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BOSTON 
PUBLIC 
LIBRARY 





A REPORT 



EECORD COMMISSIONERS 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THK 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES EEOM 1754 THROUGH 1763. 




BOSTON: 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS, 

Ho. 39 ARCH STREET. 

1887. 



[DOCUMENT 1471887.] 



CITY OF If HI BOSTON, 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



In the Nineteenth Report of the Record Commissioners 
the series of records kept by the Selectmen is resumed from 
the point where it was left by the Seventeenth Report. 

The ten years here recorded, 1754-1763 inclusive, were 
not marked by any very important local events, except 
perhaps the burning of Faneuil Hall. It was, however, the 
period of the French Wars, and Boston increased very much 
in importance as a seaport. Hence much of the work of the 
selectmen was given to matters of quarantine and of the care 
of soldiers and other strangers. 

The careful observer will find many interesting items, 
however, in this volume, and there are the usual grants and 
orders which affect real estate even to the present time. 

WILLIAM H. WHITMORE, 

For the Record Commissioners. 
i 

CITY HALL, BOSTON, Dec. 31, 1887. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TENTH. 



[2.] At a Meeting of the Select men January 28. 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Cushing 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, & four pence p. Bushell 
is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, 
which is computed as follows viz'. 

1- oz- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6 - 8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

[3.] At a Meeting of the Hon ble . His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Select men and Overseers of the Poor 
within the Town of Boston on Monday the 11 th . day of February 
A.D. 1754 

Present 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq.' 
The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Grant 
M r . Thomas Hill 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Capt. Joseph Jackson 
M r . Thomas Gushing 
Cap 1 Samuel Hewes 

Select men 

[4.] Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

John Phillips Esq r . 
John Hill Esq r . 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . Joseph Sherburne 
Cap'. Ebenezer Storer 
M r . John Tudor 

Overseers of the Poor 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then agreed upon 
to be attended on Wednesday the thirteenth day of February ins', 
at nine o'Clock in the morning if the Weather be fair, if not, then 
on Friday following, being the fifteenth instant, and it is also 
agreed to meet at Faneuil Hall at five o'Clook in the Evening to 
report the State of the Town &c. 

The Order or Sortment as follows, viz*. 
Ward, Number one 
John Steel Esq r . 

[5.] Foster Hutchinson Esq r . 

Cap'. Ebenezer Storer 
M r . John Kneeland 
Cap*. Nath 1 . Greenwood 
M r . John Ruddock 
M r . John Breck 
John Wendell, Constable 

Ward, Number Two 
John Fayerweather Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Grant 
M r . John Barrett 
Cap' Jon ft . Snelling 
Cap*. Alex r . Sears 
Cap*. Benj a . Hamett 
Cap'. Nath 1 . Barber 
Samuel Haley, Constable 

Ward, Number Three 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 
M r . John Tudor 
M r . David Jenkins 
[6.] M r . Thomas Greenough 

Capt. John Goldthwait 
M r . Robert Breck 
Sam 1 . Ridgway jun r ., Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . John Scollay 
M r . Samuel Edwards 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 

M r . "William Larrabee 

M r . David Jeffries 

M r . James Pitts 

John Bridge Constable 

Ward, Number Five 

Daniel Henchman Esq r . 

Thomas Hancock Esq r . 

M r . James Bowdoiu 

Cap 4 . James Scutt 

Cap'. Thomas Savage 
[7.] Cap*. Thomas Savage (sic) 

Cap'. John Carnes 

M r . Henry Newman 

Robert Williams, Constable 
Ward, Number Six 

John Phillips Esq r . 

M r . Joseph Greene 

M r . William Fairfield 

M r . Benjamin Dolbeare 

M r . Samuel Phillips Savage 

Abraham Rogers, Constable 

Ward, Number Seven 

Jacob Royall Esq r . 

M r . Joseph Sherburne 

M r . Peter Chardon 

M r . John Welch 

M r . John Simpson 

Cap'. Hugh M c .Daniel 

Edward Lad Saunders, Const*. 
[8.] Ward, Number Eight 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

M r . Edward Bromfield 

Cap 1 . Joseph Jackson 

M r . Jacob Parker 

M r . James Bontineau 

M r . Jonathan Payson 

Alex 1 . Leblond, Constable 

Ward Number Nine 

The Hon. Andrew Oliver Esq'. 

Jonas Clarke Esq r . 

Cap'. Samuel Hewes 

M r . Samuel Deming 

M r . Peter Oliver 

M r . Jon a . Williams 

Daniel Bass, Constable 

Ward, Number Ten 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq r . 

M r . Middlecott Cooke 

Jeremiah Green Esq r . 
[9.] Joseph Dowse Esq r . 

M r . Thomas Gushing 

M r . Edward Jackson 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

D r . Silvester Gardiner 

Samuel Trott, Constable 

Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 

The Hon. Rich d . Bill Esq r . 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Thomas Oxnard Esq r . 

M r . Thomas Flucker 

M r . John Winslow 

M r . John Lasinby 

Sanderson West, Constable 

Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

John Hill Esq r . 

M r . Thomas Hill 

M r . Thomas Downe jun r . 
[1O.] M r . Thomas Greene 

M r . William Coffin 

M r . John Rowe 

M r . Samuel Adams 

John Patten, Constable 

And the Town Clerk is directed to give forth Copies of the said 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb 1 * 20 th . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap 1 . Jackson 
M r . Gushing 

Thomas Hancock Esq r . desires liberty to set a number of Lime 
trees on the edge of the Bank before his land in the Common, & 
towards the Alms-house & Workhouse to beautify the Common. 
Voted, that liberty be granted accordingly. 

[11.] At a Meeting of the Select men, March 4, 1754. 

Present 

John Steel Esq r . 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq T . 

Cap 1 . Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

Cap*. Hewes 

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 
Town of Boston duly qualified and rateable at twenty pounds 
Estate to a single rate (besides the poll) to convene at Faneuil 
Hall on Monday the Eleventh day of march current at nine o Clock 
in the forenoon then and there to nominate and choose meet persons 
to serve the Town [12.] the Year ensuing as Select men, Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 5 

Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Firewards, Constables, and other 
necessary Officers as the Law directs, to Grant such Sums of money 
as may be judged needful for the relief of the poor, and defreying 
other necessary Charges, to receive the reports of the Town's 
Committees on several Affairs, to act upon the List of Jurors, to 
appoint a Committee to visit the Schools, to choose Auditors of 
the Accompts of the Town Treasurer and Overseers of the poor, 
to determine what Premium shall be allowed the Collectors of 
Taxes, and what time the Assessors may sit to make Abatements 
thereof, to receive and examine the Accompts of the Granary, to 
consider what salary shall be given to the Masters, and Ushers of 
the public Schools. To consider of the Petition of Tho 3 . Hubbard 
Esq r . that he may have a further time in the Cellar he built under 
the [13,] Granary, in the common than is allowed him by his 
Lease, the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for widening part of 
Ann-street and of several others for paving Beacon Street and 
Moon Court, and of others for reconsidering the Vote, pass'd in 
March last relating to the Overseers annually exhibiting a List of 
the Names of all such persons as have received any part of the 
Town's Money or any support from them, to appoint a Committee 
to enquire what fines have been paid into the Town Treasury for 
several Years past & act thereupon as may be judged proper, to 
choose Jurors for April Court, and also to act upon all such 
other matters and things as stand referr'd over to said Meeting. 



At a Meeting of the Select men March 6. 1754 

Present 

John Steel Esq. 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq T . 
M r . Gushing 
Cap*. Hewes 

[14.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four pence 
p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains & Live- 
lihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

Of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1 - 6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Select men March 25 th 1754. 

Present. 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[15.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread 
as the same is now stated for direction to the Bakers and Clerks 
of the Market be as follows viz 4 . 

1. oz. dr 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1 - 6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 10 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

Computed at five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four pence 
p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains & Live- 
lihood, 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 & with the first & last Letters of their Sir 
names. 

[16.] At a Meeting of the Select men, April 29, 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of four shillings & four pence p. Bushell for wheat, & four 
pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their charges pains 
& Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz*. 

i. 

of penny White Loaf 
Wheaten 
Household 
Two penny White Loaf 

wheaten 

Six penny Household 
Six penny Wheaten Loaf 

Household 
Twelve penny wheaten Loaf 

Household 14 - 13 - 




SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 7 

[17.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 6 th . 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
Cap 1 . Jackson 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of four shillings and eight pence p Bushell for Wheat. & four 
pence p Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains 
and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz'. 

Of penny White Loaf 9 - 4 ' 

Wheaten - 13 - 4. 

Household 1 - 2 - 8. 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 2 - 8. 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 12. 

Household 2 - 5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 4. 

Household 6 - 15 - 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 10 6 8 

Household 13 4 

[18.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8 th . 1754 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap*. Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

Cap'. Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

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 
Town of Boston, 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 forty 
Pounds Sterling to Convene at Faneuil-Hall on Wednesday the 
fifteenth day of May current at nine o'Clock in the forenoon, then 
and there to elect and depute one or more persons (being Free 
holders [19.] and resident in the Town) according to the number 
set and limited by an Act of the General Assembly to serve for & 
represent them in a Great and General Court or Assembly ap- 
pointed to be convened held and kept for His Majesty's Service at 
the Court-house in Boston upon Wednesday the twenty ninth day 
of said May, and so de die in diem during their Session and Ses- 
sions according to a precept under the hand and Seal of Benjamin 
Pollard Esq. Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing date the 
twenty fifth day of April, in the twenty seventh Year of His Maj- 
esty's Reign Annoque Domini 1754 

And alike requiring them to warn all the Free holders and other 
Inhabitants of said Town qualified as the Law directs to meet at 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

the same time and place to consider of the Petition of James Allen 
Esq r . and M r . Andrew Oliver jun r . that a Road may be laid out at 
the bottom of the Common [20.] adjoining to their lands, of 
Samuel Holbrook writing Master of the School in Queen-Street 
for an addition to his Salary, and that he may supply children 
with Ink. of Thomas Pearson that an allowance may be made him 
for his Father's house blown up by order of the Town to stop the 
Fire that broke out in 1690, of Gilbert and Lewis Deblois that 
part of Queen-Street may be widened, or a Lease granted them of 
the Town's Shops there, on such terms as may be thought reason- 
able, of several Inhabitants that a Burial place may be provided 
at the South part of the Town ; of several others that application 
be made to the General Court to prevent a Bill relating to the 
Company of Cadets being pass'd into a Law ; of others that some 
method may be taken to prevent the frequent firing of Chimmies, 
and that suitable Encouragement may be given for sweeping 'em. 
Also to Consider what method can be taken by the Inhabitants 
that they may be releiv'd [21.] as to their paying so large a pro- 
portion of public Taxes, to Grant such sums of money as may be 
thought needful for the relief of the poor and defreying other nec- 
essary Charges, to determine what Salaries shall be granted to the 
School-masters and Ushers to receive the Reports of Committees 
on several Affairs, to choose such Officers as are wanting, and to 
act upon such matters and Things as stand ref err'd over to said 
Meeting. 

NB. The poll for the choice of Representatives will be closed 
at twelve o'clock and a strict scrutiny made as to the qualification 
of Voters. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th 1754. 

Present 
(Omission) 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of four shillings & [22.] Eight pence p. Bushell for Wheat, & 
four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz 1 . 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 9-4 

Wheaten 13 - 4 

Household 1-2-8 

Two penny white Loaf 1-2-8 

Wheaten 1-11-12 

Household 2-5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 5-3-4 

Household 6 - 15 - 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6 - 8 

Household 13-4 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 th ., 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 9 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap*. Jackson 

M r . Cushing 

M r . Scollay 

M r . Thomas Williston is appointed to attend the [23.] Select 
men in the room of M r . John Savel who by reason of Age and 
Infirmities cannot attend that business, to commence the first 
instant and to have the same allowance M r . Savel had. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 24 th . 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Scollay 

Voted that M r . Thomas Williston have the care and Oversight 
of all the Watches in the Town and report the behaviour of the 
Watchmen from time to time to the Select men. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of four shillings and eight pence p. Bushell for Wheat and 
four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers [24.] for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of penny white Loaf 9-4 

Wheaten 13-4 

Household 1-2-8 

Two penny white Loaf 1-2-8 

wheaten 1-11-12 

Household 2-5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 5-3-4 

Household 6-15 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6 - 8 

Household 13 - 4 - 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 26, 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Cushing 
Cap'. Hewes 

Voted, that the Selectmen visit the public [25.] Schools in this 
Town on Friday the fifth day of July next, and that the following 
Gent n . be desired to accompany them therein viz'. 
The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 
The Hon. John Wheelwright Esq r . 
The Hon. Joseph Pyncheon Esq r . 
The Hon. Stephen Sewall Esq r . 
The Hon. John Erving Esq r . 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

The Gent n . the Representatives of Boston. 
The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D. D. 
The Rev d . Charles Chauncy D. D. 
The Rev d . M r . Thomas Prince 
The Rev d . M r .Ebenezer Pemberton 
The Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather 
The Rev d . M r . Andrew Eliot 
The Rev d . M r . Samuel Cooper 
The Rev*. M r . Samuel Checkley jun r . 
Charles Apthorp Esq r . 
Thomas Hancock Esq r . 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r . David Jeffries 

[26.] M r . Williston is directed to acquaint the several Gentle- 
men thereof accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men July 10 th . 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap 1 . Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

The Select men on Friday last visited the public Schools accord- 
ing to their vote of the 26 th . of June last accompanied by the 
following Gentlemen, viz'. 

The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 
The Hon. Joseph Pyncheon Esq r . 
The Hon. John Erving Esq r . 
The Gent", the Representatives of Boston. 
The Gent, the Overseers of the Poor. 
[27.] The Rev d . D r . Sewall 

The Rev d . M r . Pemberton 
The Rev* 1 . M r . Mather 
The Rev d . M r . Eliot 
The Rev d . M r . Cooper 
The Rev d . M r . Checkley f. 
Thomas Hancock Esq r . 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r . Treas r . Jeffries 

And found that in the South Grammar School there was 

Scholars, in the South writing School Scholars, in the Writing 

School in Queen Street Scholars, in the North Grammar 

School Scholars, and in the North writing School 

Scholars, all in very good Order 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 11 

[28.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 22 d . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M T . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

M r . Gushing reported that he had mentioned to the Committee 
of the old South Church, the desire of the Select men that they 
may have liberty to erect a small Building on the Land belonging 
to the Church to put one of the Fire Engines there, to which they 
gave their consent provided the Select men would remove the same 
when they should desire it. Whereupon it was Voted that a Build- 
ing be erected there for the putting an Engine accordingly, and 
that the same be of the following demensions viz', twenty four feet 
in length, eight feet in wedth, and eight feet stud. And on the 
24 th of July the Select men gave the said Committee a Writing 
under their hands as follows viz*. 

[29.] Boston, July 24. 1754 

Whereas the Committee of the old South Church at the desire 
of us the Subscribers Select men of the Town of Boston have con- 
sented that we should erect a small Wooden Building on the Land 
belonging to said Church to put in one of the Fire Engines of the 
Town. We hereby oblige ourselves and the Select men for the 
tune being to remove said Building off said Land whenever we 
shall be requested by said Committee or their Successors to do the 
same. 

( SAM 1 - GRANT 
THOMAS HILL 

Select men < JOSHUA HENSHAW 
of Boston THOMAS GUSHING 
(JOHN SCOLLAY 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 29 th . 1754 

Present 
m r Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

[3O.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of four shillings & eight pence p. Bushell for wheat, & 
four pence p. Bushell is allow'd to the Bakers for their Charges 
pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

1. OB- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 9 - 4 

Wheaten 13 - 4 

Household 1 - 2 - 8 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 2 - 8 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 12 

Household 2 - 5 - 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 4 

Household 6 - 15 - 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6 - 8 

Household 13 - 4 - 

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 
the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a single rate 
(besides the Poll) to convene at [31.] Faneuil-Hall on Wednesday 
the seventh day of August next at nine o Clock in the forenoon, 
in order to know their Minds with regard to a Bill now depending 
in the General Court laying an Excise on the private consumption 
of Wines and Spirits distilled, to appoint a Writing Master for the 
School in Queen Street in the room of M r . Samuel Holbrook who 
has resigned, to make an allowance to said Holbrook for supplying 
the Scholars with Ink the last year. To consider what may be 
necessary to be further done for widening Anne Street to receive 
the Reports of the Town's Committees on several affairs, And 
to act upon all such others matters and Things as stand referr'd 
over to said Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 9 th . 1754 

Present 

M r . Grant 

Cap 1 . Jackson 

Cap 1 . Hewes 

M r . Hill 

M r . Gushing 

M r . Scollay 

[32.] Agreeable to the vote of the Town of the 7 th . instant 
desiring the Select men to supply the place of M r . Samuel Hol- 
brook as Writing Master at the School in Queen Street. The 
Select men accordingly this day agreed with M r . John Procter 
jun r . for that Service to continue there untill next March upon the 
following Terms viz*, to be paid at the rate of Seventy Pounds 
lawful money p. annum, to be intitled to one half the Perquisites 
of the School (the Fire Money excepted) and also to have the 
improvement of the School out of School-hours. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 15 th . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Qushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

M r . Samuel Holbrook desired liberty to open a private School 
for the instruction of Children [33,] in Writing and Arithme- 
tick. Voted, that liberty be granted him accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 13 

Voted, that M r . John Tilestone be appointed Usher at the North 
writing School where M r . Zachariah Hicks is Master. M r . 
Hicks to be paid for his Service as shall be agreed upon or 
allowed by the Select men for the cur t . Year. 

The Select men pass'd upon the List of persons licenced the 
last year to sell strong drink both as Innholders & Retailers 
within this Town. 

And also pass'd upon the Petitions for Licences for the year 
ensuing and the following persons only were approv'd and recom 
mended, viz'. 

(Omission) 



[34.] At a Meeting of the Select men, August 21 rt . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap' Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Voted, that the Sum of Thirty four Pounds p. Annum be 
allowed to M r . Zachariah Hicks Master of the North Writing 
School for his Usher John Tileston to commence the 12 th . ins*, to 
be p d . him quarterly. 



[35.] At a Meeting of the Select men, August 28 th . 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four pence p. 
Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, pains & 
Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz- dr 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1 - 6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 



14 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[36.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sept r . 4 th . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw 
Cap*. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap*- Hewes 
Mr. Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, and 
four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

Of penny White Loaf "s'- 2* 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2-0-8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8-11- 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

[37.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Sepf. 11, 1754. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

M r . Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

M r . Scollay 

The Select men this day Let to M r . Robert Peirpoint all the 
lands belonging to the Town on the Easterly side of Orange Street 
that lies between said Peirpoint's land and the Fortification he 
paying the Sum of Forty Shillings lawful money p. Annum to 
hold the same during the pleasure of the Select men for the time 
being. 

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 Town of Boston duly qualified and rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate to a single rate [38.] (besides the Poll) to Convene at 
Faneuil Hall on Tuesday the seventeenth day of September current 
at nine o'Clock in the forenoon to determine whether the Town 
will take upon them the defence of a Suit brought against the 
Assessors by Andrew Oliver Esq r . & William Phillips and also 
any other Suits that may be brought against them of the like 
nature, to consider what directions may be thought necessary to 
be given to the Assessors about making the Taxes of the current 
Year to choose Jurors for October Court and such officers as may 
be wanting. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1754. 15 

At a Meeting of the Select men Sept r . 30 th . 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap*. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[39.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of six shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four 
pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains 
and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 7 - 5 

Wheaten 11 

Household 14-10 

Two penny White Loaf 14-10 

Wheaten 1 - 6 

Household 1 - 13 - 4 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 1-15 

Household 5 - 6-15 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 3-14 

Household 10 - 11 - 14 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct r . 16 th . 1754. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

Cap*. Jackson 

Cap'. Hewes 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

M r . Gushing 

M r . Scollay 

[4O.] M r . Thomas Crafts agreed with the Select men to repair 
the Town's Shops in Queen-Street near the Orange Tree, for the 
Sum of Seventeen Pounds six shillings and eight pence lawful 
money in the following manner viz', to cut off three feet of the 
whole front, to cut off about sixteen feet at the west, and to new 
frame and make the front and West end, so as to make three 
Shops, two of twelve feet wide in the front each, the other Shop 
to be of the wedth of the remainder of the Town's land, to shingle 
the whole Roof, and do all the Carpenter's work that is necessary 
to be done, in order that said Shops may be tenantable. The 
Town to pay for the Stuff Nails and Iron work. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct r . 28, 1754. 

Present 
M r . Hill 
M r . Cushing 
Cap*. Jackson 
Cap 1 . Hewes 
M r . Scollay 



16 CITT DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[41.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread 
at the rate of five shillings and eight pence p. Bushell for Wheat, 
and four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 7-10 

Wheaten 11 - 9 

Household 15 - 7 

Two penny White Loaf 15- 7 

Wheaten 1 - 7-3 

Household 1-14-14 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 8 

Household 5 - 12 - 11 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8-11 

Household 11 - 9 - 6 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov r . 25 th 1754. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap 1 . Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[42.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, 
& four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1-0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2-0-8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4-5-9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 1 1 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 30, 1754 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Capt. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[43 .] Ordered , that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, & four pence p. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 17 

Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for Charges pains & Livelihood, 
which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz.- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1-1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

A Petition of a great number of the Inhabitants praying the 
Town may be Assembled to consider what is proper to be done in 
relation to an Act lately pass'd the General Court laying an Ex- 
cise upon the Consumption of Wines Spiritous Liquors &c. in 
private Families. Read, and thereupon [44.] 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 & other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and rateable at Twenty pounds Estate to a single rate 
(beside the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Friday the third 
day of January next, at nine oClock in the forenoon, to consider 
and determine what may be proper for the Town to do in relation 
to an Act lately pass'd the General Court, entitled "An Act for 
Granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Spirits, distilled and 
Wines, and upon Limes Lemmons & Oranges." And also act upon 
all such Matters & Things as stand referr'd over to said Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, January 8 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r r Gushing 
Cap*. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[45.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, 
and four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Char- 
ges pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1-0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2-0-8 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4-5-9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Janry. 13, 1755. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap'. Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

M r . Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

[46.] The Selectmen having received a precept from the 
jj on owe Th omas Hubbard Esq. Speaker of the House of Repre- 
sentative dated the 9 th instant for choosing a Representative 
in the room of the late Hon oble . James Allen Esq r . deced. for 
the remaining part of the present Year. Therefore Ordered 
that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to the Con- 
stables of Boston. In His Majesty's Name requiring them forth- 
with to Warn all the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston (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 Forty Pounds 
Sterling to convene at Fanueil-Hall upon Friday the seventeenth 
current at ten o'Clock in the forenoon, then and there (if they see 
cause) to elect and depute a Person (being a Freeholder and 
resident in the same Town) to serve for and represent them in the 
Great and General Court or Assembly [47.] at their Sessions at 
the Town house in Boston the fifth day of February next, and so 
for the remaining part of the present Year in the room of the 
Hon oble . James Allen Esq r . dec d . according to a precept under the 
hand & Seal of the Hon oble . Thomas Hubbard Esq. Speaker of the 
House of Representatives bearing date the ninth day of January 
in twenty eighth Year of His Majesty's Reign annoq. Domini 
1755. And alike requiring them to Warn all the Free holders and 
other Inhabitants of said Town qualified as the Law directs to 
meet at the same time and place to determine what Instructions 
the Town will give their Representatives, respecting a General 
plan for uniting the several Governments on the Continent, now 
under the Consideration of the General Court, to choose Jurors 
for February Court, and act upon all such matters & things as 
stand referr'd over to s d . Meeting. 

[48.] At a Meeting of the Select men, January 27 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 19 

Cap*. Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings & four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, & four 
pence p. Bushell is allow'd to the Bakers for their charges pains, & 
Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2 - - 8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6-0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 -11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

[49.] At a Meeting of the Hon oble . His Majesty's Justices 
of the Peace, the Gentlemen the Selectmen, and Overseers of 
the Poor, within the Town of Boston on Tuesday the 11 th . day of 
February A.D. 1755. 

Present 

The Hon oble . Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Dan. Henchman Esq r . 
John Hill Esq r . 
John Phillips Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 
M r . Samuel Grant 
M r . Thomas Hill 
Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Joseph Jackson 
M r . Thomas Gushing 
M r . John Scollay 

Selectmen 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . John Barrett 
M r . John Tudor 

Overseers of the Poor 

[5O.] A general Walk or Visitation of the Town was then 
agreed upon to be attended on Friday the fourteenth day of Feb- 
ruary instant at nine o'Clock in the morning, if the Weather be fair 
if not then on Tuesday following being the 18 th . instant. And it 
is also agreed to meet at Faneuil Hall at five o'Clock in the After- 
noon to report the State of the Town &c. 
The Order or Sortment as follows, viz*. 

Ward, Number One 
Foster Hutchinson Esq r . 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
M r . John Kneel and 
Cap'. Nath 1 . Greenwood 
M r . John Ruddock 
M r . Robert Breck 
M r . Roger Stayner Constable 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

"Ward Number Two 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Grant 
M r . John Barrett 
Cap*. Alex r . Sears 
Cap'. Benj e . Hammett 
M r . William Larrabee 
M r . Samuel Procter, Constable 

[51.] Ward, Number Three 

Abiel Walley Esq r . 
M T . John Tudor 
M r . John Breck 
M r . David Jenkins 
M r . Thomas Greenough 
Cap*. John Goldthwait 
M r . John Glen, Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
The Hon oble . John Jeffries Esq'. 
William Tyler Esq r . 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . John Scollay 
M r . David Jeffries 
Cap*. Nath 1 . Barber 
M r . Nath 1 . Holmes 
M r . John Bridge, Constable 

Ward, Number Five 
Dan. Henchman Esq r . 
Thomas Hancock Esq r . 
M r . James Bowdoin 
Cap*. Capt James Scutt 
M r . James Pitts 
M r . Henry Newman 
Cap*. Thomas Savage 
M r . Joseph Bass, Constable 

[52.] Ward Number Six 

John Phillips Esq r . 
M r . Joseph Greene 
M r . Will m . Fairfield 
M r . Ben a . Dolbeare 
M r . Richard Billings 
M r . Sam 1 Phillips Savage 
M r . Augustus Hail Constable 

Ward, Number Seven 
Jacob Roy all Esq. 
M r . Joseph Sherburne 
M r . Peter Chardon 
M r . Sam' Edwards 
M r . John Simpson 
Cap*. Hugh M c .Daniel 
M r . Thomas Chapman, Constable 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 21 

"Ward, Number Eight 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
M r . Edward Bromfield 
Cap'. Joseph Jackson 
M r . James Boutineau 
M r . Jonathan Payson 
M r . Nicholas Boylstone 
M r . Alexander Leblond Const ble 

"Ward, Number Nine 
The Hon ble Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
Jonas Clarke Esq r . 
Cap'. Sam 1 . Hewes 
M r . Sam 1 . Deming 
M r . Peter Oliver 
M r . Jon a . "Williams 
M r . Robert Clarke Const 1 . 

Ward, Number Ten 
The Hon oble . Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
Jeremiah Green Esq r . 
Joseph Dowse Esq r . 
M r . Middlecott Cooke 
D r Sylvester Gardiner 
M r Thomas Gushing 
M r . Will 111 Blair Townsend 
M r . Gideon Thayer 

Ward, Number Eleven 
The Hon oble . Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
The Hon oble . Richard Bill Esq r . 
Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
M r . Thomas Flucker 
M r . John Winslow 
M r . Nathi Bethune 
M r . Joseph Lasinby 
M r . Isaac Decoster, Constable 

[513.] Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon ble . Samuel WeUes Esq r . 

John Hill Esq r . 

M r . Thomas Hill 

M r . Thomas Greene 

M r . William Coffin 

M r . Samuel Adams 

M r . Thomas Downe Jun r . 

M r . John Patten, Constable 

And the Town Clerk is directed to give forth Copies of the 
above Order or Sortment accordingly 

At a Meeting of the Select men, February 24 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Cap' Jackson 

M r . .Gushing 

M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, and 
four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for [53.] their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Househod 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1-0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2-0-8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4-5-9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5 th . 1755 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap 1 . Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

Cap 4 . Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue forth a Wan-ant directed to 
the constables of [54. J Boston. In His Majesty's Name re- 
quiring them forthwith to warn all the Freeholders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and rateable at 
Twenty pounds Estate to a single rate (besides the Poll) to Con- 
vene at Faneuil-Hall on Monday the tenth day of March current 
at nine oClock in the forenoon, then and there to nominate and 
choose meet Persons to serve the Town the Year ensuing as Se- 
lect men, Town Clerk, Overseers of the Poor, Firewards, Consta- 
bles, and other necessary officers as the Law directs ; to Grant 
such Sums of Money as shall be judged needful for the relief of the 
poor and defreying other necessary Charges, to receive the Reports 
of the Town's committees on several affairs, to act upon a List of 
Jurors, to appoint a Committee to visit the Schools, to choose 
Auditors of the accounts of the Town Treasurer, and Overseers of 
the poor, to determine what preemium shall be allow'd to the Col- 
lectors of Taxes, and what time the Assessors may sit to make 
Abatements thereof ; to receive and examine the accounts of the 
[55.] Granary, to consider what Salaries shall be given to the 
Masters and Ushers of the public Schools, to consider of the pro- 
posals of the proprietors of point Shirley relating to the Dwelling- 
house on Deer Island, of the Petition of Hopestill Foster for an 
abatement of Taxes committed him to Collect, of the several Bell- 
ringers that an additional allowance may be made them for ring- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 23 

ing the Bells to appoint a Committee to revise the By Laws, to 
choose Jurors for April Court, to act upon all such matters and 
Things as stand referr'd over to said Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March 26, 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

[56.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread as the same is now stated for directions to the Bakers and 
Clerks of the Markett be as follows viz 4 . 

1- oz- dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1 - - 4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1 - 8 - 8 

Household 2 - - 8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

Computed at five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, 
and four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, 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, & with the first and 
last letters of their Surnames. 

[57.] At a Meeting of the Select men, April 28 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
M r Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, & four 
pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains 
and Livelihood which is computed as follows, viz*. 

1- oz- dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1 - - 4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

wheaten 1 - 8 - 8 

Household 2 - - 8 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 1 1 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

[58.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 7 th . 1755. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq*. 

Cap'. Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

M r . Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

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 Town of Boston (within 
their Precincts) that have an Estate of forty shillings p. annum in 
Freehold in Land within this Province or Territory at the least or 
other Estate to the value of forty Pounds Sterling to convene at Fan- 
euil-Hall on Friday the sixteenth day of May current 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 & [59.] represent them in the Great & General Court or 
assembly appointed to be held convened and kept for His Majesty's 
Service at the Court house in Boston upon Wednesday the twenty 
eighth day of s d . May and so de die in diem during their Session 
& Sessions according to a precept under the hand and Seal of 
Benjamin Pollard Esq r . Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing 
date the twenty ninth day April in the twenty eighth Year of His 
Majesty's Reign annoq Domini 1755. And alike requiring them 
to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town 
qualified as the Law directs to meet at the same time and place, to 
determine what Instructions shall be given to the Represent, re- 
lating to such matters as may come under the consideration of the 
General Court, to consider of the Petition of John Steel Esq r . & 
Jeremiah Greene Esq. for repairing the North and South Batteries ; 
the Pet , of sundry Inhabitants for paving Long-Lane for pav- 
ing part of a Street near the [6O.] North Meeting house leading 
into Ship Street, for paving the Highway called Still house Square ; 
of Jacob Wendell Esq. that a reasonable Consideration be made him 
for his Lands taken to Widen the Street by the South Battery, to 
consider what method can be taken by the Inhabitants that they 
may be relieved in paying so large a part of the public Taxes, and 
the more equal apportioning of them, to determine how far Oliver's 
Dock shall be filled up ; to grant such Sums of Money as may be 
thought needful for the relief of the poor, and defreying other 
necessary Charges, to determine what Salaries shall be granted to 
the Masters and Ushers of the public Schools, to receive the 
Reports of Committees appointed on several Affairs, to choose 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 25 

such Officers as may be wanting and to Act upon all such matters 
and things as stand referr'd over to said Meeting. 

NB. The Poll for the choice of Representatives will be closed 
at twelve o'clock, and a Strict Scrutiny made as to the qualification 
of the Voters. 

[61.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 26 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Capt. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of four shillings and eight pence p. Bushell for wheat, and 
four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

of penny "White Loaf 9 - 4 

Wheaten 13 - 4 

Household 1 - 2-8 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 2-8 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 12 

Household 2 - 5 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 4 

Household 6-15 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6 - 8 

Household 13-4 

[62.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 4, 1755. 

Present 
M r . Hill 
Cap'. Jackson 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four pence p. 
Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains and Live- 
lihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1-1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[63.] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 18 th . 1755 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . HiU 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap 4 . Jackson 

M r . Gushing 

Cap*. Hewes 

M r . Scollay . 

Voted that the Select men visit the public Schools in this Town 
on Friday the twenty seventh day of June ins*, and that the fol- 
lowing Gentlemen be desired to accompany them therein viz 4 . 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
The Hon. Josiah Willard Esq r . 
The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 
The Hon. John Pyncheon Esq r . 
The Hon. Stephen Sewall Esq r . 
The Hon. John Erving Esq r . 

The Gent", the Representatives of the Town of Boston. 
The Gent n . the Overseers of the Poor. 
[64.] The Rev*. Joseph Sewall D.D. 
The Rev. Charles Chauncy D.D. 
The Rev. M r . Thomas Prince 
The Rev. M r . Samuel Checkley 
The Rev. M r . Ebenezer Pemberton 
The Rev. M r . Samuel Mather 
The Rev. M r . Andrew Eliot 
The Rev. M r . Samuel Cooper 
The Rev. M r . Samuel Checkley j r . 
Charles Apthorp Esq r . 
Thomas Hancock Esq r . 
Thomas Greene Esq r . 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r . James Pitts 
M r . John Barrett 
M r . John Tudor 
M r . Oxenbridge Thacher 
M r . Treas r . Jeffries 



At a Meeting of the Select men, June 30 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . HiU 

Josh*. Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap 4 . Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[65 .] The Select men on Friday last visited the public Schools , 
according to their Vote of the 18 th . of June ins 4 , accompanied by 
the following Gentlemen viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 27 

The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 

The Hon. Richard Bill Esq r . 

The Gent n . the Representatives of the Town. 

The Gent" the Overseers of the Poor. 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Cooper 

John Steel Esq r . 

Thomas Greene Esq r . 

M r . James Pitts 

M r . Oxenbridge Thacher 

M r . Treas r . Jeffries 

And found in the South Grammar School there was 125 Schol- 
ars, in the South Writing School 216 Scholars, in the Writing 
School in Queen Street 180 Scholars, in the North Grammar 
School 28 Scholars & in the North Writing School 210 Scholars, 
all in very good Order. 

[66.] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four 
pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains 
& Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1-1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1-1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 . - 1 4 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 2 d . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap 4 Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[67.] Mem . July 4: 1755. The Select men this day wrote 
the following Letter to Christopher Kilby Esq. in London, viz 1 . 

Boston July 4, 1755. 
Sir, 

The Town of Boston being in want of a number of good 
Fire arms by reason that the Province have lately press'd them 
all into their Service, We embrace this oppurtunity to request 
you would purchase for the account of this Town, and send us by 
the first opportunity in the Fall as many Arms equipp'd with Bay- 
onetts as Three hundred and twenty Pounds Sterling will pay for 
including all Charges, this Sum of Money we daily expect to re- 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

ceive of the Province as pay for the Anns they have press'd, as 
soon as received we shall remit it either to yourself , or put it into 
the hands of Tho". Hancock Esq. who will take care to transmit it 
to you. Cap'. Erving has lately sent for a Number [68.] for the 
Province, they have sent a pattern we hear to your house, we de- 
sire the Arms you sent us may be exactly agreeable to that 
pattern, we learn the Province have ordered theirs to be made 
four inches longer, but we desire ours to be exactly three feet 
eight inches barrell, with loops, but without Slings. 

As we are very loth to be entirely destitute of Arms for any 
time, we should be glad if you would take the trouble of Shipping 
them in two distinct Vessels, each one Moiety by this means we 
shall be the more certain of having some supply in the Fall. We 
desire that you'd Insure their Cost so as to Cover the whole Interest, 
and we must beg your peculiar Care that the Insurers are Men of 
good Estates, that in Case the Vessels should be taken or meet with 
any other mishap the Town may not sustain any loss. We shall 
depend upon your care that they are well made, Tower proved, & 
put up in the best manner. We remain, with respect your most 
humble Servants 

SAM L . GRANT 
& c . 

[69.] P.S. We desire the purchase of the Arms with the 
Charges (taking the Freight into the Calculation) may not amount 
to more than the Sum of Three hundred and twenty Pounds Sterl- 
ing 

Boston, July 5 th . 1755 
Gent". 

We have wrote you p. this opportunity for a quan- 
tity of Fire Arms, since which the inclosed came to hand, which 
we send as part of pay. 
viz'. Ja". Griffin's Bill on Ja*. Fitter Esq. for 20 

Charles Apthorp and Son on Tomlinson & ) 

Hanbury for } 60 

We have a prospect of making a further Remittance very soon. 

Your humble Serv". 

SAM L GRANT, & c . 
p. Cap". Cahail and King 

To Christ Kilby Esq. & Co. London. 

[7O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 12 th . 1755. 

Present 
(omission) 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constable of Boston, In His Majesty's Name Requiring them 
forwith to Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and rateable at twenty Pounds Es- 
tate to a single rate (besides the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall 
on Friday the eighteenth day of July current at nine o'Clock in 
the forenoon to determine whether the Town will make any addi- 
tion to the South Battery for the better Defence of it, besides the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 29 

Repairs. Voted in May last, and what may be necessary for 
effecting the same, also to choose Jurors for August Court. 

[71.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 16, 1755. 

Present 



M r . Scollay 

The Select men agreed with Cap*. John Ruddock (agreeable to 
the Town's order to repair the Batteries) to sodd the inside of the 
North Battery from the foundation to the top of the uppermost 
Sleepers with good Saltwater sodd, to put in Scuppers to carry off 
the Water, all to be done to the acceptance of the Select men, to 
be compleated by the last day of September next, for which he is 
to be allowed and paid the Sum of One hundred and forty-six 
Pounds thirteen shillings and four pence lawful money. 

[72.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 24 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r - Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

The Select men pass'd upon the List of Persons licenced the 
last year to sell strong drink as Innholders & Retailers within this 
Town which was approved, excepting such as are dead removed 
or married as therein mentioned. 

And also pass'd upon the Petitions for Licences for the year 
ensuing, & the following Persons only were approved & Recom- 
mended viz*. 

John Holyoke Dock Square 

John Cornish Marlborough Street 

John Ford -- On Boston Neck 

Edw d . Barrett Cambridge-street 

Eph m . May Orange-street 

Mary Clapham Merchant's Row 

Roger Lobb Fish-street 

James M c .Questeon 

[73.] At a Meeting of the Select men, July 28 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, & four pence p. Bush- 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

ell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains and Livelihood, 
which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1 - 6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

[74.] At a Meeting of the Select men, August 12 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 
Cap 1 . Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M>. Scollay 

The Selectmen this day wrote the following Letter to Chris- 
topher Kilby Esq. & C. in London viz'. 

Q ent n Boston, August 12 th . 1755 

Inclosed is Thomas Hancock Esq r ' 8 . Bill on you for Two hun- 
dred and thirty Pounds Sterling, this Sum with what we have 
already remitted you (reserving enough in our hands for the 
Freight) is about the sum we have to lay out in Arms. We 
remain, 

Gentlemen, 

Your humble Servants 
p. Cap'. Gafney & - SAM L . GRANT, & c . 

[75.] At a Meeting of the Select men, August 25. 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, & four pence p. Bushell 
is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains & Livelihood, 
which is Computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz- dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1755. 31 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

[76.] At a Meeting of the Select men, October 8 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Jackson 
Cap*. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, and four pence p. 
Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and 
Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz 4 . 

Of penny White Loaf 8- 11 

Wheaten 13 - O.J 

Household 1 - 1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1-1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

[77.1 At a Meeting of the Select men, Ocf. 15 th . 1755 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq T . 
M r . Gushing 
Cap*. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, & four 
pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains 
& Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household . 1 - - 4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2 - 0-8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 1 1 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[78.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Novem r . 24 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

M r . Sutton Byles desires liberty to have a Eoad from the Neck 
to the Mill standing on the Land he has hired of the Town, and a 
Round round the Mill for his own convenience. 

The Select men having Considered thereof do consent to his or 
his Assigns making the said Road accordingly. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an assize of Bread at the 
Rate of five shillings and four pence p. Bushell, and four pence p. 
Bushell is allowed to the Bakers [79.] for their Charges pains 
and Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

Of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1-0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2-0-8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Dec r . 29 th . 1755. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of [8O.] five shillings p. Bushell for Wheat, & four pence p. 
Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains and 
Livelihood, which is Computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2 - 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 33 

At a Meeting of the Select men, January 7 th . 1756. 

Present 
M r . Grant 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Gap 1 . Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of five shillings [81.] and four pence p. Bushell for Wheat, 
& four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of penny White Loaf 8-2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1 - - 4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2 - - 8 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Janry 28 th . 1756 

Present 
M r . Grant 
M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap'. Jackson 
M r . Gushing 
Cap'. Hewes 
M r . Scollay 

[82 ] Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of five shillings & four pence p. Bushell for 
wheat, and four pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, which is Computed as follows viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

of penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Household 1- 0-4 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-8 

Household 2 - 0-8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 9 

Household 6 - 0-12 

Twelve penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 11 - 2 

Household 12 - 1 - 8 

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 & other Inhabitants of the said Town duly quali- 
fied rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate [83.] to a single rate 



34 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

(besides the poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday the 
fourth day of February next at nine o'Clock in the forenoon to 
determine whether the Town will immediately proceed to raise by 
Lottery or Lotteries the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds lawful 
money for paving Boston Neck pursuant to an Act of the Great 
and General Court lately pass'd for that purpose ; Also wether 
the Town will now make Application to said Court that a General 
Accompt and Valuation of the polls and Rateable Estates through- 
out the Province may be taken this Year, and to choose Jurors for 
the Superiour Court in February next. 

At a Meeting of the Honorable His Majesty's Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Select men, [84.] and Overseers of the 
Poor within the Town of Boston on Friday the sixth day of Feb- 
ruary A.D. 1756 

Present 

The Hon be . Samuel Welles Esq r . 
Joseph Dowse Esq r . 
William Skinner Esq r . 

Justices of the Peace 
M r . Samuel Grant 
Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Cap*. Joseph Jackson 
M r . Thomas Cushing 
M r . Samuel Hewes 
M r . John Scollay 

Select men 
John Hill Esq r . 
John Phillips Esq r . 
Dan 1 . Henchman Esq r . 
Ebenezer Storer Esq r . 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . Royall Tyler 

Overseers of the Poor. 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then agreed 
upon to be attended [85.] on Wednesday the eleventh day of Feb r 
ruary ins', at nine o'Clock in the Morning if the Weather be fair 
if not then on Friday following being the thirteenth ins 1 , and it is 
also agreed to meet at Faneuil Hall at five o'Clock in the After- 
noon to report the State of the Town & c . 
The Order or Sortment is as follows viz'. 
Ward, Number One 
John Steel Esq r . 
M r - Royall Tyler 
Cap 1 . Ralph Hart 
M r . John Ruddock 
M r . Robert Breck 
M r . Tho 9 . Greenough 
Samuel Smith, Constable 
Ward, Number Two 
Foster Hutchinson Esq r . 
Cap 1 . Nath 1 Greenwood 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 35 

Cap 1 . Alex r . Sears 
Cap 1 . Benj a . Hammett 
Cap'. Thomas Ja". Grenby 
[86.] M r . Newman Greenough 

John Coverley, Constable 

Ward, Number Three 
Abiel Walley Esq r . 
Ebenezer Storer Esq r . 
Henry Atkins Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Grant 
Cap'. John Goldthwait 
M r . Samuel Edwards 
M r . John Tudor 
John Wells, Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
The Hon. John Jeffries Esq r . 
William Tyler Esq r . 
M r . Isaac Walker 
M r . John Scollay 
M r . David Jeffries 
Cap*. Nath 1 . Barber 
M r . Tho 8 . Sherburne 
James Bailey Constable. 
[87.] Ward, Number Five 

Dan 1 . Henchman Esq r . 
Thomas Hancock Esq r . 
M r . James Pitts 
M r . Henry Newman 
Cap'. Thomas Savage 
M r . John Barrett 
Isaiah Barrett Constable 
Ward, Number Six 
John Phillips Esq r . 
Joseph Green Esq r . 
M r . Will 1 ". Fairfleld 
M r . Benj a . Dolbeare 
M r . Richard Billings 
M r . Sam 1 . Phillips Savage 
Augustus Hale, Constable 

Ward, Number Seven 
Jacob Royall Esq r . 
M r . Joseph Sherburne 
M r . Peter Chardon 
M r . John Kneeland 
[88.] Cap'. Hugh M'.Daniel 

M r . Thomas Jackson jun r . 
Andrew Campbell, Constable 

Ward Number Eight 
Joshua Winslow Esq r . 
M r . Edward Bromfield 
Cap'. Joseph Jackson 
M r . James Boutineau 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Cap*. John Hancock 

M r . Jonathan Payson 

James Boies, Constable 
Ward, Number Nine 

The Hon. Andrew Oliver Esq*. 

Joseph Dowse Esq r . 

M r . Peter Oliver 

M T . Samuel Hewes 

M r . Samuel Deming 

M r . Rufus Greene 

Abijah Adams, Constable 
Ward, Number Ten 

The Hon. Jacob Wendell Esq*. 

Jeremiah Green Esq r . 
[89.] M'. Thomas Flucker 

M r . Thomas Cushing 

Doct r . Sylvester Gardiner 

M r . Ralph Inman 

Samuel Harris, Constable 
Ward, Number Eleven 

The Hon. Richard Bill, Esq r . 

The Hon. Tho 8 . Hubbard Esq'. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

M r . W m . Blair Townsend 

M r . John Winslow 

M r . Nath 1 . Bethune 

M r . Benj". Church 

Joseph Shed, Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

The Hon. Samuel Welles Esq r . 

John Hill Esq r . 

Thomas Greene Esq r . 

Will" 1 . Skinner Esq r . 

M r . Thomas Hill 

M r . Will m . Coffin 
[9O.] M r . John Rowe 

M r . Samuel Adams 

John Patten, Constable. 

And the Town Clerk is directed to give forth Copies of the above 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, February 26. 1756. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 

Cap 4 . Jackson 

M r . Cushing 

Cap*. Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of five shillings p Bushell for \\heat and four pence p. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 37 

Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges pains and Live- 
lihood, which is Computed as follows, viz*. 

1. OZ. dr. 

[91.] of penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Household 1 - 1-6 

Two penny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Household 2- 2-12 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Household 6-8-4 

Twelve penny wheaten Loaf 9 - 1.2 - 6 

Household 13 - - 8 

At a Meeting of the Select men, March l et . 1756. 

Present 

M r . Grant 

M r . Hill 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Cap'. Jackson 

M r . Cashing 

Cap'. Hewes 

M r . Scollay 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

[92.] In His Majesty's Name requiring them forthwith to 
warn all the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town 
duly qualified and rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a single 
rate (besides the Poll) to convene at Faneuil-Hall on Monday the 
eighth day of March ins', at nine o'Clock in the forenoon, then 
and there to Nominate and choose meet persons to serve the Town 
the year ensuing, as Select men, Town Clerk, Overseers of the 
Poor, Firewards Constables and other necessary Officers as the 
Law directs, to Grant such Sums of Money as shall be judged 
needful for the relief of the Poor, and defreying other necessary 
Charges, to receive the Reports of the Town's Committees on sev- 
eral Affairs, to act upon the List of Jurors, to appoint a Committee 
to visit the Schools, to choose Auditors of the Accompts of the 
Town Treasurer, and Overseers of the Poor [93. J to determine what 
preemium shall be allowed the Collectors of Taxes, and what time 
the Assessors may sit to make abatement of Taxes, to receive & 
examine the Accounts of the Granary, to consider whether any 
more effectual method than is already prescribed by Law, can be 
taken for promoting a more general Reformation of Manners, to 
consider of the Petition of John Hill and Samuel Wentworth Esq. 
that a further term may be granted them of the Town's Lands on 
the Neck already leased to them ; of the Petition of Francis 
Wells Esq r . that the Town would abate him Twenty eight Pounds 
sixteen shillings and ten pence part of his Taxes ; of the Petition 
of sundry Inhabitants for paving Long Lane ; of others that the 
Bell at the Rev d . M r . Byles Meeting house may be rung at five 
o'Clock in the morning, [94.] to determine what other Bells shall 



33 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

be rung and at what hours, what Salaries shall be given to the 
Masters and Ushers of the public Schools, the ensuing year, to 
choose Jurors for April Court, and also act upon all such other 
matters and things as stand referred over to said Meeting. The 
Freeholders are also to be Notified to meet at the same time and 
place to give in their Votes for a Register of Deeds & Conveyances 
for the County of Suffolk. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28 th - 1756 
Present Grant, Hill, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay, Henshaw. 

Liberty was granted for the Schooner Dolphin Cap'. Wyat to 
Come up to Town, she having been well Smoaked and Cleansed. 

Nath 1 Clift Informs that He has brought in His Schooner Suc- 
cess from Frankfort in the County of York, three Women named 
Pashen Hoodly & Eliz a . Gew & a Child of M Hoodlys. 

M r . Williston by Order of the Selectmen Informed Cap'. Andrew 
Duning Master of a Sloop that has brought a Number of French 
Neutrals from Cape Sables, that He must not Suffer them to 
Come on Shore untill Further Orders. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5 th . 1756 
Present Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, Scol- 
lay. Ballards Petition 

John Bennet Hatter desires to have a License to Retail 
Voted that the Town Clerk Issue a Warrant for Calling a Town 
meeting for the Choice of Representatives ; the Same to be on Tues- 
day the 11 th . Inst. at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon. 

Voted that the Rev d . M r Sam 1 . Cheekley Jun r . be desired to Open 
the Meeting with Prayer, & that M r . Grant & Jackson Inform 
Him thereof. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12 th . 1756. 

Present M r . Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Gushing, Hewes, Scollay. 

Assise of Bread wheat Set at 5/ p Bush 1 . & 4 d . A" d for Charges. 

[2.] M r . Bridges applyd for Liberty to Exhibit the Micoocosm 
toPublick View Voted that He have Liberty during the pleasure 
of the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19 th 1756 
Present Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay. 

Henry Neal Wife & one Child from Dorchester in the Manufac- 
tory House Lawrence Dobleville at M re . Kents be Warnd out. 

Voted that M r . Grant M r . Jackson M r . Scollay & M r . Gushing 
be a committee to agree with some Person to fix up the Vane 
upon Faneuil Hall Market which was thrown down by the great 
Earth Quake, the 18 th . of November last & to repair the Steeple. 

Voted that M r . Pratt & M r . Thacher be desired to receive the By 
Law, & that M r . Hill Cap'. Jackson & M r . Gushing Apply to them 
Accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 39 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21 st . 1756 
Present Mess". Grant, Hill, Ilenshaw, Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Whereas there has been & is now a Malignant Fever prevail in 
Town & Several Persons have Lately died of s d . distemper, which 
is apprehended to be very Infectious, The Selectmen Judge it will 
be for the preservation of the Health of the Inhabitants, & may 
tend to prevent the Spreading of Said Distemper, if Such Persons 
as may Die of the Same be Imediatly put into a Tard Sheet, & 
Buried the Evening after their decease. 

Voted that Orders be given to the Several Sextons & Grave 
diggers, that as soon at they shall Hear of any Person dying of 
Said Fever that they go to the House of Such deceased Person 
& Inform their Relations or those who have the care of their 
Funeral, that they be directly put into a Tard Sheet & Buried the 
Evening after their decease and Orders were given Accordingly. 

[3.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31 st . 
1756 Present Mess". Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Jackson, Hewes 
and Gushing. 

M r . Bently Master of the Engine at the North end made Appli- 
cation that Dan 1 . Baker may be Added to the number of Said 
Engine in the Room of one deceas d . Voted that Said Barker be 
Added. 

Whereas a verry Malignant Fever prevails in Town brought here 
by the Soldiers belonging to this Province that Game from Halifax, 
Several of the Inhabitants who Attended them being taken sick & 
dyed & as Several other Vessells are daily expected from Nova 
Scotia, with Soldiers, many of whome are vissited with the Same 
Fever, & as the s d . distemper is Judgd to be Infectious, Voted 
that a Memorial be presented to the Lieut'. Governer desiring that 
He would give Orders that all Vessells comeing from Nova Scotia 
or any place that have Sick Persons on board may be Stopd at the 
Castle till full Enquiry be made as to their Sickness & the Circum- 
stances they are in. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1 st . 1756 
Present Mess". Grant, Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes and 
Scollay. 

Orders were Sent to M r . Hamilton to receive Several Persons 
that came from Albany in Cap'. Staniford that are much Indis- 
posed, & to keep them in the Hospital till further Orders from the 
Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d . 1756 Present 
Mess". Grant Hewes Scollay Hill Henshaw Jackson & Gushing. 

M r . Rob'. Ford Informs that He has taken into His House Han- 
nah Co well from Roxbury Lives by D r . John Clarke. 

Assise of Bread Wheat at 5 / p. bush 4 d . allowd for Charges. 

[4.] Voted that Cap'. Steel have a draft for His Acco'. for 
Sundrys Supplied for the North Battery. 

M r . Glidden to have a draft for four Premiums for His Engine 
at Several Fires as Minuted January the 15 th . Last. 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

To Warn out John Strieker & Wife who Came from N. Caro- 
lina in Cap'. Freeman Lives in a House in Cross Street. 

To Order the Sextons to Stubb up some Poisonous Weeds in the 
Burying grounds near the Alms House. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9 th . 1756 
Present Mess" Grant Hill Ilenshaw Jackson Hewes & Scollay 
Voted that the Pavement at M r Cazneaus Corner near the Market 
be mended forth with it being verry much out of Repair & that 
Mess" Grant, Jackson & Scollay See it done. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant, Hill Ilenshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay 

Cap 1 Tho" Donald being Stopd at the Castle William Informd 
that He has brought in the Sloop Biddeford Fifty Soldiers from 
Nova Scotia all of them have been sick, but most of them now 
upon the recovery & so well as to walk the Deck about ten of them 
are Confined to their Cabins. Voted that Mess" Apthorp & Han- 
cock Agents for the Affairs of Nova Scotia be Informed agreeable 
to a Votes of the Gen 1 Court that they have Liberty to make use 
of the Hospital at Ransford Island for the reception & Accommo- 
dation of the Sick Soldiers above mentioned & that M r Hamilton 
be directed to receive them as follows. 

nrr TT -1*. Boston, June 15 th , 1756. 

M r Hamilton, 

As the General Court have given Mess" Apthorp & Hancock 
Liberty to Improve the Hospital for Such Sick as Come from Nova 
Scotia you are to to receive on Shore Such men & goods as they 
Send who will take Care to Send down all Necessary [5.] Supply s 
for them. You must see that the Vessells are all well Cleansed 
Washd & Smoaked as usual & Let us know as soon as that is done 
that we may give Orders for the Vessells to Come up to Town. 

Voted that the Selectmen Visit the Schools on Friday the 25 th 
Inst' & that the following gentlemen be Invited to Accompany 
them at Eight oClock on that day Viz 1 

Josiah Willard Esq r . 

Rich d Bill Esq r . 

Judge Sewall 

D r Pyncheon 

John Erving Esq r . 

John Wheelwright Esq r . 

John Osburn Esq r . 

John Steel Esq r . 

Joshua Winslow Esq r . 

John Spooner 

the Representatives 

Overseers of the Poor 

D r Sewall 

M r Prince 

D r Chauncy 

M r Checkly Sen'. 

M r Pemberton 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 41 

M r Mather 
M r Eliot 
M r Cooper 
M r Checkley Jun r . 
Tho 9 Hancock Esq r 
Ja 9 Bowdoin Esq r 
Tho 8 Greene 
John Rowe 
Treas r Gray 
Treas r Jeffries 
Col Henchman 
W m Cooper 
Middlicot Cook 
Jo s Feeburne 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17 th 1756 
Present Mess" Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Jacob Gould Jeremiah Norcross & Eliz* Tarvell Applyd to the 
Selectmen for Liberty to take Several Persons from Ransford 
Island Lately arrived there from Nova Scotia in Cap' Dunnells if 
well & fit to be removed, Accordingly the Selectmen wrote M r 
Hamilton the following Order. 

Boston June 17th 1756. 
Mr. Hamilton 

We have permitted M r . Jacob Gould Jeremiah Norcross & Eliz a 
Tarvill to Come down to See their Sons, if the Doctor thinks 
either of them in so good health & Circumstances as to admit of 
their going Home & will advise to it, Let them be taken from the 
Island their Names are [6.] Aaron Taylor Jabez Norcicss Zach- 
ariah Tarvell Joseph Goodridge & Page Norcross but take under 
the Doctors hand His Opinion 

S. GRANT. 

T. HILL. 

J. HENSHAW 

J. JACKSON. 

Cap*. W ra . Morton from Philadelphia Informs that Sundry Per- 
sons there have the Small Pox by Inoculation Viz', about Two 
Hundred and & fifty that neither He or any of His men have been 
exposed while there to the Infection & are all well that His Cargo 
is Iron & Slaves that He has no Flax Cotton or anything Liable 
to the Infection. , 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23d 1756 Present 
Mess". Grant, Hill, Henshaw Gushing, Hewes and Scollay. 

M r . John Cookson Informed that He has Let a House in Paddys 
Alley to M r . Rich d . Howell who Came lately from Cape Cod has 
none in His Family but his Wife they are Persons of good repute 
but He is unacquainted with His Circumstances. 

Voted that Berth Sutton Jun r . & John Lawton be added to the 
List of Engine Men of which W m . Sutton has the Charge, these 
two men to be in the room of Benj a . Stevens & Sam 1 . Peck. 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

To Enquire how Long D r . Burksted has been in Town He Lives 
near the North Battery. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess. Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay. 

The Widdow Durant Informed the Selectmen that She has Let 
Her House at the South End to Benj a . Curtiss from Situate. 

Voted that M r . Laraby Warn Him & Family out of Town. 

Information was made to the Selectmen that a House [7.] Near 
to M r . Greenought Ship Yard belonging to Elias Robinson & 
others is in a ruinous Condition & very hazardous to the Neigh- 
bours. 

Voted that it be viewed & Report. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29 th 1756 Present 
Mess". Grant Hill Jackson & Gushing. 

The Schooner Jolly Phillips John Wait Master from Rhode Isl- 
and Stopd at the Castle the Selectmen having Information that 
S d Schooners Cargo Consists of Log wood Tar & Flour Apprehend 
there is no danger of any Infection Voted that S d Vessell be Ad- 
mitted to Come up to Town. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay. 

Assize of Bread Set at Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 & 4 d . allowed for 
Charges. 

Liberty is granted to Edw d . Langdon to Open His Drain in 
Fleet Street He repairing the Pavement again to the Satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

Isaac Dafform Informs that He has Let a House to George 
Smith who lately Came from New York is a Lawyer by Occupation 
& has a Wife Named Margaret but no Children. Knows nothing 
of his Circumstances. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess Grant, Hill, Hewes, &Scollay. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21 rt . 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay. 

Boston s At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess. Grant, Hill Gushing & Jackson. 

W m Morton Master of the Schooner Dolphin Reports [8.] that 
He came from Philadelphia the 15 th Inst 1 arrivd Here this day 
that His Cargo consists of Flour Iron and Pemento desires Liberty 
to bring up his Vessell to Town which was Accordingly Granted. 

Cap 1 Stanford Master of the Schooner Jolly Robin from Phila- 
delphia reports that He came from thence on Tuesday the 12 ih . 
Inst 1 that He has only Flour & Iron on board that He was at the 
City only four or five days & took in most 'of the Cargo below the 
Fort Permitted to Come up to Town By Mess Grant Henshaw 
Jackson Gushing & Hewes. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 43 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes and Scollay. 

Nicholas Sturman from Broad Bay Lane. 

Isaac Phillips Informs that He has brought from Biddeford M 
Hurly & four Children She is in a House at New Boston near to 
D r May hews Meeting House. 

Assise of Bread Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 4 d allowd for Charges. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 28 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Hewes. 

Sent to the Alms House John Presman & Y M c Cullam clis- 
chargd by Gen 1 . Winslow from the Army as Incurable. Order 
Signd by T. Hill & Tho 9 Cushing Selectmen by Col Hill & M r 
Storer as Overseers. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 th . 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Jackson Cushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Information was given to the Selectmen that the Plague or some 
Infectious Sickness rages in the Island of Corsica in the Meditcr- 
raneum, Cap 1 Alex r Inglish of the Ship Boston from Cagliary being 
Sent for He Informed the Selectmen that He left that Port the be- 
ginning of May that He heard there that it was verry Sickly at 
Corsica but not the Plague that He performed Quarentine for 
[O.] Seven days at Cagliary but it was not required of Him at 
Walaga to which place He has Since He left the Island of Sardinia 
& that no Person has been sick on board His Vessell Since He 
left Cagliary. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 6 th 1756 Present 
Mess" Grant Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

Information was given the Selectmen that Jaques Morris a 
French Neutral had come into Town had come into the Town 
with two Small Yessells full of french Neutrals from Georgia but 
last from Barnstable, S d Morris was Sent for & warned by the 
Selectmen not to Land those Persons in the Town, the Number of 
them is five men & Sixty Women & Children about fifty of the 
above People wase brought in the Sloop Lemmon Barnabas Gibbs 
Master from County of Barnstable, who was also warned not to 
Land any of the Persons about mentioned in this Town. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug' 11 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Grant & Hill. 

A man at Piersons the Baker from New York. 

Voted that M r Goldthwait be desired to get a List every Month 
of all Persons warnd out of Town in Order to be Transferd to the 
Overseers of the Poor. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 18 th . 1756 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

The 16 tb . Instant Joseph Jackson John Scollay & John Phillips 
Esq r . as Overseer of the Poor Sent Edw d . Bartlet to ther Alms 
House on the Province Acco f . He not being an Inhabitant of any 
Town in the State. 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[ID.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 25 th . 
1756 Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Voted that M r . Willeston is Ordered to Notify the Several Col- 
lectors to meet the Selectmen next Friday at 3 o'clock afternoon 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 30 th . 1756 
Present Mess". Grant Henshaw, Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

Tho s Hancock Esq r Informed that there is Arrived at Ramsfords 
Island from Nova Scotia a Vessell with the remaining part of the 
Troops which went from Hence under Gen 1 Winslo.w, the fol- 
lowing Vessells Viz' Schooner Leopard Tho s Church Master the 
Sloop Cap 1 Dogget Master, Sloop 

Cap'. Couch Master with about Two Hundred men on. Inquiring 
of Cap 1 Willard & D r Cast who came up with S d Vessells they are 
most of them in good Health on which we gave M r Hamilton Or- 
ders to See that the Vessells & Men are well Cleansed & those of the 
Men that are well to permit them to depart the Island on Wednes- 
day next & to take Care that the Vessell & Cloaths & Chests 
be well Aird before they are taken from the Island. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug' 31 st 1756 
Present Mess Grant Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Assize of Bread Set for Wheat 5/ p. bush 1 & 4 d all d for 
Charges. 

Boston Sept 1 st 1756 At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present 
Jackson, Hewes, Henshaw, & Gushing. 

M r . Putnam Master of the Dock Engine Applyd for a Premium 
He being first with His Engine at a Fire at M r John Welches 
House in June Last [11.] Voted that He have a draft for the 
Premium for Working His Engine first at the above mentioned 
Fire. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept. 8 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant, Hill, Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & 
Hewes. 

Voted that M r Larraby be directed to Warn out of the Town 
Sam 1 Legg who lately Came from Newport that M r Sever Lately 
from Rhode Island be Warned out of Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 11 th 1756 
Present, Grant, Jackson, & Scollay. 

Cap 1 Tho" Stanford Master of the Schooner Jolly Robin from 
Philadelphia Stopd at the Castle on Acco' of the small Pox being 
in that Place, on Examination He says that He Left Philadelphia 
the 29 th of Aug'. His Cargo consists of Flour & Iron that He 
has no goods on board Liable to Infeccion Permitted to Come 
up to Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept 15 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant, Hill Henshaw Hewes & Scollay 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 45 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept 22 d 1756 
Present Grant, Hill, Henshaw, Jackson, Hewes, Scollay. 

In Cap'. Brett from Anapolis came Andrew Reed, Cockran a 
Carter from Roxbury, in Dupees buildings these two Persons to 
be Warned out of Town. 

M r Allen Taylor with his Wife came in Brig' Industry Henry 
Smith Master from New York Voted to Send for Cap' Smith 

M r Maugears a Taylor his Wife & Child from North Carolina 
Voted to Send for Cap' Truman by whome they Came. 

[12.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 27' h 
1756 Present Mess Grant, Hill Henshaw Hewes & Scollay. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat at 5 P bush 1 4 d for Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r 29 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

Voted that Mess Hill, Jackson & Cushing wait on Mess Prat 
& Thacher to revive the By Laws agreeable to the Vote of the 
Town Last May. 

Voted that Mess Jackson & Scollay Survey the draw Bridge & 
if it wants Considerable repairs then to report at the next Meeting 
& if the Repairs that are wanted are not much then to see that it 
is forthwith Repaird. 

Voted that M r Scollay acquaint Cap' John Bradford the danger 
the Inhabitants are in on Acco' of the Brick End of His House on 
Wentworths Wharf, that if He does not Speedily take it down that 
He be presented. 

Voted that M r Wentworth & M r Hill be desired to bring in their 
Accounts of the Gravel they have laid up on the Neck as soon as 
possible. 

Voted that the Selectmen Meet on Tuesday the 12 th day of 
October at the House of M r John Greaton in Roxbury in order to 
Perambulate the Lines with the Selectmen of Roxbury between 
this Town & S d Town of Roxbury & that the Town Clark write a 
Letter to the Selectmen of Roxbury to Notify them thereof, & if 
it should be foul Weather then to meet the next fair day at 10 
o'clock in the Forenoon. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct b 6 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Grant Henshaw Jackson Scollay. 

Mem to Settle with Andrew Oliver Jun T Esq r . Gave M r Procter 
an Order to receive in to the Alms House Edw d MGowu a Poor 
Person no Inhabitants of this Province 

Signd Jo 9 JAKSON ) , 

TOO 5- Selectmen. 

JN SCOLLAY j 

ISAAC WALKER Overseer. 

[13.] Jon* Brown Jun r is admitted an Engine Man in the 
Company under Tho s Bently [having receved a dismission from 
Capt John Carnes] being in the Room of His Father Deacon Jona- 
than Brown who has dismissed Himself. 

A few days past Capt James Nichols Masf of the Sloop En- 
deavour from Philadelphia being Stopd at the Castle on Acco' of 
the Small Pox being in that Place. Applyd to the Selectmen for 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Liberty to Come up to Town with His Vessell. On Examination 
the Selectmen found He had nothing on board Liable to retain any 
Infection & no other danger, therefore wrote a letter to the Lieu'. 
Governer desiring the Vessell may be permitted to Come up to 
Town. 

Joseph Jackson Esq r has applied to the Selectmen for to have 
the refusall of the Hier of the Towns Shop in which M r Butler now 
Keeps when He Leaves it Which was granted Him. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct b 13 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Grant, Hill, Henshaw Jackson & Gushing. 

John Ranstead applyd to have the Care of the New Burying 
Place. To be Considered 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct 15 tb 1756 Present 
Mess" Grant Jackson & Scollay. 

On the 12 Inst. the Selectmen of Boston in Concert with the 
Selectmen of Roxbury or their Agents attended the Perambulation 
betwixt the Two Towns, A Report whereof is here recorded as 
follows Viz 1 The Report on File. 

Voted that M r . Hill & M r . Henchaw be a Committee to Erect a 
gate at the new Burying ground lately purchased of Andrew Oliver 
Jun r . Esq r . 

Cap'. W m . Morton from Philadelphia in the Schooner Dolphin 
Attended the Selectmen on Examination He says He left that 
Place this day Week His Cargo Consists of [14,] Wheat Flour 
& Iron & that He has no goods on Board Liable to Infection His 
men are all well, the Vessell Permitted to Come up to Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 18 th 1756 
Mess" Grant Hill Hewes Jackson Henshaw & Scollay. 

Information being given to the Selectmen that the Sloop 
Edw d Morton Master from Philadelphia is Stopd at Rainsfords 
Island having a Man taken down on their Pasage from Phila- 
delphia with the Small Pox Therefore Orderd M r Hamilton to 
take the man on Shore into the Hospital & was the best means for 
His recovery & to take on Shore all goods or Cloaths & Bedding 
that is Necessary to be Aird & to Air them allso to Air & Cleanse 
the Vessell & when so done to give & account thereof to the 
Selectmen & to Let no Person come from the Vessell or goe on 
Board Her. & if there is any Person on Board Liable to the dis- 
temper, to Lodge them in the Well House. 

Cap 1 John Phillips of Marshfield waited on the Selectmen with 
George Staver a German who He brought with his Wife & two 
Children as Passengers from Broad Bay Orderd Cap' Phillips 
either to carry them back to the place from whence they came or 
procure Sufficient Bonds that they may be no Charges to the 
Town. 

Cap' Edw d Morton waited on the Selectman & Informed .them 
that He left Philadelphia yesterday Se'night that He has no Person 
on Boad Liable to the Small Pox besides Georgo Fulford the Per- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 47 

son now Sick that his Cargo Consists of nothing but Flour Iron & 
Soap 

Information being given to the Selectmen by D r W m . Clark that 
Tho s Morton Mate of the Schooner Dolphin W m Morton Master 
from Philadelphia is Sick of the Small Fox at His dwelling House 
in Wings Lane on which two of the Selectmen repaird to His 
House to Enquire into the affair & proposed to His Wife the re- 
moving Him to the Hospital [15.] which proposal she refused to 
Comply with without the Selectmen would agree to provide every- 
thing Necessary at their Charge. Therefore Voted that S d Morton 
be removed to the Hospital at Ralnsford Island & there taken 
Care of at the Charge of the Province. 

Boston ss. 'At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r 20 th 1756 
Present Mess" Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

M r Brett desires Liberty to Open a School for Teaching the 
French Tongue. 

This day gave M r Hamilton the Keeper of the Hospital on 
Rainsfords Island the following Orders relating to Cap' Mortons 
Sloop now detaind at S d Island on Acco' of the Small Pox. 

Boston, Oct r . 20 th , 1756. 
M r Hamilton 

AVhen you have Sufficienty washed & Smoakd Cap' Mortons 
Sloop & all the goods Bedding and Cloaths (Liable to retain Infec- 
tion) that are on Board Her you may then let Her depart from the 
Island. 

Signed SAM L GRANT 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAM T - HEWES 
JOHN SCOLLAY. 

Lancaster Hill a Free Negroe appeard before the Selectmen & 
Informd them that He came into this Town about five years agoe 
from Charlestown that He first Lived with M r Tho" Flucker who 
gave the Selectmen a Bond to Indemnify the Town from any 
Charge on His Account. 

Whereas upon Examining Cap' Will Morton Master of the 
Schooner Dolphin from Philadelphia He Informd the Selectmen 
that when He came up with the Castle on the 15 th Inst 1 about 2 
o'Clock in the Morning the Sentry at the Castle never Hailcl his 
Vessell but Sufferd Her to Come by the Castle without taken any 
notice of Her. The Selectmen Aprehend that if what Cap' Mor- 
ton says is True that Such Neglect in the Officers at the Castle 
may be Attended with Fatal. 

[16.] Consequently therefore Voted that M r Grant Mr Hill 
M r Henshaw & M r Jackson be a Committee to wait on His 
Honour the Lieu' Governer Phips & relate to Him the 
Affair that such Neglect may be remedied in Future The above 
Committee waited on His Honour who Said He make Inquiry into 
the affair & prevent any Such Failure in Future. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 25 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant Henshaw Hewes Jackson Scollay. 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Cap' John Nichols Master of the Schooner Peggy & Sarah 
fr jm Philadelphia being Stopd at the Castle on examination Says 
tlu:t He left Philadelphia fourteen days agoe that His Lading Con- 
sists of Flour & Iron that He has four of His People who have 
not had the Small Pox that they are at Present all well the names 
of the above four men are Alex r Campbell of George Town Mate, 
Price of Boston Joseph Anderson of Sheepscott & Tho 8 Rog- 
ers of George Town Cap' Nichols is permitted to Come fo 
Town with His Vessell & the above four Persons are permitted to 
Come up in the Vessell Provided Cap 4 Nichols will Oblige Himself 
that they shall Continue on board the Vessell till further Orders 
Likewise Voted that M r Willeston do Vissitt the above Persons 
daily that any Complaint of Illness they may be removed to the 
Hospital. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r 25 th 1756 
Present Mess" Hill Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Assize of Bread as Wheat at 4/8 p. Bush 1 4 d allowd for Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r 1" 1756 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Hewes & Scollay. 

M r W m Powell waited on the Selectmen & Informed them that 
the Captains Stanford & Dogget from Philidelphia were 
Stopd at the Castle & that they would not Suffer S d Masters to 
Come to Town till ordered by the Selectmen Accordingly wrote 
an Order to the Commanding Offber thare to Let them Come to 
Town to be examined by the Selectmen [17 o] relating to the 
Small Pox now prevailing in Philadelphia In the afternoon they 
waited on the Selectmen & were Examined Cap 1 Stanford says 
His Vessell is Loaded with Wheat Flour & Iron that He left 
Philadelphia fourteen days past all the People on board the Vessell 
Saving himself have had the Small Pox Cap' Dogget says his 
Vessell is Loaded with Flour & Iron He left Philadelphia 
Eighteen days past that Himself & three of his men have not 
had the Small Pox that they are at Present all well on board 
Each Vessell the men on board Cap' Doggets Vessell that (Besides 
Himself) have not had the Small Pox are Tho 8 White 
Bates & Jn Fryer a Boy. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of tb.3 Selectmen Nov r 3 d 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess" Hill, Heushaw, Gushing Scollay 

Joseph Eliot is appointed one of the Company of the South 
Engine under the Care of M r James Cunningham in the Room of 
Nath 1 Wales who declines Serving any Longer. Said Eliot having 
produced a Release from Hopastill Foster Captain of the Com- 
pany of Foot He belongs to 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 10 th . 1756 Pres- 
Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay 

M Swain & Child from Halifax Came with Cap 1 Will m . Nichols 
at S r Henry Franklyn. 

Whereas of Late great Number of Strangers have come in to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1756. 49 

this Town from diverse places & have some time resided here with- 
out Information being given to the Selectmen whereby great 
Charge is Like to arise on the Town, the Selectmen Judging it 
Necessary in order to Prevent the above, that two Persons be 
appointed to Look after all Strangers that come into the Town 
therefore Voted that Thomas Williston be joined with Deacon 
William Larraby (Who has heretofore acted Singly,) to Officiate in 
that Office. 

[18.] Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r 17 th 
1756 Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes & 
Scollay. 

The Selectmen pass'd the Acco t of James Hamilton for Six 
Months Salary as Keeper of the Hospital at Ransfords Island 
Ending the 28 th of Sept r last being 6.13.4- 

Susauuah Lewis from Abington two months agoe Lives at M r 
John Storys at New Boston. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r 24 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant Heushaw Jacksou Cushiug Scollay. 

At the Burying Place at the Bottom of the Common Lately pur- 
chased by the Town of Andrew Oliver Jun r Esq r is now fit to Bury 
the dead in the Selectmen therefore have appointed John Ranstead 
to have the Care of S a Burying place & to Bury the Dead there. 

On the 22 nd Inst' Sent James Gordon a Sick Stranger to the Alms 
House on the Province Account, He Came lately from Lake George 
has been in the Expedition. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r 29 th 1756- 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat at 4 / 6 p bushi 4 d ,allow d for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 1 st 1756 
Present Mess Grant Hill Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Tho s Britt Informed the Selectmen that Rhoda Johnson who 
came in Cap' MGown from Anapolis Lodges at his House on 
Gidnys Wharf M r Williston to warn Her out. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at ^ p bush 1 4 d allowd for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 8 th 1756 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

[19.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 15" 
1750 Present Mess Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

Sent to the Alms House on the 9 th Inst' on A ceo' of the Province 
a poor Woman from Broad Bay taken up this Morning on the 
Neck, having Laid there all the Night in a Suffering Condition, 
Her name is unknown as she speaks no English the Order Signd 
by Joseph Jakson & John Scollay Selectmen & Royall Tyler 
Overseer. 

Yesterday Cap*. John Gushing of the Sloop Sea Flower from 



50 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Albany being Stopd at the Cattle Informs the Selectmen, that He 
has been a Fortnight on His Passage has brought with him Several 
Sick Soldiers which are Landed at the Hyanuers He has no One 
Sick on Board his Vessell has Cleansd his Vessell & destroy d the 
Bedding the Sick Layd on Voted that the following Letter be 
Sent to the Commanding Officer at the Castle. 

Boston, Dec r . 14 th . 1756. 
Sir 

Cap'. John Gushing in the Sloop Sea Flower from Albany being 
Stoped at the Castle on Suspisciou of having Some Infectious dis- 
temper on board & we having examined S d . Master do apprehend 
that he may be permitted to Come with his Vessell to Boston with- 
out any hazard to the Inhabitants. 

M r . Joseph Webb is Appointed Sealer of Cord Wood that may 
hereafter be Landed on the Several Wharves in this Town, that 
are North of the Long Wharf, extending as far as Cross Street. 

[2O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present 
Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Cap'. Joseph Goldthwaite is appointed Sealer of Cord Wood 
that may here after be Landed on the Several Wharves in this 
Town North of Gross Street to Continue in Office during the In- 
disposition of M r . W m . Larrabee. 

Voted that Cap'. Henshaw & M r . Gushing be a Committee of the 
Selectmen to wait on the Representatives of the Next Session of 
the Court about the Laud that is Picketted in near to the Powder 
House. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec'. 22 d . 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess". Grant, Hill. Jackson Gushing, Hewes & Scollay. 

Yesterday M r . W m . Molineux Informd the Selectmen that Cap'. 
Patrick James in His Ship Lyoii was daily expected from New Cas- 
tle & that He had the Small Pox on board had buryed one man on 
his passage, that He had rec d . a Letter from Him from Piscataqua 
where in He says that he has taken all propper Care to fling over- 
board Beds & Bedding that had been used by the Sick and had 
Smoakd & Cleansed the Ship Sufficiently therefore wrote the fol- 
lowing Letter to M r . Ball the Pilot of the Harbour. 

Boston, Dec r . 21, 1756. 
M r . Rob 1 . Ball. 

S r . as Cap 4 . Patrick James in the Ship Lyon is ex- 
pected to arrive from New Castle & He having had the Small Pox 
on board on his Passage we desire that when you bring his Ship up 
to an Anchor off the Long Wharf that He would not Suffer any 
Person to Come on Shore untill the Selectmen Conferrs with Gap'. 
James. 

[21.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 27. 
1750 Present Mess". Grant Hill Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

The Selectmen gave M r . Procter an Order to Receive into tJie 
Alms House on the Province A ceo 1 . Eph r . Gogin, the order Signd 
by Mess". Hill & Scollay Selectmen & by M r . Storer as Overseer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 51 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 29 th . 1756 
Present Mess". Grant, Hill Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

James Scutt Appeard & Consented to Serve as Collector of 
Taxes the Insuing year & propose Rob'. Watt & W m . Hall Leath- 
er dresser as Bonds Men Accepted 

Jon". Payson also Consented to Serve as Collecter the Ensuing 
year & proposed D r . Kast & M r . Greaton as Bonds Men Ac- 
cepted. 

Sent to the Alms House Nov r . 22 d . on the Province Acco*. 
James Gordon a Sick Stranger who has been in the Expedition to 
Lake George & Came from thence some time past. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec' 30 th 1756 Pres- 
ent Mess Grant Jackson Gushing & Scollay 

D r Clarke Informed the Selectmen that two men of Govern' 
Shirlys Regim 1 were taken down with the Small Pox in the Bar- 
raks at Castle Island on which they sent for Lieu' Irvin the Com- 
manding Officer of that Regim' & Informd Him of what D r Clarke 
had reported & offerd Him the use of the Hospital at Ransfords 
Island for the reception of S d Sick Persons or any other that 
might hereafter be taken down with S d distemper He paying the 
Charges that might arise On which He readily accepted of the 
Hospital as above Offered & agreed to pay all Charges that by any 
Judicious Physician Should be Adjudged Suteable and Necessary 
for the Support & relief of S d Sick Persons. The Selectmen Ac- 
cordingly gave Orders to M r Hamilton to Receive S d Sick Persons 
& Provide for them agreeable to [2#.J the Orders He may re- 
ceive from the Commanding Officer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 2 d , 1757. 
Present Mess" Grant Hill Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay 

Information was given to the Selectmen by D r Clark that a Sol- 
dier belonging to Gov r Shirlys Regim* is taken down with the 
Small Pox at the Widdow Jacksons at the Brazen head upon which 
it was Voted to Send S d Sick Person Imsdiatly to the Hospital at 
Ransfords Island & accordingly agreed with M r Hartly to Carry 
them down with the following directions to M r Hamilton Keeper 
of S d Hospital Viz'. 

Boston, Jan^ 2 d , 1757. 
M r Hamilton 

We Have .Sent down to the Island p. M r Hartly a Soldier belong- 
ing to Gov r Shirlys Regim' Sick of the Small Pox whoma you must 
recieve into the Hospital & provide for them agreeable to the di- 
rections of the Commanding Officer of Said Regiment who will 
pay the Necessary Charges. 

SAM 1 - GRANT 
Tuo 8 HILL 
Jos. JACKSON 
THO S GUSHING 
SAM L Hewes 
JN SCOLLAY 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At A Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r 4 th 1757 Pres- 
ent Mess Grant Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay. 

M r Willeston Informd the Selectmen that M r Hamilton is in 
want of some Beds & Cribbs for the Sick at Ransfords Island. 
Voted that M r Grant provide them at the Charge of the Province 
also that the Sedan for Removing the Sick be broke to Peices. 
Voted that [23.] M r . Cazneau make a good Serviceable Sedan 
at the Charge of the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 5 th 1757 
Present Mess Grant Hill Jackson Hewes Cushing & Scollay. 

M r Sam 1 Adams one of the Collecters for the Ensuing year ap- 
peard & Said that He would Serve & proposed as Bondsman An- 
drew Oliver Jun r Esq r . & M r Sam 1 Downes which was accepted. 

Assize of Bread Set at Wheat at 4/6 p. Bush 1 4 d allowd for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r 11 th 1757 
Present Mess Grant Hill Jacksou Hewes Cushing & Scollay. 

Whereas the Seat of Representatives in the General Court is not 
full by reason of M r Tyngs being Suspended Voted that M r 
Grant & M r Hill be a Committee to wait on the Representatives of 
this Town & Inform them that as there are affairs of great Con- 
cern comeing at the present Session & the Town being uneasy 
that the Town at such a Critical Time is not full & to desire 
them to move the Court that some method may be taken that the 
Town may not remain deprived of a full Representation. 

The assessors represented to the Selectmen that they had fin- 
ished making the Taxes for the year 1750 and for their government 
therein -had made the rates according to the Tax Act & agreable to 
a resolve of the Gen 1 . Court upon the petition of the assesors of 
the Town of Salem in the year 1 750 & that in Consequence of fol- 
lowing S d . Rule & by reason of 10 great a part of the Province 
Tax being aportioned to this Town, the Houses in [24.] Town 
will pay to the Province precisely One quarter part of what they 
will Rent for at a Medium besides the other Taxs of the Town & 
County, which Method of Taxing though prescribed by Law it is 
apprehended by the Selectmen if continued in will Finally be the 
utter ruine of the Town therefore Voted that this Affair be 
Imediatly represented to the general Court by way of Memorial & 
that Application be made to the Court for an Alteration both with 
respect to the Proportion of the Province Tax Layd upon this Town 
& the Rule of Taxing (which Memorial is on File) 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 19 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay. 

Sent James Cawly a Soldier in Col". Gridlys Regiment to the 
Alms House the 8 th . Inst'. on the Province Acco'. He being in a 
Suffering Condition the Order Signed by Sam 1 . Grant & John Scol- 
lay Selectmen & Royall Tyler Overseer of the Poor. 

Whereas Complaint has been made to the Selectmen that the 
Children behave very unmannerly & ludescently in the Streets & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 53 

use bad Language, Voted that the Masters of the respectives 
Schools in the Town be desired to reprove S d . Children for Such 
Misdmeanors. 

Whereas the Right Hon hle . the Earl of London has this day ar- 
rived in Town from New York Voted lhat the Bells in Town be 
rang on the Morrow upon this Joyfull Occasion from Seven 
O'Clock in the Morning till twelve o'clock at Noon & that M r . 
Williston do Accordingly Inform the Respective Bell Ringers of 
this resolution. 

February 1 st . 1757 Cap'. Job Bradford in the Schooner Loranio 
from Philadelphia being Stopd at the Castle on Acco'. of the 
Small Pox being in Philadelphia Sent one of his men to Town who 
on Examination by the Selectmen says that they have been on their 
Passage from thence one [25,] Month that they have no goods on 
Board Liable to Infection therefore Voted that the Vessell be Per- 
mitted to Come up to Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan ry . 31 st . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Jaekso.ii Gushing Hewas Scollay. 

Mem , to Determine whether Cap*. Watts shall be prosecuted 
for the Rent of Winnesimmitt Ferry. 

Agreed to have the Vissitation of the Town on Friday next. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . allowd for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At A Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . th . 1757 

Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson & Gushing. 

This day the Selectmen Let to M r . Joseph Rhodes the Ware- 
house He now Occupy s on the Dock at the Rent of Five pounds 
Six Shillings & Eight pence for every quarter of a year that He 
shall hold the Same, the Rent to Commence from the last quarter, 
He is allso to pay all Taxes that shall be assessd on S d Ware- 
house during the time He holds it. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb ry . 28 th . 1757. 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Cap' James Scott this day produced to the Selectmen Reciepts 
from the Province County & Town Treasurers for the year 1755. 
Voted that He have a Draft for His Premium 

John Ruddock one of the Collectors produced reeipts in full 
for the payment of the Taxes Committed to Him to Collect for the 
year 1755 from the Province Town & County Treasurers & prayed 
for a draft for His Premium which was given accordingly. 

M r Tho" Downe Collector for the year 1754 Produced Receipts 
in Full from the Treasurers of the Province County & town & de- 
sired a draft for His Premium which was Granted 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 & 4 d all d for 
Charges 

[26.] 

Boston March 5 th 1757. 

Thomas Ilartly Keeper of the Hospital at Ransfords Island ap- 
plyed that the Soldiers who have been Sick of the Small Pox at 



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the Hospital under His care & who are well may be removed 
Voted that the following Order be given Him 

M r Hardy any of the Soldiers that have had the Small Pox at 
the Hospital on Hausfords Island that are well & Cleansed may 
be removed to Castle William, but Observe that what Cloaths they 
Carry off with them be well aird & Clear of any Infection. 

