Joseph 
Marion be a Comitte to Receive any proposals any may make 
[38.] for Demolishing or Hireing out the Old Buildings Be- 
longing to the Town of Boston in Dock Square, And to Report 
To the Town what Proposals Shall be made to them at the next 
meeting, And That Every One may be apprized of this Afair The 
Comitte are Directed to advertise in the weekly Prints. 
The Return of the Select mens Report about Sextons. 
Whereas The Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston at their Annual Meeting on the 13 th day of March 1 731. 
Did by their Vote Direct James Williams to Apply Himself to the 
Select men of Said Town in order to Regulate the Prices of Diging 
Graves and opeing Toombs in the Two South Burying Places, 
which he has according!}- Don, And They Have Stated the Prices 
for the Several Burying places in this Town as Follows viz 1 . 

Digging Graves for White Persons man or woman Ten 

Shillings. 

For Persons from Six to Twelve of age. Seven Shillings. 
For Children Caryed by Hand five Shillings 
For Digging a Grave for a Negro Man or woman Seven 

Shillings and Six pence. 

Ditto from Six to Twelve years of age Six Shillings. 
For Children four Shillings 

For Opening the New or Wall Toombs Fourteen Shillings 
For Opening the Old Toombs or those that Stand in the 

midst of the Burying Places Sixteen Shillings. 
Boston, May the 9* 1732 

SAMUEL ADAMS 
BENJ A FITCH 

SAMUEL WHITE 
Selectmen <! TyLR 



WILLIAM DOWNE 

BROMFIELD 



Samuel Avis Chose a Clerk of the market. Sworn 

[39.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly assembled in 
a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House Tuesday Jun 27 1732 

m r George Crodock is Chosen moderator for this meeting. 

In answar to the Petition of m r John Procter and others abouth 
the North Writing Scholl. 

The Select men being appointed May the 17 th To be a Committee 
To Vew the Place and Consider the Petition and make Report to 
the Next Meeting what had best to be don about it. 

Now make their Report which was 

Boston June the 26 th 1732 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town at their meeting in May Last. 
Having Considred the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the north 
part of the Town for Enlarging the North writing School. We 
are of Opinion That it will very much Serve that part of the Town, 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

That Said School House be Enlarged and an Usher m r John 

Procter the present master. 

SAM" ADAMS 
BENJ A FITCH 
JOSHUA CHEEVER 
ANDREW TYLER 
W M DOWNE & 
EDWARD BROMFIFLD 

The Report was Read and Voted Accepted. 
Voted That the Select men be fmpowred and Directed to Act in 
that Afair. 

On the Petition and acco" of Doc r Boylston Comitted to the 
Select men to Consider and Report, make Report as follows viz'. 
Also upon the Petition and acco" of Docf Zabdiel Boj-lston being 
for Nedisons and atendance on John Simms a Poor man of the 
Town. Upon Conferance had with the Overseers of the Poor who 
Incoraged Saicl Boylston in Said Servise. We are of Opinion He 
deserves Thirty Pounds in full Discharge of His Acco". 

SAM LL ADAMS 
BENJA* FITCH 
JOSHUA CHEEVER 
ANDREW TYLOR 
WILLIAM DOWNE & 
EDWARD BROMFIELD 

The Report was Read and Voted, accepted. 

Voted. That the Sum of Thirty pounds be paid by the Town 
Treasurer to Docf. Zobdiel Boylston in full of His account. 

[4O.] Voted That m r Edward Mills School master haue an 
assistant being in a Bad State of Health. 

Voted. That the Select men be Empowred and Directed to Seek 
out and agree with a Sutable Person to assist m r Edward Mills untill 
the Town meeting in March next. 

Voted. That mess Joseph Marion, Edward Duraut and The- 
opilus Lilly be a Coraitte to Receive any Proposals any ma}* make 
for Demolishin or Hireiug out the Old Buildings, Belonging to the 
Town in Dock Square and to Report to the Town what Proposalls 
Shall be made to them at the Next meeting. And That Every 
one may be apprized of this Afair. The Cormttee are Directed to 
advertise it in the weekly Prints 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitans of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting Fryday July 28 th 1732. 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . was Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

The Petition of m r John Lovell was Read. 

In Answar to the Petition of m r John Lovell. 

Voted. That an Adition of Twenty Pounds to the Salary of m' 
John Lovell for the Present year as one of the Ushers of the South 
Gramer School be made to Him. 

The Comittee appointed June the 27 th . 1732. To Receive any Pro- 
posals any may make about the Old Buildings in Dock Square. &c. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1732. 37 

The Committee make their Report viz'. 

Pursuant to the Said Vote, The Comitte therein named haue 
Advertised in the Publick Prints, The Times and Place of their 
meetings, And Strictl}' given their Attendance & haue Received 
Proposals by way of Subscriptions from Mess Gibb, Boylston, 
Noyce and Others, for Demolishing the Said Buildings as is Per- 
ticulerly Sett fourth in their Proposals and Subscriptions here with 
Exhibitted. Also proposals from m r Josiah Franklin for the De- 
molishing and Erecting others as by the Proposals here with 
Presented will appear and we do accordingly make this our Report 
on, [41.] The Premices for the Towns Consideration thereon 

Dated in Boston this 28 th day of July Anno Dom 1 1732 

JOSEPH MARION 
EDWARD DURANT 

TlIEOP 1 -. LlLLIE. 

Voted. That the Report of the Committee Relating to the Old 
Decayed Buildings on Dock Squar with the Proposals of mess ra 
Gibbs, Boylston, Noyce, and others, with m r Franklins Proposals 
be Continued untill the next march Meeting of this Town and That 
mess rs Joseph Marion, Edward Durant, Theop 8 Lillie, William 
Stoddard and Jeffry Bedgood be a Committee in the mean time to 
tak into Consideration the said Proposals together with such other 
proposals as may be layed before them in Order to Report to 
the Town at the Said meeting in march next what in their Opinion 
may Conduce most to the best Benifit and advantage of this Town, 
and what the Town ought to do therein. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House, monday, march the 
Twelfth 1732 

After Prayer by the Rev' Doc r . Benjamin Colmau. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r . was Chose moderator for this meeting. 

Sundrys Laws against Imoraiity &c. Read. 

Sundry Petitions Read & motion made viz 1 . 

A Petition for Paving in Orange Street. 

John Chambers Petition 

Watchmens Petition 

Sam 11 . Bots Petition 

Zecha a . Hicks Petition 

A motion of the Overseers of the Poor. 

A Proposal of Sundry about a market. 

For Paving in winter Street. 

about a water-Course in water Street. 

Jonathan Williams about the Grainery. 

about water Engine-men 

about an office for the Town-Clerk 

The Constables Petition 

[42.] Samuel Checkley Chose Town Clerk and Sworn. 

Votes for a County Treasurer, Numbred and Sealed up in the 
prence of Joshua Townsend Constable to be delivered by Him to 
the Clerk of the Sessions. The votes were 389. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 6G. 



Chosen Select men. 



Voted to Chuse assessors Distinct from the Select men. 
Voted to Chuse Seven Selectmen. 

Mess Edward Bromfield Jun r ") 

William Downe 

Jonathan Armitage 
Refused Thomas Lee 

David Colton 

John Jeffries 

Joshua Winslow 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Chose Town Treasurer, and Sworn. 

Officers for Rumny Marsh Chosen Viz 1 
Jacob Chamberlin Constable Sworn 
Samuel Tuttle 
Thomas Pratt 



Fence Viewers 



) 

Nathan Cheever 
Sworn John Has}' ) 

Sworn Isaac Lewis Jun r j 



Sealer of Leather. 



Hogreves 



Voted. That there be alowed and Payed out of the Town 
Treasury ; the Sum of Sixty Pounds for the year Currant To a Suta- 
ble Person for a School master at Rumny Marsh to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Select men He giving his atendance for whole year to 
be paid Quarterly. 

Voted. To Chuse seven Overseers oi' che Poor. 

John Ruck Esq r 

m r Jonathan Jackson 

m r Jeffry Bedgood 

m r Samuel Greenwood } Overseers of the Poor. 

Henry Derng Esq r 

m r John Hunt 

m r John Hill J 

mess" Jonas Clark ") 
James Watson 
Daniel Loring 

Richard Buckley J- Assessors 
Jacob Sheaf 
Peter Thomas 
Mathew Adams 

Voted to Chuse Twelve Constables 

[43.] Voted. That this meeting be adjorned to To-morow 
morning, Eight of the Clock. 

Excused John Clark Chandler^ 
pay Peter wroe 
pay Nathan 11 Fletcher 
pay Martin Brimmer 
Sworn Mathew Barnard 
pay John Osborn 
pay Samuel Grant 
Appeald John Little 

pay John Smith, Bruer 
Sworn Edward Brazier 



Chose Constables. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1732. 



39 



Sworu 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 

Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



James Dawson ^ 

John Allin 

Thomas Inches } Sealers of Leather 

Josiah Carter I 

Joshua Dodge J 

John Endicot ") 

Hopestill Foster 



Benja" Russell 
Roger Stainer 
Joseph Ricks 
Sam" Coniball 
William Eustis 



I 

} Fence Viewers 



Stephen Greenleafe ") 
Micael Homer 
Nicholas Lash 
William Mower 
David Colson Jim 
Thomas warde 
Alford Butler 
John Waters 



-Clerks'of the Market 



Scavengers 



Joseph Dyar 

John Taylor 

George Monk 

William Young 

Joseph Gerrard 

Charles Coffin 

Benja n Pollard 

Richard Billings 

Nathan" Gardner 

James Gary 

Henry Gibbs 

Richard Hubbavd 

John Potwine 

Benja" Bridge 

John Fitch 

Isaac Dupee 

Edward Moberly 

Joseph Lowden 

Edward Richards 

William Paine 

Edward Page 

Francis More 
Sworn John Crosby 
John Clear 
John Henderson 
Jona n . Neale. 

[44.] Voted. That the Select men and Such as they Shall 
Desire to accompany them be Inspectors of the Schools for the 
year Insueing. 

Nathan 11 Salenstal Esq r Chose a Selectman in the Room of 
Thomas Lee, who Refused. 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



Viewers of Shingles, 
Boards, &c. 



Hogreves 



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Whether a Market under Proper Regulations would be of Servia 
and Benefit to the Town. 

Voted in the affermative. 

Voted. To Chuse a Comittee to Project a Schem for Regulating 
a Markett and to lay it before the Town at their Next General 
Meeting & Col 1 Thomas Fitch Esq r Thomas Hutchinson Esq r 
Jacob Wendal Esq r rn r Nathan 11 Cunningham, John Colman Esq r 
m r George Cradock and Thomas Palmer Esq r be the Said Co- 
iFittee. 

Whereas there are Several Old Houses at Dock Square belonging 
to the Town which are in a Ruenous Condition and not worth 
Reparing. 

Voted That they be forthwith Demolished, To prevent hurt and 
Damage to Persons Passing by the Same, And That the Select 
men be Directed and Impowred forthwith to Effect the Same in 
the Best manner they can for the Servis of the Town. 

Inasmuch as m r Henry Gibbs has very Lately Incroched on the 
Towns Land on Dock Square by Erecting frames thereon 

Therefore Ordered That the Select men take Effectual Care 
That the Said frames be Demolished. 

On the Petition of m r Zeck a Hicks assistant to m r Procter. 
Voted. That there be alowed to m r Zech a Hicks at the Rate of 
)ne Hundred Pounds P r Annum as assistant to m r Procter to be 
Paid Him Quarterly. 

Voted That it be Left with the Select men to Reward Such of 
the watchmen as Shall be found faithfull in their trust not Exceed 
ten Shillings P r month. 

Voted. That there be alowed and Payed to John Chambers the 
Sum of Six pounds for His Ringing the Bell at the South 
meeting House at one of the Clock for the year Insueing. 

Voted. That the Select men Prefer a Petition To the Great and 
General Court on behalf of the Town To bring forward an action 
of Review of an Action Comenced by mess Thomas Gushing, 
Ezekiel Lewis and Nathan 11 Green Esq r a Comitte against Thomas 
Palmer Esq r for Possession of a Sertaine Tenement on Dock Square 
the time Limitted by Law for a Review being Expired notwithstand- 
ing. 

Voted, this Meeting be adjorued to three of the Clock after- 
noon. 

[45.] Excusd Moses Ay res 

Excusd Joseph Shead 

Excusd Icabod Rogers 

pay Ephraim Copeland 

Sworn William Oven 

Sworn William Torry ^ Chose Constables 

pay Peter Stone 

Sworn John Peirce 

Excused George Tilly 
Sworn James Bennit 

Voted. That a Sutable office be provided in the Town House to 
Receive the Records and Papers belonging to the Town. 

Voted That m r Samuel Boss His Petition be left with the 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1732. 41 

Select men to Enquire about it and make Report to the May 
meeting. 

Or the Petition of the Water. Engiuemen. 

Voted. That the Petition be Granted and That the}- be Excused 
from al other offices of the Towns Choise of them. 

On the Petition about Water Street. 

Voted. That it be left with the Select men to Enquire into that 
afair, and make Report to the Town at their May meeting. 

Voted. That m r Sam u Holyoke be established as master of the 
School lately kept by m r Edward Mil s Deceaced. 

Voted That m r Sam 11 Holyoke haue paid Him One Hundred & 
Twenty pounds .P r annum and haue the use of the House m r Mills 
lived in His Salary to Coiiience from the Death of M r Mills. 

Voted. That the Report of the Comittee about the Treasurers 
acco tts be accepted and That he Be discharged accordingly. 

Voted. That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r Town Treasurer be alowed 
& payed Out of the Town Treasury One Hundred Pounds for His 
Servis in that office for the year past 

Voted. To Chuse a Cornitte to Audit and Examine the Treas- 
urers acco" 8 for the year Insuing, And to take Care that the Several 
Drafts made by the Select men and Overseers of the Poor, be 
agreeable to the Laws of the Province, and also to Report the 
Ballance Remaing in the Treasurers Hand and 

Voted. That John Alford Esq r Jacob Wendell Esq r Thomas 
Fitch Esq r , Hugh Hall Esq r and m r Nathan 11 Cunningham or any 
three of them be the Committee. 

Voted, a Grant of fiue Thousand three Hundred pounds To be 
Raised on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for 
Releif of the Poor, Defraying the Charges of the watches, Paving 
and other necessary Charges Arising within and for the said 
Town for the year Insuing. 

Sworn Benja" Salisbery 
pay alexander Hunt 



pay John Johnson 



Chose Constables, 



Excused Thomas Stoddard 
pay Francis Warden 

pay William Fearfield 

On the Petition of m r Jona n Williams Voted 
[464] Voted. That the Sum of Twenty Six pounds be 
Alowed to the Said Jonathan Williams being for So much Stolen out 
of the Grainery To be Charged by Him in His next years accompt. 
Voted, this meeting be adjorned to to-morrow Morning nine of 
the Clock. 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabitant about Paving in Orange 
Street. Read. Debated and Voted it be Dismist. 
On m r Jonathan Williams Petition for Alowance. 
Voted, it be Refer'd to the Select men to Consider of and Re- 
port to the Town at May meeting. 

Sworn. - George Beard "\ 

Sworn - Henry Pidgion 

Sworn - Roger Hardcastle > Chose Constables 

Sworn - Agusten Hayle | 

pay - John Pirn J 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. bb. 

Voted. To Chnse a Cofnitte of three persons to be Impowred 
for La}"ing out the Money appropriated for Purchasing Grain for 
the use of the Town for the year Insueing. 

Voted. That Capt Henry Bering, rn r Nathan" Cunningham and 
m r Peter Thomas be the Said CoTmttee 

Voted. That the Selectmen be Desired to Regulate the Price 
of Grain Sold at the Grainery for the year Insueing. 

pay - John Trayle - Chose Constable 
Sworn - Benja" Williams - Chose Constable 

Voted. That no new Lease of House or Land, belongin to the 
Town be given or Granted by the Select men until Publick Notice 
be given at least Twelve mouths, before the Expiration of the 
former Lease, And That they Do not finish any New Lease in 
More then Six months before the Expiration of the former. 

On the Return of the Report of the Comitte Chosen July the 
28 th 1732, To Consider the State of the Old Buildings at Dock 
Squair &c. The Report was Read and 

Voted, Thankes to the Colnittee for their Care and pains taken 
therein. 

[47.] At a meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitant 
of the Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regurly assembled in 
a Publick Town meeting at the Town House Wednesday May the 
ninth 1733. 

After Prayer by the Reve? m r William Cooper. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chose moderator for this meeting. 

Sundry Petitions Read and Motions made. 

for Paving in Merchants Row 
m r John doughs Petition 

Isaac Peirce His Petition 
m r John Procters Petition 
m r Sam u Watts, His Petition 
The Constables Petition 
A motion about Erecting Mash Potts 
About a Common Shore for the Toombs 
Voted, to Chuse 4 Representatives 
Number of Voters were - - 600 

Elisha Cook Esq r 541 
Sam 11 Welles Esq r 396 
m r Thomas Gushing jun r 541 

Chosen Representatives 

Voted. That the meeting Adjorn to Three of the Clock after- 
noon. 

Met and the Voters were 554 

m r Oxenbridge Thatcher with 296 votes was Chosen. 
Voted. To giue Instruction to the Representatives now Chosen. 
Voted That the Instructions to the Representatives the year Past 
May the 17 th 1732 Be the Instructions to the Representatives now 
Chosen And Such others as are here Inserted. 
Gentlemen 

We the free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duty Qualified and Regulerly assembled &c. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 43 

In Confidence of your Integrity wisdom and Courage haue 
Chosen you to Represent us in the Great and General Court of 
this Province for the year Insueing, And alth6 we do not in the 
Least Question your faithfullness to the true Intrest of this Pro- 
vince in General, as well as to the Trade and Busyess of this 
Town in Perticuler, jet Esteeming it our Duty in this unhappy 
Juncture (wherein our Laws Libertys and Proppertics are in the 
Greatest Danger.) Earnestly to Request of you to Exert all your 
Powers in Conjunction with the Other members of the Honourable 
House of Representatives to gard against and Defend us from all 
Incroachments whatsoever that may be attempted against our 
Natural Rights or Charter Priviledges, And that our minds may be 
always Present in your thoughts. 

[48.] We would more Perticulerly Recommend to you. 

1 st . That you use your utmost Endeavor That His Excelency 
our Governor may haue an Honor ble Support Sutable to the 
Dignity of His Station and the Circomstances of this Province. 
And Inasmuch as we are apprahensive that the fixing a Sallary on 
the Governor may Produce fatal Consequences, We Confide in 
and Rely upon you to Exert your utmost Power & Influence, To 
prevent the Passing any Bill in the -House of Representatives, Re- 
lating to His Support which may Settle the Salary for any Limited 
time, or that may Prevent Obstruct or any ways Impead future 
assemblys from Acting with the Same freedom former assemblys 
Haue Enjoyed you are to Oppose any Bill for His Excelency 
Support unless in the Same Bill Provision be made for the 
Payment of all Publick Debts of the Province. 

^ndiy. ^y e k arnes tly Recomend to you, The Care of the Treasury, 
and that you use your utmost Indeavor, That it be Supplyed with 
Such Sufficient Sums of money as is necessary to answar the 
Great Charge of the Province both Past and future. And we 
depend upon 3-011 That you Oppose the Passing any Bill for the 
Supply of the Treasury for the Payment of any Acco" of Charge 
or Expence of Publick money, unless there be a Clause Inserted, 
That the whole General Court haue the Inspection of the acco" 
before Payment, And we Depend upon } - ou That it be Don after 
Such a manner as is Consistant with the Safty of this Province 
and the Preservation of our Rights and Privileges. And inas- 
much as the Charter Gives the Gi'eat and General Coui't full 
power to Support the Government here by Enacting Such Laws 
and Ordinances as they in their Great wisdom shall be best 
adapted to Subserve the true Intrest of His Majestys Good 
Subjects of this Province. A Complyance with His Majestys 
Instructions would Inevitably Clash with the Power of making 
Laws, and Deprive this People of one of the most valuable 
Priviledges held & Enjoyed by the Charter. 

We Therfore Injoyne you To oppose any Bill for the Supply 
of the Treasur, that may be brought forward in the Honourable 
House of Representatives That may in the Least Bare upon our 
natural Rights and Charter Priviledges which we apprahend the 
giving in to the Kings Instructions would setaiuly do. 

3 ly - Whereas there has bin Granted away in time past vast 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Tracts of Land for the Setling new Townships in Auswar to the 
Prayer of Divers Petitions that haue bin Prefered and too Often 
Influences by Perticuler Persons who by their Art and Cunning 
haue gained to themselves Great Advantage therby without 
being without Little or no Charge in forwarding & Setling those 
Townships, Where by Great Hurt and Damage has bin don the 
Province. 

We Therfore in an Espetial manner Eecomend to you, That 
you use 3'our utmost Endeavor That the unapropriated Lands 
Lying within the Late Colony of the Massachusetts New Plimouth 
and Province of Main be [49.] divided to and among the 
several Towns within This Province in the most Just and Equal 
Proportion the Court may agree upon, And Subjected to Such 
Terms of Settlement as Shall be Ordered. 

The giving & Granting away the Publick Lands in the way and 
Method lately Endeavored after being only to Serve Some Perticuler 
Persons and give Others an Opportunity to Inritch them Selves by 
Indirect means, We therfore give it in Charge to you That you 
use your utmost Influence, That no Lands be Disposed of to 
Perticuler Persons But to the Several Towns in Equal Proportion 
throughout this Province. These three Articles are what we 
thought Propper to Recomend to you, And is in Order to Prevent 
any Suggestions that may be Intimated, that in Acting on any of 
these Heads you do not Act Agreeable to the mind of your prin- 
cipals, or to Prevent any adjornments or Prorogations to Consult 
your Principals as has bin done Heretofore. 

The foregoing Instructions were Read and Voted to be the 
Instructions to the Representatives now Chosen. 

The Report of the Coinittee about a market was Read. 

Voted. That this meeting be adjorned to fry day next at Eight 
of the Clock in the fore noon And then mett May the 1 1 th 

On the Petition about Paving in Merchant Row. 

Voted. That it be left with the Select men to Comply with the 
Petition Provided the abutters do their Part as is usual. 

On the Petition about a Market. 

Voted That there be three places assigned for a market. 

Voted. That in the Vacent place at or near the Town Dock be 
one of the Places. 

Voted. That the Open place near the old North meeting House 
be another place for a market. 

Voted. That the Third place be at or near the Great Tree at the 
South end near m r Eliots House. 

And the Co itte with the Select men were Desired to take the 
Proposals and make Such additions or alterations as they Shall 
se needfull in Order to haue them Printed to be debated at the 
adjornment. 

Voted. That in the Afair of the market. Rumny Marsh be 
Excepted. 

John doughs Petition was Read and Granted viz. That there be 
three pence on the Pound alowed Him for Collecting the Rates 
Comited to His Sone. 

Isaac Peirce His "Petition was Read and Voted That Six pounds 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 45 

be aloweu and Paid Him for Ringing the Bell at the old north 
meeting House at one of the Clock for this year. 

m r Sam 11 Watts Read & Refercd to the adjorment. 

m r John Procters Petition Read and Continued to the adjonrnent. 

m r Joseph Marions Proposals Read. 

[5O.] Voted That this Meeting be adjorned to May the 28 th 
day at Nine of the Clock, in the forenoon. And then mett. 

On the Petition about the water course in Water Street. 

Voted. That the Select men be Directed and Impowred To use 
the most Propper and Speedy method for Removing the Obstruc- 
tion Refered to in the Petition and to make a Computation of the 
Charge of Carrying the water aboue ground and Enquire of the 
abutters what part of the Charge they are willing to be at and 
Report the Same at the next Town Meeting. 

On the Petition of m r Jonathan Williams Referred to the Select- 
men. 

Voted. That the Report of the Selectmen be accepted, And that 
the Sum of Sixteen Pounds lie paid Him in f'lll that Service 

m r San: 11 Boss His Petition Relating to the Towns Land under 
His Irnproueraent with the Select men Report thereon, was Read 
and Accepted, which was That they Had veiwed the Land and are 
of Opinion That it will not be for the Intrest of the Town to Sell 
the Same. 

m r Joseph Marions Proposals were Read, viz' 

The first article. That a Comittee be Raised by the Town to> 
Enquire into and take Cognizance of all the Towns Rights in Land, 
and on the Tresposes thereon, And that a Plann thereof be taken 
by a Surveyer, And that the Same be made of Records in the Town 
Clerks office, with the annual Rent or Income the Same at Present, 
yeilds. That So the Towns may be made Certain of their Rights 
and Income. Voted. 

On the Second. Voted That the Selectmen or Such Comittee or 
Comittes as the Town from time to time appoint to Employ Laborers, 
artificers or workmen in the Service of the Town, or in Purchasing 
Grain for the Town to Agree with Such Persons as they Shal 
Employ or deal with to pay them in money as has bin the Custom 
Here to fore. 

On the Third Article. Voted. That upon Reading any Petition, 
Remonstrance or Report, The time of Reading the Same, and what 
the Town Shall be pleased to Vote thereon whether it be Dismist 
or Otherwise. 

On the fourth Article. Voted. That as many disputes and Great 
Inconvenience hau arised, Touching the votes of the Town for 
want of Drawing the Votes, and Reading the Same before the 
Meeting is over, 

That for the future, all votes made and Past by the Town, be 
Comitted to writing, while the Town meeting is in being, and Read 
to the Town, That truth and Certanty thereof may be made known 
before the meeting is up. 

On the fifth Article. Voted That the Selectmen be directed and 
Impowred to make application to the General Court at their next 
Sessions for leave to bring forward a writ of Review in Order to 



40 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 66. 

the Recovering Possesion of Land and warehouse on the Dock now 
in the Possession of Thomas Palmer Esq r iii Bi'half of the Heirs 
of Eiiakiu Hutchinson Esq r . 

On the Sixth Article, was Read & Rejected. 

[51.] The Proposals for Regulating a Market in this Town, 
and the Comittes & Select men Report thereon being Read and 
Debated, It was Put to Vote whether the Town would haue a 
market or not, and That the Same be Determined by a written 
Vote. 

Voted in the affermative. 

The Town accordingly Proceeded to bring in their Votes, And 
upon Counting the Same It appeared there Si 4 yeas and 339 nays. 

Then the meeting was Adjorned until four of the Clock in the 
afternoon. 

The Town being met. The Proposals of the Comitte and the 
Select men for Regulating a Market were Read Seperatly and 
Voted as follows. 

That there be three market Places viz' 

One in the Vacant place at Or near the Town Dock. 

One at the Open Space before and about the old north meeting 
House and One at or near the Great Tree at the South end Near 
m r Eliots House. 

And That whosoever shall or Expose to Sale, or That Buy any 
flesh Poultry Eggs, Butter. Meal, Chees, Frute, Hearbs, Rootes 
or Other Provisions in any Other Place or Places within the Said 
Town Precinct or Liberty thereof then the Publick places aforesaid. 
(Except Such Provisions as are hereafter Excepted), Upon the 
Information of the Clerk of the market, or other proof thereof 
made, Shall be fined in Proportion to the offence not Exceeding 
twenty Shillings, as Shall be Judged b}- the Justice before whom 
the Cause Shall Come. 

2 ly That every day in the week Except the Lords Day be a 
market day, And that a Bell be Rung of the opening of the market, 
which Shall be at the Rising of the Sun thr6 the whole year, and 
if any Person or Persons Shall Sell or put to open Sale in the 
Said Several markets any manner of Provisions or other Com- 
modities or Shall buy any of them before the Ringing of the 
Market Bell, such Offender or Offenders being thereof Con- 
vict Shall forfeit and Pay a fine of Twenty Shillings for 
Every Such Offence And if any Person or Persons Shall Pre- 
sume, to Buy or Cheapen, Any flesh, Fowles, Butter, Eggs, 
meal, Herbs, Frute, Rutes or other Provisions, or victuals, 
Coming to the Market Either by the LanJ or water, or make any 
Previous Contract, with any Seller, or Buy the Same in any other 
Place, then in one of the Said markets, Shall forfeit and Pay for 
each and Every Such Offence being thereof Convict the Sum of 
Twenty Shillings. 

3 ly That all Sorts of Fish brought b}' water, may be Sold at the 
wharfs & Places usually Improved for that Purpose. But all Fish 
Caught in the Rivers, Ponds and Brooks and brought by Land. 
Shall be brought into & Sold in the market. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 47 

4 ly That if any Person or Persons bringing any Sort of Pro- 
visions out of the Country into the Town of Boston for Sale 
Either by Land or water, after the Setting up of the Said market, 
Shall Sell offer or put to Sale, any of the Same in any Private 
House ware house Inn, Ale House, Tavern, Lane, Alley, Street or 
other place or places whatsoever, within the Said Town, Precinct 
or Libertys thereof, then in the Market places, or Some of them, 
Every Person so Carrying, or offering to put to Sale, or to Buy 
any Provisions, Shall forfeit Twenty Shillings for every Such 
Offence. Provided always that no Clause or Expression herein 
Contained Shall Extend, Intend or be Judged to Restrain or 
abridge an} - Butchers from Selling their Meat in their Shops nor 
[52.] such who Import by Sea an}- Grain, Meat or Fish Salted 
up in Barrels from Selling the Same on Board their Vessels, Nor to 
the Seller of Swine, brought into the Town alive, nor Grain brought 
by Land, nor Aples, Enions, nor turnops by the Bushel, or greater 
quantities, nor milk nor Sider, as hath heretofore bin the Custome, 
But it Shall and may be Lawfull for the Inhabitants of the Town 
and others to purchase the aboue Mentioned Provisions in the 
usual method as formerly, Hut all other Provisions brought in by 
Land or water to Sold in the Market. 

5 ly That if any Person or Persons Shall Engross any Sort of 
Provisions or victuals which is in the market to Hetale there again, 
Espesially Such as are known to be Hucksters, Butchers or other 
people, Geting their Living by Such Provisions or victuals as they 
would so Engross, Every Such Engrosser Shall forfeit Twenty 
Shillings for every Such offence. 

G ly That no Retailer, Hucksters, or Persons to Sell again, Shall 
buy any flesh, fish, fowles, Eggs, Butter, Cheese, or any other 
Sort of Provisions Saleable in the Market, untill after twelve of the 
Clock at Noon on pain of paying a fine of Twenty Shillings. 

7 ly That if any Person or Persons Shall Presume to Expose to 
Sale in the Said markets or Either of them unholsom or Stale 
victuals, Blown meat, Leprous, or measly Swine, He She or they 
So offending Shall forfeit and pay in Proportion to the Offence. 

8 ly . That no Cart or team be alowed to Stand near the Entrance 
of the market place or Places but Shall Imediatly Depart upon 
order of the Clerk of the market to the Driver So to do under the 
Penalty of fiue Shillings for Refusal or Neglect thereof. 

9 ly That the Informr, who Shall Sue for and Recover any 
fines forfitnres Sum and Sums of Money arising from the Breach 
of any of those orders Shall be Entitled to Receive out of the 
Treasury One half of the Sum So Received 

10 ly That Propper Persons be appointed to keep Clean the 
Markets, and to be under tue Direction of the Clerk of the Market 
in there so doing. 

ll ly That there be a Clerk of the Market now Chosen for each 
Market Place by the Town, And hereafter at their annual meeting 
in March, who Shall be Impowred to Supervise the Said Market, 
And to take Effectual Care to prevent and Suppress all frauds, 
abuses and Disorders that may arise therein, And Shall Costantly 
attend and be in the market during the market time, And Shall 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

haue and Receive Such Salary for their Service as Shall be voted 
them by the Town. 

12 ly That if any Person or Persons be found Trespassing 
against any of the Rules and order before mentioned. The 
Clerks of the Market are hereby Required and Directed to Prosse- 
cute Such Offenders or Trespassers before [53.] Justice of the 
Peace, In order to His or their being Prosecuted against and 
Punished as is before Provided. 

Voted. That Cap' James Watson be Clerk of the Market for 
the vacant place at or near the Town Dock or wharf. 

Voted. That Cap 1 John Steel be Clerk of the Mai-ket for the Open 
Space before and about the old north Meeting-House. 

Voted That m r Francis Wiloughby be a Clerk of the Market for 
the Space at or near the Great tree at the South end by m r 
Eliots. 

Voted. That John Colman Esqr Jocob "Wendal Esq r m r Nathan 11 
Cunningham, m r Daniel Goff, with the three Clerks of the market 
now Chosen be a Committee, to make a Computation of the Cost 
and Charges of Erecting the Several markets, and to Receive any 
motion from the Inhabitants of Hireing or Leasing any of the Said 
places, Proposed to Erect a market in And make Report to the 
Town at their next meeting. 

m r John Procter Petition for an addition to His Salary at the 
North writing School. 

Read and Voted That the Sum of Thirty Pounds P r Annum be 
added to His Salary to begin from this Day. 

m r Sam 11 Watts Petition for Remitting Twenty Pounds due for 
the Hire of the Ferry. 

Voted. That the Same be Remitted. 

Voted. That the Select men be Desired to Effect the Erecting 
of an Office in the Town House for the Town Clerk to Lodg the 
Town Books & papers in. 

The Request of Sundry Persons belonging to the District of 
Rumny Marsh, for an addition to their Schoolmasters Salan r , Con- 
tinued to the next meeting. 

Voted. That the Committee to be Chosen for Enquiring into 
the Towns Rights be Continued to the Next Town meetin. 

The motion Respecting a Drain for the Toombs in the South 
Burying Place, Refered to the Next Meeting. The meeting Dis- 
mist. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regurly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House on Tuesday June the 
Twenty Sixth 1733 

Elisha Cooke Esq r Chose moderator for this meeting. 

A motion made by m r Joseph Marion about Everill Lease. 

A motion made t.o Chose A Comitte to Treat with m r Palmer and 
m r Gibbs Relating to their Clames in Dock Squir. 

About the Report of the Committe about a Market. 

The Report was Read and the Question whether it Should be 
Determined by a Written Vote. Voted in the affermative. 



BOSTON TOWN RECOKDS, 1733. 49 

The Town accordingly Preceded to bring in their Votes and 
upon Counting the Same ther apeared to be 805 Voters. 

yeas 390 and 415 nays 

[54.] Voted The Comittees Report not being accepted, that 
they Proceed no further upon the Consideration thereof at this 
Meeting, But Refer it to the next General Meting in March next. 

Voted, this meeting be adjorned to fine of the Clock after noon 
& Being met 

On the Report of the Select men about the "Water Course in 
Water Street. 

The Report was Read which was 

Pursuant to the vote of the Town at their meeting the ninth of 
May Last, Relating to the obstruction in water Street, we have 
viewed the Same and 'are of Opinion That the most Effectual way 
to Remove it would be by Carrying the water into the Dock by m r 
Alfords warehouse, The charg of which will amount to about four 
Hundred Pounds. 

We haue also Inquired of the abbuttars and find they are willing 
to pay Two Hundred Pounds thereof. Boston, June 18 th 1733 
William Down, Edward Bromfield Jun r Jona n Armitage, David 
Colson, John Jeffries, Joshua Winslow, Nathan 11 Saltonstall 
Select men. 

Voted not Accepted. 

Voted. To Chuse a Coulitte to take Effectual Care to open the 
antient natural water-course in water Street. 

Voted. That a Comitte be Chosen of fine Persons for Said 
work. 

m r Andrew Tyler, Samuel Wellis Esq r m r Nathan 11 Cunningham, 
Cap 1 James Goold, and m r Joseph Marion, be the Committee. 

Voted. That the Coinittee Raised Some time Since to Consider 
the State of the Old Buildings in Dock Squair be Desired and 
Directed to proceed to take the Deposition of Persons In Perpet- 
uam Rei Memoriam Relating to the Towns Rights in the Dock. 

Whereas James Oglethorp Esq r who is Speedily Expected hear, 
hath at Sundry times in the Parlament of Great Britain Expressed 
a hearty care and Concern for the Good of the Provinces & Colo- 
nys on this Continent and a Special manner moved Several things 
in Support of the true Intrest of this Government and the Estab- 
lishing the Trade and Business thereof. 

Voted. That the Representatives of this Town, a Considerable 
Branch or member of this Province, together with the Select men 
when that Honourable Gentle man Shall arive here, do in the name 
and behalf of this Town Return Him their Thanks, and let Him 
know how kindly they take His Good Office, and That his free and 
generous Actions Shall haue a lasting Remembrance and bid Him 
a Hearty welcome here. 

[55.] Voted. To Chuse a Committee of fiue Persons to 
Enquire into all the Rights in Lands. 

m r Joseph Marion, m r John Staniford, John Colman Esq r m r 
William Stoddard and m r Jeffry Bedgood. Voted to be the Com- 
mittee 

Voted. That ten pounds P r Annum be added to the Salary of 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

m r Belcher Hancock School master at Rumny marsh, to begin the 
Twenty first day of march last past. 

about the motion for the Drain from the Toombs in the South 
Burying Place. 

Voted, to be Refered to the next Town meeting and in the 
mean time the Select men make a Computation of the Charg of 
Carrying the water into the Common Shore. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House Wednesday August the 
first 1733. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chosen moderator for this meeting 

upon a motion made 

That whenever the Town be warned for a Towns meeting By 
order of the Select men That the Constables haue Printed tickets 
provided for them to warn the Inhabitant by. Voted in the afferma- 
tive. unanimously. 

m r nathaniel Cunningham made a motion. That the Town would 
alow Som thing toward the Charge of a Private watch in the Town 
at the Dock. Left for Consideration. 

The Petition of John Metcalf of Dedham Joshua Mors of Med- 
field and others for Erecting a new County out of the Countys of 
Suffolk and Midlesex 

Voted. That they will Chuse a Committee of fine Persons to take 
that Affair into Consideration, and Prepare Reasons to Lay before 
the General Court why the Prayer Should not be granted. And la} r 
them before the Town at the adjorment of this meeting. 

Voted. That Edward Hutchinson, Anthony Stoddard, Thomas 
fitch, Samuel Sewall, jun r , and Jacob Wendell Esq r8 be the Said 
Committee. 

Voted. That this meeting be adjorned to Fryclay August the 
tenth Currant at fiue of the Clock afternoon. 

The Town being met August the Tenth According the adjornment. 
The Comitte made their Report which is as follows viz'. 

We the Subscribers being appointed a Coinittee by the Town 
of Boston at their meeting on the first Instant, to prepare Some 
Reasons, to be Offred to the Town in order to be layed before the 
General Court, why the Petition of John Metcalfe of Dedham Esq r 
Joshua Morse of Medfield and others, for Erecting a new County 
out of the Countys of Suffolk & Midlesex Should not be granted, 
having and Considered that afair. 

Humbly Offer our Reasons against the Same. 

[56.] 1. That there haue bin fiue of the most Remote Towns 
belonging to this County, viz' Mendon, Woodstock, Sutton, Oxford 
& Uxbridge lately taken off from this County, towards Erecting 
another, by which means the County is so Reduced, that the In- 
habitants of even the most Remote Towns remaining in this 
Count}* haue not far to travel to their County Town, whereas in 
England, their Countys are vastly mor populous, and man}- of them 
of much Larger extent, And great Numbers of the People in divers 
of the Countys are at a greater distance from their Sheir Town that 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 51 

any of the People in the County of Suffolk are, and yet they haue 
Contentedly Remained So ever Since the Reign of King Alfred, and 
if it had bin found inconvenient or detrimental to the people, that 
live in those large Countys, undoubtedly from that time to this, 
they would haue moved to the Parliament for Releif & endeavors 
would haue bin us'd To Lesson them, which we never heard of. 

2. That there is only the Town of Dedham of the Several Towns 
desiring to be Set off that sends any Petty Jurors to the Court of 
Common Pleas or General Sessions of the Peace, And Some of 
them Send no petty Jurors to the Superior Court nor Grand Jurors 
to either Court which manifests that their Attendance &c. on the 
Courts can't be so buthensome as they would Insinuate especially 
considering there has lately bin made a Considerable augmentation 
of the Jurors Fees by the Legislature 

3. That in Case the Towns Petitiond for Should be taken Off, 
from the County of Suffolk, yet it will be no ease to them in Such 
Cases wherein the Plantifs dwell in Said County, for they must 
then give their attendance at the Several Courts, as they now do. 

4. That there being frequently Causes depending between His 
Majestys good Subjects in Boston, and the adjacent Towns, con- 
serning titles of Land and other matters, and many gentlemen in 
the Country Towns being very well Qualified, may be very Ser- 
vesable as Jurors in Such Cases &c. of which having had long 
Experience, we can not Esteem it Reasonable that this County 
Should be Debarr'd any further of the good Services of its Country 
neighbours within the County nor to act so disagreeable to the long 
Experienced, well Regulated and Established practice in the South 
part of Great Britain So to Lesson the County. 

5. That to Multiply County s is not for the Publick good, for 
instead of easing them that Petition to be Set off it will Increase 
their Charges for they must buiid a Court House and A Prison &c. 
and must of themselves furnish Jurors, for the Superior and 
Inferior Courts and Gene'. 1 Sessions of the Peace, and if they 
Should be Set Off it will tend much to multiply Law Sutes among 
them, and other mischifs and Inconveniences would Increase, 
besides the Multiplying of Couutys may prove Injurious to the 
Publick, by the Governments, at Home being induced [57.] to 
think we are bigger and more Considerable then we realy are, for 
we have Eleven County's in this Province already, whereas in Eng- 
land, they haue but Forty County's, although they they are Com- 
puted to be Fifty times bigger then this Province. 

To Conclude if the prayer of the Petition should be granted, it 
would be a bad president, for with the Same Semblance of Reason 
other County's may Seek to be divided, and by this Method, the 
Province would be Subdived into Petty Countys, whereby the 
Charges and inconveniences of the People, would be vastly in- 
creaced, Wherefore humbly hope our Fathers in the Government, 
will Se just cause to Continue the County of Suffolk as it now is, 
and to dismiss Said Petition which to us Seems unreasonable 

All which is humbly Submitted by THO S FITCH 

EDWARD HCTCHINSON 

Boston August 10 th 1733: ANTHONY STOOD ARD 

JACOB WENDELL 



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the Town at their Meeting in March next : what is Proper to be 
don therein. 

Mess" Joseph Marion 
Jeffry Bedgood 
Robert Rand 
Sam 11 Adams Esq" 
William Stoddard 

were Chosen to be the 
Said Committee 

At a Meetin of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town Duly Qualified and Regurly Assembled in A Publick Town 
meeting at the Town House Fryday February the 22 th 1733. 

The Hono ble Thomas Fitch Esq r was Chose Moderator for this 
Meeting 

Voted Nemine Contradiceute 

That the Hono ble Thomas Fitch Esq r , with the Selectmen be de- 
sired Forthwith To Represent the Decaying Circomstances of the 
Fortifications of this Town, To the Cap 4 General, And Desire He 
would please to Lay the Same before the General Court, In Order 
to Obtain A Sutable Alowance to put the Town into a Proper 
Posture of Defence It being the Key of the Province 

[6O.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified, being Regularly Assembled 
at a Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, Monday, March 
the 11 th 1733. 

After Prayer, by the Rv. Mr. Thomas Foxcroft. 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chosen Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted, That this Meeting be adjourned to the Public Meeting 
House in Brattle Street ; The Town making good all damage that 
Shall be done it by reason of the Meeting being there. 

Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town Clerk, and Sworn by E. 
Cooke Moderator. 

Sundry Laws against Immorality &c. Read. 

Sundry Petitions Read, and Motions made. Viz' 

Benjamin Fisher. 

Peter Briton. 

The Engine Men. 

William Rand. 

Belcher Hancock. 

Bartholomew Sutton. 

Proposals for lessening the Charge of the Town. 

Memorial of Henry Gibbs. 

Report of the Committee ab l the Towns Rights. 

Report of the Committee ab l the Out Wharves. 

A Motion made by Jonathan Williams relating to the Trees in 
the Common. 

The said William's Motion relating to Town Bulls. 

Another Motion of said Williams relating to the Marishes in the 
Common. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 55 

A Motion of the Select Men, for the Town to come into some 
Methods to prevent frauds in the weight of Hay. 

[61.] The Select Men Inform'd the Town, that the Rev' Mr. 
Williams intends shortly to leave the South Grammar School. 

A Motion of Mr. Joseph Marion's That the Town would Peti- 
tion the General Court, for leave to bring forward a Writ of 
Review against Thomas Palmer Esq r for possession of a Warehouse 
on the Dock. 

A Motion of Elisha Cooke Esq r relating to the Fines of the 
Militia ; That the Town would give Instructions to their Represen- 
tatives, concerning that affair. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock, 
Afternoon. 

And being Assembled accordingly. 

Voted, To choose Overseers of the Poor, distinct from the 
Select Men. 

Voted, To Choose Assessors, distinct from the Select Men. 
. Voted, To Choose Seven Select Men. 

The Hon ble John Jeffries Esq r 
Mr. Edward Bromfield Juu r 
Capt. William Downe. 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage. 
Mr. David Colson. 
Mr. Joshua Winslow. 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth. 

Were Chosen Select Men, for the Year ensuing. 
Voted, To Choose Nine Overseers of the Poor. 
[62.] John Ruck Esq r 

Jacob Wendell Esq r 
Henry Dering Esq r 
Mr. Jonathan Jackson. 
Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 
Mr. John Hunt. 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 
Mr. John Hill. 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Were Chosen Overseers of the Poor. 

Voted, That the Affair of the Market ; and of the Fortifications 
come under Consideration, Tomorrow at 10 of the Clock in the 
Forenoon. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, until Tomorrow Morn- 
ing, at 8. of the Clock. 



And being Assembled, 

Officers for Rumney Marsh, were Chosen, Viz 1 

Mess Joseph Whittemore Constable. Sworn 

Hugh Floyd -- ^ , r . 

,,, & , T / Fence Viewers. 

Stephen Kent f 

John Tewksbery - 

Daniel Tutthil - } Hog-reves. 

John Hasey - - ... Sealer of Leather 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Mess" James Dawson. 
John Allen 
Thomas Inches. 
Josiah Carter. 
Joshua Dodge. 



Were Chosen Sealers of Leather. 



Votes for County Treasurer were number'd and Sealed up by 
William Torrey Constable, by him to be kept and returned unto the 
Clerk of the Sessions. 

[63.] Mess Joseph Russell. ") 

Hopestil Foster. 

Benjamin Russel. 

Roger Stainer. 

Joseph Rix - Excus'd 

Samuel Cunnabel 

William Eustis. 



Were Chosen Fence Viewers. 



Mess" Richard True - - Paid'. 
Jonathan Neal - - Sworn. 

Joseph Bradford - Excus'd. 

John Staniford - - Excus'd. 

Thomas Boucher - - Paid. 
Rowland Houghton - - Paid. 
Thomas Hill - - Paid. 

William Thomas - - 

Mess" John Fitch. 

David Cutler. 

David Mason. 

Hopestil Foster. 

John Taylor. 

John Wheelright. 

William Dowues. 

Benjamin Edwards. 

Nathanael Belknap. 

Benjamin Bronsdon. 

Nathaniel Gardner. 

John Carnes. 

Joseph Turell. 

Philip Bongarden. 

Mess Thomas Trott - Sworn. 

Ezekiel Carver - - Sworn. 

John Little - - Paid. 

John Simpson - - Sworn. 

[64.] Mess" Samuel Clark, Jun r 
Edward Moberly. 
Edward Richards - 
William Paine. 
Francis More. 
John Endicot. 



Were Chosen 

*" Clerks of the Market. 



Were Chosen Scavengers. 



Were Chosen Hogreves. 



- Sworn. 

- Sworn. 



Were Chosen 

Viewers of 
Shingles, &c. 



Voted, To Choose Collectors, to gather the Taxes for the Year 
ensuing. 
Voted. To Choose Twelve Constables, for the Year ensuing. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 57 

Mess James Pitts - - Paid. 

William Keneday - - Paid. 

Pyam Blower - - Excus'd. 

George Lineham ... Excus'd. 
Balthazar Bayard - - Sworn. , Were Chosen 

John Steel - Paid. f Constables. 

Thomas Gunter - - Paid. 

William Bulfinch - - Paid. 

Henry Limbrey - Paid. 

Thomas Oxnard - - Paid. 

Voted, To Choose a Committee to think of, and assign, Three 
suitable Places for Erecting Markets, the Cost and Charge thereof, 
and how to be defrayed ; and make Report at the adjournment 
of this Meeting. 

The Town accordingly proceeded to bring in their Votes in 
Writing, and on numbering them 'twas found, there were 916 
Voters. Of which 517 were Yeas, and 399 Nays. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of the Said Committee. 
Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five. 
[65.] Voted, That the Hon ble Thomas Fitch Esq r 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r 
Thomas Palmer Esq r and 
Jacob Wendell Esq r with 
Mr. Nathanael Cunningham, 
be the Committee. 

Voted, That the Committee aforesaid make their Report on 
Wednesday next the 20th, instant at Three of the Cock post 
meridiem 

Voted, That the Consideration of the Affair of the Fortifications 
be adjourned, until Four of the Clock this Afternoon. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock 
afternoon. 

And being Assembled accordingly. 

The Hon ble Joseph Wadsworth p]sq r was unanimously Chosen 
Town Treasurer, for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To Choose a Committee of Seven Persons, to View, and 
report their Opinion of the most Convenient Places in this Town, 
for Fortifications. 

James Bowdoin Esq r 
Thomas Fitch Esq r 
Mr. Thomas Lee. 
Joseph Wadsworth Esq r 
Jacob Wendell Esq r 
Capt. John Henderson, and 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r 

Were accordingly Chosen to be this Committee. 
Voted, That Capt. Thomas Durell be Desired to meet, advise, 
and consult with the aforsaid Committee, upon the said Affair: 
And that the Committee, be [66.] Desired to make their 
Report, if possible, To-Morrow at Four of the Clock, Afternoon. 
Voted, To Choose Seven Assessors. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Mess James Dawson. 
John Allen 
Thomas Inches. 
Josiah Carter. 
Joshua Dodge. 



J- Were Chosen Sealers of Leather. 



Votes for County Treasurer were number'd and Sealed up by 
William Torrey Constable, by him to be kept and returned unto the 
Clerk of the Sessions. 

[63.] Mess Joseph Russell. "1 

Hopestil Foster. 

Benjamin Russel. 

Roger Stainer. 

Joseph Rix - Excus'd 

Samuel Cunnabel 

William Eustis. j 



Were Chosen Fence Viewers. 



Mess Richard True - - Paid'. 

Jonathan Neal - - Sworn. 

Joseph Bradford - Excus'd. 

John Staniford - - Excus'd. 

Thomas Boucher - - Paid. 

Rowland Houghton - - Paid. 

Thomas Hill - - Paid. 

William Thomas - 



Were Chosen 
^ Clerks of the Market. 



Mess John Fitch. 
David Cutler. 
David Mason. 
Hopestil Foster. 
John Taylor. 
John Wheelright. 
"William Dowues. 
Benjamin Edwards. 
Nathanael Belknap. 
Benjamin Bronsdon. 
Nathaniel Gardner. 
John Carnes. 
Joseph Turell. 
Philip Bongarden. 

Mess Thomas Trott - Sworn. 

Ezekiel Carver - - Sworn. 

John Little - - Paid. 

John Simpson - - Sworn. 

[64.] Mess Samuel Clark, Jun r - Sworn.") 
Edward Moberly. 
Edward Richards - 
William Paine. 
Francis More. 
John Endicot. 



Were Chosen Scavengers. 



Were Chosen Hogreves. 



- Sworn. 



Were Chosen 
\- Viewers of 
Shingles, &c. 



Voted, To Choose Collectors, to gather the Taxes for the Year 
ensuing. 

Voted. To Choose Twelve Constables, for the Year ensuing. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 57 

Mess" James Pitts - - Paid. 

William Keneday - - Paid. 

Pyam Blower - - Excus'd. 

George Lineham - - Excus'd. 

Balthazar Bayard - - Sworn. ! Were Chosen 

John Steel - Paid. f Constables. 

Thomas Gunter - Paid. 

William Bulfinch - - Paid. 

Henry Limbrey - - Paid. 

Thomas Oxnard - - Paid. 

Voted, To Choose a Committee to think of, and assign, Three 
suitable Places for Erecting Markets, the Cost and Charge thereof, 
and how to be defrayed ; and make Report at the adjournment 
of this Meeting. 

The Town accordingly proceeded to bring in their Votes in 
Writing, and on numbering them 'twas found, there were 916 
Voters. Of which 517 were Yeas, and 399 Nays. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of the Said Committee. 
Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five. 
[65.] Voted, That the Hon blc Thomas Fitch Esq r 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r 
Thomas Palmer Esq r and 
Jacob Wendell Esq r with 
Mr. Nathanael Cunningham, 
be the Committee. 

Voted, That the Committee aforesaid make their Report on 
Wednesday next the 20th, instant at Three of the Cock post 
meridiem 

Voted, That the Consideration of the Affair of the Fortifications 
be adjourned, until Four of the Clock this Afternoon. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock 
afternoon. 

And being Assembled accordingly. 

The Hon ble Joseph Wadsworth Esq r was unanimously Chosen 
Town Treasurer, for the year ensuing. 

Voted, To Choose a Committee of Seven Persons, to View, and 
report their Opinion of the most Convenient Places in this Town, 
for Fortifications. 

James Bowdoin Esq r 
Thomas Fitch Esq r 
Mr. Thomas Lee. 
Joseph Wadsworth Esq r 
Jacob Wendell Esq r 
Capt. John Henderson, and 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r 

Were accordingly Chosen to be this Committee. 
Voted, That Capt. Thomas Durell be Desired to meet, advise, 
and consult with the aforsaid Committee, upon the said Affair : 
And that the Committee, be [66.] Desired to make their 
Report, if possible, To-Morrow at Four of the Clock, Afternoon. 
Voted, To Choose Seven Assessors. 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mess Jonas Clark. 

Richard Buckley. 

James Watson. 

Daniel Loring. 

Peter Thomas. 

Mathew Adams, and 

Jacob Holyoke ---------- Excus'd 

Were Chosen Assessors, for the Year Ensuing. 
Upon the Petition of Belcher Hancock, 

Voted, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be added to the Salary 
of the Schoolmaster in Rurnny Marsh. 

Voted, that this Meeting be Adjourned until Tomorrow Morning, 
at Eight of the Clock. 

Being accordingly Assembled. 

Mess" Stephen Greenleaf ------ Sworn. 

Nathanacl Thwing -------- Sworn. 

Thomas Stoddard -------- Sworn. 

Abijah Adams --------- Sworn. 

John Colman Jun r and ------- Paid. 

Joseph Snelling _... Sworn. 

Were Chosen Constables. 

A Motion was made by the Select Men for the Choice of Tything 
Men. 

Upon the Petition of the Engine Men, 

Voted, That they may be Excused from all Town Offices, for 
the Year currant. 

[67.] Upon a Report of the Committee appointed to Consider 
the Memorial of Henry Gibbs, about the Out- Wharves, 
Voted, That the same be Accepted. 

The Memorial of Henry Gibbs, which was read at the Opening 
of this Meeting, Read again, and Dismist. 
Upon the Petition of Benjamin Fisher, 

Voted, That it be refered ta the Select Men, to Consider the 
Subject Matter thereof, and make Report thereon, at the Next 
Town Meeting. 

Bartholomew Sutton's Petition, was Read, and debated, and 
Voted, That it be Dismist 

Upon a Motion made by Mr, Jonathan Williams, relating to the 
Trees planted in the Common. 

Voted, That the Row of Trees already Planted in the Com- 
mon, be taken care of by the Select Men from time to time ; And 
that another Row of Trees be Planted there, at a suitable dis- 
tance. 

Voted, That a Row of Posts, with a Rail on the top of them be 
set up, and continued thro' the Common from the Burying Place to 
Col Fitch's fence ; Leaving Openings at the several Streets and 
Lanes. 

And, in Order to prevent further waste of the Trees in the 
Common, 

Voted, That there be allow'd and paid out of the Treasury, a 
Reward of Forty Shillings to any Person that shall inform against, 
and convict any Person or Persons [68.] of Cutting down or 



BOSTON Towx RECORDS, 1733. 59 

despoiling any of the Trees already planted in the Common, or 
that may be hereafter planted there. Also, 

Voted, That the same Reward be given to those Who shall 
convict any person or persons of breaking any of the Posts and 
Rails that shall be put up in the Common as aforesaid. 

Upon a Motion of Mr. Jonathan AVilliams relating to the Marish 
at the bottom of the Common, 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Cunningham 
Mess" James Allen, and 
Robert Rand 

be a Committee to make an Estimate of the Cost and Charge of 
the Effectual Securing the same, And Report the same at the 
adjournment of this Meeting the 20th, instant. 

At a Motion of the Select Men, Viz 1 That Three Shillings p 
Head on the Cows going on the Common is not Sufficient to 
maintain the Bulls. 

Voted, That Two Shillings p head be added for the snme purpose. 

Mess Peter Oliver Paid. 

Adam "VVinthrop Jun r -- Paid. 

Thomas Ilutchinson Juu r ------- Paid. 

John Davenport Paid. 

Habijah Savage Jun r Excus'd. 

Simeon Stoddard, and, ------- Paid. 

William Williams Paid. 

Were Chosen Constables. 

[69.] Capt. Daniel Pecker Sworn. 

Mess Jacob Sheaf e, and Refus'd. 

Nathanael Barber- - - Sworn. 

Were Chosen to be Collectors of the Taxes for the Year ensuing. 
Voted, That Nine pence upon the Pound be allow'd to the 
Collectors, for Gathering the Taxes, They giving Sufficient Security 
to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. William Rand. 

Voted, That the Select Men be directed and impower'd to 
Release and Quit Claim to the said William Rand and his heirs, 
the Fee of the Land he lately purchased of Isaac Gamberto, Upon 
his paying the Sum of Six Pounds to the Town Treasurer. Which 
Land was Subjected to pay Four Shillings p Annum to the Town, 
as a Quit Rent, forever. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be Presented to Capt. 
Thomas Durell for His Advice and Assistance aforded to the 
Committee, in the affair of the Fortifications. 

Mess Samuel Jackson Sworn. 

Benjamin Wolcot Sworn. 

Christopher Marshal Sworn. 

William Ware Excus'd. 

Joseph Jackson, and --.--.- Sworn. 

John West Sworn. 

Were Chosen Constable*. 

The Rev. Mr. Nathanael Williams having inform'd the Select 
Men, That he intends in a short time to resign his Care of the 
South Grammar School. 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[7O.] Voted, That the Select Men be desired to inquire into 
the Qualifications of a suitable Person, or Persons, Who may take 
the Charge of the Said School, And Report to the Town at their 
next Meeting. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock, 
Afternoon. 

Being Assembled, 

Mr. Joseph Bradford was Chosen Constable. Sworn. 

Mr. John Baker was Chosen Clerk of the Market Sworn. 

The Report of a Committee appointed to inquire into the Town's 
Rights, Read again, Accepted &, 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town, be returned to the said 
Committee, for their Service in that Affair. 

The Committee of seven Persons appointed the 12th instant, to 
view and report their Opinion of the most convenient places in this 
Town for Fortifications, Reported, as follows, Viz' 

That it is very proper to have Six Guns with a Breast work 
plac'd at the Southerly Part of the Old South Battery to prevent 
landing Men in Boats and small Vessels. 

That the Easterly End of the Long Wharf is the best place to 
build a Battery on, most effectually to annoy the Enemy, and to 
defend the Town, and it would be proper to have Twenty Guns 
placed there, At present the Wharf being but about 112 feet in 
length in the East Front, it will allow as it is now of no more than 
8, or 10 Guns, 

[71.] Wherefore the Committee Judge it would be best to 
lengthen it both Southward and Northward to about 120 feet more, 
and to add 15 or 20 feet more inward to the depth thereof, and in 
the mean time to plant as many Guns as it will allow. 

That it would do well to have Six Guns plac'd on Clark's 
Wharf, both to meet the Ships coming up, and to rake any Ship 
that may attempt to board the Battery at the End of the Long 
Wharf ; but as that is not the Towns property, if Guns were 
assigned for it, they may be fixed, when the Town seos meet 
and necessary. 

That upon Viewing and Examining the North Battery and its 
Circumstances, the Front being much Worm eaten and decayed, 
and settled too low down, It appears necessary to build without the 
Front thereof a piece of Wharf of 15 feet deep, and the same to 
be continued, round the Northerly End where the new addition 
must be 35 feet, and all well tyed to strengthen the Old Wharf, All 
which is Humbly Submitted by, 

THOMAS FITCH. 

Boston Mar. 13. 1733. EDWARD HUTCHINSON. 

JOSEPH WADSWORTH. 
JACOB WENDELT,. 
JAMES BOWDOIN. 
THOMAS LEE. 
JOHN HENDERSON. 

Voted, That there be an addition of Eight Persons to the Com- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 61 

mittee appointed yesterday, on the Affair of Fortification. And 
that they be, 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage. 

Dr. William Douglas. 

Col. Estis Hatch. 

Mess" William Stoddard. 

John Checkle\*. 

John Smibert. 

Samuel Welles Esq r and 

Capt. Edward Pell. 

And that they Report on Fryday next, at Three of the Clock, 
Afternoon. 

[72.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, until Fryday 
next, at Three of the Clock, Afternoon. 

Fryday, Mar. 15. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjourm* 

Voted, To Choose a Committee, to lay out the Money appropri- 
ated for Purchasing Grain^ for Use of the Town, the Year ensu- 
ing. And That, 

Henry Dering Esq r 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, and 

Mr. Peter Thomas. 

be the said Committee. 

Voted, That the above Committee, do give Orders to Mr. Jona- 
than AA r illiams, What Quantity of Grain each Family shall receive 
out of the Granary at one time, according to the Seasons of the 
Year, and Circumstances of the Town. 

Voted, That Mr. John Stamford be Excused from being a 
Clerk of the Market. 

Voted, That Mr. John Clear be a Clerk of the Market in the 
room of Mr. Staniford --------- Sworn. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the Highways. 

Voted, That the Select Men be directed and impower'd to pros- 
ecute in the Law, Mr. Henry Gibbs, in Order to recover the Right 
of the Town in that piece of Land on Dock Square, formerly called 
Henry Webbs Wharf. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Directed to renew a Petition to 
the Great and General Court on behalf of the Town, for leave to 
bring forward a Writ of [73.] Review against the Hon ble Thomas 
Palmer Esq r in Order to recover possession of a Certain Tenement 
on Dock Square in the present Occupation of William Pain & 
others. 

Voted, That John Simpson be one of the Fence- Viewers, insteed 
of Joseph Rix who was Excused, as being One of the Engine Men. 

Upon the Petition of Peter Briton. 

Voted, That the Said Petition be Dismist. 

Voted, That the Assessors be directed to take the Rate Bills 
from the said Peter Briton, in order to recover the Out standing 
Rates still due to the Town according to the Said Bills. 

A Motion being made concerning a Town Right on Windmill 
point, Claimed by Mr. Joseph Marion, 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That Mess Nathanael Cunningham, 
James Allen, and 
Robert Rand, 

be a Committee to inquire into the same, and Report to the Town 
as soon as may be. 

The Report of the Committee for Fortifications, is as follows, 
Viz' 

The Committee appointed the 12 th & 13 th Instant, to Consider of 
what is necessary to be done to put the Town into a State of De- 
fence are humbly of Opinion. 

That it will be proper to add to the front for the whole length 
of the North Battery a piece of Wharf of Fifteen feet Breadth, 
and to add Thirty five feet to the North Eastern End & 

That there be Six Guns prepared for Clarks Wharf, 

[74.] To be transported and used there in case of an attack 

That the most Proper place for building a Fortress of th'e 
greatest Strength, will be upon the flats on the Eastern Side of 
Fort point Channel, where a Wharf of, Sixty feet breadth may 
be built of Three hundred feet in length, with a breast work, and 
from Fort Hill a Line of Communication may be made, for Supply 
men and Stores, with Safety. 

That all the Guns belonging to the Town be immediately 
mounted and fitted for use, and as many placed on the End of the 
long Wharf, as it will recieve, where a brest work should be forth- 
with raised. THO. FITCH, in the 

Mar. 15. 1733. name of the Commitee. 

Upon the Report of the Committee for Fortification, 

Voted, That the same be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Committee for Fortification be desired to draw 
a plan of the Fortifications propos'd, Consider of the Charge, and 
Report the same on Wednesday the 20 th instant, That so the Town 
may the better Judge what Money will be necessary to be raised 
in order to Effect the same 

Voted, That there be a Committee Chosen to take Effectual Care 
to prepare Carriages, and all utensils necessary for cornpleatly 
Mounting the Cannon belonging to the Town, and 

Voted, That Jacob Wendell Esq r 
James Bowdoin Esqf 
Col Estis Hatch 
Mess Isaac White, and 
John Checkley, be the Committee. 

[75.] Voted, To add Two Persons to the Committee for 
Mounting the Cannon, Viz* Mess Thomas Lee, and 

Samuel Clark. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, to the Town House, 
until Wednesday next the 20 th instant at nine of the Clock A.M. 

March, 20. The Town met according to Adjournm* and 
Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to the Public Meeting 

House in Church Green, to meet there in half an Hour. 

Voted, That the Town will make good the Damage that may be 

done by reason of the Meeting, and make clean the House. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1733. 63 

Where being Assembled, 

The Select Men informed the Town, That they had introduced 
Mr. Nathanael Oliver, as an Usher in the South Grammar School, 
in the Room of Mr. Jeremiah Gridley. 

Voted, That it be left with the Select Men to Agree with Mess" 
Jonathan Loring and Jonathan Jackson, in the best manner they 
can. in Order to Obtain from them a Six foot High Way from 
Salem Street to Love Street. 

The Committee for Fortifications, Pursuant to a Vote of the 
Town the 15th. instant, Presented a Plan of the Fortifications pro- 
pos'd, and a Computation of the Charge. Which is as follows. 
Viz' 

The Computation of the Cost of the 
several Fortifications propos'd 
for the Defence of the Town of Boston. 

[76.] The Addition to the North Battery is propos'd to be 15 
feet in the Front, and 35 feet at the North East, and by Compu- 
tation will take 325 Tons of ) 09,- 
Square Pine timber, at 20/ p Ton ----- j -t 

Stone for the same will Cost, about ----- 350 - - - 

Workmanship for the same ------- 200 - - - 

The Breast Work for the same ------ 340 - - - 

1215. 

The Breast Work, for the Mounting Eight Guns on ) , ro - - 

the End of Boston Pier, about }'-- 

The Platform for the Guns, and over the Stairs j 

for Men to Stand on, about ------- j .140 - - 

.300 

The Wharf on the Flats at the Eastward End of ") 
Fort Point Channel for the Planting of 20 Guns, is I 
propos'd to be 300 feet long, and 60 feet broad, and >1600 
by Computation will take about 1600 Tons 
Square IMne Timber at 20/ p Ton ------ J 

Stone for the same, about -------- -1800 - - 

Workmanship, about - ---- 500 - - 

The Breast work for 20 Guns, and Platform for 
the same, about ------------- 550 - - 

4450 

The Wharf propos'd from the Old South ^ 
BaLtrry to the Fortification on the Flats, 
for a Line of Communication, is propos'd 
to be 20 feet wide leaving the Channel J- .700 - - - - 
Open, will be 378 feet long, and by 
Computation will take about 700. Tons 
of limber, at 20/. p Ton - - - - J 
Stone Cor the Same about ------ 400 - - - - 

Workmanship thereof 250 - - - - 

The I) roast Work on each Side of Said ^ 
Line, is propos'd to be 4 & J feet high, 
and 1 2 Inches thick, and will take 
90 Tons of Timber - - - - - 
Workmanship for the same, about - - - 100 

1540 - 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The Carriages for 50 Guns, with Iron work &c. ) mnn 

We Compute will Cost about 20. Each j 

Carried over - - - - 8505. 

[77.] Brought over - - - - 8505- 

The Communication over the Channel, We propose") 

to be by Two Large Scows haled by hawsors, all > - 200 
which We suppose may Cost about- - - . - ) 

8705 

We further propose the Planting of Four Guns on the head of the 
Wharf, on the West Side of the Line of Communication, to Cover 
the Men, transporting over the Channel, and Scouring both sides 
of the Line. 

In behalf of the Committee THO. FITCH. 

A Plan of the Fortifications propos'd, which ought now to have 
follow'd, is (for greater convenience of room) placed in the next 
Page. 

Voted, That the Town will now come into the Consideration, of 
ways and means of raising Money for Effecting the Fortifications 
propos'd to be erected for the Defence of the Town. 

Voted, That what Money shall be required, from time to time 
to carry on, and perfect the Fortifications, shall be Raised by a 
Tax on the Inhabitants. 

Voted, That the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, to be Raised by 
a Tax as aforesaid be appropriated to the Use of Fortifying the 
Town. 

Voted, That the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, be Raised by a 
Tax on Polls & Estates, for Effecting the Fortifications for the 
security and defence of the Town. 

Voted, That Capt. Edward Pell be one of the Committee for 
Mounting the Cannon belonging to the Town, in the Room of Mr. 
Thomas Lee, who was excused from that service. 

[78.] A Plan of Fortifications proposed. 

[79.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the 
Clock p. M. 

Being Assembled, 

The Committee appointed to think of, and assign Three suitable 
Places for Erecting Markets, &c. Presented their Report, which 
was Read, As follows, Viz' 

The Committee appointed the 12 Mar. 1733. to think of and 
assign Three Suitable places for erecting Markets having the 
several places hereafier mentioned, Are of Opinion 

1. That the Vacant Space call'd Eliots' Wharf, with Mr. 
Jonathan Willis's Land fronting next the Street over against Mr. 
Tho 9 Downe's, or a peice of Land near it about 90 feet square on 
the Northerly Side of the High Way leading to Mr. Daniel Loring's 
Fronting on the main Street, belonging to the Rev. Mr. Jacob Eliot, 
would either of them suit well for a Market at the South 
End, if could be Obtained on reasonable terms. If not, The 
Space in the Common between Mr. Jacob Sheafs house & the 




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Voted, That the Select Men be directed & impower'd take proper 
Leases of the said Land from the said Willis accordingly. 

In Order to accommodate the Three Markets, It was, 

Voted, That Seven Hundred Pounds be put into the Hands of 
the Committee for Markets, to enable them to Effect the several 
Buildings necessary, as by them Reported. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be presented to Jacob 
"Wendell Esq r for his generous Offer of Fifty Pounds, towards 
Erecting Markets. 

Voted, That the Three Clerks of the Markets viz' Capt. James 
Watson, Mr. Francis Willoughby and Capt, John Steel, be added 
to the Committee for Markets, to see the Buildings of the Market 
Effected. 

Voted, That in the Proposals for Regulating Markets in this 
Town, Recorded in the Town's Book, N 3. in the 14 th line, after 
the Word Whosoever, be added, being an Inhabitant of this Toivn. 

Voted, That the motion relating to Methods for preventing 
Frauds in the weight of Hay be referr'd over to the next General 
Town Meeting. 

[82.] Mr. Joseph Marion presented the Depositions of of 
Henry Bering Esq r Mess rs Timothy Prout & John Baker, Which 
were Read. 

Voted, That the Committee for Fortifications, and for Preparing 
Carriages for Mounting the Cannon belonging to the Town, Wait 
on His Excellency the Governour, to acquaint Him, How far the 
Town have proceeded in the Affair of Fortifications, in Order to 
Obtain his Approbation, and to Report at the next Meeting. 

His Excellency's Approbation was accordingly Signified in 
Writing, as follows, Viz 1 

I have considered of this Application to Me, from the Town of 
Boston. 

And by Vertue of the Power vested in me by the Royal Charter 
(as His Majesty's Govern 1 of this Province) To Erect Forts, and 
to Fortify any place or place within the Said Province &c. 
1 do hereby signify my Approbation of, and Consent to the 
building of Fortifications in the said Town of Boston in manner as 
is proposed in the Votes aforewritten. 

Boston Mar. 25, 1734. J. BELCHER. 

Voted, That the Committee for the Market be Impower'd to 
treat with Mr. Theophilus Lillie, or any other Person, for some 
other piece of Land adjoining to Mr. Willis's, for the further 
Accomodation of the Market at the South End of Boston, if nec- 
essary. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, until Tuesday next, at 
Nine of the Clock A.M. At the Town House 

Anno, 1734. 

[83.] Tuesday, March, 26 th 

The Town Assembled according to Adjournment. 
Pursuant to Mr. Jonathan Willis's Agreement with the Town 
of Boston as enter'd the 20 th instant, and to a Vote of the Town 
thereon the same Day, Impowering the Select Men to take propt r 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 67 

Leases of Mr. Willis's Land, assigned for a Market Place the 
same was accordingly perforra'd, and is as follows Viz'. 

This Indenture made the Twenty Fifth day of March in the 
seventh year of the Reign of Our Soveraign Lord King George the 
Second Annoq. Domini One Thousand seven hundred and Thirty 
four, Between Jonathan Willis of Boston in the County of Suffolk 
Trader and Mary his Wife of the One part, And Mess John 
Jeffries Esq r Edward Bromfield Jun r William Downe. Jonathan 
Armitage, David Colson, Joshua Winslow and Alexander Forsyth 
all of Boston afores d and Select Men of the said Town on the other 
part Witnesseth, Thut the said Jonathan and Mary Willis for and 
under the Rents and Covenants hereafter mentioned hath demised, 
leased, set, and to farm letten, and by these presents Doth demise, 
lease, set and to farm let unto the Said Select Men & their Suc- 
cessors for the Use of the Said Town, All that certain Peice or 
Parcel of Land situate lying and being at the South End of the 
Said Town butted and bounded as follows, viz' Westerl} 7 on Orange 
Street so called, there Measuring Fifty nine feet more or less ; 
Northerly on Beach Street so called, there Measuring Eighty four 
feet more or less ; Easterly on Land in the possession of Theophilus 
Lillie, there measuring One Hundred & Twenty seven feet six 
inches, and Southerly on other Flats of the said Willis, there 
measuring Sixty eight feet six inches, then bounded Westerly on 
Land of Samuel AVelles Esq r Where it measures Seventy One feet, 
and Southerly on land of the said Welles there Measuring Fifty 
eight feet six inches, or however otherwise bounded or reputed to 
be bounded, Together with the (84.) Profits, privileges and appur- 
tenances thereto belonging To have and to hold the said demised 
Laud with the Appurtenances unto the said John Jeffries Esq r 
Edward Bromfield Jun r William Downe, Jonathan Armitage, David 
Colson, Joshua Winslow and Alexander Forsyth Select Men as 
aforesaid and their Successors in the said Office and Trust for the 
Use of the Said Town of Boston for and during the full end and 
term of Ten years, Yielding and paying Ten Pounds p Annum for 
the Rent thereof, in manner as hereafter mentioned. 

And the said John Jeffries, Edward Bromfield Jun r William 
Downe, Jonathan Armitnge, David Colson, Joshua Winslow and 
Alexander Forsyth Qualified as aforesaid Do Covenant for them- 
selves their heirs Executors Administrators and Successors in that 
Trust for, and on behalf of the said Town of Boston, to and with 
the said Jonathan Willis and Mary his Wife their heirs, Execut 
and Administrators to pay or cause to be paid unto them the said 
Jonathan and Mary Willis their heirs. Executors or Administrate* 
respectively for the Rent of the said Demised land and premises 
the sum of Ten Pounds p Annum in good Bills of Credit on the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, or current Money of New 
England on every Twenty fifth day of March yearly and every year 
from hence next Successively following until the Said Term of Ten 
Years be run out and ended, and also to pay all Rates and Taxes 
which shall be levied or assessed on the Said Demised premisses 
during the Said term, and at the end thereof to deliver up quiet 
possession thereof to the Lessors their heirs or Assigns. Anil the 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Said Jonathan Willis and Mary his Wife Do hereby Covenant and 
promise for themselves their heirs, Executors and Administrators 
to and with -the said Select men and their Successors, That if they 
the Said Select Men their Successors or assigns shall pay the 
said Yearly Rent as the same shall become due, [85.] The said 
Town shall have, hold and enjoy the said demised Land and 
Premisses until the said time be expired But if default be made 
in any of the said payments Thirty days after the same shall be- 
come due, Then it shall and may be lawful for the said Lessors 
their heirs &c. to reeuter into the said Land and the Lessees to 
Eject from their possession thereof, any thing before written to 
the Contrary notwithstanding. 

And further the said Parties to these presents Do Agree that 
Mr. Richard Crowninshield shall improve part of the said demised 
premisses viz' Eighteen foot of Land fronting the aforesaid street, 
and measuring in depth Thirty six foot leased to him by the said 
Willis for Five years from the 28th June, 1732. until the said 
Crowninshifcld's lease be ended unless the Said Town hire it of him. 
In Witness whereof the said Parties to these presents have here- 
unto Interchangeably put their hands and Seals the day and year 
first herein before written. 

Signed Sealed & Deliver'd JONATHAN WILLIS. (Seal.) 

in presence of us MARY WILLIS. (Seal.) 

WILLIAM SALTER. 
SALTER 



Whereas I have this Day Leas'd out a peice of Laud at the 
South End of the Town of Boston, to the Select Men, for the use 
of the said Town, in which is included a peice of Land, Let by me 
to Richard Crowninshield the 28 th June, 1732 for Five Years, L 
hereby Oblige myself, on demand to make over the said Lease 
with all the profits & privileges thereto belonging, to the said Select 
Men for the use of the Town aforesaid. 

Boston March, 25. 1734. 

JONATHAN WILLIS. 

[86.] We Whose Names are Underwritten Do hereby Oblige 
Our Selves, to put the whole Ground which the Town have Hired 
of Mr. Jonathan Willis into a proper posture to Erect Buildings 
thereon for the Accomodation of a Market, Except the Flats, that 
lye to the Southward of a Line drawn directly a Cross from Sam- 
uel Welles Esq r 's Land to the Wharf Call'd Mr. Lillie's from a 
Point Thirty four feet Southward of Said Welles's North East 
Corner, And to keep the same in good Repair, for the Space of 
Ten years next coming, to the Approbation of the Select Men for 
the time being, at our own costs and charge, As Witness our 
Hands this Twenty Sixth Day of March, 1734. 

SAMUEL WELLES. 

THO S DOWNE. 

HENRY GIBBON. 

JOHN ELIOT. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 69 

Voted, That the Affair now in debate respecting the Mar- 
ket Place at the South End, shall be determined by a Hand- 
vote. 

Voted, That the Town do Acquiesce, and are Satisfied in the 
Place, assigned for a Market at the South End, With the Addition 
of Mr. Welles's Land, and the Obligation which the said Samuel 
Welles Esq r Mess" Thomas Downe, Henry Gibbon and John Eliot 
Enter'd into to put the said Land into a proper posture to Erect 
Buildings thereon for Accomodation of a Market, and to keep the 
same in good Repair for the Space of Ten years yet to come at 
their own Cost and Charge to the Approbation of the Select Men 
for the time being. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be presented [87.] To 
Samuel Welles Esq r Mess Thomas Downe, Henry Gibbon and 
John Eliot, for their free, and voluntary offer, to put the Ground 
now hired of Mr. Jou a Willis, into a proper posture, to Erect 
Buildings thereon, for the Accommodation of a Market ; and of 
keeping the same in good Repair, for the space of Ten years next 
coming And becoming Obliged to perform the same, as enter'd 
this day. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Four of the Clock. 
p.m. 

Being accordingly Assembled. 

The Scheme of a Market being prepared, was then Read as 
follows, Viz' 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders, & other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, being regularly Assem- 
bled in a Publick Town Meeting, by adjournment, at the 
Town-House, Tuesday March 26, 1734. 

Whereas the Inhabitants of this Town labour under many hard- 
ships and difficulties for want of an Open Public Market under 
good regulation, where every One may resort at stated convenient 
Places within the Town to buy and sell several Sorts of Provi- 
sions. 

For Remedy thereof. 

It is Voted and Ordered. 

That Three Places be, and hereby are, at present Assigned for 
the aforesaid Market ; And that they may be made fit and commo- 
dious for the reception of such, as from time to time may bring 
their commodities there for Sale [88.] That the sum of Seven 
Hundred Pounds be allow'd and pay'd out of the Town Treasury 
to Thomas Fitch, Edward Hutchinson, Thomas Palmer. Jacob 
Wendell Ksq Mess Nathanael Cunningham, James Watson, 
Francis Willoughby and John Steel to enable them to effect the 
buildings and other necessaries at the three several places assigned 
for that use. And that a Peice of Land, bounded Easterly on 
Land in possession of Theophilus Lillie, there measuring One 
Hundred twenty seven feet; Southerly on the flats of Jon Willis) 
there measuring Sixty eight feet, six inches ; Then bounded West- 
erly on Land of Samuel Welles Esq r there measuring Seventy One 
feet ; And Southerly on Land of Said Welles, there measuring 
Fifty eight feet, six inches ; Fronting on the main Street, leading 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

to Roxbury, known by the Name of Orange Street, over against 
the House and Land of Thomas Dowue, there measuring Seventy 
feet, is pitch 'cl upon for One of the Places. That the Town's 
Ground or open space on the Town Dock or Wharf, commonly 
call'd Dock square, be another place, And that the open space 
before and about the Old North Meeting House is fix'd upon and 
determined for the Third place, Where the Market is to be kept 
and carried on. 

That Capt. James Watson be, and hereby is constituted and 
appointed, One of the Clerks of the Market to Attend at the 
vacant place on the Town Dock ; Mr. Francis Willoughby another 
of the Clerks of the Market ; to bo and attend at Mr. Willis's 
Land ; And Capt John Steel is chosen and appointed the other 
Clerk of the Market, at the open space before and about the Old 
North Meeting House, Who are to be and remain in their Office as 
Clerks of the Market until the annual Meeting of the Freeholders 
and Inhabitants in March next, and until others are chosen and 
Appointed in their room and to have and receive such Salary for 
their Service as shall be then Voted them by the Town ; [89.] 
Who are to give their Constant Attendance at the Opening of the 
Market, and there abide during the continuation thereof, and 
take effectual care that .the Several Rules, Orders and Directions 
for the Regulating and more orderly carrying on the Market be 
duly observed and kept. 

Ordered, 

That no Person, being an Inhabitant of this Town, shall sell, or 
expose to sale, or shall buy any Flesh, Poultry, Eggs, Butter, 
Meal, Cheese, Fruit, Herbs, Roots, or other provisions in any 
other place or places within the said Town, Precinct or Liberty 
thereof tlian the Public places aforesaid, Except such provisions 
as are hereafter excepted, On penalty of being fined in proportion 
to the Offence, not Exceeding Twenty Shillings, as shall be 
Judged by the Justice before whom the cause shall come, Upon the 
Information of the Clerk of the Market, or any other person, due 
proof thereof being made. 

That Every Day in the Week, except the Lord's Day. or other 
Days set apart by this Government for Religious Service, be a 
Market Day, and that a Bell be daily rung at the Opening of the 
Market, which shall be at the rising of the Sun thro' the whole 
Year, And if any person or persons, Inhabitants as aforesaid, 
shall sell, or put to open sale, in the said several Markets, or 
either of them, any manner of Provisions or other Commodities or 
shall buy any of them before the ringing of the Market Bell, Such 
Offender or Offenders being thereof convict shall forfeit and pay a 
Fine of Twenty Shillings for every such Offence. And if an}* 
such person or persons shall presume to cheapen or buy any Flesh, 
Fowle, Butter, Eggs, Meal, Herbs, Fruit, Roots, or other pro- 
visions or Victuals, or make any previous contract with any Seller, 
or buy the same in any other place than in one of the said .Markets 
shall forfeit and pay, for each and every such Offence, being 
thereof convict, the sum of Twenty Shillings. 

[9O.] That all sorts of Fish brought by Water , may be sold 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 71 

at the Wharves and places usually improved for that purpose ; 
But all Fish caught in Rivers, Ponds, and Brooks, shall be 
brought into and sold in the Market ; Frost-fish and Smelts, 
excepted. 

That if any such person or persons as aforesaid shall put to 
sale, utter or sell any such provisions in any private House, Ware- 
house, Inn, Alehouse, Tavern, Alley, Lane, Street, or other place 
or places whatsoever, within the Said Town, Precinct, or Liberty 
thereof, than in the Market places. Or, some One of them, Every 
person so carrying, or offering to put to sale, or to buy any pro- 
visions Shall forfeit Twenty Shillings for every such Offence : 
Provided always, That no clause or expression herein contained, 
shall extend, intend, or be judged to restrain or abridge any 
Butchers from Selling Meat as heretofore, nor such Who import 
by Sea any Grain, Meat or Fish Salted in Barrels from .Selling 
the same on board their Vessels on in their dwelling Houses, or 
storehouses, Nor Such as bring Grain by land, or Apples, Onions, 
or Turnips by the bushel or greater quantities, or Milk, or Cider 
as hath heretofore been the custom. And it shall and may be lawful 
for the Inhabitants of this Town and others to the above men- 
tioned provisions in the usual method, as formerly : But all other 
provisions brought in by Land or Water shall be sold in the 
Market 

That if any Retailer, Huckster or other person to sell again, 
shall buy any Flesh, Fish, Fowle, Eggs, Butter, Cheese, or any 
other sort of provisions saleable in the Market, in Order to Retail 
the same, until after Twelve of the Clock at noon, he shall forfeit 
the Sum of Twenty Shillings for each offence. 

That if any person or persons shall presume to [91.] Expose 
to sale in the said Markets, or either of them, any unwholesome 
or stale victuals, blown meat, leprous or measly swine, he she or 
they so offending shall forfeit and pay in proportion to the Offence, 
not exceeding Twenty Shillings. 

That no Cart or Team be allow'd to stand near the Entrance of 
the Market place or places, but shall immediately depart upon 
Order of the Clerk of the Market to the Owner or driver so 
to do, under the penalty of Five Shillings for refusal or neglect 
thereof. 

That proper persons be appointed to keep clean the Market and 
to be under the direction of the Clerk of the Market in their so 
doing, and shall be paid out of the Town Treasury by Order of 
the Select Men. 

That the Clerks of the Market are hereby required and directed 
to prosecute any person or persons trespassing against any of the 
Rules or Orders before mentioned ; And that the said Clerks of 
the Market ; or any other persons who shall sue for and recover 
any Fines, Forfeitures, Sum or Sums of Money, arising from 
the breach or* any of these orders, shall be intitled to receive 
the value of One half of the Sum so recovered, out of the Town 
Treasury. 

Provided always. Nothing herein contained be intended, meant 
or construed to abridge the Inhabitants of the District of Rumncy 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Marsh from buying or selling any provisions as usual in said 
District. 

Provided always, and it is the true intent and meaning of the 
above written. That the Market shall be opened, or commence on 
Monday the Twentieth day of May, next ensuing; Public Notice 
thereof being given, Ten days before the said time. 

Voted, That the Scheme of a Market, as it has been now Read, 
Be Established. 

[92.] Voted, That the Scheme of a Market as now Read, be 
prepared and presented to the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace for the County of Suffolk, for their approbation. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to Attend accordingly, 
on the Court of General Sessions, in Order to Obtain their appro- 
bation of the same. 

Samuel Welles Esq r having Leased a certain Peice or parcel 01 
Land, To the Select Men of Boston, for the better Accommo 
dating a Public Market place for the Use and benefit of the 
Inhabitants of said Town They have Order'd the same to be 
here Recorded. 

This Indenture made the Twenty Sixth Day of March Anno 
Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty four, And in the 
seventh Year of the Reign of Our Soveraign Lord George the 
Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith, &c. Between Samuel Welles of Boston 
in the County of Suffolk and Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
in New England Esq r On the One part, And John Jeffries & 
Joshua Winslow Esq William Downe Gent. Edward Bromfield 
Jun r Jonathan Armitage and Alexander Forsyth Merchants & 
David Collson Leather dresser All of Boston aforesaid and Select 
Men of the said Town of the Other part. Witnesseth That the said 
Samuel Welles for the Consideration hereafter mentioned Hath 
Demised Granted Set and to Farm Letten, And by these presents 
Doth Demise Grant Set and to Farm Let unto the said John 
Jeffries Joshua Winslow William Downe Edward Bromfield Jona- 
than Armitage Alexander Forsyth & David Collsou Select Men as 
Aforesaid for the Use hereafter mentioned. All that his the said 
Samuel Welles's certain Peice or Parcel of Land Situate lying and 
being at the Southerly part of Boston afores d being Butted and 
Bounded as followeth Viz f Westerly at the Front on Orange 
Street there measuring Twelve Feet Northerly on tlie Land of 
Jonathan Willis there measuring [93.] Fifty nine feet, Easterly on 
the said Willis's Land there measuring Twelve feet, and Southerly 
on the S d Welles's Land there measuring Fifty nine feet. Or 
however Otherwise butted and bounded, or reputed to be 
butted and bounded, with the Privileges and Appurtenan- 
ces thereto belonging (Saving always and Reserving unto the 
said Samuel Welles his Heirs and Assigns the liberty of putting 
down Posts in the Ground on the Northerly part of his House 
next adjoyning to the Demised Land about one foot distance there 
from to save Carts from hurting the same) To Have and to Hold 
the said Demised and Letten piece or parcel of Land and Premisses 
with the Appurtenances (Saving & Reserving as aforesaid) Unto 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 73 

the said John Jeffries Joshua Winslow William Downe Edward 
Broinfield Jonathan Armitage Alexander Forsyth and David 
Collscn Select Men as aforesaid & their Successors in the said 
Office from the Day of the Date hereof for and during the space 
and Term of Ten Years now next Ensuing & fully to be com pleat 
and Ended. Upon this Condition Nevertheless, That the said 
Demised peice of Land be Improved & Employed during the 
whole Term of this Lease for tie better Accomodating a Public 
Market Place for the Use and benefit of the Inhabitants of the 
said Town of Boston and to and for no Other Use intent or purpose 
Whatsoever ; But if the said Peice of Land shall not be Improved 
for the Use aforesaid, then the same to Revert to the Lessor, and 
in that Case it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Samuel 
Welles- his Heirs Exocut Administ or Assigns into the said 
Demised Premisses with the Appurtenances to Re Enter and the 
same to have again Repossess and Enjoy as in his and their first 
and former Estate, this Indenture or any thing therein contained to 
the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. Yeilding, Rendering 
and Paying therefore yearly and every year unto the said Samuel 
Welles his Heirs Execut Administ or Assigns upon every 
Twenty sixth day of March during the Term aforesaid One Pepper 
Corn (if the same be demanded) in full for the Rent of the 
Premisses. And the said John Jeffries Joshua Winslow William 
Downe Edward Bromfield Johnathan Armitage Alexander Forsyt 
and David Collson Select-Men as aforesaid for themselves and 
their Successors in the said Office Do Covenant and Agree to and 
with the said Samuel Welles his Heirs Execut" Administ and 
Assigns Well and truly to pay the Rent aforesaid as the same 
shall become due if it be demanded ; And in case the said Demised 
Land shall not be [94.] Improved for the Use aforesaid that 
then it shall be Lawful for the Lessor to Enter into have and 
possess the same in Manner as aforesaid any thing before written 
to the contrary Notwithstanding. And further, That at the Expira- 
tion or other determination of this present Lease they the said 
Lessees or their Successors in the said Office shall and will peaceably 
and quietly Surrender and deliver up the Possession of the 
said demised peice of Land and Premisses with the Appurte- 
nances unto the said Samuel Welles his Heirs Executors, Ad- 
ministrators, or Assigns without Waste Stroy or Demolishment 
(Extraordinary Casualties Excepted) And the said Samuel 
Welles for himself his Heirs Execut and Administrators Doth 
Covenant and Agree to and with the said John Jeffries 
Joshua Winslow William Downe Edward Bromfield Jonathan 
Armitage Alexander Forsyth and David Collson Select Men as 
aforesaid and their Successors in the Said Office for and in behalf 
of the said Town of Boston That they paying and performing all 
and whatsoever is before mentioned on their part to be paid and 
performed, Shall and may Lawful^ Peaceably and Quietly have 
hold and enjoy the said Demised Premisses with the Appurtenances 
during the Term of this Lease without the lawful Let Suit or 
hindrance of him the said Samuel Welles or any Person or 
Persons claiming or to claim by from or under him. 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

In Witness whereof the aforesaid Partys have hereunto Inter- 
changeably Set their Hands and Seals the Day and year afore- 
writ leu. 

SAMUEL WELLES and a Seal. 
Signed Sealed, 
and Delivered in 
presence of 

RICHARD HUBBARD, 
JOHN SAVEL. 

[95.] Voted, To Choose a Committee, separate from the 
Select Men, to inquire into the State of the End of the Long 
Wharf, in Order to Plant Guns thereon. 

Voted, That the Committee aforesaid, consist of Five Persons. 
Voted, That Mess" Briant Parott, 

Thomas Lee, 
John Walker, 
Isaac White, and 
Jeffery Bedgood. 
be the Committee. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned until Frydaj- next a 
Nine of the Clock, A. M. 

Fryday, March, 29 th 

The Town being Assembled. 

The Committee appointed the 26th. Instant to inquire into the 
State of the End of the Long W T harf , presented a Report, which 
was Read, as follows, viz*. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified and regularly Assembled by 
Adjournment at the Town House in Boston, upon Tuesday Mar. 
26, 1734. Appointing us a Committee, separate from the Select 
Men, to inquire into the State of the Long Wharf, in Order to 
plant Guns thereon. 

We have this daj- been upon, viewed & survey 'd the End of the 
Long Wharf, and find the same to be much decay'd and worm 
eaten, and by the wash of the Sea the small wood laid in the 
Wharf is carried away leaving great Cavities [96.] Therein, and 
the Foundation greatly weakned, Which in our opinion was not 
at first faithfully laid, and performed. 

And in our opinion it is not in a condition of repair for the 
planting a Line of Guns thereon, nor can it in the present state 
thereof be useful or serviceable to the Town for the same. And 
further, We find the end of the said Long Wharf incumbred with 
a Crane House thereon, which ought to be free, for the Service of 
the Town conformable to the Original Contract, between the Pro- 
prietors of the Long Wharf and the Town of Boston. 

Dated at Boston the 28th. day of Mar. Anno Dom. 1734. And 
humbly Submitted, by, 

BRIANT PARROTT, 

THOMAS LEE, 

JOHN WALKER, } Committee. 

ISAAC WHITE, 

JEFF. BEDGOOD, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 75 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted. 

Upon which The HoD ble Thomas Fitch Esq r on Account of Him- 
self and Associates, Proprietors of the Long Wharf, John Colman 
Esq Jacob Wendell Esq & James Bowdoin Esq r in behalf of 
themselves, did promise the Town, That the end of the Long 
Wharf should speedily be put into a proper posture and condition 
to plant Guns upon, according to their Original Contract. 

Voted, That the additional Row of Trees which is to be planted 
in the Common, be set to the Eastward of those already planted 
there. 

Voted, That the several Writing Masters in the Town, do pre- 
sent, at the next General Town Meeting, [97.] Some of their 
own performances in Writing, for the Town's inspection. 

Upon a Motion for Reconsidering a Vote of the Town the loth. 
Instant, Fixing the Fortification on the East Side of Fort-point 
Channel. 

A Question was put, Viz 1 . 

Whether the Town will Reconsider their Vote for fixing the 
Fortification on the East side of Fort-point Channel. It pass'd 
in the negative. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Seven Persons, as a Com- 
mittee to Effect the Fortifications propos'd to be Erected in this 
Town. 

Voted, To defer the Choice of the said Committee 'till the 
Afternoon. 

Voted, That Mr. William Rand be a Collector of the Taxes for 
the Year ensuing, in the room of Mr. Jacob Sheafe, Who declined 
that service. 

Upon a Motion of Mr. Jacob Holyoke, & for Reasons given, 

Voted, That Mr. Jacob Holyoke be Excused from Serving as 
an Assessor for this year. 

