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A REPORT 



RECOKD COMMISSIONERS 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THK 



RECORDS OF BOSTON SELECTMEN, 1T36 TO 1742. 




BOSTON: 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS, 

No. 39 .ARCH STREET. 
1886. 




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[DOCUMENT 87 1886.] 



CITY OF m R BOSTON. 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



The Fifteenth Report of the Record Commissioners being 
the acts of the Selectmen from September 15, 1736, to 
December 29, 1742. 

Although few matters of special importance are therein 
recorded, the reader will observe the space given to sanitary 
matters as connected with the visitation of small-pox. The 
assigning of tombs in ' the Granary Burying Ground was a 
natural accompaniment to the increase of deaths, and the 
repeated enforcement of quarantine regulations and restric- 
tions on immigration are noticeable. 

The Sunday laws, then as now, were a matter of conten- 
tion between the conservative and progressive elements of 
the population. A careful study of the volume will doubt- 
less confirm the public belief in the wisdom of this continu- 
ance of the publication of our records. 

WILLIAM H. WHITMORE, 
For the Record Commissioners. 

CITY HALL, BOSTON, December 1, 1886. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



[BEGINNING OF THE FIFTH BOOK OF MANUSCRIPT.] 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Select-Men Sept. 15 th . 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Jonathan Annitage 
M r . Davin Collson 
Capt. John Eastwicke 
Capt. Caleb Lyman 
Mr. Jonas Clarke 

Upon Information That the Watch House adjoining to the Town 
house, and also that near the North Market, want some Repairs. 

Voted That m r . Savell be directed to see the said Repairs Ef- 
fected. 

According to Order, m r . Jonathan Bowman Attended, and Sig- 
nified his desire to Resign his Care and Charge of the North 
Engine. And at the same time Recommended m r . Anthony 
Underwood, as a Suitable Person to take the Care and Charge of 
the same. 

Mr. Underwood being present and [2.] Manifesting his Willing- 
ness to Accept the said Charge. 

Voted, That mr. Anthony Underwood be and hereby is Admitted 
in the Room of the said mr. Bowman, And that the Charge of the 
said Engine be and hereby is Committed to him. And that he 
Attend next Wednesday with a List of his Company, And also 
that such Persons as desire to be Admitted, who were not before 
Enlisted, do Appear with him, That the Select Men may Approve 
of them, if they see Cause, That the Orders for them may be drawn 
Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of His Majestys Justices of the Peace within the 
Town of Boston, together with the Gentlemen the Select Men of 
said Town, at the Council Chamber, Sept. 9 th . and 15 th . 1736. 

Present 

Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 
The Hon!" e { Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
[3.] Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

John Fayerweather Esq r . Justices of 

the Peace. And 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

Mr. David Collson 

Capt. John Eastwicke 

Capt. Caleb Lyman 

Mr. Jonas Clarke, Select Men 

Whereas the said Justices and Select Men are Informed of the 
frequent Profanation of the LORD'S Day, by lose vain Persons, 
Negro's &c. Unnecessarily Travelling, or Walking to, or from Rox- 
bury, with neglect of Attending the Publick Worship of GOD in 
either Place. 

It is therefore Ordered, by the said Justices, and Select Men, 
That from and after the Date hereof, and until the Seventeenth 
Day of October next ensuing, The Constables of, and within the 
Town of Boston, and every of them by turns, [4.] Do Warn and 
appoint Six Meet and Sober Persons, Inhabitants of the said Town, 
On each Lord's Day within the said Term, To Ward on the Neck 
or High-Way between Boston and Roxbury, at some Convenient 
place near the Line of Defence, Three of the said Persons are to 
give their Attendance there from Seven o'Clock in the morning, 
until half an hour after Twelve at Noon, and then to be relieved 
by the other Three, Who are there to Continue upon Duty, until 
the Dusk of the Evening. 

And such Constables respectively in their Turns as aforesaid, 
are to attend also with their Staves, And to give in Charge to such 
Ward, That they take due Care to prevent and Suppress such Dis- 
orders ; to Examine all Passengers ; to Restrain all Persons from 
Disporting, Idle Walking, or Unnecessary Travel, on the Lord's 
Day. 

And if any Person be refractory, rude or refuse to give a Satis- 
factory Account of the Occasion of their Travelling, or other wise 
Misbehave the mselves, to take them [5.] up, and Carry 'em be- 
fore the next Justice of the Peace, Or return their Names to such 
Justice, that so they may be proceeded against, According to Law, 
as profaners of the LORD'S Day. 

By order of the said Justices and Select Men 

SAMUEL GEKRISH, Town Clerk. 

It was then (also) Agreed by the said Justices and Select Men, 
That they would by turns Walk by Night, as formerly, to Inspect 
the Watches, and to Suppress or prevent Disorders within the 
Town, for Eight Weeks next following, According to the Assort- 
ment then made. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sept. 22, 1736. 

Present, 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 

[6.] Martin Hughes Informs that he is come into this Town 
with his Wife and One Child, that he brought with him the Value 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 3 

of Two Hundred Pounds, half of that Sum being in Money, and 
desires Liberty to open a Shop and follow his Occupation, being 
a Printer of Linnens &c. Accordingly he was Directed to Attend 
next Wednesday, and to bring Security for his Wife and Child. 

Liberty is Granted to Theophilus Shove to Open a Shop in this 
own, and to Exercise his Calling of a Glazier and Joyner. Hav- 
ing given Satisfaction to the Select Men. 

Mr. Timothy Thornton Proposes and offers to Pave one each 
Side of the Mill Bridge to the Satisfaction of the Select Men, for 
the Sum of Six Pounds, Which was Accordingly Consented to and 
Voted . 

[7.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 27, 1736. 

Present, 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke. 

Mr. John Savell promises to give Bond for a Servant, Im- 
ported from Ireland in Capt. Arnold, If required. 

Mr. James Wimble Informs that George Lucas, and his Wife 
and Child, have Lodged at his House Nineteen Days, They came 
from Ireland with Capt. Carrall. 

The following Persons, Imported lately from Ireland by Capt. 
Carall in the Brigantine Salutation are admitted Inhabitants. Mr. 
Samuel Waldo and the said Capt. John Carrell having given Bond 
for them to Indemnify the Town as the Law Directs. 

September, 18, 1736. Viz 1 . 
[8.] Elizabeth Lamb, Wife of William Lamb. 
Sally Lamb, Daughter of Ditto. 
Betty Lamb ^ 

Nancy Lamb 1 Spinsters sisters to m r . Lamb. 
Nellie Lamb j 
Beckee Lamb J 

Agnes Procter, Wife of Thomas Procter. 
Mary Burton, Single woman 
Thomas Howard, Son of William Howard. 
Honora Cinae, Wife of Dinish Cinae. 
James j Cinae theh . Children 
Peter j 
Twelve Persons in all. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 29, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Martin Hughes Attending According [9.] to Order, (but with- 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

oat Bondsmen) He was directed to procure a Bonds man for his 
Wife and Child, and to Attend next Wednesday. 

Mr. Joseph Kent being Notified to Attend the Select Men, came 
accordingly, And having given Satisfaction for his Omitting to 
wait on them, for their Approbation, of his Opening a School for 
the Mathematicks, Upon his Application therefor, the 28 th . July 
past. 

Voted, That m r . Kent be desired to Attend again next Wednes- 
day, And in the meantime, That John Jeffries Esq r . and Mr. Coil- 
son, be desired to Enquire of The Rev. m r . Foxcroft and m r . 
Chauncey (to whose Church the said Mr. Kent belongs) Concern- 
ing his life and Conversation. 

Upon Information, That Sarah Marshall, Who has lived for 
Three years past at Milton, is come into this Town and resides 
here, being Big with Child, having Nothing whereupon to Sub- 
sist, and is likely to become a Town Charge, if care be not taken 
to prevent it, where [1O.] fore, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed and Ordered, 
to give Warning to the said Sarah Marshall to depart the Town. 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . Engaged to Indemnify the Town, from 
any Charge that may Arise or happen by means of William Stew- 
ard, his Wife and Two Children, Inhabiting in the Town, Who 
were lately Imported from Ireland by Capt. Boyd. 

A Petition of Hugh Hall Esq r . lor Licence to Erect a Chaise 
house, with Timber, as Entred the 28, July past, being Read and 
Considered, And the Question put, Whether the Prayer of the 
Petitioner Should be Granted. 

Voted, In the Negative. 

October 5, 1738 (sic) 

Liberty is Granted to m r . George Monk to Dig up the Ground 
in Orange Street in Order to lay a Drain from his Cellar in Bennets 
Pasture so Called into the Common [11.] Shore in said Street, 
Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground, and 
keep the same in Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of 
the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, October 6. 1736. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Eastwicke 
M r . Clarke 

Mr. Joseph Kent Attending According to Order ; And the Select 
Men having maturely Considered of his Request, made the 28 th . 
July last past. 

Voted, That the said Mr. Joseph Kent have Liberty to keep a 
School in this Town, for the Teaching and Instructing Youth &c. 
in Mathematical Arts and Sciences ; Whilst he continues to behave 
himself to the Approbation of the Select Men of the Town for the 
time being. 

Mr. Josiah Baker, Master of the Copper Engine by the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 5 

North Meeting house, Informing That m r . Joseph Pearson (One of 
the Men belonging to the said Engine) is removed to the East- 
ward. And Proposing m r . Joseph Roberts, as a Sutable Man to be 
put in his Room, said Roberts being also Present. 

Voted, That M r . Joseph Roberts be Admitted into Mr. Bakers 
Company in the Room of m r . Joseph Pearson. Mr. Baker further 
Proposed, That 'twould be of Service to the said Engine to have 
a Sled made and fixed at the bottom of it for the more easy and 
Convenient transporting it from place to place. 

Voted, That be desired to take that Affair into Considera- 
tion, and that they would give proper Directions about it. 

Mr. Benjamin Russell Attending According to Order, And 
having Signified his Desire to Continue in the Gun house in the 
Common. 

[13.] Voted, That the said Russell have liberty to Improve 
the Southerly half part of the Gun-house so Called, in the 
Common, Upon his Paying into the Town Treasurer for the time 
being, for the Use of the Town of Boston, the sum of Thirty 
Shillings every Quarter of a Year, the said Rent to Commence 
fiom the first Day of September last past, He the said Russell to 
mend the Shingles of the whole House and to deliver up Posses- 
sion of the Premises at a Quarters Warning. 

At the same time M r . Russell made a Motion for Purchasing a 
Peice of Land belonging to the Town, formerly Leased to m r . 
Joseph Belknap Deceased, at the Rent of Kight Shillings p. 
annum, which Peice of Land adjoins to Lands of the said Belknap 
and is Nigh the School house in Queen Street, there yet remaining 
about Sixty Years before the said Lease expires. 

Mr. John Bartlet Master of the Sloop Ann, from Philadelphia, 
is Ordered to Attend next Wednesday, And to give Bond as the 
Law [14.] directs for Sundry Passengers by him Imported. 

Ordered, That m r . Anthony Underwood have the Charge of the 
Engine which is kept in a House Adjoining to the Old North Meet- 
ing house, and he is allowed Sixteen men, besides himself Viz'. 

Anthony Underwood 

John Smith 

Benjamin Snelling 

John Brown 

Richard Kent 

James Dowell 

John Beer 

Thomas Kyllyng 

Thomas Bentley 

Thomas Nowell 

John Low 

William Marshall 

Edward Edes 

James Clark 

John Baker 

Joseph Harley, and 

Joseph Wakefeild 
[15.] And in Case, there should happen any Difference at any 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

time among them, That they Should want to put out, or take in 
any Man, Anthony Underwood that has the Charge of the 
Engine, shall give an Account of the same to the Select Men, 
for their Allowance, And Orders for their proceeding. 

And at any time, If a Fire should break out, the said Underwood 
is Ordered to Improve the said Engine where he thinks he may do 
the most Service ; And to take Care, That at no time, the Doors of 
the Engine house be Obstructed by Snow &c. 

And to Work the said Engine, Once every Month from the first 
of April to the first of October ; And to See that the Engine and 
Pails be kept in good Order. And for their Care and Diligence 
in the same, the Town at their Meeting March 9 th . 1735, have by a 
Vote freed them from all other Officers, in the Town for this Year. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, October. 13, 1736. 

[16.] Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

M r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Eastwicke 

M'. Clarke 

The Select Men took into Consideration the affair of the Rails 
on Boston Neck, which Need Repair, And it Appearing from the 
Records of the General Court of this Province, August 10. 1723. 
That the said Posts and Rails were at first Set up at the Province 
Charge, And that the same is to be effectually maintain'd and kept 
up, for the future, at the Cost and Charge of the County of 
Suffolk. 

Voted, That a Remonstrance, relating to this Affair, be presented 
to the Court of General Sessions of the Peace next to be holden 
for the County of Suffolk. 

Mrs. Marshall Appearing, Informs That her Daughter Sarah 
Marshall (Single woman) Removed [17.] to Milton about Three 
Years ago, Where she has lived (with Nathanael Blake) until the 
6 th . July last past, when She return'd to Boston, big with Child. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to Send the 
said Sarah Marshall back to the Town of Milton again, She being 
properly an Inhabitant of said Town. 

Whereas Mehetabel Hatch from Charlestown, lodging at 
Nathaniel Packer's, being Warned to depart the Town of Boston, 
Saith She is an Indented Servant to said Packer, Wherefore 

Voted, That m r . Savell, direct m r . Packer to Attend upon the 
Select Men at their Meeting next Wednesday. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth being Present Informs That the 
Treasury is Empty, and that near Seven Hundred Pounds remain 
unpaid of the late Draughts made upon him, And Whereas he 
Expects no Money to be paid in to the Treasury until the New 
Tax be Collected, He Prays that some [18.] Provision may be 
made to Enable him to Pay off the said Arrears. 

Voted, That the Collectors of the Taxes be Notified and Ordered 
to Appear next Wednesday, In Order to give Bond with Suretys 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 7 

for the faithful Dispharge of their Trust in Collecting the Taxes of 
the present Year, And that they be Enquired of, relating to any 
Moneys they may have remaining in their Hands of the last Years 
Tax. 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to Enquire of Col. 
Edward Hutchinson, If he can favour the Town with the Loan of 
Four or Five Hundred Pounds, for the Space of Six Months, and 
to Report thereon. 

The Town Clerk is directed to give m r . Treasurer Wadsworth a 
Copy of the Votes for Letting half the Gun House in the Common 
to m'. Benjamin Russell. 

[19.] Upon Information, That John Tuckerman Jun r . has 
brought into this Town, from Attleborough, a Young Woman with 
a Molatto Bastard Child. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to Enquire into that Affair, 
and to Order said Tuckerman to Attend on the Select men next 
Wednesday. 

M r . John Savell being Enquired of, relating to a Servant lately 
Imported from Ireland, P Capt. Arnold, And for whom said Savell 
promised to give Bond when required, As Entred Sept. 27. last 
past. 

He now Informs the Select Men that the said Young Man is 
become a Servant to him, as by Indenture exhibited, Appears. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, October. 20. 1736* 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

[2O.] Mr. John Darrell Coroner, Appearing Informs That 
One Francis Allen a Sailor Who lately came in from North 
Carolina with Capt. Wait, was Drowned the last Night at the 
lower end of the Long Wharf, Praying, That Care might be taken 
for his Burial ; And Whereas It Appears That the said Allen had 
before his Death Receiv'd his Wages and his Discharge from the 
Sloop to \\hich he belonged, And further that he had nothing left 
to defray the Charge of his Burial, either here, or at Plimouth, 
where he was an Inhabitant. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be, and hereby is directed to take Care 
that the said Allen be Buried, in the most prudent and frugal 
manner, At the Province Charge. 

Mr. Bartholomew Sutton, Master of the Water Engine in Queen 
Street, Informs That M r . Green who was One of his Company is 
Dead, and that M r . Peter Ver- [21.] goose is gone to Sea, And 
Proposing Mess" William Weare and Isaac Vergoose, as Suitable 
Persons to be put in their Room. 

The said Weare and Vergoose were Accordingly Approved, and 
Admitted. 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. Speakman Informs That the Price of Wheat is risen to 
Thirteen Shillings P. Bushell, Praying that the Assize of Bread 
may be Altered Accordingly. 

The Petition of the Rev. Samuel Checkley of Boston Clerk, for 
Licence to Erect a Dwelling house (for his own Use) with Timber 
in South Street, of the Dimensions of Forty two, and Thirty Six 

feet and about Stud with a Cambering Roof Read and 

Considered, And the Question put, Whether the Prayer of the Peti- 
tioner should be Granted. 

Voted, in the Affirmative 



[22.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, October. 25, 
1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq T . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Mr. Savell Informing That Two Great Guns belonging to this 
Town, now lye on Wentworth's Wharf. Mr. Savell was Ordered 
to make further Enquiry about them, and to Report thereon to the 
Select Men. 

Complaints being made, That the Fence on Boston Neck is out 
of Repair, the Rails being, many of them, broken, &c. whereby 
Travellers may be exposed to danger. And it Appearing to the 
Select Men, by the Records of the Great and General Court, That 
the said Fence should be kept up, and Maintained [23.] by the 
County of Suffolk. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to Wait upon the Court 
of General Sessions of the Peace for the said County, now Sitting, 
and in the Name and by Order of the Select Men, Enform the 
Honourable Court thereof, and to desire they would please to take 
the same under Consideration. Who Return'd, That he had 
Accordingly deliver'd the Message. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be now Stated at the Rate of 
13/ P. Bushell for Wheat and 3/6 P. Bushell Allow'd for Charges, 
Which is as follows, Viz*. 

<*. dr. 

Of penny White loaf 2/" 13 

Wheaten 4/" 3 

Household 5/" 9 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l. 9/" 4. 

Nov. 2. 1736 

Liberty is Granted to M r . Andrew Tyler to Dig up the Pavement 
and Open the Ground in Ann Street, in Order to lay a [24.] Drain 
from his Cellar into the Common Shore in said Street, Upon Con- 
dition, that he forthwith make good the same, and keep it in 
Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select 
Men. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 9 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 3. 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Capt. Daniel Pecker One of the Collectors of Taxes for the Cur- 
rent Year, being Sworn before the Select Men, by Anthony Stod- 
dard Esq r . gave Bond to the Town Treasurer together with Capt. 
Bartholomew Cheever and m r . Richard Buckley as Sureties in the 
Sum of 8720. for the said Peckers faithful Discharge of that 
Office and trust, [25.] as the Law directs, And a Certificate 
thereof was delivered him, directed to the Assessors of Boston. 

Mr. Nathaniel Barber, another of the Collectors as above hav- 
ing been Sworn, Also gave Bond together with M r . David Farnum, 
and Capt. Caleb Lyman as Sureties, in the Sum of 11452. to the 
Town Treasurer as aforesaid, Whereof a Certificate was also de- 
livered, directed as above. 

Mr. William Rand, another of the Collectors for the Year Cur- 
rent, having been Sworn as above, gave Bond to the Town Treas- 
urer, together with M r . Samuel Rand and M r . Thomas Salter, as 
Sureties, in the Sum of .4472. And a Certificate thereof delivered 
directed to the Assessors as above. 

Whereas the Warehouse belonging to the Town, now in the 
Occupation of the Mess. Dunlop and Crauford will be to be Let 
from the 11 th . instant. 

Voted, That M r . Savell be directed to post up [26.] a Notifica- 
tion thereof over the Door directing Persons to Enquire of the 
Town Treasurer for further Information. 

Mr. Savell is directed to Notify M r . Richard Avery to Attend 
next Wednesday in Order to give Security for his Daughter who 
came a Passenger with Capt. Crocker from London. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 10, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Mary Steward, the Wife of William Steward Cooper, and Two 
Children lately Imported from Ireland in the Brigantine Bootle 
Capt. Robert Boyd master, are admitted Inhabitants, Upon Con- 
dition that [27.] Peter Curtice, Carter and Robert Dunlop 
Labourer enter into Bond in One Hundred and fifty Pounds to In- 
demnify the Town, as the Law directs. (Which was Accordingly 
Executed the 12. instant.) 

Capt. George Beard being present According to Order, Informed 
the Select Men, That M r . Samuel Waldo, who was now gone to the 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Eastward, had promised him that upon his return home, he would 
join with him in giving Security to Indemnify the Town from 
Charge by reason of Passengers Imported from Ireland lately by 
him the said Beard. Accordingly Capt. Beard was directed to 
Attend at the Town Clerks Office on Fryday next, in Order to Ex- 
ecute a Bond for that end, on his part. 

Mr. Tuckerman Appearing According to Order, upon a Motion 
made to him he readily promised to enter into Bond with One other 
person, to Indemnify the Town from Charge on Account of a 
Woman and her Child, he hath lately bro't into his Family [28.] 
from Swanzey. He was Accordingly Directed to Attend at the 
Town Clerks Office on Fryday next in Order to Execute the same 
in a Sum of One Hundred Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 17., 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Mr. Collson made a Motion, Viz*. 

That M r . Williams be desired to Attend next Wednesday, about 
the Price of Grain Sold out of the Granary. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be Stated at the rate of 
14/ p. Bushell for Wheat and 3/6 p. Bushell Allow'd [29.] for 
Charges, Which is as follows, Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White loaf 2. 10. 

Wheaten 3" 15. 

Household 5" 5. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 ." 7" 13. 

The Select Men having received Information relating to the High 
Way in Rumney Marsh which wants repair. 

Voted, That m r . Jacob Hasey be and hereby is desired to Effect 
the repair of the said High Way and Bridge near the Meeting 
house, in the best manner he can for Thirty Shillings, and not ex- 
ceeding. 

Capt. George Beard, present, Executed a Bond on his part, of 
the Penalty of One Thousand Pounds to Indemnify the Town from 
Charge on Account of Thirty Seven Passengers Imported by him 
from Ireland in the Sloop Hannah. 
Mem . Nov. 18. 1736 

Mr. Stephen Kent, Collector for Rumney Marsh, being Sworn, 
before Samuel Watts [3O.] Esq r . gave Bond to the Town Treas- 
urer together with Samuel Watts Esq r . and M r . John Brintnall as 
Sureties, in the Sum of .500. And a Certificate thereof delivered 
him, directed to the Assessors of the Town of Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 11 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 22, 1736. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq T . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Eastwicke 
Capt. Lyman 

Upon Advice of the Small Pox prevailing at Philadelphia, and a 
Motion made and Seconded for Addressing His Excellency the 
Governour upon this Occasion, The Question being put; Voted in 
the Affirmative. 

Accordingly, An Address was drawn up, in Order to be presented 
to His Excellency, as follows Viz'. 

[31.] To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq*. Captain 
General and Governour in Chief in and over His Majesties Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. 
The Petition of the Selectmen of Boston 

Humbly Sheweth. That Your Petitioners having Advice, That 
the Small Pox is very prevalent at Philadelphia, and being Appre- 
hensive the said Distemper may be brought into this Town by 
Vessells that are hourly expected from thence. We humbly pray 
your Excellency would please to give Orders, That every Vessell 
coming from that port, may be Stopt at the Castle, until the 
Master and Men have been Examined ; that so all proper Care 
may be taken to prevent the same from coming amongst us. 
And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound, [32.] shall Pray &c. 
John Jeffries "^ 
Jon a . Armitage 
Alex r . Forsyth > Select Men. 
John Eastwicke 
Caleb Lyman J 

Boston, Nov. 22. 1736 

Copy of His Excellency's Endorsement on the fore going Petition. 

Sir, I have read the Petition on the other Side, and desire you 

to Conform to it, by not Suffering any Vessell coming hither from 

Philadelphia to pass the Castle, till they have been duly Examined 

and Approved to come up to Town. 

I am Sir, yo r . most Humble Serv*. 

J. Belcher 

To the Hon Lieu*. Governour Phipps, Command 1 , of His majes- 
ties Castle William. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 24, 1736. 

Present 
[33.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

M r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Eastwicke 

Capt. Lyman 

M r . Clarke 
Mr. Savell is directed to warn Thomas Fisher, Master of & 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Sloop, when he shall Arrive from the Eastward, to Attend upon 
the Select Men at their next meeting after his Arrival, to give 
Account of One John Lashley, whom he bro't into this Town from 
Georges. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Lyman be a Committee 
to Enquire after the Fire Hooks which now are in the Town, See 
what Condition they are in, And forthwith to Order more to be 
made and prepared for Use (if there should be Occasion) And 
it is hereby Ordered, That One of the said Hooks be lodged with 
each Fire Engine belonging to the Town, for the Towns use as 
need shall require. Agreeable to a Motion made and Entred [34.] 
the 29 th . July, and 11 th . August last past. 

Capt. Nathanael Oliver, Present, Informed, That he had finished 
the making a New Road or High Way, According to an Agreement 
entred into with the Select Men, the 4 th . June. 1735. and since, 
near the County Bridge so Called in Rumney Marsh ; Praying that 
the Select Men, or some of them would come over and view the 
same, in Order for his having a Draught on the Treasurer for what 
remains unpaid for that Work, if they see cause. Accordingly 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, M r . Collsou, Capt. Forsyth, Capt. 
Eastwicke, Capt. Lyman, and M r . Clarke, be desired as a Commit- 
tee to repair to Rumney Marsh, as soon as may be with Conven- 
ience. That they view the said High Way or Road, See if Capt. 
Oliver has fully Comply'd with his proposals. And make Report 
thereon, at the next Meeting of the Select Men. 

[35.] Voted, That Capt. Armitage be desired to make Sale 
of the Old Led of the Balcony of the Town House, to those who 
will give the most for it. 
Mem . Nov. 26. 1736 

Capt. James Williams together with Gershom Keyes and Josiah 
Flagg gave Bond of the Penalty of Eleven Hundred Pounds to 
Indemnify the Town from any Charge on Account of Forty three 
Passengers by the said Williams Imported from Ireland in the 
Sloop Two Molly's 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 29, 1736. 

Capt. Armitage Reported, That According to the desire of the 
Select Men, As Entred the 24 th . Instant, he had Sold the Old Sheet 
Led, belonging to the Town house to M r . Henry Gibbs at the 
rate of 4. 2. 6. p. cw*. The Weight of the whole was 3 cwt . 2 qr . 7 1 . 

[36.] Mr. Savell is to Order Martin Hughes to Attend the 
Select men at their Meeting next Wednesday. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 1, 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

M r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Eastwicke 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 
Martin Hughes Appearing According to Order, but failing to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 13 

bring Sureties to Indemnify the Town, as he was enjoined to do 
tho 2i> th . Sept. last, and Whereas also Several Complaints have 
been Exhibited against him, as keeping a Disorderly House. 
Wherefore, 

Ordered, That M r . Savell be, and hereby is directed to Cause 
the said Martin Hughes and his Family to be Carried out of the 
Town, forthwith, having had Warning to depart According to Law. 

[37.] Voted, That M r . Savell be, and hereby is directed to 
prosecute Robert Kelly for Entertaining One William Jones, in his 
House, (which said Jones is a Stranger lately come from Connect- 
icut with Capt. John Hedge and is a poor and Sickly Man) with- 
out giving Account thereof to the Select Men, or Town Clerk, as 
the Law, in that Case provided, directs. 

Mr. Savell is to Inform M r . Rix that the Select men desire him 
to make some needful Repairs to the Engine House at the Dock, 
that so the Engine may not receive Damage from the Weather &c. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. f>, 1736. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

M r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Eastwicke 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr Clarke 

[38.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r ., Presented to the Select 
Men an Order of the Great and General Court, Dated Dec. 2, 1 7 36 
which is as follows Viz'. 

In the Iious9of Representatives, Dec. 2, 1736. 
Ordered, That the Sum of Five Hundred and Seventy Pounds 
be Granted and Paid out of the Publiek Treasury to the Honoura- 
ble John Jeffries and other Select Men of the Town of Boston by 
them to be disposed of for the Consideration Purchase, of a Cer- 
tain Island in the Harbour of Boston called Raynsford's Island, 
being between Long Island and the Main Land, near the Town of 
Hull, to be Used and Improved as a Hospital for the Province, And 
that the said Select Men take Care to have a good and lawful Deed 
of Sale of the said Island made to William Foye Esq r . Treasurer 
and Receiver General of this Province, and his Successor and Suc- 
cessors in said Office from the Owners of the said Island [39.] To 
and for the only proper Use Benefit and Behoof of the said Prov- 
ince, to be Improved for a Hospital as aforesaid, and the said 
M r . Treasurer Foye is hereby fully Authorized and Impowered in 
the Name and Behalf of this Province to Pass and Execute in due 
form of Law, a Deed of Sale to Richard Bill of Boston Esq r . of All 
the Right Title and Estate of the Province to that part of Specta- 
cle Island with the Buildings nnd Appurtenances, where the Hos- 
pital is at present On the Receipt of One Hundred and Thirty 
Pounds which the said Richard Bill is willing to Pay for the same, 
And that M r . Treasurer be further directed to Reimburse the said 
Sum of One Hundred and Thirty Pounds part of the Sum of Five 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Hundred and Seventy Pounds the Consideration Purchase of 
Raynsfords Island aforesaid 

Sent up for Concurrence 

J. QUINCY Sp kr . 

In Council, Dec. 3. 1736. Read and Concurr'd 
Consented to. J. BELCHER. SIMON FKOST Dept. Secr y . 

[4O.] Joshua Henshaw Esq r . being present Informed the 
Select Men, That the Owners of the Island called Raynsford Jsland 
are come up to Town in Order to Execute a Deed of the same &c. 
Wherefore, Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . M r . Collson, Cap'. 
Eastwicke and M r . Clarke be a Committee to Transact the said 
Affair with them as above, And the said Committee thereupon 
Appointed to meet this Afternoon at Two O'Clock at the Exchange 
Tavern in King Street And gave Order to M r . Savell to Acquaint 
M r . Henshaw with the same. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 15, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Voted, That M r . Savell be, and hereby [41.] is Directed to 
Prosecute Daniel Dupee, for taking in William Smith his Wife and 
Children into his House and not Reporting the same to the Select 
Men or Town Clerk, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 22, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

John Lashly is Admitted an Inhabitant of this Town upon 
Thomas Fisher's giving Bond in the Penalty of One Hundred 
Pounds to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

A Motion being made relating to M r . Samuel Banister, Viz*. 
That he had not fulflll'd his Promise made to the Select [425.] 
Men, and Entred Aug. 25. last past, of Filling up the Holes, by 
his Order, made in the Common, which is Prejudicial to the said 
Common. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman, and M r . Clarke be 
a Committee fully Impowered to take some Effectual Method to 
have the same Comply'd withal. The said Committee are also 
desired to Enquire into the Trespass made in Davie's Lane so 
Call'd, Consider what is proper to be done relating thereto And to 
make Report thereon. 
Capt. Lyman Reported, That he had Jet the Town's Warehouse 






SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736. 15 

(late in the Occupation of Mess Dunlop and Crawford) lo M r . 
Thomas Perkins, for Six Months Certain, from the 18 th . Day of 
November last past, After the Kate of Forty Pounds p. Annum. 

Mr. Clarke Informs, That M r . Solomon Hewes Acquainted him 
that M r . Ludgate (in their Passage from the [43.] Eastward) In- 
f orm'd him of a Law Suit, he with others had depending in August 
Court with the Town, and that If he would get himself put up for 
a Jury Man to Serve in the Cause, he would give him a Reward of 
some Land he had at the Eastward. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 27, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

M r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

M r . Clarke 

Samuel Adams Esq r . and M r . Edward Gray, Appearing, In- 
formed the Select Men, That they, together with Others, had 
lately made a Purchase of Bartons Rope- Walk, so Called with de- 
sign to lay open the same for a Publick High Way, or Street, for 
the Use of the Inhabitants Proposing to [44.] Offer the same to 
the Town for their Acceptance, And also desired the Select Men 
would please to take a time to View it, in Order thereto. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 29. 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lytnan 
M r . Clarke 

James Bowler, Upholder, Who Works with M r . Paine, Appeared 
According to Order, And Informed the Select Men. That Some- 
time in the Summer past While he was at work with M r . Lucas lie 
Saw M r . Samuel Banister with Several Labourers Diging up Stonea 
in the Common to which he is ready to give his Oath when called 
thereto. 

[45.] At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 30. 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Joseph March, Mate of the Sloop Ann and Abigail John Bartlet 
Master, being present, And Sworn by The Hon. Anthony Stoddard 
Esq r . Was Examin'd upon Oath, Who Informs as follows, Viz'. 

That the said Sloop came from Philadelphia in November hist, 
at which time the Small Pox was very rife in that Place -tho' not 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

very Mortal; That her Loading Consists of Iron, Flower and 
Hemp, which Loading was taken on board about the middle of 
November last ; That the Number of Persons on board are Twelve, 
Seven of which are Passengers ; That Seven of the said Persons 
never had the Small Pox ; And that to the best of his Knowledge, 
they never were [46.] near any Infected place ; That they were 
all in health, and had been so all the Passage ; That the Distemper 
was not nearer than a quarter of a Mile of the place where the 
said Sloop lay. 

At a meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 31, 1736. 

Doctor Davis being present by desire of the Select Men, and 
being Enquired of relating to the Sloop above mentioned gave it 
as his Opinion, That there may be danger of Infection from them, 
if they Should be permitted to come up to the Town at present. 
Whereupon 

Voted, That the said Sloop Ann and Abigail be not permitted 
to come up to this Town 'till further order, But that the said 
Master be careful to Air the said Sloop, to put his Hemp, Bedding 
and Cloatbs on Shore to be aired, and that he Strictly Observe 
and Conform to the Laws of the Province in this Case made and 
provided. 

[47.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, January 5, 1736. 

Present, 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Upon a Motion made by m r . Benjamin Bngnall &c. Owners and 
Freighters of the Sloop Ann and Abigail John Bartlet master from 
Philadelphia. 

Voted, That the said Sloop Ann and Abigail may be permitted 
to come up into this Harbour without any danger of Communicat- 
ing any Infection to the Inhabitants ; Provided the Passengers 
and Sailors, with their Bedding and Cloaths, and also the Hemp 
on Board, be all put on Shore below, and not Suffered to be 
brought up in the said Vessell. 

Whereupon the following Certificate was given, Viz 1 . 

Boston sc. 

[48.] These may Certify, That We the Subscribers, are of 
Opinion, That the Sloop Ann and Abigail, John Bartlet master 
lately arriv'd from Philadelphia, may be permitted to come up to 
this Town without danger of Communicating the Infection of the 
Small Pox to the Inhabitants. Provided the Passengers and Sail- 
ors with their Bedding and Cloaths, together with the Hemp on 
board, be all put on Shoar below, and be not Suffered to be 
brought up in the said Vessell. 

WILLIAM PEPPERELL 1 Just. 
SAMUEL WELLES j Pads. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES; 1736-7. 17 

JOHN JEFFRIES *| 

JON\ ARMITAGE j Select Men 
ALEX A . FORSYTH J- of Boston. 
CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE J 

Endorsed. 

Suffer the above Vessel to pass to Town. 

Jan. 6. 1736. 

To the Commanding officer 
at Castle William. J. BELCHER. 

[49.] Whereas, some Inconveniences have arisen by means 
of Persons who have been sent to the Alms house on the Province 
Charge. 

For Remedy whereof, 

Voted, That hence forward no Person be sent (by the Select 
Men) to the Alms-house before the Consent and Approbation of 
Two of them at least, be first had and obtained ; And that the 
Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to keep a particular Account 
of the Names of the Persons so sent from time to time their Cir- 
cumstances, the Place from whence they came, and by whom 
Sent. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, January 6 th . 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. torsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

[5O.] Mr. John Pulley, Brass-founder lately arrived from 
London, Desires he may have Liberty Granted to Open a Shop in 
this Town to hang out a Sign, and follow his said Employment. 

Voted That the said John Pulley have and hereby has Liberty 
Granted him to open a Shop in this Town, and to Exercise his 
Calling of a Brass founder and hang out a Sign before his Shop if 
he see cause. accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 12, 1736. 
: Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Ricks, master of the Fire Engine at the Dock, appearing, 
Signified his desire to be dismiss'd from that Service [51.] And 
Recommended m r . Ichabod Rogers or m r . Joseph Uran as Suit- 
able Pei-sons to Supply his Place. 

Mr. Collson making a Motion Concerning the Town's Marsh, on 
the Neck, Leased to Col. Lamb. The said Col. Lamb ap- 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

pearcd with his Lease, and Informs that he Improves no more 
of the said Marsh than his Predecessor did. 

The Rev. m r . Benjamin Allin of Falmouth in Casco Bay Informs 
that One Henry Kerby (Who Sometime Since was maintain'd at 
the Alms house in Boston, where he also Died) had an Interest in 
the Town of Scarborough, which he thinks might be obtained if 
proper means were used therefor, He offers his Service in that 
affair, if the Select Men see fit to Employ him therein for one half, 
or otherwise to do the best he can to recover the same for the 
Town, Or otters to buy out the Towns Claim thereto and will give 
Fifteen Pounds for it, and if it shall be obtained without a Law 
Suit, [52.] he is willing to allow Twenty Pounds. 

Whereupon, Voted, That Capt. Lymaa be desired to make En- 
quiry of the Overseers of the Poor, What Charges the Town has 
been at on said Keby's account, during the time of his Abode 
and Maintenance in the Alms house, as before mentioned. 

Francis Curtis Master of the Brig'. Sarah, being Sworn before 
the Select Men by the Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . and being Ex- 
amin'd upon his Oath declared. 

Viz'. That he Sailed from Philadelphia for this Port the 8 th . 
Dec. last past, that the Small Pox was then in that Place, that his 
Men, are all in health, That his Lading Consists of Flour, Rice 
Indian Corn, Butter, and Iron, and that the greater part of his 
Provisions were taken on board by Water, out of another 
Vessell. 

Whereupon the following Certificate was given, Viz*. These 
may Certify, That We the Subscribers are of [53.] opinion, 
That the Brigantine Sarah, Francis Curtis Master lately Arrived 
from Philadelphia (in which Place the Small Pox is) ma}' be per- 
mitted to come up to this Town, without danger of Communica- 
ting that Infection to the Inhabitants ; Provided the said Master 
and Sailors belonging to the said Brigantine (Who have never 
had the Small Pox) with their Bedding and Cloaths, be all put 
on Shoar below and not Suffered to be brought up in the said 
Vessel. 

Samuel Welles ) T , T> 
John Metcalfe | Ju8t - Pacis 
John Jeffries ^ 
Jon 8 . Armitage 

Jan. 12, 1736. David Collson I Select Men of Boston 
Alex 8 . Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman J 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 19, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jefiries Esq*. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Clarke 

[54.] Mr. William Lee appearing According to Order 

Agreed with the Select men to pay Rent for the Town Slip at the 
lower end of Cross Street, until May last past. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736-7. 19 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 26, 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Orange Street being Presented to the Court of General Sessions, 
and the Select Men Summon'd to appear before the said Court 
next Monday to answer to the same. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson, Capt. Lyman and 
m r . Clarke Attend upon the Court of Sessions on Monday next at 
9 O'Clock, Accordingly. 

Mr. John Dennie desires to Hire the Towns Ware house, in the 
present Occupation of [55.] m r . Thomas Perkins, when the said 
Perkin's time in it Expires, which will be May 18 th . next ensuing. 

Capt. Lyman Informing That Sundry Hooks &c. which were 
Used at the Dock Market, were now in the Hands of the Widow 
Eastwicke. 

Voted, That Capt. Lyman be desired to go to m. Eastwicke's 
with m r . Sa,vell and receive the said Hooks, and Secure them in 
the Town Clerks Office, for the Towns Use. 

Whereas one Catharine Drillingwater alias Davis, is lately come 
into this Town from Rhode Island. 

Voted, That m r Savell be, and hereby is directed to Warn the 
said Drillingwater alias Davis to depart the Town. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be, and hereby is directed to prosecute 
in the Law John Osgood for receiving and entertaining the said 
Drillingwater alias Davis, and not reporting the same to the 
Select Men or Town Clerk as the Law directs. 

[56.] Mr. Savell is Ordered to Receive of m r . Andrew Lane 
the money which he received of Capt. William Pattin by Order of 
the Select Men and to pay the same to Doctor Kennady for the 
Care of the said Pattiu's Servant. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 31, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Jonathan Loring Informs that m r . Onesiphorus Tilestone 
has obstructed the Water course in Long lane so Called Whereby 
the Cellars in the Neighbourhood are fill'd with Water, and that 
lane made unpassable without great Difficult}', Praying the Select 
men's direction in that Affair. 

[57.] Voted. That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson, Capt. Ly- 
maii and m r . Clarke be a Committee to View the same, and Report 
what they think may be proper to be done therein. 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 2, 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Upon Information, That John Boyd and his Wife, are lately 
come to reside in Rumney Marsh and are at the House of John 
White ; and also Samuel Breeden with his Wife and Children at 
the House of Thomas Douglass, Which Persons have not given 
Security to Indemnify the Town of Boston Wherefore 

Voted, That m r . Stephen Kent the Constable of Rumney Marsh 
be desired to warn the said Persons to depart the Town in Fourteen 
Days, as the Law directs. 

[58.] Hannah Lamson the Wife of Joseph Lamson and Ben- 
jamin Lamson their Son, are admitted Inhabitants, Upon Con.li- 
tion that Richard Surcomb and Thomas Barnard give Bond to the 
Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Two Hundred Pounds to Indem- 
nify the Town of Boston as the Law directs 

Stephen Minot Esq r . Appeared and Proposed to take a Lease of 
the Town's Tenement and Lands on the Neck which were formerly 
Leased to his Father, At the Annual Rent of Fifty Pounds. 

Mr. John Harris appeared also on the same Account offering 
Forty Pounds Annual Rent for the said Tenem*. and Lauds. 

A Motion was made and Seconded, Viz. 

That the Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor be desired to 
Exhibit the Acco ts . of the Province Poor maintained in the Alms 
house, unto the Great and General Court for their Allowance an- 
nually. 

[59.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 9, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas the Annual meeting for the Choice of Town officers 
draws near, and by a late Law of this Province, the assessors of 
each Town and District are required to lodge with the Clerk of 
their respective Towns and Districts, An Attested Copy of their 
List and Valuations of Estates and Faculty s, in Order to determine 
any Disputes which may happen to arise, respecting the Qualifica- 
tions of Persons offering their Votes at the said meeting. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be, and hereby is directed to Wait 
upon the Gentlemen the assessors of this Town, and desire them 
Seasonably to deliver him [6O.] an attested Copy of such their 
List and Valuation for the year currant, as the Law directs, to be 
produced for the Purpose aforesaid, as there shall be occasion. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, The Town Clerk was di- 
rected to Cause Advertisements to be posted in Several places. 
Viz*, at the Corner near the Swing Bridge, Colo. Wendell's Ware- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736-7. 21 

house, m r . Faneuil's Warehouse, and atm. Skinner's at the North 
end, Notifying such Persons as are desirous to be admitted Porters 
in the Town of Boston, to attend upon the Select Men, Who will 
meet upon Wednesday in the afternoon for that purpose, accord- 
ing to an Act of the Great and General Court in that Case made 
and provided. 

Voted, That m r . Savcll be directed to Wait upon His Majesties 
Justices of the Peace within this Town, and inform them, That 
the Select Men desire a meeting with them at the Council Chamber, 
on Fryclay next at Five o'Clock in the Evening, [61.] in Order 
to Agree upon, and appoint the time for a General Visitation of the 
Town, According to Custom. 

Voted, That the Select Men do go over and View the Towns 
house and Land on the Neck, in order to their Leasing out the same 
a New, and also to See whether the Late Lessee has left the said 
House, Fences Ditches &c. in good repair, According to the Tenor 
of the Lease and that this Service be attended Tomorrow at Three 
O'Clock afternoon. 

An Acco'. of the Province Poor Maintained in the Alms house to 
the 15 th . of May last, was this Day Examined by the Select Men, 
Signed and Exhibited to the Hon ble . Committee of Council. 

Voted, That William Shirley Esq r . be Allow'd and paid the Sum 
of Three Pounds in Consideration of his Attendance on the Court 
of General Sessions of the Peace, at the desire of the Select Men, 
to defend the Town Against [62.] a Presentment Exhibited 
relating to a Nusance at the Town Dock ; And That Capt. Lymau 
be desired to advance the money to m r . Shirley accordingly. 

Mr, Uran, accompanied m r . John Hood, and propos'd him as a 
Proper Person to be Enlisted in the Company belonging to the 
Dock Engine, if the Select Men should approve of him for that 
Service, and in order thereto the said Hood was directed to seek 
for a Dismission from the Company of Trained Bands under 
Command of Capt. John Wendell. 

Whereas m r . Savell has been ordered to Prosecute Robert Kelly, 
Daniel Dupee and John Osgood, for receiving and Entertaining 
Persons in their Houses as Inmates without informing the Select 
Men or Town Clerk thereof Contrary to an Act directing the 
admission of Town Inhabitants, made in the 4 th . & 5 th . of George 
the Second. Which Law expired the Tenth [63.] of November 
last past, Therefore 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is Directed to drop the 
said Prosecutions, for. the reasons aforesaid. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 16, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 

James McCollogh presenting an acco*. for Diet and Nursing 
One William Jones, who died at his House ; The Town Clerk is 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

hereby directed to Certify to the overseers of the Poor, that the 
said William Jones was a Stranger. 

Mr. Savell is ordered to go to m r . Draper and desire him to 
forward the Printing off The Acts for Regulating the Choice of 
Petit .Jurors, and for Regulating the Porters within the [64.] 
Town of Boston, with all Convenient Speed. 

Whereas by a Law of this Province, made and passed in the la'e 
Session of the Great and General Court. The Select Men of Boston 
are Impowered to State the Wages of Porters to be admitted and 
Employ'd as such within the said Town. 

Voted, That rn r . Savell be and hereby is directed to Wait upon 
the following Gentleman and others, desiring them to favour the 
Select Men with Mem , of the Wages they usually Pay the Porters 
they employ, for their Labour, as particularly as they can and 
that he make a report to the Select Men next Wednesday. 

The Hon. William Clark Esq r . 

The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

The Hon. John Osborne Esq r . 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Henry Bering Esq r . 

Mr. John Wheelwright 

Mr. Henry Caswall 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard 

Mr. Tho". Gushing Jun r . 

Mr. Edw d . Bromfield 

Mr. John Traill 

Mr. Jou a . Simpson 

Mr. Thomas Boucher. 

[65.] At a-Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 23, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. -Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

The Select Men having taken into Consideration the Offer made 
by Stephen Minot Esq r . as Entred the 2. Feb. instant of Hiring 
the House and Lands on the Neck belonging to the Town, lately 
Leased to Simon Rogers Deceased, which Lease Expired the 28 th . 
Day of January last past ; The Leasing out of said House and 
Land having been duly advertised according to Order. 

Voted, That the said House and Lands be Leased to Stephen 
Minot Esq r . for the Term of Seven years Commencing the 28 th . of 
January last past, at the Annual Rent of Fifty Pounds, to be paid 
half yearly, in Bills of Credit on the Province of the Mass*. Bay. 
[66.] To the Treasurer of the Town of Boston for the time being, 
The said Minot to uphold and keep the said Tenement, Fences 
Ditches and Drains, in good tenantable repair ; and also to keep 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1730-7. 23 

the High Way from the little house, on the South east Side of the 
Way, to the Boundary line between Boston and Roxbury in good 
repair the whole term of Severn years aforesaid, And to pay all the 
Taxes, And to make no Alteration, nor take any under tenants 
without the Approbation of the Select Men for the time being, 
And at the Expiration of the said Term quietly and peaceably to 
deliver up the Possession of the Premisses in good tenantablc 
repair, without Stroy or Demolishmeut, ExtraordinaryCas ualiies 
Excepted, unto the Select Men for the time being. And the Town 
Clerk is Ordered to prepare Indentures accordingly. 

Capt. Nathanael Oliver informing that he had fulfill'd liis agree- 
ment relating to the Making a New Road thro' some part of his 
Farm, and desiring the Select Men [67.] would please to appoint 
Day to come over and view the same. 

Voted, That the Select Men Attend that Service on Fryday next 
if the Weather prove Suitable, and if not on Saturday if the 
Weather be fair. 

John Jeffries Esq r . informs That it is the desire of m r . John 
Gibbins to have Liberty to build a Tomb in the South Burying 
place. 

John Jeffries Esq r . desires to hire the Herbage of the Old bury- 
ing place, Capt. Armitage Signifying his Willingness to resign it 
in May next. 

William Felsted Ironmonger lately arrived from Jamaica, Prays 
Liberty to open a Shop and to Exercise his said Calling in this 
Town, having bro't Considerable Effects with him. 

It happening that His Majesties Justices of Peace could not 
Conveniently meet with [68.] the Select Men according to then* 
desire as Entred the 9 th . instant. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to Wait upon 
them again and to Signify to them, that the Select men desire they 
would meet with them on Monday next in the Evening, at the 
Council Chamber, in order to agree upon and Appoint a time for a 
general Visitation of the Town if they see Cause. 

Upon a Motion made, The Question was put, Whether the 
Badges of the Porters shall be made upon the Town's Cost and 
Charge? 

It was Voted in the Affirmative. 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen out of the Select Men to 
provide Badges to be made for the Porters to be admitted and Em- 
ployed in the Town. Accordingly. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage & 
Mr. Jonas Clarke 
be a Committee for that End. 

[69.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 28 th . 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. John Phillips appearing, desired Liberty to put up a Post 
before his House in Cornhill Street, in order to haug a Sign thereon, 
which was left for Consideration 'till the Select men had view'd 
the place 

Mr. Elias Parkman Appearing desired that he with m r . Thomas 
Stoddard might Hire the Ferry between Boston and Wiiiisimet, 
the late Lease expiring this Day. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be Stated at the Rate of 
14/ p. Bushell for Wheat, and 3/6 p. Bushell Allow'd for [7O.J 
Charges, Which is as follows, Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2 10 

Wheaten 3 15 

Household 5. 5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 7. 13. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, with the Select Men (at their Desire) in the Council 
Chamber. Feb. 28. 1736. 

A General Walk, or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 
upon According to the following Order or Sortment Viz'. In Twelve 
Wards, according to the late Division of the Town, as follows. 

Ward, Number One 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . 
Capt. Alexander Torsyth 
Mr. Richard Buckley 
Mr. John Ludgate Constable 
[71.] Ward, Number Two 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 

Samuel Greenwood Esq r . 

Mr. Peter Thomas 

Mr. William Phillips, Constable 

Ward, Number Three 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Capt. Joshua Cheever 
Capt. Daniel Pecker 
Mr. Ralph Hart, Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
Capt. Caleb Lymau 
Dr. William Rand 
Mr. Harbottle Dorr, Constable 

Ward, Number Five 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
Capt. Daniel Henchman 
Mr. Henry Price, Constable 
[72.] Ward, Number Six 

William Stoddard Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736-7. 25 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard 

Mr. John Stamford 

Mr. Thomas Phillips, Constable 
Ward, Number Seven 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 

Mr. Joshua Blanchard 

Mr. Thomas Clark, Constable 
Ward, Number Eight 

Henry Bering Esq r 

John Walley Esq r . 

Mr. Daniel Loring 

Mr. Samuel Wentworth, Constable 
Ward, Number Nine 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Joshua W inslow Esq r . 

John Hunt Esq r . 

Mr. Jonas Clarke 
C7 3 . ] Ward , N umber Ten 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq'i 

Francis Borland Esq'. 

Mr. Andrew Eliot 

Mr. Edward Bulkley, Constable 
Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Major Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Mr. Edward Bromfleld 

Mr. Benjamin Goldthwait, Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq'. 

Timothy Clarke Esq r . 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 

Mr. David Collson 

Mr. James Gibson, Constable 

The Time Appointed for this Visitation is Fryday next, the 4th. 
of march, if the Weather be fair at 9 O'Clock in the Morning, And 
to meet together in the Evening of the said Day, at the Council 
Chamber. 

The Town Clerk is desired to give forth Copies [74.] of the 
above Order or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 2 d . 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Jonathan Williams desires the Select Men to meet at His 
House tomorrow afternoon, in order to Examine the Granary 
account. 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That m r . John Phillips have Liberty to set up a Post 
before his House in Cornhill Street in order to hang a Sign there- 
upon, According to the direction of Capt. Forsyte and Capt. Ly- 
man, When they Shall have Viewed the place. As Entred the 
28 th . Feb. last past. 

[75.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 4, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyiuan 
Mr. Clarke 

Voted, That Monday the 14 th . of March instant, be appointed 
for the Town's meeting, for the Choice of Town officers &c. The 
Meeting to begin at 9 o'Clock, in the Morning, and m r . Savell is 
ordered to Speak to the Sextons to Ring the Bells accordingly. 

Voted, That Doctor Sewall be desired to Open the said Meeting 
with Prayer. , 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq" r . and Capt. Armitage 
be a Committee to Wait upon Dr. Sewall and to desire he would 
Attend that Service. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman and [76.] m r . Clarke, 
be a Committee to Provide a Dinner for Fifty Persons, on the 14 th . 
instant, at m r . Ward ells, Who are desired to give Orders Accord- 
ingly. 

Vot d, That Eight Shillings a peice be and hereby is allowed to 
the Constables of the Town of Boston, to provide a Dinner for 
themselves, on Mond iy the 14 th . instant. 

At a meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, with the Select Men of Boston, March 4. 1736 

It was then Agreed by the said Justices and Select Men, that 
they would once a month or oftner Walk by Night in the Twelve 
Wards of the Town, as it is now Divided, to Inspect the Watches, 
and Suppress or prevent Disorders, According to the order or 
Sortment then made. 

[77.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 7, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collsou 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants to the Con- 
stables of Boston. 

In His Majesties Name requiring them forthwith to Warn all (he 
Free holders and other Inhabitants Qualified as the Law directs 
to Convene at the Town House on Monday next the 14 th . Current 
at Nine of the Clock in the forenoon, Then and there to Nominate 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1736-7. 27 

and Chuse meet Persons to Serve the Town the Year ensuing, As, 
Select Men, Town Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Constables, and 
other Town Officers, as the Law directs. To Grant such Sura or 
Sums of money as shall be judged Needful for the Relief of the 
Poor, and defraying other necessary [78.] Charges; To Consider 
what may be proper to do relating to One of the Tracts of Land 
Granted to this Town by the Great and General Court, not as yet 
Compleated ; As also of some more Effectual method lor prevent- 
ing the Danger of Fire by Chimneys ; Providing the Town with 
Wood ; And further to Consider the Affair of Erecting a Work 
house ; and to Receive the Reports of Several Committees. To 
agree upon. Conclude and finish such other matters and things, as 
were under Consideration at former meetings, And Continued to be 
further debated at this and also such other matters as may be 
proper for their Consideration at this meeting. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Forsyth and 
Capt. Lyman, be a Committee to project and provide a Convenient 
Box to hold the Tickets, or Names of the Inhabitants, qualified to 
Serve on the Petit Jury, Agreeable to an Act of the Great and 
General Court, for the Regular [79.] appointment of Petit 
Jurors, made and passed in their late Session. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 9, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Coll son 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

The Select Men Executed a Lease of the Towns Tenement and 
Several Peices of Land upon Boston Neck, to Stephen Minot 
Esq r . for the Term of Seven Years Commencing the 28 th . of Janu- 
ary last past, At the Rate of Fifty Pounds p annum, to be paid at 
Two equal Payments, Viz'. Twenty five Pounds part thereof on 
the 28 th . Day of July, and Twenty five Pounds residue thereof 
upon the 28 th . Day of January, Yearly and every Year during 
the said Term. 

[8O.] Jane Dyer the Wife of Christopher Dyer with her 
Daughter about Eight years old (from Brookline) are admitted 
Inhabitants. Upon Condition that Mr Cornelius Waldo become their 
Bondsman, in the Sum of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds, to In- 
demnify the Town, as the Law directs 

Mrs. Catherine Davis from Newport appearing According to 
Order, inform'd that Robert Auchmuty Esq r . would become her 
Bondsman to Indemnify the Town According to Law, accordingly 
Ordered to attend, next Wednesday. 

[81.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March, 16, 1736. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq . 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. David Collson 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth 

Capt. Caleb Lyman 

Mr. Jonas Clarke 

Mr. Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . 

Agreeable to an Order of the Select Men, made and Entred the 
13 th . Day of July, 1736. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to give 
forth to the Constables, Lists of the Names of those that have 
lately been Chosen to Serve the Town in Several Offices the year 
ensuing, And that they be Ordered to Summon and Warn each 
and every of the said officers, Of whom an Oath is by Law re- 
quired to Appear before One of His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, at the Town Clerks Office, Upon Monday next the 21". of 
March Currant [82.] at Four O'Clock afternoon, In order to 
their being Sworn to the faithful Discharge of their respective 
offices and Trusts, as the Law directs. And that Major Samuel 
Sewall Esquire, be desired to Administer the Oaths to them 
accordingly. 

William Felsted Iron monger from Jamaica desiring Liberty 
to Open a Shop and Exercise his said Calling in this Town, 
As Entred the 23 d . February last, Having bro't Effects of Con- 
siderable Value with him, to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

Liberty was Granted him Accordingly. 

Whereas the Lease of the Ferry between Boston and Win- 
nisimet Expired the first instant. And that so it happens the 
same has not been Advertised, Nor any Publick Notice given 
thereof according to the Order of the Town in that Case provided. 
Therefore, 

Voted. That the Town be Informed hereof, at their Meeting by 
adjournment the 29 th . Currant, That so they may give direction in 
the Affair, as to them shall seem best. 

[83.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 23, 1736. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Samuel Adams Esq*. being Present, desiring the Select Men to 
run the line, in Order to Ascertain the breadth of Summer Street, 
at the lower end thereof, near the Sign of the Bull ; It was agreed, 
That the Select Men would meet at the said Place, Tomorrow 
Morning, at half an hour after Eight O'Clock, to Attend that 
Service. 

Colonel William Ward of Southborough being Present, In- 
formed that he with his Associates were desireous of making a 
Purchase from the Town of Boston, Of the Three Tracts of Land 
lately Granted to them by the Great and General Court. And 
accordingly Offered to give the Sum of Twenty One Hundred 
Pounds [84.] for the said Three Tracts, if the Town should See 
Cause to accept thereof. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 29 

Mr. Andrew Lane Also appearing Informed, That he was 
desirous to Purchase the Three Tracts of Land lately Granted to 
the Town of Boston, And Accordingly Offered to give Fifteen 
Hundred Pounds for the same. 

Upon a Motion made, It was Ordered, That the Town Clerk be 
Allow'd to -deliver to the Scavingers of the Town, the By-Law 
which relates to the Duty of their Office, Gratis, If he has any 
number of the said Laws lying in the office. 

Whereas Upon the Petition of Sundry Persons as Entred at 
Several times, Liberty was Granted for the Erecting a Number of 
Tombs in the South Burying place, Which Work being Compleated 
and finished ; The Tombs Allotted and drawn, and a List of them 
presented to us for Confirmation. 

[85.] Voted, That the Thirteen Tombs lately Erected in the 
South Burying place, Numbered from Sixty Eight to Eighty, inclu- 
sive be and hereby are Granted and Confirmed unto the Persons 
hereafter named, their Heirs and Assigns respectivelv forever, 
Viz'. 

No. Sixty Eight Mr. Richard Checkley 

Sixty Nine Mr. Jonathan Williams Jun r . 

Seventy Mr. Thomas Hubbard 

Seventy One Mr. Benjamin Emmons 

Seventy Two Mr. John Indicott 

Seventy Three Mr. Joshua Blanchard 

Seventy Four Mr. Edward Gray 

Seventy Five The Hon. John Osborne Esq r . 

Seventy Six Mr. Edmund Quincey 

Seventy Seven Mr. Thomas Jackson 

Seventy Eight Mr. Isaac Walker 

Seventy Nine Mr. John Buttolph 

Eighty Mr. Joseph Green 

Upon the following Conditions, Viz*. That they, and each of 
them, their Heirs and Assigns, Do from time to time forever here- 
after, at their own proper Costs and Charges 

[86.] Uphold maintain and keep in good repair, the Brick 
Wall or Fence with Carts on the Top of the same, as it is now 
built, and of the full Breadth of each of their respective Tombs, 
to the Satisfaction of the Select Men of the Towns for the time 
being, Paying eacli his Proportion for the Benefit of the Drain as 
has been Customary. 

Mem . March, 25. 1737 

Liberty is Granted to Mess. Friswell andTorrey to take up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Water Street in Order to Clear 
their Drain, Upon Condition that they forthwith make good the 
Ground again, and lay the Pavement, keeping the same in good 
repair from time to time, to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March, 28, 1737. Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[87.] Upon Information that G rover's Bridge so Called, in 
Rumney Marsh, near the Entrance upon Capt. Olivers Farm, is 
much out of repair by means of the late great Freshets. 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Oliver be and hereby is desired to 
take Care that the said Bridge be Speedily Repaired in the best 
and most frugal manner that he can. 

Whereas some evil Minded Persons have Saw'd Assunder Sev- 
eral of the Posts of the North Market house, whereby the same is 
much Weakned, and in danger of falling whereby Persons passing 
by, or Children playing therein may be hurt, or their lives lost. 

Voted, That Care be Speedily taken to Secure the same, by Nail- 
ing on Some Peices of Plank, for the present necessity, and to 
prevent the danger aforesaid. 

[88.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March, 30, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants to the Con- 
stables of Boston, In His Majestie's name Requiring them forth- 
with to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said 
Town qualified as the Law directs to Convene at the Town House, 
on Tuesday the 5 th . of April next, at Nine of the Clock in the fore- 
noon, In order to Chuse a Suitable Person to Succeed m r . Jona- 
than Williams (Deceased) in the Care and Oversight of the Gran- 
ary. To Consider what may be proper for the Town to do, 
relating to the Removal of the said Granary ; as also what may be 
further necessary to be done towards the Erecting and Settling a 
Work house. To Consider also the Desire of [89.] Sundry In- 
habitants for appropriating the markets to some other Use ; and to 
Receive the Reports of the Select Men, on Several Affairs. To 
agree upon, Conclude and finish such other Matters and things as 
were under Consideration at former meetings, and Continued to be 
further Debated at this, As also such other matters as may be 
proper for their Consideration at this meeting. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Hincke, desiring Liberty to keep a School in this 
Town, for the Teaching and Instructing Children in Sewing, in 
Philligree and Writing. Liberty was Granted Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 6 th . 1737 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 31 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[9O.] Voted, That m r . Savel be directed to Wait upon the 
Gentlemen, hereafter Named, desiring them to favour the Select 
Men with their Company tomorow at Five O'Clock, at the Town 
house, In Order to give their Thoughts relating to the Pay, or 
Wages of Porters to be Admitted and Employed in this Town which 
by Law, is to be Stated by the Select men, Viz*. 

The Hon. William Clark Esq r . 

The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 

The Hon. Jacob Wendall Esq r . 

The Hon. John Osborne Esq r . 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Mr. John Wheelwright 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . 

Mr. Edward Bromfleld 

Mr. John Trail 

Mr. Jonathan Simpson 

Mr. Thomas Boucher 

Mr. Jeremiah Rhodes informing, That one Tomlinson, a 

Passenger from Eustatia [91.] in the Sloop Capt. Rhodes 

Master, came to lodge at his House about Fourteen days since, and 
that the said Tomlinson died Suddenly Yesterda}', leaving noth- 
ing to Defray the Charge of his Funeral ; Whereupon Capt. Rhodes 
was sent for and acquainted therewith, Who Promised to pay the 
said Ex pence, and m r . Savell was directed to take Care that it 
be done accordingly. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk draw up an Advertisement to be 
Publish'd in the News Papers next Monday, Giving notice, That 
the Select Men are appointed and Impowered to Treat with any 
Person or Persons Who may be Enciined to Undertake the Settle- 
ment of Three Tracts of Land lately Granted to the Town of 
Boston, Upon such Conditions as may be agreed upon ; Or to 
Purchase the Grant, And that they meet on Wednesdays in the 
afternoon from Three to Five O'Clock for that End, and that he 
lay the same before the Select Men for their Approbation on 
Fryday next. 

[92.] Whereas m r . Frances Willoughby was Chosen, at a 
Publick Town meeting the 5 th . Currant, Overseer of the Granary, 
and Informing that the Hon. John Osborne and Jacob Wendell 
Esq. Offer to become Sureties for his faittual Discharge of the 
said Trust, in such Sum as shall be to the Satisfaction of the 
Select Men, According to order of the Town at the said Meet- 
ing- 
Voted, That upon the said m r . Willoughby 's giving Bond, with 
the Hon. John Osborne and Jacob Wendell Esquires as Sureties, 
unto the Town Treasurer, in the Sum of Two Thousand, Six 
Hundred Pounds, the Care and Oversight of the said Granarv n^d 
O-,in therein, be Com 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

April 12. 1738 (sic) 

Liberty is Granted to Capt. Samuel White to dig up the Pave- 
ment and open the Ground in Charter Street, in Order to lay a 
Drain from his House into the Common Shore in said Street, 
Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground and 
Pavement again, [93.] and keep the same in good repair from 
time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At * Meeting of the Select Men, April 13. 1737 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Complaint being made, That some part of the Fence about the 
North Burying place is lately blown down. 

Voted. That Capt. Forsyth be desired to take Care that the 
same be forthwith Repaired. 

Voted. That John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, 
Capt. Lyman, and m r . Clarke, be a Committee to Treat with the 
Gentlemen the Attorneys for the Town in the Case now 
depending in the Law, between the Town and James Everills heirs, 
In Order to a Review [94.] of those Actions, at the Superiour 
Court, in August next. 

Whereas the Town at their Meeting in March last have desired 
the Select Men to take into Consideration, Several Petitions for 
Paving in Several Streets, View the Places mentioned in them, 
Compute the Charge, and Report thereon. 

Voted, to View the Several places or Streets mentioned as 
above, on Fryday next the 15 th . Currant at 9 O'Clock in the Morn- 
ing, and that m r . Savell be directed to notify m r . Thornton of this 
Appointment, And desire him to Attend the Select men upon this 
Business, and to meet them at the said time. 

It was further Agreed to meet the Gentlemen the Mill Owners, 
to View the High Way to the Mills at the North which wants 
Repair, and after wards View the Market places, Agreeable to the 
Town's order the 5 th . instant. 

Mr. Constable Nathanael Hasey Complaining that he wants a 
Staff, and that he has made [95.] Enquiry of the late Constable 
m r . Wentworth, in whose Ward he Succeeds, for one, who Ans- 
wered that he never had One in his Possession. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed forthwith to make Enquiry 
after the said Staff that is missing, and upon finding it that he 
deliver the same to m r . Constable Hasey. 

Henry Bering Esq r . appearing Informs That m rs . Rebekab 
North is come from Piscataqua with a desire to Dwell in this 
Town, and that She desires Liberty to Open a School for the In- 
struction of Children in Reading, and the Use of the Needle Offer- 
ing to give bis Bond to Indemnify the Town for five years next 
coming as the Law directs. 

Voted, That m. Rebekah North have and hereby has Liberty 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 33 

Granted her to open a School for the teaching of Children in 
Reading, and the Use of the Needle, Upon Condition that Capt. 
Dering give Bond in the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to indemnify 
the Town, as above. 

[96.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 15. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas One Nicholas Buddy an Idle and Poor Man has resided 
in this Town for Several Years past, and is in danger of becoming 
a Charge to the Town in a Short time, if not Transported. And 
there being now an Offer made by some of his Friends of Sending 
him to Jersey (his Native Countrey) Provided they might be Al- 
lowed the. Sum of Five Pounds towards defraying the Charges of 
his Passage thither. 
Wherefore 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, and m r . Clarke be desired to Treat 
with the Person or Persons making the said offer, and to pay them 
a Sum, not Exceeding Five Pounds, Upon Condition that they 
forthwith [97.] Cause the said Nicholas Buddy to be Transported 
as above. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April, 15. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Christopher Kilby being present, offer'd a Letter from Capt. 
Samuel Waterhouse, directed to William Clark Esq r . dated at 
Nantasket, April 15 th . Informing That he had been Twelve Weeks 
from London, and Seven from Cork ; That they had been Visited 
with the Small Pox, Four of his Company having had it, One of 
whom he put on Shore in the Downes, Another Died at Sea, and 
Two were recovered, And that they have all been well for 
Four Weeks past, Since which he had taken all Possible care to 
Cleanse his Ship, throwing overboard all the Bedding and Cloathes 
[98.] which belonged to the Persons that had been Sick ; That 
he had Three Passengers and his Loading was of English Goods 
and Hemp. 

Voted, That the Ship be brought up from Nantasket to Spectacle 
Island, and come to Anchor as near the Hospital there as they 
can, That the Select Men will visit the Ship Tomorrow and make 
further Enquiry relating to this Affair. And Gave order for the 
Master in the mean time througly to Smoke his Letters, in Older 
to their being bro't up. 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

April 16, 1737. 

Upon Information of the arrival of Capt. Waterhouse, as Entred 
Yesterday, The Select Men this Day Visited the Ship in Company 
with Joshua Winslow Esq r . Who Administred the Oath to Capt. 
"Waterhouse in Order to his Examination. Which is as follows, 
Viz'. 

Off Spectacle Island, Apr. 16, 1737. 

Capt. Samuel Waterhouse of the Ship Sarah Galley from London 
Declares That [99.] he left the Downes the 29 th . of January last ; 
That two or three Days before he Sail'd he Sent a Man ashore at 
Deal who was Sick of the Small Pox ; and about the 10 th . Feb- 
ruary, his Boy was taken Sick, and about Three Days afterwards, 
the Small Pox came out upon him ; And on the 17 th . another Person 
was taken ill of the said Distemper, both which Recovered in 
about Three Weeks, and are now very well, That about the 14 th . 
February, George Sherburn was taken 111, and Died the 11 th . of 
March ; and the next Day the Ship was throughly Clean'd, And 
all the Cloathes belonging to the Sick Persons that were Used by 
them in their Sickness were thrown overboard ; And further, That 
the lower Hatches of the Ship are well Caulk'd and had not been 
opened since they came out. That there is Stow'd between Decks, 
Nine Bags of White oakham, about Twent} 7 Chests of Lemmons, 
and one Case of Goods. 

Left Directions with the Captain, to get his Cables on Deck and 
Cleanse them very well ; And ordered him and his Company to 
[1OO.] Continue here till further Orders and Suffer no Person to 
come on board. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 20, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Stephen Norwood (with his Wife and Child) being come 
from Lynn, to dwell in this Town, and desiring Liberty to Open 
a Shop and to Exercise his Calling of a Blacksmith, in the Town. 
Voted, That Liberty be Accordingly Granted him upon Condition 
that before he Open his said Shop he enter into Bond to the Town 
Treasurer with Two Sureties, Viz 1 . His Grandfather and Father 
both of said Lynn, or either of them with m r . Henry Gibbon 
[1O1.] of Boston, in the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, to In- 
demnify the Town for Five Years, as the Law directs. 

Mr. Anthony Underwood, Master of the Engine kept near the 
Old North Meeting house being present, Informed that one of his 
Company was dead, Namely John Smith and at the same time 
recommended William Stone as a Suitable Person to be put in the 
Room of the said Smith, if the Select Men should See cause to 
approve thereof. m r . Stone being also present. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, J737. 35 

Voted, ThatM r . William Stone be, and hereby is Admitted One 
of m r . Anthony Underwood ; Company, in the Room of m r . John 
Smith, Deceased. 

Mr. William Maccarty being Present desires Liberty to remove 
a Chaise house to the Easterly Corner of m r . Thompsons Land in 
King Street, under the Care of m r . Thomas Gushing Jun r . In Order 
to Use the same for a Butchers Shop. 

Which motion being Matmely Considered [1O2.] The Ques- 
tion was put, Whether the Prayer be Granted? Voted, In the 
Negative. 

Mr. Charles Coffin appeared, desiring Liberty to Set up a Post 
in Ann Street before his House there in order to hang a Sign 
thereon, proposing the same to Stand about Six feet off, from his 
said House. 

Accordingly the Motion being Considered, and the Question 
being put* 

Whether the Prayer of the Petitioner Should be Granted? 

In Consideration of the Narrowness of the said Street, and that 
the Setting up a Post there would much incommode it. Voted, In 
the Negative. 

Upon a Representation of the Insufficiency of the Pound. 

Voted, That the same be forthwith put into good repair. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be 
a Committee to See the said Repairs Effected in the best man- 
ner. 

[1O3.] Complaint being made, That the Windows and Case- 
ments of the South Writing School house, Stand in need of Re- 
pair ; And also that some Alterations in them would very much 
accommodate the said School. Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, and Capt. Lyman be a Committee to Effect the Repairs 
and Alterations needful in said School house, in such manner as 
they shall think most proper and Convenient. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be 
desired to take Care of the Trees planted in the Common, to Sup- 
ply the Vacancies, if any be, to have them Water'd, &c. as need 
shall require for the Yoar ensuing. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be 
a Committee, to take the Care of Repairing the High Way on 
Boston Neck, and Also One of the Posts of the Fortification Gate. 

It being Represented, That great Numbers of Persons daily 
repair to the South end of [1O4:.] The Town Forestalling and 
Engrossing Provisions before it is brought into the Town Contrary 
to a By-Law in that Case made and provided. 

And although Matthias Cowdrey is already Appointed to take 
Care to prevent the same, and Also to See that the other By-Laws 
of this Town are duly put in Execution, Yet we find by m r . Cow- 
drey's Information tliat it's a very Difficult thing for him to Con- 
vict any Persons transgressing the said By-Laws for want of 
sufficient evidence and where by Offenders often Escape Punish- 
ment. 

Wherefore Apprehending it might be for the Service of the 
Town in general, and a means to prevent the forementioned incon- 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

venience in particular if some Suitable Person were Appointed to 
join with m r . Cowdrey in the said Business. 

Voted. That Ebenezer Winburne be and hereby is appointed to 
join with and Assist m r . Cowdrey in taking Care, that the By-Laws 
of this Town are duly [1O5.] put in Execution, For the Space of 
One Month next coming. 

Whereas Catharine Davis from Newport has for some time past 
been under Warning to Depart this Town, which Still She neglects 
to do ; And it also appearing to us that the said Davis is a Person 
of ill fame. 

Voted. That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed and Ordered 
to Cause the said Catharine Davis to be forth with Carried out of 
this Town. 

Mr. Christopher Kilby Appearing on behalf of Capt. Mulbery, 
Capt. Barlow, and m r . Lawrence, Three Passengers in the Ship 
Sarah Galley, Capt. Waterhouse Commander from London (now 
detained at Spectacle Island, on Account of the Small Pox having 
been on Board her, in the Passage) Praying they may have 
Liberty Granted them to come up to Town. 

The Select Men having Consider' d the said Motion, Are of 
Opinion that the}' the said Mulbery, Barlow, and Laurence may be 
permitted [1O6.] to come up to Town without danger of Com- 
municating that Distemper; Provided They have fresh Apparel 
both of Linnen and Woolen Sent from hence to Shift them, and 
that they in no Wise, bring up anj r of their Clothing or Bedding 
from said Ship, Or any other tiling likely to retain Infection. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 22 d . 1737. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Upon a motion of m r . Christopher Kilby, Praying the Ship 
Sarah Galley, Capt. Samuel Waterhouse Commander may be per- 
mitted to come up to Town from [1O7.] Spectacle Island, 
where she has been detain'd for some time past. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, Capt. Lyman and 
m r . Clarke be a Committee to go on board the said Ship, to En- 
quire into her present Circumstances to give such Directions as 
they Shall think further Necessary ; and to report their Opinion to 
the Select Men, as soon as Conveniently they May. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 25, 1737. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 37 

Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

This Day the Select Men receiv'd a Precept from the Sheriff of 
the County of Suffolk, for Assembling the [1O8.] Free holders 
And other Inhabitants for the Choice of Representatives to Serve 
at the Great and General Court or Assembly, appointed to be 
held and kept at Boston upon Wednesday the 25 th . of May next. 

Voted, That the Consideration and Appointment of a Day for 
the Town Meeting for this Purpose, be left till Wednesda}' next. 

Voted, That the Sum of Eighty Pounds be drawn out of the 
Town Treasury, to be paid into the Hands of the Hon. John 
Jeffries Esq r . by him to be given to the Attorneys for the Town, 
in the Review of the Actions between the Town and m r . 
Everills heirs, about the Town Dock. 

Mr. Savell Reports, That James Peirce, One of the Watchmen 
at the Town Dock being Infirm and not able to attend his Duty 
desires to be released therefrom. Voted, That the said James 
Peirce be accordingly Discharged, And that Jabez Tuttle be 
Admitted a Watchman in his Room. 

[1O9.] Mr. William More desires time until Wednesday 
next for Consideration, in Order then to make an Offer for Pur- 
chasing One of the Townships Granted to the Town of Boston, 
and laid out near Deerfield ; Which is accordingly allow'd. 

Mr. John Clough (Leatherdresser) Prays for Liberty to Build a 
Tomb in the South Burying place, next adjoining to the Tomb, 
Number 80, lately Erected there. 

Mr. John Earle. Master of the Engine, kept near the New 
North Meeting house, Informs that Benjamin Brown One of his 
Company is Removed to Charlestowu ; and Presented David 
Newell as a proper Person to Supply his place, Provided the 
Select Men approve thereof. 

Voted, That m r . David Newell be Accordingly admiltcd into m r . 
Earle's Company in the Room of said Brown. 

Capt. Armitage from the Committee appointed the 22 d . Current, 
to repair on board [11O.] the Sarah Galley, riding off Spectacle 
Island, to Examine into the Circumstances of said Ship. Report 
as follows, Viz'. That they had attended that Service this Day, 
and find that Capt. Waterhouse has taken all prudent Care in 
Cleaning his Ship, taking everything from between Decks, and 
Scouring the Ship, that he had carried the Oakum he had there, 
on Shore, and had Spread it, As likewise the Lemmons, But that 
there remains still on board Two large Cases of Merchandize that 
h;ive been between Decks during the Voyage ; And that it is their 
opinion, the Ship ma}' be permitted to come up to Town with 
Safety. 

Provided the said Two Cases are put on Shore at Spectacle 
Island, there to remain with the Oakum, And also That the two 
Persons who have lately had the Small Pox Continue at the Hos- 
pital on said Island until further Order. 

Voted, to take the above Report under Consideration, at the 
Meeting on Wednesday next. 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[111.1 Upon Information, That the Extraordinary Rains of 
late, have damnified the High Ways in Rumne} r Marsh, in Several 
Places. 

Voted, That Capt. Nathanael Oliver be and hereby is desired 
to take under his Care the Necessary Repairs of the said High 
Way in the best manner he can, to the Value of about Three 
Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 27. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered. That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants to the 
Constables of Boston, In His Majesties Name, Requiring them 
forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston (within [112.] their Precincts) that have 
an Estate of Forty Shillings p. Annum, Of Freehold in Land 
within this Province or Territority at the least, Or other Estate to 
the Value of Fifty Pounds Sterling, to Convene at the Town house 
upon Tuesday the Third of May next, at Nine O'Clock in the 
forenoon ; then and there to Elect and Depute One, or more Per- 
sons (being Freeholders and Resident in the Town) according to 
the number set and limited by an Act of the General assembly To 
Serve, and Represent them in a Great and General Court, 
Appointed lo be Convened held and kept Cor His Majesties Service 
at the Court house in Boston, Upon Wednesday the Twenty fifth 
Day of May next ensuing, and so De Die in Diem, during their 
Session and Sessions According to a Warrant under the Hand 
and Seal of Edward Winslow Esq r . Sheriff of the County of Suf- 
folk, bearing Date the 21 st . Day of April Current, In the Tenth 
Year of His Majesties Reign. 

They are alike required to Warn all [113.] the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of said Town duly qualified as the Law directs, 
to Meet at the same time and place, To Grant such Sum or Sums 
of Money as may be thought needful for the Relief of the Poor, 
and Defraying other Necessary Charges ; To Consider some Pro- 
posals to be made by the Committee for Erecting the Work house 
relating to that Affair ; As also the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants 
for laying a Drain from the South burying place into the Common 
Shoar in Winter Street; To Consider also the desire of Sundry 
Inhabitants, for reviewing the merchants Watch; To Receive the 
List of such Inhabitants as are qualified to Serve on the Petit 
Jury, and the Reports of the Select Men, on Several affairs. 

Voted, That the Rev. m r . John Webb be desired to open the 
said Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, and Capt. Lyrnan, 
be a Committee to Wait upon m r . Webb and Inform him of the 
desire of the Select Men, that he would Attend that Service. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 39 

[114.] Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, and 
Capt. Lyman, be a Committee to Provide a Dinner on the Third 
of May, at mrs. Wardells for Forty Gentlemen, Who are desired 
to give Orders accordingly. 

William Moore, John Harper, William Knox and David Browne 
in behalf of themselves and Forty or Fifty others, tbeir associates, 
Presented their Proposals in Writing for the Purchasing one of 
the Townships, lately Granted to this Town and laid out near the 
Town of Deerfield, as follows Viz'. To Give the Sum of Fifteen 
Hundred Pounds for One of the said Townships (which they Shall 
Chuse) Paying in hand Five Hundred Pounds ; Five Hundred 
Pounds more the next year, and the remaining Five Hundred 
Pounds the Year after; And to Give Personal Security to the 
Satisfaction of the Town, for the Payment of the Two last Sums 
mentioned, at the Time, but without Interest. 

[115.] And Provided the Town Shall see Cause to Accept 
the offer, they Propose with all Convenient Speed to View the said 
Townships and will give their final answer thereon by the last Day 
of June next. 

Mr. Andrew Oliver being about to Build a Brick Wall on his 
Land, Abutting on Oliver Street desires the Select Men would run 
the Line between him and the said Street. 

Mr. John Painter Master of the Sloop Humbird, being Sworn 
before m r . Justice Fayerweather, Deposeth as follows. Viz 1 . 

That he left Philadelphia the Second of April Currant, And that 
when he came away from thence the Small Pox was much abated 
And that there were but few ill with it, That he and his three men 
have formerly had it, as also Two Passengers that came with him 
Viz'. Ambrose Vincent and John Miffey ; and that his Loading 
Consists of Bread, Flour and Iron. 

[116.] Mr. Joseph Spear, Master of the Sloop Friend Ship, 
being Sworn before m r . Justice Fayerweather, Deposeth as fol- 
lows, Viz 1 . 

That he left Philadelphia the Third of April Currant, and that 
the Small Pox was reported to be almost gone ; That he not hav- 
ing had the Small Pox himself was not in the City, Nor, Three 
more of his People who never have had it, The other Two had 
that Distemper formerly ; That his Cargo Consists of Bread, Flour 
Pork and Iron ; And that while he lay there, and on his Passage, 
they have all been hearty and well, and so remain. 

The above Declarations of m r . John Painter, and m r . Joseph 
Spear, having been Considered and We apprehending no Danger 
can happen to the Town by reason of their coming up. 

Voted, That a Certificate, of Our Opinion that they may be Per- 
mitted to come up to Town, be accordingly given lo each of 
them. Which [117.] was accordingly done as follows, Viz'. 

Boston sc. These may Certify, That We the Subscribers, are 
of Opinion, That the Sloop Humbird John Painter Master, from 
Philadelphia, may be permitted to come up to Town without 
danger of Communicating the Small Pox to the Inhabitants. 

April, 27.1737. JOHN FAYERWEATHER ) Justices 

JOSHUA WINSLOW ) of the Peace. 




40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 

DAVID COLLSON 

ALEX E . FORSYTH 

CALEB LYMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 

THO 8 . HUTCHINSON JUN B . J 

A Certificate of the same Tenor was Signed and delivered also 
to m r . Spear. 

According to Order as Entred the 25 th . instant. Having taken 
into Consideration the Committees Report relating to the Ship 
[118.] Sarah Galley, Capt. Waterhouse Commander, now at 
Spectacle Island 

Voted, That Upon Condition the said Captain put on Shoar and 
leave at said Island the Oakum and Five Cases which he brought 
between Decks, with the Two Persons lately Visited with the Small 
Pox, namely Silvanus Dogget and Charles Ward, there to remain 
till further order. That the Ship and rest of the Company ma}' 
come up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants from the said 
Distemper; And that a Certificate of Our Opinion, be given to 
Capt. Waterhouse Accordingly. 

Which was done, and is as follows, Viz'. 

Boston sc. These may Certify, That We the Subscribers are of 
Opinion, That the Ship Sarah Galley, Capt. Samuel Waterhouse 
Commander lately from London, now riding off Spectacle Island 
may be permitted to come up to Town without danger of Com- 
municating the Small Pox to the Inhabitants. Provided, [119.] 
the Two Persons, Namely Silvanus Dogget and Charles Ward, 
who were Visited with the Small Pox in their Voyage hither, to- 
gether with the Five Cases, and the Oakum, which were brought 
between Decks, be left to remain at the Hospital on Spectacle 
Island, and not Suffered to be brought up to Town until further 
Order. 

April, 27, 1737. JOHN FAYERWEATHER ) Justices of 
JOSHUA WINSLOW } the Peace 
JOHN JEFFRIES 
DAVID COLLSON 



ALEXANDER FORSYTH 

CALEB LYMAN 

JONAS CLARKE 

THO S . HUTCHINSON JUN B . 



Select Men 
of Boston 



Liberty is Granted to m r . John Welch to Open the Ground in 
Green lane, in the Westerly part of the Town and to lay a Drain 
from his Cellar into the Common Shoar in said Street, Upon Con- 
dition That he forthwith make good the Ground, and keep the 
same in Repair from time to time, to the Satisfaction of the 
Select men. 

[ISO.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 29, 1737. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 41 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth 
Capt. Caleb Lyman 
Mr. Jonas Clarke 
Mr. Thomas Hutchinson 

Pursuant to the Vote, and desire of the Town at their Annual 
Meeting the 14 th . March last. We having taken the Several 
Petitions for Paving into Consideration. Viewed and measm-ed 
the Places and Computed the Charge, in Order to make Report 
thereof to the Town. First, on the Petition for Paving Wood 
Lane &c. 

Voted, That is Our Opinion, It may be adviseable that the said 
Lane be Paved anew, The Town bearing One third part of the 
Charge Provided the abutters bear the charge of Paving the other 
Two Thirds and keep the same in Repair from time to time ; [121.] 
And it is Our Opinion also that the Petitioners have Liberty 
Granted them to Build an Open Wharf across the Town's Slip at 
the lower end of said Lane, to lye open for the use of the Inhab- 
itants, about Eighty or an Hundred feet below the High Way, as 
the Town shall direct. 

Secondly, on the Petition for Beer Lajie. 

Voted. That it is Our Opinion, It is not Adviseable for the Town 
to be at the Charge of Paving said Lane for the present, It lying 
on a good Descent, and the Passing therein more Commodious 
than many other parts of the Town. 

Thirdly, on the Petition for Love Street. 

Voted, That in Our Opinion, It is not Adviseable for the Town 
to be at Charges in Paving said Street at present, it being but 
little Improved in Comparison with others in the Town. 

Fourthly, on the Petition for Green Lane. 

Voted, [122.] That Whereas it does not appear to us, that 
the Proprietors of Land abutting on said Lane are fully come in to 
Pave their Proportional parts, respectively according to Custom, 
and the Boundarys of some rendering the said Street or Lane Ir- 
regular, We are of Opinion, In Consideration hereof together with 
the heavy Charge it will be to the Inhabitants, It may be advisea- 
ble to defer the Paving thereof for the Present. 

Fifthly, on the Petition for Orange Street, 

Having taken this Petition under Consideration, and Viewed the 
said Street, We find the Southerly half there of to be very much 
out of Repair, and therefore, Voted, That in Our Opinion It is 
Adviseable for the Town to Expend Three Hundred and Fifty 
Pounds in Paving the same, Which sum by Computation We find 
will pay the Towns part of Paving Sixteen Hundred Yards 
thereof. 

Upon Condition nevertheless, That some Sufficient [123.] 
Person or Persons shall appear to Engage for and in behalf of the 
Proprietors and Abutters on the said Street, bearing their Propor- 
tionable part of Paving the same. 

On the Petition of Samuel Adams Esq r . &c. abutters on Bartons 
Rope Walk. Pursuant to the Vote of the Town at their Annual 
Meeting the 14 th . March last, Having Attended the Service desired 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

of us, Considered the Prayer of the Petitioners Viewed the Place 
and Enquired into the Circumstances of it. 

Voted, That in Our Opinion, It is not Necessary for the Town 
to Act any thing thereon, and therefore that the Petition be Dis- 
mist. 

On the affair of the Markets. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town the 5 th . April last desiring us 
to take under Consideration, What other uses the Market place 
may be put to, so as may best serve the [124.] Interest of the 
Town. And to Report, hereon at the General Town meeting in 
may next. Having attended the Service desired of us. 

Voted, To Report to the Town as follows Viz'. 

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 opinion, 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. 

Secondl}', As to the North Market. We 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 inconvenient on Sev- 
eral accounts, Not only to the Neighbourhood but also to One of 
the Publick Meeting houses for the Worship of God, which Stands 
[125.] Very near to it. We can't think it Adviseable to do it; 
but rather that the said Building be removed to some more Conven- 
ient Place, and Converted to such other Use as the Town shall 
think fit. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 3. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Voted. That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be the moderator of 
the Select Men, this Day, And that he be, and hereby is desired 
to Act as such, in the name and behalf of the Select men during 
the Election of Representatives According to the Laws in that 
Case made and provided. 

[126.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 4, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Benjamin Russell being present, Desired the Select Mens 
Direction for Placing the Pound. 
Voted, That We are of Opinion the most Convenient place for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 43 

Erecting the Pound, is on the North east Corner of a Pasture 
belonging to the Heirs of the late Hon. Thomas Fitch Esquire, 
And order that the same be placed there Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 6, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchiuson 

[127.] Capt. Jonathan Clarke Appearing desired Leave to 
bring up from Spectacle Island Two Cases of Hats, and one Case 
of Small Arms belonging to him and lately Imported from London 
in the Sarah Galley Capt. Samuel Waterhouse Commander. 
The Consideration whereof is refer'd to Wednesday next. ' 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May. 10, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. Edward Sunderland Master of the Sloop Beginning, being 
Sworn before m r . Justice Sewall ; Deposeth as follows Viz 1 . 

That he left Philadelphia Fifteen Days ago, and when he came 
away the Small Pox was very much Abated there, and was in but 
a few houses. That his Company Consists of [128.] Six, with 
Two Passengers, Eight in all. That they are all in good health, 
That every One on board have had the Small Pox formerly Except- 
ing One Young Man, That none of the Company, to the best of 
his Knowledge were in any of the Houses where any Sick Person 
was, That the Young Man above mentioned has been from Phila- 
delphia Thirty Days, That his Cargo Consists of Flour and Wine. 
The above Declaration of Capt. Sunderland on Oath, being 
Considered, And apprehending there can be no Danger in their 
Coming up to Town. 

Voted, That a Certificate of Our Opinion, that the said Vessell 
may be permitted to come up to Town be given accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 11, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[129.] Upon Information that Silvanus Dogget and Charles 
Ward, were gone off, from Spectacle Island Contrary to the Order 
of the Select Men, as Entred the 27 th . April last. 

Ordered. That m r . Savell be directed to make Strict Enquiry 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

after the said Persons, and that he Report his doings therein, to 
the Select Men. 

Upon the Motion of m r . Cowdrey, Voted, That the Town Clerk 
deliver Two Copies of the By-Laws respecting Forestalling and 
Engrossing Provision to the said Cowdrey to be posted up in some 
Convenient places. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams desiring the Select Men to Appoint a 
time for Examining and Settling the Granary account, since iiis 
Fathers Death. 

Voted. That the Select Men will Attend that Service on Friday 
next, at half an hour after Two o'Clock, at the Town house and 
that m r . Savell give Notice hereof tom r . Williams accordingly. 

[13O.] Mr. Savell Informing That Capt. James Gold offers 
his Bond for Security on accot. of Edward Salter, a Lad under his 
Care for Education, Imported in the Sloop Dolphin, Michael Cou- 
tanch, Master from North Carolina. Ordered that m r . Savell ac- 
cordingly Notify Capt. Gold that the Select Men Accepting the 
same, desire it may be done. 

Upon the Motion made by Capt. Jonathan Clarke Entred the 6 th . 
of May Current and Consideration thereon. 

Voted, m r . Savell wait upon Capt. Clark and other Gentlemen 
the Owners of Goods left at the Hospital on Spectacle Island by 
Capt. Waterhouse, and Inform them he is ready to go down to 
said Island with them in Order to See the said Goods taken out of 
the Cases &c. and the Oakum out of the Bags, and to See them all 
aired if they see Cause Without which the Select Men can't permit 
them to be brought up to Town for fear of Infection from them. 
m r . Savell to Report to the Select Men his Doings therein, as soon 
as may be. 

[131.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 13, 1737. 

Present . 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Savell having Attended the Service Ordered, as Entred the 
11 th . instant Reported as follows, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the above Order, Informed Capt. Clarke and Capt. 
Waterhouse of the Select Mens directions respecting the Goods 
left at Spectacle. The said Capt. Clarke and Waterhouse ac- 
cordingly sent down Two Men with me in the Light house boat to 
Spectacle Island, Where we opened Two Cases of Hats, which We 
spread and aired on the Ground in the Sun. and afterwards 
pack'd them up in the Cases again, and left them at the Hospital. 

May 13, 1737. JOHN SAVELL 

[132.] Upon the Report of m r . Savell, that he had been at 
Spectacle Island According to Order, and had Aired Two Cases of 
Hatts which were Imported in the Sarah Galley Capt. Waterhouse 
from London, belonging to Capt. Jonathan Clarke. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 45 

Voted, That We do not Apprehend any danger of Infection from 
the said Cases of Hatts, and therefore that they may be permitted 
to be brought up to Town. 

According to Order, m r . Jonathan Williams attended with the 
Books of account respecting the Granary, Which accounts being 
Examin'd by the Select Men the ballance remaining in the said 
Williams's hands due to the Town is found to be One Thousand 
Two Hundred and Seven Pounds, Six Shillings and Two pence. 

The said Williams left m r . Willoughby's Receipt for Forty 
Bushels of Indian Meal and One Hundred and Seventy three 
Bushels of Indian Corn. 

Mr. John Durrell with Several other [133.] of the Inhabitants 
being present, Informed That Capt. liissell in a Sloop is now 
bound for Annapolis Royal, and lyes ready to Set Sail, and that 
She has laden on board a Considerable Quantity of Indian Corn in 
Order to carry the same out of this Province notwithstanding the 
Town Stands in great need of it; Praying the Select Men to 
Report the same, and to make a proper Application to the Govern- 
ment in order to have the same prevented. 

In Consideration of the Motion and desire of m r . John Darrell 
& others as rbove. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Forsyth be a Committee 
to Wait upon His Exeelk-ucy and to present the Petition of the 
Select Men to His Excellency respecting the said affair. And 
that a Petition be drawn accordingly. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be and hereby is de- 
sired to take the Care of Drafting the advertisement to be Publish'd 
in the News papers relating to the Sale of the Three Townships, 
as Ordered by the Town at their meeting the 3 d . Instant. 

Mr. Savell is ordered to Enquire after One Cooke who is lately 
come into this Town from Bradford & to Report thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 18, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mrs. Mary Hamilton being present Informs That one Margery 
Macklure, who is lately come into this Town from North Carolina 
did formerly live with her as an Indented Servant, that She bought 
her of m r . Clark, that while she lived with her, which was Several 
Months, She was guilty of many Crimes for which She was by m r . 
Justice Savage Comitted to to Bridewell, where she remained until 
She Sold her time to m r . Hope who carried her away to Carolina, 
Mrs. Hamilton represents her as a dangerous Person particularly 
[135.] with respect to herself, the said Macklure being so well 
acquainted with her House, and now residing in the Neighbourhood, 
on Wentworths Wharf. 

Mr. Clarke Informs that One Ross is lately come into this Town 
from Rhode Island by Laud with his Wife, That he is a Journey 
Man Barber, and Works some where at the North end. Ordered 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

that m r . Savell make Enquiry after the said Ross, & Report 
thereon. 

Mr. Constable Hickling was sent for, to whom was delivered 
the Sheriffs Precept for Choice of Representatives, with the Select 
Mens Return thereon, Who was directed to Notify and Summon 
the Gentlemen therein named to attend Accordingly and to return 
the said Precept into the Hands of the Town Clerk, Who is directed 
to deliver the same to m r . Sheriff Winslow. 

Margery Macklure Appearing, but without Bonds Men, She 
was Ordered to procure Bonds Men Against next Wednesday 
[136.] And then to Attend with them Unless She Should be 
gone to Sea before that time. 

Mr. Savell is Ordered to take Care to put the Scales and Weights 
belonging to the Town, into the Hands of the Clerks of the Market 
taking their Receipts for the same According to Custom and in 
Order thereto, that the Town Clerk deliver the Old Receipts to m r . 
Savell. 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be Stated at the Rate of 
14/ p. Bushell and 3/6 Allow'd for Charges, Which is as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 10. 

Wheaten 3. 15. 

Household 5. 5. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 7. 13. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 25, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[137.] Mr. Benjamin Whitney with his Wife and Eight 
Children, being lately come into this Town from Marl borough 
Prays for Liberty to Open a Shop in the Town. He was Accord- 
ingly Directed to Attend next Wednesday in Order to give Security 
to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs, in the Penalty of One 
Thousand Pounds, m r . Jonas Clarke offering to become Bound 
with the said Whitney. A Bond was Ordered to be prepared 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May. 30, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutdiinson 

Capt. John Wendell being about to Erect a Brick Wall, where 
be dwells, Prays the Select Men would please to run the Line 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 47 

138.] Upon Information that the Swing Bridge is brokea 
down, &c. 

Voted, That m r . Clarke be desired to take Care to have the same 
Repaired, forthwith. 

Col. Hatch Presented an account of Carting Street Dirt. 
Order'd That m r . Savell notify m r . monk the Scavenger to Attend 
on Wednesday next, and that the said Account lye for further 
Consideration until m r . monk be Spoken with. 

Mr. Willoughby Informing that the Corn in the Granary Cost 
9/ p. Bushell 

It is ordered that he Sell the Meal out at the rate of Ten Shil- 
lings p. Bushell. 

Voted, That the Select Men Meet on Saturday next at Ten 
O'Clock in the fore noon in order to proceed in the Affair of the 
Porters. 

Hugh Hall Esq r . Informs that Katharine Davis dwells in One of 
his Houses. 

[139.] At a Meeting of the Select Men June 1, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Gabriel "Wayne Master of the Sloop Two Brothers Arrived from 
Philadelphia, having been fifteen Days from thence, Imported a 
Woman into this Town as a Passenger but did not Report her at 
the Impost Office, as the Law directs, The said Wayne was ordered 
to procure Sufficient Bonds Men to Indemnify the Town according 
to Law, and to Attend with them. 

Roger Dering Master of Sloop Sally, from Bristol having Im- 
ported One Mary Cook and her Child was required to give 
Security as the Law directs. The said Dering naming Joshua 
Winslow Esq r . and m r . Isaac Winslow for Bonds Men, It is 
accepted, if either of those Gentlemen [14O.] join with the Master 
in giving Bond as aforesaid, and was Ordered to attend at the 
Clerks Office Accordingly tomorrow, Which he also Promised. 

Capt. Armitage Reports that he had Discoursed with m r . Perkins 
and m r . Dennio and that it was Mutually Agreed. That m r . 
Dennies Rent should Commence the 18 th . of May last past, for the 
Towns Ware house late in the Occupation of the said m r . Perkins, 
At the Annual Rent of Forty Pounds p. annum until further 
agreement. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman be desired as a 
Committee to View the Ware house belonging to the Town now in 
the Occupation of m r . John Dennie, and see what, Repairs or 
Alterations are needful and to Report as soon as Conveniently 
they can. 

Voted, That an advertisement be printed in the Publick News 
Papers for the Leasing of Winisimet Ferry Agreeable to a Vote of 
the Town the 3 d . May last. 



48 CITT DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[1.41.] Mr. Cowdrev Informs of Several Persons that are 
come lately into the Town and have Opened Shops. Viz*. m r . 
HincTdey from Brautrey, near m r . Aliens at the South end. m r . 
Boylston from Brooklins at the South end, in m r . Haleys house. 
An Irish Family at the Widow Caless. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 3, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lvman 
Mr. Clarke 

John Bartlet Master of the Sloop Sarah from Philadelphia, being 
present and Sworn before Anthony Stoddard Esq r . Deposeth, 

That he came from Philadelphia the 15 th . of May last, That m r . 
Joseph March was the Master of the said Sloop, Who being taken 
111 the 12 th . of May nnd Apprehending his Illness to be the Small 
Pox he was Carry'd [142.] on Shoar at Philadelphia and left 
there, That the Small Pox had been there for some time but that 
very few, if any were Visited with it when he was there, That his 
Company Consist of Five Sailors and Two Passengers, that one 
only of the Sailors have had the Small Pox. That they have been 

all Well during the Voyage, and are now so, That the Cargo 

Consists of Flour, Wheat, Iron, and Beer. 

Voted, That the said Bartlet be and hereby is directed and 
Ordered to go with his said Vessell to Spectacle Island, and that 
all the said Company and Passengers take care there to Air them- 
selves, their Cloathing Bedding &c. And that they there remain 
until further Order. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 4, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[143.] Charles Jeffres Mariner; Informs That he was born 
at South Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight ; That he came to this 
Town from Philadelphia, ia quality of t a Sailor, in the Sloop 
Humbird, John Painter Master about Six Weeks ago ; That about 
Three Weeks after his Arrival he was taken ill with the Rheu- 
matism. That he remains in a very weak State, by no means able 
to provide for himself, and has nothing to Support him, Capt. 
Painter Carrying away his Cloaths, and paying him no Wages 
That he resides at One Passrnore's in King Street. 

The Select Men having Considered the Premises, Apprehend the 
said Jeffries a proper Object for a Province Charge, and Accord- 
ingly sent him to the Alms house, Recommending him to the 
Care of the Overseers of the Poor. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 49 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That a Plan of the Town of Boston be provided, for the 
Use of the Select Men. 

[144:.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 6, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Upon a Motion made by ni r . Solomon Isaac desiring the Sloop 
Sarah John Bartlet Master from Philadelphia (now detained 
below) may be permitted to come up to Town. 
In Order thereto, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to go on 
board the said Sloop (m r . Isaac providing a Boat) and that he 
make Enquiry what State of Health they are in, and Whether 
they have Aired themselves, their Cloathuu; and Bedding, according 
to Order, as Entred on Fryday last the 3 d . instant, And that he 
Report thereon to the Select Men, as soon as possible. 

[145.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Savell reported According to Order Yesterday as follows, 
Viz'. 

That he had Visited the Sloop Sarah Capt. Bartlet Master, That 
he found the Sloops Company and the Passengers all in good 
health, and upon Enquiry was informed That they had taken Care 
to Air themselves their Cloathing and Bedding, and had also 
Scoured and Aired the said Sloop, according to Order. 

The Select Men having Considered the Circumstances of the 
said Sloop, and m r . Savells Report, Are of Opinion, that She may 
be permitted to come tip to Town without any Hazard of Com- 
municating the Small Pox to the Inhabitants, And Ordered a 
Certificate to be drawn Accordingly. 

[146.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants 
to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesties Name requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town, Qualified as the Law directs, To Convene at the 
Town house, on Saturday the 11 th . of June, Currant at Three 
O'Clock in the afternoon ; In order to take under Consideration a 
Vote pass'd at a Publick Town Meeting the 4 th . of May last, 
relating to the Sale of the Three Tracts of Land, lately Granted 
by the Great and General Court, to the Town of Boston, and to 
do what may then be tho't proper referring thereto, To Chuse 
Seven Grand Jurors for the Several Courts of General Sessions of 
the Peace to be held at Boston, Successively for One Year ; And 
Also to be present at the Drawing the Tickets for Ten Petit 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Jurors for July Court, According to the Direction of an Act for the 
regular Appointment of Petit Jurors, made in the Tenth Year of 
his present Majesties Reign &c. &c. 

[147.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 8, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Benjamin Whitney lately come into 
this Town, from Marlborough, to be an Inhabitant, and to Open a 
Shop, According to his desire as Entred the 25 th . May last, He 
having given Security to Indemnify the Town, to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. As the Law directs. 

Upon a Motion made, Voted, That the Town Clerk be and 
hereby is directed, to keep an Account of Such Persons as shall 
from time to time hereafter be Warned to depart the Town, by 
Order of the Select Men and of the return of their Officer for the 
time being, made thereon. 

[14:8.] Liberty is Granted to Susanna Jackson lately Im- 
ported from Martha's Vineyard with Two Children, to be an In- 
habitant, Having giving Security by Capt. David Lupton and 
Alexander Fullerton's Bond in the Penalty of Three Hundred 
Pounds to Indemnify the Town from all Charge, As the Law 
directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 9. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Fors3 - th 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

The Select men having desired a Meeting of the Committee of 
the General Court for admitting Settlers in the Three Townships 
lately Granted by the said Court to the Town of Boston, The fol- 
lowing Gentlemen met them accordingly, Viz*. 
[149.] The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esq r . 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . 
Mr. Timothy Prout 

And after some Discourse, It was Unanimously agreed, as most 
adviseable, Viz*. 

That the Sale of the Three Tracts of Land by Auction on the 
30 th . instant be not proceeded in. But that when the Select Men 
shall have made an Agreement with a Sufficient Number of Per- 
sons to Undertake the Settlement of the Three Townships, 
According to the Conditions of the Grant, They apply to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 51 

Committee of the Court, as aforesaid, to admit the said Persons 
as Settlers Accordingly. 

June 10. 1737. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to Mess". Thomas Foster and John 
Indicott to Dig up the Pavement in Marlborough Street, and to 
open the Ground in Order to lay a Drain from their House in said 
Street, into the Common Shoar in Summer Street ; Upon Con- 
dition, That [15O.] They forthwith make good the Ground and 
Pavement, and keep the same in Repair from time to time to the 
Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 15, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be and hereby is set and 
Stated, at 15/ p. Bushell for Wheat, And is as follows, Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf . 2. 7. 

Wheaten 3. 11. 

Household 4. 15. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 1.6. 4. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell take Care Speedily to Collect and 
receive the Scales and [151.] Weights belonging to the Town 
and lately made Use of in the Several Markets, and that he bring 
them to the Town Clerk's office, and lodge them there, till further 
Order. 

Mr. Joseph Brandon and m r . Loriug Appear'd with m r . Sweetser 
One of the Scavingers, Complaining That the Water Standing 
makes a very bad Slough before their Warehouses in Merchants 
Row, on the Dock, which is become a Nusance Praying some Care 
may be taken for a remedy. Accordingly, 

Capt. Armitage was desired to take Care to Remedy the said 
inconvenience as soon as may be. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . Daniel Johonnot to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Union Street, in Order to Clear 
his Drain ; Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the same 
again and keep it in Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. 

Liberty is Granted to in r . Robert Gutteridge [152.] To Dig 
up the Pavement and Open the Ground in Fish Street, in Order to 
open and Clear his Drain, Upon Condition that he forthwith make 
good the Ground and Pavement, keeping the same in Repair from 
time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

Thomas Howard Locksmith with his Wife, were lately bro't into 
this Town, by Capt. Vittery, from Georges River (at the Eastward) . 
The said Howard appearing Drsires Liberty to Open a Shop and 
follow his said Calling in Battery March. In Order thereto, He 
was Ordered to appear next Wednesday, with Sufficient Bondsmen 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

to Indemnify the Town, as the Law directs, in the Penalty of Two 
Hundred Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 18, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[153,] Nathanael Freeman, Master of the Sloop Yarmouth 
from Philadelphia, being Sworn before the Hon. Edward Hutchiu- 
son Esq r . and Examin'd Informs as followeth, Vizt. That he leit 
Philadelphia the 11 th . of June Currant arriving here this Day, The 
Sloops Company Consist of Flour. That he brought Two Passen- 
gers, That himself and his Three men have never had the Small 
Pox, but that the Two Passengers have had it formerly ; That 
he was at Philadelphia about Three Weeks, and when he left that 
City he Did not hear of One Person that was then Sick of the 
Small Pox, That his Loading Consist of 250 Barrells of Flour, and 
3 Tons of Barr Iron. Voted, That the said Master repair on 
board his said Sloop and there remain with his Men until further 
order. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 20, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lymau 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hancock and Capt. Freeman Appearing [154.] and In- 
forming, That he the said Freeman with his Company had Obey'd 
the orders of the Select Men, as Entred last Saturday, And now 
pray'd he might have Libert\" to come to the Wharf and Unlade 
his Cargo. 

Upon which the Question being put, 

It was Voted in the Affirmative. Upon Condition that the said 
Sloop and hands be as soon as Conveniently may, dismist and Sent 
to the Cape where she belongs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men June 22, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Publick Schools be Attended 
on Tuesday next, the 28 th . of June instant And that the following 
Gentlemen be desired to Accompany the Select Men, on that 
Occasion, Viz'. 

[155.] The Hon. Elisha Cooke Esq r . 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 53 

The Hon. Richard Bill Esq*. 

John Read Esq r . 

The Rev. m r . Nathanael Williams 

The Rev. m r . Thomas Priuce 

The Rev m r . John Webb 

The Rev. m r . Samuel Checkley 

The Rev. m r . William Welsteed 

The Rev. m r . Joshua Gee and 

Mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . 

And that m r . Savell be and hereby is directed and Ordered to Wait 
on the Gentlemen aforenamed, and Acquaint them of this Appoint- 
ment, and the Select mens desire that they would please to Afford 
their Company, and to meet at the Town house, at 10 o'Clock iu 
the Morning of said Day, and Also that he Inform the School 
Masters of this Appointment. 

Voted That Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Lyman be a Committee to 
provide a Dinner at the Orange ti'ee, for about Twenty Gentlemen, 
on the Day of the Visitation. 

Mr. Henry Gibbon Prays the Select Men would Appoint [156.] 
a time to run the line betwixt the High Way on the Neck, and the 
Salt Ponds &c. 

Voted That m r . Collson and m r . Hutchinson be added to the 
Committee of the Select Men appointed the 13 th . April last, to 
Treat with the Gentlemen, the Attorneys for the Town, in the 
Case between the Town and James Everill's Heirs, and that they 
be desired to Meet at the House of John Jeffries Esq r . tomorrow 
at Eleven o'Clock upon that Affair. 

Upon a motion of m r . James Townsend Praying for Liberty to 
Erect a Tomb in the Old burying place, where are two brick Graves 
belonging to his Family. 

Voted That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lymau be desired to 
View the Place, Consider the Motion and Report thereon. 

Capt. Armitage is also desired to take the Care of some neces- 
sary Repairs in the Towns Wall in Queen Street, adjoining to the 
Towns house in the tenure of Mess". Henley and Moulin. 

[157.] Mr. Edward Bromfield, Appearing, Recommended 
John Hooker and Thomas Moulin jun r . as proper Persons to be 
Employ'd in the Watch call'd the Merchants Watch, Revived by 
the Vote of the Town at their Meeting the 3 d . of May last past, 
and desiring the said Hooker and Moulin may be Approved and 
Admitted Accordingly, if the Select Men shall see meet. 

Voted, That m r . Savell notify the said Hooker and Moulin to 
attend upon the Select Men, at their Meeting next Wednesday. 

Mr. Martin Unwin Stationer and Book binder from London desir- 
ing Liberty to Open a Shop in the Town and to follow his said 
Calling, And it appearing to the Satisfaction of the Select Men 
that the said Unwin hath brought with him Effects Sufficient to 
Indemnify tlie Town according to Law. Liberty to open a Shop 
&c. is Accordingly Granted. 

Jonathan Star from Natomy in the Township in Cambridge hav- 
ing resided in this Town ever Since last March was Twelve month, 
with his Wife and One Child, Informs that they liv'd first [158.] 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

with m r . Grainger, and that they live at present in the House for- 
merly the Star Tavern in Union Street with Richard Goldsmith. 
The said Star Prays for Liberty to Dwell in the Town and to Open 
a Shop in Order to Carry on his Business, Viz 4 , of a Taylor. He 
was Ordered to Procure Bondsmen for his Wife and Child to Attend 
next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 24, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Whereas by a List of Passengers from the Impost Office, It 
appears that Bryan Karrick (a Transport) and Catharine Driscoll 
(Spinster) were Imported in the Ship Catharine Robert Waters 
Master from Ireland. The said Capt. Waters appear'd, together 
with m r . Thomas Gunter Merchant. When m r . Gunter Promised 
the Select Men that he would Sufficiently Scare and Indemnify 
the Town [159.] From all Charge by reason of the said Karrick 
and Driscoll, but as to giving Bond, he pray'd to be Excused for 
a few Days. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 27, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman Reporting upon the Motion 
and desire of m r . James Townsend as Entred the 22 d . of June 
instant, It was Accordingly Voted, That Liberty be Granted to m r . 
James Townsend to Erect a Tomb in the Old Burying place, where 
there are Two Brick Graves belonging to the Family of Towmsend 
and Devenport. 

Mr. Thomas Fleet being Sent for, Attended Accordingly, and 
after some Discourse with him, It was. 

[16O.] Voted, That the said m r . Fleet be Employed as the 
Auctioneer in the Sale of the Three Tracts of Land, Appointed to 
be sold by Auction, on Thursday the 30 th . of June Currant. 

Tuesday, June 28 th . 1737 

This Day the Select Men Visited the Publick Schools within the 
Town, Accompanied by the following Gentlemen, Viz'. 
The Hon. Edward Hutchiuson Esq r . 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 
John Read Esquire 
The Rev. m r r Nathanael Williams 
The Rev. m r . Thomas Prince 
The Rev. m r . John Webb 
The Rev. m r . Samuel Checkley 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 55 

The Rev. m r . William Welsteed 

The Rev. m r . Joshua Gee and 

Mr. Thomas Gushing, Jun r . 

Agreeable to a Vote of the Town at a Publick Meeting the 14 th . 
of March, last past ; And found the said Schools under a good 
regulation. 

[161.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 29, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

According to Order, John Hooker, and Thomas Moulin Jun r . 
Attended, Who were named and recommended by m r . Edward Brom- 
field as Suitable Persons to be Employed as Watchmen in the 
Merchants Watch so Called, as Entred tlie 22 d . instant. Aft.r 
some Discourse with the said Hooker and Moulin, They were 
Accordingly Approved of, and Admitted Watchmen on the sai<l 
Watch, Called the Merchants Watch on the Town Dock. 

Voted, That the Fifty Pound Allowed by the Town at a 
Publick Meeting of the Inhabitants the 3 d . of May last past for and 
towards the Support of the Merchants Watch, be drawn for 
Quarterly, According to former Custom, and [163.] The Draft* 
be made on the Treasurer Payable to m r . Edward Brornfield, for 
that use. 

Voted, That m r . Andrew Lane be desired and Impowered in 
behalf of the Town of Boston to Prosecute an Affair formerly put 
into his Hands (as appears by the Select Mens Minutes, asEntred 
the 5 th . Feburay 1734) Viz'. For the recovery of a Debt due to the 
Town from the Estate of Edward Alleyn, lying in Wings Lane, 
for the Maintenance of Martha Alleyn, at the Almshouse for many 
years at the Town's Charge and that he take what Steps he may 
think proper in Order thereto, as soon as may be. 

Deacon Josias Byles Informs that One Nicholas BLmcher wilh 
his Wife and 3 or 4 Children lately come into this Town from 
North Carolina with Christopher Filden, now live in a Certain 
Tenement of His in the Westerly part of the Town. 