Boston ss. At A Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 9, 1757. 
Present Mess" Grant Hill lleushaw Cushing Ilewes Scollay. 

Voted that the Annual Town Meeting for the Choice of Town 
Officers be on Monday the 14 th Inst' & that the Town Clerk Issue 
a Warrant accordingly. 

Voted that M r . Cushing be desired to wait on D r Sewall request- 
ing him to Open the Meeting with Prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r 14, 1757. Present 
Mess" Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Ilewes Cushing & Scollay. 

Voted that the Schooner Leopard Tho* Church Master who was 
Stopd at the Castle be permitted to Come up to Town Cap 1 Church 
having been examined by the Select men who Informd them that 
his Cargo which he took on board at Philadelphia Consists of 
Wheat Flour & Iron therefore conclude that there can be no danger 
of Infection. 

The Schooner Dolphin William Morton from Philadelphia being 
Stopd at the Castle also the Sloop Bastine Nath 1 . Kent their Car- 
goes Consists of Flour Wheat & Iron have examined the Masters 
of both Vessells & conclude they may come up to Town without 
any danger to the Inhabitants therefore Voted accordingly. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r 16 th 1757 Pres- 
ent Mess" Grant Jackson Cushing Hewes & Scollay 

The Selectmen agreed that Edes & Gill Shall Print the Votes 
[27.] of the Town passed yesterday relating to the Assessors 
Sitting till the first of April next to make the abatement of Tax- 
es, but as complaints have been made to the Selectmen by Some of 
the principal Inhabitants relating to some Phamphlets, and other 
things they have printed in their News Papers that tend to destroy 
the Principles of the Christian Religion as generally profisied by 
the People in this Province and M r . Edes being present the Select- 
men Informd him of it in the following Words Viz'. 
M r . Edes 

It has been the disposition of the Selectmen to Encourage Per- 
sons Industrious in their Business & you in particuler by giving 
you a full Share of the Towns Business we now deliver you this 
Vote of the Town to Print but at the same time Inform you, that 
you have printed Such Pamphlets & such things in your News Pa- 
pers as reflect grossly upon the receivd religious principles of this 
People which is verry Offensive and Complaints have been made to 
us by some of the Inhabitants concerning S d . Phamplets & papers 
we therefore now Inform you if you go on printing things of this 
Nature you must Expect no more favours from Us. To which M r . 
Edes answerd to the following Effect. That He was sorry He had 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 55 

given Occasion to any Persons to be Offended at what He had 
printed, but that He would take more care for the future, & pub- 
lish nothing that shall give any uneasiness to any Persons 
whatever. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d . 1757 
Present Mess". Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Jonathan Pay son one of the assessors of Taxes for the year 
1755 produced receipts from the Several Treasurers of payments 
made them in full. Voted that He have a draft for His [28.] 
Premium accordingly. 

James Gunningham Infornid that the Engine whereof He is 
Master Workd first at the Fire that broke out at Tho 8 . Spears the 
10 th . of March Inst'. Voted his Premium Accordingly. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 30 th . 1757 
Present Mess rs . Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

John Corny wife & Child from Marblehead Says He Hired a 
House of M r . Joseph Sherburne the 7 th . Inst 1 . & delivered him the 
Key again the 28 th . 

Whereas M r . Joseph Sherburne has received the above John Cor- 
ney as a Tennant without informing the Selectmen contrary to Law. 
Voted that the Town Clerk be desired to wait on M r . ^herburue & 
demand of Him Forty Shillings Lawful Money for the Breach of 
the Law. 

Voted that Abijah Adams be apointed to Succeed Deacon Lar- 
raby deceased to Look after Strangers that come into the Town & 
that the Town Clerk give Him particuler directions how to act in 
that Office. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 6 th . 1757 
Present Grant Hill Henshaw Hewes Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Cap'. Wright at the Bare. Voted that M r . Williston be Ordered 
to enquire of Elisha Foster concerning one Catherine Richards that 
He received into His House in Sept. 8 th . 1751 and that the S d Fos- 
ter do appear before the Selectmen. 

Agreed that the Fee or allowance to the Corders of Wood for 
the coming year be one penny half penny for each Cord. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for Char- 
ges. 

M r . Elisha Foster appeared & declared that He took Catherine 
Richards as a bound Servant into his Family for a Number of 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

years & when Her time was out she returnd to Dorchester the 
place from Whence she Came. 

[29.] Ordered M r Adams to get a Warrant at Justice Steels 
to Carry out of Town M rs Lyon & Child they are now at the 
House of David Seaver at the South End they Came from Rhode 
island last July was Twelve Months & were Warned out of Town. 

Whereas it is represented to the Selectmen that the gate & Fen- 
ces of the North Burying place is much out of repair. Voted that 
Mess Grant & Scollay be a Committee to have the above re- 
paird. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r 20 th 1757 
Present Mess" Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushiug Scollay. 

This day Let the new Burying ground lately purchased of 
M r Andrew Oliver Jun r . to John Hanstead for Four pounds lawful 
Money p. Annum to Commence from the 25 th March last. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25 th 1757 
Present Mess rs Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Ilewes 
Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27 th 1757 Pres- 
ent Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Scollay. 

Voted that Mess rs Grant & Scollay take Care that the Fence 
round the North Burying Place be Sufficiently repaird. That M r 
Hill & M r Henshaw take Care that the Fence round the New 
South Burying place be 'repaird. 

Having this (lay received a Precept for the ( hoice of Represen- 
tatives in the General Court Voted that the Town Meeting be on 
Tuesday the 10 th of May next for that purpose. 

Voted that M r Cushing & M r Scollay wait on the Rev d M r Prince 
to desire Him to Open the Meeting with Prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Select men May 4 th 1757 Pre- 
sent Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Scollay. 

[3O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11 th 
1757 Present Mess Grant Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

Indulgence is given for a Month to M r Seaver his Wife & Chil- 
dren & their daughter Lyon to tarry in Town but if they do not 
then depart they must then be carried out of Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay. 

Phillip Brock from New Hampshire Sent to the Alms House by 
Jo*. Jackson & John Scollay Selectmen & Ryall Tyler Esq r . Over- 
seer of the Poor. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushiug Scollay. 

Whereas the Sealers of Wood have Informed the Selectmen that 
they have been Obstructed in doing their duty according to Law at 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 57 

Sealers by M r . Gidney & M r . Rogers therefore Voted that M r . Jack- 
son & M r . Cashing be a Committee to Inquire into the above ( 'om- 
plaint & see that the Law is put into execution against the above 
mentioned Persons or any others that may obstruct them in the ex- 
ecution of their Office. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June I 9t . 1757 
Present Mess". Hill llenshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

Liberty is granted to Isaac Walker & the other abutters on the 
Common Shore in Sudbury Street to Open the Same they paying 
the Charge & repair the Pavement. 

Whereas Sundry Bakers in this Town haye lately got into the 
Practice of making Loaves (Called Bricks) which are generally 
found to be much under weight & thereby great Injustice is done 
to the Inhabitants but as many Persons Choose to take those Bricks 
& desire that the Bakers may not be prohibited from Bakeing them. 
Voted that the Bakers [31.] have Liberty to Bake Bricks & that 
the Clerks of the Market be & they are hereby directed to pass 
the Same as Legal weight accordingly to the price thereof Pro- 
vided said Bricks of the price of Four Pence fall but three Ounces 
Short of its Legal weight in consideration of Loaves of that form 
drying more in the Bakeing & so other Bricks in proportion to their 
Value. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Henshaw Hill Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

Cap'. Green applyd to the Selectmen to have the Peat from over 
the Celler in the Sconce at the South Battery mended. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/3 pbush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scol- 
lay. 

Sent to the Alms House the 13 th . Inst'. Docter Rumbow on the 
Province Acco'. a French Prisoner from the Jail where he being 
so verry Sick could not have propper Accomodations this man was 
brought into this Port about a year past either in the Woolwich or 
Lyn man of War the Order Signed by Joseph Jackson & John 
Scollay Selectmen & and E. Oliver Esq r . Overseer of the Poor. 

Voted that the Selectmen Vissit the Schools on Fryday the 24 th . 
Inst*. & the following gentlemen be Invited to accompany them at 
8 o'clock A. M. 



Rich d . Bill Esqr. 
Col. Wendall 
John Orsburne Esq r . 
John Erving Esq r . 
Judge Sewall 
D r . Pynchon 
And'. Oliver Esq r . 
John Wheelwright Esq r . 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

The Overseers of the Poor 

D r . Sewall 

M r . Prince 

M r . Checkly 

M r . Pemberton 

M r . Mather 

M r . Eliot 

M r . Cooper 

D r . Chauncy 

M r . Foxcroft 

Checkly Jun r . 

Byles 

Dana 

Josh*. Winslow Esq r . 
Treas r . Gray 
Treas r . Jeffries 
Stephen Greenleaf 
M r . Jn. Ruddock 
Charles Apthorp Esq r . 
Ja 8 . Boutineau 
Deacon Marsh 
Rob*. Hooper Esq r . 
D r . W ra . Clark. 

[32.] Assise Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant, Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Whereas the Fortification on Boston Neck is out of Repair 
Voted that M r . Hill M r . Henshaw & M r . Scollay be a Committee 
View the Same & report next meeting what repairs may be neces- 
sary. 

Whereas Hugh Hall Esq r has taken into his House at the North 
End Peter Ingerfield & his Family who came lately into this Town 
from Haverhill & has never given Notice thereof to the Selectmen 
Voted that He be prossecuted according to Law Mem S d Inger- 
field Entred into M r Halls House the 13 th May last. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 th 1757 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Whereas it is of great Importance to this Town and to the Prov- 
ince in general that the Magazine upon the Common be well 
guarded Voted that the following Orders be given to M r Willeston 
the Head of the Town Watch. 

Boston June 24 th 1757 
M r Tho" Willeston 

We would have you to see that two Men from some Watch 
House in the Town take a Walk twice in a night to the bottom of 
the Common to See what Care the Watch that are Posted there 
to prevent any attempt against the Magazine whether they are 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 59 

watchfull & Keep a good Look out or not Shift your hands each 
Night & the Hours of Walking & make Report to the Selectmen 
how you find them. 

Whereas Jacob \Vendall Esq r Chief Colonel of the Regiment of 
Militia in this Town has by Orders of the Court Required the Se- 
lect men of the Town to make return to Him on the 27 th Instant 
what Stock of Powder & Amunition the Town [33.] is at Pres- 
ent Supplied with & Whereas it appears upon examination that 
the Town is at present deficient with respect to some of the Arti- 
cles they are Obliged by Law to be provided with. Voted that 
Mess" Gushing & Scollay be a Committee & are hereby Impow- 
erd to purchase forthwith, Such articles as are at present want- 
ing, and which the Town are obliged by Law to be provided with 
with, & make report of their doings as soon as may be. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 th 1757 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

On Friday the 24 th Instant the Select men Vissited the Several 
Schools in the Town Attended by a Number of Gentlemen of the 
Town & Found in the Grammer School at the North . Schol- 
ars at the North Writing School at the South Grammar 
School Scholars at the Writing School Scholars at the 
Writing School in the Common Scholars all in very good 
Order. 

Sent to the Alms House the 25 th Instant by Sam 1 Grant & John 
Scollay Selectmen & Royall Tyler Overseer of the Poor George 
Lewis a Sick Soldier who was on the Expedition to Nova Scotia 
& Lake George He is not an Inhabitant of of any Town in this 
Province. 

Sent Eph r Gogin to the Alms House the 23 d Instant on the Prov- 
ince Acco' He being a Stranger Sam 1 Grant & John Scollay as 
Selectmen & Isaac Walker as Overseer Signed the Order. 

On the 21 st Instant Rec d of M r John Rowe p the hands of M r 
W m Powell the Keys of the East Celler in the Town House at the 
Same time deliverd M r Powell the Keys He to give the same Rent 
that M r Rowe did give which was Ten pounds Lawful Money p 
Annum. 

Voted that Thomas Quyner a Butcher with but one hand His 
Wife & Children be 'Carried out of Town they belong to the Town 
of Brookline 

[34.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Select men June 29 th 
1757 Present Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson & Hewes. 

M r John Rowe took the Key of the Celler under the Province 
House the East End the 25 th of September 1754 & deliverd it up 
to the Selectmen the 21 th of June 1757 at Ten Pounds p Annum 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6 th 1757 Pres- 
ent Mess" Grant Hill Henshaw Cushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Sam 1 Wells Esq r Informd the Selectmen that he had Let a 



GO CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

House to Jacob Bucknam (Son of Jons Bucknam Esq r of Maiden) 
in Frog Lane He believes that his Circumstances are good. 

M r9 . Hamilton Widow of James Hamilton deceas d . who Lately 
Kept the Province Hospital on Ransfords Island deliverd on Ac- 
count of the Following Articles belonging to the Province that 
were at the Hospital at the Time of her Husbands decease Viz 1 . 16 
Rugs, 9 old Beds, 6 Old Pillows, 9 Blankets, one Close Stool pan, 
one Bed Pan, 6 Pair of Sheets, & by the Selectmens Order she 
has deliverd them to M r . Thomas Hartly who is appointed to Keep 
Said Hospital & produced to the Selectmen his Receipt therefore 
which is on File. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Henshaw Jackson C'ushing & Hewes. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Cap . John Cook Master of the Schooner King Fisher & Cap'. 
John Robinson Master of the Schooner Bonetta Informd the 
Selectmen that they Came from New York about ten days past & 
were Stopd at the Castle on Account of Suspiscion of the Small 
Pox being on board on Examination of them we find that they 
have no goods on Board that are liable to Infection therefore wrote 
the following Letters to Commanding Officer at Castle William 

Boston July 7 th . 1757. 
Sir 

The Schooner King Fisher Jn. Cook Master from New York be- 
ing Stopd at His Majestys Castle William [35.] On Account of 
Suspiscion of having the Small Pox on board or goods Infected 
with that distemper have examined the Master & Inquired into the 
Circumstances of his men & Cargo & are of Opinion the Vessell 
may be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the In- 
habitants. 

SAM L . GRANT ^i 
Jo 8 . JACKSON I ^ , , 

To the Commanding SAM L . HEWES [ k 

Officer at Castle William JN. SCOLLAY J 

Boston July 7 th . 1757. 
Sir 

Cap*. John Robinson in the Schooner Bonetta came from New 
York the 29 th . June says his Cargo is Logwood & Flour has on 
board nothing Capeable of resceiving Infection, all his men had the 
Small Pox Save one Lad which he says never went on Shore. 

To the Commanding 
Officer at Castle William 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 16 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 61 

The Petition for Licences came under consideration & was de- 
termined upon. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 17 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Hill Jackson & Scollay only. 

M r . Lowell Keeper of the Powder House waited on the Select- 
men they desired Him to wait on them this day week to Sign a 
Lease to them for the Hire of the Towns Land Inclosed within the 
Picketts round the Powder House. 

[38.] On the 4 th . Instant were Sent to the Alms House on the 
Province Acco'. by Mess". Grant & Scollay Selectmen & John 
Phillips Esq r . Overseer of the Poor, John Tarbox, Robert Hart, 
Joseph Peterson, Alex r . Ogilvy, Neal Williams, Arthur Dolerson, 
& Joseph Dawson, the above Persons were taken at Oswego & Came 
from Engl d . in his Majestys Ship Nightengale & are not Inhab- 
itants of any Town in this Province. 

On the 6 th . Instant Barnabas Keves (was Sent to the Alms House 
by Mess rs . Jackson & Scollay) a One Legd man a Stranger & not 
an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. 

On the 22 d . Instant Sent W m . Lacky (to the Alms House on the 
Province Acco'.) a Sick Soldier of Gov r . Shirlys Regiment who 
was taken at Oswego & came Passenger in Cap'. Trefry from Hali- 
fax. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 24 th 1757 
Present Mess" Grant Hill IJenshaw Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat at 4/6 p bush 1 4 d All d for Charges. 

Voted that M r Gushing with the Town Clerk prepared a Memo- 
rial to be presented to the General Court in their present session 
relating to prolonging the time allowd for Selling the Ticketts & 
drawing the Lottery, they find that they are much Straitned as to 
Time, as allso to obtain Liberty to Build a Wharf or House Wall 
on each Side the Neck to Keep off the Sea from Injuring the 
Pavement. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 31 st 1757 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

At the request of Nath 1 Brown Cap', of one of the Fire Engines 
Joseph True was appointed as one of the Engine men in the Room 
of Richard True deceased. 

[37.] This day James Paterson who brought to Town in his 
Sloop from Kennebeck one M' 9 Poke a dutch Woman was Sent 
for by the Selectmen & Ordered by them to Carry Said Woman 
back with Him to Kennebeck or give Security to the Select men to 
Save the Town from Charge. 

Voted that M r Gushing & M r Scollay Employ a Carpenter to 
prepare Boxs for the Bullets lately Cast for the use of the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r 7 th 1757 Pre- 
sent Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Gushing & Scollay. 

Tho s Glover represented from under his hand that He had taken 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

into His House at the South End Timothy Tylestone from the 
Town of Dorchester. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf 14 th 17;") 7 
Present Mess Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Liberty is granted to Hannah Blake to Open a Drain in Orange 
Street She Engaging to make good the pavement. 

Voted that the Town Clerk prossecute Hugh Hall Esq r for 
8 ,, Old tenor being a Fine which He received as a Justic 
of the Peace in the year 1747 from M r Clough for refusing to 
Obey the Orders of the Fire Wards when the Town House was on 
Fire, also to prossicute Him for receiving into a Tenement of His 
is one Peter Ingerfield the the 13 th May last without giving Infor- 
mation to the Selectmen according to the Law. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 21 et . 1757 
Present Grant Hill Henshaw Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Mem . Yesterday four of the Selectmen Viz'. Sam 1 . Grant Esq r . 
M r . Cushing & M r . Scollay went to Fort Hill & had possession de- 
livered to them for the Town by Joseph Calef of Boston Tanner a 
piece of Land that for Several years past has been in S d . Calefs 
possession bounded Northerly on Land of Phillips & [38,] and 
others there measuring 178 feet 6 Inches this Line having a Bend 
in it Westerly on Fort Hill 98 feet 6 Inches Southerly on Land of 
Brattle Oliver 265 Feet Easterly on Land of Frothingham & Goold 
181 feet 6 Inches. 

Said Calef then became Tennant to the Town, there were pres- 
ent there were present as Witnesses Mess". Joseph Larinby Wil- 
liam Welch & Thomas Pimer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 23 d . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Jackson Cushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Whereas the Selectmen are Informed that Cap 1 . Arbuthnot who 
has had the Small Pox in the Hospital at West Boston is perfectly 
recovered & has Sufficiently aird Himself so that there can be no 
danger of Infection from Hun therefore Voted that the day after 
tomorrow He have liberty to come into the Town to his Lodgings 
& that M r . Willeston take Care that the House & everything in it 
be aird & that after the Nurse has aird and Cleansd herself she 
be discharged. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 26 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Hewes. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 U . All d . for 
Charges. 

Barnabas Pooley from Marblehead first hierd a House of M r . 
Thomas Lee at the North End. 

William Dunstone from No. 3 was Kidnapd by one of the Kings 
Guards & brought to Canso about thirty years agoe Stayd there 
but a Little while was drafted out of Cap'. Aldriges Company & 
Carried from thence in a Sloop Cap'. Cotman Master to Annapolis 
there tarried Seven years then bought his discharge of Lawrence 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 63 

Armstrong & Came to Boston in Cap'. Peter Blyn where he tar- 
ried about a fortnight or three Weeks then went with Cap'. Nath 1 . 
Donnell to Old York & there Married & tarried there two or three 
years then removed with his Family to Phillips Town & tarried 
there about one year then was disturbed by the Indians & removed 
back to [39.] Old York & tarried there but a Little while & re- 
moved to Connecticut & Lived from Town to Town being warnd 
out & then removed from Walliugsford to N. 3 about the Latter 
end of last February on a peice of Land belonging to a man at 
Suffield & was to have thirty acres of Land if He tarried there 
three years but being apprehensive of danger from the Indians 
Came to Boston. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 5 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 12 th . 1757 
Present Mess. rs Grant Henshaw Jackson & Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectman Oct r . 19 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Hill Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

Voted that there be a Town Meeting on the 31 th . Instant for the 
Town to determine what may be further necessary to be done re- 
lating the By Laws & Orders of the Town & whether the Town 
will purchase a Number of Ticketts in Lottery N. 3 that yet re- 
mains unsold in the Managers Hands to Consider of the Petition 
of Alex r . Hunt that the Town would Sell Him a peice of Land Ad- 
joining to his Land near Fort Hill. 

Yesterday Tho s Willeston Hierd the House in Queen Street 
Street in which M r . Henly lately Lived a 8 p Ann" 1 . 

Voted that a Petition be preferrd to His Excell y . the Govern'. 
Praying that all Vessells comeing from Halifax may be Stopd at 
Castle William till their Circumstances are Enquired into, as the 
Small Pox is prevailing in Halifax. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 25 th . 1757 Pres- 
ent Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay John 
Metcalf Master of the Sloop Beaver from Halifax reports that He 
left that place twelve days past and [4O.] Arrived. here this 
Morning that besides his Sloops Comp'y He has brought as Pas- 
sengers W m . Tngols his Wife & two Children & one Boy, Ruth 
Story & four Children, Alex r . Boyd brother to Cap 4 . Boyd in M r . 
Blanc-hards Employ Mary Chandler she has had the Small Pox, 
that yesterday His mate Eliakim Smith Complaind of Indisposi- 
tion & had since broke out with the Small Pox, that himself & 
three of his men Viz'. Benj a . Jones, Eich d Tower & Samuel 
Butt have not had the Small Pox, has no Cargo on board. 

Voted that Cap' Metcalf go with His Vessell down to Rans- 
fords Island with his Crew, & that M r . Hartly recive them into 
the Hospital the Sick man only for the pressant & that Cap'. Met- 
calf Continue with His hands on board his Vessell till further 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Orders & that D r . Whitworth agreeable to the mans desire to at- 
tend Him wrote M r . Hartly as follows : 
M r . Hartly : 

We have Sent down to the Island the Sloop Beaver John Met- 
calf from Halifax whose Mate Kliakim Smith is taken down with 
the Small Pox you must receive the Said Mate on Shore & take 
proper Care of Hun, Let nobody come to the Island without 
Leave from us Cap*. Metcalf & three of His men have not had the 
Small Pox therefore they must tarry on board the Vessell till fur- 
ther Orders, take the Masters Bed & bedding with Him. 

On the 27 th . of October Cap 1 John Atwood of the Sloop Dolphin 
from Halifax being Stopd at Castle William on Account of the 
Small Pox being at Halifax reports that He left that Place Last 
Saturday Evening that his Vessell is in Her Ballast that he has 
brought no Passengers that he has three men belonging to his 
Vessell that have not had the Small Pox that neither He nor his 
men were on Shore at Halifax that he has now two of His men 
sick on board with a Flux. Voted that He be permitted to Come 
to Town with his Vessell that the two men that are Sick be not 
permitted to Come on Shore untill they are Vissited by a Docter 
to know what they are Sick off & that a Letter be Wrote to his 
Excell y . on the above. 

[41.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectman Oct. 27 th . 
1757 Present Mess r8 Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay 

W m Ingols & Ruth Story who Came passengers in Capt. Met- 
calf from Halifax appeard before the Selectmen & say that neither 
they nor their Children have had the Small Pox that they removed 
from thence for fear of the distemper that bsfore they Came away 
they were Carefull that they nor theirs did go near any House 
where the Small Pox was that they have been particuleiiy Care- 
full Since they were on board the Vessell so that they could receive 
no Infection from the man who is now Sick on Board on this In- 
formation they were dismissed. 

James Scutt who was chosen Collector last March appeard & 
proposed for Bondsmen Rob'. Watt & W 1U Hall. 

Jonathen Payson who was Chosen at the Same time appeard 
& proposed for Bondsman Jon a Gary & Jn Greaton. 

On the 2l> tu . of October Cap . John Renton of the Sloop Raleigh 
from Halifax Reports that He left that place this day Seven night 
that He brought with Him as Passengers M rs . Green three Children 
& a Servant M re . Mason an Officers Widdow two Children & a 
Servant another Woman (whose name He has forgot) & her Sons & 
a man who was brought into Halifax from Canada that himself & 
Eleven men Navigators have had the Small Pox that none of the 
passengers have been where the Small Pox has been that all the 
Passengers Saving M rs . Green & her family have been on board 
the Vessell for Eighteen days past that his Vessell is in Her 
Ballast that He has nothing on board that can be Infected with 
the distemper Voted that He may come to Town with his Vessell 
on Monday Next. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 65 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ocf. 31 st . 17";7. 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

This day the Selectmen were Informed by M'". Hartly Keeper of 
the Hospital at Raiusfords Island that the Sloop Beaver John Met- 
calf Master is Sufficiently [4*2,] Aird & according to his Judg- 
ment may come to Town without any danger, therefore gave 
Orders for Her Permission to Come up to the Town. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charge. 

Mayor Goldthwait Informd the Selectmen that the pavement 
before his Estate in Ship Street is verry much out of repair & that 
there is Necessity of its being repaired Imediatly Voted that 
Mess". Grant & Scollay be a Committee to view it & act according 
to their Judgement about the repairs. 

On the 1 st . of November Cap'. James Stuart Master of the 
Sloop Falmouth reports that he has been from Halifax Nine days 
was Stoped the last Night at the Castle has brought as Passengers 
thirty two Officers & Soldiers balonging to the Regiments there & 
three Women who are also Passengers, three of the Officers being 
pressant Say that all the men they have with them have had the 
Small Pox that none of the men have been any where in the Town 
of Halifax where that distemper was, Cap*. Stuart reports that he 
has no goods in liis Vessell that she is in her Ballast only. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing & Sc-ollay. 

M rs . Eliz a Allen Informed the Selectmen that she had Let an 
House on Wentworths Wharf to one Benj a . Hamlinfrom East-ham. 

Cap'. Phillip Drake Master of the Schooner Success from Hali- 
fax reports that He has a Number of Passengers on board with 
the Small Pox on board some the passengers are Officers & Sol- 
diers on the recruiting Account & Some of them are Prisoners 
from Canada, therefore Ordered Him with his Vessell down to 
Rainsfords Island and Sent the following Orders down to M r . 
Thomas Hartly Keeper of the Hospital. 

[43,] Boston Nov r . 3 d . 1757. 

M r . Tho s . Hartly. 

Cap 4 . Phillip Drake in the Schooner Success from Halifax with 
a number of Passengers some of them Sick with the Small Pox 
we have Ordered down to the Island Such of the Passengers that 
have had the Small Pox before now upon Shifting their Cloaths 
and Leaving those they put off with you to Air may come up to 
Town the Sick you must take Care of & receive into the Hospital 
those that have not had the Small Pox must goe into the Well 
House till further Orders, Let the Vessell be well aird Cleansed & 
Smoaked & when fit to come up Let us Know of it if any that 
have had the Small Pox have no Cloaths to Shift see that they 
wash themselves & air & Cleanse themselves & when you think 
they are fit to Come off Send us an account of it as soon as pos- 
sible that they may come off. 

On the 7 th of this Inst 4 . November Cap 4 . Cosman an Officer upon 
the Establishment this day Informd the Selectmen that in Con- 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

sequence of their Orders to M r . Hartly the Keeper of the Hospi- 
tal at Rainsfords Island Lieut 4 . Phillips who came Passenger iu 
Cap'. Drake a Vessell from Halifax with the Small Pox on board 
was detained at Rainsfords Island that upon application to the 
Governer He theGoverner had ordered M r . Hartly to Let S d . Phil- 
lips come up to Town, which Order S d . Hartly declined to Comply 
with as by Law he is Imediately under the directions of the Select- 
men & could Comply with no Orders that Militated with them 
Cap'. Cosman therefore desired the Selectmen would consider of 
the Affair and Urged that as M r . Phillips was an Officer on the 
Establishment & was not any ways Indisposed that we would per- 
mit him to come up to Town D r . Whitworth also Inforrnd the 
Selectmen that He had been down to the Hospital & had Seen 
Lieut'. Phillips who he said was then [44.] In good Health & had 
not upon Him any symtoms of the Small Pox that Lieut'. Phillips 
cleclaird that if He could be permitted to Come up to Town & 
should after his comeing up be any ways Indisposed & have any 
the least Symtoms of the Small Pox attending the Indisposition 
He would Imediatly return to the Hospital if the Selectmen thought 
fit or would be removed to any place they should please to direct, 
the Selectmen accordingly took this matter into Consideration & 
after some debate came into the following Resolution Viz', that 
Lieu 1 . Phillips should be permitted to Come up to Town Provided 
His Excellency the Governor would Engage that He the 8 d . Phil- 
lips should upon his first Complaining of any Indisposition without 
makeing any difficulty, return to the Hospital or remove to Such 
place as the Selectmen may direct to Accordingly the Selectmen 
waited on his Excellency but He was from Home they then agreed 
to wait upon him the next day Nov r . the 8 th . A.M. the Selectmen 
accordingly waited upon the Governer & represented to Him how 
matters circumstanced with regard to Lieut'. Phillips & the Reso- 
lution we had come into with respect to Him upon which His Excel- 
lency Assured the Selectmen He would see that Lieut'. Phillips in 
Case He should Complain of any Indisposition after His Comeing 
to or have any of the Symtoms of the Small Pox He should Ime- 
diatly be returnd to the Hospital or be removed to Such place as 
we Should provide for Him in the West part of the Town, upon 
which the Selectmen gave M r . Hartly the following Orders. 

Boston Nov r . 8 th 1757. 
M r . Hartly 

Permit Lieu'. Phillips with his Servants to Come off the Island 
first Seeing that they bring off no Cloathing that are Liable to re- 
tain any Infection Signed by the Selectmen. 

[45.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Xovem r . 
9 th .. 1757 Present Mess. Grant Henshaw Hill Jackson Hewes & 
Scollay. 

The Widow Gray who Came from Marblehead & has been 
warud out of the Town has hierd a House of Zachariah Johounot 
Esq r . next door to Deacon Jones in Pond Lane 

Mem , to warn out George Ray who came from Marblehead. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 67 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 12 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Cap'. Christopher Prince Master of the Sloop Dolphin from 
Halifax has been from thence Four days, reports that He has 
brought as Passengers three of Cap'. Trefrys men, that his Vessell 
is Navigated by six men, that none of the men on board has had 
the Small Pox as he Knows off but Himself & One of his men, that 
He has that He has on Board about four Hundred Sheep Skins 
that were brought on board to Him out of the Town, that the 
Small Fox that the Small Pox prevails verry much in Halifax, that 
he has no other goods on board but the above Sheep Skins that the 
utmost care has been taken by himself & men to prevent any In- 
fection coming to the men that have not had the distemper. 

Ordered His Vessell remains near the Castle where she now is 
or proceed to Rainsfords Island & there continue untill Monday 
afternoon, that Cap'. Prince Open his Cabin Windows & Hatches 
& Air his Vessell Sufficiently respecting the Skins we have at 
Cap'. Princes desire given M r . Hartly the following Orders 

Boston Nov r . 12 th 1757 
M r . Hartly 

You may receive on Rainsford Island from Cap'. Crist h . Prince 
a parcell of Sheep Skins see that they are well aird & Keep them 
with you till further Orders 

[46.] On this 15 th . day of -November D r . Whitworth Informed 
the Selectmen that a Lad a Drummer from Halifax belonging to one 
of His Majestys Regim' 9 there was broke out with the Small Pox 
at the Sign of the White Bear, the Selectmen accordingly Sent 
for Cap'. (Cosman) to whome he belonged & Informd him 
of the above & Offerd him the use of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island for the Reception of S d . Lad, we Informd Him that the 
Charge ariseing on his being there He must pay. He said that 
over and above the Lads pay which was Eight pence p day He did 
Suppose the Province wou'd pay we told him we could not promise 
that, On the whole He said that he would allow 12 d . Sterling p. 
day rather than any difficulty should arise, We accordingly Orderd 
the Lad down to the Island in Hartlys Boat & Orderd him to 
take good Care of Him. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Jackson Gushing & Scollay 

The Owners of the Sheep Skins taken out of Cap'. Princes Ves- 
sell & Sent down to Raiusfords Island to air, applyd to the Sslect- 
m<in for Liberty to take them off the Island therefore gave them 
the following order to M r . Hartly 

Boston Nov r . 16 th . 1757 
M r . Hartly 

When the Sheep Skins which Cap'. Prince put on Shore at the 
Island are Sufficiently aird then deliver them to John Bodge & 
James Towell taking their Receipt for them 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 21 st . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay 

Information being made to the Selectmen that one [47.] Vick- 
ers a man from Rainsfords Island who came in Cap'. Drake from 
Halifax was taken down with the Small Pox in his House Opposite 
M r . Glidden at the North End as his remaining where he now is 
will be of the greatest danger to the Town, & as S d . Vickers 
Chooses if He is to be moved that be be Sent down to Rainsfords 
Island therefore Voted that a Boat be procured & that he be Sent 
down this afternoon We accordingly agreed with M r . Knox to 
Carry Him down this afternoon in his Lighter, as it will be diffi- 
cult to secure the Hospital Boat from the Island in time, the Se- 
lectmen wrote to M r . llartly the following Order 

Boston, Nov r . 21 st . 1757. 
M r . Hartly 

Receive into the Hospital Vickers a man Sick with the 

Small Pox & take the utmost Care of Him as to Mis recovery. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 23 d . 1757 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Cap'. Peter Sinclair Master of the Ship Bristol from Halifax 
being Stoped at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox being 
there reports that he has been from thence Nine days, that he has 
no Loading on board his Vessell, took no goods from on Shore, 
that he has brought as passengers diverse Persons a .List of them 
He will furnish the Selectmen with, that He has no Sort of Sick- 
ness on Board. 

Mingo a Negroe man belonging to M r . Gardner of Nantucket, 
who has for Several years been in this Town & who for some time 
has been unable to maintain himself, & is now in the Work House, 
as he is property of the Heirs of S d . Gardner, & in order to pre- 
vent his [48.] becoming a Charge to the Town, Voted that He be 
Sent to Nantucket by Cap'. Joseph Rotch & that the following 
Letter be Sent to the Selectmen of Nantucket concerning S d . Ne- 

Gentlemen Boston NoV. 23 d . 1757 

We the Subscribers Selectmen of this Town Herewith Send you 
a Negro man Named Thomas Alias Mingo who has been here (as 
we are Informed) Several years. He belonged to M r . Gardner of 
your Town now deceased & is Still the property of His Heirs & 
as we cant tell who they are we think best to Send him to you 
Gentleman that you may deliver him to S d . Heirs as he belongs to 
the deceased M r . Gardners Estate. The Town has been at some 
expense in Supporting Him which the Heirs will pay as soon as 
we Send the Acco'. thereof, they being by Law Obliged to do it 
we are Gentlemen 

Your H on . Serv". 

The Selectmen. 
To the Selectmen of 
Nantucket. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 69 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & 
Scollay. 

Nath 1 . Clift Master of the Schooner Success is arrived from 
Halifax M r . David Gleason who came Passenger in her Informs 
the Selectmen that they have been out Fifteen days & on the 26 th . 
Inst 1 . came to anchor in Nantasket Road where S d . Schooner now 
Lyes that they brought no Sort of Cargo in the Vessell having 
only her ballast on board, there is not any Person on board that 
has the least Indisposition praying for Liberty that S d . Vessel! 
may come up to Town. 

Liberty is granted Accordingly. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 d . allowd for 
Charges 

[49.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 3 d . 
1757 

John Cosman Esq r . Captain in his Majestys 45 th . Regiment Ap- 
plyd to the Selectmen that they would (agreeable to a Law of this 
Province passd the General Court in their Present Session) provide 
a Suteable place to Quarter and & Billet one Captain one Serjant one 
Corporal one drummer & one Private belonging to the S d . 45 th . 
Regiment where upon the Selectmen Imediatly Orderd that they 
should be quarterd & billeted at Rob'. Stones Inholder in King 
Street & deliverd to S d . Cap 1 . Cosman the following orders to S d . 
Stone for that purpose Viz'. 

Boston Decemb r . 3 d . 1757. 
Sir 

Whereas application has been made to us the Subscribers Select- 
men of the Town of Boston by Cap'. John Cosman recruiting Offi- 
cer in the Troops Employ d in his Majestys Service for the protec- 
tion & defence of his Majestys Colony s upon the Continent of 
North America to quarter and Billet such recruiting Officers & Sol- 
diers in Some of the Public Houses in the Town of Boston Licensed 
for the Selling within doors Wine Rum or other Strong Liquors by 
retail according to the Law in Such Cases provided and you being 
the Occupier of Such Licensed Houses in Said Town In pursu- 
ance of S d . Law We hereby apoint & Order One Captain, One 
Serjant, One Corporal, one Drummer, & one Private belonging to 
his Majestys 45 th . Regiment to Quarter & Billet at your House and 
we hereby Command you to receive & Quarter & Billet them ac- 
cording to the Law a foresaid. Fail not as you would answer the 
Contrary at your Peril as in S d . Law is Provided. 

Signed by the Selectmen 

To Robert Stone Inholder } 

in King Street j 

On the 2 d . Instant Sent to the Alms House Jn. Tupper a 
Stranger no Inhabitant of this Province a dischargd Soldiar 
from Some Regim'. in Nova Scotia He came from thence in Captain 
Sinclair. 

[5O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 5 th . 
1757 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Application was made by Cap 1 - Tho". Moncrief to Provide Quar- 
ters & Billeting for one Captain one Serjeant one Corporal one 
Drummer & three Privates, ordered that one Captain & one Private 
be at Weatherheads one Searjeant one Corporal & one drummer 
at John Burroughs two Privates at Dan 1 . Silbys. 

Upon Application made by Rob*. Stone who had on the 3 d . In- 
stant one Captain one Serjeant one Corporal one drummer & one 
Private Quartered upon him praying that some of them may be 
removed from his House, as he apprehends He has more than his 
proportion Orderd that one Serjeant one Corporal & one Drummer 
be removed from his House to James Davenport Inholder at North 
End Orders on the above were given accordingly 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Ace'. Tho 9 . Pratt a 
Stranger who came from Newfoundland in Cap . Archer Signd 
by John Scollay & Sam 1 . Grant Selectmen & Roy all Tyler Over- 
seer. 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Acco 1 . Patrick Ryan a 
Stranger no Inhabitant of this Province He came from New 
foundland in Cap'. Stephen Brown 

On the 6 th . Instant Sent W m . Wallet to the Alms House on the 
Province Acc. He is a Stranger no Inhabitant of this Province 
He came from Halifax in Cap*. S'. Clair He is a dischargd Soldier. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 7 th . 17,37 Pres- 
ent Mess. Jackson Hill Gushing Scollay 

On the 8 th Instant the Selectmen removed the Corporal Sent to 
M r . Burroughs, to James Gooch Esq r . Inholder in King Street at 
the request of his officer. 

M r . Jou a Payson one of the Collectors of Taxes Chose in March 
last appeard & proposed John Greaton of Roxbury & Jonathan 
[51.] Carey of Boston for his Sureties in that Office which were 
Accepted. 

Cap'. James Scutt another Collector appeard & proposed Paul 
Baxter & W m . Hall for his Sureties which were Accepted. 

M r . Samuel Adams another Collector appeard & proposed An- 
drew Oliver Esq r . & Sam 1 . Downe for his Sureties which were 
Accepted. 

M r . John Ruddock the other Collector proposed Nath 1 . Green- 
wood & Caleb Parker for his Sureties which were Accepted. 

On the 12 th . Instant Cap'. Benj a . Homer Master of the Sloop 
Good Intent from Halifax being Stopd at the Castle Reports, that 
He has been from Halifax Eight days, that He has no goods on 
board Liable to any Infection that he has no Cargo on board & 
that no Person on board Complains of any Indisposition, that him- 
self & another Man has not had the Small Pox, all the rest of his 
men have had it, that He has brought with him as passengers Cap'. 
Ichabod Jones & W m . Gaily of this Town Voted that He come to 
Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 14 th . 1757 
Present Mess. Hill Ilenshaw Gushing Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

Cap'. Kenny waited on the Selectmen & Informd them that he 
came from Broad Bay with his Wife and Five Children in Cap'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1757. 71 

Jon a . Buck of Haverhill on which Cap*. Buck waited on the Se- 
lectmen & Informed them that He took on board the abovesaid 
Kenny & Family at Marblehead & brought them from thence here, 
therefore the Selectmen demanded of Cap'. Buck that he back to 
Marblehead the above said Kenny & Family or give Bond He 
agreed to Carry them back to Marblehead rather than to give 
Bond. 

[52.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 21 st . 

1757 Present Mess". Grant Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay. 
Application was made to the Selectmen by M r . Phillip Freeman 

that a Negroe man named Jack Hearvey from Hingham might 
have Liberty to Continue in this Town Voted that He depart the 
Town & that He on no Consideration be permitted to Continue in 
in. 

On the 19 th . Instant the Selectmen Sent to John Marston Inhol- 
der at the Sign of the Golden Ball two Privates of the first or 
Royal Regim'. to Quarter & Billet. 

On the 20 th . Inst'. Sent to Cap 1 . Day at the Sun Ta.vern one pri- 
vate of the 40 th . Regim'. to Quarter & Billet. 

On the 23 d . lust'. Sent to M r . Bean at the Bull Tavern one Ser- 
jeant & one Private of the 47 th . Regim'. to Quarter. 

The Same day Sent to John Ridgway Inholder in Shrimptons 
Lane one Drummer & one Private of the 47 th . Regiment to Quar- 
ter. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 2G' h . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

Applications was made to the Selectmen by Nath 1 . Brown Mas- 
ter of one of the North Engines for a man to Supply the place of 
W". Vane deceas d . He desired that Joseph Peirce distiller be the 
Man. Voted that S d . Peirce Supply the place of S d . Vane as 
above. 

Mathew Stuart Informs by Certificate from under his hand that 
He has Let a House at the South End to John Lawrance House- 
wright who came from Brantry with his Wife & two Children. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 28 th . 1757 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay. 

On the 31 st . of this Month Sent a Sergent of Cap'. Gorhams 
Comp y . of Rangers to W m . Cowells for Quarters. 

[53.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 4 th . 

1758 Present Mess. Grant Hill Jackson Hewes Cushing and 
Scollay. 

W m . Clark Informs the Selectmen that Has received into his 
House W m . Brooks a discharged Soldier from Halifax. 

Voted that M r . Hill & M r . dishing be a Committee to wait on 
M r . Palfry Cap'. Gould & M r . Cord Wing to get from them their 
Evidence in Perpetuaiu rei Memoriam relating the Towns Land 
on Fort Hill 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan* 7 . 10 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

Cap 4 . Benj a . Parrot Master of the Sloop Dolphin report3 that He 
has been Nine days from Halifax that he has brought no goods in 
his Vessell Saving Sixteen Barrells of Sugar & no other Passengers 
than M r . Hugh M c Daniel of this Town that He has no Sickness 
on board & nothing Liable to any Infection, that his Vessell was 
stopped the last Night at the Castle Voted that He be permitted to 
brign his Vessell up to Town. 

Cap' Tho 8 . Metcalf Master of the Sloop Beaver reports that lie 
has been Seven days from Halifax that his Vessell was Stopd at 
the Castle on Account of the Small Pox that he has brought no 
Sort of goods in his Vessell that he has as passengers twenty four 
reguler Soldiers on the recruiting Service & Seventeen Provincialls 
that came from Canada By Order of His Excellency the Regu- 
lers & Provincialls are to be received at the Castle therefore Voted 
that He be permitted to Come up to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan ry . 18 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Grant Jackson Henshaw & Scollay. 

Zebulon Sylvester a Barber Informs the Selectmen that Nine- 
teen days past He received as a Journeyman Sam 1 . Gilbert from 
Connecticut. 

[54.] On the 16 th . Instant Cap*. James Bruce Master of the 
Ship Martha from New York reports that He left that Place Fif- 
teen days agoe was Stopd at the Castle on Acco 4 . of the Small 
Pox, that He has no Cargo on board, that he took nothing from 
on Shore Liable to any Infection, that He brought no Passengers 
that none of his People are Liable to the distemper Voted that 
He be permitted to Come up to Town with hie Vesell. 

17 th . Instant Sent James Griffin a Stranger to the Alms House 
an Invalid from Halifax he came in Cap'. Sinclair belong Lasscells 
Regiment, Order Signd by Jo 8 . Jackson & John Scollay Selectmen 
& Royall Tyler Overseer. 

Assise Bread Set as Wheat at 4/2 p. bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charges. 

On the 19 th . Instant Cap*. Robert M c Cown in the Sloop Endeav- 
our from Halifax reports that he left that place Six days past & 
was Stopd this day at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox, 
that He has no Cargo on board that He has brought Six passen- 
gers, two of which are dismissed Soldiers the other four Persons 
are Traders that went from hence with Cap 4 . M c Cown, that no 
Person on board his Vessell are Liable to the distemper, that He. 
took the greatest Care that no Person or thing Should Come on 
board his Vessell whereby the distemper might be Communicated 
Voted that He be permitted to Come up to Town with his Ves- 
sell. 

Boston Jan 17 . 20 th . 1758. Cap*. Edw d . Doten of the Schooner 
Abigail reports that He left Halifax this day Se'ntght & was Stopd 
yesterday at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox, that he has 
brought in his Vessell as Passengers, Rich d . Codinan of Charles- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 73 

town & his Brother & Lieut*. Morris of the Regulers, who have 
all had the Small Pox, that he has no Cargo on board Saving For- 
ty three Barrells of Beef that himself two men & a Boy have not 
had the Small Pox that he & his men have been verry Careful least 
the} 7 Should take the distemper, that he has brought no goods Lia- 
ble to Infection, Voted that he come to town with his Vessell. 

[55.] D r . W m . Clark Inform'd the Selectmen that Sam'. Mills 
a Drummer in the Eoyall American .Regiment who came lately 
from New York is taken with the Small Pox at the House of John 
Mills iu Cornhill Voted that He be Imediatly removed to the 
Hospital at West Boston & that M r . Gushing & M r . Scollay see it 
Effected and that Applications be made to Cap'. Cosman the Com- 
manding officer concerning the Charges that may Insure. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 4 d . allowd for Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 30 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Grant Henshaw Hill Jackson Gushing Ilewes & 
Scollay. 

A draft for Ink for the Schools. 

The Town of Chelsea to be Charged with the Charge ariseing 
on Henry Vickers an Inhabitant of that town who had the Small 
Pox at the Hospital at Rainsfords Island. 

Voted that an Application be preferrd to the Gen 1 . Court for a 
more Effectual Law to Prevent Fraud relating to Cord Wood & 
Charcoal. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 17 . 10 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Hennaw Gushing Ilewes & Scollay. 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Acco'. a Number of 
Persons who are returned from Captivity in Canada who are In- 
habitants of some of the Southern Govermeuts. 

Cap'. Martha [MC ] M c Carrol Master of the Sloop Ruth & Eliza- 
beth reports to the Selectmen that He has been from Halifax four 
days that He arrived on Saturday Evening & was not Stopd at the 
Castle, that He left the Vessell in the Narrows (the Wind being 
against him) & Came up to Town, that He was not on board when 
the Vessell was Haild from the Castle, that He has now orderd 
his Vessell down to the Castle, that lie has no Cargo on board, 
that He brought no Passengers that He took no goods from the 
Town [56.] Liable to any Infection, that he brought to Town a 
few Letters but took Care to Smoak them before He Left the Ves- 
sell. 

Information was brought to the Selectmen by M r . Hartly that 
the Sloop Falmouth James Stuart Master was arrivd at Rainsfords 
Island from Halifax & that Samuel Woodbury Apprentice to the 
Mate of the Vessell was Sick with the Small Pox that they have 
been a Fortnight from Port that the Person Sick was taken down 
Last Tuesday, that they have no Lading on board Gave M r . 
Hartly the following Orders 

M r . Hartly 

The Sloop Falmouth from Halifax Cap'. Stuart Master being 
arrived at Rainsfords Island with One Person Sick of the Small 



74 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Pox on board it is our Orders that you take the utmost Care of the 
Sick and any Person on board that is Liable to the distemper take 
on Shore to the Well House, Let no Person Come to or from the 
Island or Vessell without the Permission of the Selectmen, The 
Justice of the Peace Selectmen & Overseers having Vissited the 
respective Wards in the Town according to agreement the 10 th . 
Instant Mett at the Selectmen^ Room at Five o'Clock. P M & re- 
port as follows 

John Phillips Esq r . for N. 8 reports that Mary Packard Lives 
by D r . Noyes came into Town from Hopkinton about Six Months 
ago 

Nathan Nicholson his Wife & two Children from Chatham Lives 
in Col. Fitches Ally 

M r .W m . Phillips for N. 10 reports that Andrew Griffin Wife & 
Child from New York Came into Town about two Months ago 
Lives at M ra . Fultons in Seven Starr Lane 

M r . Isaac Walker for N. G reports that One Horn & Wife from 
Broad Bay Lives in Phillips Buildings near the Battery 

One M rs . Bull from Concord about three weeks ago Lives in 
Davenport Buildings. 

[5 1 ?.] M r . Royal Tyler for N. 1 reported that one Widow Ed- 
wards who came lately from Lyn Lives on the Hill Oposite to the 
North Burying place. 

M r . Thomas Flucker for N. 11 reports that there is a Number 
of Dutch People at Wheelers Point who came from Broad Bay. 

M r . Isaac Smith for N. 12 reports that John Lawrance & 
Family who Lives Oposite M r . Aliens at South End came from 
Eenton about three Months ago Peter Hammond from Broad Bay 
Lives in Gibbins Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 22 d . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess". Grant Hill Hcnshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scol- 
lay. 

Let to M r . Richards a piece of Ground next to the Fortification 
on the West Side of the Street so much of the Land as is Sufi- 
cient to Let a Shop upon, He to pay two Shillings & Eight pence p 
Annum during the pleasure of the Selectmen Adjourned till to- 
morrow at 4 o'Clock. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb T . 23 d . 1758 Pres- 
ent. Mess 1 " 3 . Grant Jackson Gushing & Scollay. 

Several depositions were taken relating to the Land upon Fort 
Hill the Originals of which are upon File. 

Benj a . Lurvey Master of the Schooner Selican being put on this 
Oath by the Selectmen declares that He Left Halifax last Sabbath 
Night that he brought as Passengers two Lieutenants four Ser- 
geants two Drummer & one Servant belonging to Hopsons Regi- 
ment with Benj a . Lampson of this Town with a young Lad that 
he has no Cargo being in his Ballast that he this day arrivd in this 
Harbour was llaildby an Officer at the Castle that he answerd (as 
Loud as he Could) from Halifax (with a Speaking Trumpet) that 
they made Some reply he Supposd they askd who was Master that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 75 

he told them his name that they did not Say anything further to 
Him as He [58 J. Heard upon which He came up to Town with 
His Vessel. 

Cap'. Benj*. Clark Master of the Schooner Patience reports that 
He Saild from Halifax last Wednesday that his Vessel! is in her 
Ballast & has no Cargo on board that He took off no goods from 
the Town that he brought with Him as Passengers a Gentleman & 
his Wife and an Officer bound to New York that He Stopd Last 
Night at the Castle Voted that He be permitted to Come to Town 
with his Vessell. 

Cap 1 . Benj a . Homer Master of the Sloop Good Intent reports 
that he Left Halifax Twelve days ago was this day Stopd at the 
Castle on Account of the Small Pox that his Vessell is in her Bal- 
last that he brought with Him three passengers that they Left Him 
at Situate that he has no goods on board Liable to any Infection. 
Voted that He come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 27 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Hewes. 

James Scutt one of the Collecters of Taxes for the year 1756 
produced receipts in full from the Province and Town Treasurers 
& desired a draft for the Premium Voted by the Town Ordered 
that He accordingly have a draft. 

Jonathan Payson allso produced his receipts in full & Prayd for 
a draft which was accordingly orderd Him 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 d . allowd for 
Charges. 

John Melledge by Certificate under his hand Informs he has re- 
ceived Josiah Vaxon & his Wife into his House from Dorchester. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1 st . 1758. 
Present Mess". Jackson Cashing Hill & Scollay. 

Whereas M r . Thomas Lee has .taken into a House belonging to 
Him, Aquila Hains and Family from Chelsea without Informing 
the Selectmen. Voted that S d . Lee to be Prossecuted for the 
Fine. 

[59.] Benj". Chadwell Master of the Sloop Adventure New 
York reports that he left New York Twenty two days ago was 
this day Stopd at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox that his 
Cargo Consists of Sugar Flour Pork & Cotton Wool that the Cot- 
ton Wool is Prize Goods, that it was taken out of a Warehouse & 
was not in any House where any Infection would be Communicated 
that all his People are hearty & well & no Infected goods of any 
Kind on board Voted that his Vessell Comes to Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 6 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Cushiug Hewes 

Voted that the Annual Meeting be on Monday the 13 th . of March 
Instant for the Choice of Town Officers & that the Town Clerk Is- 
sue a Warrant accordingly. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 8 th , 1758 



76 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Present Mess. Grant Hill Henshaw Jackson Gushing Ilewes & 
Scollay. 

M r . Williston Informd the Selectmen that M r . Winburn Master 
of the South Watch was through Age Incapeable of Serving any 
Longer in that Office & that he desired to be dismissed from it 
Voted that John Ranstead be Master of S d . Watch in the Room 
of M r . Winburn. 

M r . Hartly Informd the Selectmen that Cap'. Darricott in a 
Sloop from Virginia was arrivd at Rainsf ords Island with two Per- 
sons on board with the Small Pox on which we gave M r . Hartly 
the following direction 

M r . Hartly 

As Cap' Darricott in a Sloop from Virginia is Arrivd at Rains- 
fords Island & has on board two Persons that have the Small Pox 
the Selectmen of Boston order you to receive into the Hospital 
the Persons that have the Small Pox & take good Care of them, 
as to the Vessel as you have reported to us thai she is now well & 
sufficiently Cleansed & may come up to Town without any haz- 
zard to the Inhabitants you may Let her Leave the Island on being 
Satisfied for the Charge. 

[6O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 15 th . 
1758 Present Mess. Henshaw Hewes Gushing Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 22 d . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Oliver. 

On the 18 th . Instant George Clark Master of the Sloop Jolly 
Robin reports that he left New York the 9 th . Instant that his Car- 
go consists of Flour, Bread Sugar & Iron & some Reels of Yarn 
that himself & one of his men have not had the Small Pox that he 
does not think there can be any hazzard from any of the goods he 
has on board that when he left New York there was then but few 
People that had the Small Pox Voted that he be permitted to 
come to the Town with his Vessell. 

Joseph Webber lately Landed at Rainsf ords Island out of Cap'. 
Darricott Sick with the Small Pox desire Liberty to Come up to 
Town being recoverd of his Sickness Voted that he have Liberty 
to Come off the Island next Monday & M r . Hartly had orders ac- 
cordingly. 

M r . John Brown Master of the Engine at New Boston Applyd 
for Premium for being first at the Fire at New Boston Voted 
that He have a draft for said Premium the next draft day. 

Whereas Application has been made to his Excellency the Gov- 
erner by the Engine Men of this Town to be excused from Military 
duty in Consequence of which his Excell y . has thought Fit to 
Excuse One hundred men for the Service of the Engine & his Ex- 
cellency has referrd it to the Selectmen to appoint the Same 
amoag the respective Engines [14.] The Selectmen having dis- 
discoursed with the respective Masters & Considered of these Mat- 
ter agreed to aportion the aforesaid Number among the Engines in 
the following Manner. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 77 

To the Engine of which M r . Kneeland is Master 14 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Bently ditto 14 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Sutton ditto 13 Men 

To the Engine of which M r . Cunuinghan is Master 11 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Putnam ditto 10 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Read ditto 11 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Robinson ditto 8 Men 

To ditto of which M r . Nat Brown ditto 9 Men 

To ditto of which M r . J. Brown ditto 10 Men 



100 Men 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 27 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Cashing Scollay Oliver & Austin 

This day Cap'. Tho s . Metcalf of the Sloop Beaver reports that 
He left Halifax the 10"'. Instant, that He was yesterday Stopd at 
the Castle on Acc f . of the Small Pox that He has no Cargo on 
board that He brought with him four Passengers that nothing was 
brought on board his Vessell at Halifax Liable to be Infected 
Voted that He come to Town with his Vessell 

This day Cap'. Barber of the Schooner Spsedwell from New 
York reports that He left that Place last Friday Seven night was 
yesterday Stopd at the Castle on account of the Small Pox that 
He was there with his Vessell but one day that He put in there in 
his way from Maryland that his Cargo is Wheat that he took noth- 
ing on board at New York Voted that He come to Town with 
his Vessell. 

Voted that Cap'. Benj a . Russell be desired to attend the Select- 
men next Wednesday to Enter into some Agreement with respect 
to repairing one of the Towns Warehouses on the dock. 

This day Cap'. Edward Doten of the Schooner Abigail reports 
that He left Halifax the 10 th . Instant that this day S'enight He put 
into Cape Cod, on Wednesday last He put into Plymouth on Sat- 
urday Left Plymouth, about Eight o'Clock on Saturday Night came 
past the Castle the man in duty Haild him He answerd from 
Plymouth that He came to Anchor with his Vessell off the End 
of the Long Wharf that his Vessell in her Ballast brought two Pas- 
sengers who left him at Plymouth. 

[62.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 29 th . 
1758 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Oliver & 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 p. bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for 
Charges. 

Sent to the Alms House on the 30 th . Instant on the Province 
Acco'. Gerrat Fitzgerald who is not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5 th , 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay and 
Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Jackson Scollay Austin Oliver. 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Benj". Clark Master of the Schooner Patience reports that He 
left Halifax with his Vessell the 12 th . of March that the first Inst'. 
he arrivd in this Harbour that he Came by the Castle about 
Twelve o'Clock at Night that his Vessell was not haild from the 
Castle nor no Questions askd Him that he brought no Cargo in 
his Vessell that he brought but one Passenger a Lieut'. Roche of 
the Regulers. 

Cap*. Andrew Tucker of the Ship Dolphin reports that He Left 
S'. Ubes with his Vessell Eight weeks ago the Last Tuesday that 
two of his men were Sick with the Small Pox before he left that 
Place, that after He had been at Sea, Seven days one of them 
dyed the other dyed after He had been Nine days out of Port, 
that the two men lay forward in the Vessell & as soon as they de- 
ceased He took down the Cabbins which they Layd in with all the 
Bedding about them & threw them into the Sea, that as Soon as 
they died He took the utmost Care to Smoke & Cleanse the Ves- 
sell & that He has now thirteen men on board his Vessell that have 
not had the Small Pox that for five weeks past these men that are 
Still Liable to have the distemper have passed any where in the 
Vessell & have not as yet taken it, that He has on board for Car- 
go Salt, Forty one Boxes of Lemmons & four Casks of Wine 
that He has put the Lemmons on Shore [63.] on Rainsfords Isl- 
and Voted that the Lemmons be under the Care of M r . Hartly 
untill further Orders & that Cap'. Tucker be permitted to proceed 
with his Vessell to Marblehead. 

His Excellency the Governer having upon application made to 
Him been pleased to Excuse One hundred men from Military duty 
for the Service of the Several Engines in the Town, directed the 
Selectmen to aportion them to the Several Engines, which the have 
accordingly done, & therefore acquainted the Masters of S d . En- 
gines of the Number assigned to each of them, Ordering them to 
return a List of the Names of the Persons that they shall agree 
upon to belong to their respective Engines, which having done, 
the Seletmen upon examining S d . List aprove of the men therein 
Named, who are as follows Viz'. 

Engine N. 1 14 Men. 

Tho 3 . Bently Master 

John Baker 

Francis Marshall 

Timothy Brown 

Eben r . Brown 

W m . Edes 

John Ballard 

John Clough 

John Brown 

John Richardson 

Tho 3 . Marble 

Alex r . Scammell 

Sam 1 . Treat 

Joshua Bently 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 79 

Engine N. 2 9 Men 
Nath 1 . Brown Master 
Gibbins Sharp 
Sam 1 . Brown 
John Bovey 
Tho". Atkins 
Martin Gay 
John Prince 
W m . Brown 
Jethro Furber 

Engine N. 3 8 Men 
Elias Robinson Master 
W m . Burbeck 
Nath 1 . Woodward 
John Robinson 
James Barnerd 
W m . Page 
Webb Pearson 
Jon a . Jenkins 

Engine N. 4 10 Men 
Joseph Putnam Master 
Joseph Bradford 
Giles Brewer 
Tho'. Urann 
Isasiah Audbert 
Benj a . Loring 
Benj ft . Procter 
Rich d . Stoper 
Paul Baxter 
John Perkins 

Engine N. 5 11 Men 
Tho 8 . Reed Master 
Sam 1 . Hollowell 
Brack Read 
Joseph Baxter 
Tho 9 . Palfry 
John Holland 
Tho 8 . Salter 
John Peck 
Dinely Wing 
Tho 8 . Read Jun r . 
James Read Jun r . 

Engine N. 6 10 Men 
John Brown Master 
Peter Cumber 
Jabez Serl 
John Popkins 
Nicholas Tabb 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Josiah Gains 
Robert Bonynge 
James Ridgway Jun r . 
W m . Homer 
Michael Homer 

Engine N. 7 13 Men 
W m . Sutton Master 
Zeph h . Bassett 
Peter Roberts 
W m . Frost 
Gawen Brown 
Isaac Tuckerman 
Adino Paddock 
W m . Flagg 

[64.] Jonathan Rogers 

John Bulfinch 
James Cocks 
Earth . Sutton 
John Laughton 

Engine N. 8 11 Men 

James Cunningham Master 

David Wheeler 

Jerim h . Stimpson 

Eph r . Greene 

Benj a . Wheeler 

Henry Evans 

Obadiah Curtiss 

Moses Bastow 

John Bennet 

Sam 1 . Wheeler 

Joseph Eliot 

Engine N. 9 14 Men 

Solomon Kneeland Master 

Stephen Greenleaf 

Jon a . Stimpson 

Samuel Franklyn 

John Mellage 

Eben r . Topliff 

Joseph Wheeler 

Samuel Harris 
, John Fenno 
j Tho s . Greenleaf 

Thos'. Wheeler 

Stephen Wales 

Rich d . Honeywell 

John Raiding 

A List of the aforenamed Persons being returud to his Excell y 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 81 

the Governer by his Order He under wrote their Return as follow8 
Viz'. 

Province of the ) By his Excellency Thomas 
Massachusetts Bay j Pownall Esq r . Cap'. General 
Governer & Commander in 
Chief in & over S d . Province 

Whereas the Persons named in the afore written List are Ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen of the Town of Boston to take Care of, 
Manage & Work the Several Water Engines in Said Town at any 
time that Fire may Break out there, and it being reported to me 
that all Such Persons have always been excused from all Military 
duty as well as from Serving in any Office, & application having 
been made to me on their behalf, I have Considerd of the Neces- 
sity & usefulness of Such men at all fires, and do therefore hereby 
Excuse all Said Men whose Names are in the aforewritten List 
during Such time only as they, shall belong to S d . Engines from all 
Military duty required by the Laws of this Province, Excepting 
that they be at all times Equipped [65.] and Furnished with 
Arms Ammunition & according to Law & that they also appear 
according to Law whenever an Alarm shall be made This to 
Continue in force untill I shall otherwise Order T. POWNALL 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Apr. 12 th . 1758. 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

On the 11 th . Instant George Gooding Master of the Sloop Pros- 
perous reports that he Saild from Halifax Saturday last that the 
last night He was Stopd at the Castle on Account of the Small 
Pox, that He brought no Cargo & but one Passenger, Cap'. Proc- 
ter with dispatches from the Government Voted that He come 
to Town with his Vessell. 

Edward Colliter Master of the Schooner Young Eagle reports 
that he Saild from Halifax Nine days past that yesterday he was 
Stopd at the Castle on account of the Small Pox, that He brought 
nothing in his Vessell but Ballast that He brought with him a 
Woman Passenger named Ether Evans who was Carried down to 
Halifax by Cap'. Metcalfe that she had been on board of a Man 
of War, that he brought with him five men who went down there 
in the Hertford Privateer Voted that He come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

On the 10 th . Instant Robert MCown Master of the Sloop En- 
deavour reports that he has been from Halifax Sixteen days, that 
he was brought to at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox that 
He brought up no Cargo that he brought with him two men as 
Passengers, who are Traders Voted that he come to Town with 
his Vessell. 

On the 18 th . Instant Sent to the Alms House on the Province 
Account by two of the Selectmen & one Overseer the following 
Women & Children, who were left at the Castle by Col. Lawrances 
Battallion of Royal Americans to which they belongd Viz'. Hannah 
Perry & two Children Mariah Thomson & one Child, Mary Walk- 
er, Mary Dry [66.] and one Child Rebeckah Cave & Nicholas 
Passman. 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 19 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

This day Sent to the Alms House on the Province Account by 
two Selectmen & One Overseer, the following Women & Children 
who were left in the Town by Col. Lawrences Battallionof Roy- 
all Americans to which they belonged Viz 1 . Agnes Holies & two 
Children, Mary Cole and one Child Mary Asher & two Children, 
Elizabeth Modd & one Child, & Dorothy Peers Sent Joseph 
Mooney a Stranger to the Alms House on the Province Acco 1 . 

Jonathan Chandler Master of the Sloop Rachel Reports that He 
left Halifax the 14 th . Instant that he has no Cargo on Board 
brought up no Passengers but two Sailors that he was Stopd Last 
night at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox Voted that he 
come to Town with his Vessell 

On the 15 th . Instant Sent to the Alms House on the Province 
Acco'. by two Selectmen & one Overseer, Jannet Ware an Infant 
Child belonging to Daman Ware a Soldier in Col. Frasers Regi- 
ment of Highlanders, whose Wife being dead & no Person to take 
Care of the Child & not being able to maintain it himself Left it 
in the Town. 

M r . Abiah Holbrook desired Liberty to frame a Small Building on 
the Common near his House Voted that he have liberty taking 
Care to Clear away the Chips that may be made as soon as the 
Frame is finished. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 24 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/6 P bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

The Selectmen having on the 7 th . Instant Appointed Master to 
the Several Fire Engines in Town, the Companys [67.] to them 
respectively belonging, do now agree that Orders of the following 
Tenor be given to them for their Government and Regulation 
(here Enter the Orders) which Orders shall be of the following 

dates 

Thomas Reed & Company April 10 th . 

Nath 1 . Brown & C. - 11 

Thomas Bently & C. 12 

Solomon Kneeland & C. 13 

John Brown & C. - - 14 

William Sutton & Co . 15 

Joseph Putnam & C. 17 

James Cunningham & C. - 18 

Elias Robinson & C. 19 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 26 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing Hewes & Scollay. 

M r . Ephraim Copeland waited on the Selectmen & Informd 
them that he had for some time Hierd of M r . John Welsh the 
Shop which he Occupies belonging to the Town and as M r . Welch 
is about giving it up, he desires he may have it of the Town. 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Acco*. Jennet Fraser 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 83 

an Infant Child left by a soldier belonging to Col. Frasers 
Regim'., at the House of John Adams Joiner. 

Complaint being made by the Firewards to the Selectmen that 
the Engine of which John Brown is Master, was in Such Poor 
order at the late Fire by Cap'. Childs, that it was not Capeable of 
being Improved, M r . Williston is Orderd to desire M r . Brown to 
meet the Selectmen at their Room this day Sevenight. 

M r . Solomon Kneeland Master of the Engine No. 9 at the 
South End Applyd for the Premium as his Engine was the first at 
the Fire that lately Broke out near to Deacon Hills Distill House 
Voted that he have a draft for the Same the Next draft day. 

[68.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 a . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

On the 1 st . Instant Nicholas French Master of the Schooner John, 
Reports that He left Halifax this day Week that he arrivd of the 
Castle on Saturday last & was there Stopd on acco*. of the Small 
Pox, that he has on board Eleven Tuns of Logwood that he took 
no other goods of any Kind on board that he brought with him ten 
passengers belonging to this Town, that they brought nothing with 
them but the Cloathing on their backs Voted that He come to 
Town with his Vessell. 

On the 2 d . Inst' Benj a . Clark Master of the Schooner Patience 
reports that he left Halifax last Fryday that He has no Cargo on 
board & brought no Passengers with him that this day he Arrivd 
off the Castle & was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox 
Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

On the 29 th of April Sam 1 . Crocker Master of the Sloop Industry 
reports that he left New York the 17 th of April that he took no 
Cargo on board his Vessell & has no goods of any Kind liable to 
any Infection that he was this day Stopd at Castle William on 
Acco'. of the Small Pox. Voted that He come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

Gawen Brown Informs the Selectmen that he has taken into his 
Service John Cross Smith, a young man a Watch Maker who came 
a Passenger with Cap'. Partridge from London. 

Nath 1 . Winslow Master of the Sloop Phenix reports that he 
left Halifax the 28 th . Ult. that he has no Cargo on board nor any 
thing liable to Infection, are all well on board brought no Passen- 
gers, arrivd of the Castle last Evening and was there Stopd on 
Account of the Small Pox Voted that He come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

[69.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May lO 4 *. 
1758 Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin & Oliver. 

John Preston Applyd to the Selectmen for Liberty to Fence in 
the East part of the Fortification to Keep his Cow in Voted that 
he have Liberty He Keeping the Fence in repair. 

Whereas Strangers are often comeing into this Town, & Stay 
here some time before they are discovered & it being difficult to 
determine whether they have ever been Legally Warned out of the 



84 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Town It is therefore Voted that Mr. Goldthwait be desired to 
prepare an Alphabetical List of all the Persons that have been 
warned for Ten years Last past. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15 th . 1758 
Present Henshaw Jackson Cushing Austin. 

Edw d . Calto Master of the Schooner Young Eagle reports that 
He left Halifax yesterday Senight was Stopd yesterday at the 
Castle on Acco 1 . of the Small Pox being at Halifax that he has 
no Cargo on board nor any goods of any kind liable to Infection, 
that he brought with him two Passengers. Timothy Clark & 
George Dyke belonging to Casco Bay Voted that He come to 
Town with his Vessell. 

M r . John Downe desired Liberty to Open a Drain before his 
Shop Voted that he have Liberty, he taking Care to have the 
pavement over Said Drain repaired. 

[7O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 17 th . 
1758 Present Mess rs . Henshaw Jackson Hewes, Scollay. 

Docter Thomas Austin applyd for Liberty to Open a Drain in 
Milk Street Voted that he have leave. 

John Ranstead hierd the Herbage of the South Burying 
grounds for One year at three pounds Six Shillings & Eight 
pence p Annum. 

W m . Gowen Master of the Schooner Merrimack Reports that 
he left Halifax on Monday last, that he has nothing on board but 
Ballast, that he has one Passenger M r . Steward a Gentleman be- 
louging to Halifax who is come on Business that there is nothing 
in his Vessell liable to any Infection, that he was Stopd Last 
Night at the Castle on acco 1 . of the Small Pox being at Halifax 
Voted that He come to Town with his Vessell. 

Benj a . Lurvy Master of the Schooner three Sisters reports that 
he left Halifax last Monday Senight that he is in his Ballast that 
he has no goods on board that he has brought up one Passenger 
Edw d . Fudge of this Town, that his People are all well that He 
was last Night Stopd at the Castle on ace*, of the Small Pox 
being at Halifax Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Cushing Hewes & Austin. 

Cap'. Thomas Dingly Master of the Sloop Swan reports that 
he came from Halifax the 20 th . Instant that he has not any thing 
on board but Ballast that he brought four Passengers Nath 1 . Bar- 
rel of Boston [71,] Joseph Owen M r . Newcomb & M r . Fessen- 
den of Brantry that he has nothing on board liable to Infection, 
that He was stopd this Morning at the Castle on Susspician of 
having the Small Pox on board Voted that He have liberty to 
C'ome to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Hewes Jackson Scollay Austin. 

Voted that M r . Williston warns a free Negro that now Lives 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 85 

with John Ballard to attend the Selectmen the next Monday 

Voted that Enquiry be made by M r . Gushing & M r . Austin 
concerning a Negroe man which the late M". Leah Otis has freed, 
also a Negroe man belonging to William Wheeler deceased. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25 th . 1758 
Present Henshaw Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Dudly Jones Master of the Schooner Fair Lady Eeports that 
he left Halifax last Saturday on a Voyage to Philadel". for a 
Load of Provissions for the use of Adm 1 . Boscawens Fleet, on 
Monday last his Vessell began to Leak so much that he was 
Obliged to put away for this Port & was Last Night Stopd at 
the Castle on Acco'. of the Small Pox being in Halifax that he has 
nothing in his Ves-sell but Ballast, & Intends to Stay here no 
longer then to Stop the Leak in his Vessel & then proceed on his 
Voyage Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat 4/6 p bush 1 . 4 d . all. d . for 
Charges. 

Cap'. Stephen Hall applyd for Liberty to Open a Drain in Mid- 
dle Street near the Mill Bridge, Voted that he have Leave. 

[72,] Voted that M r . Adams warn out Phobe a Negro Woman 
lately belonging to Major Jenner in Charlestown now Married to 
a Free Negro man by the name of Jack ilasey who works with 
John Ballard Wharfinger. 

Agreed with Mess. Green & Russell for the Printing of the 
By Laws of the Town, they are by agreement to Print three Hun- 
dred for Six pounds Lawfull Money they are to Sell the Same to the 
Inhabiiants of the Town at the rate of Eight pence p Peice & are 
to Keep an exact Acco'. of of the Sale & as soon as the Same is 
Compleated they are to Settle with & pay the Town Treasurer. 

M r . James Cunningham Master of Engine N. 8 Applyd for a 
Premium for being the first Engine at the Fire that Broke out the 
10 th . Inst'. at M r . Coffins Distill House near Essex Street 
Voted that he have a draft for the Same. 

James McDaniel is Appointed a Watchman at the South Watch 
House in the room of Ebenezer Winburne. 

Edmund Herryman Master of the Schooner Susannah reports 
that he left Halifax last Sabbath day that he has no Cargo on 
board that he brought with him as Passengers Michael Burke Cor- 
nelius Duggin a M r . Dorathy all of this Town that they brought up 
in the Vessell a Number of Sheep Skins that he arrivcl this day & 
was Stopd at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox Voted that 
the Sheep Skins be Sent down to Hospital Island & there delivered 
to M-. Hartly to be Aird and that the Vessell be permitted to 
Come up to Town. 

The Schooner Dolphin Rob'. Wyer Master bound from New 
York to New foundland put into this Harbour the last Night was 
Stopd at the Castle on Acco'. of the Small Pox being in New 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

York, the Master being Sick M r . Nath 1 . Bethune Owner of S d . 
Schooner waited on the Selectmen & Informed them that he pro- 
posed she should come up to Town & perhaps may here unload 
that her Cargo consists [73.] of Bread & Flour that there is 
nothing on board Liable to any Infection Voted that the Vessell 
Come up to Town. 

Voted that his .Excellency be desired to take off the restraint 
that is now upon Vessells from passing the Castle that may Arrive 
from New York, as we are Informed that that the City is uow 
Clear of the Small Pox. 

Cap 4 . Trefry Master of the Schooner Sea Flower Reports, that that 
he left Halifax the last Sabbath day, that this Morning he arrived 
in this Harbour & was Stopd at the Castle on Ace', of the Small 
Pox that he has no Cargo on board, nor any goods Liable to In- 
fection, that he has brought up Seven Passengers, Viz'. Robert 
Murdock a Docter in the Army for his health ; Tho". Knowlton of 
Ipswich, Edw d . Barry Cleard from a man of War ; M r ". Whitten 
belongs to Halifax Came up to see her Friends, Timothy Rendall 
belongs up Country M. Christy Brown going to Albany to Her 
Husband, Eliz*. Girott of Halifax, that the above Passengers 
brought with them no goods Liable to Infection Voted that He 
come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess. Jackson, Hewes, Scollay, Austin, Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Hewes, Gushing, Scollay & 
Austin. 

Whereas the By Laws of the Town have been lately revised & 
reprinted, that the Same may be duly put in execution Voted 
that M r . Abijah Adams & M r . Tho 9 . VVilliston, be and hereby are 
appointed to take Notice of any Person or Persons who are guilty 
of the Breach of any of the Aforenamed Laws, & to prossecute to 
Effect the Offenders. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21 st . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay, Austin & 
Oliver. 

[74.] Roger McKnight Applyd for Liberty to Open a Drain 
(on Acco'. of M r . Henry Gibbs) from the House of the late Treas- 
urer Wadsworth, near Black Horse Lane Liberty is granted, pro- 
vided he makes the Street good & Sufficient again. 

Eben'. Cocks Master of the .Sloop Falmouth reports that He left 
Halifax the 10 th . Instant, that he arrivd off the Castle last Evening 
was Stopd there on Acco'. of the Small Pox, being at Halifax, 
that he has no Cargo on board uor any goods liable to Infection, 
that he brought up as Passengers Sam 1 . Gray & David Powers 
both of this Town Voted that he come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

Voted that the Vissitation of the Schools be on Wednesday the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 87 

28 th . Instant & that the following Gentlemen be Invited to Accom- 
pany the Selectmen at Eight o'Clock A.M. Viz 1 . 

His Excellency the Governer. 

His Honour the Lieu'. Governer. 

Col. Wendall 

Brig r . Waldo 

Cap'. Erving 

Judge Sewall 

Docter Pynchon 

Sectary Oliver 

Sam 1 . Wells Esq r . 

Paul Mascarene Esq r . 

The Representatives 

The Overseers of the Poor 

Docter Sewall 

Docter Chauncy 

M r . Cooper 

M . Eliot 

M r . Mather 

M r . Pemberton 

M r . Hancock 

W m . DummerEsq*. 

Edw d . Hutchinson Esq r . 

Charles Apthorp Esq r . 

Francis Borland Esq r . 

Jo 8 - Winslow Esq r . 

Jo 9 . Green Esq r . 

M. Sam 1 . Adams 

M r . Oxen e . Thacher 

M r . Dana 

Treasurer Gray 

Treasurer Jeffries 

Sheriff Greanleaf 

W m . Story Esq r . 

Sam 1 . Grant Esq r . 

M r . Thos'. Hill 

Solomon Barnes Master of the Schooner Desire reports, that he 
left Halifax this day Senight, that he arrived off the Castle this 
Morning, & was there Stopd on Acco'. of Small Pox being at 
Halifax, that he has no Cargo on Board nor any goods Liable to 
Infection, that he brought up as Passengers, Benjamin Lawson & 
Sam 1 . Greenough & Rich d . Draper all of this Town Voted that 
he Come to Town with his Vessell. 

[75.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 th . 
1758 Present Mess". Gushing. 

Cap' Jenkins reports that the Schooner Industry Benj*. Wood- 
ward Master Came out from Halifax fourteen days past, that he 
has nothing on board Liable to Infection, that he brought five 
passengers, all of whom have had the Small Pox, that the Vessell 
was Stopd at the Castle on Suspicion of having the Small Pox on 
Board. 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Gushing Scollay. 

Benj a Homer of the Sloop Phenix reports, that he left Halifax 
last Friday Senight, that he arrivd off the Castle this Morning, 
& was there Stopd on Ace*, of the Small Pox being at Halifax, 
that he has no Cargo on board nor any goods liable to any Infec- 
tion, that he has brought up as Passengers the following Persons 
Eben r . Pillsberry John Doble, Solomon Phips, Widow Sarah 
Tuckerman all of this Town & John Pearson of Newbury 
Voted that He come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/4 p bush 1 . 4 d All d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1758 
Present Mess. Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

Nath 1 . Clift Master of the Schooner Success reports, that He 
left Halifax last Saturday Senight, that yesterday he arrived off 
the Castle & was there Stopd on Ace*, of the Small Pox being at 
Halifax, that he has on board Ten Tons of Iron, three Casks of 
Nails, one Trunk & three Boxes of Prize Goods that the goods 
were not on Shore at Halifax in any Store but taken off the 
Wharf on board the Vessell that He [70.] Brought as Passenger 
Cap 1 . Domet of this Town, M r . Trescot of Milton & M r . Arnold 
of Newbury, that He has no goods on board by which any Infec- 
tion may be Communicated Voted that He come to Town with 
his Vessell. 

Mathew MClane Master of the Sloop. Swallow, reports that 
he left Halifax last Saturday Senight, that He Arrivd off the 
Castle yesterday, was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox 
being at Halifax, that he has no Cargo on Board nor any thing 
Liable to Infection, that he brought up as Passengers John M c - 
Cluer, John Ledly and James Cockran all of this Town. 

Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Tho 8 . Dingly Master of the Sloop Swan, reports that He Hal- 
ifax Eleven days past, that on Saturday Night he arrivd off the 
Castle, was there Stopd on Acco*. of the Small Pox being at 
Halifax, that he has no Cargo on board nor anything Liable to 
Infection, that he brought up one Passenger Joseph Webb of this 
Town Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing, Hewes, Scollay, Austin. 

Cap'. Benj a . Hollowell Commander of the Province Ship King 
George, reports, that in the Prize Ship Freepon which he this day 
Sent into this Harbour, are a Number of French Soldiers, who 
are Sickly, and desires that they may be put on Shore at Rans- 
fords Island into the Hospital for their Recovery Voted that he 
have liberty to put them on Shore into the Hospital, He paying 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 89 

the Charge of Supporting them while there, and that M r . Hartly 
be directed to receive them Accordingly. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

[77.] John Lord with his Wife Hannah came into this Town 
yesterday being the 11 th . Instant from Albany, by Land, he is a 
Sadler by Trade, He belongd to Carlile from whence he was drove 
by the Indians in June 1757, He went from thence to Baltimore 
in Maryland where he was pressed into the Service the 10 th . of 
January last & Sent to Albany & there was discharg by Col. 
Gage from whence he came to this Town. 

Widdow Bailey with two or three Children from Newbury hires 
a House of Cap 4 . Sigourney in School Street North End has been 
here two or three days, Warned out. 

Whereas Master Hicks has represented that the Floor of the 
North School is out of Repair Voted that M r . Scollay & M r . Aus- 
tin be a Committee to View the Same & see that it be repaird. 

Whereas the Gate of the Burryiiig plo.ce by the Kings Chappel 
is out of repair Voted that M r . Oliver & M r . Gushing be a Com- 
mittee to get the Same repaird. 

Sutton Byles applyd to the Selectmen for Liberty to Let part of 
the Laud which he Leeces of the Town on the Neck, to the man 
who Improves the Wind Mill on the Neck Voted that he have 
Liberty. 

Application being made by the Masters of the Engines for Buck- 
etts Voted that M r . Gushing Inquire the Lowest price that 
Leather Bucketts can be made for and report. 

Timothy Tuttle Master of the Sloop Charming Ann says that 
he has brought with him from New Haven where he belongs, three 
Women Named Mary Champny Jane Silsby & Mary Appleton. 
Mary Chainny says She & her Child is going to Ipswich Imedi- 
ately all her relatives being there, Mary Appleton is all already 
gone to Dedham to her relations Jane Silsby desires to tarry here 
as she expects her Husband Soon from Carolina, she now 
Lodges at M r . M c Neals near the Mill Bridge says she is going 
to Service to M r . Pelhams. 

Cap'. Tuttle arrivd Friday Last. 

[78.] Acco 1 . of Beds Carried to Sundry Places in the Town 
for the use of the Kings Troops now in the Town. 
To Cap 1 . Savages House and ) 50 

To a House in plessant Street j 75 

To D r . Gardner House - 75 

To M r . Powells d. - 21 

To M r . Forbes d. 20 

To M r . Cooksons d. - 15 

To Cap 1 . Breeds d. - - 30 

To Cap'. Springs d. 85 

To Cap 1 . Kings d. 30 

To Elder Haley d. - 25 

To John Walker d. - - 20 

To M r . Langdons d. - - 25 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

To M r . Whites d. - 50 

To M r . Piocters d. - - 25 

To M r . Sigourneys d. 20 

To Prouts, Lyndalls Bromfields & Dafforne - 133 

To M r . Welsh House - . 15 

To M r . M c Willams d. 15 



Beds - - 604. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess. Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Edmund Crawly Master of the Schooner Anna Maria reports 
that He left Halifax this day Senight, that He Arrivd yesterday 
off the Castle, was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox being 
at Halifax, that he brought with him no Cargo, that he brought 
three Passengers who are to return again with Him Voted that 
he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Solomon Bangs Master of the Schooner desire reports that he 
left Halifax last Thursday that he arrivd this day off Castle Wil- 
liam, was there Stopd on Account of the [79.] Small Pox being 
at Halifax, that he has nothing on board but Ballast has nothing 
Liable to Infection that he has with him two Passengers Viz 1 . 
Joseph Callender & James Wilkie Voted that he come to Town 
with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

Tho 9 . White Master of the Sloop Unity reports that he left Hal- 
ifax the 16 th . Instant & arrivd last Night off the Castle was there 
Stopd on Account of the Small Pox being at Halifax, that he 
brought with him nothing liable to any Infection & no Passengers, 
that they are all well on Board Voted that he come to Town 
with his Vessell. 

M r . White applyd for Liberty to Open a drain at his House near 
M r . Mathers Meeting House Voted that he have Liberty, he re- 
pairing the Pavement. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw, Jackson, Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Cap 1 . Vernon applyd for Liberty to build a Tomb in the North 
Burying place Voted that Mess. Austin & Scollay be a Com- 
mittee to direct him concerning the above. 

M r . Alexander Hunt appeard & proposed to purchase a peice of 
Land, adjoining to his Land near Fort Hill which the Selectmen 
at the last Town Meeting were Impowerd to Sell, & after some 
discourse concerning it, It was agreed that he shall have a Deed 
of Said Land paying Sixty Six pounds thirteen Shillings & four 
Pence, as the Consideration purchase of the Same, to which Said 
Hunt agreed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 st . 1758 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 91 

Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/4 p. bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

[8O.] Voted that Mess. Jackson Cushing & Scollay be a 
Committee to enquire which of the Stalls in the Market is Leased 
out & which not & report next Wednesday. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 1 st . 1758 
Present Mess. Jackson Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

Edward Calito Master of the Schooner Young Eagle reports 
that he left Halifax the 24 th . Ult ., that he arrivd last Night off 
Castle William, was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox be- 
ing in Halifax, that he has with him no Cargo nor anything liable 
to Infection, that he brought with him as Passenger Viz*. M r . John 
Codman Voted that .he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 2 d . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

John Jeffries Esq. desires Liberty to break up the Pavem'. in 
Tremout Street in order to repair his Drain Voted that Liberty 
be Accordingly granted he repairing the Pavement to the Satis- 
faction of the Selectmen. 

M r . John Grant Chosen one of the Collectors for the present 
year appeard & proposed for his Sureties, Sam 1 . Grant Esq r . & 
Cap'. Fortesque Vernon Accepted. 

M r . Jonathan Payson one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
present year appeard & proposed for his Sureties Lieut 1 . Jon a . 
Cary of Boston & John Greaton of Roxbury Accepted. 

John Ruddock Chosen one of the Collectors of Taxes for the pres- 
ent year, Appeard & proposed for his Sureties Cap'. Nath 1 . Green- 
wood & M r . Caleb Parker Accepted. 

about a Foi-tniglit past the Prize Ship Freepone brought into 
this Port by Cap'. Hallowell, was by the Selectmen [81.] orderd 
below the Castle in Order to be Aird for Fear of Infection (there 
having been Several men who came in Her taken down with a danger- 
ous Sickness) & Captain Hollowell having Informed the Selectmen 
that Said Ship is now as he thinks Sufficiently Aird, therefore the 
Selectmen wrote the following Order to Mr. Hartly. 