Voted, That the Plan of the Circular Line be removed from the 
Town Treasurer's into the Town Clerk's Office. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned until Three of the 
Clock, p. m. 

And being again Assembled. 

The Following Persons were Chosen a Com tee to Effect the For- 
tifications, according to a Vote [98.] Pass'd in the Morning, 
viz*. 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r . 

Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Edward Winslow Esq r . 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 
Mess". John Checkley. 
Isaac White, and, 
Ebenezer Thornton. 

Voted, That the Town will Meet on Wednesday next, at nine 
of the Clock, A. M. in Order to Receive the Report of the Com- 
mittee now chosen, respecting the Materials, and Method of Bujld- 
ing the Fortifications. 

Voted, That the following Petition be signed by the Select Men, 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

and Presented to the Great and General Court at their next Ses- 
sion, viz 1 . 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r . 
Captain General and Governour in Chief, 
the Hon ble The Council, & House of Rep- 
resentatives, in General Court Assem- 
bled, Apr. 10. 1734. 

The Representation and Petition of the Town of Boston. 
Humbly Sheweth. 

That the Said Town is in a very defenceless condition, That 
the prospect of War makes it exceeding necessary, Some consid- 
erable Works should be raised for its Security ; [99.] That this 
is very much for the Safety and Welfare of the Province in gen- 
eral, as this Town is the Key of it, and will be most likely to be 
expos'd to danger in case any design be formed against the Coun- 
try. And as the Trade and Business of this Town Labours under 
great Difficulties, and their Circumstances are very declining by 
reason whereof so great a Charge would be almost insupportable, 
It would be a high Obligation upon them, if this Great and Gen- 
eral Court in their Wisdom and Goodness would make a Grant of a 
Sum of Money for that purpose, but if this should not be thought 
convenient It is most Humbly Requested, That the Sum of Ten 
Thousand Pounds be lent by the Government, to be paid, in some 
future years, and in such Annual proportion, by the Town of Bos- 
ton, as by the Wisdom of the Court, shall be Judg'd most proper, 
Said Town having made a Computation and found that this Sum 
is necessary to put it into a defensible State. 

Voted, That Mr. William Salter be One of the Assessors for the 
year ensuing, in the room of Mr. Jacob Holyoke, who was excused 
from that service. 

Voted, That the Gentlemen who shnll be Chosen to Visit the 
Schools from time to time, do Report to the Town, the Circum- 
stances in which they shall find the said Schools. 

Voted, That Mr. William Salter be excused from Serving the 
Town as an Assessor this year, for Reasons by him given. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned until Wednesday next, 
at Nine of the Clock, A. M. 

[1OO.] Wednesday, April, 3d. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournm*. 

The Committee for Effecting the Fortifications presented their 
Report respecting the Materials, and Method of Building, Which 
was Read. Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote and Desire of the Town, of the 29th of 
March last, The Committee taking with them Several of the Masons 
& Carpenters of the Town, Who, after Viewing the place assigned 
for Erecting the North Battery, have Computed the Cost and 
Charge of Building the Foundation Five feet in heighth, with 
Stone and Wood. 

If with Stone, The Front Wall to be Eight feet thick, with an 
inner Wall of Three feet, A Space of Four feet between the Walls, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 77 

Which Work will demaud the Sum of One Thousand and Eighteen 
pounds. 

If done with Timber, defended against the Worms, Six Hundred, 
Forty Seven pounds. 

The Difference between Wood and Stone is Three Hundred, 
Seventy One pounds. 

Upon Searching the Bottom or Flats where the South Battery is 
to be Built, the Ground is so loose that a Pole was run down in 
several places, Ten feet at least. But that about Two Hundred 
feet Easterly from the South Battery, or Sconce, is a good Founda- 
tion, and not nearer, on any of the Flats thereabouts, Either on 
the East or West Side of Fort-point Channel for Stone. 

By Order of the Committee, 

Boston Apr. 3. 1734. ELISHA COOKE. 

[1O1.] After Debate thereon, 

A Question was put, as follows, Viz*. 

Whether the Town will Reconsider the Vote, passed the 15th 
March last, Affixing the Fortification on the East Side of Fort- 
point Channel? 

It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

After which the following Question was put, Viz'. 

Whether You will have an Alteration of the Place fixed upon, 
by the Vote of the loth, of March last, for the South Battery? 

It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Town will now come to a determination of a 
Place, Whereon to Erect a Fortification at the South part of the 
Town. 

Immediately after which, Upon a Motion made, and Seconded 
b}* many. 

The following Vote was put. Viz'. 

Whether the Town would adjourn this Meeting to Fryd".y next, 
in Order then to come to a Determination of a Place for Erecting 
a Fortification at the South End of the Town ? 

A Handy Vote being tried Twice, and remaining Doubtful, it was 
afterwards decided by Poll. 

The Number of Voters, were, 175. Of whom 89 were for a 
present or immediate Determination, and 86 were for dcfering it 
until Fry day next. 

[1O2.] Upon which, The Following Question was put, viz*. 

Whether the Place for Erecting the South Battery shall be, Two 
Hundred feet East from the Sconce long since built there, Or the 
South Battery so called ? And 

It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Market shall be Opened, Or, Commence, on 
Monday, the Twentieth day of May, next ensuing : Public Notice 
thereof being given Ten days before the said Time 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Four of the 
Clock p. m. 

Being again Assembled, 

Voted, To Reconsider the Vote for fixing the additional Row of 
Trees (to be planted in the Common) on the East side of those 
already planted. 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. H6. 

And Upon Consideration had 

Voted, That the additional Row of Trees to be planted in 
the Common, shall be, On the West side of those alrendy 
planted there, from the Burying place to Mr. Sheafe's And 
at such distance from the other Row, as the Select Men shall 
think fit. 

Voted, That the Foundation of the North & South Fortifications 
shall be laid with Stone as projected in the Report of the Com- 
mittee, made this Day. 

[1O3.] Voted, That the Heighth of the Stone Work to be laid 
for a Foundation of the Fortifications, be left to the discretion of 
the Committee for Building them. 

Voted, To Reconsider the Vote of a Petition to the General 
Court, as Enter'd on Fryday the 29th. of March last. 

It being Considered accordingly. 

Voted, That Application be made to the Great and General 
Court, at their next Sessions, for a Grant of Ten Thousand 
Pounds, to Enable the Town to Effect the Fortifications propos'd 
to be Erected for their Defence, to be repaid by the said Town in 
such Annual proportions as the Court shall order and direct. 

Voted, To leave the Draught of an Address to the General 
Court, with the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r Moderaf and the Select 
Men. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired & Impower'd to Borrow 
Money, for a present Supply, for the Speedy carrying on the said 
Work of Fortifications, upon the Credit of this Town's Grant of 
Ten Thousand Pounds for that service, the 20th. of March last. 

Upon a Motion, and at the Desire of the Select Men. 

Voted, To Reconsider the foregoing Vote. 

Which being accordingly done, 

Voted That the Hon ble Joseph Wadsworth Esq r the Town Treas- 
urer be Desired and Impower'd to Borrow Money (upon the Credit 
of this Town's Grant of Ten Thousand Pounds, on the 20th. of 
March last, appropriated to the use of Fortifying the Town ) for a 
present Supply, and the [1O4.] Speedy carrying on the Said 
Work. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred and Twenty five Pounds 
be Allow'd and paid out of the Town Treasury to the Hon blc Joseph 
Wadsworth Esq r for His Service in that Office the Year past. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to Visit the several 
Public Schools in this Town, taking with them Such Gentlemen 
as They shall think proper. 

Mess Daniel Ballard Jun r 

Andrew Sigourney,- and 
John Potwine, 

Were Chosen Clerks of the Market, in the Room of Mess True, 
Boucher and Hill. 

The Hon John Osborne Esq! 

Richard Bill Esq r 

William Tyler Esq r 

Hugh Hall Esq r and 

Mr. Nathanael Cunningham. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 79 

Were Chosen and Appointed to Audit the Town Treasurer's 
Accounts. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r was Chosen One of the Auditors of 
the Town Treasurer's Accounts, in the room of William Tyler Esq r 
Who was excused from that Service for Reasons by Him given. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be Presented to the Hon- 
ourable Elisha Cooke Esq r for the great Pains He has taken, as 
Moderator of this Meeting. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

[1O5.] The Copy of an Address presented by the Select-Men, 
To the Great and General Court, agreeable to a Vote of the Town, 
the Third of April, 1734. .Viz' 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r Captain General 
and Governour in Chief, The Hon ble the Council, and House 
of Representatives, in General Court Assembled, April, 10. 
1734. 

The Representation and Petition of the Town of Boston. 

Humbly Sheweth 

That the prospect of War in Europe makes it exceeding 
necessary that this Town be put into a proper posture of Defence 
and Offence, And inasmuch as the Fortifying the same will greatly 
tend to the Safety, Peace & Welfare of the whole Province, And 
should War break out, and any design be formed against this 
Country, in great probability, Boston will be first attacked, & 
obliged to sustain the strongest Efforts of an Enemy. 

It is therefore most Humbly Requested, That Your Excellency, 
and Honours, would Grant a Sum of Money for that purpose. 

But if at this present Juncture, the situation of the Public 
Affairs cousider'd, the Great and General Court should not think 
it adviseable so to Order ; 

It is then Earnestly Desired, That the Court would be pleas'd to 
Grant the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, in public Bills of Credit, 
out of the Province Treasury, to be paid into the Treasury of the 
Town of Boston, to Enable them to Effect such necessary Works, 
And Subject the Town by an Act or Law to Repay said Sum into 
the Public Treasury, in some future Years, in such Annual Pro- 
portion as by the Wisdom of. the Court shall [1O6.] Be Judged 
reasonable ; For that the Town of Boston, could they esteem it 
but Just and Reasonable to engage in this Business at their own 
Cost and Charge, Yet they are in no measure capable, to Raise so 
great a sum of Money, and subject themselves to the payment 
thereof in so short a time, as the carrying an end such an Affair 
will require. 

By Order of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston r , regularly 
Assembled in a Public Town Meeting, April, 3d. 1734. 
JOHN JEFFRIES, 
EDWARD BROMFIELD, 
WILLIAM DOWNE, 



JONATHAN ARMITAGE, 
DAVID COLLSON, 
JOSHUA WINSLOW, 
ALEXANDER FORSYTH, 



Select-Men. 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[1O7.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly Qualified, and Warned accord- 
ing to Law, being regularly Assembled in a Public Town Meeting, 
at the Town House, on Wednesday April, 24th. 1734. 

Voted, That the Honourable Thomas Fitch Esq r be the Moderator 
of the present Meeting. 

Peter Briton's Petition. Read. 

The Select Men informing the Town that They had presented 
to the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, a Scheme for set- 
ting up, and regulating Public Markets, according to a Vote of the 
last Meeting ; and that they had attended the Court, and Observed 
that Exceptions were taken to some parts of the said Scheme, by 
some of the Members of said Court, tho' nothing had been passed 
by the Court thereon : 

Wherefore the Town Enter'd into the further Consideration of 
the Affair of a Market. 

And after some Debate, 

A Scheme for setting up, and Regulating of Markets in this 
Town, was prepar'd, and Read. 

And is as follows, Viz' 

Whereas, The Inhabitants of this Town Labour under many 
hardships and difficulties for want of au Open public Market un- 
der good regulation, Where [1O8.] Every One may resort at 
Stated Convenient places within the Town to buy and sell several 
sorts of Provisions. 

For Remedy thereof, 
It is Voted, and Ordered. 

That Three places be, and hereby are at present assigned for 
the aforesaid Market, and that they may be made fit and commo- 
dious for the reception of Such as from time to time may bring 
their commodities there for Sale, That the Sum of Seven Hundred 
Pounds be allow'd & paid out of the Town Treasury to Thomas 
Fitch, Edward Hutchinson, Thomas Palmer, Jacob Wendell Esq rs 
Mess" Natbanael Cunningham, James Watson, Francis Wil- 
loughby and John Steel, to enable them to Effect the Buildings, 
and other necessarys at the Three several places assigned for that 
use. And that a peice of Land bounded Easterly on Land in pos- 
session of Theophilus Lillie, there measuring One Hundred Twenty 
seven feet ; Southerly on the Flats of Jonathan Willis, there 
measuring Sixty eight feet, Six inches ; then bounded Westerly 
on Land of Samuel Welles Esq r there measuring Seventy One 
feet ; And Southerly on Land of Said Welles, there Measuring 
Fifty eight feet, six inches ; Fronting on the Main Street leading 
to Roxbury known by the name of Orange Street, over against 
the House and Laud of Thomas Downe there measuring seventy 
feet; Is pitch'd upon for One of the places That the Town's 
Ground or open space on the Town Dock or Wharf commonly 
called Dock Square, be another place And that the Open Space 
before and about the Old North Meeting House is fixed upon and 
determined for the Third place, Where the Market is to be kept 
and carried on. 

[1O9.] That Capt James Watson be, and hereby is Consti- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 81 

tuted and Appointed One of the Clerks of the Market, to attend 
at the vacant place on the Town Dock, Mr. Francis Willoughby 
another of the Clerks of the Market, to be and attend at Mr. 
Willis's Land ; and Capt. John Steel is Chosen and Appointed 
the other Clerk of the Market, at the open space before and about 
the Old North Meeting House ; "Who are to be and remain in their 
Office as Clerks of the Market, until the Annual Meeting of the 
Freeholders, and Inhabitants in March next, and until. Others are 
Chosen, and Appointed in their Room, and to have and receive 
Such Salary for their Service as shall be then Voted them by the 
Town ; Who are to give their constant attendance, at the Opening 
of the Market, And there abide during the Continuation thereof, 
And take effectual Care, that the several Rules, Orders, and 
Directions for the regulating and more orderly carrying on the 
Market, be duly observed and kept. 

Ordered. 

That Every Day in the Week Except the Lord's Day, or other 
Days set apart by this Government for Religious Service, be a 
Market Day, and that a Bell be daily rung at the Opening of the 
Market, which shall be at at the rising of the Sun, thro' the whole 
year, from which hour 'till the hour one post meridiem shall forever 
here after be deemed and held Market Hours. And if any Person 
or Persons, being Inhabitants of this Town, Shall, from and after 
the time of the first Opening the Market, Sell, or put to Open 
Sale, in the said several Markets, or Either of them, any manner 
of provisions or other .eatable Commodities, Or, shall buy any of 
them before the Ringing of the Market-bell, Such Offender or 
Offenders being thereof convict, shall forfeit and pay a Fine of 
Ten Shillings. [11O.] For every such Offence ; And if any such 
Person or Persons shall presume to cheapen, or buy any Flesh, 
Fowles, Butter, Eggs, or other provisions (excepting such Provi- 
sion and particulars as hereafter are declared to be always ex- 
cepted) Or, make any previous Contract touching the same with 
any Seller, Or buy the same in any other place than in One of 
the Markets, shall forfeit and pay for every such Offence, being 
thereof duly convicted, the sum of Ten Shillings. 

Provided always, any thing to the Contrary notwithstanding, 
That Every Butcher being an Inhabitant of Boston, may lawfully 
sell his meat as practised heretofore, And all Grain, Flower, But- 
ter in Firkins, Pork, Beef, Cheese, Meat or Fish salted in Barrels 
imported by Sea into this Town, may be sold and exposed for Sale 
as heretofore usually practised, any thing before to the contrary 
notwithstanding. 

That all sorts of Fish brought by Water, may be sold at the 
Wharves, and places usually improved for that purpose as here- 
tofore, any By- Law to the Contrary notwithstanding, But all Fish 
caught in Rivers, Ponds and Brooks, shall be brought into, and sold 
in one or more of the said Markets, Frost-fish and Smelts excepted. 

Provided also, That Grain, Meal, Apples, Onions, Turnips, and 
all sorts of Roots, Fruit and Herbs, brought into the Town by 
Land carriage, may be sold and exposed to Sale as formerly prac- 
tised, any thing herein to the contrary notwithstanding. 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Provided likewise, That Bread, Milk, Cider, Swine brought into 
the Town alive, and Wild Pigeons. [111.] May be sold and 
exposed to Sale, as heretofore, any thing to the contrary notwith- 
standing. 

It is further Ordered, That if, any Retailer, Hucster or other 
Person, being an Inhabitant of said Town, shall by any Flesh, 
Fish, Fowles, Eggs, Butter, Cheese, or any other sort of Provisions 
Saleable in the Market, And by these Orders ought there to be 
brought in order to Retail the same, until after One of the Clock as 
aforesaid, Such Person or Persons so doing, shall forfeit and pay 
the sum of Twenty Shillings, for every such Offence. 

Ordered, That the several Clerks of the Market for the time 
being, shall take especial care, that the Laws of the Province, and 
the Orders of this Town legally confirm'd respecting any- unwhol- 
some or blown Victuals, offered to Sale, be duly put in Execution. 

That No Cart or Team belonging to any Inhabitant of the Town 
of Boston, be allowed to stand near the Entrance of the Market- 
place or places, but shall immediately depart upon Order of the 
Clerk of the Market to the Owner, or Driver so to do, under the 
penalty of Five Shillings for refusal, or neglect thereof. 

That proper persons be appointed to keep clean the Markets, 
and to be under the direction of the Clerks of the Market in their 
so doing, and shall be paid, out of the Town Treasury, by Order 
of the Select Men. 

That the Clerks of the Market are hereby Required and Directed 
to prosecute any Person or Persons Trespassing against any of the 
Rules or Orders before mentioned, and that the said Clerks of the 
Market, or [112.] Any other Persons who shall sue for, and re- 
cover any Fines, Forfeitures, Sum or Sums of Money, Arising 
from the breach of any of these Orders, Shall be intitled to receive 
the value of One half of the Sum so recovered, out of the Town 
Treasury. 

Provided always, Nothing herein Contained be intended, meant 
or construed, to abridge the Inhabitants of the District of Rumney 
Marsh, from buying or Selling any Provisions as Usual in said 
District. 

It is Ordered, That the Market shall be Opened, on Tuesday, the 
Fourth day of June, next ensuing, Notice thereof being given in 
the Public Prints of this Town. 

Voted, That the Scheme for setting up, and Regulating Markets, 
as now Read, be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to present the Scheme of 
a Market as now Voted, To the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace for the County of Suffolk at their Adjournment, on Monday 
next, for Their Approbation. 

Upon the Petition of Peter Briton After Considerable Debate 
thereon, 

Voted, That the further consideration thereof, be refer'd to the 
next Town Meeting 

Voted, That all other things refer'd to this Meeting for further 
Consideration, be also continued to the next Meeting 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 83 

[113.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified and Warned as the 
Law Directs, being regularly Assembled, in a Publick Town Meet- 
ing, at the Town House, On Wednesday, the 8th of May, Anno 
Domini, 1734. 

After Prayer by the Reverend Mr. Charles Chauncey. 

The Law being Read, Directing that Town Meetings for Choice 
of Representatives be regulated by the Select Men. 

A Question was put. Viz 1 

Quest. Whether the Town will now proceed to the Choice of a 
Moderator for this Meeting? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r be the Moderator -for 
the Present Meeting. 

Sundry Petitions were Read. Viz 1 

Of Sundry Inhabitants, for widening Common Street, and part 
of Frog Lane. 

Of William Parkman and others for Liberty to Lay down Ways, 
at the Slip in North Street, for Accomodation of the Ferry. 

Of George Steuart and Joseph Cowell, for removing the Gun 
House in the Common. 

Of Thomas Moulin &c. Sextons., for Liberty to Dig in the 
Burying Grounds. 

Of Matthias Cowdery and Others, Watchmen, for addition to 
their Allowance. 

Of Samuel Hoyoke, for Addition to his Salary. 

Of Peter Britton, That his former Petition may be considered, 
And himself released from Prison. 

Of Daniel Pecker &c. Collectors, That the Assessors [114.] May 
have libertN" to make reasonable abatements on the Taxes of the 
last year. 

Mr. Joseph Marion made a Motion, That the Town would give 
Instructions to their Representatives, relating to the Fines of the 
Militia. 

Voted, To Proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 

The Votes being Collected the Number of Voters were found to 
be 604. 

And that upon sorting them, the Three following Gentlemen 
were duly Elected by a Major part of the Voters. Viz' 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r No. of Votes 346. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r .574. 

Mr. Oxenbridge Thacher 317. 

Voted, To defer the Choice of the Fourth Representative, till 
the Afternoon. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock, p.m. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment, Proceeded 
to the Choice of One Representative. 

The Number of Voters were 603. 

The Votes being Sorted, it appear'd, That 

Samuel Welles Esq r was dul}- Elected by a Major part of the 

Voters Number of Votes, 302. 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired and directed to prepare 
the Draught of a Petition, to be Presented to the Great and Gen- 
eral Court. [115.] At their next Sessions, Fora Grant of the Sum 
of Ten Thousand Pounds, to Enable the Town to Erect Fortifi- 
cations for their defence and safety. 

Upon the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of this Town for 
Widening Common Street, and part of Frog Lane. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Treat with the Abutters, and 
make Report thereon, at the Adjournment of this Meeting, Or, at 
the next Town Meeting. 

Voted, That Nathanael Green Esq r . 
Mr. Joseph Marion, & 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Upon the Petition of Dr. Steuartand I. Cowel for Removing the 
Gun House in the Common. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired, and directed to Remove 

the said Gun House to such Place, and at such distance, as they 

shall think proper and convenient, at the Charge of the Petitioners. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. William Parkman and Others for 

Liberty to La}' down Ways for accomodation of a Ferry. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Consider the subject Matter, 
of the said Petition, and Report What they think proper for the 
Town to do thereon. 

Voted, That Mr. Thomas Lee, 

Anthony Stoddard Esq r & 
Mr. John Staniford, 
be a Committee for the End aforesaid. 

[116.] Upon Benjamin Fisher's Petition for Liberty to Erect 
a Wind mill on Forthill, Refer'd to the Select Men at the Meeting 
in March last, to consider thereof and Report thereon. They made 
Report thereon accordingly, as follows, Viz* 

May. 3 d . 1734. 

We have maturely considered the Subject of the above Petition, 
and are of Opinion, that it be dismist. 

JOHN JEFFRIES. 
EDWARD BROM FIELD JUN B 
WILLIAM DOWNE. 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE. 
DAVID COLSON. 
ALEXANDER FORSYTH. 
Which being Read. 

Voted, That the Said Report be Accepted. 

Upon the Petition of Thomas Moulin & Others Sextons, for 
Liberty to Dig in the Burying Grounds. 

Voted, To leave the same to the Select Men, to Order and Direct 
what they may think proper to be done in that affair. 

Upon the Petition of Matthias Cowdery and Others Watchmen, 
for Addition to their Allowance. 

Voted, That it be referr'd to the Select Men, to consider the Sub- 
ject Matter of the Said Petition, and Report thereon at the Adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting, or at the next Meeting. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 85 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r made a Motion with respect to 
the Encroachments on the Rights of the Town. 
[117.] Mess" Timothy Barren. 

Nathauael Wheeler. 
Seth Foster, and 
Caleb Rea. 

Were Chosen to serve as Clerks of the Market for the Year En- 
suing. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, until Fryday, the 17th. 
Instant, at 3 of the Clock, p. m. 

Fryday, May, 17th. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

Voted, That this present Meeting be further Adjourned, until 
Tuesday next, the 21s1 of May current, at Nine of the Clock in 
the Morning. 

Tuesday, May, 21st. 

The Town being according Assembled. 

The Committee appointed the 8th. instant, to consider the sub- 
ject matter of the Petition of William Parkman, and others, for 
Liberty to lay down Ways for Accommodation of a Ferry, made 
Report thereon as follows, Viz 1 

We the Subscribers having reed the aforewritten Vote of the 
Town of Boston, have been upon and viewed the several Places 
that were recommended to the Town for a Ferry Way to be made 
down to the Sea for the more Easy Passing Winisimet Ferry, and 
have considered the Subject Matter of the Petition now Lying 
before the Town. 

And are humbly of Opinion, That the Town Slip of Land at 
the lower End of North Street is most convenient to be improved, 
as a Landing Place in passing Winisimet [118.] Ferry so called, 
and that the said Town Slip of Land, be only improved su a 
Landing place on this Side the Ferry, and not otherwise cinam- 
ber'd, Provided the Petitioners, at their own cost and Charge, 
make and Lay Sufficient Ways for the said Ferry to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Select Men. 

Dated at Boston May 21st. 1734. 

ANTHONY STODDABD. 
THOMAS LEE. 
JOHN STANIFORD. 

Upon which a Question was put. Viz 1 . 

Quest. Whether the Town will Accept the Report of the said 
Committee ? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 

Quest. Whether You will grant the Prayer of the said Peti- 
tion? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. John Procter, for some further addi- 
tion to his Salary, being Read. 

A Question was put as follows, Viz 

Quest. Whether or no, You are Willing to Raise the Stipends, 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Pay or Salarys of Your Writing Schoolmasters, for the Year Cur- 
rent ? 

It Pass'cl in the Negative. 

Upon the Petition of Daniel Pecker &c. Collect" of the Taxes 
for the Year 1733. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. And 
the Assessors have accordingly Liberty Granted them to sit 'till 
the latter end of July next, in Order to make such abatements on 
[119.] The said Taxes, as to them shall seem just & reason- 
able. 

Voted, That Mr. John Staniford be One of the Assessors for 
the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Town will now Proceed to the Choice of a Mas- 
ter of the South Grammar School by Written Votes. 

Mr. John Lovel was accordingly Unanimously Chosen Master 
of the South Grammar School in this Town, to Succeed the Rev. 
Mr. Nathanael Williams. 

Voted, That the Stipend, Pay or Salary, with the Emoluments 
of the said School, now belonging to the Rev. Mr. Williams, the 
present Master thereof, Shall be and belong to the said Mr. Lovel, 
for the Year Current, Or 'till further Order : the same to Com- 
mence, On his being Introduced to the said Mastership. 

Voted, A Grant of Six Thousand Seven Hundred Pounds, 
to be Raised on Polls and Estates within the Town, for the Relief 
of the Poor, defraying the Charge of the Watches, and other 
necessary Expences, arising within and for the Said Town, the 
Year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Town will take into their further Considera- 
tion the Petition of Peter Briton. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three of the Clock 
afternoon. 

The Town being Assembled. 

Voted, That the Committee for Effecting the Fortifications of 
this Town, be Directed, That when They have Obtained, Or, may 
be furnished with Money for the present carrying on the Same, 
by private Loan, [12O.] The}' do apply the same in the first place, 
for, and towards Laying the Foundation of the North Battery. 

The Select Men, in pursuance of a Vote of this Town the 8th. 
Instant, Having prepared an Address, to the Great and General 
Court, the same was Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be further desired, and directed, to 
Sign the Said Address, and Present the same to the Great and 
General Court, at the next Sessions. 

Upon a Motion made, at the Opening of this Meeting, by Mr. 
Joseph Marion, for giving Instructions to the Representatives of 
the Town. After Debate thereon, 

The following Question was put, Viz* 

Quest. Whether You do Give it as an Instruction to the Repre- 
sentatives of this Town, That they shall, to the utmost of their 
power and Skill, Oppose all Motions or Endeavours, for the Set- 
tling A Salary on the Governour for the time being? 



BOSTON TOWN EECOUDS, 1734. 87 

It Pass'd in the Affimative Unanimously. 

A further Motion being made to Give Instructions to the Rep- 
resentatives, respecting the Fines of the Militia 

The Following Question was put, Viz 1 

Quest. Whether You will give any Instructions to Your Repre- 
sentatives, respecting the Fines of the Militia? 

[121.] It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, To Give it as an Instruction to the Representatives of 
this Town, To Oppose any Bill or Bills that may be brought 
forward in the Great and General Court, for Raising the Fines of 
the Militia, Unless, in the said Bill there be a Proviso That the 
Officer, Or, Officers, to whom the fines of Delinquents are paid, 
Shall be Accountable therefor, to the Treasurers of the several 
Towns, from time to time. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

The Copy of an Address Presented to the Great & General 
Court, by the Select men of the Town of Boston, pursuant "to 
Votes of the said Town the 8 ta & 21 st of May 1 734 Viz' 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r Capt a General 
and Govern 1 in Chief; The Honourable the Council, and House 
of Representatives, in General Court Assembled, May 29 th 
1734. 

The Representation, and Address of the Town of Boston. 
Humbly Sheweth 

That the prospect of War in Europe, renders it highly Necessan*, 
That this Town be put into a proper posture of. Defence, and 
Offence ; Forasmuch as (should there be a Rupture, and any 
Design form'd and Executed against this Country) Boston would, 
in great probability, be first Attacked, and Obliged to Sustain the 
strongest Efforts of the Enemy : And whereas the Fortifying the 
same, will greatly promote His Majesty's Honour and Dignity 
here, much tend to the Safety, Peace, and Welfare of His Good 
Subjects throughout this Province, And also be for the security 
(122.) Of the very valuable Effects constantly Lodg'd in this 
Place, on Account of His Majesty's good Subjects in Great Brit- 
ain. 

I.t is therefore most Humbly Requested, That Your Excell cy & 
Hon" would, out of your Great Goodness Grant' a Sum of 
Money for that Purpose. 

But if the General Court should not think proper so to Order. 

It is then humbly and earnestly intreated. 

That yo r . Excell ey & Hon r8 would be pleased to Grant the Sum 
of Ten Thousand Pounds, in Public Bills of Credit out of the 
Province Treasury, to be paid into the Treasury of this Town to 
Enable them to Effect such necessary Works, and subject the 
Town by an Act or Law to repay said Sum into the Public 
Treasury in some future Years, in such annual proportion, as by 
the Wisdom of the Court shall be judged most reasonable. 

May it please Yo r . Excellency and Honours 

We cannot but humbly Apprehend, that by Yo r . favourable 
Regard to this Petition of the Town of Boston, they might be put 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

into such a state of Defence, as might much better secure, Not 
only their own Peace and Welfare, but that of all other the In- 
habitants of this His Majesty's Province or Territory. 

And therefore, could it be thought just & reasonable for the 
Town to Engage in this Affair at their own Cost and Charge, Yet 
they are at this Juncture under great Necessity to make this 
Humble Application to Yo r . Excellency and Honours for aid and 
relief on this Important Occasion Since the Trade of the Town 
(their only support) is under such great decay, and consequently 
the Inhabitants under such Impoverishing Circumstances, That it 
is impracticable for them by a Present Tax, to raise so large a 
Sum, as is absolutely necessary, to Accomplish this great Affair 
of the Fortifications. 

JOHN JEFFRIES. 

EDWARD BROMFIELD. 

WILLIAM DOWNK. 

JONATHAN ARMITAGE. } Select Men. 

DAVID COLLSOX. 

JOSHUA WINSLOW. 

ALEXANDER FORSYTH. 

[123.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and Other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Boston, Duly Qualified, and warned as the 
Law directs being Regularly Assembled in a Public Town Meeting, 
at the Town House, On Tuesday, June, 25 th 1734. 

Voted, That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r be Moderator of the 
Present Meeting. 

Sundry Petitions were Read, Viz' 

Of sundry Inhabitants, respecting the Town Butchers selling 
their Meat in the Publick Markets. 

Of Mr. William Parkman and Others for Liberty to lay down 
Ways at the End of North street for Accommodation of the 
Ferry. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth made a Motion, That the Town 
would take into Consideration, the Raising of Ten Thousand 
Pounds for Effecting Fortifications, Which was Voted at a Meeting, 
on the 20 th of March last past. 

The Report of a Committee appointed the 8 th of May last on the 
Affair of Widening Common Street, and Frog Lane Read. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, That the Town would come 
into some proper Measures to prevent the Town Butchers from 
Selling their Meat in the Publick Markets Read and debated 
on. 

Voted, To Proceed to the Choice of a Committee to Consider 
the subject Matter of the said Petition, And what They think 
proper for the Town to do in that Affair ; and Report the same at 
the Adjournment of this Meeting. 

Voted That the Select Men be the said Committee. 

[124.] Upon the Report of a Committee appointed to Con- 
sider the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, for Widening Common 
Street, and part of Frog Lane. 

The following Questions was put, Viz* 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 89 

Quest. "Whether the Town would take into further Considera- 
tion the affair of Widening Common Street, and Frog Lane? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of Mr. William Parkman and Others for Liberty to 
lay down and maintain Good and Sufficient Ways, for Accommoda- 
tion of the Ferry, at the End of North street, Read again, as fol- 
lows, Viz 4 . 

Boston, June 17. 1734. 
To the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 

Whereas at the last Town Meeting, Our Petition for Liberty to by 
down Ways at the lower end of North Street was not Granted. 

We whose Names are here unto Subscribed with Others, Desire 
Liberty to Lay down, and Maintain for Twenty or Thirty years, 
Good and Sufficient Ways, for the Landing of Passengers from 
Winisimet,- at the' Towns Slip at the lower End of North Street, To 
the Satisfaction of the Select Men, during said Term. 

WILLIAM* PARKMAN. 
ELIAS PARKMAN. 
THOMAS STODDARD. 
JOHN GREENOUGH. 
JOHN BAKER jun r . 
NEWMAN GREENOCGH. 

[125.] Voted That the Prayer of this Petition be Granted. 
And, That the Petitioners William Parkman, and his Associates, 
accordingly have Libert} 7 to Lay down the said Ways, at the Towns 
Slip, at the lower End of North Street, for the Landing of Pas- 
sengers from Winisimet : Provided They make them Good and 
Sufficient, And Maintain them for the full Term of Thirty Years 
next coming, to the Satisfaction of the Select Men of the Town of 
Boston, for the Time being. 

The Hon ble Thomas Fitch, and Jacob Wendell Esq re with sundry 
Other Proprietors of the Long Wharf. Presented a Memorial or 
Petition to the Select Men, Desiring it might be inserted in the 
Warrant for calling the next Town Meeting. In Order to Obtain 
Leave of the Town, to make out an Addition of Ten, Twelve, or 
Fourteen feet to the said Wharf to make the same more suitable 
and substantial for the planting A Line of Guns thereon. 

The said. Memorial, or Petition being Read 

The Following Question was put, Viz 1 

Quest. Whether the Town would take the said Petition into 
Consideration ? 

It Pass'd in the Negative. 

Upon a Motion made by the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r as 
enter'd the H th of May 1734. Respecting the Encroachments made 
on the Rights of the Town The Town now came into the Con- 
sideration of the said Motion, and 

Voted That Mess". Joseph Marion 
. ] John Walker 

William Stoddard 
Jeffery Bedgood & 
Bryant Parott 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. (>(5. 

be a Committee to Prosecute in the Law, all Such Persons as have 
made Encroachments on the Town's Rights. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryda} 7 next, at Five 
of the Clock, p. m. 

Fryday, June 28 th . 1734. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

The Select Men, who were appointed a Committee, the 25 th . in- 
stant, to Consider the Subject Matter of the Petition of Sundry 
Inhabitants, Pra^ying the Town to come into some proper Measures 
to prevent the Town Butchers from Selling their Meat in the 
Public Markets ; And to Think what may be proper for the Town 
to do thereon, Having according!}' prepared a Vote respecting the 
same, They presented it to the Town for their Consideration, in 
Order to its being made a By-Law. Which is as follows, Viz 1 

Whereas it is found by Experience, That the Public Markets 
lately Established in the Town of Boston (which were chiefly 
designed for the Accommodation of the Country People) are very 
much incumber'd by the Butchers dwelling within the said Town, 
bringing their Meat there to Sell. 

[127.] For Remedy thereof. 

It is Voted and Ordered. That no Butcher, being an Inhabitant 
of the Town of Boston, Shall, either by himself or his Servant, or 
any other Person employed by him bring any sort of Provisions 
into any of the said Places assigned for the Markets, there to Sell, 
or Expose the same to Sale. 

And if any Butcher either by himself, his Servant or any other 
Person, as aforesaid, from and after the Eighth day of July next, 
Shall presume to bring any Sort of Provisions into any of the said 
Markets, and sell, or expose the same to Sale there, Or within the 
bounds & limits thereof, And be duly convicted of the same, He 
or She so Offending shall forfeit and pay the Sum of Twenty Shil- 
lings for every such Offence : Any By-Law of this Town to the 
Contrary Notwithstanding. 

The which Vote, as now enter'd, being- Read 

Voted That the same be accepted, confirmed and Established. 

Voted That the Select Men be desired to present the said Vote 
or B}*-Law (to prevent the Town Butchers from Selling their Meat 
in the Public Markets) to the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace, for the County of Suffolk, at their next Sessions for 
Approbation. 

The Select Men further Reported, as follows, Viz' 

The Select Men are of Opinion, That upon Application made by 
the Butchers, it may be adviseable for the Town to build Stalls for 
them, at a suitable [128.] Distance from the several Market 
places, They paying a reasonable Monthly Rent for the same, And 
to be under the Regulation of whom the Town shall think fit to 
Appoint. 

Which being Read ; The Question was put, as follows, Viz* 

Quest. Whether the Town do Accept of the Report of the 
Select Men, relating to the building Stalls for the Town Butchers, 
upon Application made therefor? 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 91 

Voted In the Affirmative. 

Voted That the Select Men for the time being, be desired, and 
Appointed to take the said Affair under their Care and Regula- 
tion. 

Upon a Motion made by Mr. Treas r Wadsworth at the Opening 
of this Meeting, relating to a Vote of this Town, pass'd the 20* 
March last, for the Raising Ten Thousand pounds for Fortifica- 
tions 

Voted That the said Motion be incerted in the next Warrants 

for a Town Meeting That so the same may properly come 

under consideration. And in the mean time, the Select Men are 
directed Not to deliver the Assessors, the said Vote, for Raising 
Ten Thousand pounds for Fortifications, until that Affair has been 
again Considered Accordingly. 

Whereas, Mess" David Melvil and Matthias Cowdery have been 
employ 'd as Assistants to the [129.] Clerk of the Market in 
Dock square. 

Voted. That the said Persons, or any Other, be still employ'd in 
hat service until the next Town Meeting ; And that it be iucerted 
in the Warrants, in Order, for the Town then to Consider of that 
Affair. 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r made a Motion, which was sec- 
onded by Mr Thomas Cushing, For an Explanation of a Vote of 

this Town, pass'd, and enter' d on Tuesday May, 21 st 1734. 

Which Vote was Read, and is as follows, Viz 4 

Voted. To give it as an Instruction to the Representatives of 
this Town, To Oppose any Bill or Bills that ma}- be brought for- 
ward in the Great and General Court for raising the Fines of the 
Militia, Unless in the said Bill there be a Proviso, That the Officer 
or Officers to whom the fines of Delinquents are paid, shall be ac- 
countable therefor to the Treasurers of the several Towns, from 
time to time. 

Upon which the following Question was put, Viz' 

Quest. Whether You do not apprehend. That it was the true 
intent and meaning of this Town, at their said Meeting and in the 
fore recited Vote, That Yo r . Representatives should strenuously 

Oppose the Raising of the Fines of the Militia -But, if a Bill 

was likely to pass for that End Then they should Endeavour, 

That a clause or paragraph should be brought into such Bill, to 
Oblige the Captains, or other Officers receiving such Fines, to be 
accountable to the Town Treasurers of the Several Towns? 

Voted In the Affirmative. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

[13O.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and warned as the 
Law directs, being regularly Assembled in a public Town Meeting, 
at the Town House, on Wednesday, July 31. 1734. 

Voted That the Hon blc Thomas Fitch Esq r be the Moderator 
of the present Meeting 

A Memorial of Thomas Palmer Esq r and Mr. Henry Gibbs, 
Read 

A List of Encroachments on Town Rights Read. 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mr. Joseph Marion made a Motion, Viz* That the Original 
Reports of Committees respecting Encroachments on Town Rights 
might be publickly Read, before the Meeting be Dismist. 

Upon a Motion of Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth Respecting the 
Vote of this Town, the 20 th of March, last, for Raising the Sum of 
Ten Thousand pounds, for Erecting Fortifications, Which said 
Motion was under Consideration at the last Town Meeting, And 
referred to this present Meeting. 

The said Vote for Raising the sum of Ten Thousand Pounds for 
Fortification, as enter'd the 20 th March, 1733. was Read. 

Upon which the following Question being put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether it be the mind of the Town to Reconsider the 
said Vote for Raising Ten, Thousand Pounds for Fortifications ? 

Voted in the Affirmative. 

[131.] Quest. Whether it be the mind of the Town, That the 
Vote for Raising Ten Thousand pounds for Fortifications pass'd 
and enter'd the 20 th of March last, be Reversed? 

Voted in the Affirmative. 

The Committee appointed the 15 th of March last to prepare 
Carriages for Mounting the Cannon belonging to the Town, Pre- 
senting the Acounts of their Disbursements, the following Ques- 
tion was put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether it be Your mind, That the Select Men, be a 
Committee to Audit and Examin the said Accounts, And upon 
their finding them right and just, that the} 7 take the usunl method for 
payment, Viz'. By drawing on the Town Treasurer for the same ? 

Voted, In the Negative 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee to receive and ex- 
amin the Accounts of Disbursements by the Committee appointed 
the 15 th of March last, to prepare Carriages for Mounting the Can- 
non, And that they Report their Opinion thereon, at the next 
Town Meeting ; That so, suitable provision may be made for their 
payment. 

Whereas, a Committee was appointed the 25 th of June last, to 
prosecute in the Law, all such Persons as have made Encroach- 
ments on the Towns Rights And they have desired, That par- 
ticular Instructions may be given them relating to that affair. 

Voted, That the giving Instructions to said Committee, ap- 
pointed to prosecute those that Encroach, upon the Rights [132.] 
Of the Town, be deferr'd to the next Town Meeting. And in 
the mean time, the Select Men are directed to prepare Instructions 
for the said Committee accordingly, and to lay them before the 
Town, at their next Meeting for consideration. 

Upon the Memorial of the Hon ble Thomas Palmer Esq r and Mr. 
Henry Gibbs, Read again, 

Voted That the said Memorial be dismist, For that the Town 
are of Opinion, the Lands or Wharves mentioned therein, belong 
to the Town already. 

Whereas, The Affair of an Assistant to the Clerk of the Market 
on Dock Square was referr'd to the Consideration of this Meet- 
ing The same was debated And the Following Question was 
put, Viz'. 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1734. 93 

Quest. Whether it be Your Mind to allow any Assistant to the 
Clerk of the Market, on Dock Square ? 
Voted, In the Negative. 
Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[133.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the 
Law directs, being regularly Assembled in a Public Town Meeting,, 
at the Town House, On Wednesday, Aug. 28 th 1734. 

Voted, To Chuse a Moderator for this Meeting by written Votes, 

The Votes being accordingly Collected and sorted, it appeared. 
That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chosen Moderator, by a 
Majority of the Votes. 

The Select Men being Appointed the 31 st of July last, a Com- 
mittee to Receive and Exainin the Accounts of a Committee 
Chosen the 15 th of March last, to prepare Carriages for mounting 
the Cannon belonging to the Town Reported, That they had 
accordingly Examin'd the said Accounts And are of Opinion, 
That the Sum of Six hundred and Sixty nine Pounds, Twelve 
Shillings and Ten pence, is justly due and Owing from the Town 
of Boston to the said Committee. 

In Consideration of the Expences of the Committee for pre- 
paring Carnages for the Great Guns, amounting to the sum of Six 
Hundred and Sixty Nine pounds, Twelve Shillings and Ten pence 
As also the Committee for Effecting the Fortifications, their 
Expences for a Boat Load of Stones, and other Charges, amount- 
ing to about Forty five pounds. 

Voted, That the sum of Seven Hundred & Fourteen pounds 
Twelve Shillings and Ten pence, be Raised on Polls and Estates, 
within the Town of Boston for Defraying the Charges above men- 
tioned. 

[134.] Upon a Motion made (and seconded) to Consider of 
further carrying on the necessary Fortifications of the Town 
The following Question was put, Viz 1 

Quest. Whether the Town will come into the further Considera- 
tion of the Affair of Fortifications at this present Meeting? 

Voted in the Negative. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired and impowred to take 
the Care of, and Secure the Carriages of the Cannon ; together 
with the other Stores of War, belonging to the Town, in such 
Way and manner, as to them may seem best. 

The Select Men being Directed to prepare Instructions for the 
Committee appointed to prosecute in the Law, Such as have made 
Encroachments on the Towns Rights, Reported, That they have 
not had time to prepare the same. 

Voted, That the said Affair be refer r'd to the next Town Meet- 
ing And the Select Men are Earnestly desired, and directed, in 
the mean time to prepare the said Instructions, and to lay them 
before the Town, at the said Meeting, for their Consideration 
Accordingly. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee, to Enquire into the Complaints- 
of Sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, relating to the High 



94 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 66. 

Way or street at the Southend, leading round Windmill Point, 
being stopt up. 

Voted, That Mr. Samuel Gardner. 
[135.] Joseph Wadsworth Esq r and 

Timothy Clark Esq r 

be the Committee for the Ends aforesaid And that They 

make a Report to the Town at their next Meeting, What They 
think proper to be clone thereon. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the Law directs, 
being regularly Assembled in a Public Town Meeting, at the 
Town House, on Fryday, December, 27 th 1734. 

Voted, To Chuse a Moderator by a Handy vote. 

Voted, That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r be the Moderator of 

the Present Meeting. Who Accepted that Service upon 

Condition, that He might withdraw, if the Public Affairs should 
require his nttendance in the General Court, now sitting. 

The Petition of sundry Inhabitants, presented to the Select 
Men, relating to the Demands, made in the Law, by James Ever- 
ills Heirs Head. 

Mr. Samuel Gibson's Petition Read. 

The Affairs of the General Court requiring the present Attend- 
ance of the Moderator, He accordingly withdrew Whereupon 
the Town proceeded to the Choice of Another. 

Voted, That Capt Nathanael Cunningham be Moderator of this 
Meeting In the Room of the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r 

Upon the Petition of sundry Inhabitants relating to [136.] 
The Demands made in the Law, by James Everill's heirs. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee, to make diligent and strict 
search into the Public Records of the County & Town, That so, 
what relates to the Demands made in the Law by James Everill's 
Heirs, may fully and fairly appear, Agreeable to a Petition of 
Sundry Inhabitants presented to the Select Men. 

Voted That the said Committee consist of five Persons. 

Voted, That William Stoddard Esq r 

Mess Benjamin Emmons, 
Joseph Marion, 
Timothy Prout, and 
John Walker, 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That the Select Men be directed in the Name of the 
Town of Boston, To Petition the General Court, that the Process 
in several Cases, depending between this Town, and Mr. Everill's 
Heirs may be staid, that so, they may have proper Time to 
prepare for their defence. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[137.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders of the Town of 
Boston, at the Town House, upon Thursday the 16 th of January, 
1734 By Virtue of a Warrant under the Hands and Seal cf 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 95 

William Dudley and Anthony Stoddard Esq Two of His Majesty's 
Justices of the Peace for the County of Suffolk Quorum Unus ; In 
Order to the Choice of a Person to be Register of Deeds and Con- 
veyances of Land in the said County in the Room of John Ballan- 

tine Esq r Deceased Being Lawfully Warned and regularly 

Assembled. 

The Freeholders present, Voted To Chuse a Moderator for the 
present Meeting, by written Votes. 

The Votes being accordingly Collected, it appeared That Elisha 
Cooke Esq r was Chosen Moderator by a Majority of Votes. 

Then the Freeholders proceeded to bring in their Votes for a 
Register of Deeds and Conveyances of Land in the County of 

Suffolk Which Votes being Collected, were Sealed up in the 

presence of the Meeting by Abijah Adams One of the Constables 
of the said Town of Boston, to be by him Kept, & returned by 
him to the Aforesaid William Dudley and Anthony Stoddard Esq r 
Pursuant to the Directions in their said Warrant. 
Then the Meeting was dismist. 

[138.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the 
Law directs, being Regularly Assembled, in Public Town Meet- 
ing, at the Town House, Upon Monday March 10th. 1734. 

After Prayer, by the Reverend Mr. Joshua Gee. 

Voted, That Elisha Cooke Esq. be the Moderator of the Present 
Meeting. 

Sundry Laws Read 

Sundry Petitions, and Proposals Read and Motions made, Viz* 

The Petition of sundry Inhabitants relating to the Markets. 
Proposals to prevent the growing Charges of the Town. 

The Petition of sundry Inhabitants of Rumney Marsh. 

Petitions - - For Paving part of School Street. 

- - - - - - - - - - - Orange Street. 

North Street & Lynn Street. 

- - - - - - - - - - - Green Lane. 

- - - - - - - - - - - Prince Street. 

- - - - - - - - For Ringing the South Bell. 

- - - - Of Mr. Samuel Gibson, to Augment his Salary. 

- - - - Of Mr. Samuel Holyoke - - - Ditto. 

- - - - Of Mr. Zech r Hicks - - - - Ditto. 

- - - - Of Mr. Sendall Williams - - - Ditto. 

- - - - Of the Companys belonging to the Water Engines. 

- - - - Of Mr. Samuel Clark. 

- - - - Of Mr. William Rand. 

- - - - Of Mrs. Abihail Chamberlain. 
Samuel Checkley Esq r (County Treasurer) his Letter. 
List of Encroachments on Town Rights 

Mr. Joseph Marion's Proposals. 

Mr. Marion made a Motion relating to the keeping the Streets 
clean. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams made a Motion relating to his Care of the 
Granary, And his Allowance therefor, And also at the North End. 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[139.] Mr. Jonathan Williams made a Motion also relating 
to the Cow-Commonages. 

The Select Men made a Motion relating to the Porters on the 
Town Dock ; It being the Desire of Several Merchants that the 
said Porters might be brought under some proper Regulation. 

Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town Clerk for the Year ensuing, 
and Sworn. 

Voted, To Chuse Seven Select Men. Accordingly, 
John Jeffries Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
Mr. Edward Bromfeild. 
Capt. William Downe. 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage. 
Mr. David Collson, and 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth. 
Were Chosen Select Men, for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, To Chuse Nine Overseers of the Poor. And 
Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . 
Henry Dering Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Mr. John Hunt. 
Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 
Capt. John Hill, and 
Mr. Thomas Hubbard. 

Were accordingly Chosen Overseers of the Poor, for y e Year 
Ensuing. 

Voted, That Joseph Wadsworth Esq r be the Town Treasurer for 
the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting 'till Three of the Clock Afternoon. 

The Town being again Assembled. 
Voted, To Chuse Seven Assessors. Accordingly. 
[14O.] Mess Jonas Clark. 

James Watson. 
Daniel Loring. 
Peter Thomas. 
Richard Buckley. 
John Staniford, and 
Joshua Blanchard. 

Were Chosen Assessors, for the Year Ensuing. 
Voted, To Chuse Collectors of the Taxes, distinct from the 
Constables. 

Voted, To Chuse Three Collectors. Accordingly. 
Capt. Daniel Pecker, 
Mr. William Rand, and 
Capt. Nathanael Barber, 

Were Chosen, to be Collectors of the Rates and Taxes for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted, that Mr. John Brentnal be the Collector of the Rates and 
Taxes within the District of Rumney Marsh, for the year ensuing. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 97 

Voted, That Mr. John Breutnal be the Constable, for Rumney 

Marsh, the Year Ensuing. Who was Accordingly Sworn. 

Voted, To Chuse a Surveyor of Hemp and Flax, by a Hand 
Vote, Accordingly. 

Voted, That Mr. Isaac Gridley be Surveyor of Hemp and Flax 
within this Town, the 3 r ear ensuing And Sworn. 

Voted, To Chuse Twelve Constables. Accordingly 
Mess". John Collson, 

Benjamin Fitch, 

Peter Chardon, 

John Gooch --------- 

Thomas Simpkins ------- Sworn. 

Samuel Green -------- Sworn. 

Joshua Henshaw Jun r . ------ 

Edmund Negus, -------- Sworn. 

Samuel Cravath -------- Sworn. 

[141.] Edward Jackson 

Nathanael Gardner ------- 

Jeremiah Green -------- 

Were Chosen Constables for the ensuing year. 
Voted, That Mess" Elisha Tuttle, and 

Benjamin Floyd, 

be Fence Viewers in the District of Rumney Marsh. 
Voted, That Mess". Robert Levenston, and 

Nathanael Tuttle, 
be Hogreves for Rumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. Thomas Pratt, be Surveyor of the High Ways 
in Rumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. John Hasey. be the Sealer of Leather in the 

District of Rumney Marsh for the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Affairs of the Market ; The Choice of County 
Treasurer ; And the Proposals to prevent the growing Charges of 
the Town, be brought under Consideration Tomorrow Morning, at 
Nine of the Clock And in the same Order as they stand now 
entred. 

Voted, That the Select Men, or some or them, be desired to 
wait on the Committee of the Old South Meeting House, And 
Desire that the Town may Meet therein Tomorrow Morning, if 
there should be Occasion for it. And if .they should Refuse the 
same, Then that they take some prudent care that the Meeting 
may be held in One or Other of the Places of Publick Worship 
within the Town. 

The Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of the District of 
Rumney Marsh, Read again, And 

Upon the Motion, and at the Instance of Samuel Watts Esq r . 
Mr. Jacob Hasey and Others, Principal Subscribers to the said 
Petition, it was, 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to take the said Petition under 
Consideration, Who are to Report [142.] To the Town at their 
Annual Meeting in March next, What they think proper for the 
Town to do in the Affair. 

Voted, That thesaid Committee consist of Five Persons. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted that Mr. Robert Rand 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 
William Stoddard Esq r . 
Mr. Timothy Prout, and 
Mr. Joseph Marion, 
be a Commiitee for the End aforesaid. 

Upon the Petition of Mrs. Abihail Chamberlain Widow of Jacob 
Chamberlain, the late Constable for Rumney Marsh, Deceased 
Which was Read again. 

Voted, To allow Six Months from this time, for the said Mrs. 

Abihail Chamberlain to Accompt with the Town Treasurer 

And that the Assessors also be allowed to make such Abatements 
as they shall judge proper, Agreeable to the Prayer of the 
Petitioner. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting Until Tomorrow Morning at 
Nine of the Clock. 

Tuesday March 11 th The Town being Assembled, 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting to the Meeting House of the 
Old North Church. 

Voted, That whatever damage may happen to the Pews or Seats 
in the said House by reason or means of the Town's Meeting there, 
shall be Repaired at the Town's Charge. 

The Town being Assembled accordingly. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants relating to the Markets 
(Desiring that the Houses Erected for the same may be appropri- 
ated to some other Use) was Read. 

And after Debate thereon, 

A Motion was made and Seconded, Viz'. 

That the Mind of the Town might be known, Viz*. 

Whether They would now proceed to Act upon the said Petition ? 
And, in Order thereto, 

[143] A previous Question was put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether it should be by written Votes ? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

[Accordingly, Those who were for proceeding to Act upon the 
said Petition, were directed to Wnte Yea, and those Who were 
not for Acting upon it were directed to Write Nay.~\ 

The Votes being Collected, It Appeared that the Voters were, 
in Number 652. 

Of Which Number 275 were Yea. 

And 377 Nay. 

According to Order, The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes 
for the Choice of A County Treasurer. 

Which Votes being Collected were Sealed up in the Presence of 
the Meeting by Capt. George Gibbs, One of the Constables of the 
Town of Boston, to be by Him kept, and Returned by him to the 
Court of General Sessions of the Peace to be held for the County 
of Suffolk, As the Law directs. 

Mess. Bartholomew Green - ------- Sworn. 

Samuel Goffe, Jun r -------- Sworn. 

Alexander Parkman 

Capt. George Gibbs ------- Sworn. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 99 

Capt. Peter Kenwood. 

Mr. John Tyng --------- Excus'd. 

Mr. John Allen 

Mr. Joseph Goldthwait ------ Sworn. 

"Were Chosen Constables for the Year ensuing. 
Voted, That the further Consideration of the Affairs relating to 
the Market, That is to say, The Pay or Allowance to be made to 
the Clerks of the Market for their Attendance and service the year 
past ; And the Accounts of the Committee for Building the 
Markets, be Adjourned 'till Tomorrow Morning, At Ten of the 
Clock. 

[144.] Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting to the Town House, 
To Meet at Three of the Clock, Afternoon. 

The Town being Met, 

The Proposals of sundry Inhabitants, in Order to prevent the 
growing Charges of the Town Read 

A Motion was made and Seconded, And Accordingly 
Voted, That the Consideration of the said Proposals be deferred 
'till Tomorrow at Three of the Clock Afternoon And that 

the Overseers of the Poor be desired to be present at the same 
time. 

Mess. John Legg --------- Sworn. 

Joseph Grouard ------- Sworn. 

William Beer -------- Sworn. 

John Wood --------- Refused. 

Samuel Procter -------- Sworn. 

Thomas Clark -------- Sworn. 

Benjamin Babbidge ------ Sworn. 

Joseph Cowel -------- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Clerks of the Market. 

Mess. Samuel May --------- Sworn. 

William Young -------- Sworn. 

James Dawson -------- Sworn. 

Nathanael Hodgdon ------ Sworn. 

Joshua Dodge -------- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Mess Moses Ayres -------- Sworn. 

Roger Stainer Sworn. 

Benjamin Russell. 

John Endicot -------- Sworn. 

Matthew Barnard Sworn. 

John Adams 

William More -------- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Fence Viewers. 

Mess. Edward Moberly ------- Sworn. 

Thomas Foster -------- 

Edward Richards ------- Sworn. 

[145.] William Paine -------- Sworn. 

Samuel Clark jun r ------- Sworn. 

Francis More --- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Viewers of Shingles, Measurers of Boards, &c. 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mess. John Smibert - - - Excused. ^ 

Thomas Palmer Jun r - Constables 

Joseph Calef - - - Sworn. J (in margin) 
Francis Smith - - - 

Voted, That Mr. John Tyng be Excused from serving in the 
Office of a Constable (to which he was Chosen this day) for Rea- 
sons by him given. 
Mess John Fitch, 

Joseph Jackson, 

George Slunuer, 

Barret Dyre, 

Andrew Tyler, ---------- Excused. 

William Coffin, 
Ezekiel Carver, 
George Monk 
John Welland, 
John Taylor, 
Nathanael Gardner. 
Nathanael Greenwood, 
John Hol.yoke, 
Thomas Hill, 
Thomas Boucher. 
Were Chosen Scavengers. 

Mess. Gayer Coffin Sworn. 

Nathanael March --------- Sworn. 

Samuel Gray ---------- Sworn. 

James Hill ----------- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Hogreves. 

The Petition of Mr. William Wheeler and Others, Masters of 
the Water Engines in the Town, Desiring the Town would Ex- 
cuse them from Serving in any Other Offices for the Year ensu- 
ing. Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted 
[146.] The Petition of several Inhabitants, for Paving at the 
lower end of Prince Street, near Charlestown Ferry, 

Read again 

Voted That inasmuch as there are several other Petitions 
Presented to the Town for Paving in several Streets That They 
be all now Read, That so the Town may better Consider of them, 
in Order to Pass upon them. 

And upon a Motion made and Seconded. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee, To Compute the Charges of 
Paving in the several Streets propos'd, and to View & Consider 
what Places may stand in most need thereof And to make a 
Report thereon to the Town at their next General Town-Meeting. 
Voted, That the said Committee Consist of Five Persons. 
Voted-That Timothy Clark Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Mess John Walker, 
Timothy Prout, and 

Isaac White 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1734. 101 

Upon the Petition of Mr. William Rand, relating to the Release 
of a certain Annual Quit Rent of Four Shillings to the Town, 
from Lands he lately purchased of Peter Gamherto, Administrat 1 
on the Estate of Isaac Garnberto Deceased. Upon his paying 
the sum of Six Pounds to the Town Treasurer, as eutred in the 
Records of the Annual Meeting in March last. Which Petition 
being Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioner be Granted. 

Upon, Mr. Samuel Clark's Petition, for an abatement of his 
Rent of the North Battery Wharf &c. As set forth in his Pe- 
tition Which was Read, 

[147.] Voted, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds be Allow'd 
and paid out of the Town Treasury to the said Mr. Clark, in 
Consideration of his Loss and Damage, as set forth in his Petition. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. Samuel Gibson, Usher of the South 
Grammar School, Which was Read again. 

Voted, That the sum of Twenty Pounds be Added to Mr. 
Gibson's Salary (Which will make his whole Salary to be One 
Hundred Pounds) the same to Commence from the time of his 
Entring into the service of the said School. 

The Petition of Mr. Zech. Hicks, Read again. 

Voted, That the sum of Twenty Pounds be allow'd & paid to 
the said Mr. Hicks, in Consideration of His House Rent, and in 
Addition to his Salary for this Year. 

The Petition of Mr. Samuel Holyoke, Master of the Writing 
School in Queen Street, Read Again. 

Voted, That the sum of Thirty Pounds be Added to Mr. Holy- 
oke's Salary for the year ensuing. 

Upon Mr. Sendall Williams's Petition for Addition to his Salary 
Which was Read again, and Debated. 

Voted, That the Consideration of the said Petition be left to 

the Select Men Who are Desired to Report to the Town what 

they think may be proper for them to do thereon at their next 
Town Meeting. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the Southerly part of the 
Town, Desiring That the South Bell may be Rung at the Hours 
of Five, Nine, & One of the Clock, at the Towns Charge. 

Read Again After Some Debate thereon 

The following Question was put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether it be Your Mind, That the South Bell should 
be Rung, as desired in the said Petition, and at the Charge of the 
Town? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Voted, To adjourn this Meeting 'till Nine of the Clock Tomorrow 
Morning. 

[148.] Wednesday Mar. 12 th The Town being Assembled. 
Voted, That Mr. John Smibert be Excused from Serving aa 
Constable for reasons by him given. 

Mess. Thomas Tyler & 

Thomas Savage 
Were Chosen Constables. 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the High Ways, 
the Year ensuing. 

Upon the Motion of Mr. Jonathan Williams relating to his Care 
of the Granary &c. 

Voted, That Twenty Pounds be Allow'd and Paid to the said 
Mr. Williams in Addition to his Salary (in Consideration of Ex- 
traordinary Services) for the Year past. 

Mess" Samuel Bleigh & ------- Excus'd 

James Dolbeare 
Were Chosen Constables. 

The Moderator propos'd to the Town, to proceed to the Choice 
of Ty thing-Men. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be allow'd and 
paid to Capt. James Watson, in Consideration of his Inspecting 
the Market in Dock Square, from the time of His being Chosen 
Clerk of the said Market, Until this Day. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be Allow'd and paid to 
Capt. John Steel, in Consideration of his Inspecting the North 
Market, from the Time of his being Chosen Clerk of the said 
Market, until this Day. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be Allow'd and 
paid to Mr. Francis Willoughby. [149.] In Consideration of 
his Inspecting the South Market, from the time of his being 
Chosen Clerk of the said Market, until this Day. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Clerk of the Market at 
the vacant place on the Town Dock, by a Hand Vote. 

Voted, That Capt. James Watson be Clerk of the Market, in 
Dock Square. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Clerk of the Market at 
the Southerly End of the Town, by a hand Vote. 

Voted, That Mr. Francis Willoughby be Clerk of the Market, 
at the South End of the Town. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Clerk of the Market at 
the Northerly End of the Town, by a Hand Vote. 

Voted, That Mr. John Foster be Clerk of the Market at the 
Open Space before and about the Old North Meeting House. 

Voted, That there shall be allow'd and paid after the Rate of Five 
Pounds p Annum to each of the Three Sextons, For Ringing the 
Bells at the time for Opening the Markets. 

Voted, That the Three Bells be still Rung as usual at the time 
of Opening the Market, the year Ensuing. 

Voted, That the Several Accounts for Building the Market 
Houses, now Exhibited by the Committee for Erecting them, be 
Received by the Select Men, and that They Order Payment of the 
Ballance remaining due by the said Accounts, Out of the Town 
Treasury. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be Returned [15O.] To 
the Hon ble Thomas Fitch Esq r . and Others, the Committee for 
Erecting Markets, for their great Care in Effecting the same. 

Mr. Joseph Marion's Proposals Offered to the Town for their 
Consideration, were Read ag n . 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to take Mr. Joseph 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1734. 103 

Marion's Proposals into their Consideration, and Report to the 
To*vii at their next Meeting What, they think, may be proper for 
them to do thereon. 

A Motion of the Select Men made at the Opening of this Meet- 
ing, relating to the Regulation of the Porters on the Town Dock, 
being made again, and Considered. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to take into Consideration the 
said Motion, And that they make Report to the Town, at the Ad- 
journment of this Meeting, What they Think is proper to be done 
thereon. 

Voted, That the said Committee Consist of Five Persons. 

Voted, That Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Mr. John Walker 
Samuel Sewall Esq T . 
Richard Bill Esq r . and 
Mr. George Craddock, 
be the said Committee. 

Mess". Eliakim Hutchmson & 

John Milliken ---------- Sworn. 

Were Chosen Constables. 

Mr. Stephen Kent of the District of Rumney Marsh is Chosen 
Haward, or Field Driver the Year ensuing. 

[151.] Mess" Samuel Torrey (Fil. Joh.) - Sworn. 

Thomas Parker - Excus'd. 

Were Chosen Constables. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting 'till Three of the Clock After- 
noon. 

The Town being Assembled. 

Mr. John Rushtou, was Chosen Constable - - - - Sworn. 

Mess. Samuel Gardner, Joseph Wadswortn Esq r . and Timothy 
Clark Esq r . A Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Encroach- 
ment on the High Way round Wind Mill Point, Presented a Report. 
Which was Read. and is as follows. Viz' 

We find Recorded, A Way laid out Fifty foot wide from Bull's 
Corner to Windmill point And the Flats Granted below on Con- 
dition the Proprietors maintain s d . Way the full breadth. We find 
said Breadth narrows in several places by Buildings thereon. We 
find another Way of Fifty foot wide laid out on the Beech, from 
the High Way between Deacon Allin's and Abel Porter's, now 
leading down to Mr. Hill's Wharf to meet the Other way at Wind- 
mill point but on what part of said Beech, said way is laid 

out is altogether Uncertain. We find some part of said Beech in- 
cumber'd by Wharfiug and Buildings and the other part Encroach'd 
on by the Sea and washt away. 

We therefore Propose, A Committee be Tmpowered, to Treat 
with the Abutters on the Way laid out on the Beach, In Order to 
lay out a Way above the Beech, tho' not so wide as Fifty foot 
which may better accommodate the Town with a smaller Charge 
and less damage to the Abutters than to have the Way Over the 
Beech as Originally laid out. And Also Cause the Encroachments 
ou the P^asterly Side of the Way to be removed, that so the Street 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

may have its full breadth of Fifty foot, And Report their doings 
thereon to the Town for their Approbation. 

SAMUEL GARDNER. 

Boston March the JOSEPH WADSWORTH. 

12 th 1734/5 TIM CLARKE. 

[152.] Voted, That the said Report be Accepted. 

Voted, That the said Committee Together with Mr. Jacob 
Parker, and Capt. Benjamin Pollard be a Committee to lay Out 
the High Way round Wind-Mill Point, According to the said 
Report. 

According to Order, The Representation, and Proposals of a 
Number of Gentlemen Offered to the Consideration of the Inhab- 
itants. As what they Apprehend will very much tend to prevent 
the growing Charges of the Town, And be also a likely means of 
Suppressing Vice and Immorality amongst Us, Read again. 

And after Debate had thereon. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to prepare a Scheme, or some 
Proposals Agreeable to the said Representation &c. to be laid 
before this Town for their Consideration That so, the same, 
if Approved of, may be presented to the Great and General Court 
at their next Session, In Order to Obtain An Act, to Augment the 
Number of Over-seers of the Poor within this Town, And to 
Encrease their Power, That the good ends mentioned in the said 
Proposals may more Effectually be Attained. 

Voted, That the Committee Consist of Five Persons. 
Voted, That Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Capt. Samuel Greenwood, and 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 

be the said Committee Who are desired to make their 

Report at the Adjournment of this Meeting. 

The Select Men presented a Report of the Visitation of the 
Public Schools within the Town Which was Read. 

[153.] Voted, To Refer the Consideration of Raising Money 
(to defray the necessary Charges of the year ensuing) to the next 
General Town Meeting. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting to Thursday the 20 th of March, 
current, At 3 of the Clock, afternoon. 

Thursday, Mar 20 th The Town being Assembled. 

Samuel Welles Esq r from the Committee Appointed the 12 th 
instant, On the Proposals for Preventing the growing Charges of 
the Town &c. Presented a Report which was Read To- 
gether with the Draught of An Address to the General Court 
For the Town's Consideration 



After Debate thereon 



Voted, To Chuse Two Persons to be added to the former Com- 
mittee Who are Desired to Receive the Papers again. And to 
Prepare a Scheme, or Draught of Rules and Orders for the Gov- 
erment of the Workhouse propos'd ; And to Endeav r . to Obtain a 
Subscription towards Erecting the said Work-House, and defray- 



BOSTON TOWN EEOORDS, 1735. 105 

ing the Charges thereof And that They Report thereon at 

the next Town Meeting. 

Voted, that Elisha Cooke Esq r and 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
be added to the Committee aforesaid. 

Voted, that the said Committee be also Desired to project a 
Model of the Work House propos'd to be Erected, And to make 
an Estimate of the Charge thereof, And lay them before the Town 
at the same Time. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . from the Committee appointed the 12 th in- 
stant, to whom was referr'd the Consideration of Proposals for th_e 
better Regulation of the Porters on the Town Dock, &c. Pre- 
sented their Report Which being Read. 

Voted, That the same be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired to bring forward the 
Affair, So as to Obtain An Act of the General Court, for [154.] 
The Regulation of the Porters as aforesaid, Agreeable to the said 
Report. 

Voted, That the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds be 
allow'cl and paid out of the Town Treasury to Joseph Wadsworth 
Esq r . the Town Treasurer for his good Service in that Office the 
year past. 

Voted, That Isaac Lewis of Rumney Marsh be Haward or Field 
Driver, the j-ear ensuing in the Room of Stephen Kent, Who is 
Excused from that Service. 

Voted, That John Cravath be One of the Clerks of the Market, 
in the Room of John Wood, who refuses to serve in that Office. 
Who was accordingly Sworn. 

Voted, That Nine pence upon the Pound be allowed and paid, 
to the Collectors of Rates and Taxes, for the year Ensuing ; They 
giving Sufficient Security to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

Voted, That, Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Mess. Charles Apthorp, 
George Craddock, 
Nathaniel Cunningham, and 
Joseph Marion, 
be a Committee to Audit the Town Treasurer Accompts for the 

Year Current Who are to see that the several Draughts upon 

the Town Treasurer are Agreeable to Law, Or the Town Votes. 
Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified & Lawfully Warned, being regu- 
larly Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, 
Upon Tuesday the I 8t . April, 1735 

Voted, That Elisha Cooke Esq r be Moderator of [155.] The 
Present Meeting. 

Voted, That the Select Men of the Town for the Time being, 
be Impowered to Defend for the Town in all Actions brought 
against them by Ichabod Paddock & Others, And now depending 
in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in Boston, And to pur- 
sue the same to final judgment and execution. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned according to Law, 
being regularly Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town 
House, Upon Wednesday May, 7 th . 1735. 

After Prayer by the Reverend Mr. Mather, 

Sundry Laws were Read. 

The Select Men inform'd the Town as follows, Viz'. 
That by the Laws of this Province, the Power of Regulating this 
Meeting for the Choice of Representatives is vested in the Select- 
Men Yet if the Town think it best to Chuse a Moderator, 

The Select Men Consent to it, Saving to themselves the Right of 
giving directions for the more regular and orderly carrying on the 
Affairs of said Meeting, Which by the laws they are cloathed 
with. 

Upon which The Question was put, Whether the Town would 
now proceed to the Choice of a Moderator? 
Voted in the Affirmative. 

The Votes for a Moderator being Collected, it appeared, That 
Elisha Cooke Esq r . was Chosen Moderator of the present Meeting, 
by a Majority of Votes. 

Several Petitions were Read, and Motions made 

[156.] Viz*. A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, for a Floor at 

the South Market Place Read. 

Mr. John Procter's Petition, for Addition to his 

Salary Read. 

The Select Men made a Motion respecting the 
High Way in Rumney Marsh, leading thro' 
Capt. Oliver's Farm ; Which They Repre- 
sented, might be more conveniently removed, 
a little to the left hand going to Lynn, the 
Bottom being better for a High Road. 
Voted, To Proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 
Mr. Thomas Cushing desiring liberty to speak, It was voted, 
That he should have liberty so to do. 

The Votes for Four Representatives being Collected, the Number 

of Voters were found to be ---- 517. 

And upon Sorting them, it appear'd that the following Gentlemen 
were duly Elected, by a Major part of the Voters Viz'. 

Elisha Cooke Esq r Numb* of Votes 373. 

Mr. Oxenbridge Thacher 303. 

Mr. Thomas Cushiug Jun r . -------- 464. 

Mr. Timothy Prout 328. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting, 'till Three of the Clock, 
Afternoon. 

The Town being Assembled 

Samuel Welles Esq r from the Committee appointed the 12th and 
20th of March last, On the Proposals to prevent the growing 
Charges of the Town, Signified to the Town, That the Committee 
were not prepared to make their Report on that Affair. Where- 
fore, 

Voted, That the said Affair be referr'd to the next Town 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 107 

Meeting; And the Committee are desired [157.] To make their 
Report at the said Meeting. 

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the Southerly part of 
Boston, Shewing the inconvenience which attends the South 

Market, for want of a Floor to the Market House Read, 

And Accordingly. 

Voted. That the Market House at the South End of the 
Town be Floored, the better to accommodate the Said Market and 
those that frequent the same. 

The Petition of Capt. Daniel Pecker, &c. Collectors of the 
Taxes within the Town of Boston, for the year 1734 Read, 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. And 
the Assessors are accordingly allowed to sit 'till the latter End of 
July next, in Order'to make such Abatements on the Rates and 
Taxes, as to them ma}- seem just and reasonable. 

Timothy Clark Esq r . from the Committee Appointed at the 
Meeting in March last. On the Petitions for Paving in several 
Streets, Who were to View the Places, and Compute the Charge 
Presented their Report. Which Being Read. 

Voted, That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds be Raised and 
Improved, in Paving, as the Select Men shall direct and Order ; in 
Repairing the High Way on Boston Neck, And at Rumney Marsh. 

The Select Men, to whom was referr'd the Consideration of Mr. 
Marions Proposals, As Entred the 10th March last Made Report, 

Which, together with the said Proposals, were Read And 

are as Follows, Viz'. 

To the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston, in Town Meeting regularly Assembled, March the 
10th. 1734. 

The Subscriber Exhibits the following Proposals for the 
Towns Consideration, /. Viz*. 

[158.] Imp r . That all Deeds, Leases, Releases, and Instru- 
ments in Writing made and Executed by the Select Men of the 
said Town in their said Capacity or the Town Treasurer in his 
said Capacity be Registred by the Town Clerk in a Book of 

Records to be specially kept for that purpose By which 

Means, a few Hours may discover a Hundred years Transactions, 
When much time may be spent in Searching for Papers on File 

Which Files are liable to be Mislay'd, or lost, Of 

which this Town has a Memorable Instance in the loss of a Paper 
of the greatest concern to the Town 

2. That the Books and Files of Papers relating to the Town 
Treasurers Office, be kept in the Town House in Boston, and not 
in a Private House. 

3. That the Town Clerk be directed to wait on Mrs. Prout 
Relict Widow of Mr. Joseph Prout formerly Town Clerk of this 
Town, And Demand and Receive of her all such Files and Papers 
that are now in her Custody of Right Appertaining to the Town. 

4. That as the Release of Mr. Blackston the First Proprietor 
of the Town of Boston, made by him to the said town is now on 
File in the Town Clerk's Office, as also the Indian Deeds to the 
Select Men - That the Said Release and Deeds be Registred 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

by the Town Clerk in his said Office, That so the Town may 
have Recourse to the same when there may be Occasion 
therefor 

5. That the Several Reports of Committees and Proposals 
for some time past laid before this Town be Collected and Read to 
the Town in their present Meeting, That so the Town may know 
what has been done thereon, And how far further they may 
Judge meet to proceed therein. 

6. That as a Certain Lease from this Town [159.] To Mr. 
Henry Hill Distiller late Deceased, is now on File in the Town 
Clerks Office, Wherein the Town Leased to Mr. Hill the Land 
on which Hill's Still House and Wharf (so called) now stands 
with the Land adjoyning thereto (near Wind Mill point) for a 
small Quit Rent, Which Lease is long since Expired and as yet is 

uncancell'd That therefore the said Lease be produced and 

Read in this present Meeting, That so this Matter may Appear in 
a true light, That the Town Right may not be stifled, Nor the 
Town stript of its just due. 

7. That as about Eight years since the Charge for the Support 
and Maintenance of the Poor of the Town amounted only to the 
Sum of Eight Hundred pounds p Annum, And the Expence is now 

Arisen to the Sum of Twenty five Hundred pounds p Annum 

It is therefore Proposed, That the Gentlemen the Overseers of the 
Poor lay before the Town this Present Meeting an Accompt of the 
Charge on the Public Poor maintained in the Almes House, And 
an Accompt of the Expence on the Private Poor Supported out of 
the Almes House Separate and distinct for the year past. 

8. That there be a Committee specially Appointed to make 
strict Enquiry into the Ability and Learning of the Masters of the 
Free Writing Schools within this Town, and what Proficiency the 
Children under their Care have made, or are like to attain in 
Reading, Writing and Arithmetick For as the want of Able and 
Accurate Masters in the Initiating Youth in the Rudiments of 
Learning will prove fatal and prevent the true design of Education 
It is therefore hoped that as this Town has appeared Gen- 
erous in the Encouraging Learning and good Literature, it will 
ever be Supply'd with School Masters Equal to such an Excellent 
Employment, And that they may be duly and honourably Encour- 
aged. All which is Submitted 

p Jos. MARION. 

[16O.] Upon the Proposals of Mr. Jos. Marion Offer'd to 
the Town at the Town Meeting in March past, which was referr'd 
to the Select Men to Report what they thought proper to be done 

thereon They having maturely Considered the same, are of 

Opinion, As follows. 

1. That the First Article be complied with. 

2. That the Second Article be complied with, Except the Book 

in which the Treasurer keeps the Town's Accounts, Which 
We think necessary should be left with the Treasurer. 

3. That the Third Article was perform'd y e last Fall. 

4. That the Fourth Article be complied with. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 109 

5. That the Fifth Article was complied with, at the Town 

Meeting in March last. 

6. That We have made strict Inquiry into the Land referr'd to 

in the Sixth Article, And are of Opinion, that Mr. Hill's 
Title is clear. 

7. That the Seventh Article be complied with. 

On the Eighth Article, We Report, That the Town has 
alwa\'s been in the practice of Appointing a Committee 
for that Service. 

Boston Apr. 7. 1735. JOHN JEFFRIES ^ 

JOSHUA WINSLOW. 
WILLIAM DOWNE. 



EDWARD BROMFIELD. 
JONATHAN* ARMITAGE 



^ Select- 
Men. 



ALEXANDER FORSYTII 
DAVID COLLSON. 

Upon Consideration of the Sixth Article in Said Proposals, and 
some Debate ensuing thereupon, It was 

Voted That the Select Men be desired, to take the Affair of Mr. 
Hill's Lease, contained in the Sixth Article of the said Proposals 
under [161.] Further Consideration ; And that They Examin, 
Whether the Land now in the Possession of Mr. Hill, as to bounds 
&c. be the Land Granted to Henry Allen the 25th. llth M 1663. 
As Entred with the Records of Boston, Lib 2. Fol 14 & 16. 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men Upon Mr. Marion's 

Proposals, be Accepted Excepting the Sixth Article, which 

is recommitted to them for further Consideration thereon, as above. 

The Report of a Committee appointed the 10 th Mar. last, to lay 

out the High Way round Wind Mill point Read And 

thereupon. 

Voted. That the Affair of the High Way round Windmill point 
be referr'd for further Consideration to the next Town Meeting 

And in the mean time the Select Men are desired to View 

the same, And that They Endeavour to Agree with the Abutters 
on the said Way, In Order to have the same laid out, so as may 

best Accommodate the Inhabitants And that They Report 

thereon, at the i:ext Town Meeting. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. John Procter, Master of the Free Writing 
School at the North End : Praying for an Addition' to his Salary for 

Reasons therein given. Read again, And In Consideration 

of the said Mr. Procter's extraordinary Ability, Care, and Dili- 
gence in bringing forward the Youth under his Tuition, in the Arts 
of Writing, Arithmetick &c. the excellent economy of his School, 
And the Government thereof, As well as the Great Number of his 
Scholars. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be added to his Salary for 
this Year : To Commence the Thirteenth of June next ensuing. 

The Select Men made a Motion relating to Frauds in Cording 
of Wood, Whereby the Inhabitants are greatly [162.] Injured, 
And of which there are frequent Complaints. 

Voted- That the Select Men be Desired strictly to Enquire into 
this Affair; And Report at the next Town Meeting, their Opinion 



110 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 66. 

thereon, And what Method may be taken to prevent the same, in 
Time to come. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . made a Motion, which was Seconded, Re- 
specting the Waste-Lands of the Province, Viz 1 . That the Rep- 
resentatives of Boston might have Instructions to Use their best 
Endeavours to Obtain from the Great and General Court, A Grant 
of some of the Said Lands to the Town of Boston. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to whom this Affair may be 
Referr'd. 



Voted, That the Committee Consist of Three Persons. 

Voted, That Samuel Welles Esq r . 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . and 

Mr. Andrew Tyler 

be the said Committee ; Who are Desired to take this Affair into 
Consideration, And make Report to the Town at their next Meet- 
ing, What Method may be best taken, in Order to Obtain Such a 
Grant. 

The Select Men In form 'd the Town, That within the Space of 

Fourteen Months last past More than Nine Hundred and 

Fifty Births and Deaths within this Town, have not been Registred 

in the Town Clerk's Office, as the Law directs Which 

Neglect of the Inhabitants, may prove to be ill consequence to 
their Posterity, in time to come. 

[163. J Voted, A Grant of Seven Thousand Eight Hundred 
Pounds, to be Raised by a Tax on Polls and Estates within the 
Town of Boston, for Relief of the Poor, and defraying Other nec- 
essary Charges, arising within, and for the said Town the Year 
Ensuing. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, to Wednesday the 21" 
Currant, at Three of the Clock Afternoon. 

The Town being Assembled. 

The Select Men Reported on the Petition of Mr. Sendal Wil- 
liams ; Which was Read 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted 

Samuel Welles Esq r . from the Committee, to whom wa<? Re- 
ferr'd, the Consideration of the Motion for a Petition to the 

General Court, for a Grant of Land to the Town of Boston 

Reported thereon; Which was Read, As follows Viz'. 

The Committee, to whom was referr'd the Consideration 
of the Motion for a Petition to the General Assembly, 
for a Grant of Land to the Town of Boston &c. Report 
as follows, Viz*. 

That they have prepared, and now humbly Present to the Town, 
for their Consideration, the form of a Petition, to be preferred to 
the Great and General Court or Assembly, at their Session the 
28th. Current, The Committee have also obtained Copys of the 
Grant, Survey and Return of One Thousand Acres of Land for 
the Free School of Boston which are also herewith laid before the 

Town. JACOB WENDELL 

SAMUEL WELLES 
ANDREW TYLER 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1Y35. Ill 

[164.] And also Presented the Draught of a Petition to the 
General Court for the Towns Consideration Which was Read. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, And also, That the Peti- 
tion therewith Exhibited, Which has been Considered and Ap- 
proved, be Accordingly Presented to the Great and General Court 
or Assembly, at their Session the 28 Curr*. in Order to Obtain a 
Grant of Land to the Town of Boston, for the Ends set forth and 
Expressed in said Petition. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired, and Directed in behalf 
of the Town of Boston, to Sign the Said Petition, and Present it 
to the Great and General Court, at the Session of said Court the 
28 th currant. 

Samuel Welles Esq r . in the Name of the Committee, to whom 
was Referr'd the Consideration of Proposals to Prevent the grow- 
ing Charges of the Town, Presented their Report, together with 
the Draught of a Petition to the General Court for the Towns 

Consideration, &c. Which were Read And the Report is 

as follows, Viz*. 

The Committee to whom was Referr'd the Consideration of 
the Proposals for lessening the growing Charge of the 
Town &c. Report as follows, Viz*. 

That there be a Work House Erected, in some convenient Place 
which the Town shall Agree upon Of the form and Dimen- 
sions contained in a Draught, or proposals for it herewith pre- 
sented ; Which House, the Committee find by the Judgment of 
able Workmen, will Cost upwards of Two Thousand Seven Hun- 
dred Pounds : And are of Opinion, that the Charge of the [165.] 
Furniture and Stock necessary, Will amount to near Eight Hun- 
dred Pounds more, in the whole about Three Thousand Five Hun- 
dred Pounds, For defraying of which Charge thoy have Obtained 
Subscriptions from Charitable and well disposed Persons, for a 

considerable sum; towards defraying the Charge The 

Committee further Propose, That the Great and General Assent 
bly be Address'd, at their Sessions the 28th. instant, in the form 
of a Petition, herewith laid before the Town. All which is humbly 
Submitted, By SAMUEL WELLES, 

Boston May 20. in the name and by Order of 

1735. the Committee. 

Voted, That the Report of the Said Committee be Accepted 

And also, That the Petition therewith Exhibited, Which 

has been considered and Approved, be Signed by the Select Men, 
in behalf of the Town, And that they be Desired, and Directed 
to Present the said Petition to the Great and General Court, at 
their Session the 28 th . of May, Currant, in Order to Obtain of them, 
An Act agreeable to the Desire of the Town, set forth therein. 

Votel, That the Select Men be Desired to Visit the several 
Public Schools in this Town, taking with them such Gentlemen 
to Accompany them, As They shall think proper. 

Jacob Wendell Ksq r . Inform'd the Town, That the Overseers of 
the Poor had, for some time past, taken Care to Provide Preach 
ing at the Aims-House, on the Lord's Day. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[166.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and Warned according 
to Law, being regularly Assembled in Publick Town Meeting at 
the Town House, Upon Tuesday, Aug. 5. 1735. 

Voted, That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r . be the Moderator of 
the Present Meeting. 

Who being Inform'd of the Choice Return'd, That He 

could not Serve the Town at this time. 

The Town then proceeded And, 

Voted, That Mr Thomas Gushing, Jun r . be tne Moderator of 
this Meeting, in the Room of Elisha Cooke Esq r . 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants Abutters on Sea Street, 

Read. 

A Petition of John Bowles, Thomas Tilestone and Seven Others, 
Representatives of several Towns within the County of Suffolk 
preferr'd to the Great and General Court Praying, That Bos- 
ton may be a County by itself, And the Country Towns in 
the County of Suffolk a County by themselves Read. 
Upon a Motion made and Seconded Viz 1 . That the Town 

would now proceed to the Choice of Jurors The Question 

was Accordingly propos'd to the Town, And 
Voted, In the Negative. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Draw up an Answer to the 
Petition of John Bowles, Thomas Tilestone, and Others, Represen- 
tatives of several of the Towns in the County of Suffolk, for mak- 
ing Boston a County by itself And to set forth therein the 

best Reasons and Arguments they can against the same. 
Voted, That the said Committee consist of Five Persons. 
[167.] Voted, That John Read Esq r . 
Mr. Joseph Marion. 
William Stodclard Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . and 
Robert Auclmmty Esq r . 

be this Committee. Who are Desired to make their Report, at 
the Adjournment of this Meeting. 

The Report of the Select Men, relating to the High Way leading 
Round Wind-Mill Point Read. Which is as follows, Viz 4 . 
Pursuant to a Vote of the Inhabitants of Boston in Town Meeting 
the 7 th . of May last past, desiring Us to View the High Way 
round Wind-Mill Point, And to agree with the Abutters on 
said Way, So as to have it laid out in the best manner for ac- 
commodating the Inhabitants. 

We have accordingly attended that Service, And treated with 
Mess" Joseph Marion and William Wheeler jun r (the Abutters) 
And have mutually Agreed to Offer to the Town as follows, Viz 1 . 
That in lieu of the Old Way, the Way be now laid out at the 
bottom of South-Street, Seven feet and half from the South East 
Corner of said Wheeler's House, So as to run Nine feet to the 
Southward of Wheeler's rough-cast House unto the Divisional Line 
between Mr. Marion and Mr. Wheeler, And then to run on a 
Sloping line along to the Eastward Corner of the House formerly 
James Townsend's now enjoyed by Mr. Joseph Marion Carrying 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 113 

all the way the breadth of Thirty five feet, So as to joyn the High 
Way leading to Bull's Wharf : The which Way, Mess Marion and 
Wheeler have Agreed to make a convenient High Way as above 
for the Use of the Town, and to keep and maintain it in good 
Repair, Open, Free, and Unincumber'd, at their own proper cost 
and charge forever. All which is Submitted by. 
Boston, JOHN JEFFRIES. JON A ARMITAGE. ~) 

Aug. 5 th . WILL M DOWNS. DAVID COLLSON. V Select Men. 

1735. EDW. BROMFIELD. ALEX B FORSYTH ) 

[168.] Voted, That the said Report be Accepted. 

And, 

At the Instance and Desire of Mess Joseph Marion and Will- 
iam Wheeler jun r . being Present, This Minute is Entred, Viz 1 . That 
They Consent to, Promise, and Oblige themselves their Heirs and 
Assigns, to perform their part According to the Report of the 
Select Men, now Accepted. 

Voted, That this Minute be Entred in the Records of Boston 
accordingly. 

The Report of the Select Men, relating to the Affair of Mr. 
Hill's Lease Read. And is as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the above Vote, We have taken the Affair of Mr. 
Hill's Lease under further Consideration, And are still of Opinion, 
That Mr. Hill's Title is clear ; It being, as We apprehend, Part of 
the Land formerly in the Possession of Mr. William Teft, And by 
the Heirs of the said Teft recover'd out of the Towns Hands by a 
Judgment of the Superior Court in May, 1705. 

We are also of Opinion, That the Land now in the Possession 
of Mr. Hill, is the Land Leased to Henry Allen, referr'd to in said 
Vote, as far as We are capable of Judging. 

Boston, JOHN JEFFRIES. JON A ARMITAGE ) o i . 

Aug. 5. WILL M DOWNE DAVID COLLSON [ ^ 

1735. EDW BROMFIELD. ALKX B FORSYTH ) 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted. 

The Report of the Select Men, relating to Frauds in Cording of 

Wood Read 

And is as follows, Viz 1 

Pursuant to the Above Vote, We have Considered the same, 
And are of Opinion, That if Two pence p Cord be allowed to the 
[169.] Sealers, and they be Obliged to Attend their Duty, so as to 
View and Seal each Range of Wood, as it is Corded, Or as the 
Carts take it off the Wharf, it will be a Means of Preventing the 

Injuries Complained of 

Boston, JOHN JEFFRIES. JON A ARMITAGE. 

July 23. WILL M DOWNE. ALEX E FORSYTE. 

1735. EDW. BROMFIELD. DAVID COLLSON. 

The Question being put, Viz'. Whether this Report Should be 
Accepted ? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

Upon a Motion of the Overseers of the Poor, for Providing 
Preaching at the Alms House. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to wait upon the Reverned the 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Ministers of the Town, And to Desire They would take their Turns in 
Preaching the Gospel to the Poor in the Alms House. 
Voted, That Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

John Ruck Esq r . 

Henry Bering Esq r . 

William Tyler Esq r . 

John Hunt Esq r . 

Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood, and 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard, 

Overseers of the Poor, together w th Samuel Welles Esq r . 

be the Said Committee. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor be desired to Continue 
the Reverend Mr. John Adams in Preaching to the Poor in the 
Alms House, Until the mind of the Ministers of the Town On this 
Affair be Reported to the Town by the said Committee at the 
Adjournment of this Meeting. 

The Town proceeded to Consider, What might be proper for 

them further to do towards setting up a Work House And, 

The Act of the Great and General Court or Assembly For 

Employing and Providing for the Poor of the Town of Boston 
being Read. 

[17O.] Voted, That the further Consideration of this Affair 

be deferr'd, until the Adjournment of this Meeting. And 

The Gentlemen the Committee are Desired in the mean time to 
make what Progress They can in Obtaining Subscriptions for 

Erecting a Work House And That They Report thereon to 

the Town at the Adjournment of this Meeting. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryday the 15 th of 
August Current, At Three of the Clock, afternoon. 

August, 15 th . 1735. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 
Mr. Joseph Marion from the Committee Appointed to Draw up 
an Answer to the Petition of John Bowles, Thomas Tilestone, and 
Others, As Entred the 5th. of August instant, Presented the same 

Which being Read, 

Voted, That a Number of Gentlemen be Chosen and Added to 
this Committee, And That they take this Affair under further 
Consideration, And anew Draught the Answer to the Said Petition, 
and lay the same before the Town, for their Consideration. 
Voted, That the Number be three. 
Voted, That Mess Nathanael Cunningham. 
Thomas Gushing, Jun r . & 
Samuel Welles Esq r . 
be accordingly Added to the former Committee. 

The Town entring upon the Consideration of some passages in 
the Draught presented by the Committee, and after debate thereon. 
[171.] The following Questions were put, Viz'. 
Quest. 1. Whether it be the mind of the Town That the Com- 
mittee, in new draughting the Answer to said Petition, be Silent, 
As to Jurys giving Special Verdicts ? 



BOSTON TOWN HECORDS, 1735. ll. r ) 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Quest. 2. Whether it be the mind of the Town, That the said 
Committee in their new Draught Should insert any thing that may 
have a Tendency towards Raising the Salary s, or Fees of those 
that are in the Administration of Justice? 

Voted, ID the Negative. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r from the Committee appointed to wait upon 
the Reverend the Ministers of the Town, As Entred the 5th 
instant, Reported, That They had Accordingly Attended that 

Service And also laid before the Town, A Letter to the 

Committee, Signed, Benjamin Colman, In the Name of the Asso- 
ciated Pastors. Which was Read. And is as follows, Viz 4 . 

Boston, August, 14. 1735. 

To the Honourable the Committee, chosen by the Town, at 
their Meeting on the Fifth of this Month, to Desire the 
Ministers of the Town to take their Turns in Preaching 
the Gospel to the Poor in the Aims-House. 

Gentlemen 

The Ministers of the Town have this Day Considered 
of the Towns Desire, and hold Themselves Obliged, wherein they 
are able [172.] To Minister unto the Poor of the Town in 
General, and to the poor People in the Aims-House in particular, 
as well as unto Those of their respective Flocks. And altho' We 
should have been Well pleased, if the Town had seen good to have 
Continued the Worthy and Reverend Mr. Adams in the Service of 
Said House ; being a Person in Our Esteem excellently Spirited 
lo have Served the Poor there with all Humility of mind. And to 
have naturally cared for their Souls ; Yet We submit to the Pleas- 
ure of the Town Signified to us in their late Vote, So far as may 
Consist with our other Pastoral Duties to the Flocks to which we 
stand related. 

We think it proper at the same Time to remind the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town, 

That after our best Cares and Endeavours in Times past to 
Preacli in our Turns to the Poor in the Aims-House, We have 
seldom been Able to go thro' Our courses : And now, Some of 
Your Ministers are more Advanced in Years, And others labouring 
under Bodily Infirmities, And three of Our Number are alone in 
the Pastoral Offices, And therefore cannot so well Undertake to 
Serve in their Turns, as is Desired : 

Nevertheless, the most that can be Expected of Us, Under 
these disabling Circumstances, Will, We trust, be willingly 
rendered by Us (by the Help of God) if the Town should 
not be perswaded to Think, As We do, That the Concerns 
of the precious Souls of these poor People would be better 
Serv'd by the Ministry of some Suitable Person Statedly 
Employ 'd among them. 

We do Ourselves the Honour [173.] Humbly to Subscribe, As 
in Duty bound. 