Whereas according to Order of the [163.] Town at a Publick 
Meeting, on Tuesday the Third of May last, The Sale of the Three 
Townships by Publick Auction, is this Day to be Attended. The 
Conditions of the Sale being drawn up, and Voted, are Ordered to 
be here recorded as follows, Viz'. 

The Conditions of the Sale of the Grants made by the 
Great and General Court, to the Town of Boston, of Three 
Tracts of Land, each of the Contents of Six miles Squares, as 
follows, Viz'. 

1. That each of the said Tracts of Land be set up to Sale 
Single. 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

2. That the Townships called Number One, be set up at one 
Thousand Pounds. 

3. That the Township called Number Two, be set up at Thir- 
teen Hundred Pounds. 

4. That the Township which is not yet laid out, be set up, at 
one Thousand Pounds. 

5. That the Bidders advance Twenty Pounds at each Bid. 

6. That if two Persons shall happen to Bid together the Tract 
then upon Sale, to be put up again. 

7. The Highest Bidder to be the Buyer Provided [164.] He 
Complys with the Conditions of the Courts Grant, respecting the 
Settlement of the Lands &c. 

8. That the Highest Bidder for each Township, Pay down the 
Sum of Fifty Pounds as Earnest mono}', into the Hands of the 
Select Men, which Sum of Fifty Pounds is to be Accounted as part 
of Payment ; Provided One third part of the Purchase Considera- 
tion (inclusive thereof) be paid at the time of Executing the Deed, 
Which shall be performed within the Space of Fourteen Days, 
from the Day of Sale, upon the Forfeiture of the said Fifty Pounds 
paid as Earnest. That the Buyer also Pay One third part more 
of the Purchase Consideration, within the Space of Six Months, 
Commencing from the Day of Sale ; and the Residue or remaining 
third part of the money within Twelve months from the Day of 
Sale, as above. 

9. That the Buyer give Bonds for the said Payments to the 
Approbation of the Select Men, Or, if the whole Sum be paid upon 
the Executing the Deed or Deeds, then in that Case the Buyer 
shall receive by way of Discount, so much Money, as the Interest 
would come to, [165,] at the times of Payment aforementioned. 
Boston, June 30, 1737. 

Upon the forementioned Conditions, The snid Sale was pro- 
ceeding in, as follows, Viz 4 . 

1. The Grant of the Tract of Land, not yet laid out was Sold, 
to the Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . (he being the highest Bidder) 
for the Sum of Thirteen Hundred and Twenty Pounds. 

2. The Township called Number One, laid out near the Town 
of Deerfield, was Sold to John Read Esq r . (he being the highest 
Bidder) for the Sum of One Thousand and Twenty Pounds. 

3. The Townships called Number Two, laid out also near the 
Town of Deerfield, was Sold to Joseph Heath Esq r . of Roxbury, 
(He being the highest Bidder) for the Sum of Thirteen Hundred 
and Twenty Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 4, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

[166.] Capt. John Painter Master of the Sloop Humbird from 
Philadelphia, being present, and Sworn before m r . Justice Sewall, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 5-7 

Inform'cl the Select Men, That he left that place about a Fortnight 
ago ; That According to the best Information he had, The City had 
been free 1'rom the Small pox for a Considerable time ; That his 
Passengers were Five, Viz 1 . Three men and Two women That his 
Loading Consists of Flour and Two Cases of Linnens. 

Upon Consideration whereof, the Select Men Signed a Certificate, 
Signifying that in their opinion the said Sloop might be permitted 
to come up to Town, without any Danger to the Inhabitants. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Capt. Samuel Everton Master of the Schooner Betty from 
Philadelphia, being present [167.] Informs That he came from 
thence the 25 th . of June last, and that he made particular Enquiry 
relating to the Small 1'ox, and Informs That he understood the City 
had been free from that Distemper for a Considerable time. That 
his Company Consists of Flour, and he has Bro't one Passenger 
and that they are all in good health. Accordingly, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage and 
Capt. Lyman be desired to Wait upon His Excellency, the Gov- 
ernour, and to Inform His Excellency That it is their opinion 
there is no necessity that the Vessells coming from Philadelphia 
should any longer be Stop'd by the Castle on account of the Small 
Pox. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . James Scollay to take up the Pave- 
ment and Dig up the Ground in Water Street, in Order to lay a 
Drain into the Common Shoar from his House in said Street, Upon 
Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement 
again, and keep the same in Repair from time to time to the Satis- 
faction of the Select Men. 

[168.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. John Johnson Gunsmith from London appearing accom- 
panied by m r . John Smith Merchant Desired Liberty to Open a 
Shop, in this Town, in order to follow his said Calling. The 
Motion being Considered. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted Accordingly. 

Liberty is Granted to Peter Boylston late of Brooklin to become 

an Inhabitant of this Town, and to Open a Shop, According 1o his 

Desire ; Upon Condition that his Brethren, Dr. Zabdiel Boylston 

and m r . Thomas Boylstou enter into Bond with him in the Sum 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[169.] of Five Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town as the 
Law directs, on account of his Wife and Four Children. 

Mr. Henry Dyre by order of the overseers of the Poor, Informs 
that by their order he has Warned Samuel Dixon and Elizabeth 
Paul (on the 6 th . of July Currant) to depart this Town. 

Deacon Cornelius Thnyer appearing, Pray'd That the Select Men 
would please to Employ Andrew Coffin the Sexton of the Old 
Church, in Ringing the Bell at Five, Eleven, and Nine o'Clock, in 
the room of m r . Chambers, who now performs that Service, Offering 
some reasons, and then with drew. 

The said Motion being refer'd for Consideration, Ordered, That 
m r . Savell notify John Chambers to Attend next Wednesday. 

Upon a Motion made for Viewing the New Road in Rumney 
Marsh, In order thereto, 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to Write a Letter to 
Capt. Oliver, Signifying That the Select Men desire to know 
whether he has compleatod [17O.] that Work, and if he has not, 
Thai they desire he would Speedily finish it, and upon Information 
of it's being so done, they are ready to appoint a Day to View the 
same, in order to Conclude the whole of that affair. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitnge and 
m r . Hutchinson be a Committee to Consider what is to be done in 
order to the perfecting the Sale of the Grants of Three Townships 
by Auction, the 3(J th of June last, and passing proper Instruments 
of Conveyance of the Towns right in them, to the respective Pur- 
chasers, and other matters relating thereto ; and to Report thereon 
next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men July 13. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[171.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . from the Committee 
appointed the 7 th . instant, to Consider what was to be done in 
order to the perfecting the Sale of the Grants of the Three Town- 
ships and passing proper Instruments of Conveyance &c. 
Reported as follows, Viz'. 

That they had Discoursed with John Read Esq r . who was the 
Purchaser of one of the said Townships, on that affair ; Who in- 
forui'd them, That by reason of the Court's Sitting he was full of 
Business, and therefore could not attend at the time Appointed ; 
But that he would prepare the Draft of a Deed, and wait upon the 
Select Men with it, within a few Days, for their approbation. 

The Committee further Reported, That in their opinion it might 
be adviseable to Inform, The Honourable Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
John Read Esq r . and Joseph Heath Esq r . That the Select Men 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 59 

are now ready to do their part, respecting tbe Executing Deeds of 
Conveyance to each of them respectively, according to the Condi- 
tions of the Sale. Which Report being accepted ; 

Voted, That m r . Richard Hubbard be desired [172.] To Wait 
upon The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r ., John Read Esq r ., and Joseph 
Heath Esq r . and Inform them, in the name of the Select Men, 
That they are ready to Execute Deeds of Conveyance to each of 
them respectively, of the Tract of Land by them Purchased by way 
of Auction, on Thursday the 30 th . of June last past, According to 
the Conditions of the said Sale. And that the Select Men desire the 
said Gentlemen to meet them at the Town house, Tomorrow 
Afternoon at Six o'Clock in order thereto. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . Matthew Leeky, Wool Comber 
from London in the New England Galley Capt. Stephen Hall Com- 
mander, to Inhabit within this Town and to Open a Shop, in order 
to follow his said Calling, It appearing to the Satisfaction of the 
Select Men that the said Leeky has brought with him Sufficient 
Effects, to Indemnify the Town as tbe Law directs. 

John Chambers Attending According to order, was Inform'd of 
the motion made [173.] In favour of Andrew Coffin, the Sexton 
of the Old Church, Praying that he might be Employed iu Ringing 
the Bell at Five, Eleven, and Nine o'Clock. 

Mr. Chambers accordingly Signified to the Select TVIen. his Will- 
ingness to resign that Office, when the Quarter was Expired, which 
would be upon the first of September next. 

Several Petitions for Licence as Taverners or Retailers were 
Read. 

Voted, That the Select Men will take the Petitions for. Licences 
under Consideration, in order to the passing upon them, tomorrow, 
at Three o'Clock afternoon. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded. 

Voted, That Monday next the 18 th instant be and hereby is 
Appointed to Consider further of, in Order to State the Wages of 
the Ticket Porters to be Employed in the Town of Boston, Accord- 
ing to a Law of this Province in that case provided, and to transact 
other matters relating to that affair. 

[174.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 14, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

According to the Desire of the Select Men, as Entred the 13 th . 
instant. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . John Read Esq r . and Joseph 
Heath Esq r . were Present. And m r . Read having prepared a Deed 
in order to its being Executed, According to his Promise yesterday, 
Presented it to the Select Men for their Consideration, Which 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

being Read and approved, the same was Executed by all the Select 
Men, and Acknowledged before The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq'., 
m r Read at the same time making the first Payment, according 
to the Conditions of the Sale, Viz', the Sum of Three Hundred 
and Forty Pounds; And gave [175.] Two Bond Viz*, one Bond 
for the Payment of Three Hundred and forty Pounds, on or before 
the 30 th . Day of December next ; and another Bond for the Pay- 
ment of the remaining Sum of Three Hundred and Forty Pounds, on 
or before the 30 th . Day of June next. In the whole making the Sum 
of One Thousand and Twenty Pounds, the Purchase Consideration, 
for the Township Number One. 

The Select men at the same time directed the Town Clerk to 
Draw a Deed for the Township Number Two to Joseph Heath 
Esq r . (of the same tenor with m r . Read's) in Order to its being 
Executed on Wednesday next. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 20, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Walsingham Turner [176.] Peruke 
maker from London, in the Ship Industry, Capt. Shepardson 
Commander, to Inhabit within this Town, and to Open a Shop 
in Order, to follow his said Calling, It Appearing to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men, that the said Turner brought with him 
Effects to a Value Sufficient to Indemnify the Town as the Law 
directs. 

The List of Licences for the year 1730, Exhibited by the Clerk 
of the Peace for Suffolk to the Select Men for their approbation, 
having been duly Considered, and the Select Men making no Ex- 
ception to any as Unfit to hold and Exercise their said Licences, 
and having noted against the Names of Persons since married, 
Removed or Dead, 

Voted That a Copy of the said List be transmitted to the Clerk 
of the Peace aforesaid, with a proper Certificate, Endorsed. 
The form of the Certificate as follows Viz'. 
Boston sc. 

A List of the names of Pesons Licensed to Sell Drink according 
to [177.] Their Several Licences in the year 173(5. being trans- 
mitted to the Select Men of Boston, by the Clerk of the Peace of 
the County of Suffolk, for their approbation (Whereof the fore- 
going is a true Copy) The Select Men having Considered the same, 
They Except to none but such as are noted as Married, Removed 
or Dead 

By Order of the Select Men 
July 20, 1737. * Samuel Gerrish Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 22. 1737. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 61 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lvman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

The Select Men receiving a Venire for the Choice of Jurors, to 
Serve at the Superior Court ; to be holden at Boston, for the 
County of Suffolk 'the Second Tuesday of August next, m r . Con- 
stable Farnum being also present, It was agreed, That [178.] 
The meeting of the Inhabitants Cor the Choice of Jurors, should 
be on Tuesday next, the 26 th . Currant at Three p'Clock Afternoon. 
And the Venire was delivered to m r . Constable Farnum, in order 
to have the Town Warned, and he was also directed to take Care 
that the District of Rumney Marsh be duly Warned also. 

Joseph Heath Esq r . being present according to appointment, 
and a Deed being drawn according to order, was Read and ap- 
proved, and accordingly Executed by all the Select Men, for the 
Township Number Two, Sold to the said Heath by Auction the 
30 th . of June last, and acknowledged bc-for m r . Justice Sewall at 
the same time, Col. Heath made the first Payment Viz', the Sum 
of Four Hundred and Forty Pounds, according to the Conditions 
of the Sale, and Executed Two Bonds for the other Two Payments, 
Viz 1 . One Bond for the Payment of Four Hundred and Forty 
Pounds on or before the 30 th . Day of December next, and another 
Bond for the Payment of the remaining Sum of Four Hundred and 
Forty Pounds [179.] on or before the 30 th . Day of June next, In 
the whole, making the Sum of Thirteen Hundred and Twenty 
Pounds, the Purchase Consideration for the said Township. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 25, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clark 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered, That m r . Joseph Uran have the Charge of the Water 
Engine, kept in the Engine house at the Dock, and that he be 
Allowed Twelve Men (beside himself) Viz*. 

(Joseph Uran) 

Ichabod Rogers 

John Homer 

John Durham 

Joseph Louden Jun*. 

Thomas Atkins Jun r . 

William Peck 

Nathanael Brewer 

William Snoden 

Benjamin Barnard 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Benjamin Eustns 

William Enstus and 

John Hood 

[JL8O.] And in Case there Should happen any Diference at 
any time among them, that they {Should want to put out, or lake 
in a Man, Joseph Uran, who has the Charge of the Engine, shall 
give an Account of the same to ihe Select Men for their allowance 
or approbation, and Orders for their Proceeding. And at any time, 
if a Fire should break out, the said Uran is Ordered to Improve 
the said Kngine, Where he thinks he may do the most Service ; 
And to take Care that at no time the Doors of- the Engine house, 
be obstructed b}' Snow &c. and to Work the said Engine, Once 
every month from the first of April, to the first of October, And 
to See that the Engine and Paisl be kept in good order. And for 
their Care and Diligence in the same, the Town at their Meeting 
the 1 4 th . of March last have by a Vote, freed them from all other 
Offices in the Town for this year. 

Mr. Moulin Complaining that the House which he rents of the 
Town, in Queen Street is become Leaky, and wants some Repairs 
accordingly, Voted, That Capt. Armitage [181.] and m r . 
Collson be and hereby are desired to take Care that the Necessary 
repairs of the said House be Effected as soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 27, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Richard Baily, Clothier, late of Stoughton, with his Wife 
Esther and Seven Children, namely, Esther, Mary, James, Edward, 
Richard, Hannah and Henry, are admitted Inhabitants of this 
Town, the said Baily having given Bond with Two Suretys, 
Viz'. Mess. John Procter and Benjamin London in the Sum of 
Five Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs, 
And he has Liberty Granted to set up and follow his said Calling. 
Thomas Howard, Locksmith, lately come into this Town from 
Georges River with his Wife Eliz a . are [182.] admitted Inhabi- 
tants, And he has Liberty Granted to Open a Shop and Exercise his 
said Calling, Upon Condition that ho procure Mess". James Gordon 
and John Poyntz to become Bound with him in the Sum of Two 
Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

Mr. Joshua Child of Brooklin Appeared and Signified his Desire 
to Hire a Peice of Marsh on Boston neck, belonging to the Town, 
which for some time past has been Improved by Col. Joshua Lamb, 
Accordingly in Order thereto. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be 
and hereby are Desired to View the said Peice of Marsh, on 
Fryday next, at 5 o'Clock in the Afternoon, and m r . Child is 
desired to meet them at the same time and place. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 63 

Capt. Lyman Informs that John Colrnan Esq r . has lately made 
an Encroachment upon a Certain Slip or Highway which was 
formerly given to Sundry Proprietors by Major Thomas Clark, 
which Slip runs from Fish Street near m r . Jonathan Mountforts. 

[183.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Search the Towns 
Records as also the Records of the County in order to find how 
the Conveyance was made to the Select Men of Boston either by 
the said Major Clark, or by m rs . Keayne. 

August 3, 1737. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to Mess. Joseph Green and Isaac 
Walker to Dig up the Ground in Brattle Street in order to lay a 
Drain into the Common Shore, from a House they are Building in 
the said Street Upon Condition that they forthwith make good the 
Ground again, and keep the same in repair from time to time to 
the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug'. 3. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[184.] The Widow Calef Informs (by m r . Collson) That One 
Lovet with her Child lately from Grotou in Connecticut at present 
reside at her House 

Ordered, That m r . Savell give Warning to Nicholas Blancher to 
Depart the Town, with his Wife and Children the said Blancher 
came from North Carolina with one Tilden, and lives in a Tene- 
ment of m r . Josias Byles as Entred June 29 th . past. 

M r . Collson from the Committee Appointed to Let the Marsh on 
Boston Neck, as Entred the 27. July past. Reported, That the 
Committee had Viewed the said Peice of Marsh, and had agreed 
with m r . Joshua Child of Brooklin, That for Four Pounds he is to 
have the Crop of Grass growing thereon for this Year. 

Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Lyman being sometime since desired 
to Wait on the Rev. m r . Gee, and to desire him to give them what 
Information he can, relating to the High Way [185.] to Ihe 
North Mills ; Reported, 

That they had Accordingly Waited on m r . Gee, Who informed 
them that he had no Writings relating to that Affair ; But that lie 
would wait on them upon the Spot, and shew them the bounds of 
the said High Way as he had been Informed by his Father, Which 
he accordingly did. 
Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to take 
Care, That a Petition be prepared and seasonably presented to 
His Excellency the Governour and the Honourable Council in 
order to obtain the appointment of a Special Judge for the Supe- 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

rior Court to be held in Boston the Second Tuesday of August 
Currant, upon the Review of the Actions depending, and then to 
be tried, between the Town of Boston and the Heirs of James 
Everill, In the room of the Hon. Paul Dudley Esq r . 

Upon Complaint, that some Repairs are necessary at 'the North 
Schools, more Especially the Windows of the North Grammar 
School. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and m r . Hutchinson [186.] Be 
desired to take Care that the said Repairs be Effected in the best 
manner they can. 

Complaint being made of a Nusance at the lower end of Cross 
Street at the Town's Slip there. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Lyman be desired to take 
all Necessary Care that the same be Speedily remedied. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug'. 10, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas m r . Richard Shute was return'd as Removed in the List 
of Licences transmitted to the Clerk of the Peace and it happen'd 
thro' a Misinformation, The Town Clerk is Order'd to Certify, That 
the Select men do approve of the Renewing his Licence as a Re- 
tailer for the year ensuing. 

[187.] Mr. Joseph Grant Informs That One m r . Campbell 
has his Wife and Child come into the Town from New York, and 
that they now live in a part of said Grants house. 

Ordered That m r . Savell Enquire about them and make report 
next Wednesday. 

Voted, That m r . Willoughby Sell Rye meal, out of the Granary, 
after the rate of 12/ p. Bushel. 

William Ames a Sawyer with his Wife and One Child is come 
into this Town from Roxbury, and desires to be Admitted an In- 
habitant, and in Order there to he was Ordered to procure Bonds- 
men and to attend again next Wednesday with them. 

Mr. Jonathan Williams Prays the Select Men would appoint a 
time for the Settling the Granary account with him as soon as 
may be. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 17, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[188.] Mr. Solomon Kneeland is appointed a Viewer and 
Sealer of Cord wood, within the Town of Boston, and to take his 
Oath to the faithful Discharge of his said office or Trust, He to be 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 65 

Allow'd Two pence p. Cord for so much Wood as be shall View 
and Seal, and the same to be paid by the Uuyer. 

The said Kneeland's Precinct to be from the South Battery to 
the Fortification, and he is carefully to see to it, That the Laws in 
that Case made and provided, be duly Observed and kept. 

The Regulation of the High Way near Brattle Street Church, 
according to the Direction of Several of His Majesties Justices of 
the Peace, and the Gentlemen the Select men of the Town of 
Boston, is here Recorded, By Order of the said Select men, and is 
as follows Viz'. 

Boston, Aug. 11, 1737 

Whereas, Mess. Joseph Green and Isaac Walker are about 
Erecting a Brick house in Braltle's Close adjoining to a Building 
[189.] of Doctor Zabdiel Boylston's and have apply'd to us to 
State and lay out the Street or Way Pursuant to an Act of this 
Province made in the Fourth Year of the Reign of William and 
Mary. 

We the Subscribers the Justices for the County of Suffolk 
residing in Boston, as also the Select men of said Town, Do think 
it most Convenient and best Accomodated for the Neighbourhood 
jmd the Inhabitants of the Town, to have it Stated and laid out as 
follows, Viz'. 

A Strait line to be run from said Boylston's Building now Im- 
proved as a Stable, Ranging with Doctor Colman's South West 
Corner of the Steeple, there measuring Thirty five feet West which 
will make a Street of Thirty three feet between said Corner and 
Captain Pollard, and from thence running easterly on a Streight 
line to the Buildings called Boylstou's Row, Which We think will 
not only Regulate said Street or Way, but Enlarge the same on 
that part leading to the Town Dock, and be of [19O.] General 
advantage. 

Thomas Palmer 
Edward Hutchinson 



Samuel Sewall 
Habijah Savage 
William Tyler 
H. Hall 
Abiel WaUey 



Justices for 
the County 
of Suffolk 
Residing 
in Boston 



John Fayerweather 

Samuel Adams 

Joshua Winslow 

William Stoddard 

Jacob Royall 

David Collson ^ 

Jon a . Armitage Select men of 

Jonas Clarke > the Town of Boston. 

Alex*. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 24, 1737. 

Present 
Capt. Armitage 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 57. 

Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyraan 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas the Committee for Erecting a Work house in the Town 
of Boston, have [191.] Presented to the Selectmen, a Subscrip- 
tion made by a Number of Gentlemen to Encourage and assist the 
Carrying on that Work, desiring that the same may be entred with 
the Publick Records of the Town. 

And Whereas We also are of opinion, That the Recording the 
said Instrument of Subscription is Necessary and Convenient. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to Record 
the same at large with the Publick Records of the Town of Boston, 
accordingly. 

Memorandum, That the Bonds given by John Read, and Joseph 
Heath Esquires, to the Select Men, (for their Second and Third 
Payments, amounting to one Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty 
Pounds) are deposited in the Hands of the Hon. John Jeffries 
Esquire, Together with the Sum of Seven Hundred and Eighty 
Pounds in Bills of Credit, being the first Payments made by the 
said Head and Heath, in part of the Purchase Consideration, for 
the Townships Number One and Two, Sold by auction on Thurs- 
day the 30 th . of June last past, as Entred [192.] The 14 th . and 
22 d . of July last. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth Complaining That Charles Henley, 
who dwells in the Town's house in Queen Street is in Arrears, for 
Rent of the said Tenement. Wherefore, 

Voted, That Capt. Lyman and m r Clarke be and hereby are 
desired forthwith, to give a Quarters Warning to the said Henley 
to remove from the said Tenement. 

Voted, That the renewing Leases of Two Tenements and Lands 
belonging to the Town, Situate in Water Street, in the present 
Occupation of m r . Samuel Bass, and the Widow Harvey be ad- 
vertised in the News Paper next Week, agreeable to a Vote of the 
Inhabitants, in Publick Town Meeting the 12 th . March 1732. And 
also That an advertisement be Published relating to the South 
market, agreeable to a Vote of the Town the 4 th of May last 
past. 

[193.] Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That Capt. Lyman and m r . Clarke be and hereby are 
desired to wait upon Colonel Checkley, with the Town Clerk, and 
to Enquire if he has none of the Towns Deeds or Leases still re- 
maining in his Hands ; there being some of them, not to be found, 
in the Offices of the Town Treasurer or Town Clerk, and to desire 
him to deliver them (if he has any) to the present Town Clerk. 

Boston, Aug. 24, 1737. 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to Sell 
Strong Drink either as Innholders or Retailers, have been Pre- 
sented to the Select Men, and at Several Meetings Considered by 
them, A List of their names, and the streets where each Person 
Dwells, with the actings of the Select men upon them, is here Re- 
corded as follows, Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 67 

Innholdcrs, Approved and Recommended Viz 1 . 

Elizabeth Austin King Street 

Elizabeth Cowell Newbury Street 

Alexander Cochreau Common Street 

[194.] Joseph Pierce Scarlet's Wharf 

George Pemberton Ann Street 

Jonathan Salter Battery march 

Nathanael Shepard Orange Street 

John Tuckerman Union Street 
Retailers Approved and Recommended Viz*. 

Jonathan Bowman Lynn Street 

Samuel Green Ship Street 

Joseph Goldthwait Marlborough Street 

James Green School Street 

Elizabeth Kellyng Battery march 

William Lackey Cambridge Street 

Stephen Minot Esq r . Boston Neck 

Joshua Pratt Lynn Street 

Ruth Paige Battery alley 

John Potter Orange Street 

Nathanael Peirse Fish Street 

John Ridgaway Middle Street 

Benjamin Storer North Street 

Thomas Worth Union Street 

John Whitternore Sheaf Street 

Sendall Williams Cold Lane 

Thomas Wallis Cambridge Street 

Edward Masters Newbury Street 

[195.] Innholders Disallowed, Viz*. 

John Ashley Dock Square 

William Ireland Newbury Street 

Nathanael Wheeler Battery March 

Retailers Disallowed, Viz*. 

Nicholas Boone Cornhill Street 

George Bridge King Street 

Margaret Casno Scottows Alley 

Charles Dupee Newbury Street 

John Fulton Essex Street 

John Grainger School Street 

Theoclosia Hay Barttle Street 

William Ireland Newbury Street 

Ebenezer Leadbetter Cambridge Street 

Elizabeth Neal Newbury Street 

Hannah Piercy North Street 

Joseph Stocker Fish Street 

William Stedman Union Street 

Jonathan Whitney Water Street 

Elihu Wardell Middle Street 

Mary Winter Marlhorough Street 

Sarah Ranger Green Lane 

[196.] Retailer of Beer & Ale Allow'd 

Jonathan Chandler Cor ) 

Bei r. Cyder, Ale &c. ) South Street 



G8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 29, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Claike 
Mr. Ilutchinson 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . William Maccarty to dig up the 
Pavement and to Open the Ground in Milk Street, in order to lay 
a Drain into the Common Shore in said Street from his House, 
which formerly belonged to Capt. Robert Saunders. Upon Con- 
dition that he forthwith make good the same again, and keep it in 
Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 
[197.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 31, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
M r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
M r . Clarke 

Upon a Motion made relating to the present Improvement of 
Winisimet Ferry for the Year Currant According a, Vote of the 
Town the 3 d . May last past. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to Notify m r . Elias Parkman 
and others who at present are in the Improvement of said Ferry to 
Attend the meeting of the Select Men next Wednesday. 

Voted. That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lymau be desired, and 
are hereby Impowered to Agree with m r . Johu Dennie for the rent 
of the Towns Ware house in his Occupation, Since the Repair 
thereof, Agreeable to order as Entred June 1. last past. 

[198.] Capt. Lyman and m r . Clarke Reportv d That on the 
24 th . of August Currant, according, to the Vote of the Select Men, 
then Entred, They went to Charles Henley One of the Towns Ten- 
ants in Queen Street, And gave him Warning to remove from the 
Tenement wherein he now dwells, within Three Months from the 
said 24 th . of A ugust. 

Voted, That the advertisement Ordered the 24 th . instant be 
printed in the Weekly News Letter, m r . Boydell's G;izette, the 
Evening Post, and the Weekly Journal, and that the same be 
repeated in each of said Papers lor Three Weeks Successively. 
The form of which advertisement to be as follows, Viz'. 
Whereas the Inhabitants of Boston at a publick Town Meeting 
the Third of May last, Impowered the Select Men to Let the South 
Market in said Town, during the Town's Lease therein, or to Dis- 
pose thereof in the best Way and Manner [199.] they can for 
the advantage of the Town. . 

These are therefore to Inform any Person or Persons, who may 
be inclined either to Purchase or hire the same, According to the 
said Order, That the Select men are ready to transact such Agree- 
ment with them, and may be Spoken with at the Town house every 
Wednesday from Three to Five O'Clock in the Afternoon. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 69 

These are also to Inform, That two Certain Peices of Land 
(with the Buildings thereon) Situate in Water Street Boston, iu 
the present Occupation of m r . Samuel Bass and the Widow Harvey, 
are to be Leased by the Select Men, the Leases to Commence the 
31 st . of August 1738, When the present Leases will Expire ; such 
Persons as are desireous of hiring the same may apply to the 
Select Men for further Information. 

Boston, Aug. 31, 1737 

By Order of the Select men 
Samuel Gerrish Town Clerk. 

Whereas it has been Represented to us, That the Indexes, or 
Tables of Contents of the Books of Publick Records of the Town 
of Boston, have not been carried on for above Thirty Years [2OO.] 
last past, which proves a great Inconvenience and hindrance in 
Searching the said Records, which there is frequent Occassion 
for, 

Wherefore, Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is di- 
rected to Carry on and Compleat the Indexes of the said Books of 
Record, in the best manner and as soon as may be. 

Upon Information that One Baker, Master of a Sloop lying at 
Graters Wharf, has bro't into this Town a Certain Crazie Man from 
Casco Bay, And further that Two Ancient infirm Men are lately 
come into the Town by Land, from Connecticut and New York. 

Voted, That m r . Sevell be and hereby is directed and Ordered 
to make Enquiry after the said Three Persons, and to Report there- 
on next Wednesda}*. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 7, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

[2O1.] Samuel Watts Esq r . being present with his Lease of 
the Ferry betwixt Boston and Winnisimet, which Lease expiring 
the first of March last past, desired the Select Men to Exchange 
the same for the Counter part, at the same time Shewing a Receipt 
under the Hand of the Town Treasurer for the full Payment of 
Rent for said Ferry to the said 1 st . of March the Leases were 
Accordingly Exchanged. 

The said m r . Watts Informs that Mess. Elias Parkman and 
Thomas Stoddard have Improved the said Ferry from the said first 
of March to the Sixteenth of June last, and that from the said 
Sixteenth of June to this Time he the said Watts has Improved it. 

Mr. Watts further Informs, That the Perquisites of the said Ferry 
for some time past have not been Sufficient to Support the Charge, 
But is of opinion, If the Ferriage of Single Persons might be raised 
to Six pence it might Answer, without augmenting the Ferriage of 
Horses, Chaise &c. 

Doctor Nazro Informs that William Berry from Ireland, A 
Printer of Painted Paper &c. lives in his House, and that he is an 
Able Bodied Man, and Single. 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[2O2.] Samuel Adams Esq r . Informs That his neighbour m r . 
Dorby has taken down a Chimney even with the Roof of his 
House, where a Fire is kept notwithstanding. Praying the Select 
men would please to View the same, and give Orders Concerning 
it, to prevent the Danger which may ensue. 

Capt. Daniel Gibbs Commander of the Ship Sagamore, (with 

m r . Ramsey who Charter'd the said Ship) from Ireland, 

being present were Examined, and Inform, That during the Voyage, 
Several of the Passengers were sick with the Measles, but that 
they were sick with the Measles, but that they were all 
healthy at present, and had been so for a Month past, Upon 
which, it was tho't proper to advise with some of the Physicians 
of the Town, Several of whom, by the desire of the Select 
men, being present, Examin'd the said Gibbs and Ramsay relating 
to the Sickness they had had on board, upon which the said 
Physicians Unanimously Gave it as their Opinion, That it would be 
very dangerous to the Inhabitants if the said Passengers or Ships 
Company were permitted to Come [2O3.] into the Town before 
they had for some time Aired them selves, and Cleansed the Ship. 
"Where upon the Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . and Hugh Hall 
Esq r . upon the desire of the Select men, met with them, and Capt. 
Gibbs being call'd before them, He was directed and Ordered to go 
with his said Ship to Spectacle Island, and to carry his Passengers 
thither in Order to their Airing themselves, their Bedding Clothes 
&c. and to Continue there until further Order. 
Sept. 10, 1737. 

Liberty is hereby granted to m r . Joseph Belcher to Dig up the 
Pavement and open the Ground in North Street, in Order to Repair 
the Drain from his House into the Common Shore in said Street, 
Upon Condition, That he forthwith make good the Ground and 
Pavement again, and keep the same in Repair from time to time 
to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 14, 173Y. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[2O4.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants 
directed to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesties Name re- 
quiring them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other 
Inhabitants of said Town (within their Precincts) that have an 
Estate of Forty Shillings p. annum of Freehold in Land within 
this Province or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the Value 
of Fifty Pounds Sterling, To Convene at the Town house upon 
Wednesday the Twenty-first of September Currant, at two of the 
Clock in the afternoon, Then and there to Elect and Depute (if 
they see cause) one Person being a Freeholder and resident in the 
Town, To Serve for and Represent them in the Great and General 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 71 

Court or assembly to be holdon at Salisbury for His Majesties 
Service, Upon Wednesday the Twelfth of October next ensuing in 
the Room of the Honourable Elisha Cooke Esq r . Deceased, accord- 
ing to a Precept under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable John 
Quincy Esquire Speaker of the Honourable House of Representa- 
tives bearing date at Salisbury in the County of Essex, the 31 st . 
Day of August 1737. In the Eleventh Year of His Majesties Reign. 
[2O5.~j They are alike Required to Warn all the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the said Town, duly Qualified as the Law 
directs, to meet at the same time and place, To Consider the Petition 
of Sundry Inhabitants respecting the Charge of this Town, in the 
Pay of the Representatives ; The Proposal of m r . Thomas Hubbard, 
relating to the Cellar under the Granary ; as also a Proposal for 
Erecting an Engine for Weighing of Hay And to receive the Select 
Metis Report of the Sale of the Three Townships. &c. &c. 

Capt. Gibbs Informs That according to Order He carried his Ship 
to Spectacle Island with his Passengers &c. and that they have 
Cleansed the Ship and Aired themselves, as they were directed to 
do, and humbly moves for Liberty to come up to Town with his 
said Ship &c. In Order to which m r . Savell is Ordered to go down 
with Capt. Gibbs on board the said Ship tomorrow Morning, to see 
what Condition they are in, and Ropurt to the Select Men as soou 
as Possible that so they may give direction Accordingly. 

[2O6.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 15, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. Gibbs being present Informs That by reason of the bad 
Weather to day he was not able to go on board his Ship at Spec- 
tacle Island with m r . Savell, as was Ordered last Evening, and do- 
sires notwithstanding, he may have Liberty to bring up his Ship 
to Town, Upon Consideration of which Motion and upon further 
Examination of the said Master, The following Certificate w:\s 
drawn and Signed, Viz'. 
Boston sc. 

These may Certify, That We the Subscribers are of Opinion 
That the Ship Sagamore Capt. Daniel Gibbs Com. lately from 
Ireland and now lying near to Spectacle Island (by reason that 
some Passengers in the said Ship were Sick with the Measles in 
the Voyage) may be permitted to [2O7.] come up to this Town, 
without Danger of Communicating the said Distemper to the In- 
habitants. 

Sept. 15. 1737. W m . Dudley l justices 

J 



Anth. Sioddard 
Jon a . Armitage 

Caleb Lyman 

^ , }- Select men 

Jonas Clarke | 

Tho 8 . Hutchinson j 
Capt. Gibbs was Ordered to give Bond, with Sufficient Sureties 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

in the Penalty of One Thousand Pounds, to Indemnify the Town, 
on Acco'. of his Passengers. 

Mr. Samuel Todd appearing, Offers to give Bond for Passengers 
from Ireland, in the Brigantine Elizabeth, William Mills Com- 
mander, and Proposes Robert Auchmuty Esq r . m r . Gershom 
Keyes and m r . William Hall for his Sureties, Accordingly, 

Voted, To Accept of the said Todd, with Two of the said Gen- 
tlemen, to Indemnify the Town, on Acco'. of the said Passengers, 
by their Bond, of the Penalty of Five Hundred Pounds. 

Memorandum, That m r . Watts's Motion [2O8.] Respecting 
augmenting the Ferriage, for Single Persons, over Winnisimet 
Ferry, as Entred the 7 th . Currant, be mentioned at the Opening of 
the Town Meeting on Wednesday the 21 6t instant, for the Towns 
Consideration thereof. 

The Select Men according to Appointment Having been at 
Rumney Marsh, View'd and Surveyed the New road there made, 
and lately finished by Capt. Nathanael Oliver, Report thereon as 
follows Viz'. 

That they find the said Road to be made Eighteen feet Wide, 
and in all other Respects finished to their Satisfaction According 
to former Agreement. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 21, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be the [2O9.] mod- 
erator of the Select Men this Day ; and that he be and hereby is 
desired to Act as such in the Name and behalf of the Select Men 
during the Election of a Representative, According to the Laws in 
that Case provided. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 23, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas the Town at a Publick Meeting the 11 th . June, 1736. 
Granted Liberty to m r . Thomas Hancock to level the Ground in 
Beacon Street (with Gravel) of the breadth of Thirty feet &c. 
The said m r . Hancock appearing and desiring he may have Liberty 
also Granted him further to level and Gravel the same to the 
Eastward of that he has already done, for the better Accomodation 
of said Street, Which Motion being considered. 

Voted, That Liberty be and hereby is Accordingly Granted him 
to level and Gravel the said Street as [21O.] Far as Century 
Street, of the breadth of Thirty feet ; Upon Condition That he do 
at his own Cost and Charge well and Sufficiently Secure the same ; 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 73 

and prevent the Gravel from Washing down upon the Common 
and Spoiling the Herbage thereof. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 26, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas Capt. Nathanael Oliver, (by his agreement entered 
into, in Writing, lying on file) was Obliged to make a New Road 
in Rumney Marsh near the County Bridge so Called, of the breadth 
of Twelve feet, and to mend the Old Road to the Northward of 
said Bridge &c. for the Sum of Eighty Pounds, as by his said 
agreement may appear. 

And whereas the said Oliver has for the Better T211.] accomo- 
dation of the New road aforesaid made it Eighteen feet broad, and 
finished the same to our Satisfaction, Therefore, Voted, That upon 
Condition, that the said Capt. Oliver together with bis Son m r . 
Nathanael Oliver Jun r . shall and do Execute a proper Instrument 
in Writing for the Confirmation of the said Road to the Town of 
Boston for the use of a Publick Road forever, and to keep the 
same in good repair to the Satisfaction of the Select Men of 
said Town for the time being for the Space of Five Years next 
coming after the said Work was finished, according to said Agree- 
ment, That then the said Oliver be allow'd and Paid for his 
Addition of the said Six feet in the breadth of the said Road in 
the same proportion as was agreed upon for the Twelve feet ; 
making up the Sum of One Hundred and Twenty Pounds in the 
whole lor the said Work. 

And Whereas the Sum of Ninety Pounds has been (at Several 
times) already paid to Capt. Oliver. 

Voted, That the further Sum of Thirty Pounds be Allow'd and 
Paid out of the Town Treasury to the said Capt. Oliver, in full 
Payment for the said Work, upon the Conditions aforesaid. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 28 th . 1737. 

Present 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Richard Wattford a Disbanded Soldier from Pemaquid, being 
Weak in Body and cxtrenm Poor, Sent to the Almshouse Recom- 
mended to the Overseers of the Poor, there to be kept at the Prov- 
ince Charge. 

Upon Consideration of the Vote of the Town the 21 st . Instant 
directing and Impowering the Select Men to Lease out the Cellar 
under the Granary to m r . Thomas Hubbard. 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That m r . Savell Inform m r . Hubbard That We are ready 
to give him a Lease thereof agreeable to the Towns Direction, and 
desire him to Attend us next Wednesday 1 at 4 o'Clock in Order 
thereto. 

Mr. Joseph St. Lawrence from Ireland Merchant, [213.] having 
imported upwards of Fifty Pounds Sterling, Prays he may be 
Allow'd to Carry on his Business in this Town. 

On the Petition of Samuel Kneeland Presented to the Town and 
refer'd to the Select Men, 

Voted, That Capt. Lyman and m r . Clarke be a Committee to 
Enquire into the State of said Kneeland's Debt to the Town, 
County and Province, and what Security he can give, and Report 
to the Select Men at their next Meeting. 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell Appear'd and desired to be Exctis'd from 
Engaging any further in the Scheme laid before the Town for 
Weighing of Hay, and that no Advantage may be taken from his 
Proposals lately exhibited to the Town relating thereto. 

Voted, That m r . Hasey of Rumney Marsh be Employ'd to 

repair the High Ways in that District exclusive of the High Ways 
thro' Capt. Olivers Farm. 

[214.] At a Meeting of the Select Men Sept. 30, 1737. 

Present 

Capt armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be, and hereby is Set and 
Stated at 1G/ P. Bushell for Wheat, and 3/6 p. Bushell Allow'd 
for Charges, Which is as follows Viz'. 

or.. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 6 

Wheaten 3. 9 

Household 4. 12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 5. 6 

October 5, 1737. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . Daniel Johonnot to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Union Street in Order to Clear 
the Drain belonging to a Dwelling house in the present Tenure of 
George Hughes, and running into the Common Shore in said Street 
[215.] Upon Condition That he forthwith make good the Ground 
and Pavement again, and keep the same in Repair from time to 
time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, October 5 th . 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1777. 75 

Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Thomas Hubbard being present According to Order It was 
agreed upon, That his Lease from the Select Men, for the Granary 
Cellar, for the Space and term of Sixteen Years, should Commence 
the first Day of December next. It is further Agreed that the said 
Cellar is to be lathed and Plaistercd by m r . Hubbard 

Mr. AVilloughby Informs that the Windows of the Granary need 
some repair, that there are two Keyes to the Granary, one of 
which remains [216.] in the hands of m r . Henry Dyre the Master 
of the Alms house, He also Prays to be Allow'd some Charcoal for 
the ensuing Winter, accordingly, 

Ordered, That m r . Willoughby take Care for the Mending the 
Granary Windows, and that he be Allow'd to provide himself with 
Coal, And the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . is desired to direct and 
Order a Convenient and Safe place for keeping of Coal for the 
Use of the Granary And m r . Savell is directed to Notify m r . Henry 
Dyre to Attend upon the Select Men next Wednesday. 

Mr. Clarke from the Committee appointed to Enquire into the 
State of Samuel Kneelands Debt to the Town &c. as En t red the 
28 th . of .Sept. past, Reported, That the said Kneeland Offers as 
Security, a Tract of Unimprov'd Land in Lancaster, which he Says, 
he has been Offered Eighty Pounds for, But the Committee Appre- 
hend the Value of it to be very Uncertain 

Voted, That the Rent of the Towns Ware house in the present 
Possession of m r . John Dennie [217.] Shall Commence the l th . 
of November next at Fifty Pounds p. annum. rn r . Dennie being 
present was made Acquainted with this Order Accordingly. 

Capt. Oliver Informs that a Bridge call'd County Bridge, and 
another call'd Clap Bridge in Rumuey Marsh are miu-h out of 
Repair, and will need about Three Pounds to put them in Order. 

Accordingly Capt. Oliver is desired to take Care to have the said 
Bridges repaired and Also to amend the High Way at Shrimptons 
Hill. 

Capt. Oliver Prays for further Allowance of Twenty Pounds for 
his Extraordinary Charge and Care in Building the Causway at 
Rumnev Marsh. 

October 6 th . 1737. 

Elizabeth Ray Widow living in Battery March Informs That 
Thomas Roach a Sailor, has been ab'. Fourteen Days at her House, 
That he came from Virginia with Capt Cross, as a Sailor, but 
the Capt. Says he came a Passenger, That he is now very Sick of 
a Fever, and has no Effects that she knows of, [218.] she there- 
fore Prays the Select Men would please to give Orders concerning 
him. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 12, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Jonathan Hartshorn Informs That One Robert Williams a 
Sailor, who lately came into this Town with Capt. Amos Wadland 
from the Bay, is fallen Sick in his House ; That he is destitute of 
Friends : that his Apparel may be Worth about Ten or Twelve 
Pounds, besides which he has no Effects, that he knows of; and 
therefore Prays the Select Men to give orders concerning him, if 
they see cause ; Whereupon It is Ordered, That the Town Clerk 
Certify the Overseers of the Poor, That they esteem the said 
Robert Williams a proper object to be Maintained at the Province 
Charge, and therefore that they recommend [219.] him to their 
Care to be received into the alms house. 

(Which was done accordingly) 

Upon the Information of Elizabeth Ray, as Entred the 6 th . 
Currant, m r . Snvell was directed lo Notify Capt. Cross, that the 
Select men desired to Speak with him, Who accordingly came, and 
being Questioned concerning Thomas Roach, He Inform'd the 
Select men that he was a Passenger with him, from Virginia ; and 
it being demanded of him to give Security on Acco'. of said Roach, 
He proposed m r . Thomas Hubbard for a Bondsman with him, 
Which is accepted, and he was directed to give Bond accordingly. 

Mr. Henry Dyre Appear'd according to Order, and being de- 
sired, he delivered the Key of the Granary (which he has had for 
some time in his Keeping) into the Hands of tho Town Clerk, 
(afterwards delivered to m r . Willoughby bv order of the Select 
Men.) 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Rent of the Ware house [22O.] belonging to 
the Town, now in the Occupation of m r . Harrison Gray, be raised 
to Fifty Pounds p. annum, from the First Day of November next; 
And that Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman be desired to Acquaint 
m r . Gray with this Order ; and they are also hereby desired to 
Secure the Corner of said Ware house from Damage by Carts, 
Trucks &c. and to order such Repairs as may be Necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 19, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Mr. Clarke 

A Report being Spread in the Town that a great Quantity of 
Provisions, Especially Flower, has been laden on board the Ship 
Venus, Capt. Joshua Pickman Commander, now lying in Boston 
Harbour; Which Report has Occasioned Uneasiness in the minds 
of many People, in the Town, at such a Time as this is, as appears 
by their Complaints [221.] against such proceedings. Where 
fore In order to come at the Knowledge of the Truth relating to 
that Affair, the said Capt. Pickman was desired to Attend upon 
the Select Men, with Several of the Labourers who had all along 
been Employed in Lading and Stowing the Goods on board to give 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 77 

Information in this Matter, Accordingly the following Persons 
Attended, Viz 1 . 

Capt. Joshua Pickman, Commander of the Ship Venus 
Mess John Turner ") Who have Constantly 
John Bovey > Lodg'd on board in the 

Robert Harwood ) Night. 

Richard Hobbs 
John Watkins, and 
William Moorin 

The Persons abovenamed being Sworn before Joshua Winslow 
Esq r . in the Presence of the Select Men upon their Examination, 
Do Severally Depose That there has been no more Provisions 
laden on Board the said Ship Venus (to the best of their Knowl- 
edge) than Thirty Six Barrels of Flour, and Twenty four Barrels 
of Beef and Pork. John Turner, John Bovey, and Robert Har- 
wood, (who have Constantly lodg'd on board) do further upon 
their Oath, declare, That (to the best of [222.'] Their Knowledge) 
there has no manner of Lading, or Provisions of any kind what- 
soever, been put on board the said Ship in the night time ; but in 
the Day time only. 

Mr Yardly Lewis, lately from Cork, appearing, desires that 
Liberty may be Granted him to set up a Small Still, in the House 
of late belonging to m r . Robert Howard Dec'd in Claiks Square. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and ni r . Clarke be a Committee to 
View the place, and Report their Opinion, what may be proper to 
be done thereon. 

Samuel Watts Esq r . Appearing According to the desire of the 
Select Men, They Discoursed with him relating to Winnisimet 
Ferry, Who agreed as follows, Viz 1 . 

That if he the said Watts should take a New Lease of the said 
Ferry commencing from March next then in that Case he will pay 
the rent of said Ferry for the current Year, since the Expiration 
of the late Lease, at the rate of Twenty Pounds p. annum. 

[223.] Mr. Chambers reporting that some small Repairs 
are Necessary at the Watch house in King street, He was directed 
and ordered to cause the same to be Effected Accordingly. 

Oct. 25, 1737. 

Liberty is Granted to Mess William Speakmnn and Frederick 
Hamilton to Dig up the Pavement and Open the Ground in Marl- 
borough Street for about One Hundred and Fifty feet, in order to 
lay a Drain or Common Shore from their Cellars, Upon Conditions 
that they forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement again, 
and keep the same in Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction 
of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 26, 1737 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. William Rand, One of the Collectors [224.] For the Year 
1735. Appeared and Shew'd his Receipts from the Several Treas- 
urers of the Province, the County, and the Town for the Sum of 
Six Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty One Pounds, Eleven Shillings 
and Three pence in the whole, And Prays the Select Men would 
please to draw upon the Town Treasurer for his Premium for Col- 
lecting the same, according to the Towns Vote. 

Capt. Armitiige and m r . Clarke being desired to View a place 
propos'dby m r . Yardly Lewis for Setting up a Still, as Entred 
the 19 th . instant, Having accordingly Viewed the place, Report, 
That in th^if Opinion it is no wise safe or convenient to set up a 
Still there. And the Question being thereupon put, Whether the 
Prayer of m r . Lewis be granted, Voted in the Negative. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r ., Capt. Armitage and 
m r . Clarke be a Committee [225.] to View the Drain which runs 
from the South Burying place into the Common, which has been 
Obstructed by Building the Cellar under the Granary, and to Re- 
port What they shall think best to be done in that Affair. 

Thomas Roach lately from Virginia Mariner is admitted an In- 
habitant, Capt. William Cross and m r . Thomas Hubbard, being 
Bound in the Penalty of One Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the 
Town, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 81, 1737. 
Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. Nathanael Oliver presented a Memorial relating to the 
extraordinary Work by him done at Rumney Marsh in [226.] 
making the New road there, Praying for a Consideration and 
further Allowance therefor. The Consideration where of is refer'd 
to Wednesday the 9 th . of November next ; And the Instrument for 
him and his Son to Sign, to Confirm the same to the Town is to 
be drawn against that Day. 

Capt. Walmsley attending according to order, The Select men 
inforin'd him, They expected he shouM give Security to Indemnify 
the Town from Charge which may arise on Acco'. of One Daniel 
Cannoe, one of his Sailors, Who receiv'd a Wound in his 
Legg, in their Passage hither, by which he is in danger of 
lossing it. And who is now in the Alms house in Order to obtain 
a .Cure. 

Capt. Walmsley propos'd Mess. Joseph Gerrish and John 
Barrel as Bondsmen, Who being present Consented to it, and being 
accepted by the Select Men, the Town Clerk was directed to draw 
a Bond Accordingly. 

[227.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 2, 1737. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 79 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr Savell Informs that two Young Men, who were lately cast 
awaj- at the Isle of Sables, having found means to get to Scituate, 
have travel'd from thence by Land to Boston, in their Way to 
Nutfield, ab l . Londonderry ; that one of them was taken ill at m r ". 
Wardclls so that he could not then proceed on his Journey, and 
being destitute of Money, He has taken Care for his Entertainment 

at Cramshaws for the present, And has engaged to defray 

the Charge of it. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs that rn r . Gorham is arriv'd 
from Connecticut, that he bro't about Eighty Bushels of Wheat 
which was bought up by m r . Coffin in order to send the same to 
Piscataqua. Wherefore 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed and ordered [228.] from 
time to time to repair on board the Coasting Vessels upon their 
arrival here, And in the Name of the Select Men to Desire them to 
Dispose of their Wheat and Rye in small Quantities to the Inhabi- 
tants of this Town fur the Supply of their Families ; And not to 
Sell it to Such as would carry or send it out of the Town. 

Whereas at a Meeting of the Select Men, the 26 th . of September 
last, it was Voted, That tlie Sum of Thirty Pounds be allowed and 
Paid out of the Town Treasury to Capt. Nathanael Oliver ; which 
Sum together with ninety Pounds paid him before makes the Sum 
of One Hundred and Twenty Pounds, and was to be in full for 
making a New road in Rumney Marsh ; and upon such Condi- 
tions as were then Entred, as by the Record of said Votes may 
appear. 

Since which he hath presented a Petition for a further Allow- 
ance, on acco 1 . of the Extraordinary Charge he was at, in per- 
forming that Work, and in Enlarging the Road, on the north side 
of the County Bridge so Called, at least Four feet in Wedth, which 
is greatly for [229. J The Service and Accomodation of the Town, 
and without which allowance (as he says) he shall be a great Suf- 
ferer. 

The Select men having Maturely Considered Capt. Olivers Me- 
morial, and made Enquiry into that affair and it appearing to them, 
that One Hundred and Twenty Pounds is not an Adequate recom- 
pence for the said Work. Therefore, 

Voted, That the further Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and 
Paid out of the Town Treasury to Capt. Nathanael Oliver, in full 
for that Work Upon his performing the Conditions mentioned in 
the fore recited Vote, past the 26 th . of September last. 

Capt. Gibbs and ni r . Ramsey being sent for, appeared, and 
were directed to give Security for the Passengers Imported in the 
Ship Sagamore from Ireland in September last, rn r . Ramsey 
Promised to give Bond with Sureties in One Thousand Pounds 
and Capt. Gibbs with m r . Waldo in Two Hundred Pounds, to In- 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

demnify the Town according to Law, which was accepted, and the 
Bonds Ordered to be drawn Accordingly. 

Nov. 7, 1737. 

[23O.] Libert}' is Granted to m r . John Vintenon to Dig up 
the Pavement in Sudbnry Street and to Open the Ground in order 
to lay a Drain from his Cellar into the Common Shore in said 
Street. Upon Condition That he forthwith make good the Ground 
and Pavement again, and from time to time keep the same in repair 
to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r ., Capt. Armitage, and 
m r . Hutchinson be a Committee to wait upon John Head Esq r . 
[231.] to advize with him on the Affair depending with Capt. 
Oliver relating to the New road or Causey in Ruinney Marsh, That 
they inform him of the State of the Case, and desire him to pre- 
pare the Draft of a proper Instrument for Capt. Oliver and his 
Son to Sign, whereby to Convey and Confirm the said High Way 
to the Town &c. as soon as may be. And that the Town Clerk 
be directed to write a Letter to Capf. Oliver to Inform him that 
the Select men cannot get ready to Attend him on Wednesday 
next According to Appointment, and therefore to desire him to defer 
his coming to Town upon that Affair till Wednesday the 1 th . instant. 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs That the Gentlemen the 
Committee for Erecting the Work house are willing to be at the 
Charge of Carrying the Drain (which Conveys the Water from the 
Tombs in the South Burying place) to the Westward of the 
Granary, the same Number of feet as they would be Obliged to do, 
in order to meet again with the Drain, which has been obstructed 
by removing the Granary and diging the Cellar under the same. 
Wherefore [232.] Apprehending it may be mo-t Convenient and 
advantagous to have the Drain carried according t> the proposal 
above mentioned, as it will remove a Nusance, which was Occa- 
sioned by its venting itself in the street or High Way, and be of 
Service to the Herbage of the Common. 

Voted, That the said Drain be Accordingly Carried along on the 
Westward Side of the Granary. And that the Extraordinary Charge 
which may accrue by carrying it further than the said Committee 
are Obliged to do in Order to the Spreading the Water upon the 
Herbage, be defray'd out of the Town Treasury. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . m r . Collson and Capt. 
Lyman be a Committee on the part of the Town to Agree for, and 
to see the same Effected. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 81. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to take Effectual Care to pre- 
vent Spoil and Damage to the Trees and Fencing in the Common 
this Night for making Bonfires &c. 

Nov. 8, 1737. 

[233.] Liberty is Granted to the Hon. John Jeffries Esq T . to 
Dig up the Pavement and Open the Ground before his House in 
Treamount Street in order to clear his Drain ; Upon Condition that 
he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement, and keep the 
same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the .Select 
Men. 

Hugh Bamsey, John Weire, and William Moore, Executed a 
Bond, of the Penalty of one Thousand Pounds to Indemnify the 
Town from Charge on acc. of Three Hundred and Eighty One 
Passengers Imported by Capt. Daniel Gibbs in the Ship Sagamore 
from Ireland, Sept. 15. 1737. 

Capt. Daniel Gibbs and Samuel Waldo Executed another Bond 
of the Pennlty of Two Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town on 
acco 1 . of Twenty Seven Passengers Imported by the said Gibbs 
from Ireland in the said Ship Sagamore. 

Capt. James Finne}- Mess". John Karr and William Hall Exe- 
cuted a Bond of the Penalty of Six Hundred Pounds to Indemnify 
the Town on Acco*. of One Hundred and Sixty two Passengers 
[234.] Imported by the said Finuey in the Snow Charming Molly 
from Ireland, Nov. 7. 1737. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 9, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collsou 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to Notify the 
Gentlemen Chosen Collectors of Rates and Taxes for the Current 
year, of the Choice so made, and to desire them to Attend upon 
the Select men at their Meeting next Wednesday, in order to qualify 
themselves for the Execution of that Office and Trust, as the Law 
directs. 

Solomon Davis Master of the Sloop Neptune from Philadelphia, 
and m r . Prince Sturgis a Passenger in the said Sloop, being Sworn 
by the Hon. Joseph Waclsworth Esq r . before the Select men, and 
by them Examin'd [235.] on Oath, Do Depose as follows, Viz'. 
That they Sail'd from Philadelphia in the Sloop Neptune the 
21 st . of October last, bound for Boston, Loaden with about Two 
Hundred and Eighty Barrels of Flower, Thirty firkins of Butter, 
Seventy Bushells of Wheat, Fifteen Hundred Weight of Hemp, 
Six Barrels of Linseed oyle, with some Iron The Company Consist- 
ing of Five Persons (Sailors) with Two Passengers, That they 
know not of the Small Pox being in Philadelphia ; but about a 
Week before they Sail'd from thence a Bilander arrived there with 
Palatine Passengers, of whom Thirty Persons had died of the 
Small Pox during the Voyage as the Master inform'd them, That 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

the Bilander lay along side the Sloop One night, in which time the 
People were often on board the Sloop, but that all their Company 
continued very well until a Day or two before they arrived at 
Martha's Vineyard (which was the 31 st . of October last) When a 
Boy named Francis Craft complain'd of a Pain in his Head and 
Back, Upon their arrival at the Vineyard the Boy went on Shore 
and the Small Pox appearing and breaking out upon him he was 
sent on board again, Since which time [236.] neither they the 
Deponents, nor (to their knowledge any of the Sloops Company 
have been on board, having never had the Small Pox, That the Boy 
lay in the Fore Castle, That before they came away from the Vin- 
yard, the Master procured a Pilot and Three Hands who had all 
had the Small Pox, to bring the Sloop round to Boston, and had 
given Order to them to come to Anchor near the Province Hospital 
at Spectacle Island. 

Capt. Davis was directed to See that his People took Lodging 
together where the Family had had the Small Pox. and to give 
Notice at the Clerks Office, where they are lodg'd and if any of 
them should Complain of Disorder or Sickness, immediately to 
give information thereof also, and m r . Savell hereby is directed. 
daily to See them. Capt. Davis afterward return'd to the Office, 
and Informs of his and his Companj-s Lodgings According to the 
above Order, as follows, Viz'. 



1 at m '' Jose P h Greeu>s in Q ueen Street. 
Ben j a . Haws ") 

Jabez Bacon > at m r . Eleazar Flagg's at the Town Dock. 
John Taylor j 

[237,] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 11, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyte 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. - Cole of Martha's Vinyard, Pilot of the Sloop Neptune 
from thence, Solomon Davis Master now at Anchor near Spectacle 
Island, being present Informs that he came up to this Town from 
the said Sloop Yesterday, and that one John - came up with 
him in the Boat and bro't his Chest with him also, he further In- 
forms that the said John - was the Person who Attended the 
Bo}- on board the said Sloop who has been Sick of the Small Pox, 
on whose Acco'. the Sloop is now detained below. 

The Select men Apprehending there may be great danger of the 
said John - Communicating the Small Pox to such as he may 
convene with by means of his residing in the Town made their 
Application to the Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . [238.] and John 
Fayerweather Esq r . to Obtain a Warrant for taking up the said 
John - and Sending him down on board the Sloop Neptune with 
his Chest and whatsoever else might retain Infection, Who Granted 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 83 

a Warrant for that end, Accordingly, m r . Savell was directed to 
take Care and see that the same be duly Executed. 

The Hon. Jacob. Wendell Esq r . Appearing, desires he may have 
Libert}' to take the Flour, Wheat, Butter, and a few Loaves of 
Sugar, out of the Sloop Neptune, now detained at Spectacle 
Island on Account of the Small Pox, as above, and the Selectmen 
taking the same into Consideration are of Opinion that Col. Wen- 
dell may have Liberty Accordingly, Provided the Paper &c. which 
covers the Loaves of Sugar, be first taken off and burnt. A Cer- 
tificate whereof was given, being Signed by the Hon. Samuel 
Welles Esq r . and John Fayerweather Esq r ., as Justices of the 
Peace and by the Select Men. 

Whereas the Hon. Benjamin Prescot Esq r . is appointed by His 
Exellency the Governour [239.] And the Honourable the 
Coancil, to be a Special Justice of the Superiour Court of [ndica- 
ture, in the County of Suffolk, on an Action of Review of a Case 
uow depending between the Town of Boston and the Heirs of 
James Everill, and m r . Savell is going to Groton with a Letter 
from m r . Deputy Secretary to inform him thereof. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to Write a Letter to 
Col. Prescot also ; And in the Name of the Select Men, earnestly 
to desire he would not fail of attending that Service ; And also to 
Inform him that they will readily defray the Charges of his Journey 
on that Occasion. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 16, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Eleazar Flagg being present, Informs That Jabez Bacon, 
(a Lodger at his House, one of the [240.3 Sailors belonging to 
the Sloop Neptune Solomon Davis Master, lately from Philadel- 
phia) was taken ill the last Night, Complaining of Pain in His 
Head and Back, Which he is Apprehensive may be the Symptoms 
the Small Pox, Praying the Select men would please to give Speedy 
Orders concerning him. 

Whereupon, Dr. Davis, Dr. Cutler, and Dr. Bultinch were de- 
sired to Visit the said Jabez Bacon, and Report their Opinion 
thereon. 

The Gentlemen above mentioned having Visited the Sick man, 
According to the desire of the Select men, Reported, That it was 
their Opinion the said Jabez Bacon was Sick of the Small Pox, 
according to the best Judgment they could at present make Irom 
the Symptoms that are on him. They also gave, it as their opinion, 
that he might with Safety be removed to the Province Hospital, or 
else where without endangering his Life. 

Voted, That the said Jabez Bacon be removed to m r . William 
Waters at Rainsford Island ; and that Capt. Lyman and in r . Clarke 



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be desired to See that he be sent thither Accordingly [241.] 
With all his Cloathing and Bedding ; And that they provide neces- 
sarys for him. 

Mr. Flagg was also directed and Ordered to Confine his Children 
to their Chamber, to keep his Lodgers within, and his Doors shut, 
And that he suffer no body to come into his House, or to go out 
of it until further Order ; and Upon an}- Complaint of Sickness or 
disorder, that he forthwith give Notice thereof to the Select men, 
that they may give necessary Orders thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 16, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Samuel Danforth Esq r . from the Select men of Cambridge In- 
forms us that the Eev. m r . John Adams is come to reside in that 
Town that they apprehend he is an Inhabitant of Boston, and desire 
to know if We will Indemnify the Town of Cambridge [242.] Pro- 
vided any Charge should happen to arise by reason or means of 
his Continuing there. 

William Beauford alias aged about Sixty Years Informs 

That he was born at Blanford in from whence he went to 

Newfoundland and follow'd the Fishery, thnt about Five years ago 
he came into this Town with Capt. Giles Hall, that he tarried here 
about a Week, and then went into the Countrey where he has 
wrought for his living whilst he was capable of Working, some- 
times at One place, sometimes at another ; hut that he is now fallen 
Lame in his Hands whereby he is rendered unable to Support him- 
self by Labour any longer ; That he came into this Town the last 
Night from where he had been about One month, lie fur- 
ther Says that about Two years ago he was entertain'd in the Alms 
house in this Town for the Space of a Year, and Prays he may be 
Admitted into the Almshouse again. 

Complaint being made, That notwithstanding the Orders given 
to m r . Flagg in the forenoon, as then Entred, Yet he Allows and 
[243,] admits Persons to come in and go out of his House, by 
which Means We apprehend there may be danger of Spreading the 
Small Pox, Wherefore, 

Voted, That some Suitable Person be Set as a Guard upon the 
said Flaggs house for the present, to prevent People frequenting 
the same. And the Honourable Joseph Wadsworth and Samuel 
Welles Esquires were desired to Issne forth a Warrant for that 
purpose. Which they did Accordingly. 

Nov. 18, 1737. 

Liberty is Granted to Abiel Walley Esq T . to Dig up the Pave- 
ment, and open the Ground in Hanover Street from his Cellar to 
the Common Shore in said Street, in Order to Clear his Drain, Upon 
Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground Pavement again 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 85 

and keep the same in Repair from time to time to the Satisfaction 
of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 21, 1737. 

Nathanial Welch Master of the Sloop Dolphin, Saith, That about 
the first of November he came [244.] From Burlington, where he 
took in a Considerable part of his Loading, ani that in coming 
down the river he Stopt about Six Days at Philadelphia, 
where he took in the remainder of his Loading, and that whilst he 
was there he heard not of the Small Pox, being there, nor in those 
parts, That his Cargo consists of Five Hundred and One Barrels 
of Flour ; And his Company of Five Sailors besides himself who 
have been all well on their Voyage, and formerly have liad the 
Small Pox, and that he arriv'd at Tarpaulin Cove, where he heard 
that the Small Pox had been on board the Sloop Neptune Capt. 
Davis Commander, which was the only time he had heard any 
thing mentioned of the Small Pox. 

Nov. 22, 1737. 

Nehemiah Carter from Casco Bay is Admitted an Inhabitant, 
William Wright and James Carter having given Bond, this k'2 d . 
November 1737, to the Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Fifty 
Pounds to Indemnify the Town. 

[245.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 28, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. John Wendell Appear'd, and Prays Liberty for the Sloop 
Neptune to be bro't up to Town. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to go on board the said 
Sloop, Enquire what Care has been taken to Cleanse her, by 
Washing, Airing, Smoking &c. And to report thereon. 
The Charge of his going down to be born by the Owners 
Mr. Jacob Hasey presented an Acco'. amounting to the Sum of 
. 20. 11.6. for mending High Ways at Uumney Marsh. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitoge and Capt. Lyman be a Committee to 
go to Rumney Marsh and View the said High Ways, and Report 
thereon before the next Draft Day. 

[246.] Voted, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds be advanced 
to m r . John Savell towards providing necessarys for Jabez Bacon, 
who lies Sick of the Small Pox at Rainsford Island, and that in r . 
Savell be accountable for the same. 

Voted, That Ebenezer Winburn be dismist from Attending as a 
Guard upon m r . Flaggs house. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 30, 1737. 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Savell Reporting that he had been on board the Sloop Nep- 
tune lying near Spectacle Island, and made strict Enquiry about 
her, and was InfortnM, That the Boy who has been sick of the 
Small Pox on board said Sloop was Carried to Rainsfoid Island 
with his Chest, his Bedding and Clothes ; That the Sailors Bedding 
had been [247.] Carried on Shore at Spectacle Island and well 
Aired ; That they had carefully cleansed and Smok'd the said Sloop 
According to Order. Wherefore, 

Voted, Tuat it is our opinion the said Sloop Neptune may be 
permitted to come up to Town without Danger to the Inhabitants ; 
Provided the Oyle and the Hemp part of her Loading, Together 
with the Bedding of the Sailors &c. be still left at Spectacle Isl- 
and until further Order, and a Certificate was delivered to Capt. 
Davis Accordingly. 

Upon Information that Jabez Bacon died last night at Ruinsford 
Island of the Small Pox. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to cause a 
C >ffi i to be forthwith made for the said Jabez, And that Ebenezer 
Winburn with two more persons be sent down to said Island to 
take care of Burying the said Jabez, at a remote part of the Isl- 
and, who are Ordered to make the Grave Six feet deep at the 
least. 

Voted, That m r . Hutchinson be desired to go in the Morning to 
the Clerks Office with some Person concerned on the other Side, in 
Order to Separate the Papers given into the Jury upon [248.] 
The Tryal Yesterday, And to get the Copy of the Case, with those 
Papers which were Added a new by the Select men, In Order to 
another Tryal, the Tryal Yesterday being set aside. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 1, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas on Tuesday last, the Cause between the Town of 
Boston and James Everills Heirs, came upon Trial at the Superiour 
Court, and after a long hearing was Committed to his Jury ; but 
by renson of one of the Jury Men's Separating from his Brethern, 
and Absenting for a few minutes, before they had agreed upon a 
Verdict. 

The Court deem'd it a Mis-trial 

And whereas the said Trial must be begun De novo, and in 
order thereto the Attorneys Fee'd anew, Therefore [249.] Voted, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 87 

That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired lo present to John 
Read and William Shirley Esquires, to each of them Twenty five 
Pounds, out of the Money which is in his Hands belonging to the 
Town, and Rec'd in part for the Townships hold to Moss 18 . Read 
and Heath the 30 th . of June last past, and that the said Sums be 
drawn out of the Town Treasury, and put into the Hands of m r . 
Jeffries again, as soon as the said Treasurer shall be in Cash. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec. 5, 1737. 

Capt. Nathanael Barber One of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
year Currant having been Sworn to the faithful Discharge of his 
office by the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . and having also given 
Bond to the Town Treasurer, together with m r . David Farnum 
and Capt. Caleb Lyman as Sureties in the Sum of Fifteen Thou- 
sand Two Hundred and Sixty nine Pounds for the faithful Dis- 
charge of that Office, as the Law directs, A Certificate thereof 
was delivered him directed to the Assessors of the Town of 
Boston. 

Capt. Daniel Pecker another of the Collectors [25O.] as above, 
having been Sworn, by John Ruck Esq r . and having also given 
Bond, together with Mess". Bartholomew Cheever and James 
Halsey, as Sureties, in the Sum of Eleven Thousand Six Hundred 
and Twenty Six Pounds ; to the Town Treasurer, as aforesaid. A 
Certificate thereof was also deliver'd him, directed to the Assessors 
as above. 

Doctor William Rand, another of the Collectors being Sworn 
by (maj r .) Samuel Scwall Esq r . and having Given Bond to the Town 
Treasurer in the Sum of Fice Thousand Nine Hundred and Six'y 
two Pounds, together with Capt. Samuel Rand, and m r . Thomas 
Salter as Sureties, A Certificate thereof was given him directed to 
the Assessors as above. 

At a meeting of the Select men, Dec. 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lymau 

Mr. Clarke 

[251.] Mr. Benjamin Whittemore Collector of the Taxes in 
Rumncy Marsh in Boston the year Currant, being Sworn by the 
Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . and gave Bond to the Town Treas- 
urer together with Samuel Watts Esq r . and m r . John Chamberlain 
as Sureties, in the Sum of Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pounds, for 
his faithful Discharge of the snid office, A Certificate thereof was 
delivered him directed to the Asessors of Boston. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs that Agreeable to the 
Vote of the Select men at their Meeting the 1 st . instant, and then 
entred. He had presented John Read and William Shirley Esq. 
with the Sum of Twenty-five Pounds each, as a Fee from the Town 
in the Trial of the Cause (by Review) between the Town and the 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Heirs of James Everill, the Trial on the 29 th . of Nov. last being 
set aside. 

The Rev. m r . Joshua Gee, and m r . Grafton Feveryear appear'd 
and gave Bond to the Town Treasurer in Two Hundred Pounds to 
Indemnify the Town of Boston from all manner of Charge on acco 1 . 
of James a Negro Man, formerly a Servant to m r . Samuel Burnell, 
and lately [252.] Manumitted by the Order of the Great and 
General Court. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to present 
the Sum of Ten Pounds to nr". Andrew Lane as a retaining Fee 
(on Acco'. of the Town of Boston) in the Review of the Cause 
between the said Town, and the Heirs of James Everill. 

Mr. Savell is Ordered to Acquaint rn r . Scammel who has Open'd 
a Mathematical School at the North end of the Town, as appears 
by his printed Advertisements, That his so doing before he has 
Obtain'd the Approbation of the Selectmen, is Contrary to Law. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 8, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[253.] Upon the Petition of Nathanael Holmes for Liberty to 
Set up a Still, in the House lately Used by m r . Holyoke as a Brew 
house in Back Street. 

The Select men have Viewed the place mentioned in his Petition, 
and are of Opinion that the said Holmes may be Allowed to set up 
a Still there, upon Condition that lie Erect a Brick Wall at each 
end of the said House intended to be Used as a Still house, and 
that he carry the said Wall two or three feet above the Roof of the 
said House. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 14, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsvth 

Mr. Clarke 

Mess. Thomas West and Hezekiah Dunham, both belonging to 
Martha's Vinyard, being sent for, Appeared, And Inform, That 
they came from Homes's hole on Martha's Vineyard on the 12 th . 
and 13 th . instant, that before they came from thence [254.] They 
were credily iuform'd that the Small Pox was broke out at Edgar 
Town, or Old Town Harbour so Called, and had spread into Nine 
Families in that Town, that One Matthews a Physician had died 
of that Distemper, that they heard the Infection was received 
from Soloman Davis's Sloop, who touch'd there in her passage 
from Philadelphia, They also Say there are Pilots Appointed at 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 89 

Homes's hole to give Information thereof to all Vessels as they 
pass by, in Order to prevent their going in to that Harbour. 

Upon the Information of the Small Pox being broke out at 
Martha's Vinyard, as above, A motion was made and Seconded, 
for Addressing His Excellency the Governour that all Vesseils 
coming from the Old Town Harbour may be Stopt at the Castle 
till they have been Examin'd &c. Accordingly the Question being 
put. 

Voted in the Affirmative. 

An Address being drawn up was Signed in order to its being 
presented to the Governour, accordingly. 

[255.] Upon a Motion made Dr. Rand was sent for to give 
an Account of what he knows relating to any Effects belonging to 
Jabez Bacon, Who was taken Sick of the Small Pox in this Town, 
and sent down to Rainsford Island to the Hospital there and of 
which Distemper he died. 

Dr. Rand being present Informs as follows Viz*. 

That the said Jabcz Bacon told him in the time of his Sickness, 
that he had left in the Hands of Eleazar Flagg the value of Thirty 
One Pounds in Flour and Butter, but that he owed some small 
matter (out of it) to the said Flagg ; That when he died he had 
Gold Buttons in his Shirt (and as he thinks) a Gold ring or two, 
with Shoe buckles and Knee buckles of Silver. 

Dr. Rand further Informs that Francis Craft the Boy who was 
first tii ken with the Small Pox on board Capt. Davis, and who was 
afterwards sent to Rainsford Island, and there Attended upon 
Bacon in his Sickness Said that he heard the said Bacon Say that 
he had due to him from other Persons Twenty Nine Pounds, besides 
Several small Debts, as by his Books would Appear, which Books 
were left at the Hospital. 

Mr. Eleazar Flagg being also sent for, came before the [256.] 
Select men, and Informs them, That he has now in his Hands 
Five Barrels Containing, 900 w'. of Flour and 3l2 lb Neat of 
Butter ; One third part of which Flour and Butter belongs to the 
Estate of Jabez Bacon Deceased. He further Says that said 
Bacon was Indebted to him ; but that One John Taylor Owed said 
Bacon Money, and he had engaged to Discharge the Debt due to 
said Flagg. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 19, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informing that the Heirs of m r . 
Everills had presented a Petition to the General Court, to have the 
Superior Court removed from Boston to some other part of the 
County, for the Tryal of the Causes depending between them and 
this Town for reasons [257] in their Petition mentioned ; That 
the Court had been pleased to Order that the Selectmen cf Bos- 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

ton, should be served with a Copy of said Petition, that they 
might Shew cause if any they have why the Prayer of the Petition 
should not be granted, Whereupon, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and Capt. Armitage be 
a Committee to Wait upon the Council for the Town with the said 
Petition to have their Advice thereon, and to do what may be 
proper to be done in the Affair. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 21, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsylh 

Capt. Lyrmm 

Mr. Clarke 

Mi. Hutchinson 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and Capt. Armitage a Committee 
Appointed to wait upon the Town's Council on the Affair of the 
Petition of Abraham Francis and others as entrcd the 19 th . currant 
[258.] Reported, That they had attended the Service desired of 
them, and that they had Obtained of John Read Esq r . the Draught 
of an answer to the said Petition of Francis &c. which was Read, 
and the same being accepted, The Town Clerk was directed to 
Draw a fair Copy of the said Answer, for the Selectmen to Sign, 
and present to the Court &c. 

Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman Reported that they had 
According to Order (as Eutred the 12 th of October last pus*-) 
Waited on m r . Harrison Gray the 15 th . of the same month, And 
had given him Notice of the determination of the Select men, to 
raise the Rent of the Towns Ware house now in his Occupation, to 
Fifty Pounds p. Annum, the same to Commence the first day of 
Nov r . then next ensuing. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 26, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[250.1 Mess". Clothier Feirce Master of the Schooner Hope 
from Rhode Island ; Edward Vittery, Master of the Sloop Trial, 
and Ebem-zer Selew Muster of the Sloop Whale, both from North 
(. arolina, Arriving on Saturday last were Stopt at the Castle upon 
Account of their having- touch'd at Martha's Vinyard, Agreeable 
to the Petition of the Selectmen to His Excellency as Entred the 
14 th . currant, the Small Pox being there, The said Masters being 
Sworn by m r . Justice Sewall in presence of the Select men, were 
by them Examin'd respecting the Small Pox, Who Severally on 
their Oath Say, That in their Passage from the aforementioned 
Ports to this place they put in at Homes's hole ; that they were not 
nor any of their People at old Town Harbour at all, hearing the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737. 91 

Small Pox was there, and that about Twenty Persons were, or 
had been Sick of that Distemper, and about Five had died of it. 

Capt. Vittery further Informs that a Vessell from Barbadoes 
touch'd at martha's Vinyard bound for Marble head, who inform'd 
that the Small Pox was rife in that Island. 

The Select men having Considered the above and being of 
opinion the said Vessells may be [26O.] Permitted to come up to 
Town without any danger to tlie Inhabitants. Gave a Certificate 
Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 26, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas Capt. Nathanael OKver has this Day presented a Deed 
or Instrument in Writing to Confirm the New road or Causey 
which he has lately made thro' some part of his Farm, in Rumney 
Marsh to the Select men, for a Publick High Way &c. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be drawn upon the Town 
Treasury payable to Capt. Nathanael Oliver, in full Consideration 
of his time and expences in making the said Causey &c. Agree- 
able to the Votes of the Select men, as Entred the 26 th . of Sep- 
tember and 2 d . of November last past [261. J Which Sum together 
with ninety Pounds before paid him, Amounts to One Hundred and 
Forty Pounds for the whole or that Work. 

A.t a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 28, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Peter Pelham presented a Petition, Praying for Liberty to 
Open a School in this Town for the Education of Children in Read- 
ing, Writing, Needle work, Dancing and the Art of Painting upon 
Glass &c. Read. 

Voted, That ra r . Pelham have Liberty Granted him to keep such 
a School Accordingly, While he Continues to regulate the same in 
Conformity to the Laws of this Province and has the Approbation 
of the Select men of the Town for the time being. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 30, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. Constable Hiclding bro't a Venire facias for the return of 
Ten Petit Jurors to serve at the next Inferiour Court &c. to be 
holden at Boston for the County of Suffolk, on the first Tuesday 
of January next. 

Accordingly the Select men &c. Agreed that Saturday the 31 st . 
of December currant, at 10 o'Clock in the forenoon, should be the 
time for drawing the said Tickets, And Ordered the Constable to 
Notify the Town thereof, in the Way and manner as by Law pre- 
scribed. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 2, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Collson 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[263. ] Mess. Joseph Lathrop Master of the Sloop Trial from 
New London ; Abraham Gibant Master of the Sloop May Flower, 
from Jamaica ; and Robert Hunter Master of the Sloop Friends 
Adventure from North Carolina, arriving Yesterday, were Stopt 
at the Castle, on Acco*. of their having touch'd at Martha's Vin- 
yard. The said Masters being present, were Sworn before the 
Select men by the Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . and being on 
their oath Examiu'd, Say, That they touch'd at Homc-s's hole, but 
wore not at Old Town Harbour, They heard the Small Pox was in 
about Ten Families at Old Town, that 'twas broke anew only in 
One Family, and that it was not Spread within about Eight Miles 
of Homes's hole, and that none of their Men had been at Old Town 
Harbour. 

The Select men having Considered the above Report, and being 
of Opinion the said Vessells may be permitted to come up to Town 
without any clanger to the Inhabitants. Gave a Certificate Accord- 
ingly. 

[264.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 4, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Ann Roberts and Winefred Bisby, are admitted Inhabitants, 
upon Condition that Capt. Andrew Newell, and m r . Gershom 
Keyes, become bound in a Bond of Two Hundred Pounds to In 
demnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jany. 7, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Mr. Collson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 93 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Elkanah Cushman Master of the Schooner Unity from 
Jamaica, being Sworn [265.] By the Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
was Examin'd by the Select men Who Informs that in their Pas- 
sage hither, they touch'd atHomes's hold, where they Stay'd about 
Twelve hours, That they Understood the Small Pox was not within 
Five miles of said Place, That none of his Men were at the Old 
Town Harbour, but they lodg'd on board the Schooner, and are all 
in good health, their loading Consists of about Twelve Hogs heads 
of Sugar only. 

The Select men having Considered the above Report, and being 
of Opinion that the said Vessell and Company, Passengers, Goods, 
and every thing on board, According to the best of their Judgment 
are clear of Infection, And therefore that She may be permitted to 
come up to Town ; Gave a Certificate Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 11, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Uutchinson 

[266.] Upon a Motion made respecting the Warlike Stores 
at the South Sconce, which lye much exposed to be Embezell'd. 

Voted, That m r . Clarke be desired to take Care that the same be 
secured in such a manner as to him shall seem meet. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 18, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 

Upon Information That One Trap (a Pilot) is come hither from 
Edgar Town, on Martha's Vinyard, where the Small Pox is preva- 
lent. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed and ordered 
forthwith to Wait upon the Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . One of 
His Majesties Justices of the Peace, And in the name of the Select 
men to Inform him thereof. That so proper Care may be taken 
in Order to prevfent the bringing that Distemper to this Town. 

[267.] Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman be 
de=ired to Dispose of the Butter and Flour belonging to the Estate 
of Jabez Bacon lately Deceased of the Small Pox at Rainsford 
Island left by said Bacon in the Hands of m r . Eleazar Flagg, and 
make report of their doings therein. 

Mr. Sumner, One of the Select men of the Town of Roxbury 
Informs that m". angier, the Wife of m r . Ames Angier, is resident 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

in the Roxbury, and in a very weak and low Condition, and has 
not where with to Support herself, And Prays, that Whereas tho 
said m. angier belongs to the Town of Boston that there may be 
due Care taken of her Accordingly ; The Select Men of Boston 
having some Years since, Viz', in the year, 1728. Given from 
under their Hands so to do. 

Upon a Motion made the Town Clerk was desired to prepare the 
Leases for the Granary Cellar, to m r . Thomas Hubbard, According 
to former agreement, Entred the 5 th . of October last past. 

[268.] At a Meeting of His Majesties Justices of the Peace 
together with the Select men, Jan. 19, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Joseph Wadsworlh Esq r . 



Justices of 
the Peace 



The Hon. Antho^- Stoddard Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Ksq r . 



Abiel Walley Esq r . 
John Fay er weather Esq r . 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . "| 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

Mr. David Collson ^ Select men 

Capt. Caleb Lyman 

Mr. Jonas Clarke 
Whereas, We have receiv'd Information That a Certain Negro 
Man, is taken Sick of the Small Pox. at Rainsford Island, and that 
Several Persons dwelling on said Island are liable to that Distem- 
per, and may soon be taken ill with it. And whereas there is 
Provision made whereby Persons may be prevented or restrained 
from going to, or coming from said Island, by means where of 
[269.] There is the greatest Danger of bringing and Spreading 
the Infection among the Inhabitants of this Town, or other places ; 
And Whereas also the Hospital, formerly Erected at Spectacle 
Island for the reception of Persons Visited with the said Distemper 
or any other Contagious Sickness, or coming from any Place or 
Places where such Sickness prevails, is lately Disposed of b}- the 
Province, And another Built and provided for the Ends aforesaid 
at Rainsford Island, but as Yet no Act is pass'd Impowering any 
Person or Persons to Send any Person or Persons that Shall be so 
Visited to it. Therefore, 

Voted, That the Hon. Edward Hutchinson, Anthony Stoddard 
and John Jeffries Esq. and Capt. Jonathan Armitage be, and 
hereby are desired to Wait upon His Excellency the Governour 
and to Acquaint him of the Hazard the Town -is in. And to Pray 
His Excellency to Call a Council on the Morrow (if he please) to 
Consider of the Affair, and to give such direction and Orders re- 
lating thereto, as to His Excellency and Honours shall seem meet 
and expedient on such an Occasion. 

[27O.] The following Order was presented to the Select men, 
by m r . Deputy Secretary Frost, Viz'. 

At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Boston, upon 
Fryday Jan. 20, 1737. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 95 

Upon Application made by John Jeffries Esquire, in behalf of 
divers Justices of the Peace and of the Select men of the Town of 
Boston, Informing that a Negro Man at Rainsfords Island was 
taken ill of the Small Pox ; and that divers Persons at the said 
Island are liable to the same Infection ; And also that there is 
danger of the Small Pox Spreading by the Coming of Persons 
privately into said Town from Martha's Vinyard or other places 
infected, and Praying the Direction of this Board thereon. 

Ordered, That the Justices and Select men of the Town of 
Boston be Impowered to Send down all Infected Persons, or 
Persons coming from places infected, to the Hospital at Rains- 
ford Island, in the same manner they might by Law have Sent 
them to the Hospital on Spectacle Island ; and to take Effectual 
[271.] Care to keep them there, till they be clear of Infection ; 
As also to Send any Goods to the said Island that may be in 
Danger of Spreading the Infection, And to do all other things Neces- 
sary for preventing the Small Pox from coming into, and Spread- 
ing in the Town of Boston. The Charge to be born as the Law 
directs. 

J. BELCHER 

A true Copy Examin'd 

P. SIMON FROST Dep 1 . Sec 17 . 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 20, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth. 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas the Small Pox is broken out at Rainsford Island, and 
there are Several Persons there liable to that infection, In order 
to prevent (if possible) the Spreading of it in the Town [272.] 
Of Boston or else where, It is tho't Necessary to Set a Guard upon 
said Island, to hinder persons from Landing there, and also from 
going off said Island during the Continuance of the Small Pox there. 
Accordingly m r . Ebenezer Winborn was sent for, and Appeared, 
And upon the Motion made, He accepted to go down to Rainsfords 
Island upon the Business above mentioned, and to Continue there 
until further Order, for which Service the Select men agreed to 
Allow him Eight Shillings P. Diem, and his Diet. 

The following is Copy of a Warrant impowering the said 
Winburne Accordingly. 

Suffolk sc. Boston Jan. 20, 1737. 

Whereas Complaint is made to us the Subscribers that there is 
One Person now Sick of the Small Pox and Sundry others in danger 
of being Sick there of at the Hospital at Rainsford Island, Where 
by without Special Care His Majesty's good Subjects in the Town of 
Boston as well as other Towns may be [273.] Exposed in their 
Health. 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Pursuant therefore to the Direction of the Law in that Case 
made and provided, and the Order of the Governour and Council 
of this Day, You are here by Directed and required forthwith to 
repair to the Hospital aforesaid, And Carefully to Watch the same 
by night and Day in such manner as to prevent all Persons coming 
on or going off said Island until further Order from proper Au- 
thority, for which this shall be your Sufficient Warrant. 

Edw d . Hutchinson ) Justices of 

Sam. Sewall j the Peace 

John Jeffries ^ 

David Collson 

Caleb Lyman 

Jonas Clarke J 
To M r . Ebenezer Winburn. 



^ Select men 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 25, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

[274.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs that John Read 
Esq r . has made the Second Payment, Viz'. Three Hundred and 
Forty Pounds, being part of the Purchase Consideration for the 
Township, Number One, Sold to him by Auction the 30 th . of June 
last past, Which money lies in his hands. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 30, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Whereas We are informed that One Nicholas Donneval is now 
dangerously Sick at the House of John Keeffe having nothing to 
Support himself, nor Friends to relieve him, the said Keeffe Pray- 
ing that he may be removed from his House, for that he is not able 
to Support him at his own Charge, And Whereas We Apprehend 
the said Donneval is (under his present Circumstances) a proper 
[275. J Object of the Publick Charity, The Town Clerk is here by 
directed in the Name and by Order of the Select men to Certify the 
same to the Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor, and to recom- 
mend the said Donneval to be received and Supported at the Alms 
house at the Charge of the Province. A Certificate was given 
Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 6, 1737. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 97 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchiuson 

The Leases for the Granary Cellar being drawn According to 
Order, they were Executed and Mutually Exchanged by the Select 
men, and m r . Thomas Hubbard, Agreeable to the Vote of the Town 
1 in powering the Selectmen thereto. 

[276.] At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices 
of the Peace, with the Gentlemen tbe Select men of Boston, in the 
Council Chamber. Feb. 6. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon Edw d . Hutchinson Esq r . ~) Justices of 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . (Major) [ the Peace 

Samuel Adams Esq r . ) 

Mr. David Collson ") 

Capt. Alex r . Forsyth 

Capt. Caleb Lyman } Select men 

Mr. Jonas Clarke 

Mr. Thos. Hutchinson Jun r . 
A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed upon, 
to be the Twenty first of February Currant to Meet at Nine o'Clock 
in the Morning if the Weather be fair. According to the Order or 
Sortment then made. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 8, 1737. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Hutchiuson 

[277.] The Town Clerk is directed to write a Letter to the 
Hon. Judge Prescott, in the Name of the Select men, to put him in 
mind of the Sitting of the Superiour Court next Tuesday, When 
the Case is to be Tried between the Town and m r . Everills heirs, 
and to desire he would not fail of being in Town on that Occa- 
sion. 

And by the same Messenger to write a Letter to Col. Tyng at 
Dunstable, in the Name of the Select men, desiring the favour of 
him to Search the Papers of his Grand father, in his Hands, for 
any papers that may give light in the Case depending between the 
Town of Boston, and m r . Everills heirs ; and if he finds any to 
Send 'em to them, Who will readily pay all Charges that may 
arise there by, and cheerfully Satisfy him for his time and 
trouble. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 10., 173T. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutehiuson 

[278.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs, That upon the 
Motion and According to the desire of the Select men, He had pre- 
sented m r . Andrew Lane with the Sum of Ten Pounds as a Fee 
from the Town in the Trial of the Cause depending between the 
Town and James Everills heirs, which is to come on at the Supe- 
riour Court the 14 th . Current. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 13, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas the Sum of Fifty Pounds has been lately given to John 
Read and William Shirley Esq r ". as a Fee from the Town in the 
Trial of the Cases depending in the Law between the Town and 
the Heirs of James Everill, which is to come on at the next 
[279.] Superiour Court, As Entred the 7 Ih . of December last. 

Voted, That the further Sum of Thirty Pounds be presented to 
the said Gentlemen in equal halves to make their Fees for this 
Trial equal to the Fees given them at the Former Trial, which was 
Forty Pounds apeice ; And the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . is desired 
to advance the said Sura of Thirty Pounds out of the Moneys lying 
in his Hands belonging to the Town, received for the Townships 
Sold the 30 th . of June last. 

And that the said Sum be drawn out of the Town Treasury and 
put into the Hands of m r . Jeffries again, in the next draught made 
upon the Treasury. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 15, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Capt. Armitage Informs That m r . William [28O.] Waters 
came Yesterday from Rainsford Island and informs that the 
People there are all in good health, and that m r . Winborn desires 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 99 

tlie Select men to give Orders for his coining up to Town, if they 
see meet. 

Voted, That m r . Ebenezer Winburn be directed to come up to 
Town by the first Opportunity, taking all possible Care of his 
Clothes, and everything else that may retain Infection, and that he 
be Notified of this Order as soon as may be, And also 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be desired to write to m r . Waters 
at the Hospital on Rainsford Island, and to inform him that the 
Scbct men he would exhibit to them an acco'. of the Wearing 
Apparel and other Effects now in his Hands of late belonging to 
Jabez Bacon lately Deceased of the Small Pox at said Island. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 16. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries. Esq r . 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Lyman 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[281.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs that according 
to the Vote pass'd by the Select men, as Entred the 13 th . instant 
he had presented to Mess". Read and Shirley the Sum of Thirty 
Pounds, in addition to what was Ordered to be given them the I 8t . 
of December last past, Viz'. Fifteen Pounds to John Read Esq r . 
and Fifteen Pounds more to William Shirley Esq r . 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 20. 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas on the late Trial had between the Town and Everills 
heirs the Jury found a Special Verdict, which of Necessity will 
require further pleading, or arguing on a point of Law, Therefore 
in Consideration thereof. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be [282.] And 
hereby is desired to present the Attorneys, Viz'. John Read and 
William Shirley Esq. with the further Sum of Forty Pounds, (out 
of the Money lying in his Hands received for Townships Sold &c.) 
to be equally divided between them for their Encouragement in 
prosecuting the said Affair, And that a Draft be made on the Town 
Treasurer for the said Sum, to be repaid to the Hon. John Jeffries 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 22, 1737. 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Ebenezer Winburn Informs, That m r . Jabez Bacon who 
lately died of the Small Pox, at the Hospital on said Island has 
left in the Hands of One Francis Craft [283.] Servant to Capt. 
Davis, One pair of Silver Shoe Buckles, one pair of Gold buttons, 
a Small parcel of Silver and Gold, and Sundrys of Wearing 
Apparel. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 27, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Upon Consideration of the Services of m r . Gerrish the Town 
Clerk in Attending the Select men's Meetings the Year past, and 
his other Service in the Town Affairs. 

Voted, That he be Allowed the Sum of Twenty five Pounds. 

March 1, 1737. 

Whereas the Pipes Conveying Water from the Orange Tree to 
the Conduit in Ann Street [284.] Are Stopt and Application is* 
made to the Select men for liberty to Open the Ground where it 
may be Necessary, in Order to remove the said Obstruction. 

Liberty is Accordingly Granted to Habijah Savage and William 
Tyler Esq r . to Dig up the Pavement, and to Open the Ground in 
Hanover Street, Wings Lane or Ann Street as Occasion shall 
require. Upon Condition that they Open the Ground for the 
length only of Two pipes at the same time, and that they then forth- 
with make good the Ground again, before they open in another 
place, that so the Inhabitants may not be incommoded thereby, 
And that they keep the same together with the Pavement in 
good repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select 
men for the time being. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 1, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 101 

[285.] Whereas another Trial is to come on tomorrow by 
Review, between the Town and Everills Heirs. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be and here by is 
desired to present the Sum of Forty Pounds to the Two Attorneys 
for the Town, Viz'. Twenty Pounds to John Read Esq r . and Twenty 
Pounds to William Shirley Esq r . in addition to the Fees Already 
given them. That he Advance the same out of the Moneys lying 
in his Hands received for Townships Sold, and that the said Sum 
of Forty Pounds be drawn out of the Town Treasury payable to 
m r . Jeffries in the next draught made thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 6, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants to the 
Constables of Boston [286.] In His Majesties Name requiring 
them forth with to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
Qualified as the Law directs, to Convene at the Town house on 
Monday next the Thirteenth of March Current, at Nine o' Clock in 
the forenoon, Then and there to Nominate and Chuse meet Persons 
to Serve the Town the Year ensuing, as Select men, Town Clerk, 
Overseers of the Poor, Constables and other Officers as the Law 
directs ; To Grant such Sums of Money as shall be judg'd Needful 
for relief of the Poor and defraying other Necessary Charges ; To 
receive a further list of Persons qualified to Serve on the Petit 
Jury, as also the Reports of Several Committees. To Agree upon, 
Conclude and finish such other Matters and things as were under 
Consideration at former Meetings, and Continued to be further 
debated at this, and also such other Matters as may be proper for 
their Consideration at this Meeting. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to Wait 
upon the Assessors for an Attested Copy of their List and Valua- 
tion of Estates and faculties for the Currant Year [287.] To be 
lodg'd with the Town Clerk as the Law directs, To be produced if 
occasion shall require to determine any disputes which may happen 
to arise respecting the Qualification of Persons offering their Votes 
at Publick Town Meetings. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 13, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Tins Day the Select men Executed a Deed to the Hon. Jacob 
Wendell Esq r . of a Tract of Land of the Contents of Six Mile8 
Square, not as yet laid out, but to be laid out in some Suitable 
place in the Unappropriated Lands of this Province, Agreeable to a 
Grant made by the Great and General Court the 28. May 1735 to 
the Town of Boston, Sold at a Publick Auction the 30 th . of June 
last past, to the said [288.] Wendell, The Deed was Acknowl- 
edged the same Day before Samuel Sevvall Esq r . Justice of Peace. 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . at the same time Executed Two 
Bonds to the Select men Viz'. ' 

One for the Payment of the Sum of on or before 

the . 

The other for the Payment of the Sum of on or before 

the . Which said Two Bonds are deposited in the Hands of 

the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

[289.] At a Meeting of the Select men, March 15, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
Mr. David Collson 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth 
Capt. Caleb Lyman 
Mr. .Jonas Clarke 
Mr. Thomas llutchinson 

Whereas the Inhabitants in Town Meeting Assembled the 14 th . 
Instant, Voted and Ordered that the Openings or Gaps which lead 
into the Common be made up with Posts and a Rail on the Top, 
to prevent Carts &c. from going over it, and spoiling the Herbage. 
Voted, That m r . Collson be and hereby is desired to cause the 
same to be forthwith Effected, leaving only One Gap or inlet near 
the Granary to go up along by the Work house to Beacon Street, 
Agreeable to the said order. 

Mr. Samuel Smith, Informs, That Henry [29O.] Lindsey a 
Sailor, has been Sick for the Space of Six or Seven Weeks at his 
House, at the lower end of Summer Street that the said Lindsey's 
Father lives at Saco, that having been at Considerable Charges 
already for his Subsistence, He now prays the Select men would 
please to ease him of such a burden and charge if they see Cause. 
Upon Consideration thereof, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to inform the said Smith, 
that they Apprehend they cannot According to Law, lay the Charge 
upon the Town, for that he should have given seasonable Notice 
thereof, but Neglected so to do. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 16, 1737. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1737-8. 103 

Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Whereas another Trial of the Causes [291.] Between the Town 
and m r . Everills Heirs, is to come on tomorrow. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to present 
the Sum of Twenty Pounds to the two Attorneys for the Town, 
Viz 4 . Ten Pounds to John Read Esq r . and Ten Pounds to William 
Shirley Esq r . in Addition to the Fees already given them ; That he 
be desired to Advance the said Money, out of the Moneys lying in 
his Hands which is received for the Townships Sold, and that the 
said Sum of Twenty Pounds be drawn out of the Town Treasury, 
payable to m r . Jeffries, in the next draught. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March 27, 1738 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Hutchinson 

A Venire being Issued out from the Clerks Office, for returning 
Ten Petit Jurors to Serve [293.1 At the Inferiour Court of Com- 
mon pleas, and Court of General Sessions of the Peace to be 
holden at Boston for the County of Suffolk on the first Tuesday of 
April next, It is here by Ordered that the Tickets be drawn Ac- 
cordingl}', on Wednesday next the 29 th . Currant, at Three o'Cloek 
Afternoon, And m r . Savell is directed to deliver the Venire to One 
of the Constables of Boston, that he may Notify the Inhabitants 
in the Way and Manner as is by Law prescribed, that so they may 
be present, if they see cause. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March 29, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Thomas Inches, bro't before the Select men One John M c . 
Neal, a Young [293.] Man blind, Who had been at his House for 
about a fortnight past, M c . Neal Says that he came from Scotland 
to Philadelphia about Three Years a<jo, and from Philadelphia 
came to New York, and from New York travel'd to this Town by 
Land. 

The said M c . Neal was Ordered to Depart the Town, within Ten 
Days, or else that he must expect to be sent out of the Town, in 
manner as the Law directs. 

The Select men having perused an acco'. of the Overseers of the 
Poor, of Charges on Sundry Persons not belonging to any Town 
in this Province. 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered That the Town Clerk draw Two Copies of said acco*. in 
Order to have the same presented for payment out of the Province 
Treasur3*, Exclusive of the Articles respecting John Lashley, for 
whom Bond was- given to the Town Treasurer (to indemnify the 
Town) by Thomas Fisher, who imported him. 

Complaint being made that the Fence of the South burying place 
at the North [294.] End of the Alms house is broken clown, 
whereby the Tombs &c. are in danger of receiving damage by 
Horses &c. which get into the Burying place. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage be desired to cause the said Fence 
to be forthwith repaired. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 5, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Thomas Baker being present Signified his intention of Open- 
ing a School in the Town, for Reading, Writing and Arithmetick, 
Praying the Select men to Allow and Approve of him for that Ser- 
vice ; Which Motion being Considered ; 

Voted, That the said Baker be and [295.] Here by is approv'd 
of, and has Liberty Granted him Accordingly to keep a School 
within this Town for Teaching Reading Writing and Arithmetick, 
so long as he Continues to behave himself to the Approbation of the 
Select men of the Town for the time being. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to Doctor William Douglass to Dig 
up the Pavement and Open the Ground in Hanover Street, in order 
to Clear the Drain from his Cellar, into the Common Shore in said 
Street. Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground 
and Pavement again, and keep the same in repair from time to 
time to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to draw 
an Order to m r . Eleazar Flagg. in the Name of the Select men 
desiring him to deliver to m r . John Savell, the Flour and Butter 
remaining in his Hands, belonging to the Estate of Jabez Bacon, 
Who lately died of the Small pox at Rainsfords Island. 

[296.] Mr. Increase Blake, Sealer of Weights and Measures 
Informs, That One half Hundred Weight, and a Nest of Troy 
Weights wah Beam and Scales are Wanting, and that without them 
he cannot perform the Duty of his Office, required in the Law, 
And therefore Prays the Selectmen would please to give Order 
that so he may be provided with them. He likewise Informs that 
he has in his Hands belonging to the Town, and Old Brass Half 
Bushel, but being broken is of no service. 

Upon Consideration of m r . Blake's Motion, 

Voted, That m r . Blake be and hereby is desired and impowered 
to dispose of the Old Brass Half Bushel, for the most he can get 
for it, And that he also procure One half Hundred Weight at the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 105 

best and cheapest rate that he can, and One Wooden Bu shell, and 
got them proved & Sealed by the Standards in the hands of the 
Province Treasurer, and that he keep the same for the Use of the 
Town as the Law directs, and that he report his Doings herein to 
the Select men. 

Whereas upon a report made by the [297.] Select men to the 
Town, at the Annual Meeting the 13. of March last past, relating 
to present State of the Ferry between Boston and Wiunisimet, 
The Inhabitants did by their Vote then past, Desire and Impower 
the Select men to Lease out the said Ferry for a Term of Years, or 
from Year to Year in the best manner they can for the Advantage 
of the Town. 

Pursuant to the said recited Order. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk cause the same to be Speedily Ad- 
vertised in the Publick News Papers, that so it may be Effected 
as soon as may be. 

Mr. Collson and Capt. Lyman a Committee Appointed the 29 th . 
March last to make Enquiry after a Suitable place whereon to Set 
the South Engine &c. Reported, That they had treated with the 
Trustees of Trinity Church in Summer Street for liberty to Set the 
Engine house on the back side of said Church land, near to m r . 
Gooch's Barn, and that they had Obtained Liberty accordingly, 
upon Condition the same should be removed again when the said 
Church should desire the same [298.] and at the Town's Charge. 

Ami Presented a Copy from the Record thereof made in the said 
Churches Book. Attested by m r . Thomas Greene One of the 
Trustees. 

Thereupon, Voted, That m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be and 
hereby are further desired and Impowered to Cause the said Engine 
House to be removed from the place where it now stands, and to 
fix it upon the Place mentioned in their Report, The same being 
accepted by the Select men upon the Condition propos'd. 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage Desires Liberty to Erect a Tomb in 
the South burying place, on the North line. His former desire 
made in the Year 1734. being Omitted Entring at time. 

Capt. Beekmau appearing according to order, Informs That one 

Smith and his Wife came as Passengers with him from New 

York in Order to their getting a Passage to London, He also Prom- 
ises that in Case they do not go for London in a short time, He 
will give Security for them to the [299.] Satisfaction of the 
Select men as the Law directs, He further informs, That the other 
Persons who came Passengers with him also, are already gone to 
the Eastward, where they live. 

The Selectmen have Nominated and Chosen The Hon. John 
Jeffries Esquire, Capt. Jonathan Armitage, m r . David Collson, 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth, Capt. Caleb Lyman, m r . Jonas Clarke, 
m r . Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . (Select men) with Samuel Watts 
Esq r . Capt. Nathauael Oliver, Mess". John Floyd, Jacob Hasey, 
Thomas Berry, Thomas Pratt, and Samuel Floyd, or any Two of 
them, to Run the lines and renew the Bound Marks betwixt the 
Town of Boston, and the Towns of Maiden, Lynn and Reading, in 
Conjunction with such Persons as shall be Chosen and appointed 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

to that Service by the Selectmen of each of the said Towns re- 
spectively, The said Work to be Attended and performed, on 
Monday the Seventeenth of April Currant. And the said Select 
men do propose and direct, that those Gentlemen, Who for and in 
the behalf of the Town of Boston shall join in running the line 
next to the Town of Maiden [3OO.] Do meet at the House of 
m r . John Rachel tit Eight of the Clock in the Morning of said Day. 
That those who arc to run the line next to the Town of Lynn, do 
meet at the House of the late Capt. Elisha Beunet, at Nine O'clock 
in the Morning, And that those who are to run the line next to the 
Town of Reading, do meet at the Three County-heap of Stones, at 
Two O'Clock in the Afternoon of said Day. But, if the Weather 
on the said Seventeenth of April should prove wet, and apparently 
Unsutablc for the performance of this Work, Then and in that 
Case, the Select men do propose and appoint the same to be 
Attended and performed on Tuesday the Twenty fifth of April 
current, and to meet at the Hours before mentioned. 

It is also hereby Ordered That the Town Clerk do by Letters 
(in the name of the Select men) give notice here of to the Select 
men of the Towns of Maiden, Lynn, and Reading, Accordingly. 
And further, That m r . Savell do seasonably notify the Gentelmen 
of the Committee, Who live at Rumney Marsh, to meet at the House 
of rn r . John Rachel at [3O1.] Half an hour after Seven o'Clock 
in the Morning, of the said Day, In order to Consider and determine 
how to Divide. N.B. Letters were accordingly written, and sent 
sent (sic) to the Select men of the Towns of Maiden Lynn and Read- 
ing, Of which the following is Copy, Viz 4 . 

The Select men of Boston 

To 
The Select men of Maiden 

Boston, April 5 th . 1738. 
Gentlemen 

These are to -give you notice that this present Year is 
the Time wherein, according to Law, We are required to 
Run the Boundary line betwixt this Town and the Town of 
Maiden. 

You are therefore desired to Appoint and Impower a Committee 
to .loin with that of Ours for the Performance of the said Service ; 
and that they meet us at the House of m r . John Rachel, on Monday 
tl-e Seventeeth Day of April Current, at Eight o'Clock in the Morn- 
ing. The Persons Appointed in [3O2.J Behalf of this Town, are 
os loliows Viz'. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esquire, Capt. Jonathan Armitage, m r . 
David Collson, Capt. Alexander Forsyth, Capt. Caleb Lyman, m r . 
Jonas Clarke, m r . Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . (Selectmen). Samuel 
\v atts Esq r . Capt Nathanael Oliver, Mess". John Floyd, Jacob 
Hasey, Thomas Berry, Joshua Pratt and Samuel Floyd, and they, 
or any Two of them are Impowered to run the line and renew the 
Bound marks, between the Towns of Boston and Maiden, But if 
the weather, on the said Seventeenth of April should prove wet, 
and apparently unsutable for the performance of this Work, Then 
and in that case, We do propose and appoint to Attend the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 107 

on Tuesday the Twenty fifth of April current, to meet at the Hour 
and Place above mentioned 

By Order of the Select men of Boston 

SAMUEL GERRISH Town Clerk. 

The same Letters were sent to Lynn and Reading changing only 
the time and place of Meeting. 

[3O3.] At a Meeting of the Select men, April 12, 1738. 

Present 
The Hon. John JeffriesEsq'. 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

M r . John Harris One of the Constables of Boston, Informs That 
by Order of lawful Authority he lately carried down to Rainsford 
Island Two Men belonging to the Brig 1 . Sarah, Richard Williams 
Master, namely Benjamin Cook and Cradock Charito who came 
from Barbadoes, where the Small pox is very rife. And that rn r . 
Waters who lives at the Hospital there, desired him upon his return 
to Boston to inform the Selectmen that his Provision was expended, 
so that he could not Subsist the Persons so sent to him, unless 
some care be taken to Send them Supplies, And Prays the Select 
men to take it into Consideration' and give Orders there on as they 
shall think meet; The Selectmen Accordingly [3O4.] taking said 
Message into Consideration. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to write 
a Letter to m r . Waters in the Name of the Select men, Desiring 
him to take Care to provide for the Subsistence of the Two Men 
lately sent down to him, during there Stay there, and to inform 
him that he shall be Allow'd and Paid after Uie rate of Twenty 
Shillings p. Week for each Man, for the same. 

Mr. Samuel Bass and the Widow Harvey Appearing, Informed 
the Select men, That as they are the present Occupants of the 
Lands in Water Street belonging to the Town, which were formerly 
Leased to Mess. John Joyliffc and Jonathan Briclgham, and as 
ihose Leases are near upon expiring, and New Ones to bs made, 
They desire they may have the preference, in taking Leases, each 
One for the past they are in Possession of, provided th-y can agree 
as to the Rent. 

Mr Francis Willoughby the Overseer of the Granarys, Informs, 
that there is now in [3O5.] the Granary a Considerable Quantity 
of Old Corn, that lies upon Spoil, That the Price of Indian Corn 
at the Granary (as last Stated by the Select men) is Ten Shillings 
the Bushel, and of Rye Sixteen Shillings, And further, that the 
Price of Indian Corn as Sold at the Mill, is Nine Shillings the 
Bushel, and Rye Fifteen Shillings, Praying the Select men s Con- 
sideration and Order thereon. 

In Consideration of m r . Willoughby's Motion, 

It is Voted, that he be, and is hereby directed to Sell the Indian 
Corn at Nine Shillings p. Bushell ; and provided, it' does uot go 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

off at that price, then to lower it to Eight Shillings and Six pence ; 
and Also that he have Liberty to dispose of Two or Three Bushels 
of said Corn at One lime, to any of the Inhabitants of the Town. 

Whereas frequent Complaints are made by the Inhabitants, that 
in several parts of the Town, the Pavements before the Houses are 
pitch'd so steep that People passing upon them often fall down, 
and are in great danger of breaking their Limbs &c. [3O6-] 

Particularly in Fish Street at the North end near before Capt. 

Nicholas Davis's house in Cornhill, and Major Mascarene's in 
School Street. 

The Select men taking the said Complaints into Consideration, 

Voted, That the Pavements at the several places aforementioned, 
are an Nusance. 

Voted, That the said Pavements be forthwith taken up and 
regulated. 

Voted, That the Select men do all join as a Committee to see 
the said regulation, as soon as may be, Effected. 

The Select men taking into Consideration a Motion made by m r . 
John Ilooton, Complaining of a Nusance in Fish Street. 

Voted, That the Select men do meet upon the Spot next Fryday 
at Eleven o'Clock in order to View the same. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to go to Dor- 
othy Watson and to Enquire whether She is upon removing 
out [3O7 .] Of the Town with her Child, and if not, That then he 
take the Course the Law prescribes to send them out of Town 
forthwith. And Further, Mr. Savell is hereby directed to take 
the same Course with Martin Hughes and his Wife, and Children. 
They having been warned to depart According to Law. 

Whereas m r . William Lorkin is lately come into this Town, And 
has Open'd a Shop, not having had the Approbation of the Select 
men for his so doing, Which is Contrary to the Law in that Case 
provided, Therefore, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be, and he is hereby directed and Ordered 
to prosecute the said Lorkin for the same, according to Law. 

Voted, That the Select men will meet upon Tuesday next at 
Three o'Clock in the Afternoon upon the Affair of regulating the 
Porters. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 19, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Lyman 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Clarke 

[3O8 .] Mr. James Thompson a Taylor from London (in Capt. 
Shepardson) Prays for Liberty to Open a Shop in this Town for 
the carrying on his said Calling and for the Sale of English Goods. 
He informs that he Las brought with him Sufficient Effects to In- 
demnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

Mr. Richard Hall, late of Roxbury has been in this Town about 
Two Mouths, and now lives at m r . Jenkins's lately the Widow 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 109 

How, He desires Liberty to Open a Shop and to carry on his Calling 
and Offers to give Security to Indemnify the Town as the Law 
directs. He was Accordingly Ordered to Attend next Wednesday, 
and to bring his Suretys with him. 

Mr. Patrick Fitz-Gibbon, Victualler in behalf of himself and his 
Partner Henry Dunworth, Desires Liberty to Open a Butchers 
Shop, in Cornhill, where m r . Debuke lately kept his Shop, He was 
also Ordered to attend next Wednesday. 

Mr. Savell is directed to take up the [3O9.] Receipts given by 
the Clerks of the Market, who serv'd in that Office the last Year, 
and to receive of them the Scales and Weight?, belonging to the 
Town and that he deliver to the Clerks of the Market newly chosen, 
the said Scales and Weights for the Towns service, taking their 
Receipts for the same, as is customary. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be, and hereby is Stated at 
the rate -of Sixteen Shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell Allow'd for Charges, which is 
as follows, Viz*. 

or. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 6. 

Wheaten 3. 9. 

Household 4. 12. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 1 Ib. 5. 6. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 26, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lymau 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[31O.] Richard Hall Cordwainer and Sobiah his Wife are 
Admitted Inhabitants, upon Condition that Capt. Samuel Stevens 
and m r . Thomas Gobbet, both of Roxbury, do give Bond in the 
Sum of Two Hundred Pounds, to Indemnify the Town, as the 
Law directs 

Upon Consideration of the Motion or desire of James Thompson, 
Taylor, for Liberty to Open a Shop, in Order to carry on his Call- 
ing, and for Sale of English Goods, as Entred the 19 th . of April 
current, Liberty was* accordingly Granted 

William Wallace a Pedlar, and his Wife, being lately come into 
this Town from Philadelphia, Appearing, He informs That he has 
resided for about Three Weeks last past at One James M c .Cul- 
lough's, and before that, he Says He lodg'd at One Craig's for 
about One Month. He was directed to Appear next Wednesday 
with Sufficient Sureties to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

[311.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May, 3, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Eeq r . 
Capt. Armitage 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Clarke Appointed a Committee to treat 
with Jonas Mace, Who desires to Hire the Shop Adjoining to the 
South Market. Report, That they have accordingly attended that 
Service And have Agreed with the said Mace, to Let the said Shop 
to him for One Year Commencing the 27 th . of April last past, at 
the Rent of Eight Pounds p. annum, the same to be paid Quarterly* 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Mr. Harrison Gray being present, The Select men, discoursed 
with him respecting the Rent of the Towns Warehouse in Mer- 
chants Row now in his Occupation, and Jt was mutually agreed 
between the Select men and the said Gray as follows, Viz'. 