Boston Aug'. 2 d . 1758. 
M r . Hartly, 

It is our Orders that you go on board of Cap*. Hollowells Prize 
which now Lyes below the Castle & see that she is Sufficiently 
Smoaked & Cleansed & Certify the Same to us that if so she may 
be permitted to come up to Town. 

Voted that M r . Treasurer Jeffries be desired as soon as any of 
the Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market become Vacant to Leese out the 
Same to any Suteable Person that offers to hier them at the Cus- 
tomary Rate 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 7 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Hewes Cushing Scollay Austin. 



92 Cixr DOCUMENT No. 147. 

W m . Nichols Master of the Sloop three Friends reports that he 
left Halifax the 27 th . Ult. that he arrivd off the Castle Saturday 
Night last, was there Stopd on Account of the Small Pox being at 
Halifax, that he has no Cargo of any kind on board, that he brought 
no Pasengers with Him Voted that he come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug f . 9 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Jackson & Scollay. 

W ra . Trefry Master of the Schooner Sea Flower reports that he 
left Halifax the 29 th . July that he arrivd off the Castle last Night 
was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox that he has no Cargo 
on board nor anything Liable to any Infection that [82.] He 
brought with him as Passengers a Number of Persons Voted 
that He come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 9 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

In Consequence of the Vote of the 26 th . Ult. Mess. Scollay & 
Austin Conversed with Cap*. Vernon concerning a Tomb which he 
wanted to build in the North Burying Place & agreed that he might 
build it next to Captain John Larabys Tomb at the North Side of 
the burying place provided that he noways disturbs the Corpses 
that Lye Interrd near to it. 

M r . Benj a . Austin reports that he has taken into his House as 
a Nurse Mary Appleton, who Came in Cap'. Tuttle from New 
Haven. 

Voted that Mess. Jackson Gushing & Oliver be a Committee to 
Enquire into the State of the Cellars under the Town House & Let 
those of them that are unimproved 

Cap 1 . W n . Clift Master of the Sloop Desire from Albany Re- 
ports that he left that Place this day Fortnight, that he was last 
Night Stopd of the Castle on Account of the Small Pox being 
there, that he has no Cargo on board nor any thing Liable to In- 
fection, that he has as a Passenger one of the Provincial Soldiers 
on Furlow Voted that he come to Town with his Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 10 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Oliver 
Thomas Dingly Master of the Sloop Swan, reports, that he left 
Halifax the 10 lh Inst*. that he arrivd into this Harbour the last 
Night, that he past by the Castle between eight & nine o'clock 
that the Wind blew exceeding hard at N E when he past the 
Castle, & that he was not haild by them, as he Knew [83,] that 
the Small Pox was mostly out of Halifax he did Suppose that no 
Vessells from thence were Stopd at the Castle, that he brought 
up no Cargo nor any thing of any Kind Liable to Infection, that 
he brought up but one Passenger M r . Benj a . Green Jun r . belong- 
ing to Halifax Voted that Enquiry be made concerning the 
above of the officer at Castle William. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. . 93 

Isaac Dupee Carver desires that he may have the Towns Shop 
that M r . John Welch Occupied on the Dock. 

Whereas the Selectmen in the return made to the Court of Gen- 
eral Sessions of the Peace for the County of Suffolk on the List of 
Persons Licensd in this Town as Inholders & Retailers, disap- 
proved of Mary Clapham a Retailer, who in the year past upon 
good Information given them, had been guilty of Misrule &c and 
so returnd her to Said Court, upon which return, Said Court did 
not allow her to return her License. 

Whereupon Said Mary presented her Petition to S d . Court, Set- 
ting forth that the Information given to the Selectmen relating to 
her being guilty of Misrule &c was without the Least Foundation, 
& that the Same was raised & promoted with a Malicious Intent to 
ruin her, & bring her, & her Family to extreem Poverty Praying 
she may be heard before Said Court, which Petition S d . Court 
Sustaind & wrote the Selectmen as follows Viz'. 

Suffolk ss. To Joshua Henshaw & Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Tho". Gushing Sam'.Hewes John Scollay Benj a . Austin Gentle . & 
Andrew Oliver Juu r . Esq r . Selectmen of the town of Boston. 
Gentlemen 

In the Return made by you of the List of [84.] Persons 
Licens d . in the Town of Boston the last year, as Inholders & 
Retailers you have returned Mary Clapham as Guilty of Misrule, 
but have not assignd any reason therefore, the S d . Mary by her 
Petition to the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the 
County of Suffolk this day preferrd, has Suggested that she has 
not been guilty of any Misrule or disorders in Her House, & that 
the Information given to you is Int'ri'ly groundless, & that you 
have no Evidence to Support Such a Charge, praying she may be 
heard thereupon or that she may be allowd to renew her License 
you therefore are desired to attend S d . Court on Thursday 
the Seventeenth Instant, at Ten O'Clock in the forenoon when S d . 
Court will take S d . Marys Petitions into Consideration, & you may 
then produce Such Evidence as you may think Necessary to bo 
heard thereupon if you See Cause otherwise the Court the Court 
will proceed as they shall judge proper. Dated in Boston the 
15 th . day of August in the 32 d . year of His Majesty Reign 
Aunoq 6 . Dom'. 1758 By Orders of Court. 

Ezi'k 1 . Goldthwait Clerk. 

Upon receipt of the above from the Court the Selectmen met & 
Considerd of the Several Laws of the Province that related to 
Licenses, & of their power to disallow any Persons heretofore 
Licensed that shall appear to them to have been guilty of misrule 
& disorder, & thereupon apprehend that the Court of Sessions 
cannot by any Law Permit any Persons to renew their License, 
that are returud by S d . Selectmen to S d . Court as guilty of Misrule 
& disorder, therefore determine they will not Attend Said Court 
but send their Answer in Writing which they did as follows. 
Viz'. 

[85.] To the Hon ble . the Justices of the Court of Sessions for 
the County of Suffolk. 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

The Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston Shewith 
that your Memorialists were Served with the foregoing Order, 
to Vindicate ourselves & our Exceptions against M ra . Clapham for 
Misrule, & to bring Evidence to Encounter the Allegations that 
your Honours have permitted Her to make in Court against us, for 
what we have done in discharge of our Office as Selectmen, on 
Peril of her allegations being taken for True, and her being 
Licensed by your Honours, not withstanding our aforesaid Excep- 
tions & the Province Law Page 184 where it is expressly 
Enacted that the Clerk of the Sessions of the place in the 
respective Countys from time to time Annually before the granting 
License do Transmit to the Selectmen of every Town within the 
County, as a List of the names of the Persons in Such Towns, 
that were Licensed the year before, & that licenses be renewd 
to none of them that the Selectmen shall Except to, as unlit to 
hold and hold that Employment, by reason of their not Keeping 
good Order & good Rules in their Houses &c We apprehend 
the Law not only Authorizes us, but makes it our duty to Enquire 
& Judge of the fitness of Licensed Persons, & to Except to those 
that in our Judgement are exceptionable, & we know of none that 
(Since the making of the aforesaid Act) have an} r Power to decide 
the Question, as to the fitness or unfitness of Persons to have their 
Licenses renewed but the Selectmen But wo do not apprehend that 
we are warranted by Law to Point out any particular Instances of 
Misconduct or Witnesses to Impeach the Candidate in any partic- 
ulers We have no Suit Petition or Cause depending before your 
Honours & Cannot Comprehend by what Law, [86.] We or our 
Judgment is to be Calld in Question before your Honours We 
pay all due deference to your to your Honours & that Authority the 
Law has Vested this Court with, but your Honours will permit us 
to pay the greatest deference to the Laws and Constitution of 
our Country, & the discharge of the Trust reposed in us by those 
Laws We have never heard of a Precedent to make Selectmen 
Accountable for their Judgments in their office as Respondents to 
the Person excepted against, nor have we yet been able to find a 
Law that is now in force to Countenance Such a procedure : That 
of the 4 th . of William & Mary Chap r . the 6 th . we apprehend is 
repeated so far as Concerns the pressent Question, by the impart 
recited Act, & had it not been repeated, it did not extend to Such 
Cases, as where an Exception was made, & even in that the 
Citation gave a Months Notice for the Selectmen to Object, not 
Answer and prove at a Short warning as in the present Case 
We therefore beg Leave to remonstrate against the Establishment 
of Such a Precedent as seems now Attempted, & against the 
Licensing of M rs . Clapham against our Exception, & the Law 
before recited and as we are Satisfied our Exception was well 
founded, & that and that we can Easily prove the Same, but that 
it would be of dangerous Consequence, & destructive to that good 
Order, that Law Intended to preserve, to go into an Altercation 
with Her before your Honours or Elsewhere. 

We hope your Honours will Excuse us from making an}' answer 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 95 

to this Petition, & of all others of the like Kind for the Future, 
We are with great respect to your Honours Your Humble Serv ts . 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
Tuo 8 . GUSHING 



Selectmen - 



SAM L . HEWES 



I JOHN SCOLLAY 
| BENJ A . AUSTIN 
^ AND*. OLIVER JUN B . 

[87.] Upon Inquiry made by the Selectmen, the Clerk of the 
Court of Sessions Infbrmd them that their Answer afores d . was read 
in S d . Court, & that the S d . Mary Clapham by Council was fully heard 
thereupon, & after a Long debate in Court, a Question was put, 
whether the Court, upon the answer made by the Selectmen as a 
foresaid would allow the Said Mary Clapham to renew Her 
License, and that It passed in the Negative by a verry great ma- 
jority, & thereupon Her Petition was dismissed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 23 d . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug r . 26 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Jackson & Scollay. 

Nnthan Nicholson Master of the Schooner Tryal reports that he 
left Halifax the 17 th Instant, that he arrived off the Castle the 
last Night, was there Stopd on Acco* of tue Small Pox being at 
Halifax, that he has no Cargo on board nor any thing Liable to 
Infection, that he brought with him Six Passengers, three of 
which are Soldiers discharged from the Regiment & one of their 
Wives, one man a Trader belonging to Cambridge, & one Rogers 
a Lad who is come up to his Friends in this Town, that they are 
all in health & hearty Voted that He come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 28 th . 1758. 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assize of Bread Set at Wheat at 4/4 p bush 1 . 4 d . all d . for charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 30 th . 1758. 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Hewes, Scollay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 2 d . 1758. 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jac-kson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

James Hatch Master of the Schooner Charming Molly Reports, 
that He left Halifax this day week that Last Night He arrivd off 
the Castle & was there Stopd on Acco'. of the Small Pox being 
in Halifax, that he has on board for Cargo Mackrel in Barrells, 
& part of the Cargo he Carried from hence, which has not been 
out of the Vessel that he has no Passengers nor anything on board 
that is Liable to Infection, that all his People are Well Voted 
that he come to Town with his Vessell. 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 4 th . 1758. 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Cashing Scollay & Austin. 

This day deliverd the Keys of the Town House Celler to M r . 
John Hammock, the Rent Commences this day. 

Information being given to the Selectmen that the Officers be- 
longing to His Majestys Ship Hunter under the Command of 
Captain Adams, now lying in the Harbour of Nantasket, have 
Impressed the Skippers of two Fishing Boats, belonging to this 
Town, and allso one man out of a Connecticut Coaster & an- 
other out of a Piscataqua Coaster, all of whome Cap'. Adams 
refuses to release. 

Voted that the following Memorial and Representation thereof 
be Presented to his Excellency Governor Pownell Viz'. 

[89.] To his Excellency Thomas Pownall Esq r . Governer & 
Commander in Chief in & over the Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay in New England. 

The Memorial & Representation of the Subscribers Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston. 

Humbly Sheweth 

That Such Persona as belong to the Fishing Boats, that Supply 
the Town of Boston with Fresh Fish, and such as belong to the 
Coasting Vesselh that Supply S d . Town with grain Wood and other 
Necessarys of Life, have all ways been protected from being Im- 
pressd on board any of his Majestys Ships of War that have at any 
time been here & when Such Persons have been Impressed the 
Captains of the Ships of War, have upon Application made, re- 
leased them, as soon as the}' have had Notice thereof, but your 
Memorialists would now represent to your Excell y that they have 
been Informd that on Saturday last, one M r . Blake who has been 
Skipper of a Fishing Boat three years past, & Constantly Employd 
himself that time in Supplying the Inhabitants of this Town with 
Fresh Fish, was Impressd, taken out of his Boat & Carried on 
board his Majestys Ship Hunter Commanded by Adams Esq e . 
lying in Nantasket Harbour, that application has been made to 
Cap'. Adams for his release, but He refuses to discharge him, & 
Intends as your Memorialists apprehend to Carry him away that 
Cap'. Adams has allso Impres d one man out of a Conecticut 
Coaster, & another out of a Piscataqua Coaster, & this day has 
taken a Shipper out of another Fishing Boat belonging to this 
Town, all of which Cap'. Adams detains on Board Now So it is 
may it please your Excellency, that if Cap'. Adams will not release 
the Persons Impressd as a ibresaid and will Continue to Impress 
Persons under their Circumstances, it will and Indeed already has, 
so greatly discouraged & Intimidated the Coasters & Fishermen 
whose only/ business is to Supply the Town with the Necessarys of 
Life that they will not Proceed, [9O,] but be wholly Stopd, & as 
this is the Season of the year for Supplying the Town with Wood 
& Grain &c untill some method is taken to prevent Impressing of 
Coasters & Fishermen the Town will Soon be reduced to great 
distress. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 97 

Your Memorialists must therefore Intreat your Excellencys Con- 
sideration of the Premisies, & that you will be pleased to Inter- 
pose in this affair of so great Consequence to the Town, by 
exerting your Endeavours to get the aforesaid Persons that are 
Impressd, dischargd from Cap'. Adams & that He would give 
Orders to his Officers not to Impress any men for the Future be- 
longing to Fishermen, Coasters & such Vessels as are constantly 
emplovd in Supplying the Town with the Necessarys of Life, or 
that you'l otherwise releave the Towns as in your great Wisdom 
you shall think best 

JOSHUA HENSHAW ") 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
Sep'. 4*. 1758. THO". GUSHING I Selectmen 

JOHN SCOLLAT [ f Bo8tOn ' 

BEN.T A . AUSTIN J 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 5 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshuw, Jackson, Hewes, Gushing Scollay & 
Austin. 

The Selectmen being Informd that Several Regiments of his 
Majestys Troops from Louisbourg are Expected in this Town in 
their way to Albany, & as it will be necessary tliat some Provision 
should be made for them in Order to prevent disturbences in the 
Town, & as the Law which Impowers the Selectmen to make Pro- 
vissi.ms in Such Cases is expired, therefore Voted, that a Memorial 
be presented to the Governer & Councill, to take this affair into 
their Consideration, & do what in their great Wisdom they may 
Judge [91.] will best preserve the Peace of the Town and prevent 
the disorder they may otherways be thrown into. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 6 th . 1758 Pres- 
ent Mess rs . Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Austin. 

Nuth 1 . Wheelwright Esq r . Applyd for Liberty to open a Drain 
in Atkinson Street 

Voted that he have leave. 

Cap'. James Dalton & Jos. Wheeler applyd for Liberty to Open 
a drain in Orange street at the South End Voted that he have 
leave. 

John Odam desires Liberty to Erect a Wind Mill upon the 
Laud belonging to the Town Leased to Sutton Byles. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 9 th . 1758. 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Oliver. 

The Selectmen received a letter from Cap'. Larraby Comm r . of 
Castle William Informing them that He Stopd a Vessell from 
Halifax Master, Jonathan Harvey Master with one man on board 
Sick of the Small Pox & that he had orderd the Vessell to the 
Hospital. 

Voted that M r . Hartly the Keeper of the Hospital at Rans- 
fords Island to receive the Sick man into the Hospital & to see 
that the Vessell is well Cleansed & that M r . Hartly be directed to 
bring up to Town all the French Prisoners now there. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted that whereas the Well House on Ransford Island has 
been verry much damaged by Lightning, that M r . Seollay agrees 
with Some Carpenter to go clown to repair the Same. 

M r . Hartly reports that the Schooner whereof Jon a . Harvey is 
Master late from Halifax, as been Sufficiently Cleansed & aird 
and may be brought up to Town without Indangering the Inhabi- 
tants. 

Voted that Cap'. Harvey have Liberty to bring up his Vessell. 

[92.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 25 th . 
1758 Present Mess r8 . Henshaw Jackson dishing Hewes Scollay 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 4/8 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 12 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Voted that Mess". Jackson Gushing Hewes & Scollay be a 
Committee to Confer with the Tenants in the Towns Shops upon 
the dock & Consider what Method will be but to take with respect 
to repairing S d . Shops & Report Wednesday next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct T . 13 th . 1758 
Present Henshaw Gushing & Austin. 

This day let the Celler under the Town House to Colonel Leon- 
ard Jarvis, & deliverd the Key to Joseph Jackson Truckman. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ocf. 17 th . 1758. 
Present Mess. Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

M r . Hartly represented to the Selectmen that Mary Hills & 
her two Children who have been Confined at the Hospital were 
well & fit to depart from the Island therefore. 

Voted that the following Order be given to M r . Hartly. 

Boston 17 th . October 1758. 
M r . Tho 8 . Hartly 

When Mary Hills & her two Children who have been Confined 
some time at the Inland on Acco*. of the Small Pox, are Suffi- 
ciently Cleansed & fit to Leave the Island then let them depart, 
they Satisfying you for your Trouble & Expence. 

[93.] Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ocf. 18 th . 
17o8 Present Mess rs . Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
Oliver. 

The Selectmen being Informed that a Prossecution is En- 
gaged in by Major Jackson against Several Carts for Incomo'I- 
ing Dock Square Voted that he at the Charge of the Town M r . 
Pratt to Join with M r . Thacher who is Kings Attorney in the 
Affair. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1758. 99 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 25 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Hensbaw, Cushing, Howes, Scollay, Austin. 

Application being made by M r . Holbrook Master of the South 
Writing School for some repairs of the Wood House belonging to 
the School Voted that Cap*. Henshaw and Cap'. Hewes be a 
Committee to see what is Necessary to be done in the above & 
get it perfected 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 30 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cusliing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 1". 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Voted that M r . Baily who now Lives in Cap 1 . Springs House 
near the North Latin School & came some time past from New- 
bury be orderd to depart the Town & that M r . Adams takes 
Care that this Order be executed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 8 th . 1758 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson. Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

[94.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18 th . 
1758 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay 
& Austin. 

Application being made to the Selectmen that Rowl d . Mai-chant 
a Lad left at the Hospital at Ransfords Island some time past on 
Acco'. of the Small Pox may Leave the Island Voted that the 
following Order be Sent to M r . Hartly 

Boston Nov r . 18 th . 1758. 

M r . Tho'. Hartly 

Whereas Rowland March an I a Lad who was put on Shore at 
the Hospital on Ransfords Island some time past by Cap'. Thacher 
is now recoverd from the Small Pox, it is our Orders that you let 
Him depart from the Island first taking Care that you are Satisfied 
as to your Charge & Trouble. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 22 d . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 . 4 d . allowd for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 27 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 29 th . 1758 
Present Mess Henshaw, Jackson, Cu'shing, Scollay & Austin. 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted that Mess 18 . Gushing Scollay & Austin be a Comm* 6 to 
See what is Necessary to be done to the Towns Shop at the head 
of the Dock lately Occupied by Widow Butler & to report what 
Rent is reasonable for M r . Edw d . Jackson to pay for S d . Shop, 
He having from the Selectmen the Refusal of it. 

[95.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen DecenT. 13 th 
1758 Present Mess. Uenahaw Jackson dishing Hewes Scollay 
& Austin. 

M r . Jiphraim Langdon at the desire of the Selectmen Attended, 
& they having Informed him of the Town Vote passd in March 
last, that an Assistant be procured to M r . Wiswall Master of the 
North G rammer School, & proposing to M r . Langdon, whether 
He would Undertake to Officiate at S d . School as an Assistant to 
M r . Wiswall. He said that he had had some Conversation with 
M r . Wiswall Concerning it, who Expressd His desire that M r . 
Langdou might be with him, and thereupon M r . Laugdon Informd 
the Selectmen he was verry willing to be an Assistant at S d . 
School the Selectmen then Agreed with him to pay him at the 
rate of Sixty Pounds Lawful Money p Annum and desired that 
He would give his Attendance at the School tomorrow. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 20 th . 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson dishing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 27 th 1758 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Scollay Austin and Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 17 . 10 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Heusliaw Jackson Gushing & Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 17 . 1 7 th . 1 759 
Present Mess. Heushaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

[96.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 17 . 23 d . 
1 7/)i> Present Mess". Henshaw JacUson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin & Oliver. 

Susannah Mills Wife of Will" 1 . Mills Marriner Informs that she 
has let a Room in her House in Fish Street, to one Carrol who 
came from the Eastsvard, ten days Since, witli his Wife & four 
Children, is a Cooper by Trade, & M. Mills believes He is in 
pretty Low Circumstances. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 17 . 28 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 . & 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. 101 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 17 . 28 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Hewes Austin 
& Oliver. 

James Cunningham Master of one of the Fire Engines Informd 
the Selectmen, that he Workd his Engine first at a Fire that Broke 
out at M r . Johnson Jacksous House a few weeks Since & d^siivd 
the Premium allowd by the Town, Voted that S d . Cunningham 
have a draft for the Premium being 13/4 Lawful Money. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 7 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cusliing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Voted that the Town Clerk Issue a Warrant for Calling a Town 
Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers &c as the Law directs to 
be on Monday the 12 th . Instant at 9 o' Clock A.M. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 14*. 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin Oliver. 

[97. J Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21 st . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin & Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush'. & 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 25 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Scollay Hewes Austin 
& Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 28 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Heushaw Cushing Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 4 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

Gideon Gardner desires to hier the House & Land on Boston 
Neck belonging to the Town lately Leased to M r . Hugh M c Donuel, 
whose Term expired the 25 th . of March last S d . Gardner will Lease 
it for Seven years Mem . M r . MDonnel gave 16 p Annum. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 11 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Cushing, Hews, Scollay 
Austin. 

The Engine House at the Dock being out of repair Voted 
that M r . Scollay, get it repaird. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 18 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing, Hewes, Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat 5/ p bush 1 . 4 d . Allowd for 
Charges. 

[98,] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r 23 d . 
1759 Present Mess. Jackson Cushing Hewes, Scollay & Austin. 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

This day Let the North Burying ground to M r . Nath 1 . Holmes 
for hitn to pay three pounds L*. Mone}* P Ann : He to Keep the 
Fence (Saving the Posts) in good repair & to Leave it in the 
Same manner. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 25 th . 1759. 
Present Mess. Hensbaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes Scollay, 
Austin & Oliver. 

This day the Selectmen agreed with Gideon Gardner for the 
Hier of the House & Land on the Neck belonging to the Town, & 
that S d . Gardner have a Lease of the Same for Seven years, to 
Commence the 25 th . of March Last at the Annual Rent of Sixteen 
Pounds p Annum, S d . Gardner to pay the Taxes, put on Fifteen 
Load of Dung each year, Keep the Same in good repair & deliver 
it up so, and give Bond for performing this Agreement. 

James Mackmillon Informd that he has taken into His House 
one Samuel Hall from Medford Came to Town the 8 th . Instant, is 
told that his Circumstances are good. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 30 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson, Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Nath 1 . Brown Master of Engine N. 2 Applyd for the Premium 
Allowed by the Town for being first at the Fire which broke out at 
Widow Sears's House & Barn in Charter Street Voted that he 
have a draft upon the Treasurer for the Premium being Thirteen 
Shillings & four pence. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

M r . W m . Sutton Master of Engine Engine N. 7 Applyd for 
the Premium [99.] Allowed by the Town for being with the En- 
gine the first at the Fire that broke out at M r . Tho". Walker, near 
to the Alms House Voted that M r . Sutton have a Draft on the 
Treasurer for the Premium being Thirteen Shillings & 4 d . 

M r . John Brown Master of Engine N. 6 Applyd for the Pre- 
mium Allowed by the Town for being with his Engine the first at 
the Fire that broke out, at the House of M r . Timothy Fitch at 
New Boston. Voted that M r . Brown have a draft on the Treas- 
urer for thirteen Shillings & 4 d . 

The Selectmen having received the Precept for the Choice of 
Suteable Persons to Represent the Town at the Great & General 
Court to be held at Boston the 30 th . Instant. Agrees that the In- 
habitants be Assembled for that Purpose on Tuesday the 15 th . In- 
stant at Nine o'Clock in the Forenoon, & the Town Clerk is di- 
rected to issue his Warrant Accordingly for a Town Meeting on 
that day. 

Voted that the Rev d . M r . Mather Byles be desired to Pray with 
the Town at their Meeting on Tuesday the 15 th . Instant & that M r . 
Henshaw & M r . Gushing wait upon Him for Said Purpose. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9 th . 1759 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin & Oliver 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. 103 

Cap t . Jeremiah Pote brought James Tenny & Wife & one Child 
from Falmouth in Casco Bay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15 th . 1759 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Scollay Austin. 

M r . Joseph Putnam Master of the Engine N. 4 Applyed for the 
Premium allowd by the Town to the first Engine at the Fire which 
broke out at M r . Reas Bakehouse near to the Mill Creek Voted 
that the S d . Putnam have [1OO.] a draft on the Town Treasurer 
for the Premium being thirteen Shillings & 4 d . 

Mem , to have William Leveret & his Wife Living on Went- 
worths Farm on the Neck Warned out of Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . 1759 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Oliver. 

Enos How proposed to be a Retailer in His House on the Neck. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 th . 1759 Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 th . Present 
Melss. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

The Selectmen received a Precept from the Speaker of the House 
of Representatives, for the Choice of Suteable Persons to Repre- 
sent the Town in the Great & General Court for the present year 
in the room of Thomas Hubbard Esq r . who is Chosen into the 
Councill Agreed that the Town be Assembled for that purpose on 
Tuesday at Eleven o'Clock the 12 th . Instant in the forenoon, & 
that the Town Clerk Issue a Warrant for a Town on that day Ac- 
cordingly. 

Voted that Major Jackson & M r . Oliver be a Committee to Con- 
fer with the Abutters of that part of Cross Street that Leads into 
back Street respecting the paving the Same as also to make a Cal- 
culation of what it will Cost the Town to pave their part and report 
at the next Meeting. 

[1O1.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6 tn . 
1759 Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin & Oliver. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/ p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges, 
to Inquire of M r . Adams relating M r . Cloughs Maid. 

M r . Dupee the Carver has taken in a French deserter from Can- 
ada. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Henshaw, Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin & Oli- 
ver. 

Whereas there is Considerable Work to be done this year on 
Boston Neck, & the Free Negroes c' the Town have been for Sev- 
eral years exempted from any duty, therefore it was Some time 
past Voted that they be Orderd to attend the Selectmen, & on 
this day the following Negroes Attended Bristol Jeffries who will 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

do what work He is orderd to do Pompey Blackman who 
agrees to pay half a doll r . p day for so many days as he shall be 
orderd Liecester Black ditto Dick Tynge to pay half a dollar 
as above David Primus ditto Homer Blackadore Sickly. 

Voted that Cap'. Hewes M r . Gushing & M r Austin be a Com- 
mittee to agree with some Master of a Vessell bound to Louisbourg 
for Passages for the Soldiers Wives (left in this Town belonging 
to & left by Col. Burton) for so many as are Capeable of being 
Transported. 

Voted that the Vissitation of the Schools be on Wednesday the 
4 th of July & the following Gentlemen be Invited to Accompany 
the Selectmen Eight o'Clock A.M. 

M r . Hubbard 

Secretary Oliver 

M r . Hancock 

D r . Pynchon 

the Representatives 

Overseers of the Poor 

D r . Sewall 

D r . Chauncy 

M r . Cooper 

M r . Eliot 

M r . Chickly 

M r . Byles 

M r . Chickly Jun r . 

M r . Nat Perkins 

M r . Welles 

M r . Grant 
[1O2.] M r . Wheelwrigt 

Judge Cradock 

Foster Hutchinson 

M r . James Otis 

Treasurer Jeffries 

M r . Thacher 

M r . Henry Loyd 

Rich d . Clark 

M r . Trollet 

M r . Hill 

Nich. Boylston 

Deacon Tyler 

M r . Swift 

Cap'. Hammock 

M r . Vassall 

D r . Noyes 

Deacon Salter 

M r . Savage 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay & Aus- 
tin 

Solomon Kneeland Master of Engine N. 9 Applyd for Six Pails 
for his Engine those that he had some years past being quite use- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. 105 

less Voted that M r . Kneeland purchase Six wooden Pails & get 
them painted to preserve them from decaying. 

This day agreed with M r . Sam 1 . Sumner to Supply the Town 
with all the Gravel the Selectmen may want to Compleat the 
Pavement that is Still to be finished on the Neck, & for Repairing 
the Sides of the Way, or for any other purpose that it may be 
wanted for on any part of the Neck for which he is to be paid 
Eight Shillings old tenor p Load 

M r . Roger Lobb Applyd for a Licence He having removed from 
his House in Fish Street to a House at three doors distance M". 
Ruby & M rs . Hudson two retailers Object to the House he removes 
to as it is verry nigh them that a Licensed House is not there 
wanted. 

Nath 1 . Breed Informs that he has Let a House to Cap*. Adam 
McNeal a Stranger as p Information on File. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Gushing Hewes Scollay & Austin Oliver. 

Voted that Cap*. James Cunningham have a Premium for his 
Engine being the first at the Fire that Broke out lately at Sol . 
Kneeland he having made Application for it. 

[1O3.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 th . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

This day Docter Thomas Mather Practitioner in Physick and 
Surgery of Pomfret, waited on the Selectmen with the Rev d . D r . 
Mather of this Town, & Informd them, that he was come into the 
Town for the recovery of his Health & M r . Mather offerd the Se- 
lectmen Sufficient Security if required. 

On this clay the Selectmen according to their Vote Attended the 
Vissitation of the Schools Accompanyd by the following Gentle- 
men Viz 

The Hon ble . Sam 1 . Willes Esq r . 

John Wheelwright Esq r . 

Tho 8 . Hancock Esq r . 

Royal Tyler Esq r . 

John Phillips Esq r . 

M r . Isaac Walker 

Eben r . Storer Esq r . 

M r . John Tudor 

M r . W m . Phillips 

James Pitts Esq r . 

Tho 9 . Flucker Esq r . 

James Otis Esq r . 

Belcher Noyes Esq 

D r . Nath 1 . Perkins 

Cap'. John Hancock 

M r . Tho 8 . Hill 

M r . Isaac Smith 

M r . Benj a . Dolbeare 

Malatiah Bourne Esq r . 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Rev d . D r . Sewall 

M r . Eliot 

M r . Cooper 

George Cradock Esq r . 

Foster Hutehinson Esq r . 

Richard Clark Esq r . 

Sam 1 . Grant Esq r . 

M r . Oxenbridge Thacher 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

M r . Tho 8 . Tyler 

M r . Samuel Swift 

M r . Alex r . Chamberlain 

Rev d . M r . Byles 

And they found the North Grammer School, the North Writing 
School, the South Grammer School, the Writing School in Queen 
Street the Writing School in the Common with the Scholars all in 
good Order. 

[1O3.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11 th . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay 
Austin & Oliver 

Voted that Thirteen pounds Six Shillings & Eight pence be al- 
lowed towards Paving that part of Cross Street that Leads from 
Middle Street into back Street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Austin. 

Whereas Sherman Lewis of the Schooner Sybell from Connec- 
ticut has brought M rs . Buck a Passenger and never reported Her 
at the Import Office, Agreeable to Law Voted that M r . Adams 
be directed to Seek out M r . Sherman Lewis when he returns from 
Connecticut and direct him to Attend upon the Selectmen as soon 
after his Arrival as possible. 

Sam 1 . Welles Esq r . Informed the Selectmen that he has Let a 
House to one Michael Hugo Frazier as p r . Information on File. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th . 1 759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

This day the Selectmen Certified M r . Thomas Hartlys Acco f . for 
two years Salary due to him from the Province Viz 1 , from the 25 th . 
of March 1757 to the 25 th of March last being at the rate of 
Thirteen pounds Six Shillings & Eight pence p. Annum, & allso 
for Seven Cord of Wood due to him in the year 1758 and Seven 
Cord of Wood more for the present year the whole A ceo 1 , being 
37 8 Lawful Money. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/4 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

flO4.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 1 st . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing llewes Scollay 
& Austin. 

Voted that M r . Samuel Adams have a draft for his Prem m . for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. 107 

the year 1757 He having produced the Several Treasurers Receipts 
for the Money he was Impowered to Collect for Said year. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 8 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jsckson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

The Selectmen took into Consideration the Value of the Land 
belonging to the Town of Boston adjoining to the Land of Solo- 
mon Kneeland formerly belonging to his Father, the Selectmen 
being Commissiond by the Town to make Sale of Said Land, do Set 
the Value of it at 33 6 8 Lawfull Money Voted that if 
M r . Kneeland will give that Sum for it, that the Selectmen will ex- 
ecute a deed to Him for it. 

Voted that Mess". Jackson & Scollay be a Committee to get 
the bounds within the Posts at the Entry of the Market to the 
Westward Enlarged & that two Rails with Posts be put at the East 
end of the Market to prevent the Carts & Trunks Incomoding the 
Entry into the Market that way & that M r . Adams & M r . Williston 
be desired daily to Attend & see that the Carts that Stop to Sell 
their Wares in the Square do Move around the Market Close to 
the Rails on the North Side. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 15 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay and Austin. 

[1O5.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 22 d . 
1759 Present Mess". Jackson Cushing Scollay Henshaw Austin. 

Voted that M r . Abijah Adams & Thomas Williston be appointed 
to See that the late By Law respecting the Market be put in Exe- 
cution & to prosecute all offenders. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 22 d . 1759 
Present Mess". Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Acco*. Thomas MDon- 
ald he not being an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, He 
came from Guardelupe in a Vessell bound to Louisbourg, & was put 
on Shore at Marblehead, He has lost his hearing, was wounded at 
Guardalupe. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Jackson Hewes Austin & Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set at Wheat 5/4 bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for Charges. 

Nath 1 . Brown Masterof Engine N. 9 Applyd for the Premium 
of 13/4 allowd by the Town for working his Engine the first at 
the Fire that broke out at the Warehouse of Foster Hutchinson 
Esq r . the 28 th . of June Last Voted that he have a draft accord- 
ingly 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 28 th . 1759 
Present Mess". Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin & Oliver. 

Joseph Dogget Pilot Master of the Sloop Windsor Joseph Luce 
late Master waited on the Selectmen with M r . Hartly & Informd 
them that S d . Sloop Saild from Philadelphia the 5 th . Instant 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Loaded with Flour & Iron that on the 7 th the S d . Master was taken 
down with the Small Pox [lOti.] & died the 17 th . at Marthas 
Vineyard, that when He deceased, they Carried on Shore his Bed 
Bedding & every thing that was with him in the Cabin except some 
Paper, that before they Saild from the Vineyard which was the 
24 th . Instant they Smoakd the Vessell with Brimstone & washed 
the Cabin <fc Steerage with Vinegar, & put on Shore everything Lia- 
ble to Infection, & that Since they were at Ransfords Island they 
have put on Shore the Paper, that there remains on board S d . Sloop 
a man that has not had the Small Pox. 

Voted that M r . Hartly takes Care that the Vessell is Sufficiently 
Smoakd & Cleansed & that every thing on board liable to Infec- 
tion be taken on Shore, & that the Person Liable to the distemper 
be put into the Well House untill it may be determined whether he 
will have the distemper or not & then report to the Selectmen 
On which M r . Hartly reported that the Vessell was Sufficiently 
Cleansed that the Paper was put on Shore as also the Person Lia- 
ble to the Distemper Voted that S d . Sloop be permitted to Come 
up to Town & gave M r . Hartly the follow 8 Order. 

Boston Aug 1 . 28 th . 1759. 
M r . Hartly 

Whereas you have reported to the Selectmen that you have 
Sufficiently Smoakd & Cleansed the Sloop Windsor Joseph Luce 
late Master from Philadelphia which was Stopd at the Hospital on 
Acco'. of the Small Pox. It is our Orders that you let the S d . 
Sloop depart the Island after you have taken on Shore every thing 
Liable to Infection as allso the Person who has not had the distem- 
per & there remain untill [1O7.] further Orders from us. 

Charles Slight who came in Cap 1 . Bryant from the Bay of Hon- 
duras who appears to be Sick and in a Suffering Condition Applyd 
to the Selectmen for relief He says that he has Considerable Wages 
due Voted that He be sent to the Alms House & that Enquiry 
be made about his wages & what is due to him. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 29 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Mess. Fosdick & Thornton this day agreed with the Selectmen 
to pave the piece of Way at Charlestown Ferry Way Imediatly, 
to do all & find all for twenty three pounds Lawfull Money, & to 
do it to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen.. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 3 d . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Cap 1 . Joseph Eddy Master of the Sloop Sally waited upon the 
Selectmen & reported that he arrivd this Morning from Jamaica, 
that he Saild from thence the 25 th . of July last, that there is no 
Sickness on board his Vessell more than Common that he has not 
any Body Sick in his Vessell Voted that he have liberty to Come 
to Town his Ship being Stopd at the Castle on Suspicion of hav- 
ing Sickness on board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. 109 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 5 th . 1759 Pres- 
Mess rs . Jackson Gushing Hewes & Austin. 

[1O8.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 12 th . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Granted M r . Austin Liberty to Open a Drain before his House in 
Sudbury Street. 

Voted that the Perambulation of the Boundary Lines with the 
Town of Roxbury be on Friday the 21 st . Instant and that the Town 
Clerk write a Letter to the Selectmen of lloxbury to be Accord- 
ingly Sent to Inform them thereof. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 19 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

M r . David Wheeler applyd to the Selectmen for Liberty to Open 
a drain in Pond Lane 

Voted that he have Liberty to do it, & that he repair the Lane 
to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Assize of Bread Sell as Wheat at 6/2 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 26 th . Pres- 
ent Mess". Henshaw Jackson Scollay & Austin. 

The Selectmen according to their Appointment Perambulated 
the boundary Lines between Boston & Roxbury on Friday last 
being the 21 st . Instant & a return thereof Signed by the Selectmen 
by the S d . Towns is as follows Viz 4 , the Acco'. on File. 

Mem . Watchmen to take Care of Negroes after 9 O'Clock 

Agreed that the Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market be reduced of 
their price one Quarter part to Commence at the time the Market 
was Ordered to be Shut at Eleven o'Clock & so to Continue untill 
further Orders. 

[1O9.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 3 d . 
1759 Present Mess. Henshaw-. Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 17 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Jackson Hewes Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 6 / 2 p bush 1 . 4 d . all", for 
Charge. 

M r . Ebenezer Pierpont of Roxbury has agreed with Mess. Hen- 
shaw & Scollay in behalf of the Selectmen to build a Stone Wall 
three feet high & thirty four Rod Long, that is from Nole to Nole 
on the East Side of Boston Neck oposite to M r . Wentworths House 
for which he is to be paid four hundred pounds Old tenor, he is 
likewise to build a Stone Wall on the West Side of ten or twelve 
Rod Long for which He is to be paid One hundred Pounds Old 
tenor. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 24 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Oliver. 

Benj a . Starbuck Master of the Sloop Phenix reports that he 
Saild from Philadelphia the 6 th . Instant that on the 4 th . Instant 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

his Vessell was Stopd at the Castle on Account of the Small Pox 
being in Philadelphia that his Lading Consists of Flour & Iron, 
that he has nothing on board liable to retain any Infection, that 
his People have not had the distemper, that he does not think any 
of them will, as they were not on Shore near any place where the 
distemper was Voted that be permitted to Come to Town with 
his Vessell. 

Cap'. Edmund Morton reports that he came from Philadelphia 
in the Sloop Eliza the 24 th . of last Month that he was taken up at 
Sea the 18 Instant by Cap'. Theop". Demmick in a foundering 
Condition, that Cap'. Dimock [11O.] In Sloop Success Saild from 
Philadelphia the 27 th . of Sep'. last that he had not any Person Sick 
or Indisposed, that the Sloop Success is Loaded with Wheat flour 
& Iron, that she has nothing on board liable to retain Infection, 
that S d . Vessell is now Stopd at the Castle on Suspicion of having 
the Small Pox on Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 29 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octob r . 31". 1759 

Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Aus- 
tin & Oliver. 

Cap'. Nath 1 . Sheverick reports that he came from Philadelphia 
in the Sloop Endeavour on the 5 th . Instant, that he has on board 
his Vessell for Cargo Flour & Wheat & that there is nothing on 
board Liable to retain the Infection of the Small Pox & that all 
his People are well. 

M r . John May is appointed weigher of Hay at the South Market 
&c (See his Bond.) 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 10 th 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

The Selectmen being Infonnd that the Ship Thornton John 
Elkshaw Master fron Quebec has a Number of People oa board 
Sick, the Master was Sent for & reported that he has brought with 
him One hundred & Seventy Sailors (being part of those the Prov- 
ince Supply d Admiral Saunders & which he has dismissd) about 
Seven or Eight of which are Sick, & a Number of others Complaining 

Voted that the Master be orderd Imediatly to go with his Ship to 
Ransfords Island & there deliver all his Sick People and [ill.] 
Accordingly the Master was directed Imediatly to proceed to the Is- 
land aforesaid & the following directions were Sent to M r . Hartly 
Keeper of Said Island. 

Boston Nov r . 10 th . 1759 
M r . Hartly 

The Ship Thornton John Ekshaw Master lately Arrivd from 
Quebec has a Number of Sick on board, we have Orderd the Ves- 
sell to Ransfords Island & yoa must receive the Sick People into 
the Hospital & take all Needful Care of them, you must then come 
up to town to get what may be Necessary for then* Accomodation 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1759. Ill 

& Support, the Vessell may return to Town as soon as she has de- 
livercl the Sick on Shore. 

The following directions were also at the Same time given to 
Cap'. Ekshaw. 

Boston Novemb r . 10 th . 1759 
Cap'. Ekshaw 

Whereas we have been Informd that you have a Number of 
Sick People on board the Ship Thornton yourself Master, & it is 
apprehended by the Physician who has Seen them that they are 
Sick of an Infectious distemper, & if they are permitted to Come 
on Shore will Endanger the Health of the Inhabitants, we hereby 
direct you Imediatly to proceed with your Vessell to Ransfords 
Island, you must not Suffer any of your Sick to Land here, but 
must deliver ";hem to M r . Hartly the Keeper of the Hospital at 
Itansford Island who will take Care of them & you may return 
Imediatly with your Ship, M r . Hartly will Imediatly recive the 
Sick upon your Arrival at tho Island 



JOSHTJA HENSHAW 
Jo 8 . JACKSON 
THO". CUSHING 



HEWES 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
Bfinj A . AUSTIN 



Selectmen 



[112.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov*. 
I;")" 1 . 1759 Present Mess". Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, 
Scollay, Austin & Oliver. 

Whereas by the Fire that broke out yesterday at Olivers Dock, 
many Persons have been reduced from Comfortable Circumstances 
to a State of Absolute Want & Poverty and who Accordingly 
need some Imediate releif and whereas any releif that may be ob- 
taind by Subscription is not so likely to be distributed in so 
Equal & Just a manner as ought allways to take place on Such 
Occasions. 

Voted that a Letter be Imediatly wrote to the Ministers of the 
respective Churches in this Town de<?ireing them to recommend it 
to their Several Churches to make a Collection on the next Lords 
in the afternoon for the releif of Such of the Sufferers by the late 
Fire as may need it, & Voted that the Money so Collected be paid 
into the hands of Tho 9 . Hancock Tho". Hubbard Joseph Dowse 
Sam 1 . Grant John Phillips & Malatiah Bourne Esq r ". & Doctar 
Sylvester Gardner to be by them distributed to the Sufferers in 
proportion to their late Losses & their pressent Necessity & ac- 
cordingly the following Letter was wrote & Sent to the Several 
Ministers in the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 19 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing, Scollay Austin & Oliver 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 5 / 10 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 21 rt . 1759 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[113.] Cap'. "Wimble Informd the Selectmen that he had 
this day arrivd in his Sloop Staniford from New York at which 
place the Small Pox raged to a verry great degree on which the 
Selectmen wrote to the Governer requesting Him to give Orders 
that all Vessells from New York may be Stopd at Castle William 

Cap*. Wimble says that he has on board for Cargo Flour, Pitch 
one Bale of English Goods & twenty Bales of Cotton, that he has 
taken all the Care he could, least any Infection should be Commu- 
nicated Voted that Cap 1 . Wimble Send the Bales of Cotton 
English Goods to Ransfords Island to the Care of M r . Hartley 
that they be there Kept under his Care untill further Orders the 
following Orders the Selectmen gave to Cap 1 . Wimble 

Boston Nov r . 20 th . 1759. 
Cap*. Will. Wimble. 

S r . you being Just Arrived from New York 
in your Sloop Staniford & having on board one Bale of English 
goods & Several Bales of Cotton & as the Small Pox rages at New 
York, & those goods are Liable to retain Infection it is therefore 
our Orders that you Send the Bale of English goods & the Bales 
of Cotton & any other English goods Liable to Infection down to 
Ransfords Island & Committ them to the Care of M r . Hartly 
Keeper of the Hospital in order to be Aird. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28 th . 1759 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Assize of Bread Set as Wheat at 6 / 2 p. bush 1 , allowd 4 d . for 
Charges. 

[114.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
12 th . 1759 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Austin 
Oliver. 

W m . Clark Informs of his taking in W m . Jackson his Wife and 
Child from Rhode island. 

Benj a . Cooper at the North End by Clerks Ship yard Informs 
the Selectmen of his taking into his House Nathan Sawyer his 
Wife & three Children from New bury allso Benjamin Labberce 
from Newbury. 

Sam 1 . Jackson with his Wife & one Child at W m . Clarks at the 
South End Come from Rhode island by Land about a Month ago 
in order to get a passage to Philadelphia where they belong. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decenr*. 19 th . 1759 

Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

Jane Lackey Living Oposite the North Battery Informs the 
Selectmen that she has taken into Her House One Symonds from 
Quebec formerly belonging to Medford. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31". 1759 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay. 
Assise of Bread Set it 6/2 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for Charges. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 113 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 2 d . 17GO 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Application was made to the Selectmen that a Premium of 13/4 
may be allowed the Company belonging to the [115.] Engine N. 
2 for Working Said Engine first at the Fire that broke out the 
beginning of the last Month at a House near Copps Hill Voted 
that the Same be accordingly allowed them. 

John Ruddock Esq r . one of the Collectors of Taxes proposed 
Cap'. Nath 1 . Greenwood & M r . Caleb Parker as Sureties for Him 
Voted that they be Accepted. 

M r . Samuel Adams another Collector proposed Andrew Oliver 
Jun r . Esq r . & M r . Robert Perpont for his Sureties Voted that 
they be accepted. 

M r . Jonathan Payson another Collector proposed Jon*. Gary, 
Cooper, & John Greuton Inholder in Roxbury for his Sureties, 
Voted that they be Accepted. 

M r . John Grant the other Collector proposed Samuel Grant Esq r . 
& Cap'. Fortesque Vernon for his Sureties. Voted that they be 
Accepted. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 9 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 16 th . 1760 
Present Mess rs . Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Yesterday the Selectmen were Informed by D r . Kast that a Per- 
son was taken down with the Small Pox at the Wicldow Graves's 
near to D r . Mumfords on which D r . Whitworth was desired by the 
Selectmen to Vissit S d . Person & Report Accordingly He soon 
reported that the Person was Certainly Seized with the Small Pox 
& gave it as his Opinion, that he might be moved with [116.] 
Utmost Safety, He was Accordingly removed to the House at New 
Boston lately taken up on Acco'. of the Province, with his Bed & 
bedding & a Nurse & all other Necessarys to be provided for Him, 
at the Same time the Selectmen desired L) r . Whitworth to Attend 
him the Mans Name is Thomas Patten he belongs to Wells in the 
County of York He came a few days past from New York, where 
it is Supposd He got the distemper. 

Boston -88. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 17 . 30 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

There being a dispute between M r . Eben r . Pierpont & the Select- 
men about the length of the Wall which he agreed to build on the 
East Side of the Neck, Opposite M r . Wentworth He now agrees to 
build the the Wall on the West Side the Nee!*, near to M r . Went- 
worths Land, fourteen Rod & of highth & Breadth agreeable to the 
agreement which was two feet & half Broad & two foot high 

Signd EBEN B . PIERPONT. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at G/2 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 17 . 6 th . 1760- 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Cap'. James Clemans applyd for Liberty to Keep a Tavern at 
the House M r . "Wright lately Occupied and after Consideration on 
his reasons therefore Voted that he Accordingly have Liberty. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 17 . 13 th . 1760. 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing Hewes Austin. 

[117.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 18 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin. 

This day D r . Sprague reported to the Selectmen that One Gideon 
Ball belonging to Albany now at M r . Richardsons at the South 
End is taken down with the Small Pox, upon which it was Voted 
that D r . Spragues House at New Boston be Imediatly taken up & 
that M r . Williston be directed to make a Fire & prepare a Room 
Imediatly for his reception. It was allso Voted that S d . Ball be di- 
rectly removed from S d . Richardsons to D r . Spragues House at 
New Boston & that M r . Henshaw & M r . Scollay be a Committee 
to see him removed & that M r . Gushing & M r . Austin Imediatly 
See D r . Whitworth & desire him to attend upon S d . Ball during 
his Sickness & they are allso to take Care that S d . House is pre- 
pared for S d . Balls reception. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 19 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Austin. 

M r . Benj a . Smith Informd that he had taken into his House, at 
the West part of the Town one Peter Laundree a French Neutral 
from Milton. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 20 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Austin & 
Oliver. 

[118.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 25 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay & Oliver. 

Boston, ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 26 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Oliver. 

Information being given to the Selectmen that a Schooner Polly 
Samuel Horton Masti-r ( belonging to Marblehead) lately Arrivd at 
Marblehead from Philadelphia & yesterday Came to the Hospital 
atRansfords Island being Sent thither by the Selectmen of Marble- 
head, who were under Apprehensions that there may be some 
danger of the Small Pox, as She is Come from Philadelphia where 
it prevails Application was made by Col. Lee that She may be 
permitted to return to Marblehead. 

Upon which Jeremiah Hagorty Mate who went the voyage in S d . 
Schooner was examined by the Selectmen & says that Cap'. Hor- 
ton was taken 111 with the Small Pox at Philadelphia about two 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 115 

Weeks before they Saild but was on Shore Longer & Left there 
Sick with that distemper, that Cargo of S d . Vessell Consists only 
of a Quantity of Flour, Iron, & about fifty five bush 1 , of Bran, & 
that there is nothing Else on board, that no Person is Sick on 
Board, but all in good Health, when at Philadelphia & were Since, 
that there is two Persons that belong to S d . Schooner, who have not 
had the Small Pox, but they are very Well. 

On which the Selectmen gave Orders to M r . Hartly to take on 
Shore at the Island the Bran & the mans Chest who died at Phila- 
delphia with the Cloaths that are in it, allso the Master & one man 
who have not had the Small Pox [119.] and any Woolins that the 
men may have purchased at Philadelphia & there Keep them untill 
further Orders. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 27 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 6/2 p bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

M r . Hartly reported to the Selectmen that he had taken on 
Shore at Raiusfords Island from on board the Polly Samuel Horton 
Master the Bran &c. Ordered the 26 th . Ult. & that they are Suffi- 
ciently Aird & that he Apprehends there will be no danger in per- 
mitting the two to depart the Island as they make no Complaint & 
have been now Twenty days from Philadelphia therefore Ordered 
M r . Hartly to Let the two men depart & deliver the things taken 
on Shore to their respective Owners. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 5 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Agreed with Cap 1 . French who is bound to Philadelphia for the 
Passage of Moses M c Connell who has been for Some time in the 
Alms House on the Province Acco'. & deliverd Cap'. French one 
Bed & a Blanket which he is to return again & for S d . M c Connells 
passage & provisions Cap'. French is to be paid Five dollars. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 11 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

[12O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 19 th . 
1760 Present Mess". Henshaw, Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin & Oliver. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 26 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Gushing Scollay Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 12 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
Oliver. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 6/2 P bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

The Selectmen Appoint Cap'. Isaac Dupee to make enquiry after 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

all Such Persons that come into Town as Strangers, & are not 
Inhabitants here, & make report thereof to the Selectmen from 
time to time, & S d . Dupee is Impowerd to Warn Such Persons as 
they Shall have Warrants for to depart the Town and all his doings 
in Consequence of this Appointment He is to Enter in a Book to 
be Kept for that Purpose. 

Cap'. Dupee is allso Appointed & Impowerd to Act as Clerk of 
Faneuil Hall Market from this time during the Indisposition of 
M r . Abijah Adams, the Standing Clerk, & he is to prossecute all 
Breaches of the Law of the Town for the regulation of S d . Market. 

Voted that M r . Williston direct the Sealers of Wood to be at 
the Selectmens Room the next Wednesday. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 31 st . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Voted that M r . Brown of the Engine at New Boston have an 
Order for two Premiums for Working his Engine tlie first at the 
Fire at M r . Bowdoins House near to Docter [121. J Mayhews 
Meeting which was on Fire, allso at M r . Eustices House in Sud- 
bury Street which was on Fire. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 p. bush 1 . 4 d . for Charge. 

Voted that M r . Read Master of the Marlborough Engine have 
three Premiums for Working his Engine first at the Fire at Griffins 
Wharf, at Cap'. Forbu's & at the Great Fire which begain Lately 
in Cornhill. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . l rt . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

M r . Hartly Informed the Selectmen that the Ship True Brittain 
Cap'. Searle Master arrived yesterday at Rainsfords Island from 
Antigua, that he left that pl.ice twenty one days ago, that Since 
that time, they have had Nine Persons on board that have had the 
Small Pox, that Seven of them are quite well, the other two men 
are on the recovery, that there is no Person now on board Liable 
to that distemper, on which the following Orders were given to 
M r . Hartly. 

M r " Hartly 

As the Ship True Briton Cap*. Searle Master is arrived at your 
Island from Antiqua & on her passage Several Persons have had 
the Small Pox on board, and there being Several Passengers who 
are not liable to the distemper, it is our Orders that you let them 
Leave the Island after they are Sufficiently Aird & Shifted with 
Cloaths from the Town, let none of the Women Leave the Island 
or the Vessell & let none of the People nor any thing Come from 
on board the Vessell & use your discreatiou in the Smoking & 
airing the Vessell & the mens Cloaths & then report to us. 

[122.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 9 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

George Pringle a Blind man now in the Alms House applyd & 
desires a passage may be procured for him for England, He was 
borne in Shields ner New Castle. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 117 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap r . 16 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Deacon Timothy Newell Guardian to the Children of M r . Jere- 
miah Allen deceased, Applyd to the Selectmen Concerning the 
Vote that passed in the Town Meeting in March last for widening 
Ann Street, & as the Selectmen by S d . Vote are directed to Treat 
with Such Persons as are Interested in the House belonging to S d . 
Aliens Estate or the Guardians of Such as are Minors, what they 
expect to have for so much thereof as is Necessary to be taken 
down for widening S d . Street, the Selectmen after some discourse 
thereon with Deacon Newell agreed to referr the Same as follows 
Viz', whether any Sum & how much shall be given to S d . Aliens 
Heirs for what of S d - Mouse & Land may be taken for widening 
S d . Street, as it shall be determined by Samuel Grant Esq r . ft 
M r . John Barratt and Such third Person as they shall Choose, in 
Case of their Nonagreement neither party to be absolutely bound 
by Such determination. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April the 23 d . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson dishing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

[123.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th . 
1760 Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
& Austin. 

Beuj a . Ross is appointed a Watch man at the S. Watch 
House. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5 / 8 p. bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5 th . 1760 
Cap*. Francis Ingraham Master of a Sloop from Monta Christy 
reports that on his passage from thence he buryd one of his men 
with the Small Pox four days before his Arrival here, that he has 
four Persons on board who have not had the Small Pox, Voted 
that M r . Hartly take on Shore the above four Persons & there 
Keep them untill further Orders, that the Vessell be Sufficiently 
Cleausd & Smoakd & that he report to the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Cushing Hewes Scollay Oliver. 

This day Seven of those People Called Neutrals were by Royal 
Tyler Sent to the Selectmen for them (for the pressant) to take 
Care & provide for them S d . Neutrals came from the Town of 
Reading their Names are as follows. Viz'. John Tibbedeau & his 
Wife Margaret, Paul & Joseph Tibbedeau their Sons, Mary & 
Elizabeth Tibbedeau their daughters Mary L e . Berthier Gran 
daughter the allowance in the Town for five Persons was as fol- 
lows, 3 half Pecks India n Meal one Peck Rye 9'. Pork 12'. Beef 
& Sauce & 2 Qu u . Milk P day. 

[124.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 14 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Hewes Austin Jackson. 

Cap'. Joseph Godfry of Schooner Lydia from Philadelphia re- 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

ports that he has been from thence twelve days and all well on 
board, but not having had the Small Pox & some of the Cargo he 
has on board being Liable to the Infection of the Small Pox, 
Viz'. Hemp & Duck, Voted, that it be Landed at Rainsfords Isl- 
and, & accordingly gave M r . Hartly Orders to receive the Same 
& to have it well Aird. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21 st . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson, Hewes, Scollay & Austin. 

Voted that Mess". Henshaw Jackson & Scollay be a Committee 
to see that a Fence is put up round the South Battery as it was before 
the late Fire & that a House be Erected for the reception of the 
Military Stores, Conformable to a Vote of the Town at their last 
Meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay and Austin. 

Cap'. Nathanael Winslow Master of the Sloop Fhenix & Cap*. 
Robert Montgomry of the Sloop Hannah & Martha Report that 
they left New York the 7 th . Instant & this day Arrive! off Castle 
William where they were Stopd on Acco 1 . of the Small Pox being 
in New York, that the}' have no [125.] Cargo on board being in 
their Ballast, that they took no goods on board (being in their 
Ballast) At New York nor any other thing Liable to Infection that 
they are all well on board. Voted they be permitted up to Town 

At the same time James Campbell Master of the Sloop Endeav- 
our reported that he left Philadelphia the Ninth Instant, that he 
has on board for Cargo, Flour, Iron and two hundred Rheams of 
Paper, that he took no goods of any other Sort on board his 
Vessell, that he arrived this day off Castle William & was there 
Stopd 

Voted that the Paper be put on Shore at Rainsfords Island to 
the Care of M r . Hartlys when that is done, the Vessell be permit- 
ted to Come up to Town, the Selectmen gave M r . Hartly orders 
to receive the Paper. 

The Hon ble . John Osburne Esq r . Sent a Message to the Select- 
men desiring the Use of Faneuil Hall for the Gov r . Councill &c to 
dine in on the Ensuing Election Day. Voted that Liberty be 
granted. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 P. bush 1 . S d . All*, for Charge. 

This day the Officers of the Artilery Company desired of the 
Selectmen the Liberty of Faneuil Hall on the next Monday being 
Artillery Election of Officers & for their Company to Dine in 
Voted that Liberty be granted. 

This day the Selectmen took into Consideration the State of the 
French Neutrals lately Sent into this Town and Accordingly 
wrote the following Letter to the General Court who are to dis- 
pose of them through the County. 

Boston May 27 th . 1760 

Gentlemen 

The Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston, 
Agreeable to the request & desire of the Committee [126.J Ap- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 119 

pointed by the General Court to Apportion a Number of the French 
Inhabitants among the Several Towns in the County of Suffolk 
have made Such Provission for Said Inhabitants as was Necessary 
for their Comfortable Support as they came into the Town, we 
expected to have had the Care of them, but about two or three 
days, it is now above three weeks. We take Leave to Inform the 
Commitee that we are so Engaged in the Towns Bussiness that \\e 
Cannot possibly attend to this Affair for any Longer time than 
this week, the Committee therefore will be pleused after that time 
to make Such provission for the Inhabitants aforesaid as they in 
their Wisdom shall think propper 
We with great respect remain 

your most Obe<lient Serv u . 

THE SELECTMEN. 
To the Hon ble . Sam 1 . Watts Esq r . & others a Committee &c. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Scollay & Austin 

William Peake Master of the Schooner Ann from Philad". re- 
ports that he Saild from that place, Nine days ago that He has on 
board for Cargo, Flour, Iron & about one Tun & a halt of Hemp, 
that he has no other goods on board liable to receive Infection, 
that himself and none of his People were on Shore while there & 
that they are all well on board. 

Cap'. Dingly in a Sloop from Philadelphia reports that he Saild 
from thence about Nine days past that he has on board for Cargo, 
Flour Iron & about fifty Rheams of Paper. 

[127.] The Selectmen having received Information from M r . 
Robb Sugar Baker & from other Persons, lately from Philadelphia, 
respecting the State of the Small Pox in that place, the Selectmen 
thereupon Come into the follow 8 Vote that application be made 
to the Governor that the the Prohibition be taken off of Vessells 
comeing from Philadelphia may be permitted to pass the Castle, 
without being Stopd. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4 th . 1760 
Present Henshaw, Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

M r . Nath 1 . Brown Master of Engine N. 2 desires that two men 
may be added to his Engine, agreeable to the Vote of the Town in 
May last, & proposed Joseph Balch & Josheph True the Select- 
men Consented to it & appointed S d . Balch & True to S d . Engine 
accordingly, to do Such duty as is required by Said Vote. 

M r . Bently Master of Engine N. 1 Applyd to the Selectmen 
for a Bounty for working his Engine the first, at the Fire at M r . 
Lillys House near to the Old North Meeting House about a Month 
past. 

Whereas it is thought Necessary & Convenient that the Engine 
House, that now Stands near the old North Mee.ing House & 
Oposite to S r . Henry Frauklands Mansion House be removed from 
that place to the land on the Square near to the Watch House 
Voted that Mess". Austin & Scollay be a Committee to take Cure 
that Watch House is removed and repaird. 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[128.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 th . 
17fi(J Present Mess. Hensliaw Jackson Scollay & Austin. 

Daniel Culef Applys for Liberty to Open a drain in the Street 
near to Winnessimmit Ferry, Voted that he have Liberty, He En- 
gageing to Lay the pavement down again in good Order. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18 th . 17GO 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

M r . Bently Applyd for an Addition of two men to the Engine 
which he Commands & proposed Jonathan Brown & George Rumly 
for the approbation of the Selectmen Voted that the above men 
be added to the Engine. 

Elias Robinson Master of Engine N. 3 being Incapeable through 
Indisposition of Body to do his duty in thnt Service desires He 
may for the above reason be dismissed on which M r . James Bar- 
nerd was appointed to that office at the Same time S d . Barnard 
applyd for four men to be added to the Engine under his Command 
& proposed the following Persons Viz 1 . Henry Newell Edw d . Bur- 
beck Jun r . Elias Robinson & John Adams for the aprobation of 
the Selectmen Voted that the above Person be added to S d . 
Engine. 

Francis Archibald Informed the Selectmen that he has taken 
into his House as a Maid Servant Mary Meeke who came from 
Marblehead. 

[129.] Voted that Mess. Jnekson & Scollay be a Committee 
to wait on the Lieut'. Governer desircing that he would give Such 
Orders to the Selectmen, as he shall think fit for Supplying any 
ditficieucy of men that may at any time happen in the Engines. 

Solomon Kneeland Master of Engine N. 9 Informd the Select- 
men that he Chose to resign e that office on which the Selectmen 
Appointed Stephen Greenleaf to Succeed him as Master of S d . 
Engine, at the Same time S d . Greenleaf applyd for the Addition of 
one Man to S d . Engine in the Room of M r . Greenleaf & proposed 
Ebenezer M c lntosh who was by the Selectmen Approbated. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, Scolhiy, 
Austin, Oliver. 

Agreed that the Vissitation of the Publick Schools be on Wednes- 
day the 2 d . da} r of July next, & that the following Gentlemen be 
Invited to Accompany the Selectmen Viz*, the List on File. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Voted that Mess. Henshaw & Scollay be a Committee to repair 
the way at the head Eliot Street near to M r . Powells & the other 
ways that are frequented in that Neighbourhood 

Voted that M r . Henshaw & Austin be a Committee to repair 
Purchase Street near Cap'. Eglestones 

[13O.] Voted that the following Letter be Sent to the Select- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 121 

men of Roxbury respecting one Dorcas How, who is an Inhabitant 
of that Town & is now in the Alms House in this Town. 

Boston June 30 th . 1760. 
Gentlemen 

"We have at our Alms House one Dorcas How who 
lately Came from } - our Town, she is Sick & in Such Circumstances 
as at pressent renderr her removal unsafe, we sometime Since In- 
fo rmd, Joseph Williams Esq r . your Representative of this Matter, 
but she Still Continues with us & at Considerable Expence, as 
she is an Inhabitant of Roxbury She is at your Charge perhaps 
you will Incline to provide for her yourselves & in Such way as 
you may think best, we therefore give you this Information that 
you may Act as you think proper on this Occasion We are 
&c THE SELECTMEN OF ROXBUUY. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
& Oliver. 

Orders were given to the Engine men as P Copy on file 
Commencement day no meeting of the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Joseph Cocks Master of the Sloop Charming Molly reports that 
he arrived in Town the last Evening from Philadelphia [131.] 
That He left that Place Eighteen days past, that He has on board 
for Cargo, Flour, Iron, & Six Tuns of Hemp that there is no One 
on board his Vessell that have had the Small Pox, that his Men 
on board are all well, that all the Hemp Saving about Fifteen Hun- 
dred weight Came out of the Country directly, was tak^n out of 
the Waggon directly on board the Vessell at Philadelphia, the 
above Fifteen Hundred weight was taken on board from a Store 
by the Water Side, He further Says that the Small Pox is in but 
very few Houses in Philadelphia, & where it is by Inoculation. 

Voted that Cap'. Cocks have liberty to come to Town with His 
Vessell. 

M r . Hartly Informed the Selectmen that the Sloop Ann Thomas 
Morton Master, arrivd at Rainsfords Island the last Night from 
Philadelphia that there is one of his Men on board Sick of the Small 
Pox, that there is no other Person on board Liable to that dis- 
temper, that his Cargo is Flour Iron & about one hundred Rheams 
of Paper the Selectmen Ordered M r . Hartly as follows. 

Boston July 22 d . 1 760 
M'. Hartly 

Whereas the Sloop Ann Thomas Morton Mast r . has 
Stopd at Raiusfords with the Small Pox on board 3 - ou are to there 
to detain S d . Sloop untill further Orders & take the Person that is 
on board Sick on Shore, as soon as he is in Circumstances of being 
removed, you must allso take everything on Shore that is likely to 
retain the Infection, you must also Smoke & Cleanse the Vessell 
and make report to us as soon as may be. 

[132.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d . 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay Aus- 
tin. 

M r . Austin Complained to the Selectmen that the Lower part of 
Cambridge Street that Leads up to Beacon Hill is vcrry much 
damaged & so much Gullyd by the great run of Water from Bea- 
con Hill, that it was become Impassable, therefore Voted that 
Mess". Austin & Scollay be a Committee to take ('are that it be 
so repaird as to make a good & Sufficient High Way. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2G th . 1760 
Present Mess. Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, Scollay Austin & Oliver. 
M r . Jonathan Williams made Complaint to the Selectmen, that 
MMIartly the Keeper of the Hospital, refused to take the Person 
who is Sick with the Small Pox on board Cap'. Mortons Vessell on 
Shore, He Suggested that he had a Number of men on the Island 
moving & making Hay who never had the distemper & that he 
detained the man on board untill the Work was Compleated upon 
which it was Voted to write M r . Hartly upon this head, accord- 
ingly the following Letter was Sent Him. 

Boston July 26 th . 1760. 
M r . Ilartly 

S r . The Owner of the Sloop Ann Tho . Morton has 
been with the Selectmen & Complains that you refuse to take the 
Sick Person on Shore, notwithstanding he has been in Circum- 
stances to be removed ever Since the Vessell arrived at the Island, 
it is Suggested that you have a Number of Laborers on Shore who 
never had the Small Pox [133.] And that for your own Conven- 
ience & Interest you detain the man on board, till your Work is 
done, if that is the Case you Certainly use the Owner & freight- 
ers of the Sloop verry 111, & are Answerable for all damages that 
may Insue to the Vessell & Cargo for this detention It is our 
Orders that you remove the Sick Person & dismiss the Vessell as 
soon as you can Consistant with the Health of the Sick and the 
Safety of the Town. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 

JOSEPH JACKSON 

THO". GUSHING 

Sam". HEWES ^ Selectmen. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJ A . AUSTIN 

Boston as. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay Austin. 

M r . Thomas Read apply d for two men to Compleat the Number 
of the men belonging to his Engine. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

M r . Hartly reported, that he had taken from on board the Sloop 
Ann Thomas Morton Master which is now at Rainsfords Island, 
Jonathan Buck of Situate the man who has been Sick with the 
Small Pox on board S d . Vessell that He has Sufficiently Cleansed 
& Smokd S d . Sloop. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 123 

On which the Selectmen wrote the Lieut'. Governor a Letter 
Signifying the above & that the Vessell might come to Town with- 
out Indangeririg the Inhabitants. 

[134.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, Aus- 
tin. 

Assise of Bread Set as "Wheat at 5/4 p. bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Nath 1 . Chevereux Master of the Sloop Love reports that He 
Sailed from Philadelphia the 2(J th . Instant that he Arrive! this day 
at the Castle where be was Stopd that his Cargo Consists of Flour 
& Iron that his men are all well on board, that he has nothing on 
boad Liable to any Infection Voted that he have Liberty to Come 
to Town with his Vessell. 

John Gibbs Master of the Sloop Tryall reports that he Saild 
from Philadelphia about fourteen days ago, that he Arrive! this day 
at the Castle where he was Stopel, that his Cargo Consists of Flour 
& Iron, that he has nothing on board his Vessell liable to Infection, 
that his men are all well Voted that He come to Town with his 
Vessell. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 1 st . 1760 
Present Mess rs . Henshaw Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Cap'. John Waterman Master of the Sloop Deborah Reports 
that he Saild from Philadelphia in the S d . Sloop about Fourteen 
days past arrive! this day at Castle William was there Stopd, that 
his Cargo Consists of Flour & Iron, that he has nothing on board 
liable to retain any Infection, that all his People arc well & in 
Health Voted that He come to Te>wn with his Vessell. 

[135.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 4 th . 
17GO Present Mess". Heushaw, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay, Aus- 
tin & Oliver. 

Voted that the Selectmen wait upon his Excellency Gov r . Bar- 
nerd to-morrow morning, to Congratulate him upon his Safe arri- 
val to this Government & that the following Address be presented 
him upon this Occasion. 

To his Excellency Francis Bnrnerd Esq r . Captain Gen 1 . Governor 
& Commander in Chief in and over His Majestys Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay In New England, & Vice Admiral of the 
Same. 

The Address of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston May it 
Please your Excellcy 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston take this Opportunity, 
with great respect to Congratulate your safe & Happy Arrival at 
the Capital of a Province which the Wisdom of our Sovereign has 
Committee! to your Care. 

The Appointment of a Gentleman of your Acknowledged Accom- 
plishments to this Important Trust, must afford the greatest Satis- 
faction to all who have the prosperity of this Province at Heart, 
& we Cannot but entertain the pleasing hopes that the Happy 
Effects of your Administration of Government of which one of the 
Brittiah Colonies has already had experience will be Enjoyd by 
this 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

[136.] Permitt us then to Express our Sincere Joy on this 
Occasion, and to assure your Excellenc}' of our Zealous Endeav- 
ours, as far as our Influence Extends to promote the Success your 
Publick Services, and a Just Confidence in your Government. 

While with great Submission to your Excellency we Commend 
the rights & Priviledges, the Trade and Commerce & every Inter- 
est of this Metropolis to your protection and favour we have a firm 
perswasion that its Inhabitants will be ever ready to Exhibit all 
proper Testimonies of Loyalty to His Majesty as well as duty & 
Effection to your Excellency. 

In the Name & by Order of the Selectmen 
of the Town of Boston 

Ez L . GOLDTHWAIT Town Clerk 

Tuesday Morning August 5 th . 1760. 

This Morning the Selectmen waited on His Excellency Governer 
Barnerd & presented the foregoing Address to which his Excel- 
lency was pleased to make the following Answer : 

Gentlemen 

The affectionate Terms of this Address deserve my warmest 
Acknowledgements I can assure you that my highest Ambitiou is 
to answer the Expectations you have Concieved of me 

The Known & Experienced Loyalty of the Town of Boston 
Leaves me no room to doubt, but that you will Support his Maj- 
estys Government under [137.] My Administration, whilest I 
use the power with which I am Intrusted for the good of the Peo- 
ple, over whome I am placed. For this purpose it has been granted 
to me, & for this I hope I shall always Exert it. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 6 th . 1760 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Scollay, Austin & Oliver. 

M r . Nath 1 . Brown Master of Engine No. 2 Applyd to the Select- 
men to have a man Added to the List of his men for an Ax man 
& proposed Daniel Lilly belonging to Cap'. Jenkins's Company 
Voted that he be Added to the List. 

Benjamin Salisburys Petition was read praying for Liberty to 
build a Workhouse of Wood upon his own Land as no good foun- 
dation can be obtained fora Brick Building without verry great 
Expence. 

The Selectmen accordingly viewd the premisses & as they are of 
the Opinion He can't obtain a good Foundation for a Brick Build- 
ing without great Expence Voted that he have liberty to build 
with Wood a Workhouse provided he Covers the Sides of the Said 
Workhouse with Plaister or Slates & the Roof with Slate or File 
Agreeable to Law. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 13 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing Hewes Austin. 

Assiseof Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 P bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

[138.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 15 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson, Gushing, & Austin. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 125 

M r . Thomas Hartly reported to the Selectmen that Jon*. Buck 
the Person taken on Shore at the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
with the Small Pox, was well of Said distemper & Sufficiently 
Cleansed & might come to Town without any danger to the In- 
habitants of the Town 

Voted, that he have Liberty to come up to Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 25 th . 1760. 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug' .27 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin & 
Oliver. 

Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 2 d . 1760 
Present Mess. Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Thomas Hartly Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island re- 
ports to the Selectmen that the Selectmen of the Town of Gloces- 
ter have Sent to Rainsfoids Island the Schooner Jolly Robin Cap'. 
Doliver late Master from S*. Martins on Suspicion of having the 
Small Pox on board, that the late Master of S d . Vessell died on his 
passage from S l . Martins of S d . distemper Sixteen days ago that 
there is four men on board Liable to have Said distemper that the 
Vessell has on board for Cargo Six Bags of Cotton Wool & Salt 
S d . Hartly desires the Selectmens [139.] Orders respecting Said 
Vessell Upon which the following directions wer given to M r . 
Hartly. 

Boston Sep'. 2 d . 1760. 

M r . Hartly 

The Schooner Jolly Robin Paul Doliver Late Master 
from S l . Martins being Sent to Rainsfords Island on Suspicion of 
having the Small Pox on board, you are hereby directed to take on 
Shore all the goods now on board Said Vessell liable to retain the 
Infection, you must Smoke & Sufficiently Cleanse Said Vessell, & 
take all the men on who have not yet had the distemper & report 
of your doings as soon as may be. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 3 d . 1760 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw Jackson Hewes & Scollay. 

The Committee Apointed July 23 d . to Repair Cambridge Street 
Inform the Selectmen, that it is quite Necessary that a Broad 
paved Gutter be Layd down, in Order to Secure Said Street from 
being gullyecl, the Gutter to go up some part of the Street Leading 
to Beacon Hill as well as in Cambridge Street. Voted that a Gut- 
ter be Layd down According to their best discreation. 

M c . Nath 1 . Brown Master of Engine N. 2 Applyd to the Select- 
men for a man for his Engine to Supply the place of Joseph Balch 
who is gone out of the Province and at the Same time he proposed 
William Hill Baker to be the Man Voted that Said William Hill 
be added to the Number of men for S d . Engine. 

[14O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 5 th . 
1760. Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing. 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Hartly Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island reported 
to the Selectmen, that he had taken on Shore from on bo:ird the 
Schooner Jolly Robin, the People as allso all the goods that were 
Liable to retain the Infection that he has well Cleansed Aird & 
Smoakd the Vessell and that she may be permitted to go to Cape 
Ann without Endangering the Inhabitants as allso the People who 
belong to Her. 

Voted that the above Vessell be permitted to depart the Island, 
M r . Hartly recived Orders from the Selectmen Accordingly . 

Boston 88. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 10 th . 1760. 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5 / 8 P bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Cap*. Cussens Applyd for Liberty to open the Street Oposite 
the House of Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq r . in order to repair a 
Drain Voted that he have Liberty on repairing the Pavement 
again. 

Cap'. Joseph Domitt applyd to the Selectmen by Petition Set- 
ting forth that he was about building a Barn & Store on his Wharf 
which was called Goodings Wharf at the North End of the Town 
& as it would be verry Charguble to get a foundation, He therfore 
proposes to build S d . Barn & Store of Wood & Slate the Top pro- 
vided that the Selectmen Approve of it 

Voted that Mess. Cushing & Scollay View the Same & report. 

[141.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 17 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Scollay & Austin only. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 24 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson, Cushing Hewes Scollay & Aus- 
tin. 

M r . Joshua Blanchard Informd the Selectmen that he has Ap- 
plyd to his Neighbours in Dock Square to See what could be raisd 
among them to repair the Pump Standing in S d . Square, He says 
that Provided the Town will Allow three pounds Six Shillings & 
Eight Pence Lawful Money for their part that he will Engage to 
put in a New Pump & repair Said Well. 

Voted that as the Town has a Considerable Estate Bordering 
on Dock Square, that M r . Blanchard on his Effecting the above do 
have a draft on the Treasurer for three pounds Six Shillings & 
Eight pence. 

Whereas there is to be on Friday next a publick rejoicing on 
Acco*. of the Success of his Majestys Troops in the Intire Reduc- 
tion of Canada by their late Success against Moureal therefore 
Voted, that Faneuil Hall be Illuminated on Friday Evening & that 
M r . Williston make Provission therefor 

This day a Committee of the Council desired Liberty of of the 
Selectmen for the use of Faneuil Hall for the Governor & Council 
to dine in on Friday next, at the Same time desired the Company 
of the Selectmen to dine with the Governer & Council at the Hall 
Liberty Granted. 

[142.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 24 th . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 127 

1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scol- 

la} T & Austin. 

Col. Henshaw & M r . Austin are desired to Settle with Cap 1 . 
Solomon Davis, concerning a Woman brought in a Vessell be- 
longing to him from Louisbourg Commanded by Cap 1 . Thomas 
Davis. 

Paul Baxters Petition was read praying he might have Liberty 
to build a Coopers Shop or Workhouse of Wood upon his Land at 
the back of the Land where the Blue Anchor Tavern was (before 
the fire) near Olivers Dock, as no good foundation can be obtaind 
for a Building of Brick without a verry great Expense the 
Selectmen Accordingly viewd tlie Premisses & as they think it Im- 
practicable to get a good foundation for a Brick Building without 
great Expense Voted that be have Liberty to build with Wood 
provided he Conforms to the Law in that Case provided he Con- 
forms to the Law in that Case provided. 

Mess. Gushing & Scollay a Committee Concerning Cap'. Dora- 
mitts Petition report that they have Viewd the Promisses & give 
it as their Opinion that a foundation cant be obtaind without great 
Expence Voted that He have Liberty to build of Wood, agree- 
able to his Petition Provided he Conforms to the Law in that Case 
is provided. 

[143.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 29 th . 
1760 Present Mess. Henshaw Cushing Scollay & Austin. 

M r . Jonathan Williams Informs the Selectmen that the Small 
Pox has been so much abated in Philadelphia that but a verry few 
Persons have it, & those who have not had it, go freely about the 
Cit}- doing their Business and as it will soon be hazardous for 
Vessells Comeing from thence to be Stopd at the Castle without 
there is real Occasion for it therefore Prays that the prohibition 
may be taken off Voted that Information be given to the Gov- 
ernor of the above. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat a.t5/8 P bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 1. 1760 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw & Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 8 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing & Scollay. 

M r . William Moore distiller Informs the Selectmen that he has 
taken into his House as a boarder Sampson Tooly who came from 
London, Said Tool\- being Pressant Says that his buisiness is an 
Oilman, that he h:is brought Considerable with him & pleads to 
reside here if the Selectmen will give Liberty. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 14 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Scollay, Ausiin, & Oliver. 

Information being made to the Selectmen that Cap*. [144.] 
George Frost has this day arrive! in a Sloop from the Bahama Isl- 
ands & th-it Said Sloop has some Persons Sick on board with the 
yellow Feaver Voted that Doctor Whitworth be desired to go on 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

board S d . Sloop and report the State there of at three o'Clock thia 
afternoon. 

Accordingly Doctor Whitworth reported that he had been on 
board Cap*. Frosts Sloop that one man & no more is Sick, that he 
was first taken with a Feaver & Ague, which is now turned to a 
Common Intermitting Feaver, that the Vesscll has been into 
Rhodeisland, that the Sick man was there under the Care of Doc- 
ter Hunter of that Place, that the Said Sick Person has not the yel- 
low Fever, nor no other Person on board the Vessell and He gives 
it as his Opinion that Said Sloop may Come to the Wharff without 
any danger to the Inhabitants of the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 15 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

It was moved at the Selectmens Board that an Answer may be 
wrote to M r . Bollans Letter & after Consultation upon it, it was 
Voted that before an}- reply is made that M r . Bollans Letter of the 
12 th . of July last be laid before the Committe appointed by the 
General Court relative to the Fire on the 20 th . of March last. 

It having been represented to the Selectmen that the Clerks of 
some of the Companys of Militia have demanded of Some of the 
men belonging to the Engines, their Fines for not [145.] training 
Voted that Mess. Henshaw Gushing and Scollay be a Committee 
to acquaint Col. Phillips with this affair, & desire that he would 
Cause all the Engine men to be Exempted from Military duty. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 20 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing, Hewes, Austin. - 

Whereas the Committee appointed by the General Court relative 
to the late Fire are to meet to morrow Evening Voted that the 
Said Committee be desired to furnish the Selectmen with Such an 
Account relative to S d . Fire as M r . Agent Bollans prescribes, if 
practicable & if not Such an one as they Apprehend will best An- 
swer the Purpose. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 22 d . 1760 
Present Mess. Heushaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

M r . John Spooner Applyd to the Selectmen for Liberty to Open 
a drain in Water street, Voted that he have liberty therefor, He 
Laying the Pavement down again in good Order. 

M r . Henshaw made report that agreeable to a Vote of the Se- 
lectmen the Committee of which he is a Member had requested of 
the General Court Committee relative to the late Fire to furnish the 
Selectmen with Such An Account as M r . Bollan has requested in his 
Letter of the 12 th . of July last, & that no Vote of Said Committee 
Could be obtained for the furnishing an Acco 1 . most of [146.] 
the Committee apprehending it was not their Business but that it 
belonged to the Towns Committee. 

Voted that as no Account can be obtained of the Committee of 
the Court, that a Letter be Imediately wrote in answer to M r . 
Bollans Letter. & that he be furnished from the Books of the 
Courts Committee witli the best Account that they will Afford us 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17 GO. 129 

Accordingly a Letter was wrote to M r . Bollans & he was fur- 
nished iu it with the Same Account that the Courts Committee have 
lately Supplyd the Corum 86 . of Merchants in London Vide the 
Letter &c. on File. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 27 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Voted that John Brown Master of the Engine N. G have an 
Order for a Premium for working his Engine the first at thy Fire 
that hapned lately at M r . Ivers's Sugar House at New Boston. 

Voted that M r . Williston Inform the Masters of the respective 
Engines to be here the next Wednesday & that then P^nquiry be 
made whether they have their full Compliment of men it having 
been represented to the Selectmen that their Companys are not fiUl. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 29 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing llewes Scollay & Austin. 

Voted that Mess". Henshaw & Gushing be a Committee to wait 
upon Secretary Oliver with M r . Bollans Letter of the 12 th . of July 
last & desire Him to Communicate the [147.,] Same as Soon as 
May be to the Governer & Council & take their Resolutions upon 
the Same with respect to the Proofs that M r . Bollan advises to 
have taken before them. 

The Masters of the respective Engines appeard before the Select- 
men according to order & they all reported that they had their full 
Compliment of Men, Except Engine N. (5 the Master of which 
reported that he wanted one man to make up his Compliment 
Whereupon He was desired with his Company to fix upon a 
Suteable Person & present him as soon as may ba to the Selectmen 
for their Aprobation. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 p. bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 5*. 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw, Jackson, Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

Mess. Henshaw & Gushing reported that agreeable to a Vote 
of the Selectmen of the 29 th . of Oct r . last, they had waited upon 
M r . Secretary Oliver with M r . Bollans Letter of the 12 th . of July 
last & desired him to Communicate the Same as soon as possible 
to the Governer & Council & take their resolutions upon the Same, 
& Accordingly M r . Secretary Communicated Said Letter to the 
Governer & Council the 31 st . of October last & in Consequence of 
it they passed the following Vote which Vote was delivered by 
M r . Secretary Oliver to M r . Ht-nshaw. 

[148.J In Council October 31 st . 1760 

Present his Excellency the Governer &c 

In as much as the General Court by their Vote of the 22 d . of 
March last Impowered the Selectmen & Overseers of the Poor of 
the Town of Boston to receive the Moneys that might be Col- 
lected for the Sufferers by the late great Fire, & distribute the 
Same at their discreation and as two thousand pounds Sterling has 
been Collected in London, which was left at the disposal of the Gov- 
erner & Council, and by them has been put into the hands of the 



130 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Said Gentlemen, & there is now advice of One thousand pounds 
more Collected in London for the purpose aforesaid at the disposal 
of the Governer & Council. 

Ordered that the Secretary draw for Said thousand pounds at 
Parr, and pay it into the hands of the Selectmen and Overseers of 
the Poor of the Town of Boston to be distributed as aforesaid, 
and that the S d . Gentlemen be desired to prepare Accounts of the 
Loss with proper Vouchers for each particuler, and of the Moneys 
received in Aid of the Sufferers, to be laid before the Governer 
and Council in Order to be Transmitted to England. 

Coppy Exam d . ANDREW OLIVER SECR*. 

M r . Henshaw &c. further report that as this Vote respect 1 , the 
Committee Apointed by the General Court relative to the late Fire, 
he had Communicated the Same to them & that they had taken it 
under Consideration & had Chosen a Committee to Consider what 
was proper [149.] to be dune upon it and report to the Committee 
at their Adjournment. 

Voted that M r . Goldthwait Imediatly prepare a fair Coppy of the 
Alphabetical List of all the Persons that have been warned out 
of the Town, and returned to the Court of Sessions, many years 
past, in Order that the Overseers of the Poor may be furnished 
with the Same. 

Boston SB. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 24 th . 1760 
Present Mess rs . Henshaw Scolla}' & Austin. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26 th 1760. 
Present Mess. Hensbaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

The high Sheriff Informed the Selectmen that there was in the 
Jail a French Prisoner who is not an Inhabitant of any town in 
the Province & that he is so Indisposed as that it is highly Neces- 
sary, that he should be removed to Some other place that may be 
proper Accordingly an Order was Sent to M r . Procter Keeper 
of the Alms House to receive him. 