Your Servants for Jesus Sake, 

BENJAMIN COLMAN 
In the Name of the Associated Pastors. 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Upon the Affair of Erecting a Work House and after some 
Debate thereon. 

Voted, That the further Consideration thereof be referr'd to the 
Next Town Meeting, And in Order thereto, That it be incerted in 

the Warrant for Calling the same, And the Committee are 

Desired in the mean time, to go forward with the Subscriptions 
therefor. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and Warned according to Law, 
being regularly Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town 
House, upon* Monday, December, 1st. 1735. 

Voted, That the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r be the Moderator of 
the present Meeting. 

The Select Men made the following Motion, Viz* That Application 
be made to the Great and General Court, in Order to Obtain an 
Abatement of the heavy Tax which is laid upon the Town of 
Boston. 

Voted Unanimously, That the Select Men be desired to Prepare 
something relating to the Motion by them now made, and lay it 
before the Town at the next Town Meeting, for their Considera- 
tion, and [1 74.] That the said Motion be Inserted in the Warrant 
for Calling said Meeting. 

The Eeport of a Committee appointed the 5th and lath of 
August last past, to Draw up an Answer to the Petition of John 
Bowles, Tho s . Tileston and Others, For making Boston a County 
by it self, being Presented, and Read as follows, Viz 4 . 

^) To His Kxcellenc}* Jonathan Belcher Esq r . Cap- 
Province of | tain General & Governour in Chief, The Hon ble . 
theMassachu- }-the Council and Hon ble . House of Representatives 
setts Bay Sc. I in General Court Assembled at Boston the 19 th 
J Nov. 1735. 

The Answer of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston to the 
Petition of several Representatives in and of the County of Suf- 
folk for dividing the County of Suffolk and making Boston a 
County by it self, with their Reasons against it. 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Boston are Humbly of Opinion, 
That it's most Advantageous both for them and also for the Rest 
of the Towns of that County to be held in One Count} 7 still, upon 
Several Accompts. 

I. For the Ends of Friendship, Trade, and Business. For these 
Common and Usual Assemblys of the Courts in Boston, Gives Men 
decent Opportunitys for Friendly Society and Matters of Trade and 
Business, and certainly Unites us more in Our Affection, and 
promotes our Mutual Interest and Wealth. 

II. For the Ends of Justice, and Law Because [175.] 

1 st . The more we are United, the more Uniform and steady will 
the Rules of Justice in Oiir Courts be, For all men do not 
Apprehend things alike, Different Courts will have different 
Apprehensions in particular Cases, and that will Naturally breed 
different Rules of Justice upon particular Circumstances, and this 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 117 

tends to Reader Justice unsettled and precarious in the several 
Places, When as if these several Courts were United, most 
probably the Truth would prevail, and the Rules of Justice be 
more steady, and this plainly appears in the strong and Steady 
Administration of Justice in the Supream Courts of the Kingdom. 
21y. The more We are United, the more Our Judges, by the 
Recompence now allowed them, will be Enabled to Study the Law 
And furnish themselves still further with Power agreeable to their 
Place and Duty. Their Business and Office requires a steady 
Application Not only to the immediate administration of Justice 

in the several Sessions of Our Courts But to the Books of 

the Law, to Instruct their minds and form their Judgments, That 
their Administrations of Justice may be the more conformable to 
the Universal Reason of all Mankind. Now the bigger our 
Counties are, the more Contracted will the Business be, the Fees 
and Profits of the Judges be shared among the fewer, And the 
more Business dispatch'd in less time and that continued without 
interruption and wasteful vacancys interposed. 

As to the Reasons for Dividing the County, We Humbly 

Conceive them to be of no weight. 

For Instance, 

1 st The Charge, they say, is great in the long Attendance of Wit- 
nesses and Jurors, Especially at the Superiour Court. But the 
Remedy is Easy and plain, Namely, That there be Four Terms of 
the Superiour Court in a Year, which is now come to be of abso- 
lute Necessity, and will be found a vast advantage to Common 
Justice and [17G.] Right, and if need be the Justices of that 
Court upon a Motion can set the Days of Tryal for such Actions 
as specially need it, at the beginning of the Court and put up the 
Actions every day for Tryal that day, And by this means the At- 
tendance of Witnesses and Jurors, will be Eased Sufficiently for 
many years, And it is but to Order more Jurys to Attend the 
Court at several times, As is constantly done by the best 
Ordered Courts of the Nation, And they may Attend as short a 
Time as shall be desired, tho' the Courts be ever so long. 

21y. The Business of Boston, they say, is very different from 
that of the Country, whereby Cases may be determined wrong for 
want of Understanding, particularly of Charter-partys and other 
Affairs of Trade. 

But this seems to be a very indigested Reason, For All these 
Actions are Transitory and may be laid in any County ; And 
therefore by Dividing the County, 111 designing Men Shall have an 
Advantage to Carry their Actions into the dark, when they please, 
And by a special Provision and Establishment of Law. 

Wherefore, We are Humbly of Opinion It will always 

best Serve the Intentions of Justice to have Jurys composed of 
Men of Probity, and good Understanding, Capable to receive, and 
digest the Arguments of the several Councils, And particular Ob- 
servations of the Judges upon the whole, And withal Severally 
Acquainted with the several Affairs that may come before them, 
That they may Assist and Aid One another, in every Matter to be 
Tryed by them. 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Wherefore, Upon the whole the Inhabitants of Boston are 
Humbly of Opinion, That it is not for the Wealth, and 
Welfare of the People to have [177.] This County divided 

And therefore Pray it may not. 

Humbly Presented to the Town by Us of 
the Committee for that Purpose. 
JOHN READ. 
Jos. MARION. 
W M STODDARD 
JOHN FAYERWEATHKR 
SAMUEL WELLES. 
NATH L . CUNNINGHAM 
THOMAS CUSHING JUN K . 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted And That the 

Select Men be Desired to Present the Same, when fairly trans- 
cribed, To the Great and General Court, As the Reasons of the 
Town of Boston against Dividing the County of Suffolk. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the Northerly part of the 
Town, Praying, that a floor may be laid in the Market place there, 

for Reasons mentioned in Said Petition, Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted, And Th:it 
the Select Men be Desired to take care to have the same Effected, 
at the Charge of the Town. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[178.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to 
Law, being regularly Assembled in Public Town-Meeting, at the 
Town-House, on Monday, Dec. 29. 1735. 

Voted, That the Hon b ' le Elisha Cooke Esq r . be Moderator of the 
present Meeting. 

The Select-Men (Agreeable to a Vote of the Inhabitants the 
first instant) laid before the Town, the Heads of a Petition, which 
They thought might be proper to be Presented to the General 
Court, to move them to make an Abatement of the heavy Tax 
laid on the Town this present year. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to draw up a Memorial or Peti- 
tion to the Great and General Court, for an Abatement of the Tax 

laid on the Town this Year And lay the same before the 

Town at the Adjournment of this Meeting, for their Consideration. 

Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five. Ac- 

cordingly 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, 
Mr. Andrew Tyler 
Mr. John Walker 
Capt. John Steel, and 
Mr. Nathanael Balston 
be the Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That the Select Men and Assessors be, and hereby are 
Desired to Assist the said Committee in the Affair. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded relating to Reviewing the 
Actions respecting the Town Dock. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 119 

[179. J Voted, That the Affair of bringing forward a Review 
in the Cases relating to the Town Dock, be Referr'd to the Con- 
sideration of the Inhabitants at their Annual Town-Meeting in 
March next. 

The Petition of Several of the Inhabitants, presented to the 
Select Men Piling, That the state of the long Wharf may be 
duly Examined into, and Enquiry made, Whether or no, the Right 
of the Inhabitants of this Town relating to the same, has not been 
notoriously Violated, And that some Methods may be pursu'd to 
prevent the like Impositions for the Future. Read. 

A Question was accordingly put to the Town Viz'. Whether 
They would proceed to the Choice of a Committee for the End set 
forth in the said Petition? 

Voted r In the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Number of the Committee be Five. 

Voted, That Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Capt. John Steel 
Mr. Thomas Cushing Jun r . 
Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, and 
William Clark Esq r . 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That the said Committee Report to the Town on this 
Affair, at their Annual Meeting, in March next. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Thursday next, at 
Four of the Clock, after Noon. 



The Town being Assembled 



Capt Nathanael Cunningham from the Committee appointed 
the 29 th ' of Dec. last past, to Draw up A Memorial, or Petition to 
the General Court, relating to the heavy Tax laid on the Town, 

Presented the same, Which was Read And is as follows, 

Viz'. 

[18O.] To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r Captain 
General and Governour in Chief The Honourable the 
Council and the Hon ble House of Representatives of His 
Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England, in General Court Assembled, the first day of 
January 1735. 

The Petition of His Majesty's Liege Subjects, the Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Boston. 
Humbly Sheweth, 

That Whereas the very heavy and almost insup- 
portable Province Tax which has been laid upon the Inhabitants 
of said Town of Boston for some years past, have been so great 
and burdensom, that They have not been able, without the 
Utmost difficulty to discharge the same. 

Wherefore Your Petitioners most Humbly beg leave to lay 
before Your Excellency and Honours the deplorable Estate of 
said Town, And in Order to expose the miserable Circumstances 
thereof to Your Excellency and Honours View, they beg leave to 
Observe. 

I. The Great decay of Our Trade in General Which is very 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

obvious from the great Declension of the principal and most 
valuable branches thereof for many years past, which branches 
made this Town appear with a different face to what it does at 
present, And as the Encouragement of these Branches were our 
great advantage, So We really find by unhappy experience, the 
Discouragement of them to be very Distressing, And We Apprehend 
will be more so, Unless Your Excellency and Honours shall be 
Able, in Your great Wisdom to find out some Relief to make up 
to Us the deplorable loss. 

[181.] We would now beg leave to Observe upon the 
Branches of Our Trade,* refer' d to 

1. Our Distillery, which was for many Years a most flourishing 
Trade in the Town, And maintain'd not only abundance of People, 
but likewise abundance of Vessels in carrying off large quantities 
of Our Country Produce and in lieu thereof making Returns in 
Molasses, and that in Our own Vessels, at moderate prices, by 
which means We were enabled to Export verj T large quantities of 
Rum to almost all parts of British America, more especially to 
Newfoundland, Which gave Us opportunity to make large Remit- 
tances to London, which help'd us in a great Measure to discharge 
great part of the Debt Owing from this Province to Ballauce their 
Trade to that City &c., Not only so, but all our Naval Stores from 
North Carolina, and Cargoes of Rice and other Merchandizes 
from South Carolina, as well as most of Our Grain, Flour, and 
many other Commodities from Other places We receiv'd in lieu of, 
or exchange for Rum of Our Own Distilling : But the Act of 
Parliament laying such Duties upon Foreign Molasses imported 
into His Majesty's Plantations, Hath put it out of the power of 
Our Trade to import any Mollasses upon such terms, which has 
been the means of lessening the Distillery of this Town at least 
One half, So that Whereas this Town and Province before the 
Act might reasonably have been allow'd to gain many Thousand 
Pounds p Annum by the Distillery, They do not now more than 
maintain themselves. 

2. Our Cod Fishery, which for many Years past have Employ'd 
abundance of Men and Vessels, and enabled the Town to carry 
on a very great Trade, by supplying all sorts of necessarys for 
carrying on catching and curing and exporting the same, is 
become so heavy an Article, both in Europe and West Indies, the 
price being so very low, Occasion'd by the French, who not only 
catch vast quantities, but cure it much better than We do, And 
the cheapness of their Labour and Materials for catching and 
curing the same, Enable them to undersell us at most of the 
Markets in Europe, by which means the Fish here does not bear 
a price Suflicient to discharge the Cost in catching and curing, 
And at [182.] Present remains under such discouragement, that 
it's much to be feared that there will not be, the Year ensuing, 
near Two Thirds, of the Fisher}' kept up, as has been carried on 

for many Years past And as this Valuable Trade lessens, 

the Trade of Boston must necesarily lessen in proportion. 

3. Our whole Trade to the West Indies and back to this Port 
is reduced to so low an Ebb, and that without any visible pros- 



BOSTON Tows RECORDS, 1735. 121 

pects of it's ever flowing again, that it labours under the Utmost 
discouragement, For it's generally Allow'd, that Our whole Trade 
thither and directly back to Boston upon an Average does not 
discharge the first Outsets, And nothing saves that Trade from 
utter Ruin, but Freights from thence to London, and that seldom 
to be depended upon, And even that is so small an Advantage 
that it's much to be feared the Generous Adventurers will soon be 
Obliged to lay aside their Trade and Navigation and save some 
part, before their whole Interest be utterly lost, Unless they 
can Receive such Publick Encouragement, as will induce them to 
continue the same. 

4. The Trade to London, tho' it's Our Duty to Contribute All 
in Our Power toward the Wealth and Grandeur of Our Mother 
Country, Yet what We receive cheifly from thence serves in a 
great measure to expose our Inhabitants to censure and extraor- 
dinary Taxes, for the abundance of European Goods sent over 
hither, from the Nature of Our Trade exposes the Inhabitants to 
appear in extravagant Garbs, Who would gladly avoid the same, 
were they to receive Money in lieu of their Labour, Manufacture 
and Trades : But inasmuch as they cannot be paid but by Notes 
to Shops which cannot be avoided, tho' allow'd to be very perni- 
cious, And altho' very great quantities of extravagant, unneces- 
sary European Goods are imported yet they contribute nothing 
toward the Support of the Publick Charges : But the most part 
thereof are Owned by Merchants in London [J83.] And con- 
signed to their own Factors here, and no advantage reaped by 
them, but by the Ship-builders and a few Tradesmen, AVhereas 
We Apprehend this Town is Taxed as tho' said Goods were Owned 
by the immediate Possessors, but in Truth all We get by them is 
the Commissions, and very often much less, after the Returns are 
made Our Trades-Men of all denominations (Except the Ship- 
builders, and that only this present year) having very little Em- 
ployment, and yet very heavily Taxed and are under the utmost 
discouragements, the want of Money without which no Country 
can possibly subsist, is so scarce and hardly to be Obtain'd, thnt 
there is not One half sufficient to carry on the Trade of the Prov- 
ince &c. We Humbly Apprehend, Unless Your Excellency and 
Honours afford us Relief, and out some means to Ease Us of Our 
Taxes, which We are not able to pay, And Encourage the deca} r - 
ing Trade of this Province, We have great Reason to fear, a vei'y 
few years will reduce this Town to the greatest distress and 
misery. 

II. We would further beg leave, Humbly to Observe in a par- 
ticular Manner the many instances in which this Town is Exposed 
to Publick Charges, and altho' several of them are not immediately 
Provincial, yet they are so many and so great as renders them less 
able to pay the whole. 

1. The Maintenance of the Poor of the Town is a very great 

and growing Charge. For Whereas in the Years, 1728, 

1729, the Charge was but Nine Hundred Forty four Pounds each 
Year, it amounted in the Year 1734, to Two Thousand Sixty Nine 
Pounds, Ten Shillings for the Poor of the Almshouse and others 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Supported at the Publick Charge. There wns then Eighty Eight 
Persons in the Almshouse, and but One Third part of them Town 
born Children, So that Two Thirds of the Charge is One Thousand 
Three Hundred Seventy Nine Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and 
Four pence for Poor Persons who are crept in amongst Us, And 
which We doubt not, Your Excellency and Honours will have 
[184.] Due Consideration of, And that the Burden may, As We 
apprehend it ought to be proportionably born by the Province. 
And We would further Observe that the Additional Number of the 
Town Inhabitants is chiefly Owing to the resort of all sorts of 
poor People, which instead of Adding to the wealth of the Town, 
serve only as a Burden and continual Charge, and which is as 
frequently complain'd of by the Inhabitants, but without having it 
in their Power to repell or prevent the growing Evil. For We Ap- 
prehend it cannot be concluded against Boston, that they ought to 
be Assessed according to the additional Numbers of her Inhabi- 
tants, Unless their Additional Number brought with them an 
equivalent proportion, of Wealth to support the Charge, which is 
evident they do not, by the Encrease of the Numbers abated their 
Rates annually, And it is Observable that many Inhabitants of 
good Circumstances are gone out from Us, And many indigent 
Poor have fill'd the vacancy, and encreas'd our Polls. 

2. The Watch of the Town of Boston is a very great Charge 

Amounting to no less than Twelve Hundred Pounds p 

Annum, Which great Charge is not only very Serviceable to the 
Town, but likewise to the Province, by reason this Watch is a 
very great Security to all Merchandize imported belonging to 
many other Persons at Home and in Foreign parts, as well as all 
the Produce brought from the Country, and belonging to the In- 
habitants thereof, as well as all Vessels continually Trading hither 
from Other Ports. 

3. The Support of the Ministry of the Town, by a moderate 
Computation amounts to Eight Thousand Pounds p. Annum. 

4. The Other Charges of the Town above what has been already 
Noted is. Four Thousand Six Hundred and Thirty Pounds p. 
Annum, Besides Our Proportion of the Count}' Charge this year is 
One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Two Pounds, [185.] Nine- 
teen Shillings and Two pence, the whole amounting to the 
Sum of 

5. The Impost was Originally designed for to maintain the 
Province Galley, and altho' that Cause was removed many Years 
past, Yet the Effect still remains, which is a very grent Burden to 
the Mercantile part of the Province, but more especially to the 
Town of Boston, considering the additional Tax of Fourteen 
Hundred Pounds this Year. It is frequently Objected that altho' 
Merchants originally pay an Impost, Yet they are fully repaid by 

the Consumer. Altho' that Argument may possibly Subsist 

as to the part of such Goods as are consumed here, Yet We 
humbly Apprehend there is no Argument for Retaining the Im- 
post upon such Goods as are re-exported, and which is a very 
great Burden upon the Importer, For, all such Goods in London 
imported, upon which there is a Duty, there is a Drawback, pro- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 123 

vided Such Goods are re-exported in a limited time, But here, 
there is no provision made, Unless the Goods are not landed, and 
exported in the same bottom, which is a very great hardship upon 
the Importers, b\" reason a very great part of such Goods are re- 
exported by the Original Importers, and others, And therefore 
We cannot but hope We shall meet with such Relief As the 
Nature and Justice of this Observation calls for. 

6. The Bounty upon Hemp and Flax will, As We Apprehend, 
Amount to a very large sum Annually, And Altho' it will be a 
General Good lo the whole Province, yet very fur from being any 

immediate Advantage to the Town of Boston For as it is 

raised in the Country, So they may Manufacture it there if they 
please, nay carry it into any other Government, and still receive 
the Bounty, When at the same time Boston pays agreeable to our 
proportion of the Province Tax in times past. Above One Sixth 
part, which is like to be a very heavy Article, but more Especially 
iiK.bmuch as the same is to be paid in Money by a Tax upon her 
Inhabitants, Whereas they cannot possibly conceive how they can 
obtain the n-.or.ey t;> pay it with. For the unhappy situation of 
Our Affairs, especially in respect of Money, fills every Ones mind 
with the fears of very terrible consequences. 

[180.] Wherefore, We Humbly Apprehend, That We cannot 
possibly set the present distressing Circumstances of the Inhabi- 
tants of this Town in a clearer Light than b} 7 Acquainting Your 
Excellency and Honours of the Report made to a Committee ap- 
pointed by the Town, by the Collectors of the Publick Rates and 
Taxes, Which Stands thus, 

17^5. Capt. Daniel Pecker to Collect, Six Thousand Six Hun- 
dred Pounds ; to pay in Cue Half by the 10 th of January current, 
Or liable to an Execution. And yet has not been able to Collect 

more than Two Hundred an Ten Pounds, There remains 

due Six Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety Pounds. 

Mr. Nathauael Barber to "Collect, Two Thousand Six Hundred 
Pounds ; to pay in One half by the aforesaid, 10 th January, other- 
wise liable to an Execution, has not been able to Collect more than 

One Hundred and Eighty Pounds There remains due, Two 

Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty Pounds. 

Dr. William Rand to Collect, Seven Thousand and Sixteen 
Pounds ; and to pa}' One Half by the 10 th January, or liable to an 
Execution, has not been able to Collect more than the Sum of, 

Five Hundred and Twenty Six Pounds, There remains due, 

Six Thousand Four Hundred and Ninety Pounds. 

And the aforesaid Collectors say, the general Complaint is by 
the Inhabitants, that they are Over Taxed very much, in the 
Province Tax, in proportion to other Towns, and have not Money 
Neither know they where to get it, and the Collectors further Add, 
That they have no prospect of being able to Collect the respective 
Sums allotted to them Unless they distrain upon the Goods and 
Chattels of the Inhabitants. 

Wherefore Your Petitioners Humbly Pray Your Excellency and 
Honours would be Pleased to take their distressed Circumstances 
into Your most Wise and Serious Consideration, And make Us 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Such Abatements upon the Taxes laid Upon Us the Year past, and 
Reduce future Taxes to such moderate [187.] Sums, as that it 
ma}^ be in the Power of Your Petitioners chearfully to pay, And as 
in Your Great Wisdom You shall adjudge most just and equal. 

And Your Petitioners, as in Duty bound, Shall Ever Pray, &c. 

NATH T- CUNNINGHAM. 
JOHN WALKER. 
Boston, Jan. 1. 1735. ANDREW TYLER. 

NATHANAEL BALSTON. 
JOHN STEEL. 

Voted, That this Memorial, or Petition be Accepted. 
Voted, That the Town Clerk be, and hereby is directed For, 
and in behalf of the Town of Boston, to Sign the said Petition, 
when fairly Transcribed, And Present the same to the Great and 
General Court. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be Given to the Gentle- 
men the Committee, for their great Pains in Draughting the Peti- 
tion, now by them presented. 

Then the Meeting was Disrnist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified, and Warned according to Law, 
being regularly Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town 
House, on Tuesday, February, 3d. 1735. 

The Warrants for Calling a Town Meeting being Read. 

The Honourable Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chosen Moderator. 

A Grant of the Great and General Court to the Town of Boston, 
of Tliree Tracts of Land, each of the Contents of Six Miles Square, 
for Town Ships Read, Which is as follows, Viz'. 

[188.] At a Great and General Court or Assembly for His 
Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in 
New England begun and held at Boston, upon 
Wednesday the Twenty eighth of Ma}*, 1735, and 
continued by several Adjournments to Wednesday 
the Nineteenth Day of November following. 

The following Vote (on the Petition of the Town of Boston) 
passed both Houses, and consented to by the Governour : Viz 1 , on 
the 29 tQ of December, 1735. 

Voted, That there be and hereby is Granted to the Town of 
Boston, Three Tracts of Land each of the Contents of Six Miles 
Square, and to be laid out in some Suitable Place or Places in the 
Unappropriated Lands of this Province, for Townships, by a Sur- 
veyor and Chainmen on Oath, and to Return Plats thereof to this 
Court for confirmation within Twelve Months. Provided the Town 
of Boston do within Five years from the Confirmation of the sev- 
eral Plats Settle on each of said Towns Sixty Families of His 
Majesty's good Subjects Inhabiting this Province, and in as regular 
and defensible a Manner as the Lands will admit of, Each of Said 
Sixt}* Fatnilys to build and finish a Dwelling House on his Home 
Lot, of the following dimensions, Viz*. Eighteen feet Square and 
Seven feet Stud at the least. That Each of the said Settlers within 
said Term bring to, fit for Improvement Five Acres of said Home 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 125 

Lot, cither by Plowing, or to Mowing, by Stocking the same well 
with English Grass, and Fence the same well in, and actually live 
on the spot, And also Build and finish a Suitable and convenient 
House for the Publick Worship of God, and Settle a learned ortho- 
dox Minister in Each of said Towns, and provide for their honour- 
able and comfortable Support, and also lay out Three [189.] 
House Lots in Each of said Town's, eacli of which to Draw a sixty 
third part of said Town, in all future Divisions, One to be for the 
first Settled Minister, One for the Ministry, and One for the School ; 
And in Order that the Conditions of this Grant may the more 
Effectually be com ply ed with, Ordered, That Elisha Cookc Esq. 
Mr. Oxenbridge Thacher, Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r and Mr. 
Timothy Prout, with such as the Honourable Board shall appoint, 
be a Committee fully Authorized to Admit Settlers, And to take 
of each Settler a Bond, in the Sum of Twenty five Pounds for the 
Performance of the Conditions so far as relates to their respective 
Lots, which Bond Shall be made Payable to the Province Treas- 
urer ; And in case any of the Lots in any One of the Town ships 
hereby Granted, shall not be settled in time and Manner as is 
above provided, then such Lot with the Rights belonging thereto, 
shall Revert to, and be at the Disposition of the Government. 

Voted by the Honourable Council, That John Jeffries, Jacob 
Wendell, and Samuel Welles Esq. be Joyned to the Committee 
of the Honourable House for admitting Settlers, &c. 

A True Copy, 

Examined 

p THAD. MASON, Dep'. Seer 7 . 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Committee, to Inspect, 
Survey and Plat Three Tracts of Land, agreeable to the said Grant 
suitable for Town- ships and with what speed they conveniently 
may or can, and that They make Report thereof to the Town as 
soon as may be. 

Voted, That the Number of the Committee be Three. 

Voted, That Mr. Gershom Keyes 

Mr. John Checkley and 
Capt. Robert Temple 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

[19O.] And, Whereas, at the Motion of the Representatives 
of this Town, the Select Men did Seasonably Employ John Jones 
of Hopkinston Esq. and Mr. Samuel Chandler of Concord, to look 
out for some Tracts of Land, suitable for the Settlement of Three 
Townships. 

Voted, That the Committee be, and hereby are Desired* to 
Enquire of those Gentlemen, how far they have proceeded in that 
Affair, and to Advise with them, or Others, in their further pro- 
ceeding. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of 
Boston, duly Qualified and warned According to Law, regularly 
Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, On 
Monday March the 8 th . 1735. 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mather Byles 

And 

The Warrants for Calling the Town Meeting Read The In- 
habitants proceeded to the Choice of A Moderator. Accord- 
ingly The Votes being Collected, It Appeared That The Hon ble Elisha 
Cooke Esq r . was Chosen Moderator of the Meeting, Unanimously. 
Sundry Laws, Read 

Sundry Petitions, Proposals &c. Read 



and Sundry Motions Made.- 



The Petitions of John Walloy Esq & Samuel Salter. 
Of Mr. John Lovel. 
Of Mrs. Mar}- Sharrow. 
Of Mrs. Abihail Chamberlain. 
Of Sundry Inhabitants, Viz 1 . 
For a Fish Market. 
For Paving Green Lane. 
[191.] Of Sundry Inhabitants for Paving Orange Street. 

For Paving Beer Lane. 
Of the Towns Watch Men. 
Of the Masters of the Water Engines. 
Report of the Select Men, of Visitation of the Schools. 

Of the Registring Births and Deaths, from the Min- 
utes of the late Town Clerk And also 

Of the present great Neglect of the Inhabitants in 

Registring Births and Deaths. 

Report of the Committee on Ruraney Marsh Petition 
Mr. Joseph Marion's Proposal. 
Mr. Jonathan William's Motions, Relating to his Care of 

the Granary And for the better Regulation of 

the Cows, on the Common. 

The Moderator made a Motion, Relating to the Marsh at the 
bottom of the Common, near Fox Hill, That the Com- 
mittee appointed thereon in Mar. 1733, might be Re- 
vived 

Mr. Marion made 'A Motion, for Addressing the General 
Court for Libert}' to bring forward A Writ of Review 
in the Case between the Town of Boston, and Thomas 

Palmer Esq r . 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, made a Motion, That the 
Petition lately Presented to the General Court, for A 
batement of the Tax on this Town, might be Read. 
The Town proceeded to the Choice of Officers. 
Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town Clerk for the Year Ensuing, 
and Sworn. 



Voted, To Chuse Seven Select Men. 

The Votes being collected and sorted, it Appeared that, 

The Hon ble . John Jeffries Esq r> | 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Capt. William Dowue 



Capt. Jonathan Armitage, 
Mr. David Collson 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth, 
Capt. John Eastwick 
Were Chosen Select Men, for the Year Ensuing. 



Select Men. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 127 

[192.] The Hon ble Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . was Chosen 
Town Treasurer, for the Year Ensuing, and Sworn. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor be Desired to Attend 
this Meeting in the Afternoon, to give Their Opinion with respect 
to Dividing the Town into Twelve Wards. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till Three of the Clock, 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, Being Assembled. 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . and Capt. William Downe Excusing 

themselves from Serving as Select Men, the Year Ensuing, 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Two Select Men in their 
Room. 

The Votes being Collected and Sorted, it Appear'd That 

Capt. Caleb Lyman, and ) , , , r 
Mr. Jonas Clarke, } Select Men. 

were Chosen Select Men, for the Year Ensuing. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . in the Name of the Overseers of the Poor, 
Reported to the Town, That 'twas Their Opinion, It would be 
much for the Service of the said Town that it be divided into 
Twelve Wards, and Proposed the Military Division of the Town, 
to their Consideration. 

Voted, That the Gentlemen, the Overseers of the Poor be a 
Committee to project a Division of the Town into Twelve Wards, 
and to make their Report thereof Tomorrow, in Order to the Town's 
proceeding thereon. 

Voted, To Chuse Seven Assessors. Accordingly 
Mess. Daniel Loring 
James Watson. 
John Stamford 
Richard Buckley 
[193.] Peter Thomas 

Joshua Blanchard and 
James Gold 
"Were Chosen Assessors, for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the High Ways, 
the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That Mr. Stephen Kent, be the Constable for the District 
of Rumney Marsh, the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That Mess". Elisha Tuttle and ) ^ 

Samuel Pratt } Fence Vievvcrs - 
be Fence Viewers for Rumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. John Hasey, be Sealer of Leather for Rumney 
Marsh. 

Voted, That Mess Charles Bill and ) 

Samuel Maxwell } Hogrevcs. 

be Hogreves, for Rumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. John Laithe, be Haward, or Field Driver, for 
Rumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Mr. Stephen Kent, be Collector of Taxes in Rum- 
ney Marsh, the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That Mr. John Brintnal, be Surveyor of Hemp and Flax, 
within this Town, the Year Ensuing. 



128 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Constables. 



Voted, To Chuse Twelve Constables, distinct from Collectors. 
Voted, That Mess". Thomas Paine - - Pay ^ 
John Hammock - - Pay 
Christopher Kilb} T 

Jun r . p d . 1731 
Malachi Salter - - Sworn 
John Phillips - - Pay 
John Maylem - - Pay 

[194.] Edward Tyng - - Appeal 

John Wakefield- - Excus'd 
Elias Dupee - - - Pay 
John Webster - - Pay 
Edward Bulkley- - Sworn J 
be Constables for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting 'till Tomorrow Morning, at 
Nine of the Clock. 

The Town being Assembled. 

Mess. Samuel Marshall ^ 

Adam Winthrop Jun r . 
John Flowers 
Samuel Gibbins 
James Barnard 
Joseph Turell 
Thomas Greenough 
Richard Salter - - 
Clerks of the Market, the Year Ensuing. 
Mess. Samuel May 

Robert Williams 
James Dawson 
William Young 
Joshua Dodge 
Nathanael Hodgdon 

Were Chosen Sealers of Leather, the year Ensueing. 
Mess" Francis Warden ^ 

Joseph Russell 
William More 
Bartholomew Sutton 
Roger Stainer 
John Endicot 
Joseph White 

Were Chosen Fence Viewers, the year Ensuing. 
[195.] Mess rs . Edward Moberly 
William Paine 
Edward Richards 
Thomas Foster 
Joshua Thornton 
Matthew Barnard J 
Were Chosen Viewers of Shingles, Meas. of Boards &c. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. James Read and Others, Masters of 
the Water Engines in the Town, in behalf of themselves and the 
Companies belonging to them, Praying they may be Excused 



Clerks of y e 
Market. 



Were Chosen to be 



Sealers of Leather. 



Fence Viewers 



Viewers of Shingles &c. 



Scavengers. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 129 

from serving in Other Offices, the year Ensuing, as usual, 

Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 
Mess". Richard True "} 

Ezekiel Carver 

iir-n- v r Hogreves. 

\\ illiam Young 

William Hunt J 

Were Chosen Hogreves, for the year Ensuing. 

Mess". William Williams ^ 

Joseph Cowel 
Benjamin Salisbury 
Harrison Gray 
John Taylor 
Thomas Boucher 
William Rand 
Jacob Holyoke 
Daniel Pecker 
Henry Gibbs 
Skinner Russell 
John Bennet 
Thomas Jackson 
George Monk 
Nathanael Gardner 
Were Chosen Scavengers, for the Year Ensuing. 

[196.] Voted, That Mr. Richard Carter Cowel be Haward, 
or Field Driver, the 3 T ear Ensuing. 

The Select Men proposed to the Town, to proceed to the Choice 
of Ty thing Men, if they saw meet. 

Mess". James Jeffs ------ Pay "^ 

John Boylston ----- Pay 

Thomas Phillips ----- Sworn ( -, 

i, 1 -r, > Constables. 

John Caswall ------ Pay 

Henry Price ------ Sworn 

Samuel Wentworth Jun r . - - Sworn J 
Were Chosen Constables for the year Ensuing. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired, to 
Visit the several Public Schools in the Town, Taking with them 
Such Gentlemen to Accompany them as they shall think proper. 

And that They Report to the Town what Condition They 

find them in. 

Upon the Petition of John Walley Esq r . and Samuel Salter, 
Praying the Town to Reinburse to them the Sum of Thirteen 
Pound, Sixteen Shillings, One penny, disbursed by them in 
the year 1723, for Paving in Water Street, as set forth in said 
Petition ; 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 

Voted, That the Town will proceed to the Choice of a County 
Treasurer, at Five of the Clock After-Noon ; As also A Register 
of Deeds for the County of Suffolk ; And to Consider of Raising 
Money to Defray the Charges of the Town the year Ensuing. 

The Report of the Committee on Runmey Marsh Petition 

Read. 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[197.] Upon the Petition of Mary Sharrow, in behalf of Her 
Husband George Sharrow, One of the Constables of Boston, and a 
Collector of Rates and Taxes in the year 1732, Who being fallen 
in Arrears with the Treasurers has Absented himself, for more 
than Two years last past, Praying, That her said Husband may be 
permitted to return Home and with Freedom follow his Business 

as formerly Proposing (thereupon) to Pay in to the Town 

Treasury Thirty Pounds (at the least) Every Year until the whole 
of his Debt be Paid and Discharged. 

In Answer to said Petition ; 

Voted, That upon Mr. Sharrow's Return Home, to Bos- 
ton, The Town will not Pursue him in the Law, for the 
Arrears due from him to the Town, Upon his Paying the 
Sum of Thirty Pounds p Annum, until the whole of his said 
Debt be Paid. 

A Memorial of Samuel Gerrish, Town Clerk. Presented to the 
Select Men; Setting forth, That According to Their Order, He 
had Registred, Four Thousand Three Hundred and Forty five, 
Births and Deaths, from the Minutes kept by Samuel Checkley 
Esq r . the late Town Clerk, Viz 1 from the Year 1721 to the year 
1733, inclusive, Which said Memorial the Select Men laid before 
the Town, in Order for an Allowance to be made for said Service 

And The following Question being put, Viz 1 . Whether the 

Town would Allow a certain Sum to Samuel Gerrish in Considera- 
tion of his Registring the Births and Deaths Entred in Col Check- 
ley's Minutes? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be allow'd and Paid out 
of the Town Treasury, to Samuel Gerrish, in Consideration of his 
Registring the Births and Deaths above mentioned. 

Mr. John Level's Petition, Read, and withdrawn. 

[19S.] A Memorial of Sundry Inhabitants relating to a strip 
of Land at the Southerly End of Cross Street, Desiring the same 
might be left in Common and un-encumber'd, as being commodi- 
ous and well Situated for a Fish-Market Read, And The 

following Question being put. Viz' 

Whether the Town would Grant the Prayer of the Petitioners? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

The Petition of Abihail Chamberlain Widow of Jacob Cham- 
berlain, late Constable of Rumney Mai'sh, Deceas'd. Read And 
in Answer thereto 

Voted, That Six Months be further Allow'd the Petitioner 
Abihail Chamberlain to make up Her Account with the Town 

Treasurer And the Assessors are hereby also Impower'd to 

make such Abatements as they shall Judge proper. 

The Petition of Matthias Cowdrey, Abia Holbrook &c. in 

behalf of themselves and Others, Watchmen Praying for an 

Addition to their pay and wages, for reasons mentioned. 

Read And the Following Question being put, Viz 4 Whether 

the Town make an Addition to the Pay or Salaries of the Watch- 
men, According to their Petition? 

Voted, Jn the Negative. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 131 

Upon Complaint That the Watch at the Fortification, is Useless, 
and Occasions an Unnecessary Charge to the Town, 

A Question was put, Viz' 

[199.] Whether the Town would Continue the said Watch? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

Mr. Joseph Marion's Proposal Read. 

Votod, To Adjourn this Meeting 'till the After-Noon, at Three 
of the Clock. 

Afternoon, being Assembled. 

Mr. John Perry was Chosen One of the Clerks of the Market, 
in the Room of Mr. Adam Wiuthrop Jun r who was Excused. 

The Petitions of Sundry Inhabitants for Paving in Several 
Streets, Viz' Orange Street, Green Lane and Beer Lane, Read. 

Whereas the Consideration of Bringing forward Writs of Review 
in the Cases between the Town of Boston and James Everill's 
Heirs, relating to the Town Dock, was Referred to this Meeting 
And a Consideration Accordingly had 

Voted, That it be left with the Select Men of the Town, for 
the Time being, To bring forward Writs of Review in the Actions 
relating to the Town Dock as aforesaid, Whensoever They shall 
think tit, Yet so seasonably withal, as to prevent the danger of 
being fore closed by any Error which may possibly happen in the 
said Writs. 

Mr. Marion's Motion for Addressing the General Court, for 
Liberty to bring forward a Writ of Review, in the Case between 
the Town and Thomas Palmer Esq r . Being Considered, 

[2OO.] Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are De- 
sired and Directed to Prefer a Petition to the Great and General 
Court, for Liberty to bring forward a Writ of Review of an Action 
between the Town of Boston, and Thomas Palmer Esq r for Pos- 
session of a certain Tenement or Ware House, Situate On the 
Town Dock, and now in the Occupation of William Owen and 
others. 

Mess" Thomas Hawden - - Pay, 

Benjnmiu Goldthwait, Sworn, 

Thomas Clark - - - Sworn , Constables 

James Gibson - - - Sworn 



John Ludgate - - - Sworn 
John Tucker - - - Excusdj 
Were Chosen Constables for the Year Ensuing. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r in the name of the Over-Seers of the Poor, 
A Committee Appointed As Entred Yesterday, Having Projected 
a Division of the Town into Twelve Wards, Presented the same ; 

Which was Read And is as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of the 8th. Instant, Desir- 
ing the Over-Seers of the Poor to Divide the Town into 
Twelve Wards, They have accordingly Attended that Ser- 
vice And are of Opinion That the following Division 

will best serve the same And Propose to begin with 

N. 1. From Charlestown Ferry on both sides of Prince Street 
to Gee's Corner, and the Westerly Side of Salem Street, Crossing 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Over and taking in the Westerly side of Henchman's Lane to the 
Water side, and round the Beech to the Ferry Place again. 

[2O1.] From the lower end of Henchman's Lane up the South 
side thereof, Crossing over to Elder Baker's Corner down Salem 
Street as far as the Reverend Doctor Cutler's, and thence down 
Love Street and Foster Lane the North sides into Ship Street, in- 
cluding both sides thereof, As far as Henchman's Lane, to which 
Rurnuey Marsh is annex'd. 

3. From the North East Corner of Love Street, runiug up the 
South Side of it thro', by the Reverend Doctor Cutler's and down 
Salem Street to Peirce's Corner and up Prince Street on the North 
side, Crossing over thro' Bell Alley as far as Mr. Mountforts 
Corner, and so to the Dolphin Tavern, thence taking Fish street 
on both sides as far as Foster Lane, including the south side of 
said Lane. 

4. From the North East Corner of Prince Street, running down 
the south side as Boucher's Corner, and then on both sides of the 
Way to the Mill bridge, and from thence on the West side of 
Middle Street to Prince Street, taking in the Square from Cox's 
Corner down the North side of Wood-Lane thro' Bell Alley to 
Capt. Wads worth's. 

5. From the North East Corner of Wood Lane on the South 
side into Middle street, running on the North side to the Mill 
Bridge, and then beginning at Byles's Corner in Anne Street on 
both sides the Way including the Dock and thro' Fish Street on 
both sides the Way, as far as the Red Lion Wharf. 

6. From the Mill Bridge on both sides of Hanover Street to 
Bradford's Corner, Crossing Over to Cold Lane and thence run- 
ning to Jacksons Still House, Returning thro' Kneeland's Lane 
into Sudbury Street taking in the Easterly side as far as the 
Orange Tree and then running down Hanover street on the West- 
erly side as far as Bradford's Corner and thence on the North side 
of Wing's Lane into Union Street on both sides to the Mill- 
Creek. 

[2O2.] 7. From Barton's point, thro' Leverett's Street and 
Green Lane and Cambridge Street on both sides, taking in the 
Southerly Side of Hawkins's Lane and round into Sudbury Street 
the Westerly Side, Crossing into Southack's Court, and thence 
Crossing the Hill to the Water side. 

8. From the South East Corner of Wing's Lane running upon 
the Southerly side of it, and so on the Easterly Side of Hanover 
Street and then running down on the Northerly side of Queen and 
King street on the Long Wharf, and thro' Merchant's Row to Mr. 
Jackson (the Brasiers) Shop, taking in Dock Square. 

9. From Mr. Bowdoin's Corner in Treamount Street, taking in 
the Westerly Side of Beacon Street down to the bottom of the 
Common, then taking the North side of School and Milk street, as 
far as Horn Lane, thro' Water street to Oliver's Dock, running 
thro' Mackarel Lane, and then including the South sides of King 
and Queen Streets. 

10. Frx>m Mr. Secretary Willard's running down on the North 
side of Rawson's Lane crossing over to Penniman's Corner running 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 133 

down on the Northerly side of Summer street as far as Cow Lane, 
and so over the Hill as far as the northerly Side of Mr. Ilubbtu'd's 
Land, and then round by HallowelFs Shipyard to Milk street, 
thence running on the Southerly side, including the South Meeting 
House Square, and then taking in the South side of School Street. 

11. From the South Corner of Rawson's Lane down the Com- 
mon, as far as West street, thence running down the North side 
of Pond Street and Blind Lane into Summer Street, thro' Barton's 
Rope Walk as far as Mr. Hubbard's thence [2O3.] Up the Hill 
and then down Cow Lane, the South East side into Summer Street, 
and then the Southerly side of Summer Street, thence Crossing 
over and taking the Westerly side of Marlborough Street as far as 
Rawsons' Lane, including the South side of said Lane. 

12. From the School House in the Common down the South 
side of Pond Lane as far as the Bull Wharf including the whole 
to the Southward. 

All which is Humbty Submitted, by 

Your Humble Servants. 

JACOB WENDELL. 
WILLIAM TYLER. 
JEFFERY BEDGOOD. 
JOHN HILL. 

Boston 9 th . Mar. 1735. THOMAS HUBBARD. 

Voted, That the Report of the said Committee be Accepted 

And that the Town of Boston be, and hereby is Divided 

into Twelve Wards or Districts according to the said Report; And 
that it so remain and continue, Until the Town shall see Cause to 
alter the same. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting till Tomorrow at Nine of the 
Clock in the Morning. 

The Town being Assembled. 

Mr. Richard Barnard, was Chosen One of the Clerks of the 
Market, for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That Twenty Pounds be Allow'd to Mr. Jonathan 
Williams Out of the Granary Stock, in Addition to his Salary, 
For his Care of the Towns Granary, the Year past. 

[2O4.J Mr. Jonathan Williams's Motion relating to the better 
Regulation of the Cows, going on Boston Common, Came under 
Consideration, 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to pro- 
ject some Draught for Regulating the Cows, going upon the 
Common in Boston, And Present the same to the Town at their 
next General Meeting for Consideration. 

Mess". William Phillips - - - - Sworn } 

Ilarbottle Dorr - - - - Sworn > Constables. 

Ralph Hart ------ Sworn ) 

were Chosen Constables, for the Year ensuing. 

The Select Men having Reported to the Town at this present 
Meeting, the Notorious Neglect of the Inhabitants, in Registring 
Births and Deaths, According to a Law of this Province in that 
Case Provided : It is Therefore, 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. G6. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be, and hereby is Ordered and 
Directed to take Care that the Law for Registring Births and 
Deaths be duly Observ'd in this Town ; And That He Poseeuter 
in the Law Such Persons as Shall or Do neglect the same. 

The Town Proceeded to the Choice of Collectors of the Rates 

and Taxes The Votes being sorted It Appear'd, That 

Capt. Daniel Pecker ~) 
Mr. William Rand > Collectors. 
Mr. Nathan ael Barber ) 
Were Accordingly Chosen Collectors for the Year Ensuing. 

[2O5.] Voted, That Nine pence upon the Pound be allow'd 
and Paid out of the Town Treasury to tha Collectors of Rates and 
Taxes, for the Year Ensuing, Tiiey giving Sufficient Security, to 
the Satisfaction of the Select-Men, for the faithful Discharge of 
their Trust. 

The Affairs of the Markets coming Under Consideration, relat- 
ing to the Continuance of Clerks for the Year Ensuing And the 
Allowance for their Service the Year past &c. Upon which the 
following Questions were propos'd. Viz 1 . 

Quest. Whether the Town would Continue a Clerk for the 
North Market, the Year Ensuing? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

Quest. Whether the Town would Continue a Clerk for the 
Middle Market, the Year Ensuing? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

Quest. Whether the Town would Continue a Clerk for the 
South Market, the Year Ensuing? 

Voted, In the Negative. 

Voted. That the Ringing of Bells at the Opening of the Mar- 
kets, be Discontinued. 

Voted, That the Sum of Five Pounds be Allowed and Paid to 
Each of the Three Sextons, for Ringing the Market Bells the Year 
past. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be allow'd and 
Paid to Mr. John Foster, the Clerk of the North Market, for his 
Service the year past. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be [2O6.] 
Allow'd and Paid to Capt. James Watson the Clerk of the Middle 
Market, for his Service the Year past. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be Allow'd and 
Paid to Mr. Francis Willoughby, the Clerk of the South Market, 
for his Service the Year past. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of Twelve Overseers of the 

Poor The Votes being Collected and Sorted, It Appeared 

That the following Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office. Viz'. 
Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . 
Henry Dering Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r : 
John Hunt Esq r . 
Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1735. 135 

Capt. John Hill. 
Mr. Thomas Hubbard. 
Capt. Daniel Henchman. 
Capt. Joshua Cheever. 
Mr. Edward Bromfield. 

Mr. John Check ley Proposing, That the Affair of the Markets, 
Pass'd upon in the Morning, might be Reconsidered, And the 
Motion being Seconded, A Question was put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether the Town would have the Votes relating to the 
Markets, past in the Morning, Reconsidered? 

Which Vote being Challenged, and a Poll demanded, It was 

propos'd 

[2O7.] Whether That Affair should be Decided by a Poll? 
Voted. In the Affirmative. 

Accordingly, The Voters being Separated and Numbred, It 
Appear'd and was Declared, That the 

. , T . ( For Reconsidering - .... 138. 
dumber of Voters. | NotRccons . derin ^ 

Voted, That the Affair be Adjourned 'till Four of the Clock 
Afternoon, this Day. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till half an Hour after 
Three of the Clock, Afternoon. 

Afternoon, Being Assembled. 

Voted, That The Report of the Committee for Auditing the 
Town Treasurer's Accounts for the Year past, be Accepted ; And 
the Treasurer accordingly discharged. 
Voted, That Job Lewis Esq r . 
Mr. Hugh Vans, 
Edward Ilutchinspn Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . and 
George Craddock Esq r . 

be a Committee to Audit the Town Treasurers Accounts, the Year 
Ensuing. 

Voted, That the Sum of One ndred and Fifty Pounds be 

Allow'd and Paid Out of the Town Treasury to Joseph \Vadsworth 

Esq r . Town Treasurer, for his Service in that Office the Year past. 

The Time Appointed, According to Order for Reconsidering the 

Votes past in the Morning, respecting the Markets being 

Come A Motion was made and Seconded, Viz'. That the 

mind of the Town might be known, Whether They would 
Reconsider the Affair [O8.] Respecting the Three Markets 

Separate and Singly, or, Altogether Accordingly The 

Votes being Collected, Sorted and Numbred It Appeared, 
That the Number 

For Reconsidering the Votes. { %**, _ 8. 

After Debate It was put to the Vote Viz'- 

Whether it be the Mind of the Town to Continue to Chuse 
Three Clerks of the Markets for the Year Ensuing Accord- 
ingly, Those for Continuing them were directed to write, Yea. 
And those who were for Discontinuing them, Nay. 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

And Upon Collecting, Sorting and Numbering the Votes, It 

Appear'd there were, 676. 

Voters Of which Number were, 278. 

Yea. and 398, Nay. 

The Town proceeded to bring in their written Votes for a 
County Treasurer (for Suffolk) which being Collected were Ac- 
cording to Law, Sealed Up by Constable Thomas Clark by 

Him to be kept and returu'd unto the next Quarter Sessions to be 
held for said County. 

Voted, To Adjourn this Meeting 'till Tomorrow, at Three of the 
Clock, Afternoon. 

The Town being Assembled. 

The several Petitions for Paving Read And a Ques- 
tion put, Viz'. 

Whether it be the mind of the Town, to Raise any Money, to be 
disposed of, or laid out in New Paving, the Year Ensuing? 
Voted, In the Negative. 

[2O9.] Upon a Motion made and Seconded. 
Voted, To Chuse a Committee of Five Persons To take under 
Consideration, and to Project Some Method for the better and 
more Effectual Watching the Town of Boston ; and whereby also 
the Inhabitants may be Eased of considerable part of the Charge 
and Expence They are now at, in Maintaining and supporting the 

Watch And that they be desired to make Report thereof, 

at the next General Town Meeting. 

Voted, That Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 

Mr. Jacob Parker. 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Mr. Thomas Lee and 

Mr. John Barrel 

be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid 

Voted, That the Raising of Money to Defray the Charges of the 
Ensuing Year, be Referr'd to the next General Town Meeting. 

A List of the Twelve Wards or Districts, into which the Town 
is now Divided, with a Proposal for their respective Assignment, 
Each one to the care of a particular Overseer, being presented, 

was Read As follows, Viz'. 

Number, One John Ruck Esq r . 

Two Capt. Samuel Greenwood. 

Three Capt. Joshua Cheever. 

Four William Tyler Esq r . 

Five Capt. Daniel Henchman. 

Six Mr. Thomas Hubbard. 

Seven Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 

Eight Henry Dering Esq r . 

Nine John Hunt Esq r . 

Ten Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

Eleven Mr. Edward Bromu'eld. 

Twelve Capt. John Hill. 

[21O.] The foregoing Scheme or Disposition of Wards being 
Approved 



BOSTON Towx RECORDS, 1730. 137 

Voted, That the same be Accepted ; And That the said par- 
ticular Wards be, and hereby are Assigned to the more Especial 
Oversight, Authority and Care of Each of the said Overseers 
Accordingly 

The Freeholders proceeded to bring in Their Votes, for A 
Register of Deeds and Conveyances of Land within the County of 

Suffolk Which being Collected, were, according to Law 

Sealed up, by Constable Thomas Clark, by him to be kept and 
Returned unto the next Quarter Sessions to be held for said 
County. 

Voted, That the Other Affairs, not as yet Passed On, At this 
Meeting, be Referr'd, for Consideration, At the next Genei-al 
Town Meeting. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of 
Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the Law directs, regularly 
Assembled in Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, upon 
Wednesday the 28 th . April, Anno Domini, 1736. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Peter Thatcher, 
And 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting Read 

The Hon ble John Jeffries Esq r as Moderator [211.] Of the 
Select Men, and in Their Name, Informed the Town, As follows, 
Viz 1 

By the Laws of this Province, The Power of Regulating this 
Meeting, for the Choice of Representatives, is wholly vested in 
the Select Men 

But, as there are Other Affairs of the Town to be Transacted, 

which will require the Choice of a Moderator If the Town 

shall think it best, At the Opening of the Meeting to Chuse One 

We Consent to it ; Saving to ourselves the Right of giving 

Directions for the Regular and orderly Carrying on the Affairs of 
said Meeting, Which by Law We are possessed of. 

Accordingly, A Question, was put to the Town, Viz 4 . Whether 
They would Now proceed to the Choice of A Moderator? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

The Town then Proceeded to the Choice of A Moderator, by 
written Votes ; Which being Collected, It Appeared, That, 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r . was Chosen Moderator, by a great 
Majority. 

A Motion being made and seconded, It was Proposed to the 
Town, Viz' Whether They would proceed to the Choice of Four 
Representatives. 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

The Votes being Collected, and Number'd, The Voters were 
found to be, 266. 

The Number of Voters being first declared by the Select Men, 
They proceeded to sorting the Votes, By which it Appeared, 
That the following Gentlemen were duly Elected, Viz 1 . 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r . - - Numb r of Votes 250 
Mr. Oxenbridge Thacher ---------- 200 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mr. Thomas Cushiug Jun r . --------- 248 

Mr. Timothy Prout 249 

[212.] The Select Men having Declared the Choice of the 

Representatives 

The Moderator took His Place, And the Town proceeded to the 
Other Business of the Meeting. 
Sundry Petitions, Read 
and Motions, made. Viz 1 . 

The Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r made a Motion (which was 
Seconded) Viz'. That In Consideration of the great Diffi- 
culties the Town of Boston labours under, on many Ac- 
counts, the said Town would Give Instructions to their 
Representatives. 
Mr. John Level's Petition --------- Read. 

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants, Proprietors of Lands 
abutting on Sea-Street. Read. 
Collectors of Taxes, their Petition. Read. 

A Petition of Mr. John Lovel, Master of the South Grammar 
School, Shewing that the Salary allow'd him by the Town, is not 
sufficient to defray the Necessary Charges of A Family ; Praying 

for an Addition thereto Read 

And the Question being put, Whether An Addition should be 
made to Mr. Lovel's Salary, in Answer to his Petition ? 
It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Sum of Sixty Pounds, p Annum be Added to the 
Salary of Mr. John Lovel, to Commence from the Eighth of April, 
currant. 

The Motion made by the Hon ble Elisha Cooke Esq r . at the Open- 
ing of this Meeting, For Instructions to be Given to the Rep- 
resentatives, came under Consideration, And after some Debate, 
thereon. 

[213.] Voted, To' Chuse a Committee of Five Persons, to 
Prepare Instructions for the Representatives. 
Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, 
Mr. Hugh Vans, 
Mr. Samuel Waldo, 
Mr. Cornelius Waldo, and 
Mr. James Pierpoint, 

be a Committee for the End aforesaid Who are Desired to 

Prepare Instructions accordingly, And lay them before the Town, 
at the Adjournment of this Present Meeting, for their Consider- 
ation. 

The Committee Appointed the 11 March last, To Consider of, 
and project some Method for the better and more Effectual Watch- 
ing the Town of Boston, Presented Their Report Which 

was Read And is as follows, Viz 1 . 

The Committee to whom was Referred, (at the Annual Meeting in 
March last) the Consideration of some Method for the better 
and more Effectual Watching the Town of Boston, and the 
Easing the Inhabitants of Considerable part of the Charge in 
maintaining the same &c Report as follows, 
That We have taken into Consideration, the various methods of 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 139 

Watching herefore kuown and practis'd in the Town, and are of 
Opinion, That the Method of Maintaining a Watch by a Tax on 
the Inhabitants and Residents of the Town, is most Agreable to 
Justice, and best Calculated for the Ease and safety thereof, if 
under a due and proper Regulation. 

And for that Purpose, We would Propose, 

1. That there be only Four Watch-Houses maintained at the 
Charge of the Town ; Viz'. The Watch House at [214.] The 
South End, near Mr. Eliot's ; The Watch House at the Town 
House ; The Watch House at the Dockhead ; And One to the North- 
ward of the Mill Creek, which We propose should stand at the 
South East Corner of Bennet-Street (on the Land of James Bow- 
doin Esq r . Who is very willing to gratify the Town in that respect, 
the Town only paying him some small Acknowlegement for the 
same : But if the Town should disapprove thereof, then We pro- 
pose, that the Watch be kept at the House near the Old North 
Meeting House, as heretofore ; and that the Town be at no further 
Charge towards the Support of any other Watch House. And to 
Prevent any disadvantage that may Arise from discontinuing the 
other Watch Houses, it is propos'd, That the South Watch (in 
their Rounds) inspect that District which belong'd to the Watch 

at the Neck That the Watch at the Town-House inspect 

the Long Wharf That the Watch at the Dock- Head inspect 

the Dock, with the Streets and Lanes to the Southward of the 

Mill-Creek, formerly under the Care of the North Watch 

And that the North Watch take the inspection of all that part of 
the Town to the Northward of the Mill-Creek, to be divided into 
Two Wards, to be Visited by the Watch-men in turns. 

2. That there be Four Sober, able bodied Persons appointed 
for Each Watch House, And that One of the most discreet of their 
Number, be Appointed to take the Charge of the Watch, Who, 
as a Badge of his Office shall be Obliged to Carry a Quarter 
Pike, And the Others to carry a Staff with a Bill, as the Law 
directs. 

3. That there be Written Orders and Directions, given by the 
Select Men of the Town, to the Watch Men, to be hung Up in 
Each Watch House, describing their Wards, with their Duty, 
Power, &c. 

[215.] And for the more effectual Answering the designed 
Ends, it is proposed 

(1) That the several Watchmen be at their respective Watch- 
Houses by Ten O'Clock, and to continue there in the morning till 
broad Day-Light. 

(2.) That immediately after Ten O'Clock, there be, (at least 
Three Times every Week) Two persons sent out from Each Watch 
House to Walk the Streets, Lanes &c. in Order to take up all 
Negro and Molatto Servants, that shall be unseasonably Absent 
from their Masters Families, without giving a sufficient reason 
therefor. 

(3.) That at Twelve O'Clock Two Persons from Each Watch- 
House set out to Walk the Rounds (which may be varied as shall 
be judged proper) in and about the Inhabited Streets Lanes, and 



140 CITY DOCUMENT Tfo. 66. 

Wharfs within their several Wards : And that within half an hour 
after their coining in, the Other Two shall go out, and so by turns, 
till the Dawn of the Day, and that they be Obliged to Attend this 
duty, in rainy and stormy, as well as fair weather. And further, 
That during the whole Night, One or Other of the Watch-men 
shall stand at the Watch-House Door, to Examin All Passers-by, 
And if they cannot give a good Account of themselves, to secure 
them as the Law directs. 

4. That there be One Capable Person appointed as an Inspec- 
tor of the several Watch Houses, Who shall be Obliged to Visit 
each Watch House, at least Three Times every Week, And keep A 
written Memorandum of All Deficiencies, Which he shall lay 
before the Select Men, every Month before the Watch-Men are 
paid off, that so in case of any Neglect, A proper sum may be de- 
ducted out of the Delinquents Wages, Or Ire be dismist, As the 
'Select Men shall think proper. And inasmuch as Several Orders 
of Officers within the Town, do frequently Walk in the Night, 
and among other things, Visit the Watch Houses, We would hope 
the Inspection of the Watch would hereby be Sufficiently provided 
for. 

[216.] (5.) That inasmuch as by this method theWatch- 
Mens Work will be considerably increased, It is Proposed, That 
Each Maus Wages be raised to Fifty Pounds p Annum, And that 
the Inspector be paid the same Sum, Which We would hope, 
would be a sufficient Encouragement to Industry and Faithfulness 
in the Discharge of their respective Duties. 

Now, upon this Method We would beg leave to Observe, That 
inasmuch as hereby the Watch Men would be Obliged to Walk 
their Rounds in Stormy and Rainy Weather, And the Latter part 
of the Night, which Ordinarily now they do not after Two O'Clock 

The Town would be much better Watch'd than now it is ; 

And besides, there would be an Abatement of the Expeuce About 
Three Hundred and Eight}- Pounds p Annum. 

Which will Appear from the following Calculation, Viz t . 

16 Watchmen, at 50 p Annum, 800 " - " - - 

1 Inspector 50"- "-- 

Candles 10" p Month for the ) 9 , 

4 Watch Houses - - - J 
Coals 4 p year for Each House - -16 " - " - - 



890 ' - " - 

Which Sum being deducted from 1268 " -3 " - 4 

the Charge of the last year will leave 378 i4 -3 " - 4 

which the Town will save in its Annual Expences ; 

All which is Humbly Submitted to the Consideration of the 

Town 

By the Subscribers, 

SAMUEL GREENWOOD 
JOHN FAYERWEATHEB 
April, 26. 1736. THOMAS LEE 

JACOB PARKER 
JOHN DARRELI, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 141 

[217.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, 'till 4 
O'clock Afternoon. 



Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

Mess". Benjamin Mason, ") 
Benjamin Williams, 

Newman Greenough, ^ Clerks of the Market. 
John Welch, and 
Joseph Sherburne J 
were Chosen Clerks of the Market for the year ensuing. 

Mr. Charles Gyles, was chosen to serve as one of the Hogreves, 

the year ensuing. 

The Select Men, having prepared a By-Law, for the Regulating the 
Cows going on the Common, and for Providing Bulls to go with them, 

Presented the same. Read which is as follows, Viz'. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of 

the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the 

Law directs, convened in Publick Town Meeting, at the 

Town House, the 28th. day of April, Anno Domini, 1736. 

Whereas the Town Law, or Order already made, for regulating 

the Cows going on the Common, And for the better Providing of 

Bulls to go with them, has by Experience been found insufficient 

for defraying the Charge. 



For the more Effectual Providing for the same 

Voted and Ordered 

That Whosoever shall keep any cow, or Cows, going at large 
within the Neck of Boston, shall Pay into the Hands of such 
Person or Persons, As the Select Men Shall from Time to Time 
Appoint to receive [218.] The same, the Sum of Eleven Shillings 
p Annum for Each Cow, to be Employ'd as follows, Viz'. Six 
Shillings and Six pence thereof towards Providing of, and keeping 
Four Bulls to go at large on the Common, from the first of April, 
to the first of November ; And Two or more from the first of No- 
vember, to the first of April following. As the Select Men shall 
Order from Year to Year ; Three shillings and six pence more 
thereof, for Paying the Cow keeper, And the remaining One 
Shilling for Paying the Person that shall be Appointed by the 
Select Men to Receive said Money, and give forth a Certificate to 
the Owner of Each Cow, Shewing that they have Paid the said 
Eleven Shillings for each Cow, And if any Person or Persons shall 
have any Cow, or Cows which they shall keep in their Pastures or 
Enclosures, and do not suffer them to go at large on the Common, 
Shall Pay only Six Shillings and Six pence towards the Bulls. 
And if any Cow, or Cows shall be found going on the Common 
aforesaid, Whose Owner has not paid the aforesaid Sum of 
Eleven Shillings, and Obtained a Certificate of their having so 
done, Such Owner Shall forfeit and pay the sum of Fifteen 
Shillings, being thereof Convicted, before any of His Majesty's 
Justices of the Peace within the County of Suffolk ; the same to 
be Recovered by the Person impowered by the Select Men to 
gather the Money and to be Employed for and towards the 
defraying the Charge aforesaid. 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The foregoing By-Law or Order, being Considered, and Ap- 
proved 

Voted, That the Same be Accepted ; And that the Select Men 
be, and hereby are Desired to Present it to the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace, next to be Holden for the County of Suf- 
folk, for their Approbation. 

[219.] Upon a Motion made by the Select Men, Shewing 
that the House wherein the Bulls are kept, adjoining to the South 
Burying Peace, is insufficient for that Use ; And Desiring the 
Town would give direction for removing the said Bull- House, and 
to Joyn the same to the Gun-House in the Common : Or that they 
would make such other Provision for them, As to them should 
se6m most convenient. 

Voted, That the Select Men, be Desired to make Enquiry into 
the State and Circumstances of the said Gun-House in the 
Common, And make Report thereof, to the Town, at the Ad- 
journment of this Meeting. 

The Petition of Mess". Daniel Pecker, Nathan ael Barber and 
William Rand, Collectors of Taxes within the Town of Boston 
for the Year 1735, Praying that the Assessors may be allow'd 
and impower'd to Set On Abatements, 'till the latter end of July 
next. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants and Proprietors of Lands 
abutting on Sea-Street Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to View 
the Said Street ; Consider the Prayer of the Petitioners, And to 
Report, at the Adjournment of this Meeting, What they think 
may be proper for the Town to do thereon 

The Report of the Committee fcr the Watch, as Entred in the 
Fore Noon Read again, And after Debate thereon 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted 

Voted, A Grant of Seven Thousand Six [2 SO.] Hundred 
Pounds, to be Raised by a Tax on Polls, and Estates, within the 
Town of Boston, for Relief of the Poor, and defraying Other 
Necessary Charges, arising within and for the said Town, the 
Year Ensuing 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryday the 21 st . of 
May next, At Three O'Clock Afternoon. 

Fryday, May, 21. 1736. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment. 

A Report of the Select Men, on a Petition of the Inhabitants, 
Abutters on Sea-Street Read As follows, Viz 1 . 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town as above We the Sub- 
scribers have accordingly Attended that service ; Have Viewed 
the Street mentioned in the Petition referr'd to ; Considered the 
Prayer of the Petitioners ; And Report thereon as follows, Viz'. 

That the ancient High Way, which was to be maintained in good 
Repair of Fifty feet in Breadth, be now reduced to the Breadth 
of Thirty five feet, Which We apprehend will well Accomodate 
the Inhabitants, and Sufficiently Answer all the Ends of A Street 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1736. 143 

- And Therefore, that the said Street be fixed and established 
by the Town to be Thirty-five feet in breadth ; And that the same 
be maintained and kept in good Repair, Open free and Unincum- 
bred, at the proper Cost and Charge of the Proprietors and 
Abntters on said Street, for the Use of the Town of Boston 
forever. - All which is Humbly Submitted By, John Jeffries, 
Jon a . Armitage, Alex a . Forsyth, John Eastwicke, Jonas Clarke, 
Select Men - Boston May, 19. 1736. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 



The Select Men being Desired to make Enquiry into the state of 
the Gun House, and to Report thereon, As Entred Apr. 28 - 
Reported. 

That They had According to the Desire of the Town, made En- 
quiry into the State and Circumstances of the Gun House in the 
Common, and considered thereof ; And that They find it was Built 
by Order of, and at the Cost and Charge of the Town of Boston, 
in the year 1712, in Order to House some Field Carriages, which 
are now in it. That They are of Opinion - That the said 
Gun House with some Repairs, may well serve to hold the said 
Carriages still, and also for Keeping the Bulls, with Hay sufficient 
for them. - 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. -- 

Capt. Cunningham from the Committee Chosen and Appointed 
the 28"'. April, last, to Prepare Instructions for the Representa- 
tives, Presented the same to the Town for their Consideration, 
- Which were Read - And, 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, Viz 4 . - 

That in consideration of the Importance of the Instructions to 
the Representatives, Now presented by the Committee as Above, 
And the Smallness of the Number of Inhabitants now Assembled, 
The following Question was put, Viz*. Whether it be the mind of 
the Town, That this Meeting Shall be Adjourned to Monday Next 
at Five O'Clock Afternoon And That the Select Men be desired 
to take Care That the Inhabitants be duly Notified of the said Ad- 
journment, in Such Manner as They shall think best. 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Mr. Gushing from the Committee Appointed Dec. 29. 1735. To 
Examin into the State of the Long Wharf - &c. Presented 
their Report. -- Which was Read - as follows, Viz'. 

[222.] The Committee Appointed the 29th Dec. last to 
Examin into the State of the Long Wharf, and make due Enquiry, 
Whether or no, the Right of the Inhabitants of this Town relating 
to the same has not been Violated, And to make Report thereon, 
Have Attended that Service - And upon a thorough Perusal 
and mature Consideration of the Grant of the Flats, made to the 
Proprietors of the Long Wharf, together with the Covenants & 
Engagements which said Proprietors made with the Town in that 
Affair - We find -- 

That in the Year 1710, It was Covenanted and Agreed between 
the Town, And the Original Undertakers or Proprietors of the 
Long Wharf, in Manner following Viz'. That the Proprietors 
should have full Liberty to Erect & Build a Good and Sufficient 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Wharf, of the breadth of King Street, from the End of said Street 
as it then was on a direct Line to low Water Mark, And the Waste 
Ground or Flats of that wedth and length were Accordingly 
Granted and Released to them, without Prejudice to former 
Grants. -- 

In Consideration whereof, the Undertakers or Proprietors were 
Obliged at their Own Cost and Charge to Erect, Build, Maintain 
and keep in good Repair, Said Wharf, Always leaving the breadth 
of Thirty feet On one side of the said Wharf, Unincumber'd for 
an Open and free High Way forever to the Use of the Town and 
Others ; And that the End of the said Wharf Should be free for the 
service of the Town, when they should see Reason to Plant Guns 
thereon for their Defence. 

It was also Covenanted and Agreed, That no Wharf beyond the 
Circular Line Should be permitted or Suffered to Join or be for- 
ever built nearer than Sixty feet of the Waste or Flats then 
Granted. -- 

These, We Apprehend the Essential Parts of the Grant on the 
Town's part, And also of the Covenant on the part of the Propri- 
etors. -- 

As to the Performance of Conditions, We would Ob- 



serve - That We can't discover but that the Town have punc- 
tually Performed all that has been ever Promised and Engaged in 
their behalf to the said Proprietors, Nor can We find that Ever the 
Proprietors have been disturbed or disrested, but that the}' have 
allways been in the quiet and'peaceable Possession and Improve- 
ment of all that was ever Granted them ; But as to Performance 
on the Proprietors part - We find. 

1. That the Thirty feet left as an High Way on the Southerly 
Side of said Wharf has not commonly been, neither at this time is 
so free and Unincumbered as it reasonably ought to be for an High 
Way for the Inhabitants and Others, pursuant to the Original 
Contract ; And what seems very Extraordinary is, that Notwith- 
standing it was expressly Stipulated, that it should remain forever 
As an Open and free High Way without any reservation peculiar 
to the Proprietors, Yet they constantly demand and Exact Wharf - 
idge for all Goods landed there from on board Foreign Vessels, 
tbo' they belong to our own Inhabitants, Which We Apprehend to 
be a Violation of the Contract and a manifest Infraction upon the 
Right of the Inhabitants. 

2. That the End of the Wharf is not free according to Con- 
tract, but incumbered with a Crane House Erected there, neither 
is that part of the Wharf in any tolerable Condition suitable for 
Planting a Line of Guns, as it ought ever to be. -- 

3. We find that several Proprietors of the Long Wharf have 
made Encroachments on the North side of said Wharf, where 
Platforms, and also a Wharf are built, and additions made to their 
Houses beyond the Circular Line, which is an Evident Violation of 
the forementioned Covenant made between the Town and Propri- 
etors. 

Upon the Whole, We are humbly of Opinion, That the Select 
Men for the time being be desired to take care That the said 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1736. 145 

Thirty feet High Way on the Long Wharf be kept [224.] Unin- 
cumbred in such manner as it ought to be, and that it be kept in 
Repair at the Charge of the Proprietors of said Wharf. 

And Furthermore, We Apprehend it very needful, that the 
Right of the Inhabitants as to a free Wharfage of their Goods be 

speedily Asserted and Defended, At the Charge of the Town. 

All which is Humbly Submitted 

Eow d . HDTCHINSON 
WILLIAM CLARK 
THOMAS GUSHING Jun r . 

Boston Ma}-, 21. 1736. JOHN STEEL. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted ; And That the Select Men 
be, and hereby are Desired and Impowered to Assert and Defend 
the Right of the Inhabitants, as set forth in the said Report, and 

in every respect prosecute this Affair agreeable thereto. 

Mess". Jonathan Dwight ^ 

Zechariah Fitch ,.- 

Eliphalet Parker I Clerks of Market ' 
Thomas Towusend j 

Were Chosen to serve, as Clerks of the Market the Year Current. 
Mr. Joseph Calef, is Chosen Hogreve, for the Year Current. 
Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Monday next, the 
24 th . instant, at 5 O'Clock in the Afternoon. 

Monday May, 24 th . 1736. 



The Town being Assembled. 



The Report of A Committee, to Prepare Instructions 
for the Representatives, laid before the Town for Consideration, 

At their Adjournment the 21". instant Read again; and is 

as follows. 

At a Publick Town Meeting at Boston, upon Wednesday, 

the 28 th . April, 1736. 

Messieurs Nathanael Cunningham, Hugh Vans, Samuel 

Waldo, Cornelius Waldo, and James Peirpoint Were 

Chosen a Committee to Prepare Instructions for the Repre- 
sentatives, and lay them before the Town for their Appro- 
bation at the Adjournment upon Fry day the 21st. May 
next Ensuing, 

Presented as follows, Viz*. 

To the Honourable Elisha Cooke Esq r . Messieurs Oxen- 
bridge Thacher, Thomas Gushing, and Timothy Prout. 
Gentlemen 

We the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston duly Qualified and Regularly Assembled - Cannot 
manifest Our great Esteem and Regard for you, in a more pecu- 
liar Manner than We have done, by Chusing You again, to Appear 
as Our Agents and Representatives in the Great and General 
Court of this Province for the Year Ensuing. 

And Whereas this Province in General (as well as this Town in 
particular) Labours under the greatest Hardships, Difficulties and 
Distresses upon many Accounts, without any signal Prospect of 
Relief. 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

And Altho' We do not in the least Question Your Faithfulness 
to the true Interest of this Province in general as well as the Trade 

and Business of this Town in particular Yet Esteeming it 

Our Duty [226.] In this unhappy Juncture, Wherein (As We 
Apprehend) Our Laws, Liberties and Properties are in Danger, 

Earnestly to Request of You To Exert all Your Powers, in 

Conjunction with the Other Worthy Members of the Honourable 
House of Representatives, to Guard Against, and Defend Us from, 
All Encroachments that may be Attempted Against Our Natural 

Rights, Or Charter Privileges. And, That it may not be 

Objected to You by any Persons whatsoever, that You do not Act 
agreeable to the Mind of Your Principals, upon several Important 
Heads, We wou'd in a more Especial Manner Earnestly Recom- 
mend to You. 

1 st . That Inasmuch as We Apprehend Our Selves grievously 
Oppress'd by a very large and disproportionate part of the Pro- 
vince Tax laid upon Us from Time to Time for several 

Years past. Compared with the Proportions paid by the Other 
Towns within this Province We Therefore Earnestly Rec- 
ommend to you, the most diligent Search, and strict Enquiry, into 
the Rules by which such Proportions have been Ascertained That 
by Comparing the Province Tax paid by Gentlemen of Estate in 
the Countrey Towns, with Other Gentlemen of like Estate in the 
Town of Boston ; there may be such Regulations as that Every 
Town may pay such a proportion as to Justice and Equity Apper- 
tains. 

2 17 . Whereas the King's Instruction to the Governour of this 
Province 

Viz 1 . 

The XVIth. Instruction Directs and Enjoins the Governour, 

Not to Assent to any Act Whereby Bills of Credit may be 

struck or Issued in Lieu of Money, for above the Sum of Thirty 
Thousand Pounds p Annum, And [227.] That no more than 
Thirty Thousand Pounds of such Bills be ever Current at One 
and the same time. 

The XVlIIth. Instruction Directs, That Whereas several Bills 
of Credit to a Considerable Value are standing out upon the foot 
of certain Acts heretofore Passed for that purpose, Whereby par- 
ticular Funds are Provided for Calling in and Sinking them, The 
Governor is thereby Directed to Call in all such the said Bills 
According to the Periods and Provisions of the respective Acts by 
which they were Issued. 

And Whereas We Apprehend the Distressing Circumstances of 
this Province in many Respects (And for a more particular Ac- 
count thereof, We refer You to the Memorial preferr'd by Us to 
the Great and General Court of this Province, at their Session 
in January last) Renders the Complying with the said Instruction 
altogether Impracticable, if not Impossible, 

We therefore Injoin You to Use Your Utmost Power and Influ- 
ence to prevent the Passing of any Act in the General Assembly 
for the Raising any Sums of Money by a Tax upon the Inhabi- 
tants of the Province, Unless such Act, put the Payment of said 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 147 

Taxes upon such Years as may (Consistent with a rational proba- 
bility) Capacitate and Enable them to discharge the same. 

3 ly . Whereas, Large Sums of Money have been Granted for 
His Majesty's Service by former Assemblys, And notwithstanding 
Such Grants have been Guarded with particular Appropriations, 
Yet such Cautions have not been Attended with their Expected or 
Desired Success : But We have great reason to Believe, that such 
Sums so Appropriated have been Misapplied, Which Renders the 
Property of His Majestys good Subjects of this Province very 
precarious, and exposed to Numberless inconveniences. For 
Remedying whereof, We Earnestly Recommend to You A strict 
Inquiry into the state of the Treasury ; And that You would Use 
all proper means to Acquaint [228.] Yourselves with what 
Misapplications have -been made of the Public Moneys in 
Time past. And Guard Against any such Impositions for the 

Future. 

All which is Humbly Submitted By 
Your most Humble Servants, 

To the Inhabitants NATH. CUNNINGHAM 

of the Town of Boston HUGH VANS 

at their Adjournment CORNEL". WALDO 

this 21. May, 1736. JAMES PEIRPOINT 



Voted, That this Report be Accepted : And that the same be 
given As the Instructions of the Town of Boston to their Repre- 
sentatives. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of Bos- 
ton duly Qualified, and Warned as the Law directs, regularly As- 
sembled in Publick Town Meeting, at the Town House Upon 
Saturday, June, 5 th . 1736. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting being Read The Town 
proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator. 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham was Chosen Moderator of this 

Meeting. 

Mr. Thomas Hancock's Petition, Read. 
Mr. Thomas Chub's Petiti6n - - Read. 

Mess". Gershom Keyes and John Checkley [229.] Two of 
the Committee Appointed to Inspect, Survey and Plat Three 
Tracts of Land, Agreeable to a Grant of the Great and General 
Court to the Town of Boston, As Entred the Third of Feb. last 
past, Presented their Report ; As likewise the Plans of Three 
Townships by them Accordingly Survey'd and Platted 

Which being Read is as follows Viz'. 

We the Subscribers, following the Directions of the Town, to 
Advise with Mess". Jones and others in Surveying and Plating 
Three Townships, for the Town of Boston, have accordingly In- 
spected, Survey'd and Platted Three Townships, Agreeable to 
Three Plats laid before the Town, June the 5 th . 1736. 

GERSHOM KEYES 

JOHN CHECKLEY 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted And that the 

Plans of Three Townships now laid before the Town be Delivered 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

to the Representatives of Boston, by them to be Presented to the 
Great and General Court now Sitting, for Confirmation. 

Upon a Motion, or Petition of Sundry Inhabitants in Order to 
preserve the North Battery Wharf from being Carried away by 
Storms ; 

Voted to Chuse a Committee of Three Persons, to View and 
Consider the State and Circumstances of the North Battery Wharf, 
And to make Report thereof to the Town at their next Public 
Town Meeting. 
Accordingly. 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 
Mr. John Walker & 

Mr. Thomas Lee 

Were Chosen a Committee for the Ends aforesaid 

Upon the Petition of Mr. Thomas Hancock for Liberty to Raise 
and Level some part of Beacon [23O.] Street, Especially before 
his Own Land abutting thereon, for Reasons therein Mentioned. 
Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired to View the Street 
mentioned in Mr. Hancock's Petition, Consider the Prayer of the 

Petitioner, And Report to the Town, at their next Meeting 

What they think may be proper to be done thereon. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, For Reconsidering A Vote 

pass'd at this Meeting relating to the North Battery Wharf 

And thereupon a Reconsideration being had 

Voted, That the said Committee be, and hereby are Desired, to 
make Their Report to the Town on that Affair, at the Adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting. 

Upon a Motion made, and Seconded, For Reconsidering A Vote 
pass'd at this Meeting, relating to A Petition of Mr. Thomas 
Hancock And thereupon a Reconsideration being had 



Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired \o 
make their Report to the Town on that Affair, at the Adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fr}'day, June 11 th . 
current, at Four O'Clock, afternoon. 

Friday June, 11 th , 1736. 

The Town being Assembled. 

[231.] The Select Men, to whom was refer'd the Considera- 
tion of Mr. Hancock's Petition, Reported thereon as follows, 
Viz'. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town, the 5 th . instant, We, the Sub- 
scribers have Attended the Service desired of Us ; Have Viewed 
Beacon Street, mentioned in the Petition of Mr. Thomas Hancock ; 
Considered the Prayer thereof, together with His Proposals, And 
Report thereon, as follows, Viz 4 . 

That it is Our Opinion, It may be proper and convenient for the 
Town to Grant Liberty to the said Mr. Hancock to Level the 
Ground before his Land abutting on Beacon-Street aforesaid, And 
to Gravel the same the Breadth of Thirty feet ; Upon Condition, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 149 

That he the said Hancock, at his own proper Cost and Charge, 
from time to time forever, Do well and sufficiently Secure the 
same, and prevent the Gravel from Washing down, upon the Com- 
mon, and spoiling the Herbage thereof. 

All which is Submitted 

By 

JON A ARMITAGE "] 
DAVID COLLSON 

Boston June ALEX B . FORSYTH I ., f -. r 

11 th 1736. JOHN EASTWICKE f 

CALEB LTMAN 
JONAS CLARKE. J 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Mr. John Walker from the Committee Appointed (the 5 th . 
instant) to View and Consider the state and Circumstances of the 

North Battery Wharf Reported thereon Which being 

Read, is as follows, Viz 4 . 

According to the Vote of the Town, We the Committee 
Appointed, Have taken a Survey of the North Battery Wharf, 
And find the South East Side [232.] To be almost Washed away 
to the Foundation, And also the North East Head to be Wash'd 
away to the Foundation, the North West Side, and the South West 
Side to be in pretty good Repair, only wanting of good Cap-Sills, 
and if not speedily Repaired will Wash away, and may be of great 
Damage to the Navigation passing that way. 

JEFF. BEDGOOD. 
JOHN WALKER. 

Boston June the 10 th . 1736. THOMAS LEE 

Voted, That this Affair be re-committed to the Committee before 
Chosen and Appointed thereon, And that they be, and hereby are 
Desired to make an Estimate of the Cost and Charge which will be 
necessary for the Town to be at, in order to prevent the North 
Battery Wharf being Carried away by Storms. 

Voted, That the said Committee be Desired to Report to the 
Town on this Affair, at the next Publick Town Meeting ; And that 
the Select-Men be Desired, so to Order it, that the said Meeting 
may be at the same Time when the Town shall Meet for the Choice 
of Jurors for the Superior Court in August next. 
Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and Other Inhabitants of 
Boston, duly Qualified, and warned as the Law directs, regularly 
Assembled in Publick Town Meeting, at the Town House, On 
Fryday the 23. of July, 1736. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting, being Read, The Town 
proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator Accordingly. 

The Hon ble . Elisha Cooke Esq r . was Chosen Moderator of this 
Meeting. 

[233.] A plan of Two Townships, laid out in part Satis- 
faction of a Grant of Several Townships made to the Town of 
Boston, by the Great and General Court, Anno, 1735, Endorsed 
as follows Viz 1 . 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

" In the House of Representatives, June, 12 th . 1736. 

" Read and Ordered, That the within Plat, Containing Two of 
'the Townships Granted by the General Court, Anno 1735. to the 
' Town of Boston, Called Number One, and Number Two, as within 
'Mentioned, be and hereby is Accepted, And the Lands therein 
' Contained Delineated and Described, Are accordingly Confirmed 
' to the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of Boston and 
' their Assigns respectively forever, They Complying with the Con- 
' ditions of the Grant. Provided That Neither of the Townships 
' contain no more than the Quantity of Six Miles Square of Land, 
' and neither of them interfere with any former Grant. Sent up 
' for Concurrence J. Quincy Spk r In Council June 15 th . 1736. 
' Read and Concurred Simon Frost Dep 1 Secr y . Consented to, J. 
'Belcher. July 22, 1736. A true Copy, Exam d . p Simon Frost 
'Dep* Seer 7 . 

was Presented to the Town and Read And, 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded 

Voted, That the further Consideration of the Affairs relating to 
the Two Townships aforesaid, be Refer'd to the Annual Meeting 
of the Inhabitants in March next. 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood from the Committee Appointed the 11 th of 
June last past, To View the North-Battery Wharf ; To make an 
Estimate of the Costs and Charge which will be necessary for the 
Town to be at, in order to prevent the said Wharf from being 

Carried away by Storms Presented Their Report 

Which was Read, And is as follows, Viz'. 

According to the Vote of the Town, The Committee appointed 

to View the North-Battery Wharf We Have advised with 

John Adams House Carpenter, the best way to preserve what there 
is, and also to make it it strong and substantial for to Plant a Bat- 
tery of Cannon, is to Add to the South East Side Ten foot, To be 
Built of Square Pitch Pine Timber, which length is 1 70 foot, and the 
North East End is 44 foot in length [234.] And the nearest Com- 
putation that We can make is, to have it Compleated as it should 

be, It will cost at least One Thousand Pounds. 

JOHN WALKER 
Boston July. 23. 1736 JEFF. BEDGOOD. 

THOMAS LEE 

After Debate thereon 

Voted, That the further Consideration of this Affair be Refer'd 
to the Annual Meeting in March next: And that in the mean 

time The Committee be, and hereby are Desired to take the 

same under their further Consideration ; And that they make 
Enquiry, in Order to Know What sum the said Wharf will Lett 
for p Annum, when it shall be so Repaired, And that They Report 
thereon, at the said Meeting. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to take 
care, forthwith, to prevent the Damage which may Ensue or happen 
to any Vessel or Vessells, by the stones which lie at the North 
East Point of the North-Battery Wharf ; by setting up a Beacon, 
or in such other way and manner as to them may seem most con- 
venient. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 151 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of an Assessor, and the 
Votes being Collected and Sorted, it appeared That, Mr. Hugh 
Vans was Chosen to serve in that Office the Year Current. 

Mr. John Miller (Distiller) was Chosen to serve as One of the 
Clerks of the Market the Year Currant and Sworn 

Mr. Vans appearing, Pray'd the Town to Excuse him from Serv- 
ing as an Assessor for thisYear for Reasons mentioned. 

[235.] Voted. That Mr. Vans be accordingly Excused. 

Mr. Andrew Eliot was Chosen to serve the Town, as an Assessor, 
for the Year Current. Sworn 

A Letter Directed to the Select Men of Boston, Signed W m . 
Dudley County Treasurer, Relating to the Deficiencies of several 
late Constables, with respect to the County Tax, committed to 
them to collect Read 

Voted, A Grant of Two Hundred Pounds (in Addition to a 
Grant made the 28th. April, last past) to be Raised by a Tax on 
Polls and Estates, within the Town of Boston, to make good 
the Deficiency of Defraying the Town's Charges, which may arise 
or happen, in the Year current. 



Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of 
Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, Assembled in 
Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, On Monday, March 
14th. Anno Domini, 1736. 

Prayer being made by the Rev. Joseph Sewall, D.D. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting, were Read 

The Town proceeding to the Choice of a Moderator for the 
Present Meeting, and the Votes being Collected, it appeared, That 
The Honourable Elisha Cooke Esquire, was Chosen, Unanimously. 

Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town-Clerk, and Sworn. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

Sundry Petitions and Proposals, Read. 
Viz'. 

Of Samuel Adams Esquire and Others, Abutters on Barton's 
Rope Walk, For the Towns help in the Purchase thereof, for a 
Street. 

Of Mr. Edward Procter and Others for Paving Wood-Lane, &c. 

[236.] Of Doctor Hugh Kennedy and Others, for Paving 
Love Street. 

Of Mr. John Blake and Others, for Paving Orange Street. 

Of Mr. Samuel Turell and Others, for Paving Beer-Lane. 

Of Mr. Belcher Hancock, School Master at Rumney Marsh, for 
Addition to his Salary. 

Of Capt. James Gooch Jun r . and Others for Paving Green Lane. 

Of Mr. John Staniford and Others, about Weighing of Hay, 
brought to Market. 

Of Mr. James Read and Others, Masters of the Water Engines, 
to be Excused from Other Offices. 

Of Mr. Samuel Gibson, Usher of the South Grafnar School, for 
Addition to his Salary. 



152 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Mr. Rowland Houghton's Proposals relating to the Sweeping of 

Chimnies. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of Officers, And 
Voted, To Chuse Seven Select Men for the Year ensuing, distinct 
from the Assessors, Accordingly, 

The Votes being Collected and sorted, it Appear'd, That, 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esquire, ") 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage, 
Mr. David Collson, 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth, ^ Select-Men 

Capt. Caleb Lyman, 
Mr. Jonas Clarke, and 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . 
Were Chosen Select Men. 

Voted, To Chuse Twelve Overseers of the Poor, for the Year 
ensuing. 

The Votes being accordingly Collected and sorted, it Appear'd, 
That, 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esquire "} 
John Ruck Esquire, 
[237.] Henry Dering Esquire 
William Tyler Esquire 
John Hunt Esquire 

Samuel Greenwood Esquire I Overseers of 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood >- the Poor 

Capt. John Hill 
Mr. Thomas Hubbard 
Capt. Daniel Henchman 
Capt. Joshua Cheever 
Mr. Edward Bromfield 
Were Chosen Overseers of the Poor 

Voted, That the Town would proceed to the Choice of County 
Treasurer, and Assessors, Tomorrow at Eleven O'Clock, And then 
also take into further Consideration the Affair of Erecting a Work 
House. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Twelve Constables. 
Voted, To Chuse Collectors of Taxes distinct from the Constables. 
Accordingly the Votes for Twelve Constables being collected 
and sorted, it Appeared, That, 



Mess. Joseph Blake - 
John Gardner 
Josiah Quincy - 
Joshua Pitman - 
Samuel Wethered 
Edward Emerson 
Henry Welsteed - - - 
Samuel Marshall - - 
John Jones - - - - 
John Jones (Batcheler) 
Thomas Parker - - - 
Christopher Minot - - 
Were Chosen Constables. 



_ i 



- Constables - 



Pay 

Pay 

Excus'd 

Excus'd 

Pay 

Pay 

Pay 

Pay 



Pay 

One of the Govern Life Guard 
Pay. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 153 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, to Three O'Clock after- 
noon. 

[238.] Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

The Select Men having Audited Mr. Jonathan Williams's Ac- 
count of the Granaries, Their Report thereon, as Entred in Mr. 
Williams's Book, was Read, Accepted, and thereupon. 

Voted, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be, and here is allowed 
to Mr. Jonathan Williams, out of the Granary Stock in Addition 
to his Salary, as Overseer of the said Granary, for the Year past ; 
And that the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be allowed him for his 
Care of the Granary, for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That Mr. Williams be Directed to Deliver to No Person, 
more than Half a Bushel, of Grain or Meal, of the same sort, at 
one Time. 

Voted. That Mr. Isaac Gridley, be Surveyor of Hemp and Flax, 
within this Town, the Year ensuing. Sworn. 

A List of Persons in Nomination for several Offices in the District 
of Rumney Marsh, for the year ensuing, Presented, Accordingly, 

Voted, That Mr. Benjamin Whittmorc, be Constable for the 
District of Rumney Marsh, the Year ensuing. Sworn. 

Voted, That Mess. Samuel Floyd and 

Daniel Tuttle, be Fence Viewers. 

Voted, That Mr. John Hasey, be Sealer of Leather. 

Voted, That Mess. Joseph Hasey and 

Samuel Hasey, be Hogreves. 

Voted, That Mr. Nathanael Tuttle be Haward or Field-driver,' 
within the District of Rumney Marsh, the year ensuing. 

Mess". John Simpson - ^ -- Pay 



Joseph Lee - 
Richard Clarke - 



Pay 
Pay 



Jonathan Dwight } Constables - - - - Pay 

John Breck --[ Pay 

John Clark and - Sworn 

Isaac Casno - - J - Pay 

Were Chosen Constables. 

[239.] The Report of a Committee appointed to Audit the 
Town Treasurers Accounts, the year past, As Entred in the 
Treasurer's Book, was Read, Accepted, and 

Voted, That the Treasurer be discharged accordingly. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esquire made a Motion respecting the 
Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor, and after Consideration 
had thereon, 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor within this Town, for the 
Time being, Do, from time to time hereafter, in the close of the 
year, after their Accounts have been Audited by a Committee for 
that purpose appointed, Lodge the same in the Town-Clerk's Office. 

The Select Men's Report on the Visitation of the Public Schools, 
the year past, Presented, and Read 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are desired to Visit 
the Public Schools within this Town, Desiring Such Gentlemen to 
Accompany them in the said Visitation, as they shall think proper, 



154 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



And that They Report to the Town what Condition they 

find them in. 

The Petition of Mr. James Read and Others, Masters of the 
Fire Engines, Praying to be Exempted from serving the Town in 
Other Offices for the year ensuing, Read. And 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted ; And that 
they, with the other Persons belonging to their several Compan} r 's 
be, and hereby are Exempted from serving the Town in other 
Offices, for the ensuing Year. 

Upon Reading several Petitions for Paving, Viz* 
Orange Street 
Wood Lane 
Love Street 
Green Lane, and 
Beer Lane, 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee, to take the several Petitions 
above mentioned, under tlieir consideration, That they View the 
Places, Compute the Charge, and Report thereon as soon as may be. 

[24O.] Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired, 
as a Committee to take into Consideration the above Petitions, 
make an Estimate of the Charge, and report thereon Accordingly. 

The Petition of Mr. Belcher Hancock, School Master at Rumny 
Marsh, Praying for an Addition to his Salary, for Reasons men- 
tioned, Read, And the Question put, Viz'. 

Whether the Prayer of the Petitioner should be Granted? 

Voted, in the Negative, and that the Petition be Accordingly 
Dismist. 

Mr. Samuel Gibson's Petition for an Addition to his Salary, 
As Usher of the South Grammar School in this Town, for Reasons 
therein mentioned, Read, 

Voted, That the Sum of Twenty five Pounds p Annum be, and 
hereby is Added to Mr. Samuel Gibson's Salary in Answer to his 
Petition, 

Mess. Stephen Minot Jun r . - - 
Abraham How - - - - 



James Henshaw - 
Josiah Torrey 
John Blowers 
William Hick ling 
Edward Drinker - 
Obadiah Cookson 
Jonathan Foster - 
Were Chosen Constables. 

Mess". William Parkman 
Moses Eayres - 
Francis Warclall 
Elijah Vinal - - 
Harrison Gray - 
John Avery - - 
Edward Brasier 
Thomas Johnson 
Were Chosen Clerks of the Market. 



} Constables 



Clerks of the Market. 



Pay 
Pay 

Sworn 

Pay 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Pay 

Excus'd 

Excus'd 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Pay 

Pay 

Excus'd 
Pay 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 155 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till to Morrow at Nine 
O'Clock in the Morning. 

[241.] Tuesday March, loth. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment, 

Mess". Gamaliel Wallis - - - *1 ._... p a y 
Philip Audebert - - - j One of the Life Guard 

Josias Byles Jun r . - - Sworn 

XT ,, i TT i y Constables. 

Nathanael Holmes - - Sworn 

James Hawding - - - ... Paid in 17 

Nathanael Hasey --- J _-.. Sworn 
Were Chosen Constables. 

The Report of a Committee on the Affair of the North Battery 
Wharf Read, and is as follows. 