That the said Ware house [312.] Be Let to him the said Gray, 
for the term of One Year to Commence the first Day of May 
Current, at the Rent of Fifty Pounds p. annum, to be paid to the 
Town Treasurer, at Four Quarterly Payments. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

In His Majesties Name Requiring them forthwith to warn all the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town (within their 
Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. annum, of 
Free hold in Land within this Province or Territory at the least, 
or other Estate to the Value of Fifty Pounds Sterling, To Convene 
at the Town house, upon Wednesday the Tenth of May Current, 
at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon Then and there to Elect and Depute, 
One or more Persons (being Free holders and resident in the Town) 
According to the number Set and limited by an Act of the General 
Assembly, To Serve for and Represent them in a Great and General 
Court, appointed to be Convened held and kept for His Majesty's 
Service at the Court house in Boston, Upon [313.] Wednesday 
the Thirty-first of May Current, and so De Die in Diem during 
their Session and Sessions, according to a Warrant under the Hand 
and Seal of Edward Winslow Esq r . Sheriff of the County of 
Suffolk, bearing Date the 24 th . Day of April anno Domini 1738. In 
the Eleventh Year of His Majesties Reign. 

They are alike required to Warn all the Free holders and other 
Inhabitants of said Town duly Qualified as the Law directs, to 
Meet at the same time and place, To Grant such Sum or Sums of 
Money as may be thought needful for the relief of the Poor, and 
defraying other Necessary Charges ; To Chuse Two Assessors, 
and Two Constables, with such other Officers as may be wanting ; 
and to receive the Reports of Several Committees, &c. &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May. 9, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. llutchinson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. Ill 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . made a Motion [314.] That 
some Loads of Dirt or Mould might be Carried into the Common, 
to fill up several large holes that are there made, and also to Dig 
a small Trench to draw off the Water in a Pond at the bottom of 
the Common, below the Powder house. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to see the 
same Effected. 

Memorandum. May 13, 1738. 

Upon Information that Capt. Spear who lately Arriv'd from 
Philadelphia, is taken ill with the Small Pox, at m r . Warden's 
house, on Poole's Wharff , The Hon. Jacob Wendell and An- 
thony Stoddard Esq rs . Two of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, 
and Capt. Armitage and m r . Hutchinson, Two of the Select men 
of Boston, Signed the following order. Viz'. 

Suffolk so. Boston, 13. May. 1738. 

Whereas We have received Information that Capt. Joseph 
Spear lately arrived from Philadelphia is now Sick of the Small 
Pox in this Town. For preventing the Spreading [315.] Of the 
said Infectious Distemper. 

You are hereby Required forthwith to Cause the said Joseph 
Spear, together with his Bed and Bedding, and all his Cloathing, 
and whatever else belongs to him, from whence any Danger of 
Spreading said Infection may arise to be removed to the Hospital 
at Rainsfords Island, there to remain until further Order shall be 
given by proper Authority for his removal thence. 

of the Peace 



Tuo 8 . HUTCHINSON JUN B . ) c , 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE } Select men 

To m r . KICH D . HUBBARD 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May, 24. 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Increase Blake the Sealer of Weights and Measures, In- 
forms that One of the Brass [316.] Half Hundred belonging to 
the Town, is wanting, in its Weight, and that it cannot be re- 
paired, unless it be new Cast. 

Voted, That m r . Blake, be directed and desired to get the said 
Weight cast a new, as soon as may be, and in the best Way, he 
can, and that he get the same proved by the Province Standard, in 
the hands of m r . Treasurer Foye. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Desires he may have the Herbage 
of the Old Burying place for the Year Current. 

Upon Complaint that the Pavements in many parts of the Town 
arc broken, and want some repair. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman and m r . Clarke be a 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Committee to View the said Pavements, and cause the necessary 
repairs to be made Accordingly. 

Mr. James Nichols Barber, who has for some time past hired 
a Shop of Charles Henley, which belongs to the Town, Situate in 
Queen Street. Prays he may have Liberty [317.] To hire the 
said Shop of the Town. 

Voted, That m r . Collson, Capt. Lynaan, and m r . Hutchinson be 
desired to treat with the said Nichols about the same, and are hereby 
Impowered to Let the said Shop to him, or to any other Person 
with whom they may Agree, for the best advantage of the Town 
And they are also Desired to make Enquiry into the Circumstances 
of the said Charles Henley, and know what Ai rears are due to the 
Town, and what prospect their is of his Discharging the same, 
and to report thereon as soon as Conveniently they can. 

Mr. Constable Boardman being sent for Appeared to whom was 
delivered the Sheriffs Precept for the Choice of Representatives, 
with the Select mens Return thereupon, Who was Directed to 
Notify and Summon the Gentlemen Elected, and therein named, 
to attend accordingly, and to return the Precept to the Town 
Clerk, who is directed to deliver the same to m r . Sheriff Winslow. 

[318.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May, 29, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . appearing in behalf of himself 
and others, the Proprietors of the Long Wharf, Prays that Liberty 
may be Granted them to Frame a Crane in the Common where the 
Timber lyes for that Use. 

Voted, That Liberty be and hereby is Granted them Accord- 
ingly. 

The Orders for regulating and Ascertaining the Wages of Com- 
mon Porters, being several times Read, 
Voted, That the same be Accepted. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to prepare and post up 
Advertisements, Notifying all such Persons as are inclined to 
[319.] Undertake the Business of Porters within the Town of 
Boston, to attend upon the Selectmen, at their Meeting, upon 
Wednesday the 7 th . of June next. 

Andrew Coffin being present desires to be Admitted a Watchman, 
in the room of John Clark. Deceased. The said Coffin being well 
recommended. 

Voted, That Andrew Coffin be and here by is Admitted a Watch- 
man, at the South Watch house in the room of John Clark lately 
Deceas'd. 

Upon the Motion of the Hon. John Jefferies Esq r . Entred, 
may 24 th . 
Voted, That the Herbage of the Old Burying place be, and hereby 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 113 

is Let to the said John Jeffries Esq r . at the rent of Thirty Shillings 
p. Annum. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June, 2. 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke. 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[32O.] Mr. Hutchinson Informs that 'tis the Desire of some 
of the Members of the Hon. House of Representatives, that the 
Select men would not yet take off the Guard from m r . Warden's 
House, which has been Ordered there, on Account of the Small 
Pox. It was Accordingly Order'd that m r . Winburn be continued 
to Guard the said House a few Days longer. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 6, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas m r . Savell Informs that m. Warden, who was feared 
to be taken ill of the Small pox, is now again recovered of her 
illness, and no Symptoms of that Distemper remaining, it is tho't 
not necessary to continue a Guard at m r . Wardens house any 
longer Accordingly m r . Savell is here by Directed and ordered 
to Dismiss m r . VVinborn from any further Attendance on that 
Service. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 7, 1738. 

Present 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 

M r . Erasmus Stevens being present Informs that m r . John 
Charnock who ia Appointed a Sealer of Cord Wood at the North 
end of the Town, is often out of Town, or by reason of other 
Business, does not Attend upon that Employment so constantly as 
is Necessary - and therefore Prays the Select men would please 
to place some other suitable Person in his room -- and Recom- 
mends m r . John Courser as a proper Man for that' Office, if the 
Select men shall think fit. 

Upon a Motion made, relating to the Nusance in Fish Street, 
Complain'd of by m r . John Hooton. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, Capt. Lyman, and 
m r . Hutchinson do meet upon the Spot tomorrow Morning at Eight 
O'Clock, in order to View the same and Consider what [322.] may 
be best to do in that Affair, and that m r . Savell be directed to 
notify m r . Hooton to be present, and likewise order m r . Thornton 
the Pavier to Attend upon the Select men there, at the time - 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Aud the Committee are desired to report thereon, as soon as may 
be. 

According to Order, Several Porters appeared before the Select 

men And the Orders agreed upon by the Select men for their 

regulation, and the Wages for their Labour as Stated were 

Read to them Who proposed some Amendments therein ; Which 

were Minuted for Consideration And they were Ordered to 

appear again next Wednesday, and to propose their Bondsmen 
for the Select men's Approbation* that so their Bonds may be 
prepared &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 14, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collsou 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 
[323.] Mr. Hubbard Informing that the Corners of the Town 

house at the Westerly end, are broken by Carts or otherwise 

Voted That Capt. Armitage be desired to Order a good and sub- 
stantial Post to be set at each of the said Corners of the Town- 
House, in Order to prevent the like Damage for the future. 

The Committee Appointed the 24 th . of May last to Enquire into 
the Circumstances of Charles Henley, Report, That they have 
made Enquiry accordingly and find that the said Henley has clear'd 
his Arrearages of Rent with the Treasurer, within Five Pounds, or 

thereabouts, Whereupon 

Voted, That the Committee be desired, and are hereby Im- 
powered to Let the House and Shop in Queen Street, in the present 
Occupation of the said Charles Henley, either to him, or to any 

other Person, so as may be most Advantagous to the Town 

and they are desired to report their doings thereon, to the Select 
men. 

The same Committee also Report, That [324:.] They have 
according to Order treated with m r . James Nichols Barber, about 
the Shop in Queen Street adjoining to the Shop in the present 
Occupation of Charles Henley, and that they have let the said Shop 
to the said James Nichols for the term of One Year Commencing 
ihe first of May last past at the Annual Rent of Fourteen Pounds, 
to be Paid Quarterly, accordingly, 
Voted, This this (sic) report be Accepted. 
Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Pnblick Schools within this 
Town be Attended on Monday the 26 th . of this Instant June, And 
that the following Gentlemen be desired to Accompany the Select 
men upon that Occasion, Viz'. 

The Hon. Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Adam Winthrop Esq r . 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq'. 
The Rev. Joseph Sewall D.D. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 115 

The Rev. m r . Charles Chauncy 

The Rev. m r . William Hooper 

The Rev. m r . Samuel Mather 

The Rev. m r . Mather Byles 

[325.] And that m r . Savell be, and hereby is directed and 
Ordered to Wait on the said Gentlemen, and to Acquaint them of 
this Appointment, and that the Select men, desire they would please 
to Afford their Company, and to meet at the Town-house at Ten 
O'Clock in the forenoon of said Day. Mr. Savell is also directed 
to Inform the School master of this Order. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 21, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

The Committee Appointed the 7 th . of June to View the Nusance 
in Fish Stieet Complained of by m r . John Hooton Having met 
upon the Spot, Viewed the same, and Considered the Circumstances 
of it. Report thereon as follows, Viz'. That it is their Opinion, the 
eaid [o/C5.] Nusance can no otherwise be removed, than by car- 
rying the Water to the Northward into the Towns Slip at the 
IOWIT end of Wood Lane, And having Advised with m r . Thornton 
the Pavier respecting the Charge of doing it, find it will Cost 
Forty Pounds or thereabouts Which Charge the Committee Appre- 
hend ought to be born by the Town. 

Daniel Rea (late of Salem Vilage) with his Wife Rebekuh and 
Six Children, Namely Nathan, Eunice, Elizabeth, Emma, Isaiah, 
and Jeremiah, are admitted Inhabitants, upon Condition that his 
Son Daniel Rea and Jacob Griggs become Bound in a Bond of 
Four Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Hugh Hall Esq r . Presented a Petition for Liberty to Erect a 
Timber Chaise house in Hanover Street which being Read 

Voted, That the Select men will View the Place propos'd, to- 
morrow Moiuing at Eight O'Clock, that so they may be better 
able to determine what may be proper to [337.] Be done thereon. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esquire and Capt. Lyman 
be desired to Wait upon His Excellency the Governour, and to 
Inform him, That the Select men desire His Excellency would 
please to favour them with his Company, Upon their Visitation of 
the Publick Schools in the Town, next Monday. 

Voted, That the Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esquire, be also de- 
sired to Accompany the Select men on the same Occasion. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, and Capt. Forsyth be desired to 
t;ike cure, that a Dinner be provided for about Thirty Gentlemen, 
at the Orange Tree next monday. 

Voted That the Town Clerk be directed to give a List of the 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Clerks of the Market Chosen for the Current Year, to m r . Savcll, 
and that he be directed to Notify the Gentlemen so Chosen to outer 
upon the Duty of their office [328.] and that he, in Order 
thereto, see that the Scales and Weights be deliver'd to them, 
taking their Receipt for the same and lodge them with the Town 
Clerk. 

Deacon Parker and m r . Blanchard Appear'd and desired that 
Liberty might be Granted for Building Four New Tombs in the 
South Burying place in the same manner, and adjoining to those 
which were built there in the year, 1736. being Thirteen in 
Number, on Ihe Northerly side of the said Burying place. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted accordingly to the said Mess. 
Parker and Blanchard to Open the Ground in the said Burying 
place for the Erecting Four Tombs, to be disposed of by the Select 
men as they shall think fit. 

Upon a Motion made for Erecting a Brick Wall on the North- 
westerly line of the Old Burying place with Tombs under the 
same. 

Voted to meet upon the Spot tomorrow morning at Seven o'Clock, 
to View the same, in order to Consider and determine what to do 
on the Affair. 

[329.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 23, 1738. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Upon the Motion and Desire of m r . David Collson to Hire the 
Towns peice of Marsh on Boston Neck which was Let the last Year 
to m r . Joshua Child. 

Voted, That the said Peice of Marsh be and hereby is Let unto 
m r . David Collson for the Current year, at the Rent of Four Pounds 
p. annum 

Pursuant to Writts of Venire Facias for the Choice of Grand 
Jurors, and the Return of Petit Jurors to Serve at the Inferiour 
Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace to be holden at Boston the first Tuesday of July next. 

The Select men have Appointed Tuesday the 27 th . of June Cur- 
rent at Three o'Clock afternoon [33O.] For the same, And 
the Constables are to Warn the Town to meet at the Usual place 
for that End, as the Law directs. 

The following Order of the Great and General Court was pre- 
sented to the Select men, by m r . Secretary Willard, Viz'. 

In the House of Representatives, June 21. 1738. 

Ordered, That the Select men of the Town of Boston be, and 
hereby are fully Authorized and Impowered to Agree with some 
Suitable Person to keep the Hospital lately Built by Order of this 
Court at Rainsfords Island for the Reception of Sick and Infectious 
Persons, and that the said Person be desired and impowcred to 
take all proper Care of such Persons as may be sent to the said 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 117 

Hospital, and that the said Selectmen be Impowered to Agree with 
the Person who may take Care of the Sick &c. for his time and 
Service therein by the Year. 

Sent up for Concurrence 

J. QUINCY, Spk r . 
[331.] In Council, June 21, 1738. Read and Concur'd. 

J. WILLAKD, Secry 
Consented to, J. BELCHER 
Copy Examin'd, p. J. WILLARD, Secry. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 24, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Hutchinson 

The Select men having Considered the Petition of Hugh Hall 
Esq r . for Liberty to Erect a Chaise House upon Land belonging 
to His House in Hanover Street, and view'd the Place propoe'd in 
the said Petition, Do approve and Allow thereof and do order a 
Certificate of their approbation to be Endorsed thereon Accord- 
ingly- 

The Selectmen at their Meeting Yesterday taking under Con- 
sideration the Qualifications [33S.] of Sundry Persons Offering 
to take up the Business of Carrying Goods Wares and Merchan- 
dizes for Pay or Wages as Common Porters, And also their Rec- 
ommendation, under the Hands of Several Principal Merchants. 

The following Persons were approved of, and accordingly ad- 
mitted to be Common Porters. 
Viz'. 

Samuel Sharp 
James Gardner 
John Legg 
Joshua Williams 
George Bickmore 
John Fling 
Joshua Cross 
Peter Curtice 
Hugh Andersen 
Ebenezar Hayward 
Timothy Haruey 

Who were directed to Appear at the Town Clerks Office on Tues- 
day next, in Order to give in Bond as the Law directs. 

[333.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 28, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be and is Set and Stated, at 
Fifteen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and Three Shillings and 
Six pence p. Bushel is allow'd for Charges, and is as follows, 
Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf . . . . 2. 7 

Wheaten .... 3. 11 

Household . . . . 4. 15 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf . . . l b . 6. 4. 

Capt. Armitage made a motion, Viz'. That the Herbage of the 
South and North Burying places ought to be set at a higher Rent. 

Ordered That m r . Savell Notify the Gentlemen who hire the 
same, to meet the Select men at the Town house, next Wednes- 
day. 

[334.] Mr. John Earle, Master of One of the Fire Engines 
Informs, That Isaac Russell desires to be dismiss'd from his Com- 
pany, being unable to perform the Service Expected from him 
And at the same time presented Phillip Howell and Recommended 
him as a Suitable Person to Supply the said Russell's place Ac- 
cordingly, 

Voted, That m r . Phillip Howell be and is hereby Admitted into 
the Company of ni r . John Earle in the room of Isaac Russell, who 
is also hereby Dismiss'd from that Service, and that the Town 
Clerk C ertify the same accordingly. 

Mr. Earle also informs that it will be much for the service of 
the Engine under his Care to have Three new Screws made for it, 
Whereupon, 

Mr. Earle was desired to procure the said Screws to be made 
for the Use and Service of said Engine in the best manner he can. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 12, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Mr. Collson 

Mr. Clarke 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[335.] The Select men taking into Consideration the Report 
of a Committee, respecting the Nusance in Fish Street, Com- 
plain'd of by ua r . John Hooton, Entred the 21 st . of June last, and 
after some Debate thereon. 

Voted, That the Pavement in Fish Street, at the Place where the 
said Nusance is, be forthwith taken up, and new laid and mended 
that so the said Nusance may be thereby removed, and that Capt. 
Armitage, C'apt. Lymau and m r . Clarke be a Committee to take 

Care to See the same Effected Who are also hereby desired 

and Impowcred to Vindicate and Defend the Town of Boston 
against any Presentment now lying before the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace on Account of said Nusance And Report 
their Doings on this affair, to the Select men. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 119 

The Committee Appointed the 14 th . of June last to Let the 
Town's House and Shop Situate in Queen Street in the Occupation 
of Charles Henley, Report, That the}' have Let, the said House and 
Shop to Charles Henley Cordwainer, for One Year, Commencing 
the First Day of May last past, at the Rats of Thirty [336.] 
Pounds p. annum to be paid to the Town Treasurer Quarterly. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 14, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyruan 
Mr. Clarke 

Whereas a Committee of the Select men were Appointed the 1 2 th . 
Currant to Cause the Pavement in Fish Street (where there has 
been a N usance for some time past) to be dug up and new laid and 
mended, since which some Debate has arisen respecting the said 
Vote, and upon a Motion made, The following Question was put. 
Viz 1 . 

Whether the said Committee should be des:red to Repair the 
Pavement in Fish Street where the said Nusance is, so as to curry 
the Water as heretofore? 

[337.] It appeared a Tye, Three being for and Three 
against it, Whereupon 

The following Question was put, Viz'. 

Whether the Body of the Select men would go immediately upon 
the Spot View the said Nusance, Consider of the Affair an. I 
give direction for further proceeding therein, as they should think 
fit? 

Voted in the Affirmative. And m r . Savell is Ordered to desire 
m r . Htitchinson to Meet the Select men at the place immec>ately, 
if hia Business will Admit of it. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 19, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Mr. Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

Mr. Thomas Hancock being present Prays he may have liberty 
Granted him (under [338.] The direction of the Select men) to 
take away the Mould or Mud at the hottom of the Pond in the 
Common, by which the said Pond is become Miry and dangerous 
to the Cattel and Horses in Watering there He proposes to do 
it at his own Charge, And Whereas the said Pond is now almost 
Dry, he thinks it a Convenient time to do it, before it fills again 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

with Water And therefore Prays the Select men would sooii 
Consider his Motion, if they see meet Accordingly 

Voted, That the Motion of m r . Hancock be Accepted ; And that 
Liberty be and is hereby Granted him to remove and take away 
for his own Use and at his own Charge the Mud or Mould from the 
bottom of the said Pond And the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and 
Cap 1 . Armitage, are hereby desired to give such Directions for the 
doing it, as to them shall seem Meet. 

Whereas John Pierpont of Roxbury is come into this Town, 
and has resided for some time at Alexander Cochreans at the Three 
Horse Shoes in Common Street, And there being danger [339.] 
of his becoming a Charge to the Town, if he should Continue in 
it Therefore Voted That m r . Savell be and here by is directed 
and Ordered, to Warn the said John Pierpont to Depart the Town, 
and to proceed therein as the Law directs. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That m r . Collson be desired to Order some Iron hooks 
to be lastned on the Gates at the Fortification to keep them Open, 
to prevent their being Damaged by Carts &c. passing thro' them. 

Whereas it is Notorious that the High Way upon the Neck near 
the Fortication, and the Herbage near the Gallows is Annoy'd and 
Encumber'd by the laying of Great Quantities of Timber there, 
Contrary to the Law in that Case provided ; Therefore 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk cause Notifications to be posted 
up at Several places hereafter mentioned Directing and Warning 
the Owner or Owners of the said Timber, to remove the sa:ne with- 
in Fourteen Days next after [34O.] The Date of the said Notifi- 
cations And also to warn all Persons against Encumbering the 
said High way or Common in like manner for the future, upon 
pain of prosecution in the La*y for their so doing. Two of said 
Notifications to be posted at the Fortification Gate, One at the 
Sign of the Lamb in Boston, One at m r . Jeremiah Richards's in 
Roxbury, One at m r . Goddard's in Dorchester. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 20, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchiuson 

Upon a Motion made, and for reasons mention d, Voted, That 
the Town Clerk defer posting up Notifications respecting the Tim- 
ber that Encumbers the High Way on the neck &c. uutil further 
Order. 

[341.] Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and Capt. 
Jonathan Armitage be and hereby are desired to take Care that the 
Easterly Stairs of the Town house, be Repaired. 

The List of Licensed Persons in the Year. 1737. Transmitted to 
the Selectmen by the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Suffolk, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 121 

having been Considered by them, They have noted in the Margin 
thereof, against the Names of such as are since Removed or Dead 
And they Except to James Collison's renewing his Licence, as 
being a Person not of sober Conversation. 

At a Meeting of the Select men July 21, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Voted, That the following Orders relating to the Porters, the 
Rates for their Work and [342,] Service, the Number of their 
Tickets, and the Names of such as are Admitted and hnve given 
Bond, according to Law, be here Recorded. 

Boston, 21, July 1738 

Pursuant to an Act of the Great and General Court, Author- 
izing and Impowering Us, the Select men of the Town of Boston, 
to Order Who, and what Number of Persons shall be Employed as 
Common Porters in the said Town, and also to Order, limit and 
Rate the Allowance for their Work and Sendee. 

We have Ordered and Appointed the Twelve following Persons 
to be Porters as aforesaid, and hnve taken Security According to 
Law for their good behaviour in said office, Viz'. 

No. of Ticket. 

Samuel Sharp One 

James Gardner ...... Two 

John Legg Three 

John Fling Four 

Hugh Anderson Five 

Ebenezer Hayward Six 

Joshua Cross . Seven 

Rowland Power ...... Eight 

[343 ] Peter Curtice Nine 

Joshua Williams ...... Ten 

Lnngdon Baker ...... Eleven 

James Fnirservice ...... Twelve 

And the Rates for their Work and Service, which they may 
Demand, and shall not Exceed, shall be as follows, Viz*. 

For Carrying a Trunk or Barrell, or Wheelbarrow load of 
Goods, from any Ware house or place on the Dock or Long 
Wharfe, to any other Ware house or place on said Dock or Wharfe 
or to, and from any other place, of any less Distance than Ten 
Rods. One Shilling. 

From the Dock or Long Wharf, to Milk Street, School Street, 
Treamount and Hanover Street, and Northward as far as Cross 
Street, and all places of like Distance One Shilling and Six 
pence. 

From the Dock or Long Wharfe, to Pond Street, West Street. 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. . 

and to the West and North ends of the Town ; and other places 
like of [344.] Distance Two Shillings. 

And From the Dock or Long Wharf, aforesaid, Southward 
beyond Pond Street Two Shillings and Six pence. 

For Porterage of Powder to, or from the Powder House Two 
Shillings for a Single Half Barrell, and for Two or more One 
Shilling and Six pence, Each. 

For Housing and Stowing away Barrels in any Ware house or 
Cellar Sixteen pence p. Ton. 

For Unhousing, or removing the same Sixteen pence 
p Ton. 

For Housing Iron, and Coils of Cordage One Shilling and Six 
pence, p Ton. 

For Porterage and Housing Salt Two Shillings p. Ton. 

For measuring Salt One Shilling p. Ton. 

[345.] For Lowering down, and Stowing away Wine in any 
Cellar Twelve pence, p. Pipe. 

For Unstowing and Hauling up the same Twelve pence, 
p. Pipe. 

For Housing Rum, Molasses and other Liquors Sixteen pence 
p. Hogshead. 

For Housing Sugar Nine pence p. Hogshead. 

For Weighing Turpentine, and marking if required Two 
Shillings and Eight pence p. Ton. 

For Weighing a Hogshead of Sugar, above Twelve Hundred 
Two Shillings. 

For Weighing a Teirce from Five Hundred upwards One 
Shilling and three pence. 

For Wt ighing all Barrels Four pence p. Barrel. 

For Weighing Iron, and Coils of Cordage One Shilling 
[346.] arj d Six pence p. Ton. 

For Weighing Logwood, Fustick and Lignum Vitae Two Shil- 
lings p. Ton ; For Braziletto Three Shillings p. Ton. 

Which Rates and Allowances shall continue as long as they are 
found reasonable, and until it shall be orcler'd otherwise. 

And as a Badge of their Office, And in order to Distinguish 
the said Porters from other Labourers, thoy each of them 
wear upon their upper Garment, A round White Mettal Plate 
or Ticket, Number'd, with a Pine Tree for the Device, and 
this Inscription round it, Viz'. MASSACHUSETS BAY. BOSTON N. 
KXGLAXD. 

And Whereas the Select men have Power by virtue of said Act 
to remove such and any of said Porters, Who shall Misbehave in 
said office, We do herein- give Notice, That We shall not only look 
upon their Refusal to Undertake any Jobb, when not before Em- 
ploy'd, and all Unfaithfulness [347.] in the Performance and 
Discharge of their office, when Employ'd, to be a Sufficient Cause 
for their removal ; But likewise all Profane Cursing and Swearing, 
Drunkenness, Gaming, Fighting, Quarrelling and other Rude and 
Disorderly Carriage, on the Dock and wharves, or in any of the 
Streets of the Town ; of which the Common Porters have here- 
tofore been too Notoriously Guilty And therefore, If they 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 123 

Expect a Continuance in said Office, they must demean themselves 

Accordingly. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
JONATHAN ARMITAGE 
DAVID COLLSON 
ALEXANDER FORSYTE 
CALEB LYMAN 
JONAS CLARKE 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON JUN B . 
Voted, That Three Hundred Copies of the foregoing Orders 

relating to the Porters be forthwith Printed for the Service of the 

Town, and that they be Distributed as the Select men shall direct. 

[348.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 26. 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

Mess. Green & Walker appeared. Praying the Selectmen would 
please to View and to give Direction for their placing some Posts 
before their Ware house lately Erected near Brattle Street Church, 
Accordingly. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, and Capt. Lyman 
be a Committee to Attend that Service. 

Mr. John Compton appear'd, Praying the Select men would 
please to View the Street before His House in Fish Street, and 
give Direction relating to the Pavement thereof Accordingly. 

Voted That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman and m r . Hutchinson 
be a Committee for that Service. 

[349 ] Mr. William Lorkin, appeared Praying Liberty may 
be granted him to Open a Shop in Orange Street at the South end 
of the Town. 

Voted, That Liberty be and hereby is given him to Open a Shop 
in this Town Accordingly. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be and hereby is Stated and 
Set, at the rate of Fourteen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Three Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel is allow'd for Charges, 
which is as follows, Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White loaf 2. 10 

Wheaten 3. ] 5 

Household 5. 5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 1"". 7. 13 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 31, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

[35O.] Mess. John Eliot and Jonathan Willis Informs that 
m r . John Clough Obstructs a New High Way, latel}' laid open at 
the South end of the Town, Praying the Select men would Afford 
them Direction and Assistance in the affair, if they shall see meet. 
A Venire Facias Issuing from the Clerks Office, for the return 
of Sixteen Jurors to Serve at the next Superiour Court to be 
holden at Boston the Second Tuesday of August Viz*. Six on the 
Grand Jury, and Ten on the Jury of Trials. The Select men 
direct and Appoint Fryday next the 4 th . of August at Three o'Clock 
Afternoon at the Town house to Attend the same, and m r . Savell 
is directed to deliver the said Venire to the Constables of Boston, 
that so they may seasonably Warn the Inhabitants to meet at the 
time and place Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 2, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[351.] Mr. Willoughby being present Informs, That he 
Apprehends the Tarr under the Granary heats the Grain that lyes 
on the lower floor, and damnifies it. Also that the Wevils have 
taken the Corn That the Mice annoy the Corn much, being 
very Numerous And further that the lines for Opening and 
Shutting the Windows of the Granary want repair Humbly 
Praying the Select men would pleace to take the same under Con- 
sideration. 

Accordingly, Voted, That Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson, Capt. 
Lyman,, and m r . Clarke be a Committee to Consider of these 
Matters, and to take a View, and give Orders to m r . Willoughby 
as Occasion shall require. 

Mr. William Haislup Appearing Informs that he is ready, to 
Undertake the Business of Sweeping of Chimneys, and to give 
Security, as the Law directs, And Prays he may Qualify himself 
Accordingly, If the Select men shall see meet to Admit him, and 
that he has several hands ready to enter upon that Employment. 

Mr. Haislup was directed to bring his Bondsmen next Wednes- 
day. 

Mr. Ichabod Higgins appearing Informs That [352.] He has 
paid m r . William Waters Twelve Pounds for him self and three 
others, Who have been for some time past kept and detained at 
the Hospital on Rainsford Island, in full of his acco'. as Appears 
by m r . Waters Receipt But thinks it Unreasonable that they 
should bo Obliged to pay Three Pounds, part of the Twelve Pounds, 
aforesaid which m r . Waters has Charged for the Nurse, for Three 
Weeks, after She was Dismiss'd from the Hospital and came up to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 125 

Boston (She being sent back again to the said Hospital Notwith- 
standing). Whereupon the following Question was put, Viz' 

Whether it be reasonable that m r . Waters refund to the said 
Ichabod Higgins Three Pounds, which he received for the Attend- 
ance of a Nurse, Three Weeks after she had been Dismiss'd from 
any Service for them? And it Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

The Committee Appointed the 26 th . July last on the Motion 
of Mess". Green & Walker for placing Posts &c. Reported, 
That they had attended the Service they were Appointed to, and- 
were of Opinion that it might be Con- [353.] vcnient to Grant 
Liberty to the said Green and Walker to Set up Two posts, Viz'. 
One of each Side of their Warehouse door, fronting Brattle Street 
Church, not exceeding Three foot from the Wall of the said House, 
and another at the North Corner of the said Ware house, to prevent 
Carts, Trucks, &c. from Damnifying the Wall. 

The Committee Appointed the 26 th . of July last on a Motion of 
Capt. Compton, Praying the Select men to View and give Direc- 
tion respecting the Pavement before his House in Fish Street. 
Reported, That they had Viewed the place, and are of Opinion, 
That there is no need of Altering the said Pavement by raising it, 
According to Capt. Comptons desire. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 4, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Lyman 

Mr. Clarke 

Mr. Hutchinson 

The Committee Appointed the 2 d . Instant [354.] To repair to 
the Granary and consider the Complaints of m r . Willoughby as 
then Entred and give Orders thereon as Occasion should require 
Report That they have Accordingly Attended that Service this 
Day, And finding the Corn in a Perishing Condition, have given 
Direction to m r . Willoughby to procure a Sufficient Number of 
Hands to Winnow the said Corn out of Doors, and to procure a 
Sail and Spout for that purpose the Charge thereof to be born 
by the Town. 

The Committee Apprehending the Corn on the lower floor is 
heated and Damnified by the Tarr in the Cellar have also given 
Orders to m r . Willoughby to get the Corn removed from thence to 
an Upper room And the mouse holes to be Stop'd with Mortar 
and to wait on Capt. Armitage for lines for the Windows, who 
offers to Supply him with them. 

Several of the Constables of Boston appearing with the Venire 
for the return of Jurors for the Superiour Court But the Inhab- 
itants of the District of Rumney Marsh having not had any Warn- 
ing, by the [355.] Neglect of the Constables, the Meeting could 
not be regular Wherefore the Constables were directed to Warn 
the Inhabitants to meet for the purpose abovementioned, On Mon- 
day next the Seventh of August Currant, at Ten of the Clock in 
the forenoon. 



126 CITY DOCUMENT Ko. 87. 

Upon the Sorrowful Tidings of the Death of the Hon. Col . 
Prescott, one of the Justices of the Superiour Court, Appointed 
Specially for the Trial of the Causes depending between the Town 
of Boston and the Heirs of James Everill, John Read and William 
Shirley Esquires were desired to meet with the Select men- Who 
being present Accordingly, It was Proposed to Petition to His Ex- 
cellency the Governour in order to have the Vacancys in the Bench 
of Judges fill'd up Which Proposal being advised to, and agreed 
upon m r . Read was desired to draw up a Petition to His Ex- 
cellency Accordingly, to be ready tomorrow at Ten O'clock in the 
Forenoon. 

Memorandum, On Saturday, Aug. 5, 1738. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esquire, Capt. Lyman and m r . Hutchm? 
son being present together with John Read and William Shirley 
Esquires [356.] in r . Rand presented the draft of a Petition to His 
Excellency Agreeable to the Vote and desire of the Select men as 
Entred Yesterday, which is as follows, Viz 1 . 

Province of the Massachusetts Bay. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire, Captain General 
and Governour in Chief of this Province. 

The Select men of Boston, Humbly Shew, 

That they have Five Actions of great Importance depending be- 
tween the said Town, and the Heirs of James Everill Deceased, 
and to be finally tried and Issued upon Writs of Review at the 
Seperiour Court in Boston next Week, That two of the Judges of 
that Court, Viz*. Paul Dudley Esq r . and Thomas Greaves Esq r . by 
reason of their Interest in the Causes cannot Sit as Judges therein, 
and Col. Benjamin Prescot heretofore Appointed specially for the 
Trial of these Causes is lately Deceased, so that now there remains 
but a bare Quorum to try these Causes of such Importance. 

Wherefore they humbly Pray your [357.] Excellency with the 
advice and Consent of the Council to Nominate and Appoint Two 
other Judges to make a full Court for the Trial of these Causes as 
Boon as may be in this Term. 

And Your Petitioners, as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray &c. 

JOHN JEFFRIES 
CALEB LYMAN 
THOMAS HUTCHINSON JUN*. 
in behalf of themselves and the Rest of the Select men. 

Boston, Aug. 5. 1738 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 9, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

William Brown from London, Cordwaiuer desires Liberty to 
Open a Shop in this Town and to follow his said Calling The 
said Brown being present And it Appearing to the Satisfaction 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 127 

[398.] of the Select men that he brought into this Town with 
him Effects of Value Sufficient to Indemnify the Town, According 
to Law. 

Liberty was Granted him to Open a Shop as he Desires. 

The By-Law of the Town of Boston " For making Effectual 
Provision for the regular and seasonable Sweeping the Chimneys 
of this Town " having had the Allowance Approbation and Con- 
firmation of His Majesties Justices in Quarter Sessions. 

Voted, That 200 Copies of said By-Laws be, and hereby are 
Ordered to be forthwith Printed. 

The Select men receiving a Warrant under the Hand and Seal 
of the Honourable Josiah Willard Esquire Judge of Probate &c. 
Desiring & Impowering them to Enquire into the State of the 
Mind of John Snelling, Blockmaker, Represented Non Compos 
Mentis 

The Select men Agreed to Attend that Service forth with, in 
order to report thereon. 

Which being Accordingly done, The following Report was En- 
dorsed on the said Warrant Viz'. 

[359.] Boston, sc. Pursuant to the within Direction, We 
have made Enquiry into the State of the Mind of the within named 
John Snelling And do Report it as Our Opinion, That the said 
Snelling is so far wanting of reason and understanding as to belJn- 
capable of Managing his own affairs. 

A. B. ) c . 

r T^ jf r Selectmen 

C. D. &c. J 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, and the Select men of the Town of Boston, Thursday the 
10 August 1738 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Joseph Wads worth Esq r . 
Habijah Savage Esq r . 



Justices 



Abiel Walley Esq r . 



Samuel Sewall Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 

{Capt, Jonathan Arrnitage 
Capt. Alexander Forsjtb 
Capt. Caleb Lyman 
Mr. Jonas Clarke 

[36O.] Whereas by an Act of the Great and General Court, 
Pass'd in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His late Majesty 
King William III Intitled An Act for keeping of Watches in Towns 
It is therein Enacted That from time to time, When and so 
often as a Military Watch shall not be ordered and Appointed to be 
kept, The Justices of Peace together with the Select men of each 
Town within this Province, are Impowered and Authorized to direct 
and Order a Suitable Watch or Watches to be set up and kept 
&c. And also a Ward to be kept every Lords Day and other 
Days, as they shall think needful ; and to Appoint the Members 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

whereof such Watch and Ward shall Consist, and the time for the 
beginning and Continuance of the same, And the Constable or 
Constables of the Town, having orders accordingly given him or 
them in Writing by the Justices and Select men are hereb} r Im- 
powered and required from time to time to Warn such Watch and 
Ward respectively, and to see that all Persons so Warned by them 
do attend and Observe their duty in that regard. 

And Whereas the said Justices and Select men are Informed of 
frequent Profanations of the [361.] Lords Days especially at 
this Season of the year, by loose, vain Persons, Servants, Negroes 
&c. Unnecessarily Travelling or Walking to and from Boston and 
Roxbury, with Neglect of Attending the Publick worship of GOD in 
either place And bringing from the Neighbouring Towns, Corn, 
Apples, and other Fruits of the Earth, to the great Disturbance of 
the Publick peace, and Scandal of our Christian Profession. 

It is therefore Ordered By the said Justices and Select men, 
That from and After the Date hereof, and until the Fifteenth Day 
of October next ensuing, The Constables of and within the Town 
of Boston, and every of them by turns Do Warn and Appoint Eight 
meet and sober Persons Inhabitants of the said Town on the 
Lords Days to Ward on the Neck or Highway between Boston and 
Roxbury, at some Convenient place near the Line of Defence, 
Four of the said Persons, are to give their Attendance there, from 
Seven O'Clock in the Morning, until half an hour after Twelve at 
Noon, and then to be relieved by the other four who are there to 
Continue upon Duty until the Dusk of the Evening. [362.] And 
such Constables are to give in Charge to such Ward, to take due 
Care to prevent and Suppress such Disorders, And to Examin all 
Passengers and restrain them from Disporting, Idle Walking, or 
Unnecessary Travel on the Lords Day. 

And if any Person or Persons be Rude, Refractory, or shall 
refuse to give a Satisfactory Account of the Occasion of their 
Travelling Or otherwise misbehave themselves, to take them up 
and carry them before the next Justice of the Peace or otherwise 
to return their Names to such Justice that they may be Convented 
and proceeded against according to Law, as Profaners of the Lord's 
Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 11, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

A Venire Facias for the return of Six Petit Jurors to Serve at the 
Superiour Court [363.] of Judicature now holden at Boston, 
being read. It is hereby Ordered that the Tickets be drawn 
Accordingly, Tomorrow at Eleven O'Clock And that the Inhabi- 
tants be Notified hereof as the Law directs. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . John Dolbeare to dig up the 
Pavement and Open the ground before his Shop at the lower end 
of Cornhill, in Order to Clear his Drain Upon Condition that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 129 

he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement, and keep the 
same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select 
men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 14, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 
Upon a Motion made 

Mr. Cowdrey is Ordered to take proper Care [364.] To prevent 
any Damage being done to the Trees in the Common (it being 
Training Day) and to Watch them in the Evening. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 16, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Mr. Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchiuson 

Mr. Ebenezer Swan appearing, Prays that Liberty may be 
Granted him to Open a School in this Town, for Teaching Writing, 
Arithmetick and Merchants Accounts 

Which Motion being Considered and Approved, 
Voted, That Liberty be Granted Accordingly. 

Boston, August 17, 1738. 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to Sell 
Strong Drink, either as [365.] Innholders or Retailers, have 
been Presented to the Selectmen and at Several Meetings by them 
Considered A List of their Names and the Streets where each 
Person Dwells, with the Acting of the Selectmen on said Petitions, 
is here Recorded As follows, Viz'. 

Innholders, Approved and Recommended, Viz'. 
Abigail Boyes Fish Market 

Jonathan Brown Prince Street 

George Gray Ship Street 

Andrew Halyburton Dock Square 

Richard Hunniwell North Street 

Edward Lutwyche King Street 

Susanna Pemberton Ann Street 

Nathanael Wheeler King Street 

Retailers Approved and Recommended, Viz*. 
Abijah Adams George Street 

John Arbuthuot P^ssex Street 

Benjamin Bickner Middle Street 

Edward Ball Henchman's Lane 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Nicholas Boone 
[366.] Joseph Bill 

Philadelphia Boardman 

Anthony Caverley 

Thomas Child 

Priscilla Clark 

Abigail Deal 

Charles Dupee 

Grace Budding 

Jeremiah Green 

Elizabeth Grimes 
_ Richard Gridley. 

John Hilt 

Thomas Hill 

James Hodgson 

John Helyer 

Kezia Harvey 

Samuel Henshaw 

Nathanael Holmes 

John Hamock 

Thomas Jackson Jar/. 

William Jepson 

Ebenezer Lowell 

Lawrence Lutwyehe 

Stephen Lapiere 

Hannah Martin 
[367.] Ann Norman 

James Oliver & John Weadell 

Grace Pitcher 

Mehetabel Robie 

William Randle 

Tarosen Rogers 

Mary Sharrow 

Elizabeth Townsend 

Joshua Thomas 

Mary Timberlake 



Cornhill 
Clarks Wharffe 
Dock Square 
Orange Street 
Essex Street 
North Street 
Middle Street 
Newbury Street 
King Street 
Atkinsons Street 
Sudbury Street (near) 
Merchants Row 
Essex Street 
South Street 
Wings Lane 
Allen Street 
Water Street 
Essex Street 
Back street 
Shrimptons Lane 
Sudbury Street (near) 
Paddeys Alley 
King Street 
Union Street 
Hanover Street 
Cambridge Street 
Cross Street 
Battery March 
Charter Street 
Union Street 
Hanover Street 
Pierces Alley 
Wentworths Wharf 
King Street 
King Street 
Anne Street 
Essex Street 
Sudbury Street (near} 
Charter Street 
Fish Street 
Newbury Street 



Gilbert Warner 

Francis Wells Esq r . & Cord Cordis 

Isaac White 

Martha Winter 

Elizabeth Waldo 

One Innholder Disallowed Viz 1 . 
Jemima Debuke Cornhill 

Retailers Disallowed Viz'. 

John Ashley Newbury Street 

Thomas Butler J Battery march 

David Belcher Orange Street 

[368.] Elizabeth Edwards Anne Street 

Rebekah Foster Wentworths Wharf 

Samuel Green 

John Harper Hill's Wharf 

Elizabeth Haistop Newbury Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 131 

John Haldain Queen Street 

Mary Leverage Beacon Street 

William Lorkin Orange Street 

Sarah Marshall Cambridge Street 

Jeffry Milward Cambridge Street 

Elizabeth Randal Newbury Street 

David Snoden Salem Street 

John Wass Orange Street 

Mary Ward Barton's Rope Walk 

Dorothy Wheeler Orange Street 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 22, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
Mr. Clarke 
Mr. Hutchinson 

[369.] Whereas the Trial of Five Actions, depending be- 
tween the Town of Boston and the Heirs of James Everill, is 
coming on, at the Superiour Court now sitting. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to present 
the Sum of Fifty Pounds to the two Attorneys for the Town Viz'. 
Twenty five Pounds to John Read Esq r . and Twenty five Pounds 
to William Shirley Esq r . That he be desired to Advance the said 
Sum out of the Moneys lying in his Hands receiv'd for Townships 
Sold, And that the same be drawn out of the Town Treasury in 
the next Draught, payable to m r . Jeffries. 



SIXTH BOOK 



[!] At a Meeting of the Select men, August, 30, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
m r . David Collson 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth 
Capt. Caleb Lyman 
m r . Jonas Clarke 
m r . Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . 

Complaint being made by m r . Hutchiuson of Sundry Persons 
Carrying Ballast from Deer Island . Ordered That the Town 
Clerk in the name of the Select men do Notify (by an Advertise- 
ment in the Publick Papers) All Lightermen and others to desist 
from Carrying any Stones from said Island, Or they must ex- 
pect to be prosecuted for the same. 

Mr. John Checkley Jun r . Paid the Select men, in part of the 
Bond of John Read Esq r . [3.] To the Town, One Hundred and 
Seventy Pounds, Principal and Two Pounds as Interest for the 
said Sum to this Day Which Sum of .172, was delivered into 
the Hands of the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and is part qf the Pur- 
chase Consideration for the Town ship Number One Sold the said 
Read by auction the 30 th . June 1737. 

Capt. Armitage Reports that the Committee on the Affair of 
Charles Henley s Chimney, had been with the said Henley and or- 
dered him to desist from Carrying up said Chimney, and to Cover 
the roof of his House again Which Orders he promised to Com- 
ply with. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That m r . Cowdrey be and is hereby directed and Ordered 
to take a List of the Free Negro's, Indians, and Molatto's in the 
Town that are capable of Service, and to lay it before the Select 
men, in order to their being Employ'd in the Service of the [3.] 
Town, according to Law. 
Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, Capt. Lyman and m r . Hutchiuson be a Committee to treat 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 133 

with m r . Waters or other suitable Person to take Care of the Hos- 
pital at Raiusfords Island, on the most advantageous Terms to the 
Province, as soon as conveniently may be, and Report their doings 
therein. 

James Bryant from New York, a Sailor now belonging to a Vessell 
of m r . Perkins, has broke his Leg, is in a Miserable Condition, 
having no Friends and Poor, at the House of Roger Passmore 
Said Passmore's Wife desiring he may be taken Care of as the 
Select men shall direct. 

Voted, That the said Bryant is a proper Object of Charity, to 
be relieved at the Province Charge according to Law And the 
Town Clerk is order'd to Certify the Gentlemen the overseers of 
the Poor Acordingly. 

[4.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 5, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Upon a Motion made in the name and behalf of m r . Peleg 
Wiswall, Master of the North Grammar School, Praying the Select 
men would please to Appoint an Usher in said School, for that 
the number of Scholars are lately increased &c. 

Voted That m r . Wiswall be desired to Attend upon the Select 
men on Thursday next in the afternoon. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sept. 7, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Hutchinson 

[5.] Mr. Peleg Wiswall, Master of the North Grammar School, 
appear'd and Recommended m r Jonathan Helyer as a suitable Per- 
son for an Usher in the said School The Select men accordingly 
sent for the said Helyer and being Satisfied of his Capacity, they 
approved of him, and appointed him to be Usher of the said School 
for One Year next ensuing Agreeable to the Power given them 
by the Town, at their Meeting the 17 th . of May last past. 

Voted, That the Sum of Ninety Pounds p. annum be Allow'd 
and paid to m r Jonathan Helyer, for his Salary as Usher of the 
North Grammar School ; To Commence the 28 th of September 
Currant. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 8, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esqf 
Capt. Armitage 



134 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Lyman 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . is desired to [6.] Pay Five Pounds 
out of the Money received for Townships Sold being towards 
defraying the Charges of the last Tryal of the Cause between the 
Town and the Heirs of James Everill the said Sum to be drawn 
for, the next Draught Day. 

At a meeting of the Select men, Sept. 13. 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Upon Information that the Gentlemen to whom was Granted 
the last Thirteen Tombs, built in the South Burying place, and 
Number'd from G8 to 80 inclusive, have not yet paid their Money 
for the Use and Benefit of Drain, according to Custom and the 
Condition of the Grant Therefore, 

Voted, That m r Joshua Blanchard be and hereby is desired and 
impower'd to Collect the said Money from the said Proprietors, 
and [7.] That part thereof be applied to and for the Building a 
small peice of Brick Wall, at the North Corner of the said Burying 
place, against which part of m r Joseph Green's Tomb stands, 
Viz' Number 80. and that the Over plus of the said money so to 
be Collected be by him paid into the Town Treasury. 

It being Represented to the Select men that the Draw Bridge 
(so called) in Ann Street is mui-h out of repair. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and m r . Collsou be desired to view 
the same and Report thereon at the next Meeting. Vide Sept. 16 th 

Whereas this Year is the time appointed by Law for Perambulat- 
ing the Bounds betwixt Town and Town. 

It is therefore Agreed upon and ordered, That Fryday the 
Twenty second of September Current be the time for running the 
Line, and renewing the Bound marks between the Town of Boston, 
and the Town of Roxbuiy. And That the Select men, Viz* The 
Hon. [8.] John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Jonathan Armitage, m r . David 
Collson. Capt. Alexander Forsyth, Capt. Caleb Lyman, m r . Jonas 
Clarke and m r . Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . or any Two of them be a 
Committee for, and in behalf, of the Town of Boston fully author- 
ized and Impowered to join with such Persons as the Select men 
of Roxbury shall appoint and Impower to Attend and Perform the 
same. And that all Persons concerned therein be, and here by 
are desired to meet, at the House of m r . Richard Smith, at the 
Sign of the Grey hound, in Roxbury, at Ten of the Clock in the 
Forenoon of the said Day, in order to attend the said Business 
And the Town Clerk is hereby Directed to give seasonable Notice 
(by a Letter) to the Select men of Roxbury of this Appointment, 
Desiring them to appoint and Impower a Committee in behajf of 
the Town of Roxbury to join with us in that service accordingly. 

But if the Weather should prove wet and apparently unsuitable 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 135 

for the performance [9.] of the said Work on the Day above 
mentioned, Then the same to be attended and performed the next 
Day, Viz' On Saturday the Twenty third of September Current to 
meet at the Place and Time above mentioned. 

(Copy of the Letter to the Select men of Roxbury). 
The Select men of Boston ~) 

to [ Boston, Sept. 13. 1738 

The Select men of Roxbury ) 

Gentlemen, 

These are to give You Nolice that this Year is the time wheroin, 
according to Law, We are required to ruu the Boundary Line 
betwixt this Town and the Town of Roxbury. 

You are therefore desired to Appoint and Jmpower a Committee 
to join with that of Ours for the performance of that Service, and 
that they meet us at the Houso of m r . Richard Smith, at the Sign 
of the Grey-Hound in Roxbury, on Fryday the Twenty Second 
Day of September Current, at Ten O'Clock in (he forenoon. 

[1O.] The Persons appointed in behalf of this Town are the 
Selectmen. Viz'. The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. .Jonathan 
Arraitage, m r . David Collson, Capt. Alexander Forsyth, Capt. 
Caleb Lyman, m r . Jonas Clarke and m r . Thomas Hutchinson Juu r . 
and they, or any Two of them, are Impowered to run the Line, 
and renew the Bound mnrks between the said Towns of Boston 
and Roxbury, accordingly. 

But if the Weather on the said Twenty second Day of Septem- 
ber should prove wet, and apparently Unsuitable for the Perform- 
ance of this Work, then We do propose and appoint to Attend 
the same on the next Day following, Viz 1 . On Saturday the 
Twenty third of this instant September, to meet at the place and 
hour above mentioned. By Ord r . of the Select men, 

SAMUEL GEURISH 

Town Clerk 

Purusuant to the Directions of a Law of this Province For the 
regulating of Free Negroes &c. 

[11. J The Select men do Order and require the Free Male 
Negroes or Molattoes within the Town of Boston hereafter named 
each one of them to give their Attendance faithfully and dili- 
gently to Work in repairing the Iligli Ways, Cleansing the Streets, 
or other service for the common benefit of the Place, at such time 
jvnd Hace as the Select men, or such Person or Pel sons by them 
Appointed and imployed therein shall direct and Order for the 
S[>ac. of so many Days, as is hereafter set against each of their 
Names respectively, as an Equivalent to the Services performed 
by oiners in Trainings, Watchings, &c. for the present year. 

Names. N. of Days 

John Beard 2 

James Lancashire 2 

Charles Cole 2 

Prince Holmes 2 

Mingo 2 

Primus Dyer 2 

Tully Saul 2 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

John G randy 2 

Thomas Grandy 2 

Onesimus Mather 2 

John Wood by 2 

Felix Doctor 2 

Anthony Black 2 

John Lcasenby 2 

Walley Harris 2 

Brackets Indian 2 

Peter Melrose . 1 

Fortune Bilker 1 

Robin Saco 1 

Thorn. Culley 1 

Titus Rumney Marsh 1 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 16, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
dipt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lym;m 
m r . Hutchinson 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson Report [13.] That they have 
View'd the Drawbridge, so Call'd, according to Order as Entred 
the 13 th . instant, and that they find the said Bridge gone to decay 
and incapable of a good repair it being so late in the Year. They 
Judge it will be best to prepare Timber for a New Bridge, to be 
Built in the Spring. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 20, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
in r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Hutchinson 

Mr. Hutchinson, Informs that Henry Metcalfe a Yorkshire man 
having a Dangerous Fever Sore in his Breast, applying for Relief 
Was by him sent to the almsliouse the 14 th . inst. At the Prov- 
ince Charge. 

Mr. Daniel Bell Desires Liberty of a Tomb [14.] In the Old 
Burying place, amongst the New Tombs there to be made and also 
that he may have liberty of Building it himst-lf. 

Mr John Jennings lately from London Sadler, appear'd, Praying 
for Liberty to Open a Shop in order to follow his Calling Upon 
his Informing that he bro't his wife and One Child with him, he 
was directed first to appear at the Office on Monday next in the 
afternoon, with Sufficient Sureties to Indemnify the Town as the 
Law directs. 

Upon Report respecting the Repairs at the North Writing 
School, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 137 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and m r . Hutehinson be desired to 
Cause the Cellar Doors and Platform at the said School house 
to be repaired. 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson, (upon a Motion made) are 
desired to View, and to give Order for the necessary repair of the 
Cellar Doors and Stairs, of the Towns [15.] House where m r . 
John Lovell now dwells in School Street. 

A Petition of m r . Isaac Greenwood, Praying leave to open a 
School in this Town for the Instructing of Youth and others in 
the Mathematicks, and other parts of Learning, Read, approved 
and accordingly. 

Voted, That m r . Isaac Greenwood have, and hereby has Liberty 
Granted him to keep such a School Whilst he continues to regu- 
late the same in Conformity to the Laws of this Province in that 
Case made and provided, and to the approbation of the Selectmen 
for the time being. 

Upon a Representation rmide by m r . Warden that in a 
Deed of Sale for a Certain house and Land in Beacon Street, 
made and Executed the 20 th . may 1723, by the then Selectmen, to 
Francis Warden, there is a Manifest Omission of the Bounds on 
One Side of said Land, and Praying for Relief in that affair. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. [16.] Armi- 
tage, m r . Collson and Capt. Lyman be a Committee to View the 
said Land, and that they desire the Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . to 
accompany them, who was one of the Select men in the Year, 
1723, and that they Report thereon. 

Boston, Sept. 21. 1738 

Liberty is Granted to Habijah Savage Esq r . Henry Dering Esq r . 
mess". William Price, Peter Faneuil and others, to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Cornhill Street, in order to re- 
pair and mend the Common Shoar in said Street, and to Clear 
their Drains which run in it. Upon Condition, that they forth with 
make good the Ground and Pavement, and keep the same in re- 
pair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 22, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
Capt. armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Hutehinson 

[17.] The Select men of Boston in Concert with the Select 
men of Roxbury, attended the Perambulation betwixt the Two 
Towns, this Day ; A Report whereof is here Recorded, as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

Pursuant to agreement, We the Subscribers met at the time 
and place appointed and run the line and renewed the Ancient 
Bound marks between the Town of Boston and the Town of Rox- 
bury Beginning at the Mouth of the Creek which opens into the 
Bay leading to Cambridge, and so goes as the Creek runs, until it 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

comes in a range with the Fence and Trees which parts between 
John Richardson Esq 1 "' 8 I/and, formerly m r . Nathanael Brewers, And 
Samuel Welles Esq" Land, formerly called m r . Minots, then cross 
the Street or Hi;z;h Way till it comes t > a Stump with a heap of Stones, 
about Eighty feet from the High Way, and from thence Straight 
to a little Nowl upon the Edge of the Creek, a Corner of the 
Bounds, and from thence Easterly as the Creek runs, till it comes 
to a Stake with a heap of Stones in Colonel Lamb's Dam, nnd from 
thence as the Creek runs into the Bay between Boston aud Dor- 
chester. Dated the 22 [18.] Day of September, 1738 

John Jeffries ^ 

Jon a . Armitage 



David Collson 
Alexander Forsyth 



Select men 
of Boston 



Caleb Lymau 

Thorn'. Ilutchinson Jun r 

Joseph Heath 

Ebenezer Pierpont 

Joseph Weld L Select men of 

JohnHolbrook Roxbury 

Nathanael Brewer 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 25, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. Henry Howell Master of the Water Engine in Summer 
Street, appearing Informs, That One of his Company Viz'. William 
Cowell is lately Dead, and another of them Viz'. Eleazar Dorby is 
abroad at Sea. And Prays the Select men would please to appoint 
[19.] Two men to Succeed them ; at the same time recommended 
Joseph Birch and Thomas Foster Jun r . as sutable Persons, if the 
Select men, think fit Accordingly the Selectmen approving of 
them, 

Voted, That m r . Joseph Birch and m r . Thomas Foster Juu r . be and 
hereby are admitted into m r . Howells Company in the room of 
mess 1 " 9 . William Cowell and Eleazar Dorby. 

Upon a Representation that the South Grammar School house 
in School Street wants some Repairs Voted, That Capt. Armi- 
tage and m r . Oollson be a Committee to View the said School house, 
and Consider what repairs are needful, and cause the same to be 
done in the best and most frugal manner they can. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 4, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 139 

m r . Colson 
Capt. Lyrnan 
m r . Hutchinson 

[2O.] Mr. Hol3*oke Complaining that part of the Fence about 
the .School house in Queen Street is blown down. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and m r . Colson, be desired to cause 
the same to be repaired. 

Upon Information that a certain Woman named Fuller is come 
iu this town from Newton, and at present resides at the South 
end, in Gibbins's Court so Called, m r . Savell is ordered to make 
Enquiry after her and to give her Warning to depart the Town as 
the Law directs 

Mr. Collson informs that One Jane Jusey, from Roxbury is 
come into this Town, and resides at Hewes's in Frog lane, who is 
also reputed a disorderly Person, m r . Savell is Ordered to give her 
Warning to depart the Town, as the Law directs. 

Mr. Hutchinson in behalf of m rs . Alice Norwood, informs that a 
Certain Woman belonging to Marshfleld whose Name is [21.] 
Sarah McLucas is lately come into this Town, and now lyes Sick 
at the said m. Norwood, at the Sign of Ihe Dolphin, Praying the 
Select men would please to give Directions concerning her. 

Voted, That the said Sarah mcLucas be recommended to the 
Overseers of the Poor, as a proper Object of th3ir Care, at the 
Province Charge. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 11, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be, anrl hereby is set' and 
Stated after the rate of Thirteen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and Three Shillings and Six pence Allow'd for Charges, Which is 
as follows, Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 13 

Wheaten 4. 3 

Household 5. 9. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 1} 9. 4. 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 25, 1 738. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas the Select men of Boston, Anno 1678. Did L"t nn(o 
in r . John Joyliffe a Parcel of Land, formerly Let unto Thomas Batt, 
and by said Batt Assigned and made over to the said Joyliffe, lying 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

near the Spring in Boston Butted and Bounded as by the said 
Lease appears, for the full Space and Term of Sixty Years, Com- 
mencing the last Day of August 1678, He Paying the annual Rent 
of 7'/0. and at the Expiration of said Lease the Land with what 
Buildings should be Erected thereon, to be left free- for the Town 
of Boston, Which said Lease, or term of Sixty Years expired the 
31 st . of August, last past. 

[23.] As Also another Peice or Parcel of Land, Adjoining to 
the Land aforementioned, was by the said Select men Leased unto 
Jonathan Bridgham for the same Term of Years, at the Annual 
Rent of 20/ at the Expiration of which Term the said Land with 
the Buildings which should be Erected thereon to be left free for 
the Town, Which Lease also Expired the 31 8t . of August last. 

Voted, That the Select men on Fryday next at Three O'Clock 
Afternoon, will go and take Possession of the Premisses for the 
Town of Boston. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to go to Kath- 
arine Davis (who came into this Town from Rhode Island some 
time since) [24.] And Inform her, that it is the Direction and 
Order of the Select men, that Unless She shall appear to give Suf- 
ficient Security to Indemnify the Town by the first Wednesday in 
November next, she be sent forth of the Town, as the Law in that 
case made and provided, does direct. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 27, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

The Select men according to Appointment as Entred the 25 th . 
instant "Went to m r . Samuel Bass, and view'd and measured the 
Peice of Land belonging to the Town in Water Street in the said 
Bass's Possession, and on part whereof he has lately set part of 
his Kitchen, Viz 1 . About Five feet in Breadth and about Twenty 
feet in length And the ancient [25.] Lease being Expired, 
Viz*, on the 31 st . of August last past, m r . Bass did then and there 
Yield and deliver Possession of the said Peice of Land &c. unto 
the Select men of Boston, in Presence of John Savell and Samuel 
Gerrish, Witnesses. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 1, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. William Haislup appearing, He was informed, that some 
Complaints had been made against him, for not giving due Attend- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 141 

ance on the Business of Chimney Sweeping which he had un- 
dertaken. 

Mr. Haislup Answers and Says, That when he has had any 
Information of an}- Persons wanting to have their Chimnies Swept, 
he has never } - et failed of Attending and doing the Work accord- 
ing to Law. He further Informs that he [26.] Has now Five 
Persons constantly ready to be Employ'd in that Service, and if it 
be found they are not sufficient for the Business of the Town, he 
will Augment the Number. 

Mr. Winborn Complains that the Watch house at the South end 
of the Town is so out of repair, that he can't take in his Coles &c. 

Voted, That m r . Collson be and hereby is desired to view the 
said Watch house, and to direct and Order the necessary repair 
thereof, as soon as may be. 

Mr. Savell is directed to go to Capt. Sigourney and inform him 
the Select men desire he would send them an acco 1 . of what may 
be due from him to the Estate of William Holland, one of his 
Sailors who lately Died at tlie Province Hospital, in order to have 
the Debt which is due to Doctor Rand on his acco'. Discharged as 
the Law directs. 

Memorandum, Nov. 2, 1738. 

Capt. Charles Sigourney appearing in [27.] The Office, Exhib- 
ited an Account with William Holland, One of his Sailors who 
lately Died of the Small Pox at the Province Hospital, by which 
Account there remained due to the said Holland the Sum of Nine- 
teen Pounds Ten Shillings and Seven pence, which he paid into 
the Hands of the Town Clerk, in the presence and by Order of the 
Select men then present Which money is to be paid to Doctor 
William Rand in part of his Bill for his Attendance &c. on the 
said Holland during his Sickness at the Hospital Capt. Sigourney 
knows of nothing further due to said Holland, but informs that his 
Chest and Cloaths of some Value were left at Raiusford Island. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 6 th . 1738. 

Present 

The lion. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
rn r . Clarke 

Ordered, That m r . Savell take care, for the preservation of the 
Trees in the Common this Night. 

[28.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 8, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Mr. Savell is ordered to acquaint Catharine Davis that unless 
She appears to give Bond to Indemnify the Town as the Law 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

directs, with Sufficient Sureties on or before next Wednesday, 
that She must depart the Town, and m r . Savellis enjoined to See 
this Order Complied with, or in default, to cause her to be sent 
out Accordingly. 

Voted, That the Selectmen do meet tomorrow at Three O'Clock 
p. m. in order to go and take Possession of the Towns Land &c. 
formerly Leased to Jonathan Bridgham, now in the Occupation of 
the Widow Harvey, the Lease being expired. 

Mr. Sheriff Winslow informs that one [29.] Richard Still has 
Undertaken the Business of a Wliipper for the County, for which 
reason his Landlord has turn'd him out of Doors, and that he is 
destitute of Shelter and Lodging, being" very Poor ; Praying the 
Select men to take his Case under Consideration, he being an In- 
habitant of the Town. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to go to the 
Towns house on Fort Hill, and see if there be an Empty room 
there, and if there be, he is to put the said Still and his Wife into 
it, until further Order. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 9, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

According to Appointment as Entred Yesterday the Select men 
attending, They went and measured the Towns Land in Water 
Street, in [3O.] The present Possession of the Widow Harvey and 
find One Peice of Land formerly Let to Matthew Coy and then to 
John Joyliffe as p. Lease in the Town Clerks office, bearing Date 
the 28 th . February 1069, appears, Containing as follows, Viz'. 
Westerly, on Joyliffs lane, 27 feet in length 

Northerly, on Water Street, 26 feet, Front 

Easterly 25 feet, in length 

Southerly 32 feet, Rear. 

Another Peice of Land let formerly to John Joyliffe, as p. Lease 
in the Town Clerks Office, bearing Date the 4 th . July 1678, 
Appears, measuring 

Easterly - - - 29 feet 

Southerly - - 38 feet 

Westerly 25 feet 

Northerly on Water Street - 42 feet 

Which Peices of Land with the Buildings thereon were delivered 
up to the said John Jeffries Esq r . Jonathan Armitage, Alexander 
Forsyth, Jonas Clarke, and Thomas Hutchinson Select men for 
the Town, in the Presence of, John Savage, and Ebenezer Win- 
born, [31.] Mrs Harvey at the same time desiring to Hire the 
Premisses. 

Elizabeth Eliot alias Manning with her Child has Liberty to Im- 
prove a room in the House at Fort Hill, until further order. 

Mr. Waters Attending according to Order, The Select men 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 

treated with him about his keeping the Hospital at Rainsford 
Island, Who proposes that Upon Condition the Province will 
Allow him one Hundred Pounds p. annum with the Improvement 
of the Island and Use of the House He will allow the Use of 
his House hold Goods for the accommodation of the Sick from time 
to time as Occasion shall require But that Dyet, Nursing &c. be 
found at the Charge of the Province, And that he will not under- 
take it upon any other Terms and as for the time he has been 
at the Island already, he leaves the Consideration thereof to the 
Select men. 

The above Proposals not being Approved by the Select men, 
They ^acquainted him that he might Continue at the Island until 
further [32 ] order And that they should look out for some Per- 
son or Persons to live on said Island on more easy and reasonable 
Terms. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 15, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas the Town Clerk lately received of Capt. Charles 
Sigourney the Sum of Nineteen Pounds Ten Shillings and Seven 
pence as the Ballance of an Account between the said Sigourney 
and William Holland, One of his Sailors, who lately Died of the 
Small Pox at the Province Hospital, by means of whose Sickness 
considerable Charges have arisen 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to 
p&y the said Sum of Nineteen Pounds Ten Shillings and seven 
pence into the Town Treasury, to be towards the defraying 
the said Charges taking the Treasurers [33.] Receipt for the 
same. 

Mr. Hutchinson is desired to cause the Water Course before the 
Ware houses in Merchants Row, to be Cleared Complaint being 
made that it is at present a nusance. 

Upon a Motion made 

Voted, That the Select men at their next Meeting will Consider 
of some methods to prevent the firing of Chimneys in this 
Town. 

Ordered That the Town Clerk Issue forth Warrants directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

lu His Majesties Name requiring them forthwith to Warn all the 
Free holders and other Inhabitants of said Town duly Qualified 
as the Law directs to Convene at the Town house, on Tuesday 
next the Twenty-first Day of November Currant, at Two O'Clock 
Afternoon, then and there to take under Consideration A Petition 
of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the District of Rumney Marsh, to 
the Great and General Court, to be set off, and Erected a District 
and Separate [34.] Township ; And also to do what may be tho't 
further necessary, relating to the Affair between the Town and the 
Heirs of rn r . James Everill, &c. &c. 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 20, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Hutchinson 
Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That m r . Savell be directed to wait upon the Gentlemen 
the Overseers of the Poor for an Account of the Expences on 
John Lashley who was sent to the Alms house where he Died 
that so the Town may be reimbursed by Thomas Fisher his Bonds- 
man. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 23, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[35.] Doctor Douglass informs that One Jonathan Wilkins, a 
Journey man with Jonathan Foster, Cordwainer, living near the 
Green Dragon has got the Small Pox very full, which lias been out 
upon him Three Days, that he apprehends it will be at the utmost 
hazard of his Life to remove him out of the House where he is, he 
is apprehensive also, that the Distemper may be communicated to 
several in the Family who have never had it Viz*, m". Foster's 
Sister, and Child, who has constantly been in the room with, and 
attended the said Wilkins, Wherefore, 

Voted, That a Guard be forthwith set upon the said Fosters 
House, in Order to prevent any Persons from coming out or going 
into it without Order Accordingly m r . Winborn was 'sent for and 
proper Orders and Instructions given him for this end. 

The Select men took into Consideration what might be proper 
to do with the Woman and Child at m r . Fosters in danger of having 
receiv'd the Infection of the Small Pox and it being tho't neces- 
sary for the preservation of the Town that they be removed to 
some Convenient place [36.] Application was made to the Hon. 
Jacob Wendell Esq r . Samuel Sewell Esq r . and Joshua VViuslow 
Esq r . three of His Majesties Justices of tlie Peace, for a Warrant 
to remove them accordingly, They declared it to be their opinion, 
That they had no power by the Law to do it. 

Whereupon Application was made to His Excellency the Gov- 
ernour for farther direction with the advice of His Majesties Coun- 
cil, upon this emergency. 

Upon which His Excellency appointed a Council the 24 th . 
Who pass'd the following Vote, Viz'. 

Read and Voted That it be recommended to Edward Hutchiuson, 
Jacob Wendell, Anthony Stoddard and Samuel Welles Esquires, 
Justices of the Peace for the County of Suffolk, or any two of them 
to assist the Select men in pursuing the Law of this Province for 
the County of Suffolk, or any two of them to assist the Select men 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 145 

in pursuing the Law of this Province for the safety of the Town in 
the Case above mentioned 

[37.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 24, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lymau 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

"Whereas the Small Pox is broke out on Jonathan Wilkins, in the 
House of Jonathan Foster near the Mill bridge and there being 
in said House a Sister and Child of said Foster who have been 
constantly in the room with the said Wilkius, by reason where of 
its very probable they may have taken the Distemper. 

It is therefore tho't Necessary for the preservation of the Town 
that the said Woman and Child together with James and Thomas 
Hudson who have attended the said Sick Person, be removed to a 
House of m r . Benjamin Clough at the Westerly part of the Town 

Wherefore, 

Voted, That Application be made to Two of His Majesties Jus- 
tices of the Peace, for their Assistance according to Law. 

[38.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 25, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas the Select men have taken up a House of m r . Benjamin 
dough's at the Westerly part of the Town to be improved as an 
Hospital, and are going to remove the Persons from m r . Fosters 
who are Apprehended in danger of being infected with the Small 
Pox, into it. 

Voted, That m r . Clarke be and hereby is desired to Order Wood, 
and other things Necessary for their Comfortable Subsistance there, 
to be forthwith sent up to the said House. 

Mr. Sheriff Winslow came before the Select men (the Hon. 
Anthony Stoddard Esq r . [39.] being present with them) and 
bro't with him his Deputy m r . Nath 1 . Hasey, and then he delivered 
to the Select men the Warrant for removing the Persons from 
Fosters House, which had been left with him, and withal told 
them, m r . Hasey was there present, Who would Obey their Orders 

And then Spake to m r . Hasey to take the Select mens direc- 
tions in the Affair. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 28, 1738. 

Present 
The Hon John Jeffries Esq r . 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Coll son 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinsou 

Voted, That m r . Savel be directed to haug a red Flag at the 
House now taken up for an Hospital at the Westerly part of the 
Town According to Law. m r . Savell is further Ordered to 
Send up half a Cord of Wood more to the said House. 

[4O.] Memorandum, The Select men took Possession of m r . 
Benj". Cloughs House, for an Hospital, on Saturday the 25 th . Nov. 
Current. 

Nurse Maccoy was sent to the said Hospital on Monday the 
27 th Current, and a Girl sent to Assist m r8 . Foster in nursing at 
her House, the same Day. And a Jersey man was ap- 
pointed as a Watchman at the Hospital on the Lords Day, Nov. 
26 th . 

Mr. Richard Buckley One of the Assessors Appeared and in the 
name of the Assessors desires the Select men would take speedy 
Care that the Collectors of Taxes for the Year Current, be Quali- 
fied to Officiate in the said Office, the Books being near ready to be 
delivered to them, Whereupon, 

Mr. Savell is directed to notify the said Collectors to attend the 
Select men tomorrow, at Three O'Clock. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 30, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Hutchinson 

[41.] Mr. Savell having According to Order visited Mortimer 
Mac Kan Sic 1 ! at Robinsons in Wings lane, And Reporting there- 
on to the Select men They apprehend him to be a proper Person 
1o be taken Care of at the Province Charge, And Accordingly 
Ordered the Town Clerk to Certify the same to the Overseers of 
the Poor, and recommend him to be received into the Alms house. 
Capt. Daniel Pecker being present, Who was Chosen One of 
the Collectors of Taxes for the Year Currant took bis Oath to the 
faithful Discharge of said Office before m r . Justice Sewall. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 1, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Memorandum, The Select men having Signed the Answer of 
the Town of Boston to the Rumney [42.] Marsh Petition, it 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 147 

was delivered with the several Copies refer'd to therein, to the 
Representatives of the Town, in Order to their presenting it to the 
General Court according to the Vote of the Town the 27 th . of 
Nov. Current. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 6, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Mrs. Kezia Harvey being present The Selectmen then agreed 
with her as follows, Viz'. To Let to her upon Lease for Seven 
Years, the Land belonging to the Town with the Buildings Erected 
thereon Situate in Water Street, and lately in the Occupation of 
her Husband John Harvey Deceased which was taken into the 
Towns [43.] Possession by the Select men as entred the 9 th . 
ult. (and there described). The said Lease to Commence the 
first Day of September last past, at the Annual Rent, of Twenty 
Pounds to be paid Quarterly, She to be Prohibited from assigning 
her Lease, without the Approbation of the Select men, and upon 
Failure of Payment of the Rent for the Space of Ten Days after 
the same becomes due as above, the Select men may Re-enter the 
Premisses, and hold the same for the Town And at the Expira- 
tion or other determination of the Lease mrs. Harvey to deliver 
up the Premisses to the Selectmen of the Town quietly and 
peaceably and in goodt enantable repair. 

Jonathan Chandler Appearing presented a Certificate Signed by 
the Select men of Dorchester Signifying that they had received the 
said Chandler and his Family, and shall look upon them as Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Dorchester, According to their Promise 
made to the Town of Boston the 26 th . August 1736. 

Whereas Jonathan Wilkins who was taken [44:.] With the 
Small Pox at Jonathan Fosters House near the Mill bridge, is in 
a good measure recovered, A Motion was made for removing 
him with his Bedding &c. to the Hospital in the Westerly part of 
the Town, Accordingly Doctor Douglass was sent for, Who being 
present, upon the desire of the Select men, He gave it as his 
Opinion that the said Wilkius, with Care, might be removed safely 
to the said Hospital, without any danger to him as he apprehends 
And further he reports That the said Wilkins is free and willing 
to be removed thither, if the Select men think fit Whereupon, 
Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to cause the 
said Jonathan Wilkins to be removed and carried with all possible 
Care in the best manner he can, with his Bedding &c., tomorrow 
night, if the Weather be suitable and to do the same in the Dead 
of the Night to prevent Danger to the Inhabitants. 

Whereas m r . Obadiah Ayres, has been [45.] In this Town for 
some time, and may perhaps become Chargeable should he con- 
tinue here, Therefore, 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed according to 
Law to give Warning to the said m r . Ayres to depart the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 13, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Ar milage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Capt. Nathanael Montgomery and m r . Nath 1 . Bethune Executed 
a Bond, of the Penalty of Five Hundred Pounds, to the Town 
Treasurer, Conditioned to Indemnify the Town from Charge on 
Acco*. of Eighty two Passengers imported in the Ship Eagle, 
William Acton Master from Ireland. 

James Fitzgerald appearing, Informs that he came from Phila- 
delphia in March last, that he has travelled from thence to this 
Town by Land, [46.] that he came hither about Four mouths 
ago, that for Six Weeks or more next after his coming to Town 
he lodg'd at the House of John Keeffe, that he is by Trade a 
Leather breeches maker But being fallen Sick he is not ;;ble to 
work as he did formerly for his living, that he has no Friends to 
help him, and has expended what money he earned in the time of 
his Health Praying the Select men to take his distressed Circum- 
stances into their Compassionate Consideration Which being 
Accordingly done 

Voted, That We apprehend the said James Fitzgerald is a proper 
Object of Publick Chanty, and that he be recommended (by a 
Certificate) to the Overseers of the Poor, to be entertained in the 
Alms house at the Charge of the Province. 

Whereas William Thorp was lately a Tenant in a House belong- 
ing to m r . Benj a . Clough at the Westerly part of the Town which 
House was taken up by the Select men for an Hospital Th;it for 
the accomodation of the Town, he readily removed his Family 
[47.] out of said House, for which he was promised some Con- 
sideration by the Select men. 

The said Thorp now appearing Informs that his Child who was 
Sick when he removed, is since Dead, and Prays the Select men 
would please to advance a small matter to him, in his present 
Necessity to Assist him in its decent burial Accordingly. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell pay to the said Thorp Forty Shillings, 
towards what may be hereafter Allow'd him in Consideration of his 
removing as above. 

Whereas the Town Clerk represents to us, that the Papers be- 
longing to the Town in his Office, are very numerous, that the files 
have been of late put out of Order, and are mix'd, so that the 
Searching them, as Occasion calls for, is render'd tedious and un- 
certain, and that at present there are no Convenient places pre- 
pared in the Office to receive and hold them, they being at present 
kept in Chests Praying the Select men would please to give 
directions (if they see" Cause) for the making a Case or two with 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 149 

Partitions in them, sutable to hold the said Files [48.] upon Con- 
sideration of the said motion, 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to procure such Case or 
Cases to be made, as may be Sufficient and Sutable for the Service 
and end above mentioned. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk prepare the Leases from the 
Selectmen to the Widow Harvey of the Land &c. in Water Street, 
according to the agreement made with her, as Entred the Sixth 
instant. The Bounds and measures are as follows, Viz*. 

Fronting Northerly on Water Street and there measuring Sixty 
Eight feet. 

Easterly on other Land belonging to the Town late in the Occupa- 
tion of Samuel Bass, and there measuring Twenty-nine feet. 

Southerly on Land of the said Widow Harvey and there measur- 
ing Seventy feet and One half foot. 

Westerly on Joyliff's Lane, and there measuring Twenty Seven 
feet. 

Capt. Daniel Pecker Collector Appearing proposes Capt. Bar- 
tholomew Cheever [49.] And m r . Nathanael Hay ward, for his 
Sureties, Who was Accepted. 

Capt. Nathanael Barber proposes Joshua Winslow' Esq r . and 
Capt. Lyman for his Sureties, Who are also Accepted. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk take care to have the said Bonds 
duly Executed, as soon as may be. 

Memorandum, December, 14. 1738 

Capt. Daniel Pecker one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
Current, appeared iu the office, and having been Sworn to the faith- 
ful Discharge of his office Gave Bond to the Hon. Joseph Wads- 
worth Esq r . Town Treasurer, together with Bartholomew Cheever 
and Nathanael Hayward as Sureties, in the Sum of Eleven Thou- 
sand Six Hundred and Fifty four Pounds ; And Accordingly a 
a Certificate thereof was given him directed to the assessors. 

Capt. Nathanael Barber One of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
year Current appeared also, and hav [5O.] ing been duly Sworn 
Gave Bond to the Town Treasurer, together with Joshua Wins- 
low Esq r . and Capt. Lyman, as Sureties in the Sum of Four 
Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty Six Pounds. A Certificate 
thereof as usual was also given him, directed to the assessors. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 20, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe, One of the Collectors of Rates, and Taxes 
within the Town of Boston for the Year Current, Appeared, and 
having been Sworn to the faithful performance of that Office, 
Gave Bond to the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq 1 . Town Treasurer, 
together with mess". Robert Patteshall and Rowland Houghtou as 
Sureties in the Sum of Thirteen Thousand Seven [51] Hundred 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

and Twenty two Pounds A Certificate whereof was deliver'd him, 
directed to the Assessors of Boston. 

Capt. Armitagc in the name and Behalf of m r . John Dennie, 
Informs that he is greatly incommoded by the Smoke of the 
Chimney belonging to the Warehouse he Hires of the Town, And 
Prays it may be remedied if possible. 

In answer to his Motion, 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman be and hereby 
are desired to take Effectual Care that the inconveniency Com- 
plain'd off be remedied, as scon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 21, 1738. 
Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Capt. Lyman 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

The Select men this Day Executed the Lease of the Town & 
[52.] Land in Water Street with the Buildings thereon, late in 
the occupation of John Harvey Deceased unto m. Kezia Harvey 
Widow, for the Term of Seven Years, Commencing the first of 
September last past, at the Annual Rent of Twenty Pounds, to be 
paid Quarterly to the Town Treasurer or his Successors, Viz*. The 
Sum of Five Pounds upon the first Day of December, March, 
June and September, in each and every Year during the said 
Term &c. 

Whereas m r . Treasurer Wadsworth has represented to us, that 
thro' the Deficiency of the Collectors, the Treasury is in great 
want of money to answer the Draughts that are from time to time 
made on it Where by the School masters, Watchmen and other 
Officers are put to great straits and a motion being made and 
Seconded, The following Question was put, Viz*. Whether a Certain 
Sum of money, part of what has been receiv'd by the Select men 
for the Townships Sold, and now lying in the Hands of the Hon. 
John [53.] Jeffries Esq r . Shall be Lent to the Town Treasurer for 
the Use of the Town under its present difficulties, and to be re- 
funded to the Select men out of the first Moneys receiv'd in to the 
Treasury. Voted, In the Affirmative. 

Voted, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, part of the said 
money belonging to the Town, lying in the Hands of the Hon. 
John Jeffries Esq r . be accordingly Lent to the Hon. Joseph Wads- 
worth Esq r . Town Treasurer, for the present use and Service of 
the Town of Boston, the said Sum to be return'd again into the 
Hands of the Select men or their Successors, out of the first 
moneys received into the Treasury, ns above. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be, and hereby is 
desired to deliver the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds (part of the 
Towns Money lying in his Hands which has been receiv'd for 
Townships Sold) unto the Hands of the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738. 151 

Esq r . Town Treasurer Accordingly, Taking his Receipt for the 
same. 

[54.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 25, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . Town Treasurer being 
present, the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . delivered to him the Sum of 
Five Hundred Pounds, pursuant to the Votes of the Select men, 
Entred the 21 st . of December currant. 

Mr. Constable Read presenting a Venire Facias for the return 
of Ten good and lawful men to serve on the Petit Jury for Tryals 
at the next Inferiour Court of Common pleas and Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace to be holden at Boston for the County of 
Suffolk on the first Tuesday of January next. 

The Select men do Appoint Wednesday next the [55.] 27 th . of 
December at Three O'Clock afternoon, to be the time for drawing 
the Tickets, and the Constable is hereby ordered to Notify the 
Inhabitants thereof as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 27, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Mrs. Kezia Harve}' Appeared and Executed the Counterpart of 
the Lease of Land and Buildings in Water Street which She has 
Hired of the Select men as Entred the 21st instant 

Mr. Samuel Bass being present It is mutually Agreed 
between the Select men, and the said Bass, and there is Accord- 
ingly Let unto the said Samuel Bass, A Certain Peice [56.] or 
Parcel of Land in Water Street Adjoining to the said Bass's Land, 
late in his Occupation (and of which he delivered Quiet and peace- 
able Possession to the Select men, as Entred the 27 th of October 
last past) for the Space and Term of One Year Commencing the 
first Day of September last past, At the Annual Rent of Six 
Pounds, to be paid to the Town Treasurer for the time being at 
four equal Quarterly Payments, That is to Say the Sum of Thirty 
Shillings on the first Day of December, March, June and Septem- 
ber, yearly. 

Mr. Savell is directed and Ordered to Notify m r . Samuel Floyd 
Collector of Taxes for the District of Rummey Marsh to Appear 
next Wednesday at the Clerks Office in order to his being Sworn, 
and to give Security as the Law directs. 

Mr. Josiah Baker Appearing Informs that m r . Richard Goodwin 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

desires to [57.] Be Dismiss'd from the Service of the Engine 
under the said Bakers Care and m r . Baker recommends m r . New- 
man Greenough as a suitable Person to be put in his room if the 
Select men see fit. 

Accordingly the said Newman Greenough was accepted, and Ad- 
mitted into m r . Bakers Company And Upon a Motion made 
by m r . Baker, that the Town Clerk might be directed to give a 
new List of his Company and Orders thereon, because his former 
Orders were Obscured by the many Erasements that were alreadj 
made thereon. 

The Town Clerk was Ordered to give a New List of the Com- 
pany and orders of the Select men accordingly. Which is as follows, 
Viz'. 

Boston sc. At a Meeting of the Select men, December, 27, 1738. 
Ordered, That m r . Josiah Baker have the Charge of the Copper 
Engine by the [58.] North Meeting House and he is allow d 
Ten men (besides himself) Viz*. 

(Josiah Baker) 

Joseph Roberts 

Elias Robinson 

Samuel Pousley 

John Waters 

Newman Greenough 

Jonathan Tarbox 

Hucstable Baker 

Joseph Glidden 

Walter Edmonds and 

Zephaniah Basset 

and in Case there should happen any Difference at any time 
among them, that they should want to put out or take in any Man, 
Josiah Baker that has the Charge of the Engine Shall give an ac- 
count of the same to the Select men for their Allowance, and 
orders for their proceeding. 

And at any time, If a Fire breaks out, the said Josiah Baker is 
Ordered to Improve the said Engine, where he thinks [59.] He 
may do the most Service, And to take care that at no time the 
Doors of the Engine House be Obstructed by Snow &c. And to 
Work the said Engine Once every mouth from the first of April to 
the first of October and to see that the Engine and Pails be kept 
in good Order. 

And for their Care and Diligence in the same the Town of 
Boston at their annual Meeting the 13 th of March Anno Domini 
1737. have by a Vote Freed them from other Town offices for the 
Year Currant By order of the Select men &c. 

At a meeting of the Select men, Jan. 3, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 153 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson, appointed a Committee to view 
the Draw Bridge so called in Ann Street, And to make an Esti- 
mate of [6O.] the Charge of Rebuilding the same. 

Reported, That they had attended that Service, advized with 
Skilful Workmen, Computed the Quantity of Timber and other 
materials necessary &c. and find that the Charge for Timber and 
other materials with the Labour of Workmen &c. Will be about 
One Hundred and Twenty two Pounds as appears by an Estimate 
on file 

The Select men having Maturely Considered the Necessity of 
proceeding in the said Work, and the foregoing Report of the 
Charge &c. 

Voted, That the same Committee, Viz*. Capt. Armitage and m r . 
Collson be and hereby are Desired and Impowered to proceed 
therein, Viz*. 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson be and hereby are Desired and 
Impowered to proceed therein, Viz*, in Rebuilding the said Bridge 
as soon as ma}* be with Convenience, That they Agree with and 
Employ Skilful Workmen, and undertake the Oversight thereof 
until it shall be finished And that they give direction for 
Cutting the Timber to be used in said Work in the best Season. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread be [61.] and hereby is Set 
and Stated after the Rate of Thirteen Shillings p. Bushel for 
Wheat, and Three Shillings and Six pence Allow'd for Charges, 
The Computation of which is as follows, Viz*. 

oz- dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 13. 

Wheaten 4. 3. 

Houshold 5. 9. 

Six penny W'heaten Loaf I 1 - 9- 4. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 6, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Memorandum, That m r . Coroner Morey did this Day, by Virtue 
of Writs of Execution, to him directed, Issuing from the Clerks 
Office of the Superiour Court, deliver Possession unto the Select- 
men of Boston, as they are Agents [62.] for the said Town, 
Viz 1 . 

Two Third parts of Three Brick Messuages Situate in Dock 
Square in Boston aforesaid in the present Occupation (l rt .) of 

m". Abbot, (2 Iy .) of mess. Samuel Butler and Thomas 

Bromfield ; and (3 ly .) of m r . Thomas Hubbard. One Third part 
of Eight Wooden Shops Situate in Dock Square aforesaid, Ad- 
joining to the Shop or Messuage of the said Hubbard. and 

One Third part of the Market House and Land, in Dock Square 
aforesaid, and one Third part of another Peice of Land, whereon 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

lately stood Three Old "Warehouses or Shops With all Priviledges 
and appurtenances to the Premisses belonging. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 10, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 
m r . llutchinson 

[63.] Mr. Samuel Floyd Appearing According to Order, 
Major Sewall administred the Oath of Collector of Taxes within 
the District of Rumney Marsh for the current Year, to him ; and 
he was directed to procure Sureties, and to appear to give Bond 
as soon as may be. 

Whereas, upon the Motion and request of Sundry Persons, as 
enlred at several times, Liberty was Granted by the Select 
men, for Erecting Five Tombs in the South Burying place, Which 
Work being finished the Tombs Allotted and drawn, And a List 
presented for Confirmation. 

Voted, That the five Tombs lately Built in the South Burying 
place, Numbcr'd from 81. to 85. inclusive, be and hereby are 
Granted to the Persons hereafter named their Heirs and assigns 
respectively forever, Viz 1 . 

N. Eighty One, to Deacon Jacob Parker 
Eighty two, to Deacon John Clough 
Eighty three, to the Heirs of Sam 1 . Greenleaf Deced. 
Eighty four, to Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
Eighty five, to Doctor John Gibbins 
[64.] Upon the Conditions following. Viz 4 . 
That they, and each of them, their Heirs and assigns, Do, from 
time to time forever hereafter, at tlieir own proper Cost and 
Charge, Uphold, Maintain, and keep in good repair, the Brick 
Wall or Fence, with Cants on the Top of the same, as it is now 
built, and of the full breadth of each of their respective Tombs to 
the Satisfaction of the Select men of the Town for the time being 
Paying each his Proportion for the Benefit of the Drain, as has 
been Customary. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 17, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. Samuel Floyd Chosen Collector of the Taxes in the District 
of Rumuey Marsh [65.] for the Current year, appeared in the 
office, And having been Sworn to the faithful Discharge of that 
Office, Gave Bond to the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 155 

Treasurer, together with Thomas Pratt as Surety, in the Sum of 
Six Hundred Pounds And a Certificate thereof, directed to 
the Assessors, was deliver'd him accordingly. 

Upon a Motion made 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, Capt Lyman, and 
m r . Clarke be a Committee to Repair to the Hospital in the West- 
erly part of the Town, And to Inquire into the Circumstances of 
the Persons, who have lately been Visited with the Small Pox 
there, and Report thereon next Fryday. 

Upon Reading the Petition of James Barnard, recommended by a 
Number of Inhabitants in the Neighbourhood, respecting the 
making some Alteration at the lower end of Snow Street, as the 
same runs into Prince Street, for better accommodation of the 
said Street. 

[66.] Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, Capt. 
Lyman and m r . Clarke be a Committee to View the same, to Con- 
sider what may be proper to be done in the affair, and to Report 
thereon, next Fryday. 

Mr. Collson Desires to Hire, for the Year ensuing, A Certain 
Peice of Marsh on Boston Neck, formerly Improved by Col. Lamb 
and which he hired of the Select men the lust Year, and offers to 
pay Ten Pounds for the same. 

Major Hill Informs that Sarah Squire from New York has been 
for sometime past in this Town, that her Husband is gone to Sea, 
and left her with One Child, and big with another, that She is 
very poor and in a Suffering Condition, having no friends to re- 
lieve and help her 

The Select men Considering the above Information Are of Opin- 
ion that the said Sarah Squire and her Child are proper Objects of 
the Publick Charity and accord [67.] ingly directed the Town 
Clerk in their Name and by Order, to recommend her to the Care of 
the Overseers, to be Supported in the Alms-House at the Province 
Charge. 

Upon a Motion made 

Ordered That the Assize of Bread be Stated after the Rate of 
Twelve Shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, And Three Shillings and 
Six pence Allow'd for Charges, the Computation whereof is as 
follows, Viz 1 . 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 15 

Wheaten 4. 8. 

Household 6. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 10. 15 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 19, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Fovsyth 

m r . Clarke 
The Committee Appointed the 1 7 th . Current [68 . ] To View Snow 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Hill Street, &c. Having Attended that Service Report as follows, 
Viz*. That it is their opinion, It may be Convenient to Allow the 
Alteration (Proposed by m r . Barnard) to be made, at the lower 
end of said Snow Street, as the same enters into Prince Street, 
between the lands of m r . James Barnard, and m r . Thomas Jones 
Provided the said Street be left of the full breadth of Twenty 
feet, upon a Square at the lowor end of it, and to Continue the 
same breadth, the whole length of the said Barnard's Land. 

The Committee to repair to the Hospital in the Westerly part 
of Boston, Having Attended that Service, Report, That the Per- 
sons who have been lately Visited with the Small Pox, are all 
well recovered, and that they have been so for above a Month 
passed. 

Whereupon it is, 

Ordered, That the same be Certified in the Several News 
Papers, for the [69.] Information of the Publick. 

(Which was done as follows, Viz 1 .) 

For the Information of the Publick, These may Certify, That 
the Persons who were lately Visited with the Small Pox in 
Boston, And have been kept in a remote House in the Westerly 
part of the Town, are all well recovered, and in good health, and 
have been so, for above a Month past. 

By order of the Select men 

Jan. 20. 1738 SAMUEL GERRISH Town Clerk 

Ordered, That the following Advertisement for Letting Win- 
nisimet Ferry be Printed in the several News Papers, Viz*. 

To be Let, upon Lease for Years or otherwise, the Ferry be- 
twixt the Town of Boston and Winnisimet Any Person or 
Persons Inclined to Hire the same, may treat with the Select men, 
every Wednesday in the Afternoon, with whom they may Agree 
upon reasonable Terms. 

By Order of the Select men of Boston 

Jan. 20. 1738 SAMUEL GERRISH Town Clerk 

[7O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 24, 1738. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Lyman 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas Jonathan Chandler from Dorchester often resides in 
this Town, and may be likely to become a Charge if care be not 
taken to prevent it. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell give Warning to the said Chandler to 
depart the Town. 

Jan. 26, 1738. 

Memorandum, m r . Benjamin Babbidge Deputy Sheriff, Notified 
the Select men, of the Desire of William Wilson, now detain'd in 
His Majesties Gaol, upon Execution to take the benefit of the 
Act for the Relief of poor Prisoners for Debt Agreeable to a 
Notification under the Hands and Seals of Habijah Savage and 
William Tyler [71.] Esquires Two of His Majesty's Justices of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 157 

the Peace, this 26, Jan. 1738. NB. 41 Days end the 8. Marck 
next. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 29, 1738. a.m. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq. 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

A Venire Facias Issuing from the Clerks office, for the return 
of Sixteen Jurors to Serve at the Superiour Court to be holden at 
Boston the Second Tuesday of February next Viz'. 

Six on the Grand Jury, and Ten on the Jury of Tryals The 
Select men direct and appoint Fryday next, the Second of Feb- 
ruary, at three O'Clock afternoon, at the Town-house, to Attend 
the same, And m r . Savell is directed to deliver the Venire to the 
Constables of Boston, that so they seasonably Warn the Inhabi- 
tants to meet at the time and place Accordingly. 

[72.] At a Meeting of the Select men Jan. 29, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lym..n Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. Savell Report, that the following things, which were bought, 
for the use of the Sick Persons at the Hospital in the Westerly 
part of the Town, were deliver'd by him, at the Alms house, to m r . 
Henry Dyre And are as follows, Viz'. 2 Blankets, 1 Coverlet, 1 
Tubb, 1 Pail, 2 Pans, 1 Earthen Dish, 1 Earthen Plate and Por- 
ringer, 18 Course Towells, 1 Frying Pan, 2 Chairs, 1 Chamber Pot. 
Whereas m r . John Kneeland has exhibited an Account of Dis- 
bursements for the Use of the Persons lately Visited with the 
Small Pox at the Hospital in the Westerly [73.] part of the 
Town, and their Nurses, and other Attendants. 

Ordered, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be now drawn 
upon the Treasury payable to the said Kneeland in part of Pay- 
ment of the said Account And that the accompt lye for farther 
Consideration until the next Draft Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 31, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq* 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq'. 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Whereas m rf . Katharine Ellard is already come from New 
London to dwell in this Town, with four Children, namely John, 
Mary, Elizabeth and Helen with a Servant named Patrick Lane 
and Says She expects her [74.] Husband m r . Benj a . Ellard also 
in a Short time Praying for Liberty to open a Shop at the 
Southerly part of the Town The Select men inform'd her that 
they expected Security to he given to indemnify the Town as the 
Law directs. Accordingly, She proposed, either Joshua Winslow 
Esq r . or m*. Joseph Gerrish, as Bondsmen, which was approved 
by the Select men, and She was directed to get the same Exe- 
cuted. 

The Select men taking under Consideration the Report of the 
Committee, relating to the Alteration to be made at the lower end 
of Snow Street, as propose'd by m r . James Barnard Entred the 
19 th . instant and after some Debate thereon It was Agreed 
by the Select men, that they will take the first convenient Oppor- 
tunity to regulate the same. 

[75.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 6, 1738. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman, Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Upon Information that the Court of General Sessions had 
Approved and Confirmed a Town Order or By-Law for Weighing 
of Hay bro't to Market 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk, Obtain an Attested Copy thereof 
from ihe Clerks Office. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 7, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 
Capt. Armitnge 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman, Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Capt. William Pattin, Appearing Prays [76.] For Liberty to 
Open a Shop in Cornhill Liberty is Granted to him to Open a 
Shop accordingly. 

Mr. Read being present the Select men desired he would t;ike 
care that the Towns Causes with Everills heirs might be Entred 
as the first Actions for Tryal at the Superiour Court to be hokU-n 
next Week. 

Who Promised that he would take the Care of it, according to 
their Desire. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk write Letters to the Hon. Seth 
Williams Esq r . and William Ward Esq r . the Two Special Superiour 
Judges in the Towns Causes with Everills Heirs, to put their 
Honours in mind of the said Courts Sitting next Week, And that 
those Cases were Entred to come upon Tryal first, after the Open- 



.SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 159 

ing of the Court and in the Name and by order of the Select men 
to desire earnestly they would not fail of Attending on that Occa- 
sion [77.] And m r . Savell is ordered to take Care seasonably 
to Convey the said Letters accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 14, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Hutchinson 

Upon Consideration of the Motion and desire of m r . Ephraim 
Turner, for Liberty to keep a School for Dancing, in the House 
whore m r . Brownell lately kept his School, who is since Deceased, 
and his Widow remov'd, the said Turner being wall recom- 
mended. 

Voted, That Liberty be accordingly Granted to m r . Ephraim 
Turner to open a School in Tfeamount Street, for the Instructing of 
Children and others in Dancing While he Continues to Govern 
and regulate the said School in an Orderly manner to the approba- 
tion of the Select men of the Town for the time being. 

[78.] Upon the Petition of m r . James Barnard for regulating 
Snow Street, as Entred the 17 Ult. The Selectmen having Con- 
sidered said Petition and View'd the Street, find that it ought to 
be Twenty feet Wide thro'out, and that m r . Barnards House on 

the , Stands so far back that it renders the Street irregular . 

And the said Barnard being now about to repair his House, 

proposes and Offers to procure a Strip of Land on the for the 

Accommodation of the said Street, to b laid out, and Confirmed 
to the Town forever, from the Corner Four feet and half wide at 
the to ran, Twenty four feet until it come to a point; Pro- 
vided he may have Liberty to bring forward his House on the 
Street so far as to make the same streight. 

Voted, That Liberty be Accordingly Granted to the said Barnard 
to set his House forward so .far as to make the Street Strait 
upon Condition that he first procure a good Deed from the said 
Jones to the Town of Boston, of the aforementioned [79.] Strip 
of Land, to the Satisfaction of the Select men, and Provided 
also, that the said Street be left full Twent}- feet Wide, upon a 
Square. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk desire the assessors to exhibit to 
the Select men, a List of such Persons as arc become Qualified and 
lyiible to Serve on the Petit Jui 1 } 7 , since the last List was given, ia 
Order to have the same approved by the Town at their Approach- 
ing Annu;il Meeting, that their Names may be put into the Jury 
Box, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, and the Gentlemen the Select men of the Town of Boston, 
in the Council Chamber in Boston, upon Thursday the 15. Feb. 
1738. 



16t CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
[8O.] Habijah Savage Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . 
Major Samuel Sewall } Justices of the Peace. 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 
William Stoddard Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Caleb Lynian Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . ~) 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth > Selectmen 
m r . Jonas Clarke ) 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed upon 
according to the following Order, Viz 4 . 

Ward, Number, One. 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
John Ruck Esq r . Overseer of Poor 
Capt. Alex r . Forsyth, Select man 
m r . Richard Buckley, Assessor 
m r . John Flowers, Constable 
[81.] Ward, Number Two 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 

Samuel Greenwood Esq r . Overseer of Poor. 
m r . Thos. Hutchinson Jun r . Select man 
Capt. William Thomas, Assessor 
m r . John Jenkins, Constable 
Ward, Number Three 
Habijah Savage Esq r . 
John Fayer weather Esq r . 
Joshua Cheever Esq r . Overseer of Poor 
Mr. Peter Thomas, Assessor 
in r . Benj*. Babbidge, Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
William Tyler Esq r . Overseer of Poor 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . Select man 
m r . John Hams, Constable 

Ward. Number Five 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . Overseer of Poor 
[82.] Capt. Jonathan Arrnitage, Select man 
Capt. Daniel Pecker, Collector 
m r . John Pullin, Constable 

Ward, Number Six 
William Stoddard P]sq r . 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . Overseer of Poor 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 161 

m r . John Stamford, Assessor 

m r . William moore, Constable 
Ward, Number Seven 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 

Capt. Jeffery Bcdgood, Overseer of Poor 

m r . Joshua Blanc-hard. Assessor 

m r . Thomas Valentine, Constable 
Ward, Number Eight 

Henry Deriug Es(i r . Overseer of Poor 

Joshua Winslow Ksq r . 

m r . William Salter, Assessor 

m r . Edward Winter, Constable 
Ward, Number Nine 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Capt. William Downe, Overseer of Poor 

m r . Jonas Clarke, Select man 

Mr. Aaron Boardrnan, Constable 
Ward, Number Ten 

The Hon. Jacob Woudell Esq r . Overseer of Poor 

Francis Borland Esq r . 

m r . Jacob Parker, Assessor 

m r . Henry Dyre, Master of the Almshouse 

m r . Jonathan Read, Constable 
Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. John .Jeffries Esq r . Select man 

Major Samuel Sewall 

m r . Edward Bromfield, Overseer of Poor 

m r . Jacob Sheafe, Collector 

m r . Moses Eayres, Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 

m r . David Collson, Select man 

Major John Hill, Overseer of Poor 

m r . John Barker, Constable 

[84.] The time Appointed for this Visitation is Monday the 
Twenty Sixth of February Currant, at Nine O'Clock in the Morn- 
ing, if the Weather be fair And if not then to be Attended the 
next fair day And it is Also Agreed to meet together in the 
Evening of said Day at the Council Chamber, to Report the State 
of the Town. &c. 

Memorandum Feb. 19. 1738 

Pursuant to Writ of Venire Facias issuing from the Clerks 
Office, for the return of Six Petit Jurors, to serve on the Jury of 
Tryals, at the Superiour Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and 
General Goal Delivery, now holden at Boston for the County of 
Suffolk. 

The Select men direct that the Inhabitants be duly Notified as 
the Law directs to meet and to be present if they see Cause at the 
drawing the Tickets for Jurors Accordingly, on Tuesday the Twen- 
tieth Instant, at Eleven o'Clock in the forenoon. 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

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[85.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 21, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Mr. William Bryant Blacksmith his Wife, two Children, two 
White Servants and a Negio Servant, are admitted Inhabitants, 
Upon Condition that he the said Bryant together with Joseph 
Fitch give Bond to the .Town Treasurer in the Sum of Three Hun- 
dred Pounds, to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs, (which 
is done.) 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell Attending after some Discourse with 
him relating to the Erecting an Engine near to the Fortification at 
the South end of the Town for Weighing of Hay bro't to Market 
in Carts and other Land Carriages The said Wardell proposed 
and Offered to Erect a proper Engine for that end, and keep it, 
[86.] In good repair to the Approbation of the Select men for 
the time being, at his own proper Cost and Charges, and Attend 
upon the Duty and Office of Weighing of Hay, from Sun rising to 
Sun setting. Conformable to the Order or By-Law of the Town 
of Boston in that case lately made and provided. 

Upon Condition, That he the said Wardell and his Heirs (be- 
having well in that Office, to the Approbation of the Select men) 
may have the benefit and Improvement of the said Engine for the 
space and term of Seven Years, Commencing from the Erecting 
said Engine and his being appointed and approved as the Weigher 
of Hay according to the said By-Law. And the said Wardell 
further Covenants and agrees That at the end of the said Seven 
Years He or his Heirs will quietly and peaceably Surrender and 
deliver up the said Engine and the Appurtenances to the same be- 
longing unto the Select men of the Town of Boston for the time 
being [87.] for the Use and improvement of the said Town for- 
ever. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 26, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas Doctor William Rand in his Ace*, of his Attendance 
on sundry Persons Passengers &c. Sick of the Small Pox at the 
Province Hospital on Rainsfords Island (in or about the Month of 
August last, Who came in the Sloop Dove) Capt. Charles Sigour- 
ney Master) amongst other Charges the Sum of Twenty Six Pounds 
fifteen Shillings for Medecine and attendance on the Family of m r . 
Joshua Scottow of Charlestown. The said Scottow appearing 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 163 

before the Select men according to Order several times together 
with his Father, Declares, That he is not. able to [88.] Discharge 
the said Debt, being poor &c. accordingly, Voted, That the said 
Charges on the said Scottows Family ought to be defray 'd by the 
Province, as in such Cases is, by Law, provided But if in any 
time hereafter m r . Scottow be enabled and does pay the said Sum 
of Twenty Six Pounds Fifteen Shillings into the Treasury of the 
Town of Boston that in that Case, the Town Treasurer ought to 
pay the same into the Province Treasury, the Province being now 
made Debtor for it. 

Whereas Doctor William Douglass has Exhibited an Acco 1 . 
amounting to the Sum of . 41. 9. G. for Medeciue and Attendance 
on Sundry Persons lately Visited with the Small Pox, amongst 
whom he has Charged for Jonathan Wilkins the Sum of . 9. 17. G. 
And Whereas the said Wilkins was his Patient before the Select 
men took the Care of the other Persons, at the Hospital in the 
Westerly part of the Town, Therefore, 

Voted, That the Sum of Nine Pounds [89.] Seventeen Shil- 
lings and Six pence, be according deducted, and struck off from 
the said acco'. and that the same ought to be paid him by the 
Person or Persons employing him, 

Voted, Also that the Charge in said Acco'. for Thomas Hudson, 
being a Stranger from Newfoundland and Poor, is according to 
Law a province Charge, and that the Draft on the Town Treasurer 
be made accordingly. 

In Consideration of m r . Savell's Extraordinary Services in the 
Year past, Occasioned by the Small Pox in the Town with many 
and long Journyings, and Attendance on Courts in the Causes 
between the Town and m r . Everills Heirs. 

Voted, That he be Allowed the Sum of Forty Six Pounds in full 
for the same. 

Voted, That the Trees in the Common which are Dead be re- 
moved, and others Planted in their room in the Spring, and Capt. 
Armitage and m r . Collson are desired to Agree with some proper 
Person to Effect the same in the fittest Season. 

[9O.] Upon a Motion made And in Consideration of the 
Extraordinary Service of the Town Clerk in the Year past, in his 
Attendance on the Courts from time to time in the Tryals had 
between the Town of Boston and the Heirs of m r . James Everill 
with the Books of Record both of Town and County. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds be Allowed and paid 
to m r . Samuel Gerrish in full for the Services before mentioned. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 28, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 

i Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell receive of the Several Persons to whom 
the Scales and Weights lately Used in the Market houses [91.] 
were Lent, the said Scales and Weights, and bring them there 
and that he Report his Doings therein, to the Select men. 

Ordered, That the Sum of Nineteen Pounds Ten Shillings and 
Seven pence, Paid unto the Hands of the Town Clerk 03- Capt. 
Charles Sigourney, on acco'. of William Holland One of his 
Sailors, who Died of the Small Pox nt t!ie Province Hospital on 
Rainsfords Island, And by the Town Clerk put into the Hands of 
the Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . Town Treasurer, by Order of 
the Select men be now paid by the Town Treasurer to Dr. 
William Rand in part of Payment of the said Rands acco'. ex- 
hibited and pass'd upon the 26 Feb. current, Exclusive of the 
Sum of Thirty Seven Pounds Twelve Shillings and Six pence then 
drawn for, And that the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to 
Certify the Town Treasurer of this Order accordingly. 

[92.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 1, 173S. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hntchinson 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . informing That the Commission 
which was granted the 21 st . of August last past to the Hon. Seth 
Williams and William Ward Esq rs . Constituting and appointing 
them Special Justices of the Superiour Court, for the Tryal of the 
Causes then depending in the Law between the Town of Boston 
and the Heirs of James Everill, did not Comprise, include or take 
in, an Action of Review, between the said partys, for the recovery 
of a small part of a Certain Wooden Shop or Shops on the Town 
Dock in the Possession of John and Richurd Billings; leave for 
which was Granted by the Great .and General Court at their 
Session in November last, [93.] and Intended to be bro't to 
Tryal in this Town, Wherefore 

Voted, That a Petition be presented to His Excellency the 
Governour, and the Hon. His Majesties Council Praying that the 
said Special Justices may be farther Impowered for the Determina- 
tion of this last mentioned Writ of Review also or such other 
Provission in this Case be made, as His Excellency and their 
Hon". in their Wisdom and Goodness shall see meet. 

Which Petition is as follows, Viz*. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r . Captain General and 
Governour in Chief of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in 
New England, and the Hon. the Council of the said Province. 

The Petition of John Jeffries Esq r . and others the Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston, and agents for the Inhabitants of the said 
Town. 

Humbly Sheweth 

That Whereas Your Excellency with [94.] The Advice and 
Consent of the Council, on the Twenty first of August last, waa 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 165 

pleased to nominate and appoint Seth Williams and William Ward 
Esq. to be Two of the Justices of the Superiour Court of Judica- 
ture of this Province to be held for the County of Suffolk for hear- 
ing, trying and determining Several actions in Our said Court then 
depending by Review between the Inhabitants or Proprietors of 
the said Town of Boston in the County aforesaid and the Heirs of 
James Everill Deceased, being Actions of Ejectment of Houses and 
Shops Lands and Tenements in said Town Originally Commenced 
by the Heirs of said James Everill against divers Inhabitants or 
Proprietors of the said Town of Boston to be in the room of Paul 
Dudley and Thomas Greaves Esq. two of the Standing Justices 
of the said Court. 

And since that time Your Petitioners finding that they had 
Casually Omitted to bring one Writ of Review for a Moiety of a 
Third part of two small Shops recovered [95.] Of them by the 
Heirs of the said James Everill Prefer'd their Petition to the 
General Court in their last Session on the 29 th of November, last 
and obtained Liberty and Power to Review that action at the Su- 
periour Court of Judicature now sitting in Boston aforesaid And 
have thereupon brought their Writ of Review Accordingly. But 
Altho this Writ of Review is between the same Parties and for a 
small part of the same Premisses in dispute between them. Yet 
not being depending at the time of the Nomination and appointm*. 
aforesaid is not Comprised within the Terms and Provission of that 
Commission. 

Wherefore, Your Petitioners humbly Pray they may be farther 
Impowered for the determination of this last mentioned Writ of 
Review also, or such other Provission in this Case made as Your 
Excellency and Honours in Your great Wisdom and Goodness shall 
think fit ; and your Petitioners, as in Duty bound shall ever pray 
&c. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and [96.] m r . Clarke 
be a Committee, Who are here by desired to wait upon His Excel- 
lency and present the same. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 2, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas a Petition to the Governour and Council, was last night 
drawn, in Order to be presented this Morning ; And the Hon. John 
Jeffries Esq r . making the following motion That Whereas it 
is probable, when the said Petition of the Select men comes to be 
Read in Council it ma}- be moved there, to Notify the adverse 
party thereof Whether it may not be best in that Case to 
crave Liberty to with draw the same? Which Motion being Con- 
sidered and the Question [97.] Accordingly put Voted in the 
Negative. 

After a Short time. 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . returning Inform'd That the 
Select men's Petition to the Governour and Council was Granted ; 
And there upon made a Motion that it might be proper to acquaint 
the Hon. Seth Williams and William Ward Esq rs . of the same, 
and to desire them, if they please, to Attend next Tuesday in 
order to Qualify themselves upon this new Commission for that 
the Jury were to be Impannell'd in the Afternoon of that Day 
And the Tryal to be proceeded in the next Day. 

Which Motion being agreed to, the Town Clerk was directed by 
a Letter in the Name and by Order of the Select men to give 
Notice Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 6, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

[98.] Order'd, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant 
directed to the Constables of the Town of Boston, and every of 
them, In His Majesties Name Requiring them forthwith to Warn 
all the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
duly qualified, Rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a single Rate 
(beside the Poll) to Convene at the Town House on Monday the 
Twelfth of March current, at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon, Then 
and there to Nominate and Chuse meet Persons to Serve the Town 
the year ensuing, as Select men, Town Clerk, Overseers of the 
Poor, Constables, and other Town officers, as the Law directs ; 
To Consider the Ways and means for recovering any Donations 
to the Poor of the Town ; To Grant such Sums of Money as shall 
be judg'd needful for the relief of the Poor, and defraying other 
Necessary Charges ; To receive a further List of Persons qualified 
to serve on the Petit Jury; As also the Reports of several Com- 
mittees. To agree [99.] Upon Conclude and finish such other 
matters and things as were under Consideration at former Meet- 
ings, and continued to be further Debated at this, As also such 
other matters as may be proper for their Consideration at this 
Meeting. 

Voted, That the Rev. m r . Welsted be desired to Open the Town 
Meeting with Prayer. On Monday next ; And Capt. Forsyth and 
m r . Hntchinson are desired to wait on him, and desire He would 
Attend that Service. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Caleb Lyman Esq r . be a Com- 
mittee to take care that a Dinner be provided for Forty five 
Gentlemen on Monday next at the Orange tree, Who are desired 
to give directions Accordingly. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell give seasonable Notice to the several 
Sextons, to Ring the Bells of the Town for the Town Meeting on 
Monday next, at the Hours of Plight and Nine O'Clock in the 
morning. 

[1OO.] Voted, That Eight Shillings a peice be and here by 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1738-9. 167 

is Allow'd to the Constables of the Town of Boston, in order to 
provide a Dinner for themselves, on Monday next, the Day Ap- 
pointed for the Town Meeting. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be desired to wait upon the Assesors 
for an Attested Copy of their list and valuation of Estates and 
Faculties, for the Current Year to be lodg'd with the Town Clerk 
as the Law directs ; To be produced if Occasion snail require to 
determine any Disputes which may happen to arise respecting the 
qualifications of Persons offering their Votes at Publick Town 
meetings. 

[1O1.J At a Meeting of the Select men, March 19, 1738 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Jonathan Armitage 
m r . David Collson 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Jonas Clarke 
m r . Thomas Hutchinson Jun r . 