Signed JOSHUA HENSHAW ) . 

JOHN SCOLLAY {Selectmen 

JOHN PHILLIPS Overseer of the Poor. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 p. bush 1 . 4 d . all for 
Charges. 

This day Gideon Smith Master of the Schooner Mayflower In- 
formd the Selectmen that there is on board his Schooner [15O.] 
Archelaus Harding belonging to the Town of Chatham who he Ap- 
prehends has got the Small Pox, on which D r . Whitworth was desired 
to Vissit the man & report Accordingly D r . Whitworth reported 
to the Selectmen that He had Vissited the above Person & that he 
has the Small Pox On which Cap*. Smith was desired to proceed 
to Rainsfords Island with his Vessell and there deliver Said Har- 
ding to M r . Hartly Keeper of the Hospital on Said Island, & the 
following Order was given to M r . Hartly who was present. 

Boston Novem r . 28 th . 1760. 
M r . Hartly 

The Schooner May Flower has on board a man who has the Small 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 131 

Pox, we have ordered S d . Schooner to your Island, you are to take 
the man whose name is Archelaus Harding into the Hospital, & 
take all proper Care of him, Let the Vessell be Sufficiently Cleansed 
and then let her depart from the Island. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec/. 3 d . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

M r . Joseph Henshaw Informed the Selectmen that the Wharf 
head at the End of the Street that Leads from John Rowe Esq r . 
his House in Essex Street to the Water Side is is destroyd & is 
in Such a State, that the way will soon be Impassable without it 
is repaird Voted that Mess. [151.] Austin & Scollay be a 
Committee to View the Same and get it repaird in the best man- 
ner it can be done Accordingly the Selectmen agreed with M r . 
Robert Pierpont to Effect the Same. 

M r . John Grant Applyd for his Premium for Collecting the 
Taxes for the year One thousand Seven hundred & Fifty Eight, 
having produced the Several Treasurers Receipts Voted that 
M r . Grant have a draft for his Prem. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec T . 5 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay & 
Austin. 

Whereas our Troops on their return & some of them are Arrived 
Sick of a Contagious distemper & we are in want of the Province 
Hospital which is now Occupied by the Overseers of the Poor of 
the Town for the use of the Neutral French. 

Voted that the following Letter be wrote to the Overseers de- 
siring they would Cause Said Hospital to be Cleard Imediatly. 

Gentlemen 

As our Troops are upon their return Home and some 
of them are Arrived, Vissited with a Contagious distemper we 
Stand in need of the Province Hospital and must desire 3 7 ou to 
Cause it to be Cleard Imediatly 

Signed by THE SELECTMEN. 

[152.] Information was given to the Selectmen that Fred- 
erick Kelly was taken down with the Small Pox at the House of 
M r . Glovers Shoemaker near to M r . Hills Distill House Voted 
that As the Weather is too Severe to move him to Rainsfords Isl- 
and, that he be moved to the Hospital at the West of the Town, 
He was Accordingly Moved. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 10 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

John Shepherd Shoemaker Informd the Selectmen that a man 
Named Willaim Manning, had been for Some time as a Lodger at 
his House, that he came in Cap'. Marshman from Lisbon, that he 
came to his House Sick, & was not able to proceed with Cap'. 
Marshman on his Voyage & that he is now in Suffering Circum- 
stances Voted that he be sent to the Alms House on the 
Province Account. 



132 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 147. 

Information was given to the Selectmen by M r . Adams that 
Thomas Trahey & his Wife Inhabitants of the Town of Hull, who 
were some time Sent to that Town were returned again into this 
Town Voted lhat M r . Adams be ordered to apply to a propper 
Officer for a warrant & that they be Treated Agreeable to the Law 
in that Case. 

John Bryant a Stranger in Suffering Circumstances Came from 
Newfound Land into Portsmouth in Cap'. Purcell made Application 
to the Selectmen for Relief [153.] Gave an Order on M. Procter 
to receive Him into the Alms House on the Province Acco 1 . at the 
Same lime took his Note of hand to pay the Town Treasurer what- 
ever Charge or Expense the Town of Boston may be at in order to 
his restoration to Health. 

Boston as. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec'. 15 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Hcnshaw Jackson Scollay Austin. 

W m . Dawes Applyd for Liberty to open a Drain in the Street 
Called distill House Square Voted that He have Liberty, observ- 
ing to put down the pavement &c. in good order. 

Information was given to the Selectmen that a M r . Stoneman a 
Soldier from the Camp was taken with the Small Pox at h : s House 
in Exchange Lane, It was Accordingly ordered that S d . Stone- 
man with his Wife & Child be removed to the Hospital at West 
Boston which was Accordingly done. 

Lydia Hill from Billerica who was warned out of Town some 
time Since appeard & prayed that She might have Liberty to re- 
side here, as She works for the Inhabitants of this Town Chiefly 
for a Support Upon Considering of this Application, and many 
Circumstances relating to Said Hill, Orderd that she depart the 
Town in a Week from this time & not be permitted to dwell here 
any Longer, and M r . Adams is directed to take Care, that she de- 
part Accordingly. 

[154.] M r . Hartly Applyd & reported to the Selectmen that 
Archelaus Harding who has for Some time been at the Hospital at 
Rainsfords Island Sick of the Small Pox is recovered from that 
distemper Voted that he be permitted to depart the Island on M r . 
Hartlys taking proper Care that He be well Cleansed & that what 
Cloaths he brings away with him be Sufficiently Aird, & that be 
take Said Hardings Obligation to pay him for whatExpence he has 
been at. 

Sent to the Alms House on the Province Acco'. John Tuttle a 
Provincial Soldier, who is removed from the Castle, his State of 
Health being Such as renders him Incapeable of helping himself 
for the Present 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 29 th . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & Austin. 

M r . Samuel Adams one of the Collectors of Taxes, appeard & 
Proposed Andrew Oliver Jun r . Esq r . & M r . Robert Pierpont as 
Sureties for Him Voted that they be Accepted. 

M r . Jonathan Payson another of the Collecters of Taxes Pro- 
posed Jonathan Carey of Boston & John Greaton Inholder in Rox- 
bury for his Sureties Voted that they be Accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760-61. 133 

[155.] M r . John Grant one of the Collectors Appeard and 
proposed Samuel Grant Esq r . & Cap'. Fortesque Vernou for his 
Sureties Voted that they be Accepted. 

John Ruddock Ksq r . another of the Collectors of Taxes appeard 
& proposed M r . Nath 1 . Greenwood & M r . Caleb Parker for his 
Sureties Voted that they be Accepted. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/8 p. bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31 st . 1760 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay Austin & Oliver 

William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 reported last July two 
Ax Men for his Engine Viz'. Tho 8 . Bulter & Stephen Winter 
Voted that they be Added to his Number. 

[156.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 7 th - 
1761 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
Austin. 

The Selectmen being Informed that William Torry Jun r . who 
was a Lodger at M r . John Gerrish's where the Small Pox has been 
for Some time had left M r . Gerrishes and had took Lodgings at 
the Widdow Aliens by D r . Gibbons, & as it is not unlikely that 
Said Torry has taken the Infection & is liable to be taken down 
with that distemper, the Father of Said Torry was Sent for to En- 
quire how it was with his Son, M r . Torry Informed the Selectmen 
that his Son was at M ra . Aliens & did Intend if he should be taken 
with the distemper to repair to M r . Gerrish's again, & as it will be 
of great damage to the Town that the Small Pox should Continue 
at M r . Gerrish's it being in the heart of the Town the Selectmen 
therefore Informed M r . Torry that his Son must not be at M r . Ger- 
rish's if he should be taken with the Small Pox, neither must he 
Continue where he now is, but must get Lodgings in Some House 
in the Outskirts of the Town or be removed to the Hospital at 
West Boston. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 14 th . 1761 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin 
Oliver. 

The Last Night between the Hours of 10 & 12 o'Clock Faneuil 
Hall was Consumed by Fire the Selectmen met at M r . [157.] 
Robert Stones in King Street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 15 th . 1761 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Scollay & Austin. 

Whereas Faneuil Hall is Consumed & the Selectmen have no 
place to meet in to do the Business of the Town Voted that the 
Selectmen return to their Former Chamber at the East end of the 
Town House but before we take possession of Said Chamber, M r . 
Goldthwait be desired to attend, and write a few Lines to our Rep- 
resentatives desiring them to mention it to the Hon ble . House, & 
M r . Goldthwait was accordingly desired to do it in Consequence 
thereof he wrote the following Letter. 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Gentlemen 

The Selectmens Chamber in Faneuil Hall where they have Sat 
for about Seventeen years past to do the Bussiness of the Town now 
Consumed by Fire & they having no place at Present for that pur- 
pose, desire you would be pleased to mention it to the Hon ble . 
House and Inform them that the Selectmen are now under a Neces- 
sity of returning to their former Chamber at the East end of the 
Court House, but being Informed that it is sometime Improved by 
Committees of the Hon ble Court they Chose to Let the Court 
Know it before they return to it By Order of the Selectmen 

EZEK L . GOLDTHWAIT Town Clerk. 

[158.] Accordingly our Representatives mentioned the above 
Matter to the Court & they Acquiessed in the Selectmen taking 
Possession of the Said Chamber, & the Assessors taking Posses- 
sion of the Chamber at the East End. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan*. 16 th . 1761 
at the Chamber over the Council Chamber at the East end of 
the Town House Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing 
Scolla} 1 & Hewes. 

Voted that Application be made to the General Court for releif 
under the Great Loss the Town has Sustained by Faneuil Hall & 
the Shops on the North Side of the same being Consumed by Fire 
on the 13 th . Instant. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 21**. 1761 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Scollay & Austin. 

The House of Representatives being Apprehensive of some 
danger of some of their Members taking the Small Pox from our 
Meeting at our Chamber at the East end of the Court House, de- 
sire we Imediately would procure another Room & remove to the 
Same as soon as possible & passed the following Vote upon this 
Occasion. 

[159.] In the House of Representatives January 21 rt . 1761. 

In as much as the Selectmen of the Town, of Boston Sett to 
do Business in their Eastermost upper Chamber of the Court 
House and the Small Pox frequently breaking out, Necissitates 
those Persons in whose Houses it is at first discovered as well as 
many of the Physicians in the Town to Attend them this House 
Apprehend it unsafe for Such Persons to pass & repass the doors 
of this House Therefore Voted that Said Selectmen be desired 
to remove their Office from Said Chamber & provide themselves 
with some other Suteable place at the Charge of the Government 
during the pressent Setting of this Court. 

JAMES OTIS Speaker 

Information was this day given to the Selectmen that a Negro 
Woman belonging to the Widdow Waterhouse was taken down 
with the Small Pox, Accordingly she was with the Consent of Her 
Mistress Sent to the Hospital at West Boston. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau r . 26 th . 1761 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jaokson Gushing Ssollay Austin Met & 
Passed a Number of Accornpts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 135 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/4 qt bush 1 . 4 d . All d . for 
Charge. 

[16O.] On the 24 th . Instant Information was given to the Se- 
lectmen by Doctor Sprague that the Wife of M r . McFadden a 
Gardner Living in a House of Thomas Green Esq r . at the South 
End was taken 111 with the Small Pox, Accordingly M r . Gushing 
with D r . Sylvester Gardner went to the House to persuade the 
Family to Her being moved to the Doctors House in the Common, 
she was Accordingly moved the Same day. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January the 28 th . 
1761 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay 
& Austin. 

Voted that M r . Williston take Care & have the Town Ladders 
are Carried to the Walls of Faneuil Hall & fix them there & See 
that the Potts & other Iron Ware are taken down from of the 
Walls. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January the 29 th . 
1761 Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay & 
Austin. 

Voted that M r . Dawes Secure the Walls of Faneuil Hall from 
the Weather in the best manner he Can & anything Else that may 
be for the Preservation of S d . Wall. 

[161.] As M r . Levitts Son who has had the Small Pox at M r . 
Sam 1 . Parkmans in Union Street is recoverd from that distemper & 
is removed from thence to D r . Gardiners Hospital, & M r . Parkmans 
House has been Well Cleansed Voted that the Red Flagg be 
taken in, but that the Guard be Still Continued for Some days un- 
till the further determination of the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan r . 30 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Henshaw Jackson Gushing Scollay and Austin. 

Deacon Tudor Informed the Selectmen that a Grand Child of 
his Son to M r . Thompson who lives the next door to M r . Gerrish's 
(near to the draw Bridge) where the Small Pox has been for some 
time, was Suspected to have that distemper, on which D r . Gardner 
was desired to Vissitt the Child & report, Accordingly He reported 
to the Selectmen that that the Child had the Small Pox. On which 
the Father of the Child was Sent for who absolutely refused to 
have the Child Moved to any other place, than where the Child 
now is. On which he was Ordered to put out a Flagg agreeable 
to the Law & that he must Shut up his House & Shop & not let 
them be Opened, nor to Let any Person either go in or Come out 
of his House Except the Doctor untill further Orders were given 
him from the Selectmen for that purpose, that the Selectmen will 
order a Guard to his house to see that their Orders were Comply d 
with the}' allso gave M r . Thompson Orders Comformable to the 
above. 

[162.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 3 d 
1761 Present Mess. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Barber Sent a Message by D r . Gardner to the Selectmen In- 
forming them that his Child who has been Sick of the Small Pox 
is recoverd & that neither his Wife nor any of his other Children 
as yet Complain and he is in hopes they have not taken the Infec- 
tion but as his Wife is verry uneasy least by her Continuance in the 
House she should receive the Infection. He therefore desires she 
may leave the House & go to the Ho;ise of the Widdow Stannys 
in the Neighbourhood that being a place (as she thinks) of Safety, 
& he promises the Selectmen that he will not see her until he has- 
Leave from them in Case she should Complain she shall be removed 
back to his House again D r . Gardner Informed the Select men 
that she may be removed as above with Safety. 

Boston Feb r . 4 th . 1761. 
M r . Nath 1 . Barber 

S r . Doctor Gardner has Informed the Selectmen that M". 
Barber is very uneasy at being Confined to her House least she 
should take the Small Pox, as she is at presseut (as she Appre- 
hends) free from that distemper she is desirous of removing 
to the Widdow Stannys, the Doctor further says that if this desire 
is Complyd with, that you will Engage you will not See her without 
our Leave & that in Case she Complains & the Doctor is appre- 
hensive that she is likely to be taken down with the distimper that 
she [163.] shall be Imediatly removed back to her own House 
wherefore upon Consideration of their Engagements and as Docter 
Gardner is of Opinion she may be removed to tlie Widdow Stannys 
with Safety to the Town, the Selectmen Consent to her removal to 
S d . place & depend on your punctuality in fulfilling your Engage- 
ment. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 6 th . 1761 Pres- 
ent Mes. Henshaw Gushing Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

This day the Selectmen received a Letter from M r . Barber Set- 
ting forth that as it is not likely that his maid Named Girote has ns 
yet taken the Small Pox & as it will be Chargeable to him to Keep 
her in his House she being of no Service, He desires she may be 
moved from thence. Doctor Gardner was Sent for by the Selectmen 
& Consulted on the above who reported that it was his Opinion 
that she had not as yet taken the Infection and advised that that 
she might be removed to Some House of Safety provided she 
might in Case of any Complaint be moved from thence to the Hos- 
pital Accordingly Mess. Scollay & Austin had a Conference with 
the Relations of the above Girot who Concluded to take her to the 
House of the Widdow Tucker near to the Sign of the Drum and 
promissed that in Case of any Complaints from her they would 
Advise the Selectmen of it that she might be moved from thence to 
the Hospital. 

[164.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 11 th . 
1761 Present Mess. Jackson Hewes Scollay & Austin. 

Liberty was given to M r . Parkman the 9 th . Instant to Open his 
Shop & that he may have Access to his House and the Guard 
which has been upon the House was Ordered off the House by the 
Opinion of Doctor Gardner being quite Clear of the Infection. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 137 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fob 7 , the 12 th . 176 1 
Present Mess"- Jackson Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Doctor Gardner Certified to tlie Selectmen that Mess. Gerrish & 
Thompsons Houses were throughly Cleansed of the Infection of the 
Small Pox Accordingly the Flag was Ordered to be taken down & 
the Guard dismissed. 

This day the Selectmen received a letter from M r . Barber desir- 
ing that his Child being quite well & his House Sufficient!}' Cleansed 
& Aird, and that there is no likelyhood of any of his other Chil- 
dren being taken down with the Small Pox, that his Child who has 
had that distemper, may be permitted to go abroad 

On a Conferance with Doctor Gardner he gave it as his Opinion 
that M r . Barber might, (as his House & everything in it is Aird) 
be permited to go abroad [165.] and that the Nurse be in a Short 
time dismissed Accordingly the Selectmen wrote M r . Barber the 
following letter. 

Boston Feb*. 12 th . 1761 
M r . Barber 

We have received 3'ours or the 11 th . Instant and have Con- 
sulted the Doctor upon the Contents & as its his Opinion you 
may go abroad with Safety to the Town as allso that the Nurse may 
be dismissed next Tuesday, we have agreed to give Liberty tliere- 
for provided you both have a fresh Shift of Cloaths. We Shall de- 
pend upon your honors in taking all Needful Care upon this Occa- 
sion. 

Signed by the Selectmen. 

Information was this day given to the Selectmen that a Child of 
M r . Nath 1 . Ridgway Taylor near to darks Wharf was taken down 
with the Small Pox Accordingly the Child was moved to Doctor 
Gardners Hospital in the Common at the Charge of the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February the 18 th . 
1761 

Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Hewes Scollay Austin. 

M r . John Tylestone Usher of the North Writing School Attended 
& Informed the Selectmen that M r . Zach a . Hicks Master of Said 
School Intended to resigne that [166.] Employment in a few days, 
He therefor desired that as He has been Usher of Said School for 
Several years and he hopes has behaved to the Acception of the 
Town therfore desires he may Succeed M r . Hicks as Master of Said 
School when He shall Leave it. 

Voted that M r . Austin & M r . Gushing be a Committee to Advise 
with M r . Oxenbridge Thacher respecting the Laws now in force 
relative to Sickness the Small Pox or any other Pestilential distem- 
per, and Examine where in they are deficient & whether it is Neces- 
sary that the Selectmen have any further power to prevent Such 
Sickness or distemper from Spreading, & in Such Case that they 
desire M r . Thacher to draw a Bill for that purpose. 

Information was this day given to the Selectmen by Doctor Kast 
that Ebonezer Eaton a Journey man to M r . Jennings the Hatter 
was taken down with the Small Pox at S d . Jennings's, He was Ac- 
cordingly moved to Doctor Gardners Hospital in the Common. 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Information was this da}' given that one Cook at the House of 
Benj a . Russell near Sudbury Street was taken with the Small Pox, 
He was Imediatly moved to the Province Hospital at West Boston 
allso one of the French Neutrals Francis Robeshaw at the Work 
House was taken with the Small Pox on the 23 d . Instant He was 
moved to Doctor Gardners Hospital. 

[167.] Information was this day given to the Selectmen that 
a Negro man belonging to James Barrack, allso one M". Harrow 
Wife to M r . Harrow at New Boston were taken with the Small Pox 
who were removed to to the Hospital the former to the Province 
Hospital the latter to Doctor Gardners Hospital in the Common. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb r . 2G th . 1761 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Cashing Hewes Scollay 
Austin. 

Examind & passed a Number of Acco ts . as P r . draft Book. 

Assise of Bread Set as Wheat at 5/4 P bush 1 . 4 d . all d - for 
Charge. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March the 3 d . 1761 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 
Examined a Number of Acco ts . for finishing the draft. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . 4 th . 1761 Pres- 
ent Mess. Henshaw Jackson Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting 
for the Choice of Town Officers &c on Monday the Ninth [168.J 
Instant at the Town House at Nine o'Clock in the Forenoon. 

On Saturday Last being the 28 th . of February M r . Lifes Daugh- 
ter the Selectmen were Informed was taken Sick with the Small 
Pox at a House in Marlborough Street near to the Sign of the 
Lamb, the Person Sick refused to be moved to the Hospital, upon 
which it was ordered that the House where the Sick Person was 
should be Shut up & a Guard was placed at the doors to prevent 
any Persons going in or out of Said House, Except Such as have 
Liberty therefor from the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March the 9 th . 1761 
Present Mess. Cushiug Scollay Austin. 

M r . Henry Quincy Informd the Selectmen that his Wife was 
taken III with the Small Pox and that she was in Such Circumstan- 
ces as that she could not be removd with Safety upon which he 
was directed to Shut up his House & his Shop & to hang out a 
Pole with a red Cloth agreeable to the direction of the Law, and a 
Guard was ordered to be placed at his House to prevent any Per- 
son going in or Comeing out without Leave obtaind of the Select- 
men. 

[169.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma r . the 
10 th . 1761 Present Mess . Cushing Hewes Scollay Austin and 
Sewall. 

Voted that M r . Cushing be Moderator or Chairman of the Se- 
lectmen for the Ensuing year. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 139 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11 th . 1761 
Present Mess. Gushing Hewes Scollay Austin Sewall. 

Doctor Joseph Gardner reports Vizt. 

That Stonemans Bed may be brought away from Doctor Gard- 
ners Hospital. 

That Harrow & Wife may go as soon as Shifted to their Homes 
allso Ridgway & Child & Robeshaws Nane on being first Shifted. 

That M r . Waterhouses Negroe &M r . Boxs Negroe may Leave 
Hospital they being first Shifted. 

That M r . Wheats Child may be removed from his house to D r . 
Gardners Hospital with Bedding Cloths &c. 

M r . Samuel Proctors Province Acco*. Amounting to 153 7. 8 
was passed upon. 

M r . Sarn 1 . Procter's particuler Acco'. with the Province passed 
upon. 

[17O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March the 
16. 1761 Present Mess. Scollay Austin Sewall Savage Lewis. 

Information was given by Doctor Gardner that a Woman at the 
Widdow Leverets in Cornhill was broke out with the Small Pox & 
that he had prevaild upon her to be removed to the Hospital which 
she Consented to. 

Voted that M r . Willeston prepare for her removal at three 
o'Clock this afternoon. 



[End of Volume 10 of the Minutes. W.H.W.] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK ELEVENTH. 



[NOTE. This book is numbered pp. 1-8C and then the pagination begins 
again with p. 1. See p. 183 of the text. W. H. W.] 

[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 11 th . 1761 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r . 
Samuel Hevves Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq r . 
Samuel Austin Esq r 
M r . Samuel Sewall 

The Selectmen examined and passed the Account of the Town 
of Boston wilh the Province for supporting Sundry persons at the 
Alms-House as p Acco'. of Samuel Procter amounting to 153-7-8 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 18 1761 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq r . 

Samuel Hewcs Esq r . 

John Scollay Esq r . 

Samuel Austin Esq* 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Samuel Ph. Savage 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

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 
Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and Rateable at Twenty Pounds [2.] Estate, to a 
single Rate, beside the Poll, to Convene at the Town House on 
Mondaj' the Twenty-third Day of March Current, at Eleven 
o'Clock in the Forenoon, then and there to consider of the Petition 
of a number of the Inhabitants, praying that a suitable Person may 
be chosen Master of the North Writing School in the room of M r . 
Zechariah Flicks who has desired to resign: also of the Petition of 
M r . John Vinal Usher of the South Writing School and M r . John 
Tilestone Usher of the North Writing School, severally praying 
that they may be appointed to succeed M r . Hicks as master of 
said School ; and to act upon such other matters as may prop- 
erly come before said Meeting. 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted that Mess. Fowle and Draper shall print the Notifica- 
tions for the Meeting which is to convene 23 d . Instant. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 19 17G1 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r 
John Scollay Esq r . 
Samuel Austin Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. Phi. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

The following Draft of a Letter was agreed upon, 
To the Hon ble . Jacob Wendell Esq. and other his Majestys Jus- 
tices, 

[3.] Gentlemen, 

By a late Vote of the Inhabitants of the 

Inhabitants (sic) of the Town, we are desired to take such steps as 
the Law directs for widening the Street between Faneuill Hull Mar- 
ket, and mess". Bromfield Waterhouse & Gibbs Stores ; and 
whereas by Law when any total depolotion happens in any Street 
or Lane, the Justices of said Town together with the Select men, 
shall have power to lay out widen or enlarge such Streets or Pas- 
sage as may be most for the couvenieucy and accommodation of 
the place. We have therefore to request of your Honors a Meet- 
ing for this purpose as soon as may be. 

A Letter from the Selectmen of Hingham relating one Joseph 
Brow a Neutral was read, and the following was a reply, 
Gentlemen 

We have considered of your Letter of March 
17 th . relating one Joseph Brow Sen r . a Neutral, and can by no 
means consent to any allowance for the charge of supporting him 
at Weymouth, for we have one Peter Doucet a Neutral, order'd 
for your Town, and are ready to make the exchange, as directed 
by a Committee of the General Court appointed for that business, 
whenever you shall think proper 

Your Humble Servants 

The Selectmen. 

[4.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25, 17G1 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq r . 
Samuel Hews Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq 
Samuel Austin Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. Phil. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Voted, that Mess. Hews & Scollay be a Committee to provide 
as many Ladders as with those already provided shall make up 
the number of Ladders for the Town Stock to Sixty, it being 
agreable to a Vote of the Town at their late Adjournment. 

M r . Sutton having acquainted the Select men that that part of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 143 

the Burying Ground Wall, which runs on the back of his house, 
was fallen clown M r . Williston was directed in consequence of 
this information to acquaint the Proprietors of Tombs on that side 
of the Burying Place, that they are desired to repair the same as 
soon as may be. 

M r . Joseph Putrnan Master of Engine N. 4, apply'd for his 
premium for first playing with his Engine at the late Fire near the 
Dock. 

Voted, that he have a draft for his premium next Draft Day. 

M r . Scollay was desired to order Gravel to be laid upon such 
parts of the Neck as might require the same. 

[5.,] Agreable to an Order of the Town at their late Annual 
Meeting, the following draft of a Petition to the General Court 
was Voted to be preferred, Viz'. 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay 

To His Excellency Francis Barnard Esq. Captain General & 
Governor in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province aforesaid. 
The Hon blc . his Majesty s Council, & the llon b!c . House of Repre- 
sentatives in Gen 1 . Court assembled, at Boston 28 th . Day of 
March 1761. 

The Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston by 
Order of the Inhabitants of said Town at their Meeting the 23 d . of 
March Instantem Humbly shewcth, 

That in the Providence of God Faneuil Hall and the mnrket 
under the same having been consumed by fire some months since, 
the Inhabitants of Boston labour under great inconveniency in 
want of a suitable place for transacting the publick business of 
said Town ; and they find it necessary speedily to rebuild and re- 
pair the said Hall, not only to accomodate themselves as soon 
as may be, but also that they may not loose the benefit of the 
Walls 3 T et standing. Ways and means for effecting this so much 
needed & necessary work hnve been considered of ; but in their 
present distressed and difficult circumstances under repeated 
losses by fire & other ways, none appear so likely to Succeed as 
the raising [6.] Money therefor by a lottery especially as many 
Gentlemen are disposed to encourage the same. We therefore by 
order of said Inhabitants, lay the case before your Excellency and 
Honors, and pray that you would by an act impower some suitable 

persons to raise the sum of for that purpose by 

lottery, which sum b} r an estimate made will be necessary to 
rebuild said Hall, or that your Excellency & Honors would grant 
the Town such relief as you in your great wisdom shall see meet, 
and your petitioners shall as in duty bound ever pray &c. 

T. C. Selectmen of Boston 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 30 th . 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r 
Samuel Hews Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq r . 
Benj a Austin Esq r . 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . John Grant one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1759 having produced receipts from the several Treasurers in full 
for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that Year. 

Voted, that a draft bo made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
his part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the whole Tax iu 
said Year. 

[7.] Joshua Henshaw Esq, having apply'd for the Privilege 
of pasturing his Horses & Cow in the South Burying Ground at 
the bottom of the Common. 

Voted, tliat the priviledgc desired be granted him for the present 

year he paying therefor to the Town Treasurer p. annum 

the Rent to commence 

The Committee appointed to view Cap'. Iloughes new Building, 
Reported, That in their opinion no foundation could have been 
obtained for said Building without very great expence, whereupon 
Voted, That it is the Judgment of the .Selectmen that he may go 
on with the same, provided he conforms to the law in making a 
pitch'd Roof that is answerable to a Stud of seven feet, and Slates 
and rough casts the Building. 

Voted, that M r . Scollay be desired to order needful repairs to 
the Walls on both sides Boston Neck. 

Cap'. Hews & M r . Lewis a Committee to order & direct as to the 
repaying and mending the Streets in Corn Hill and the Streets near 
Dr. Sewalls and M r . Demmings Houses. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 6, 1761 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r . 
Samuel Hews Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . P^zekiel Lewis 

[8.] A Letter of M r . Henry Quincys directed to Ihe Select- 
men, praying that he may be permitted to open his Shop which 
also inclosed the Doctors Certificate that he might do it with safety 
to the health of Inhabitants was read and considered, whore 
upon Voted, that m r . Quincy have liberty to open his Shop next 
Wednesday. 

Robert Lesley (a sick M:in) was sent to the Almshouse this Day 
at the charge of the Province, by the Select men, ho being a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province and 
unable to support himself. 

Voted, that M r . Thomas Williston have liberty to dig Graves & c . 
with Bond and Roulston in the Common and Church Burying 
Ground. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 15, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r . 
Samuel Hews Ksq r . 
John Scollay Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 145 

Benj a . Austin Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezckiel Lewis 

Chopin Sampson Master of the Sloop Betsy from Hallifax, having 
brought as a Passenger one Mary Richards, being ordered to attend 
the Selectmen, appeard ; when he agreed & promissed lh:it in 
case she became a charge to the Town he would be answerable [9.] 
for the same, and also engaged in that case to see her returned to 
Hallifax again. 

M r . John Vinal Usher of the South Writing School having apply'd 
to the Selectmen for liberty to open a private School in this Town 
for the teaching of Writing & Arithmetick, out of School Hours. 

Voted, that liberty be granted him accordingly. 

Ordered that M r . Ranstead have a draft on the Treasury for 
. 1. 13. 4, being the sum allowed him out of the Moneys he has 
paid into the Town Treasury in Years past, it being for his extra- 
ordinary care and trouble with the Bulls till a new Cowkeeper was 
chosen. 

On Wednesday the 2 d . of this Ins*. April The Selectmen in Body 
visited the North Writing School, and introduced M r . John Tileston 
as Master of that School. Their Chairman M r . Gushing in the 
Name of the whole, inculcated upon the new Master, not only the 
common and more ordinary dutys of a good Schoolmaster, hut 
also recommended to him such a conduct and behaviour, as the 
peculiar Circumstances of his School more especially demanded, 
and having expressed their hopes that the Just expectation of the 
Town from his appointment would be answer'd. The Chairman 
then addressed the Scholars, exhorting them to behave with all 
duty and [1O.] Respect to their new Master to improve with 
diligence and chearfulness, the happy advantages they were under 
for gaining usefull knowledge; and above all to avoid and shun 
those Vices and follys which the Youth of the present Day arc too 
prone to indulge themselves in, and to cultivate and practese those 
Virtues, upon which not only their own happiness, but the future 
prosperity of the Community so greatly depended. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of Five Shillings and four pence p. Bushel for Wheat and 
Four pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 8 - 2 

Wheaten - 12 - 13 

Household 1 - - 4 

Two Penny white Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1 - 8 - 6 

Household 2 - - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 9 - 2 

Household 6 - 8 - 10 

Twelve Pennv Wheaten Loaf 9 - 2 - 4 

Household 12 - 13 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 14 - 8 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 27. 17G1 - 

Present 
Thomas Cashing Esq r . 

[11.] Samuel Hews Esq r . 

M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Cap*. James Cunningham Master of the Engine kept at the South 
End, informed that the Engine under his care was first brought to 
work at the Fire that broke out at m r . Gridleys House, and desired 
that the Premium of Thirteen Shillings and lour Pence granted by 
the Town may bs allowed them. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer for the 
same accordingly. 

M r . Samuel Whitwell applyd for liberty to remove his Sign Post 
from the House he now lives in, to the House he has lately built 
in Cornhill Street. 

Voted, that he have liberty therefor. 

Joseph Goldthwait Esq. apply'd to the Selectmen praying that 
he may be appointed as Undertaker for the sweeping of Chimneys 
in this Town, upon the Conditions it had formerly been granted 
him. 

Voted, That M r . Goldthwait be and hereby is appointed as Un- 
dertaker for the sweeping of Chimneys, provided that he employs 
in that Business a sufficient number of hands well acquainted with 
the Art of Sweeping, and also gives Bond as usual. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 29. 1763 (sic) 
^ Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Jolm Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Austin Esq. 
M r . Ezekil Lewis 

Abijah Adams was directed to provide a Cart for the Transpor- 
tation of Joseph Lencau Family and Furniture to the Town of 
Dorchester, and the following was wrote the Select men of said 
Town. 

We now send you Joseph Leneau one of the French People, he 
was Assigned to the Town of Dorchester sometime since by the 
General Court ; we should have sent him before, but as } T ou have 
already been informed he has been so ill as not to be capable of 
traveling. We have been at considerable expence for his support 
and relief during his sickness of which we shall transmit you an 
Account, and doubt not it will be honourably discharged ; thia 
Persons Wife and two Children its probable will accompany him ; 
in case she or they should become chargeable to the Town, you'l 
let us know it, and we will either permit them to return, or will 
defrey what expence you may be at upon their Account 

Your hum. servants 

. The Selectmen 

[13.] M r . John Tileston Master of the North Writing School 
appeared an d . informed, that said School was so numerous that it 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 147 

was impossible proper care should be taken of the Scholars without 
further help, and therefore pray'd that an Assistant might be pro- 
vided for him ; and having recommended James Carter Apprentice 
to M r . Procter, as a suitable Person for an Assistant. 

Voted, that M r . Tileston be directed to engage said Carter as 
an assistant, upon terms that shall be approved of by the Select 
men. 

Liberty is hereby granted to the Widow Blauchard to dig up the 
Pavement and open the Ground in Atkinson Street to repair her 
Drain ; Upon Condition that he forthwith make good the Ground 
and Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

There being but two Bulls on the Common instead of three, 
which number the Town are by Law obliged to keep. 

Voted, that M r . Gushing be desired to purchase another as soon 
as may be. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7. 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq r . 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

m r . Samuel Sewall 

m r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

[14.] Liberty is kereby granted M r . Joseph Russell to dig up 
the Pavement and open the Ground in Milk Street, provided he 
forthwith make good the Ground & Pavements to the Satisfaction 
of the Select men. 

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 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston (within 
their Precincts) that have an estate of forty shillings p. annum in 
Freehold in Land within this Province and Territory at the least, 
or other Estate to the value of Forty Pounds Sterling, to Convene 
at the Town House, on Tuesday the Twelfth of May Current at 
9 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 the Great and General 
Court or assembly, Appointed to be Convened held and kept for 
his Majestys service in the Court House in Boston upon Wednesday 
the twenty seventh Day of said May, and so De Die in Diem, 
during their Session & Sessions, according to a Precept under the 
hand and seal of Stephen Greanleaf Esq. Sheriff of the County of 
Suffolk bearing date the 23 d - [15.] Day of April in the First Year 
of his Majestys Reign Annoque Domini, 1761 

And alike requiring them to AVarn all the Freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as the Law directs to Meet at 
the same time and place to Consider of the Petition of sundry In- 
habitants for Paving part of Purchase Street ; To know whether 
the Town will take any measures for the Repairs of Faneuil Hall 
in consequence of the Lottery granted by the General Court at 



14.8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

their last Session for that purpose ; To consider whether anything 
further may be done to preserve the Town from the danger it is 
exposed to, by Chimnics frequently taking Fire; To receive the 
Reports of the Towns Committees on several Affairs. To choose 
an Overseer of the Poor, and a Warden in the room of Thomas 
Flucker Esq. lately removed to the Town of Chnrlestown, as also 
such other Officers as may be wanting ; And to Aet upon all such 
Matters and Things as stand referred over to said Meeting. 

Voted, that the Rev*. lc desired to open the Town Meet- 
ing on Tuesday the twelfth Instant with Prayer. 

Vote; I that Mess". Edes & Gill have the Printing of the Notefi- 
cations for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[16.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 13. 1 7G1. M r . Lovel 
having acquainted the Selectmen, that the Pump at his Yard was 
so greatly damaged, that he feared a new one would be found nec- 
essary ; he was thereupon directed to apply to M r . Reed the Block 
maker, to examine said Pump & if not (it for repairs, that a new 
one might be provided. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 20, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq. 
Samuel Hewes Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

Robert AVilliams whose House was consumed in the late Fire, in- 
formed the Selectmen, that he had rebuilt the and proposed to 
carry on the Retailing Business there as usual provided he was 
favoured with their approbation. 

Voted, that he be accordingly approbated. 
M r . Lesly (or Lesley) a Blind Man at the Almshouse on y e . 
Charge of the Province attended, and informed the Select men 
that he was desirous of returning to P^ngland from whence he 
came [17.] As a Soldier, and in order to this he was for getting 
sent to Philadelphia where he had some Friends, but wanted 
Money to pay for his passage there home, whereupon 

Voted, that M r . be desired to direct his friend at Philadel- 
phia to procure him a passage from thence, the amount of the 
Charge to be paid him here upon advice thereof. 

Mess. Scollay Austin & Savage appointed a Committee to con- 
sider of some proper method for carrying into effect an Order of 
the Town relative to the filling up the Dock & to Report at the 
next Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 23 d . 1761 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq r . 
Samuel Hews Esq r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 149 

John Scollay Esq T . 

Benjamin Austin Esq r . 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

The Selectmen having had Complaint made them of great dis- 
turbances committed for several Nights past, by a number of 
disorderly Persons, walking about in a riotous manner, breaking 
Windows &c. [16.] (sic) Voted that there be a number of Persons 
added to the Town Watch, and that the Captains of the several 
Fire Engines be directed to attend the Selectmen at 3 Clock this 
afternoon and that they be desired to furnish for a few Nights 
ensuing Fifteen men out of their respective Companys, or other- 
wise to assist the Watch in guarding the Town, and in their en- 
deavours, to suppress those disorders It was further 

Voted, that for their encouragement they shall be allowed Eight 
Dollars for each Man, they shall legally convict of being guilty of 
any such disorders, either by taking them in the fact, or procuring 
such evidence as shall be sufficient therefor. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 23 d . 1761 P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

At the request of the Select men the followin Captains of the 
Engines attended, and agreable to their desire, engnged to fur- 
nish the Watch with fifteen Men out of their several Companys. 
Captains of Engines viz 4 . 

Brown 
Bently 
Brown 
Read 
Greenleaf 
Putnam 
Suttou 
Cunningham 
Barnard 

[17.] (sic) Mess. Greanleaf, Sutton and Putnam agreed to 
find five Men each and to walk the ensuing Nights, in order to 
suppress disorders. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 25, 1761 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Cap*. Thomas Read master of Engine N. 5, informed that the 
Engine under his care was first brought to work at the Fire that 
broke out at the Prison, and desired that the Premium of thirteen 
Shillings and four Pence granted by the Town may be allowed 
them. 

Voted, that a draft be made on the Town Treasurer for the 
same accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 26, 1761. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq r . 
Benjamin Austin Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall Esq r . 
M r . Sain. P. Savage 
M r . Ezck 1 . Lewis 

[18.] John Ruddock Esq r . one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the Year 1759 having produced Receipts from the several Treas- 
urers in full for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that 
year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
his part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the whole Tax in 
said Year. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 3 d . 1761. 

Present 

Samuel IIe\vs Esq. 
John S co 11 a} 7 Esq r . 
Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Cap*. James Barnard of Engine N. 3. proposed Abraham Sut- 
ham as an Engine man in the room of Nath 1 . Woodward deceased ; 
who was approbated by the Select men accordingly. 

Voted, that Mess. Sewall Hews & Lewis be a Committee to 
confer with the Abutters on Bacon Hill relative to their digging of 
Gravel & Sand to the damage of said Hill to Report as soon as 
may be. 

Mess". Savage and Sewall were desired to procure a passage 
for Elizabeth Gold to New York. 

[19.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the rate of Five Shillings and lour Pence p. Bushell for Wheat 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz*. 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 8 - *2 

Wheaten 12 - 13 

Household 1-0-4 

Two Penny White 1-0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-6 

Household 2-0-4 

Six penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 9 - 2 

Household 6 - 8-10 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 151 

Twelve Penny Wheaten 9-2-4 

Household 12- 13- 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 14 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10 th . 1763 (sic) 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq r . 
John Scollay Esq r . 
Benjamin Austin Esq r . 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 
(Warrant for Town meeting minuted July 22 d .) 

(marginal note) 

[2O.] Cap'. Tyleston and M r . Ruggles attended, and acquainted 
the Selectmen that they were ready to comply with the Vote of the 
Town and their Agreement with the Selectmen as to repairing of 
Faneuil Hall ; upon which they were desired to provide the neces- 
sary Stuff and proceed in the work as fast as possible. 

Agreable to a Vote of the Town at their Meeting in March 
last relating the filling up the Town Dock ; the Select men this Day 
agreed with m r . Thomas Bayley to build the Head & make the 
Drain, and do the Carpenters work that may be necessaiy conform- 
ing to the directions he may from time to time receive from the 
Selectmen to be paid /p. Day for his work and to have a 
draft on the Town Treasurer for the amount thereof, when the 
same shall become due. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 19, 1763 (sic) 

Present 

John Scollay Esq r . 

Benjamin Austin Esq r . 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Cap*. James Kerkwood Master of Brigg ne . Sea Home from Lis- 
bond, Reports this Day arrived here. [21.] From that place which 
he left 2G'. April ; that while he lay there one of his Men was taken 
down with the Small Pox, who recovered before he left Lisbond, 
& that he took all possible care to cleanse his Vessell from any In- 
fection ; about four Days before his departure another of his Men 
was seized as he imagines with the same distemper, he was very 
delirious tho 1 . little of the Pox appeared upon him, that about five 
Days after he sayled this Man died, after which his Cloathing Bed- 
ding and everything about him were thrown over board, and all 
proper care taken afterward, to prevent his Vessell being infected 
that his Cargo consists of Suit in the hold, and some Lemmon 
between Decks, that his Hatches had been constantly opened be- 
tween the Storage that where the Lemmons were stored there is 
two Bulk heads, so that he imagines no Infection can possibly be 
in his Vessell, or in any p;irt of his Cargo, further that all the 
Mens Chests, and Cloaths had been aired. 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted, that it is the opinion of the Selectmen that Cap*. Kirkwood 
may unload his Vessell with safety to the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 24'. 17G1. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samut-l Hewes Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

[22.] Voted, that the Selectmen visit the Publick Schools in 
this Town, on Wednesday the first Day of July next, and that the 
following Gentlemen be desired to accompany them therein, Viz'. 
His Excellency the Governor 
His Honor the Lieu'. Governor 
The Hon ble . John Osborue p]sq r . 
The Hon ble . Jacob Wendell Esq r . 
The Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq r . 
The Hon b:e . Andrew Oliver Esq r . 
The Hon ble . John Erving Esq r . 
The Hon blc . James Bowdoin Esq r . 
The Hon b!c . Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
The Hon blc . Thomas Hancock Esq r 
M r . Speaker Otis 
M r . Treasurer Gray 
M r . Sheriff Greanleaf 

The Gentlemen the Representatives of Boston 
The Rev d . Joseph Sewall DD. 
The Rev d . Charles Chancey DD. 
The Rev d . m r . Pemberton 
The Rev d . Andrew Elliot 
The Rev d . Samuel Cooper 
The Rev d . Samuel Chickley 
The Rev d . Alexander Cumtnings 
Richard Dana Esq r . 
Thomas Barker Esq r . (Stranger) 
John Ruddock Esq r . 
Joshua Henshaw Esq r . 
Joseph Jackson Esq r . 
Ezek 1 . Goldthwait Esq. 
Andrew Oliver Esq. 
Samuel Wentworth Esq. 
Cap'. William Taylor 
Natheniel Bethune Esq. 
Joshua Winslow Esq. 
Rev d . m r . Hooper 
M r . William Winter 
D r . Sprague 

M r . Oxenbridge Thacher 
M r . John Avery 
M r . John Box 
M r . James Perkins 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 153 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
Benjamin Pratt Esq. 
Cap'. Benjamin Hammatt 
M r . Alexander Hill 

The Gentlemen Overseers of the Poor. 

Ordered that M r . Williston give seasonable notice to the several 
Gentlemen of this Appointment, and that they are desired to meet 
at the Town House at Nine Clock in the morning of said Day, and 
that he acquaint the several School masters therewith. 

Voted, That there be a Dinner provided for the above Gentle- 
men on the Day for visiting the Schools. 

[24.] M r . Brown Captain of Engine N. 2. attended, and 
pray'd the Select men that upon account of his Bodily In'ermities 
an Assistant might be granted, and having proposed Job Hunt as a 
proper Person, 

Voted that the said Job Hunt be & hereby is admitted as an 
Engine Man, in said Company. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 29. 17G1 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuc'l I lews Esq. 
John Scollay 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M*. Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

M r . Jonathan Payson one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1759 having produced Receipts from the several Treasurers 
in full for the Tax Committed to him to Collect for that Year, 

Voted, That a Draft be mado on the Town Treasury to pay him 
his 1/4 part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the whole Tax 
in said Year. 

D r . Myles Whitworth attended, and Reports, That there is 
under his care as Physician of tlie Poor at the Almshouse, two 
Persons viz 1 . John Bennet an Inhabitant of Great Britain, & Tho- 
mas mDaniel an Inhabitant of Ireland, both of whom he looks 
upon as Incurables also that Jeremiah Buxon [25.] A. For- 
eigner, in the Hospital at Raiusford Island is a Person Non Com- 
pos Mentis, and consequently a proper Subject for the Almshouse. 
Mess. Sewall and Lewis appointed a Committee to see that 
Anne Street and Fish Street be speedily repaved. 

Ordered that our Clerk be directed to write the Town Clerk of 
Cape Ann for a Certificate from the Clerk of their Sessions that 
Samuel Pool and Family had been warned out of said Town in a 
Legal manner 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 14', 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Ksq 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



John Scolley Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Sara. P. Savage 

Mess. Gushing Sewall & Lewis a Committee to advise with 
M r . Andrews the Carpenter, about repairing the Hospital at New 
Boston. 

Ordered, that Mess. Hews & Austin be desired to provide a 
passage in the first Vessell for England, for one Bennett an In- 
curable at the Alms house. 

[26.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of Five Shillings and Four Pence p Bushel for 
Wheat, and four pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12-13 

Household 1-0-4 

Two Penny White Loaf 1-0-4 

* Wheaten 1-8 6 

Household 2-0-4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4-9-2 

Household 6 - 8 - J 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 9-2-4 

Household 12 - 13 - 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 14 - 8 

Whereas by an Act of the General Court at their last Session, 
the Select men of Boston, have some new powers granted as to the 
Appointment and regulation of the Watch in said Town. 

Voted, that for the present the following Persons be and hereby 
are Appointed the Town Watch Viz*. 

Mess. Thomas Williston 
John Roustead 
John Procter 
Thomas Bradford 
Joseph Gardner 

[27.] Thomas Thorp 

Charles Gilkey 
Isaac Peirce 
Isaac Townsend 
Jonas Clark 
George Haislup 
John Holbrook 
David Lenox 
Moses Barnes 
John Jenkins 
Abiah Holbrook 

The Selectmen have agreed to go with Thorn*. Goldthwait 
Esq. to Deer Island the next Week, there to cxamin, whether the 
Conditions of his Lease for said Island has been fulled by him. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 22 d . 1761. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 155 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benj e Austin Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

Cap'. Cunningham Master of Engine N. 8. having informed the 
Selectmen, that he declined serving any longer in that capasity. 

[28.] Voted, That David Wheeler be and hereby is Appointed 
Master of the Engine N. 8. in the room of Cap 4 . James Cunning- 
ham who has resigned, and that his Orders are given him accord- 
ingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June last 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 Town of Boston, 
duly qualified and rateable at Twenty Pounds, Estate to a single 
Rate, beside the Poll ; to Convene at the Town House on Wednes- 
day the 10 th Day of June Curr*. at 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon, 
then and there to consider whether they will be at the charge of 
increasing the number of Watchmen, and advancing their Wages, 
or enter into any other measures, for the better security of tne 
Town ; And to Act upon such other matters as may properly 
come before said Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 22 d . 

The Sealers of Wood attended by Order ; and were repri- 
manded by the Selectmen, for not pursuing the several steps of 
the Law relative to Cord Wood, particularly as to the length of 
the Wood, and the Marking of the Wharfingers Carts ; And upon 
the whole were directed to discharge their Duty in a better [29.] 
Manner for the future, which alone would prevent their being re- 
moved from that Office, and the Appointment of others in their 
room. 

Cap*. David Wheeler of Engine N. 8. kept at the South End 
of the Town, proposed, mess". Aaron May, Robert Fail-service, 
William Wheeler and John Loveriug as Engine Men in the room 
of four others who had resigned. 

Voted, that the above named Persons, be admitted as Engine 
Men in said Company in the room of those which had resign'd. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 11, 1761. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 
Liberty is hereby Granted Joshua Winslow Esq. to dig up the 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Pavement and open the Ground near the Sign of y e Lamb in order 
to repair a Drain, provided he forthwith make good the Ground & 
Pavement. 

Liberty is hereby granted to Will. B. Townsend Esq. & others 
a Comm ce . of the Old Brick Church to dig up the Pavement & 
open the Ground, near D r . Chancy's House, in order to repair 
their Drain ; provided they forthwith make good the Ground and 
restore the Pavement. 

[29.] Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of Five Shillings and four Pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat, and Four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges, pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

Of Penny White Loaf 8 - 2 

Wheaten 12-13 

Houshold 1-0-4 

Two Penny White Loaf 1-0-4 

Wheaten 1-8-6 

Houshold 2-0-4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 9 - 2 

Houshold 6 - 8-10 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 9-2-4 

Houshold 12 - 13 - 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 14 - 8 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 12, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

The Overseers of the Poor having applyed to the Selectmen, 
For liberty to break Ground near the Work house Gate, in order 
for emptying a Valt Liberty was accordingly Granted, provided 
they forth with made good the Ground. 

Ordered, That the several Retailers within this Town be once 
more informed & Notified That in case they should hence for- 
ward, sell or deliver Rum & other Spiritous Liquors to Negro & 
Moletta Servants, not bringing Certificates from their Masters, or 
shall allow Persons to sit tipling in their Houses ; they may de- 
pend upon being dealt with according to the severity of the Law ; 
And that proper Persons are appointed by the Selectmen to 
notice all offences against said Law. It was further Ordered 
that printed Notifications of their resolutions should be sent to 
every Retailer. 

Scipio a Free Negro who came Passenger in Cap'. from 

Philadelphia appcard, and offered to enter into Bonds for .100 
lawful Money as the Law directs ; that he shall not become any 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 157 

charge to the Town ; Fie proposed Benjamin Kent Esq. as a 
Bondsman, and he was accordingly accepted by the Selectmen. 

This Day the Select men agreable to their Vota of July 14 th went 
to Deer Island, in order to se^ whether m r . Goldthwait had full- 
filled the Conditions upon which said Island had been Leased to 
him ; and having view'd the Premisses found that m r . Qoldthvrait 
had Rebuilt the House, and finished it ac- [3D.] cording to Agree- 
ment, excepting the Chamber Flours, which lie engaged should 
imediately bo new laid as also to ceil the Chambers and secure the 
Sammers which support the lower Floors, by building Brick Pillars 
under the same, all which he promised should be done forthwith. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 15, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Mr. Abijah Adams was directed by the Selectmen to apply 
unto Hugh Hall Esq. for his Fine of Forty Shillings, he having 
admitted m r . William Tayler into one of his Houses, without ac- 
quainting the Selectmen in due season. 

Also to John Howe Esq. for his Fine he having admitted 
Richard Sutton in like manner. 

Also to Samuel Clough for his Fine, he having Admitted one 
Ann Barratt in like manner. 

Voted, that Mess. Abijah Adams, Thomas Willistori & Francis 
Salmon be & hereby are appointed to notice [31.] Any Breakers 
of the Law, relative to driving Carriages on the Lords Days ; and 
Carts Trucks &c. on other Days, and to prosecute for every such 
Offence and that the Clerk Advertise in the Publick News 
Papers this Resolution of the Selectmen. 

Voted, That Mess". Scollay and Austin be a Comm ee to attend 
the tryal of the Cause now depending between the Town of Boston 
and Gillam Phillips Esq. relative to a Pasture at or near Fort 
Hill. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 18, 1761 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq. 
Samuel Mews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benj:imin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
. M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

The Selectmen having received the Petition of a number of the 
Inhabitants praying that a Town Meeting may be called as soon 
as may be, for reasons in said Petition set forth. 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed 
to the Constables of Boston, 

[32.] In his Majesty's Name requiring them forthwith to 
Warn all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston, duly qualified and Rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to 
a single Rate, beside the Poll to Convene at the Town House on 
Monday the 24'. Day of August Curr. at 3. o Clock in the After- 
noon, then and there to receive the Report of a Committee Ap- 
pointed to make Application to the General Court for Relief with 
respect to their proportion of the Publick Taxes, and to consider 
whether they will give them any further Instructions & Powers or 
otherwise determine what may be still necessary to be done rela- 
tive to this matter ; To consider of the Petition of a number of the 
Inhabitants, praying that the Town would give sucli Orders for the 
further filling up the Town Dock as they may judge necessary ; 
Also a Petition of Joseph Bradford & Robert Williams, relative to 
a Fish House on said Dock ; And to Act upon all such other Mat- 
ters as may properly come before said Meeting. 

Voted, that m r . Savage be desired to get m r . Leach to take a 
Survey of Land about the Dock, and to assertain the bearings of 
the Land, witli the Common Shore lately made in y e Dock. 

[33.] Mess". Scollay Austin & Savage a Committee to view 
the Fish House standing on the Town Land near the Dock and 
examin whether it will answer for a Watch House, and in case it 
will answer for that purpose, to get some Persons to appraise the 
same. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 19, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . Lazenby was desired by the Selectmen to let his People 
take the Dung now lying near the South School house, being 
deemed an Incumbrance, and spread the same on the Common. 

M r . Nathaniel Brown Master of Engine N. . having acquainted 
the Selectmen, that by reason of Bodyly disorders he must decline 
serving any longer in that capasity, and also recommended m r . 
Gibbins Sharp as a suitable Person to supply his place. 

Voted, that m r . Gibbins Sharp be & hereby is appointed [34.] 
Master of Engine N . in the room of Nathaniel Brown who has 
resigned ; and that Orders be given him accordingly. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed to read the Minutes of 
the transactions of the Selectmen at their several Meetings in 
future, before said Meetings are up, that there may be no omission 
in the entrys of any thing that is proper matter of Record. 

The Assessors were desired to furnish the Selectmen with a 
List of the Inhabitants of the Town in order for compleating of 
the Jury Box. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G1. 159 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 20, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

M r . Increase Blake, Sealer of Weights and Measures having re- 
sign'd that place on Account of Bodyly disorders, The Selectmen 
together with the Constables of the Town met and proceeded to 
the choice of another Person for that Office [35.] By a Hand 
Vote when m r . Increase Blake Jun r . was chosen, and his Name re- 
turned to the Clerk of the Sessions. 

The Selectmen on Wednesday the 1 st . of July last Visited the 
Publick Schools in the Town, accompanied by the following Gen- 
tlemen, Viz'. 

His Excellency the Governor 
The Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq 
The Hon ble . Andrew Oliver Esq 
The Hon ble . James Bowdoin Esq 
The Hon ble . Thomas Hancock Esq 
The Hon ble . James Otis Esq. 
The Representatives of the Town 
The Rev d . Joseph Sewall DD. 
The Rev d . Charles Chaucey DD. 
The Rev d . Ebenczer Pemberton 
The Rev d . Andrew Elliot 
The Rev d . Samuel Cooper 
The Rev d . Samuel Checkley Jun r . 
The Rev d . Alexander Cummings 
The Gentlemen Oveiseei-s of the Poor 
Joshua Winslow Esq 
M r . Treasurer Jeffries 
Thomas Barker Esq. (a Stranger) 
Joshua Henshaw Esq 
Joseph Jackson Esq 
Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq 
[36.] Samuel Whentworth Esq 
Cap'. William Taylor 
M r . William Winter 
Dr. Sprague 

M r . Oxen bridge Thacher 
Richard Dana Esq 
M r . John Avery 
M r . John Box 
M r . James Perkins 
Rev d . m r . Hooper 
Belcher Noyes Esq 
Cap. Benjamin Haramatt 
M r . Alexander Hill 
And found that in the Norjth Grammar School, there was Fifty 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

seven (57) Scholars; at the North Writing School 157 Scholars, 
at the South Grammar School 1 17 Scholars, at the South Writing 
School 234 Scholars. At. the Writing School in Queen Street 249 
Scholars, all in very good order. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 25, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scollny E-q 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Kzekiel Lewis 

[37.] M r . Blake a Fisherman apply'd to the Select men for 
liberty to set up a Fish House at the End of Summer Street near 
the Bull Tavern. Liberty was granted him accordingly, provided 
he pays one Dollar p. Annum to the Town as a consideration of 
said Priviledge of a Fish Market. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Five Shillings and eight Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and Four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for iheir Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood also Ordered that three Ounces be allowed 
on White Brick Bread, more than on the Loaf Bread, it appearing 
to us that there is that difference ; which is computed as follows, 
Viz 4 . 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7-10 

Wheaten - 11 - 9 

Houshold - 15 - 7 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 7 

" Wheaten 1-7-3 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4-5-8 

Houshold 5-12-11 

Twelve Penny W beaten Loaf 8-11 

Household 11 - 9 - 6 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 1 1 - 4 
[38.] M r . Benjamin Bagnal informed the Selectmen that his 
Son Benjamin was returned from lihode Island, and purposed to 
make this Town the Place of his abode 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 2 d , 1761. 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

Mess. Griffin & Daws and others, apply'd to the Selectmen for 
a Draft on the Treasury for . 100 lawful Mony, being the Sum 
Voted them by the Town at a late Meeting to enable to go on 
with the Paving of Purchase Street, as by the Town Vote more 
fully appears. 

Ordered, that mess. Griffin & Daws have a Draft for the sd. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 161 

Sum of One hundred Pounds, they having in the opinion of the 
Selectmen complied with the Conditions of said Grant. 

M rs . Mary Simpson apply'd to the Selectmen for their approba- 
tion as an Innholder in the House where her late Brother William 
Cowell kept Tavern. 

Voted, That the consideration thereof be referred to another 
Meeting. 

[3D.] M r . Samuel Adams one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the Year t7;~>9, having produced Heceipts from the several Treas- 
urers in full for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that 
Year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasury to pay him 
his One Quarter part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the 
whole Tax in said Year. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, September 14, 17G3 (sic). 

Present 

Thomas Cnshing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
I3enj:imin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam P. Savage 

M r . Gushing is desired to repair the Rail Fence round the Com- 
mon. 

The Selectmen ngreed. That the Water running from Dr. 
Noycs's and near m r . Easueau's Door be so turned as to run under 
the new Watch House now building at the East End of the Town 
Shop improved by Thomas Hubbard Esq. there to have a Paved 
Gutter, and froui the North end of which to pass under Ground 
into the Common Shore through a larga Wooden Trunch. 

Also that the Water running down Wing's Lane be continued 
[4O.] To the Capstan of the Wharf so near the South East Cor- 
ner of the Shop now improved by Mess. Scott & Hill as to leave 
to said Shop a commodious Foot path, and from thence be con- 
veyed under Ground into the Common Shore, by a large Wooden 
Trunk. 

Also that the Water leading from Deacon Grants be continued 
to the Capstan of the Wharf at the Scuth West Corner of the 
House now improved by m r . Cobourn and from thence be conveyed 
under Ground to the Common Shore thro' a large Wooden Trunk ; 
and that Mess. Scollay, Austin & Savage (a Committee before 
Appointed for this Business) be desired to effect the same as soon 
as may be. Also Agreed, that the aforenamed Committee be de- 
shedto contract with some suitable Person or Persons to sink and 
Stone a Well as a Reservoir for Sea Water, to be used in case of 
Fire. 

John Hicks admitted as a Watchman in the Town House Watch, 
during good behavour. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 23 d . 1761. Passed 
upon M r . Samuel Proctors Province Accounts. 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Williston was directed, to desire the Scavengers to attend 
the Select men next Monday. 

[41.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, September 28, 1761. 

Present. 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . Lewis informed the Selectmen that he had taken into his 
Family one Frederick a French Palattine, who came last from 
Waltham where he had resided with one Woodburne a Tavern- 
keeper. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem 1 . 30, 1761. 

Present. 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Ordered, that the Assessors be acquainted that all such Persons 
as have built Houses in a manner contrary to an Act of this Prov- 
ince relative to the Erecting of Buildings &c. in the Town of Bos- 
ton ; should be taxed by them on Account thereof agreable to a 
Law made and provided for that purpose. 

Whereas agreable to a late Vote of the Town a number [42.] 
Of Ladders are now provided for the use of the Inhabitants in 
case of Fire Mess. Gushing Sewall and Lewis are Appointed 
a Committee to determine on proper places for depositing the 
same. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 7, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

On the 5. Instant the Selectmen endorsed a "Warrant from the 
Governor and Council on Harrison Gray Esq. Treasurer for 151 ,, 
6 ,, 8 in favor of M r . David Jeffries Town Treasurer, being for 
the support of the Province Poor in the Almshouse from March 1. 
1761 to October I 8 '. 1761. 

M r . Thomas Bentley Master of Engine N. 1. Attended and in- 
formed the Select men, that he could not serve the Town any 
longer in that capasity and recommended M r . John Baker as a 
suitable Person to supply his place. 

Voted, that M r . John Baker be and hereby is appointed Master 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 103 

of Engine N. 1. in the room of Cap*. Thomas Bentley [43.] Who 
has resigned, and that his Orders be given him accordingly. 

Cap'. John Baker of Fire Engine N. 1. proposed Jonathan 
Lowe, Richard Green and Joshua Pico as Engine men in the room 
of three others who had resign'd. 

Voted that the said Lowe Green & Pico be Admitted as Engine 
men in said Company in the room of those who had resign'd. 

Jeremiah Green Esq. Commander of the South Battery attended, 
the Selectmen by their desire, when he acquainted them, that by 
verlue of an Order from the late Governor Sherley Dated June 13 th . 
1746. he had delivered the following Peices of Cannon, which be- 
longed to the Town, July 7. 1746. 
Viz'. 

1 Cannon N. 6 10 Pounder 

1 ditto 7 10 ditto 

1 ditto 8 14 ditto 

1 ditto - - - 9 14 ditto 

1 ditto 10 16 ditto 

1 ditto 11 14 ditto 

Also that by Order of our present Governor M r . Bernard bear- 
ing date July 7. 1761. he had delivered Two Peices of Cannon 
being, 18 Pounders, whereupon, 

Voted, that Mess, dishing and Hewes be a Committee to wait 
upon his Excellency Governor Bernard relative [44.] To the 
Cannon taken from the Town by vertue of his and Governor Shir- 
leys Orders. 

Cap'. James Dean of Schooner Endeavor belonging to Casco 
Bay was sent for, and Bonds demanded of him to indemnifie the 
Town from any Charge that may arise on Account of Margaret 
Hominia, brought by him into this Town from Hallifax. 

The Sealers of Wood attended by Order, and were directed by 
the Selectmen to mark the several Carts improved by the Wharf- 
ingers in Carting Wood as follows, Viz' 

M r . Hatches Carts - - N. 1 

M r . Boyes ditto 2 

M r . Phillips's ditto 3 

M r . Moores ------ ditto --------4 

M r . Bradfords ----- ditto 5 

M r ."Rogers's ----- ditto --------6 

M r . Cochrans ditto 7 

M r . Richies ditto 8 

M r . Bnllards ditto 9 

The Wharfingers were also directed to have their several Carts 
measured, and the Measure so marked on their Carts as that every 
one may plainly discerne the same. And the Sealers of Wood, 
were Ordered to see that those Directions were fully executed. 

[45.] Ordered, That the Town Clork Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of Six Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and four 
Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges Pains and 
Livelihood Also that three Ounces be allowed them on White 
Brick Bread more than on the White Loaf Bread ; all which is 
computed as follows, Viz'. 



1G4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Of Penny White Loaf 0- 7- 5* 

W beaten - 11 - 

lloushold 0-14-10 

Two Penny White Loaf 0-14-10 

\Y beaten 1 - 6 - 

Honshold 1 - 13 - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 1-15 

Iloushuld 5 - G - 15 

Twelve Penny W heaten Loaf 8 - 3-14 

Houshold 10-11-14 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 10 - 4 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 8. 17G1. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Ksq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

[46.] The Selectmen having considered the Vote which the 
Town passed at tkeir Meeting May 12* relative to a Well or Res- 
ervoir of Water at the Dock to serve in case of Fire. 

The Question was put, Whether they had by vertue of said 
Vote a power to dig one or more Wells for fresh Water, which 
passed in the affermative. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 19, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

M r . Samuel Scwnll 

M r . Sam. 1*. Savage 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . Hartley cams up from the Hospital at Rainsford's Island 
and Reported That lie had been on board the Flagg of Truce 
Sloop Cap'. Andrew from Martinique, and thoroughly emoakcdand 
cleansed said Vessell, so that she is now in a condition to come up 
to Town That he had taken out of said Sloop Eight Persons, 
two of them sick with ihe Small Pox, two others that have not 
bad the distemper, and the other lour Persons that have had it 
formerly, that those bettiT having been sufficiently air'd and 
cleansed, are now in circumstances to come up to [47.] Town, 
also that the Captain desired that himself and four of his People 
above mentioned, might be permitted to leave the Island, and 
come up to Town with the Ves^ell. 

Voted, that the Flagg of Truce be permitted to leave the 
Island together with the four Persons who have had the Small 
Pox formerly, and that a Certificate be given his Excellency the 
Governor, accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 1G5 

The Selectmen were informed that one of the Sailors belonging 
to the Flagg of Truce uamed .John Sutton had lelt said Vessell 
while she lay at Plymouth, and was now in this Town, having 
been seen at the Widow Brown's House nigh M r . Page's Ship 
Yard, where lie had left some of his Cloaths. Upon this infor- 
mation M r . Williston was directed to endeavour finding said 
Person, and when found to order him to attend the Selectmen. 

John Sutton nppear'd according to order, and after examina- 
tion, was sent down to Rainsfonls Island with M r . Hartley, who 
was directed to see him well ami & cleansed and not to permit 
his leaving the Island, till further Orders. 

A Certificate of the Flagg of Truce Cap'. Andrew being in Cir- 
cumstances to come up to Town, was sent his Excellency and is 
as follows, viz'. 

[48.] May it please your Excellency 

The Flagg of Truce from Martinique lately Ordered to Rains- 
fords Island as having the Small Pox on board, has bean suffi- 
ciently smoked aird and cleansed, and we are of opinion she may 
be permitted to come up to Town without endangering the health 
of the Inhabitants if your Excellency think fit. We are 

Your Excellencys Most Obed. Humb. Serv". 
THOMAS CUSUINO 
SAM. HEWS 
BEXJ. AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL ESQ. 
S. P. SAVAOE 
EzKK 1 *. LEWIS 

Selectmen 
Boston October 19. 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 21, 17G1. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samut'l Sewall 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

M r *. Tilley who lived with her Father George Tilley lately de- 
ceased apply'd to the Selectmen for their Approbation of her as 
an Inholder in the same House the remainder of the Year [49.] 
and was approbated accordingly. 

M r . Williston informed that the Gates of the Common Burial 
Ground were so much decayed, as to render the entrance unsafe. 
M r . Gushing was desired to get the same repair'd as soon as 
may be. 

M. Simpson apply'd to the Select men for their approbation 
as an Inholder in the House where she now lives in lately kept by 
her Brother William Cowell deceased, which House has been 
a licensed one for near forty years. And was Approbated ac- 
cordingly. 

M r . William Philips acquainted the Selectmen that he had taken 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

into his Family one Edward Tayler as a Labourer, which Person 
lately arriv'd here from Ireland. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 28, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hewcs Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

[5O.] Samuel Trescott was admitted as a "Watchman in the 
South Watch in the room of John Procter, now at Sea. 

M r . Nathaniel Brown wns directed to deliver unto M r . Moses 
Pitcher all the Sashes saved from Faneuil Hall Market, at the late 
Fire, which said Brown had the charge of. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 4, 1761. 

Present 

Thomns Gushing Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

Mess. Francis Salmon, William Dorrington, Samuel McClure 
& Stephen Syms appeared, and proposed themselves for Con- 
stables of the several Watches in this Town. 
Gentlemen 

We have directed the bearer to convey to you one 
Rachel Felt an Inhabitant of your Town who is a Person greatly 
disordered in her senses, and as such a one ought not to be per- 
mitted to go at large. If she should return to this Town she must 
be confined at our Alms house and the charge of her [51.] Main- 
tenance defreyed by your Town Your humble Servants 
Boston Nov r . 4. 1761 The Selectmen 

To The Selectmen of Attleborrough 

Voted, that Samuel M c Clure be and hereby is admitted and ap- 
pointed Head or Constable of the Watch at the Town Dock, and 
Isaac Townsend James Clark, George Haislup John Holbrook 
Robert m c Elroy and William Austin, are admitted as Watchmen 
in said Watch. 

Voted, that William Dorrington be and hereby is appointed the 
Head or Constable of the Watch at the North end, and Abiah Hol- 
brook, Isaac Peirce Moses Barren, & David Lenox are admitted as 
Watchmen in said Watch. 

Voted, that Francis Salmon be and hereby is appointed Head or 
Constable of the Watch at the Town House, and John Jenkins, 
M r . Hicks, Ichabod Williston and Thomas Thorp are admitted as 
Watchmen in said Watch. 

Voted, that Stephen Symms, be & hereby is Appointed Head or 
Constable of the Watch at the South End of the Town, and John 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 167 

Roustead Thomas Bradford, Joseph Gardner & Samuel Trescott 
are admitted as Watchmen in said Watch. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 7, 1761. 
Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Six Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and four Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Liveli- 
hood, which is computed as follows, viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7 - 5 

Wheaten - 11 - 

Houshold - 14 - 10 

Two Penny White Loaf 0-14-10 

Wheaten 1-6-0 

Houshold 1 - 13 - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 1-15 

Houshold 5 - 6-15 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 3-14 

Houshold 10 - 11 - 14 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 10 - 4 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf weighs 3 oz. less than a 4 a . White Loaf 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 11, 1763. (sic) 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

[53.] Cap*. Ballard and M r . Emmons in behalf of themselves 
and others incommoded by a Drain or Sink which runs through 
Padd}'s Alley, apply'd to the Selectmen for redress. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 13, 1761. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

The Selectmen having duly considered the Vote of the Town 
relative to the Town Watch, agreed that the following Orders be 
given to the Constables of all the Divisions of said Watch except- 
ing that at the Town Dock ; and the Clerk is directed to make fair 
Drafts of the same for said Constables. 

The Selectmen having appointed you Constable of the 

Watch at do Order and direct. 

1'. That you with the Watch men under you attend at said 
Watch House at the hours of 9 o'Clock every Night from the 20* of 
September to the 20 of March, and at the Hours of 10. Clock from 
the 20' March to the 20'. of September, and that you and each of 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

you continue upon duty untill [54.] Sunrise, and if any of your 
Division should misbehave you must inform the Selectmen of it. 

2 d . That you keep a fair Journal of your doings every Night, 
how you find the state of the Town, and who of the Watchmen 
are on duty, and Report to the Selectmen every Wednesday. 

3 d . That two at least of your Division taking their Staves with 
them, walk the rounds within your Ward twice at least every 
Night, and ofteuer if necessary, setting out from the Watch 
House at such times in the Night as you shall Judge best, but 
varying the time according to your discretion. 

4 th . In going the rounds care must be taken that the Watch- 
men are not noisy, but behave with the strictest decorum, that they 
frequently give the time of the Night and what the Weather is 
with a moderate Voice. 

5 th . You and your Division must endeavour to suppress all 
routs riots and other disorders that may be committed in the 
Night, and secure such persons as may be guilty, that you may 
the nesrt Morning take such steps as the Law directs for a pro- 
secution. 

6 th . You are to take up all Negroes Indian & Molotta [55.] 
Slaves, that may be absent from their Masters Houses, after 9 
o Clock at Night, unless they can give a good and satisfactory Ac- 
count of their business. 

7 th . The Selectmen recommend to you and your Division that 
you behave with sobriety temperance vigilance and fidelity your 
Office requires such a Conduct, the security of the Town demands 
it, and you may be assured that your continuance in the place to 
which you are appointed to all together depends upon it. 

It is further Agreed by the Selectmen, that in the Orders to be 
given the Constable of the Dock Watch instead of the Article 
N. 3 in the other Orders, the following shall be inserted viz'. 

That two at least of your Division taking their Staves with them 
walk the rounds within your Ward to the Westward of your Watch 
house twice every Night and oftener if necessary, and that other 
two of your Division walk the rounds in the same manner to the 
Eastward of the Watch house amongst the Warehouses and down 
the Long Wharf, and as this Ward contains much of the Inhabi- 
tants Substance, we recommend great care in the [56.] Inspec- 
tion thereof, that one of your Division, constantly when the 
Weather will admit of it walk to and from the Market across the 
Drain into Union Street as far as M r . Salter's shop, and that he 
hale all Persons passing along after such time of the night as you 
shall order. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 16, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 1G9 

M r . Richards applyerl to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain in a Street near the Sign of the Schooner in Distress. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novern r . 18, 17G1. 
Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

M r . Ezek 1 . Lewis 

[57.] M r . Adams was directed to make enquiry of Cap'. Loring 
lately from Plymouth, whose? Wife died some Weeks since with 
the Small Pox, and Report whether proper care had been taken of 
his Clothing & other Things in the ailing and cleansing of the 
same. 

Having received a Warrant from the Judge of Probates for the 
County of Suffolk, to enquire into the Circumstances of one Thomas 
Stone of Lovels Island, Represented by his Friends as a distracted 
or luuatick Person, and the Season, & other Circumstances not per- 
mitting our going to said Island and seeing him in Person A num- 
ber of Persons were desired to attend, and give evidence relative 
to the behavor and conduct of s:iid Stone when Deacon John Tudor, 
M". Mary Murphey, Margaret Poor and William Stone Jun r . at- 
tended accordingly And by their several Evidences it appearing 
to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, that M r . Stone was a Person 
Lunatick or Distracted. 

Voted, that he be returned as such a one to (he Judge of Pro- 
bates, and a Return of the Warrant signed by the Selectmen was 
made accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem*. 20, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
[58.] M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Voted, that M r . M c Knight be directed to proceed next Monday 
in digging tho Reservoir at the Dock which must be Eight or ten 
feet deeper than it now is, and that he also Stone the same ; unless 
any proposals should in the interem be made by the Neighbourhood 
for turning it into a Well of Fresh Water. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 2 d . 1761. 

Present 

Thomns Gushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Voted, that the Building in which is kept the Engine under the 
Command of David Wheeler, be removed from where it now stands, 
to a spot of Ground near Deacon Elliots at the South End of the 
Town. 

Henry Christian Geer attended, and requested of the Select- 
men that he might have the doing of the Stone Cutters Work, 
at Faneuil Hall Building, and agreed to wait for [59.] His 
pay, as the other Tradesmen, imploy'd on said Building have 
engaged to do. 

Voted, Thac the Clerk write M. Pymore of Dorchester desiring 
her liberty for taking down some defective Chimnies in a House of 
Hers in this Town, as the Limbs and Lives of the Inhabitants are 
exposed in their passing and repassing said Building ; And in case 
she refuses given her consent, that the steps of the Law in such 
case made & provided, be imediately pursued. 

Voted, that M r . John Procter be and hereby is allowed for the 
hire of his Apprentice James Carter as an Assistant to M r . Tileston 
Master of the North Writing School, at the Rate of 34 p. annum. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 16, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 

John Ruddock Esq. who was chosen one of the Collectors of 
Taxes for the Present Year, appeard, and accepted to serve in that 
Office, and proposed Capt. Nathaniel Greenwood & M r . Nath 1 . 
Greenwood for his Bondsmen, who were accepted by the Select 
men. 

[6O.] M r . Samuel Adams one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the Year 1761, appeard, and accepted to serve in the said Office, 
and proposed John Rowe Esq, and M r . Robert Peirpont for his 
Bondsmen, who were Accepted by the Selectmen And the Town 
Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

M r . John Grant another of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1761, Appeard, and accepted to serve in said office and proposed 
Samuel Grant Esq. and Capt. Fortesque Vernon for his Bondsmen, 
who were accepted by the Select men And the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

M r . Jonathan Payson I he other Collector of Taxes for the Year 
1761 Appeard, and accepted to serve in said Office and proposed 
Cap'. Jonathan Gary and M r . .John Greighton of Roxbury for his 
Bondsmen who were accepted by the Select men. And the Town 
Clerk is directed to propose Bonds accordingly. 

The Keys of the Towns' Warehouse on Dock Square lately oc- 
cupied by M r . James Mason, deceased, were delivered up by the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761. 171 

Administrator the 12. of this Instant December, at which Day his 
Rent is to expire. 

[61.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 18, 17G1. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at tho 
rate of Five Shillings and eight Pence p. Bushel and four Pence 
p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Live- 
lihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 0- 7-10 

Wheaten - 1 1 - 9 

Houshold - 15 - 7 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 7 

Wheaten 1 - 7 - 3 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 14 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 5 - 8 

Houshold 5 - 12 - 11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 1 1 - 1 

Houshold 1 1 - 9 - 6 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 1 1 - 14 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf weighs 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White Loaf. 

[62.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 23 d ., 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . John Pullen applied to the Selectmen to view the Ground 
on which he designs to Erect a Building, that it may be deter- 
mined whether a Foundation can be obtaiu'd therefor without very 
great expence. 

Mess". Austin and Scollay'Appointed a Committee for the above 
mentioned purpose. 

M r . Henry llobey Glazier appeard, and agreed with the Select 
men, to Repair and new Sash the Windows of the North Writing 
School at the rate of Four Shillings old Ten r . p. Square the Glass 
to be 7. by 9. As also to allow 3/ old Teu r . p. foot for the Glass 
that may be taken out. 

M". Sarah Ridgway Attend d . and informed the Selectmen that 
her Husband had lately deceased, who had been licensed this Year 
as an Inn holder, and having asked the approbation of the Select 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

men for her holding a License the remainder of the year, she was 
accordingly approbated. 

[63.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 24, 1761. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scolhiy Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Samuel I*. Savage 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

The Undertakers for the Repairs of Faneuil Hall having repre- 
sented to the Si-'lect men, that, great Charge and difficulty as well 
as loss of Time must ensue by carrying that part of the Order of 
the Town into execution, which enjoins that the Frames for the 
Windows of that Building should be of Stone ; 

The Gentlemen the Committee who Reported to the Town on 
that Head, were desired to attend, and :ifter considerable discourse 
on that Subject, it was unanimously Voted by said Committee as 
their Opinion, that such difficnltys were in the way of carry ing that 
Order of the Town into execution, as made it not for the Interest 
of the Town that it should be so done. They were also generally 
of opinion that it would be needless to call a Meeting of the In- 
habitants for their advice in a matter, which appeard so plain, 
that their Interest could not but be as well consulted, without 
such a Meeting. 

[64.] At a Meeting of Ihe Selectmen, Decent. 28, 1761. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Whereas the Curbs in the Well or Reservoir at the Dock have 
through some defect in the Construction there of giviu way ; and 
as the Cold Season is too far advanced to Admit that the damage 
occasioned thereby should be so repaired as that the project may 
still be pursued agreable to the Order of the Town, for a Well 
or Reservoir therefore Voted, that all further proceed lire be for 
the present postponed, and that M r . M c Knigbt be directed to make 
what savings he can of the Clay and Wooden Work. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write a Letter to Cap'. Western 
of Plymouth, acquainting him that unless he imediately secures 
the Town from all damage and charge that may arise by his bring- 
ing Scipio late a Negro Servant of the Hon ble . John Osborne Esq. 
now a Free Negro, and also a White Person into this Town, he 
may depend upon being immediately prosecuted, for his breach of 
Law in that respect. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1761-62. 173 

[65.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem'. 30, 1761. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Upon complaint made by M r . M.Clure Constable of the Dock 
Watch, against M r . Townsend one of the Watch men for some 
rude speach and behavour to him the said Constable. 

M r . Townsend was Ordered to attend the Selectmen, and after 
a full hearing it was, 

Voted, that the said Townsend be and hereby is dismissed from 
thn Dock Watch. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 6. 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 
M r . Samuel Savage 

M r . Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. acquainted the Selectmen, 
that Zepheniah Bassett one of his CompX was de"ad, and that 
Gowen Brown another of his Comp y . declined said [66.] Service, 
and having proposed Joel Gushing and Thomas Bracket as Engine 
Men in their room. 

Voted, that the above Named Persons be and hereby are Ad- 
mitted as Engine Men in said Company in the room of the one 
who is dead, & the other who declines serving. 

Mess". Gushing Scollay and Austin Appointed a Committee to 
Rent out the Ware house lately occupied by M r . Mason deceased, 
and to discourse with M r William Gray, M r . Jackson and M r . Ham- 
mock as to the Rent of their Shops and Store. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 9, 1762. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Samuel P. Savage 
Benjamin Austin Esq 

Complaint having been made by a number of Inhabitants that 
the Chimnies of the House in Wings Lane, occupied by James 
Clark, are insufficient and dangerous Mess". John Kneeland 
anil Thomas Daws were desired & impowr'd to survey the same, 
and make Report as soon as may bo. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 11, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
[67.] John Scollay Esq 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

The Committee appointed the 9 Instant to survey M r . Clarks 
Chimnies Reported as their Opinion That the Complaint ex- 
hibited against them was Just that said Chimuies are insuffi- 
cient and dangerous, and that no Fire should be made in them 
while they remain in their present condition. 

The Copys of the said Warrant and Return are as follows. 
Sirs, Boston, January 9, 1762. 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of the 
House in Wings Lane occupied by M r . James Clarke are insuffi- 
cient and dangerous, we do desire and impower you to survey the 
same and Report to us your Judgment concerning them. 

JOHN SCOLLAY ^ 
SAM. HEWS 1 Select men of 

SAM. P. SAVAGE [ Boston 
BENJ E . AUSTIN ) 
To Mess. John Kneeland & Thomas Daws. 

Boston, January 11 th . 1762. 
To the Gentlemen Select men 
Sirs, 

Agreable to }-our desire and power given us to survey the 
Chimnies in the House in [68.] Wings Lane Occupied by M*. 
James Clark and others, have carefully survey'd said Chimnies, 
and Report our Judgment as follows We Join with the Com- 
plainants and say the Chimnies are insufficient and dangerous ; that 
no Fire should be made therein while they remain in such a ruinous 
condition. 

JOHN KNEELAND 
THOMAS DAWS 

Tn consequence of the above Return it was Voted, that the 
following Order be sent M r . James Clark 
M r . James Clark 

Upon complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House Occupied by 
yourself we issued our Warrant for a Survey, a Copy of the 
Return on said Warrant you have above. 

Agreable to the direction of the Law in that case made and 
provided, whereby warn you not to make any Fire in said 
Chimnies till the defects are cured either by amending repairing 
or rebuilding said Chimnies, as you would avoid the penalty 
of said Law 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston January 11, 1762 

. Voted, that the whole of the Law relating to the Admission 
of Town Inhabitants be Printed, and that the several Constables 
of the Town be directed to disperse the same among the Inhab- 
itants when they shall next Warn them of a Town Meeting. 

[69.] This Day the Jury Box was renewed in which were put 
all the Names of the Inhabitants, which had been handed to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 175 

Selectmen by the Assessors of the Town, the same having been 
flrst examined and approved of by the Selectmen. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 13, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Voted, that M r . Adams be directed, that he once more Warn 
Elizabeth Hill to depart out of this Town, at the same time 
acquainting her, that if she should be found in this place, twenty 
four hours after said Warning, the Law which enjoin Wipping 
will be put in execution respecting her. 

Voted, that M r . Adams be directed to proceed in the same 
manner with M. Okes Also that her Grand Daughter be carried 
out of this Town. 

Voted, that the Names of the following Persons be returned to 
the Assessors, as those who in the Opinion of the [7O.] Select 
men ought to be Taxed for the Real Estate which they Occupy, 
and the Business they negotiate in this Town, it being agreable 
to Law, that they should be thus taxed. Viz 1 . 
The Hon ble . James Russell 
Ralph luman P^sq 
M r - John Soley 
AT. Thomas Bell 

Hall at Moors Corner 

James Smith Esq. 
M r . Andrew M c .Kenzie 
Benjamin Pemberton Esq. 
Cap'. Robinson of Dorchester for a Negro man 
a Baker who has set up that Business at the Horse Shoe. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of five Shillings and Eight Pence for Wheat p. Bushel 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz 1 . 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 7 - 10 ' 

Wheaten - 11 - 9 

Household - 15 - 7 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 7 

Wheaten 1-7-3 

Houshold 1-14-14 

Six Penny Wheaten 4-5-8 

Houshold 5-12-11 

[71.] Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8-11- 1 
Houshold 11 - 9 - 6 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-11-14 
Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a meeting of the Selectmen, January 20, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Capt. Robert Robbins acquainted the Selectmen that he had 
let his House known by the Name of the Bull Tavern to one 
Benjamin Biggelow. 

M r . William Miller from Europe attended the Selectmen and 
acquainted them, that with their consent he purposed to open a 
Book Sellers Shop in King's street, having imported a large 
Quantity of Books for that purpose. 

Voted, that he be permitted accordingly. 

The several Constables of the Watch made their returns as 
usual. 

[72.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 25, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

The Selectmen Let to M r . William Dennie Merchant, and he 
accordingly took possession the 15 Instant of the Towns Ware 
house which is opposite to the Golden Balls, at the Rate of 
Twenty four Pounds p. Annum. 

Passed upon a number of Accounts, for which Drafts on the 
Treasury were Ordered. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 3 d . 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . James Bernard Master of Engine N. 3. presented William 
Smith a suitable Person for an Engine Man in his Company. 

[73.] Voted that William Smith be and hereby is Admitted 
as an Engine Man in the Company of m r . Bernard's Engine. 

M r . James Bernard Master of the Engine N. 3 Apply'd to the 
Selectmen for his Premium for playing first with his Engine at 
the late Fire which broke out at m r . Hobs Sugar House. 

A Committee from the Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor 
attended, and informed that the Selectmen that Cap'. Mauger 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 177 

who has been a long while at the Alms House as a distracted Per- 
son, is now become calm aucl composed, and desires that he may 
have a passage found him for Guernsy the Place of his proper 
home. 

Ac a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb. 10, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Ksq 
John Scollny Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
M r . Ezekiel Lewis 

Ordered, that Abigail Elson a Soldiers Widow, her Husband 
formerly belonging to the 3 d . Battallion of Royal Americans and 
in Coll. Youngs Gompanys be sent to the [74.] Almshouse on 
the Province Charge. Mem . The said Elsons Husband dead she 
within a Month of her Travel, came from Quebeck to this Place 
via New York. 