According to the former Report, Were the North Battery Wharf 
in repair, as is therein set forth, We are Informed, there are Per- 
sons that will Give One Hundred Pounds p year, and upwards, 
and if there should be Occasion, will be ready to clear the wharf 
fit for the Service it used to be applied to, 

JOHN WALKER 
THOMAS LEE 
JEFF BEDGOOD 

Voted, That this Affair be Referr'd for futher Consideration, 'till 
the next General Town Meeting, that in the mean time, any of the 
Inhabitants may have Opportunit} 7 (if they see Cause) to Repair 
to the Select Men, and lay before them their Proposals, or Terms, 
On which they will Undertake to Repair, Or Lease the said Wharf, 
that the same may be Accordingly Reported at the said Meeting 

The Petition of Samuel Adams Esquire, and sundry other In- 
habitants, Abutters on Barton's Rope Walk, Read. 

Voted, That the Consideration of this Petition be referr'd to the 
next General Town Meeting ; And that in the mean time, the Select 
Men be, and hereby are Desired to take the same into Consider- 
ation, Enquire into the Affair, And Report their Opinion, What 
may be proper for the Town to do thereon at the said Meeting. 

[242.] A Memorial of Mr. Rowland Houghton, Containing 
some Proposals for Preventing the danger of Fire by Chimnies, 
Read. 

Voted, That the Consideration of the said Proposals be Referr'd 

to the next General Town Meeting That so in the mean 

time Any Person or Persons may Treat with the Select Men about 
the Terms, upon which they will undertake the same, Who are De- 
sired to Receive such proposals (if any be offered) and to Report 
thereon, at the said Meeting. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, That a proper Engine might 
be Erected for the Weighing of Hay, brought to Market, Read, 
Debated, and thereupon. 

Voted, That no Person whatsoever being an Inhabitant, or Res- 
ident within the Town of Boston, Presume to Buy any Hay brought 
to Market from and after the Tenth day of June, next ensuing, 
without weighing the same, Upon the Penalty of Twenty Shillings 
for every breach of this Order ; And that a By-Law to enforce the 
same be prepared, and presented to the Court of General Sessions 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of the Peace, next to be holden at Boston, for the County of Suf- 
folk, for their Approbation. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired to Receive such Pro- 
posals of Methods for Weighing of Hay, as shall or may be laid 
before them, and that they be Desired to Report thereon at the 
Adjournment of this Meeting, if any be, Or at the next General 
Town Meeting. 

According to Order, as Entred Yesterday, The Town proceeded 
to bring in their written Votes for County Treasurer, Which being 
Collected, were according to Law Sealed up by Constable John 
Clark, by him to be kept, and return'd unto the next Quarter 
Sessions to be held for the County of Suffolk. 

Voted, To Proceed to the Choice of Seven Assessors. 

The Votes being Accordingly Collected and Sorted, it Appear'd, 
That, 

[243.] Mess. Daniel Loring ^ 

John Staniford 
Richard Buckley 

Peter Thomas } Assessors. 

Joshua Blanchard 
Andrew Eliot, and 
William Thomas 

Were Chosen Assessors for the year ensuing. 

According to Order, the Affair of Erecting a Work House came 
under Consideration, And after some Debate thereon, 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Committee, to View, and 
Report their Opinion of the most proper and convenient Place for 

Erecting a Work House And also to prepare and lay before 

the Town, Upon an adjournment of this Meeting, intended the 
29 th instant, A Plan or Model of the same, for their Considera- 
tion. 

Voted, That the Gentlemen, the Overseers of the Poor, together 
with the former Committee, appointed the 12th. March, 1734. be 
the Committee for the ends and purposes above mentioned. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded by many, Viz 4 . That the 
Town would by a Vote manifest their Approbation of the Proposals 
for Erecting a Work House, according to the Report of the Com- 
mittee. 

The Question was accordingly put, viz'. Whether the Town did 
Approve thereof ? 

Voted, In the Affirmative, by a vast Majority. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to the Afternoon at 
Three O'Clock. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

Mess. Joseph Kueeland - - *) ------ Sworn 

Thomas Pearson - - ( ^ - - Pay 

TJ . D V Constables J 

Benjamin Bourn - - j - - 

James Bradford - - J ------ Excus'd. 

Were Chosen Constables. 

[244.] Mr. Thomas Boucher, was Chosen a Clerk of the 
Market. And upon a motion made ------ Excus'd. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1736. 



157 



- ------ Sworn 

. . . . . _ . Sworn 

Sealers of Leather, o 

- - - - - - - Sworn 

- - - - - - - Sworn 

- - - - - - - Sworn 



- - - - - Sworn 



of Shingles &c. 



Mr. Robert Breck was Chosen Clerk of the Market, in the room 
of Mr. Boucher, and Sworn. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the High Ways, 
for the Year ensuing. 

Upon a Motion made, The following Question was put, Viz*. 

Whether the Town would proceed to the Choice of Tythiug Men ? 

Voted, in the Negative. 

Mess". Samuel May - - - 

Nathanael Hodgdon - 

John Allen - - - - 

Robert Williams - - 

William Young - - 

James Dawson - - 

Were Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Mess". Caleb Ray - - 

Thomas Foster 

John Peirce 

John Endicut } Fence-Viewers. 

Joseph Russell 
James Barnard 
Joseph White 

Were Chosen Fence-Viewers. 
Mess". Edward Moberly - 
John Adams 
Matthew Barnard 
Edward Richards - 
William Paine 
Joshua Thornton j 

Were Chosen Surveyors and Measurers of Boards, Plank, Timber, 
and Shingles. 

[245,] Mess". Thomas Boucher ^ 

David Jeffries 
Joshua Townsend 
John Welch 
John Taylor 
Nathanael Thayer 
Nathanael Gardner 
Anthony Sigourney J- Scavengers. 
John Bennet 
John Lambert 
Richard Salter 
Wigglesworth Sweetser 
Josiah Carter 
Joseph Webb 
Benjamin Edwards 
Wei'e Chosen Scavengers, for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That No Money be henceforward drawn out of the Town 
Treasury, for the Payment of any Scavenger or other Person for 
the Carting of Street Dirt, Provided the same be Carried forth out 
of this Town. 

And upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That the Select Men be and hereby are Impowered to 



}> Survey" 



Sworn 

Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Treat with any Person or Persons Who may Offer Proposals for 
the Carrying away the Street Dirt, without Charge to the Town, 
And They are Desired to Report thereon, as soon as may be. 
Mess. Joseph Calef "] 

Thornton Barret VH o- 

Ezekiel Carver - - f '---- Sworn 

Simon Howard - - j ------- Sworn 

Mr. Richard-Carter Cowel, was Chosen H award. 
A Motion being made, That the Town would now proceed to 
the Consideration of what may be proper for them to do respect- 
ing the Three Tracts of Land, Granted by the Great and General 
Court, the 29th. December, 1735. to the town of Boston. 
And after debate thereon. 

[246.] Voted, That the Select Men be and hereby are Desired 
and Impowred to Receive the Proposals, that may be made by 
any Person or Persons, respecting either the Settling the said 
Townships, Or the Disposing of them ; And that The}- Report 
thereon at the next General Town Meeting. 
Mess. Bartholomew Gedney^ 

Robert Skinner - -I Constables. (Excus'd 

Joseph Lewis ---) ------ Excus'd 

Were Chosen Constables. 

Mess". Thomas Morris ) ,, .,, Excus'd 

T , > Constables 

John P urney - j ----- p a y 

Were Chosen Constables. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds be 
allow'd and Paid to the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esquire Town 
Treasurer, for his Service in that Office the year past. 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esquire, was Chosen Town- 
Treasurer, for the Year Ensuing. 

Capt. William Downe ") 

Mr. James Allen 

Mr. Thomas Green } Auditors. 

Mr. Andrew Oliver and 
Major Samuel Sewall 

Were Chosen Auditors of the Town-Treasurer's Accounts the 
Year ensuing. Who are Desired to see that the Draughts made 
upon the Treasury, by the Select Men, and Overseers of the Poor, 
be agreeable to Law, and the Town Votes and Orders. 
Capt. Daniel Pecker ") 

Mr. William Rand > Collectors. 

Mr. Nathanael Barber ) 

Were Chosen Collectors of Rates and Taxes, within the Town of 
Boston, the Year ensuing. 

Mr. Benjamin Whittmore, was Chosen Collector of Rates and 
Taxes within the District of Rumney Marsh the Year ensuing. 
[247.] Mess". Gershom Keyes ~\ - - - - Excus'd. 

John Waldo - - > Constables - -Sworn. 
Jonathan Farnum ) - - . - - Sworn. 
Were Chosen Constables. 

A Motion being made and seconded, That the Town would now 
proceed to Consider of aome means, whereby the Inhabitants 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1737. 159 

might be better and more effectually provided with Wood, and 
some Debate had thereon, 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee of Five Persons to Project some 
Method for the End aforesaid. 

Voted, That, The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esquire 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire 
Mr. Thomas Hubbard 
Major Samuel Sewall, and 
Capt. Daniel Henchman, 

be the Committee, Who are Desired to Report to the Town there- 
on, as soon as conveniently they can. 

Mr. Samuel Ruigaway, was Chosen Constable. Sworn. 
Upon a Motion made and seconded, 

Voted, To make an Addition to the Number of Survej'ors of 
Shingles, Measurers of Boards, Timber &c. Accordingly, 

Mess". Joseph White j g Shingles, &c. ' ' ^ worn 

Joseph Skillm } J - - Sworn. 

Were Chosen Surveyors and Measurers of Boards, Shingles &c. 
in Addition to the number already Chosen. 

Mr. Gammon Stevens, was Chosen One of the Clerks of the 
Market -------- Pay. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Tuesday the 29th. 
of March, Curraut, At Three O'Clock in the Afternoon. 

[248.] Tuesday, March, 29 th . 1737. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment. 

Mess. William Greenleaf - ) i P ^r i t. - - - - Pay 

\ Clerks of Market. 
John Tucker - - - j - - - - Pay 

Were Chosen Clerks of the Market. 

According to Order of the Town the 15 th . instant The Draft of a 
By-Law was presented for Consideration, relating to the Weighing 

of Hay, bro't to Market Read, and after some Debate thereon. 

Voted, That this Affair be further referr'd to the Consideration 
of the Select Men ; Who are Desired to Report at the next Gen- 
eral Town Meeting, what They think may be proper for the Town 
to do thereon. 

The Honourable Samuel Welles Esq r . from the Committee Ap- 
pointed to View, and Report their Opinion of the most proper and 
Convenient Place for Erecting a Work House, Presented their 
Report, As follows Viz'. 

The Committee to whom was referr'd' the Consideration of 
a place and model for the Work House propos'd to be 
Erected in the Town of Boston, Report as follows, viz'. 

1. That the most convenient Place as they Apprehend, is 
at the South Western End of the House of Correction, or Bride- 
wel, To begin at the upper or North western Corner of Bridewel, 
and Extend Eastward by and Ad joy n ing to said Bridewel, the 
Shed on the South eastern side of it, and the South western Wall 
of the Burying Yard. 

2. As to the Model of the House, the Committee Propose, 
That it be One Hundred and forty feet long, Twenty feet Wide, 
Sixteen feet high, from the lower Floor of the House to the upper 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

or Garret floor, To be Built of Brick, to be upon a line and face 
to the South West, the Chimnies all on the North Eastern or 
[249.] Backside, A Common Hall of Thirty two feet long, Five 
Other Rooms, All these below ; Nine Chambers, the Roof pitch'd, 
Elevated Forty five degrees ; A Cellar Eight feet deep under the 
whole, A Well, A Convenient Separate House for Washing, Brew- 
ing, and Baking ; And a House of Office. 

And to Accommodate the Work House, and make the Appear- 
ance or Prospect the better. The Committee also Propose, That 
the Granary be remov'd, if the Town shall Order it at a Meeting 
for that purpose warned, from it's present st'anding to the South 
eastern Corner of the Burying Place, The Front or Eastern Side 
of the Granary to be set on a line with the Eastern Wall of the 
Burying Yard, A Fence to be Carried from the Southeastern Cor- 
ner of the Granary in the line of the Front of the Granary, South 
Westerly Twelve feet, then to turn upon right Angles North West- 
erly and go upon that Point till it intersect or meet a line or Fence 
upon right Angles to be drawn or Erected from the upper or North 
Western Corner of Bridewel aforesaid, this Spot of Land, being 
about Seventy Seven feet and an half wide, And three Hundred and 
Twenty Eight feet long, will be necessary for Yard Room and 
Other Accommodations for the Work House. 

The Committee would also Inform the Town, That They have 
consulted able Work men and others as to the Cost of removing 
the Granary and Building a Cellar, And find it may be Effected 
for Two Hundred and Seventy two Pounds and the Use of the 
Cellar (which is to be built under the whole) for Sixteen Years. 

In the Name and by Order of the Committee 

SAMUEL WELLES. 

Which being Read Three several Times, 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are desired to Issue 
forth their Warrants, for Convening the Freeholders [25O.] And 
other Inhabitants, in Public Town Meeting, On Tuesday the Fifth 
of April next, at Nine of the Clock in the Morning, In Order to 
take under Consideration the Removal of the Granary ; And also, 
what may then be tho't proper for them to do towards the Erect- 
ing and Settling a Work House, According to the Report of the 
Committee, Now Read and Accepted. 

Upon a Motion made respecting the Three Townships, as Entred 
the 15 th . Currant, 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired and impowered, Not 
only to receive the Proposals that may be made by Others ; but 
also to draw up a Scheme of such Proposals as they shall think 
proper, Either, for bringing forward the Settlement of the said 
Townships, Or, the Disposing of them, As they shall Judge most 
Advantageous, And lay the same before the Town for their Con- 
sideration, at the next General Town-Meeting. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to Insert in the next 
Warrant for Calling a Town Meeting, The Choice or Appointment 
of a suitable Person to take the Care and Oversight of the Gran- 
ary, in the Room of Mr. Jonathan Williams lately deceas'd. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 161 

Mess". John Mortimer 



clerks of the Market - - 
Milam Alcoek - j Sworn 

"Were Chosen Clerks of the Market for the year ensuing. 
Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[251.] At*a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabi- 
tants of Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, Assembled 
in Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, On Tuesday, April, 
5th. Anno Domini, 1737. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. Thomas Prince ; The 
Warrants for Calling the Meeting were -Read, and the Town pro- 
ceeded to the Choice of a Moderator. 

Voted, That the Honourable Elisha Cooke Esquire be the Mod- 
erator of this Meeting. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, to the Select Men relat- 
ing to the Appropriating the Markets to some other Use, Read. 

A Petition of Mary Green for Repair of Damages, by her Re- 
ceiv'd, Read. 

Voted, That this Meeting be adjourned for One Quarter of an 
Hour, and then to Meet upon the lower Floor of the Town-House. 

Where being Assembled, 

A Motion was made and seconded, to proceed to the Choice of 
an Overseer of the Granary, in the Room of Mr. Jonathan Wil- 
liams Deceased -- And in Order thereto a Question was put, 
Viz 1 . Whether the Town would make the Choice by Written Votes, 
or by a Hand Vote? 

Voted, To Chuse an Overseer of the GTanary by Written Votes. 

Voted, That this Meeting be further Adjourned for the Space 
of Half an Hour, then to meet in the Reverend Mr. Checkley's 
Meeting House, on Church Green, Summer Street. 

And, That all Charges arising for Repair of any damage which 
may happen to be done to the -Seats or Pews in said Meeting 
House, by reason of the Towns Meeting there, be defrayed out of 
the Town Treasury. 

[252.] The Town being Assembled according to Adjourn- 
ment, at the Publick Meeting-House, on Church Green. 

The Votes for an Overseer of the Granary being Collected and 
Sorted, it appeared, That the Number of Voters, were -- 412. 
And That Mr. Francis Willoughby was Chosen by a majority of 
the Voters, Viz' --- 2 68 Votes. 

Voted, That Mr. Francis Willoughby Chosen Over-Seer of the 
Granaiy, Give Security, to the Satisfaction of the Select Men, for 
his faithful Discharge of the said Trust, before he Enter upon hia 
said Employment. 

The Town proceeded to Consider what might be Proper for 
them to do, relating to the Removal of the Granary ; And the 
Erecting, and Settling a Work House. 

The Affair being accordingly Debated, the following Votea 
were previously drawn up, Read several times, and passed, Viz'. 

Whereas the Committee appointed the Fourteenth of March 173G, 
to Consider What might be proper for the Town to Do, with re- 
spect to Building a Work House &c. Have Reported, That it ia 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

proper to have One Erected ; Assigned a place therefor ; And it 
being also Represented to the Town, That a Number of Gentle- 
men have Subscribed liberally for promoting this good Purpose. 

Therefore 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted ; And That a Work 
House be accordingly Erected, the Subscribers raying their re- 
spective Subscriptions, into the Hands of a Committee to be 
Chosen and Appointed for Building the same. 

And to Accommodate the Work House, and make the Appear- 
ance or Prospect the better, 

Voted, That the Granary be removed from it's present Standing, 
to the Southeastern Corner of the Burying Place, Agreeable to the 
said Report. 

[25#.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three 
O'Clock, this Afternoon. 

Afternoon the Town being Assembled. 

The Petition of Mary Green, Read, 

And inasmuch as the subject Matter thereof does not lye before 
the Town. 

Voted, That the Petition be Dismiss'd. 

It being Moved, That the Town would proceed to the Choice of 
a Committee for Building the Work House, it was accordingly. 
Voted, That the Number of the Committee be Seven. 
Voted, That the said Committee be Chosen by a Hand- Vote. 
Voted, That, 

The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esquire 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esquire 
Capt. Daniel Henchman 
Major Samuel Sewall 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire 
Mr. Andrew Oliver, and 
James Bowdoin Esquire 
be a Committee for the Ends and purposes aforesaid. 

The Select Men, to whom was Referr'd the Consideration of the 
Affair relating to Weighing of Hay, Presented their Report, 
As follows, Viz*. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town as above, We the Sub- 
scribers, having Considered the Affair referr'd to Us, 
Report thereon, as follows, Viz'. 

That as soon as conveniently may be, there be Erected, within 
and near the Fortification, An Engine, Suitable for the Weighing 
of Hay ; And We think it most just and equal that the Cost and 
Charge thereof [254.] Be born by a Subscription from such Per- 
sons as are principally concern'd in buying of Hay, and Others 
who shall voluntarily Subscribe for the same. 

That from and after the day of 

(Provided the said Engine be then Erected) All Carts and other 
Carriages of Hay, as they come into Town, shall be weighed, and 
a Tally with the weight of the Cart and Hay be then fix'd upon it, 
and that the Cart or Carriage upon its Return be Tared, and the 
weight thereof marked on it. 
That a suitable Person be Appointed by the Town, to take Care 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1737. 163 

that the said Engine be kept in good Repair, and to see the Weight 
of all Hay thus brought to Market, and to Tally the same, and 
mark the Carriages on their Return, as aforesaid. 

That there be allow'd to the said Person for every load of Hay 
so weigh'd to be paid by the Person who buys the same 

Or in Case of his absence at the Time of Weighing, then 

to be paid by the Importer, Who shall be reimbursed by the 
Buyer. 

That, after the said day of and the Erecting the said 
Engine, If any Person or Persons whatsoever belonging to the Town 
of Boston, shall Buy any Hay thus brought to Market, without the 
same be first Weigh'd, as above, He or they shall forfeit and pay 
the sum of Twenty Shillings for every Load or Parcel so bought. 

All which is Humbly Submitted &c. 

JONATHAN ARMITAGE ^i 

ALEXANDER FORSYTH 

Apr. 1, 1737 CALEB LYMAN j> Select Men. 

JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Juu r . J 

Which Report being Read 

[255.] Voted, That the Consideration of -this Affair be 
referr'd to the next GeneralTown Meeting in May, That so the In- 
habitants, in the mean time, if the} 7 see cause, may repair to the 
Select Men, and make known to them, their Proposals for under- 
taking the Erecting such an Engine Agreeable to the Report of 
the Select Men. 

The Select Men Presented their Report relating to the Three 
Townships, As follows, Viz'. 

We the Subscribers being Desired to draw up some 
Proposals, either for the bringing forward the Settlement 
of the Three Tracts of Land, lately Granted by the 
Great and General Court, to the Town of Boston, Or for 
Disposing of the same, Having maturely Considered the 

Affair, Are Humbly Of Opinion, 

That, there are but Two Ways (considering the present Cir- 
cumstances of the Town) Whereby the said Grant may be Im- 
proved to advantage, 

First, By Granting a Part of the said Lands to any suitable and 
suflicient Person, or Number of Persons, Who shall Oblige them- 
selves under such Pensilty, and in such Manner as shall be agreed 
on, to bring forward the Settlement of the same, within the Time 
limited by the General Court, and agreeable to the conditions of 

their said Grant to the Town The Residue of the said 

Lands to continue and remain to be hereafter disposed of by the 
Town, at such Time and in such Manner, as thev shall Determine. 

9 r ' 

Secondly, By Sale of the said Grant, to such Person or Persons 

as shall bid the highest Price for the same ; And which We 
Humbly Apprehend (under our present Circumstances) will be 

found most Advantageous to the Town. 

[256.] And the better to accomplish the same, We think it 
convenient, That a Committee be Chosen and Impowered, to 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Treat with Such Persons as may Appear, either to Settle, or 
Purchase the said Graut ; And that it be Publickly Advertised in 

the News Papers, or otherwise, As the Town shall judge best. 

All which is Submitted &c. 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
ALEXANDER FORSYTE 

Apr. 1, 1737. CALEB LYMAN ^Select Men. 

JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . 

Which Report was Read, Debated and thereupon, 

Voted, That this Affair be Referr'd to the Select Men, Who 
are Desired, According to their Report, to Advertise the same in 
the Public News Papers ; And that they receive, and make Pro- 
posals, Either for the Settling, or Sale of the said Tracts of Land, 
And Report thereon at the General Town Meeting in May next. 

According to Order, The Town came into the Consideration of 
the Desire of Sundry Inhabitants, that the Markets may be Ap- 
propriated to some other Use And the Petition presented 

to the Select Men refering to the same, Read And a 

Debate ensuing, 

The following Question was put, and to be Decided by A Hand 
Vote, Viz 1 . 

Quest. Whether it be the mind of the Town That the Consider- 
ation of this Affair be referr'd to A General Town Meeting to be 
Call'diu May next? 

Voted, in the Negative. 

[257.] Upon a Motion thereupon made and seconded The 
following Question was put, Viz 4 . 

Quest. Whether the present Markets at the South and North 
End of the Town, shall be Appropriated to some other Use? 

Voted, in the Affirmative. 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to take under Consideration, 
What Other Uses the said Market places may be put to, so as 
may best serve the Interest of the Town, And to Report thereon, 
at the General Town Meeting in May next. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for the Ends 
aforesaid ; Who are desired and impowered to Consider the said 

Affair, And Report thereon accordingly. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston, 
duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, Assembled in Public Town 
Meeting at the Town-House, Upon Tuesday the 3 d May, Anno 
Domini, 1737. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. John Webb, The 
Warrants for Calling the Meeting were Read Then 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . Moderator of the Select-Men, 
On their behalf and in their name, informal the Town (as usual) 
That the Laws of this Province Ordain, That the Select Men of 
each Town respectively, or the major part of them be present at 
the Meeting for Choice of Representatives, to give Direction for 
the regular and orderly carrying on of the same 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 165 

Yet since there are Other Affairs to be Transacted afterwards 
which will require the Choice of a Moderator ; If the Town shall 
think it best to Chuse One now, for that End, the Select Men Con- 
sent to it, Always Reserving to themselves, According to Law, the 
Right of [258.] Moderating, until the Election of Represent- 
atives, as aforesaid be ended Accordingly. 

The following Question was put, Viz' Whether the Town would 
Now proceed to the choice of a Moderator for the Regulation of 
the Meeting after the Choice of Representatives? 

Voted In the Affirmative. And, 

The Votes for a Moderator being Collected, It Appear'd, 

That the Honourable Elisha Cooke Esq r was Chosen Unani- 
mously. 

The Sheriffs Precept, -------- Read. 

Sundrys Laws ---------- Read- 

Upon a Motion made It was proposed to the Town to proceed to 
the Choice of Representatives. And accordingly, 

Voted To proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 

The Votes being Collected, the Number of Voters were found 
to be 240 

The Votes being Sorted, It Appeared the Three following Gen- 
tlemen, were Chosen, Viz'. 

No. of Votes. 

The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esquire 216 

Mr. Thomas Cushing Jun r . 219 

Mr. Timothy Prout 127 

The Town then proceeded to bring in their Votes for One Rep- 
resentative, Which being Collected, the Number of Voters were 
found to be --------------- 221 

And being sorted, It Appeared, there was no Choice made. 

Upon a Motion made, the following Question was put Viz' 
Whether the Town would immediately proceed to the Choice of 
One Representative. 

Voted, In the Affirmative 

[59.] The Votes being Collected, the Number of Voters 
were found to be -------.------ 179. 

And being Sorted It Appear'd the following Gentleman was 
Chosen, Viz' 

votes. 

Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . --------- 134. 

The Choice of the Representatives being at an End, the Select 
Men declared the same, And the Moderator Assumed His Place. 

Petitions and Motions, Viz 1 . 

The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esq r . from the Committee for Erecting 
the Work House, made a Motion respecting the Placing the 
Granary, and the Foundation of the Work House. &c. 
The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esq r . also Propos'd to the Town to Con- 
sider of some Means for the better Improvement of the broken 
Marsh near Fox-hill. 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . made a Motion respecting the 

Lease of Winnisimet Ferry. 

Mr. Peleg Wiswall's Petition, for Raising his Salary - Read 
Mr. Zech. Hicks's Petition, for Raising his Salary - - Read. 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants for reviving the Merchants 
Watch Read. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for laying a Drain from the 
South Burying Place, to Winter Street Read. 

Mr. William Torrey made a Motion, to Consider of some Effect- 
ual Means to prevent frauds in Cording Wood. 

Voted That this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Four O'Clock, in the 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

A Petition of the Hon. John Osborne Esq r . James Bowdoin Esq r 
and others, Praying the Town would please to revive their former 
Vote for an Allowance of Fifty Pounds p Annum, towards the 
Support and Maintenance of the Merchants Watch (so call'd) 
Upon the Town Dock for such time as the Merchants shall continue 
to bear the remaining part of the Charge, Or Until the Town shall 
see Cause Otherwise to Order and Direct : The said Watch to be 
under the Direction, [26O.] And Regulation of the Select Men for 
the Time being, as the Law directs, For Reasons in the said Peti- 
tion mentioned, Read 

After some Debate thereon, The Question was put, Viz'. 
Whether the Prayer of the Petitioners should be Granted? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Upon the Motion made in the Morning, respecting the Founda- 
tion and Wall of the Work House, and Debate thereon ; Several 
Workmen present, were Desired to View and Consider the Circum- 
stances of the Place designed, And to Report thereon this After- 
noon. 

Who accordingly having view'd the Place and consider'd the 
Circumstances thereof, Informed the Town, That according to 
their Judgment, the Wall of the Work House might be built close 
to the Brick Wall of the Burying place, without any inconvenience, 
And that the Cellar under the same may be made Secure from 
Stench &c, without any considerable Charge. 

Some Debate arising respecting the Eves dropings of the Work 
House to be Erected 

Voted, That the Committee for Erecting the Work House be, 
and hereby are Desired to Consider of this Affair, and Report to 
the Town tomorrow, What they shall think best for the Town to 
do, as to placing the foundation and wall of the Work House, so 
as to accommodate the said Building, and preserve Peace. 

Upon a Motion made with respect to placing the Granary. 

Voted, That the Granary be fixed and set at the distance of 
Twelve feet from the Wall of the Burying place. 

Voted, That Five feet be added to the Work House, in length, 
for the better Accommodation of the same, with convenient Entrys 
and Staires. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for a Drain to [201.] Be 
Laid from the Tombs in the South Burying place into the Common 
Shore, which runs thro' Winter Street and Summer Street to the 
Bull Wharf so called, for Reasons therein mentioned. Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be and hereby are desired to take 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 167 

the said Petition under Consideration, Enquire into the Circum- 
stances of that Affair, And Report to the Town at their Next 
Meeting, What they think proper to be done thereon. 

A Petition of Mr. Peleg Wiswall, Master of the North Grammar 
School, Praying for an Addition to be made to his Salary, for 
Reasons therein mentioned, Read 

Voted, That the Prayer of this Petition be Granted, And that 
the Sum of Eighty Pounds p Annum be and hereby is added to 
the Salary of Mr. Peleg Wiswall, for his further Encouragement, 
and Support in the said Employment The same to Com- 
mence from the Time of his last Quarterly payment, Viz', the 
25th. of February past. 

The Petition of Daniel Pecker, Nathanael Barber, and William 
Rand, Collectors of the Taxes &c. for the Year 1736 Praying 
that the Assessors of the Town may be allow'd to set upon Abate- 
ments, until the last Day of August next for Reasons men- 
tioned Read 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till Tomorrow Morn- 
ing, at Nine O'Clock. 

AVednesday, May, 4th. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment. 

The Select Men, having taken a List of the Names of the In- 
habitants, liable by Law, and qualified to serve on the Petit Jury, 
laid the same before the Town for Approbation; Agreable to a 

Law of this Province in that Case made and provided The 

said List being distinctly Read over, was Approved accordingly. 

[262.] The Committee for Erecting the Work House, having, 
according to the Desire of the Town, as Entred Yesterday, View'd 
the place and consider'd the affair referr'd to them, 

Reported, That in their Opinion it will be best that the Wall of 
the said W'ork House be set Two feet, at the least, Off, from the 
Wall of the Burying Place. 

Voted, That the Wall of the Work House be accordingly set at 
the distance of Two feet, at the least from the Wall of the Bury- 
ing Place ; Agreeable to the Report of the Committee. 

Upon the Motion made at the Beginning of the Meeting, by the 
Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . relating to the Lease of Winnisimet 
Ferry, which expired the first of March last, before the letting the 
same on a New Lease had been Advertised according to Order, 
Praying the Town would give direction in the Affair 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired and Impowered to let 
the said Ferry continue in the hands of the last Lessees for the 
Year current, if they see cause ; And that they proceed to Lease 
out the same for a Term of Years, giving Public Notice thereof, 
According to the Vote and Order of the Town at their Annual 
Meeting the 12th. of March, 1732. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded by many, the following 
Question was propos'd, Viz'. 

Whether it should be left to the Committee for Building the 
Work House, according to their Discretion to make some small 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Alterations, with respect to making of Stairs, Closets or Windows, 
so as may to them seem necessary, or convenient for the accommo- 
dation of the said Building? 

Voted In the Affirmative. 

The Report of the Select Men, on the Petition of Samuel Adams 
/sq r . and Others, relating to Bartons Rope Walk, Presented, and 
Read Viz'. 

[263.] Pursuant to a Vote of the Town as above, We the 
Subscribei's have Attended the Service Desired of Us ; Consider'd 
the Prayer of the Petitioners ; View'd the Place, and Enquired 
into the Circumstances of it; And are Humbly of Opinion, It is 
not Necessary for the Town to act any thing thereon, And there- 
fore that the Petition be Dismist. 

All which is Humbly Submitted, &c. 
JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 



April, 28. 1737. ALEXANDER FORSTTH 



Select Men. 



CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HDTCHINSON JUN. m 
Voted, That this Report be Accepted, and that the Petition be 
accordingly dismist. 

The Reports of the Select Men on the several Petitions for 
Paving, were Read, and are as follows Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote and Desire of the Town, at their Annual 

Meeting the 14th. of March, last 

We the Subscribers have Attended the Service Desired of us ; 
Taken the Petitions for Paving referr'd to, under Consideration ; 
View'd and Measured the several Streets ; Computed the Charge 
of Paving them ; and Report thereon, as follows, 



First, On the Petition for Paving Wood Lane, &c. 



Having View'd and Measured the said Lane, We find it 
measures about 395 Yards, the Paving whereof will cost, 73 u 
16 u 3. And We humbly Apprehend, It may be Adviseable that 
the said Lane be Paved anew, The Town bearing One Third part 
of the Charge, Provided the Abutters be at the Cost and Charge 
of the Remaining Two Thirds, and keep the same in repair from 
time to time : And further It is our Opinion That the Petitioners 
have Liberty at their own Charge to Build an Open Wharf a Cross 
the Town Slip, to lye Open for the Use of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, about Eighty or an Hundred feet below the High 
Wa}', As the Town shall direct. 

[264:.] Secondly, On the Petition for Paving Beer Lane. 

Having View'd the Said Lane, &c. We find it Measures about 
504 Yards, and that the Cost of Paving the same will amount to 
npwards of 100. And Whereas We find the said Lane lyes 
upon a good Descent, and that the Passing therein is more Com- 
modious than many other of the Town We are therefore of 

Opinion, it may not be adviseable for the Town to be at Charges 
in Paving the same, for the present. 

Thirdly, On the Petition for Paving Love Street. 

Having View'd the said Street &c. We find it Measures abouf 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1737. 169 

630 Yards, And that the Cost of Paving the same will amount to 
upwards of 149. But, inasmuch as the said Lane is little Im- 
proved in Comparison with others in the Town, We are Of 

Opinion the Paving thereof may be deferr'd for the present. 

Fourthly, On the Petition for Paving Green Lane. 

Having View'd the said Lane, &c. We find it Measures about 
2600 Yards, the Paving whereof will cost at the least 650. And 
Whereas, it does not Appear to us, that the Abutters thereon have 
fully determined to Pave their Respective parts or proportion 
thereof ; And the Boundarys of the Land of some of the said 

Abutters, rendering the said Street or Lane irregular We 

are of Opinion, That in Consideration of the Premisses, together 
witli the heavy Charge it will be to the Inhabitants, It may be 
adviseable to defer the Pavement of the said Lane for the present. 



Fifthly, On the Petition for Paving part of Orange Street. 

Having taken the said Petition under Consideration, [265.] 
View'd the Said Street, and finding the Southerly half thereof to 
be very much out of Repair ; We are of Opinion, It may be Ad- 
viseable for the Town to Expend Three 

viseable for the Town to Expend Three Hundred and Fifty Pounds 
in Paving the same : Which Sum, We find by Computation, will 

pay the Towns part of Paving, 1600 Yards thereof Upon 

this Condition, That some sufficient Person or Persons shall Appear 
to Engage for and in behalf of the Proprietors and Abutters on 
the said Street, bearing their proportionable part of Paving the 
same. 

All which is Humbly Submitted, &c. 
JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
ALEXANDER FORSYTH I c i f AT 

April, 29, 1737. CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r 

The Reports above, being severally Read and Considered, The 
Town proceeded to pass upon Each of them respectively as 
follows, Viz*. ' 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men upon the Petition for 
Paving Wood Lane, &c. be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men upon the Petition for 
Paving Beer Lane, be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men upon the Petition for 
Paving Love Street, be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men upon the Petition for 
Paving Green Lane, be not Accepted. And, 

Upon a Motion made by Capt. James Gooch jun r . as follows 
Viz'. That he the said Gooch would Engage on behalf of the Abutters 
and Proprietors of Land in said Lane, to Advance and Pay the 
whole Sum, which the said Paving shall amount unto; Upon 
Condition That the Town Repay to the Undertakers, within Three 
Years [266.] Their proportionable part thereof. 

In Consideration of the foregoing Proposal 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That Green Lane be accordingly Paved, The Abutters 
and Proprietors of Land in said Lane Advanceing the Money, and 
defraying the whole Charge thereof, for the Present ; And that the 
Town Repay their proportionable part of said Charge, within Three 
Years next after the Work shall be corapleated ; Viz 1 . One Third 
part thereof, in the Year 1738 ; One Third more, in the Year 1739 ; 
and the remaining Third part, in the Year 1740. Upon this 
further Condition also, That the said Street or Lane be first reduced 
& put into a regular form, And upon no other Conditions what- 
soever. 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men, upon the Petition for 
Paving Orange Street, be Accepted. And that the said Street be 

Paved agreeable to the said Report Upon this Condition 

Nevertheless That the original Grantees of the Beech, Flats 

and Meadow Ground On Each side of said Street, Or their Succes- 
sors the present Owners or Proprietors thereof, Do well and faith- 
fully Secure the said High Way from being Damnified by the 
Tides, continuing the same of the full breadth of Forty Eight feet, 
And Perform all and singular their Engagements Mentioned in 
their Grant, As the same is Entred in the Records of Boston, 
March the 8th. 1707/8. Lib. 2. Fol. 291. And that the Other 
Proprietors or Abutters on said Street bear their proportionable 
part of the Charge of Paving the same, according to Custom. 

A petition of Mr. Zachariah Hicks, Usher of the North Writing 
School ; Pra3'ing for some Addition to his Salary, for Reasons 
mentioned Read, 

Voted, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds p Annum be, and hereby 
is Added to the Salary of Mr. Zachariah Hicks, for his further 

Encouragement, and Suport in the Said Employment, The 

same to Commence from the Time of his next Quarterly Payment, 
Viz', the 28th. of May Currant. 

[267.] Upon Information and Complaint of frequent and No- 
torious Abuses in the Measure and Sale of Cord Wood within this 
Town, In Consideration thereof, 

Voted, That it be recommended to the Select Men, Who are 
hereby Earnestly Desired to take Effectual Care to prevent such 
Abuses for the future, by endeavouring that the Laws already in 
that Case provided be duly put in execution. 

The Report of the Select Men to whom was referr'd the Consid- 
eration of the Desire of sundry Inhabitants, That the Markets 

might be Appropriated to some other uses As Entred the 5th. 

April last past, Read, As follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote and Desire of the Town, as above, We the 
Subscribers have attended that Service, And Accordingly 
Report, as follows, 



First, as to the South Market 



That Whereas Improving the said Market by turning it into 
Shops, may be most for the Interest of the Town, We are of Opin- 
ion It may be Adviseable for the Town to let it out, during the 
Time of their Lease therein, to such Person or Persons as may 
Appear to Hire it for that End. 

Secondly, As to the North Market 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 171 

Wi 1 Apprehend it can't conveniently be Improved to any other 
use. in the Place where it now stands, than by turning it into 
Shops ; But Inasmuch as that would greatly incommode, and 
might prove, on several Accounts Inconvenient, Not only to the 
Neighbourhood, but also to One of the Public Meeting Houses for 
the Worship of God, which stands very near to it, We can't think 
it adviseable to do it but rather, that the said Building be Re- 
moved to some more convenient Place, and Converted to such 
Other Use as the Town shall think fit. 

All which is Humbly Submitted &c. 
. ~q JOHN JEFFRIES CALEB LYMAN ) i f 

Po 7 ' JONATHAN ARMITAGE JONAS CLARKE ^L e 

' ALEXANDERFORSYTH THOMAS HCTCHINSON Jun r . ) 

[268.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till Three 
O'Clock in the Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

The Report of the Select Men, On the Petition for Appropriating 
the Markets to some Other Uses 

Read again And, 

Upon the Desire of Mr. John Staniford, that the By-Law re- 
specting setting up the Markets might be read, it was accordingly 

done Whereupon the said Staniford proceeded to cast very 

indecent Reflections upon the Select Men, (as he had also done in 
the Forenoon) On Account of their Report, As Agreeing with the 

Mob, who had pull'd down the Market on the Dock For 

which he was Reprimanded by the Moderator But con- 
tinuing His Reproachful Speeches, not only against the Select Men, 
but the Town in general ; The Moderator again Commanded him to 
keep silence as to that matter, and not to hinder the Public Busi- 
ness, Or he would punish him for his Offence as the Law directs, 
withal telling him that his Reflections were very injurious and 

abusive The said Staniford told the Moderator That he only 

was of that Opinion, and insisted upon it, that what he had said 
was true, and it was his Right to speak, the Town having not 
Ordered otherwise. 

Upon which the Moderator propos'd as follows, 

You, that are of the mind that Mr. Staniford has several times 
very indecently and injuriously Reflected on the Select Men, and 
not only on them, but on the whole Town, And Therefore, that 
the Moderator Command him to keep Silence, and say no more of 
that matter, And upon his refusal the Law be put in Execution 
against him, And he be sent out of the Meeting by the Hands of a 
Constable, 

Be pleas'd to manifest it. 

Voted in the Affirmative. 

The Negative being put also No hand was observ'd to be 

held up, but by Mr. Staniford only. 

Afterward the Moderator proceeded Upon the Report of the 
Select Men, which being Considered. 

[269.] Voted, That the Report of the Select Men respecting 
the South Market, be so far Accepted, As, that the said Select 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Men be and hereby are Impowred to Transact such Agreement as 
they have propos'd ; Or that they be and hereby are Impowred to 
Agree with any Person or Persons, who shall or may Appear to 
Purchase the said South Market, in the best way and manner Jhey 
can, for y e advantage and Interest of the Town. And 

On the Other part of the said Select Mens Report, respecting 
the North Market 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired and 

Impowred to take down the North Market House And that 

the Materials thereof be removed to be Erected for the Accommo- 
dation of the "Work House. 

The Honourable Elisha Cooke Esquire from the Committee 
Appointed the 15 March last, to project some Method for the 
better and more effectual providing the Town with Wood, Presented 
their Report, Which being Read, 

Voted, That the said Committee be and hereby are Desired to 
take that Affair under further Consideration, until the next General 
Town Meeting, And that they Report thereon then, or as soon as 
conveniently they can. 

A Proposal in Writing made and presented to the Select Men 
for the Purchase of One of the Tracts of Land lately Granted by 
the Great and General Court to the Town of Boston, Signed by 
William Moore, and Three others, in behalf of themselves and 
Forty or Fifty others their Associates, Read 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and herebj' are Desired and 
Impowered to Dispose of the Three Tracts of Land lately Granted 
to the Town of Boston, by Public Auction upon Thursday the 30th. 
of June next Giving Public Notice in the News Papers, of the Time, 
Place, and Conditions of the Said Sale. 

Mr. John Checkley, in behalf of himself and Mr. Gershom Keyes 
Prays the Town would please to take under Consideration, their 
great Labour, and expence of Time in Surveying and Platting 
three Tracts of [27O.] Land Granted by the Great and General 
Court to the Town of Boston, And that they would make them 
such Allowance therefor, as to their Wisdom and Goodness shall 
seem Meet. 

Voted, That the Sum of Sixty Pounds be Allow'd and Paid, to 
Mr. John Checkley, in full for his Time and Trouble in Surveying 
the Three Townships as above mentioned. 

Voted, That the Sum of Forty Pounds be Allow'd and Paid, to 
Mr. Gershom Keyea, in full for his Time and Trouble in Surveying 
the Three Townships as above mentioned. 

Mr. John Checkley Informing, That in a Payment made him by 
Mr. Treasurer Wads worth, He Receiv'd a Bill of Five Pounds 

which proves to be Counterfeit and Praying the Town would 

Relieve him therein in such way and manner as to them shall 

seem meet, The Town Treasurer also Affirming That according to 
the best of his Knowlege he receiv'd the said Counterfeit Bill of 
One of the Collectors on the Town's Account. 

Voted, That the Sum of Five Pounds be allow'd and paid out of 
the Town Treasury to Mr. John Checkley, in full, for the said 
Counterfeit Five pound Bill, paid him as above. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 173 

Voted, A Grant of Eight Thousand Six Hundred Pounds, To be 
Raised by a Tax upon Polls and Estates within the Town of Boston, 
for Relief of the Poor, and defining other necessary Charges aris- 
ing within and for the said Town the Year ensuing. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded, 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men on the Petitions of 
sundry Inhabitants for Paving Wood Lane &c. be Reconsidered so 
far as relates to the building an Open Wharf Across the Towns 
Slip at the lower End of the said Lane. 

[271.] Voted, That the Consideration of the said Report so 
far as it respects the building an Open Wharf A cross the Towns 
Slip at the lower end of Wood Lane, be continued over to the next 
General Town Meeting. 

Upon a Motion made by the Hon. Elisha Cooke Esquire, at the 
beginning of this Meeting, That the Town would Consider of some 
Means for the better security and Improvement of the broken 
Marsh near Fox Hill. 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, 
Mr. James Allen, and 
Mr. Robert Rand, 

Who were a Committee formerly chosen and appointed on this 
Affair be, and hereby are Desired to take this motion under Con- 
sideration And Report to the Town at their next General Meeting, 
What they think may be best for them to do for the security and 
better Improvement of the said Marsh. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of Bos- 
ton, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, Assembled in Public 
Town Meeting, at the Town House, Upon Saturday June, llth. 
1737. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting being Read 

The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esquire was Chosen Moderator. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants respecting Paving part of 
Orange Street. ........ Read. 

Mr. Joseph Marion addressed the Moderator, to this Effect ; 
That, He had no Objection to make to the Regularity of the Towns 
being thus Assembled But that it was his Opinion the Meet- 
ing was not well Timed, for such Reasons as he then Mentioned ; 
And therefore Pray'd the Meeting might be Adjourned to another 
Day. 

[272.] Which Motion being Seconded, tho' for other Reasons 
then also mentioned, It was According!}'. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Monday Next, the 
13th. of June current, At Eight O'Clock in the Morning. 

Monday, June 13th. 1737. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, Read, Praying the Town to 
Reconsider a Vote pass'd by them at their Meeting the 4th. of May 
last, for Paving part of Orange Street, So far only, as respects the 
Conditions As they are Entred, Fol. 266. And that they would 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Please to Order the said Pavement to be made, upon such other 
Conditions as might more Cheerfully be complyM withal. 

Upon which a Debute ensu'd, And the Question being put, Viz 1 . 

Whether the Prayer of the Petition Should be Granted? 

Voted, In the negative. 

The Town then proceeded to take under Consideration Their 
Vote pass'd the Fourth of May last, relating to the Sale of the 
Three Tracts of Land, which were lately Granted by the Great and 
General Court, to the Town of Boston : And After long Debate 
thereon, 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired, At the 
Opening of the said Sale, the 30 th . instant, to Declare Publickly, 
That Neither They, nor any or either of them, Nor any other 
Person whatsoever, are Authorised or Impowered by the Town 
of Boston to Bid any Sum or Sums of Money for the Said Tracts 
of Land then to be sold : But if any of them do or shall Bid, it 
will be on their Acco ts . in their Private Capacity, and not other- 
wise. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[273.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabit- 
ants of Boston, duly qualified, and lawfully warned, Assembled in 
Public Town Meeting, at the Town House, upon Wednesday, 
Sept. 21st. 1737. 

Pra3 - er being made by the Rev. Mr. William Cooper, 

A Precept under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable John 
Quincy Esquire, Speaker of the Honourable House of Represent- 
atives, Directed to the Select Men, Requiring them to Assemble 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants, to Elect and Depute (if 
they see cause) A Person to serve for and Represent them in the 
present Great and General Court or Assembly, In the Room of 
the Honourable Elisha Cooke Esquire, Deceased ; Together with 
the Warrants for Calling the Meeting. Read 

The Laws respecting the Power of the Select Men, to Give Di- 
rections for the Regular and Orderly Carrying on the Meetings for 
the Choice of Representatives, Read. 

Whereas there are several Affairs to be brought under Consider- 
ation at this Meeting which will require the Presence of a Moder- 
ator, Upon a Motion made and Seconded, The following Question 
was put, Viz'. 

Quest. Whether the Town would now proceed to the Choice 
of a Moderator for the Regulation of the Meeting, after the Election 
of a Representative shall be Ended? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

The Votes for a Moderator being accordingly Collected It 
Appeared, That the Honourable Edward Hutchinson Esquire was 
Chosen, by a great Majority. 

Upon a Motion made, The following Question was put, Viz*. 
Whether the Town would proceed to Elect and Depute, A Person 
to serve for and Represent them in the Great and General Court or 
Assembly, in the Room of the Hon. Elisha Cooke Esq r . Deceased ? 

Voted, in the Affirmative. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 175 

The Votes for One Representative being Accordingly 
Collected the Number of Voters were found to be Three Hundred 
and Sixty ; And upon Sorting the Votes it appeared there was no 
choice made. 

Then the Inhabitants proceeded a second time to bring in their 
Votes for One Representative ; Which being Collected, the Num- 
ber of Voters were found to be Three Hundred and Fifty Eight : 
And the Votes being Sorted, it appear'd, That Mr. John Wheel- 
wright was Chosen by the Major part of said Electors ; Viz. One 
Hundred and Ninety Votes. 

Which Election being Declared by the Select Men, 

The Moderator Assum'd his Place, and the Town proceeded to 
the other Business before them. 

Petitions and Motions. Viz*. 

Petition of sundry Inhabitants, directed to the Select 
Men, respecting the Charge of this Town in Pay of 
the Representatives ...... Read. 

Proposals of Nathan ael Wardal Jun r . for Erecting an 
Engine for Weighing of Hay ..... Read. 

Petition of Samuel Kneeland ..... Read, 

Petition of Solomon Kneeland ..... Read. 

Select Mens Report of the Sale of the Three Town- 
ships Read. 

Mr. Jacob Parker made a Motion for Libert}' to Dig 
some Sand at Fox hill, for the Towns service in 
Building the Work House. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams made a Motion for a Consideration, re- 
specting some Counterfeit Bills which were taken b\" his late Father, 
for Meal in the Granary, on the Town's Account. 

Col. Edward Hutchinson One of the Committee to project a 
Method for providing the Town with Wood, Inform'd, That they 
were not prepared to Report on that Affair. 

[275.] A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants respecting the 
Charge of this Town, in the Pay of the Representatives . . Read, 
and after some Debate thereon 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Draw up An Address to the 
Great and General Court, for Relief, respecting, the extraordinary 
Charge of the Town of Boston (in Comparison with the Other 
Towns of the Province) in the Pay of the Members of the Honour- 
able House of Representatives. 

Voted That the Number of this Committee be Five. 

Voted, That John Read Esquire 

Major Samuel Sewall 

Mr. Hugh Vans 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham and 

Samuel Watts Esquire 

be a Committee for Ends aforesaid, Who are Desired to prepare the 
same and lay it before the Town for their Consideration, at the 
intended Adjournment of this Meeting. 

Whereas the Committee appointed the 15th. of March last past, 
to View, and Report their Opinion of the most proper and conve- 
nient Place for Erecting a Workhouse, in their Report thereon 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

made to the Town, and Accepted Did propose the Remov- 
ing the Granary from the Place where it then stood, to the South 
Eastern Corner of the Burying place, and reported the Opinion of 
Able Workmen (with whom they consulted) as to the Cost of Re- 
moving it, and of Building A Cellar under the same As by the said 
Report on Record may Appear At the same time the Hon- 
ourable Samuel Welles Esquire Informed the Town that Mr. Thomas 
Hubbard was willing to undertake the same upon the Condition 

Mentioned in said Report Who being present at that time, 

also signified his Acceptance thereof according to the Terms pro- 
posed Yet Notwithstanding, there was no Vote then passed 

Impowering the Select Men to Execute Instruments for Leasing 
the said Cellar to him, As the Circumstances of the Case did 
require, 

Wherefore, 

[276.] Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are di- 
rected and Impowered to Execute a Lease of the said Cellar to 
Mr. Thomas Hubbard for the Space and Term of Sixteen Years 
According to former Agreement made with the said Hub- 
bard by the Gentlemen the Committee aforesaid Any former 

Votes or Orders respecting the Power of the Select Men in Leasing 
out the Towns Lands, &c. Notwithstanding. 

Upon a Motion made by Mr. Jacob Parker at the Opening of 
this Meeting, and now Seconded by many, 

Voted, That the Committee for Erecting the Workhouse be and 
hereby are permitted to carry away from Fox hill Thirty Loads of 
Sand, and no more, to be Improved in Building the said Work- 
house. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Fryday next the 23d. 
Currant, at Three O'Clock, After Noon. 

Fryday, Sept. 23. The Town being Assembled according to 
Adjournment. 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell's Proposals for Erecting An Engine for 
Weighing of Ha}*, Read, As follows Viz'. 

To the Gentlemen the Select Men of Boston 

The Representation and Proposal of Nathanael Wardell Jun r . 

Humbly Sheweth. 

That the Subscriber has Obtain'd of several Gentlemen, An En- 
couraging Subscription towards Defraying the Charge of Erecting 
an Engine for the Weighing of Hay ; Agreeable to Your Report to 
the Town at a Public Meeting the Fifth of April last past ; And 
accordingly, 

Proposes for Consideration, as follows, Viz*. 
. That he is read}' and Willing to Undertake the Erecting with all 
possible Speed, within and near the Fortification, [277.] An 
Engine for the Weighing of Hay, brought into this Town to Mar- 
ket, without any Charge to the Town ; And to attend constantly 
on that Service, And to give Such Securit\ r As shall be required, 
for his faithful Performance of that trust. 

Provided, a By-Law may be made and confirmed, Whereby to 
Oblige all Persons whatsoever belonging to this Town, When they 
shall Buy Hay Brought to Market in Carts or other Land Carriages, 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1737. 177 

to Cause the same to be Weigh' d at the said Engine, And the 
Bu} r er to Pay therefor, after the rate of Four pence p Hundred 
weight, And that the Profits and Perquisites of the said Engine be 
Granted to him for the Term of Seven Years next coming, after 
the same shall be so Erected and fitted for use. 

All which is Humbly Submitted by, 
Gentlemen, 

Yo r . most Humble Servant 

Boston, Sept. 14. 1737. NATHANIEL WARDELL JUN B . 

The foregoing Proposals being Consider'd 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereb}- are Desired to take 
Mr. Wardell's Proposals under Consideration, That they prepare 
the Draft of a By-Law relating to Weighing of Hay brought to 
Market in Carts, or other Land Carriages, and lay the same before 
the Town at their next General Town-Meeting for their Considera- 
tion, and further Acting thereon. 

John Read Esquire from the Committee Appointed the Twenty 
first Currant to Draw up an address to the Great and General 
Court, for Relief, respecting the extraordinary Charge of the Town 
of Boston, in the Pay of the Members of the Honourable House of 
Representatives, Reported, That They had Drafted An Address to 

the General Court According to the Direction of the Town 

Which He Read in his place, and then Presented it to the Moder- 
ator Which being Read again with Amendments 

Voted, That the same be Accepted. And is as follows, Viz'. 

Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay, 12 th . October, 1737. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire [278.] Captain 
General and Governour in Chief, the Honourable the Council, and 
House of Representatives in General Court Assembled. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston. 

Whereas there is an Order made in the Great and General 
Court on the Nineteenth of August last for just and good reasons 
to raise the Allowances of the Members of the Honourable the 
Council and House of Representatives to be paid out of the Public 
Treasury : to which there is a clause added, that the Bills so paid 
out of the Treasury Shall be drawn in again with the other Pro- 
vincial Debts by Taxes. 

Now therefore We most Humbly Pray this last Clause may be 
alter'd So as plainly to oblige every Town to pay their respective 
Representatives what shall become due to them by that Act. 

And for Reasons, We would Humbly Suggest, 

That Otherwise As this Town Now stands charged with One 
Hundred and Eight}' Pounds of every Thousand of the Tax laid 
upon One Hundred and Forty seven Towns of this Province, and 
may send but Four Representatives to the General Court where 
the rest of the Towns may send One and the most of them Two, 
We shall be Obliged to pay not only Our own Representatives but 
all the Representatives of two or three Countys besides. Now 
Whether this be Equitable or not, We humbly Submit to the 
Judgment of this Honourable Court. 

Moreover the Public Laws of the Province, from the first Session 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of the first General Court in the Province, by the Act of the 
Fourth of William and Mary, Chapter Nineteenth, have Obliged 
the Several Towns, to pay their respective Representatives for 
their Travel and Attendance [279.] At the General Court: And 
the uninterrupted Practice hath been according to that Law ever 
since to this day. Now We are humbly of Opinion, that there 
can be no more forcible Reason urged, than public Laws, and 
constant Practice, with Universal Consent, from the beginning. 

And Lastly, this present General Court, Since last May, in 
affirmance of the same Reason and Justice as this Province hath 
always acknowleged and followed, did with their common Consent, 
by a public Law Enact, That a Tax should be raised upon the 
several Towns for the Payment of what their respective Represen- 
tatives should receive for their Travel and Attendance upon the 
General Court from the beginning of the Session of this Court in 
May last unto the end of the several Sessions thereof till Ma)' 

next. 

We are sensible that the Charge We complain of is but small 
as to the quantum, but Our Case is, We have Two Thousand Nine 
Hundred and Eighty two People Taxed in our Books, out of whose 
Rates is abated this Year, Eight Hundred Fifty Nine Pounds, 
Nineteen Shillings and Five pence most of it whole Rates of poor 
People not able to pay, Two Hundred and Twenty People more in 
Our Tax books, whom Our Assessors thought not Rateable for 
their Poverty, besides many Hundreds more for the same 
Reason not Entered in those Books at all, Our Town-charges to 
the Poor this Year amounts to about Four Thousand Pounds, 
besides all the Contributions of Our Churches and Societys, and 
Charity of particular Persons, Our other Town Charges above Four 
Thousand Pounds more, besides the Maintenance of Our Ministers, 
Province and County Tax. By this means, and as We humbly 
Apprehend for the extraordinary portion of the Province charge 
laid upon Us by the Great and General Court Our Rates run so 
high that several of Our considerable Men pay from One to Three 
Hundred Pounds Tax in a Year, many that have but a House to 
live in and Health to follow their Callings are Rated higher than 
Country Gentlemen that can buy out Twenty such, And this Town 
that is of so great importance to the Landed as well as Trading 
Interest of the province is in very pressing difficulties that seem to 
threaten its ruin. [28O.] So that if we should not Pray for 
Relief in this Case, wherein We are burthened in our humble 
Opinion contrary to plain Reason, Law, and perpetual Practiced 
We might Justly fear our charges whom time to time be increase : 
'till it would be impossible for us to discharge them. 

Wherefore We humbly Pray for redress in the Premisses, And 
Your Excellency's and Honour's Most Humble Petitioners, As in 
Duty Bound, Shall ever pray. 

JOHN READ 
HUGH VANS 
NATH L . CUNNINGHAM. 
SAMUEL WATTS. 
Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired and 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 179 

Directed to cause the said Address to be transcribed, And that they 
sign the same, and Present it to the Great and General Court, at 
their next Sitting at Salisbury the Twelfth of October next. 

The Select Men Presented their Report of the Sale of the Three 
Townships by public Auction, According to Order of the Town at 

a Meeting the Third of May last past Read, as follows, 

Viz*. 

Pursuant to the Vote above, We have attended the Service, and 
have accordingly Sold the Three Townships, As follows, Viz*. 

To John Read Esquire, the Township Number One, for One 
Thousand and Twenty Pounds, Who has Paid Three Hundred and 
Forty Pounds, and given his Bonds for. the Payment of Three Hun- 
dred and Forty Pounds the Thirtieth of December next, and the 
remaining Sum of Three Hundred and Forty Pounds the Thirtieth 
of June next (without Interest) According to the Conditions of the 
Sale. 

[281.] To Colonel Joseph Heath, the Township Number Two, 
for One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Pounds, Who has 
Paid Four Hundred and Forty Pounds, and given his Bonds to pay 
the like Sum of Four Hundred and Forty Pounds On the Thirtieth 
of December next, And the remaining Sum of Four Hundred and 
Forty Pounds on the Thirtieth of June next Ensuing, without 
Interest. 

The Township not as } - et laid out, to the Honourable Colonel 
Jacob Wendell, for the Sum of Thirteen Hundred and Twenty 
Pounds, for which, the Deed is not as yet given, but will be in a 
few days. 

So that the Money already Received by the Select Men is Seven 
Hundred and Eighty Pounds, which waits to be disposed of as the 
Town shall direct. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
JON A . ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 



Boston Sept. 21. 1737. ALEX A FORSYTH 



> Select 
Men 



JONAS CLARKE 

THOMAS HUTCHINSON, JUN B . 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. And upon a Motion 

made 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Consider what may be proper 
for the Town to do with the Mone}-, which the Select Men have 
already received, and what is further to be Paid for the said Town- 
ships, at the Periods mentioned in their Report. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for that Purpose, 
Who are hereby Desired to Report thereon, at the next General 
Town Meeting. 

Upon the Petition of Solomon Kneeland, Praying the Town 
would give him One Year further for Redeeming his Land taken in 
Execution by the Town Treasurer, for a [282.] Debt due to tho 
Town from his Son Samuel Kneeland, for whom he became bound ; 
Hoping to be Able to discharge the said Debt, with Interest for the 
same (which he is willing to Allow & pay) in that time, or sooner, 
if the Town should see cause to indulge him herein. 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer be, and hereby is Impowered 
to Release to the said Solomon Kneeland the Land taken in Exe- 
cution for the Debt of his Son Samuel Kneeland as above ; 
Upon Condition, That he pay the principal Sum due to the Town, 
with lawful Interest and Charges, within the Space of One Year 
next ensuing. 

Upon the Petition of Samuel Kneeland, Praying the Town would 
allow him some further Time (as his other Creditors are willing to 
do) for the Payment of his Debt due to the Town Treasurer ; 
Offering to give such Security for the said payment as shall be 
required In answer whereto. 

Voted, That this Affair be reffered to the Select Men ; Who are 
Desired, and hereby Impowered to do therein As they shall Judge 
most for the Interest of the Town : And that They give Directions 
to the Town Treasurer accordingly. 

Then the Meeting was dismist. 

At the Desire of the Gentlemen the Committee for Erecting a 
Work-House in the Town of Boston, and by Order of the Select 
Men, the following Instrument of Subscription is here Recorded. 

BOSTON, May 25. 1735. 

Whereas the Town of Boston propose to Erect a Workhouse 
wherein to Employ the [283.] Idle and indigent belonging to the 
Town, Which We apprehend a very charitable Undertaking, and 
like to conduce much to the Public Interest, and good Order 
thereof (Such Houses having been found very Beneficial in other 
Countrys) Which House with the necessary Furniture, and some 
Stock for the Poor to be Employed by, will probably Cost about 
Three Thousand Five Hundred Pounds ; Wherefore to Encourage 
this Laudable Enterprize, We whose Names are hereunto Sub- 
scribed, Promise to pay the several Sums which We have annextto 
Our respective Names to any Person or Persons appointed by said 
Town to receive the same, if the Town shall proceed in this Build- 
ing. 

8 d 

John Ruck, Fifty Pounds . . . . ,, .50 ,, ,, 

Jacob Wendell, One Hundred Pounds . . ,, 100 ,, ,, 

Henrv Dering, One Hundred Pounds ) 1flf . 

in Boards, at Market Price . . } " 

Jonathan Jackson, One Hundred Pounds) 1on 

in Nailes at Money Price . . j " 

William Tyler, One Hundred Pounds in) inn 

Nailes at Money Price . . . j " 

James Townsend, Thirty Pounds . . ,, .30 ,, ,, 

Jacob Royal, ,, .50 ,, ,, 

Henry Atkins ......,, .30 ,, ,, 

John Hunt, One Hundred Pounds . . ,, 100 ,, ,, 

John Hill, Twenty five Pounds . . . ,, .25 ,, ,, 

Thomas Hubbard, One Hundred Pounds . ,, 100 ,, ,, 

Thomas Hill, Twenty five Pounds . . ,, .25 ,, ,, 

Benjamin Hallowell Jun r . Thirty Pounds . ,, .30 ,, ,, 

James Bowdoin, One Hundred Pounds. . ,, 100 ,, ,, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 181 

Green and Walker, Eighty Pounds . . ,, .80 ,, ,, 

John Fayer weather, Fifty Pounds . . ,, .50 ,, ,, 

Thomas Hancock, One Hundred Pounds ) inn 

in Goods at Cash price f 

Thomas Gushing Jun r . Fifty Pounds . . ,, .50 ,, ,, 

William Downe, Fifty Pounds . . . ,, .50,, ,, 

Edward Bromfield, Fifty Pounds . . . ,, .50,, ,, 

Caleb Lyman, Thirty Pounds . . ,, .30 ,, ,, 

Daniel Henchman, Twenty five Pounds . ,, .25 ,, ,, 

Ebenezer Storer . . . . . ,, .30,, ,, 

[284.] William Young, cordwainer. . ,, 3 ,, 

Joseph Calef . . . , . . ,, 2 ,, 

Nathanael Hay ward . . . . . ,, 3 ,, 

Jonathan Foster. . . . . ,, 1 ,, 10 

William Salter, to pay in Goods . . . ,, .10 ,, 

William Coffin .10 

Benjamin Clarke. . . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Joshua Cheever ......,, .50 ,, 

John Barret, in Goods Fifteen Pounds. . ,, .15 ,, 

Richard Checkley . . . . . ,, .25 ,, 

Peter Oliver .80 ,, 

John Phillips, to pay in Goods . . . ,, .25 ,, 
John and Jonathan Simpson, to be paid in "| 

Nailes at ready Mone}^ price, or Provis- > ,, .50 ,, 

ions ......) 

Joseph Sherburn, to be paid in Goods at I . , 

Mone}' price . . . . J " 

Caleb Lyman Jun r . . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Samuel Grant, to be Paid in Goods at Cash ) ~Q 

price, Twenty Pounds . . j " 

William Owen, Fifteen Pounds, in Goods . ,, 15 ,, 

Samuel Bridgham, Ten Pounds . . . ,, 10 ,, 

John Gerrish . . . . . . ,, 30 ,, 

John Wheelwright, in Timber at Market ) ^ 

price, Fifty Pounds ...... | 

Joseph Webb ,, 3 ,, 

Gershom Flagg . . . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Samuel Sewall . . . . . . ,, 30 ,, 

Edward Marion, Ten Pounds to be paid in ) 10 

Smiths Ware j " 

William Warner, Ten Pounds . . . ,, 10 ,, 

Edward Procter, Goods . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Peter Thomas ,, 3 ,, 

Joseph Procter, Ten Pounds to be paid { 1 n 

in Goods J j " 

Josiah Langdon . . . . . . ,, 15 ,, 

Henry Pigeon . . . . . . ,, 10 ,, - 

Hopestill Foster . . . . . . ,, 6,, 

John Jeffries . . . . . . ,, 30 ,, 

Jonathan Armitage . . . . . ,, 50 ,, 

[285.] David Collson . . . . 50 ,, 

Alexander Forsyth ,, 15 ,, 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Jonas Clarke, Thirty Pounds . . . ,, 30 , 

Joshua Blauchard . . . . . ,, 20 , 

Andrew Oliver . . . . . ,, 50 , 

Francis Wells 20 

Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . . . . . ,, 30 

Benjamin Colman . . . . ,, 25 , 

Joseph Sewall . . . . . . ,, 25 , 

John Webb 25 , 

Eliakim Hutchinson . . . . . ,, 30 

Jonathan Williams Jun r . . . . . ,, 15 , 

Joseph Hubbart in Iron Work . . . ,, 20 

Edward Hutchinson . . . . . ,, 30 

Josiah Willard . . . . . ,, 25 

John Welch 15 

John and Richard Billings . . . . ,, 20 

Robert Watt . . . .. . . 20 

William Maccarty . . . . . ,, 15 ,, 

Nathaniel Barber ,, 5 ,, 

Jacob Kurd . . . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Jeremiah Belknap . . . . . ,, 10 ,, 

Peter Kenwood . . . . . . ,, 25 ,, 

John Wendell ,, 30 ,, 

Edmund Quincy . . . . . ,, 20 ,, 

John Erving . . . . . . ,, 50 ,, 

Cord Cordis ,, 10 ,, 

Samuel Welles, Thirty Pounds . . . ,, 30 

Abiel Walley, in Goods . . . . ,, 30 ,, 

Oxenbridge Thacher . . . . . ,, 25 ,, 

Timothy Prout ,, 30 ,, 

Jonathan Williams . . . . . ,, 15 ,, 

John Steel ,,20,, 

Andrew Eliot . . . . . . ,, 5 , 

Daniel Loring . . . . . . ,, 10 , 

Daniel Pecker . . . . . ,, 5 , 

William Rand 10 , 

Gershom Keyes . . . . . . ,, 10 , 

Edward Tyng ,, 15 , 

Edward Gray ,, 15 , 

[286.] James Davenport . . . ,, 10 ,, 

Francis Warden . . . . . ,, 6 ,, 

Thomas Hawding . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

Thomas Foster, Six Pounds . . . 6 ,, 

John Draper, Five Pounds . . . . ,, 5 ,, 

William Cooper, Twenty Pounds . . ,, 20 ,, 

Richard Bill ,, 50 ,, 

John Traill, Thirty Pounds . . . 30 ,, 

John Richardson . . . . ,, 90 ,, 

John Spooner ,, 30 ,, 

Andrew Lane . . . . . . ,, 10 ,, 

John Knight . . . . . . ,, 25 ,, 

Francis Borland, Fifty Pounds . . . ,, 50 ,, 

James Pemberton, Fifty Pounds . . . ,, 50 ,, 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1737. 183 

John Gooch, Fifty Pounds . . . . ,, 50 ,, ,, 

Thomas Greene, Twenty five Pounds . . ,, 25 ,, ,, 

John Smibert . . . . . . ,, 15 

Francis Gatcombe . . . . . ,, 30 

John Dolbeare . . . . . . ,, 25 

John Goldthwait, in Masons work . 15 



Thomas Foxcroft 
Eunice Willard .... 
Peter Thacher .... 
Peter Faneuil, One Hundred Pounds. 
Joshua Gee .... 



10 
5 

15 

100 

20 



[287.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to 
Law, Assembled in Publick Town Meeting, at the Town House, 
Upon Monday the 13th. March, 1737. 

Prayer being made by the Rev. Mr. William Cooper 

The Warrants for calling the Meeting Read 

The Town then proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator and the 
Votes being Collected and sorted, it appeared. That Mr. Thomas 
Gushing Junior, was Chosen by a Majority of Votes. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

Sundry Petitions and Reports Read, and 

Motions made. 

Viz'. Petitions and Proposals, 

Of the Inhabitants of Rumuey Marsh. 

Of Mr. John Lovell, for addition to his 

Salary. 
Of Mr. Henry Ho well &c. Masters of the 

Engines. 
Of Mr. William Haislup, about Sweeping of 

Chimnies. 
Of Samuel Kneeland, a Prisoner for Debt. 

Reports of the Select Men, 
Of the Visitation of the Publick Schools. 
Of the Sale of a Township, to the Hon. Col. 

Wendell. 

Respecting the Drain from the Tombs. 
Respecting Winnisimet Ferry. 

Motions made, 

By Mr. Joseph Marion, as follows, Viz'. 
That Whereas there is on file in the Town 
Clerk's Office the Report of a Committee 
of Thirty One Persons chosen and ap- 
pointed the 27th. of Dec. 1708, in Which 
He apprehends there are several things 
proposed, that may serve the best Interest 
of this Town Therefore that the Town 
Clerk be directed to collect the said Report 
that it may be produced and Read in the 
present Meeting. And also, That a 
Committee might be Chosen, to Consider, 



184 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



what maj r be done [288.] For the 
Relief of the Town in its present difficult 
Circumstances. 

By Mr. Joshua Dodge, respecting the Street 
Dirt, that so it might not be carried away 
into the Country, but that the Town may 
have the benefit of it. 

The Town then proceeded to the Choice of Officers &c. 
Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town Clerk for the Year ensuing, 
and sworn by Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Seven Select Men. 
The Votes for Seven Select Men being accordingly Collected, it 
appear'd, the following Gentlemen were Unanimously Chosen to 
that Office for the Year ensuing. 

Viz'. The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage. 
Mr. David Collison. 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth. ^Select-Men. 

Capt. Caleb Lyman. 
Mr. Jonas Clarke. 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r 
Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be presented to the Gentle- 
men the Select Men, for their great Care and Pains in transacting 

the prudential Affairs of the Town Particularly in the Causes 

still depending in the Law, between the Town and the Heirs of 

Mr James Everill Intreating them patiently to persevee in 

that matter. 

The Hon. Joseph "Wadsworth Esq r . was Unanimously Chosen 
Town Treasurer, for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, To proceed to bring in the Votes for A County Treasurer, 
this Afternoon, at Five O'Clock. 

[289.] Voted, That the Collectors of Taxes for the year 
ensuing be chosen distinct fromi the Constables. . 
Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Twelve Overseers of the 

Poor for the Year ensuing. Accordingly. The Votes being 

Collected, it Appeared, That the following Gentlemen were Chosen 
into that Office. 
Viz'. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . 
Henry Dering Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Samuel Greenwood Esq r . 

Capt. Jeffry Bedgood .Overseers of 

Capt. John Hill I the Poor. 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard 
Capt. Daniel Henchman 
Capt. Joshua Cheever 
Mr. Edward Bromfield 
Capt. William Downe 
Voted, That this Meeting be adjourned till the Afternoon, At 
Three O'Clock. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 



185 



Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

The Select Men having Audited Mr. Francis Willonghby's 
Account of the Granarys for the Year past ; Their Report thereon, 
as Entred in Mr. Willoughby's Book was Read, And Accepted ; 
By which it Appears, That the Ballance in the Towns favour, now 
remaining in Mr. Willoughby's Hands, in Money and Grain, is Four- 
teen Hundred Twenty Two pounds, Eight Shillings and Six pence. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be, and hereby is 
Allowed out of the Granary Stock, to Mr. Francis Willoughby, 
for his Care of the Towns Granarys the Year past, Ending the 
Third of March, Current. 

[29O.] Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be 
allow'd, out of the Granary Stock, to Mr. Francis Willoughby, for 
his Salary as Overseer of the Granarys for the Year ensuing, to 
End the Third day of March, next. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen to the Office of Con- 
stables, for the ensuing Year. 

Viz'. 

Mess". Alexander Chamberlain 
AaronBoardman . 



John Smith Jun* 
Matthias Cussens 
John Barker 
Edward Winter 
James Griffin 
Richard Martyn 
John Avery 
John Symmes 
James Bradford 
Thomas Tyler 



Constables 



. Paid 

Sworn. 

Paid his Fine in 1732. 
Excus'd for this year. 
Sworn 
Sworn. 
Paid. 
Paid. 
Paid. 
Excusd for this year. 

Paid. 

Paid his fine in 1735. 

A List of Sundry Persons in Nomination for several Offices, in 
the District of Rumney Marsh, for the Year ensuing, was Pre- 
sented, And the following Persons were Chosen into the several 

Offices mentioned, for the Year ensuing. Accordingly. Viz*. 
Mr. Samuel Floyd .... Constable. Sworn. 
Mr. John Floyd ) Viewers 
Mr. Edward Tuttle j * 
Mr. John Hasey .... 

Mr Samuel Tuttle Jun r . ) ~ 

TIT T i rn * r Hogreves. 

Mr. John Tuttle j 

Mr. Elisha Tuttle 
Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Seven Assessors for the 
Year Ensuing. Accordingly The Votes being Collected, It appear' d 
the following [291.] Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office, 
Viz'. 

Mess. Daniel Loring 
John Staniford 
Richard Buckley. 
Peter Thomas ^ Assessors. 

Joshua Blanchard 
Andrew Eliot 
William Thomas 



Sealer of Leather. 



Ha ward. 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

According to Order, as Entred in the Forenoon. 

The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for a County Treas- 
urer, Which being Collected were Sealed up by Mr. Edward Winter 
Constable, by him to be kept and return'd unto the next Quarter 
Sessions to be held for the County of Suffolk, According to Law. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen to the Office of Constables, 
for the Year Ensuing. Viz'. 

Mess. John Osborne Jun r . ") . . . . Paid. 
Jacob Wendell Jun r . . . . Paid. 

Simeon Stoddard . ^ Con- Paid his Fine in 1734 

Joseph Green . j stables . Paid. 

James Boutineau .... Paid. 

Nathanael Loring Jun r J Paid. 

The Petition of Mr. Henry Howell and Others, Masters of the 
Fire Engines, in behalf of themselves and their respective Com- 
panys Praying They may be Excused from Serving in other Town 

Offices the year ensuing As usual Accordingly, A Question 

was put, Whether the Prayer of the Petitioners should be Granted. 

Voted, in the Affirmative. 

A Report of the Select-Men, respecting the Township Sold to the 
Hon. Col. Wendell being Presented, was Read, and is as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

To the Inhabitants of Boston, in Town-Meeting Assembled, the 
13. March, 1737. 

[292.] Agreeable to the Report of the Select Men made the 
Twenty first of September last, relating to the Sale of the Three 

Townships We have this Day Executed a Deed to the Hon. 

Jacob Wendell Esq r . for the Township not as yet laid out ; And 
have taken Bonds from Him for Thirteen Hundred and Twenty 
Pounds, being the Sum the said Township was Sold for. 
JOHN JEFFRIES 



JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 
ALEXANDER FORSTTH 



Select Men. 



CALEB LTMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 

THOMAS HUTCHINSON JUN r . 
Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Voted, To Chuse Eight Clerks of the Market for the Year En- 
suing, Accordinglj T , 

The following Persons were Chosen to that Office, 
Viz'. 



Mess. Jabez Hunt . 
Richard Salter 
Thomas Tyler 
Joseph Gale . 
Joseph Sherburn 
Samuel Henchman 
Thomas Savage 
Edward Brazier 



Clerks of the Market 



Sworn 

Excus'd. 

Paid 

Sworn 

Paid 

Paid. 
Sworn. 



The following Persons were Chosen to the Office of Sealers of 
Leather, for the Year Ensuing. 
Viz 1 . 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 187 



Mess". Samuel 



Joseph Starr 
AVilliam Young 
James Dawson 
John Allin . 
Robert Williams 



> Sealers of Leather 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



Sworn 



[293.] The following Persons were Chosen Hogreves, for the 
year ensuing. Viz'. 

Mess". Edward Emerson"] 

John Cornish ! 

Stephen Rogers f h Sworn. 

Joseph Calef J ExcusM 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning, 
At Nine O'Cloek. 

Tuesday, March, 14th. 

The Town being Assembled, According to Adjournment. 
The Select Men Reported Their Examination of Mr. Jonathan 
Williams's Account of the Granary, after the Death of his Father, 
from the 10th. March, 1736, to the 22nd. July, 1737. And also 
that he had paid the Ballance of the same, being Twelve Hun- 
dred and Seven Pounds, Six shillings and Two pence, in full 
discharge thereof. As Entred in Mr. Williams's Book. 

Voted, That the Report on Mr. Williams's Account of the 
Granary, be Accepted. 

The Report of the Select Men, of their Visitation of the Publick 
Schools, being presented, was Read, as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston, at their Annual 
Meeting in March last past, Desiring the Select Men to Visit the 
several Publick Schools in the Town, Accompanied by such 

Gentlemen as they should think proper, and to Report thereon, 

They accordingly Report, That on the 28th. of June, last, they 
Attended that Service Accompanied by, 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire. 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esquire. 
John Read Esquire. 

[294.] The Rev. Mr. Nathanael Williams. 
The Rev. Mr. Thomas Prince. 
The Rev. Mr. John Webb. 
The Rev. Mr. Samuel Checkley. 
The Rev. Mr. William Welsteed. 
The Rev. Mr. Joshua Gee, and 
Mr. Thomas Cushing, Junior. 

And found the said Schools under a good Regulation. 
JOHN JEFFRIES. ") 

JONATHAN ARMITAGE. 
DAVID COLLSON. 

Boston, Mar. ALEXANDER FORSTTH. }> Select Men. 

9 th , 1737. CALEB LTMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON jun r . 
Voted, That the Select Men be and hereb}* are desired to Visit 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

the Publick Schools within this Town the Year ensuing, And that 
they Desire such Gentlemen to Accompany them, As they shall 
think proper. And that they Report to the Town the Condition 
the find them in. 

A Report of the Select Men relating to the Drain from the 
Tombs in the South Burying Place, was presented, and Read, As 
follows, Viz*. 

The Select Men upon Enquiry into the Circumstances of the 

Affair above mentioned, found that by the Removal of the Granary 

according to the Towns Order, the Course of the said Drain was 

Stopp'd and the Tombs thereby fill'd with Water, And great 

Complaint made thereof by the Proprietors, We therfore Judg'd 

it absolutely Necessary to Cause a New Drain to be made, which 

goes on the North side of the Granary, And which We Apprehend 

Answers the End propos'd to the Town And Fifty feet thereof 

being carried [395.] On by the Committee for the Work House, 

the whole Work has created as little Charge to the Town, as maybe. 

JOHN JEFFRIES. 

JOHN ARMITAGE 

DAVID COELSON 

Mar. 6, 1737. ALEXANDER FORSYTE } Select Men. 

CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . j 
Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

A Memorial of Mr. William Haislup, Representing the Diffi- 
culties this Town is at present under, with respect to the Sweeping 
ofChimnies; And Offering some proposals for Undertaking that 

Business, for a Term of Years, upon Certain Condition Read. 

And after some Debate thereon. 

Voted, That the Consideration of this Affair be referred to the 
Select Men, And that they be Desired to Treat with Mr. Haislup, 
or any other Person, on the Subject Matter of these Proposals 

And Provided He, or any Other Person or Persons shall 

Appear to Undertake the Business of Chimney-Sweeping, that then 
They the Select Men be, and hereb}- are desired, to prepare a By- 
Law, Or Orders Relating thereto, and lay the same before the 
Town at their next General Town-Meeting For Approbation. 
The Select Mens Report of the present state of Wiilisimet Ferry 

Read, as follows. Viz*. 

Pursuant to a Vote of this Town as above The Select 

Men have given Publick Notice of Leasing out the Ferry between 
the Town and Winnisimet, for a Term of Years ; But there has 
been no Offers made as yet, to take a Lease of it, Under its 
present Circumstances. 

[296.] JOHN JEFFRIES "") 

JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 

ALEXANDER FORSYTH 5- Select Men. 

CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . J 
Boston Mar. 



13th. 1737 



Mar. ) 
737. f 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1737. 



189 



Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby Are Desired and 
Irapowered to Lease Out Winnisimet Ferry for a Term of Years, 
Or from Year to Year, in the best Manner the}' can, for the advan- 
tage of the Town. 

The Petition of Mr. John Lovell, Master of the South Grammar 
School, Praying for an Addition to his Salary, for Reasons Men- 
tioned Read, 

Voted, That the Sum of Forty Pounds p Annum be Added to the 
Salary of Mr. John Lovell for his further Encouragement and 
Support as Master of the South Grammar School, in Answer to his 
Petition, To Commence from the next Quarterly Payment Viz*, the 
8th. of April next. 

A Petition of Samuel Kneeland, a Prisoner in His Majesty's 
Goal, for a Debt due to the Town Praying the Town to for- 
give him the said Debt, Or, to Allow him Three years Time to 
pay it in. Read. 

Voted, That this Petition be refer'd to the Select Men ; Who are 
hereby Desired and Impowered to do therein, as they shall judge 
most for the Interest of the Town. 

The following Persons were Chosen to the Office of Constables, 
for the Year ensuing. Viz'. 

[397.] Mess". NathanaelVal 
Thomas Newman 
Francis Beteilhe 
John Salmon 
Albert Dennie 
Joseph How 
William Bowdoin 

The following Persons were Chosen Scavengers, for the Year 
ensuing:. 



- Constables 



Paid. 

Paid. 

Excus'd. 

Paid. 

Excus'd. 

Excus'd. 

Paid. 



Viz'. 



Mess r 



John Taylor 

David Jeffries 

Benjamin Emmons 

Ebenezer Storer 

Jeremiah Belknap 

Nathanael Gardner 

Joshua Dodge 

George Skinner }- Scavengers. 

John Charnock 

Francis Warden 

Thomas Boucher 

George Monk 

Jonathan Loring 

John Lambert 

John Bennet 

The following Persons were Chosen Clerks of the Market, for 
the year ensuing. 
Viz'. 

Mess. Walter Goodridge ") . Sworn. 

Henry Gibbon . . [ Clerks of the Market 
John Smith (Brewer) ) . . Sworn. 



190 . CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Upon a Motion made, It was Proposed to the Town Whether 

they would proceed to the Choice of Tythiug-Men ? It pass'd 

in the Negative. 

Mr. Joseph Grouard was Chosen One of the Hogreves in the 
Room of Mr. Calef who is Excus'd. 

[298.] The following Persons were Chosen to the Office of 
Fence- Viewers, for the Year ensuing. Viz 1 . 
Mess". Joseph Russell, . Sworn ") 
John Indicot . Sworn 
Hopestil Foster . Sworn 
Caleb Ray . . Sworn ^ Fence- Viewers. 
Benjamin Russell Sworn 
John Pierce 
Thomas Jones 

The following Persons were Chosen Surve}'ors and Measurers of 
Boards, Plank, Timber, Shingles &c. Viz 4 



Mess". Edward Moberly 
Edward Richards 
William Pain 



Sworn. 
Sworn. 
Sworn. 



,, , , f Viewers of Shingles &c. c 

Matthew Barnard j Sworn. 

Joseph White .... 

Joseph Rix .... Sworn. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Three Viewers and Cullers 

of Staves Accordingly the following Persons were Chosen 

to that Office Viz 1 . 

Mess 18 . Robert Breck . ~\ 

John Hetyer Sworn >- Cullers of Staves. 
Edward Potter ) 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of High Ways, for the 
Year ensuing. 

Voted, That Mr. Isaac Gridley be Surveyor of Hemp, for the 
Year ensuing. 

Voted, That Mr. Richard-Carter Cowel be Haward or Field- 
driver the Year ensuing. 

A Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the District of Rum- 
ney-Marsh, in the Township [299.] Of Boston, Praying to be 
Set Off from this Town, in Order to their being Incorporated into 

a Separate Township, Read. 

Voted, That this Affair be Refer'd to the next General Town- 
Meeting And that in the mean Time, A Committee of Five 

Gentlemen be specially Chosen and Appointed, to Consider What 

may be proper for the Town to do thereon And Report their 

Opinion at the said Meeting. Accordingly. 

Voted That Mr. Thomas Cushing Jun*. 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 
Mr. Andrew Tyler 
Mr Robert Rand 
Mr. Jacob Parker 

Be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 
Mess. Joseph Gerrish ^ 

Isaac Winslow !rw,,+oKi a Paid. 

John Green (Merch'.) Paid. 

John Simpson (Brazier) J ... Paid. 

Were Chosen Constables for the year ensuing. 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1737. 191 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three O'Clock, this 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

The following Persons were Chosen Constables for the Year 
ensuing. 

Viz 1 . Mss John Jenkins . 1 . Sworn 



John Flowers 
John Pulling 



Sworn 
Sworn 



John Harris ... . Sworn 

Nicholas Cussens. . Paid ^ Constables. 



John Blackader 
Benjamin Bubbidge 
Thomas Valentine 
Harrison Gray 



Excus'd 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Paid 



[3OO.] Whereas, at a Public Town Meeting the llth. March 
1733. It was Voted, " That a Row of Posts with a Rail on the Top 
" of them be set up and continued thro' the Common from the 
"Burying Place to Col. Fitch's fence, leaving Openings at the 

" several Streets and Lanes." And it being now represented + 

and complained of, That the Common is much broken, and the 
herbage spoiled, by means of Carts &c. passing and repassing over 

it Wherefore, In Order to prevent this Inconvenience and 

Damage, for the future. 

Voted, That there be but One Entrance or Passage for Carts, 
Coaches &c. Out of Common Street, into the Common or Training 
Field, to be left Open near the Granaiy, to go up along by the 

Work House to Beacon Street And that the other Gaps or 

Inlets afore mentioned be closed up with Posts and Rails, as the 
rest. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Three Collectors of Taxes 
within this Town, Exclusive of the Collector for Rumney Marsh. 

Accordingly, Tiie Votes being bro't in and Sorted, it Appear'd, 
That the following Gentlemen were Chosen Collectors of Taxes, 
for the year ensuing. Viz'. 

Capt. Daniel Pecker ~\ 

Mr. Nathanael Barber > Collectors. 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe ) 

Voted That Mr. Samuel Floyd be the Collector of Rates and 
Taxes within the District of Rumney Marsh the year ensuing. 

Voted, That Nine pence upon the Pound be and hereby is 
Allowed to the Several Collectors of Taxes within the Town of 

Boston for the Year ensuing They Giving Bond with Sufficient 

Sureties, for the faithful discharge of their said Ollice, to the Sat- 
isfaction of the Select Men. 

[3O1.] Upon the Motion of Mr. Richard Buckley relating to 
the Slip at the lower end of Wood Lane, 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen of Three Gentlemen to 
Consider the Circumstances of the said Slip to know the Mind 
of the Neighbourhood relating to the Filling up the same, And to 
Report their Opinion What may be proper for the Town to Do 
thereon, at the next General Town Meeting. 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq'. 
Mr. Andrew Tyler 
Capt. Daniel Henchman 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Mess Moses Eayres . ) n . ,, Sworn. 

James Minot . {Constables paid> 

Were Chosen Constables for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer's Accounts, together with the 
Allowance for his Service in that Office the year past, And the 
Choice of a Committee to Audit the Treasurers Accounts the 
Year ensuing, be Referr'd for Consideration at the next General 
Town Meeting. 

Voted, That the Raising of Money for Relief of the Poor, and 
Defraying Other Necessary Charges, the year ensuing be Referr'd 
to the next General Town Meeting. 

A List of Persons Qualified to serve On the Petit Jury being 
presented by the Select Men, Was Read, and Approved. 

Mr; John Otis, was Chosen Constable for the year ensuing. 

Upon the Motion of Mr. Joseph Marion, made at the Opening of 
this Meeting 

Voted. That the Town Clerk be, and hereby is directed [3O2.] 
To search for the Report referr'd to by Mr. Marion, and produce 
the same at the next General Town Meeting, in Order to its being 
Read in the Audience of the Inhabitants. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be Presented to Mr. 
Thomas Gushing jun r . the Moderator, for his great Pains in Reg- 
ulating, and Dispatching the Business of this Meeting. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston, 
duly qualified, and lawfully warned, in public Town Meeting 
Assembled, at the Town House, Upon Wednesda}*, May, 10th. 
Anno Domini, 1738. 

Prayer was made, by the Reverend Mr. Samuel Checkley. 
Then, 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting were Read. 
The Sheriff's Precept, Read 
Sundry Laws Read 

The Select Men propos'd to the Inhabitants, to proceed to the 
Choice of a Person, or Persons to serve for, and Represent them 
in a Great and General Court, or Assembly, to be held the 31st. 
of May current, at Boston aforesaid. 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives 
The Votes for Four Representatives [3O3.] Being accordingly 
Collected, the Number of Voters were found to be . . 481 
The Votes being Sorted, It Appear'd, the Four Gentlemen 
following were duty Elected by a Majority of the Votes, Viz*. 

No. of Votes. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r 468. 

Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun*. .... 359. 

John Read Esq r '. . 289. 

Major Samuel Sewall . . . * . 295. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 193 

The Choice of Representatives being Ended, The Select Men, 

declared the same And the Town proceeded to the Choice 

of a Moderator. 

The Votes for a Moderator being brought in, It Appeared, That 
Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . was Chosen Unanimously. 

A Motion was made by Mr. Jonathan Williams and Seconded 

That the Town would please to give Instructions to 

their Representatives. 

Mr. Nathanael Wardel Jun r . made a Motion, Viz'. That the 
Town would please to revive their Vote or Order, respecting 
his proposals for Undertaking to Erect an Engine for the 

Weighing of Hay, and Attending upon that Business 

As Entred the 23d. of Sept. last past. 

Several Petitions being Presented The Reading of them 

was defer'd 'till Afternoon. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three O'Clock, After- 
noon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled according to Adjourn- 
ment. 

[3O4.] Several Petitions were Read, Viz*. 
Of Mr. John Hooton. 
Of Mr. Samuel Bass. 
Of Mr. Samuel Holyoke. 
Of Mr. John Procter. 
Of Capt. Daniel Pecker and Others \ 
Collectors for the Year, 1737 j 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . in the Name and Behalf of Mr; 

Peleg Wiswal, Master of the North Grammar School That the 

Town would please to allow him an Usher in the said School 

At least for some part of the Year, when the School is most 

numerous. 

Several Reports were Read, Viz'. 

The' Select Mens Report of a Bill to be pass'd into a By-Law 
For making Effectual Provision for the Regular and Seasonable 
Sweeping of Chimnies. 

Report of a Committee On the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
Rumney Marsh. 

Report of a Committee respecting the Towns-Slip, at the lower 
end of Wood-Lane. 

Upon a Motion made by Mess. Daniel Loring and Andrew 
Eliot, Viz'. That the Town would please to Excuse them from 

Serving in the Oiflce of Assessors the Year ensuing being 

Chosen to that Service in March last, 

Voted That Mess". Daniel Loring and Andrew Eliot be, and 
hereby are Excused Accordingly. 
Mess. Jacob Parker 

William Salter 
were Chosen Assessors, for the Year ensuing. 

T3O5.] Mess. Jonathan Read ) ^ . Sworn. 

-iTT'ii- -\ T r Constables 
William More j . Sworn. 

were Chosen Constables for the Year ensuing. 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mess. Harvey Thomas. Sworn"} 

Joseph Savell { Viewers & Cullers 

Samuel Green. Sworn [ of Staves 
Samuel Gooding J 

were Chosen Viewers and Cullers of Staves. 

Voted, That Mr. Richard Salter be, and hereby is Excused 
from Serving as Clerk of the Market, the year ensuing. 
Mess. Ezekiel Needham Sworn ~\ 

Joseph Ilalsey Jun r . Sworn > Clerks of Market. 
John Compton Sworn ) 

were Chosen Clerks of the Market, the year ensuing. 
Mr. Ebenezer Wallis, was Chosen A Sealer of Leather. 

Mess Dudson Kilcup . . . Excus'd ) u 

T^ . , , T ^ , , > Hogreves. 

David Mason . . . Excus d j 

were Chosen Hogreves for the year ensuing. 

Mess. John Scollay . . . Sworn ) tT 

T A i j or Hogreves 

James Alexander . . Sworn ) 

were Chosen Hogreves for the year ensuing. 

Mr. Gushing from the Committee Appointed the 13 th . of March 
last, to Consider the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the District 

of Rumney Marsh Praying to be sett Off from this Town, in 

Order to their being Incorporated into a Separate and distinct 

Township Presented their Report Which was Read, 

And is as follows, Viz'. 

The Committee Appointed to Consider of the foregoing Petition, 

have Attended that Service And having had a Conference 

with Sundry of the Principal Petitioners, have heard all they had to 

Offer in Support [3O6.] Of said Petition And after mature 

Deliberation had thereon, The Committee are of Opinion- 

That as to any inconvenience which either does now, or may 
hereafter Attend the Petitioners with respect to the Support of 
their present Minister, Or in Settling and Supporting any others 
in time to come, It may fully be redressed by their being made a 
Precinct, when they shall Petition for that purpose and it be 
Judg'd reasonable. 

As to any difficulties the Petitioners Apprehend they are now 
under, with respect to the School, the due apportioning the Taxes, 
and their High Waj's The Committee are of Opinion That the 
Town ma} 7 give relief (as they think needful) in a more reasonable 
Manner than by Voting them Off a distinct Township. 
. And We are therefore, on the whole, Of Opinion that this Pe- 
tition be dismiss'd. 

All which is humbly Submitted. 

P 

THOMAS GUSHING Jun s . 
SAMUEL ADAMS, 

Ma}', 8th, 1738. ANDREW TYLER 

ROBERT RAND, 
JACOB PARKER 
, After some Debate 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted And That the Petition 
be accordingly Dismiss'd. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 195 

The Report of a Committee appointed the 14 March, 1736, to 
Audit the Town Treasurers Accounts, for the year past, As 
Entred in the Treasurer's Book, Was Read, Accepted and 

Voted, That the Treasurer be discharged Accordingly. 

Voted, A Grant of Eight Thousand Six [3O7.] Hundred 
Pounds, to be Raised by a Tax upon Polls and Estates, within 
the Town of Boston ; for Relief of the Poor, and Defraying other 
necessary Charges, Arising within and for said Town, the year 
ensuing. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded, respecting the Town 

Treasurers Allowance The following Question was put, 

Viz 1 . Whether any larger Allowance should be made to the Town 
Treasurer, than what has been formerly made him? 

Voted in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Sum of One Hundred and Eighty Pounds be, 
and hereby is Allowed, to be paid to the Honourable Joseph 
Wadsworth Esquire, Town Treasurer, for his Service in that 
Office the year past. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen Auditors of the Town 
Treasurers Accounts for the year ensuing. Viz'. 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire. 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esquire. 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esquire. 
Mr. John Arbuthnot 
Hugh Hall Esquire. 