Major Hill Informs that Andrew Williamson a Sailor from 
North Carolina, having been Cast away was taken up and bro't 
hither by George Bishop that he now resides in M r . Gibbon's 
Buildings at the South end, that he is poor and sick, and a 
Stranger having no Friends to relieve him. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Certify the Overseers of the 
Poor, That the Selectmen recommend the said Andrew William- 
son to be received into the Almshouse, at the Charge of the 
Province, apprehending him a proper Object of such a Charity. 

riO3.] At a Meeting of the Select men, March 21, 1738. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Colson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread now Stated for Direction to 
the Bakers and Clerks of the Market be as follows, Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White loaf 3. 3. 

Wheateu 4. 13. 

Household 6. 6. 

Six penny Wheaten loaf 1*. 12. 12. 

Computed at Eleven Shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell Allow'd for Charges ; and the 
several Bakers within this Town are Ordered to mark their Bread 
which they bake for Sale, with the first letters of their Christian 
Names and with the first and [1O3.] last letters of their Sur- 
names ; And the Clerks of the Market are directed to mako 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

allowance for Bisket well baked, three quarters of an Ounce for 
each Bisket. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell Notify and Warn Rowland Power One 
of the Ticket Porters to Appear before the Select men next 
Wednesday, Complaint being made of his disorderly Carriage. 

Upon the Petition of John Keeffe to be Admitted One of the 
Ticket Porters, he being also Recommended by sundry merchants, 
as a proper Person, and Offering Security to the Satisfaction of 
the Select men. 

Ordered, that he be and hereby is accordingly Approved, and 
Admitted One of the Ticket Porters He giving Bond with m r . 
John Savell, in the Sum of Fifty Pounds, according to Law. And 

Whereas Langdon Baker, was admitted One of the Ticket Por- 
ters (giving Bond with rn r . Nicholas Boylston) and is since gone 
out of the [1O4.] Country. 

Ordered, That upon m r . Boylston's returning the said Bakers 
Ticket, Viz 1 . Number 11 that the Town Clerk deliver up his Bond, 
and that the Ticket Number 11, be deliver'd to the said Keeffe. 

Whereas a Petition of sundry Inhabitants was presented to the 
Town, at their Annual Meeting, the 12 th . of March currant 
Praying for Liberty at their own Cost and Charge to Erect and 
Build a Row of Tombs, and raise a good Brick Fence in the Front 
of the Old Burying place, abutting on Treamount Street they 
and their Heirs or Assigns always keeping the Tombs and Brick 
fence in sufficient Repair. The Prayer whereof was accordingly 
Granted, Upon Condition that the said Work, be carried on and 
Effected in a Way and manner agreeable to the Select men. 

Who are also to Assign the Tombs when Erected to the Grant- 
ees taking Caution, for their performance as [1O5.J above And 
mess. Blanchard, Parker, and Kneeland, Appearing, desire the 
Select men would please to give them Directions for their proceed- 
ing in the said Work that it may be begun as soon as may be. 

The Select men taking the Motion under Consideration, They 
direct and order as follows, Viz 4 . 

That the Street be not broken up, or dug, for carrying on the 
Work, more than One half of tlie length of the Brick Wall pro- 
posed, at One time, the Work of which half shall be finished and 
the Street made good again before tlie other half be dug up. 

That the same be inclosed witu a Fence while the said Work is 
doing. That the Dirt or Earth dug up every Day, shall be Carryed 
away the same Day. That the Bricks and Lime be laid so as not 
to incumber or incommode the Street. That a sufficient Number 
of Hands shall be employ'd in the Work, so as to Compleat and 
finish the said half within Four Weeks, and the whole wilhin Two 
mouths from the Time [1O8.] when the Work shall be begun 
And When the Work shall be begun, it shall not be left until the 
whole of it be finished to the Satisfaction of the Select men. That 
the Foundation of the Brick Wall or Fence be laid with Stone, 
and continued One Course above the Pavement of the Street the 
said Brick Wall to be Thirteen Inches thick, with Pillars on the 
inside thereof between every Tomb, That a good Stone Wall be 
made on the back of the Tombs, the Arches of the Tombs t) be 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 169 

turn'd with a "Wall of Thirteen Inches thick, the top whereof is to 
lye One foot at the least below the Top of the Pavement. The 
Heighth of the Wall to be as the Committee of the Select men 
shall direct. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage and 
m r . Clarke be a Committee to take the Oversight of the said Work, 
until the same shall be Compleated and finished. 

[1O7.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 26, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

A Venire facias issuing from the Clerks Office for the Return of 
Ten Petit Jurors to Serve at the Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, 
and Court of General Sessions of the Peace, to be holcleu at Bos- 
ton for the County of Suffolk on the first Tuesday of April next 
Presented and Read. 

Ordered That the Tickets be drawn accordingly on Wednesday 
next the 28 th . current at Three O'Clock Afternoon And that a 
Notification be posted up in the manner as by Law is prescribed 
that so the Inhabitants may be present, if they see cause. 

TICS.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 29, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq T . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman being Appointed a Committee 
to Enquire into, and Report on a Complaint made by James Nicoll 
Barber, of a Nusance which is Occasion'd by the Furnace of 
One Haldain, who keeps a Brazier's Shop next adjoining to him, 
in Queen Street Having Attended the Service desired of them, 
and Discoursed with m r . Charles Henley who Rents the Tenement 
of the Town, Inform that said Henley has promised the nusance 
Complained of shall forthwith be removed. 

Upon the Motion of m r . Francis [1O9.] Willoughby the Master 
of the Granary. 

Ordered, That he have Liberty to Sell out of the Granary 
Indian Cora at Seven Shillings p. Bushel, and Rye at Nine Shil- 
lings p. Bushell m r . Willoughby is Also Directed to receive the 
Key of the North Granary or Meal-house, and to take the Care of 
all that is therein, and to keep the Key thereof 'till further Order, 
Agreeable to the Vote of the Town at their Meeting the 19 th . Cur- 
rent impowering the Select men to give directions relating to the 
said Granary. 

Mr. Cowdrey being sent for, and Appearing, He was directed 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

and Ordered to take especial Care to prosecute all Persons who 
shall be found transgressing the By-Law for preventing the Selling 
of Butchers Meat by Steelyards. The like orders were also given 
to m r . Savell. Agreeable to the Order of the Town at their Meet- 
ing the 19 th Current. 

[HO.] Complaint being made against Rowland Power, One 
of the Ticket Porters, for his disorderly behaviour, quarelling and 
fighting. He was Notified to Attend, as Entred the 21 Current, 
and being present according to Order, And Acknowledging his 
fault, Craving Pardon, and Promising to be more Circumspect for 
the future, he is permitted to Continue in his said Employment. 

Whereas at a Publick Town Meeting the 12 th Current, upon a 
Motion made It was refer'd to the Select men, and. they were 
desired to Care to set a Row of Posts and Rails from Common 
Street up to Beacon Street to prevent Carts &c. from spoiling the 
Herbage of the Common. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt Armitage and 
m r . Collson be a Committee to take the Care and oversight of the 
same, and to cause it to be effected with all Convenient speed, 
either with Posts and Rails, or Posts only, as they shall judge 
best, having regard to a good and sufficient High Way for the 
Passing of Carts &c. from Common Street to Beacon Street afore- 
said. 

The same Committee are also desired to take care for Repairing 
the Fence of the South Burying place, near the Alms-house. 

Voted, That the Herbage of the South Burying place be let for 
the Year ensuing at the rate of Six Pounds p. Annum, And that 
the Gentlemen who hired the same the last year be Notified of this 
Order. 

Whereas Liberty was Obtained of the Trustees of Trinity Church 
in Summer Street, for placing the Engine House on the back side 
of said Church near m r . Gooch's Stable, Upon Condition the same 
should be removed again at the Town's Charge, when the said 
Church [112.] should desire it, And m r . Howell the Master of 
the Engine informing that the said Trustees desire the said Engine 
House may be removed. 

Voted, That the Select men will take it into Consideration to 
provide a place whereon to set the same that so it may be re- 
moved will all convenient speed. 

Mr. Savell having Business in the Countrey, Prays he ma}* have 
Liberty for the Space of One Week to be absent from Business of 
the Town. 

Liberty is Accordingly Granted. 

At a meeting of the Select men, April 4, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 
Mess". Brintnall, Cheever, and Pratt, [113.] three of the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 171 

Select men of the Town of Chelsea, late the District of Rumney 
Marsh appearing Represented that their High Ways and 
Bridges are much out of Repair, and that they Apprehend, as 
they are Obliged to pay the Rates and Taxes Assessed on them 
for the Year 1738. to the Town of Boston, so the Necessary 
Repair of their High Ways and Bridges for the year, 1738 ought 
also to be borne by tlie Town of Boston, and their Poor provided 
for, thro' the Year And that the Salary of their School Master 
ought to be paid by the Town of Boston to the 21 et . of March last 
past. 

Whereas Complaint is made that some evil minded Persons have 
lately presumed to dismantle the Towns House on Fort Hill, in 
part. 

Voted, That the Selectmen will meet at the said place on Fryday 
next the Sixth Current at Nine O'Clock in the morning, in order 
to view the same, and to Consider what may be proper to be done 
in the affair, to prevent [114.] further Mischief, and for securing 
the Towns Estate there. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Ordered, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed to take care 
forthwith that all the Scales and weights belonging to the Town, 
and Used by the Clerks of the Market in the Town's Service be 
carried to the Sealer of Weights &c. by him to be Adjusted, and 
then, that m r . Savell deliver them to the Clerks of the Market for 
the year 1739. taking their Receipts for them, and lodging the 
said Receipts with the Town Clerk. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, rn r . Collson and Caleb Lyman 
Esq r , be desired, as soon as may be, to provide a Convenient 
place at the Southerly end of the Town, for placing the Fire 
Engine and Engine House, and in the best manner they can. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . and m r . Clarke [115.] be 
desired to go to the Clerks office of Superiour Court, to get the 
Bills of Cost Taxed, on the Causes, lately tryed at the Superiour 
Court, between the Town of Boston and James Eveiills Heirs, 
and take out Writs of Execution for Possession of the Premisses 
recovered by the Town. 

Whereas at the late general Town Meeting upon a Motion made 
for filling up Wheelers Pond in Pond Street. It was referr'd to 
the Selectmen to Consider the Circumstances thereof, and to Report 
thereon. Therefore 

Voted, That the Select men do meet on Fryday next the Sixth 
Currant, in order to View the same and that the Town Clerk be 
desired to get ready an Extract of the Deed, of Instrument of 
Release which pass'd between the Select men and Giles Dyre Esq r . 
in the year 1710, relating thereto, for the Select men's guidance in 
the Affair. 

Upon a motion made, 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . and m r . Jonas Clarke, [116.] 
be a Committee to wait upon the Executors of the late Col. Check- 
ley, and to desire them, that in their overlooking the Papers of 
their late Father, they would Collect and lay aside the Papers or 
Books which may belong to the Town of Boston (if any such there 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

be) in order to their being deposited (with his Successor) in the 
Town Clerk's Office. 

April 10, 1739. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to Dr. John Clark to dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Fish Street, in Order to clear 
the Drain running from his Wooden Tenement in said Street, into 
the Common Shoar Upon Condition that he forthwith make 
good the Ground and Pavement, and keep the same in repair 
from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 11, 1739. 

Present 

[117.] The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Armitage 
m r .Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r , 
m r . Hutchinson 

Odrian Dupee Appearing, Informs that he came to dwell in this 
Town in February last, from New York where he had dwelt Two 
years, That he took Lodging at m r . James Packnets, That he is 
by Trade a Watch Maker and Works at present with m r . Bagnall, 
and designs to embrace the first Opportunity of going to St. 
Thomas's. He was directed to give Security to Indemnify the 
Town according to Law, or to remove out of Town again. 

Mr. John Leddel presented his Petition for Liberty to open a 
School in this Town, for Writing, arithmetick, Geometry, Algebra 
&c. Read. 

Voted, That m r . John Leddel have Liberty [118.] granted him 
to. Open a School in this Town, for the Instructing of Children and 
others in Writing, Arithmetick, Geometry, Algebra &c. 

while he Continues to Govern and Regulate the said School in 
as orderly manner to the Approbation of the Select men for the 
time being. 

Upon a Vote pass'd by the Select men for raising the Rent for 
the Herbage of the South Burying place as Entred the 29, March 
last. The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r ., appearing in behalf of him- 
self and others who had for Several Years past hired the same, and 
Represented to the Select men the Circumstances thereof. Which 
being Considered It was thought proper not to raise the Rent of 
the said Herbage this Year, but that it be Let at Four Pounds as 
formerly. 

Mr. Isaac Casno Appeared, and desires Liberty to raise the Roof 
of his Shop on the Town Dock which he hires of the [119.] Town, 
for his Convenience and at his own Cost and Charge. 

Whereupon it was Resolved That the Selectmen will view the 
same in Order to further Consideration. 

Upon a Motion made by Selectmen of Chelsea, late Rumney 
Marsh in the Township of Boston respecting the last Quarter's 
Salary due to m r . Belcher Hancock their School Master, ending 
the 21 of March last past, Praying the same may be paid to him 
to that time, for reasons mentioned. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 173 

In Consideration, that the Tax assessed upon the District of 
Rumney Marsh was for the Charges of the Year 1738, whidi 
Ended in March last, and Whereas m r . Hancock was Entred into 
the last Quarter, before the said District was set off by the General 
Court, as a Distinct and separate Township, 

Therefore, 

Ordered, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be drawn upon the 
Town Treasurer in the next draft, payable to m r . Belcher Hancock 
[12O.] in full for his Service as School master at Rumney Marsh, 
from the 21 st . of December to the 21 st . of March last past. 

Mr. Benjamin Stanbury a Glover, late from Bristol, having pre- 
sum'd to Open a Shop in this Town before he had obtained Licence 
for it. He was sent for, and accordingly appear'd. at which 
time he pleaded his Ignorance of the Law in that Cuse provided. 
And Pray'd the Select men woul 1 please to Grant him Liberty of 
opening a Shop and carrying on hid said Business Liberty was 
accordingly Granted. 

Mr. Cowdrey appearing, Informs that the Storms have damni- 
fied the Brick Wall at each end of the Fortification on Boston 
neck, and that many of the Bricks are fallen Whereupon, 

Voted, Th:it the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, and Caleb Lyman Esq r . be a Committee to View the 
[121.] Said Fortification, Consider what is needful to be done, 
and Report thereon. 

The same Gentlemen are desired also to View the Laud at the 
South end of the Town, sometime since taken by the Town Treas- 
urer in Execution for part of Moneys owing to the Town from 
Samuel Kneelaud a late Constable, and Report thereon. 

Upon Complaint made that the stocks are out of repair. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be and hereby is directed to 
Cause the said Stocks to be fully Repaired forthwith. 

Upon Complaint that the Gate and Fence about the North Burj-- 
iug place, want to be repaired. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Lyman be and hereby are 
desired to Cause the Repairs that are necessary there to be speed- 
ily Effected. 

Whereas, about the latter end of November [122.] last, the 
Small Pox was suffered to brenk out in this Town, near to the Mill 
Bridge, just at the beginning of the Fall Sessions of the Great and 
General Court ; And the Select men Apprehending the great 
difficultys that would accrue, by holding th-j said Court in any of 
the Neighbouring Towns in the Winter Season, took all possible 
care to prevent the Spreading of that Infection ; by hiring a House, 
in the remote part of the Town for an Hospital, Removing the In- 
fected Persons thither, providing them with all sorts of Necessa- 
ries, Nurses and Attendants and Confining them there during the 
whole Session of the Court All which has brought a very heavy 
Charge upon the Town of Boston. 

In Consideration whereof and upon a Motion made. 

Voted, That m r . Hutchinson be desired to prepare the draft of a 
Petition, to be presented to the General Court at their next Ses- 
sion, That the great Expences the [123.] Town of Boston have 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

been at, upon this Occnsion, may be defray'd out of the Province 
Treasury And that he report the same next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 19, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

in r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Upon Information receiv'd that the Small Pox is rife at the 
Island of Jamaica, and apprehending there may be great Danger 
of that -Distemper being bro't into this Town by Vessels coming 
from thence For preventing the same if possible. 

Ordered, That an Address be drawn to His Excellency the Gov- 
ernour, and Signed by the Select men, Desiring His Excellency 
would [124.] please to give orders for the Stopping all Vessels 
coming hither from that Island, until the Master and Men, have been 
duly Examin'd relating to that Sickness or any other there, and 
that Capt. Armitage and m r . Clarks be desired to wait upon the 
Governour with the said Petition. 

The Draft of a Petition to the General Court, Praying that 
the Town of Boston may be reimbursed out of the Province 
Treasury the Charges they have been at for preventing the Small 
Pox from Spreading in the Town while the General Court was 
Sitting Read, and the same being approved by the Select 
men, was Signed, and delivered to m r . Hutchinson, in order to be 
presented &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 25, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Capt. Forsythe 
m r . Collsou 
m r . Clarke 

[125.] The Hon. Col. Wendell appearing presented a Letter 
which he received from Capt. William Beekman, who was Arrived 
below, from New York and Stop'd by the Castle from coming up 
to Town Praying he may be permitted to come up to Town himself, 
in Order to his being Examiu'd by the Select men, if they see cause 
relating to the Small Pox. 

Ordered That Capt. Beekman have liberty to appear before the 
Select men accordingly. 

The Hon. Col. Wendell, Prays the Select men would please to 
appoint a time to take a view of some Land belonging to the Town, 
Adjoining to Land of the said Wendells upon Fort Hill in order 
to his making some Proposals to the Town relating thereto. 

Voted, That the Select men will Attend on that Business on 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 175 

Fryday next, at Ten o'Clock, And at the same time will make 
Enquiry who are the abutters on the said Hill, in Order to find out 
what Encroachments have been made on the Town's Land there. 

[J26.] Mr. Bartholomew Sutton, Master of One of the Fire 
Engines appearing, Informs that Capt. John Wendell has caused 
Isaac Vergoose to be Arrested for his Fines for Delinquencies on 
Training Days ; Notwithstanding the said Vergoose belongs to the 
said Engine, admitted by the Select men, and as he Apprehends, 
ought to be freed from Trainings, as well as from Serving in 
Town offices, agreeable to the Town Votes, from time to time, in 
that Case made and passed Praying for Relief in the Case, and 
that he may lie Excused accordingly. 

Col. Joseph Heath, the Vendee of the Boston Township, Num- 
ber Two, appear'd and Prays the Select men would please to re- 
ceive a Sum of Money which he is ready to pay, being part of the 
Purchase Consideration, And that he may be permitted to renew 
his Bond for the remaining part, for reasons mentioned. 

[127.] AVhereas there are frequent Complaints that the 
number of Ticket Porters already admitted, are not sufficient for 
the Business of the Town. 

Voted, That Six more suitable Persons be added to the number, 
which will make the Number to be Eighteen in all. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April, 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant Directed, 
to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesty's Name, Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an Estate of 
Forty Shillings p. [128.] annum of Freehold in Land within this 
Province or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the Value of 
Fifty Pounds Sterling, to Conveneut the Town-house upon Wednes- 
day the Second of may next at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon ; 
Then and there to Elect and Depute One or more Persons (being 
Free holders and Resident in the Town) according to the number 
set and limited by an Act of the General assembly, to serve for, 
and Represent them in a Great and General Court or Assembly 
appointed to be Convened held and kept, for His majesties Service 
at the Court House in Boston, upon Wednesday the Thirtieth Day 
of May next ensuing, and so, De Die in Diem, during their Ses"- 
sion and Sessions, according to a Warrant under the Hand and 
Seal of Edward Winslow Esq r . Sheriff of the Comity of Suffolk, 
bearing Date the Twenty Seventh of April, in the Twelfth year of 
His Majesties' Reign, annoq Domini 1739. 

[129. j They are alike Required to Warn all the Freeholders 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

and other Inhabitants of the said Town, Qualified as the Law 
directs, to meet at the same time and place, to Chuse Two Con- 
stables, One Clerk of the Market, One Hogreve, and to receive 
the Reports of several Committees. 

To agree upon, Conclude and finish such other Matters and 
Things as were under Consideration at former meetings, and Con- 
tinued to be further debated at this, and Also such other matters 
as may be proper at this meeting, &c. &c. 

Voted, That the Rev. m r . Gee be desired to Open the Town 
Meeting on Wednesday next with Prayer, and that Capt. Forsyth 
and m r . Hutchinson be desired to wait upon him, and Inform him 
of the Desire of the Select men, that he would Attend that service. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyih and Capt. Lyman, 
be a Committee to Provide a Dinner at the Orange Tree on 
Wednesday [J3O] next, the 2 d . of May, for Thirty five Gentle- 
men, Who are desired to give Orders accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 30, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

The Select men having agreeable to the Vote and desire of the 
Town, at their annual Meeting the 12 th . March last past, Con- 
sidered the motion then made for preventing the Water which 
comes out of the Common from running down thro' Winter Street, 
View'd the place &c. Are of Opinion, 

That Whereas in time past the Water from Beacon Street 
principally run across the Common, and so took its Course into 
Winter Street, the same is [131.] Now intirely prevented, As 
We apprehend by raising the Ground in the Common near the 
Entrance 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. 

Ordered, that a Report be accordingly drawn to be presented 
to the Town at their Meeting next Wednesday. 

Whereas it was also refer'd to the Select men to Consider the 
Motion made by Dr. Stuart relating to the safe Carriage of 
Powder to and from the Powder House, to project Ways and 
means therefor and to Report thereon And they having Accord- 
ingly Considered that Affair, are of opinion, Viz'. 

That the safest Way for 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 [132.] Importing Powder 
be obliged to Convey it, from on board Ship, in Cover'd Boats, to 
the Bottom of the Common, near the Powder house, and that it 
be carried from the said Boats to the Powder house in a Cover'd 
Cart or Carts, unshod ; and in order thereto, that the Gentlemen 
who may be Elected to Represent this Town in the Great and 
General Court approaching, be desired and directed to use theii 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 177 

Endeavours that a Law may be Enacted for this end, with a 
Penalty annexed, and in the Winter Season, while the River re- 
mains frozen, that it be brought from on board Ship in Cover'd 
Boats to Bull Wharf at the South end of the Town, and from 
thence Convey'd to the Powder house in Cover'd Carts as afore- 
said. 

As to carrying Powder from the Powder house thro' the Town, 
We apprehend the Law already made and provided to prevent 
danger by careless Persons carrying it thro' the Town uncover'd, 
if duly observed, may be sufficient. 

[133.] Mr. \V inborn appearing Complains that Peter Ran- 
dal, One of the Watch men at the South Watch house proves a 
disorderly Person, being often Drunk, when he should be upon 
Duty, Which he thinks is his Duty to Inform the Select men of, 
According to their order and Prays that he may therefore be 
dismissed from the Service, and a sober Capable Person put in 
his room. 

Voted, That Peter Randal be accordingly dismis'd from further 
serving the Town as a Watchman. 

And that William Sample be Admitted in his room upon proba- 
tion, until the next Draft day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 2, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Ilutchinson 

[134.] Whereas upon a Motion made at the Annual Meeting 
of the Town the 12 th . of March last, It was refer'd to the Select 
men, to Enquire into the Circumstances of Wheelers Pond, and 
consider the agreement formerly made between the Select men and 
Giles Dyer Esq r . relating to it's lying open for a Watering place 
forever ; They having accordingly Attended the service, and taken 
advice thereon are of opinion 

That it is with the Town to give leave for filling up the said 
Bond, if they see fit And that it may be Convenient to have it 
so clone Accordingly. 

Ordered, That a Report be drawn to present to the Town at 
their meeting this Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 9 ; 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 
[135.] Upon a motion made by m r . Lodowick m c . Gown, 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Praying for Liberty to open a Shop at the North end of the Town, 
for Grocery &c. It appearing to the Satisfaction of the Select 
men that the said m c . Gown brought with him into the Town, 
Effects sufficient to indemnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted accordingly. 

John Boyd is admitted One of the Ticket Porters, having been 
well recommended. Upon Condition m r . Charles Apthorp becomes 
Bound with him to the Town Treasurer, as the Law directs. 

Patrick Burck is admitted One of the Ticket Porters being well 
recommended upon Condition that m r . Joseph Calef becomes 
Bound with him to the Town Treasurer, as the Law directs. 

Jonathan Neley, being well recommended is admitted One of 
the Ticket Porters, Upon Condition that Capt. Forsyth becomes 
Bound [136.] With him, to the Town Treasurer, as the Law 
directs. 

Timothy Harney being well recommended is admitted One of the 
Tickets Porters, Upon Condition that m r . Luce, m r . marshall or 
m r . Pitts become Bound with him, to the Town Treasurer as the 
Law directs. 

Mr. Nathaniel Wardell jun r . being present Informs That, ac- 
cording to the Vote and order of the Town, at their annual Meet,- 
ing the 12 th . of March last past, and being thereto appointed and 
Impowered, at his own Cost and Charge, He lias Erected an 
Engine for Weighing of Hay bro't to Market, at the South end of 
the Town, and Orange Street, and made a Tryal of it, having 
already Weigh'd several Carts with their loads of Hay, and finds 
it to answer the end well, and that the same is performed with 
Ease and Expedition And therefore Prays, that if there any 
further agreements to be enter'd [137.] into, or directions to be 
given him, by the Select men, in order to his proceeding in the 
Business of Weighing of Hay to which Office, he was Appointed 
as aforesaid, that he may receive them. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 11, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitnge 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell Jun r . Appeared before the Select men 
and having been Chosen and appointed to be Weigher of Hay, 
by the Inhabitants at a Publick Town Meeting, the 12 March last 
past, he was now Sworn to the faithful Discharge of that Office, 
by m r . Justice Lyman. 

Ordered, That the By-Law for Weighing of Hay bro't to Mar- 
ket, which was approved by the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace for the County of Suffolk the th . of Feb. 173* [138.] He 
printed, And that One Hundred Copies thereof be lodg'd in the 
Town Clerks office, to be disposed of according to the Direction of 
the Select men. 

Whereas, m r . Nathanael Wardell Jun T . according to his own 
proposal and agreement with the Select men relating to the Erect- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 179 

ing an Engine for weighing of Hay, as Entred the 21'*. of Feb. 
last, is quietly and peaceably to Surrender and Deliver up the said 
Engine and Appurtenances to the same belonging unto the Select 
men of the Town for the time being, for the Use and Improvement 
of the said Town forever, at the Expiration of the Term of Seven 
Years, Commencing from the Erecting the said Engine, and his 
Appointment as the Weigher of Hay, or other sooner Determina- 
tion of his Officiating in that Office, by reason of his Misbehaving 
therein. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk prepare a Bond of the Penalty 
of Two Hundred [139.] Pounds, to the Town Treasurer, for the 
faithful performance of his said Engagement entered into with the 
Selectmen, as aforementioned. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 16. 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

m r . Hutchinson. 

The Select men present, having Signed the Return on the Sher- 
iffs Precept for Choice of Representatives, Order that m r . Savell 
carry it to the other Gentlemen to be Signed by them also And 
that he take care to deliver it forthwith to a Constable in Order to 
his Warning and Summoning the Gentlemen Elected to Attend 
the Service, and to return the Precept to the Town Clerk, by him 
to be delivered to the Sheriff. 

This Day was Let to m r . Solomon Kneeland [14O.] Felmonger, 
A Certain Peice of Land, at the South end of Boston, Bounded 
Westerly on Orange Street, Sixteen feet ; Northerly on said Knee- 
lands Land, One Hundred and fourteen feet ; Easterly on James 
Day's Land, Sixteen feet ; Southerly on the House and Land of 
Samuel Haley, One Hundied and fourteen feet; for One Year 
next ensuing commencing this Day for Four Pounds p. annum to 
be paid to the Town Treasurer which said peice of Land was 
taken by Execution upon Judgment recovered, at the Inferior 
Court of Common pleas for Suffolk ; Recorded in the Registry of 
Deeds for said County the 7 th . August 1736 Lib 52, folio 230. 

Mr. William Owen Appearing Complains of the Nusance near 
to his Shop -in Dock Square and Prays that the same may be 
removed as soon as possible. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Richard [141.] Barnard to dig up 
the Ground in Hull Street at the North end of the Town, in Order 
to lay a Drain from his House there into the Common Shoar run- 
ning from the North Burying place into the Mill Pond ; Upon 
Condition that he forthwith make good, the Ground again and 
keep it in good repair to the Satisfaction of the Select men from 
time to time. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 23, 1739. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Armftage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 
tn r . Hutch in son 

Whereas Complaint is made, that the Gutters of the Pavement 
at the Head of School Street are laid so low, that it renders the 
Passage of Carts, Coaches, &c. across the same, very difficult, 
and is very inconvenient for the Inhabitants, and it being moved 
that the [142.] Same be remedied. 

Voted, That the said Pavement be Alter'd, so as to make it 
more Commodious for Passengers, Carts &c. and that the Hon. 
John Jeffries Esq r ., Capt. Armiiage and m r . Collson be a Committee 
to take care that it be effected us soon as may be. 

Mr. Nathanael Wardell Juu r . being present Executed a Bond 
to the Town Treasurer of the Penalty of 200, for surrendering 
quiet and peaceable Possession of the Engine lately Erected in 
Orange Street for Weighing of Hay, to tho Select men for the 
time being at the Expiration of Seven years agreeable to his 
Proposals, as Entred the 21, Feb. last. 

Thomas Phelan being well recommended is admitted One of the 
Ticket Porters, upon Condition that m r . Edward Langdon, becomes 
Bound with him, as the Law directs. 

Mi*. Cowdrev, W inborn and Chambers [143.] appear' d in 
behalf of themselves and others the Watchmen of the Town 
Informing that the Town is considerably in Arrears for their 
Wages, there being no Money in the Town Treasury And 
Whereas their dependance is much upon their Monthly Allowances 
They Humbly Pray the Select men would please to take their d ffi- 
culties under Consideration, in Older to find out some Way for 
their relief in the Premisses. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell Notify the Collectors of Taxes to 
Attend next Wednesday. 

William Weeks with his Wife and Three Children being come 
into Town from Dorchester in Order to dwell here and has Open'd 
a Shop, without leave first had being sent for appear'd and 
Says he has been here nbout Eight Weeks, tmd lives in a House 
of Deacon dough's at the South end, He was directed to procure 
sufficient Bonds men to Indemnify the Town, to the Satisfaction 
of the Select men at farthest on Wednesday the 6. June next. 

[144.] Whereas the Committee of the Select men appointed 
to set Posts and Rails from Common to Beacon Street, as Entred 
the 29 th . March last, have begun to lay Dirt to prevent the Waters 
running a cross the High way, and have fill'd up several holes, and 
low places in the Common. 

Voted. That the said Committee be desired to proceed further 
therein, as they shall think fit. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 28, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 181 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutcbinson 

Capt. Pethuel Whiting Commander of the Brig Industry being 
present Informs that One John Smith a Sailor, born in England, 
to whom he gave his Passage from the Island of Spanish Town for 
his Work [145.] is fallen sick, in his Voyage hither that he is in 
a very weak Condition, has no Effects No Wages due, Nor Friends 
to relieve him And Prays the Select men would please to take his 
Case into Consideration, and give orders thereon Accordingly 
The Select men Apprehending the said John Smith to be a 
proper Person to be received into the Almshouse at the Province 
Charge Recommended him by their Certificate to the Gentlemen 
the Overseers of the Poor. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at the 
rate of Eleven Shilling p. Bushel, and Three Shillings and Six 
pence p. Bushel, Allow'd for Charges, Which is as follows, Viz 1 . 

Of Penny White loaf 3 S 

Wheaten 4. 13 

Household 6. 6 

Six penny Wheaten loaf I 1 . 12. 12 

[146.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 29, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Amitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Capt. Ephraim Jackson Commander of the Ship Barwick, 
together with rn r . Samuel Dowse gave Bond to the Town Treasurer, 
in the Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, to Indemnify the 
Town of Boston from all Charges which rnay arise on acco' of 
Forty Six Passengers, Imported in the Ship Barwick from 
Ireland. 

Juen. 2. 1739. 

Liberty is Granted to rn r . James Dolbeare to dig up the Pave- 
ment and open the Ground In Union Street in order to Clear the 
Drain running from his House in said Street into the [147.] 
Common Shore there Upon Condition that he forthwith cause 
the Ground and Pavement to be made good again, and keep the 
same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select 
men. 

June 6, 1739. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Jonathan Williams to dig up the Pave- 
ment in Cold lane, and to Open the Ground, in Order to Clear and 
repair the Drain running from his House into the Common Shore 
in the said Lane Upon Condition that he forthwith cause the 
Ground and Pavement to be made good again, And that he keep 
the same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the 
Select men. 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. : 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 6, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

[148.] Voted, That m r . Treasurer Wadsworth be desired to 
draw out the Province Acco'. of Money due to the Town, in order 
to its being presented for Payment. 

Elizabeth Fisher, Widow of Benjamin Fisher late of Maiden, 
Miller Deceased, being present, Informs, that her Husband the 
said Benjamin Fisher and family lived at Maiden about Two Years, 
where he follow'd his Calling, and was unfortunately Drowned, 
Since which, Viz', in April last She with her Family Viz'. Six 
Children came to dwell in this Town, and has hired a House of 
m r . Clough, at the upper end of Long lane, She was directed to 
procure Surety's and give Bond according to Law to Indemnify the 
Town from Charge ; and Whereas She proposes, m r . Stokes m r . 
Gold and m r . Chandler, for Bondsmen The Select men accept 
of either Two of them and the Town Clerk directed to prepare a 
Bond accordingly. 

[149.] Whereas m r . Thomas Fisher gave Bond to the Town 
Treasurer, the 22, Dec. 17:36. to Indemnify the Town on acco'. of 
John Lashley, A Person bro't by him from St. Georges to this 
Town Which Person became a Charge to the Town to the Sum 

of as appears by the Overseers acco'. And m r . Fisher being 

present according to Order He has Promised the Select men to 
defray the said Charge as soon as he possibly can ; and in Order 
thereto lo Supply the Town with Fifteen Cord of good Fire Wood, 
for the Almshouse, in August next in part. 

Mr. Samuel Tyley presented Two Executions Viz'. One against 
Ichabod Paddock, and another for Possession of part of the 
Wooden Shops on the Town Dock, recovered of the Heirs of James 
Everill at the Supcrionr Court in 1738 and Also an account 
amounting to . 18. 3 clue to him for Writings &c. which 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . was desired to Discharge. 

[15O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 7, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinson 

Select men take Possession of Shops &c. on the Dock, 
(marginal note minute of the affair being omitted) 

[151.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June, 8, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 183 

Capt. Forsytk 

Capt. Lyman 

m r . Clarke 

Upon Information receiv'd, that the Small Pox Is broke out at 
Newport on Rhode Island, and is likely to prevail there Upon a 
Motion made. 

Voted, That a Petition be drawn to His Excellency the Govern- 
our desiring that he would please to give orders to the Com- 
manding Officer of the Castle to Stop all Vessells from coming up to 
Town, who shall arrive from thence, before the Masters or others 
have been Examin'd relating to the said Distemper. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 11, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

[152 ] The Select men being informed that a Vessell is 
arriv'd from Rhode Island having the Small Pox on board, and is 
now at Anchor off Rainsford's Island. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk be directed to Write a Letter to 
m r . Waters in the name of the Select men, Desiring him strictly to 
Observe the Law respecting Persons coming to that Island, and to 
prevent Persons from coming oflf the Island to this or the neigh- 
bouring Towns, while the Small Pox is there, without leave from 
lawful Authority. And also to Caution him to take care that all 
Persons occasioning an} 7 Charge at the Hospital, Pay and Dis- 
charge the same themselves. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 12, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hutchinsou 

[153.] Upon application made to us by Capt. Samuel Forst 
Master of the Schooner Whalefin, Viz 1 , by m r . Ebenezer Austin a 
Passenger with the said Forst from the Island of St. Christophers, 
who was present, and Informs that the said Vessel is Stop'd below 
by His Majesty's Castle on acco*. of the Small Pox at that Island, 
and the said master is not permitted to come up to Town, Praying 
he may be permitted to come up in order to his being Examin'd 
&c. 

And Two of Hia Majesty's Justices being present with the 
Selectmen, and Apprehending no Danger of Infection, they Signed 
a Certificate, for permitting the said Master to come up to Town 
in Order to his being Examined on Oath relating to the said Dis- 
temper. 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 13, 1739. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[154.] Whereas Complaint is made, that the Trench made 
for Canning the Water before the Water houses in Merchants 
Row, doth not answer the End propos'd, but rather proves a nu- 
sauce, by reason of it's not being Paved And Whereas the Pav- 
ing the same will cost Considerable, and not fully Answer the End, 
as We apprehend, Unless the Abutters will also join and Pave 
their parts Therefore, 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, and m r . Hutchinson be a Committee to take the Care of 
this Affair, Who are desired to treat with the Gentlemen who are 
the Abutters, about the same And Provided those Gentlemen 
will Agree with the Select men to do their part of the said Pave- 
ment That then and in that Case, the other part be also done at 
the Charge of the Town, so far as to carry the Water into the 
Town Dock. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. armitage, m r . 
Collson, & m r . Hutchinson [155.] Be a Committee, who are 
hereby desired to treat with the lion. Thomas Palmer Esq r . and 
others about Conve3'ing the Water running before their Warehouses 
in Corn Market, so as may best accommodate the Town and the 
abutters, and prevent the nusance Occasion'd by the Stoppage of 
the Water before the Sun Tavern. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Ksq r . Capt. Armitage, Capt. 
Forsyth, Capt. Lyman, m r . Clarke, and m r . Hutchinson be a Com- 
mittee to Settle the Accounts with the Towns Tenants in Dock 
Square, in order to a full adjustment with them, and also to Con- 
sider what Rent may be proper to be set upon each of those Tene- 
ments, when they come to be Let or Leased anew, and for how 
long a time And to Report thereon, as soon as may be. 
Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Publick Schools within the 
Town, Pursuant to a Vote and order of the Inhabitants at a 
Publick meeting the 12 th . of March last, be attended on 
Monday the 2o th . of June [156.] Current, and that Caleb Lyman 
Esq r . and m r . Clarke be desired to wait upon IJis Excellency the 
Goveruour, and to inform him, it is the desire of the Select men 
that His Excellency would please to Honour them with His Com- 
pany in the said Visitation. 

The other Gentlemen Chosen to Accompany the Select men on 
that Occasion, are as follows Viz'. 

The Hon. William Dummer Esq r . 
The Hon. John Osborne Esq r . 
The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 1739. 185 

The Rev. Joseph Sewall, D.D. 

The Rev. m r . Thomas Prince 

The Rev. m r . Charles Chauncy 

The Rev. m r . Mather Byles 

The Rev. m r . Ellis Gray 

William Weeks and Mary his Wife with their Three Children, 
Namely Elizabeth, Lemuel, and Hezekiah Weeks, are admitted 
Inhabitants, Edward Capen of Dorchester having given Bond, to 
the [157.] Town Treasurer in the Sum of Three Hundred 
Pounds to Indemnify the Town from any Charge on their Ac- 
count, according to Law. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 20, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk obtain a List of the Persons 
Licensed as Inuholders and Retailers the last Year within the 
Town of Boston, from the Clerk of the Peace, and lay the same 
before the Select men next Wednesday. 

Voted, That the Marsh on Dost on Nock formerly Improved by 
Col. Lamb, and the last Year was Let to m r . David Collson, be 
and hereby is Let to the snid Collson for the year Current, He 
Paying to the Town Treasurer for the Use of the [158.] Town, 
the Sum of Ten Pounds for the same, According to his Desire as 
Entree! the 17 th . January last. 

Upon a Motion made 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer and Town Clerk be desired to 
lay before the Select men a List of the Leases of the Towns 
Estate, which are Expired or are near Expiring, that so seasonable 
Advertisement may be given, according to the Direction of the 
Town for the Leasing them anew. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That the Rev. m r . Cooper and m r . Checkley be desired 
to accompany the Select men in their Visiting the Publick Schools 
on Monday next, in the room of the Rev. m r . Byles and m r . Gray. 

Voted, That mess. Thomas Cushing Jun r . and m r . Edward 
Bromfield be also desired to accompany the Select men in their 
said Visitation. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . [159.] Be desired to 
acquaint the Hon. Gentlemen of His Majesties Council who are 
Chosen to accompany the Select men in their Visitation of the 
Schools, of the said Select mea's desire. 

Voted, That m r . Cowdrey wait on the Gentlemen, the Ministers 
Chosen to accompany the Select men in the Visitation, with m r . 
Cushing and m r . Broinfield and Acquaint them of the Selectmens 
desire, And that he be directed to Notify the Several Schoolmasters 
of the time appointed for the Visitation, and that he Invite the 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

said Schoolmasters and Ushers to dine with the Select men oa 
that Day. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and Capt. Lyman be desired to 
provide a Dinner for about Thirty Gentlemen at the orange tree 
on Monday next. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 21, 1739. 

T resent 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

[16O.1 Capt. Nathanael Richards Master of the Sloop Young 
Club from New York, being present was Sworn by m r . Justice 
Henchman, and Declares, That he Suil'd from New York about 
Eleven Days ago ; That the Small Pox was then in the City in 
some places ; That his Company are Eight men and a Boy, Who 
have all had the Small Pox formerly, and are all in good health, 
That his Cargo Consists of Cotton Wool, Rice Bread Flour, Pease, 
Plunk, Brazilleto and Mehogony Wood, That all the Cotton came 
out of a Vessel which airiv'd th^re from St. Thomas's, Two Days 
before he took it on board. 

Ordered That Ciipt. Richards lye off in the Road, and keep his 
Men on Board until further Order, and attend on the Select men 
011 Saturday next at Ten o'clock, in the Forenoon. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 23, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchiuson 

[161.] Capt. Nathanael Richards appearing according to Order, 
and desiring Liberty to come to the Wharf in order to Unlade 
The Selectmen not apprehending any danger Gave Liberty 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . in behalf of the Overseers of the Poor, 
desires Liberty to open the Ground in the Common, in order to 
lay a Drain from the Alms house. 

Memoradum July 2, 1739. 

Mary Fisher Widow of Benjamin Fisher late of Maiden, Miller 
Deceased, is admitted an Inhabitant with Six Children, namely, 
Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary, John and Mercy, Joseph Wilson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 187 

of Maiden, and Jonathan Chandler of [162.] Boston, having 
given Bond to the Town Treasurer in the Sum of Three Hundred 
Pounds to Indemnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 5, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Upon a Motion made by Daniel Henchman Esq r . as Entred the 
27 June last. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, Caleb Lyman Esq r . and m r . Clarke be a Committee, to 
Consider what may be proper to be done in answer to the said 
Motion, and Report thereon. 

Mess. Parker and Blanchard appear'd and Informs That 
Deacon Samuel Bridgham desires Liberty to Erect a Tomb within 
the [163.] Old Burying place, in Order to Interr therein his 
Relatives which now lye buried near together in said Burying 
place. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage, m r . 
Collson, and m r . Clarke be a Committee to Consider of this affair, 
to View the place, and to give Liberty therefor, Provided they do 
not see any inconvenience therein. 

^ At a Meeting of the Select men, July 10, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

m r . Clarke 

John Robinson, Master of the Schooner Mermaid from the Coast 
of Guinea, being sent for appear'd, and was Sworn by m r . Justice 
Lyman and being Examin'd, on oath, Declares, as follows, That 
he came from the River Gambo, Two and Forty Days ago, with 
Eleven White men on board, and Fifty Slaves ; That they had the 
[164.] Small Pox, on board, five Months ago, for about Ten 
Weeks, one Hundred and Forty leagues up the River Gambo ; 
that he buried Two Whites and One Black ; that afterwards he 
burnt Brimstone in the Vessel and Cleansed her with all possible 
care Viz 1 , in February last, Since which no Person has been Sick 
of that Distemper, but that they have had the Measles, and Flux 
on board, that the Flux continues among the Slaves, but the 
measles is not now among them, That they have lost Fifteen 
Slaves of the Flux, in said River and in their Passage and that 
they buried two in Sight of Capo Cod, Yesterday ; That 3 Whites 
and 4 Blncks have had the Small Pox, that all the White men 
on board have had the Small Pox ; That the negroes are all 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

young under Twenty years of age ; That he took out all his 
Water Casks and Cleansed them, but the Ballast had not been 
Shifted. 

The Select men having Considered the above Declaration, are 
of Opinion it is [165.] Convenient the said Vessell be visited, 
and, 

Therefore Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Forsyth, Caleb 
Lyman Esq r . and m r . Clarke be and hereby are desired to take a 
Doctor, with them, and to go on board said Schooner, Now in the 
Road, and to make a Strict Enquiry into the Circumstances of 
said Vessel, and Slaves, and that 'they Report thereon as soon as 
may be. 

The Gentlemen above named, accompanied by Doctor Davis and 
Doctor Rand having Visited the said Schooner, They Report as 
follows, Viz*. 

That they found about Twelve of the Slaves on board Sick of 
the Fever and Flux, and that there is a very dangerous Stench on 
board, and 'tis their Opinion, It is necessary for the safety of the 
Town, that the said Vessell be not permitted to come to the 
Wharf, for the present, but that she be sent down to Rainsford 
Island, or some other Convenient place, in order for the Airing and 
Cleansing the vessell, and Shifting her Ballast, and for airing and 
taking Care of the Slaves, and that they put on Shore all their 
Casks. 

Accordingly a Number of His Majesties Justices [166.] being 
present, a Warrant was drawn for carrying the said Schooner 
down to Rainsfords Island &c. there to remain until further order 
from lawful Authority; Signed by the Hon. William Dudley and 
Anthony Stoddard Esq. Samuel Sewall, Samuel Adams, Caleb 
Lyman and Daniel Henchman Esq". with the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 11, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Mary Mordock lately from Brunswick being present according to 
Order, She was directed to appear again next Wednesday, with 
sufficient Bondsmen, to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

July 16, 1739. 

[167.] Liberty is granted to Thomas Smith Esq r . to Dig up 
the Pavement and open the Ground before his House in Dock 
Square, in order to repair the Boxing and Stop the Tides from 
flowing into his Cellar Upon Condition that he forthwith make 
good the Ground and Pavement again, and keep the same in 
repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 20, 1739. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 189 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

m r . Clarke 

Capt. Armitage, m r . Collson, Capt. Lyman and m r , Clarke being 
desired by m r . James Hornb}' to inspect and view a defective 
Chimney in Fish Street, in a House adjoining to him belonging to 

Gwin, in the present Tenure [168. j and Occupaiion of 

John Brewster, They having attended that Service, Accom- 
panied by m r . John Wells a Mason, Report thereon as fol- 
lows, 

That they found the said Chimney, very defective and in danger 
of falling and therefore Ordered that the same be forthwith taken 
down or Repair'd and amended if it may be done, and Warned 
the occupier m r . John Brewster against making or keeping Fire 
therein upon Penalty of the Law in that Case made and pro- 
vided. 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . Major Sewall and Capt. 
Henchman, three of the Gentlemen appointed a Committee ifor 
building the Work house, appeared, and Inform that the said 
Work house is now Compleatly finished, and ready to be offered to 
the Town, for the Use intended and m r . Edward Bromfield also 
One of the Overseers of the Poor, appearing with them Informs that 
there is also prepared a Body of By Laws or orders for regulating 
said House [169. J drawn up which tiiey are ready to lay befo-e 
the Town for their Consideration, and approbation, if they see 
cause And the said Gentlemen desire that these Two Articles 
may be inserted in the next Warrant for Calling a Town Meet- 
ing. As Also the Choice of one overseer of the Poor, in the 
room of Henry Dering Esq r . who has declined serving in that 
office. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant, directed 
to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesty's Name, Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town, duly Qualified as the Law directs, to Convene at 
the Town house, on Fryday the Twenty Seventh of July Current, 
at Three O'Clock Afternoon, then and there to Chuse one Overseer 
of the Poor, and Two Collectors of Taxes, to Receive a Report of 
the Committee for Building the Work house ; to Consider of orders 
for Regulating the same, and to do what may then be thought 
Necessary and proper to be done thereupon ; to receive the Reports 
of Committees on other affairs ; and to agree upon [17O.] Con- 
clude and finish such other matters and things as were under Con- 
sideration at former Meetings, and Continued to be further debated 
this, and also such other Matters as may be proper for their Con- 
sideration at this meeting, &c. &c. 

The List of Licensed Persons within the Town of Boston in the 
year, 1738, transmitted to the Select men by the Clerk of the 
Peace for the County of Suffolk, having been Considered by 
them, They have noted in the margin thereof, against the Names 
of such as are since Removed, married and Dead. 



190 CITY DOCUMENT JN T o. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 25, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Colonel Joseph Heath being present [171.] Informs, That he 
is ready to pay part of the Money due to the Town of Boston, for 
the purchase of one of the Townships, and that Joshua Winslow 
Esq r . is also ready to pay a part of the said money, with the Inter- 
est due to this Day. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to Receive 
the Money they are ready to Pay, and Endorse the same on Col. 
Heath's Bond, in his Keeping. 

Samuel Adams Esq r . and m r . Edward Gray appear'd and pre- 
sented a Petition to the Select men, that they would please (by 
vertue of the authority vested in them by Law) to lay out Bar- 
ton's Rope Walk formerly so Called, fora High Way for the Town, 
for reasons mentioned. Read. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

[172.] Upon application made by George Cradock Esq r . 
Praying the Select men to view a Building he had Erected on his 
Wharf at the South end of the Town, near Orange Street, with 
design of using and Improving the same for Distilling Rum &c. 
Desiring they would approve thereof, and assign it for that use, 
Agreeable to the Law, in that Case provided, 
Whereupon, 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . and Samuel SewallEsq r . Two 
of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, together with the Select 
men, having View'd the said place Do approve of and Allow the 
same. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 30, 1 739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq T . 
m r . Clarke 

Pursuant to the Vote and order of the [173.] Town at a Pub- 
lick Town Meeting, on Fryday last, the 27 th . Current, Impowering 
the Select men thereunto .The following Advertisement was this 
Day Printed in the Publick News Papers, by order of the Select 
viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 191 

" Whereas Sundry Tenements belonging to the Town of Boston, 
Situate in Dock Square, are to be Let Notice is hereby given 
that the Select men of said Town, will meet at the Town house 
every Wednesday between Three and Six o'Clock afternoon, until 
the Twentieth Day of August next, in order to agree with such 
Persons who shall appear to hire the same." 

By order of the Select men 

" Dated the 28 th . July 1739." " Samuel Gerrish Town Clerk." 
Upon Publishing the foregoing advertisement m r . Joseph 
Brandon, appear'd and Desired to Hire the Two Shops next 
adjoining to the Tenements in the Occupation of Thomas Hub- 
bard Esq r . 

[174.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 1, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Sundry Persons who are in the present Possession of the Towns 
Shops on the Dock, being sent for, Several of them appear'd 
and they were inform'd of the Arrears of Rent which are due to 
the Town, from them respectively and they were Notified and 
desired to appear again next Wednesday, and to pay the same to 
the Town Treasurer That the Select men might seasonably treat 
with such of them as desired to take Leases of any of the said 
Shops. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 8. 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

[175.] Mr. Samuel Butler Sadler, Desires to hire upon Lease 
the Brick Tenement in his present occupation in Dock Square, 
Viz 1 . N. 2. 

Mr. Robert Browning Brazier, Desires to hire One of the Towns 

Shops in Dock Square, Viz*. N. 

Mr. Richard Cotta Peruke maker, Desires to hire one of the 
Town's Shops in Dock Square in his present Occupation, Viz*. 
N. 5 

Mr. John Davis Taylor, Desires to hire One of the Towns Shops 
in Dock Square, Viz*. N. 6. 

Whereas Several Butchers in this Town have put up Rails on the 
Tops of Posts before their Shops, to which they have fastned 
Hooks for hanging out their Meat, which the Select men deem a 
nusance and dangerous, Especially, in the Night Season. 

Ordered, That m r . Cowdrey inform them that 'tis the Select 

mens Order that they forthwith Remove the said Rails and Hooks. 

[176.] Mr Cowdrey returning Reported, that according to 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

order he had Notified and "Warned the following Persons, accord- 
ing to the Select men's Directions as above, Viz*. 

Mess". John Johnson, Thomas Webb, Francis Marshall, Henry 
Dunworth and Patrick Fitz Gibbons. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 11, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Upon Information made to the Selectmen, by Doctor Cutler and 
Doctor Douglass, that the Small Pox was broke out upon a young 
man in the Family of Capt. Edward Tyng (in Milk Street) Namely 
Thomas Lawrence, who lately came into this Town from New 
York. 

It is therefore thought Necessary, for the [177.] Preservation 
of the Inhabitants, and for preventing the Spreading the said Con- 
tagious Distemper, that the said Laurence be forthwith Removed 
from the said Tyng's House, to the House of m r . Benjamin Clough 
at the Westerly part of the Town, and that suitable preparation 
be there made for his reception, and also for the Safe and Con- 
venient Transporting him thither, Accordingly. 

Mr. Clough was sent for, Who readily gave his Consent, for 
using his House for an Hospital on the present occasion. 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . and Caleb Lyman Esq r . Two 
of His Majesties Justices of the Peace Granted a Warrant for set- 
ting a Guard upon the said Hospital Upon the application of 
the Select men. Also, 

A Guard was set at Capt. Tyng's House, for preventing Persons 
passing in and out of it, 'till further order. And the said Law- 
rence was accordingly removed from Capt. Tyng's to the said 
Hospital. 

[178.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 15, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

Mr. Thomas Hancock being present, Informs, That since the 
Common or Training Field has been Rail'd in, the Street or High- 
way leading along before his House, Called Beacon Street has 
been so much Used by Carts, Horses &c. passing in it (which use 
and Improvement is likely to be Continued) that he Apprehends 
what he has done to make the said High Way Convenient, and for 
securing the same, will be greatly damnified, & the said High Way 
Spoiled and soon become a Nusance, unless some means be taken 
to prevent the same ; And Whereas he is Willing to do what may 
be thought proper on his part to be done He Humbly Prays the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 193 

Select men would [179.] Please to View the same, and to give 
such directions relating thereto, as they shall judge meet and Con- 
venient. 

Mr. John Nichols appear'd and Proposes Deacon Solomon Town- 
send as a proper Person to be appointed a Sealer of Cord Wood, 
at the Westerly part of the Town (where one is wanted) if the 
Select men think fit. 

The Widow Boylstone desires to Hire the Shop which her late 
Husband Leased of the Town, Viz*. N. 4 in Dock Square. 

Mr. Richard Billings, in behalf of himself and his Brother John 
Billings, Desires to hire the Two Shops in Dock. Square, in their 
present occupation, Viz'. N. 10 and 11. 

Whereas the laying of Timber in the High- W ay on the Neck &c. 
is a Nusance Upon a motion made. 

Voted That the following advertisement be Published in the 
Boston News Papers and [18O.] That two of them be posted 
at the Fortification Gate Viz'. Whereas the High Way of Boston 
neck has of late been incumber'd and annoy'd by the laying of 
Timber there, whereby Travellers are endunger'd, especially in the 
Night, and great Quantities are also Spread upon the Grass between 
the Rails and the water, on each Side of the said High Way where 
by the Herbage is Spoiled and much damage done Contrary to 
the Law in that Case made and provided. 

These are therefore to Notify and Warn all Persons whom it 
may Concern, speedily to Cause the said Timber to be removed out 
of the High Way, and from off the Feeding places above men- 
tioned, and also to Caution all Persons against the like Practice 
for the future, as they would avoid the Penalty s by Law Annexed 
to such Offences. 

Dated in Boston the 20 th . Aug. 1739. 

By Order of the Select men 
SAMUEL GERKISH Town Clerk. 



[181.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug 22, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Upon a Motion made, for a Meeting to be had with His Majesty's 
Justices of the Peace within the Town, in order to Consider and 
agree upon Setting a Ward upon the Neck on the Lords Days, as 
the practice has here to fore been. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be desired to mention the same 
to the said Justices, now Sitting in Quarter Sessions, and in the 
name of the Select men, to Desire them to afford their Company, 
in the Council Chamber, at Six O'Clock, this Evening, if they see 
fit. 

Mr. Anthony Underwood Master of the Fire Engine at the Old 
North Meeting house, Informs that Thomas Kelling One of his 
Company is gone out of the County and proposes Elijah Double 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

day as an able and Sutable Person to Supply his [182.] Place, 
if the Select men shall think proper ; at the same time informs 
that Capt. Rand has released him from his Attendance on Military 
dutys for this Service and the said Doubleday appearing was by 
the Select men admitted, accordingly. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Informs, That according to the 
Vote and desire of the Select men as Entred the 25, July last 
He had receiv'd of Col. Heath the Sum of 440 Principal and 
the Sum of ----- 28. 12 Interest 



In the whole - - - 468. 12 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, and the Selectmen of the Town of Boston, Wednesday, 
August, 22. 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 
[183.] Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . Justices 

of the Peace 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

m r . Jonas Clarke Select men 

Whereas by an act of the Great and General Court, Pass'd in 
the Eleventh year of the Reign of His late Majesty King William, 
III. Intitled, an Act for keeping of Watches in Towns It is 
Enacted That from time to time, when and so often as a Military 
Watch shall not be Ordered and appointed to be kept, The Justices 
of Peace together with the Select men of each Town within this 
Province, are Impowered and authorized to direct and Order a 
Suitable Watch or Watches to be set up and kept &c. and also 
a Ward to be kept every Lords Day, and other Days, as they shall 
think Needful ; and to appoint the number, whereof such Watch 
and Ward shall Consist, and the time for the beginning and 
Continuance of the same, and the Constable or Constables of the 
Town having Orders accordingly [184.] Given him or them in 
Writing by the Justices and Select men are thereby Impowered 
and Required from time to time to Warn such Watch and Ward 
respectively and to see that all Persons so Warned by them do 
attend and observe their Duty in that regard. 

And whereas the said Justices and Select men are informed of 
frequent Profanations of the Lord's Days (especially at this Sea- 
son of the Year) by loose, vain Persons, Servants, Negroes, &c. 
unnecessarily Travelling, or Walking to and from Boston, and Rox- 
bury with Neglect of Attending on the Publick Worship of God 
in either place and bringing from the Neighbouring Towns, Corn, 
Apples and other Fruits of the Earth, to the great disturbance of 
the Publick Peace, and Scandal of our Christian Profession. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 195 

It is therefore Ordered, bj T the said Justices and Select men, 
That from and after the Date hereof, and until the Twenty first 
Day of October next ensuing (inclusive) the Constables of and 
within [185.] The Town of Boston and every of them by turns 
do Warn and appoint Eight meet Sober Persons, Inhabitants of 
the said Town on the Lords Days to Ward on the neck or High 
Way between Boston and Roxbur}-, at some Convenient place near 
the Line of Defence ; Four of the said Persons are to give their 
Attendance there, from Seven o'Clock in the Morning until half an 
hour after Twelve at noon, and then to be Relieved by the other 
Four, who are there to Continue upon Duty, until the Dusk of the 
Evening. 

And the Constable or Constables are to take Care in Warning 
thereof, that such Ward, do not Consist of, all, or the greatest 
part, youths, but that some able House holders, or other sufficient 
Persons be joined with them, and the said Constables are hereby 
Enjoined to give in Charge to such Ward, to prevent and suppress 
such Disorders, to Examin all Passengers, and restrain them from 
Disporting, Idle Walking, or Unnecessary Travel, on the Lords 
Day. 

And if any Person or Persons be Rude, Refractory, or shall 
refuse to give a Satisfactory account of the Occasion of their 
Travelling or [186.] otherwise misbehave themselves, to take 
them up and carry them before the next Justice of the Peace, or 
return their names to such Justice, in order to their being Exam- 
ined and proceeded against, according to the Nature of their of- 
fence, as profaners of the Lords Day. 

EDWARD HCTCHINSON 

JOSEPH WADSWORTH 

ANTHONY STODDARD 

HABIJAH SAVAGE 

SAMUEL WELLES 

SAMUEL SEWALL 

HUGH HALL 

JOHN FAYERWEATHER f 

JOSHUA WINSLOW 

SAMUEL ADAMS 

WILLIAM TYLER 

DANIEL HENCHMAN 

THOMAS HUBBARD 

ABIEL WALLEY 

JOHN JEFFRIES 



JONAS CLARKE 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Clarke 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[187.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of 
Bread at the rate of Eleven Shillings p. Bushel, for Wheat, und 
Three Shillings and Six pence allow'd for Charges, which is as 
follows 

oz dr 

Of Penny White louf 3 3 

Wheaten 4. 13 

Household 6. 6. 

Six penny Wheaten loaf I 1 . 12. 12. 

August 28, 1739. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . William Bant, and m". Abigail 
Gregory to Dig up the Pavement and Open the Ground in Cross 
Street, iu Order to Clear their Drain, running from their Cellars 
into the Common Shoar there Upon Condition that they forth- 
with make good the same, and keep it in repair to the Satisfaction 
of the Select men from time to time. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 29, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

[188.] Mr. Mark Trecothick, Desires to Hire of the Select 
men, The Townships in Dock Square N. 4. where he has been a 
Tenant for some time past under m r . Thomas Boylston, Deceas'd. 
Upon the Representation and Motion of m r . Thomas Hancock, 
as Entred Aug. 15, relating to Beacon Street, and no by him 
revived. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . and Capt. Armitage 
be and hereby are desired to view the said Street, Consider his 
Motion and give direction thereon accordingly. 

Mr. Josias Byles Appeared, Informing tbat the Pavement in 
Union Street near his House wants to be repaired. 

Voted, That Capt. Lyman and m r . Clarke be desired to View 
the same, and Report thereon. 

[189.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 5, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
in r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lymau Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Capt. Edward Tyng appear'd, and Prays the Select men would 
please to Consider the present state of Thomas Laurence (a Young 
Man lately Visited with the Small Pox, and who was removed 
from his House to the Towns Hospital in the Westerly part of the 
Town) and Whether they judge it proper to dismiss him from the 
said Hospital. 
Upon a Motion made and seconded, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 197 

Voted, That the Sum of Eight Pounds be Allowed and paid out 
of the Town Treasury, to m r ". Mary Sharrow, for a Feather Bed, 
with which She furnished the Town, the last Fall, when the 
Small pox broke out in her House, [19O.] In full, and that a 
Draft on the Treasury be made accordingly the next draft Day. 
Whereas Caleb Lyman Esq r . stands Obliged by a Note under 
his Hand, to pay to m r . Samuel Tyley, Clerk of the Superiour 
Court the Sum of Eighteen Pounds Three Shillings for Sundry 
writings &c. in the Service of the Town ; Ordered, That the said 
Sum of .18. 3, be drawn upon the Town Treasurer, the next 
Draft Day in Discharge thereof. 

The Select men having adjusted the Accounts of Several of the 
Town's Tenants on Dock Square. It appears the following 
Sums are owing to the Town upon the Ballance of their Several 
Accounts, unto the first Day of this instant September, Viz'. 

From m r . Samuel Butler - - - - N. 2. 68. 6. 8 
m r . Thomas By Is tone Deced. 4 53. 6. 8 

m r . Richard Cotta 17. 1. 8 ) . iq A 

m r . Timothy Barren 19. 11. 8 j 

[191.] From m r . John Edwards N. 6 48. 6. 8. 
m r . Isaac Casno "j 7 53. 6. 8 

m r . John Welch 10. 16. 8 I ft .~ in 
m r . Peace Casno 10. 
m r . Benj a . Bunker 21. 13. 4 J 

m r . John Welch 9 43. 6. 8 

mess. John & Richard 1 10 

Billings j 11. 66. 13. 4 

Total Sum .412. 10. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk deliver to the Hon. Joseph Wads- 
worth Esq r . Town Treasurer, a Copy of the above, together with 
the Accounts which have been drawn out, and adjusted, by which 
it appears, the severall Ballances above mention'd are justly due 
and owing to the Town, that so he may demand, and receive the 
respective Sums into the Town Treasury accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 6, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Collson 

m r . Clarke 

[199.] The Petition of William Tyler, and sundry others 
presented to the Select men, Read, Representing That the Work- 
men or those who have the Management of Repairing the Bridge, 
formerly called the Draw bridge, in Ann Street, are raising the 
Bridge uear about the same height it was last made which has 
been found by Experience to be too high for Carts and Trucks to 
pass over conveniently, and that considerable Loss has hap'ned by 
means thereof in the oversetting and Staving of Molasses &c. and 
that 'twill be more commodious for the passing of Carts, Trucks 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

&c. over the said Bridge to have the same laid lower Praying 
the Select men to Consider the Premisses, and that they would be 
pleased to Remedy the inconvenience &c. 

The Select men having Maturely Consider'd this Petition, and 
also the Convenience of the Bridge, with respect to the Town in 
General, and the abutters on the Creek above the Bridge, in par- 
ticular, and finding upon Examination that the Bridge is laid some 
[193.] Inches lower than it was before, and the Work being so 
far proceeded in, Therefore, 

Voted, That it is not for the Service of the Town to have any 
Alteration made as to the Height of the said Bridge, but that the 
"Work be carried on, as it is begun, and finished with all convenient 
speed. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 7, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

Upon Information that Nathan Bangs from Rhode Island was 
come up to Town with his Sloop, and was not Stop'd by His 
Majesty's Castle, as other Vessels from thence have of late been 
And the said Bangs being sent for before the Select men, Appear'd, 
with his Pilot, and upon Examination Says, that when he pass'd 
by the Castle, they hail'd him, and asked them, Of whence your 
Sloop? and that he answer'd of Casco Bay, and further [194.] 
Declare that thu following Usual Question, Viz*. Whence came you 
nowf was not put to him at all. 

Whereupon Capt. Armitage was desired to write a Letter to 
Capt. Larrabee to make Enquiry into the Truth hereof, and to 
Report to the Select men, that so they may Consider what may 
be proper to done, to prevent the inconvenience which may 
ensue such practices for the future. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 10, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas Information is made that several of the French Nation 
are lately arriv'd into this Town from Foreign parts, and do reside 
here, having had no Licence therefor, from the Governour and 
Council which is Contrary to an act of this Province in that 
[195.] Case provided It is therefore, 

Ordered, That m r . Savell make strict Enquiry after them, and 
Notify them to attend upon the Select men next Wednesday, at 
four o'Clock afternoon, and that he then Report their names, and 
from whence they came ; that so proper Information or Complaint 
may bo made thereupon as the Law directs. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 199 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 12, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Araiitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

Upon a Motion made by Capt. Edward Tyug, and Entred the 
5 th . instant the Select men visited the Hospital at the Westerly part 
of the Town, and find the young man, namely Thomas Lawrence, 
to be well recovered from the Small Pox that he has been Physick'd, 
and the House well Cleansed and Aired, and therefore are of 
Opinion the said Lawrence (upon Condition that [196.] He shift 
his Cloaths) may be removed to some other Convenient House, in 
a remote part of the Town. 

Mr. Robert Hewes, Tanner, Desires Liberty to put up a Stall, 
on the Towns Land, in "Water Street (where the Tan heap formerly 
was) for the Sale of Meat, as formerly, if the Select men, see 
cause refer'd for Consideration. 

Whereas on Fryday last the 7 th . Current, a Petition Signed by a 
Number of the Inhabitants, directed to the Select men of the Town 
of Boston, was presented to them by m r . Shem Drowne, Request- 
ing them forthwith to Warn the Inhabitants of the Town to Con- 
vene To Consider what may be most proper for the Town to act 
in order to Fortifying the same, on Monday the 10 th . Current, at a 
Meeting of the Select men, the said Petition was read and they 
took the same under Consideration, and thereupon were of Opinion 
That Whereas, the Calling a Town Meeting, whilst there is One 
Subsisting by adjournment, was New, [197.] and without a 
Precedent it was adviseable to desire the Petitioners, if they saw 
fit, to insert in the said Petition, in the 6 th . line, after the Word 
Enemy (as the Session of the General Court is near at hand) We 
&c. the which m r . Clarke offered to get done Hut on the 11 th . in- 
stant, m r . Clarke informed the Select men. he had indeavoured to 
have those Words inserted, but that it wa*s refused and this 
Day m r . Drowne appearing, desires the Select men would please 
to let him know their Resolution in the affair. 

The said Petition was Read again and after Considerable Debate 
thereon. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

In His Majesties Name, Requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the sail Town duly 
Qualified as the Law directs, to Convene at the Town House on 
Fryday the Fourteenth of September Current at Three o'Clock in 
the afternoon, To Consider the Petition of sundry of the Inhabi- 
tants, relating to the Defenceless State of the Town, and what may 
be proper [198.] for their Consideration at tin's Meeting, &c. &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 14, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas Thomas Laurence, lately Visited with the Small Pox, 
is recover'd and has been Physick'd &c. as Entred the 12 th . in- 
stant In order to prevent his being further Chargeable The 
Select men Consent to his Removal from the Hospital, to m r . Sam- 
uel Banisters, in Beacon Street, at the lower part of the Common, 
Shifting his Cloathes according to Order. 

The Select men have this Day let the Towns Shop in Dock 
Square, late in the Tenure of Thomas Boylston Deceased, Called 
[199.] Number Four, to m r . Joseph Brandon, for the Term of 
Five Years, Commencing the first of September Current, at tlie 
annual Rent of Thirty Pounds, to be paid Quarterly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 13, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
rn r . Clarke 

Whereas Several of the French Nation are lately come into this 
Town, and Orders were given to m r . Savell to Notify them to at- 
tend upon the Select men as Entred the 10 th . instant They ac 
cordingly Attended this Day in the Council Chamber where were 
present by the Select men's desire Viz'. 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . and 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

Three of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, and m r . Daniel 
Johnnot, who was desired to be the Interpreter The said French 
men were accordingly [2OO.] Examin'd, and severally declare as 
follows Viz*. 

John Tuulon That he came from Cape Breton, about Two 
Months ago, that his*Business was to recover a Considerable Debt 
due to him from m r . Beauehamp but found the said Beauchamp 
gone to Sea ; has tarried in expectation of his return home ; but 
he not coming, he now intends to return to Cape Breton by the 
first opportunity that he lodges at m. Bonyet's 

Soudvier Rober. The he came from Cape Breton, has been 
here about Six Weeks, the End of his coming was to get into 
acquaintance with some Gentlemen here in order to Carry on a 
Trade with them ; That about Ten Weeks ago, he was at Quebeck, 
and came from thence to Cnpe Breton by Water; He now waits 
for an opportunity to return to Cape Breton again, and lodges at 
m rs . Bonyets. 

James Gaston, That he came from Cape Francois to Rhode 
Island, where he staid only Two Days, and from thence he came 
to [2O1.] this Town about Twelve Days ago, intending to go 
from hence to Cape Breton the first Opportunity He says there 
was another Person who came with him from Cape Francois to 
Rhode Island, whom he left there that he was at Cape Breton 
about Three years ago, and now lodges at m ri . Bonyots. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 201 

Henry Judevine, That he came from St. Eustatia, by the Way of 
Rhode Island, that he was here about Three Years ago, and came 
hither now, in Order to perfect himself in the English Tongue, and 
has no other Business, He lodges at m. Bonyot's. 

(NB. These four are Roman Catholicks). 

Christopher Courprie (a. Protestant) That he has been here 
about Fifteen Days, came from Cape Breton, That his end in 
Coming was to get his Passage to London, He lodges also at m". 
Bonyot's 

The Select men (by the Interpreter) Inform'd them of the Law 
relating to the Residence of any of the French Nation within this 
Province, and advised them if they should have occasion to tarry 
here longer, that [2O2.] They would obtain Licence there for of 
the Governour and Council, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sept. 15, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

Upon Information that the Small Pox is rife at the Island of St. 
Thomas, The Select men Address'd, His Excellency, to Order all 
Vessels coming from thence to be Stop't from coming up to Town 
before they have been Examin'd according to Custom. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 24, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armrtage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 

[2O3.] Whereas on the 5 th . of September Current the Select 
men directed and ordered that the Sum of Eight Pounds should be 
allow'd and Paid out of the Town Treasury, to m. Mary Shar- 
row for a Feather Bed, which was made Use of at the Town's Hos- 
pital at the Westerly part of the Town, among those who were 
sick of the Small Pox there the last Fall in r . Savell now Informs 
that She is Willing to receive the said Feather Bed again, upon 
some allowance to be made her for the Use of it, Wherefore, 

Voted, That Forty Shillings be allow'd and paid out of the Town 
Treasury to m. Sharrow for the Use of the said Feather Bed aa 
aforesaid, in full and that the Clerk make a draft accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 26, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
m r . Clarke 

The Select men have this Day let the Towns [204.] Two Shops 
in Dock Square in the present Tenure and Occupation of mess". 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

John and Richard Billings, Called Number Ten and Eleven, Unto 
the said John and Richard Billings for the Term of Five years, 
Commencing the first of September Current, at the Annual Rent of 
Sixty Pounds, to be paid to the Town Treasurer, in four equal 
Payments Quarterly. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk prepare the Leases accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
tn r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Upon a Motion made, that in as much as the Small Pox is wholly 
abated at South Carolina it may be proper to address His Ex- 
cellency the Governour, that he would [3O5.] please to take off 
the Embargo which for some time pa c -t has been laid on Vessells 
coming from thence to this Town accordingly, 

A Petition was drawn, and Signed by tlie Select men, for that 
end. 

Boston, Sept. 28. 1739. 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to Sell 
Strong Drink, either as Inhabitants or Retailers, have been pre- 
sented to the Select men, and at several Meetings considered by 
them. A List of the names of the Petitioners, and the Street 
where each Person dwells, with the Actings of the Select men upon 
them respectively is here Recorded as follows Viz 1 , 
lunholdcrs, approv'd and Recommended, Viz'. 
Joseph Lowden - - - - Barton's Rope Walk 
John Maylem School Street 

Nathanael Shepard Orange Street 

Anne Seward King Street 

John Tuckerman Union Street 

Nathanael Wheeler King Street 

[2O6] Retailers, approv'd and Recommended, Viz 4 . 
Hannah Boone I'ornhill Street 

Thomas Butler Brattle Street 

Joseph Brisco Queen Street 

Joseph Blake Middle Street 

Mehetable Buttolph Leverett's Lane 

John Buttolph Shippen's Crane in Dock Square 

George Cvadock Esq r . Orange Street 

Grace Dudding King Street 

Susanna Dechezeau Newbury Street 

Jonathan Farnum Clark's Wharf 

Sarah Fisher Sea Street 

Isaac Gamberto Short Street 

Kezia Harvey Water Street 

Elizabeth Jarvis Fish Street 

Daniel Johonnot Long lane 

Samuel Marshall Jun r . Mackeral lane 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 



203 



Hannah Orange 

Hannah Pitson 

John Parker 

William Rand 

Sarah Randal 

Joseph Savell 
[2O7.] Soloman Townsend 

Abigail Whitney 

Elias Williamson 

Jonathan Williams 

Cornelius Waldo 

Abigail Wheeler 
Innholders, Disallowed, Viz*. 

Joseph Bill 

John Charnock 

Eleazar Flagg 

William Smalledge 
Retailers Disallow'd, Viz'. 

Ann Ashley 

Elizabeth Clements 

Joseph Curtis 

Peter Cotta 

Elizabeth Fisher 

Content Gordon 

John Grainger 

Joseph Harris 

John Henshaw 
[2O8.] Mary Jenkins 

Elias Langsfbrd 

Joseph Lewes 

Jeffry Milward 

Benjamin Neal 

Jonathan Neal 

Grace Pitcher 

Abigail Potts 

Elizabeth Spurrier 

Mary Stewart 

John Sowersby 

Samuel Sharp 

Alice Weaver 

Eicon er Wells 

Rachel Welch 

Allen Wilde 



Fish Street 
Long Wharf 
Fish Street 
Essex Street 
Ship Street 
King Street 
Allen Street 
Newbury Street 
Orange Street 
Cornhill Street 
Bartons Point 
Frog Lane 

Clark's Wharf 
Fish Street 
Corn Market 
Battery March 

Brattle Street 

Essex Street 

Newbury Street 

Shippen's Crane in Dock Square 

Cow Lane 

Mailborough Street 

School Street 

Back Street 

Wcntworth's Wharf 

Union Street 

Cow Lane 

Dock Square 

Cambridge Street 

Orange Street 

Orange Street 

Charter Street 

Cambridge Street 

Back Street 

Fish Street 

Cross Street 

Marlborough Street 

Ann Street 

Round Lane 

Essex Street 

Green Lane 



At a Meeting of the Select men, October 3, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 
[3O9.] Mr. William Wheeler is hereby appointed a Viewer 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

and Sealer of Cord Wood within the Town of Boston, and has 
been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said office as the 
Law directs And he is to be allow'd Two pence p. Cord for so 
much Wood as he shall View and Seal, and the same to be paid by 
the Buyer. 

The said Wheeler's Precinct to be from the South Battery to the 
Fortification, and he is carefully to see to it, that the Laws in that 
Case made and provided, be duly observed and kept. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth, Informs that Stephen Minot Esq r . 
who hires the, Towns messuage with several peices of Marsh land, 
on Boston neck, is behind hand in the Payment of his Rent 
That he has already Sued him, and obtain'd Judgment and taken 
out Execution for the Sum of Fifty Pounds &c. Since which, 
Twenty five Pounds more is become clue, which he can't get of him 
and therefore desires the Selectmen to give Direction what to 
do in the affair. 

The Select men have this Day Let the Towns Shop [21O.] in 
Dock Square, called Number Six to m r . John Davis, Taylor for the 
Term of Five years, Commencing the first Day of September last 
past, at the Annual Rent of Thirty Pounds, to be paid Quarterly. 

Upon a Motion made and seconded, 

Voted, to Settle the Affair relating to the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island on Tuesday next, at Three o'Clock afternoon and m r . 
Savell is order'd to Notify the Select men absent, of the intended 
meeting accordingly. 

October 9, 1739. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to the Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
mess. Ephraitn Wheeler, John Gridley and William Butler and 
John Blake to dig up the Pavement and to Open the Ground in 
Orange Street, in order to lay a Drain across the said Street from 
Walkers Street Upon Condition, that they don't obstruct or hin- 
der the passing and repassing of Carts &c. and do forthwith make 
good the same again and keep it in repair from time to time, to the 
Satisfaction of the Select men. 



At a Meeting of the Select men, October 9, 1739. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas the Great and General Court, at their Session, the 
21 rt . June 1738. Did by their Order, Authorize and Impower the 
Select men of Boston, to agree with some suitable Person to keep 
the Hospital lately built by order of the said Court at Rainsfords 
Island, for the reception of Sick and Infectious Persons, and for 
their time and service, in taking Care of the Sick &c. who may be 
sent to the said Hospital, by the Year. 

Pursuant to the said order, The Select men, have this Day 
agreed with m r . William Waters, to keep the Province Hospital on 
liainsford's Island, accordingly ; Who is to take all proper Care 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 205 

of such Sick Persons as may from time to time be sent [212.] To 
the said Hospital, finding and providing, Nurses, Assistance and all 
things necessary for their Comfort and Relief, to save the Province 
harmless from till Charges that may arise on Account of any poor 
and indigent Persons who may be sent to the said Hospital, 
Doctors Bills Excepted, and to follow the Orders of the Select 
men respecting Persons and Goods coming on or going off the said 
Island, and he is not to take off, or suffer to be taken off from the 
sai 1 Island any Stones or Ballast whatsoever. 

In Consideration whereof, He the said Waters is to have the 
use and Improvement of the Island and Housing thereon, for Two 
Years, Commencing the Twenty first Day of June 1738. And to 
be allovv'd and paid out of the Province Treasury the Sum of Fifty 
Pounds p. annum, and is also Intitled, as by Law is provided, to 
demand and Ueceive Pay from such sick Persons, as may from 
time to time be sent thither, as aforesaid, for his attendance and 
Expences on them during their being at the said Hospital. And 
it is further agreed, that the Select men, shall [213.] And Will 
afford their assistance to the said Waters in the Premisses from 
time to time, as need shall require. 

At a Meeting of the Sclent men, October 10, 1739. 

Present 

The lion. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collsou 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lymau Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

The Select men Execu'ed a Lease of Two Shops on Dock 
Square, Viz 1 . Number Ten and Numlier Eleven to mess. John 
and Richard Billings Taylors, for the Term of Five Years, Com- 
mencing the first of September last past, for the annual Rent of 
Sixt}' Pounds to be paid to the Town Treasurer at four Payments 
Quarterly, and upon such other Conditions, as in the said Lease 
is Expressed. 

The Select men Executed another Lease of Two Shops in Dock 
Square aforesaid, Viz*. Number Eight and Number Nine to m r . 
John Welch Carver [214.] For the Term of Five Years Commenc- 
ing the first of September last past, for the annual Rent of Sixty 
Pounds, to be paid to the Town Treasurer at four Payments 
Quarterly and on such other Conditions as are Expressed in the 
said Lease. 

The Select men also Executed another Lease to m r . John Davis 
Taylor, of one Shop in duck, aforesaid Viz'. Number Six for the 
Term of Five Years, Commencing the first of September last past, 
for the annual Rent of Thirty Pounds, to be paid to the Town 
Treasurer at four Quarterly Payments in each Year, and on such 
other Conditions as in the said Lease is Expressed. 

Mr. James Brintnal Informs thut he remov'd out of Boston about 
Two years ago, to Churlestown, where he has been kept under 
Warning and being now return'd to Boston with his Wife and 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Three Children, lives in a House of Samuel Huntings Where he 
has been about Fourteen Days. 

Mr. John Dakin Informs that Laurence Clee [215.] who came 
from Jamacia about Six Years ago, and Work'd with him as a 
Journey man for Four years last past excepting about Ten Months 
that he was gone to Rhode Island, from whence he came hither 
again, has lost the use of his Limbs, and has not where withal 
to Support himself and Praying the Select mens direction in the 
affair, that Care may be taken of him. 

Mr. Samuel Holyoke informs that the Towns House wherein he 
dwells, wants Repairs And Prays the Selectmen would please 
to Consider and give Orders thereon. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and m r . Collsou be desired to View 
the same, and Consider what is proper to be done, and Report 
accordingly. 

Mr. Carter Cowell, the Haward for the Current Year Complains 
that in the night between the 7 th . and 8 th . instant, the Pound was 
broken open, and two Horses belonging to m r . Samuel Banister, 
then in the Pound were loosed. 

[216.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 11, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

Capt. Thomas Cornuch, and Capt. Hoar from Bristol, accom- 
panied by m r . James Griffin Merchant appeare'd before the Select- 
men and the said masters having Imported a number of Con- 
victs, they and also m r . Griffin to whom they are Consigned did 
Promise that none of the said Convicts should be permitted to 
come on Shoar, but that they should all of them be Ship'd off to 
the Bay or North Carolina, as soon as possible may be. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . Thomas Salter to Dig up the 
Pavement and open the Ground in Leverett's Lane in order to 
Clear his Drain running into the Common Shoar in said Lane ; and 
also to repair the said Common Shoar if need be, upon [217.] 
Condition, that he do forthwith make good the Ground and Pave- 
ment again, and keep the same in repair from time to time to the 
Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 12, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lymau Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Ordered That several Copies of the following advertisement be 
drawn, and posted up at the Granary, Horse shoe Tavern &c. 
Viz*. 

Whereas the Town of Boston at a Publick Meeting the 11 th . of 
March 1738, did commit the Care of the Trees, then planted, or 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 207 

which should afterwards be planted in the Common, to the Select 
men, and also gave direction for the Setting up of Posts and Rails 
there ; and in order to prevent the Cutting down or despoiling any 
of the said Trees. Voted, That there should be allow'd and paid out 
of the Town Treasury [218.] A Rewaid of Forty Shillings to 
any Person that should inform against and Convict any Person or 
Persons of Cutting down or despoiling any of the said Trees 
and also the same Reward of Forty Shillings to those who should 
Convict any Person or Persons of breaking any of the Posts or 
Rails that should be put up in the Common as aforesaid ; Notwith- 
standing which, several of the said Rails have lately been broken, 
by some evil minded Persons. 

These are therefore to give Notice, that Whosoever shall Inform 
the said Select men, of any of the Persons, who have already, or 
may hereafter Offend as aforesaid (so as that they may be Con- 
victed thereof) they shall be Intitled to, and receive out of the 
Town Treasury, the Rewards above mentioned. 

Dated, in Boston the 15 th . of October, 1739. 

By Order of the Select men 
SAMUEL GERRISH Town Clerk. 

[219.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 17, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Benjamin Bailey appeared and Prays he may be Admitted an 
Inhabitant, and have liberty to Open a Shop in this Town ; Informs 
that he has lived at Rhode Island about Three Years past In 
order to which the Select men inform'd him he must procure suffi- 
cient Security to Indemnify the Town from all Charge on Acco 4 . 
of his Wife and Three Children, and was directed to appear again 
next Wednesday for that end. 

Whereas the Select men, on the 14 th . of Sept. last, did let the 
Towns Shop in Dock Square Called Number Four, to rn r . Joseph 
Brandon, the Leases being also drawn and ready for Execution, 
m r . Brandon appearing Prays he may be [12O.] Released there 
from, for that he has no Occasion at present to Occupy the same 
himself Which motion of m r . Brandon's being Consider'd was 
agreed to, by the Select men. 

Whereas m r . Mark Trecothick Enter 'd his Desire of hiring the 
Town's Shop, Number Four, the 29 th . of August last He was 
sent for, and appearing, Informs that he has Alter'd his mind, 
being Bound to Sea, and therefore relinquishes his Claim to the 
said Shop. 

Mr. Increase Blake Appearing desires to Hire the Town's Shop 
in Dock Square Called Number Four Accordingly, 

The Select men have this Day Let the Town's Shop in Dock 
Square, Called Number Four, to m r . Increase Blake, for the Term 



208 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 87. 

of Five Years, Commencing the first Day of September last past, 
at the Annual Rent of Thirty Pounds to be paid Quarterly. 

The Select men Executed a Lease to [221.] m r . Richard Cotta, 
Peruke maker, of One Shop in Dock Square, Viz*. Number Five, 
for the term of Five years, Commencing the first Day of Sep- 
tember last past, for the Annual Rent of Thirt}" Pounds to be 
paid to the Town Treasurer, at four Quarterly Payments in 
each year, and on such other Conditions as in the said Lease is 
Expressed. 

Mr. Samuel Butler Informs that the Towns Tenement in his 
Occupation, is out of repair. and that he Apprehends the Rent 
which is proposed for it, in the new Lease, is out of proportion 
with other of the Towns Tenements and Prays the Select men 
would view the same, if they see cause. 

Voted, That the Select men, will Attend that Service tomorrow 
in the Forenoon, at Ten O'Clock and at the same time take a 
View of the Shop Leased to m r . Cotta, upon his desire. 

Upon a Motion made by Samuel Adams Esq r . and others 

The Select men took into Consideration their Petition, presented 
to them (as Entred the 25 th . of July last past) Relating to a High- 
way from Summer [222 ] Street to Fort hill, part of which was 
Bartons Rope Walk, for the Purchase whereof the Petitioners 
have raised and paid the Sum of Eight Hundred Pounds Praying 
the Select men (l>y vertue of the Authority which the Law in such 
Cases gives them) would lay out the aforesaid Passage, from Sum- 
mer Street to Fort hill, as a Way that the Town, and the Inhabi- 
tants the owners of the Lands adjoining and abutting there on 
may securely enjoy the full benefit of it. 

And Whereas the Petitioners did, on the 14 th . March 1736. lay 
this affair before the Town at a General Meeting then had. Setting 
forth, that the laying open the said High Way or Street would 
accomodate the Inhabitants in General, and Praying the Town 
would please to assist thjem in the Payment of the Two Hundred 
Pounds then behind and unpaid notwithstanding which, the 
Town tho't it not necessary to Act any thing thereon. 

And whereas it does not appear to the Select men, that any 
thing further has [223.] been since done by the Petitioners re- 
lating to that Affair and the Selectmen Apprehending it will 
be Attended with great Charge, are of opinion its not Convenient 
for them to transact an affair of such Importance before the same 
has been laid before the Inhabitants at a general Town meeting, 
for their Consideration and orders thereon Which the Select 
men are ready to do, upon proper application to them made, for 
that end. 

October, 19, 1739. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . John Potter to dig open 
the Ground in Orange Street, in order to Clear a Drain, run- 
ning from his House, in said Street, to Bennets Pasture so 
Called. 

Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the same again, 
and keep it in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the 
Select men. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 209 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 19, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

in r . Clarke 

[224.] Whereas the Committee Appointed by the Great and 
General Court for Building an Hospital on Rainsford's Island, 
upon finishing the same, did on the 27 th . of October 1737. place m r . 
William Waters on the said Island, Appointing him to take Care 
of the said Hospital until further order and no further orders 
did pass the General Court n lating thereto, until the 21 st . of June, 
173. when the said Cou it Authorized and Im powered the Select 
men of Boston to agree with some suitable Person, by the Year, to 
keep the said Hospital, and to take care of such Persons as may 
from time to time be sent thither. 

Wherefore, the said Select men of Boston, having had Experi- 
ence of the Care and Conduct of ihe said m r . Waters, and approv- 
ing of the same, have agreed with the said Waters to keep the 
Hospital as aforesaid for the Sum of Fifty Pounds p annum, 
Commencing the 21 st . June 1738. as by the said agreement entred 
the 9"*. of October Current may appear And for as much as his 
Care and Trouble [225.] there for the Space of Eight months 
before, was Extraordinary It is agreed, to Allow him for the 
same, the Sum of 'I hirty Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 24, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esqf. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Mr. John Davis appearing Desires he may have leave to admit 
m r . Robert Bonning Pewterer. an under tenant, in the Shop he 
hath lately Leased from the Select men, Viz 1 . Number Six in Dock 
Square who desires to hire of him the Chamber over the same, 
and, 

Mr. Bonning appearing also at the same time Desires the Select 
men would please to give him leave at his own Cost and Charge, 
to raise the Front part of the Roof of said Shop, the better to 
accoraodate him in setting up his Wheel [226.] for carrying on 
his said Business, He proposing to do the same according to the 
Direction of the Select men, and to leave the same in good repair 
when he shall remove there from. 

The Select men taking into Consideration the Proposals before 
mentioned, and Approving them. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted to the said Davis to admit m r . 
Bonning a Tenant under him according. and that the said 
Bonning have Liberty Granted to raise the roof of the said Shop 
for his better Accomodation ; Provided he follow the direction of 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

mess. Collsou and Clarke therein, and Oblige him self to leave it 
in good repair, when he shall remove. 

Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson being desired, upon the motion 
of m r . Holyoke Entred the 10 th . instant to View the School house 
in Queen Street Report, that they have done so, and find some 
Repairs necessary, particularly in the Window frames &c. accord- 
ingly, 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson be desired to 
Cause the necessary [237.] Repairs to be made, in as frugal a 
manner as may be. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt Forsyth, Capt. Lyman and 
m r . Clarke be desired to acquaint Pease Casno Hat maker that the 
Shop N. 8. where he now exercises his Calling, is Leased by the 
Select men to m r . John Welch and they are desired to see that 
Possession be deliver'd by the said Casno, to m r . Welch accord- 
ingly. 

The same Committee are also hereby desired to Acquaint Timo- 
thy Ban-on Cordwainer, that the Shop N. 5. where he exercises 
his Calling, is Leased by the Selectmen to M r Richard Cotta 
And they are desired to see Possession thereof given to M r . Cotta 
accordingly. 

Mr. David Collson, having paid the Town Treasurer for the 
hire of some Peices of Marsh which he hired of the Select men the 
last year Viz'. 1739. 

Prays he may have it also the next year. 

Voted, That the Marsh on Boston Neck, formerly Improved by 
Col. Lamb and which was the Year Current, let to m r . David Col- 
son, be [228.] and hereby is Let to the said Collson until the 
17 th . Day of January, which will be in the year 1740, He paying 
to the Town Treasurer, the Sum of Ten Pounds for the same. 

Mr. Joseph Savell Desires to Hire the Two Cellars under 
the Town house, which have for several years past been in the 
occupation of Deacon Jonathan Williams, and m r . James Town- 
send, both Deceased, their Executors having resigned them, and 
paid the Rent to the Treasurer to the 20 th . of October Current. 

Upon the Motion made by m r . Samuel Butler as Entred the 1 7 th . 
instant The Select men have View'd the tenement in his Posses- 
sion, Viz*. N. 2. in Dock Square, and having Considered his 
motion. 

Voted, That in new Leasing the said Tenement the annual Rent 
be set at Fifty Pounds and no more. 

The Select men Executed a Lease to m r . Isaac Casno Sadler, 
for One Shop in Dock [229.] Square Viz'. Number Seven, for the 
term of Five Years, Commencing the first of September last past, 
for the annual Rent of Thirty Pounds to be paid to the Town 
Treasurer, at four Quarterly Payments in each year, and on such 
other Conditions as in the said Lease is Expressed. 

The Select men also Executed another Lease to m r . Increase 
Blake, Tin plate Worker, for one Shop in Dock Square, Viz*. 
Number Four, for the Term of Five years, Commencing the first of 
September last past, for the annual Rent of Thirty Pounds to be 
paid to the Town Treasurer, at four quarterly Payments in each 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 211 

Year, and on such other Conditions, as in the said Lease is Ex- 
pressed. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 29, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[23O.] Whereas the Hon. Benjamin Prescot Esq r . Seth Wil- 
liam Esq r . and William Ward Esq r . were appointed Special Jus- 
tices of the Superiour Court of Judicature, for the Tryal of several 
Causes between the Town of Boston, and the Heirs of James 
Everill, Who were put to considerable Expences in their Journey- 
ing from time to time to Boston, to Attend the said Tryals and 
spent much time therein. 

Ordered, That the Sum of Fifty-five Pounds be drawn upon the 
Town Treasury, Payable to the lion. John Jeffries Esq r . to be by 
him presented to the said Gentlemen or their Heirs, towards de- 
fraying their Charges as above, in the Name of the Select men, 
Viz 1 . 

To the Heirs of Benjamin Prescot Esq r , ) OQ 

Deceased, the Sum of j 

To Seth Williams Esq r . - - 10. 
To William Ward Esq r . 15. 



.55. - - 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 31, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[231.] The Select men Executed a Lease to m r . Samuel But- 
ler, Sadler, for a Certain Brick Tenement in Dock Square, Viz'. 
Number Two, for the Term of Five Years, Commencing the first of 
September last past, for the Annual Rent of Fifty Pounds, to be 
paid to the Town Treasurer, at four quarterly Payments in each 
year, and on such other Conditions as in said Lease is Expressed. 

The Select men have Let to m r . Joseph Savell Wine Cooper, 
Two Cellars under the Town house, which were lately in the Occu- 
pation of mess". Jonathan Williams and James Townsend, Viz*, 
one at the South West Corner, and the other the North east Cor- 
ner of the Town house at the Rent of Thirty Pounds p. annum, 
to be paid to the Town Treasurer to Commence the Twentieth 
Day of October Current, for the term of One Year. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at 
the rate of Eleven Shillings p. Bushell fo'* Wheat, and Three 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell, allow'd for Charges, "Which is 
Computed as follows, Viz'. 

[232.] Of Penny White Loaf 3*. 3. 

Wheaten 4. 13. 

Household 6. 6. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 12. 12. 

November, 3. 1739. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to m r . Barrat Dyre to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Marlborough Street, in order 
to Clear his Drain, running from the Cellar of his House in said 
Street into Milk Street upon Condition that he forthwith make 
good the Ground and Pavement again, and keep the s:ime in re- 
pair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 7, 1739. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . llutchinson 

[233.] Capt. Armitage and m r . Clarke having Viewed tho 
Well on Fort hill, and making Report thereon They were de- 
sired to See the said Well put into such Repair, as that there may 
be no danger to Children, or others. 

Mr. Savell is directed to see the Bed at the Hospital on Rains- 
fords Island bro't up to Town, to be disposed of as the Select mei 
shall direct. 

Capt. Lyman and m r . Hutchinson are desired to adjust tbe 
Rent, with in r . Dolbeare and m ra . Abbot. 

Whereas Odriau Dupee (or Dupue) came into this Town in April 
last from New York, and being before the Select men, he was 
directed to procure sufficient Bondsmen to Indemnify the Town as 
the Law directs Which he has neglected to do, since which his 
Wife and her mother, and his Daughter, have been Imported by 
Capt. Albertus Bosch. 

Ordered That m". Savell take care that Security be given, before 
Capt. Bosch departs the Town, in the Sum of Three Hundred 
Pounds. 

[234.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 8, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas Four Persons that are Convicts have been Imported 
from Bristol in the Snow Unity William Dennison Master the 
said Master was sent for Whoappear'd, together with m r . James 
Griffin (to whom they are Consigned) who Promised the said Con- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 213 

victs should be sent to Piscataqua by the first Opportunity, and 
that they should not be permitted to Land here. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 14, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 

m r . Collson 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Ilutchinson 

[235.] Mr. Hutchinson Reported on the affair of m r . Dol- 
beare's Rent, Viz*. That they had discoursed with m r . Dolbeare, 
and m r ". Abbot and find the Rent was paid tom r . Ludgate for Two 
years and half, Viz 1 , from Sept. 20, 1735. to the 20 th . March 1737/8. 
That rn rs . Abbot paid m r . Dolbeare the Rent of the House and 
Land, from the said 20 th . of March, to the 20 th . of December next, 
in their Presence, and the Committee agreed with m r . Dolbeare, 
that instead of making him Allowance for the time m r . Ludgate 
receiv'd the Rent, His Lease shall Continue Two years and half 
beyond to term mentioned therein Which, Considering the 
present pressing difficulties of the Town, they Apprehend most for 
their Advantage. Voted, that this Report be accepted. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 26, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[236.] Margaret Russ who came into Piscataqua about Four 
months ago, and lives in a Tenement of Dr. Boylston's Complains 
that her Husband Benjamin Russ, a Person of ill fame, and a 
Vagabond, whom She was Obliged to quit at New Hampshire is now 
come to her House in this Town ; Whereupon m r . Savell was di- 
rected to Warn the said Russ out of Town, and also to require 
Security of his Wife that She and her Family shall be no Charge 
to the Town. 

November 28, 1739. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Thomas Wallis to Dig np the Ground 
in Pond Street, in order to lay a New Drain across the Street, from 
his House there ; Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the 
same again, and keep it in repair from time to time to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Select men, and that he do not obstruct or hinder the 
Passage in said Street, while the Work is doing. 

[237.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 28, 1739. 

Present, 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Upon a Motion made Ordered, That m r . Savell Notify the 
several Constables of the Town to meet the Selectmen, next 
Wednesday, in order to Confer with them, relating to their Col- 
lecting the Taxes of the Current year &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 5, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Aimitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

The Constables Attending according to order, the Select men 
discoursed with them relating to their Collecting the Taxes for the 
year Current [238.] Who Say, they had no apprehension, when 
they accepted of the Office of Constables, to be Charg'd with the 
Collecting of Rates, because the Town came into a Vote to Chuse 
Collectors of Taxes distinct from them, And Altho' the Select 
men propos'd to them to Undertake it as Collectors, and to re- 
ceive the Premium upon their giving Bond yet they severally 
refused to accept of that Office on any terms proposed to them. 

Ordered, That rn r . Savell warn margaret Russ to depart the 
Town with her Children. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at 
the Rate of Twelve Shilling p. Bushell, and Three Shillings and 
Six pence p Bushell, allow'd for Charges which is as follows, 
Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 15 

Wheaten 4. 8 

Household- ------- 6. - - 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf - - - - l lb . 10. - 15 

("239.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 6, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant, directed 
to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesty's Name, Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an Estate of 
Forty Shillings p. annum of Freehold in Land within this Province 
or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the value of Fifty 
Pounds Sterling, to Convene at the Town house upon Monday the 
Tenth Day of December Current, at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon, 
Then and there to make Choice of and Depute (if they see cause) 
One Person being a Free holder and Resident in the Town, to 
Serve for and Represent them in the Great and General Court or 
Ass -nobly, now Convened, [24O.] held and kept for His Maj- 
esiy's Service, at the Court house in Boston, in the room of m r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17C9. 215 

Christopher Kilby, who is gone Agent for the House of Represen- 
tatives to the Court of Great Britain, According to the Precept 
under the Hand and Seal of the Hon. John Q;iincy Esq r . Speaker 
of the Honourable House of Representatives, bearing Date the 
Fifth Day of December, In the thirteenth Year of His Majesties 
Reign. A.D. 1739. 

Also, Requiring them to Warn all the Freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of the said Town, duly Qualified as the Law directs, 
to meet at the same time and place to receive the Report of the 
Select men relating to the Collectors of Taxes, and to do what 
may be thought proper to be done thereon. To Agree upon, 
Conclude and finish such other Matters and things as were under 
Consideration at former meetings, and Continued to be further 
debated at this, as also such other Matters as may be proper for 
their Consideration at this meeting. 

[241.] Voted, That Capt. Armitege and Capt. Lyman be a 
Committee to wait upon the Rev. m r . William Hooper, and in the 
Name of the Select men to Desire him to open the Town Meeting 
on Monday next with Prayer. 

Ordered, That a Report be drawn to be presented to the Town 
at their Meeting the 10 th . Current relating to the Conferrence had 
Yesterday with the Constables about their Collecting the Taxes. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 12,1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Mrs. Salter, the Wife of Malachy Salter Informs that One 

William Weymouth a Sailor has lodg'd for Fourteen Days past at 
her House that he was Sick when he first came there that he was 
bro't into this Town from [242.] Nantucket by Daniel Paddock, 

that lie was Cast away with One Bryant, in Coming from 

North Carolina And Whereas the said Weymouth is a Stranger, 
and as she Apprehends, not likely to live She prays the Select 
men would take Order for his Removal, if they see fit. 

The Select men having Maturely Considered the above Informa- 
tion, and Apprehending the said Weymouth to be a proper Object 
of Publick Charit}'. 

Ordered, That he be recommended to the Overseers of the Poor, 
to be received into the Alms house at the Province Charge and 
that the Town Clerk Certify the overseers of the same Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 13, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Ksq T . 
m r . Clarke 

Whereas m. Bryant and her Child [243.] Imported 

from Philadelphia to Martha's Vinyard in the Sloop Dolphin John 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Welch Master as appears by the Examination of Elias Dilarue the 
mate of the said Vessel, taken on Oath the 10 th . instant, are since 
bro't into this Town from Martha's Vinyard by m r . Thomas Beney ; 
and the Small Pox breaking out upon the snid Child, in a House 

near the Mill Creek, where the said Bryant had taken lodging 

The Select men, in order if possible to prevent the Spreading of 
Infection, have this Day caused the said Bryant and her Child to be 
removed from thence to the Hospital at the Westerly part of the 
Town, Viz 4 . A House of m r . Benj a . Clougli ; And have ordered a 
Guard to be set on the said House, to prevent People going out 
and in at the said House. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 14, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lymau Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

[244.] One Wou'dbe a Negro Woman appear'd who lives in 
the House taken up for an Hospital And the Select men pro- 
posed to her, that her Husband should take lodging elsewhere for 
the present, and might follow his Business abroad as Usual And 
that she should keep her House, do her own Business, and find her 
own provisions &c. and not be suffered to go forth of her House, 
until further Order In Consideration whereof She should be 
allow'd and paid after the rate of Fifteen Shillings p. Week during 
her Confinement as aforesaid Which agreement She Consented 
to. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 18, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyrnan Esq r . 
m r . Hutchinson 

Whereas some evil rnindrd Person or [245.] Persons the last 
Evening set fire to a House belonging to the Town, on Fort hill 
which was burnt down. 

Ordered, That m r . Savell and m r . Cowdrey make diligent Enquiry 
after the Actors therein, or any of them or afler any Person or 
Persons who have taken and Carried away any of the Timber 
or where it is laid and that they Report to the Select men to- 
morrow. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 19, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lytnan Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 

Information is made that Richard Walkins and his Wife 
Katharine are come into this Town from New York by Land 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 217 

thnt they lodg'd first at one Leggs and since that, at m". 
Deshons, where they have lodg'd near Five Weeks. 

Ordered, That m rs . Deshon be notified to [246.] attend next 
Wednesday. 

Memorandum, December 20, 1739. 

John m c . Guire Appear'd in the office and Informs that he has 
four Persons who have lodg'd at his House for some time past, 
Viz'. Daniel Griffith Mariner, belonging to Capt. m c .Kew 
about Fourteen Days. 

John Welch Mariner belonging to Capt. m c .Kew about Eigh- 
teen clays. 

James Murfey Mariner and Joyner, from Newfoundland, about 
Fourteen Days. 

Cornelius Fling Victualer from Philadelphia or Virginia, about 
Fourteen Days. 

They have no Effects in his House that he knows of, but their 
Cloaths 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec. 31. 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries EsqV 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[247.] Upon a Motion made by m r . Thomas Hancock. 
Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Capt. Armitage and 
Capt. Lyman be a Committee to View the Bank lately made near 
m r . Hancocks house in Beacon Street Consider what may be 
proper to be Allow'd by the Town towards the defraying the 
Charge thereof and Report thereon, before the next Draft Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 2, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Mis Deshon appear'd according to Order and Says, That Rich- 
ard Walkinsand his Wife from New York had lodg'd at her House 
Three Weeks and Three Days befcre She gave any Information 
thereof to the Select men, or any of them, as the Law directs. 

A Petiiion of John Baker Sugar Baker for [248.] Liberty to 
Erect a small Building, adjoining to his Sugar house in Back 
Street, of the Dimensions therein mentioned, with Timber. 
Read, and 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman, m r . Clarke, and m r . 
Hutchinson be a Committee to View the place propos'd by m r . 
Baker for the said Building tomorrow at 10 O'Clock a.m. Consider 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

the Circumstances thereof and Report what may be proper to be 
clone thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan. 9, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsylh 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Ilutchinson 

The Committee appointed last "Wednesday, on the Petition of 
m r . John Baker for Liberty to Erect a Building adjoining to his 
[249.] Sugar house in Back Street, with Timber Report as 
follows, Viz'. 

That they have View'd the place propos'd to Erect the said Tim- 
ber Building upon, and Considered the Circumstances thereof 
and are of Opinion, it will be very dangerous to have a Wooden 
Building Erected there, and therefore that 'twill be in no wise 
proper to Grant the Prayer of the said Petition. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, and the Petition be accord- 
ingly dismiss'd. 

Whereas m r . Treasurer Wadsworlh Informs that Stephen Minot 
Esq r . is in Arrears for Rent due to the Town for the House and 
Lands on Boston neck Leased to him. And Whereas it is appre- 
hended, that it will be most Convenient and agreeable to m r . Minot 
to Surrender the Premisses to the Select men, and to put an End 
to the Lease. 

Order'd, That the Town Clerk write a Letter to m r . Minot in the 
Name of the Select men, to make the Proposal to him, and to de- 
sire his answer thereto, as soon as may be. 

[25O.] Ordered, That an advertisement be prepared and 
Printed, in three of the News letters, for Four Weeks succesivcly, 
for Leasing out, A Certain Island, Commonly Called and known 
by the name of Deer Ishmd, lying within the Massachusetts Bay, 
belonging to the Town of Boston, and that notice be therein given 
that the Select men will attend at the Town house every Wednes- 
day until the 27 th . of Feb. next, from Three to Five o'Clock in the 
alternoon &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 16, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 
Ordered, That in r . Savell Notify and Warn the Watchmen who 

were assaulted and Wounded on Saturdav Night, the Instant 

[251] to Attend the Select men next Wednesday afternoon. 
Whereas Capt. Timothy m c . Daniel lately from London Imported 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739-40. 219 

into Ibis Town Ann Levingston and has not attended Ins Duty in 
giving Bond to Indemnify the Town from Charge on her acco 1 . 
altho' he has been several times Notified and warned so to do, 

Therefore, 

Ordered, That m r . Savell be and hereby is directed forthwith 
to prosecute the said m c . Daniel, for his said neglect or refusal, 
as the Law directs, and to Report to the Select men his doings 
thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 23, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Ksq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Ann Leviugston from London in the Ship Mary, Timothy 
m c . Daniel, Master, is admitted [252.] an Inhabitant of this Town, 
the said m c .Daniel together with m r . Charles Aplhorp having giving 
Bond, to Indemnify the Town of Boston as the Law directs. 

Ordered, That the Guard at the Hospital in the Westerly part 
of Boston and the Negro Confined to his House there, be Dis- 
charged from any further Service, or pay after this Day, And 
that in r . Savell Notify them hereof, accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 28, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Voted, That the Herbage of the Old Burying place be Let to 
the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . for the year ensuing, Viz 1 . 1740. 
[253.] At the price it was let for the last year, Viz 4 . Thirty 
Shillings. 

Voted, That the Herbage of the South Burying place be not Let 
for less than Six Pounds for the next year, Viz'. 1740, and m r . 
Savell is directed to Inform the Gentlemen who hired the same the 
last year with this order. 

Voted, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds be allowed and paid 
out of the Town Treasury to Phillip Quonyear, for himself and 
his Wife's attendance for Six weeks at the Hospital, Viz', to him 
at 30/ p. W^eek, and his Wife at 20/. 

And to Woodbe (negro) for Six Weeks at Fifteen Shillings 

p. Week, which makes the Sum of Four Pounds Ten Shillings 
and that a Draft be made upon the Town Trea". accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan. 30, 1739. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Eaq r . 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Armitage 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[254.] Upon a motion made by the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be desired to Inform the Justice 
of the Peace within the Town of Boston, in the Name of the Select 
men, that it is their desire that they would give them a Meeting, 
at the Council Chamber, next Monday in the Evening after their 
Sessions are ended In order to Consult together and agree upon 
a Walk or General Visitation of the Town as has been Customary. 

Voted, That the time for Choice of Jury men for the Superiour 
Courts in February be "Wednesday next, at Three O'Clock after- 
noon, and m r . Savell is to Notify the Constables accordingly, and 
take Care that the Bells be rung as usual. 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe Collector, appearing Proposes m r . Robert 
Patteshal and m r . Rowland Houghton for his Sureties, if the. 
Select men shall accept of them and 

[255.] Mr. John Staniford, another of the Collectors Pro- 
poses m r . Francis Righton and ra r . Jacob Parker for his Sureties, 
and 

Mr. John Goldthwait another of the Collectors proposes m r . 
Thomas Hutchinson, and m r . Joshua Blanchard, for his Sureties. 

Voted, That the Sureties abovenamed, be accepted, and that 
B*onds be given Accordingly. 

Memorandum 

That on the Thirty first of Jan. 1739. m r . Jacob Sheafe One of 
Collectors of Taxes for the Year current, Appeared in the office, 
And having been Sworn to the faithful Discharge of his said 
office, Gave Bond to the Town Treasurer, together with mess. 
Robert Patteshall and Rowland Houghton' as. Surety's in the Sum 
of Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred' Pounds. And a Certificate 
thereof was given him directed to the Assessors of the Town *of 
Boston. 

Mr. John Staniford, another of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year Current, appeared, and [256.] having been Sworn to the 
faithful discharge of his said Office, Gave Bond to the Town 
Treasurer together with mess". Francis Righton and Jacob Parker, 
as Suretys in the Sum of Thirteen Thousand Two hundred Pounds, 
Certificate whereof was also given him directed to the assessors of 
the Town of Boston. Also, 

Mr. John Goldthwait, another of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Current Year appear'd, And having been Sworn to the faithful 
Discharge of his said Office, Gave Bond to the Town Treasurer, 
together with mess". Thomas Hutchinson and 'Joshua Blanchard 
as Suretys in the Sum of Five Thousand Seven Hundred and a 
Certificate thereof was given him directed to the Assessors of the 
Town of Boston,. as usual. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Select men, and Overseers of the Poor, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739. 221 

within the Town of Boston, at the Council Chamber, Monday the 
4 th . of February, 1739. 

Present 
[257.] The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Samdel Adams Esq r . 

William Tyler Esq r . 

Major Samuel Sewall 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth 

m r . Jonas Clarke 
Select men- 

m r . Edward Bromfield 

Capt. Jeffry Bedgood 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . 

m r . Samuel Hunt 
Overseers of the Poor. 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then agreed 
upon, to be Attended on Fryday [258.] The Eighth of February 
Current, at Nine o' Clock in the Morning, if the Weather be fair ; 
If not then on Monday following the 1 1 th . instant. And it is also 
Agreed to meet at the Council Chamber in the Evening of the said 
Day of Visitation, to Report the State of the Town &c. The Order 
is as follows, Viz*. 

Ward, Number One 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq*. 

Capt. Alexander Forsyth 

m r . Samuel Hunt 

m r . Richard Buckley 

m r . Ebenezer Simpson, Constable 
Ward, Number Two. 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq'. 

Abiel Walley Esq r . 

Samuel Greenwood Esq r . 

m r . Thomas Hutchinson 

Capt. William Thomas 

m r . Joseph Greenwood, Constable 

Ward, Number Three 
[259.] Habijah Savage Esq r . 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Joshua Cheever Esq r . 

m r . Peter Thomas 

m r . John Baker, Constable 
Ward, Number Four 

William Tyler Esq r . 

Jacob Royall Esq r . 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

m r . Jacob Goldthwait 

m r . John Tudor, Constable 
Ward, Number Five 

The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq*. 

Daniel Henchmen Esq r . 

Capt. Jonathan Armitage 

Capt. Daniel Pecker 

m r . Jonathan Hartshorn, Constable 
Ward, Number Six. 

William Stoddard, Esq r . 

Thomas Hubbard, Esq r . 

m r . John Staniford 

m r . John Russell, Constable 
[26O.] Ward, Number Seven 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 

Capt. Jeflery Bedgood 

m r . Joshua Blanchard 

m r . Cord Cordis, Constable 

Ward, Number Eight 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Capt. William Downe 

m r . William Salter 

m r . Joseph Lewes, Constables 
Ward, Number Nine 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . 

m r . Jonas Clarke 

m r . Joseph Gale, Constable 
Ward, Number Ten 

Caleb Lyman, Esq r . 

Francis Borland Esq r . 

m r . Jacob Parker 

m r . Henry Dyre 

m r . Francis Betsilke, Constable 
[261.] . Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Major Samuel Sewall 

m r . Eward Bromfield 

m*. Jacob Sheaf e 

m r . John Wheatle}*, Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

Samuel Adams Esq r . 

m r . David Collson 

Major John Hill 

m r . John Clear, Constable 

The Town Clerk is desired to give forth Copies of the above 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 6, 1739. 

Present 
Capt. Armitage 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739-40. 223 

Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutohinson 

[262.] Mr. Benjamin Clough, Appearing, Desires the Select 
men would please to Consider what may be proper to be allow'd 
him in Consideration of his House being taken for an Hospital in 
the Westerly part of the Town, for some time past, and of the 
Damages he has Sustained there by. Whereupon, 

Voted, That the bum of Six Pounds be Allow'd and paid out of 
the Town Treasury to m r . Benjamin Clough in full for the Use of 
his said House as an Hospital to this Day ; and that a Draft be 
made on the Treasury accordingly. 

John m c . Guire is admitted a Ticket Porter upon Condition, that 
he gives Bond to the Town Treasurer, as the Law directs and m r . 
Laurence Lutwyche Distiller, is Approved and Accepted as his 
Surety. The Town Clerk is also directed to deliver to him the 
Ticket, Number 17 upon their Executing a Bond accordingly. 