Mess. Scollay Austin and Savage Appointed a Committee to 
enquire out the Character of one Moore, who applys for the Care 
of the Put House at New Boston. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and ten Pence p Bushel for Wheat and 
four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7 - 8 ' 

Wheaten - 11 - 4 

Household - 15 - 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 

Wheaten 1-6-9 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 1 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 3-11 

Houshold 5 - 9-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8-7-7 

Houshold 10 - 10 - 5 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-11 
Mem , a 4 d Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf 

[75.] At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majestys Justic-e 
of the Peace, the Gentlemen the Selectmen and Overseers of the 
Poor within the Town of Boston on Thursday the Eleventh Day 
of February Anno Domini 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Wells Esq 
William Story Esq 
John Hill Esq 
Belcher Noyes Esq 

Justices of the Peace 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Thomas Gushing 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

M r . Samuel Sewall 

M r Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Selectmen 

Royal Tyler Esq 

Samuel Dexter Esq 

M r . Benjamin Dolbear 

M r . Isaac Walker 

M r . Jonathan Mason 

John Phillips Esq. 

Meletiah Bourn Esq. 
[76.] M r . Henry Bromfield 

M r . Isaac Smith 

Overseers of the Poor 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 
upon to be attended on Tuesday the Sixteenth Day of February 
Instant, at Nine o'Clock in the Moruing if the Weather be fair 
if not then on the Fryday following being the Nineteenth Inst. 
And it is also Agreed to meet in the Selectmens Chamber in the 
Town House at Five o'Clock in the Evening of said Day of Visi- 
tation, to Keport the State of the Town &c. 
The Order or Sortment as follows, Viz'. 

Ward Number One 
John Steel Esq 
Royal Tyler Esq 
Cap 1 . William White 
Cap'. Ralph Hart 
Deacon Jonathan Brown 
Cap*. Arthur Savage 
M r . Elisha Byles Constable 

Ward, Number Two 
John Ruddock Esq 
Samuel Dexter Esq 
Cap'. Nathaniel Greenwood 
M r . John Grant 
[77.] M r . John Grenough 

Cap'. Fortesque Vernon 

M r . Alexander Hill 

M r . Elisha Byles Constable 

Ward Number Three 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Foster Hutchinson Esq 
Joseph Gardner Esq 
M r . John Tudor 
Cap*. Newman Grenough 
M r . Nathaniel Loring 
Cap'. David Jenkins 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 179 

M r . Michael Dennis 
M r . James Bradford 
M r . James Thomas Constable 

Ward, Number Four 
Richard Dana Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
John Barrat Esq 
M r . David Jeffries 
M r . Samuel Edwards 
M r . John Crompton Constable 

Ward Number Five 
[78.] Joshua Winslow Esq 

M r . Benjamin Dolbear 
M r . James Halsey 
M r . Henry Newman 
M r . Alexander Chamberlain 
Capt. William Holmes 
M r . John Rogers Constable 

Ward, Number Six 
Belcher Noyes Esq 
M r . Isaac Walker 
Samuel Grant Esq 
M r . William Fairfield 
M r . Richard Billings 
M r . Ebenezer Storer Jun r . 
M r . Edward Green 
M r . Augustus Hale Constable 

Ward, Number Seven 
William Story Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
M r . Jonathan Mason 
M r . John Kneeland 
M r . Timothy Newell 
Cap 1 . Hugh McDaniel 
M r . Timothy Fitch 
M r . William Dorrington 
[79.] Ward Number Eight 

John Phillips Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
M r . Samuel Phillips Savage 
M r . Jonathan Pay son 
M r . William Torrcy 
M r . Nathaniel Thayer Constable 

Ward, Number Nine 
Thomas Gushing Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
M r . Samuel Austin 
M r . Samuel Sewall 
Cap*. William Tayler 
M r . Samuel McClure, Constable 

Ward, Number Ten 
Joseph Dowse Esq. 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Meletiah Brown Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

Jeremiah Green Esq. 

John Erving Jun r . Esq. 

M r . Thomas Gray 

M r . John Mico Wendell 

D r . Pynchon 

M r . William Blair Townsend 

M r . Francis Salmon Constable 
[8O.] Ward, Number Eleven 

John Hills Esq 

Joshua Henshaw Esq 

M r . Benjamin Church 

M r . Henry Bromfield 

M r . Rufus Green 

Jonathan Sympson Esq 

M r . Eliphalet Parker Constable 
Ward, Number Twelve 

Honourable Samuel Wells Esq 

M r . Isaac Smith 

Cap'. Hopestill Foster 

M r . Samuel Adams 

M r . Henderson Inches 

Deacon Thomas Foster 

M r . Thomas Trott 

M r . Stephen Symms Constable 

And the Town Clerk is directed to give forth copys of the above 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, February 16, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[81.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

There having been a General Walk or Visitation of the Town 
this Day the Gentlemen that attended Met and Reported the fol- 
lowing Strangers they found in Town Viz 1 . 

John Mansfield his Wife and Children has been three Weeks in 
a Garret of a House formerly Luke Stones, near to Elder Park- 
mans. 

Also one James Martin in said House. 

Sarah Oakes her Daughter and a Child of about Seven years of 
Age, at the Widow Jervis's House near the North Battery. 
Also one Deborah Meek, all from Marblehead & the Point. 
Mary Bristol from London came in Cap'. Kerkwood at one 
Kitchen's House adjoining m r . Bouchers, has been there some 
Months. 

A Free Negro Man from Reading late a Servant of Timothy 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 181 

Emmerson in the Town lives at a House near D r . Mayhews Meet- 
ing House The Name of the Negro is George Cobourn 

Also one Peter Lear in Stanfords Colledge so called. 

M. Collier from Needham a Widow Woman has been in Town 
about four Months and lives in a House at Gibbins Court. 

A Woman from Marblehead lives at a House near m r . Hatch 
the Wharfinger's has been warned out of Town Several times. 

[82.] The Names of the Persons mentioned on the other side 
were given to m r . Abijah Adams, in order for their being by him 
warned out of Town, as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 17, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Complaint having been made the Selectmen by a number of In- 
habitants that the Chimnies of a House in Sea Street near Bulls 
Wharf occupied by Daniel Starr and others are insufficient and 
dangerous Mess. Thomas Ethridge and Thomas Daws were 
impower'd and desired to survey the same and Report as soon as 
may be. 

Passed upon D r . Myles Whitworths Province Accounts being 
for Medicines and Attendance on Strangers who were sick and 
disorded at the Almshouse &. said Account bookes forward to the 
24 of this Instant February, and amounts to One Hundred and 
Twelve Pounds Seventeen Shillings and four Pence. 

[83.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 25, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 

Johh Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Voted, that a Note of Hand of m r . Cloughs the Gun Smith pay- 
able to m r . Treasurer Jeffries for a fine it was supposed he had 
made himself liable for, be by the said Treasurer delivered up to 
m r . Clough, it appearing to the Selectmen upon a more full en- 
quiry, to be very dubious, whether or no he had incurred the 
Penalty of the Law and that the Treasurer be directed accord- 
ingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 26, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

[84.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant di- 
rected to the Constables of Boston. 

In His Majestys Name requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and Rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a single Rate 
besides the Poll, to Convene at the Town House on Monday the 
eighth Day of March next at 9 o Clock in the Forenoon, then and 
there to Nominate and choose meet Persons to serve th^ Town the 
Year ensuing as Selectmen Town Clerk Overseers of the Poor, 
Wardens, Firewards, Constables, and other Officers as the Law 
directs ; To grant such Sums of Mony and in such manner as may 
be judged needful for the payment of the School Masters, for the 
relief of the Poor & defreying other necessary Charges ; To re- 
ceive the Reports of the Towns Committees on several Affairs ; To 
act upon the List of Jurors ; To Appoint a Committee to visit the 
Schools To choose Auditors of the Accounts of the Town Treas- 
urer, and Overseers of the Poor ; To determine what Premium 
shall be allowed the Collectors of Taxes for Collecting the new 
Tax for the Streets, as well as the Tax for the Current Charges of 
the Year, and on the Time the Assessors may set to make Abate- 
ments on the latter; To receive and examin the Accounts [85.] 
Of the Granary ; To determine what Bells shall be rang at Five 
o Clock in the Morning ; To consider of the desire of a number of 
the Inhabitants viz*. 

That the Town would take such methods as shall be judged 
necessary for the Incorporation of it ; That a Committee be Ap- 
pointed to enquire what has been the occasion of the heavy Ex- 
pences of the Town for several Years past, and what steps are 
necessary to be taken to reduce the same ; That a Committee be 
appointed to Audit the Accounts of the Managers of the Lotterys 
granted b}- the General Court for Paving the Neck ; And that the 
Town would repair the High Way within the Fortification or oblige 
the Proprietors of the Land on each side to do it ; And also Act 
upon all such matters and Things as stand referred over to said 
Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d - 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

[86.] Ordered, that Mess". Green and Russell have the 
Printing the Notifications for the Annual Town Meeting in March 
Inst. 

Voted, that the Rev d . D r Charles Chancy be desired to Open 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 183 

the Town Meeting on Monday next with Prayer, and that Mess. 
Austin and Lewis be a Committee to acquaint him therewith. 

[1.J At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 2 d . 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Leaveret Esq. having made Application to the Selectmen 
to know their Opinion whether a solid foundation can be had for a 
Building he purposes to Erect on the Ladd near his Dwelling 
House at the North side of the Town Dock, without very great 
expence ; and said Land having been accordingly view'd by the 
Selectmen. 

Voted, that it is the Opinion of the Selectmen that no solid 
Foundation can be obtain'd on said Land without a very great 
expence. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 

[2.] Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Complaint having been made by a number of Inhabitants that 
the Chimnies of a House in Fleet Street near Cap* Pallins, occu- 
pied by one Vorgt (orVergt) and others are insufficient and dan- 
gerous. 

Mess". Atkins and Brown were impowered and desired to survey 
the same and report as soon as may be. 

M r . John Bulfinch informs that he has taken into his House one 
Conlens Soutwert of Duxbury 

Ordered, that m r Adams be directed to warn the said South- 
wert to depart this Town, according to Law. 

Voted, that Mess. Gushing and Sewall be a Committee to 
examin the several By-Laws of the Town, now in force, and 
Report to the Selectmen, whether they apprehend it necessary to 
make a further addition thereto. 

M r . Williston is directed to notify the several Sealers of Wood 
in this Town, that the Selectmen require their attendance next 
Wednesday in the Afternoon. 

[3.] Voted, that Mess. Scollay Austin and Lewis be a Com- 
mittee to wait upon the Proprietors of the Land on each side of the 
High Way near the Fortification, and acquaint them, that they are 
required by the Selectmen to secure the said High Way from the 
encroachments of the Sea imediately, and that unless this is done 
by them before next May Meeting, the Select men will then be 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

under a necessity to recommend it to the Town that they may be 
prosecuted for such their neglect. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 16, 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

William Manning now at the Alms house on the Province Ex- 
pence, Apply'd to the Select to provide him a passage from hence 
to England or New York, and Mess 8 . Scollay and Austin are ap- 
pointed a Committee for said purpose. 

[4.] Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread 
at the Rate of Five Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7 - 8* 

Wheaten - 11 - 4 

Houshold - 15 - 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 

Wheaten 1-6-9 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 1 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 3-11 

Houshold 5 - 9-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 7 - 7 

Houshold 10 - 10 - 5 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 11 - 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procter Master of the Almshonse his 

Province Account for the maintenance of Strangers to be laid 
before the Council for their [5.] Acceptance ; a Copy of which 
Account is upon File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 24, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Information being given the Selectmen, by m r . Joseph Henshaw, 
that the bottom of Rainsfords Lane is much out of Repair. 

Voted, that Mess. Gushing and Hews be a Committee to ex- 
amin and view the Lane, and Report what may be necessary to be 
done therein. 



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185 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sew:ill Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

This Day the Selectmen endorsed a Warrant from the Gover- 
nor and Council on the Province Treasurers in their favor [6.] To 
M r . Treasurer Jeffries ; it being for the Charge of supporting the 
Province Poor at the Alms House from the first of September 1761 
to the first of March 1762, and amounting to One hundred fifty 
two Pounds, Nineteen Shillings and one penny. 
Gentlemen 

Above is Copy of the Account of Charge arising for supplys to 
John Beneway a French Neutral Assigned to your Town, who was 
taken sick while here, on a visit. We have not laid the Account 
before the Sessions as the Law directs, supposing some charge 
might arise, and that } T OU had rather avoid it by paying the same 
to M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To the Selectmen of Brookliuc. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk enter in the Minute Book the fol- 
lowing Account, viz*. 

The Town of Brookline to the Town of Boston D r . 
For snndrys supply'd John Beneway a French Neutral be- 
longing to t (sic) said Brookline, while sick at Boston, Viz*. 
Supply'd bv Isaac Smith Esq. one of the Overseers of v e . Town, 
Viz'. 

\ Cord Wood - 9-4 

Cash 3 - 

1 Blanket 12 

a Cord Wood 10/8. Cash 4/ - 14-8 

Cash 3/ 3 - 

2 - Cash 9 - 

5- Cash 2/, Jan*. 10, Cash 6/- 8 

19 - Ditto 2/8 26 Ditto 3/- 5-8 

30 - Ditto 6/ Feb y . 7 Ditto 2/8 8-8 

FeV 7 . 14- Wood 9/ 21 Ditto 3/- 12- 

March 3 d . - Cash 3 - 



1760 September 10 - 
November 3 - 

29 - 

Decem r 8 & 15 
[7.] December 23 

1761 January 
Jan y . 



4 - 8-4 

Supplied by Samuel Dexter Esq. another of the 
Overseers, Viz*. 

1761, April 2 d . Cash 3 

4 - 11 4 d 

A Letter was this Day wrote the Selectmen of Dorchester, 
respecting one Joseph Lanne a French Neutral, which Letter to- 
gether with said Lannes acco 1 . of Charges is entred in these Miu 
utes by Order of the Select men. 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Gentlemen, 

Above is Copy of the Account of Charge arising for supplys 
to Joseph Lanne a French Neutral Assigned to your Town, who 
was taken sick here, while on a visit We have not laid the Ac- 
count before the Sessions as the Law directs, supposing some 
charge might arise, and you had rather avoid it by paying the same 
to our Treasurer M r . Jeffries 

By Order 

To the Selectmen of Dorchester W. C. Town Clerk 

The Town of Dorchester to the Town of Boston, D r . 

[8.] Sundries supplied Joseph Lanne a French Neutral belonging 
to said Dorchester Viz*. 

1760 Septem r . 22 d . To Cash 3/4 Septem*. 30 To Cash 8/ - 6 - 4 

To Cord Wood 10/, Octo r . 6 To Cash 2/5 12-5 

October 10. To Cash 3/ - 29 To Cord Wood 1 0/ 13 - 

29. To ditto 2/ ---- Nov r . 1 To Cash 20 d . 3 - 8 

Novem'. 7&9. To ditto 2/8 ......... To ditto 2/ 4-8 

To i Cord Wood ............. 5-4 

13- To Cash 2/8 17 To \ Cord Wood 10/ 12-8 

24- To Cash ................ . 3 - 

29- To Cash 2/8 --- Decem r . 8- To Cash 6 / 8-8 

Decem r - 8- To 1 Blanket 13/4- - To Cord Wood 10/ 1-4 

21- To \ Cord Wood 10/8 DecenT. 23 To Cash 6/ 16-8 

1761 January 2 d . To Cash 6/ --- Jan ry . 10 To Cash 6/ 12 - 

19- To ditto 6/ - - ..... 6 feet Wood 18/ 1 - 4 - 
26 To ditto 3/ ..... 30- To Cash 6/ 9 - 

Feb y . 12. To ditto 6/ - --- Feb y . 18. To ditto 3/ 9 
24 To ditto 6/ - - - - March 3 To ditto 6/ 12 
To Cord of Wood ........... 9 



9-5-5 

Above supplyed by Isaac Smith Esq one of the Over- 
seers of the Town 

April 2 d . To Cash 3/ April 7. To Cash 6/ - 9 - 
15. To Cash 1/4 15. To Ditto 2/4 3-8 

To ditto 3/ - 27- To Ditto 4/ 7 - 

May 4. To ditto ............. 2-8 

Am - 1 - 2 - 4 



.10- 7 - 9 

Above supplyd by Samuel Dexter Esq. one of the Overseers of 
y e . Town. 

[9.] A Letter was this Day wrote the Selectmen of Newtown, 
respecting one Maria Thersea Lebeaux a French Woman, Copy of 
which Letter together with said Lebeaux Account of Charges, are 
entred in these Minutes by Order of the Selectmen. 
Gentlemen 

Above is a Copy of Account of Charges arising for supplys 
to Maria Theresa Lebeaux a French Neutral assigned to your Town, 
but was taken sick while on a visit here We have not laid the 
Account before the Session as the Law directs, supposing some 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 187 

Charge might arise, and that you had rather avoid it, by paying 
the same to our Treasurer M r . Jeffries 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

The Town of Newton to the Town of Boston D r . 

For Sundrys supply'd Maria Theresa Lebeaux a French Neutral 
belonging to said Newtown while sick in Boston. 

1760 July 14 To Cash 2-1 

August 23 - To Ditto 1-6 



-3-7 



Supply'd by Jon" 
of the Town, 
[1O.1 1761 April 15. 
May 2 d . 


. Mason one of 

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the Overseers 

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0-7-3 
Supply'd by James Dexter Esq. another of the Overseers 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1762. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

M r . John Newall acquainted the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his House a Negro Man from Salem named Will 

Joseph Putnam Master of Engine N. 4. informed the Select 
men that the Engine under his care was first brought to work at 
the late Fires which broke out at Joshua Winslow Esq Distilling 
House, and at a Barn near Coll. Brattles House in King street, and 
desired that the Premium granted by the Town of Thirteen Shill- 
ings and four Pence for each Fire, may be allowed them. 

Voted, that he have a Draft on the Town Treasurer for both 
Premiums accordingly. 

[11.] The several Scavengers were desired to attend at the 
Selectmens Chamber in Faneuil Hall, next Wednesday After- 
noon. 

M r . Benjamin Biggelow attended, and informed the Selectmen, 
that himself his Wife and four Children had come to this Town 
from Cambridge, and that he had taken a House near Bulls Wharf 
for his Dwelling, and had received as Inmates John Bryant and 
Wife, from said Cambridge, and a Boy from Roxbury named 
Dixon. 

Hug Hall Esq. M r . Samuel Waterhouse andM r . Robert Pierpoint 
some of the Proprietors of Laud on each side of the High Way 
near the Fortification, attended the Selectmen, and assured them, 
that they now ready to comply with their request, by immediately 
securing said High Way from the iucroachments of the Tides, and 
in all respects fullfilling the Agreement entred into with the Town 
of Boston, November 1753. 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 2 d . 1763 (sic). 

Present 

Thomas Cashing 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Voted, That M r . Nathaniel Thayer be and he hereby is Ap- 
pointed a Sealer of Cord Wood brought into this Town by Water 
in the room of M r . Joseph Webb, who by reason of Bodyly infer- 
mitys is rendered incapable of discharging that trust. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 7, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M*. Joseph Watts attend d . and informed the Select men, that he 
has taken into his House Joseph Capman his Wife and two Chil- 
dren, who came from Norwich, and are desirous of being admitted 
Inhabitants of this Town ; said Capman is a Mariner and at pres- 
ent imploy'd in the Coasting business. 

[13.] M r . Joseph Callender attended, and informed the Select- 
men that he has taken into his Familj* a Gairl named Bethiah 
Thayer aged about thirteen Years, she belongs to Braintree, but 
had resided some time in Boston before he took her into his Busi- 
ness service. 

Ordered, that the several Constables of the Watch be directed 
to make their Returns to the Town Clerk the last Monday of every 
Month, of the Men which belongs to their respective Companys, 
and the number of Nights on which any one may have absented 
himself, or left the Watch ; and the Clerk is hereby directed to 
make a deduction from their Monthly Drafts for every nights 
absence, and to preserve those Returns in the File of Accounts for 
the Mouths they are given in, that they may be produced as vouch- 
ers when occasion may require it. 

The Selectmen taking into consideration the great Expence the 
Town is at for the maintenance of Strangers who notwithstanding 
the vigilance of the Officer now employ'd to warn such Persons to 
depart the Town, do yet conceal themselves so long as to become 
Inhabitants, have Agreed, That another Person shall be appointed 
for that service, and that as soon as said Appointment is made 
[14.] One of those Officers shall have the more immediate Charge 
of the North, and the other of the South part of the Town ; and 
that each of those Persons to be paid at the Rate of Twenty Pound 
p. annum for said service. 

M T . John Cookson acquainted the Selectmen, that he had let an 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 1S9 

End of a House in Paddys Alley near the Mill Creek to one John 
Wormstead, who with his Family came lately to this Town from 
Shirley Point. 

Whereas Mess. Joseph Goldthwait, Nathaniel Thayer Nathan- 
iel Gardner & Allen, were on the tenth Day of March last 

Appointed by the Selectmen, to be Sealers of Wood brought 
into this Town by Water ; and in the several Orders then delivered 
them they had their several bounds and Districts Assigned them ; 
upon further Consideration, it is Ordered by the Select men, that 
the several Bounds and Districts shall now be as follows Viz 1 . 

Joseph Goldthwait Esq from Charlestown Ferry, to D r . Clarks 
Wharf inclusive 

M r . Nathaniel Thayers from Brad fords Wharf to Long Wharf 
inclusive, also the Wharfs at New Boston 

[15.] M r . Nathaniel Gardners from M r . Moores Wharf to 
Wheelwrights Wharf inclusive 

M r . Aliens from Hubbards Wharf to M r . Peirpoints Wharf 

inclusive. 

But notwithstanding the above Assignments the several Sealers 
of Wood are to understand, that either of them shall have right to 
make a seizure of all such Cord Wood as they may find on any of 
the Wharfs in the Town, which shall not in their opinion answer 
the discription the Law has given respecting Merchantable Cord 
Wood imported into this Town by Water. 

M r . Gushing is added to the Committee appointed to see Doffings 
Cellar filled up, and the said Committee are desired to get the 
breach stop'd which the Sea has made into Alfords Cellar near the 
Fish Market at Olivers Dock. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majestys Justices of the 
Peace, & the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Boston at Faneuil Hall 
on the fourteenth Day of April Anno Domini, One thousand seven 
hundred and Sixty two. 

Present 
[16.] Samuel Wells Esq. 

Josliua Winslow Esq 

George Cradock Esq 

John Phillips Esq 

Richard Dana Esq 

John Ruddock Esq 

John Steel Esq 

John Hill Esq 

Belcher Noj'es Esq 

William Story Esq 

John Avery Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Selectmen 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Whereas by a Law of this Province made in the fourth Year of 
the Reign of King William and Queen Mary entitled An Act for 
building with Stone and Brick in the Town of Boston and prevent- 
ing Fires, it is among other Things Enacted, that in all void and 
unbuilt places, which should thereafter be improv'd [17.] For 
building, or when at any time any total consumption or desolation 
should happen in any street or lane within the said town, it should 
be in the power of the Justices of the peace of said town then in 
being, together with the Selectmen or the major part of both, to 
state and lay out such streets ways and passage as might be most 
for the convcniency and accommodation of the place ; as also 
where any desolation. hath happened to regulate aud enlarge other 
narrow and crooked lanes ; and whereas by a fire on the thirteenth 
of January Anno Domini 1761 there happened a total desolation of 
two peices of land in Boston aforesaid adjoining to each other, 
aud lying on the south side of Fancuil Hall Market, that is to say 
between vacant lauds left for the accommodation of said market 
on the north, and corn market street on the south, one of the said 
peices of land viz', the eastermost belonging to Robert Gibbs Esq. 
being about seventy feet in length, and about fifteen feet in 
breadth, and bounded at the east end, by the street called Mer- 
chants Row, and at the western end by the other of the aforesaid 
peices of Land which formerly belonged to Thomas Palmer Esq. 
long since deceased, which is about six and fourty feet long, and 
about sixteen feet wide at the east end of it next to the said [18.] 
Robert Gibbs land aforesaid, and about twenty feet wide, at the 
western end of it, where it abutteth upon other vacant lands left also 
for the accommodation of the aforesaid market ; and for as much 
as it hath been found by long experience, that the aforesaid street 
called corn market street, is too narrow, and on enlargement and 
widening thereof much and long wanted ; there fore for the better 
regulating widening and enlargement of the same Street and pas- 
sage for the conveniency and accommodation of that place, we 
Samuel Wells, Joshua Winslow, George Craddock John Phillips 
Richard Dana, John Ruddock, John Steel, John Hill, Belcher 
Noyes, William Story and John Avery being the major part of his 
Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County of Suffolk dwell- 
ing in the Town of Boston aforesaid ; and we Thomas Gushing, 
Samuel Hews, John Scollays, Benjamin Austin, Samuel Sewall, 
Samuel P. Savage and Ezekiel Lewis, being the Selectmen of the 
said Town, having carefully viewd the same Street, the land and 
place aforesaid, and duly considered of the premisses, have (pur- 
suant to the power given to us in and by the aforesaid Act) 
allotted, laid, set off and annexed, and hereby do allot, lay, set 
off and annex unto the aforesaid Corn Market Street, the two 
peices of land before [19.] described in their whole and full 
lengths and breadths, together with so much of the vacant laud 
aforesaid at the west end thereof, as lyeth to the south of a 
straight line running along by the north or back side of those two 
aforesaid peices of land, and from thence along on the same 
course west ward unto the same street where it coiaeth to a point ; 
all there three peices of land to be part and parcel of the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 191 

street ; for ever hereafter In witness whereof we hereto set our 

hands at Boston aforesaid this eighth day of April Anno Domini 

1762. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
SAMUEL WELLS 
JOSHUA WINSLOW 
GEORGE CRADDOCK 
JOHN PHILLIPS 
RICHARD DANA 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN STEEL 
JOHN HILL 
BELCHER NOTES 
WILLIAM STORY 
JOHN AVERY 
Mem . Delivered the Clerk of the Sessions the Original of the 

above. 

[SO.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 20, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Liberty is hereby granted to Joshua Davis to dig up the Pave- 
ment and open the Ground in Milk Street, near his House in order 
to repair his Drain, upon Condition that he forthwith make good 
the Ground and Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selection 

M r . Vere Ross Apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open 
a School under M r . Turners Dancing Masters House, for the 
Instruction of Youth in the Mathematicks. 

Voted, that liberty be granted him accordingly. 
M r . John Doble attended, and informed the Selectmen, that he 
had taken into his Family a young Woman named Ann Lawrence, 
who came from the Town of Woburne. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 26, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
[21.] Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Passed upon M r . Hartley the keeper of the Hospital at Raiusfords 
Island, his Province Accounts, a Copy of which is on File. 

Passed upon a number of Accounts, which are on this Months 
file of Papers, and ordered Drafts to be made on the Town Treas 
urer, for the amount thereof. 

John Baker Master of Engine N attended, and acquainted 

the Select men that the Engine under his care was first brought to 
work at the Fire which broke out a Building near the Old North 
Meeting House ; and desired that the Premium of Thirteen Shillings 
and four Pence allowed by the Town, may be given them. 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Town Treasurer for his Pre- 
mium accordingly. 

Whereas the Ladders ordered by the Town are now finished, 
The Select men have agreed that they shall be lodged at -the sev- 
ei al places hore under mentioned viz'. 

[22.] Five of the Town Ladders at the North Writing Schools 
Yard. 

Five Ditto, at Mess. Box and Austins Rope Walk and near Dr. 
Mayhews Meeting House 

Five Ditto, at the Market 

Five Ditto, at D r . Sewalls Meeting House Yard. 

Five Ditto, at William Ilenshavvs Yard, South End. 

Five Ditto, near M r . Byles' Meeting House. 

Five Ditto, near M r . Checklays Meeting House. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 28, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq 
Samuel Ileus Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Nathaniel Hnll informed the Selei-tmen that he hns taken 
into his Family one Hannah Whitmore from the Town of Medfield. 
M r . Thomas Doble informed the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his House one Mavmaduke Blackwood a Foreigner. 

[23.] Memorandum, That there is a peice of Land at the 
South part of the Town near the South Market, which will come 
into the possession of the Town in the Year 1765, as appears by 
Record in Town Book, Folio 215. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Five Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7-8 

Wheaten - 1 1 - 4 

Houshold - 15 - 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 

Wheaten 1-6-9 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G2. 193 

I. oz. dr. 

Houshold 1 - 14 - I 

Six Penny Wheateu Loaf 4 - 3-11 

Houshold 5 - 9-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 7 - 7 

Houshold 10 - 10 - 5 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-11 

Mem a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

[24.] 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 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston (within 
their Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty shillings p. Annum in 
Freehold in Land within this Province and Territory at the least 
or other Estate to the value of Forty Pounds Sterling, to Convene 
at the Town House on Tuesday the eleventh of May Current at 
nine o'Clock in the Forenoon, then and there to Elect an<l Depute 
one or more Persons (being Freeholders and Resident in the Town) 
according to the number set and limitted by an Act of the General 
Assembly, to serve for and Represent them in the Great and General 
Court or Assembly Appointed to be Convened held and kept for 
his Majestys service in the Court House in Boston upon Wednesday 
the twenty sixth Day of said May, and so de Die in Diem, during 
their Session and Sessions, according to a Precept under the Hand 
and seal of Stephen Greenleaf Esq. Sheriff of the County of Suffolk 
bearing date the twenty sixth Day of April in the Second Year of 
His Majestys Reign Annoque Domini 1752. 

[25.] You are alike Required to Warn all the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as the Law directs, 
to Meet at the same time and place to Consider of the Petition of 
sundry Inhabitants for Paving Long Lane ; Of the Petition of a 
number of Schoolmasters, praying that some method may be taken 
by the Town for the more regular payment of their Several Salarys ; 
and of the Petition of M r . John Vinal Usher of the South Writing 
School, that a further allowance may be made him ; To know 
whether the Town will take any measures for Rebuilding the For- 
tification Gates ; To choose an Overseer of the Poor in the room 
of M r . Isaac Walker deceased, as also two Assessors and such 
other Officers as may be wanting ; And to Act upon all those mat- 
ters and Things which stand referred over to said Meeting. 

A Letter was this Day wrote to the Select men of Roxbury re- 
specting one Joseph Leneau a French Neutral which Letter was as 
follows, viz'. 
Gentlemen 

As Joseph Leneau one of the French Neutrals is Assigned to 
your Town, who has a Wife & [26.] two Children who are desirous 
of being with their Husband and Father, we suppose it will not be 
disagreable to you, If upon their going to you it should be an ob- 
jection that they might be a Charge in some here after please to let 
us know it immediately, and we will then either engage to defrey 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

the same, or otherwise will permit them to return to this Town 
again. We are 

Sir, 

Your humble Servants 

SELECT MEN 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 5, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Colson this Day acquainted the Selectmen, that he has 
taken into his House a Dutch Minister and his Wife who say th >t 
they intend shortly to proceed for Halifax in Nova Scotia ; the 
Ministers Name is Martin Shefferd. 

[27.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Voted, that the Rev d . Ebenezer Pemberton be desired to Open 
the Town Meeting the 1 1 of this Instant May with Prayer, and 
that Mess". Scollay and Savage be a Committee to acquaint him 
there with. 

Ann Middleton a Soldiers Wife (belonging to Pownelburrough) 
was this Day sent to the Alms House by the Select men. to be sup- 
ported there at the Province Charge, she being sick & destitute 
of Friends. 

At a Meeting of the Select men May 12, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

[28.] Liberty is hereby granted to M r . Greenough to dig up 
the Pavement and open the Ground in Royal Exchange Lane in 
order to repair his Drain, upon conditions that he forthwith restore 
the Ground and Pavement, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 195 

The following is a List of the Free Negroes in Boston and entred 
in these Minutes by Order of the Selectmen. 

Scipio late a Servant of Capl. Osbornes 

Scipio, late a Servant of M r . Apthorp 

Pompy Blaekman 

Lank (a Lemmon Merchant, who has been sick) 

Charlestown 

Dick, late a Servant to M r . Tyng, (both sick & lame) . 

Toby, living at New Boston 

Boston. (Jackson) 

Cesar Clark (Baker) keeps at M r . Pollard's Old House. 

Another Negro keeps with y e above named, his name 
unknown 

Thomas (a Baker) late a Servant to M r . Knox. 

Roman (late a Servant to the Widow Blackadore 

Joseph, late a Servant to Richard Bill Esq. 

Scipio, late a Servant of Capt. Fayerweathcr 

Prince Holms 

A Negro at Deacon Fosters 
[29.] Jack Clemmons, so called 

George Cobourn, he came from Redding 

Thomas m c Daniel who has been some time in the Alms House at 
the charge of the Province being desirous of proceeding for Phila- 
delphia his Health now permitting. 

Mess. Austin and Savtige are appointed a Committe to 
provide a passage for said m c . Daniel to Philadelphia as soon 
as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 18, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Selectmen were informed that one Isaac Moses a Jew has 
lately come into this Town, and lives at the House of Palatine 
Troop in Frog Lane. 

M r . Applelon informed the Selectmen that he had taken into his 
House one Margaret m c . Fareland, from Caso Bay. 

[3O.J Mess". Scollay and Austin Appointed a Committee to 
lay out Milk Street. 

The Selectmen having enquired into the Circumstances of the 
Free Negroes in this Town, the time when they were freed and the 
service they have performed for the Town, do find and Order as 
follows, Viz 1 . 

Prince Holmes, has been free 23 years has paid for 12 Days 
work. 

John Thurber Ditto - - last Novem r . Days 

Order'd to work - 2 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Pompy Blackman - Ditto - 6 years next Octo*. 

ditto 20 

Fortunatus Pitts - - Ditto 7 d next Septem*. 

ditto 24 

Scipio Faverweather - Ditto l d next Septem r . 

ditto 2 

Scipio Aptborp Ditto 2 years ditto 8 

Homer Blackader has been sick since his 

mistresses death along while --------- 

Peter How, has been free 9 years has work'd 

2 Days - ditto 30 

Richard Tyng Ditto 5 ditto ditto 10 

Tobias Lockman - Ditto G ditto y e . 1 March - ditto 18 

Scipio Gunny - - - Ditto last August ditto 2 

Boston Jackson - - Ditto 3 years (has a Rate Bill) 

ditto 6 

M r . John Sweetser was directed to set the above Named Negroes 
to work upon the High Ways, the number of Days which the 
Select men have assigned them. 

[31.] The Select men having been informed that the South 
Writing School wanted some Repairs, mi'ss. Hews and Sewall 
were Appointed a Committee to view said School, and direct such 
Repairs as to them shall appear necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 21, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Isq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. Phillips Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration a late Vote of 
the Town relative to the Rebuilding or Repairing of the Fortifica- 
tion Gates. 

Voterl, that Mess. Scollay and Sewall be a Committee to view 
the said Gates, and Report what appears to them to be most for 
y c interest of the Town to be done in the affair ; as also a proper 
Plan to effect the same. 

[32.] Mess. Cushing and Scollay Appointed a Committee to 
discourse the Selectmen of Roxbury relative to one Leneau a 
French Neutral, and procure from them an Obligation that in case 
he becomes a burden to the Town that they will in such case re- 
ceive him again or defrey the charge that may arise on his remain- 
ging here. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, May 31, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hewes Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samn?l Sewell Esq 
M r . Samuel Ph Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Ksq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 197 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and ten Pence p Bushel for Wheat, 
and i'our Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 1 - 8 

W beaten - 11 - 4 

Houshold - 15 - 

[33.] Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - 

Wheaten 1-6-9 

Household 1 - 14 - 1 

Six Penny Wheateu Loaf 4 - 3-11 

Houshold 5 - 9-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8-7-7 

Houshold 10 - 10 - 5 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-11 
Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weih 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 



Mess". Savage and Scollay Appointed a Committee to prepare 
an Estimate of the Charge which may arise on the Repairs of M r . 
Lovel's House, and to lay it before the Select men as soon as may 
be. 

M r . Savage Appointed by the Selectmen to acquaint M r . Jeffries 
Town Treasurer that a number of Wooden Buildings were Erect- 
ing in this Town contrary to Laws, and that it is their desire that 
the Owners thereof may be prosecuted for those breaches of the 
Law as soon as may be. 

The Buildings informed against are as follows Via'. 

An House at the foot of Bacon Hill, of M r . Whitmores. 

a Ware house in Palmer Pasture, next Milk Street. 

a Ware house of John Govels, on the Dock. 

[34.] a House in Long Lane of M r . Thomas Parkers 

a new Shop of m r . Pierpoints near the Fortification 

The Select men have this Day agreed, that for the future they 
will be at their Chamber, for the better dispatch of the Town Busi- 
ness, precisely at three O'Clock P.M. and that no one of their 
Body, shall presume to withdraw, untill he has obtain'd leave of 
the whole for so doing. 

At a Meeting of the Select men June 2 d . 2763 (sic) 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . John Grant one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1760. hiving prolnced Rsceipts from the several Treasurers in 
full for the Tax cominitteJ to him to Collect for that Year. 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay 
him his part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the whole 
Tax in said Year 

[35.] The Expences of the Clerks of the Market at their 
Monthly Meetings, having for some time past, exceeded what has 
been usual ; m r . Ballard at whose Tavern they meet, was sent for, 
when the Select men acquainted him, and it was their determina- 
tion, that in case the Expences of the Clerks the ensuing Year 
should exceed Ten Pounds lawful Money, what was over would 
not be discharged by the Town, but would be considered ns a 
private debt. 

The Select men having appointed M r . John Sweetser one of the 
Persons to Warn Strangers to depart this Town, agreable to an 
Act of the General Court ; the following Orders were given him. 

Boston June 2 d . 172 

M r . John Sweetser 

Sir, 

The Selectmen hereby Appoint and im- 

power you to make enquiiy after all Strangers and other Persons 
who shall hereafter come into this Town and reside here that are 
not Inhabitants, and all such of them as you shall apprehend are in 
low circumstances, you are immediately Warn to depart the Town 
in fourteen Days, or give security to the satisfaction of the Select 
men, and this you are to do without any [36o] Further direction 
from us and when you have done the same you must report to 
the Selectmen, that they may give such other Orders respecting 
such Persons, as they shall Judge proper. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPKR, Town Clerk 

Note. You must apply to the Town Clerk for Warrants to 
Warn Strangers out of Town. 

Passed upon several Accounts as on File of Accounts for this 
Month for which Drafts on the Treasurer were ordered by the 
Selectmen accordingly. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9j 1782. 

Present 

John Scolluy Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mess". Austin Sewall and Lewis a Committee to order and in- 
spect the Repairs of a Street lately laid out through Mackrel 
Lane. 

Whereas a number of evil minded Persons have often frustated 
the design of having a Row of Elm on each [37.] Side of Boston 
Neck, by breaking or pulling up those Trees, The Selectmen 
taking into consideration the best method to pi event such abuses 
in future, and for bringing some late Offenders to Justice ; have 
Ordered ; that the Town Clerk put an Advertisement in all the 
News Papers, offering in their Names a reward of ten Dollars to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 199 

any Person who shall give information of such Trespassers so aa 
he or they may be brought to Justice for said offence. 

John Baker of Engine N. presented Timothy Atkins 

and Thomas Christy as Suitable Persons for Engine Men in his 
Company in the room of Samuel Treat and Jonathan Low who 
have declined the service ; when both were approv'd. 

Cap'. Reed of Engine N. 5. presented Thomas Collier to the 
Selectmen as a suitable Person for an Engine man in his Company 
in the room of Joseph Baxter who has declined the service. 

Voted, that Thomas Collier be and he hereby is admitted an 
Engine man in the Company belonging to M r . Reeds Engine. 

Mess". Sewall and Lewis Appointed a Committee to view the 
High Way at the head of Thomas Hubbard Esqs. Land, and 
report as soon as may be what Repairs are wanted. 

[38. ] At a Meeting of the Select men, June 11, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Plsq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Sarauel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

It being represented to the Selectmen, that the Fire was not 
extinguished in the Ruins of the Buildings at Williams's Court, 
and that it was not unlikely, but it might increase in y c Night, to 
the endangering the Houses near it. The Selectmen Ordered, that 
William Dorrington & 
Moses Barnes 

Of the North Watch 
Isaac Fowles 
Robert Chusemon & 
Rob 1 . m c .Elroy 

of the Dock Watch 
Francis Salmon & 
Ichabod Williston 

of the Town House Watch 
& John Roustead 

of the South Watch 

Attend at William's Court this Evening in order to watch the 
Fire the whole of the Night, and that they imploy themselves in 
throwing Water upon the same till it is quite extinguish'd 

[39.] It was further Ordered by the Selectmen, that Cap 1 . 
Putnams and Capt. Reeds Engines, be placed at said Court there 
to remain uutill the Morning. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, June 12, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted, that the Gate Way at the Fortification and tho Building 
over it be repair'd, and the Gates removed And that the Committee 
Appointed the 21 of May last to consider what was proper to be 
done, be desired to see this Vote carried into execution as soon as 
may be. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 15, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Coll. Phillips and Coll. Jackson of the Regiment of this [4O.] 
Town, attended, and desired of the Selectmen the loan of a set of 
Carriage Wheels for Four Field Peii-es l>elonging to said Regiment, 
as also that they may be permitted the use of the Gun House at 
the Battery, for the Storing the same Whereupon, 

Mess. Cushing and Hews were Appointed a Committee, to 
enquire and consider whether it is in the power of the Selectmen 
to comply with their requests, and to return an answer to said 
Gentlemen as soon as they are satisfied about it. 

Gibbins Sharp Master of Engine N. 2. Applyed to the Selectmen 
for an allowance of one Man to his Engine Company over and 
above the present number; and presented Gibbins Bove as a suit- 
able Person for that service. 

Voted, that his request be granted, and that the said Bove who 
is a Drummer in one of the Companys of ourMelilia, ami premisses 
to discharge that duly notwithstanding, be and he hereby is Ad- 
mitted an Engine Man in Cap'. Sharps Company. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 23 d . 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[41.] M r . Nathan Speer presented a Petition to the Selectmen 
praying that they would view the place where lie intends Erecting 
a Building, being at Cotta's Wharf so called, and that they would 
give their opinion whether a foundation can be obtain'd there for 
the same without very great expense. 

Mess. Sutton and Reed, Masters of different Engines applyd 
each for the Premium for playing first with their several Engines 
at the late Fire which broke out at M r . Bray's Bake house. 

After hearing the Partys, and due examination the Premium 
of thirteen Shillings and four Pence granted by the Town was 
adjudged to m r . Sutton Master of the Engine N. 7. and the Town 
Clerk was directed to give him a draft for the same next Draft 
Day. 

Voted, that the Selectmen visit the Publick Schools in this 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G2. 201 

Town on Tuesday the twenty ninth Day of June Instant and that 
the following Gentlemen be desired to accompany them therein. 
Viz 1 . 

The Hon b!e . Andrew Oliver Esq. 

The Hon ble . William Brattle Esq. 

The Hon ble . Thomas Hubhard Esq. 

The Hon ble . Thomas Hancock Esq. 
[42.] The Ilon ble . Harrison Gray Esq. 

The Hon blc . John Erving Esq. 

The Mon blc . Benjamin Pratt Esq. 

The Gentlemen the Representatives of the Town. 

The Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor. 

The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D.D. 

The Rev d . Charles Chancy D.D. 

The Rev d . Jonathan May hew D.D. 

The Kev d . Samuel Checkley 

The Rev d . Ebenezer Pemberton 

The Rev d . Samuel Mather 

The Rev d . Mather Bvles 

The Rev d . Andrew Elliot 

The Rev d . Samuel Cooper 

The Rev d . Samuel Checkley Jun*. 

The Rev d . Alexander Cummings 

Richard Dana Esq. 

Jeremiah Gridley Esq. 

Roger Hale Esq. Collector of his Majesty's Customs 

Richard Chirk Esq. 

Joseph Dowse Esq. 

Epps Sergeant Esq. 

Nathaniel Wheelwright Esq. 

William Sheaffe Esq. Dcp. Collector 

John Erving Esq. 

William Blair Townsend Esq. 
[43.] William Story Esq. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Oxen bridge Thacher Esq. 

Middlecot Cook Esq. 

M r . Gordon, of South Carolina 

M r . Limers, of Surrinam 

M r . William Greanleaf 

M r . Samuel Adams 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

Cap'. Benjamin Ilammatt 

M r . Alexander Hill 

M r . John Dennie 

Ordered, that M r . Williston give seasonable notice to the several 
Gentlemen, of this Appointment and that they are desired to meet 
at the Sclectmens Chamber at Nine o' Clock in the Morning of 
said Day ; and that he acquaint the several School Masters there 
with. 

Voted, that there be a Dinner provided for the above Gentlemen 
on the Day for visiting the Schools. 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 28, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 

[44.] John Scollay Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to wait 
on James Otis Esq. one of the Representatives of the Town for 
all the Papers in his hands relative to the late valuation, in order 
to take Copys of the same, for the future use of our Representa- 
tives at another valuation. 

Liberty is granted M r . Proctor for taking Paving Stones from 
the Beach at the bottom of the Common. 

William Baker informed the Selectmen that he had taken into 
his Family as a Maid Servant, one Addleton from the Town of 
Milton. 

Ordered, that M r . Adams be directed to warn said Addleton to 
depart this Town, in the manner the law directs. 

Mess. Hews and Lewis Appointed a Committee to settle with 
the Town of Roxbury the Charge which has arisen for the support 
of one Dorcas How at the Aims-House. 

Cap'. John Baker of Engine N. 1. Apply'd to the Selectmen for 
the addition of one Man to y e . Company of the Engine under his 
care, the present number not being in his opinion sufficient [45.] 
For so large an Engine, and presented Thomas Bradford as a suit- 
able Person for that service. 

Voted, that his request be granted, and that the said Bradford 
be and here by is admitted an Engine Man in M r . Bakers Company 
accordingly. 

Thomas Parker has liberty granted him by the Selectmen to 
dig up the Pavement and open the Ground in Long Lane in order 
to clean and repair his Drain, upon condition that he forthwith 
make good the Ground, and repave the same to the satisfaction of 
the Selectmen. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and four Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 

Of Penny White Loaf 6-8-2 

Wheaten - 12 - 13 

Houshold 1-0-4 

Two Penny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-6 

Houshold 2-0-4 

[46.] Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4-9-2 

Houshold 6 - 8-10 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 2-4 

Houshold 12 - 13 - 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 13 - 8 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 203 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 7, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Mess". Gushing Scollay and Sewall Appointed a Committee, to 
get the top of the Drain at the Town Dock cover'd over with 
Clay, and that part of the Dock which the Reservoir is near, filled 
up ; and to do all other things which shall then and there appear 
to them further necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 12, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 

[47.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Mr. Sam. P. Savage 

Capt. Robins having made Application to the Select men to 
know their Opinion whether a solid foundation can be had for a 
Building he purposes to Erect on his land at Bulls Wharf, with- 
out great expence and said Land having been view'd by the 
Select men, 

Voted, That it is their Opinion that no solid foundation can be 
obtained without very great expence. 

M r . Temple Decoster having made Application to the Select 
men to know their Opinion, whether a solid foundation can be had 
for a Building he purposes to Erect on his Land at Bulls Wharf 
without very great Expence ; and said Laud having been accord- 
ingly viewed by the Selectmen, 

Voted, That it is the Opinion of the Selectmen that no solid 
foundation can be obtaiud for said Building without a very great 
expence. 

M r . John Pulling having made application to [48.] to the 
Selectmen to know their Opinion whether a solid foundation can 
be had for a Building he purposes to Erect on his Land at his 
Wharf, without great expence, and said Land having been accord- 
ingly view'd by the Selectmen, it was Voted, 

that it is their Opinion that no solid foundation can be obtained 
without great expence. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 13, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Mr. Samuel I'. Savage 

Mess". Green and Fellows two of the Clerks of the Market, 
appeard, and informed the Selectmen, that they were this 
Morning in execution of their trusts upon search for Bread in 
order to view weigh and try the same, when several of the Town 
Bakers ; viz'. M r . Syreomb, M r . m c .Neal, and M r . Serien would 
not permit or suffer any search or seizure to be made, but did 
actually oppose and hinder the same. They there fore prayM the 
the Opinion of the Select men as to a prosecution, and if it should 
be their sentiments, that they might in that ca^e be directed to 
proper Council at the charge of the Town Whereupon 

[49.] Voted, that it is the Opinion of the Selectmen that 
said Bakers should be prosecuted, and that the Clerks of the 
Market who have eutred their Complaint be directed to apply unto 
James Otis Esq. and M r . Oxenbridge Thacher who are Council 
for the Town to conduct those Prosecutions at the publick 
Expence. 

Voted, that M r . Robert Pierpoint be desired to cover the Street 
leading from the Fortification Gates, into Town with Gravel and 
such other Materials as shall make a firm and good Way there ; 
and that Mess". Gushing and Scollay be a Committee to see it 
perfected. 

Voted, that Mess". Austin and Savage be a Committee to 
contrive the Gutter from D r . Noyes' into the Drain near the 
Watch house, in such a manner as shall carry off the Water & so 
as may prevent any nusance before the Maket, 

Voted, that Mess". Scollay and Sewall be a Committee to see 
that the Two Receivers on the North side of y e Drain near the 
Market be cleansed, and put into proper order, and that the 
Pavement near the Conduit be repair'd and perfected. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 13, 1762. 

Present 

[5O.] Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

The Select men having been informed, that Cap*. Coombs Master 
of the Schooner Repulse, is stop at Rainsford Island as having the 
Small Pox on board the following Directions were given the 
Keeper of the Hospital on that Island viz*. 

Boston July 14. 1762 
M r . Thomas Hartley 
Sir 

As the Schooner Repulse William Coombs Master, haa the 
Small Pox on board and is now at your Island our Orders to you 
are, to take the best care you can of the Men that are sick on 
board, and when they can be removed to the Hospital with safety, 
let it be done but not before let those Persons who have not had 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1702. 205 

the Small Pox be taken on Shore to the Well House, and not 
suffered by any means to depart the Island ; let the Vessell be 
smoak'd and cleansed as soon as it can conveniently be done, and 
Report to us ; those Persons who have had the Distemper you 
may let depart after they are sufficiently cleansd, and have a new 
shift of Cloaths from [51.] Town ; let no Person come upon the 
Island but by our permission, take care to be secured by the Capt. 
for what charge may arise upon Account of this Sickness 

By Order of the Select men, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
The following Letter was wrote Cap'. Coombs, 

Boston July 13. 1762 
Capt William Coombs 
Sir, 

We received yours by M r . Hartley informing us of your 
arrival at Rains ford Island having the Small Pox on board your 
Vessell, we are sorry for your misfortune, and have given M r . 
Hartley Orders concerning everything relating to your Vessell and 
Men, you must not do or suffer anything to be done but by his 
direction \vc shall dismiss you and your Vessell so scon as it 
can be done with safety of the whole. 

Your humble Servants 

THE SELECT MEN 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 14, 1762. P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[5.j Benjamin Auston Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekicl Lewis Esq. 

Cap'. Gibbins Shnrp of Engine N 2. Apply 'd for the Premium 
for working first with his Engine at the Fire which lately broke 
out at Hutchinsons Wharf. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the Premium of Thirteen Shillings 
and four Pence allowed by the Town, next Draft Day. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and tan Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 7 - 8 

Wheaten - 1 1 - 4 

Houshold - 15 - - 

Two Penny White Loaf - 15 - - 

Wheaten 1-6-9 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 1 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 3-11 

Houshold 5 - 9-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 7 - 7 

[53.] Twelve Penny Houshold Bread 10 - 10 - 5 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-11 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 19, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley Reported to the Selectmen That he had 
sufficiently smoak'd and cleansed the Schooner Repulse Williams 
Coombs Master, which has lain for some days past at Rainsfords 
Island, that there was nothing now on board liable to retain any 
infection, and that it is his Opinion said Vessell may leave the 
Island, with the utmost safety to the Inhabitants. 

Voted, that the above named Schooner has liberty to leave 
Rainsfords Island, provided all charges are first defrey'd by the 
Master and that Certificates be given accordingly. 

[54.] Boston July 19, 1762 

M r . Thomas Hartley 
Sir 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Repulse Wil- 
liam Coombs Master, which has been for some Days detained at 
Rainsfords Island, is now sufficienily smoaked and cleansed, and 
that there is nothing now on board liable to retain any Infection, 
so that she may in your Opinion leave the Island with the utmost 
safety to the Inhabitants. It is therefore our Orders that you 
permit said Vessell to depart after the Captain has satisfied you 
for all the Charge that has arisen upon Account of her detention 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Cashing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

The Selectmen passed the Accounts of this Month, and Ordered 
Drafts to be made on the Treasurer accordingly. 

The Selectmen this Day agreed with M r . Joseph Foye [55.] 
To take the Charge of the Pest House or Hospital at New 
Boston, and delivered him the Keys of the same accordingly. 

Mess. Hews and Gushing Appointed a Committee to examin into 
the Town Stock of Powder, and to Report as soon as may be the 
Quantity and conditions thereof. 

Mess". Scollay and Austin Appointed a Committee to provide 
a sufficient Stock of Bullets and Flints for y e use of tha Town, 
and to see that all the Fire Arms are put in Order as soon as 
may be. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 207 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 4, 1762. M 1 ". Thomas 
Walley desired liberty to Erect a Number of Posts with Rails 
before his Shop near the Town Dock. 

Voted, that Liberty be granted him accordingly, he observing 
the proper distance from said Shop. 

M r . Thomas Gray Applied to the Selectmen for their Opinion 
whether a solid foundation can be obtaiu'd for a Building he pur- 
poses to erect on his Wharf which is next M r . Griffins when 
Mess". Sewall and Lewis were appointed a Comrn ee . to view said 
Land. 

[56.] Mess. Hews and Gushing a Committee Appointed the 
29 of July last to cxamin the Town Stock of Powder & Report, 

That they had attended that business, and upon examination 
find that there is in the Powder House viz 1 

Thirteen Barrels of Gun Powder & 
Nineteen half Barrels of ditto 

all which Powder they directed M r . Loyd the Keeper of the Pow- 
der House to open shift and dry, that so it may be known what 
part of it is unfit for use and damaged. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to publish in all the 
News Papers, the Law relative to Hucksters Forstalling the 
Market. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, August 11, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mr. John Nevel appeard, and acquainted the Selectmen that he 
had taken into his family as a Servant one Mercy Spring from 
Watertown. 

[57.] M r . Angus Gair appeard, and acquainted the Selectmen 

that he has taken into his Family as a Maid one Coffin from 

Nantucket. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 16, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiei Lewis Esq. 

James Otis Esq appeard, and acquainted the Selectmen thnt he 
had taken into his Family as a Servant a one from New- 
foundland, 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons licensed the 
last Year to sell strong drink both as Inhoklers and Retailers 
within this Town; and at the same time which waa the 31 st . of 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

last Month passed upon the Petitions for Licenses for the Year 
ensuing, and the following Persons only were approved and re- 
commended viz 1 . 

John Potter, living at an House at the South End adjoining 
M r . Blakes as an Inholdcr 

[58.] Rebecca Coffin, living at the Crown Coffee House as au 
Innholder. 

Mary Foster, living at the head of Coll. Nobles Wharf, as an 
Innholder. 

M:iry Simpson, at her House where M r . Cowcll dwelt as an 
Innholder 

Thomas Chase at his Distilling House in Auchmuty's Lane, as 
a Retailer. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Six Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and four Ponce p. 
Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Live- 
lihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 7 - 5 

Wheaten - 11 - 

Houshold 0-14-10 

Two Penny White Loaf 0-14-10 

Wheaten 1 - G - 

Houshold 1 - 13 - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 1-15 

Houshold 5 - 6-15 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 3-14 

Houshold 10 - 11 - 4 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 10 - 4 
Mem , a 4. d . Brick Loaf must weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . white 
Loaf. 

[59.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 20, 17G2. - 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezckiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley appeard and acquainted the Selectmen that 
the Schooner Meriah Daniel Stuart late Master belonging to Cape 
Ann was stopt at Rainsford Island, having on her passage from 
S*. Kitts had the Small Pox on board, of which Distemper the 
Master died ; No one of the Hands is sick with that illness at 
present, and but three of them are liable to take the Infection, the 
rest having had the Small Pox formerly. 

Voted, that the following Orders be given M r . Hartley. 

Boston, August 21, 1762. 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

Sir. 

By information from you, the Schooner 

Meriah Daniel Stuart late Master is arrived from St. Kitts, on board 
which Vessell the Master lately died with the Small Pox Our 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 209 

directions to you therefore are, that those Persons who have not 
had the Small Pox be taken 0:1 shore, and that they be confined to 
the Well house that all the Cloaths Bed Be Iding, and everything 
that is on [60.] Board which is capable of taking Infection be 
brought on Shore and properly cleansed, that the Vessell also be 
well cleansed and smoked, and that no Person be allowed to go on 
Shore till further Orders. 

Your humble Serv". 

SELECTMEN 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 23 d , 1762. M r . Hartley 
informed the Selectmen th;it the Brig^antine Polly Daniel Marquond 
Master belonging to Newbury was arrived at Rainsford Island 
from Gaudoloop, having four Persons now on board sick with the 
Small Pox, th-s other three Persons on board have had that Dis- 
temper on their passage but are now well. 

Voted, that the following Orders be given M r . Thomas Hartley 
Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfonls Island. 

Boston, August 23 d ., 17G2. 

M r . Thomas Hartley 

Sir, 

Being informed by your self and tn r . 

Nathaniel Tayler, that the Briggantine Polly Daniel Marquond 
Master from Gaudoloop is nt your Island and has the Small Pox 
on board, three Persons being now sick [61.] with That Distemper, 
the remaining part of the Crew having had it on their passage but 
now well. 

Our directions to you are that as soon as possible 3'ou get the 
sick Persons on shore, and also the Beds Bedding and everything 
capable of retaining any infection, and that the Vessell be prop- 
erly cleansed. You must not suffer any Person to come on Shore, 
untill further Orders from us, We are 

Your Friends & Servants 

THE SELECTMEN. 

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by Samuel 
Wentvvorth Esq. and others, that one of the Town Bulls is unruly 
and mischcivous, and has done great damage by breaking into la- 
closers and destroying the Vegetables &c. 

Voted, that the said Bull shall be killed, and that M r . Procter 
the Master of the Alms house be desired to see the same done, 
and the Meat salted down for the use of said House. 

Voted, that m r . Lewis be desired to agree with Jeremiah [62.] 
Gridley Esq. for a Bull he has offered for Sale upon the best terms 
he can, in order to replace the one ordered to be killed. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 25, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Jacob Knoble apply'd to the Selectmen some Days, past for 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

liberty to make a new Drain from his House in Cow Lane, into 
the Common Shore at Summer Street. 

Elizabeth Erving appeared, and acquainted the Selectmen that 
she had taken into her family one William Pulling and Wife who 
came from Newfoundland in Cap 1 . Home. 

Hugh Hall Esq. appeard and acquainted the Selectmen, that 
he had admitted into his House as Tenants the 21 August Instant, 
the following Persons, Viz' Matthew Gramtado his Wife and three 
Children, who came here from Newfoundland, he is a Fisherman 
or Labourer. 

[63.] William Human his Mother Wife and three Children, 
they came from Newfoundland, said Human is a Fisherman or 
Labourer. 

Joseph Potell his Wife and Six Children, he is a Boat Builder 
by trade, but kept a Publick House at St. Johns Newfoundland 
before he left that place. 

Voted, that Samuel Whentworth Esq. have liberty to dispose of 
the Town Bull which has done him so much mischief at his Farm 
on the Neck. 

Voted, that the Bull left in the Common being old and insuffi- 
cient, be disposed of to M r . Thadeus Wyman of Cambridge, who 
offers for the same Forty eight Shillings Lawful Mony, and that 
M r . Scollay be desired to receive the Mony. 

Mess". Hewes and Sewall Appointed a Committee to view the 
South Writing School, and Report whether it appears to them 
necessary that the Hoof of the House should be Slated.' 

Complaint having been made the Select men that the Chimnes 
of M ra . Blowers House in Long Lane are [64.] insufficient and 
dangerous. 

Mess. Thomas Daws and Richard Honnywell were impowered 
and desired to make a survey on the same, and Report as soon as 
may be. 



At a Meeting of the Select men, August 26, 1762 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Mr. Thomas Hai tly Reported, that the Briggantine Polly Daniel 
Marquand muster which has been detain'd at Rainsford Island for 
sometime past upon Account of her having lately had the Small 
Pox on board, is now thoroughly smoked and cleansed, and that 
it is his Opinion she may be permitted to leave the Island with the 
utmost safety to the Inhabitants. 

Voted, that said Briggantine Poll}' may be permitted to depart 
from Rainsford Island, and come up to Town, if the Owner sees 
cause, in consequence of the above Reports, and that a Certifi- 
cate be given the Governor accordingly. 

A Certificate of the above Vessells being in Circumstances 
to come up to Town was sent to his Excellency and is a8 
follows. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 211 

[65. J May it please your Excellency. 

The Briggantine Polly Daniel 

Marquond Master from West Indies lately ordered to Rainsfords 
Island as having the Small Pox on board has been sufficiently 
smoked and air'd and cleaused, and we are of opinion she may be 
permitted to come up to Town without endangering the health of 
the Inhabitants if your Excellency think fit, We are, 

Your Excellencys Most Obed'. Hum. Serv'. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
Selectmen of Boston J g ^ 



EZEKIEL LEWIS 
To His Excell 7 . Francis Bernard Esq. 

Boston, August 26, 1762 

The following Orders were given M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper 
of the Hospital on Rainsfords Island. 

M r . Thomas Hartley 
Sir, 

Boston, August 26, 1762 
You having reported to us that you had so 

cleansed and smoak'd the Briggantine Polly Daniel Marquond Mas- 
ter lately ordered to Rainsfords Island as having the Small Pox 
on board, so that she is now in circumstances to come up to Town, 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants. Our Orders 
are that you permit said Briggandine to leave the Island provided 
the Captain [66.] Give you security for dcfreying the whole 
charge that has arisen by the detention, of the Vessell at said 
Island. 

Your Friends & Ser". 

TJIE SELECTMEN OF BOSTON 

M r . Samuel Stone presented a Petition to the Selectmen pray- 
ing that he may be licensed to Retail Rum & c . at his Distilling 
House near the Green Dragon, which Petitioner was approbated 
and recommended accordingly. 

M r . Robert Sloan presented a Petition to the Selectmen praying 
that he may be permitted to retail Rum & c . at his Distilling House 
near the Flood Gates New Boston which Petitioner was approbated 
and recommended accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 30, 1762. - 

Present 

Samuql Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Selectmen passed upon the Accounts of this, for which 
Drafts were ordered on the Treasurer accordingl}' 

[67.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Six Shillings and two Pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf o'- 7 - 2 

Wheaten 0-10-11 

Houshold - 14 - 4 

Two Penny White Loaf - 14 - 4 

Wheaten 1 - 5 - 6 

Houshold 1 - 12 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 2-3 

Houshold 5-5-9 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8-0-5 

Household 10 - 11 - 2 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-9-8 

Mem. a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 

Loaf. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to fur- 
nish the Bakers as often as the Assize is Ordered with twelve of 
the Assizes ; the Clerks of the Market with twelve and to Post up 
two more. 

[68.] Mess. Gushing and Scollay and Austin Appointed a 
Committee to enquire into the Circumstances of the People lately 
sent to the Hospital, who came here from New Foundland ; as 
also what Necessarys are wanting for the Hospital and to Ileport 
the Next Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 1, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Complaint having been made that the Chimnies of m r . Honny- 
wells House near Bulls Wharf are insufficient and dangers. 

Mess" : Thomas Daws and George Ray were impowcred and 
desired to take a survey of the same, and make Report to the 
Selectmen as soon as may be. 

The Select men were this Day informed that Mess. Andrew and 
James Drummond, two single Men, and Shoemakers by trade, had 
come to this Town from Scotland with design to settle in this place. 
[69.] Royal Tyler Esq. in the Name of the Overseers applyed 
to the Selectmen for liberty to open a piece of Ground in the 
Common opposite the Workhouses for a Sink to receive the Waste 
Water and filth from the Alms-house & Work house. 

Voted, that liberty be granted accordingly, the Overseers, take- 
ing proper care that the same be covered, and the Sods that are 
taken off are replaced. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem* 8, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1702. 213 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Ksq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley having Reported that Samuel Brockings 
Thomas Clarke and Josiah Weils who have lately had the Small 
Pox at the Pest House, are now well and may leave the Island 
with safety to the Inhabitants whereupon, 

Voted, That the following Orders be given to M r . Hartley. 
[70.] Sir, 

You having Reported to us that Samuel Brockings 
Thomas Clarke and Josiah Wells who have lately had the Small 
Pox are now well ; we consent that you permit the said three Men 
to depart the Island after being shifted and cleansed properly, 
provided you secure the charge you have been at on Account of 
their sickness. 

Your Friends & Servants 

SELECT MEN. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by Mess. Hews and Scollay 
two of the Selectmen to receive into the Alms house on the Prov- 
ince Account one Frances Day who came to this Town, from 
St. Johns Newfoundland (via Newbury) and has not where with- 
all to support himself. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 15, 17G2. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall P^sq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[71.] M r . James Bernard Master of Engine N. 3. presented 

Elkonah Hayden as a suitable Person for an Engine Man in his 

Company in the room of Joshua Loring dismiss'd from the service. 

Voted, that said Hayden be and hereby is Admitted an Engine 

Man in M r . Bernards Company in y e . room of M r . Loring dismiss'd. 

Cap'. Fortesque Vernou having made Application to the Select 

men to know their Opinion whether a solid foundation can be had 

for a Building he purposes to Erect on his wharf at the North part 

of the Town, without great expence, and said Land having been 

viewd by the Select men accordingly. 

Voted, that it is the Opinion of the Selectmen that no solid 
foundation can be obtain'd for said Building without very great 
Expeuce. 

The Selectmen having been acquainted that a number of Trans- 
port Vessels were arrived in our Harbour from Hallifax in the Prov- 
ince of Nova Scotia, having on board a great many Accadiaus or 
French Neutrals, brought here by Order of the Government of 
that Province, as also [72.] That some of those People had actu- 
ally been landed in this Town where upon 

Voted, that M r . Thomas Williston be directed to take a Boat 
and go on board the Transport, now in the Harbour, in order to 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

enquire out the names of those Vcssells and their Commanders to 
be immediately returned the Selectmen. 

M r . Williston attended and acquainted the Select men, that there 
was now in this Harbour the following Vessells with Accadiaus on 
board viz'. 

The Ship Lyon, - Lovel Pennetl Commander 

Ship Exchange - Michael Pele - D. 

Snow Charming Nancy Francis Haynes - D. 

Schooner Chang. Nancy - John Melony - D. 

Sloop Dispatch - William Scott - D. 

Snow Ilopson - Thomas Dood - D. 

The Select men having considered of this matter, Agreed upon 
a Letter to be deliver'd each of the above Captains by M r . Willis- 
ton, which Letter was in the Words, following viz'. 

Boston, September 1762 
Sir, 

Being informed that you have a number of Accadians on 
board the Vessell you Command, which you have brought from 
Hallifax in Nova Scotia, in Company [73.] With a number of 
of other Transports, being also informed that some of them have 
been landed from on board said Transports . For your govern- 
ment with respect to this matter we would inform you, that by the 
Laws of this Province \o\\ cannot suffer any of your Passengers to 
laud without first returning a list of them into the Import Office 
and giving Bond to prevent their being a Town or Province 
Charge, under the penalty of One hundred Pounds Lawful Mony, 
for every Passenger you so suffer to land, we therefore give you 
this notice that you may avoid the Penalty aforementioned, as you 
may depend we shall exact the same unless you strictly adhere to 
the Law in this case made and provided. 

Your Most Hum. Servants 

SELECT MEN. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 22, 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Scwall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[74.] M r . Francis Salmon, Constable of the Town House 
Watch appear'd and acquainted the Select men, that he had pretty 
certain intelligence, that a number of disorderly Young Persons 
had formed a design to attack his Watch the ensuing Night, 
whereupon, 

Voted, that M r . Salmon be directed and impowered to procure 
what extraordinary help he may Judge necessary for the support 
of the Watch this Night. 

Hugh Hall Esq. appeard and informed the Select men that he 
had admitted into his House in Lyn Street near Cap'. Greenwoods 
Mast yard, as a Tennant, one James Howell a Fisherman. 

Liberty is hereby granted M r . Samuel Phillips Savage to dig up 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 215 

the Pavement and open the Ground in the Lane leading from 
Brattle Square to Wings Lane in order to repair his Drain ; upon 
condition that he forthwith make the Ground, and restore the 
Pavement to the satisfaction of the Select men. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Six Shillings and eight Pence p. [75.] Bushell for 
Wlieat, and four Pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Paius and Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 6 - 10 

Wheaten - 9-15 

Hous hold - 13 - 4 

Two Penny White Loaf - 13 - 4 

Wheaten 1-3-4 

Houshold 1 - 10 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 3 - 11 - 9 

Hou-hold 4 - 15 - 7 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 7 - 3 

Houshold 9 - 14 - 14 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 7 - 8 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf is to weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 

Loaf. 

Mess". Gushing Scollay and Sewall Appointed a Committee to 
get Leaveret Lane opened into Milk Street. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 27, 1762 (sic) 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
John Scolby Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
[76.] Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiol Lewis Esq 

Voted, thatM r . Thomas Williston be directed to warn all such 
Persons at the Hospital under M r . Foyes care, as are now so well 
as to be able to get tlieir livelihood by labour, to depart said House, 
acquainting them at the same time that it is the determination of 
the Selectmen, that such of them as are sick and infirm and so in- 
capable of careing for themselves shall still be supported at the 
Publick Expence 

At a Meeting of the Select men, September 21, 1762 
It is Agreed upon and Ordered that Fryday the twenty fourth of 
this Instant September be the time for running the Line and re- 
newing the Bound Marks between the Town of Boston and the 
Town of Roxbury, and that the Select men, Viz'. Thomas Gushing, 
Samuel Hews, John Scollay, Benjamin Austin. & Samuel Sewall 
P3sq. M r . Samuel Phillips Savage, and Ezekiel Lewis Esq. or any 
two of them be a Committee for and in behalf of the Town of Bos- 
ton fully Authoris'd and Impower'd to join with such Persons aa 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

the Selectmen [77.] Of R >xbury shall Appoint and Impower to 
attend and perform the same, and that all Persons concerned therein 
be and hereby are desired to meet at the House of M r . .John Greaton 
at the Sign of the Grey Ilouisd in lloxbnry at Ten o'Clock in the 
Forenoon of 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 Selectmen of Itoxbury of this Appointment, desiring 
them to Appoint and Impower a Committee in the behalf of the 
Town of Roxbury, to Join with us in that service accordingly. Hut 
if the Weather should prove wet and apparently unsuitable for the 
performance of said work on tho Day above mentioned, then the 
same to be attended and performed on the Wednesday following 
(viz*.) on Wednesday the twenty ninth of September Current to 
meet at the said place at Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon. 

The following Letter was wrote to the Selectmen of Roxbuiy 
Viz*. 

Boston, September 21, 1762. 
Gentlemen 

These are to Notify you that this Year is the time wherein ac- 
cording to Law we are required [78.] To run the Boundary Line 
betwixt this Town and the Town of Roxbnry. You are therefore 
desired to Appoint and Impower a Committee to Join with that of 
ours for the performance of that Service, and that they meet us at 
the House of m r . John Graton at the Sign of the Grey Hound in 
Roxbury on Fryday the twenty fourth of this Instant September at 
Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon. The Persons Appointed in be 
half of this Town, are the Select men. (Viz 1 .) 

Thomas Gushing, Samuel Hews, John Scollay, Benjamin Austin, 
Samuel Sewall Esq. m r . Samuel Phillips Savage and Ezekiel Lewis 
Esq. and they or any two of them are Impower'd, to run the Line, 
and renew the Bound marks between the said Town of Boston and 
Roxbury accordingly. 

But if the Weather on the said twenty fourth of September, 
Instant should prove wet and unsuitable for the performance of 
this Work, then we do propose and Appoint to attend the same on 
the Wednesday following (viz 1 .) on Wednesday the Twenty ninth 
of this Instant September to meet at the said place at ten O'Clock 
in the Forenoon. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[79.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 24, 1762. - 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel P. Savage 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Select men of Boston in Concert with the Select mon of 
Roxbury Attended the Perambulation betwixt the Two Towns this 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G2. 217 

Day. A Report whereof is here Recorded and is as follows 
Viz'. 

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 said 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 untill it 
comes to a Range with tha Fence and Trees which parts between 
Aaron Davis's Land (formorly M r . Nathaniel Brewers) , [8O.] 
And Samuel Wells Esq. Laud, (formerly called M r . IMinots theu 
across the Street or High Way till it comes to a large Stone stand- 
ing end way in the Fence, and from thence to a Stump with a heap 
of Stones about Eighty feet from the High Way, and from thence 
streight to a little Knowl upon the Edge of the Creek, a Corner 
of the Bounds where stands a Stake Marked B in the Easterly 
side and R on the Westerly side, and from thence Easterly 
as the Creek runs till it comes to a St'ike marked B. on one' 
side and R on the other in Coll. Lambs Dam, and from thence 
as the Creek runs into the Bay between Boston and Dorches- 
ter. Dated the twenty fourth Day of September, Anno Domini 
1762. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SOOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUKL SEWALL 
SAM. PII. SAVAGE 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Select men of Boston 

SAMUEL HEATH 
JOHN DAVIS 
EBENEZ E . NEWELL 
EBEN B . PIERPOIXT 

Select men of Roxbury 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Scptem r . 29, 1762. 

Present 
[81.] John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Ksq. 
Ezekicl Lewis Esq. 

It being thought necessary that the Town House Watch of 
which M r . Francis Salmon is Constable, should be strength- 
ened. 

Ordered, that M r . Salmon have for the future Seven Men 
in said Watch including himself That M r . Samuel M.Clure 
Constable of the Dock Watch dismiss one Man from his said 
Watch, when there will still belong to it including himself Seven 
hands 

And that from this time (he Constables Salmon and Me. Clure 
divide the duty of the Eastern round between them. 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Septem 1 . 27, 17G2. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

[83.] The Select men passed upon the Accounts of this Month 
for which Drafts were Ordered to be made on the Treasurer 
accordingly. 

The Selectmen this Day passed upon M r . Samuel Procter Keeper 
of the Alms House his two Accounts with the Province amounting 
to 19- I/- and 236-2-7- 

The Town Clerk is hereby directed to take a fair List of all the 
Newfoundlanders lately arrived here, as appears by the Impost 
Masters Books. as also a List of all those who came here in the 
Carteel Vessell from Newfoundland, which may be had of Joseph 
Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston. 

Voted, that Mess. Hews and Sewall be a Committee to get the 
Roof of the School House in the Common Slated if they shall appre- 
hend that said Roof will bear it. 

The Select men on Tuesday the twenty ninth Day of June last, 
Visited the Publick Schools pursuant to a Vote of the Town at their 
Annual Meeting in March last, accompanied by the following Gen- 
tlemen, Viz'. 

[83.] Thp Honourable William Brattle Esq. 
The Honourable John Erving Esq. 
The Honourable John Erving Esq. (sic) 
The Honourable Thorn 8 . Hubbard Esq. 
The Honourable Thomas Hancock Esq. 
The Representatives of the Town 
The Overseers of the Town 
The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D D. 
The Rev d - Charles Chancey D.D. 
The Rev d . Jonathan Mayhew D.D. 
The Rev*. Samuel Checkley 
The Rev d . Ebenezer Pemberton 
The Rev d . Samuel Mather 
The Rev d . Mather Byles 
The Rev d . Andrew Elliot 
The Rev d . Samuel Cooper 
The Rev d . Samuel Checkley Jr. 
The Rev d . Alexander Cummins 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Richard Dana Esq. 
Middlecott Cook Esq. 
Jeremiah Gridley Esq. 
Joseph Dowse Esq. 
[84.] Epes Sergeant Esq. 

Roger Hale Esq. Collector of his Majestys Customs. 
Richard Clark Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 219 

William Story Esq. 

William Blair Townsend Esq. 

John Erving Esq. 

M r . John Dennie 

M r . Alexander Hill 

M r . Gorden ------ -a Stranger. 

M r . Limers Ditto 

M r . William Grcenleaf 

Oxenbridge Tliacher Esq. 

M r . Samuel Adams 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

Capt. Benjamin Hammatt 

And found the South Grammar School had 119 Scholars the North 
Grammar School 68 Scholars, The South Writing School 236 
Scholars, the North Writing School 176 Scholars, the Writing 
School in Queen Street 238 Scholars, all in very good Order. 

[85.] The following is a List of the Persons in the Alms 
House on Province Account and Charge, taken the thirtyeth Day 
of June, 1762. 

Persons When received 

Ephraim Goggin ~) 

Mary Goggin February 5 - - - - 1762 

Child ) 

Edward m c . Gown ----- December 11 - - - - 1758 

Isaac Orr December 31 - - - - 1761 

William Manning ----- December 10 - - - - 1760 

Archibald m c . Lane, (blind) - - October 11 1761 

John Walden (lost one Leg) - December 1 - - - - 1761 
John Forbes - - (blind) - - December 9 - - - - 1761 
Samuel Nickolson ----- December 31 - - - - 1761 

John Hoar April 19 1762 

Mary Webb April 26 1760 

Ann Tyrrell January 14 1762 

Anna Smith - ------ February 15 - - - - 1762 

Two Children 

Abigail Ellson and Child - - February 10 - - - - 1762 

Anna Middleton ----- May 10 ------ 1762 

Abigail Hicks and Child - - - June 9 1762 

The following Certificate was given Joseph Goldthwait [86.] 
Esq Last April Viz'. 

Boston April 1 762 

We the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston hereby 
Certify all concerned that pursuant to the power given us by an 
Order or By Law of the Town passed the twelfth Day of December 
Anno Domini 1757. We have Agreed with Joseph Goldthwait 
Esq. of Boston to sweep or cause to be swept the Chimnies within 
the Town, and Appoint him to that Employment accordingly, and 
he has given security to our satisfaction, for performing his duty 
in that place for one Year from date. 

We therefore prohibit any other person or persons cither by 
himself or Servant to undertake the sweeping of any Chimnie in 
this Town, except auch Chimnie or Chimnies as are under his or 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

their own improvement, as by the Law aforesaid they forfeit ten 
Shillings for every such offence. 

THOMAS GUSHING 

JOHN SCOLLAY 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

SAMUEL SKWALL 

EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston. 

[87.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 7, 17G2. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Stephen Greanleaf Master of Engine N. 9. appeard and 
acquainted the Selectmen, that three of his Company, viz 1 . Joseph 
Wheeler, Samuel Harris and Benjamin Bass were desirous 
of leaving that service, and proposed William Pennyman, 
John Greanleaf and Ambrose Searl as Proper Persons in their 
room. 

Voted, that the above named William Putnam, John Greanleaf 
and Ambrose Searl be and hereby are admitted as Engine men in 
said Company. 

Katharine Fox a Soldiers Wife lately arrived from Newfoundland 
in Schooner York, James Carlisle Master belonging to Old York, 
apply'd to the Selectmen for relief, or that they would procure her 
a passage to Philadelphia, her proper home. 

[88] Voted, that Cap*. Hews be desired to procure the said 
Katharine Fox a passage to Philadelphia, in Cap 1 . Whitmarsh 
bound there ; and that he apply to Capt. Carlisle for the Expence, 
she may occasion, and in c.-iso of his refusing payment; that he be 
prosecuted according to Law. 

Voted, that Mess. Scollay and Savage be a Committee to see 
things put in proper order in the Selectmen's Chamber at Faneuil 
Hall ; and that the Town Clerk is to follow their directions in the 
removal of the Books, Papers, &c. from the Town House to said 
Chamber. 

Information being given the Selectmen, that the Yellow Fever 
is very brief in Philadelphia, which Distemper was brought there 
as conjectur'd from the Havannah as also that the Small Pox is 
at New York. 

Voted that Application be made to his Honor the Lieutenant 
Governor for an Order to the Commanding Officer at Castle William, 
to stop all Vessells coming from the Havannah Philadelphia and 
New York and prevent their coming up to Town untill further 
Orders. 

[89.] The following Letter was wrote His Honor the Lieu- 
tenant Governor, in consequence of the information given as 
Recorded on the other side. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 221 

May it please your Honor 

Information having been given us that 

the Yellow Fever is very brief at Philadelphia which it is said was 
brought there from the Havannah, us also that the Small Pox is 
rife at New York. We think it our duty to acquaint }'our Honor 
therewith, and to request that you will be pleased to Order the 
Commanding Officer at Castle William to stop all Vessells coming 
from those three places, untill proper enquiry be made into the cir- 
cumstances of such Vessells We are 

Your Most Oed'. Hum. Ser". 

SELECTMEN OF BOSTON 
Boston October 7. 1762 

To His Honor the Lieu 1 . Governor 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 8, 1762. 
[9O.] Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Committee Appointed to survey M. Blowers Chimnies 
Reported as their Opinion that the complaint was just, and said 
Chimnies so insufficient & dangerous that no fire should be made 
therein while they remain in such condition Copys of said War- 
rant & Return are as follows, Viz'. 
Sirs 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of the 
House in Long Lane owned by in. Blowers are insufficient and 
dangerous. We do desire and impower you to survey the same, 
and Report to us your Judgement concerning them. 

THOMAS CDSIIING 
BENJ E . AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Septem r . 1. 1762 

To Thorn'. Daws Esq r . & M r . Rich d . Hunnywell. 

[91.] Boston, October 4. 1762 

To the Gent". Selectmen 

The Subscribers have carefully surveyd 

the Chimnies of the House in Long Lane owned by M". Blowers 
and Report as follows That the four Chimnies in the Garrets 
are insufficient and dangerous, that it's quite unsafe for fire to be 
made therein also that it is very necessary that the Floors round 
the Chimnie in the Closets of the Chambers, should be taken up so 
that the Chimnies may be plastered on the outsidcs as there is ap- 
pearance of danger from the Smoke coming through the Joints of 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

the Boards of the Floor, otherwise the Owner may loose her 
Houses and the Neighborhood be greatly endangered by Fire. 

THOMAS Dows 

RlCH D . HUNNEWELL 

In consequence of the above Return, the following Order was 
sent M r . Brooks, the Person who occupys M. Blowers House 
M r . William Brooks 

Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of the 
Town, of defects in [92.] The Chimnies of the House occupied 
by you, We issued our Warrant for a survey, a Copy of the Return, 
on said Warrant you have above. Agreable to the direction of 
the Law in that case made and provided, we hereby warn you not 
to make any Fire in said Chimnies till the defects are cured either 
by amending repairing or rebuilding said Chimnies as you would 
avoid the penalty of said Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Boston, Octo r . 8. 1762 WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The By Law or Order of the Town relative to Wood and Bark 
brought to this Town by Land having passed the Sessions ; the 
Select men took into consideration what was necessary to be done 
in order to carry said Law into execution therefore 

Voted, that there be three Persons Appointed as Measurers of 
all such Wood and Bark. 

Voted, that m r . John Potter be and hereb}' is appointed a Meas- 
urer of all Wood and Bark brought into Town by Land. 

Voted, that M r . Eliphalet Parker be and hereby is [93.] Ap- 
pointed a Measurer of all such Wood and Bark as shall be brought 
into this Town by Land. 

Voted, that M r . Nathaniel Thayer be and hereby is appointed a 
Measurer of Wood and Bark brought into this Town by Land. 

Mess. Scollay and Savage Appointed a Committee to procure 
Gauging Rods for the Admeasurements of Wood and Bark brought 
into this Town by Land. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 13, 1762. 

Cap'. Arthur Savage acquaints the Select men that he has taken 
into his House at the South End as a Tennant one Thomas Edes 
from Charlestown. 

Benjamin Cooper appear'd and acquainted the Selectmen that 
he had received into his House, two Men, Viz'. Benjamin Labree 
from Newbury, and Richard Levas from West Indies. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 15, 1762. 

Present 
[94.3 Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis 
Mess. Gushing and Scollay Appointed a Committee to Repair 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 223 

the Way by the Fortification, by getting the Rubbish removed, 
and laying on as much Gravel as to them shall appear neces- 
sary. 

The Selectmen taking into consideration the Vote of the Town 
relative to Repairing the Fortification Gates, Agreed, to defer said 
Repairs to a more favourable season of the year. 

The Town Clerk is directed to get Printed in all the Publick 
News Papers, Extracts from the Law reltxtive to Cord Wood 
brought in by Water. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 20, 1762. 

Present 
Thomas Gushing Esq. 

[95. J John Scollay Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis 

Capt. James Bernard of Engine N. 3. presented Elkanah Hay- 
den as a suitable Person for an Engine Man in his Company in the 
room of Joshua Loring dismissd from the service. 

Voted, that said Hayden be and hereby is Admitted an Engine 
Man in M r . Bernards Company in the room of M r . Loring who is 
dismiss'd. 

M r . Andrew Lepear having made Application to the Selectmen 
for their Opinion whether a solid foundation can be hud for a 
Building he proposes to erect on his Land near Oliver's Dock, 
without great Expence, and said Land having been view'd by the 
Selectmen. 

Voted, that it is their Opinion that no solid foundation can be 
obtained without a very great Expence. 

Thomas Goldthwait Esq. to whom Deer Island, is Leased pro- 
posed to the Select men to lay a Stone Wall of Ten Rod in 
[96.] Length as a security to the Head of that Island from the 
violence of the Sea, and if it answers that end, to be allow'd 
by the Town Ten Dollars ; but in case it should prove inef- 
fectual, then to have but Five Dollars, for his trouble and 
Expeuce, whereupon, 

Voted that M r . Goldthwaits Proposal be accepted it appearing to 
the Select men very necessary that some Experiment, should be 
immediately made of a method to secure the Island from the 
Sea, which now every Winter washes away great quantitys of the 
Soil. 

M r . John Greaton who lives near the Fortification appeard, and 
acquainted the Selectmen, that lie has laid out a considerable 
Sum in Buildings, and furnishing a Shop with a proper assort- 
ment of West India Goods Flower Rice &c. for the supply of 
the Country People ; and therefore pray'd that he may have theif 
Approbation for a License to Retail Rum &c. at his said Shop 
whereupon 

Voted, that he be accordingly Approbated, it appearing to the 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Select men, that be is not only a suitable Person to Retail, but is 
also properly situated and provided for a Trade with the Country 
People. 

[97.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 21, 17G2. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Scwall Esq. 

M r Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekifl Lewis Esq 

The Honourable Thomas Hubbard & Tlvomas Hancock Esq. be 
a Committee from the Hon bie . Mis Majesty's Council, Represented, 
that M r . George Morley and a great number of other Persons, 
lately come into this Place from Newfoundland, had apply'd to the 
Governor and Council to help them, to a passage for themselves 
and Famitys to New founclland being very desirous of returning 
there again the Committee therefore desired that the Select men 
would make enquiry into the Circumstances of those People, and 
Report the same as soon as may be. 