Upon the Petition of Mr. John Hooton, Praying that the 
Waste Water which runs from Fishstreet upon Gallop's Wharf, so 
called, may be caused to run into the Slip at the lower End of 
Wood Lane, for Reasons in said Petition mentioned ; 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to 
Consider the Subject Matter of this Petition, and Impowered to Act 
in that Affair, according to their Discretion. 

The Motion (which was made, at the Opening this Meeting) for 
giving Instructions to the Representatives being taken under 
Consideration, After some Debate thereon, 

[3O8.] Voted, To Chuse a Committee to Draw up Instruc- 
tions according!}', Upon the following Heads, Viz 1 . Concerning the 
Trade of this Province, and the Paper Currency ; The Extraor- 
dinary Proportion of the Public Taxes, they apprehend this Town 
pays ; And also relating to the Dividing the Count}- of Suffolk. 
And that the Committee be desired to lay the same before the 
Town for their Consideration, At the (intended) Adjournment 
of this Meeting. 

Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five. 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, 
Mr. Hugh Vans 
Mr. Peter Thomas 
Mr. James Allen, 
Mr. Edward Bromfield 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Wednesday next, the 
17th. Current, At Three O'Clock Afternoon. 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Wednesday, May, 17th. The Town being Assembled, 

The Select Mens Report of the Draught of A Bill to be Pass'd 
into a By-Law, for making Effectual Provision for the regular and 

seasonable Sweeping of Chimnies Read, as follows Viz*. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned as the Law 
directs, in Town Meeting Assembled, the Tenth of May, 
1738. 

For the Making Effectual Provision for the regular and season- 
able Sweeping the Chimnies of this Town 

[3O9.] It is Voted and Ordered. 

That the Select Men of the Town, for the Time being, be hereby 
Directed and Impowered, from time to time, to Appoint One or 
more Sutable Persons to be Sweepers of Chimnies within this 
Town, Who shall give Security, to the Satisfaction of the Select 
Men, for their good Behaviour in said Office, And Whose Wages 
for their Work and service shall not exceed the rates hereafter 
mentioned. 

Viz'. 

For Each Chimny of Five Stories high, Three Shillings. 

Of Four Stories high, Two Shillings and Six pence. 

Of Three Stories high, Two Shillings. 

All other Common Chimnys, Twenty pence. 

And all Kitchen Chimnys that are above the Tops of the 
House they belong to, in proportion to the heighth of the 
House, at the Rates above. 

And If any Person whomsoever Who is not so Appointed, as 
aforesaid, Shall presume, either by himself or servant, to under- 
take the Sweeping of any Chimny in this Town, Except such 
Chimny or Chimnies as are under his or their own Improvement, 
Shall Forfeit and Pay the sum of Twenty Shillings for every such 
Offence. 

And it is further Ordered. 

That every Person or Persons so appointed by the Select Men, 
to be Undertakers of Chimn3 r -Sweeping, Shall be Obliged within 
Forty eight Hours (After Notice given them in writing) either by 
themselves, or some other Person (to be Approved by the Select 
Men) duly to Attend the Sweeping of such Chimny, On Penalty 
of Forfeiting the Sum of Twenty Shillings, for every such neglect. 

And it is further Ordered. 

That upon Complaint made to any of the Select Men, either by 
the Chimny Sweepers, Or by any Other of the Inhabitants of this 
Town, Against any Person or Persons neglecting to have their 
Chimnys Swept, being foul, that in every such case, the Select 
Men, or any two of them, are hereby Impowered to Inspect and 
View the said Chimny or Chiranys complained against, as afore- 
said ; And if they judge the [31O.] Said Chimnies, or any of 
them unsafe, to make or keep Fire therein, by reason of their being 
foul, and want of Sweeping, and Signify the same to the Person or 
Persons then in Possession of the Tenement to which such Chimny 
doth belong, That then, and in every such Case, the Occupier of 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 197 

every such House or Tenement shall forfeit and pay the sum of 
Five Shillings for every Day in which Fire shall be kept in such 
Chimny, until the same shall be sufficiently Swept. 

And it is further Ordered. 

That if any Chimny shall take Fire, and blaze out at the top, 
thro' foulness or for want of Sweeping, the Occupier of the House 

shall forfeit and pay the sum of Twenty Shillings Unless 

it shall happen within Thirty Days After said Chimny shall have 
been swept; And then, And in such Case, the Person who last 
swept the same, shall forfeit and pay the aforesaid Fine of Twenty 
Shillings ; Provided, the said Fire shall be Occasioned thro' foul- 
ness, or his defect in Sweeping. 

This Order to continue and be in Force, for the Space of Three 
Years, And no longer. 

The foregoing Order having been Read several times 

Voted That the same be Accepted : And that the Select Men be 
Desired to present it to y e . Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 
next to be holden at Boston for the County of Suffolk, for their 
Approbation. 

The Petition of Capt. Daniel Pecker and Others Collectors of 
Taxes, for the Year, 1737, Praying that the Assessors ma}- be al- 
lowed to set upon Abatements until the last Day of September 
next, for Reasons mentioned. Read. 

Voted. That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 

[311.] A Petition of Mr. Samuel Bass, Praying that the 
Town would please to Impower their Select Men, to make Sale of 
a Peice of Land, belonging to the Town, which is in his Occupa- 
tion, and adjoins to his Own Land, in Water Street, And to P^xe- 
cute a good Deed in the Law for the same, to him, for a valuable 
Consideration Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to Con- 
sider the Subject Matter of this Petition, And that they Report 
their Opinion thereon, at the next General Town Meeting. 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, from the Committee Appointed 
the 10th. instant, to Draw up Instructions for the Representatives, 

Presented a Draught which they had accordingly Prepared 

And laid the same before the Town for their Consideration. 
Which are as follows, Viz'. 

To Messieurs Thomas Gushing Jun r . 
Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . John Read, and 
Samuel Sewall, Esquires. 
Gentlemen, 

We the Freeholders, and Other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston, duly qualified and regularly Assembled, Having Chosen 
You for Our Representatives, to Appear for Us in the Great 
and General Court of this Province, for the year ensuing ; 

And Whereas, This Province in general, as well as this Town in 
particular, labour under the greatest hardships difficulties and dis- 
tresses upon many Accounts, And which are daily growing and 
increasing upon Us, without any signal prospect of relief ; 

And Although in the General You are Intrusted with All Our 
Powers And We cannot but Hope, that You will consult the 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

General Good of the Province as well as the Particular Advantage 
of this Town 

[312.] Yet, Esteeming it Our Duty in this unhappy Juncture 
of Affairs, to Request of You, to Exert All Your Powers in Con- 
junction with the other Worthy Members of the Honourable House 
of Representatives, to Guard against, and Defend Us from All En- 
croachments that may be Attempted against Our Natural Rights, 

and Charter Privileges And that it may not be Objected to 

You by any Person whatever, that You do not Act agreeable to the 
Mind of Your Principals, upon several importants Heads, 

We would in a more especial manner earnestly Recommend to 
You 

I. Our Trade, Which labours under Utmost Discouragements 
by the extremity of low Markets abroad, Our Neighbouring Gov- 
ernments, Especially Rhode Island, who are dairy Rivalling of us, 
in Our Trade and Medium or Paper Currency, And the liberty they 
have of Importing the Surplussage of all their Commodities, Foreign 
and Domestick into this Province for Sale at such P^asy rates, And 
Our Excessive Taxes. Add to them Our Impost to be Paid in 
Silver and Gold, And the many frauds practiced in the Quality, 
Weight, and Measure of almost all Commodities, either Consumed 
amongst Us, Or bought up for Foreign Markets. These altogether 
are such Burthens as are insupportable, And if not rectified, will in- 
danger the Trade of the whole Province ; For it is evident beyond 
Contradiction, That if Rhode Island can make what Paper Bills 
they please. And Our Hands are t} - ed, so that We can make none 

And yet Our Necessities should Oblige Us to take theirs, 

And part with valuable Commodities, Nay, even Our Lands for 
them If we continue to be heavily Taxed, whilst they are free 
from Taxes, What Advantages are there which they will not have over 
this Province? They may Purchase it all in a few years, if they go 
on, and increase in proportion to what they have done in Seven 3'ears 
past. And therefore, In Order [313.] To increase Our Trade, 
We Apprehend, it will be absolutely Necessary to have a Sufficient 
Medium, under good Regulations and reject theirs, And to lessen 
Our Taxes, especially Our Impost. And a further Encouragement 
to Our Trade will be, to Enact that a Draw-back be allowed upon 
all Foreign Goods imported, upon which there is a Duty paid, 
Upon their being re-exported, As is highl}- reasonable, And the 
well known Practice of Our Mother Country. 

II. And Whereas We Apprehend Ourselves grievously Oppressed 
by a very large and disproportionate part of the Province Tax laid 
upon Us for Several Years past, compared with the proportion paid 
by Other Towns within this Province, and however the proportion 

may have been heretofore thought reasonable Yet, as all 

things are liable to mutation, so the Circumstances of this Town of 
late years are exceedingly Altered, by reason Several Maritime 
Towns within this Province are continually Rivalling of Us, And 
have actually Stripped Us of several Valuable Branches of Trade, 
which must necessarily render Us less able to pay Our wonted Tax, 
Whilst they are more able, and ought to pay much larger, than 
they have heretofore done. And Although We have often Com- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 199 

plained Yet hitherto have had little or no redress, And as 

the Scarcity of Bills of Credit, and the Decay of Our Trade and 
lessening Our Navigation increases upon Us, So Our Taxes ought 
to be reduced in proportion. 

And therefore, We Earnestly Desire You to Scrutinize into the 
Circumstances, Trade, and Taxes of the Several Towns within this 
Province, And so Endeavour that Our proportion of the Public 
Province Tax may be reduced According to Our Circumstances At 
this Day, compared with Other Towns. 

III. Our Bills of Public Credit, which are of the Utmost Con- 
cern to the General Interest of this Province, As well as the Trad- 
ing Towns in particular And as the distressing Circumstances 
of this Province [314.] Are increasing upon Us in proportion to 
their being called in and destroyed, without sutable Provision 
being made for somewhat to pass as a Medium in lieu thereof, So 
the Consequence must be terrible, if not fatal to this Province. 
And therefore, We stongly Injoin You not to consent to any fur- 
ther Supply of the Treasury for any growing Charge of the Prov- 
ince Unless the Funds for discharging the same be put on sutable 
Years after Seventeen Hundred and Forty One. And as the Taxes 
are Exceeding high already, And that We may not be left a prey 
to the arbitrary will of every Officer, who ma}' Occasionally have 
A Demand upon Us in relation to his Fees, We would therefore 
Recommend to You that You Use Your Utmost Endeavour that 
the Fees of the Officers may be fixed and ascertained to prevent 
Oppression, Uncertainty, and Disputes, which will necessarily 
Arise, Unless some good law be made to prevent the same. And 
that no greater Fines be laid upon the Militia, unless the same be 
appropriated towards defraying the Charge and Expence of such 
Town to which they belong, According to the Design of Acts 
already made for that purpose. 

We likewise Injoin You to Oppose the foreclosing the Delibera- 
tions of future Assemblies between this, and Seventeen Hundred 
and Forty One, relating to the Bills of Public Credit of the Old 
Tenor ; but that they may be left free to Act when the Years shall 
come, According as the}* shall judge most Advisable for the safety 
of the Province. 

And inasmuch as past Assemblies have interrupted the Opera- 
tion of the Province Bills of the Old Tenor, and have not suffered 
them to pass according to the true intent of their Emission, but 
have made Bills of a New Tenor to Exchange the Old Bills, So that 
the veiy Nature of them are intirely alter'd, which will inevitably 
Cause the utmost perplexity in the Affairs of the Province 

[315.] Therefore, We likewise Injoin You to Use Your ut- 
most Power and Influence to Obtain An Act for striking off so 
many Bills of the Old Tenor, as will re-exchange all the Bills of 
the New Tenor already exchanged for the Old, That thereby the 
said Old Bills may Operate according to their Funds, and as shall 
be most consistent with the safety of this Province. 

And, that the growing Charge of this Province added to the 
Funds already laid for calling in all Our Paper Currency by Seven- 
teen Hundred and Fort)' One, may be set in a true light to 



200 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



shew the impractibility if not the impossibility of its being done, 
without causing the Utmost Confusion, if not Destruction of this 
Province : 

We herewith present You with the following Account 



1738. Fund for Calling in this present 

Year, the Sum of . 
The Representatives Pay, for the 

Current Year .... 
i Part of the Other Charge of the 

Current Year. 



1739. Fund for Calling in that Year . 
The Representatives Pay for 1738 
J Part of the Province Charge on ) 

the year 1738 . . . j 
Part of the Charge of the Current ) 

Year . . . . . j 



1740, Fund for Calling in that Year 

The Representatives Pay for 1738 . 

4 Part of the Province Charge the 1 
Year 1738 . f 

Part of the Province Charge the 
Year 1739 .... 

\ the Province Charge for that Cur- 
rent Year 



[316.] 1741. Fund for Calling in . 
The Representatives Pay, for 1738 
\ Part of the Province Charge the ) 

year 1738 . J 

Part of Ditto, 1739 . 
the Province Charge of 1740 . 
The Whole Charge of the Province ") 

the Current Year . . . j 




47875 

4000 
10000 



.61875 



38025 
4000 ,, 


? 

5* 


10000 





13333 


?> 


6.5338 


46525 
4000 


5 
?J 


10000 


?5 


13333 





20000 ,, 


i 



.93858 

52525 

4000 

10000 



13333 
20000 

40000 



So that according to the projected Scheme, this Province must 
bring into the Treasury Every Bill of this Province by Seventeen 
Hundred and Forty One, Which Amounts to the Sum of Three Hun- 
dred and Sixty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty Nine, Pounds 

Or Otherwise Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Nine 

Hundred and Forty Nine Ounces of Silver, Saving what small 
Matter may be paid into the Treasury in Hemp and Flax. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 201 

Thus stands the State and View of Our Affairs, at present. 

Wherefore, We Injoin You to Use Your Utmost Powers, That 
the Funds be laid in Paper Bills of the Old Tenor, and not in Bills 
of the New Tenor redeemable in Silver and Gold, Which cannot 
possibly be Obtained by the Inhabitants of this Province. 

And as the lessening of the Excise will increase the Publick 
Taxes, So, We Injoin You to make a due Inquiry into the Method 
of letting the same out to Farm, And Whether there has not been 
indirect methods Used therein ; And that the Same be Rectified 
and Regulated according to the True Intent and Meaning of the 

Act Especially in relation to the Excise of the County of 

Suffolk. 

[317.] And, Whereas We Apprehend there will be An 
Attempt made for the Division of this County We would Ear- 
nestly Desire You to Oppose the same ; And for Reasons, We 
Refer You to the Answer of the Town of Boston, relating to that 
Affair, Exhibited to the Great and General Court, at their Session, 
the 19 th . Nov. 1735. 

All which is Humbly Submitted 

By* 

Your most Humble Servants, 

NATH L . CUNNINGHAM. 
HUGH VANS. 
PETER THOMAS. 
JA S . ALLEN. 

The foregoing Instructions having been several Times distinctly 
Read, And Debated, 

Voted, That they be Accepted And that An Attested Copy 

of the same be, by the Town Clerk deliver'd to Each of the Gen- 
tlemen the Representatives of the Town of Boston, As the In- 
structions of the said Town. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded by many. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be given to the Gentlemen 
the Committee for Instructions, for their pains taken in drafting 
the same. 

A Petition of Mr. John Procter, Master of the North Writing 

School Praying that his Salary might be Advanced, For 

Reasons therein mentioned 

Read And the Question being put, Viz 4 . Whether the Town 

will at this time make any Addition to the Salary of Mr. John 
Procter ? 

Voted, in the Affirmative. 

[318.] Voted, That the Sum of Forty Pounds p Annum be 
Added to the Salary of Mr. John Procter, to Commence from the 
last Quarterly payment, Viz t . the 13th. of March last past. 

A Petition of Mr. Samuel Holyoke, Master of the Writing 
School in Queen Street Praying for such Addition to his Sal- 
ary, As the Town shall judge proper, for Reasons mentioned 

Read, 

And the Question being put, Viz'. Whether the Town would 
make any Addition to Mr. Holyoke's Salary? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. G6. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds p Annum be Added to 
the Salary of Mr. Samuel Holyoke, to Commence from the last 
Quarterly payment. Viz', the 25th. of March last past. 

A Motion made by Mr. Hutchinson, at the Opening this Meeting, 
in the Name and Behalf of Mr. Peleg Wiswall, Master of the 
North Grammar School, Praying for the Allowance of An 
Usher in the said School, at least for somfe part of the year, 

when the School is most numerous being taken into 

Consideration, 

Voted, That the Affair of placing An Usher in the North 
Grammar School, in Answer to the Motion of Mr. Hutchinson, 
above mentioned, be Refer'd to the Select Men ; who are hereby 
Desired and Impowered to Act therein as they shall judge most 
for the benefit and advantage of the said School. 

The Committee Appointed the 14th of March last, Upon the 

Motion of Mr. Richard Buckley, to Consider the Circumstances of 

the Towns Slip, at the lower end of Wood Lane, &c. Presented 

[319.] Their Report, Which was Read, And is as follows, Viz*. 

Pursuant to the Vote, and Desire of the Town of 

Boston, at their Annual Meeting the 13th of March, 

last past 

We the Subscribers have Attended the Service Desired of 

Us Have view'd the Towns Slip, or Dock at the lower end of 

Wood-lane Have also Discoursed with the Neighbours re- 
specting the filling up the same, Who we find do approve thereof ; 
And therefore Report As follows, Viz'. 

That We Apprehend it may be convenient for the Town to 
allow the Abutters on the said Slip to Wharf across the same, 
about Two Hundred and Thirty feet from Fish street, And to fill 
up the Slip Provided, They lay down and maintain a Sufficient 
Common Shore, to the End of the said Wharf, in Order to carry 
off the Water (from those Cellars) that now does or ma}- run into said 
Slip And further, That the said Abutters maintain a conven- 
ient Passage or Gutter for conveying the Water from the Street to the 
End of the said Wharf to be performed to the satisfaction of the 
Select Men. 

All which is Humbly Submitted, &c. 

By 

EDWARD HUTCHINSON. 

Boston May 8 th . 1738. ANDREW TYLER 

DAN L . HENCHMAN 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Mr. Joseph Ingraham was Chosen One of the Viewers and cul- 
lers of Staves, for the year Ensuing. 

Upon the Motion of Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jnn r . at the Open- 
ing this Meeting, Praying the Town would please to revive their 
Vote, or Order respecting his Proposals for Undertaking to Erect 
an Engine for Weighing of Hay &c. [32O.] Entred the 23 d . Sept. 
last past. 

Voted, That the Consideration of Mr. Wardell's Motion be 
refer'd to the next General Town Meeting. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be given to Mr. Gushing, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 203 

the Moderator, for his great Pains. in Regulating, and giving Dis- 
patch to the Business of this Meeting. 
Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and Warned according to Law, 
in Public Town-Meeting Assembled at the Town-House, on Tues- 
da3' the Twenty first of November, Anno Domini, 1738. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting Read. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . was Chosen Moderator. 

Petitions and Motions. Viz*. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Rumney Marsh 

Read. 

The Select Men made a Motion for Petitioning the General Court, 
for Liberty to bring forward, at the Supericur Court in Boston, An 
Action of Review, against the Heirs of James Evevill, for reversing 
a Judgment Obtain'd in Said Court against the Town, for Part of a 
Parcel of Land, and Shop thereon, now in the Possession of John 
and Richard Billings. 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jun r . made a Motion for reviving a 
Vote of the Town, pass'd the 23. Sept. 1737. upon his Proposals 
Exhibited, relating to the Weighing of Hay. 

[321.] A Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Dis- 
trict of RumHey-Marsh, within the Township of Boston, Presented 
to the Great and General Court, to be Set off and Erected A dis- 
tinct and Separate Township, with the Order of Court thereon, 
Read. 

And after some Debate thereon, 

Voted, To Chuse a Committee to take the said Petition under 
Consideration, to Draw up an Answer to the same, and to lay it 
before the Town, for their approbation, in Order to its being pre- 
sented to the General Court at their next Sitting. 

Voted, That the Committee Consist of Five Persons. 

Voted, That Mess. Hugh Vans. 

Joseph Marion 
James Allen 
Edward Bromfiold 
Nathanael Cunningham 
Be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That the Committee be Desired to Report to the Town, 
On Monday next the Twenty Seventh Instant, at Three O'Clock 

ater Noon to which Time it is proposed this Meeting 

should be Adjourned, to receive the same. 

Upon the Motion of the Select-Men, for Petitioning the General 
Court, for Liberty to bring forward, at the Superiour Court in 
Boston, An Action of Review, against the Heirs of James Everill, 
for reversing a Judgment Obtain'd in said Court against the Town, 
for Part of a Parcel of Land and Shop thereon, now in the Pos- 
session of John and Richard Billings. 

Voted, That the Select-Men of the Town for the Time being be 
directed in behalf of the Town ; Humbly to Petition the Gen- 
eral Court for leave to bring forward at the Superiour Court in 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Boston, An Action of Review against the Heirs of James Everell, 
for the Reversing a Judgment Obtain'd at the said Superiouv Court 
against the Town for part of a Parcel of Land, and Shop thereon, 
now in the Possession of John and [322.] Richard Billings, the 
Time by Law for bringing forward said Action being elapsed, not- 
withstanding. And the said Select Men are Impowered to 
pursue the said Review to Effect. 

A Motion of Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jun r . made at the 
Public Town Meeting the 10th. of May last past, That the Town 
would please to revive their Vote, pass'd the 23d Sept. 1737. re- 
specting his Proposals for Erecting an Engine for Weighing of Hay, 
brought to Market in Carts &c. being Referr'd to the Con- 
sideration of the Town at this Meeting 

The Town accordingly proceeded to Consider the same and after 
some Debate thereon 

Voted, That the Select-Men be, and hereby are Desired to pre- 
pare the Draft of a By-Law relating to Weighing of Hay brought 
to Market in Carts, and other Land Carriage, and lay the same 
before the Town, at the Adjournment of this Meeting, for their 
Consideration. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Monday next the 
Twenty Seventh of November Currant, at Three O'Clock, After 
Noon. 



Monday, November, 27th. 1738. 



The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

The Select Men Presented the Draft of a By-Law for Weighing 
of Hay Read. 

Which is as follows, Viz'. 

Whereas, the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston labour under 
difficulties and hardships in respect of the weight of Ha}* brought 
to Market, by reason whereof Disputes often arise between the 

Buyer and Seller And it being propos'd, As a Remedy 

therefor to Erect [323.] An Engine at the Entrance into the 
Town convenient for Weighing of Hay 

It is therefore ordered, 

That from and after the first Day of March next ensuing, Pro- 
vided the said Engine be then Erected, All Carts, and other Car- 
riages of Hay as they come into Town, shall be Weighed, and a 
Tally with the Weight of the Cart and Hay be then fix'd upon it, 
and that the Cart or Carriage upon its return be Tared, and the 
Weight thereof mark'd on it. 

That a Suitable Person be appointed by the Town for such Term 
of Time as they shall think convenient, to take care that the said 
Engine be kept in good Repair, and to sec the Weight of all Hay 
thus brought to Market, and to Tally the same, and mark the car- 
riages on their return as aforesaid. And that the said Person shall 
be under Oath to do Justice between Buyer and Seller, and shall 
attend from Sun-rising to Sun-setting, and shall make an Entry of 
all the Hay he weighs. 

That there be allowed to the said Person for every Load of Hay 
so weigh'd, Four pence for each Hundred of Hay so weigh'd, to be 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 205 

paid b.y the Person who buys the same : Or in case of his absence 
at the Time of Weighing, then to be paid by the Importer, who 
shall be reimbursed by the Buyer. 

That after the said first Day of March, and the Erecting the said 
Engine, If any Person Inhabitant of the Town of Boston aforesaid, 
shall Buy any Hay thus brought to Market, without the same be 
first weigh'd as above, He or they shall forfeit and pay the Sum of 
Twenty Shillings for every load or parcel so bought. 

Mr. Marion made a motion, that Mr. Nathanael Wardell's name 
might be mentioned in the preamble of the By-Law for Weighing 

of Hay he being the Person that proposes to Erect the Engine. 

Accordingly 

The Question being put, 

Voted in the Negative. 

[324.] The foregoing Order or By-Law, having been Read, 

three several times 

Voted, That the same be Accepted, And that the Select Men be, 
and hereby are directed to Present it to the Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace next to be holden at Boston, for their Appro- 
bation. 

Mr. Hugh Vans from the Committee appointed the 21st. instant, 
to draw up an Answer to the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of 

Rumney-Marsh Presented the same Which was Read 

and is as follows. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town, the 21st. of November 
instant, The Committee appointed to draw up an Answer to 
a Petition of some of the Inhabitants of Rumney Marsh 
which they have prefer*d to the General Court, Praying that 

they may be set off, as a Separate Township Have 

Attended that Service, and Accordingly have Drafted and 
Signed, an 

Answer, which they now Present to the Town, Viz'. 
Province of the } 
Massachusetts Bay j 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire Captain 
General and Governour in Chief, the Honourable the 
Council, and Honourable House of Representatives of said 
Province, in General Court assembled at Boston, the Thir- 
tieth of November 1738. 

The Answer of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, to the 
Petition of a small number [325.] Of the Inhabitants of the 
District, Number Thirteen commonly called Rumney Marsh, 

part of said Town, to this Honourable Court Praying that 

the}^ may be set off as a distinct Township, for a Suggested Reason 
Contained in said Petition. 

The Town of Boston, Humbly Sheweth, 

That Some of the Inhabitants of the District of Rumney Marsh 
did on the Thirty first of January, One Thousand Seven hundred 
and Thirty four, Prefer a Petition, and on the thirteenth of March, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Seven prefer one other 
Petition to the Town of Boston, in order to obtain from said Town 
Several Advantages, and also to be set off as a distinct Township. 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

In regard to Said Petitions, the Town appointed two Several 
Committees to hear the Petitioners, Consider of, and Report what 
they thought adviseable for the Town to do thereon. Which 

Service they accordingly performed The Cop}' of which 

Petitions with the Reports thereon, We humbly beg leave to lay 
before this Honourable Court. 

And We may Justly Observe, and say, 

That in Answer to all their Petitions and Complaints heretofore 
made, where there has been the least colour, the Town have 
readily pointed out proper Remedies, and stand ready to afford 
them. 

And the Petitioners having been Conscious that the Town are 
ready to do so, have betaken themselves to this slender Plea, of 
Passing Winnisimet Ferry ; Which We apprehend they would 
never have done, were there not some Secret Springs of their 
Actions, which we cannot Account for, notwithstanding all their 
dutiful and affectionate Regard to their Mother Town, so fully 
express'd in their present Petition. 

But, Inasmuch as they, think it most for their Service to lay so 
great Stress upon That Single, tho' [326.] Small inconvenience, 
We think it incumbent upon us to Observe, That there has ever 
been given them, so little interruption in that matter, as that 
Neither they nor their predecessors have ever heretofore thought 
it sufficient cause of Complaint to the Town, nor can they Saj-, 
that One year in Ten (Communibus Annis) for the Time past, 
they have been prevented in giving their Attendance at Town- 
Meetings : Nor can it be reasonably Supposed that for the future 
the}' will be otherwise interrupted by that means, which they make 
no difficulty of in daily exposing themselves to, in the common 
affairs of Life But should they, Yet their coming by Penny- 
Ferry will be attended with very little charge and trouble. 

We would now humbly beg leave to lay before Your Excellency 
and Honours the unreasonableness of the Prayer of said Petition, 

I. In Respect to the Inhabitants of that District. 

It ought reasonably to be Supposed, that When any Petition is 
prefer'd to this Honourable Court for such a Separation as is 
desired by the Petitioners, that it is the Mind of the Principal 
number of the Inhabitants, Or to remove some Grand Inconvenience, 
Or to preserve Peace and good Order, Or lessen the Charge with 
which said District labours under their present Circumstances 

Neither of which We apprehend can by any means be 

pleaded in the present Case. 

For, It's very Observable, that Not One Third part of the In- 
habitants of that District have Signed their Names to any of the 
Petitions, And consequently that they cannot by any means be 

thought as consenting thereto More Especially, John 

Yeamans Esquire, Joseph Thompson Esquire, nor their Agents, 
nor the Reverend Doctor Sewall, are any ways privy to the delib- 
erations had, nor [37.] Drafting of, nor Presenting said Peti- 
tion to this Honourable Court, notwithstanding they are the 
Proprietors of Noddles-Island, Hog-Island, and very valuable 
Farms at Rumney-Marsh. And further, We find by the Rates 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 207 

and Taxes, that One Hundred and Twenty one Persons are Rated 
and Taxed within the said District, and but Twenty Eight Persons 
Names Subscribed to the depending Petition. 

And as to any grand Inconvenience All that is pretended 

is, the small trouble of passing a Ferry which We Humbly conceive, 
would not have carried so great Weight with it (tho' all the Inhabi- 
tants of that District had Subscribed to the Petition) as to have Influ- 
enced this Honourable Court to separate such a valuable Member 
from the Body of the Town of Boston, Especially considering how 
small a Tract of Land, and how unable they are to Support the 
necessary Charge of a Separate Township. 

And as to the promoting of Peace and good Order It can 

never be Supposed, that the Granting the Prayer of such a Small 
Number of Petitioners, whereby a much larger, and more valuable 
Number must be necessarily concluded, can ever be attended with 
such desireable Effects. 

And as to the lessening the small and favourable Charges with 
which the said District has been Assessed It is very reasonable to 
Suppose, that their Charge will (upon such a Separation) be near 
doubled. 

II. In Regard to the Town of Boston. 

We humbly Apprehend, that by such a Separation the Town 
will be Strip'd of a very valuable Revertion, which will revert to 
the Gospel Ministry in the Town of Boston ; under certain regu- 
laitons, being no less than Three or more very valuable Farms at 

Winnisimet being part of the Estate of Governour Belling- 

ham [328.] Bequeathed to his Wife, after his Wives Decease 
then to his Son, and his Daughter, and after their Decease the 
whole Estate to pass, and the Annual Income to be Applied to the 
Encouragement of the Gospel Ministry, &c. As by an Extract 
from the Record in the Probate Office for the County of Suffolk, 
may more fully appear. 

Moreover, It's well known that the Town of Boston labours 
under very distressing Circumstances upon many accounts. 

The visible Declension of Trade, and the growing Advantages 
of the Husbandman, especially those, who b}- the nearness of their 
Lands to the Town of Boston, have the greatest Opportunity of 
making Such Singular Advantages, as the Members of the Town 
of Boston under their present Circumstances are very great Stran- 
gers to, especially this valuable part of our Body (call'd Rumney 
Marsh) Who by the Indulgence of this Town are grown Rich, and 
well Able to help Us, under Our present difficulties. For Boston 
being the Receptacle of almost all the Poor that come into this 
Province, by reason that most Foreigners fix here, and cannot be 
prevented, Provided, they bring with them the value of Fifty 
Pounds, or are able bodied Trades-men, or Indented Servants, or 
Sailors under most Circumstances, Create so great a Charge to this 
Town, that, instead of having the least of our Members Separated 
from Us, We cannot but Hope and Desire, that this Honourable 
Court will so far take Our Distressed Circumstances under their 
most wise and just Consideration, that they will afford Us such 
Aids and Advantages as may in some Measure Extricate Us there- 
from 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

And, inasmuch as the General Court [339.] Of this Province, 
at their Session the Third of September One Thousand Six Hun- 
dred and Thirty Four, Annexed Winnisimet and Rumney Marsh 

to the Town of Boston So, We cannot but Hope and Desire, 

that this Honourable Court will not, without the strongest Eeasons, 
and most pressing Necessity, Separate that valuable Member from 
Us. 

All which is Humbly Submitted. 

HUGH VANS. 
Jos. MARION. 
JA S . ALLEN. 
EDW. BROMFIELD 

Nov. 27th. 1738. NATH L . CUNNINGHAM. 

Upon Reading the foregoing Report there arose some debate 
upon that Paragraph which relates to Governour Bellingham's 
Estate ; Whereupon, 

The Question was put, Viz'. Whether that Paragraph should 
stand as part of the Answer of the Town of Boston to the said 
Petition ? 

Voted in the Affirmative 

Voted, That the Committees Report of an Answer to the Peti- 
tion of Sundry Inhabitants of Rumney Marsh, now Read, be 
Accepted. 

Voted, That the Said Answer be fairly transcribed, and that 
the Select Men be, and hereby are directed to Sign the same, and 
deliver it to the Representatives of Boston, by them to be Presented 
to the Great and General Court, as the Towns Answer to the said 
Petition. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be Presented to the Gentle- 
men the Committee, for their Pains in drafting the Answer of the 
Town of Boston to the Rumney Marsh Petition. 

Then the Meeting was dismiss'd. 

[33O.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders, and other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Boston, duly qualified, and warned accord- 
ing to Law, in Public Town-Meeting Assembled, at the Town- 
House on Monday the 12th. March, A.D. 1738. 

Prayer being made by the Rev. Mr. William Welsted, 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting Read, 

The Town then proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator and 

the Votes being accordingly Collected, it Appear'd that Mr. 
Thomas Gushing Jun r . was Unanimously Chosen. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

Sundry Petitions, Reports, Proposals & Motions, Viz'. 
A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, for liberty to Erect a Brick 
Wall with Tombs, on the Front of the Old Burying Place, in 
Treamount Street. Read. 
A Petition of Nathanael Wardell Jun r . Praying that he may be 

Appointed Weigher of Hay. Read. 
A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, that some method may be 

projected for Destroying Rats. Read. 
A Petition of Nathanael Barber, Collector. Read. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 209 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, for Riqging the Bell belonging 
to the West Meeting House, at the usual Hours & at the 
Towns Charge. Read. 

A Petition of the Masters of the Fire Engines. Read. 
A Report of the Select Men, on the Visitation of the Publick 

Schools. Read. 

A Motion was made, that the Town would Consider, Whether 
some thing may not be done to enforce the due Execution of 
the By-Law, for Preventing Selling Butchers Meat by Steel- 
yards. 

A Motion was made by Mr. William Salter, for Preventing the 
Water which comes oat of the Common, from running down 
into Winter Street. 

[331.J A Motion was made by Mr. William Salter, for 
Making a Gate, for the more convenient carting of Powder 
from the Bull Wharf &c. to the Powder House in the Common. 
A Motion was made by the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . for seting a 
row of Posts and Rails from the Granary up to Beacon Street, 
to prevent Carts &c. from Spoiling the Herbage of the Com- 
mon. 
A Motion was made by Mr. Benjamin Russell, for the filling up 

of Wheelers Pond so call'd, in Pond Street. 
A Motion was made b}* Mr. Joseph Marion, that the Trustees 
for the Town of Boston's proportion of the Loan of Sixty 
Thousand Pounds, be desired to take especial Care to prevent 
the Towns being Assess'd, on Account of the neglect or de- 
ficiency of any of the Borrowers. 

A Motion was made by Doctor George Steuart, for transporting 
of Powder to and from the Powder House by Water, and not 
thro' the streets of the Town. 

The Inhabitants then proceeded to the Choice of Town Officers, 
&c. 

Samuel Gerrish was unanimous!} 7 Chosen Town Clerk for the 

Year ensuing ; and Sworn by the Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire 

Voted to proceed to the Choice of Seven Select Men. 

A Motion being made and seconded, for deferring the Choice of 

Select Men untill the Adjournment of this Meeting, The Question 

was accordingly put And Pass'd in the Negative. 

The Votes for Select Men being Collected and sorted It 

appeared the following Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office, for 
the year ensuing, Viz*. 

The Hon. John JeffriesEsq 1 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage. 
[332.] Mr. David Collson. 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth. ) Select Men. 

Caleb L} r man Esq r . 
Mr. Jonas Clarke. 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . } 
The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . was Unanimously Chosen 
Town Treasurer for the Year ensuing, and Sworn by the Hon. 
Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Upon a Motion made 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, To proceed to bring in Votes for a County Treasurer, this 
Afternoon, at Five O'Clock. 

Voted, To Chuse Twelve Constables for the Year Ensuing : And 
to Chuse Collectors of Taxes distinct from them. 

The Votes for Twelve Constables being accordingly Collected 
and Sorted, It appeared the following Gentlemen were Chosen to 
that Office for the Year ensuing. 

Viz 1 . 

Mess. George Rogers . . P av l 

David Jeffries . . Pay 

Joseph Lee . . Paid 1736. 

Samuel Allyn . . Excus'd 

John Clear . . . Sworn 

Jonathan Lowder . Excus'd 

Elisha Hutchinson . Pay 

Samuel Gibbon . . Paid 1723. 
Jonathan Gushing 

Ebenezer Simpson : Sworn 

Nathanael Bethune . Pay 

James Adams . . 



^Constables 



Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till three of the Clock 
this afternoon. 



Afternoon, the Town being again Assembled 

[333.] A Petition of Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jun r Praying 
that he may be appointed and Impowered by the Town to be the 
Weigher of Hay bro't to Market ; Or that the Town would spec- 
ially impower the Select Men to transact the Agreement with him 

about the Premisses, for Reasons Mentioned Read, And after 

some Debate thereon 

Voted That Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jun r . be, and hereby is 
Appointed and Impowered (at his own cost and charge) to Erect 
An Engine for Weighing of Hay brought to Market in Carts and 
other Carriages, and to take the Care of it, to Do the Duty of a 
Weigher of Hay, and to demand and receive the pay or wages, by 
Law allow'd for the same ; for and during the Space and Term of 

Seven Years to comence from the Erecting the said Engine 

He the said Wardell behaving well in the said office, to the Satis- 
faction of the Select Men for the Time being, And also Agreeing 
with the Select Men of the Town, upon such Conditions, as in the 
By-Law for Weighing of Hay is already made and provided, and 
Such other terms and conditions, as the said Select Men shall think 
needful and convenient for the Service of the Town, the said 
Wardell also Erecting the said Engine in such Place, and within 
such Time as shall be approved of by them. 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Twelve Overseers of the Poor 

for the year ensuing And the Votes being Collected, it ap- 

pear'd that the following Gentlemen were Chosen. Viz 4 . 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 



211 



Overseers of Poor. 



The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . 
Henry Dering Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Samuel Greenwood Esq r . 
Capt. Jeflfery Bedgood 
Major John Hill 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 
Joshua Cheever Esq r . 
Mr. Edward Bromfield 
Capt. William Downe 

[334.] Upon a Motion made by John Ruck Esq r . That 
Where as he had, for Twenty Years past, Serv'd the Town as an 
Overseer of the Poor, and being advanced in Years, He Prays they 
would now Excuse him from Serving longer in that Office. Which 
Motion being Consider'd, 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be given to John Ruck 
Esq r . for his good service as one of the Overseers of the Poor, for 
so long time ; And that He be Excused from any further Service 
in that Office accordingly. 

Voted, That Mr. Samuel Hunt be One of the Overseers of the 
Poor, for the Year ensuing, in the Room of John Ruck Esq r . 

Voted, To. proceed to Chuse Seven Assessors for the Year 
ensuing. Accordingly, the Votes being Collected, it Appeared, 

the following Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office. 

Viz*. 

Mess. John Staniford 
Richard Buckley 
Peter Thomas 

Joshua Blanchard } Assessors. 
William Thomas 
Jacob Parker 
William Salter 

According to the Order in the Forenoon, the Town proceeded to 
bring in their Votes for a County Treasurer Which being Col- 
lected, were, according to Law, Sealed up by Constable John 
Clear, by him to be kept, and return'd unto the next Quarter 
Sessions, to be held for the County of Suffolk. 

The following Persons were Chosen Constables for the Year en- 
suing. 

Viz 1 . Mess. Henry Lloyd 

Caleb Richardson . 
[335.] Benjamin Dolbeare 

Peter Cade . 
William Tyler 
George Holmes 
Cord Cordis . 
James Allen, Tayler } 



Constables 



Pay 

Pay 

Pay 

Excus'd 

Pay 

Pay 

Sworn 

Pay 



Voted, that this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Monday next, the 
Nineteenth Current, at Nine O'Clock, in the Forenoon. 



212 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Monday, March, 19th. 1738. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 
Mess". Arthur Savage. . ^ 

Theophilus Lillie 

T> XT f Hogreves. 

Benjamin Neal. 

John Marshall Cooper ) 

were Chosen Hogreves for the }-ear ensuing. 

Mess. Joseph Russell . 

John Indicott . 

Hopestill Foster 

Thomas Jones . 

Joshua Thornton 

Caleb Ray 

Benjamin Russell 

were Chosen Fence- Viewers for the year ensuing. 
Mess. Edward Moberly 
Edward Richards 
William Pain . 
Joseph White . 
Matthew Barnard 
Joseph Ricks 



^ Fence Viewers. 



J 



Sworn 
Pay 

Sworn 
Sworn. 

Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 

Sworn 
Sworn 



Surveyors of Shingles &c. o 

Sworn 
Sworn 

were Chosen Surveyors of Boards, Timber, Shingles &c. for the 
Year ensuing. 

Mr. Isaac Gridley was Chosen Surveyor of Hemp for the Year 
ensuing. 

[336.] Mess. John Helyer . Sworn"] 
Samuel Green . Sworn | 
Harvey Thomas Sworn V Cullers of Staves. 
Joseph Ingraham Sworn I 
John Hobbs . Sworn J 
were Chosen Cullers of Staves for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the High Wa} 7 s, 
for the Year ensuing. 

Mess. Robert Williams . Sworn") 
Nathanael Hodgdon Sworn | 

Samuel Mav . . Sworn ! , 

tin-Mi- TA " o r Sealers of Leather. 

William Dornngton fcworn f 

John Allen . . Sworn j 
Josiah Carter . Sworn J 
were Chosen Sealers of Leather for the Year ensuing. 

Mr. Richard-Carter Cowell, was Chosen Haward for the year 
ensuing. 

The Report of the Select Men of the Visitation of the Public 
Schools, being Presented, was Read, as follows. Viz*. 

To the Inhabitants of Boston, in Town Meeting assembled, 

Mar. 12. 1738. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston at their annual Meet- 
ing the 13th. of March, 1737. Desiring Us the Select Men to 

Visit the several Public Schools in the Town, &c. 

We accordingly Attended that Service on the 26th. of June last 
past, Accompanied by the following Gentlemen, Viz*. 
The Hon. Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Adam Winthrop Esq r . 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 213 

The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
[337.] The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Rev. Mr. "William Hooper 
The Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather. 
And now Report, as follows. 

That the Number of Scholars instructed in the Public Schools is 
as follows, Viz 1 . 

In the South Grammar School, about One Hundred and Twenty. 
In the North Grammar School, about Sixty. 
In the North Writing School, about Two Hundred & Eight}'. 
In the Writing School in Queen Street, about Seventy three. 

In the South Writing School, about Sixt}' two. 

That We heard the Performances of the Lattin Scholars at each 
Grammar School, And inspected the Performances of the Scholars 
in the other Schools, both in Writing and Arithmetick, And heard 

the younger Scholars read And that in general they perform'd 

to the great Satisfaction of the Visitors And We have grounds 

to hope that the Masters in the said several Schools do faithfully 
Discharge the Trust reposed in them. 

And We look upon it as a point of Justice due to the Master of 
the South Writing School, to Report, that the Writing both of the 

Master and Scholars has been of late much improved. 

JOHN JEFFRIES. 
JON A . AKMITAGE. 
DAVID COLLSON. 



ALEX A . FORSYTE. 



Select Men. 



CALEB LYMAN. 
JONAS CLARKE. 
THO*. HUTCHINSON Jun. r j 

Voted, That the Report of the Select Men, of the Visitation of 
the Schools, now Read, be Accepted 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to Visit 
the Public Schools within the Town, the year ensuing, Desiring 
such Gentlemen to accompan} 1 them therein, as they shall think 
proper, And that they Report thereon. 

[338.] Upon a Motion made by the Select Men 

The Moderator proposed to the Town, that they would proceed 
to the Choice of Ty thing Men. 

A Petition of Suudiy Inhabitants, Praying that the Bell belong- 
ing to the West Meeting House in L} T nde Street, may be rung at the 
Hours of Nine, Five and One, for the Accomodation of the Inhab- 
itants of that part of the Town, and that the Charge thereof may 
be born by the Town as Usual. Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and that the 
Customary Allowance be made for the said Service, to be paid out 
of the Town Treasury.. 

A Petition of Mr. Bartholomew Sutton and Others Masters of 
the Fire Engines, in behalf of themselves and their respective 

Companies Praying they may be exempted from serving in 

other Town Offices the year ensuing, for Reasons mentioned. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

A List of Persons Qualified to serve on the Petit Jury, being 
presented by the Select Men, for the Towns Approbation, as the 
Law directs 

The said List was Read, and Approved. 

Upon a Motion, and Representation that 'tis not for the Interest 
of the Town, to appoint any particular Person to attend at the 
North Granary or Meal-House as usual, for Reasons men- 
tioned. 

Voted, That there be no Person specially Appointed to give 
Attendance at the North Granary or Meal-House until further 
Order; But, that the Committee for Purchasing of Grain, and 
making Regulations for the Selling and Disposing the same, be and 
hereby are Desired ; from time to time, as Occasion shall require 
[339.] To Supply the said Granary with such Quantities of Grain 
and Meal, as they shall think fit, and procure some Person, with as 
little Charge to the Town as may be, to sell it out to the Inhabi- 
tants. 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Committee for laying out 
the Money appropriated for Purchasing Grain ; And that the said 
Committee be Impowered to give all needful directions to the 
Overseer of the Granary, respecting the Quantitys of Grain to be 
sold, and setting the price thereof, from time to time. 

Voted, That the Committee for Purchasing Grain &c. consist of 
Three Persons And that the Choice be made by written Votes. 

The Votes being accordingly .Collected, It appeared, that the 
following Gentlemen were Chosen a Committee for the Ends afore- 
said. Viz'. 

Henry Dering Esq r . \ 

Mr. Peter Thomas v Committee for Grain &c. 

Mr. Robert Rand ) 

The Select Men's Report of their Examination of Mr. Francis 
Willoughby's Account of the Granary for the year past, and Entred 
in Mr. "Willoughby's Book Read 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted, And Accordingly, 
That Mr. Willoughby be further Accountable for Thirteen Hundred 
and Sixteen Bushels of Indian Corn, and Three Hundred and 
Twenty five Bushels of Rie, a stock remaining in the Granary; 
And also for the Sum of Two Hundred Sixty Six Pounds, Nineteen 
Shillings and Seven pence in Bills of Credit, remaining in his 
hands. 

The following Persons were Chosen Constables for the Year 
Ensuing, Viz*. 

Mr. Nicholas Boylston ) Pay 

Mr. William Vassal, Excus'd . > Constables. 

Mr. Joseph Wise ... ; Pay 

[34O.] Mr. Thomas Baxter . . Pay 1 

Mr. John Hunt . . . Pay [ Constables. 
Mr. Joseph Lewes . . . Sworn ) 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Eight Clerks of the Market, 
for the year ensuing. The Votes being Collected and sorted, it 
appear'd that the following Persons were Chosen to that Office. 
Viz 4 . 



Mess. John Gridley . 
William Scott . 
Stephen Winter. 
Benjamin Edwards 



x TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 215 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



w,. 



Henry Pigeon . 
Samuel Rand Jun r . 



Sworn 
Pay 



Scavengers. 



Samuel Parkman J Excus'd 
The following Persons were Chosen Scavengers for the Year 

ensuing. 

Viz*. Mess. Jeremiah Belknap 

John Taylor 

Thomas Boucher 

Nathanael Gardner 

George Monk 

John Hooton 

George Skinner 

Jabez Hunt 

John Holyoke 

Richard Hubbard 

John Lambert 

Samuel Ridgaway 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Liberty, at their own 

Cost and Charge to Erect and Build a Row of Tombs, and to 

Raise a good Brick Fence in the Front of the Old Burying Place, 

abutting on Tremount Street, they and their Heirs or Assigns 

[341.] Always keeping the same in Sufficient Repair. Read. 

After some Debate thereon. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, Upon Con- 
dition, that the said Work be carried on, and perfonn'd in a way 
and manner agreeable to, and accoi'ding to the Orders and Di- 
rections of the Select Men, who are also hereby Impowered to 
Grant and Assign the Tombs when Erected to the several Grantees, 
they giving sufficient Assurance to the satisfaction of the Select 
Men, that the}', their Heirs or Assigns Shall keep, uphold and 
maintain the said Brick Wall and Tombs in good and sufficient 
Repair, from time to time, and at all times hereafter, to the appro- 
bation of the Select Men of the Town for the Time being. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till Three O'Clock in 
the Afternoon. 

Afternoon, the Town being again Assembled 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, that some methods may be 
projected for the Destruction of Rats, with which the Town is very 
much infested, Read 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Peti- 
tioners be Granted? 

Voted, in the Negative, And therefore that the Petition be Dismiss'd. 

Upon a Motion made at the Opening this Meeting, for a row of 
Posts and Rails to be set from the Granary in Common Street, 
upwards to Beacon Street ; in order to prevent Carts, &c. passing 
upon and through the Common, and Spoiling the Herbage thereof. 
The Town taking the Motion into Consideration, 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Impower'd and 
Desired, to take effectual Care that the same be performed in the 
best way and manner, for the Ends aforesaid. 

[342.] Mr. "William Owen was Chosen One of the Clerks of 
the Market for the year ensuing. 

Mr. William Owen Appearing Pray'd that he might be Excused 
from Serving as a Clerk of the Market for this year, for Reasons 
mentioned. 

Accordingly the Question being put, It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Mr. Andrew Boardman was Chosen One of the Clerks of the 
Market for the year ensuing, and Sworn. 

The Motion made at the Opening the Meeting for preventing 
Selling Butcher's Meat by Steelyards was taken under Consider- 
ation And the By-Law relating thereto Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to give it in 
charge to the Person or Persons by them Em ploy 'd to inspect the 
Market, and prosecute the breaches of the By-Laws and Orders 

of the Town That they be especially Careful to prosecute all 

Persons they shall find Transgressing the said B3 - -La\v. 

A Motion made at the Opening the Meeting, for preventing the 
Water which comes out of the Common from running down through 
Winter Street, was Considered, and after some Debate thereon, 

Voted, That the Affair be refer'd to the Select Men, Who are 

hereby Desired to View the Place, Consider what ma}- be 

proper for the Town to do therein, Compute the Charge, and 
Report thereon at the next General Town Meeting. 

The following Persons were Chosen Constables, for the Year 
ensuing. 

Viz 4 . Mr. John Dennie . Pay 

Capt. William Fletcher Excus'd 



[343.] Mr. David Cutler . Pay 



Constables. 



Mr. John Russell . Sworn 
Mr. William Paine . Pay 
Mr. John Tudor . Sworn 
The Town proceeded to the Choice of Three Collectors of the 
Rates and Taxes, for the year ensuing The Votes being Col- 
lected, It appear'd that the following Gentlemen were Chosen to 
that Office. 

Viz*. Capt. Daniel Pecker . Refuse \ 

Capt. Nathanael Barber Refuse > Collectors. 
Mr. Jacob Sheafe . Sworn J 

Voted, That Nine Pence upon the Pound, be and hereby is 
Allowed to the Several Collectors of Taxes, within the Town of 

Boston for the }*ear ensuing They giving Bond, with Sufficient 

Suretys, for the faithful Discharge of their Office, to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. 

The Gentlemen who were Chosen in the Forenoon, A Commit- 
tee for Purchasing Grain, and for Regulating the Sale of it, having 

Refused to Serve the Town in that Office 

Voted, That the Choice of a Committee for Purchasing Grain, 
and for Regulating the Sale thereof, be referr'd to the next General 
Town Meeting And in the mean Time, That the Select Men 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1738. 217 

be, and hereby are Desired to take Effectual Care for the Preser- 
vation of Grain from Spoil, and for selling off the Stock now in the 
Granary And that they give Directions accordingly, As they 
shall think most for the Advantage of the Town. 
Mess. John Baker . Sworn 



Thomas Warden . Pay I ^ , , , 

John Decoster . Excus'd f Constables. 
Jonathan Hartshorn Sworn j 
Were Chosen Constables for the year ensuing. 

[344.] Whereas the Committee appointed to Audit the Town 
Treasurers Accounts, have not as yet Reported thereon, 

Voted, That the Town Treasurers Allowance for his Service in 
that Office the year past, together with the Choice of a Committee 
for Auditing the Acco ts . of the year ensuing, be refer'd to the next 
General Town Meeting. 

Upon the Motion made at the Opening this Meeting, for Filling 

up Wheelers Pond, so call'd, in Pond Street After some 

Debate thereon, 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to 
Enquire into the State and Circumstances thereof, to Consider the 
Agreement formerly made between the Select Men, and Giles Dyer 

Esq r . relating to its lying Open for a Watering place forever 

And Report what may be best, in their Judgment, for the Town 
to Do therein, at the next General Town Meeting. 

Upon a Motion made b}' Mr. Joseph Marion at the Opening this 
Meeting, that the Trustees for the Town of Boston's proportion of 
the Loan of Sixty Thousand Pounds might be Desired to take 
Especial Care to prevent the said Town's being Assess'd on Acco'. 
of the Neglect or Deficiences of any of the Borrowers. 

Voted, That the Trustees for the Towns proportion of the said 
Loan of Sixty Thousand Pounds be and hereby are Desired to take 
Effectual Care that the Borrowers of that Money pay in the same, 
that so the Town may not come to be Assess'd for any of their 
Deficiences. 

Upon a Motion made by Doctor Steuart at the Opening this 
Meeting, for transporting of Powder to and from the Powder 
House by Water carriage, and not through the Streets of the Town. 

Voted, That the Consideration of this Motion be [345.] referr'd 
To the Select Men, Who are hereby Desired to project ways and 
means for the safe carriage and conveying of Powder to and from 
the Powder House, And Report thereon, at the next General Town 
Meeting. 

Mess. Joseph Greenwood "] Sworn 

Thomas Flagg . Constableg Excus'd 

Joseph Gale . Sworn 

Stephen Hunniwell J 

Upon the Information of the Select Men, That Madam Dorothy 
Salstonstal (late the Widow of Mr. John Frizzel) in and by her 
last Will and Testament, did Give the Sum of Two Hundred 
Pounds, to be distributed among the Poor of the Town of Boston, 
and the further Sum of Twenty Pounds to Buy Bibles and Testa- 
ments for such Poor Children whose Parents are not able to give 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

them And upon their Motion, That the Town would Consider of 

some suitable ways and means for recovering Such a Donation 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Boston 
be, and hereby are Desired, to wait upon the Executors of the said 
Madam Salstonstall's Will, and Inform them, It is the Towns 
Desire that they would Pay the said Sum of Two Hundred and 
Twenty pounds into the Hands of them the said Overseers, in order 
to the Distribution thereof, According to the Intention and Will of 
the Donor. And that they Report thereon at the next General 
Town Meeting. 

The Petition of Mr. Nathanael Barber One of the Collectors of 
Taxes within the Town of Boston, Praying the Town would please 
to refund to him the Sum of Ten pounds Fourteen Shillings and 
Eight pence, which he has paid into the Town Treasury, for a Tax 
assess'd upon Mr. Benjamin Rolfe, lately Deceased, for Reasons 
mentioned. Read 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ; and that an 
Order or Draft be made upon the Town Treasurer, for repaying 
the said Sum of Ten Pounds, Fourteen Shillings and Eight pence 
to the said Nathanael Barber, accordingly. 

[346.] A Motion being made at the Opening this Meeting, 
for a Gate to be made into the Common, for the more easy and 
convenient Carriage of Powder from the Bull Wharf &c. to the 
Powder House 

Voted, That this Affair be Referr'd to the Select Men Who are 
hereby Desired and Impowered to Act therein, as they shall judge 
most adviseable, for the service of the Town. 

Voted, That the Consideration of Raising Money for Defraying 
the necessary Charges of the Town for the year ensuing be, and 
hereby is referr'd to the next General Town Meeting. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be given to Mr. Gushing 
the Moderator, for his great Pains in Regulating, and giving such 
Dispatch to the Affairs of this Meeting. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, in Public 
Town-Meeting Assembled, upon Wednesday the Second Day of 
May, Anno Domini, 1739. 

at the Town-House. 

Prayer was made by the Reverend Mr. Charles Chauncy. 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting Read. 

The Sheriffs Precept Read. 

Sundry Laws, Read 

Then, . 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esquire, One of the Select Men, 
and in Their Name, Propos'd to the Inhabitants Assembled, to 
proceed to [347.] the Choice of a Person or Persons to serve for 
and Represent them, in a Great and General Court or Assembly 
to be Held the Thirtieth of May Current, at Boston. And in 
Order thereto, to Consider and Ascertain the Number of Gentle- 
men so to be Elected 



BOSTON TOWN KECORDS, 1739. 219 

And the Question being put, 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 
Then the Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for Four Rep- 
resentatives Which being Collected and Number'd The 

Number of Voters were found to be, Six Hundred and Thirty 
Five. 

The Votes being Sorted and Number'd 

It appear'd, the following Gentlemen were duly Elected, by a 
Majority of the Votes, Viz'. 

NO. of Votes. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . 624 

Mr. Edward Bromfield 430 

Mr. James Allen 336 

Mr. Christopher Kilby 411. 

The Election of the Representatives being Ended, the Select 
Men declared the same And the Town proceeded to the 
Choice of a Moderator and Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . was 
Chosen by a great Majority. 

A Motion was made by Capt Nathanael Cunningham, 
that the Town would Give Instructions to the 
Representatives now Chosen. 

Voted, that this Meeting be Adjourned, to Three O'Clock in the 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

[34:8.] Several Petitions, Proposals and Reports were 

Read 

Viz'. 

A Petition of Ciipt. Daniel Pecker and Others, 

Collectors of Taxes for the year, 1738. 

Mr. Joseph Marion's Proposals for a Committee to Con- 
sider of Means for retrenching the annual Charge of the 

Town &c. 

The Select Mens Report relating to the filling- up Wheeler's 

Pond. 
The Select Mens Report relating to the Transporting of 

Powder to and from the Powder House, by Water.. 
The Select Mens Report relating to Winter Street. 
Mr. John Stamford's Petition to the Great and General 
Court relating to the Building a Bridge Over Charles 

River with the Courts Order thereon. 

Then the Town proceeded to the Choice of Several Officers, 
Viz'. 

Mr. John Wheatly . . ) r ,, Sworn 
Mr. Francis Beteilhe . . ) Sworn 

were Chosen Constables for the Year ensuing. 

Mr. Benjamin Brown, (Ship-joyner) was Chosen One of the 
Clerks of the Market for the year ensuing. Sworn. 

Mr. John Blowers was Chosen One of the Hogreves, for the 
year ensuing. 

A Motion being made and seconded, Viz'. That the Town 

would (According to Order, as Enter'd the 19th. of March last 



220 CITY DOCUMENT JSFo. 66. 

past) proceed to [349.] The Choice of a Committee for laying 

out the Money appropriated for Purchasing Grain In Order 

thereto A previous Question was put, Viz 4 . Whether the Town 
would Chuse the said Committee by a Hand Vote ? 
Voted in the Affirmative. 
Accordingly 

Mess. Edward Jackson 
Andrew Tyler and 
John Salter 
Were Chosen a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That the said Committee be, and hereby are Desired and 
Impowered to give all needful Directions to the Overseer of the 
Granary, respecting the Quantities of Grain to be sold, and 
setting the Price thereof, from time to time. 

The Report of the Select Men, upon a Motion made at a Public 
Town Meeting the 12th. March last past, for Preventing the Water 
which comes out of the Common from running down thro' Winter 

Street Read. And is as follows, Viz 1 . 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town as above, We the Sub- 
scribers have Considered the Affair referred to Us, have 

View'd the Place And Report thereon, as follows, 

Viz'. 

That, Whereas in Time past, the Water from Beacon Street 
principally run across the Common, and so took its course into 
Winter Street We apprehend the same is now intirely pre- 
vented by the raising the Ground in the Common, near the En- 
trance into the said Street So that now, the Water from 

Beacon Street will Spread over the Common, and as little run 
down thro' Winter Street, as thro' most Streets in the Town. 

Wherefore, We are of Opinion, there is no Occasion for the 
Town to do any thing further thereon. 
[35O.] All which is Submitted &c. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ABMITAGE 

Boston, Apr. 30. 1739. CALEB LYMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . 

After Considerable Debate thereon The Question was 

put, Viz'. Whether this Report be Accepted ? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

Upon which, Mr. Salter desiring Libert} 1 - to lay some Proposals 
in Writing before the Town relating to this Affair, for their Con- 
sideration The Question was according^ put : 

And Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

The Report of the Select Men, Upon a Motion made, at a Public 
Town Meeting the 12th. March last past, for transporting of Powder 
to and from the Powder House, by Water carriage and not thro' 

the Streets of the Town 

Read, and is as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town as above, We the Subscribers 
have Considered the Affair referred to Us, And Report thereon, as 
follows, Viz'. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 221 

That the Safest Way of Conveying Powder to the Powder House, 
is to do it by Water, at all Times while the River remains Open ; 
And Therefore, that all Persons Importing Powder be Obliged to 
convey it from on board Ship, in a Cover'd Boat or Boats, to the 
bottom of the Common, near the Powder House, and that it be 
carried from [35 1] The said Boats to the Powder House, in a 
cover'd Cart or Carts unshod ; And in the Winter Season, while 
the river remains frozen, that it be brought from on board ship in 
cover'd Boats as aforesaid, unto the Bull Wharf, at the South End 
of the Town, and from thence couvey'd in Cover'd Carts unshod 
to the Powder House. 

And in Order thereto, We think it adviseable, That the Gentle- 
men Who may be Elected to Represent this Town in the Great and 
General Court approaching, be desired and directed to Use their 
Endeavours, that a Law may be Enacted for this End, with a 
Penaltj" annexed. 

As to the Carrying Powder from the Powder House thro' the 

Town We Apprehend the Law of this Province, already made 

and provided, to prevent danger by Careless Persons carrying it 

UucoverM (if duly Observ'd) tna}' be sufficient. 

All Which is Submitted &c. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 

Boston, Apr. 30. 1739. ALEXANDER FORSYTH 

CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . 

After some Debate and upon a Motion made The 

Question was put, Viz'. Whether it may not be more Convenient 
to have the Powder landed at some Wharf more to the Southward 
of the Bull Wharf? 

It Pass'd in the Negative. 

The Question being put, Whether this Report shall be Accepted? 
Voted, in the Affirmative. 

The Select Mens Report upon a Motion made at a Public Town 
Meeting the 12th March last past, for [352.] Filling up Wheeler's 

Pond Read And is as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town as above, We the Sub- 
scribers have Attended the Service Desired of Us, And have 
taken Advice relating thereto, And accordingly Report 
as follows, Viz'. 

That it is with the Town to give leave for Filling up the said 
Pond, if they see fit, And We are of Opinion it may be convenient 
to have it so done accordingly. 

All which is Submitted, &c 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 

Boston, May, 2, 1739. ALEXANDER FORSYTH 

CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON Jun r . 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the further Consideration of this Report be referr'd 
to the next General Town Meeting. 

Some Proposals in writing being presented by Mr. William 
Salter, for the Towns Consideration relating to Winter Street, 

They were Read And are as follows, Viz 1 . 

Boston, May 2. 1739. 

I the Subscriber Promise, for the Sum of Twent}' Pounds in 
Bills of Credit to me in Hand paid, to Emplo\- a Team with a 
Plough to raise the Ground about Ten foot from the Rayls [353.] 
Leading down the Common, and Can-}- the Water over the Com- 
mon, in a Gutter towards the Powder House, and so to carry the 
Water that now runs down Winter Street in the aforesaid Gutter 
to be ploughed up, and to take the Dirt that shall obstruct the 
Water, and lay the same at the Head of Winter Street to prevent 

the Water coming down the same And that I will keep the 

same in Repair for the Term of Seven Years from the Date 

thereof without any Charge to the Town. 

W*. SALTER. 



Whereupon, a Motion being Made and Seconded 



Voted, to Chuse a Committee of Five Gentlemen, to Consider 
the Proposals made by Mr. Salter, to View the Ground, and to 
Report to the Town (at the intended Adjournment of this Meeting, 
or at the next General Town Meeting) What they think proper to 
be dooe in the Affair. 
Voted, that 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
Mr. Joseph Marion 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 
Major Samuel Sewall 
Mr. John Staniford. 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

The Motion made by Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, at the 
Opening this Meeting, for giving Instructions to the Gentlemen 
the Representatives of the Town of Boston now Elected, being 

taken into Consideration After some Debate thereon, The 

following Question was put, Viz'. 

Whether the Town would give any Instructions to their Repre- 
sentatives ? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted to Chuse a Committee of Five Gentlemen to Draw up In- 
structions for the Representatives accordingly. 
[354.] Voted, That, 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham 
Mr. Hugh Vans 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 
Capt. Benjamin Pollard 
Mr. Middlecott Cooke 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Voted, That in Drafting the said Instructions the Com- 
mittee be and hereby are Directed to make it one of the Articles 
Viz 1 . That the Said Representatives Do all that lies in their Power 
to Obtain the Appointment of An Agent for the Honourable 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 223 

House of Representatives, to Appear and Act for them at the 
Court of Great Britain, distinctly and separately from the Agent 
or Agents of the whole General Court. 

Voted, That the said Committee be further Directed to Draw 
Instructions to the said Representatives, On the following Heads, 
Viz'. 

The Extraordinary Proportion which the Town of Boston Pays, 
of the Public Taxes of the Province, compared with other Towns. 

The Trade of the Province, and 

The Medium, Or Paper Currency. 

Voted, That the Committee be Desired to lay their Draft of the 
Instructions before the Town for their Consideration, at the in- 
tended Adjournment of this Meeting. 

The Proposals for Retrenching the Charges of the Town, Ex- 
hibited by Mr. Joseph Marion, at the Opening this Meeting, were 
Read again, and are as follows Viz*. 

To the Freeholders and other the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston, in Town-Meeting regularly Assembled, May, 2 d 
17S9. 

[355.] Whereas the Charges of the Town of Boston are 
become a very great and heavy Burthen on the Inhabitants thereof, 
so that the greatest Number by far are not well able to bear up 
under the same 

It is therefore proposed by the Subscriber That a Committee 
be appointed to Consider of Ways and Means for Retrenching and 
Lessening the Annual heavy growing Charge of this Town. 

And also to take under Consideration the present distressed 
Circumstances thereof, and Receive such Proposals as may be 
preferred and exhibited to them, for the Relief of this Town, and 
Inhabitants of the same And that such Committee make Report 

to the Town on the Premisses, so soon as conveniently may be. 

All which is Submitted 



p Jos. MAKION. 

And upon a Motion made and seconded by many 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Committee of Seven Gen- 
tlemen, To Consider of Ways and Means for retrenching and les- 
sening the Annual Charge of this Town. And also to consider 

the present Distressing Circumstances thereof, and to Receive 
such Proposals as may be Exhibited to them for the Relief of the 

Inhabitants Agreeable to the foregoing Proposals, And that 

they be Desired to Report to the Town on the Premisses as soon as 

conveniently may be. 

Voted That 

Mr. Joseph Marion 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Mr. Timothy Prout 
Major Samuel Sewall 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
Mr. Jacob Parker 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

[356.] The Petition of Capt. Daniel Pecker and others Col- 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

lectors of Taxes for the year 1738, Praying that the Assessors may 
be allow'd to set upon Abatements until the last Day of October 
next for Reasons mentioned. Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, As 
that the Assessors be and hereby are Allow'd to sit upon Abate- 
ments, until the last Day of August next ensuing. 

The Report of a Committee, appointed the 10th. of May last past, 
to Audit the Town Treasurers Accounts for the year past, As 
Entred in the Treasurers Book, was Read, Accepted, and 

Voted That the Treasurer be Discharged according!}'. 

Voted, A Grant of Eight Thousand, Six Hundred Pounds, to be 
Raised by a Tax upon Polls and Estates within the Town of 
Boston, for Relief of the Poor, and Defraying other Necessary 
Charges, Arising within and for the said Town, the year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be Allow'd and 
Paid out of the Town Treasury, unto the Honourable Joseph Wads- 
worth Esq r . for his good Service in that Office the Year past. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen a Committee to Audit the 
Town Treasurers Accounts for the year ensuing. Viz'. 
Major Samuel Sewall ") 
Mr. Charles Apthorp 
Doctor George Steuart \- Auditors. 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
Mr. Christopher Kilby j 

[357.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryday 
the 18th. of Ma} r Current, at Three O'Clock, Afternoon. 

Fryday, May, 18th. 1739 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 
A Petition of Mr. John Staniford, Presented to the Great and 
General Court, Praying that he might be favoured with an Order, 
or Licence from the said Court to take Subscriptions for the Build- 
ing a Bridge Over Charles River, from the Westerly part of the 

Town of Boston, to the Honourable Colonel Phip's Farm With 

the Order of Court thereon Read And, 

Upon a Motion Made and Seconded, for Chusing a Committee 
to take that Affair into Consideration And to Report to the Town, 
at their next General Town Meeting, What may be proper and 

convenient to be done thereon The Question was accordingly 

put 

And Pass'd in the Affirmative-. 

Voted That the said Committee consist of Seven Persons. 

Voted, that 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Major Samuel Sewall 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 
Hugh Hall Esq r . 
Henry Dering Esq r . 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

The Committee Appointed the 2nd. of May Current to Draw up 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 225 

Instructions for the Gentlemen the Representatives of the Town 
of Boston, Reported the Draft the had prepared, according to 

Order As follows, Viz'. 

[358.] The Committee appointed the Second instant, to 
Draw up Instructions to be given to the Representa- 
tives of the Town of Boston, having Attended thai, 
Service, They Humbly lay the Draft they have pre- 
pared before the Town for their Consideration. Which 
is as follows. Viz*. 

To Messieurs Thomas Gushing Jun r . James Allen, Edward 
Bromfield and Christopher Kilby. 
Gentlemen, 

We the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 
dulj* Qualified and regularly Assembled having Chosen You for 
Our Representatives, to Appear for Us in the Great and General 

Court of this Province for the year ensuing 

And Whereas the Hardships, Difficulties and Distresses of this 
Province in General, as well as this Town in particular, are Daily 
increasing upon Us, and are now got to such a Height, that if the 
Strictest Application added to the most fruitful Invention does 
not instantly Appear for Our Relief, We must (in the Eye of 
Human Reason) Sink under the Burthen and Weight of Our Mis- 
fortunes And therefore We now Apply to you Our Represen- 
tatives, with whom We have intrusted the Management of all our 
public Affairs, And upon Whom (in Conjunction with the other 
Worthy Members of the Honourable House of Representatives) We 
instantly depend for Relief under Our most deplorable Circum- 
stances. And, Inasmuch as We have been amus'd with Specu- 
lations only, for several years past, few of which have been reduc'd 
to [359.] Practice, neither have the}' been attended with the 

desired Success Therefore We sincerely as well as humbly 

Apprehend Our Danger is such, that Ruin and Destruction must 
unavoidably Ensue, unless some propitious Expedient be imme- 
diatel}' (not only projected but) Practiced for Our Relief. 

And Therefore, We most Earnestly Recommend to you, Our 
Instructions upon several Important Heads. 

I. Our Trade, which is so notorious!}' Decaying every year more 
and more, and that so Evident, that it needs neither Ai'gument nor 
Instances to demonstrate it. even to the meanest Capacity : Every 
One feels it, complains of it, and yet No One hitherto has been so 

fortunate as to exhibit an Expedient for Our Relief We know 

the Cause, and yet have hitherto been unable to procure any 
Means to divert the ill Effects. 

Our Trade labours under the utmost Discouragements by the 
extremity of low Markets abroad. Our neighbouring Govern- 
ments, especially Rhode Island, Who are daily Rivalling of Us in 
Our Trade, and Medium of Paper Currency, and the liberty they 
have of Importing the Surplusage of all their Commodities Foreign 
and Domestick into this Province for Sale at such easy rates ; and 
Our excessive Taxes, add to them Our Impost to be paid in Silver 
and Gold, and the many Frauds practised in the Quality, Weight 
and Measure of almost all commodities either Consumed amongst 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Us or Bought up for Foreign Markets These altogether, are 

such Burthens, as are Insupportable, and if not rectified will ill- 
danger the Trade of the whole Province : For it is Evident beyond 
Contradiction, that if Rhode Island can make what Paper Bills 
they please, and Our Hands are ty'd so as we can make none, and 
yet Our Necessities should Oblige Us to take theirs, and part with 
valuable Commodities, Nay, even Our Lands for thorn, if We 

continue to be heavily Taxed, whitest they are free from Tuxes 

What Advantages are there which they will not have over this 
Province? [361. J They may Purchase it all in a few years if they 
go ou and increase in proportion to what they have done for 
several Years past (Witness the very last Year, in which We gave 
an Instruction upon this very Head, Since which, that Colony has 
Emitted, One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Paper Bills, and Not- 
withstanding An Act of this Province is pass'd, prohibiting the 
Currency of them amongst Us, Yet, its much to be fear'd (Inas- 
much as there has been nothing done within Ourselves, for Our 
Relief in respect to a Medium) let Our Aversion to their Bills be 
what they will, and Our Acts against them never so strong, Yet 
Our Circumstances and Necessities will force the People to take 
them) And therefore in Order to Increase Our Trade, We Appre- 
hend, it will be absolutely Necessary to have a Sufficient Medium 
under good regulations, and reject theirs, and to lessen our Taxes, 
especially Our Impost; And a further Encouragement to Our 
Trade will be to Enact that a Drawback be Allow'd upon all 
Foreign Goods imported, Upon which there is a Dut}' paid, Upon 
their being re-exported, as is highly reasonable, and the well 
known Practice of Our Mother Countrey. 

II. And Whereas We apprehend ourselves grievously Oppress'd 
by a very large and disproportionable part of the Province Tax, 
laid upon us for several years past, compared with the proportion 
paid by Other Towns within this Province ; And However the 
proportion may have been heretofore thought reasonable, yet, as all 
things are liable to a Mutation, So the Circumstances of this Town 
of late Years are exceedingly Alter'd by reason several Maritime 
Towns within this Province are continually Rivalling of Us, and 
have Actually Stripp'd us of several valuable Branches of Trade, 
which must necessarily render Us less able to pay Our wonted 
Tax [361.] Whilest the}- are more able, and ought to Pay a much 
larger than they have heretofore done. 

And altho' We have often Complain'd, yet hitherto have had 
very little Redress, And as the Scarcity of Bills of Credit, and 
Decay of Our Trade, and Lessening Our Navigation increases 

upon Us, so Our Taxes ought to be reduced in Proportion 

And therefore We Earnestly Desire You to Scrutinize into the 
Circumstances, Trade and Taxes of the several Towns within this 
Province, and so Endeavor that Our Proportion of the Public 
Province Tax may be reduced, according to Our Circumstances at 
this Day, Compared with Other Towns. 

III. Our Bills of Public Credit, which are of the Utmost Con- 
cern to the general Interest of this Province, as well as all the 
Trading Towns in particular. And as the Distressing Circum- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 227 

stances of this Province are increasing upon us in proportion to 
their being Call'd in, and destro}-ed, without, suitable Provision 
being made, for somewhat to pass as a Medium in Lieu thereof, 
So the Consequence must be terrible, if not fatal to this Province 

And therefore We strongly Enjoy n You, Not to Consent to 

any further Supply of the Treasury for any growing Charge of the 
Province, Unless the Fund for Discharging the same be put on 
sutable years after Seventeen Hundred and Forty One. 

And as the Taxes are so exceeding high already, and that We 
may not be left as a Prey to the arbitrary Will of every Officer, 
Who may Occasionally have any Demand upon Us, in relation to 
their Fees, We would therefore recommend to You, that You Use 
Use Your Utmost Endeavour, that the Fees of the Officers may be 
fixed and ascertained, to prevent Oppression, Uncertainty and 
Dispute, which will necessarily Arise, Unless some good Law be 
made to prevent the same. 

We likewise Enjoyn You to Oppose the foreclosing the Deliber- 
ations of future Assemblies between this and Seventeen Hundred 
and Forty One relating to the [362.] Bills of Public Credit of 
the Old Tenor, but that They be left Free to Act when the Years 
shall Come, According as They shall judge most Adviseable for 

the safety of the Province And inasmuch as past Assemblies 

have interrupted the Opperation of the Province Bills of the Old 
Tenor, and have not Suffer'd them to pass according to the true 
Intent of their Emission ; But have made Bills of a New Tenor to 
Exchange the Old Bills, So that the verj 7 Nature of them are in- 
tirely Altered, which will inevitably Cause the Utmost Perplexity 

in the Affairs of the Province, 

Therefore We likewise Enjoyn You to Use Your Utmost Power 
and Influence to Obtain an Act for Striking off, so many Bills of 
the Old Tenor as will re-exchange all the Bills of the New Tenor 
already Exchanged for the Old, that thereby the said Old Bills 
may Operate according to their Fund, and as shall be most con- 
sistent with the safety of this Province. 

And That the growing Charge of this Province added to the 
Fund already laid for Calling in all Our Paper Currency by 
Seventeen Hundred and Forty One, may be set in a true Light, 
to shew the Impracticability, if not Impossibilit}' of its being 
done, without causing the Utmost Confusion, if not Destruction 

of this Province We herewith present You with the following 

Account. 

1739. Fund for Calling in i 

this Year, Bills of V . 25525,, 

the Old Tenor . ) 
Bills of the New Tenor") 

12500 

with Two Hundred j> 37500 ,, ,, 

p Cent Advance | 

upon it, makes . ) 
Representatives Pay, ") 

in Bills of the Old [ 4000 

Tenor. . . ) 



228 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Charges of the Current 
Year, in Bills of 
Old Tenor . 



ent I 
the \ ,, 



40000 



107025 



[363.] 1740. Fund for Calling in 
this Year, Bills of 
the Old Tenor . 

Bills of the New Tenor") 
13000. with Two 
Hundred p Cent 
Advance upon it, j 
makes . . j 

Representatives Pay, 
in Bills of the Old 
Tenor . 

Charges of the Current 
Year, in Bills of the 
Old Tenor . . ) 



25525 ,, 



39000 



4000 



40000 



.108525 ,, 



1741. Fund for Calling in this ) 

Year, Bills of the f 25525 ,, 

Old Tenor . . J 
Bills of the New Ten- ^ 

or, 9000. with Two | 

Hundred p Cent } ,, 27000 ,, 

advance upon it j 

makes . . J 

Representatives Pay, ~) 

in Bills of the Old f- ,, 4000 ,, 

Tenor. . . ) 
Charges of the Current") 

Year, in Bills of the f- ,, 40000 

Old Tenor . . 



96525 ., 



107025 , 
108525 , 
.96525 , 


51 
11 
51 


.312075 , 


11 


tlif> mwior 


tori Sr>lif>r 



So that according to the projected Scheme, this Province must 
bring into the Treasury, every one of their Bills by Seventeen Hun- 
dred and Forty One, which amounts to the Sum of Three Hundred 
Twelve Thousand and Seventy five Pounds ; Or otherwise, Three 
Hundred Twelve Thousand and Seventy five Ounces of Silver, 
Saving, what small Matter may be paid into the Treasury in Hemp 
and Flax. 

Thus stands the state and view of our Affairs at present 

Wherefore We Enjoyn [364.] You to Use your Utmost Power, 
that the Funds be laid in Paper Bills of the Old Tenor, and Not in 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 229 

Bills of the New Tenor, redeemable in Silver and Gold, which 
cannot possibly be Obtained by the Inhabitants of this Province. 
IV. And Whereas the Public Affairs of this Province are ex- 
ceedingly Embarras'd, and the Relief which We have so earnestly 
and long expected from Home, hath not hitherto had its desired 
Success And having duly inquired into the reason of this 
Aggrievance ; We Apprehend that the unhappy Situation of Our 
Public Affairs at Home, and their not being Solicited in such a 
Manner as the Urgent Necessities of this Province absolutely 
requires, is Owing to Nothing so much as the Want of a proper 
Agent or Agents, duly, and timely to Solicit all Our Public Affairs 
at Home, which may be transmitted thither from Our Honourable 
House of Representatives, and that such Agent or Agents be 
appointed and depend upon the Honourable House of Representa- 
tives only. 

And Therefore, We strongly Enjoyn }*ou, to use your utmost 
Power and Influence (in Conjunction with the Other worthy Mem- 
bers of the Honourable House of Representatives) that such an 
Agent or Agents be appointed by the Honourable House, in such 
Manner, and for such Ends and Purposes as shall occasionally 
Appear for the Necessity, Safety, Security and General Weal of 
this Province ; And that such Agent or Agents Depend upon the 
House of Representatives only 
All which is Submitted by, 

Your most Humble Servants. 

NATHAN AEL CUNNINGHAM. 

HUGH VANS. 

SAMUEL ADAMS. 

BENJAMIN POLLARD. 

MlDDLECOTT CoOKE. 

[365.] Upon a Motion made, and seconded The several 

Articles of the foregoing Instructions, were distinctly Read, De- 
bated and Pass'd upon And then, 

Voted, That the Draft of Instructions from the Town of Boston, 
to their Representatives, as they have been distinctly read and 

considered in the several Articles, be Accepted And that the 

Town Clerk be, and hereby is directed and ordered to deliver an 
Attested Copy thereof to Each of the Gentlemen the Representa- 
tives of the Town of Boston, as the Instructions of the said Town. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Public 
Town Meeting Assembled, at the Town House, On Fryday, Julv 
27 th . Anno Domini, 1739. 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting, Read. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing, Junior, was Chosen Moderator. 

A Motion was made by the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Viz 1 . That 
the Town would please to Consider a Vote pass'd at a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants, Mar. 12th, 1732, respecting the Leasing of Houses 

or Lands belonging to them And Represented, that if the said 

Order should be strictly Observed in Granting new Leases of the 
Shops in Dock Square, it would probably be a Means of hurting 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

the Towns Interest there ; for that, the former Leases (two only 
excepted) Expired some time ago, And the Select Men were 
prevented Advertising them, according to the said Order, by 
reason of their being then Contested in the Law. 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . was Chosen One of the Overseers of the 
Poor, for the Year current. 

[366.] A Motion being made for proceeding to the Choice of 
Two Collectors And some Debate arising thereon, 

Voted, That, inasmuch as there is no likelihood of any Assess- 
ment speedily to be made Therefore That the Choice of Two 

Collectors be refer'd to the intended Adjournment of this Meeting. 

The Gentlemen appointed (at a Public Town-Meeting the 5th 
April, 1737) A Committee for Building a Work House in Boston, 

having Effected the same, Presented their Report Which is as 

follows, Viz'. 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston in Town Meeting As- 
sembled, on Fryday the 27th. July, 1739. 

We the Subscribers being Appointed a Committee at a Meeting 
of the said Town, April the 5th. 1737. for the Erecting a Work 
House at the upper end of the Common, Agreeable to the Vote of 

the said Town, Have Attended that Service And altho' We 

have not yet been Able to Settle with all the Subscribers to the 
Work, and Trades-Men Employ'd therein, Yet have Effected the 
same, so that it is now ready to be Improved for the Service de- 
signed. 

EDWARD HUTCHINSON. 
JACOB WENDELL. 
JAMES BOWDOIN. 
SAMUEL SEWALL. 
DANIEL HENCHMAN. 
ANDREW OLIVER. 

Sundry Proposals, Town Votes and Reports of Committees on 
Affair of Erecting a Work House, were also Read. 

The Report of the Committee for Erecting the Work House, 
being Read again, 

[367.] Voted, that the Report be Accepted; And that the 
Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor within the Town of Boston 
for the current Year be, and hereby are Directed and Impowered 
to Receive, and take Possession of the Work House now Erected, 
from the Gentlemen the Committee for Building the same : And 
that the said Overseers be also Desired to take upon them the In- 
spection Ordering and Government of said House, until the Annual 
Meeting of the Inhabitants in March next ; And that the said 
House be Used and Improved for the Reception and Employment 
of the Idle and Poor of the said Town, in the best Manner for the 
Advantage of the Town, According to the true Design and Inten- 
tion of the Gentlemen the Subscribers to that Work, and Pursuant 
to the Law of this Province in that Case made and provided. 

The Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor, having prepared a 
Body of Orders, and By-Laws for the better, and more decent 
Regulating the Work House, Presented the same to the Town for 
their Approbation. Read. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 231 

After some Debate thereon And upon a Motion Made and 
Seconded, 

Voted, to Proceed to the Choice of a Committee, to take under 
their Consideration the Draught of the Orders and By-Laws for 
the Regulation and Government of the Work House, now pre- 
sented to the Town and read And to Report an} r Amendments, 
Alterations or Additions which they may think proper. 

Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five. 

Voted, That, The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
Mr. Christopher Kilb}-, and 
Samuel Adams Esq r . 

be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid : Who are desired to Report 
thereon at the Adjournment of this Meeting. 

[368.] Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor be, and hereby 
are Desired to proceed to Order, and Govern the Work-House, 
according to the By-Laws presented to the Town and Read, Until 
the Adjournment of this Meeting, for receiving the Committees 
Report thereon. 

Upon the Motion made by the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . at the 
Opening of this Meeting, respecting Leasing out the Towns Lands 
Ac. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Directed and 
Impowered (after Advertising the same, in the Public News Papers, 
so long as they shall think necessary) to proceed to Grant New 
Leases of the Towns Shops in Dock Square, and such Other of the 
Towns Estate, the Leases whereof are Expired, or which will 
Expire at or before the First of March next ensuing, to such 
Persons, at such Rents, and for such Time as they shall think 
most for the Towns Interest and Advantage, Not Exceeding Seven 
Years ; the Town Vote and Order made and pass'd the Thirteenth 
of March, 1732, to the Contraiy hereof, notwithstanding. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Tuesday the 25th. of 
September next, at Three O'Clock in the Afternoon. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, in Publick 
Town Meeting Assembled, at the Town House, on Fryday, the 
Fourteenth of September, Anno Domini, 1739. 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting Read. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Junior, was Chosen Moderator. 

[369.] A Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants, presented to 
the Select Men, relating to the Defenceless State of the Town, 
Read After some Debate thereon 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of a Committee to Draw up a 
Memorial, or Address to the Great and General Court, in Order to 
it's being Presented at their approaching Session, Representing the 
Defenceless State of the Town of Boston, and Praying for the 
Grant of a Sufficient Sum of Money to be Improv'd in Fortifying 
the same ; and to lay the said Draught before the Town, at the 
Adjournment of this Meeting, for Approbation. 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, that the Number of this Committee be Five. 

Voted, that, Mr. Nathanael Cunningham 
Colonel Edward Wins4ow 
Major Samuel Sewall 
Mr. Shem Drowne, and 
John Colman Esquire, 
be the Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded 

Voted, That it be given as an Instruction to the said Committee, 
in their Drafting the said Address or Memorial, to take Notice of 
the large Sums of Money, which for man}* Years past have been, 
and still are Raised, principally from this Town, by the Duties of 
Impost, and paid into the Province Treasury, Which was Origin- 
ally Granted and intended for the Maintenance of a Ship of War, 
principally for a Guard, and Protection to the Trade of the Town 
of Boston. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and herebj' are Desired forth- 
with to wait upon His Excellency the Captain General, to acquaint 
Him, that the Town has Chosen a Committee to prepare a Mem- 
orial or Address to be presented to the Great and General Court, 
to Represent the Defenceless State of the Town, and Pray for a 
Grant of a Sufficient Sum of Money, to be Improv'd [37O.] In 
Fortifying the same : And Humbly to Pray His Excellency to 
Recommend the Affair to the General Court, at their next Sitting. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned, to Tuesday next the 
Eighteenth of September current at Four O'Clock Afternoon. 

Tuesday, September, 18th. 1739. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment, 

The Committee appointed the fourteenth current to Draw up a 
Memorial to be presented to the General Court, laid before the 
Town the Draft they had prepared Which was Read. Viz'. 

The Committee appointed the 14th. current to draw up a Mem- 
orial or Address to the Great and General Court, having attended 
that service, humbly lay the Draft they have prepared before the 

Town, for their Consideration 

All which is Submitted, By, 

NATHAN L . CUNNINGHAM 
EDWARD WINSLOW 

Sept. 18. 1739. SAMUEL SEWALL 

SHEM DROWNE 
JOHN COLMAN 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire, Captain General 
and Governor in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay in New England, the Honourable the Council 
and House of Representatives, in General Court Assembled, the 
19th of Septem 1 . Anno Domini, 1739. 

The Memorial of the Town of Boston. 

Humbly Sheweth, 

That Whereas there is [371.J Great prospect ot a General 
War, which will much Affect the Trade of this Province in general, 
and the Town of Boston in a particular manner Your Memo- 



BOSTON Towx RECORDS, 1739. 233 

rialists therefore beg leave to Represent to Your Excellency and 

Honours the Defenceless State of the said Town Our Batteries 

being 1 gone to decay, and the Province Galley, and Sloop, which 
were for the Defence of Our Coast, disposed of. and applied to the 
Sinking Fund of Our Public Taxes, as has also the Impost, which 
Ever since the last War, has been continued, Altho' when the "War 
Ended, the Occasion of that Tax Ceased also Which Duties of 
Impost have been principally paid by the Town of Boston, and 
has been a very heavy Burthen upon the Trade thereof, to which 
ma}' be added, not only Our growing Charges, but also the Great, 
and (as We Humbly Apprehend) disproportionate part of the 
Province Tax paid by the Inhabitants of this Town ; 

And Considering, that the Safety and Security of the Province 
very much depends on Our Coast, Harbour and Town being 
Defended by proper Guard Vessels and Fortifications Con- 
sidering also, the nearness of Cape Breton, from whence We may 
expect in all probability, A Number of Privateers will soon be fitted 
out, whereby Not only Our Vessels from Europe, but also Our 
Fishery, and Coasters (on which great part of Our Food and Firing 
depends) will be Expos'd. 
For which Reasons, 

Your Memorialists Humbly Pray, That Our Defenceless 

Condition may be taken into Your Wise Consideration 

That Our Sea Coast maybe suitabty Guarded Our De- 

cay'd Batteries Repair'd, And such Other Provision made for 
Our Safety and Defence, As Your Excellency and Honours, 
in Your Great Wisdom, Shall see Meet. 

And Your Memorialists, As in Duty Bound, Shall Ever 
Pray, &c. 

Voted, That the Draft of an Address now Reported by the Com- 
mittee, be Accepted That the Select Men be Desired and 

Directed to Sign the Address in the Name and by Order of the 

Inhabitants of Boston And that the [372.] Representatives 

of the Town Present the same to the Great and General Court, at 
their next Sitting. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be given to the Gentlemen 
of both Committees, for their Pains, in Attending the Services 
respectively desired of them. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, on Tuesday the Twentj- fifth of September, 1739. 
According to their Adjournment made the Twenty Seventh of July, 
last. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded 

Voted, That this Meeting be further Adjourn'd to Fryday the 
Twelfth of October next, at Three O'Clock Afternoon. 

Fryday, October, 12th, 1739. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

Mess. Thomas Moffatt, and 
William Greenleaf, 

were Chosen Collectors of Taxes for the Current Year. 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The Committee appointed the 18th. of May last past, Upon the 
Petition of Mr. John Staniford, Reported thereon, which was Read, 
and is as follows, Viz*. 

Boston October llth. 1739. 

The Committee to whom was Referr'd the Consideration of the 
Petition of Mr. John Staniford Are of Opinion, That a Bridge from 
the Western part of the Town of Boston to Colonel Phips's Farm 
will be a Publick Benefit ; and therefore that it will be proper for 
the Town of Boston to [373.] Make No Objection to the Prayer 
of said Petition. 

NATH L . CUNNINGHAM 
SAMUEL WELLES 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
H. HALL 
SAMUEL ADAMS. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, the Question was put Viz'. 

Whether the Town would Pass upon the Report of the Com- 
mittee, at this Time? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. Accordingly, 

The Question being put, Viz*. Whether this Report be Accepted ? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Mr. Thomas Moffatt, chosen one of the Collectors of Taxes, 

Appearing, Informs, that he is soon bound to Great Britain 

And therefore Prays the Town would please to Excuse him from 
that Service Accordingly, 

The Question was put 

And It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

The Honourable Edward Hutchinson Esquire, from the Com- 
mittee appointed the Twent3 r seventh of July last past, to take 
under Consideration the Draught of the Orders and By-Laws for 

the Regulation and Government of the Work House Reported 

Several Amendments and Additions, which they thought were 

proper to be made And having taken the said Amendments 

in a New Draught of the said Orders, laid the same before the 
Town for their Approbation. 

Which were Read And are as follows Viz'. 

[374.] Rules and Orders for the Management of the Work- 
House lately Erected in the Town of Boston ; for Employing and 
Maintaining the Idle and Poor, belonging to said Town. 



Labor improbus omnia vincit. 



The General Method 



I. Rules relating to the Overseers of the House, and their 
Conduct. 

II. Rules relating to the Master and Mistress of the House. 

III. Rules relating to the Persons admitted into the House. 

IV. Rules relating to the Work and Employment of the 
House. 

V. Rules relating to the Diet and Victualling the House. 

VI. Rules relating to the Religious Worship of the House. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 235 

VII. Rules relating to the Government of the House. 

To which is added, 
The Weekly Diet of the House, for the 1 st . Quarter. 



RULES AND ORDERS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE WORK HOUSE 

IN BOSTON. 



I. Rules relating to the Overseers of the Poor who, by Law have 
the Direction of the said House. 

1. That there shall be a General Meeting of the Overseers 
at the House, the third Tuesday of every Month, at three 
O'Clock in the Afternoon, to inspect all Accounts, and examin 
into the Behaviour of the People committed to the House, 
and of their own Officers and Servants, and to redress all Diffi- 
culties that occur to the Master, and to hear and consider all 
Complaints [375.] Made by the Poor, and to consult and advise 
about such further Rules and Methods as may be for the advantage 
of said House. 

2. That a Committee of the Overseers, consisting of Three 
(Two of which are impowered to Act) take the more immediate 
Inspection of the House for One Month by turns : and that they 
meet at the House every Tuesday, at three o'Clock in the afternoon, 
for inspecting the Management of the House, and the Behaviour of 
the Persons therein for the Week past ; for Advising and Assisting 
the Master in the Affairs thereof: But that in emergent and im- 
portant cases, they call the whole body of Overseers together: 
The Master of the House to give notice to the Overseers who are 
next to attend, at the beginning of each course. 

II. Rules relating to the Master and Mistress of the House. 

1. That the Master and Mistress be Persons of approv'd In- 
tegrity and Ability, Who shall be chosen annually, At a General 
Meeting of the Overseers, sometime in the Month of May ; And 
in case of their Death or Removal, other Persons be, as soon 
as may be Chosen in their Room, by the Overseers, Who shall 
have Power to Agree with such Master and Mistress for their 
Yearl}- Salaries : But tliat if the said Master or Mistress be found 
guilt}' of any immoral or irregular behaviour, the Overseers reserve 
to themselves a Power to dismiss them, and to place others in their 
room. 

2. That the Master keep a Register of the Names, Ages, Oc- 
cupations and Places of Nativity, and of their last abode, of all 
the Persons that shall be Admitted into the House, as well as an 
Account of the Time of their Entry and of their Deaths or Dis- 
mission from the House. 