Memorandum, 

Mr. Dolbeare paid his last Rent, to [263.] Sometime in May, 
1735. mr. Ludgate took Possession in September, 1735. and kept 
till Mar. 1737/8. Two years and half; In Consideration thereof, 
the Select men Agree, that m r . Dolbeare's Lease shall Continue 
Two Years and half beyond the Term first Leased. The Ground 
Rent due from m r . Dolbeare December, 20. 1739. Amounts to 
Thirty Pounds, besides what was due when Ludgate took Posses- 
sion ; But in Consideration of Sundry Repairs and Additions. m r . 
Ludgate promised the Tenants, but never perform'd, and for other 
reasons, the Select men have received Fourteen Pounds only of 
mrs. Abbot, in full of the Ground Rent due to the said 20 th . of 
December, Except what was due before Ludgate had Possession ; 
and from the 20 th . December mr. Dolbeare's Rent again goes on, 
at Twenty Pounds p. year. 

The Town Clerk is directed to Certify the Overseers of the Poor, 
that Richard Tupbell is in their Opinion a proper object of Public^ 
Charity, And that they Recommend him to be receiv'd into the 
Alms house, to be maintained at the Province Charge accordingly. 

[264.] Whereas m r . William Parkman pays a Quit Rent to 
the Town of Boston of Twelve pence p. annum, for the priveledge 
of a Shed near, the North Battery and desires the same may be 
transferred to Alexander Parkman, who is ready to undertake the 
Payment thereof, 

Voted, That the said Quit Rent be transferr'd to the said Alex- 
ander Parkman, and that the Town Treasurer be Notified there of 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 13, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

The Widow Le Moine lately come into this Town from Dedham 
Appeared Desiring to be admitted an Inhabitant and proposes 
her Son Capt. Charles Le Moine [265.] for Security Who is 
Accepted, and the Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Bond ac- 
cordingly, of the Penalty of One Hundred Pounds. 

Mr. Richard Billings Informs that the Shop Windows, of the 
Tenements which he and his Brother Leases of the Town are out of 
Repair, and prays the Select men would please to View and give 
Orders thereon. 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage and m r . Collson be a Committee to 
view the same, and to give Orders for such Repairs to be made as 
they shall think necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 20, 1739. 

Present 

Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Capt. Armitage Reports, that the Committee Appointed last 
Wednesday to view & to give [266] Orders, for the Necessary 
Repairs to be made at mess. Billings's Shop, as then Entred 
Have agreed with the said Billings's that they get the said Repairs 
effected ; for which the Town is to Allow them Fifty Shillings. 

John Whalan is Admitted a Ticket Porter in the room of James 
Gardner, Upon Condition that he give Bond, to the Town Treasurer, 
as the Law directs and m r . James Pitts is Accepted as his 
Surety ; The Town Clerk is also directed to receive the Ticket 
N. 2. of said Gardner, and to deliver the same to Whalan, upon 
his giving Bond as aforesaid. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 25, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

[267.] Capt. Armitage Informs, that a Ship is lately set 
upon the Stocks near the South Sconce, on Land Suppos'd to 
belong to the Town of Boston, Where upon 

Voted, That Capt. Armitage, Capt. Lyman, m E . Clarke and m r . 
Hutchinson be a Committee to Enquire into that Affair, and to 
Report thereon next Wednesday. 

At a meeting of the Select men, Feb. 27, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
m r . Collson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739-40. 225 

Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutcbinson 

This Day the Select men Executed a Lease of a Certain Island, 
Commonly Called or known by the Name of Deer Island, lying 
within the Massachusetts Ba} 7 , and belonging to the Town of 
Boston, for the full term of Seven Years [268.] Commencing the 
first Day of March next, unto mess". Josiah Langdon and Na- 
thanael Langdon of Boston Victuallers They Paying to the Town 
Treasurer, for the time being, the full Rent or Sum of Eighty Six 
Ounces, Eighteen Pennyweight of Coined Silver, Troy Weight of 
Sterling alloy, p. annum or so much in Bills of Credit on the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, as is Equivalent to, and will 
Purchase the same Quantity of Silver at the respective time of 
Payment. 

Viz 1 . Forty three Ounces Nine pennyweight of said Coined Silver 
of Sterling alloy, or so much in said Bills of Credit as is Equiva- 
lent thereto, on every first Day of September and March Yearly 
and in every Year Successively during the said Term ; and upon 
such other Conditions as in the said Lease is Expressed. 

Bernard Clements from New York ap*peared, And informs that 
he has brought with him a Horse which he has (with [269.] 
great labour) taught to perform many Uncommon Actions, which 
are not taught Horses in this Countrey. As also a Dog, whom 
he hns taught to ride the said Horse Praying the Select men 
would please to permit him to Shew the said Horse and Dog, for 
the diversion of the Inhabitants, as is Customary in other parts of 
the World And having produced a Certificate under the Hands 
of Certain Gentlemen in Authority in New York of the said 
Clements good Behaviour while he was in that City, The Select 
men Granted him Liberty Accordingly. 

Mrs. Curtis the Wife of Capt. William Curtis Mariner, now 

at Sea, Appear'd, and informs that She has lived in this Town 
five months, and desires she may have the Priviledge of Educating 
her Children in the Free Schools of the Town In Order to which 
she was directed to procure Bondsmen to Indemnify the Town, 
According to the Law, in that Case provided, in the Sum or Pen- 
alty of Two Hundred Pounds. 

[27O.] It being mov'd that Considerable Inconveniences 
arose to the Common, from the Country People's laying great 
Quantities of the Street Dirt there. 

Voted, That m r . Collson be dosired to cause the said Dirt to be 
removed from time to time in such manner as he thinks most for 
the Town's Advantage. 

The Committee appointed the 25 th . instant, to Enquire into the 
Encroachments made on or near the Sconce, having Attended that 
Service, Report that they found Considerable Quantitys of Timber, 
Plank &c. there. And further that m r . Brattle Oliver being 
present with them, said, that he Owned the said Timber, and Also 
that the Land whereon it lays is his and this in the Presence of 
Daniel Ingersole and John Savell, Witneasea. 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb. 29, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

m r . Clarke 

Capt. Armitage 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Hutchinson 

[271.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant, 
directed to the Constables of Boston, 

In His Majesties Name, Requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Free holders and other Inhabitants of said Town, duly Quali- 
fied, Rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a Single Rate (beside 
the Pole) to Convene at the Town house on Monday the Tenth of 
March next, at Nine O'Clock in the forenoon ; Then and there to 
make Choice of meet Persons to Serve the Town the Year ensuing, 
As Selectmen, Town Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Constables, 
and other Town officers, as the Law directs ; To Grant such Sum 
or Sums of Money, as shall be judg'd Needful for the Relief of the 
Poor, and Defraying other necessary Charges ; To Consider the 
State of the north and South Batterys ; and also what may be 
thought proper to be done* in Order to Securing and maintaining 
the Towns Right on and about Fort-hill, and to receive the Re- 
ports of several Committees. To agree upon Conclude and finish 
such other matters and things as weie under Consideration at 
former meetings [272.] and Continued to be further Debated at 
this, and also such other matters as may be proper for their Con- 
sideration at this meeting. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk deliver the Deed of Rainsfords 
Island to m r . Treasurer Foye. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 5, 1739. 

Present, 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Armitage 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 

Voted, That the Rev. m r . William Hooper be desired to Open 
the Town meeting on Monday next, with Prayer, And that Capt. 
Forsyth and m r . Hntchinsou wait on him, and Desire he would 
Attend that Service. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and m r . [273.] Hutchinson be a 
Committee to take Care that a Dinner be provided for Forty-five 
Gentlemen on Monday next at the Orange tree Who are desired 
to give directions accordingly. 

Voted, That Eight Shillings a peice be and hereby is allowed to 
the Constables of the Town of Boston, in order to provide a Din- 
ner for themselves on Monday next, the Day Appointed for the 
Town meeting. 
Voted, That it be reported to the Town at the next Town Meet- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739-40. 227 

ing, That the Select men are of Opinion that Considering our 
present Circumstances, the Moneys which the Townships Sold for, 
cannot be Apply'd to a more necessary use, than Repairing the 
Fortifications of the Town. 

[274.] At a Meeting of the Select men, March 12, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Jonas Clarke 
m r . Thomas Hutchinson 
m r . Thomas Hancock 
m r . middlecot Cooke 

Whereas Matthias Cowdrey was several Years past Appointed 
by the Select men, to prevent the forestalling the Market, and 
to See that the other By-Laws of this Town are put in Execu- 
tion. 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded, 

The Question was put, Whether m r . Cowdrey should be Contin- 
ued in that Service, after the Thirty first Day of March Current? 
And it Pass'd in the negative, And that he be seasonably Notified 
hereof. 

Whereas the Inhabitants of this Town at their Meeting the 10 th . 
Currant, Did desire [275.] the Select men to give it in Charge to 
their officer, to prosecute all such Persons who shall be found Sell- 
ing of Coals, by other measures than such as are known and Ap- 
pointed in the Law. 

Voted, That the following advertisement be Printed, posted up, 
and also distributed, in Order to prevent the abuse which this Town 
suffers iu the measure of Couls, Viz 1 . 

Whereas the Inhabitants of this Town for many Years past have 
suffered great Abuse by reason of the Country People's Selling 
Coal in Baskets commonly called Two Bushel Baskets, Which is 
not only Contrary to Law, but also the said Baskets are Seldom 
found to Contain two Bushels ; And the said Abuse having a long 
time prevail'd. 

Publick notice is therefore given, That the Select men have now 
appointed an Officer, and have given him Directions, that from and 
after the Twenty fifth Day of this instant, he strictly observe and 
prosecute all Persons whatsoever, who shall Sell any Coal or other 
Commodity, except in a Bushel, Half Bushel, or such other measures 
as is known and Appointed [276.] in the Law. Dated in Boston, 
Mar. 12. 1379. By Order of the Select men, 

SAMUEL GEBRISH Town Clerk 

Ordered, That the Printers be desired to publish the foregoing 
advertisment in their News Papers, and rnr. Hancock is desired to 
see the same effected. 

Upon a Motion made by m r . Savoll for putting into Repair, A 
Sedan, or Chair belonging to the Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
which the Town has had the loan of for a considerable time. 

Voted, That m r . Hancock and m r . Coofce be desired to take care 



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

that the same be effectually Repaired, and made fit for Use, in the 
best and most frugal maner they can. 

Whereas the Select men did agree with m r . Thomas Pain, to Let 
to him the North Granary or meal house, for One year, Commencing 
the Eleventh of August last past, at the Rent of Four Pounds p. 
annum to be paid to the Town Treasurer but no Entry was 
made thereof [277.] in the Season of it It is therefore Ordered 
to be made here Entred, and that the Town Treasurer be Certified 
accordingly. 

Upon a Motion made, The Select men View'd the Fire Arms be- 
longing to the Town and finding they want Cleansing &c. 

Voted, ThatCapt. Lyman and m r . Clarke be Desired to take care 
of that matter, and to see they are put into good Order, and fitted 
for Service And also to Order them to be Stamped with BOSTON 
on the Stock of each of them. 

Complaint being made that the Rails about the Common are fre- 
quently thrown down, m r . Hancock is desired to take care to see 
them put up again, as there shall be Occasion. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March 19, 1739. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Hutchinson 
m r . Cooke 

[278.] Whereas m r . Jonathan Foster, Cordwainer some time 
since built a Small Shop upon the Platform in Dock Square at his 
own Charge, Whilst the Suit in Law was depending between the 
Town, and the Heirs of James Everill, and is now in Possession of 
it. 

Upon a motion made by said Foster, and his desire to Continue 
in it, at such a rent as the Select men shall judge meet. 

The Select men accordingly Agreed to Let the said Shop to him for 
One Year Commencing the first Day of September next at the Rent 
of Eight Pounds p. annum, to be paid to the Town Treasurer. 

Mrs. Nelson, the Wife of William Nelson, Informs that 

She has lived in this Town about Seven months with Children, 

that she came hither from Glocester. and it Appearing that she 
brought no Substance with her, she was directed to procure Sufficient 
Bondsmen to Indemnify the Town from all Charge on Acco'. of 
herself and Children as the Law directs. 

[279.] Information being given by Capt. Bedgood, That One 
John Sharp Mariner, lately from the Bay, is now Sick, that he is a 
Stranger, having no Relations to take care of him As also that 
he has about Twenty Pounds due to him for Wages, 

The Select men Considering hereof, Apprehend the said Sharp 
to be an Object proper to be Maintained at the Province Charge 
and therefore Order that the Town Clerk by a Certificate recom 
mend him to the Overseers of the Poor, to be receiv'd into the 
alms house on the Province Charge accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1739-40. 229 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That m r . Hancock and m r . Cooke be and hereby are 
desired to take care, that m r . Griggs seasonably plant Trees in 
the Common, where they are wanting, agreeable to his Engage- 
ment on file. 

Mr. Anthony Underwood appearing Informs that m r . Benjamin 
Snelling, One of the Company belonging to the Fire Engines, under 
his Care [280.] is lately Dead and proposes m r . Francis Mar- 
shall, as a Suitable person to be admitted in his room if the Select 
men shall think fit. 

Which Motion was Approved, and m r . marshall accordingly Ad- 
mitted. And the Town Clerk ordered to Certify the same, on the 
List or Orders belonging to said Company the said marshall 
having had a dismission from the Captain to whose Company he 
belonged, for the Service aforesaid. 

March 20, 1739. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Josiah Langdon to dig up the Pave- 
ment and Open the Ground in Ship Street, in Order to Clear the 
Drain running from the Salutation tavern to the Common Shore in 
said Street upon Condition that he forthwith make good the 
Ground and Pavement again and keep it in repair from time to 
time to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 
March 25, 1740. 

[281.] Liberty is Granted to John Hunt Esq r . to Dig up the 
Pavement, and Open the Ground in Lynn Street, in Order, to 
Clear the Drain running from his House, across the said Street 
Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground and 
Pavement again, and keep it in repair from time to time, to the 
Satisfaction of the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March, 26, 1740. 

Present 

The Hou. Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Mess. Edward Richards and Edward Moberly Two of the 
Surveyors of Shingles, being present, Inform that a Quantity of 
Shingles have lately been bro't into this Town from Hingham by 
Thomas Loring and offered to Sale That being call'd to survey 
them, they found them not Merchantable [282.] altho' branded by 
Josiah Beale a Sworn Surveyor for said Town, as is said And 
Whereas they have formerly met with difficulty in the Execution 
of their office, in Seizing Unmerchantable Shingles They desire 
the Select men would please to Advize them what they had best to 
do in the affair. 

The Select men Considering this Complaint and Motion, are of 
Opinion, That it is Convenient and most adviseable, that the Sur- 
veyors of Shingles strictly adhere to, and follows the steps of the 
Law of this Province, in this Case made and provided. 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Mr. William Salter, the keeper of the Powder house, Informs 
that some time ago, the Fire Wards Seised Six half Barrels of 
Gun Powder in the House of m r . Obadiah Cookson Jun r . and 
Three half Barrels in the House of m r . John Carnes. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk write a Letter to Stephen Minot 
Esq r . in the name [283.] of the Select men, Informing him that 
they are determined to proceed with him as the Law directs, at 
the Court in July next, in Order to Eject him off the Premisses 
Leased to him, Unless he shall pi-event such a procedure by 
delivering Possession quietly according to tenor of his Lease 
and also by paying the Rent now due, or which shall become due 
to the Town Treasurer And m r . Savell is directed to Carry 
the Letter to m r . Minot, and to bring his Answer. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Mar. 31, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be now Stated for Direction 
to the Bakers and Clerks of the Market, as follows, Viz*. 

[284.] Of penny White Loaf 3~ 7 

Wheaten 5. 2. 

Household 6. 14 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb " 14- 14 

Computed at Ten Shillings p. Bushell for Wheat and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel allow'd for Charges ; and the 
several Bakers within this Town are Ordered to mark their Bread 
which they Bake for Sale, with the first letter of their Christian 
Names, and with the first and last Letters of their Surnames And 
the Clerks of the Market are directed to make Allowance for Bisket 
well baked, three quarters of an Ounce lor each Bisket. 

Complaint being made that Sundry Persons make it their 
Practice to bring the Street Dirt, and lay it in heaps along by the 
Rails in the Common whereby the same is become a Nusance, 
Therefore, 

Voted, that m r . Hancock and m r . Cooke be desired to cause the 
said heaps of Dirt to be Carried on the Common and Spread there, 
or to fill up holes. 

[285.] Voted, that Wednesday next at Nine O'Clock in the 
forenoon, be appointed to View the High Ways, Consider of a 
Suitable Place for a Burying place &c. 

Upon Information that the Fence about the North Burying 
place wants some Repair. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and m r . Hutchinson be desired to 
cause the necessary repairs to be made Accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 231 

April 2, 1740. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Zachariah Johonnot to Dig up the 
Pavement in Orange Street, in Order to lay a Drain from his 
Laud lately Purchased on the Westerly Side of said Street, to run 
across the same, into a Common Shore in Hollis Street Upon 
Condition that he forthwith made good the Ground and Pavement, 
and keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction 
of the Select men And does not Obstruct the Passage in the 
said Street, while the same is performing. 

[286.] At a Meeting of the Select men, April 2. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Upon the Petition of mr. William Salter keeper of the Powder 
hoase The Consideration whereof was left to the Select men, 
and having Discoursed with mr. Salter on that Affair. 

The Select men are of Opinion that 'tis adviseable to Allow the 
said Petitioner mr. Salter, the Sum of Twelve Pounds, in full for 
his Service in taking Care of the Towns Stock of Powder in the 
Powder house for the time past, And that a Report be drawn 
accordingly. 

M r . Joseph Flood Jun r . Desiring to Purchase the Bricks which 
remain at Fort hill [xJ87.] of the House that was there lately 
burnt down, which belongs to the Town. 

Voted, That mr. Clarke and mr. Cooke be desired and are 
hereby Impowered to Dispose of the said Bricks for the most they 
will fetch, and of whatsoever else may be still remaining there, of 
the said House. 

M r . Savell is directed to Order Andrew Coffin and John Stringer, 
to Attend the Select men next Wednesday, being two of the 
Watchmen and two of the Sextons of this Town, to answer some 
Complaints made against them. 

M r . Savell is also directed to Order John Chambers and the 
other Grave diggers to Attend at the same time, Upon some Com- 
plaints exhibited against them. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 4, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hutchinson 
mr. Cooke 

[288.] M r . Hutchinson, Reported, That he had View'd Love 
Lane, Several of the Abutters, and mr. Thornton the Pavier being 
present, and is Opinion, that the Paving of it is Necessary, 
otherwise the Town must be at a great Charge in Gravelling or 
Repairing it, in order to save themselves from a presentment, It 



232 CITT DOCUMENT No. 87. 

measures about Six Hundred Square yards to the West end of 
the School house, but it will be much more Convenient to Pave as 
far as the Street which goes across into Bennet Street, and then 
the whole will Contain near Six Hundred and Ninety ; The Schools 
part of the Abutment is about Thirty three Square Yards, And 
the Water can be Conveyed no other Way, but thro' the Yards of 
the two Schools, into Bennet Street, the whole Charge of a Gutter 
may be Fifteen Pounds, the abutters Expect the Town pay a third 
of it. 

Ordered, That a Report be Accordingly prepared to lay before 
the Town, on Tuesday next. 

Ordered, That the following Report be made to [289.] the In- 
habitants at the Meeting by adjournment on Tuesday next, Viz'. 

Pursuant to the Vote of the Town, upon the Petition of Samuel 
Kneeland 

We the Subscribers have Attended the Service 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 ; 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 
the}' ought by all lawful Ways to be Compel'd to Discharge the 
Debt. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 5, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hntchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

[29O.] Upon Complaint, that the Road or High way over 
Boston Neck is much out of Repair 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r ., Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
and m r . Middlecott Cooke be and hereby are desired to take Speedy 
Care to have the Necessary made, in the most prudent manner 
they can. 

Liberty is Granted to m r . Joseph Flood Jun r . to Dig up the 
Pavement, and Open the Ground in Summer Street, at the lower 
end, thereof, in Order to lay a new Drain from his Cellar, to run 
into the Common Shore in said Street Upon Condition that he 
forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement again, and keep 
the same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the 
Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 9, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hutchinson 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 233 

mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

[291.] M r . Hutchinson Informs that the Chains belonging to 
the Great Fire Engine (under the Care of mr. Underwood) are too 
short for the drawing it, and Prays that Orders may be given to 
have them lengthned Accordingly, 

M r . Hutchinson is desired to take care that the same be 
effected. 

Upon reading the Votes of the Town at their Meeting Yesterday 
Appointing a Committee to wait upon the Captain General, relating 
to the Battery near Fort hill. 

Voted, to wait upon the Captain General on Fryday next, at 
Ten O'Clock in the forenoon, and that mr. Savell be directed to 
Notify the Gentlemen of the Committee, not here present, with 
this Appointment, Desiring them to meet at the Town house, at 
that Hour, in order to Attend the Service. 

Upon the Vote of the Town Yesterday, relating to the Ejecting 
off and Prosecuting in the Law, such Person or Persons as shall 
be found Trespassers, and have made Encroachments on the Towns 
Eights in the Lands on and about Fort hill 

[292.] Voted, That mr. Hutchinson and mr. Cooke be a 
Committe to Enquire into the Circumstances of that Affair And 
to get what light they can therein, and Report to the Select men, 
in Order to farther Proceedure. 

Mr. Chambers One of the Grave Diggers appeal d according to 
Order, and was Informal that Complaints had been made that they 
neglect their Duty in the Burying of Negroes Indians &c. and 
having given answer to the said Complaints to the Satisfaction of 
the Select men They gave him Orders for the time to Come, 
Strictly to observe the Laws relating to the Burying of Negroes &c. 

M r . Nathanael Gay of Dedham Appear'd and Informs that be 
has several large Peices of Oak Timber lying on the neck of 
Boston, about which he has a Suit now depending in the Law, 
that by reason of their largeness it is very difficult removing them 
and therefore Prays the Select men would please to indulge him 
[293.] So far as to let them lye there three or four Months longer, 
in which time he hopes the Affair will be determined. 

Voted, That this request be Granted, Provided he turns them 
within the Fence, and lays them Close together. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 16. 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Cooke 

M r . Joseph Hubbard Complains that the High "Way, from the 
upper end of Bartons Rope Walk so Called, leading up Fort hill 
is so miry at some Seasons of the Year, as it is impracticable for 
loaden Carts Trucks &c. to pass and repass, that for many Years 
past he has been at Considerable Charges thereon, And Prays that 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

the Select men would now lend their Assistance in mending the 
said Waj', that so he may not lose the benefit of [294.] Letting 
his "Ware house, Building Yard and Wharf lying near the same 
which he is in danger of, while the said Way lyes in the Condition 
it is now in And therefore Prays the Select men would please 
to View the place, Consider his Motion and Act thereon, as in their 
Goodness they shall think Convenient. 

Voted, That the Select men will View the said High Way, and 
Consider what may be proper to be done in the Affair. 

Mr. Speakman &c. appear'd and Informs that the Wheat, that 
is now, and of late has been Sold, is lighter than Usual, Upon 
which Consideration they humbly apprehend the Assize of Bread 
last Stated is too large, Praying the Select men to Consider thereof, 
and Order the assize to be alter'd if they see fit. 

Upon a Motion made by mr. John Earle, Master of the Fire 

Engine Praying that m r . Gibbins Sharp may be Admitted into 

his Company in the room of [295.] mr. Thomas Listen Deceased, 
and recommends him as a Suitable Person if the Select men shall 
Approve of him. The said Sharp appearing also, and Informing 
he had obtained a Dismission from Capt. Lyman, for this Service. 

Voted, That he be approved of, and admitted accordingly. 

Upon a Motion made, 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify the Original Grantees, of Land 
and Flatts near the Fortification on Boston neck, or their Succes- 
sors that the Select men, desire they would give them a Meeting 
next Wednesday, on the affair of their Engagement to keep off the 
Sea from Damnifying the High Way. 

According to the Vote of the Town, the Select men and Com- 
mittee, Appointed to wait upon the Captain General, Attended that 
Service on Monday last the 14 th . April, Requesting His Excellency 
to Give Order for removing the Encumbrances on the Battery 
Ground near Fort hill, that so the Artillery and Stores may be 
preserved and put in a proper Condition for Service. 

[296.] To which His Excellency was pleased to Answer that 
he would give an Order to the Select men concerning the same, the 
next morning. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 18. 174.0. 

Present 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

mr. Hutchinson 

mr. Cooke 

Whereas in Answer to the Request of the Select men, in behalf 
and by Order of the Town, Praying His Excellency the Governour 
to Give Order for removing the Encumbrances on the Batter}' 
Ground on Fort hill, and putting the Artillery and Stores in a 
proper Condition for Service, His Excellency has been pleased to 
direct Capt. Edward Tyng to See the same Effected, And to 
Attend the Select men for their Assistance, and for defraying the 
Charge, Therefore, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 235 

Voted, That the Select men will be Assisting [297.] to the 
said Capt. Edward Tyng, and will defray all such Charges as he 
shall expend therein, with Our Advice and Consent. 

Upon a Motion made by Capt. Tyng for some Powder to Scale 
the Guns &c. 

Voted, That an Order be drawn upon mr. William Salter, 
keeper of the Powder house, to deliver One Barrel of Gun Powder 
to Capt. Edward Tyng and another to Lieut. Isaac White, Out of 
the Stock belonging to the Town of Boston, for the Use above 
mentioned. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 23, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
mr. Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be Stated at Eleven Shil- 
lings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three Shillings and Six pence 
allow'd for Charges, Computed as follows, Viz*. 

oz- dr 

[298.] Of Penny White Loaf 3. 3. 

Wheaten 4. 13. 

Household 6. 6. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 12. 12 

Upon the Complaint of Major Hill, and others, respecting South 
Street. The Select men having View'd the same. 

Voted, That mess. Jonas Clarke and Thomas Hancock be and 
hereby are desired to take care to have the Necessary repairs made 
in South Street in the most prudent manner they can. 

Voted, That mess. Clarke and Hancock be and hereby are also 
desired to take care for Repairing the High Way, at the Upper 
end of Bartons Rope Walk, leading up Fort hill the same being 
Complain'd of, by mr. Joseph Hubbard, as Entred the 16 th . 
instant, and that they do it in the most prudent manner they 
can. 

Major John Hill one of the Overseers [299.] Of the Poor, 
Appeared and Informs, that the Overseers, about the Month of 
September last, Received for the Use of the Work house, Fifteen 
Cord of Fire Wood, at Forty two Shillings p. Cord, amounting to 
Thirty One Pounds Ten Shillings, That they received it of Thomas 
Fisher, who became Bound to Indemnify the Town, on Acco'. of 
John Lashley, whom he Imported into this Town, and who Died in 
the Alrnshouse. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April, 28, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq T . 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
m r . Cooke 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Whereas Mary Boyd from Rhode Island has for some time past 
been under warning to Depart the Town which as yet she refuses 
to do and now lodges at mr. Kents the Carpenter. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell be and hereby is directed to 
follow the Steps of the Law in [3OO.1 that Case made and 
provided. 

Upon Sundry Complaints exhibited against John Stringer 
according to order he Appear'd before the Select men, But uot 
being able to give Satisfaction to them concerning the faults 
Alledged against him. 

Voted, That the said John Stringer be and hereby is Discharged 
and Dismissed from any further Service as a Watch man of the 
Town. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell take care to Supply his place for the 
present ; until a Suitable Person Appear, and be Approved by the 
Select men to be put in his room. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 30, 1740. 

Present. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Hutchinson 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a [3O1.] Warrant 
directed to the Constable of Boston. 

In His Majesties Name Requiring them forth with to Warn all 
the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town (within, 
their Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. annum 
of Free hold in Land within this Province or Territory at the least ; 
Or other Estate to the Value of Fifty Pounds Sterling, to Convene 
at the Town house, upon Wednesday the Seventh of May next at 
nine o'Clock in the forenoon, then and there to Elect and Depute 
One or more Persons (being Freeholders and resident in the 
Town) according to the Number Set and limited by an Act of the 
General Assembly, to Serve for and Represent them in a Great 
and General Court or Assembly, appointed to be Convened held 
and kept for His Majesties Service at the Court house in Boston 
upon Wednesday the Twenty eighth Day of May next ensuing ; 
and so De Die in Diem during their Session and Sessions, accord- 
ing to a Precept under the Hand and Seal of Edward Winslow 
Esq r . Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing Date the Twenty 
Ninth Day of April [3O.] In the Thirteenth Year of His 
Majesties Reign annoq Domini 1740 

And in like manner, Requiring them to Warn all the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the said Town qualified as the Law 
directs, to meet at the same time and place, to Chuse One Clerk 
of the Market ; to Consider the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for 
Liberty to Inclose a part of the Towns Land on Fort hill, for a 
Bowling Green, during the Towns Pleasure ; and to receive the 
Reports of Several Committees. 

To Agree upon Conclude and finish such other Matters and 
things as were under Consideration at former Meetings and Con- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 237 

tmued to be further debated at this, and also such other matters 
as may be proper for their Consideration at this meeting. 

Voted, That the Rev. mr. Samuel Mather be desired to Open 
the Town Meeting on Wednesday next, with Prayer ; and mr. 
Hutchinson is desired to wait on mr. Mather to Inform him hereof. 

[3O3.] Voted, That mr. Hancock and mr. Cooke be Desired 
to give Necessary directions and orders to mrs. Wardell to provide 
a Dinner for Thirty-five Gentlemen, on Wednesday next. 

Upon the Complaints of mr. Savell and others against Andrew 
Coffin, One of the Watchmen of the Town, for his Unfaithfulness 
and negligence in that office &c. the said Coffin having made his 
appearance before the Select men according to Order, but not 
giving them Satisfaction. 

Voted, That the said Andrew Coffin be and hereby is dismiss'd 
and Discharged from any further Service as a Watchman. 

Voted, That Abia Holbrook be admitted a Watchman in the 
room of Andrew Coffin and that mr. Savell take care that a 
Suitable Person Supply m r . Holbrooks place, until One shall be 
approved of and Admitted by the Select men. 

Mr. Underwood appear'd and Informs that the Engine under his 
Care was bro't to Work first at the Fire which broke out last Week 
at the House of mrs. Rawlings and [3O4.] mr. Earl Informs 
that the Engine under his Care was first bro't to Work on the Fire 
which broke out the same Day at the House of mr. Jacob Holyoke. 
and they desire that the Premium Granted by the Town at their 
Meeting the 10 th . of March last, may be drawn for accordingly. 

Voted, That the Drafts be accordingly made on the Town 
Treasury the next Draft Day. 

Mr. Haislup appear'd and Desires the Select men, would please 
to Appoint a Person to inform of the breach of the By-Law, re- 
specting the seasonable Sweeping of Chimnies. 

Mrs. Dyre appear'd and Prays the Select men would please to 
Appoint a time to run the line between the Town and her Land at 
Bull's Wharf so Called. 

Voted, to Attend that Service next Fryday at Ten o'Clock in 
the forenoon. 

[3O5.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May. 14, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mary Glasire and her Child, from Newport Rhode Island, are 
Admitted Inhabitants, mr. John Breck, having given Bond to In- 
dt-mmfy the Town from all Charges on their account as the Law 
directs. 

Mr. Nathanael Gardner is hereby Appointed a Viewer and 
Sealer of Cord Wood within the Town of Boston ; and has been 
duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said Office, as the 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Law directs ; And he is to be Allowed, Four pence p. Cord for so 
much Wood as he shall View and Seal, the same to be paid by the 
Byer. 

The said Gardner's Precinct to be the Long Wharf mr. George 
Tilley's and mr. Israel [3O6.] Hearsey's Wharves. And he is 
Carefully to see to it, that the Laws in that Case made and pro- 
vided, be duly Observed and kept. 

Mrs. Mary Glasire has Liberty Granted her to Open a Shop in 
this Town. 

Mr. Josiah Baker, Master of the Small North Engine informs 
that the Horse of said Engine is rotten and unfit for Use, Praying 
for a new one. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth be desired to View the same, and if 
it be Needful to have a New One, that he give directions and 
orders therefor, that the same be done in the best manner, as soon 
as may be. 

Mr. William Maccarty being about to take down an Old Wooden 
house in half Square Court (formerly the Estate of the Hon. 
Isaac Addington Esq r .) Prays for Liberty to set his new House 
which he intends to Build there, further into the Street, in Order 
to make it more uniform with [3O7.] his other Brick house, and 
proposes that he will in Exchange therefor, give in some part of 
his Land where a Barber's Shop now Stands, into the said High 
Way, both which lines to run according to a Draft or Plan Exhib- 
ited to the Select men. 

And having taken the affair into Consideration and also Dis- 
coursed with mr. Thomas Gushing Jun r . Attorney to mr. 

Thompson of London whose Land is on the other Side of the 
Street Who Opposes the Motion, as it will be a great Damage to 
mr. Thompson's Estate The Select men are of opinion, That 
what Land is offered by mr. Maccarty by way of Exchange is in 
no wise equal to what he desires to have given to him ; And fur- 
ther that the Street will be much Straitned thereby, And there- 
fore, 

Voted, That mr. Maccarty 's Petition, as above mentioned, be 
not Granted. 

Upon Complaint that mr. Alexander Hunt has Stop'd the High 
Way leading from Fort hill to his Ship Yard. 

Voted, That mr. Clarke and mr. Hancock be [3O8.] a Com- 
mittee to See that the said High be laid open again, and that they 
Report thereon, next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 21, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Samuel Butler, Desires Liberty to admit a Taylor, as an 
Under tenant to him, in the Chamber of the Tenement which he 
Leases of the Town, Viz'. Number Two in Dock Square. 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1740. 239 

Voted, That the Select men will Consider this Motion when mr. 
Butler informs them of the Person to be so Admitted. 

The Select men having Signed the Return on the Sheriffs Pre- 
cept for Choice of Representatives Deliver'd the same to mr. 
Constable [3O9.] Hastings, in Order to his Notifying the Gentle- 
men Elected, and to Summon them to Attend that Service, and to 
return the Precept to the Town Clerk, by him to be delivered to 
the Sheriff. 

The Petition of Thomas OBrj'an, to be Admitted a Ticket Por- 
ter Read, together with a Recommendation from Several Mer- 
chants the said Bryan being also present. 

Voted, That the said Thomas OBryan be and hereby is approved, 
and admitted one of the Ticket Porters within the Town of Bos- 
ton Upon Condition that he give Bond with Sufficient Surety as 
the Law directs. And that he have the Ticket Number 8. 

Whereas frequent Complaints have been made against Rowland 
Power (a Ticket Porter N. 8) as being Disorderly and given to 
Drink. 

And Whereas he has been Once and Again Admonished there- 
of, but no Reformation appearing Therefore, 

Voted, That the said Rowland Power be and hereby is dismiss'd 
from that Employment [31O.] and thatrnr. Savell be directed to 
receive his Ticket and lodge the same with the Town Clerk and 
that his Bond be delivered up, if desired 

Mr. Josias Byles Jun r . is hereby appointed a Viewer and Sealer 
of Cord Wood within the Town of Boston, And having been duly 
Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said office as the Law di- 
rects, He is to be Allowed Four pence p. Cord for so much Wood, 
as he shall View and Seal, to be paid by the Buyer, 

The said Byles's Precinct to be Wentworths Wharf and the 
Town Dock. 

And he is Carefully to see to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided, be duly Observed and kept. 

Mr. Nathanael Barber is hereby appointed a Viewer and Sealer 
of Cord wood within the Town of Boston, And has been duly 
Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said Office as the Law 
directs And he is to be allowed Four pence p. Cord for so much 
Wood [311.] As he shall View and Seal, and the same to be 
paid by the Buyer The said Barbers Precinct to be mr. Hutch- 
insons, mr. Halsey's and mr. Colman's Wharves. And he is Care- 
fully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case made and provided, 
be duly Observed and kept. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, may 26, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke. 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Florentia the Wife of Odrian Dupee, Dorothy Butler and Agnea 
Fettes. lately Imported into this Town from New York by Albertua 
Bosch in the Sloop Wheel of Fortune Are admitted Inhabitants, 
m r . Benjamin Bagnall having given Bond to the Town Treasurer 
in the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town, as 
the Law directs 

[312.] Whereas Several Gentlemen, who are Original 
Grantees or Proprietors of Land and Flatts near the Fortification 
on Boston Neck, upon the Desire of the Select men, did give them 
a Meeting some time since, At which time it was Represented them, 
that it was Expected of them, to fulfill the Conditions of the 
Original Grant of the Town, by keeping out the Sea &c. 

Whereupon the Gentlemen promised they would speedily en- 
deavour a Meeting of the said Proprietors, in Order to come into 
some measures to prevent the Damage Complain'd of Since 
which nothing has been done there in Wherefore. 

Voted, That mr. Clarke and mr. Hancock be a Committee to 
wait upon the said Proprietors, or some of them, and in the Name 
of the Select men to move them that something effectually may 
be done therein, as soon as may be And that they Report there- 
on, at the next Meeting. 

According to Order, as Entred the 21 st . Instant, mr. [313.] 
Savell having received of Rowland Power his Ticket N. 8. and 
lodg'd the same with the Town Clerk Ordered that the Bond 
given by him and the Hon. William Clark Esq r . be delivered up 
to mr. Clark who became Surety for him. 

Mr. Joseph Clarke is hereby Appointed a Viewer or Sealer of 
Cord wood within the Town of Boston and having been duly Sworn 
to the faithful Discharge of his Office as the Law directs, He is to 
be allowed Four pence p. Cord for so much Wood as he shall 
View and Seal, to be paid by the Bu}-er. 

The said Clarke's Precinct to be Clarkes Wharf and Scarlets 
Wharf, at the Northerly end of the Town. 

And he is carefully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided be duly observed and kept. 

Mr. Jonathan Chandler is hereby Appointed a Viewer and Sealer 
of Cord wood, within the Town of Boston, and having been duly 
Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said office, he is to be 
Allowed Four pence p Cord for so much Wood as he shall View 
and Seal, to be paid by the Buyer 

[314.] The said Chandler's Precinct to be the Wharves of 
Major John Hill, mr. Thomas Hill and mr. William Wheeler Jun r . 
at the Southerly end of the Town. And he is Carefully to See 
to it, that the Laws in that Cose made and provided, be duly 
observed and kept. 

Mr. Solomon Townsend is hereb}- Appointed a Viewer and 
Sealer of Cordwood, within the Town of Boston, And having been 
duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said Office, he is to 
be allowed Four pence p. Cord for so much Wood as he shall 
View and Seal, to be paid by the Buyer. 

The said Townsend's Precinct to be the Wharves of mess. Lee, 
Waldo, Byles and Blanchard, at the Westerly part of the Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 241 

And he is Carefully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided, be duly observed and kept. 

Mr. John Nichols is hereby appointed a Viewer and Sealer of 
Cord wood, within the [315.] Town of Boston, and having been 
duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of his Office, he is to be 
allowed Four pence p. Cord, for so much Wood as he shall View 
and Seal, to be Paid by the Buyer. 

The said Nichol's Precinct to be from Verins "Wharf at the North 
end of the Town and so round to the North Mills, inclusive. And 
also the Wharves not as yet assigned to any Sealer from Colmana 
Wharf to Wentworths Wharf exclusive. 

And he is Carefully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided, be duly Observed and kept. 

Mr. Hopestill Foster, Ilousewright, is hereby appointed a Viewer 
and Sealer of Cordwood within the Town of Boston, And having 
been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said Office, he is 
to be Allowed Four pence p Cord, for so much Wood, as he shall 
View and Seal, to be paid by the Buyer. 

The said Foster's Precinct to be the Wharves Southward from 
Major John Hill's Wharf to- the Fortification on Boston neck. 

And he is Carefully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided be duly observed and kept. 

[316.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 2, 1740. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hutchinson 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Doctor Douglass and Dr. Clarke Informs that One Elizabeth 
Quonyear, at the Sign of the Hawk in Summer Street near mr. 
Checkley's Meeting house is Sick of the Small Pox, according to 
the best of their Judgment And further gave it as their Opin- 
ion, that if the Select men inclin'd to remove her to the West 
part of the Town, it might be done with Safety, provided it be 
done immediately. Wherefore, 

Voted, That it is Necessary for preservation of the Town from 
the said Infection, that the said Quonyear be removed to the 
House of mr. Benjamin Clough, at the Westerly part of the Town, 
formerly used as an [317.] Hospital on like Occasions. 

And that Capt. Forsyth, mr. Clarke, mr. Hancock and mr. 
Cooke be and hereby are desired, to take Order for her Safe re- 
moval thither, with all Convenient Speed. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 4, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Upon Complaint that the Negroes, Indians &c. take Liberty to 
Walk the Streets, after Nine O'Clock at Night, and often behave 
in a rude and disorderly manner. Contrary to the Laws of this 
Province in that Case made and provided. 

The Heads of the several Watches were sent for and appeared 
accordingly 

And were directed and Ordered to take Care that their Several 
Companys should Attend, and [318.] the Watch be Set at 
Nine o'Clock in the Evening until further Order, and that they 
exert themselves to restrain the Disorders among the Negroes &c. 
Complain' d of, following the Steps of the Law therein. 

Mr. Stephen Greenleaf, Blacksmith, is admitted One of the 
Company belonging to the Fire Engine under the Care of mr. 
Henry Howell, in Summer Street, in the room of mr. John Taylor, 
who has the Charge of the Work house. 

Capt. Josiah Sheldon, lately come from Suffield with his Family 
Appeared before the Select men, and made known his Desire to 
Dwell in this Town, and be admitted to the Priviledges of other 
Inhabitants. 

Voted That Capt. Sheldon be and hereby is Admitted accord- 
ingly with his Family upon giving Bond to the Town Treasurer in 
the Penalty of Five Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town as the 
Law directs, and mr. Ebenezer Hinsdell of Deerfield, and mr. 
Benja. Sheldon of Northampton are [1519.] Accepted as Bonds 
men. 

Mess". Clarke & Hancock being Appointed a Committee to wait 
upon the Proprietors of the Land and Flatts near the Fortification, 
as Entred the 26 th . may List Reported as follows. 

That they had attended that Service and that the Gentlemen 
have Promised, that the High way, Shall be Secured from Damage 
by the Tides, according to their Obligation by the Original Grant of 
the Town, as soon as was possible. 

Michael Turpin, A Tenant of mr. Benjamin Cloughin the House 
lately taken up for an Hospital Appear'd and Informs that upon 
the Desire of Several of tlie Select men, and for the Accomoda- 
tion of the Town in the present necessity, he had removed from 
his Family, and had taken Separate Lodgings, for which he had 
agreed to Pay Thirty Shillings p. Week. 

[32O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 11, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries, Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

John Theobald being Ordered to be present, appear'd accord- 
ingly, and Informs that he came into this Town from some 

time in February last, with his Wife and One Child, and his Wive's 
Mother, he was ordered to procure Bondsmen to Indemnify the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 243 

Town as the Law directs, in the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, 
& to appear with them next Wednesday. 

Upon Information that the Platform at the Town Dock is in 
danger of falling if something be not Speedily done to prevent it, 
and the Shops now Standing thereon. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. 
Clarke and mr. Hancock be a Committee to View the same, and to 
[321.] Order the doing what they may think proper to be done, 
for the Security of the said Platform and Shops. 
Upon a Motion made and Seconded 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Publick Schools within the 
Town, Pursuant to the Vote, and Order of the Inhabitants, at 
their Annual meeting the 10 th . of March last, be Attended on 
Monday the Twenty third of June Current and that the follow- 
ing Gentle men be desired to accompany the Select men in the S d . 
Visitation, Viz'. 

The Hon. Adam "Winthrop Esq r . 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 

The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 

The Hon. Samuel "Welles Esq r . 

The Rev. mr. John Webb 

The Rev. mr. Joshua Gee 

The Rev. mr. Mather Byles 

The Rev. mr. Jeremy Condy 

The Rev. mr. Ellis Grey 

mr. Thomas Cushing Jun r . 

mr. Edward Bromfleld 

mr. James Allen 

[322.] Ordered That mr. Savell give Seasonable Notice to 
the Reverend Ministers of his appointment, and that they be 
desired to meet at the Council Chamber on said Day, at Ten 
o'Clock in the fore noon. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r ., and mr. Cooke be desired to 
give directions to mrs. Wardell to provide a Dinner for Twenty 
Gentlemen on that Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 18, 1740. 
Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

mr. Hutchinson 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

Upon the Motion of mr. Samuel Butler, as Eutred the 21 rt . of 
May last, mr. Jeffries Esq r . & mr. Cooke having View'd the Tene- 
ment in the occupation of the said Butler, & Consider'd his Motion, 
They Report it as their opinion [323.] That it is adviseable to 
Grant Liberty to the said mr. Butler, at his own Charge, to make 
an Entry and Door, thro' his Shop to go to his Chamber for the 
accomodation of an Under Tenant. Upon Condition, that at the 
end and expiration of his Lease, he leave the Partition and Door 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

&c. which he shall make as aforesaid standing Or else take them 
away, and put the Shop &c. in the same State and Condition as it 
is now in, as shall be judg'd most Convenient by the Select men, 
for the time being. 

And that upon these Conditions he may admit an Under Tenant, 
provided he be first Approved by the Select men. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted. 

Abraham Tuckerman is Admitted a Watch man, in the room of 
John Stringer, who was lately dismissed from that Service. 

Upon Information that the Doctors, are of Opinion, That it 

may be probable that mrs. took the Small Pox from a Bed 

in the House of mrs. Bryant, which was [324.] In use at the 
Hospital last Winter, when that Distemper was there. 

Voted, That it is for the Safet}' of the Town that the said Bed 
and Quilt be removed from said Bryants to the Hospital at the 
Westerly part of the Town, and that another Bed be sent to her in 
lieu thereof And that mr. Hancock be desired to take care the 
same be affected forth with. 

John Wood'by a free Negro man, appear'd and Complains, that on 
the 10 Instant, he was taken up in the Street by John Rice One of 
the Watchmen as he was going from his Day labour in the Evening 
to his Lodging, was Bound and Imprisoned, and Obliged to pay 
Thirteen Shillings before he could gain his Liberty, and all without 
any legal process Which he humbly Apprehends is against Law 
and Justice, and Prays the Select men would advise him how to 
act in the affair. 

Voted, That mr. Savell. be directed to Notify and Warn John 
Rice, to attend on the Select men, [325.] next Wednesday, in 
the afternoon, to make answer to the Complaints exhibited against 
him as above. 

John Thebault Weaver from Dedham, with his Wife and 
Daughter, and his Mother in Law Ann Le Moyne are admitted 
Inhabitants, Samuel Foster and William Wardell having given 
Bond with the said Thebault to the Town Treasurer to Indemnify 
the Town, as the Law directs. 

Paul Bryan is hereby Approved & Admitted One of the Ticket 
Porters within the Town of Boston, mr. Richard Gridley and mr. 
John Clarke, having given Bond according to Law. 

Ordered That the Ticket Number 18, be delivered him. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 20, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Ccoke 

[326.] Mr. Savell Informs that Mrs. wife of a 

Tenant of mr. Benj a . Clough in the House now Used for an 
Hospital, is Dead, and that it is humbly desired the Select men 
would assist in giving her decent Burial. being very poor. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be Impowered and directed to take Care 
of her Burial, And that he give an Acco e . of the Charge of digging 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 245 

a Grave, and of the Porters in Carrying the Corps That the 
same may be paid out of the Town Treasury. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 25, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Joseph Birch is hereby appointed a Viewer and Sealer of 
Cord Wood within the Town of Boston, and having been [327.] 
duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the said office, He is to be 
Allow'd Four pence p. Cord, for so much Wood as he shall View 
and Seal, to be paid by the Buyer. The said Birch's Precinct to be 
the Bull Wharf so Called at the lower end of Summer Street, and 
mess". Grays & Parkers Wharves, at the Southerly end of the Town. 
And he is Carefully to See to it, that the Laws in that Case 
made and provided, be duly Observed and kept. 

Benjamin Hatch and Mary his Wife, and their Daughter Ruth 
Hatch, lately from Harwich are admitted Inhabitants, mess". 
Samuel Sturgis and Enoch Freeman having given Bond to the 
Town Treasurer together with the said Hatch to Indemnify the 
Town, as the Law directs, in the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds. 

John Rice One of the Watchmen appear'd upon the Complaint 
exhibited against him by John Woodby a free Negro Man, as 
Entred the 18 June Current, and gave the Select men an acco'. of 
his proceedings in that Affair [328.] But Woodby not appearing 
according to Order, the said Rice was dismiss'd, with a Caution to 
Act prudently in all such matters for the future. 

Major John Hill Appear'd, and made a Proposal praying the 
Select men to take the same into Consideration Which is as 
follows Viz'. That if the Select men think fit, He will hire the Salt 
Marsh belonging to the Town, on Boston Neck (which for Several 
years past has been let to mr. David Collson) for the terra of 
Five years, at the Rent of Fifteen Pounds p. annum and that he 
will Drain the said Marsh Ground, which he apprehends will be of 
great advantage to the Town hereafter. 

On Monday last the Twenty third Currant The Select men 
Visited the Publick Schools in the Town, Pursuant to the Vote of 
the Inhabitants at their annual meeting, in March last, being 
accompanied by [329.] The following Gentlemen Viz'. 
The Hon. Adam Winthrop Esq r . 
The Hon. Edw d . Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
The Rev. Doctor Sewall 
The Rev. mr. Welsteed 
The Rev. mr. Byles 
The Rev. mr. Condy 
mr. Thomas Gushing 
mr. Edward Bromfield and 
mr. James Allen 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

And found the said School under a good Regulation , the Num- 
ber of Scholars in each School were found as follows Viz 4 . 

In the South Grammar School in School Street 85 

In the North Grammar School in Benuet Street 60 

In the middle Writing School in Queen Street 83 

In the South Writing School in Common St r 53 

In the North Writing School in Love Lane 270 

551 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 30, 1740. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

[33O.] On Fryclay last the 27 th . of June Current, The Select 
men met at Bulls Wharf, the lower end of Summer Street, upon 

the Desire of mrs. Dyre and run the line between the Town 

and Said Dyre, and Staked out the High Way, taking the Meas- 
ure from the Well on the North Side of the said High Way, which 
is agreeable to the Record thereof made in the Year, 1G83. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 2, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Joseph Savell Informs that the Steps of the Cellar under the 
Town house in his Improvement are out Repair. 

Whereupon, mr. Cooke is Desired to get them Repaired. 
Ebenezer Winborn who has Attended [331.] at the Hospital 
in the West part of the Town during the Sickness of Eliz*. 
Conyer, of the Small Pox, informs that mrs. Swane, said Conyer's 
Mother, Desires to be released from her Confinement there 
Whereupon, 

Ordered, that mrs. Swane be accordingly dismiss'd, taking Care 
to be well Cleansed, & go forth with fresh Cloaths, and that She 
keep with her Sister Neal in Long Lane until further Orders. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 4, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

The Petition of a Considerable Number of the Inhabitants of 
this Town, presented to the Selectmen, Setting forth the Generous 
offer made by Peter Faneuil Esq r , of Erecting a Market house at 
his own Cost and Charge, if the Town [332.] Shall give leave 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 247 

therefor And Desiring that a Meeting of the Inhabitants may 
be Speedily Warned, in order to Consider of and determine upon 
that matter Read and Accordingly 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant directed 
to the Constables of the Town of Boston, 

In His Majesty's Name Requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town, duly 
Qualified as the Law directs to Convene at the Town House, on 
Monday the fourteenth of July Current, at Nine o'Clock in the 
Morning, then and there to Consider the Petition of Sundry of the 
Inhabitants, that the Town would give leave for the Erecting a 
Market house on Dock Square, for the Town's Use and Service, 
at the Cost and Charge of Peter Kaneuil Esq r . (who, as is repre- 
sented in said Petition, has generously Offered to Erect the same) 
And that the By Law Establishing a market, so far as it respects 
Buying [333.] Provissions out of the Market, may be repealed, 
that so, all Persons may be at Liberty at all times to Buy in any 
part of the Town ; And also to do what may be thought proper to 
be done thereon. &c. &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 11, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries P^sq*. 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Clarke and mr. Cooke having been at the Hospital at the 
West part of the Town this Day finding that Elizabeth Conyer 
who has lately had the Small Pox there, is well recovered 
Report as follows, That they think it Adviseable that Ebenezer 
Winborn and Phillip Conyer who have attended at the Hospital 
be dismiss'd from further Service there and that the said 
Elizabeth Conyer Continue there, under the Care of Betty Woodby, 
who lives in the House, until further Order, the [334.] Said 
Woodby having offered to Board her for Thirty Shillings p. Week. 
Voted that this Report be accepted. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 16, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Hugh Hall Esq r . Desires Liberty to Rebuild a Tomb in the 
South Burying place, and to bring in his Bricks &c. by the Alms- 
house, Whereupon, 
The Question was put, 

And it pass'd in the Affirmative Provided he takes Care for 
putting up the Fence again in good Order. 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[335.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July, 23. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Speakman and others, Bakers, Appear'd, Informing that 
the Price of Wheat is risen, & therefore pray the assize of Bread 
may be Alter'd accordingly. 

Upon Consideration of the Petition of Richard Bill Esq r . 
Hugh Hall Esq r ., and Sundry others, Inhabitants of the West 
part of the Town of Boston, presented to the Town at their 
annual Meeting in March last, for placing a Fire Engine in that 
part of the Town, and the Vote of the Town thereon. 

Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r ., Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hancock and mr. Cooke be a Committee to View an Engine 
that is offered to Sale in the hands of mr. Jonas Clarke [336.] 
Enquire into the Circumstances thereof, and the price of it, or of 
any other and Report thereon. 

Mr. Savell Informs he has Warned Mary Baker to Depart the 
Town, the said Mary coming lately into this Town by Land from 
Long Island. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 28. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Elisha West Appear'd and Informs that Jane Gibbs Single 
Woman is come lately from Sandwich, and Resides at his House. 
Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be Stated at Thirteen Shil- 
lings p. Bushel [337.] for Wheat and Three Shillings & Six 
pence allow'd for Charges ; Computed as follows, Viz', of 

oz 

Penny White Loaf 2. 13. 

Wheaten 4. 3. 

Household 5. 9. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 1"". 9. 4. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July, 30, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 
Upon Application made by mr. William Maccarty Praying the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 249 

Select men to Reconsider their Vote, pass'd the 14 th . of May last 
Denying him the Liberty of Setting his new Building further on 
the Street than the Old house stood in half Square Court, which he 
has lately taken down, for Reasons mentioned The Select men 
[338.] went again upon the Spot, & View'd the same, and have 
agreed with the said Maccarty as follows, Viz*. That in Considera- 
tion of his going Back, Two feet and Eight Inches at the Corner 
of his Brick Shop or Office, and leaving the same for an High 
Way, he should have Liberty to Stretch a line from the South 
West Corner of his House fronting on King Street, where mr. 
Henry Laughton now Dwells, to the North East Corner of his 
Brick house fronting on said half Square Court, where the said 
Maccarty now Dwells, and that the said Line shall be the bounds 
of said new Building upon the Street or High Way 

Mr. James Stevens Mariner, from Glocester with his Wife 
Elizabeth, and Two Servants Namely John Ware and William 
Nason, are admitted Inhabitants, the S d . Stevens together with 
Joseph Hiller and Benjamin Bickner having given Bond to the 
Town Treasurer, in the Penalty of Two Hundred Pounds to In- 
demnify the Town, as the Law directs. 

[339.] Mr. Clarke is Desired to See the Bridge at Olivers 
Dock Repaired as soon as may be. 

Mr. William Scott desires leave to Set up a Shop of Eight feet 
Square, on the Platform at the Town Dock which being Con- 
sider'd, It's thought inconvenient to Let out any part of said Plat- 
form at present. 

Mr. Savell is Ordered to Notify John M c . Guire One of the 
Ticket Porters to Attend next Wednesday, to make Answer to a 
Complaint made against him for Abusing mr. Wendell &c. 

Whereas John Fling and Peter Curtice Two of the Ticket 
Porters having Inlisted themselves as Voluntiers, and James Fair 
Service, another of them following other Business. 

Mr. Savell is Order'd to demand and receive their Tickets, and 
return them to the Clerks Office. 

[34O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 6, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Richard Smith Wheelwright from Roxbury with his Wife 
Sarah, and four Children, namely Luke, Edward, Lucretia, and 
Mary Smith, are admitted Inhabitants ; The said Smith, together 
with mess". Joseph Marion and Henry Laughton having given 
Bond, to the Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Two Hundred 
Pounds, to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Mr. Winborn Informs that William Rillow One of the Watch 
men, in the South Watch house, has left that Service, and Desires 
some proper Person may be put in his room 

Ordered That mr. Savell be and hereby is directed to remove 
Abia Holbrook from the Dock Watch, and put him into the 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[341.] South Watch in the room of said Rillow and that he 
place some proper Person in the Dock Watch to Supply said Hoi- 
brooks place, till further Order. 

Betty Woodby the Negro Nurse at the Hospital at the West part 
of the Town, Informs that Eliz a . Quonyear who lately had the 
Small Pox there has been well for Five Weeks past, and being 
thoroughly Cleansed and Aired Desires Liberty now to return 
home. 

Voted, That the said Eliz*. Quonyear have Liberty to go home 
accordingly, She leaving behind her the Cloaths she had on when 
she was Sick. 

Mr James Nicols who hired the Towns Shop in Queen Street 
desires to quit it, his Quarter ending the first Instant, to which 
Day he had paid the Treasurer his Rent in full. 

And mr. Daniel Tuckerman Taylor being present Desires to 
hire the same, Where upon 

Voted, That the Shop belonging to the Town, in Queen Street 
late in the Occupation [342.] of James Niccols Barber, be and 
hereby is Let to Daniel Tuckerman Taylor, for the Space of One 
Year Commencing from the first of August Current, He Paying to 
the Town Treasurer Fourteen Pounds p. annum, at four Quarterly 
Payments clear of all Charges. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 13. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Savell is Ordered forthwith to take Care that Capt. Benj*. 
Kent give Bond to Indemnify the Town from any Charges that 
may arise on Acco 4 . of One mrs. Ann Brown, whom he Imported 
lately from Jamaica. 

Complaint being made of a Breach in the Pavement in King 
Street before the [343.] Bunch of Grapes mr. Savell is 
directed to take Care the same be repaired, at the Charge of the 
Proprietors. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 20. 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. William Waters the keeper of the Province Hospital on 
Rainsfords Island, Appeared and Informs that the time of his liv- 
ing on said Island according to his Agreement with the Select men 
expired the 21 st . June last ; And Desires to know the Mind of the 
Select men relating to his Continuance there longer at the same 
time upon Discourse had with him He the said Waters Declared 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 251 

tbat he would not Continue on said Island, unless he had the same 
Allowance which was formerly agreed upon, Viz'. Fifty Pounds p. 
annum [344.] With the Improvement of the Island. 

Mr. Samuel Holyoke School master in Queen Street Informs 
that the Town House wherein he lives and keeps his School, is 
leaky and wants repair. 

Voted, That mr. Clarke and mr. Hancock be a Committee to 
View the same, & to Cause the Necessary Repairs to be made 
accordingly. 

Mr. Cooke made a Motion that the free Negroes and Indians 
might be Warned to Work on the High Ways according to Law, 
Wherefore, 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify and Warn the said Free 
Negroes and Indians to attend at Boston Neck accordingly next 
Tuesday being the 26 th . of Aug. Current 

At a meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, and the Select men of the Town of Boston, Aug. 19, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
[345.] The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Hugh Hall Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq r . 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
mr. Thomas Hancock 

A Ward on Boston Neck, upon the Lords Bays, was then 
Ordered and Appointed, from and after the Date hereof, until the 
nineteenth Day of October next ensuing, inclusive As has been 
Customary heretofore and a Warrant was Issued accordingly 
directed to the Constables of the Town of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 25, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

[346. ] Mr. Joseph Uran, Appeared & Informs that the Engine 
whereof he is Master, (call'd the Dock Engine) was first at Work 
on the Fire which broke out near the MU1 Bridge And Prays 
the Premium or Bounty allow'd by the Town may be accordingly 
drawn for on the Town Treasury. 

Voted, That a Draft be made upon the Treasury payable to the 
said Joseph Uran, for himself and his Company, for the Sum of 
Five Pounds. 

Ordered, That the Assize of Bread be Stated at the Rate of 
Fifteen Shillings p. Bushel, for Wheat, and Three Shillings and 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Six pence is allow'd for Charges. The Computation is as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 7. 

Wheaten 8. 11. 

Household 4. 15 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 6. 4 

Mr. Middlecot Cooke is Chosen Moderator for the month ensu- 
ing. 

[347.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 2, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hu'chinson Esq r . 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

Mr. Joshua Blanchard presenting a Plan, from Peter Faneuil 
Esq r ., of a House for a market, to be built ou Dock Square, 
(Agreeable to his Proposal to the Town at their Meeting on 
Monday the 14 th . of July last, and their Votes thereon) Desiring 
the Select men would lay out the Ground in Order to begin the 
Foundation ; The Select men accordingly met, went on the place 
in Order to View the same, Mark'd and Stak'd out a Peice of 
Ground for that use, measuring in length from the lower or East- 
erly end fronting the Ware houses in Merchants Row, One Hundred 
feet, and in Breadth Forty feet, which leaves a Passage Way of 
Thirty feet Wide [348.] Between the Town's Shops and the 
Market House to be built. 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 10, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

A Petition was brought by mess. Jacob Parker, William Fair- 
field & David Cutler, Signed by One Hundred and Ninety two, of 
the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, Praying that a meeting of 
said Town may be duly Called to Consider Whether they will ad- 
here to their former Vote (on the 14 th . of July last) for the Erecting 
of a market house on the Conditions then proposed. 

The Select men having Several times [349.] Discoursed with 
mr. Benj a . Clough about Hiring his House at the Westerly part of 
the Town, which has often been made Use of for an Hospital It 
is now agreed to Hire the s d . House and Land Shop and Appurte- 
nances thereto belonging, at the Rate of Twenty five Pounds, p. 
annum, beginning from the Eighth Day of August 1740 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 253 

Upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That no more Petitions for Granting Licences be Con- 
sidered by the Select men for this Year. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . with mr. Jonas Clarke wait on 
the Gentlemen the Proprietors of the Land and Flatts on each Side 
the High Way, leading to Roxbury within the Fortification, and 
Inform them, that unless they immediately repair the same accord- 
ing to the Original Agreement with the Town, the Select men will 
be Obliged to prosecute the Affair in the Law. 

[35O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 24, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Sutton Byles Informs that m r . Warner, the Distiller, by 
Building a House at the South end, of the Town, has obstructed a 
Water Course, which Occasions a great annoyance to the High 
Way, Where upon, mr. Clarke and mr. Cooke were desired to 
View the same, & to Report thereon. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept. 29, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

mr. Clarke 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

[351.] Upon Considering the Petition brought by Jacob 
Parker and others, Signed by Joseph Grant and One Hundred and 
Ninety One Inhabitants desiring a Town meeting may be Called, 
to Consider Whether they will Adhere to their former Vote on the 
fourteenth of July last for the Erecting a Market house on Dock 
Square The Question was put, Whether the Select men will now 
Order a Warrant for a Special meeting in answer to said Petition? 
And it pass'd in the Negative. 

Mr. Chambers Informing that John Russell One of the "Watch 
men is Uncapable of the Office, by reason of some Infirmity 
and Clement Parchard appearing, and being Recommended by 
said Chambers as a proper Person to be admitted in his room 
He was admitted accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 8, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[352.] Mr. Cooke informing, that Sundry Inhabitants of this 
Town desire Liberty may be Granted for Planting Trees on 
Boston Neck on both Sides of the High Way, at the Cost and 
Charge of the said Inhabitants and others who may be inclined 
to Encourage the same by further Subscriptions to be under the 
Direction of the Select men. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted accordingly. 
Upon a Motion made by mr. Drowne for Setting a Post before 
his Shop Door in Cornhill, The Committee, Viz'. John Jeffries 
Esq r . and mr. Cooke, having View'd the place, Report, that it will 
much Straiten the Street, and therefore Inconvenient to Grant 
his Request. 

Where upon the Question was put, And it pass'd in the 
Negative. 

Mr. Timothy Thornton informs that the Paving of Love Street, 
and Prince Street, is finished, A.nd therefore Pi-ays the Select men, 
[353.] would please to See the samo measured, in Order to know 
the Towns part thereof, Voted, That the Hon. John Jeffries 
Esq r . mr. Clarke and mr. Hancock be a Committee to See the 
Measure thereof on Fryday next at 10 o'Clock, a. m. and to 
Report there on. 

Mr. Savell is ordered to go to the Masters of the Fire Engines, 
and direct them to give in to the Town Clerk, perfect Lists of 
their respective Companys, that so a list of all Persons in that 
Service may be produced upon all Occasions, that they may be 
Excused from Serving as Jury men. 

Boston, October, 13, 1740. 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to Sell 
Strong Drink, either as Innholders or Retailers have been 
presented to the Select men, and at Several meetings Considered 
by them. A List of the names of the Petitioners, and the 
Street where each Person dwells, with the actings of the [354.] 
Select men upon them respectively, is here Recorded as follows, 
Viz'. 

Innholders, approved & Recommended, Viz'. 

Joseph Bill Clarks Wharf 

Increase Blake Merchants Row 

Jonathan Dwight Newbury Street 

Abigail Jarvis Lynn Street 

Samuel May Fish Street 

Richard Smith King Street 

Josiah Sheldon Newbury Street 

James Stevens Fish Street (Dolphin) 

Retailers, Approved & Recommended, Viz 4 . 

John Bell Ann Street 

Edward Burt Lynn Street 

Susanna Dechezeau Shrimptons Lane 

Susanna Deschares Wood Lane 

Elizabeth Fisher Cow Lane 

Joseph Gilbert Hanover Street 

Mary Hayes Ship Street 

Thomas Inches Marlborough Street 



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255 



[355.] Dorothy Kidder 

Ralph Mayar 

Mary Nazro 

Hannah Orange 

Katharine Peartree 

Nathaniel Pearse 

William Rillow 

John Ridgaway 

John Simpson 

Mary Souther 

Mary Winter 

Dorothy Wharton 

William Winter 
Retailers, Disallowed. Viz*. 

Peter Boylston 

John Holt 

Richard Kent 

Robert Kenton 

Thomas Lawlor 

Phillip Marlow 

John Nicols 

John Nicholson 
[356.] Elizabeth Pothecary 

Tamson Rogers 

Moses Shalley 

William Smalledge 

Wigglesworth Sweetzer 

Alice Weaver 

Elihu Wardell 

John West 

Retailer of Beer, Cyder &c., 
Viz 1 . 

Phillip Marrett 



Lynn Street 
Lynn Street 
Fish Street 
Fish Street 
Middle Street 
Fish Street 
Summer Street 
Shrimptons Lane 
Middle Street 
Winter Street 
Marlborough Street 
Orange Street 
Orange Street 

Orange Street 
Bartons Rope Walk 
Middle Street 
Queen Street 
Ship Street 
Hawkins Street 
Cambridge Street 
Orange Street 
Newbury Street 
Peirces alley 
Battery March 
Battery March 
King Street 
Shrimptons Lane 
Middle Street 
Middle Street 
Approved and Recommended, 

Hanover Street 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 15, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jefferies Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Arthur Noble and his Wife and their Two Children, From 
George Town, are admitted Inhabitants, upon Condition that 
[357.] He with John Noble give Bond to the Town Treasurer in 
the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town from 
any Charge on their Account, according to Law. 

Mr. John Morey, Appearing, Prays a Consideration of Twelve 
Pounds, may be allowed him, for his Serving the Executions and 
delivering Possession of the Shops &c. on Dock Square to the 
Town. 

Voted, That the Consideration thereof, be refer'd to Wednesday 
next. 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That mr. Treasurer Wadsworth be desired to render a 
List of all the Houses Lands &c. with an Account of all the Rents 
belonging to the Town. 

Upon the Petition of mr. Cornelius Linch, Praying that Liberty 
may be Granted him to Open a School in this Town, for the 
teaching of Reading, "Writing, Arithmetick Navigation &c. 

Voted, that this Petition be refer'd for further Consideration. 

[358.] Mr. Savell is Ordered to direct Mrs. Collings to 
Attend the Select men next Wednesday, in Order to give Infor- 
mation concerning a Blind Man She has taken into her House as 
a Lodger. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 20. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Upon Reading a Letter from Capt. John Aves, Master of Ship 
Olive Branch to Tho f . Hubbard Esq r . acquainting him of his 
arrival from New Castle in about Nine Weeks, and that they have 
had the Small Pox on board in the Passage, One man Died, 
another recovered who has been Well Six Weeks, And that there 
is no Person on board now to have it And further that he has 
Cleansed the Ship &c. 

Voted. That Capt. Forsyth, mr. Hancock & mr. [359.] Cooke 
be a Committee, to Visit the said Ship, this afternoon Examine 
into the Circumstances thereof, and Report thereon as soon as 
may be. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, October 22, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
nir. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 
Mr. Bowdoin presented a Letter from James Fluker, Master of 

the Ship 1'rom New Castle, Informing that he left New Castle 

the 26 th . of July last, and that the Day after, his Mate was taken 
Sick with the Small Pox and Died in Nine Days, And that he has 
Four men on board, that has not had it, that he threw over 
board all the Bedding &c. belonging to his mate, and that they 
have all Continued well ever Since, and Prays that some Order 
may be given for his coming up with his Vessell. 

[36O.] Voted, That mr. Clarke and mr. Cooke be desired 
to go on board at the Charge of the Owners and Enquire into the 
Circumstances of the Vessell and Company and Report thereon as 
soon as may be, that further Orders may be given. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 24, 1740. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 257 

Capt. Forsyth 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Cooke 

The Committee appointed the 22 d . Instant, to Visit Capt. 
Flukers Ship, Report that they have Attended that Service and 
Examin'd Capt. Fluker upon Oath, & find that on the 4 th . of 
August last, he Buried his Mate of the Small Pox, and with him 
all his Bedding, And had throughly Cleansed the Ship by Smoak- 
ing &c. And that since that time, and now, all are well on board. 
Voted, That the Select men don't apprehend [361.] Any 
Danger will Accrue to the Inhabitants of the Town by the Ship's 
coming up & that a Certificate be given accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct. 27, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Voted, That Eight Pounds be allowed and Paid out of the Town 
Treasury, towards Thomas Kerby's Passage to Jersey, as Entred 
3 d . of Sept. last, in Case he goes. 

At a meeting of the Select men, Oct. 29, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Upon Representation made that the [362.] Eight Pounds, 
Voted the 27 th . Instant, towards the Carrying Thomas Kerb}* to 
Jerse}' is not Sufficient to Obtain that end, and being Apprehensive 
if he should not go he would become a great Charge to the Town, 
Therefore, 

Voted, That Forty Shillings more be Allowed to make it Ten 
Pounds, to be p d . after his Sailing. 

Upon a Motion made by inr. Clarke that mr. William Mer- 
chant, Desires to hire or Lease the Building Yard near the North 
Battery. 

Voted, That mess. Waters & Glidden to whom it was Let, 
Sept. 10, 1735. be desired to attend the Select men next Wednes- 
day. 

Mr. Josiah Baker, Master of the Copper Engine at the North 
end, Appearing Informs That one of his Company, Viz 4 . John 
Waters is a broad at Sea, and another, Viz*. Newman Greenough 
has loft them and Prays the Select men would please to Appoint 
Two Persons to Succeed them ; at the same time recommended 
John Newell & Henry Neu-ell [363.] as Suitable Persons, if the 
Select men think fit, they having Obtained a Dismission from their 
respective Captains. 

Voted, That mr. John Newell and mr. Henry Newell be & 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

hereby are admitted into mr. Baker's Company in the room of 
mess". John Waters & Newman Greenough. 

Mr. Anthony Underwood Master of the Fire Engine at the Old 
North meeting house, Informs that Richard Kent, One of his Com- 
pany is lately Dead, and another Viz'. Joseph Harley is uncapable 
of Service And Prays the Select men would please to Appoint 
Two men to Succeed them, at the same time recommended 
Timothy Brown and Oliver Luckis Jun r . as Suitable Persons if the 
Select men think fit. 

Voted, That mess. Timothy Brown & Oliver Luckis Jun r . be 
admitted in to mr. Underwoods Company in the room of mess". 
Richard Kent and Joseph Harley. 

Upon Consideration of a Petition of Richard Bill Esq r . and 
Eighty Six others to the Town [364.] At their Meeting in May 
last, Praying that they may have an Engine for the Extinguishing 
of Fire at the Westerly part of the Town, representing that mr. 
Jonas Clarke had One to Dispose of, And that the Select men 
may be Impowered to Purchase the same And the Town Voting 
the Select men to be a Committee for that end, And that they are 
desired to Act and do thereon as they shall think most for the 
Interest of the Town. 

The Select men having Considered the affair and Viewed and 
Tryed the Engine of nm Clarke's and being of Opinion that it may 
be of Benefit to the Town to have an Engine placed there, and that 
mr. Clarke's is a Suitable One for that Use. 

Voted, That, if it may be Purchased for One Hundred & Thirty 
Pounds, it be procured & placed there as the Select men shall 
direct. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 5, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq'. 

mr. Hancock 

mr. Cooke 

[365.] Mr. Savell Informing that Capt. Joseph Hubbard 
was arrived below from Bristol and had the Small Pox on board, 
& that One Pasmore, & others Passengers in him was come up to 
Town Ordered, That mr. Pasmore be sent for. 

Roger Pasmore being Sworn by mr. Justice Lyman declares, 
Viz'. That he came Passenger in the Ship Industry Joseph Hubbard 
Master from Bristol, & that they left that place, Sept. 20 th . last, 
that Capt. Cowley, be with Fourteen of the Ship's Company, were 
all that came in her and that in Five or Six Days after they came 
out One Jon a . Underwood was taken down with the Small Pox & 
recovered, & about Fourteen Days since John Rocket a Serv*. to 
the Captain was taken ill about a Week or Ten Davs since the 
Small Pox came out full upon him & that he lyes in the Steerage, 

& that he the s d . Pasmore lay in the Cabin, & that Bowman 

is now Complaining, Farther Says (hat the Captain the last Night 
came to anchor off of Spectacle Island as he the Declarant Appre- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 259 

bends on account of the [366.] Distemper, And that the Captain 
he & two Sailors namely, Dumore & Thompson, came up last night 
from the Vessell. 

Roger Pasmore. Voted, That a Warrant be forth with taken 
out in order to Send them on board again, which was accordingly 
done, Signed by Samuel Sewall and Caleb Lyman Esq". Justices 
of the Peace. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 5, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
inr. Cooke 

Mr. Glidden Appearing According to Order, presented an 
Account of Charge that he had been at, on the Wharf, hired Sept. 
10, 1735. of the Town, and now in his Possession, Praying that 
the Select men would View the same and Allow him what they may 
think proper and now desires to resign it to the Town. 

[367.] Voted, That the Select men will View the same, on 
the morrow at 3 o'Clock in the afternoon. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to Send a Watch into the 
Common this Evening to prevent any Damage to the Rails & Trees 
there it being the 5 th . of Nov r . when large Numbers of Persons 
meet there. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 7, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lymau Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mr. Jacob Wendell Jun r . Informs that Capt. Lothrop is arrived 
below from New Castle (with Thirty Souls on board) but has the 
Small Pox on board, And Prays that a Doctor and Nurse may be 
permitted to go down to him 

Voted, That Dr. Clarke be permitted to go down he taking all 
possible Care (by Changing his Cloaths at the Island) to prevent 
bringing [368.] The Distemper into the Town And that Mary 
Floo.l go down as a Nurse. 

Voted, That a Petition be presented to His Excellency, that he 
would please to give Orders for the Stopping Capt. Hubbard from 
Bristol, & Capt. Lothrop from New Castle who have the Small Pox 
on board & all other Vessels coming from those parts that may 
have had the Small Pox or any other Malignant Distemper in their 
Passage And that Capt. Forsyth and mr. Hancock be desired to 
present the same, (Which was done accordingly.) 

Whereas Several Ships are Stop'd at Rair.sfords Island, having 
the Small Pox on board by reason of which Sundry People must 
be put on Shoar, & to prevent fieir coining off the said Island, 
or others coming to the Island. 

Voted, That Henry Gibbins and be sent down there 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

to prevent the same, and that application be made [369. J 
to the Justices of the Peace, for a Warrant therefor Which was 
Accordingly Granted, Signed by Samuel Sewall and Daniel Hench- 
man Esq. with the Select men. 

Whereas Capt. Joseph Hubbard Master of the Ship Industry 
on the 4 th . Instant, arrived from Bristol at Spectacle Island, & 
having the Small Pox on board, Contrary to the Law, made & 
provided in that Case came up to Town & brought up One of his 
Passengers, Viz 1 . Roger Pasmore, & two Men more to the en- 
dangering of the Town. 

Voted, That the said Hubbard be prosecuted according to Law, 
And that mr. Savell Inform the Province Treasurer thereof, be 
being Appointed by the Law to prosecute the same. 

The Hon. John Osborne Esq r . Presented a Letter from Stephen 
Hall Commander of the Ship New England Galley from London, 
Informing that on the 7 th . of October he Buried John Barker, with 
the Small Pox, & that [37O.] on the 24 th . Capt. Benj a . Wanton, 
Died with the same Distemper, And that Samuel Rose's Pox 
turned the 24 th . of October, that he had Cleaus'd his Ship &c. 
The Pilot also Informs that he had bro't up in his Boat Two Bags 
of Letters from on board Capt. Hall. 

Voted, that the Letters be Carried to the Hospital at the West- 
erly part of the Town and there thoroughly Smoak'd & air'd, and 
that Caleb Lyman Esq r . and mr. Cooke be desired to See the same 
done. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 11, 1740. 

Present 

The lion. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 

Information being given that Capt. William Hinckley in the 
Schooner Charlestown from South Carolina, brought James Hen- 
derson with him who now lyes Sick [317.] In the House of John 
Hinds at Pitts's Wharf, & that the master is now going away & 
leave said Henderson on the Town. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to Notify Capt. Ilinckley to 
Attend the Select men, To morrow at 3 o'Clock afternoon. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 12, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

The Rev. mr. Samuel Osborne, Appeared according to Order, & 
Informs that he his Wife & One Child came to this Town with 
Sylvauus Snow, and has hired part of a House of mrs. Jenkins 
where he now lives. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 261 

The Select men Informed bim that he must in Conformity to the 
Law give Bond with Suret'ys to Indemnify the Town for Five 
[372.] Years from any Charge that may arise by their residing 
here Fourteen Days was Allowed him to procure the same. 

The Committee Appointed Yesterday to go down to Rainsford's 
Island, Reported, that they found Capt. Cowley and mr. Willard 
well Cleansed with Change of Raiment and bro't them up. and 
Capt. Hubbard Informed them that he had sent his Goods from 
between Decks on Shoar & Cleans'd & Aired his Vessel, & that 
his Passengers were on Shoar and that on board Capt. Hall they 
found Capt. Stanney, Capt. Gibbs & his Sister, Capt. Cramp & 

Passengers that between Decks there was Hemp, And the 

Steeridge and between Decks in a very Nasty Condition, that they 
advised the Captain to Send his Passengers on Shoar to Air them- 
selves & put the Hemp on Shoar & Cleanse between Decks, That 
they found the Hospital in good order but that they wanted Fire 
Wood. Accordingly, mr. Savell [373.] was directed to Send 
down Four Cord of Wood in a Lighter going on board Capt. Hall, 
to be put on Shoar at the Island. 

Mr. John Hinds, Informs that John Henderson came to his 
House Sick with the Fever & Ague & that he came in Capt. 
Hinckley from So. Carolina. 

The Committee appointed to View the Engine of mr. Clarke's 
Report that they have Viewed the same & finding it in good Order, 
are of Opinion That it may be adviseable for the Town to give One 
Hundred and Thirty Pounds for it mr. Clarke being present 
Accepted the same. 

Voted, That One Hundred and Thirty Pounds be given for the 
same, and that the Select men, Acquaint the Petitioners with the 
same & that they will Attend on Fry day next in order to appoint a 
proper place to put it in, which when done it be removed there 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 14, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

[374.] Mr. Jones, appearing on acco*. of Capt. Hoar and 
Acquaints that Capt. Hoar has on board Sixteen Convicts from 
Bristol, but promiseth that not One of them Shall be Suffered to 
come on Shoar, but that he will keep them in Irons until an oppor- 
tunity offers to Transport them to Virginia. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 17 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

The Committee appointed to Enquire into the Circumstances of 
the Vessels & Passengers at Rainsfords Island, Report, that they 
have Yisited the Ship Industry, Joseph Hubbard Master, & find 

that he hath put John Rocket Bowman and Jon a . Underwood 

on Shoar with all the Glass &c. between Decks, on the Island, & 
that he had thoroughly Wash'd and Cleansed the Vessell by 
Smoaking &c. & [375.] That all his men on board had 
Cleans'd and Aired themselves, So that they Apprehend, that he 
leaving Rocket Bowman and Underwood with the Glass &c. on 
the Island he may be permitted to come to Town with his Vessell 
without any danger to the Inhabitants 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 19, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Mrs. Rebekah Young, Appearing Informs that She with One 
Child is lately come into this Town, from Harwich to Visit her 
Sister, that She intends to return in the Spring, & that She hath 
brought with her to the Value of Two Hundred Pounds in Money 
and Household Goods. 

Liberty is Granted her to tarry until the Spring and then to 
return to Harwich with her [376.] Child, or give Security to 
Indemnify the Town. 

Mess". Speakman & Furnass, appearing Informs that mr. 
Thomas Green haih bought up Twelve Hundred Bushels of Wheat 
in Order to Ship off, mr. Speakmau Says that he hath but Seven 
Hundred Bushel by him, which is more than all the rest of the 
Bakers have And if this Wheat i-s Ship'd off the Town will Suffer 
thereby And Also Inform that they are willing to give the money 
for it at the rate it was Purchased. 

Capt. Osborne Complains that it is Impracticable for Capt. Hall 
to put his Hemp on Shoar at Rainsfords Island, by reason there is 
no Wharfe to Land it on, nor Shed to receive it in, and therefore 
proposes to have it hoisted on Deck, in Order to have it Aired as 
much as possible they can in that place. 

Voted, That the Select men do by turns, Inspect the Several 
"Watches within this Town. 

[377.] Whereas by an Act of the Province made at their 
Sessions in May, 1738. Obliging all Vessels coming from Sea, 
where an}' Infectious Distemper is or hath lately been to come to 
anchor as near Rainsfords Island as may be, in Order to put the 
Sick Persons and infected Goods on Shoar and it being imprac- 
ticable to get any Bulky Goods on Shoar for want of a Wharfe to 
Laud them on & what niny be got on Shoar is liable to receive 
Damage for want of a Shed to House them in. 

Voted that John Jeffries Esq r . be desired to draw up a Petition 
to lay before the General Court, Praying that a Wharfe & Shed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 263 

may be Erected there and that he lay the same before the Select 
men at their next Meeting. 

Upon the Petition of mr. Corn Linch Praying as Entred the 
15 th . of Oct. last, being fully Considered 

Voted, That the said Linch be & hereby is approved of, & has 
Liberty granted him accordingly, to keep a School within this 
Town for teaching Reading Writing Arithmetick [378.] Naviga- 
tion &c. so long as he Continues to behave himself to the Appro- 
bation of the Select men for the time being. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov. 21, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
mr. Clarke 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

Thomas Hubbard Esq r . Appearing made Application on behalf 
of Capt. Hubbard that his Vessel may be permitted to come up to 
Town and the Select men taking into Consideration the Com- 
mittees Report, as entred the 17 th . instant, having fully Con- 
sidered the same. 

Voted, That upon leaving John Rocket & Jon a . Underwood the 
Persons that have been Visited with the Small Pox, and also 
Joseph Bowman w th . their Bedding Cloths &c. & all the Glass 
that was between Decks, behind at the Island, the Vessel may be 
permitted to come up to Town without any danger to the Inhabi- 
tants. 

A Certificate was given Accordingly. 



[End of the Sixth Book of the Selectmen's Minutes. W. H. W.] 



SEVENTH BOOK 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 22, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

m r . Jonas Clarke 

m r . Thomas Hancock 

m r . middlecott Cooke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant, directed 
to the Constables of Boston In His Majesty's Name, Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an Estate of 
Forty Shillings p. annum of Freehold in Land within this Province 
or Territory at the least, or other Estate, to the Value of Fifty 
Pounds Sterling to Convene at the Town house upon Tuesday the 
Twenty fifth Day of November Current, at Nine [2.] o'Clock in 
the forenoon, Then & there to make Choice of & Depute (if they 
See Cause) One Person being a Free holder & Resident in the Town, 
to Serve for & Represent them, in the Great & General Court or 
assembly, now Convened held & kept for His Majesty's Service, 
at the Court House in Boston in the room of Thomas Hutchinson 
Esq r . who is Sail'd for Great Britain According to a Precept under 
the Hand & Seal of the Hon. John Quincy Esq r . Speaker of the 
Honourable House of Representatives, bearing Date the Twenty 
first Day of November, In the Fourteenth Year of His Majesties 
Reign A.D. 1740 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be desired to Wait upon the 
Rev. mr. Mather Byles & in the Name of the Select Men to Desire 
him to Open the Town Meeting with Prayer on Tuesday next. 

The John Jeffries Esq r . according to [3.] Order presented a 
Draft of a Petition to the General Court, Praying that a Wharfe & 
Shed may be Erected on Rainsfords Island for the Convcniency of 
Landing Goods which was Accepted and Signed by the Select 
Men and Ordered to be delivered to the Representatives of Boston 
to present. 

It being represented that the Cloaths of the Persons that was 
bro't up from Rainsfords Island are thoroughly air'd (Except 
Capt. Forbes's) Voted, That mr. Sifvell be directed to deliver them 
they Paving the Charge and that the Watchman be Dismissed. 

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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 265 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 24, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[4.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread, at the Rate of Sixteen Shillings p Bushel for Wheat, & 
Three Shillings and Six pence p Bushell Allow'd for Charges, which 
is Computed as following Viz*. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny "White Loaf 2. 6 

Wheaten 3. 9. 

Household 4. 12. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 5. 6. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 1, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

m r . Clarke 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke. 

The Committee Appointed to Visit the Circumstances of the 
Vessels & People below, Reported, that they went down to Rains- 
fords Island, & on board the Ship King George, [5.] Capt. 
Thomas Lothrop, and the New England Galley, Capt. Stephen 
Hall that at the Hospital, there is the Five Persons that have had 
the Small Pox, Viz'. Jon". Underwood, & John Rocket that came 
in Capt. Hubbard are well Clean'd & Physick'd, that said Rocket 
wants Change of Raiment, & that Joseph Bowman who was put 
on Shoar is Cleans'd & Aired. A Certificate was given for the 
Said Underwood & Bowman to come up to Town. 

And from on board Capt. Lothrop, the Captain & Benj*. Lam- 
bert who have been Clean'd & Physick'd but not thoroughly 
Cleans'd from the Scabs, & that Walter Edwards One of his hands 
(whose Wife is with him) has never had the Small Pox, & that 
they have Visited Capt. Lothrops Vessel, & the Sailors Chests, & 
find that they have been thoroughly Cleans'd & Aired, So that 
they don't Apprehend any danger by the Vessels coming up to 
Town, Provided they put the Captains Desk with the Linnen & 
Books & a Picture that hung near where the Captain lay, on Shoar, 
[6.] and leave the Capt. Lambert & Edwards with his Wife at 
the said Island. 

Voted, That a Certificate be given accordingly. 
And on board Capt. Hall find that he has sent Samuel Rose on 
Shoar, & that between Decks they found Eight Bundles of Hemp, 
Several Cases of Linnen & Casks, & that the Capt. had taken four 
Bundles of the Hemp upon Deck, and air'd them as much as the 
Convcniency he had would allow of, & had Cleans'd the Steerage 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

& Cabin & put the Bed that Capt. "Wanton Dyed on, a Shoar, & 
the other Beds that the Sick Persons lay on he threw over at Sea, 
and that they Apprehend it Impracticable to put the Hemp on 
Shoar at the Island to be air'd as it ought to be, for want of a 
wharfc to Land it on and a Shed to put it in. 

Dr. Clarke being present & being asked his opinion respecting 
the Infection being Conveyed by the Hemp if it should be Lauded 
in the Town Answered lhat he Apprehended there would be 
danger mr. Justice Stoddard [7.] and Henchman beiug present 
& the Affair being Considered it was proposed that the Ship be 
permitted to come up to Bird Island, upon Condition that the Capt. 
take his Hemp out there as soon as possible and Carry it by water 
to the Westerly part of the Town to a place Called the Copper 
Works & there Land & Air it, until further order, & that the Capt. 
Suffer no Persons to come on board the mean while & after the 
Hemp is removed, he take Care, thoroughly to Smoak & Cleanse 
the Vessel Capt. Osborne being present engaged that the above 
should be Coinplyed with Thereupon. 

Voted That a Certificate be given for permitting the Vessel 
up as far as Bird Island ; upon the Conditions aforesaid, & that 
Samuel Rose be permitted to come up in the Vessell at the same 
time. 

The Rev. mr. Samuel Osborne, appearing according to Order, 
as Kntred Nov. 12 th . last, and offers mr. John Darrell for his [8.] 
Bondsman which being Accepted, 

Voted, That the said Osborne, his Wife & one Child be ad- 
mitted Inhabitants, Upon Condition that he with the said John 
Darrel give Bond to the Town Treasurer in the Sum of Two 
Hundred Pouuds to Indemnify the Town from any Charge, on 
their account for Five Years according to Law. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 3, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq p . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Oliver Luckis Appearing, Desires Liberty to Build a Fish 
house of about Ten foot long and four feet Wide on the Towns 
High Way, near the New Ferry place at the North end, to Stand 
there, during the pleasure of the Select Men for the time 
being. 

[9.] Voted, That Capt. Forsyth, Caleb Lyman Esq r . and mr. 
Cooke be desired to View the place proposed & Report thereon, 
next Wednesday. 

A Motion being made concerning the Convicts Imported from 
Bristol by Capt. Dennison & Capt, Hoar & for whom as yet they 
have not given Bond. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell be directed to Notify the said Capt. 
Dennison & Capt. Hoar to Attend the Select Men, & that that he 
also be directed to go on board the s d . Denuisous Vessell & See 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 267 

what Number of Convicts he hath now on board, having Imported 
Thirteen in Number. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 5, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Clarke 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[1O.] Capt. Hall, Informed that he had Landed his Hemp 
&c. & in all other respects Complyed with the directions given him 
And there fore desires Liberty that his Vessell may be permitted 
to come up to Town The Select Men Apprehending there will 
be no danger thereby. 

Voted, That a Certificate be given for his Ship to come up 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 6, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq T . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Capt. Hall, Informing that according to Orders he had carried 
his Hemp to the Westerly part of the Town to the Copper works, 
but that mr. Benjamin Colman who hires the House there refuseth 
to take it in. 

[11.] Mr. BenjV Colman being Sent for, gave Liberty for the 
Housing of it in said Store. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 10, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth, presented an Account of Stephen 
Minot Esq r . where by it Appears that there will be due to the 
Town for Rent of the House & Lands on Boston Neck Leased to 
him, One Hundred & Fifty Pounds the 28 th . Jan. next Which 
Jonas Clarke Esq r gave his Promise to Pay. 

Samuel Sellon Blacksmith from London Appearing Desires 
Liberty to Open a Shop in Marlborough Street. 

It Appearing to the Satisfaction of the [12.] Select Men that 
the said Sellon brought with into the Town, Effects Sufficient to 
Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Voted, That Liberty be granted accordingly. 
Doctor Clark Informs that it is now near Three Months Since 
the Small Pox broke out on board Capt. Lothrop & Twenty One 



2G8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Days Since the Capt. who was last taken was Sent on Shoar, & 
that Walter Edwards who came in the Ship Supposed not to have 
had the Small Pox has been kept below under an Apprehension 
that he might have it, he now Offers it as his Opinion that there 
may be no danger from his coming up to Town with his Wife. 

Upon which with the Consideration of the loss of time & Charge 
it has been to said Edwards whilst there. 

Voted, That the said Edwards & his Wife & Benj a . Lambert, the 
Person who was Visited with the said Distemper, & Henry Gibbins 
the Person Sent down to keep Guard there, may be permitted to 
come up to [13.] Town without any danger to the Inhabitants 
A Certificate was given Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 18, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Upon Consideration of the Desire of Capt. Lothrop, that he 
may be Admitted up to Town, And also the Report of Dr. Clark 
who gave it as his Opinion, that the said Lothrop was free from 
any Infection, & might be permitted to come up to Town 
without any danger to the Inhabitants. 

Voted, That Capt. Lothrop, & Mary Flood the Person Sent 
down for a Nurse, be permitted to come up to Town accordingly. 
A Certificate was given accordingly. 

[14.] Isaac Peirce Appearing according to Order, upon Com- 
plaints made against him for Disorderly Ringing the North Bell, 
& being Reprimanded, promised reformation in that Matter. 
Upon a Motion made & Seconded, 

Voted, That Application be made to the next Quarter Sessions, 
that the Paragraph in the By-Law forbidding Selling any Provi- 
sions out of the Market may be repealed, that so all Persons, may 
be at Liberty to Carry their Marketing wheresoever they please 
about the Town, in order to dispose of the same in Conformity to 
a Vote of the Town of the 14 th . July last, in accepting the Pro- 
posal of Peter Faneuil Esq r . for Erecting a Market on Dock 
Square. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 22, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[15.] Mr. Joseph Hubbard, One of the Owners of the Ship 
Industry Joseph Hubbard Master from Bristol desires that the 
Glass &c. landed at Rainsford Island may be permitted to be 
brought up to Town, And Also desires that John Rocket who was 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 269 

put on Shoar at the said Island the 17 th . of Nov. last, by reason 
of his having been Visited with the Small Pox may have leave to 
come up, being impaired in his Health by reason of the Difficulties 
he there Undergoes Dr. Clarke who has Visited the Persons 
put on Shoar there, being Sent for & Acquainted with the Circum- 
stances of the said Rocket, gave it as his opinion that he may 
come up to Town without any danger to the Inhabitants. 

Voted, that the Glass be permitted to be brought up to Town, 
& also the said Rocket, Upon Condition that he put fresh 
Cloaths on & leave those he has Wore at the Island until 
further Order. 

[16.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 24, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Richard Furnace is Admitted a Ticket Porter, upon Condition 
that he gives Bond to the Town Treasurer as the Law directs, and 
mess. Joseph Calef & Patrick Burck is Approved & Accepted to 
deliver him the Ticket Number, 20. upon their Executing a Bond 
accordingl}'. 

M r . John Buttolph, Appeared & renewed his Request for hiring 
the Cellar under the Town house which was in the Occupation of 
his late Father as Entred the 4 th . of June last Voted, That the 
said Cellar be & here by is Let to the said John [17.] Buttolph 
for the Space of One Year, Commencing the 7" 1 . of April last, at 
the Rate of Fourteen Pounds p. annum. 

M r . George Beekmore, Informs that about Fourteen Days since 
he took into his House as Tenants Gershom Holden his Wife & 
One Child who lately came from Dorchester, that they brought 
no Effects with them (except House hold Goods) to his know- 
ledge. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to make Careful enquiry 
about them, & Report thereon next Wednesday. 

M. Grace Lewes, Informs that about Eleven or Twelve Daya 
Since, She took into her House as an Inmate a Young Man who 
came from Mary land with Capt. Kidder, that he is Sick, & hath 
Nothing to Support himself. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to make enquiry about him, 
& Report thereon next Wednesday. 

Capt. Nath 1 . Cunningham, Informs that [18.] One Adam 
Dixou was a Tenant in his House at Bartons point, that about a 
Week or Ten Days since, he with his Wife went off, (& hath not 
been heard of, since) & left two Small Children in the House with- 
out the least Subsistence, & also Informs that the said Dixon & 
his Wife some Years ago came into this Town in Capt. Orrok 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to See if there was any 
Bond given to Indemnify the Town from any Charge by the said 
Dixon & his Wife, when they came first into this Town. 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Robert M c .Millian & his Wife Jane lately from Hopkinton, are 
Admitted Inhabitants, Upon Condition that mr. John M.Clelau 
with him, give Bond to the Town Treasurer to Indemnify the 
Town from any Charge upon their Account for Five Years, in the 
Sum of One Hundred Pounds. 

Robert M c Million is Admitted a Ticket Porter [19.] upon Con- 
dition that he gives Bond to the Town Treasurer as the Law 
directs, and mr. Sam 1 . Gerrish Jun r . is Approved & Accepted as 
his Surety The Town Clerk is directed to deliver to him the 
Ticket N. 19, upon their Executing a Bond accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 29, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to Order the Butchers to 
take down the Rails they Use in the Streets to hang their Meat 
upon, the Inhabitants being much incommoded there by in Walk- 
ing the Streets and if any should persist so to do, that he Prose- 
cute them in the Law. 

[SO.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 31, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Capt. Forsyth Informs of One Abiah Sherborn from Maiden, & 
one mrs. Crosman, that they have lately come into this Town, and 
now dwell in a House of mr. Thomas Goodwin. 

Information being also given of One Downing with his 

Family, in Wings Lane, And also Abigail Richardson a Woman, 
said Do wing hath taken into his House with him. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to Warn all the above Per- 
sons to depart the Town according to Law. 

Capt. Forsyth, Caleb Lyman Esq r . and [21.] mr. Cooke being 
Appointed a Com tee . to View the place proposed by mr. Oliver 
Luckis to build a Fish house upon, as Entred the 3 d . of Dec. 
instant Report that they are of Opinion, that Liberty may be 
Granted to the said Luckis accordingly, he Paying to the Town 
Treasurer for the time being, Ten Shillings p annum for the Use 
of the said Ground, to Commence the 1 st . of January next, the 
said Shed to Stand there during the pleasure of the Select men for 
the time being. 

Voted, That this Report be accepted, & that the said Luckis 
have Liberty accordingly, he Paying the Rent & performing the 
Conditions above mentioned 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740. 271 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 7, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[22.] M r . Savell Informs of One Abigail Richardson, who 
came Passenger in Capt. Carnel last August & is now with One 
Downing in Wings Lane, that she is said to be now in Travel & is 
likely to be come a Charge to this Town mr. Savell is directed to 
look out for said Masters Return. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at the 
rate of Twenty Shillings p. Bushel for wheat, and Three Shillings 
& Six pence p. Bushel, Allow'd for Charges, which is Computed as 
follows, Viz'. 

Of Penny white Loaf 2. 0. 

Wheaten 2. 15 

House hold 3. 15 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l n . 1. 12 

Major John Hill, Appeared & renewed his Proposal for Hiring 
the Salt Marsh belonging to the Town on Boston Neck, as Entred 
the 25 th . of June last, & Prays that it may be Speedily Considered 
& Determined. 

[23.] Ordered, That mr. John Peirce, have the Charge of the 
Copper Engine, at the Westerly part of the Town & he is al- 
lowed nine men besides himself Viz 1 . 
(John Peirce) 
Samuel Sprague 
Ebenezer Messinger 
Thomas Crafts 
John Brown 
William Russell 
Samuel Emmes 
Thomas Kimball 
Richard Surcomb and 
Thomas Barnard 

And in Case there should happen any differences at any tim 
among them that they should want to put out, or take in any 
man, John Peirce that has the charge of the Engine, shall give an 
acco'. of the same to the Select men for their Allowance & Orders 
for their proceeding And at any time if a Fire should break out 
the said Peirce is Ordered to Improve the said [24.] Engine, 
where he thinks he may do the most Service, and to take Care, 
That at no time, the Doors of the Engine House be Obstructed by 
Snow &c. And to Work the said Engine, Once every month, 
from the first of April to the first of October ; and to See that 
the Engine and Pails be kept in good Order. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 8, 1740. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . * 



972 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m*. Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

M*. Joseph Peirce, Informs that there is an Indian Man 
belonging to Capt. Underwood, Sick with the Small Pox, at 
Rainsfords Island, that there is another Indian Man & Henry 
Carter a Boy there, which never had the said Distemper. There- 
fore, 

Voted, that Application [25.] be made for a Warrant to Im- 
power Eben Winborn to be Sent down as a Guard to keep Persons 
from coming on or going off said Island, which being granted by 
Edw d . Hutchinson & Anth. Stoddard Esq r . Two of His Majesty's 
Justices of the Peace, & Signed by the Select Men, said Winborn 
was Sent down accordingly, also 

Voted, That Mr. Savell or bis Son, go down to the said Island, 
& enquire into the Circumstances of the People there. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 10, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb L} T man Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke. 

M r . John Savell Jun r . who was Sent down to Rainsfords Island 
to inquire into the Circumstances of the People there, as entred 
the 8 th instant, Reports, That there was an [26.] Indian Man, 
named Josiah, Sick with the Small Pox who is very bad, also 
that there is a Boy who did belong to Capt. Underwood, but 
now belongs to Capt. William Minck, Mr. Savell also Informs 
that they "want Provissions Wood Physick &c. for the People 
there. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to procure & Send down to 
the said Island all Necessaries for them Accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 14, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Complaint being made that the Engine lately Erected at the 
Southerly part of the Town, for the Weighing of Hay, is not 
true, that thereby the Buyer is much [27.] Wronged Mr. 
Nath 11 . Wardell Jun r . the Officer appointed for the weighing of 
Hay being Sent for & Informed thereof, he desired that a time 
might be Appointed when the Select Men or Some of them might 
be present to see the s d . Engine tryed. Therefore 

Voted, That Jonas Clarke Esq r ., & mr. Cooke be a Committee 
to See the said Engine tryed as aforesaid. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740-41. 273 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 21, 1740. 

Present. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

M r . John Earle, Master of the Fire Engine near the New North 
Meeting house, Informs that Jeremiah Gushing One of his Com- 
pany is Uncapable of Service & desires to be Dismissal therefrom 
Prays the Select Men, would ploase to appoint One Person to 
[28.] Succeed him at the same time recommended Sam 1 . 
Brown as a Suitable Person, if the Select Men think fit. 

Voted, That mr. Samuel Brown be & hereby is admitted into 
mr. Earle's Company in the room of mr. Jeremiah Gushing 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 26, 1740. 

Present. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Thomas Hubbard Esq r . his Acco'. relating to the Ware house on 
the Town Dock in his Occupation, by which it Appears there if 
due to the Town for the Ground Rent, Ninety four Pounds to the 
first of January, 1740, being Examined by the Select Men, was 
Accordingly Allowed. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an [29.] assize of 
Bread, at the rate of Twenty Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Three Shillings Six pence p. Bushel Allow'd for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows, Viz'. 

oz. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 0. 

Wheaten 2. 15. 

House hold 3. 15. 

Six penny White Loaf l lb . 1. 12. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 28, 1740. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Information being given that Reuben Higgins with his family, 
are lately come into this Town, from Truro in Order to reside 
here Ordered, that mr Savell Notify the said Higgins to be here 
next Wednesday. 

[SO.] Mr. Phillip Abbot Painter, Prays he may be Admitted 

a Tenant to the Town in the Small Shop, lately Occupied by m r . 

Jonathan Foster on the Town Dock, when the same is to be Let 

again. 

The Several Collectors of Taxes for the Year Current, Viz*. 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

mess. Jacob Sheaf e, John Stamford and John Goldthwait, Ap- 
peared and Proposed to the Select Men for their respective Bonds- 
men, the following Persons, who was Approved of by them ac- 
cordingly, Viz*. 

M r . Jacob Sheafe, for the Sum of Nine Thousand Pounds, mr. 
Kobert Patteshall and Thomas Lambert Esq r . Sureties. 

M r . John Stamford, for the Sum of Seven Thousand Pounds, 
mr. Francis Rightou & Deacon Jacob Parker Sureties. 

M r . John Goldthwait, for the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds, 
mr. Joshua Blanchard, and mr. Thomas Goldthwait, Sureties. 

[31.] Memorandum, 

M r . Jacob Sheafe One of the Collectors of Taxes for the Current 
Year, having been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of the 
said Office, Appeared & gave Bond together with mr. Robert 
Patteshall & Thomas Lambert Esq r . Sureties to the Town Treas- 
urer, in the Penal Sum, of Eighteen Thousand Pounds A Certifi- 
cate thereof was given him, directed to the assessors of the Town 
of Boston. 

M r . John Staniford, another of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year Current, having been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of 
the said office, Appeared & gave Bond together with mess. Francis 
Righton and Jacob Parker Sureties, to the Town Treasurer in the 
Penalty of Fourteen Thousand Pounds A Certificate thereof 
was given him, directed to ihe Assessors accordingly. 

M r . John Goldthwait, the other Collector of Taxes for the 
Year Current, having been [32.] Also duly Sworn to the faith- 
ful Discharge of the said office, appeared, & gave Bond 
together with mess. Joshua Blanchard and Thomas Gold- 
thwait Sureties, to the Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Ten 
Thousand Pounds 

A certificate thereof was given him, directed to the Assessors of 
the Town of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 4, 1740. 

Present. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Ordered, That mr. Savell wait on His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, & the Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor, within the 
Town, and acquaint them that the Select Men Desire they would 
please to give them a Meeting at the Council Chamber on Fryday 
next, at five o'Clock in the Afternoon, in Order to agree upon a 
Visitation of the Town, [33.] And upon a Motion made, 

Voted, That it be desired, that the Vacancy s in the Fire Wards, 
might be filled up at the same time. 

At a meeting of the Honourable His Majesties Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Select men and Overseers of the Poor 
within the Town of Boston, at the Council Chamber, Fryday, 
February, 6 th . 1740. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740-41. 275 

Present. 

The Hon. Edw d . Hutchinson Esq r . 

The Hon. Anth. Stoddard Esq r . 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Jacob Royall Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Thomas Hancock 

m r . Middlecott Cooke 

Select Men 
[34.] The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

William Tyler Esq r . 

Joshua Cheever Esq r . 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . 

m r . Edward Bromfield 

Major John Hill 

Capt. William Downe 

m r . Samuel Hunt 

m r . Isaac White 

Overseers of the Poor 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 
upon to be Attended on Monday the Ninth of February Current, 
at Nine o'Clock in the Morning, if the Weather be fair, If not then 
on Wednesday following the 11 th . instant, and it is also agreed to 
meet at the Council Chamber in the Evening of the said Day of 
Visitation, to Report the State of the Town &c. 
. The order is as follows, Viz 1 . 

[35.] Ward Number, One 

The Hon. Edw d . Hutchinson Esq r . 

Capt Alexander Fors3 - th 

m r . Samuel Hunt 

m r . Richard Buckley 

Ward, Number Two 

The Hon. Joseph Wadsworth Esq*. 

Abiel Walley Esq'. 

m r . Isaac White 

Capt. Nathanael Barber 

m r . Samuel Holland, Constable 
Ward, Number Three, 

Habijah Savage Esq r . 

John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Joshua Cheever Esq r . 

m*. Peter Thomas 

m r . Benj a . Babbidge 

Ward, Number Four 

William Tyler Esq r . 

Jacob Royall Esq r . 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[36.] Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Capt. Daniel Pecker 

in r . Andrew Symmes Constable 
Ward, Number Five 

The Hon. Anth. Stoddard Esq'. 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

m r . Middlecott Cooke 

m r . John Staniford 

m r . John Sailler, Constable 
Ward, Number Six 

Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 

Ozenbridge Thacher Esq r . 

Deacon John Phillips 

m r . Robert Duncan, Constable 
Ward, Number Seven 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 

Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 

Deacon Jacob Parker 

m r . Thomas Eyre, Constable 
[37.] Ward, Number Eight 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

Capt. William Downe 

m r . Jacob Sheafe 

m r . Samuel Hastings, Constable 
Ward, Number Nine 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Andrew Oliver Esq r . 

m r . Joshua Blanchard 

m r . William Crowell, Constable 
Ward, Number Ten 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

Francis Borland Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Henry Dyre 

m r . John Decoster, Constable 
Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Major Samuel Sewall 

m r . Edward Bromfield 
[38.] m r . William Salter 

m r . Stephen Winter, Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

m r . Thomas Hancock 

Major John Hill 

m r . John Taylor 

m r . Stephen Rogers, Constable 

The Town Clerk is desired to give forth Copies of the above 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 

Mr. Henry Berry, Capt. Benj a . Pollard and mr. John Games, 
were Chosen Fire Wards within the Town of Boston, in the room 
of Stephen Minot Esq r . mr. Andrew Tyler, and mr. John Lee. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740-41. 277 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 11. 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[39.] Information being given that Elias Trask with his Wife 
and Three Children are lately come into this Town from Brantrey, 
in Order to reside here. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell, Notify the said Trask to be here 
next Wednesday. 

Information being given by Thomas Hubbard Esq r . that Abigail 
Richardson lately Imported from Ireland by Capt. Carnell, is now 
Sick at James Downings in Wings Lane & near her time of Tra- 
vail, that She is a Stranger, & hath neither Friends nor Money to 
Support her. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Certify to the Overseers of the 
Poor, That the Selectmen Apprehending her to be a proper object 
of Publick Charity Recommend her to be taken Care of at the 
Charge of the Province. 

f4O.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 18, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Hancock, Informs, That there is a Negro Man, who is very 

Poor & now Sick belonging to Grover at the South end, 

that the said Grover hath freed the said Negro, & will now take 
no Care of him. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify the said Grover to Attend next 
Wednesday. 

Mr. William Merchant Appearing & Renewing his Request for 
Hiring the Ship Yard formerly in the Occupation of mess. Glid- 
den & Waters near the North Battery, as Entred Jan. 28 th . last 
The Select Men not knowing but that the Town at their Meeting in 
March next may have Occasion to Improve part [41.] Of it 
think it may be Convenient to defer the Affair until that Meeting is 
over, And that if the Town doth not Improve it, he Shall then 
have it, as the}* shall Agree, and in the meantime mr. merchant 
have Liberty to Improve part of said Yard so as to put the Town 
under no Inconveniency if they want it. 

Mr. William Salter, Informs that some time since the Fire 
Wards within this Town, Seized Nine half Barrels of Powder, 
Viz'. Six half Barrels from mr. John Cookson and three half Bar- 
rel from mr. John Cams, and that the Money arising for the Fines, 
part of which belongs to the Town, is in the hands of mr. Sheriff 
Winslow. 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer be desired to wait on Col. 
Winslow in Order to Obtain the Towns part thereof of him. 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[42.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 19, 1740, a.m. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Information being made by mr. Isaac Gridley, That Henry 
Nickerson a Servant in his House, was taken with the Small Pox, 
& desired there might be Suitable Provission made for his removal 
to a proper place And Dr. Clarke, Dr. Cutler, & Dr. Bulfinch 
upon Visiting, the said Person gave it, as their opinion, that it 
was the Small Pox. 

Voted, That said Henry Nickerson be directly with all prudent 
Care removed to the House at the Westerly part of the Town, 
hired by the Town for that purpose, and that mess. Hancock 
and Cooke be desired to see the same effected &c. 

[43.] February, 19, 1740, pm. 

Mr. Hancock and mr. Cooke, Reported that the Person Visited 
with the Small Pox as above, was Accordingly Removed to the 
said House, And that they had agreed with Betty Wou'dbe a Negro 
Woman in s d . House, to be there as a Nurse for him. And that 
mr. Gridley Informed them, that there is about Three Hundred 
Weight of Hemp, (the remains of all that was betwixt Decks 
which came in Capt. Hall) in his Hands. Which he promised to 
keep in a private place by it self, & take all proper Care about 
it. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 23, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 

mr. Grover, appearing according to [44.] Order relating 

to a Negro Man, named Primus by him freed without giving 
Security to the Town, as the Law directs, (which Negro is now 
very Sick & Infirm.) The Select Men read over to mr. Grover 
the Law in that Case made & provided, upon which he Promised 
to take Care of & Provide for said Negro, so as to Save the Town 
harmless from any Charge by him. 

Information being given, that Remick Cole lately from London, 
is now Sick, And that he hath neither Friends nor Money to Sup- 
port him, being a Stranger. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Certify to the Overseers of the 
Poor, that the Select men Apprehend him to be a proper Object 
of Publick Charity and Recommends him to be taken Care at 
the Alms-house at the Charge of the Province. 

The Select men Agreed whh John Wou'dbe, a [45.] Negro 
Man to Attend as a Watchman at the Hospital at the Westerly 
part of the Town for Thirty Shillings p. Week And Thirty Shil- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740-41. 27!) 

lings p. Week for Betty his Wife as a Nurse for the Young man 
now Sick of the Small Pox there. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 25, 1740 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Whereas mr. March, some time ago, bought the Bricks on 

Fort hill, & was to give an Acco 1 . of Work done for the Town 

Amounting to Four Pounds fifteen Shillings Therefore 

Voted, That the acco'. be Ballanced therefor. 
[46.] Andrew Coffin Appearing according to Order upon 
Complaints made against him for his Neglect in Ringing the 5 & 
9 o'Clock Bell, and being Reprimanded therefor Promis'd ref- 
ormation in that Matter upon which the Select Men agreed 

to Continue him sometime longer in that Service 

Voted, That the belect Men meet on Fryday next, in Order to 
Grant a Warrant for the Annual Meeting for the Choice of Town 
Officers for the Year ensuing. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be desired to wait on the Assessors 
for an Attested Copy of their List and Valuation of Estates and 
Faculties for the Current Year, to be lodg'd with the Town Clerk, 
as the Law directs ; to be produced, if Occasion shall require, to 
determine any disputes which may happen to Arise, respecting the 
Qualification of Persons offer- [47.] ing their Votes at Publick 
Town Meetings. 

Mr. Savell Informs that upon enquiry after Capt. Hoar who 
bro't into the Town a Number of Convicts, the said Hoar had 
carried Two Women away with him to South Carolina. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 27, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Cooke 

Ordered, That the Town Cleric Issue forth a Warrant directed 
to the Constables of Boston In His Majesty's Name, Re- 
quiring them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other In- 
habitants of said Town, duly Qualified, Rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate to a Single Rate [48.] (Beside the Poll) to Convene at 
the Town House on Monday the Ninth of March next, at Nine 
o'Clock in the forenoon, Then and there to make Choice of meet 
Persons to Serve the Town the Year ensuing, as Select Men, Town 
Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Constables and other Town officers, 
as the Law directs ; To Grant such Sum or Sums of Money as 
shall be judg'd Needful for the Relief of the Poor, & Defraying 
other Necessary Charges ; To Consider of some proper Method for 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Supplying the Town with Fire Wood ; And to receive the Reports 
of Several Committees. 

They are alike Required to Warn all the Freeholders to meet at 
the same time and place in Order to give their Votes for a Reg- 
ister of Deeds for the County of Suffolk &c. &c. 

Voted, That the Rev. mr. Mather B} les be desired to Open the 
Town Meeting on Monday the 9 th . of March, with Prayer and 
that [49.] Caleb Lyman and Jonas Clarke Esq r . Wait on him, & 
desire he would Attend that Service. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . & mr. Cooke be a Committee 
to take Care that a Dinner be provided for Forty five Gentlemen 
on Monday the 9 th . of March next at the Orange Tree, who are 
desired to give Directions accordingly. 

Voted, That Eight Shillings a peice, be and hereby is Allowed to 
the Constables of the Town of Boston In order lo provide a 
Dinner for themselves on the Day appointed for the Town 
meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March 5, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 

[5O.] The Select Men, having Examined Mr. Francis Wil- 
loughby's Acco'. of the Granary, find by the Adjustment of the 
same, that there remains due to the Town for Ballanee Nine Hun- 
dred and Tea Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Ten pence. Consist- 
ing of Seven Hundred Eighty Seven Bushels of Corn Thirty one 
Bushels of Rye and Five Hundred Forty One Pounds, One Shilling 
and ten pence in Cash, which they have Agreed to Report to the 
Town accordingly. 