The Select men accordingly made enquiry into this matter and 
having examined the said George Morley and others, find that 
there is about Nineteen Familys of the Newfoundlanders making 
in all Ninety three Souls ; that they arc in [98.] Necessitous Cir- 
cumstances, and not able to procure Employs that will support 
them, and consequently must be a great charge to the Province un- 
less the Assistance they require should be afforded them where- 
upon 

Voted, that a Memorial be drawn up and preferred to His Ex- 
cellency Governor Bernard & the Hon ble . His Majestys Councill, 
respecting the Newfoundland Familys which was accordingly done, 
and is as follows Viz 1 . 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. Cap*. General and 
Commander in Chief, in and over said Province, and to the Hon- 
ourable His Majestys Council. 

The Memorial of the Subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of 
Bo.ston. 

Humbly Sheweth 

That the Honourable Thomas Hub- 
bard Esq. and Thomas Hancock Esq. a Committee from the Hon- 
ourable Board have desired your Memorialists to enquire into the 
Circumstances of George Morley [99.] And others, who lately 
came from Newfoundland Your Memorialists have accordingly 
made the enquiry and find they are truly necessitous Persons, and 
as they cannot meet with employ here are desirous to return but 
are not able to pay the passage of themselves and Familys, they 
therefore request some Assistance, which Assistance if not 
afforded them and they continue here during the Winter, great 
charge will thereby accrue to the Province ; all which is humbly 
submitted to your Excellency and Honors wise consideration 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 225 

And your Memorialists as in duty bound shall ever pray, 

THOMAS CUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
M r . SAM P. SAVAGE 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Select men of Boston 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 25, 17G2. 

Present 

[1OO.] Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Seth Jenkins Master of Sloop Marquis of Granby which has 
been stopp'd at Castle William as coining from Philadelphia, where 
the Small Pox and other infectious Distempers prevail, Reports, 
That he sayled from Philadelphia the ninth Instant that his Lading 
consists of Flour Iron and Hemp, that he received his Hemp, from 
Stores on the Wharves, that he took no other Goods, from on 
shore that are liable to infection, and that they have had no sick- 
ness on board since they left the above Port. 

Voted, that the Sloop Marquis of Granby be permitted to come 
up to this Town if the Owners see cause ; and that a Certificate 
be given his Excellency which was [1O1.] Accordingly done and 
is as follows viz'. 

May it please your Excellenc}" 

The Sloop Marquis of Granby Seth Jenkins Master from Phil- 
adelphia, being stop'd at Castle William on Account of Infectious 
Distempers prevaling in that City, and the Master having been ex- 
amined by us, we are of Opinion said Vessell may be permitted to 
come up to Town without endangering the health of the Inhab- 
itants, if your Excellency thinks proper We are 

Your ExcelF. Most Obed'. Hum. Serv to . 

SELECT MEN OF BOSTON 
Boston October 25, 1762 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 
At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 25, 1762 P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hew Esq. 
Benjamin Austin 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[1O2.] M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mem , of the Familys now in this Town who came from y*. 
Land, with their Circumstances as taken from George Morley, the 
twenty second of this Ins*. October. 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

George Morley, his Wife & five Children, not able to pay their 
passage to the Land. 

Henry Radford, his Wife & 6 Children d. 

Walter Degrave and Sister --------- d. 

Morgan Murphey Wife and 3 Children ----- d. 

James Winter his Wife, Father, Mother, & a Child. - d. 

John Marshall, his Father, Mother & 2 Children - - d. 

James Clark, his Wife & 8 Children d. 

Joseph Pottells his Wife and 7 Children - - - - d. 

Mary Greenlace and four Children ------ d. 

James Howell, Wife & 7 Children (very poor) - - d. 

Mary Worth and two Children (very poor) - - - - d. 

William Pulling and Wife - - d. d. 

[1O3.] William Stone, his Wife and one Child, not 

able to pay their passage to the Land -------- 

Patrick Council and Wife --d. 

Edward Freeman and 3 Children ------- d. 

Joseph Newell his Wife and 1 Child d. 

Andrew Murphey and Wife --------- d. 

George Wood his Wife and 2 Children ----- d. 

William Whiting, his Wife and 4 Children - - - - d. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 

Rate of Six Shillings and Eight Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 

four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 

Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz*. 

1. - oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 6-10 

Wheateu - 9-15 

Houshold - 13 - 4 

Two Penny White Loaf - 13 - 4 

W beaten 1-3-4 

Houshold 1 - 10 - 8 

[1O4.] Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 3-11- 9 

Houshold 4 - 15 - 7 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 7-7-3 

Houshold 9-14-14 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-7-8 

Mem . a4 d . Brick Loaf must weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 

Loaf. 

Complaint having been made that the Chimnies of the Widow 
Nortons House situated near the Almshouse are insufficient and 
dangerous Mess". Thomas Daws and Daniel Bell were impow- 
ered and desired to survey the same, and Report their Opinion as 
soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, at their Chamber in Faneuil 
Hall, being the first time since the late Fire, October 27, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hewes Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[1O5.] Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 227 

M r . Samuel p. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mess. Austin and Sewall Appointed a Committee to enquire of 
M r . Billings, what Mony he may have in his hands, which he has 
received for Dockage from the Oyster Men whose Vessels have 
laid at the Towns side of the Dock and which he was look after ; 
as also to consider on the best method to improve the Towns In- 
terest in said Dock or Cove, and to Report as soon as may be. 
At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 1, 1762. 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Sheverick, Master of Sloop Love, which [1O6.] Has 
been stopt at Castle William as coming from Philadelphia where 
the Small Pox and other infectious Distempers prevail Reports 
That he left Philadelphia Nineteen Days ago, his Lading consisting 
of Flour and Salt and that there is no Person sick on board, neither 
has their been any sickness on board since he went from Boston. 
Voted, that the said Sloop may come up, and that the following 
Certificate be given the Governor. 
May it please your Excellency 

The Sloop Love Nathaniel Sheverick master from Philadelphia 
being Stopt at Castle William on Account of Infectious Distem- 
pers prevaling in that City, and the Master having been examined 
by us ; we are of Opinion said Vessell may be permitted to come 
Up to Town without endangering the health of the Inhabitants, if 
your Excellency thinks proper, We are 

Your Excellencys Most obed'. Hum. Serv". 

SELECTMEN OF BOSTON. 
Boston Novem r . 1, 1762 
His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

[1O7.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 1, 1762. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Cap*. Edmund Moreton Master of the Schooner Dove Reports, 
that he arrived from Philadelphia this Morning at Castle William 
and was there stopt on Account of the Small Pox, and other in- 
fectious Distempers being at that City : that he has been nine Days 
from thence and all his People well; that his Cargo consists of 
Flour and Iron ; and he has nothing on board liable to infection. 

Voted, that he be permitted to come up and that the following 
Certificate be given to the Governor vizt. 
May it please your Excellency 

The Sloop Dove Edmund Morton Master from Philadelphia 
being stopt at [1O8.] Castle William on Account of infectious 
Distemper prevailing in that City, and the Master having been 



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

examined by us, we are of Opinion, said Vessell may be permitted 
to come up to Town without endangering the health of the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency think Proper, We are 

Your Excell y \ Most Obed'. Hum. Serv 1 . 

SELECT MEN OF BOSTON 
Boston Novem r 1. 1762 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Novem r . 2, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 

The Selectmen having been informed that Cap*. [1O9.] John 
Phillips of the Schooner Diana, had arrived from Philadelphia, 
that Just upon his departure he landed a Person sick with the 
Small Pox that he left Philadelphia eight Days ago; that he 
had given a false answer at the Castle, and by that means was 
permitted to pass whereupon, 

Voted, that M r . Williston be directed to warn the said Cap*. 
Phillips to attend the Select men at their Chamber, to Morrow 
Morning at ten o'Clock. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 3, 1762. A.M. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewell Esq. 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap'. John Phillips appear'd and upon examining Him [11O.] 
with respect to the information received Yesterday, it appeard ; 
that he left Philadelphia the twenty second of October, that 
on the sixteenth of October landed a person who was indis- 
posed, and was apprehended by the Doctei', was ill with the Small 
Pox, but there was not any eruption, though it proved afterwards 
to be the Small Pox that he gave a true answer to the Castle, 
but as it was very windy he supposes they could not hear him, 
and so permitted him to pass That his Cargo consists of Flour 
and Iron. 

At a Meeting of the Select men Nov r . 3, 1762. P.M. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 229 

[111.] The Committee Appointed to survey the Chimnies of 
the Widow Nortons House, Reported. Copy of the Warrant 
appointing them and their Return as follows. 
Sirs- 
Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of 
the House near the Almshouse owned by the Widow Norton are 
insufficient, and dangerous : We do desire and impower you to 
survey the same, and Report to us your Judgment concerning 
them. 

THOMAS CUSIIING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

Select men of Boston 
Boston October 25. 1762 

To Thomas Daws Esq. and M r . Daniel Bell. 

Boston November 29. 1762 
To the Gentlemen Select men 

Agreeable to the within the Subscribers have Surveyd the 
Chimnies as also the House owned by the Widow Norton near the 
Almshouse and Report that the Chimnies are insufficient and 
dangerous as is the House, further that we are very apprehensive 
of the House falling before the Spring, and therefore exceeding 
dangerous for any to reside therein 

THOMAS DAWS 
DANIEL BELL 

In consequence of the above Return the following Order 
Was sent M r . Norton. 

Boston November 2 d ., 1762. 
M". Norton 

Upon complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of 
this Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House occupied by 
you, we issued our Warrant for a survey, a Copy of the Return on 
said Warrant you have above. Agreable to the direction of the 
Law in that case made and provided, we hereby warn you not to 
make any Fires in said Chimnies till the defects are cured either 
by mending repairing or rebuilding said Chimnies as you would 
avoid the penalty of said Law 

SELECT MEN OF BOSTON. 

M r . Stephen Symms Constable of the South Watch appeard, 
and informed the Selectmen that the Watch House wants Re- 
pair. 

Voted, that M r . Bayley be directed to Repair it. 
Complaint having been made that the Chimnies in a small 
Tenement at the back of M r . Vintenons House in Sudbury Street 
are insufficient and dangerous. 

Mess". William and Michael Homer were empower'd and 
desired to survey the same, and Report their Opinion as soon as 
may be. 

[113.] Complaint having been made that the Chimnies in a House 
belonging to M r . Emmons in Sudbury Street are insufficient and 
dangerous Mess. William and Michael Homer were impower'd 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

and desired to survey the same, and Report their Opinion as soon 
as may be 

Copy of the Warrant issued is as follows 
Sirs 

Complaint having been made to us that a Chimnie in a 
small Tenement at the back of M r . Vintenons house in Sudbury 
Street, also that a Chimney in a House belonging to M r . Emmons 
in said Sndbury Street occupied by M r . Wyer a Dutchman are 
both so defective as renders it dangerous to make a Fire in either 
of them not only to said House but also to the Neighbourhood. 
We desire and impower you to survey the same and Report to us 
your Judgment concerning them. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 
EzEK 1 *. LEWIS 

Select men of Boston 
Boston Novem r 8, 1762. 

To Mess. William and Tichael Homer. 

[114.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 8, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap*. Joseph Hubbard of the Briggandine Hannah from New 
York, was sent for and examined He declares that upon his 
being haled at the Castle, he answered from York, but could not 
hear what was said to him, the Wind blowing hard further that 
his People are all well, that he has had no sickness on board since 
he left Boston, and that his People have not been on Shore at 
New York. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 10, 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Jonathan Payson one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
[115.] year 1760 having produced Receipts from the several 
Treasurers in full for the Tax committed to him to Collect for 
that year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay 
him his One Quarter part of the Premium allowed for Collecting 
the whole Tax in said year, being . 179 - 5 - 11. 

It having been represented to the Selectmen that at Cellar at 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 231 

Phillips Wharf owned by John Boreland Esq. is uncovered and 
ha^ so much Water iu it as to make it dangerous. 

Voted, that M r . Williston be directed to acquaint M r . Boreland 
therewith, and that it is the desire of the Selectmen that said 
Cellar may be immediately covered. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 12, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samual P. Savage 

Cap 4 . Tayler of Sloop Elizabeth from Philadelphia, stopt at the 
Castle as a precaution against infectious Distempers [116.] At- 
tended the Selectmen, and upon examination declares that he left 
Philadelphia the twenty ninth Day of October last, that they were 
all well on board his Vessell while at that place, and that they 
have been so ever since. 

Voted, that Cap'. Tayler be p remitted to come up with his Ves- 
sel, and that the following Certificate be given him for his Excel- 
lency. 

May it please your Excellency 

Enock Tayler Master of the Sloop Elizabeth, lately from Phila- 
delphia which Sloop is stop'd at Castle William, having been 
examined by us we are of opinion said Vessell may be permitted 
to come up to Town without endangering the health of the Inhabi- 
tants, if your Excellency thinks proper. We are 

Your Excellenc'y" Moat Obed 1 . Hum. Ser'. 

SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM P. SAVAGE 
Boston, Novem r . 12, 1762 

To his Excellency Governor Bernard 

[117.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novenr*. 15, 1762. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezckiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap'. Lemuel Weeks in a Sloop from Philadelphia, stopt at Cas- 
tle William, came before the Select men, and declared ; That he 
say led from Philadelphia the fourth Instant that his Lading con- 
sists wholly of Iron Flour and Bran and that no one Person has 
been sick on board him since he left Boston. 

Voted that Cap*. Weeks be permitted to bring up his Vessell and 
that the following Certificate be given his P^xcellency. 
May it please your Excellency 

Lemuel Weeks Master of the 

Sloop lately from Philadelphia, which Sloop is stop'd at 

Castle William having been examined by us we are of Opinion said 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Vessell may be permitted to come up to Town, without endanger- 
ing the health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are Your Excell- v Most Obed 1 . Hum. Serv". 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
M r SAM. P. SAVAGE 
EZEKIEL LEWIS ESQ. 
Boston Nov r . 25. 1762 Selectmen of Boston 

To His Excell y . Gov r . Bernard. 

[118.] John Steward Pilot of Schooner Leopard Thomas 
Church Master, which Schooner is stop'd at Castle William came 
before the Select men and declared That said Vessell sailed 
from Philadelphia the 2 d . of this Ins'. Novem r , that he has been on 
board her ever since, and has at present the Command of said Ves- 
sell ; that there is no sickness on board, that Cap'. Church went 
on shore at Hingham, where is his Family somewhat indisposed, 
but does not apprehend, he has taken the Small Pox ; that said 
Vessell is loaded with Flower and Iron, and about two Tons of 
Hemp, which Hemp he does not imagine has been exposed to in- 
fection. 

Voted, that Cap'. Churchs Schooner be permitted to come up to 
Town, and that the following Certificate be given his Excellency. 
May it please your Excellency 

John Steward Pilot of Schooner Leopard lately from Phila- 
delphia, which Sloop is stop'd at Castle William, having been 
examined by us we are of Opinion said Vessell may be permitted 
to come up to Town, without indangering the health of the Inhab- 
itants, if your Excellency thinks proper We are 
[119.] Your Excelly. Most Obed 1 . Hum. Serv 1 . 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
M B . SAM. P. SAVAGE 
EZEK L . LEWIS 
Boston Novem*. 25, 1762. Selectmen of Boston 

To his Excellency Governor Bernard. 

M. Mary Sigorney Widow of Andrew Sigorney late of Boston 
Distiller, deceased, who was licensed as a Retailer the present 
year, Petitioned the Selectmen for their Approbation of her as a 
Retailer of Rum & c . the remainder of the Year. 

Voted, that M rs . Sigorney be Approbated us a Retailer of Rum 
& other Spirits the remainder of the Year, and that a Certificate 
be given accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem*. 17, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benj*. Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 233 

[12O.] M r . Gibbins Sharp Master of Engine N. 2. presented 
to the Selectmen Samuel Brown as a suitable Person for an Engine 
man in his Company in the room of William Hill who has left the 
service. 

Voted, that the said Brown be & hereby is admitted an Engine 
Man in M r . Sharps Company, in the room of the said William Hill 
who has left the service. 

M r . Alexander Hunt Ship Carpenter, having suppl'd the Town 
with the Ship Timber at sundry times, and being indebted to the 
Town Treasurer on Bond motioned to the Select men, that his 
Account may be allowed, and that Interest on his Bond shall cease 
from the time the last Timber is charged being September 16. 
176 1 . whereupon 

Voted, that M r . Hunts Motion is agreed to and that the Town 
Treasurer be directed to adjust Matters accordingly. 

Mess". Cushiug Scollay and Austin Appointed a Committee to 
view the Town Slip opposite Wood Lane ; and Report what 
Repairs are necessary. 

M r . William Heushaw whose Shop is at the South End Peti- 
tioned the Selectmen for their Approbation of him as a Retailer 
of Hum and other Distilled Spirits ; and it appearing to the Select 
men that he was well situated for the supply [121.] Of Country 
Traders ; and had a Shop well provided for that purpose ; he was 
accordingly approbated. 

M r . Ingersol who keeps a Store on Wheelwrights Wharf, 

Petitioned the Select men for their approbation of him as a Re- 
tailer of Rum and other Distilled Spirits at his said Store, and it 
appearing to the Selectmen that he was well situated for a trade 
with the Coasters and other Sea faring Men ; he was accordingly 
approbated. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 22 d , 1762. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewn 11 Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. S:ivage 

Capt. John Waterman of Sloop Deborah from Philadelphia being 
stop'd at Castle William on account of Infectious Distempers 
prevailing in that City, came before the Selectmen, and declared 
That he left Philadelphia Thirteen Days ago, his People all 
well ; that his Lading consists of Flour and Iron, and that he has 
nothing on board liable to retain any infection. 

[122.] Voted, That Cap'. Waterman be permitted to come up 
to Town with his Vessell, and that the following Certificate be 
given him for his Excellency. 
May it please your Excelk>ncy 

Cap'. John Waterman of the Sloop Deborah from Philadelphia, 
stop'd at Castle William has been examined by us, and we are of 
Opinion that no danger can arise to the Inhabitants of this Town 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

by her being permitted to come np if your Excellency think proper 
We are 

Your Excellency a Most Obed'. Hum. Serv*. 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJ\ AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 
Boston NovenT. 22 d . 1762 Selectmen of Boston 

To His Excellency Governor Bernard 

Cap 1 . Edward Church of Sloop Bathshcba from Philadelphia, 
being stop'd at Castle William, on account of Infectious Distem- 
pers prevailing in that City, came before the Selectmen and 
declared That he left Philadelphia fifteen Days ago ; his People 
all well ; that his Lading consists of Flour Iron and some Hemp, 
but that he took the latter Article on board out of a Store at a 
[123.] Considerable distance from the City, where it had been 
housed all Summer. 

Voted, that Cap'. Church be permitted to come up to Town with 
his Vessell, and that the following Certificate be given him for 
his Excellency. 

Ma}- it please your Excellency 

Cap 1 . Benjamin Church of the 

Sloop Bathsheba from Philadelphia stop'd at Castle William, has 
boen examined by us, and we are of Opinion that no danger can 
arise to the Inhabitants of this Town, by her being permitted to 
come up if your Excellency think proper, We are, 

Your Excell 5 " Most Obed 1 . Hum. Serv'. 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 

Boston, Novem*. 22 d , 1762 Selectmen of Boston 

To His Excellency Governor Bernard 

At a Meeting of the Select men Novem r 22 P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
[124.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. Ph. Savage 

William Brown Master of the Amhurst Frigate from New York, 
stop'd at Castle William on account of infectious Distempers pre- 
valing in that City, Appear'd & Reported, That he left New York 
the 12 Instant at which place he arrived from the Havunnah via 
South Carolina, but brought no Soldiers or Cloathing belonging to 
them ; that he has nothing on board his Ship, but Ballast, and 
that his Crew are all in health. 

Voted, that Cap'. Brown be permitted to come up to Town with 
his Vessell, and that the following Certificate be given him for his 
Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

Cap'. William Brown of the Amhurst Frigate from New York 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 235 

stop'd at Castle William has been examined by us, and we are of 
Opinion that no danger can arise to the Inhabitants of this Town 
by her being permitted to come up, if your Excellency thinks 
proper. We are. 

[125.] Your Excell 3 ". Most Obed 1 . Hum. Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY ESQ 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 

Boston, Nov r , 22 d . 1762 Selectmen of Boston 

To His Excellency Governor Bernard 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Novem r . 24, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mess. Scollay and Austin Appointed a Committee some time 
past to place the Ladders bought for the Town, at the best and 
most convenient stations Report 

That Ladders were placed at the North Lattin School Yard. 

ditto -------at Faneuil Hall Market 

ditto - - - - at a Yard opposite W m . Fletchers 

House, and under y e care of M r . Gershom Flagg. 

[126.] A Petition of M r . William Price directed to the 
Selectmen and his Majestys Justices of the Town of Boston, 
praying an allowance for a large Wooden Building which did 
belong to the Petitioner and was ordered down at the late Fire 
near the Brick Meeting House for the preservation of the Build- 
ings contiguous was read whereupon Voted, that the fol- 
lowing Letter be wrote the Honourable Samuel Wells Esq. 
Sir, 

If your Honor will please to communicate the Inclosed 
Petition to the Justices of the Town, we shall be ready to meet 
them for the consideration thereof at the time and place your 
Honors may see meet to appoint for that purpose 
Your Most Hum. Serv'. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

I' Boston Novem T . 24. 1762. Selectmen of Boston. 

To the Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 29, 1762. 
[137. J Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sevvall Esq. 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1760. having produced Receipts from the several Treasurers in 
full for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
his One Quarter part of the Premium allowed for Collecting 
the whole Tax in said year, amounting to . 176. 5. 11 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and for Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Liveli- 
hood, which is commited as follows Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 0- (T- 4' 

[128.] Wheaten .9-8 

Houshold - 12 - 10 

Two Penny White Loaf 12-10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 3-8-5 

Houshold 4.8.2 

Twelve Penny Whenten Loaf 7 - 1 - 

* Houshold 9-7-7 
Four Penny Brick Loaf ----I- 6- 4 

Mem , a 4' 1 . loaf of Brick Bread is 3oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 1, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[129.] Liberty is hereby granted the Widow Cannady to dig 
up the Pavement and open the Ground in North Writing School 
Street in order to clean or repair her Drain upon condition that he 
forthwith make good the Ground and restore the Pavement to the 
satisfaction of the Sefect men. 

Cap'. Archnbold Lows of Schooner Thankful from Newfound- 
land, appear'd, and informed the Select men that he has brought 
Passengers, Christopher Edmunds Wife and two Sons Inhabitants 
of Newfoundland, who desire liberty to remain in the Town till the 
Spring, and are in his Opinion able to support themselves. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 2 d , 1762. 

Present 
Thomas Gushing Esq 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 237 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . 8:1 m. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap.' Wimble of Sloop Stanford attended, being sent for by the 
Selectmen, and acquainted them, tlv.it he left New York last Frydaj ; 
that his Lading consists of Flour [130.] Iron and some Chests 
of S' It Hers Clothing, which came from Albany ; that all his People 
are well as they have been the Voyage round In excuse for his 
coming up to Town with his Vessell before receiving a Permit he 
said that he thought the design of stopping at the Castle was to 
prevent infectious Distempers being brought among the inhabi- 
tants, and having had no sickness on board he did not suspect his 
coming up before he had waited on the Selectmen would be 
deemed a trespass, he therefore pray'd that this heed neglect, which 
is his first offence of this sort may be passed over, without a 
prosecution, for the Penalty he may have thereby incurr'd. 

M r . Samuel Adams one of the collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1760 having produced Receipts from the several Treasurers in full 
for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that Year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
his One Quarter part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the 
whole Tax in said Year amounting as by the Assessors Mem , to 
. 17C-5-11. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Decem 1 . 2, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
M r . Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

A Certificate of the Briggandine Free Mason from the Havan- 
nah, John Robinson Master, being in Circumstances to come up 
to Town, was sent his Excellency, and is as follows, Viz*. 
May it please your Excellency. 

Cap'. John Robinson of the Brigg ne Free Mason from the 
Havannah and New York, stopt at Castle William on Account of 
the Sickness at the Havannah and New York has been examined 
by us, and we are of Opinion said Vessell may be permitted to 
come up to Town, without danger to the Inhabitants, if your Ex- 
cellency thinks proper. We are 

Your Excellencys Most Obed'. Hum. Serv' 

THOMAS GUSHING 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Boston December 2 d . 1 762 Select men of Boston 

To His Excellency Governor Bernard. 

[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 6, 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scolluy Esq. 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap'. Gideon Smith of Sloop Fox from Philadelphia has been stopt 
at Castle William on Account of Infectious Distempers prevailing 
in that City, appeard, and informed the Selectmen, that he has 
been from thence seventeen Days, that they are all well and have 
been so during the Voyage, that his Cargo consists of Flower and 
Iron The Selectmen apprehending no danger by the said Ves- 
sells being permitted to come up to Town, gave a Certificate 
accordingly. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem 1 . 8, 1762 A.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Josiah Gorham Master of the Sloop Diana from Philadelphia, 
having been stop'd at Castle William, Declares, that he has been 
from Philadelphia twelve Days, that his People are well and have 
been so since he left Nantasket Road to his return and that his 
Cargo wholly consist of Flower The Selectmen [2.] Apprehend- 
ing no danger by the said Vessells being permitted to come up to 
Town A Certificate was given him accordingly. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern'. 8, 1762. P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap* John Gibbs of Sloop Industry from Philadelphia attended 
and Reports, that he left that City about fifteen Days since that 
not one of his People have been sick since they left Boston, and 
that his Lading consists wholly of Flour and Iron The Select' 
men apprehending no clanger by the said Vessells being per- 
mitted to come up to Town A Certificate was given him accord- 
ingly. 

The Selectmen having received information that the Yellow 
Fever lately so rife at Philadelphia, is now very considerably 
abated, agreed upon the following Letter to be sent his Ex- 
cellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

As the Yellow Fever is much abated at Philadelphia and the 
season of the Year advancing [3.] When it will be dangerous for 
Vessells to Anchor in the Harbour, we would request that the 
Order for stopping Vessells at Castle William which came from 
thence, may be taken off if your Excellency see fit We are 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 239 

Your Excellencys Most Obed 4 . Hum. Serv". 

THOMAS CUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS, 
JOHK SCOLLAY 
BENJ A . AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Decem r . 8. 1762 Select men of Boston 

To His Excell y . Francis Bernard 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 10, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Cashing Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Cap*. William Wingfield in the Ship King of Prushia from the 
Havannah last from Rhode Island was Stopt at Castle William on 
account of Infectious Distempers prevailing at the former place, 
and being examined by the Select men he declared That all his 
People on board are well That the Troops he brought from the 
Havannah were landed at N. York, when their Cabbins were im- 
mediately kuock'd down, and his Ship cleansed That he sayled 
from the Havannah the '21 '. of October last, and left N york this 
Day fortnight and that he's nothing new on board save some Pro- 
visions belonging to the King Where upon 

Voted, that the Ship be permitted [4.] To come up to Town, 
and a Certificate given him for the Governor which is as follows 
May it please your Excellency 

Capt. William Wingfield of the Ship King of Prushia from the 
Havannah, which Vessell is now stopt at Castle William, has been 
examined by us, and we are of Opinion said Vessell maybe per- 
mitted to come up without endangering the Inhabitants of the 
Town, if vour Excellency think proper We are 
Your E^xcelF 8 Most Obed'. Hum. Serv". 

THOMAS GUSHING 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
SAM. P. SAVAGE 
Boston, Decem T . 10. 1762 

To His Excell y . Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 11, 1762. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq 

John Scolla3' Esq 

Benj e . Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

A Committee of the Overseers of the Poor attended the Select 
men and represented the Circumstances of sundry French Neutrals 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

expected in this Town, from Roxbury, being of a number of those 
People assigned to this Town by the (a note in original says 
" carried forward three J'uges," the remuind'-r of extra being on 
page 7.) General [7.] Court, and proposed the providing Houses 
for them the Overseers apprehending as they declared that this mat- 
ter lay more properly with the Selectmen then with the Overseers. 

[5.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Decem r . 15, 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
SamiH 1 Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mr. Thomas Grenough attended, and desired of the Selectmen 
that they would grant liberty to M r . Tiloston Master of the North 
Writing School, to receive into his School as a Scholar a Son of 
the Rev d . m r . Hobbys from Reading, lately come to this Town for 
the benefit of his Education whereupon it was Voted, that liberty 
be granted M r . Tyle.ston accordingly. 

Whereas there was an Assignment made on the 18 th Day of May 
last of a certain number of Days on which the Free Negros of this 
Town were to Work on the High Ways, which service has not as 
yet been fully comply'd with therefore Voted that the Town 
Clerk Issue a Warrant this Day, Ordering and requiring them to 
work such a number of Days as shall be affixed to their respective 
Names. 
Boston ss. 

To Scipio and other Free Negros residing in the Town of Boston. 
You are hereby severally Ordered and Required to perform so 
many Days work as is here under affixed to your Names, and this 
at the Time and Place you shall be directed to by m r . John Swetser, 
appointed an Overseer for this purpose. [6.] It being such a 
proportion of Time as is adjudged to be equivalent to the service 
of Trainings, Watchings and other duty required of the rest of his 
Majestys Subjects, the benefit of which you share. Hereof fail 
not as you avoid the penalty of the Law in such case made and 
provided. 

By order of the Select men 

Boston Decem r . 15. 1762 WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Lancaster Hill ------- Sixteen Days 

Pompey Blackman ------ Twenty Ditto 

Dick Tyng Ten Ditto 

Boston Jackson ------ Six Ditto 

Toby Lockman ------- Eighteen Ditto 

Cesar Clark -------- Sixteen Ditto 

Thomas Knox Ditto 

Scipio Osborne ------- Two Ditto 

Scipio Apthorp ------- Eight Ditto 

Peter How Thirty Ditto 

John Thurbur ------- Four Ditto 

Fortunatus Pitts ------ Twenty four Ditto 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1762. 241 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decera r . 22 d ., 1762. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[7.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern'. 13, (sic) 1762 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap'. Samuel Crocker of Schooner Lucretia from New York at 
Castle William Reports That he left New York last Tuesday 
being discharged from the Ordinance service that he has noth- 
ing but Ballast in his Vessell, and that his people are all well as 
they have been during the Voyage The Selectmen apprehend- 
ing no danger by the Vessells being permitted to come up to 
Town, gave a Certificate accordingly. 

The Selectmen having considered the Proposals of the Over- 
seers of the Poor as entred the 11'. Instant in these Minutes, 
relative to the Accadians expected from Roxbury, apprehend that 
the care of those People lays wholly with the Overseers of the 
Poor ; and that in case they are as has been represented poor and 
destitute & who will need relief, the Overseers are the only Per- 
sons that the Law impowers to relieve them. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 27, 1762. 

Present 

[8.] Thomas Gushing Esq 

John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Six Shillings and eight Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and Four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf - 6-10 

Wheaten 9-15 

Houshold 13 - 4 

Two Penny White Loaf 13 - 4 

Wheaten 1-3-4 

Houshold 1 - 10 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 3 - 11 - 9 

Houshold 4 - 15 - 7 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 7-3 

Houshold 9-14-14 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1-7-8 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Mem , a 4 d . Brick Loaf must weigh 3 oz. less than a 4 d . White 
Loaf. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 29, 1762. 

Present 

[9.] Thomas Cushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

M r . Thomas Grenough acquainted the Selectmen that he has 
taken into an House as a Tenant M r . John Richardsons Mother, 
who came from Stoneham. 

M r . Joseph Morton acquainted the Selectmen that he has taken 
into a House as Tenants William Fraligh, his Wife and one Child 
who came last from Mendon. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 3 d . 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Sam. P. Savage 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Bakers of this Town having been several times heard by 
the Selectmen on their Complaint that the late Assize computed 
at Wheat at 6/8 p. Bushell is at a lower rate than the price of 
mercbable Wheat now bears ; and upon examination and enquiry 
into this [1O.J Matter it appearing doubtfull to the Selectmen 
whether the Bakers make use of the Wheat now at Market which 
is of an inferior sort in the Bread they now bake, upon which sup- 
position it was that the Assize has been set at a lower rate than 
Flower now sells for ; it was therefore Voted, that a new Assize of 
Bread, at the rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz' 

Of Penny White Loafe -6-4 

Wheaten 9-8 

Houshold 12-10 

Two Peny White Loaf 12-10 

Wheaten 1-2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 3-8-5 

Houshold 4-8-2 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf - - - 7 - 1 - 

Houshold 9-7-7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-6-4 

1. oz - dr 

Mem 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 9 - 4 a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 
3/4 Wheat the other 1/4 Rye Meal must weigh 2-5-14 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 243 

[11.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 5. 1763. 

Mess. Thomas Atkins and John Brown were impower'd and 
desired to Survey the Chimnies in a House in Back Street Com- 
plaint haveing been made to the Selectmen that they are in suffi- 
cient and dangerous. 

M r . John Brown Master of Engine N. appear'd and proposed 
Joseph Foye as a proper Persou for their Company in the room of 
Robert Bonyne who has left it whereupon 

Voted that the above Named Joseph Foye be and hereby is ad- 
mitted an Engine man in said Company. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 6, 1763 
The Committee Appointed to Survey M'. Whittemores Chim- 
nies Reported as their Opinion. That their ought to be no Fire 
kept in them as it must be very dangerous to the Neighbourhood 
Copy of said Warrant and Return are as follows. 
Sirs, 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a 
House in Back street occupied by Edward Whittemore are insuffi- 
cient and dangerous, we do desire and impower you to survey the 
same and Report to us your Judgment concerning them 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
Boston Jan. 5. 1763 Selectmen of Boston 

To Mess" Thorn'. Atkins & John Brown 
[12.] Boston January 6 1763 

We the Subscribers having viewd the within mentioned Chim- 
nies are of Opinion that there ought no Fires to be kept in them, 
as its very dangerous to the Neighbourhood. 
Witness our hands 

THOMAS ATKINS 
JOHN BROWN 

In consequence of the above Return the following Letters was 
sent M r . Edward Wliittemore 

Sir Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of 
the Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House Occupied by 
you, we issued our Warrants for a Survey, a Copy of the return 
on Said Warrant you have above Agreable to the directions of 
the Law in that Case made and provided, we hereby warn you not 
to make any Fires in said Chimnies, till the defects are cured 
either by amending repairing or Rebuilding said Chimnies, as you 
would avoid the Penalty of said Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y 19, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
[13.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Samuel Phillips Savago 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Read Master of Engine N. Apply'd to the Select 
men in behalf of his Company for the Premium allowed by the 
Town for playing First with their Engine at the late Fire which 
broke out at the House of William Story Esq. 

Voted, that the Premium be allowed them accordingly. 
M r . Stephen Greeuleaf Master of Engine N. 9. Applied to the 
Selectmen in behalf of his Com y . for the Premium allowed by the 
Town, for working first with their Engine at the late Fire which 
broke out in a Shop improved by Deacon Jones. 

Voted, that the Premium be allowed them accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 26, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Samuel P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[14.] M r . William Sutton of Engine N. 7. kept near D r . 
Sewalls Meeting House Appeard and proposed Ebenezer Torrey, 
Belcher Smith, & Samuel Shed to be admitted as Engine Men in 
his Company in the room of Adino Paddock, James Cox and Will- 
iam Flagg who have left the Company. 

Voted, that the said Torrey Smith & Shed be Admitted as Engine 
men in his Company accordingly. 

Complaint being made that the Chimnies of the Widow Boss's 
House arc insufficient and dangerous Mess. Thomas Atkins 
and Thomas Dows were impower'd and desired to survey the same, 
and Report their Opinion as soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 31, 1763. 

Present. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 

Sylvester Gardner Esq. & others, Proprietors of Long Lane hav- 
ing drawn upon the Selectmen for 100 lawful Money in favor 
of Mess. Fosdick & Thornton Pavers being the Sum granted said 
Proprietors by the Town at a late Meeting to enable them to go on 
with the Paving said Lane as by their [15.] Vote on Record more 
fully appears. 

Ordered, that they have a Draft for the same accordingly, it 
having been made appear to the Select men, that the Proprietors 
have fully coraply'd with the Conditions of said Grant. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat & Four Pence p. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G3. 245 

Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their Charges Paius an.l Liveli- 
hood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 0-6-4 

Wheaten - 9 - 8 

Houshold - 12 - 10 

Two Penny White Loaf 12-10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 3-8-5 

Household 4 - 8 - 2 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 1 - 

Houshold 9-7-7 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 6 - 4 

Mem . 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 9 - 4 

a 4 d Loaf of brown Bread Wheat J 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 5-14 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Fcb r 2 d 1763. 

[16.] Abigail Elson a Soldiers Wife now at the Almshouse 
on Province Charge, apply'd to the Select men, for a pair of 
Stockens, 2 Aprons and one Handkerchief, to enable her to go 
into a Family as a Servant whereby the Province will be eased of 
the Expence arising from her Maintenance. 

Voted, that M r . Procter Keeper of said Hospital be desired to 
supply her accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 9, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Mews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Capt. John Scimmer acquainted the Selectmen that he had 
brought from New York as Passengers two Young Women of the 
Name of Daverel, who came as they say on a visit to Cap'. Fra- 
ziers Wife to whom they are related. 

William Sowersby Hatter attended the Selectmen and proposed 
Thomas Grenough Instrument Maker & William Truman Cutter, 
both of this Town, for his Bondsmen, to Secure said Town from 
all charge that may arise from the Maintenance of a Child laid to 
the said Sowersby by Sarah Chapman. 

[17.] Voted, that they be accepted accordingly, and that the 
Town Clerk give a Certificate whereof unto the Clerk of the Ses- 
sions at whose Office said Bonds will be lodged. 

At a Meeting of the Hon ble . His Majestys Justices of the Peace, 
the Gentlemen the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor within 
the Town of Boston on Thursday the 17' Day of February Anno 
Domini 1763. 



246 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Present 

The Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq. 
John Hill Esq. 
William Story Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 
Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Selectmen 
Eoyal Tyler Esq. 
Joseph Gardner Esq. 
John Barrett Esq. 
M r . Benjamin Dolbear 
[18.] Isaac Smith Esq. 

M r . Jonathan Mason 
John Phillips Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
Meletiah Bourn Esq. 
M r . Henry Bromfield 
M r . William Whitwell 

Overseers of the Poor 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 
upon to be attended on Monday the 21' of February Instant at 
10 o'Clock in the Morning if suitable Weather, if not then on the 
Day following, being the 22 d Instant. And it is also agreed 
to Meet at the Selectmens Chamber in Faneuil Hall 5 o'Clock in 
the Evening of said Day to Report the State of the Town & c . 
The Order or Sortment is as follows, Viz' 

Ward N. 1 

John Steel Esq. 

Roval Tyler Esq. 

Cap'. William White 

Cap'. Ralph Hart 

Deacon Jon a Brown 

Cap'. Benj a Hammatt 

John Wild - - - Constable 

Ward N. 2 
Royal Tyler Esq. 

[19.] Cap'. Nath 1 Greenwood 

M r . John Grant 
M r . John Grenough 
Cap' Fortesque Vernon 
M r . Alexander Hill 
Thomas Dows Esq. 
Elisha Byles Constable 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 247 

Ward N. 3. 

Foster Hutchinson Esq. 
Joseph Gardner Esq. 
M r . James Halsey 
M r . John Tudor 
M r . Joseph Bradford 
M r . Nathaniel Loring 
Newman Grenough Esq. 
James Thomas Constable 

Ward N. 4. 

John Barrett Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
M r . David Jeffries 
Samuel Grant Esq. 
M r . Ezekiel Goldthwait 
Samuel McClure, Constable 

Ward N'5. 

Joshua Winslow Esq. 
[2O.] M r . Benjamin Dolbear 

M r . Henry Newman 
M r . Alexander Chamberlain 
Cap'. William Holms 
Deacon Benjamin Church 
John Rogers Constable 

Ward N. 6. 

Belcher Noyes Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . William Fairneld 
M r . John Kneeland 
M r . Samuel Parkman 
M r . John Smith 
Isaac Smith Esq. 
Maj r . James Noble 
Augustus Hale Constable 

Ward N. 7. 

Nathaniel Balston Esq 

M r . Jonathan Mason 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Joseph Waldo 

M r . Timothy Newell 

M r . Timothy Fitch 

William Story Esq. 

William Dorringtun, Constable 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Ward N. 8. 

John Phillips Esq. 

[21*3 Joseph Jackson Ksq. 

M r . Sara. P. Savage 
M r . Jonathan Payson 
M r . Joseph Edwards 
Cap*. Samuel Downc 
Nathaniel Tliayer Constable 

Ward, N. 9. 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
William Phillips Ksq. 
William Taylor Esq. 
Joseph Shed, Constable 

Ward N. 10. 

Joseph Dowse Esq. 
Meletiah Bourn Esq. 
Saftnuel Hews Esq. 
Jeremiah Green Esq. 
John Erving .Jun r . Esq. 
M r . Thomas Gray 
M r . Nathnniel Gardner 
M r . John Mico Wendell 
Thomas Flucker Esq. 
Francis Salmon Constable 

Ward N. 11 

John Hill Esq. 
M r . Henry Bromfield 
[22.] M r . John Winslow 

M r . Samuel Adams 
Jonathan Simpson Esq. 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
William Ulair Townsend Esq. 
Deacon Thomas Hill 
Eliphalet Parker Constable 

Ward N. 12 

Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq. 
M r . William Whitwell 
M r . John Demming 
Cap'. Hopestill Foster 
M r . Henderson Inches 
Deacon Thomas Foster 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . Samuel Demming 
Stephen Symms, Constable 

And the Town Clerk is directed to give forth Copys of the above 
Order or Sortment accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17(33. 249 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 28, 1763 

Present 

Thomas dulling Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
[23.] John Scollay Esq. 

Samuel So .vail Ksq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Four Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their Charges Pains and Live- 
lihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 6 - 4 

Wheaten 9-8 

Houshold 12-10 

Two Peny White Loaf 12 - 10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 3-8-5 

Houshold 4 - 8 - 2 

Twelve Peuy Wheaten Loaf 7 - 1 - 

Houshold 9-7-7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-6-4 

Mem . 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 9 - 4 

A 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread ^ Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh --------2-5-14 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 2 d . 1763. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
[24.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewnll Esq. 
M r . Sam. P. Savage 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Samuel Wentworth Esq. having made it appear to the Select 

men that he has pursuant to an Agreement with the Town laid 

upon Boston Neck at different Times Six hundred load of Gravel ; 

Ordered that the Clerk CertUie the same on said Wentwortus 

Lease which is in his possession 

Samuel Wentworth Esq. having desired liberty of the Select 
men to take the Dirt made round the Market, from M r . Sympsons 
Shop by the Conduit down to the West End of the Market. 

Voted, that he have liberty to take Dirt in the above Bounds for 
the Year ensuing. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

The Selectmen having been acquainted that the Small Pox had 
spread in Charlestown South Carolina. 

[25.] Voted, that Application be made to his Excellency 
Gov r . Bernard praying an Order to the Commanding Officer of 
Castle William to stop all Vessells coming from Charlestown, and 
prevent their coming up to Town untill proper enquiry be made 
into the Circumstances of such Vessells Whereupon the follow- 
ing was sent his Excellency the Governor. 
May it please your Excellency 

Information having been given us that the Small Pox is very 
prevalent at Charlestown South Carolina, we think it our duty to 
acquaint your Excellency therewith and to request that you will be 
pleased to order the commanding officer at Castle William to stop 
all Vessells coming from thence, untill proper enquiry be made 
into the circumstances of such Vessells. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obed 1 . Hum. Serv". 
THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJ E . AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, March 7*. 1763 
To his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constables of Boston. 

In his Majestys Name requiring them forthwith to Warn [26.] 
All the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
duly qualified and rateable at twenty pounds Estate to a single 
Rate (besides the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 
fourteenth Day of March Current at 9 o'Clock in the Forenoon, 
then and there to Nominate & Appoint, Choose meet Persons to 
serve the Town the Year ensuing, as Selectmen Town Clerk, 
Overseers of the Poor, Wardens, Fire-Wards, Constables, and 
other Officers as the Law directs ; To Grant such Sums of Money 
and in such manner as may be Judged Needful for the Payment 
of the School Masters, for the relief of the Poor and defreying 
other necessary Charges ; To receive the Reports of ihe Town 
Committees on several Affairs ; To act upon the List of Jurors ; 
To appoint a Committee to visit the Schools ; To Choose Auditors 
of the Accounts of the Town Treasurer and Overseers of the 
Poor ; To determine what Premium shall be allowed the Collectors 
of taxes, and on the Time the Assessors may sit to make Abate- 
ments thereof ; To receive & Examine the Accounts of the 
Granary ; To consider the Petition of a number of Inhabitants 
that the Clock at the Rev d . m r . Byles Meeting House may be kept 
in good order at the Charge of the Town ; To determine what is 
proper to be done relative to the Incroachmeuts on the Circular 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 251 

Line ; To consider of the Proposals of the Overseers of the Poor 
respecting a Drain to carry off the Waste Water & c . from the 
Alms House and Work House ; Of the [27.] Desire of a Number 
of the Inhabitants that the Town would determine upon some 
effectual Method to prevent the pernicious Practice of Forestalling 
the Market ; Whether they will make any allowance to Soloman 
Kneeland for his Land in Water Street, the greater part of which 
was taken from him in order to widen said Street ; Of the proposal 
of Hugh Floyd, Jonathan Hall and others, to make Brick and Tile 
on the Land on the Neck Leased to John Hill and Samuel Went- 
worth E-q. Whether they will take on their risque such Tickets in 
Faneuil Hall Lottery as may remain unsold on the Days that may 
be Assigned by the Managers for drawing the same ; Whether 
they will Rebuild the Kitchen of the House that M p . John Lovel 
lives in, and enlarge the Cellar under it ; To Choose Jurors for 
April Court ; and to Act on all such Matters and Things as stand 
referr'd over to said Meeting. 

Voted, That the Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather be desired to open 
the Town Meeting on Monday next with Prayer, and that M r . 
Scollay and M r . Austin be a Committee to acquaint him therewith. 

Voted, that M r . Samuel Kneeland have the Printing of the Noti- 
fications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[28.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 9, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Maiden. 
Gentlemen, 

Jeremy Tibedean being badly wounded is now in this Town, 
with his Family in a suffering Condition they require speedy relief, 
and as they belong to your Town we give you this information, 
that you may provide for them as soon as possible. 
By Order of the Select men, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston March 9. 1765. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16, 1763 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Robert Pope having apply'd to the Selectmen that he [29.] 
May be Appointed to take care of the Clock at the Rev . M r . 
Byles's Meeting House ; which by a Vote of the Town was to be 
ki-pt in order at the publick charge. 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147- 

Voted, that the Care of said Clock be accordingly committed to 
the said Pope. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms house 
Province Accounts, Copys, whereof are on File. 

David Childs Master of So-hooner Tryall which has been stop'd 
at Castle William as coming from Soutli Carolina where the Small 
Pox was rife Reports, that he sayled from South Carolina the 
25 th of February, that his Lading consists of Rice and Pork with a 
few sides of Sole Leather that they had taken nothing on board 
at Carolina liable to Infection, and have had no sickness in the 
Vessell since they left that place. 

The Selectmen apprehending no danger by the said Vessell 
being permitted to come up to Town gave a Certificate accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d ., 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[3O.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Dorchester 

Boston, March 23 1765 (sic) 
Gentlemen 

Having heard that you proposed to send to this Town one 
James Bowes a Negro upon supposition of his being an Inhabi- 
tant ; We think it proper to acquaint you that the said Negro 
has been from us above seven Years, and that it is more than 
probable he has become an Inhabitant of some other Town in 
the Province, and therefore shall not receive him as an Inhabitant 
of this ; we presume not to point out your conduct, but think it 
would be most regular for you to send him to the Town he h.is 
last resided at. 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Dorchester. 
[31.] Boston, March 25, 1763. 

Gentlemen 

We wrote you on Wednesday last respecting James Bowes 
and upon conversing witli Maj r . Robinson are conformed in our 
Sentiments respecting this matter as therein expressed ; It seems 
he has been gone from this Town above twelve Years the Fellow 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 253 

himself allows he has resided in some other Town above twelve 
Months and so become an Inhabitant there Viz'. In New Salem 
in the Province of New Hampshire its highly probable to us he 
has during the Time above mentioned become an Inhabitant in 
several other Towns it is certain we can't legally receive him 
till you fully satisfy us he properly belongs to us, and in case you 
send him to Town we must be obliged to return him immediately 
this will create charge to both of us to no purpose whereas your 
way respecting this Matter is quite clear as the Law points it out. 
Viz'. To send him to the Town where he properly belongs or had 
his last residence. 
We are 

Your Humble Servants 

SELECTMEN 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 26, 1763. 

Present 

John ScollayEsq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Scwall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[32.] Thomas Valentine Master of the Briggandine Vanson 
from New York stopt at Castle William on account of the Small 
Pox being in that City Reports That he left that place 
twenty-seven Days past, and has had no sickness on board since 
that time, neither has he any thing in his Vessell liable to convey 
Infection. 

The Selectmen apprehending no danger by said Vessells beeing 
permitted to come up to Town gave a Certificate accordingly. 

Ctip'. William Wimble of the Sloop Stanford from New York, 
Reports that he left tliat place the 10 Instant, and arrived in this 
Harbour the last Evening ; that he was stopt at Castle William on 
Account of the Small Pox but has no sickness on board nor any 
thing liable to retain infection that his Lading consists of 
Flower Iron and Indian Corn, as also the Baggage belonging to 
Major Gorhams Corps of Rangers, which Baggage was brought in 
the ship Oliver, cast away near New York, by which means it lay 
a considerable Time under Water. 

The Select men apprehending no danger by said Vessells being 
permitted to come up to Town gave a Certificate accordingly. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

[33.] Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread 
at the Rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Four 
Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains 
and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz'. 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 6-4 

Wbeaten 9 - 8 

Household 12-10 

Two Peny White Loaf 12 - 10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 3-8-5 

Houshold 4-8-2 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 1 - 

Houshold 9-7-7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 6 - 4 

Mem . 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 9 - 4 
A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat | 

Rye Meal 2 - 5-14 
Passed upon M r . Thomas Hartleys Province Account amounting 
to .22-161. Copy of which is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 30, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[34.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathnniel Thwing Esq. 

M r - John Grant one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 1 761 . 
having produced the Province Count} 7 & Town Treasurers Receipt 
for Monys paid them, being the Sums collected from the several 
Inhabitants for that Year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay the 
said John Grant 126-14-7^ being the amount of One Quarter 
part of the Premium on the whole Sum Collected for the Year 1761. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 17C3. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Edward Payne one of the Owners of Schooner Fair Lady, 
Reports, that said Schooner arrived at Cape Ann from South 
Carolina the 29' Instant after a passage of forty four Days ; she 
put into the Vineyard about ten Days past, the Cap*, then sick of 
the Small Pox, and having before buried one of his hands who 
died with that Distemper At the Vineyard she took in a Pilot 
and one man, both having had the Small Pox, they left the Vessell 
at Cape Ann having first shifted themselves her Cargo consists 
of Rice and Pork, the Vessell is expected [35.] Every Hour 
at Rainsford Island, where she is ordered by Authority, with the 
Captain and two surviving Seamen, besides some hands from 
Cape Ann. 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent M r . Hartley. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 255 

Boston, March 31, 1763 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

The Schooner Fair Lady Capt. Robinson having the Small Pox 
on board and being soon expected at Rainsfords Island, we direct 
that upon her arrival you take every thing on shore that is 
liable to Infection, and see that the same is well cleaned, as also 
all the People belonging to her that may be sick or liable to take 
the Distemper, the former receive into the Hospital the latter 
into the Well house & Report to us the state of Things as soon 
as possible 

JOHN SCOLLAT 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Select men 

P. S. You must not suffer any of the Persons who shall bring 
the Vessell from Cape Ann, to leave the Island without our 
orders 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 6, 1763. 

Present 

William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. appeard & proposed 
Joseph Decoster in the room of John Bonner, who has left 
their Company, who was according approved of by the Select- 
men. 

[i56.] M*. Sutton then Represented to the Selectmen, the 
expediency of having one other Man added to his Company, their 
Engine being one of the largest in town, having at present Fifteen 
hands, belonging to her including himself, whereupon. 

Voted, that the Company of Engine N. 7. shall henceforward 
consist of Sixteen Persons including the Master. 

M r . William Suttou Master of Engine N. 7. having proposed 
William Snowden as a suitable Person to fill up the vacancy in 
his Company. 

Voted, that the said Snowden be admitted an Engine Man in 
his Company accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8, 1763. 

M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
appeard and Reported, That the Schooner Fair Lady Ordered to 
the Island some time past had been thoroughly smoked and cleansed, 
and was now in a condition to leave the Island with safety to the 
Inhabitants whereupon, 

Voted, that the said Schooner be permitted to leave the Island, 
and that a Certificate of the above Vcssells being in Circumstances 
to come up to town be given the Governor accordingly where- 
upon the following was wrote 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Fair Lady Cap'. Robinson from South Carolina 
lately ordered to Rainsfords Island as having the Small Pox on 
board has been sufficiently [37.] Smoked and cleansed, and we 
are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

endangering the health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks 
fit. We are 

Your Excell' 

Most Obed' Hum. Serv*. 

SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN ACSTIH 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen 
Boston April 8, 1763 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Hon ble His Majestys Justices of the Peace, 
and the Selectmen of the Town of Boston April 13'. 1763. 

Present 
The Hon ble Samuel Wells Esq 

Joshua Winslovv Esq. 
George Craddock Esq. 
Byfield Lyde Esq. 
Foster Hutchiuson Esq. 
Nathaniel Balston Esq. 
John Hilt Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
William Story Esq. 
John A very Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 
Thomas Gushing Esq. 
[38.] Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Selectmen 

The Memorial of Benjamin Church setting forth that he had the 
misfortune of having a House burnt in the late Fire & another 
occupied by Hanners and Smith valued at One hundred and Sixty 
Pounds pulled down to the Ground in order to prevent the spread- 
ing of the Fire, and praying that satisfaction may be made him 
agreeable to an Act of this Province mads in the fourth Year of 
William and Mary, and as in Justice shall appertain, was read, 
and after the Memorialist had been -heard by Council, and a num- 
ber of Witnesses examined, as also some of the Firewards, who 
were present at said Fire It was Voted unanimously that no 
allowance be made the said Memorialist for the loss of his House, 
it appearing to satisfaction that said House was actually on Fire 
before any legal Orders were given for pulling down the same. 

The Petition of William Price was also read Praying that he 
may have reasonable satisfaction for a Building pulled down at a 
late Fire for reasons more fully set forth in the Petition. 

After Debate the Question was put, viz'. Whether any allowance 
should be made said Price Passed in the Negative. 

[39.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 16, 1763. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 257 

Present 

John Scollay Ksq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap'. Josiah Gorham of Sloop Diana arrived from Philadelphia, 
Reports That he left that City twelve Days ago with four Sea- 
men, and on his coming down the River he perceived the Small 
Pox upon one of his Men, which Person he put on shore at New 
Castle that no one of his hands have had said Distemper besides, 
but is very apprehensive that himself or some of them may have 
taken the Infection whereupon 

Voted, that the Sloop be immediately ordered to Rainsfords 
Island, and that the following Letter be sent M r . Hartley 

Boston April 16, 1763. 
Sir 

This will be delivered you by Capt. Josiah Gorham of the Sloop 
Diana who is arrived from Philadelphia ; since he left that place 
he has had one of his Men taken down with the Small Pox who he 
left at New Castle ; he is fearful that himself and the rest of his Men 
are in danger of having that Distemper, he and his Men will therefore 
continue on board his Vessell, and if any of them should complain 
you must take them on shore and bestow your utmost care on them 
Your Friends & Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Selectmen 

[4O.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis 

Cap*. Amos Otis Master of Schooner Dolphin from South 
Carolina was stopt at Castle William, and came before us upon 
examination he declares that he left Charlestown in South Carolina 
the second Day of April, and that it is thirteen Days since he came 
out of the Road, that he arrived in Charlestown the 28 of Novem- 
ber last and on the first of March following he was taken with the 
Small Pox on Shore where he continued till he was entirely re- 
covered, he had it so favorourably that in ten Days he was able to 
walk abroad ; the Cloths he had with him when on Shore were all 
left there & that he knows of nothing on board which has been ex- 
posed to Infection his Cargo consists of Corn Rice and Pork, he 
has but one Man on board that has not had the Small Pox, and 
proposes to leave him at Stones or Lovels Island He further 
saith that h.e has Sole Leather on board, but that the same was 
brought from the Tan yard before the Small Pox was known to be 
at that Place whereupon 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted, that the said Otis be permitted to bring up his Vessell 
provided he leaves the man who has not had the Small Pox, at 
Lovels Island ; And that the following Letter be sent his Ex- 
cellency Governor Bernard. 

[41.] May it please your Excellency 

Cap'. Amos Otis Master of Schooner Dolphin from South 
Carolina came before us, his Vessell having been stopt at Castle 
William as a precaution to preserve this Town from Infection, we 
have examined him and apprehend he may be permitted to come 
up without endangering the Health of the Inhabitants, if your Ex- 
cellency sees fit. We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obed' Humble Servants 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJ A . AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen 
Boston April 19. 1763 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 20, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing 

M r . William Moore apply'd on the 13'. Instant for liberty to 
open a Drain or Common Shore near M r . Jackson's Distilling 
House, in order to clear or repair the same ; and having notified 
all Persons who are interested therein as the Law directs, and no 
Objection being as yet made to said Moores proceeding therein. 

[42.] Voted, that he have liberty to open the same upon con- 
dition that he forthwith make good the Ground & Pavement and 
keep the same in Repair to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . Gibbins Sharp Master of Engine N. apply'd to the Select 
men in behalf of his Company for the Premium allow'd by the Town 
for bringing their Engine to work first at the late Fire which broke 
out at M r . Thorntons House Cops Hill whereupon 
Voted, that he have a Draft for his Premium accordingly. 
M r . Dommett apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to put down 
two Posts in Foxs Street near Woods Lane, whereupon Mess". 
Austin and Sewall were appointed to view the Ground, and Report 
whether it may be done without inconvenience to the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d , 1763. 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekit-1 Lewis Ksq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 259 

M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
appear'd and Reported, That the Sloop Diana Josiah Gorham Mas- 
ter from Philadelphia, which has lain at said Island sometime past, 
had been thoroughly smoked and cleansed, and was now in a con- 
dition to leave the Island with safety to the [43.] Inhabitants 
whereop. Voted, that the said Schooner be permitted to leave the 
Island, and that a Certificate of her being in Circumstances to come 
up to Town be given the Governor accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 25, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk serve M r . Payne the Miller with one 
of the printed Acts of the Province entitled an Act declaring and 
regulating the Standard of Wheat for preventing abuses by Millers 
and that he inform him that the Selectmen design to inspect the 
Mills at the Time appointed to see if he has confirmed to said Act. 
An attested Copy of the above Vote as also the Act referred to 
was sent M r . Payne by M r . Williston. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 27, 1763. 

The following was sent the Selectmen of Medway Viz 4 . 
Gentlemen. 

Margaret Benneway one of the French Neutrals is now in 
this Town in a suffering condition ; as she was assigned to your 
Town by the General Court we give you this notice that 3~ou 
may provide for her as soon as possible, some [4:4.] Expence 
has already arisen, which must be defrayed by your Town 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and four Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, Pains and Live- 
lihod, which is computed as follows. Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peuy White Loaf 6 - 4 

Wheaten 9 - 8 

Houshold 12-10 

Two Peny White Loaf 12-10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1.9.4 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 3 - 8 >- 5 

Houshold 4 - 8 - 2 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 1 

Houshold 9-7-7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-6-4 

Mem . 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 9 - 4 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye Meal 2 - 5-14 

David Wheeler Master of Engine N. 8 attended, and proposed 
Thomas Wheeler and Ebenezer Hinckley as Engine Men in the 
room of Adam Colsou and Joseph Elliot who declined serving, 

Voted, that the said Wheeler & Hiuckley be admitted P^ngine 
Men in said Wheelers Company. 

[45.] Capt. David Wheeler of Engine N. 8 apply'd to the 
Selectmen in behalf of his Company for the Premiun allowed by 
the Town for bringing their Engine to work first upon the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Thomas Brinleys Dwelling House S. 
End. 

Voted, that said Premium be allowed him accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 29, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Cap'. Thomas Davis of Sloop Caty from South Carolina attended 
at the Selectmens Chamber, and being questioned Reports That 
he has been twenty two Days from that place, all his People well 
was but seven Days in Chaiiestown Harbour, when but two of 
his hands went on Shore, they having had the Small Pox & that 
the Cargo consists wholly of Rice. 

Voted, that the Cap 1 , have liberty to come up with his Sloop to 
Town ; and that a Certificate be givea the Governor accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 4, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[46.] Nathaniel Thwing P^sq. 

M r . Robert Williams attended and desired liberty to take a quan- 
tity of Stones out of the Waste Cellars occasioned by the Fire, he 
engaging to fill up the same at his own charge 

Voted, that Mess". Scollay and Austin be a Committee to act 
upon this Affair. 

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 Town of Boston (within 
their Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. Annum 
in Free hold in Land within this Province or Territory at the least, 
or other Estate to the value of Forty Pounds Sterling, to Convene 
at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday 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) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 261 

according to the Number set and limitted by an Act of the General 
Assembly, to Serve for and Represent them in the Great and 
General Court or Assembly appointed to be Convene! held and 
kept for his Majestys Service in the Court House in Boston upon 
Wednesday the 25'. of said May, and so de Die in Diem, during 
their Session & Sessions according to a Precept under the Hand 
and Seal of Stephen Greenloaff Ksq. Sheriff of the County of Suf- 
folk bearing Date the twentyth Day of April in the Third Year of 
his Majestys [47.] Reign Annoq Domini 1763. 

And alike requiring them to Warn all the Freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of said Town qualified as the Law directs to Meet at 
the same Time and Place to Consider of the Petition of the Pro- 
prietors of the Long Wharff for leave to Extend the Pier of said 
Wharff twenty feet on the North side ; To know the mind of the 
Inhabitants about opening Faneuil Hall Market ; To receive the 
Reports of the Towns Committees on several affairs ; To choose 
such Officers as may be wanting and to act upon all those Matters 
and Things that stand referr'd over to said Meeting. 
NB. The Poll for the choice of Representatives will be closed at 
Twelve o'Clock and a strict Scrutiny made as to the Qualification 
of the 'Voters. 

Voted, that the Rev d . M r . Byles be desired to open the Town 

Meeting the 10 instant with Prayer, and that Mess. 

be a Committee to acquaint him therewith. 

Voted, that Richard Draper having the Printing of the Notyfi- 
cations, for May Meeting. 

Complaint having been made that the Chimnies of a House in 
Back Street owned by M r . Samuel Ballard and let to one Shirley 
a Frenchman, are insufficient & dangerous. 

Mess". Thomas Atkins and John Brown were impower'd and 
desired to survey the same and make Report as soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9, 1763. 

Present. 
[48.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Isaac Smith Esq. Owner, and one of the Seamen belonging to 
Schooner Lark attended and informed the Selectmen that said 
Schooner John McKeen Master from the Havannah in thirty Days 
passage, is stopt at Castle William as a precaution against Infec- 
tious Distempers that all the People on board are well and have 
had no Sickness on board since they left the Havannah, nor have 
they any Goods on board likely to convey Infection. 

Voted, that said Schooner be permitted to come up to Town and 
a Certificate given the Governor accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 4, 1763. 

Voted, That whenever any of the Constables of the Watch or 

the Watchmen are absent from Duty, the Town Clerk shall and 

lie is hereby dherted to notice the same when he makes the 

Monthly Draft, and that the several Constables of the Watch & 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

their Men be made up in the Draft for such Time only as they 
respectively attend. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Committee appointed to Survey the Chimnies M r . Shirleys 
[49.] House Reported Copy of the Warrant appointing them and 
the Return is as follows. 
Sir, 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of 
the House in Back Street owned by M r . Samuel Ballard and let to 
one Shirley a French Man arc insufficient and dangerous We do 
desire and impower you to survey the same, and Report to us your 
Judgment concerning them. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston May 4*. 1763 

To Mess. Thomas Atkins & John Brown. 

Boston May 5. 1763 

M r . Brown not being in Town I have surveyed the within men- 
tioned Chimuies, and think it absolutely necessary that no Fire 
should be made in said Chimnies untill it is raised as it is very 
dangerous to the Town, the Roof being higher than the Chimuies 
and Joining to it. 

THOMAS ATKINS. 

Since the above I have seen the aforementioned Chimnies, it is 
not safe and must be immediately topt 

JOHN BROWN 

In consequence of the above Return the following Letter was 
sent M r . Shirley. 

Boston, May 11 th . 1763 

Sir, Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of 
the Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House occupied by 
you, we issued our Warrant for a Survey ; a Copy of the Return 
[5O.] On said Warrant you have herewith. Agreable to the 
direction of the Law in that case made and provided, we hereby 
warn you not to make any Fires in said Chimnies, till the defects 
are cured either by amending repairing or rebuilding said Chirn- 
uies as you would avoid the penalty of said Law. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL KEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 263 

Voted, that Mess. Scollay and Austin be a Committee to see 
that the Market under Faneuil Hall be repair'd in the manner it 
was formerly finished, saving that the Doors be hung outside the 
Walls. 

Voted, that Mess. Scollay and Austin be a Committee to 
direct in the levelling the Ground near the Dock, and that they 
procure for the Labourers, Shovels, Hoes Pick Axes, Barrows, 
&c. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 14, 17G3. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Petition of James Hall of Boston Distiller, praying the 
approbation of the Select men for a License to retail Spiritous 
Liquors was read whereupon, Voted that he be approbated 
accordingly. 

[51.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . John Mico Wendell attended, and desired leave of the 
Selectmen to turn his Cow into the Cliurch Burying Ground. 

James Bows, Negro, now in the Alms house, pray'd leave to 
depart that House ; having very bad Feet he is desirous of putting 
himself under the care of a certain Country Doctor for a Cure, 
whereupon M r . Williston was directed to acquaint M r . Procter that 
said Negro might depart when and where he pleased. 

M r . Benjamin Fitch acquaints the Selectmen that he has taken 
into one of his Houses as Tenents, one James Eber and Family, 
French Neutrals, and last from the Town of Dartmouth. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 20, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwiug Esq. 

M. Dommett whose Husband died lately in the W'. Indies 
desired the approbation of the Selectmen for a License to [52.] 
retail Spiritous Liquer ; the decease of her Husband having made 
such an application necessary within the Year. 

Voted, that She be accordingly approbated, but upon this Con- 
dition that she only sells Wine & West India Spirits in the manner 
she had done in the life time of her deceased Husband. 



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264 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147 

Voted, That the following Advertisement be published in all the 
Monday & Thursda3"s Prints. 

The Town of Boston having at their last Meeting Voted to Erect 
a small Brick Building in addition to the House M r . John Lovel 
now Occupy s Any Carpenters and Masons Inhabitants of the 
Town inclining to undertake the same may by applying to the 
Town Clerk know the Dimensions and the manner in which it is 
to be finished, and are desired to send their Proposals Sealed to 
the Selectmen of said Town by the first Wednesday of June next, 
when they will be considered and the preferrence given to those 
that may appear most for the advantage of the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 21, 1763 

Present 

John Scollay Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap*. Daniel Maccarthy Master of the Ship Sally from [53.] 
Kingsatc in Ireland, upon Examination declares, he left said place 
the 23 d . March and this Day arrived at Nantasket Road, that Ben- 
jamin Floyd Mate of said Ship was taken with the Small Pox 
about the first of April last and died the tenth of said Month, as 
soon as he expired the Corpse was flung over board and all his 
Bedding, the Cabbin where he lay was well cleansed by washing it 
with hot Water and afterwards with Vinegar; his Cabbin was in 
the round House upon the Quarter Deck that there was two 
Seamen and two young Children Passengers on board, who had 
never had the Small Pox, the two Children were kept below at a 
distance from any Infection, and the two Seamen avoided every- 
thing that was apprehended would endanger their taking the 
Infection the said Maccarthy further declares that he appre- 
hends there is not the least danger of Infection from said Vessell 
or People, and doth promise and engage that if the said two Sea- 
men or the Children mentioned above should complain or sicken 
he will immediately acquaint the Selectmen ; that they may be so 
seasonable taken care of as to prevent their communicating the 
Infection to any of the Inhabitants. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 22 d . 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[54:.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap*. Benjamin Thompson of Briggandine Havannnh informs 
That he left the Havannah the third of May, that they are all well 
on board, and have had no Sickness among them since they left 
said place neither have they any thing on board liable to retain 
Infection being stopt at Castle William he desires liberty to 
come up to Town with his Vessell as soon as possible whereupon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 265 

Voted, that he be permitted to come up to Town with his Brig- 
andine, and that a Certificate be given the Governor accordingly. 

Last Saturday the Selectmen gave a Certificate as the Law 
directs relative to a Drain hi Sherdens Lane repair'd by M r . 
Moore. 

The Town Clerk is directed to give in to the Court of Sessions, 
the Names of Mess. Eliphalet Parker, Cornelius Thayer & John 
Edwards, all of whom the Selectmen recommend as proper 
Persons, to be appointed Measurers of Wheat for this Port, which 
duty was accordingly performed by said Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 30, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

[55.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Seven Shillings p. Bushel for Wheat and Four Pence 
p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and 
Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz*. 

Of Peny White Loaf 6 - 4 

Wheaten 9 - 8 

Houshold 12-10 

Two Peny White Loaf 12 - 10 

Wheaten 1 - 2-14 

Houshold 1-9-4 

Six Peny Wheateu Loaf 3-8-5 

Houshold 4-8-2 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 7 - 1 - 

Household 9-7-7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 6 - 4 

Mem. 7 Biskets must weigh 1-9-4 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread a Wheat 

Rye Meal 2 - 5-14 

Mess. Gushing Austin and Lewis appointed a Committee to see 
that M r . Daltons Shops are removed ; and to open the Street from 
Water Street at the End of Leaverets Lane, into Milk Street. 

[56.] Mess. Scollay and Thwing appointed a Comrnitee to 
open the Street from Water Street at the End of Mackeral Lane 
into Milk Street. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 1, 1763. 

Present 

Sameul Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley attended, and Reports, That James Davis 
is now well recovered from the Small Pox that all his Cloaths 
have been Air'd and Smoked, and that in his Opinion he may 
now leave the Island without any danger of carrying the Infection 
from thence. 



2G6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted that said Davis may have liberty to leave Rainsfords 
Island as soon as he pleases ; and that the Town Clerk write the 
Selectmen of Gloucester desiring them to order immediate pay- 
ment to M r . Hartly for his Bill of Charges amounting to Nine 
Pound eight Shillings. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk write the Selectmen of Newbury 
desiring they to make payment to M r . Thomas Ilartle} 7 for his 
Bill of Charge in Nursing Samuel Brockins who was sent to the 
Hospital sick of the Small Pox, which Bill amounts to Five Pound 
Nine Shillings and four Pence. 

Boston June 1, 1763 

Gentlemen 

[7<.] You have inclosed M r . Hartleys Account of the Charge 
that has arisen for boarding and nursing one Jamfs Davis 
of your place, sent by you to your Hospital where he has had 
the Small Pox ; we desire you will order immediate payment 
said Davis being poor and unable to discharge the Debt himself 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

To the Selectmen of Gloucester. 

Boston June 1. 1763 
Gentlemen 

You have inclosed M r . Hartleys Account of the Charge 
that has arisen for Boarding and Nursing one Samuel Brockins 
of your place left at our Hospital sick of the Small Pox As 
said Brockins was not in Circumstances to defrey his Charges 
we desire you would do it immediatel}'. M r . Hartley having 
been long out of his Mony 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

To The Selectmen of Newbury 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

John Erving Esq. apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to [58.] 
Open a Drain from his House in Summer Street into the Common 
Shore. 

Voted, that liberty be granted provided the Pavement is re- 
stored and the Street repaved to the Satisfaction of the Select 
men. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 15. 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 267 

M r . John Peck appiy'd to the Selectmen for their Opinion 
whether a sollid Foundation c:iu be had for a Warehouse he pur- 
poses to erect on his Wharff against his Dwelling House without 
great and extraordinary expencj. Where upon Mess". Sewall and 
Lewis were appointed a Conrnittee for the above purpose. 

M r . James Barnard Master of Engine N. 3. appear'd and de- 
sired another Person might be appointed in his room, as he declin'd 
serving any longer in that Office ; whereupon, 

Voted, that M r . Jonathan Jenkins be and hereby is appointed to 
that service in his room, and that the Town Clerk give him his 
Orders as Master of Engine N. 3. 

M r . Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 attended [59.] 
And proposed Henry Libitter as a proper Person to fill up the 
vacancy in his Company occasioned by the late Masters resigna- 
tion, who was accordingly approved of by the Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 22 d . 1763. 

Present 

Thomns Cushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Whereas the Pavement in several Streets at the North End of 
the Town are much broken and out of Repair. 

Voted that M r . Scollay and Austin be a Committee to engage 
M r . Thornton and Fosdick to repair the same immediately, as also 
to order the End of Treemont Street to be paved, if they shall it 
necessary. 

Voted, that the Selectmen Visit the Publick Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the twenty-ninth Day of June Instant, and 
that the following Gentlemen be desired to accompany them 
therein Viz' 

His Excellency the Governor 
His Honor the Lieut. Governor 
The Hon ble . John Osborne Esq 
The Hon ble . Andrew Oliver Esq. 
The Hon b;e Thomas Hubbard Esq. 
[6O.] The Hon ble Harrison Gray Esq. 

The Hon blc . Thomas Flucker Esq. 

The Gentlemen the Representatives of the Town 

The Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor 

The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D.D. 

The Rev d . Charles Chauncey D.D. 

The Rev d . Jonathan Mayhew D.D. 

The Rev d . Samuel Checkley 

The Rev d . Ebenezer Pemberton 

The Rev d . Samuel Mather 

The Rev d . Mather Byles 

The Rev d . Andrew Elliot 

The Rev a . Samuel Cooper 

The Rev d . Samuel Checkley Jun T 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

The Rev d . Alexander Curamings 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Henry Lyde Esq. 
Bvfield Lyde Esq. 
AVnold Wills Esq. 
Nicholas Boylston Esq. 
M r . James Perkins 
M r . Nathaniel Coffin 
M r . John Melvill 
Jeremiah Green Esq. 
[61.] M r . Thomas Grey 

Nathaniel Bethune Esq. 

John Winthro|> Esq. 

M r . Samuel Philips Savage 

M r . Joseph ^Yaldo 

M r . Mansfield of Marblehead 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

M r . Samuel Downe 

M r . Benjamin Parker 

Leonard Jervis Esq. 

Cap'. Jonathan Clark 

Benjamin Hallowell Esq. 

Cap'. Ichabod Jones 

M r . Edward Foster 

M r . Samuel Grant 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 25', 1763. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap*. Ebenezer Brockway in the Sloop Polly Reports, That he 
left Charlestown in South Carolina the 13' Instant, and are all 
well on board not having had any sickness on board since their 
departure from thence that they have not any thing on board 
[62.] Liable to retain Infection ; and therefore desired leave to 
come up to Town, whereupon, 

Voted, that Cap 1 . Brockway have liberty to come to Boston with 
his Vessell, and that a Certificate be given the Governor accord- 
ingly- 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Soollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Timing Esq. 

M r . James Thomas applied to the Selectmen in behalf of Ann 
Johnson for liberty to break up the Ground at the Head of Prince 
Street in order to cleanse a private Drain belonging to saul 
Thomas, whereupon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G3. 269 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted, provided she makes 
good the Ground and restores the Pavement as soon as the Drain 
is cleansed to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

This Day agreed with M r . Weld of Roxbury to supply the Town 
with what Gravel may be wanted for paving &c at two Shillings 
lawful money p. load. 

[63.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 1, 17C3. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekirl Lewis Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Six Shilling and two Pence p. Bushel, and four Pence 
p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains, and 
Livelihood 

Of Peny White Loaf - 7* -" 2'" 

Wheaten 10-11 

Iloushold 14 - 4 

Two Peny White Loaf 14- 4 

Wheaten 1-5-6 

Houshold 1 - 12 - 8 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4-0-3 

Iloushold 5-5-9 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8-0-5 

Iloushold 10 - 11 - 2 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-9-8 

N.B. 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 12 - 8 

a 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread g Wheat | 

Rye Meal must weigh 2-10-12 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6, 1763. 
[64.] Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The Selectmen being at Rainsfords Island to view the Hospi- 
tal ; Cap 1 . David Brace of Briggandine Polly, just arrived from 
Bristol attended ; and Reports That he left Bristol about the 20 th . 
of May ; that the Fryday coming will make one Month since one of 
his Hands was taken down with the Small Pox, when he was for a 
few Days confined to his Cabin that there is no one on board his 
Vessell but, what has formerly had the Distemper, and nothing be- 
tween Decks, liable to receive & Convey Infection whereupon 

Voted, That Cap'. Brace have liberty to come up to Town with 
his Vessell, provided he first lands at Rainsford Island the Person 
who has been sick together with his Bed, Bedding, Cloths, and 
every other thing liable to receive Infection and that the follow- 
ing Directions be given M r . Hartley in writing Viz*. 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Thomas Hartley 

You are to receive on your Island one Samuel Harvard who 
who came in Cap'. Brace from Bristol [65.] And had the Small 
Pox on Board his Vessell about a Month past, as also his Bed, 
Bedding, Cloths and such other Articles, as were likely to receive 
Infection You must see that the Vessel &c. is well smoked and 
cleansed ; and Report to us your proceedure 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 7, 1763 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley, Reported, that he had received from Cap'. 
Brace the Man who had the Small Pox on Board his Vessell to- 
gether with his Bed Bedding Cloths and such other Articles as 
were likely to retain any Infection that the Vessell has been 
cleansed and smoked and in his Opinion may now leave the 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants of the Province where- 
upon 

Voted, that Cap'. Brace be allowed to leave Rainsfords Island 
with his Vessell next Satturday Morning, and that Orders be given 
M r . Hartley to that purpose, and that the following Certificate 
be sent his Excellency the Governor. 
[66.] May it please your Excellency 

David Brace Master of Briggandine Polly from Bristol stopt 
at Rainsfords Island as a precaution against the spreading of 
Infectious Distempers, having been examined by us ; we are of 
Opinions said Vessell may be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the Health of the Inhabitants, if your 
Excellency think proper we are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obed'. Hum. Servants 
THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston July 7'. 1763 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

Boston, July 8. 1763. 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

You arc to permit the Briggandine Polly Cap 4 . Brace to leave 
Rainsford Island next Satturday Morning, said Vessell having 
been as you Reported to us sufficiently cleansed and smoked, 
provided you are first satisfied for the Charge you have been at 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 271 

[67.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13', 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r .Holyoke informs that M r . Vassall having paved that part of the 
Street which is Opposite to his School, the Water is by that means 
turned upon his House, he therefore prays the Selectmen to view 
said Street, and give such Orders as they may Judge expedient 
where upon M r . Scollay & M r . Austin were appointed a Committee 
for the above purpose as also to view Cambridge Street. 

Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather this Day apply'd to the Selectmen for 
leave to open the Common Shore near his Tenements situated 
near Clarks Ship Yard upon which liberty was accordingly 
given him he following the steps of the Law therein. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin A'ustin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[68.] Cap*. Prince Gorliam of Sloop Three Friends, from 
South Carolina, appear'd ; and upon examination declares That 
he left that place eleven Days past, and that his People are all 
well, neither has he any thing on board liable to retain Infection, 
his Cargo consisting wholly of Rice That the Small Pox has 
much abated at Carolina and as he was told there was but a few 
People down with it when he left Charlestown, there being in 
about ten Families ; no one of his Hands, are now complaining of 
any indisposition, but if this should be the case he will immediately 
acquaint the Selectmen therewith, that they may be sent down to 
the Hospital at Rainsford Island whereupon, 

Voted, that Cap 1 . Gorham of the above named Vessell stopt at 
Castle Willaim on Account of the Small Pox, be permitted to come 
up with her to this Town, and that a Certificate be given the Gov- 
ernor accordingly. 

M r . John Harkins informed the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his House as a Journey Man one David Batchelder who came 
last from Uptown 

M r . Benjamin Fitch acquainted the Selectmen, that he had 
taken into a House of his at West Boston on James Abear a French 
Neutral, as a Tenant. 

[69.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
It being represented by M r . Thaycr who has contracted to build 



272 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

a new Kitchen to M r . Levels House, that the back part of said 
House, is covered only with Clap Boards, which arc rotten, and so 
is exposed to the Weather. 

Voted, that M r . Thayer be directed to Board, and new Clap 
Board, such part of the Northerly side of said House as will not 
be covered & secured by the New Kitchen. 

M r . John Mico Wendell informed the Selectmen that he had 
taken into his Family as a Maid Servant one Lucy Webber a Young 
Women, who came from Old York Eastward. 

M. Kennedy applv'd to the Selectmen last May for liberty to 
open a Drain from a House of hers in Writing School Street, and 
liberty was accordingly granted, she taking the steps of the Law &c. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 25, 1763. 

Present 

[7O.] Thomas dishing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjnmin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Scwall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Six Shillings & two Pence p. Bushel & four Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed the Bakers for their Charges Pains & Liveli- 
hood 

I. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf - 7 - 2 

Wheaten 10-11 

Housbold 14 - 4 

Two Peny White Loaf 14 - 4 

Wheaten 1 - 5-6 

Houshould 1 - 12 - 8 

Six Peny Whetiten Loaf 4 - - 3 

Houshold 5 - 5 - 9 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8 - - 5 

Houshold 10 - 11 - 2 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-9-8 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 12 - 8 

a 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat 

i Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 12 

[71.] Voted, that Isaac Townsend be and hereby is admitted Con- 
stable of the North Watch in the room of John Dorrington who 
has lately left said Watch, his Wages as Constable to commence 
from the first of August next; and the Town Clerk, is directed 
to furnish him with the necessary Orders for his governments & 
proceedure in that trust. 

M r . Townsend Constable of the North Watch acquainted the 
Selectmen that there was a vacancy in his Watch ; and proposed 
William Austin as a suit ible Person to fill it up. 

Voted, that William Austin be & hereby is admitted as a Watch- 
man in the North Watch. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 273 

Passed upon Thomas Willistons Province Account amounting 
to , Copy of which is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 27, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Ksq. 
John Scollay P^sq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekicl Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[73]. David Wheeler Master of Engine N. 8 apply'd in behalf 
of his Company for the Premium allowed by the Town for their 
playing first with their Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at 
Robert Popes Dwelling House South End. Voted, that the Pre- 
mium of 13/4 be allowed him accordingly. 

Passed upon D r . Nvot Doubts Province Account amounting to 
. loS-4-4- as p. Account of particulars on file. 

Voted, that Benjamin Burdick be and hereby is admitted Con 
stable of the Town House Watch in the room of Francis Salmon 
who his resign'd on Account of indisposition of Body, his Wages 
as Constable to commence the first of August next. And the 
Town Clerk is directed to furnish him with the necessary Orders. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 30, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Joseph Doggett Master of the Brigg ne Argo, attended at the 
Seleclmens Chamber, and Reports- That he left Charlestown in 
South Carolina the 10' Instant, and was this Day as coming up 
stopt at Castle William that he has nothing on board liable 
[73.] To retain Infection, his Cargo consisting wholly of Rice 
Himself and one of his Hands have not had the Small Pox, 
but they are at present hearty and well, and in case they should 
be taken with any Symptoms of the Distempers, will immediately 
acquaint the Selectmen therewith- whereupon, 

Voted, that Capt. Dogget be permitted to come up to Town 
with his Vessell, and that a Certificate be given the Governor 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 1, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
William Colman attended, and desired liberty to dig up the 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Pavement and open the Ground near his House in Milk Street to 
repair his Drain Liberty is accordingly hereby granted, upon 
Condition that he forth with make good the Ground and Pave- 
ment again to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

The Honourable John Osborne Esq. Chairman of a [74.] Com- 
mittee of Council having apply'd to the Selectmen for the use of 
Faneuil Hall to Dine a number of Gentlemen on Wednesday next, 
being the Day Peace is to be Proclaimed 

Liberty is accordingly granted. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 8, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezckiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The Selectmen passed July the upon the List of Persons 
licensed the last Year to sell Strong Drink as Retailers & Inholders 
within this Town, which was Approved excepting such as are 
dead, removed, or married as therein noted. 

And also passed upon the Petitions for Licenses for the Year 
ensuing, and the following Persons only were approved and Rec- 
ommended Viz 4 . 

Benjamin Hammatt, at a House Adjoining to his Distilling 
House near the North Burying Ground as a Retailer 

[75.] Isaac Pierce, at a House Adjoining M r . Holmes's Dis- 
tilling House Asa Retailer 

Nathaniel Edy, at his House by Gardner's Lane near the Old 
North Church. 

Robert Whatley, at his House adjoining Deacon Tudors House 

As an Inholder but upon Condition that he continues Man- 
ufacturing Strong Beer in the manner he has done for some Years 
past. 

John Mayes, at his House at the South End lately M. Blake's 

As an Inholder. 

M r William Reed informed the Selectmen, August 5, that he 
had let a House in Pleasant Street belonging to the Heirs of Ben- 
jamin Peck lately deceased, unto Charles Harrison Esq. a Gentle- 
man of a good Estate, who came from New York the 20 th of July 
last with his Wife Neice & Servants, and is a Gentleman of good 
Character & Estate. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug. 18, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall P>sq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 275 

[76.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The following Letters were wrote & forwarded, Viz. 
Gentlemen 

You have herewith Thomas Hartleys Account for nursing 
attendance and boarding James Davis who was sent from your 
Town to Rainsfords Island, sick with the Small Pox you will 
immediately send the amount thereof to us, or to the said Hartley 
which will prevent farther difficulty to you and to us Read the 
Act for regulating the Hospital at Rainsfords Island We have 
wrote you before on this occasion of which you have taken no 
notice 

Your Humble Servants 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Selectmen of Gloucester. 
1763, May 

M r . James Davis to Thomas Hartley D r . 
To 4 Weeks, Board, & attendance 

in the Small Pox (a) 32 / -6-8 
5 Weeks Board 12 / 3- 



-9-8 

[77.] Boston, Aug. 18, 1763 

Gentlemen 

We wrote you June 1". and desired payment of the charge 
of boarding and nursing one Samuel Brockiugs of your place 
while sick of the Small Pox, at the Pest House ; the amount as 
by an Account then inclosed being .5-9-4 lawful money, of 
which Letter you have taken no notice. You'l please read the 
Act for regulating the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, when we 
doubt not you will order M r . Hartley immediate payment If you 
should act otherwise you cannot be insensible what will then be 
our duty. 

Your Humble Servants 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Selectmen of the Town of Newbury. 

M r . Thomas Gray having made application to the Selectmen for 
their Opinion whether a solid Foundation can be had for a Build- 
ing he proposes to Erect on his Land without great Expence, and 
said Laud having been viewed by the Selectmen. 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Voted, that it is their Opinion that no Solid Foundation can be 
obtain'tl without very great Expence. 

[78.] M r . John Peck having made application to the Select- 
men for their opinion whether a solid Foundation can be had for 
a Building he proposes to Erect on his Whurff against his Dwell- 
ing House, without great & Extraordinary Expence, and said 
Land been view'd by the Selectmen. 