3. That the Master keep the Gates, at all times, well Secured, 
and a proper Person be appointed to take care of the same ; Who 
shall admit none, nor let any go out, without liberty of the Master, 
or in his Absence, of the next Officer : And if any be desirous to 
see, or speak with any of the Persons committed to the House, the 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Doorkeeper is not to call them, [376.] Without leave : And if 
an} r Person be suspected of bringing in any strong Liquors, or 
carrying out any thing, belonging to the House, or any Person 
therein, the Door-keeper is to stop them, and give Notice to 
the Master, that so due Enquiry and Search may be made forth- 
with, and the Guilty punished : But yet, all such, as in an orderly 
way, would see the House, shall be treated with proper Respect 
and Civility, by the Master, and in his absence, by the next officer 
of the House. 

4. That the Master at the Hours appointed for going to Bed, 
which in the Summer season shall be at Ten O'Clock, and in the 
Winter season at Nine O'Clock shall see all Fires and Lights ex- 
tinguished, Excepting what shall be absolute!}' necessan', and that 
these be left under proper care. 

5. That the Mistress take care that the Victuals be well and 
seasonably DressM, the Bread and Beer prepared according to the 
Direction of the Overseers ; that the Rooms be Swept, and Beds 
made every Day ; that the Windows be frequently Opened for 
Airing the House ; that the House be Washed, as often as shall be 
judg'd necessary ; that the Table-Linnen, Dishes &c, be clean ; 
that the People be kept clean and neat in their Apparel, and have 
clean Linnen to Shift Once every Week, and the Beds Shifted 
Once a Month in the Summer Season: And that, for her Assist- 
ance, there shall be proper Persons Appointed by the Overseers, 
or their Committee for these Services, as well as for other Neces- 
saiy Occasions of the House. 

6. That the Master buy the Provisions, and Materials for 
Work, and other Necessaries ; and dispose of what is Manufac- 
tured, to the best advantage, according to the Advice and Direction 
of the Overseers, with whom he is to consult in this, and all other 
matters of Importance. 

7. That the Master keep Books of Accounts of all Expences, 
and Profits of the House, to be Pass'd upon, and allowed by the 
Overseers, at their Monthly Meetings, and to be Open to the In- 
spection of the Town, whenever they shall see cause to appoint a 
Committee for that Service. 

[377.] That the first Book contain An Inventory of all Fur- 
niture, Linnen and Woolen Cloathing bought, and of the necessary 
Utensils belonging to said House, with an Account how they are 
disposed of. 

That the next Book Contain An Account of all the Provisions 
&c. bought ; as also the Quantities of each Sort Expended even- 
Day, and of the Number of Persons provided for, each Day. 

And that the last Book contain An Account of all the Stock, and 
Materials for Carrying on the Work of the House, which has been 
purchased, or sent to be manufactored, as also the Names of the 
Persons by whom sent ; with an Account how such Goods are dis- 
posed of, and of the Profits arising on the same. 

8. That the Master and Mistress be Obliged to Observe such 
further Rules and Orders as shall be thought necessary to be made 
by the Overseers, from time to time, relating to the Affairs of the 
House, Agreeable to the Law of the Province. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 237 

III. Rules relating to the Persons that shall be Admitted into the 

House. 

1. That None shall be Admitted without a written Order, under 
the Hand of One or more of the Overseers. 

2. That upon their Admission, they be Examin'd, Whether 
they are free from Lice and foul Distemper ; And such as shall not 
be found clean, shall be put into some particular Room, 'till they 
be perfectly cleans' d : And that they be Obliged to take Care to 
keep themselves Wash'd and Comb'd, and their Cloathes neat and 
whole, and to Change their Linnen Once a Week. 

3. That the Several Persons in the House constantly Repair at 
the stated Hours to their proper Apartments : where they shall 
work orderly at such Business, and so many Hours as the Over- 
seers shall direct. 

4. That they constantly attend the Worship of God, in the 
House, and observe the Rules prescribed for their Meals. 

5. That when any Children shall be Received into the House, 
there shall be some sutable Women appointed to attend them ; 
Who are to take Care that they be Wash'd, [378.] Comb'd and 
Dressed every Morning, and be Taught to Read, and Instructed in 
the Hoi)* Scriptures and Assemblies Catechism, at such Hours as 
shall be appointed by the Overseers ; And that the rest of their 
Time be employ 'd in such Work as shall be Assigned them ; And 
when they arrive to a sutable Age, they shall be Bound out into 
goo'd Families, as the Law directs. 

6. That when any Persons are taken Sick, they shall be re- 
moved into the Aims-House, if it may be done with Safety, and 
be put under the Care of said House 'till further Orders : But if a 
removal shall be judg'd dangerous, then they shall have a Nurse, 
and the Town's Physician to attend them, where they are. 

IV. Rules relating to the Work and Employment of the People 

in the House. 

1. That the Bell shall be rung every Morning to call the Family 
up ; and such Persons as are able, shall repair to the several 
Places appointed for them to do their work in, and shall be kept 
diligently at work from Such Hours in the Morning, to such Hours 
in the Evening, as the Overseers shall from time to time direct ; 
Excepting so much time as shall be allow'd for Meals, and Reli- 
gious Worship. 

2. That the common Work of the House be Picking of Oakum, 
Unless for such Trades-Men, whose Business may be well accomo- 
dated in the House, and it shall be judged more profitable to 
employ them in their proper Trades ; Such as Taylors, Shoe- 
makers, Mopmakers, Nailers &c. And that such of the Women 
as are capable, be employ'd in Carding, and Spinning Wooll, Flax, 
Yarn for Mops, and Cotton Yarn for Caudlewick, Knitting, Sew- 
ing &c. But that these things be determined and regulated by 
the Overseers, or their Committee. 

3. That Whereas the Poverty and Ruin of many Families is 
often Owing to the Idleness and [379.] Vicious Courses of one 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of the Heads of it, more particularly of the Masters, Who may 
have been bred to some good Trade, that by Industry would com- 
fortably support them, the rest of the Family being Industrious, 
and in a capacity of Earning something considerable towards their 
own Support, so that it may be judg'd proper to order said Persons 
up to the House and Employ them there ; In that case, An Account 
shall be kept of their Earnings, and after a reasonable deduction 
for their Maintenance in the House, the Overplus sliall be applied 
to the Support of their Family in such Ways and Methods, as the 
Overseers or their Committee shall direct. 

V. Rules relating to the Diet and Victualling of the House, and 
the proper Seasons thereof. 

1. That the Overseers shall, from time to time, as often as 
they shall judge Necessary, at an}' General Meeting, Agree upon 
the Diet of the House, to be continued 'till further Order ; which 
Agreement they shall deliver in writing to the Master for his 
direction. 

2. That the Hour of Dining be Twelve a Clock, at which time 
the People of the House shall all be called together, and Dine in 
one room (if it will contain them) having their Tables cover'd 
with sutable Cloths, Dishes, Trenchers &c. and the Commons for 
the Da}', as directed by the Overseers : That None be allowed to 
Dine in their separate rooms, unless in case of indisposition : -But 
that as to their Breakfast and Supper, it may be delivered to them 
out of the Kitchen, between the Hours of Eight and Nine in the 
Morning, and of Six and Seven in the Evening. 

3. That they be allowed from the Hour of Twelve to One 
for the time of Dining ; and that from Eight to Nine in the 
Morning, and from Six to Seven in the Evening, be allowed for 
the other Meal times, and for Attendance on Divine Worship. 

VI. Rules relating to the Religious Worship of the House. 

[38O.] 1. That the Master every Morning between the 
Hours of Eight and Nine, and every Evening between the Hours 
of Six and Seven, Call the People together, and Read a sutable 
portion of the Holy Scriptures to thorn, and Pray with them ; And 
as often they Eat together, Ask a Blessing, and Return Thanks. 

2. That he take especial Care, that the Sabbath be duly Ob- 
served ; And besides the Morning and Evening Service, he shall 
be Obliged (until other provision be made) to call the whole 
Family together, at least One part of the Da}-, and spend a suta- 
ble portion of Time in Praying, Singing of Psalms, and Reading 
some practical discourses of Divinity, that shall be Appointed by 
the Overseers. 

VII. Rules relating to the Government of the House, both with 
respect to Rewards and Punishments. 

1. That all Immoralities and Disobedience to the Government 
of the House, and other Misbehaviour, be by the Master noted in 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 239 

a Book, and laid before the Overseers, or their Committee ; that 
b}' their Authority and Admonition, such Rudeness and Immorality 
may be restrained, and Peace and good Order maintained, and all 
obstinate, perverse and unruly Persons punished, according to 
their Crimes. 

2. That such as shall duty Observe the fore-going Orders, and 
faithfully Perform their several Tasks shall be Intitled to One 
penny out of every Shilling the}- Earn, to be disposed of by the 
Overseers for their greater Comfort. 

3. That Whereas some slothful Persons may pretend Sickness 
or Lameness, to excuse themselves from Labour : It is Ordered, 
That such Persons shall pass a proper Examination by the Ph}*- 
sician ; And if it should Appear upon his Report and other con- 
curring Circumstances that those Persons made false Excuses they 
shall be punished by such an Addition of Labour [381.] To their 
daily Stint or some other way, as the Overseers or their Committee 
shall determine. 

4. That No Person presume to Smoke Tobacco in their Beds, On 
penalty of being denied Smoking for One week ; And that if any 
be convicted a Second Time, lie or She shall be punished as for 
other Misdemeanours. 

5. That No Person presume to Beg Money, or any other thing, 
directly or indirectly, from any Person, that shall come to Visit the 
House, on penalty of being denied their next Meal. 

6. That No Person presume to go out of the House without 
Libert}' ; And that every One who Obtains leave, shall return 
in good Order, at the time appointed, On penalty of being denied 
going out for One Month for the first Offence, and for Three Months 
for every Offence afterwards 

7. That if any Person shall Neglect to repair to their proper 
places for Work ; Or being there, shall refuse to work, loiter or be 
idle ; Or shall not well perform the Task of work set them ; Or 
shall waste and spoil any of the Materials, or Tooles of the several 
Manufactures; Or shall deface the Walls, or break the Windows, 
Or shall disturb the House by Clamour, Quarrelling, Fighting 
or abusive Language ; Or shall bring any strong Liquors into 
the House without leave; Or shall be Absent from Divine 
Service without reasonable Excuse ; Or prophane the Sabbath ; 
Or carry it disrespectfully to their Governours ; Or shall be Guilty 
of Lying, or wanton and lascivious Behaviour; Or shall Drink to 
Excess, Steal or prophanely Curse and Swear; Or in any Other 
respect Act immorally or irregularly, They shall be Punished, 
either by denying them a Meal, or whole days allowance, or by 
Gaging, or causing them to wear a Collar round about their Necks 
with a wooden Clog to it, or by Obliging them to stand on a Stool 
in a publick Place, with a Paper fix'd on their Breast, denoting 
their Crime in Capitals, for the space of One Hour, Or by Ordering 
them into the Dungeon to be kept with Bread and Water, not 
exceeding Fort}' Eight Hours, Or by an Addition of Labour to 
their daihy Task, according to the nature and circumstance of the 
Crime ; And in Case of frequent repetition and [382.] Obstinacy 
in their Crimes,' they shall be Punished b} - Order of One or more 



240 



CITY DOCUMENT No. G6. 



Justices of the Peace, by removal into Bridewell, or otherwise as 
the Law directs. 

8. That the Committee of Overseers, at their Weekly Meeting, 
have Power to punish all breaches of the foregoing Orders, 
Excepting those that are referred to the Cognizance of a Justice 
of Peace : And in all such Cases a Majority of the Overseers shall 
be called together. 

9. That the Master of the House have Power, in the intervals 
between the Meetings of the Committee of the Overseers, to punish 
the breaches of the foregoing Orders, according to the Instructions 
he shall receive in writing from the Overseers or Directors of the 
House from time to time ; And that in any Cases of Difficulty 
Arising, which may need a more speedy Consideration, he shall 
c;dl the Committee together for their Advice and Assistance. 

10. That if any Person in the House shall discover any other 
Person who shall be Guilty of any of the foregoing Offences, Such 
Person shall receive some such Reward or Incourageraent as shall 
be Ordered b\- the Overseers or their Committee : And, if any Per- 
son shall know of any of the Offences aforesaid, and doth not 
discover the same, Such Person shall be Punished according to the 
discretion of the Overseers. 

11. That the foregoing Rules and Orders of the House be pub- 
lickly Read, every Monday Morning, that none may plead or pre- 
tend Ignorance of them. 

THE END. 

The Diet of the House for the first Quarter. 



Breakfast 



Supper 



Dinner 
Lords Day 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursda}- 
Fryday 
Saturday 
N.B. Small Beer to be given as there may be Occasion. 

[383.] The Question being put. Viz 1 . Whether the foregoing 
Orders and By-Laws for the decent Regulating the Work-House, 
as taken in the New Draught, with the Amendments, be Approved 
and Accepted ? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor be and hereby are Desired 
to proceed to Regulate and Govern the Work House, according to 

the said By-Laws Until the Town shall see cause to Order 

Otherwise. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded. 

Voted, That the Committee for Building the Work-House be, and 
hereby are Desired to Report to the Town, their Transactions in 
that Affair, as fully as may be, at the next General Town Meeting. 

Mr. William Greenleaf, chosen One of the Collectors of Taxes, 
Appearing, Prays the Town would please to Excuse him from 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739. 241 

Serving in that Office for that he intends Speedily to remove 

out of the Town. Accordingly, 

The Question was put And 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Whereas Several Persons Chosen to Serve the Town in the 
Office of Collectors of Taxes, for the Year current, have 

refused to undertake the same And it not being likely 

that the Taxes will be speedily made Therefore, 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to 
Confer with the Constables of the Town, Or any other Sutable 
Persons, in Order to their undertaking the Collecting the Taxes 

for the Year current 'And that they be desired to Report 

thereon, at the next General Town Meeting. 
Then the Meeting was dismiss'd. 

[384.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully 
Warned, in Public Town Meeting Assembled, at the Town House, 
Upon Monday, the Tenth of December, Anno Domini, 1739. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. William Hooper : 

A Precept under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable John 
Quincy Esquire, Speaker of the Honourable House of Represen- 
tatives, directed to the Select Men, Requiring them to Assemble 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants, to make choice of, and 
Depute (if they see cause) A Person to serve for, and Represent 
them in the Great and General Court or Assembl}', Now Convened, 
held and kept, for His Majesty's Service, at the Court House in 

Boston In the Room of Mr. Christopher Kilby, Who is Gone 

Agent for the House of Representatives, to the Court of Great 

Britain Together with the Warrant for Calling the Meeting 

Read. 

The Question was put, Viz*. Whether the Town would proceed 
to Chuse A Person to Serve for, and Represent them in the Great 
and General Court or Assembly Now Convened, in the Room of 
Mr. Kilby? 

Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Then the Laws respecting the Power of the Select Men, to give 
Directions for the regular, and Orderly Carrying on the Meetings 
for the Choice of Representatives, &c. were Read. 

And, 

The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for One Represen- 
tative Accordingly. Which being Collected and Number'd The 

Number of [385.] Voters was found to be, One Hundred and 
Forty two. 

The Votes being Sorted and Number'd, it appear'd that, Captain 
Nathanacl Cunningham was Chosen by a great Majority of Votes. 
Viz. One Hundred and Eleven Votes. 

The Election of a Representative being ended, the Select Men 
declared the same ; And the Town proceeded to the Choice of a 

Moderator And Capt. Nathanael Cunningham was accordingly 

Chosen Unanimously. 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq T . made a Motion Viz' That 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

the Town would Chuse Two Persons to Inform against, and Pros- 
ecute the Violaters of An Act, in addition to an Act for the better 
Preservation and Increase of Deer within this Province ; Accord- 
ing to the Direction of the Law in that Case provided. 

Upon the Motion made by the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Two Persons, to Inform 
against and Piosecute the Violaters of the Act for the better Pres- 
ervation and Increase of Deer within this Province. 

Accordingly 

Mess". Jeremiah Belknap, and } Sworn. 
Richard Hubbard . J Sworn. 

were chosen to that Olflce, Until the Annual Meeting of the Inhab- 
itants in March next. 

Whereas, at a Public Town Meeting held by Adjournment the 
12th. of October last, It was referr'd to the Select Men to Confer 
with the Constables of the Town, or any other sutable Persons, in 
Order to their undertaking the Collecting the Taxes for the current 
Year They now Reported thereon, as follows, Viz*. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town as above We the Sub- 
scribers have Conferr'd with the Constables of the Town, relating 

to their Collecting the Taxes [386.] For the Year Current 

Who refuse to Accept of that Office, on any Terms proposed to 
them. 

JONATHAN ARMJTAGE ""j 
ALEXANDER FORSYTH [ Select- 
Dec. 6. 1739. CALEB LYMAN f Men. 

JONAS CLARKE 

Whereas, the Town of Boston, at a Public Meeting, the 19th. 
of March last, Pass'd the following Vote, Viz'. 

' k That Nine pence upon the Pound be and hereby is Allowed to 
" the several Collectors of Taxes within the Town of Boston for 
*' the year ensuing ; They Giving Bond with Sufficient Suretys, for 
"the faithful Discharge of their Office, to the Satisfaction of the 
4 'Select Men." 

And Whereas Two of the Collectors then Chosen Viz*. Mess". 
Daniel Pecker and Nathanael Barber, have since refused to Accept 
of that Office, Upon Account of the growing difficulties which 
Attend it ; A Motion was made, and Seconded by many, Viz'. 
That Three pence upon the Pound might be Added to the former 
Allowance Which will make their Allowance to be One Shil- 
ling upon the Pound, for Collecting the Taxes for the Year current 
Accordingly. 

The Question being put, It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Two Persons to Serve in the 
Office of Collectors of Taxes within this Town, for the Year cur- 
rent, in the Room of the Persons above named, Who have refused 
to serve therein And that they be chosen by a Hand Vote. 

Mess. John Goldthwait, and ) ^ ,, 

o, /. -, r Collectors. 

John Stamford j 

Were accordingly Chosen, two of the Collectors of Taxes within 
the Town of Boston, for the year current. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739-40. 243 

[387.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, 
in Public Town Meeting Assembled, at the Town House, On 
Monday the Tenth of March A. D. 1739. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. William Hooper. 

The Warrants for Calling the Meeting Read, 

The Town then proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator and the 
Votes being according!} 7 Collected, it appeared that, Mr. Thomas 
Gushing Jun r . was Chosen, Unanimously. 
Sundry Laws Read. 

Samuel Gerrish was unanimously Chosen Town Clerk for the 
year ensuing, and Sworn. 

Sundry Petitions, Reports, and Motions Viz'. 

A Petition of Mr. Samuel Allen, School-Master, for Addition to 

his Salary Read. 

A Petition of the Masters of the Fire Engines Read. 
A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for ) R _, 

Paving of Love Street j H 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants (to the Select Men) respecting 
the state of the North and South Batteiys and for Securing 
and Maintaining the Town's Rights on and about Fort 

Hill Read. 

A Petition of the Grave Diggers (to the Select Men) represent- 
ing the state of the South Burying Places Read. 

A Report of the Select Men, on the Visitation of the Public 

Schools Read. 

A Report of the Select Men, relating to the disposition of the 
Moneys arising from the Sale of the Three Tracts of Land, 

Granted by the General Court Read. 

A Petition of Mr. William Salter, Keeper of the Powder 

House Read. 

A Petition of Mr. Richard Buckley and Others Assessors in 

the year, 1739 Read. 

[388.] A Petition of Mess. Andrew and Peter Oliver, for Hir- 
ing the unimproved Lands on Fort Hill, for a Pasture Read. 

Mr. William Torrey, made a Motion that the Town would con- 
sider of some effectual method to prevent frauds in the 
Measure of Coal. 

Mr. Henry Gibbs, made a Motion that the Town would consider 
of some means to prevent frauds in the Measure of Cord 
wood, Sold in this Town. 

Then the Town proceeded to the Choice of Officers &c. 
Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Seven Select Men. 
The Votes being accordingly Collected and Sorted it appear'd 
that the following Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office for 
the Year, ensuing, Viz'. 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

Mr. David Collson 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth. Select-Men. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Mr. Jonas Clarke. 

Mr. Thomas Hutchinson 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Voted, to Chuse Twelve Constables distinct from the Collectors 
of Taxes. Accordingly 

Mess. William Marchant 

Benjamin Brown 

William Thwing 

John Proctor 

Lawrence Lutwyche 

Thomas A}*res 

Thomas Greenough 

Lewis Vassall 

Timothy Emerson 

Caleb Ray 

Richard True 

John Simpson (Brasier) 
were Chosen Constables for the year ensuing. 

[389.] The Honourable Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . was Chosen 
Town Treasurer, for the Year ensuing And Sworn. 



Pay 
Pay 

Excus'd 

Pay 

Sworn 

Sworn, 

Pay. 

Excus'd 

Pay 

Excus'd 

Pay 

Paid in 1737. 



Constables. 



Mess. Caleb Ray 

John Adams 
Joseph Russell 
John Indicott. Sworn 
Thomas Foster 
Hopestill Foster 
Gershom Flagg 



Sworn 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Fence Viewers 

Sworn 

Sworn 

Belongs to an Engine. 



Viewers of Shingles &c. 

Sworn 
Sworn 



Were Chosen Fence Viewers for the year ensuing. 
Mess. Joseph White ^ Sworn 

Edward Richards Sworn 

Joseph Ricks, Sworn 
William Paine, Sworn 
Edward Moberly 
Mathew Barnard 
Were Chosen Surveyors of Boards, Timber, Shingles &c. 
Mr. Isaac Gridley was Chosen Surveyor of Hemp. Sworn. 
Mess. John Helyer ") Sworn 

Harvey Thomas | Sworn 

Samuel Green, Sworn j Cullers of Staves. 
John Hobbs | Sworn. 

Joseph Ingraham J Sworn. 
Were Chosen Cullers of Staves. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of High Ways. 
Mess". Richard Hubbard j Informerg about Deer> Sworn 
Jeremiah Belknap j Sworn, 

to Inform against and Prosecute the Violators of the Act for the 
better Preservation and Increase of Deer within this Province. 

Mr. Richard-Carter Cowell, was Chosen Haward, for the year 
ensuing, Sworn. 



[4OO.] Mess. Samuel May 
* Nathanael Hodgdon 

John Allen 
Benjamin Emmons 
Benjamin Mason 
Thomas Inches 
Where Chosen Sealers of Leather. 



> Sealers of Leather. 



Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Sworn 



* [Here the paging of the original is changed by ten pages to p. 400 instead of p. 390, but 
there is no break in the manuscript. W. H. W.J 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739-40. 



245 



Voted. That the Consideration of the State of the Batterys, be 
refer' d to the Afternoon, at Five O'Clock, and at the same time to 
Vote for a County Treasurer. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Three O'Clock this 
Afternoon. 



Overseers of Poor. 



Afternoon, the Town being Assembled. 

A Petition of Samuel Kneeland Read. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen Overseers of the Poor, 
for the year ensuing, Viz*. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

William Tyler Esq r . 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 

Major John Hill 

Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

Joshua Cheever Esq r . 

Mr. Edward Bromfleld 

Capt. William Dovvne 

Mr. Samuel Hunt 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . 

Mr. Isaac White 

Mess. Richard "Buckley 
Peter Thomas 
Joshua Blanchard 

Jacob Parker y Assessors. 

William Salter 
Daniel Pecker Sworn 
Nathan ael Barber Sworn 
Were Chosen Assessors for the year ensuing. 

[4O1.] Capt. Jonathan Armitage and 

Mr. David Collson, Two of the Select Men chosen in the Morn- 
ing, Desiring to be Excused having Served in that Office 

Several Years past The Town proceeded to the Choice of Two 

Select Men in their Room And the Votes being accordingly 

Collected and Sorted It Appear'd, That, 

Mr. Thomas Hancock and 
Mr. Middlecott Cooke 
were Chosen Select Men, for the year ensuing 

The Report of the Select Men relating to the Disposition of the 
Moneys arising from the Sale of Three Tracts of Land, Granted 

by the General Court Read Again And after some 

Debate thereon The Question was put, Viz 1 . Whether the 

Town would now proceed upon the Consideration of the said 
Report As also upon the Affair of Fortifications? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 

Voted, That the Consideration of the Report of the Select Men, 
And the Affair of the Fortifications be referr'd to the intended ad- 
journment of this Meeting. 



> Constables. 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Mess". Samuel Holland . Sworn 

John Seiller . . Sworn 

Thomas Hawding . Paid in 1735. 

Samuel Hastings . Sworn 

Robert Duncan, . Sworn 

Joshua Richardson . Pay 

Abel Kedgell . . Ex<jus'd 

William Crow . . Sworn 

Samuel Demming . Pay 

David Collsou Jun r . Pay 
were Chosen Constables. 

According to Order in the Fore Noon, the Town proceeded to 

bring in their Votes for a County Treasurer Which being 

collected were, according to Law Sealed up by Constable Lawrence 
Lutwyche, by him to be kept, and return'd to the next Quarter 
Sessions to be held for the County of Suffolk. 

[4O2.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till Tomorrow 
Morning, at Nine O'Clock. 

Tuesday, March, llth. 1739. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournm*. 
The Report of the Select Men, on the Visitation of the Public 
Schools, being presented, was Read, and is as follows, Viz'. 

To the Freeholders and other Inhabitanfs of Boston, in Town 
Meeting Assembled, Mar. 10. 1739. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston at their Annual Meet- 
ing the 12th. of March, last pust, Desiring the Select Men to Visit 

the several Public Schools in the Town, and to Report thereon 

We the Subscribers accordingly attended that Service, on Mon- 
day the 25th, of June last, Accompanied by the following 

Gentlemen, Viz'. 

The Honourable William Dummer Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
The Rev. Joseph Sewall, D.D. 
The Rev. Mr. Thomas Prince 
The Rev. Mr. William Cooper 
The Rev. Mr. Samuel Checkley 
The Rev. Mr. Charles Channcy 

And found the said Schools under a good regulation ; the Num- 
ber of Scholars in the said Schools being as follows, Viz 1 . In the 
South Grammar School, One Hundred and Ten ; In the North 
Grammar School, Sixty Six ; In the South Writing School, Sixty; 
In the Writing School in Queen Street, Seventy Seven ; In the 
North Writing School, Two Hundred and Eight}'. 

JOHN JEFFRIES \ o , . 

CALEB LYMAN JONATHAN ARMITAGE > ,.- 
Tno 8 . HOTCHINSON ALEXANDER FORSYTH J 

[4O3.] Voted, That this Report be Accepted : And that the 
Gentlemen the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to Visit the 
Public Schools within the Town the Year ensuing, Desiring Such 
Gentlemen to accompany them therein, as they shall think proper ; 
And that the}* Report thereon. 



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247 



Scavengers. 



Mess". Nathanael Band, Sworn ^ 

William Scott Sworn 1 ^r 

James Gibson Sworn \ H S reves - 

Nathanael Richardson, Sworn J 
were chosen Hogreves. 

Mess". Thomas Boucher 
John Bennet 
Thomas Johnson 
Nathanael Gardner 
Samuel Parkman 
John Vintenon 
Jonathan Williams 
Benjamin Edwards 
Henrv Pigeon 
SamJel Hill 
John Collson 
Bartholomew Gedney 
were Chosen Scavengers. 

Upon a Motion made, that the Clerks of the Market be chosen 
by written Votes, 

The Question was put, And it Pass'd in the Negative. 
Voted to proceed to the Choice of Eight Clerks of the Market. 
And, 

Mess. Samuel Gibbon 
Charles Coffin 
Robert Watt 
William Thwing 
Benjamin Neal 
Job Coit 

Thomas Stoddard Paid 
John Cravath Excus'd J 
were accordingly Chosen to that Office. 
[4O4,] The Memorial of Mess 1 
Thomas and Others, Assessors of the Town of Boston 
past, Praying for farther Allowance for their Service 
And after some Debate thereon. 

Voted, That the Sum of Twenty four Pounds, be Allow'd and 
Paid to Mess". Richard Buckley and others Assessors of the 
Town of Boston the year past, in full for Twelve Books by them 
Copied for the Collectors, which Sum being charg'd in their 
Account Exhibited to the Select Men, was Excepted to, and Dis- 
allow'd, as being without president. 

Mess". John Tuckerrnan . Excus'd "> 
John Deccster . Sworn j 

John Seaborn . Excus'd ^ Constables. 

Joseph How . Excus'd 

Daniel Ballard Jun r . Pay 
were chosen Constables. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, presented to the Select Men, 
Praying, among other things, that there might be inserted in the 
Warrant for calling this Meeting, "A Clause, Effectual !} to bring 
' *nder the Towns Consideration, to preserve all the Towns Right 



Sworn 




Sworn 




Sworn 


Clerks of the 


Sworn [ Market. 
Excus'd 



Richard Buckley, Peter 
the Year 
- Read. 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

"in Fort Hill, and the Battery Ground, to Recover it from the 
"Encroachments already made, and to preserve it from any far- 
"ther " Read again, 

And after Some Debate thereon, 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of a Committee to Enquire into 
the Towns Rights on and about Fort Hill. 

Voted, Ttiat the Number of the Committee be Five. 

Voted, that, Samuel Adams, Esquire 
Mr. Joseph Marion 
Mr. Robert Rand 
Mr. Shem Drowne 
Mr. Jonathan Williams 

[4O5.] Be a Committee for the ends aforesaid : And they 
are Desired to Report thereon, at the Adjournment of this Meet- 
ing. 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esquire, presented A Report of 

the Committee for Building the Work House Which was Read, 

And is as follows. Viz'. 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Town Meeting 
Assembled, On Monday, Mar. 10. 1739. 

We the Subscribers being a Committee Chosen by the Town, 5, 
April, 1737, for Building a Work House at the upper end of the 
Common, Made Report of Our Doings therein to the Town Meet- 
ing Assembled 27, July, last, which was then Accepted, but were 
not then able to Settle the Accounts relating to it, Which have 
since done, and now tender to the Town, by which there Appears 
a deficiency of Three Hundred Seventy Seven Pounds Eleven 

Shillings and Two pence Notwithstanding We have Obtained 

Subscriptions to the Amount of Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine 
Pounds, Since the first Subscription Offered to the Town, the Cost 
of the House rising much higher than the best Calculations given 
in to Us. 

EDWARD HUTCHINSON 
JACOB WENDELL 
JAMES BOWDOIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
ANDREW OLIVER 
DANIEL HENCHMAN 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted ; And that the Sum of 
Three Hundred Sevent} r Seven Pounds, Eleven Shillings and Two 
pence, Which still remains a Ballance due to the said Committee 
for Building the Work House, As Appears by the Account by them 
exhibited, And is what the Charge of said House amounted to, 
Over and above the Subscriptions of Private Persons for Erecting 
the same, [4O6.] Be, and hereby is Allow'd to be Paid out of 
the Treasury to the Said Committee, in full discharge of the same. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be given to the Gentlemen 
who have so Generously Subscribed towards the Building the Work 
House 

And also to the Gentlemen the Committee for Building the same, 
for their great Care, and Pains taken therein. 

The Petition of John Earle and Others the Masters of the Fire 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739-40. 249 

Engines, in behalf of themselves and their Companj-s, Praying 
the}' may l>e Exempted from serving in Other Town Offices the 
year ensuing, for Reasons mentioned. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded by many, 

Voted, That for the Encouragement of the respective Companys 
belonging to the several Fire-Engines in this Town, And to stim- 
ulate them to their Dut}-, in Extinguishing of Fires, as there may 

be Occasion There be, and hereby is Allow'd to be Paid 

out of the Town Treasury, the Sum of Five Pounds to the Com- 
pany of such Fire Engine, ns shall first be brought to won< upon 
an}' House or other Building that shall be on fire. 

A Petition of Samuel Kneel and, A Prisoner in His Majesty's 

Goal, for a Debt due to the Town Praying the Town would 

please to forgive the Debt for which he is there detain'd, for 
Reasons therein mentioned Read. 

Voted, That the Petition be referr'd to the Select Men 

Who are hereby Desired to make Enquiry into the Circumstances 
of the Petitioner, and to Report thereon at the Adjournment of 
this Meeting. 

[4:07.1 Mess Ezekiel Needham . Pay ) n 

. , a r Constables : 

Andrew Symmes . Sworn j 

were Chosen Constables. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned 'till the Afternoon At 
Three O'Clock. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

The Select Men's Report of their Examination of Mr. Francis 
Willoughby's Account of the Granary for the year past, and Entred 
in Mr. Willoughby's Book Read. 

Voted, That the sai I Report be Accepted : And that Mr. Wil- 
longhby be accordingly further accountable for Four Hundred and 
Ninety Bushels of Indian Corn, and One Hundred Fifty two 
Bushels of Rie, And the Sum of Five Hundred Seventy five 

Pounds Nine Shillings in Bills of Credit the whole of 

which Amounts to Eight Hundred Thirty Nine Pounds, Seventeen 
Shillings, Which remains in his Hands ; Exclusive of Mr. 
Willoughb3''s Salary for the year past, Viz'. One Hundred Pounds, 
Which is hereby also allow'd. 

Voted, That Mess. Edward Jackson 
John Salter 
Jeremiah Belknap 

be a Committee for Purchasing Grain ; Who are hereby Impower'd 
to give all needful Directions to the Master of the Granary, re- 
specting the Quantities of Grain to be Sold, and setting the Price 
thereof, from time to time. 

A Petition of Mess. Andrew and Peter Oliver, for Hiring the 
Lands on Fort Hill not within Fence Read. 

Voted, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referr'd to 
the Committee Appointed in the Forenoon to Enquire into the 
Towns Rights on and about Fort Hill Who are Desired to Con- 
sider the Prayer of the Petitioners and Report What they sha'l 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

think proper for the Town to do thereon, at the Adjournment of 
this Meeting. 

[4O8.] A Petition of Mr. Samuel Allen, Master of the South 
Writing School, Praying for some Addition to his Salary, for 
Reasons therein Mention'd Read. 

Voted, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds p Annum be, and hereby 
is Added to Mr. Samuel Allen's Salary, to Commence the Twelfth 
of March, current. 

A Petition of Mr. William Salter, Keeper of the Powder House 
in Boston, Piling for some Allowance to be made him for his 
Care of the Towns Stock of Powder there, for reasons mentioned 
Read. 

Voted that this Petition be referr'd to the Consideration of the 
Select Men, And that they be Desired to Report to the Town at 
the Adjournment of this Meeting, What they may think proper to 
be done thereon. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Paving Love Street 
Read. 

Voted, That this Petition be Referr'd to the Select men, Who 
are hereby Desired to Estimate the Charge of the Towns part of 
said Paving, And to Report thereon, at the Next General Town 
Meeting. 

A Petition of John Chambers, and Others, Grave Diggers, pre- 
sented to the Select Men, Representing that the Old and South 
Burying Places, are so fill'd with Dead Bodies, they are Obliged 

Oft times to Bury them four deep Praying it may be laid 

before the Town, for their Consideration. Read. 

Voted, That the Consideration of this Affair be Referr'd to the 
Select Men, Who are Desired to Report to the Town at the next 
General Town Meeting, What they ma}' think proper for to be done 
thereon. 

The Report of a Committee appointed the Second of [4O9.] 
May last past, to Audit the Town Treasurers Accounts for the 
year past, as Entred in the Treasurers Book Read Accepted 
And 

Voted, That the Treasurer be (so far) accordingly discharged. 

Voted, That the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be Allowed, and 
Paid to the Hon. Joseph Wads worth Esq r . out of the Town 
Treasur}-, for his good Service as Town Treasurer the }*ear past. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen a Committee for Auditing 
the Town Treasurers Accounts for the year ensuing. Viz*. 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . ^ 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Mr. John Wheelwright ^-Auditors. 

Mr. Nathanael Balston 
Mr. Cornelius Waldo J 

Upon the Motion made by Mr. William Torrey, at the Opening 

this Meeting for the Town to Consider of some effectual 

Method to prevent frauds in the Measure of Coal, Sold in this 
Town 

Voted, That the Select Men be Desired to give it in Charge to 
their Officer, whom they employ to inform of and prosecute the 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1739-40. 251 

Breaches of the By-Laws of this Town that he be careful to Inform 
against and Prosecute All such as he shall find transgressing the 
Laws of this Province in this Case already made and provided. 

Mr. Treasurer Wads worth presented An Estimate of what ma}* 
be proper to be raised by this Town, for defraying the necessary 
Charges of the Current Year. 

Voted, That the Granting of Money for defraying the Charges 
of the current year, be referr'd to the next General Town Meet- 
ing. 

Mr. Jacob Emmons was Chosen One of the Clerks of the Market 
for the year ensuing. Sworn. 

[41O.] Voted, To proceed to the Choice of Three Collectors 
of Taxes for the } - ear ensuing ; By a Hand Vote. 

Accordingly 

Mess. Jacob Sheafe i 

John Stan i Cord > Collectors. 
John Goldthwait I 
were Chosen to serve in that Office. 

Voted, That Twelve pence upon the Pound be, and hereby is 
allow'd to be paid to the several Collectors of Taxes within this 

Town for the year enduing They giving Bond, with sufficient 

Suretys, for the faithful Discharge of their Office, to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Select Men. 

Upon a Motion made by Mr. Henry Gibbs, at the Opening this 
Meeting That the Town would Consider of some Means to 
prevent frauds in the Measure of Cord Wood 

Voted, That there be a Committee Chosen, Specially to Con- 
sider this Motion the Causes from whence the Complaint 

Arises And What Method may be taken to prevent the abuses 

complaiu'd of And to Report thereon to the Town, as soon as 
may be. 

Voted, That the Committee consist of Five Persons. 

Voted, That Mess. Jeremiah Green 
Robert Rand. 
John Barrel 

Thomas Jackson Jun r . Distiller 
"William Torrey 
be a Committee for the Ends aforesaid. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded 

Voted, That it be Recommended to the Gentlemen the Repre- 
sentatives of this Town, to Endeavor (at the next Session of the 
Great and General Court) to bring forward, and procure a Bill to 
be Pass'd for the more [411.] Just Admeasurement of Grain. 

Voted, That the Committee appointed to Audit the Town Treas- 
urers Accounts the }"ear ensuing, be also a Committee to Examin 
the Overseers Accounts relating to the Work House, And to Report 
thereon. 

Mr. Edward Bromfield, from the Overseers of the Poor, pro- 
pos'd an Alteration to be made in the By-Laws for regulating the 

Work House, which they had found necessary Viz 1 . To alter 

the time of their Monthly Meeting, from the Third Tuesda}-, to the 
first Wednesday in every Month. Accordingly 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The Question being put, Whether the said Alteration shall be 
made in the By-Laws for regulating the Work House? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Tuesday the Eighth 
Day of April next, at Three O'Clock After-Noon. 

Tuesday, April, 8th. 1740. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 
Mess. Stephen Winter Sworn 

Jabez Hatch, Excus'd 

Samuel Sprague Belongs to an Engine. 

were chosen Constables 

Mr. Josiah Waters, was Chosen Constable. Sworn. 
Mess. Ephraim Wheeler, Sworn \ 

Nathanael Thayer, > Clerks of the Market 

Ebenezer Messenger, Sworn. ) 
were Chosen Clerks of the Market. 

Mr. Moses Eayres was Chosen One of the Fence Viewers. 
[412.] The Report of the Select Men on the Petition of Mr. 

William Salter, Keeper of the Powder House Presented, Read, 

as follows, viz'. 

To the Inhabitants of Boston, in Town Meeting Assembled, 
the 8th. of April, 1740. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town upon the Petition of Mr. Wil- 
liam Salter, Keeper of the Powder House Praying for some 

Allowance to be made him for his Care of the Towns Stock of 

Powder there 

We the Subscribers, to whom the Consideration of said Petition 
was referr'd having had Discourse with the Petitioner and con- 
sidered his Service Are of Opinion, that it is adviseable to 

Allow the Petitioner the Sum of Twelve Pounds in full for his said 
Service, for the time past. 
All which is Submitted, &c. 

By, JOHN JEFFRIES ^ 

CALEB LYMAN ! Select 

JONAS CLARKE ( Men. 

MlDDLECOTT COOKE J 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

The Report of the Select Men, on the Petition of Sundry In- 
habitants, for the Paving of Love Street Read, as follows, 

Viz'. 

To the Inhabitants of Boston, in Town Meeting Assembled, 
the 8th. April, 1740. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town, on the Petition of Sundry 
Inhabitants for Paving Love Street 

We the Subscribers, to whom the same was referr'd Are of 
Opinion, That the Paving of it is necessary Otherwise the Town 
must be at a Great Charge in Gravelling and Repairing the same : 

That the whole Contains near Six Hundred and Ninety Square 

yards [413.] That, if the Abutters will Engage and Oblige them- 
selves to Pay two Third parts of the Cost of Paving said Street, 
that it may be Adviseable for the Town to pay the other third. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740. 253 

All which is Submitted 

By, JOHN JEFFRIES ""] 

CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE f Select Men 

MlDDLECOTT COOKE J 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted And that the Select 

Men do accordingly take care for the Paving the Towns part 

thereof Provided the Petitioners or Abuttcrs, Or some of them, 

become Obliged to the Select Men, to their Satisfaction, Jointly 

and Severally for Defraying the other two third parts thereof 

The said Work to be performed according to the Direction of the 
Select Men. 

The Select Mons Report on the Petition of Samuel Kneeland 
Read, as follows, Vizt. 

To the Inhabitants of Boston, in Town Meeting Assembled, 
the 8th. April, 1740. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town, upon the Petition of Samuel 
Kneeland 



We the Subscribers have attended the Service Desired of Us 



Have seen Mr. Kneeland the Petitioner, and his Father who is 
Surety for the Debt And are of Opinion, 

That Sufficient Estate can be found to satisfy it ; And that this 
Affair has been carried on with so much Obstinacy, on their part, 
that they do not deserve the Compassion of the Town ; but, that 
they ought by all lawful ways to be Compell'd to Discharge the 
Debt. 

All which is Submitted, &c. 
By 

JOHN JEFFRIES "] 

CALEB LYMAN r, , ,,. 

r, > Select Men. 

JONAS CLARKE 

MIDDLECOT COOKE J 

[414.] [A Memorial of the said Kneeland presented this 
Day, was, by leave of the Inhabitants, Read] 

After some Debate, 

The Question was put, Viz*. 

Whether the Report of the Select Men be Accepted ? 

It Pass'd in the Negative. A.cd, 

Upon a Motion made, and Seconded by many 

The Question was put, Whether it be the Mind of the Town thet 
the Petitioner Samuel Kneeland, A Prisoner in his Majesty's Goal> 
Upon the Suit of the Town Treasurer, be freely and fully Released 
and Discharged from his said Debt due to the Town? 

Voted, in the Affirmative and that the said Kneeland be ac- 
cordingly Released. 

Mr. Stephen Rogers was Chosen Constable. Sworn. 

Samuel Adams Esq r . from the Committee appointed to Enquire 
into the Towns Rights on and about Fort Hill, and on the Petition 
of Messieurs Andrew and Peter Oliver, Reported thereon Which 
was Read, and is as follows, Viz 1 . 

Pursuant, to the aforewritten Votes We the Subscribers have 
been upon, and carefully Viewed the Battery Ground at tho foot 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of Fort Hill so called, And find that the Southeast end thereof is 
greatly Encroached upon and encumbred with Buildings, Wharves 
Timber and Lumber where the Guns of the Batter}' now lye, and 
where the Guns were formerly Planted for the Defence and Safety 
of this Town and the Inhabitants thereof And that the Northerly 
part of the said Battery Ground is also Incroached upon jmcl in- 
cumbred by Ship Timber and Plank lying there. And upon a 
Careful Survey of the Land upon and around the said Hill, We 
find Several Encroachments made by Inclosures on the Northerly 
Side thereof, Which was, Time out of [415.] Mind, Enjoyed and 
laid Open for the Towns use, and that the said Inclosures on the 
Hill have been made within Twenty Years past, or thereabouts, 
And also that the Towns Land Reserved on the Easterly side of 

the Hill for the Townse, is Inclosed and Fenced in. All 

which Encroachments are a Great wrong and Injury to this Town. 
And We are of Opinion, That the Town has a Right to Seventy 
five feet of the Sea-wall or Wharf before the Town, Adjoining 
to the Batter}- Ground. 

And We are also of Opinion, that, for the Town to Lease out 
the Land upon and around the said Hill, as is propos'd by Mess". 
Olivers Petition, would be Stripping of the Town and the Inhabi- 
tants thereof, of One of the most Valuable Accommodations they 
now have ; Nature having so framed the said Hill, that from it 
You have many fair Prospects, and the health of the Inhabitants 
refresh'd by a fine Air from thence in their Walking and Disporting ; 
And that the same is very Convenient for Military Musters when 
it shall be found Necessary. 

And We are Unanimously of Opinion, That it would be very 
prejudicial and Injurious to the Town and Inhabitants thereof to 
Make a Lease or Leases, as is proposed : And, That it highly 
Concerns the Town Speedily to Remove all the Encroachments 
made on the Batter}- Ground, and Fort Hill aforesaid. 
All which is Humbly Submitted by 

SAMUEL ADAMS ^ 
Jos. MARION 

Apr. 8. 1740. ROBERT RAND > Committee 

SHEM DROWNE 
JON A . WILLIAMS J 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. And 

Upon that part of the said Report which respects the Battery 
Ground, particularly. 

[416.] Voted, That a Committee be Chosen and appointed to 
Wait upon the Captain General, Requesting His Excellency, if he 
please, to give His Orders for the Removal ot such Encumbrances 
as are lying on the Battery Ground near Fort Hill ; that so the 
Great Artillery and Warlike Stores may be preserved, and put into 
a proper Condition for immediate Service, when Occasion shall 
call for it. 

Voted, That the Select Men be the Committee to Wait upon the 
Captain General as aforesaid. 

Voted, That the Gentlemen of the Committee to Enquire into 
the Towns Rights On and about Fort Hill, Viz 1 . Samuel Adams 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740. 255 

Esq. Mr. Joseph Marion, Mr. Robert Rand, Mr. Shem Drowne, 
and Mr. Jonathan Williams be Joined with the Select Men, in 
Waiting upon the Captain General. 

Upon that part of the said Report respecting Other of the 
Towns Rights on and about Fort Hill. 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen and Impowred to Eject off, 
and Prosecute in the Law, to Effect, Such Person or Persons as 
shall be found Trespassers, and have made Encroachments on the 
Towns Right in the Lands on and about Fort Hill. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for that End 
And the Gentlemen the Committee for Enquiring into the Towns 
Rights on and about Fort Hill are hereby Desired to give the 
Select Men, All the Light they can in the Affair. 

Mr. Jeremy Green from the Committee appointed to Consider 
of some Method to prevent Frauds in the Measure of Cord wood, 
presented their Report, as follows, Viz*. 

In Pursuance to a Vote of the Town of [417.] Boston, di- 
rected to Us the Subscribers, a Committee to consider the Causes, 
and methods that may be taken to prevent the abuses and frauds, 
in the Measure of Cord- Wood Having duty considered the same, 
Do Report thereon, as follovveth. Viz. 

1. That the Cord- Wood of this Town is cut too short, and es- 
pecially the largest part of the Wood. 

2. That the Cord-Wood of the Town is not close Stowed, and 
laid together when Corded, as the Law expressly directs it should 
be ; By Means whereof the Buyer is greatby Injured, for want of 
his Measure. 

To Prevent which 

That there be a Sufficient Number of Sealers or Measurers of 
Cord-Wood, approved off by the Select Men, and under Oath, to 
Prosecute all such Person and Persons whatsoever, as shall presume 
or attempt to cart or carry away any Cord-Wood from any Wharf, 
before he has duly Corded, and Sealed the same. 

That Such Persons, who shall be so appointed by the Select 
Men, be Inhabiters near unto such Wharves, As they shall be 
Obliged to attend ; And but One Person to be Stationed to One 
Wharf, Except where two or more Wharves lye Adjoining and 
Contiguous. 

That the Select Men furnish Such Sealers or Measurers with a 
Table, directing them that where any Cord-Wood be wanting in 
length, the same be made up in heighth, proportionably. 

And Further, That Each Sealer or Measurer Shall have Four 
Pence p Cord allowed them, As an Encouragement, and in full 
Satisfaction for the faithful Discharge of their Duty in the Matters 
aforesaid. 

All Which is Submitted, 

JEREMY GREEN 
ROBERT RAND 
JOHN DARRELL 
THOMAS JACKSON JCN*. 
WILLIAM TORREY. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, And, [418.] That the 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Select Men be Desired to Act in conformity thereto, in Appoint- 
ing a Sufficient Number of Prudent and Discreet Persons fur 
Sealers of Cord-Wood, to be under Oath for the faithful Discharge 
of their Trust, And that they would Assign to Each of said Sealers 
their distinct and proper Stations : And also, that meet Persons 
ma}- be Encouraged to Undertake the Business, the Select Men 
are Desired to raise their allowance to Four pence p Cord. 

The Report of the Select Men, relating to the Disposition of the 
Moneys arising from the Sale of Three Tracts of Lands, Granted 
by the General Court, Read, again. And is as follows, Viz*. 

Boston 10. March, 1739. 

We the Subscribers, Select Men of the Town of Boston being 
appointed by said Town A Committee to Consider How, and to 
what Use the Money arising from the Sale of the Three Tracts of 
Land Granted to the Town by the General Court may be applied 

most for our benefit Are of Opinion ; That, considering the 

present Circumstances of the Province, the said Money cannot be 
disposed of for a better or more necessary purpose than the Re- 
pairing Our North and South Batterys, or Raising such other 

Works of Fortification as the Town shall Judge neccssar}- 

Hoping, that as this is the principal Frontier of the Province, 
And the Fortifying the same must be of Public and Universal 

Benefit that therefore, in convenient Time the Town will 

be reimbursed any Sum or Sums they shall Expend for that 
Service. 

Which is Humbly Submitted, by. 
JONATHAN ARMiTAGE" 1 ) 
CALEB LYMAN 

ALEXANDER FORSYTH I Select 
JONAS CLARKE j Men. 

THO. HUTCHINSON J 

[419.] Voted, That the Consideration of this Report, as also 
the State of the North and South Batterys, be further referr'd to 
the next General Town Meeting. 
Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, in Town 
Meeting Assembled, on Wednesday the Seventh of Ma}-, 1740. 

Prayer was made by the Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather. 

The Precept, and Warrant for calling the Meeting, Read 

Sundry Laws, Read 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . One of the Select Men, in their 
Name, Propos'd to the Inhabitants Assembled, to proceed to the 
Choice of a Person or Persons to serve for, and Represent them, 
in a Great and General Court or Assembly to be Held at Boston, 

the 28th. of May current And in Order thereto, to Consider 

and Ascertain the Number of Gentlemen so to be Elected. 

Accordingly 

Voted, To Proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 

The Votes being collected, the Number of Voters was found to 
be, Four Hundred and Eighteen. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740. 257 

And Upon sorting the Votes, it Appear'd there were Three Gen- 
tlemen Chosen by the Major part of the Votes Viz'. 

No. of Votes. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r 408 

Mr. Edward Bromfield 371 

Mr. James Allen '213 

Upon a Motion made, and Seconded, for proceeding to the 

Choice of One Representative The Question was put, Viz 1 . 

Whether the Town would immediately proceed to the said Choice. 
[42O.] It Passed in the Negative. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourn'd to the Afternoon, at 
Three O'Clock. 

Afternoon, The Inhabitants being again Assembled, They pro- 
ceeded to the Choice of One Representative. 

The Votes being accordingly Collected, the Number of Voters 
were found to be Five Hundred and Seven. 

Upon Sorting the Votes, It appeared that 

Mr. Thomas Hutchinson was Chosen by a Major part of the 
Votes. Number of Votes, 273. 

The Election of Representatives being ended, and the same 

Declared by the Select Men, The Town proceeded to the 

Choice of a Moderator, by a Hand Vote. Accordingly, 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . was Chosen Moderator of this Meet- 
ing. 

Sundry Petitions Read, 

Viz 1 . 

Of Sundr}* Inhabitants for leave to enclose with a Fence, a 
small part of the Top of Fort Hill, for a Bowling Green. 

Of Mr. Samuel Floyd, Collector of Taxes in Rumney 
Marsh, in the year 1738, late within the Township of Boston. 
Of Mr. Zachariah Hicks, Usher of the North Writing School, 
for Enlarging his Salary. 

Of Sundry Inhabitants, for Placing a Fire Engine at the 
Westerly part of Boston. 

Of Mess". Jacob Sheafe and John Goldthwait, Collectors of 
Taxes, for the Year 1739. 

Mr. Isaac Winslow was Chosen One of the Clerks of the Market 
for the Year ensuing. Excus'd. 

[421.] Mr. William Cowel was Chosen to Serve as A Clerk 

of the Market Sworn. 

Voted, A Grant of Eight Thousand Six Hundred Pounds, to be 
raised by a Tax upon Polls, and Estates within the Town of Boston, 
for Relief of the Poor, and Defraying other necessary Charges 
arising within and for said Town the Year ensuing. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Leave to Enclose with a 
Fence, a small part of the Top of Fort Hill, for a Bowling Green 

Read, 

And after some Debate thereon, 

The Question was put, Whether it be the mind of the Town, 
that an} 7 part of Fort Hill should be Leased out to the Petitioners, 
for a Bowling Green, Upon the Terms in the Petition proposed? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 
The Petition of Mr. Samuel Floyd Collector of the Taxes in the 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

District of Ruinney Marsh, in the 3'ear 1738. Piling that the 
Assessors may be Impowered to make Abatement of the Taxes of 
Sundry Persons named in his said Petition, amounting to the Sum 
of Nine Pounds, Nine Shillings and Ona Penny, for Reasons men- 
tioned, Read 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioner be so far Granted, As 
that the Assessors be, and hereby are Impowered to make such 
Abatements to the Petitioner, as they shall Judge Just and rea- 
sonable. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, for Placing A Fire Engine at 

the Westerly part of Boston, for Reasons therein mentioned 

Read. 

After some Debate thereon, 

The Question was put, Whether the Consideration of this Peti- 
tion shall be Referr'd to a Committee? 

It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for this [422.] 
End, W-ho are Desired to Act and do thereon, as they shall think 
most for the Interest of the Town. 

The Petition of Mr. Zachariah Hicks, Usher of the North Writing 
School, Praying for some Addition to his Salary, for Reasons 
mentioned, Read. 

After some Debate the Question was put, 

Whether any Addition should be made to Mr. Hicks's Salary in 
answer to his Petition. 

It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Mr. Jacob Sheafe and Others, Collectors of Taxes 
for the 3*ear, 1739, Praying that the Assessors may be Allow'd to 
sit upon Abatements until the last Day of October next for the 
Reasons therein mentioned Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be so far Granted, As 
that the Assessors be, and hereby are allow'd and Impowered to 
sit upon Abatements until the last Da} r of September next ensuing, 
and no longer. 

Then the Meeting was Disiniss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, in Town 
Meeting Assembled at the Town House, Monday, the 14th July, 
A.D. 1740. 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting, Read. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Junior was Chosen Moderator Unani- 
mously. 

The Laws relating to the Qualifications of Voters in Town Affairs 
Read. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for Calling the Meeting 
Read. 



[423.] The Petition of John Hooker and Abia Holbrook, to 
be admitted Grave Diggers Read. 

A Motion was made by Mess". Jonathan Williams and Shem 
Drowne, that the Affair of the Fortifications in this Town might 
be brought under Consideration at this Meeting. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740. 259 

A Great Number of the Inhabitants being Assembled A Motion 
was made and seconded by many, And thereupon, 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to the Publick Meeting 

House in Brattle Street, there to Meet forthwith And that 

whatsoever Damage may happen to be done to the Pews, Seats &c. 
by means thereof be repair'd at the charge of the Town. 

The Inhabitants being Assembled at the Meeting House in. 
Brattle Street according to Adjournment, 

The Laws respecting the Qualifications of Voters, Read again, 
and a Debate had thereon. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants Read again and is as 

follows, Viz'. 

To the Honourable John Jeffries Esquire, and the other 
Select Men of the Town of Boston. 

Whereas in the Year 1734, the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston (among other things) Voted and Ordered a 
Place on the Town's Ground on the Town Dock, Called Dock 
Square to be Assigned for a Market Place, and the Court of Gen- 
eral Sessions of the Peace in April, 1734, Allowed and Approved 
thereof, and a convenient Building was Erected on the said Ground, 
which was Improved some time for a public Mnrket place, to the 

Satisfaction of a great Number of the Inhabitants But so it 

has hapned, that the said Building, for some Years past has been 
Demolished and pulled down, and the Inhabitants of the 
Town have had no certain Place for Buyer and Seller lo meet 
at, which forces People to go out upon the Neck, and spend a 
great part of the Day in providing Necessnrys for their Families, 
to the great hinderance of Business, and Loss and Damage of the 
Town. 

And Whereas We are Informed that Peter Faneuil of Boston 
Esquire hath been Generally pleased to Offer, at his Own proper 
Cost and Charge, to Erect and Build a noble and compleat Struct- 
ure or Edifice to be Improved for a Market, for the sole Use, Ben- 
efit and advantage of the Town, Provided that the Town of Boston 
would pass a Vote for that purpose, and la}- the same under Such 
proper Regulations as Shall be thought necessary, and constantly 

Support it for the said Use Which Generous Offer, We the 

Subscribers thought proper to Communicate to You, Desiring that 
a Town Meeting may be Warned to Assemble, as soon as may be, 
to know the Mind of the Town, Whether the Inhabitants will 
Accept of the said Building proposed ? Which, As We conceive 
will tend greatly to the Good and Benefit of the said Town. And 
We the said Subscribers would Humbly propose, that Notwith- 
standing the said Building should be Encouraged, and come to 
Effect, Yet that the Market People should be at Liberty to carry 
their Marketing wheresoever they pleased about the Town, in 
Order to dispose of the same. 
Boston July 2 nd . 1740. 

Signed, THOMAS PALMKK 

EDWARD HDTCHINSON 
JOHN OSBORNE, and 
Others, to the Number of Three Hundred and Forty. 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Upon a Motion made, and Seconded by man} 7 , 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be given to Peter Faneuil 
Esquire, for his Generous Offer. 

[425.] Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till the After- 
noon, at Three O'Clock. 

Afternoon, The Inhabitants Assembled 

After considerable Debate upon the Subject matter of the Peti- 
tion of Sundry Inhabitants And the Proposal of Peter 

Faneuil Esquire, for Erecting a Market, as therein mentioned 
A Motion was made and Seconded by many, And accord- 
ingly, 

The Question was put, Viz*. Whether the Town will now pro- 
ceed to Determine by a Vote Whether they will Accept the Offer 
or Proposal of Peter Faneuil Esquire, of. Erecting a Market House 
in Dock Square, at his own cost and charge, Agreeable to the Pe- 
tition presented, and Read in the Morning? 
It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

A Question was put, Viz'. Whether Every Person Offering his 
Vote in this Affair should write his Name thereon? 

It Pas-s'd in the Negative. 

Then the Inhabitants were Desired to prepare their Votes in 
writing, either Yea or Nay ; and to bring and Offer them at One 

of the Doors of the House And the Assessors were directed 

to attend there with their Lists of Valuation of Estates and Facultys, 
that so None might be allow'd to Vote in the Affair, Excepting 

such as were Qualified according to Law And it was also 

Declared, That it is determined by the present Meeting, to be the 
Sense of the Law, That No Person is Qualified to Vote in Town 
Affairs, but such as were Rated in the last Tax Two Shillings and 
One penny New Tenor, Or Six Shillings and three pence Old 
Tenor, to the Province Tax, for his Personal Estate anil Faculty, 
including Rents if they be his Own. 

[426.] .The Votes being Accordingly Collected it Appear'd, 
the Number of Voters was ...... 727. 

Upon sorting the Votes, and Numbering them, It was found, the 

Number of Yea's were 367. 

and the Number of Nay's were ..... 360. 

Voted, That the Select Men be, and hereby are Desired to wait 
upon Peter Faneuil Esquire, and to Presentthe Thanks of this Town 
to Him, As Voted in the Forenoon : And also to Acquaint Him, that 
the Town have, by their Vote, come to a Resolution to Accept of 
his Generous Offer of Erecting a Market House on Dock Square, 
according to his Proposal. 

Voted, That the Other Affairs Ij'ing before this Meeting, be 
referr'd for Consideration, to the next General Town Meeting. 
Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, in Town 
Meeting Assembled, at the Town House, On Tuesday the 25th. of 
November, 1740. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740. 261 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. Mather Byles, 

A Precept under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable John 
Quincy Esquire, Speaker of the Honourable House of Representa- 
tives, Directed to the Select Men, Requiring them to Assemble the 
Freeholders and Other Inhabitants, to make Choice of, and Depute 
(if they See cause) A Person to serve for, and Represent them in 
the Great and General Court or Assembly, now convened, held, 
and kept at the Court House in Boston, for his Majesty's Service ; 
In the Room of Thomas Hutchinson [427.] Esquire, who is 
Sail'd for Great Britain; Together with the Warrant for Calling 
the Meeting, Read. 

The Question was put, Viz 1 . Whether the Town would proceed 
to the Choice of a Person to Serve for and Represent them in the 
Great and General Court or Assembly now sitting, in the Room of 
Thomas Hutchinson Esquire? 

It Passed in the Affirmative. 

Then the Laws respecting the Power of the Select Men to give 
Directions for the regular and orderly carrying on the Meetings for 
the Choice of Representatives, as also the Paragraph in the Charter 
respecting the same were Read. 

It was then propos'd to the Town, as follows, Viz'. 

That if any Person or Persons Offering their Vote in the present 
Election should happen to be Objected to, as unqualified therefor 
- He or they should have Liberty, after the Votes are Collected, 
to make good his or their Claim to that Privilege - According 
to Law. 

The Town proceeded accordingly to bring in their Votes for One 
Representative - which being collected and Number'd - 
the Number of Voters was found to be Four Hundred and 
Fourteen. 

Upon sorting the Votes, it appear'd that Mr. Timothy Prout was 
Chosen, b}' a Majority of Votes. Viz'. Two Hundred and Thirty 
four Votes. - 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, 
in Publick Town Meeting Assembled at the Town House, on Mon- 
day the -Ninth of March, A.D. 1740. 

Prayer being made by the Reverend Mr. Mather Byles. 

The Warrant for calling the Meeting - Read. 

The Town then proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator, and 
the Votes being Accordingly Collected, it Appear'd that Mr. 
Thomas Gushing, was Chosen by a Majority of Votes. 

Sundry Laws, Read. 

Samuel Gerrish was Chosen Town Clerk for the year ensuing, 
nd Sworn. 

It being represented to the Town that the said Samuel Gerrish 
is detained by Indisposition ; 

Voted, That Samuel Gerrish Jun r . Officiate as Town Clerk p r o 
Tempore, who was According!}' Sworn. 

Sundry Petitions, Reports and Motions - Viz*. 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

A Petition of Mr. John Staniford, relating to the Building a 

Bridge over Charles River Read. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, relating to Shooting Pidgeons 

Read. 

A Petition of the Masters of the Fire Engines Read. 

A Petition of Mr. Edward Gra}*, and others, about Bartons 

Rope Walk Read. 

A Petition of Mess". John Morey and John Walley, Coroners, 

for Allowance for past Services Read. 

A Petition of Mr. Zechariah Hicks, for Addition to his Salaiy 

as Usher of the North Writing School. Read. 

A Petition of Thomas Moulin &c. Grave Diggers Read. 

A Petition of John Hooker &c. to be Admitted Grave Diggers 

Read. 

A Report of the Select Men on the Visitation of the Publick 

Schools Read. 

A Motion made by the Select Men, for impowering them, 
[4^9.] Or their Successors to Lease out the Towns Land near 
the North Battery, and on the Neck ; a former Vote of this Town 
for giving Twelve Months Notice thereof, Notwithstanding. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams made a Motion relating to the Incon- 
venience of Ice and Snow, lying in the Streets of Boston in the 
Winter Season, whereby the passing and repassing is render'd 
dangerous. 

Capt. Nathanael Cunningham made a Motion about Paying the 
Representatives out of the Town Treasury. 

Mr. Jeremiah Belknap made a Motion that the Granary should 
be kept Open, four Days in a Week. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams made a Motion, that a Plan be taken of 
the Town Lands on or near Fort hill, and the Town Rights in 
general, and lodg'd in the Town Clerk's Office. 

Mr. Shern Drowne made a Motion T respecting the Repairing the 
Battcrys of the Town and enquiring into the State of the Guns. 

Major John Hill made a Motion, that the Town would take into 
Consideration, some Method for the more effectual just admeasure- 
ment of Cord Wood. 

Mr. William Greenleaf made a Motion, that the Fire Wards be 

excus'd from other Dutys. 

Then the Town proceeded to the Choice of Officers &c. 
Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Seven Select Men, 
The Votes being Accordingly Collected and Sorted, it Appear'd 
that the following Gentlemen were Chosen to that Office for the 
Year ensuing, Viz 4 . 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . } Select-Men. 

Mr. Thomas Hancock 
Mr. Middlecott Cooke 
Capt. John Steel 

Voted, that this Meeting be Adjourn'd to Three O'Clock, this 
Afternoon. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740-41. 



263 



- Overseers of Poor. 



[43O.] Afternoon, the Town being Assembled. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen Overseers of the Poor, 
for the year ensuing, Viz'. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 
Major John Hill 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 
Joshua Cheever Esq r . 
Mr. Edward Bromfield 
Capt. William Dowue 
Mr. Samuel Hunt 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
Mr. Isaac White 
Voted, to Chuse Twelve Constables distinct from the Collectors 

of Taxes. Accordingly 

Mess rs .Peter Cade Pay 

Benjamin Green, (Merchant,) Pay 
William Patten Belongs to the Life Guard. 
Samuel Allen, (Shopkeeper) Pay 
George Ledain Excused 

William Cowell . Excus'd 

Edward Tuttle Paid in, 1728 

Heniy Wethered Sworn 

Francis Johonnot Excus'd 

John Burrell Pay 

Thomas Speakman Excus'd 

Thomas Lambert Excus'd 

were Chosen Constables for the Year ensuing. 

The Freeholders of the Town proceeded to bring in their Votes 
for a Register of Deeds &c. for the County of Suffolk which being 
Collected were, according to Law, Sealed up by Constable Andrew 
Symmes by him to be kept, and returned to the next Quarter Ses- 
sions to be held for the County of Suffolk. 

[431.] Then the Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for 
a County Treasurer which being Collected were, according to Law 
Sealed up by Constable Andrew Symmes by him to be kept, a'nd 
returned to the next Quarter Sessions to be held for the County of 
Suffolk. 

Excus'd 
Sworn 
Sworn 
Excus'd 
Paid in 1738. 



> Constables. 



Mess r 



> Constables 



John Dabney Jun r 

John Davis 

John Tucker 

Ephraim Wheeler 

Caleb Richardson 

James Clough Belongs to the Life Guard. 

Sendall Williams Sworn 

James Monk Pay 

John Woodhouse Pay. 
were Chosen Constables. 

Voted, to come to the Choice of a Town Treasurer, To Morrow 
at Eleven o'Clock in the forenoon. 



264 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The Motion made by Mr. Jonathan Williams at the Opening 
this meeting, being bro't under Consideration After a Debate 
thereon, 

Voted, that the Select Men be desired to prepare a B}'-Law to 
present to the next General Town Meeting, for Impowering the 
Scavengers to Oblige the Inhabitants to remove the Ice and Snow 
from before their Houses &c. whereby passing and repassing in 
the Streets in the Winter, is many times Obstructed and rendered 
dangerous. 

Upon the Motion of the Select Men, as Eutred at the Opening 
this Meeting. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired and are hereby Impowered 
to Lease out the Towns Land near the North Battery, and the 
Marsh on the Neck, to such Persons, at such Rents, and for such 
time as they shall think most for the Towns Interest and advan- 
tage, not exceeding Seven Years ; the Town Vote and Order made 
and passed the Thirteenth of March, 1732, to tUe Contrary hereof 
Notwithstanding. 

[432.] After a Debate on the Motion made by Mr. Jonathan 
Williams at the beginning of the Meeting, respecting the Town 
Rights, on and about Fort hill or Elsewhere, and making a Plan 
thereof &c. 

The Question was put, Whether the Town will now proceed to 
the Choice of a Committee to enquire into the Town Rights on and 
about Fort hill or elsewhere, and the Encroachments that have been 
made upon them, and prepare a Plan of the same to be exhibited 
to the next General Town Meeting, with the Names of such Per- 
sons as have made any Encroachments thereon? 

It passed in the Affirmative. 

Voted, that the Number of this Committee be Five. 

And that, 

Mess. Hugh Vans 

Samuel Adams Esq r 
Shem Drowne ^ Committee. 

Jonathan Williams 
Joseph Marion 
be a Committee for the same purpose 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourn'd till To-Morrow Morning, 
at Nine o'Clock. 

Tuesday, March, 10 th . 1740. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment. 

The Report of the Select Men, on the Visitation of the 
Publick Schools, being presented, was Read, and is as follows, 
Viz'. 

To the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston in 
Town Meeting Assembled, March, 9. 1740. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston at their Annual 
Meeting the 11 th . of March last past, Desiring the Select Men to 
Visit the Several Publick Schools in the Town and to desire such 
Gentlemen to Accompany them [433.] therein, as they shall 
think proper, and to Report thereon. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740-41. 265 

We the Subscribers accordingly Attended that Service, on Mon- 
day the 23 d . of June last, Accompanied by the following Gentle- 
men 

Viz'. 

The Hon. Adam Winthrop Esq r . 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq*. 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
The Rev. Joseph Sewall D. D. 
The Rev. Mr. William Welsteed 
The Rev. Mr. Mather Byles 
The Rev. Mr. Jeremiah Condy 
Mr. Thomas Gushing 
Mr. Edward Bromfield, and 

Mr. James Allen. 

and found the said Schools under a good Regulation, The Number 
of Scholars in the said Schools being as follows, Viz'. In the 
South Grammar School, Eighty five, In the North Grammar School, 
Sixty, In the Writing School in Queen Street, Eighty three, In the 
South Writing School, Fifty three in the North Writing School, 

Two Hundred and Seventy. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
ALEXANDER FORSYTH 
CALEB LYMAN ! Select- 

JONAS CLARKE f Men. 

THOMAS HANCOCK 

MlDDLECOTT CoOKE 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, And that the Gentlemen 
the Select Men be desired to Visit the Publick Schools the Year 
ensuing. And that they desire such Gentlemen to Accompany them 
therein, as they shall think convenient, and that they Report 
thereon. 

The Petition of James Read and others, the Masters of the Fire 
Engines, in behalf of themselves and their Company s. Praying that 
they may be Exempted from Serving in other Town [434.] 
Offices for the Year ensuing, And that the Premium which the 
Town granted the last Year to the first Engine which should be 
bro't to Work upon any Building on Fire, might be Continued, for 
Reasons mentioned. 

Voted, That the Praj'er of the Petitioners be Granted. 

Mess. Charles Dabney Excus'd 

Alexander Young Sworn 

Jonathan Lowder Sworn 

John Ruddock Sworn 

Andrew Johonnot Pay 

Richard Gridley Sw'orn 

were Chosen Constables. 

The Motion made in the beginning of the Meeting b3' Mr. Wil- 
liam Greenleaf, that the Fire Wards be excus'd from other Dut}" ; 
being bro't under consideration. 

The Question was put, Whether they shall be exempted from any 
other Duty, on Account of their Service, as Fire Wards? 

It passed in the Negative. 



Constables. 



266 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



The Honourable Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . was Chosen Town 
Treasurer for the Year ensuing, and Sworn. 
Mess". Richard Buckley 
Peter Thomas 
Joshua Blanchard 
William Salter ^ Assessors. 

Daniel Pecker 
Nathanael Barber 
Nathanael Gardner j Sworn, 
were Chosen Assessors for the Year ensuing. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, Setting forth the several In- 
conveniences arising from the practice of Shooting at Pigeons, 

from the Tops of Houses, within the Town. Read again 

Whereupon it was Voted, That a Committee be [435.] Chosen 
to prepare a By-Law to prevent the Inconvenience above mentioned, 
and to insert therein a Clause also to prevent the Soldiers firing 
Guns in the Streets, after they are dismiss'd from Trainings. 

Voted, That this Committee Consist of Five Persons. 
And 

The Hon Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Mr. Edward Brorafield ^ Committee. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Mr. Thomas Gushing 
were Chosen a Committee for the same purpose, and desired to 
report thereon as soon as may be. 

A Petition of Mr. Edward Gra}- and others, respecting the High 

Way laid out thro' Bartons Rope Walk Read again, and 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen to take the Subject Matter 
of this Petition into Consideration, to View the said High Way, 
and Report to the Town what they think proper to be done thereon 
as soon as may be. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for this purpose. 
Mess. Onesiphorus Tileston Sworn ^ 

John Brocas I Ho 

John Mellidge Sworn f J 

Obadiah Cookson J 

were Chosen Hogreves, for the Year ensuing. 
Mess. Joseph Russell 

Caleb Ray Sworn 

Thomas Foster 

John Indicott ^ Fence Viewers. 

Hopestill Foster 
Benjamin Russell Sworn 
John Adams Sworn 
were Chosen Fence Viewers. 
[436.] Mess. Ed ward Moberly Sworn 
Joseph White Sworn 

William Paine Sworn ! Viewers of 

Matthew Barnard Sworn f Shingles &c. 
Edward Richards Sworn 
Moses Eayres Sworn _ 

were Chosen Surveyors of Boards, Timber, Shingles &c. 



BOSTON Towx RECORDS, 1740-41. 



267 



Cullers of Staves. 



Sealers of Leather. 



Mess. John Helyer Sworn 
Harvey Thomas Sworn 
Samuel Green Sworn 
John Hobbs Sworn 
Benjamin Sault Sworn 
were Chosen Cullers of Staves. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of High Ways. 

Mess". Jeremiah Belknap ) T 

D- i i TT i-u r Informers about Deer. 
Richard Hubbard ) 

to Inform against and Prosecute the Violaters of the Act for the 
better Preservation and Increase of Deer within this Province. 
Mr. Isaac Gridley was Chosen Survej'or of Hemp. Sworn. 
Mess". John Allen 

Robert Williams Sworn 
Thomas Inches 
Nathan ael Hodgdon Sworn 
Samuel May Sworn 

Benjamin Mason Sworn 
were Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Mr. Richard-Carter Cowell, was Chosen Haward, for the Year 
ensuing. 

Mess". George Gerrish Sworn ") 

John Simpson (Retailer) Excus'd [ Clerks of the Market. 
John McNeal Sworn ) 

[437.] Mess". Benjamin Walcutt Sworn 
John Tyng 
John Wendell Jun r 
Harrison Gray 
Jeremiah Green 
Edward Langdon Excus'd 

were Chosen Clerks of the Market, for the Year ensuing. 
Mess". John Collson 
Samuel Hill 
John Adams 
Francis Righton 
Jeremiah Belknap 
Robert Patteshall 
Andrew Hatyburton 
Thomas Boucher 
James Gary 
Ellis Wilson 
John Bennett 
Joseph Savell 
were Chosen Scavengers. 

Voted, That the Affair of Fortifications, with the Select Mens 
Report, about Money arising by the Sale of Three Townships, and 
of Methods for Supplying the Town with Fire Wood, and the 
better admeasurement of the same, be bro't under Consideration 
this Afternoon at Four O'clock ; And that the Affair of Fortifica- 
tions be first Considered. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Three o'Clock it> the 
Afternoon. 



Sworn 
Excus'd 



Clerk of the 
Market 



Y Scavengers. 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

Mess. Anthony Sigourney Pay ) ron , t _ blM 

Thomas Goldthwait Pay J L 
were Chosen Constables. 

The Select Men's Report of their Examination of Mr. [438.] 
Francis Willoughby's Account of the Granary for the Year past, 
And entred in Mr. Willoughby's Book, Read. 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted ; And that Mr. Wil- 
loughby be accordingly further Accountable for Seven Hundred 
and Eighty Seven Bushels of Indian Corn ; Thirty One Bushels of 
R3*e, And the Sum of Five Hundred Forty One Pounds One Shil- 
ling and Ten pence in Bills of Credit, the whole of which amounts 
to Nine Hundred and Ten Pounds, Fourteen Shillings and Ten 
pence, which remains in his hands, Exclusive of Mr. Willoughby's 
Salary for the Year past, Viz*. One Hundred Pounds which is 
hereby also Allowed 

A Petition of John Hooker and Abia Holbrook, desiring to be 
Admitted as Grave Diggers, presented at the Town Meeting the 

14. July last, and then refer'd for further Consideration 

together with the Proposals and Petition of Thomas Moulin, 

Isaac Peirce and John Chambers in Answer thereto, Read, 

and 

Voted, That the Consideration of both the foregoing Petitions 
be refer'd to the Select Men who are hereby Impowered to Appoint 
such further Obligations, Restrictions and Regulations about the 
Premisses as they shall think Convenient. 

Mess". John Smith Sworn } Constablea 

William Taylor Paid J L 
were Chosen Constables. 

A By-Law for preventing Danger by the Shooting at Pigeons 
&c. within the Town of Boston &c. prepared by the Committee 

Appointed for that purpose in the forenoon, was presented, 

Read, and is as follows, Viz'. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 

Town of Boston, duly Qualified, regularly Assembled in a 

Publick Town Meeting at the Town house in Boston, on March, 

10 th . 1740. 

Whereas many Complaints have been made for [439.] Divers 
years past, that the Inhabitants and others in the Town of Boston, 
have been greatly endangered both in their Persons and Estates, 
by firing Guns at Pigeons and other Game, from the Streets, 
Yards, Pastures or other Inclosures, or from the Commons or Hills 
in this Town. 

For Prevention whereof for the future. 

It is Voted and Ordered, That every Person whosoever, that 
shall hereafter Fire any Gun at Pigeons or other Game, from anj- 
of the House Tops, Streets, Lanes, Alle^ys, Yards, Pastures. Gar- 
dens or other Inclosures, or from the Commons or Hills in the 
Town of Boston or any other place Northward of the Fortification 
on the Neck, shall incur and forfeit the Penalty of Twenty Shil- 
lings in Province Bills, for each time he shall so Fire or Shoot a 
Gun, One Moiety to be to the Informer, and the other to the Poor 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740-41. 269 

of the Town, upon Conviction before any Justice of the Peace in 
the County of Suffolk. 

And Whereas frequently on Training Days, after the Exercise 
of such Days is finished, many Inconsiderate Persons in Sport and 
Diversion Fire Guns to the danger or Terror and Affrightment 
of many Persons. 

It is further Voted and Ordered, That every Person who shall 
fire a Gun on such Days after the Exercise is ended, and Soldiers 
dismissed by the Officers, tho' loaden with Powder only, shall incur 
and be Subject to the Penalty of Twenty Shillings to be disposed 
of, as aforesaid, on Conviction before a Justice of the Peace as 
aforesaid. 

This Order to remain and be in force till the Town shall Vote 
the Repeal thereof. 

The foregoing By-Law or Order being Considered and Ap- 
proved 

Ordered, That the Select Men present the said Bj'-Law to the 
next Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the County of 
Suffolk for their Confirmation. 

[44O.] A Petition of John More}' and John Walley, Coroners 

for some Allowance for Services done for the Town Read 

again And Refer'd to the Select Men to do in the Affair as they 
shall think proper. 

The Select Men's Report relating to the Money, Arising from the 
Sale of Three Townships granted by the General Court, presented 

March, 10 th . 1739, and then refer'd for further Consideration 

Read. 

After a Considerable Debate on the Defenceless State of the 
Town, and Methods to redress the same. 

Voted, That a Committee be Appointed to Apply to the Several 
Inhabitants for Subscriptions in Order to raise the Sum of about 
Twenty Thousand Pounds to be Improved in putting the Town 
into a proper Posture of Defence. 

Voted, That the Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor together 
with the Collectors of Taxes, be a Committee for this purpose, and 
be desired to proceed forthwith to take Subscriptions accordingly. 

Voted, That there be a Committee Appointed to Consider in 
what manner it may be best to lay out such Moneys as shall be 
raised in Fortifying and Defending the Town, and wait on the 
Captain General to Acquaint him with the Steps the Town have 
taken in this Affair and Report thereon at the Adjournment of 
this Meeting, And Accordingly, 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
James Bowdoin Esq r . 
Mr. Shem Drowne 
Mr. Owen Harris 



Samuel Adams Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Mr. Jeffery Bedgood 
Francis Wells Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . 
were Chosen a Committee for the same purpose. 



> Committee. 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

[441.] Mess Richard Gooding Sworn ") 

William Menzies Sworn > Constables 

Nathanael Showers Pay J 
were Chosen Constables. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Monday the 23 d . 
Instant, at Three o'Clock Afternoon. 

Monday, March, 23 d . 1740. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

The Question was put, Whether the Town will Choose a Com- 
mittee for Purchasing Grain &c. by a handy Vote? 

It passed in the Affirmative, 
and 

Mess. Edward Jackson ") 

John Salter [ Committee 

Jeremiah Belknap ) 

were Chosen a Committee for Purchasing Grain ; who are hereb}' 
Impowered to give all Needful Directions to the Master of the 
Granary, respecting the Quantities of Grain to be Sold, and Setting 
the price thereof from time to time. 

Mr. John Stamford's Petition relating to the Building a Bridge 
over Charles River &c. Read, and 

Voted, That it be refer'd for further Consideration at the next 
General Town Meeting. 

The Report of a Committee Appointed to Consider of the best 
Methods for laj'ing out the Monies, that may be raised by Sub- 
scription in Fortifying the Town &c. being presented was Read. 

Voted, That the Committee be desired to reduce His Excellency's 
Message to the Town relating to Fortifications to Writing, and lay 
it upon the Table. 

The Committee appointed to take Subscriptions for raising 

Mone}- to be laid out in Fortifying the Town Reported, 

[442.] As follows, Viz'. That the Inhabitants in General declared 
they would not Subscribe, until they knew the places where the 
Fortifications are to be raised, and the Committee who are to lay 
out the Money. 

Mr. William Young was Chosen Constable. Pay. 

Voted, That Twelve pence on the Pound be, and hereby is Al- 
lowed to be paid to the Several Collectors of Taxes within this 

Town for the Year ensuing They giving Bond with Sufficient 

Suretys, for the faithful discharge of their Office, to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. 

Voted, That there be a Committee Appointed to View and Con- 
sider the State of the Alms house and report at the next General 
Meeting what Repairs and Additions may be proper to be made 
thereto. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor, in Conjunction, with, 
Mess. Jacob Parker 1 

Joseph Russell > Committee. 
David Collson ) 
be a Committee for this purpose. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth presenting an Estimate of what may 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1740-41. 271 

be proper to be raised by this Town, for Defraying the Charges of 
the Current Year. 

Voted, That the Granting of Money for Defraying the Charges 
of the Current Year, be refer'd to the next General Town Meeting. 
Mess". Jacob Sheafe ") 

John Stamford, Sworn > Collectors of Taxes. 
John Goldthwait ) 

were Chosen Collectors of Taxes for the Year ensuing. 

Mr. Nicholas Lash was Chosen Constable. Pay. 

[443.] The Committee's Report of the Captain General's . 
Answer to them relating to Fortifying the Town being pre- 
sented, was Read, and is as follows, Viz'. 

The Committee waited on His Excellency the Governour and 
Captain General, and Acquainted His Excellency with the Town's 
desires of Defending and Fortifying themselves, and particularly 
that the Committee had been considering of Repairing the North 
and South Batteiy, and of Stopping the Channel near the Cnstle, 
which projections he seem'd not to dislike, but gave Us for Answer in 
General, that he was very desirous the Town might be Fortified, and 
that if the Town should raise any Money, he would take Care that 
it should be laid out in the best places and in the best manner for 
the Safety and Defence of the Town, and take the best Advice, 
and did not doubt he should do it to the Town's Acceptance, But 
that he insisted to Appoint the places for Fortifications, and the 
Committee for laying out the Money. 

In the Name & by Order of the Committee. 

Boston March. 23. 1740/1. SAMUEL WELLES. 

The Committee's Report about Methods for laying out the Money 

that ma}* be rais'd by Subscriptions for Fortifying the Town 

Read, and is as follows, Viz 4 . 

The Committee Appointed by the Town at their Meeting, March, 
9 th . instant, to wait on the Captain General and Consider in. what 
manner, with his leave, it may be best to lay out such Money as 
shall be raised for Fortifying and Defending the Town, Are of 
Opinion, 

That the Old part of the North Battery should be repaired, and 
that an Addition should be made of Fifteen feet on the South East- 
ern Side or Front of it, for the whole length, and at the North 
Eastern End about Thirty feet Added of the Breadth of both the 
Old and New Work, the Addition both to the length and Breadth 
to be of Stone, up to the Platform and Breast-Work, which they 
propose to be of Wood, the Breast Work of [444.] Square Pine 
Timber, and the Platform of Oak Plank. 

That the South Battery be Rebuilt and fitted to Receive Guns in 
the former Line the whole Length of it. 

That the House or Sconce by the South Battery be Repaired and 
made fit to receive and keep the Needful Stores, The Cost of 
these Reparations the Committee Apprehend will be Five Thousand 
Pounds. 

The Committee are further of Opinion, that it will be very much 
for the Security and Defence of the Town, that it be render'd 
Impracticable in Case of an Invasion, for any large Ship to come 



272 . CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

up the Channel, within about Three Miles of the Town, and that 
the Committee might Report more Understandingly, they have 
Measured the Breadth and Depth of the Channel between the upper 
Middle Ground and Governours Island, and find it between a 
Thousand and Eleven Hundred feet, and at Nipt Tides about Six- 
teen feet, deep on an average, except about Forty Feet which they 
find of the Deptl) of Twenty five to Twenty Seven feet ; The Com- 
mittee Propose that about Twenty Piers of Thirty feet Square each 
and Sixteen feet high, be built and placed within Fifteen feet of 
each other across the Channel, which will render it Impassable for 
a large Ship, except about Two Hundred feet in the best of the 
Channel, which may in a few hours be wholly Stop't by two or 
or three large Hulks, prepared and lying ready for the purpose, 
There is a place between the lower point of Governours Island and 
the lower part of Castle Island, which would be preferable to this 
if not too deep or broad (which some say is easier than this) but 
the Committee have not had Opportunity to Measure it, the Charge 
of this Stoppage, with large Allowance for loss and disappoint- 
ment, the Committee have Computed at Fifteen Thousand Pounds. 
In the Name and by Order of the Committee, 

Boston March. 23. 1740/1 SAMDEL WELLES. 

The Question was put, Whether the Town will [445.] Further 
pursue the Affair of raising Money, either by Subscriptions or 
Taxes, in Order to put this Town into a proper Posture of Defence 
in the Way and manner in which the Captain General insists it 
shall be done? 

It passed in the Negative. 

Mr. Aftar Stoddard was Chosen Constable. Sworn. 

Voted, That the Committee appointed the Ninth, Instant, to 
Consider in what manner the Town may be best Fortified and 
Defended, be and hereby are desired to repair below the Castle, 
and Measure the Width and Dept.h of the Channel, between Castle 
William and Governburs Island, and prepare a Memorial to lay 
before the General Court, Setting forth how much it will be for the 
Security of the Province to Sink a Number of Hulks, in the said 
Channel near Castle William ; And humbly to propose That inas- 
much as the Supply of the Province Treasury is Attended with 
difficulty, this Town will endeavour to Obtain from their Principal 
Inhabitants a Loan of Money free of Interest, for that purpose, if 
the General Court will please to Accept of the same, until the 
Treasury can be Supply' d for their Reimbursement, And that the 
Committee be desired to report thereon at the Adjournment of this 
Meeting accordingly. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Monday the 30 th . 
instant, at Ten o'Clock in the forenoon. 

Monday, March. 30 th . 1741. 

The Town being Assembled, according to Adjournment. 
Mess John Grant Sworn ) , e ,, * T , 

Thomas Jackson j Clerks of the Market ' 
were Chosen Clerks of the Market. 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . from the Committee 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1740-41. 273 

Appointed to Examin the Overseers Accounts relating to the Work- 
house Presented their Report thereon, which was Read, and 

is as follows, Viz 1 . 

[446.] The Committee unto whom was referred the Auditing 
the Accounts of the Overseers relating to the Workhouse, have 
Attended that Service and upon Examination of their Books find 
the Charge for Provisions Clothing &c. for the Persons in said 
House for Nineteen Months past, Amounts to One Thousand Six 
Hundred three Pounds Seven Shillings and One penny, and the 
Several Species purchased for Manufactory by the Persons in said 
House, Amounts to Six Hundred Twenty two Pounds Sixteen 
Shillings and three pence also for Mr. Taylor the Keepers Salary 
One Year and an half at One Hundred and fifty Pounds p Annum 
is Two Hundred Twenty five Pounds Amounting in the whole to 
Two Thousand Four Hundred Fifty One Pounds Three Shillings 
and four pence. 

We likewise find that the Species Manufactor'd and Sold 
Amounts to One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty five Pounds 
Eight Shillings and Seven rfbnce ; Species Manufactured remain- 
ing in the House Unsold Two Hundred Thirty four Pounds Thir- 
teen Shillings and Six pence Debts, Outstanding for Manufactured 
Goods Sold amounts to One Hundred Ninety Seven Pounds Six 
Shillings and three pence, Provissions and Wood in said House and 
not N'et Expended Eighty Pounds making in the whole One Thou- 
sand Eight Hundred Ninety Seven Pounds Eight Shillings and four 
pence. 

By which it Appears the Neat Charge of the Workhouse for 
Nineteen Months past is Five Hundred Fifty three Pounds Fifteen 
Shillings Due on the Maintenance of said House, during which 
Term taking One time with another, We find there has been 
Upward of Forty People provided for, and that there is now in said 
House Fifty-five Persons, Vizt. Ten Men, Thirty Eight Women 
and Seven Children, We also find that the Furniture of said House 
Amounts to Two Hundred Twenty three Pounds Eight Shillings 
and Six pence, that there has been laid out for Clapboarding the 
Backside and other Repairs of the House Two Hundred Fifty four 
Pounds Seventeen Shillings and Seven pence, and for Tools and 
Utensils Eighteen Pounds, Twelve Shillings and Two pence, which, 
three Several Sums Amounts to Four Hundred Ninety Six [447 ] 
Pounds Eighteen Shillings and three pence. 

AH which is referred to the Town for their Consideration. 

EDWARD HCTCHINSON. 

Boston March. 23 d . 1740/ NATHANAEL BALSTON. 

J. WHEELWRIGHT 
CORE". WALDO. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Overseers of the Poor be and hereby are desired 
to proceed in the Usual way to take Care of the Affairs of the 
Workhouse, and to draw on the Town Treasurer for what Money 
may be needful in carrying on said Affairs. 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . from the Committee Appointed 
the 9 th . instant to repair below the Castle, and to Measure the 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Wedth and Depth of the Channel between Castle William and 
Governour's Island, Presented their Report, with a Plan of said 
Channel ; And having also according to Order prepared a Memorial 
and Petition to be presented to the General Court, laid the same 

before the Town for their Approbation Read, which Report is 

as follows, Vizt. 

The Committee according to the direction of the Town at their 
Meeting the 23 d . instant, repaired on Fry day the 27' h . Currant, to 
the Channel between Castle Island and the South Eastern point of 
Governours Island and find it to be Fourteen Hundred and Fifty 
Seven feet Wide, and from Three to Four Fathom Deep, and the 
very deepest in some places Twenty Seven feet in Common Nip't 
Tides, And therefore about Tvvent}* three or Twenty four feet in 
Common Spring Tides, They have Computed the Charge of fixing 
Piers of Thirty feet Square, made of Pine Timber and Stone to be 
Set Angling cross the Channel at Ten or Twelve feet distance, 
with Hulks to fill up Three or Four Hundred feet, to be left for 
the Ordinary Navigation, at Eighteen Thousand Two Hundred 
Pounds, That the Town may more feadily Apprehend and Judge 
of what is proposed, The Committee have prepared a [448.] 
Plan which is herewith presented, They have also prepared a 
Petition or Memorial to be laid before the Honourable General 
Court, if the Town shall think proper. 

In the Name and by Order of the Committee, 
Boston March. 30. 1741. SAMUEL WELLES. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Five o'Clock in the 
Afternoon. 



Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

Mr. Zachariah Hicks, Usher of the North Writing School, his 
Petition for raising his Salary Read, and 

The Question being put, Whether there shall be any Addition 
made to Mr. Hicks's Salary? 

It passed in the Affiimative. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted to refer the further Consideration of this Petition to the 
next General Town Meeting : and in the mean time to Appoint a 
Committee to enquire into the particular Circumstances relating 
thereto, and of Mr. Procter's Perquisites, &c. 

Voted, That the Select Men be a Committee for this purpose, who 
are desired to Report thereon according!}-. 

The Proposal made by the Select Men as inserted in the Warrant, 
Vizt. To Consider of some proper Method for Supplying the Town 

with Fire Wood, being Accordingly bro't under Consideration 

After some Debate thereon, 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen and Appointed to Consider 
of the most proper and easy Wa} T of Purchasing a Quantity of Cord 
Wood, for the Service of the Town. 

Voted, That the Motion made by Major Hill at the Opening of 
this Meeting, relating to the just Admeasurement of Wood, foe also 
refer'd to the said Committee. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741. 275 

Voted, That the Number of this Committee be Five, And 
Mr. Isaac White "1 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . j- Committee. 
Mr. John Indicott, and 
Mr. John Wheelwright J 

[449.] Were Chosen a Committee for the same purpose, who 
are desired to Report thereon at the next General Town Meeting. 

A Motion made by Capt. Nathanael Cunningham, at the Opening 
of this Meeting, about Paying the Representatives out of the Town 

Treasury, being bro't under Consideration After some Debate 

thereon, 

It was Voted, That the Representatives of the Town be directed, 
so often as any List for the Pa} r of the Honourable House of 
Representatives shall be made up, to receive a Certificate from the 
Clerk of the House, of their Attendance, and lodge the same with 
the Town Treasurer, to whom only they shall Apply for their Pay, 
and Provission shall be made for them there Accordingly. 

The Memorial and Petition to the Great and General Court for 
Liberty to Block up the Channel between Castle William and 
Governour's Island &c. Read again and is as follows, Vizt. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r . Captain General and 
Governour in Chief, the Honourable the Council, and House of 
Representatives, in General Court Assembled, March. 26 th . 1741. 

The Memorial and Petition of the Town of Boston, Humbly 
Sheweth, 

That they Apprehend, it would be a great Security to the 
Province, especially to the Castle, if the Channel, below Castle 
William, between Castle Island and the South Eastern point of 
Governours Island was Stop't and made Unpassable for large Ships 
unless for the breadth of Three or Four Hundred feet in the best 
of the Channel as may be judged, would Sufficiently Accommodate 
the Common and Necessary Navigation ; That they might be Able 
to make a more clear and certain Representation of this Affair to 
Your Excellency and Honours, the Town hath Appointed a Com- 
mittee, who have [45O.] Very Exactly Measured the Depth and 
Breadth of the Channel at the place aforesaid, and find it to be 
Fourteen Hundred and Fifty Seven feet Wide and that it is from 
about Three to Four Fathom deep and the very deepest not more 
than Twenty Seven feet at low water in Common Nip't Tides and 
not above Twenty Three or Twenty Four feet at low water in Com- 
mon Spring Tides, As may be more particularly seen by a Plan 
herewith humbty presented ; About Six Hundred feet on each Side 
of the Channel, It is proposed should be Stop't by Piers made of 
Timber and Stone Thirty feet Square and set Angling across the 
Channel at about Ten or Twelve feet Distance and about Twenty One 
or Twenty two feet high at a mean, till the whole Channel be Stop't, 
Except about Three or Four Hundred feet as aforesaid in the midst 
between the Flatts on the Side of Castle William and the Flatts 
from the South Eastern Point of Governours Island, and the Three 
or Four Hundred feet so left may be Stop't in a few hours, with 
Hulks prepared and lying ready for that end, The Charge of this 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Undertaking has been Computed with large Allowance for losses 
and Casualties which may happen, at Eighteen Thousand Two 
Hundred Pounds, Now May it Please Your Excellenc)' and 
Honours, as the Treasury is not Supplied, and as there seem to be 
Considerable Difficulties in the Way of it. 