Mess. John Indicott & William More having made application 
for Liberty to frame two Stores for Admiral Vernon at the bottom 
of the Common near Banisters Wharf, Promising not to hurt the 
Herbage & to Clear off the Chips. 

Voted, That Liberty be granted them accordingly. 

[51.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 11, 1740. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Thomas Hancock 
m r . middlecott Cooke 
Capt. John Steel 

Mr. James Townsend Informs that he hath removed his Wife 
Rachel to Roxbury on acco'. of her Health. & that the Solect Men 
of Roxbury will not Suffer her to reside there, unless the Select 
Men of Boston will Certify to them, that She is an Inhabitant of 
this Town, & will receive her as such when thereto required and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1740-41. 2b'l 

therefore desires the Select Men would give a Certificate accord- 
ingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 18, 1740. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[52.] Major John Hill Appeared & renewed his request for 
hiring the Marsh on the Neck, and according to the Vote of the 
Town, at their Meeting the 9 th . instant Impowering the Select Men 
to Lease the same, the Vote of the Town the 13 th . Mar. 1732. re- 
quiring the Advertising any Lands Let to any Persons Twelve 
Months before hand Notwithstanding. 

Voted, That the said Marsh be Accordingly Leased to Major 
John Hill, for the term of Seven Years Commencing the 25 th . of 
March Current, at the annual Rent of Fifteen Pounds, to be Paid 
half Yearly to the Town Treasurer, he well & Sufficiently to Drain, 
the said Marsh to ihe Satisfaction of the Select Men, for the time 
being, and leave the same at the Expiration thereof, according to 
their Directions, and the Town Clerk is Ordered to prepare Indent- 
ures accordingly. 

M r . John Earle Informs that the Engine [53.] under his Care 
was first bro't to Work on the Fire which broke out in Love Street 
the 12 th . instant, And desires that the Premium granted by the 
Town, may be drawn for accordingly. 

Voted, That a Draft be made on the Town Treasury the next 
Draft Day accordingly. 

According to the Desire of mr. James Townsend as entred the 
11 th . instant, to give a Certificate to to the Select Men of Roxbury, 
that his Wife Rachel whom he hath removed there for her Health 
is an Inhabitant of this Town and that they will receive her as 
such when desired. 

Voted, that the following Certificate be given him accordingly. 
Boston, mar. 18, 1740. 

Whereas mr. James Townsend represents to us the Subscribers 
Select Men of the Town of Boston, that he hath removed Rachel 
his Wife to Roxbury for her Health, & that the [54.] Select 
Men of Roxbury not being Willing to receive her, least She be 
look'd upon as an Inhabitant there We therefore hereby Cer- 
tify that We will at any time receive said Rachel as an Inhabitant 
belonging to this Town. 

A. B. C. D. &c. Select Men. 

A Letter from Nath 1 . How of Pembroke, Informing that his 
Sister Elizabeth Starr who is an Inhabitant of this Town, is now 
under his Care, and Uncapable of Supporting herself Desiring 
that the Select Men would take some Care that he may not come 
to any Charge by reason thereof. 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 25, 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 
[55.] Information being given that a Child of about Six years 

of Age, of mr. Harmon's living near Scarletts Wharf in Bakers 

Alley has got the Small Pox, Dr. Douglass, Dr. Rand, and Dr. 
Clarke having Visited the said Child, Are of Opinion that it may 
be removed to the Hospital at the Westerly part of the Town, with 
Safety, provided it may be done immediately as also the two 
other Children who are in the same House which the}- apprehend 
have taken the Infection. 

Voted, That it is Necessary for the preservation of the Town 
that the s d . Children be removed to the Hospital at the Westerly 

part of the Town, 

accordingly 

Voted, That application be made to Two of His Majesties Jus- 
tices of the Peace for their assistance according to Law upon 

which Edward Hutchinson Esq r . and Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 
granted a Warrant for their Removal accordingly. 

[56.] Voted, That mr. Hancock, mr. Cooke, and Capt. 
Steel be a Committee to See the said Persons removed accord- 
ingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 26, 1741. 

Present 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

The Committee Appointed Yesterday to remove the Child, 
Visited with the Small Pox, at Harmans, Report that accord- 
ing to the Directions in the Warrant they have removed the 
Child taken with the Small Pox with the M other and two other 
Children to the Hospital at the Westerly part of the Town 
with the Bed and Bedding, and Shut up the Doors of the 
House, where the Child was [57.] Taken and have agreed 
with John Wou'dbe as a Watchman there for Thirty Shillings 
p. week, & Thirty Shillings p. Week, for Betty his Wife as 
a Nurse at said Hospital. 

Voted, That the Woman who tended mr. Gridley's Young Man 
that was Visited with the Small Pox be discharged from the said 
Hospital, the Select Men Apprehending there is no danger by her 
going, She putting on Fresh Cloaths and leave her Old Cloaths 
at the House to be well aired. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 283 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 30 th , 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk lay [58.] Before the Select men 
at their Weekly Meetings, an acco'. of what Bonds are from time 
to time by them ordered to be taken, & what of them hath been 
Com ply ed with. 

Upon the Petition of mr. John Morey presented to the Town at 
their last Meeting, Praying an allowance for delivering Possession 
of the Shops &c. on the Dock to the Town & other Services 
which was refer'd to the Select Men to do therein as they shall 
think proper. 

Voted, That the Sum of Twelve Pounds be allowed him in full 
for his said Services, he Discharging the Town from any further 
Demands. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 1 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cook 
Capt. Steel 

[59.] The Town at their last Meeting having refer'd the 
Petition of mr. Zachariah Hicks Usher of the North Writing 
School, for raising his Salary, to the Select Men to make enquiry 
into the Circumstances of the same, and Report at the next Gen- 
eral Town meeting. 

Order'd, That mr. Savell, desire mr. Hicks to be here next 
Wednesday at 5. p.m. 

Order'd, That tnr. Savell, direct John Chambers, Isaac Peirce 
and John Hooker to Attend the Select Men next Wednesday. 

Whereas for many Years past there has been Erected a Beacon 
on Beacon hill, which in the Winter past was blown down, The 
Question was put, Whether it would not be for the benefit of the 
Town to have a New One Erected on the same place ? 
It pass'd in the Affirmative, Therefore 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . mr. Hancock & mr. Cooke be 
desired to treat with some proper Persons about doing the same, 
& Report thereon. 

[6O.] Ordered, That mr. John Peirce, have the Charge of the 
Copper Engine, at the Westerly part of the Town, and he AS 
allow'd Nine Men besides himself, Vis 1 , 
mess. (John Peirce) 
Samuel Sprague 
Ebenzer Messinger 



284 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Thomas Crafts 

John Brown 

William Russell 

Samuel Emmes 

Thomas Kimball 

Richard Surcomb and 

Thomas Barnard 

And in Case there should happen any Difference at any time 
among them, that they should want to put out, or take in any Man, 
John Peirce, that has the Charge of the Engine, shall give any 
account of the same to the Select Men for their Allowance, and 
Orders for their proceeding And at any time, if a Fire should 
break out, the said Peirce is order'd to Improve [61.] The said 
Engine, where be thinks he may do the most Service ; and to take 
Care That at no time the Doors of the Engine House be Obstructed 
by Snow &c. and to Work the said Engine, Once every Month, 
from the first of April, to the first of October ; And to See that the 
Engine & Pails be kept in good Order, and when at any time it 
shall happen that any thing is out of Order or wanting for the 
Engine, they apply directly to the Select Men for their direction 
in the Affair. 

And for their Care and Diligence in the same, the Town, at 
their Meeting March, 9 th . 1740, have by a Votu freed them from 
all other Offices in the Town, for this Year, and Also granted a 
Premium of Five Pounds to the Kugine tliat shall be first brought 
to Work at a House or other Building that shall be on Fire, to be 
paid out of the Town Treasury. 

[62.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 8, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . from the Committe to View the place desired 
by Capt. Cowley to Set up Two Posts before his House in 
Cambridge Street, &c. 

Reports, That they are of Opinion, it will be of no Damage to 
the Town if Liberty be granted him, Provided he Set them at the 
end of his lower Step. 

Voted, That this Report be Accepted, & that Liberty be granted 
him accordingly. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell, desire mr. Joshua Blanchard & Com- 
pany, who Undertook the Building of the Tombs in the Old 
Burying place, in Tre:i mount Street to [63.] be here next Wednes- 
day in Order to the Settling and disposition of the Tombs. 

John Chambers &c. Grave Diggers Attended according to Order, 
& having been heard fully on the Affair, as to the prices of Digging 
Graves &c. were Ordered to attend again on Wednesday next, the 
which time the Select Men have taken to Consider of the affair. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 285 

Major John Hill, Complains that this Day he Employed Thomas 
Pheland, a Ticket Porter, N. 16, who he Apprehends imposed 
upon him for carrying a Quintal of Fish from Dyers Wharf as far 
as the Golden Ball for which he made him Pay Eighteen pence, 
which is more than the price Allow'd by the Select Men. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell direct the said Pheland to Attend the 
Select Men next Wednesday. 

The Select men Executed a Lease [64.] of the Salt Marsh 
upon Boston Neck, to John Hill Esq r . for the term of Seven 
Years, Commencing the 25 th . of March last, at the Rate of Fifteen 
Pounds p. annum, to be paid at Two equal Payments, Viz'. Seven 
Pounds Ten Shillings on the Twenty-fifth of September and March, 
Yearly and every Year during the said Term. 

mr. Zechariah Hicks, Attended according to Orders, and having 
been fully Discoursed c n the matter of his Petition. 

Voted, That mr. John Procter be directed to be here next 
Wednesday at 5 p. m. 

The Rev. mr. Spear Informs that he with his Wife and 

One Servant, hath lately removed from Cape Cod into this Town, 
and Desires he may have Liberty to tarry here for some time. 

Mr. Joseph Shed, Appearing, Informs that for some Years past, 
he has Carted the Grain [65.] Purchased by the Town for the 
Granary, for which he has been allowed Two pence p. Bushel car- 
rying to Mill, and two pence carding it back, at which price he 
can't longer attend that Service, and therefore Prays a further 
Allowance of One penny p. Bushel, or that some other Person may 
be provided and employed therein. 

Whereas the Season of the Year being now Advanced for the 
Cows going on the Common but there being no Cow keeper, pro- 
vided, and it being represented that John Warrick now in the 
Work house may be a proper Person for that Service. 

Voted, That mr. John Tayler, the keeper of the Work house be 
desired to be here next Wednesday in Order to treat with him 
upon the affair. 

Ordered, That mr. Henry Howell have the Charge of the Engine, 
which is kept in a House near Trinity Church [66.] He ia 
Allowed Twelve men besides himself, Viz', 
mess. (Henry Howell) 

John Beaudre (Bcawdry) 
Johnson Jackson 
William Wheeler Jun r . 
John Lawson 
Jonathan Chandler 
Joseph Wheeler 
Sol . Kneeland Jun r . 
. George Ray 

Jonathan Wheeler 
Joseph Birch 
Thomas Foster Jun*. and 
Stephen Greenleaf 

And in Case there should happen any Difference at any time 
among them, that they should want to put out, or take in any Man, 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Henry Howell that has the Charge of the Engine, shall give an 
account of the same to the Select Men, for their Allowance find 
Orders for their proceeding And at any time if a Fire should 
break out, the said Howell is [67.J ordered to Improve the said 
Engine, where he thinks he may do the most Service, And to 
take Care, That at no time, the Doors of the Engine house be 
Obstructed by Snow &c. And to Work the said Engine, Once 
every Month from the fir>t of April to the first'of October ; And to 
See that the Engine & Pails be kept in good Order, And when at 
any it shall happen that any thing is out of Order or wanting for 
the Engine, they Apply directly to the Select Men for their direc- 
tion in the Affair. 

And for their Care and Diligence in the same the Town at their 
Meeting March, 9 th . 1740. have by a Vote freed them from all 
other offices in the Town for this Year, And also Granted a Premium 
of Five Pounds to the Engine that shall be first brought to Work 
at a House or other Building that shall be on Fire, to be paid out 
of the Town Treasury. 

[68.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April, 15, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Matthew Campbell, Tobacconist from Nutfield, Appearing, De- 
sires Liberty to Open a Shop and Exercise hia Calling in this 
Town. 

Voted, That Liberty be Granted, upon Condition that he with 
William More, give Bond to the Town Treasurer in the Sum of 
Fifty Pounds, to Indemnify the Town from any Charge for Five 
Years. 

The Select Men taking into Consideration the Petition of John 
Hooker and Abia Holbrook, desiring to be Admitted as Grave 
Diggers, together with the Proposals and [69.] Petition of 
Thomas Moulin, Isaac Peirce and John Chambers in answer there- 
to, presented to the Town at their Meeting in March last, which 
was refer'd to the Select Men for their Consideration, and by them 
Impowered to Appoint such further obligations Restrictions and 
Regulations about the Premisses as they shall think Convenient 
and having heard them fully thereon. 

Voted, That Three meet Persons be Appointed to take Care of 
the Old and South Burying places ; and that the Perquisites there- 
of be equally divided among them. 
Voted, That Thomas Moulin 

John Chambers and 
Nathanael Band 

be appointed for that Service, at the prices and under the Re- 
strictions & Regulations hereafter mentioned, during their good 
behaviour in that Office Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 287 

I. That one of the said Three Persons with One Assistant at 
the least, do Always attend the Funeral of every White Person 
[7O.J at the Gate of the Burying place to Conduct the Corps to 
(he Grave, and to See the same Covered up. 

II. That the Gates of the Burying places be kept Constantly 
lock'd, Excepting at such times as they are Opened to receive the 
Corps, And in the Winter time that the Passage to the Burying 
places, and to the Graves be kept clear of Snow And that in 
Digging the Graves, they so perform it as that the Top of the 
Coffins, be Three feet under Ground at the least. 

III. That they take Care that the By-Law of the Town made 
29 th . July 1723. respecting the Burial of Negroes be Strictly 
Observed, And that they acquaint the Persons by whom they are 
Employed to Dig the Graves for, and Carry the Corps, of the By- 
Law of the Town made in 1701, that the time for Carrying out 
the Corps shall not exceed, one hour from the Tolling of the 
Second Bell, upon Penalty of Twenty Shillings. 

[71.] IV. That the Prices for Opening Tombs & Digging 
Graves, be as follows, Viz'. 

For Digging a Grave for a white Person, man or woman, Nine 
Shillings. 

For Ditto, for Children carried by Hand, Four Shillings. 

For Ditto for a Negro Man or Woman, Six Shillings. 

F'or Ditto, to Twelve Years of age, Five Shillings. 

For Opening the New or Wall Tombs, Twelve Shillings. 

For opening the Old Tombs, or those that Stand in the midst of 
the Burying places, Fourteen Shillings. 

For Carrying the Corps of a grown Person, and Attendance 
from Eleven o'Clock in the forenoon, to the return from the Grave, 
Five Shillings a peice. 

Mr. John Earle, Master of one the Five Engines, Informs that 
the Axel-tree and Wheels, with the Spear of the said Engine is 
[72.] Wore and broke, so that the same is render'd useless. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth and Capt. Steel be desired to View 
the same and give directions for the repairs thereof, in the best 
manner they can. 

Mr. John Taylor is appointed to take the Charge of looking aftei 
the Cows on the Common and to drive them on the neck by Eigh; 
o'Clock in the Morning and there to keep them until Six o'Llocl 
in the Evening and then to drive them off the Common to tnt 
head of School Street from the first of April to the first of Novem 
ber , and to receive Eleven Shillings of the Owner of each Cow 
going on the Common, Viz 1 . Six Shillings and Six pence, towards 
providing Bulls, and Three Shillings and Six pence for the Cow 
keeper and one Shilling for giving a Certificate to the Persons 
Paying the same. 

Mr. Isaac Gridley, Applying for [73.] leave for his Servant 
Charles Nickerson and the Nurse (who was Sent the 19 th . of Feb. 
last, to the Hospital at the Westerly part of the Town, to Nurse 
him with the Small Pox) may now have Liberty to return, he hav- 
ing been well about Five Weeks. 

Voted, That the said Charles with the nurse, be permitted to 



288 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 87. 

ratnrn home, provided they be first thoroughly wash'd & Cleans'd 
and have fresh Cloaths to Shift them with and leave their other 
Cloaths &c. behind at the said House until further Order, to be 
Complied with to the Satisfaction of mr. Hancock. 

Mr. John Procter, Master of the North Writing School, Appear- 
ing at the Desire of the Select Men and being fully Discoursed with 
upon the Complaint of his refusing to take Children of some 
Families of low Circumstances in the World, and insisting on large 
Demands for Firing & Entry [74.] money &c. to which he 
Informed that as to Firing, he had not more than Five Shillings a 
peice, one with another (some Paying and some not Paying) and 
as to the Entry Money, he has not Demanded any of the Town 
Inhabitants, but of Strangers, of which he has now about Ten in 
his School, And that he has refus'd none of the Inhabitants 
Children, but such as could not Read in the Psalter ; and being 
Discoursed with relating to his Ushers having some part with him 
in his Perquisites, especially that of Fire Wood, he utterly refus'd 
it, Saying if he had not the whole of the Perquisites, he could not 
keep the School, being now at the Charge of One Hundred Pounds 
p. annum, for one to Assist him therein. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 22, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries E~:q r . 
Capt. Forysth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[75.] There being want of Compleat Books of the By-Laws, 
that so the Inhabitants of the Town may be Acquainted with them. 
Voted, That Jolm Jeffries Esq r . and mr. Hancock be desired to 
treat with m r . Benj a . Eliot in Order to get reprinted those Laws 
that are wanting to Compleat the Books at the best rate they 
can. 

Andrew Craigie and his Wife Elizabeth and Elizabeth Wood- 
Imry lately from Charlestown are Admitted Inhabitants, upon Con- 
dition that Capt. Alexander Fors}'th with him, give Bond to the 
Town Treasurer to Indemnify the Town from any Charge upon 
their account for Five Years in the Sum of One Hundred and 
Fifty Pounds. 

Capt. Forsyth, Informs that Capt. Farrington has bro't a 
Woman from Bermudas which is likely to be a Charge to the Town 
mr. Savell is directed to Notify him to attend [76.] next 
Wednesday 

Mr. Savell is also directed to Notify mr. Mitchel who bro't a 
Number of Men Women and Children from Casco Bay. 

Elias Trask from Bran trey with his Wife and Three Children 
Appearing, was directed to Attend next Wednesday with a Bonds- 
man to Save the Town from any Charge upon their Account foi 
Five Years, as the Law directs. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 289 

Information being given that William Haislup who was Ad- 
mitted the Chimney Sweeper for the Town, is Negligent of his 
Duty, and not provided with Sufficient help to Serve the Town. 

M r . Savell is directed to Notify him to Attend next Wednesday 
to Answer to the Complaint, and at the same time its proposed to 
Consider of some proper Persons to Prosecute the Persons who 
Suffer their Chimnies to Fire. 

[77.] Voted, That the Cellar under the Town House be and 
hereby is Let to mr. John Buttolph for the Space of One Year, 
Commencing the 7 th . of April Instant, at the rale of Twenty two 
Pounds p. annum to be paid Quarterly. 

It being represented that the Cellar Doors are out of Re- 
pair. 

Voted, That mr. Hancock and Capt. Steel be desired to get the 
same repaired in the best and Cheapest manner they can. 

Capt. Forsyth Informing that the Fence of the North Burying 
place is broken down in some places. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsylh and Capt. Steel be desired to get the 
same repaired as soon as may be. 

Liberty is Granted to mr. Richard Salter to dig up the Pave- 
ment and Open the Ground, in Fish Street in Order to repair his 
Drain which runs across the [78.] Said Street, or lay a New 
One if need be, upon Condition that he doth it with as Little lu- 
conveniency to the Town as possible and that he forthwith make 
good the Ground and Pavement again, and keep the same in re- 
pair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April, 29, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

M r . Jacob Parker desires the Select Men would View his House 
at the Westerly part of the Town and give direction for carrying 
his Water, so os may be least prejudicial to the Neighbours. 

Capt. William Farrington, Appearing on the acco'. of his bring- 
ing Sarah [79.] Landon a Widow (of low Circumstances) with 
him from Bermudas and offers to give Bond with mr. James Rus- 
sell in the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to the Town Treasurer to 
Save the Town harmless from all manner of Charge upon her 
acco*. for Five Years as the Law directs, which being Accepted, a 
Bond was given accordingly. 

Thomas Pheland one of the Ticket Porters, appearing according 
to Order upon the Complaint of Major Hill as entred April 8 th . 
and declares that he carried the Fish for Major Hill from Pitts's 
Wharf to Coffins Ware house for which he Apprehends the Law 
entitles him, to Eighteen pence, the Price which he took of Major 
Hill. 

M r . John Brown belonging to the Engine kept near the Old 
North Meeting house under the Care of mr. Anthony Underwood, 
Informs that Thomas Nowell One of the Company is Dead and 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[8O.] Recommended Eleazer Newhall as a Suitable Person to 
Succeed him if the Select Men think fit, he having a Dismission 
from Trainings by Capt. Henchman. 

Voted, That the said Eleazer Newhall be Admitted into mr. 
Underwood's Company accordingly. 

William Haislup, appearing according to Order upon the Com- 
plaint of his not being provided with Sufficient help to Sweep 
Chimnies, by reason of which Several Chimnies have lately Fired ; 
in Answer to which he Saith he has Always punctually attended all 
that have sent to him, and that he has not Work Sufficient for the 
hand he Employs and if the Business requires more help he'l 
get it, and he Apprehends the best method to prevent Chimnies 
taking Fire will be to appoint a proper Person to prosecute those, 
whose Chimneys catch on Fire. 

Voted, That mr. Savell be directed to See the By-Laws of the 
Town prosecuted [81.] Respecting Chimneys Firing. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . made a Motion in behalf of mr. Collson, thai 
the Watch house at the South end of the Town, Standing on his 
Ground may be removed, he wanting to Improve his Ground. 

The Select Men taking into Consideration the Motion made by 
mr. Joseph Shed relating to the price of Carting Grain. 

Voted, That he be Allowed for this Year Two pence half penny 
p. Bushel for Carting Grain to the Mill &c. and back again. 

Mr. Joseph Uran, Master of the Dock Engine Informs that one 
of the Hoses belonging to the Engine is unfit for Service, prays 
that he may be provided with a New One. 

Voted, That mess. Clark & Hancock be desired to View the 
same and Report what may be proper to be done thereon. 

Mr. Treasurer Wadsworth Informs that mr. [82.] Charles Hon- 
ly One of the Town Tenants is very backward in his Rent and 
that mess 18 . Waters & Glidden has not Paid nor Settled their acco ts . 
for the Hire of the Wharf at the North Battery. 

M r . Cooke Informs that m c . Gregor with his Wife and 

Two Children have lately come into this Town from Bruns- 
wick. 

M r . Savell is directed to Notify him to be here next Wednes- 
day. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 1, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clark Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m T . Cnoke 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant, directed 
to the Constables of Boston In His Majesty's [83.] Name Re- 
quiring them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other In- 
habitants of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an 
Estate of Forty Shillings p. Annum of Free hold in Land within 
this Province or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 291 

Value of Fifty Pounds Sterling ; To Convene at the Town House 
upon Fry da y the Eight of May instant at Nine o'Clock in the Fore- 
noon, Then and there to Elect and Depute One or more Persons 
(being Free holders and resident in the Town) according to the 
Number set and limited by an act of the General Assembly, To 
Serve for and Represent them in a Great and General Court or As- 
sembly, appointed to be Convrued held and kept for His Majesty's 
So.rvice at the Court house in Boston, upon Wednesday the Twenty 
Seventh Day of May Currant, and so De Die in Diem, during 
their Session and Sessions, according to a Precept under the Hand 
& Seal of Edward Winslow Esq r . Sheriff of the county of Suffolk 
bearing Date the [84.] Twenty Seventh Day of April, In the 
Fourteenth year of His Majesties Reign, Annoq Domini, 1741. 

And in like manner, Requiring them to Warn all the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town, Qualified as the 
Law directs, to meet at the same time and place ; To Grant such 
Sum or Sums of Money as may be needful for the Relief of the 
Poor, and defraying other Necessary Charges, to Choose such 
officers as may be wanting, and to do what may be thought Neces- 
sary for providing a Suitable house, for the reception of Persons 
that may be Visited with any Malignant Distemper, As also to 
receive the Reports of Several Committees. To agree upon 
Conclude and finish such other Matters and things as were under 
Consideration at former Meetings, and Continued to bo further 
Debated at this, and Also such other Matters as may be proper 
for their Consideration at this Meeting. 

[85.] Mcin. Boston, May 5, 1741. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. David Collson, to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Orange Street, in Order to lay 
a Drain from his Land in said Street, to the Common Shore, Upon 
Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement 
again & keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satis- 
faction of the Select Men, & does not Obstruct the Passage in the 
S d . fetreet, while the same is performing. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 6, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Capt. Smith, appearing on the Acco*. of bringing with him from 
London Robinson and his Wife with her Mother and [86.] 
Martha Smith, Wife to a Coachman of Peter Faueuil Esq r . they 
having bro't no Effects with them he was Informed of the Law 
made in that Case to Save the Town harmless, and was Ordered 
to attend next Wednesday in Order to Comply there with. 

Capt. Cunningham appearing, was directed to attend next 
Wednesday, in Order to give Bond for Daniel Dickey his Wife and 
Two Children. 

M r . William Merchant, Appearing Desires that the Bounds of 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

the Land, he is about to Hire of the Town, by the North Battery, 
may be described to him, in order to his agreement for the Kent 
of it. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. Cookeaud Capt. Steel be a 
Committee for that purpose. 

M r . John Buttolph being acquainted with the Vote of the 
Select Men of the 22 d . [87.] May last, that the Rent of 
the Cellar under the Town house now in his Occupation, is 
Set at Twenty two Pounds p. annum, has agreed to take the 
same at that Rent, to begin the 7 th . of April last, to le paid 
half Yearly. 

A Petition of mr. Abia Ilolbrook Jun r . desiring Liberty to Open 
a School, to teach Writing and Arithmetick (he being bro't Up 
thereto by M r . John Proctor and by him Recommended) 
Read. 

Voted, That the said Holbrook be & hereby is Approved of, 
and has Liberty granted him accordingly, to keep a School within 
this Town for teaching Writing and Arithmetick so long as he 
Continues to behave himself to the approbation of the Select men, 
for the time being. 

M r . Savell, Informing that the Three Children of mr. Harinau's 
at the Hospital at the Westerly part of the Town, have been Phys- 
ick'd and are now \\ell [88.] Enough to go home, but they have 
no Cloathiug lo Charge nor can get nor borrow any the Charge 
of their tarrying being great. 

Voted, That mr. Hancock be desired to provide some Cloathing 
for them, that they may go home not to exceed Five Pounds, and 
that John Wou'dbe the Watchman there, be Dismissed from any 
further Attendance. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, may 18, 1741. 

Present 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 
Ordered, That the Select Men Issue forth a Warrant directed to 

the Constables of Boston In His Majesty's Name Requiring 

them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the said Town, duly Qualified [8D.] Rateable at Twenty 
Pounds Estate to a Single Rate (beside the Poll) to Convene at 
the Town house, on Fryday the Twenty Second Current, at nine 
o'Clock in the forenoon, To Choose a Town Clerk for the year c>n- 
suing in the room of mr. Samuel Gerrish Dec d . To Consider what 
may be proper to be done about Erecting a Writing School in the 
Center of the Town, as also to Consider that part of the Commit- 
tee's Report relating to an Additional Building at the alms house, 
and the Granting of Laud, whereon to Erect the same, To He- 
ceive the Reports of Several Committees, and to Choose Jurors for 
July Court. To agree upon Conclude and finish such other mat- 
ters and things as were under Consideration at former Meetings, 
ard Continued to be further debated at this ; and also such other 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 293 

matters as may be proper for their Consideration at this Meet- 
ing. 

And in like manner requiring them to "Warn all the Free hollers 
of the s d . Town to meet at the same time and place, in order 
[9O.] To proceed to the Choice of some meet Person qualified as 
the Law directs to be Register of Deeds, &c. for the County of 
Suffolk, Pursuant to a Warrant under the Hands and Seals of 
William Dudley and Anthony Stoddard Esq". Two of His Majes- 
ty's Justices of the Quorum for the said County, bearing Date 
the Twelfth Day of May, anno Domini, One Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Forty one, In the Fourteenth Year of His Majesties 
Reign. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 20, 1741. 

Present 

Jonas Clarke Esq*. 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Information being given that Josias Byles One of the Sealers 
of Wood, now follows the Business of a Wharfinger. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify him to Attend the Select Men 
next Monday. 

[91.] Voted, That mr. John Stamford have a Draft on the 
Town Treasurer the next Draft Day, for Collecting . C826. 8. 5. 
at Five p. Cent, being .341. 6. 5. for the year, 1739 it appear- 
ing by his Receipts that he had made up with the Several Treas- 
urers according to his Warrants from the Assessors. 

It is Proposed that a Suitable Person be appointed to Enquire 
after Strangers that comes into Town with Effects, in Order to 
their being Assessed. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 25, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m*. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

M r . Josiah Byles Appearing according to [92.] Order, and 
declares that he is not, nor has any tho'ts of being Concerned as 
a Wharfinger of any Wood Wharf whatever. 

Andrew Lane Esq r . appearing Informs that Crooked Lane lead- 
ing from the Town house to Coruhill is much out of Repair in the 
Pavement, by means of which the said Lane is render'd almost 
Useless, And Praying that it may be mended, the abutters being 
willing to Pay their Proportionable part of the Charge. 

Voted, That Jonas Clarke Esq r . mr. Cooke and Capt. Steel be 
desired to draw up some proper Method for Regulating the 
Charges of the Town Clerk in Writing in said office, for the 
Town. 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 3 d 1741. 

Present 

The Hen. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[93.] Capt. Steel, Informs that Capt. Mitchell bro't into this 
Town, Daniel Orr his wife and Six Children from North Yar- 
mouth ab l . Two months ago, & that they are now at the Mouse of 
mr. Clark the Nailer at the North end and that there is an other 
Family lately come from Maiden, living at mrs. Blewets near the 
North Burying place mr. Savell is directed forthwith to Warn 
the said Persons to depart the Town, as the Law directs. 

Mr. William Waters appearing Informs. that he did not 
Charge the People that was at Rainsfords Island the last Fall, 
with the Four Cord of Wood that was Sent down to him, Altho' 
by them Used, and therefore desires that he may not be Charged 
therewith. 

Mrs. Mary Hamilton, appearing according to Order, upon a 
Complaint made of her being about to Set up a Tallow Chandlers 
Work house at the Southerly part of the [94.] Town, without 
Liberty so to do, The Laws of the Province relating to that affair 
was Read to her, and the Select Men forbid her proceeding there- 
in. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell, Notify Nehemiah Wilkins the present 
Occupier of the Shop on Dock Square, which was Let to mr. Jon a . 
Foster to be here next Wednesday - As also mess". Glidden and 
Waters in order to Settle their acco*. about the North Battery and 
also Notify mr. Merchant to be here next Wednesday. 

Capt. Steel Informs that mr. Corsseris about to Build a House 
or Shed with a large oven in it for a Bake house near the North 
Writing School which will much darken the said School. 

Voted, That the Select Men View the same tomorrow Morning 
at Nine o'Clock a. m. 

[95.] At a meeting of the Select men, June 10 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

The Select Men on Thursday last, according to Appointment, 
Viewed the place where mr. Corsser was about to Build a Shed 
with a large Oven under it for a Bake house near the North Writ- 
ing School, & judg'd it would be very Inconvenient & much 
prejudice the said School, And therefore forbid his proceeding 
therein. 

M r . John Perry, appearing, Desires Liberty to Set a Fish house 



SELECTMEM'S MINUTES, 1741. 295 

on the Town High Way near the New Ferry place at the North 
end, to Stand there, during the pleasure of the Select Men 
for the time being, and Informs that mr. Oliver Luckia 
[96.] hath removed his Fish house from the place where the Se- 
lect Men order' d it to be placed. 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . Caleb Lyman Esq r ., and Capt. 
Steel be desired to View the said Fish houses from the places 
where they now Stand. 

Mess". Waters & Glidden appearing according to Order, pre- 
sented an acco'. of Charge on the Wharf, they hired of ths To.vn, 
near the North Battery amounting to . 130. 16 for making 
an addition to the same &c. which being tho't very large, It was 
agreed to refer it to mess". Joshua Thornton and John Demerry to 
Value the same, who are desired to Attend there for that end to- 
morrow at 3 p. m. and that the above Committee be desired to be 
with them at the same time. 

M r . John Peh'ce, Informs that the Engine under his Care, was 
first bro't to Work on the Fire which lately broke out [97.] at 
mr. Box's Rope Walk, And desires the Premium grantsd by the 
Town may he drawn for the next Draft Day. 

Voted, That a Draft be then made on the Town Treasurer, ac- 
cordingly. 

M r . Nehemiah Wilkins, Appear'd accordingly to order, and In- 
forms that he hath Occupied the Shop Let to mr. Jon a . Foster on 
Dock Square, since the fir*t of Sept. 1740, time said Foster left it 
and desires he may be Continued therein still. 

Voted, That the said Shop be and hereby is Let to the said 
Wilkins for the Space of One year, Comm"njing Sept. 1 1740, 
he Paving to the Town Treasurer, Eight Pounds p. annum for 
the same. 

M r . David Collson Informs that he is about Building on his 
Laud fronting to Orange Sti'eet at the South end, & desires the 
Select Men would run the line. 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . Jonas Clark Esq r . and Capt. 
Steel be desired to Attend that Service. 

Order'd, that the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at the 
rate of Twenty Four Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel, Allowed for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows, Viz 4 . 

oz. dr. 

of Penny white Loaf 1 . 11 

Wheaten 2. 8 

House hold 3 6 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 15 3 

Ordered, That mr. John Brown have the Charge of the 
Engine which is kept in a House adjoining to the Old North 
Meetinghouse And he is allowed Sixteen men besides himself, 
Viz'. 

John Brown 
James Dowell 
John Beer 
William Marshall 



296 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Thomas Bentley 

Edward Edes 

James Clark 

John Baker 
[99.] William Stone 

Elijah Doubleday 

Francis Marshall 

Timothy Brown 

Oliver Lnckis Jun r . 

Eleazar Newhall 

Daniel Barker 

Benj a . Luekis and 

Ebenzer Brown 

And in Case, there should happen any Difference at any time 
among them, that they should want to put out, or take in any 
Man, John Brown that has the Charge of the Eagine, shall give 
an Account of the same to the Select Men, for their Allowance aud 
Orders for their proceeding. and at any time if a Fire should 
break out, the said Brown is Ordered to Improve the said Engine, 
where he think she may do the most Service ; And to take Care, 
That at no time, the Doors of the Engine house be Obstructed by 
Snow &o. And to Work the said Engine Once every Month, from 
the first of April to the first of October. And to See that the En- 
gine aud Pails be kept in good Order And when at any time it 
shall happen that anything is out of Order, or [1OO-] wanting 
for the Engine, they apply directly to the Select Men for their 
direction in the Affair 

And for their Care and Diligence in the same, the Town at 
their Meeting, March 9 th . 1740. have by a Vote freed them from all 
other offices in the Town for this Year, and also granted a 
Premium of Five Pounds to the Engine, that shall be first 
brought to Work at a House or other Building that shall be on 
Fire to be paid out of the Town Treasury. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston In His Majesty's Name. Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an Es- 
tate of Forty Shillings p. annum of Free hold of Land within this 
Province or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the Value of 
Fifty y Pounds Sterling ; to Convene at the Town [1O1.] house 
upon Tuesday the Sixteenth of June Currant at Three o'Clock in 
the afternoon, Then and there to Elect and Depute One or more 
Persons (being Free holders and Resident in the Town) according 
to the number Set and limited by an Act of the General Assembly, 
to Serve for and Represent thorn in a Great and Gcneial Couit 
or Assembly, Appointed to be Convened held and kept for his His 
Majesty's Service at the Court house in Boston upon Wednesday 
the Eight Day of July next, and so De Die in Diem, during their 
Session and Sessions, according to a Precept under the Hand and 
Seal of Edward Winslow Esq r ., Sheriff of the County of Suffolk, 
bearing Date the Ninth Day of June In the Fourteenth Year of 
His Majesties Reign, Aunoq Domini, 1741. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 297 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Publick Schools within this 
Town, Pursuant to the Vote and order of the [1O2.] Inhabitants, 
at their Annual Meeting the 9 th . of March last, be attended on 
Wednesday the 17 th . of June Currant and that the following Gen- 
tlemen be desired to accompany the Select Men in the said Visita- 
tion Viz'. 

The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon. William Foye Esq r . 
The Hon. John Read Esq r . 
Peter Faneuil Esq r . 
The Rev. mr. Thomas Prince 
The Rev. mr. John Webb 
The Rev. mr. William Cooper 
The Rev*, mr. Thomas Foxcroft 
The Rev. mr. Joshua Gee 
The Rev. mr. Ellis Gray 
Doct r . William Douglass 
m r . Thomas Gushing 
m r . Timothy Prout 
m r . Edward Bromfield 
m r . James Allen 

Ordered, That mr. Savell give Seasonable Notice [1O3.] to 
the Gentleman Of this appointment, and that they be desired to 
Meet at the Council Chamber on said Day, at Nine o' Clock in the 
forenoon . 

Voted, That Jonas Clarke Esq r . and m r . Hancock be desired to 
give directions to mrs. Wardell to provide a Dinner for Twenty- 
live Gentleman on that Day. 

Mem . June 16, 1741. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Henry Price to Dig up the 
Pavement & Open the Ground in Queen Street in Order to lay a 
Drain from his Land in s d . Street to the Common Shore, upon Con- 
dition that he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement 
again and keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satis- 
faction of the Select men, and does not Obstruct the Passage in 
the said Street while the same is performing. 

[1O4.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 17 th . 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at the 
Rate of Twenty Six Shillings p. Bushel, for Wheat, and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel, allow'd for Charges, which ia 
Computed as follows, Viz'. 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

ox- dr. 

Of Penny white Loaf 1- 9- 

Wheaten 2- 5g 

House hold 3- 2- 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 14- 2 

At a Meeting of the Select Men June 24, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyrmm Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[1O5.] Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to make an 
Alphabetical Book or Index to enter the Names of all Persons 
giving Bond to the Town Treasurer for Persons Admitted In- 
habitants, for Five Years past, with the Dates of the Bonds & the 
Names of the Persons for whom given. 

Robert Henry, Appearing Informs that about Six Months ago, he 
came into this Town in Capt. Blacklock from Ireland, and desires 
to be Admitted an Inhabitant & have Liberty to Open a Shop 
and Exercise the Calling of a Blacksmith & Farrier in this Town 
and proposes mess". Green and Walker for his Bondsmen. 

Voted, That he be Admitted an Inhabitant Accordingly and 
& have Liberty to open a Shop & Exercise his said Callings 
Upon Condition that h-3 with mess". Green and Walker give Bond 
to the Town Treasurer in the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to 
Indemnify the Town from any Charge upon his acco'. for Five 
Years as the Law directs 

[1O8.] Mr. Cooke in behalf of Major John Hill, Desires that 
the Select Men would View the Mash on the Neck which is Let to 
the said Mill, & give directions for Draining the same according 
to his Lease. 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq T . Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke & Capt. Steel be a Committee for that purpose 

The Select Men on Wednesday last the 17 th . instant, Visited the 
Publick Schools within the Town, Accompanied by the following 
Gentlemen Viz 1 . 

The Hon. Joshia 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 Welsted 
m r . Edward Bromfleld & 
m r . James Allen. 
[1O7.] And found the said Schools under good regulation. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 29D 

The Number of Scholars in each School were as follows, viz'. In 
the South Grammar School, Eighty Seven, In the Writing School 
in Queen Street, Seventy four; In the North Grammar School, 
Sixty five ; and in the North Writing School Two Hundred. 

Mem . July 8, 1741. 

Mr. William Waters appeared and Informs that he will not 
longer keep the Hospital on Rainsfords Island, for Fifty Pounds 
p. Annum, finding Nurses Utensils &c. as in his former agreement, 
and therefore shall quit the same unless the Province allow him 
One Hundred Pounds p. annum. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 15 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r * 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[1O8.] The Select Men Agreed with mr. William Merchant 
Shipwright, and let unto him the Ship Yard near the North 
Battery (lately Improved by mess". Glidden & Waters) for the 
Term of Seven Years Commencing the 1 st . of April la-t, at the 
Annual Rent of Thirty five Pounds, to be paid half Yearly to the 
Toun Treasurer, he to keep the same in Tenantable Repair during 
said Term (Extraordinary Casualtu-s Excepted ) 

Whereas William Waters, keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, Declines keeping the same any longer on moderate terms 
Therefore 

Voted, That the same be advertised in the Publick News Papers 
in order to Settle some Suitable Person thereon. 

Liberty is Granted to mr. Richard Smith to Set down a Sign 
Post before his House in King Street. 

[1O9.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 22, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Isq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

M r . John Dabney, Informs, That Joseph Dogan a Taylor and 
Mary his Wife, were lately Imported from Annapolis by Benj"* 
Donill, and about Ten Days Since came to lodge at his House. 

Alexander Muitt his Wife and Three Children and Ann 
Anderson, who were lately Imported from Scotland by David 
Wallace, are admitted Inhabitants, the said Wallace together with 
mr. Benj a- Col man having given Bond to the Town Treasurer in 
the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town from any 
Charge upon their Acco'. for Five Years ; as the Law directs. 

[11O.] The Committee to whom was refer'd the Erecting of a 
Beacon on Beacon hill, Report that they have Agreed with William 



300 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Bowen and others to do the same the Pole to be Inches 

thick and feet in length, the Cells to be Inches of 

White Oak, And the to be of white Oak, the Workmen 

to be paid by the Days Work. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 27 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman, Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Complaint being made, that the Pavement at the upper end of 
the Long Wharf is out of Repair, and also at the bottom of Cross 
Street, and [111.] near the Mill Bridge. 

Voted, That mr. Thornton forthwith Repair the said Pavements 
in the best & Cheapest manner he can. 

At a meeting of the Select men, July 29. 1741. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke, Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered . That mr. Savell Notify Robert Henry to give Bond to 
the Town Treasurer with mess. Green & Walker, as directed June 
24 th . last. 

M r . George Til.ey Appeared & Declared that he Designs to 
Open an High Way or Street of Thirty five or Foity feet in Wedth 
thro' his Land at the Bottom of the Common in said Boston, the 
sume beginning at the End of the Land that is opened [112.] In 
mr. Bennetts Land & from thence to run & Continue thr6 his the 
said George Tilleys Lnnd till it comes into the Common being 
about Eight or Nine Hundred feet in Length, & that he was 
willing to give the same to the Town for their Use forever and 
desired that his Motion may be inserted in the next Warrant for a 
Town Meeting. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify Thomas Robinson to Appear & 
give Bond with Sufficient Sureties to the Town Treasurer he 
having lately come into this Town from London to Dwell here. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread at the 
Rate of 26/ p. Bushel for Wheat, and 3/6 p. Bushel Aliow'd for 
Charges, which is Computed as follows, viz 1 . 

oz. dr. 

of Penny White Loaf 1. 9 

Wheaten 2. 5| 

House hold 3. 2 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 14. 2 

[113.] Ordered, That mr. Savell wait upon mr. William 
Speakman & acquaint him that the Select Men, Expect he forth- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 301 

with put the Pavement in Maryborough Street in good Repair, 
which he formerly broke up to make a Drain there Or he may 
Expect to be proceeded against as the Law directs. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell notify Capt. Jones to appear & give 
Bond to the Town Treasurer for himself & Wife, as the Law 
directs, having come to dwell in Town. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 5 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel. 

[114.] Upon a Motion made & Seconded, Voted, That Caleo 
Lyman aud Jonas Clarke Esq rs . in the Name of the Select M.en 
desires His Majesties Justices of this Town to Afford their Com- 
pany in tlie Council Chamber, the Tenth instant, at Six o'Clock, 
in Order to Consider of & agree upon the time for Setting a Ward 
upon the Neck, on the LORDS Days, as has been Customary at 
this time of the Year. 

Voted, That the lion. John Jeffries Esq r , Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
and mr. Cooke be a Committee to See what further Repairs may be 
wanted to be done upon the Neck &c. and cause the Repairs thereof 
to be effected. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . and Capt. Steel be desired to 
wait upon John Read Esq r . for a Writ against such Persons as 
refuse to Secure the High Ways on the Neck in this Town, agree- 
able to [115.] the Town Vote of the 2'2 d . of May last, and that 
they take with them such Papers and Copys as they shall think 
necessary in order for mr. Read to Advise thereon. 

Robert Henry is admitted an Inhabitant, he having given Bond 
to the Town Treasurer with mr. James Mayes in the Sum of Fifty 
Pounds, to Indemnity the Town from any Charge upon his acco'. 
for Five Years as the Law directs. 

and Liberty is Granted him to Open a Shop in this Town. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace, and the Select Men of the Town of Boston, August 10, 
1741. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon. Anth. Stoddard Esq'. 
[116.] Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Daniel Henchman Esq'. 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Thomas Hancock. 

A Ward on Boston Neck upon the Lord's Days was then ordered 
& appointed from and after the Date hereof, until the Sixteenth 
Day of October next ensuing inclusive, as has been Customary 
heretofore, And a Warrant was Issued accordingly directed to the 
Constables of the Town of Boston, and is in the Words following 
Viz'. 

Boston 88. To each and every of the Constables of the Town 
of Boston, Greeting 

Whereas by an Act of the Great and General Court, pnss'd in 
the Eleventh [117.] Year of the Reign of Ilis late Majesty King 
William III, Intitl'd an Act for keeping of Watches in Towns. It 
is Enacted, That from time to time, when & So often as a Military 
Watch shall not be Order'd & appointed to be kept, the Justices 
of the Peace, together with the Select Men of each Town within 
this Province are Impowered & authorized to direct and order a 
Suitable Watch or Watches to be set up and kept &c. And also a 
Ward to be kept every LORDS Day, and other Days r.s ti.ey shall 
think needful, and to appoint the Number wherepf such NVatch 
and Ward shall Consist, and the time for the beginning and Con- 
tinuance of the same, and the Constable or Constables of the 
Town, having Orders accordingly given him or them in Writing by 
the Justices and Select Men are thereby Impowered & required 
from time to time to Warn such Watch and Ward respectively, and 
to See [118.] That all Persons so Warned by them do Attend 
and Observe their Duty in that regard, And Whereas the said 
Justices and Select Men are Informed of frequent Prophauations 
of the Lords Day (Especially at this Season of the Year) by loose 
vain Persons, Servants, Negroes &c. unnecessarily Travelling or 
Walking to and from Boston and Roxbury with neglect of Attend- 
ing on the Publick Worship of God in either place, and bringing 
from the Neighbouring Towns, Corn, Apples, and other Fruits of 
the Earth to the great Disturbance of the Publick peace & Scandal 
of our Christian Profession. 

It is therefore Ordered by the said Justices & Select Men, that 
from & after the Date here of & until the Sixteenth Day of 
October next ensuing (Inclusive) the Constables of and within the 
Town of Boston & every of them, by turns do warn & appoint 
Eight meet & Sober Persons Inhabitants of the said Town on the 
[119.] Loids Days to Ward on the Neck or High Way between 
Boston and Roxbury at some Convenient place near the Line of 
Defence ; Four of the said Persons are to give their Attendance 
there, from Seven o'Clock in the Morning until half an hour after 
Twelve at Noon, and there to be relieved by the other Four, who 
are there to Continue upon Duty until the Dusk of the Even- 
ing. 

And the Constable or Constables are to take Care in Warning 
thereof that such Ward do not Consist of all or the grentest part 
Youths, but that some able House holders, or other Sufficient 
Persons be joined with thtm, and the said Constables arc here by 
enjoined to give in Charge to such Ward to prevent and Suppress 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 303 

Buch Disorders to Examine all Passengers and Restrain them from 
Disporting Idle Walking or unnecessary Travel on the Lords Day. 
and if any Person or Persons be Rude [ 12O. ] Refractory or shall 
refuse to give a Satisfactory Account of the Occasion of their Trav- 
elling or otherwise Misbehave themselves, to take them up and carry 
them before the next Justice of the Peace or return their Names 
to such Justice in order to their being Examined & proceeded 
against according to the Nature of their offence as Prophaners of 
the Lords Day. 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Boston the Tenth Day of 
August In the Fifteenth year of His Majesties Reign Annog 
Dom. 1741. 

EDW D . HUTCHINSON 

JACOB WENDELL 

ANTH. STODDARD 

SAMUEL SEWALL 

H. HALL ^ Justices 

JN. FAYERWEATHER 
DAN 1 -. HENCHMAN 
Tno 8 . HUBBARD 

JOHN JEFFRIES ^ 

CALEB LYMAN , . ,, 

JONAS CLARKE f Select Men 

THO". HANCOCK J 
To each & every of the Constables of the Town of Boston. 

[121.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 12, 1741. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Voted, That mr. Savell make Enquiry after Ann Davis, Wife 
to a Ship Carpenter, whom Capt. Hoar lately Imported into thia 
Town from Bristol, and Report their Circumstances next Wednes- 
day. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 18, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq 1 ". 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Voted, That mr. Savell forthwith Remove or cause to be re- 
moved, All mr. Welch's Timber, [122.] lying before the Market 
house on Dock Square. 

Ordered, That mr. Haislup be Notified to attend on Wednesday 
next, in order to answer some Complaints made against him, that 
he hath not a Sufficiency of Hands for the sweeping of Chim- 
nies. 



304 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 19, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

M r . William Waters appearing, offers to keep the Province 
Hospital upon Eainsfords Island for Fifty Pounds p. annum as p. 
former agreement bearing [123.] Date October, 9. 1739, he Ex- 
pecting the Province provide for the Poor & Indigent as the 
Law directs. 

It appearing to the Select Men that upon the arrival of Gov- 
ernour Belcher to this Government they Addressed His Excellency 
in behalf of the Town to Congratulate him upon that Occasion. 

Therefore, Voted, That the Select Men wait upon His Ex- 
cellency William Shirley Esq r . to Congratulate him upon his ad- 
vancement to the Government, and that the Hon. John Jeffries 
Esq r . and mr. Cooke be desired to prepare an address to His 
Excellency upon the Occasion, and that the Select Men meet 
tomorrow at Three o'Clock to receive the same. 

m r . George Featherston Appearing, Informs that he hath lately 
come into this Town with his Wife from Holland, in order to 
reside here, and desires to be admitted, [124.] an Inhabitant 
and have Liberty to Open a Shop. 

It Appearing to the Select Men that he hath brought with him 
Effects Sufficient to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Therefore, Voted That the said Featherston and Wife be and 
hereby are admitted Inhabitants and he hath Liberty Granted him 
to Open a Shop in this Town. 

Capt. Norwood appeared according to order upon acco*. of John 
Kirkland whom he Imported from Barbadoes, and Informs that 
he Sblp't him not above an hour before he Sailed, after which he 
fell Sick in a few Days and was not able to do his Duty on board 
during the Voyage. 

It Appearing to the Select Men that the s d . Kirkland is a Stran- 
ger and very Poor and Indigent, apprehend him to be a proper 
object of Publick Charity They Directed the Town Clerk in their 
[125.] name to Recommend him to be received into the Alma 
house at the Charge of the Province. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 20. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 3)5 

The Select Men Executed a Lease of the North Battery Wharf to 
mr. William Merchant for the term of Seven Years commenein jj 
the 1 st . of April last, at the Rate of Thirty live Pounds p. annum 
to be paid at two equal Payments, Viz'. Seventeen Pounds Ten 
Shillings on tlie first Day of October and April Yearly and every 
Year during the said Term [126.] mr. William Merchant, Desires 
that the Select Men would run the Line between the North Battery 
Wharf and mr. Parkmaus Land Voted, That the Select Men meet 
on Tuesday next in order to run the said Line, and that mr. Park- 
man be Notified hereof. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . from the Committee appointed to 
Draw up an address to be presented to His Excellency Gov r . 
Shirley Presented the Draft prepared, which was Read & is a8 
follows. Viz'. 

To His Excellency W m . Shirley Esq r . Captain General Governour 
and Commander in Chief in & over His Majesties Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay in New England. 

May it Please Your Excellency 

We the Select Men of the Town of Boston now wait on Your, 
[127.] Excellency to Congratulate you on your advancement to 
the Head of this Government. We look upon it as a Special 
Smile of Providence, that our most Gracious Sovereign has phicod 
over us a Person who has among us, so many Pledges of his 
Attachment to Our Welfare and whose long abode with us has 
given him such a Knowledge of Our Laws Liberties and Interests, 
of whose affection and Integrity this Town both had such Strong 
Proofs while in a private Station, and whose Personal Accom- 
plishments for Government are such that We can't but Reflect on 
Your advancement with Singular Joy and Satisfaction, & Esteem 
it as an happy Presage of our future Welfare. That Your Excel- 
lency may always have the Divine Assistance and Blessing through 
Your whole administration, and be greatly instrumental in pro- 
moting Religion, good Order and Trade, among us, and that 
[128.] this Town (the Metropolis of the Government) may be 
under Your Paternal Smiles in all its Interests is the hearty desire 
of 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient Servants. 

Voted, That the same be accepted, and that the Select Men wait 
on His Excellency and present the same, tomorrow at Nine o'Clock 
in the forenoon and that the Town Clerk wait on His Excellency 
to Acquaint him with the Select Men's Intentions. 

Mem . Aug. 21 1741 

According to the Vote of the Select Men as entred Yesterday, 
they Waited upon His Excellency William Shirlej" Esq r . to Con- 
'gratulate him upon his advancement to the Government, with the 
Address as then Entred, To which His Excellency was pleased to 
make the following Answer viz'. 
[129.] Gentlemen, 

I return you thanks for this Obliging Address ; It gives me a 
Singular Pleasure that I have had it in my Power to give the 
Town of Boston Proofs of my Affection for it, and you ma}- ever 



306 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 87. 

depend upon my best Endeavours to promote Religion, good Order 
and Trade among You, and that I will Consult the Towns Interest 
upon all Occasions 

W. SHIRLEY 
Boston, Aug. 21. 1741 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 26 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

After some Discourse upon the State of [13O.] Winnisimet 
Ferry, a Motion was made that Samuel Watts Esq r . who has the 
Improvement of it be desired to Attend the Select Men upon that 
Affair, who Accordingly came & Said be does not Expect to 
Pay any Rent to the Town for the same, from the time his Lease 
expired. 

A Motion made by John Jeffries Esq r . that a List of the Pumps 
and Wells &c. belonging to the Town, be taken that so those of 
the Inhabitants who improve them, may Pay some acknowledg- 
ment to the Town for the same. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 31. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[131. ] Mr. Matthias Cowdrey Appearing Informs that James 
Frazier, one of the Persons belonging to the Dock Watch hath 
been taken of from his Duty for some time past by Sickness and 
that he is not likely ever to recover his Health, And therefore 
desired some proper Person might be put in his room, and recom- 
mended Joseph Policy as a Suitable Person if the Select Men 
think fit. 

Voted, That the said Joseph Policy be Admitted into the said 
Watch, in the room of the said James Frazier. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 2 d . 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Caleb Lymau Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke' Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Stoel 

Mr. Jonathan Dwight Informs that [132.] He is in Posses- 
sion of the Ground at the White horse Tavern & is willing 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 307 

to give a place for the Watch house at the Southerly Corner of 
his Land. 

Voted That John Jeffries Esq r . mr. Hancock and mr. Cooke be 
a Committee to agree with mr. Dwight ab*. removing the Watch 
house there. 

Daniel Ruddock Informs that he came into this Town from 

Philadelphia sometime in June last, & hath lodg'd at Collops 

at the South end of the Town ever since. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Prosecute the said Collop for Enter- 
taining the said Ruddock in her House, without giving Notice 
thereof to the Select men as the Law directs. 

Whereas Information is given to the Select Men that the Yellow 
Fever is very brief in Philadelphia, therefore 

[133.] Voted, That Advice be Asked of the Physicians of 
the Town, Whether that Distemper is of such a Nature as will 
require the Vcssells coming from thence to be Stop'd from coming 
up to Town until Examined for the Safety of the Town. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread, at 
the rate of Twenty four Shillings p Bushel, for Wheat and 
Three Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel, Allowed for Charges, 
and which is Computed as follows, Viz'. 

oz ' dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 1- 1 1 

W beaten 2- 8 

House hold 3- 6 

Six penn}- Wheaten Loaf 15- 3 

Mem . Sept. 8. 1741. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Benjamin Babbidge to Dig up 
the Ground in Hull Street in order to lay a Drain from his House 
in said Street [134.] To the Common Shore, Upon Condition that 
he forthwith make good the Ground again and keep the same in 
repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 9 th . 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r , 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. William Waters Appearing this Day, Offered to keep the 
Province Hospital on Rainsfords Island for Fifty Pounds p 
Annum as p. a former Agreement made October 9 th . 1739. for the 
Space of One Year Commencing from the 29 th . of June last, and to 
receive Orders from the Select Men to keep a Sufficient Guard to 
[135.] Hinder all Persons from coming or going off the said Island 
without their leave and to receive from all Persons coming on 
Shore whether Sick or well after the Rate of Twenty five Shillings 
p. Week 

According to the Information given to the Select Men respecting 
the yellow Fever being very brief in Philadelphia as entred on 
Wednesday last, having Asked the Advice of Several of the Physi- 



308 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

clans they think it adviseable to take all proper Care that the said 
Distemper be hindred from coming among us, Therefore, 

Voted, That Application be made to his Excellency the Gov- 
ernour for an Order to the Commanding officer at Castle William 
to carefully Examine all Vessels coming from thence, and to hin- 
der them from coming up to Town until further Order. 

Accordingly a Petition was drawn Signed [136.] & presented 
by the Select Men 

Mr. Chambers Informs that the Watch house by the Town house 
is much out of repair. 

Voted, That John Jeffries Esq r . mr. Hancock, & mr. Cooke 
be desired to See the same repaired as soon as possible. 

Whereas the Law for regulating of Porters in the Town of 
Boston made in the Year 1736. is now expired, and a New One 
made at the Session of the General Court in July last. 

Voted, That Notifications be posted up to direct all Persons 
willing to be Employed as Porters on the Dock and else where in 
the Town that they make Application to the Select Men at the 
Town house, on the three Succeeding Wednesdays at three o'Clock 
in the Afternoon, in Order to be under the Regulation the Law re- 
quires. 

[137.] Boston, Sept. 10, 1741 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to 
Sell Strong Drink, either as Innholders or Retailers have been 
presented to the Select Men and at Several Meetings by them Con- 
sidered, A List of their Names & the Street where each Person 
Dwells, with the actings of the Select Men, on s d . Petitions is 
here Recorded, as follows, Viz 1 . 

Innholders, Approved and Recommended, Viz*. 

Mary English Fish Street 

Pelatiah Glover Common Street 

Joseph Hiller Fish Street 

Mary Lambert Cross Street 

Samuel Wethered King Street 

Retailers, Approved & Recommended Viz 1 . 

Elizabeth Bettesly Sudbury Street 

Margaret Clark Milk Street 

[138.] John Downing Fish Street 

Mary Flagg Back Street 

Susanna Grainger Orange Street 

Katharine Harratt Orange Street 

James Hughes & Sam 1 . Sloan West of Boston 
Isaac Herault Sudbury Street 

Samuel Hunstable Sudbury Street 

William Ivers Back Street 

Sarah Kimball Cambridge Street 

William Lackey Cambridge Street 

Benjamin Mason Dock Square 

Samuel May Newbur} r Street 

James Nelson Fish Street on Clark Wf '. 

Hannah Orange Middle Street 

Margaret Rush Black horse Lane 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 309 

Samuel Smith Purchase Street 

Elizabeth Shepard Newbury Street 

Mary Soper Sun Street 

John Watkins Fleet Street 

Abigail Willis Ship Street 

Retailers, Disallowed, Viz*. 

Margaret Allen Merchants Row 

[139.] Dorcas Campbell Cold Lane 

Elizabeth Everton Days Lane 

Thomas Eyre Fish Street 

William Haislup Union Street 

Abigail M c .Collo Ship Street 

Tamson Rogers Peines Alley 

Wigglesworth Sweetser King Street 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 16. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lymaii Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Whereas Wilsons Lane is much out of repair, & the Pavement 
wanting to be new laid, and the Proprietors being willing to Pay 
their proportionable part It is therefore Voted, That Caleb Lyman 
[14O.] Esq r . and mr. Cooke be a Committee to treat with some 
Workmen about Paving the same in the best & Cheapest way they 
can, Upon Condition the Workmen take the Abutters for to Pay 
their Two third parts. 

Edward Cowell Informs that he with his Wife and three Children 
came into this Town from Cape Cod, about three Months past 
& hired a House of James Halsey, and keeps Boarders he not 
being Acquainted with the Law pleaded Ignorance thereof, other- 
wise he would have followed the Steps therein prescribed, and now 
desires to be admitted an Inhabitant & to Open a Shop in this 
Town. 

Whereas the Pavement in Back Street and many other places in 
the Town are very much out of repair, 

Voted, That the Select Men, View the [141.] Several places 
and Report what is proper to be done. 

John Wetherell Informs that he with his Wife and two Children 
came into this Town from Eastham the 23 d . of July last, lives at a 
House in Minots Court which he hires of mr. Butler and keeps 
Lodgers and that Mercy Clark his Daughter with Two Children 
came into Town last Spring, he desires to be Admitted an Inhabi- 
tant. 

Mr. Savell is directed to Notify some of the Neighbours to 
appear next Wednesday in order to Say what they know concern- 
ing the Order kept by the said Wethrell in his House. 

Whereas, the Select Men are Impowered by a Law of this Town 



310 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

to Appoint Suitable Persons to be Chimney Sweepers and agree 
with thorn for Sweeping the same. Voted, That advertisements 
[142.] be Printed in the Publick News Papers to inform any 
Person or Persons inclining to Undertake that Business that they 
Appear at the Town House on the three Succeeding Wednesdays 
that they may have an opportunity of Agreeing with the Select 
Men. 

The Committee Appointed to View the Watch house at the 
South end of the Town and find a proper place in Order to Set the 
same on, Reported That they had Attended that Service and 
Treated with mr. Dwight who was willing (o have the same put on 
his Ground, provided they would take it away when he should 
desire it, And also remove a Shed which is now Standing thereon, 
and build it again, whrch they Apprehend would be so Uncertain 
as to time & the Charge of removing the Shed and building it 
again so great, that they are of Opinion [143,] that it will not 
be proper to place it there. 

'1 he Select Men having endeavoured to find a Suitable place to 
move the Watch house at the South end to, and not finding any 
Convenient, made Application to John Jeffries Esq r for leave to 
Set it, on his Laud at the South end, which he Consented to upon 
Condition that it be placed as he shall direct, and that no Dirt or 
Trash be thrown into his Ground, & that it be removed, when he 
shall desire ihe same, & the Fence be put in repair. 

Therefore Voted, That the said Watch house be placed on the 
said Peice of Land, and that the Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . mr. 
Hancock and mr. Cooke be n Committee to See the same removed 
agreeable to the Leave given by mr. Jeffries. 

Whereas this Year is the time Appointed by [144.] Law for 
Perambulating the Bounds betwixt Town and Town. 

It is therefore Agreed upon & Ordered, That Fryday the Twenty 
fifth of Sept. Current be the time for running the Line and renew- 
ing the Bound marks between the Town of Boston, & the Town 
of Roxhury. 

And that the Select Men, Viz 4 . The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Alexander Forsyth, Caleb L^'man Esq r . Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Thomas Hancock, mr. Middlecott Cooke and Capt. John Steel, 
or any two of them be a Committee for and in behalf of the Town 
of Boston, fully authorized and Impowered to join with such Per- 
sons as the Select Men of Roxbury shall Appoint and Impower to 
Attend & perform the same, and that All Persons concerned 
therein be & hereby are desired to meet at the House of mr. John 
Graton at the Sign of the Greyhound in Roxbnry, at Two of the 
Clock in the afternoon of the [145.] said Day, in Order to Attend 
the said Business And the Town Clerk is here by Directed to 
give Seasonable Notice (by a Letter) to the Select Men of Rox- 
bury of this Appointment, Desiring them to Appoint and Impower 
a Committee in behalf of the Town of Roxbury, to join with Us in 
that service accordingly. 

But if the Weather should prove Wet & apparently Unsuitable 
for the performance of the said Work on the Day above mentioned, 
then the same to be Attended & performed the next Day, Viz'. On 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 311 

Saturday the 26 th . of September Current to meet at the s d . place al 
Ten o'Clock in the forenoon. 

(Copy of the Letter to the Select Men of Roxbury) 

Boston, Sept. -16. 1741 
The Select Men of Boston to 

The Select Men of Roxbury, 

Gentlemen, 

These are to give You notice [146.] that this Year is the time 
wherein according to Law, We are required to run the Boundary 
line betwixt this Town & the Town of Roxbury. 

You are therefore desired to appoint & Impower a Committee 
to join with that of Ours, for the performance of that Service, and 
that they meet us at the House of mr. John Graton at the Sign of 
the Grey hound in Roxbury, on Fryday the Twenty-fifth Day of 
September Current, at Two o'Clock in the afternoon 

The Persons Appointed in behalf of this Town are the Select 
Men, Viz*., The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . C'apt. Alexau ler Forsyth, 
Caleb Lyman & Jonas Clarke Esq". mr. Thomas Hancock, mr. 
Middlecot Cooke and Capt. John Steel, & they, or any two of 
them, are Impowered to run the Line & renew the Bound Marks 
between the said Towns of Boston and Roxbury accordingly. But 
if the Weather on the said Twenty fifth Da3" of Sept. [147.] 
Should prove Wet & apparently Unsuitable for the Performance 
of this Work, then We do propose and Appoint to Attend the same 
on the next Day following, Viz', on Saturday the Twenty Sixth of 
this instant September, to meet at the said place at Tea o'Clock 
in the Forenoon 

By order of the Select men 

EzEE. 1 - GOLDTHWAIT Town Clerk. 

This Day the Select Men & mr. William Waters interchange- 
ably Signed an agreement for keeping the Province Hospital on 
Rainsfords Island, which is as follows. Viz*. 

Whereas the Great & General Court at their Session, the 21 st . 
of June, 1738. Did by th;-ir Order, Authorize and Impower the 
Select Men of Boston to agree with soma Suitable Person to keep 
the Hospital lately Built by Order of the said Court at Rains- 
fords Island, f>r the reception of Sick and Infectious Persons & 
for their time & Ser [148.] vica in taking Care of the Sick &c. 
who may be sent to the said Hospital by the Year. 

Pursuant to the said order, the Selectmen have this Day agreed 
wich mr. William Waters to keep the Province Hospital on Rains- 
fords Island accordingly ; who is to take all proper Care of such 
Sick Persons as may from time to time be Sent to the s:iid Hos- 
pital, finding & providing Nurses Assistance and all things Neces- 
sary for their Comfort and Relief, to Save the Province, harmless 
from all Charges that may arise on Account of any Poor & 
Indigent Persons who may be Sent to the s d . Hospital (Doctors 
Bills Excepted) and to follow the Orders of the Select Men 
respecting Persons (and Goods) coming on or going off the said 
Island, And to keep a Sufficient Guard to hinder all Persons 
from coming on or going off said Island, without the leave of the 
Select men ; and he is not [149.] To take off or suffer to be 



312 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

taken off from the said Island any Stones or Ballast whatso- 
ever. 

In Consideration whereof, he the said Waters is to have the Use 
& Improvement of the said Island & Housing thereon, for One 
Year, Commencing the Twenty-first Day of June last, & to be 
Allowed and Paid out of the Province Treasury the Sum of Fifty 
Pounds p. annum, and is also to Demand & receive Pay from 
such Persons as may from time to time be Sent thither, as afore- 
said for his Attendance and Expences on them during their being 
at the said Hospital, after the Rate of Twenty five Shillings p. 
Week, and it is further Agreed that the Select Men shall and will 
Afford their Assistance to the said Waters in the Premisses from 
time to time as Need shall require. 

[15O.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 23 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Edward Cowell Appeared and renewed his request to be ad- 
mitted an Inhabitant of the Town, and to have Liberty to Open a 
Shop. 

Voted, That the Consideration thereof be refer'd till Wednes- 
day next. 

Voted, That mr. Benj a . Albuoy be Prosecuted in the Law for 
Importing into this Town One Ocane Briant from Bermudas, & not 
giving Bond to the Town Treasurer to Indemnify the Town for 
Five Years from any Charge upon [151.] his Aeco*. as the Law 
directs & that mr. Goldthwait make out a Writ, against him. 

Voted, That mr. James Halsey and mr. Samuel Butler be 
Prosecuted for receiving Persons into their Houses as Tenants & 
not informing the Select Men thereof as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 25. 1741. according to 
Order as Entred the 16 th . Current 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

The Select Men of Boston in Concert with the Select Men of 
Roxbury Attended the Perambulation betwixt the two Towns 
[152.] this Day; A Report whereof is here Recorded, as fol- 
lows, Viz 1 . 
Pursuant to agreement, We the Subscribers Met at the time and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 813 

place appointed, and run the Line, & renewed the ancient Bound 
marks between the Town of Boston & the Town of Roxbury. 

Beginning at the Mouth of the Creek which Opens into the Bay 
leading to Cambridge and so goes as the Creek runs, until it 
comes in a range with the Fence and Trees which parts between 
John Richardson Esq. Land, formerly m r . Nath 1 . Brewers, and 
Samuel Welles Esq. Land, formerly called mr. Minots, then cross 
the Street or High Way till it comes to a Stump with a heap of 
Stones about Eighty feet from the High Way and from thence 
Streigbt to a little Knowl upon the Edge of the Creek, a Corner of 
the Bounds, & from thence Easterly as the Creek runs, till it comes 
to a Stake with [153.] a heap of Stones in Col. Lamb's Dam, 
and from thence as the Creek runs into the Bay between Boston & 
Dorchester. 

Dated the 25 th . Day of September, 1741. 

JOHN JEFFRIES ") 

ALEX. FORSYTH 

CALEB LYMAN [ Select Men of 

JONAS CLARKE | Boston 

Tno 8 HANCOCK 

JOHN STEEL j . 

JOSEPH WELD \ 

JOSEPH RUGGLES a i L-MT e 

SAMDEL GR.DLEY ^ Select Men of 
JOHN RCGGLES Roxbur y 

JOSEPH WILLIAMS J 
Mem , on the Day above mentioned the Select Men fixed a Stake 

on the West Side of the Creek running into the Dam marked B, on 

the one Side & R on the other. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 28. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[154.] Ordered, That a Draught be made on the Town 
Treasurer for Three Pounds to each of the Watch houses in Order 
to Purchase Charcoal. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 30. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Whereas Several of the French Nation are now about Town, & 
having no Licence from the Governor & Council there for, which is 
Contrary to a Law of this Province, Therefore! 



314 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell make Enquiry after them & Notify 
them to Attend the Select Men next Wednesday at four o'Clock 
in the Afternoon in order to be Examined as to the reason of 
[155.]their residing here. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread, at 
the rate of Twenty four Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel allow'd for Charges which is Com- 
puted as follows, Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 5*.' 1 1 . 

W beaten 2. 8 

House hold 3. 6 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 15. 3 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Deliver mr. John Stamford, the 
Bond given by him to the Town Treasurer, for his faithful Collect- 
ing & Paying in the Taxes for the Year, 1739, he having performed 
the same & gotten Discharges "from the Several Treasurers. 

[156.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 7. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
. Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Alexander Hunt Appeared & Desires to Hire the Flatts 
Fronting & adjoining to the South Battery. 

Voted, That the Select Men View the same Tomorrow at Nine 
o'Clock in the forenoon & then give him his answer. 

Lovis Deinonl'ne & John De lauire of the French Nation, Ap- 
peared according to Order & upon Examination, Declare that they 
came from St. Christophers a few Days past in Capt. Mirick in 
OrdiT to get a Passage from hence to Lewis burg and that they 
lodge at the Widow Bonyats & [157.] that they had been with 
His Excellency the Governour. acquainting him of their Arrival 
here, & had Obtained his verbal Permission, to Endeavour to get 
their Passage 

Malachiah Woodward appeared according to Order, & Informs 
that he came from Truro. last April that he lives at Went worths 
Wharfe, has a Wife and Three Children and is a Labouring man. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify Capt. John Seymour & Capt. 
William Palmer to Appear & give Bond to the Town Treasurer for 
the Passengers they have Imported from Ireland. 

Voted, That Twelve Pounds be Allowed to mr. William Bowen 
& Comp a . for Expence at raising the New Beacon on Beacon hill 
on Fry day next. 

[158.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Octob r . 10, 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lymau Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 315 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Whereas Sundry of the Merchants & Inhabitants of Boston 
having Complained to the Select Men that Notwithstanding the 
Advertisement Published by Capt. Edward Hawke Commander 
of II is Majestys Ship the Portland soon after his arrival here, 
that he would not Impress any Sea Men or Land Men for His 
Majesty's Service during his Stay here, Yet he hath Impressed 
several Sea men & Continues so doing, which greatly Terrifyes 
the Coasters and other Vessells bringing Grain, Wood &c. to this 
Town. 

Voted, That the Select Men forthwith Wait [159.] upon His 
Excellency the Govcrnour desing his Assistance in this affair, and 
Protection of all Coasters & Vessells that Import Grain Provision 
Wood &c. for the Support of the Town, from the Impress of the 
Couiander of any of His Majesty's Ships in this Harbour which 
the Select Men accordingly did & His Excellency was pleased to 
Answer that he would take effectual Care to prevent any such 
farther Impress of men, & that if any men were wanting on 
board His Majesty's Ships for His Majesty's Services they should 
be immediately found and Supplyed by the Government. 

Mem . October, 13. 1741. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mrs. Love Rawlings to Dig up the 
Pavement & Open the Ground in Wood Lane in Order to repair 
her Drain running from her 'House into the Common Shore, Upon 
Condition that She forthwith make good the Ground & Pavement 
again & keep the [16O.] same in repair from time to time to the 
Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

Mem . October, 16. 1741. 

Liberty is here by Granted to mr. Thomas Wallis to Dig up the 
Pavement & Open the Ground in Summer Street in Order to lay 
a Drain from his House into the Common Shore there Upon Con- 
dition that he forthwith make good the Ground & Pavement 
again & keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satis- 
faction of the Select Men & doth not Obstruct the Passage of 
Carts &c. while the same is performing. 

Liberty is here by Granted to John Hunt Esq T . to Dig up the 
Pavement & open the Ground in Lynn Street in Order to lay a 
Drain from his House into the Common Shore, Upon Condition 
that he forthwith make good the Ground & Pavement again & 
keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of 
the Select men. 

[161.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 21. 1741 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 



316 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Twenty Six Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat & Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel allow'd for Charges which is 
Computed as follows, Viz'. 

oz. dr. 

of Penny White Loaf 1- 9 

Wheaten 2- 5| 

House hold 3- 2 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 14- 2 

Mr. James Read, Appearing, Desires Liberty to Set up a Fish 
house at Olivers Bridge, to Stand there during the Town's 
Pleasure. 

Voted that mess. Clark Hancock & Cooke be desired to view 
the place & report thereon. 

[162.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 28. 1741. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

The Select men this Day taking into Consideration the affair of 
Admitting a Number of Persons to be Employed as Porters with- 
in the Town of Boston to Carry Goods Wares & Merchandize for 
Pay or Wages. 

The following Persons were approved of and accordingly admit- 
ted to be Common Porters, Viz*. 

Samuel Sharp Suretys Andrew Frizwell 

John Whaland James Pitts 

Paul Bryan Richard Gridley 

Robt. m c . Million Samuel Gerrish 

Thomas O'Bryan Jos'. Laurence 

Peter Curtice Wilfred Fisher 

Richard Furnace Joseph Calef 

John Keeffe John Savell 

Thomas Pheland Edw d . Langdon 

[163.] Jon". Neley Alexander Forsyth 

James Collins John Wood house 

who were directed to appear at the Town Clerk's office, in order 
to give in Bond as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 31. 1741 

Present 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

Whereas a Sloop from Ireland with a number of Passengers on 
board being arrived in this Harbour & apprehending danger may 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 317 

acrue to the Inhabitants by reason of the Hardships the People 
have Suffered in their Passage being obliged to Eat some of 
their People to Sustain Life, Voted That the Select Men View the 
State [164.] of the Persons on board with Doct r . Clarke & Re- 
port what Circumstances they are in. 

Whereas the Sloop Sea-flower this Day arrived into this Har- 
bour from Belfast, Ebenezar Clark late Master with Sixty five 
Passengers on board, & being Informed that many Persons Died 
on board said Vessell in the Voyage by Hunger, The Select Men 
went on board 'the said Vessell, & by Enquiry found that the said 
Vessell on the Tenth Day of July last, Sail'd from said Belfast 
with One Hundred & Six Passengers on board, bound to Philadel- 
phia on the 25 th . of July the Master Disci, noon after which the 
mate was taken Sick, & they having Sprung their Mast, & Expended 
all their Provisions & Water, vare reduced to puch Miserable 
Circumstances that they wsro Obliged jr Order tc Sustain Life to 
feed upon the Bodys of SLj Persons that Died in the Passage 
that as they were Cutting up the Seventh, they Espied the Suc- 
cess. [165.] Man of "vfar Capt. Thompson Commander who came 
up to them & Supplied them with Men & Provisions sufficient 
to bring 'em into this Port the/ h?ving been out Sixteen Weeks 
Forty vSix People having Diec. on the Passage The Select Men 
also find that taerc is now about Thirty Persons that are in very 
low Circumstances and not Capable of taking Care for themselves 
but require the Speediest Care to be taken of them to preserve 
Life, & they earnsstly Pray suitable Provision may be made for 
them or Else they must Perish. 

* 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 2 d . 1741 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jouas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

The Select Men taking the affair of the Sloop [166.] Sea-flowei 
from Ireland into Consideration relating to the deplorable Condi- 
tion of the Passengers now on board, thought proper to wait on 
the Governour & Counci! & acquaint them with the State of the 
Vessell & Passengers & wait their Directions ; whereupon the 
Governour with the advice of the Council gave the following 
Orders, Viz'. 

At a Council held at 4 Ji3 Council Chamber in Boston upon Mon- 
day, Novell'. 2. 1741 

Whereas the Select Men of Boston have informed His Excetkr.cy 
& this Board that the Sloop Sea flower of New haven in the Colouy 
of Connecticut Ebeuezer Clark late Master from Belfast in Ireland 
having lost the Master & other Officers of the aa?d Vesseil & about 
Forty Passengers by Hunger & want of Provision in their Voyage 
Arriwd at this Port of Boston the Thirty first of October last with 
Sixty five Passengers most of them in a Sickly & weak Condition 



318 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

who [167.] Desire suitable Provision to be made for them & 
Praying to advisement of His Excellency & this Board thereon. 

It is there fore Ordered by Ilis Excellency the Governoui- by and 
with the advice & Con sent of the Council that the Select Men afore- 
said immediately Secure the Papers belonging to the Owners & late 
Master with tbe Goods on board said Vessell, dispose of the 
Servants & Passengers aforesaid in the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island in Boston aforesaid to Support Nurse & recover them to a 
State of Health & also to Secure them for the Use & Service of 
the Owners of the said Sloop & thereof speedily Advise the said 
Owners that they may immediately repair to Boston pay the 
Charges herein expended & take all further Care in the Pivmisses 
as shall be Necessary & upon the refusal and Neglect of the Owners 
then to icceive their Satisfaction of the Charge aforesaid of the 
Passengeir aforesaid or Soli their Service for a reasonable time for 
the Payrr.^rt thereof or [168.] Seasonably Advise this Board for 
further direction herein. 

W. SHIRLEY. 

Copy, Exam d . p. J. WILLARD Secry. 

In Consequence whereof the Select Men ordered an Express to 
be immediately dispatched to mr. Thompson the Owner of the 
Vessell to desire he would as soon as possible come to Town & 
take the Charge of his Vessell & Servants & directed the Town 
Clerk to Write a Letter to him to Inform him thereof. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth & Capt. Steel be a Committee to go 
on board the Sloop & take an Account of the Papers &c. belong- 
ing to the Capt. lately Deced & Secure then according to the 
directions of the Governour & -Council, and also that mr. Savell 
take Care that the People on board be Supplied with all things 
Necessary & Comfortable till the Vessell be carried to Rainsfords 
Island and [169.] that mr. Ball be directed to Transport the Ves- 
sell to the said Island as soon as possible. 

Voted, That Capt. Forsyth mr. Cooke & Capt. Steel be desired 
to See the said Vessell carried down tomorrow Morning & the 
Passengers taken Care off in the best manner the}" can for their 
Comfortable Support while there. 

Accordingly on Tuesday Morning the Vessel with all the Pas- 
sengers were Carried down to Rainsfords Island with the help of 
Capt. Tyng & his People who came in tbe long Boat & other 
Persons, the Committee Saw the Passengers all carried on Shore & 
lodged in Several Rooms in the Hospital & Doct r . Clark gave 
m. \Valors partiirilur directions how to manage with the Sick 
People, and as to the Charge of the Vessel! & Stores belonging 

to her they left in Charge to Feretcn & Jackson two 

men who Capt. Tyng recomr:<;uded to them to be honest and Care- 
ful & not to Suffer any thing to be taken out, nor any of the People 
to go from off the Island till further Order. 

[17O.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov r . 4. 1741. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 319 

m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Whereas Several Complaints have been made that the lower end 
of Milk Street is much out of Repair & wants to be new Paved. 
Therefore 

Voted, That Fifteen Pounds be Allowed to Pay the Towns part 
thereof, Provided the abutters Pay the rest of the Charge. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov r . 11. 1741. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mrs. Lewis appearing Complains that mess. Alex*. Park- 
man and Alex'. Hunt [171.] have Obstructed the Street called 
Battery March leading from Hallowells Corner to the lower end of 
Gibbs's Lane so Called, so that she hath not a Convenient Way to 
the Front of her House, & Desires the Select Men would grant her 
some relief in the Premisses. 

Joseph Brown Informs that he came into this Town about a 
Month ago, from North Carolina in Capt. Bunn that in July last 
he was taken by the Spaniards off of the Capes of Virginia, & was 
by them sent on Shoar to Carolina where he lay exposed to the 
Weather Several Days & Nights & endured great Hard ships for 
want of Provisions &c. & thereby got a great Cold which hath fell 
into one of his Leggs & renders him unable of getting a Main- 
tenance, that he hath no Money nor Friends to Support him The 
Selectmen Considering the Premisses Apprehend the said Brown a 
proper object of Publick Charity & Directed the Town Clerk in 
their Name to Recommend him to the Overseers of the Poor to be 
taken Care [172.] of in the Almes-house at the Charge of the 
Province. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov r . 16 th . 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Joseph Thompson of Newhaven Appearing & Informing 
that he was Owner of Three Quarters of the Sloop Sea flower and 
Ebenezer Clark Deced the late Master Owner of the other Quarter 
part and Desired that the Papers &c. that was Committed by Order 
of the Governour & Council to the Care of the Selectmen the 2 d . 
instant, until he appear'd might be delivered up to him, which was 
accordingly done, he the said Thompson & Capt. John Steel 
giving under their Hands to Pay to the Select men, all the 
Charges that they had been or should be at on the said Vessell & 
People. 



320 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[173.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov'. 18. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Caleb Lynian Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Samuel Butler Informs that Carr a Passenger in the 

Sloop Sea-flower Eben r . Clarke Master from Belfast in Ireland is 
come to Work with him in his Shop as a Journey man. 

Application having been made by Capt. John Goldthwait & mr. 
"William Merchant in behalf of Sundry Inhabitants of the North 
part of the Town for Liberty for mr. Samuel Mather to Preach on 
the Lords Days at the North Writing School. 

Liberty was accordingly granted by the Selectmen. 

[174.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec. 2. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Hezekiah Barber from Dorchester Informs that he cama 
into this Town with his Wife Two Children a White Servant and 
Four Negroes and has taken a House of Capt. Josiah Sheldon at 
the Sign of the Lamb at the South end. 

Mr. Barber was directed to Attend again next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec 1 . 9. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

[175.] Mrs. me. Daniel Informs that One Alexander Ross 
with his Wife and three Children are lately come into this Town 
from Andover, that they lived sometime at her House, but are 
now removed to a House at the North end, near the Sign of the 
Globe & that they are very poor. 

Mr. Savell is directed to make enquiry after them and Warn 
them to depart the Town as the Law directs. 

Voted, That Martha Hooker with her two Children who were 
lately Imported into this Town in the Ship Leghorn Thomas 
Templer Master from London be admitted Inhabitants, Upon Con- 
dition that mr. Roger Hardcastle give Bond to the Town Treasurer 
in the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town from 
any Charge upon their Acco*. lor Five years. 

Ordered That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Twenty Eight Shillings' p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
[176.] Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell Allow'd for Charges, 
wfcich is Computed as follows, Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 321 

OB- dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 1- 7. 

Wheaten 2- 3. 

House hold 2- 15. 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 13- 4. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec'. 16. 1741. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Capt. Haslom Appeared according to Order to give an Account 
of two Women Passengers lately by him Imported into this Town 
from New Castle, Lie was directed to Attend again the 30 th . instant 
in Order to give Bond or other Satisfaction to the Select men. 

[177.] Mr. Joseph Savell Appeared & gave up the Keyes of 
the two Cellars under the Town House which he Hired of the 
Town, his Year being up the Twentieth of October last. 

mem. Dec'. 21. 1741. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Ebenezer Storer to Dig up the 
Pavement and Open the Ground in Union Street in Order to repair 
his Drain running from his House into the Common Shore Upon 
Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement 
again and keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satis- 
faction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec 1 . 23. 1741 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m'. Hancock 
m'. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

fl78] Upon a Motion made by the Assessors of this Town 
that the Select Men would appoint some Suitable Person to Enquire 
after Strangers coming into this Town and doing Business & In- 
form the Assessors thereof that so they may be Taxed according 
to Law. 

Voted, That there be such a Person Appointed who shall be paid 

for his Trouble & Service therein as the Selectmen shall think fit. 

Voted, That mr. John Staniford be desired to perform the Service 

before mentioned & that he bring from the Assessors a Certificate 

of what he shall so Inform them off. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec'. 30. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq'. 
m'. Hancock 
m'. Cooke 



322 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

[179.] The Select-Men have Let to mr. Samuel Wentworth, 
One Cellar under the Town House at the South west Corner, lately 
in the Occupation of mr. Joseph Savell at the Rent of Twenty-five 
Pounds p. annum to Commence the Twenty fifth Day of December 
Current for One Year to be paid half Yearly. 

The Select Men have Let to mr. John Gooch One Cellar under 
the Town house at the North east Corner, lately in the Occupa- 
tion of mr. Joseph Savell at the Rent of Twelve Pounds Ten Shil- 
lings p. Annum to Commence the Twenty fifth Day of December 
Current, for One Year to be paid half Yearly. 

At a Meeting of the SelectMen, Jan. 6. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 

[18O.J Whereas mr. John Staniford is Appointed to Enquire 
after Strangers coming into Town and doing Business here, that 
so they may be assessed according to Law. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk give a Certificate to mr. Staniford 
of his Appointment Agreeable to the Select Mens Vote of Dec r . 23 
last. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 13. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 

Jane Leeds is Admitted an Inhabitant Capt. Benj*. Harslom & 
Elkanah Leonard Esq r . having given Bond to the Town Treasurer 
to Indemnify the Town from any Charge upon her Account for 
Five Years as the Law directs in the Sum of One Hundred 
Pounds. 

[181.] Phillip Jones is Admitted One of the Ticket Porters, 
Upon Condition that mr. Peter Stone becomes Bound with him to 
the Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

Mr. Savell is directed to Warn Wright Bartlet to Attend next 
Wednesday, who lately came into this Town from Bridgewater and 
now lives in Gibbins's house at the South end with One Elizabeth 
Basset. 

Samuel Watts Esq r . in behalf of the Select Men of Chelsea In- 
forms that Martha Willis an Inhabitant of the Town of Boston 
about Six Weeks past came to dwell at Chelsea aforesaid, And 
therefore desires the Select Men of Boston would Secure them from 
any Charge upon her Account. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 18. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1711-42. 323 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

[182.] Mr. Savell is directed to Warn Matthew Adliut'on hia 
Wife and three Children who lately came into this Town from 
Rehoboth, and now live in Gibbins's Court to depart the Town as 
the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 19. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

The Collectors of the Taxes for the Year Current Viz*, mess". 
Jacob Sheafe John Staniford and John Goldthwait appeared 
and proposed to the Select Men for their respective Bonds Men, 
the following Persons who were Approved of by them accordingly, 
Viz 1 . 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe for the Sum of Six Thousand Five Hundred 
Pounds, mess. Robert [183.] Patteshall and Samuel Foster Sure- 
ties. 

Mr. John Staniford for the Sum of Five Thousand Two Hun- 
dred Pounds, mess". Francis Righton and Jacob Parker Sure- 
ties. 

Mr. John Gol;lthwait for the Sum of Four Thousand Three 
Hundred Pounds Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . & mr. Joshua Blau- 
chard Sureties. 

Memorandum Jan. 20. 1741 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe One of the Collectors of Taxes for the Cur- 
rent year, having been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge of 
the said Office Appeared and gave Bond together with mess". 
Robert Patteshall and Samuel Foster in the Penal Sum of Thirteen 
Thousand Pounds. 

A Certificate thereof was given him directed to the Assessors of 
the Town of Boston. 

Mr. John Staniford, another of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year Current having been duly Sworn to the faithful Discharge 
of the said Office Appeared [184.] and gave Bond together 
with mess. Francis Righton and Jacob Parker Sureties to the 
Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Ten Thousand Four Hundred 
Pounds. 

A Certificate thereof was given him directed to the Assessors 
accordingly. 

Mr. John Goldthwait, the other Collector of Taxes for the 
Year Current, having been also duly Sworn to the faithful Dis- 
charge of the said Office, Appeared and gave Bond together with 
Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . & mr. Joshua Blanchard Sureties to the 
Town Treasurer in the Penalty of Eight Thousand Six Hundred 
Pounds. 



324 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

A Certificate thereof was given him directed to the Assessors of 
Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 20 th . 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[185.] Mr. Peleg Wiswall Master of the North Grammar 
School, Appearing Informs that mr. Jonathan Helyer, who has for 
some time past been an Usher with him in the said School, hath 
now resigned that place, And there fore desires the Select Men 
would appoint some proper Person to Supply that place if they 
think fit. 

And upon Reading the Petiton of mr. Samuel White, desiring the 
Select Men would please to appoint him as an Usher for the said 
School in the room of mr. Jonathan Helyer, and mr. Wiswell Rec- 
ommending the said White as a Suitable Person for that Service. 
Therefore Voted, That the said mr. Samuel White be and here- 
by is appointed an Usher of the School in the room of mr. Jon". 
Helyer who hath resigned that Service. 

Robert Wood is admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon Con- 
dition that mr. [186.] Benj a . mason becomes Bound with him to 
the Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

Edward Kelly is admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon Con- 
dition that mess. Timothy murfey & martin Kelly become 
Bound with to the Town Treasurer as the Law directs 

At a meeting of the Selectmen, Jan. 25, 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Clarke 

mr. Ebenezer Winborn in behalf of the Watchman Appearing 
Prays a farther Allowance for Coal for the Watch houses to make 
up the usual Allowance of Four Pounds Ten Shillings each. 

[187.] Voted, That Thirty Shillings more be allowed to 
each Watch house for Coal. 

mr. Samuel Wentworth Informs that Capt. Thomas Blower 
lately brought into this Town as a Passenger with him, One Penny 
money, who is now Sick at a House upon the Long Wharf 
where mr. moberly lately dwelt, And therefore desires the Select 
men would Recommend him to the Overseers of the Poor to be 
taken into the Alms-house at the Charge of the Province. 

mr. Savell Informs that William Tyler Esq r . One of the Over- 
seers of the Poor, on the Sixth instant, Sent One George Berry 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741-42. 325 

who came from the Bay, to the alms-house on the Province 
Charge And desires the Select men would give a Certificate of his 
being a proper Object of Publick Charity. 

[188.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Jan. 27. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Twenty four Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and 
Three Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell Allow'd for Charges, 
which is Computed as follows, Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 1- 11 

Wheaten 2- 8 

House hold 3- 6 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 15- 3 

It being the Usual time for Visiting the Town, 
Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be desired to acquaint His 
Majesties Justices of the Peace within this Town, that the [189. J 
Select Men desire the}* would please to give them a Meeting at the 
Council Chamber on Monday next, at five o'Clock in the after- 
noon, in order to agree upon a Visitation of the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Select men and Overseers of the Poor 
within the Town of Boston at the Council Chamber on Monday, 
February 1, 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
m r . Thomas Hancock 
m r . middlecott Cooke 

Select Men 

mr. Edward Bromfield 
Col. John Hill, 
Capt. William Downe 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
m r . Samuel Hunt 

Overseers of the Poor. 

[19O.] A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then 
agreed upon to be Attended on Tuesday the Ninth Day of February 
Current at Nine o'Clock in the Morning, if the Weather be fair 
if not then on Wednesday following the Tenth instant, And it is 
also Agreed to meet at the Council Chamber in the Evening of the 
s d . Day of Visitation to Report the State of the Town &c. The 
order or Sortment is as follows, Viz*. 



326 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ward, Number One 
The Hon. Edward Hutchinson Esq*. 
Capt. Alexander Forsj'th 
m r . Samuel Hunt 
m r . Richard Buckley 
m r . Astar Stoddard Constable 

Ward, Number Two 
The Hon. Joseph Wads worth Esq'. 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
m r . Isaac White 
m r . Nathanael Barber 
m r . John Ruddock, Constable 
[191.] Ward, Number Three 

Habijah Savage Esq r . 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 
Joshua Cheever Esq r . 
m r . Peter Thomas 
m r . Richard Gooding, Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
William Tyler Esq r . 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
Capt. John Steel 
Capt. Daniel Pecker 
m r . Jonathan Lowder, Constable 

Ward, Number Five 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq*. 
m r . Thomas Hancock 
m r . John Staniford 
m r . Joseph Lascnby 
m r . Henry Wethered, Constable 

Ward, Number Six 
Thomas Hubhard Esq r . 
Oxenbridge Thacher Esq r . 
Deacon, John Phillips 
m r . Sendall Williams, Constable 
[192 . ] Ward, Number Seven 

Hugh Hall Esq r . 
Capt. Jeffery Bedgood 
m r . Jacob Parker 
m r . William Menzies, Constable 

Ward, Number Eight 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Capt. William Downe 
m r . Jacob Sheafe 
m r . Richard Gridiey, Constable 

Ward, Number Nine 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
m'. Joshua Blan chard 
m r . Alexander Young, Constable 

Ward, Number Ten 
The Hon, Jacob Wendell Esq'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741-42. 327 

Francis Borland Esq r . 
m r . Nathanael Gardner 
m r . Henry Dyre 
m r . John Tucker, Constable 
[193.] Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . 
m r . Edward Bromfield 
m r . William Salter 
m r . John Davis, Constable 

Ward, Number Twelve 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq'. 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
m r . Middleoott Cooke 
Col. John Hill 
m r . John Taylor 
m r . John Smith, Constable 

The Town Clerk is desired to give forth Copies of the above 
Orders or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 3 d . 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[194.] Application being made by mr. Samuel Wentworth, 
that Robert Penny money a Sailor lately Imported by Capt. Blow- 
ers into this Town from Jamacai who is a Stranger and very Sick 
& Infirm might be taken care of at the Province Charge. 

The Select Men apprehending him a proper Object of Publick 
Charity. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Certify the Overseers of the Poor 
here of & that they Recommend him to be taken Care of in the 
Alms house at the Charge of the Province. 

Voted, That mr. James Curley who lately came into this Town 
from Marlboro' have Liberty to Open a Shop and Exercise the 
Calling of a Butcher in this Town, and to attend again upon the 
Select Men when his Family comes to Town in Order to give Bond 
that they shall be no Charge to the Town for Five years. 

[195.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 10. 1741. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Patrick Bourke is Admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon 
Condition that mr. John Wheelwright becomes Bound with him to 
the Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 



328 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 22 d . 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Bartholomew Sutton Appeared & Informed that the Engine 
under his Care was first brought to Work on the Fire which broke 
out the 30 th . of Jan. last in mr. [196.] Deacons Work house, and 
desired that the Premium granted by the Town therefor may be 
allowed to him and Company. 

Voted, That a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer accord- 
ingly. 

The Select Men Apprehending the Persons hereafter named 
(who were lately Imported into this Town from Ireland in the 
Sloop Seaflower & were in their Passage hither, brought into very 
great Distress for want of Provisions &c. which brought many of 
them into much Weakness and Sickness) to be proper Objects of 
Publick Charity and therefore Ordered that the Several Draughts 
hereafter mentioned be made on the Town Treasurer, for their 
Nursing Diet &c. on the Charge of the Province. 

For Boarding & Nursing Nathaniel M c . Kenlcy, Six Pounds. 
To Ebenezer Lawrence for Boarding & Nursing Rob'. M c . Cor- 
mick, Eleven Pounds. 

[197.] For Burying Thomas Trowbridge who Died on board 
the said Sloop, after her arrival here, and also for Burying Robert 
M c . Cormick who Died at Laurences, Four Pounds Eight Shillings. 
Samuel Greenwood Esq r . Capt. John Goldthwait & others, their 
Petition for Licence to Erect a Meeting house at the head of Ben- 
nit Street at the Northerly part of Boston with Timber, was Read 
and Approved by the Select Men. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread, at 
the rate of Twenty two Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushell Allow'd for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 1. 13 

W beaten 2. 11 

Household 3. 10 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 0. 5J 

[198,] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Feb. 24. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Whereas November 21, 1736 by Order of the Select Men there 
was provided for and delivered to each Engine, a Fire hook to bo 
Carried with the Engine in Order to pull down any House or other 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742-42. 329 

Building that shall be found Necessary to put a Stop to the Fire, 
which lias been found of Excellent Service, but of late the Carry- 
ing of them has been Neglected, which has proved prejudicial. 

Therefore Voted, That from this time forward every Engine 
carry with them to the Fire which may at any time happen to 
brake out the Fire Hook so provided And that the Care of it be 
[199.] Committed to One of the Company and as by Experience 
it has been found very Necessary to have an axe to cut down 
Buildings on Fire to put a Stop to the same. 

It is hereby Ordered, That a good axe be provided for and 
delivered to each Engine marked with the Letter B, on the Eye, 
which they are obliged to carry with them as above, and that two 
men be added to each Engine for the said Services And Jonas 
Clarke Esq r . and mr. Cooke are desired to take Care that it be 
done, as shall be Approved of by the Select Men. 

Ordered, That tho Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston, In His Majesties Name, Requiring them 
forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants of 
said Town, duly Qualified Rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a 
Single Rate (besides the Poll) to Coim-ne the Town House on 
Monday the Eight of March next at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon ; 
[200.] Then and there to make Choice of meet Persons to Serve 
the Town the Year ensuing, as Select Men Town Clerk Overseers 
of the Poor, Constables and other Town officers as the Law directs ; 
To Grant such Sura or Sums of Money as shall be judg'd needful 
for the relief of the Poor and defraying other Necessary Charges 
and to receive the Reports of Several Committees &c. &c. 

Voted, That the Rev d . Dr. Joseph Sewall be desired to Open the 
Town meeting on Monday the Eight of March next, with Prayer, 
and that John Jeffries and Caleb Lyman Esq ra . wait on him and 
desire him to attend that Service. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. Hancock and mr. Cooke be 
a Committee to take Care that a Dinner be provided for Forty five 
Gentlemen on Monda}' [201.] the Eight of March next at the 
Orange Tree, who are desired to give directions accordingly. 

Voted, That Eight Shillings a peice be & hereby is allowed to 
the Constables of the Town of Boston in Order to provide a Dinner 
for themselves on Monday the Eight of March next, the Day ap- 
pointed for the Town Meeting. 

Complaint being made to the Select Men that John Deacon was 
about to Erect a Building with Timber at the upp -r end of School 
Street, Contrary to the Law in that Case provided, Voted, That 
mr. Savell go forthwith to the said Deacon and forbid him to Erect 
the said Building without following the Steps of the Law respect- 
ing the same, mr. Savell accordingly Reported that he went to the 
said Deacon & forbid his proceeding any further in Erecting the 
said Building. 

[2O2.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 3 d . 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 



330 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

Voted, That Forty Shillings be Allowed to mr. John Savell in 
order to carry out of Town One Bryan Collony and Wife they being 
poor People and Nothing to help th-jmselves with. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 10. 1741 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Thomas Hancock 
m r . Middlecot Cooke 
Capt. John Steel 

Asbal Grimes appeared & Desired that he with [2O3.] his 
Family may be admitted Inhabitants of this Town, and that he may 
have time until Wednesday next to procure Bonds men to In- 
demnify the Town from any Charge upon their acco*. for Five 
Years as the Law directs. 

Jeremy Maccarty is Admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon 
Condition that mess. Peter Oliver and John Savell becomes Bound 
with him to the Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

Voted, That the Masters of the Several Fire Engines within this 
Town be informed of thj Votj of the Town for providing of axes 
and Fire hooks and the addition of Two men for each Engine to 
take Care of the same, and that they attend the Select Men on 
Wednesday next with such Persons as they shall think Recom- 
mendable for that Service. 

Complaint being made that Nath 1 . Wardell Juu r . [2O4.] the 
Officer appointed for the Weighing of Hay, neglects his Duty in 
that Office Oidered that mr. Savell Notify him to attend the Se- 
lect Men on Wednesday next, in Order to answer to the said Com- 
plaint. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 15. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. Hancock and Capt. Steel 
be desired to wait upon John Read Esq r . and mr. William Bollan 
and give unto each of them Ten Pounds as a retaining Fee in all 
Causes wherein the Town shall be hereafter Concerned. 

[2O5.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Mar. 17. 1741. 

Present 

The Hon. Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 331 

m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Josiah Baker, One of the masters of the Fire Engines, Ap- 
peared according to Order, and Offered for the Acceptance of the 
Select Men mess". William Burbank & Nath 1 . Woodward as Suit- 
able Persons to be Admitted as Engine Men (being Discharged 
from Military Exercises by their respective Officers). Voted, 
That the said William Burkauk and Nath 1 . Woodward be admitted 
Engine Men in mr. Bakers Company accordingly. 

Mr. John Brown, Master of One of the Fire Engines, Appeared 
& Recommended to the Select Men mess". William Edes [2O6.] 
and John Ballard as Suitable Persons to be admitted Engine men 
(they having a Dismission from iheir Military Officers. 

Voted, That the said William Edes and John Ballard be admit- 
ted Engine Men into mr. Browns Company accordingly. 

Mr. John Earle Master of One of the Fire Engines Appeared & 
Recommended mess". John Thwing & Thomas Lawlor as. Suitable 
Persons to be Admitted Engine men (if the Select Men shall think 
fit) in the said Company (they having a Dismission from their 
Military officers). Voted, That the said John Twing and Thomas 
Lawlor be admitted Engine men into mr. Earles Company accord- 
ingly- 

Patrick Goffe is admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon Con- 
dition that mr. William Nichols becomes Bound with him to the 
Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

[2O7.] Patrick Bourke is admitted One of the Ticket 
Porters, Upon Condition that mess". John Bright and Patrick 
Burke become Bound with him to the Town Treasurer as the 
Law directs. 

Mr. John Holliman (who lately with his Family came from 
Salem to Dwell in this Town) having not given Security to Indem- 
nify the Town as the Law directs. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Warn the said Holliman and Family 
to depart the Town according to Law. 

Mr. Nathaniel Waixlell appeared according to Order, and being 
Examined as to the Complaints made against him in Neglecting 
his Duty in Weighing of Hay, gave Satisfaction to the Select Men 
about the same. 

Abraham Shaw Appearing Informed that he had lately brought 
into this Town from Weymouth his Wife & Three Children 
[2O8.] In Order to reside and dwell here He was Ordered to 
give Bond with Sufficient Suretys to Save the Town harm less 
from any Charge upon their acco 4 . for Five Years or depart the 
Town in Fourteen Days as the Laws directs. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . from the Committee appointed to Engage 
mess". Read and Bollau as Stated Lawyers kr the Town Repoited, 
that they had treated with the said Gentlemen, who Informed 
them, that they were engaged some time past to Jacob Wendell 
Esq r . respecting the Difference between the Town and the said 
Wendell. 

Voted, That the said Committee wait 011 John Overing Esq r . * 



332 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

mr. Jeremy Gridley and engage them as Lawyers for the Town in 
the said Case. 

Mr. John Shaw Appeared & Informed that he had lately come 
into this Town [2O9.] with his Wife and Two Children from 
Weymouth in Order to dwell here, and has taken a House of W m . 
Wheeler Jun r . He was directed to attend again next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 29 th . 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Jonathan Salter is Admitted master of the Marlborough 
Engine kept under the Town house, in the room of mr. James 
Read who being present Desired to be Dismist from that Service. 
Mr. Thomas Crafts Appeared and presented a Petition, Praying 
Liberty to Erect a Wooden Building in Back Street, [21O.] 
which being Read. 

Voted, That Jonas Clarke Esq r . mr. Hancock and Capt. Steel 
be a Committee to View the place and Report thereon next 
Wednesday. 

Ordered, That the assize of Bread now Stated for direction to 
the Bakers and Clerks of the Market be as follows Viz*. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2- 

Wheaten 2- 15 

House hold 3- 15 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf l lb . 1. 12 

Computed at Twenty Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel Allow'd for Charges, and the 
Several Bakers within this Town are Ordered to mark their Bread 
which they Bake for Sale with the first letters of their Christian 
Names & with the first and last Letters of their Sir Names, And 
the Clerks of the Market are directed to make Allowance for 
Bisket well Baked. 

[211.] The Select Men this Day Settled the acco'. of John 
Waters & Company, for Work and Stuff done on the North 
Battery Wharf which they hired of the Town and Mutually 
Agreed to Allow them Fifty Pounds in full Discharge of the same. 

Mr. Henry Howell, Master of One of the Five Engines Appeared 
and Recommended mess. Jon a . Simpson Henry Allen and 
William Beairsto as Suitable Persons to be admitted Engine 
men (if the Select Men shall think fit) having a Dismission from 
their Military officer. 

Voted, That the said Jon*. Simpson, Henry Allen and William 
Beah-sto be admitted Engine Men into Mr. Howell's Company 
accordingly. 

Gabriel Folke a Stranger, who lately came into this Town, and 
is likely to be a Town Charge, and having been Warned March 3 d . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 333 

to give Security to Indemnify the Town from any Charge upon his 
Acco'. [212.] or depart the Town in Fourteen Days as the Law 
directs which he having not done. 

Voted, That mr. Savell Acquaint him with the Vote of the Town 
for his being Sent out and that he See the same effected. 

Mem . March, 30 th . 1742 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. John Tuckerman to Dig up 
the Pavem'. and Open the Ground in Orange Street in Order to lay 
a Drain from his House into the Common Shore, Upon Condition 
that he forthwith make good the Ground and Pavement again & 
keep the same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the 
Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, March 31. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyinan Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[213.] The Committee appointed to Consider of the Petition 
of Thomas Crafts for Erecting a Wooden Building in Back Street, 
Report that they had Viewed the place (on which Stands a large 
Shed) And are of Opinion that the Prayer of the Petition may be 
Granted, the Neighbours having Consented thereto, Provided that 
the Building be Set Two feet from the Street to the Satisfaction of 
the Select Men. 

Voted, That this Report be accepted & that Liberty be granted 
accordingly. 
Memorandum. 

On the Fifth Day of April, 1742 the Select Men gave a Cer- 
tificate to the Province Treasurer that there had been paid out of the 
Town Stock to Sundry Persons for Three Thousand Four Hundred 
& Fifty Rats killed in or near this Town since the Tenth Day of 
April last, Fifty Seven Pounds & four pence & desired him to Pay 
the same to Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . Town Treasurer. 

[214.] At a Meeting of the Select Men April 7 th 1742. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 
Jonas Clarke Esq*. 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Cooke made' a Motion that the Trees that are wanting in the 
Common might be recruited. 

Voted, That mess. Hancock & Cook be desired to See that the 
Trees wanting in the Common be filled up accordingly. 

Voted, That the Committee appointed to run the Line between 
the North Battery Ground and mr. Parkmans Land be desired to 
Attend that Service on Monday next the Twelfth instant at Ten 
o'Clock in the forenoon. 



334 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Information being given that mrs. Mortimore [215.] and 
Hooper, two Women of a bad Character have lately come into 
this Town from Rhode Island. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Warn the said Mortimore & Hooper to 
Attend the Select men next Wednesday. 

Mr. Thornton the Paver, Appeared and Informed that he and 
mr. Fosdick had Computed the Charge of Paving orange Street 
from the End of the present Pavement to that which joins to the 
Fortification and found the Towns part to Measure Two Thousand 
Six Hundred & Eighty Yards, And if they found Work & Stuff, 
they could not do it under Seven Shillings p. yard which will 
amount to Nine Hundred and Thirty Eight Pounds, And if they 
did the Work only at Three Shillings and Six pence, amounts to 
Four Hundred & Sixty Nine Pounds, and for Pitching of the Pave- 
ment at Two Shillings amounts to Two Hundred and Sixty Eight 
Pounds. 

[316.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 21. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Voted, That the following Orders relating to the Porters, the 
Rates for their Work and Service, the Number of their Tickets, 
and the Names of such as are admitted, and have given Bond ac- 
cording to Law, be here Recorded. 

Boston, April 21. 1742 

Pursuant to an Act of the Great and General Court Authorizing 
& impowering the Select Men of the Town of Boston to Order 
who and what number of Persons shall be Employed as Common 
Porters in the said Town, and also to Order Limit and Rate the 
Allowance [217.] for their Work and Service. 

The Select Men have Ordered and Appointed the Seventeen fol- 
lowing Persons to be Porters as aforesaid and have taken Security 
according to Law for their good Behaviour in said Office, Viz 1 . 

Number of Tickets. 

Samuel Sharp ------ Owe 

John Whaland - - - - - Two 

Robert m c .Million ----- Three 

Patrick Goffe - - - - - Four 

Richard Furnace ----- Five 

Robert Wood - - - - - Six 

Paul Bryan -...-- Seven 

Thomas O Bryan ----- Eight 

Patrick Bourke - .... Nine 

Patrick Bourke ..... Ten 

John Keeffe ...... Eleven 

Phillip Jones ----.- Twelve 

Jeremiah Maccarty ..... Thirteen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 335 

Number of Ticket*. 

Timothy Harney - Fourteen 

Edward Kelly - Fifteen 

Thomas Pheland ----- Sixteen 

James Collins ------ Seventeen 

[218.] And the Rates for their "Work & Service which they may 
Demand in Lawful Money of this Province & Shall not exceed, 
shall be as follows, Viz 1 . 

For Carrying a Trunk or Barrell or Wheelbarrow Load of Goods 
from any Warehouse or place on the Dock or Long Wharf to any 
other Warehouse or place on said Dock or Wharf or to and from 
any other place of any less Distance than Ten Rods, Three 
pence. 

From the Dock or Long Wharf to Milk Street Treamount & 
Hanover Street & Northward as far as Cross Street and all places 
of like Distance, Five pence. 

From the Dock or Long Wharf to Pond Street, West Street and 
to the West and North Ends of the Town, and other places of like 
Distance, Six pence. 

And from the Dock or Long Wharfe aforesaid Southward beyond 
Pond Street, Eight pence. 

For Porterage of Powder to or from the Powder house Six pence 
for a Single [219.] Half Barrell and for two or more, Five pence 
each. 

For Housing and Stowing away Barrells in any Warehouse or 
Cellar, Four pence p. Ton. 

For Unhousing or removing the same Four pence p. Ton. 

For Housing Iron and Coils of Cordage Six pence p. Ton. 

For Porterage & Housing Salt, Six pence p. Ton. 

For Measuring Salt, Three pence p. Tonn. 

For Lowering clown and Stowing away Wine in any Cellar, for 
a Single Pipe Nine pence, for Two pipes Six pence, each Pipe, and 
for Three or more, Three pence p. Pipe. 

For Unstowing & Hawling up a Single Pipe Nine pence, for 
Two Pipes, Six pence each, & for Three or more Three Pence p. 
Pipe. 

For Housing Rum Molasses & other Liquors Two pence p. Hogs- 
head. 

For Housing Sugar, Two p. pence p. Hogshead. 

For Weighing Turpentine & Marking if required, Eight pence 
p. Tonn Weight. 

For Weighing a Hogshead of Sugar above [22O.] Twelve 
Hundred Weight, Six pence. 

For, Weighing a Teirce from Five Hundred upwards, Four 
pence. 

For Weighing all Barrells, One penny p. Barrell. 

For Weighing Iron and Coils of Cordage Eight pence p. Tonn. 

For Weighing Logwood Fustick & Lignum Vita, Six pence p. 
Tonn, For Braziletto, One Shilling p. Tonn. 

For Housing a Cask of Nails or Shot, One penny. 

For Housing Loose Cables Viz 4 , from Five Hundred Weight to 



336 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Eight Hundred, One Shilling, from Eight Hundred to Twelve 
Hundred One Shilling and three pence, from Twelve Hundred to 
Sixteen Hundred, One Shilling and Six pence, from Sixteen Hun- 
dred to Two Thousand, Two Shillings, from Two Thousand to 
Three Thousand Two Shillings and Six pence. 

Which Rates & allowances shall Continue as long as they are 
found reasonable and until it shall be ordered otherwise. And 
[221.] as a Badge of their office, and in order to distinguish the 
said Porters from other Labourers, they each of them Wear upon 
their upper Garment a round White metal plate or Ticket Nuin- 
ber'd, with a Pine tree for the Device, and this Inscription round 
it, Viz*. MASSACHUSETTS BAY, BOSTON, N. ENGLAND. 

And Whereas the Select Men have power by virtue of said act, to 
remove such and every of said Porters, who shall misbehave in 
said office. 

They do therefore hereby give Notice, that they will not only 
look upon their refusal to Undertake any Jobb when not before 
Employed and all Unfaithfulness in the performance & Discharge 
of their office, when Employed to be a Sufficient Cause for their 
removal ; But likewise all Prophane Cursing & Swearing, Drunk- 
enness, Gaming, Fighting, Quarrelling and other Rude and Dis- 
orderly Carriage on the Dock and Wharves or in any of the Streets 
of the Town of which the Common Porters have heretofore [222.] 
been too Notoriously Guilt} 1 , and therefore if they expect a Con- 
tinuance in said office they must demean themselves accordingly. 
By Order of the Select Men 

EZEK L . GOLDTHWAIT Town Clerk 

Voted, That Three Hundred Copies of the foregoing Orders 
about the Tickets be forthwith Printed and that the Town Clerk 
See that the same be done accordingly. 

Mr. Cooke (in behalf of himself and several others) Desires 
Liberty at their own Charge to Build a Seat at each End of the 
Walk between the Trees in the Common Voted, That Liberty 
be granted accordingly. 