Voted, that it is tlicir Opinion that no solid Foundation can be 
obtaiu'd without very great Expence. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Aug. 29, 1763 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

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 Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a single Rate, 
beside the Poll, to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday the Sixth 
Day of September next at 9. o'Clock in the Forenoon, then and 
there to consider of the Petitions of [79.] a number of the Inhab- 
itants, praying that the Town, would take some Measures that a 
certain slip of Land lying on the North side of Water Street, may 
be annexed to said Streets, Of the request of other of the Inhabi- 
tants that some method may be taken to remove the Nusance in 
the passage Way from the Main Street leading to the Common 
called Hog Alley ; To determine whether any method shall be taken 
to preserve Deer Island Head from the farther incroachments of 
the Sea ; Whether they will take any more effectual Measures for 
the preventing Chimnies so frequently taking Fire ; Whether any 
farther steps can now be taken for the more speedy & effectual 
supply of the Overseers of the Poor with Money for the purchasing 
Necessaries for the Alms-house ; Whether they will improve the 
indulgence of the General Court which by a late Law permits the 
Town to Elect and appoint four Meet Persons as Fire- Wards in 
addition to the present number of twelve, who shall serve in that 
Office, untill the Annaversary meeting in March next Also that 
the Sense of the Town may be taken relative to a Bill now pending 
in the General Court " Intitled an Act for making more effectual 
an Act for directing new Rates and Taxes to be granted by the 
General Court, as also Town, County & Precinct Rates shall be 
Assessed and Collected." To receive the Reports of several Com- 
mittees and to act upon all such other matters and Things as may 
properly come before [8O.] Said Meeting. 

Voted, that Mess". Thomas and John Fleet, have the printing 
of the Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread, at 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 277 

the Rate of Six Shillings and two Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood 

Of Peny White Loaf o'- f- 2* 

Wheaten 10-11 

Houshold 14 - 4 

Two Peny White Loaf 14 - 4 

Wheaten 1-5-6 

Houshold 1 - 12 - 8 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - " - 3 

Houshold 5-5-9 

Twelve Peuy Wheaten Loaf 8 - " - 5 

Houshold 10- 11 - 2 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-9-8 

NB. 7 BisUeta must weigh 1 - 12 - 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat 

i Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 12 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 31 , 1763. 

[81.] Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Timing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1761 having produced Receipts from the several Treasurers in full 
for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that Year. 

Vote;!, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
. 126 - 14 - 7 being his % part of the Premium allowed the Four 
Collectors for Collecting the whole Tax in said Year. 

M r . Samuel Treat was sent for, and acquainted by the Select 
men, that the Towns Committee relative to the Circular Line, had 
given them information, that he was about Erecting a Building at 
the end of his Wharff which would incroach on said Line they 
therefore warned him against, and forbid his carrying out said 
Building so far as should incroach in any manner on that Line. 

The Account of the Expences on opening and repairing a Drain 
of the Rev d . M r . Mathers, was laid before the Select men and ex- 
amined M r . Mather having satisfied them that he had notified all 
Persons who are interested therein as the Law [82.] Directs ; and 
they not having as yet made any objection to his procedure therein 
Assessment was made on the Concerned and an order for Payment 
committed to M r . John Sweetser appointed to Collect the same. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms House's 
Province Accounts amounting to the Sams of . 288 - 19 - 8 and 
. 23 - 5 - 10 - as p. Copy of his Accounts of particulars on file. 

Passed upon M. r . Samuel Hews's Province Account which 
amounted to the Sum of . 15 - and is for the passage of Hfinry 
IStanney & John Tyrrel and Wife, in a Vessell of his Commanded 
by Cap'. Trotter and bound for London. 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 7, 1763 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Thomas Milliken apply eel to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open a Drain or Common Shore opposite the Red Lyon in Fish 
Street, in order to clear or repair the same ; and was directed by 
them to Notify all Persons concerned [83.] And interested 
therein, as the Law directs ; that they might have an Opportunity 
to enter their Objections, if any they had to his proceeding 
therein. 

M r . Elihu Hewes appears and acquaints the Select Men that he 
has taken into his Family as a Nurse, one Hannah Blake, who as 
she declares, lived last at Salem. 

M r . Isaac Tuckerman apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
remove a Building from the West part of the Town to a Spot of 
Ground near M r . Hallowells Ship- Yard And the Selectmen 
having considered his proposal. 

Voted, that the same be not granted. 

The Selectmen this Day Certified the Hon ble . His Majesties 
Council, that they had agreed with Cap'. Thomas for the Passage 
of Cap 1 . Manger to the Island of Jersey for fifteen Guineas ; said 
Manger is a distracted Person, and has been a long while at the 
Almshouse at the Province Expence. 

Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gill have the printing of the 
Notifications of the Adjonrment of the Town Meeting as also 
the Hill which is now pending in the General Court relative to 
the Collectors of Taxes the Town having voted that the same 
be printed and dispersed among the Inhabitants. 

[84.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Septem r . 9, 17G3 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The Selectmen have this Day Agreed with M r . Wales, to Re- 
build as soon as possible the Engine House near M r . Aliens at the 
South part of the Town ; he to find all the necessary Materials, 
and when the same is finished to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, 
they are to pay him therefor the Sum of Four Pounds lawful 
Mony. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 15, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hewes Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 279 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Deacon Daniel Jones attended, and requested of the Select men, 
that they would appoint three suitable Persons to Adjust & Settle 
& lay out, the Line between his Land [85.] & M r . John Sweetsers, 
who is about Erecting a Fence which he apprehends will come 
within his Bounds. 

M rs . Kenneday having laid before the Selectmen an Account of 
the Expences on opening and repairing a Drain or Common Shore 
near her House, which has been examined and found right cast, 
and according to custom ; And it having been made appear that 
she had notified the Concerned according to Law ; and no objection 
was entred to her proceeding in said work ; The Selectmen As- 
sessed the several Persons interested, or receiving benefit by said 
Common Shore, their proportionable part of the whole Charge, and 
impowered M r . John Procter to Collect the Same for his Mother the 
said M". Kennedy. 

M r . Thomas Milliken attended and informed the Selectmen that 
he had agreeable to their directions, Notified the Proprietors, of 
the Drain in Fish Street, that he had apply'd to them for liberty to 
open and repair the same ; and also gave in a List of the Names 
of those Persons he had thus Notified as on file At the same Time 
appeared several Persons whose Names were in said List. viz'. 
M rs . Mills, M r . Adams, Cap'. Wingfield for M rs . Fessenden, and M r . 
Capron who objected to their being made liable to defrey any pai't 
of the Charge that may arise by means of s:iid Repair, but not 
against the design itself whereupon it was determined that their 
Objections should be taken into consideration, before the Select 
men proceeded to make any Assessment. 

[86.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 20, 1 763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

This Day endorsed His Excellency Francis Bernard Esqr's War- 
rant on M r . Treasurer Gray in favor of the Selectmen of the Town 
of Boston for the Sum of Two hundred eighty-eight pounds nine- 
teen Shillings and 8 d . J being for the support of sundry indigent 
Persons in the Alms house on the Province Charge ; which Warrant 
was delivered M r . Treasurer Jeffries, who is to receive and account 
for the same. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 28, 1763. 

M r . Samuel Treat having made application to the Selectmen for 
their Opinion whether a solid Foundation can be obtained for a 
Brick Building he is about to Erect on his new Wharff without 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

great and extraordinar}' Expence, and said Land having been 
view'd by the Selectmen. 

Voted, that it is their Opinion that no solid Foundation can be 
had for such a Building without great Expence. 

Cap'. Jonathan Clark appear'd and Complained, [87.] That 
the Chimnies of a House in Long Lane next to his own Dwelling 
have not been swept for a long while, by which neglect the whole 
Neighbourhood was endangered, and therefore desires that the 
Selectmen would inspect them according to a By-Law in that 
Case made and provided. 

Voted, that Samuel Hews & Ezekiel Lewis Esq. be a Committee 
to inspect the said Chimnies as soon as may be. 

Coll . Thwing is desired to order that the Brick Bats etc that 
lye among thut part of the Ruins occasioned by the late Fire 
which is near his House, to be taken from thence to fill up the 
Hole in the Pavement against M r . Hallowells Ship Yard. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be and hereby is directed to Post 
up the Selectmens Minutes to this Day, and this without delay. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Five Shillings and seven Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

1. oz. dr. 

White Loaf 7 - 11 

Wheaten 11 - 11 

Houshold 15 - 10 

Two Peny White Loaf 15 - 10 

[88.1 Of Peny Wheaten 1- 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 5 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - G - 14 

Houshold 5 - 13 - 15 

Twelve Peny Wheaten 8 - 3 - 12 

Houshold 11 - 11 - 14 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 5 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 15 - 5 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat J 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 15 - 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 5, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Two'of the Selectmen of the Town of Concord attended and 
acquainted the Selectmen, that one David Tweed and Eleanor bis 
Wife, were at said Town and in poor destitute Circumstances, and 
that they assure them, they were [89.] Inhabitants of Boston 
about the Year 1729. Whereupon, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 281 

Voted, that Samuel Sewall & Ezekiel Lewis Esq. be and 
hereby are appointed a Committee to examine into the Circum- 
stances of the above Matter, and Report the same. 

Mess. White and Atkins having represented, that the Street 
near M r . Checldeys Church called Short Street is much out of 
Repair, notwithstanding they have been at very considerable 
Expence themselves to make the same passable ; and that about 
Fifty load of Gravel is now wanted to compleat the Repairs 
thereof. 

Voted, that have liberty to procure at the Charge of the Town 
fifty load of good Gravel, provided it can be done at 2/ p. load, 
and that they will see the same laid on such parts o the Street as 
may most require it. 

Whereas it is necessary that a Quantity of Gravel bo laid on the 
new Street by M r . Daltons House in Order to render the same 
passable especially for Carriages. 

Voted, that Cap 1 . Hews be desired to procure what mny be 
wanted for that purpose, and to direct and overlook in the laying 
on and spreading of the same. 

The Selectmen having considered on the Request of M r . Milli- 
ken for opening the Common Shore in Fish [9O.] Sti'ect in order 
to repair the same, Voted, that the following Permit be given 
said Milliken. 

M r . Thomas Millikin ouc of the Proprietors in the Drain or 
Common Shore in Fish Street opposite to the Red Lyon, having 
applyed to us for liberty to open the same in order to cleanse and 
Repair said Drain ; and whereon he has notified and warned all 
the Concerned therein of his application and design, who have 
made no objection to us, as to his proceeding in the work We 
do therefore in pursuance of the power given us by a Law of this 
Province, here by permit said Millikin to open said Common Shore 
and clean and repair the same, provided nevertheless that he 
makes good the Ground and Repaves the same in a proper manner 
and to our liking 

SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
P>KNJAMIN AUSTIN 
EZEKIKL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 

M r . Stephen Greenleaff Master of the Fire Engine N. 9. which 
is kept at the South part of the Town, having upon Account of 
his advanced Age resigned said trust, and the Company belonging 
to the said Engine having unanimously recommended M r Samuel 
Franklyn [91.] As his Successor Voted, that M r . Samuel 
Franklyne he and hereby is Appointed Master of the Fire Engine 
N. 9. in the room of M r . Greenleaff who has resign'd, and the 
Town Clerk is directed to draw out, and furnish him wi.h his 
Orders as Master of said Engine, which are to be worded in the 
usual form. 

M r . Samuel Franklyne appearing informs that M r . Ambrose 
Searl one of the Company belonging to the Fire Engine under his 
care, has lately left the Town, And proposes M r . John Roulstoue 



2*2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Jun r . as a suitable Person to be admitted in his Room If the 
Selectmen shall think fit Which Motion was approved and M r . 
Roulstone accordingly admitted. And the Town Clerk is Ordered 
fr> Certify the same on the List or Orders belonging to said Com- 
pany the said Roulston having had a dismission from the Captain 
of the Militia to whose Comp y he belonged for the service aforesaid. 

Cap*. James Bernard lately Master of Fire Engine N. 3. having 
apply eel, some time past in behalf of his Company, for the pre- 
mium of 13/4 d . allowed by the Town for their playing first with 
their Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at the North End. 

Voted, that they have a Draft for said Premium [92.] In the 
September draft not yet given in 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 7, 1763. 

Present. 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

A Dispute having arisen between M rs . Rebecca Amory and Cap*. 
Thomas Marshall relating to the Line or Bounds of their Land in 
Mackrel Lane formerly so called Mess". William Fail-field, Samp- 
son Sailer and John Leach of Boston were Appointed to settle 
and adjust the Line between them, and a Warrant was issued of 
the following form 

Boston October 7. 1763 

To Mess. William Fairfield, Sampson Salter and John Leach 
all of Boston Greeting 

Whereas a difference has arose between Rebecca Amory and 
Thomas Marshall all relating to the Line or Bounds of their Lands 
in Mackrel Lane formerly so called, Boston. 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of this Province We do desire and 
impower you the said William Fairfield, Sampson Salter, and John 
Leach to go upon the Premisses [93o] View the same, hear the 
Pattys contending, and adjust Settle and lay out the Line, 
between them, as to you shall appear equitable. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 

At a Meeting of the Select men October 12, 1763, 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 283 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Five Shillings and Nine Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 7 - 8 

Wheaten 1 1 - 4 - 

Houshold 15 - 

Two Peny White Loaf 15 - 

Wheaten 1-6-8 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 

[94.] Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4-4-8 

Houshold 5 - 11 - 8 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 9 - 

Houshold 1 1 - 6 - 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-11- 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 1-14 
A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat 

J Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 13 - 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 19, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1761. having produced Receipts from the Province County 
and Town Treasurer, in full for the Tax committed to him to 
Collect for that Year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer in his 

favor for 126,, 14,, 7 being his Quarter part of the Premium 

allowed the four Collectors for Collecting the whole Tax in said Year. 

[95.] Voted, that the Town Clerk publish in the several 

News Papers the following Advertisement viz*. 

The following Advertisement is published by Order of the 
Selectmen of Boston. 

Great Damage having been done by the taking of Stone and 
Shingle Ballast from Deer Island Beech, all Persons are hereby 
Warned, that any who shall presume to do so hereafter, may 
depend upon being prosecuted for such a trespass to the extent of 
the Law. 

M r . Sever who has lately bought a House near the Fortification, 
which was Occupied by a Retailer till then, Petitioned the Select 
men for their approbation of him as a Retailer of Spiritons 
Liquors in his said House for the remainder of the Year And 
the Selectmen having considered his Petition Voted, that he 
be approbated accordingly. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . John Fullerton having apply'cl to the Selectmen for liberty 
to dig up the Pavement & break Ground in order to cleanse and 
repair a private Drain of his in Milk Street Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted upon Condition that he forthwith made good the 
Ground and restored the Pavement to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

[9(5.] Ordered, that the following Letter be sent to the Sell ct 
men of Gloucester 

Boston October 19. 17G3. 
Gentlemen 

We wrote you last August Inclosing M r . Hartleys Account 
of the Charge for Boarding Nursing &c. one James Davis of 
your Town while sick with the Small Pox, and some time after 
we were inform'd by one of your Body that payment would soon 
be made, M r . Hartley's Necessities oblige us once more to intreat 
of you that it may be immediately done We are 
Your Most Hum. Serv ts . 

THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BKNJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWAI.L 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo T . 24, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

A Dispute having arisen between Deacon Daniel Jones and M r . 
John Swectser Jun r . relating to the Line [97.] Or Bounds of 
their Land in Newbury Street Me.^s". John Kneeland, Samuel 
Adams and John Leach are Appointed to settle and Adjust the Line, 
between them, and a Warrant was issued of the following form. 

To Mess. John Kneeland, Samuel Adams & John Leach all 
of Boston Greeting. 

Whereas a difference has arose between Deacon Daniel Jones, 
and M r . John Sweetser relating to the Line or Bounds of their 
Land in Newbury Street Boston 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of this Province, we do desire 
and impower }'ou the said John Kneeland Samuel Adams and 
John Leach to go upon the Premisses view the same, hear the 
Partys contending, and Adjust Settle and lay out the Line be- 
tween them ns to vou shall appear equitable 

Dated at Boston the 24'. Day of October A.D. 1763. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUKL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 285 

[98.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen of Boston 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekicl Lewis Esq. 

The following Letter was sent to the Selectmen of the Town 
of Concord. 

Boston October 26'. 1763 
Gentlemen 

It was conceded to by two Gentl". of your Body who were 
with us about one David Tweed and Family, that said Tweed 
had lived in Concord more than One Year after he left this Town. 
When you prove to us that he was warned out of your Town 
and Caution properly entred, we shall then be ready to receive 
him from you, but cannot consistent with our duty agree to take 
him till you have furnished Us with this proof. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 
To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Concord. 

[99.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 31. 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John ScolhiyEsq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Passed upon Thomas Hartleys Province Accounts amounting to 
the Sum of 6- 13- 4- as p. Account of particulars on file. 

Voted, that M r . Timothy Thornton have a Draft, on the Treasury 
for 30- being on account of paving work done for the Town. 

Voted, that M r . Thomas Bayley have a Draft on the Treasury 
for 15. 12/. which is in full for work done for the Town as p his 
Account of particulars on August file. 

Cap 1 . John Cox attended, and acquainted the Selectmen, that 
he this Day arrived here from Quebeck in the Sloop Ranger himself 
Master, and has brought a Number of Passengers, as by a List 
here under as also that said Passengers were in his Opinion in 
good Circumstances, no one of them having brought less than 200 
Sterling. 

[1OO.] List of Passengers Viz* 

Allen M c Key a Clerk 

Alexander Munroe a Farmer, his Wife and one 

Child 
Donald Cameron a Farmer, his Wife and two 

Children. 

Robert Harris a Gardner 
Donald M c Phersons a Labourer 
M r . Troter a Carpenter 
M r . Potterfield, a Sergeant his Wife & 1 Child 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rale of Five Shillings and Nine Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

1. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 7 - 8 

Wheaten 11 - 4 

Houshold 15 - 

Two Peny White Loaf 15 - 

Wheaten 1 - 6 - 8 

Honshold 1 - 14 - 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 4 - 8 

Houshold 5 - 11 - 8 

[1O1.] Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 9 - 

Houshold 11- 6- 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 11 - 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 14 - 
A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 13 - 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem 1 . 9, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Mess. John Kneeland, Samuel Adams and John Leach appointed 
the 24'. Ultimo to Settle and lay out the Line between the Lands 
of Deacon Jones and John Sweetser this Day made return to the 
Selectmen on their Warrant as may appear on file. 

M r . M c .Clure Constable of the Dock Watch having resigud that 
Trust, and M r . Valentine Sullivan being recommended to the 
Selectmen as a Person of sober Morals, & prudent behavior, and 
capable of properly discharging the Duty of that Station. 

[1O2.] Voted, that the said Valentine Sullivan be and he 
hereby is appointed, Constable of the Dock Watch in the room of 
the said M c .Clare who has resignd, ami the Town Clerk is directed 
to give him his Orders accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 13, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley came up from the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, and informed the Selectmen, that Cap'. Bruce was Just 
arrived there from London he also brought a Letter from said 
Bruce advising that on his passage three of his People were taken 
down with the Small Pox, and that two of them were dead, but 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 287 

the other so far recovered as to walk the Ships Deck that all the 
rest of his Men had had the Distemper, as welt as what Passengers 
he has brought in & he pray'd that the necessary Orders might be 
immediately given respecting the Ships Cargo and Passengers. 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration the Circum- 
stances of the said Ships, Passengers &c. corns to the [1O3.] 
Following Resolutions. 

That M r . Hartley order all the Passengers to the Island, with 
their Chests of Cloths Bedding &. 

That M r . Hartle}' see to it that the Passengers are sufficiently 
smoked and aired, when they are permitted to come up to Town. 

That the Goods between Decks, be taken out of the Vessell as soon 
as the Weather will permit, and landed & air'd upon the Island. 

That all the Letters be well smoked and sent up to Town 
And that Cap'. Bruce attend the Selectmen as soon as he can do 
it with safety to the Inhabitants. 

A Letter was wrote M r . Hartley this Day agreeable to the above 
determinations, and he was directed to give the Selectmen in- 
formation of the Circumstances of the Ship and Cargo, from time 
to time. 

M r . Thomas Bettersby informed the Selectmen that he had 
taken into his House as a Lodger a Stranger, but has forgot his 
Name. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 16. 1763. P.M. ^ 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[1O4.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Joseph Jackson who was licensed as a Retailer the present 
Year as he has been for many past, having removed from his 
House in Orange Street, to another that Adjoins thereto, which he 
h;is purchased Prayed the Selectmen to Approbate him for the 
House he now lives in. And his request being considered and 
approved of, he was recommended to the Court of Sessions ac- 
cordingly. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse, was directed by 
two of the Selectmen, viz 4 . John Scollay and Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
to receive into that Hospital on the Province Charge one David 
M c Lean who by a Certificate from D r . Doubt is so disabled, that 
he cannot procure his own Subsistence and has nothing wherewith 
to support himself. 

M r . Thomas Hartley appeared and Reported that the Ship John 
and Suckey James Bruce Master from London stopt at Raiusford 
Island on account of the Small Pox is now sufficiently Smoked and 
Cleansed, and that as everything in the Cabbin and between Decks 
were immediately taken out on her arrival, and landed at the 
Island ; it is his Opinion that the said Vessell may be permitted to 
come to Town with safety to the Inhabitants. 



288 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

A Certificate of the above Vessells being in Circumstances 
[1O5.] To come up to Town was given him and is as follows 
May it please your Excellency 

The IShip John and Suckey James Bruce Master from London 
stopt at Rainsfords Island as having the Small Pox on board, has 
been sufficiently Smoked and Cleansed ; and we are of Opinion she 
may be permitted to come up to Town without endangering the 
Health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency think fit. We are 
Your Excellencys Most Obed'. Humble Servants 

SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Novem'. 21. 1763. 

His Excell y Francis Bernard Esq. 

M r . Cornelius Sweeny appear'd and acquainted the Selectmen, 
that he had taken into his House as Lodgers two Highland Familya 
who came from Hallifax. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 24'. 1763. 

Present 

Thomas dishing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John ScollayEsq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[1O6.] M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, Reported to the Selectmen that all the Goods landed by 
Cap'. Bruce at said Island Hemp only excepted had been suffi- 
ciently aird, and might be permitted to come up to Town with 
safety as soon as the Selectmen should think fit. 

Whereupon Voted, that Cap'. Bruce has liberty to take off all 
the Goods landed from his Vessell excepting the Hemp ; and that 
a Letter be wrote M r . Hartley accordingly. 

M r . Thomas Hartley having this Day signified to the Selectmen 
that the Hemp taken out of Cap'. Braces Ship was sufficiently air'd 
Directions were given him to deliver said Hemp to the Captain 
when called for. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 28, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and six Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and four Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 289 

[1O7.] Of Peny White Loaf 7 - 14 

Wheaten 11-13 

Houshold 15 - 12 

Two Peny White Loaf 15 - 12 

Wheaten 1 - 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 8 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 6-14 

Houshold 6 - 10 - 5 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8-13-12 

Houshold 13 - 4-10 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 8 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 1 - 15 - 8 

a 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread % Wheat J 

Rye meal Must weigh 2-15 4 
Voted, that those persons whose Accounts have been this Day 
passed by the Selectmen have Drafts on the Town Treasurer for 
the Sum respectively due to them. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 30, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[1O8.] John Ruddock Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the Year 1763, attended, and accepted to serve in the said Office, 
and proposed Mess. Nathaniel Greenwood & Caleb Parker for his 
Bondsmen, who were accepted by the Selectmen And the Town 
Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1763, attended, and accepted to serve in the said Office, and 
proposed Jonathan Gary Esq. and M r . Alexander Edwards for his 
Bondsmen, who were approved of by the Selectmen. And the 
Town Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

M r . John Grant one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1 763 attended, and accepted to serve in the said Office, and pro- 
posed Cap'. Fortesque Vernon, and Samuel Grant Esq. for his 
Bondsmen, who were approved of by the Selectmen And the Town 
Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

M r . Samuel Adams one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1763. attended, and accepted to serve in the said Office, and pro- 
posed Benjamin Hallowell Esq. and M r . Robert Pierpoint for his 
Bondsmen who were approved of by the Selectmen And the 
Town Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds accordingly. 

[1O9.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 7, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Cushing Esq T . 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

M r . Hawkins appeared and acquainted the Selectmen that he 
had received into his House as Lodgers one George Millikins and 
two Boys, who say they came from Hallifax where they had been 
irnploy'd in his Mnjestys service, but had forgot the Master and 
Vessells Names which brought them 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 21, 1763. 
Present 

John Scollay Esq r . 

Benjamin Austin Esq r . 

Samuel Sewall Esq r . 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq r . 

Cap*. Joseph Doble Master of the Briggandine Nancy from 
Ferry land in Newfoundland, attended the Selectmen at their 
Chamber, and Reports That he left that place the 1 st . of De- 
cember last, and three Days after, had one of his Men taken sick 
as he supposed with the Small Pox, but is not certain, as the 
Eruption did not fill, he died in about three or four Days from his 
being taken; when all that he had about [11 0.] Him liable to 
infection was immediately thrown overboard that there are three 
or four of his Men who have not had the Distemper but he 
apprehends said Vessell may be permitted to come up to Town 
from Rainsfords Islnnd, where she has been stopt by way of pre- 
caution without any danger to the Inhabitants if the Selectmen 
thought proper whereupon - 

Voted, that Cap'. Doble have liberty to bring his Briggandine 
up to Boston, provided those Persons on board who have not had 
the Small Pox, be first tended & sent to the Hospital. 

The following directions were given M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper 
of the Hospital. 
Sir 

The Briggandine Nancy Joseph Doble Master from Newfound- 
land, having been stopt at Rainsfords Island on suspicion of hav- 
ing the Small Pox on board, and having as you have Reported 
to us been smoked & Cleansed so that she may be permitted to 
come to Town without danger to the Inhabitant; You may there 
fore permit her to come up to Town first taking on Shore all those 
Persons ; that have not had the Small Pox who you are to keep at 
the Hospital till our further Orders. 

[111.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 21, 1763. 
P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
May it please your Excellency 

The Brigg ne . Nancy Joseph Doble Master from Newfoundland, 
stopt at Rainsfords Island on suspicion of having the Small Pox, 
having been examined by us we are of Opinion she may be per- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 1763. 291 

mitted to come up to Town without endangering the Health of 
the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit We are 
Your ExcelF Most Obed 1 Hum. Servt. 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston Decem r . 21. 1763 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Judge of Probate, for the County of Suffolk to examine into the 
Circumstances of Elizabeth Gillman represented by her Friends 
to be a Person Non Compos made [112.] the following return 
on said Warrant. 

Boston Decem r . 21. 1763 

Pursuant to the direction on the other side we have discoursed 
M. Elizabeth Gillman and find her so far wanting of Reason as 
to be uncapable of managing her own affairs 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Selectmen of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Decem r . 23 d , 1763. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

D r . Phillip God : Cast having given information that a Son of 
M r . Bulkleys who lives near the Sign of the Schooner was taken 
with the Small Pox A meeting of the Selectmen was imme- 
diately warned, and D r . Cast desired to attend, which he did and 
declared, that the said Joseph Bulkley who is Cap'. Dobles Mate 
came up in the Vessell Yesterday, and sent for him in the Even- 
ing when he found him ill, and having visited him again [113.] 
This Morning, lie discovered that he had the Small Pox The 
D r . at the same Time gave it as his Opinion that he could not be 
removed but at the risque of his Life, his Symptoms being ex- 
tremely bad and threatning. 

In consequence of the above information M r . Williston was im- 
mediately sent to the House to order and see the Shop Shut up, 
and that no Person whatsoever should be permitted to go in or 
come out of said House till the further Orders of the Select men 
A Flag was also ordered to be put out as a signal of Infection, 
and Carpenters were imploy'd to erect Fences and place Bars, 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

in the Passage Ways to prevent passing and repassing that 
House. 

Upon Information given that a Servant of M r . John White who 
came in Cap'. Doble's Vessell had not had the Small Pox, he was 
immediately sent down to Rainsfords Island. 

M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper of the Hospital attending by Order 
of the Selectmen, was questioned how he came contrary to the 
directions given him to permit the said Bulldey to come up to 
Town, and answered that he did not know that he was yet to 
have the Distemper, but being afterwards told that it was 
uncertain whether he had had it. he obtained said Buckleys 
promise to go down to the Island [114.] This Morning, but 
upon calling on him at the House he absolutely refused to go down 
with him. 

The following Orders were given M r . Ichabod Williston 

Boston, Decem r . 23 d . 1763 

The Small Pox being at M r . Bulkleys House near the Sign of 
the Schooner, it is our Orders that you keep a Watch at the said 
House where we have directed a Flag to be put out You are 
not to suffer any Persons to go in or out of the House, except the 
Doctor; any Necessaries that may be wanted for the Family you 
are to get to them as well as you can 3*011 must not leave said 
Watch untill 11 O'Clock at Night nor fail attending again by Day 
break We expect you behave with great care & faithfulness as 
the safety of the Inhabitants will much depend upon it, and upon 
your so doing we shall make you a proper allowance for your Time 
and service 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Cap'. Doble attended by Order of the Selectmen, and was di- 
rected to get his Vessell off into the Road as soon as she floats if 
he would avoid the Penalty of the Law for refusal, which Law was 
read to him 

Cap*. Doble deliver'd in a List of his Passengers as on file. 

[115.] The Account of the Expences on opening and repair- 
ing M r . Millikims Drain was laid before the Selectmen, and by 
them examined and allowed ; M r . Millikin at the same Time in- 
formed that lie had warned every Person concerned according to 
Law, and no objection having been entred to his proceeding As- 
sessment was made and an order for payment delivered JVl r . John 
Means which is as follows Viz*. 
Boston ss. 

Whereas the Drain or Common Shore opposite the Red Lyon 
in Fish Street in Boston aforesaid has been lately Repaired by 
M r . Thomas Millikin, the whole Expence whereof according to an 
Account examined by us the Subscribers amounts to Twenty three 
Pounds twelve Shillings and Six Pence : and as said Expence is 
to be paid by such Person or Persons whose whose (sic) Drains 
enter said Common Shore or receive benefit thereby, and in such 
proportions as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town 
or a Major part of them who are impowered by Law to Apportion 
the same ; And the said Milliken having agreable to a late Law 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 293 

Notified all the Concerned before he proceeded upon the Business 

and no Objection having been made thereto 

Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
do hereby Certify that having [116.] Considered of said Expence, 
and by whom and in what manner it onght to be paid ; Uo Adjudge 
that the same be paid in the proportion following, and by the 
Persons hereafter named Viz'. 

M r . Jonathan Mountfort - - - 1 Drain - - - . 1-2-6 
M". Rachel Fessenden - - - 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

M r . William Ellis 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

M r . Thomas Chaplin - - - - 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 
M r . Thomas Millikin ... - 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 
M r . Daniel Sigorney - - - - 1 Ditto ... - 1-2-6 

M r . John Doble 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

M r . John Leach 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

Nathaniel Wheelwright Esq. & ) 1 TV , , ft 

-w- T * J J-JlttO " m ~ A ~ ^ ~ 

Lewis Jennings - ... j 

M r . Stephen Nazaro - . - - 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

M r . John Dennie 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

M rs . Hannah Shellcock - - - 1 Ditto .... 1-2-6 

M rs . Mary Carnes 1 Ditto .... 1-2-6 

M r . Abraham Jones - - - - 1 Ditto ---- 1-2-6 

M r . Theophilus Lillie & ) . T..,, t -, 

Tt/Tra Tl 1 f 1 DlttO .--- 1-2-6 

M ra Ruck j 

M r . Samuel Wentworth - - - 1 Ditto ---- 1-2-6 

M r . John Hogaiu 1 Ditto ---- 1-2-6 

M r . Thomas Lee 2 Ditto - - - - 2 - 5 - 

M". Ann Thomas 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 

Joseph Gardner Esq. - - - - 1 Ditto - - - - 1-2-6 
[117.] And we do here by Appoint AT. John Means to receive 
of the aforesaid Persons the Sum affixed to their respective 
Names, and give discharge thereof. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

SAMUEL SEWALL 

EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Decem*. 23 d . 1763 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 26, 1763. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen viz*. 
John Scollay and Benjamin Austin Esq. to receive into the Alms- 
house on the Province Account one John Cahill a Stranger who has 
got the Venerial Disease to a great degree, and hath not where 
withall to support himself. As also to the said Cahills Obligation 
to refund all Charge when he shall be able. 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 

Passed upon Mess. Box and Austin's Province Aceo". amount- 
ing to 18 - 16 - 9 as p. Account of Particulars on file, and gave 
him a Certificate accordingly. 

[118. J M r . Soloman Kneeland having applv'd to the Selectmen 
for a Draft on the Treasury for 6-17-4 being the Sum Voted him 
by the Town at their last General Meeting Septem r . 21*. as a Con- 
sideration for the Land taken from him to enlarge Water Street. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk give him a Draft for said Sum next 
Draft Day. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r 28, 1763. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Timing Esq. 

Cap*. Doble waited upon the Selectmen and informs them, that 
he had strictly pursued their Orders as to smoking and cleansing 
of his Vessell and every thing on board and prayed leave to bring 
his Vessell up to the Wharff which liberty was granted him 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 29, 1763. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[119.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thvving Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Five Shillings and Six Pence p. Bushel for Wheat and Four 
Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, Pains 
and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

Of Peny White Loaf ...... - 7-14 

Wheaten ........ 11-13 

Houshold ....... 15-12 

Two Peny White Loaf . ..... 15-12 

Wheaten ...... 1-7-10 

Houshold ...... 1-15-8 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf ..... 4-6-14 

Houshold ...... 6-10-5 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf - - - 8-13-12 
Houshold --- - 13-4-10 

Four Peny Brick Loaf ..... 1-12-8 

NB. 7 Biskets must weigh ..... -1-15-8 



A 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat ) 

Rye Meal must weigh j 2 - 15 - 4 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 2 d , 1764. 

Present 
Samuel Hews Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1763. 295 

[ISO.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The Wife of Hugh Cammoron attended and having requested of 
the Selectmen that M r . Tilestou Master of the North Writing 
might be desired to receive her Son into his School for Instruction 

in writing and reading 

her request was granted, and M r . Tileston directed accordingly. 



[The present printed volume is terminated at this point, for 
convenience, with the record of the last meeting in the year 1763. 
W. H. W." 1 



Abear, 271. 

Abington, 49. 

Adams, 4, 21, 36, 52, 55, 56, 70, 83, 85, 86, 87, 
93, 97, 99, 103, 106, 107, 113, 116, 120, 132, 
146, 157, 161,169,170,175, 180, 181, 183, 
201, 202, 219, 237, 248, 279, 284, 286, 289. 

Addleton, 202. 

Albany, 30, 50, 86, 89, 92, 97, 114. 

Aldridge, 62. 

Alford, 189. 

Allen, 8, 18, 65, 74, 117, 133, 189, 278. 

Alley, Fitches, 74. 
Hog, 276. 
Paddys, 41, 167, 189. 

Amory, 282. 

| Anapolis, 45, 49. 

I Annapolis, 62. 

Anderson, 48. 

I Andrew, 165, 212. 

I Andrews, 154. 

\ Antigua, 116. 

/ Antiqua, 116. 

Appleton, 89, 92, 195. 

Apthorp, 10, 26, 28, 40, 58, 87,195. 

Arbuthnot, 62. 

Archer, 70. 

Archibald, 120. 

Armstrong, 63. 

Arnold, 88. 

Asher, 82. 

Atkins, 35, 79, 183, 199, 243, 244, 261, 262,281. 

Attleborough, 166. 

Atwood, 64. 

Audbert, 79. 

Austin, 76, 77, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 
91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 93, 100, 101, 102, 
103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 
121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 196, 
197, 198, 199, 200, 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 
210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 
239, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 249, 
250, 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, 285, 
286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 293, 294, 295. 

Auston, 205. 

Avery, 152, 159, 189, 190, 191, 256. 

Bagnal, 160. 

( Bailey, 35, 89. 

I Baily, 99. 

( Bay ley, 151, 229, 285. 
Baker, 39, 78, 162, 163, 192, 199, 202. 
Balch.119, 125. 
Ball, 50, 114. 

Ballard, 38, 78, 85, 163, 167, 198, 261, 262. 
Balston, 247, 256. 
Baiter, 133. 
Baltimore, 89. 
Banga, 00. 



Barber, 2, 20, 35. 77, 136, 137. 
Barker, 39, 152, 159. 

( Barnard, 120, 143, 149, 150, 26T. 

I Barnerd, 79, 120, 123, 124. 
Barnes, 87, 154, 199. 
Barnstable, 43. 
Barrack, 138. 
Barrat, 179. 
Barratt, 117, 157. 

Barrett, 2, 19, 20, 26, 29, 35, 246, 24T. 
Barrel, 84. 
Barron, 166. 
Barry, 86. 
Bartlet, 43. 
Bass, 3, 20, 220. 
Bassett, 80, 173. 
Bastow, 80. 
Batchelder, 271. 
Bates, 48. 
Battery, The, 74, 200. 

North, 24, 29, 39, 42. 112, 189. 
South, 24, 28, 5',, IIS, 168. 
Baxter, 70, 79, 127, 199, 261. 

t Bay, Casco, 84, 103, 163- 

j Case, 195. 

of Honduras, 108. 
Bean, 71. 
Bell, 175, 226, 229. 

I Beneway, 185. 

I Benneway, 259. 
Bennet, 38, 80, 154. 

4 Bentley, 162, 163. 

) Bently, 39, 45, 77, 78, 82, 119, 120, 1-19. 
Bernard, 163, 165, 176, 211, 213, 223. 224, 225, 
227,228, 231, 232, 234, 235,237, 239,250, 
256, 258, 270, 279, 282, 288, 231. 
Bethune, 21, 36, 86, 152, 268. 
Bettersby, 287. 
Biddeford, 43. 
Biggelow, 176, 187. 
Bill, 4, 9, 10, 21, 26, 27, 36, 40, 57, 195. 
Billerica, 132. 
Billings, 20, 35, 179, 227. 
Blackadore, 195. 
Blackwood, 192. 

Blake, 62, 96, 159, 160, 208, 274, 278. 
Blanchard, 63, 126, 147. 
Blowers, 210, 221, 222. 
Blyn, 63. 
Bodge, 67. 
Boies, 36. 
Bollan, 128, 129. 
Bond, 144. 
Bonner, 255. 

I Bonyne, 243. 

f Bonynge, 80. 

| Boreland, 231. 

I Borland, 87. 
Boscawen, 85. 
Boss, 244. 

Boston, New, 43, 49, 76, 102, 113, 1T, 11(5, 
129, 138, 154, 177, 189, 195, 206, 
211, 218. 

West, 62, 73, 132, 133, 134, 138, 271. 
Boucher, 180. 

( Bourn, 178,216,218. 

) Bourne, 105, 111. 
Boutineau, 3, 21, 35, 58. 
Bove, 200. 
Bovey, 79. 
Bowdoin, 3, 20, 41, 118, 152, 159. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



Box, 139, 152, 159, 192, 294. 
Boyd, 63. 
Boyes, 163. 
I Boylston, 104, 268. 
) Boylstone, 21. 
Brace, 269, 270. 
Brajket, 173. 
Bradford, 45, 53, 79, 154, 158, 163, 167, 179, 

202, 247. 
I Braintree, 188. 
f Brantry, 71, 84. 
Brattle. 187, 201, 218. 
Bray, 200. 
Breck, 2, 19, 20, 34. 
Breed, 89. 105. 
( Brett, 47. 
} Britt, 49. 
Brewer, 79, 217. 
I Bridge, 3, 20. 
) Bridges, 38. 
Bridge, The Draw, 45, 135. 

Mill, 85, 89. 
Brinley, 260. 
Bristol, ISO, 269, 270. 
Broad Bay, 46, 49, 70, 74. 
Brock, 56. 

Brockings, 213, 275. 
Brockins, 266. 
Erockway, 268. 

Bromfield, 3, 21, 35, 90, 142, 178, 180, 246, 248. 
Brookline, 59, 185. 
Brooks, 71, 222. 
Brow, 142. 

Brown, 45, 61, 70, 71, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 
86, 102, 107, 116, 119, 120, 124, 125, 129, 
149, 153, 158, 165, 166, 173, 178, 180, 183, 
233, 234, 243, 246, 261, 262. 
Bruce, 72, 286, 287, 288. 
Bryant, 108, 132, 187. 
Buck, 71, 106, 122, 125. 
Buckley, 292. 
Bucknam, 60. 

Building, Faneuil Hall, 170. 
Bulfinch, 80, 183. 
Bulkley, 291, 292. 
Bull, 74. 

Burbeck, 79, 120. 
Burdick, 273. 
Burke, 85. 
Burksted, 42. 
Burroughs, 70. 
Burton, 104. 

Burying Ground, Church, 144, 263. 
Common, 165. 
New, 46, 56. 
North, 102, 274. 
South, 84, 144. 
Place, The, 49, 89, 143. 
New, 46. 
New South, 56. 
North, 56, 74, 90, 92. 
Butler, 46, 100. 
Butt, 63. 
Buxon, 153. 

Byles, 32, 58, 89, 97, 102, 104, 106, 178, 201, 
218, 246, 261, 267. 

Cagliary, 43. 
Cahail, 28. 
Cahill, 293. 
Calef, 62, 120. 
Callender, 90, 188. 

i Calito, 91. 

| Calto, 84. 
Cambridge, 95, 187, 210, 217. 

J Cameron, 285. 

> Cammeron, 295. 
Campbell, 35, 48, 118. 
Can;id-i, 64, 65, 72, 73, 103, 126. 
Cannaday, 236. 
Canso, 62. 

Capo Ann, 126, 153, 208, 264, 266. 
Cod, 41, 77. 
Sables, 38. 



Capman, 188. 
Capron, 279. 
4 Carey, 70, 132. 
\ Cary, 64, HI, 113, 170, 289. 

Carlilo, 89. 
] Carlisle, 220. 
Carnes, 3, 45, 293. 
Carolina, 89. 

North, 40, 45. 

South, 201, 234, 250, 252, 254, 255, 

257, 258, 260, 268, 271, 273. 
Carrol, 100. 
Carter, 147, 170. 
Cast, 44, 291. 

Castle, The, 39, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 50, 53, 54, 
60, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 
81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 
92, 95,108, 110, 119, 123, 127, 132, 
228, 230, 231. 

William, 40, 54, 60, 63, 64, 68, 83, 90, 
91, 92, 97, 112, 118, 123, 220, 221, 
225, 227, 231, 232, 233, 234, 335, 237, 
238, 239, 241, 250, 252, 253, 257, 258, 
261, 264, 271, 273. 
Cave, 81. 
Cawly, 52. 
Cazneau, 40, 52. 
Chadwell, 75. 
Chamberlain, 106, 179, 247. 
( Champny, 89. 
/ Champy, 89. 

{Chancey, 152, 159, 218. 
Chancy, 156, 182, 201. 
Chauncey, 267. 
Chauncy, 10, 26, 40, 58, 87, 104. 
Chandler, 63 82. 
Chaplin, 293. 
Chapman. 20, 245. 
Chappel, Kings, 89. 
Chardon, 3, 20, 35. 
Charlestown, 47, 72, 85, 148, 222, 250, 257, 268, 

271, 273. 
Chase, 208. 
Chatham, 74, 130. 

fCh.-ckley, 10, 26, 41, 159, 201, 218, 267, 281. 
I Checkly, 40, 58. 
1 Cheeckly, 38. 
(.Chickly, 104, 152. 
Chelsea, 73, 75. 
Chevercux, 123. 
Childs, 83, 252. 
Christy, 199. 

Church, 36, 44, 54. 180, 232, 234, 247, 256. 
Old Brick, 156. 
North, 274. 
South, 11. 
Chuseman, 199. 
Clapham, 29, 93, 94, 95. 
f Clark, 47, 51, 58, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 83, 84, 
104, 106, 112, 154, 166, 173, 174, 201, 218, 
1 226, 268, 271, 280. 
(.Clarke, 3, 21, 39, 51, 174, 213. 
Clemans, 114. 
Clift, 38, 69, 88, 92. 
Clough, 62, 78, 103, 157, 181. 
Cobourn, 161. 
Cochran, 163. 
Cockran, 45, 88. 
Cocks, 80, 86, 121. 
Cox, 244, 285. 
Cod man, 72, 91. 

Coffin. 4, 21, 36, 85, 207, 208, 268. 
Cole, 82. 

Colledge, Stanfords, 181. 
Collier, 181, 199. 
Colliter, 81. 
Colraan, 273. 
Colson, 194, 260. 

Common, The, 4, 5, 8, 49, 58, 59, 82, 106, 135, 
137, 138, 144, 147, 158, 161, 202, 210, 212, 
218, 276. 

Concord, 74, 280. 285. 
Conduit, The. 204. 
Connecticut, 63, 72, 96, 106. 



INDEX or NAMES. 



299 



Connell, 226. 

I Cook, 41, 60, 201, 218. 

j Cooke, 3, 21. 

Cookaon, 41, 89, 188. 

Coombs, 204, 205, 206. 

Cooper, 10, 26, 2T, 41, 58, 87, 104, 106, 112, 152, 
159, 174, 185, 187, 198, 201, 205, 206, 216, 
218, 222, 240, 243, 251, 252, 259, 266, 267, 
270, 285, 292. 

Copeland, 82. 

I Corn Hill, 144. 

| Cornhili. 73, 116, 139. 

Corner, Moors, 175. 

j Coniey, 55. 

} Corny, 55. 

Cornish, 29. 

Coaman, 65, 66, 67, 69, 73. 

Cotman, 62. 

County of Suffolk, 7, 24, 38, 93, 119, 147, 169, 

1'JO, 193, 261, 291. 
York, 38, 113. 

Couch, 44. 

Court, Gibbina, 74, 181. 
Moon, 5. 
William's, 199. 

Coverley, 35. 

Cowell, 39, 71, 161, 165, 208, 209. 

) Craddock, 190, 191, 256. 

( Cradock, 104, 106, 189. 

Crafts, 15. 

Crawly, 90. 

Creek, The, 217. 

Mill, 103, 189. 

Crocker, 83, 241. 

Crompton, 179. 

Cumber, 79. 

Cummings, 152, 159, 201, 268. 

Cummins, 218. 

Cunningham, 48, 55, 77, 80, 82, 85, 101, 105, 
146, 14s), 155. 

Curtiss, 42, 80. 

Cashing, 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 , 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 50, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 83, 
84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 
98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 
125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 
134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143, 
144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 150, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 
164, 165, 168, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
173, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 
183, 184, 185, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 203, 204, 
205, 206, 207, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 
230, 232, 233, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
241, 242, 243, 246, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 
256, 25S, 259, 260, 262, 263, 264, 265, 267, 
268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 
278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 
288, 289, 291, 293. 

Cussens, 126. 

( Dafform, 42. 

| Dafforne, 90. 
Dalton, 97, 265, 281. 
Dana, 58, 87, 152, 159, 179, 189, 190, 191, 201, 

218. 

Darricott, 76. 
Dartmouth, 263. 
Davenport, 70, 74. 
Daverel, 245. 
Davis, 127, 191, 217, 260, 265, 266, 275, 284. 

( Dawes, 132, 135. 

\ Daws, 160, 173, 174, 181, 210, 212, 221, 228, 

( 229. 
Dawson, 61. 
Day, 71, 213. 



Dean, 163. 
Deblois, 8. 

Decoster, 21, 203, 255. 
Dedham, 89. 
Degrave, 226. 

( Deming, 3, 21, 36. 

| Demming, 144, 248. 
Demtnick, 110. 
Dennie, 176, 201, 219, 293. 
Dennis, 179. 

Dexter, 178, 185, 186, 187. 
Dimock, 110. 
Dingly, 84, 88, 92, 119. 
Dixon, 187. 

Doble, 88, 191, 192, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294. 
Dobleville, 38. 
Dock, Oliver's, 24, 111, 127, 189, 223. 

The, 53, 77, 93, 98, 100, 101, 143, 148, 

158, 164, 169, 172, 197, 263. 
Town, 151, 158, 166, 167, 183, 203, 207. 

I Dogget, 44, 48, 107, 273. 

| Doggett, 273. 
Dolbear, 178, 179, 246, 247. 

I Dolbeare, 3, 20, 35, 105. 
Dolerson, 61. 
Deliver, 125. 

{Domet, 88. 
Domitt, 126. 
Dommett, 258, 263. 
Dommitt, 127. 
Donald, 40. 
Donnell, 63. 
Dood, 214. 
Dorathy, 85. 
Dorchester, 38, 56, 62, 75, 146, 170, 175, 185, 

186, 217, 252. 

Dorrington, 166, 179, 199, 247, 272. 
Doten, 72, 77. 
Doubt, 273, 287. 
Doucet, 142. 

j Downe, 4, 21, 53, 70, 84, 248, 268. 

I Downes, 52. 

J Dows, 222, 244, 246. 

l Dowse, 3, 21, 34, 36, 111, 179, 201, 218, 248. 
Drake, 65, 66, 68. 
Draper, 87, 142, 261. 
Drummond, 212. 
Dry, 81. 
Duggin, 85. 
Dummer, 87. 
Duning, 38. 
Dunnell, 41. 
Duustone, 62. 
Dupee, 45, 93, 103, 115, 116. 
Durant, 42. 
Dux bury, 183. 
Dyke, 84. 



Easnean, 161. 
Eastham, 65. 
Eaton, 137. 
Eber, 263. 

) Eddy, 108. 

I Edy, 274. 

Edes, 54, 78, 148, 222, 278. 
Edmunds, 236. 

Edwards, 2, 20, 35, 74, 179, 248, 265, 289. 
Eglestone, 120. 

I Ekshaw, 110, 111. 

) Elkshaw, 110. 

< Eliot, 10, 26, 41, 48, 58, 80, 87, 104, 106. 

} Elliot, 152, 159, 170, 201, 218, 260, 267. 
Ellis, 293. 

( Ellson, 219. 

> Elson, 177, 245. 
Emmerson, 181. 
Emmons, 167, 229, 230. 
End, East, 69. 
End, North, 39, 58, 62, 68, 70, 89, 112, 12C, 

166, 257, 282. 
End, South, 42, 56, 62, 71, 74, 83, 97, 112, 114, 

135, 155, 163, 170, 2o8, 222, 233, 273, 274. 
England, 61, 116, 130, 148, 154, 184. 



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Erving, 9, 10, 26, 28, 40, 57, 87, 152, 180, 201, 

210, 218, 219, 248, 266. 
Ethridge, 181. 
Europe, 176. 
Eustice, 116. 
Evans, 80, 81. 

Fairfield, 3, 20, 35, 36, 179, 247, 282. 

Fairservice, 155. 

Falmouth, 103. 

Fayerweather, 1, 2, 195. 

Feeburne, 41. 

Fellows, 204. 

Felt, 166. 

Fenno, 80. 

Ferry, Charlestown, 189. 

Way Charlestown, 108. 
Winnissimmitt, 53, 120. 
Ferry land, 290. 
Fessenden, 84, 279, 293. 
Fitch, 102, 179, 247, 263, 271. 
Fitter, 28. 
Fitzgerald, 77. 
Flagg, 80, 235, 244. 
Fleet, 276. 
Fletcher, 235. 
Floyd, 251, 264. 

FJucker, 4, 21, 36, 47, 74, 105, 148, 248, 267. 
Foke, 61. 
Forbes, 89, 219. 
Forbu, 116. 
Ford, 29, 39. 
Fortification, The, 14, 58, 74, 83, 182, 183, 187, 

197, 200, 223, 283. 
Fosdick, 108, 244, 267. 
Foster, 22, 48, 55, 180, 195, 208, 248, 268. 
Fowle, 142, 199. 
Fox, 220. 
Foxcroft, 58. 
Foye, 206, 215, 218, 243. 
Fraligh, 242. 
Frankfort, 38. 
Frankland, 119. 

j Franklyn, 48, 80, 281. 

| Franklyne, 231. 

I Frazer, 82, 83. 

| Frazier, 106, 245. 
Freeman, 40, 71, 226. 
French, 83, 115. 
Frost, 80, 127, 128. 
Frothingham, 62. 
Fryer, 48. 
Fudge, 84. 
Fulford, 46. 
Fullerton,284. 
Fulton, 74. 
Furber, 79. 



Gafney, 30. 
Gage, 89. 
Gains, 80. 
Gair, 207. 
Galley, 70. 

'Gardiner, 4, 21, 36, 135. 
Gardner, 68, 89, 101, 102, 111, 135, 136, 137, 
139, 154, 167, 178, 189, 244, 246, 247, 248, 
293. 

Gaudoloop, 209. 
Gay, 79. 
Geer, 170. 
George Town, 48. 
Georgia, 43. 
Gerrish, 133, 135, 137. 
Gew, 38. 
Gibbons, 133. 

Gibbs, 43, 86, 123, 142, 190, 238. 
Gidney, 57. 
Gilbert, 72. 
Gilkey, 154. 
Gill, 54, 148, 278. 
Gillrnan, 291. 

( Girot, 136. 

\ Girote, 136. 

( Girott, 86. 



Gleason, 69. 
Glen, 20. 
Glidden, 39, 68. 

( Glocester, 125. 

? Gloucester, 266, 275, 284. 
Glover, 61, 131. 
Godfry, 117. 

I Gogin, 50, 59. 

I Goggin,219. 
Gold, 150. 

Goldthwait, 2, 20, 35, 43, 65, 84, 93, 124, 1^6, 
130, 133, 134, 146, 152, 154, 157, 159, 1S9, 
219, 223, 247. 
Goldthwaite, 50. 
Gooch, 70. 
Gooding, 81. 
Goodridge, 41. 

I Goold, 62. 

I Gould, 41, 71. 

( Gorden, 201, 219. 

| Gordon, 49, 51. 

Gorham, 71, 238, 253, 257, 259, 271. 
Govel, 197. 
Go wen, 84. 
Gramtado, 210. 

Granary, The, 5, 22, 37, 182, 250. 
Granby, 35. 

Grant, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 

27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 
63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 87, 91, 104, 106, 111, 113, 117, 131, 133, 
144, 161, 170, 178, 179, 197, 246, 247, 254, 
268, 289. 

Graton, 216. 
Graves, 113. 
( Gray, 41, 58, 66, 86, 87, 152, 162, 173, 180, 

201, 207, 248, 267, 275, 279. 
( Grey, 268. 

( Greanleaf , 147, 149, 152, 201, 220. 
\ Greenleaf , 58, 80, 87, 120, 149, 193, 219, 244. 
( Greenleaff, 261, 281. 
Great Britain, 153. 

Greaton, 45, 51, 64, 70, 91, 113, 132, 216, 223. 
Greighton, 170. 
Green, 3, 21, 35, 36, 57, 64, 85, 87, 92, 135, 

163, 179, 180, 182, 204, 248, 268. 
. Greene, 3, 4, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 36, 41, 80. 
Green lace, 226. 

Greenough, 2, 20, 34, 35, 87, 178, 194. 
Greenought, 42. 

. Grenough, 178. 240, 242, 245, 246, 247. 
Greenwood, 2, 19, 34, 70, 91, 113, 133, 170, 

178, 214, 246, 289. 
( Gridley, 146, 201, 209, 218. 
I Gridly, 52. 

Griffin, 28, 72, 74, 160, 207. 
$ Guardalupe, 107. 
( Guardelupe, 107. 
Guernsy, 177. 

Hagorty, 114. 
I Hail, 20. 

) Hale, 35, 179, 201, 218, 247. 
Hams, 75. 
Haislup, 154, 166. 
Halding, 80. 
Haley. 2, 89. 

"Halifax, 39, 48, 61, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 
71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 81, 82, 83, 84, 
85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 95, 97, 98, 194. 
Hallifax, 145, 163, 213, 214, 288, 290. 
Hall, 51, 58, 62, 64, 70, 85, 102, 157, 175, 187, 

192,210,214,251, 263. 
Hall, Faneuil, 2, 4, 7, 12. 14, 17, 18, 19, 22. 24, 

28, 34, 37, 118, 126, 133, 134, 135, 143, 147, 
151, 172, 187, 189, 220, 250, 251, 260, 263, 
274, 276. 

Hallowell, 91, 268, 278, 280, 289. 
Halsey, 179, 247. 

SHamett, 2. 
Hummatt, 153, 159, 201, 219, 246, 274. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



301 



Haramett, 20, 35. 

Hamilton, 39, 40, 41, 44, 46, 47, 49, 51, 52, 60. 

HamJin, 65. 

Hammock, 96, 104, 173. 

Hammond, 74. 

Hanbury, 28. 

Hancock, 3, 4, 10, 20,26, 28, 30, 35, 36, 40, 41, 
44, 87, 10?, 105, 111, 152, 159, 201, 218, 
224. 

Banners, 256. 

Harbour, Charlestown, 260. 
Nantasket, 96. 

Harding, 130, 131, 132. 

Harkins, 271. 

Harris, 36, 80, 220, 285. 

Harrison, 274. 

Harrow, 138, 139. 

Hart, 34, 61,178, 246. 

Hartley, 112, 164, 165, 192,204, 205, 206, 208, 
209, 211, 213, 254, 255, 257, 259, 265, 
266, 269, 270, 275, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 
290, 292. 

Hartly, 51, 53, 54, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 
73, 76, 78, 85, 89, 91, 97, 98, 99, 106, 107, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117, 118,121, 
(. 122, 125, 126, 130, 132, 210, 266. 

Harvard, 270. 

Harvey, 97, 98. 

I Hatch, 95, 181. 

I Hatches, 163. 

Havaunah, 220, 221, 234, 237, 239, 261, 264. 

Haverhill, 58, 70. 

Hawkins, 290. 

Hayden, 213, 223. 

Haynes, 214. 

Heath, 214, 217. 

Henchman, 2, 3, 19, 20, 34, 35, 41. 
'Henchaw, 46. 

Henshaw, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 
27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 

53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 
90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 
118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 
126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 
134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 144, 152, 159, 
180, 184, 192, 201, 218, 233. 

Henly, 63. 

Herryman, 85. 

f Hewes, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 
17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 
43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 

54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 
67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 
81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 
95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 
114. 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 141, 148, 152, 163, 166, 196, 210, 
226, 278. 

Hews, 101, 142, 143, 144, 146, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 162, 
164, 165, 166, 167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 
182, 183, 184, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 
194, 195, 196, 197, 199, 200, 202, 203, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 211, 212, 213, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 221, 225, 
228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 235, 236, 238, 
239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 
248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 256, 259, 
260, 265, 266, 269, 272, 273, 274, 275, 
276, 277, 278, 280, 281, 282, 283, 285, 
287, 288, 289, 294. 
Hicks, 13, 89, 137, 141, 161, 166, 219. 



Hill, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 
27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 

61, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 

62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 
73, 74, 75, 76, 83, 87, 104, 105, 125, 131, 
132, 153, 159, 161, 175, 177, 178, 189, 190, 
191, 201, 219, 233, 246, 248, 251, 256. 

Hills, 98, 180. 
Hill, Bacon, 150, 197. 

Beacon, 122, 125. 

Cops, 113, 258. 

Fort, 62, 63, 71, 74, 90, 157. 
Hinckley, 260. 
Plingham, 71, 142, 232. 
Hoar, 219. 
Hobbys, 240. 
Hogain, 293. 

Holbrook, 8, 12, 82, 99, 154, 166. 
Holland, 79. 
Holies, 82. 
Hollowell, 79, 88, 91. 
( Holmes, 20, 102, 179, 274. 
| Holms, 247. 
Holyoke, 29, 271. 
Homer, 70, 75, 80, 88, 229, 230. 
Hominia, 163. 

i Honeywell, 80. 
Honnywell, 210, 212. 
Ilunnewell, 222. 
Hunnywell, 221. 
oodly, 38. 

Hooper, 58, 152, 159. 
Hopkinton, 74. 
Horn, 74. 
Horton, 114, 115. 
Hospital, Gardner's, 137, 138, 139. 

Province, 60, 131, 138. 
Houghes, 144. 

House, Alms, 4, 40, 43, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52, 56, 
57, 59, 61, 69, 70, 72, 73, 77, 81, 82, 
102, 107, 108, 115, 116, 121, 130, 131, 
132, 141, 144, 148, 153, 154, 162, 166, 
177, 184, 185. 194, 195, 202, 209, 212, 
213, 218, 219, 226, 229, 245, 251, 252, 
263, 276, 277, 278, 279, 287, 293. 
Brick Meeting, 235. 
Byles Meeting, 37, 192, 250. 251. 
Court, 7, 24, 134, 147, 193, 261. 
Crown Coffee, 208. 
Fish, 158. 
Gun, 200. 

Mather's Meeting, 90. 
Mayhew's Meeting, 43, 116, 181, 192. 
North Meeting, 24. 
Old North Meeting, 119, 192. 
Powder, 50, 61, 207. 
Province, 59. 
Put, 177. 

Sewall's Meeting, 192, 244. 
South School, 158. 

Town, 18, 59, 62, 92, 96, 98, 133, 134, 
138, 141, 147, 153, 155, 158, 166, 
182, 214, 220. 

Watch, 85, 117, 119, 161. 204. 
Work, 4, 68, 138, 156, 212, 251. 
How, 103, 121, 202. 
Howell, 41, 214, 226. 
Hubbard, 4, 5, 18, 21, 36, 103, 104, 111, 152, 

161, 199, 201, 218, 224, 230, 267. 
Hudson, 105. 
Hull, 132. 
Human, 210. 
Hunt, 63, 90, 153, 233. 
Hunter, 128. 
Hurly, 43. 

Hutchinson,2, 19, 34, 87, 104, 106, 107, 178, 
247, 256. 

Inches, 180, 248. 
Ingerfield, 58, 62. 
Ingersol, 233. 



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Inglish, 43. 
Ingole, 63, 64. 
Ingrahara, 117. 
Inman, 36, 175. 
Ipswich, 86, 89. 
Ireland, 153, 166, 264. 
Irvin, 51. 
Island, Castle, 51. 

Deer, 22, 154, 157, 223, 276, 283. 
Levels, 169, 257, 258. 
Of Corsica, 43. 
of Jersey, 278. 
of Sardinia, 43. 

Rainsfords, 46, 47, 60, 65, 66, 67, 68, 
73, 76, 78, 115, 116, 118, 121, 122, 
125, 126, 130, 131, 132, 153, 164, 165, 
192, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 
254, 255, 257, 259, 266, 269, 270, 271, 
275, 286, 287, 288, 290, 292. 
Rarnsforcls, 44. 

Ransfords, 40, 41, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
60, 63, 88, 97, 98, 99, 108, 110, 111, 
112, 114. 

Rhode, 42, 44, 56, 112, 128, 160, 239. 
Islands, Bahama, 127. 
Ivers, 129. 

f Jackson, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
63, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 
77, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92,93, 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 
114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 
123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 
133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 152, 159, 173, 
179, 20'J, 248, 258, 268, 287. 
Jakson.45, 49. 
Jamaica, 108. 
James, 50. 
I Jarvis, 98. 
I Jervis, 180, 268. 

Jeffries, 2, 3, 10, 20, 26, 27, 35, 41, 58, 87, 91, 
104, 106, 153, 159, 162, 179, 181, 185, 186, 
187, 197, 201, 219, 247, 268, 279. 
Jenkins, 2, 20, 79, 87, 124. 154, 166, 173, 225, 

267. 

Jenner, 85. 
Jennings, 137, 293. 
Johnson, 49, 268. 
Jobonnot, 66. 

Jones, 63, 66, 70, 85, 244, 268, 279, 284, 286, 
293. 



Kast, 51, 113, 137. 
Kelly, 131. 
Kennebeck, 61. 

I Kenneday, 279. 

I Kennedy, 272,279. 
Kenny, 70, 71. 
Kent, 38, 54, 157. 

I Kerkwood, 151, 180. 

I Kirkwood, 152. 
Keves, 61. 
Kllby, 27, 28, 30. 
King, 28, 89. 
Kingsate, 264. 
Kitchen, 180. 

Kneeland, 2, 19, 35, 77, 80, 82, 83, 104, 105, 
107, 120, 173, 174, 179, 247, 251, 284, 286, 
294. 

Knoble, 209. 
Knowlton, 86. 
Knox, 68, 195. 

Labberee, 112. 
Labree, 222. 

( Lackey, 112. 

JLacky.61. 

Lake George, 49, 51, 59. 
Lamb, 217. 



Lampson, 74. 

Lane, Auchmuty's, 208. 

Black Horse, 86. 

Broad Bay, 43. 

Cow, 210. 

Exchange, 132. 

Frog, 60, 195. 

Gardner's, 274. 

Leaveret, 215, 265. 

Long, 24, 37, 193, 197, 202, 210, 221, 
244, 2SO. 

Mackeral, 265. 

Mackrel, 198, 282. 

Pond, 66, 109. 

Rainsfords, 184. 

Royal Exchange, 194. 

Seven Starr, 74. 

Sherdens, 285. 

Shrimptons, 71. 

Wing's, 47, 101, 173, 174, 215. 

Wood, 233, 2.58. 
Langdon, 42, 89, 100. 
Lanne, 185, 186. 
( Laraby, 42, 92. 

< Larrabee, 3, 20, 50. 

( Larraby, 44, 49, 55, 97. 

Larinby, 62. 
| Lasinby. 4, 21. 
) Lazenby, 158. 

Laughton, 80. 

Laundree, 114. 
\ Lawrance, 71, 74, 81. 
) Lawrence, 82, 191. 

Lawson, 87. 

Lawton, 41. 

Leach, 158, 282, 284, 286, 293. 

J Leaveret, 183. 

) Leveret, 103, 139. 

Lear, 181. 

Lebeanx, 186, 187. 

Leblond. 3, 21. 

Ledly, 88. 

Lee, 62, 75, 114, 293. 

Legg, 44. 

Leneau, 146, 193, 196. 

Lenox, 154, 166. 

Lepear, 223. 

( Lesley. 144, 148. 

? Lesly, 148. 

Levas, 222. 

Levitt, 135. 

Lewis, 49, 59, 106, 139, 141, 142, 143, 144. 145, 
146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 162, 164, 165, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 
184, 185, 187, 188, 189, MO, 191, 192, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 205, 206, 
207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214. 215, 
216, 217, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225J 227. 
228, 229, 230 232, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 247, 249, 250, 
251, 252, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 
265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 275, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 290, 291, 293. 

Libitter, 267. 

Life, 138. 

< Lillie, 293. 

? Lilly, 119, 124. 
Limers, 201, 219. 
Lisbon ,131. 
Lisbond, 151. 
Lobb, 29, 105. 
London, 27, 28, 30. 53, 83, 127, 129, 130, 180, 

277, 286, 287, 288. 
Lord, 89. 

Loring, 79, 169, 178, 213, 223, 247. 
Louisbourg, 97, 104, 107, 127. 
Lovel, 148, 197, 251, 264, 272 
Lovering, 155. 

Low, 199. 

Lowe, 163. 

Lows, 236. 



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303 



Lowell, 61. 
Loyd, 104, 207. 
Luce, 107, 108. 

i Lurvey, 74. 

I Lurvy, 84. 
Lydc, 236, 268. 
Lyn. 74. 
Lyndall, 90. 
Lyon, 56. 

Maccarthy, 264. 

Mackmillon, 102. 

Maiden, 60, 251. 

Manger, 176, 278. 

Manning, 131, 184, 219. 

Mansfield, 180, 268. 

Marble, 78. 

Marblohead, 55, 62, 66, 71, 78, 107, 114, 120, 

180, 181, 268. 
Market, Faneuil Hall, 38, 91, 109, 116, 142, 

143, 166, 190, 235, 261. 
South, 110, 192. 

I Marquand. 210. 

) Marquond, 209, 211. 
Marchant, 99. 
Marsh, 58. 

Marshall, 78, 226, 282. 
Marshfield, 46. 
Marshman, 131. 
Marston. 71. 
Martin, 180. 
Martinique, 164, 165. 
Maryland, 77, 89. 
Mascarene, 87. 

Mason, 64, 170, 173, 178, 179, 187, 246, 247. 
Mather, 10, 26, 27, 41, 58, 87, 105, 201, 218, 

251, 267, 271, 277. 
Maugears, 45. 
May, 29, 110, 155. 
Mayos, 274. 
M ayhew, 201, 218, 267. 
McCarrol, 73. 
MeOlane, 88. 

< McCluer, 88. 

f McClure, 166, 173, 179, 217, 247, 286. 
McConnell, 115. 
MoCown, 49, 72, 81. 
McCullam, 43. 

McDaniel, 3, 20, 35, 72, 85, 153, 179, 195. 
McDonald, 107. 
McDonnel, 101. 
McElroy, 166, 199. 
McFadden, 135. 
McFareland, 195. 
McOown, 45, 219. 
Mclntosh, 120. 
McKeen, 261. 
McKenzie, 175. 
McKey, 285. 
McKn'ight, 86, 169, 172. 

( McLane, 219. 

I McLean, 287. 
McNcal, 89, 105, 204. 
McPherson, 285. 
McQuestion, 29. 
Means. 292, 293. 
Medfield, 192. 
Medford, 102, 112. 
Mediterranean, 43. 
Medway, 259. 

< Meek. 180. 

I Meeke, 120. 

| Mellage, 80. 

J Melledge, 76. 
Melony, 214. 
Melvill, 26S. 
Mendon, 242. 

< Metcalf, 63, 64, 65, 72, 77. 
I Metcalf e, 81. 

Middleton, 194, 219. 
Miller. 176. 

< Milliken, 278, 279, 281. 

I Millikin. 281, 289. 290, 292, 293. 
Mills, 73, 100, 279. 



Milton, 88, 114, 202. 

Minot, 217. 

Modd, 82. 

Molineux, 50. 

Moncriff, 70. 

Monreal, 126. 

Monta Christy, 117. 

Montgomry, 118. 

Mooncy, 82. 

Moore, 127, 163, 177, 258, 265. 

Moreton, 227. 

Morley, 224, 225, 226. 

Morris, 43, 73. 

Morton, 41, 42, 46, 47, 54, 110, 121, 122, 227, 

242. 

Moses, 195. 
Mountfort, 293. 
Mumford, 113. 
Munroe, 285. 
Murdock, 86. 
Murphey, 169, 226. 

Nantasket, 96, 238. 

Nantucket, 68, 207. 

Nazaro, 293. 

Neal, 38. 

Neck, The, 32, 37, 45, 49, 61, 89, 102,103, 105, 

113,143,210,251. 
Boston, 29, 34, 58, 101, 103, 109, 144, 

198, 249. 
Needham, 181. 
Nevel. 207. 
Newall, 187. 
Newbury, 88, 89, 99, 112, 209, 213, 222, 266, 

275. 

New Castle, 50, 116, 257. 
Newcomb, 84. 

Newell, 117, 120, 179, 217, 226, 247. 
New England, 96, 123. 
Newfoundland, 70, 85, 132, 207, 210, 212, 213, 

218, 220, 224, 236, 290. 
New Hampshire, 56, 253. 
New Haven, 89, 92. 
Newman, 3, 20, 35, 179, 247. 
Newport, 44. 
New Salem, 253. 
( Newton, 187. 
) Newtown, 186, 187. 
New York, 42, 43, 45, 53, 60, 72, 73, 74, 75, 

76, 77, 83, 85, 86, 112, 113. 118, 150, 177, 

184, 220, 221, 230, 234, 237, 239, 241, 245, 

253, 274. 

Nichols, 45, 48, 92. 
Nicholson, 74, 95, 219. 
Noble, 247. 
Norcross, 41. 
Norton. 226, 229. 
Norwich, 188. 
Nova Scotia, 39, 40, 41, 44, 59, 69, 194, 213, 

214. 
Noyes, 74, 104, 105, 153, 159, 161, 177, 179, 

189, 190, 191, 204, 246, 247, 256. 

( Oakes, 180, 
/ Okes, 175. 

Odam, 97. 

Ogilvy, 61. 

Old York, 63, 220, 272. 

Oliver, 3, 7, 14, 21, 36, 45, 46, 49, 52, 56, 57, 
62, 70, 76, 77, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 
93, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 
115, 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 
127, 129, 130, 132, 133, 152, 159, 201, 267. 

Orr, 219. 

( Orsburne, 57, 118. 

{ Osborne, 152, 172, 195, 267, 274. 

( Osburn, 40. 

Oswego, 61. 

Otis, 85, 104, 105, 134, 152, 159, 202, 204, 207, 
257, 258. 

Owen, 84. 

Oxnard, 4. 



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Packard, 74. 

Paddock, 80, 244. 

Page, 79, 165. 

Palattine, 162. 

Palfrey, 71, 79. 

Pallin, 183. 

Palmer, 190. 

Pannell, 214. 

Parker, 3, 70, 91, 113, 133, 180, 197, 202, 222, 

248, 265, 268, 289. 
Parkman, 135, 136, 180, 247. 
Parrot, 72. 
Partridge, 83. 
Passman, 81. 
Pasture, Palmer, 197. 
Paterson, 61. 
Patten, 4, 21, 36, 113. 
Payne, 254, 259. 
Paysou, 3, 21, 36, 51, 55, 64, 70, 75, 01, 113, 

132, 153, 170, 179, 230, 248, 283, 289. 
Peakc, 119. 

< Pearson, 8, 79, 88. 

) Pierson. 43. 
Peck, 41, 79, 267. 274, 276. 
Peers, 82. 

J Peirce, 71, 154, 166. 

( Pierce, 274. 

{Peirpoint, 14. 
Peirpont, 170. 
Perpont, 113. 
Pierpoint, 187, 197, 204. 217, 289. 
Pierpont, 109, 113, 131, 132. 
Pele, 214. 
Pelham, 89. 
Pemberton, 10, 26, 40, 58, 87, 152, 159, 175, 

194, 201, 218, 267. 
Penny man, 220. 
Pepperell, 57. 

Perkins, 79, 104, 105, 152, 159, 268. 
Perry, 81. 
Peterson, 61. 

Philadelphia, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54, 
85, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 115, 117, 
118, 119, 121, 123, 127, 148, 156, 195, 220, 
221, 225, 227, 228, 231, 232, 233, 234, 238, 
257, 259. 
( Philips, 165. 

j Phillips, 2, 3, 14, 19, 20, 34. 35. 43, 46, 61. 62, 
66, 74, 105, 111, 128, 130, 157, 163, 178, 179, 
189, 190, 191, 200, 228, 246, 248. 
Phillips Town, 63. 
Phips, 47, 88. 
Pico, 163. 
Pillsberry, 88. 
Pimer, 62. 
Piscataqua, 50, 96. 
Pitcher, 166. 

Pitts, 3, 20, 26, 27, 35, 105. 
Plymouth, 77, 165, 169, 172. 
Point, The, 180. 

Shirley, 22, 189. 
Wheelers, 74. 
Pollard, 7, 24, 195. 
Pomfret, 105. 
Pool, 153. 
Pooley, 62. 
Poor, 169. 
Pope, 251, 273. 
Popkins, 79. 
Portsmouth, 132. 
Pole, 103. 
( Potell. 210. 
I Pottell, 226. 
Potter, 20?, 222. 
Potterfleld, 285. 
Powell, 48, 59, 89, 120. 
Powers, 86. 
t Pownall, 81, 96. 
) Pownell, 96. 
Pownelburrough, 194. 
I Prat, 45. 

> Pratt, 38, 70, 98, 153, 201. 
Presman, 43. 



Preston, 83. 

Price, 48, 235, 256. 

Prince, 10, 26, 40, 56, 58, 67, 79. 

Pringle, 116. 

Prison, The, 150. 

{Procter, 12. 20, 45, 50, 79, 81, 90, 130, 132, 
139, 141, 147, 154, 166, 170, 184, 209, 
213, 218, 245, 252, 263, 277, 279, 287, 
293. 
Proctor, 139, 161, 202. 
Prout, 90. 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, 81, 96, 

123, 143. 
Pullen, 171. 
Pulling, 203, 210, 226. 
Purcell, 132. 
Putman, 143. 

Putnam, 44, 77, 79, 82, 103, 149, 187, 199, 220. 
Pymore, 170. 

j Pyncheon, 9, 10, 26, 40, 180. 
j Pynchon, 57, 87, 104. 



( Quebec, 110, 112. 

I Quebcck, 177, 285. 
Quincy, 138, 144. 
Quyner, 59. 



Radford, 226. 

Ranstead,46, 49, 56, 76, 84, 145. 

Ray, 66, 212. 

Rea, 103. 

( Read, 77, 79, 116, 122, 149, 150, 244. 

( Reed, 45, 79, 82, 148, 199, 200, 274. 

( Reading, 117, 180, 240. 

> Redding, 195. 
Rendall, 86. 
Ren ton, 64, 74. 
Reservoir, 169, 203. 
Rhodes, 53. 

Richards. 55, 74, 145, 169. 
Richardson, 78, 114, 242. 
Richie, 163. 

Ridgway, 2, 71, 80, 137, 139, 171. 
Road, Nantasket, 69, 238, 264. 

I Rob, 176. 

I Robb, 119. 

( Robbins, 176. 

} Robins, 203. 
Roberta, 80. 
Robeshaw, 138, 139. 
Robey, 171. 

Robinson, 42, 60, 77, 79, 82, 120, 175, 237, 252, 
255. 

( Roche, 78. 

I Rotch, 68. 

Rogers. 3, 48, 57, 80, 95, 163, 179, 247. 
Rope-Walk, Austins, 192. 

Box, 192. 
Ross, 117, 191. 

I Roulston, 144, 282. 

) Roulstone, 281, 282. 
Roustead, 154, 167, 199. 
Rowe, 4, 36, 41, 59, 131, 157, 170. 
Row, Merchants, 29, 190. 
Roxbury, 39, 45, 46. 70, 91, 109, 113, 121, 132, 
170, 187, 193, 196, 202, 215, 216, 217, 240, 
241, 269. 

Royall, 1, 3, 20, 35. 
Ruby, 105. 
Ruck, 293. 

Ruddock, 2, 19, 29, 34, 53, 58, 70. 91, 113, 133, 
150, 152, 170, 178, 189, 190, 191, 236, 277, 
289. 

Rnggles, 151. 
Rumbow, 57. 
Rumly, 120. 

Russell, 77, 85, 138, 147, 148, 175, 182. 
Ryan, 70. 

Salem, 52, 187. 
Salisbury, 124. 
Salmon, 157, 166, 180, 199, 214, 217, 248, 273. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



305 



Salter, 79, 104, 168, 282. 

Sampson, 145. 

Sauuders, 3, 110. 

Savage, 3, 20, 35, 89, 104, 139, 141, 142, 143, 

148, 149, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 168, 
169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183. 184, 187, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 194,195,196, 197, 199, 
203, 204, 207, 208, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 
218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 
238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 244, 246, 248, 249, 
268. 

Savel, 9. 
Sawyer, 112. 
Scammell, 78. 
School, Grammar, 59. 

North Grammar, 10, 27, 100, 106, 159, 

219. 
North, 89. 

Latin, 99. 
Lattin, 235. 

School, North Writing. 10, 13, 27, 59, 106, 137, 
141. 145, 146, 160, 170, 171, 192, 
219, 240, 295. 
South, 158. 

Grammar, 10, 27, 59, 106, 160, 

219. 
Writing, 10, 27, 99, 141, 145, 160, 

193,196, 210,219. 
Writing, 10, 27, 59, 106, 160, 219. 
Bcimmer, 215. 

Scollay, 2, 6, 7,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, 
18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 
32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 
44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 
68, 63, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81, 82, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 01, 92, 93, 95, 96, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 
125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 
134, 135, Io3, 137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143, 
144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 153, 155, 
156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 166, 
167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 
185, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 
196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 203, 204, 205, 

206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 215, 

216, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 
227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 
246, 247, 249, 250, 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, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 
293, 294, 295. 

Scolley, 154. 
Scotland, 212. 
Scott, 53, 161, 214. 
Scult, 3, 20, 51, 64, 70, 75. 

( Searl, 220, 281. 

\ Searle, 116. 

( Serl, 79. 
Seara, 2, 20, 35, 102. 

SSeaver, 56. 
Sever, 44, 283. 
Sergeant. 201, 218. 
Serien, 204. 

Bewail, 9, 10, 26, 40, 54, 57, 58, 87, 104, 106, 
138, 139, 141, 142, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 

149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 158, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 
169, 1VO, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 196, 197. 
198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 

207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 

217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 



238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 248, 
249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 
258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 
267, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 
277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 
286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 293, 294, 295. 
(.Sewell, 196. 

Sharp, 79, 158, 200, 205, 233, 258. 
Sheaffe, 201. 
Shed, 36, 244, 248. 
Sheepscott, 48. 
Shefferd. 194. 
Shellcock, 293. 
Shepherd, 131. 
Sherburne, 2, 3, 20, 35, 55. 
( Sherley, 163. 
I Shirley, 163, 261, 262. 
( Shirly, 51, 61. 
Sheverick, 110, 227. 
Shields, 116. 
j Sigorney, 232, 293. 
) Sigourney, 89, 90. 

Silby, 70. 
I Silsby, 89. 

Simpson, 3, 20, 161, 165, 208, 248. 
Sinclair, 68, 69, 72. 
Situate, 42, 75, 122. 
Skinner, 34, 36. 
Slight, 108. 
Sloan, 211. 

Smith, 34, 42, 45, 63, 74, 83, 105, 114, 130, 175, 
176, 178, 180, 185, 186, 219, 238, 244, 246, 
247, 256, 261. 
Snelling, 2. 
Snowden, 255. 
Soley, 175. 
Soutwert, 183. 
Sowersby, 245. 
I Spear, 55. 
} Speer, 200. 
Spooner, 40, 128. 
Sprague, 114, 135, 152, 159. 
Spring, 89, 99, 207. 
Square, Brattle, 215. 

Distill House, 132. 
Dock, 29, 98, 126, 170. 
Stillhouse, 24. 
( Stanford, 42, 44, 48. 
I Staniford, 39. 
Stanny, 136, 277. 
Starbuck, 109. 
Starr, 181. 
Staver, 46. 
Stayner, 19. 
St. Clair, 70. 
Steel, 1. 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 24, 26, 27, 34, 39, 40, 

56, 178, 189, 190, 191, 246. 
Stevens, 41. 
Steward, 84, 232. 
Stimpson, 80. 
St. Johns, 210, 213. 
St. Kitts, 208. 
St. Martins, 125. 

Stone, 6i<, 70, 133, 169, 180, 211, 226. 
Stoneham, 242. 
Stoneman, 132, 139. 
Stoper, 79. 

Storer, 2, 19, 34, 35, 43, 50, 105, 179, 248. 
Story, 49, 63, 64, 87, 177, 179, 189, 190, 191, 

201, 219, 244, 246, 247, 256. 
Street, Ann, 5, 117. 
Anne, 12, 153. 
Atkinson, 97, 147. 
Back, 103, 106, 243, 261, 262. 
Beacon, 5. 

Cambridge, 29, 122, 125, 271. 
Charter, 102. 
- Cornhill, 146. 
Cornmarket, 190. 
Cross, 40, 50, 103, 106. 
Eliot, 120. 
Essex, 85, 131. 

Fish, 29, 100, 105, 153, 278, 279, 281, 
292. 



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Street, Fleet, 42, 183. 

Foxs, 258. 

King, 69, 70, 133, 176, 187. 

Lyn, 214. 

Malborough, 29. 

Marlborougji, 138. 

Middle, 85, 106. 

Milk, 84, 147, 191, 195, 197, 215, 266, 
274, 284. 

Newbury, 284. 

North Writing School, 236. 

Orange, 14, 29, 62, 97, 287. 

Pleasant, 89, 274. 

Prince, 268. 

Purchase, 120, 147, 160. 

Queen, 8, 10, 12, 15, 27, 28, 63, 106, 
160, 219. 

School, 89. 

Bea, 181. 

Ship, 24, 65. 

Short, 281. 

Sudbury, 57, 109, 116, 138, 229, 230. 

Summer, 160, 210, 266. 

The Main, 276. 

Tremont.91,267. 

Union, 135, 168. 

Water, 128, 251, 265, 276, 294. 

Writing School, 272. 
Strieker, 40. 
8t. Ubes, 78. 
Stuart, 65, 71, 73, 208. 
Sturman, 43. 
Sullivan, 286. 
Sumner, 105. 
Surrinam, 201. 
Sutbam, 150. 
Button, 41, 77, 80, 82, 102, 133, 142, 149, 157, 

165, 173, 200, 244, 255. 
Swain, 48. 
Sweeny, 288. 
\ Sweetser, 196, 198. 
j Swetser, 210, 277, 279, 284, 286. 
Swift, 104, 106. 
Sylvester, 72. 

i Symtns, 166, 180, 229, 248. 
) Synw, 166. 
Bymonds, 112. 
Sympson, 180, 249. 
Syrcomb, 204. 

Tabb, 79. 
Tarbox, 61. 
I Tarvell, 41. 
} Tarvill. 41. 

Tavern, Blue Anchor, 127. 
Bull, 71, 160, 170. 
The Brazen Head, 51. 
Golden Balls, 176. 
Green Dragon, 211. 
Grey Hound, 216. 
Horse Shoe, 175. 
Orange Tree, 15. 
RedLyon, 278, 281, 292. 
Sign of the Drum. 136. 

Gold Ball, 71. 
Lamb, 138, 156. 
White Bear, 67. 
Sun, 71. 

Tayler, 157, 166, 179, 209, 231. 
j Taylor, 41, 45, 152, 159, 248. 
Tenny, 103. 
Thacher, 26, 27, 38, 45, 87, 98, 99, 104, 106, 

137, 152, 159, 201, 204, 219. 
Thayer, 21, 179, 188, 189, 222, 248, 265, 271, 

272. 

Thomas, 179, 247, 268, 278, 293. 
I Thompson, 135, 137, 264. 
) Thomson, 81. 

Thornton, 108, 244, 258, 267, 285. 
Thorp, 154, 166. 

Thwing, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 259, 260, 
262, 263, 264, 265, 267. 268, 271, 272. 273, 
274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 
286, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295. 



( Tibbedean, 117. 
j Tibedean, 251. 

Tileston, 13, 145, 146,147, 170, 240, 295. 
Tilestone, 13, 141. 
Tyleston, 151,240. 
Tylestone, 62, 137. 
Tilley, 165. 
Tomlinson, 28. 
Tooly, 127. 
Topliff , 80. 

( Torrey,179, 244. 

I Torry, 133. 
Towell, 67. 
Tower, 63. 
Townsend, 21, 36, 154, 156, 166, 173, 180, 201, 

218, 248, 272. 
Trahey, 132. 
Treat, 78, 199, 277, 279. 
Trefry, 61, 67, 86, 92. 

I Trescot, 88. 

I Trescott, 166, 167. 
Trollet, 104. 
Troop, 195. 

I Troter, 285. 

) Trotter, -77. 
Trott, 4, 180. 
True, 61, 119. 
Truman. 45, 245. 
Tucker, 78, 136. 
Tuckerman, 80, 88, 278. 
Tudor. 2, 19, 20, 26, 35, 105, 135, 169, 178, 

247, 274. 
Tupper, 69. 
Turner, 191. 
Tuttle, 89, 92, 132. 
Tweed, 280, 285. 

Tyler, 2, 20, 34. 35, 49, 52, 56, 59, 70, 72, 74, 
104, 105, 106, 117, 178, 212, 246. 

( Tyrrel, 277. 

J Tyrrell, 219. 
Tyng, 52, 195. 

Uptown, 271. 
Urann, 79. 