It is humbly Requested, That You would please to Direct this 
Affair to be carried on if a Number of private Persons, will 
Advance Sufficient to effect this Work and wait without Interest 
till the Difficulties may be removed, and there shall be money in 
the Province Treasury for their Reimbursement. 

The Question being put, Whether the said Memorial and Peti- 
tion shall be prefer'd to the General Court? 

It passed in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to Sign and prefer the 
said Memorial and Petition to the General Court accordingly. 

[451.] Voted, That the Thanks of the Town, be returned to 
the Gentlemen the Committee for FortiQcations, for the Care and 
Pains they have taken in that Affair. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified, and lawfully Warned, in Town 
Meeting Assembled, on Fryday, the 8 th . of Ma)'. 1741. 

Prayer was made by the Rev. Mr. Ellis Gray. 

The Precept, and Warrant for Calling the Meeting, Read. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . One of the Select Men, in their 
Name, proposed to the Inhabitants Assembled, to proceed to the 
Choice of a Person or Persons to Serve for and Represent tlfem in 
the Great and General Court or Assembly to be held at Boston 
the 27 th . of May Current, And in Order thereto to Consider and 
Ascertain the Number of Gentlemen to be Elected. Accord- 
ingly 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 

The Votes being Collected the Number of Voters were found to 
be, Four Hundred, Ninety five. And Upon Sorting the Votes it 
Appeared, That the following Gentlemen, were Chosen by a Major 
part of the Votes. 

Vizt. No. of Votes. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing ..... 44G 
Mr. Timothy Prout . . . . . 414 

Mr. Edward Bromfield 431 

Mr. James Allen 323. 

The Election of Representatives being ended, and [452.] The 

same declared by the Select Men. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator by written 

Votes which being Collected, it Appeared, that 

Mr. Thomas Gushing was Chosen Moderator for this Meeting. 
A Motion made by Thomas Hubbard Esq r . to remove the Fence 

before the Alms house as far as the Work house. 
A Motion made by Abiel Walley Esq. that the Overseers of the 
Poor be desir'd Vigourously to pursue the Steps of the Law, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741. 277 

impowering them to put Poor Children out to Service, 

The Question being put, Whether this Motion be Sustained? 
It passed in the Negative. 

A Motion made by the Select Men respecting the High Way, 
between the South end of the Town, and the Fortification, 
which was given by the Town to certain Proprietors oji 
Condition, of their keeping the same in Repair, desiring 
Directions from the Town how to proceed in that Affair. 

A Motion made by Mr. Jeremiah Belknap that the Stock for 
Purchasing Grain, should be increas'd. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Three o'Clock, 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 

Sundry Petitions Read, 

Vizt. 

Of Joseph Ingraham, to be Continued One of the Cullers of 

Staves. 

Of Mess. John Stamford and John G-oldthwait, Collectors of 
Taxes for the Year. 1740. that the Assessors may be Allowed 
to Set upon Abatements till the latter end of October next. 
The Select Men presented a Draft of a B^-Law [453.] To 
Oblige the Inhabitants to remove or level the Ice or Snow lying in 
the Streets in the Winter Season, whereby the passing and re- 
passing is often Obstructed and rendered dangerous Read, 

which is as follows, Vizt. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston, 
duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Publick Town Meeting 
Assembled, May 8 th . A.D. 1741. 

For keeping the Streets Lanes and High Ways, passable in the 
Town of Boston in the Winter Season. 

Whereas by reason of the Inhabitants in the Winter Season, 
.carrying the Snow out of their Yards, and laying it in heaps in 
the High Wa}', and Neglecting to make Convenient Paths before 
their Houses and Lands, renders the Passing in the Streets and 
High Ways exceeding Difficult to the Inhabitants, and to the 
Countrey People in bringing Wood and Provisions to Market. 

For Remedy whereof, . 

Voted, That the Scavingers for the time being, and such as shall 
hereafter be Chosen thereto, Are hereby Authorized and Impow- 
ered to Warn and Order all Persons within their respective Ward 
or Wards, who are or shall be Occupiers of any Houses, Lands or 
Tenements Abutting on any of the Streets and Lanes in the Town 
of Boston, to keep clear a good and Sufficient Path before the 
same, from Ice and Snow ; and what Snow or Ice the}- throw or 
carry into the High Wa}~, that the}* Spread and Level the same to 
the Approbation of the Scavingers, And an}- Person or Persons 
refusing or Neglecting to do the same, Six hours after Warning 
given by the Scavingers shall forfeit and Pay the Sum of Fifteen 
Shillings for every Neglect, or Treble the Cost the Scavingers shall 
be at, in getting the same done, the Fine to be for the Use of the 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Poor of the Town, That the Evidence of any One Person 

with the Scavinger shall be Sufficient to Convict any Person or 
Persons of the Breach of this Order. 

This Order to Continue in force until the Town see [454.] 
Convenient to Order otherwise. 
, The foregoing Order or By-Law, having been Read. 

Voted, That the same be Accepted, And that the Select Men be 
and hereby are desired to present the same to the next General 
Sessions of the Peace, for their Approbation. 

The Report of the Committee Appointed to Consider of a proper 
Method, of Supplying the Town with a Sufficient Quantity of Fire 

Wood, and Admeasurement of the same, being presented, 

Read, and is as follows. Vizt. 

The Committee unto whom was refer'd the Consideration of the 
most proper Method of Purchasing Wood for the Service of the 
Town and of some Expedient whereby every Inhabitant may have 
his just Admeasurement thereof, to Effect the same have been lead 
into the following Opinion. 

1 st . That a Quantity of good Wood, not exceeding 400 Cord, 
be bought with ready Money at the Cheapest Rate, and Landed at 
each end and Middle of the Town (where it ma}- be Landed with- 
out much Cost foe laying) for the better Accommodation of the 
Inhabitants when their Absolute Necessity shall require the same. 

2^. Every Cart or Sled Usually carrying Wood from off 
Wharffs or other proper landing Places shall have a Suitable Num- 
ber of Flat Stakes firmly fixt in the Bod}- of the Cart or Sled up 
right, which Stakes shall be Branded or have some other proper 
Mark of Distinction at a hightb and length that will Contain 2 foot 
or of a Cord of Wood well Stowed all length Ways, an other Mark 
on said Stakes at a Ilighth and Length that will Contain 4 foot or 
^ Cord of Wood, and another mark at a Highth and Length that 
will Contain Six foot or f th . of a Cord of Wood, whereby each 
Inhabitant may See at his own Door that he has the Quantity of 

Wood he bought All which [455.] is humbly Submitted to 

the Towns farther Consideration. 

Boston May. 8 th . 1741. ISAAC WHITE 

SAMUEL ADAMS 
THOMAS HUBBARD 
JOHX INDICOTT 

J. WHEELWRIGHT 

The Committee Appointed to View and Consider the State of the 
Alms house and what Repairs and Additions ma}* be proper to be 

made thereto -presented their Repoit which was Read, 

and is as follows, Vizt. 

Pursuant to the above Vote, We have Carefully Viewed the 
( Alms house, and find it Necessary that the following Repairs be 
made, Vizt. All the Floors, Stairs, Doors, Windows, Window 
frames and Cellar Doors be made new ; And We are also of Opin- 
ion that 'tis necessary to make an Additional Building of Ninety 
feet long, and the same Wedth with the Old House to Accommo- 
date the Poor. 



BOSTON TOWN EECORDS, 1741. 279 

ISAAC WHITE JOSHUA CHEEVER JACOB WENDELL 

JACOB PARKER EDWARD BROMFIELD WILLIAM TYLER 

JOSEPH RUSSELL WILLIAM DOWNE JOHN HILL 

DAVID COLLSON SAMUEL HUNT THOMAS HUBBARD 

ANDREW OLIVER DANIEL HENCHMAN 

Voted, That the Committee be desired to Cause the Necessary 
Repairs of the Alms house to be effected, and that the Consider- 
ation of the other part of the Report relating to an additional 
Building, be refer'd to the next General Town Meeting, and that 
the Select Men be desir'd to Insert the same in the Warrant for 
calling the said Meeting, as also the Granting Laud, whereon to 
Erect the same. 

The Committee Appointed to enquire into the Town Rights &c. 
Reported, That they have not had opportunity to Accomplish 



that Affair so as fully to make Report thereon at this Meeting, 
upon which the}* were desired to pursue the said Affair and Report 
thereon at the next General Meeting, [456.] or as soon after 
as may be. 

Mr. Zachariah Hicks's Petition, for Addition to his Salary, as 
Usher of the North Writing School, and the Select Men's Report 
thereon, was Read, which Report is as follows, Vizt. 

Pursuant to the above Vote of the Town, We have made enquiry 
into the Circumstances of the North Writing School, which consists 
of about Two Hundred and Eighty Scholars, A Master and Usher, 
the Master has Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds p Annum, the 

Usher One Hundred and Fifty Pounds We don't find that 

any Children of the Town have been refused, that could Read in the 
Psalter, nor any Demand of Entrance Money made of the Inhabi- 
tants, but only from Strangers Children, of which there is now 
about Ten in the School, and that for Firing some that are in low 
Circumstances Pay Nothing, others as they think fit, so that One 
with Another it Amounts to about Five Shillings a peice, the which 
Perquisites the Master insists on as his right and without it, can't 
Subsist in keeping the School having for some time paid an Assist- 
ant One Hundred Pounds, p Annum, out of his Salary, So that 
We are of Opinion that Nothing can be taken from the Master to 
Add to the Usher, but as it's Necessary that some Addition be 
made to the Usher, if the Town thinks proper to Add Thiity 
Pounds p Annum to his Salary, to begin the Twenty Eighth of 
May Currant, it may do well. 



All which is humbly Submitted, 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HANCOCK 

MlDDLECOTT COOKE 

JOHN STEEL 



Select 
Men. 



Voted, That there be an'Addition of Thirty Pounds, [457.] 
p Annum, made to Mr. Hicks's Salary to Commence from the 
28 th . of May Currant, And that the Select Men be desired to insert 
a Clause in the Warrant, for the next Meeting, for Erecting a 
Writing School near the Center of the Town. 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Voted, That the raising of Money for defraying the Charge of 
the Current Year, be reler'd to the next Meeting, And that the 
Town Treasurer be directed to prepare and exhibit an Account of 
the Money Outstanding in the hands of the Collectors of Taxes. 

Voted, to refer the other Affairs that were to have been trans- 
acted at this Meeting, to be bro't under Consideration at the next 
Meeting. 

Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned, in Publick 
Town Meeting Assembled, on Fryday the 22 d . of May, 1741. 

The Warrant under the Hands and Seal of William Dudley, and 
Anthony Stoddard Esq rs . Two of His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace for the County of Suffolk, Quorum Unus ; In Order to the 
Choice of a Person to be Register of Deeds and Conveyances of 
Land in the said County in the room of Mr. Samuel Gerrish De- 
ceased. Read. 

The Warrant for calling the Meeting Read. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator by written 

Votes which being Collected, it Appeared that Mr. Thomas 

Gushing was Chosen by a great Majority of Votes. 

A Petition of Mr. Isaac Gridley, that All the Extra Expences, 
which Arose on his Servant Henry Nickerson's having the Small 
Pox, who was removed to the Westerly part of the Town, may 
be Abated him by the Town. Read. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

[458.] A Motion made by Mr. John Darrell, that a Commit- 
tee might be Appointed by the Town to wait on His Excellency the 
Governour, desiring that some Measures may be taken to Protect 
such Coasters as may be bringing Provission, Wood &c. from being 
Impressed on board His Majesties Ships of War, lying in the 
Harbour. 

Ezekiel Goldthwait, was Chosen Town Clerk for the Year ensu- 
ing, and was Sworn to the faithful Discharge of his Office by the 
Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 

The Freeholders of the Town proceeded to bring in their Votes 
for a Register of Deeds &c. for the County of Suffolk, which being 

Collected were according to Law Sealed up by Constable 

Richard Gridley by him to be kept and returned to the Justices 
that Issued out the Warrant, on Monday the 25 th . Instant, accord- 
ing to the Directions in the said Warrant. 

The Affair of Erecting a Writing Schoolhouse in the Center of 
the Town, came under Consideration, and the same being fully 

debated, The Question was put. Whether the Town would ac- 

cordingl}- Erect a Writing School in the Middle of the Town? 

It passed in the Negative. 

Upon a Motion made, the Question was put Whether the North 
Writing School under the Care of Mr. John Procter be divided 
into Two parts for the Conveniency of Children? 

It passed in the Negative. 

Voted, That a Committee Consisting of Five Persons be Ap- 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741. 281 

pointed to Enquire into the Circumstances of the North Writing 
ISchool under the Care of Mr. John Procter, and report to the next 
General Town Meeting what they think proper to be done relating 
to the Division thereof, or in what other Way the said School may 
be best Carried on and Supported, 

Voted, That Abiel Walley Esq r . 
Mr. James Allen. 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 
Mr. John Stauiford 
[459.] be the Committee for that purpose. 

The Report of the Committee Appointed the 9 th . of March last 
to View and Consider the State of the Alrashouse and Report what 
Additions and Repairs may. be proper to be made thereto, was 

Read, as Entred the 8 th . instant And the same being fully 

Considered and Debated was Accepted, and 

Voted, That there be and hereby is Granted a Parcel of the 
Common Land Adjoining to the Alrashouse Bounded by a Line to 
be Extended from the Southwest Corner of said House into the 
Field about Ninety foot, and from thence Extending another line 
Eastward bevelling with the Work house fence as now Erected. 

Also Voted that there be a Brick Building in Addition to the 
Almshouse Erected on said Land of Ninety feet long, and the same 
Wedth of the Old House to Accomodate the Poor, And that the 
Overseers of the Poor be desired to take care that the same be 
Effected in the Cheapest manner. 

Voted, that this Meeting be Adjourned to 3 oX^lock Afternoon. 

Afternoon, the Town beingAssembled. 

A Petition of Mr. John Staniford, and others, Collectors of 
Taxes for the Year, 1740, Praying that the Assessors may be Al- 
lowed to Sit upon Abatements till the 'latter end of October next, 
for the reasons therein mentioned Read. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, And that the 
Assessors be Allowed to Sit upon Abatements till the last Day of 
October next, and no longer. 

The Petition of Mr. John Staniford relating to the Building a 
Bridge from Boston to Cambridge over Charles's River being Read 
and Debated upon, in Answer thereto, 

Voted, That when the Building a Bridge from Boston to Cam- 
bridge shall be Undertaken, the Town will Carry on the Affairs so 
far as to Build that part of the Bridge, which may be Convenient 
to be Built on the Flatts from Boston Shore to Low water mark, 
Provided that in Order to Enable them to Effect such part of the 
Works the Town can Obtain from the Great and General Court 
the Loan of a Sufficient Sum of [46O.] Money upon reasonable 
terms, And also may be Entitled to their proportionable part of the 
Incomes of said Bridge. 

The Report of Mess". Isaac White and others a Committee 
Appointed to Consider of some proper Method for supplying the 
Town with Fire Wood, as Entred May, 8 th instant, being read, 

Voted, That the same be Accepted, and that the Sum of Seven 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Hundred Pounds of the produce of the Three Townships be as soon 
as may be drawn in by the Select Men, and delivered to, 
Major John Hill. 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . and 
Mr. John "Wheelwright, 

who are Appointed a Committee to Invest the same in Cord- 
Wood at the most reasonable Rate to be laid in some Convenient 
places at each end, and in the Middle of the Town, in Order to 
Supply the Inhabitants as the Nccessitys of the Season shall call for. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to draw up and prepare 
a By-Law relating to the Admeasurement of Wood, and Report of 
the same at the next General Town Meeting. 

A Petition of Joseph Ingraham, Praying that he may be a 
Culler of Staves Read, and after some Debate thereon, 

Voted, That the same be Dismissed. 

Upon Reading the Petition of Isaac Gridley relating to Henry 
Nickerson his Servant, who was ill of the Small Pox, and for the 
Safety of the Town removed to the Westerly part thereof, Praying 
that the Town would Order the Extra Expences as have arisen by 
his Removal and other Charges more than it would have been, 
provided he had been Cured and Attended upon in his own Family 
may be Abated him, Voted, That the Select Men Abate him so 
much as they shall think proper. 

The Select Men's Report on the Petition of Mr. Edward Gray & 
others, respecting the High Waj'laid out thro' Bartons Rope Walk, 
being presented was Read, and is as follows, Vizt. 

Persuant to the above Vote of the Town, We have [461.] 
Attended the Service therein desired, and Viewed the Land and 
Discoursed with the Petitioners, And find that the Petitioners, &c. 
have Purchased and laid out a Street of about Twenty One feet 
Wide and about Fifteen Hundred feet long, extending i'rom Sum- 
mer Street to the Sconce for which they are Obliged to Pay One 
Thousand Pounds (for what they Purchased) Eight Hundred and 
Forty Pounds of which they have got by Subscriptions of, some of 
the Abutters, others of them who receive a Benefit by said Way 
not being Able or willing to Pay any thing thereto, 

We Apprehend said Street is of great Advantage to the present 
Abutters Estates, and to those that may hereafter Build there, and 
as the Town have some Interest there, in a House provided for Poor 
Children 

We would therefore propose to the Town, upon the Petitioners 
Compleating the Street from Summer Street to Sconce Street of 
Twenty One feet Wide, and levelling a part of the Hill to the 
Eastward of said Street to the Approbation of the Town, and 
Convey over said Land to the Town for a Common High Way, 
free from any Demand of the Proprietors, that then the Town 
Allow to them, the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds, and 
Accept of it as a High Way, 

JOHN JEFFRIES 

CALEB LYMAN 

JONAS CLARKE ^ Select Men. 

THOMAS HANCOCK 

JOHN STEEL 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741. 283 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, and that upon the Peti- 
tioners Compleating the Street from Summer Street to Sconce 
Street of Twenty One feet, and levelling a part of the Hill to the 
Eastward of said Street to the Approbation of the Select Men of 
the Town and Convey over said Land to the Town for a Common 
High Way, free from any Demand of the Proprietors, that then 
the Town Allow to them the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty 
Pounds, and Accept of it as a High Way. 

Upon the Motion made by the Select Men relating to the High 
Way by the Fortification, as entred the 8 th . instant. 

Voted that the Select Men be and hereby are desired and Im- 
powered to bring forward any Suit or Suits in the Law lor the 
Recover} 1 and Possession of such of the Upland Beach Flatts and 
Meadow Ground as Abutts on the High Ways on the Neck in this 
Town, Unless the said High Ways shall be Speedily Secured 
[462.] From the Seas according to the Covenants made unto 
Sundry Persons to whom said Upland Beach Flatts and Meadows 
were granted by the Town the 31 rt . of Januarj-, 1708. 

The Report of a Committee Appointed to Audit the Town 
Treasurers Acco u . for the Year past, as Eutred in the Treasurers 
Book Read Accepted, and 

Voted, That the Treasurer be (so far) accordingly Discharged. 

Voted, That the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be Allowed and 
Paid to the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . out of the Town Treas- 
UIT, for his good Service as Town Treasurer the Year past. 

The following Gentlemen were Chosen a Committee for Auditing 
the Town Treasurers Accounts, for the Year ensuing, Viz 1 . 
Hugh Hall Esq r . 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
Mr. James Allen 
Mr. John Wheelwright 

who are desired to Settle some proper Method for the Treasurer to 
State his Accoun-ts in, that so the Town may be always Acquainted 
with the Ballance thereof. 

Upon the Motion made by Mr. John Darrell at the Opening this 
Meeting 

Voted, That Hugh Hall Esq r . 

Abiel Walle}* Esq r . and 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

be a Committee to wait on His Excellency the Governour desiring 
that some Measures may be taken to protect such Coasters as may 
be bringing Provisions Wood &c. from being Impressed on board 
His Majesties Ships of War, lying in the Harbour. 

Voted, A Grant of Eleven Thousand Pounds to be raised by a 
Tax upon Polls and Estates within the Town of Boston for Relief of 
the Poor and defraying other Necessary Charges arising within 
and for said Town the Year ensuing. 

Then the Meeting was Dismissed. 

[463.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in 



284 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Town Meeting Assembled on Tuesday the Sixteenth Da}' of June, 
A.D. 1741. - 

Prayer was made by the Rev d . Mr. William Cooper. 

The Precept and Warrant for Calling the Meeting. -- Read. 

Sundry Laws -- Read. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . One of the Select Men in their 
Name, Proposed to the Inhabitants Assembled to proceed to the 
Choice of a Person or Persons to Serve lor and Represent them in 
a Great and General Court or Assembly to be held at Boston the 
Eighth Day of July next, And in Order thereto to Consider and 
Ascertain the Number of Gentlemen to be Elected, Accord- 



Voted to proceed to the Choice of Four Representatives. 
The Votes being Collected the Number of Voters were found to 
be Two Hundred and Eighty - . -- And upon Sorting the Votes 
it Appeared that the following Gentlemen were Chosen by a 
Major part of the Votes, Vizt. 

N. of Votes. 
Mr. Thomas dishing ..... 267 

Mr. Timothy Prout ..... 200 

Mr. Edward Bromfield . . ... . 262 

Mr. James Allen ...... 153 

The Election of Representatives being Ended, the same was De- 
clared by the Select Men, And, 
Then the Meeting was Dismiss'd. 

[464.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duty Qualified and lawfully Warned in 
Publick Town Meeting Assembled at the Town House on Monday 
the Eighth Day of March, 1741. 

Prayer being made by the Rev. Joseph Sewall D.D. 

The Warrant for calling the Meeting - Read. 

The Inhabitants proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator, the 
Votes being Collected, it Appeared that Mr. Thomas Gushing was 
Unanimously Chosen. 

Sundry Laws, Read. 

Ezekiel Goldthwait was Chosen Town Clerk for the Year ensuing 
and Sworn into that Office by the Honourable Anthony Stoddard 
Esq r . 

Sundry, Petitions Reports and Motions. -- 
Vizt. 

A Petition of Mr. Samuel Wentworth, relating to his Building a 
Warehouse fronting on Merchants Row. 

A Petition of Mr. Thomas Williston relating to his Publishing 
the Banns of Matrimony at the Brick Church. 

A Petition of Mess". Joseph Simpson and John Hooker relating 
to their digging Graves in the Burial places in this Town. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants relating to the High Way at 
the South End paving the same between the End of the present 
Pavement and the Fortification. 

A Petition of the Engine Men, to be Excused from other Service 
in the Town and to have the Premium Continued. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741-42. 285 

A Report of the Select Men on the Visitation of the Publick 
Schools. 

A Motion made by Mr. William Torrey that the Town would 
Consider of making some further Provision for Educating the 
Children in the Art of Writing in the Middle part of the Town. 

A Motion made by Mr. Joseph Marion that a Committee be 
Appointed to Wait upon His Excellency the Governour [465.] 
To inform him of the Circumstances of the Fortifications in this 
Town. 

Mr. Jonathan Willis made the three following Motions Vizt. 1 st . 
Whether Nothing can be done to prevent so many Chimneys 
being Fired, to the great Surprize of the Neighbours and 
danger of burning the Town. 2 ly . Whether Nothing farther 
can be done in Order to keep the Streets Cleaner than they were 
the last Year. 

3 ly . Whether Nothing can be done to prevent the great Disturb- 
ance Occasioned by Horses and Chaise in great Numbers Crouding 
into Town and also out of Town till Nine, Ten, and sometimes- 
Eleven aClock at Night. 

A Motion made by Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham that the Keeper 
of the Granary be directed to Receive into the Granary any Quan- 
tities of Grain as shall from time to time be Sent there for for 
Charitable Uses and to be Delivered out again only b}' Way of 
Charity according to the Direction of the Gentleman that shall put 
in the same. 

A Motion made by Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham that the Com- 
mittee Appointed the last Year to provide Cord Wood for the Use 
of the Town be desired to make Provission for the receiving such 
Quantities of Wood as shall from time to time be Landed by any 
Gentleman that shall give the same for Charitable Uses to be De- 
livered out again by way of Charity according to the Direction of 
the Person that shall Land and Give the same. 

The Report of the Committee appointed to Enquire into the 
Towns Rights on and about Fort hill Read. 

Voted, That the Town proceed to take the same into Considera- 
ation at Four oClock this Afternoon Also 

Voted, That the Town then proceed to the Choice of a County 
Treasurer, and that, immediately before they take the said Report 
into Consideration. 

Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Seven Select Men. 

The Votes being accordingly Collected and Sorted, it Appeared 
that the following Gentlemen were Chosen to [466.] That Office, 
for the Year ensuing, Vizt. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . ") 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . ^ Select Men. 

Mr. Thomas Hancock 

Mr. Middlecott Cooke 

Capt. John Steel 

Voted to Choose Twelve Constables distinct from Collectors of 
Taxes, accordingly. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Mess. James Barton Excus'd 

James Griffin (Cordwainer) Sworn 



Thomas Speakman 
John Gibbs (Painter) 
Newman Greenough 
Charles Sigourney 
John Box 
Ebenezer Coburne 
Nathaniel Marty n 
James Minot 
John Coverly 
Henry Laughton 



Under Age 

Sworn 

Pay 

Sworn 

Excused 

Pay 

Pay 

Paid in 1737. 

Sworn 

Pay 



> Constables 



Constables. 



were Chosen Constables for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Three o'Clock in the 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 
Mess. Joseph Sherburne Pay 

William Vassall Pay 

William Bowdoin Paid in 1737. 

Charles Sherman Pa}* 

Joseph Edwards Pay 

William Beers Excused 

were Chosen Constables. 

[467.] The following Gentlemen were Chosen Overseers of 

the Poor for the Year ensuing, Vizt. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 
Major John Hill 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 
Joshua Cheever Esq r . 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
Mr. Edward Broinfield 
Capt. William Downe 
Mr. Isaac White 
Mr. Samuel Hunt 
Then the Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for a County 
Treasurer which being Collected were according to Law Sealed up 
by Constable Charles Sigourney by him to be kept and returned 
to the next Quarter Sessions to be held for the County of Suffolk. 

Then the Town according to their Vote in the Forenoon pro- 
ceeded to take into Consideration the Report of the Committee ap- 
pointed to Enquire into the Towns Rights on and about Forthill, 
which Report is in the Words following, Vizt. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston at a Meeting of the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the said Town on Monday 
the Ninth of March, 1740. Appointing and Impowering us the 
Subscribers a Committee to Enquire into the Town Rights on and 
about Forthill &c. and making a Plan thereof We the Subscribers 
have accordingly Attended the said Service been upon and Strictly 



Overseers of the Poor. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741-42. 287 

Viewed the Premisses and do accordingly Report that this Plan 
Represents the Town Lands on Forthill in Boston with the En- 
croachments that at present Appear to be made by Several of the 
Abutters Namely Mr. Alexander Hunt, Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Mr. [468.] Brattle Oliver, Madam Phillips and Jacob Wendell 
Esq r . as are Represented between the Red and Yellow Lines in 
this Plan Delineated, within which Lines the Encroachments 
appear to be made as by the Numbers from One to Five Mark't 
and particularly set down will fully Appear. 

And We further Report that We find an Encroachment made 
by Col. Wendell Mr. Parkman and Mr. Jngersoll on the Battery 
Ground and Flatts where the South Batter}* so Called was formerly 
Erected whereon many Peices of the Cannon belonging to the 
said Battery are now h'ing and that Mr. Alexander Hunt Appears 
to Us to be a Trespasser on the Town Flatts lying before the said 
Hunts Dwelling house. 

SAMUEL ADAMS "1 

SHEM DROWNE ... 

JONATHAN WILLIAMS f Committee. 

JOSEPH MARION 

And after a long Debate had thereon, As to that part relating 
to the Fortifications, It was, 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen and Appointed to Wait 
upon the Captain General Requesting His Excellency if he please 
to give his Orders for the Removal of such Incumbrances as are 
lying on the Battery Ground near Forthill ; that so the great Ar- 
tillery and Warlike Stores may be preserved, and put into a proper 
Condition for immediate Service when Occasion shall call for it. 

Voted, That the Select Men, and the Committee appointed to 
Enquire into the Town Rights on and about Forthill Vizt. Samuel 
Adams Esq r . Mr. Joseph Marion Mr. Hugh Vans Mr. Shem 
Drowne and Mr. Jonathan Williams be the Committee to Wait 
upon the Captain General as aforesaid. 

Also, Voted That the Consideration of the other part of the 
Report be refer'd to the Adjournment of this Meeting at some 

Distant Day. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till ToMorrow Morning 
Nine aClock. 

[469.] Tuesday, March. 9 th . 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood who was, Yesterday Chose an Overseer 

of the Poor desires to be Excused from that Service. 

Mess". William Ireland Pay 
William Mollineaux Pay 
Thomas Fillebrowne Sworn 
Seth Foster Sworn . 

Robert Charles Excus'd belongs to the Troop 

Charles Dabney Sworn 
John Barrett (Shop- 
keeper) Pay 
were Chosen Constables. 

The Select Mens Report on Mr. Francis Willoughby's Account 



288 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of the Granary for the Year past, and as Entred in his Book 

Read And 

Voted, That the said Report be Accepted & accordingly that 
Mr. Willoughby be farther Accountable for Thirty One Bushels of 
Rye and Twenty Seven Hundred and One Quarter of Flour, And 
the Sum of Eight Hundred and Ninety One Pounds Seven Shillings 
and Nine pence in Bills of Credit the whole of which Amounts to 
the Sum of One Thousand Twenty four Pounds & Nine pence 
which remains in his Hands Exclusive of Mr. Willoughby's Salary 
for the Year past, Vizt. One Hundred Pounds which is hereby 
also Allowed. 

Mess". Richard Buckley "| 
Peter Thomas 



Joshua Blanchard 
William Salter 



Assessors. 



Daniel Pecker 
Nathaniel Barber 
Jacob Parker 
were Chosen Assessors for the Year ensuing. 

Mr. William Salter desires that he may be Excused [47O.] 
For Serving, as an Assessor for the Year ensuing, & upon hearing 
his Reason, It was 

Voted that he should be Excused accordingly. 

Deacon John Phillips was Unanimously Chosen an Overseer of 
the Poor in the room of Capt. Jeffery Bedgood. 

The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for a Town Treas- 
urer, and it Appeared that the Honourable Joseph Wadsworth 
Esq r . was Unanimously Chosen and Accordingly Sworn into that 
Office by the Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

Mr. Robert Charles Chosen One of the Constables - Appeared 
and prayed that he may be Excused from that Service, he being a 
Listed Trooper in the Troop of Guards under the Command of 
Estes Hatch Esq r . after some Debate thereon, The Question was 
put, Whether the said Robert Charles be Excused for the reasons 
given 



Voted in the Affirmative. 



The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for One Assessor in 
the room of Mr. William Salter who declines Serving and upon 
Sorting the Votes it Appeared that William Fairfield was Chosen. 

Mess. William Fenwick Pay "] 

John Scolley Pay ^ , , , 

i7>u wr iv o / Constables 

Ebenezer Walhs Sworn [ 

Thomas Hayes Sworn J 
were Chosen Constables. 

The Petition of Thomas Williston Sexton of the Old Brick 
Church, Read at the Opening of the Meeting - Setting forth, 
That he had been Sexton of said Meeting house the Year past and 
had Constantly Attended his Duty and it has been an Ancient 
Custom that the said Sexton should have the Benefit of Publishing 
the Banns of Matrimony when Capable and most of the Con- 
gregation are desirous that he should have the Benefit of [471.] 
Publishing if he had the Order of the Town Meeting for the same 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741-42. 289 

Praying the Town to take the same into Consideration, and Grant 

him leave to Publish accordingly After a Considerable Debate 

thereon A Motion was Made & the Question was put, Whether the 
said Petition should be Dismissed ? And it passed in the Affirm- 
ative. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants relating to Paving of Orange 
Street at the South end, from the End of the present Pavement, 

to the Pavement which extends to the Fortification Read at the 

Opening of this Meeting, came into Consideration and after a long 
Debate thereon, The Question was put, Whether the Town will 
now proceed' to the Consideration of this Petition? It passed in 
the Affirmative. 

And then another Question was put, Vizt. Whether the said High 
Way should be Paved from the End of the present Paving till it 
meets with the Pavement that extends to the Fortification, Upon 
Condition that any Abutter or number of Abutters to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Satisfaction of the Select Men will Undertake that each 
and every Abutter shall Pay his proportionable part for Paving 
the same ? It was Voted in the Affirmative ; and that the Select 
Men be desired to See the same effected in the best and Cheapest 
manner, in the above Conditions. 

Mr. John Gibbs Chosen One of the Constables Appeared and 
pleaded that he is now a Vestry Man in the Church of England 
whereof the Reverend Dr. Cutler is Minister, and therefore desired 
to be Excused after some Debate thereon, The Question was put 
Whether the Town would Excuse him for the reasons given ? And 
it passed in the Negative. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Three oClock in the 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, The Town being Assembled. 
[472.] Mess". Andrew Halyburton ^ 

Samuel Service Sworn I TT 

William Codner Sworn r* 10 ^ 1 ' 6 

John Grid ley Sworn J 

were Chosen Hogreves for the Year ensuing. 
Mess. Joseph Russell Sworn 

Caleb Ray Sworn 

Thomas Foster Sworn 



Benjamin Russell Sworn 



Fence Viewers. 



John Adams, (North End) Sworn 
John Indicott 
Hopestill Foster 

were Chosen Fence Viewers for the Year ensuing. 
Mess". Edward Moberly Sworn 

William Paine Sworn 

Moses Eayres Sworn 

J U ph I > Viewers of Shing.es *.. 

Matthew Barnard Sworn 
Joseph Ricks Sworn 

Thomas Jones, Not Capable J having a Weak Sight, 
were Chosen Surveyors of Boards, Timber, Shingles &c. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Mess. John Helyer Sworn 

Harvey Thomas Sworn 

Samuel Green Sworn 
Isaac Fowle 

John Hobbs Sworn 

Benj*. Barnard Sworn 

Benj a . Sault Sworn 



Cullers of Staves. 



were Chosen Cullers of Staves for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Select Men be Surveyors of the High Ways. 

Mess. Nathaniel Gardner ") T v,t -rv 

T>- \ ^ TT ui j r Informers ab'. Deer. 
Richard Hubbard j 

to inform against & prosecute the Violators of the Act for the better 
Preservation and Increase of Deer within this Province. 

[473.] Mr. Isaac Gridley was Chosen Surveyor of Hemp and 
Flax for the Year ensuing. 

Mess. Samuel May Sworn ") 

Benjamin Mason Sworn 

Robert Williams Sworn 

William Darrington Sworn 

John Allen Sworn 

Thomas Inches Sworn 

Nathaniel Hodgdon Sworn 
were Chosen Sealers of Leather for the Year ensuing. 

Mr. Richard Carter Cowel was Chosen Haward for the Year 
ensuing. 



- Sealers of Leather. 



Constables 



Mess. Josiah Carter Sworn 
John Nowell Sworn 
were Chosen Constables. 

Mess. John Ruddock Sworn 

William Bowles Sworn 

Ebenezer Simpson Sworn 

Charles Harrison Excused 

Astar Stoddard Sworn 

John Miller Sworn 

Ellis Wilson Sworn 

Benjamin Rankin Sworn 

Daniel Williams Sworn 

Daniel Ray Sworn 

Samuel Rogers Sworn 

Daniel Sigourney Sworn 

Gamaliel Walk's Pay 
were Chosen Clerks of the Market for the Year ensuing. 



> Clerks of the Market. 



Mess. Joseph Webb 

William Greenleaf 
William Salter 
Capt. Benj a . Pollard 
Ebenezer Lowell 
Knight Leverett 
Capt Earth . Cheever 



Scavingers. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741-42. 291 

[474.] Mess. Charles Coffin 
John Darrell 

Richard Gooding j> Scavingers. 

Nathaniel Greenwood 
George Skinner 
were Chosen Scavengers for the Year ensuing. 

The Petition of Mr. Samuel Wentworth Read at the Open- 
ing of the Meeting, was now taken into Consideration 

And Voted, That the Subject Matter of the said Petition be 
referred to the Select Men to do what they shall think proper and 

most for the Advantage of the Town. 

The Petition of Joseph Simpson and John Hooker relating to 

their digging Graves in the Burial places in this Town Read 

at the Opening of the Meeting, was now taken into Consideration 

and after some Debate 

It was Voted That the Prayer thereof be refer'd to the Select 
Men to act therein as they shall think best and most reasonable. 
The Petition of James Read and others, Masters of the Fire 
Engines, in behalf of themselves and their Companys Praying that 
they may be Exempted from Serving in other Town Offices for the 
Year ensuing, And that the Premium which the Town hath 
granted for Two Years past, to the first Engine which should be 
brought to Work upon any Building on Fire, might be still Allowed 

them, for reasons mentioned Read and 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted provided there 
be Two Men more Added to each Engine & an Ax and Hook pro- 
vided to each Engine and they bring with them to the Fire the 

said Ax and Hook. 

The Report of the Select Men on the Visitation of the Publick 

Schools Read again and is as follows, Viz*. 

To the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston in Town 
Meeting Assembled, March. 8 th . 1741. 

[475.] Pursuant to a Vote of the Town of Boston at their 
Annual Meeting the Ninth of March last past, Desiring the Select 
Men to Visit the Several Publick Schools in the Town, and to 
desire such Gentlemen to Accompany them therein, as they shall 
think proper, and to Report thereon. 

We the Subscribers accordingly Attended that Service on Wed- 
nesday the Seventeenth of June last Accompanied by the follow- 
ing Gentlemen, Vizt. 

The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 
The Hon. William Foye Esq r . 
Major Samuel Sewall 
The Rev. Joseph Sewall D. D. 
The Rev. Mr. Thomas Prince 
The Rev. Mr. John Webb 
The Rev. Mr. William Welsteed 
Mr. Edward Bromfield, and 

Mr. James Allen 

and found the said Schools under a good regulation, The Number 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

of Scholars in each School were as follows, Vizt. In the South 
Grammar School Eighty Seven, In the South Writing School 
Fort}' Eight, in the Writing School in Queen Street Seventy four ; 
In the North Grammar School Sixty five ; And in the North Writ- 
ing School Two Hundred. 

JOHN JEFFRIES "| 

CALEB LYMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 

THOMAS HANCOCK * Select Men. 

MlDDLECOTT CoOKE 

JOHN STEEL 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted and that the Gentlemen 
the Select Men be desired to Visit the Publick Schools the Year 
ensuing, and that they desire such Gentlemen to Accompanj' them 
therein as they shall think Convenient, and that they Report 
thereon. 

[476.] Voted, That the Gentlemen the Representatives of 
Boston be Added to the Committee Chosen Yesterday, to Wait 
upon the Captain General. 

The Question was put, Whether the Town will Choose a Com- 
mittee for Purchasing Grain &c. bj" a handy Vote? 

It passed in the Affirmative, and 

Mess". Jeremiah Belknap") 

John Salter > Committee. 

John Tyler ) 

were Chosen a Committee for Purchasing Grain, who are hereby 
Impowered to give all Needful Directions to the Master of the 
Granary, respecting the Quantities of Grain to be Sold, and Set- 
ting the Price thereof from time to time. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryday next, the 
Twelfth instant, at Three o'Clock afternoon. 

Fryday, March, 12 th . 1741. 

The Tow r n being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

On a Motion made, It was Voted that for the future the Town 
shall not proceed to Act on any Matter or thing which will Nec- 
essarily bring on a Considerable Disbursement of Money without 
its being Inserted in the Warrant for calling the Meeting. 

The Question was put, Whether the Town would do any thing 
in Consequence of the Motion made at the Opening of this Meeting, 
by Mr. William Torrey, relating to the Educating of Children in 
the Middle part of the Town? 

And it passed in the Negative. 

The Committee Appointed to wait on His Excellency the 
Captain General, the Eighth instant, Requesting him to give his 
Orders for the Removal of such Incumbrances as are lying on the 
Battery Ground near Fort hill, that so the great Artillery and 
Warlike Stores may be preserved, and put into a proper Condition 
for immediate Service [477.] When Occasion shall call for it, 
made Report that they had accordingly Waited upon His Excel- 
lency and received an Answer from him in the Words following, 
Vizt. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1741-42. 293 

Gentlemen, Boston March. 11. 1741. 

You are hereby Directed to take Care for the removal of the In- 
cumbrances that are lying on the Battery Grounds in Boston, that 
so the great Artillery and Warlike Stores may be preserved 
and put into a proper Condition for immediate Service according 
to the request of the said Town in this Affair, You must 
Attend the Select Men of Boston who will Assist You and defray 
the Charge of this Service. 

To Mess. John Steele, Shem Drowne 

and Jonathan Williams, W. SHIRLEY. 

And then a Motion was made by Mr. Joseph Marion, that the 
following Vote might be passed, Vizt. 

Inasmuch as His Excellency the Captain General has been 
pleased in a kind manner to Receive the Committee appointed by 
the Town to Wait on him regarding the Incumbrances on the Bat- 
tery Grounds in Boston And has also at the Towns Application 
Appointed a Committee to remove the said Incumbrancea 

Therefore Voted, That the Town in the most Dutiful manner, 
return their Sincere Thanks to His Excellency the Governour, by 
the Gentlemen the Select Men, for his peculiar regard to the Town 
in the Order given by His Excellency for the removing the Incum- 
brances aforesaid, And that the Town humbly trust that His Ex- 
cellency is really Disposed to preserve and protect the Rights and 
Liberties of the Inhabitants of this Town, as well as their Persons. 

Which Unanimously passed in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to wait upon His Excel- 
lency accordingly. 

A Question was put, Whether Capt John Steel Mr. Shem 
Drowne and Mr. Jonathan Williams be desired [478.] To Erect 
a Fence round the South Battery Grounds? 

It passed in the Affirmative, and they are desired to take Care 
that the same be done accordingly. 

On a Motion made, Whether the Report of the Committee ap- 
pointed to Enquire into the Towns Rights on and about Fort hill 
as Entred the Eighth instant be Accepted? And 

It was Voted in the Affirmative, And then 

Voted, That the Consideration of the Report relating to the In- 
croachments on Fort hill be refer'd to the next General Town 
Meeting. 

A Motion was made relating to the Choice of Tything Men, but 
Nothing done thereon. 

On the Motion made by Mr. Jonathan Willis at the Opening of 
the Meeting, relating to Chimneys being Fired, after a Debate 
thereon. 

It was Voted, That the Select Men be desired to prepare a 
Draft of a By-law for the regular & Seasonable Sweeping of 
Chimneys and present the same at the next General Town Meet- 
ing. 

The Motion made by Mr. Willis at the Opening of this Meeting, 
relating to Horses and Chaise coming in and going out of Town 
late at Night, came under Consideration, but Nothing done there- 
on. 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The other Motion made at the Opening of the Meeting by Mr. 
Willis, relating to keeping the Streets clean, the Town Apprehend 
comes under the Care & Cognizance of the Select Men as Survey- 
ors of High Ways. 

On the Motion made by Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham at the 
Opening of the Meeting, relating to Grain. 

Voted, That the Keeper of the Granary be directed to receive 
into the Granary any Quantities of Grain as shall from time to 
time be sent there for Charitable Uses, and to be delivered out 
again only by way of Charity according to the Direction of the 
Gentlemen that shall put in the same. 

[479.] On the Motion made at the Opening of this Meeting 
by Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham relating to Wood. 

Voted, That the Committee Appointed the last Year to provide 
Cord Wood for the Use of the Town be desired to make Provission 
for the receiving such Quantities of Wood as shall from time to 
time be Landed by an}- Gentleman that shall give the same for 

Charitable Uses to be Delivered out again by way of Charity 

according to the Direction of the Person that shall Land and give 
the same. 

Mr. John Tyler declining to Serve as One of the Committee for 
Purchasing; Grain. 



Deacon Samuel Bridgham was Chosen in his Room. 



Voted, That the Consideration of raising Money and Choosing 
Collectors of Taxes be refer'd to the next General Town Meeting. 
Then the Meeting was Dismissed. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Town 
Meeting Assembled on Tuesday the Eleventh Day of May, Anno 
Domini, 1742. 

Prayer was made by the Rev d . Mr. John Webb. 

The Precept and Warrant for Calling the Meeting. Read. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . One of the Select Men in their 
Name, proposed to the Inhabitants Assembled to proceed to the 
Choice of a Person or Persons to Serve for and Represent them in 
a Great and General Court or Assembly to be held at Boston upon 
Wednesday the Twenty Sixth Day of May instant, And in Order 
thereto to Consider & Ascertain the Number of Gentlemen to be 
Elected, Accordingly. 

[48O. ] Voted, to proceed to the Choice of Four Representa- 
tives. 

The Votes being Collected the Number of Voters were found to 
be Five Hundred and Twenty five, and upon Sorting the Votes it 
Appeared that the following Gentlemen were Chosen by a Major 
part of the Votes, Vizt. 

N of Votes 

Mr. Thomas Gushing ...... 510. 

Mr. Timothy Prout 439. 

Mr. Edward Bromfield 322. 

Mr. James Allen . 372. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 295 

The Election of Representatives being ended, and the same de- 
clared by the Select Men. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of a Moderator by a handy 
Vote and Mr. Thomas Gushing being Nominated, The Question 
was put, Whether they would Choose the said Mr. Thomas Gush- 
ing for the Moderator of this Meeting, 

And it passed in the Affirmative. 

A Motion made by Mr. Richard Hubbard relating to the Nu- 
sance at the lower end of Milk Street, the Stoppage of the Water 
there being so great, that there is no passing. 

A Motion made b}' Mr. Henry Lloyd Praying he may have Lib- 
erty to take off Stones from Deer Island, Paying therefore what 
shnll be thought reasonable. 

A Motion made by Mr. Thomas Gushing that the Town would 
represent to the General Court the distressing Circumstances of 
this Town and to Pray for Relief as to their Proportion of the 
Province Tax which is to be at the next Sessions anew Appor- 
tioned. 

A Motion made by Mr. Edward Moberly relating to Shingles. 

Sundry Petitions, Read Vizt. 

Of Mr. Joseph Clewly for Liberty to Erect a Wind Mill on Fort 
hill. 

Of Mr. Zechariah Hicks, Praying he may Succeed Mr. Allen as 
Master of the South Writing School he desiring to Resign that 
Office. 

[481.] Of Sundry Inhabitants of this Town respecting the 
Millers. 

Of Mr. Joseph Savell, Praying for an Abatement of the Rent of 
the Cellar he hired of the Town. 

Of Mr. John Lovell Praying for an Addition to his Salary. 

Of the Overseers of the Poor for Supplying the Alms house. 

Voted, That the Meeting be Adjourned till Three o'Clock in the 
Afternoon. 

Afternoon, the Town being Assembled. 

A Motion made by Capt. Benjamin Pollard, that there may be a 
Flagg provided for the South Battery. 

A By Law prepared by the Select Men for the regular and Sea- 
sonable Sweeping of Chimnies Read, and is as follows 

Vizt. 

For the more Effectual Provission for the regular and Seasonable 
Sweeping'the Chimneys of this Town. 

It is Voted and Ordered. 

That the Select Men of the Town for the time being, be hereby 
directed and Impowered from time to time to Appoint One or 
more Suitable Persons to be Sweepers of Chimneys within this 
Town, who shall give Security to the Satisfaction of the Select 
Men for their good Behaviour in Said Office ; and whose Wages 
for their Work & Service in Lawful Money of this Province, shall 
not exceed the Rates hereafter mentioned, Vizt. 

For each Chimney of Five Stories high, Nine pence. 

Of Four Stories high, Eight pence. 



296 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Of Three Stories high, Six pence. 

And other Common Chimneys, Six pence. 

And all Kitchen Chimneys that are above the Tops of the House 
they belong to in proportion to the heighth of the House at the Rates 
above. 

And if any Person whomsoever who is not so Appointed as 
aforesaid shall presume, either by himself or Servant to Undertake 
the Sweeping of any Chimney in this [482.] Town, Except such 
Chimney or Chimneys as under his or their own Improvement shall 
Forfeit and Pay the Sum of Five Shillings for every such Offence. 

And it is further Ordered, That every Person or Persons so 
Appointed by the Select Men to be Undertakers of Chimney Sweep- 
ing, shall be Obliged within Forty Eight hours (after Notice given 
them in Writing) either by themselves or some other Person (to 
be Approved by the Select Men) duly to Attend the Sweeping of 
such Chimney, on Penalty of Forfeiting the Sum of Five Shillings 
for every such Neglect. 

And it is further Ordered, That upon Complaint made to any of 
the Select Men, either by the Chimney Sweepers or by any other, 
of the Inhabitants of this Town, against any Person or Persons 
Neglecting to have their Chimneys Swept, being foul ; that in every 
such Case the Select Men or any two of them, are hereby Im- 
powered to Inspect and View the said Chimney or Chimneys 
Complained against as aforesaid, And if they judge the said Chim- 
neys or any of them unsafe to make or keep Fire therein, by reason 
of their being foul and want of Sweeping, and Signify the same to 
the Person or Persons then in Possessions of the Tenement to 
which such Chimney doth belong that, then and in every such Case, 
the Occupier of ever}- such House or Tenement shall forfeit and 
Pay the Sum of Two Shillings for every Day in which Fire shall 
be kept in such Chimney until the same shall be Sufficiently Swept. 

And it is further Ordered, That if any Chimney shall take 

Fire and Blaze out at the Top, thro' Foulness or for want of Sweep- 
ing, the Occupier of the House shall forfeit and Pay the Sum of 
Ten Shillings unless it shall happen within Thirty Days after said 
Chimney shall have been Swept ; And then and in such Case the 
Person who last Swept the same shall forfeit and Pay the afore- 
said Fine of Ten Shillings Provided the said Fire shall be 
Occasioned thro' Foulness or his Defect in Sweeping. 

This Order to Continue and be in force till the Town shall See 
cause to Alter the same. 

[483.] Voted, That the same be Accepted, and that the 
Select Men be desired to present the same to the next Court of 
General Sessions of the Peace to be holden for this County for 
their Approbation 

Voted, That when any Person or Persons are Convicted of the 
Breach of any part of the aforegoing Law, the Informer shall be 
Entitled to, and receive the Sum of Five Shillings Lawful Money 
of this Province out of the Town Treasury on every such Convic- 
tion. 

The Law of the Province relating to Petit Jurors being Read 
and the List of Jurors prepared by the Select Men being presented 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 297 

to the Town was Read over, & Accepted, And the Select Men and 
Assessors are desired as a Committee to prepare a List of such 
Persons as they judge proper and Qualified to Serve at the Superiour 
Court, and another List of such as the\' judge proper to Serve at 
the Inferiour Court and Court of Sessions and Report thereon as 
soon as may be. 

The Petition of Mr. John Lovell Master of the South Grammar 
School Praying for an Addition to his Salary for the Reasons 

mentioned, came under Consideration and after some Debate 

It was put to Vote Whether the Town would make an Addition to 
Mr. Lovells Salary? And it passed in the Affirmative, And it was 

Voted That the Sam of Fifty Pounds Bills of the Old Tenor be 
Added to his present Salary to Commence on the Eighth Day of 
July next. 

The Petition of Mr. Zacheriah Hicks Praying he may Succeed 
Mr. Samuel Allen as Master of tlie South Writing School who has 
resigned, now came under Consideration, and by a handy Vote 
- It was 

Voted, That the said Mr. Zechariah Hicks shall be Master of the 
said School And that his Salary be Two Hundred Pounds in Bills 
of the Old Tenor to be paid out of the Town Treasury, to Com- 
mence as soon as he shall take [484.] Upon him the Charge of 
said School, and the Select Men are desired to Inform him thereof 
and to Induct him into the Said School. 

The Vote of the Council and Representatives of the Tenth of 
April last Desiring His Excellency the Captain General to give 
Orders that within Twelve Months there be Erected within the 
Town or Harbour of Boston a good and Sufficient Breast Work and 
a Platform Built and Twenty Guns Eighteen Pounders or others 
Equivalent Mounted and all Suitable Warlike Stores procured, and 
that the Sum of One Thousand Pounds be Granted and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to the Order of the said Town, they giving 
Security to the Province Treasurer for the Erecting said Work and 
procuring said Stores, and that the same shall be from time to 
time Maintained or on the failure either of their performing said 
Work or Maintaining them the Money hereby Granted to be repaid 

by said Town into the Province Treasury again. Read And 

then 

The Report of the Committee appointed the Eighth of March 
last, and Directed by the Captain General the Eleventh Day of the 
same to Remove the Incumbraoces that were laying on the Battery 
Grounds, that so the great Artillery and Warlike Stores might be 
preserved and put into a proper Condition for immediate Service, 
being Read was in the Words following, That they had accord- 
ingly Attended that Service, and raised Eleven Guns at the North 
Battery out of the Tides Way and laid them on Skidds, there being 
no Platform to Mount them on, Also had Mounted Nineteen Guns 
on Carriages on the South Battery Ground, after the best manner 
that could be, there being no Platform to place them on, Also had 
raised Seven more out of the Rubbish and placed them on Skids to the 
Northward of the Sconce House, and according to the Desire of the 
Town had Erected a Fence and inclosed the South Battery Ground 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

excepting to the Northward of the Sconce, where there is Erected 
a New Ship belonging to Mr. Daniel Ingersoll which stands part 
of her on said Ground [485.] And is a great Nusance to the Pub- 
lick, that part of said Ground to the Southward of the Sconce 
which is Claimed by Jacob Wendell Esq r . and is also much Incum- 
bred with Boards Anchors Buildings and Wharfes, the said Com- 
mittee had also Examined into the State of the Warlike Stores and, 
find that they are most of them Lost and Destroyed (Excepting 
Shot of which there is a good quantity) for want of a place to pre- 
serve them in, the Sconce House being gone to Decay. 

Signed, JOHN STEEL 

SHEM DROWNE 
JON A . WILLIAMS 

And after a long Debate thereon, 

Voted, to Choose a Committee of Five Persons to Consider in 
what places and in what manner it will be most proper for the 
Town to Fortify themselves and Report thereon at the Adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting And Accordingly 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Capt. John Steel 

Deacon Shem Drowne, and 

Deacon Jonathan Williams 

were Chosen to be this Committee. 

And then it was Moved and Voted, That the same Committee 
Consider in what Manner it may be proper and most for the Ad- 
vantage of the Town to Issue the Controvers3's relating to those 
Persons that are in Possession or Claim the Battery Lands and 

Report thereon at the same time And then 

Voted That the Select Men for the time being are hereb} T Im- 
powered as Agents or Attorneys for the Proprietors Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town to Demand of any Person or 
Persons therein Concerned immediately to Repair and make good 
all such Parcels of the High Way on the Neck as they are respec- 
tively Obliged to put and keep in repair ; To take and Use all Law- 
ful Ways and Means to Compel them so to do ; To Enter upon and 
take Possession of all such Lands Tenements & Hereditaments 
[486.] Asb}' the Neglect of the said Ways fall into the hands of 
the Proprietors or Freeholders and other Inhabitants aforesaid and 
Order and Dispose thereof at their Discretion for the Towns best 
Advantage till further Order ; And Lastty to Bring all such Suits 
and Actions as the}' shall judge proper for the Ends aforesaid, And 
to pursue or Discontinue them as they shall think most Expedient, 
with full power of Substituting Attorneys under them for the Ends 

aforesaid as Occasion shall require. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned till Friday the Four- 
teenth instant at Nine o'Clock in the Forenoon. 

Fryday Morning, May. 14 th . 1742. Nine o'Clock The Town 
being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

Mr. Thomas Gushing the Moderator of this Meeting being 
Obliged to go out of Town prayed (by his Letter Sent to the 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 299 

Town) that he may be Excused from Attending any farther at this 
Meeting, Whereupon the Town proceeded to Choose a Moderator 
and the Question was put, Whether they should do it by a handy 
Vote? And it passed in the Affirmative, And Capt. Nathaniel 
Cunningham being Nominated, The Question was put, Whether 
Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham should be Moderator of this Meeting? 
And it passed in the Affirmative. 

Mr. Savell was Ordered to Wait upon Capt. Cunningham to In- 
form Him thereof, who came into the Meeting, and then the Town 
proceeded to Business. 

A Computation made by the Town Treasurer of the Expences 
of the Town the ensuing Year was Read. 

A Motion was made by Mr. Middlecott Cooke that there be a 
Committee Appointed to Examine the Treasurers Hooks that so the 
Ballance thereof may be known & that they be desired to get a 
Set of New Books and Settle some proper Method for the Treasurer 
to State his Accounts in that so the Town may be Alwaj's Ac- 
quainted with the B:illance thereof, And that some Person may be 
[487.] Appointed by them to do the same under their Direction 

Voted, That a Committee Consisting of Three Persons be ap- 
pointed accordingly, and then 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
Mr. John Wheelwright and 
Mr. Joseph Green 

were Chosen a Committee for the purposes aforesaid, and they are 
desired to make Report of their Doings hereon as soon as may 
be. 

The Town proceeded to bring in their Votes for One Constable 
and upon Collecting them it appeared that Mr. William Moore 
Distiller were Chosen into that Office. 

Mr. John Indicott who was Chosen at the Meeting in March 
last, One of the Fence Viewers, desiring to be Excused from that 

Service It was Voted, that he be Excused accordingly And 

Mr. Nathaniel Viall Housewright, being proposed in his room, the 
Question was put, Whether the said Viall be a Fence Viewer for 
the Year ensuing? And it passed in the Affirmative. 

The Town proceeded to Choose a Clerk of the Market in the 
room of Mr. Gamaliel Wallis Chosen last March Meeting and paid, 
And Mr. Edward Winter being Nominated he was accordingly 
Chose into that office. 

The Town proceeded to the Choice of Three Collectors of Taxes 
for the Year ensuing and upon Sorting the Votes it Appeared that 
Mess". John Staniford ~) 

John Goldthwait & > Collectors. 
Jacob Sheafe ) 

were Unanimously Chosen into that Office. 

The Report of the Committee Appointed the Eleventh instant, 
to Consider in what places and in what Manner it will be most 
proper for the Town to Fortify themselves, And also in what 
manner it may be proper and most for, the Advantage of the Town 
to issue the Controversy's relating to those Persons that are in 
Possession of, or Claim the [488.] Batter}' Lands, was Read and 
is in the Words following, Vizt. 



300 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The Committee appointed by the Town at their Meeting the 
Eleventh instant to Consider in what places and manner it will 
be most proper for the Town to Fortify themselves, Are of Opin- 
ion. 

That the North Battery be repaired by Building a Stone Wall 
all along in the Front, Five thick at Bottom and Battering to about 
Three feet and an half thick at the Top, this Wall to be built so 
high as to be within a foot of high water mark ; That this Batter}' 
he extended about Thirty feet farther to the North East, for 
the whole Breadth of it, to be Built with Square Pine Timber 
and the aforesaid Stone Wall to be Continued along the 
Front and at the North Eastern end, that the Old part of the 
Battery and this new Stone Wall be United and raised at least 
Two feet above High Water mark by Square White Pine Timber 
well put together, And that upon the South Eastern Side or part 
and North Eastern end there be Erected a Breast Work of Square 
White Pine Timber about Five feet thick and Five feet high ; 
That there be a Platform of about Twenty feet broad laid with 
White Pine E>lank Two inches & an half thick ; The Cost of all 
which We Apprehend will be about Three Thousand Pounds Old 
Tenor according to an Estimate of particulars herewith presented. 

As to the South Battery, the Committee are of Opinion that 
the Sconce or House for reception of the Stores be thoroughly 
repaired, that there be built a Strong and Substantial Wharfe of 
Square Pine Timber, about Forty feet broad, The Northern end 
to be about Four Hundred feet and the Southern about Two 
Hundred and Eighty feet Eastward of the Sconce, That on it be 
Erected a Breast Work of Five feet high and Five feet thick for 
the whole length which We Apprehend should be about Two Hun- 
dred and Eighty feet, The Cost of the whole whereof, by the 
best Computation We can make, will Amount to something more 
than Six Thousand Five Hundred Pounds Old Tenor [489.] 
Of the Particulars on which this Money will be Expended a Sched- 
ule is herewith laid before the Town. 

The Committee are of Opinion, as to the Controversy Concerning 
the Southern part of the Land, where the Guns have been formerly 
and now are Mounted (there being no Prospect of its being ended by 
Agreement or Submission to reference) that it be forthwith brought 
to an issue by a Process in the Law under the Care of a Com- 
mittee to be Specially Chosen for that purpose All which is Sub- 
mitted in the Name and by Order of the Committee. 

SAMUEL WELLES. 

If it shall be thought proper to Build a Communication from the 
Sconce to the Battery, the Cost We Apprehend will be about 
Fifteen Hundred Pounds by Order. 

Boston May. 14. 1742. SAM L . WELLES. 

And after a long Debate thereon. 

A Motion was made by Col. Wendell and Seconded, That he 
may have leave to Read some Copies of the Records of the Town 
relating to the Controvers}" supposed to be between him and the 
Town respecting his Title to his Lands at the South Battery, and 
it being put to Vote. 

It passed in the Affirmative, and they were Read. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 301 

And then a Question was put, Whether the whole of the Report 
be Accepted, And it passed in the Affirmative, 

And it was then Voted, That the Consideration of the Affair of 

the Batterys should come on at Four o'Clock this Afternoon 

And then 

It was Voted that the Meeting be Adjourned to Three o'Clock 
in the Afternoon. 

Afternoon, the Town being Assembled. 

Mr. Richard Carter Cowell who was Chose Haward the last 
March Meeting, desired to be Excused from that Service for the 
reasons given, Whereupon the Question was put Whether he 
should be Excused? 

It was Voted in the Negative. 

[49O.] The Consideration of the Allowance of the Collectors 
of Taxes now came on and after a Short Debate, 

It was Voted, That Twelve pence on the Pound be & hereby is 
Allowed to be paid to the Several Collectors of Taxes within this 
Town for the Year ensuing, Provided they Pay in to the Town 
Treasurer One half part of the Sums b}- them to be respectively 
Collected, within Six Months from the time they shall receive the 
liooks from the Assessors, and the other halt part in six Months 
after, And in Case they or either of them shall fail Paying the 
Town Treasurer in the above manner, the said Collectors shsill 
forfeit the aforesaid Allowance of Twelve pence on the Pound for 
the Sum they were to Collect in the said Six Months wherein they 
shall so fail. Pi'ovided also that they give Bond with Sufficient 
Suretys for the faithful Discharge of their Office to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. 

The Petition of the Collectors of Taxes Praying the Assessors 
may be Allowed to Set upon Abatements till the last Day of 
October next, now came under Consideration, and after some 

Debate It was Voted That the Assessors be Allowed to Set 

upon Abatements until the last Day of July next and no longer. 

The Grant of the General Court of the Sum of One Thousand 
Pounds for Erecting a good and Sufficient Breast Work and a 
Platform built and Twenty Guns Eighteen Pounders, or others 
equivalent Mounted, and all Suitable Warlike Stores procured, 
upon the Terms and Conditions mentioned in said Grant, came 
under Consideration, And The Question was put, Whether the Town 
would Accept of the said Grant upon the Conditions therein men- 
tioned, And it was Voted in the Affirmative. Also 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired on behalf of the Town 
to give Securit}* to the Province Treasurer in the manner required 
b}" the Grant of the General Court. 

And then it was rtioved and Voted % That the Town Treasurer be 
and hereby is directed and Impowered to receive the aforesaid 
[491.] Sum of One Thousand Pounds of the Province Treasurer 
to be by him kept and paid out for the P>ecting of Fortifications 
(and that Use only) in this Town unto such a Committee as the 
Town shall Choose and appoint for that purpose. 

It was then Moved and Voted that the Moneys for which the throe 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

Townships gi anted by the General Court to the Town of Boston 
were Sold, and the Interest arisen thereon, be paid unto the Town 
Treasurer to be by him kept and paid out for the Building of Forti- 
fications in this Town (and no other Use) unto such a Committee 
as the Town shall choose & appoint for that purpose. 

Voted, That the Committee that shall be Chose for Erecting the 
Fortifications be desired to receive Subscriptions of all such Persons 
as are willing to Encourage the Building the same. 

Voted, That the Select Men be the said Committee for Erecting 
the Fortifications or Batterys, and that they Employ One or more 
Persons as they shall think proper to be Overseers of the Work, to 
Purchase Materials for the Building and Effecting the same, to Pay 
off the Workmen every Saturday night, and do such other things 
as they shall think proper for Compleating the same, and that they 
be as Expeditious as possible in carrying on said Work. 

And then Voted, That the Select Men be desired to Wait upon 
His Excellency the Captain General to lay before him the Votes 
and proceedings of the Town relating to the Erecting of Fortifi- 
cations, for his Allowance and Approbation. 

The Petition of Joseph Clevvly read at the Opening of the Meet- 
ing the Eleventh instant, now came under Consideration, and after 
some Debate thereon. 

It was Voted, That the Prayer thereof be so far Granted as that 
the said Joseph Clewly be Allowed to remove his Wind Mill from 
Roxbury and Erect the same on Forthill at his own Expence and in 
such place as the Select Men shall Appoint, and Pay to the Town 
such a Quit Rent as the Select Men shall think proper, the said 
Wind Mill to Continue there during the pleasure ol the Town. 

[492.] On a Motion made and Seconded that the Report of 
the Committee Appointed to Consider what manner it may be 
proper and most for the Advantage of the Town to Issue the Con- 
troversys relating to those Persons that are in Possession of, or 
Claim the Batteiy Lands &c. as read in the Morning, may be Re- 
considered so far as it relates to prosecuting the Possessors or 
Claimers of said Lands, It passed in the Affirmative, and then 

It was Voted That Capt. John Steel Mr. Shem Drowne and Mr. 
Jonathan Williams or any two of them be and hereby are Jm- 
powered as Agents or Attorneys for the Proprietors Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town to Submit to Reference the 
Controversy between the Town and such Persons as they shall 
Apprehend to have Incroach'd or Committed any Trespasses on 
any of the Lands or Flatts Needful to Accommodate the South 
Battery as the Guns have been formerly Mounted and such Award 
or Arbitrement as shall be come into, Agreed on and given up or 
delivered as the Act of the Referrees Mutually Chosen by the said 
Agents or an} 7 two of them, and any Person or Persons in Con- 
troversy as aforesaid shall be binding and Obligatory on the Town, 
and be Esteemed as their Act, and finally End the Controversy 
accordingly, and in Case the said Controversy shall not be issued 
by Reference within such time as the said Agents or the Major 
part of them shall think proper they the said Agents or any two of 
them are directed and Impowered to prosecute the said Controversy 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 303 

in the Law, and to Use all proper Methods in the Law to Eject and 
Remove any Persons intruding as aforesaid, with full power to Sub- 
stitute any Attorney or Attorneys under them or any two of them as 
they shall think proper either in Submitting the Controversy to 
Reference or Prosecuting it in the Law, the Charge of which to be 
defrayed by the Town. 

Voted, That the Thanks of the Town be given to Capt. John 
Steel Mr. Shem Drowne and Mr. Jonathan Williams the Com- 
mittee appointed to remove the Incumbrances off [493.] The 
South Battery Lands and Erecting a Fence there, for their great 
Pains in Attending and performing the Services desired of them. 

The Motion made by Mr. Henry Lloyd at the Opening of the 
Meeting the Eleventh instant, Praying he may have Liberty to take 
off Stones from Deer Island, was Considered And the Question 
was put, Whether he should have Liberty accordingly And it was 
Voted in the Negative. 

The Motion made by Mr. Richard Hubbard at the Opening of the 
Meeting the Eleventh instant, relating to the Stoppage of the 
Water at the lower end of Milk Street, was Considered, and Voted 
that the same be Dismissed, for that the Nusance Complained of 
is presentable at Common Law. 

The Petition of Joseph Savell Read at the Opening of the Meet- 
ing the Eleventh instant, Setting forth that on the Twentieth of 
October, 1739. he hired of the Select Men Two Cellars under the 
Town House in Boston at and after the Rate of Thirty Pounds p. 
Annum for One Year, ending Oct. 1740. which was Six Pounds 
p Annum more than the same was formerly Rented for, That the 
Select Men by the Town Treasurer have made a Demand for One 
Year & Two Months Rent ending the Sixteenth of December. 
1741. but so it is that the Petitioner had the Improvement of the 
Cellars for no longer time than Seven Months of the Two Years 
and Two Months and had no Opportunity to make Use of 'em, 
Wines being prevented coming in by reason of the War, Praying 
the Town to take the Premisses into their Consideration and release 
him from the said Demand Amounting to Thirt}' four Pounds 
Thirteen Shillings & Eight pence, The same was now taken Con- 
sideration and after a short Debate It was Voted, That the said 
Joseph Savell be Excused from Paying to the Town Treasurer the 
said Sum of Thirty four Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Eight pence 
accord ingly. 

And then the Meeting was Adjourned to Wednesday next being 
the Nineteenth instant, at Three o'Clock in the Afternoon. 

[494.] Wednesday Afternoon, May, 19 th . 1742. 3 o'Clock 
The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

The Select Men and Assessors presented the List of Jurors for 
the Superiour and Inferiour Courts as desired by the Town, and after 
Reading the same The Town proceeded to Select out of the List 
One Quarter part of the Number so laid before them to Serve as 
Jurors at the Superiour Court, and the remainder of them to Serve 
as Jurors at the Inferiour Court of Common pleas and Court of 



304 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

General Sessions of the Peace for the County of Suffolk, pursuant 
to a Law of the Province made and passed at their Session in 
March last, and Voted That those Selected for the Superiour Court 
be put in One Box, and the remainder to be put into another Boy 
for the Inferiour Court of Common pleas and Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace &c. 

Mr. William Moore who was Chosen a Constable at the Meeting 
the 14 th . instant, having paid, the Town proceeded to the Choice 
of another in his room, and upon Collecting and Sorting the Votes 
it Appeared that Mr. Thomas Snow was Chosen, who was Sworn 
in accordingly. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants relating to Millers as therein 

fully Set forth and Read at the Opening of the Meeting the 

Eleventh instant, now came under Consideration, & after some 
Debate thereon 

The Question was put, Whether the Select Men be Desired to 
draw up Instructions for the Representatives of Boston desiring 
them to Use their Interest in the General Assembly to Obtain the 
passing a Law to prevent Millers or any others from Monopolizing 
of Grain in too great Quantities. 

And It Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

The Select Men presented to the Moderator a Letter they had 
received from Christopher Kilby Esq r . One of the Agents of this 
Province at the Court of Great Britain and the same being Read 
Informed the Town that Mr. Abraham Francis, Mr. John Jones 
and Hannah his Wife had Petitioned the King in Council for Lib- 
erty of a hearing or Tryal of [495.] The Merits of a Cause 
relating to the Town Dock which was Tryed on a Writ of Review 
at the Superiour Court of Judicature held at Boston the Second 
Tuesday of August A. D. 1738. and then the said Petition was 
Read. 

The Motion of Mr. Thomas Gushing made at the Opening of the 
Meeting, That the Town would Represent to the General Court the 
Distressing Circumstances of the Town and to Pray for Relief as 
to their proportion of the Province Tax which is to be at the next 
Sessions anew Apportioned, now came under Consideration, And 
it was Voted That a Committee be Appointed for that purpose, to 
Consist of Three, and That 

Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham 
Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . and 
Mr. Joseph Marion. 

be the said Committee and they are desired to draw up & Set forth 
the distressing Circumstances of the Town in as full a manner as 
they can in Writing and when they have Compleated the same to 
deliver a Copy thereof to each of the Representatives of the 
Town. 

The Affair of the Grant of Money, and the Treasurers Salary is 
refer'd to the next General Town Meeting for Consideration. 

Mr. Moberly's Motion relating to Shingles made at the Opening 
of the Meeting the Eleventh instant, came under Consideration, 
but Nothing done thereon. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 305 

Capt. Pollards Motion for a Flagg at the South Battery was 
Considered of, but Nothing done thereon. 
Then the Meeting was Dismissed. 

[496.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and lawfulh 1 Warned in Pub- 
lick Town Meeting Assembled at the Town house on Monday the 
Twenty fourth Day of May, A. D. 1742. 

The Warrant for calling the Meeting Read. 

And then the Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . Informed the Town 
that the first Thing to be done is to Choose a Moderator and Capt. 
Nathaniel Cunningham being Nominated he was Chose by a Handy 
Vote. 

A Letter from Christopher Kilby Esq r . One of the Agents of 
this Province at the Court of Great Britain relating to Abraham 
Francis John Jones and Hannah his Wife Petitioning His Majesty 
in Council for an Appeal from a Judgment Obtained against them 
by the Town of Boston at the Superiour Court at Boston the 
Second Tuesday of August A. D. 1738. was Read, and then a 
Copy of the said Petition sent by Mr. Kilby was Read. 

Voted a Grant of Eleven Thousand Pounds Bills of the Old 

Tenor to be raised by a Tax upon Polls & Estates within the 

Town of Boston for Relief of the Poor & defre}'ing other Necessary 
Charges arising within and for the said Town the Year ensuing. 

The Report of a Committee Appointed to Audit the Town Treas- 
urers Accot . for the Year past as Entred in the Treasurers Book 
Read, Accepted and .. 

Voted, That the Treasurer be (so far) accordingly Discharged. 

Voted, That the following Gentlemen be a Committee for Audit- 
ing the Town Treasurers Accounts for the Year ensuing, Vizt. 
Hugh Hall Esq r . 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 
Mr. James Allen 
Mr. John Wheelwright 
Mr. Ebenezer Holmes. 

[497.] Voted, That the Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty 
Pounds Bills of the Old Tenor be Allowed and paid to the Hon- 
ourable Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . out of the Town Treasury for his 
good Service aa Town Treasurer the Year past. 

The Town proceeded to Choose Six Grand Jurors and draw Ten 
Petit Jurors out of the Box for July Court, as Entred in the Book 
kept for that purpose. 

Then the Town Meeting was Dismissed. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Town 
Meeting Assembled on Mondav the Thirty first Day of May. A.D. 
1742. 

Prayer was made by the Rev d . Mr. William Cooper. 

The Precept & Warrant for calling the Meeting. Read. 

Sundry Laws Read. 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . One of the Select Men in 



306 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

their Name, Propos'd to the Inhabitants Assembled, Whether they 
would proceed to the Choice of a Person to Serve for and Repre- 
sent them in the Great and General Court or Assembly now Sitting, 
in the Room of James Allen Esq r . who is Chose One of His Maj- 
esties Council for this Province. 

And it was Voted in the Affirmative. 

And the Votes being Collected the Number of Voters were found 
to be Four Hundred and Fourteen, but upon Sorting the Votes it 
Appeared there was no Choice. 

Whereupon the Town immediately proceeded to bring in their 
Votes again, and upon Sorting of 'em it Appeared that there was 
Three Hundred & Ninet}' Seven Voters, but no Choice, And then 
the Town immediately proceeded to bring in their Votes again and 
upon Collecting of them it Appeared there was Five Hundred and 
Twelve Voters, & upon Sorting that Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . was 
Chosen by a Majority of Votes. 

And then the Meeting was Dismissed. 

[498.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Town 
Meeting Assembled on Monday the Thirteenth Day of September, 
Anno Domini, 1742. 

Prayer being made by the Rev d . Dr. Joseph Sewall. 

The Warrant for Calling the Meeting Read. 

And then a Question was put, Whether the Town would proceed 
to the Choice of a Moderator by a Written Vote or a hand}' Vote ? 
& it passed for a Handy* Vote, And The Honourable Thomas Gush- 
ing Esq r . being Nominated,, he was accordingly Chosen. 

A Motion was made by Mr. Middlecott Cooke that the Town 
would take into their Consideration some proper Method for the 
better Government & Regulation of the North Writing School. 

A Motion was made by the Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . that 
the Thanks of the Town may be given to Peter Faneuil Esq r . for 
his Noble and Generous Benefaction of the Market House to the 
Town, and that a Committee may be Chosen to draw up a Vote of 
Thanks and present the same to the Town for their Approbation. 

Thereupon, 

Voted, That The Hon. Adam Winthrop Esq r . 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Waldo Esq r . & 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
be the Committee for that purpose. 

On a Motion made, A Question was put, Whether the Town will 
have a Clerk of the Market Appointed ? And it was Voted in the 
Affirmative, Also 

Voted, That the Clerk of the Market shall be Appointed or 
Chosen Annually from and after the General Town Meeting in 
March next. 

[499.] And then the Honourable John Jetfries Esq r . Moved 
that the Town would make an Offer to Peter Faneuil Esq r . that he 
may have the Appointing the Clerk of the Market. 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 307 

And then it was Moved and Voted, that the Committee Ap- 
pointed to draw up a Vote of Thanks to Peter Faneuil Esq r . forth- 
with Withdraw into One of the Lobbeys to do the same. 

Then Moved and Voted, That the Select Men Wait on Peter 
Faneuil Esq r . to Desire of him that he would Nominate a proper 
Person for a Clerk of the Market till the Annual Town Meeting in 
March next. 

The Committee Appointed to draw up a Vote of Thanks to Peter 
Fanenil Esq r . for his Noble and Generous Benefaction of the 
Market House to the Town, Presented the same which was Read, 
and is in the Words following, Vizt. 

Whereas Information was given to this Town at their Meeting 
in July, 1740. That Peter Faneuil Esq r . had been Generously 
pleased to Offer at his own proper Cost & Charge to Erect and 
Build a Noble and Compleat Structure or Edifice to be Improved 
for a Market for the Sole Use Benefit and Advantage of the Town, 
Provided the Town of Boston would pass a Vote for that purpose 
and lay the same under such proper Regulations as shall be thought 
Necessary & Constantly Support it for the said Use, And Where- 
as at the said Meeting it was determined to Accept of the Offer or 
Proposal aforesaid And Also Voted, That the Select Men should 
be desired to Wait upon Peter Faneuil Esq r . and to present the 
Thanks of this Town to him and also to Acquaint him, That the 
Town have by their Vote come to a Resolution to Accept of his 
Generous Offer of Erecting a Market House on Dock Square 
according to his Proposal. And Whereas Peter Faneuil Esq r . has 
in pursuance thereof at a very great Expence Erected a Noble 
Structure far exceeding his first Proposal Inasmuch as it Contains 
not only a large and Sufficient Accommodation for a Market place, 
but has also Superadded a Spacious and most Beautiful Town 
[5OO.] Hall over it, and Several other Convenient Rooms which 
may prove very Beneficial to the Town for Otfices or otherwise And 
the said Building being now Finished has delivered Possession 
thereof to the Select Men for the Use of the Town. 

It is therefore Voted, That the Town do with the Utmost Grati- 
tude receive and Accept this most Generous and Noble Benefaction 
for the Uses and Intentions they are designed for, and do Appoint 
The Honourable Thomas Gushing Esq r . the Moderator of this 
Meeting, The Honourable Adam Winthrop, Edward Hutchinson, 
Ezekiel Lewis and Samuel Waldo Esq". Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Select Men and Representatives of the Town of Boston, The 
Honourable Jacob Wendell Esq r . James Bowdoiu Esq r . Andrew 
Oliver Esq r . Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham, Peter Chardon Esq r . 
and Mr. Charles Apthorp to Wait upon Peter Faneuil Esq r . in the 
Name of the Town to render him their Most hearty Thanks for 
so Bountiful a Gift with their Prayers that this and other Expres- 
sions of His Bounty & Charity may be Abundantly Recompenced 
with the Divine Blessing. 

And then the Question was put, Whether the Town would Accept 
of the same? And it was Unanimously, 

Voted, in the Affirmative, And the Gentlemen therein named 
are Desired in the Name, and as a Committee of the Town 



308 CITY DOCUMENT No. G6. 

to present the same unto the said Peter Faueuil Esq r . accord- 
ingly. 

And then a Motion was made by Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . that 
m Testimony of the Towns Gratitude to the said Peter Faneuil 
Esq r . and to perpetuate his Memory the Town would now pass a 
Vote that the Hall over the Market place, be named Faneuil Hall., 
and at all times hereafter be called and known by that Name. 

Which was accordingly Unanimously Voted in the Affirmative. 

And then a Motion was made by Mr. William Price that as a 
further Testimony of the Towns Gratitude to the said Peter Fan- 
euil Esq r . The Picture of the said [5O1.] Peter Faneuil Esq r . may 
be drawn in full Length and placed in the said Hall, at the Expence 
of the Town. 

Which was also Unanimously Voted in the Affirmative. 

And the Select Men are desired to take Care that the same be 
done accordingly. 

Voted, That the Select Men be and hereby are Desired to draw 
up Rules and Orders for Regulating the Market, and present the 
same for the Towns Approbation at the Adjournment of this Meet- 
ing. 

Voted, That the Market be Opened the Twenty fifth Instant. 

Voted, That this Meeting be Adjourned to Fryday next at Three 
o'Clock in the Afternoon, at Faneuil Hall. 

Fryday Afternoon, September. 17 th . 1742. 

The Town being Assembled according to Adjournment. 

The Town proceeded to Choose Ten Petit Jurors out of the Box 
for October Court, as Entred in the Book kept for that purpose. 

The Committee Appointed to Wait on Peter Faneuil Esq r with 
the Vote of Thanks as Agreed to by the Town, Reported, -they had 
done so accordingly & he made Answer that it was an Honour 
Show'd him by the Town he could not Expect, he hoped what he 
had done would be for the Service of the whole Countrey, and in a 
particular manner of the Town of Boston, and that Whenever it was 
in his Power to Serve the Town he should be always ready to do it. 

The Select Men who were desired to Wait on Peter Faneuil Esq r . 
desiring him to Nominate a proper Person for a Clerk of the* Mar- 
ket, Reported that they had accordingly so done and he Nomi- 
nated Mr. Thomas Jackson of Boston Merchant. 

A Question was put, Whether the Town would proceed to the 
Choice of a Clerk of the Market by a handy Vote? 

[5O2.] And it passed in the Affirmative, And Mr. Thomas 
Jackson who was Nominated by Peter Faneuil Esq r . being pro- 
posed. 

He was Unanimously Chosen. 

The Select Men also Acquainted that they had presented to 
Peter Faneuil Esq r . a Copy of the Vote relating to the Drawing of 
His Picture, which he took very kindly of the Town, and would 
Sat any time to have the same done. 

A Motion was made that the Town would take into Consider- 
ation the Salary or Allowance to be made or given to the Clerk of 
the Market, After some Debate, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 309 

It was Voted, That the same be refer'd to next March Meeting, 
and as it is a Granting of Money, that the Select Men put it into 
the Warrant and Notifications for calling the said Meeting. 

The Honourable John Jeffries Esq r . Communicated to the Town 
a Letter the Select Men had received from His Excellency the 
Governour, Setting forth that His Excellency had received His 
Majesty's Picture, by virtue of a Warrant from My Lord Chamber- 
lain & hath an Intention to make the Town of Boston a present of 
it, to be hung up in Faneuil Hall, desiring the Select Men would 
take a proper Opportunity of Communicating His Excellency's 
said Intention to the Town Whereupon 

It was Unanimously Voted, That the Honourable Adam Winthrop, 
Samuel Waldo and Ezekiel Lewis Esq r ". be a Committee to draw up 
a proper Vote of Thanks to his Excellency for his great Goodness 
and Generosity in making the said Present. 

The Select Men presented to the Town a Draft of a By-Law for 
the Regulation and Government of the Market, which was Read 
and is in the Words following, Viz*. 

[5O3.] Whereas Peter Faneuil Esq r . has Erected a large and 
Commodious House for a Market for the Use of the Town to be 
Improved by them for a Publick Market under such Regulation as 
the Town shall think fit, And the Town having at a General 
Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants called for that 
purpose, September. 13 th . 1742. by their Vote Accepted of the 
same. 

Therefore for the Regulation & Government of the said Mar- 
ket. 

Its Voted and Ordered, That Mr. Thomas Jackson Merchant, be 
and hereby is Constituted and Appointed Clerk of said Market, 
until the Annual Meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants in 
March next, and until another be Appointed in his Room, and to 
have and receive such Salary for his Service as shall be Voted by 
the Town who is to give his Constant Attendance at the Opening 
of the Market, and there Abide during the Continuation thereof and 
take effectual Care that the Several Rules Orders and Directions for 
Regulating, and more Orderly Carrying on of the Market, be duly 
Observed and kept. 

Ordered, That every Day in the Week, except Lord's Day or 
other Days Set a part by the Government for Religious Service be 
a Market Day, and that a Bell be daily Rung at the Opening of 
the Market which shall be at Sun Rise, thro' the whole Year from 
which Hour till the Hour of One, Post Meridiem, Shall forever 
hereafter be deemed and held Market Hours ; And that if any 
Huckster or Retailer shall make any previous Contract touching 
the Buying any Provisions with any Seller or Buy the same 
(Except for their Families Use) coming to the Market or in the 
Market until One in the Afternoon shall for every such Offence 
being duly Convicted thereof Pay the Sum of Twenty Shillings 
Lawful Money. 

Audits further Ordered, That no Unwholsome Stail or Blown 
Meat or Leperous Swine be Sold or exposed to Sale in said Mar- 
ket under the Penalty of Ten Shillings to be paid by every Offender 



310 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

for ever}' such [5O4.] Offence, And that the Clerk of the Market 
for the time being shall take Care that the Laws of the Province, 
And the Orders of the Town (legally Confirmed) respecting Un- 
wholesome and Blown Meat, as also the Weighing & Measuring 
of what is Sold, be Strictly Observed, and prosecute any Offender 
or Offenders against the same. 

And it also Ordered, That no Steelyards shall be made Use of 
in Weighing within the Limits of the Market, on Penalty of For- 
feiting Five Shillings for every such Offence. 

And it is further Ordered, That in Order to make the Market 
more Convenient. 

That it be daily Swept and kept Clean & the Doors and Windows 
Shut up at Sun Set, and that no Cart, Team, Horse, Wheelbarrow 
nor any thing else that may incommode the Market shall be 
Allowed to Stand or be near the Entrance of the Market place, 
but shall be immediately removed upon the Direction of the Clerk 
of the Market to the Owner or Occupyer of the same so to do, 
under the Penalty of Five Shillings for refusal or Neglect there- 
of. 

Voted, That Whereas the Principal intent of said Market is to 
Encourage and Accommodate the Countrey People who bring Pro- 
visions into this Town for the more Plentiful Supplying of the 
Inhabitants at the First hand with the same. 

Its hereby Ordered, That none of the Butchers or any other 
Persons who Buy within this Town to Sell again, shall at an}- time 
bring into the Market House, or Expose to Sale there any Sort of 
Necessarys or Provisions, and are hereby Excluded all Stalls and 
Standings in the same. 

Its farther Ordered, the Select Men of the Town be and hereby 
are Appointed a Committee to take Care of the Repairs of the said 
House, and from time to time to Apportion the Size Mark and 
Number the Several Stalls therein and to Set or Let the same to 
Persons desiring the same for the Benefit of the Town. 

And if any Dispute or Disturbance be made or Arise [5O5.] 
Between the Bivyer and Seller as to Weight or Price Agreed for it 
shall be Adjusted by the Clerk of the Market, And the Person re- 
fusing Complyance therewith shall be Ordered out of the Market 
or Pay a Fine of Five Shillings. 

And its hereby Ordered, That all and every of the Forfeitures 
and Penalties which shall happen at any time hereafter to be 
incurr'd and Forfeited by virtue of this By-Law, touching which no 
particular Direction is heretofore given shall be One half to the 
Informer the other to the Poor of the Town. 

And its Ordered, That the Market shall be Odened on Saturday 
the Twenty fifth of this present September, And that Notice thereof 
be given in the Publick Prints of this Town. 

This By-Law to be and Continue in Force until the Town shall find 
it Convenient to disannull the same, and that the By-Law relating 
to the Market made and passed b}* the Town at their Meeting the 
Twenty fourth day of April A. D. 1734 be and hereb}- is Disan- 
nulled. 

After some Debate, Voted that the By-Law for regulating the 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 311 

Market be Considered Paragraph by Paragraph, which was done 
and Voted as drawn up. Also 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired to present it to the Court 
of General Sessions of the Peace, next to be holden at Boston for 
the Count}' of Suffolk for their Approbation. 

The Committee Appointed to draw up a Vote of Thanks to His 
Excellency the Governour, Reported that they had done the same, 
which was Read and Accepted, being in the Words following, 
Vizt. 

"Whereas His Excellency the Governour has been pleased to 
Manifest his high Regard to this Town by making a present of 
His Majesty's Picture to be Set up in Faneuil Hall, The Town are. 
deeply Sensible of the Great Honour His Excellency has therein 
done them, and do therefore Order that a Committee be Appointed 
to Wait upon [5O6.] His Excellency and in the Name of the 
Town to Return Him their Most Humble Thanks for so Valuable 
A present and to Assure His Excellency that it shall Always be 
the Care & Endeavour of this Town to do what in them lyes to 
make his Excellencys Government Easy and Happ}\ 

Unanimously Voted, That the same be Accepted, and that the 
Honourable Thomas Gushing Esq r . the Moderator of this Meeting, 
The Honourable Adam Winthrop, Ezekiel Lewis and Samuel Waldo 
Esq., The Select Men and Representatives of the Town of Boston, 
be a Committee in the Name of the Town to Wait on His Excel- 
lency with a Cop} 7 of the same. 

On the Motion made at the Opening of this Meeting by Mr. 
Middlecott Cooke relating to the North Writing School. 

Voted, That the same be refcr'd for further Consideration until 
the Select Men who Visit the Schools make Report thereon. 

Voted, That the Select Men of the Town be desired to dispose 
of the Several Rooms and Apartments in the Market House, as 
shall be most for the Benefit of the Town and Cause all the Books 
Papers and Records of the Town to be removed into such of the 
Lobbeys as they shall think proper & that the Town Clerks Office 
be kept therein. 

The Select Men Communicated to the Town a Letter they had 
received from Christopher Kilby Esq r . bearing Date London 
as also a Petition of Abraham Francis John Jones & Hannah his 
Wife to His Majesty in Council, which were Read, but Nothing 
done thereon. 

Then the Meeting was Dismist. 

[5O7.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and lawfully Warned in Pub- 
lick Town Meeting Assembled at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 27. 
Day of December, 1742. 

The Warrant for calling the Meeting Read. 

And then a Question was put, Whether the Town would pro- 
ceed to the Choice of a Moderator by a written Vote or a handy 
Vote? 

And it passed for a Handy Vote, And the Honourable Thomas 
Gushing Esq r . be'mg Nominated, he was accordingly Chosen. 



312 CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 

The three following Motions were made by Mr. Middlecott 
Cooke, Vizt. 

That some further Care may be taken about the Law lately made 
for Packing of Provisions. 

That some Care be taken for the just Admeasurement of Cord 
Wood. 

And that some Care may be taken as to the Assize of Bread. 

A Petition of Several inhabitants of the Town (to the Select 
Men) for making a further Representation of the Distressing Cir- 
cumstances of the Town, and their Inability to Pay the Tax now 
laid on them by the Honourable House of Representatives in Order 

to Obtain some Redress in the Affair being Read, and after 

a long Debate thereon 

Voted, That the Select Men be desired in behalf of the Town 
immediately to Petition the Honourable House of Representatives 
that as a great part of the Personal Estate with their Trading Stock 
and Faculty in the Countrey Towns is not Exhibited nor have they 
Doomed them as We humbly Apprehend in proportion to what 
they have, And the Inhabitants of this Town are Doomed for much 
more than they have, That they would in their Wisdom & Justice, 
Either make us a reasonable Abatement of the proportion they 
have been pleased to Assign to Us and Charge the Several Coun- 
trey Towns for what Personal Estate and Trading Stock and Fac- 
ulty the}' really have altho' not brought in, or otherwise Allow Us 
time for exhibiting Our Personal Estate with Trading Stock and 
Faculty in the same manner the Countrey Towns have done, 
Accept the same from Us and State Our Proportion accordingly. 

On the Motions made by Mr. Cooke at the Opening of the Meet- 
ing- 
Voted, That it be Recommended to the Gentlemen the Repre- 
sentatives of the Town of Boston, to bring forward in the Great 
and General Court, Laws for the more just Admeasurement of 
Cord Wood, and Packing of Provisions, And also for the just 
Assize of Bread Baked for Sale. 

Then the meeting was Dismist. 

[5O8.] Boston December. 27. 1742. 

The following Petition was Drawn up, Signed & Presented by 
the Select Men to the Honourable House of Representatives, ac- 
cording to the Vote of the Town of this Day. Vizt. 

To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Province of 
the Massachusetts Bay in New England. 

The Petition of the Select Men of the Town of Boston by Order 
and in behalf of said Town. 

Most Humbly Sheweth, 

That to Our great Grief We are informed that the Honourable 
House have in their present Session Voted to increase Our Burden 
by Adding about Ten Pounds to Our Proportion of each Thousand 
Pounds of the Province Tax, And as We humbly Apprehend this 
to have proceeded from a Mistaken Opinion which the Honourable 
Members have Conceived of the present State and Condition of the 
Town We beg Leave to Represent to the Honourable House, 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS, 1742. 313 

That Our Numbers are decreased, Our Trade is declining, Our 
Estates are lessened, Our Poor are increased and Our Necessary 
Expences in Our Families are daily growing upon Us, though this 
last mentioned Difficulty which proceeds from the Price of Provis- 
sions being much Advanced We Submit to with the greater Chear- 
fulness because what in this Respect is a Loss to Us in the Town 
is a gain to Our Brethren of the Countrey where the Provissions are 
Raised. 

We readily Acknowledge it to be Difficult to Determine the 
exact Proportion of the Town to the Countrey tho' We humbly 
Apprehend the present Disproportion ma}' be made Apparent and 
indeed some of Our Wealthier Inhabitants have already Left the 
Town that the}' may pay less Taxes in the Conntre}" and others 
are preparing to follow them. 

We beg Leave to lay before the Honourable House the Vote of 
the Town in which they express their Willingness that tlieir true 
State and Condition should be known as exactly as possible, And 
We humbly Pray the Honourable House to take this Vote and Our 
Distressed Circumstances into their Wise Consideration and to 

Afford us such Relief as to their Wisdom shall seem meet And 

Your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
ALEX B . FORSYTH 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HANCOCK ^ Select Men ' 

MlDDLECOTT COOKE 

JOHN STEEL 



[This ends the record for the year 1742, and this point is 
chosen to terminate the present volume. W.H.W.] 



INDEX OF NAMES, 



Adams, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 24, 
26, 27, 34, 35, 36, 38, 54, 58, 84, 95, 98, 99, 
104, 114, 115, 150, 151, 155, 167, 16S, 190, 
194, 210, 222, 224, 229, 231, 234, 244, 248, 
253, 254, 264, 266, 267, 269, 275, 278, 287, 
289. 

Alcock, 161. 

Alexander, 194. 

Alford, 7, 8, 41, 49. 
( Allen, 56, 59, 62, 99, 109, 113, 157, 158, 173, 

{195, 201, 20 f, 208, 211, 212, 219, 225, 243, 
244, 250, 257, 263, 265, 267, 276,281, 283, 
284, 290, 291, 294, 295, 297, 305, 306. 
Allin, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 39, 103, 187. 
Allyn, 210. 
Alley Bell, 132. 
Apthorp, 105, 224, 307. 
Arbuthnot, 195. 

Armitage, 33, 49, 55, 61, 67, 72, 73, 79, 84, 88, 
96, 109, 113, 126, 143, 149, 152, 163, 164, 
168, 169, 171, 179, 181, 184, 186, 187, 188, 
209, 213, 220, 221, 242, 243, 245, 246, 256. 
Armstrong, 5, 18, 21. 
Atkins, 180. 
Auchmuty, 112. 
Audcbert, 155. 
Avery, 154, 185. 
Ayres, 28, 29, 40, 99, 244. 