The Committee appointed to run the Line between the North 
Battery Ground and mr. Parkmans Land, Reported that they had 
Attended that Service and measured the said Battery Ground as 
follows, Viz 1 . Westerly on the High Way [223.] From the Cor- 
ner of Mears's House measuring Forty Eight feet running North- 
erly and there they marked the Bounds and continuing the same 
Breadth down to Low water mark, mess. Parkman & Shute on 
the Northerly Side owning Four feet in breadth of the said Forty 
Eight feet and that they accordingly run the Line and made Bound 
Marks in Several places between the Battery Ground and the said 
Parkman's Land, and that they found that the said Parkmans Shed 
Stands about Eighteen Inches on the Towns Land, and from a 
Stump of a Post Standing on the North Side of the Passage Way 
going to the Battery is Twelve feet and four inches to Parkraan's 
Land. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Nathl 1 . Woodward to Dig up 
the Pavement and Open the Ground in Charter Street m Order to 
repair his Drain running from his House into the Common Shore, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 337 

Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground & Pave- 
ment again and keep the same in repair ffom time to tune to the 
Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 26 th 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r 
Caleb Lymon Esq r 
Jonas Clarke Esq r 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

At the Desire of His Excellency the Governour, the Select Men 
waited on him, Who acquainted them that he had been informed 
that Several of the French Nation were now in this Town upon 
some illegal Trade &c. which he apprehended to be greatly to the 
hurt of the Town and Navigation, Desiring that they would Use 
their best Endeavors to enquire after those of the French Nation 
in the Town & their Business & inform him of the same. 

Voted, That mr. Savell make careful Enquiry [225.] of the 
Names & Circumstances of the French Nation in the Town & 
make Report next Wednesday And that the Select Men likewise 
make Enquiry. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk desire the Assessors to Let the 
Select Men have their Books next Wednesday in order to See what 
Persons are Qualified to Serve as Jury Men .according to a late Act 
of the Province. 

Ordered, That mr. Henry Howell have the Charge of the 
Engine, which is kept in a House near Trinity Church And he 
is Allowed Fourteen men besides himself Viz' 
Henry Howell 
John Beaudry 
Johnson Jackson 
Will m . Wheeler Jun r . 
John Lawson. 
Joseph Wheeler 
Sol . Kneeland Jun'. 
George Ray 
Jonathan Wheeler 
Joseph Birch 
Thomas Foster Jun r . 
Stephen Greenleaf 
Jon* Simpson 
Henry Allen & 
William Bearsto 

[226.] And in Case there should happen any Difference at 
any time among them that they should want to put out, or take in 
a Man, the said Henry Howell that has the Charge of the Engine 
shall give an ace' of the same to the Select Men, for their Allow- 
ance & orders for their proceeding. And at any time if a Fire 
should break out, the said Howell is Ordered to Improve the said 
Engine where he thinks he may do the most Service, And to take 
Care, That at no time the Doors of the Engine House be 



338 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Obstructed by Snow &c. And to Work the said Engine Once 
every month from the first of April to the first of October ; and to 
See that the Engine and Pails be kept in good order, And when at 
any time it shall happen that any thing is out of order or wanting 
for the said Engine, they apply directly to the Select Men for their 
Direction in the affair, And that at all Fires they bring with them 
an axe and Fire Hook and Commit the same to the Charge 
[227.] of two of their Company who shall be appointed to Man- 
age the same by the Select Men, And in Case either the Hook or 
axe be not brought they are not to be Entitled to the Bounty of 
Five Pounds, as by the Towns Vote 

And for their Care & Diligence in the same the Inhabitants of 
the Town at their Meeting the Eighth of March last, have by a 
Vote freed them from all other offices in the Town for this Year, 
and also Granted a Premium of Five Pounds to be paid out of the 
Town Treasury to the Engine that shall be first brought to Work 
at a House 01- other Building that shall be on Fire. 

Orders of the same Tenour were given to the following Persons, 
Viz'. 

To mr John Earle to have the Charge of the Engine which is 
kept near the New North Meeting house in mr. Ilutchinsons Build- 
ings, and he is Allowed Twelve Men besides himself, Viz* 
[228.] John Earle 

Joshua Atwood 

Joseph Belcher 

Daniel Merrett 

Edw d Dumaresq 

Nathaniel Brown 

William Clark 

David Newhall 

Phillip Howell 

Gibbon Sharp 

Samuel Brown 

John Thwing 

Thomas Lawlor 

To mr Josiah Baker to have the Charge of the Copper Engine 
by the North Meeting house, and he is allowed Twelve Men beside 
himself, Viz* 

Josiah Baker 

Joseph Roberts 

Elias Robinson 

Samuel Ponsley 

John Newhall 

Henry Newhall 

Jon a Tarbox 

Joseph Glidden 

Walter Edmunds 

Zephaniah Basset 

William Richards 

William Burbank 

Nath 1 Woodward 
To mr John Brown to have the Charge of the Engine which is 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 339 

kept in a House Adjoining to the Old North Meeting House, And 
he is Allowed Eighteen Men besides himself, Viz'. 
[229.] John Brown 

James Dowell 

John Beers 

Will m Marshall 

Thomas Bentley 

Edward Edes 

James Clark 

John Baker 

William Stone 

Elijah Doubleday 

Francis Marshall 

Timothy Brown 

Oliver Luckis Jun r . 

Eleazer Newhall 

Daniel Barker 

Ebenezer Brown 

Benj* Luckis 

William Edes 

John Ballard 

To m r . Jonathan Salter to have the Charge of the Engine which 
is kept in the Cellar under the Town House, And he is allowed 
Fourteen Men besides himself, Viz 1 . 

Jonathan Salter 

Robert Price 

Edward Potter 

Anthony Bracket 

Samuel Hallowell 

John Foster Jun r . 

Samuel Ellis 

John Wise 

Thomas Read 

Ebenezer Knap 

Petter Cotta 

Bracldey Read 

Thomas Hartley 

Edward Potter Jun*. 

Thomas Palfrey 

[23O] To mr. Joseph Uran to have the Charge of the En- 
gine kept in the Engine House at the Dock, and he is allowed 
Fourteen Men, beside himself Viz'. 

Joseph Uran 

Ichabod Rogers 

Joseph Putnam 

John Durham 

Joseph Lowder Jun'. 

Thomas Atkins Jun*. 

William Peck 

Nathaniel Brewer 

William Snoden 

Benj a . Barnard 



340 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Benj*. Eustus 

William Eustus 

John Hood 

To mr John Peirce to have the Charge of the Engine at the 
Westerly part of the Town, and he is allowed Eleven Men besides 
himself, Viz*. 

John Peirce 

Samuel Sprague 

Ebenezer Messinger 

Thomas Craits 

John Brown 

William Russell 

Samuel Emmes 

Thomas Kimball 

Richard Surcomb 

Thomas Barnard 

[231.] To mr Bartholomew Sutton to have the Charge of the 
Engine kept by the Prison in Queen Street, And he is allowed 
Men besides himself Viz 1 . 

Bartholomew Sutton 
(Names of men not given.) 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 28 th . 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Information being given that mrs. Dyar had [232.] removed 
her Fence Three feet into Sea Street near Bulls Wharf She being 
sent for appeared & Promised to remove the same back again to 
the place where it Stood before. 

Mr. Samuel Allen Master of the South Writing School Appeared 
& Informed that he was very much impaired in his Health and 
could no longer serve the Town as Master of the said School, and 
Desired that some Suitable Person might be Appointed to Supply 
his place. 

Voted, That Tuesday the Eleventh of May next, be the Town 
meeting for the Choice of Representatives, according to the Precept 
under the Hand of Edward Wiuslow Esq r . Sheriff of the County 
of Suffolk, Dated the Twenty Sixth instant. 

Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . mr. Hancock & mr. Cooke be 
desired to agree with mrs. Wardell to provide a Dinner [233.] For 
Forty-five Gentlemen on the Day appointed for the Town Meet- 
ing/ 

Mr. Savell Reported, That upon enquiry he found that the fol- 
lowing Persons of the French Nation were now residing in this 
Town, Viz', mess. Le Port, Le Dwiet, Josatt Monveile and Con- 
oneie. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 341 

Mr. Savell is directed to Warn the said Persons to attend the 
Select Men tomorrow Morning in the Council Chamber. 

The Select Men taking into Consideration the Petition of Joseph 
Simpson & John Hooker two of the Sextons of the Town, Praying 
Liberty to Dig Graves for the Persons of their respective Congre- 
gations as refer'd to them by the Town in March last, thought it 
would not be for the Interest of the Town, to grant the Prayer 
thereof. 

Therefore Voted, That the same be Dismissed. 

[234.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, April 29* 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jefferies Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

Ordered That the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant, directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

In His Majestys Name Requiring them forthwith to Warn all the 
Free holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town (within their 
Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. annum of 
Freehold in Land within this Province or Territory at the least, 
or other Estate to the Value of Fifty Pounds Sterling. To 
Convene at the Town House upon Tuesday the Eleventh of 
May next, at Nine of the Clock in the forenoon, then and there to 
Elect and Depute One or more Persons (being Freeholders & Resi- 
dent in the Town) [335.] According to the Number Set & Limited 
by an Act of the General assembly, To Serve for and Represent 
them in a Great and General Court or assembly Appointed to be 
Convened held and kept for His Majesty's Service at the Court 
House in Boston upon Wednesday the Twenty Sixth Day of May 
next ensuing, and so De Die in Diem, during their Session and 
Sessions, according to a Warrant under the Hand and Seal of 
Edward Winslow Esq r . Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing 
Date the Twenty Sixth Day of April In the Fifteenth year of His 
Majesty's Reign Anno Domini, 1742. 

And in like manner, Requiring them to Warn all the Free holders 
& other Inhabitants of the said Town, qualified as the Law directs, 
to meet at the same time & place, To Grant such Sum or Sums 
of Money as may be needful for the relief of the Poor and defray- 
ing other Necessary Charges ; To Consider of the Grant made by 
the General Court for Erecting a Brest Work of Twenty Guns, 
And a List of Persons qualified [236.] for Jurors, and also a Peti- 
tion of John Lovells ; To Chuse a Master for the South Writing 
School, One Constable and One Clerk of the market ; To Receive 
the Reports of Several Committees as also Sundry Petitions To 
agree upon Conclude & finish such other matters & things as were 
under Consideration at former Meetings and Continued to be fur- 
ther debated at this, And also such other matters as may be proper 
for their Consideration at this Meeting. 



342 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Apr. 30. 1742. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Several French Gentlemen Attended according to Order & mr 
Lovell being Interpreter., they were Examined as followeth 

[237.] Peter Cossett being Asked from whence he came, 
Answered, That he came from New York has been in town about Six 
Weeks, that he was bound from St. Domingo to France, and in the 
Passage the Vessell f ounder'd, they were taken up by a Vessell bound 
to New York & there, Carried and so came here, and did design to 
return home as soon as he could, the reason he came here from 
New York was because he was in a bad State of Health and being 
informed that the Air in these parts was very Agreeable and Healthy 
he came in hopes to recover his Health that he designed to tarry 
here not more than a Month or Six Weeks, that when he carne he 
waited upon His Excellency the Governour who gave him Leave to 
tarry a while provided he behaved well that he was no Trader but 
lived upon his own Estate. 

Mons r . Leport Exarn d . was Asked how long he had been here, 
and from whence he came, Answered that he had been here about 
a month, that he came from Eustatia [238.] To Rhode Island, 
and so here for his Health that he brought Sufficient in Money to 
Maintain, that he was here about Fourteen months since, and went 
home to St. Eustatia (whore he lives* by the Way of St. Chris- 
tophers as a Passenger being asked Whether he had Waited on the 
Governour since he came, Answered that he had not, but should 
have done it, if he had known the Laws of the Province, that he 
carrys on no Trading but brought only some Moneys for his 
Expences. 

Mons r Morwoyle Exam d . He was Asked how long he had been 
here answered that he had been here about Four Months that he 
came from Lewisburgh in an English Vessell, the Masters Name, 
he forgot that he came with a Design only to Learn the English 
Tongue, that he Waited upon the Governour when he firs 4 " came, 
who permitted him to tarry a while which he thought Sufficient 
that he designs to tarry about Three or Four [239.] months till 
he has learnt the English Tongue, that he brought Sufficient in 
Money to Maintain him that he is an Inhabitant of St. Domingo, 
& Carrys on no Trade here. 

Mons r . Dudwoit Exam d . being asked how long he had been here, 
answered a Fortnight, that he came as a Passenger from St. Eu- 
statia by the way of St. Kitts to Cape Ann in One Capt. Baker 
and so to Town, his design in coming is to perfect himself in the 
English Tongue that he was here about Ten Months ago & went 
from hence to Canso and so to Cape Breton in Capt. Lefavre as a 
Passenger, that he had not yet been to wait on the Governour but 
designed to do it The Law of the Province was then Read to him 
in English (which he Understood) he said thereupon that he did 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 343 

not know the Law before, if he had, he should have Comply'd 
with it, that he now lodges at mrs. Bonyats that he brought with 
him some mone}' for his Support, and when he wants more [24O.] 
he draws Bills on some Gent at Bourdeaux, that he designs to go 
to the West Indies in about a fortnight, that he has not been any 
Ways Concerned in Business since he has been here, but only 
Purchased a few Small things for himself, Being asked who he 
left his affairs with when he went away last time he was here, 
answered, that he finished all his Affairs himself and was not then, 
nor is now Concerned with any Person whatsoever in any Trading 
or Business. 

They were then all told that they must Wait upon His Excel- 
lency the Gov r . for leave to tarry here Agreeable to the Law, that 
had been Read & Interpreted to them They said they would do 
it immediately and then were Dismissed. 

Notwithstanding the afore Declarations the Select Men are 
very Apprehensive that mess. Le port & Dudwoit came 
with a design to Trade, and do now carry on some private 
Trade. 

[241.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 3 d . 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mess. Le port & Dudwoit appeared according to order, & 
were told that they must Depart the Province by Thursday next, 
agreeable to the Act of this Province. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 5 th . 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 

Mess. Thornton & Fosdick the Pavers appeared & after some 
Discourse with them as to Paving Orange Street, they agreed to 
Pave the Towns part of the said Street for One Shilling & Nine 
pence Bills of the late Emission p. yard, and to take the Abutters 
for their Pay for Nine feet of each [342.] Side of the Way, 
and the Town Clerk was directed to prepare a Writing accord- 
ingly. 

Mem . May 6. 1742. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mess 1 *. Jon*. Loring & John 
Lawsonto Dig up the Pavement & and Open the Ground in Water 
Street in Order to repair their Drain running into the Common 
Shore upon Condition that they forthwith make good the Ground 
& Pavement again & keep the same in repair from time to time to 
the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 



344 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 12. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r * 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Cowdrey Informs that Joseph Polley One of the Watchmen 
with him at the [243. J Town Dock, is removed out of the Town, 
and offers John Scott as a Suitable Person to Supply his place if 
the Select Men think fit. 

Richard Eliston Master of the Sloop Dolphin being Prosecuted 
for bringing into this Town from Maryland One Mary Harvey & 
not giving Bond according to Law appeared and Said that the 
said Mary Harvey had Indented herself as a Servant for Four 
Years to One Richard Evans who will carry her out of the Prov- 
ince within a fortnight or give Bond to the Satisfaction of the 
Select Men, & Desired the Prosecution might be drop'd. 

Voted, That the said Prosecution be drop'd he the said Eliston 
paying the Charge thereof. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Twenty two Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
Shillings and Six pence p Bushel allow'd for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows [244. J Viz', 

Of Penny White Loaf T- 13 

Wheaten 2- ll 

Household 3- 10 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 0. 5 

Memorandum, On the 13 th of May instant The Select Men put 
mr. Zechariah Uicks into Possession of the South Writing School 
as Master thereof according to the Vote of the Town the Eleventh 
instant. 



At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 19 th . 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq J . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston. In His Majesty's Name Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders & other Inhab- 
itants of said Town, duly qualified Rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate [245.] to a Single Rate (besides the Poll) to Convene at 
the Town House on Monday the Twenty fourth instant at Three 
o'Clock in the afternoon to Consider of a Petition of Abraham 
Francis & John Jones & Hannah His Wife to His Majesty in 
Council, for an Appeal from a Judgment Obtained by the Town 
of Boston against James Everills' Heirs, To Choose Jury Men for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 345 

July Court ; & do such other Matters as are ref er'd to said meet- 
ing &c. 

Jemima Smith & her Child was Sent to the Almshouse to be 
taken Care of at the Charge of the Province, by the Consent of 
the Select Men. 

The Select Men received a Venire for the Choice of Grand 
Jurors & Petit Jurors to Serve at the Inferiour Court of Common 
pleas & Court of General Sessions of the Peace on the first Tues- 
day of July next. 

Ordered, That Monday the Twenty fourth instant at 
Three o'Clock afternoon be the time for the Choice of the 
said Jurors. 

[246.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 27. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

Ordered That the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston. In His Majesty's Name Requiring 
them forthwith to Warn all the Free holders & Other Inhabitants 
of the said Town (within their Precincts) that have an Estate of 
Fort}- Shillings p. annum of Free hold in Land within this Prov- 
ince or Territory at the least, or other Estate to the Value of Fifty 
Pounds Sterling to Convene at the Town House upon Monday the 
Thirty first of May Current, at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon, Then 
& there to make Choice of aad Depute (if they see cause) One 
Person being a Free holder and Resident in the Town to Serve for 
and Represent them in the Great and General Court [247.] or 
Assembly now Convened held and kept for His Majesty's Council 
According to a Precept under the Hand & Seal of the Honourable 
Thomas Cushing Speaker of the Honourable House of Represen- 
tatives bearing Date the Twenty Seventh Day of May, In the 
Fifteenth Year of His Majesties Reign, A.D. 1742 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, May 31. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq* 
Caleb Lyman Esq r 
Jonas Clarke Esq r 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Complaint being made that George Featherston had Set up a 
large Sign Post in Marlborough Street, where he lives in Capt. 
Blairs Buildings and carried out his Cellar Doors so far as to Dis- 
commode [248.] the Street 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify him to Attend next Wednes- 
day 



346 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 2 d . 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Joshua Cross is Admitted One of the Ticket Porters, Upon 
Condition that mr. Shem Drowue become Bound with him to the 
Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

Michael Molineaux is Admitted One of the Ticket Porters Upon 
Condition that mr. James Gardner become Bound with him to the 
Town Treasurer as the Law directs. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Twenty three Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushell [249.] Allow'd for Charges 
which is Computed as follows Viz*. 

oz. dr. 

of Penny White Loaf 1- 10 

W beaten 2- 8 

Household 3- 7 

Six penny Wheaton Loaf 15- 7 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 4. 1742. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

One James Williams a Stranger, that is very poor & Sick & 
lately released from Captivity from the Spaniards was Sent to the 
Almshouse by the Select Men, at the Charge of the Province. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 9 th 1742. 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 
[25O.] Robert Williams Appearing Informs that some time 

in May last he came into this Town with his Wife from & 

has lived in a House of mr. Gibbins's this Ten Days He was 
Ordered to give Bond to Indemnify* the Town as tie Law directs 
or Depart the Town within Fourteen Days. 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Publick Schools within the 
Town pursuant to the Vote & Order of the Inhabitants at their 
Annual Meeting the Eighth of March last, be Attended on Wednes- 
day the Twenty third of June Curr 1 . And that the following 
Gentlemen be desired to Accompany the Select Men in the said 
Visitation Viz*. 

His Excellency William Shirley Esq r . 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 347 

The Hon. John Read Esq r . 

The Hon. Samuel Waldo Esq r . 

The Re\ d Charles Chauncy D.D. 

The Rev. mr. William Cooper 

The Rev. mr. Samuel Checkley 

The Rev. mr. Joshua Gee. 

The Rev. mr. William Hooper 

The Hon. Thomas Cushing 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq r . 

m r . Timothy Prout 

m r . Edward Bromfield 

Peter Faueuil Esq r . 

Doct r . William Bulfinch 

m r . Charles Apthrop & 

m r . Jeremiah Grid ley 

Ordered, That mr Savell give Seasonable notice to the Gentle- 
men of this appointment & that they are desired to meet at the 
Council Chamber on each Day at Nineo'Clock in the forenoon, and 
that he give Notice hereof to the Several School Masters. 

Voted, That mr. ( ooke & Capt. Steel be desired to give Direc- 
tions to mrs. Wardell to provide a Dinner for Twenty five Gentle- 
men on that Day. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 16. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r Hancock 
m r Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[252.] Mr. George Featherston Appearing according to Or- 
der to make Answer to the Complaint against him about putting 
up a Sign Post before his Door' in Marlborough Street without 
Leave, And after some Discourse with him, he Promis'd to take 
the said Post down immediately. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell warn William Higgins who lately came 
into this Town from Medfield with his Family to depart the Town 
as the Law directs. 

Mr. Savell Informs that mrs. Norton near Olivers Bridge has 
Entertained in her House a Woman & two Children that are not 
Inhabitants of this Town for a Considerable time without giving 
Notice thereof to the Select Men as the Law directs Ordered, 
That the said mrs. Norton be prosecuted in the Law for Entertaining 
the said Woman and Children without Informing the Select Men 
thereof. 

Information was given that James Robins Master of the Sloop 
Experiment [253.] Brought Stephen Eastwick Mariner & a Mo- 
latto Woman called Mary & two Children into this Town in the said 
Vessell & never Reported them at the Impost Office. 

The Rev d- mr Samuel Mather with the Committee of the New 
meeting house lately Erected for the said mr. mather, Appeared 



348 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

and returned the Thanks of that Society for the Use of the North 
Writing School to meet in for the Public Worship on Lords Days, 
in the Words following, Viz 1 - 

mr Moderator 

We the Minister & some other members of the North Church & 
Congregation revived, wait on you the Select Men of the Town as 
a Committee from Our Brethren, to thank you for the Use of the 
Publick School house, which you so readily allowed & have Con- 
tinued so long unto us. 

Little did that Honourable & Worthy good Gentleman mr. 
Hutchinson think, when he advanced such a Sum of Money towards 
Building that School house, that it, [254.] would prove an 
Assylum or City of Refuge to no inconsiderable part of his Family, 
from them that Troubled them ; But We See herein such a Retali- 
ation of Providence as is Worthy of some Regard and Notice 
with us. 

We hope, Sirs, You will go on, and as you have Opportunity 
relieve & help the Sorrowful & Oppressed, and never be Weary 
in Well doing, for in due Season you shall reap if you faint 
not. 

We heartily pray for your doing so ; We Wish with all Our 
Souls that the Blessing of Almighty God may descend & rest on 
You, and your Families also ; And We pray that the Town may 
always be Served with such honest, faithful, prudent & kind Offi- 
cers as your Solves ; for whom We have & hope We always shall 
have the most becoming Respect & Affection. 

inasmuch as We are & acknowledge Our Selves Your most 
Obliged Friends & humble Servants. 

In Our own Name & in the behalf of the [255.] Society who 
have Sent on this Grateful & Acceptable Errand. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 24. 1742. 

Present. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Yesterday the Select Men according to their Vote Visited . the 
Publick Schools in this Town, accompanied by the following Gen- 
tlemen, Viz'. 

His Excellency William Shirley, Esq*. 
The Hon. Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 
The Hon. Nath 1 . Hubbard Esq r . 
The Hon. John Head Esq r . 
The Hon. Samuel Waldo Esq r . 
The Rev. Joseph Scwall, D.D. 
The Rev. mr. Samuel Checkley 
The Rev. mr. William Hooper 
Jeremiah Gridley Esq r . & 
Dr. William Bulfinch 

[256.] And found the said Schools under good Regulation, The 
Number of Scholars in each School were as follows, Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1741. 349 

la the South Grammar School, Ninety four, 

In the South Writing School, Seventy three, 

In the Writing School in Queen Street Seventy three 

In the North Grammar, School Sixty five, And in the North 

Writing School, Two Hundred & Thirty. 

Mr. Richard Hunnewell Desires Liberty to Build a Tomb in 

the North Burying place for mr. Samuel Clark on the North 

east Side of the s d Burying place Adjoining to mr. Cooksons 

Tomb. 

Voted, That Liberty be accordingly Granted, they performing 

the Conditions enjoined in former Grants. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 28 th , 1742. 

Present. 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esqr'. 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[257.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Twenty Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat & 
Three Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel Allowed for Charges, 
which is Computed as follows, Vizt'. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2- 

Wheaten 2- 15 

Household 3- 15 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 1- -12 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, June 30 th 1742. 

. Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. John Osborn Appeared & Informed that he had lately come 
into this Town from Rowley with his Wife Two Children & Two 
Negro Servants & a White maid & Desires they may be admitted 
Inhabitants of this Town. 

[258 . ] Mr. John Procter, Master of the North Writing School 
Appeared & Informed that the Business of the said School was so 
great that he could not carry it on without an Usher in the room 
of mr. Hicks, & that mr. Abia Holbrook was willing to Undertake 
that Service. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell Notify mr. John Grover to Attend 
next Wednesday to answer a Complaint that he has Set Free his 
Negro Man named Primus (who is now in the Almshouse) & hath 
not given Security to the Town as the Law directs. 



350 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 2 d 1742. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq T . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Benj" Hatch Informs that he has taken into his House One 
William Guy [259.] And Wife who lately came into this Town 
from Philadelphia. 

Capt. Steel is desired to procure Three New Leather Buckets 
for the Engine at the Old North Meeting house, mr. Brown Master. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 9 th 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq 1 . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Liberty is hereby Granted to Capt. John Comrin & Capt. John 
Hamock to Dig up the Pavement & Open the Ground in Shrimp- 
tons Lane in order to repair their Drain running into the Com- 
mon Shore there, Upon Condition that they forthwith make good 
the Ground and Pavement again and keep the same in repair from 
time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

[26O.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 14 th 1742. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq'. 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Katharine Watt who was lately Imported into this Town in the 
Snow, Ogleby Master from Scotland is admitted an Inhab- 
itant, mr. Robert Watt having given Bond to the Town Treasurer 
in the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the Town from 
any Charge upon her Acco'. for Five years as the Law directs. 

Imported in the Brigantine Mary, Hugh Hill Mastc-r from Phila- 
delphia, Samuel Deshee his Wife and One Child, 

Ordered, That the said Hugh Hill give Bond to the Town Treas- 
urer with Sureties, to Indemnify the Town from any Charge upon 
their acco u . for Five years as the Law directs. 

[261.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 16. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries E&q r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 

Mr. Hezehiah Barber Appeared & Informed that he had lately 
with his Wife, Two Children & Several Servants, came into tkia 
Town from Dorchester, in Order to Dwell here & Desires they 
may be admitted Inhabitants, & Informs that he has an Estate in 
Dorchester which he Values at Two Thousand Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 19 th . 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Upon the Motion made by mr. John Procter for an Usher with 
him in the North Writing School 

[262.] Voted, that mr. Abia Holbrook be Usher in the said 
School under mr. Procter, to Enter the first of August next & that 
he be paid at the rate of mr. Hicks's Salary when an Usher there, 
until he be further fixed by the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 21. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Mr. Hezekiah Barber & his Family who lately came fVom Dor- 
chester, Are admitted Inhabitants of this Town, they having 
brought Effects with them Sufficient to Indemnify the Town as the 
Law directs. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . Informs that Edward Stone a Stranger, who 
came as a Sailor from Lon [263.] don in Capt. Prince, was taken 
with Distraction therefore by him Committed to Bridewell to be 
taken care of. 

Seth Gushing and his Family, Vis*, his Wife & Three Children 
who lately came from Hingham are Admitted Inhabitants. Adam 
Gushing of Weymouth Esq r . having become Bound with him to 
the Town Treasurer in the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds ; to In- 
demnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Samuel Sever, Informs that he with his Wife have lately Re- 
moved into this Town from Dorchester & hired a House the 22 d of 
June last of mr. Benj*. Russell. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell prosecute in the Law Capt. Hugh Hill 
for Importing into this Town One Samuel Deshee his Wife & Child 
& not giving Security to Indemnify the Town from any Charge 
upon their Acco'. for Five years as the Law directs. 

Mr. Ezekiel Goldthwait the Town Clerk Informing that he was 
Invited to wait upon [264.] His Excellency the Governour to the 
Eastward & desired the Leave of the Select Men therefor. 



352 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That Leave be given accordingly provided he leave some 
Person to take Care of his Business as Town Clerk in his Ab- 
sence 
Mem . July 22. 1742. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Thomas Pearson to Dig up the 
Pavement & Open the Ground in Wings Lane in Order to repair 
his Drain running into the Common Shore, Upon Condition that he 
forthwith make good the Ground & Pavement again & keep the 
same in repair from time to time to the Satisfaction of the Select 

Men. 

t 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 28. 1742. 

Present 

Capt. Forsyth 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

[265.] This Day the Select Men & mr William Waters inter- 
chargeabty Signed an agreement for keeping: the Province Hospital 
on Rainsford Island, which is in the Words following, Viz*. 

Whereas the Great & General Court at their Session the 21 st of 
June 1738, Did by their Order, Authorize & Impower the Select 
Men of Boston to Agree with some Suitable Person to keep the 
Hospital lately Built by Order of the said Court at Rainsfords 
Island, for the reception of Sick & Infectious Persons & for their 
time & Service in taking Care of the Sick &c. who may be Sent to 
the said Hospital by the Year. 

Pursuant to the said Order the Select Men have this Day Agreed 
with mr. William Waters to keep the Province Hospital on Rains- 
fords Island accordingly who is to take all proper Care of such 
sick Persons as may from time to time be Sent to the said Hos- 
pital, finding & providing Nurses Assistance & all things necessary 
for their Comfort & Relief to Save the Province harmless from all 
Charges that may arise on acco 1 of any Poor & Indigent [266.] 
Persons who may be Sent to the said Hospital (Doctors Bills 
Excepted) And to follow the Orders of the Select Men respecting 
Persons (& Goods) coming on or going off the said Island, And 
to keep a Sufficient Guard to binder all Persons from coming on 
or going off said Island without the Leave of the Select Men ; And 
he is not to take off or Suffer to be taken off from the said Island 
any Stones or Ballast whatsoever. 

In Consideration whereof he the said Waters is to have the Use 
& Improvement of the said Island & Housing thereon, for One 
year Commencing the Twenty first of June last, & to be Allowed 
& paid out of the Province Treasury the Sum of Twelve Pounds 
Ten Shilling Lawful Money of the Province p. annum, And is also 
to Demand & receive Pay from such Persons as may from time to 
time be Sent thither as aforesaid for his Attendance & Fxponces 
on them during their being at the Hospital after the? Ra'e of Six 
Shillings & three pence Lawful money as aforesaid p. Week. An<? 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 353 

it is [267.] further Agreed that the Select Men shall & will 
afford their Assistance to the said Waters in the Premises from 
time to time as need shall require. 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . Reported that according to Order he had 
Viewed the Towns House in the Occupation of mr. Charles Henly, 
& found there was Several repairs Necessary to be made 
Voted, That Caleb Lyman Esq r . be desired to See the same put 
into such Repair as he shall think necessary. 

Upon a Motion made & Seconded, 

Voted, That mr. Savell desire His Majesty's Justices of this 
Town to Afford the Select Men their Company in the Council 
Chamber the 29 th instant at Six o'Clock in the afternoon, in Order 
to Agree upon the time for Setting a Watch upon the Neck on the 
Lords Da}'s, as has been Customary at this time of the year. 

Mr Beuj*. Russell Appearing Informs that he has no further 
occasion to Improve the Gun house in the Common. 

Voted, That he Account with the Town Treas[268.]urer for 
the Rent of the same to the first Day of June last, & that he 
deliver up the Key to the Select Men. 

Complaint being made that Robert me. Million One of the Ticket 
Porters, neglects his Duty as a Porter. 

Voted, That mr. Savell Notify him to Attend the Select Men 
next Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, July 29. 1742. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r 
Jonas Clarke Esq r 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Eighteen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat & Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel allow'd for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows, Viz'. 

of Penny White Loaf 2. 2 

Wheaten 3. 3| 

Household 4. 5. 

Sixpenny Wheaten Loaf I 1 3. 6 

[269.] Daniel Henchman Esq r & mr. John Walker Desire 
Liberty to Build each of them a Shed to Improve as a Stable upon 
the Laud Adjoining to the Prison, on such Conditions as the 
Select Men may think proper. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace & the Select Men of Boston, July 30. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. Edward Hutchinsou Esq r . 
The Hon. Joseph Wads worth Esq r . 
The Hon. Anthony Stoddard Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 



33Gt CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Caleb Lyman Esq*. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Thomas Hancock Esq'. 

m r . Middlecott Cooke 

A Ward on Boston Neck upon the Lords Days was then Ordered 
& appointed from & after the Date hereof, until the Eleventh 
Day of October next ensuing inclusive, as has [27O.] been 
Customary heretofore and a Warrant was Signed & issued accord- 
ingly directed to the Constables of the Town of Boston, & is in 
the Words following, Vis*. 

Boston, ss. To each and every of the Constables of the Town 
of Boston, Greeting. 

Whereas by an Act of the Great and General Court, pass'd in 
the Eleventh year of the Reign of His late Majesty King William 
the Third, Intitled an act for keeping of Watches in Towns, It is 
Enacted That from time to time, when & so often as a Military 
Watch shall not be Ordered & appointed to be kept, the Justices 
of the Peace together with the Select Men of each Town within this 
Province, are Impowered & authorized to Direct & order a 
Suitable Watch or Watches to be Set up & kept &c. 

And also a Ward to be kept every Lords Day, & other Days as 
they shall think needful, & to appoint the Number whereof such 
Watch and Ward shall consist & the time for the beginning & 
Continuance of the same and the Constable or Constables of the 
Town having Orders accordingly given him or them in Writing by 
the Justices & Select Men are thereby Impowered & required 
from time to time to Warn such Watch & Ward respectively & to 
See that all Persons so Warned by them do attend & Observe their 
Duty in that regard. 

And Whereas the said Justices & Select Men are Informed of 
frequent Prophanations of the Lord's Day (Especially at this 
Season of the Year) by loose vain Persons, Servants, Negroes &c. 
Unnecessarily Travelling or Walking to & from Boston & Roxbury 
with Neglect of Attending on the Publick Worship of God in either 
place, and bringing from the Neighbouring Towns Corn, Apples & 
other Fruits of the Earth to the great Disturbance of the Publick 
peace & Scandal of Our Christian Religion. 

It is therefore Ordered by the said Justices & Select Men, that 
from & after the Date hereof & until the Eleventh Day of October 
next ensuing (Inclusive) the Constables of & within the Town of 
Boston & every of them by turns do Warn and appoint [272.] 
Eight meet & Sober Persons, Inhabitants of the said Town on the 
Lords Days to Ward on the Neck or Highway between Boston & 
Roxbury at some Convenient place near the Line of Defence Four 
of the said Persons are to give their Attendance there, from Six 
o'Clock in the Morning until half an hour after Twelve at Noon, & 
there to be relieved by the other Four who are there to Continue 
upon Duty until the Dusk of the Evening. 

And the Constable or Constables are to take Care in Warning 
thereof that such Ward do not Consist of all or the greatest part 
Youths, but that some Able Householders or other Sufficient 
Persons be joined with them, And the said Constables are hereby 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 355 

enjoined to give in Charge to such Ward to prevent & Suppress 
such Disorders, to Examine all Passengers & Restrain them from 
Disporting Idle Walking or Unnecessary Travel on the Lords 
Day, and if any Person or Persons be Rude Refractory or Shall 
refuse to give a Satisfactory Account of the [273.] occasion of 
their Travelling or otherwise Misbehave themselves, to take them 
up and carry them before the next Justice of the Peace or return 
their Names to such Justice in order to their being Examined & 
proceeded against according to the Nature of their Offence as 
Prophaners of the Lords Day. Given under our Hands & Seals 
at Boston the Thirtieth Day of July, In the Sixteenth year of His 
Majesties Reign, Annoq Domini, 1742. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 4. 1742. 

Present 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Capt. Forsyth Desires Liberty to Build a Tomb in the North 
Burying place on the Easterly Side thereof next that now Build- 
ing for mr. Samuel Clark 

Voted, That Liberty be accordingly Granted, he performing the 
Conditions enjoined in former Grants. 

[274.] Mr. Josias Byles Jun r . appeared & Desired the 
Select Men would please to appoint him Sealer of the Wood 
Landed at Dr. Clarks Wharf, in the room of mr. John Nichols 
lately Deceased. 

Information being made that Several of the French Nation is 
now in Town and having no Licence from the Governour & 
Council therefor which is Contrary to a Law of this Province. 

Therefore Ordered, That mr. Savell make enquiry after them, 
And Notify them to Attend the Select men on Fryday next at 
Four o'Clock in the afternoon, in Order to be Examined as to the 
reason of their residing here. 

Mr. Thomas Goodwill Appearing Desires Liberty to Build a 
Tomb in the North Burying place on the Easterly Side thereof 
next that Granted to Capt. Forsyth. 

Voted, That Liberty be accordingly Granted he performing the 
Conditions enjoined in former Grants. 

[275.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 6. 1742. 

Present 

Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Several French Gentlemen attended according to Order, & being 
Examined Informed as follows Viz 1 . 

John Baptist Arnault, That he came into this Town from Canso 
about Ten Days ago, that he is Recommended to Francis Borland 
Esq r . & is going out of Town to Guadalupa in about Ten Days, 



356 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. . 

That he has not Waited upon His Excellency the Goveruour, 
because he intended to .tarry in the Town but a Short time. 

John Holland Darnard Esq r . That he came, from Cape Francois 
to Cape Breton & so to Canso from thence about Ten Days ago he 
came into this Town, That he has a Suit in the Law here & knows 
not how long that may keep him here. 

John Muell, That he came into Town about Ten Days ago from 
the Leeward Islands & is going away [276.] again in about 
Three or Four Days. 

Andrew Versers. That he came into this Town from the Leeward 
Islands about Ten days ago, & that he intends to go away again 
in about Ten Days. 

The Law of the Province relating to the French Nation, was 
Read & Interpreted to them, & they were directed to Conform 
themselves thereto. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 11. 1742. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Caleb Lyman Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Samuel Butler hath Liberty Granted him to admit mess". 
Green Bushel & Allen as Under Tenants to carry on the Printers 
Business in the Chambers over the Shop which he Hires of the 
Town. 

[277.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 20. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

Ordered that mr. Savell Notify Thomas O'Bryan One of the 
Ticket Porters to attend next Wednesday to answer some Com- 
plaints made against him. 

Mr. Hancock informing that Peter Faneuil Esq r Sent for him 
Acquainting him that the Market house was now finished (except 
some small Trifles which should be done) desiring that he would 
Acquaint the Select Men with the same that thoy might take Care 
for having the same Opened & Improved under such proper Regu- 
lations as they should think fit 
Upon which, 

Voted, That mr. Goldthwait wait upon Peter Faneuil Esq r . with 
the Select Mens Service & acquaint him that mr. Hancock had 
acquainted them with his 1 message [278.] Referring to the 
Market, and if he would Let them know when he should be at 
Leizure they would Wait on him to receive his Directions relating 
to the same Who returned for answer that he Left the whole 
affair to the Selectmen, but if they inclined to See him on the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 357 

Affair he (being now very Busy) would in a few Days Let them 
know when he was at Leizure. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 25. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Thomas O'Bryan Appeared according to Order the Select men 
Informed him that they had received Several Complaints against 
him, as being Suspected of Receiving Stolen Goods & of Profane 
Cursing & Swearing. 

Therefore Voted, That he be Dismist from [279.] being a 
Ticket Porter, And that mr. Savell Demand his Ticket of him and 
the Town Clerk deliver up his Bond. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug 27. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

His Excellency Governour Shirley Informed the Select Men, that 
a Number of the French nation was now in Town, The Select Men 
told his Excellency that in his Absence from Boston at the East- 
ward, they received the knowledge of it And had sent for, Exam- 
ined and Read the Law of the Province to them which he was well 
pleased with and then His Excellency desired the Select Men 
further to acquaint said French Gentlemen, that his Orders were 
that they should all Depart this Town by "Wednesday next, and to 
keep their Chambers till said time affixed for their Departure, Ex- 
cept such who has his Liberty [28O.] to Stay Therefore 

Voted, That mr. Savell go to said French Men & Deliver them 
the Governours Orders, & that it's Expected they Conform them- 
selves accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Aug. 30. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Upon Application made by Henry Dering Esq r . for Liberty to 
Set up Posts at his Door in Queen Street. 

Voted, That Liberty be accordingly Granted. 
Capt. John Indicott Desires to Hire the Market house at the 
South end, or such part of it as th^ Select Men may think proper 



358 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 87. 

to Let him & that he will Oblige himself to deliver it up at any time 
when [281.] Called for. 

Upou Reading the Petition of Samuel "Welles, Joshua Winslow 
Esq r . & others for Paving of Shriraptons Lane. 

Voted, That Twenty five Pounds Old Tenor be Allowed to the 
Proprietors on said Lane .n Order to take up the Pavement and 
put it into good Repair to the Satisfaction of the Select Men, and 
that the Money be paid them out of the next Money raised by the 
Town for Pavement. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Seventeen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushel Allowed for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows, viz*. 

oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 4. 

Wheaten 3. 6. 

House hold 4. 8. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 4. 5. 

[282.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 1. 1742. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Joans Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 

The Petition of mr. James Hovey who came from Bristol into 
this Town to Dwell, desiring to be admitted an Inhabitant & have 
Liberty to Open a private School to teach Grammar Arithmetick & 
divers Sorts of Writing, being Read. 

Voted, That mess. Clark & Hancock be desired to enquire 
into mr. Hoveys Character & Report thereon next Wednes- 
day. 

. The Select Men gave a Certificate that there had been paid out 
of the Town Stock to Sundry Persons for Four Thousand Nine 
Hundred & Sixty Eight Rats killed in or near this Town since the 
fifth Day of April last, Eighty two Pounds Sixteen Shillings Old 
Tenor & desired him to Pay the same to Joseph Wadsworth Esq r . 
Town Treasurer. 

[283.] Mr. Thomas Pemberton appearing & Informing that 
mr. Josiah Byles who was Appointed a Sealer of Wood has now 
Hired a Wharfe & keeps a Cart in Order for Carrying Wood & 
desires he may be Appointed a Sealer of Wood in his room. 

Ordered, That mr. Byles Attend next Wednesday. 

Mess". John Dennie & Harrison Gray who Hire One of the 
Ware houses on the Dock belonging to the Town Inform that 
their Ware house is so much out of Repair as they Suffer much 
Damage thereby and therefore Pray that something may be 
done as to Secure their Goods which lye very much exposed to 
the Weather. 

Voted, That mess Jeffries Hancock & Cooke be a Committee 
who are Desired to Effect the same in the prudentest and best 
manner thev can. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 859 

[284.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 6. 1742 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

The Select Men having been informed by a Letter from mr. 
Kilby directed to mr. Hancock that mr. Faneuil was desirous of 
Seeing them accordingly they Waited on him at his House where 
he Signified that the House designed for a Market was now finished 
excepting a Small addition which would not hinder the Improve- 
ment of it & desired that the}' would now receive it & put it under 
some proper regulation, Upon which they Acquainted him that 
they would call the Town together & inform them of his Generous 
Donation & Desire and accordingly, Ordered, 

[285.] That the Town Clerk issue forth a "Warrant directed 
to the Constables of Boston. 

In His Majesty's Name Requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
Qualified as the Law directs to Convene at the Market House 
lately Erected by Peter Faneuil Esq r . on Dock Square on Monday 
next the Thirtieth of September Current at Nine o'Clock in the 
forenoon in Order to Consider of some proper Method for Settling 
& Improving the said House being the Generous & free Gift of 
Peter Faneuil Esq r . to the Town, and to Choose Jurymen for 
October Court &c. &c. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 8. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq T . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[286.] Mjr. Jeremiah Allen Informs that he has taken into 
his House as a Tenant William Spencer from Berwick with his 
Wife & Three Children. 

Mr. Josias Byles who was Sealer of Wood on Wentworths 
Wharf & the Town Dock, has now hired a Wharf & Carts Wood, 
Upon which the Selectmen think him not a proper Person for Sealer 
of Wood and is therefore Dismist from said office. And mr. 
Thomas Pemberton is appointed in his room the said Pembertons 
Precinct to be from the Southward of Colmans Wharf to the Town 
Dock And he is to See that the Laws relating to Wood be duly 
Observed & kept. 

Mr. Thomas Cradock of Milton who has hired One Thomas 
Skinner to Work with him Says that the Man came from this 
Town near a Twelve Month past & was Warned to Depart the 
Town of Milton he therefore Desires the Select men would Indem- 



360 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

nify the Town of Milton from any Charge that may arise to them 
from the said [287.] Skinner 

Voted That a Certificate be given to the Select men of Milton to 
Inform them, We will receive the said Person any time within a 
Twelve month. 

Mr. Cowdrey who had the Charge of the Dock Watch being Dead 
mr. Thomas Williston appearing & Desiring to be a Watchman 
in the Town. 

Voted, That the aid Williston be Improved as a Watchman, 
and have the charge of the Dock Watch. 

John Lucas, a Stranger, who came from Rhode Island by Land, 
& being Bound to the Bay in Capt. Davis hurt his Leg on board 
by a fall, was by the Select Men Recommended, to the Overseers 
of the Poor to be taken into the Almshouse on the Province 
Charge. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 10. 1742. 

Present 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[288~j Mr. Samuel Ruggles who was Employed in Building 
the Market house this Day Waited on the Select men by order of 
Peter Faneuil Esq r . & delivered them the Key of said House which 
they accordingly received. 

Boston Sept. 10. 1742. 

Whereas the Petitions of Sundry Persons for Licence to Sell 
Strong Drink, either as Innholders or Retailers have been presented 
to the Select Men & at Several Meetings by them Considered A 
List of their Names & the Street where each Person Dwells, with 
the Acting of the Select men on said Petitions is here Recorded, as 
follows, Viz 4 . 

Inn holders, Approved & Recommended Viz'. 

Hezekiah Barber Newbury Street 

William Clear Newbury Street 

John Osborne Cross Street 

Thomas Shepard Newbury Street 

[289.] Retailers Approved & Recommended Viz*. 
John Arbuthnott Essex Street 

James Collins North Street 

Anthony Caverly Orange Street 

Edward Cowell Fish Street 

James Day Orange Street 

Benj a Emraons Jun r . Town Dock 

Mary Flagg Ann Street 

Joseph Goldthwait Marlboro' Street 

Robert Gutteridge Fish Street 

Mary Graham Salutation Alley 

Johnson Jackson Orange Street 

Gyles Jeffries Brattle Street ' 

Dorothy Kidder Orange Street 

Abel Kedgell Orange Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 361 

William Lytherland Cambridge Street 

Sarah Peake Ship Street 

Elizabeth Ray Newbury Street 

Wigglesworth Sweetzer King Street 

Rachel Sowersby Cross Street 

Sampson Sheafe Marlboro' Street 

William Taylor Middle Street 

Mary West Middle Street 
[29O.] Innbolder, Disallowed, Viz*. 

Phillip Gatcomb Marlboro' Street 
Retailers, Disallowed, Viz*. 

Ann Brown Cambridge Street 

Thomas Bonus Summer Street 

Elizabeth Carver Milk Street 

Mary Foreland Milk Street 

Richard Barnard Sheafe Street 

Richard Knox Hanover Street 

J)aniel Heal Newbury Street 

Margaret Ruth Clarks Square 

Joanna Stroud Fish Street 

Mackerel 
Marshalls Lane 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 15. 1742. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered, That Hickman with his Family be Warned out of 
Town. 

[291.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 22. 1742. 

Present 

* The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

The Law for Appointing Measurers of Grain in the Town begin- 
ning the first of October next, the Sessions have Nominated Several 
Persons for that Service, who have Desired that measures may be 
provided for them accordingly, 

Mr. Blake is desired to provide One Dozen of half Bushels ac- 
cording to the Directions of the Law. 

Mess". Jon". Davis & Moses Davis appeared & desired they might 
have Stalls fixed for them in the market house. 

Mess". Clark & Hancock who were desired to enquire into the 
Character of mr. Hovey, Report that the Gentleman is of a good 
Character & Reputation and Qualified [292.] to keep a School as 
Petitioned for & be Admitted an Inhabitant. 



362 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Voted, That this Report be accepted, & that the said mr. Hovey 
be admitted an Inhabitant & have Leave to keep a School accord- 
ingly- 

Complaints being made of Posts Set up Contrary to Law in 
Shrimptons Lane & one before mr. Hortons House near Olivers 
Bridge. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell make enquiry into the Affair & Prose- 
cute the Person who put up the Post in Shrimptons Lane & Order 
the Owner of the House at Olivers Bridge to Appear next Wednes- 
day. 

Voted, That the Select Men meet at Faneuil Hall on Fryday next 
at Ten o'Clock before noon. 

Information being made of a man from Marblehead who is like 
to prove a Charge 

Ordered, That mr. Savell forthwith Send him to his Home. 

[293.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Sept. 29. 1742. 

Present * 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Voted, That the Town Clerk acquaint the Proprietors of Land 
on each Side of the Way leading to the Fortification that as the 
Town have now Carried on the Pavement from the End of the 
former Paving unto that which extends to the Fortification of 
the same Breadth with the former The Select Men Expect they 
Speedily Comply with their agreement to Pave the Remainder of 
the said Street on each Side of the Way. 

Voted, That John Jeffries & Jonas Clarke Esq. be desired to 
Order the Mending of the Posts at the Gate leading out of the 
Town at the Fortification. 

[294.] Ordered That the Town Clerk post up an assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Seventeen Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and 
Three Shillings & Six pence p. Bushell Allowed for Charges, which 
is Computed as follows, Viz'. 

of Penny White Loaf 2. 4 

Wheateu 3. 6 

House hold 4. 8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 4. 5 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 6. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 363 

Mr. Fosdick Informs that he has finished the Paving at the South 
end & Prays that the Select Men would See it measured. 

Voted, That the Select men Attend that Service on Wednesday 
next, at Nine o'Clock before noon. 

[295.] In Conformity to a Vote of the Town for removing 
the Towns Books & Papers to Faneuil Hall. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk remove said Books & Papers 
belonging to the Town directly & that mr. Savell provide Coal &c. 
for the Select Men at their meeting there on Wednesday next. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men in Faneuil Hall Oct. 13, 1742. 
(being the first time of Meeting there) 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r - 
Capt. Forsyth 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Thomas Jackson Appearing & being Acquainted of his being 
Chosen Clerk of the Market & the Votes of the Town relating to 
the same being Read to him he desired a Weeks time to Consider 
of the same in Order to give his Answer, 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r - Acquainted the Select [296.] men 
that he bad received of Jacob Wendell Esq r - Five Hundred Pounds 
old Tenor, in part of his Bonds given for the Township he bought 
of the Town. 

Voted That Capt Steel be desired to Pay the same to Treasurer 
Wadsworth and take his Receipt for the same for the Use of the 
Fortifications. 

Voted, That mr. John Savell Strictly observe the Province Law 
page 22. for warning Persons out of Town. 

Thomas Hubbard Esq r - Informs that on the Sixth of August last 
he Warned mr. Nathan Prince out of Town (as one of the Over- 
seers of the Poor) As also on the 13 th of February last 

Wetherell from Cape Cod. 

Information being given that William Pelsne a Painter from 
Salem is come into this Town from thence being a Person of a 
Bad Character. 

Ordered That mr. Savell Warn him out of Town. 

[297.] Eleazer Higgins with his Wife & Two Children being 
come into this Town from Truro Ordered That mr. Savell Warn 
them out of Town, unless he gives Security. 

As Also Eleazer Vickery & five Children from the same place. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct. 20. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r - 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Joseph Uran Informing that he & Company with their En- 
gine was the first at the Fire the last night in Ann Street with the 



364 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Axe & Hook, Desired he might have the Premium allowed by the 
Town. 

Mr. Lovell Master of the South Grammar School Informing that 
the Stove belonging to the School wants repairing. 

Mr. Cooke is desired to See that such Repairs be made to it as 
is necessary. 

[298.] John Jeffries Esq r- Informing that with mr. Hancock 
& some Gentlemen, they Visited the Town & Watch houses, & 
found the "Watchmen in most of them very Negligent of their Duty 
especially the Merchants "Watch on the Long Wharf where they 
found there had been for Several nights only One Arthur Hill who 
they found a Sleep in his Cabbin. 

Voted, That mr. Savell Order all the "Watchmen to Send in (on 
monclay next) their Names & the acco* of the Methods they pro- 
ceed in, in their Watching. 

Voted, That Capt. Haslom give Bond to the Town Treasurer 
for Jane the Wife of William Taylor who he brought from S'. 
Christ , in the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to Indemnify the 
Town f i'om any Charge for five years as the Law directs (and 
mr. Peter Cade is Accepted for his Bondsman. 

(a Bond was given accordingly.) 

Voted, That mr. Savell provide Two pair of Brass Candlesticks 
with Steel [299.] Snuffers and a Poaker for the Town Use. 

Whereas the Select Men arc Impowered by a Law of this Town 
to appoint Suitable Persons to be Chimney Sweepers in the Town 
& agree with them for Sweeping the same, 

Therefore Voted, That the Town Clerk put an Advertisement in 
the Publick news Papers to inform any Person or Persons inclining 
to Undertake that Business that they appear at the Select Mens 
Chamber at Faneuil Hall, on either of the Three Succeeding 
Wednesda}*s in order to agree with them Concerning the same. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct r 25. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Thomas Jackson having been Acquainted with the Vote of 
the Town, appointing him Clerk of the Market until March next, 
having Considered of the same [3OO.] Desires Liberty until 
monday next to finish some affairs of his own & then he will 
Undertake that Service. 

William Pelsne, Informs that he came into this Town from 
Watertown last June, and took Lodging at the Widow Rush's & 
about Fourteen Days since, removed to mr. Haycock's, has left 
his Wife & Children at Salem, He was directed to Attend next 
Wednesday. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Oct r . 27. 1742. 

Present 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 365 

Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq*. 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Complaint being made by mr. Cooke that the Pavement before 
Capt. Jos. Henderson's new House at the South end, being much 
Sunk Occasioned by the Drain of his Cellar, which makes it very 
Dangerous [3O1.] for Carts &c. to pass Ordered, That mr. 
Savell Warn him to Repair it immediately. 

Mr. Francis "Wardell, Appeared Desired that the Select Men 
would appoint some of their Brethren to Run the Line between 
the Towns Land in Beacon Street and his. 

Voted, That messrs. Jeffries Hancock & Cooke be desired to 
Attend that Service. 

Capt. David Vickery Appeard & Said he had lately come from 
Truro on Cape Cod & Desired to be Admitted an Inhabitant of this 
Town, he informed he had brought to the Value of Five Hundred 
Pounds Old Tenor with him in Household Goods Chiefly, and that 
he is Employed as a Master of a Vessell out of this Town in the 
Virginia Trade and hired a House about Sixteen Days ago in mr. 
Stamfords Buildings at New Boston. 

Refer'd to next Wednesday for Consideration. 
Thomas Gibson appearing Said he came from Jamaica in a Scow 
Four Days past, has been a Soldier there about Three years was 
[302. ] Born at Long Island, & being very Sick & Weak Desires 
some Assistance, he has no knowledge of the Masters name he came 
in being Sick all the Passage. 

The Select Men Apprehending him an object of Charity, ordered 
that he be Recommended to the Overseers of the Poor to be taken 
Care of in the Almshouse at the Charge of the Province. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Seventeen Shillings p. Bushell for Wheat & Three Shil- 
lings & Six pence p. Bushell Allowed for Charges which is Com- 
puted as follows, Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2. 4 

Wheaten 3. 6 

Household 4. 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 . 4. 5 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 3. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq'. 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[3O3.] William Pelsne a Painter from Salem appeared to 
know if he might be Admitted an Inhabitant of this Town, Upon 
which it was Voted in the Negative And Ordered that mr. Savell 
Warn him out of Town according to Law. 



566 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Capt. Vickery Appeared according to Appointment last Wednes- 
day to know if he' might be Admitted an Inhabitant of this Town, 
And it was Voted in the affirmative, Provided he gave Bond with 
Sufficient Suretys to Indemnify the Town as the Law directs. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk Copy out the Towns Vote for 
Removing all the Papers &c. belonging to the Town & give it to 
the assessors, and acquaint them that the East most Chamber in 
the upper Story in Faueuil Hall is appointed for them. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 10, 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[3O4.] Capt. Eleazer Darby appeared & Desired that the 
Select Men would View his Fence near Bull "Wharf which is now 
down and is going to be Erected anew. 

Voted, That mess. Jeffries Clarke & Cooke be a Committee to 
View the same and make Report thereon. 

Complaint being made by mr. Cooke that mr. Samuel Cooliclge 
formerly Chaplain at the Castle, is now in this Town & in a Dis- 
tracted Condition & very likely to be a Town Charge. 

Voted, That mr. Savell Warn him out of Town according to 
Law. 

The Select Men taking into Consideration that the Watch of the 
Town requires some Alterations for the Benefit of the Town. 

Voted, That mr. Jeffries be desired to draw up some Instructions 
for the Watch men against next Wednesday. 

The Watch houses at the Dock & Town House being out of 
Repair Voted that mess. Jeffries & Cooke be desired to get them 
repaired. 

[3O5.] David Watts Wife & Two Children from Topsham at 
the Eastward have been in Town about a Month, keeps at mr. 
Glins a Taylor is like to become a Town Charge. 

Voted That mr. Savell Warn the said Watts and family to 
Depart the Town, And that he Prosecute the said Glin for not in- 
forming of his receiving them into his House according to Law. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 15. 1742. 
Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq*. 

Capt. Forsyth 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

m r . Hancock 

m r . Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

His Excellency the Governour informing the Select Men that 
One Leport a French man, that was formerly here is Returned to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 367 

this Town again, and has no Liberty from him, Desired that he 
might be taken up upon [3O6.] The Law of the Province. 

Mr. Justice Hall & Hubbard being Complained to of the same 
issued out their Warrant for Apprehending him to answer thereto. 

This Day was Sent to the Alms house by mr. Cheever, by Order 
of the Select men Anthony La Craw a Spainard, who came from 
New found land in Capt. Tripe having no Substance being Lame 
to be taken Care of at the Province Charge. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov. 17. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Mr. Joseph Treat Gunsmith Appeared & Informed that Eleazer 
Higgins with his Wife and Six Children came from Truro about 
Five Weeks past and Live in Capt. Dowricks House, that he has 
no Substance but House hold Goods [3O7.] and desired that he 
might be admitted an Inhabitant, and the said Treat would be his 
Bondsman. 

Information being given that Capt. Nath 1 . Welch Master of the 
Brig'. Eagle from Newfoundland had lately Imported Several Pas- 
sengers from thence among whom One William English was One 
& had not Reported them at the Impost office. 

Voted, that the said Welch be Prosecuted for not Reporting his 
Passengers according to Law. 

Mem . Nov. 15. 1742. 

Liberty is hereby Granted to mr. Peter Pelham to Dig up the 
Pavement & open the Ground in Leveretts Lane in Order to repair 
the Drain running from the House wherein he Dwells into the Com- 
mon Shore, Upon Condition that he forth with make good the 
Ground & Pavement again and keep the same in repair from time 
to time to the Satisfaction of the Select Men. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov r . 24. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[3O8.] Mr. Thomas Jackson Clerk of the Market Appeared 
& presented Joseph Gray for the Acceptance of the Select men to 
Sweep the Market, who was willing to do that Service for Ten 
Pounds until that time. 

The Select Men left it to the said Jackson to agree with him on 
the best terms. 

Mr. Ebenezer Winborn appeared in behalf of the Widow Dj-er 
& Desire .1 he might be Impowered in her behalf to receive the Bull 
money of the Inhabitants of the Town. 



368 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk give him a Certificate to receive 
the same. 

James Hamilton a Soldier from Rhode Island came from there 
about Twenty Days since is very poor, & not, able to help himself 
has been a Soldier Twenty years. 

Ordered, That mr. Savell procure him a pair of Shoes & Thirty 
Shillings Old Tenor upon Condition that he depart the Province. 

[3O9.] At a Meeting of the Select Men, Nov'. 29. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
m r . Hancock 
m r . Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Capt. Tripe appeared according to appointment & Said that the 
Spaniard named Le Craw Sent to the Almshouse the 15 th . instant 
on the Province Charge by Capt. Cheever was Ship'd by him here 
in Boston to go to Newfoundland & back to Boston again the 10 th . 
of July last, & on his Return here, paid him his Wages. 

Mr. John Peirce Master of the Engine at the Westerly part of 
the Town Informs that he & his Company was only the Engine 
at the Fire at mr. Sigourney's Distill House & Desired that they 
might have the Bounty Allowed by the Town 

Mr. Andrew Halyburton by his Petition to the Selectmen, Ac- 
quainting them that he was Obliged to remove from the Sun 
Tavern where he was Licenced, Praying their Recommendation 
[31O.] To the Justices of the County of Suffolk for Liberty of 
keeping a Tavern in the House the late Doct r . Boylston lived, until 
the time of Granting Licences by Law They having Considered 
the same with the Pet. Circumstances make no Objection to its 
being Granted. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up as Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Nineteen Shillings Old Tenor p. Bushel for Wheat and 
Three Shillings & Six pence p. Bushell Allowed for Charges, 
which is Computed as follows, Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2- 1 

Wheaten 3- 1 

Household 4- 2 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 - 2- 8 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec 1 . 8. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

[311,] The Representatives of this Town, having Acquainted 
the Select men with the Desire of the Honourable House of Rep- 
resentatives, that the Town would give them an acco 1 . of the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 



369 



Number of Houses Ware houses Negroes Horses and Cows in. 
the Town the doing of which its thought will be of Service to the 
Town in the present Valuation. 

Voted, That the Assessors & Collectors of the Town be desired 
to take a List of the same as soon as they can and return it to the 
Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec'. 14. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

The Assessors & Collectors according to Desire having taken an 
Exact View of the Town [312.] Have presented the following 
acco'. Viz'. 





Souls. 


Houses. 


Wharves. 


Negroes. 


Horses. 


COWB. 


N*. 1 


1028 


106 


44 


44 


8 


7 


2 


1483 


147 





76 


5 


5 


3 


1255 


127 


11 


105 


16 


4 


4 


1135 


110 





84 


21 


4 


5 


1328 


132 


12 


109 


31 


4 


6 


1363 


142 


15 


115 


31 


5 


7 


1204 


127 


8 


124 


37 


21 


8 


1216 


146 


99 


136 


45 


7 


9 


1264 


139 


8 


165 


47 


9 


10 


1857 


197 


4 


167 


61 


26 


11 


1365 


138 


5 


115 


40 


15 


12 


1884 


208 





134 


76 


34 




16382 


1719 


166 


1374 


418 


141 



Mem . The Negroes are Included in the Number of 16382, 
Souls but not 110 in the Alms house & 36, in the Work house. 

And the Town Clerk was directed to make out a fair Copy 
which was accordingly done & the Assessors & Collectors Signed 
the underwritten acco'. thereof, Viz*. 

We the Subscribers have taken an Acco'. of all the Souls, 
Houses, Ware houses, Negroes [313.] Horses & Cows within 
the Town of Boston & find they amount in Number as is 
respectively Set in the above Columns including the familys of His 
Excellency the Governour & the Ministers & Grammar School 
Masters in the Town. We also Apprehend there is about 1200 



370 CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 

Wfflows included in the above number of Souls One Thousand 
whereof are in low Circumstances & a great Number of other 
Persons so poor that thev are not Taxed. Witness Our hands Dec*. 
14. 1742 

Signed JACOB SHEAFE 
JOHN STAMFORD 
RICHARD BUCKLE* 
JOSHUA BLANCHARD 
WILLIAM S ALTER 
JACOB PARKER 
DANIEL PECKER 
JOHN GOLDTHWAIT 
NATH L . BARBER' 
NATH L . GARDNER 
WILLIAM FAIRFIELD 

Which was given to the Representatives who with the Assessors, 
Waited on the Com 4 **, of Valuations & laid it before them for 
their Information. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec'. 22. 1742. 

Present 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq'. 
Capt. Forsyth 
mr. Hancock 
Jonas Clarke Esq'. 
mr. Cooke 

[314.] Mr. Anthony Hodgson appearing Praying Liberty to 
Improve One Stall in the Market for Selling Cheese Butter & 
Flour Three Days in the Week in Order to Supply the Inhabitants 
of the Town in Small Quantitys as Cheap as they can Buy by 
Whole sale The Select men having Considered the same & Ap- 
prehending it may be of Service to the Town 

Voted That Liberty be & hereby is Granted to the said Anthony 
Hodgson to make a tryal of the above Commodities for one month 
provided they be Imported by him or his Friends so as not to 
break in on the Laws of the Market, Paying Twenty Shillings Old 
Tenor to the Town p month, & that he Improve Number Eight. 
Col. Hill Informs that a Negro man belonging to mr. John 
Grover of Pullen point but now of this Town, whom the said 
Grover has freed, hath been in the Alms house for a year past at 
the Towns Charge, The Select men advise that the said Grover 
be Prosecuted in the Law for the Charges that hath Arisen upon 
the said Negro in the Almshouse 

[315.] Eliz a . Young who came into this Town about Three 
Weeks past, from Rhode Island & belongs to New York being very 
poor & big with Child and her Husband gone to Sea Voted That 
She be Recommended to the Overseers of the Poor to be taken 
into the Almshouse at the Charge of the Province being a Stranger. 
Mr. Samuel Wethered presented a Petition to the Selectmen, 
Praying that they would Recommend him to the Governour & 
Council for Licence to keep a Tavern in the House of Gillam 
Phillips Esq r . on the North Side of the Town House (being Obliged 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1742. 371 

to remove from the place where he was last Licenced) until the 
Usual time for Granting of Licences The Select men having nc 
Objection thereto. 

Voted That a Certificate be given accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select Men, Dec'. 24. 1742. 

Present 

Capt. Forsyth 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

mr. Cooke 

Capt. Steel 

[316.] Upon Reading the Petition of Peter Faneuil Esq r . & 
Thirty five others received this Day Desiring a Town Meeting to 
be called to farther Represent to the Hon ble . House of Representa- 
tives now Setting the Distressing Circumstances of the Town & 
their inability to Pay the Tax now Apportioned by them in Order 
to obtain some Relief in the Affair. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed 
to the Constables of Boston, In His Majesty's name Requiring them 
forthwith to Warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified as the Law directs to Convene at 
Faneuil Hall upon Monday the Twenty Seventh Day of December 
instant at Two o'Clock in the afternoon then & there to Consider 
of a Petition of Several of the Inhabitants of said Town for 
making a further Representation of the Distressing Circumstances 
of the Town & their Inability to Pay the Tax now laid on them by 
the Hon bkJ . House of Representatives in Order to Obtain some 
Redress in the Affair. 

[317.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec'. 29. 1742. 

Present 
Capt. Forsyth 
Jonas Clarke Esq*. 
mr. Hancock 
mr. Cooke 
Capt. Steel 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Nineteen Shillings Old Tenor p. Bushel for Wheat & Three 
Shillings & Six pence p. Bushell allowed for Charges, which is 
Computed as follows, Viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 2- 1 

Wheaten 3- 1 

House hold 4- 2 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf I 1 - 2- 8 

[The printed volume is closed at this point for convenience. 
W. H. W.J 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



Abbot, 153, 212, 213, 228, 2T3. 

Acton, 148. 

Adams, 15, 25, 28, 41, 65, 70, 84, 97, 129, 161, 

188, 190, 194, 195, 208, 221, 222. 
Addington, 238. 
Adlington, 323. 
Albuoy, 312. 
"Allen, 7, 48, 243, 245, 297, 298, 309, 332, 337, 

340, 356, 359. 
Alleyn, 55. 
Allin, 18. 
Alley, Bakers, 282. 

Battery, 67. 

Paddeys, 130. 

Peines, 309. 

Peirces, 255. 

Pierces, 130. 

Salutation, 360. 

Scottows, 67. 
Alleyn, see Allen. 
Allin, see Alleyn. 
Ames, 64. 
Angier, 93, 94. 

! Andersen, 117. 
Anderson, 121, 299. 

Andover, 320. 

Annapolis, 299. 

Annapolis Royal, 45. 
Apthorp, 178, 219. 
Apthrop, 347. 
Arbuthnot, 129. 
Arbuthnott, 360. 

Armitage, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 
26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 33, 
39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 
62, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 
78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 
90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 
101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106,107,108.109, 
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 
120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 
205, 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 
224, 226. 

Arnault, 355. 

Arnold, 3, 7. 

Ashley, 67, 130, 203. 

Atkins, 61, 339. 

Attleborough, 7. 

Atwood, 338. 

Auchmuty, 27, 72. 

Austin, 67, 183. 

Avery, 9. 

Aves, 256. 

Ayres, 147, 148. 

Babbidge, 156, 160, 275, 307. 

Bacon, 82, 83 85, 86, 89, 93, 99, 100, 104. 

Bagnall, 16, 172, 240. 



< Bailey, 207. 

| Baily, 62. 

Baker, 4, 5, 69, 104, 121, 151, 152, 168, 217, 218, 
221, 238, 248, 257, 258, 296, 331, 338, 339, 
342. 

Ball, 129, 318. 
Ballard, 331, 339. 
Band, 286. 
Bangs, 198. 

Banister, 14, 15, 200, 206. 
Bant, 196. 

Barbadoes, 91, 107, 304. 
Barber, 9, 87, 114, 149, 239, 275, 320, 326, 301. 

360, 370. 

Barker, 161, 260, 296, 339. 
Barlow, 36. 
Barnard, 20, 61, 155, 156, 158, 159, 179,271, 

284, 339, 340, 361. 
Barrel, 78. 
Barren, 197, 210. 
Bartlet, 5, 15, 16, 48, 49, 322. 
Bass, 66, 69, 107, 140, 149, 151. 
Basset, 152, 322, 338. 
Batt, 139. 
Battery, The, 234. 

North, 223, 226, 257, 277, 290, 292, 

294, 295, 299, 333, 336. 
South, 65, 204, 226, 314. 
Bay Casco, 18, 69, 85, 198, 288. 

Massachusetts, 122, 218, 225, 336. 

( Beairsto, 332. 

i Bearsto, 337. 
Beale, 229. 
Beard, 9, 10. 
Bearsto, see Beairsto. 
Beauchamp, 200. 

I Beaudre, 285. 

I Bcaudry, 285, 337. 
Beauford, 84. 

Bedgood, 25, 161, 221, 222, 228, 276, 828. 
Beekman, 105, 174. 
Beekmore, 269. 

J Beer, 5, 295. 

/ Beers, 339. 
Belcher, 11, 14, 17, 70, 95, 117, 120, 130, 104, 

304,338. 

Belfast, 317, 320. 
Belknap, 5. 
Bell, 136, 254. 
Beney, 216. 

I Bonnet, 106. 

I Bennett, 300. 
Bentley, 5, 296, 339. 
Bermudas, 288, 289, 312. 
Berry, 69, 105, 106, 276, 324. 
Berwick, 359. 
Bethune, 148. 
Betsilke, 222. 
Bettesly, 308. 
Bickmore, 117. 
Bickner, 129, 249. 

Bill, 13, 53, 54, 130, 203, 248, 254, 258, 298. 
Billings, 164, 193, 197, 202, 205, 224. 
Birch, 138, 245, 285, 337. 
Bisby.92. 
Bishop, 167. 
Bissell, 45. 
Blair, 345. 
Blake, 6, 104, 111, 202, 204, 207, 210, 254, 301. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Blanchard, 25, 29, 116, 134, 181, 168, 187, 220, 
222, 240, 252, 274, 276, 284, 323,326,370. 
Blanchcr, 55, 63. 
Blauchard, 323. 
Stanford, 84. 
Bluwcts, 294. 
Blowers, 324, 327. 
Boardman, 112, 130,161. 
Bollan, SCO, 331. 
Bonning, 209. 
Bonus, 361. 

Bonyat, 314, 343. 
Bonyet, 200. 
Bonyot, 200, 201. 
Boone, 67, 130, 202. 
Borland, 25, 161, 222, 276, 327, 355. 
Bosch, 212, 240. 

Boston, 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 
20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 
34, 37, 38, 40, 49, 50, 55, 56, 59, 60, 
61, 63, 64, 6-i, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 
76, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 89, 
92, 94, 95, 97, 101, 102, 103, 105, 
106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 116, 118, 
120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 1'27, 
128, 129, 131, 134, 135, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 143, 146, 147, 149, 150, 
151, 152, 153, 156, 157, 159, 161, 
1C2, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 169, 
171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 179, 181, 
185, 187, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 
195, 199, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 
209, 211, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 
2-23, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 233, 
235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 
244, 245, 247, 248, 251, 252, 254, 
264, 274, 276, 279, 280, 281, 290, 
2D1, 292, 296, 300, 301, 302, 303, 
305, 306, 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 
315, 316, 317, 3!8, 322, 323, 324, 
325, 328, 3-29, 334, 336, 341, 344, 
345, 352, 353, 354, 355, 357, 359, 
360, 368, 3ti9, 371. 
New, 365. 
Boucher, 22, 31. 
Bourdeaux, 343. 
Bourke, 327, 331, 334. 
Bovey, 77. 
Bowdoin, 256. 
Bo wen, 300, 314. 
Bowler, 15. 

Bowman, 1, 67, 258, 262, 263, 265. 
Boyd, 4, 9, 20, 178, 236. 
Boy dell, 63. 
Bfn es, 126. 

Boylsion, 48, 57, 65, 168, 196,200, 213, 255, 

368. 

Boylstone, 193. 
Bylstone, 197. 
B'racket, 339. 
Bradford, 45. 
Brandon, 51, 191, 200, 207. 
Brantrey, 48, 277, 288. 
Breck, 237. 
Brceden, 20. 

Brewer, 61, 138, 313, 339. 
Brcwstc-r, 189. 
( Briant, 312. 

j Bryant, 133, 162, 215, 216, 244. 
Bridewell, 45, 351. 
Bridge, 07. 

Clap, 75. 

County, 12, 73, 75, 79. 
Draw, 134, 136, 153, 197. 
Grover's, 30. 

Mill, 3. 145, 147, 173, 251, 300. 
Oliver's 316, 347, 362. 
Swing, 20, 47. 
Bridgewater, 322. 
Bridgham, 107, 140, 142, 187. 
Bright, 331. 
I Brintnal, 205. 
) Brintnall, 10, 1*0. 
Brisco, 202. 



Bristol, 47, 173, 206, 212, 258, 259, 260, 261, 

266, 268, 303, 358. 

Bromfield, 22, 25, 31, 53, 55, 153, 161, 185, 189, 
221, 2-22, 243, 245, 275, 276, 297, 298, 325, 
327, 347. 

( Brookline, 27, 48. 
} Brooklin, 57, 62, 63. 

Brown, 5, 37, 126, 129, 250, 258, 271, 273, 
284, 289, 295, 296, 319. 331, 338, 339, 310, 
350, 361. 
.Browne, 39. 
Browning, 191. 
Brownell, 159. 
Brunswick, 188, 290. 
Bryan, 244, 316, 334. 
Bryant, see Briant. 
Buddy, 33. 

Buckley, 9, 24, 146, 160, 221, 275, 326, 370. 
Bulfinuh, 83, 278, 347, 348. 
Bulkley, 25. 
Bunker, 197. 
Burbank, 331, 338. 
I Burck, 178, 269. 
I Burke, 331. 
Burlineton, 85. 
Burnefl, 88. 
Burt, 254. 
Burton, 3. 
Buryingplace, North. 32, 118, 173, 179, 230, 

289, 294, 349, 355. 
Old, 23, 53, 54, 111, 112, 116, 
136, 168,187,219,284,286. 
South, 23, 23, 37, 38, 78, 80, 
104,105, 116,118, 134, 154, 
170,172,219,247,286. 
Bushel, 356. 
Butler, 130, 153, 191, 197, 202, 204. 208, 210, 

211, 238, 239, 240, 243, 309,312, 320, 356. 
Buttolph, 29, 202, 269, 289, 292. 
Byles, 55, 63, 115, 185, 198,239, 240, 243, 245 

253, 264, 280, 293, 355, 358, 359. 
Bylestone, see Boylston. 



Cade, 364. 

Calef, 63, 178, 269, 316. 

Calces, 48. 

Cambridge, 53, 84, 137, 313. 

Campbell, 64, 286, 309. 

Cannoe, 78. 

Canso, 342, 355, 356. 

Cape Ann, 342. 

Breton, 200, 201, 342, 356. 
Cod, 187, 285..309, 363, 365. 
Francois, 200, 356. 
Capen, 185. 

( Carall, 3. 

\ Carrall, 3. 

( Carrell, 3. 

( Camel, 271. 

j Carnell, 277. 

\ Carnes, 230, 276. 

| Cams, 277. 
Carolina, 45, 319. 
Carolina, North, 7, 44, 45, 55, 63, 90, 92, 107, 

206,215,319. 
South, 202, 260, 261, 279. 
Carr, 320. 
Carnill, see Carall. 
Carrell, see Carrall. 
Carter, 85, 272. 
Carver, 361. 
Casno, 67, 172, 197, 210. 
Castle, William, 11, 17, 308. 
Caswall, 22. 

( Caverlcy, 130. 

| Caverly, 360. 
Chambers, 58, 59, 77, 180, 231, 233, 253, 283, 

284, *86, 308. 
Chamberlain, 87. 

Chandler, 67, 147, 156, 182, 187, 240, 285. 
Charito, 107. 

Charlestown, 6, 37, 162, 205, 288. 
Cbarnock, 113, 203. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



75 



< Chauncey, 4. 

] Chauncy, 115, 185, 347. 

Checkley, 8, 29, 53, 54, 66, 132, 171, 185, 241, 
347, 348. 

Cheever, 9, 24, 87, 149, 160, 170, 221, 275, 320, 
367, 363. 

Chelsea, 171, 172,322. 

Child, 62, 63, 116, 130. 

Church, Brattle Street, 123, 125. 

Church, North, 348. 
Old, 53, 59. 
Trinity, 105, 170, 285, 337. 

Cinae, 3. 

f Clark, 5, 22, 25, 31, 33, 44, 45, 61, 63, 112, 
130, 172, 174, 240, 267, 268, '290, 294, 295, 
296, 30^, 309, 316, 317,318, 319, 3.i8, 339, 
349, 355, 358, 361. 
\ Clarke, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, '22, 23, 24, 25, 
26, 27, 2S, 80, 31, 32, 3:5, 34, 36, 37, 38, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 43, 49, 50, 
52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 5S, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 68-, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92,93,94,95,96,97, 
98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108,109,110,111,112, 113, 115,118, 
119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 
129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 133, 139, 140, 
141, 142, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 152, 153. 154, 155, 156, 157,158, 160, 
161, 162, 163, 16t, 165, 166, 167, 160, 170, 
171, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 18'2, 
183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 183, 189,190,191, 
Ij2, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, ^00, 
201, 202, 203, 204,205, 206,207,2u9, 210, 
211,212,213,214,215,216,217,218,219, 
H20, 221 , 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 233,234,235,237, 238, 



266, 267, 268, 269, 270,271,272, 273, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278,279,280,231, 282, 283, 
284, 286, 288, 289, 290, 231, 292, 203, 2*4, 
297, 298, 2'J9, 300, 301,302, 303, 304, 306, 
307, 309,310,311,812,313,314, 315, H16, 
317, 318, 319,320,321,322, 323, 324, 325, 
326, 327, 32"*, 3-29,330,332, 333, 334, 337, 
340, 342, 343, 344,345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 
350, 351, 352, 353,354, 355. 356, 3.37, 358, 
359, 360, 361,362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 
369, 370, 371. 

Clear, 222, 360. 

rice, 206. 

Clements, 203, 225. 

Clough, 37, 124, 145, 146, 148, 154, 180, 182, 
192, 216, 223, 241, 242, 244, 252. 

Cobbet, 109. 

Cochrcans, 120. 

Cochreau, 67. 

Coffin, 35, 8, 59, 79, 112, 231, 237, 279, 289. 

Cole, 82, 278. 

Collings, 256. 

Collins, 316, 335, 380. 
Collison, 121. 

Collson, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 1 8, 19, 20, 21 , 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 
28, 29, 30, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, .'>3, 54, 55, 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 
69, 73, 74, 75, 76, 80, 81, 82, 85, 87, 88, 
91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 93, 99, 100, 101, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 110, 112, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 126, 
129, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 
15:3, 154, 155, 156, 157, 161,162, 163, 164, 
167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 133, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 189, 190, 191, 196, 197, K'9,200, 201, 
202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 
213, 222, 223, 224, 22C, 245, 290,291, 295. 
Colson, 139, 167,210. 

Collony, 330. 



Collop, 307. 

Colraau, 63, 65. 239, 267, 299. 
Colsoa, Bee Colison. 

Common, The, 5, 7, 14, 15, 35, 73, 78, 80, 81, 
102, 111, 112, 119, 129, 141, 163, 170, 176, 
180, 183, 192, 200, 207, 225, 228, 229, 330, 
259, 230, 285, 287, 300, 333, 336, 353. 
Compton, 123, 125. 
Com riu, 350. 
Condy, 243, 245. 
Connecticut, 13, 63, 69, 79, 317. 
Cououeie, 340. 
Conyer, 216, 247. 
I Cook, 47, 107, 283, 333. 
} Cooke, 45, 50, 52, 71, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 
232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 24 1 , 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 
251, 252, 25:1, 254, 255, 2.')6,2,>7,25S,25'J, 
260, 261 202, 263, 264, 2(35, 200, 207, 263, 
2ti9, 270, 271, 27^, 273, 274,275,276,277, 
278, 279, 2 SO, 231, 282, 2S3, 234, 286, 233, 
29U, 291, 2.<2, 203, 294, 297,298,299,300, 

301, 303, 304, 306,307, 308,309,310,311, 
312, 313, 314, 315, 310, 317, 318,319,32", 
321 , 3-23, 324, 325, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 
332, 333, 334, 336, 337, 310, atl , 342, 34:;, 
344, 345, 34(5, ::47, 348, 349,350,351,352, 
353, 354, 355, 356, 337, 358, 539, 360, 361, 

302, 3G3, 364, 365, 366, 367, 363, 363, 370, 
371. 

Cooksou, 230, 277, 349. 

Coolidge, 336. 

Cooper, 185, 297, 347. 

Cordis, 130, 222. 

Cork, 33, 77. 

Corner, Ilallowell's, 319. 

Cornhill, 108, 109, 128, 130, 158, 254, 293. 

Cornuch, 206. 

Corsser, 294. 

Cossett, 342. 

Cotta, 191 , 197, 203, 208, 210, 339. 

County of Essex, 71. 

Suffolk, 6, 8, 37, 38, 60, 61, 65, 83, 
92, 103, 110, 120, 144, 151, 161, 
165, 169, 175, 178, 179, 189, 236, 
280, 291, 293, 296, 340, 341, 368. 
Courprie, 201. 
Courser, 113. 
Court Gibbins's, 139, 323. 

half Square, 238, 249. 
Minot's, 309. 
Coutanch. 44. 
Cove, Tarqualin, 85. 
Cowdrey, 35, 30, 44, 48, 129, 132, 169, 173,180, 

185, 101, 216, 227, 306, 344, 360. 
Cowell, 07, 138, 206, 309, 312, 360. 
Cowley, 258, 261,284. 
Coy, 142. 
Cnidock, 190, 202, 359. 

I Craft, 8-', 89, 100. 

j Crafts, 271, 284, 332, 333, 340. 
Craig, 109. 
Craigie, 288. 
Cramp, 261. 
Cramshaw, 79. 

J Crauford, 9. 

I Crawford, 15. 
Creek Mill, 216. 
Crocker, 9, 
Crosman, 270. 

Cross, 75, 76, 78, 117, 121, 346. 
Crowcll, 276. 
Cunningham, 269, 291. 
Curley, 327. 

I Curtice, 9, 117, 121, 249, 316. 

j Curtis, 18, 203, 225. 
Cushing, 22, 31,35, 50, 53, 55, 185, 238, 243, 

245, 273, 297, 347, 351. 
Cushman, 93. 
Cutler, 83, 192, 252, 278. 

Pabney, 299. 
Dakin, 206. 
Danforth, 84. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Darby, 386. 
Barnard, 356. 

I Barrel, 266. 

| Barrell, 7, 45, 266. 

Bavis, 16, 19, 27, 36, 47, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 
89, 100, 108, 140, 141, 188, 191, 204, 205, 
209, 303, 327, 361. 
Bay, 179, 860. 
Beacon, 328, 329. 
Beal, 34, 130. 
Bebuke, 109, 130. 
Bcchezeau, 202, 254. 
Becoster, 276. 
Bedhara, 224, 233, 244. 
Beerfteld, 37, 39, 56, 242. 
Be lauire, 314. 
Bemerry, 295. 
Demoul'ne 314. 

Bonnie, 19, 47, 68, 75, 150, 358. 
Bennison, 212, 266. 

Bering, 22, 25, 32, 33, 47, 137, 161, 189, 357. 
Bescbares, 254. 
Beshee, 350, 351. 
Beebons, 217. 
Bevenport, 54. 
Bickey, 291. 
Bilarue, 2 16. 
Bison, 68, 269. 
Dock, The, 13, 17, 51, 61, 121, 122, 182, 191, 

283, 308, 335, 339, 358, 366. 
Oliver's, 249. 

Town, 21, 37, 55, 65, 82, 164, 172, 182, 
184, 239, 243, 249, 273, 344, 359, 360. 
Dogan, 299. 
Bogget, 40, 43. 

Bolbeare, 128, 181, 212, 213, 223. 
Bonill, 299. 
Bonneval, 96. 
Borby, 70, 138. 
Borcbester, 120, 138, 147, 156, 180, 185, 269, 

313, 320, 351. 
Dorr, 24. 

Boubleday, 193, 194, 296, 339. 
Douglass, 20, 104, 144, 147, 163, 192, 241, 282, 

297. 

Bowell, 5, 295, 339. 
Bowing, 270. 

Bowne, 161, 222, 275, 276, 325, 326. 
Bownes, The, 33, 34. 
Bowning, 270, 271, 277, 308. 
Do wrick, 367. 
Dowse, 181. 
Braper, 22. 
Brillingwater, 19. 
Briscoll, 54. 
Browne, 199, 254, 346. 
Budding, 130, 202. 
Dudley, 64, 71, 126, 165, 188, 293. 
Budwoit, 342, 343. 
Buraaresq, 338. 
Bummer, 184. 
Duinore, 259. 
Duncan, 276. 
Dunham, 88. 
Duulop, 9, 15. 
Dunstable, 97. 
Dunworth, 109, 192. 

( Dupee, 14, 21, 67, 130, 172, 212, 240. 

j Duque, 212. 
Burham, 61, 339. 
Bwight, 254, 306, 307, 310. 

(Byar, 340. 
Byer, 27, 177, 367. 
Byre, 58, 75, 76, 157, 161, 171, 212, 222, 237, 
246, 276, 327. 



( Earl, 237. 

j Earle, 37, 118, 234, 273, 281, 287, 331, 338. 
Eastham,309. 
Eastwick, 347. 
Eastwicke, 1, 2, 3, 4, , 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12, 13, 

14, 19. 

Eayres, 161. 
Edcs, 5, 296, 331, 330. 



Edgar Town, 88, 93. 

( Edmonds, 152. 

i Edmunds, 338. 
Edwards, 130, 197, 265, 268. 
Eliot, 25, 124, 142, 288. 
Elision, 344. 
Ellard, 158. 
Ellis, 339. 

Emmes, 271, 284, 340. 
Emmons, 29, 360. 
England, 181. 
English, 308, 367. 
Eustatia, 31, 342. 
Eustus, 62, 340. 
Evans, 344. 

Everill, 32, 37, 53, 64, 83, 86, 88, 89, 97, 98,99, 
101, 103, 126, 131, 134, 143,158, 163, 164, 
165, 171, 182, 211, 228, 344. 
Everton, 57, 309. 
Eyre, 276, 309. 

Fairfleld, 252, 370. 

Fairscrvice, 121, 249. 

Falmouth. 18. 

Faneuil, 21, 137, 246, 247, 252, 268, 291, 297, 
347, 356, 359, 360, 371. 

Farnum,9, Cl, 87,202. 

Farrington, 288, 289. 

Fayerweather, 2, 24, 39, 40, 65, 82, 83, 94, 127, 
160, 194, 195, 221, 251, 275, 301, 303, 326, 353. 

Featherston, 304, 345, 347. 

Felsted, 23. 28. 

Fereton, 318. 
I Ferry, Winislmet. 47, 68. 

Winnisimet, 72, 77, 156, 306. 

Fettes, 240. 

Foveryear, 88. 

Filden, 55. 

Finney.81. 

Fisher, 11, 14, 104, 144, 182, 186, 202, 203, 235, 
254, 316. 

Fitch, 43, 162. 

Fitzgerald, 148. 

Fitz-Gibbon, 109, 192. 

Flagg, 12, 82, 83, 84, 85, 89, 93, 104, 203, 308, 
360. 

Fleet, 54. 

Fling, 117, 121, 217, 249. 

Flood, 231, 232, 259, 268. 

Flowers, 160. 

Floyd, 105, 106, 151, 154. 

Fluker, 256, 257. 

Folke, 332. 

Forbes, 264. 

Foreland, 361. 

Forst, 183. 

(Forsytb.S, 6,7, 8,9, 10,11,12, 13, 14, 15,16, 
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 
29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 
43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
6fi, 68, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 
82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91 , 92, 93, 95, 
96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 
106, 107, 109. 110, 111, 113, 115, 116, 117, 
118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 126, U7, 129, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 13">, 13rt, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148, 150, 151, 
154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 100, 162, 163, 166, 
167,172,173, 174,175, 17C, 177,1:8,180, 
183, 181, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190,191, 
192, 195, 196, 198, 201, 205, 207, 209. 210, 
214, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 
226, 227, 229, 230, 232, 233, 2 !4, 235, 237, 
238, 239, 241, 245, 247, 248, 250, 251, 252, 
253, 255, 256, 257, 238, 239, 26.), 262, 265, 
266, 268, 269, 270, 272, 27.<, 275, 277, 278, 
280, 282, 287, 288, 289, 290, 297, 298, 299, 
300, 303, ::04, 306, 309. 310, 31 1 , 312, 313, 
314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 321, 323, 324, 326, 
340, 341, 343, 350, 331, 352, 305, 336, 337, 
358, 359, 361, 362, 363, 365, 366, 368, 370, 
371. 
.Forsythe, 174. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



377 



frosdick, 334, 343, 383. 

faster, 51, 130, 138, 144, 145, 146, 147, 228, 
241, 244, 273, 285, 294, 295, 323, 337, 339. 
Foxcroft, 4, 297. 
Foye, 13, 111, 228, 297, 298. 
France, 342. 
Francis, 90, 344. 
Frazier, 306. 
Freeman, 52, 245. 

I Friawell, 29. 

j Frizwell, 316. 
Frost, 14, 94, 95. 
Fuller, 139. 
Fullcrton, 50. 
Fulton, 67. 

j Furnace, 269, 316, 334. 

I Furnagg, 262. 

Gale, 222. 

Oamberto, 202. 

Gardner, 117, 121, 224, 237, 238, 327, 346, 370. 

Gaaton, 200. 

Gatcomb, 361. 

Gay, 233. 

Gee, 5:s, 55, 63, 88, 176, 243, 297, 347. 

Georges, 12. 

George Town, 255. 

Gerrish, 2, 60, 69, 78, 100, 107, 135, 140, 156, 

158, 163, 191, 193, 207, 227, 270, 292, 316. 
Glbant, 92. 

Gibbina, 23, 154, 259, 21 8, 322, 346. 
Gibbon, 34, 53, 167. 
Gibbs, 12, 70, 71, 79, 81, 248, 261. 
Gibson, 25, 365. 
Gilbert, 254. 
Glasire, 237, 238. 
Glidden, 152, 257, 259, 277, 290, 294, 295, 299, 

338. 

Glin, 366. 

Gloccster, 228, 249. 
Glover, 308. 
Goddard, 120. 
Goffe, 331, 334. 
Gold, 44, 182. 
Goldsmith, 54. 
Goldthwait, 25, 67, 220, 222, 274, 311, 312, 320, 

323, 328, 336, 351, 356, 360, 370. 
Gooch, 105, 170, 322. 
Gooding, 326. 
Goodwill, 355. 
Goodwin, 151, 270. 
Gordon, 62, 203. 
Gorham, 79. 
Graliam, 360. 
Gralngt-r, 54, 67, 203, 308. 
Granary, The, 10, 25, 30, 31, 44, 45, 47, 84, 71, 
73, 75, 76, 78, 80, 94, 97, 
10-2, 107, 1*4, 125, 169, 206, 
280, 285. 
North, 189, 228. 
Grant, 64, 253. 
Graton, 310, 311. 

( Gray, 15, 29, 78, 90, 110, 129, 185, 190, 297, 
358, 367. 

( Grey, 243. 
Great Britian, 215, 264. 
Greaves, 126, 165. 

( Green, 7, 29, 63, 65, 67, 82, 123, 125, 130, 
134, 262, 298, 300. 

( Greene, 105. 

Greenleaf, 154, 242, 285, 337. 
Greenough, 152, 257, 258. 
Greenwood, 24, 137, 160, 221, 328. 
Gregory, 196. 
Grey, eec Gray. 
Gridley, 130, 204, 244, 278, 283, 287, 313, 316, 

320, 332, 347, 348. 
Griffin, 208, 212. 
Griffith, 217. 
Griggs, 115, 229. 
Grimes, 130, 330. 
Groton, 63, 83. 
Grover, 277, 278, 349, 370. 
Guadalupa, 355. 



Guinea, 187. 
Gunter, 54. 
Gutteridge, 51, 360. 
Guy, 350. 
Gwin, 189. 

Haislup, 124, 130, 140, 141, 237, 289, 290, 303, 

309. 
Haldain, 131, 169. 

Haley, 48, 179. 

Hall, 4, 25, 47, 59, 65, 70, 72, 81, 84, 108, 109, 
115, 117, 160, 161, 195,222,247,248,251, 
260, 261, 262, 265, 267, 276, 278, 301, 303, 
326, 367. 

Hall, Faneull, 362, 363, 364, 366, 371. 

Hallowcll, 339. 

HaUey, 87, 239, 309, 312. 

Halyburton, 129, 368. 

Hamilton, 45, 77, 294, 368. 

Hamock, 130, 350. 

Hancock, 62, 72, 119, 120, 172, 173, 192, 196, 
217, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 235, 236, 
237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246, 
247, 248, 260, 251, 252,253,254, 255,256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 
266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 
284, 28, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 
297, 298, 299, 300, 301,302,303,304,306, 
307, 308, 309, 310, 311,312,313,314,315, 
316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 
326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 3'i4, 
337, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 
348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 
357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 
366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371. 

Hardcaatle, 320. 

Harley, 5, 258. 
| Harman, 282, 292. 

I Harmon, 282. 

Harney, 117, 178, 335. 

Harper, 39, 130. 

Harratt, 308. 

Harris, 20, 107, 160, 203. 
I Ilarslom, 322. 

} Haslom, 321, 364. 

Hart, 24. 

Hartley, 339. 

Hartshorn, 76, 222. 

Harvey, 66, 69, 107, 130, 142, 147, 149, 180, 
151, 202, 344. 

Harwich, 245, 262. 

Harwood, 77. 

Hasey, 10, 32, 74, 85, 105, 106, 145. 

Haslom, see Ilarslom. 

Hastings, 239, -'76. 

Hatch, 6, 47, 245, 350. 

Hawke, 315. 

Haws, 82. 

Hay, 67. 

Haycock, 364. 

Hayes, 264. 

Hayward, 117, 121, 149. 

Head, 348. 

Heal, 361. 

Hcarsey, 238. 

Heath, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 66, 87, 138, 175, 190, 
194. 

Hedge, 13. 

Helyer, 130, 133, 324. 

Henchman, 24, 160, 188, 187, 188, 189, 194, 
195, 200, 221, 251, 260, 266, 276, 290, 301, 
303, 353. 
Henchmen, 222. 

Henderson, 260, 261, 365. 
I Henley, 53, 60, 68, 112, 11.4, 119, 132, 160. 
I Henly, 290, 353. 

Henry, 298, 300, 301. 

Henshaw, 14, 130, 203. 

Herault, 308. 

Hewes, 15, 139, 199. 

Hicka, 283, 285, 344, 349, 351. 

Hickling, 46, 92. 

Hickman, 301. 



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Higsrfas, 124, 125, 273, 347, 36^ 367. 
Highway, The, 2, 10, 12, 23, 32, 35, 38, 41, 53, 

03, 65, 74, 75, 80, 85, 120, 138, 180, 234. 
Hill, 130, 155, 161, 167, 222, 235, 240, 245, 271, 
275, 276, 28!, 28 3, 289, 298, 325, 327, 350, 
351,364,370. 
mil, Beacon, 283, 299, 314. 

Fort, 142, 171, 174, 208, 212, 216, 226, 231, 

233, 234, 235, 236, 238, 279. 
Shrimptons, 75. 
Hillcr, 249,308. 
Hincke, 30. 
Hinckley, 48, 260, 261. 
Hinds, 260,261. 
Iliugham, 229, 351. 
Hiusdell, 242. 

Hoar, 206, 261, 266, 279, 303. 
Hobbs, 77. 
Hodgson, 130, 370. 
Holbrook, 138, 237, 249, 250, 286, 292, 349, 

351. 

Iloldcn, 269. 

Hcliand, 141, 143, 164, 275, 304. 
Uolliraan, 331. 
Holmes, 83, 130. 
Holt, 255. 

Holyoke, 88, 139, 206, 210, 237, 251. 
Homer, 61. 

H,,>mes's Hole, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93. 
Hood, 21, 6J, 340. 
Hooker, 53, 55, 283, 286, 320, 341. 
Hooper, 115, 215, 226, 334, 347, 348. 
ITootoii, 103, 113,115, 118. 
llope, 45. 
Uopkiuton, 270. 
Hornby, 189. 
ILmon, 362. 
Hospital, i'rovlnce, 82, 83, 141, 143, 162, 164, 

204, 230, 304, 307, 311, 352. 
Houghton, 149, 220. 
House, Almen, 319. 

Alms, 17, 18, 20, 21, 48, 55, 73, 75, 76, 
78, 84, 98, 104, 136, 144, 146, 148, 
155, 157, 167, 170, 181, 18.', 186, 
215, 223, 228, 235, 247, 278, 292, 
301, 324, 325, 327, 345, 346, 349, 
360, 3ti5, 367, 368, 369, 370. 
Court, 38, 110, 175, 214, 236, 264, 291, 

2J6, 341. 
Gun, 5, 7, 353. 
New Meeting, 347. 
New North Meeting, 37, 273, 338. 
North Market, 30. 

Meeting, 5, 152, 338. 
Old North Meeting, 5, 34, 193, 258, 

239, 295, 339, 350. 
Powder, 111, 122, 176, 177, 233, 231, 

.35, 335. 

Town, 1, 12, 26, 30, 31, 38, 44, 49, 53, 
59, b8, 70, 101, 110, 114, 115, 118, 
120, 124, 143, 157, 166, 175, 139, 
li'l, 199, 210, 211, 214, 218, 226, 
233, 2',6, 246, 217, 261, 269, 279, 
28 ; , 291, 292, 29 J, 296, 308, 310, 
329, 341, 344, 345, 366, 370. 
"Watch, 1, 77, 141, 290. 

South, 112, 177,249, 250. 
Work, 38, 63, 80, 102, Is9, 235, 242, 

28 >, 369. 

Oovey, 353, 361, 362. 
HJW, 109, 231. 
li..w.ird, ;:, 51, 62, 77. 
liuwell, 118, 1^8, 170, 242, 285, 286, 332, 337, 

333. 

Hubbard, 22, 25, 29, 31, 59, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 
78, 4, 97, 111, 114, 153, 160, 191, 196, 
22-2, 213, 235, 251, 256, 258, 259, 26u, 261, 
262, 20:!, 265, 268, 273, 276, 277, 301, 303, 
323, 348, 333, 363, 367. 
Hudson, 145, 163. 
Unshoe, 2, 3, 12, 13, 74, 108, 308. 
Hull, l.>. 

) Hunnewell, 349. 
) Hunniwell, 129. 



Hunstable, SOS. 

Hunt, 25, 221, 229, 238, 275. 
326. 

Hunter, 92. 

Hunting, 206. 

Uutcliinsou, 1, 7, 24, 28, 30, 
40,41,42,43,44, 46,48, 
54,55, 57,58,59,60,61, 
70, 71, 72. 73, 74, 75, 77, 
86, 88, 89,90, 01, 92,93, 
99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 
119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 
129, 131, 132, I.i3, 134, 
139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 
148, 150. 151, 152, 153, 
162, 163, 164, 165, 16S, 
174, 175, 176, 177, 179, 
184, 1*6, 187, 189, 194, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 
22-'), 226, 227, 228, 230, 
23o, 238, 237, 238, 239, 
247, 243, 250, V52, 2o3, 
301, 303, 323, 325, 326, 



314, 315, 319, 325, 



31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 
49,50, 51, 52, 53, 
62, 63, 64, 6.3, 08, 
78, 80, 82 83, S5, 
94, 95,06. U7, 98, 
105, 106, 107, 109, 
115, 116, 117, 118, 
125, 126, 127, 128, 
135, 136, 1117, 138, 
144, 145, 146, 147, 
154, 157, 159, 160, 
167, 169, 172, 173. 
180, 181, 1S2, 183, 
195,211,212,213, 
220,221,223,224, 
231, 232, '233, 234, 
241,213,245, 246, 
2i>4, 272, 275, 282, 
338, 347, 348, 353. 



Inches, 103, 254. 
Indicott, 29, 51, 280, 357. 
Indies, West, 343. 
Inai-rsole, 225. 

Ireland, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 54, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 
74, 79, 81, 148, 181, 277, 298, 314, 316, 317, 
320, 328. 
Isaac, 49. 
Island, Bird, 266. 

L>ecr, 132, 218, 225. 
Long, 13, 248, 365. 
of Spanish Town, 181. 

Bt. Thomas, '201. 

Rainsford.bS, 85, 86, 89, 93, 91, 95, 98, 
99, 104,107, 111, 116,124,133, 141, 
143, 162, 164, 183, 188, '204, 209, 212, 
226, 2.30, 239, 261, 262, 204, 265, 268, 
2T2, 294, 299, 304, 3' 7, 311, 318, 352. 
Raynsford's, 13, 14. 
Spectacle, 13, 33, 34, 36, 37, 40, 43, 44, 
43, 70, 71, 82, 83, 86, 94, 95, 258, 
260. 

St. Christopher's, 183. 
Islands, Leeward, 356. 
Isle of Sables, 79. 
Wight, 48. 
Ivers, 308. 

Jackson, 29, 50, 130, 181, 285, 318, 337, 360, 
363, 364, 367. 

Jamaica, 23, 28, 92, 93, 174, 206, 250, 327, 365. 

Jarvis, 202, 254. 
Jefferies, 112, 255, 341. 
Juffres, 48. 

Jeffries, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, IS, 16, 
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 
20, 30, 32, 33, 31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 4:, 43, 
44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 66, 6<, 70, 
72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 
84, 35, 86, 87, 83, 89, 90, 91, '..2, 93, 94, 
95, 93, 07, U8, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, luff, 107, 103, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 
114,115. 116, 117, 118,119,120, 123, 125, 
126, 12U, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135,136,137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 
149, 150, 131, 153, 154, 155, 157, 153, 159, 
160, 16!, 162, 163,164, 165, 166, 167, 169, 
170, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179, 180, 
181, 132, 183, 184. 185,186, 187, 1SS, 190, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197,198, 199, 
200, -iOl, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 
211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, '217, 213,219, 
220, 221, 222, 224,226, 227, 228, '229, 230, 
231, 232, 237, 238, "239, 241, 242,243,244, 
215, 216, -24f, 248, 249,250,251,252,253, 
254, 256, 257, 258, 259, 26:>, '261,262, '264, 
265, 207, 268, 263, 270, 271, 27-3, 2i6, 277, 
278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 233, 284, 286, 288, 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



379 



289, 200, 291 , 293, 294, 295, 297, 293, 299, 
300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306,307,308,309, 
310, 311, 312, 313, 314,319, 320, 321, 322, 
323, 324, 325, 327, 328, 329, 330, 332, 833, 
334, 337, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 
349, 350, 351, 356, 357, 358, 359, 3fiO, 361, 
362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370. 

Jenkins, 108, 160, 203, 260. 

Jennings, 136. 

Jepsou, 130. 

Jersey, 33, 257. 
( Johnnot, 200. 

j Johonnot, 51, 74, 202, 231. 

Johnson, 57, 192. 

Jonee, 13, 21, 22, 156, 159, 261, 301, 322, 334, 
344. 

Joy li flu, 107, 139, 142. 

Juduvinc, 201. 

Jusey, 139. 

Karr, 81. 

Karrick, 54. 

Keayne, 63. 

Keby, 18. 

Kedsell, 360. 

Keeffe, 96, 148, 168, 318, 334. 

I Kelling, 193. 

| Kellyng, 67. 
Kelly, 13,21,324,335. 
Kfllyng, see Kelling. 
Kennady, 19. 

Kent, 4, 5, 10, 20, 236, 250, 256, 258. 
Kenton, 255. 
Kerby, 18,257. 
Keyea, 12, 72, 92. 
Kidder, 255, 269, 360. 
Kilby, 33. 36, 215, 359. 
Kimball, 271, 284, b08, 340. 
Kirkland, 304. 
Knap, 339. 
Kneeland, 64, 65, 74, 76, 157, 168, 173, 179, 

232, 285, 337. 
Knox, 39, 361. 
Kyllyng, 5. 

Lackey, 67, 308. 

La Craw, 367, 368. 

Lamb, 3, 17, 62, 138, 155, 185, 210, 313. 

Lambert, 265, 268, 274, 308. 

Larnson, 20. 

Lancaster, 75. 

Landon, 289. 

Lane, 19, 29, 65, 88, 98, 158, 293. 

Lane, Boer, 41. 

Black horse, 308. 

Cold, 67, 181, 309. 

Cow, 203, 254. 

Crooked, 293. 

Davie's, 14. 

Hays, 309. 

Frog, 139, 203. 

Gihbs's,319. 

Green, 40, 41,67, 203. 

Henchman's, 129. 

Joyliffs, 142, 149. 

Leveretts, 202, 206, 367. 

Long, 19,182,202,246. 

Love, 231,246. 

Mackeral, 202. 

Mackerel, 361. 

Marshall, 361. 

Round, 203. 

Shrimptons, 130, 254, 255, 350,358, 362. 

Wilsons, 309. 

Wings, 55, 100, 130, 146, 270, 271, 277, 
35.!. 

Wood, 41, 115, 264, 315. 
Langdon, 180, 226, 229, 316. 
Langsford, 203. 
Lapi'.-rc, 130. 
Larrabee, 198. 
Lascnby, 326. 

) Lashley, 12, 104, 144, 182, 236. 
I Laahly, 14. 



Lathrop, 92. 

Langbtoo, 249. 

J Laurence, 36, 192, 106, 200, 316, 328. 
I Lawrence, 36, 192, 199, 328. 

Law lor, 255, 331, 338. 

Lawrence, see Laurence. 

Lawson, 285, 337, 343. 

Lcadbetter, 67. 

Leddcl, 172. 

Le Dv.iet, 340. 

Lee, 18, 240, 276. 

Leeds, 322. 

Leeky, 59. 

Lcfavre, 342. 

Legg, 117, 121, 217. 
J Le Moine, 224. 
I Le Moyne, 244. 

Le Port, 340, 342, 343, 366. 

Leonard, 322. 

Lcvingston, 219. 

Lewes, 203, 222, 269. 

Lewis, 22, 31, 77, 78, 114, 137, 172, 243, 245, 

319, 346, 348. 
( Lewlsburg, 314. 
j Lewisburgh, 342. 

Linch, 256, 263. 

Llndsey, 102. 

Listen, 234. 

London, 9, 17, 33, 34, 36, 40, 43, 44,53, 57,59, 
60, 105, 108, 126, 136, 201, 218, 219, 238, 
260, 2G7, 278, 291, 300, 320, 361. 

Londonderry, 79. 

Loriug, 19, 25, 51,229, 343. 

Lorkin, 10*, 123, 131. 

Lothrop, 259, 265, 267, 268. 
j Louden, 61. 
j London, 62. 

Lovell, 137, 341, 342, 364. 

Leverage, 131. 

Lovet, 63. 

Low, 5. 

Lowden, 202. 

Lowder, 326, 339. 

Lowell, 130. 

Lucas, 3, 15, 360. 

Luce, 178. 

Luckis, 266, 270, 295, 296, 339. 

Ludgate, 15, 24, 213, 223. 

Lukis, 258. 

Lupton, 50. 

Lutwyche, 129, 130, 223. 

Lyman, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
16, 17, IS, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 
30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, .39, 40, 41, 42, 
43, 44, 45,- 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 63, 54, 55, 
66, 67, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 69, 69, 
70, 71 , 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 7'.), 80, 81 , 83, 84, 
85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 , 92, 03, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 1U3, 101, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 
116, UT 1 , 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 
126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133 134, 135, 
136, 137, 133, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 
146, 147, 143, 149, 150, 151, 152, 133, l5t, 
155, 156, 157, 159, lod, 160. 162, 163, 165, 
166, 167,169, 170, 171, 172, 17:!, 174,175, 
176, 177, 178, 1.81, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186. 
1V7, 18S, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 197, 193, 202, 203, 204, 20">, 20(3, 207, 
209,210, 211, 212, 213, 211,215,216,217, 
218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 
236,239, 241, 242,243, 244. '245,246, 247, 
248, 249, 250, 251, 25'.', 253. '257, 258, 259, 
260, 261, -262, 263, 264, 265, '266, '267, 68, 
270,271, 272, 273,271,275, 276, 278,279, 
280, 231, 282, 283, 284, 286, 2a3, 291, '292, 
293, 294, 295, 297, 238, 299, 3uO, ."01, 303, 
304,306, 307, 309,310. 311,312, 313, 314, 
815, 316, 317,318, 319, 320, 321,322, 3'23, 
3-24, 325, 326, 827, ."28, 3'29, 330, 331, 832, 
333, 334, H37, 340, 341, 342, 34 i, 344, 345, 
846, 347, 348, 349, 350, 361, 352, 353, 354, 
355, 356. 



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Lynn, 34, 105, 10, 107. 
Lytherland, 361. 

Maccarty, 35, 68, 238, 248, 249, 330, 334. 

Maccoy, 146. 

Mace, 110. 

Mac Kan, 146, 

Mack lure, 45, 46. 

Maiden, 105, 106, 182, 186, 187, 270, 204. 

Manning, 142. 

Marblebead,91, 362. 

March, 15, 48, 279. 

Marion, 249. 

Market Corn, 184, 203. 

Dock, 19. 

Fish, 129, 

North, 1, 42. 

South, 42, 66, 68, 110. 
t Marlboro, 327. 
I Marlborough, 46, 60. 
Mar low, 255. 
Mam-ti, 255. 
Marshall, 4, 5, 6, 131, 178, 192, 202, 229, 295, 

296, 339. 
Marshfield, 139. 

Marsh, Ilumney, 10, 12, 20, 30, 38, 58, 61, 72, 
73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 85, 87, 91, 106, 125, 
143, 146, 151, 154, 171, 172, 173. 
Martin, 130. 
Maryland, 269, 344. 
Mascarene, 108. 
Masou,308, 324. 
Masters, 67. 

Malher, 115, 237, 320, 347. 
Matthews, 88. 
May, 254, 308. 
Mayar, 255. 
Mayes, 301. 
Maylem, 202. 
McClclan, 270. 
McCollo, 309. 
McCollogh, 21. 
. McCullough, 109. 
McCortnick, 328. 
McCullougb, see McCollogh. 
McDaaiel, 218, 219, 320. 
McGown, 177, 178. 
McGreaor, 290. 
McGuire, 217, 223, 249. 
McKcnley, 328. 
McKew, 217. 
McLucas, 139. 
( McM illian, 270. 
I McMillion, 270, 316, 334, 353. . 
McNeal, 103. 
Mcars, 336. 
Medfleld, 347. 
Mcnzics326. 

Merchant, 257, 277, 291, 294, 299, 305, 320. 
Merrett, 338. 
Messinger, 271, 283, 340. 
Metcalfe, 18, 136. 
Miffoy, 39. 
Mills, 72. 

Milton, 4, 6, 359, 360. 
Mil ward, 131, 203. 
Minck, 272. 
Miuot, 20, 22, 27, 67, 138, 204, 218, 230, 267, 

276, 313. 
( Mitchel, 288. 
I Mitchell, 294. 
Moberly, 229, 324. 
Molineaux, 346. 
Monk, 4, 47. 
Montgomery, 148. 
Monvel le, 340. 
j Moore, 39, 81, 161. 
| More, 37, 280, 286. 
Mooriu, 77. 
Mordock, 188. 
More, see Moore. 
Morcy, 153, 255, 283. 
Mortiraore, 334. 
Morwoyle, 312. 



Moulin, 53, 55, 62, 280. 
Mountfort, 63. 
Muell, 356. 
Muitt, 299. 
Mulbery, 36. 
Murfey, 217, 324. 

Nantasket, 33. 

Nantucket, 215. 

Nason, 249. 

Natorny, 63. 

Nazro, 69, 255. 

Neal, 67, 203, 246. 

Neck, The 2, 17, 20, 21, 22, 63, 120, 128, 192, 

195, 233, 281, 287, 298, 301, 302. 

353, 354. 
Boston, 6, 8, 27, 35, 62, 63, 67, 118, 155, 

173, 185, 193, 204, 210, 218, 232, 

234, 240, 241 ,245, 251, 254, 267, 271, 

285, 302, 354. 
Neley, 178, 316. 
Nelson, 228, 308. 
New Castle, 256, 259,321. 
Newell, 37, 92, 257. 
New England, 11, 122, 164, 305, 336. 
Newfoundland, 84, 163, 217, 367, 368. 
Newhall, 290, 296, 338, 339. 
New Hampshire, 213. 
Haven, 317, 319. 
London, 92, 158. 
Newport, 27, 36, 183, 237. 
Newton, 139. 

New York, 64, 69, 103, 105, 133, 155, 172, 174, 
186, 192, 212, 216, 217, 226, 240, 342, 370. 
( Niccols, 250. 

{ Nichols, 112, 114, 193, 241, 331, 355. 
( Nicoli, 250, 255. 
Nicholson, 255. 
Nickerson, 278, 287. 
Nicoli, 169. 
Nicola, see Nichols. 
Noble, 255. 
Norman, 130. 
North, 32. 
Northampton, 242. 
Norton, 347. 
Norwood, 34. 139, 304. 
Nowell, 5, 289. 
Nutfield, 79, 286. 

O'Bryan, 239, 316, 334, 356, 357. 

Ogleby, 350. 

Old Town Harbour, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93. 

Oliver, 12, 23, 30, 38, 39, 58, 72, 73, 74, 75, T8, 

79, 80, 91, 105, 106, 130, 221, 222, 225, 275, 

276, 325, 326, 330. 
Orange, 203, 255, 308. 
Orr, 294. 
Orrok, 269. 
( Osborn, 349. 

| Osbornc, 22, 29, 31, 184, 260, 262, 206, 360. 
Osgood, 19, 21. 
Ovcring, 331. 
Owen, 179. 

Packer, 6. 
Packnets, 172. 
Paddock, 182, 215. 
Paige, 67. 

I Pain, 228. 