Valentine, 253. 
Vane, 71. 
Vassall, 104, 271. 
Vaxon, 7"). 

Vergt, 183. 
> Vorgt, 183. 
Vernon, 90, 91, 92, 113, 133, 170, 178, 213,246, 

289. 

Vlkers, 68, 73. 
Vinal, 141, 145, 193. 
Vineyard, Marthas, 108. 
Vintenon, 229, -30. 
Virginia, 76. 

Wadsworth, 86. 

Wait, 42. 

Wa'aga, 43. 

Waldcn, 219. 

Waldo, 87, 247, 268. 

Wales, 48, 80, 278. 

Walker, 2, 19, 20, 34, 35, 45, 57, 59, 74, 81, 89, 

102, 105, 178, 179, 193. 
Wallet, 70. 
Walley, 2, 20, 35. 207. 
Wallingsford, 63. 
Waltham, 162. 
Ware, 82. 
Watch, North, 199, 272. 

South, 76, 166, 199, 229. 

The Dock, 168, 173, 199, 217, 288. 

Town, 58, 149, 154, 167. 

Town House, 161, 199, 214, 217, 273. 
Waterhouse, 134, 139, 142, 187. 
Waterman, 123, 233. 
Watertown, 207. 
Watt, 51. 64 
Watts, 53, 119, 188. 
Weathcrheads, 70. 
Webb, 50, 88, 188, 219. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



307 



Webber, 76, 272. 
Weeks, 232. 
Welch, 3, 44, 62, 82, 93. 
Welsh, 82, 90. 
Weld, 269. 

( Welles, 1, 4, 21, 34, 36, 104, 106. 
{ Wells, 35, 37, 59, 87, 113, 152, 159, 177, 180, 
( 189, 190, 191, 213, 217, 235, 246, 248, 256. 
I Wendall, 57, 59, 87. 
| Wendell, 1, 2, 3, 19, 21, 24,36, 142, 152, 180, 

248, 263, 272. 
: Wentworth, 37, 45, 103, 109, 113, 152, 209, 

249, 251, 293. 
Wheutworth, 159, 210. 
West, 4. 
Western, 172. 
Weet Indies, 211, 222, 263. 
Weymouth, 142. 
Wharf, Bradfords, 189. 

Bulls, 181, 187, 203, 212. 
Clarks, 137, 189. 
Cotta's, 200. 
Gidnys, 49. 
Goodings, 126. 
Griffins, 116. 
Hubbards, 189. 
Hutchinsons, 205. 
Long, 50, 77, 168, 189, 261. 
Moores, 189. 
Nobles, 208. 
Peirpoints, 189. 
Phillips, 231. 
Wentworths, 45, 65. 
Wheelwrights, 189, 233. 
Whatley, 274. 
Wheat, 139. 
Wheeler, 80, 85, 97, 109, 155, 170, 220, 260, 

273 

Wheelwright, 9, 40, 57, 97, 104, 105, 201, 293. 
White, 48, 90, 178, 246, 281, 292. 
Whiting, 226. 
Whitmarsh, 220. 
Whitmore, 192, 197. 
Whitwell, 146, 246, 248. 
Whittemore, 243. 
Whitten, 86. 
Whitworth, 64, 66, 67, 113, 114, 127, 128, 130, 

153, 181. 
Wild, 246. 
Wilkie, 90. 

Willard, 9, 10, 26, 40, 44. 
Willes, 105. 

Williams, 3, 21, 61, 90, 121, 122, 127, 148, 158, 
260. 

{Willeston, 44, 48, 52, 58. 62, 63, 139, 199. 
Williston, 9, 10, 38, 49, 53, 55, 76, 83, 84, 86, 
107, 114, 116, 126, 129, 135, 143, 144, 153, 
154, 157, 162, 165, 166, 183,201,213, 214, 
215, 228, 231, 259, 263, 273, 291, 292. 
Wills, 268. 

Wimble, 112, 237, 263. 
( Winburn, 76. 
I Winburne. 85. 
Wind Mill, The, 89, 97. 
Wing, 71, 79. 
Wingfleld, 239, 279. 

Winslow, 1, 3, 4, 10, 21, 35, 36, 40, 43, 44, 58, 
83, 87, 118, 152, 155, 159, 179, 187, 189, 190, 
191, 247, 248, 256. 



Winter, 133, 152, 159, 226. 
Wlnthrop, 268. 
Wiswall, 100. 
Woburne, 191. 
Wood, 226. 
Woodburne, 162. 
Woodbury, 73. 
Woodward, 79, 87, 150. 
Worrnstcad, 189. 
Worth, 226. 
Wright, 55, 114. 
Wyat, 38. 
Wyer, 85, 230. 
Wyman, 210. 



Young, 177- 



STJBNAMES OMITTED. 



Frederick 

Mr. , 148. 

Eevd. , 148. 



NEGROES. 

Back, 104. 

Biacadore, 104. 

Blackman, 104. 

Boston (Jackson) , 195, 196, 240. 

Cesar Clark (Baker), 195, 240. 

Charlestown, 195. 

Clernmons, 195. 

Dick, 195. 

Fortunatus Pitts, 196, 240. 

George Cobourn, 181, 195. 

Hasey, 85. 

Hearvey, 71. 

Homan, 195. 

James Bows, 252, 263. 

Jeffries, 103. 

John Thurber, 195, 240. 

Joseph, 195. 

Lancaster Hill, 47, 240. 

Lank, 195. 

Lear, 181. 

Mingo, 68. 

Peter How, 196, 240. 

Peter Lear, 181. 

Phobe, 85. 

Pitts, 196. 

Pompy Blackman, 195, 196, 240. 

Primus, 104. 

Prince Holms, 195. 

Richard Tyng, 196, 240. 

Scipio. 156. 172, 195, 240. 

Scipio Apthorp, 196, 240. 

Fayerweather, 196. 

Gunny, 196. 

Osbornc, 240. 
Thomas, 195, 240. 
Tobias Lockman, 196, 240. 
Toby, 195. 
Tyng, 104. 
Will, 187. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abbreviations: h, house; 1, land. 



Abigail, schooner, 72, 77. 
Abington, 49. 

Accadiane (Arcadians) , nee French Neutrals. 
Accounts acted upon, 49, 138, 139, 141, 145, 
170, 181, 184, 192, 198, 206, 211, 
218, 285, 289, 294. (See also 
Province, Taxes, premiums.) 
Auditors of, 5, 22, 37, 182, 250. 
Adventure, sloop, 75. 
Albany, 39, 50, 86, 89, 92, 97, 114, 237. 
Acts of General Court, proposed, concerning 
Company of Ca- 
dets, opposition to, 
8. 

laying an excise on 
private consump- 
tion of wines, 
spirits, etc., 12, 17. 
proposed, respecting 
a plan to unite the 
several govern- 
ments on this Con- 
tinent, 18. 

authorizing lottery 
for paving Boston 
neck, 34. 

use of hospital at 
Rainsford island, 
40. 
concerning taxation, 

52. 

concerning quarter- 
ing and billeting of 
soldiers, 69. 
concerning fraud in 
cord- wood, to peti- 
tion for, 73. 
concerning small- 

Eox, etc., to exam- 
le and report on 
defects in, 137. 
concerning erection 
of building, etc., 
162. 

concerning admission 
of inhabitants, to 
be published, 174. 
concerning cord- 
wood brought by 
water, to be pub- 
lished, 223. 
concerning fire-wards 

in Boston, 276. 
concerning taxes and 
rates, proposed, 276. 
Alford's cellar, repairs, 189. 
Almshouse, 4, 40, 43, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52, 56, 57, 
59, 61, 69, 70, 72, 73, 77, 81, 82, 
102, 107, 108, 115, 116, 121, 130, 
131, 132, 141, 144, 148, 153, 154, 
162, 166, 177, 181, 184, 185, 194, 
195, 202, 209, 212, 213, 218, 226, 
229, 245, 251, 252, 263, 277,278, 
283, 287, 293. 

incurables in, to be sent to Eng- 
land, 148, 154. 
inmates on Province account, 

list of, 219. 
payment for, 279. 



Almshouse, inmates, funds for immediate 
purchase of necessaries for, 
276. 

hospital, 286. 
drain, 251. 

Amherst, frigate, 234. 
Ann or Anne street, widening of portion, 5, 

12, 117. 

to be repaired, 153. 
Ann, schooner, 119. 
sloop, 121, 122. 
Anna Maria, schooner, 90. 
Anapolis (Annapolis) , 45, 49, 62. 
Antigua, 116. 

Arcadians, see French Neutrals. 
Argo, brigantine, 273. 
Arms and ammunition, arms, purchase of, 

27,28,30. 
to be put in 
order, 206. 
firemen to be 
furu ishe d 
with, 81. 

magazine in the com- 
mon, 50, 61, 207. 
magazine to be 

guarded, 58, 59. 
boxes for bullets, 61. 
powder and ammu- 
nition, supply to 
be procured, 59, 
206. 

powder and ammu- 
nition, examined 
and care of, 207. 
military stores, 

house for, 118. 
cannon delivered 
from South Bat- 
tery, 163. 

gun carriage-wheels 
desired for town's 
regiment, 200. 
(See also Battery, 

Soldiers.) 
Army, the, 43, 44. (See also Establishment, 

Soldiers.) 

Assembly or Court, General, 7,17, 18, 24, 34, 
40, 50, 52, 56, 69, 102, 103, 119, 
133, 134, 142, 146, 147, 154, 158, 
182, 193, 240, 261, 276, 278. 
memorials or petitions to, con- 
cerning taxation, 52, 158. 
memorials or petitions to, con- 
cerning lottery, 61. 
memorials or petitions to, con- 
cerning liberty to build wharf 
or wall each side of the neck, 
61. 

memorials or petitions to, law re- 
lating to fraud in cord wood 
and charcoal, 73. 
memorials or petitions to, for re- 
lief on account of burning of 
Faneuil Hall, 134-143. 
letter to, relative to French Neu- 
trals, 118. 

committee of. relative to fire, 
March 20, 1760, 128, 129, 130. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



309 



Assembly or Court, General, request Select- 
men to find different rooms, 
134. 
Assessors, suit vs., 14. 

to meet in town or court-house, 

134. 

to make census of inhabitants, 158. 
(See also Taxes, Town Offi- 
cers.) 

Atkinson street, drain in, 97, 147. 
Attleborough, letter to, 166. 
Auchmuty's lane, 208. 
Auditors of Accounts, see " Accounts." 

Back street, 103, 106, 242, 261, 262. 
Bahama islands, 127. 

Bakers, allowance to, 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 30, 
31, 32, 33, 37, 145, 150, 154, 156, 160, 
163, 167, 171, 175, 177, 184, 192, 197, 
202, 205, 208, 211, 215, 226, 236, 241, 
242, 245, 249, 253, 259, 265, 269, 272, 
276, 277, 280, 283, 286, 288, 289, 294. 
to mark bread, 6, 23. 
style and weight of loaves, 57. 
to be prosecuted, 204. 
to* furnish with copies of assizes, 

212. 

(See also Trades.) 
Baltimore, 89. 
Barnstable, 43. 

county, 43. 
Bare, the, see Bear. 
Bastard, security against charge to the 

town, 245. 
Bastine, sloop, 54. 
Bathsheba, sloop, 234. 
Battery, the, 74. 

gun house at, 200. 
North, 24, 39, 42, 112, 180. 

repairs, 29. 
South, 24. 

addition to, 28. 

repairs, 57. 

fence, and house for military 

stores at, 118. 
cannon belonging to, 163. 
Beach at bottom of common, 202. 
at Deer island, 283. 
(See also Deer island.) 
Beacon (or Bacon) hill, 122, 125, 197. 

digging of sand and 

gravel at, 150. 
street, paving of, 5. 
Bear (or Bare), the, 55. 
Beaver, sloop, 63, 64, 65, 72, 77. 
Bells, ringing of, 22, 37, 53, 182. 
Betsey, sloop, 145. 
Biddeford, 43. 

sloop, 40. 
Billerica, 132. 
Black Horse lane, 86. 
Blue Horse tavern, 127. 
Bonetta, schooner, 60. 
Boreland, John, requested to cover his cellar, 

231. 

Boston, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 22, 
24, 26, 28, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 
61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 
71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 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, 116, 
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 141, 143, 147, 154, 155, 
157, 158, 162, 165, 166, 174, 177, 
182, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189. 190, 
191, 193, 195, 205, 206, 208, 209, 
211, 214, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 



Boston, 221, 222, 224, 225, 227, 228, 223, 
230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 238, 239, 
240, 243, 245, 250, 251, 252, 257, 
258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 266, 
268, 270, 275, 276, 281, 282, 283, 
284, 285, 288, 290, 291, 292, 293. 
Neck. See Neck, the. 
ship, 43. 

(See also New Boston, West Bos- 
ton.) 

Boundaries, line between land of Daniel 
Jones and John Sweetser, 
279, 284, 286. 

Jine between land of Rebecca 
Amory and Thomas Mar- 
shall, 282. 

(See also Perambulations.) 
Bradford's wharf, 189. 
Braintree or Brantry, 71, 84, 188. 
Brattle square, 215. 
Brazen Head, the, 51. 

Breadstuffs and assize of bread, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
11, 13,14, 15,16,17,18,19, 
22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 
33, 36, 38, 39, 44, 45, 48, 49, 
52, 53, 55, 57, 58. 60, 61, 62, 
65,69, 70,71, 72,75, 77,82, 
85, 88, 91, 95, 98, 99, 100, 
101, 103, 106, 107, 109, 111, 
112, 113, 116, 117, 118, 123, 
124, 126, 127, 129, 130, 133, 
135, 138, 145, 150, 154, 156, 
160, 163, 167, 171, 175, 177, 
184, 192, 197, 202, 205, 208, 
211, 212, 215, 226, 236, 241, 
242, 244, 245, 249, 253, 259, 
265, 269. 272, 276, 277, 280, 
283, 286, 288-289, 294. 
bread, assize of, copies to 

be posted, 212. 
style and weight of, 

57. 

Brick and tile, making on the Neck pro- 
posed, 251. 
Bridge, draw, 135. 

repairs, 45. 
mill, 85, 89. 
Bristol, 269, 270. 
ship, 68. 
Broad Bay, 46, 49, 70, 74. 

lane, 43. 
Brookline, 59. 

letter to and bill against, 185. 
Buildings, law relating to, 190. 

liberty to move refused, 278. 
built contrary to law, to be taxed, 

162. 
wooden, erected contrary to law, 

to prosecute owners, 197. 
new, petitions to view founda- 
tions for, 124, 126, 127, 
171,200, 203,207. 
action on, 124, 127, 144, 183, 

203, 213, 223, 279, 280. 
Bulls, allowance for care of, 145. 
purchase of, 147, 209. 
to kill and salt down, 209. 
disposal of, 210. 
(See also Cow-keeper.) 
Bull tavern, 71, 160, 176. 
Bull's wharf, 181, 187, 203, 212. 
Burials, orders concerning, 39. 
Burying places, tombs to be repaired 

(North?), 143. 
North, 74, 274. 

repair of gates and 

fences, 56. 
liberty to build 

tombs, 90, 92. 
let, 102. 

South (in the Common), 
petitioned for, 8 
care and custody, 
46, 49. 



310 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



Burying places, South, fence and gate, re- 
pairs, 46, 56, 165. 
herbage let, 56, 84, 

144. 
digging of graves 

in, 144. 

near the Ahnahouse, 

(Granary?) to remove 

poisonous weeds from, 

40. 

by King's Chapel, to re- 



pair gate, 
2hurc" 



Church (King's Chapel?) 

digging graves in, 144. 
petition to pasture cows 

in, 263. 
By-laws, 38, 45. 

revision, 23, 183. 
printing and sale of, 85. 
pros3cutions for breach of, 86, 107. 
relative to wood and bark, 222. 
and orders of the town, 63. 

Cadets, see Soldiers. 
Cagliary (in Sardinia), 43. 
Cambridge, 95, 187, 210, 217. 
street, 29. 

repairs, 122. 
paved gutters, 125. 
to view, 271. 
Canada, 64, 65, 72, 73, 103. 

public rejoicing on conquest of, 126. 
Canso, 62. 
Cape Ann, 126, 208, 254, 255. 

town of, letter to, 153. 
Cod, 41, 77. 
Sables, 38. 

Carlile (Carlisle), 89. 
Carolina, 89. (See also North Carolina, 

South Carolina.) 

Carriages, driving of, on Lord's day, publi- 
cation and enforcement of law, 157. 
Carts, prosecution for incommoding of Dock 

square by, 98. 
etc., not to incommode entry into the 

market. 107. 

driving of, publication and enforce- 
ment of law, 157. 
Casco bay, 84, 10S, 163. 
Caso (Casco?) bay. 195. 
Castle, the. or Castle William, 39, 40, 42, 44, 
45, 47, 48, 50, 53, 54, 60, 63, 64, 65, 
67, 68, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 81, 
82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 
95, 97, 108, 110, 112, 118, 119, 123, 
127, 132, 220, 221, 225, 227, 228, 230, 
231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 
241. 2 JO, 252, 253, 257, 258, 261, 264, 
271, 273. 
Island, 51. 
Caty, sloop, 260. 
Cazneaus' corner, 40. 
Cellars, waste, liberty to take stones from, 

260. 

Census of inhabitants to be made, 158. 
Charcoal, see Wood. 
Charlestown, 47, 72, 85, 148, 222. 
ferry, 189. 

ferry -way, pavement, 108. 
(Charleston), South Carolina, 

250, 257, 268, 271, 273. 
harbor, 260. 
Charming Ann, sloop, 89. 

Molly, schooner, 95. 

sloop, 121. 
Nancy, schooner, 214. 

snow, 214. 
Charter street, 102. 
Chatham. 74, 130. 
Chelsea, 73, 75. 
Children, improper conduct to be rebuked, 

52-53. 

Chimneys, firing and sweeping, 8. 
defective, 276. 



Chimneys, defective, danger from, 148. 
to be repaired, 170. 
to examine, 181, 183, 
210, 212, 226, 229, 230, 
242, 243, 261, 280. 
orders concerning, 221, 

2-2-2, 22J, 243, 262. 
proceedings against, 

173-174. 

sweeper, appointed, 146, 219-220. 
Church, Benjamin, refused compensation 

for destruction of house, 256. 
Churches, collections for sufferers by fire 
requested from, 111. (See also Meeting, 
houses.) 

Circular line, encroachments on, 250-251, 277. 
Clark's wharf, 137, 189. 

(or Clerk's) ship-yard, 112, 271. 
ship-yard, drain near, 271. 

collections for, 

277. 
Clock, at Rev. Mr. Byles' meeting-house, care 

of, 250, 251, 252. 

Collector of taxes. (See Taxes.) 
Colledge, Stanford's (so called), 181. 
Commencement Day, 121. 
Common, the, 5, 8, 58, 135, 137, 138, 144, 147, 

158, 165, 210, 276. 
liberty to set out trees on, 4. 
to frame building on, 

82. 

to make sink in, for 
alms and work hous- 
es, 212. 
to take paving stones 

at bottom of, 202. 
fence, to repair, 161. 
Concord, 74. 

poor at, 280, 281. 

letter concerning, 285. 
Conduit, the, 249. 

pavement near, repairs, 204. 
Connecticut, 63, 72, 00, 106. 
Copp's bill, 74, 113, 258. 
Cornhill, 73, 116, 139. 
repairs, 144. 
street, 146. 
Corn-market street, widened and enlarged, 

190. 

Corsica, 43. 
Cotta's wharf, 200. 
Council, 103. (See alsto Governor.) 
Court, April, 5, 23, 38, 251. 
February, 18. 
Superior, 34. 
of sessions, 93-95, 130, 159, 185, 186, 

191, 222, 265, 286. 
at Cape Ann, 153. 
of Probates, Judge, 169, 291. 
or Assembly, General, see Assembly, 
house, same as Town-house, which 

see. 
Cow-keeper, 145. (See also Bulls.) 

lane, drain, 210. 
Creek between Boston and Roxbury, tow. 

ards Cambridge, 217. 

Creek between Boston and Roxbury, tow- 
ards Dorchester, 217. 
Cross street, 40, 50. 

paving, 103, 106. 
Crown coffee-house, 208. 
Customs, collector of, 201, 218. 



Dalton's shops, committee to see to removal 

of, 265. 

Dartmouth, 263. 
Deborah, sloop, 123, 233. 
Dedham, 89. 
Deeds and Conveyances, Register of, sea 

Register of Deeds. 
Deer Island, dwelling-house on, 22. 
lease of, 154. 
visited, etc., 157. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



311 



Deei Island head, preservation of, 223, 276. 
beach, taking of stones and 
shingle from, forbidden, 283. 
Desire, schooner, 87, 90, 92. 
l>iana, schooner, 228. 

sloop, 238, 257, 259. 
Dinners, on occasion of visitation of schools, 

153, 201. 
Disease, infectious, 43, 50, 91, 111, 131, 239, 

261. 
to prevent spread of, 39, 

40. 

laws concerning, revi- 
sion of, 137. 

(See also Fever, Plague, 
Small-pox, Yellow 
Fever.) 

Dispatch, sloop, 214. 
Disdll-house square, paving, 24. 
drf in, 131. 

Dock, the, or town dock, 53, 77, 93, 98, 100, 
101, 143, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
172, 173, 183, 197, 207. 
filling of, 148, 151, 158, 203. 
sewer or drain in, 158, 203. 
fish-house, near, 158. 
land about, to be surveyed, 158. 
ground near, to be levelled, 263. 
fees from oystermen for dockage, 

227. 

or Cove, improvement of, 227. 
square, 29, 170. 

prosecution for incommod- 
ing with carts, 98. 
pump and well in, repairs, 

126. 

Dofflng's cellar, to be filled, 189. 
Dolphin, schooner, 38, 42, 46, 47,54, 257, 258. 
ship, 78. 
sloop, 64, 67, 72. 

Domitt's (formerly Gooding's) wharf, 126. 
Dorchester, 38, 56, 62, 75, 146, 170, 175, 217, 

252. 

letters to, 185-186, 252. 
Dove, schooner, 227. 
Drains or common sewers, 42, 161. 
at John Downe's shop, 84. 
at house of Wadsworth, near Black 

Horse lane, 86. 
at house of Mr. White, 90. 
in street opposite Ezekiel Gold- 

thwait's, 126. 

near the watch house, 204. 
near the market, 204. 
near Clark's ship-yard, 271. 

collection for, 277. 
near Jackson's distilling house, 258. 
for almshouse and workhouse, 251. 
See also under the various streets. 
Draw-bridge, see Bridge. 
Drum, sign of the, 136. 
Dutch people at Wheeler's point, 74. 
Duxbury, 183. 

Earthquake, 38. 

Eastham, 65. 

Election day, 118. 

Eliot street, 120. 

Eliza, sloop, 110. 

Elizabeth, sloop, 231. 

Endeavour, sloop, 45, 72, 81, 110, 118. 

schooner, 163. 

England, 61, 116, 130, 148, 154, 184. 
Essex street, 85, 131. 
Establishment, the, 65, 66. 
Estates, polls and, see Valuation. 
Europe, 176. 
Exchange lane, 132. 

ship, 214. 

Fair Lady, schooner, 85, 254, 255. 
Falmouth (in Casco bay), 103. 

sloop, 65, 73, 86. 

Faneuil Hall, 2, 4, 7, 12, 14. 19, 22, 24, 28, 34, 
37, 189, 250, 251, 260, 270. 



Faneuil Hull, use of, granted to Governor and 

Council, 118, 126. 
granted to the Council, 

274. 

granted Artillery Com- 
pany, 118. 
to be illuminated on account of 

conquest of Canada, 126. 
consumed by fire, 133, 134. 
pots, etc., to be removed from 
walls, and walls to be se- 
cured, 135. 
petitions to General Assembly 

concerning, 134, 143. 
agreement for repairs, 151. 
stone-cutters' work on, 170, 172. 
selectmen's chamber in, 187, 

246. 
books and papers 

removed to, 220. 
first occupation after the fire, 

226. 
Market, 142, 190. 

to fix vane and repair stee- 
ple, 38. 
sashes saved from fire at, 

166. 

ladders placed at, 235. 
relative to opening, 261. 
to be put in repair, 263. 
stalls to be let, 91. 

rent reduced, 109. 
to enforce by-laws relative 

to, 116. 

clerk pro tern., 116. 
(See also Market.) 
Ferry, see Charlestown, Winnessimmitt. 

land (in Newfoundland), 290. 
Fever, malignant, 39. 

Fhenix (sic?) sloop, 118. (See also Phenix.) 
Fines paid into town treasury, 5, 

for receiving strangers, 55, 157. 
for refusing to obey Fire Wards, 62. 
for not training with military compa- 
nies, 128. 
remitted, 181. 
Fires, 39, 260. 

the late, 148, 256. 

in 1690, 8. 

at John Welch's, 44. 

at Thomas Spear's, 55. 

at town house in 1747, 62. 

at New Boston, 76. 

by Capt. Childs, 83. 

near Deacon Hill's distill-honse, 83. 

at Coffin's distill-house near Essex 

street, 85. 

at Johnson Jackson's house, 101. 
at Thomas Walker's, near alms-house, 

102. 

at Timothy Fitch's house, 102. 
at Mr. Rea's bake-house. 103. 
at Solomon Kneeland's, 105. 
at Foster Hutchinson's ware-house, 

107. 
at Oliver's dock, relief of sufferers, 

111, 127-128, 129, 130. 
at house near Copp's hill, 115. 
at Mr. Bowdoin's house, 116. 
at Mr. Eustace's house, 116. 
at Griffin's wharf, 116. 
at Captain Forbes', 116. 
in Cornhill (great), 116. 
near South Battery, 118. 
at Mr. Lilly's house, 119. 
on March 20th, ult. (?) 128. 
action of town and General Court, 

relative to, 128-129. 
at Mr. Ivors' sugar house, 129. 
at Faneuil Hall, 133-134, 166. 
near the Dock, 1-43. 
at Mr. Gridley's house, 146. 
at the Prison, 150. 
at Mr. Rob's sugar house, 176. 



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Fires, at Joshua TVinslow's distill-house, 187. 
at a barn in King street, 187. 
near old North Meeting House, 192. 
at William's Court, 199. 
at Mr. Bray's bake-house, 200. 
at Hutchinson's wharf, 205. 
near the Brick Meeting House, 235. 
at Mr. Htory's house, 244. 
in Deacon Jones' shop, 244. 
at Mr. Thornton's house, 259. 
at Thomas Brinley's house, 260. 
at Robert Pope's house, 273. 
near Col. Thwing's house, 280. 
at the North End, 282. 
law for tho' prevention of, 190. 
Fire Engines, buckets for, 89. 

companies, members, 39, 41, 
45, 48, 61, 71, 119, 120, 122, 
124, 125, 129, 133, 150, 153, 
155, 163, 173, 199, 200, 202, 
213, 220, 223, 233, 243, 244, 
255, 260. 

companies, members excused 
from military duty and hold- 
Ing office, 76, 81. 
companies, members to be 
supplied with arms and am- 
munition, 81. 
companies, members, fines for 

not training, 128. 
companies, members to act as 

watchmen, 149. 
companies, members, orders 

to, 82, 121. 

masters, orders to, 129. 
Mr. Glidden's, 39. 
Capt. John Games', 45. 
No. 1, at North End (Thomas 
Bentley, John Baker, mas- 
ters), 39, 45, 77, 78, 82, 119, 
120, 149, 162-163, 192, 199, 
202. 

No. 2, one of the North (Nathl. 
Brown, Gibbins Sharp, mas- 
ters), 61, 71, 77,79,82, 102, 
107, 113, 119, 124, 125, 149, 
153, 158, 200, 205, 233, 258. 
No. 3 (Elias Robinson, James 
Bernard, Jonathan Jenkins, 
masters), 77, 79, 82, 120, 149, 
150, 176, 213, 223, 267. 282. 
No. 4. Dock (Joseph Putnam, 
master), 44, 77, 79, 82, 
103, 143, 149, 187, 199. 
house, repairs, 101. 
No. 5, Marlborough Engine 
(Thos. Read, master), 77. 79, 
82, 116, 122, 149, 150, 199, 200, 
244. 

No. 6, at New Boston (John 
Brown, master), 76, 77, 79, 
82, 83, 102, 116, 129, 149, 243. 
No. 7 (Wm. Button, master), 
41, 77, 80, 82, 102, 133, 
149, 173. 200, 244, 255. 
number of members in- 
creased, 255. 

No. 8, South (James Cunning- 
ham, David Wheeler, 
masters) , 48, 55, 77, 
80, 82, 85, 101, 105, 
146, 149, 155, 170, 260, 
273. 
house, location changed, 

170. 

No. 9, South End (Solomon 
Kneeland, Stephen 
Greenleaf, Samuel 
Franklyn), masters, 
77, 80, 82, 83, 120, 
149, 220, 244, 281. 
pails for, 104-105. 
bouse, to be placed on land of 
Old South Church, 11. 



Fire Engines, house, near Old North Meet- 
ing-house, to locate 
near the watch-houm , 
119. 

near Mr. Allen's at 
South End, to rebuild, 
278. 
money, 12. 

premiums to engine compa- 
nies, 39, 44, 55, 76, 83, 85, 101 , 
102, 103, 105, 107, 113, 116, 
119, 129, 143, 146, 150, 176, 
187, 192, 200, 205, 244, 258, 
260, 273, 282. 
wards, 5, 22, 37, 62, 83, 182, 250. 

additional, 276. 

Fish house, allowed on Summer street, 160. 
street, 29, 100. 

to be repaved, 153. 
drain, repairs, 278. 

objection to assessments 

for, 279. 
assessments allowed, 281 . 

list of, 292-293. 

market, at Oliver's dock, 189. 
Fitch's, Col., alley, 74. 
Flag of truce, sloop, 164, 165. 
Fleet street, 183. 

drain in, 42. 

Flood-gates at New Boston, 211. 
Fortification, 14, 74, 182, 183, 187, 197, 283. 
on the Neck, repairs, 58. 
liberty to fence east part, 83. 
gates, 193, 196, 204, 223. 
gates, gateway and building 

over it, 200. 

(See also Battery, Castle.) 
Fort Hill, land at or near, 62, 63. 

deposition concern- 
ing, 71, 74. 
sold, 90. 

suit concerning, 157. 
(See also Lands.) 
Forts, the, near Philadelphia, 42. 
Foster, Hopestill, petition for abatements, 22. 
Fox, sloop, 238. 
Fox's street, petition for liberty to erect 

posts in, 258. 
Frankfort, 38. 

Free Mason, brigantine, 237. 
Freepon (or Freepone), prize ship, 8S, 91. 
French deserter, 103. 
man, 261, 262. 

Neutrals (or Arcadians), 38, 43, 114, 

117, 118,119,131, 138, 142, 

146, 185, 186, 187, 193, 196, 

239, 241,259.263,271. 

sent by Province of Nova 

Scotia, 213, 214. 
letters to Captains of trans- 
ports concerning, 214. 
Pallatine, 162. 
prisoners, 57, 97, 130. 
soldiers, 88. 
Frog lane, 60, 195. 

Gardner's lane, 274. 
Gaudoloop, see Guardelupe. 
Georgetown, 48. 
Georgia, 43. 
Gibbins court, 74, 181. 
Gidny's wharf, 49. 
Gloucester, 125. 

letters to, 236, 275, 284. 

Golden Ball (or Balls) , sign of the, 71, 176. 
Gooding's wharf, 126. 

(See also Domitt's wharf.) 
Good Intent, sloop, 70, 75. 
Government, dispatches from, 81. 
Governments, Southern, 73. 

on this Continent general plan 

for uniting, 18. 
Governor excuses engine men from military 

duty, 81. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



313 



Governor, Committee to wait on, relative to 
vessels not being stopped at the 
Castle, 47. 

to petition that all vessels from 
Halifax be stopped at the Castle, 
63. 

agreement relative to small-pox, 66. 
requested to take off restraint on 

vessels from New York, 86. 
requested to take off restraint on 
vessels from Philadelphia, 119, 
238. 

requested to order vessels from 
New York stopped at the Cas- 
tle, 112. 

requested to order vessels from 
Charlestown, 8.C., stopped at 
the Castle, 250. 
Memorials to, relative to impressed 

seamen, 96, 97. 
relative to preserva- 
tion of the peace, 
97. 
committee to wait on , relative to 

town's cannon, 163. 
to Inform of abatement of small- 
pox at Philadelphia, 127. 
letters to, relative to Flag of Truce , 

165. 
relative to brlgantine 

Polly, 210, 211, 270. 
relative to yellow fever 
and small pox, 220,221. 
relative to sloop Marquis, 
' 225. 
relative to sloop Love, 

227. 
relative to sloop Dove, 

227. 

relative to sloop Eliza- 
beth, 231. 

relative to schooner Eliz- 
abeth, 231. 
relative to schooner 

Leopard, 232. 
relative to sloop Deborah, 

233. 
relative to sloop Bath- 

sheba, 234. 
relative to frigate Am- 

herst, 234. 
relative to brigantine 

Free Mason, 237. 
relative to yellow fever, 

238. 
relative to ship King of 

Prushia, 239. 
relative to schooner Fair 

Lady, 255, 256. 
relative to schooner Dol- 
phin, 258. 
relative to sloop Diana, 

259. 
relative to sloop Caty, 

260. 
relative to schooner Lark, 

261. 
relative to brlgantine 

Havannah, 264. 
relative to sloop Polly, 

268. 
relative to sloop Three 

Friends, 271. 
relative to brigantine 

Argo, 273. 
relative to ship John and 

Suckey, 288. 
relative to brigantine 

Nancy, 290. 
Bernard, address of welcome to, 

and reply, 123-124. 
and Council, Faneull Hall granted 
to, for a dinner, 118, 
126. 



Governor and Council requested to act on 
Mr. Bollan's lettei 
and reply, 129-130. 
warrant from, for 
su pport of Province 
poor, 162, 185. 
memorial to, relating 
to "Newfound - 
landers, "224. 

Council and Assembly, memo- 
rial to. on account of burn, 
ing of Faneuil Hall, 143. 
Lieutenant, memorial about ves- 
sels from Nova 
Scotia, 39. 

relative to vessels from 
the Havannah, Phila- 
delphia and New 
York, 220-221. 
Granby, 235. 
Granary, accounts of, 5, 22, 37, 182, 250. 

cellar under, 5. 
Grave-diggers, see Sextons. 
Gravel, 45, 143. 

contracts for, 105, 269. 
Gray's wharf, 207. 
Great Britain, 153. 
Green Dragon, the, 211. 
Greenough's ship-yard, 42. 
Greenwood's, Capt., mast-yard, 214. 
Greyhound, sign of the (in Roxbury) , 216. 
Griffin's wharf, 116, 207. 
Guardelupe, Gaudoloop (Guadalupe?), 

107, 203. 
Guernsy, 177. 

Guns, use of gun-house desired for carriage 
wheels, 200. (See also Arms.) 

Halifax, 39, 48, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 
70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 81. 82. 83. 84, 
85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 95, 97, 98, 145, 
163, 194, 213, 214, 288, 290. 
Hall, Hugh, to prosecute, 62. 
Hallowell's ship-yard, 278, 280. 
Hannah, brigantine, 230. 

& Martha, sloop, 118. 
Harbor, pilot of, 50. 
Havannah, the (i.e., Havannah), 220, 221, 

234, 237, 239, 261, 264. 
brigantine, 264. 
Haverhill, 58, 70. 
Hay, weigher of, 110. 
Hertford, privateer, 81. 
Hill, the (Copps), opposite North Burial 

place, 74. 

Hingham, 71, 142, 232. 

Hog alley, petition for abatement of nuis- 
ance In, 276. 
Honduras, bay of, 108. 
Hopkinton, 74. 
Hopson, snow, 214. 
Horse Shoe, the, 175. 
Hospital, (sometimes called Pest House,) 39, 

40, 48, 136, 245. 
act for regulating, 275. 
at Rainsford island, 40, 46, 47, 49, 
51, 52, 53-54, GO, 63, 65, 66, 67, 73, 
76, 88, 97, 98, 99, 108, 110, 111, 
112, 114, 122, 125, 126, 130, 131, 
132, 153, 164, 192, 204, 209, 211, 
213, 255, 259, 265, 266, 26y, 275, 
286, 288, 292. 
salary, etc., due Thomas Hartley, 

keeper of, 106. 

circumstances of persons sent to, 
and necessaries required at, 212. 
able-bodied convalescents to de- 
part from, 215. 

Province, at New Boston. 62. 73, 

1KI, 114,213. 

ropai-B. 154. 

custody, 206. 

at west part of town, 

131. 



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Hospital, at West Boston, 132, 133, 134, 138. 
in the Common, 135, 136, 137, 138, 

139. 

boat, 68. 

island (Rainsford), 85. 
(See alxo Rainsford island, 

Small Pox, Well House). 
Hubbard's wharf, 189. 
Hucksters, law concerning, to be published, 

207. 

Hull, 132. 
Hunt, Alexander, to adjust accounts with, 

233. 

Hunter, His Majesty's ship, 96. 
llutchinson's wharf, 205, 
Hyanners (Hyannis?) 60. 

Impost office, 106. 

master, books, 218. 

Incorporation of town, concerning, 182. 
Indians, 63, 89. (See also Negroes.) 
Industry, brigantine, 45. 
sloop, 83, 238. 
Inhabitants, list to be made, 158. 

to print and distribute laws re- 
lating to, 174. 
Innholders, 113. 

in King street, 69, 70. 

at North end, 70. 

in Shrimpton's lane, 71. 

(See also Licenses.) 
Ipswich, 86, 89. 
Ireland, 153, 166, 264. 

Jail, 57, 130. 
Jamaica, 108. 
Jersey, Island of, 278. 
Jews, 195. 
John, schooner, 83. 

and Suckey, ship, 286, 287, 288. 
Jolly Phillips, schooner, 42. 

Robin, schooner, 42, 44, 125, 126. 

sloop, 76. 

Judge of Probates, 169, 291. 
Jurors, to choose, 5, 14,18, 23, 29, 34,38,251. 
list of, to act upon, 5,22,37,182, 520. 

revised, 174. 

list of inhabitants for, 158. 
Justices, His Majesty's, 1, 19, 34, 74,142,177, 
189, 190, 245, 246, 256. 

Kennebeck, 61. 

King Fisher, schooner, 60. 

King George, province ship, 88. 

of Prushia (Prussia?), ship, 239. 

street, 69, 70, 133, 176, 187. 
Kingsate (Ireland), 264. 

Ladders, town's, 135. 

to purchase additional, 142. 
places for, 162, 192, 235. 
Lake George, 49, 51, 59. 
Lamb, sign pf the, 138. 156. 
Lamb's, Col., dam, 217. 
Land or buildings, town's 

shop, 46, 82, 93. 

shops in Queen street, 8. 

repairs, 15. 
shops upon the dock, 98, 

100. 
shops improved by Thos. 

Hubbard, 161. 
warehouse, 173. 
warehouse by the Dock, 

53, 77, 170. 

warehouse opposite the 

Golden Balls, let, 176. 

bouses in Queen street, 

let, 63. 

bouse and land on the 
Neck, leased, 
101-102. 

occupied by John 
Lovel, repairs, 
251. 



Land or buildings, town's 

house addition to, 264. 

construction of, 

272. 
land at or near Fort Hill, 

63, 74. 

evidence concern- 
ing, 71, 74. 
Bold, 90. 

suit relative to, 157. 
and bounds, 62. 
next to Fortifica- 
tion, let, 74. 
on the Neck, 32, 37, 

89. 
leased to D u 1 1 o n 

Byles, 97. 

adjoining Solomon 
Kneeland, ap- 
praised, etc., 107. 
near Powder house, 

50, 61. 

on easterly side of 
Orange street, 
leased, 14. 
in the Square, 119. 
at the dock, to bo 

surveyed, 158. 
near the South 

Market, 192. 
previously leased 
to Samuel Went- 
worth, 249, 251. 
Faneuil Hall and shops 
destroyed by fire, 133. 
134. 
Land or buildings : Owners 

Adams, Abijah, h., 157. 
Adams, Mr., 1., 279. 

Alford, , 1., 189. 

Allen, Elizabeth, h., 65. 

Allen, James, 1., 8. 

Allen, Jeremiah, dec'd, h., 

117. 

Allen, Mr., h., 74. 
Allen, widow, h., 133. 
Amory, Mrs. Rebecca, 1., 282. 
Appleton, Mr., h., 195. 
Austin, Benj., h., 92. 
Austin, Mr., h., 109. 

Ballard, Samuel, h., 261, 262. 
Barber, Nathl., h., 136, 137. 
Baxter, Paul, 1., 127. 
Bettersby, Thomas, h.,287. 
Blake, Hannah, h., 62. 
Blake, Mr., h.. 208. 
Blanchard, Joshua, estate of, 

126. 

Blanchard. widow, h., 147. 
Blowers, Mrs., h., 210, 221, 

222. 

Boreland, John, esq., 1., 231. 
Boss, widow, h., 244. 
Boucher, Mr., h., 180. 
Bowdoin, Mr., h., 116. 
Box and Austin's, ropewalk, 

192. 

Bradford, John, h., 45. 
Brattle, Col., h., 187. 
Breed, Capt., h., 89. 
Breed, Nathaniel, h., 105. 
Brinley, Thomas, h., 260. 
Britt, Thomas, h., 49. 

Bromfield, .store, 142. 

Bromfield, Mr., h.,90. 
Brown, widow, h., 165. 
Buckley, Mr., h., 292. 
Bulfinch, John, h., 183. 

Cannady, widow, h., 236. 
Capron, Mr.. 1., 279. 
Carnes, Mrs. Mary, 1., 293. 
Chancy, Dr. .h., 156. 



INDEX or PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



315 



Land or buildings : Owners 

Chaplin. Thomas, 1., 293. 
Chase, Thomas, distill house, 

208. 

Church, Benj., h., 256. 
Clapham, Mary, h., 93, 94. 
Clark, Jonathan, h., 280. 
Clark, Wm., h., 112. 
Clarke, James, h., 173, 174. 
Clough, Samuel, h., 157. 
Coffin's, , distill house, 

85. 

Colman, Wm., h., 274. 
Colson, Mr., h., 194. 
Cookson, John, h., 41, 188. 
Cookson, Mr., h., 89. 
Cooper, Benj., h., 112, 222. 

Dafform, Isaac, h., 42. 
Dafforne, Mr., h., 90. 
Dalton's, shop, 265. 
Dalton, h., 281. 
Davenport, Mr., h., 74. 
Davis, Aaron, 1., 217. 
Davis, Joshua, h., 191. 
Decoster, Temple, 1., 203. 
Demming, Mr., h., 144. 
Dennie, John, I., 293. 
Doble, John, 1., 293. 

Doflings, , 1., 189. 

Downes, John, shop, 84. 

Dupee, , h., 45. 

Durant, widow, h., 42. 

Easneau, Mr., h., 161. 
Edy, Nathaniel., h., 274. 
Eglestone's, (.'apt., 1., 120. 
Eliot's, Deacon, 1., 170. 
Ellis, Wm., 1., 293. 
Einmons, Mr., h., 229, 230. 
Erving, John, h., 266. 
Eustice, Mr., h., 116. 

Fessenden, Mrs. Rachel, 1., 

279, 293. 

Fitch, Benj., h., 271. 
Fletcher, William, h., 235. 
Forbes, Capt., 1., 116. 
Forbes, Mr., h., 89. 
Ford, Robert, h., 39. 
Foster, Elisha, h., 55. 
Frankland, Sir Henry, h., 

119. 

Frothingham & Gould, 1., 62. 
Fullerton, John, 1., 284. 
Fulton, Mr., h., 74. 

Gardner, Joseph, Esq., 1., 

293. 

Gardner, Dr., h., 89. 
Gerrish, John, h., 133. 
Gerrish, Mr., h., 135-137. 
Gibbons, Dr., h., 133. 
Gibbs, Robert, 1., 190. 

Gibbs', , store, 142. 

Glover, Thomas, h., 61-62. 
Glover, Mr., h., 131. 
Goldthwait, Ezekiel, h., 126. 
Goldthwait, Major. 1., 65. 
Govels, John, h., 197. 
Grant's, Deacon, h., 161. 
Graves, widow, h., 113. 
Gray, Thomas, proposed 

building. 207; 1., 275. 
Gray, William, shop, 173. 
Greaton, John, h., 216; shop, 

223. 
Green, Samuel, distill house, 

211. 

Green, Thomas, h., 135. 
Greenough, Thomas, h., 242. 
Greenough, Mr., 1., 194. 
Gridley, Mr., h., 146. 



Land or buildings : Owners 

Haley, Elder, h., 89. 

Hall, Hugh, h., 5S-62, 210, 

214; 1., 187. 
Hammett, Benj., distill house, 

274. 
Hammock, Mr. , shop, 

173. 

Hancock, Thomas, 1., 4. 
Harkins, John, h., 271. 
Henshaw, William, 1., 192; 

shop, 233. 
Hills, Deacon , distill 

house, 83, 131. 
Hogain, John, 1., 293. 
Holbrook, Abiah, h., 82. 
Holmes, Mr., distill house, 

274. 

Holyoke, Mr., h., 271. 
Honnywell, Mr., h.. 212. 
Houghes, Mr., building, 144. 
How, Enos, h., 103. 
Hubbard, Thomas, 1., 199. 
Hunt, Alexander, 1., 63, 90. 
Hutchinson, Foster, ware- 
house, 107. 

Jackson, Johnson, h., 101. 
Jackson, Joseph, h., 287. 
Jackson, Mr. , distill 

house, 258. 

Jackson, Mr. , shap, 173. 

Jeffries, John, h., 91. 
Jennings, Lewis, 1., 293. 

Jennings, Mr. , h., 137. 

Jervis, Widow , h., 180. 

Johonnot, Zachariah, h., 66. 
Jones, Abraham, 1., 293. 
Jones, Deacon , shop, 

244. 
Jones, Deacon Daniel, 1., 279, 

284, 286. 

Kennedy, Mrs. , h., 272, 

279. 

Kent's, Mrs. ,h., 38. 

King's, Capt. , h., 89. 

Kitchen's, , h., 180. 

Kneeland, Solomon, 1., 107, 

251,294. 

Lackey, Jane, h., 112. 

Langdon, Mr. , h., 89. 

Leach, John, 1., 293. 
Leaveret, John, h., 183. 
Lee, Thomas, h., 62, 75; 1., 

293. 
Lepear, Andrew, 1., 223. 

Leverett, widow , h., 139. 

Lillie, Theophilus, 1., 293. 

Lilly, Mr. , h., 119. 

Lobb. Roger, h., 105. 

Lovel, Mr. , h., 197. 

Lyndall, Mr. , h., 90. 

Mackmillon, James, h., 102. 
Marshall, Capt. Thomas, 1., 
282. 

Mather, Rev. Mr. , h. 271. 

Mayes, John, h., 274. 

McNeal, Mr. , h., 89. 

Me Williams, Mr. , h., 90. 

Melledge, John, h.. 75. 
Millikin, Thomas, 1., 293. 
Mills, Susannah, h., 100. 
Mills, John, h., 73. 

Mills, Mrs. , 1..279. 

Moore, William, h., 127. 
Morton, Joseph, h., 242. 
Morton, Thomas, h., 47. 
Mountfort, Jonathan, 1., 293. 

Nazara, Stephen, 1., 293. 
Newall, John, h., 187. 



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Land or buildings : Owners 

Noble, Jacob, h., 210. 

Norton, widow , h., 228, 

229. 
Noyes, Dr. , h., 161, 204. 

Old South Church, 1., 11. 
Oliver, Andrew, jr., 1., 8, 46, 

49. 
Oliver, Brattle, 1., 62. 

Pallin, Capt. , h., 183. 

Palmer, Thomas (formerly 

of), 1., 190. 
Parker, Thomas, h., 197. 

Parkman, Elder , h., 180. 

Parkman, Samuel, h., 135, 

136. 
Pearson, Thomas, father, h., 

8. 

Peck, Benj., heirs, h., 274. 
Peck, John, h., 267, 276. 
Phillips etals.,1., 62. 

Phillips, , buildings, 74. 

Pierpoint, Robert, 1., 14, 187. 

Pierpoint. Mr. .shop, 197. 

Pollard, Mr. , h., 195. 

Pope, Robert, h., 273. 

Procter, Mr. , h., 90. 

Prout, Mr. , h., 90. 

Powell, Mr. , h.j 89; 1., 

120. 
Price, William, 1., 235; h., 

256. 

Pullen, John, 1., 171. 
Pulling, John, 1., 203. 

Richardson, Mr. , h., 114. 

Robbins, Capt. Robert, h., 
176. 

Robins, Capt. , 1., 203. 

Robinson, Elias, et als., h., 42. 
Robs, Mr., sugar-house, 176. 
Rowe, John, h., 131, 157. 

Ruck, Mrs. , 1., 293. 

Russell, Benjamin, h., 138. 

Salisbury, Benj , 1., 120. 

Salters, Mr. , shop, 168. 

Savage, Capt. Arthur, h., 222. 
Savage, Samuel Phillips, h.. 

215. 

Savage, Capt. , h., 89. 

Sears, widow , h., 102. 

Seaver, David, h., 56. 

Sever, Mr. , h., 283. 

Bewail, Dr. , h.. 144. 

Shellcock, Hannah, 1., 293. 
Shepherd, John, h., 131. 
Sherburne, Joseph, h., 55. 
Sigorney, Daniel, 1., 293. 

Sigourney, Capt. ,h., 89. 

Sigourney, Mr. , h., 90. 

Simpson, Mary, h., 208. 
Sloan, Robert, distill. house, 

211. 

Smith, Benj., h., 114. 
Speer, Nathan, proposed 

building, 200. 

Sprague, Dr. , h., 114. 

Spring, Capt. ,h., 89, 90. 

Stannys, widow , h., 136. 

Stone, Luke, formerly of, h., 

180. 

Stone, Robert, h., 133. 
Stoneman, Mr., h., 132. 
Storv, John, h., 49. 
Story, William, h., 244. 
Stuart, Matbew, h., 71. 

Sutton.Mr. , h., 142-143. 

Sweeny, Cornelius, h., 288. 
Sweetser, John, jr., 1., 279, 

281, 286. 
Sympson, Mr. , shop, 249. 



Land or buildings : Owners 

Thomas, Mrs. Ann, 1., 293. 
Thomas, James, h., 268. 
Thompson, Mr. , h., 135- 

137. 
Thornton, Mr. (Copp's Hill), 

h., 258. 

Thwing, Col. ,h.. 280. 

Treat, Samuel, building, 277; 

1., 279, 280. 

Troop, Palatine, h., 195. 
Tucker, widow, h., 136. 

Tudor, Deacon , h., 274. 

Turner, Mr. , h., 191. 

Vernon, Fortesque, h., 213. 

Vickers, , h., 68. 

Vintenon, Mr., h., 229, 230. 

Wadsworth, ,dec'd, h., 86. 

Walker, Isaac, h., 57. 
Walker, John, h., 89. 
Walley, Thomas, shop, 207. 
Waterhouse, Samuel, 1., 187. 

Waterhouse, , store, 142. 

Watts, Joseph, h., 188. 
Welch, John, h., 44. 

Welsh, Mr , h., 90. 

Wells, Samuel, h., 59-60, 106; 

1., 217. 

Wendell, Jacob, 1., 24. 
Wentworth, Samuel, 1., 209, 

210, 293. 
Wentworth, Mr., farm on 

the Neck, 103; h., 113. 
Whateley, Robert, h., 274. 
Wheat, Mr., h., 139. 
Wheelwright, NathanieLesq., 
1., 293. 

White, Mr. , h., 90. 

Whitmore, Mr. , h., 197. 

Whittemore, Edward, h., 

243. 

Whitwell, Samuel, h., 146. 
Williams, Robert, h., 143. 
Winslow,Joshua, h., 155-156; 

distill house, 187. 
Lark, schooner, 261. 

Laws, see Buildings, Carriages, Carts, etc., 
Diseases, Inhabitants, Lord's Day, Mar- 
ket, Strangers, Wood. 
Leases, nee Lands. 
Leaveret's lane, opening of, to Milk street. 

215, 265. 

Lee, Thomas, to prosecute, 75. 
Lemmon, sloop, 43. 
Leopard, schooner, 44, 54, 232. 
Letters to Christopher Gove & Co., for pur- 
chase of arms, 27, 23, 30. 
Mr. Hamilton at Rainsford Island 

hospital, 40, 41, 47, 51. 
Thomas Hartly, at Rainsford 
Island hospital, 53, 64, 65, 66, 
67, 68, 76, 91, 98, 99, 103, 110, 
116, 121, 122, 125, 130, 204, 206, 
208, 209, 211, 213, 255, 257, 270, 
290. 

Mr. Bull, pilot, 50. 
commanding officer at the Castle, 

50, 60. 
Selectmen of Nantucket, 68. 

Roxbury, 109, 216. 
Dorchester, 146,186, 

252. 

Attleborough, 166. 
Brookline, 185. 
Newtown, 186-187. 
Maiden, 251. 
Medway, 259. 
Gloucester, 275,284. 
Newbury, 275. 
Concord, 2v5. 

from and to Selectmen of Hinghara, 
142. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



317 



Letters to Robert Stone, Inn-holder, to quar- 
ter soldiers, 63. 

from Court of General Sessions, 93. 
reply to, 94. 
from Commanding officer at Castle, 

97. 
to Capt. Elkshaw, ship Thornton, 

111. 
Ministers, relative to collections 

for sufferers by fire, 111. 
Governor, requesting stopping of 
vessels from Philadelphia at the 
Castle, 112. 

Capt. Wimble, sloop Staniford,112. 
General Court, relative to French 

neutrals, 118-119. 
Lieut. Governor, relative to sloop 

Ann, 123. 
agent Italian, relative to great fire, 

128, 129. 

Overseers of Poor, to vacate Prov- 
ince hospital, 131. 
Representatives, intention to reoc- 

cupy room in court house, 134. 
from and to Nathl. Barber, small- 
pox, 136, 1ST. 

to Capt. Western of Plymouth, 172. 
Capt. Coombs, schooner Repulse, 

205. 
Governor, relative to brigantine 

Polly, 211. 
captains of transports, from Nova 

Scotia, 214. 
Licensed houses, 69. 

Licenses for public-houses, victuallers, etc., 
safe of wines, liquors, etc., peti- 
tions, 38, 161. 

approved, 13, 29, 61, 103, 114, 148, 
165, 171, 172,207, 208,211,223,232, 
233, 263, 274, 283, 287. 
retailer disapproved, 93-95. 
objected to, 105. 
notified relative to conduct 

of business, 156. 
to exhibit micoocosm, (sic f) 38. 
Limes, lemons, and oranges, excise tax on, 

17. 

Lisbon, Lisbond, 131,151. 
London, 27, 30, 83, 127, 129, 130, 180, 277, 286, 

287, 288. 

Earl of, visit of, 53. 
Long lane, 210, 221, 280. 

paving, 24, 37, 193, 197. 

payment for, 244. 
drain, 202. 
wharf, 50, 77, 168, 189. 

petition for leave to extend, 261. 
Loraine, schooner, 53. 

Lord's Day, publication and enforcement of 
law relative to driving carriages on, 157. 
Lottery, 61. 

for paving Boston Neck, 34. 

Committee to audit accounts, 

182. 

No. 3, unsold tickets, 63. 
for rebuilding Faneuil Hall, 143, 

147, 148, 251. 

Louisbourg, 97, 104, 107, 127. 
Love, sloop, 123, 227. 
Lovel's island, 169, 257, 258. 
Lucretia, schooner, 241. 
Lunatics, or Non-Compoa persons, 154, 166, 

169, 177, 291. 
Lydia, schooner, 117. 
Lyn, 74. 

man-of-war, 57. 
street, 214. 
Lyon, ship, 50, 214. 

Mackrel (Mackerel) lane, 198. 

street at end of, to be opened Into 
Milk street, 265. 

formerly so called, 282. 
Magazine. See Arms, etc. 



Maiden, 60, 251. 

Manger, Capt., passage to Island of Jersey, 

278. 

Manners, reformation of, 37. 
Manufactory house, 38. 
Marblehead, 55, 62, 66, 71, 78, 107, 114, 120, 

180, 181, 268. 

Market, the, 168, 192, 204. 
stalls, 91. 

bounds, enlargement, etc., 107. 
by-law respecting, to be executed, 

107. 
forestalling by hucksters, 251. 

law to be published, 207. 
dirt about, disposal of, 249. 
Clerks of, 6, 23. 

directions to, relative to 

bread, 57. 

expenses regulated, 198. 
obstructed by bakers, 204. 
to be furnished with as- 
sizes of bread, 212. 
South, 110, 192. 
(See alxo Faneuil Hall Market, 

Fish Market.) 

Marlborough street, 29, 138. 
Marquis, sloop, 225. 
Marshfield, 46. 
Martha, ship, 72. 
Martha's Vineyard, 108, 254. 
Martinique, 164, 165. 
Maryland, 77, 89. 

Massachusetts Bay, Province, 123, 143, 224. 
Mayflower, schooner, 130. 
Medfield, 192. 
Medford, 102, 112. 
Mediterranean, the, 43. 
Medway, letter to, 259. 
Meeting-houses, North, 24. 

Old North, 119, 192, 274. 
The Brick, 235. 
Old Brick, 156. 
Old South, engine-house on 
land of, agreement con- 
cerning, 11. 

Hollis street (Rev. Mr. 
Byles), 37, 192, 250, 251. 
Mr. Checkley's, 192, 281. 
Mr. Mather's, 90. 
Mr. Mayhew's, 43, 116, 181, 

192. 

Dr. Sewall's, 192, 244. 
(See also Clock.) 
Mendon, 242. 
Merchant's row, 29, 190. 
Meriah, schooner, 208. 
Merrimac, schooner, 84. 
Micoocosm, (sic?) license to exhibit, 38. 
Middle street, 106. 

drain, 85. 
Military duty, enginemen excused from, 76, 

81. 
fined for not train. 

ing, 128. 
Milk street, 147, 197, 215, 265. 

drain, 84, 191, 274, 284. 
committee to lay out, 195. 
Mill, wind, on the neck, 89. 

petition for leave to erect, 97. 
Mill bridge, 85, 89. 

Creek, 103, 189. 
Mills, the, to be inspected, 259. 
Milton, 88, 114, 202. 
Minute book of Selectmen, 185. 
Monta Christy (Monte Chrtsto?), 117. 
Monreal (Montreal?), success of army 

against, 126. 

Moon court, paving of, 5. 
Moor's corner, 175. 
Moore's wharf, 189. 

Nancy, brigantino, 290, 291, 292, 294. 

ordered into the road, and 
list of passengers, 292. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



Nantasket road, 69, 238, 264. 

harbor, 96. 
Nantucket, 207. 

letters to, 68. 
Narrows, the, 73. 
Needham, 181. 
Neck, the, or Boston Neck, 29, 32, 45, 49, 58, 

61, 83, 101, 103,210. 
repairs, 103-101, 105, 143, 249. 
wall to be built on each side, 109, 

113. 

repairs, 144. 

paving of, lottery for, 34, 182. 
elm trees, reward for destroyers 

of, 19S-1U9. 

brick-making proposed on, 251. 
(See also Fortification. ) 
Negroes, 68, 71, 81, 85, 103 -104, 10D, 134, 138, 
139, 156, 172, 175, 180, 181, 187, 
252. 

free, list of, and assignments to 
work on highways, 195-196, 
240. 
James Bowes, residence of, 

252-253. 
allowed to 
leave alms- 
house, 263. 
and molattoes, selling of strong 

driuks to, 156. 

Indians, and molattoes, 168. 
(See also Slaves.) 

New Boston, 43, 49, 62, 76, 102, 113, 114, 116, 
129, 138, 154, 177, 189, 195, 206, 211, 218. 
(See aluo Hospital.) 
Newbury, 88, 89, 9., 112, 209, 213, 222. 
letters to, 266, 275. 
street, 284. 
New Castle, 50. 

(England), 116. 
(Delaware?), 257. 
England, 96, 125. 
Newfoundland, 70, 85, 132, 207, 210, 212, 213, 

218, 220, 236, 290. 
Newfoundlanders, list to be taken of, 218. 

list and circumstances, 

225-226. 
concerning return of, 

221-225. 
New Hampshire, 56, 253. 

Haven, 89, 92. 
Newport, 44. 
New Salem, N. H., 253. 
Newspapers, irreligious matter published in, 

54. 

reward to be published in, 198. 
law relative to hucksters, to be 

published in, 207. 
law relative to cord wood, to be 

published in, 223. 
to advertise for proposals to 

erect building, 264. 
notice forbidding taking of 
stone, etc., from Deer Island, 
to be published in, 283. 

Newtown (Newton), letter to, etc., 186-187. 

New York, 42, 43, 45, 53, 60, 72, 73, 74, 75, 

76, 77, 83, 85, 86, 112, 113, 118, 150, 177, 

184, 220, 221, 230, 234, 237, 239, 241, 245, 

253, 274. 

Nightingale, His Majesty's ship, 61. 
Noble's wharf, 208. 
Non-Compos persons, see Lunatics. 
North America, 69. 

Battery, see Battery. 

Carolina, 40, 45. 

End, 39, 58, 62, 68, 70, 89, 112, 126, 166, 

267,282. (See also Watch.) 
Meeting-house, see Meeting-houses. 
Writing School street, drain, 236. 

( See also Writing School street.) 
Norwich, 1S8. 

Nova Scotia, 39, 40, 41, 44, 59, 69, 194, 213, 
214. 



Nuisance, *ee Hog alley. 
Number Three, 02, 63. 

Old Brick Church, see Meeting-houses. 

North Meeting-house, sec Meeting. 

houses. 

South Church, see Meeting-houses. 
York, C>:;, 2.X 272. 

Oliver, ship, castaway near New York, 253. 
Oliver's dock, 127. 18J, 22:!. 
filling of, 221. 
great fire at, 111, 127. 
Orange street, 14. 2'.i, 280. 

drain and pavement, 62. 
drain, 97. 
tree, the, 15. 
Oswego,61. 

Paddy's alley, 41, 189. 

drain, 167. 

Page's ship-yard, 165. 
Palmer's pasture, 197. 
Patience, schooner, 75, 78, 83. 
Payne, Mr., the miller, copy of law sent to, 

259. 

Peace to be proclaimed, 274. 
Peck's, John, wharf, proposed warehouse 

on, 267, >!(>. 

Peggy & Sarah, schooner, 48. 
Peirpoint's wharf, 183. 

Perambulations between Roxbury and Bos- 
ton, 45-46, 109, 215-217. 
Pest House, at New Boston, see Hospital. 

at Rainsford island, nee Hos- 
pital. 
Phenix, sloop, 83, 88, 109. (See also Fhe- 

nix.) 

Philadelphia, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54, 
85, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 115, 117, 
118, 119, 121, 123, 127, 14S, 156, 195, 220, 
221, 225, 227, 228, 231, 232,233,234,238, 
257, 259. 
Phillips, town, 63. 

wharf, 231. 
Piscataqua, 50, 96. 
Plague, the, 43. 

Plessant ( I'leasant) street, 89, 274. 
Plymouth, 77, 165, 169, 172. 
Point, the, 180. 

Shirley, 189. 

proposal of proprietors, 22. 
Polls and estates, see Valuation. 
Polly, brigantine, 209, 210, 211, 269, 270. 
schooner, 114, 115. 
sloop, 268. 
Pomfret, 105. 
Pond lane, 66. 

drain, 109. 
Poor, the, 22, 24, 37, 182, 202, 250. 

publication of list receiving aid, 5. 
Province, 162, 185. 

payment for support of, 

279. 

Overseers of, 1, 2, 5, 10, 19, 22, 26, 27, 
34, 37, 40, 43, 49, 50, 52, 56, 57, 58, 
59, 61, 70, 72, 74, 81, 82, 87, 104, ]29, 
130, 131, 148, 153, 156, 159, 176, 177, 
178, 182, 185, 186, 187, 193, 201, 212, 
218, 239, 240, 241, 245, 246, 250, 251, 
267, 276. 
Portsmouth, 132. 
Posts allowed front of Thomas Walley's 

shop, 207. 
Powder house, same as Magazine, see 

Arms. 

Pownelburrough, 194. 

Price, William, petition for pay for building 
destroyed, 
235. 

refused, 256. 

Prince street, liberty to open, 268-269. 
Printing, by-laws, 85. 

bill relative to taxes, 278. 
irreligious matter, rebuked, 54-55. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



319 



Printing, notifications of town meetings, 

142, 148, 182, 251, 261, 276, 278. 
town votes, 54. 
Prison, 150. 
Prisoners from Canada, 65, 73. (See also 

French prisoners.) 
Prosperous, sloop, 81. 

Province, 7, 18, 24, 27, 28, 34. 45, 47, 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 53, 61, 67, 69, 70, 73. 77, 
81, 82, 96, 10G, 107, 113, 115, 123, 
125, 131, 132, 139, 144, 147, 148, 
162. 177, 184, 193, 195, 213, 214, 
219, 224, 245, 270, 278, 279, 287, 
293. 

accounts passed upon, 106, 139, 
141, 101, 181, 184, 192, 218, 254, 
273, 277, 285, 294. 

Hospital, see Hospital at Rains- 
ford island. 

House, same as Town House, 
laws, 93, 94, 256. 

regulating buildings and pre 

ventiou of fires, 190. 
regulating abuses by millers, 

259. 

ship, King George, 88. 
Pulling's wharf, 203. 
Pump, at Mr. Lovell's yard, 148. (See also 

Dock square.) 
Purchase street, repairs, 120. 

paving, 147, 160. 

Quebec, 110, 112, 177, 285. 
Queen street, 12, 15, 63, 160. 

petition to widen, 8. 

writing school in, see Schools. 

Rachel, sloop, 82. 

Ransford (Rainsford) Island, 40, 41,44,46,47, 
63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 73, 76, 78, 98, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 115, 116, 118, 121, 
122, 130, 131, 165, 204, 205, 206, 208, 
209, 210, 211, 254, 255, 257, 265, 266, 
269,270,275,287,290,292. 
See also Hospital, Well house, 
lane, to examine, 184. 
Raleigh, sloop, 64. 
Ranger, sloop, 285. 
Rates, see Taxes. 

Reading, Redding, 117, 180, 195, 240. 
Records, Committee to obtain evidence relat- 
ing to land on Fort Hill, 71. 
evidence obtained, 74. 
books of General Court's Commit- 
tee, 128. 
Selectmen's minutes to be read at 

each meeting, 158. 
accounts to be entered 

in, 185, 186. 
to be written up, 280. 
books, papers, etc., to 
move to Faneuil 
Hall, 220. 

Impost Master's books, 218. 
RedLyon, the, 278, 281. 
Register of Deeds and Conveyances, 38. 
Reuton, 74. 

Representatives, 7, 8, 10, 18,24, 25, 26, 27, 38, 

40, 50, 52, 56, 87, 102, 103, 

104, 133, 134, 147, 152, 159, 

193, 201, 202, 218, 261, 267. 

instructions to, 24. 

suspension of members of, 

52. 

house of, see Assembly, Gen- 
eral. 

Repulse, schooner, 204, 206. 
Reservoir, or Well, for fires, 164, 203. 
to be built, 161. 
at the dock, to be dug 
deeper, 199. 
damaged, ] 72. 
Retailers, see Licenses. 



Reward on account of destruction of treea 

on the Neck, 198, 193. 
Rhode Island, 42, 44, 50, 112, 128, 160, 239. 
Riotous disturbances, to be suppressed, 149. 
Roads, gee Streets. 
Ropewalk, Box and Austin's, 192. 
Royal Exchange lane, drain, 194. 
Roxbury, 39, 45, 70, 91, 113, 121, 132, 170, 187, 

193, 193,210, 241,269. 
line between Boston and, 45-46, 

109, 215-217. 
letters to, 121, 193. 
Committee to settle with, for sup- 
port of poor, 202. 
confer with, 196. 
Ruth & Elizabeth, sloop, 73. 



Sailors dismissed by Admiral Saunders, 110. 
Saint John's (Newfoundland), 210, 213. 
Kitts, 203. 
Martins, 125. 
Ubes, 78. 

Salem, 52, 187, 278. 
Sally, ship, 264. 
sloop, 108. 

Scavengers, 162, 187. 
School street, 89. 
Schools, ink for, 73. 

committee to visit, to be chosen, 5, 

22, 37, 182, 250. 

visitation of, 9-10, 26, 40, 57, 59, 86- 
87, 101-105, 120, 152, 159, 200-201, 
218-219, 207-268. 
masters and ushers, salaries, 5, 8, 22, 

24, 38, 182, 193, 250. 
masters to reprove children for im- 
proper conduct in streets, 52-53. 
private, allowed, 12, 145, 191. 
for teaching French, petitioned for, 

47. 

Mr. Vassal's, 271. 
South, 158. 

in the Common, repairs, 218. 
North Latin, 99. 

ladders at schoolyard, 235. 
Writing in Queen street, 8, 10, 12, 

59, 106. 

master and salary, 12. 
number of scholars, 27, 160, 

219. 
North Grammar, 10, 59, 106. 

assistant and sal- 
ary, 100. 

number of schol- 
ars, 27, 159, 219. 
North Writing, 10, 59, 106, 192. 
repairs, 89, 171. 
scholars admitted to, 

240, 295. 

usher and salary, 13. 
assistant and salary, 

146-147, 170. 
number of scholars, 

27, 160, 219. 
South Grammar, 10, 59, 106. 

number of schol- 
ars, 27, 160, 219. 
South Writing, 10, 59, 106, 141, 145, 

193. 
repairs at, 99, 196, 

210. 
number of scholars, 

27, 160, 219. 
Schooner, sign of the, 291, 292. 

in distress, sign of, 169. 
S(c)ituate, 42, 75, 122. 
Sconce, see. Battery, South. 
Scotland, 212. 
Sea Flower, schooner, 86, 92. 

sloop, 49, 50. 
Home, brigantine, 151. 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, appointed, 
159. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



Bea street, 181. 
Becilian, schooner, 74. 

Selectmen meetings, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 
12, 13, 14, 15,16,17,18, 
19,21,22,23,24,25,26, 
27,28,29,30,31,32,33, 
34,36,37,38,39,40,41, 
42,43,44,45,46,47,48, 
49, 50, 51,52,53,54,55, 
56, 57,58, 59,60,61,62, 
63, 6i, 65, 66,67,68,69, 
70, 71, 72, 73,74,75,76, 
77,81.82,83,84,83,86, 
87,88,89,90,91,92,95, 
96. 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 
132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 
137,138, 139, 141, 142, 
143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 
154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 
165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 
181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 
186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 
191, 192, 194, 195, 196, 
197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 
203, 204, 207, 208, 209, 
210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 
220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 
225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 
235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 
245, 246, 249, 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, 2SO, 282, 283, 
284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 
289, 290, 291, 293, 294. 
attendant upon, appointed, and 

salary, 9. 

chairman, chosen, 138. 
meetings retaliated, 197. 
minutes, to be read at each meet- 
ing, 158. 

to be posted up, 280. 
dinner for, 153. 201. 
chamber at Faneuil Hall, 270. 
(See alto Faneuil Hall, Town 

House.) 

Sessions, the, see Court. 
Seven Star lane, 74. 
Sextons and grave diggers, orders to, 39. 

appointed, 144. 
Sheepscott, 48. 
Sherden's lane, drain, 265. 
Sheriff, 24, 130, 147, 193,261. 
Shields (England), 116. 
Ship street, 24. 

pavement, 65. 

timber supplied to town, 233. 
Ships, vessels, etc., 38. 39, 40, 41, 43,44, 45, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 61, 62, 63, 
6ft, 67,68,69,70,71, 72, 
76, 81, 83, 86, 92, 96, 97, 
98, 103, 107, 108, 115, 
117, 119, 127, 128, 131, 
132, 180, 205, 210, 213, 
218, 220, 231, 245, 277, 
290. 

Admiral Bosca wen's 
fleet, 85. 



Ships, vessels, etc., cartcel vessel from New- 
foundland, 218. 
sailors dismissed by Ad- 
miral Saunders, 110. 
See also under names of 

vessels. 

Shirley, Point. (See Point Shirley.) 
Short street, repairs, 281. 
Shrimpton's lane, 71. 
Sign post, liberty to change location, 146. 
Slaves, 41. (See also Negroes.) 
Slip, town's, opposite Wood lane, repairs, 

233. 

Small-pox, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 53,54, 
60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 72, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 
91,92,95,97,108,110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 119, 121, 122, 125, 127, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 151, 
164, 165, 169, 204, 208, 209, 210, 211, 213, 
220, 221, 225, 227, 228, 232. 250, 252, 253, 
254, 255, 257, 258, 200, 264, 265, 266, 269, 
270, 271, 273, 275, 284, 286, 287, 288, 290, 
291, 292. 
Soldiers, 43, 53, 54, 59, 61, 64, 66, 81, 82, 83, 

86, 89, 92, 95, 107, 131, 132, 148. 
from Nova Scotia, 39, 40, 43, 44, 65, 

69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78. 
Lake George, 49, 51. 
Albany, 50. 
Canada, 72. 
Louisburg, 97. 
the Havannah, 239. 
quartered and billeted, 69, 70, 71. 
beds for troops distributed, 89, 90. 
taken prisoners at Oswcgo, 61. 
company of cadets, opposition to 

act concerning, 8. 
General Winslow's, 43, 44. 
Capt. Hopestill Foster's company of 

foot, 48. 

Governor Shirley's regiment, 51, 61. 
Col. Gridley's regiment, 52. 
regiment of militia, 59, 200. 

drummer in, appointed 

fireman, 200. 
King's guards, 62. 
Capt. Aldridge's company, 62. 
Capt. Trefry's, 67. 
Capt. Cosman's, 67, 68, 69. 
45th regiment, 69, 70. 
Capt. Thomas Moncrief s, 70. 
1st or Royal regiment, 71. 
40th regiment, 71. 
47th regiment, 71. 
Capt. (Major) Gorham's corps of 

rangers, 71, 253. 
Lascell's regiment, 72. 
Col. Lawrence's royal American 

regiment or battalion, 73, 81, 82. 
Hopson's regiment, 74. 
Col. Fraser's regiment of Highland- 
ers, 82, 83. 
Col. Burton's, 104. 
3d Battalion Royal Americans, 177. 
wives or children, 81, 82, 83, 95, 104, 

177, 194, 220, 245. 
(See also Establishment, Sailors.) 
South Battery, see Battery. 

Carolina, 201, 234, 250, 252, 254, 255, 
257,258,260,268,271,273. (See also 
Carolina.) 

End, 42, 56, 62, 71, 74, 83, 97, 112, 114, 
135, 155, 166, 170, 192, 208, 222, 233, 
200, 273, 274. (See also Watch.) 
SpeedW' 11, schooner, 77. 
Spirits, etc., tee Wines. 
Square, the, 119. 

Stanford's Colledge (no called), 181. 
Stanford, sloop, 237, 253. 
Staniford sloop, 112. 
Stannev, Henry, ft rtls., expense for passage 

to London approved, "77. 
St. John's, etc., nee Saint John's, etc. 



INDEX or PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



321 



Still House square, nee Distill House square. 
Stone's or Lovel's island, 257. (See also 

Level's island.) 
Stoneham, 242. 
Strangers, 83, 84, 144. 

warning to depart the town, 38, 

42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 56, 66, 71, 

85, 89, 99, 103, 132, 175, 181, 

183, 202. 

warned, list to be procured 

every month, 44. 
to be looked after, 48-49, 55, 

188, 198. 

to eive sureties, 46. 71. 163, 172. 
sureties for, 47, 105, 145, 156-157. 
unlawful entertainment of, 55. 
fine for receiving, 55, 157. 
prosecution for receiving, 58, 

62, 75. 

to be taken out of town, 59, 61. 
warned out for past ten years, 

list to be made, 83, 84. 
in past years, list to be made, 130. 
to be reported and warned out, 

115-116. 
list of, 180. 

sick, bills for, 181, 184. 
French neutrals from Halifax, 

214. 

from Quebec, list of, 285. 
Streets, free negroes set at work on, 195,196, 

240. 
at bottom of Common, petitioned for, 

8. 
to Ship street, near North Meeting. 

house, paving, 24. 

by the South Battery, widening, 24. 
from the Neck to the Mill, 32. 
at Boston Neck, 34, 103, 104, 105. 
at or near the fortification, 74, 182, 

183, 204, 223. 
at or near the fortification, agreement 

concerning, 187. 
Cazneau's corner near the market, 

40. 

near Black Horse lane, 86. 
near Mr. Mather's meeting house, 

00. 

Charlestown ferry -way, 108. 
near Winnessimmit ferry, drain, 120. 
near head of Eliot street, 120. 
to Beacon hill, from Cambridge 

street, 125. 

at Ezekiel Goldthwait's house, 126. 
to wharf from Essex street, 131. 
between Faneuil Hall and certain 

stores, widening, 142. 
in Cornhill, etc., repairs, 144. 
near Sign of the Lamb, drain, 155- 

156. 

near Dr. Chancy's house, 156. 
near Sign of Schooner in distress, 

169. 
through Mackerel lane, lately laid 

out. 198. 
near head of Thomas Hubbard's 

land, 199. 
lane from Brattle square to Wing's 

lane, drain, 215. 
on the line between Boston and Rox- 

bury, 217. 
near Mr. Jackson's distilling house, 

258. 

to open from Water street to Milk 
street, at end of Leverett's lane, 
265. 

to open from Water street to Milk 
street, at end of Mackerel lane, 265. 
at North end. repairs, 267. 
opposite Mr. Vassal's school, surface 

water, 271. 

main, leading to the Common, 276. 
near Ilallowell's ship yard, repairs, 
280. 



Streets, near Mr. Dalton's house, to repair, 

281. 

(See also under names of.) 
Success, schooner, 38, 65, 69, 88. 

sloop, 110. 
Sudbury street, 116, 138, 229, 230. 

common shore or drain, 57, 

109. 

pavement, 67. 
Suffleld, 63. 
Suffolk county, 7, 24, 38, 93, 118, 119, 147, 169, 

190, 193, 261, 291. 
Suits, Andrew Oliver and William Phillips 

vs. Assessors, 14. 
between town and Gillam Phillips, 

land at Fort Hill, 157. 
Summer street, 160. 

common sewer, 210, 266. 
Sun Tavern, 71. 
Surrinam, 201. 
Susanna, schooner, 85. 
Swallow, sloop, 88. 
Swan, sloop, 84, 88, 92. 
Sybell, schooner, 106. 



Taverns in Waltham, 162. (See also under 

names of same, Licenses.) 
Taxes, 8, 14, 22, 24, 37, 52, 182, 250. 

assessment of, premium for, 55. 
collection of, premiums for, 5, 22, 37, 
63, 55, 75, 108, 107, 131, 144, 150, 
153, 161, 181, 197-198, 230, 236, 237, 
250, 254, 277, 283. 
abatements, 5, 22, 37, 54, 182, 250. 
excessive, memorial to General 

Court relative to, 52. 
excessive, report of Committee con- 

ceruing, 158. 
assessors desired to assess certain 

persons for, 175. 
and rates, act now pending relative 

to, 276. 

collectors of, sureties approved, 5, 22, 
44. 51, 52, 64, 70, 91, 113, 132, 133, 
170, 289. 

excise, see Wines, etc. 
Thankful, schooner, 236. 
Thornton, ship, 110, 111. 
Three Friends, sloop, 92, 271. 

Sisters, schooner, 84. 
Tombs, see Burying places. 
Town meetings, 90, 117. 

warrants for, 4-5, 7-8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 22, 
24, 28. 33, 37, 38. 54, 56, 63, 75, 101, 

102, 103, 138, 141, 147, 151, 155, 158, 
182, 193, 250, 260, 276. 

officers, 1. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 21, 25, 
26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 
38, 54, 55, 61, 62, 75, 85, 101, 102, 

103, 124, 138, 145, 146, 147, 148, 150, 
157, 158, 160, 162, 163, 167, 170, 175, 
180, 182, 184, 187, 188, 189, 193, 197, 
198, 202, 205, 206, 211, 212, 215, 216, 
218, 220, 223, 226, 240, 241, 243, 244, 
245, 248, 249, 250, 251, 2.54, 259, 260, 
265, 266, 267, 272, 273, 276, 2SO, 282, 
283, 285, 286, 288, 292, 294. 

visitation, 2, 19, 34, 63, 74, 178-180, 
246-248. 

votes to be printed, 54. 

incorporation, relative to, 182. 

committee on expenses of, 182. 

warning to depart the. see Strangers. 

committees, 5, 12, 22, 24, 37, 148, 182, 
250, 261. 

Dock, see Dock. 

Court or Province House, 7, 18, 2 4, 
138, 141, 
147, 153, 
155, 158, 
178, 182, 
193, 261. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 147. 



Town,Courtor provinceHouse, lettingof eel- 
lars.59,92, 
96, 98. 

selectmen 
resume 
meetings 
in, 133- 
134. 

Council 

chamber 

in, 134. 

removal of 

books and 

papers in, 

to Faneuil 

Hall, 220. 

(See also 

Faneuil 

Hall, 

Watch.) 

land or buildings, see Land or build- 

ings. 

slip, see Slip. 

Trades or professions, bakers, 43, 125, 175, 
195,204. (See also 
Bakers.) 
barber, 72. 
blockmaker, 148. 
boat-builder, 210. 
boo; seller, 176. 
butcher, 59. 
carpenter, 285. 
carter, 45. 
carver, 103. 
clerk, 285. 
cooper, 100. 
cutter, 245. 
dancing-master, 191. 
distillers, 71,127,208, 

232, 263. 

doctors, 42, 44, 47,50, 
51, 57, 58, 64, 66, 
67, 73, 74, 84,86, 
87, 89, 104, 105, 111, 
113, 114, 127, 128, ' 
130, 133, 134, 135, 
136, 137, 139, 144, 
152, 153, 156, 159, 
181, 189, 194, 273, 
287, 291. 
farmer, 285. 
fishermen, 160, 210, 

214. 

gardeners, 135, 285. 
glazier, 171. 
gunsmith, 181. 
hatters,. 38, 137, 245. 
housewright, 71. 
Instrument maker, 

245. 

joiner, 83. 
laborers, 166, 285. 
lawyer, 42. 
leather dresser, 51. 
lemon merchant, 196. 
mariners, 100, 188. 
merchants, 176. 
miller, 259. 
ministers, 10, 26, 27, 
54, 56, 58, 87, 102, 
104, 105, 106, 152, 
159, 181, 182, 194, 
201, 218, 240, 251, 
261, 267, 268, 271, 
277, 281. 
oilman, 127. 
oysterman, 227. 
pavers, 244. 
sadler, 89. 
sergeant (soldier?), 

285. 

ship carpenter. 233. 
shoemaker, 131, 212. 
sugar-baker, 119. 



Trades or professions, tailors, 45, 137. 
tanner, 62. 
truckman, 98. 
watchmaker, 83. 
wharfinger, 181. 
Treat's, Samuel, wharf, 277. 

proposed building on, 279. 
Trees, 4. (See alxo Common, Neck.) 
Tremont street, drain and pavement, 91. 

paving of end of, 267. 
True Brittain (Briton), ship, 116. 
Tryall (Tryal), schooner, 95, 252. 
sloop, 12o. 

Union street, 135. 

drain from market to, 168. 
Unity, sloop, 90. 
Uptown (Upton?), 271. 

Valuation, 202. 

copies of papers to be made, 202. 

of polls and estates of the Prov- 
ince, 34. 

Vanson, brignntiue, 253. 
Vernou's, ForU'scue, wharf, 213. 
Vessels, see Ships. 
Vineyard, see Martha's Vineyard. 
Virginia, 76. 

Visitation of the town, see Town. 
Voters' list to be scrutinized, 8, 25, 261. 

Walaga, 43. 
\Vallingsford, 63. 
Walihara, 162. 
War, see soldiers. 

Wards or precincts, 2, 3, 4, 19, 20, 21, 34, 35, 
36, 74, 168, 178-180, 
246-248. 
Watch, town, 58, 176. 

men, 117, 166, 167. 

temporary increase of 
number and reward to, 
149. 
new appointments; 154, 

272. 

dismissed, 173. 
orders to, 58, 167-168, 188, 

199, 272--_>7:;. 

increase and compensa- 
tion, 155. 
supervision of, 9. 
to look after negroes after 

9 o'clock P.M., 109. 
drafts for payment, 261. 
at the town dock, 166, 167, 168, 173, 

199, 217, 286. 
at the town house, 166, 199, 214, 217, 

273. 

at the North End, 166, 199, 272. 
at the South End, 76, 85, 117, 166, 

199, 2l>'J. 

House, 58, 167, 168, removal and re- 
pairs, 119. 

fish-house near the dock, pro- 
posed for, 158. 
new, 161. 
Water street, 265. 

drain in, 128. 
widening, 251, 276. 

land damages, 294. 
Watertown, 207. 

Weights and Measures, Sealer. See Sealer. 
Wells, 113. (See alxo Reservoirs.) 

Francis, petition for abatement of 

Taxes, 37. 

Well house, (Convalescent house ?), at Rains- 
ford island, 65, 74, 98, 108, 205, 209, 255. 
Wentworth's wharf, 45, 65. 
West Boston, 62, 73, 132, 133, 134, 138, 271. 

(See /w Hospital.) 
Indies, 211, 222, 263. 
Weymouth, 142. 
Wharves, 50. 



INDEX or PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



323 



Wharves, at end of street from Essex street, 

131. 

near shop of Scott and Hill, 161. 
near house of Mr. Cobourn, 161. 
at New Boston, 189. (See also un- 
der names of.) 
Wharfingers, 85. 

carts, marking of, 155. 

to be marked and num- 
bered, 163. 
Wheat, measurers of, approved, 265. (See 

also Breadstuffs.) 
Wheeler's point, 74. 
Wheelwrights' wharf, 189, 233. 
Whipping, threatened to certain persons, 

175. 

White Bear, the, 67. 
William and Mary, 190, 256. 
laws, 94. 

Williams court, 199. 
Windmill, ttt? Mill. 
Windsor, sloop, 107, 108. 
Wines and spirits, distilled, etc. 

excise tax, 12, 17. 
See also Licenses. 
Wing's lane, 47,161, 173, 174, 215. 
Winnessimmitt ferry, 120. 

prosecution for rent of, 53. 
Woburne (Woburn),191. 
Wood, cord, brought by water, law concern- 
ing to be published, 223. 



Wood, cord, sealers of, 50, 116, 183. 
appointed, 188. 
obstructed in duties, 

56-57. 

reprimanded, 155. 
to mark wharfingers' 

carts, 188. 

districts and instruc- 
tions, 189. 
fees, 55. 
and charcoal, fraud in, 73. 

bark, brought by land, measurers 

appointed, etc., 222. 
lane, 233, 258. 
Woolwich, the ship, 57. 
Work-house, 4, 68, 138, 212. 

gate, liberty to break ground 
near, 156. 
drain, 251. 

Writing School street (North Writing 
School street?), drain, 
272. 
assessments for drain, 279. 

Yellow fever, 127, 128. 

precautions against, 220, 221, 

238. 
York County, 38, 113. 

Old, 220 
Young Eagle, schooner, 81, 84,91,220.