( Babbage, 28. 
} Babbidge, 99, 111, 191. 
.Baker, 1,2,5, 60, 66, 89, 132, 217. 
Ballantine, 95. 
Ballard, 78, 247. 
Balstou, 118, 124, 250, 273. 
Band, 247. 
Barber, 3, 30, 53, 59,96, 123, 134, 142, 158, 167, 

182, 191, 208, 216, 218, 242, 245, 266, 288. 
Barker, 185. 
Barnard, 38, 99, 128, 133, 157, 190, 212, 244, 

266, 289, 290. 
Barntt, 3, 28, 30. 
( Barrel, 11. 
f Barrell, 283. 
j Barret, 30, 158, 181. 
j Barrett, 287. 
Barricade, The, 25. 
Barren, 85. 
Barton, 286. 
Bass, 193, 197. 
Batry, South, 22, 25. 
Battery, The 60, 248, 253, 254, 300. 

North, 6, 9, 60, 62, 63, 76, 86, 243, 

256, 262, 264, 271, 297, 300. 
South, 77, 243, 253, 256, 271, 287, 293, 

295, 297, 300, 302, 303, 305. 
Old South, 60, 63. 
Battrey North, 26. 
Battry, The, 25. 
Baxter, 214. 
Bayard, 57. 
Baylie, 3. 
Beach, The, 103. 
Beard, 41. 

Bedgood, 1, II, 18, 28, 37, 3S, 49, 54, 55, 74, 75, 
89, 96, 114, 133, 134, 136, 148, 149, 150, 152, 
155, 184,211, 245,263, 269, 286, 287,288. 
Beech, The, 103, 132. 
Beer, 99. 
Beers, 286. 



Beighton, 12. 

Beknap, see Belknap. 

Belcher, 10, 66, 76, 79, 87, 116, 119, 150, 177, 

205, 232, 275. 
Belknap, 2, 13, 56, 182, 189, 215, 242, 244, 

249, 262, 267, 270, 277, 292. 
Beknap, 4. 
Bellingham, 207, 208. 
Bennet, 129, 157, 189, 247. 
Bennett, 267. 
Bennit, 40. 
Beteilhe, 189, 219. 
Bethune, 210. 

Bill, 78, 103, 127, 182, 187, 291. 
Billings, 5, 28, 39, 182, 203, 204. 
Blackader, 191. 
Blackston, 107. 
Blake, 28, 151,152. 
Blanchard, 98, 127, 156, 182,185, 211, 245, 

266, 288. 
Bleigh, 102. 
Blin, 4, 14. 
Blore see Blower. 

( Blower, 57. 

) Blore, 13. 
Blowers, 154, 219. 
Boardman, 185, 216. 
Bongarden, 56. 
Borland, 182. 
Boss, 40, 45. 
Bots, 37. 
Boucher, 56, 78, 100, 129, 156, 157, 189, 215, 

247, 267. 
Bourn, 156. 
Boutineau, 186. 
Bowdoin, . r .7, 60, 62, 75, 132,139, 162, 166, 180, 

189, 230, 248, 269, 286, 307. 
Bowles, 112, 114, 116, 290. 
Box, 286. 

Boylston, 31, 34, 36, 37, 129, 214. 
Bradford, 30, 56, 60, 156, 185. 

t Brasier, 154. 

j Brazier, 38, 186. 
Breck, 153, 157, 190. 
Brentnal, 96, 97. 

I Bridewel, 159, 160. 

f Bridewell, 240. 
Bridge, 13, 19, 39. 
Bridge, The Mill, 5, 132. 
Swing, 21. 
Bridgham, 181, 294. 
Brimmer, 38. 
Brintnal, 127. 
British America, 120. 

( Briton, 54, 61, 80, 82, 86. 

} Brlttin, 29. 

( Britton, 83. 
Brocas, 266. 

{Bromfield, 20, 22, 27, 32, 35, 36, 38, 49, 65, 
67, 72, 73, 79, 84, 88, 96, 109, 113, 135, 
136, 152, 181, 184, 195, 203, 208, 211,219, 
225, 245, 251, 257, 263, 265, 266, 276, 279, 
284, 286, 291, 294. 
Bromield, 24. 
Bronsdon, 56. 
Brooks, 19, 26, 32, 34. 
Brown, 219, 244. 
Bruster, 13. 

Buckley, 16, 28, 38, 58, 96, 127, 156, 185, 191, 
202, 211, 243, 245, 247, 266, 288. 



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CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 06. 



Bulfinch, 57. 
Bulkley, 128. 

Buryingplace The, 7, 58, 160, 162, 166, 167, 
176, 191. 

Old, 208, 215, 250. 

South, 43, 50, 142, 166, 

188, 250. 
Butler, 20, 39. 
Buttolph, 13, 19. 
Byles, 15, 126, 155, 261, 265. 



Cade, 211, 263. 

Calef, 100, 145, 158, 181, 187, 190. 
Callender, 3. 
Cambridge, 281. 
Campbel, 12. 
Cape Breton, 233. 
Carries, 56. 
Carolina, North, 120. 
South, 120. 

Carter, 28, 39, 56, 157, 212, 290. 
Carver, 56, 100, 129, 158. 
Cary, 13, 19, 39, 267. 
Casno, 20, 153. 

Castle William, 272, 274, 275. 
Caswall, 129. 

) Chamberlain, 53, 95, 98, 126, 130, 185. 
( Chamberlin, 2, 14, 27, 38. 
Chambers, 37, 40, 250, 268. 
Chandler, 38, 125. 
Channel, Fort Point, 62, 63, 75, 77. 
Cbardon, 97, 307. 
Charles, 287, 288. 
Charnock, 189. 
( Chauncey, 83. 
) Chauncy, 218, 246. 

Checkley, 1,11, 16, 18, 27, 37, 61, 62, 75, 95, 
125, 130, 135, 147, 161, 172, 181, 187, 192, 
246. 
( Cheever, 27, 36, 38, 135, 136, 152, 181, 184, 

211, 245, 263, 279, 286, 290. 
( Chever, 3, 12, 18, 25, 26. 
Chub, 147. 

Church Green, 62, 65, 161. 
Church, The Brick, 284. 
Old North, 98. 
Brick, 288. 

Clark, 1, 3, 6, 9, 18, 19, 20, 28, 38, 56, 58, 62, 
94, 95, 96, 99, 100, 101, 103, 107, 119, 131, 
136, 137, -145, 153, 156. 

Clarke, 11, 12, 14, 104, 127, 143, 149, 152,153, 
163, 164, 168, 169, 171, 179, 181, 182, 184, 
186, 187, 188, 209, 213, 220, 221, 242,243, 
252, 253, 256, 262, 265, 279, 282, 285,292, 
313 

Clear, 39,' 61, 210, 211. 
Clewly, 295, 302. 
Clough, 15, 16, 20, 42, 44, 263. 
< Gobbet, 20. 
| Cobbit, 7. 
Coburne, 286. 
Codner, 289. 
Coelson, 188. 
Coit, 247. 

Coffin, 15, 28, 39, 100, 181, 247, 291. 
Collings, 20, 29, 30. 
Collison, 184. 

Collson, 72, 73, 79, 88, 96, 97, 109, 113, 126, 
149, 152, 179, 181, 186, 187, 188, 209,213, 
221, 243, 245, 246, 247, 267, 270, 279. 
Colson, 9, 39, 49, 55, 67, 84. 
Colman, 6, 12, 37, 40, 48, 49, 58, 75, 115, 182, 
. 232. 

Colson, see Collson. 
Colton, 38. 

Common The, 5, 9, 54, 58, 59, 64, 75, 77, 78, 83, 
84, 126, 132, 133, 141, 142, 143, 
191, 209 215, 216, 218, 220, 221, 
222, 230, 248. 
Boston, 133. 
Comon The, 1, 4, 7, 9. 
Compton, 21, L94. 
Concord, 125. 
Condy, 6, 8, 11, 266. 



Coniball, 39. 

Cook, 2, 7, 14, 16, 18, 22, 27, 42. 
Cooke, 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 
26, 31, 32, 37, 42, 48, 50, 53, 54, 55, 75, 77, 
78, 79, 83, 85, 88, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 105, 
106, 112, 116, 118, 124, 125, 126, 137, 138, 
145, 149, 151, 159, 161, 162, 165, 17.6, 173, 
174, 222, 229, 245, 252, 253, 262, 263, 279, 
I 285, 292, 299, 306, 311, 312, 313. 
Cookson, 154, 266. 

Cooper, 42, 52, 174, 182, 183, 212, 246, 284,305. 
Copeland, 30, 40. 
Cordis, 182, 211. 
Corner Boucher's, 132. 
Bradford's, 132. 
Bull's, 103. 
Byle's, 132. 
Cox's, 132. 
Gee's, 131. 
Peirce'a, 132. 
Penniman's, 132. 
Cornish, 187. 
Corser, 27. 

County of Suffolk, 50, 51, 67, 72, 82, 90, 95, 
98, 112, 116, 118, 129, 136, 137, 141, 
142, 156, 186, 195, 197, 201, 207, 211, 
246, 263, 269, 280, 286, 304, 311. 
Middlesex, 50. 
Court, Southack's, 132. 
Coverly, 286. 
I Cowdery, 83, 84, 91. 
j Cowdrey, 130. 

I Cowel, 84, 99, 129, 158, 190, 257, 290. 
Cowell, 83, 212, 244, 263, 267, 301. 
Cox, 13. 

j Craddock, 26, 103, 105, 135. 
I Cradock, 40. 
Cravath, 97, 105, 247. 
Creek Mill, 132, 139, 247. 
Crodock, 30, 35. 
Crosby, 39. 
Crow, 246. 
Crowninshield, 68. 
Cunnabel, 56. 

f Cunningham, 4, 22, 30, 32, 34, 40, 41, 42, 
48, 49, 50, 52, 57, 59, 61, 62, 65, 69, 78, 80, 
94, 105, 114, 118, 119, 124, 126, 138, 143, 
145, 147, 173,175, 178, 195, 197, 201,203, 
208, 219, 222, 224, 229, 232, 234, 241, 262, 
275, 285, 294, 299, 304, 305, 307. 
I Cuningham, 8, 24. 
ICunnigham, 7. 

Cushing, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 
32, 40, 42, 79, 83, 91, 106, 112, 114, 118, 
119,125,138, 143, 145, 165, 181, 183, 187, 
190, 192, 193, 194, 197, 202, 203, 208, 210, 
218, 219, 225, 229, 231, 243, 257, 258, 261, 
265, 266, 276, 280, 284, 294, 295, 298, 304, 
306, 307, 311. 
Cussens, 185, 191. 
Custis, 13. 
Cutler, 56, 132, 218, 289. 

Dabney, 263, 265, 287. 
Darner, 30. 
( Darington, 19. 
I DarringtoD, 290. 
Darrel, 136, 251. 
/ Darrell, 140, 255, 280, 283, 291. 
Darrington see Darington. 
Dastorn, 13. 
Davenport, 59, 182. 
Davis, 29, 263. 

Dawson, 3, 12, 20, 29, 39, 56, 99, 12S, 157, 187. 
Day, 3, 20. 
Deal, 14. 

Decoster, 217, 247. 
Dedham, 50, 51. 
Deering, 32. 

Dering, 7, 8, 12, 13, 28, 32, 34, 38, 42, 55, 61, 
66, 96, 114, 134, 136, 152, 180, 184, 211, 
214, 224. 
Demming, 246. 
Demmon, 3. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



317 



Dennie, 189, 216. 

Dering sec Deering. 

Dockhead, The, 139. 

Dock, The, 5, 15, 31, 46, 49, 50, 52, 55, 132, 

139, 171, 202. 
Oliver's, 132. 

Town, 0, 2:3,44, 45, 46,48, 65, 70,80, 
81, 96, 102, 103, 105, 118, 119, 131, 
166, 259, 304. 

Dodge, 2, 12, 18, 28, 39, 56, 99, 128, 184, 189. 
Dolbeare, 102, 183, 211. 
Dorenton, 30. 
Dorr, 133. 
Dorrington, 212. 
Douglas, 61. 
"Down, 49. 

Downe, 27, 34, 35, 36, 38, 55, 64, 67, 68, 69, 
70, 72, 73, 79, 80, 84, 88, 96, 109, 113, 120, 
127, 158, 181, 184, 211, 245, 263, 279, 286. 
t Downes, 56. 
t Downs, 13. 
Draper, 182. 
Drinker, 154. 
Drowne, 232, 248, 254, 255, 258, 202, 264, 269, 

287, 293, 298, 302, 303. 
Dudley, 95, 151, 280. 
Dummer, 246. 
Duncan, 246. 
Duptc, 12, 39, 128. 
Durant, 4, 35, 36, 37. 
Durell, 57, 59. 
Dwight, 145, 153. 
( Dyar, 39. 
\ Dyer, 217. 
( Dyre, 100. 



Earle, 248. 

I Eastwick, 126. 

I Eastwicke, 143, 149. 
Eayres, 154, 192, 252, 256, 289. 
Edwards, 50, 157, 215, 247, 286. 
Eliot, 3, 44, 46, 48, 64, 68, 69, 139, 151, 156, 

182,185,193. 
Emerson, 3, 30, 152, 187, 244. 

I Emmans, 4. 

I Emmons, 94, 189, 244, 251. 
Emms, 2. 

( Endicot, 12, 28, 39, 56, 99, 128. 

j Endicott, 12, 13. 

( Endicut, 157. 
England, 50. 
Erviug, 182. 
Europe, 79, 87, 120, 233. 

I Eustis, 3, 27, 29, 39, 56. 

I Eustus, 19. 

I Everell, 204. 

} Everill, 48, 94, 131, 184, 203. 

Fail-field, 288. 

I Faneuil, 183, 259, 260, 306,307, 308, 309. 
j Fanuel, 27. 

Farnura, 1, 11,30,32,158. 
Fayc. -weather, 112, 118, 136, 140, 189, 269, 298. 
( Fearfield, 41. 
I Ficrfleld, 19. 
Fen wick, 288. 
Furry, The, 83, 88, 89. 

Charlestown, 100, 131. 
Winisimet, 85, 188. 
Wmnisimet, 105, 107, 183, 189, 206. 
Fierficld, see Fcarfiell. 
Fillebrowne, 287. 
Fisher, 13, 54, 58, 84. 

Fitch, 1, 2, 4, 14, 15, 18, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36, 
39, 40, -11, 50, 51, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60, 62, 64, 
65, 69, 75, 80, 8.), 91, 97, 100, 102, 145, 191. 
Flagg, 13, 181,217, 244. 
Flats, The, 63, OS, 77. 103. 
Flatts, The, 25, 26, 275, 281. 

Town, 2S7. 
Fletcher, 38, 216. 
FI:>W.T, 22. 
Klnv.-Ts, 1.S, 191. 
Floyd, 18, 55, 97, 15"., 185, 191, 257. 



{Foresyth, 27. 
Forsyt, 73. 
Forsyth, 55, 67, 72, 73, 79, 84, 88, 96, 109, 
113, 126, 143, 149, 152, 163, 164, 168, 169, 
171, 179, 181,184, 186, 187, 188, 209,213, 
I. 221 , 2 12, 243, 240, 256, 262, 205, 285, 313. 
Foster, 3, 12, 19, 28, 39, 56, 85, 99, 102, 128, 
134, 154, 157, 181, 182, 190, 212, 244, 266, 
287, 289. 
Fowle, 290. 
Foxcroft, 10, 54, 183. 
Foye, 291. 
France, 72. 
Francis, 304, 305, 311. 
Franklin, 12, 37. 
I Frizcl, 11. 
f Frizzel, 217. 
Frizwe!!, 31. 
Frizzel, see Frizel. 
Frost, 150. 
Furney, 158. 

Gale, 1S6, 217. 

Galpia, 17, 21. 

Gamberto, 59, 101. 

Gardner, 3, 39, 53, 56, 94, 97, 100, 103, 104, 129, 

152, 157, 189, 215, 247, 266, 290. 
Garner, 30. 
Gatcombe, 183. 
Gcdney, 158, 247. 
Gee, 17, 95, 183, 187. 
Gerrard, 39. 
Gerrish, 26, 54, 96,126, 130, 151, 181, 184, 190, 

209, 243, 261, 267, 280. 
Getchell, 4. 
Gibb, 37. 
Gibbins, 128. 

Gibbon, 68, 69, 189, 210, 247. 
Gibbs, 13, 19, 30, 37, 39, 40, 48, 53, 54, 58, 61, 

'Jl, 92, 98, 129, 243, 251, 286, 289. 
Gibson, 94, 95, 101, 131, 151, 154, 247. 
I Giles, 20. 
I Gyles, 13,141. 
Gill, 15. 
I Goff, 48, 53. 
( Gofle, 98. 
Gold, 127. 
Goldtbwait, 99, 131, 183, 242, 251,257, 258, 271, 

277, 280, 284, 299. 
I Gooch, 97, 151, 169, 183. 
I Gouch, 1, 3. 
Gooding, 4, 194, 270, 291. 
Goodridge, 4, 189. 
Goold, 49. 
Gording, 2. 
Gouch, see Gooch. 
Grainery, The, 6, 7, 10, 15, 17, 21, 37, 41, 42. 

New, 15, 17. 

Granary, The, 61, 95, 102, 126, 153, 160, 161, 
162, 165, 166, 175, 176, 187, 188, 
191, 209, 214, 215, 217, 220, 240, 
262, 268, 270, 285, 288, 292, 294. 
North, 214. 
Towns, 133. 
Grant, 28, 38, l&l, 272. 
Gray, 100, 129, 154, 182, 191, 262, 266,267, 276, 

282. 
Great Britain, 10, 49, 51, 72, 87, 223, 234, 211, 

261, 304, 305. 

Green, 4,8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 21, 23, 40, 84, 97, 
98, 158, 161, 162, 181, 186, 190, 194, 212, 
244, 251, 255, 263, 267, 290, 299. 
Greene, 183. 

Grccnleaf, 58, 159, 233, 240, 262, 265, 290. 
Greenleafe, 39. 
, Greenlicf, 2, 3. 

Grcenough, 80, 128, 141, 244, 288. 
Greenwood, 1, 5, 11, 18, 28, 38, 55, 96, 100, 
104, 134, 134, 136, 140, 152, 184, 211, 217, 
291. 
Gridlcy, 14, 22, 63, 97, 153, 190, 212, 215, 244, 

265, 267, 2SO, 282, 2S9, 290. 
Griffin, 185,286. 
Griggs, 32. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Grouard, 99, 190. 
Gunter, 57. 
Gyles, sec Giles. 

[ Hacey, 14, 

Hascy, 55, 97, 127, 153, 155, 185. 
, Hasy, 38. 
Haislup, 183, 188. 

Hall, 20, '2-2, 41, 78, 195, 224, 234, 283, 305. 
Hail Faueuil, 308, 309, 311. 
Ilallawell, 133. 
llullowell, 180. 
Halsey, 194. 
Halyburton, 267, 289. 
Hammock, 128. 
Hancock, 27, 50, 54, 58, 147, 148, 149, 151, 154, 

181, 245, 262, 205, 279, 282, 285, 292, 313. 
Hannahs, 2. 
Hardcastlo, 41. 
Harris, 2, 191, 269. 
Harrison, 290. 
Hart, 133. 
Hartshorne, 217. 
Hascy, see Hacey. 
Hasley, 4. 
Hastings, 246. 
Hasy, see Hacey. 
Hatch, 61, 62, 252, 288. 
Hatter, 19. 
Hawden, 131. 
Hawdiug, 155, 182, 246. 
Hayes, 288. 
Hayle, 41. 
Hayley, 27. 
Hayward, 181. 
Headwin, 15. 
Heath, 179. 
I Holier, 19. 

? Hclycr, 190, 212, 244, 267, 290. 
Henchman, 14, 135, 130, 152, 159, 162, 181, 184, 

186, 192, 202, 211, 230, 245, 248, 263, 279, 

281, 286. 

Henderson, 27, 39, 57, 60. 
Henly, 5. 
Henshaw, 97, 154. 
Hickling, 154. 
Hicks, 37, 40, 95, 101, 165, 170, 257, 258, 262, 

274, 279, 295, 297. 
Highway, The, 1, 4, 9, 93, 103, 104, 106, 107, 

109, 112, 113, 1,2, 168, 266, 277, 282, 2S3, 

234, 298. 
Hill, 12, 30, 38, 55, 56, 78, 96, 100, 103, 108, 

109, 113, 133, 135, 136, 152, 180, 184, 211, 

245, 247, 2o2, 263, 267, 274, 279, 282, 288. 
Hill, The, 132, 133. 

Fort, 62, 84, 243, 248, 249, 253, 254, 255, 257, 
262, 26 1, 285, 2 S6, 287, 292, 293, 295, 302. 
Fox, 126, 165, 173, 175, 176. 
Hobbs, 212, 244, 267, 290. 
I Hodgden, 18, 28. 

I Ilodgdon, 99, 128, 157, 212, 244, 267, 290. 
Holbrook, 130, 258, 268. 
Holland, 2J6. 
HolluwuH. 5. 
Holmes, 155, 211, 305. 
( Holyoke, 5, 13, 20, 29, 41, 58, 75, 76, 95, 100, 

101, 129, 193, 201, 202, 215. 
(. Hoyoke, 83. 
Homer, 19, 39. 
Hood, 29. 

Hooker, 258, 2H2, 268, 284, 291. 
Hooper, 213, 241, 243. 
Hooton, 193, 195, 215. 
Hopkinston, 125. 
Houden, 27. 
Hough, 4. 

Houghton, 56, 152, 155. 
House, Almes, 16, 108. 

Alms, 111, 113, 114, 115, 121, 122, 237, 

270, 276, 278, 279, 281, 295. 
Court, 241, 261. 
Gun, 83, 84, 142, 143. 
North Market, 172. 
of Correction, Ifl, 159 



House, Powder, 209, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 

222, 243, 250, 252. 
Public Mooting, 54, 62, 161, 259. 
Old North Meeting, 44, 45, 46, 48, 65, 

70, 80, 81, 102, 139. 
South Mooting, 97. 
Sconce, 297, 298. 

Town 1, 6, 10, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25,26, 
31, 35, 37, 40, 42, 48, 50, 52, 63, 54, 
62, 66, 69, 74, 80, 85, 88, 91, 93, 94, 
95, 99, 105, 103, 107, 112, 116, 118, 
121, 125, 137, l:;y, 141, 147, 149, 151, 
101, 164, 173, 174, 183, 192, 203, 208, 
218, 229, 231, 241, 243, 258, 260, 261, 
268, 284, 303, 305. 
West Mooting, 209, 213. 
Work, 159, 160, 162, 165, 166, 167, 172, 
175, 170, 188, 191,200, 231,234,235, 
240, 243, 251, 252, 273, 276. 
How, 154, 189, 247. 
Howard, 158. 
( Howcl, 19, 
I IIowoll, 183, 186. 
Hoyoke, see Holyoke. 
Uubbard, 2, 19, 39, 74, 96, 114, 133, 135, 136, 

152, 159, 170, 180, 184, 211,215, 242,244, 
245, 263, 267, 275, 276, 278, 279, 282, 286. 
290, 295, 3U3. 

Hubbart, 182. 

llunniwell, 217. 

Hunt, 1, 11, 14, 19, 20, 28, 38, 41, 55, 96, 114, 
129, 134, 136, 152, 180, 186,211, 214, 215, 
245, 20.5, 279, 286, 287. 

Hard, 28, 182. 

Hutchinson, 4, 10, 13, 15, 23, 40, 46, 50, 51, 52, 
57, 59, 60, 69, 75, 80, 103, 104, 119, 135, 
145, 152, 1:9, 162, 163, 164, 16., 168, 169, 
171, 174, 175, 179, 182, 184, 180, 187, 188, 
192, 193, 195, 197, 20tJ, 203, 210, 212, 213, 
220, 221, 223, 224, 230, 231, 234, 243, 246, 
248, 250, 250, 257, 259, 261, 265, 272, 273, 
281, 299, 304, 306, 307, 308. 

Inches, 12, 18, 28,39, 56,244, 267, 290. 
I Indicot, 190. 

) ludicott, 19, 212, 244, 266, 275, 278, 289, 299. 
Ingersoll, 287, 298. 
Ingrabam, 202, 212, 244, 277, 282. 
Ireland, 72, 287. 
Island Castle, 272, 274, 275. 
Deer, 295, 303. 
Govornours, 272, 274, 275. 
Hog, 206. 
Noddles, 206. 

Jackson, 1, 11, 18, 28, 29, 30, 38, 55, 59, 63, 97, 
100, 129, 132, 180, 220, 249, 251, 255, 270, 
272, 308, 309. 

Jarvis, 20. 

Jeffers, 7. 

Jeffries, 20, 30, 38, 49, 53, 55, 67, 72, 73, 79, 
84, 88, 96, 109, 113, 125, 126, 137, 143, 152, 

153, 157, 164, 165, 167, 168, 169, 171, 179, 
181, 184, 186, 187, 188, 189,209, 210, 213, 
218, 220,221, 229,231, 241, 242, 243, 246, 
252, 253, 256, 259, 262, 263, 276, 279, 282, 
284, 285, 292, 294, 305, 300, 309, 313. 

Jeffs, 129. 
Jenkins, 29, 191. 
Jepson, 3. 
Johnson, 41, 154, 247. 

I Johonet, 20. 

} Johonnot, 263, 265. 

Jones, 13, 29, 125, 147, 152, 190, 212, 289, 304, 
305, 311. 

Kedgell, 246. 

I Keneday, 57. 

/ Kennedy, 151. 
Kent, 55, 103, 105, 127. 
Kenwood, 99, 182. 
Keyes, 125, 147, 158, 172, 182. 

( Kilbey, 28. 

| Kilby, 128, 219, 224, 225, 231, 241, 304, 305, 
311. 



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Kilcup, 194. 
Kiilcop, 20, 27. 

( Kneelaud, 11, 14, 29, 156, 175, 179, 180, 183, 
189, 245, 249, 253. 

( Kneland, 19, 21. 
Knight, 3, 182. 

< Laith, 2. 
j Laithe, 127. 

Lamoert, 157, 189, 215, 263. 
Laue, 182. 

Lane Beer, 126, 131, 151, 154, 168, 169. 
Blind, 133. 
Cold, 5, 6,132. 
Cow, 133. 
Foster, 132. 
Frog, 83, 84, 88, 89. 
Green, 27, 29, 95, 126, 131, 132, 151, 154, 

169, 170. 
Hawkin's, 132. 
Henchman's, 132. 
Horn, 132. 
Kneeland's, 132. 
Mackarel, 132. 
Pond, 133. 
llawson'a 132, 133. 
Wing's, 132. 
Wood, 132, 151, 154, 168, 169, 173, 191, 

193, 195, 202. 

Langdon, 15, 20, 181, 267. 
Lash, 39. 
Laughton, 286. 
Lensonby, 2. 
Loathe, 14. 
LeDain, 263. 
Lee, 2, 3, 12, 29, 38, 39, 57, 60, 62, 64, 74, 84, 

85, 136, 140, 148, 149, 150, 153, 155, 210. 
Leech, 30. 
LeFort, 15. 
Legg, 99. 
Levenston, 97. 
( Leveret, 4, 25. 
} Leverett, 290. 
Lewes, 214. 

Lewis, 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 25, 38, 
40, 10-1, 105, 135, 158, 195, 213, 265, 306, 
307, 309, 311. 

I Lillie, 37, 66, 67, 68, 69, 80, 212. 
j Lilly, 30, 36. 
Limbrey, 57. 
Linehan, 57. 
Little, 28, 38, 56. 
Lloyd, 211, 295,303. 
London, 121, 122, 311. 

Loring, 3, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 26, 28, 38, 58, 
63, 64, y6, 127, 156, 182, 185, 186, 189, 193. 
( Lovel, 31, 86, 126, 130, 138. 
j Lovcll, 34, 36, 183, 189, 295, 297. 
Lowden, 39. 
Lowder, 210, 265. 
Lowell, 290. 
l.ucart, 13. 
Luduate, 131. 
Lutwyche, 244, 246. 

Lym-.in, 3, 12, 19, 28, 127, 149, 152, 163, 164, 
168, 169, 171, 181, 184, 186, 187, 188, 209, 
213, 220, 221, 242, 243, 246, 252, 253, 256, 
262, 265, 279, 282, 285, 292. 
Lynn, 106. 

Maccarty, 182, 

Mackdauicl, 29. 

Main, 31, 33, 44. 

March, 100. 

Marchant, 244. 

Marion, 19, 35, 36, 37, 45, 48, 49, 52, 54, 55, 
61, 66, 83, 84, 86, 89, 92, 94, 95, 98, 102, 
103, 105, 107, 108, 109, 112, 113, 114, 118, 
12(1, 131, 173, 181, 183, 192, 203, 205, 208, 
209, 217, 219, 222, 223, 248, 254, 255, 264, 
285 , 287, 293, 304. 

Marish The, 59. 

Munshcs, The, 54. 

Market Middle, 134. 



Market North, 102, 134, 170, 172. 

South, 102, 107, 134, 170, 171, 172. 
I Marshal, 59. 
I Marshall, 3, 128, 152, 212. 
Marsh, The, 5, 9, 126, 165, 264. 

Ruraney, 55, 71, 82, 90, 96,97,98,103, 
105, 106, 107, 136, 127, 129, 130, 
132, 151, 153, 158, 183, 185, 190, 
191, 193, 194, 203, 205, 206, 207, 
208, 257, 258. 
Eumny, 1, 2, 13, 14, 18, 27, 31, 38, 44, 48, 50, 

52, 53,58, 154. 
Mason, 3, 5, 20, 27, 56, 125, 141, 194, 244, 267, 

290. 

Massachusetts, 33, 44, 177. 
Mather, 106, 213, 256. 
Martyn, 185, 286. 
Maxwell, 127. 

May, 99, 128, 157, 187, 212, 244, 267, 290. 
Maycornb, 7. 
Mayletn, 128. 
McNeal, 267. 
Medfield, 50. 
Melecan, 19. 
Millidge, 266. 
I Mclvell, 4. 
| Melvil, 91. 
Mendon, 50. 
Menzies, 270. 
I Merrett, 2. 
) Men-it, 13. 
Messenger, 252. 
I Metcalf, 50. 
( Mctcalfe, 50. 
Miller, 11, 151,290. 
Milliken, 103. 
Mills, 6, 7, 36,41. 
Minot, 26, 152, 154, 162, 286. 
Mitchel, 4. 

Moberly, 3, 12, 19,30, 39, 56, 99, 128, 157, 190, 
212, 244, 266, 289, 295, 304. 

< Moffat, 7. 

) Moffatt,4, 233,234. 
Mollineaux, 287. 
Monk, 39, 100, 129, 189, 215, 263. 
Moore, 172, 299, 304. . 

More, 30, 39, 56, 99, 128, 193. 
Morey, 262, 269. 
Morris, 158. 
Mors, 50. 
Morse, 50. 
Mortimer, 161. 
Mortitnore, 20. 
Mostatt, 13. 
Moulin, 83, 84, 262,268. 
Mountfort, 132. 
Mower, 39. 

< Neal, 5, 5fl, 212, 247. 
) Neaie, 39. 

Neck, The, 139, 141, 259, 262, 264, 268, 283, 

298. 

Boston, 107. 
Needham, 194, 249. 
Negus, 97. 

New Kngland, 67, 72, 119, 124, 232, 312. 
Newfoundland, 120. 
Newman, 189. 
Nickerson, 280, 282. 
Nowell, 290. 
Noyce, 37. 



Oakes, 5, 6, 7. 
Oglethorp, 49. 
Olive, 20. 

Oliver, 1, 11, 18, 20, 22, 25, 59, 63,106, 158, 182, 
181, 182, 223, 224, 230, 243, 245, 248, 249, 
253, 2o4, 263, 279, 286, 287, 307. 
Orsborn, see Osborn. 
Osband, 14. 

Osborn, 16, 18, 38. 

Orsborn, 27. 

Osborne, 78, 166, 186, 25.9> 
Otis, 192. 



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Oven, 40. 

Owen, 30,131, 181,210. 
Oxford, 50. 
Oxuard, 57. 

Paddock, 105. 
P;iiu', 39. 

Pain 12. 14, 19, 30, 61, 190, 212. 

Paine, 39, 56, 99, 128, 157, 216, 244, 266, 

289. 
Palmer, 40, 46, 48, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69, 80, 91, 92, 

100, 126, 131,209. 
Parker, 29, 103, 104, 136, 140, 145, 152, 175, 176, 

190, 193, 194, 211, '2-23, 245, 270, 279, '288. 
Parkman, 19, 20, 30, 83, 84, 85, 88, 89, 98, 154, 

215, 247, 285, 287. 
Parott, 74, 89. 
Parrott, 74. 
Pasture, Elme, 34. 
Patten, 263. 

( Patteshall, 267. 

f Pattishall, 19. 
Pearce, see Peirce. 
Pearson, 156. 
Peck, 15. 

Pecker, 13, 19, 53, 59, 83, 86, 96, 106, 107, 123, 
129, 134, 142, 158, 167, 182,191, 193, 197, 
216, 219, 223, 242, 245, 266, 288. 

( Peirce, 40, 42, 44, 157, 268. 

\ Pearce, 28. 

( Pierce, 190. 

j Peirpoint, 145, 147. 

( Pierpoint, 138. 
Pell, 26, 61,64. 
Pemberton, 7, 182. 

J Peniman, 3. 

/ Pennyman, 18. 
Person, 19. 
Perry, 131. 

Phillips, 128, 129, 133, 181, 287, 288. 
Phip, 224. 
Phips, 234. 

I Pidgion, 41. 

j Pigeon, 181, 215, 247. 
Pierce, see Peirce. 
Pinpoint, see Peirpoint. 
Pigeon, see Pidgioa. 
Pirn, 41. 
Pinkny, 20. 
Pitman, 152. 
Pitson, 26. 
Pitts, 57. 

Place, South Market, 106. 
Plimouth, New, 31,33, 44. 
Plin, 1. 
Point, Barton's, 132. 

Windmill, 61, 94, 103, 104, 108, 109, 112. 
Pollard, 4, 39, 104, 222, 229, 290, 295, 305. 
Pomroy, 21. 

Pond, Wheelers, 209, 217, 219, 221. 
Porter, 103. 
Potter, 190. . 
Potwine, 39, 78. 
Poumery, 3. 
Pratt, 2, 27, 38, 97, 127. 
Price, 3, 129, 308. 
Prince, 6, 24, 161, 187, 246, 291. 

(Procter, 5, 20, 21, 27, 34, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 
48, 85, 99, 106, 109, 151, 181,193,201, 
274, 280, 281. 
Proctor, 244. 
Prout, 1, 11, 66, 94, 98, 100, 106, 107, 125, 138, 

145, 165, 182, 223, 261, 276, 284, 294. 
Province, Massachusetts Bay, 31, 67, 72, 116, 

119, 124, 205, 232, 312. 
Pulling, 191. 

I Quincy, 150, 152, 174, 182, 241, 261. 
( Quinsy, 28. 

Rainger, 13, 31. 

Rand, 4, 54, 59, 62, 75, 95, 96, 98, 101, 123, 129, 

)">4, 14-2, 153, 167, 173, 182, 190, 194, 214, 

215, 2iS, 251, 254, 255. 



Rankin, 290. 

Kay, 13, 157, 190, 212, 244, 266, 289, 290. 
Rea, 85. 

Read, 3, 112, 118, 123, 151, 154, 175, 177, 178, 
179, 187, 192, 193, 265, 291. 

| Rhode Island, 198, 225, 226. 

) Road Island, 52, 53. 
Richards, 3, 12, 19, 39, 56, 99, 128, 157, 190, 

212, -244, 266. 

Richardson, 182, 211, 246, 247, 263. 
Ricks, 39, 21-2, 244, 289. 
Ridgaway, 159, 215. 
Righton, 267. 

River Charles, 219, 224, 262, 270, 281. 
Rix, 3, 4, 11, 19, 28, 56, 61, 190. 
Road Island, see Rhode Island. 
Rogers, 3, 13, 19, 40, 187, 210, 253, 290. 
Rolfe, 218. 
Rope Walk, Barton's, 133, 151, 155, 168, 262, 

266, 282. 
Rowe, 1. 

Row, Merchants, 42, 44, 132, 284. 
Roxbury, 70, 80, 302. 

I Royal, 180. 

) Royall, 3. 
Ruck, 1, 12, 14, 18, 28, 38, 55, 96, 114, 134, 136, 

152, 180, 184,211. 
Ruddock, 265, 289, 290. 
Rushton, 103. 

( Russel, 27, 56, 65. 

| Russell, 3, II, 12, 19, 20, 39, 56, 99, 128, 129, 
157, 190, 209, 212, 216, 244, 266, 270, 279, 
289. 
Rydoubt, 29. 

Salem, 6. 
Salenstal, 39. 
I Salisbery, 29, 41. 
} Salisbury, 129, 179. 
Salmon, 189. 
Saltenstall, 49. 
< Salstonstal, 217. 
| Salstonstall, 218. 

Baiter, 2, 4, 15, 29, 68, 76, 126, 128, 129, 157, 
181, 186, 193, 194, 209, 211, 220, 222, 243, 
245, 249, 250, 252, 266, 270, 288, 290, 292. 
Sault, 267, 290. 

Savage, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 59, 101, 186, 212. 
I Savel, 74. 

| Savell, 194, 267, 295, 299, 303. 
School, North Writing, 31, 35. 
School, Free Writing, 109. 
North, 18. 

Gramar, 167, 193, 202, 213, 246, 

265, 292. 

Writing, 13, 21, 34, 35,48, 170, 
201, 213, 246, 257, 258, 262, 
265, 274, 279, 280, 281, 292, 
306,311. 
South, 13. 

Gramar, 151. 
Gramer, 36. 

Grammar, 55, 59, 63, 86, 101, 
138, 154, 189, 213, 246, 265, 
292,297. 
Writing, 21, 213, 246, 250, 265, 

292, 295, 297. 
( Scollay, 194. 
I Scolley, 288. 
Sconce, The, 77, 271. 282, 298, 300. 

South, 25. 

Scott, 5, 13, 29,215, 247. 
Seavorn, '247. 
S eiller, 246. 
Selby,26. 
Sergent, 18. 
Service, 289. 
( Sewn], 34. 

i Sewall, 21, 31, 34, 50, 103, 105, 151. 158, 159, 
16-2, 175, 181, 182, 184, 192, 197. 206, 222, 
223, 224, 230, 232, 234, 246, 248, 265, 268, 
269, 284, 291, 306. 
Sharrow, 126, 130. 
Bhead, 40. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



321 



f Sheaf, 9, 10, 28, 38, 53, 64. 
J Sheafe, 59, 75, 78, 191, 216, 251, 257, 258, 
5 271, 299. 
(.Shcaff, 12. 
( Sherburn, 181, 186. 
I Shcrburne, 141, 286. 
Sherman, 286. 
Sherror, 27. 
Shirley, 293. 
Showers, 270. 

Sigourney, 78, 157, 268, 286, 290. 
Simkins, 11. 
( Simrns, 36. 
I Symracs, 185, 248, 263. 
Sinrpkins, 3, 97. 
Simpson, 56, 61, 153,181,190, 210,244, 267, 

284, 290, 291. 
Skillin, lo'.i. 

Skinner, 19, 100, 158, 189, 215, 291. 
Smibcrt, 61, 100, 101, 183. 
Smith, 4, 27, 38, 100, 185, 189, 268. 
Snelling, 32, 58. 
Snow, ^04. 
Speakman, 263, 286. 
Spooner, 7, 20, 182. 
Sprague, 252. 
Squair, Dock, 42, 49. 
Squar, Dock, 37. 

Square, Dock, 35, 36, 40, 61, 70, 80, 91, 92, 
93, 102, 132, 229, 231, 259, 260, 
307. 

South Meeting House, 133. 
Squir, Dock, 48. 
Staiuer, 28, 39, 56, 99, 128. 
Stamford, 28, 53. 
Stanford, 19. 

Stamford, 12, 49, 53, 56, 61, 84, 85, 86, 96, 127, 
l.')i; Kilt, 171, 185, 211, 219, 222,224, 234, 
242, 251, 262, 270, 271, 277, 281, 299. 
Starr, 187. 

Steel, 28, 48, 57, 66, 69, 70, 80, 81, 102, 118, 
119, 124, 145, 182, 262, 279, 282,285, 292, 
293, 298, 302, 303, 313. 
V 8teele, 293. 

Steuart, 83, 84, 209, 217, 224. 
Stevens, 159. 

Stoddard, 87, 41, 49, 50, 51, 54, 58, 59, 61, 84, 
85, 89, 94, 9.3, 98, 112, 118, 186, 195, 213, 
222, 247, 272, 280, 284, 290. 
Stone, 40. 
Storer, 28, 181, 189. 
Street, Ann, 18. 

Anne, 132. 

Beach, 67. 

Beacon, 132, 148, 191, 209, 215, 220. 

Bonnet, 1, 5, 9, 14, 139. 

Bond, 34. 

Brattle, 54, 259. 

Cambridge, 132. 

Common, 83, 84, 88, 89, 191, 215. 

Oomon, 1, 4. 

Cross, 18, 20, 30, 130. 

Fish, 11, 14, 132, 195, 202. 

Hanover, 132. 

King, 11, 14, 22, 132, 144. 

Leverett, 132. 

Love, 23, 25, 27, 29, 63, 132, 151, 154, 

168, 169, 243, 250, 252. 
Lynde, 213. 
Lynn, 95. 
Marlborough, 133. 
Middle, 132. 

Milk, 5, 132, 133, 295, 303. 
Xcirth, 83, 85, 88,89,95. 
Orange, 37, 41, 67, 70, 72, 80, 95, 126, 

131, 151, 154, 169, 170, 173, 289. 
Pond, 13:1, 209, 217. 
Prince, 14, 95, 100, 131, 132. 
Queen, 18, 21, 24, 101, 132, 201, 213, 

246, 265, W2. 

Salem, 18, 20, 25, 30, 63, 131, 132. 
School, 7. 21, 24, 95, 132, 133. 
Sconce, 282, 283. 
Sea, 112, 138, 142. 



Street, Ship, 132. 

South, 112. 

Sudbery, 20. 

Sudbury, 1, 5, 18, 132. 

Burner, 1. 

Summer, 5, 9, 133, 161, 166, 282, 283. 

Treamount, 132, 208. 

Tremount, 215. 

Union, 132. 

Water, 37, 41, 45, 49, 129, 132, 197. 

West, 133. 

Winter, 27, 30, 37, 166, 209, 216, 219, 

220, 222. 
I Sutten, 3. 

| Button , 50, 54, 58, 128, 213. 
Swain, 12. 
Sweetser, 157. 
Symmen, see Simms. 

Tavern, Dolphin, 132. 

Taylor, 15, 30, 39, 56, 100, 129, 157, 189, 215, 

268, 273. 
Teft, 113. 
Temple, 125. 
Tewksbery, 55. 

I Thacher, 83, 106, 125, 137, 145, 182, 183. 

| Thatcher, 1, 11, 22, 24, 26, 42, 137. 
Thayer, 157, 252. 

Thomas, 15, 19, 28, 38, 42, 56, 58, 61, 96, 127, 
156, 181, 185, 194, 195, 201, 211, 212, 214, 
244, 245, 247, 266, 267, 288, 290. 

| Thompson, 206. 

f Tompson, 2 1 .'. 

Thornton, 3, 12, 19, 3\ 75, 128, 157, 212. 
Thwing, 11, 13, 29, 58, 244, 247. 
Thyng, 19; 

Tilestone, 112, 114, 116, 266. 
Tilly, 40. 
Tompson, see Thompson. 

{ Torrey, 56, 103, 154, 166, 243, 250, 251, 255, 
285, 202. 

( Torry, 3, 31, 40. 
Tothill, 2. 

Townsend, 3, 12, 29, 37, 112, 145, 157, 180. 
Towns Slip, The, 89, 173, 193, 202, 

( Traill, 182. 

} Trayle, 21, 42. 
Training Field, The, 191. 
Trayle, see Traill. 
Trott, 56. 

True, 56, 78, 129, 244,. 
Tucker, 131, 159, 263. 
Tuckerman, 247. 
Tudor, 216. 
Turell, 4, 56, 128, 151. 
Tutthil, 55. 

Tuttle, 14, 18, 27, 38, 97, 127, 153, 185, 263. 
Tyler, 4, 5, 12, 18, 25, 27, 30, 34, 35, 36, 49, 
55, 78, 79, 96, 100, 101, 110, 114, 118, 124, 
133, 134, 136, 152, 180, 184, 185, 186, 190, 
192, 194, 202, 211, 220, 245, 263, 279, 286, 
292, 294. 
Tylor, 26, 36. 
Tyng, 99, 100, 128, 182, 267. 

Oxbridge, 50. 

Vail, 20. 
Valentine, 191. 

Vans, 135, 138, 145, 147, 151, 175, 178, 195,201, 
203, 205, 208, 222, 229, 264, 287. 

( Vassal, 214. 

| Vassall, 244, 286. 

( Vial, 189. 

j Viall, 299. 
Vinal, 154. 
Vintenon, 247. 

Wadsworth, 1, 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 27, 29, 34, 
36, 38, 41, 57, 60, 78, 88, 91, 92, 94,96, 103, 
104, 105, 127, 132, 135, 158, 172, 184, 195, 
209, 224, 244, 250, 251, 266, 270, 283, 28S, 
305. 

Wakefleld, 128. 



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j Walcot, 30. 

j Walcutt, 267. 
Waldo, 1, 5, 9, 10, 11, 20, 32, 34, 138, 145, 147, 

158, 250, 273, 306, 307, 309, 311. 
Walker, 2"7, 74, 89, 94, 100, 103, 118, 124, 148, 

149, 150, 155, 181. 
Walley, 126, 129, 182, 262, 269, 276, 281, 283, 

305. 
Wallis, 155, 194, 288, 290, 299. 

( Wardal, 175. 

) Ward-all, 154. 

Warde, 39. 

I Wardel, 12, 28, 30, 193. 

I Wardell, 3, 19, 176, 177, 202, 203, 204, 205, 
208, 210. 

Warden, 41, 128, 182, 189, 217. 

Ware, 59. 

Warner, 4, 181. 

Watch Merchant's, 52, 166. 

Waters, 39, 252. 

( Wats, 2. 

1 Watts, 2, 18, 27, 29, 42, 45, 48, 97, 175, 178. 
Watson, 7, 12, 19, 28, 38, 48, 58, 66, 69, 70, 80, 

96, 102, 127, 134. 
Watt, 182, 247. 
Webb, 10, 26, 30, 157, 16-1, 181, 182, 187, 290, 

291, 294. 
Webber, 14. 
Webster, 128. 
Weite, 18. 
Welch, 141, 157, 182. 
Welland, 30, 100. 

{Welles, 7, 8, 16, 17, 22, 23, 31, 32, 42, 53, 61, 
67, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 80, 83, 104, 106, 
110,111, 114, 118, 125, 159, 160, 176, 
182, 224, 234, 2-16, 265, 266, 269, 271, 
272, 273, 274, 288, 298, 300. 
Wells, 13, 182, 215, 269. 
Wellis, 49. 
Welsted, 31, 203. 
Welsteed, 152, 187, 265, 291. 
fWendal.U, 40, 48. 
Wendall, 11, 12, 18. 
I Wendell, 4, 41, 50, 51, 55, 57, 60, 62, 65, 66, 

!69, 75, 80, 89, 96, 103, 105, 110, 111, 114, 
115, 125,127, 131, 133, 134, 136, 152, 162, 
179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 186, 211, 213, 230, 
245, 248, 263, 266, 267, 279, 283, 28ft, 287, 
291,298, 300,307. 
Wentworth, 129, 284, 291. 
West, 59. 
West Indies, 120. 
Wethercd, 152,263. 
Wharf, The, 9, 18, 48, 63, 64, 65, 70, 80. 
Bull, 133, 166, 209, 218, 221. 
Bull's, 113. . 
Clark's, 60, 62. 
Eliot's, 64. 
Gallop's, 195. 



Wharf, Henry Webb's 61. 

Long, 22, 26, 32, 60, 62, 74, 75, 89, 119. 

132, 189, 143, 144, 145. 
North Battery, 101, 148, 149, 150, 155. 
Red Lion, 132. 
Wenl worths, 20. 
Wharfs, Out, 17, 25. 
Wheatly, 219. 

Wheeler, 13, 85, 100, 112, 113, 252, 263. 
Wheelwright, 21, 22, 23, 56, 175, 181, 250, 273, 

275, 278, 282, 283, 299, 305. 
Whetmare, 27. 

White, 2, 3, 12, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30, 34, 35, 
62, 74, 75, 100, 128, 157, 159, 190, 212, 244. 
245, 263, 266, 275, 278, 279, 281, 286, 289. 
Whiterage, 27, 29. 
( Whittemore, 55. 
I Whittmore, 153, 158. 
Whlttrage, 31, 34. 
Wilks, 10. 
Willard, 132, 182, 183, 231, 291. 

Williams, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 1 1, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 
21, 25, 26, 29, 35, 37, 41, 42, 45, 54, 55, 
58, 59, 61, 86, 95, 96, 101, 102, 110, 126, 
128, 129, 133, 141, 153, 157, 160, 161, 175, 
Ig2, 187, 193, 212, 247, 248, 254, 255, 258, 
262, 263, 264, 267, 2S7, 290, 293, 298, 302, 
303. 

Willians, 1. 
i Willims, 1. 
Willis, 13, 64, 65, 66, 67, 63, 69, 70, 72, 80, 81, 

285, 293, 294. 
Wil listen, 284, 288. 
( Willoughby, 66, 69, 70, 80, 81, 102, 134, 

161, 185, 214, 249, 26S, 287, 288. 
( Wiloughby, 48. 
Wilson, 267, 290. 
Wina, 13, 19, 247. 
I Winisimet, 89. 
I Winnisimet, 188, 208. 

Winslow, 4, 30, 38, 49, 55, 67, 72, 73, 75, 79, 
88, 96, 109, 126, 127, 13&, 190, 223,232,250, 

Winter, 185', 18&, 215, 252, 299. 

WiDthrop, 2, 4, 59, 128, 131, 212, 265, 306,307, 

309, 311. 
Wise, 214. 

t Wiswal, 22, 193. 

? Wiswall, 6, 7, 22, 165, 167, 202. 
Wolcott, 59. 
Wolland, 4, 13, 19. 
Wood, 99, 105. 
Woodhouse, 263. 
Woodstock, 50. 
Wroe, 38. 

Yeamans, 206. 

Young, 3, 12, 39, 65,99, 128, 129, 157,181,187, 
285, 270. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Almes Douse, 16, 108, 111, 113, 114, 115, 121 , 
1M7, 270, 276,278,270,281,295. (See also 
Workhouse. ) 

A c | street, IS. 132. 

Arms, presented to the town,l, 2. 
Assembly or Court, General, 6, 7, 8, 23, 24, 25, 
32, :V5, 40 4:j, 45, 50, 52, 54, 55, 
76, 78, 79, 84, 86, 87, 91, 94, 104, 
105, 110, 111, 112, 114, 116, 118, 
119, 12 1, 120, 131, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 140, 150, 163, 172, 174, 175, 
177, 178, 179, 192, 197, 201, 203, 
205, 208, 218, 219, 224, 231, 232, 
233, 241, 245, 251, 256, 261, 26'J, 
272, 275, 276, 281, 284, 294, 295, 
301, 302, 304, 306, 312. 
presentments to, 76, 177, 178, 179, 

231, 275, 296. 
Assessors, 16. 61, 83, 86, 107, 118, 152, 178, 

193, 243, 247, 260, 297, 301, 303. 
abatement by, 5, 11, 16, 22. 31, 8G, 
98, 107, 130, 142, 167, l'J7, 224, 25S, 
277,281,301. 

appointed, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 16, 19, 
28, 38, 58, 76, 86, 96, 127, 151, 
152, 156, 185, 211, 245, 266, 288. 
Assize of Bread. (See Breadstuff*. ) 

Bameado, the, 25. 
Barton's point, 132. 

ropewalk, 133, 151, 155, 168, 262, 

20:3, 282. 
Batteries, 302. 

defenceless condition of, 233. 
condition of the, 24.">, 245. 
appropriation for repairs, 256. 
repairs of the. 262, '271. 
Battery, North, 6, 00, 62, 70, Si, 213, 256, 262, 

201, 271, 207, 300. 
wharf, 6, 20, 62, 101, 148, 149, 

150, 155. 

South, 22, 2>, 60, 63, 77, 213, 256, 
271, 232, 237, 2.13, 295, 297, 238, 
300, 302, 303, 305. 
at the South End, 77. 
ground, 248, 253, 254, 287, 292, 293, 

2.i7, _ 

lands', 293] 298J 300, 302, 303. 
Beach street, 07. 
Beacon, to erect a, 150. 
Beacon street, 132, 148, 191, 209, 215, 220. 
Beech, (Beach) the, 103, 132, 170. 

encumbered, etc., 103, 170. 
flats and meadow grounds, 

283. 

Beer lane, 126, 131, 151, 154, 168, 169. 
Bell alley, 132. 
Belle, ringing of, 40, 45, 95, 101, 102, 134, 209, 

213. 
Bonnet street, 1, 5. 

watch-house at corner of, 139. 
Bills, appropriated, 34. 

of credit, 67, 79, 87, 146, 199, 226, 249, 

268, 283. 

of Rhode Island, 52, 53, 193, 226. 
Province, 31,263,297. 

(old tenor) 199, 201, 227, 228, 

297, 305. 

(new tenor) 199,201, 227, 229. 
(See also Finance, statistics.) 



Births, record of, 110, 126, 130, 133, 134. 

deaths, record of, 110, 126, 130, 133, 

134. 

Blind lane, 133. 
Bond street, 34. 
Bonds. (See Sureties. ) 
Books. (See Records, etc.) 
Boston, 1, 6, 10, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 31, 
32, 35, 36, 37, 42, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 66, 68, 69, 72, 74, 79, 80, 82, 83, 85, 
87, 88, 89, 90", 91, 93, 94, 95, 98, 105, 106, 
107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 
118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 121, 125, 126, 
130, 131, 133, 136, 137, 133, 141, 142, 143, 
145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 151, 155, 158, 159, 
161, 163, 168, 172, 17:5, 174, 175, 177, 180, 
183, 186, 187, 190, 192, 195, 196, 197, 201, 
203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 217, 218, 223, 224, 
225, 229, 230, 231, 232, 2.J3, 2 tl , 212, 243, 
246, 247, 24S, 250, 252, 256, 257, 25S. 25n, 
260, 2F1, 264, 268, 276, 277, 280, 2S1, 283, 
284, 286, 287, 291 , 292, 293, 294, 2'J7, 302, 
303, 304, 305, 300, 307, 303, 309, 311, 312. 
Boston Neck. (See Neck, the.) 
Brattle street, 54, 259. 
Bread stuffs, 15, 120, 214, 249, 268, 288. 

assize of bread, 312. (See also 

Grain.) 

Bridge, mill, 5, 132. 
swing, 21. 
over Charles river, 219, 224, 234, 262, 

270. 
from western part of town to Col. 

1'liips' farm (Charles river), 2:H. 
Bridewel (Bridewell). (See House of Cor- 
rection.) 

British America, 120. 
Building, petition to erect, 284. 

to erect a windmill, 295. 

dismissed, 84. 

allowed, Joseph Clewly, 

302. 

to be removed, 171, 172. 
Buildings. (See Land* or Buildings.) 
Bull's wharf, 113, 133, 166, 209, 218, 221. (See 

also Wharves.) 

Bulls, town. (See Cattle, etc.) 
Burial places, 83. 84, 15'J, 160, 162, 167, 176, 

191,203. 
on the Common, 7, 58, 78, 142, 

191. 
South, 29, 35, 48, 50, 142, 166, 

188, 243, 250. 

Old burying place, 205,215,250. 
digging of graves, 29, 35, 284, 

291. 
By-laws. (See Orders, town.) 

Cambridge, 281. 

street, 132. 
Cape Breton, 233. 
Castle, the, 271, 272. 274, 275. 

Island, 272, 274, 275. (See also Forti- 
fications.) 

"William. (See Castle, the.) 
Cattle, 54, 96, 142. 

laws pertaining to, 59, 126, 133, 141, 

143. 

Charities, 178, 285, 294. 

Charles Kiver, bridge over, 219, 224, 234, 262, 
270, 281. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Charlestown Ferry, 100, 131. 

Chimnies, 155, 183, 196, 197, 285, 293, 296. 

sweeping of, 152, 183, 188, 193, 196, 

197, 293, 295, 296. 
sweepers, 196, 295, 296. (See 

also Orders, town.) 

Church Green, ineetiug-hou*e at, 62, 65, 161, 
Clark's wharf, 60, 62. " (See also Wharves.) 
Clerk of the Peace, 2. 
Coasters. (See Ships.) 
Cold lane, 5, 6, 132. 
Commerce. (See Trade.) 
Common, the, 132, 133, 149, 209, 216, 218, 220, 

222. 

highway in, 1,4, 9. 
marsh in, 5, 9, 54, 59, 126. 
burying place on, 7, 58, 142. 
school-house on, 9, 133. 
trees on, 54, 58, 59, 75, 77, 78. 
row of posts, etc., 58, 59, 191. 
cattle on, 59, 126, 133, 141, 142. 
gun-house on, 83, 84, 142, 143. 
training field, 191. 
hull-house on, 142. 
powder-house, 209, 217, 218, 
219, 220, 221, 222, 243, 250, 
252. 
workhouse at upper end of, 

230, 248. 

Common shore, i. e. sewer. (See Drains.) 
Common street, 1, 4, 83, 84, 88, 89, 191, 215. 
Concord, 125. 
Corners : 

Baker's, 132. 
Boucher's, 132. 
Bowdoin's, 132. 
Bradford's, 132. ' 
Bull's, 103. 
Byles', 132. 
Colson's, 9. 
Cox's, 132. 
Gee's, 131. 
Mountfort's, 132. 
Peirce's, 132. 
Penniman', 132. 

Coroners, petition for allowance, 262, 269. 
Council, members of the, 297, 306. 

address to, 79, 87, 
119-24, 177-78, 
205-8, 232-33. 
allowance, 177. 
County tax, 178. 
Court, General. (See Assembly.) 

of general or quarter sessions, 6, 8, 51, 
72, 80, 82, 90, 98, 136, 137, 142, 156, 
186, 197, 205, 263, 269, 278, 286, 296, 
297, 304, 311. 

of Common Pleas, 51, 105, 303, 304. 
Superior, 51, 117, 203, 204, 297, 303, 304, 

305. 

Inferior, 51, 297, 303, 304. 
House, 241, 261. 
Cow lane, 133. 

Cow-keepers, appointed, 127, 129, 153, 158, 
185, 190, 212, 244, 267, 290, 
301. 

allowance, 141. 
Cross street, 18, 20, 30, 130. 

Deaths, record of. (See Births.) 

Dedham, 50, 51. 

Deer, law for the preservation, of etc., 242, 

244. 
breach of, informers against, 244, 

267, 290. 

Deer Island, 295, 303. 
Disease, infections, prevention of, 11,14,15, 

280,282. (See also Small-pox.) 
Distilleries and distilling, 108, 120, 132. 
Dock, the, 5, 6, 49, 70, 81, 96, 118, 119, 131, 

132, 166, 202, 259, 304. 
market near, 44, 46, 48, 65, 102, 

171, 259. 
land, 5, 15, 46, 65, 80. 



Dock, the, land and warehouse at, 46, 55, 

131. 
private (called Merchants') at, 50, 

52, 166. 

watch-house at, 139. 
porters at, 103, 105. 
Oliver's, 132. 

Dock square, 91, 92, 93, 102, 132, 259, 260, 307. 
old buildings in, 23, 31, 35, 36, 

37, 40, 42, 49. 

lease of shops in, 229-30, 231. 
encroachments on, 40. 
market-place in, 251). 

house (Faneuil) to he 
erected, 259, 260, 306, 
307. 

claims on, 40, 48, 61. 
land at, 70, 80. 

Dolphin tavern, 132. (See also Taverns.) 
Drains, 42, 48. 50, 166, 183, 188, 202. (See 
also under the several streets.) 

Education, 292. 

in the workhouses, 237. (See 

also Schools.) 
Elme Pasture, 34. 
Engine, water. (See Fires.) 
England, 50. 
Europe, 79, 87, 120, 233. 

markets (commercial) of, 120. 
Excise (inland tax), 201. (See also Taxes.) 
Exports, 120. (See also Ships.) 

Families, 15, 124, 237. 
Faneuil market, 259, 260, 306, 307. 
hall, 307, 308, 309. 

olllces, etc., 307, 311. 
town records in, 311. 
portraits in, 308, 309. 
town meeting at, 311. 
Ferry, the (Winnisimet?) 48, 83, 84, 85, 88, 

89. 

Finance, statistics of, 200, 227-28. 
Fire, water engines, 257, 258. 

men, 37,41,54, 58, 61,100,126,128,151, 
154, 183, 186, 209, 213, 243, 248-49, 
262, 265, 284, 291. 
allowance, 95, 249. 
Fire wards, 262, 265. 
Fish, laws concerning 1 , 46, 70, 71, 81. (See 

also Markets, and Wharves.) 
Fi-h street, 11, 14, 132, 195. 
Fisheries, 120, 233. 

French, 120. 

FIatts,the. (See Lands or buildings, town's.) 
Fort Hill, 62, 84, 243, 248, 249, 253, 254, 255, 

257, '^62, 261, 285, 286, 287, 292, 293, 295. 
Fort Point channel, 77. 

fortress at, 62, 75. 
wharf at, 62, 63. (See 

also Fortifications.) 

Fortifications, 55, 57, 59, CO, 61, 62, 63, 66, 75, 
84, 86, 131, 162, 176, 233,243, 
245,258, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 
274, 275, 270, 277, 285, 289, 297, 
298,299,300,301,302. 
decayed condition of, 54, 63, 64, 

76," 78, 84, 86, 88, 91, 92, 93. 
to provide, 231,269. 
Foster lane, 132. 
Fox Hill, 126, 175, 176. 

broken marsh near, 165, 173. 
France, 72. 
Frog lane, 83, 84, 88, 89. 

Gallop's wharf, 195. (See aluo Wharves.) 
Goal (Gaol or Jail), 189, 249, 253. 

im prisoned in for 
debt, 183, 185, 249, 
253. 
Governor, the, 8, 24, 25, 33, 43, 66, 86, 146, 

280, 283, 285, 297, 302. 
address to, 79, 87, 119-24, 177- 
78, 205-8, 232-33, 275. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



325 



Governor, the, message from 270. 

petition to, 271, 287, 292. 

reply, 293. 

portrait presented by, 309,311. 
Governour's Island, 272, 274, 275. 
Grain, 10, 17, 42, 45, 47, 61, 120, 153, 185, 214, 

21G, 217, 220, 249, 251, 268,270,285,288, 

292, 294, 295, 304. 
Granaries, 6, 7, 10, 15, 17, 21, 37, 41, 52, 53, 

61, 95, 102, 12S, 133, 153, 160, 161, 162, 

16."), 106, I"'), 176, 185, 187, 188, 191, 209, 

214, 215, 220, 249, 262, 268, 270, 285, 288, 

2H2, 294. 

Grave-diggers. ( See Sextons.) 
Great Britain, 10, 49, 01, 72, 87, 223, 234, 241, 

261, 304, 305. 
Green lane, 27, 29, 95, 126, 131, 132, 151, 154, 

169, 170. 

Hallowell's ship yard, 133. 

Hanover street, 132. 

Harbur, the, 280, 283, 297. 

Ilnward (hayward). (See Cowkeeper.) 

Hawkins' lane, 132. 

Hay, weighing of, etc. (See "Weights, etc.) 

weigher of, appointed, 208, 210. 
Hemp and Flax, surveyor of, 97, 127, 153, 
190, 212, 244, 267, 290. 

duty on, 123. 

paid into treasury, 200, 

228. 

Henchman's lane, 132. 
Hill, the, 132. 133. 
Hill's lease, 108, 109, 113. 
Hog Island, 206. 
Horn lane, 132. 
House of Correction, 16, 159, 160. 

Impost. (See Trade. ) 
Indian corn, 214, 268. (See also Breadstuff's.) 
Indians, matter pertaining to, 107. 
Inoculation, 11, 14, 10. (Seealso Small-pox.) 
Intemperance, immorality, profanity, etc., 
laws, 1, 11, 18,26, 37,54, 104,238, 239,251. 
Ireland, 72. 

Jury, grand, 305. 
Justices, 25, 95, 280. 

King street, 11, 14, 22, 132, 144. 
Kneeland's lane, 132. 

Lands or buildings, town's, 9, 45, 53, 243, 245, 

254, 259, 262, 

285, 286, 287, 

203, 298. 

at the Dock, 5, 15,46,65, 

70. 
old shops, 23, 31, 

36,49. 

in School street, 7. 
plan of, survey, 9. 
claims on, 10. 
buildings at almshouse, 

16. 

Warehouse claimed by 
heirs of Elia. Hutcti- 
inson, 23. 

the Flatts, 25, 26, 63, 68, 
77, 103, 143, 275, 281, 
287, 302. 

house in which Nathl. 
Williams dwells, re- 
pairs, 26. 

leases of, 42, 48, 113. 
to be surveyed, 45, 147, 

149. 
quit rent for, 59, 101, 108, 

302. 

on Windmill Point, 81. 
town slip, 85, 168, 173, 193, 195. 
1,000 acres for free school, 110. 
at southerly end of Cross street, 130. 
on the Nec'k, 262, 264, 268, 283. 



Lands, waste, or unappropriated, of the Prov. 

ince, 31, 33, 44, 110, 124-25. 
grant of, 110, 147, 150, 158, 163, 164, 

172, 179. 183. 

sale of, 164, 172, 174, 179, 197, 243, 256. 
to revert, 207. 

lease of, to town, 65, 66, 67, 68, 72-3. 
by town, 65, 108, 170, 176, 
229, 230, 231, 249, 262, 264, 
303. 

unappropriated, to settle, 124, 125. 
adjoining almshouse, 281. 
title to, 109. 

taken by town for debt, 179, 180. 
abatement of rent of, 295. 
lease refused, 254, 257. 
at the batteries, 298, 300. 
Lands or buildings : owners, 

Alford, , w.h., 49. 

Allen, Deacon , 1., 103. 

Allen, Henry, 1., 109. 

Baker, Elder , 1., 132. 

Barton, -, , 1., 132, b., 133, 151, 

155, 108, 262, 266, 282. ' 
Bcllingham, Gov. (heirs of,) 1., 
207, 208. 

Boucher, , 1., 132. 

Bowdoin, James, 1., 132, 139. 

Bradford, , 1., 132. 

Byles, , 1., 132. 

Colson. , 1., 9. 

Cook, Elisha, 1., 7, b., 14. 

Cox, , 1., 132. 

Cutler, Rev. , 1., 132. 

Downe, Thomas, h., & 1., 64, 70, 

80. 

Eliot, Jacob, 1., 64. 
Gee, (Joshua?) 1..131. 

Hallowell, , I., 133. 

Hancock, Thomas, 1., 148. 

Hill, , 1., 103, d., 108, 1., 

109, 113. 

Hubbard, , 1., 133. 

Hunt, Alexander, h., 287. 

Jackson, , d., 132. 

Lillie, Theophilus, 1., 66, 67, 69, 

80. 

Loring, Daniel, 1., 64. 
Marion, Joseph, 1., 112, h., 112. 

Mountfort, , 1., 132. 

Oliver, Bratlle, 1., 287. 

. Oliver, Capt. , 1., 108. 

Pierce , , 1., 132. 

Petiniman, , 1., 132. 

Phillips, Madam 1., 287. 

Phips, Col. 1., 224, 234. 

Porter, Abel, 1., 103. 

Sheaf, ) , 1., 9. 

Sheaf, ) Jacob, h., 64. 

Wadsworth, Capt. , 1., 132. 

Welles, Samuel, 1., 67, 68, 69, 72, 

80. 

Wendell, Jacob, 1., 287. 
Wheeler, William, jr., h., & 1., 

112. 

Willard, , 1., 132. 
Willis, Jonathan, 64, 65, 66, 67, 

69, 70, 72, 80, 81. 
Laws, breach of, to prosecute, 251. 

concerning qualification of voters, 258, 

259, 260. 

(See aho Intemperance, etc.) 
Leather, sealers of, 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 2*, 38, 39, 
65, 56, 97, 127, 128, 153, 157, 185, 186, 
187,212,244,267,290. 
Leverett street, 132. 
London, 120, 121, 122, 311. 
Long wharf, 22, 26, 32, 60, 62, 74, 75, 89, 119, 

132, 143, 145. 

battery to he builded, 60. 
(See alto Wharves.) 
Lord's Day, 46, 70, 81, 3U9. 

preaching on, at Almeshouge.l 1 1. 
concerning profanation of, 23W. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Love street, 23, 25, 29, 132, 151, 168, 169, 243, 

250, 252-53. 
Lynde street, 213. 
Lynn, 106. 
Lyun street, 95. 



Mackarel lane, 132. 

Main, province of, unappropriated lands of, 

31,33,44. 

Market, 37, 40, 44, 46, 48, 55, 57, 64, 65, 6S, 
69, 71, 80, 88, 90, 95, 97, 98, 99, 102, 
134, 135, 161, 164, 170, 171, 176, 259, 
260, 277, 308. 

clerks of the, 3, 7, 13, 16, 19, 22, 30, 
32, 35, 39, 46, 47, 48, 56, 60, 61, 70, 
71, 78, 81, 82, 85, 91, 92, 93, 99, 102, 
105, ]28, 131, 133, 134, 135, 141, 145, 
151, 154, 156, 157, 159, 161, 186, 189, 
194, 214, 215, 216, 219, 247, 251, 252, 
257, 267, 272, 290, 299, 306, 307, 
308. 

laws relating to, 46, 47, 48, 70, 71, 72, 
. 77, 81, 82, 209, 216. 
forestalling the, 70, 309. 
appropriation for, 66. 
places, K7, 69, 72, 90, 106, 118, 259. 
fish, 126, 130. 

South, 65, 107,134, 170, 172. 
Middle, 134. 
. North, 134, 170, 172. 
Faneuil, 259,306, 309. 

offices, etc., in, 307, 311. 
Marlborough street, 133. 
Marriages, petition concerning publishing 

banns of, 284, 288. 
Massachusetts B.^y, Colony(or Province) of, 

72, 119, 124, 205, 312. 
unappropriated lauds, 31, 

33, 124. 

bills of credit on, 67. 
Medfield, 50. 

Meeting houses or churches, 171, 
Old North, 44, 65, 139. 
Public (Brattle street) 54, 62, 259. 
at Church Green, 62, 65, 161. 
Old South, 97 

Mr. Checkley's (Summer St.), 161. 
West, 209, 213. 
Old Brick church, 284, 288. 
Mendon, 50. 
Merchants' Row, 42, 44, 132. 

waiehouse fronting, 284. 
Merchants' watch. (See Watch.) 
Middle street, 132. 
Middlesex County, 50. 
Militia, the, fines of, 55, 83, 87, 91, 199. 
Milk street, 5, 132, 133, 295, 303. 
Mill, bridge, 5, 132. 
creek, 132. 

watch bouse near, 139. (See 

also Bridges.) 
Mills. (Set. Windmills.) 
Millers, 295, 304. 



Navigation. (See Ships also Commerce.) 
Neck, the, 107, 141, 259, 262, 264, 268, 283, 

298. 

watch at, 139. 
marsh on, 264. 

Negroes and Mulattoes, laws concerning, 139. 
New England, 67, 72, 119, 124, 312. 
Newfoundland, 120. 
New Plimouth, unappropriated lands of, 

31, 33, 44. 

Noddle's Island, 206. 
North Carolina, 120, 
North End, granary at, 52, 53, 95. 
market at, 102, 164. 
free writing school at, 109. 
Granary, 214. (See also Granaries.) 
street, 88, 89, 95. 

slip at, 83, 88. 



Old Brick church, 284, 288. (See also Meet- 
ing houses.) 
Old Burying Place (Tremont street), 208, 215, 

250. (See also Burial places.) 
Old North meeting house, 45, 98. 

market near, 44, 46, 

48, 65,102. 
land near, 70, 80, 

8.1. 

watch house near, 
139. (See also 
Meeting houses.) 

Old South meetinghouse, 97. (See also Meet- 
ing houses.) 

Oliver's dock, 132. (See aluo Dock.) 
Orange street, 37, 41, 67, 70, 72, 80, 95, 126, 
131, 13i, 151, 154, 169, 173, 
289. 

land on each side of, 170. 
Orders, town, 264. 

forestalling the market, and 

regulating hucksters, 46, 47, 

70, 71, 81, 82, 90, 2U9, 216, 

309, 310-11. 

about work-house, 104, 230, 

231, 2'i4, 240, 251, 252. 
concerning the granary, 188. 
sweeping of chimnies, 188, 193, 

li)6, 197, 293, 295, 296. 
scavengers, 17, 277. 
concerning ice and snow in the 

streets, 277, 278. 
measurement of wood, 282 
concerning watch, 139, 140. 
hay, 155. 

weighing, 176, 
177,204,2J5, 
210. 

cattle, 141. 
printed tickets, 50. 

glgeons, shooting of, 266, 208. 
ring guns in the streets, 266, 
269. 
breach of, informers against, 

244, 251, 267, 290. 
weighing with steelyards, 2U9, 

216, 310. 

Ordnance, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 74, 92, 93, 143, 
150, 254, 262, 271, 287, 293, 297, 300, 301. 
Oxford, 50. 

Paper currency, 195, 198, 223. 225. 

to be called in, 199, 227. 
(See aluo Finance.) 
Partition, lines, 7-8. 

determined 9. 

bounds of land at South End, 67. 
Poll-tax. (See Taxes.) 
Pond lane, 133. 
Pond street, 133, 209, 217. 
Poor, the, 115, 121. 17, 192, 277, 278, 2S1, 

310, 313. 

appropriation for, 6, 17, 22, 30, 41, 
86, 110, 142, 173, 195, 224, 257, 
283, 305. 
alien, 122, 207. 
legacy to, 217, 218. 
rules concerning, 235-40. 
children, 277, 282. 

Poor, Overseers of, 1, 6, 14, 16, 37, 41, 53, 99, 
104,108,111,113,114,127, 
131, 134,153, 156,158,210, 
211,218,230,231,235,251, 
269, 270, 273, 276, 281, 287, 
295. 

choice of, 1, 11, 12, 18, 28, 
38, 55, 96, 134-35, 152, 184, 
230, 245, 263, 286, 288. 
Portraits, (In Faneuil Hall.) 
Peter Faneuil, 308. 
George III.? 309.311. 

Powder anil ammunition, 209, 217, 218, 2.19, 
220, 221, 250, 252, 254, 287, 293, 297, 298, 
801. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



327 



Powder house. (See Common.) 

Prince street, 14, 95, 100, 101, 1.72. 

Printing, advertising in the prints, 35, 36, 37, 

104, 172,231, 310. 
of tickets, 50. 
Province Galley, 122, 233. (See al/io Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Province tax, 123, 146, 178, 198, 199, 226, 260, 

295,301, .",12. 
Provisions, 273, 280, 283, 310, 313. (See also 

Grain.) 
sale of, 46, 47, 69, 70, 71, 80, 81, 

82, 90. 

packing of, 312. 

Public Meeting house (Brattle street), 54,259. 
(See also Meeting houses.) 

Queen street, 18, 21, 24, 132. 

Rates, collection, 5, 11, 16,20, 21,22,31,32, 

44, 105, 130. 
time allowed, 5, 11, 16, 20, 22, 31, 32, 

301. 
collectors of, choice of, 96, 134, 158, 

191, 216. (See also Taxes.) 
Rawson's lane, 132, 133. 
Records, town's, 9, 40, 45, 48, 107, 113, 300. 
book of, 107, 109. 
office for, 40, 43, 311. 
plan of, 45. 

of lands, rents, etc., 45, 72. 
search through, 94. 
of the workhouse, 236. 
twelve books for collectors, 247. 
Red Lion, the, 132. (See also Taverns.) 
lied Lion wharf, 132. (See alxo Wharves.) 
Registrar, County, choice of, 19, 95, 129, 137, 

264, 280. 
Rents, records of lands, etc., 45, 67, 72, 231, 

264. 

Representatives, 1, 6, 7, 16, 17, 21, 22, 25, 29, 
31, 3 J, 42, 55, 83, 86,87,91, 
106,125, 137, 138, 143, 145, 
147.14S, 150, 104, 165, 174, 
175, 177, 178, 192, 193, 201, 
208, 219, 222, 225, 251, 262, 
275, 270, 2S4, 292, 294, 295, 
297, 304, 306, 307, 31 1, 312. 
address to the, 8, 23, 24, 32- 
34, 42-4, 79, 119-24, 145-7, 
177-78, 197-201, 205-S, 225- 
29, 232-33. 

house of, 10, 32, 33, 43, 79, 
87, 116, 119, 146, 
1.30,177,198,205- 
8, 223, 225, 229, 
232,241,275,312, 
313. 
speaker of, 174, 

241, 261. 
members' allowance, 175, 

177, 262. 

Road (Rhode) Island, 52, 53, 198, 225, 226. 
Roxbtiry, 70, 80, 002. 

Rumny Marsh, 1, 2, 18, 27, 31, 38, 44, 48, 50, 
52, 53, 55, 58, 71-2, 82, 95, 96, 97, 98, 103, 
105, 100,107, 126,127,129, 130,132, 151, 
153, 154, 183, 185, 190, 191, 193, 194, 203, 
205, 200, 208, 257, 258. 
Rye. (See Breadutuffs.) 

Salaries, allowed, Thomas Cheever, 2. 

Peter Blin, 4. 

Poles Wiswall, 7, 22, 167. 

Edward Mills, 7. 

Joseph Wads worth, 20, 29, 
41, 78, 105, 135, 158,195, 
224, 250, 283, 30.-). 

Jonathan Williams, 21, 41, 
4-s 102, 133, 153. 

Jeremiah Gridley, 22. 

Richard Wbittrage, 34. 

Dr. Zobdiel Boylston, 36, 



Salaries, allowed, John Lovell, 39, 86, 138 

189, 297. 
Zech. Hicks, 40, 95, 101, 

170, 279, 297. 
John Chambers, 40. 
Samuel Ilolyoke, 41, 95, 

101, 202. ' 
Isaac 1'eirce, 44-5. 
John Proctor, 48, 109, 201. 
Belcher Hancock, 49-50. 
Samuel Gibson, 95, 101, 154. 
Bendall Williams, 95, 101. 
Samuel Clark, 95, 101. 
William Rand, 95. 
Mrs. Abihail, Chamber- 
lain, 95. 
Capt. James Watson, 102, 

134. 

Capt. John Steel, 102. 
Francis Willougliby, 102, 

134, 185, 249, 268, 288. 
Samuel Gcrrish, 130. 
John Foster, 1G4. 
John Check ley, 172. 
Gershom Keyes, 172. 
Samuel Allen, 250. 
William Salter, 252. 
Thomas Jackson, 309. 
(See also Representatives, 
Schools, Sextons, Fire- 
men, the Watch, etc.) 
Salem, 6. 

Salem street, 18, 20, 25, 30, 131, 132. 
Salisbury, 179. 
Scavengers, work and duties of, 17, 157, 264, 

277. 

choice of, 4, 13, 19, 30, 39, 56, 
100, 129, 157, 189, 215, 247, 267, 
290, 291. 

School street, 7, 24, 95, 132, 133. 
Schools, 194. 

master at Rumny Marsh, 1, 2, 27, 38. 

salary of, 2, 27, 38, 48, 58 
usher, 4. 

salary, 4, 6. 
Inspectors of, 4, 39. 
visitation of, 14, 20, 28, 78, 104, 111, 
126, 129, 153, 183, 187, 188, 209, 
212, 213, 243, 246, 262,264, 265, 285, 
291, 292. 

free, 1,000 acres of land for, 110. 
statistics, 213. 246, 265, 2J2. 
Grammar (North), 7, -'02, 213, 246, 

265, 292. 
master, 18, 39. 
salary, 7. 

167. 

nsher, 193, 202. 
(South), 55, 59, 213, 246, 
265, 292. 

master, 18, 59-60, 

86,138,189,297. 

usher, 63, 101, 

151. 

at upper end of Bond street, 34. 
Writing, 7, 8, 108, 280. 

masters, 6, 8, 21, 36, 201, 

297, 306. 
Inspectors of, 8. 
North,3l, 34, 35-6, 170, 201, 
213,246,257,258,262, 
265,274,279,280,281, 
292, 308, 311. 
master, 35-6. 
assistants, 36, 40. 
In Queen street, 101, 201, 
213, 246, 
265, 292. 
caster, 41, 
95, 101, 
202. 

at North End, 109. 
Bouth, 213, 246, 250, 265, 292, 
295, 297. 



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Sconce, ye. (See Battery, South.) 
Sconce street, 283. 
Sea street, 112, 138, 142. 

Selectmen, choice of, 1, 5, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 
27, 38, 39, 55, 96, 126, 127, 137-38, 152, 184, 

200, 243, 245, 262, 285. 

Settlers. (See Lands, unappropriated.) 
Sextons or grave-diggers, petition, 29, 35, 83, 
84, 243, 250, 262, 
268, 284, 291. 
allowance, 102, 134. 
petition about 

banns, 284, 288. 
Sharrow, George, case of, 130. 
Ship street, 132. 
Shipping. (See Ships, etc.) 
Ships, vessels, etc., 120, 122, 144, 150, 233. 
builders and building, 121, 298. 
yards, 133. 

of war, 232, 233, 280, 283. 
privateers, 233. 

coasters, to be protected, 280, 283. 
Slips, town's, 85, 89, 168, 173, 193, 195, 202. 
at North street, 83, 88. 

end of Wood lane, 191, 202. (See 
also Wharves.) 

Small-pox, 11, 14, 15, 280, 282. (See also Dis- 
ease, infectious.) 
South Burying place, 35, 48, 50, 166, 188, 243, 

250. 

grave-digger's petition, 
243, 250. (See also 
Burial places.) 
South Carolina, 120. 
South End, market at, 44, 46, 48, 64, 66, 69, 

102, 107, 164. 
land at, 65, 66, 67, 68. 

bounds, 67. 
highway at, 277. 

paving of, 284, 289. 
to erect a battery at, 77. 
highway, encumbered, 94. 
bells, 101. 

watch-house at, 139. 
South Meeting house square, 133. 
South Sconce. (See Battery, South.) 
South street, 112. 
Southack's court, 132. 

Streets, paving, 1, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 
22, 23, 27, 30, 31, 37, 41, 42, 44, 95, 
100, 107, 126, 129, 131, 136, 151, 154, 
168, 169, 170, 173, 243, 250, 252, 253, 
284, 289. 

common sewers, 42, 166. 
rounds of the watch, 139, 140. 
to be kept cleaner, 285, 294. 
dirt of, 184. 

encumbered by ice and enow, 262, 
277. 

(See also the following : ) 
Anne, Beach, Beacon, Beer lane, 
Bell alley, Bennet, Blind lane, 
Bond, Brattle, Cambridge, Cold 
lane, Common, Cow lane, Cross, 
Dock square, Fish, Foster lane, 
Frog lane, Green lane, Hanover, 
Hawkins' lane. Henchman's lane, 
Horn lane, King, Kneeland's lane, 
Leverett, Love, Lynde, Lynn, 
Mackarel lane, Marlborough, Mid- 
dle, Milk, North, Orange, Pond 
lane, Pond, I'rince, Queen, Raw- 
eon's lane, Salem, School, Sconce, 
Sea, Ship, South, South Meeting- 
house square, Southack's court, 
Sudbury, Bummer, Treamount 
(Tremont), Onion, Water, West, 
Wing's lane, Winter, Wood lane. 
(See also Ways, etc.) 
Sudbury street, 1, 18, 20, 132. 
Suffolk County, 50, 51, 67, 72, 82, 90, 95, 112, 
116, 118, 136, 137, 141, 142, 186, 195, 197, 

201, 207, 211, 246, 263, 269, 280, 286, 304, 
311. 



Suits : 

vs. Eliak. Hutchinson's heirs, 10, 15, 

23. 

Henry Gibbs, to prosecute, 61. 
James EverilFs heirs, 94, 131, 184, 

203, 204. 

Thomas Palmer, 131. 
Thomas Gushing e t al. vs. Palmer, 40. 
Summer street, 1, 5, 9, 133, 161, 282, 283. 

common sewer, 166. 
Sureties, bonds to be given as, 53, 59, 134, 

179, 186, 191, 196, 216, 242, 251, 270, 301. 
Surveying. (See Lands.) 
Button, 50. 
Swing-bridge, 21. 

Taverns : 

Dolphin, 132. 
Red Lion, the, 132. 
Orange Tree, the, 132. 
Tax, books, 178. 

Province. (See also Province Tax.) 
ministers', 178. 

County. (See also County Tax.) 
Taxes, 118, 119, 121, 134, 151, 167, 177, 178, 
194, 195, 198, 201, 207, 223, 225, 233, 

242, 280, 312, 313. 

levied for town charges, etc., 6, 9, 14, 
17, 22, 30, 41, 64, 86, 110, 142, 151, 
173, 192, 224. 
poll, and estate, 64, 86, 93, 110, 151, 

173, 195, 224, 257, 283, 305. 
collectors of, 52, 53, 59, 75, 96, 107, 
127, 130, 134, 138, 142, 152, 158, 167, 
184, 191, 197, 216, 218, 219, 223-4, 
233, 234, 240, 241, 242, 251, 257, 258, 
269, 270, 271, 277, 281, 285, 294, 299, 
301. (See alxo Rates.) 
abatement of, 116, 118, 124, 126. 
allowance. (See Collectors of.) 
the Excise, 201. (See alxo Trade.) 
Tombs, drain from, 42, 48, 50, 166, 183, 188. 
opening, 29, 35. 
brick wall to be erected, 208. 
permit to build, 215. 
Town, houses or lands belonging to. (See 

Lands.) 

House, 1, 6, 10, 16, 21, 24, 25, 26, 31 , 35, 

37, 40, 42, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54, 62, 

69,74,80,83, 88,91,93,94,95, 

105, 106, 107, 112, 116, 118, 

124, 125, 137, 141, 147, 149, 

151, 161, 164, 173, 183, 192, 

203, 208, 229, 231, 241, 243, 

258, 26b, 261, 268, 284, 305. 

cellars under, let, 3^3. 

meetings, 1, 7, 9, 10, 16, 17. 18, 21, 23, 

24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 42, 48, 50, 

52, 53, 54, 62, 65, 66, 69, 74, 80, 83, 88, 

80, 91, 93, 94, 95, 105, 106, 112, 116, 

118, 124, 125, 137, 141, 145, 147, 

149, 151, 160, 161, 164, 173, 174, 185, 

192, 203, 208, 218, 229, 231, 233, 241, 

243, 256, 258, 260, 261, 268, 276, 277, 
280, 283, 284, 286, 291, 294, 305, 306, 
311. 

dock. (See Dock, the.) 

granary. (See Granaries.) 

officers, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 

16, 18, 27, 28, 58, 96, 126, 1 27, 152, 158, 

219, 243, 261, 262, 263, 284, 288. 
records. (See Records.) 
present to, of Arms, 1, 2. 
supply of wood for the, 159, 172, 175, 

2t>7, 274, 27S, 281, 282. 
grain purchased for USK of, 15, 17, 42, 

45, 61, 214, 216, 220, 249, 270, 292. 
military division of, 127. 
loans to, 15, 76, 78. 
proportion of the 60,000, 209, 217. 
labor for, 45. 

Townships, 33, 44, 124, 125, 147, 149, 150, 158, 
160, 16<, 172, 175, 179, 186, 190, 194, 203, 
205, 207, 257, 27, 2t59, 282, 302. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



329 



Trade, condition of, 119-21, 146, 195, 198,207, 
223, 225, 232, 313. 

irapoHt, 122, 198, 226, 232, 233. 

interests, 178. 

importations, 198, 225. 

commerce, 198, 226. 

Trades exercised in work-house, 237, 238. 
Training-field, 1'Jl. (See also Common.) 
Travel, late and unseasonable, 285, 293. 
Treamount (Trcmont) street, 132, 20 1 *, 215. 
Treasurer, county, choice of, 2, 19, 29, 37, 56, 
97, 98, 129, 13(5, 152, 184, 186, 211, 246, 
285, 286. 

Trees on the Common, 54, 58, 59, 75, 77, 78. 
Truckmen, petition of the, 27, 29, 34. 

Union street, 132. 
Uxbridge, 50. 

Voting, law concerning, 45. 

Wards or Precincts, division of town into, 

127, 131. 
new division, bounds and names, 131, 

132, 133. 

overseers for, 136, 137. 
"Watch, appropriation, 6, 17, 22,30,41, 52,86, 

139, 

at the Fortification, 131. 
more effectual, 136, 138. 
private (called Merchants'), at the 

dock, 50, 52, 166. 
rounds of the, 139, 140. 
inspector of, 140. 
delinquents, 140. 
allowance, 83, 84, 140. 
candles for, 140. 
coal for, 140. 

report of committee on, 142. 
men, 40, 128, 139. 

petition, 37, 130. 
houses, 139, 140. 

at South End, 139. 
town house, 139. 
dock head, 139. 
northward of Mill creek, 139. 
standing at S.E. corner of 

Bonnet street, 139. 

Water street, 37, 41, 45, 49, 129, 132, 197. 
Ways, 194. 

surveyors of, 5, 13, 19, 61, 97, 102, 127, 

157, 190, 212, 244, 267, 290, 294. 
petition for, 22. 
to be kept free from ice and snow, 277. 

cleaner, 285, 294. 
in Rumny marsh, 31, 107. 
in Bummer street, 5, 
appropriation for paving, 6. 
Common street, paving, 1. 

highway in, 4. 
widening, 83, 84, 88, 

89. 

Sudbury street, paving, 1, 5, 20. 
near, paving, 18. 
Bummer street, highway in, 1. 

paving, 9. 

Bennet street, paving, 1, 9, 14. 
in School street, 7, 21, 24. 
in Fish street, paving, 11, 14. 
Common, the, highway in, 1, 4, 9. 

bounds, 9. 

Cold lane, paving. 5, 6,. 
near Love street, 23, 25, 27, 29, 63. 

paving, 151,168, 169, 

243, 250, 252-53. 
King street, paving, 11, 14, 22. 
alley in Bennet street, paving, 14. 
leading into Prince street, paving, 14. 
Salem street, paving, 18, 20, 30. 
in Salem street, 25, 63. 
Cross street, paving, 18, 20, 30. 

at southerly end of, 130. 
near Ann street, paving, 18. 
new lane from Queen t'nrt, 18, 21,24. 
Winter street, paving, 27, 30, o7. 



Ways, Green lane, pavine, 95, 126, 131, 154. 

163," 170. 
enlarging, 29. 

Wood lane, paving, 154, 168, 169, 173. 
Dock square, encroachments, 40. 
Merchants' Row, paving, 42, 44. 
Water street, obstructions, 45, 49. 
Frog lane, widening, 83, 84, 88, 89. 
at the slip in North street, 83, 88, 89. 
round Windmill point, 104, 109,. 112. 
Orange street, 37, 41. 

paving, 95, 12,131,151, 
. 154ri69, 170, 173. 
School street, paving, 95. 
North street, paving, 95. 
Lynn street, paving, 95. 
Prince street, paving, 95, 100. 
on the Neck, 107, 283, 298. 
at bottom of South street, 112. 
Beer lane, paving, 126, 131, 154, 168, 

169. 
highway in Sea street, 142, 143. 

to be kept unincumbered, 

143. 
Orange street to be preserved from 

tides, 170. 
incumbered 144. 

on Long wharf to be kept free, 145. 
near town slip to be kept open, 168. 
between South End and the Fortifica- 
tion, 277, 284, 289. 

Fort hill and IBattery ground, to re- 
cover from encroachments. 248, 254, 
255, 264, 287, 293, 297, 298, 302, 303. 
encumbrances to be removed, 287, 

292, 293, 297. 
nuisance at lower end of Milk street, 

295, 303. 

through Barton's ropewalk, 266, 282. 

encroachments on Battery ground and 

flats, by Col. Jacob Wendell, and 

other*, 287, 300. 
Mr. Parkraan, 287. 
Mr. Ingersoll, 287, 298. 
on town flats, 302, 303. 

Alexander Hunt, 287. 
Weights, measures, etc. ,310. 

weighing of hay, 151, 155, 159, 162, 
163, 175, 176, 177, 198, 202, 203, 
204, 210. 
fraud in, to prevent, 55, 66, 243,250, 

251, 255, 274. 
rules as to, 163, 204-5. 
of grain, 251. 
of wood, 282, 312. 
Weighing with steelyards, law concerning, 

209, 216, 310. 

Well at the Town dock, 6. 
Wentworth's wharf, 20. (See also Wharves.) 
West Indies, 120. 
West Meeting house (Lynde street), 209, 213. 

(See also Meeting houses.) 
West street, 133. 
Wharves, 18. 

near North Battery, 6, 26, 62, 148, 149, 

150, 155. 
lease of, 9. 
abatement of rent, 

101. 

South Battery, 298. 
out, 17, 25, 26, 53, 54, 68. 
watch for, 140. 
Long, 22, 26, 32, 60, 62. 74, 75, 89, 

119, 132, 143, 145. 
incumbrances, 74. 
formerly Henry Webb's, 61. 
sale of fish, 46, 70-71, 81. 
across the town's slip, 168, 202. 
near Fort Point channel, 62. 
liberty to erect, 144. 
on the flats, 03. 
wharfage, 144, 145. 
encumbrances on, 144, 298. 
inspectors of wood at, 255. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 66. 



Wharves, town's, 65, 80, 92. 
town's slip, 85. 

slip at end of Wood lane, 191, 202. 
Eliot's, 04. 
Hill's, 103, 108. 
Bull's, 113, 133, 209, 218, 221. 
Clark's, 60, 62. 
Gallop's, 195. 
Wc'utworth's, 20. 
Red Lion, 132. 
Wheat. (See Breadstuff's.) 
Wheeler's Pond, filling up, 209, 217, 219, 221. 
Windmill Point, 103. 

town's right to, 61. 
highway round, 104, 109, 112. 
encumbered, 94. 
encroached, 103. 
land near, 108. 
Windmills, on Fort Hill. 84, 295. 

removal of, 302, 
Wing's lane, 132. 
Winnisimet Ferry, 48, 83, 84, 85, 88, 89, 165, 

167, 183, 206, 207, 208. 
lease of, 167, 188, 189. 
farms at, 206, 207. 

Winter street, 27, 30, 37, 209, 216, 220, 222. 
drain in, 166. (common sewer.) 



Wood (building) viewers of, 3, 12, 19, 30, 39, 
56,128,157, 159,190,212.224,266,289. 
purchased for batteries, 302. 
cord, 16, 109, 113, 159, 175, 255-56, 

274, 278, 281, 232, 285, 294. 
sealers of, 113, 255, 256. 
to prevent fraud in, 166, 170, 243, 

2il,255, 262, 278, 312. 
Wood lane, 132, 151, 154, 168, 169, 173, 191, 

193, 195, 202. 
Woodstock, 50. 
Workhouse, 188, 191, 231, 251, 276. 

rules and orders, 104, 230, 234- 

40, 261, 252. 

erection of, 111, 114, 116, 152, 

156, 159, 160, 161, 162, 16ft, 166, 

167, 172, 175, 176, 180-83, 230, 

240, 248. 

master and other officers, 235, 

236. 

names of persons and amounts 
by them contributed toward, 
180-83. 

further appropriation for, 248. 
accounts of, examined, 273. 
statistics, 273.