> Paine, 16. 
Painter, 39, 48, 56. 
Palfrey, 339. 
Palmer, 65, 184, 314. 
Parchard, 253. 
Parker, 116, 154, 161, 168, 187, 203, 220, 222, 

252, 253, 274, 276, 289, 323, 326, 870. 
Parkman, 24, 68, 69, 223, 305, 819, 383, 336. 

< Pasmore, 258, 259, 20. 
j Passmore, 48, 133. 
Pasture, Bennet's, 4, 208. 

( Pattcshal, 220. 

/ Pattcshall, 149, 220, 274, 328. 
Pattin, 19, 158. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



381 



Paul, 58. 
Peake, 361. 

{I'earse, 255. 
Peirce, 37, 90, 268, 2T1, 2T2, 283, 284, 286, 
295, 340, 368. 
Peirse, 67. 
Pierce, 67. 
Pearson, 5, 352. 
Peartrce, 255. 
Peck, 61,339. 
Pecker, 9, 24, 87, 146, 149, 160, 222, 276, 326, 

370. 

Peirce, see Pearse. 
Peirse, see Peirce. 
Pelham, 91, 367. 
Pelsne, 363, 364, 365. 
Peraaquid , 73. 

Pcmberton, 67, 129, 358, 359. 
Pembroke, 281. 
Pennymoney, 327. 
Pepperell, 16. 
Perkins, 15, 19,47, 133. 
Perry, 294. 
Phel:m, 180. 

Pheland, 285, 289, 316, 335- 
Philadelphia, 5, 11, 15, 16, 18, 39, 43, 47, 48, 
49, 62, 56, 57, 81, 83, 85, 88, 103, 109, 111, 
148, 215, 217, 307, 317, 350. 
Phillips, 24, 25, 26, 276, 326, 370. 
Phipps, 11. 
Pickman, 76, 77. 
Pierce, see Peirse. 
Picrcy, 67. 
Pierpont, 120, 138. 
Piscataq.ua, 32, 79, 213. 
Pitcher, 130, 203. 
Pitta, 178,224,316. 
Pitson, 2U3. 
Plimouth, 7. 

Point, Barton's, 203, 269. 
Pullcn, 370. 
Pollard, 65, 273. 
Policy, S06, 344. 
Pond, Mill, 179. 

Wheelers, 171,177. 
Ponsley, 338. 
Pothecary, 255. 
Potter, 67, 208, 339. 
Potts, 203. 
Pousley, 152. 

Power, 121, 168, 170, 239, 240. 
Poyntz, 62. 
Pratt, t)7, 105, 106, 155,170. 

I Prescot, 83, 126, 211. 

I Prescott, <J~, 126. 
Price, 24, 137, 297, 339. 
Prince, 53, 64, 185, 297, 298, 363. 

I Procter, 3, i>2, 2Sa, 288, 349,351. 

| Proctor, 292. 
Prout, 50, 297. 347. 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, 11, 22, 

126, 164, 225, 305. 
Pulley, 17. 
Pullin, 160. 
Putrnan, 339. 

Quebeck, 200. 

i Quincey, 29. 

fQuincy, 14, 71,117, 215, 264. 
Quonyear, 219, 241, 250. 

Rachel, 106. 
( Ramsay, 70. 
( Ramsey, 70, 79, 81. 
Rand, 9, 24, 78, 87, 89, 126, 141, 162, 164, 188, 

194, 203, 282. 
(Randal, 131, 177,203. 
| Randle, 130. 
Ranger, 67. 
Rawlinirs, 237, 315. 
Ray, 75; 76, 285, 337, 361. 
Rea, 115. 

Read, 63, 54, 68, 58, 50, 60, 66, 80, 87, 90, 86, 
83, 90, 101, 103, 126, 131, 132, Ml, 153, 
161, 297, 301, 316, 330, 331, 33.!, 339, 347. 



Reading, 105, 106, 107. 

Rehoboth, 823. 

Rhode Island, 19, 45, 80, 140, 183, 198, 200, 

201, 206, 207, 236, 237, 334, 342, 360, 368 

370. 

Rhodes, 31. 
Rice, 244, 245. 
Richards, 120, 186, 229, 338. 
Richardson, 138, 270, 271, 277, 313 
t Ricks, 17. 
I Rix, 13. 

Ridgaway, 67, 255. 
Righton,'220, 274, 323. 
Rillow, 219, 250, 255. 
River, Gambo, 187. 

Georges, 51, 62. 
Rix, see Ricks. 
Roach, 75, 76, 78. 
Rober, 200. 

Roberts, 5, 92, 152, 338. 
Robie, 130. 
Robins, 347. 

Robinson, 146, 152, 187, 291, 300, 338. 
Rocket, 258, 262, 263, 265, 208, 269. 
Rogers, 17, 22, 61, 130, 255, 276, 309, 339. 
Rope-Walk, Barton's, 15, 41, 131, 190, 202, 

208, 233, 235, 255. 
Box's, 295. 
Rose, 260, 265, 266. 
Ross, 45, 46, 320. 
Row, Boylston's, 65. 

Merchants, 51, 110, 130, 143, 184, 252, 

2J4, 309. 
Rowley, 349. 
Roxbury, 2, 23, 56, 64, 93, 94, 108, 109, 120, 

123, 134, 135, 137, 139, 194, 195, 249, 253, 

280, 231, 302, 310, 311, 312, 313, 354. 
Royall, 24, 65, 160, 221, 251, 275, 326. 
Ruck, 21,87, 160. 
Ruddock, 307, 326. 
Ruggles, 313, 360. 
Rush, 303, 364. 
Russ, 213, 214. 
Russell, 5, 7, 42, 118, 222, 253, 271, 284, 289, 

340,351,353. 
Ruth, 361. 



Saco, 102. 

Sailler, 276. 

Salem, 3 il,363, 364, 365. 

Salisbury, 71. 

Salter, 9, 44, 67, 87, 161, 206, 215, 222,230, 231, 
235, 276, 277, 289, 327, 332, 339, 370. 

Sample, 177. 

Sandwich, 248. 

Saunders, 68. 

Savage, 45, 65, 100, 127, 137, 142, 156, 160, 195, 

221,275,326. 
I Savel, 31, 146. 

j Savell, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 21, 
22, 23, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 43, 44, 45, 46, 
47, 49, 51, 53, 58, 63, 64, 68, 71, 74, 75, 
76, 79, 81, 82, 83. 85, 86, 88, 93, 102, 103, 
It. 4, 106, 108, 109, 113, 115, 116, 118, 119, 
120, 124, 139, 140, 141, 142, 144, 146, 147, 
148, 151, 156, 157, 159, 163, 164, 166, 168, 
170, 171, 180, 198, 200, 201, 203, 204, 210, 
2! 1, 212, 213, 214, 216, 218, 219, 220, 225, 
227, 230, 231, 233, 231, 236, 237, 239, 240, 
243, 244, 246, 248, 249, 250, 251, 254, 256, 
258, 259, 260, 261, 264, 266, 269, 270, 271, 
272, 273, 274, 277, 279, 283, 284, 285, 288, 
289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 297, 300, 3J1, 303, 
307, 309, 314, 316,318, 320, 321, 322,323, 
324, 329, 330, 331, 333, 334, 337, 340, 341, 
345, 347, 349, 351, 353,355,356, 357,382, 
363, 364, 365, 366, 368. 

Scammcl, 88. 

Scarborough, 18. 

School, Middle Writing, 246. 
North, 60. 

North Grammar, 64, 133, 246, 299, 
324, 349. 



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School, North Writing, 136, 248, 23, 28, 

291, '299, 320, 348, 349, 351. 

Bouth Grammar, 138, 246, 299, 349, 

364. 
Writing, 35, 246, 340, 341, 344, 

349. 

Writing, The, 299, 349. 
Sdtuate, 79. 
Bcollay, 57. 
Sconce, The, 225. 

South, 93, 224. 
Scotland, 103, 299, 350. 
Scott, 249, 344. 
ycottow, 162, 163. 
8elew,90. 
fiellon, 267. 
Bevel), 69. 
Sever, 351. 

{Sewall, 1, 22, 25, 26, 28, 31, 43, 66, 61, 65, 
87, 90, 94, 96, 97, 102, 114, 127, 146, 154, 
160, 161, 185, 188, 189, 190, 195, 200, 
221, 222, 245, 259, 260, 276, 298, 301, 
303, 327, 329, 348. 
Sewell, 144. 
Bcward, 202. 
Bewell, see Sewall. 
Seymour, 314. 
Bhalley, 255. 

Sharp, 117, 121, 203, 228, 234, 316, 334, 338. 
Bbarrow, 130, 197, 201. 
Bbaw, 331, 332. 
Bheafe 149, 161, 220, 222, 274, 276, 823, 326, 

361, 370. 
Shed, 285, 290. 
Sheldon, 242, 254, 320. 
Bbepard, 67, 202, 309, 360. 
Shepardeon, 60, 108. 
| Sherborn, 270. 
| Sherburn, 34. 
Bhirley, 21, 87, 98, 99, 101, 103, 126, 131, 304, 

30d, 306, 318, 346, 348, 357. 
Shove, 3. 
Bbute, 64, 336. 

Sigourney, 141, 143, 162, 164, 368. 
Simpson, 22, 81, 221, 255, 332, 837, 341. 
Skinner, 21, 359, 360. 
Bloat), 308. 
Bmal ledge, 203, 255. 
Smith, 5, 14, 34, 35, 57, 102, 105, 134, 135, 181, 

188, 249, 254, 291, 299, 309, 327, 345. 
Bnelling, 6, 127, 229. 
Bnoden, 61, 131,339. 
Snow, 260. 
Boper, 309. 
Soutbborough, 28. 
Souther, 255. 
Sowersby, 203, 361. 
tipeakman, 8, 77, 284, 248, 262, 300. 
Spear, 39, 40, 111, 285. 
Spencer, 359. 
Sprague, 271, 283, 340. 
Spurrier, 203. 
Square, Clarks, 77,361. 

Dock, 67, 129, 130, 153, 179, 181, 188, 
191, 193, 196, 197, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
211, 228, 238, 247, 252, 253, 255, 
268, 294, 295, 303, 308, 359. 
Squire, 155. 
Stanbury, 173. 

St. Christophers, 314, 842, 364. 
Domingo, 342. 
Eustatia, 201 , 342. 
Georges, 182. 
Kitts, 342. 
Lawrence, 74. 
Thomas's, 172, 186. 
Staniford, 25, 161, 220, 222, 274, 278, 293, 314, 

321, 322, 823, 826, 865, 370. 
Stanney, 261. 
I Star, 63, 64. 
( Starr, 281. 
BU'dman. 67. 
Steel, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287, 288, 



289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 235, 297, 298, 299, 
300, 301, 304, 306, 309, 310. 311, 312, 313, 
314,315,316, 317, 318, 319, 321, 324, 326, 
327, 328, 3)0, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 341, 
345, 340, 347, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 
356, 357, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 
366, 367, 368, 369, 371. 
Stevens, 109, 113, 249, 254. 
Steward, 4, 9. 
{ Stewart, 203. 
I Stuart, 176. 
Still, 142. 
Stocker, 67. 

Stoddard, 1, 9, 15, 24, 48, 65, 69, 71, 93, 94, 
111, 115, 144, 14*, 160, 188, 190, 192, 194, 
195, 200, 228, 2bt5, 272, 275, 276, 293, 301, 
303, 326, 3i8. 
Stokes, 182. 

Stone, 34, 35, 296, 322, 339, 351. 
Storer, 67, 321. 
Stoughton, 62. 
Street, Allen, 130, 203. 

Ann, 8, 35, 67, 100, 129, 134, 153, 197, 

203, 254, 360, 363. 
Anne, 130. 
Atkinson, 130. 
Back, 88, 130, 203, 217, 218, 308, 309, 

332, 333. 
Barttle, 67. 
Battery March, 51, 67, 75, 130, 203, 

255,319. 
Beacon, 72, 102, 131, 137, 170, 176, 180, 

192, 196, 200, 217, 365. 
Bennet, 232, 246. 
Bennit, 328. 

Brattle, 63, 65, 125, 202, 203, 360. 
Cambridge, 67, 130, 131. 203, a55, 284, 

308, 361. 
Century, It. 

Charter, 32, 130, 203, 336. 
Common, 67, 120, 170, 180, 246, 308. 
Cornhill, 24, 26, 67, 137, 202, 203. 
Cross, 18, 64, 121, 130, 196, 203, 300, 

308, 335, 360, 361. 
Essex, 67, 129, 130, 203, 360. 
Fish, 51, 63, 67, 108. 113, 115, 118, 119, 
123, 125, 130, 172, 189, 202, 203, 

254, 255, 289, 308, 309, 360, 361. 
Fleet, 309. 

George, 129. 

Hanover, 84, 100, 104, 115, 117, 121, 

130, 254, 255, 335, 361. 
Hawkins, 255. 
Hollis, 231. 
Hull, 179, 307. 
King, 14, 3.'., 48, 67, 77, 129, 130, 202, 

203, 249, 250, 254, 255, 299, 308, 

309, 361. 
Love, 41, 254, 281. 

Lynn, 67, 229, 254, 255, 315. 

Marlboro, 360, 361. 

Marlborough, 61, 67, 77, 203, 212, 254, 

255, 2 7, 301, 345, 347. 

Middle, 67, 129, 130, 202, 255, 308, 361. 
Milk, 68, 121, 192, 212, 308, 319, 335, 

361. 
Newbury, 67, 130, 131, 202, 203, 254, 

253, 308, 309, 360, 381. 
North, 67, 70, 129, 130, 360. 
Orange, 4, 19, 41, 67, 123, 130, 131, 

178, 179, 180, 190, 202, 203, 204, 

208, 231, 255, 291, 295, 308, 333, 

334, 343, 360. 
Oliver, 39. 

Pond, 121, 122, 171, 213, 335. 
Prince, 129, 155, 156, 254. 
Purchase, 309. 
Queen, 6, 7, 63, 62, 66, 68, 82, 112, 

114, 119, 131, 139, 169, 202, 210, 

246, 250, 251, 255, 297, 29J, 340, 

349, 357. 
Salem, 131. 
School, 07, 108, 121, 137, 138, 180, 202, 

205, 246, 237, 32. 



INDEX or NAMES. 



383 



Street, Sea, 202, 340. 
Sheaf, 67. 
Sheafe, 361. 
Ship, 67, 129, 203, 228, 254, 25o, 309, 

361. 

Short, 202. 

8now, 155,156, 158,159. 
Bnow Hill, 155. 
South, 8, 67, 130, 235. 
Sudbury, 80. 130, 308. 
Summer, 28, 51, 102, 105, 138, 170, 
208, 232, 241, 242, 245, 246, 265, 
315, 361. 
Sun, 309. 

Treamount, 81, 121, 159, 168, 284, 335. 
Union, 51, 54, 67, 74, 130, 181, 196, 

202, 203, 309, 321. 
Walkers. 204. 

Water, 29, 57, 66, 67, 69, 107, 130, 140, 
142, 147, 149, 150, 151, 199, 202, 
343. 

West, 121, 335. 
Winter, 38, 176, 255. 
Stringer, 231, 236, 244. 
Sluart, see Stewart. 
Sturgis, 81, 82, 245. 
Stroud, 361. 
Sufficld, 242. 
Suffolk, 60, 95, 111, 179. 
Sumner, 93. 
Suuderland, 43. 
Surcomb, 20, 271, 284, 340. 
Button, 7, 175, 328, 340. 
Swan, 129. 
Swane, 246. 
Swanzey, 10. 
' Sweetser, 51,309. 
Sweetzer, 255, 361. 
mmes, 276. 

Tarbox, 152, 338. 
Tavern, Dolphin, 254. 
Exchange, 14. 
Horse-shoe, 206. 
Orange Tree, 53, 100, 115, 166, 176, 

186, 226, 280, 329. 
Salutation, 229. 
Star, 54. 
Sun, 184, 368. 
White horse, 306. 
\ Tayler, 285. ' 

j Taylor, 82, 89, 242, 276, 287, 327, 361, 364. 
Templer, 320. 
Thacher, 276, 326. 
Thayer, 58. 
J Thebault, 244. 
? Theobald, 242. 
The Bunch of Grapes, 250. 
Golden Ball, 285. 
Green Dragon, 144. 
Shippen's Crane, 202, 203. 
Sign of the Bull, 28. 

Dolphin, 139. 

Globe, 320. 

Greyhound, 134, 13S, 310, 

311. 

Hawk, 241. 
La.ul, 120, 320. 
Three County-heap of Stones, 106 . 

Horse Shoes, 120. 
Theobald, see Thebault. 
Thomas, 24, 130, 160, 221, 275, 326. 
Thompson, 35, 108, 109, 238, 259, 317, 318, 

319. 
Thornton, 3, 32, 113, 115, 231, 254, 295, 300, 

334, 343. 
Thorp, 148. 
Thwing, 331, 338. 
Tilden, 63. 
Tilestone, 19. 
Tilley, '238, 300. 
Timber-lake, 130. 
Todd, 72. 
Tomlinson, 31. 



Top sham, 366. 

Torrey, 29. 

Torsyth, 24. 

Toulon, 200. 

Townsend, 53, 54, 130, 193, 203, 210, 211, 240, 

280, 281. 
Town's Slip, 18, 41, 64, 116. 

J Trail, 31. 

I Traill, 22. 
Training Field, 192. 
Trap, 93. 
Trask, 277, 288. 
Treat, 367. 
Trecothick, 196, 207. 
Tripe, 368. 
Trowbridge, 328. 
Truro, 273, 314, 363, 365, 367. 
Tucker, 327. 

Tuckerman, 7, 10, 67, 202, 244, 250, 333. 
Tudor, 222. 
Tupbell, 223. 
Turner, 60, 77, 159. 
Turpin, 242. 
Tattle, 37. 
Twing, 331. 
Tyler, 8, 24, 65, 100, 127, 156, 160, 195, 197, 

221, 275, 276, 324, 326. 
Tyley, 182, 197. 
Tyng, 97, 192, 196, 199, 234, 235, 318. 

Underwood, 1, 5, 6, 34, 35, 193, 229, 233, 237, 

258, 262, 263, 265, 272, 289, 290. 
Unwin, 53. 
Uran, 17, 21, 61, 62, 251, 290, 339, 363. 

Valentine, 161. 
Vergoose, 7, 176. 
Vcrnon, 280. 
Verserse, 356. 
Vickery, 363, 365, 36. 
Vilage, Salem, 115. 
Vincent, 39. 

( Viuoyard, Martha's, 50, 82, 88. 

| Vinyard, Martha's, 82, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 

95, 215, 216. 
Vintenon, 80. 

Virginia, 75, 76, 78, 217, 261, 319. 
Vittery, 51, 90, 91. 

Wadland, 76. 

Wadsworth, 1, 6, 7, 24, 66, 81, 84, 87, 94, 127, 

149, 150, 151, 154, 160, 164, 182, 195, 197, 

204, 218, 221, 251, 256, 267, 275, 282, 290, 

326, 333, 353, 358, 363. 
Wait, 7. 
Wakefeild, 5. 

Waldo, 3, 9, 27, 79, 81, 130, 203, 240, 347, 348. 
Walker, 29, 63, 63, 123, 125, 298, 300, 353. 
Walkius, 216, 217. 
I Wallace, 109, 299. 
I Wallis, 67, -J13, 315. 
Wallcy, 25, 65, 84, 94, 127, 160, 195, 221, 275, 

326. 

Wallis, see Wallace. 
Walmsley, 78. 
Wanton, '260, 266. 

Ward, 28, 40, 43, 131, 158, 164, 165, 166, 211. 
Wardell, 26, 39, 67, 74, 79, 162, 178, 180, 237, 

243, 244. 255. 272. 297, 330, 331, 340, 347, 

365. 

Warden, 111, 113, 137. 
Ware, 249. 
Warner, 130, 253. 
Warrick, 285. 
Wass, 131. 

Watch, Dock, 249, 250, 306, 360. 
Merchants, 38, 53, 55, 364. 
South, 250. 

Waterhouse, 33, 34, 36, 37, 40, 43, 44. 
Waters, 54, 83, 98, 99, 107, 124, 125, 133, 142, 

152, 183, 204, 205, 209, 250, 257, 258, 277, 

290, 294, 295, 299, 304, 307, 311, 312, 318, 

332, 352, 353. 
Watertown, 364. 



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Walking, 77, 309. 

Watson, JOS. 

Wattofrd, "3. 

Watt, 350. 

Watts, 10, 69, 72, 77, 87, 105, 106, 306, 322, 

366. 
Wayne, 47. 

* Weare, 7. 

j Weire, 81. 
Weaver, 203, 255. 
Webb, 38, 53, 54, 192, 243, 297, 298. 
Weeks, 180, 185. 
Weire, see Weare. 
Welch, 40, 85, 197, 203, 205, 210, 216, 217, 303, 

367. 
Weld, 138, 313. 

{Welles, 1, 16, 18, 25, 50, 60, 82, 83, 84, 93, 
133, 144, 160, 161, 184, 194, 195, 204, 221, 
2J2, 243, 245, 251, 275, 276, 313, 325, 
327, 358. 
Wells, 130, 189, 203, 361. 
) Welsted, 166, 298. 
| Welsteed, 53, 55, 245. 
fWendall, 31. 

Wendell, 1, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 31, 46, 50, 56, 
4 68, 59, 83, 85, 102, 111, 112, 114, 130, 
144, 160, 161, 174, 175, 249,259, 275, 276, 
297, 298, 301, 303, 326, 331, 363. 
Wentworth, 25, 32, 322, 324, 327. 
West, 88, 248, 255, 361. 
Wethered, 308, 326, 370. 
t Wetherell, 309, 363. 
| Wethrell, 309. 
Weymouth, 215, 331, 332, 351. 
I Whalan, 224. 
MVhaland.316,334. 
Wharf, Banisters, 280. 

Bulls, 177, 237, 245, 246, 340, 366. 

Clarkes, 240. 

Clark's 202, 203, 254, 308, 355. 

Colmans, 241, 359. 

Dyers, 285. 

Graters, 69. 

Gray, 245. 

Hill's, 130, 241. 

Long, 7, 112, 121, 122, 203, 238, 300, 

324, 335, 364. 
North Battery, 305, 332. 
Parkers, 245. 
Pitt'a, 260, 289. 
Scarlet's, 67, 240. 
Scarletts, 282. 
Venn's, 241. 
Wentworth's, 8, 45, 130, 203, 239, 

241, 359. 
Wharfe, Long, 121. 

Wentworth's 314. 
Wharff, Pool's, 111. 
Wharffe, Clark's, 130. 
Wharton, 255, 361. 
Wheatley, 222. 
Wheeler, 67, 129, 131, 202, 203, 204, 240, 285, 

332, 337. 

Wheelwright, 22, 31, 327. 
White, 20, 32, 130, 235, 275, 324, 326. 
Whiting, 181. 
Whitney, 46, 50, 67, 203. 
Whittemore, 67, 87. 
Wilde, 203. 
Wilkins, 144, 145, 147, 163, 294, 206. 



Willard, 116, 117, 127, 184, 261, 297, 298, 318. 

Williams, 10, 12, 25, 29, 30, 44, 45, 53, 54. 64, 
67, 76, 107, 117, 121, 158, 164, Ifio, 166, 
181, 203, 210, 211, 313, 326, 346 

Williamson, 167, 203. 

Willis, 124, 309, 322. 

Williston, 360. 

Willoughby, 31, 45, 47, 64,75, 76, 107, 124, 
125, 169, 280. 

Wilson, 156, 186. 

Wimble, 3. 

{Winborn, 95, 98, 113, 141, 142, 144, 177, 180, 
246, 247, 249, 272, 324, 367. 
Winburn, 85, 86, 96, 99, 100, 113. 
Winburne, 36, 95. 
( Winisimet, 24. 
} Winnisimet 28, 69, 105, 156. 
Winslow, 1, 4, 22, 25, 31, 34, 38, 39, 40, 46, 4T, 
65, 77, 110, 112, 142, 144, 145, 149, 158, 
160, 161, 175, 190, 195, 222, 236, 275, 276, 
277, 291, 296, 327, 340, 341, 358. 
Winter, 67, 130, 161, 255, 276. 
Winthrop, 114, 243, 245. 
Wise, 339. 
t Wiswall, 133, 324. 
? Wiswell, 324. 
Wood, 324, 334. 
Woodbury, 288, 
Woodhouse, 316. 
Woodward, 314, 331, 338, 338. 
Worth, 67. 
Wright, 85. 

Yarmouth, North, 294. 

Bouth, 48. 
Young, 262, 326, 370. 

NEGROES. 

Baker, 136. 
Beard, 135. 
Black, 136. 
Cole, 135. 
Culley, 136, 
Doctor, 136. 
Dyer, 135, 278, 349. 
Grandy, 136. 
Harris, 136. 
Holmes, 135. 
Indian, 136. 

James , 88. 

Lancashire, 135. 
Leasenby, 136. 
Mather, 136. 
Melrose, 136. 

Mingo , 135. 

Primus, 278, 349. 

Rumney Marsh, 138. 

8aco, 136. 

Saul, 135. 

Woodbe, 219. 

Woodby, 136, 245, 247, 250. 

Wood'by, 244. 

Wou'dbe, 216, 278, 282, 292. 



John 
Josiab, 272. 



SURNAMES OMITTED. 

,82. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS, 



Absence, leave of, petition of town clerk for, 

170, 301, 352. 

Act for relief of poor prisoners for debt, 156. 
limiting numberjof representatives, 175. 
for keeping watches, 127-8, 194-5. 
concerning habitation, violation of, 

198. 
concerning vessels from ports where 

infectious diseases prevail, 2(32. 
Af?ent to Court of Great Britain, 215. 
Aliens or foreigners, 3, 4, 6, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 
14, 19, 20, 21, 198, 200, 321, 322, 342-3, 
35.5-6, 357, 367-8. 
Allen street, 203. 

Almshouse, 17, 18, 48, 55, 73, 76, 78, 84, 96, 
104, 136, 144, 146, 148, 155, 157, 
167,170,181, 182, 186, 215, 223, 
228,235,278, 292, 304, 319, 324, 
325, 345, 346, 349, 300, 365, 367, 
36S, 369, 370. (See also Work- 
bouse.) 
accounts of, to be examined, 20, 

21. 
additional building to, proposed, 

292. 

master of the, 75, 76, 157, 161. 
Andover, 320. 

Ann and Abigail (sloop), 6, 15. (See also 
Ships, Vessels, etc.) 

"A I street. 8 . 35 > 67 > 100 129 130 > 203 > 254 > 
Anne > 

360. 
draw-bridge in, 134, 136, 163, 197-8. 

(See aUo Bridge.) 
Annapolis Royal, 45, 299. 
Armories, 235. 

gun bouse on the Common, 5, 7, 

111,353. 
powder-house, 122, 176, 177, 230, 

335. 

keeper of the, 231. 

Arms, ammunition, etc., 43, 176-7, 234, 335. 
to cleanse, 228. 
to stamp, '.28. 
Arts and Sciences, Mathematical. (See 

Schools.) 

Assembly or Court, General, 6, 8, 13, 20, 
21, 22, 27, 28, 37, 
38, 49, 50, 51, 55, 68, 
70-1,89, 102, 110, 116, 
121,127, 143, 164,165, 
173, 175, 194, 199, 204, 
209,214,236,262, 264, 
291,296,302,308,334, 
341, 345, 352, 354. 

petition to, 

to prepare 

draft, 173. 

to present, 

174. 

Assessors, 10, 20, 87, 101, 146, 149, 150, 160, 
161, 220, 274, 293, 321, 323, 324, 
337, 3G6, 369-70. 
list, 101, 167, 279, 369. (See also 

Census, Statistics of.) 
books, 146, 337. 



Assize of Bread. (See Breadstuff's.) 
Atkinson's street, 130. 
Attleborough, 7. 

Back street, 88, 130, 203, 217, 218, 308, 30, 

832, 333. 

Baker's alley, 282. 
Ballot-boxes, to provide, 27. 
Banister's wharf, 280. (See also Wharfs.) 
Barbadoes, 01, 107, 304. (See also Islands.) 
Barber, 45. (See. also Trades.) 
Barton's Point, 203, 269. 
Barton's Uopewalk, 15, 41, 131, 190, 202, 

208, 233. 23.% 255. 

Barwk-k (ship). 181. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Battery alley, 67. 

Battery March, 51, 67, 75, 130, 203, 255, 319. 
Battery, 2J3, 234, 336. 

south, 6:., 204, 224, 225, 226, 314. 
north, 223, 226, 257, 277, 290, 292, 

294, 299. 
wharf near, 290, 295, 305, 

332. 
grounds, 233, 234. (See alto For. 

titications.) 

" Bay, The," 7b, 206, 228, 325, 360. 
Beacon, the, 283, 299, 300, 314. 
bill, 283, 299, 300, 314. 
street, 102, 131, 137, 170, 176, 180, 192, 
196, 200, 217. 365. 

to level, 72. 
Beer, 48. 
Beer lane, 41. 
Beginning (sloop) , 43. 
Belfast, 317, 320. 

Bells, ringing of, 26, 58, 59, 166, 220, 268. 
tolling of, 287. 
ringers, 268, 279. 
Bennet's Pasture, 4, 208. 
Bennet > Btrppt 03, <?oa 
Bennit } 8U eet, &i, 6i\ 

school in, 246. (See also 

Schools.) 

petition to erect meeting, 
house on, 328. (See also 
Meeting-houses.) 

Bermudas, 288, 289, 312. (See also Islands.) 
Berwick, 359. 

Betty (schooner), 57. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Bills of credit, 22, 66, 225. 

the last emission, 343. 
Bird Island, 2G6. (See aluo Islands.) 
Black Horse lane, 308. 
Blacksmith, 34, 162, 267, 298. (See alto 

Trades.) 
Blanchard's wbarf, 240. (See alO 

Wharves.) 
Blanford. 84. 

Blockmaker, 127. (See also Trades.) 
Bonds. (See Sureties.) 
Book binder. (See Stationer and Book 

binder.) 

Bootle, 9. (brigantine.) (See also Ship*, 
Vessels, etc.) 



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Boston, 1,2, 5, 6, 8,9,10,11, 13,17,18,20,21, 
22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 49, 
50, 55, 56, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 
68, 69, 70, 73, 76, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 
86, 87, 88, 89-90, 92, 94, 95, 97, 101, 
102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 110, 118, 118, 
121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 128, 131, 134, 
135, 13.7-8, 139, 140, 143, 146, 147, 149, 
150, 151, 152, 153, 156, 157, 159, 161, 
162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 169, 171, 
172, 178, 174, 175, 179, 181 , 185, 187, 
189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 199, 202, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 211, 214, 218, 219, 
220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 235, 236, 237, 
239, 240, 241, 245, 243, 251, 252, 264, 
274, 276, 279, 280, 231, 290, 291, 292, 
296, 300, 30'.', 303, 305, 312, 313, 315, 
317, 318, 322, 323, 324, 325, 329, 334, 
336, 341, 344, 345, 352, 354, 355, 357, 
359, 368, 369, 371. 

boundary line between Roxbury and, 
23, 134-5, 310, 311. (See alto Per- 
ambulations or Surveys.) 
Boston Harbor. (See Harbor, the.) 
Boston Neck. (See Neck, the) 
Bounds. (See Perambulations or Surveys.) 
Bordeaux, 343. 

Bowling green. (See Fort Hill.) 
Box's Ropewalk, 295. 
Boylston's row, 65. 
Bradford, 45. 

Brantrey (Braintree), 48, 277, 288. 
Brassfounder, 17. (See. also Trades.) 
Brattle street, 63, 202, 203, 360. 

church, 65. 123, 125. ( See alto 

Meeting-houses.) 

Brazier, 169, 191. (Se<> aluo, Trades.) 
Brazilletto, 122, 186, 335. (See also Wood, 

Mechanical.) 

Breadstuff*, 16, 39, 43, 47, 48, 52, 57, 64, 81, 
83, 89, 93, 107, 108, 124, 125, 
186, 230, 235, 248, 280, 285, 
302, 307, 314, 315, 316. 821, 
325, 328, 332, 344, 346, 349, 
353, 354, 358, 362, 365, 368, 
370, 371. 

assize of bread, 8, 10, 24, 46, 51, 
74, 109, 118, 123, 139, IK, 155, 
167, 181, 211,212,214, 230, 234, 
248, 251-52,265, 271, 273,295, 
297-8, 300, 307, 314, 316, 320-1, 
325, 328, 332, 344, 346, 349, 353, 
358,362,365,368,371. 
to prevent removal of, from 

town, 45, 76-7, 79, 262. 
Bridewell. (See House of Correction.) 
Bridge, mill, 145, 147, 173,251, 300. 

to pave, 3. 
at Runmey Marsh, to repair, 10, 

171. 

county, 12, 73, 75. 
swing, 20, 47. 
G rover's, 30. 
Clap, 75. 
draw, in Ann street, 134, 136, 153, 

197-8. 

at Oliver's dock, 249, 316, 347, 362. 
Bridgewater, 322. 

Brimstone, 137. (See alto Disease, infec- 
tious, prevention of.) 
Bristol, 47, 173, 206, 258, 259, 260, 266, 268, 

303, 35H. 

Brooklin. (See Brookline.) 
Brookline, 27, 48, 57, 62, 63. 
Brunswick, 188. 
Building, petition to erect, 115, 217, 266, 294, 

332, 333. 

rejected, 4, 218, 329. 
allowed, 8, 117, 270, 280, 

328, 3:i3. 
additional, at Almshouso, 

292. 

BuM, Sign of the, 28. ( See also Taverns.) 
Bulls. (See Cattle ) 



Bull's wharf, 177, 237, 245, 246, 368. (Set 

also Wharves.) 

Bunch of Grapes, 250. (See also Taverns.) 
Burial places, 23, 86, 111, 118, 2*7, 289, 294. 

Old, 23, 53, 54, 111, 112, 113, 
116, 136, 168, 187, 219, 284, 
286. 

South, 23,29, 37, 38, 78,80,104, 
105, 116, 118, 134, 154, 170, 
172, 247, 286. 
North, 32, 173, 179, 230, 289, 

294, 349, 355. 
herbage of, to lease, 111, 112, 

113, 118,170, 172,219. 
site for, to select, 230. 
price for digging graves in, 287. 
charges for burying sundry 

persons, 328. 
Burlington, 85. 

Butchers, 191, 270, 327. (See alto Trade*.) 
Butter. (See Dairy Produce.) 
By-laws. (See Orders, town.) 
Byles' wharf, 240. (See also Wharves.) 

Cambridge, 53, 84, 137. 

bay leading to, 313. 
street, 67, 130, 131, 203, 255, 284. 
308, 361. 

Canso, 342, 355, 356. 
Cape, the, 52. 
Capo Ann, 342. 

Cape Breton, 200, 201, 342, 356. 
Cape Cod, 187, 285, 309, 363, 365. 
Cape Francois, 200, 356. 
Capes of Virginia. (See Virginia.) 
Carpenter, 236. (See also Trades.) 
Carts, trucks, etc., 76, 114, 120, 125, 182, 1TO, 

177, 178, 192, 197, 204, 233, 365. 
Casco Bay, IS, 69, 85, 198, 288. 
Castle, the, 11, 17, 89, 9J, 174, 183, 308. (See 

also Fortifications.) 
former chaplain of, 366. 
Castle William. (See Castle, the.) 
Catherine (ship), 54. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Catholics, 200, 201. 
Cattle, 1 19, 285, 287, 369. 

prices for care of, 287. 
bulls, 287. 

money, for, 367-8. 
horses, 369. 

Census, statistics of, 369-70. 
Century street, 72. 

Charcoal, for use of granary, 75. {See olio 
Granaries). 
for use of Watch-houses, 313. ( SM 

also Watch.) 

Cbarlestown, 6, 37, 162, 205, 288. 
Charlestowu (schooner), 260. 'See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Charter street, 32, 130, 203, 336. 
Cheese. (See Dairy Produce.) 
Chelsea, 171,172, 322. 
Cbimnies, 27, 132, 150. 

sweepers, 124, 140, 289, 290, 310, 

364. 

sweeping of, 124, 127, 141, 303. 
concerning dangerfrom, 70, 189. 
firing of, to prevent, 143. 

to prosecute, 289, 290. 
law concerning sweeping of, 
breach of, to inform against, 
'237. (See also Orders, town.) 
Clap bridge, 75. (See also Bridge.) 
Clark's square, 77, 361. 

wharf, 130, 202, 203, 240, 254, 308, 355. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Clerk of the Peace, 63, 64, 120, 185, 189. 
Clothier, 62. (See also Trades.) 
Coal, for use of granary, 75. 

safe place for keeping same, to provide, 

75. (See a/xo Granaries.) 
for Watch-houses, 324. (See alto 
Watch.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



387 



Coal, selling of, otherwise than according to 

law, to prosecute, 227. 
for use of Faneuil Hall, 363. 
Cold lane, 67, 181, 309. 
Collateral, offer of land as, for debt of Samuel 

Kneelaud to town, 75. 
Collectors. (See Taxes.) 
Colman's wharf, 239, 241, 359. (See al*b 

Wharves.) 
Committees, reports of, to receive, 27, 189, 

228, 238, 280, 291, 292, 3J9, 341. 
Common, the, 78, 112, 180, 186, 192, 225, 259, 

280, 285, 300. 

trees on, 35, 81,129, 141, 163, 
206-7, 229, 254, 239,333, 336. 

fun- house on, 5, 7, 353. 
erbage,73, 80,102, 170, 280. 
repairs on, 14, 102, 111. 
trespass on, 15, 81, 228, 230. 
pond on, 111,119, 120. 
seals iij, to build, 336. 
powder-honse on. 111. (See 

also Armories.) 
water from, to prevent run- 
ning through Winter street, 
176. 

to raise ground in the, to pre- 
vent water running into 
Winter street, 176. 
posts and rails to set up, 207. 
shore, i.e., eewer. (See Drains.) 
street, 67, 120, 170, 180, 308. 

school in, 246. (See alto 

Schools.) 

Connecticut, 13, 63, 69, 79. 
colony of, 317. 
Convicts, 279. 

imported, not to be allowed to 

(and, 206, 261, 266-7. 
to send away, 212, 213. 
Copper works, 268, 267. 
Cordage, 122, 335. 
Cordwainer, 120, 144, 210, 228. (See aUo 

Trades.) 

Corners: Hallowell's, 319. 
Cork, 33, 77. 
Cornhill, 103, 128, 130, 158,254,293. 

street, 24, 26, 67, 137, 202, !"03. 
Corn market, 184, '203. ( See also Market.) 
County, debt of Samuel Kueelarul to the, 74. 
bridge, 12, 73, 75. (See alto 

Bridge.) 

treasurer of tbe, 78. 
Council, the, 83, 90, 64, 96, 144, 198, 201, 317, 

318,319,344,355. 
members of, 164, 370. 
petition to, 63, 164-6. 
chamber, 1, 21, 23, 24, 25, 94, 
fl7, 159, 161, 193, 200, 220, 221, 
243, 274, 297, 301, 317, 325, 
341,347,353. 
Court, General. (Sfe Assembly.) 

of general or quarter sessions, 19, 21, 
49, f03, 118. 127, 151, 158, 169, 178, 

193, 268, 345. 
house, 38, 110, 175, 214, 238, 291, 

296, 341. 

- nuperior, 32, 1, 63-4, 83, 86, 89, 97, 
98, 124, 125, 128, Ml, 153, 157, 
158-9, 11, 184, 15, 171, 182, 197, 
211,220. 
clerk of the, 197. 
Inferior, 92, 103, 11, 151, 169, 179, 

345. 

of Assize and General Gaol Deliv- 
ery, 161. 
Cow-keepers, 260. 

appointed, 203, 285, 287. 
Cow lane, 203, 254. 
Crooked lane, 293. 
Croaa street, 18, 121, 130, 19, 203, 300, 308, 

335, 380, 361. 

nuisance at Jowe- end of, to 
abate, 64. 



Dairy produce, 370. 

Dancing, school for. (See Schools.) 

Dave's iane, 14. 

Day's lane, 309. 

Debt, prisoners for, 156. 

Dedham, 224, 233, 244. 

Deeds, 56, 102. 

of sate, 13, 14,137. 
of conveyance, 58, 59, 60, 61. 
register of. (See Register of Deeds.) 
town's, 66. 

or agreement by writing, 73, 78,80,91. 
of release, 171. 
Registry of, 179. 
of Kainsford Island, 226. 
Deer Island, 132, 218, 225. (See alto 

Islands.) 
Deertield, 242. 

township laid out near, 37, 56. 
Defence, Jine of. (See Fortifications.) 
Disease, infectious, prevention of, 11, 16, 18, 
33, 34, 36, 37, 40, 44, 48, 49, 52, 70, 
71, 81-2, 83, 84, 80, 86, 89, 90, 93, 
94, 95,99, 111, 113, 144, 145, 147, 
173, 174, 183, 186, 137, 188, 192, 
216, 241, 244, 246, 250, 259, 260, 
265, 282, 287, 307-8. (See also 
Small-pox, Measles, Yellow 
Fever, etc.) 

to provide house for per- 
sona afflicted with, 291. 
Distilleries and distilling, 77, 78, 88, 190, 253, 

368. 

Dock, the, 13, 21, 37, 51, 65, 82, 121, 122, 184, 
243, 249, 306, 308, 335, 336, 359, 
366. 

engine at, 17,21,61, 290,339. 
men, 01-2, 339. 
orders concerning, 62. 
watchmen at, 37, 53, 65, 30, 344, 

306. ( See alto Watch.) 
shops, etc., at, 164, 165, 172, 182, 
191, 243, 273, 2 S3, 294, 295, 358. 
Dock Square, 67, 129, 130, 153, 179, 184, 188, 
193, 200, 201, 202, 203, 228, 
268, 303, 308. 
tenements to lease, 191. 
town's shops at, 196, 200, 204, 
205, 207-8, 209-10, 211, 238, 
255. 

accounts of tenants of, 197. 
market-house in, Peter Faneuil 
to erect, 246-7, 
253. 

plan of, 252. 
completion of, 

356-7, 359. 
del i vered to 
town, 360. 
(Seealto Mar- 
ket.) 
Dolphin (sloop), 44, 85, '/15. 

Master of, 344. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Dolphin, Sign of the, 139, 254. (See also 

Taverns.) 
Dorchester, 138, 147, 156, 180, 269, 313, 320, 

351. 
Dove (sloop), 162. (See alto Ships, Vessels, 

etc.) 

Downes, the, 33. 

Drains, 4, 8, 22, 29, 38, 51, 57, 63, 68, 70, 74, 
77, 78, 80, 81, 84, 104, 128, 137, 172, 179, 
181, 188, 196, 204, 208, 212, 213, 229, 231, 
232, 289, 291. 297, 301, 307, 315, 321, 336, 
343, 350, 352, 365, 367. 
Dunstable, 97. 

Dyer'w wharf, 285. (See alxo Wharves.) 
Dye-woods, 122, 335. 

Eagle (brigantine), 367. (See alto Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Eagle (whip;, 148. (See aluo Ships, Vessels, 

etc.) 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Eastham, .",09. 

Edgar Town, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93. 

Elizabeth (brigantinc), 72. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Emigrants, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 69, 81, 148, 181, 277, 

311-18, a-JO, S2S, 347. 
reception of, town notified, 3. 
names of, admitted as inhabi- 
tants, 3, 6, 9. (See also Ire- 
land.) 

England, 181. 

Entertainment, for town officials, public 
dinner to provide, 26, 39, 53, 115, 166, 167, 
176, 186, 226, 237, 243, 280, 297, 329, 340, 
347. 

Essex street, 67, 129, 130, 203, 360. 
Eustatia (St.) (See Saint Eustatia.) 
Evening Post, 68. ( See alto Newspapers.) 
Exchange Tavern, 14. (See also Taverns.) 
Experiment (sloop), 347. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Exports, 45, 76-7. 

Falmonth, 18. 

Faneuil Hall, 362, 363, 364, 366, 371. 

coal for, to provide, 363. 
first meeting held in, 363. 
Fees, retaining, 37, 88,98, 99, 101, 103,131, 

330, 331-32. 
Ferries, 47, 68, 69, 77, 105, 156. 

improvement of, 69, 306. 

perquisites, 69. 

ferriage to augment, 72. (See also 

AVinnisimet.) 

Fevers. (See Disease, infectious.) 
Fines, 277. 

Fire, water engines, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 17, 
21, 105, 138, 171, 229, 233, 234, 237. 
238, 248, 258, 261, 271, 281, 28:!-4, 285, 
287, 289, 295, 296, 328, 329, 330, 331, 
337-40, 350, 368. 

men, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, 21, 34, 35, 37, 61, 
118, 138, 152, 175, 193-4, 229, 234, 238, 
*42, 251, 254, 257-8, 271, 273, 281, 283- 
4, 285, 289-90, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 
337-40, 303-4, 368. 

list of, 152, 254, 271, 283-4, 285, 

295-6,331,337-10. 
to be free from other town offi- 
ces, 6, 21, 62, 152, 284, 286, 331, 
332, 338. 

allowance, 6, 271, 284, 296, 337. 
premiums, 237, 284, 286, 328, 338, 

364, S61. 

houses, 6, 61, 105, 170, 171, 337. 
orders, 271, 328-9, 337-8. 
prevention of, 70. 

town's building on Fort 
Hill consumed by, 216. 
Fire wards, 230, 277. 

vacancies in, to fill, 274. 
appointed, 2>6. 
Fish, 285, 289. 

market, 129. 

house at Oliver's bridge. (See Bridge.) 

(See also Market.) 

treet, 51, 67, 108, 113, 115, 118, 123, 125, 
130, 172, 189, 202, 203, 254, 255, 
28 J, 303,309, 360-1. 
slip running from, encroachment 

on, 63. 

Fisheries, 84. 
Fleet street, 309. 
Flour. (See Breadstuff's.) 
Fort Hill, 142, 171, 174-5, 208, 212, 233, 234, 

236,258. 
town's house on, 142, 171. 

consumed by fire, 231. 
well on, to repair, 212. 
town's rights on, 226. 
bricks at, to purchase, 231. 
Infringement of town's rights at, to 

prosecute, 233. 
bowling green at, 236. 



Fortifications, 11, 65, 89,00, 120, 162, 173, 174, 

183, 193, 204, 233, 234, 240, 

241, 242, 25B, 314, 334, 362, 

363, S60. 

line of defence, 2, 128, 195, 302, 

3-34. 

repairs at, 35. 

moneys received for townships 
to be used in repairing, 227. 
or breastwork, to erect, 341. 
France, 342. 
Frenchmen. (See Inhabitants.) (See also 

Aliens or foreigners.) 
Friends Adventure (sloop), 92. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Frog lane, 139, 203. 
Fustick, 122, 336. (See also Dye-woods.) 

Gallows, the. (See Neck, the.) 
Gaol or jail, 353. 

imprisoned in, for debt, 156. 
in Queeu street, engine by, 340. 
Gambo River, 187. (See also Slave traffic.) 
Gazette, Mr. Boydell's, 68. (See n/*oNew- 

papers.) 
Georges, 12. 
Georges River, 51, 62. 
George street, 129. 
George Town (Georgetown), 255. 
Gibbins' court, 139. 
Gibbs' lane, 319. 

Glass, 268, 269. (See also Imports.) 
Glazier and joiner, 3. (See also Trades.) 
Globe, Sign of the, 320. ( See also Taverns.) 
Glocester (Gloucester), 228, 249. 
Glover, 173. (See also Trades.) 
Golden Ball, the, 285. (See also Taverns.) 
Governor, 11, 83, 96, 115, 1S4, 198, 201, 202, 
233, 234, 314, 317, 318, 319, 337, 
34-2, 351, 355, 356, 357, 3>i6, 369, 
370. 
petition to, 45, 63, 64, 90, 126, 164-5, 

163, 183, 259. 

address to, 11, 89, 174, 304, 305. 
reply, 305-6. 

appiication to, concerningquaran- 
tine, and prevention of spread of 
disease, 5?, 94, 144-o, 308. 
application to, to prevent impress- 

ment of sailors, etc., 315. 
Order Irom concerning the " Sea- 
flower," 3''8 
Grain, 10, 31, 124, 285, 315, 361. (See also 

Breadstuffs.) 
injury to the, 124. 
price of carting, 290. 
measurers of, 361. 
Granaries, 10, 47, 64, 76, 80, 102, 107, 124, 169, 

285. 
accounts of, to examine, 25, 44. 

45,64. 

choice of keeper of, 30, 31. 
removal of, to consider 30. 
cellar under, 71, 73-4, 75, 78, 94, 

97. 

repairs of, 75, 124, 125. 
charcoal for, 75. 
coal, 75. 

safe place for same, to pro- 
vide, 75. 
overseer of, 107, 169. 

accounts, 280. 
North, 169. 

to lease, 228. 

Notice to be posted at, 206. 
Gray's wharf, 245. (See also Wharves.) 
Great Britain, 215. 

Green Dragon, the, 144. (See also Taverns.; 
Green lane, 67, 203. 

paving of, to defer, 41. 
Greyhound, si^n of the, 134, 135, 310, 311. 

(See. aluo Taverns.) 
Groton,63, 83. 
Grover's Bridge, 30. (See also Bridge.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



389 



Ghiadalupa, 355. 

Guinea, coast of, 187. (See also Slave traffic). 

Gunsmith, 57, 367. (See also Trades.) 

Hairdresser, 60,191, 208. (See also Trades.) 
Half Square court, 238, 249. 
Halsey's wharf, 239. (See also Wharves.) 
Hannah (sloop), 10. ( See also 8hips,Ves- 

sele, etc ) 
Hanover street, 84, 100, 104, 115, 117, 130, 254, 

335, 361. 

Harbor, the, 13, 76, 315. 
Harwich, 245, 262. 
Hatmaker, 210. (See also Trades.) 
Haward (hayward.) (See Cowkeeper.) 
Hawk, Sign of the, 241. (See also Taverns.) 
Hawkins street, 255. 
Hay, weighing of, etc. (See Weights, etc.) 

weigher of, appointed, 162, 178, 179. 
Hearsey'swharfe, 238. (See also Wharves.) 
Hemp, 16, 81, 261, 262, 265, 26tj, 267, 278. 
Henchman's lane, 129. 

Hill's wharf, 130. 240. (See also Wharves.) 
Hingham, 229, 351. 

Hogreves. (See Swine, regulating of.) 
Holland, 304. 
Hollis street, 231. 

Homes's hole (Holmes' Holl) , 88, 89, 90, 92,93. 
Hope (schooner), 90. (See also Ships, Ves. 

sels, etc.) 

Horseshoe Tavern, 206. (See also Taverns.) 
Horses. (See Cattle.) 

Hospitals, 13, 37, 40, 44, 82, 83, 85, 86, 89, 94, 
99, 100, 107, 111, 116, 124, 125, 
133, 141, 142-3, 145, 147, 148, 155, 
156, 157, 162, 163, 164, 173, 192, 
196, 200, 201, 204, 209, 212, 216, 
219, 223, 241, '242, 244, 246, 247, 
250, 252, 260, 261, 265, 278, 279, 
282, 287, 292, 299, 304, 307, 311, 
312, 352. 

wood for, 261, 294. 
keeper of Province, 116-17, 133, 
142-3, 209, 250-1 299, 304, 307, 
311,352. 
red flag at dough's house (now a 

hospital), to display, 146. 
guard at, 95, 96, 146, 192, 216, 219, 

124-5, 272, 278, 262, 292, 311. 
nurses, 14ti, 173, 250, 259, 268, 278, 

279, 2S2, 287-8, 299, 311, 352. 
House of Correction, 45, 351. 
Hull, 13. 

Hull street, 179, 307. 
Humbird (sloop), 39, 48, 56. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 

Hutchinson'n wharf, 239. (See also 
Wharves.) 

Imports, 16, 18, 34, 37, 39, 40, 43, 44-5, 48, 
52, 57, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 86, 93, 
186, 268. 
Impost Office, 47, 54, 347, 367. 

list of passengers at, 54. 
Impressment, 315. 
Incendiarism, 216. (See also Fire.) 
Indexes for public records. (See Records.) 
Indian meal or corn (See Breadstuff's.) 
Indians, 272. 

free, list of, to take, 132, 251. 

law concerning burial of, neglect 

of by sextons, 233. 
Industry (brig), 181. (See also Ships, Ves. 

sels, etc.) 
Industry (ship), 60, 258, 260, 262, 268. (See 

also Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Inhabitants, 280, 315, 320. 

admitted as, 3, 14, 20. 27, 50, 57, 
59, 60, 62, 78, 85, 92, 109, 115, 
162, 185, 180-7,219, 224,237, 
240, 24.!, 244, 245, 249, 255, 266, 
270, 288, 301, 304, 320, 322, 
350, 351, 362, 366. (See also 
Emigrants.) 



Inhabitants, transferred from Boston to Dor. 

cheater, 147. 
petition to ba admitted as, 207, 

312,330,349,351,361, 367. 
Index of names of persons giv- 
ing bonds for inhabitants ad- 
mitted, to make, 298. 
French, not qualifed as, 198, 
200-1, 313-14, 337, 340-1, 342, 
355, 356. 
law concerning admission as, 

to observe, 201. 

Innholders, licenses as, petition for, 59, 370-1. 
allowed, 60, 64, 67, 129-30, 202-3, 

254, 308, 360-1. 
disallowed, 67, 130-1, 255, 309, 

361. 

list of, 129-31, 185, 189, 202-3, 
254-5, 308-9. (See also Li- 
censes.) 

Insane, 69, 127, 351, 366. 
Intemperance, immorality, profanity, etc., 
2, 4, 6, 13, 36, 122, 128, 168, 170, 194, 213, 
242, 334, 336, 354, 355, 357, 363. 
Ireland, 71, 72, 74, 298, 314, 316-18, 320. 

emigration from, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 54, 
69. 70, 79, 81, 148, 181, 277, 314, 
316-18, 320, 328. (See also Emi- 
grants.) 

Iron, 16, 39, 48, 52, 81, 122, 335. 
Ironmonger, 23. (See also Trades.) 
Islands. ( See the following) : 

Rainsford's, Spectacle, Isle of Sables, 
Isle of Wight, Martha's Vineyard, 
Barbadoes, Deer, St. Thomas, Span- 
ish Town, St. Christopher's, Nan- 
tucket, Long, Bird, Bermudas, Santo 
Domingo or Hayti, West Indies, Lee- 
ward. 

Isle of Sables, 79. (See also Islands.) 
Isle of Wight, 48. (See also Islands ) 

Jamaica, 23, 92,93, 174, 206, 250, 327, 365. 

Jersey, 33, 257. 

Joiner, 217. (See also Trades.) 

Joylift's lane, 149. 

Jurors, 125, 157, 169, 292, 341, 344-5. 

petit, choice of, 22, 27, 38, 49-50, 62, 

101, 103, 128, 151, 161, 345, 359. 
grand, choice of, 49, 61, 116, 124, 157, 

220, 345. 

on trials, 124, 157, 161. 
list of persons eligible as, to submit, 

159, 166. 

Justices, 1, 2, 21, 23. 24, 26, 28, 39, 40, 65, 
71, 83, 93. 94, 95, 96, 97, 102, 111, 
126, 127, 128, 144, 145, 156, 159-60, 
164-5, 183, 185, 188, 190, 192, 193, 
194, 195, 200, 211, 220, 251, 272, 
274, 275, 282, 293, 301-2, 303, 325, 
353, 354, 355, 368. 

King George (ship), 265. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
King street, 14, 35, 48, 77, 129, 130, 202, 203, 

249, 250, 254, 255, 299, 308, 

309, 361. 

Lamb, Sign of the, 120, 320. (See also Tav- 
erns.) 
Lancaster, offer of land in, as collateral for 

debt of S. Kneeland to town, 75. 
Lands, etc., lease of, by town, 5, 9, 15, 18, 20, 
21, 22, 27, 47, 62, 69, 73, 75, 107, 110, 
112, 114, 119, 139-40, 147, 148, 151, 
179, 190, 200, 202, 204, 205, 207, 218, 
224, 225, 228, 285, 305. 
purchase of, by town, 13. 
sale of, by town, 13, 39, 54, 55-6, 58, 
69, 60, 61, 71, 96, 
132. 

to settle, 31, 50, 56. 

lease of herbage of Old burying place, 
23. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Lands, granted to town, 27, 28, 29, 37 49, 60, 

55-6, 58, 66, 102. 
list of leases of town's estate, 185, 207-8. 

to submit, 185. 
lease of, to advertise, 218. 
quit-rent for, 223. 
grant of, to Almshouse, 292. 
marsh on the Neck, 62, 116, 185, 210, 

245, 271,281,285, 298. 
cellar under the granary, 71, 73, 75, 94, 

97. 

in Lancaster. (See Lancaster.) 
Lands or buildings, town's, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 
17, 19, 21, 22, 31, 37, 39, 47, 49, 50, 
53-54, 58, 59, 62, 66, 68, 69, 71, 
73-4, 75, 76, 87, 90, 98, 99, 101, 103, 
107, 110, 114, 116, 119, 124, 131, 137, 
139-40, 142, 150, 151, 153-4 164, 
165, 169, 171, 172, 174-5, 179, 184, 
196, 197, 199, 201 , 204, 205, 206, 207, 
209, 210, 216, 218, ?30, 231, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 242, 
243-4, 246, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 
255, 257, 267, 269, 270, 271, 273, 
277, 283, 289, 290, 292, 294, 295, 
299, 314, 336, 353, 356, 358, 365. 
list of all, to submit, 256, 369. 
Lands or Duildings 
Owners : 

Adams, Samuel, 1. (Barton's 

Rope walk), 15. 
Ailen, Jeremiah, h., 359. 

Allen, , h., 48. 

Alleyn, Edward, 1., 55, 
Babbidge, IJeujamin, b., 307. 
Baker, John, e. h., 217. 
Banister, .Samuel, h., 200. 
Bant, William. 196. 
Barnard, James, 1., 156, 159, 

b., 159. 

Barnard, Richard, h., 179. 
Bass, Samuel, 1., 151. 
Beekmori-, George, h., 269. 
Belcher, Joseph, h., 70. 
Bclknap, Joseph, 1., 5. 
Bennet, Cant. Elisha, b., 
106. 

Bennet, , 1., 4, 208. 

Benuett, , 1., 300. 

Bill, Richard, 1., 13. 

Blair, Capt. , b., 345. 

Bonyat, Widow, , h., 314, 

343. 

Boston Neck, grantees of 
lands & flats at, 1., 234. 

Box, , r. w., 295. 

Boylston, Dr. Zabdiel, b., 65 
213. 

Bryant, Mrs. , h., 244. 

Butler, , h., 309 312. 

Byles, Josias, b., 55, 63, 196. 

Calef, Widow, , h., 63. 

Caless (Calef?), Widow , 

h.,48. 

Carnes, John, h., 230 
Clark, Dr. John, b., 172. 

Clark, , h , 294. 

Clougb, Benjamin, h., 145, 
148, 180, 192, 216, 223, 241, 
242, 252. 

Clough, Deacon, , h., 180. 

Cochrean, Alexander, h.,120. 
Coffin, Charles, h., 35. 

Coffin, , w.,h., 289. 

Collings, , h., 236. 

Collson, David, h., 291, 295. 

Colson, 1., 290. 

Compton, John, h., 123, 125. 
Comrin, Capt. John, h.,350. 
Cookson, Obadiah, jr., h., 
230 

Cowley, Capt. , h , 284. 

Cunningham, Capt. Nathl. 
h., 269. 



Lands or Buildings 
Owners : 

Davis, Capt. Nicholas, h., 

108. 
Day, James, 1., 179. 

Deacon, , sh., 328. 

Dering, Henry, h., 137, 357. 
Dolbeare, James, h., 181. 
Dolbeare, John, sh., 128. 
Douglass, Thomas, h., 20. 
Douglass, Dr. William, h., 

104. 

Dowrick, Capt. ,h., 367. 

Drowne, , sh., 254. 

Dupee, Daniel, h., 21. . 
Dwight, Jonathan, 1., 307, 

310. 
Dyre, Barrat, h., 212. 

Dyre, ( Mrs. ,1., 237, 246. 

Dyar, { 340. 
Faneuil, Peter, h., 359. 
Faneuil, Peter, 1 1 al., h., 137. 

Faneuil, , b., 21. 

Fitch, Hon. Thomas, heirt 

of, 1., 43. 

Flood, Joseph, jr, h., 232. 
Foster, Jonathan h., 144-5, 

146, 147. 
Foster, Thomas, h., 51. 

Friswell, , h., 29. 

Gibbins, , h., 322, 346. 

GibboDe, ,b., 167. 

Glin, , h., 366. 

Goddard, , h., 120. 

Gooch, , h., 105, 170. 

Goodwin, Thomas, h., 270. 
Grant, Joseph, h., 64. 
Graton, Jolin, h., 310, 311. 
Gray, Edward, 1., (Barton's 

Rope Walk), 15. 
Green, , h., 63, 123, w. 

h., 125. 
Gregory Mrs. Abigail, h. t 

196. 
Gutteridge, Robert, h., 51. 

Gwin, , h., 189. 

Haley, Samuel, h. & b., 179. 

Haley, , h., 48. 

Hall, Hugh, h. &1..117. 

Hallowell, , 1., 319. 

Halsey, James, h., 309, 312. 
Hamilton, Frederick, b., 77. 
Hamock, Capt. John, h.,350. 
Hancock, Thomas, b., 192, 

217. 

Hartshorn, Jonathan, h., 76. 
Harvey, Widow, , 1., 

149. 

Hatch, Benj., h., 350. 
Heath, Joseph, 1., 56, 59, 60, 

61. 
Henderson, Capt. Jos., h., 

365. 

Hinds, John, h., 260. 
Holyoke, Jacob, h., 237. 

Horton, , h., 36i. 

Howard, Robert (late), h., 

77. 
Hubbard, Joseph, 1. & whf., 

234. 
Hunt, Alexander, sh. yd., 

238. 

Hunt, John, h., 229, 315. 
Hunting, Samuel, h., 206. 

Hutcbinson, , b., 338. 

Inches, Thomas, h., 103. 
Indicott, John, h., 51. 
Jeffries, John, h., 53, 81, 1., 

310. 

Jenkins, Mm. , h.,260. 

Jones, Thomas, 1., 156. 
Johonnot, Daniel, h., 51. 
Johonuot, Zacbariah, 1..231. 
Ke'ly, Robert, h., 21. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



391 



Lands or Buildings 
Owners: 

Knecland, Solomon, 1., 179. 

Lamb, Col. , 1., 138, 313. 

Lewes, Mrs. Grace, h., 269. 

Lewis. Mrs. , h., 319. 

Maccarty, William, h., 68, 

238, 1., 238, 249. 
Mascarene, Major , h., 

108. 

McDamel, Mrs. , h., 320. 

Monk, George, h., 4. 
Mountfort, Jonathan, h., 63. 

Nazro, Dr. , h., 69. 

Norton, Mrs. , h., 347. 

Oliver, Andrew, )., 39. 
Oliver, Brattle, 1., 225. 
Oliver, Capt. Nathanael, 1., 

23, 30, 74, 91. 
Osgood, John, h., 21. 
Palmer, lion. Thomas etal., 

w. h., 184. 

Parker, Jacob, b., 289. 
Parkman, , 1., 305, 333, 

336. 

Phillips, Gillam, h., 370. 
Phillips, John, h., 24, 26. 
Potter, John, h., 208. 
Price, Henry, 1., 297. 
Price, William, h., 137. 
Rachel, John, h., 106. 
Rawling, Love, h., 315. 

Rawling, Mrs. , h., 237. 

Bay, Elizabeth, h., 75. 
Read, John. 1., 56, 59, 60. 
Richards, Jeremiah, h., 1JO. 
Richardson, John, 1., 138, 

313. 

Russell, Benj., h., 351. 
Baiter, Richard, h., 289. 
Baiter, Thomas, h., 206. 
Savage, Habijah, h., 137. 
Scolley, James, h., 57. 
Sheldon, Capt. Josiah, h., 

320. 

Bhute, , 1..336. 

Sigourney, , d., h., 368. 

Skinner, Mrs. , h., 21. 

Smith, Richard, h., 134, 135, 

299. 

Smith, Samuel, h., 102. 
Smith, Thomas, h., 188. 
Speakman, William, h., 77. 

Stamford, , b., 365. 

Storer, Ebenezer, h., 321. 

Thompson, , 1., 35, 238. 

Tilley, George, 1., 300. 

Torrey, , h., 29. 

Trinity Church, 1., 105. 
Tuckerman, John, h., 333. 
Tyler, Andrew, b., 8. 
Vintenon, John, h., 80. 
Walker, , h., 63, 123, w. 

h., 125. 

Walley, Abiel, b., 84. 
Wnllis, Thomas, h., 213, 315. 
Wardell, Francis, h., 365. 
Warden, Francis, heirs of, 

1. 85 h., 137. 

Warden, , h., 113. 

Welch, John, b., 40. 
Welles, Samuel, 1., 138, h., 

313. 
Wendell, Hon. Jacob, 1., 56, 

59, 102. 
Wendell, Capt. John, 1., 

46. 
Wendell, Col. ,b.,20,21, 

1., 174. 

West, Elisha, h., 248. 
Wheeler, William, jr., h., 

332. 

White, John, h., 20. 
White, Capt. Samuel, h., 32. 



Lands or Buildings 
Owners: 

Williams, Jonathan, h., 25, 

181. 

Wimble, James, h., 3. 
Language, English, to study, 201, 342. 
Laws, breach 01, 217, 278, 301, 343. 

to prosecute, 2, 170, 189, 

193, 227, 233, 290, 303. 
to suppress, 2rf, 35, 207, 242. 
to be enforced, 36, 183, 195, 201, 204, 
207, 227, 236, 238, 239, 241, 287, 294, 
3^1, 322, S31, 333, 355, 356, 357, 359, 
303, 367. 

Leases. (See Lands.) 
Leather-breeches maker, 148. (See also 

Trades.) 

Leathc-rdresi-er, 37. (See also Trades.) 
Leu's wharf, 240. (See alxo Wharves.) 
Leeward Isl.mds, 356. (See also Islands.) 
Leghorn (ship), 320. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, C'tC.) 
Lemons, 34, 37. 
Letters, 260. 

written or to write 

town clerk to lion. Judge Benja- 
min Prescott, 83. 
to Mr. Waters, 183. 
to Col. Tyng, 97. 
to selectmen of Lynn, 
Maiden, and Read- 
ing, 106. 

to lion. Seth Wil- 
liams and William 
Ward, 15S-9. 
to Joseph Tompaon, 

318. 

from Capt. William 

Beekman to lion. 

Col. Wendell, 174. 

Capt. Armitage to 

Capt. Larrabee, 

198 

clerk to selectmen of 
Roxbury, 135, 310, 
311. 

to town clerk, 166. 
clerk to Stephen 

Minot, 218, 230. 
Capt. John Aves to 
Thomas Hubbard, 
256. 

Capt. Fluker to Mr. 
Bowdoin, 256. 
Stephen Hall to 
lion. Jobu Os- 
borne, 260. 
Mr. Kilby to select- 
men, 359. 

Leverett's lane, 202, 206, 367. 
Lewis burg (Louisbourg), 314, 342. 
Licenses, 368. 

petition for, as taverners or re- 
tailers, 59, 370-1. 
allowed, 60, 64, 129-30, 202-3, 254, 

308, 360-1, 368, 371. 
disallowed, 121, 130-1, 255, 309, 

361. 
list of, 60, 121, 185, 189, 202-3, 254-5, 

308-9. 
form of, 60. 
names of persons granted, 67, 

129-30. 

of persons refused, 130-1. 
no more, to allow for the year, 253. 
Lightermen, 132. 
Lignum Vitas, 122, 335. (See also Wood, 

mechanical.) 

Linen, printer of, 3. (See also Trades.) 
cases of, 57, 265. 

Linseed oil, 81, 86. 

Locksmith, 51, 62. (S?e also Trades.) 

Logwood, 122, 335. (See also Dyewoods.) 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



London, 9, 17, 33, 36, 40, 43, 53, 57, 59, 60, 
105, 103, 126, 136, 201, 218, 219, 260, 267, 
278, 291, 300, 320. 
Londonderry, 79. 

Long Island, 13, 248, 365. (See aluo Islands.) 
Long lane, 182, 202, 246. 
Long wharf, 7, 112, 203, 238, 300, 324, 335, 

364. (See aluo Wharves.) 
Lord's Day, 194-5, 348, 353. 

concerning profanation of, 2, 128, 

194-5, 302, 303, 354, 355. 
Watch on the, 127-8, 193, 194-5, 
251,301,302,353,354, 
355. 

at hospital, on, 146. 
traffic upon the, 128, 194, 302, 303. 
to preach on, at North Writing 

School, 320. 
Love lane, 231. 

school in, 246. (See also Schools.) 
street, 41, 254, 281. 
Lynn, 34, 105, 106, 107. 

street, 67, 229, 254, 255, 315. 

Mackeral lane, 202, 361. 
Mail matter, 260. 

to fumigate, 260. 

Maiden, 105, 106, 107, 182, 186-7, 270, 294. 
Maps and Plans, 49, 252. 
Market, 30, ,'52, 42, 246-7, 268, 370. 
property of, 19. 
North, 1, : 0. 
South, 42, 66, 68, 110, 357-8. 

to lease, 42. 
weights and scales at, 109, 116. 

to collect, 51, 

164, 171. 
fish, 129. 
clerks of, 116, 167-8, 171, 176, 230,236, 

332, 341, 363, 364, 367. 
in Dock Square, 153, 246, 252, 253, 

268, 303, 356-7, 359. 
corn, 184, 203. 
forestalling the, 227. 
house, Peter Faneuil to erect, 246-7. 
plan of, 252, 268. 
completion of, 356-7, 359. 
delivered to the town, 360. 
stalls in, 361, 370. 
Marblehead, 91, 362. 
Marlborough, 46, 50, 327. 

engine. (See Fires.) 
street, 51, 67, 77, 203, 212, 254, 
255, 267, 301, 345, 347, 360-61. 
Marshall's lane, 361. 
Marshfleld, 139. 
Martha's Vineyard, 50, 82, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 

93, 95, 215. 216. 
Mary (brigantine), 350. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Mary (ship), 219. (See also Ships, Vessels, 

etc.) 

Maryland, 269, 344. 
Mason, 189. (See also Trades.) 
Massachusetts Bay, J22, 218, 225, 336. 

Province of, 6, 11, 13, 16, 
17,- 20, 22, 59, 65, 70, 
91, 94, 96, 102, 110, 126, 
133, 137, 144-5, 164-5, 
175, 201, 205, 225, 229, 
236, 242, 262, 264, 299, 
305, 337, 341, 342, 343, 
344, 345, 354, 355, 356, 
357. 

records of general court of, 6. 
debt of Samuel Kneeland to, 

74. 

treasurer of, 78. 
May Flower (sloop), 92. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 

Measles, 70, 187. (See also Disease, infec- 
tious.) 

Meat, dealer in, 199. (See also Trades.) 
Medtteld, 347. 



Meeting bouses, 10, 347-8. 

Rev. Messrs. Foxeroft's and 

Chauncy's, 4. 
North, 5, 152, 338, 348. 
Old North, 34, 25S, 289, 295, 

339. 

New North, 37, 273, 338. 
Old church, 58, 59. 
Brattle street, 65, 123, 125. 
Trinity church, 105, 170, 337. 
Mr. Checkley's (Summer 

street), 241. 
petition to erect, on Bennet 

street, 328. 
Mehogony (Mahogany) Wood. (See Wood, 

mechanical.) 
Merchants and Inhabitants. (See Inhab- 

itants.) 

Merchants' Row, 51, 130, 143, 184, 254, 309. 
town's warehouse in, 110, 

252. 

watch. (See Watch.) 
Mermaid (schooner), 187. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 

Middle street, 67, 129, 130, 202, 255, 308, 361. 
Milk street, 68, 121, 192, 212, 308, 319, 335, 

361. 
Mill bridge, 145, 147, 173, 251, 300. 

to pave, 3. (See also Bridge.) 
pond, 179. 
creek, 216. 
Mills, North, 241. 

owners, 32. 
highway at, 63. 

to survey, 32. 
Milton, 4, 6, 359, 360. 
M mot's court, :!09. 
Molasses, 122, 197, 335. 



Nantasket, 33. 

Nantucket, 215. (See also Islands.) 
Natomy (in township of Cambridge), 53. 
Neck, the, 67, 233, 234, 240, 241, 251, 254. 

watch at, 2, 128, 193, 195, 251, 301, 

302, 3o3, 354. 
rails on, 6. 
fence, etc., 8. 
land, etc., leased, 20, 21, 22, 27, 63, 

116,218,267. 
highway on, 301. 

to repair, 35, 232. 

line between highway and salt 
pond." at, 53. 
marsh on, 62, 6^, 116, 155, 185, 

204,245,271,281,285,295. 
gallows on, 120. 
fortifications on, 173, 195. 
highway at, incumbrance to re- 
move,' 193. 

herbage at, damage to, 193. 
Needle-work, school for. (See Schools.) 
Negroes and Mulattoes, 2, 7, 83, 94, 95, 128, 
194, 216, 219, 
242, 251, 277, 
278, 302, 320, 
347, 349, 354, 
370. 
laws concerning, 

2. 
emancipation of a, 

83, 349. 

free, 244, 245, 370. 
list of, to 
take, 132, 
135. 

to*act as scaven 
gers, 135, 1U6. 
law concerning 
burial of, neg- 
lected by sex- 
tons, 233. 
list of cattle be- 
longing to, 369. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



393 



Neptune (sloop), 81, 82, 83, 85, 86. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Newbury street, 67, 130, 131, 202, 203, 254, 

255, 308, 309, 360, 361. 
Now Boston, 365. 

New Castle (Newcastle), 258, 259, 321. 
New England, 11, 122, 164, 305, 336. 
New England Galley, 59, 260, 265. (See 

also Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Newfoundland, 84, 163, 217, 367, 368. 
New Hampshire, 213. 
New Haven, 31 7, 319. 
New London, 92, 158. 
New North Meeting house, 273. 

engine near, 33S. 
men, 37. 
273, 338. 

(See also Meeting houses.) 
Newport, 27, 36, 183, 237. 
Newton, 13D. 
New York, 64, 69, 103, 105, 155, 172, 174, 186, 

192, 212, 216, 217, 225, 342, 370. 
Newspapers. See the following: 
Evening Post, 
Gazette, Mr. BoydelPs, 
"Weekly Journal, 
Weekly News Letter. 
Northampton, '242. 
North burying place, 32, 173, 179, 230, 289, 

294, 349, 355. 
herbage of, to lease, 
118. (See also 
Burial places.) 
North Carolina, 7, 44, 45, 55, 63, 90, 92, 167, 

206, 215, 319. 
End, 21,45, 88, 108,122, 178,179,257, 

266, 294, o20, 335. 
Market, 1. 

trespass at, 30. 

to remove, 42. (See alto 

Market.) 
Meeting house, 348. 

engine by, 5, 152, 338. 
(See also Meeting 
houses.) 

street, 67, 70, 129, 130, 360. 
Yarmouth, 294. 

Nurses and nursing. (See Hospitals.) 
Nutfleld, 79, 286. 

Oakum, 34, 37, 40, 44. 
Oath, administrated, 34. 
Old burying place (Tremont street), 23, 53, 
54, 112, 116, 136, 168, 
187, 219, 284, 'J86. 
herbage of, to lease, 111, 
112-13, 219. (See also 
Burial places.) 
Old church, 58, 59. (See also Meeting 

houses.) 

Old North Meeting house, engine near, 34, 
258,289,295, 339, 350. (See also Meeting 
houses). 

Old Town Harbour. (See Edgar Town.) 
Olive Branch (ship), 256. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Oliver's dock, bridge at. (See Bridge.) 

street, line of to run, 39. 
Orange street, 19, 67, 123, 130, 131, 178, 180, 190, 
202, 203, 204, 208, 231, 255, 
291, 295, 308, U33, 334, 360. 
drain in, 4. 
paving of, 41, 343. 
Orange Tree, the, 53, 100, 115, 166, 176, 186, 

226, 280, 329. (See also Taverns.) 
Orders, town, 35. 

books of, to reprint, 288. 
concerning fires, 152, 271, 

323-9. 

enlistment of fire- 
men, 1, 6. 
profanation of the 
Lord's Day, 2, 
128, 195. 



Orders, town, concerning duties of scaven- 
gers. 29. 

forestalling pro- 
visions, 35, 227. 
copies of, to post, 44. 

to print, 127. 

concerning prevention of 
spread of infectious disease, 
94-5. 

to be enforced, 36, 194. 
for regulating and ascertain- 
ing the wages of common 
porters, 112, 114, 121-3, 308, 
334. 

concerning keeper of hospital 
on Ha in sford 
Island, 116, 117. 
encumbering high- 
way at the Neck, 
120. 

sweeping of chim- 
neys, 127, 237. 
firing of, 290. 
weighing of hay, 

153, 162, 178. 
transgression of 
law concerning 
selling of meat 
by steelyards, 
170. 

for roles to be observed in 

transporting powder, 176-7. 

regulation of the Workhouse, 

189. 

concerning watch upon the 
Lord's Day, 127- 
8, 194. 

burying of negroes 
and Indians, 233, 
287. 

buying provisions 

out of market, to 

repeal, 247, 268. 

visitation of town, 

by wards, 275-6. 

Ordnance, 8, 234, 235, 341. 

Paddey's alley, 130. 

Painter, 273, 363,364,365. (Seealso Trades.) 
Painting, school for. (See Schools.) 
Papers, etc. (See Records.) 
Parker's wharf, 245. (See also Wharves.) 
Pease, 186. (See also Imports.) 
Pedlar, 109. (See also Trades.) 
Peines alley, 309. 
Pea broke, 281. 
Pemaquid, 73. 

Penalties. ( See Laws, breach of.) 
Perambulations or Surveys, 53, 63, 65, 72, 
105-6, 134-5. 
between Boston and Rox- 

bury, 134,310,311. 
between Boston and the 
towns of Maiden, Lynn, 
and Reading, to run, 105-6. 
of land in Beacon street be- 
longing to Warden, 

137. 
bounds of land in Water 

street, 149. 
bounds of land at the South 

End, 179. 

line between Mrs. Dyre's 
land and that of town, to 
run, 237, 246. 
Maccarty's land, 249. 
land laid out for market- 
bouse, 252. 
line of Love and Prince 

streets, 254. 
of land near North Battery, 

292, 305, 333, 336. 
land fronting Orange street, 
295. 



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Perambulations, town's land and that of Fran- 
cis Wardell, 365. 

Philadelphia, 5, 11, 15, 16, 18, 39, 43, 47, 48, 
49, 52, 56, 67, 81, 83, 85, 88, 103, 109, 111, 
148,215,217,307,317,350. 
Pierce'8 alley, 130, 255. 
Pilots, 88, 93. 
Piscataqua, 32, 79, 213. 
Pitts' wharf, 250, 289. (See also Wharves.) 
Plank. (6>eWood.) 
Plane. (See Maps and Plans.) 
Plimouth, 7. 

Pond street, 121, 122, 171, 213, 335. 
Poor, 17, 18, 21, 33, 48, 69, 73, 75, 76, 84, 93-4, 
96, 133, 142, 146, 148, 155, 163, 167, 
171, 205, 244-5, 277, 304, 311, 319, 
320, 324, 325, 327, 329, 330, 346, 352, 
360, 370. 

to preveut pauperism, 4. 6, 33, 205. 
reimbursement to obtain for, 18, 19, 

55, 144, 182. 
appropriation for, 27, 38, 85, 101, 110, 

166, 226, 279, 291, 329, 341. 
Poor, Overseers of, 18, 20, 22, 27, 48, 58, 73, 
76, 96, 101, 103, 133, 139, 144, 146, 148, 
155, 160, 161, 106. 167, 181, 1S2, 186, 189, 
215, 220, 223, 226, 228, 235, 274, 275, 277, 
278, 279, 319, 324, 325, 327, 329, 360 363, 
365, 370. 

Pork, 39. (See aluo Provisions.) 
Porters, common, 22, 23, 31, 69, 112, 114, 
117, 121-23, 168, 170, 
180, 2-23, 224, 239, 240, 
244, 249, 269, 270, 285, 
308, 316, 322, 324, 327, 
330, 331, 334, 335, 346, 
353, 356. 
allowance or rates of charge, 121-22, 

335-6. 

badges for, 122, 336. 
disorderly conduct of, 168, 170, 357. 
number of, insufficient, 175. 
Portland (Man-of-war), 315. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Pound, the, 206. 
Powder, 235, 335. 

house. (See Armories.) 
seizure of, 230, 277. 
stock of, town's, 231. 
porterage of, 335. 
Prince street, 129, 1 >5, 156, 254. 
Printers. (See Printing, etc.) (See also 

Trades.) 
Printing, udvertisemente, 83, 132, 315. 

to be posted, 20, 
21, 112, 120, 169, 
193, 206, 207, 227. 
of Acts, 22. 
tickets, 123, 336. 
sale of townships, 45. 
in public newspapers, 31, 47, 66, 
68, 105, 156, 190-1, 193, 218, 227, 
299, 364. 
printers, 227, 358. (See alto 

Trades.) 

300 copies of orders concerning por- 
ters, to print and distribute 123. 
200 copies of order concerning 
sweeping of chlmnies, to print 
and distribute, 127. 
100 copies of order concerning 
weighing of hay, to print and dis- 
tribute, 178. 

expiration of leases to advertise, 185, 
Prison. (See Gaol or Jail.) 
Probate, Judge of, 127. 
Province, the. (See Massachusetts Bay, 

Province of.) 

Treasury, 104, 163 174, 205, 352. 
charge, 6, 17, 21, 73, 76, 133, 136, 
139, 146, 148, 155, 161, 167, 181, 
215, 223, 228, 277, 278, 304, 319, 
3 4, 325, 327, 328, 345, 346, 360, 
365, 867, 363, 370. 



Province, Treasurer. (See Treasurer, Pror 
IBM.) 

hospital, 82, 83, 141, 162, 164, 
204-5, 250, 299, 304, 
307,311,352. 
keeper of, 116-17, 133, 
142-3, 204-5, 250, 307, 
311, 352. (See also 
Hospitals.) 
warning to depart the, 343, 368. 

law for, to 
enforce, 
3<S. 

Provisions, 39, 76-7, 81, 83, 89, 93, 104, 107, 
128, 272, 315, 317, 319, 323, 354. 
forestalling aud engrossing, 35. 
out of the market, 247, 268. 

(See also Imports.) 
Pullen Point, 370. 
Pumps and Wells, 306. 
Purchase street, 309. 

Quarantine. (See Disease, prevention of.) 
Quebec, 200. 

Queen street, 7,82, 112,131, 202, 255, 297, 357. 
school house in, 5, 139, 210, 
2-16. 251, 299. (See also 
Schools.) 

town's wall in, to repair, 53. 
house in, 62,68,114,119. 
shop in, 260. 

nuisance in, to abate, 169. 
engine near Gaol in, 340. 

Ralnsford Island, 13-14, 83, 85, 86, 89, 93, 94, 

95, 98, 99, 104, 107, 111, 

116-17, 124, 133, 141, 

142-3, 162, 183, 138, 204, 

212, 259, 261, 262, 263, 

264, 265, 268-9, 272, 294, 

299, 307, 311-12, 318, 352. 

nurses at, 124-5, 311, 352. 

watchman at, 272. 

keeper of hospital at, 142-3, 

250-1,299, 307. 
to appoint, 116-17, 133, 
142-3, 299, 304, 307, 
311,352. 

guard at, 95, 307, 311, 352. 
deeds of, 226. (See also 

Deeds.) 

(See also Islands.) 
Rates, 9, 23, 371. 

collectors of, 10, 81, 87, 146, 149, 150, 

151,154,160,161,180, 

189, 215, 220, 273-4, 

323, 369. 

to qualify, 146. (Seealso 

Taxes.) 

concerning the collecting of, 214. 
Rats, extermination of, 333, 358. 
liaynsford Island. (See Rainsford Island.) 
Reading, 105, 106, 107. 
Records, 86, 105, 163, 171-2. 

of general court, 6, 8. 

town's, 63, 6, 148-9, 163, 171-2. 

to remove to Faneuil Hall, 

363, 366. 

Indexes, to resume, 69. 
County, 63, 163. 

and papers belonging to Col. Tyng'g 
grandfather, bearing on case in 
court, 97. 

Index of names of persons giving 
bonds for persons admitted as in- 
habitants, to make, 298. 
ships' papers. (See Ships, etc.) 
Register of Deeds, choice of, 280, 293. 
Rchoboth, 323. 

Rents, records of lands, etc., 5, 15, 22, 27, 47, 
63, 61), 75, 77, 90, 110, 114, 116, 119, 
140, 147, 150, 205, 206, 210, 211, 213, 
223, 228, 250, 252, 267, 269, 270, 273, 
281, 285, 289, 292, 295, 2<J9, 305, 306, 
322, 353. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



395 



Rents, arrears In, 66, 191, 204, 218, 230, 290. 
of warehouse (town's) increased, 76. 
of stall in market, 370. (See also 

Market.) 
quit-rent, 223. 
list of all, to submit, 256. 
Representatives, 37, 38, f 13, 147, 368. 

choice of, 37, 38, 42, 46, 70-1, 
72, 110, 112, 175, 179, 214, 
236, 239, 284, 291, 340, 341, 
345, 370. 
allowance, 71. 

House of, 113, 116, 215, 264, 
345, 368-9, 371. 

agent, to Court of 
Great Britian, 
215. 
speaker of the, 71, 

215, 264, 345. 

Rhode Island, 19, 45, 90, 140, 183, 198, 200, 
201, 206, 207, 236, 237, 334, 342, 360, 368, 
370. 

Rice bread flour. (See Breadstuff*.) 
River Gambo. (See Gambo river.) 
Round lane, 203. 
Rowley, 349. 

Roxbury, 2, 56, 64, 93-4, 109, 120, 128, 139, 
J95, 249, 253, 280, 281, 302, 310, 

311, 354. 

boundary line between Boston 
and, 23, 134-5, 137-8, 310, 311, 

312, 313. 
Rum, 122, 335. 

Rumney Marsh, 20, 61, 85, 87, 106, 125, 146-7, 
151,154, 171,172-8, 

highway, to repair, 10, 38. 

bridges at, to repair, 30, 75. 
( See also Bridge.) 

new road at, 58, 72, 73, 78, 
01. 

causeway at, 75, 80. 

petition of, to be set off, 143. 
Rye meal. (See Breadstuff's.) 

Saco, 102. 

tadler, 191, 210, 211. (See also Trades.) 

Sagamore (ship), 70, 71, 79, 81. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
' Sailers, lodging in town, notice of, 217. 
Saint Christopher's, 183, 314, 342, 364. (See 
also Islands.) 
Eustatia, 31, 201,342. 
Georges, 182. 

Thomas, 172, 186, 201. (See also 
Islands.) 
Salaries or allowance 

allowed Capt. Nathaniel Oliver, 73. 
Mr. Jonathan Helyer, 133. 
John Kneeland, 157.. 
Mr. Savell, 163. 
Mr. Samuel Gerrlsh, 163. 
Dr. William Hand, 164. 
Mm. Mary Sbarrow, 197, 

201. 

William Waters (keeper 
of Province Hospital), 
205, 209. 

William Shirley, 21. 
Nathaniel Oliver, 73, 79. 
Mr. Gerrish, 100. 
Mr. Belcher Hancock, 173. 
lion. Benlamin Prescott 

(heirs of), ill. 
Beth Williams, 211. 
William Ward, 211. 
Philip Quonyear, et ux., 

219. 
Woodbe, (negress) , 

219. 

Benjamin Clough, 223. 
William Baiter, 231. 
for Thomas Kerby's pas- 
sage, 257. 
John Morey, 283. 



Salaries or allowance 

allowed William Bowen, et al., 314. 
Ebenezer Lawrence, 328. 
John Savell, 330. 
John Waters et al., 332. 
Joseph Wadswortb, 333, 

358. 

Salem, 115, 331, 363,364,365. 
Salem street, 131. 

Salem Vilage (Village). (See Salem.) 
Salisbury, general court held at, 71. 
Sally (sloop), 47. (See also Ships, Vessels, 

etc.) 

Salt, 122, 335. 

Salt Ponds. (See Neck, the.) 
Salutation (brigantine) , 3. (See alto Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Salutation alley, 360. 

Tavern, 229. (See alto Taverns.) 
Santo Domingo, 342. (See also Islands.) 
Sandwich, 248. 
Sarah (brigantine), 18, 107. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Sarah (sloop), 48, 49. See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Sarah Galley, 34, 36, 37, 40, 43, 44. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Scarborough, 18. 

Scarlet's wharf, 67, 240. (See alxo Wharves.) 
Scavengers, work and duties of, 29, 47, 51, 

225. 

free negroes to act as, 135, 136. 
School street, 67, 108, 121, 137, 138, 180, 202, 

203, 329. 
school in, 246. (See also 

Schools.) 

Schools, 129, 172, 2o6, 263, 292, 358, 361, 369. 
- for matbematlcks, 4, b8, 137. 
for teaching Merchants' accounts, 

129. 
in Queen street, 5, 139, 210, 246, 299, 

349. 

for sewing, " Philligree " and writ- 
ing, 30. 

reading and sewing, 32, 33. 
Writing, 30, 35, 91, 104, 246, 292, 

299. 

middle, 246. 
south, 246, 340, 341, 344, 

349. 

north, 248, 283, 288294, 
299, 320, 348, 349, 351. 
In School street, 2J6. 
Bennct street, 246. 
Common street, 246. 
Love lane, 246. 
wood for, 288. 

Visitation of the, 52-3, 64, 65, 114, 
115, 184, 185, 243, 245-6, 297, 298, 
346-7, 348. 

statistics, 246, 299, 348. 
masters, 53, 115, 133. 150, 171, 172-3, 
185-6, 251, 324, 340, 341, 344, 349, 
301, 369. 

ushers, 133, 283, 324, 349, 351. 
North, repairs at, 64, 136-7. 

grammar, 64, 133, 246, 299, 

324, 349. 

dancing, 91, 159. 
needlework, 91. 
painting on glass, 91. 
South Grammar, 246, 299, 349. 

repairs, 13S, 364. 

in Treamount street (dancing) , 159. 
free, 226. 
Scituate, 79. 

Sconce, South. (See Battery, south.) 
Scotland, 103, 299, 350. 
Scottow's alley, 67. 

Sea-flower (sloop), 317,319, 320,328. (See 
also Ships, Vessels, etc.) (See a/o Em- 
igrants.) 

Sea street, 202, 340. 
Sedan, repair of, 227-8, 



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Selectmen, meetings of, 1,2, 3, 4, fl, 7, 8, 9, 
10, 11, 1:!, 13, U, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 
22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 3-1, 3S, 
38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 
52, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 6i, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 
80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 
02, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103, 104, 106, 107, 108,109,110, 111, 112, 
113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 
125, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 
1S3, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 
143, 144, 145, 146,147,1-18,149, 150, 151, 
152, 153, 154, 105, 156, 157, 158, 159, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 169, 170, 172, 174, 
175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 
184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 
194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 211, 212, 213, 
214, 215, 210,217,218,219, 220, 221, 222, 
223, 221, 225, 226, 227, 2.'8, 229, 230, 231, 
232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 241, 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 
251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 237, 258, 259, 260, 
261, 262, 263, 204, 265, 26rf, 267, 268, 269, 
270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 277, 278, 279, 280, 
281, 282, 28 !, 2S4, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 
292, 293, 294, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 303, 
304, 3U6, 307, 309, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 
317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, S23, 321, 325, 
327,328,329,330, 332, 333, 334, 337, 340, 
341, 342, 3-13, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 
350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 
360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 315, 366, 367, 368, 
369, 370, 371. 
Bostons or grave-diggers, 26, 58, 69, 86, 166, 

231, 233, 284, 286, 287, 341. 
Sheaf street, 67, 361. 

Ship carpenter, 303. (See also Trades.) 
Ship street, 67, 129, 203, 229, 254, 255, 309, 361. 
Shippen's Crane, in Dock square, 202, 203. 
Shipping. (See Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Ships, vessels, etc.. 3, 5, 7, 9, 1 1, 12, 15, 16, 18, 
34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 43, 44, 47, 48, 4, 
66, 57, 59, 69, 70, 71 , 72, 76, 7< , 79, 81, 
82,83, 85,83, 89, 90, 91, 92,93,107, 
148, 162, 1"4, 176-7, 181, 183, 180, 
187, 188, 198, 201, 202, 212, 215-16, 
240, -'56, 237, 258, 259, 260, 261, 26', 
263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 304, 307, 
308, 314, 315, 316-18, 319, 320, 328, 
342, 347, 350, 351, 360, 365, 367. 
building, 224. 
yard, 238, 277, 299, 
papers, 318, 319. 

Shops, permits to open. (See Trade.) 
Short street, 202. 

Shows, travelling, permit to exhibit, 225. 
Shrimpton's hill, highway at, to repair, 75. 
lane, 130, 254, 255, 350, 358, 362. 
Slave traffic, 187. (See alto Guinea, coast 

of.) 

Slaves, 45, 187. 
Slip, town's, 18, 41. 

running from Fish street, 63. (See also 

Wharves.) 

Small-pox, 11, 15, 16, 18, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 
40, 43, 48, 52, 57, 81, 8'i, 83, 85, 
86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 
99, 100, 104, 105, 113, 141, 143, 
144, 145, 147, 155, 156, 162-3, 
16J, 173, 174, 183, 186, 187, 192, 
196, 197, 199, 200, 201, 202, 216, 
241, 244, 248,247, 250/256, 257, 
258, 259, 260, 263, 265, 267, 268, 
269, 272, 278, 279, 282, 287. 
Snow (vessel), 350. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Snow (also called Snowhlll) street, lower 

end of, 155, 156, 153, 159. 
Snow charming ifolly (vessel), 81. (See 

also Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Snow Unity (vessel), 212. (See also Ships, 
Vessels, etc.) 



Soldiers, 73. 

sent to Almshouse, 73. 

South burying place, 23, 29, 37,38, 78, 80, 104, 

105, 116, 134, 170, 28fl. 

tombs in 29, 37, 80, 

116,134,154,247,287. 

drain in, 29, 38, 78, 

134, 154. 
permit to erect tombs, 

105, 116. 
herbage of, to lease, 

111, 170, 172, 219. 
brick wall in, to build, 

1*1. 

to keep in repair, 154. 
South Carolina, 202, 260, 261, 279. 

End, 35, 48, 123, 139, 167, 177, 179, 180, 
19", 253, 277, 307, 320, 322, 363, 
365. 

highway at, 124. 
fire engine for, to provide, 171. 
watch house at, 141, 290, 310. 

(See also Watch.) 
engine for weighing hay at, 162, 

178. 

land at, to view, 173, 295. 
market, 66, 110. 

to lease, 42, 68. (See alto 
Market.) 

Sconce. (.See Battery, South.) 
street, 8, 67, 235. 
Yarmouth, 48. 
Southborough, 28. 

Spanish Town, 181. (See also Islands.) 
Specie, coined silver, 225. 
Spectacle Island, 13, 33, 36, 37, 40, 70, 71, 82, 

83, 86, 94, 95, 258, 260. 
escape from, 43. 
to convey goods from, 43,44, 

48. (See alto Islands.) 
Star Tavern (formerly), 54. (See also Tav- 
erns.) 
Stationer and book-binder, 63. (See also 

Trades.) 
Stocks, the, 173. 
Stoughton, 62. 

St. Christophers. (See Saint Christophers.) 
St. Domingo. (Sfe Santo Domingo.) 
St. Eustatia. (See Saint Entatia.) 
St. Georges. (See Saint Georges.) 
St. Kill's. (See Saint Christopher's.) 
St. Thomas. (See Saint Thomas.) 
Stranger*, appointment of person to inquire 
as to, 321, 322. (See also Aliens or for- 
eigners.) 

Streets, 163, 170, 176, 180,202-3,235, 242, 270, 
308-9, 321, 332, 333, 33a, 336, 340, 
343,350, 352,360-1. 
line of, 39. 
to cleanse, 135, 225. 
pavement of, 32, 41, 74, 108, 111-12, 
119, 137, 184, 196, 231,250, 254, 300, 
301, 309, 319, 334, 343, 358, 362, 363. 
common sewers, 4, 32,- 3S, 51,57, 70, 
77, 80, 84, 104, 172, 179, 181, 184, 
196, 206, 229, 231, 232, 307, 315, 321, 
333, 333, 343, 350, 352. 
refuse, 225, 230. 367. 
(See atxo the following): 

Ana, Atkinson's, Back, Baker's alley, 
Battery alley, Beacon, Beer lane, Black- 
horse fane, Brattle, Cambridge, Century, 
Charter, Clark's square, Cold lane, Com- 
mon, Cornhill, Cow lane, Crooked lane, 
Cross, Day's lane, Dock square, Essex, 
Fish, Fleet, Frog lane, George. Gibbin'a 
court, Gibb's lane, Ilalf Square court, 
Hanover, Hawkin's, Hencbnmn's lane, 
Hollis, Hull, Joyliflfa lane, King, Lev- 
crett's lane, Long lane, Love lane, Lore, 
Lynn, Mackeral lane, Marlborough, 
Marshall's lane, Middle, Milk, Minot's 
court, Newbury, North, Oliver, Orange, 
Paddey's alloy, I'oine'a alley, Pierce'* 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



397 



alley, Pond, Prince, Purchase, Queen, 
Round lane, Salem, Salutation alley, Sea, 
School, Scottow's alley, Sheaf, Ship, 
Snow, South, Sudbury, Summer, Sun, 
Treamount, Union, Walker's, Water, 
West, Wilson's lane, Wing's lane, Win- 
ter, Wood lane. 
Success (Man of war), 317. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 

Sudhury street, 80, 130, 308. 
Suffield, 242. 

Buffolk county, 6, 8, 37, 38, 60, 61, 65, 83, 92, 
103, 110, 120, 144, 151, 161, 
165, 169, 175, 178, 179, 189, 
236, 280, 291, 293, 296, 340, 
341, 368. 

sheriff of, 37, 38,46, 110, 112, 
175, 179, 236, 239, 291, 296, 
340,341. 

Sugar baker, 217. (See also Trades.) 
Suits, 330, 344. 

vs. Robert Kelly, 13, 21. 

Daniel Dupee et ux., 14, 21. 

Ludgate, et al., 15. 

John Osgood, 19, 21. 

Collop, 307. 

James Everill's heirs, 32, 37, 53, 64, 
83, 86, 88, 89-90, 97, 98, 99, 101, 
103, 126, 131, 134, 143, 158-9, 163, 
164, 165, 171, 182, 211, 228, 344. 
"William Lorkin, 108. 
Estate of Edward Alleyn, 55. 
Ichabod Paddock, 182. 
Stephen Minot, 204. 
Capt. Timothy McDaniel, 219. 
Nathaniel Gay, 233. 
Capt. Joseph Hubbard, 260. 
Benj. Albuoy, 312. 
James Halsey, 312. 
Hugh Hill, 351. 
Samuel Butler, 312. 
Jacob Wendell, 331-2. 

Mrs. , Norton, 347. 

, Glin, 366. 

Nathl. Welch, 367. 

vs. Town, concerning Fish street nui- 
sance, 118. 
Summer street, 28, 51, 102, 105, 138, 170, 208, 

232, 241, 242, 245, 246, 255, 315, 361. 
Sun Tavern, 184, 368. (See also Taverns.) 
Sun street, 309. 

Sureties, bonds to be given as, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 
10, 12, 13, 14, 20, 27, 1, 32, 33, 34, 
39, 44, 46, 47, 50, 51-52, 54, 56, 57-8, 
60, 61, 62, 64, 71-2, 76, 78, 79-80, 
81, 85, 87, 88, 92, 102, 104, 109, 115, 
117, 121, 124, 132, 136, 140, 141-2, 
148, 149-50, 151,154-5,158,162,168, 
172, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 185, 
187, 188, 190, 207, 212, 213, 219, 
220, 223, 224, 225, 228, 235, 237, 
240, 242, 244, 245, 249, 250, 255, 
26i, 262, 266 269, 270, 274, 278, 
286, 288, 289, 291, 298, 299, 300, 
301, 314, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 
327, 330, 331, 334, 346, 349, 350, 
351, 364, 366, 367. 
index of names of persons acting 

as, to make, 298. 

names of persons acting as, 316, 323. 
Surveys. (See Perambulations or Surveys.) 
Swanzey, 10. 

Swine, regulating of, hogreves, choice of, 176. 
Swing bridge, 20. 

to repair, 4 T . (See also 
Bridge.) 



Tailor, 54, 108, 109, 191, 238, 299, 366. (See 

also Trades.) 
Tarpaulin Cove, 85. 
Taverns : 

Bunch of Grapes, 250. 

Exchange, 14. 



Taverns: 

Golden Ball, the, 285. 

Green Dragon, the, 144. 

Horse Shoe, the, 206. 

Orange tree, the, 53, 100, 115, 166, 

176, 329. 

Salutation Tavern, 229. 
Sign of the Bull, 28. 
Sign of the Dolphin, 139. 
Sign of the Globe, 320. 
Sign of the Greyhound, 134. 
Sign of the Hawk, 241. 
Sign of the Lamb, 120, 320. 
Star (formerly) Tavern, 54. 
Sun Tavern, 184, 368. 
Three Horse Shoes, the, 120. 
White Horse, the, 306. 
Taxes, 6, 23, 171, 371. 

collectors of, 6, 7, 9, 10, 78, 81,87, 14, 
149, 150, 151, 154, 160, 
161, 180, 189, 215, 220, 
273-4. 

to qualify, 146. 
concerning collecting of, 214. (See 

also Rates.) 

Three Horse Shoes, the, 120. (See also Tav- 
erns.) 

Tilley's wharf, 238. (See also Wharves.) 
Tobacconist, 286. (See also Trades.) 
Tombs, 134, 168. 

drain from, 29. 

brick wall, to erect, 29, 168. 

permit to build, 23, 29, 37, 54, 116, 

136, 186, 247, 349. 
petition to erect, 53, 105, 116, 154, 

168. 

injury to, 104. 
list of tombs, 154. 
rules to be observed in building, 

168-9. 
price for opening, 287. (See also 

Burial places.) 
Topsham, 366. 
Town, houses or lands belonging to. (See 

Lands.) 

House, 1, 12, 26, 30, 31, 38, 44, 49, 53, 
59, 68, 70, 101, 110, 114, 115, 
118, 120, 124, 143, 157, 166, 
175, 189, 191, 199, 210,211, 
214, 218, 226, 233, 236, 246, 
247,264, 279, 291, 292, 293, 
296,308, 310,329, 332, 341, 
344, 345, 366, 370. 
eellarsunder, leased, 210, 211, 
269, 283, 292, 321, 322, 339. 
meetings, 6, 26, 30, 110, 166, 170, 176, 

190, 340. 

officers, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13,14, 19,20, 
22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 38, 
46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 58, 60, 63, 66, 69, 
70, 76, 78, 86, 87, 90, 94. 96, 99, 100, 
101, 104, 107, 110, 112, 115, 116, 117, 
119, 124, 125, 134, 141, 142, 143, 146, 
148,149, 150, 152,155, 158, 160-62, 164, 
166, 175, 176, 179, 181, 182, 185, 189, 

191, 197, 202, 205, 208, 210, 211, 220, 
221, 222, 224, 226, 239, 242, 244, 245, 
249, 250, 275-6, 279, 28:i, 292, 293, 
299, 300, 302. 303, 313, 316, 319, 324, 
325-7, 329, 340. 

public dinner to provide, 26, 39, 53, 
115, 166, 167, 176, 186, 226, 237, 243, 
280, 329, 340, 347. 

allowance, per head, to constables for 
a dinner, 26, 226, 280, 329. 

warn inhabitants to attend meetings, 
26, 30, 49, 70-1, 110, 116, 124, 125, 
143, 151, 157, 166, 175-6, 189, 199, 
214, 218, 226, 236, 247, 264, 279, 280, 
290-1, 292, 293, 296, 329, 341, 344, 
345,359, 371. 

fire-arms, to cleanse, 228 

stamp, 228. (See also 
Arms, Ammunition, etc.) 



398 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 87. 



Town, warning to depart the, 4, 6, 13, 19, 
20, 36, 58, 63, 103, 108, 120, 139, 148, 
156, 213, 214, 236, 248, 270, 294, 320, 
323, 331, 333, 347, 357, 361, 363, 365, 
366. 
list kept of persons warned to depart 

the, 50. 
visitation of, 21, 24, 25, 97, 160, 161, 

220,221,274,275,325-7. 
defenceless state of, 199. 
debt of Samuel Kneeland to the, 74, 

75, 173. 
loans to, 7. 
dock. ( See Dock.) 
slips, 18, 41. 
pound, 42, 43. 
supply of wood for the, 27. 
stock of powder, 231. 
candlesticks, etc., for use of, 364. 
Townships, 27, 28, 29, 31, 37, 39, 45, 49, 55, 
58, 87, 98, 99, 101, 103, 131, 
143, 150-1, 172, 173, 190, 363. 
No. One, 56, 60, 66, 96, 132. 
No. Two, 56, 60, 61, 66, 175. 
conditions of sale, 56, 60. 
report of the sale of, 71. (See 

also Lands.) 

money received for, 194, 227. 
Trade, 343. 

petition to be allowed to exercise, 2, 

3, 17, 23,34,51, 74,207. 
liberty to exercise trade, 3, 17, 28, 34, 

50, 53, 54, 57-8, 59, 60, 62. 
liberty to open shop, 123, 127, 158, 
173, 178, 199, 238, 267, 286, 298, 301, 
304,309,327. 

Trades, 2, 3, 17, 23, 28, 34, 45, 51, 53, 54, 57, 
59, 60, 62, 74, 108, 109, 126-7, 148, 162, 
169, 172, 173, 189, 191, 208, 209, 210, 211, 
217, 225, 228. 236, 267, 273, 286, 298, 299, 
303,327,366, 367. 

Traffic, 128, 194. (See also Lord's Day, the.) 
Training field. (See Common, the.) 
Travel, late and unseasonable, 2, 128, 194, 

195, 302, 303, 354, 355. 
Treamount (Tremont) street, 81. 121, 168, 

284, 335. 
dancing-school 
in, 159. (See 
also Schools.) 

Treasurer, Province, 105, 182, 312, 333. 
Treasury, depleted condition of, 6. 
Trees on the Common, 35,81, 129, 141, 163, 

259, 333, 336. 
notice concerning, to 

post, 206-7. 
to plant, 229, 254. 

Trial (sloop), 90, 92. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Trinity church, 105, 170, 285, 337. (See also 

Meeting houses.) 
Truro, 273, 314, 363, 365, 367. 
Turpentine, 122, 335. 
Two Brothers (nloop), 47. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 

Two Mollys (sloop) 12. (See also Ships, 
Vessels, etc.) 

Union street, 51, 54, 67, 74, 130, 181, 202, 203, 

309, 321. 
Unity (schooner), 93. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 

Valuation." (See Census, statistics of.) 

Valuations, committee of, 370. 

Venus (ship), 76-7. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 

Verin's wharf, 241. (See also Wharves.) 

Victuallers, 109, 217, 225. (See also Trades.) 

Virginia, 75, 78, 217, 261, 365. 
capes of, 319. 

Voting, concerning. 

assessors to prepare list, of real es- 
tate, etc., afl'ecting, 101, 167, 279. 



"Waldo's wharf, 240. (See also Wharves.) 

Walter's street, 204. 

Wards or Precincts, division of town into, 

24, 25. 
Justices and selectmen to patrol, 

26, 160-1, 221-2, 275-6, 326-7. 
Warrants, 95-6, 127, 143, 144-5, 166, 175, 188, 
19-2, 259, 260, 272, 282, 293, 302, 354, 367. 
Watch, 366. 

houses, 1, 77, 112, 141, 249-50, 306, 307, 

310,313, 366. 
near North Market, 1. 
charcoal for, 313. 
inspection of, 26, 262. 
at the Neck, 2, 128, 193, 195, 251, 301, 

302, 353, 354. 
on the Lord's Day, 2, 127-8, 193, 194- 

5, 251, 301, 302, 353, 354, 355. 
selectmen and justices to form a, 26. 
private (called Merchants'), 364. 
to review, 38. 
persons chosen on, 53. 
at Rainsford Island, S'5, 96. 
at hospital (dough's house), 216, 219, 

282, 292. 

men, 112, 150, 177,180,218, 231,236, 
237, 242, 244, 245, 249-50, 253, 259, 
364, 366. 

at Mr. Warden's house, 113. 
military, 127, 194, 302, 354. 
house adjoining Town House, to re- 
pair, 1, 308. 

house in King street, to repair, 77. 
in Milk street, 192. 
south, 112, 249-50, 290. 
at Jonathan Foster's house, 144. 
at hospitals, 146, 192, 264, 268, 278. 
houses, coal for, 324. 
at Dock, 249-50, SOS, 344. 
on Long wharf, 364. 
Watch-maker, 172. (See also Trades.) 
Water from the Common. (See Common, 

the.) 
Water street, 29, 57, 199, 202, 343. 

town's houses in, 66, 69, 147, 150, 

151. 

lands in, 107, 140, 142, 
147, 149, 100, 151, 199. 
Watertown, 364. 
Ways, mill bridge, to pave, 3. 

to cleanse, 135. 
Ways, high, 251. 

to view, 230. 
Orange street, drain, 4. 

to pave, 41. 
Rumney marsh, to repair, 10, 12, 38, 

58, 73, 74, 85, 171. 
Davie's lane, trespass on, 14. 
Barton's Ropewalk, 15, 41, 190, 233, 

35. 

Long lane, obstructions, 19. 
highway on Neck, 23, 35, 53, 232, 234, 

301. 
Summer street, to ascertain breadth, 

28. 

Water street, to clean drain, 29. 
Charter street, drain in, 32. 
to the Mills, 32. 

Oliver street, line of, to run, 39. 
Wood lane, to pave, 41. 
Fish street, slip running from, en- 
croachment, 63. 
nuisance in, 108, 113, 115, 

118. 

to North Mills, 63. 
Cross street, nuisance to abate, 64. 
Brattle street church, highwa3' near, 

65. 
Beacon street, to level, 72. 

encroachments, 192-3. 
Union street, to repair drain, 74. 
highwa}- at Shrimpton's Hill, 75. 

Rumney Marsh to con- 
firm, 80, 91. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



399 



Ways, pavements at North End, to Improve, 

108. 

highway on Neck, encumbrance to re- 
move, 120, 193. 

new highway at South End, obstruc- 
tion to remove, 124. 
Merchants' Row, nuisance in, to abate, 

143, 184. 
Snow street, lower end of, to alter, 

155, 156, 158, 159. 
Queen street, nuisance in, to abate, 

169. 
Common street to Beacon, line of 

posts, etn., to set, 170, 180. 
Dock square, nuisance in, to abate, 

179. 
Corn market, nuisance in, to abate, 

184. 
highway from Summer street to Fort 

hill, to lay out, '208. 
battery ground, to recover from en- 
croachments, 225, 233 , 234. 
Highway at Fort Hill, incumbered, 

238. 

Half Square Court, land in, 249. 
highway at South End, obstruction at, 

253. 
town's highway near new ferry place, 

266 295 
market house, before, incnmbrance to 

remove, 303. 

Milk street, to pave, 319. 
Battery March, obstruction of, 319. 
Orange street, to pave, cost of, 334. 
Weekly Journal, 68. (See also News- 
papers.) 

Weekly News Letter, 68. (See also News- 
papers.) 
Weights, measures, etc., 46, 51, 104, 105, 109, 

111,164, 171. 

weighing of hay, 74, 158, 162, 178, 

179, 180, 330, 331. 

engine for, 71, 162, 

272. 

sealer of. 104, 105, 111, 272, 330, 331. 
weighing, etc., 122, 178,335. 
Wells. (See Pumps and Wells.) 
Wentworth's wharf, 8, 45, 130, 203, 239, 241, 

314, 359. (See also Wharves.) 
West (End) of Boston, 308. 
West End, 122, 335. 

engine at, 340. 

men, 340. 

West Indies, 343. ( See also Islands.) 
West street, 121,335. 
Weymouth, 331,332. 

Whale (sloop), 90. (See also Ships, Ves- 
sels, etc.) 
Whalefln (schooner), 183. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Wharves, 238, 259, 290, 300, 336, 369. 

Long, 7, 112, 121, 122, 824, 364. 
Wentworth's, 8, 45, 130, 203, 239, 

241,314,359. 

town's slip, 18,41, 64, 115. 
slip near Fish street, 63. 
near North Battery, 290, 295, 305, 

332 

Scarlet's, 67, 240, 282. 
Grater's, 69. 
Clark's, 130, 202, 203, 240, 254, 308, 

355, 361. 

Hill's, 130, 240, 241. 
Bulls, 177, 237, 245, 340, 366. 
Cradock's, 190. 
Tilley's, 238. 



Wharves, Hearsey's 238. 

Ilutchiuson's, 239. 
Halsey's, 239. 
Wheeler's, 240. 
Lee's, 240. 
Waldo's, 240. 
ISyles', 240. 
Blanchard's, 240. 
Verin's, 241. 
Colman's, 239, 241, 350. 
Gray's, 245. 
Parker's, 245. 
Pitts', 260, 289. 
Banister's, 280. 
Dyer's, 285. 
wharfinger, 293. 
Wheat. (See Breadstuffs.) 
Wheel of Fortune (sloop), 240. (See also 

Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Wheeler's Pond, to Jill, 171, 177. 

wharf, 240. (See a Iso Wharves.) 
White horse Tavern, 306. (See also Taverns.) 
Wigmaker. (See Hair dresser.) 
Wilson's lane, 309. 

Wing's lane, 55, 100, 146, 270, 271, 277, 352. 
Wine, pipes of, 335. 

cargo of, 43. (See also Import*.) 
cooper, 21 1. (See alao Trades.) 
carriage of, 122. 
Winnisimet Ferry, 24, 68, 105. 

leasing of, 47, 69, 77, 106, 

156, 306. 
Whiter street, 38, 255. 

common sewer in. (See 

Drains.) 
to prevent water running into, 

from Common, 176. 
Wood, 315. 

cord, 145, 146, 182, 235, 261, 272, 280, 

288, 294. 

viewer and sealer of, 293, 358. 
choice of, 64, H3, 193, 203-4, 
237, 239, 240, 241, 245, 355, 
359. 
allowance, 65, 204, 238, 239, 

240,241,245. 
precincts of, 65, 204, 238, 

239,240,241,245,359. 
laws concerning, 65. 
shingles, surveyors of, 229. 

damaged, to reject, 

229. 

barrels, 122, 335. 
(timber) for building, 153, 225, 

233, 3d3. 

dye. (See Dye-woods.) 
for mechanical purposes, 122, 

186, 335. 

Wood lane, 41, 254, 315. 
to pave, 115. 

Wool comber, 59. (See also Trades.) 
Wool, cotton, 186. (See also Imports.) 
Workhouse, 102, 242, 285, 369. 

to erect a, 27, 30, 38, 66. 
keeper of, 285. 
completion of, 189. 
wood for, 235. 
Writs, 126, 165, 301. 



Yarmouth (sloop), 52. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Young Club (sloop), 186. (See also Ships, 

Vessels, etc.) 
Yellow fever, 307-8. (See also Disease, 

infectious.) 



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